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Lakers maintain long-term perspective on Andrew Bynum's recovery

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With scattered reporters trailing behind, Lakers center Andrew Bynum made his way toward the exit of the Lakers' training facility as quickly as possible. The media had tried catching up, hoping they'd learn any morsel of news regarding Bynum's strained left Achilles tendon, which has sidelined him for the last eight games. Bynum had tried speeding away, hoping he wouldn't have to answer such questions. In all fairness, he also was on his way to a charity event with the YMCA.

When asked how he feels, Bynum said "about the same," before exiting the facility.

That left others to answer questions about Bynum's indefinite future, including whether he'd return in time for the regular season.

"There's discomfort after he does a certain amount of exercise," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said after Tuesday's practice. "I'm just not holding my breath on a timetable," meaning the Lakers aren't expecting him to play Thursday when the team visits Denver.

"We want him to be healthy," Lakers forward Lamar Odom said. "That's when he'll hopefully come back, when he's 100%. We don't want him to get out there and go down again."

That was the mantra the Lakers reiterated during Tuesday's practice, that Bynum's indefinite return isn't necessarily a sign that his injury is worse than expected. Bynum had a second MRI on Monday that confirmed he still had a strained left Achilles tendon, and Jackson added that the test showed it was "inconclusive" on how consequential the injury is. The team had never provided a definitive timetable after Bynum strained the tendon March 19 in a game against Minnesota, other than he would get a second MRI after the team's five-day trip. But Jackson says he's sure of one thing.

"He doesn't see this as a serious thing that's going to linger," Jackson said of Bynum, "or have any ramifications for his future or for his career."

Of course that may not be comforting enough for Lakers fans who are all too familiar with Bynum's injury history. He had missed 46 games in the 2007-08 season because of a left-knee injury. He remained sidelined for 32 games last season because of a right-knee injury. Yet, despite Bynum's injuries, Jackson said he's maintained a positive outlook during the process. To make sure that was still the case, Jackson talked with Bynum Tuesday morning and guaranteed something that may release some anxiety from Lakers fans.

Said Jackson: "We'll take him whenever we get to the playoffs at that time."

Of course, news regarding any injury, not just Bynum's, has to be met with a grain of salt. There's always varying degrees of information withdrawn for competitive purposes, controlling the speculation and the general uncertainty regarding injuries. There's no information at this point to suggest Bynum's injury is incredibly serious, making the most pressing concerns to be how the Lakers will absorb his injury and how Bynum would get acclimated whenever he returns to the lineup.

Those were two issues Jackson, Odom and Lakers forward Pau Gasol acknowledged. They had similar answers on the effect that would have. The evidence I had presented earlier regarding the Lakers' dropoff in play through the first five games Bynum missed still holds true. The team brought up the inconsistent bench play, the lacking one-two punch he provided in the paint with Gasol and the never-ending struggle in establishing continuity.

And when he does come back, it's very likely, given his history, that Bynum won't replicate the same numbers he provided during those injuries. The Lakers don't expect Bynum to post 15.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 56.8% shooting, the month-long average he had before the injury. But Gasol says he didn't feel concerned.

"It won't be as hard as last year," Gasol said. "His injury is not as complicated as it was last year. He hasn't been out as long so it'll be easier."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Andrew Bynum is expected to miss six games, which would include all of an upcoming five-game road trip, after injuring his Achilles tendon Friday night. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 
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Who are these new poeple on the blog belly aching for a Bynum trade?? All these fair weather opinions on the flavor of the month only serve to show that the general public parrots what they hear over the course of the season. If you people knew even a little about the game you wouldn't be so quick to trade a 7'1" Player with great hands.

You guys complain and moan about Bynum and everything he does. So let me break this down One more time for you people who just jumped on the bandwagon.

1. Bynum is 22 his body just stopped growing. Thats the risk you take with drafting a 7'0" 18 year old. And by using your reasoning the Blazers should give away Greg Oden for 1 sack of oranges and 2 bags of chips.

2. This guy has only been playing basket ball for 6 years. He only played his senior year in high school then was drafted. He didn't have years of developement like other bigs, and came to the Lakers as a project which he still is.

3. Basic rule for big men is they fully develop 3 years into the league after developing some of their game at a 4 year college. Guess what thats 7 years in crazy strict organized ball..Bynum has 5. For you people to say that a 22 year old with limited organized ball XP and who is pretty much still learning on the job has reached a ceiling is truly idiotic.

4. The injuries to Bynum (not counting this one) were freak and not the norm for people. Landing on some one's foot at the exact spot where you hyper extend your knee instead of rolling your ankle, and having some one shoulder tackle your knee chasing a loose ball. BOTH not his fault..BOTH freak injuries that seldom and rarley are the players fault.

5. The Bosch trade was never a posibility. It never had a chance. Why? Because the saleries didnt match for a straight up trade and the Lakers needed to put in a long term deal that the Raptors who were looking to free up cap space would have never agreed to.

6. I hope I shed a little light on who things aren't always what they seem. I hoped you enjoyed me rantand rest assured I am expecting the Grammar Police Chief Ouch to call me out for run on sentence, missing commas and apostrophes


And On a side note:

justanothermambafan
I didn't see you guys complaining when Stern gave the Lakers Gasol !!!!

Posted by: DFish | April 06, 2010 at 03:00 PM
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I didn't see you guys complaining that McHale gift wrapped KG to the Celts either. Or that the Richard Jefferson was traded to the Spurs for a shiny bauble and some spare shrink wrap.

i'm tired of posting about bynum's injury progress. he will not be a 100% healthy throughout his basketball carrier. as we all know, he will be with knee brace till he retires, it's like he never got over his security blanket while growing up.

Edwin,

Setting the record straight. My on going criticism of Fisher results from his poor defensive play and shooting woes. I give Fisher credit when he plays well as he did against Houston, but I keep it real by pointing out that he stunk in the other four games during the latest Lakers road trip.

Point guard is the Lakers biggest weakness, Fishers starts, plays the majority of minutes and has the highest salary. As such, responsibility for the PG position failure is Fisher's.

Should Fisher's play improve most Lakers Fans would be delighted. If Fisher's play continues in its current state expect more criticism by many knowledgeable Lakers fans.

When Fishers says, "You can't flip a switch and turn it on during the playoffs" we believe him. That is the problem, Fisher needs to improve his play if the Lakers are going to repeat.

Posted by: David | April 06, 2010 at 03:37 PM

this is what happens when management yank the guys who care (TURIAF, ARIZA) in exchange for players who take basketball as a second option part time job.

Can you imagine how awesome would be these Lakers with Turiaf instead of Bynum?. Maybe Turiaf would not some of those scoring nights Bynum has once in a while, but he was a much bigger factor and positive influence on the team.
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Ariza was offered the same money the Rockets offered. Ariza bad mouthed the Lakers when he left. Conclusion: Ariza left the Lakers. You think he can guard Melo, Lebron, and Ginobili? I remembered Artest punishing Ariza when Artest was in Houston. Ariza would not make a difference. It's just your man crush on Ariza taking the better of you.
The Lakers would be awesome with Turiaf instead of Bynum. But that's just your opinion vs. the Lakers' org opinion. How many championships have you won?

Edwin,

Setting the record straight. My on going criticism of Fisher results from his poor defensive play and shooting woes. I give Fisher credit when he plays well as he did against Houston, but I keep it real by pointing out that he stunk in the other four games during the latest Lakers road trip.

Point guard is the Lakers biggest weakness, Fishers starts, plays the majority of minutes and has the highest salary. As such, responsibility for the PG position failure is Fisher's.

Should Fisher's play improve most Lakers Fans would be delighted. If Fisher's play continues in its current state expect more criticism by many knowledgeable Lakers fans.

When Fishers says, "You can't flip a switch and turn it on during the playoffs" we believe him. That is the problem, Fisher needs to improve his play if the Lakers are going to repeat.


Posted by: Todd

Fisher has been terrible 2 years in a row. put a fork in him !!!!

The NBA is a small man's game.

You need some bigs to succeed, but it's a small man's game. (thanks, defensive rule changes) Teams know this, and that is why all of the decent pg's are locked up to long term contracts.

The Lakers are pretty much made up of all bigs and Kobe Bryant.
All of the other Laker smalls are dead to me.


Take a look at this list of 2010 free agents and tell me if you can find a pg who can help us:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=FreeAgents-09-10

Unless Luc Ridenour or Steve Blake are your cup of tea, I'm a little nervous about how we are going to improve in this area.

For the love of God, you get $12+ Mil in 6/7 months and you can't even answer a few questions from the press?. Grow up a pair dude and assume responsibility for who you are, or give the money back if you can't handle it. How much I would love that they get rid of this kid.

The Lakers best hope for the PG position next year looks like Farmar or maybe Will Bynum. I'd love to get Bynum.


Wes

This just in: Chris Bosh has been sent to the hospital for tests after he was accidentally struck by Cleveland's Antawn Jamison. Bosh, who had blood dripping from his nose and mouth area as he was assisted from the floor, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for a CT scan and further treatment and evaluation.

http://bit.ly/94n19C

Point is, injuries happen. Fortunately, this one doesn't appear to be serious. But Bosh or Bynum, it's part of the game. Obviously, Andrew is a slow healer. Still, anyone writing off his career just doesn't know what the hell they're talking about. It is tiresome combing through so many posts authored by idiots who have too much time on their hands.

Perhaps the LA Times could offer an idiot font as well as the much needed sarcasm font to help readers sort through the blog.

Hey infamous el idiota, I'm sure Darko Milicic (because he's pretty big too) also needs just a couple of more years to mature and become the player many expected him to be.

Yeah it was also impossible to trade for "Bosch". "Bosch"'s salary is humongous $15,500 Mil while Bynums is just a fraction of that ($12,500 Mil).................Oh wait Lakers only needed to add 2nd round pick and the salaries would have been within the 15% range allowed by the NBA?

It's really sad (for me) you spend your time arguing with imbeciles.

he is accident pro..doesn't know how to handle his body.paying him what ! it's shame

Fisher has been terrible 2 years in a row. put a fork in him !!!!

Posted by: DFish

Except for when he shot better in last year's playoffs than he did during the regular season (as he has during his entire career - check basketballreference.com)

Get your facts straight. Or do you not bother yourself with those things?

And why would you want to put a fork in someone? Derek Fisher isn't a food item! How gauche of you to say.

Posted by: mti312 | April 06, 2010 at 05:49 PM

The Lakers would be awesome with Turiaf instead of Bynum. But that's just your opinion vs. the Lakers' org opinion. How many championships have you won?

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You're right, thou shall not question the lakers moves in any way, shape or form. They truly know things that mere mortals like you and I will never understand, such as giving paying Sasha "not good enough to play for Slovenia" Vujacic $5Mil a year for 3 years.

You're right, thou shall not question the lakers moves in any way, shape or form. They truly know things that mere mortals like you and I will never understand, such as giving paying Sasha "not good enough to play for Slovenia" Vujacic $5Mil a year for 3 years.

Posted by: Mitsis | April 06, 2010 at 07:28 PM
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Can you name an organization that's better and does not make mistakes?
Maybe the NBA should hire posters instead?

Caliphilosopher,

The blogger known as DFish is a fool who exists off of antagonizing others because his mom never hugged him enough when he was young.

Don't encourage him by directly communicating with him.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

What's at the Q? First it was Stuckey(?), now it's Bosh. I hope it is nothing very serious.

Sorry, it should have read, "something very serious". Blame it on my I-phone :-)

No way Toronto will trade Bosh for Bynum. The GM of Toronto is the son of ex-owner of Phoenix Suns. Do we think this guy likes Lakers ? Bosh and his team lost to Golden St, Sac on the road, it means Bosh is not good enough, so don't dream about Bosh.

Oh my! When the Lakers got Gasol from the Griz, everyone says the Lakers are too powerful/unbeatable. Now we want Bosh, Wade, and Lebron James?
LOL

Caliphilosopher,

The blogger known as DFish is a fool who exists off of antagonizing others because his mom never hugged him enough when he was young.

Don't encourage him by directly communicating with him.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K


Jonny boy K thanks for communicating with me and telling Cali not to.
Any new news regarding Lebron's mother ? And no new musings on the meaning of life ! Also, I think Lakers management is interested in bringing you in as the teams nutritionist.

Fisher has been terrible 2 years in a row. put a fork in him !!!!

Posted by: DFish

Except for when he shot better in last year's playoffs than he did during the regular season (as he has during his entire career - check basketballreference.com)

Get your facts straight. Or do you not bother yourself with those things?

And why would you want to put a fork in someone? Derek Fisher isn't a food item! How gauche of you to say.

Posted by: Caliphilosophe

Fish most definitely is a food item. I heard the Conneticut women's team is offering Fish a scholarship for next year.

Ridiculous behavior not answering any questions. Just real immature stuff. It is *not the kind of stuff* from which champions are made - the mentality is just not there.

It has to be a tough getting paid that much money before ever really accomplishing anything. He got paid for *potential* - big mistake.

Uh oh. The Spurs are gaining power and looking much like the world beaters of yore. It's like watching a boat of dummys argueing about how to steer, meanwhile the boat is heading toward a huge waterfall. Ah guys, guys, guyyyyyyyyy's...aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Posted by: Mike Smith | April 06, 2010 at 08:49 PM
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Stick with your day job Mike Smith. Just ride Zenyatta to victory at Oaklawn Park and beat Rachel!
You midget!

Fish most definitely is a food item. I heard the Conneticut women's team is offering Fish a scholarship for next year.

Posted by: DFish

"Fish" may be a food item, but "Derek Fisher" certainly is not. And the UCONN Women's team is WAY too good to offer a scholarship to a biological entity (read: fish) that doesn't even comprehend the concept of a scholarship.

Thanks for trying!

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER!!!

We will always rise about the trolls! Always! ALWAYS!!!!

That's what we've done! That's what we will do!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

Let's get this done. Screw the jerks who have lost hope.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hmmm... haven't been around for a while, but there seems to be a mean spirited vibe going on today. Where's the love?

DFish,

Tell us more about yourself, dear sir.

What are your impressive life experiences?

All I can tell about you as a person who has spent a lifetime learning to read people is that you are the socially dysfunctional person who used to eat paste in the corner as a kid and is still angry at the world for not accepting you.

Let this be completely clear: NO ONE here of any seriousness really cares a bit about what you have to say. They are simply offended by your basic lack of etiquette and respect. That's it.

I have broken my own law by speaking with you and I must apologize to the blog for that, which I do. That much said, it is really time for you to grow up, because you need to or you WILL face a lifetime of serious unhappiness.

This will be my last communication directly addressed to you ever.

I hope you take some time for self-reflection and I mean that non-sarcastically.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Todd/DFish,

You two have a point on the present situation of Derek. If you were Phil, you have to pick the least evil among the three (not really nimble) PGs. I am with you, it is always Fisher who gives the first omen of where the Lakers are heading during the first few minutes of any game. If he makes those shots, it will be a positive night. When he also goes for jump shot after jump shot and bricking them big time, Lakers will be catching up with their brick night. Missing shots without offensive rebounds are equivalent to TO and missing those shots w/o awareness to transition defense kills the fighting spirit to continue playing with passion.

Derek, Why not imitate those young guards from Butler and Duke, go for the inside and use your veteran IQ & fish for a foul. Show a little heart out there so that fans would reciprocate it with compassion for an old bulldog.

So Jeanette?

You're sayin/ that you hope it is something very serious.

What a sweetheart u r

Hey Mitsis,

before you start calling other bloggers names perhaps YOU should be the one to check your facts. First there is no cash valued added to a draft pick in a trade. It's contract based. 2nd Bosh is a free agent so the only way you could trade him is if he agreed to a sign and trade. And third he will be demanding a max deal, in the 20 plus mil range. So really, why are you calling other guys names when they state the obvious, that it would tough to make that trade? Perhaps your the imbecle or are you El idiota? Please let me know show I can address you properly in the future.

aloha

Michael

Nuggets County,

You upstaged everyone in this blog with your treasured experience with the Lakers. I hope you would post more often and provide us those highlights during freeze the ball era. You are now the Dean of the Elders next to David Brooks, Rdlee, Tsphere, JayJay and LakerTom. In my case, I started only in 1969 following the NBA through Stars and Stripes in another country.

However, I believe it is not yet the end with our Lakers season, we still have faith and hoping against hope that they are hiding some aces on their sleeves. I agree with you the show cards during the season are awful but they still manage to be #2 throughout the league. That's how ugly the competition in the 21st century. Perhaps, the rules changed the dynamics of the game while the showboating and power plays led to numerous injuries. There are few thinking players nowadays in this league, could not find the equivalent of bob cousy, pete maravich, rick barry and elgin baylor who simplified the game and made it easy and swift flowing.

Mark,

A little correction. Bynum missed those games during the 2007-2008 season. Ironically, it was the 2006-2007 where he played all 82 games.

Wow, things are getting ugly in this post. LOL. Turiaf and Artest are better than Bynum, yeah in the sense that they play their hearts out and are major source of points. yeah right. Turiaf is as often injured as Bynum and couldnt score. Ariza is praised only because he made a couple of threes here and there and stole a couple of passes here and there as well. But remember his defensive assignement had his way in the paint, out scored him and out worked him. Example LB James, Carmelo Anthony and Turkoglu/R.Lewis. He was only making up for his inconsistencies.
Do you think those players previously mentioned are going to do that to Artest in the playoffs (that goes to Plaschke as well)? He will be ejected before that happeneds as in last years PO againts Kobe.
I can guarantee that Bynum will be a better player and stay healthy once the Lakers can get a a good or decent PG. Our current Pg's cant defend and funnel their assignement to the middle where it leaves Bynum w/ the hard task to defend his man or defend the PG or the passing lane. DUH! Can DFish or JF play defense and guard their guy? NO
Lay off Bynum it isnt ALL his fault Lakers PG's suck.

Wes...Point guards..The Wizards have a team option for Randy Foye at 4.6mill.
They wont take it up...He's not great,but he is big and is better than Farmar..

Take away 5mill from Ammo and possibly 2mill from Farmar.

Rick, dear... I guess I gotta second you on that note about sarcasm...
Oh, boy.
Luckely today is my birthday, I am gonna take everything very lightly ;)

Let Drew take his time.

Lamar said it so well.

I guess drama queens are keeping floating all over LaLaLand.

Cui prodest?

Exactly.

Later, fam (Mamba.. of course I DO STILL BELIEVE. That's all about being a fan, I guess?) ;)

Good morning everyone,

I would not wish for any to have a serious injury. I am from Toronto and although I am a certified Lakerholic I still wish for my home team to at least beat the enemies of Lakers once in a whle. Yes, I do cheer for the Raptors when they are playing against the Celts, Cavs, Magic, Nuggets and Spurs.

I wish it is not something seriuos injury on Bosh.

@anaanotherthing, most days "love" is not in this blog. I have learned to just scroll down and not read as much as possible all the hatred or even if I happen to read them I just shrug my shoulder.

Negativity is something I do not want to sorround myself with. When (Larry) MAMBA24 call I head because I know it is all good vibes. Larry my many thanks for keeping the love in this blog. We need your great spirit and positive energy.

I may not be here for a while. My aunt who is dearest to me is not doing very well fighting the big C.

GO LAKERS! I need another bright sunshiny day!

I'm very frustrated by the Lakers' lack of intensity and competitiveness.
They had this without Bynum last year.
With essentially the same team, they don't.

Maybe having Luke Walton healthy helped them a lot last year.

I just wish the playoffs would start, so that these lunatic trolls will go away. shoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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. Mrs. LakerTom just got the results of her MRI on the knee that she injured three weeks ago sledding in the mountains with our two granddaughters. Note that she has been walking around on her injured knee for three weeks and even refused to use a wheel chair, crutches, or cane. Thinking she just had a sprain, she told her doctor that she thought all she needed was some physical therapy. He then told her that she had torn her ACL, MCL, and meniscus and would have to have surgery. Shocked, she then asked if they were going to give her lidocaine. Her doctor laughed and told she’d get general anesthesia. She then asked if she could go back to work the next day. The doctor then told her she would be bedridden for a week, in a cast for six weeks, and then rehabbing for another couple of months. To say the least, Mrs. LakerTom has an incredible tolerance for pain, not unlike Kobe Bryant. This is the lady who twice returned to work three days after having surgery for breast cancer. Daughter of an Irish truck driver who drank like a fish but never was late or missed a day in the 40 years that he worked for the same company, she is in total shock over her knee injury. The operation is set for the end of the month. Hopefully, they will be able to put Mrs. LakerTom back together again so that she can continue to ignore her age. Last week, I was playing basketball with my 8-year old grandson and Mrs. LakerTom actually came out on the court and started playing before I physically grabbed her and dragged her to the bench. Shades of Kobe Bryant. Sad but funny.
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(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - Laker Tom - sorry to hear about the Mrs. - that IS funny but sad... I'm sorta like that. I wanted to come back - I tried to come back - but I'm unable to come back. Sad but true. I'm allergic to pain. I still have a lot of it and all they did was scrape out cartilage. Still - I go back on Thursday to see what's up, so I'm praying for the miracle lol!
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Meanwhile, count me among those who still believe. I do. Go Lakers!
(02) THE OUTLAW - DRIVER - GO LAKE SHOW!
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - yes it is true. I believe in 10 Rings, Mamba, Gasol, The Machine, Luuuuuke. I believe in all of The Lakers
(04) #4 - If you're in doubt, you best get out!
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBA - SECURITY - What's with all the chicken littles??? Seriously. If you're gonna call yourself a Laker fan, and you don't believe, you really need to be dragged out back and caned to within an inch of your life, because a TRUE Laker Fan believes in their team. We've seen this before people - act like you've been there.
(06) CHICNSTU - REFEREE - It's time to play the game. It's time to come together as a team and as fans. There are too many great players on this Lakers team, i won't give up so easily. Play defense as a team, play offense as a team, come together as a team. DO IT NOW!
(07) EDWIN GUECO - Never underestimate the Lakers if they have Kobe, Artest, Gasol, Odom plus Bynum I hope. These starters could still win it all.
(08) D(EREK) J(ETER) - I am hoping for whatever, whatever, whatever, and whatever toward our Repeat. I am a Realist or you are a Dreamer, ha, ha. As Jon K says, Lakers today, tomorrow and forever!
(09) LAKERTOM - Let the doubters, non-believers, turncoats, haters, and infidels turn in their Lakers gear right now if they can no longer cheer for and root their team to victory.
(10) LadyJem24 - please add me to I Still Believe Bandwagon. No matter what the outcome of this journey will be, I will always believe! But cahmonnnnnn how can you doubt Kobe Black Mamba Bryant! He might be struggling but playoffs is a whole different beast! We all know that our starting lineup will fight through and through; blood, sweat and tears will be laid out on the floor before you make these guys wave the white flag. Plus Ron is a different monster come playoffs, we all witnessed that last year!
(11) RDLEE- I'm not worried until we lose our first home playoff game,
I won't panic until we are one game from elimination.
We survived Jerry West's 7 broken noses, Wilt's broken hand, Kareem punching Kent Benson, Kermit Washington's suspension, Magic running out the clock when we were tied not ahead, the Memorial Day massacre, James Worthy throwing the ball away to Gerald Henderson, Nick Van Exel shoving a ref, Ceballos' water-skiing, Radman's skiing accident, Kwame and Smush. Compared to all that, this mediocre finish to our regular season is just a tiny blip on the radar screen. 16 PO wins to title #16!!
(12) MAGIC PHIL – I’M IN TO!
(13) ZAIRA AMATERASU - THANK MY HERO KOBE FOR BEING AS IT WAS NATURALLY MEANT TO BE A LAKER FOR LIFE
(14) JEANETTE - please put me on the I STILL BELIEVE bandwagon. Just like what I told you before, I will not get off even if it will just be me and you on that ride. There is so much at stake this year. I believe in destiny and Lakers are destined to repeat. Say all what you want haters and doubters, there will be a parade in June. Lakersnation's love, prayers and support will make the difference.
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Hey infamous el idiota, I'm sure Darko Milicic (because he's pretty big too) also needs just a couple of more years to mature and become the player many expected him to be.

Yeah it was also impossible to trade for "Bosch". "Bosch"'s salary is humongous $15,500 Mil while Bynums is just a fraction of that ($12,500 Mil).................Oh wait Lakers only needed to add 2nd round pick and the salaries would have been within the 15% range allowed by the NBA?

It's really sad (for me) you spend your time arguing with imbeciles.

Posted by: Mitsis | April 06, 2010 at 07:18 PM

Funny that you should say "imbecile." Do you know what a base year compensation player is? Please research that first and let us know if that trade for Bosh is allowable.

Also, big men don't always pan out. However, if you listen to what coaches and scouts say, it's pretty much the general belief that big men take about 3-5 years to develop.

El Guapo.. I say THANK YOU!! Finally, someone else in this god forsaken world who sees the same views I do on Bynum!! Everyone seems to have very very very short attention spans and very very short memories. Then again, leave it to the media to constantly under report his prior injuries and make him out to look worse then he really is.

Hey infamous el idiota, I'm sure Darko Milicic (because he's pretty big too) also needs just a couple of more years to mature and become the player many expected him to be.

Yeah it was also impossible to trade for "Bosch". "Bosch"'s salary is humongous $15,500 Mil while Bynums is just a fraction of that ($12,500 Mil).................Oh wait Lakers only needed to add 2nd round pick and the salaries would have been within the 15% range allowed by the NBA?

It's really sad (for me) you spend your time arguing with imbeciles.

Posted by: Mitsis | April 06, 2010 at 07:18 PM
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Well pardon me...I'm the idiot for not understanding that no matter how you slice and dice it the trade would have never happened. BECAUSE TORONTO DID NOT WANT TO TAKE ON ANY LONG TERM CONTRACTS...there it is in CAP's so you dont have to read in between the lines.

But I'm sorry you took my post personally (I'm really not I'm just trying to be polite). I wasn't even refering to you, hell I don't even know who you are. But what I do understand from your posts is that the Interwebs is serious business to you.

You gotta love those Fairweather Fans. No flaming required they make it fools of them selves for you!!

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I may not be here for a while. My aunt who is dearest to me is not doing very well fighting the big C. GO LAKERS! I need another bright sunshiny day!
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Our love & Prayers are with you & your Family Jeanette. Take time for them & don't worry about the Blog. We'll hold down the fort till your return. And if you ever need us we'll always be here. God be with you. Love Ya Sister!


My, how Laker fans have turned on each other.

I'm a great believer in Socks' ability. It's his durability that is the issue. For three straight seasons, he will either sit, or struggle to adjust, come playoff time. I'm not blaming him per se, but in 2008 and 2009, the team could compensate for his postseason absence/ineffectiveness. They can't count out Bynum for a third straight year and expect to repeat.

This team will need some significant work after the season, win, lose or draw. And Bynum will need to be one of the main considerations.

The Lakers will be fine come playoff time. I truly believe in them and their ability to " turn on the switch," although, many may doubt their ability to do that. That being said, i truly am confident that the Lakers will come out of the west if they remain focused, play good ball, but most importantly, remain HEALTHY. Bynum will work his way back to the lineup, might take a little for him to adjust and regain his rhthym, but i am confident that the trio of Kobe, Pau, and Odom will help his transition.

Kudos to all Laker fans here on this blog, we truly have the most dedicated fanbase in all of sports.

Lakers today, Lakers tomorrow, Lakers forever!
Lakers Repeat 2010!

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