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A mixed assessment of the Lakers' championship DVD

2010 NBA Champions DVD cover

Here's my thoughts on the Lakers 2010 championship DVD, which goes on sale Tuesday and can be bought for $24.99 at NBAStore.com.

What I liked

Game footage: The DVD provides various angles and highlights many key plays during the Lakers' regular-season and post-season run. The DVD moves the story along at a fluid pace, with audio clips from ESPN and Lakers' play-by-play men Joel Meyers and Spero Dedes. The sequences are a fairly good CliffsNotes version of the Lakers' 2009-10 season.

Behind-the-scenes access: The DVD's got some attention-capturing, behind-the-scenes material. For example, a flashback to the Lakers' 2009 title run features Kobe Bryant persuading Phil Jackson to reenter the locker room after being doused with Champagne. Jackson expresses skepticism; Bryant insists he just wants him back so the team can recite the Lord's Prayer. As soon as Jackson goes back in, the team pours more of the bubbly on the head coach. The tale is one that Bryant shared following the Lakers' 2009 NBA Finals win over the Orlando Magic, but the DVD allows viewers to watch as Jackson eventually embraces and soaks in the Champagne bath.

There's other sequences with vivid storytelling, such as Ron Artest's ongoing effort in learning the triangle offense; Rick Fox congratulating Artest when the team successfully played without Bryant in the lineup for five games; Jackson warning the team they may never play a home game after its Game 2 NBA Finals loss to the Boston Celtics; Derek Fisher's game speeches; and Fisher's emotional reaction after the team's Game 3 Finals win over Boston. There's more Champagne and plenty of close-up shots of the bath after the Lakers' 2010 NBA Finals victory, including a giddy Bryant and Artest embracing each other. "I told you that you were going to get it man," Bryant says to Artest after the team's Game 7 win against Boston. "He got me a ring!" Artest says of Bryant to the camera.

What I didn't like

Storytelling: The DVD features all the elements of a good story -- a plot with a beginning, middle and end, and a central cast of characters, but it falls short in filling in all the details. Obviously, it's hard to capture every single nuance of an 82-game season without falling into the trap of just highlighting minutia. But I've got a bone to pick. Aside from some the regular-season games being shown out of order (for example, you'll see Bryant's game winner against Boston in January before the team's Christmas Day loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers), the DVD glosses over a hugely important aspect: injury and fatigue. The only injuries it highlights are Bryant's right index finger, sprained left ankle, back spasms and sprained right knee. Um, what about Pau Gasol (hamstring), Andrew Bynum (Achilles' tendon), Lamar Odom (shoulder, knee), Ron Artest (thumb, shoulder), Jordan Farmar (thumb), Shannon Brown (thumb) and Luke Walton (back)? OK, Bryant deserves much of the focus, but not mentioning his teammates' injuries shouldn't have been overlooked, period. Bynum's sprained right knee became *the* topic of discussion during the 2010 NBA Finals, but it was only mentioned once in passing, with the narrator mentioning how Bynum got his knee drained prior to Game 5.

Not enough color: I liked the behind-the-scenes views as mentioned above, but frankly, the DVD could have used much more of them. The story weaves along, often with countless soundbite interviews with several coaches and players that provide nothing of substance beyond cliched sports quotes. I would've liked to see and hear the players talk about how tough it was to fight through fatigue and injuries, along with footage of them getting treatment in the training room. I would've loved see firsthand the team's air-it-out meeting during its sluggish play in March. I would've loved to see the team poring over film as they try to figure out how to stop Oklahoma City's transition offense and attack Phoenix's 2-3 zone. I would've loved to see and hear the team's thoughts and emotions when they were on the brink of elimination. That's perhaps asking too much in this media age in which access is tightly controlled, but the story would've been much better had it featured soundbites capturing the successes and struggles toward winning the NBA Championship. That would've made Jackson's contention that the journey is more important than the accomplishment more compelling.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers' 2010 Championship DVD. Credit: NBA Entertainment

 
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Apparently, my powers of posting and causing another thread to appear still work while sick. So here comes the dreaded repost - sorry.


Wuttup crue!


Well - I was sick as a dog most of this weekend. Finally got caught up and it's nice to see another epic battle regarding Bynum. (No it's not, but nothing else going on so...) LOL!


I do need to clear up a few things though, so here goes:


1. Noah - you have never ticked me off. Unless and until you get me that iPad, we're good.

2. Mamba24 - it is most definitly NOT a right of passage on here that people need to check of their list of things to do - "tick of justa" - check. Please. It's stuff like THAT that ticks me off. Well... not really... :)

3. LAL818 - if you ever - and I mean EVER - say stuff like that about me or any other female blogger on here I will have to find you and literally kick your azz. For real. Then me and the other girls on here will have our own list - "kick LAL818's azz" - check. This blog is not the place to make those kind of comments. How would you like it if I started talking about your jock itch or your prostate exams? Yeah. Thought so.

4. MM - what the hell was with that picture of Big Baby doing a stuff on LO??? Seriously - there's no other picture you could have used that would have put LO in the spotlight or limelight? Come on man. You should know better than to come in here with weak crap like that. But others have already complained, and I'm kinda late to the party, so 'nuf said.

5. Tom Daniels / Rick Friedman - you guys are awesome.

6. LakerTom - I've also always got your back when it comes to Socks.

7. phred - the love needs to help a sister out. I'm still sick but have to work.... yuck....

8. Magic Phil - you KNOW you're a trouble maker. You may also be a love maker (I would not dare hazard an opinion on that) but stirring up trouble seems to be one of your strong points. You may want to consider running for office or something one day. Or blog god. Or Magic 8 Ball spokesperson.

9. Nemaia / lewstrs - you are awesome too!

10. I'm now officially ready to call it a day here. They've sprayed bug spray all over the fricken office. We had the Ant Autobahn up in here and now it REEKS. Oy vey...


justa - I had a response to your thread, but here's a repost. I've literally run out of Lamar Odom photos from the playoffs. And I wanted to use an LO photo because many of the links had to do with him being with Team USA. Asking for a photo of LO in the limelight in the postseason is honestly hard to come by. He didn't do too well in it. But I wasn't posting the photo out of malice intent or anything like that.

MM

Again, we will be having a chat today at 3 p.m.

MM

3. LAL818 - if you ever - and I mean EVER - say stuff like that about me or any other female blogger on here I will have to find you and literally kick your azz. For real. Then me and the other girls on here will have our own list - "kick LAL818's azz" - check. This blog is not the place to make those kind of comments. How would you like it if I started talking about your jock itch or your prostate exams? Yeah. Thought so.

Put me on that girl list! I have really good aim with my foot...

MM - I know it wasn't out of malice. It was just not complimentary of LO. I thought he deserved better from you. And who cares if it's a photo we've seen before? Anything would have been an improvement over that...

ltll - LOL - I'll definitely get you on that list if I'm forced to make one up! We'll see how LAL818 responds first.


I love that some of our most articulate, most passionate, most humorous, most knowledgeable, most loyal bloggers on here are females.

Justa, longtimelakerlover, Faith, et al.: Ladies, you rock. Keep on keepin on.

MM, Perhaps they should've gotten Spike Lee to Direct and Kobe to Edit. I haven't seen the DVD yet (it's in the mail), but Spike's Day-in-the-Life of KB24 seems to have done a better job of covering the angles.
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

Thanks, puddle.

And btw - you don't post nearly enough for my liking...

Justa & LongTimeLakerLover, Both of You Continuously Provide "In Your Face" Dunks On The Opposition!

LAL818 JUST GOT POSTERIZED!!!!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

The Triangulator (formerly known as "Marc B (With a 'C')") - Perhaps. But I even thought Spike Lee's documentary was a little incomplete. It was one game of a blowout and all accounts suggest Kobe was overly demanding of the project, meaning I question how much access Lee truly had.

MM

I love that some of our most articulate, most passionate, most humorous, most knowledgeable, most loyal bloggers on here are females.

Justa, longtimelakerlover, Faith, et al.: Ladies, you rock. Keep on keepin on.

Posted by: puddle | July 26, 2010 at 01:10 P

*sniff, tear* Thanks, man!

I think that we will find Blake to be a great fit and he will likely end up getting as many minutes as Fisher. Our weakest position last year was PG and we have improved.
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A lot of people hate Barnes. I did too, but one doesn't hate someone who sucks. Along with Blake and to a lesser extent Ratliff, we now have a bench that will see some minutes. THANK GOD. Not only will our bench be more productive with these additions but so too will our starters. PJs eight man rotation was brutal.
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I see that there is still a lot of talk about Bynum. Neither I nor anyone to my knowledge ever said that Bynum was as good or as productive as Shaq in his prime. Obviously Bynum has been decimated with injuries, has a good PF and is still a kid. I do believe that he will be in the top 1 or 2 at his position if he stays healthy (I concede it's a big IF). I also believe that there are not many true centers in the game today.
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Whatever the outcome of Bynum, all I really what to see is an injury free year (preferably years but let's start with one) so we can be the team that nobody has seen yet. If healthy, I believe that our defense will dominate every team in the league, including the Heat...

Justa & LongTimeLakerLover,

Hey ladies, welcome back!!! If you ever tired of SOME of the males on this blog, you're welcome to move to my island of Samoa, where the men do all the cooking, LOL!

Anyways, regarding this co-ed blog, Ice Cube and Yo-Yo said it best:

Ice Cube: This is a man's world thank you very much!

Yo-Yo: But it wouldn't be a DAMN thing without a woman's touch!

Great piece, as usual, MM. I'm sitting by the mailbox already, even though the DVD won't arrive until Thursday. I cannot wait to watch it. Thanks for the insight and overall good review of an otherwise cookie-cutter NBA Entertainment product. Out.

DBDH!

Sound like all the stuff I saw on the "The Association" & "Sounds of the Finals" on NBATV. It doesn't seem like it's worth the purchase.

If we subscribe to Mark's Tweet, do we get a free one?

Justa -

I appreciate the sentiments! I'd love to post more. I just get so caught up in work, school, church, life, etc. it's hard to get on here as much as I'd like.

I'll be in the chat today at 3 though. I'm sure I'll see you there! :)

-P

What Hogan said. Nice post.

LEWSTRS,

LOL, now that's what I'm talking about!!! Seems to me that your wife has a good man, nice work!!!

LAL818,

I don't want to get on any of the Laker Girls bad side on here. My mama taught be better than that, LOL! Besides, I wouldn't want somebody disrespecting my beautiful wife if she decided to post on this blog. Choose your battles wisely my friend.

@puddle - I'm thinking things are not going to go well for LA818!

LongTimeLakerLover,

Your husband sounds like a man after mine own heart!!! Nice to read bloggers say something nice about their significant other. Can't wait for training camp and the season to come around. Time is moving pretty quickly. Go Lakers!!!

It's good to see the passion pouring out on both sides of the AB issue. However, I think both sides go to the extreme to validate their point. I think the truth lay somewhere in the middle, which is usually the case in these type of on going debates.

One side will say he's better than DHoward or has potential to be better than DHoward. After 5 years I haven't seen anything to substantiate that claim. But that's not a knock on Drew but rather a compliment to Howard.

Other side says Drew is just a "role player"...which to me lessens his importance to the Lakers. That's off base cause Drew's inspirational play is what brought Kobe off ledge in 07-08 prior to trade for Pau. After dominating Amare, Phoenix pretty much knew that couldn't beat the Lakers anymore and Amare/Dantoni basically said so after the game.

Drew certainly hasn't reached his potential yet. But he's a critical part of the team and his size/skill is just something you don't trade away IMHO. His size/skill combined with Pau gives the Lakers a significant inside advantage over every team in the league. We're loaded and locked with chance to win 2-3 more titles. No since rocking the boat now.

We know Bynum could post all-star numbers if he was on a lesser team. However, for the Lakers to continue to be dominant Drew needs to focus more on defense and worry less about his offense. I'm fully behind Drew and hoping 2011 will bring him a completely healthy season so he can continue to show his growth.

2. Mamba24 - it is most definitly NOT a right of passage on here that people need to check of their list of things to do - "tick of justa" - check. Please. It's stuff like THAT that ticks me off. Well... not really... :)

3. LAL818 - if you ever - and I mean EVER - say stuff like that about me or any other female blogger on here I will have to find you and literally kick your azz. For real. Then me and the other girls on here will have our own list - "kick LAL818's azz" - check. This blog is not the place to make those kind of comments. How would you like it if I started talking about your jock itch or your prostate exams? Yeah. Thought so.Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 26, 2010 at 12:50 PM

OOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEE! Preach Mama Preach!! I don't want my @zz kicked so I humbly, sincerley and deeply beg do you hear me BEG! FORGIVE ME JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN FOR I HAVE SINNED!!! What can I do to seek your forgiveness. Name it and I shall do it! I shall go to a monastery and master these baser instincts of mine. They say that woman JUSTA's a BADDDDDD Mother, Shut your mouth, But I'm just talking about JUSTA, then we can dig it. OK ENOUGH!! All kidding aside that was stupid on my part and I do sincerely apologize why...cause you JustAnotherMambaFan Head of The Mamba Clan & I don't wanna get kicked out of the family. PLEase, Justa!!! PLEAAAAAAAASSSSSSE! FORGIVE ME!!! I'M SORRY. I am you know! :)

Anyways, regarding this co-ed blog, Ice Cube and Yo-Yo said it best: Ice Cube: This is a man's world thank you very much! Yo-Yo: But it wouldn't be a DAMN thing without a woman's touch! Posted by: Nemaia Faletogo | July 26, 2010 at 01:38 PM
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Sorry Nemaia but THE HARDEST WORKING MAN IN SHOW BUSINESS
JAMMMMMMMMEEESSS BROWWWWWWWN said that about 20 years before Ice Cube was born!

LRob

Great post on Bynum. All I can say is that Bynum-Pau-Odom have developed a 48 mpg chemistry at the 4-5 positions that wear teams down in a 7 game series and that helps win us championships. Bynum and Gasol both command double teams in the low post with their length and Bynum with his strength. Bynum is the bigger, stronger more natural center who bothers other teams' bigs and penetrators in the paint on defense.

HAVING SAID THAT, he is that rare, true back-to-the-basket center with soft hands, agility, coordination and a soft shooting touch to boot. While he CAN dominate, that is NOT what he is asked to do on the Lakers. In that regard, he IS a "role player," with the most difficult role of all the players on the team. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are the superstars of this team and everyone else is a role player, including Bynum, who is #3 in the pecking order on offense.

After Game 4 against the Thunder, all you heard out Bynum's mouth was how the Lakers just had to get back in transition. He said it again against Phoenix and all he talked about was how important it was for him to do what the coaches asked and play defense. You have to admire that from a player whose has the sky as his limit as a center in this league.

No, he is not at Dwight Howard's level but, other than him, who has a player like Bynum on their team? No one.

Say, how's the water today? Are you sure it's safe to come in?

Wow, I turn around for a moment and look what happened...
Bynum (more and more...oh lord)
The girls...
And I haven't started yet.

@LRob - I like the tone of your post regarding AB. I think you have a higher opinion of Howard's offensive game than I do but that's okay, I'm in the minority. At a minimun I think we agree that Bynum is a big cog in the Laker machine and that because he has not yet had a complete season we as a team have not reached our full potential.

and the endless Bynum debate that will be irrelevant six seconds after we start playing next season and Bynum either does or doesn't do stuff goes on and on...

sorry, I skipped a lot of the meat of some posts there, Blitz. You are probably just as well off.

LRob- nope, I just don't see it with Dwight Howard yet.

LAL818- maybe next time you go to the store to buy feminine hygiene products you should see if they are selling any 'Shut the Heck Up Before You Make Yourself Look Even Dumber.' You could use an extra box. Man, it is truly sad the difference in responses that woman get for their comments around here, and for future reference, the correct response is

"Sorry, I was just talking out of my &^% on the internet, and I didn't mean any offense"

Or you could just sign your comment 'phred,' which in all humbleness I suggest has the same actual meaning.

Wow, I turn around for a moment and look what happened...
Bynum (more and more...oh lord)
The girls...
And I haven't started yet.

Posted by: Magic Phil | July 26, 2010 at 02:24 PM

Magic Phil,

I've got a feeling that somehow you're mixed up in all of this, you troublemaker you, LOL!!!

Mamba24,

Jamesssssssss Brownnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, Jamesssssssssssssss Brownnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!(To the beat of TomTom Club). Thank you sir!!!

Posted by: Magic Phil | July 26, 2010 at 02:24 PM

Wow, I turn around for a moment and look what happened...
Bynum (more and more...oh lord)

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LEWSTRS knows me very well and can tell you that as long as people are talking about Bynum, Fish and/or Coach Eleven Rings (and to a much lesser extent Sasha and Luke), I will be there to defend them!

During the playoff run, I felt that the entire bench could be replaced, including Lamar. I have reflected on that and fully realize LO's importance. Otherwise, we're looking at a revamped second unit as I had hoped even if we re-sign Shannon Brown. At this point, however, I feel he's unnecessary.

Jamesssssssss Brownnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, Jamesssssssssssssss Brownnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!(To the beat of TomTom Club). Thank you sir!!!
Posted by: Nemaia Faletogo | July 26, 2010 at 02:36 PM

No disrespect meant Nemaia, but I just wanted to make sure the departed got his props before he's completely forgotten.

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@LAL818, Mannnn why you say some silly ISH like that to JUSTA. I thought you was suppose to be my boy and you come out with some silly @zz ISH like that. Brother, I'm very disappointed, VERY. Tell you what if you aint cool with Justa you sure in the Frak aint cool with me. Damn I even defended your @zz & took your side against her's a couple weeks ago which cost me a hell of a lot and you come out with so whack @zz ISH like this. You know you really should apologize. Of course I can't make you but if you were any kind of man you would. So that's all I got to say Bro. As far as I'm concerned you don't exist! Of course you might want to say the same ISH to me and now that's definitely cool cause then we can have another kind of conversation.

Posted by: Mamba24 | July 26, 2010 at 02:27 PM

D(erek)J(eter) ,

It's reasonably safe to come in.

Don't talk about Bynum though. If you're honest & use stats/facts LakerTom
will label you a Bynum basher. If you're stoned and looking at Bynum
through rose colored glasses, you'll post nonsense and some (possibly
including myself) will post stats/facts which negate your "nonsense".

Then "maybe" you'll feel like there's a lot of Bynum hatred or that we're
attacking you.

To be honest, I find it odd that as soon as one posts unfavorable facts
about the team mascott/center one is labeled a Bynum hater.

Maybe I should take a page from Justa and go to the vodka percocet ...

well, this party got ugly. I hate it when random people on the internet can't handle their booze.

Maybe I should take a page from Justa and go to the vodka percocet ...Posted by: hobbitmage | July 26, 2010 at 02:51 PM
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ROFLMAO!!!

Mamba24,

That's right, we'll give the man props!!! I give you props for keeping the mood on this blog light and enjoyable. Thanks.

KobeMVP888,

All I can say is you post some great stuff. Keep up the balanced perspective and great work!

"Can't we all just get along?"

Ha, ha, seems a little on the cold side today, perhaps warmer tonight or tomorrow, ha, ha.

That last video clip was a nice little reminder of how much I hate the Celtics.

Nemaia Faletogo | July 26, 2010 at 02:55 PM

Thank you sir and right back at you! LEWSTRS turned me on to this forum and I'm glad he did. The Lakers fans in here are very knowledgeable. Hopefully I can contribute some meaningful insights to this rich community of Lakers fans.

Guys,

LAL has been banned. I'm deleting all comments made by LAL that denigrated women and any reactions toward him. This is unacceptable

MM

@hobbitmage - Why does Bynum have to be the "team mascott". Comments like that make me want to hit the percocet ...

I just did...Feel much better.

Sound like all the stuff I saw on the "The Association" & "Sounds of the Finals" on NBATV. It doesn't seem like it's worth the purchase.

Posted by: GeeMack | July 26, 2010 at 01:45 PM
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Agreed. Pretty much everything MM mentioned I saw on one of the NBA TV segments.

suck it all

Weighing in on Bynum....

First Kudos to Bynum for hobbling through the playoffs. But as to how to best utilize him in the offense next season....
It has always been painful to watch Bynum and Gasol on the court at the same time. Gasol gets his own shot because his footwork is great and to watch him and Kobe play together in the playoffs was at times a thing of beauty!

Bynum is still maturing into the reality that he needs to get defensive rebounds , block or contest shots, and keep the opposing center boxed out so others can sneak in and get the defensive rebound. He doesn't need 15 shot attempts per game and if he wants to score a lot he better get the offensive rebound! But isn't Bynum's offensive potential underutilized? He isn't featured in the offense very often..

On offense thowing the ball into Bynum has often been an afterthought. Phil's job is to get all players open shots, and I realize the triangle is a red and react offense, but..how about 4 plays per half for Bynum? Not the dump it in and watch his slow footwork and long arms, but how about a Blake drive into the lane and dish to Bynum (realizing the Kobe and Fish now only drive during the playoffs)? Especially as Kobe degrades as a shooter, offense sill need to come from other positions.

I'd like to see the lineup change so that Gasol gets more shots when the backup center is playing, and Bynum gets more shots when Odom is playing. Also why not capitalize on the synergy that Artest and Odom obviously have...rebounding for each other and passing to each other...

So as we bash and praise Bynum, I say lets be mindful that rarely is he featured in the offense...he could easily score more...

Hogan,

you wrote: Why does Bynum have to be the "team mascott". Comments like that make me want to hit the percocet ...

my response:

http://www.answers.com/topic/mascot

snippet - n.
A person, animal, or object believed to bring good luck, especially one kept as the symbol of an organization such as a sports team.

[ note: the word history is fascinating, but irrelevant to our discussion. :) ]

You should ask LakerTom. I find it .... odd ... that people have become so
enamored of a player who has done so little. I find it even more odd that I &
others are vilified for pointing out facts.

That speaks to me of fanaticism which ties in to the whole mascott thing.

Reality is a B*&^H!

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bynuman01.html

Did you know he's making 12.6 mil? Do you know Dereck Fisher is making
below 4?

TWEEDLE DEE AND TWEEDLE DUM ARE BACK
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TOM

hobbitmage - Okay, as long as you aren't calling Bynum a clown or something.:) I think Bynum has all of the tools to be a great center. Just as importantly I don't think there are very many players in the NBA that do. As for the Hakeem/Shaq/Legend comparisions; most rational people would agree that at this point in his career there is no point in going there...

Ahhh. Bynum discussions. Those never go wrong. Let's have one.

Hogan,

you wrote: Okay, as long as you aren't calling Bynum a clown or something.:) I think Bynum has all of the tools to be a great center. Just as importantly I don't think there are very many players in the NBA that do. As for the Hakeem/Shaq/Legend comparisions; most rational people would agree that at this point in his career there is no point in going there...

My response: No. Despite what the Bynum sycophant says, I'm not calling
him a clown. I don't think I ever have.

re: tools of a great center. It is very clear, on this blog, that one man's great is
another man's good. It is also clear that to try achieve some sort of solid
mutual understanding b/n peers is a waste of time.

we agree that rational people wouldn't make those sorts of comparisons.
Have you read LaketTom's rhetoric? Seriously.

I agree, let's change the subject. I know, let's all compare how many girl/boy friends we have had since the 4th grade. I've had over 1 BILLION. Anyone else?

Taino,

you wrote:

On offense thowing the ball into Bynum has often been an afterthought. Phil's job is to get all players open shots, and I realize the triangle is a red and react offense, but..how about 4 plays per half for Bynum? Not the dump it in and watch his slow footwork and long arms, but how about a Blake drive into the lane and dish to Bynum (realizing the Kobe and Fish now only drive during the playoffs)? Especially as Kobe degrades as a shooter, offense sill need to come from other positions.

my response: Great idea. This would require either PJ running plays for
Bynum or Kobe running plays for Bynum.

Both require Bynum being in the right place and actually hustling. Sometimes
he did. Sometimes he didn't. Don't his numbers actually support that?

I love the way the DVD starts, and I'm a sucker for that kind of flute, whatever it is. Kill Bill #1 has some of that flute in some pretty touching moments. Sounds like the Mighty Zamphir to me.


Wes

Okay, back to Bynum...

hobbitmage - The clown reference was connected to the mascot talk and I was kidding. Not sure why coming to an understanding between peers is a waste of time. I think Bynum is a true 7 footer who has good post moves, a soft touch on the ball, the ability to knock down free throws, improving defense and heart. He is still a kid with a huge upside. He also has a history of injuries which will derail his career if they continue to repeat themselves. Do you disagree with any of the above? I'm really interested and will keep an open mind. There isn't much else to talk about this time of year anyway (besides the occasional meltdown of certain bloggers with Wilt Chamberlain like prowess with women).

KobeMVP/Hogan - thanks and I'm just trying to find some common ground between the "warring" Bynum camps...lol.

Phred - we can agree to disagree on Howard. (But 3 straight 1st team All-NBA is not to shabby for a 24yr old. Anyway its all Love!

Mamba...thanks for setting the record straight on James Brown.

Nemaia - In the words of Cube, "I'm glad we got so many down girls on our team" (on this blog). The difference btw James and Cube song was JB was giving women their props while Cube was dissin YoYo (even though it was all fun). James said, "It's a Man's World but ain't nothin without a woman or a girl. Check the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndeOhhDgHdw&feature=related

Also check out JB's best dance moves attached if you want to see where Michael/Prince got there moves:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2gEAvOW2nc&feature=related

Also check out JB's best dance moves attached if you want to see where Michael/Prince got there moves:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2gEAvOW2nc&feature=related
Posted by: LRob | July 26, 2010 at 06:51 PM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you my brother! I owe you!
Mamba24

I echo the sentiments above...RESPECT THE LADIES OR BE SHOWN THE DOOR!

I disagree with what Magic Johnson said that the heat will win titles in 2 to 3 years.my personal take of this matter is as long as kobe is healthy and still playing probably 4-5 years more i think with the current lakers line-up as long as their all healthy the lakers will win it all.i predict Kobe at least will have 7-8 championship before he retires.hi pretty justa how are you?

I also believe Heat will start winning titles in 2-3 years.
Kobe is showing signs of age. Kobe has reach the pinnacle of his basketball career around 2008, 2009, and he's going to decline. So will Pau and Artest. Bynum's improvement cannot offset Kobe's decline, let alone offsetting the decline of the other guys.
In the meantime, Heat will gradually build up their team around the Big 3.

What I want is entire 7 game series against Boston. Cut out the commercials, but I want every second of every game of this classic. How great would it be in 2020 to pop in the game 7 DVD and watch the Lakers come from behind and claim victory over the Evil Empire!

Why doesn't the NBA or the Lakers market the best games on DVD? Kobe's 81, Gasol's welcome to LA, Kobe's 61 in MSG...Not highlights; the entire game.

I watched this and I have to say that I actually enjoyed it. I didn't watch the extra features. The dvd could've been better, but it definitely worth watching.

A reason I enjoyed the DVD was because their choices for video clips were relevant and summarized well. I do agree that they could've went more into detail of the regular season such as the injuries you mentioned, but even without it didn't drag on either.

I also enjoyed the narration of players and coaches. The storytelling was emotional as well as informative.

The DVD also gave credit to our role players (Sasha and Farmar). They did play their roles well and gave good hustle.

I too wish they had more of behind the scenes clips like when Kobe tricked Phil with the Lord's Prayer to spray Phil with champagne. It's fun watching them those types of moments. Maybe someone in charge of the producing the DVD will take that into consideration next time. Overall, I enjoyed watching it.

Good review.


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