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Caught in the Web: Things remain quiet on the Lakers' front

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--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom believes Michael Jordan's contention that he wouldn't have asked Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to team up together shows Jordan is just piling on LeBron James.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky asks readers a series of poll questions about the Lakers.

--NBA.com lists Derrick Caracter as the third best rookie in Summer League.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen blames the Lakers' personnel for the team's struggle in defending the screen-and-roll.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears thought Devin Ebanksand Caracter showed promise during summer league.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore gives his two cents about the Laker girl auditions.

Tweet of the Day:"It's Lobster in Santa Monica RT @charlie_323: @RealLamarOdom yo' Lamar what's the name of your favorite Restaurant? I have it on the tip of my tongue but can't remember! Plz let me know!" -- RealLamarOdom(Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day:"What I'm happy about with the offseason: 1. We signed Steve Blake 2. We drafted way better than I expected 3. Farmar's gone (Yeah, I said it. He was my least favorite Laker BY FAR) 4. Fish is back and for more than a year. 5. Our starters are getting rest this offseason 6. Phil Jackson is back and his return is crucial. What I'm NOT happy about this offseason: 1. Blake alone is not enough to shore up our bench. We need at least one more player. Farmar was a bigger problem than people let on. Blake removes that problem and adds to the team, but we need a stronger bench to provide our older starters more rest over the season. 2. The Heat's starting lineup is sick; even as I expect them to implode. 3. It doesn't seem like there is as much talent out there remaining as I thought. It seems like after "The Betrayal" everyone of significance signed really quickly. I thought it would take longer to work out." -- Jon K

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant waves to fans lining Figueroa Street during the Lakers' victory parade in June. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

 
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--NBA.com lists Derrick Caracter as the third best rookie in Summer League.
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WOW... The kid is that good?
Well, I guess we don't need to sign a backup center anymore.
Cheers.

I hope that things don't remain quiet up until training camp! I would still like to see us sign Matt Barnes, and maybe a Kurt Thomas. Then sign the two rookies and perhaps take a gamble on Jeremy Lin, because he could be a potential steal that could provide solid minutes after Fish retires. And what about Josh Powell? We should get him for cheap, but who knows? Players are getting overpaid this summer!

Keep in mind it's hard to truly gauge much from summer league.

MM

ONE WORD: INCEPTION!! GREAT, GREAT MOVIE!!!! MUST SEE!

TNTLakerfan, I don't think Jeremy Lin is a gamble. The kid show solid bball and IQ.
Bring him in, Mitch!

ONE WORD: INCEPTION!! GREAT, GREAT MOVIE!!!! MUST SEE!

Posted by: Mamba24 | July 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM
I WILL, I WILL!!!!!!!!!

Mark Medina,


"Keep in mind it's hard to truly gauge much from summer league."


True. If I remember correctly, Adam Morrison burned it up last year in Summer League...


However! Dude, Caracter and Ebanks looked fricken GOOD at times in Summer League. I think there is plenty of room for cautious optimism with these two. If we get two players who can contribue to a Championship caliber team who were second round draft picks, that's just plain awesome.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K - yes but even Kobe said (on Kimmel) that "Adam can play. No - like he can really go." I'd like to hear what Kobe thinks of these 2 guys....

Magic Phil,


"I don't think Jeremy Lin is a gamble"


It's a gamble, but not a huge one. I just want to get the kid into training camp and maybe a couple 10-day contracts and see where we go from there.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Magic Phil,


What I liked about that video Laker Tom posted of Jeremy Lin was that what he was able to show off weren't dependent upon his competition--they were simply examples of athletic ability, good court vision, and a high skill set.


That's a player we could work with.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

I WILL, I WILL!!!!!!!!!Posted by: Magic Phil | July 19, 2010 at 11:25 AM
LOL! YOU WONT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!! I promise!

I WILL, I WILL!!!!!!!!!Posted by: Magic Phil | July 19, 2010 at 11:25 AM
LOL! YOU WONT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!! I promise!

justanothermambafan,


"yes but even Kobe said (on Kimmel) that "Adam can play. No - like he can really go.""


Yeah, I don't feel good about Ammo not getting any minutes nor Kimmel always beating up on him. I thought Kimmel was a Lakers fan. You don't make fun of your players--at least not consistently nor visciously. Not cool.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Sign Matt Barnes

>>>Keep in mind it's hard to truly gauge much from summer league.


Exactly. Von Wafer was an absolute star in Summer League

Jon K,

I agree with your points/comments on Lin.
You're right, it's not a huge gamble, not like the Lakers would be betting the farm on him.
And the risk/reward makes it seem like a no brainer.
Hope the Lakers can pull something off here with him, could be a real dark horse.

Jon K - that's really sad. Poor Cleveland...


I think LeLoser is just that. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if, in fact, he really did just give up knowing they'd never win against us. Not one bit.


I'm gonna have a Pepsi and toast LeLoser's continued losing!


Jon K - in your strange, new, exciting and magical universe, can you grant the Lakers a 7-peat before the Miami Cheat do it? Oh wait a second... magical... yeah - never mind.

BRING BACK VON WAFERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree Lin is nice, he just hasn't played in an NBA game yet....He lacks experience, but he could split time with us and the D-Fenders for sure and log minutes in year two, Phil doesn't really play rookies anyway.

Mamba24 - are you getting royalties on that movie or something? :)

Magic Phil-Derrick Caracter a back up center... Are you kidding me, to small.

Look its real simple.

I'll condense my last 15 posts into this:

Our offseason work is not done. We are going to be facing a three headed monster out of Florida in the finals and we need to beef up our 2 main advantages over them - a big middle and a better bench.

DJ Mbenga gives us some of both. Shannon plus another tough vet (Matt Barnes?) adds to the second. If Buss lets them go and tries to fill out the roster with some rookies on the cheap we will still win the West if we're healthy. But we'll be in deep doo-doo come June, or if any of our starters or LO are at less than full strength.

Mamba24 - are you getting royalties on that movie or something? :)Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM
Nope, but it is the greatest Science Fiction of all-time. This from a man who owns a 2000 DVD Science Fiction colection. Actually it is the greatest movie of all-time!


TNTLakersFan/Art-FLLakers Fan,


"I agree Lin is nice, he just hasn't played in an NBA game yet...."


Dude, he'd be our third string point guard. He'd provide youth at the position and another body in practice. That's really about it, but maybe he could positively surprise us. And he gets a year of coaching under Phil during Phil's last year.


Quite frankly, that should be a selling point to veterans.


"Do you really want to finish your basketball career never having been coached by Phil Jackson WHO HAS WON 11 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND IS WINNING HIS TWELTH THIS YEAR? REALLY?"


Yeah!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K - I was being optimistic, of course. Lin never played a NBA game so...But the kid's vision is awesome. He was able to predict Wall's moves.

Mamba24 - if it's #1, would you mind filling out your top 5 for me please? Thanks!

I agree with you Jon K, Jeremy Lin is a gamble because we have seen much but a worthy of gamble. Sometimes when there are suggestions such as this, we don't get any kind of response from F/O. You either talking to the wall or to the wind. I should have added in the evaluation Cupcake. He is so slow and methodical like PJ before you know it, the cheap PG is taken by another team especially playing under Cuban. All he has to do is show interest in Ebanks, Caracter, Lin and invite them in preseason, lock them up without firm commitment then go to Shannon's agent and give him ultimatum or else let's move on.

Secondly, as GM investing on Kobe 24M demand a medical report on his intentions on those injured fingers and knees, similar treatment to Bynum and Odom on their injuries. Hey, these three players alone Lakers investment amounts to 46M. Well, we just won the Championship however our F/O or Coaching Staff should be proactive in dealing with prevailing these immediate problems. Championship parade took place a month ago, World Cup is over, British Open is over, Tour de France is about wind up in next few days, what are we waiting for Kobe, Bynum and Odom??? There is only one month remaining for rehab as the preseason begins. Why do you have to get the feedback of the trainer? Is the trainer an orthopedic surgeon?

TNTLakerfan - we don't have the D-fenders anymore. We're now affiliated with the Bakersfield Jam.

Interesting take by Charlie R on some things bouncing around the league. His observation that many of our guys are mentally inadequate to defend the high S/R was astute. I always thought our perimeter guards (mainly the bench) gambled an awful lot or just couldn't decide quick enough to go over or under.


Matt Barnes is going to make way more money playing somewhere else, sorry, but he ain't coming here for a piddly 1.7 mil. Nice shooter, great defender, love his hustle and moxy but I just don't see him taking so little. Ammo coming back is more likely than getting Matt Barnes.


It's gonna be some D-Leaguers, rooks or T-Mac in the back court and I'd imagine we'll gice Caracter a shot at backing up the 5 (he's pretty undersized and lacks a big base, though). Funny thing about the SPL as a measuring stick, it's like getting random guys to play D in a pick up game. It's pretty easy to score. Guards gamble on steals, bigs are easily faked into trying to block a shot, everyone is trying to 'make it' so everyone plays slightly out of character, trying to showcase rather than help the team win.


That being said, everything we've heard points to positives and up sides where both young men are concerned, so it looks like we picked another gem or two out of the end of the draft. Hopefully. I'd rather watch a couple of young fellahs try to make it in the NBA than see Kurt Thomas sitting at the end of the bench.


It's looking to me that the brass is fine with giving Sasha a sort of 'last shot' at being a player that has a bigger impact. We'll see. That's putting a lot of eggs in a basket that has a tendency to play very up and down as a season wears on.

Didn't Smush Parker score like some 40 pts in a SL game?

About Lin - I just have a feeling about the kid...

Mamba24 - if it's #1, would you mind filling out your top 5 for me please? Thanks!Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM

(1) INCEPTION
(2) BLADE RUNNER
(3) MATRIX
(4) 2001
(5) CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

LOL Fatty - maybe we can get Smush for cheap. While we're bringing back him & Von Wafer, maybe we can get Slava Medvedenko too...!

Fatty,


Yeah, and he drove the "Smushcalade."


If the Smushcalade wasn't a giant fire alarm going off, I don't know what else could be.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Hey Mamba24, I saw trailer of Inception. Will rent it when it reaches Albertson's DVD rentals. lol!

By the way, are we having collective blog-think-sync-delusion about Jeremy Lin or is there really any hard evidence that Mitch's office have their eyes affixed on the kid?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

WHEN WE FINALLY SIGN SHANNON BROWN I THINK WITH OUR TWO DRAFT CHOICES CARRACTER AND EBANKS AND WITH THE SIGNING OF STEVE BLAKE WE SHOULD MATCH UP WELL WITH ANYONE INCLUDING MIA MI. WE JUST HAVE TO STAY HEALTHY. WITH A PLAYER LIKE KOBE AS A LEADER. YOU ALMOST ALWAYS EXPECT TO WIN. SHAQ WOULD BE A GOOD ADDITION, BUT I WONDER ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES AND REPERCUSSIONS.PSALMS 5:12

Hey Mamba24, I saw trailer of Inception. Will rent it when it reaches Albertson's DVD rentals. lol!Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM
You can go on-line & get a bootleg copy now! Lol! I'll find you a link

@Edwin: www.filestube.com/i/inception+dvd+xvid - Cached

Of course there may be virus & ISH attached. I buy my bootlegs on the street never trust the internet for NOTHING!

is there really any hard evidence that Mitch's office have their eyes affixed on the kid? - Jon K

Nada, we've been blogging for years, have you ever heard Mitch address the concerns of fans or even to intermediaries. At least, we heard from the player they called crazy RonRon or to authors Roland Lazenby and Hoopsworld reporter, Eric Pincus. During the time of Chick or the John Wooden, if you ask them a question, they would answer it? But to these honchos NEVER. Truly, we don't get any respect from Lakers honcho, we talked about the players, coach, team, front office etc. As the best blog in town, we have promoted the Lakers in ten thousand posts, heard throughout the world yet no reply, zilch from an ungrateful management. They were trained how to protect their egos. If the team made Championship back2back or whizzed in a parade, they think it is already enough!

Rick,


L.A. loves a good redemption story.


Last year's redemption story was Thriller's.


This year's could be Shaq and Tmac's.


Anyhow I like the ring of "Shaq and TMac--Back to Back to Back!"


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K-

Dallas, Lakers, and Knicks are rumored to be interested in Lin. But before we name him the heir apparent to Steve Nash, I'd like to see how he does in a real training camp. Playing against legit NBA Ballers rather than summer league hopefuls playing zero defense will be a much more telling barometer.

One area of blog-sync-think is definitely summer league is just that you can't draw too many conclusions based on it.

I just want to know: why doesn't Kobe get finger surgery now?

They were trained how to protect their egos. If the team made Championship back2back or whizzed in a parade, they think it is already enough!Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM

PREACH EDWIN, PREACH!!!!

Mamba

>>>INCEPTION TRAILER:

Saw it (the movie, not the trailer). Very fun. A lot of little details were kinda hokey, but the overall premise and the execution was very fun. I love about 3/4 of the way through the movie when they keep hopping between different levels of dreams... veerrrrry nice.

Don't know how reliable this is, but Bleacher Report posted four hours ago that the Lakers and Celtics are interest in Tracy McGrady....

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/422083-tracy-mcgrady-lakers-celtics-battle-again-but-this-time-for-free-agent

I like Jeremy Lin's body. No seriously... let me explain.

The dude has what is called an "NBA body" for the point. Considering how many screens point guards go through in the league today, I think modern point guards need a little bulk and need to be built robustly. Slight guys like Darren Collison (and yes, Jordan Farmar) are just not good defensive players in the NBA. Jeremy looks like he can bull through screens. He also looks like he's got good lateral quickness to stay with smaller point guards. The fact he could pass, penetrate (at least Summer League defenses) and rebound is gravy. His main drawback is shooting. Jeremy doesn't have a consistent jump short past the college 3 point line. His NBA three pointer is virtually non-existent. However, his jump shot does look better than Derek Fisher's coming out of college. If Jeremey had a better jump shot, he would have been a first rounder.

And for those of you who liked Inception, I'd also recommend a 1999 David Cronenberg film called eXistenZ.

Instead of dreaming, it's about immersive virtual realitgy gaming, where you jack in (like in the matrix). But the issues of multiple levels of reality and how to know when you're out of the game and in reality are addressed.

It's on netflix if you're interested.

Saw Mamba24's recommendation for Inception last night.

I go to maybe 3 movies in a year, but because Mamba said to, I went and saw it!!!

Very well done movie. My favorite part is when the writers of the movie actually perform an inception on the AUDIENCE.... just flat sick.

What's sicker is that I bet almost all of them didn't realize it (and hence a successful inception)...

Come on Mamba24, you know what I'm talking about (can't discuss here or else it sort of starts giving stuff away)

LongTimeLakerFan, Yeah that's what I was trying to thnk of Existence. That wss a wild novie. All that body hopping & ISH. I love it to death. There's a couple more along the same vein but I can't remember the titles off hand. Next someone like WesJoeNixon is going to ask why didn't I put Solaris on my top 5 Science Fiction. Everybody else liked it but I freakin hated that movie. But 3/4 of Inception. 3/4! Come on man! No, No, No! This is impossible. LOL!

Isn't it nice that KB has:

5 championships
1 MVP
2 Finals MVP
2 scoring titles
& a gazillion all-star nods ...

I don't think he'll get any more scoring titles, but
getting 2 more championships & 2 more Finals MVP's would
be very nice.

If Mitch calls the Acquisition of Blake the only FA signing this summer a rap, I'm disappointed and were in trouble. Banking on Sasha to back-up Kobe, not smart. Believing a rookie undersize power forward to be the 3 center, not smart. Thinking we can stand pat and 3 peat, not going to happen.

Sign T-Mac and Brown, maybe Barns, bring back DJ and bring Lin to camp.

regarding Fred's link...
"Karl Malone and Gary Payton didn't work out so well in Los Angeles."

Disagree. GP didn't work out so well, but Malone worked awesomely (he just got hurt at the end there)

The Lakers were battling quite a bit, such as the Kobe drama.... and interesting thing about that came up this weekend. I have a DA friend that ALWAYS thought Kobe was guilty (which in my book, means he's probably prosecuting a lot of innocent people, but not to digress) - has since changed his tune because one of his bosses leafed through the file and told him flat out "consensual, until he made her mad at the end" - can't really describe other than that.

Anyway, hopefully the Lakers are at least LOOKING to see if Tmac could fit. If he's physically able to, then he's a no brainer. NO BRAINER. Otherwise, it's a no brainer the other way. Looks like Shannon Brown might fall victim here and Mbenga becomes Caracter's first victim.

Come on Mamba24, you know what I'm talking about (can't discuss here or else it sort of starts giving stuff away)
Posted by: Tim-4-Show | July 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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Stop this, Tim-4-Show Stop this right now you're scaring me!LMAO! Don't dig too deep bro. That's all I want to say, but I got a package I got to find with some articles in it that I think you will find interesting. I hope to have them for you tomorrow.

Favorite Sci Fi films?


1. Solaris, the russian version. The planet is everywhere, even in the viewer's mind. Don't believe what you see.
2. The Crawling Eye. Is it horror or Sci Fi? Don't know, but the giant eyes come from outerspace and rip heads off.
3. Alien. This film is so good, the special features alone is better than 90% of Hollywood fims.
4. War of the Worlds. Great film, even after all these years.
5. Blade Runner. I liked the book more.
6. Close Encounters. A great film that stands the teat of time.
7. Contact. The best, most sober look at what happens when we get a message from space.
8. Re-animator/From Beyond. Two different films, both written by H.P. Lovecraft. Part horror, part sci fi, they go together in my mind.
9. Silent Runnig. So sad, so beautiful.
10. Zardoz, starring Sean Connery. It begins with a giant floating head that spewes high-powered rifles from it's mouth and prounces that "Guns are good! Sex is bad!"


Wes

I actually tried to make a Cronnenberg collection for the GF's birthday, but his films drove me crazy. They;re all little morality plays on the cellular level. His early films are about the host (me, you, everyone) being invaded by something, and what that does to the person and the community as a whole. In his latter films, the invasion/infection seems to have taken root, and in films like History of Violence and Eastern Promises Cronnenberg shows us what it's like for a person to be an invaded host and still be alive. To be a creature sort of born anew after the stiches have healed, but not the infection.


Wes

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Mamba24... inception was successful on almost the whole audience because when the credits start rolling, there's a moment there where everyone has the same reaction. That reaction would not be possible if not for inception that occurs a few minutes earlier, but most did not catch it.

MAMBA24... One of my favorite recent sci-fi flicks was Serenity. I also saw Existence but thought it got a little hokey. I am looking forward to seeing Inception, the trailers are cool. Hard to beat Blade Runner, Alien, and Matrix as my big three. I thought Solaris was a little boring. The new Star Trek is right up there as was the Minority Report and 12 Monkeys. I also loved Total Recall and the Fifth Element. For oldies, the Day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Forbidden Planet, and This Island Earth also rock.
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TOM

Is this the beginning of the end for Shannon Brown?

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5392883

snippet:
"I think the end game is imminent," Montgomery said. "We're having some internal discussions [with the Lakers] that look positive. There's mutual interest and end game is certainly imminent. The Lakers are definitely in the mix."

How tragic it would be if Shannon pulled an "Ariza"!

Harvard guard Lin piques L.A.'s interest

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5392883

Def in favor of Jeremy Lyn at this point. We need a PG with upside

Anyhow I like the ring of "Shaq and TMac--Back to Back to Back!"


What do we play for? RINGS!!!
Posted by: Jon K. | July 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I can't abide the thought of the Big Weigh In getting another ring with the PnG. The idea of him in a Laker uni infuriates me. He's old, he's got no lift, and can barely run the floor.

I must strongly but respectfully disagree with you.

I also loved Westworld, Logan's run, Outland, a lot of the old Ray Harryhausen films like Earth vs Flying Saucers and 20,000,000 miles to Earth, Dark City, all the Dunes, Total Recal, Mad Max and the Road Warrior, Time Machine (original), all the Body Snatcher films, THX, the Thing, and Children of Men.


Wes

Careful with the Inception spoilers, for god's sake!


Wes

If I were talking about Shaq solely as a basketball player or athlete and what he could bring to the team, then YES. I'd be onboard 100% at vet minimum.

But we're not talking about him solely as a player on the court.

Shaq's trouble comes off the court. I would not want this guy as close as the Clippers locker room. I would not want him if he was paying the Lakers to play (which he actually should pay the Lakers for failing to live up to his contract)

No. I wish I could say yes, but cannot do it.

Wes, I was careful not to spoil anything. Trust me, there's nothing there that will spoil anything for you... might give you something to think about afterwards, but nothing while watching.

:-)

Top 5 Sci-Fiction Movies of all time according to Cap's Goggles

1.Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The first time in my life I actually saw the good guys take a huge beating and the bad guys look so Bad!!! Just awesome

2.Aliens - Alien may have the best scene in sci-fi history, but this one has an inter-species cat fight AND Bill Paxton screaming "Game Over Man, Game Over"

3. The Matrix - Philosophy, Alice in wonderland, Hackers, Bullet time...to the mind of a Teenager on information overload, this was a revelation

4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Ricardo Montalban stole the show as Khan Noonien Singh in quite possibly the greatest Star Trek Movie ever made. Not to mention Shatner at his best with his best line: "KHAAAAAAN!!!"

5. 2001: A Space Odessey - HAL, Stanley Kubrick, The Monolith, The freaken Colors and the space baby! For someone with a penchant for the occasional Edible, there is nothing greater....

And there you have it, plus, any of those movies is instantly quotable. I dare you to deny it!

POMPOUS DRAMA QUEEN... Thanks for the link to ESPN Los Angeles story about Jeremy Lin...
Here is a reprint of the article:
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“A new name has emerged as a candidate to fill a spot on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench as a backup to starting guards Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant.
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Jeremy Lin, an undrafted 6-3, 200-pound combo guard from Harvard, is being considered by the Lakers after the team opened contract discussions with Roger Montgomery, Lin's agent, over the weekend.
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"We're just trying to sort out the best roster fit, the best situation for Jeremy, but we're highly considering the Lakers," Montgomery said in a phone interview Monday.
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Montgomery said the Lakers aren't the only team vying for Lin, with the Mavericks and an unnamed Eastern Conference team also in the mix. Added Montgomery: "As of late there are a few more players involved as well."
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Lin averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent on three-pointers in five games while playing for the Dallas Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas.
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The 21-year-old guard should be landing on an NBA roster -- the Lakers' or another team's -- sooner than later.
"I think the end game is imminent," Montgomery said. "We're having some internal discussions [with the Lakers] that look positive. There's mutual interest and end game is certainly imminent. The Lakers are definitely in the mix."
~
The California native (Lin won a state championship at Palo Alto High School) turned heads last week in a summer league matchup against the Washington Wizards and No. 1 pick John Wall. Lin scored 13 points to Wall's 21, but did so on 6-for-12 shooting in just 28 minutes. Wall was 4-for-19 in 33 minutes. Lin averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in his senior year at Harvard, earning a unanimous spot on the All-Ivy League first team.
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Lin would become the first American-born player of Asian descent (Lin's family is Taiwanese) to play in the NBA since Watura "Wat" Misaka in 1947.”
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TOM

Well add Michael Jordan to the list...

"I wouldn't have called Bird, or Magic to play...I wanted to beat those guys"

This was MJ's response when asked about James going to the Heat...

What do you think of the Kings's brand now...

2.Aliens - Alien may have the best scene in sci-fi history, but this one has an inter-species cat fight AND Bill Paxton screaming "Game Over Man, Game Over"

That TOTALLY rocked!

Hey Mamba;

If you read, try The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol One" in paperback. Twenty six short stories voted the best by Sci Fi writers. Covers 1929 - 1964. Each one better than any movie. My word on this - and I'm not drunk.

Hey guys we got a new post up on the Laker girls!!!!

MM

My wife had 'polish the silver', on my "Honey do list," and I came across this info...I quickly thought of Lebron James and his 'brand' (silver).

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The luster and beauty of well-kept 'brand' is unmistakable. Properly cared for, 'brands' will last for many generations. With a little maintenance and a few preventative measures, you can even cut down on the amount of time you spend polishing 'brands', as well.

THE ENEMY

Tarnish is 'brand's enemy. 'Brands' tarnishes when it's exposed to ego and certain teams. Outside of regular cleaning, you can keep 'brands' tarnish free by following these general rules of thumb:


NEVER let 'brands' come in contact with Dwane Wade. This includes Chris Bosh, Pat Riley, Udonis Haslem, and Mario Chalmers. Dwane Wade contains one ring, which will cause your 'brand' to corrode.

NEVER allow ESPN and Jim Gray to come in contact with your 'brand.' When these two touch, 'brands' becomes damaged and stained.

DON'T expose fine 'brands' to certain players for long periods of time. Never leave team mates hanging leaving them with feelings containing betrayal, dishonesty, or anger. The anomosities in these players will corrode 'brands'.

USING 'brands' prevents tarnish. The more you use and handle your 'brand', the less chance there'll be for tarnish to buildup. Tarnished 'brands' needs to be used to keep it shiny.

Wes;

Nice oldtimer's list. A few to ad:

Them
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Target Earth
The Day of the Triffids
The Blob - did I actually suggest this? Steve McQueen, music Burt Bacharach
Forbidden Planet
Outlander - Sean Connery
The Thing - both original and remake
The Day the Earth Stood Still - both versions
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Time Machine
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

That should keep all of us from doing our work for awhile.

Shaq, LIN, TMAC = recipe for AT LEAST two more rings

While it is true that it is only summer league, Caracter, Ebanks and Lin showed skills and intelligence that belie their youth and where they were and weren't selected in the draft(Lin went undrafted). Unlike gunners in Von Wafer, Morrison and many others who lit up the summer league with their propensity for only shooting, Caracter, Ebanks and Lin showed a multi-skill set and team first approach.

Derrick Caracter finished as the third best player overall in VSL behind Cousins and Wall. It's not a stretch at all to say that he could've been the best player overall if he weren't such a willing passer and if he weren't playing with the worst guards in the entire SL! Caracter's offensive repetoire were on full display in the post and he consistently hit the mid range jumper from the high post(something LO can't do consistently, even when left open. He ended up having better stats and FG percentage than DeMarcus Cousins, despite having fewer FGAs. In the final two games, Caracter was 6/9 and 3/6 from the field with the guards taking shots in both those games. In Cousins final game, he was 1/12 from the field, 1 of 12! Caracter was 60% from the field over 5 games. Where Caracter needs to dramatically improve at is defense, fouls and turnovers. With more conditioning and familiarity with the Triangle, he should vastly improve and be a force for us down in the blocks. While he may be undersized, we must remember that he'll still be going up against the backup 5 of opposing teams, which I believe he can handle. I've been pining for a burly, physical, glass eating PF who can come in and give us a change of pace player and bang around in the post(still disappointed in us passing on DeJuan Blair last year). We may have found him.

It has been overstated, but Ebanks is Ariza all over again, but may potentially be so much better. He has shown that he's a team player by doing just about everything asked of him. Defending, scoring, rebounding, passing and just plain getting after it. His offense is a lot better than he showed in college, including his three point shooting. At 6'9, he's a Teradactyl defensively out on the wing and like Ariza plays the passing lanes well. He needs to get stronger, continue to work on his shooting and play stickier on the ball defense(tends to gamble or reach and roams on defense a little too much). This kid has a great attitude and appeared to listen to the coaches very well. He also seemed to know how to find his spots in the offense. We may have found more than a replacement for Ariza. This is for those who were wishing to see what it would've been like to have both Artest/Ariza playing defense on the floor together for the same team. Wish granted.

Last but not least, Jeremy Lin. Another team oriented player with a fearless streak to boot. He's shown a knack for attacking the rim, hit the mid range jumper and making smart passes. He's also a pretty good rebounder and feisty defender. He also seems to relish challenges which is good. A very intelligent player, who moves well with or without the ball in his hands, which makes him another good fit in our offense. He can't be compared to Sun Yue, because Sun didn't produce in D-League or SL the way Lin has. With Fish nearing the end of his career and Blake not too far behind, having someone like Lin could be heaven sent. Shooting from distance seems to be an area of weakness, but I'm sure he can improve on it. I used to shake my head at the fact that Jordan Farmar/Shannon Brown wanted to shoot three pointers and jumpers more than attack the hoop, which was their true strength. Lin may give us that guard who is willing to penetrate no matter the harm it may cause him. That's why he's intriguing, that's why we want him in a Laker uniform.

I agree with MM, that it's hard to truly gauge anything from SL, but it's still important for players who are multi-skilled. If it weren't so important, then why would #1 pick, John Wall play and put himself at risk? Do his numbers reflect that he's not as dominant as some think because this is SL? Or is it a precursor of greater things to come from Wall? Did Cousins have to prove anything during SL? So if so called experts and analysts were all heaping praise on Wall and Cousins during SL play, why should we be cautiously optimistic and guarded about our enthusiasm about Caracter, Ebanks and Lin?

Mamba24 - One of my all time favorites...

Dune

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear's path, and only I will remain. "

"And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach! "

(These lines from the movie reminds me of Kobe Bean Bryant...)

I'm officially on the "JEREMY LIN! GET THEE TO TRAINING CAMP!" Bandwagon.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

enjoy the game,


"Shaq, LIN, TMAC = recipe for AT LEAST two more rings"


I like the way you think.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach! " (These lines from the movie reminds me of Kobe Bean Bryant...) Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 19, 2010 at 01:50 PM
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Hey, hey what about FATHER THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKEN! lol! Those are for Lamar! LMAO! Yeah Dune is definitely a classic. I hope you're talking about the one with Kyle McLachlan and not that made for Sci Fi movie. Of course I have them both. LOL! Good stuff LEWSTRS!

OTIS!! Yeah now we talking The Day the Earth stood still & the Time Machine! Classics my brother. OTis you won't believe this but my science Fiction Book collection is even bigger than my DVD collection. I got to get some lists together. But I don't care what anybody says PHillip K Dick is the greatest ScienceFiction writter of all time. Of Course Neuromancer series and W.T.Quick's Dreams of Flesh and Sand may well be contenders. Man don't get me started I could talk Science Fiction for ever. I got a whole room just for Science Fiction Books & DVD's.

What else does Jeremy Lin have to do to prove he belongs in the NBA? He outplayed John Wall in the summer league, and was one of 20 college finalists for the John Wooden (best DI player) and Bob Cousy (best DI point guard) awards. He torched UConn, BC, and Georgetown every time he played them. Simply due to race, he was California's only HS State Player of the Year in history who wasn't offered any college DI basketball scholarships. He keeps getting no respect his entire career, and is the biggest sleeper in this year's crop of rookies.

Internet comments about Jeremy being less athletic are completely bogus, lazily made simply because he's Asian American. Lin has been the most athletic player on the Mavericks summer team, with eye popping spin moves, out-rebounding other guards, and getting steals and blocks no other guard is able to do. The disparaging comments about Jeremy Lin are ignorant fans who have never actually seen the kid play. Anyone who sees him play becomes a fan and knows he can play at the NBA level. I've watched Jeremy Lin since his college career against players drafted in the 1st round, and he is NBA legit. His game is already good enough to play 15 minutes off the bench and give a team positive +/- differentials.

Jeremy Lin is the most productive and efficient per-minute player on the Mavericks summer team for scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He's shooting 55% from the field, and 66% from 3-point land. His last game he took only 6 shots and scored 12 points. His game is legit, he can play with the best.

Even though he showed he can hold his own (if not dominate) against the #1 overall draft pick John Wall, he still has a TON of potential to grow, and the sky's the limit for him. He is learning more every single game. He is clearly a more natural backup point guard than Roddy or Barrea.

For those naysayers pointing out the turnovers, those will cut down the more experience he gets. Also, John Wall had 8 turnovers for 2 straight games leading up to the Mavericks matchup, for some perspective. Lin also has less total and less per-minute turnovers than Roddy does.

The Lakers appear to be making a move for TMAC

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/422083-tracy-mcgrady-lakers-celtics-battle-again-but-this-time-for-free-agent#page/1

NOW KOBE AND SHAQ need to makeup over a dinner paid for by Phil


WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR .................RINGS!!!!!

So, I wanted to find out more about our prospective signee, Justin Lin, and found that Time Magazine did an article on him: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1951044,00.html.

If we sign him, does he take on the mantle of A. C. Green? (also a very devout Christian) :-)

@Caps Googles Star Wars? Star Wars, Oh Sweet Jesus. No, No, Hell No! Lol!
Just playing with you cap I know many critics have that on the list, but I got to have movies with new concepts that make you think not Space Opera's. Alien is a classic but more horror genre than Science Fiction. Nobody mentioned Total Recall, just because Arnold Swartzenegger was in it, it was a hell of a movie still. GODDDDDD! I love this, I hate to say it but I love Science Fiction More than basketball or anything else. OK BLOG don't say all at once"YES MAMBA FROM THE LIL STUNT YOU PULLED WE KNOW" LOL! Well now you know the ...REAL STORY on why Mamba24 is so Flaky! Lol!

Hello Guys!

I know it's off-topic but I have one quick question....

Does anybody know when the 2010 Lakers Championship DVD is coming out?

Tried seaching online and it seems like its already available - and I think for online orders only. Please let me know.

Thanks and GO LAKERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS!

Tabie

"Shaq, LIN, TMAC = recipe for AT LEAST two more rings"

agree

After counting up the cost on Shannon Brown .... it appears to be more advantageous for the Lakers to let him walk and get his 3.5 mil/per somewhere else. Lin would be an absolute steal at 500 k and w/ an Ivy League background could probably pick up the triangle in no time. The 1.7 left from the MLE should go towards a 1 yr trial deal for TMAC. Once TMac becomes the sixth man of the year, he can assume the 5 mill per Sasha has grossly overpaid the last 3 seasons. Shaq can either get a two yr 8 mill deal from a bottom feeder trying to sell tickets or he can take the vet min from the Lakers and end up in the conversation w/ Kareem. Shannon and Trevor will regret listing to their agents trying to play hardball with Buss. The Lakers will save 3 mill per on LIN vs Shannon for a player who is younger and probably more skilled than Shannon. Boston is also making a run for the MAC......TMAC has made 50mill the last two years .... He has the potential to be the 2010 Bob' McAdoo

Mamba24 -

The original Dune or course, the remake was just OK...

More movie lines as it pertains to NBA...

1. He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!
(Darth Stern on Lebron)

2. Why are you going to prolong the inevitable? I will kill you!
(Artest to Paula Pierce)

3. Do you need my life, Thufir? If so, my life is yours. Take it!
(Fish to Kobe before resigning)

4. Did you actually believe, even for a moment, that I would fail my Duke TWICE?
(Shaq to Dr. Buss, begging to come back)

5. Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.
(all the people in here, scared of the Heat)

6. we had practice this morning. I'm not in the mood.
(famous Iverson line)

7. Who is the little one, a pet perhaps? Will she deserve my special attentions?
(what Delonte West said when first meeting Lebron's mother)

8. He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!
(Stern on his reply about the refs blown calls)

9. I'm dead to everyone unless I become what I may be.
(Lamar speaking to himself)

10. I will tell you how it will be. I will marry your daughter, the Princess Irulan. I will become the new Emperor of the Known Universe.
(PJ talking to Dr. Buss)

11. Don't try your powers on me, witch! Try looking into that place where you dare not look. You'll find me there, staring back at you!
(Vanessa Bryant to Khloe Kardashian)

12. Silence him yourself, if you can.
(Alvin Gentry to Steve Nash about Kobe Game 6)

13. For ninety generations, you and your Bene Gesserit have labored in secret to produce a living, breathing weapon... a weapon that would enable you to overthrow both the Guild and the Emperor. Indeed. This weapon, I am; and these goals, I have achieved. But I'll *never* be *yours*.
(Lebron to Dan Gilbert)

14. Bring in that floating fat man, the Baron!
(AB on Glen 'Big Baby' Davis)

15. I am a messenger from Muad'Dib. Poor Emperor. I'm afraid my brother won't be very pleased with you.
(Fish talking to Pat Riley about Kobe, during his Heat interview)

16. If we walk without rhythm, we won't attract the worm.
(Donnie Walsh on bring Lebron to the Knicks)

17. Bless the maker and his water, bless the coming and going of him, may his passing cleanse the world.
(LAT Blog after PJ came back for 1 more year)

My top 10 sci fi films (not in any particular order)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
The Terminator
Back to the Future
Blade Runner
District 9
Minority Report
The Fifth Element
Logan's Run
Independence Day
Stargate


Honorable Mention: Wall-E, E.T. , Gattaca, 12 Monkeys, Star Trek (2009), Brazil, Total Recall, The Matrix, RoboCop, Mars Attacks, Men in Black, eXistenZ, Inception, V for Vendetta, Children of Men.

Best Sci-Fi movie you've probably never heard of: Sleep Dealer (it's on netflix. rent it. you'll thank me)

LTLF -

V for Vendetta one of my top 3...

Remember, remember the 5th of November, the gun powder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.

>>>Shaq, LIN, TMAC = recipe for AT LEAST two more rings

While I like the players in question, and feel that they would fill out the Lakers roster nicely, I have two comments...

1. I doubt either Shaq or McGrady will be willing to take 1.77 million, which is the max the Lakers could offer them. I'm sure they'll both get offers that are more like MLE.

2. Lin - Shaq - T-Mac has more of a "ring" to it.

Shaq was a great a Laker, he should retire a great Laker, he had a chance to retire a Laker and he blew it (insert Robert DeNiro in Copland here). I hope Shaq's jersey hangs from the rafters next to Kobe's (maybe hanging just a titch lower), but he has no place on this current team.

We're not looking for that savy vet to put us over the top, we're looking for instant energy, impact, rebounding and defense. For, like, 7 minutes a game. Shaq won't come back to LA for that, he's too proud. Plus, only 1.7 is a pretty low figure for Shaq to allow himself to be valued at. I feel the same about McGrady. It's all well and good to say you'll play for whatever, but when "whatever" in your mind is 5 million/season and "whatever" in Mitch's mind is 1.7 mil, that's a substantial blow to an ego used to seeing quite a few more zeroes on the old pay check, dig?

ONE WORD: INCEPTION!! GREAT, GREAT MOVIE!!!! MUST SEE!
Posted by: Mamba24 | July 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I here LeBron James is coming out with a new move called DECEPTION, where he breaks into Cleveland Cavalier fans minds and steals their dreams.

Regarding bleacher report......they're about as reliable as Luke Walton's back

ONE WORD: INCEPTION!! GREAT, GREAT MOVIE!!!! MUST SEE!
Posted by: Mamba24 | July 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I here LeBron James is coming out with a new move called DECEPTION, where he breaks into Cleveland Cavalier fans minds and steals their dreams.

Aliens should be in everyone's top 10. Also AI is a very underrated film.

 
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