Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Poll question: How many games will Lakers win on eight-game road swing?

Lakers
The Lakers enter their longest road trip of the season hoping they can prove their league-leading 32-9 record isn't just the result of a favorable schedule that featured 26 home games. Although the Lakers are 23-3 at home, they have a 9-6 road record with three of those losses coming in the last two weeks.

So how will the Lakers fare on the trip? Will they go undefeated as they did in a six-game stretch last season that included stops in Boston and Cleveland?

Or will the Lakers be exposed after playing for an extended period of time outside the friendly confines of Staples Center?

Vote in the poll below.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: JUNE 15, 2009: The co-pilot of a Northwest Airlines charter plane carrying the Lakers, waves a Lakers flag upon arriving at LAX the morning after the Lakers beat Orlando Magic to win the NBA Finals. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

 
Comments () | Archives (43)

The comments to this entry are closed.

I think that the 2009 NBA Draft may go down as on of the greatest drafts ever! Just look how hard it's going to be nailing down the final roster for the rookie-sophomore game:
http://tinyurl.com/y8qoygz

This draft was loaded. I just wish that we could have kept Toney Douglas.

According to ESPN rumors, Lakers are interested in Devin Harris. So how about this trade, http://tinyurl.com/ykcoyco ?

Nets get some more cap space for next summer, plus Farmar who could develop into a very good point guard in the right system. Luke, despite what many of the bloggers here say is a good 7th or 8th man.

The are two things that would worry me about this trade though. One is that maybe Farmar might have a high ceiling and could develop to be better than Harris. The second is that Harris has been injury prone the last couple of seasons. What do other people think?

Da reflektor

only JUSTA thinks that all of us r newbies

u forgot LoLo

and Gunner & KL Beast

and especially ZAKEE a.k.a. "Smush Sucks" 20 times a day

jorema?

and no, i do not agree that we have to pay any respect. the blogg evolves, many bloggers found out about it in time. there r many Lakers blogs out there. Takes time to familiarize oneself with the crew and posting.

I will take Laker Truth, hobbit and yellow over many "oldies" and not so revered elders.

signed

Jon Kavulic a.k.a. the symbol "K" - I was a jerk then and I am still one NOW


the laker can have a good trip as paugasol' return !
god blee you ,boys!

Staples 24

Unfortunately the trade of Bynum, Sasha, and Luke for Noah, Deng, and Hinrich fails the ESPN trade machine (which is the only good thing about ESPN).
The trade that works is Bynum and Sasha for Noah, Hinrich, and Pargo. What I like about this scenario is the "Hinrich factor" Though the Lakers would be risking that Bynum remains injury-free and becomes dominant in 3 to 4 years is that Noah fits perfectly into the Triangle and Hinrich is exactly what the Lakers need at the point... a decent size point guard with better than average defense. Pargo as a throw-in isn't too bad either.
I'm a little impatient and don't want to wait 4 years for Bynum to finally meet expectations at the expense of championships. Another blogger mentioned that it's unfair to Kobe , and I agree. The Cavs and Celtics have both improved this year and it can be argued that the Artest/Ariza swap is a wash, though I would argue that point when the playoffs come and we can all see how valuable Artest's defense is.
Chicago plays the Clippers tonight not the Lakers but it would have been interesting to see the differences of Bynum and Noah.

Caliphilosopher

Yes I have seen Bynumb hustle those 4 or 5 times this year

The year before his contract was up for negotiation we saw it consistently

Believe me, I would be a Bynum supporter if he would just double his current energy on the court. I can't rely on one hustle play here and there and an occasional good game against a weak opponent. That is not fair to Laker fans, his teammates or the Front Office.

I still have some hope, but as time goes by I get more and more cynical that maybe this guy is a Jamarcus Russell type. Get the money and then coast.

I loved the posts of 'xodus','long time laker fan','lakers_sth' etc etc ...

I wonder where they all moved to...

Nobody stops being a lakers fan...

Once a blogger ,always a blogger...

laker hopeful

If we trade away Jordy and Luke. Where will we find alternative comic relief.

Cali
remember back when Andrew went a stretch when he was pulling down 3, 4, 5 rebounds earlier this year and appeared winded all the time?
Well, Phil said he had an upper respiratory infection. Sounds like an excuse to me, or some kind damage control.
Just want to see on this road trip if Bynum supporters (or Phil) will use the flu bug for an out.
Hope he plays well and with determination.

According to ESPN rumors, Lakers are interested in Devin Harris. So how about this trade, http://tinyurl.com/ykcoyco ?

Nets get some more cap space for next summer, plus Farmar who could develop into a very good point guard in the right system. Luke, despite what many of the bloggers here say is a good 7th or 8th man.

The are two things that would worry me about this trade though. One is that maybe Farmar might have a high ceiling and could develop to be better than Harris. The second is that Harris has been injury prone the last couple of seasons. What do other people think?


Posted by: laker hopeful | January 20, 2010 at 04:18 PM

-
Oh, please. Enough of the 'trade Luke' talk already. By the time the last year of his contract kicks in, Luke would be 33 years old, making $6.1M. Unless you could find a GM willing to shell out $6.1 M to a 33-year old Walton, his contract is virtually untradeable. He will retire a Laker; deal with it.

D. r. (da reflector),

Nice round up of the missing or R.I.P. bloggers...I hope not.

I truly missed those posts and the fights generated from Mike T., our debates today are pale in comparison to the Kwame years as he is compared to another bench behemoth, Mihm. The fights between Mitch and Mike T. was something for the ages of this blog. I hope there is a reunion of the two protagonists, I'm willing to be the 3rd man on the ring-blog again.

Well include here the early trolls like Steven, Tarugo and fakers etc. These were all brought by Smushy era !

Start Farmar as an answer to Smush s**ks and then a chorus of Cupcake resign hahaha! those were the years of the early blog of the Kbros.

I predict that Bynum will play extremely well during this 8-game roadie. He won't have time to party at the Playboy mansion in between games. 8-)

the newbie,

"Jon Kavulic a.k.a. the symbol "K" - I was a jerk then and I am still one NOW"

I'm not a jerk. I'm just not conflict adversive. Too many people in this world are conflict adversive. I'm not. Anyhow, most people who are conflict adversive just channel their competitive urges into passive-aggressive actions that I find, personally, to be cowardly.

I like to be direct. If I see someone acting like an idiot, I'll let them know instead of tapdancing around the issue.

You may not like my approach, but I really don't care. I find my direct approach to conflict to be honorable even as I recognize that for some it is distasteful.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

SoT,

Do you remember "JJ"?

In my personal opinion, that guy was the most intelligent insightful blogger to ever be on this blog not named "Roland Lazenby."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Caliphilosopher

Yes I have seen Bynumb hustle those 4 or 5 times this year

The year before his contract was up for negotiation we saw it consistently

Believe me, I would be a Bynum supporter if he would just double his current energy on the court. I can't rely on one hustle play here and there and an occasional good game against a weak opponent. That is not fair to Laker fans, his teammates or the Front Office.

I still have some hope, but as time goes by I get more and more cynical that maybe this guy is a Jamarcus Russell type. Get the money and then coast.

Posted by: Troll Man | January 20, 2010 at 05:37 PM

I absolutely agree that if he were to double the energy on the court, that not only would he get better results, but the entire team would get better results.

The following is just speculatory - does he have conditioning issues? Does he still have psychological hang-ups regarding his injuries? Does he miss working with the Cap (due to his illness) or Rambo (due to his being employed by the T-Wolves)? I'm can't say with any certainty since I'm not in his head.

I think he might be more skilled now than he was 2 years ago, but you're correct in that the energy level hasn't reached that consistent point that it was. I've seen him hustle in spurts - the most consistent was in the first half of the Magic game. Granted, he did get burned by D-Howard's bank shots, but I thought it was a good strategy to have him shoot those rather than him pulling super spin moves and bullying himself to the basket.

I hope that he never gets to the Jamarcus Russell level, or the Elden Campbell level. His potential seems to be tantalizing; you and I have seen him be a pretty ridiculous finisher 2 years ago, where it was lobs from Fish, Kobe, and LO all evening.

I think people might be a bit easier on him if he showed a bit more concern in his interviews, but perhaps he shows it silently behind closed doors. I'm not entirely sure why he doesn't; again, since I'm not in his head, I can only speculate.

I too wish and hope that at some point something clicks and he starts to do the best thing for the collective. Like Phil said, if he can make some marked strides on D, that should be wonderful. I think that if he does that, and everyone gets healthy, we will no doubt win the championship.

Hope he plays well and with determination.

Posted by: Troll Man | January 20, 2010 at 05:53 PM

I really hope so too. I hope he just comes out, puts his hard hat on, takes his lunch pail out, and grabs the windex and starts to clean the glass and grind it out defensively.

You and I both know that he can put up 20+ points, but I would love to see that determination and fire that you discuss on the defensive end. Think of how that would free up everyone to run the break, especially with Jordan and Shannon on the wings with Kobe at the 3 and LO at the 4 - it would be great to see him show a nasty side with Horford, Perkins, and Diesel all up in the queue.

I remain hopeful that he will come through. Whether he does or not remains to be seen. As you rightfully note, his energy and consistency are the key.

Jon K, yeah JJ .... very knowledgeable and looong posts

Think he tried to get the Kam bros to give him some kind of special deal. Remember him posting something about that a few years back and following it up with an emailed proposal which obviously didn't take. He knew his basketball, but Roland knew all that and had home phone numbers... mainly Tex W.

IN the beginning, was OUR word...350 posts worth, and a comment or two from the hosts which I would argue built this community. Now it's a poll and 5 threads every 8 hours or so, discouraging interaction. Ahh, the good ol' days.

BTW: you goin' to the game tomorrow?

If they manage to beat the Cavaliers tomorrow night in the opener of the trip, they'll win at least six of the eight...if not, make it five wins. They figure to be tired at the end of the trip, so they could lose the final two games (a back-to-back) to the Celtics and the Grizzlies.

VMan,

"BTW: you goin' to the game tomorrow?"

No, I will be firmly affixed to my lucky barstool while LeBroniacs throw glasses at my head. Good times.

Actually, there's this girl I've got a bit of a crush on who just so happens to have a boyfriend (whom I'm planning on magically disappearing through a bizarre ice fishing accident... even though he doesn't ice fish) and she was telling me that the ABSOLUTE WORST tickets at The Q for the Lakers-Cavs game (we're talking nosebleeds with a pole blocking your view) are going for $200 a ticket. A little crazy to me. There are that many people in Cleveland who can afford $200+ a ticket? I guess EACH AND EVERY ONE of them will be at the game.

Too bad I'll be on my lucky barstool.

The collective psychic onslaught of Cleveland has just been negated in full.

Let the game begin.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Bob Cuomo has a good point about the importance of the Cavaliers game.

BUT, those who have watched me post know I am a gleeful idiot. So sign me up for the "THE LAKERS WILL GO 8 of 8 BANDWAGON!!" It is possible. Step on Baby Bynum's tail and it will be done!!!!

GOOooOOO LAKERS !!!

PS For those who care, there is a Lakers watching meeteup in NYC! I may hit the end of the game after the music jam.

HAHA, Oh' yeah, JJ,

What was his trademark? "FULL COURT PRESS"

He had some great stuff. Good times.

D.r.


200$ for nose bleed seats in CLeveland? A harbinger of economic recovery...
either that or moronic recovery.

Vman,

"Now it's a poll and 5 threads every 8 hours or so, discouraging interaction. Ahh, the good ol' days."

So true Vman, blog business killed the posters' interaction. Why post when in a matter of few minutes your ideas and/or news accounts are gone? Yeah, hit previous...we're lazy to read a post in the back burner, it is like sipping the pages at the middle of LAT. When there was no blog, we were hungry of news about the Lakers. We could wait till the 1st delivery at 5am just to read the score box how Magic & Cap got the win in the waning seconds. We savor Chick....today, there are so many chickens who are copying Chick.Nope, nada and never, there will only be one chickie-baby who nurtured this crowd we call as the passionate Laker fans.

M/M, I think you should reduce the thread and start merging some stories. Maintain the quality of LAT based on the threads and the discussions, people will visit your blog. Don't worry too much on competition from day-to-day of the social networking and other media, if you have quality and uniqueness, ticks will follow. It is the same rule in any kind of business that the professional company & also creative in the long run will always retain good customers whether it is upturn or downturn in the economy.

200$ for nose bleed seats in CLeveland? A harbinger of economic recovery...
either that or moronic recovery.

Posted by: VMan | January 20, 2010 at 08:24 PM

I'm going to go with moronic recovery. Or jobless recovery.

Or both.

This sounds evil, but I say we trade Shannon Brown a.s.a.p.!!!!!!!

His stock is extremely high right now and he is a bonehead. I know he had a good game Monday, but other than his hops, this kid is garbage and a liability.

yeah, and all summer people complained that there were never any new threads. Me, i'm still figuring out when FCM has tendencies to post, but also i have a job and some family responsibilites too, so I won't gripe too much. Also FCM has been telling us when new threads are starting, which is a pretty decent thing to do.

and heck, we all know that everybody will go back as many threads as necessary in order to continue and argument with somebody.

Re Bill Simmons and LEBRESPN, two words; cui and bono. The there is also a reason why it is E for entertainment instead of J for journalism. ESPN hypes the stuff the NBA tells it to hype, and the NBA goes out of its way to funnel its press release 'news' to espn. The NBA stands to gain a lot of money if Lebron becomes a star. ESPN stands to gain a lot of money if the NBA sells better. Bill Simmons works for ESPN.

If the mainstream media covered real news the way ESPN covers sports, the news would be full of stories about how great Wal Mart, Sony and Verizon are, not about wars, health care, and earthquakes in Haiti. Although i suppose it is possible that there is a major media network that covers politics the way ESPN covers sports, but i'm not going to get into that discussion here.

THE LOVE IS THROWING BASE AND THE GIRL IS THROWING BACK MIDRANGE, BUT SHE WILL NEVER HAVE A "FRIEND" LIKE THE LOVE

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

For all of you who wanted to know which books PJ handed out to the team, the list was released on Twitter by @JeanieBuss

http://twitter.com/JeanieBuss

(So, to all of you who choked at having to open a Facebook or Twitter account to login to the game chats, consider this a bonus reward!)

Go Lakers!

oh, FCM - It would probably help me decide where to vote in the poll if maybe you would tell us who the lakers are playing on their 8 gamer. Or is there a convenient lakers schedule on the Times Lakers page that i am missing?

so what's this devin harris rumor on espn all about? i don't have insider and can't read it

Q, there are more sources out there than ESPN!
ESPN online is just a total waste of space. I refuse to pay for things that the rest of the world offers for free.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=15048

problem solved.

Pau got "2666" by Bolano as book?
I already read that one. DARN.
Phil... Why oh why???
I'd obviously go with Kobe's one, the small novel. Montana 1948. Just ordering it through Amazon.
I publish all here so you can read the list okay?

From JeanieBuss twitter:

1) Derek Fisher - "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver.

2) Adam Morrison – "Che" – Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon – a Graphic Biography of Che Guevara

3) Shannon Brown – "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama PS. Phil said give a shout out to Clarence Gaines @cgrock24 for his suggestions

4) Josh Powell - "The Souls of Black Folk" – W.E.B. Du Bois

5) Lamar Odom – "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley

6) Andrew Bynum - "Six Easy Pieces" by Walter Mosley (1of Phil's favorite authors)

7) Sasha Vujcic – "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie

8) Luke Walton –" The Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey

9) Pau Gasol – "2666" by Roberto Bolano

10) Ron Artest – "Sacred Hoops" by Phil Jackson (helpful for new teammate to know the process)

11) Jordan Farmar – "Makes Me Wanna Holler" by Nahan McCall

12) Kobe Bryant - "Montana 1948 "by Larry Watson

13) DJ Mbenga – "Monster: the Autobiography of an LA Gang Member" by Sanyika Shakur (Author), Monster Kody Scott (Contributor)

Hilarious note: PJ gave RonRon his own book. Guess he keeps being unable to get to communicate with him (just remind yourself of what he declared when Ron Ron was recovering from the erm... *infamous falling on Xmas*) wordly during practices?

Gotta Love PJ.

Edwin Gueco,

"I truly missed those posts and the fights generated from Mike T., our debates today are pale in comparison to the Kwame years as he is compared to another bench behemoth, Mihm."

The passion and psychological anguish of the Smush-Kwame Era was unmatched. The Championship removed a great deal of trauma and even if we argue now, we DON NOT argue like we did during that era and the fact that one of our key bloggers (Michael Teniente) was a gifted writer who occasionally provided interesting insight while screaming at the top of his lungs constantly that Kwame Brown was this generation's Bill Russell constantly created an environment akin to a angry, agitated hornets' nest.

It was so bad that one time Michael T. and I got into an off-blog email flame war in which we were threatening each other's lives and making arrangements to fight it out with our fists in the open streets of Los Angeles. It ended up not happening because Michael T. implied that he was going to bring weapons and I didn't want to have a fight with weapons.

Crazy craziness.

Yeah, it's a downright tea and crumpets party now compared to how it used to be in the Smush-Kwame-Michael T. Era.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Good grief! So it's come to this: as fans of the best team in the NBA, we have so little to complain about that we're debating how many threads a day should be posted on our blog.

As an obvious contrarian, let me defend M2 in this argument.

According to an article posted on LA Metblogs, "The Lakers Blog was regularly one of the most-visited on the site, sometimes getting over a million page views per month" prior to the departure of AK and BK.

http://bit.ly/7W142J

The LAT has obviously decided on a strategy to maintain or grow the Lakers Blog page views against its new competition. Posting new threads is an attention getter. We regulars are here anyway. But for more casual readers, there's always a motivation to check out what's new.

Personally, I see new threads as a way of keeping current with the evolving conversation. What happens over the next eight games will have more to do with what we have to say than anything else. If the road trip is a melt down, there'll be lots to say and lots to read. If the Lakers play well, what's to debate? Which scenario do you really wish for?

All of us will be glued to the Lakers-Cavs rematch tonight. I know which scenario I'm choosing. Go Lakers!

Can someone please explain to me why the Nike Kobe puppet looks and sounds NOTHING like Kobe Bryant?

Kobe doesn't have a goatee. Why does the puppet have a goatee?

I suspect that Nike's board of directors (as component of the evil trinity of David Stern-Nike-Gatorade) has concluded while wearing suits and calling a meeting in sweat shop surrounded by shoeless 12-year old workers who are being whipped to work faster, that Kobe simply isn't street/hip-hop enough, so they've got to make the puppet more "hip-hop."

Ridiculous.

Has anyone noticed how LeBron has been seen recently wearing two different colored shoes for games?

As such, now if poor kids "want to be like LeBron" they have to buy TWO PAIRS of Nike sneakers if they want to be like their idol. Well done, LeBron, you're worth every cent the evil trinity pays you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

His stock is extremely high right now and he is a bonehead. I know he had a good game Monday, but other than his hops, this kid is garbage and a liability.

Posted by: warren with butterknives | January 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Bonehead? He's garbage? A liability?

Please provide evidence for this.

I wonder about these Devin Harris rumors. If we follow the trend of Laker rumors vs actual Laker acquisitions, then the Harris rumors probably mean we'll be trading for Jeff foster.


But what I find interesting about these rumors is that they might show that Dr Buss is willing to pay to upgrade the PG position long term. And if this is the case, if Dr Buss has decided to pay to better round out this team, then I have to believe that we're going to see an upgrade at the position sometime soon. If it boils down to Mitch's ability to match expiring Laker contracts and draft picks for some player we want, I believe Mitch will make something happen.


But why would anyone deal with the Lakers? Because we have a nice 5 million dollar expiring lottery pick contract in Morrison who hasn't had a real look since his rookie year, we have a young talented expiring contract PG in Farmar who could really prosper in a different system and is looking for a starting spot probably more than a dollar amount, and we have 1st round draft picks we're probably looking to trade for established players.


I think an east coast team like the Nets or Bulls would also rather send a PG west than see that player win a ring with Boston or Cleveland.


Honestly, I don't expect any deal to be made, not when we can probably squeeze another playoff run out of Fisher and not when the Lakers have 10 million coming of the books with Morrison's departure. And, I'm super sure we'll have vet PGs like Andre Miller or whomever knocking down our door to play for a ring after the season, and especially after the first round of 2010 free agents have found their destinations.


Wes

Sign me up for the 8 for 8 bandwagon. I'll be at the makeover garden on the 31st just to savor the sweet victory over the suddenly hapless nameless ones. Time to step on their collective necks.

"Get it while you can" j. joplin

Seriously phred you just didn't compliment the MSM on it's coverage of news?

Cali,
Ok maybe "garbage" was a bit harsh, but I do stand by my claim that he is a liability and makes boneheaded plays sometimes. Like last week, I forget which game it was, but it was nearing the end and we had the ball with a slight lead. Instead of playing the clock a little bit, Shannon jumped the gun and it could have cost us the game.

Look all I'm saying is that his stock is at it's peak right now. If there was a time to cash in, it's right now.

warren

Look all I'm saying is that his stock is at it's peak right now. If there was a time to cash in, it's right now.

warren

Posted by: warren with butterknives | January 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Warren - that is an interesting claim. Who would you try to get for Shannon?

Um, I don't know...Starbury from Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese League?


Connect

Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

All Things Lakers »

Your database for all things purple and gold.

Find a Laker

Search a name

Select a season

Choose one of our lists



Categories


Archives
 

About the Bloggers


Bleacher Report | Lakers

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More Lakers on Bleacher Report »



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists:


In Case You Missed It...