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Shannon Brown is already in midseason jumping form

I mean, dude!!!

By the way, when I showed this clip to my wife, she initially wasn't impressed.  Then she finally realized, the sequence was actually incredible, but Shannon made the whole thing look so freakin' easy, it felt like your run of the mill jam.  Clearly, not the case.

Oh, and the Lakers beat the Warriors 118-101, but the W totally played second fiddle to that posterization.

I mean, seriously... Dude!!!

AK

 
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'Dude!' My sentiments exactly!

The thing about Shannon is that he's got some big hands to go with those ups. He's going to be Ariza lite this year.


This season is going to be a victory lap.

Lookin' very, very good.

Great dunk and great video quality on the stream. Anyone have the whole game for Laker fans not in the LA area?

WOOT!

nice to see. Frankly, it's not so much that he can do that. It's the fact that this is our third freakin string PG who can do that.

Shanwow or UPS, there's going to be a parody song coming up as soon as the appropriations commitee approves the booze bill.

If he can get the 'sneak behind the guy in the lane and move his hands faster than a pickpocket on speed juggling um...well, i'll get there, but in the meantime, heck, we might not miss Trevor Ariza at all, as opposed to the 'very little' I have been predicting.


GREAT FIRST PRESEASON GAME...

While it wasn’t the Boston Celtics, the Lakers gave fans a glimpse of what might become one of the greatest teams in ever, looking every bit like the BIG efficient veteran championship team they are, easily dominating the Warriors and not looking at all like a team playing its first preseason game.
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Two big questions seem at least to be initially answered in the Lakers favor as Andrew Bynum appeared to be playing at the same level he was before his injuries and Ron Artest seemed to fit into the Lakers offense and defense perfectly, making two great passes for dunks by Andrew Bynum and throwing his 265# body around like a pit bull looking for action. Those are two HUGE pluses.
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The best sign was that it looks like Andrew Bynum is much faster and quicker, especially running up and down the court. He has a real spring in his step and confidence in his moves. Unlike the last two years, it isn’t going to take him until January to get rolling. Granted the Warriors don’t really have anybody to guard Drew, but that is also true of many other Lakers opponents. And with Pau and Ron on the floor, there is no way to double Andrew. This is going to be the year of the Beast.
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Ron Artest also immediately showed what a difference he can make with his more versatile game than Ariza, especially with his ability to drive and dump. Flirting with a triple-double, Ron fit in perfectly with none of the poor judgment or over dribbling that we used to worry about. The ball movement, especially for the first game, was just terrific. I was really impressed with how Ron played. He is going to make the Lakers a much better team than they were with Ariza.
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Phil basically played Drew heavy minutes to give Pau an easy load considering how much he has played without a break. Of course, Pau was his usual super-efficient self, looking as if he was ready to start the season right away. I also loved Jordan and Shannon on the court together (what a dunk by Shannon on Moore!). They both played very well. Jordan was running the offense beautifully.
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The Lakers entire front court was rocking with huge advantage on the boards and in points in the paint. Most impressively, the Lakers big men put on a terrific display of great interior passing. Kobe, Lamar, Pau, and Ron all made great passes in the post with Andrew Bynum once again getting the ball for point blank dunks and layups. Nobody is going to be able to stay with this front court.


Tom


Man - what a crazy dunk! Loving it!!!

Didn't get to watch the game but will look for highlights. How did Artest fit in?

I just checked the stats for Ariza - I know we're all still rooting for him to do well since we'll get him back some year. But his stat line sucked against Boston. Know it's just preseason and it all doesn't mean much yet - but looked like he went 1-11 in FG, 0-4 in 3pts.

I'm really more interested in how Artest and Bynum did. Also, Shannon, Farmar, Sasah and Ammo.

Just stoked that hoops is starting back up!!!!

Thanks to the author who posted the link for the game. Much appreciated!

Moore got posterized TWICE.

TWICE!

Momma there goes that man (Shannon Brown).

Good stuff from almost everyone save Josh Powell. He was getting all the PF's.

Can't wait to see them back in the Forum on Friday. Man it's gonna be so good for them to play back there.

They should bust out the 90's or 80's jerseys while at it (Short Shorts not reccomended but allowed).

bynum looked good and was active but he doesn't have the elevation in his jumping like he did 2 years ago. will he ever regain those hops?

That dunk was sick.....

On another note...Ariza had a stinker for the Rockets...To much attention maybe?......

Few Observations I had.

- Artest was our assist leader, and also leader in PFs! Surprising.

- Sasha did not try even a single three (I think he's still shaking from inside)

- Looks like our beloved Caveman (Pau) has had a haircut!!

- Traitor Ariza, 1/11 FGs and 0/4 from 3ptrs, Now buddy knows what it is to play in a Kobe-less team!!

- Bynum still seems to move his legs with caution. I think its still in his mind - the injury.

Full court too? Wow. Just awesome.

Man, I miss Los Angeles.

I know people rip on Stu, but there really is something comforting in ending your day watching a Lakers game and hearing Stu's voice. It's nice.

I miss Chick.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Lakers are back!

Y E A H!

Go LAKERS!!!

So did anyone impress who is not signed to contract?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I just read a Yahoo story about the Lakers' game.

In the comments were so much hate. So much hate.

People really hate the Lakers. Excellence produces envy. It makes me sad. We (as people) should be better than that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers FOREVER.

GO LAKERS!!!!

That game felt so good to watch. Golden State was actually not bad but they just didn't stand a chance. Curry looks like he's 8, like the winner gets an ice cream cone out there. Really tho, if Bynum plays like this tom, like he did tonite, not only is over for everybody else but a lot of teams are about to get publicly smashed like never before. And I mean sportscenter every single night 'did you see that dude get stepped on type stuff'. When Kobe is goin hard, Gasol is goin harder and artest gets a good feel for the triangle... i don't know son its a scary, onminous thought really. The going small against us is really teams only counter. The problem is, all our shots are high percentage, which means if we don't jump out on you at the beginning of the game, its only a matter of time when you look up and notice that the lakers just scored 6 or 7 baskets in a row, and you need a time out.

I heard about how bad Ariza did and I feel kinda bad for him. Not because he obviously made a bad decision (he will see double teams now and its just a different game at that point) but because he should have signed that contract at 12:01 AM like alot of these other players did. This is where Shaq still wants to be (good luck with that). The Lakers is where every good player has dreamed playing for even Kareem admitted to that. You live and you learn Ariza. Hey how does Thrilla look right about now. Like the smartest freakin player in the NBA who has ever been hopin to land a totally upside laid contract. AI take notes please. 'We talking about practice?'

But really this game was about team and I don't want to hear anything else about it. Farmar and Brown with like 22 points together. Farmar with like 5 or 6 assists, right. As for Shannon's dunk, what a way to begin the season! Lamar and Artest playin some queens ball out there, lookin good yo. I heard Artest and Vic the brick gave one of his best interviews of all time theother day. Whats is goin on here, do I already see little trickles of confetti dropping down out of the sky already? I won't say its over because the lakers blew out a preseason game at home against GS but well, how do I say this gently BAMM

its over. Lol It's on like donkey kong my dude.

Jon K,


You miss LA? You're in Ohio, right? I'm in South Bend and I dread this 6 month winter that's quickly coming our way. Makes one miss a lot of LA things.


But Bynum looked sharp. Very skilled offensive game. Sasha hit his 1st 3 shots, Shannon Brown has HUGE hands and the team looked great.


Here we go.


Wes

I think Brown is wearing Kobe shoes. No wonder he has ups.

what does walton do in the offseason? he still can't make an open jumper. he and morrison both can't play defense but at least morrison can shoot. hopefully morrison will have a chance to play and prove himself

REPOST --

Allow me to begin by humbly offering my suggestion to the Brothers Kamenetzky for a future Lakers Blog Topic: HOW and WHY...perhaps even WHEN...those of us who are Lakers Fans became Lakers Fans :-) As my story unfolds, the reason for this suggestion will be made clear.
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Back to the topic at hand -- "Forum Memories"

The following story is one BIG reason why I became a die-hard Magic Johnson fan...and by extension...an eternally devoted fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here is MY 100% TRUE "Fabulous" Forum story...and YES...this actually did happen to me:

Back during the Showtime Lakers era, my late father drove myself and some friends to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood to pick up some tickets for an upcoming Lakers home game. He dropped us off near the old box office and went to park the car.

Being the restless kids that we were, we walked around checking out the sights. We even had time to play some hide-n-seek. Eventually, while the rest of the group headed back towards the box office, I happened to find myself alone in the tunnel where the players and VIPs entered.

After wandering around the somewhat dark and deserted tunnel for a bit, I was slowly walking out towards the entrance when this Gold Mercedes with dark tinted windows drove up. Out of the car jumped...you guessed it...Magic Johnson.

He was the only person in the vehicle. No entourage. No body guard. No reporters. No cameras or TV crew anywhere in sight.

Of course I immediately knew who he was: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Young Buck, EJ the DJ. The west coast counterpart to Larry's east coast Legend. Their rivalry, and the teams they led during the 80's, would go on to (perhaps literally) save and resurrect the NBA, and set the stage for MJ and all the others who would follow in their footsteps.

He jumped out of his car, and appeared to be in a hurry, anxiously looking for something or someone. There was no one else in the vicinity but the two of us. He noticed me and gave me a nod. There I was, this skinny little kid, tongue-tied and awestruck, feeling like my legs were glued to the floor. Sure, he was a 'star' back then, but his star was still on the rise. Magic had yet to grow into the incredible celebrity he would later become.

Somehow, like an out-of-body experience, I found myself mouthing the request, asking Magic Johnson for his autograph. He could have dismissed me. Waved me away. He could have told me to get lost. He could have simply ignored me and drove off without saying a word. There were no cameras recording the encounter. There were no reporters witnessing the scene. But he didn't do that.

He leaned over, briefly flashed a hint of that iconic smile, and looked me straight in the eye. Then he pulled out a pen and signed his name onto the back of a blank sheet of paper that I happened to have in my pocket. This became the cherished prize I would proudly show off to any and all who would doubt that this actually occurred.

IF one could infer that True Character is revealed in moments such as those, that small gesture, that act of kindness, when no one else was around to witness it all those years ago, offers a glimpse into the soul of Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

Like a real-life reenactment of the famous TV commercial where "Mean" Joe Green gives his jersey to that child, in that moment, his thoughtful act when no one else was around, caused me to become a life-long fan of Magic Johnson and by extension, of the Los Angeles Lakers.

P & G R

Hey, Laker Nation, good to be back. Even as a preseason game, this was like a break-in run for the latest Ferrari. Clearly, it's got at least 6 gears and a turbo, but only showed 4 of them last night (and could have won using only 3 of them). If Phil ever decides to step on the accelerator with this team, it's going to totally humiliate some poor team out there...like the Celtics. Man, these guys are going to light up 200 points some night, and hold the opposing team to 40 or less. The league may have to impose some crazy rule like the off-side rule in soccer to keep it respectable.

And I, Corner J, do hereby name Shannon Brown, "Shan-WOW!" Dude, seriously, what's in those shoes? Shan-WOW!

I just read a Yahoo story about the Lakers' game.

In the comments were so much hate. So much hate.

People really hate the Lakers. Excellence produces envy. It makes me sad. We (as people) should be better than that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers FOREVER.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | October 08, 2009 at 12:58 AM

I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, these Celtic visitors don't realize they are just one in a long list of people who consider their teams rivals to us.

Blazers, Kings, Suns, Celtics. The Cleveland Crabs and Denver Thuggets probably hate us too, but I could care less who hates us. Like that NBA 2k10 commercial, bring em all on.

I suspect that part of the logic behind not going all out to re-sign Ariza is that the team felt that his play was more due to being on the Lakers than to his own ability, whereas Artest is an excellent player in his own right.

Yeeeeeesssssssssss.....WE'RE BAAAAAACK!!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am now that there's some action in the NBA...can't wait until Oct. 27th.

Loved Artests game last night...9 assists, that's what counts and Bynum was amazing. He needs to step it up this year and be a beast. There will be nothing more satisfying then meeting the Cavaliers abd Shaq in the Finals and taking home another championship trophy. The Celtics are old news to me now...we have new rivals.

By the way, don't you just love that Rasheed already got his first technical?? I couldn't stop laughing.

That was fun. Seriously, it was so enjoyable to see who has improved in the off season and how Artest will fit in.

The only negative for me was the refs. Usually they are bad, these guys were just plain awful.

They will raise our blood pressure as you see them fall for the flops, lose their cool with giving away techs, and get pushed around by obnoxious head strong players.

Kobe was treating them like they were little kids, talking back, rubbing their heads. lol Try that with Dick Bavetta Kobe.

Farmar seems to like the Brown competition. His court awareness has improved. This could be the biggest surprise for the Lakers in '09, elevated point guard play by Jordie and Brown.

Kobefan in Cupertino,
[Traitor Ariza, 1/11 FGs and 0/4 from 3ptrs, Now buddy knows what it is to play in a Kobe-less team!!]

Cut the man some slack. He never said he'd be better off without the lakers. We're the best team in basketball, let's enjoy that and save our diggs for the teams that deserve it. You know, like the green weenies.

In answer to Jon K; Players under the radar.

Who is Tony Gaffney?

Stu kept singing his praises, the coaches are impressed with his growth. Can he make this Lakers squad? A long shot for sure, but I think he has a chance, partly because of salary and partly because, he may be a late bloomer with very good role model needed qualities. Great D, quickness, and a fantastic motor for hustle.

This is from a pro scout at a combine scrimmage. And by the way, he was 3rd in the NCAA in block shots with 3.8 per game with a 6'8" Prince-like frame.


Matt Kamalsky

Though Gaffney didn’t put up a terribly productive stat line today, he displayed some very interesting tools. Mostly known in college for his tremendous defensive presence and effort level, Gaffney wasn’t asked to do much scoring for UMass, making the most of the touches he earned coming from his hustle and ability to run the floor. While he has played well defensively in both of the games he’s played in, he showed some offensive promise that his collegiate role didn’t give him the opportunity to showcase. Looking beyond the box score, we came away intrigued with what we saw today.

A very athletic forward with a slender frame, Gaffney exploited his excellent quickness on a couple of occasions today, beating his defender off the dribble on three memorable occasions. Not usually prone to putting the ball on the floor, his ability to get to the rim was quite impressive. Once in the lane, Gaffney used quick fakes to get his man off balance before spinning over his left shoulder for hook shots. Considering his length and quickness, it is safe to say that Gaffney has a lot of potential if he continues to diversify his offensive game.

On the defensive end, Gaffney has shown great versatility, looking capable when defending the post and the perimeter. Though he will need to continue to add weight to his frame to be a better interior defender moving forward, he shows the timing, awareness, and effort level to be very effective in this setting. He may not be an NBA player, but he’s clearly helped himself here.

I hate to be a killjoy, but I look at Shannon's amazing dunk and think, man, its luck no one got hurt on that play. Especially the way Shannon landed.

Good show, but I'd like to see Shannon stay healthy for 82 games and be there to help sweep the Old Men in the finals.

My favorite part of that sequence was Lamar Odom - keep an eye on him as that play developes. Shannon acknowledged Odom's "assist" in a post game interview afterwards - nothing like having a big run the floor with you to help pave the way...he was like, "I'm open...I'm open...I'm...OMG!"

"It's going to be a fun year," Artest said.

Yup yup.

24 + 16 + [3|1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

OUTSTANDING!
I love Shannon! That was awesome.
Also loved how LO was begging him for the ball half court and SB just blows right by him as well.

Finally, the Lakers are back!!

Oh what a night!!!

We are back and ready to defend the O'Brian!!

When does the live blogging start??

Changed my mind about Artest... he's going to be the X-factor!

Nobody mentioned how well Sasha played. He really looked good last night as pretty much everyone did.

GO LAKE SHOW!!

LIGHTS OUT!!!

What a great night last night! I decided to DVR Laker game while watching Dodger game live. During all commercial breaks of Dodger game, I watched Laker game THREE minutes at a time (yes, 3 minute commercial breaks for MLB playoffs!). Interesting pace and technique for me watching that way (seeing ALL of both games simultaneously), allowing me to digest the Laker game in short bits and pieces (baseball can be slow... playoff baseball even slower!).


A FEW TEAM-CENTRIC COMMENTS...
--It is nice to have the first couple of preseason warm-ups (and 3 of 8) come against the, ummmm . . . defensively challenged Warriors, thus providing glorified scrimmages in some ways. It was apparent the extra practice was much needed by the ... replacement refs.

--TWO TECHNICAL fouls in a non-competitive preseason game?!? You have got to be kidding me? Obviously there is a league directive to replacements: "Establish your authority immediately at all costs." Wish that directive would include more "And, oh yeah, by the way, try getting the calls right, too!"

--With Artest being the only new addition to the roster's first dozen (and his familiarity with Triangle and burgeoning maturity), the team was far more fluid than typical first preseason game usually allows. This bodes well for a fast start to the regular season as other teams work to meld new personnel together.

--I probably smiled on behalf of LAKERTOM a dozen times during the first half. It was good to see how the presence of Bynum and Gasol complimented the assertive penetration and adept passing of Kobe/Artest/Lamar. These guys have figured it out. Bynum poised to benefit from a rarity for big men of his caliber ~ absence of serious double-teams on him.

--Seems that small-ball teams may allow D-Fish seriously reduced playing-time breaks throughout the season. The tag-team of Farmar-Brown fit well together in that context, running the team very well. No drop-off in continuity when those two were running the show when D-Fish exited.


And now on to the land of memories as we take in Friday's game at the cathedral, the holy land, ground-zero for greatness, the Faaaaabulous Forum!

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jayden,


>>> Really tho, if Bynum plays like this tom, like he did tonite, not only is over
>>> for everybody else but a lot of teams are about to get publicly smashed like never before.


Pretty awesome first pre-season game. Artest and a healthy Bynum are going to transform last year’s championship team into an unbelievable juggernaut.


Tom

Did anyone notice that in the begining of the game, Ron was alone in front of the rim, but with other Laker in his left, also alone, and he hesitated what to do?
Ron is learning the triangle, and is triying to do his best!!

Well, Ron, as Miyamoto Musashi said, learn the first four rings, and then, forget about them (the void). Or as Yoda said, "don't think, feeeel!".

It was a very good game. And we have a very, very, very good team.

NBA, be afraid of us!! we are ready to roll!!

GO LAKERS!!!


Mike,


>>> --I probably smiled on behalf of LAKERTOM a dozen times during the first half.
>>> It was good to see how the presence of Bynum and Gasol complimented the assertive
>>> penetration and adept passing of Kobe/Artest/Lamar. These guys have figured it out.
>>> Bynum poised to benefit from a rarity for big men of his caliber ~ absence of serious
>>> double-teams on him.


I thought Drew looked much more active although he still didn’t show the hops of two years ago. I missed the first quarter when he got most of his rebounds. While he still may be a little tentative about jumping in traffic, I liked his aggressiveness. The good news is that it is not going to take until January for him to get going this year. Now all he has to do is stay healthy.
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I also thought that Jordan and Shannon played very well together. Farmar showed why he is still the favorite running the team with precision while he was in there but that was some awesome dunk by Shannon. We didn’t give up anything at point last night. If we get this kind of play from the point, this team will be virtually unbeatable. The greatest player in the game, a dynamite front court with size and length no team can handle, and a 3-headed point guard platoon with bite. I like it.


Tom

Shannon Brown is a stud!
He'll be the guy to get the minutes at the point. It'll be his coming out year. Hopefully same with Bynum.

Is it time for chest thumping for the sake of greeny leprechauns who are lurking in our blog? 131, Red, the guy from Burbank hey, it's n0t too late to change colors especially to Red who has been a veteran at the Forum, get on the Lakers side, the least we expect don't diss the team where you reside.

Shaaaaaanon BRown, hit his butt on the floor after a take off without the help of controller. haha he has to applaud his spectacular shot to relieve him from pain. Good rotations but less time alloted for the bench. Luke Walton occupies 50% of discussion in this blog and yet played only a cameo apppearance in the 2nd half. Fatty, I didn't see much of Gaffney maybe a D'League potential. So far only Gelabale has the chance to get in to Magic 14. The 14th man will jsut stay in street clothers with Mbenga or Joss. Next game will be on Friday, another debut with Golden State. Lakers will face GS 3x in the preseason, it is like exhibition game with Washington Generals every other night. For a change, why don't they invite a Euro team? or the Brazilian national team at least put there teams who are excited to beat the Lakers not just watching basketball at the park. Like Laker Mike, my concentration was divided with our resurging Dodgers. Today, it's Angels and Dodgers game day, how nice to be sports fan in SoCal! Too bad NFL continue to ignore this market, well in the first place who needs their presence here, the citizens at San Gabriel Valley are still blocking the construction of a football stadium at City of Industry. Their rationale is that it attracts rowdy crowd, unpleasant traffic jams and zoning problems.

Wow ShanWOW He got some suoer duper hops on them feet lol. I like the 7 Assist mark by Ron Ron It shows he's paying attetion to the offense. or the GSW just suck on D lol. I prefer a lil of both. Bynum Showing lots of activity but he needs to rebound a lil more. Defense ain't all bout blocks/steals but it shows effort in those areas. He too ig and mobile to not get at least one block in this scrum fest

HAHA.. My boy Shannon is gonna have a spectacular season..I'm lovin it!

Good morning CRUE!!!!!

OMG - what a dunk! Seriously - DUDE!!!!! Johnny Irish said to Shannon afterwards that "your hips were up in Moore's hair"!! LOL!!

I've got the biggest, goofiest smile on my face today. There is NOTHING better than being a Laker fan, except being a Laker fan when the season starts!!!!

Great to see a lot of "old" posters back on line. Welcome back y'all! And buckle up cuz this is going to be one THRILLER of a season!!

Hey Jon K. and Wesjoenixon, I'll be joining you this winter. I'm in Boston so we're getting ready for this miserable weather. But being a Laker fan makes it all better. :-)

I know it is just a pre-season game but Lakers fans cannot help but be excited. The big issue has been Thriller. Sure it is only one game, but it appears as if the boys are starting to gel already. Artest will be a nice upgrade defensively against some of the matchups that have caused the Lakers problems. He may not be as quick as Trevor, but he can physically punish the smaller forwards in the post. Then as evidenced by last nights game, Bynum CAN play – he is no Olowokandi period. The kid can play, we just need him healthy. ShanWow – should provide some improved play against more physical PGs’ – something the Lakers were not good at for most of the year last season. The competition from Brown may elevate Farmars play, and reduce the minutes Fish has to play. If we can get some outside shooting from Ammo or Sasha look out.

The Lakers are in line to get two pretty good size upgrades in Thriller and Bynum. Those potential improvements rival, or in my estimation are better than what any other team in the league did. Having Brown all year is an upgrade too. Improvements from Sasha and or a contribution from Ammo – a kid who could play in college, and started out OK with a crap team before getting hurt would be luxury improvements. I am not banking on that being the case, but if they do improve, holy smokes we have a team that has the makings of being special.

Boston, the Cavs and Magic, even the Spurs have reason to be excited about their teams. Boston – age and the health of KG over the season is no doubt the key for them, though Boston has a number of new guys to work in – and what will Sheed bring? Kind of an Artest situation. The Cavs must hope that Shaq doesn’t start barking about feeding the big dog. It is an intriguing combo but I have doubts that it will be that successful. I have never been a big VC fan, but it is still interesting to see if there is a drop off from Hedo or if he can make them better. The Spurs come down to the big three – Manu and Duncan being healthy is a key. Jefferson is a nice addition but if Timmy and Manu aren’t playing a core of Parker and Jefferson doesn’t scare me. The Lakers have the inside track. They are bringing back the team that won it all for the most part. They have room for a substantial improvement just with a healthy Drew. Add a net gain with Artest and it adds up to another title.


Peace,
EagleBoy

Shannon's got those HUGE hands like Dr Jay, MJ, MITS! He is def an athletic one, but we knew that already..I don't think its all that serious about PG or whatever, cuz he can play some wing also - and that more than makes up for Sasha's unathletic ability in that regard.

I wish this game was televised...I am excited for the season, RonRon and all that..

Bump Boston!

Shannon will be the X factor for our deep bench and the no layup making Derek Fisher!

Vicious.

That's all I can really say about that.

Man it was good to see our 'Lake show again. Still miss Trevor, but mow welcome Ron.

BK and AK your just ok, glad to have you around again.

MHs

AndyN
Good to see a out of state lake show fan!!! I tried looking at some online sites that you can usually download the viedo. But BBallvideos.com did not have any preseason games and nor did any other sites. I also looked for a torrent but no such luck. I would try to see if someone is playing it on justin.tv
Also if you want to catch it for sure just put on Justin.tv during the game time. the quality is usually fair at best but its rare that a laker game goes by without someone airing it on that channel... hope this helps.. Go Lakers

Just one game, and preseason to boot, but probably not too early to conclude:

1. Those of us, led by Tom, who have long said that Andrew, when healthy, can be a great NBA center. Those who took his playoff performance out of context last year and project that as his ability (rather than his pre-injury form) were always wrong. If healthy, Andrew is a western conference all star.

2. On the "it's nice to be right theme", many of us have believed for some time that Ron Artest would be a fantastic fit in this Laker offense. Those who disagree point to his (years old) reputation as a troublemaker, and his propensity to jack up shots, but such criticisms are either way out of date, or irrelevant in the context of Ron playing with great teammates. Lots of guys, like our beloved Kobe, jack up shots when they are surrounded with no talent, but learn to be great teammates and passers when they can count on their teammates delivering. It's early, but Ron has shown that this is exactly what he's going to do. It is nice to be right.

3. Finally, while Shannon's dunk was out of this world, next time let's finish off the play with a made free throw....

Shannon's dunk was the best moment of the game, for me at least.

It's weird seeing Artest in a Laker jersey. I kept having these moments of not recognizing him, and wondering which scrub was out there (not that he played like a scrub, just saying I still haven't gotten used to him on the floor).

Also ... in some ways it was nice watching a game that literally didn't mean *anything* in terms of win/loss. Granted I'll be ready for the real season to start ASAP, but in terms of my frustration/nerves/etc. during the game compared to the endless journey of the playoffs, it was relaxing to just watch and enjoy.

By the way, don't you just love that Rasheed already got his first technical?? I couldn't stop laughing.

Posted by: EastCoastJessie | October 08, 2009 at 07:15 AM

I know how you feel. Im still laughing at Kobe picking one up too.

Eddie-

"Is it time for chest thumping for the sake of greeny leprechauns who are lurking in our blog? 131, Red, the guy from Burbank hey, it's n0t too late to change colors especially to Red who has been a veteran at the Forum, get on the Lakers side, the least we expect don't diss the team where you reside."

I live in LA and have no plans on stopping!

EagleBoy-

"Boston – age and the health of KG over the season is no doubt the key for them, though Boston has a number of new guys to work in – and what will Sheed bring? Kind of an Artest situation."

Im impressed! Very fair analysis. I must say I agree with you on this point.

I'm wondering how long it's going to take for C's fans leave us, Lakers fans, alone here? Kind of remind me of situation we had before with … what was his name, proponent of “magnificent calves” Kwame Brown… ?

Kam Bros,

Unless I missed something, you haven't answered my question:

HOW COME NO GAME CHAT????

looked like charging to me

Rick,

It's the preseason and we've rarely, if ever, done preseason game chats. Come Oct. 27 against the Clips, we'l be back in action.

AK

I'm wondering how long it's going to take for C's fans leave us, Lakers fans, alone here? Kind of remind me of situation we had before with … what was his name, proponent of “magnificent calves” Kwame Brown… ?

Posted by: LAL_Fan | October 08, 2009 at 02:12 PM

LAL_Fan

Just dont read our posts. Its problably gonna give you brain cramps anyway reading actual basketball takes. I dont want you to hurt yourself.

To make you feel better .. LOL, LMAO and Lakers are #1.

Good morning CRUE!!!!!

OMG - what a dunk! Seriously - DUDE!!!!! Johnny Irish said to Shannon afterwards that "your hips were up in Moore's hair"!! LOL!!

I've got the biggest, goofiest smile on my face today. There is NOTHING better than being a Laker fan, except being a Laker fan when the season starts!!!!

Great to see a lot of "old" posters back on line. Welcome back y'all! And buckle up cuz this is going to be one THRILLER of a season!!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 08, 2009 at 09:36 AM

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justa, justa little disagreement here. I think the best part of the season or nothing better is the end of the season when we get the ship!

AK,

Thanks for the reply. I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday, let alone whether we had game chats, last pre-season.

If it seems like I'm chomping at the bit, I plead guilty.

BobbieT: FYI that little arc under the basket is called 'the restricted zone'... maybe time for that eye exam you've been putting off?

Looking like he's picked up right where he left off. Playing with big game confidence. Watch out Farmar, with a full PJ Training Camp under his belt, this kids pure athleticism makes him my personal first choice off the bench. I think that the organization will still give Farmar some time to show what he can bring, but if he plays inconsistently into November I would be negative surprised to see Brown become the frist PG off the bench.


Brown, Artest, Kobe, Lamar and Bynum give us a s-c-a-r-y athletic unit. That unit can switch off easily on defence, rebound, push the ball, play a physically pounding half-court style of ball. Man that was a sweet pre-season game.


Gafney looked like a Mark Madsen kind of guy. I know Phil wants to go with a 13 man roster, but I would give him some more looks in pre-season to see if he always brings that hustle and nice team play.


Luke Walton looks like he played some beach volley ball this off season what with the tan and his two hand set rebound shot he hit in the third. Did anyone else think it strange when he got the 2nd Half start? Prelude of things to come or just a funky pre-season moment?

Dude! Seriously.

One of the few players who can outleap LeBron. If Shannon were 6'8" he'd be looking down at the rim w/ his hops!!

Funniest part was Odom doing his little dance running up the floor, arms outstretched, calling for the ball. Then Brown does his posterization and Odom looks a little stunned

Thanks Maves. Sadly I'm not out of state just feels like it up in NorCal. Not sure why GSW channels didn't carry the game. Can't wait to sign up for the League Pass.

I think transcom in St. Louis picked that up on their radar...

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