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Lakers Roundtable: Discussing Matt Barnes with Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz

Among the highlights from my conversation with the Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz about Matt Barnes

--- What Barnes will bring to the Lakers after agreeing to a two-year deal.

-- The relationship between Barnes and Kobe Bryant, which has ranged from contentious matchups to constant text messaging.

-- Why the Magic didn't offer Barnes a contract.

-- How much it means for Barnes to return to L.A. after playing for UCLA.

-- You can follow more of Schmitz's work here and you can follow the rest of the Orlando Sentinel's coverage on Twitter.

-- Mark Medina

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

 
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puddle's thought for the day:

The biggest difference between LeBron and Kobe: LeBron joins teams with his friends; Kobe’s enemies join teams with him.

Matt Barnes: welcome!

I noticed that when Lakers have chosen or anointed a player, suddenly there is a change of personality. When Blake was traded to the Clippers from Blazers, nobody really noticed the change. Today, he is regarded as one of the best PG's in the West. His value as a replacement to an old guard is just what the lakers need. The same situation occurred with Matt Barnes or Shannon Brown or Raja Bell, they became blue chips when Lakers got them or were trying to woo Raja. It must have been the Lakers Midas touch or O'Brien syndrome. Will Raitliff be better than Mbenga? he was 10 years ago at the height of his fame and active testosterone? Today, it is just a matter of activating them again in front of the Hollywood stars. Look at Artest, the celebrations is ongoing and relished every moment of it until he gets his ring at the opening day. He might hire crew to put up a fireworks show around Staples as soon as they call the name of RonRon. lol!

Interesting news...I have written a post about the Lakers offseason on my blog (pardonmybias.com.) Here is a direct link to my post: http://pardonmybias.com/the-rich-get-richer/
Feel free to comment.

My 'free' advice to Matt Barnes......

Don't read this blog.

You have neither the thickness of skin, nor an ego large enough to handle the abuse you would receive.

You will be destroyed emotionally, mentally, and spritially. Your game on the floor will fall apart.

Stay away Matt Barnes, if you know what is good for you!

Fatty - Who feels that even the most obnoxious Phillies fans couldn't handle the LA Times Lakers Blog.

My 'free' advice to Matt Barnes......Don't read this blog.
You have neither the thickness of skin, nor an ego large enough to handle the abuse you would receive. You will be destroyed emotionally, mentally, and spritially. Your game on the floor will fall apart. Stay away Matt Barnes, if you know what is good for you! Fatty - Who feels that even the most obnoxious Phillies fans couldn't handle the LA Times Lakers Blog. Posted by: Fatty | July 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM

LMAO! Stop that Fatty! you're going to frighten him away! hahah!

Fatty - Who feels that even the most obnoxious Phillies fans couldn't handle the LA Times Lakers Blog.

Posted by: Fatty | July 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM

No offense, but I think we're a lot smarter than the Philly fans. :-)

PJ, The Character Therapist.

As far as Head Cases Go, Artest + Barnes is Less Than (or At Most Equal Too) Dennis Rodman. Won't Be A Problem.

Mitch. We Now Have 2 Characters, How About Signing the Third Already? Caracter, that is...
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@ longtimelakerlover "No offense, but I think we're a lot smarter than the Philly fans. :-)"

LongTime, I second your analysis. Just looking at our mascot versus the Phillies mascot says it all...

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3631716352/nm0000197

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Phillies_Phanatic.jpg

Phillies Phanatic Looks More Like "Phillies Dork-A-Saurus"...

Philly Fans "Don't Know Jack"!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!


Posted by: The Triangulator (formerly known as "Marc B (With a 'C')") | July 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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Normally I'm not so anal about things but wouldnt a 3-peat squared be 9 Larry O's in a row?? Don't get me wrong that would be effin sweet. But I'm just sayin.

El Guapo,

No, it would be 3-Peat X 3-Peat! But if you want the result to be 9, then that's OK by me too.
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PS--ANAL RETENTION IS A GOOD THING. ESPECIALLY AS YOU GET OLDER...

I miss Antonio Harvey sometimes. This is not one of those times.

DBDH!

OK, El Guapo. Just to Satisfy You, I've Changed it to

GO LAKERS!!!!!! 3-PEAT TO THE POWER OF TWO!!!!!!

puddle - EXCELLENT thought. See??? That's why you need to come on here more often.

Here's from John Hollinger, the same guy who had the Lakers ranked #10 in his ridiculous computer rankings. Consistent with the hatred he has toward our two time defending champs (which has nothing to do with his stupid statistic based system) he feels we "lost ground" this summer and had to find a way to justify it. Enjoy!
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In the NBA off season, for every winner there must also be a loser.

I wrote Monday about the six teams that improved themselves the most so far this summer, but now it's time to look at the seamy underside: the teams that find themselves in a tougher position. In several cases, this isn't necessarily of their own doing, but rather from circumstances that were either somewhat or entirely out of their control.

Nonetheless, they're worse off for it...............

Los Angeles Lakers

What, you ask, did the Lakers do wrong? Nothing -- in fact, they shored up the point guard spot with Steve Blake and got a tough gamer for peanuts in Matt Barnes. And, of course, they coaxed Phil Jackson to stay on the bench for one more season.

All that would have made the Lakers overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions next season, except for a little thing that went down in Miami. With the Heat looking like a super team, the Lakers find themselves downgraded to co-favorites at best, through no fault of their own.

Had James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh aligned themselves in any other combination with any other team, that wouldn't be the case. Thus, L.A. lost ground this summer, even though, in narrower terms, it won with the additions of Barnes and Blake.

--John Hollinger

RIP Jack Tatum

Puddle -
Think about it: Barnes watched the playoffs and saw what "The Face" could do to an opponent. Ron Ron couldn't stand the thought of doing it again in 2010. Who in their right mind would want to be on the receiving side of "The Face" in a threepeat year? If we could package "The Face" and ship it to our troops, the Taliban would become baptists.

JR

Is "The Face" you're referring to the one where Kobe looks like the Predator after a patented impossible score from 35 feet or at the cup? If so, that face makes me laugh. I love Kobe, but what is that? Oh well, it works.

DBDH!

Kobe doing "The Face" video:

http://tinyurl.com/33d6cv8

DBDH!

Thinking about the Barnes acquisition, I couldn't help but reflect a bit on Luke Walton and the apparent likelihood that he will miss next season or that his career is possibly over. Not many players reach the NBA Finals 4 times in 7 years and make contributions along the way. While he does absorb a lot of criticism from Lakers fans ... a lot of that directed at his overblown contract ... I truly believe that even his most ardent critics appreciate his contributions over the years. At least I hope so.

Where Luke can be of the greatest help is to spend his time tutoring Artest, Barnes and Ebanks in the finer points of the triangle offense from the small forward position. Granted, Luke is a different type of player, is a far superior passer and has a higher basketball IQ than any of those guys, but his help as an assistant "wing" coach could prove to be invaluable to the Lakers' success this upcoming season.

Brian sure didn't give us much inside info. One troubling thing I heard was that Orlando didn't even offer him a contract. What's up with that? Is he that bad of a locker room presence? I hope not!

WHO NEEDS TROLLS !!!
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Mrs. LakerTom once told me that LA Times Lakers bloggers would undoubtedly eat their own if not for trolls. Considering the last few days, I think she hit the proverbial nail right on the head. It’s almost like we do need a few Heat and Celtic trolls around to attack so that we don’t end up devouring each other the next 2 months. Maybe, MM needs to loosen his grip on banning trolls to give us predators some easy prey with which to play.
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Between poor Edwin being transformed into a lightning rod and the Lakers ladies going on the warpath to protect the honor of their gender, the blog is racking up hits and victims like an out-of-control Toyota Prius. By the time preseason actually begins, the injury list resemble last season’s Lakers playoff roster with every blogger suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome from having to scroll through Hobbitmage’s and Blitz’s posts.
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As for being old, the one big advantage is having a greater breadth of experience in Life AND as a Lakers fan, especially when talking about previous Lakers championship teams and players. As for being a longtime LA Times Lakers Blogger, that’s like having earned an advanced degree in championship basketball strategies and philosophies from having been exposed to the smartest, most perceptive Lakers community in the world.
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LakerTom -

This is sort of a random thought, but I just have to say that I enjoy the way you format your posts. No matter the length of your posts, I find them easy to read (even when I don't agree).

That is all. As you were...

Read through some of the comments on the Orlando blog about Barnes.and you'd swear them and Cleveland (and probably every other small NBA market out there) are exactly alike.

They're all convinced Dwight Howard is leaving. They even say and I quote "not if, but when Dwight leaves."

They're also mad at Matt Barnes for leaving them for their arch rival. Hear that Lakers, apparently Orlando is our arch rival! I guess the kelts should move over.

Too funny. All these wanna-be teams out there think we're even thinking about them this time of year, meanwhile they're all just trying to keep pace with the Lakers.

Hi All...

Matt Barnes made a great leap, as far as gaining my fanhood, by picking the Lakers and turning down more money in Cleveland...If Kobe accepts him, then so do I...

Mamba24 - Always the great ambassador...you are the blood that runs this body known as The Lakers Blog...

Jolly Rancher - forgive me for omitting you in my essasy "I'm catching on..."
I went back in the archives apparently when you were gone...But I remember you now from periodically reading the page...So this is your line in the essay...

We have an in house candy man...'Jolly Rancher'...Still trying to figure out if he is a Lamar fan...or if Lamar is a fan of him...

We got some sprinkles here in Vegas early this morning...Hope all is well with Faith, for weather here usually goes towards PHX, or vice versa...

typo - Faith = Fatty (I always do that, dammit)

As usual LakerTom, your flair as an essayist remains unblemished as years go by. If you were around during Middle Ages, you would be compared with Sir Francis Bacon with your flawless style and quality.

Too bad, Jack Tatum passed away.

A couple of years ago, something happened to me in a golf game. I was paired in a city course golf game against a Ram superstar without being aware of it. He's Deacon Jones, one of the fearsome foursome. I was wondering why other golfers in the fairway stopped by for his signature. I just mind my own business of improving my unheralded score and trying to be competitive. Perhaps, Mr Jones too was wondering why I was not asking him about football, he later introduced himself as former Rams defensive end. I said, oh nice meeting you. Too bad, he met a football ignoramus who was not around at the height of his fame.

KobeMVP888, I agree w/ you on Luke. Yeah, it's his injuries and contract that put us down.

@PUDDLE... Thanks for the props. Mrs. LakerTom thinks the formatting on my posts is more of the same compulsively anally retentive behavior that she gave up trying to change in me over 40 years ago. LOL.
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@LakerTom "the blog is racking up hits and victims like an out-of-control Toyota Prius"

Did you hear that Toyota has a new Prius model coming out? The "CRA" (Completely Risky Automobile).

It's Pronounced "CRAPrius"!
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Defense is officially stacked.

Sephy Hambaz

Kobemvp888, I disagree with Luke's contract being a problem, I feel he's an underpaid coach :)

raiderlaker1980

I was going to say that, but I didn't want to start another wave of Luke criticism. The thought did enter my mind that he will wind up being B-Shaw's main assistant coach along with D-Fish in a few years and that Luke or Fish will be next in line to take over the reigns.

But I digress....

Jack Tatum was known as "The Assassin". His bout with Diabetes was anything but. He suffered through amputated toes and then his leg. 61 years was far too young for anyone on this earth.

I have never been a Raiders fan. Rams and Dolphins were my NFC and AFC teams growing up. But his play at free safety, the hits he made, were outstanding.

He put the hit on Steelers RB John Fuqua that turned into "The Immaculate Reception" by Franco Harris in the 1972 AFC Playoffs.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
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[Out of Respect for Jack Tatum, A Moment of Silence...]

LakerTom - you wrote "Between poor Edwin being transformed into a lightning rod and the Lakers ladies going on the warpath to protect the honor of their gender, the blog is racking up hits and victims like an out-of-control Toyota Prius. By the time preseason actually begins, the injury list resemble last season’s Lakers playoff roster with every blogger suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome from having to scroll through Hobbitmage’s and Blitz’s posts."

My response: ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!! *gasp* *wheeze* *gulp* *tears streaming down my face* Seriously - that just caught me on my funny bone - gotta be your best post ever!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

According to HoopsWorld, "Golden State has signed free agent guard Jannero Pargo to a two-year, $2.4 million contract, his agent Mark Bartelstien told Y! Sports."

It's Official, Vegas Sports Books have elevated the GS Warriors as the Odds On Favorite to Win the NBA Championship for the 2010-2011 Season.
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LT

Brilliant post and my sincere apologies for contributing to the carnage. Because I value your input, I will risk carpal tunnel syndrome by scrolling quickly through the undesirables in lieu of exacerbating my pre-existing arthritis in the PIP joints of my fingers.

May I suggest that you Google "TrueFan1947" in your spare time and read some of his posts. He was our Godfather in another forum and commanded the same respect that you command in here. He was a Lakers fan from the time the Lakers moved to LA and he had an extensive vocabulary which accented his knowledge, wit, charm, humility, humor and common sensibility. I believe you alluded to the fact that you had heard of him, but it will be well worth your while to glean some of his in depth knowledge of Lakers basketball! Actually, I recommend this to everyone, including KB Blitz. You see TrueFan also wasn't a Bynum guy (in a much different way, unrelated to his numbers), but he went out of his way to retract his opinions of Bynum during the playoffs this season, ALWAYS held out hope for him, and admitted he was wrong about the kid before he passed away from a battle with cancer at the age of 62.

Hey MM, Wasn't Today Supposed to be Matt Barnes Introductory Press Conference?

Where's that video?
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE POWER OF TWO!!!!!!

Here are highlights from Matt Barnes' presser today:

- (Opening statement): “It’s a lifelong dream to be a Laker. Growing up in California in the 1980’s, you had no choice but to love Laker basketball. I grew up a huge Showtime fan … Magic, Worthy, Kareem, Byron Scott. It’s come full circle now. I’ve had a hell of a road to get here, but I’m very happy to be a Laker. I just felt this was the best situation for myself and my family to succeed … historic franchise, coming off two championships looking for the third, I just felt that this was a good fit.

- Barnes said his role on the team doesn’t matter to him, that he’s going to do whatever he has to do to the best of his abilities.

- Barnes said that he doesn’t try to get under the skin of opponents, but that he simply plays hard. He added: “I respect all my opponents but I fear no one.” Barnes explained that he is essentially a football player playing basketball. Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant like to fancy themselves fantastic potential football players, but Barnes actually caught 28 TD’s to lead the nation as an All-American high school wide out in Sacramento.

- Barnes said he couldn’t ask to play with a more competitive player than Kobe Bryant, and said all the “issues” between the two on the court were overblown. He explained that there is clear mutual respect between the two. And also: “I play with a lot of the same fire he does … I’m finally done guarding him … except in practice.”

- (On playing for Phil Jackson): “He’s the best. I’m very excited to learn from him. The success he’s had in the league is second to none, and I’m looking forward to being a part of history.”

- Barnes pointed to some of the All Star players he’s played with: Allen Iverson, Shaq, Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter. Now he gets Kobe, Pau and (soon enough) Andrew Bynum.

- As Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak later confirmed, Barnes and the Lakers have had a mutual interest for years.

- Barnes, one of the league’s better perimeter defenders, pointed out how elite L.A.’s perimeter defense already was, then compared the Lakers with Miami’s expected offense: “To find three perimeter defenders like myself, Ron and Kobe in the league on the same team … I’d say Miami has a lot of firepower offensively … we have the same offensively, but we’re tough on D as well. So I can’t wait.”

- Along those lines, Barnes recognizes the benefit of playing with a shot blocker, as he did with Dwight Howard last season: “Absolutely (allows me to be more aggressive). Getting a chance to play with Dwight last year, he erased a lot of my mistakes. I was a very aggressive defender and took advantage of having that security blanket last year, but now I have two seven footers, not just one. I can really go out there (on the perimeter) and get into somebody, knowing that (those guys) have my back.”

- Barnes said that there isn’t a specific reason for him wearing No. 9, other than the fact that his previous number, 22, is retired by the great Elgin Baylor, and that no one’s wearing Magic’s 32.

- Finally, Barnes said that he is getting a new tattoo drawn up to honor his mother, who passed away in 2007. His current favorite of many is the foot imprints of his twin sons on his neck.

LOL...who woulda thunk...we actually need trolls for punching bags...

This sparring amongst ourselves might get someone in the IRL, before the season even starts...

Matt Barnes made a great leap, as far as gaining my fanhood, by picking the Lakers and turning down more money in Cleveland...If Kobe accepts him, then so do I...Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 27, 2010 at 02:08 PM
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Lewstrs you have bought a revelation to me. I shall now live by the slogan " If JustAnotherMambaFan accepts it then so do I" OK that's my revelation for today folks. Going back and finishing my nap now.

LOL LakerTom summed it up perfectly, it's truly the definition of "offseason" as several bloggers are off their rockers with boredom, so the infighting has begun

@KOBEMVP... No apologies needed. You know where I stand and I have your back totally with respect to Andrew Bynum. I do respect the fact that Blitz and Hobbitmage are diehard Lakers fans devoted to this blog but the reality is that they have let their differences with me completely color their opinions of Andrew Bynum. Unlike some of the more tolerant sages on this blog such as Tom Daniels, Michael H, and Nemaia Faletogo, I am not inclined to turn the other cheek when challenged with either ridiculous positions or implied insults. I blog the same way that I played the game, confident in my judgment and knowledge of the right way to play.
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I am not inclined to turn the other cheek when challenged with either ridiculous positions or implied insults. I blog the same way that I played the game, confident in my judgment and knowledge of the right way to play.Posted by: LakerTom | July 27, 2010 at 03:13 PM

OOOOH WEEEEEE! NOW you folks know why I proudly say every chance I get, this man is my idol!!! He is also....OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!

KobeMVP888 -

Nice posts. Thanks for the roundup on the Matt Barnes presser. I love that he's a Laker.

Now maybe he can bring back some respectability to the #9. Chucky Atkins, Bryon Russell, Laron Profit and Sun Yue have sullied the good number of Nick Van Exel!

This sparring amongst ourselves might get someone in the IRL, before the season even starts...Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 27, 2010 at 03:10 PM

You telling me Lewstrs. Shoot I almsot knocked myself cold with an uppercut a few minutes ago. WTH? I need more naptime.

htj,


"Too funny. All these wanna-be teams out there think we're even thinking about them this time of year, meanwhile they're all just trying to keep pace with the Lakers."


It's true. All we're thinking about is winning; all everyone else is thinking about is hating on the Lakers.


Us against the world, baby!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Welcome aboard Matt. Just remember you're here to play d, agitate, play d and hit an occasional 3.

Magic - you were wrong to criticize Lebron. You inherited Kareem so you're disqualified from that conversation. However, I know I'm going to get roasted for this, but I agree the new Heat crew will 2-3 titles. Kobe has a lot of miles on his knees. If he can play at 2010 level for two more years we're good...but after that it's up to Bynum to live up to his potential/plus we'll need to add some more youth and talent to hold off Miami.

KB Blitz- The Kings were never LA rivals because they never won. Boston and San Antonio - yes.

Mamba - add me to the roll call. I'm the Laker fan reppin the D (Detroit), so I guess that makes me and Jon K neighbors.

Blitz/KobeMVP - Good to see the olive branch. I thought it was going to turn into a classic hip hop beef like LL vs. Kool Moe Dee.

Bring Shannon back. We don't need Rudy Fernandez cause he's flakier than Sasha and we don't need Roger Mason, he was 1 for infinity in 2010 playoffs (think Horry in 03. No more 3pt bombers. We want energy, we want excitement, we want Shannon.

I've been reading the blog off and on for a few years, but this is the first time consistently. It's great to be around other Laker devotees, but I must admit...yawl crazy yet very entertaining.

Peace.

Matt Barnes' Number is Officially #9.

Hopefully, he'll make a name for that number that surpasses:

Nick "Cancun" Van Exel
Chucky "Sucky" Atkins
Jim Chones (Yes, the Lakers had a player named "Chones" (Mexican Spanish Slang for "Underwear") on its roster for two seasons--1979-1980;1980-1981.)
Bryon Russell
Laron Profit
Sun Yue

I was kinda hoping he'd wear his UCLA number 23.
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Edwin

For the record don't think ur reaction to phredington was unjustified.. He just called u a hypocrite however (politely) and you respond in kind and yet he gets a free pass

dont be fooled by phreds smooth backhanded delivery.. And his patented 'just about the love' signature don't make it more contrite.. see the irony... definite double standard here.. JMO

@Jon K, they hate us because we are beautiful...And we have 16 soon to be 17 Rings!!!

Not only is Barnes attempting to bring back credibility to the #9, he's also reppin KCAL, all is right in the Laker universe lol

dont be fooled by phreds smooth backhanded delivery.. And his patented 'just about the love' signature don't make it more contrite.. see the irony... definite double standard here.. JMO Posted by: yellofever | July 27, 2010 at 03:21 P

ROFLMAO!!!! PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!!! A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF WILL NOT STAND!!!! NOR WILL A TEAM, NOR WILL A BLOG!! OK That's my sermon for today! Don't all attack at once. One at a time please!!!

now mamba24...you threw yourself right into a raging fire of bloggers, get your oversized comforter and fire extinguisher ready, they've been unrelenting for 2 1/2 days now

Thanks KobeMVP888 - that was great! I wasn't able to view the press conference.

LaRon Profit. You know, I actually liked his game before he got injured and went into oblivion. Do you realize that he averaged 13.4 points in his 25 games under the tutelage of Philip Douglas Jackson before his career ending injury?

I couldn't figure out what Barnes meant when he said that Baylor's number (22) is retired and no one was wearing Magic's (32), but when you add the digits up it equals 9. So Barnes will give us a little of Magic and a little of Baylor. :)

"Now maybe he can bring back some respectability to the #9. Chucky Atkins, Bryon Russell, Laron Profit and Sun Yue have sullied the good number of Nick Van Exel!

Posted by: puddle | July 27, 2010 at 03:18 PM"

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Great Minds Think Alike! I was drafting mine while you were posting yours. LOL

"Hopefully, he'll make a name for that number that surpasses:

Nick "Cancun" Van Exel
Chucky "Sucky" Atkins
Jim Chones (Yes, the Lakers had a player named "Chones" (Mexican Spanish Slang for "Underwear") on its roster for two seasons--1979-1980;1980-1981.)
Bryon Russell
Laron Profit
Sun Yue

I was kinda hoping he'd wear his UCLA number 23.

Posted by: The Triangulator (formerly known as "Marc B (With a 'C')") | July 27, 2010 at 03:20 PM"
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What's with all these stupid single digit numbers for bball? Dwade 3 lebron 6 bosh 1.. Do these idiots still think its the dream team? Good cause they fightin for LeBronze

And then its blake now barnes.. Are these guys bball or soccer players for cryin out loud!!

now mamba24...you threw yourself right into a raging fire of bloggers, get your oversized comforter and fire extinguisher ready, they've been unrelenting for 2 1/2 days now Posted by: raiderlaker1980 | July 27, 2010 at 03:28 PM
ROFLMAO!!! Hey I even have on my asbestos underwear. Purple & Gold of course. Lol! Thanks Raiderlaker1980! But we do this every year. It's how we stay in playoff Blogging shape year round. Lol!

@KobeMVP888

I was bewildered by that Hollinger article. He listed down 5 teams as "offseason losers", and placed the Lakers in 2nd (right behind Cleveland). Now i can understand why ANYBODY can see that the Cavs (and the Wolves) are the most pitiful bunch right now (gee, you lose your franchise player for basically nothing and you'd definitely be in a funk), but... calling the Lakers "losers of the offseason" simply because they "find themselves downgraded to co-favorites at best, through no fault of their own"??? Forget about his opinion (which he backs up with "facts") about the Lakers' power rankings; as Eric Pincus noted, the acquisition of Blake, Barnes and Ratliff solidified the bench unit and that Kupchak had learned from his mistakes back in 2002.

I just lost some respect for Hollinger. It is just so unfair to say that the Lakers are offseason losers for something that they had no control over in the first place (i.e. the Miami Thrice signing).

LAKER FANATIC SINCE 1968

Hey guys we got a new post up with some info on Shannon Brown negotiations and Kobe's injuries.

MM

The Triangulator (formerly known as "Marc B (With a 'C')") | July 27, 2010 at 03:02 PM - I'll have it up in a little bit. It takes time to upload.

MM

yellofever,

That's OK, let's pretend it's being done for love. Just like in my generation, make more love than war. Always give peace a chance. We dealt with that matter yesterday and today is another day on the way to 17th ring pursuit. It is also good for the system, can you imagine if we will all try to fight all kinds of battles, respond to all the witty comments of smart Alec or absorb the insult of people who think they are more superior, it could be a lonely trail which is not good for the heart. Let's choose the worthy battles to be fought. I think I value more the love of my grandchildren who wanted me to live longer than bloggers who wished that I disappear from the blog.

@LRob, you are on it on the next Thread my Bro.

@KobeMVP888

I was bewildered by that Hollinger article. He listed down 5 teams as "offseason losers", and placed the Lakers in 2nd (right behind Cleveland). Now i can understand why ANYBODY can see that the Cavs (and the Wolves) are the most pitiful bunch right now (gee, you lose your franchise player for basically nothing and you'd definitely be in a funk), but... calling the Lakers "losers of the offseason" simply because they "find themselves downgraded to co-favorites at best, through no fault of their own"??? Forget about his opinion (which he backs up with "facts") about the Lakers' power rankings; as Eric Pincus noted, the acquisition of Blake, Barnes and Ratliff solidified the bench unit and that Kupchak had learned from his mistakes back in 2002.

I just lost some respect for Hollinger. It is just so unfair to say that the Lakers are offseason losers for something that they had no control over in the first place (i.e. the Miami Thrice signing).

LAKER FANATIC SINCE 1968

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I have had no respect for Hollinger since I can remember. This guy hates the Lakers but won;t come right out and say it where at least Bill Simmons fully admits it. As long as we're on the topic of winners and losers, let's break down the individual players who have somehow transformed the Lakers into losers this off season:

Wade: proven winner, not a proven leader

King No Rings: proven leader, not a proven winner

Bosh: neither a proven winner nor a proven leader

Mike Miller: proven loser

Haslem: proven follower, but has a ring thanks to The Big Whatever

Magloire, Z and J Howard: proven antiques and losers

J Jones, Hasbrouk, J Anthony, Chalmers and Arroyo: proven zeroes

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It seems to me that they have a lot to prove before being anointed "The Team that Ruined the Lakers in the Summer of King No Rings."

@LRob

Wasn't it Kareem who inherited Magic when the latter got drafted in 1979? LOL, just teasing you, bro! I agree with your assessment that the Lebron troika in Miami is CAPABLE of getting 2-3 titles (maybe more), UNLESS Kobe resorts to bionics to replace his damaged knees or Andrew Bynum lives up to his potential and becomes a devastating force in the middle.

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"With the Heat looking like a super team, the Lakers find themselves downgraded to co-favorites at best, through no fault of their own."

I wish not to devour anyone, but john hollinger.

With 20ish days into this heat supergarbage I have not heard one analyst, one former player, one interviewer discuss how hard princess jimmy works. His management team made the move to miami so that the poor boy could take more time off and his team would still be able to win some reg season games.
princess jimmy doesn't know what hard work is. he coasted through all of his basketball life and now has found a way to coast even easier with the zombie media eating it all up. the cool have no one on that team who can even comprehend how hard KB24 works at his game ( and pushes his team).

princess jimmy's team of boyhood goons found him a way out to keep him available for his marketing crap. chris bosh wouldn't know hard work if it hit him in the face. wade can work hard but why do that now? he can take it easy and watch the other two. these guys think that solely because of their talent they should be able to politely request that the other teams provide them the oppotunity to sniff a finals.

talent doesn't always win and now that Mitch found some scrappy defensive guys this is going to be great. that was the difference with OUR Wonderful Lakers this year was that we knew how to run and gun with phx but could also grind it out in a defensive slugfest with the kelties. where oh where is the heats' defense going to come from. princess jimmy already showed the last two years; his lack of intestinal fortitude that if he has to play defense and offense it is just too much.

Love this blog. I get so engrossed in reading it that I rarely post. But a Lakerholic I've been for 38 years, and I can just feel the family when I read all the great posters.
My thought for the day: what if T-Mac were the second coming of Rob Horry or even Bob Macadoo...
Wouldn't it be sumpin, should Mitch sign him, if he had the long awaited moment in the sun as a contributer to title 17?
Career gone sideways, derailed and detoured, but still possessing enough of his former elite skills to nail some threes in crunch time...


Greetings everyone !

Mamba24,Magic Phil,JonK,Puddle,Edwin Gueco,LakerTom,Fatty,LongTimeLakerLover,Lewstrs,Triangulator,KobeMVP,RaiderLaker,HTJ and the rest of the blog family ..

You guys have thoughts on how LA's apparent loss in explosiveness could affect them in the coming season ? Farmar had numerous well known flaws and his departure is largely a positive change ....but he brought energy and was above-average as an athlete..could run and finish well in transition...(e.g the awesome dunk on KG in Game 6...the acrobatic layup in the same game...although..he couldn't consistently finish layups )..despite his seemingly long,tired run in LA...he was only 23....and the youthful energy showed up like aberrations (in an otherwise shoddy run) here and there when he got decent playing time...he managed to provide a spark off the bench both on offense/defense with his steals/hustle on the very few occasions that he really applied himself in his limited role...and then there was the rare high flying block....
Now..assuming..Lakers aren't able to resign Shannon...(haven't heard anything on the progress being made on that front)...how much would that solitary missing component of explosiveness hurt the team ? I know LA has improved in other areas...am just asking how significant do you think is that factor alone...Thanks :)

Amit

LakrLifr - OH SNAP - excellent post! Yeah - the princess & her little handmaidens are gonna be in for a very rude awakening come October. And if they happen to make the playoffs, it's gonna get downright ugly. I can't wait!!

wildone - welcome. You should have been here last week when we debated the possible of TMac ad nauseum....

Amit - no love for me? What happened? A mini roll call without me..... :( LOL!


Amit - no love for me? What happened? A mini roll call without me..... :( LOL!
Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 27, 2010 at 04:06 PM
Don't worry Justa, you know you always got my Love.

Great comments this afternoon crew!

LakerTom - WOW. Loved your post. And I missed out on the comments from the troll most recently booted for whatever he said to Justa. But Justa knows the girls will rise to protect their own.

And I guess the blog fam in general saw the power of the Laker Blog Girls. I love that BTW. I am proud.

MVP888 - thanks for the Barnes presser info. I totally love what he said about being here in LA. He knows the Laker fans are pretty diehard in our Hollywood way.

Lastly, MM/FCM: loved the conference call too. I called it last week and Sentinel guy confirmed when he said that Barnes would be the guy in February bringing a needed win. I firmly believe our new and improved bench will provide the mid-season doldrums with some energy and renewed fire.

The new bench is going to be the spark plug behind our starters. I can't wait. I am not ready to call our new bench "mob" but maybe mop - as in cleaning up the opponents.

Cheers all - PLG

KobeMVP888....

Thanks for posting that Hollinger piece. That guy is insane. Too many statistics clogging his brain.

RIP Jack Tatum.

The Hollinger article is just plain sickening...

Hello Blog Family... been away for a while... oh my how you boys have grown.

Please have me in the BUS welcoming Matt Barnes... I did like Barnes game since his Sacramento days. Passionate, to say the least.

Amit,

I would trade player explossiveness for team execution anytime!!!

The brightest part in a womans life, diamond, is an allotropic form (different form) of darkest of the elements in the periodic table. The most fought for of all the gems, diamonds, have a long romancing history.


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