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Jerry Buss says Lakers can beat the Heat

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Fresh from his Hall of Fame induction, Lakers owner Jerry Buss was still smiling.

Just the same, he was ready to talk Tuesday afternoon about the Lakers' upcoming season...with his always-interesting observations.

Buss, 77, said his expectations were as high as ever for the Lakers, who reconvene in El Segundo in late September for the start of training camp.

"As of now, I feel like there’s a good chance this could be the best team we’ve ever had," he said, his statements as declarative as ever.

Buss also took a look at what the Miami Heat had done over the last two months, signing free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and shrugged.

"Suddenly, there’s this juggernaut out there that we have a chance to play against and that excites me," he said. "Quite honestly, I think we can beat them and I’m looking forward to playing them."

Buss also took delight in the Boston Celtics signing Shaquille O'Neal to a two-year deal, saying it set up a "potential showdown."

“I like the drama," he said with more than a trace of excitement. "I think it’s fabulous. You can’t help but love Shaq. He’s a very funny man. Sometimes he gets a little carried away in his analysis of former employers. Outside of that, he’s quite a guy and we look forward to it.”

Buss spoke to media members at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, where he was hosting a charity poker tournament for the Lakers' youth foundation.

Buss also recognized the fact that the Lakers had already surpassed last season's payroll of $91 million. They signed free agents Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff, and also re-signed Shannon Brown and Derek Fisher.

"You sit there and you say, 'We really can’t afford this.' Then somehow the next day we end up spending some more money and getting another player and signing a new extension, etc, etc.," he said. "At least it has softened my attitude toward women in the mall because I can’t turn down things either."

 

--Mike Bresnahan

 

Photo: Jerry Buss in 2009. Credit: Los Angeles Times / Wally Skalij.

 

 

 

 
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"You sit there and you say, 'We really can’t afford this.' Then somehow the next day we end up spending some more money and getting another player and signing a new extension, etc, etc.," he said. "At least it has softened my attitude toward women in the mall because I can’t turn down things either."
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What a great guy, what a great Buss quote.

"Suddenly, there’s this juggernaut out there that we have a chance to play against and that excites me," he said. "Quite honestly, I think we can beat them and I’m looking forward to playing them."
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AWESOME DR BUSS, AWESOME!!!!!!!

And with four sentences, Dr Jerry Buss resurrects Shaq's chances of having a jersey hung among the Laker greats:

"You can’t help but love Shaq. He’s a very funny man. Sometimes he gets a little carried away in his analysis of former employers. Outside of that, he’s quite a guy and we look forward to it.”

That looks like forgiveness to me.

Wes

Ooh, a sexist remark! LOL

Jerry! Jerry! Tell us how you really feel... OK.. I get it. You're just being "PC" so I'll say it for all of us: The Lakers Can Beat Anybody In The League Right Now. You modest HOFer, you.
Yes, Mitch put together one heck of a contender for you this off season and we know there's still time to tweak it even further before the end of the trade deadline next year.

IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

"As of now, I feel like there’s a good chance this could be the best team we’ve ever had,"

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Amen, Dr. Buss. Amen.

duuuh-
well, of course the Lakers can beat the Heat. we'll look forward to seeing what happens!

Can we beat the Heat?


WE'RE GOING TO BEAT THE HEAT!!!


That part's not in question.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Jerry Buss, I know personally.

He is a top-notch guy.

Always has had a fascination with women shopping at malls, though.

What's really going on, Capo'?


The Moderator

Dr. Jerry Buss is simply awesome.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

I'm not sure the Heat will make it out of the East this year. That is a lot of pressure. Lebron is hoping that Wade eleviates that pressure, but the other teams will be loose, and when you have nothing to lose, you play for fun all night long. Boston, Orlando. I really think the Bulls are ahead of Orlando. D Rose is no joke, and they have shooters off the bench. Everybody has said that the 1 and the 5 spot is what matters and the Heat would be relying on the 2,3,4. Next to the Heat in he East, Chicago has had the best offseason acquisitions. I guess that saying "Go West Young Man" has changed because in the NBA, with respect to the young bucks in OKC, Go WAAAAY East all because of two letters L.A.

3 Heat Can't Stop the 3 Peat..

El B.J. & The MEAT are a joke.

No team in NBA history has ever came in with so much expectation. Even the 71-72 Laker team was assembled with an aged Wilt. This Miami team is going to crack under the pressure.

@Buss:

"At least it has softened my attitude toward women in the mall because I can’t turn down things either."

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ROTFLMAO!!!! Funny as Hell!

--FEARless

He'll dare shopping for Mello too???

You know Dr. Buss is at least going to go window shopping at the Nuggets mall, just to see what they have to offer. May stop by the fruit stand and pick a Melo.

Dr. Buss, please buy the Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Buss you are THEE MAN!

Art/Nemaia - that was quite an adventure. Thanks for capturing in one post.

KB Blitz; agreed with the team effort thing; however i don't see how making Bynum the fourth option on offense would help the Lakers. If Bynum is the centre of the future then he needs to stay where he is in the pecking order. Bynum was also pretty important in beating the Celtics just not through is offense.

Posted by: max | August 17, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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The fact that Bynum's scoring is mere gravy (3rd scoring option at most) only shows that he isn't the key to beating the Heat. If he scores 30 but the Heat trio scores 25 each is that going to really matter? It's like asking Artest or Odom to carry the scoring load as the key to winning a really talented team like Miami. Many of us dismiss the Heat as not even making out of the East but isn't that what we said about the Celtics? Look how they turned out to be....nearly beating out a better overall Magic team in 09 with a key part in KG being out with an injury. Next year with KG the Celtics humiliated the Magic despite Howard averaging 22ppg against the Celtics. Miami is a legit contender and has a good chance of making it out of the East.

As for the future it matters not. We will rebuild once we get there. This isn't future building when you have a title contender. This isn't Bynum's team by far and for the next 3-5 years even it will still be held by Bryant-Gasol. Mitch's plan isn't putting young blood to prepare for the seasons beyond Bryant-Gasol it's riding out the current group until at least 2014 (when we have lots of cap room). We will think about Bynum then until then you do whatever it takes to win NOW (which is one reason why Laker Tom (will) feel(s) slighted at PJ/KB at times for not giving Bynum more opportunities).

And for the record-Bryant/Gasol/Artest had more of an effect on beating the Celtics in the 2010 finals than Bynum/Odom.

phred - no rock shall go unturned....that play will be found. Me, you and FEARless all remember it. Maybe if they put all three of our minds together we would have the memory of one normal man...sounds like I heard something like that on Seinfeld.

Three degrees of craziness:
1. Ron was crazy, but realized his craziness could get him kicked out the league so he reformed.
2. Foxy used his craziness purely as a ploy to unnerve his opponents and help his team win.
3. Rodman was crazy and realized his craziness not only got under his opponents skins but also increased his marketability therefore he kept pushing it until he became a cairacture of himself.

Right now Barnes is probably a mix between Ron and Foxy- only I think he's dirtier as far as fouling after the whistle and such. The key is he has the opportunity to be a free agent again next summer so he has extra incentive (as if a championship is not enough) to tone down his craziness.

corrections - someone from a previous post mentioned that Ariza was not a core player? to clarify, he started & played in the 4th during crunch time - he was part of the core.

KB Blitz: I never dismissed the C's. I know others did. The reason I didn't was the same reason we operate towards the end of the regular season. Kobe said it best when they were losing toward the end of the regular season, "Win in June." The C's were a proven team. Although the Heat may do good in the regular season, and I am not comparing, but the last team to do great in the season blowing people out, did not know how to prepare for a series. Bosh has no real playoff experience. I think they may get caught thinking that they are suppose to win, and wait for Wade to take over. This same issue plagued the bulls when Jordan returned during the season. They got caught watching and waiting for Jordan to take over that they forgot that they were on the court also.

And with four sentences, Dr Jerry Buss resurrects Shaq's chances of having a jersey hung among the Laker greats:

"You can’t help but love Shaq. He’s a very funny man. Sometimes he gets a little carried away in his analysis of former employers. Outside of that, he’s quite a guy and we look forward to it.”
That looks like forgiveness to me.
Posted by: wes | August 17, 2010 at 05:00 PM

Wes - Clearly Dr. Buss is not peeved with Shaq...so why are so many here? That one statement about Shaq is why Dr. Buss is the greatest owner and best employer to work for in the league. I can't wait to Shaq jersey joins the rest of the Laker greats cause it'll only add to the Laker lore.

Jodel - I'm with on Chicago. Of course the Lakers can beat the Heat. The question is can the Heat make it to the finals? I'm looking for DRose to make a gigantic step this season.

And there you go . . . Of course Shaq is fine with the Dr. - why the h*&& wouldn't he be?

Y'all been screaming at the Big Ocarina - short memories of when we was great wayy back in the day.

Dr.B is quite an interesting fellow and I like his enthusiasm.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

LRob: I agree D Rose about to go to work out East, and they have some weapons to play with. I like his mentality. Sort of like AI in his prime, "No Fear," and he has weapons.

Shortly after Dr Buss purchased the Lakers, he gave a very candid interview about his life.

This is from People Magazine, 1980.

"But if you're talking about the Lakers and the Forum, too, it's clearly a business deal and foolish to assume I bought them as a pastime." Buss does not intend to preside over also-rans. "I don't just want winners," he says. "I want champions. Usually that means spending money, and I'm prepared to do that."

I guess he really meant that. Good for us.

Of course, he also commented on his 'chauvinistic' attitude. (see Mall comment)

"I'm fascinated by beautiful women and I love to undress them," he says. "They're like a work of art. If that's chauvinistic, so be it."

"As of now, I feel like there’s a good chance this could be the best team we’ve ever had," he said, his statements as declarative as ever.

Hmmm ... seems to be suffering some significant memory loss ... like the entire decade of the 1980s ...

Lamar and Sasha, plus one of our Rooks for Melo?

Dr. Buss - You know women...and their shopping binges...

My wife would go to Nordstrom or Dillard and buy me stuff she knows won't fit...

This way she gets to go back and return them and then buy more stuff...

sheesh...

The Heat have the pieces, but maybe not the mettle, yet. But, Wade is Wade. Wade is the only piece that really scares me. But, in the past the Lakers have done well against the Heat because Kobe and Wade tend to cancel each other out.

In that case, our sidekicks know how to win much better than their sidekicks. But, that may not last forever, either. Everything in the league is so fluid right now.

El B.J. knows how to win in the regular season. So look for the Heat to be the top seed in the Least. But, on the Least coast, home court hasn't meant as much lately. There is a lot of parity over there.

For those reasons, at least for season one, the Heat look destined to be a great team that doesn't make the finals. But, that will not last, especially if they don't panic in the meantime.

However, I don't really expect Mitch to stand pat next off-season, win or lose. I don't really see Kobe letting up, and I do see Drew getting better. So this three-headed titanic struggle looks to be primed to continue for at least 3-5 years.

Nirvana for a fan.

And ALL last season I told EVERYONE that the Ceptics would make it to the Finals, then get beat by us in seven games. I never downplay the Craptics, that would be foolhardy.

--FEARless

Dr Buss, my man. Good to hear his evaluation of the team and his prognosis for the season. If he can be more patient with women at the Mall so can I. If he can move on pass the Shaq issue, so will I, and like him, I admire a good work of art!

There is no question that the Lakers are operating in the NOW. However they've also added some pieces that can begin to develop for the furure. I'm sure they don't want to wait until 3 or 4 years from now, start from scratch, and be a lottery team.
I believe Odom and/or Artest will get traded after this season while they still have value, and while being able to maintain 4 of the starters. The jury will be out on Bynum after this season. I don't think the Lakers will stand iddle watching Miami win championships while they are rebuilding.

I just love the way Jerry Buss feels about everything. He seems to "transcend" all of the NEGATIVE feelings, such as concern, worrying, hatred, etc. into EXCITEMENT. He genuinely feels "exciting" about all aspects of life. As long as he has this quality, it does not matter whether or not he has soften his attitude towards women. Women will be attracted to him anyway.

I believe Odom and/or Artest will get traded after this season while they still have value, and while being able to maintain 4 of the starters. The jury will be out on Bynum after this season. I don't think the Lakers will stand iddle watching Miami win championships while they are rebuilding.

Posted by: Laker J | August 17, 2010 at 08:51 PM
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Odom and Artest will be traded during their expiring contract years so their value is maximized. Odom being the jack of all trades (but master of none) and the fact he's the secondary ball handler in the Triangle Offense is too valuable for even the next Lakers coach to ignore and Artest is still a very good defender in defending the wing (and playing the wing since it's the hardest position.....Barnes will have trouble initially in mastering the wing). Their value will be at best in their contract years and the Lakers could let it expire so they got cap room to go after free agents after Kobe and Pau's contracts are expiring.

Lamar and Sasha, plus one of our Rooks for Melo?

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | August 17, 2010 at 08:28 PM
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As if Denver is that dumb enough to 1) Strengthen a Western Conference Rival 2) Accept a trade with only 1 expiring contract (Sasha) and 3) Bother to let their Superstar go and receive Peanuts in return (unlike Memphis which wanted cap relief to begin with).

DJ not every team whose name isn't the Lakers is has low IQ. It's like saying trade Kobe for the rights to claim all the water from the Colorado River so our water bills in LA can be less hopefully.

You know, I've thought about it and have come to this conclusion about Dr. Buss. He can make all the sexist remarks he wants, and can undress as many women as he wants - as long as he keeps putting the Lakers in a position to win championships, it's all cool with me. Of course I wouldn't want to be one of those women he talks about... or undresses for that matter..... cuz ewwww. BUT - as far as the Lakers are concerned, he's all about doing whatever it takes - with class - to WIN. And for that he gets my respect and appreciation as the greatest owner in sports. Now if only he'd buy the Dodgers....

KB, you make good points but things aren't always the way they should be. For instance not every expiring contract is sought after. A team must be able to absorb it and need the CAP room the following year. A player should also be capable of contributing and have value as a player. I give you Sasha.
CAP room is great if there are valuable free agents available. Those players are at times overpaid because of the "bidding" wars, and become unaffordable to most teams.
Odom is without question a versatile player that fits perfectly in the Lakers offense. The key would be who the next Lakers coach will be, and who or what they can get for Odom. Players that can do what a veteran player can do without the big paycheck are sought after.
The other issue to consider is chemistry. Talent alone does not win championships, hopefully Miami will prove that theory, a player must fit within a team and understand and accept his role. Something Odom has been more than willing to do. I'm sure that after this season the Lakers will once again go to the drawing board with Kobe handing Mitch the markers.

LeBron , Wade and Bosh
vs.
Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, Artest & Fisher

Full house beats three of a kind every time

Dr. Buss is one smart man. He knows he can't retire Shaq's # while Kobe's playing.

And for the record-Bryant/Gasol/Artest had more of an effect on beating the Celtics in the 2010 finals than Bynum/Odom.
Posted by: KB Blitz

Duh, Bynum only had three tears in his ACL, and Odom was less effective because Wallace was as tall as him. You could have even said Artest had the GREATEST impact, but that doesn't mean we are not going to need Bynum THIS year.

Kanye comments from earlier today...

Mayor of Kobe Town says, "no talent clown"
Otis agrees, "no talent clown"

Jon K says, "you no talent, pitch-correction addicted narcissistic boob. His music has zero longevity"

Max says, "Kanye is more talented than plenty of people from other genres of music who are celebrated for thier contributions to music. Kanye's talent is not restricted to his 'rapping', the dude is also a pretty good producer."

Jon K says, "Kanye West has some talent as a producer, but sucks as a songwriter and a lyricist and is a shallow, narcissitic twit.
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Okay here's my take. (Max I got your back). Kanye obviously is a very talented man. You don't produce songs Alicia Keys, John Legend, Common, Jay Z and Janet Jackson if you have no talent.

Kanye is definitely narcissistic. His ego is out of control. He's made a fool of himself a few times on national tv. I'll give him credit because he usually apologizes once he comes to his senses.

Kanye is also a good songwriter. Again the evidence is in the songs he's written for Jay Z, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Common, Pharell, etc. Here's a sample of the lyrics from his Grammy Award winning song, Jesus Walks...

Yo, We at war
We at war with terrorism, racism, and most of all we at war with ourselves
God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down
(Jesus Walks with me) with me, with me, with me

Now hear ye hear ye want to see Thee more clearly
I know he hear me when my feet get weary
Cause we're the almost nearly extinct
We rappers are role models we rap we don't think
I ain't here to argue about his facial features
Or here to convert atheists into believers
I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers
The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way I need Jesus
So here go my single dog radio needs this
They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes
But if I talk about God my record won't get played Huh?
Well let this take away from my spins
Which will probably take away from my ends
Then I hope this take away from my sins
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In conclusion, Kanye is not a great rapper by any stretch of the imagination. But he's an exceptional producer and a good writer. I agree that Kanye's best days in the industry are probably behind him. If that's the case he's had a great run including 47 different awards and 14 Grammys. He certainly has some music that will have great longevity...like Run This Town, Jesus Walks, You Don't Know My Name, Gold Digger and Unbreakable to name a few.


LeBron , Wade and Bosh
vs.
Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, Artest & Fisher
Full house beats three of a kind every time
Posted by: tomK | August 17, 2010 at 09:50 PM

tomK - I like your rationale. I'm no poker player...but I think I can figure out which is the best hand.

LRob - I never called Kanye a "no talent clown." I don't like his music - big difference.

Otis - I can only go by what you post. Mayor of Kobe Town called him a no talent clown. And you said Mayor - Agreed 100% on Kanye. See post below.
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Kanye West - representing the worst America and Rap Music has to offer since 1996. Kobe just lost some respect in my book hanging out with that no-talent clown. I thought Kobe would be a better judge of people than that.
Posted by: Mayor of Kobe Town | August 17, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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Mayor - agree 100% on Kanye but . . . hangin' with stars is what keeps stars stars. Besides, there aren't many people Kobe can hang with and have honest fun - Kanye would be one.
Posted by: Otis | August 17, 2010 at 09:02 AM

Repost from the Matt Barnes' thread:

Barnes' ability to blend in with the team without causing unnecessary distraction:

The one person I have seen that I would have thought unable to do this was Rodman. I mean look justa look at the man. He thrives on going against the flow. Some would say he even caused problems in Chicago (justa ask a certain cameraman). The thing is, it never really turned into a distraction with the team. Part of the reason for this is due to MJ and Pippen's leadership, but I believe the main reason is Phil Jackson. Phil's greatest strength is his ability to get a team to perform regardless of ego, distractions, etc. Phil masterfully uses the media to his benefit, whether that's to cajole his players, or get the team over a recent indiscretion.

All of this is to say, I think Barnes will be just fine as a Laker. Yes he may cause some problems, but Kobe and Phil will be able to keep the team going without a hitch.

KB, you make good points but things aren't always the way they should be. For instance not every expiring contract is sought after. A team must be able to absorb it and need the CAP room the following year. A player should also be capable of contributing and have value as a player. I give you Sasha.

Posted by: Laker J | August 17, 2010 at 09:48 PM
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The reason we haven't found a taker yet for Sasha is because in return Mitch would have to get longer contracts in return and for a very talented team who is well over the luxury tax threshold that is something Mitch doesn't want to do. If he could acquire more talent that could be earth shattering then he would love to trade Sasha otherwise he'll keep Sasha as a bargaining chip until the trade deadline and unless the Lakers need talent as a result of injuries or whatever the Lakers are content with letting it expire so they do not need to pay him after next season.

And remember what got us Pau Gasol the biggest piece? The $9 million expiring contract of Kwamay Brown. Do you think he really "contributed"?
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Duh, Bynum only had three tears in his ACL, and Odom was less effective because Wallace was as tall as him. You could have even said Artest had the GREATEST impact, but that doesn't mean we are not going to need Bynum THIS year.

Posted by: tomK | August 17, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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Umm can you research more before please? If he had 3 tears in his ACL he would be DONE for a year. Leon Powe missed like almost a year when he tore his ACL so how on earth could Bynum recover if he had 3 ACL tears?

2008-Partially Dislocated Knee Cap
2009-Torn MCL
2010-Hip Injury/Sprained Achilles Tendon/Torn Meniscus.

Those are Bynum's injuries....no torn ACLs there.

Odom also had a sore knee and a sore shoulder.

Rasheed Wallace played mostly center since he could spread the floor better from there. KG and Glen Davis mostly played Power Forward. Rasheed neutralized more Gasol and Bynum than he did Odom.

And if Rasheed was as tall than Odom and neutralized him.....why didn't Amare neutralize Odom as well (both are 6'10)??

re: Artest was the MVP of Game 7 but did he impact Game 2 with his 1-10 shooting? Did he impact in Game 5 when Pierce went off? (though that was more because of switches since the Lakers didn't want Bynum to be switched on Pierce). Did he have a bigger impact than either Bryant or even Fisher in Game 3?

Who had the greatest impact? Your 2010 Finals MVP. That's why he won the award.

re: When did I say we did not need Bynum? What the point was that Bynum wasn't the key. Do we need Bynum to put 30 points on the Heat? Is our offense going to suffer to the point where we can't win any games if Bynum doesn't go off? Is Bynum' production going to be equivalent of Wade+James+Bosh?

Bynum is going to be needed just as Odom/Artest is nevermind Bryant/Gasol. But he isn't the key to beating Miami....it's useless if Bynum puts 30 yet the Miami 3 puts in 25 each. That's why defense is always the key not scoring. Game 7 of the 2010 Finals proved that.

Please try to know what to post before replying to me.

LeBron , Wade and Bosh
vs.
Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, Artest & Fisher
Full house beats three of a kind every time
Posted by: tomK | August 17, 2010 at 09:50 PM
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I wouldn't call that a fair analysis if you bring Artest and Fisher yet fail to bring Chalmers and Anthony. Anthony could be a decent role player for us to overrated him as a "physical world class defender" just as Perkins was overrated just because he is a big body (no disrespect to Kendrick he's a good player).

Also was Derek Fisher was a force on lottery land Golden State? Or was he a real force in Utah (besides his dramatic comeback in the Jazz-Warriors series)? Yes he is needed for leadership/taking charges or flopping/being the initiator in the triangle offense/spot up shooter but especially at age 36 while he will have his moments don't expect Derek to be the force that will be scoring 25ppg+.

So when it comes to position wise (SG/SF/PF), it's in fact a draw because KB/Wade is tied (KB is better but Wade is in his prime and is the real force in Miami), LBJ has an edge over Ron and Gasol beats Bosh. So it comes to role players and the Lakers and Heat both have good role players. then it will come to coaching and while Spoelstra is underrated defensively....there's always Phil Jackson and the Lakers improved defense combined with a hopefully better offense efficiency will be the key in beating Miami....not individual match ups.

That being said....it will be a very close series should they meet up in the Finals.

LRob,

you wrote: Wes - Clearly Dr. Buss is not peeved with Shaq...so why are so many here?

my response: Because Shaq is a jerk who destroys teams and blames others
for his lack of work ethic. Translation .... Shaq is a jerk.

LakerJ,

you wrote: I believe Odom and/or Artest will get traded after this season while they still have value, and while being able to maintain 4 of the starters. The jury will be out on Bynum after this season. I don't think the Lakers will stand idle watching Miami win championships while they are rebuilding.

my response: Your reasoning is sketchy. The Lakers were not idle this
summer. We improved our bench. The Lakers were not idle last summer.
They grabbed a defensive presence at the 3. It would seem as if you're
confusing offense with defense. The past 3 Finals should clearly show that
defense wins championships.

Why would you trade Artest after he just did a number on Durant & Pierce?
Odom was just re-signed. There is no reason to trade him. He's arguably one
of the best 6th men in the league. [ You take Melo if you can get him. :) ]

re: Bynum. Haven't we beaten this dead horse into a fine pate?

jimjoyce,

you wrote: Hmmm ... seems to be suffering some significant memory loss ... like the entire decade of the 1980s ...

my response: I've been wondering what rock you were hiding under....

So ... If the Lakers break the bulls win record &/or win more than 30 games
in a row, wouldn't Buss' remark be accurate? If the Lakers 3-peat, wouldn't
his remark be accurate? i.e. Did the Lakers 3-peat in the 80's?

You can make the argument that Kareem is better than Pau. I wouldn't
disagree. You can make the argument that Magic is better than Fisher.
I wouldn't disagree. Kobe is deemed the 2nd best shooting guard in the
history of the NBA. Artest is a great defender. Phil is the best coach in the
history of the NBA. When you put *everything* together & stir, Dr. Buss
might be right. We'll find out this coming year. [ There are a lot of players
I didn't talk about. I was making a point. ]

Justanothermambafan,

re: your name and jacking.

So we're going to keep this clean.... bwahahahaha .....

Ok. Have you considered changing you name to:

The poster formerly known as JAMF?

or HotMambaFan?


And with that, I turn to Mike Brenshan and ask:

Why did you leave out the final part of the article?

snippet:
But isn't Buss still the bottom line for all major decisions made by the Lakers?

He chuckled.

"They still have to kiss the ring."

"Just wanting my respect."-JustaLakerFan
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JustaLakerFan,

The time has come sir, to move on from this.
Everyone understands your position now.
But the cold hard fact is, nothing is going to change.
Justanothermambafan is not going to change her handle and others will continue to call her justa.
The bottom line is, however frustrating it may be for you, there is nothing you can do about it.

If you continue with trying to beat up on others you will lose the respect you desire from everyone.
No one likes constant negativity.

Let it go and come back to talking about other stuff.
Lakers, basketball and the occasional frivolity are a lot more fun.


Awesome - Dr. Buss is a great boss and a wise man - playing to win is the only way to approach it. I have to wonder if Mitch and his son are going to shop Andrew and LO for Carmelo next year... some how we need to start thinking past Kobe's greatness and add another weapon soon.

He can't even buy new jeans with all the money he spends for the lakers...

Good Morning Laker fam,

Looks like Barnes is getting ready....

Jared Dudley: You can add @Matt_Barnes22 to the list of NBA players workin out here at Impact..he looks good in his workout and looks like he lost weight-Twitter

When an employee asked for a bonus for making the playoffs Buss said, "If they don't make the playoffs you don't work here anymore."

see part of the ESPN article below (Dave McMenamin)
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Buss said the expenditures create a championship-or-bust mentality for his team that has made it to three straight NBA Finals. The Lakers pocket approximately $1.5 million in profit per home playoff game.

"It's very helpful to get a lot of games in and go to the Finals," Buss said. "If we don't go to the Finals this has been a very expensive undertaking. ... You get to a spot where you have to win it all to be happy. Sometimes you talk to people and they say, 'Wow, we made the playoffs,' and I think to myself, 'If we don't make the playoffs...' As a matter of fact, talking some time ago to some people, they wanted a bonus if the Lakers made the playoffs. I said, 'If they don't make the playoffs, you don't work here anymore.' "

Ladies & Gentleman....Paul Pierce -
“I think we’re one of the top four or five teams,” Pierce said. “But we could still use another piece. A wing man.”
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Translation - we can't stop Lebron/Wade dou. Kobe...forgetaboutit!

JustaLakerFan - Enough is enough. I already gave you a warning to stop the personal attacks and you continued to do so, this case in questioning Wes' sexual preference. You're now banned.

MM

Another reason to appreciate Jerry Buss generous spending....I give you the Sacremento Kings -

"The Maloof family's Las Vegas casino has struggled to the point that a minority investment partner estimates the property is worthless."
The estimate suggests the Palms Casino Resort, owned by the same family that owns the Kings, has suffered a striking decline in value. But George Maloof Jr., who runs the Palms, called the estimate inaccurate and said the casino is doing better these days. ... The Palms 'is definitely not worth nothing,' said the consultant, Bill Lerner of Union Gaming Group. The Palms and the Kings are the twin pillars of the Maloofs' business empire, and the family has deftly cross- marketed the two. But they are separate companies, and family members say the fortunes of one don't affect the other. ... Maloof said the Palms is noticing an upturn. 'We're doing a lot better,' Maloof said. 'I think we've seen the bottom in Las Vegas, definitely.' "

LRob; If nit-picking is your thing, I did not mention what I agreed with 100%. You don't need to proof your comments to me, and I don't need to proof them to you. What I did explain is my stance, not what you erroneously inferred.

Oh wait a second... I guess I don't have to change my name now!

Yes, best Laker team ever!! Miami and Boston are more freak show than rival.

I have something in common with Jerry Buss. I also enjoy undressing women, but then there are the inevitable charges being filed and endless court dates, plus the hospital stays when Tootsie Roll (aka Mrs. Jolly) is done with me...

JR

Good Morning Laker Fam!! yellofever!!! Why are you hating on Brett Favre and PLEASE don't compare him to SISTER Jimmy and the Celtic's !! LOL. That's hitting below the belt!!!!!! I never liked him either but when he became a Viking, all is forgiven!!! You know how that goes.[RonRon--Barnes]. LRob, how are you doing? I really think the Vike's have a great chance again. Anybody notice Princess Jimmy is digging himself deeper and deeper with his comments? He doesn't know when to shut up. Saw some of what was written in GQ. He is in for a long season. He's just not gonna let his TALENT speak, prves he's Very IMMATURE!!

Is JustaLakerFan banned? Unbanned?

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW???

WHO AM I????

God, I'm so confused...

Yeah, The enthusiasm of Dr. Buss is the reason this team has been so great. He truly believes his team is and will be the best, and he is usually right. It will be interesting to see what they do about Bynum, who in the course of a season doesn't justify the max contract his greasy agent will demand. That being said, in the finals Bynum is the one piece of the puzzle teams like Miami cannot contend with. For the time being, let's just hope he can stay healthy. I too am looking forward to next season, and I hope the rookies can get a little playing time.

Oh. The omni-present blog God MM has removed the comment that caused my confusion.

Ok... back to being the one, the only, too sweet to be sour JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN!!!

*applause*

*cheers*

Yes folks, it's really me.

Boy am I glad to be here. I just flew in from... nevermind.

LRob; If nit-picking is your thing, I did not mention what I agreed with 100%. You don't need to proof your comments to me, and I don't need to proof them to you. What I did explain is my stance, not what you erroneously inferred.
Posted by: Otis | August 18, 2010 at 07:49 AM
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Otis - No problem. Nit-picking is not my thing. I didn't understand your stance until you just clarified. When you said you agree 100% how would I know without you explaining it? Now I know.

My biggest problem with the comments were those that said Kanye West has "no talent". Since that's not what you meant, I'm sorry for lumping you in that group

Why Justa why did you have to ask JustaLakerfan that question in the chat? And why did I have to ask the follow up after the chat? It just goes to show one never knows what can set someone off. Now your mission if you choose to accept it, since you have these powers you know, is to find Mamba. Ok in his words....Carry on!

Anybody catch how LeBronze refers to himself in the 3rd person in that new GQ interview? He's worse than Karl Malone.

DBDH!

Hey NewMexicoLaker - It's all good. Wifey is also happy Brett drama is over. Unfortunately I don't think he can duplicate last years performance. Lebron definitely needs to zip it and let his game speak. That whole Akron vs. Cleveland thing was so high schoolish.

Hello Pete Mcguire,

How are you doing? I seldom read your posts and missed decent posters like you. Lakers blog has changed its focus and became complex as well. You really don't know now who is who? What we used to discuss about the Lakers and exchanged news, today it became a narcissistic social medium focused on the bloggers themselves. There are sinister critics, poseurs, impostors and self centered bloggers. I missed Korey, AZ, EX, Gaznabi, Xodus, Faith who were here to be enlightened or spread good stories and ideas. Even Lakertom has took time off from daily posting. However, in generalwe have still good and new Laker fans like Art Fl, LRob, Lewstrs and others we just can't avoid the posers among trolls who find happiness in circulating merciless attacks. Maybe they are the leprechauns using a trojan horse in the blog. Very soon, I will be like you if LAT cannot manage its own blog of one identity per blogger. I'm on a travel mode but won't miss a chance to greet the good old timers & bloggers like you.

The fact that Bynum's scoring is mere gravy (3rd scoring option at most) only shows that he isn't the key to beating the Heat. If he scores 30 but the Heat trio scores 25 each is that going to really matter? It's like asking Artest or Odom to carry the scoring load as the key to winning a really talented team like Miami. Many of us dismiss the Heat as not even making out of the East but isn't that what we said about the Celtics? Look how they turned out to be....nearly beating out a better overall Magic team in 09 with a key part in KG being out with an injury. Next year with KG the Celtics humiliated the Magic despite Howard averaging 22ppg against the Celtics. Miami is a legit contender and has a good chance of making it out of the East.

As for the future it matters not. We will rebuild once we get there. This isn't future building when you have a title contender. This isn't Bynum's team by far and for the next 3-5 years even it will still be held by Bryant-Gasol. Mitch's plan isn't putting young blood to prepare for the seasons beyond Bryant-Gasol it's riding out the current group until at least 2014 (when we have lots of cap room). We will think about Bynum then until then you do whatever it takes to win NOW (which is one reason why Laker Tom (will) feel(s) slighted at PJ/KB at times for not giving Bynum more opportunities).

And for the record-Bryant/Gasol/Artest had more of an effect on beating the Celtics in the 2010 finals than Bynum/Odom.

Posted by: KB Blitz | August 17, 2010 at 07:40 PM
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Good post, but as usual I disagree with you on Bynum being the difference maker in this matchup. The Heat's best front line from strictly a talent standpoint is Bosh, Haslem and No Rings. If Kobe and Artest can somewhat limit Wade and No Rings, where is the Lakers biggest advantage? It is clearly at the 4-5 positions. Points in the paint and defending the paint are the biggest keys to success in the NBA Finals. Andrew Bynum's presence to alter shots .. especially when Wade and No Rings bully their way in .. is the single most important factor for the Lakers success outside of Kobe Bryant's brilliance. While all component parts are important, the presence of a true back-to-the basket center like Bynum (who is only going to get bigger, stronger and better) has been a key component part to all 16 Lakers championships. You can rationalize Bynum away as much as you want, but no way do the Lakers win the last two years without him, even at 50-60%. Not only do I believe that the Lakers will build around him as Kobe's career winds down, I look forward to it.

Also, why you insist on pitting Gasol/Odom against Bynum/Odom is puzzling to me. This is a TEAM. Take out any one of those players and the chemistry is altered. I realize that you're not a Bynum guy, but in defending your position I also think that you don't give nearly enough credit to Bynum where it is absolutely, unequivocally, indubitably due. There is nothing that your retrospectoscope can do to refute that Bynum was one of five players in the entire world to start on the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the past two NBA Finals. He is 2 for 2, an irrefutable statistic, and he plays the position that is arguably the most important position on the floor for success at this ultimate level.

Dr. Buss let us hang shaq ' the big minimum' o'neal's jersey in the rafters of staple center.... together with shaq himself.

Quote from Lebron "But I mean, even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court."

Can you believe this guy? I agree with what Wes was saying the other day - I've never been much of a Lebron fan or hater but after the Orlando series 2 years ago, the not allowing people to see him dunked on, mysterious elbow injury this year, "The Decision (to stick a knife in all Clevelanders)", etc. Everytime he opens his mouth, you can see what an ugly person he really is. Doesn't matter how talented he is.

Regarding Bynum - don't think you can talk about building a team around him until he can demonstrate he can stay HEALTHY. And, be a defensive presence for extended periods WITHOUT getting in foul trouble. I agree that he can be an offensive juggernaut, but I think he still needs to work on defense, rebounding, and passing. Not saying that he's not an important part of the team, but a future cornerstone? Not so sure.

hey buddy , looking for u, came across this thing that u were looking for. http://sportscomplainer.com/nba ..its like that drudgereport thing u like but sports. i found it yesterday and i know youve been looking for something like that so ur welcome and u owe me a favor dude


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