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Thunder praise the Lakers after losing

Durant It was an ugly win Tuesday night for the Lakers, 101-108, over Oklahoma City, and Phil Jackson wasn't happy about his team's performance.

But in the loser's locker room at Staples Center, the young Thunder team and its coach was effusive in their compliments for the Lakers after dropping another one to the defending champs.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant led his team with 30 points. Durant told the Oklahoma News: "I know we don't like to take moral victores. But tonight we showed a lot of toughness, a lot of maturity. It was a tough loss. But we were right there at the end and could have won the game."

Ex-Bruin point guard Russell Westbrook had a strong game for the Thunder with 21 points, 13 assists and only two turnovers. "Honestly, I think we've made that next step. The Lakers are a great championship team. We did a good job competing. Tonight, it's just unfortunate we had a couple of missed shots at the end."

And Thunder Coach Scott Brooks: "Kobe needed every one of his 40 points tonight to beat us. I have a lot of respect for how he plays. He brings it every night...

"The Lakers are an elite, championship team right now. They're the best team in basketball."

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Kevin Durant. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

 
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Jon K,

Just saw your Ammo trade question. It's a tough one. I think realistically it would be a player with a similar salary but a long term deal on a non contending team. In other words, someone who wants the expiring contract. At this point Ammo has no real value as a player, only as a contract (Kwame).


There are some smart guys on here who know how to figure out who those guys are, but I imagine in real life the guys who might really be available are pretty few. But so far this year Ammo had not showed that is going to sprout as a player, so unless he starts playing better I would be surprised if he WASN'T traded when (if?) Luke returns.


Anybody who knows who would fit the math of an Ammo contract deal?


Tom Daniels

BLOG CRUE
I went to the Lakers game last night and enjoyed my first Lakers game at the Staples. We were visiting cousins at the Yard House (?) when they said open your present. It was the best surprise I have ever gotten. I ran into Ron Artest after the game. I'll eventually post the picture.

Los Angeles loves our World Champion Lakers!

Dude...the final score you posted is incorrect!

Barry,

With the practice on Monday, the "win out December" comment and his dissatisfaction with this performance, do you get the sense that Phil thinks that right now he needs to take out the whip and push his horse a little harder?


Tom Daniels

So far so good. I love Roland Laza..um..by as much as anyone, but he's a bit too old and thoughtful to man the blog position. The Times needs someone young and full of piss and fire just to fend off all the asinine troll comments we get. AK was good because he liked to fight, while BK took the high road on a lot of things. It was a good combo.


Kevin Ding, too. Too thoughtful and intellectual for the blog. He's be a great guest, but we need somewhat of a bulldog to host.


We have 4 games in 5 days coming up. That'll be a great test for the team, and a great treat for BB fans. And I have a funny feeling in my guttas, and it has nothing to do with the ceviche I just had. I feel a silet trade brewing. I think Mitch and Buss are planning on adding a shooter. I may be wrong--it may jut be the ceviche.


Wes

Of course the Thunder have to pull moral victories out of losses like this. Really, the Lakers were going through the motions for a large part of that game.

You have to give a young team like the Thunder credit though for coming out and competing hard against the champs. I like to watch the Thunder, they are a fun team. Hopefully, that squad can stay together so we can watch them develop.

Go Lakers!
Go Chargers!

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>>> I want Russell Westbrook in a Laker uniform before this season is over. He's our PG of the future.
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It would only seem fair that we get all of the Bruin guards as Lakers. I also love Darren Collison.
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yellofever
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>>> if bynum is playing well again and gettin his groove/confidence back and finally hustling for
>>> boards why not reward him with some extended minutes especially at the end of the game.
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Even though Drew missed those bunnies, he was very active on the boards and blocking shots. In fact, whenever he left the game, you could see the Thunder attack the rim with layups and dunks.
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Tom D,
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>>> Lakers as franchise of the decade! Maybe someday your Yankees can become the Lakers of MLB.
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Notice that both teams bookended the decade with championships and both are primed to dominate the next decade in their sports. I love my Yankees but the Lakers are always #1 in my heart of sports.
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Jon K & T0m D,
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The one thing that everybody forgets about Ammo’s expiring contract this year and Sasha’s expiring contract next year is that there is no team out there who NEEDS to utilize expiring contracts to reduce their salary and luxury tax bill than the LA Lakers. That is why there will be NO trade for either player. Ammo will save the team $10M per year this year and Sasha $10M per year next year in salary and luxury taxes. That is why there will be NO trade for either player in my estimation.
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Tom

a comment on D-Fish and the play of opposing pg's.

Y'all can gripe all you want about young pg's scoring a lot
on D-Fish. Your griping and $.50 won't get you a cup of
coffee at Starbucks.

I would expect the sun to come up in the West before
Phil trades D-Fish.

reasons:

1. The professionalism he brings is off the charts. There are only
two comparable professionals on the team. Kobe & Pau.

2. Clutch. D-Fish has hit huge shots his entire career. What would
cause PJ to give up proven "clutchness" as he pursues ring 11?

3. Kobe! If the Lakers were to trade D-Fish right now, three things would
happen.

A. Loss of role model for young guards.
B. Dissolution of back court chemistry.
C. Kobe would BLOW A GASKET!!!

For all of your complaining, you *NEED* to understand this:

Until Kobe signs his contract, mgmt will step as softly as a Christmas mouse.

Kobe is playing at an EPIC level & Jerry/Jeanie will do nothing to upset that.
NOTHING!!!

Can you imagine the *FURY* Kobe would unleash on the Lakers if they traded
his draft/championship running mate? Kobe can walk at the end of the
season. Free. There's nothing the Lakers can do to stop him if he chooses.
Kobe on any contender = CHAMPIONSHIP!

You DON'T do your superstar dirty!

Do yourselves a favor. Send D-Fish a bottle of Geritol for Christmas, and
go grab a spiked eggnog. It will help you make it through the night.

@Wes,

You know who'd be great for the blogging position here at the LAT blog?

The guy from the O.C. register, you know... what's his last name. Chang is it?
I love the guy's articles.

I am so cold and cynical but everytime I read these kind of "offering white arms" declarations the immediate thought is all due to reverse psychology:

"by praising us they're overpraising themselves".

I am well disposed to OKC btw. I was in the first game, I was yesterday previously the game even started.

It's a good, energized young team.

I honestly don't see them in the Playoffs yet but they are good and developing.

I am mildly pleased by our reactions yesterday.
I never thought we were gonna lose.
I never thought we would have got an easy night either.

The bench still an huge concern, and I agree that this way we're not relying on it is gonna potentially dry our players up.

Again I put my faith in the coaching team regarding that matter.

Since it would be no drama to lose games in the regular season (it would be NOT), I assume if PJ doesn't force bench players more than he does he's pursuing another target, which I have not clear in mind myself, but then again I am not Lakers coach, so it's natural I can't see all he sees.

I tend to be really calm and cool during regular season.

I am VERY different during playoffs.

But so far is like we don't have yet to play our best poker face, and therefore I try to just enjoy the rushes of emotions a game like yesterday's still has filled me with.

Hobbitmage,

I agree with your assessment on Fish, it's hard to part away on something of value in your garage. It has inherent importance for posterity, for small and short roles and also unquantifiable importance to the Coach as team leader and clutch player that Kobe can depend too at the end of the game.

On the other hand, among the tradeable players, only Fish has the character that an acquiring team would like to possess as an expiring contract, as a veteran and proven quality player in short minutes in order for them to give away their excess good player.

So if you were Mitch, how will you solve the impasse if given a choice. The situation is like saying goodbye to the playoffs hero, Ariza in order to sign Artest.

I just got back to L.A., and didn't have an opportunity to watch the game last night, but I am happy that the blog has continued on.

I'll have to catch up on the posts to give more than this superficial thought on the matter.

Hope everyone is having a good day!

Among our PG's, I still regard Fisher is the most stable in the totality of the game. Shannon is good in defense but doesn't have the command leadership of the team. He can be improve but right now Fish is still preferable in closing minutes. Farmar has the command on get-go and then relinquishes with t/o's or bad decisions. Farmar can't guard Westbrook, can't guard Devin Harris, can't guard Stuckey, can't guard Brooks, can't guard Baron Davis. Fisher can't guard them too because they are small.

If like our PG's, how do we compare against competition? Can we not be objective and admit the Laker inadequacies by defining the PG problem, and analyze the alternatives to solve the problems and make a hard decision.

Woke up to learn about the tragic news of Bryant`s knee injury.

Paul Pierce wants to know if Kobe used the Invacare, Guardian, or All-Terrain model wheelchair?

With Gasol's extension to be announced at today's Lakers news conference, this team becomes about two players: Kobe and Pau. Everyone else is officially a role player.

Mark my words. There will be a trade. I read all the verbiage about the Lakers being the best team in basketball. It's not about December. It's about June.

I was at the game last night as well, and The Beijing Tourism board sponsored the game and handed out these little plastic things that made a clicking noise when you shook them back and forth. Instead of cheering and clapping, the entire crowd just shook their plastic freebies to make noise. It was NOT effective.

I can't help but wonder if that promotion led to less crowd involvement in the game. Since we all know that crowd-noise can affect a game, can we deduce that an innocent promotion may have adverse affects on a game?

It sure seemed like it in the first half last night!

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

another very entertaining game, needed some grit to finish it out and grit was in adequate quantities apparently---guess what?....wait for it...I dig this team...

hope we get a five gallon barrel of grit for Christmas, along with a stocking full of swagger...

I have a feeling that Kobe whathisname dude will bring it with a capital I...and that stuff (It) is getting to be highly contageous on this Laker squad, seemingly...

did I mention I really dig this team?

glad to have Stu back in my stew---wish there was some Chick (en) to go with it, as ever...

Kevin Durant looks like a Laker to be to me---I think we could find him a beautiful purple and gold jersey in a few years...hey we all have our wet dreams, as it were...

Stephalosh (sorry can't spell) still sounds like some kind of foot or crotch fungus (there's a fungus amoung us)...

that dude with the beard has Baron Davis envy...

the Thunder has an overly fugly white dude....bag it please dude...double bag it...paper or plastic?...both

Beam me up Scotty ("I've never seen anything like it Captain...no sheetrock Sherlock, after all we are where no man has gone before you stupid Scots git")Brooks would look a lot better with a mullet...and he would blend right in with the home crowd in OK City, seemingly...

with all that technology why don't they have seat belts on the Enterprise---might be handy going at nine times the speed of light or so, as it were... (blatant sub reference---sorry or so)...

adults named Scotty scare me a little---same with Chucky, Billy, Timmy, and Blimey Toad Licker...

The Thunder should have been named the OK's (does anyone remember the breakfast cereal with Yogi and Boo Boo on the box?)...the Oklahoma City OK's---they're OK you're OK,I'm OK (maybe)...

"thoughts meanader like a restless wind inside a letter box..."

"good thing I didn't mention the dirty knife" "I found that rather predictable"


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

GO LAKERS !!!

I'm telling you guys. We're going to get Ariza back for Ammo.

Rick


good point. i will add iRon to that list. 24, 16, 37.

Red's, LMAO.

Gueco, Good points, and we need Fish's leadership and clutch shooting. Shannon and Jordan need to be a lot more consistent. So do LO and Drew. They'll come around.

We're already a top team after factoring in the easy, heavy home schedule.

Who cares what OKC had to say about last nights game? Lakers expect to win and they did. No moral victories on any night. Yes, some games will be close regardless of the competition because they're all pro's. Yet in the end the only thing that matters is that the Lakers get better each game and the terrible bench somehow finds a way to help out so the starters don't wear down. Look for a combo guard/forward to be making his in a Laker uni real soon. Championships are the only thing that matters to Lakers and their fans. I walk with pride when I go to Mavs games with my Laker gear on and look at their faces with anger in it that I have I have it on. Do they have 2$ tickets in LA for certain games? I will give Cuban credit for that at least

Bring in Rabinno from spain and their Big and rid our selves of Bynum.

Good morning CRUE!!!!


WHEW - bullet dodged! I am so glad we're only have to deal with The State of the Finger and NOT the State of the Knee. That would have been too much for me to take!!


I don't even know how I feel about the game last night. I'm happy to get the W but the way we got it was a little too sloppy for my taste. Still - 4th game in 5 nights, after lots of travel & little sleep - I guess I'll take it lol! Funny how we're sooooo demanding. We demand excellence and will not settle for less - at least not without a lot of complaining, right?!


I'm really looking forward to the game Friday! Bring on Princess Jimmy!!! Bring on the Big Mistake!!! It's time for our boys to show us a little more of what they've REALLY got in the tank!


Blog Fam - if you're travelling, be safe! C U on the live chat! (BTW - hobbit - glad to see you're enjoying my suggestion, what with the spiked eggnog and all... told ya!)


GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

Red's bastard...

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?????


Kobe needing a wheelchair or some other such geriatric aid??


Drugs right? You must be on drugs....

never - if our Front Office pulls an Ammo for Ariza trade...??? WOW!!!!

If that happens I'd "never" question your predictions again - EVER.

Of course, it will "never" happen.... but hey - gotta dream, right?

Now that the blog has entered a new phase, I think it's time to hearken back to old times and remember those who not only made the blog what it has become under the stewardship of the K bros, but also made the Lakers into what they are, albeit by indirect influence.

I'd like to take the time to remember the early trolls, especially the pitiless Kobe bashers and Shaq lovers, whose feeling of being jilted led to the most extraordinary excesses of expression. I'm thinking of people like Stevenn KL Beast and Gunner, who were so righeously sure of themselves and were praying for the failure of any team containing Kobe Bean Bryant. I'm also thinking of the inimitable and always original SonnyBelfast, whose contrariness (and Kings worship) were easily compensated by his wit and cutting irony.

I feel sorry for the newcomers who didn't live through those exceptionally dramatic exchanges, when trolls had us all on the edge and provided the right dose of anguish, something that the more recent Celtics and Suns trolls had no hope of accomplishing.

It was a time when championships were a distant dream, not a permanent entitlement. And I want to make my own belated hommage to the K bros who managed that period so successfully that I can't doubt they were directly instrumental in stabilizing the franchise and giving us the right to gloat that we all collectively possess today.

But above all, it was their profound humility that helped to launch the vibrant and autonomous group that has rallied to continue their pioneering work alongside our new chief bloggers, whoever they may be.

It's great to see you all here. It's up to us to keep up the tradition... and keep the team up to the standards we created for them and which they so consumately fulfilled. When I say team I mean, without the slightest ambiguity, everyone from the (currently warring) Busses to the most abject of our trolls seeking their moment of glory among the Mamba24s, LakerToms, Rick Friedmans, Faiths, Hobbits, etc. etc. of our glorious roll call, including some of our illustrious dropouts.

Let's keep it going.

"It would only seem fair that we get all of the Bruin guards as Lakers. I also love Darren Collison."
- Laker Tom

LT, fellow Bruin, Collison is a super quick little guard, but I don't see him fitting into Phil's version of the triangle. Westbrook would be a beast. Quick. Strong. Attacks the rim with a vengeance. Jumps almost as high as UPS. Terrific defender. The guy would guarantee a dynasty as our PG of the future.

Would the Thunder trade him? I doubt it. But what else do they need to compete right now? A better center for defense/rebounding against the elite teams. A decent PF for more muscle/boards. And a decent PG replacement that would work in their system.

Ergo: Mbenga, Powell, and Brown/Farmar (or both). I'm not sure how the numbers pencil out , but that's at least a plausible trade combo for needed talent to make it interesting. Our bench would be gutted, but hey, we'd have Westbrook.

Morning All....

Hugo Boss...You lucky dog you.....well done man...Gotta see that picture..Please.

Rick ,i agree....The trade winds are blowing....

I think Phill plays the subs as a message to Mitch....Its as if to say.."See what i have for backups Mitch".....Do something....

With Portland Loosing Pyzbilla,Oklahoma will take that playoff spot away from them...Westbrook is so damm good..Durant is not a good defender yet but he is lights out with his shot......Jeff Green can ball...And Abaka reminds me of Mutombo....

CornerJ,
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Hobbit,

Good points on Fish; can't replace his clutchness or his place in Kobe's heart.

Never, I'm not expecting a Mamba24 bandwagon on that Ammo for Ariza prediction. I think an Ammo for Kwame swap would be more likely...light a fire under Bynum's slacking-of-late butt.

Laker Kev

CornerJ and some other people with such a wonderfull trade scenario, please tell me you're not on drugs? Just last night they said they building OKC around Duran-Westbrook-some other dude name I forgot and now they going to trade Westbrook for our bag of nothing? Please tell me what are you smoking, it probably pretty strong staf

Edwin,

you wrote: On the other hand, among the tradeable players, only Fish has the character that an acquiring team would like to possess as an expiring contract, as a veteran and proven quality player in short minutes in order for them to give away their excess good player.

So if you were Mitch, how will you solve the impasse if given a choice. The situation is like saying goodbye to the playoffs hero, Ariza in order to sign Artest.

You also wrote: If like our PG's, how do we compare against competition? Can we not be objective and admit the Laker inadequacies by defining the PG problem, and analyze the alternatives to solve the problems and make a hard decision.

My response: name 1 pg, that is remotely available, that has championship
experience. By my count, there are:

D-Fish, Rondo, T. Parker, C. Billups. That's it. You could fudge and include
J-Kidd for the Olympic gold.

The only one that Kobe has played with is J-Kidd. So, you're trading one
old man for another?

I agree that there are a lot of young pg's out there which would improve our
pg situation. In an ideal world, I would be happy to have most of them.
I repeat, I don't see the Lakers jeopardizing the back court chemistry
for a *potential* upgrade when we have the league's best record. I don't
see them getting rid of a "clutch" veteran pg, during a championship
run, on the hopes that chemistry would work itself out before June.

And lest we forget, the major reason why we have Artest is because Ariza's
agent was an idiot. It was very clear from every Laker, that Ariza was first
choice. He got greedy, and Artest "snaked" his position. Yes, the Lakers
saw & took the opportunity. Everybody has publicly said, "they wanted
Ariza."

Ryan Kane,

"Since we all know that crowd-noise can affect a game, can we deduce that an innocent promotion may have adverse affects on a game?"

Your theory seems sound, especially considering that the Lakers were tired after a relatively long and weary road trip. They probably needed crowd noise more than usual last night to play at a higher level.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

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Hey Tsphere you forgot to mention one of the key players instrumental in the Troll Wars as I fondly called them I think it was a Mr. TSphere! Kudos to you brother also for keeping us all on track! And I guess I don't have to say it but...OUT FREAKIN STANDING BRO.TSPHERE!!
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Tom Daniels,

I'm all for the Ammo for Ariza trade... it's just probably never going to happen.

Laker Kev mentioned something about an Ammo for Kwame trade which could be more possible, but I think that Kwame makes around 3 million a year, while Ammo is making 5.2 million... which is nuts.

I think what we're looking for is a good player on a bad team, probably from the Eastern Conference. I think that Chicago and Washington fans are basically pulling their hair out right now, so management may feel forced to rebuild.

Isn't Javaris Critterion on the Wizards? Maybe we could get The Critter back.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Rick:

YOU WROTE: "With Gasol's extension to be announced at today's Lakers news conference, this team becomes about two players: Kobe and Pau. Everyone else is officially a role player."

Haha! I noticed the Bynum bandwagoneers have not chastised you for putting the "soft scoring beast" as a role player.

hobbitmage:

Agree with you on DFish and he is going to retire as a Laker. I am surprised by self proclaimed "elders" who think otherwise.


Speaking of Pierce....He is out 2 weeks after having a Knee clean out today.....

TSphere,

"I feel sorry for the newcomers who didn't live through those exceptionally dramatic exchanges, when trolls had us all on the edge and provided the right dose of anguish, something that the more recent Celtics and Suns trolls had no hope of accomplishing."

We were really at each others' throats for a time there...

Getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Suns...

Losing to in the Finals to the Celtics and watching that bald lunatic raise the Championship trophy...

A lot of pain and disappointment.

A Championship sure does make a big difference. That and the fact that the Lakers are presently kicking butt and takings names. Yeah... that certainly helps.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

hobbitmage,

Great points, agree 100% but you forgot to mention couple more, for example:

1. Triangle does not required "true" PG, so we need someone who already knows this system, if I recall correctly, none currently in NBA.

2. Ask to name at least one NBA team which will help Lakers to another championship run by delivering premier PG for next to nothing. Since Grizzlies "delivered" Pau, I think even they become a little smarter. So, unless team dumping salary (not necessarily mean dumping starting PG) it's not going to happened.

3. More pressing need right now, it's somehow strengthen our bench, I don't have to argue this, just look at the minutes our starters playing so far and look how quickly our lead (if any) disappear, as soon as “Bench Mob” taking over. We have expiring AMO contract at least it something we can dangle around in order to get solid bench player.

Hobbitmage:

Your contention is status quo until the end of the season. The status quo is that PJ is playing only 8 players with quality minutes and Sasha as filler for 2 minutes at the end of any quarter. Some people here are banking of Luke while the other half consider him a completely "puke", another reason why we continue winning.

LT thinks of status quo also and let the contract of Sasha, Ammo and Luke run out by itself. If that's the remedy, we are punishing Kobe-Gasol-Bynum and waiting for a dangerous injury to lurk in before making a move. Kobe may absorb the blows today but if it's coming constantly per game, eventuall the law of averages will catch with him and has to sit down due to exhaustion. Same with Gasol.

We really need to address the 2nd unit as a bench force, it cannot stay at ease and at the same time thinking of repeat and dynasty. We have no youth or rookie in this team, we're outrun and out hustled. Well, we are still winning so no complaints. Must we wait a series of losses to make some moves? For oldtimers like us, the most important game is Jan 31st and Feb. 18th against the hated Celtics. They appear to be the best contender in the East. During the Showtime era, Lakers improved their roster to match it with Boston at the end of the year. Well, this year we know they too are OLD, however in our case point guards are slow and starters are getting tired. Hobbit, got to offer those expiring contracts and if Mitch gets a good fast PG, perhaps Fisher will be reserved but we really have to give up something valuable to get one. I was looking at Steve Blake of Blazers, he has expiring contract of 4.9M. Therefore, if he does not pan out, drop him at end of the season.

They won't trade Fisher mid-season - too much of a chemistry issue. They could possibly trade for another PG, they do have some attractive contracts, but I doubt it, considering the salary situation. They won the title last season, so far they appear to be better this season than last, and are most peoples favorites to win again. It would be DUMB to potentially mess up the chemistry for nothing. (Nothing as in they are likely to win with the current roster, thus new players can't help them advance any further.) Maybe if there is a significant injury.

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(01) JON K,. – OWNER - You guys know who would be even cooler than Kevin Ding? Roland Lazenby.
(02) SEGEBOY fka TALIQ – DRIVER - Lazenby would be blog heaven ... it would mean latimes is finaly acknowledging that laker fans are mamba faithfuls
(03) MAMBA24 – I Like Kevin Ding but Lazenby definitely would be my second choice.
(04) #4 - Mamba, sir, I'll take that #4 spot on the Lazenby bandwag....
(05) LAKERTOM - Roland would be a good choice. Another guy who might be good would be Eric Pincus. Overall, I am still hoping for Kevin Ding. That would be the finest.
(06) THIRTY2 –
(07) YELLOWFEVER - Pls count me in all bandwagons
()8) TSPHERE


BOSTON (AP) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce will miss the next two weeks with a knee infection.


Pierce did not make the trip to Orlando with the team for a Christmas Day game against the Magic. Instead, he had fluid drained from his right knee. Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Pierce complained of soreness after Tuesday night's game against Indiana. Pierce missed his first 10 shots in the game but wound up scoring 21 points. The 2008 NBA finals MVP was averaging 18.2 points per game. Forward Kevin Garnett sat out the Pacers game with a bruised right thigh.

This is our chance for home court, right here. Life sucks, but we can't worry about that. We need to distance ourselves from the Celtics starting now.


Wes

This is why The Bench Mob needs to improve:

If The Bench Mob doesn't play because they can't sustain a lead, then Phil has to play our starters more minutes.

The more minutes the starters play, the more likely they are to be injured--simply because the likeliness of random injuries have more minutes to manifest themselves... and because bodies that play too many minutes are naturally more succeptible to injury. That's just the way it is.

The GREATEST threat to this historic season is the potential for injury.

Look what happened in 2004. Karl Malone got hurt... and that injury probably cost us the Championship.

So, what I'm saying is that The Bench Mob needs to recognize how important their role is and stop complaining about playing "garbage time" and so forth. It's important.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hobbit- I was motivated to post a response after reading your comment's about Ariza and his agent. It has been noted before but I am always amazed at the revisionist history that seems to be applied when discussing why we didn't re-sign Trevor. There are $7 million reasons why. David Lee did his client a tremendous disservice in my opinion. Mitch was not about to sit through a sequel of the Bynum negotiations. Lee wildly overplayed his hand and the Lakers took avantage of a bird in the hand. And in my opinion this "bird" has proven to be an upgrade. Also completely agree with your first post re:Fish. Thanks for providing a strong sanity check on both counts.

Yes the PG situation will need to be dealt with but I see this as a "down the road issue." It is not our most pressing need, not that we have any real urgent problems...

It's easy to be a little sanguine when you have the league's best record, even if the path was paved with a very favorable home schedule. What we need is a reliable outside threat (40%+) and for Drew to rediscover his inner 5hr energy drink. Maybe he can score some candy from Lamar!

Bottom line~ A great start to the season. I am very happy with what the team has done thus far, especially the ability to keep winning those games that we all too often gave away in the not so distant past.


From ESPN:


And while we're here …


• Fake Trade 7a: Jose Calderon to the Lakers for Adam Morrison (expiring), Jordan Farmar and $3 million. Time for Toronto to cut the cord with Calderon (owed $37.5 million through 2013), the league's No. 1 desperately-needs-a-change-of-scenery guy right now. He can't defend anyone, has lost his mojo and plays with zero confidence against the Nashes and Pauls. I don't know what happened to him. (And yes, I know his stats aren't much different than they were in 2007. I just know what I see.) But in L.A.? He could be rejuvenated as a Steve Kerr-type shooter in that system; he'd have shotblockers to protect him defensively; he'd have Phil Jackson rebuilding his confidence and giving him Gabriel Garcia Marquez books; and he'd get reunited with Team Spain buddy Pau Gasol. Meanwhile, Toronto makes money this year, saves 2011-2012-2013 cash and doesn't lose much with Farmar and Jarrett Jack running the show. Win-win.


• Fake Trade 7b: Calderon to the Celtics for Eddie House (expiring), Tony Allen (expiring), Glen Davis and $3 million. Celts get the third guard they need; Toronto dumps Calderon's contract, pockets $3 million and gets a useful banger in Big Baby.


(Crap. That's not nearly as good as the Lakers trade. I feel sick. Forget I mentioned this.)


Wes

Bill Simmons' espn article from today has a great trade proposal for the Lakers! I have been wanting Calderon on the Lakers since we got Pau. He is under the radar this year as the Raptors struggle, but his game would fit the triangle nicely.

" Jose Calderon to the Lakers for Adam Morrison (expiring), Jordan Farmar and $3 million. Time for Toronto to cut the cord with Calderon (owed $37.5 million through 2013), the league's No. 1 desperately-needs-a-change-of-scenery guy right now. He can't defend anyone, has lost his mojo and plays with zero confidence against the Nashes and Pauls. I don't know what happened to him. (And yes, I know his stats aren't much different than they were in 2007. I just know what I see.) But in L.A.? He could be rejuvenated as a Steve Kerr-type shooter in that system; he'd have shotblockers to protect him defensively; he'd have Phil Jackson rebuilding his confidence and giving him Gabriel Garcia Marquez books; and he'd get reunited with Team Spain buddy Pau Gasol. Meanwhile, Toronto makes money this year, saves 2011-2012-2013 cash and doesn't lose much with Farmar and Jarrett Jack running the show. Win-win."

Jon K~ You raise a good point about the bench. In my view tha one who is most culpable of complaining about lack of playing time is Ms. Sharapova's significant other. I nominate Sasha for the Whiner of the World award. I was really upset with his comments when he ascribed his poor performance to lack of minutes. This is a classic case of confusing cause with effect. Game minutes are finite. They are awarded based on performance. If Sasha wants to play more minutes he needs to demonstrate that he can play better. His minutes have steadily dwindled because he has played poorly. The cure is not to complain but to perform. Pretty straight forward actually. I hope that Phil or one of his teamamtes can help get his attitude corrected. I can empathize with a player experiencing a slump, which in his case is now becoming so extended that a slump is something of an understatement. But I cannot tolerate a player or a person for that matter, who cannot accept and demonstrate personal accountability.

hey People! I like what I see... enthusiastic folks bleeding gold and purple. niiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

Once Kobe signs his extension things will settle and Lakers will look forward to running the show for at least 3 more years. In the finals anything may happen as there are great rivals out there but for sure Lakers are the light that shines the NBA,to the joy of many and the envy of others. what better demonstration that delivering a good christmas present by crushing Lebron and old Shaq?

mmm...so still some doubts about the PG thing. As I can predict the future (as the very literate ones know) I already pointed out the solution (I "saw" a wise Laker management in my foresight, not Memphis-like one)Fisher will be around for couple of years and then someone fresh and young will come up. R.Rubio has lot of chances and if Lakers are clever enough, they should be working out that option already, considering:

Rubio will be "free" to sign with any NBA team in 2 years time as that was a special clause included in his contract when he signed with Barcelona (so no more huge payout for NBA). Also, he would love to play alongside Bryant and moreover Gasol, as he knows his play would improve massively surrounded by greater players who would understand his play better, as well. and the reason why this is possible is that Minnesota has got Johny Flynn already and they are happy with him so just getting another PG is a waste. To make the perfect circle, Rubio would earn rookie salary so for the Lakers this is the best deal in that sense too.

Aside of mere sport considerations, the rest of the NBA would burn in envy and hatred as all the Kobe haters would become Rubio haters too.

Ill talk to Santa in person and lets see what can be done...unless you come up with a better wishlist..you are still on time..

"CornerJ and some other people with such a wonderfull trade scenario, please tell me you're not on drugs? "
- LAL Fan

Same stuff I was on just before Mitch got Pau All-World Gasol for Kwame Effing Brown, Javaris Who? Crittenton, and 2 punk draft picks. To get unbelievable deals, you've got to be able to believe that somehow, someway you can manage to pull them off. I already said that I doubted OKC would go for it, but then, that's why Mitch is where he is and we're here where we are.

One question I always have, why the media still is on Kobe rape case again, isn't that a history now, and haven't Kobe paid enough for this nonsense! If this nonsense wouldn't have happened I am sure Kobe was right now much more popular (ranked No. 1). Leave this guy alone and let him play!

Great win last night but thats already over.

LA Times blog guys, we want to start seeing posts and threats about the upcoming Christmas game where Kobe will eat Lebron for breakfast on offense and Artest on defense. Just curious about how Kambros will handle all the info related to this game now that they are in Le Circ du Lebron.

Lebron, my friend, you still have to come to the Staples, score your near triple double with a decent FG% to earn my respect as a potential candidate. Then, do it 10 times more and we can talk again. Stop acting like a baby, show respect for everybody (even weaker teams) and please stop throwing baby powder up on the air, its dangerous, very arrogant and useless.

I am really looking forward to the Shaq vs Drew matchup. Time for Andrew to step up and continue his progression.


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