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Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar hope to build off recent success

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Lakers forward Lamar Odom and his patience had reached a tipping point. And that's saying a lot given his California-cool vibe.

The meltdown happened nearly a month ago -- specifically, Dec. 20  -- when the Lakers' bench allowed a 21-point lead against the Detroit Pistons to evaporate to within eight points in the fourth quarter. Odom felt embarrassed that instead of Kobe Bryant and company enjoying some well-earned rest, they needed to return to secure the victory.

But with the Lakers visiting San Antonio tonight,  Odom took a different tone after practice Monday when he was discussing the Lakers' reserves -- specifically backup guards Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar.

"They're making strides in the right direction," Odom said. "They're extremely hard workers. They push us in practice everyday. I think you're going to see more of those guys during the year."

That's because of the performances they put together lately. In the  Lakers' 95-77 victory over the Bucks, Brown led the team with 19 points on eight of 19 shooting, just two games after replacing a struggling Derek Fisher against the Clippers and posting 15 points. Brown made acrobatic dunks, had consecutive blocks and even made a half-court heave as the third quarter ended.

Meanwhile, Farmar scored 17 points, a week after notching a career-high 24 points in a 131-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, which featured the bench scoring a season-high 66 points.

"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."

Yet, there's a reason Coach Phil Jackson is taking a wait-and-see approach on a unit that boasts limited production from Sasha Vujacic, Adam Morrison and DJ Mbenga and is without Luke Walton (pinched nerve).

Even if it was the Pistons game that had made Odom upset, there have been other incidents that made that specific blown opportunity not really distinguishable.

There was a four-game stretch from to mid to late November when the reserves were outscored in every fourth quarter. There was the Christmas Day 102-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 13-13 tie ballooning to a 19-point deficit before Jackson yanked his reserves late in the second quarter. And there was the 118-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns three days later in a game that featured the reserves being outscored, 52-31.

Before last week's Dallas game, the Lakers' reserves were 27th in points per game (24.8) and 29th in opposing bench points (34.8) Meanwhile, the Lakers are looking at the Spurs' bench as a model to follow. Their unit -- led by guard Manu Ginobili -- lead the league in average points (42.6), rebounds (18.1) and assists (10). 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown celebrates with teammates Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom after hitting a half-court shot to end the third quarter Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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I apparently didn't know that the Spurs' bench is that great. But then again, I suppose it would be when you have Roger Mason Jr. and McDyess AND Emanuel Ginobili all coming off the bench.

Blair is going to be a beast up front (think a longer-armed, better-rebounding version of Malik Rose), so I hope LO and Socks are ready to bang.

Marky Mark,

Dude, we DON'T need to see your name for 12 seconds at the end of the video.

We get it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | January 12, 2010 at 03:25 AM

Dude, we DONT need to see- What do we play for? RINGS!!!, after every single one of your posts.

We get it also.

Stop whining, MM is doing a good job.

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In reference to trade talks, we (Lakers) really need Chris Paul more than Chris Bosh. I get frustrated with AB as nuch as anyone and on the surface seems like getting Bosh for him would be good, but I just don't know. Let's hope that Cavs don't get Paul! That trade seems ridiculous, kinda like Gasol to the Lakers, opps!
Does anyone have thoughts on why Norlins would make that trade? If I'm not mistaken, Paul is their franchise player and is signed for 2 more years. Surely must be wishful thinking on Cavs part?

With the recurring injuries on our bigs, I wish Farmar and Brown will blossom on the road just like we witnessed the other night against the Bucks. What is worrisome is when they are being jeered by unfriendly fans, booed they are rattled to make bad decisions and disappear in the mist in a matter few minutes. That is when everyone panics and the whole strategy is impaired by road games dilemma. We need a strong will from Shannon to plug their ears and focus on the strategy go for Bynum in the post or LO and if Kobe is well just stay on the course. Both guards will be tested by Manu and Tony Parker and if they show any kind of weakness those shrewd opponents will capitalize on it.

I hope Gary Vitti will be able to fix the bandage on the index finger of Kobe. The word is out there that he is injured therefore you bet, they will concentrate on spanking that finger (by accident!). We also need RonRon to push Duncan out of the post, if Drew will do it, he'll accumulate fouls and before we know he'll be in the bench again by 4th Q.

The Spurs of today are no longer the mighty Spurs of yesterday. They are the old vintage with nagging aches and getting old every game, however they still have the ability to sizzle with Duncan and his magnificent guards. They are still one of the best three in the league. Only Kobe's greatness could neutralize their firepower plus of course as a well-coordinated Laker team.

Bone head Baby Bynum will be exposed again! No defense-lay ups after lay ups , no rebounds, unless they are right to him and he doesnt have to jump more than 5 inches. Lets just hope he doesnt pull a Portland. (misses by 1 ft on a 3 ft shoot)
and lets not forget his prone to picking up fouls on a stupid up and under move by opposing centers or a nudge because his lazy butt doesnt move. Other than this, he is a great player!!!

Dude, we DONT need to see- What do we play for? RINGS!!!, after every single one of your posts.Posted by: Juan Que | January 12, 2010 at 08:21 AM

AH BUT WE DO MY FRIEND. IT IS OUR MANTRA AND OUR ANTHEM. It is what got this blog thru the championship run last year. It is as much a part of the Laker Legacy as is The Logo, Kobe, Kareem... In the time of th 100th Dynasty it will still call forth to all Laker faithful. WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR? RINGS! Right on Jon K. Keep on doing what you doing sir!

Jon K - woah didn't know my credit line would incite soooo much rage...

Does anyone have thoughts on why Norlins would make that trade? If I'm not mistaken, Paul is their franchise player and is signed for 2 more years. Surely must be wishful thinking on Cavs part? Posted by: DJ | January 12, 2010 at 08:48 AM

Paul is pissed at management for getting rid of Chandler and Byron Scott. He was a protégé of Scott although they] had their squables in the end he lobbied for management to keep Byron and they ignored him, just as they ignored him about Tyson Chandler. Seeing as he is the Face of the Franchise he felt he should have some input instead he felt he was treated as a piece of property.
Mamba24

WHAT CAN BROWN DO
Shannons the man we all know it, with more playing time he will surely show it.
The man definitely has some skills, Give him more playing time please, please Phil
You like to bring players along slow, But give the kid a chance and let him show
He might be the missing piece we need, We know he has the skills yes indeed
His dunks leave even Kobe in awe, He did the greatest dunk that I ever saw
But he’s more than a dunking machine, He’s willing to learn & sacrifice for the team
Give him a chance & you just might see, he’s the final piece to this new Dynasty
You have 10 Rings so you know best, But please Phil put Shannon to the test.
If you do I bet Dfish will see and say Shannon it’s your time I pass the baton to thee

Dude, we DONT need to see- What do we play for? RINGS!!!, after every single one of your posts.Posted by: Juan Que | January 12, 2010 at 08:21 AM

AH BUT WE DO MY FRIEND. IT IS OUR MANTRA AND OUR ANTHEM. It is what got this blog thru the championship run last year. It is as much a part of the Laker Legacy as is The Logo, Kobe, Kareem... In the time of th 100th Dynasty it will still call forth to all Laker faithful. WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR? RINGS! Right on Jon K. Keep on doing what you doing sir!

Posted by: mamba24 | January 12, 2010 at 09:05 AM

Outstanding post! Nicely done Mamba24. I have been disturbed watching people get on Jon K about his signature line. While the net is a wild and crazy place that has little room for good or friendly conduct, THIS PLACE, OUR PLACE is a little different. We have a nice community here and the tone of those comments don't take into consideration the history and culture we have going.

I say BRAVO Jon K. I have watched you posting for years. I admire you're ability to keep up the passion and at the same time tolerate the posers.

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TAKE THAT!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!!

GAME DAY BABY - YYYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Bring on Timmeh & the Spores!! Let's show why we're the defending champs!! I want to see EFFORT! I want to see HEART! I want to see DETERMINATION! Come on Lake Show - man up and play tonight like we all know you can. We're not putting out best team on the court because of injuries - but this is NO EXCUSE! A little FIRE goes a long way.

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

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Mark Medina,

You're dealing with Lakeraholics.

All kinds of unexpected things can happen.

However, I do echo LakerTom's comments.

Overall, you're doing quite a good job.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN, LAKERTOM, JOHNNYV - OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

justanothermambafan/JohnnyV/Mamba24,

Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Kam bros blog more like tumblin' tumbleweeds.

Mamba24, thanks for putting on that 'let's ride' bandwagon. To paraphrase El Guapo, would you say we have a plethora of Rings?

Jon K, you know I back your right to free speech. In your honor, I will end my posts for today with:

What do we play for? RINGS!

...because that's what we do. Its unwavering, unyielding, and will withstand the test of time. We play for rings.

#4

I posted this a while back:

"Lakers please bring out that FIRE we saw last year, really that's all that is missing, because we all know you have the skills, the IQ, and you guys are the CHAMPS! Please light the FIRE again. thats all thank you :)"

ONTO TO THE NEXT WIN :)

Posted by: ladyJem24 | January 09, 2010 at 08:23 AM

And boy was i glad to see that fire the other day, especially from our Bench and Andrew! MORE of that please! And Kobe i know you are Bruce Willis of Basketball but please be careful of your finger/s tonight, i know you will not sit down but play smart :)

ONTO TO THE NEXT WIN :)

Hold on. I like the text and sound on the videos. It adds a bit of polish on the technological end. It's one more small move towards that great technological future.


Wes

MM - I'll say it again - you da man! You're doing great - we all appreciate it!


See you tonight on the live chat!!!

Psyched for this Texas-Two-Step coming up - time for Drew, LO, UPS and Ear Jordan to shine! Word is that Kobe's going back to the metal splint on the index finger...so be it. Kobe, trust in your teammates, they'll come through for you.

Kam bros blog more like tumblin' tumbleweeds. Reily D.

~~That's the risk for opting for greener pasture, what you get are weeds. Good gracious with the help of Ex, Charles, Johnny V and DaveM, they still can't manage a take off, there must be a lot of recriminations by this time on that unfaithful decision. So far, they miscalculated the pulse of Laker fans. These fans are not ordinary fans or junkies who will readily embrace big name institutions or networks. We are not moved by what is popular but more on traditions and record of excellence. Murray and Hearn are the LA journalistic measure as the foundation of blogs and sports broadcasting. If you cannot equal that standard, then you're not good enough.

We don't actually have to start a "Back the freak off of Jon K's signature" bandwagon do we?

Lass

Atlanta BODY SLAMS the green weenies 3 straight..Down for the count...123


Kobe's finger and his horrific shooting stats the last 3 games to bad PJ couldn't step outside the box for once and start Kobe at the Point and Superfly at the 2. This would have got Kobe to pass vs his shooting mentality. Is there anything really wrong with Kobe playing Point till his finger heals? After watching games 4 and 5 of the Orlando series this weekend the broadcasting team of Jackson and Gundy stated over and over again IF KOBE WANTED TO he could lead the league in assists. I'm just saying you don't need a CP3 or D.Will, we have KOBE!


After reading the last couple of days post about Bynum vs Bosh I see alot of you don't have NBA PACKAGE. Have any of you seen the brace on Bosh's leg? Have any of you seen him run the court the last 2 weeks? I actually think Bynum is moving a lot better than Bosh is with the brace. That so-called source was Phil Jackson lighting a fire under Andrew..no way no how do they ever trade Bynum for Bosh. Lebron ok.


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Mamba24,

I'll take the next seat on the Let's Ride... bandwagon. (Also known as, "How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bynum" bandwagon. And the Bench too.)

I've been sayin' it for a weeks. I love my TEAM.

Lass

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Aww... Mamba, awesome introductory chant!!! Loved it so much, you're a poet man :)
I love also to read trademark Jon K. Signature :) sets me up for any good expectation and I love the way it makes me feel.

It's like polishing a killing katana and pull it off from its silky case, for all of our crew to revere.
It's someway due and brings us together.

In Lakers' name :)

I don't mind MM signature at all at the end of the videos though. I find it stylish. And I always appreciate people crafting their pieces of works by their names. Plus whomever encompass videos in their sites, or link them, can of course know the name of the author. It's fair to claim that. In my humble opinion... At least.

On tonight game I second Lamar's wish AND expectations about our Bench Kids. They're blossoming and they must. We need all of them to' bring it on another ring. I'll be' cheering -all along.

Have all a great game tonight. I will be' writing after it. It's 2:30 am kind of wakin up. But I can make it. Go beloved Lakers :) bring Sun in this snowy night :)

BD,
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Excellent post on Bynum vs. Bosh. And an interesting idea for Kobe to take over the point to let Shannon start. Only question would be Kobe’s ball handling and passing. In some ways, I think his finger injuries are causing him more problems handling the ball without turning it over than shooting. However, I do agree that he needs to become more of a facilitator at this point in time, which is hard to do when you are the greatest.
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More importantly, I had almost conceded that it would take Drew a full year to fully recover from his back-t0-back season-ending knee injuries. Most players are not all the way back until their second year after injury. However, that was definitely the Beast that we saw against the Bucks on Sunday. This was the first game that I saw Drew really jump like he is capable of. Before then, it seemed as if Drew was afraid or hesitant to go all out for fear of injury, which could be expected. Anybody who has had a serious knee injury knows what I am talking about. Last night, however, there were three or four plays where Drew really soared above the rim we all know that those great hops were a big part of Drew’s beastly physicality. So maybe, just maybe, we will see the Beast again in January – and not have to wait until next year. The next two game will tell us a lot.
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Count me as another reader who finds the "What do we play for RINGS !!!" thing to be a constant irritation. It makes it hard to read the preceding comments, so I just end up skipping them when I would rather read them in the flow of conversation. Is there really a need to clutter the blog this way? I skip the MAMBA thing too for the same reason. But maybe that's just me.

Hey guys a new post is up!

LakerTom, #6 is ??? between By & Bo. Because of #6, fans embrace the rumor. If Bynum can just imitate Rodman in defense blocks and rebounds, the rest of the Laker crew will take care of the offense.

Taller, bigger and longer do not equate to smarter in CB. He is proven 23 ppg and 11 rpg on a very weak team. If he is mixed with Kobe, Gasol, Artest plus LO welcome to the Laker Olympics. They are seasoned, disciplined and athletic. IMO, they will accomplish your set objectives of dynasty. Mix them with Shannon plus two good perimeter shooters whether it is Fish or a younger player BINGO, the eternal flame will be lighted at the Staples till 2014. Somebody mentioned in the previous thread, when by that time Bynum becomes dominant (which is a big IF) Kobe, Gasol and Artest are old and slow. Bynum needs a company of good PG, he is still far from the likes of Lew Alcindor when he was 22 nor Mr. Basketball, Bill Russell when he used to dominate this league.

I know you like Drew Bynum very much but try to be objective based on present showings not on future variables.

All this talk about our bench and Bynum beating up those great Milwaukee Bucks team, well, tonight, we are in San Antonio, a real team wanting some revenge. How much does anyone wanna bet after tonights game, we Lakers fans will be beetching about how AB PLayed another soft road game and didnt hustle, and that our bench was out scored by theirs 35-15!! Any takers.

HEY MARK SORRY ABOUT THE MISSPELL OF YOUR NAME ON THE BANDWAGON. NO DISRESPECT BROTHER
MAMBA24.

To the Newbies out there:

It's true that the original crue are a very tight group, but that doesn't mean they won't make room for new posters.

Zaira and I are examples of this. Our history here is a fairly young one, but the regulars welcomed us immediately. All it takes is respectful behavior and LAKER LOVE.

Don't be afraid to join in, but please, there is no need to attack someone's signature. (I mean really, a signature?)

We may not always agree with each other's point of view on specific topics and sometimes it does get a little personal between bloggers, but someone else will step in and calm things down.

This is a very unique blog community with some special traditions and these traditions will not be given up. You will have to accept us, "ring" signatures and all.

thank you,
Lass

This is a very unique blog community with some special traditions and these traditions will not be given up. You will have to accept us, "ring" signatures and all. thank you,
Lass Posted by: LakerLass | January 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM

LakerLass - Great Post! and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!
MAMBA24

To our secret agent who is risking his life working behind the enemy line in Ohio (aka: Jon K).

Your mantra is the persona of this blog. Keep doing what you've been doing for the last few years...

MM: You have indeed made a connection with us!! Glad to have you with us on this blog.

HAVE FAITH!

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GREAT JOB & SMOOTH TRANSITIONS MARK MEDINA – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - MM - I'll say it again - you da man! You're doing great - we all appreciate it!
(02) WESJOENIXON – DRIVER - Hold on. I like the text and sound on the videos. It adds a bit of polish on the technological end. It's one more small move towards that great technological future.
(03) LAKERTOM – RIDING SHOTGUN - Like most of the regular posters, we think you are doing a great job. Personally, I don’t miss the KamBros at all. And judging from the number of posts on their new site,it appears that the LA Times Lakers Blog is winning the war with Land O’Lakers hands down. The KamBros may have pulled a Trevor Ariza with the LA Times as Double-M has smoothly taken over.
(04) #4 - some bloggers may have asked for humor, wit, etc. I say, thanks for NOT trying to hard to be funny. sometimes, that can be just as damning as being humorless. The core of what he's done has been great and seamless
(05) GANAPIA -MM, I can tell you are putting a great effort to succeed in the blogsphere. Keep it up!!
(06) ZairaAmaterasu -Thank you for the videos. I actually watched all of them as you uploaded them (well, the presentation wasn't actually running for a couple hours more, but maybe I had a bug in the laboratory...), and gotta say they eased me a bit.
(07) CBUCK - LOVE that broderick turner is on the Funky Cold Medina train!
(08) just another "index" swish - 2M thanks for being so "religious" about the new thread warning
(09) VMAN - Excellent start, my man. You're up to a considerable speed, bases covered
(10) YELLOWFEVER – MM definitely appreciate the advance notices on the new threads!
(11) MAMBA24 – Slow down Blog God you're going to Burn yourself out. You deserve a raise
(12) LAKERLASS - P.S. to MM: Don’t really want to complain ‘cus I think you’re doing a great job. You can call me LakerLass, Lass or even LL Well, at least you didn’t spell it Lassie. Thanks for that.
(13) RedBluffPete - I think Mark Medina is making a good effort to keep the Lakers Blog useful and enticing to us Lakers fans. Good job Mark!!
(14) DAN THE MAN - Funky Cold MEDINA, Yo man, big ups!! You are a great addition to the Blog!!!!!
(15) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the MM band wagon. Thanks
(16) CALIPHILOSOPHER - MAMBA24 - Please put me on the MM bandwagon. Does he have an e-mail account like the K-Bros did? Because I have my CV/Resume all polished and ready to go. :-)
(17) WALLACE - MM: You have indeed made a connection with us!! Glad to have you with us on this blog. HAVE FAITH!

Usually when bench players have a big game one night..they follow up the next by laying an egg.

All SB & JF need to do is to emulate Rondo of the Celtics who brings intensity to every game. Triple double against Tortonto and unafraid to attack bigs on any team, including D-Howard, Bosh, Shaq, Bynum. LO & Bynum could also dunk more than they do. We need to stop making excuses for Bynum...he has to play with intensity alongside Pau and go after rebounds agressively! Perkins plays alongside Garnett or Davis or Rasheed always with the same intensity!! LO, SB, JF & RA ought to be able to attack the basket around other defenses not running over them! It would be great if Chris Paul could be drawn away from joining James or Wade as a Laker!! Go Lakers, emulate Kobe's intensity on D & Offense as a team every game !

Hi I'm from Peru and living in Argentina but lived in LA for 8 years back in the 80's. That's when I became a fan (not a bad time I guess) and been rooting ever since. I got my nba league pass on direct tv and just bought one on the internet so I don't miss a beat. Love reading the blog and everyone's posts. This is family!

Brown and Farmar....two glorified D-Leaguers.

Shannon is my favorite laker and i do admit that he does have to give more if he wants to prove hes starter material and all. I wish that shannon brings what he did in the gane against the buck evretnight. With a great bench suport Lakers could count on a lot and Kobe will finally be able to get the rest that he so highly deserves.



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