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Lakers' 95-77 victory over Milwaukee Bucks full of many plot points

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Flash back to a conversation Lakers Coach Phil Jackson had with Jordan Farmar during the 2007 NBA playoffs, and the advice he gave to him at that time regarding Kobe Bryant would still be applicable to this season.

"I always tell the players they have to be strong willed enough to turn him down when he demands the ball and something else better is going on the other side of the court," Jackson said of Bryant. "Until they develop that strength, we’re not going to bail him out."

Except that's exactly what happened Sunday in the Lakers' 95-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. No, Mamba's teammates didn't stage an intervention. But they bailed Bryant out in another way, something the Lakers struggled to do in their past two games during Mamba's shooting slump.

Though Bryant scored a season-low 12 points on four of 21 shooting, he at least acknowledged Sunday that his month-long right index finger has worsened, a fact that was painfully obvious for both him and his fans.

"I tried to play with a splint off," Bryant said. "I put it back off and then I put it back on in the second half. I'm just trying to get a little bit more flexibility back. My finger felt pretty good. So we tried to go without the splint. It’s just not strong enough yet."

In the meantime, the Lakers' play without their star performer was strong enough, especially a good sign considering Pau Gasol's revelation that he felt pain on Saturday after running on a treadmill and that his return date from his left hamstring injury remains uncertain. 

What's certain is this - the Lakers at least had others pick up the slack. 

Center Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds on the same day a New York Post report came out that said the Lakers were hoping to trade him for Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh. For someone who says his game thrives when he gets touches, Bynum definitely proved that to be the case against Milwaukee, capping his third consecutive double double after going 23 games in a row without even one. But he says he didn't set out for a good performance because his name was being circulated in the trade rumor mill,

"I don't really care," Bynum said. "I love playing basketball. I'll play this game anywhere. I’m always mentioned. I think it’s a good thing."

Laker fans also thought Shannon Brown was a good thing, who led the Lakers with 19 points off the bench on eight of 12 shooting. He lived up to the billing that earned him the website, letshannondunk.com. The Lakers also let him shoot with Brown making a half-court heave to end the third quarter. They also let him block with Brown making back-to-back stuffs against Luke Ridnour and Brandon Jennings. Backup guard Jordan Farmar, who chipped in with 17 points, says this game was a turning point for the reserves, though Jackson didn't quite agree.

"I definitely think we’ve all developed," Farmar said. "It’s just about having an opportunity to be successful. Make plays and make reads and be actually part of the game. It’s the only way you can have an opportunity to contribute."

Ron Artest was one who didn't contribute, however. He collided with Michael Redd in the first quarter and then left for good in the third after Jackson said he complained of dizziness. Artest initially didn't say that was the case saying, "I was just getting a breather."

Fortunately for the Lakers, there was Bynum, Brown and Farmar to give the same to Bryant.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Bucks guard Carlos Delfino knocks the ball from the grasp of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Unbeknownst to the public, Artest is currently playing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the same foot on which he suffered a bad ankle sprain last season with Houston. He also has a sore left foot from being stepped on recently. He's basically out there with no base, which makes it pretty hard to be athletic.

Artest is no Shannon Brown around the rim, but the plantar fascia has him elevating even less than Derek Fisher – especially come the fourth quarter, by which time the soreness from pounding the foot on the hardwood has set in. Artest was all alone at the basket late in the game in Portland on Friday night and couldn't even rise up to dunk.

Kevin Ding reporting that.

Morning everyone!

I hope you're having a good start to your day.

More Bynum trade rumors, please! Seriously, Bynum showed why trading him would be ridiculous. When he decides to turn it on, he's got stuff that Bosh can only dream of. The only real question is can he turn it on every game, and keep it turned on for the whole game? This kid has the potential to be great, not just very good.

Kobe, Kobe, Kobe...there comes a point when you've got to ask yourself if you're still helping the team by forcing yourself to play through the pain and the weirdness of the bad finger. The answer (some nights at least) is no, you're not. Bench yourself, heal yourself, get the rest you badly need. Some of those shots were completely ridiculous.

And the energy level of the Brown-Farmar-Lamar combo was amazing last night. More, please. THAT is what Laker Nation loves. Great job.

1st MM, Good interview.

2nd. this was written: But he says he didn't set out for a good performance because his name was being circulated in the trade rumor mill,

"I don't really care," Bynum said. "I love playing basketball. I'll play this game anywhere. I’m always mentioned. I think it’s a good thing."

my response: Ship Him! It is not because I want him shipped per se. It's
because he's now being dishonest. Just like the space cadet was. No, I will
not accept the "it's human nature to say this" cliche response.

He's a Laker. On a championship team. With a chance to repeat. The
correct response is: "HELL YES! I stepped up my play because I do not want
to be traded. I am competitive and I wish to play for a contender. I wish to
play with the best player in the league, for the best coach in the league, and
on the best team in the league. I do *NOT* wish to be parted from Kareem!"

SHIP HIS LOAFIN' BEHIND OUT!

Everyone in the world knows that Kobe can't shoot right now. The elephant in the room is that his finger is clearly worse now than when he initially hurt it, like I've said previously.

Everyone also knows that if it stabalizes in any way, he'll figure out a way to adjust and get at least some of that touch back. That is what every apposing coach is wrestling with as they play the Lakers: "Do we still send him the double-team, or do we count on him still struggling from the floor?" But, with Kobe, you haven't put him under duress until you've sent that third guy.

The only coach I know who will stare PJ and the Momba in the face and dare Kobe to shoot -- and possibly succeed in Popovich. Clearly. He really is the other great coach in the league right now. And, we face him real soon. And his team which really isn't all that afraid of the Lakers.

This Texas Two-Step is going to be REAL interesting.

--FEARless


The Fingers, The Hammy, and The Brain...
are messin' with our dream season.

The Kobe pinkie on that ball gotta make you wonder how the man dribbles at all. Ron's never looked "right" and now he's got and excuse.

Ron will be back, Kobe will persevere, but the season rests on Pau's hamstrings.

We've all said, if healthy this team wins it all. We're not. And here comes the road. GO Bench! Go Lakers!


LA Times should sponsor an NBA Fit walk in LA to promote heart disease awareness during month of February as American Heart Assocations fundraising month for research, scholarships, and medical support to doctors, staffs, and hospitals. Clipper's are offering two free tickets with donation of blood to games. What are Laker's and other NBA teams doing to educate about fitness , heart testing, blood problems, and problems with stroke, heart disease, and heart attacks? NBA Fit should be educational program for life long learning, fitness, and friendships.NBA Fit bicycle rides, walks, and runs should be promoted to create awareness and community support. NBA Cares Program!

Shannon needs to be starting now!!!!!!
DFish can and will accept the role of backup PG.
I think Shannon can be even more consistant if he were getting started minutes and Fish is mature enough to realize that his game is no longer what it used to be. We need Shannon in there to start the game so the opposing guards don't light us up from the get go and also to make some perimiter shots. Fish was lucky last night that Jennings couldn't find the bucket, but that's not anything to take comfort in.

Good morning CRUE!!!

JohnnyV - you beat me to that post! Yah - no one but the Dinger getting the inside scoop on what's wrong with Thriller. Sore feet really explains a lot!

MM - you da man!


Sup everyone - have a great day and enjoy the W. Things will be getting pretty interesting around here for the rest of this month....!


GO LAKERS!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

And the energy level of the Brown-Farmar-Lamar combo was amazing last night. More, please. THAT is what Laker Nation loves. Great job.

Posted by: CornerJ | January 11, 2010 at 08:01 AM

- That kind of energy will bring the bench mob back and will help them to make peace with a number of bloggers here. I completely agree with you CornerJ - even though some sequences were ragged, the fact that they kept competing is what made me happy.

All effort, all the time, and we should start seeing better production from the bench.

We're going to keep losing games until Kobe decides to sit out and let his finger heal.

I liked the defense in this game. When we're committed to playing D, we can't be beat. I think in a week or two Kobe, Pau and Artest will be back to health and we will be fine. Way to step up Shannon and Jordan! Way to rebound Odom and Bynum!

And the energy level of the Brown-Farmar-Lamar combo was amazing last night. More, please. THAT is what Laker Nation loves. Great job.

Posted by: CornerJ | January 11, 2010 at 08:01 AM

come back with that line when is happening on the road in a marquee match: like tonight or tomorrow.

BYNUM TRADE NOT LIKELY…
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LAKERS' ANDREW BYNUM ON TRADE RUMOR: WHO, ME?
by Mike Bresnahan for the LATimes.com
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“Bynum need not worry. He'll be going to Toronto later this month only when the Lakers play a road game against the Raptors. The 22-year-old is prone to lapses, but the Lakers still believe in his talents.”
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TRADING BYNUM DOESN'T ADD UP FOR LAKERS
by Dave McMenamin for ESPNLosAngeles.com
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“But Bynum is a building block for the team's future.
And for his part, Bryant was impressed Sunday with what he saw in the here and now.
"[He's] accepting the challenge of Pau being out," Bryant said. "He knows that we need more from him so he's stepping up and contributing."
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Tom

re: Kobe's finger. from the lat.

"I tried to play with the splint off," Bryant said. "I put it back on in the second half. I was just trying to get a little bit more flexibility back. The finger felt pretty good, so we tried to go without the splint. It's just not strong enough yet."

Folks - take another look at Kobe's right hand on the basketball in this thread's photo.

Notice anything unusual about the pinkie?

Even if its' a function of a camera angle + optical illusion, that looks entirely unnatural.

Good win for us. I will take any win we can get with Pau out and Kobe unable to shoot!

Don't trade Bynum- 6'10" guys are a dime a dozen now days, but athletic 7'1" guys who have a back to the basket game are extemely rare.

CornerJ
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>>> More Bynum trade rumors, please! Seriously, Bynum showed why trading him would be ridiculous.
>>> When he decides to turn it on, he's got stuff that Bosh can only dream of. The only real question is
>>> can he turn it on every game, and keep it turned on for the whole game? This kid has the potential
>>> to be great, not just very good.
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Great post, CJ. What impressed me most last night was finally seeing Drew play above the rim like he used to. I had said earlier that I had thought it would probably next year before we saw Drew play without any mental or physical hesitation due to the injury. After season-ending major knee injuries two years in a row, it would not be unreasonable to expect that Drew would not fully recover until his second season after the injuries. (That’s for you Purple Heart). Last night, I finally saw the hops that we all know Drew has but that he has obviously been hesitant to display, especially in traffic. Could it be that Drew will have another Beastly Jan?
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Tom

yesterday Farmar had some exchanges with Jennings. i'm sure it started or intensifies after he went for a still, did not get it and finally Jennings nailed his first 3 pointer of the night. after Farmar did the same he said something like " what now, b …"

anyway, Farmar is a little jealous. Jennings had a Kobe-esque game properly and figuratively. he missed almost all his shots. but in the Golden state game he had 55 points. Ear Jordan will never have 55 points in an NBA game. never

and i prefer the Grace Jones look to his flapping ears. chill Farm and start packing your boxes: destination unknown

Wow, Kobe's pinky in that picture looks unreal... is this photochopped or something b/c that's not a physically possible angle on that pinky. I really think he should take the time to rehab during the season so he'll be closer to 100% with his fingers come playoff time... I think his stubborness might catch up with him sooner than later :(

hobbitmage,
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>>> SHIP HIS LOAFIN' BEHIND OUT!
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Without his “loafin’ behind,” the Lakers would never have won last night’s game.
You should be cheering the great play of Drew last night instead of continuing to bash him.
But that is the kind of fan that you are, as we all know.
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Tom

As much as I admire Kobe, he is being pathological. Would it kill us if he rested for a few games? Does ANYBODY doubt that we're going to be in the playoffs? So what is the diff? It is bad strategy to show up ragged and beaten to get homecourt advantage.

Ron Ron is a real worry. Trevor's 3s and his ability to slash to the basket were key to us. And in that interview he looked totally discombobulated. I have yet to really see any comparable offensive skills to Ariza out of him. He finishes as poorly as Fish around the rim.

But, we gotta love the one we're with!!

Trading Bynum is a bad idea. No Pau = better Bynum. So when Pau comes back (lord willin'), put Bynum in the second unit. Tell him if he scores and rebounds he can play more. Hopefully, he won't take another extended injury break to get out of playing again and it will work just fine.

GOOoooOOO LAKERS!!!!

Energy- Kobe vs the Lakers

It's the chicken / egg debate. Touches give players energy but in a game that requires constant energy and a guy named Kobe that dominates the ball, you've got to create energy. There are players that make an NBA living on it.

Got no idea what it must be like to watch Kobe go 1 for 14 and still demand the ball when you have an open 12 footer. Sportswriters and trolls have hammered him about selfishness for years. But with a hand that's as severely limited as it's ever been in his career, he might consider that the shots do more than go in or out. They contribute, or not, to team energy.

from bleachers report re: bynum-bosch trade

Defense has been the biggest issue for Toronto this season. They are the fifth-worst (105.08 points per game allowed) defensive team in the NBA. Adding Andrew Bynum would give them a physical presence for once.

Bynum is not a franchise player (at least not yet), but is arguably one of the best up-and-coming centers in the NBA. Bynum would move Andrea Bargnani to the power forward, which happens to be his natural position.

These two young big men could benefit from playing with each other, maybe helping them live up to their high expectations.

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what kind of Bleach r they drinking?Bynum defensive force and playing well with/off another PF. looks just like with the Lakers: he showed us his defensive presence and also how well he plays with Gasol. what/which games r some people watching?

Of course Andrew played a solid game, he was home and against a weaker opponent. A road warrior, he isn't. Those trade rumours must have also gotten him a bit upset, I think I saw him jump a few times and even run once.

Marky Mark,

Just a little advice as an "Original Blogger" (someone who has been on this blog since the week of its inception and a regular poster ever since)...

We, at the blog, are somewhat distrustful of the L.A. Times sports journalistic staff. We're here out of loyalty to Los Angeles, the Lakers, and because many of us grew up reading Jim Murray and such.

I'm not saying that the writers at the L.A. Times aren't intelligent and/or talented, most are, kind of, but what happens is many of them have degraded into personalities more than actual talented sports writers.

There is one word that, I believe, best communicates the flavor of much of their writing: SMUGNESS.

Metaphorically, reading their material is often like coming home from a BEAUTIFUL wedding of two people who have had difficult lives and have fallen in love and have a glorious wedding of true love. It's a beautiful ceremony, in a beautiful location, and so many people there are so happy for the couple and their future.

And then you read the official account of the wedding (YOUR FRIENDS' WEDDING!) and they gloss over all the romance and spectacle and focus on how the cake wasn't that great. How the cake just wasn't appropriate to everything else in the wedding.

What the hell?

The point I'm making is that so many people on this blog are Los Angelenans (or former Los Angelenans) and Lakers fanatics... and have been for some time. WE KNOW the Lakers. And we're not idiots. Most of us are pretty darned intelligent.

And we read these articles from the L.A. Times (T.J. Simers and Bill Plaskche being the worst purpotrators), and they are CONSISTENLY incongruent with our experience and understanding of things... and, most importantly, over time they are proven to simply be wrong in analysis.

It does not engender respect from the masses WHO CARE.

What I'm saying it this: You are hanging out with the L.A. Times Illuminati now and they'll telling you stuff and all that...

Be your own man.

And embrace passion.

What you do matters.

Of the guys I would suggest you allow yourself to be best mentored by, I suggest the least talented writer: Brad Turner. Why? Because he has the best attitude.

He seems to kind of enjoy what he's doing, he's the least smug, he's appears to have fun with his subject matter.

That's what we're looking for.

There's A LOT of smugness in this world. It's distasteful. It's annoying.

We turn to sports because it is visceral. It's okay to be passionate, even a little childish about it. There's a beautiful innocence there.

Embrace that.

For the love of God, do not become smug about this subject. Keep it fun. Keep it real. Keep it personal. Keep it meaningful.

Then you'll be your best.

Just a little word of advice.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Outrage of the Day:

"I don't really care," Bynum said. "I love playing basketball. I'll play this game anywhere.

"I don't really care?" Are you kidding me? "I'll play this game anywhere?" Are you kidding me?

Comments like these are exactly what turns off fans to AB17. No Purple & Gold pride. No payback to the Buss family for all their love and support. No loyalty to the team mates who have helped him develop. No reward to boosters like Laker Tom.

Even at 22 years old you're not supposed to be this clueless. Maybe he needs to be drug tested.

Bynum is hardly a guy like Kobe you can build a franchise around. Yes, he is gifted. But somehow all those gifts came without bestowing an ounce of character. Ship him.

Corner J,
"When Bynum decides to turn it on", KEY WORD IS WHEN! Bynum is the Bonehead Bigmouth Baby. Plays no defense. I have been a Lakers fan for 35 years and I have NEVER wished a player to get into foul trouble and benched more than I do watching Bynum. Wow, he gets his points on dunks by great passes and the rebounds come right to him. Oh once in a great while he will go after a rebound thats requires him to jump more than his 5 inches.
Lakers won on defense last year and Bynum stinks!!!

FEARLESS,

"Everyone in the world knows that Kobe can't shoot right now. The elephant in the room is that his finger is clearly worse now than when he initially hurt it, like I've said previously."

While I hate to agree with you, I'm agreeing with you.

"Can't shoot" is a bit harsh, but 80% of our peripheral nerves are in our face, hands, and feet. As such, injuries to these areas HURT. A LOT.

Kobe's the kind of guy who has a superman complex and will fight through ANYTHING. I respect him for that, deeply. However, despite my best desires otherwise, he's still human... and like all humans have limitations.

I fear the pain he's in is limiting him right now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Kobe will adjust, he always does...Everyone is buggin over the injuries -- its a part of the game -- we have to adjust and stay true to our defensive philosophies...Offense comes and goes and defense has to remain the constant as someone recently stated!!

MM,

""I don't really care," Bynum said. "I love playing basketball. I'll play this game anywhere. I’m always mentioned. I think it’s a good thing.""

THIS is part of the problem.

What concerns me about Andrew is that his enthusiasm seems to be casal. SOMETIMES he plays VERY hard; other times he doesn't. That shows a bit of immaturity.

He should care.

Would he really want to be playing in Toronto in the winter on a team that sucks?

I sure wouldn't.

I'd care... A LOT.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

That was a pretty sloppy win. I don't think I've seen a game mired at that sluggish pace since the mid 90's.


Kobe might need to sit a few games. I know he can play, but I don't think he should play, at least not until he can make shots. I'm not going to say he's shooting us out of wins, but left handed, 12 foot runners are not the best offensive option for a team with this amount of talent. Unless the clock is winding down, than a left handed 12 foot runner is the perfect shot. I just don't want to see him adjusting his style of play all season long, forcing the rest of the team to constantly adapt.


Bynum for Bosh? Unlikely, not unless Bosh comes with an extension signed. Also, Bosh's game is too similar to Pau's, both are more finesse bigs and I like the power game Bynum brings. I would venture to say that Bosh is the more talented of the two, but Bynum is a better fit for the Lakers. Just my two cents.


Shannon Brown is one hard working cat. He plays D, he picks us up off the bench, he does all this without too much ego and without any complaints about PT. I really hope he gets to the All-Star game as a dunker. He has been a huge boon to our team.


Sasha has impressed me with his demeanor this year. 5 minutes of PT last night, no ill-advised, rushed shots to show how much he can score, just playing well, fighting for rebounds and generally exhibiting his best facets as a player, so far, without harping about his role and all that. It's nice to see him get a bit more mature.


Why does Josh Powell fancy himself a scorer? He should focus more on crashing the glass than jacking up 3 pointers and 20 foot baseline jumpers. We know he can make those shots, I just question the volume of shots vs rebounds. Two years ago Phil labeled Powell as our best offensive rebounder in training camp and I'm still waiting to see him display that aspect of his game. Now he sets up well outside the paint and tries to be a spot up shooter from the outside. I'm not feeling it.


Hopefully, Kobe either figures out his splint situation and finds something that works for him and the team, but if not, I'd rather he sit a week or two, heal, and still be able to be dominant in the playoffs.


After all, it's all about how you finish, not how you got there.

Tayshaun Prince would be a good fit on this team, I am thinking..Or maybe I am dreamin???? He's on the block and he plays D and can finish around the rim and he can hit the short corner three and he can handle the rock like Lamar almost...

Plus, he's a HOMER...what would Mitch have to do to get him...Add Tay and a formidable ballhandling guard whoever comes to mind and our bench is stabilized..Thats if Tay wouldn't mind coming off the bench like Lamar...

Take your pick as to who we can get rid of to add Tay, he has game still....

"We're going to keep losing games until Kobe decides to sit out and let his finger heal."

Posted by: Reilly Diefenbach | January 11, 2010 at 08:59 AM


Question: Didn't we win a game (and a number of them) while Kobe has had his finger broken?

If we have, then your comment doesn't make sense, especially in light of our TWO wins against the bucks (one where Kobe hit a game winner - remember that?).

It's hard to sit Kobe with PG being weak, and not a good backup at SG.

Bynum needs to show this kind of determination when Pau is playing.

R Friedman

I understand the sentiment, but if you're cornered in a room by reporters, asked about getting moved to another company, you're probably not going to mention how much that would deflate you because you so love the company that's letting you go. Players posture. Shaq was the king of it.

This one's on Mitch. He's earned trust. IF it's stay or trade for Andrew it's because he thinks it's best for the organization. If he thinks Andrew and Pau have shown early signs that they can win a championship together, so be it.

Rick

i totally agree. i never cared about the mansion photo and situation, not about him missing US summer camp, considering that maybe he was hurt. but lately with every interview he gives, "i can't concentrate with Gasol in" or "i don't care, i can play anywhere" he is becoming more despicable.

and lets not forget the "opportunist's" line after they won the championship. his first thought was: "when do we meet President Obama"

looks like the NBA is just a facade and a PR parade for his own. as Jean Luc Godard ended the movie Breathless with Jean Paul Belmondo's only word before he died: dégueulasse (disgusting, scum-bag)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathless_(1960_film)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfr-qUXjl80&feature=related

We're going to keep losing games until Kobe decides to sit out and let his finger heal." Posted by: Reilly Diefenbach | January 11, 2010 at 08:59 AM
Question: Didn't we win a game (and a number of them) while Kobe has had his finger broken? If we have, then your comment doesn't make sense, especially in light of our TWO wins against the bucks (one where Kobe hit a game winner - remember that?). Posted by: Caliphilosopher | January 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

ROFLMFAO!!! KEEP EM HONEST CALIPHILOSOPHER!!!
MAMBA24

After all, it's all about how you finish, not how you got there. Posted by: Jamie Sweet | January 11, 2010 at 09:58 AM

Jamie do I have to say it?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING
mAMBA24

Why is Artest playing? It is obvious he is not right.


Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, there is nothing wrong passing ask Magic! 1 Assist but you will take 21 shots and make 4? Come on now.


HEY JON K, WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR?
MAMBA24

We should always consider trading Bynum.

* it pushes him to the brink from complacency to awareness
* it confuses the enemy on the real Laker's motive
* it inspires the Raftors and go for the highest bidder
* it accelerates youth's march to maturity
* it reverberates the blog as the intrigues go all the way to the bottom
* it brings anger to LakerTom and employ defense in his posts
* LAT M/M enjoys the ticks and posts as advertisers maximize their ROI.

Let's continue discussing trade of Bynum on the incoming road games, we need more wins consistently and decisively. There is no room for glamor time in the land of actors and actresses. It's all work, win always & just win baby or else, you're a goner. We are the mean Laker fans. lol!

D. Fish needs to pull a LUKE...time to go to the bench for the team. Let Kobe play the point so HE HAS TO PASS and put SuperFly at the 2 spot.

MM
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>>> Of course Andrew played a solid game, he was home and against a weaker opponent.
>>> A road warrior, he isn't. Those trade rumours must have also gotten him a bit upset,
>>> I think I saw him jump a few times and even run once.
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Mark, can you stop this slime dog from posting under my name. If the email address is not @gmail.com or @jbanda.com, then it is not my post. It’s one thing to have your point of view distorted by other posters but to have idiots like this further distorting my positions is incredibly frustrating. You would think these people would have the courtesy or cajones to post under their own name.
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Tom

As much as I hate to see The God Bryant struggle with his battle against himself (cos the only target for him is to top himself, and I do adore his competitvness there), I know that he will succeed sooner than later.
I might hate to have to justify my still adoration for him even in struggle times, but I know he's gonna repay me, hence I won't change a thing in my vision about him.

My low mood yesterday came from thinkin he might have been hurt and unsatisfied till bad frustration, and I hate to think him miserable; but since his interviews surfaced, I knew I was just makin a mountain out of a grain of sand. And I relaxed.


I like that PJ pushes his teammates at bordering him when necessary: team needs this to create an identity: each year each team has to build another one, cos old formulas never work exactly the same. I saw maturity in the dynamics on the floor yeasterday and I hope to keep seeing them, especially considering Pau's prolongued miss.

I have to admit Drew disapponts me again with his words in interview. BUt probably is my unability to get his psychology right. I wish he would have claimed as well "No way I want to be traded!" and "No place is like LA" but this n the end matters less than what he did on the court. I will take 1000 more interviews when he speaks not as enthusiastically as I would like to, but after a game well played like yesterday, rather than have him go GaGa about how much he adores being a Laker, and then being shy on court.
I still have to figure out his personality and maybe he has as well. But I want him to play. Yesterday he did. So no way I am gonna crucify him.

I have tos ay instead that the unknown Artest's injury surprises and worries me a bit.
We TOTALLY need the Ron Ron of the first part of the season back as soon as possible. The cautious and almost reticent Ron Ron is not what we ask for.
It's a basament stone for our castle.
No way to deny that.

Somewhere along this season I am feeling like we're witnessing Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, with evil twins thrown on court in places of our good actors.
It's entertaining still, but at times I would just like to have all of us on court together and safe.
Well, as long as it happens in the playoff, guess I can be satisfied anyway.

Well I just wrote a brilliant post and it went psssst and I lost it. Sooooo, the gist was; keep starting Lamar when Pau comes back and let Drew come in with Luke and Shannon. Let the kid have some fun out there, you gotta have fun.
Plus don't read too much into the "I don't care" it's like when the wife says "I don't care", all you married guys out there know what I'm talking about.

It's the chicken / egg debate.


--Vman


There were dinosaur eggs long before there were chickens. The egg wins.


Wes

JohnnyV, that's pretty bad news if Artest has plantar fasciitis. That's the kind of injury that can just hang around for long periods of time. I think it was one of the many injuries that dogged Bill Walton when he played. Is this what happened to Ron's hops? It would explain a lot of his inability to finish this year.
Maybe Kobe's finger would heal faster if he didn't shoot SO much?

"I don't really care," Bynum said. "I love playing basketball. I'll play this game anywhere.

~~The kid listen much to Jimbo in F/O and LT on the blog..."I'll play this game anywhere". Yeah, we all need ego as we mature but not to the point of believing one self, we got to listen to detractors and critics and balance everything in perspective. It is like the buoyancy in a ball. Too much air will blow up and too little air will have no bounce, just right the air. Go for more trade winds, Go WesJoe give them hell and tell us more what advantages we get in trading the Socks. Jamie Sweet said that Bosh is just another Gasol. That is what we need Showtime in the 21st century.

Thank you Johnny V for giving us the current state of RA. It really hurts if you have plantar fasciitis, it's just will power of durable RonRon to see him there running with normal, healthy players. We need a healthy Artest to get a maximum advantage of the defense as we need Kobe to get optimum advantage of offense. Primarily, that is the strength of our team. You cannot gauge it with the win against the Bucks in our home court as the apparent problems nor make the most of defeats against the Clippers and Blazers. The true tests will be this coming road trip till All Star break. It will define how strong is Bynum statement....I'll play this game anywhere.

Just a heads up - another post is coming soon.
MM

LakerTom don't worry, it was obvious instantly to anyone who has posted on this Blog for more than a couple of days that some of those Post most definitely were not from you. Me, Phred, Edwin and JAMambafan have the same problem bro. It's mighty odd that when these fake poster appear there is no sogn of Trols.
Mamba24

So let me get this straight.. The very same day bynum hears about the trade rumors he finally decides to show up?? A rejuvenated bynum agressively boxing out and skying after the ball (he even stole some rbs from lamar and added a little emphasis by cradling the ball and throwin his elbows out) with 18 REBOUNDS and shouldve had 20+ if it wasn't a blowout.. This even against bogut a very good young center who last time only got 3 rbs against

Hmmmm.. statement game?? What should we take away from this? What message is he sending to ownership? One thing seems to be very clear.. He is very unhappy being behind gasol in the pecking order.

I hope this kid knows how good he has it here and accepts that his time will eventually come cause if he can just flip a switch and get 18 rbs than he should be able to do it almost every night and if the effort keeps lacking than his days are numbered and more and more fans (and rightfully so) will start turning on him... and then lakertom will one day be the last man standing and even he will have no choice but to jump ship. LOL!

SLOW DOWN BLOG GOD YOU ARE GONNA BURN YOURSELF OUT. WE WILL HAVE TO SEE ABOUT GETTING YOU A SALARY INCREASE.
MAMBA24

Similarly, Kobe had to go through the pecking order if you will, and it took him a little time to adjust but he did it..kinda what Bynum must acclimate himself to..I think he'll be okay

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Edwin Gueco : I agree Plantar fasciitis is nothing to EFF with..I struggle with it and since I am not a professional athlete with the luxury of a trainer and the best docs, I have found that it can be very dehabilitating at times..I used orthotics but its only good every so often..So I can imagine Ron and the pain he's in...I remember Fish had it a few years ago and I think ended up having surgery if not mistaken. I read somewhere that surgery is not really a cure all either -- so let's hope Ron can healthy up-- We need his physicality..

lol, look at kobe's pinky in the photo, looks like he broke another finga :)

Well it's about time that the reserves stepped it up? and I'm not knocking them, because I know that a player needs a certain amount of time to get him timing down and his game going? but with that said. We've been together for a cool minute now? So we as fan's can get a little spoiled with WINNING lol, but all in all I would NOT TAMPER with this team!!! and if we stay healthy, hungry & focused we will be running down Figueroa Street in June once again!!! GO LAKERS!!! Ps. J.Farmar don't worry about playing time right now? just keep being consistant and stay focus and your time will be here before you know it? and LetShannonDunk!!!

Oh, and let Kobe rest for a little while, he's earned it??? i'm just sayin? GO LAKERS!!!


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