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Caught in the Web: Catching up on Lakers news

Below are a collection of Lakers-related articles within the last week while I was on vacation.

-- The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Lakers forward Lamar Odom has emerged as a leader for Team USA.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding predicts Byron Scott will coach the Lakers someday.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down what's in store for Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Odom and Derek Fisher next season.

Filling in for Jim Rome, Fisher asks Bryant some rather pointed questions.

-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix likes Team USA's teamwork in its victory over Angola.

-- Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus pins Bynum as a Western Conference player who needs to step up more next season.

-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen wonders whether the experience Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook gain from the FIBA World Championships will ultimately help push the Thunder past the Lakers.

-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan likes how Team USA looks in the FIBA World Championships.

-- NBA.com's John Schumann argues that it would have been better for Team USA's development later on had it faced a stronger test than Angola.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark predicts the Lakers will still run the triangle offense when Phil Jackson leaves after next season.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down Fisher's clutch-ness.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell gets the latest on Luke Walton's health.

-- Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goofs on a "Jeopardy" question in the video below.

Tweet of the Day: "Who wants to come chill wit me in pitt, im tired of being around all dudes lol" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day:" I still consider myself a Bynum-Booster and will continue to be until Drew gets the respect he deserves. If MM were take a poll, I would guess that 80% of the voters would classify themselves as Bynum Backers, 15% as Bynum-Boosters, and 5% as Bynum-Bashers. That would be an interesting poll. ~ That doesn’t mean that I don’t also worry about the injury problem. Big men are for sure more injury prone than smaller players. The nature of his injuries so far seem to be freakish but a big part of being injury prone is plain luck. I think Drew has done a great job overcoming the mental aspect of the injuries. Frankly, I will be holding my breath on every play and praying Drew will stay healthy. Most players take at least a full year to recover their athleticism after a major knee injury. If he can avoid injuries, I think we will see his beastly hops and dominant athleticism return. " -- LakerTom

-- Mark Medina

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I have been lucky enough to have had my son take a pic with Kobe and the following year, me too! Saw him in an away game. Went to the hotel both times. He was very nice. When my son got his pic, Kobe was only a couple years in and he signed a Starting Lineup Figure for my son and I asked him if it was strange seeing himself as a toy. He laughed and said yes. When I got my pic with him, my son actually took the picture. I said thanks and told him he'd taken a pic with my son last year. He laughed and nodded. I thought he might think it was odd that the dad was having his son take that picture. A truly lasting memory for me and my son!

Oh yeah, I have a son, but I'm not the REAL DJ, only play him on the computer, ha, ha! Well gotta run to BP, ha, ha???????????

Oops, welcome back MM!

REPOST - Regarding Barry's blog posts in MM's absence.


Gotta call this out. Barry's posts were straight up anti-Lakers. He either paraded the Septics in our faces or posted some drivel about the rest of the NBA has already crowned Miami 2011 NBA champs. It may be a recession, but I seriously doubt that the folks at the Boston newspapers would subject their Septic Blog readership to a bunch of pro-LA rants. It was as if he was purposely trying to infuriate us. Gave the trolls a bunch of ammo and ultimately led to utter chaos - including slanderous accusations about folks personal lives and stealing of Lakers Blog online aliases.


You owe Dan a lunch, MM. Without him, there would barely be anyone here to welcome you home. And that is (unlike Paula Pierce) THE TRUTH!

Welcome Home FC (Mark) Medina

So looking forward to the impending title defense.

We can pretend that nothing happened, but something happened in your absence.
Trolls come and go but this time it was an inside job. Barry Stavro wasn't just an incompetent caretaker, he couldn't have driven the blog further into anarchy if he tried. In my opinion --he tried. His performance was indefensible, so I hope there's no attempt to defend it. It isn't about economics at the Times. Please go back and look what happened when the blog was in his care.

It's not hyperbole to say that Dan worked overtime (literally) to save the day.

Needed to get that said. Hope you can separate all of that from a sincere "welcome back " and hope you enjoyed a well earned respite from this circus that we carnies love so much..

MARK… Thanks again for the apology and kind welcome back. I’m looking forward to having a great blog season in what will become the greatest Lakers season in the franchise’s storied history. I think we all have learned greatly from what happened and I expect to see the passion from myself and other confrontational bloggers to be kept better in check without allowing insults to become profane or too personal. After all, we are all part of the blog family and no matter how angry we become, there’s is a line we should not cross.
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Thanks also for the RCOD. I would really like to see a poll to see what percentage of bloggers consider themselves to be Bynum Boosters, Backers, or Bashers. Curious to see how accurate my estimate was.
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Man, it is good to have you back and less than 3 weeks until training camp starts. Go Lakers!!!!!
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TOM

Welcome back MM, I'm sure you got a new charged up batteries. I'm still traveling and post some comments once I get a cooperative WiFi along the road.

I have some few some suggestions MM. You may have noticed the fans on this blog are composed of multi generation of Laker fans who are not necessarily fanatics nor lakerholics, they're just plain fans. If possible try to lessen your threads and let them converse in a civil manner. Being the moderator, you have to participate and give your own views or act as arbiter on those endless debates. Dan was able to quell those restiveness without compromising freedom of communication. Barry was more of a don't-care-less moderator and let those inappropriate posts go thru, that's why he is not too popular in this blog. MM, before you left for vacation, you were at the brink of losing posters in this blog. If those impostors and smart alecs continued to populate the posts, then you also lose the audience. I hope you understood the precarious situation in your blog.

Dan did not employ any kind of gimmicks like RCOTD, Tweets of the Day or Chat room yet he was effective in carrying out the tasks of the blog. That was also the same technique done by the KBros, they participated in the discussions, took some research on worthy threads that would be interesting not touch on those sensational or controversial topics. The Bros took care of Mike T and KL well enough without banning them. They left the blog at their own volition. Putting out threads requires timing and creativity and let the fans discuss among themselves. don't interrupt them by introducing another thread at the middle of discussions unless it is really a breaking news. Just my 2 cents.

Edwin, I indeed did take note and I appreciate Dan's efforts in interacting with you guys. That's something I'll make sure I do and it was one thing I vowed to do a better job of after asking for feedback once the season was over. I do have to take issue with your assessment that Tweet of the Day, Reader Comment of the Day and Live Chat are simply "gimmicks." Lots of people like the interaction with that as you do with the interaction on the threads. But it's not a gimmick. It's just another way to keep fans engaged.

Again, I'm not throwing up posts just for the sake of throwing them up. News won't be as active until training camp starts so that's when we'll do more preview type stuff. I appreciate your feedback as always though Edwin. Will you join the chat today?

MM

Laker Tom - congrats on the RCOTD...well deserved...

You remind me of a young Kobe coming off the bench...instant scoring...you were away, but now back in the game...and instant production comes our way...the team would not be whole without you...

MM - no need to look back while you are gone...Dan deserves alot of credit...please make sure the upper management gives him his props due...

Welcome back MM, It's good to hear that you had a great vacation, and that you are re-energized for the season.


As for Barry, you are going to agree to disagree with many of us. He simply didn't get it nor try to get it. Economy or not, there was simply no effort. He ignored many of the suggestions and input from the regulars and Lakers faithful. It would not have taken more work to do it right than to do it his way. For example, he never started a post or comment on D-Fish being the host of the Jim Rome show, and Kboe being his guest. That is Lakers news even on a slow off season, and it was brought to his attention! "We don't care how much you know, we want to know how much you care"

*repost*

Don't Blame Del Harris! - walang anuman...

LakerJ - rumor has it, Kobe picked #24 because it was 1 more that #23...

63 Footer - i don't know why I never put it together before, about your handle...Now I figured it out, and I like your name even more...it's clever and a great way to honor your favorite player...

wes - they are in production to do the American version, due to come out in 2011...my wife said there was a huge story making this film...about all the leading lady starlets who wanted Lisbeth's role...Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Natalie Portman and Ellen Page, to name a few, but unknown Rooney Mara got the part. Daniel Craig is playing the Mikael Blomkvist role...

http://www.celebitchy.com/112914/did_scarlett_johanssons_boobs_cost_her_the_lisbeth_salander_role/

Edwin - I can't wait for some Filipino representation in the Association...maybe a authentic import from the islands, or a home grown product, ala Jeremy Lyn...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | September 07, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Oops, Kobe *spelling.

Guys I understand your frustration. I'm just sticking up for a colleague.

MM

Mark,


Yeah, while you were gone I got troll ambushed big time.


Ummm... I even posted a list of suggested threads and an explanation of "what makes Lakeraholics tick" and "what Lakeraholics could care less about."


Barry didn't seem to take notice. Dan seemed to. And I think nearly every suggested thread was actually turned into a real thread by Dan. So, ummm... yeah... there's that.


I researched Barry and saw that he went to Cal. Does Barry not like the Lakers or something? Or maybe just has a Nor Cal bias against Southern California? It WAS odd that almost every photo he used was unflattering of the Lakers and nearly every thread featured a pro-Celtics or pro-Meat element.


Lakeraholics are relatively sensitive to such things.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mark Medina,


I understand. What else are you supposed to do? Say your co-worker hates the Lakers and we should all sue L.A. Times management for emotional trauma? Because some of us were thinking about it.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

MM

I bet everyone understands that position. Maybe next time you need a break, even during the season, you can hand things over to Dan exclusively. Also a few of us thought of suggesting to you that an intern might be helpful. Some aspiring sportswriter/journalist/student/Laker die-hard who would man (or woman) things when you have to step out.

Yay, can't wait to check out this morning's Caught in the Web. Like a junkie that was looking for a fix, and it's been a long time so I can't wait! All is good in the world once again...

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justanothermambafan "great read. I enjoy your stuff a lot."
Thanks so much for your kind words. Inspires me to write more, despite my limited writing skills, lol. Glad you liked it. =)

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LakerTom: I remember a KCAL-9 LTV pregame show with James Worthy, I believe it was back when Alan Massengale was hosting it, either in Bynum's first or second season, can't remember exactly when. But none other than Top-50 all-timer, HOF'er and Laker legend 'Big Game' James himself said that Bynum would develop into a Hall of Famer, he had that type of potential and promise.

I will never forget Worthy saying that, I wonder if anyone else remember it?

Anyways, I think that either one has to be blind or not understand basketball to not see the value that Bynum brings to the Lakers, and the promise that he possess with his beautiful, graceful touch.

Heck, Laker fans suffered through Kwame 'butter fingers' Brown, if anything that would build a much higher appreciation for Bynum!

Big-men tandem win titles, and the Lakers have the best frontcourt duo (trio if you count the ultra-versatile Odom) in basketball. When you pair a Bynum with Pau and couple that with the best player in the game, Kobe, alongside the physical play that Ron Ron brings and D-Fish's savvy and veteran calm - oooooh weeee!!! No wonder the Lakers have 3-straight trips to the Finals!

Count me in the Bynum boosters, and then some. I've said it before, and will say it again. Bynum is going to be soon looked at as the finest big-man in basketball, bar-none. There is no one else in the league at center I'd take over him, including Dwight Howard. Yes, Howard is the current best big-man, but that is more because Bynum hasn't yet fully developed his game. Bynum is a better shot blocker in my eyes, and a MUCH better offensive player. I think that from here on out we will have a perenial all-star in him, and if James Worthy says a future HOF'er, well who am I to argue???

I just hope we all make sure to soak in the next couple of seasons, they will be a special time in Laker lore, and this emerging dynasty will be something to savor and enjoy...

GO LAKERS!!!!! GO TEAM USA!!!!!

@ MM,

I applaud your loyalty to Barry. It is a diminishing natural resource in the workplace. I also applaud your understanding of us spoiled bloggers. You have created a monster, and it is us. Now I can finally put that "Mannequin 2: On The Move" DVD back in its place.

DBDH!

Dan played the homer and Barry played the devil's advocate. No sense getting upset about it. It's not like Barry was trolling or anything, seeking to incite a riot. A lot of Laker fans are interested in the Celtics and Heat so that we can make fun of them for being old and obtuse, respectively. So I don't think Barry deserves all the hate being thrown his way.

That being said, Dan definitely did the lion's share of holding the fort, so to speak, and we appreciate him for that.

Still, MM it's great to have you back. A soon as I saw your trademark bullet style post, it was like I had returned home after a long trip.

@LakerTom: I'm a Bynum Backer...not quite a Booster yet. His mindset during the Finals was quite encouraging...but can he maintain that for a whole season? We have yet to see. And until he does indeed turn that corner, I'll proudly be a Backer.

BTW: is Magic Phil keeping his chatroom open?

Guess I was off the mark. There's a bunch of snitches in this crowd.
Get me my nanny!

Sonnybelfast

Good FIBA game going on right now between Brazil and Argentina. NBA TV, many NBA regulars playing, nice basketball.

"Guess I was off the mark."


Sonny, that is not news.

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Oh my forgot to tell my niece's "meeting an NBA player story".

As some of you know, my family is in the desert (La Quinta). The Suns play there each year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Side note - Lakers will never play against them because Sarver knows we are all Laker fans.

Back to story... to promote ticket sales, the mascot and their announcer, Scott Williams traveled to the area schools last week. They stopped at the kids middle school.

Needless to say, the Principal made an announcement of free t-shirts, pictures, giveaways, etc and there was a mob scene. My niece (11 YO), the newest PLG#4 (who's favorite is Kobe) went to the front of the mosh pit.

Unfortunately, her 2 sisters and my nephew stayed behind. She got trampled and was at the bottom of the pile. She was rescued by Scott Williams who pulled her out. All she said was thanks. She was starstruck because she said " he was so tall and looked like Lamar Odom". True Laker Fan.

She's okay now - bruises, strained back, missed school on Friday. But she said if it was Kobe, she would have used all her muscles to get to the front. Gotta love her spirit.

PLG

Just wanna remind hoops fan that NBA TV is showing the Argentina/Brazil game, which should be a great one. These two nations have one of the bitterest rivalries throughout sports, so it should be fun.

I'm watching it on DVR about 30 mins behind, but it should be around halftime right now.

BTW, I think that the RCOTD, TOTD... etc are great! I can't see the problem with them, just don't read them if you wish not too Edwin. I think that instead of offering criticism, maybe make some suggestions instead? I know that nothing can please everyone, but I for one want to vocalize that having gone through the 'K-Bros era', well that I much prefer MM's style. That is my 2 cents, I'm curious what suggestions you make that would improve the blog though Edwin.

Just want to add, while the cat's away, the mice play. Well, we saw how quickly things got out of hand here so I for one am very happy MM is back and order is restored.

GO LAKERS!!!!! GO TEAM USA!!!!!

CYBERCOSMIX… “Count me in the Bynum boosters, and then some. I've said it before, and will say it again. Bynum is going to be soon looked at as the finest big-man in basketball, bar-none. There is no one else in the league at center I'd take over him, including Dwight Howard. Yes, Howard is the current best big-man, but that is more because Bynum hasn't yet fully developed his game. Bynum is a better shot blocker in my eyes, and a MUCH better offensive player. I think that from here on out we will have a perenial all-star in him, and if James Worthy says a future HOF'er, well who am I to argue???”
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That was a great post and you are definitely a Bynum-Booster. I had not heard that prediction from Big James. I wonder if he has tempered his prognostication due to the injuries Drew has suffered. You never know for sure with major knee injuries whether a player will come back 100%. My biggest worry about Drew is obviously suffering another major knee injury. My second biggest worry is that we might never see the great hops and athleticism that he displayed before the injuries. With the last major injury more than a year in the past, I am hoping we will see Drew once again be a beast who plays above the rim. If he recovers 100% and can stay healthy, I’m with you that we will have another HOF Lakers center. Keep those fingers crossed.
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TOM

Welcome back MM!

Nice to see the continuous peaceful conversation between bloggers. Oh got a link for all of you about our fave crazy Laker, Ron Artest.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/No-joke-Ron-Artest-to-speak-to-children-about-?urn=nba-267048

UTZWORLD… Nothing wrong with being a Bynum Backer. I think every Lakers fan should be. My only problem is with the Bynum Bashers, whom I feel do not give Drew the respect and appreciation for what he has brought to the team the last two years and what he provides in future potential to the franchise, especially once Kobe has retired. We have a 22 year old center who has great talent and heart and who with luck may end up playing another 15 years in purple and gold. How many teams in the NBA have such a center?
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By the way, I love your “They hate us because they ain’t us” statement. That is the real truth.
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TOM

LEWSTRS:

Actually standing on The Spot (they used to have a dot there) on the Forum floor was my third greatest Lakers moment (first was playing with Magic in a charity game and actually dishing off the assist to Magic on a break - totally best Lakers moment evah). The basket was a looooooong way off.

J24,


Thriller: Mental health spokesperson.


Beyond awesome.


REALLY awesome.


Maybe the world won't collapse into a giant ball of chaos when the magnetic poles shift next month after all.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


GO LAKERS!!!

@ 63,

Holy Ground, sir, Holy Ground. Imagine if there had been a three-point line back then. A little Butterfly Effect for the better, maybe?

DBDH!

1. I have throughly enjoyed this Laker Blog, and the intelligent, well versed, comments made by my fellow Laker Fans.

2. Born and raised in LosA, I grew up on Purple and Gold. Few things give me greater stress, and at the same time, greater joy than my Los Angeles Lakers. These are great times in LakerLand, and with the Buss family at the healm our future seams bright!

3. As per the articles: I would love to see B. Scott as a future Laker Coach. He has the track record, and more importantly the pedigree- the purple and gold blood.

Any thoughts as to D-Fish eventually taking a seat further down the pine, as an assistant coach.....or perhaps, eventually a head coach?

4. Who will emerge as our consistent 3-point threat?

Ron-Ron will surely be much improved after a full year within the triangle system, and his floor spacing understanding will no doubt provide the opportunity in his 3-point shooting....

Barnes is a decent spot-up shotter

Sasha, in a contract year, could re-emerge as a legit 3-point threat (circa 2008)

S. Blake might be the best suited to step in and provide the much needed consistent 3-point shooting...

Any thoughts ladies and gentlemen?


Thank you for indulging me Laker Nation!

Kalli's Finest

*REPOST*

(for the new guy, show some love...)

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kobe reminds me of one of the samuris from " the 7 samuri". i don't recall his name but he is the essence of the samuri spirit. this is my first attempt at this but i have been greatly appreciative of you guys

Posted by: lance from da' bronx | September 07, 2010 at 12:11 PM

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(dbdh)

DBDH

You said it: Holy Ground. Sent shivers up my spine to stand there (standing on the Forum floor did that as well - Staples, too).

One day, someone (and it WILL NOT be me) will watch all the old footage and figure out how many three point shots Jerry took and see how many points he would've had, if only....

Oops, meant "standing on the Forum floor ALONE did that as well - Staples, too."

63-FOOTER… “Actually standing on The Spot (they used to have a dot there) on the Forum floor was my third greatest Lakers moment (first was playing with Magic in a charity game and actually dishing off the assist to Magic on a break - totally best Lakers moment evah). The basket was a looooooong way off.”
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Man, I have to admit that your posts consistently make me envious. The only Lakers player that I ever met personally (if you can call it that) was Gail Goodrich. The year before he enrolled in UCLA, he and a bunch of buddies wiped the court against myself and a few friends on the main outdoor court in Laguna Beach. I didn’t know who he was until after the game when we were watching and a friend mentioned that he was John Wooden’s newest point guard recruit at UCLA. He later became one of my favorite Bruins and Lakers.
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Keep up the great stories. Can’t wait until the movie you were working on is released. That will be fun. Between you and LRob and KobeMVP, the blog has turned into our local version of the History Channel.
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TOM

LakerTom: I have a lot of faith in 'drew. The only thing that I worry about him is that his body can hold up, because skills-wise he is a monster. He has as good and light a touch with his shots as the all-time greats. When he learns to harness his offensive gifts, which he will continue to do, and continue to get garner experience, watch out.

On most teams, who ALL of which would love to have a young 'true' center as talented (and tall) as Bynum, he would already be a main focal point of the offense. The Lakers being as loaded as they are, have been afforded the luxury in not forcing him at an early age, easing his transition from youngest-ever draft pick to a budding, perennial all-star. Learning for years at the foot of the master, Kareem, has given Bynum some awesome knowledge to draw from during his career.

I just pray that his body holds up, I hope Kareem gave him some of the fitness tips (kung fu?) that enabled him to stay so dominant for so long.

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PsychedLakerGirl: "The Suns play there each year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Side note - Lakers will never play against them because Sarver knows we are all Laker fans."

Gotta love it. If you took a map, and drew circles around the cities NBA teams play in, smaller or larger depending on team history, I'm positive that the rest of the area on the map/globe would be dominated by Laker purple and gold. I remember exhibitions the Lakers played in New Orleans, OKC, Las Vegas, Honolulu, etc... that were dominated by Laker fans. Heck, many games around the league feature a big-percentage of the crowd as Laker fans.

It's a Lakers world, we just live in it. Gotta give Sarver credit, at least he's smart enough to recognize it, lol. Awesome stuff...

GO LAKERS!!!!! GO TEAM USA!!!!

LakerTom - we have the perspective of years to add spice to the stew of basketball (or some rot like that).

That musta been something to play against Stumpy (even if a little humbling, it sounds like). I went to the Gail Goodrich/Elgin Baylor basketball camp in junior high (they used to hold it at UCSB), and I watched Gail demonstrate stuff, etc., but never was in a pickup game with him (like some of the high school players were). He could shoot the lights out. Because of him I always had a knock against Farmar: an ex-Bruin point guard HAS to be able to hit their free throws! All because of Goodrich (and others) spoiling me.

Dan played the homer and Barry played the devil's advocate. No sense getting upset about it. It's not like Barry was trolling or anything, seeking to incite a riot. A lot of Laker fans are interested in the Celtics and Heat so that we can make fun of them for being old and obtuse, respectively. So I don't think Barry deserves all the hate being thrown his way.

That being said, Dan definitely did the lion's share of holding the fort, so to speak, and we appreciate him for that.

Still, MM it's great to have you back. A soon as I saw your trademark bullet style post, it was like I had returned home after a long trip.

Posted by: puddle | September 07, 2010 at 11:37 AM
-I will second puddle on his words. No hate to Barry, al the love to Dan, The Man...
And welcome back, MM!

I agree with some sentiments that we should just move on and forget about some of the grievances some may have had regarding the content while I was gone. See you guys at the chat at 3!

MM

KOBE KALIFORNIA'S FINEST … Welcome to the fray and excellent post. I have my concerns about Byron Scott as the next Lakers coach. His previous two head coaching gigs ended up with him losing the teams and getting canned in midseason. If you watched his teams, he also never appeared to be a great X’s and O’s guy. My long time personal pick to be the next great Lakers coach is Derek Fisher, whom 30% of NBA general managers surveyed picked as the active player most likely to become a successful NBA coach. I would love to see DFish become an assistant the moment his career ends. There is no better choice out there to me.
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I expect both Steve Blake and Sasha Vujacic to shoot over 40% from beyond the arc. The key in my mind is for the Lakers team to really focus on playing inside-out basketball to take advantage of Drew and Pau. There will be no better way to prepare to battle the East champ in the Finals. Whether the Celtics, Heat, or Magic, the Lakers front court should dominate against all three and walk away with their second threepeat.
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TOM

BLOG CRUE
I'm two weeks into my Hungary tour, it's my first time in Europe. I'll be doing some local travelling.

Looking forward to the 2010-2011 season. I feel we did good with upgrading where needed this off-season. We depended too much on our starters last year.

Oh how I miss fountain Coca-Colas.

Colorado (via Hungary) loves our World Champion Lakers!

Hello Lakersblog family...Did everyone enjoyed their 3 day weekend??? hope so...Welcome back MM...I hope you've enjoyed your vacation as well...we missed you...Thanks to Dan for keeping this blog going while you're away...I hope to join the chat at 3!!!

Also thanks to Mamba24 for adding me on the roll call...~hugs to you~

63-FOOTER… Humbling is not the word for it. I made the first and only basket for our team, who got the ball out first as winners. Then we turned it over and never got back on offense. Final score was 15-1. And by then the word spread and there must have been ten 4-man teams lined up and fighting for winners. I stayed and watched Goodrich as he dominated despite what I had thought before was some pretty good competition. Of course, Gail’s teammates were two giant football types who dominated the boards and another guy his size whose job was to feed the ball to Gail. They left after three hours of totally controlling the court.
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It’s funny but the only other two famous basketball personalities that I personally met and had long conversations with were Bruins. The first was John Wooden whom I met when I sent my son Kevin to his basketball camp three years straight. Kevin became a favorite of coach Wooden because he was the smallest kid in camp and one of the feistiest. He won a couple of awards and I was able to use that leverage to engage the coach in a couple of good conversations. What a classy guy. Kevin used to have his Triangle of Success posted on his bedroom door and was just looking for it the other day to give to his son Nick.
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The other Bruin I met personally was Bill Walton, when he first became a motivational speaker. He was a guest at a dinner function at Mrs. LakerTom’s company and gave a great speech about how he overcame a speech impediment to find another career after injuries ended his basketball career. I deliberately did not mention how disappointed I was that he had become a Celtic and sent his kid to Arizona instead of UCLA. He and Kareem are tied in my book as the greatest centers in NCAA history. The smartest center ever to me.
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TOM

Hey guys we got a new post up. As you may recall, I asked before I went on vacation what you guys have done to help pass the time before the season starts.

MM

LT

I categorize the Bynum folks as Believers, Doubters and Bashers. You know where I stand. I think the Doubters are the vast majority (app. 60%) of fans who wish him well, but just don't see it happening. I think the Believers and Bashers are about a 50/50 split and comprise about 40% of the group.

The Believers think/hope (or "believe") that he will overcome the injury bug and develop into the best or second best center in the NBA for years to come. On the Lakers, his numbers should be around 18-10 for the next few years; on most other teams he would be more like 22-12.

The Doubters, the majority of Lakers fans, are convinced that Drew will continue to be injury prone, but sincerely hope that he will overcome his injuries and further hope that he will realize his vast potential. However, they don't give it much of a chance.

The Bashers want Bynum to fail so they can say "I told you so." They also refuse to acknowledge his contributions to our back-to-back championships and like referring to him as a "non-factor," giving all the front court credit to Pau and LO, as if his minutes were meaningless. They would trade him for a less dominant player in a heartbeat. In fact, they are torn between wanting him shipped out of Dodge and having him stay JUST so they can say "I told you so."

My concern, assuming young Andrew stays relatively healthy and starts realizing his massive potential, is that he leaves after the 2012-13 season (the Lakers have a team option in 2012-23 for about 16.5 mil). Remember, his agent is the despicable David Lee, who now has a BIG bone to pick with the Lakers after Mitch and Dr. Buss snubbed Trevor Ariza. I HOPE Lee doesn't have Andrew's ear too much. Between Lee and all the Doubters and Bashers, young Andrew might be fed up by then. Let's face it, Bashers bash for the sake of bashing, so nothing he does will ever be enough for them. They'll say he's not putting up Shaq-like or Kareem-like numbers, or that he hurts us more than he helps us, or whatever. I just hope the Believers prevail and that he fires his agent.

May I suggest Mark Bartelstein to you, Andrew? He seems to be doing the right things for his clients. Here's his list:

http://hoopshype.com/agents/mark_bartelstein.htm

Here's David Lee's list:

http://hoopshype.com/agents/david_lee.htm

KOBEMVP888… “I categorize the Bynum folks as Believers, Doubters and Bashers. You know where I stand. I think the Doubters are the vast majority (app. 60%) of fans who wish him well, but just don't see it happening. I think the Believers and Bashers are about a 50/50 split and comprise about 40% of the group.”
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I actually think you are being too hard. I still stand by my 80% are Bynum-Backers, 15% Bynum-Boosters, and only 5% Bynum Bashers. The difference is probably due to semantics. Even as a Bynum-Booster, I still have doubts due to the injury history. It would be silly for even Drew’s most fanatical supporter NOT to worry about him getting injured again, especially since we all know big men are more prone to injuries than smaller players. The key is do you think Drew will overcome that and reach his potential, then you are a Booster. If you support Drew and hope he will overcome the injuries but are concerned, then you are a Backer. If you are positive that Drew won’t overcome the injuries or ever live up to his potential, then you’re a Basher. By my definition, one might even consider Blitz and Hobbitmage to be Bynum Backers once emotions settle.
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TOM

S.J. is stolen biological material, taken against will and formed to clones line 200 pieces total. DANGEROUS, DANGEROUS, sign of dangerous criminal activity. Original Scarlett Galabekian future pediatrician doctor, pediatrician nurse license she obtained in 2008.


Hey Lakers Blog community,

After a grinding 11 shifts in 12 days, I had me a 12-hour sleep session, a good meal and caught up on all the weekend reading. Some entertaining stuff, particularly going back to the '60s and '70s.

Again, thanks for the kudos and praise. I wish I could have done more, but I'm glad my efforts were appreciated.

Good to have MM back at the helm. The next time he needs some time off -- and I realize most of you think nobody would ever want time off from Lakers fanaticism -- I'll make sure his shifts are covered.

Now, I've got a Fantasy Football draft for which to prepare. But let me say this in my best Full Metal Jacket, gunnery sergeant voice (the scene just before they go off to Vietnam when he lets them know not everyone will be coming back alive):

"Lakers bloggers and commenters will oome and some may never come back, but the LA Times' Lakers Blog will live forever, therefore you will live forever."

I'll poke around from time to time, jump into some conversations and help Mark when he needs it.

Looking forward to a new NBA season, but first I've got to get a fantasy football team in place.

Best wishes to you all.

Dan - I also can't thank you enough for your great efforts in holding down the fort. Feel free to jump in whenever you like.

MM


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