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Lakers 114, Memphis 98: Kobe Bryant dominates the post

Gave myself a nice shave of the dome before heading to the arena tonight. With a machete and some Barbasol, far as you know.

More breakdown below.

I talked about Kobe's performance above, and will have more on it tomorrow. I'm not kidding when I say it was among the more remarkable I've seen from him. This on a night where he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 24,000 points, moved into 16th place on the all-time scoring list, and notched his 99th game of his career with 40 or more points. Dude's been prolific, but there was something particularly evolved about what he did to the Grizzlies Friday evening.

The stat was in the video, but it's worth repeating: Six times Kobe has scored 40-plus without making a three. This is the first time Kobe has ever cleared 40 without attempting a three pointer. Nor did he live at the line, making only three from the stripe in four tries.

I asked Ron Artest, who has seen and defended a player or two, if there's a guard that can go to the post with the effectiveness of Kobe. "Not that I know of. Maybe a few, but they don't the fundamentals. He's got all the fundamentals. Fundamentals and focus." To say the least. And they give him a decided advantage against opponents over that part of the floor. "A lot of (guards) don't really know how to guard the post," Bryant said after the game. They don't get much practice, either. "I might be pretty much the only guard right now in the league right now that posts that much."

Don't expect Kobe to leave the post anytime soon.

More good stuff:

    -Ron Artest: 19 points, six boards, seven assists. He hit three of his five three pointers. Again, Phil Jackson gave him time with the reserves, putting Artest in a position where he had to both be aggressive as a scorer but also as a facilitator. He was particularly effective working at the elbow, making crisp and purposeful passes that helped push the bench to its best game of the season.

    -DJ Mbenga: Nine rebounds in the first nine minutes of the game, 13 overall, along with four blocks. Sure, he was 2-7 from the floor, but overall Mbenga was a force over his 29:39 of burn. In the absence of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, he gave the Lakers a lift. 

    -Other guys: 13 points for Josh Powell, who has officially extended his range beyond the three point line, along with five boards. He struggled at times to match up with Zach Randolph, but that is to a large degree to be expected. Powell, like Mbenga, has his limitations (though shooting isn't one of them in the early stages of the season), but like Mbenga is as solid a player for his spot in the rotation as you're likely to find across the league. He's a nice luxury for a top shelf team like the Lakers. Luke Walton finished with seven boards and seven assists. Jordan Farmar hit two of his three triples, Derek Fisher four of his seven shots to go with seven assists. Overall the Lakers had 35 helps on 48 makes, a great ratio, especially when combined with only eight turnovers. That's some slick passing. Granted, the Grizzlies are among the worst defensive teams I've ever seen, but that's not really the point. Overall, on a night where the Lakers needed other players to contribute, they got all that and more.

VIDEO:

Kobe, on his night, working in the post, and the career achievements that came with it:

Artest, on fitting in, Kobe's game, and the win:

Phil Jackson, on Kobe's game, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, and Andrew Bynum:

More to come tomorrow.

BK

 
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Phil smart to have Artest play with second unit, so he can be his bad skf and nit wiry about Kobe kicking him off the team for showboating

what do we play for? We don't. We're couch potato fans.

Does Ron have a Problem with Kobe?

Really solid post and excellent questions. Great job Lakers Blog and thanks.

Agreed about Artest and the bench. He's an excellent baby sitter for the mob. Man he is a way better passer than I had realized.

Very candid from Kobe about being the only guard in league who posts as much as he and also saying nothing in his repertoire is original. I thought that was interesting.

I'm glad Artest is thinking about and visualizing playing at full strength with Gasol and getting in sync with everyone. That was also pretty funny when he mentioned the Lakers were like the "Bourne Ultimatum" by having no identity, yet. Good stuff.

BK, at the beginning of the Kobe video, is he referring to the post when he said, "Yeah, they know I eat first and they get seconds." I thought that was hilarious if thats what he meant.

Great game tonight, even if it was against the grizzlies.

I talked to a person who knows Artest. He described him as slightly autistic.

Hey Kupcake, I guess they didn't offer any psychology classes during your UCLA extension days.

The theme music for Artest should be Lithium by Nirvana.

The best way to handle the situation is to double Gary Vitti's salary and keep this lunatic on some heavy meds.

I can't understand why Brown's not getting much burn, or the organization showcasing farmar and Luke for trade possibilities. Sasha has like value to any team at this time, but I feel a trade coming. A win against the Grizzs don't mean much, they suppose to beat them, beating Boston, the Magics and the Cav's that's the goal. I know we have a bench of nice polite players, but drop the hammer Mitch and add some toughness and fire power, the talents out there.

Good Night Everyone....

Its 2.am over here..Just got home from the wedding...

Can you spell MBENGA.......Yeah baby....

KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE.....The best...then the rest....

I have had a lot to drink,but how about them suns beating that team in green...
.............KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE.........

Great win without the 2 bigs!

How 'bout Powell...???

Quote from Thriller... I'm like, 'I do a lot of good things. I've been with my wife since I was like 15 years old. What can you say about that?' I'm still with my high school sweetheart in the NBA doing videos with pretty women. I'm an entertainer. I'm not going anywhere. I think that's successful. I think kids can learn from that."

Good for you Artest...!!!!

Great win last night given how short handed they were up front.

I know The Sun-Celtic score received a positive reaction at Staples, but do we have a legit challenger for the division in Phoenix ? Quite a statement winning in Boston.

MBenga with 4 blocks and 13 rebounds!! What's not to like about that! I was looking for something to pull me into this season, turned out it was MBenga rising up with monster blocks that finally did it!

OK, whiners. Are you happy now? Admittedly the Grizzlies aren't the Celtics, but the Lakers are definitely looking like the Lakers. No Bynum, no Pau, no problem. Pretty much everybody got to contribute in balanced minutes. Kobe was Kobe. Artest was more comfortable than ever. Mbenga and Powell showed that even when the team goes deep into the roster that we have guys who can deliver. Jordan Farmar earned all of his 21 minutes of burn.

Lamar, not so much, but hey, it was the guy's 30th birthday. If you've passed that milestone, you know that's a tough one to deal with.

Let's lighten up on the negativity here. We're Lakers fans. It's not like they're the 0-6 New Jersey Nets. The season is just beginning and we have a lot to look forward to. Go Lakers!

Tell Charles (sir Chuck) to keep his pie hole shut.


Wes

The first good game for the 2nd unit. They provided a good support to the starters. Kobe doing lots of points and minutes are needed for a win but a bad habit for the 76 games. Pau and Drew must c ome back and help the Lakers spread the playing time.

Next game is not a gimmie, NO are hungry for a win just like the Mavs. Let's take care of business first for the last game for the week, make it a great 5-0 run without Pau.

Giant Bald Head Lunatic, based on your previous post addressed to me I guess you want to be respected in this blog for your posts and wants to join the conversation. If so, is it possible to focus on our team and stop comparing with the Celtics initial achievements? This is a Lakers Blog. When we get to the Celtics game, perhaps that is the time to discuss more posts between two teams. If Larry Bird and Magic Johnson can be friends, why can we not accommodate you here and include you in our conversation. Of course, like in any community you will be receiving extreme views and cold responses, it takes a while to know someone, all you have to do is exert patience and maturity to withstand such criticisms like our fellow fan, KL, eventually you will be one of us too.

Here is an observation that my good friend Lakertom would not agree.

It appears that Drew is a good offensive Center but Mbenga is a better rebounder and shot blocker. The latter may not be successful in all his defense but because of his consciousness in stopping anybody that comes into his way, he get more blocks, more defensive stops and get the long rebounds.

Well, $1M vs. $ 12M it means a lot when converted into dollars and the rate of return on investment. Of course, we can also be fair to Drew that Grizzlies great differs from Rockets.

Does Ron have a Problem with Kobe?

Posted by: cjw | November 07, 2009 at 01:01 AM


CJW,


Not at all. If anything Artest has a man crush/divinity complex when it comes to Kobe. Artest is like the young, 90 pound pit bull that calls the old Rottweiler boss. The two could spend their time dueling to the death, but instead team up and form the biggest, meanest kick-butt combo on the block.


Artest is the perfect teammate, and he may in fact be the biggest reason Kobe looks like he's overtaken LeBron as the NBA's best and most dynamic player.


Right now, hands down, Kobe is playing at a higher level than Lebron. And I mean on both sides of the ball. Artest's toughness has let Kobe be the gambling defender he likes to be, and the results so far are pretty good. so Barkley, keep your mouth shut and let Artest funnel his energies into these harmless off-the-court activities. This is good for Artest. He finally seems happy and the fans love him. Leave him alone. And did you see the caboose on that model he was working with last week?


Let the man live.


Wes

How about some Alien/Shapshifters in the media?

I guess the internet gods don't want me post my alien/shapeshifters video because it sent my message through right as I was going to lay the evidence bare. You can't the truth. Watch at your own risk.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8741m2jLc


Wes


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

good game indeed...

Mbenga and Powell responded well, I thought they both played pretty well...

I dig that Kobe guy in the post--what a weapon seemingly, something a lot of bloggers (including a dude named Floyd, as it were) have wished to see for quite some time...Kobe's career is entering a new faze, and will be extended as well...

saw some good sub patterns last night, Kobe and Artest with three bench dudes seemed to work just fine---did have Artest out there again with 4 bench guys and they did play better than of late...

Fisher flamers should be squelched a little today, but there's always tomorrow or so...

Artest is quickly converting the un washed masses en mass...

really wish Lamar could make lay ups once in a while...

would like to see Powell learn how to explode up to the rim, sometimes it seems he is going up in x-mo, like his effort and play, always have, just like to see some quicker hoppin'

my wife saud that Carrol dude (aka mop head) looks like Little Richard fresh off a vacation from Jamaca...I think he looks more like that ugly woman character that Jamie FOx played on In Living Color or so...

the Griz's coach is just moonlighting as an NBA coach...any black dude name Lionel is really in a cool jazz band...guess he has some time between gigs...

still wish Rudy was a Laker...

the Grizzlies new uni's are very shiney, can't see the sweat as readily, kinda like 'em though...

Mark Gasol went on the Subway diet, what's next you ask, a visit to Camp Pendleton's resident barber maybe...I actually wish we had both the Gasol bros--and throw in their mom fer good measure, they say she has the sky hook down cold...

"I told you about the fool on the hill, I tell you man he's living there still"

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

GO LAKERS !!!


JORDAN, SHANNON, AND SASHA
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I agreed with most of BK’s excellent assessment of the relative values and basketball skills of Jordan, Shannon, and Sasha. The only insight I questioned was BK’s opinion that Shannon is most likely to win the job as the first guard of the bench even though Jordan is getting more playing time. I don’t buy the concept that Phil is not playing Shannon because he wants to see what Jordan can do.
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To me, it is more logical that Jordan is getting more minutes because he is the best option to backup Fisher, who plays significantly fewer minutes than Kobe, for whom Brown is the best backup option. While there may be situations where Shannon plays point guard because of the defensive matchup, I think Jordan will get most of the backup point guard minutes because he is the better point guard.
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Maybe BK has some inside information that made him come to that conclusion because I don’t read the situation that way at all. To begin with, I think the decision of which guard comes off the bench first will depend upon whether it is Kobe or Fisher who is being replaced. The competition is to determine who will be the backup at point guard and who will be the backup at shooting guard.
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Maybe I am blinded by my long-time support for Jordan, but I still think the job of first guard off the bench to backup Fisher is his to lose, just as I think that the job of first guard off the bench to backup Kobe is Shannon’s to lose. Unfortunately, that means that Sasha Vujacic will be the man left out because he is not as good a point guard backup as Jordan or shooting guard backup as Shannon.
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What it comes down to in my mind is that the Lakers play best with a point guard to manage the floor, run the offense, control the pace, feed the post, and push the ball in transition. Right now, I think that point guard is still going to be Derek Fisher. His play making ability, clutch shooting, veteran savvy, defensive toughness, and leadership skills are a big part of why we are the NBA champions.
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What Jordan’s critics fail to appreciate is the value a true point guard can give the Lakers as a team. To think that Shannon can develop enough point guard skills at this point in his career and become the Lakers starting point guard is pure fantasy in my mind. Don’t get me wrong. I love Shannon and think he will be a valuable bench player for the Lakers for years but he is NOT a point guard.
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Triangle Offense or not, the Lakers still need a starting and backup point guard who have solid point guard skills. The issue is not whether they could win without point guards but how much better they would be with point guards. That tells me that Jordan Farmar is still the leading candidate to back up Derek Fisher at point guard. Now he just needs to go out and play well enough to win the job.
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more thoughts or so....

was in a rush and forgot my daily Python (Monty) quote...

"you bastard!"

GO LAKERS !!!

Kobe has been my favorite Laker since 1996, and as big of a fan as I am, I accepted that he was on the "decline", that we'd seen the best of him athletically, and that we could at best hope for another 4 seasons of peak play while our team progressively makes up the difference as we enjoy the top of our reign.

Well, I underestimated Mr. Bean.

2 hours with Hakeem, and this guy's post play is right up there with the best ever. His new step away fallaway is indefensable; his pivot and footwork are unmatched in history; and the guy's overall skill level has one upped even the 2006 version.

What we're seeing right now is spectacular. Make no mistake about it, and my favorite part is that it sets an example for everyone else - including one Mr. Socks.

Kobe will be this year's MVP - except this time, he'll get all three of them, saving the best (the third one) for last!

Nice game I enjoyed it wow no Gasol andBynum still in control, bench is starting to fined legs. Whats up with Iverson dude is so stupid Memphis only team that give him a try, and know this he will never help them starting. He needs to understand his role that guy coming off bench brings so much, get over punk.

Kobe getting that coaching from Hakeem is starting to show no 3s and still 40 says a lot, who wiping ass now Shaq.

AWESOME game - let's hope THE MOB is back!

As has been said already, BRILLIANT with Thriller on the court with the bench. He's looking more confident every game. I can't wait to see how this team clicks on all cylanders when our 7 footers get back.

Thriller is fast becoming my favourite Laker. He cracks me up - talking about how this team still doesn't have an identity yet so it's kind of like driving without a license - or like The Bourne Ultimatum LOL! I never want the love affair to end. I was against him being here before, but now? No way - he brings much to the game and to the fans. He's a keeper and my humble pie tastes great.

And what can you say about The Black Mamba - the Bean - the Kobester?? He is UNBELIEVABLE. I have never seen him surgically slice & dice like that. Never. And yah it was the Grizzlies, but COME ON!!! OJ Mayo is a pretty good player and he was taken to SCHOOL. Like Kobe says - nothing can stop the Dream Shake! More of that please!

Looking forward to the Baby Bees on Sunday night. That punk Paul and the rest of those guys just don't know what's in store for them. Man I can't stand that kid. He needs to be taken to the rack and then have a nice meeting with Mr. Floor a couple of times. I think Congo Cash may just accommodate my wish. Of course not to hurt him - just to show him you can't be all up in the paint with no safety gear. That's all.

Anyone want to change their opinion about Jordy yet? Just asking....

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

Celtics lost to the "mighty" Suns at home

Celtics played some real nice D - 110pts 50% shooting for the Suns
ouch...

Garnett looked good though

BK - did you buff the dome as well? Cuz - you know - the glare. I need my sunglasses.... :)


Just messin... Seriously, though - GREAT work. Thanks for all you & AK do.

tomw-

Excellent points, and you may well be right in the end. I don't think my reading is based on anything particularly insider-y, other than an understanding that Shannon is a pretty popular guy among players and coaches, and that Farmar's personality has in the past grated. None of this, though, is particularly newsy- we all have known it for a while. Basically, what I was saying is that the basic thing that holds Brown back is his depth of understanding how to organize the offense. Where to go, how to initiate that first pass, which read to make, and so on. He's not as decisive and quick as Fish and Farmar. With Jordan, it's such a tough read because he'll often push the envelope in ways that seem to go outside of what the Lakers look to do. Sometimes the results are creative and good, sometimes they result in a TO or a really bad shot choice.

When he stays under control and sticks to the script, he often looks the most natural (Farmar I mean) of the options PJ has... except it doesn't happen enough and, quite frankly, I don't think Jordan likes the script. So we'll see, but you could be absolutely correct in the end. As long as someone steps up and adds stability to the position for the Lakers, though, it's all good.

BK

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As every long-time Lakers fan knows, Kobe Bryant is one smart dude riding a championship wave that seems destined to catapult him past MJ to the ultimate goal for which is striving – to be the G.O.A.T. How smart? How about this? Not content with having just won his 4th NBA championship, I think Kobe spent his time off this summer weighing various strategies to make himself and his team better. And I think we are now starting to see the products of Kobe’s grand plan coming to fruition.
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What better way to enhance his legend and help his team win than to become a more efficient player? What better way to justify taking even more shots per game than to become a more efficient shooter? What better way to improve his field goal percentage than to move closer to the hoop by posting up? And what better way to exert dominance by scoring more points per game than LeBron and Wade?
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What we are watching is the evolution of the next G.O.A.T. While the stats will change some once Pau returns to the lineup, I still expect Kobe to average over 30 points per game. He is currently averaging 34.5 points per game and shooting over 48% from the field, the result of more shot attempts in the post and fewer from beyond the arc. Now we know why Kobe sought out Dream for low post help.
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Funny how before the season there was talk about Kobe taking fewer shots and focusing more on his defense or playmaking as those seemed to be the logical moves for a superstar player over 30-years old and considered by many to have already been passed by as the best player by a younger LeBron. In hindsight, it was probably naïve to think that Kobe’s competitive juices would give in so easily.
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We can never forget that Kobe wants to be the G.O.A.T. Nor can we forget how much he loves the game. This is not a player who is going to leave the game early. Despite the fact that very few NBA guards can play at a high level beyond their late 30’s, it would not surprise me at all to see Kobe Bryant wearing purple and gold and playing efficiently and even spectacularly at 40-years old.
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As Kobe ev0lves into more of a post-up guard, the Lakers are evolving into more of a post-up team. Combine a healthy Andrew Bynum with a tougher Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom and then throw in a muscular enforcer like Ron Artest and the Lakers are suddenly this season’s version of Beasty Boys, a team that is going to batter you in the paint on both ends of the court with their size and length.
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Last night’s game was a reminder to the rest of the NBA why the Lakers are the champs and the team to beat for this year’s title. It was also a reminder to the out-of-touch ESPN dominated and East Coast biased sports media of which team is the best and which player is the greatest player on the planet. Wake up and smell the roses. With Kobe, the Lakers still have a chance to finish the season 81-1.
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tomw,

While I do not agree with you, I thoroughly enjoyed your post.

Well written.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I find it to be absolutely interesting that since Thriller is a Laker, I feel incredibly protective of him.

I would totally run into the stands in Detroit to defend the guy.

But, then again, I would probably run into the stands in Detroit anyhow, if I could, because Detroit sucks.

In any case, Thriller is now a part of the Laker family. He IS purple and gold. And no no-Championship-winning-pumpkinhead-chump like Chuck Barkley can talk smack on him while I'm around.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

AK/BK Brothers are just MAAAAVELLOUS!!

Thank you AK/BK brothers for doing a wonderful job of running the Laker blog show and keeping us up to date on behind the laker scene.

you brothers are just maaaavellous..

Fernando Lamas

waus,

Your comments are worthless.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Kametskies,

What is up with trying to start bad blood between Mbenga and Bynum. "PJ, will you use Mbenga to humiliate Bynum?" "Uhhhh." I don't think Bynum would go down as easily as Chris Mimh. You could start some serious (bad) blood spillage with that line of questioning!

Please don't as if Farmar's play will be used to show Fisher what a guard is supposed to do : )

GOOoooOOOO LAKERS !!!!

Hello All,

haven't posted in a while, just wanted to make 2 observations:

1.) notice if you will, after the Celtics lost to Phoenix, the trolls suddenly got quiet (at least for now)....hmmm, methinks they decided to get away before we started ripping on them for a change....ON OUR BLOG!!!!

2.) as mentioned before in the article - Kobe scored 41 points.....and none of those were from 3's....the man is like Rembrandt with a basketball

well, lets see the bench step up again against NO, keep it rolling guys

BK,

"I don't think my reading is based on anything particularly insider-y, other than an understanding that Shannon is a pretty popular guy among players and coaches, and that Farmar's personality has in the past grated"

Nice to see you actually complimenting a blogger (though Tomw obviously deserves the compliment) as opposed to bristling at the opinions of others.

However, your "insider" view is rather telling.

Attitude is worth its (conceptual) weight in gold.

I, personally, believe that Farmar has a limited life as a Laker, purely based upon his personality. Is Farmar talented? Of course. But there are MANY talented players in the NBA who could fulfill his role, who do not have the attitude issues Farmar has.

What I love about the Triangle is that it is a perfect system for team play. Farmar simply does not have the attitude to thrive within such a system.

Would the Triangle be ramped up by actually (FINALLY) being run by a TRUE point guard? (In my not so humble opinion) Absolutely. However, Farmar is just not that guy.

I'm a Bruin for life and Laker fan for life. Farmar is both, but he needs an essential personality adjustment to realize his talent. Right now his ego is wasting what he can do. I can see it in his body language and the way he plays. He has athleticism, intelligence, creativity... but it's all being distracted by the "fact" that it is not natural for him to put the team first.

He wants to shine more than he wants the team to shine... and that's not good.

I still remember a clip after a game when he played well and Luke Walton only got three minutes with no production and as Luke walked by Farmar made some sarcastic, arrogant comment about how Luke received no playing time. 1) As a team player, I would NEVER be capable of that. 2) If a teammate talked smack like that to me, I would shove his face in a locker and slam the door shut.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

What's up with the Suns?

Also, what's going on with the Spurs?

There's a lot of things happening with this season that are unexpected.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Kobe learning the Dream Shake looks like it will pay dividens.

This is going to be an awesome season.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Am I the only one here? Why am I the only one here? Has the reptilian race of aliens finally reached the earth with the giant planetoid they're flying our way? Bad news. The end is near, one guesses.


Wes

Good comments by PJ on the mechanics of DJ vs Drew. Mbenga is a Ninja Master when it comes to shot blocking and rebounds. It's a skill that comes with hard work. Maybe Mbenga should take Caps role in teaching AB.

BK/ Tom


In regards to Farmar, I thought last night was his best game of the season and best in recent memory. Played fine defense, made shots, didn't gobble up the 24 with dribbling and fruitless penetration. Interesting take as well that he is still the best option. Although I feel Brown's defense and athleticism make up for his lack of triangle intuition, it does seem like the offense slows when in the half court set and he's the lead guard. This will most likely play out until the last 1/4 of the season when Phil will start deploying his playoff rotation.


When Gasol gets back, what happen to Powell? Homie has been lighting it up! He and Mbenga are playing their way into a decent contract down the road on this team and if they want bigger minutes and money as opposed to championship potential on this team it will be waiting for them at some point, Powell getting a talent edge of DJ, but DJ seems like he's actually slowing down and letting the flow of the game come to him. Fewer fouls caused by over-aggressive D, fewer rushed shots (although his 15 foot, head back jumper is a thing to behold, no style points DJ but they go in) and Powell has his glass work game going and his jumper is falling. Plus it looks like he's developed a little mid-range hook shot. Nice.


A word on Kobe Bryant: Amazing. He really does look well-rested and fresh and looks like he's not willing to concede yearly MVPs to Le Bron yet. He just might lead the league in scoring again, although I expect that his production will decline with the return of Bynum and Gasol. But it's nice to know that he can still step it up to this level if ever it's needed. He's scoring so much more efficiently and still not getting any whistles. He threw the ball in bewteen two guys all over his arms and no whistle. He got hit on the arm on his turn-around, no whistle, someone brought out a zamboni, ran him over as he hit a fall away, no whistle. What's it take for a fellah to get to the stripe.

I loved when PJ put most of the starters in near the end of the fourth. The look in his eyes was 40 points. That's what'll out this game out of reach. Nit Lamar getting to 10 or Ron getting to 20, 40 points and this game will be chillin on ice. Just like the blood in his veins.

We are in the presence of basketball greatness, folks, I hope you all have cable.

OJ Mayo is for realsies, we should go for that young gun when his contract is up (in about three years, I think). He has a great jump shot, now he needs to learn how to get it going towards the rim, operate in the post and play NBA D. This team could be scary if AI was into it, but thankfully he's a self serving mercenary who will probably flame out in Graceland. Too bad. They've got a great young core just begging for any veteran guidance. On second thought, maybe their better off with AI pouting than teaching

What's interesting is that Kobe is going into the post now. It's not as if he didn't have a post game before. What's different now is that, with the addition of Ron Artest, the Lakers have another reliable ball handler who can create offense with the pass, passing the ball from the outside to Kobe in the post.

And, most importantly, who can relieve Kobe from the responsibility for being the primary ball handler, protecting the ball, initiating the offense and setting up his teammates.

Derek Fisher can't do that. (Probably the only "point guard" in history who cannot properly set up a teammate with a pass.) Trevor Ariza couldn't do that. Lamar Odom---very talented, and an able passer, but his name will never appear in the same sentence as "reliable."

Without another reliable ball handler, Kobe had no choice but to stay outside most of the time. With Artest, he now has the freedom to move inside and show us the post game he has always had. (It was Scottie Pippen's ability as a primary ball handler that have MJ the freedom to play inside, and now Ron Artest gives Kobe the same freedom.)

And, somewhat ironically, I think this will give Pau Gasol the freedom to move outside and play the high post more: If his man doubles Kobe down low, Kobe can get him the ball at the foul line, where Pau is money. And if Bynum's man doubles Kobe, that's a dunk.

This Lakers team will be sooooo much better offensively than in years past. Finally, they will have a clearly defined point of attack in the post (Kobe), and everything else will flow from there, with passes inside to the other big men when their men leave them to double Kobe, and outside to the wingmen if their defenders double down.

As Artest says, they will finally have an identity, and be in a position to dictate terms to opponents.


BK,
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Thanks for your response to tomw, whose post was really mine. I must have somehow put my work email address where my blog name should have gone. Anyway, I appreciate your taking the time to post back. We pretty much agree on the Jordan and Shannon. What they both need to do to become more valuable to the team is make better decisions. They both have talents that the team desperately needs off the bench and both could be great players off the bench if they would just play smarter.
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I agreed with most of BK’s excellent assessment of the relative values and basketball skills of Jordan, Shannon, and Sasha. The only insight I questioned was BK’s opinion that Shannon is most likely to win the job as the first guard of the bench even though Jordan is getting more playing time. I don’t buy the concept that Phil is not playing Shannon because he wants to see what Jordan can do.
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To me, it is more logical that Jordan is getting more minutes because he is the best option to backup Fisher, who plays significantly fewer minutes than Kobe, for whom Brown is the best backup option. While there may be situations where Shannon plays point guard because of the defensive matchup, I think Jordan will get most of the backup point guard minutes because he is the better point guard.
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Maybe BK has some inside information that made him come to that conclusion because I don’t read the situation that way at all. To begin with, I think the decision of which guard comes off the bench first will depend upon whether it is Kobe or Fisher who is being replaced. The competition is to determine who will be the backup at point guard and who will be the backup at shooting guard.
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Maybe I am blinded by my long-time support for Jordan, but I still think the job of first guard off the bench to backup Fisher is his to lose, just as I think that the job of first guard off the bench to backup Kobe is Shannon’s to lose. Unfortunately, that means that Sasha Vujacic will be the man left out because he is not as good a point guard backup as Jordan or shooting guard backup as Shannon.
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What it comes down to in my mind is that the Lakers play best with a point guard to manage the floor, run the offense, control the pace, feed the post, and push the ball in transition. Right now, I think that point guard is still going to be Derek Fisher. His play making ability, clutch shooting, veteran savvy, defensive toughness, and leadership skills are a big part of why we are the NBA champions.
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What Jordan’s critics fail to appreciate is the value a true point guard can give the Lakers as a team. To think that Shannon can develop enough point guard skills at this point in his career and become the Lakers starting point guard is pure fantasy in my mind. Don’t get me wrong. I love Shannon and think he will be a valuable bench player for the Lakers for years but he is NOT a point guard.
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Triangle Offense or not, the Lakers still need a starting and backup point guard who have solid point guard skills. The issue is not whether they could win without point guards but how much better they would be with point guards. That tells me that Jordan Farmar is still the leading candidate to back up Derek Fisher at point guard. Now he just needs to go out and play well enough to win the job.
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Wes,

The video utterly disturbed me. A lot.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

THE 81-1 BANDWAGON
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As every long-time Lakers fan knows, Kobe Bryant is one smart dude riding a championship wave that seems destined to catapult him past MJ to the ultimate goal for which is striving – to be the G.O.A.T. How smart? How about this? Not content with having just won his 4th NBA championship, I think Kobe spent his time off this summer weighing various strategies to make himself and his team better. And I think we are now starting to see the products of Kobe’s grand plan coming to fruition.
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What better way to enhance his legend and help his team win than to become a more efficient player? What better way to justify taking even more shots per game than to become a more efficient shooter? What better way to improve his field goal percentage than to move closer to the hoop by posting up? And what better way to exert dominance by scoring more points per game than LeBron and Wade?
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What we are watching is the evolution of the next G.O.A.T. While the stats will change some once Pau returns to the lineup, I still expect Kobe to average over 30 points per game. He is currently averaging 34.5 points per game and shooting over 48% from the field, the result of more shot attempts in the post and fewer from beyond the arc. Now we know why Kobe sought out Dream for low post help.
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Funny how before the season there was talk about Kobe taking fewer shots and focusing more on his defense or playmaking as those seemed to be the logical moves for a superstar player over 30-years old and considered by many to have already been passed by as the best player by a younger LeBron. In hindsight, it was probably naïve to think that Kobe’s competitive juices would give in so easily.
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We can never forget that Kobe wants to be the G.O.A.T. Nor can we forget how much he loves the game. This is not a player who is going to leave the game early. Despite the fact that very few NBA guards can play at a high level beyond their late 30’s, it would not surprise me at all to see Kobe Bryant wearing purple and gold and playing efficiently and even spectacularly at 40-years old.
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As Kobe ev0lves into more of a post-up guard, the Lakers are evolving into more of a post-up team. Combine a healthy Andrew Bynum with a tougher Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom and then throw in a muscular enforcer like Ron Artest and the Lakers are suddenly this season’s version of Beasty Boys, a team that is going to batter you in the paint on both ends of the court with their size and length.
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Last night’s game was a reminder to the rest of the NBA why the Lakers are the champs and the team to beat for this year’s title. It was also a reminder to the out-of-touch ESPN dominated and East Coast biased sports media of which team is the best and which player is the greatest player on the planet. Wake up and smell the roses. With Kobe, the Lakers still have a chance to finish the season 81-1.
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waus,

WTF... you should apologize to the blog by calling whoever is autistic is lunatic and should be kept on meds!!

Edwin - thanks for responding. I really think you have me confused with someone else. I have shown nothing but respect for your team since I started blogging on here. You won last year, you were the best team. You would have won even if we had KG. It was your year. Just like 2008 was our year, and we would have won regardless of who you had.
You need to understand 3 things:
1. I only respond when someone makes a wise crack about MY team first (Celtics are old - no they aren't ; Marquis Daniels is a dud - no, he not; lakers bench is deepest in the league - no, it isn't), or proposes a ridiculous trade like Farmar and Morrison for Hinrich. It is not the job of other teams to help the lakers.
2. As a coach, I know part of coaching is developing players. I do not like Phil Jackson, and I never have. He was given a free pass from MJ, and he has taken advantage of it. Part of coaching is developing players (does he get the job done, YES he does - he has 10 rings!), and PJ has not done this in either Chicago or LA. Bynum gets a pass, because he has yet to play a full season. When/if he does, I will retract that statement. And, just for the record, I mean players DRAFTED while PJ was Head Coach, that he developed. Think about it!!
3. I loathe hypocrisy. I can't stand it when someone "labels" all trolls as bad people, but won't even respond to them. ( I am a very nice person, who just happens to be a Celtics fan - is that possible? I am only in my third year here, and I am one of the most popular and respected teachers at my school). I can't stand it when someone tells me to "go flame" myself, then, an hour later, he is writing a prayer to "help" the lakers win. And I will continue to fight hypocrisy whenever I read it.
Edwin, I can be very reasonable, try me. But some people on here cannot take an objective, outside opinion of the lakers. I don't hate the lakers, I wish Boston and LA played in the Finals every year, it is great for basketball.
Finally, I don't really care if you respect me or not - it's my TEAM that needs respect. John Wooden (who I have met, and is my coaching IDOL) said, "we respect all opponents and fear none." Believe me, Celtics fans ( the real ones) respect the heck out of the lakers. I truly believe that the hate is from a generation ago, the Magic/Bird era (notice I didn't say Bird/Magic). There are 30 teams in the league, and it seems to me laker fans don't respect any of them. You can TRY to convince me otherwise, but some of your posts are like - "yeah, we are great, no worries here, Boston is old, Cleveland is slow....". I can assure you, on Boston.com, we follow every move the lakers make. We know you have great ownership and management - I'm just looking for a little respect for my team - say what you want about me - I know the kind of person I am!!!
Have a nice weekend!!

Good Morning Everyone...

Its become very clear why Iverson had the summer he did..I cant see him lasting to much longer...His brand has been tarnished for a while...

I cant see Powell signing for 800 grand next season..I would be happy to see some Amo money get spent on him..His range seems to be expanding game by game...He will need a better deal for us to keep him..

Mbenga ....Bargain basement steal...Better shot selection would help his game a heap...

Kevin Martin from the Kings has to be one of the unluckiest players out there..I really feel for him..He seems grounded and his ego is in check and yet he gets hurt again for another 8 weeks..What a shame...

Agreed regarding Artest and his ability to actually get the ball into Kobe/the post. Fish is okay at it. Lamar is okay at it. Artest I trust, Walton I trust - but there's not very many guys even on this Laker team that can actually make an entry pass without getting picked off. Kobe, Walton, and Artest are the best ones - it's one reason why Puke gets so much burn.

But, let's not dismiss what you're seeing here. When MJ came back from baseball, he took his game to the post and went to the fadeaway - and he was unstoppable once again. It saves the legs and it extends the career. Kobe, younger than MJ was at that time, had a little post game that was like MJ's but slightly less effective - until now. What you're seeing now has not been seen by a guard. No one person has possessed these sets of skills in one person.

Kobe was right that his game is all ripped off from the past and that there's little innovation in it. Well, not entirely true, the innovation is being able to blend it.

It would be like Miles Davis telling us that the notes aren't new. Yes, but the composition is unequaled.

Hey, I was always willing to admit that Kobe was the "most skilled" in history but not "the best" offensive player in history. My mind may soon change.

Simply put, what you're seeing this season (from preseason to now) has not been done and no one in the history of the game has embodied the skill set that Kobe now possesses. And he's only 31.

I'm wondering what will happen next season after he consults Moses Malone on how to clean the windows - or if Magic Johnson is going to turn him into a swiss army knife sharper at every blade than everyone before him...

This is mind boggling

And we're only 6 games in with a TON of upside on our team game!!!

This is going to be SICK

4-Show

Jamie,
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You raised an excellent point about what will happen to Josh Powell when Drew and Pau return. While I have been a critic of Josh’s defense and toughness inside, I have always thought the guy was a great shooter. If he can expand his shooting range beyond the arc, I think Josh may earn some valuable minutes when we need instant offense off the bench. In a way, he may become what we had hoped that Vlade Radmanovic or Brian Cook would become – a dead eye outside shooter to help spread the floor and open up the inside for our post up players. No doubt, josh has a sweet stroke.
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As for DJ, what’s not to like. There is not a better backup center in the league other than Pau Gasol. Funny how the prospects of the Bench Mob changed like day to night after a big win and big bench contribution. I think it is way too early to condemn or crown our bench. Once Pau and Drew are back and Lamar is coming off the bench, then we will start to see how good or poor these guys are. One thing to keep in mind is that we do NOT need as much scoring from the bench as we did last year or the year before. The Big 3 of Kobe, Drew, and Pau are all going to average 20+ points per game, with Ron and Lamar filling in whatever area of the box score needs filling in to complement the Big 3.
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LT-

If I'd known it was you, I wouldn't have been so nice :). It'll be an interesting situation to watch for sure. In theory, Farmar should have the leg up, though Shannon's profile certainly fits with the type of guard PJ has favored in the offense over the years.

I still think you're off base on the whole Ben Howland conversation we had yesterday, though (haha).

Jon-

I agree that attitude matters, for sure, and your reading of Farmar has a lot of merit (I also agree with your appreciation of the offense- when it's run right, it's a ton of fun to watch). What I meant by that was the information I was talking about has been well reported and isn't based on knowledge I have that others who don't cover the team don't. Maybe some nuances or off the record conversations, but the nuts and bolts of it are well known.

BK


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>>> Does Ron have a Problem with Kobe? –CJW.
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>>> Not at all. If anything Artest has a man crush/divinity complex when it comes to Kobe.
>>> Artest is like the young, 90 pound pit bull that calls the old Rottweiler boss. The two could
>>> spend their time dueling to the death, but instead team up and form the biggest, meanest
>>> kick-butt combo on the block. –wesjoenixon
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>>> Here is an observation that my good friend Lakertom would not agree.
>>> It appears that Drew is a good offensive Center but Mbenga is a better rebounder
>>> and shot blocker.
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LOL, Edwin. I don’t think there is any doubt that DJ is the best third string center in the league and has performed admirably when called upon this season and preseason. You may be right about DJ being a better shot blocker, although I think one of the things that Drew has learned is that you can’t contest every single shot if you want to stay on the floor. But I give DJ great credit for adjusting how he plays when he starts versus how he plays when he comes in off the bench. It shows some smarts. Bottom line, DJ is good enough that we can still win with him at center. We’re lucky to have him.
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>>> I've been with my wife since I was like 15 years old. What can you say about that?'
>>> I'm still with my high school sweetheart in the NBA doing videos with pretty women.
>>> I'm an entertainer. I'm not going anywhere. I think that's successful. I think kids can
>>> learn from that." –Ron Artest.
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Thanks for that quote, keifo. Personally, I think it says a hell of a lot about Artest’s true character, especially when compared to the rampant cheating and infidelity and children from multiple unmarried mothers that seem to be the case with many NBA players. Bravo for Ron Artest.
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LOL! I think we all got a well-deserved wakeup call. Kobe Bryant may be the NBA equivalent of Benjamin Button, playing better and better as he gets older and older. One smart basketball dude.
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>>> Looking forward to the Baby Bees on Sunday night. That punk Paul and the rest of those
>>> guys just don't know what's in store for them. Man I can't stand that kid. He needs to be
>>> taken to the rack and then have a nice meeting with Mr. Floor a couple of times.
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Couldn’t agree with you more, justa. He is also a pretty dirty player who gets away with a lot. Sure hope we have our 7-footers back. If not, you may get your wish and DJ just might swat him like Manu swatted that bat. I just hope that they don’t make Mbenga take all of those rabies shots. LOL!
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I don't know if ya'll have seen this clip. I though it was great!

http://tinyurl.com/c7owqk


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LMAO. Maybe I should reinvent myself and change my number just like Kobe did. Let’s hope both Jordan and Shannon surpass our expectations.
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I do have a question that I have asked before but you have never answered which is do you, after all the time spent on the blog and with the players and team, now consider yourself to be a Lakers fan? Thanks for your answer and I promise to still be nice regardless of how you answer. :)
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Edwin

"Mbenga is a better rebounder and shot blocker"

Hopefully Laker Tom is too happy about the Yankees to get upset by that but you do have a point. There's a "it's my ball" tenacity to DJ's game that Andrew hasn't worked into his game yet. Andrew can look like he's not "bringing it" but the kid's got I see sparks of a new fire in him that will emerge more and more.

What an embarrassment of riches to have 3 big men of that calibre.

LOL.

Jon K.

The scariest things for me are the governmental documents on Alien encounters. Those things, and the weird, unending cover-ups are a unsettling. Check out this website. It's packed full of documents and eyewitness accounts of all kinds of nefarious activity.


http://www.think-aboutit.com/Aliens.htm


Wes

Farmar's problem is that his first priority isn't being a point guard, his first priority is being Jordan Farmar. Until that changes, he will never be successful with the Lakers, because of the nature of their system and the roster.

Jonk,


Here's part 2 from that same video diary of shapeshifters. Very spooky.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07saol9YJ-s&NR=1


Wes

I saw the interviews after he game and I don't think Ron has a problem with Kobe but I do think the media is trying to goat him into a blow-up. Ron is not the type of personality that needs or likes to be reminded that he is playing a supporting role. Ron is a proud athlete that knows he has something to contribute to this team, but the media seems to relish in reminding him how much the Lakers lost in the trade or how his efforts are somehow short of whoever??? The media love to teardown those they do not feel fit or conforms to the public norm. Ron is coming along and is showing steady improvement, give him time. However this could become a toxic situation for the if it is not address as we all know how Ron can blow. I think it would go a long way to the team captain(Kobe) acknowledge Ron efforts and contributions. Personalities like Ron need to be Stroked to bring them along, and the Lakers knew that when the signed him. So it's time for the team to embrase the Ron and show that they really are a team on and off the court.

BK,

"What I meant by that was the information I was talking about has been well reported and isn't based on knowledge I have that others who don't cover the team don't."

True, but, false humility aside, dude, you're an insider... and that's awesome!

You far better than myself or anyone else on this blog have the ability to read between the lines while in the presence of various Lakers. The most important communications come not in the form of what is said, but HOW it is said and what is conspicuously not said.

Anyhow, you and AK are doing a fantastic job. There's a solid reason why the concensus among the blogmunity is that the Kamenetzky Brothers are the bomb.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Wes,

I actually had a chance to read some of the original files from Project Blue Book about a decade ago. I have a friend who is involved in military intelligence and he shared some classified files with me.

I try not to think about the subject too much. It's just so big and outside of my locus of control.

Sometimes it's a lot easier to psychologically bury one's head in the sand.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

I'm a bit surprised that Butler isn't back screaming that the Suns are on the fast-track to win the Championship.

They ARE off to a surprisingly good start. Interesting what a coaching change can do.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Kobe learning the Dream Shake looks like it will pay dividends.

I'll have a Dream Shake and a side of Kobe fries please as in "Kobe fries the Grizzlies" for 41 points! SPANK you very much!

That was a great game, NO PAU, NO BYNUM, NO PROBLEM

Wasn't their some people on this blog that were saying that we have good starters and then GARBAGE TIME players? Well don't look now but that bench just dismantled the Grizzlies, MBenga, Powell, Farmar, Even Luke and Morrison got in on it.

It is not the job of other teams to help the lakers.

Posted by: Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic

Perhaps you have never heard of the Memphis Grizzlies ??? or the Charlotte BobCats ???

JonK - your Bruins are looking like they're about to lead....! And your Clips worked wonders last night. Congrats lol!

Green Bald guy - maybe you'd get more respect on here if you dropped the "lunatic" from your name..... or not..... Maybe it just takes a lunatic to cheer for anything green.

Have a nice (medicated) day!

wes - that just plain freaked me out a little. WTH???

Charles - do I have to say it?? WELCOME BACK!!!! Missed you brother....

Jamie - I think the bat was released in the wrong game. They really wanted it to bite Kobe and THEN not call the foul.....

I agree though - I'm surprised he gets any lift on any of his shots - what with 2 defenders hanging onto his arms & another in his shorts.....

Tim-4-Show - EXCELLENT Miles Davis analogy. Kobe is truly the master of his chosen craft. We are so fortunate to be able to call him our own, and enjoy his every game. There is NOTHING better than being a Laker fan!!!!

I wish Hinrich was a Laker.

"Kobe learning the Dream Shake looks like it will pay dividends."

Kobe "The Dream" Bryant more like it.

Kobe shows why he is still the best player in the game. Sure he doesn't have Wade's quickness nor Bron's power but that don't mean he's out of line. A guard having a post game is quite deadly. Just ask Payton (in his prime before he came to LA) and Chauncey how being able to post up meant to their games.

Kobe has played in the league for 14 years and still WANTS to learn and about being in the post an area most guards don't like since 1) most times they are on the perimeter and 2) they prefer to shoot when they get on their years. Plus Kobe as a perimeter player will still be able to use the Dream Shake for many years since he will still have the agility required in the post to do the Dream Shake since it doesn't require as much compared to dribble penetration.

That's why Kobe is the 1st option and undisputed leader and option of the Lakers. The dude who is ranked 10th (top 15 in the general rankings) is learning from the 8th of all time of Hakeem. I'm sure hope he shut up bandwagon Kobe fans who dismissed him as a 3rd or even 2nd option to a guy who dismissed the 3rd best center of all time (4th best of all time) because he wanted to grow because a true potential top 5/10 of all time would never dismiss a tutor away (not a stab at Bynum just making sure why Kobe is the best and don't let opportunities slip away from him such as learning from Hakeem).

Green Bald guy - maybe you'd get more respect on here if you dropped the "lunatic" from your name..... or not..... Maybe it just takes a lunatic to cheer for anything green.

Have a nice (medicated) day!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 07, 2009 at 03:00 PM


Don't take any medications, not even aspirin. For the record, Mamba24, who is one of the main posters on this board, and who has, IMO, a great sense of humor, often refers to Kevin Garnett as that "Giant Green Bald-Headed Lunatic." I thought it was hysterical, so, as an homage to him, one of the few people on here who has shown me any respect, I changed my handle to what it is now.

Also, if you read my last post, I don't care if you respect ME or not, but the CELTICS deserve it this year.
Don't forget your meds also, I hear small purple and gold ones give people delusions of grandeur.......:)

My goodness. Iverson has left the Griz for personal reasons. What is he thinking?


Wes

Wes, John K,

"Sometimes it's a lot easier to psychologically bury one's head in the sand."

After years of research into these topics, I feel the same way. The more you research, the more evidence you will find, but the rabbit hole ends up being pretty dark and grim.

Hakeem has spoken of how he developed "The Dream Shake" from *soccer* move.

Kobe should feel very comfortable with "The Bean Shake." His love for soccer allows him to fully understand where, how, and why, the Dream Shake is so effective.

Here is a clip of Hakeem describing his signature move.
http://tinyurl.com/ybryoxk

WHY are there still green things crawling around on here?

You have to be a freak to go on another team's fan blog and demand respect for YOUR team. HAHAHAHA!!! What a bunch of losers.

HINT - go on YOUR OWN blog - you'll get all the respect you deserve. It may not be much, but at least it will be from your own kind.

KB Blitz,

you wrote: That's why Kobe is the 1st option and undisputed leader and option of the Lakers. The dude who is ranked 10th (top 15 in the general rankings) is learning from the 8th of all time of Hakeem. I'm sure hope he shut up bandwagon Kobe fans who dismissed him as a 3rd or even 2nd option to a guy who dismissed the 3rd best center of all time (4th best of all time) because he wanted to grow because a true potential top 5/10 of all time would never dismiss a tutor away (not a stab at Bynum just making sure why Kobe is the best and don't let opportunities slip away from him such as learning from Hakeem).

my response: Sissy. Take the shot! :) :) :)

seriously, I loved reading that he went to study with Hakeem.

Have you been MBangin' with MBenga? I really like that guy. Not the most
talented by any stretch of the imagination, but when you call his name he
shows up and gives you EVERYTHING he's got. Did you see those
*BEASTLY* blocks by Mbenga?

on a side note, I was seriously peeved hearing Fantasy Basketball oriented
wannabe sports journalists talking about picking wade before bryant.
Laughing my behind off at Kobe leading the league in scoring & steals
( as I recall ).

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!

Hey LakerTom,

Yah - Punk Paul used to have my respect as a player, but seeing more of him up against the Lakers I noticed how dirty he is - not to mention the resemblance to a little wussy girly-man.

When you play dirty like he does, you're just asking for trouble. Congo Cash may have to teach the little punk a lesson. Again - not to hurt - just to remind him of his place in the world.

wouldn't it be a good investment to have Kareem work
with DJ ?

Ahahahahaha! Wheeeee! I couldn't believe it when Memphis signed AI but I didn't expect a meltdown THIS FAST! That dude is... CRAZY! LOL! The dude is about to blow himself out of the league, WHY would any team want this guy? All he cares about is HIS stats. Memphis should consider itself lucky, otherwise OJ Mayo or Mike Conley would have been putting in a trade request by the end of the month to get away from this negative Nelly. WHAT??? was Memphis thinking when they signed AI?

-A frustrated Allen Iverson has departed the Memphis Grizzlies and is not expected to return any time soon, if at all.

hearing Kobe admit that "there's nothing original to my game" really shows why he's great. he's not afraid to learn from others and he's not afraid to give those others props. the grwat ones always continue to hone their craft, right up to the end.

wesjoe-fun, fun, fun! but regardless of whether or not there are shapeshifters from outer or inner space(hollow earth?), it's pretty clear that the psychopaths running the show called planet earth surely aren't doing anything for the common humans' benefit...

HY are there still green things crawling around on here?

You have to be a freak to go on another team's fan blog and demand respect for YOUR team. HAHAHAHA!!! What a bunch of losers.

HINT - go on YOUR OWN blog - you'll get all the respect you deserve. It may not be much, but at least it will be from your own kind.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 07, 2009 at 05:27 PM

See you at Church tomorrow???
Sorry, but I thought the tone of your response to me actually meant you may be serious - silly me.
Okay, ignore me, then! Please don't respond to me anymore if this is the way you are...............
See you in June!!

Yah - Punk Paul used to have my respect as a player, but seeing more of him up against the Lakers I noticed how dirty he is - not to mention the resemblance to a little wussy girly-man.

When you play dirty like he does, you're just asking for trouble. Congo Cash may have to teach the little punk a lesson. Again - not to hurt - just to remind him of his place in the world.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 07, 2009 at 05:48 PM

Yes, Chris Paul needs to learn his place in the world, boys and girls. Wonder how justanother would feel if he ever got traded to the lakers? Maybe justanother would call for Mbenga to remind him of the place in the world in practice, too. "Why that little punk, imagine him trying to beat my beloved lakers. He tries too hard. Oh, Mitch just traded for him??? Man, I've always loved that kid. CP3 and Kobe - backcourt of the future, start fitting him for his ring now. What a competitor!!"

What a hypocrite!!

Just wanted to put my two cents in.

I've been watching basketball since the late 70's when I was a little tyke. And in all that time I've seen a lot of really good basketball players have a lot of really good games. And since Kobe came into the league I've always felt he was the most talented player playing right now. But after the last two games when he has absolutely owned the post I am willing to jump on the bandwagon as far as putting him into a greatest of all time conversation.

He has been absolutely scintillating, shaking and baking his defenders at will. He owned Mayo last night but he was almost as good against Battier in Houston and Battier is an EXCELLENT defender. What is amazing to me is the level of mental dominance that Kobe has. He is twitching his shoulders, swaying, starting his move and pausing before continuing, rolling around the defender to take it to the rack, rolling around to fade away. I mean seriously, just about every possible variation you can imagine all fitted into the same game.

Most people, when they get a move that works they stick to it with a few options to keep the opposition honest. But what Kobe was doing was art in motion. He was like the dangling string that the kitten is obsessed by but can never quite seem to get his claws into. If he keeps that up I don't see how you can defend that.

Greatest of all time? If he plays like this for the rest of the year then slowly starts to taper off over the next 4-6 years and wins 2 or three more championships then I don't see how you can keep him out of that conversation. Jordan will still have the inside track, but after this week I can finally see the argument as being potentially much more legit.

~Thomas

P.S. To BK and AK. Long time reader of your blog, though I don't usually post. Love you guys and love your podcasts (even during the summer, and even when you are opening with inna gotta divita ). I LOVE that song, you should just let it play in the background for the whole podcast.

Yo For Real Yall need to leave Iverson alone. He has been shafted by the fact he never been on a good team. Imagine someone that good wit no talent around him. Except for that year in Denver and he wasn't bad at all. I bet if he played on the lakers he'd be happy averaging 8+ assists and 10-15 pys as long as he's PLAYING. why wouldn't you start him over Conley whats Conley better at?? Iverson just needs a good team around him


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