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Lakers bracing for eight consecutive road games

With the Lakers about to head east for eight consecutive road games spanning through 13 days, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson found the trip to be a good opportunity for assigned reading -- a custom he's carried dating back to his days with the Chicago Bulls

"I planned on it," he said after Tuesday's practice.

"What got in the way?" a reporter asked.

"You guys," Jackson said with a whimsical smile. "I was going to go get the books now."

No word on whether Jackson has bought the books yet or just used it as a good exit strategy from his interview session. 

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant didn't exactly seem thrilled with the idea he'll spend part of his travels reading anything other than his playbook (not that he needs to). 

"If he gives me something interesting, I'll read it," Bryant said. "But if he gives me some ... book, I'm not going to."

It's safe to say Bryant would consider Jackson's book documenting his frustrations with Bryant earlier in his career to fall in the latter, expletives-deleted category than the one deemed "interesting."

All joking aside, there's several things the Lakers will learn on this trip beginning tomorrow in Cleveland, even if the team says its only area of concern is winning the games.

Though the Lakers (32-9) are one game ahead of the Cavaliers (32-11) for the league's best record, they have played the first half of the season primarily at home. The Lakers are 9-6 on the road and 23-3 at home, one of those losses happening in embarrassing fashion on Christmas day against Cleveland.

The Lakers also continue to have injuries on their mind. 

Center Andrew Bynum missed the entire fourth quarter Monday in the Lakers' 98-92 victory over the Magic because of what the team called intestinal flu symptoms. Jackson said he only stayed for the team's video session before leaving Tuesday's practice, though The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Bynum is traveling with the team.

Then there's the other injuries that never seem to go away, including Bryant's avulsion fracture to his right finger and Lamar Odom's aggravated sprained right index and middle fingers. Hey, at least Pau Gasol is back from his strained left hamstring.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes with his left hand for a layup against Magic forward Matt Barnes in the first quarter Monday night. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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MM - if you find out the book titles, please let us know. I'm curious every year.

Posted by Cali

As a fan, I prefer to support whoever happens to be on my team (as far as their basketball exploits go).

There is no shame in my game, much like their isn't in yours. The only difference is that (to use an analogy, just to be explicit for you) I'm playing chess while you're playing checkers.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Yeah, I can see you rooting for Smush and Kwame too.

Point is, until Bynum shows some heart he's not a true Laker in my book and we should look for a replacement. This guy could become a problem down the road. He has not earned anything yet.

Back in the day, Magic would have thrown a few hard passes off his head to get him going. Today, we treat players with "kid gloves"

Believe it or not, I hope he comes around and matures into the great player everyone hopes. But the odds are against it. The only time we ever saw this guy truly hustle was the year before his contract was up for negotiation.

If I'm proved wrong, Great.
If I'm right, we probably wont win as many titles as possible.

Bynumb doesn't hustle, doesn't play defense, doesn't get off the ground, and has already been dominated this year by most centers with moderate skills.
He's been in the league 5 years now with his best year coming 2 years ago.

The guy is regressing and if you and others don't take the blinders off, it will be to late to matter.

This is called substance, when you respond, try it.

When you find out the title to the book, make a new thread about it.

NINE GAMES -- #2 of 9 up next

Lakers are playing well...
Cavs are playing well...
First true road test up next...
No excuses if Lakers come out flat...
Cavs beat them straight up at Staples a month ago...
The great teams take names of those who beat them,,, and punish them next time around...

Grades coming in the following areas:
TOUGHNESS (major project -- Cavs)
FOCUS
ENDURANCE

Mike

WUTTUP PARTY PEOPLE??!!!

MM - thanks for making sure someone's at least looking into the idea of getting the blog back to the Laker colors! And also thanks for trusting us during half times! We will NOT let you down!

RE dunk contest:

Good luck Shannon - I think he'll win!!!
Snaq O'Meal really needs to keep his pie-hole shut - moron.
Princess Jimmy ain't entering cuz she's afraid she'll lose.

RE Nate & Noah & Bosh

Just say no - PLEASE. They are NOT what the Lakers need.
The health of OUR current team is the most important thing.
Next is consistency.
I believe we already have what it takes to repeat.
WE GOT THIS.


RE BSPN

More morons with jobs they do not qualify for.
MANY posters on here do a MUCH better job writing about the Lakers and basketball in general.
The morons should take a lesson... but they're morons so I guess that ain't happenin' any time soon.
Simple solution - don't read the drivel they spew out.
You'll be much happier.

RE Crab game tomorrow.

I for one can't wait.
BRING IT ON!!!
The little crybaby Princess and her band of Crabs need a dose of reality.
And Tha Show is just the team to provide that for 'em.


RE Kobe and the state of his body.

I really hope he's doing ok.
Actually - I wish he'd rest but we're talkin' bout Kobe.
I'll take Kobe at less than 100% over ANYONE ELSE every time - no hesitation, no second guessing, EVERY TIME.


RE Bench Mob

They've shown some much needed attitude adjustments lately as well as some fire in the belly.
I believe it will continue.
I believe Kobe and PJ will do exactly what they need to do to get these kids focused.
I believe we've got a great road record coming up!

RE Mamba24 & Utzworld

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS???? Unacceptable.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

T-Man Trolling Thoughts

1.Bill Simmons edict that Lebron is the best player in basketball is analogous to when Wilt Chamberlain was herald as the best player in the NBA but Bill Russell was winning all the championships. Same thing, different era. In the end Russell is more revered.

2.My take on Kobe and Lebron
Kobe is all business who finds happiness with winning championships.
Lebron has a Globe Trotter mentality who happens to dominate the NBA

3. I was wrong before when Kobe didn't get surgery on his pinky, hope I'm wrong again about his index finger.

4. So Bynum is battling the Flu (again) I guess he has another built-in excuse for poor performances.

5. This years Eastern road trip will be a success if we can go 5-3

6. More Jordan and Shannon please

7. San Antonio has made great trades in the past, look for them to do the same this year.


I wonder if Phil will have any of the guys read, Steve Alper's new novel, The Steam? It centers around a crooked NBA ref who links up with an addicted sports gambler. Sound familiar? It was actually written before the whole donaghy scandal broke. I read it, and must say it's an AWESOME novel and a great read. Not sure if Phil will be giving it to the guys since it's referred to as, "The book the NBA doesn't want you to read." However Phil is pretty defiant so he'll probably reccommend it.

Troll Man,


One thing. I really don't think Bynum has the body type to sprint down the court like we all want him too. He doesn't have a quick gait like Howard has, or a powerful gait like Shaq's. His is more like Yao or Kareem's I think, and is always a bit awkward to look at. Think baby calf freshly born chased by coyote. That's Bynum running down the court to me. I'll be happy with a sustained lack of injury from the guy, and maybe some improvement in rebounding positioning so when the ball comes off the rim he's actually able to rebound it without turning around.


But, at 22 he's more than become the player we hoped he'd be when we drafted him. I mean, half the GMs in the NBA would have sold their souls for Bynum on draft day had they known he'd become the player he is right now. And I mean right now, not in 5 years. Right now, at 22 and just starting the upward arc of his learning curve, Andrew Bynum is the 2nd-5th best center in the game. That's pretty darn good.


Wes

Justanothermambafan,

>>> WUTTUP PARTY PEOPLE??!!!

As for everything in your post, I have one word: DITTO.

O.G. LAKER BLOGGERS ROLL CALL...

I want to give a shout out to all of my fallen latimes lakerbloggers homies.
Many of whom haven't yet fallen off the face of the Earth, but they might as well have.

I know that some of you on here may think your o.g., but you're not!
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Peace to "Shady", "tha Lamar Show", and "RespectMyAuthority". Remember the great post game analysts from our very own "laker sth"? How about that chick who called herself "bob"? Does anybody know what happened to "Korey"? I'm scared.

What about "sonnybelfast"? Most on here will never fully fathom the fact that THIS blog embraced a die-hard Kings fan. And how about 'Weave-Man" or 'greek dude."?
'Xodus and "Andrew Z." were some of the sharpest blades we had!

R.I.P.

In fact, when I look around, it's fresh faces as far as the eye can see.

Quick, 10 points to anyone who can tell me the name of the first blogger who successfully changed his handle to a mere symbol? (hint: >_<)
I bet most of you don't even know what family crest the friggin' "K." belongs to!

And if you are scratching your head after I drop the line:"joninjapan(incanada)", then you are definitely a rookie!
If the phrase "Farmar Tom" doesn't bring out a chuckle, then you are probably still eligible for the Lakersblog D-League. It takes experience to become a trueWhackjob (FEARless knows what's up.)

Oh, yes, things have changed. Even "Faith" isn't faithful to the blog any more.
-------------------------------------------

So justa, KB Blitz, Hobbit and all of the other New School Bloggers take heed and recognize your fore fathers. And remember to pay homage and respect in the future to these pioneers if you ever see their return.

For these are the ones who helped pave the way for the greatest blog in the world!

D.r.

Just to weigh in on the Bynum issue (as though that hasn't been talked about enough around here...):

Look, I think this kid has lots of potential. LakerTom, I love your enthusiasm about Bynum, and I would love to see everything you predict come to fruition. Troll Man (who is definitely NOT a troll), you have some really good points, as well.

Here's what bothers me:

1. Hustle. You gotta hustle. Even if the shots aren't falling, and the refs aren't calling, you have to hustle. Don't put your hands up in the air while the rest of your squad gets back on D. Play with energy. Passion.

2. Shaq last night. Did you see the highlights of that Cavs game? Shaq is SPRINTING down the court. You know, the way he likes to do it after a particularly nice play on offense or defense. Head down, sprinting. I gotta be honest. I love that. It endears me to a player. I'd like to see Bynum doing that a lot, lot, lot more. Like, twice a game.

3. Power. Drew, Socks, the Kid, the Beast... you got power, man. Now USE it. Forget the finesse flip shot three feet from the rim. There's plenty of time for that in ten or twelve years. For now, you've got power. Make them AFRAID to get in your way. Dunk ON people. Rip the damn rim down, and take the defender's hand along with it.

4. Patrol the paint. You need to make people scared to drive into the paint. I'm not suggesting that you play dirty. No. I'm suggesting that you make a statement. "This is MY paint, and you're not getting ANY easy layups." If it means fouling out of the game to send a message, then do it. Seriously.

In the name of Blog Family unity, let's all agree on one thing:

Go Lake Show!

Trollman,

I like Joakim too! He will do everything for his team even with his limited skills. I am a fan of this guy.

But tonight against the Lakers, I am not a fan of Noah.

Tonight, we will see the big difference having a Bynum at Center vs Noah. Either Bynum or Gasol will be too much for Noah.

This is why the Lakers are the envy of the NBA.

Bulls only have Noah, while both Bynum and Gasol can dominate Noah at both ends. Can you imagine what the Bulls would be willing to give up to get an Andrew Bynum in their middle?

Honestly, and I know this is going to sound homerish, anything less than 7-1 on this trip will be disappointing. Lakers are finally more or less at full strength and clearly have a lot to prove to the non-believers who have used their home-heavy first half as a reason to marginalize their league-leading record. The only games that actually concern me - since I'm positive that the Lakers will prevail in Cleveland and Boston - are the back end games tailing the three back-to-backs; @ New York (1/22), @ Indiana (1/27), and @ Memphis (2/1). I feel like the Lakers will lose one of those three games and win all the others. Yes, they're that good!

I'm not usually one to complain about the officiating, but I'm going to watch the refs closely when the Lakers play the Cavs tomorrow. Do I even have to ask which team David Stern will be rooting for? The refs were OBVIOUSLY rooting for the Cavs last Xmas. Laker fans threw debris onto the court to protest the biased officiating. That was the first time I saw that kind of behavior from Laker fans in 3 decades of watching Laker games. That really says something about how biased the officiating was that day.

The following link is from a Laker/Cavs game from a couple years ago, and not so coincidentally, the Cavs got all the calls once again. Do you see the pattern here?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6SpBM8dB4k

justanothermambafan,

re: trades.

Let's be honest about Bosh vs. Bynum. I took a quick look at our
2nd favorite web site, basketball-reference.com
Bynum Bosh
FT % .737 .785
TRB 330 468
pts 607 998
AST 54 85
BLK 64 45

Bosh would seem to be better than Bynum right now. The question is
will Bynum be better than Bosh in how many years? So if it takes Bynum
4 years to become better than Bosh, is it worth it to keep Bynum?

From my perspective, I would like the Lakers to win now and for the
foreseeable future. That said, I would like to see Kobe win as many as
possible because he's the hardest working player on the court. Such
passion and excellence should be rewarded.

If no one on the blog can agree that J-Farmar is the pg of the future and
S-Brown is the sg of the future, than why should we be so hung up on a
young center who is not showing the gumption/character of a champion?

note: this is not advocacy for a trade. 3 years ago, I was very vocal about
training him. Then is not now.

FYI: Bosh is 3 years older than Bynum.

Trollman,

Bulls would probably be willing to part with Noah, Deng and Heinrich to get to Bynum + Sasha and Walton.

Believe it or not, I hope he comes around and matures into the great player everyone hopes. But the odds are against it. The only time we ever saw this guy truly hustle was the year before his contract was up for negotiation.

Bynumb doesn't hustle, doesn't play defense, doesn't get off the ground, and has already been dominated this year by most centers with moderate skills.

Posted by: Troll Man | January 20, 2010 at 02:17 PM

Here's some substance for you:

You say that "we" have never seen him hustle. Actually, I have seen him hustle this year a number of times. Even the announcers noted during the Dallas game that he had to rotate to contest Josh Howard's 3 attempt at the end of the game. When you say "we", you should really speak for yourself.

If you say you hope that he comes around and becomes a great player, then why use derogatory names - like "Bynumb" - for him? That does not seem to be a clear indicator of support.

You're not going to get a dominating line from a player every game in the year. Even Kobe has had his off days. If you're going to make an empirical claim about him being dominated by other centers, then A) you'll need to provide a technical definition (as well as necessary and sufficient conditions) for the term "domination" and B) provide the methodology employed to ascertain whether or not "domination" happened, and C) provide the empirical evidence that backs that up.

I don't have any blinders on (I remain neutral as to whether or not he will be the next best thing since sliced bread). I actually just want to see him play to his potential as an individual, but more importantly, as a member of a functioning and productive whole.

When you get that going, you might have an empirical leg to stand upon. Otherwise, you're just spouting unsubstantiated claims. I don't mind disagreement, or differing thoughts regarding the team, but I do mind when some posters (not necessarily you) make claims that try to masquerade as factual when they are just subjective opinions.

4. So Bynum is battling the Flu (again) I guess he has another built-in excuse for poor performances.

Posted by: Troll Man | January 20, 2010 at 02:57 PM

By built in, do you mean endogenous? Cause if so, then you're half right. Why would having the flu be an excuse?

Justanothermamba fan-

You said we couldnt use Nate?
Do you not agree he is better than half our bench when he himself is also a bench player? I can agree with him messing up the rotation but if we acquired him before trade deadline don't you think he will really matter in the playoffs when he has had enough exp?

Just like Pau. He went to the finals the first year he came to the Lakers. Of course we didn't win but not because of Pau but because of the entire team.

I think Nate would really help our bench. Consistency or not, he is a much better player than half our bench.

:)

i think the lakers will dominate tomorrows game. this team has too much pride (and a lil bit of arrogance, which is a good thing) to flop again on national tv against the lebrons. and for those of you saying the joakim fits in as a laker...HELL NO! as a ucla alum there is no way i want that kinda trash in a laker uniform. maybe if he gets a hair cut and goes to the dentist ill think about it. dude looks like he brushes his teeth with a rock

Sometimes Bynum reminds me of Joe Barry Carroll.Let's hope he grows out of it.
I'm with the bloggers who wish Kobe would let his finger heal up. His shooting is terrible when it gets whacked!
Shannon & Farmer are looking good. Let's hope they can do it on the road.. a true sign of basketball maturity.

da reflektor,

"So justa, KB Blitz, Hobbit and all of the other New School Bloggers take heed and recognize your fore fathers. And remember to pay homage and respect in the future to these pioneers if you ever see their return."

As an "Original Blogger", I appreciate your acknowledgement of those of us who have stuck around from the very beginning; however, we should be judged first on the merits of our contributions to the blog before the length of our commitment.

KB Blitz and Hobbit are great bloggers and I DO NOT expect them to pay homage to me simply because I (or any other blogger) have been here longer than they. I expect them to challenge me (and other bloggers) when I (they) may be wrong; I expect them to appreciate me (and other bloggers) when I (they) share insight; I expect them to root for their team with dedication and passion.. and that's about it.

So, yes, we've gone through a long arc with this blog, and it is nice to have original bloggers around, but hopefully we'll bring more new voices to the mix--voices that are intelligent, insightful and passionate.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

BLOG CRUE
Great road trip ahead of us. Jack Kerouac would love the travels to come. I think game 1 is a "statement" game. If there's one team out there that's getting ready for the show, it's the Cavs. Shaq definitely and silently has marked his calendar.

Do it for Kerouac.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Troll Man, could you please post a list of all the "centers with moderate skills" that have dominated Drew this year? And remember, "moderate skills" are your words so don't be throwing any elite names in there. Thanks.

- Jon K.

Your treatise on Lebron and Cleveland in the last blog was insightful to someone who's never been there and has always lived in CA...

On Bynum, granted, I wonder if he has that internal fire that separates the great ones from the merely good, but he's only 22 and still has a lot of growing up to do. Perhaps the "fire" will ignite within him with maturity. Meantime, we have the true incendiary player of his time in Kobe, and I mean that in purely the most positive sense.

I do worry about Kobe's injuries though. I revel in his ability to play through injuries, but time catches up to all of us and that is when wisdom is meant to take over. I hope he is being wise on the extent of his injuries.

I don't post much here but am an avid reader and have followed the Lakers since 1979 when the great Magic Johnson came into the league. Great to read the passion of those who share my passion...

Jon K,
I forgotten more about basketball than you will ever know. I know you are some sort of amazing "athlete" and I'm just a fantasy basketball nerd that can't compete with your insight. Oh yeah, Mr. 4 rings Fisher should be given a free pass to play until he takes the court in a wheelchair. ( Actually he would probably be quicker in a wheelchair). Oh, and the Lakers cannot win a championship this year without his oncourt leadership. And Phil Jackson is a god who can do no wrong. He has 10 NBA coaching championships, so we shouldn't ever question Phil...he knows better than us. Bottom line is the Lakers have so much more talent than any other team that despite Fisher and Jackson they will probably win the NBA Championship. On a nightly basis they don't play the hardest, they aren't a very focused team, and the defense at times is terrible !!. But having as much talent as they do, and the closing talents of Kobe, they usually win if the game is close. Also, quite a few of the teams they are playing make a lot of mistakes in the 4th quarter which allow them to win. When the Lakers opponents play well and don't fold down the stretch in the 4th, the Lakers usually lose !!!

Jon K,

you wrote: KB Blitz and Hobbit are great bloggers and I DO NOT expect them to pay homage to me simply because I (or any other blogger) have been here longer than they. I expect them to challenge me (and other bloggers) when I (they) may be wrong; I expect them to appreciate me (and other bloggers) when I (they) share insight; I expect them to root for their team with dedication and passion.. and that's about it.

my response: re: being a great blogger. [ hobbit twists his toe into the ground ]
"shucks. thanks. " :)

re: the rest of what you wrote. Exactly.


Wesjoenixon,

you wrote:
But, at 22 he's more than become the player we hoped he'd be when we drafted him. I mean, half the GMs in the NBA would have sold their souls for Bynum on draft day had they known he'd become the player he is right now. And I mean right now, not in 5 years. Right now, at 22 and just starting the upward arc of his learning curve, Andrew Bynum is the 2nd-5th best center in the game. That's pretty darn good. ,

my response: um ... no. This would be incorrect.

In reverse order, Bynum is not the 2nd-5th best center in the game. Here
are some who are better: Dwight, Shaq, Duncan, Kaman, Noah, Marc
Gasol, Perkins, Bosh .....

you wrote: Right now, at 22 and just starting the upward arc of his learning curve

my response: I actually don't agree with you for the following reasons.

1. He's a 5 year veteran.
2. He's been tutored by Kareem for 5 years.
3. He's playing in the triangle offense.
4. He's playing w/ Pau, LO, Artest & Kobe.

These 4 statements mean that he will not have pressure to force him to
grow. Nor will he be given the keys to the cadillac. Those keys are in
Kobe's hand and you'll need a pliers to get them out.

re: who Bynum is. Bynum is not a "driven" athlete. Bynum was not a
student of the game. Bynum *is* the project of Jim Buss. Bynum was
a student of Kareem. If you had taken Dwight or Bosh or Kaman or
Noah or Hawes and given them 5 years as a student of Kareem's they
would put Bynum to shame in terms of what he knows/does and what
they would do.

Caliphilosopher,

to trollman, you wrote: You're not going to get a dominating line from a player every game in the year. Even Kobe has had his off days. If you're going to make an empirical claim about him being dominated by other centers, then A) you'll need to provide a technical definition (as well as necessary and sufficient conditions) for the term "domination" and B) provide the methodology employed to ascertain whether or not "domination" happened, and C) provide the empirical evidence that backs that up.

kibitzing from the sidelines, I ask/say the following:

1. When Kobe has his off days, no one ever wonders if he's trying. I believe
he's had 2 games in 14 years where he was passive on offense. People
talked about him like a dog.

2. re: domination by other centers. The month of December showed Bynum
with such dismal numbers that multiple sportswriters commented.
Conversely, lower tier teams with moderate - 2 - good centers gave the
Lakers all they could handle. Incidently, the opposing centers had
monster games. I seem to recall a bulls game with two centers getting 18
rebounds. something like that. I can check if you'd like. Anyhow, does
that count as domination?

Jon K,

you wrote: KB Blitz and Hobbit are great bloggers and I DO NOT expect them to pay homage to me simply because I (or any other blogger) have been here longer than they. I expect them to challenge me (and other bloggers) when I (they) may be wrong; I expect them to appreciate me (and other bloggers) when I (they) share insight; I expect them to root for their team with dedication and passion.. and that's about it.

my response: re: being a great blogger. [ hobbit twists his toe into the ground ]
"shucks. thanks. " :)

re: the rest of what you wrote. Exactly.


Wesjoenixon,

you wrote:
But, at 22 he's more than become the player we hoped he'd be when we drafted him. I mean, half the GMs in the NBA would have sold their souls for Bynum on draft day had they known he'd become the player he is right now. And I mean right now, not in 5 years. Right now, at 22 and just starting the upward arc of his learning curve, Andrew Bynum is the 2nd-5th best center in the game. That's pretty darn good. ,

my response: um ... no. This would be incorrect.

In reverse order, Bynum is not the 2nd-5th best center in the game. Here
are some who are better: Dwight, Shaq, Duncan, Kaman, Noah, Marc
Gasol, Perkins, Bosh .....

you wrote: Right now, at 22 and just starting the upward arc of his learning curve

my response: I actually don't agree with you for the following reasons.

1. He's a 5 year veteran.
2. He's been tutored by Kareem for 5 years.
3. He's playing in the triangle offense.
4. He's playing w/ Pau, LO, Artest & Kobe.

These 4 statements mean that he will not have pressure to force him to
grow. Nor will he be given the keys to the cadillac. Those keys are in
Kobe's hand and you'll need a pliers to get them out.

re: who Bynum is. Bynum is not a "driven" athlete. Bynum was not a
student of the game. Bynum *is* the project of Jim Buss. Bynum was
a student of Kareem. If you had taken Dwight or Bosh or Kaman or
Noah or Hawes and given them 5 years as a student of Kareem's they
would put Bynum to shame in terms of what he knows/does and what
they would do.

Caliphilosopher,

to trollman, you wrote: You're not going to get a dominating line from a player every game in the year. Even Kobe has had his off days. If you're going to make an empirical claim about him being dominated by other centers, then A) you'll need to provide a technical definition (as well as necessary and sufficient conditions) for the term "domination" and B) provide the methodology employed to ascertain whether or not "domination" happened, and C) provide the empirical evidence that backs that up.

kibitzing from the sidelines, I ask/say the following:

1. When Kobe has his off days, no one ever wonders if he's trying. I believe
he's had 2 games in 14 years where he was passive on offense. People
talked about him like a dog.

2. re: domination by other centers. The month of December showed Bynum
with such dismal numbers that multiple sportswriters commented.
Conversely, lower tier teams with moderate - 2 - good centers gave the
Lakers all they could handle. Incidently, the opposing centers had
monster games. I seem to recall a bulls game with two centers getting 18
rebounds. something like that. I can check if you'd like. Anyhow, does
that count as domination?

Am I the only one who gets a headache when listening to Doug Collins do the play by play for NBA games on TNT? I don't know Doug, he is probably a good person, but he has a terrible voice, he yells and screams, he he talks too much about superfluous stuff. I was hoping someone will give him a job to get his voice off my TV set. But my luck he refused the Chicago coaching job. As soon as I hear his voice, I watch my TV on mute and deny myself the privilege of listening to Marv Albert.

I would content myself with a 5-3 ending on this roadtrip.
I call myself a realist. It'd be fine.
Then I would really like to see a coming back home with power. Cos what worries me more is not the road game in itself, as much as the feeling of relapse we will get once back.

I am moderately confident about tonight.
I'd be very confident if Kobe would be healthy. BUt he's not. So I can't be anything more than moderately positive.
I will pray all these games nobody will furtherly injury him.
Trust me I get the worst nightmares around that.

I saw it was given a twitter shout out to follow JeanieBuss (she's in my LakerList) to learn about this trip given books. If I might miss that, please MM, write them down.
I wanna read what Pau reads :)

paulolo,

Doug Collins' voice is music to my ears. It means I'm not listening to Van Gundy.

Tom Daniels

The Lakers are going into this long trip with Kobe injured and, for once, struggling as a result, Odom' right hand looking useless, Bynum with the flu, Artest still working his way back. This will be an interesting trip. Healthy I would think this would be a great trip, a chance to prove who they are. As it is I am not sure what to expect. I would not be surpised by 8-0 or 4-4.

Tom Daniels

paulolo,

"Am I the only one who gets a headache when listening to Doug Collins do the play by play for NBA games on TNT?"

I personally HATE the commentors on TNT and ESPN. I find them all difficult to listen to. I greatly prefer listening to the game on KCAL.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hobbitmage,

Did you notice your beloved Noah got out played by 35 year old Marcus Camby last night?

Is your man-crush on that freaky-gangly Bull diminished at all now?

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!

paulolo:

I agree with you about Doug Collins! He's a beyotch to the 9th power! Man-crush on everyone..Can't stand him.

I can't stand NBATV games period! Too many in-game analysis and interruptions!!

Love my League Pass!

Here we go, 8 on the road. I would consider this a good trip if we go 4-4 and beat the Cavs and Celts.
Still more Bynum talk. I wonder, if we could look into the future and see, what if Bynum was still playing the same as he is now 2 yrs, 4 yrs down the road. Would all those who support him now still think as much of him? In other words, if what Bynums giving us now is the best its going to get, is that good enough? Would you still want him around?
I think any problems he has are in his mind/attitude.
I dunno, can you teach passion and desire?
I just dont see it yet.


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