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Caught in the Web: Lakers fight with identity crisis

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Lakers practice reports

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Andrew Bynum's injury and Phil Jackson's fine.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr observes that the Lakers have varying definitions on the word 'struggling.'

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky has more on Bynum's injury with moving pictures.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen documents more on the bench's struggles.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why the Lakers are taking a long-term perspective regarding Bynum's injury.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers' inconsistency.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an all-encompassing practice report on many topics, ranging from Bynum's injury, Jerry Buss' induction to the Hall of Fame and the Lakers analysis on their own play. .

More Lakers' links

--Forum Blue and Gold has more on Buss' legacy.

--Salary cap guru Larry Coon provides all the details in the New York Times' Off the Dribble blog about Bryant's contract extension.

--ESPN's John Hollinger likes Kobe Bryant's defense.

--Fox Sports' John Galinsky says the Lakers better figure out to turn the switch because it doesn't appear like they can build momentum during the five remaining games of the regular season.

--Lakers.com had a live chat with guard Jordan Farmar.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix hasn't been impressed with the Lakers since Bynum's gotten hurt.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi tries answering the question on whether it's harder these days for NBA teams to repeat.

--Silver Screen and Roll dissects the Lakers' poor perimeter shooting.

Tweet of the Day: "What a beautiful day in LA!" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality T.V. star and wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom).

Reader Comment of the Day:"Obviously, Andrew is a slow healer. Still, anyone writing off his career just doesn't know what the hell they're talking about." -- Rick Friedman

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum could be out with a strained Achilles' tendon until the start of the playoffs. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.

 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZAIRA AMATERASU - BANDWAGON
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(01)KURILAKER - OWNER - This is my first post ever and all I want to say is happy birthday to Zaira Amaterasu. I love your inteligent and brilliant posts.
(02)MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Happy Birthday Blog Goddess Zaira. May the Lakers bring a championship to you this year

Zaira - I didn't realize that it was your birthday. I want to wish you a happy birthday and extend my thanks and gratitude for all that you provide to the blog.

MM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZAIRA AMATERASU - BANDWAGON
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(01)MARK MEDINA - BLOG GOD - Zaira - I didn't realize that it was your birthday. I want to wish you a happy birthday and extend my thanks and gratitude for all that you provide to the blog.
(02)KURILAKER - OWNER - This is my first post ever and all I want to say is happy birthday to Zaira Amaterasu. I love your inteligent and brilliant posts.
(03)MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Happy Birthday Blog Goddess Zaira. May the Lakers bring a championship to you this year


@RICK FRIEDMAN, Class always rises to the top. Congrats. on being chosen for Reader Comment of the Day. I don't have to tell you, you are one of my favorite Bloggers & Members of Laker Nation. KUDOS!!! AND...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

Happy Birthday Zaira, you are Arian like me. Mine will be next week. My b-day wish for you is the same as one of my b-day wishes, a championship ring for our beloved Lakers. All the best to you dear.

I may be down today but I am not out. Thanks for the love Larry, I really appreciate it.

That's all for now, I will be back hopefully before the PO starts.

From Celtics Blog:
ReggieInAtlanta wrote:
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND...

Hello Celtic Fans,

Look at your team. Now back to me. Now back at your team. Now back to me. Sadly, they aren’t me. But if they stopped using has-been players, and switched to young talent, they could be like me.

Look down, back up. Where are you? You’re at the draft with the team your team could be like. What’s in your hand? Back at me. I am. It’s an oyster with two tickets to the NBA finals. Look again. The tickets are now rings.

Anything is possible when your team has young talent and not has-beens . I’m on a float.

Signed,
A Title Contending Team

Mamba 24,

Thanks for the props. Please add me to the Happy Birthday Zaira Band Wagon.
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Zaira,

A big, bright, happy birthday!
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M2,

Absent breaking news, three threads a day is plenty. BTW, I very much do like the tape breakdowns.

Rick - Thanks for your honest feedback. And I truly appreciate you've been active with us.

MM

Absent breaking news, three threads a day is plenty. BTW, I very much do like the tape breakdowns.Posted by: Rick Friedman | April 07, 2010 at 10:32 AM

3 THREADS
If Rick says three, then I guess that's what it should be
Three threads is enough, to catch up on all the stuff
If we get any more, then someone will be ignored
So Blog God if it's all the same to you, three threads will do
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SAY A PRAYER FOR JEANETTES AUNT AS SHE BATTLES ILLNESS -BANDWAGON
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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!
(02) JUSTANOTHER MAMBAFAN –
(03)
(04) #4
(05) EDWIN GUECO

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZAIRA AMATERASU - BANDWAGON
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(01)MARK MEDINA - BLOG GOD - Zaira - I didn't realize that it was your birthday. I want to wish you a happy birthday and extend my thanks and gratitude for all that you provide to the blog.
(02)KURILAKER - OWNER - This is my first post ever and all I want to say is happy birthday to Zaira Amaterasu. I love your intelligent and brilliant posts.
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Happy Birthday, Blog Goddess Zaira. May the Lakers bring a championship to you this year.
(04) JEANETTE - Happy Birthday Zaira, you are Arian like me. Mine will be next week. My b-day wish for you is the same as one of my b-day wishes, a championship ring for our beloved Lakers. All the best to you dear. I may be down today but I am not out. Thanks for the love Larry, I really appreciate it. That's all for now, I will be back hopefully before the PO starts.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the Happy Birthday Zaira Band Wagon. Zaira, A big, bright, happy birthday!

MM
Oops.. Yeah tomorrow.. Too much caffeine this morning! That gives phil and his staff another day to prepare for denver or another night to roll up a fatass J. Haha

Mamba
Thanks larry.. U know I always got yo back!

Anything is possible when your team has young talent and not has-beens . I’m on a float. Signed, A Title Contending Team
Posted by: oldspice | April 07, 2010 at 10:25 AM

ROFLMFAO!!HAHAHHAHHA!!!! OH THE HUMANITY!! HAHAHHAHA!
@OLDSPICE, You made my day brother. Thank you!!!
Mamba24(Larry)

@M/M
Zaira-Idid't realize it was your birthday.I want to wish you a happy birthday and
Extend my thanks and gratitud for all tha you provide to the blog.
MM.

Hey mark don.'t panic ,remember,on the family and lakers nation if the flag goin
down the next one take the flag up.
Nobody is left bihind

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DARTH STERN, PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON
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AN ODE TO TEX
There are plenty of things that are really lame, Lamest of all is Tex Winter not in the Hall of Fame
The Knowledge in this man is hard to beat, He was partially responsible for 3, three peats.
This is a feat that has never been done, The genius of this man is enough to stun
MJ was great but did not ever win a Ring, Along came Tex and said Mike the Triangles the thing.
Then just like that MJ was in the Mix when he ended his career his number of Rings numbered 6
Phil had no rings, just another asst who had to wait, now look at him he’s 10 Rings & he’s great.
With all of this greatness please understand, Tex is a humble and very modest man
He would never ever toot his own horn, But he knows more than all the coaches ever born
Ask MJ, ask Scottie, ask Kobe & Shaq, They’ll tell you Tex is the greatest & that is a fact.
When the Greats say you’re great what can you say, Except put Tex in the Halll right away
He’s done it, He’s earned it, you know damn well, If Tex is not inducted Darth Stern rot in Hell
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Tex Winter's honesty, modesty & innovative genius are unquestioned. He's the man who invented the triangle offense, on which 9 NBA titles have been forged. A Head coach at Marquette, Kansas State, Washington, Northwestern & Long Beach State. Nmed UPI Coach of the Year in 1959 at KSU & served for many years as chairman of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. After coaching the Houston Rockets & running afoul of Elvin Hayes' stubbornness & disinclination to learn basketball fundamentals, Winter eventually landed in Chicago as an assistant coach. He was underutilized by Doug Collins (who scoffed at the triangle), but when Phil Jackson took over in 1989, Winter found his rightful function: as mentor to a bright student. Jackson totally believed in, mastered & helped refine the triangle, an inclusive philosophy that creates a structure for every correct instinct & movement from baseline to baseline & from tip to buzzer. Under Winter's tutelage, Jackson won six championships in Chicago & three more in Los Angeles. At age 81, Winter remains the most venerable of the NBA's assistant coaches. His vitality, acuity & integrity remain intact. Why, then, is he still on the outside looking in? Because he never curried favor with the Eastern Mafia. Because everybody who appreciated his successes as a college coach are either retired or expired. And because the Lords of Springfield believe that assistant coaches are insignificant underlings. Not only does Tex Winter deserve the honor, but his election to the Hall of Fame would go a long way toward alleviating the stench in Springfield. --Mark Medina
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(01) PHIL JACKSON – OWNER - It's like Tex says, he's outlived all his contemporaries," "It's a hard shot for him to get in.
(02)TIM-4-SHOW - DRIVER - met Tex Winter a few playoffs ago here in Denver. The guy is a class act and not only does he deserve to be in the hall of fame for his coaching resume, but his achievements over his lifetime of basketball are far superior of Naismith himself - you could argue that the hall of fame should rename itself after Tex.
(03) LAKERTOM – RIDING SHOTGUN - Please add me to the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. About time that the basketball world honored Tex for all of his accomplishments. As for Tex Winter, thanks for putting me right up near the top of this bandwagon. I happen to be one of the proud owners of Tex’s excellent book on running the Triple Post or Triangle Offense. The guy is a basketball genius. Charley Rosen had it right that the younger generation has never appreciated what a great coach and innovator Tex was. Hopefully, campaigns like Phil and the blog are doing will right this unfair wrong.
(04) #4 – REFEREE
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – SECURITY – say you please start a "GET TEX IN THE HOF OR DIE TRYING" bandwagon PRONTO! This man has deserved this honor for years. WTH Springfield??? GET IT DONE. He's a living legend. It's only right.
(06) JON K. – UNDERCOVER AGENT - So, why isn't Tex Winters in the Hall of Fame, again? Seriously. Is is because he's not been a head coach? I really don't get it
(07) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE
(08) SEGEBOY – SHERIFF
(09) MAMBA24 – DARTH STERN this is you r final warning put him in now!
(10) RICK FRIEDMAN – BAILIFF - I love Tex as much as the next guy, & agree he belongs in the HOF.
(11) DFISH - A true legend of the game. No doubt he should be a Hall of Famer. A class act also.
(12) LAL_FAN - Phil absolutely right, Tex should be a HallOfFamer long time ago. This is shame. Triangle when it's ran right way it's a thing of beauty to watch.
(13) JAMIE SWEET - put me on PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON, please. That man should've been in there long ago.
(14) TEAMN - On topic -- unfortunately, I would be surprised if Mr. Winter ever made it into the HoF. I just don't see how that happens given current biases.
(15) MAGIC PHIL - put me on PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON, please.
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LAKERTOM & MRS.LAKER TOM SORRY FOR INJURY GOOD LUCK ON SURGERY - BANDWAGON
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thanks for the good wishes for Mrs. LakerTom. We both appreciate the love from everybody on the blog. This is truly a special home for Lakers fans. Second, our prayers go out to you and your aunt. The Big C is truly a scary experience. Third, glad to hear you are putting that scroll wheel to good use. There are a lot of one-and-done posters who we will never see back again, especially after we win it all again.
. 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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(01) JEANETTE – OWNER - Laker Tom, sorry to hear about Mrs. Lakertom injury.
(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!
(03) EDWIN GUECO – RIDING SHOTGUN - Sorry to hear about Mrs. LakerTom injury. I have to blame LakerTom for all these injuries for Mrs. and Drew. He is the lightning rod on injuries. haha!
(04) #4 - REFEREE
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Sorry to hear about the Mrs. LakerTom. You and the 3 Generations take good care ofg that woman you have a Laker Treasure there. Good Luck Hope everything goes well
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SAY A PRAYER FOR JEANETTES AUNT AS SHE BATTLES ILLNESS -BANDWAGON
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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!
(02) LAKERTOM - . DRIVER - Jeanette , our prayers go out to you and your aunt. The Big C is truly a scary experience. Third, glad to hear you are putting that scroll wheel to good use. There are a lot of one-and-done posters who we will never see back again, especially after we win it all again.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) KEIFO - REFEREE

For Zaira (and those old enough to remember Sheriff John) -

Put another candle on the birthday cake
We're gonna bake
A birthday cake
Put another candle on the birthday cake
You're another year old todayyyyy.

Happy Birthday Zaira.

JR

Zaira, the Divine Voice of the Blog,

To you, I wish the most incredible day of all days. May your birthday keep you smiling long after the sun has set upon it. The world, and certainly the blog, is a better place for having you in it. Happy birthday!

Rick,

Epic post. Congrats on Post of the Day.

MM,

You continue to rock the proverbial casbah. Kudos to you, sir.

Mamba24,

What can I say? You are the man.

Go Lake Show!

MAMBA24 -

Please put me on the Happy Birthday Zaira bandwagon. I hope that she had a wonderful day, and many more of them to come. Ciao Bella!


Justa - you noticed that DFish didn't have anything to say regarding Derek Fisher's post-season FG% being higher historically as compared to his regular season FG%. Guess empirical facts are too much to overcome.

BROWN NOSERS BANDWAGON:

1. I want to wish you a happy birthday and extend my thanks and gratitude for all that you provide to the blog.

2. ROFLMFAO!!HAHAHHAHHA!!!! OH THE HUMANITY!! HAHAHHAHA!
@OLDSPICE, You made my day brother. Thank you!!!

3. Thanks larry.. U know I always got yo back!

4. I don't have to tell you, you are one of my favorite Bloggers & Members of Laker Nation. KUDOS!!! AND...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

5. I love your intelligent and brilliant posts.

TOOTY FRUITY

Sooo many posts, so little time:

Zaira - Happy Birthday one more time.

Laker Tom - Your wife is a stud. I'm sure she could watch the surgery with just a leather wrapped stick to bite on for the bad moments. Remind her to take her time getting back.

All - I'm a believer in all things Lakers. (even when Rory Sparrow was signed).

Fish still has a couple games to surprise us with (but it's time to start thinking about what happens after the NBA).

Bynum will be back but I'm not sayin' one way or the other as to what level he's gonna get to.

The Post (Real) season is near and that is something all by itself.

I can agree with DFish about Tex...and no, there's no ice in Hell and the Cubs haven't won the pennant.

And I'm out of thoughts - Back to the world of Flight Simulators.

JR

Some of you saw last night why Durant gets so much love from the refs.

When he was robbed of 3 free throws to win the game by a tremendously blown call, HE DID NOTHING. Kevin is mature beyond his years and I hope some of the Lakers learned a lesson last night by watching his reaction.

What some idiot NBA players don't realize is that the refs will make up for it in the future if you don't get all crazy on them.

This young man has a huge freebie coming.

I just hope the refs take care of it BEFORE the Playoffs!!!!!!

Jeanette, I will pray for your aunt to St. Peregrine.

Happy Birthday Zaira, Buon giorno.

Good Luck to Mrs. LakerTom's surgery

Is it really neccesary for Mamba24 to continuously waste space with those ridiculously useless and long rollcalls, reposts and general garbage he pastes here every thread? Snore.To INFINITY...AND BEYOND!!!!
Posted by: Eric Wright | April 07, 2010 at 12:15 PM

ROFLMFAO!!!!B HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAH OOOOOH WEEEEEEE!!!

JOLLY RANCHER… Thanks for the kind words. And you are right: Mrs. LakerTom is a hell of a lot tougher than her husband. LOL. I gave up trying to out-tough her over 40 years ago. I have never been a big fan of JR candy but I might give it a try out of respect for your excellent posts and compassion for your blogmates.
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ERIC WRIGHT… Back off, dude. 99% of this blog love the contributions from Larry that have helped make this blog a special place to visit. Once we win another championship, I am sure you and your fellow trolls will crawl back under the rocks from which you escaped. Your posts are an insult to common courtesy and respect. A sure way for your enhance your reputation as a loser is to take potshots at one of the blog’s great leaders.
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EDWIN… I had to laugh at your calling me out for Mrs. LakerTom’s injury. Unfortunately, I was working and did not accompany her on the sledding excursion during which she tore up her knee. So you can blame that one on our two granddaughters, who starting fighting and were threatening to fall out of the sled when Mrs. LakerTom stuck out her leg to stop from crashing. It was LakerAlexa’s and LakerMia’s fault. LOL.
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TOM

Holy Cow ReggieInAtlanta that was fricken' HILARIOUS!

Posted by: Eric Wright

If you're expressing displeasure with a post, you can always scroll past it. Your predicate of taste (read: "X is a waste of space", where "X" is a variable for a noun phrase) is subjective, and the judge parameter that you employ does not generalize to other competent language users.

I recommend reading an article by Peter Lasersohn: Context Dependence, Disagreement, and Predicates of Personal Taste’, Linguistics and Philosophy 28.6.643–686 (2005)

Enjoy!

@Caliphilosopher...

LOL . . . just a little over the top there, brother! But I am with you!

Three cheers for Mamba!!!

Mike

oldspice - OMG that was HILARIOUS!!! ROTFLMAO!!!! Thanks a bunch for that - it made my day!!

Mamba24 - please add me to the "Get Well Jeanette's aunt" bandwagon. Little sis needs all our love & support.

Cali - SNAP - and thanks for the having my back! Trolls are so easily messed up when you confront them with the facts LOL!


Laker Tom - exactly how many generations of Laker fans you got over there?? LOL!! I'm sitting on ONE - ME. But hey - never too late to start a new tradition, right?


Edwin / Rick - I'm with you guys on the egregiously high number of threads being pumped out up in here! I could use 3 as well - it would keep the conversation flowing AS the news came in. MM - can you make it so? NOT that you're not doing a great job - because you ARE. It creates a LOT of activity - which I guess is good for newbies - but there's a lot going on which makes it more difficult for the regulars to keep our train of thought on the tracks... so to speak... Newbies will still be able to follow along on a few less threads - don't you think? Anyhoo - as you were...

OMG IS IT GAME DAY YET??????????

@LakerTom...

1. Went to my first Lakers game at the age of 8 back in '68. Been hooked ever since.

2. As a three-surgery vet (all on right knee, ACL no longer even exists!), please pass along my best regards to the wife. My prayers are with her (remind her that I am a pastor).

Mike

@warren with butterknives...

Were we watching the same game?! I was League Pass channel surfing, caught the last few seconds via NBA TV and saw it live. Durant was incredulous . . . ripping shirt untucked . . . physically restrained by a coach from confronting referee on the floor . . . arms flailing

Not sure I would define that as "class".

Mike

@Mark Medina...

I am gonna have to agree with Rick Freidman on this one. THREE posts per day, at predictable times, would best fit the dialogue cadance of this blog. Exceptions for breaking news of course.

We all love your stuff, MM. But, we prefer to discuss your stuff more like an oscar nominated film than the value menu at Denny's. We need time!

Mike

THE BYNUM TIMETABLE...

To the glee of LakerTom and all others who sing the praises of Andrew Bynum, it seems to be clear that the Lakers are a better team WITH Drew than without him.

An analysis of "anti-Bynum" rhetoric on this blog reveals a definite shift from "trade-him-cause-he-is-OVERRATED" to the now popular "trade-him-cause-he-is-INJURY PRONE." The complaints against his talent are now few and far between. Quite telling, in my opinion.

Achilles strains can be tricky. Rushed returns can often lead to reinjury or complications. PATIENCE is in order here.

IF the Lakers started the playoffs today, they would match-up with Portland in the first round. Lakers can afford to play Portland without Drew (even though they are BETTER with him).

IF it is not Portland, then it most likely will be OKC Thunder in the first round (no way Spurs are sliding down, as hot as they are). Again, Lakers can afford to play OKC without Drew (again, even though they are BETTER with him).

There is plenty of time for Bynum to be phased back into action. 1st round games begin 4/18, meaning conference semi's won't role around until the first weekend in May.

He will be back and better than his other post-injury stints. No fear in the achilles injury like the knees.

Mike

Cali -

" If you're expressing displeasure with a post, you can always scroll past it. Your predicate of taste (read: "X is a waste of space", where "X" is a variable for a noun phrase) is subjective, and the judge parameter that you employ does not generalize to other competent language users. "

Much better answer than the one I sent and which didn't post; though, mine was a quite a bit shorter and quickly to the point.

JR


I think it's a bit late in the season for any team to still be searching for their 'identity'. Hopefully, we'll find out their 'true' identity when the PO start...that'll be the real test.

Oh yeah, Mamba24 you can add me to the Happy Birthday Zaira bandwagon. Hope you had a great one Zaira, and many happy returns!!!

Btw, MM thanks for the 'Caught in the web' posts. I luv the links to all the articles and columns which offer different perspectives and opinions on various issues facing and surrounding the team.

Great job...keep up the good work!!!!

G in DC - Hey thanks for the love. I definitely appreciate the remarks and am glad you're enjoying the blog.

MM

Justa -

You know I've got your back. And when I'm back in LA this summer (before I head to London), we'll have some Hangar One.

LakerMike and Jolly Rancher,

Sometimes, one has to nip things in the bud. It is sometimes good to point out that the solutions to some problems might take less effort than hemming and hawing about said problem.

I hope you three are having a good day! :-)

Laker Mike,
-physically restrained by a coach from confronting referee on the floor . . .-

Physically restrained?? LOL

Kevin pulled up his jersey and twirled around a little bit as he moved towards halfcourt, away from the closest official, and that was it.

Under the circumstances, I thought he was pretty well mannered.

JEANETTE ,

My family and I can empathize with you and yours as we have been on both sides (we have survivors and we have lost family members). You have our prayers. Keep your thoughts positive and make sure your aunt stays active in her battle. Never take one person's opinion on anything.

JR

Laker Tom,

I hope your wife makes a speedy recovery.

Injuries happen and she'll get through this.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


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