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Caught in the Web: Lakers' owner Jerry Buss says he may have his best team next season

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Jerry Buss' contention that the 2010-11 team will be his best team ever.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Buss' belief that the Lakers don't have just  one rival.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin predicts Lakers forward Ron Artest won't miss a beat next season.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper exempts Kobe Bryant from criticism for skipping the 2010 FIBA World Championship because of his injuries, but he argues that most of the 2008 Olympic team should have played.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights certain comments from Buss' press conference.

-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum overheard a Hall of Fame official saying they had trouble getting Buss and Michael Jordan away from the card tables.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Buss' argument that the Lakers have not been influenced this offseason by the Miami Heat.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at Buss' belief that his money has been well spent this offseason.

-- Lakers.com has video of Buss' press conference in two installments

-- Lakers.com also has a photo gallery of the Laker Girls.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has a player report card on Bryant.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano answers questions from readers.

Tweet of the Day: "Buss on continuing to spend $$: 'At least it has softened my attitude towards women in the mall because I can’t turn down things either.' " -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "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

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Lakers owner Jerry Buss told reporters Tuesday the 2010-11 team may be hist best squad yet. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

 
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Man, mornings are slow around here without our Mamba24. Larry, please come baaaaaaack.

No joke Johnny V.

G'morning Blog fam!

Haven't been posting much - life is getting in the way of it! But I've been reading. Holy moly you guys are funny!

Basketball, I love thee. I'm jonesin' for you. I've watched all four wins from this past championship about 10 times each. *sigh* October can't come fast enough.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Mamba24 - I hope you come back and reconsider

MM

Wow.. did sterling really say that.. what an A$$hole..

This from rotoworld:

Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn't sound too impressed with his team's offseason additions, saying, "If I really called the shots we wouldn't have signed Gomes and what's the other guy's name?"

Sterling didn't stop there. "They told me if we built a new practice facility we'd attract all the top players in the game," he said. "I guess I should have doubled the size of this place. I swear to you, I never heard of these guys." This confirms the image of Sterling as a massively out-of-touch NBA owner...and for the record, the "other guy" is named Randy Foye. Aug. 17 - 2:55 pm et

Mamba24.


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.


Get your bobo back on here & carry out your duties, son.


You don't want to be a slacker, do you?? WELL DO YOU????


Exactly.


(We miss you Larry. Hope all is well with your family.)

yellofever - What a difference between Sterling and Buss makes. The contrast in personalities and management couldn't be any more visible. The disparity between the Lakers and the Clippers couldn't be any more greater.

MM

LTLL - I'm jonesing so bad I've now started rewatching last year's Games 4 & 5 just for variety.

Although I gotta say it never gets old watching the weeners go down!

Yes JustAnotherMambaFan your wish is my command!!! How's that for a demonstration of Justa's powers LRob? Lol!

Laker Nation, MM,

No worries, no problems, all would concede , including I, yes I, that MM is the best Blog God ever! Nor did the Trolls run me away Laker Nation, I would never desert the Head of my family JustAnotherMambaFan(Head of The Mamba Clan). I just had a whirlwind weekened and it finally caught up with me. Taking a Fishing trip Laker Nation be gone couple days. So if you happen to see a Mamba24 post... OK it with my family head 1st pleasssse! You should know my nonsense from an imposters nonsense by now. Lol! But as the song says IF You Need me Call me, No matter where you are No matter how far. DAMNNNNNNN! Thats beautiful. Laker Nation, Blog God...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!! Carry On!!!!

P.S. NewMexicoLakerLifer I told you Brett would be back and although I'm not a Viking fan I'm thrilled for the Game! Hope they get to the SuperBowl this time!!!!!

P.S.S. To all those I will not name for fear they will be targeted for unJUTAFIED attack...Thank you all for your support. Love you all!!

The difference between the Lakers and Clippers is greater than "big brother" versus "little brother".

It's more like the "normal kid" versus the (insert politically correct adjective here) kid.


Thank god for the Buss family and what they've done for our beloved Lakers.

Just think how bad it would be on here if our team was the Clippers.... OMG - I shudder at the thought. We'd all probably have committed suicide by now.

Wow - am I good, or am I good? LOL!

justa - wow you have some amazing powers. now i'm kind of afraid

mamba24 - welcome back to the fold! we're so glad to have your presence on board!

MM

Thank you all for your support. Love you all!!
Posted by: Mamba24 | August 18, 2010 at 09:05 AM

Ladies and Gents, prepare for liftoff! Great to you back Mamba24. Weird to start my day without seeing a Mamba24 post!

MM - no worries - don't be afraid! So as long as you take me to the ASG in LA with you, you have nothing to fear.

justa - bad news. i just found out my family is coming to town then and i promised i'd take them. i'm sure you understand

MM

Mark Medina,

Any decent poster or Mamba24 will be queasy to blog if you cannot put some order in your blog. One identity per blogger or one IP address per blogger, let your IT systems analyst research that aspect. Automatic posting can be abused by irresponsible posters, you have to target the problem and avoid neglecting what are the obvious flaws in your blog. Just my 2 cents.

MM, is it too early to congratulate wes for RCOTD?...Ok, congratulations wes.

justa - bad news. i just found out my family is coming to town then and i promised i'd take them. i'm sure you understand
MM
Posted by: Mark Medina | August 18, 2010 at 09:17 AM

Hmmmmm, coincidence or cop-out? You decide. lol

Mamba24, have a good couple of days off. I'll talk to you soon.

MM??? WTH??? OH HELL NO.

That seat is mine.

I'm sure you understand.

Congrats wes on RCOTD!!!!

Good morning, Fam! That Jerry Buss... what a guy!

"You hate to say it, but that’s what it comes down to,” Buss said. “You get to a spot where, you have to win it all to be happy.

“Some time ago, talking to some people, they wanted a bonus if the Lakers made the playoffs. I said, `Bonus? If we don’t make the playoffs, you don’t work here anymore.”’

This just shows the shrewd business mind of Buss. He doesn't hesitate to spend in order to contend for championships but he also demands accountability. This is the reason why the Lakers are a great organization.

Dr. Jerry Buss - the best owner of the best franchise in sports!

Edwin - I understand and think there's validity to your argument. Regarding the IP address, I've forwarded that concern multiple times to management. They're well aware of the problem. The thing is the platform we run isn't something that's "L.A. Times" owned. It's run under the people at TypePad. They're well aware of the problem too but it's beyond our control.

As far as the automatic posting, I've stated numerous times that I'm willing to go either route to go with automatic and delete the inappropriate comments after I see them or moderate them but at a slower rate. Overwhelmingly you guys want automatic. So that's why I've stayed with that.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, any person who makes inappropriate comments will have their posts deleted eventually once I get to them. If they are repeat offenders, they will be banned. Though I appreciate readers emailing me individually to alert me about offensive posts, there is no need for anyone on the blog to engage, answer or fight back with those people. All it creates is more problems.

MM

Welcome back Mamba24, all this drama over a name. I believe we are now free to say justa as often and as many times as we want. Not to be confused with Justa, the blog goddes. I say that respectfully, and while sober.


Is there a way to conduct a sobreity test on the bloggers of this forum before posting. That could prevent future issues from occurring. On second thought, some of the best posts have come from...well...you know who you are.

yellowfever,

Nice post on Sterling.
He says "if I really called the shots"...

That's almost funny if not pathetic. He doesn't even know the name of one the players on his team that he doesn't like?

Sounds like he is a totally hands off owner. That's not necessarily bad, but can you imagine if you (all), ok, ya'll owned an NBA team being totally hands off?

I would guess most of us wouldn't be able to keep our nose out of things. If I were Sterling I'd sell the team. To Magic. Wouldn't that be fun for LA fans?

Jerry Buss is one cool old man.

Go Lakers!

Magic would make a good owner of the Clippers...only if he agreed to move them out of LA :-)

Move the Clips out of LA? (Laker J)

I think it would be really cool if Magic owned the Clips, in LA.
You know he would want to build a team to challenge the Lakers.
Two powerhouse teams both from LA, the country would hate LA even more.
I think that would be a fun WCF match up, Magic's team vs Buss' team.
Suppose any Laker fans would become Clipper fans?

No, no, no, not a divided Laker Nation, we have enough strife as it is. Will the followers be Clippers fans or Magic fans? San Diego is not that far, and that's where they came from.

Laker J: "Is there a way to conduct a sobriety test on the bloggers of this forum before posting. That could prevent future issues from occurring."

Yes, MM just asks everyone to pee onto their keyboards before posting... and if they do, they're obviously not sober... and they won't be able to post.

Science is your friend.

Ironic. I was just having a talk with a co-worker who also grew up in Los Angeles saying why I thought this Laker team (on paper) is the best team since the Magic era. I now live and work in Austin.

Here is why. We have potentially next year, the best swingman in the game, the best power forward, and the best center. If Drew stays healthy he has the talent, coaching, team-mates, and I think drive to be the BEST center in the NBA. Kobe is already the best swing-man, sorry Wade, and who would you take over Pau at power forward for 2010-2011? Bosh? Garnett? nope, nope. Having the 3 best players in the league at their position is pheonomal.

Also I asked my co-worker to name Shaq's back up say on the 2000-2001 team. Can't do it can you? Look at that Roster. Madsen was the back-up or perhaps Jelani McCoy. Our front court, again on paper, is phenonomally deep.

The Blake-rest factor. Blake was a fantastic signing. I don't think Lakerdom realizes how fantastic. There was a great article about how physically gifted he was. Basically he had the best overall physical tests of any guard in his draft class and they hold up well to the top of any draft class. He also has a high basketball IQ and does not have a big ego. Blake playing and Shannon's resigning I hope means lots of rest for Fish and also I think Kobe should and will have his lowest minutes ever during the coming regular season, and this will be a good thing .

In fact basketball IQ. Kobe, Pau, Fish, Blake, are you kidding me? We are going to have the highest basketball IQ team perhaps ever. Forget Miami the Lakers have a chance to be an all-time, all-great team next year.

If the Rooks can contribute, Theo give us some D, and Ron-Ron continues with his effort and adds even more confidence in the triangle, not to mention the Machine getting some shooting touch back, this will be potentially one of the best NBA teams, not just Laker teams, EVER.

The word next season is ELEVATION. If they don't play that at Staples when they come up for the last pre-game shoot around, they should. I want to hear everyone in Staples singing it each game this coming season.

Los Angeles of Anaheim Clippers?

yellofever,


Those quotes by Sterling made me cringe. Can't he just sell the team for God's sake?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Yellofever - Thanks for the post on Sterling. All I can say is WOW! And Kobe was really strongly considering signing with him.

So excited in my last post forgot to mention Barnes and how he can get Kobe some more rest. I went to my first Laker game at 6 on their championship run 1971-72 and was lucky enough to go to about 5 home games a year during the Magic era (when regular folk could do that at the Forum). Of course I have been watching every single year and listening to talk radio when in LA.

This is a freaking incredible team they have assembled. I am ALWASYS humbled when one of my teams even makes the playoffs, I never take it for granted. I just ask a team to play hard....but the Lakers are really setting my sights high this year with the great finish and great off-season, AND with the Miami and Shaq signings to motivate them even more and Phil's last year, Not that extra motivation was needed...but yet it is there...and then the not only talented signings but SMART signings.

If someone can name a better team than what this years Lakers can be, I'd like to hear it. I realize now it is only on paper and unless they win a championship they will not be as good as any Laker championship team, but on paper at the start of a year try and name a better Laker team. Or any NBA team ever. That is how good the Laker roster is.

"They told me if we built a new practice facility we'd attract all the top players in the game," he said. "I guess I should have doubled the size of this place. I swear to you, I never heard of these guys."-D Sterling

Haha! Sterling bought a state of the art practice facility thinking that would make players want to become Clippers? Then they end up with Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye as their big free agent pickups? That's hilarious. I'd be mad too.

It's about time for Sterling to maybe watch a few games, or better yet, sell the team.

Go Lakers!

Good morning Laker blog Fam!

I hope to see much playing time for Caracter and Ratliff in the pre-season games, especially Bynum with "limited" time and Odom joining the USA team now. I am curious to see how well Caracter can match up against big bodies in the NBA level and how good Ratliff is defensively. If they are able to match up well, the Lakers will have the one of the deepest rosters in the NBA ever.

So....someone got angry that people refer to jamf as justa? Wow! Really?

Mamba24 was MIA this morning? Why?

Man I've missed some really good stuff. Haven't been able to read the blog lately, just peek in here and there. I would have loved to comment on the Kobe/MJ thread.

But as the song says IF You Need me Call me, No matter where you are No matter how far.
Posted by: Mamba24 | August 18, 2010 at 09:05 AM

Back with a little Motown flava....I like. Well next time make sure...
You come back in a hurry
So we don't have to worry

Do you remember the scene with that song in Remember the Titans?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHOEi50YNfY

Larry of LA - You got me all excited with your post there! I am so very ready for the season to start.

Can someone get the hot tub time machine up & running?

Yikes - too...much....time.....still.....need....vodka....

THIS JUST IN: In a bizarre twist of circumstances, LeBron James has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that limits his ability to communicate only in the third person and the first person plural (also known as the royal "we").


"LeBron knows that this ain't nothin'. We know that this ain't nothin'. LeBron can talk however LeBron wants to talk because that's how LeBron's going to talk, okay?" LeBron James said when asked to comment.


Dr. Hogare Morgenstein, LeBron James's neurologist at the Miami Hospital for Neurological Inclusionary Medicine stated, "It's a rare case, but it's chronic condition. The warning signs have been there for sometime, it's just now that it's completely come to the surface." When asked for further details Dr. Morgenstein continued, "There is no cure for this condition known as LeBronitis. Treatments, but no cure."


The breaking point for LeBron James seems to have been "The Decision" but his condition was readily apparent in his recent interview with GQ Magazine. To quote: "We used to hate Cleveland. We still hate some people in Cleveland. LeBron is King. In Miami, We Kings. LeBron could go back to Cleveland someday. We would make it a great story, we would."


Ron Artest was recently quoted about LeBron's condition and stated frankly, "I don't know what's going on with that guy. The dude is nuts!"


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

MM - thanks for all you do. We understand you're at the mercy of the powers that be.

Edwin - Good idea on one IP address per blogger. And don't even think about getting frustrated and going anywhere. I appreciate your insight.

Troy B - water under the bridge. You really need to poke your nose in, as you say, a little more often! (BUT - please don't start the Kobe/MJ thing again....LOL! Someone used a phrase earlier that applies in this case as well - we already beat that dead horse into a fine pate. LOL!!!)


LRob - Remember the Titans has got to be one of my all-time favorite movies. I loved it, and have rewatched it too many times to count. If you haven't seen it, peeps, it's worth a look fo shizzle.

I am wondering if the Lakers are planning to invite more players to the training camp knowing that those players may not be added to the the Lakers roster this season..The way the Lakers roster is set up, Luke Walton will be the 12th player on the team (also assume Sasha stays.) If he is healthy, I believe both Caracter and Ebanks will be heading to D-League. If he is NOT healthy, either Caracter or Ebanks will be the 12th man. Which one would you like to be on the team if that's the case? Ebanks for insurance for SF position or give some experience to Caracter?

Hehe JonK. That was funny.

It reminds me of an Onion 'article' about what the Heat's nickname was going to be next season. If you can find that....it is worth it. I still laugh about it. Can not post the actual name here, but it was something like this; Threeheaded s...storm and Lebron wanting it to to be something like Basketball Justice League of America.

Good stuff.

The only signing this offseason that puzzles me is Theo Ratliff (aka "The Mineral Man").


I mean, he seems like a decent pick-up, but with Shaq signing with the acursed Celtics for the league minimum, it's a little odd.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

We have potentially next year, the best swingman in the game, the best power forward, and the best center. If Drew stays healthy he has the talent, coaching, team-mates, and I think drive to be the BEST center in the NBA. Kobe is already the best swing-man, sorry Wade, and who would you take over Pau at power forward for 2010-2011? Bosh? Garnett? nope, nope. Having the 3 best players in the league at their position is pheonomal.

Posted by: Larry of LA | August 18, 2010 at 09:53 AM

Larry - Let's not get carried away. DHoward is easily the best center. But like you I love Drew's potential....hopefully will quit having to say the dreaded P when talking about Drew soon. How bout Lamar for best 6th man? Okay he's not better than Manu, and Crawford was off the charts last year, but LO is not that far off.

Also loved your comment about IQ...very high overall team BB IQ.

Justa - lol all's good. Just been really busy with work, family, and tutoring. I try to come in here as often as possibe. What can I say, I got a major addiction to anything Lakers. As far as Kobe/MJ, I don't want to compare them, I justa want to appreciate Kobe while I can!

The only signing this offseason that puzzles me is Theo Ratliff (aka "The Mineral Man").I mean, he seems like a decent pick-up, but with Shaq signing with the acursed Celtics for the league minimum, it's a little odd.

Posted by: Jon K. | August 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

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Jon K - I totally with you on that. I think a lot here are over valuing Theo...especially when Shaq could've been had for the min. All it would have took is for Dr. Buss to do what he should've done a long time ago (since PJ wouldn't do it) and that is tell Shaq and Kobe that he wasn't going to have any of more of this foolishness cause its HIS TEAM...not Shaq's and not Kobe's.

Hilarious about the Lebron 3rd person thingy. Always reminds me of the Jimmy episode on Seinfeld.

I wonder if the Lakers will make one more move before the season starts, like trading Sasha for cap space. I am also interested to see what kind of role Caracter will play with the team, I think he could actually find some minutes this year and play Josh Powell's role better than he did.

Speaking of BEST....The Lakers have the BEST TEAM, the BEST PLAYER, the BEST COACH, and the BEST OWNER in the NBA!! You can't beat that!!!

This is the 2nd best team behind Magic's. When Kobe transitions from shooting guard to more of a point, the team will become the best ever. kobe playing more point, even from the 2 spot, will extend his stay at the nba level of play. we have a lot of offense with gasol and bynum - again: if he can stay healthy - and kobe can always "turn it on" as he says (no reason not to believe him, that's for sure) when we need that extra rebound, point, defensive play, etc. heck, i can see kobe becoming a player/coach! shoot, he's doing that already...GO LAKERS and IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

Mamba24, please stay away. I read the blogs everyday but never post, and bloggers have fans. some are good and some are pathic. Mamba24 thinks it's all about HIM, get a life it's NOT. The way you came off on another blogger, you should have been BAND.

Hey Mamba24...Happy to hear from you and have a great fishing trip!!You were right, He's baaack,was thrilled to hear that! Jerry Buss, you're the best, we really are so fortunate to have you for our owner. Hey Justa, you know what, dammit you are funny!!! I do enjoy your posts!

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.
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That's like saying the Spurs are 1-0 with Fabricio Oberto as the center or 1-0 with Nazr Mohammad. Here's some facts: Bynum played 19mpg in the 2009 Finals 24mpg in the 2010 series. Bynum's impact in the 09 Finals was largely negigible compared to Bryant/Gasol/Odom heck even Ariza (do you disagree with that?). Bynum with the exception of Game 2 had a lesser impact than Bryant/Gasol/Artest....maybe tied with Odom's value because Odom wasn't an impact compared to 2009. It's not about who starts it's about who had the bigger impact/minutes. For example: 07 Ginobili didn't start but received tons of minutes....Michael Finley started at SG but was he more responsible for the Spurs in 2007 than Ginobili? Of course not.

The Spurs in 2007 proved you can have a scrub center (Mohammad/Oberto) and win titles....why? Defense. The Celtics put some unknown center in 2006 into some contention....Defense was responsible for making Perkins known to the NBA. In 2004 who was the center? Ben Wallace very great defensive center but not a scoring center (Game 5 was an exception). Larry Brown's team used defense to slow down Kobe to make him shoot a sub par 38%. So which champion teams in the 2000's had a true center being a force? Easy: Shaq/Kobe Lakers and the Wade/Shaq Heat and what was the common factor in both those teams? Shaq the 5th best center of all time behind Wilt/Russell/Kareem/Hakeem.

That's why I disagree with you on Bynum. Bynum as a good shotblocker (when he wants to be) as he is...he is helped a ton by the perimeter defense of Artest/Bryant at least (Odom is very good on screen and rolls...the best big man the Lakers have at that). That begs the question....if you replaced Bynum with Howard on the Magic would the Magic be a force defensively still?

The only signing this offseason that puzzles me is Theo Ratliff (aka "The Mineral Man").I mean, he seems like a decent pick-up, but with Shaq signing with the acursed Celtics for the league minimum, it's a little odd.

Posted by: Jon K. | August 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM


On paper, having shaq makes complete sense but now we get to the reality of it all: kobe not wanting to have a 3-peat w/shaq's help. this alone is going to motivate kobe to "will" his team for the 'chip let alone what's at stake for PJ, etc.
Shaqster playing along with kobe who's pulling down over $20mil this season to his "big minimum." i don't know and then to witness kobe's leadership and having to take direction. look, shaq wasn't "big" enough to keep things in check while he was here... he admits to not knowing how he won the 'chip in Miami due to all of his hard partying... i just don't see how he would've fit into this team. Hey - IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

"and for the record, the "other guy" is named Randy Foye."

Randy, who? :-)

Sterling may have a point there...

Bynum is the man when he's healthy... simple as that and while he's healthy and gets more "touches," he's a complete animal. IF he stays healthy, and can play without concern of being injured, i believe he's more effective for his team than d howard. Potential, potential... his is real unlike odom. odom has been in the league too long to continue having this conversation about potential and bynum's potential has been hampered by injuries and not talent. why is odom playing right now? wasn't he complaining about nagging injuries during last season? shouldn't he be healing rather than competing? we'll see what happens because we have no choice but to wait. GO LAKERS!!

That's why I disagree with you on Bynum. Bynum as a good shotblocker (when he wants to be) as he is...he is helped a ton by the perimeter defense of Artest/Bryant at least (Odom is very good on screen and rolls...the best big man the Lakers have at that). That begs the question....if you replaced Bynum with Howard on the Magic would the Magic be a force defensively still?

Posted by: KB Blitz | August 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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I get the impression from you that "he is what he is." He has been so much more than that and will be even much more than THAT in the future. He is an integral part of the Lakers championship teams, whether or not you choose to exaggerate his importance or lack thereof by cleverly comparing him to Oberto or Mohammed in an effort to derail my position. I won't be dragged into your Dwight Howard analogy because I never said he's in Howard's league defensively. Drew has the luxury of having LO or Pau down low with him and it's therefore a team effort, not an individual effort. Dwight plays with a stretch 4 at his side most of the time. Having said that, Drew ate up Howard in the first quarter of Game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals playing at about 50% and the Lakers took that momentum and cruised to a 100-75 win. Game, set, championship because you know what Mr. Eleven Rings record is when he wins Game 1 of a playoff series.

Never mind AB's length, size and strength as a force in the paint on both ends of the floor, you take him out of the equation and you destroy the 96 combined minutes of Pau-Bynum-LO at the 4-5 positions that has PROVEN to wear teams down in a 7 game series. I don't care if only 15 of those minutes were Bynum's, he's still a major contributor to the cumulative effect of those 3 players. You get way too nitpicky with your analyses; they are far from Zen-like. I'll defer to Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant (who poo-pooed the mere suggestion of Drew for Bosh) and the Lakers organization over fans like you who are under appreciative and over analytical.

"I now live and work in Austin."

Posted by: Larry of LA | August 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM


My condolences Larry. :-)

I don't care if only 15 of those minutes were Bynum's, he's still a major contributor to the cumulative effect of those 3 players. You get way too nitpicky with your analyses; they are far from Zen-like.
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I'd take Bryant/Gasol/Artest more in importance than Bynum's in 2010 or even take Ariza in 2009. You don't have to like it I'm not forcing you to. Until you give me more clear than "Doc Rivers said this" or "Stu Lantz"...FACT is that when compared to Bryant/Gasol Bynum has been more of a role player than a franchise player.

re: George Karl 2009 "I think they are better without Bynum than with". Of course anyone including myself disagrees 100% on that idiotic comment but goes to show that the tandem of Gasol-Odom when healthy is more of a lethal combination than Bynum-Gasol since 1) The Lakers won in Boston without Bynum and that was against a healthier KG and 2) Handed the Cavs their only legit home loss in the regular season.

re: Zen Like. Since when did bloggers have to think like Phil? Besides as great as Phil is he did get mentored by Tex who is way more of a nitpicky analysis than Phil ever was (besides I have read of all Phil's books....he is very picky himself). Tex was not afraid to tell Phil "Oh Larry Brown is outcoaching you" or to call Shaq overrated in 2004. Same here about Bynum.

You don't have to like my position on Bynum and you can throw a fit every criticism I have of Bynum. Fact is until he does win any vote of MVP or Finals MVP votes Bynum is at most a second fiddle and fact he rode Bryant's/Gasol's/Phil's back even though yes he was injured. And as for your "Ate Howard up in Game 1" yeah about the next 4 games? Last time I checked this was the NBA not the NFL where it is a 7 game series compared to a 1 game playoff format.

can someone tell me who exactly is the person that decides who's jersey can be retired at the stable center. is it jerry buss?


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