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        -In case you didn't get the memo, budding All-Star Andrew Bynum will be available for the Lakers' Wednesday Addams Thursday contest against the Phoenix Suns, 7-1 and the league's biggest surprise.  Forum Blue and Gold ran down Fanhouse's Brett Pollakoff to get some insight on how they've found unexpected success.  Three point shooting has been a predictable factor, but an under the radar acquisition has stepped up to play a major role behind the arc:

        The team has been getting loads of production from starting center Channing Frye, who’s tied with Richardson for second in the league in made three-pointers with 22. And as a team, the Suns lead the league in three-point shooting percentage, hitting a blistering 47 percent of their shots from downtown.

        -By the way, Steve Nash seriously considered hooking up with the Knicks.  Safe to say, he's not losing much sleep thinking, "What if?"  Instead, ESPN's Tim Legler has him among the early front runners for MVP.
        -Similar to how he deal with most aspects of life, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted to keep his battle with Leukemia a private matter.
        -In honor of the Lakers' 50th anniversary in L.A., the Times re-printed a 1998 piece by the late Jim Murray called "A Star is Born."  From the title, you'd obviously assume it's a profile of Shea Seals.  But it's actually about Kobe Bryant.  An excerpt:

        You hear about Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' 19-year-old basketball whiz, and your first reaction is, the last time anyone this good appeared there was a star in the East. I mean, you want to say, "Come on, what are you trying to hand me? Nobody's this good!"

        Oh, they don't claim he can heal the sick, raise the dead or make water into wine. They're not blasphemous. But they do insist that anything that can be done with a basketball, he can do it. Michael Jordan, my foot.  It gets to the point where, when you meet him the first time, you want to ask him what he did with the halo. Did he fly in -- or just walk across Santa Monica Bay? You don't know whether to get his autograph or his blessing. Or just touch the hem of his warmup suit. You feel inadequate interviewing someone so perfect. It's a job for Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, not a mere sportswriter.

        -When Dwight Howard criticizes refs on his blog, the league fines him.  When the K Brothers criticize NBA refs, no penalty.  What do we take from this?  The NBA cowers in fear of BK and me.
        -Stephen Curry's adjustment to the NBA would be tough even if his team didn't double as a loony bin.
        -The Press-Enterprise's Jeffrey Eisenberg has a look at Brad Miller's game-winning (for a moment) shot over the Bulls.
        -The Heat are confident Dwyane Wade will remain in South Beach after this season.
        -Jax's potential destinations are weighed.
        -Elton Brand isn't playing enough for his liking in Philly.
        -Josh Smith and Al Horford are trying to lend maturity to the Hawks
        -Hope you didn't lose out on your chance to call J.R. Smith "Earl," because that window has now shut.
        -Jo No or Greg O: Who you got?
        -The Wiz can't ease on down the road with all these injuries.
        -It ain't just Shaq underachieving in Cleveland.


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AK -

I know I'm a little late to the party, but your little aside in the last post on Sesame Street and Jake Gyllenhal had me in stitches.

justanothermambafan -

Haha, I can see how my attitude concerning Pau might seem pessimistic, but really it's not. I'm not really a glass half-full OR a glass half-empty guy. I'm a "Hey look! My glass has milk in it! Cool!" kind of guy. So it is with Pau. I just take it as it is. I'm grateful we have him and will be grateful when he comes back, whenever that might be!

Good Morning Everyone...

Laker Tom....Very nice link on the last thread mate..The Lamar Odom story is one that i really enjoy reading about...Thanks..

Brad Miller was robbed..What a shame...

So what happens when the Suns go cold from 3 point land?....Do they take a time out and start acting like the cast from Gilagans Island?......

Not a lot of Lebron banter at this point in the season........GOOD....

Wade is on fire..

OK, I’m catching up.

Hey, good for Channing, I’ve been waiting for him to finally show up. Hopefully Luke and his fellow Wildcat will get together for some good times before the game. It is even tempting to suggest that Luke take one for the team and keep the good times rolling to the point that both of them miss the game, but I will resist the temptation.

Yello- I’m disregarding your anti luke bias, because in this case even without wild exaggeration you are correct, no way would a sane person trade Luke for Jackson. Not because it wouldn’t help the team, which is might if Jackson is as big of a cancer as you say, but because he could definitely get more somewhere else. But I don’t buy that Jackson can’t help us. Too ball hoggy? Someone else can look it up, (right, thanks other Mamba) but the man is getting crazy assists this year(7.5pg?), like last year, and the year before. Too many ball handling scorers? One, this is the triangle. You can’t have too many good scorers as long as they buy into the system. Two, the other guy we picked up that everyone said was a ball hogging shoot first guy is getting in trouble for taking too few shots, and is also putting up crazy assists. Every team should have such ball hoggers.

As for AI? I have respect for him personally, cause he works hard, which is pretty much all I ask of a player. But he’s not a triangle guy, and we don’t need him. So I won’t argue for us to get him on the team.

Of course, my first and probably my last words on this were; ‘I trust mitch kupchak.’ I definitely trust mitch kupchak more than I trust any of the armchair gms on this blog, most of whom spent all summer arguing why we didn’t need Lamar Odom and that there was no way he was coming back. It’s nice when the right people are doing the right things, ie managing and complaining, respectively.

PS to yello- also I think that all Luke was doing in the last two games was making open threes. If there was a legitimate criticism of Luke over the last two years it is that he wasn’t making wide open threes. So now that he’s starting to fix that, is anybody going to give him credit? (HAHAHA, you are a funny guy, phred. I crack me up sometimes.) Also, I would point out that wide open threes are pretty much the same regardless of who you are playing, cause you know, they are wide open. So I think it’s a good sign.

Regarding the story about Elton Brand being pissed for not getting enough PT, I've got a message for EB...

Um, maybe you should EARN the playing time, bud. You've sucked something awful this year and last, and that young buck Mareesse Speights - you know, the one who plays the same position as you and plays it a lot better - is something special. Oh yeah, and that OTHER young buck, Thaddeus Young, also happens to play better at the PF slot than the SF slot, so maybe you should shut your yap and start playing better if you want to see more court time.

Ugh. These delusional fading stars like AI and EB drive me nuts. They demand the treatment they received 5 years ago, even though they're not those players anymore.

Am I the only one who has noticed a epidemic of posts starting with “Am I the only one?’ and complaining about Drew’s injuries? One, I guess not, but either way, it’s not a question, it’s a statement, and it’s a cliché. Stop asking. B)Which of Bynum’s injuries do you think are imaginary? The guy is a 7 foot tall center with past injuries which HIS DOCTORS, not him, wouldn’t let him return from. 3) We’re winning. Let the guy take time to get healthy for games that actually matter. Besides, if he comes back early and gets hurt again, well, do we really want to have LakerTom’s total mental and physical breakdown on our consciences?

Wesjoe- Sorry I can’t keep up with all your links. You are definitely pushing this blog in a ‘renaissance blog’ direction, freeing it from too much insularity and overfocussedness on basketball minutiae, mostly by focusing on other minutiae, but hey.

“…I also have to agree with BK in that it's better that Gasol responds well to treatment and activity before he pushes it. We have a deep team for a reason. It's not so that pundits can look in the camera and say, "The Lakers are a deep, long team." Although it makes them sound smart, it's to absorb the blows a physically and mentally draining season inflicts on each and every team. Mitch should be commended for his forsight in retaining Powell and Mbenga. Now they get a chance to attract future interest from possible suitors and have fun playing big minutes, which only means they'll be better down the road….

Posted by: Jamie Sweet | November 10, 2009 at 05:33 PM “

Very good point, and well made. Props.

Also to Mamba0824 (the other Mamba); your posts are getting a lot better, I think, in terms of writing quality, and I like your points about AI and Jax, even if I don’t see either one happening. Keep up the good work.

The Eponymous was the smaller carnivorous ones, that hunted in packs, right? They were one of my favorites!!
Posted by: exhelodrvr | November 11, 2009 at 08:38 AM "

Just needed reposted is all. Funny.

AK, BK, great as always. But you guys probably already were pretty sure about that.

Tim Legler's loves LeBron...he gets first mention even though his team is 1 win ahead of the Bobcats.

Am I the only one that wishes Pau Gasol would honor his contract with us, and the next time he goes overseas and plays for his Birth Nation, and gets injured, deduct for those games he has missed with us. Andy and Brians comments lately have been too anesthetic here. Time for the Wake Up Call now.


"When the K Brothers criticize NBA refs, no penalty. What do we take from this? The NBA cowers in fear of BK and me."

I laughed aloud. Nice.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


I sure hope the Cavs lose their next game. I can already hear the train speeding up as it approached the washed out bridge.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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


Hey, why was "Know Thy Enemy" so incomplete this year?

By my count only about 1/3 of the teams were covered this year.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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




"Has anyone else noticed that a large portion of scientists are getting on board the 'Hobbit was real' bandwagon?"

Hobbitmage will be pleased to know that he's been verified by the scientific community, at least partially.

Am I the only one that wishes Pau Gasol would honor his contract with us, and the next time he goes overseas and plays for his Birth Nation, and gets injured, deduct for those games he has missed with us. Andy and Brians comments lately have been too anesthetic here. Time for the Wake Up Call now.

You can't say that the US players can play for their country, but other players from different countries can't. The Lakers didn't stop Kobe from playing in the Olympics in China. BTW - He did NOT injure himself in Spain, he injured himself practicing with the Lakers in the pre-season. At least get the story straight!!!

Phred - am I the only one... who thinks L.O. should rock the skyhook (lefty, natch)?

Inspired by the cool pic of Kareen in today's Times.

Three point shooting and no defense; the same reason the Suns along with the Warriors will never win an NBA title.

The LA Weekly said it best: "Jim Murray has a gland that continually secretes analogies against his will"



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