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Live from Staples - Lakers vs. Nets

I'll be blunt.  If anything truly worth "analyzing" happens tonight, something went horribly wrong.

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AK

 
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Yawn. A historically great team playing against a historically bad team.

In other news, I just read that Dr. Jerry Buss is an SC alum. Cool. I wouldn't be surprised if Donald Sterling were a UCLA alum.


D*O*M*I*N*A*T*I*O*N (AKA THE 70-3 BANDWAGON)…
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That was a SCARY victory. Fifth straight double-digit victory with opponent held under 100 points. There were moments in the 1st and 3rd quarters when the Lakers defense was so good that I thought the only thing preventing them from holding the Nets under 50 points for the game was the players’ unwillingness to overly embarrass their fellow professional ballers. Too tall, too long, and too good. The difference in height, length, athleticism, and talent is almost embarrassing to watch. Almost!
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I’m sure everybody feels the vibe in the air and increasing hum in the background as the NBA world takes notice of what’s happening in LA and we’re not talking the USC-UCLA game or Tiger Woods. We’re taking about the slow and steady emergence of this Lakers team as a juggernaut that threatens to steamroll over the rest of the NBA. And before Edwin and the wall flowers faint in exasperation, you can’t tell me that they don’t feel it, too. The Lakers have truly become the Yankees of the NBA.
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Kobe Bryant is playing like the MVP. Pau Gasol is playing like the best power forward in the NBA. Andrew Bynum is playing like the best center in the NBA. Ron Artest has changed the DNA of the team from offense to defense, from finesse to power. And anybody who says that Derek Fisher is through is going to be naively embarrassed as Fish has put to rest any rumors of being MIA with a series of rock solid games on both offense and defense. He is still our best option at point guard.
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I also think Lakers fans have to understand that Lamar is not going to put up the points that he did last year and not hold that against him. There was an interesting stat brought up during the game that Lamar was 1 of only 2 players in the league averaging 8 boards and 4 assists. More importantly, he enables the Lakers to have an elite starter level player at center, power forward, and small forward for all 48 minutes of the game. That is the REAL reason why Lamar Odom was re-signed as a Laker.
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I did not hear why Phil only played Andrew for 24 minutes because I thought he was a real force in the paint, blocking 5 shots, changing trajectories on several more, and completely shutting down Brook Lopez when he guarded him in the 1st and 3rd quarters, only allowing 3 points and 1 rebound. At any rate, I do trust Phil over the long haul to do what is best for the team and for Drew but it is still frustrating to watch Drew have such a great 1st quarter shutting down Brook and then get benched.
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Finally, another excellent game from Jordan Farmar, including some of the best defense I’ve seen him play in a long time. That block at the end of the first half was Shannon Brown-ish. LOL. Good for Jordie. He is playing like a more confident, bigger, and tougher player. And he definitely adds speed to the Lakers lineup when he is in the game. Shannon seemed a little off tonight, especially on defense where he was beaten often allowing his man into the paint. I liked the 3 assists, though and the combination of he and Jordan off the bench. If they just play smarter, the bench will be fine.
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It’s interesting the different impressions bloggers have as to what the 79-3 bandwagon is all about. So here’s the thing. The 79-3 bandwagon is the same as the 80-2 bandwagon and the 81-1 bandwagon. It’s entire point is that each game is just 1 of 82 games so don’t let it drive you to hating on players, wearing out the ESPN trade machine, or ducking every time you go outside because the sky is falling. The reality of 79-3 is that it is STILL possible because we are that EARLY in the long NBA season. So bottom line, stop worrying and fretting. We’ve got the best player, team, coach, and owner and we are going to win at least 6 of the next 10 NBA championships. Or maybe all 10 of the next 10. : ))
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reasons why nets are still winless:

1. injuries
2. lawrence frank
3. trent hassell-sorry but guy is awful. how does he get so much PT!!??

Brook Lopez is their center. So I wouldn't mind their streak continuing for some time.

Of course, I would like for them to get their first win on Dec 15th against Cleveland, or Jan 30th against Boston.

"KB Blitz,

Dude, why are you so critical of Bynum? I don't get it.

Are you just having kneejerk reactions to LakerTom's optimism? Because it seems that way sometimes."

I'm not critical of Bynum (yes the Mr. Big Mouth comments were out of line but appropriate at that time considering how he was complaining about his PT against Denver and was being critical of Jackson's game plan only to having him shut up after Game 3 win but I digress). It's what Laker Tom keeps doing about people who do not share his optimism about Bynum. I for one still haven't given up on Bynum as the "potential franchise center" but for Laker Tom it's either you agree that he's the 2nd option or you are a Bynum basher. If you put Pau as the 2nd fiddle of the Laker squad you have a man love for Pau. That's thing I don't mind his over optimism, its when he gets so emotional when people here gets attacked for not sharing his views particularly about Andrew Bynum. As long as it doesn't escalate into insults heck you shouldn't be attacked for what you believe your opinions are Laker wise (unless you are another team troll which is a bit different).

Laker Tom is a great guy and I agree almost with everything on him (save for Bynum). And I actually like Bynum and loved the 5 blocks over anything offensive wise he has done so far the season (since that's what he should be doing being a true defensive force as one of the reasons why Defense wins championships and why Russell has 11 rings over Wilt's 2).

I mean Jon how did you feel when you expressed your opinion about that Sun Yue wasn't a good bball player (yes you were correct in that) yet people unfairly called you names because you didn't share their optimism about him? It's similar (not the same) about people who don't express the same level about Bynum and Laker Tom goes out of his way to label them "Bynum bashers" who doesn't share his Bynum fanism even if they do appreciate Bynum's contributions just not on the same level as he is. It's not being negative Jon, simply to show that to appreciate Bynum isn't simply all black and white .

Nem,

I saw and understood your point until this line:

"I don't have a problem with people criticizing any aspects of his game."

Then why bother responding to that blogger who thinks the opposite of what you think about Bynum? And also I remember on the live blog you were critical of Phil and stated the he was "sabotaging his all star chances" when in fact later it was revealed that Bynum had an ankle injury.

I know what Bynum means to this team as currently the 3rd option of the Lakers and the future of the franchise. Fact remains though don't get so emotional when something not positive said about Bynum (like when I said overrated when it comes being the 1st option as some people were calling for). I'm more than willling to cheer for Bynum as I loved the blocks and defense and rebounding more than anything he does offensive wise since that's where he is most needed.

And I consider that the Lakers in 2009 won WITHOUT Bynum being the scoring option that he was before Pau's injury. The lineup that was most successful (not to mention won the series) was Fisher-Bryant-Ariza-Odom-Gasol (they got the most PT). Bynum as much as he was out of shape because of his injury was a non factor for much of the playoffs and it's still to be seen how he will do in a playoff type environment without all the "He's injured" thing.

yeah, the lakers are so not the yankees of the nba. see previous post. also, LakerTom, what? how much of that was written after the game, and how much was filled in, hack sportswriter style was each quarter went by? don't mail it in, postmarked 'BYNUM PR ON DELIVERY,' man. we've got enough of that.

ah, whatever. you wanna get complacent, you wanna ahem, drink the kool aid, act surprised when either A) Bynum has a good game and the Lakers lose or 2) Bynum never has a good game when the Lakers lose, cause the team is more than the sum of its parts, but less that the performance of its Bynum? I have occasionally criticized a few commentators for choosing to enjoy being right over enjoying a lakers win, are you going to choose to celebrate Bynum doing well (and LakerTom being oh so right [except about that Odom thing]) over actually watching the Lakers play?

Hey man, you aren't even the power I need to speak truth to, or the Emperor who walks around naked. You are a fellow blog commentator. And if you don't know it's about the love for the Lakers instead of the Love for LakerTom's vision of Drew Bynum, try to figure it out. You might have potential, man. you mighta been a contender. well, contender is a relative term. But don't disregard the seeress man, don't ignore the asides of phred.

Sell interesting, don't sell last years product.

Nah, i'm not trying for an argument. I'm trying to find the guy i respect behind the guy who well...man, i'm not sure why i'm spending time on this.

We've got a good team going here, people. And the Lakers are doing pretty well. Zaira, you are at least a crue regular in style, if you want to keep slumming with us ax-grinders and cheap shot artists. father guido, i'm not sure how long you've been around, but with a bit of effort you will last in this business. and phred, stop acting like superman and julius schwartz to the justics league and let the players play, even if they are the shoehorned 'indigenous persons and gratuitiuous toy merchandizing of the early eighties DC' to the emerging, undeterred by jim shooter cultural icons that are the legacy of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby'

and one hell of an extended metaphor. Ok, who wants ectasy-laced-non-hostess-no-name-brand-but-still-relatively-expensive-fruit-pies?

THE LOVE HOPES THAT THIS EXTENDED STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS POST MODERN POST DADAESQUE POSTED COMMENT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS ALL ABOUT pHRED.

CAUSE THE LOVE IS A JEALOUS FEMALE DOG GODDESS OF THAT SORT OF THING.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!

GO LAKERS!

"I did not hear why Phil only played Andrew for 24 minutes because I thought he was a real force in the paint. ."

Seriously? Duh. Game was over in the first 24 minutes.

World peace, LT, world peace.

"Zaira, you are at least a crue regular in style, if you want to keep slumming with us ax-grinders and cheap shot artists"

@phred I'm all for it ;)

KB Blitz,

What does Bynum need to do for you to feel a similar enthusiasm/optimism regarding him as a player as you would/do for Kobe or Gasol?

Please be succinct.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

THIS IS NOT THE REASON LAMAR WAS RESIGNED, LONG WINDED AND NONSENSICAL PARAGRAPH:
" I also think Lakers fans have to understand that Lamar is not going to put up the points that he did last year and not hold that against him. There was an interesting stat brought up during the game that Lamar was 1 of only 2 players in the league averaging 8 boards and 4 assists. More importantly, he enables the Lakers to have an elite starter level player at center, power forward, and small forward for all 48 minutes of the game. That is the REAL reason why Lamar Odom was re-signed as a Laker."

LAMAR WAS RESIGNED IN AN EVENT ONE OF THE CENTER WENT DOWN WITH AN INJURY, ESPECIALLY DREW the GREENHORN.


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