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Kobe Bryant plans on playing against Memphis

Kobe Bryant, who has missed the last five games with a sprained left ankle, practiced Saturday and said he plans on playing Tuesday when the Lakers play at Memphis.

Bryant will have been out for 18 days since he last played in a game.

He said the ankle was still sore after practice Saturday.

Still, when asked if he was playing on Tuesday, Bryant smiled.

"I should be. If not I'm firing everybody," Bryant said. "It's been long enough."

Sasha Vujacic suffered a sprained right shoulder during Thursday night's game and will be out for several weeks, the Lakers said.

-- Broderick Turner
 
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Good.

Awesome.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Sasha out for several weeks! Oh no, we are in serious trouble!

Here is the explanation for the Derek Fisher controversy.

Fisrt, Derek Fisher is what he is. The reason why Phil doesn't bench him is that Phil knows what he gets with Fisher...

All this is why the Lakers didn't aggressively pursue a PG on a trade. In Lakerland, and if Phillip Jackson's world, all is well at the Laker PG position. So, do we trust Phil's vision on this?

Alas, this is the question...
Posted by: troy | February 20, 2010 at 07:12 AM

Troy,

That was a very good evaluation of the Fish situation, nice post.

"Sasha Vujacic suffered a sprained right shoulder during Thursday night's game and will be out for several weeks, the Lakers said."

Ouch, Lukes out, now Sasha.
'ohhhh noooooooo', said Mr. Bill.

Kobe coming back but not at full strength, sore ankle after practice.
This bothers me. Guess we just gotta trust the medical staff and Kobes judgement, but it makes me nervous.

When something's rotten it's not easy to hide the stink. And I smell stink all over Donald Sterling's statement that the Clippers salary dumping this week was all meant to better the chances of signing LeBron this off season.


Huh?


What?


And I just bought a case of macaroni and cheese to convince Nicole Kidman to marry me.


LeBron is not moving to LA this offseason and Sterling knows it. If he wants to dump young, big, talanted top draft choices, he should just do it and stop make up funny excuses.


Deron for Bynum? Maybe.


Wes

Wes
I'd do it but why would Utah want Bynum? They already have a starting center (Okur). And why would they trade their franchise player? Who would play point?

Throw in Farmar with Bynum for Deron and the Jazz might go for it. The Lakers would be unstoppable with Kobe and Williams in the backcourt. Plus, Kobe wouldn't have to expens so much energy getting shots for everyone else. Deron would excell in the triangle because he has a mid-range game.

rdlee,

you wrote: I'd do it but why would Utah want Bynum? They already have a starting center (Okur). And why would they trade their franchise player? Who would play point?

my response:

1. Because BYNUM IS A BEAST!!!
2. Bynum is the pre-eminent franchise player in the league.
3. Who needs a pg? You just need someone to feed the Big.

What the world
needs now
is Bynum.
He's a beast.
He's the only 1
who can win
in this league.

Bynum would be a BEAST IF, IF he did these things:
1. play with energy the whole game, not just the first half
2. play defense
3. run the court on offense and defense
4. play big in big games
5. learn to pass well out of a double
6. play well alongside Pau
7. REBOUND

Since he's proven he can't or won't do any of these things on a consistant basis, I would take Deron, or any top five PGs in the league for him and Farmar. We already have a great big and his name is Pau. I'm tired of waiting and Kobe isn't getting any younger. The time to capatalize on Kobe's brilliance is NOW, not in four years, IF Bynum becomes a BEAST.

Ok, I think I'm recovered from last thursday...

Regarding Fish, I read some harsh comments on him, c'mon guys, Fish is awesome. I know his numbers are not awesome, so let's give Jordan, AT LEAST, more minutes.

Regarding Bynum, we can't trade/sell him, period. He's a beast? Hm, I'm not sure, but we simply cannot trade/sell him at all. I even think that the team plays better with Lamar + Gasol, but these guys can't play the entire game. We need Bynum to step up from the bench.

Regarding trades, as I stated above, we don't need anybody, really. Just look to our bench. Some said Hinrich, c'mon...if Fish is not playing well, we have 2 good guards on Jordan & Shannon, there's no need to bring anybody else.

We just need to PRATICE. Too many days without pratice, way too many days.

But again, we're not in the playoffs yet..

Cheers.

When did Deron Williams sign his 3 year contract? He appears to be frustrated with his owner and team management's cost-cutting decisions in terms of player personnel. The Lakers will still be over the salary cap when he becomes a free agent though. However, if the Lakers could get him (doubtful), we have our franchise player after Kobe declines (hopefully he never does). I personally think he is the best point guard in the NBA; however, should a team ever trade a big (Bynum) for a small (Williams). If Williams played in the Hornets or Suns' offensive systems, I believe his numbers would be better than Paul and Nash. Agree or disagree?

Magic Phil,

It is not about numbers. Watch a Lakers game and watch Fisher. He is lost out there. Like a guy not good enough to play with the big boys any longer. Too slow, no confidence in his shot. Maybe if he wasn't in the game for so many minutes doing nothing...the Lakers wouldn't have to hope that he can hit a last second shot !!! Maybe they will be up by 10 points !!! Has anyone ever thought about that !!!

Jon K:

You asked: "Please advise me as to how I should live my life."

Response:

With humility and with out the lucky bar stool.


wiZo,

"Derek Fisher is terrible."

Such a brilliant statement. You really understand basketball and express yourself as a sophisticated, intelligent and insightful wordsmith.

Please advise me as to how I should live my life.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K

For some strange reason, the Bobcats have Cavaliers' number this season. Larry Brown's team is barely over .500 (27-26) but they a 3-1 record against the Cavs.

Go figure...

Ok..Now,please don't get angry with me here..But..

How do you guys and girls think Bogut would fit in the place of Bynum.

That's not to say that i want to do the trade in real life ,but do you think he would blend in with Pau better?..

I like Bogut and am left scratching my head as to how he was left off the east all-star team..

Thoughts..

Mclyne,

you wrote: Bynum would be a BEAST IF, IF he did these things:
1. play with energy the whole game, not just the first half
2. play defense
3. run the court on offense and defense
4. play big in big games
5. learn to pass well out of a double
6. play well alongside Pau
7. REBOUND

Since he's proven he can't or won't do any of these things on a consistant basis

my response: tsk. tsk. tsk. Don't you know? It is the responsibility of the
coach to call plays for Bynum instead of having him exert himself. It is the
responsibility of every Laker not named Bynum to pass him the ball.
Spoon feed the y0ung fella to help his growth. Training with Kareem is so 2008.
It's a new decade baby. Year of the spoon feeding the beast.

Defense? What is this thing called defense? It's so obvious! If we spoon feed
him and give him lobs, he'll consent to play defense. sorta. Have you not been
paying attention

Pass out of double teams? Nonsense. *THIS* is where he shows he's a
franchise player. He's got to get those points because next year he *IS*
going to be an all-star! If he passes out he'll never get the ball back.
Some lowlife, with more years of experience, will score and then the playboy
bunnies won't sit on his shoulders.

Play big in big games? Sport. He has! Don't your remember December?

Play well with Pau? Dude! When Pau came back, after the hamstring, Bynum
went off! It was the return of Wilt! Those games will be shown to every
up and coming big at Podunk University! HOF material, I GUARANTEE!!!

Wes,

"And I just bought a case of macaroni and cheese to convince Nicole Kidman to marry me."

Right. You get it.

LeBron's not going to be a Clipper.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Bob Dylan,

Get a life and get a singular personality.

You hide behind the title of individuals of celebrity because you are a loser with no life of your own.

Just stick to a title that does not exploit others and keep it.

You're a clown and nothing more.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

There's nobody on the Lakers that Utah would give up Deron for, and that includes Kobe.

DFish,

I hear you...and I agree! I still think Fish is "awesome", that means, well...remember his clutch shots?

AND I agree with you when you say:

"Maybe if he wasn't in the game for so many minutes doing nothing"

That was my point! Why can't we give Jordan more minutes, PJ? Doesn't matter who is the starter, just let Jordan play! He needs it, we need it!

Instead of saying "I hate Fish", which I don't, I'd rather say "I like Jordan".

Cheers.

Snake,

It is strange indeed! and It will be exciting to see a Cavs vs Bobcats matchup on the first round of the playoffs! I can see Lebronze walking off the court again as a loser. But he will have his time when they announce the regular season MVP, Im sure LBJ will win this season's MVP(cause it's all about popularity- and KB24 is not popular at all to the media). Im sure winning the regular season MVP will hold well for Queen James, as he is content with that.

BTW, its good to know that Kobe's tendons are holding well this time. We need you back Kobe.

wesjoenixon,

>>>And I just bought a case of macaroni and cheese to convince Nicole Kidman to marry me.

I hope it was the Kraft. Nikki don't like that off brand.

Magic Phil,

"Instead of saying "I hate Fish", which I don't, I'd rather say "I like Jordan"."

Agreed.

I don't understand why people who claim to be fans hate on our players. It doesn't make sense. Now let's say Fish was a locker room cancer or something, I could understand some animosity, but hating on a player with passion simply because he's not playing up to his capacity? That's just ugly.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

"my response: tsk. tsk. tsk. Don't you know? It is the responsibility of the
coach to call plays for Bynum instead of having him exert himself. It is the
responsibility of every Laker not named Bynum to pass him the ball.
Spoon feed the y0ung fella to help his growth. Training with Kareem is so 2008.
It's a new decade baby. Year of the spoon feeding the beast.

Defense? What is this thing called defense? It's so obvious! If we spoon feed
him and give him lobs, he'll consent to play defense. sorta. Have you not been
paying attention

Pass out of double teams? Nonsense. *THIS* is where he shows he's a
franchise player. He's got to get those points because next year he *IS*
going to be an all-star! If he passes out he'll never get the ball back.
Some lowlife, with more years of experience, will score and then the playboy
bunnies won't sit on his shoulders.

Play big in big games? Sport. He has! Don't your remember December?

Play well with Pau? Dude! When Pau came back, after the hamstring, Bynum
went off! It was the return of Wilt! Those games will be shown to every
up and coming big at Podunk University! HOF material, I GUARANTEE!!!" -Hobbitmage

LOL! Excellent take of sarcasm!

When kobe returns his focus should be on shut-down defense. He can further improve his legacy in the NBA by spending the rest of the half of this season as a defensive specialist, while ensuring that the Lakers repeat as champions. Everyone knows he's capable of doing this, we've seen spurts of it periodically over the years, even doing it for full games in the Olympics. If he can do it for full games for the rest of the season he will gain more respect as one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Not only for what he would accomplish on the court during that stretch, but also for the unselfishness that it would display. And that he was setting aside his offense for the good of the team. Providing further evidence that his primary interests are the good of the team, something others seem to continue to question. Also, combined with Artest, he will increase the defensive effort of the entire team. If the rest of the team sees him putting forth incredible defensive effort, as he did in the Olympics, they will increase their willingness to play on that end of the floor. Everyone has seen that, over the last 5 games, the Lakers can win without Kobe's offense. And if he had been in there doing this against Boston, playing the lock down defense that he's capable of, then Ray Allen (10 for 15) would not have gone off the way he did and the Lakers would have won. That game alone can serve as example of what the Lakers can do to the rest of the NBA, if Kobe were to commit to this upon his return. After all, as it was the Lakers only lost that game by one point, and I think Boston gave their best effort that night. Mo Williams and Delante West would be neutralized for the Cavs. Chauncey Billups would be neutralized for the Nuggets. Artest and Odom could work on Lebron, along with the rest of the team building the wall that seems to work the best on him. And Artest could work on Anthony when they play the Nuggets. Somebody pass this on to Kobe, please!

rdlee,

you wrote: I'd do it but why would Utah want Bynum? They already have a starting center (Okur). And why would they trade their franchise player? Who would play point?

my response:

1. Because BYNUM IS A BEAST!!!
2. Bynum is the pre-eminent franchise player in the league.
3. Who needs a pg? You just need someone to feed the Big.

What the world
needs now
is Bynum.
He's a beast.
He's the only 1
who can win
in this league.

Posted by: hobbitmage | February 20, 2010 at 03:26 PM

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What's with all the trade Bynum talk. The proposed trade makes no sense. If we want Deron we should wait for him to be free agent at best. If they want sign and trade give them expiring contracts as Ammo, Powell and Farmar and a couple 2nd round draft picks. Or at worse do a salary dump and drop same players as well as Luke and Sasha for draft picks and sign Deron openly. All depends on when his contract is up. Also for Kobe to sign for less to get Deron on team. That gives us starting line up of D Williams, Kobe, Ron Ron, Pau and Drew. LO and Shannon off the bench. And a few roster spots to fill with younger cheaper players.


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