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Kobe Bryant a game-time decision, Andrew Bynum probably out

Kobe Bryant had an MRI exam on his sprained left ankle Monday and will be a game-time decision for Monday night's home game against San Antonio, while Lakers center Andrew Bynum is not expected to play.

The MRI results will be released later Monday. Bryant sat out the Lakers' game Saturday in Portland because of the ankle, one of many injuries he has been battling.

Bynum was hurt after falling on his hip against Portland. He said he would not play tonight and didn't sound like he would play Wednesday at Utah, the Lakers' last game before the All-Star break.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I don't think so."

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
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Healing is worth more than a W at this point.

But Kobe has probably got enough pent up energy to launch himself to Staples from the OC. Hope he doesn't, but I'd bet he plays.

This is the time of year when Bynum gets injured. Go figure.

I guess Andrew needs to wear a hip brace from now on!

Hobbitmage,
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Why do you always interpret issues and comments as black and white? The answer: because that is how you think. The reality is grey: at times, our big men have NOT been aggressive enough or gotten good enough position inside; at other times, Kobe has made it CLEAR to get and stay out of his way. Things are rarely as clear and precise as they apparently appear within the crystal ball of your mind. You would think that you would understand this, especially considering how many hairs you split.
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Tom

@parker

I always thought it was in January??

/sarcasm...

I don't mind Kobe sitting out again. Sucks to hear about Drew. Bruised hip for a 7 footer is no joke man. I'm only 5'7" and have had a bruised hip back in my Soccer days. Talk about limiting mobility.

Come on! Bynum didn't seem hurt at all when he fell. He must just think it's cool because Kobe's out. I wish he'd learn from Kobe's toughness, instead.

Mid season is no time to panic, get healthy, get ready for the real season....Playoffs!!!

Keys to tonights game if Kobe decides to sit out:

- LO to be a rebound beast again
- Pau to have his awesome hands back, seems like he caught a Kwamenitus hands virus lately
- Shannon or Farmar needs to contain Tony Parker, I know easily said than done.
- Ron Ron needs to instill the defensive mindset early on
- Bench needs to step up

Should be a fun game, especially the Pau-Duncan match up.

Hobbitmage,

How ya doing bro?

"According to Phil, Tex Winter said to Lakers B4 game: 'There is no substitute for hustle and if you don't hustle there will be a substitute.'"

The Key word is "B4 game".

Kobe not playing is irrelevant.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

hmmmmmmmmmm, ummmmm.. have we seen the best of Andrew Bynum..??

TRADE THE BUM BYDUMB!

Well, if there were any pending trades for Bynum...

LakerTom,

You asked "Why do I always interpret issues/comments as black and white?"

That's a great question and I've been asked that before. There are two
answers.

1. I work with computers for a living. The concept of "binary" is part of my
life.

Example: the computer is on. the computer is off. It can't be both.
Example: my post went through. My post did not go through. It can't be
both.

2. I have trained in physical arts for a long time. It is part of my life.
Example: Uki hit my knuckles with a stick in Escrima. Uki did not hit my
knuckles with a stick in Escrima. It can't be both.

Obviously I see basketball as a physical art.
Example: Kobe made a 3. Kobe missed a 3. It can't be both.

We (you & I ) seem to have different focuses/reasons for why the team/
players aren't doing as well as we like. Some posters, such as JimJoyce,
say things that *seem* factually incorrect. You tend not to speak in factual
terms. [ I am not saying that you lie. ] You don't use stats. You don't use
verifiable evidence to support your statements. However, our last
conversations was ... enlightening? So. I wanted your take/opinion on what
Tex said.

Thanks for responding.

btw, you wrote: The reality is grey: at times, our big men have NOT been aggressive enough or gotten good enough position inside

my response: *I* think that is the clearest most factual I've ever seen you
write about our bigs. Thanks for your candor.

you also wrote: Kobe has made it CLEAR to get and stay out of his way.

my response: I've seen Kobe ask/demand for space. I have not seen Kobe
ever ask for people to *stay* out of his way. I've been looking for this and
so far I haven't seen it. I keep looking though ...

ChicNstu,

Hola.

you wrote: The Key word is "B4 game".

Kobe not playing is irrelevant.

my response: Can you think of 1 game this year were Kobe hasn't hustled?
Can you think of 1 game this year were any of our bigs haven't hustled?

I brought it up because to *me* it seemed a pointed statement; especially
in light of some of the ludicrous statements about Kobe & team play.

Thanks for responding.

Charles, Nemaia , and other martial artists,

1. Charles, do you know a Steven Barnes &/or Richard Bustillo?

2. I'm reading a fascinating book by a Sgt. Rory Miler.

A couple of things:

1. A great quote on the spirituality of martial arts. "Dead men don't go to church".

2. re: those bean bag rounds they used in "The Rundown". He used them on
an inmate. The inmate took 4 in the gut and slapped the 5th out of the air.

[ I had been wondering about those ... :) ]

It's hard to win a game when your center is not doing his part. So better AB to sit out.
Look what happened in Portland, the team had a good flow because they where able to execute and not change their tempo or plays to accomodate a sluggish and tentative Bynum.

Don't get me wrong I like everyone in the Lakers roster including Bynum but to win, it is easier if everybody is on the same page and putting their best effort. Either your in or your out. Kapisch.

On the offensive end, i cant think of 1 game where Kobe hasn't hustled.

BUT, defensively i think he can hustle a little more and not leave his man open for a wide open 3. When he plays his man tighter and not go after the steal as often, it can be make us a better defensive team.

I am a big Kobe fan since day 1.

I would love for him to win 3 or 4 more Rings!

As for Kobe not hustling, I've def seen plenty of times when Kobe doesn't close out on shooters at the arc. He's had a history of this esp in the Smush/Kwame years. This year though, you would have to take his injuries into account.

The Baby Bynum has a boo boo and isnt going to play. I didnt know he actually play when he is doing NOTHING on defense and misses a 3 foot shoot by 2 feet!

1. I work with computers for a living. The concept of "binary" is part of my
life.

Example: the computer is on. the computer is off. It can't be both.
Example: my post went through. My post did not go through. It can't be
both.

Posted by: hobbitmage | February 08, 2010 at 02:26 PM
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Um...what about when the computer is sleeping or hibernating??? It kills all the processes, cuts power to the HD and pretty much powers down the CPU. Wouldnt that mean the the computer is On and Off at the same time????

They should trade Bynum to Bosh now before that injurty prone seven footer become totally irrelevant.

@ hobbitmage.

I have attended a Seminar with Coach Bustillo and that guys love Boxing/Muay Thai. Their Doce Pares Eskrima is good, but I am Pekiti-Tirsia and Lameco washed when it comes to weaponry.

Either way he has a wealth of knowledge. I am thinking about enrolling in a no-gi
school for grappling soon.

hobbitmage:

You wrote:

Charles, Nemaia , and other martial artists,

1. Charles, do you know a Steven Barnes &/or Richard Bustillo?

2. I'm reading a fascinating book by a Sgt. Rory Miler.

And I am the other martial practitioner. I practice an ancient Tibetan art and there are only two of us left in the world, my teacher and I. It is different from main stream because it preaches the most difficult aspect called "anger". To lose one's temper even in thought is considered against the preaching of what I practice. Therefore, the battle is won without physical violence. I spent 20 years in Tibet.


@ Myself

"I have attended a Seminar with Coach Bustillo and that guys love Boxing/Muay Thai. "

that guys loves Boxing/Muay Thai. Spelin and Grahmar were never best of me.

Sorry guys

Bruised hip? Are you kidding me? I know you have to stay focused on getting healthy for the playoffs but you are not allowed to sit our a big time regular season game for a bruised hip.

Bynum is incredibly talented but he is soft and lacks heart. Until he toughens up, he'll continue to be irrelevant when it counts. And if playing with Kobe (a.k.a. the toughest player in the NBA) doesn't inspire or shame you into manning up, I don't know what will.

Charles, Nemaia , and other martial artists,


Posted by: hobbitmage | February 08, 2010 at 02:41 PM


That would be me. (Wes shows his pathetic yellow belt with 3 green stripes, and cowers at the thought of admiting it took 6 months to get...)


That's right. I may not of been "skilful" but I did have a delegation of other Tae Kwan Do students ask me to stop kicking so hard. If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em.....


Wes

Um...what about when the computer is sleeping or hibernating??? It kills all the processes, cuts power to the HD and pretty much powers down the CPU. Wouldnt that mean the the computer is On and Off at the same time????

Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo | February 08, 2010 at 03:04 PM

What about that time I couldn't decide on buying a hamburger of some Old English 800, so I decided on the Hamburger which was real satisfying for the first couple of bites, but then I was left looking at a forlorn and empty empty beer glass which was quite deprssing. Wasn't I happy and sad simultaneously?


Wes

@ hobbitmage,

I have also attended a seminar with Bustillo and studied a lot of his material. I've been involved for many years with the more ancient form of "modern day" Muay Thai, called Muay Boran. Tony Jaa uses some of it in his latest movie Ong Bak 2. I've had the privilege of meeting Tony Jaa when I spent some time in Thailand some years back and I hope that he will get an opportunity to bring his craft to the U. S. like Jackie Chan and Jet Li. He's the real deal.

It's been great incorporating different styles such as Muay Thai(Muay Boran), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and some Gracie's grappling as well. I'm just thankful for the discipline and great principles it has brought to my life.

Escrima is another great art and I wish you all the best with it.

Last of all, go Lakers!!!

Charles, Nemaia , and other martial artists,
Posted by: hobbitmage | February 08, 2010 at 02:41 PM

SAD that little guys get picked on and then have to resort to violent sports for self defense.

It seems like Hobbitmage, Charles, Nemaia and wesjoenixon were bullied, hope it did not leave a permanent scar psychologically and I STRONGLY urge ya'all to go into therapy.

No wonder in the past I have seen all of you very hostile, even Nemaia was spewing profanity to laker fan from cupertino over a chat forum...it all makes sense now.

Good luck fellas!

Charles, Wes and Monk,

Great posts. I respect any and all of the martial arts and I'm glad you guys along with Hobbit speak of it on here.

Wes, LOL. Teach those grasshoppers well!!!

Monk,

LOL. It's true that I said some things to Kobefan in Cupertino in a game chat, but I NEVER used profanity(please post it if you have it, LOL). Also, I was raised in a big family with a lot of brothers and I have never been bullied. My study and practice of the arts was not because I wanted to resort to violence, but for discipline and self-control because when I was younger, I had a wicked temper.

I must admit that from time to time I do become very, very passionate about my love for sports, in particular the Lakers because I've always been a very competitive person and a big fan.


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