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Mitch Kupchak still optimistic about Shannon Brown negotiations; says he doesn't know whether Kobe Bryant plans to have surgery on right index finger

Aside from Lakers forward Matt Barnes being introduced at a news conference Tuesday (he will wear No. 9), Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak shared two morsels of news regarding other off-season developments.

Kupchak maintained his optimism that he expressed last week that the team would re-sign Shannon Brown, who opted out of a contract that would have paid him $2.15 million next season.

"I do feel good about signing back Shannon Brown right now," Kupchak said. "It’s not going to go on for the whole summer. I would guess in the next week to 10 days we'll have a resolution. That’s my guess."

Kupchak also said he hasn't been told whether Lakers guard Kobe Bryant plans to have surgery to treat his injured right index finger, which initially became fractured and then developed arthritis around the knuckle.

"He continues to see doctors. I've not heard an update regarding a surgery. As the summer goes on, it’s less and less a possibility as you get closer and closer to training camp," Kupchak said.

The Lakers announced last week that Bryant had arthroscopic surgery the previous week on his right knee, an operation that Kupchak said "went well."

Part of the reason why the organization has been mum on details is because Bryant has been treated by medical staff outside of the team.

"Kobe's surgery was done by a physician other than a team physician," Kupchak said. "That just brings you a little bit further away. After 14 years, we've come to trust Kobe and his medical decisions. We're very in the loop with the type of surgery he had as well as the results of the surgery. We don't worry about Kobe with rehab. He's rehabbing with one of our people right now. One of the people he's working with is one of our most trusted therapists. That's all I know. The surgery went well. It wasn't a major surgery. He's mobile. He's getting therapy every day. We expect him back in training camp."

-- Mark Medina

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BLAKE - BARNES - RATLIFF - CARACTER - EWBANKS...

Here we go, the last bus looked like it was in an accident...lol

So, Matt Barnes is looking for love.

To borrow from Waylan J, you are lookin' for love in all the wrong places...

Don't worry about asking for love from Laker fans. Right now we are all still dazed and on a high from the championship, but even that hasn't stopped fans infighting, name calling, player degrading, disharmony. And this is when we feel good about the Lakers.

If you want to see what you are in store for as the season rolls along and the Lakers get into a little slump and/or lose to teams like the Clippers
just read back through this blog for the past year and look at all the love given to Kobe the ball hog, Pau - I need more touches - Gasoft, lazy, no D, always injured, waste of 12 mill Bynum, slow, can't throw the ball in the ocean and couldn't guard a turtle Fisher, Phil -never knows when to call a timeout - doesn't coach just sits there Jackson, Luke the salary eater Walton, Jordan the can't play D doesn't know how to fit in Farmar, and more.

And don't worry, your day's coming.

At this point, it is really in the hands of Shannon if he wants to come back with the Lakers. Lakers will not compete against bulls and cavs in a bidding game. Both teams are below salary cap while Lakers are already in luxury. It like playing Monopoly game, Lakers have all kinds properties and mall but short of cash to bailed out from jail. If Shannon decides otherwise, it is also a good decision for his family, however if he is willing to invest more time with the Lakers, it will be a more rewarding future because he needs to learn more by playing with the stars. A better Shannon down the road will create three fold value than a mediocre raw Shannon who only knows how to dunk the ball at this time. Besides, he is aware of Laker limits, it's time for him to make a decision go for more education or follow the money.

LOL @ Art - great point...all this with a back2back Championship team...

You mean it gets worse than this...

Want more length for the Lakers here is BOBAN MARJANOVIC, 7'4 Center from Serbia.


LEWSTERS,

What you have seen is nothing compared to what's coming when the Lakers slump or go on a 2-4 road trip against lower level teams or Fish and Gasol supposedly gang up on Kobe again.

And if Drew gets injured the trade demands will blow your suburbans right out of the water!

LOL, stick around, the fireworks are better than a 4th of July celebration.

@ Art - FL Laker Fan

That was great! I might have to go home and watch a DVR game of the finals just to remember all the fun yelling at the TV with similar comments and thoughts.

"Love Comments" like this remind me of how I couldn't get enough of reading this great blog over the last few years. Makes waiting for the preseason seem even longer.

Thanks for bringing back some of the memories.

REPOST

Greetings everyone !

JUSTA,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

@ JUSTA - You are inextricable from any humble thoughts I have ever had to share with the blog family.Not mentioning you is like "goes without saying" taken too literally by my foolish self. (Hope that works.The repost really is only meant to evade your wrath... :) )

Amit - no wrath - it's all about the love - remember?!

Staples 24 -

You want to add some height? Check out these two guys....

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ART-FL, you make a good point. I love the crowd here - their hoops knowledge and passion is incomparable. But it is a pretty negative bunch considering we are coming off back-to-back and that, from 1979 on, it is without a doubt the premier organization in the NBA.


If this crowd lived in Portland they'd need to be on medication. Actually, I think some are anyway (phred are your meds up to date?)

Fatty - Laker scout extraordinaire - I think he'd be too slow. Plus he could never put it on the floor - too easy to pick him off. Maybe if they did away with the 3 second rule he could just stand under the basket all game long, catch the lobs & do the slamma jamma? I don't know... I think maybe you should reconsider this whole scouting thing and keep your day job? Just sayin... :)

PS - hope you & yours are doing alright!

Amit - I think "explosiveness" is overrated when it comes to team basketball. For a singular player on a team not playing well, explosiveness is great. But come playoffs where team basketball rules, it's not as important in my book. Two quick, correct passes can do more than one explosive guy (as far as I've seen). Granted, I grew up under the tutelage of John Wooden who had actually had some explosive teams, but he'd rather have a well-executed passing game than anything else.

Come playoffs, I'd rather have a solid,smart, team game from starters to bench (not something we've had in awhile). I think this year's Lakers could be that.

Eld (not old), Statesman (huh?), Immigrant (not alien), english as a 2nd language (hence excuse for occasional poor choice of words) and an football ignoramus.

Gotcha.

Tom D,

Agree with your comments.

To clarify, I think this blog is great, knowledgeable, passionate, very fun reading.

Gotta' take the good with the bad and even the bad is entertaining.

Tom Daniels / Art - I would say that most of the crowd on here is infected with complete & total Lakerholism demanding nothing but the best. We want to win 82 games a season and 16 straight in the playoffs. Nothing but another title will suffice.


Then reality pokes it's ugly face in our party and demands attention. At that point our expectations come crashing down to earth, and there ain't enough medication in the world to take the edge off. That's when some of us get negative - watching Ronron miss another layup cuz he can't get off the ground (or worse - looking lost on defense) or Kobe not passing or Fish getting blown past again or seeing Luke sitting on the bench with a clipboard or whatever else you want to add here to complain about. BUT - we all LOVE the Lakers, want them all to succeed personally and EXPECT Larry O to be home in June.


Otherwise, we're a happy bunch! Just ask our psychiatrist.


I don't know, some people are talkin' like medication's a bad thing....

I have an image that should make everyone happy...

http://i28.tinypic.com/6h0p78.jpg

I know I'm smiling.

Art-FL Lakers Fan,


"Right now we are all still dazed and on a high from the championship, but even that hasn't stopped fans infighting, name calling, player degrading, disharmony. And this is when we feel good about the Lakers."


At least some of us are self-aware enough about it.


I think we as bloggers have a similar competitive streak in us our beloved Lakers and sometimes it comes out as a cyberverse version of 1200 wolverines being packed in a bedroom with nothing to eat and "The Bachelorette" on television.


Anyhow, I wonder why Mitch has been relatively silent about Caracter and Banks.


Sign 'em, Mitch!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

July 2025, "We're still in negotiations with Shannon Brown, he will be signed"

Perhaps! What's going on here????????????

Does anyone know what kind of deal the Lakers might be offering Shannon? Because it's taking so long, I'd say it's no more that 3 years, 3-4 million. I think Shannon would jump at a 3 year 6 million deal, so I doubt the Lakers have extended the 2 million or so a year he played for last year.

Do I still have to double space to mark a new paragraph? I guess I'll find out right...now.

Wes

Sup Laker Fam,

Just droppin' in to show my fam some love! Welcome Mattoo Barnes! We'll show you more love when you help us win our third title in a row!

Jon K,

I agree 100%. Enough with the suspense, Mitch needs to sign the kids!

P. Ang,

You have a way of saying things in form of a story of a stupid immigrant.

Got the message loud and clear.

Edwin, P. Ang -

Bury the hatchet. Don't worry. Be happy. Smile at this...

http://i28.tinypic.com/6h0p78.jpg

@WES… Last I heard the Lakers were offering around $2M/yr and Shannon’s asking $3.5M. Supposedly they were in agreement as to the number of years but no number was discussed.
One reason why the deal may be on hold is Mitch wanting to see if Luke was going to shut it down for the year, in which case the Lakers would save the portion of his salary that contract insurance covered, maybe 50% to 75%, which could come close to paying for Brown and his luxury tax. Brown also appears to be waiting to see if teams like the Cavs who still have unspent dollars will end up settling for a 3-year $10M contract. Right now I think it is a stalemate with both sides waiting to see if anybody else steps up before compromising. If the Cavs don’t bite, Brown will cave in for 3-yr $6M and maybe a player option for the third year. The bigger issue for Shannon may be the same as Jordan. He may know that the Triangle and this team might not be his best chance at $ & PT.
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justanothermambafan,


"Otherwise, we're a happy bunch! Just ask our psychiatrist."


If by happy you mean constantly swaying violently from the depths of despair through the winter of malconent into the zenith of ecstasy and everywhere in between then, yeah, sure, we're a happy bunch.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Laker Amit,

1. LA's apparent loss in explosiveness
~~I disagree the addition of Barnes and Blake to replace Fisher and Artest in the 2nd quarter added more explosiveness than going with Brown and Sasha or Brown and Farmar or much improved than Farmar and Luke.

2. the youthful energy showed up like aberrations (in an otherwise shoddy run) here and there by Farmar and Brown.....
~~it leads to more errors than more points, thereby we always lost our lead when they are playing side by side most of the games played.

3. how much would that solitary missing component of explosiveness hurt the team ?
~~Nothing. There was so much gain in replacing Farmar with Blake in shooting, defense and in facilitating with the big 3 of the Lakers. Farmar's aggressiveness is often misguided like a missile that often missed its target. He's smaller to penetrate the post and his PG delivery is not extraordinary. He could not pass Smush, could not beat Fisher as starter and was threatened by JCritt later or just co-equal with Shannon. Barnes is definitely better than Morrison on the bench or Powell who is seldom used. Raitliff, I don't know much about him today. I know the Theo, the well know shot blocker with the Sixers but not familiar with his game with Spurs and Charlotte.

@JONK… There is no reason for Mitch to sign either rookie until he sees how they do in camp because we own their rights, even if we sent them overseas to gain experience. I think Mitch assumes that we will see enough to warrant signing both, especially since they are the cheapest possible option available but there is no need to rush. If they look as good as we all think they are, they’ll end up getting contracts. If they really look good, then we may give them multi-year deals in order to lock up their Bird rights. Second round picks contracts also don’t have to be guaranteed.
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Kobe won't be having surgery more than likely on his index because well there is nothing to heal.

Avulsion fracture? Healed.

Arthritis on finger: Not healable through surgery.

Kobe for sure consulted his doctor for his options but what i"m guessing is that he'll just find ways to shoot better without the use of the finger or use a splint to aid him. That finger is non repairable now than it was when he first broke it.

For those wondering if it will aversely affect him it won't be too much. A man #23 (the true 23 not Prince James) won with a cracked knuckle. Kobe will be fine by training camp.

The knee was more troublesome to his game. Once he got it drained he went off. That's his 11,000 yard check up.

(the 11,000 yard check up quote being a tribute to Walter Payton).

@PUDDLE… Thanks. No Lakers fan could NOT smile at that picture. Actually, that shot would serve as a great litmus test in order to gain access to the blog. If you smile, you’re in. Otherwise, no access.
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I don't know, some people are talkin' like medication's a bad thing....

Posted by: 63 Footer | July 27, 2010 at 04:56 PM

Yeah, i want my LAKERS dosis right now or i'm getting MAD!!!


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.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | July 27, 2010 at 02:54 PM

I have seen enough posts from you about this guy (and I think Lewsters too) to sense that guys like this are rare/special. Sorry we won't be seeing any new posts from him. I was taught to stop and listen to the older fellas (and women for that matter).

Makes me happy the way you two talk about him. Glad we have LT and Edwin. Nobility is a big deal with me. I don't like everything they say, but I do like that they are here. Both of them have what I like to call "Bones" (strength, character, tolerance, patience and life experience).

Not enough of these guys around for my taste.

puddle,

Strange as it looks, I wrote that in defense of EGueco. He's sensitive to people replacing his adjectives. Eld(er) implies an older person with knowledge and wisdom to share. Old is, well, just old. Immigrant implies legality while an alien is just extra-terrestial (my bad, I admit, harshly said before). Football ignoramus is as he says- in football only, don't take it elsewhere. I must admit the Statesman I just chalk to English as 2nd language.

Always read his post when he talks baskeball related otherwise, well, there is the scroll key. On my part there is no hatchet to bury and I assume Edwin read my post as it was intended. He knows the people here who have the strange sense of humor.

puddle,

Strange as it looks, I wrote that in defense of EGueco. He's sensitive to people replacing his adjectives. Eld(er) implies an older person with knowledge and wisdom to share. Old is, well, just old. Immigrant implies legality while an alien is just extra-terrestial (my bad, I admit, harshly said before). Football ignoramus is as he says- in football only, don't take it elsewhere. I must admit the Statesman I just chalk to English as 2nd language.

Always read his post when he talks baskeball related otherwise, well, there is the scroll key. On my part there is no hatchet to bury and I assume Edwin read my post as it was intended. He knows the people here who have the strange sense of humor.

KB Blitz,

Since we are not both MD, I referred to WebMD on fructures and avulsion:

A. Fractures and dislocations

Reduction (realignment) of broken or dislocated bones usually takes place in the emergency department under local anesthesia.

After the bone is put back into place, the doctor may perform more X-rays to make sure the bones are realigned, then a splint is applied.

Some fractures and dislocations require surgery in the operating room to repair.

Splinting

Fractures, dislocations, tendon injuries, and some lacerations may be treated by splinting part of the finger or even the whole hand or wrist.

This splinting allows the tissues to rest and therefore heal faster.

B. Avulsions

The separated tissue may be able to be reattached to the finger.

A piece of tissue that is very small, is severely damaged, or has been separated for a long period may not be salvageable. Reattachment of amputations closer to the base of the finger (more proximal), especially ones that include the middle part or base of the finger, are more likely to be attempted by the hand surgeon.

Skin grafting is used in some cases where a large piece of skin is missing.

~~Based on what was said from a layman's medical website, he still needs medical attention in realigning the bones, repair the tissues and put his fingers in a splint. Kobe is very secretive with his ailments so we are all guessing on what is the true story behind the delay on the fingers. Maybe, they want to do it one at a time.

LakerTom,

Nice post regarding Mitch not rushing anything regarding our two prized rookies. Like many on here, I believe that Caracter and Ebanks will do very well, make the team and contribute down the road. It's mind boggling that we two 1st round talents so late in the 2nd round.

KB Blitz,

Nice post on Kobe's knee checkup and then referencing the great Walter "Sweetness" Payton, one of the greatest players and men to ever play in the NFL. He was truly a consummate pro.

Puddle,

That is a cool flick, man. Kobe will add a few more before all is said and done. And yes, I am smiling from ear to ear. Thanks.

People are too sensitive around here lately.
Relax girls and boys (the old ones too), WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE ARE THE REIGNING CHAMPIONS
WE BEAT OUR NEMESIS IN THE FINALS AFTER BEING DOWN BY 13
WE WERE GOOD AND NOW WE ARE EVEN BETTER

The abstinence syndrome is hard, but imagine your life without the LALakersBlog!!

GO LAKERS!!!

Edwin,

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/finger-255473-bryant-never.html

"He might never play again without wearing support for his damaged right index finger.

The middle knuckle on that critical finger on Bryant’s shooting hand is so debilitated by arthritis after the past season of misuse and overuse that there may be no real way to fix it. Bryant will consult with specialists in July to figure out his options, but arthritis is not a problem that can just be cleaned up with arthroscopic surgery or wished away with a little rest."

"Bryant suffered an avulsion fracture in two places near the tip of the finger on Dec. 11 as he tried to field a low Jordan Farmar pass. Bryant kept playing despite a projection of needing at least six weeks to heal – and he played pretty well."

"but even if he never would surrender, the finger did. By January, the middle knuckle on the finger was hurting much more than the top knuckle that had been fractured. The finger was so beaten down from everything, in addition to cumulative years of basketball use, that Bryant was a disaster in a brief stretch trying to shoot without a splint once the fractures were healed."

"Cartilage damage in a finger joint simply isn’t easily fixed because there is so little cartilage with which to work. For Bryant’s purposes of shooting and handling a basketball, fusing the joint is hardly a viable option."

It's useless to have surgery. He'll get treatment for sure and he'll have his trainers get the splint for sure but as for surgery it won't make the difference.

P Ang,

You said it all namely: alien, 2nd language, old, sensitivity, scroll my posts when you don't like it. Sorry I'm not perfect to satisfy your sophisticated taste. I presumed you are not a descendant of any immigrant from the way you chastised and kept on repeating that word. If you have ax to grind against immigrants don't talk to them.

Hey, peace man we had crossed our path before and I'm not willing to go back to the past. You may join Phred, Farside in scrolling my posts too.

Aww, Edwin, read it again. Pepsi first then read it again.

Sorry that, like puddle, you misread the tone. Oh well. Will shut up now.

Someone posted Kobe should do a Ronnie Lott on the finger...

Don't say that too loud...Kobe is as intense as Ronnie...and would probably do that, if there was no other option...

That wouldn't be good for us fans, for then Kobe would only strive to get 9 rings, instead of ten...

63 Footer,Edwin
Thanks guys :)

I did mention that losing Jordan was largely a move in the right direction.Although, points in transition can come in handy when substantial and provide a spark to turn things around when nothing seems to be going your way.And active young players can be an asset on defense too.LA has indeed gotten better and those traits might very well not be missed given the skillset of the personnel added to the team.I guess my basic concern was about the team missing young players....since you never know when a game can turn based on..key steals..hustle plays...etc... Artest has been doing a great job of it (barring a few bad games....like the ones again Cleveland)...and I hope Barnes,Brown (if he comes back) and Ebanks (if he makes the roster) come through in critical situations.

Amit

@Justa - All about the love indeed ! :)

I dont know if we even need shannon any more .. i mean yeah he can dunk ... but what else?

did we need him in the play offs ? NO
i rather empty his space and give our new drafts some playing time .. they seem promising after all.


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@WES… Last I heard the Lakers were offering around $2M/yr and Shannon’s asking $3.5M. Supposedly they were in agreement as to the number of years but no number was discussed.
One reason why the deal may be on hold is Mitch wanting to see if Luke was going to shut it down for the year, in which case the Lakers would save the portion of his salary that contract insurance covered, maybe 50% to 75%, which could come close to paying for Brown and his luxury tax. Brown also appears to be waiting to see if teams like the Cavs who still have unspent dollars will end up settling for a 3-year $10M contract. Right now I think it is a stalemate with both sides waiting to see if anybody else steps up before compromising. If the Cavs don’t bite, Brown will cave in for 3-yr $6M and maybe a player option for the third year. The bigger issue for Shannon may be the same as Jordan. He may know that the Triangle and this team might not be his best chance at $ & PT.
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Bingo! I love this kind of substance! Thanks, LT.

Someone posted Kobe should do a Ronnie Lott on the finger...

Don't say that too loud...Kobe is as intense as Ronnie...and would probably do that, if there was no other option...

That wouldn't be good for us fans, for then Kobe would only strive to get 9 rings, instead of ten...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 27, 2010 at 06:33 PM
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Classic!

Would love to see Brown re-signed, hopefully they can settle on the terms. The team would be lacking any real athleticism without him.

Sephy Hambaz

Why am I so excited about this Derick Caracter guy? I just feel that there is more to him than being the 58th pick of the 2010 draft. We might have an allstar caliber player 3-4 years down the road. Just in time for Kobe's retirement.

Hey guys we got a new post up

MM

If it is just a prank, short for P Ang, then I take it back. Peace.

For those who missed it...here is the Matt Barnes news conference...

http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/2010/07/27/100727pressermattbarnes-1381893/index.html

Amit - I don't think the lost of "explosiveness" will hurt the Lakers chances of 3peat. But if the Lakers lose Shannon, having already lost Jordan AND Trevor, that's leaves a lot of uncertainty for the future. Then Bynum is our only proven younger player.

As stated before, with the new additions, the current Laker team reminds me of the 96-98 Bulls. An experienced champion that won't wow you with athleticism but will simply outsmart and out execute its opponents. As long as Kobe is playing at an all-NBA level the Lakers will compete for championships. He's been great for so long that we probably take him for granted. But at some point there will be a drop off, then another decline. Father time is still undefeated. Drew is the only current player on the roster that could elevate his game substantially to offset Kobe's decline...and therein lies the great debate.

Puddle - I'm definitely smiling.

A TRUE STORY (NOT) ... (persepecitve for LEWSTERS & Matt Barnes)

August, 2007 ~ Mitch Kupchak sits down with laptop, and by agreement through the mediation of the K-Bros, gives the faithful of Laker Blog a chance to voice their collective opinions and desires. Kwame and Smush get reemed. Kobe gets reemed for reeming Bynum. And, oh yeah, Bynum gets reemed. Blog summary demand is simple -- WE WILL NOT SETTLE FOR FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS.

August, 2008 ~ Following town meeting with the lukewarm Laker following (who shell out ten's of thousands for tickets), Mitch feels frisky. Through mediation of K-Bros, he arranges another cyber-sitdown with the Blog Community. Expecting kudos for exceeding our demand he smiles at the surprise appearance of LA in Finals. Also smirks that smile anticipating glowing compliments on picking up Gasol. Blog summary demand is simple -- WE WANT TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, NOT JUST BE THERE.

August 2009 ~ Within minutes after the 2009 NBA Draft is complete, Mitch gives new Blog guardian MM a call. He is anxious to meet with the Blog. Expecting a wave of enthusiastic applause, Kupchak is caught off-guard by the Blog-Think-Sync chant of "repeat... repeat... repeat". Mitch doesn't wait around for the summary . . .

August 2010 ~ MM is vacationing, but Fatty handles the logistics. Mitch greets the Blog faithful, smiling with an O'Brien in his left hand and another in his right hand. He's been pumping weights for a week in preparation for this very celebration, anticipating a double-fisted, trophy pump to the "repeat chants" of the blog. Realizes his ears are not deceiving him as he instead hears the chant, "three-peat... three-peat... three-peat"

August 2011 ~ MM is having wrist surgery (repetitive banning syndrome) when Kupchak brings Bynum along, touting his 82 regular season and full playoff run perfect attendance record, and oh yeah, that third O'Brien trophy. But all Mitch hears is, "Nice trophy: But why did we lose so many regular season games?"

August 2012 - Kupchak appears with the sparkling set of "four-peat" O'Briens. Polite applause from Blog Community, until grumblings drown out the affirmation. Blog summary demand is simple: "WE WANT AN UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON AAANNNDDD UNDEFEATED PLAYOFFS!"

August 2013 ~ 82-0 . . . 16-0 . . . Kupchak is greeted by Blog Summary demand plain and simple: "CAN YOU DO IT AGAIN?!?!?"

Welcome to the Lakers Blog.
Where excellence is always being redefined in the light of . . . excellence.

Mike

MM is having wrist surgery (repetitive banning syndrome)

*too funny...lmao

Welcome to the Lakers Blog.
Where excellence is always being redefined in the light of . . . excellence.

*OUTSTANDING!!! Laker Mike...

Blitz, Edwin -

I'm also very interested in what path Kobe will take. The O.C. article was informative (I think you linked it some time past as well, Blitz). I've had an avulsion fraction of my right hand ring finger (playing ball). The tendon pulled away a small piece of bone. My doctor said that surgeries were 50/50 and I went with the splint. It healed pretty good but it took a while and it will always be a little knobby there, etc.. I posted about this back when Kobe broke the finger. It's unbelievable that he just kept playing and trashing the thing but that's Kobe. It's hard to imagine that the finger could be repaired properly at this point and any surgery would probably be intensive and would require a long period of recouperation. I'm betting that he'll just give the finger a long rest before camp and see if it regains any strength.

Hey, PhredPhredington, Explorer Intrepid Here in Butte, Montana, 'the city that is so cool with itself it doesn't care how you pronounce it's name. Explorer report? I'm tired. 600 miles down, 600 miles to go.

having a hard time catching up on earlier threads, the computer here has trouble with things like processing, internet communications, and possibly binary calculations. but Whatever, they have continental breakfast. Yup, stale boxed donuts and concentrated orange juice. Also there is a starbucks down the street.

man, I am tired.

THE LOVE SEEMS TO HAVE LOST pHRED SOMEWHERE, AND THE LOVE ALSO WONDERS ABOUT THE TRUE INTENTIONS OF THAT GUY AT THE REST STOP. HE WAS PERHAPS JUST SEEKING THE LOVE

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

@LRob - Thanks man

Hey Phred !! :)

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hey, is that the old Partridge family bus???? You list "Beantown Bums" and you leave my out????? fmkt??????? You got a grasp of things???? NO.


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