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Rick Fox points to health as the main concern heading into the Lakers' 2010-2011 season

"Each year is an opportunity to be a champion. As soon as you take it for granted, it's gone."

Those were the thoughts former Lakers forward Rick Fox shared on the team's championship DVD commemorating the 2001-2002 title. Yet, that's not what he believes will significantly influence whether the Lakers next season can three-peat since that era. It's something that's much more tangible.

"It's just the health," Fox said Thursday after participating in the second annual "Shot from the Top" at L.A. Live to help promote Nike's three-on-three basketball tournament that's taking place Aug. 6-8. "Managing the health and keeping the stamina at a high level in hopes you do get an opportunity to defend a third time."

Perhaps the only thing that will prove more difficult than that entailed Fox's task of making a basket from atop Nokia Plaza's balcony, something only actor Jeremy Piven could pull off among he, Fox and Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro couldn't do. "I should retire again," Fox said. I should've gotten a scouting report from Derek [Fisher] who made the shot [last year], which may explain why he's still playing and I'm not."

At least Fox's scouting report on the Lakers speaks from experience. After the Lakers stormed out to a 16-1 record in 2002, they leveled off the rest of the season with a 42-23 mark. Part of that pointed to Shaquille O'Neal, who missed 14 games because of a strained right calf, resulting in five losses in January that nearly eclipsed the lone six defeats they allowed in November and December. The Lakers appear to be addressing health as their top priority heading into next season, with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol sitting out of the FIBA World Championships and Andrew Bynum having off-season surgery next week to treat the torn cartilage in his right knee. But even with the Lakers making those off-season preparation, Fox believes they must continually monitor that area in order for Phil Jackson to three-peat for the fourth time in his career.

They have a great team," said Fox, who added he liked the Lakers' off-season moves with Jackson coming back, Derek Fisher re-signing and Steve Blake joining the backcourt. "It's just keeping them healthy and keeping them prepared for defending."

--Mark Medina

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Dang!!!!

I miss a day on the blog and LOOK WHAT THE HECK HAPPENS!!!!!!!!!!1

Very happy about the Barnes pick up!! I always hated him because he was such a pest and could hit the three, but I love the idea of him in a Laker uni WAYYYYYYYYY better than Bell, who I just couldn't wrap my head around in the PnG. Love, love, love this. Great fit for our team, and Phil is the perfect coach to deal with him.

Happy about Ratliff too, although I'm more reserved about him. Let's see what he can do come training camp. I have to like it that he's a vet, though.

It's gonna be fun watching this crew next year!!!

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Blitz are you happy?

Lakers new roster makes them an old team.

Besides Bynum no one under 30 in the rotation.

Fox is right ... injuries happen to older players.

Older players true, but at least they keep themselves in phenomenal shape.

Does anyone else want to give Jerry Buss a hug?

Man! He has managed his $$ well this sumer.

And what about Mitch? My Man! Shrewd moves all over the place.

While all the hoopla over Miami continues, the Lakers have quietly gotten
stronger/better.

I confess to getting chills when I think about this coming season. :)

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@LongtimeLakerLover, I guess that will teach you not to miss any days on the Blog! LOL!

Todd, according to most analysis, 28-33 is the prime of an athletes career, so while all are in their 30's, yes besides Ratliff, this team is PRIMED to perform. Injuries seem to be more of a concern with the only non 30 year old on the roster, this team is loaded man. I wasn't the biggest Barnes supporter, but we just legitmately went from a 6 man team with hopes of Farmar, Brown and Sasha doing anything right any given night to a legit 8 man rotation,in my Mr Burnes from the Simpons voice....Exxxxxcellent

I thought about the song from Grease, but I'm not going there. :) ] Posted by: hobbitmage | July 23, 2010 at 08:31 AM
COME ONE HOBBIT SING IT!! You sing one verse and I'll sing the next. Lol!

@LongtimeLakerLover, I guess that will teach you not to miss any days on the Blog! LOL!

Posted by: Mamba24 | July 23, 2010 at 08:36 AM

No joke dude.

No joke dude. Posted by: longtimelakerlover | July 23, 2010 at 08:38 AM
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raiderlaker1980,

Lakers "prime" 30+ core has logged many minutes during last 3 seasons. Kobe has played more minutes than Jerry West. Lakers have no speed, unless you consider Barnes the "speed guy" off the bench.

Not sure Ratliff is an upgrade from DJ.
Ratliff is 37 now.

DJ is bigger and faster.

We'll see.

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Todd, according to most analysis, 28-33 is the prime of an athletes career, so while all are in their 30's, yes besides Ratliff, this team is PRIMED to perform. Injuries seem to be more of a concern with the only non 30 year old on the roster, this team is loaded man. I wasn't the biggest Barnes supporter, but we just legitmately went from a 6 man team with hopes of Farmar, Brown and Sasha doing anything right any given night to a legit 8 man rotation,in my Mr Burnes from the Simpons voice....Exxxxxcellent

Posted by: raiderlaker1980 | July 23, 2010 at 08:37 AM

Todd, we could be faster, no doubt there, but the age isn't as big a factor as injuries were last year IMO. once Kobe got that knee drained, he suddenly didn't look so slow anymore. Neither did Ron after he went on his sushi diet. Just not fretting the age of the team. Our youth almost cost us several games. It's inevitable that we'll have to rebuild, it's really no way to get past that. For now they're going to load up on vets and try to keep winning. I can't disagree with that strategy! :)

Still not convinced Mitch & Buss won't dangle Bynum as trade bait for CP3, but one way or the other, I wouldn't be surprised to see Portland swoop in with an offer of Oden, Miller, and possibly Fernandez (with salaries of 6.7 mil, 7.2 mil, and 1.2 mil., respectively) for Paul and his 14.9 mil. salary. And THAT would make Portland -- with Paul next to Roy -- downright scary.

"Does anyone else want to give Jerry Buss a hug?

Man! He has managed his $$ well this [sic] sumer."

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that's why i "say:" IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

under the circumstances, the team did very well.. they've focused on a defensive 2nd unit which will make LO the primary scorer on that squad smattered with some addt'l scoring from barnes and blake. this unit will be better than last year's -duh- and should be more successful in maintaining the lead achieved by the starters as well as allowing them a little more rest. we'll see if theo can spell andrew a bit more so we can hopefully have him for an entire season... that operation he's going to have doesn't "fix" anything it's only going to remove the damaged cartilage and i don't see how that's going to help his glass knees any further..
(1) to provide a sort of shock-absorbing structure which can withstand compression, tension and shearing forces, and dissipate load
(2) to provide an almost frictionless articulating surface.

Hey MM,

Point well made on Barnes being a good fit for the Lakers. Although I am not too sure how a guy who has been on eight teams in as many seasons could possibly be a perfect fit anywhere , he does have substantial skills and I am hoping he finally finds a home in LA.

Amit

People are worried about losing Mbenga and going to an older Ratliff. Well why? Even though Phil had a 7' bad-a** black belt on his bench to stand up to the Celtics...he never used him. Not even once. So what good is having Mbenga if coach didn't trust him.

Lakers must reduce Pau's minutes, so having a backup center, should allow Pau to go 36-39 hard minutes at PF, with Odom backing him up. Never mind Odom getting big minutes at the 3. Phil please do nit burn out your vets this year, please play a 10 man rotation, please...

Anyone else hope the Odom visits Hakeem this summer? Dude could be great in the low post...

I still hate Matt Barns, he is going to have to show me something on defense...to win me over...but the dude will make a contribution in the playoffs, more than just take up space like Walton did.

"more than just take up space like Walton did." Now it's worse than that: per espn, the kid may be out for next season ... time to buy him out!

Great Offseason..
Hope they bring back Brown.
The bench is very good now.
Lakers are so big and long.
Not much left to do but sign Brown.
Wouldnt rule out Mr Hughes.
If were going defence.
If bynums healthy
We have the advantage vs the heat
Dont care what any body says
Cant wait for training camp
the man made a point:

Farmer
Morrison
luke
Powell
Mbenga
vs
Blake
Barnes
Ebanks
Caracter
Ratlift

is so much better

Last week Shaq couldnt get Sigh-inged
This week Shaq price is too high-ie
Next weeks Shaq gonna be trying
To get a ticket back to Miami south beach
Just ask Dwayne Wade thats not happening
Coming to the lakers say your retiring?
Shaq tell me how FREE AGENCY TASTE!

Geez frmkt

I didn't know about Walton, darn genetics! It seems to be rare that you get everything you need for the triangle into the same player. Most great scorers are not great passers, don't see the floor well, and don't work hard enough on defense and assists. They are too self-centered.

Luke was great at assisting and was a good enough shooter at times, he certainly knows how to move without the ball too. He could put a body on you as a defender, and he will always be known as the guy who broke Ammo's knee. I hope he sticks around and teaches others how to play triangle ball. Lamar still has a lot to learn about moving without the ball....anyway Lamar should be a finisher not an initiator (except when he starts the fast break...still my fav laker play).

Anyone think Barnes can slow down Westbrook or Rhondo? Have we addressed that yet?

Sorry but who is ammo? I take pride in thinnkin I know alot about spots but really, who is AMMO?

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