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Caught in the Web: Lakers ready to fly to Europe

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan presents some travel tips from Lakers trainer Gary Vitti.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding shares his observations from Wednesday's practice.

--SI.com's Nick Jhabvala wonders whether it was worth it for Andrew Bynum to go to the World Cup.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky catches up with Lakers forward Derrick Caracter.

--Fox Sports' Kalani Simpson argues that the NBA has story lines other than those featuring the Lakers and Heat.

--Fox Sports West's Matt Smith believes that the Lakers will be fine without Bynum.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the possibility that Kobe Bryant will be limited on the European trip.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a full practice report and an interview with former Laker James Worthy.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap sizes up how Sasha Vujacic will do this season.

--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson looks at whether the Phoenix Suns could be a threat to the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "I HAVE TO MANY FREAKIN CLOTHES!!!! lol 4get this i will pack last min like i usually do, 4 sum reason wen i do that its goes faster.GYM FLOW" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "One of my favorite rookie stories was when the Lakers were at LAX and heading out on a roadtrip when they decided to have Sun Yue go to In-N-Out to go pick up some burgers ... if memory serves, he ended up missing the flight!" -- Jefe101

-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lamar Odom gets ready for a video shoot during media day on Saturday at the Toyota Sports Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Jefe101 - hooray for RCOTD and the Sun Yue - In N Out story...

I pulled for Yue as a Laker...but he never met expectations...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

RCOTD = JEFE101 = OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!

I was hoping that Yue would succeed with us as well. Oh well, 2 titles later and I got nothing to complain about.

oooh The Lakers going to London and Princess Jimmy and the Heat not? I hope they know that Princess Jimmy is making note of this.....

What do you think Queen Elizabeth would think of Princess Jimmy?

I have a feeling SHOWTIME will be BACK this year! Not in Los Angeles but in South Beach.


Lebron could eiher be Magic or Worthy.
Wade is Scott and Cooper.
Bosh is a young Jabbar.
Haslem is Rambis and AC Green.
Big Z is an old Jabbar.


Spoelstra is the new Pat Riley.
Pat Riley is the new Jerry West.


Dec. 25 2010 will be Showtime vs Triangle!


MAMBA24, Here's my prediction:

Princess Jimmy will be invited to England when he assumes his rightful place on the throne as "Queen of South Beach". Until then, he's still just a "Cleveland Princess". lol
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO , THREE-PEAT TO THE NINTH POWER!!!!!!!!!

A little rivalry is brewing in the east...Here's Q-Rich comments.....
"Bleep the Heat … with all due respect," Q said.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/os-magic-brian-schmitz-0930-20100929,0,1630354,full.column

I have a feeling SHOWTIME will be BACK this year! Not in Los Angeles but in South Beach.Posted by: Staples 24 | September 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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Absolutely! And Princess Jimmy will show the entire world how the RIVER DANCE should be performed!!!
****THE PRINCESS JIMMY SONG***
Princess Jimmy, Princess Jimmy, just one more time let me see you Shimmy
Please tell me is there a chance, In Miami you’ll do the Riverdance
Even in Miami you gonna lose, Darth Stern don’t care who he screws
One more time throw, smoke in the air, People hate you It’s just not fair
Princess Jimmy, Princess Jimmy, just one more time let me see you Shimmy
You went to Miami to scratch an itch, Now you’ll end up being Dwades Biatch
No matter how many Kobe moves you steal, You have no heart for the Kill
I bought some Milk the other day, Saw your face on the carton said you'd run away
Is that why your profiles so low, Because the Public hates you so?
Princess Jimmy, Princess Jimmy, just one more time let me see you Shimmy
The sad thing, You know is true, You’ll be Dwades Biatch thru & thru
Princess Jimmy, are you Darth Sterns Tool, Or R U just a Freakin Fool
Princess Jimmy you've seen your day, Now take your Freakin self away!
Princess Jimmy, Princess Jimmy, just one more time let me see you Shimmy


Princess Jimmy will be invited to England when he assumes his rightful place on the throne as "Queen of South Beach". Until then, he's still just a "Cleveland Princess". lol
Posted by: The Triangulator | September 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!! OH SWEET JESUS!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Staples 24: Wanna make your defection official? Et tu, Gunner?

A little rivalry is brewing in the east...Here's Q-Rich comments....."Bleep the Heat … with all due respect," Q said.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/os-magic-brian-schmitz-0930-20100929,0,1630354,full.column Posted by: LRob | September 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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000000000h! Yo, Princess Jimmy, Princess Jimmy make a note of that! LMAO! LRob I tend to agree with Q... Frak the Heat!! They aint coming out of the East. The Bulls have the same sentiment as Orlando as does Boston. 72 wins for the Heat? please!!!!! My money is on Paula to scratch the Princess eyes out!!!

Staples 24: Wanna make your defection official? Et tu, Gunner? Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | September 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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LMAO!!


Any progress update on two new centers, Russell Hicks and Drew Naymick? I hope the Lakers add one of them to their roster or at least sign 10 days contract until Bynum comes back.

The dreaded repost:


NewMexico - thanks - LOL!

I'd much rather be called quick-witted than dim-witted...


Troy B - keep Troy B - don't confuse me (again)!

yeah, we remember that jefe 101 CONGRATS and they lost the following game after arriving at their destination 3am, right? I could not recall which team was it T'wolves or Sacto? Well, you can't blame Sun Yue. (When I was new in the City, my older brother phoned me to run some errands and I got lost at the middle of Wilshire Blvd, figuring for about an hour where is N-E-W-S? Finally, I found 6th/Western which is just one block from where I was standing, the store was already closed at 5:30pm. LMAO!)

Speaking of eyes getting scratched out, has anyone noticed the fingernails on Rondo??? That girl has longer nails than I do... EWWWWWW. BIG turn-off. HUGE.

Speaking of eyes getting scratched out, has anyone noticed the fingernails on Rondo??? That girl has longer nails than I do... EWWWWWW. BIG turn-off. HUGE. Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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LMAO!!

I 2nd the motion of Justa. let's have a vote Beezy or Troy B?

Troy B got 2 votes
Beezy, no vote yet

By the way Lebron was interviewed on ESPN and he has the same thinking as I am.


Lebron was asked which TEAM of the PAST most resembles the new MIAMI HEAT. Surprise! Surprise!


Lebron's answer was... SHOWTIME LAKERS! Unbelievable. But Nice. He is a fan of the Showtime Lakers.


Lebron also said he can play like Worthy and finish strong, but don't know (pointing to Bosh) if he can make the sky hook (while laughing).


Can you imagine, James, Wade and Bosh as your options in fastbreak? Do you need a Magic to make that perfect pass and perfect smile?

LakerPeace - There's no way the Lakers add anyone to their roster

Justanothermambafan.........love your sense of humor!! I LOL with some of your quick-witted[probabably not a word] jokes. We all need a little breath of fresh air and that's what you are to this blog!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | September 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM
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Absolutely. I agree! I keep trying to tell her She Is Funny Damnit!

"The Lakers will have 105 people on their chartered 777 jet, more than double their normal traveling party. Players and team personnel are allowed to bring a guest, the main
reason for the larger-than-usual flight manifest."


I am wondering if Maria Sharapova will be on the plane...I want to see Maria and Artest play tennis in Europe.

Mamba - you're on a roll as usual. Carry on!

Hey guys, Brad Turner has a post up about details on ordering Lakers tickets on Saturday

Okay, apparently we are having a vote on my possible name change.

Troy B or Beezy, YOU decide! Make your vote count!

The current standings are:
Troy B - 2 (Justa, Edwin)
Beezy - 0

TROY B, TROY B, TROY B, TROY B, TROY B!!!!!! That's call the Chicago way of voting!!!

Staples 24: You still drinkin' the Heat Kool Aid, I see:

Lebron could eiher be Magic or Worthy.
Wade is Scott and Cooper.
Bosh is a young Jabbar.
Haslem is Rambis and AC Green.
Big Z is an old Jabbar.
Spoelstra is the new Pat Riley.
Pat Riley is the new Jerry West.

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Lakers had a Magic AND a Worthy, a Scott AND a Cooper, a Rambis AND AC.

Comparing Big Z to an old Jabbar though has been the funniest thing I've read on the blog for a long time, I nearly spit out my coffee reading that.

What next? Mike Miller is 2nd coming of Elgin Baylor?

Gotta say, you do know how to crack us up!

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Mamba24: We gotta get your Princess Jimmy song recorded, maybe Artest could be up for it? That is some great stuff sir, best part of it is it's all true! LOL

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I was up until midnight watching/reading a lot of the Laker stuff around the Internets from the first few days of training camp, man in this tech-age there is so much Laker- and NBA-related stuff, it's insane! I remember back in the day when there was no sports talk on radio (outside of Jim Healy's funny show) and it was having to wait until the 11pm local newscasts to see a few seconds of Laker interviews from training camp or postgame reactions. Nowadays, my god if a player coughs, there are 10 news reports/vids on it. However, I much prefer it this way :) - just takes a lot of time to 'absorb' lol.

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I'm all for Kobe seeing a few minutes of game time in the European exhibitions, he's this generations MJ and the fans are wanting to see him. Yes, he'll be in London (god-willing) for the '12 Olympics, but this will serve as a little appetizer for them. Barca fans too love the Lakers, it will be great to see the home game they play in Spain. You will see that place get pretty crazy I can imagine, it will be awesome to see our bro's in Espana eat up everything purple and gold.

From what I've heard the past few years, Spain loves their soccer, but Pau is as big in Spain as any soccer player, any athlete period. Should be a couple of fun games!


OK, off to some more 'catching up' lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Big Game James is King James.


A young Lew Alcindor is Chris Bosh.


Dwayne Wade aka "Flash" is Earvin "Magic" Johnson.


"Cap" big body in the paint 7'2 is "Big Z" at 7'2.


A ironman Haslem is an ironman AC Green.


A dead shooter Mike Miller is a rifleman Michael Cooper.

How about The Beez...

CyberCosmiX, Thank you sir! The check is in the mail!! Lol

I have a feeling SHOWTIME will be BACK this year! Not in Los Angeles but in South Beach.


Lebron could eiher be Magic or Worthy.
Wade is Scott and Cooper.
Bosh is a young Jabbar.
Haslem is Rambis and AC Green.
Big Z is an old Jabbar.
Posted by: Staples 24 | September 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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Staples...I'm all about giving the competition their props, but you went overboard.

I must ask have you been indulging in any of this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJFlsjbXqg

Staples...I'm all about giving the competition their props, but you went overboard. I must ask have you been indulging in any of this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJFlsjbXqg
Posted by: LRob | September 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! OH SWEET JESUS!

Staples 24,

There is only one Laker Showtime. Perhaps, u can give that South Beach team with a new name like Hurricane, Thunderstorm, LA Copycats which appropriate in describing Florida. I left out NASA, cockroaches and mosquitoes. lol! Leave Magic, Kareem, Worthy their place in the Hall of Fame or at the Staple rafters.

Staples 24 should change his name to...

American Airlines Arena 24...


Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Mamba24: You are feelin' it today my brother!

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LEWSTRS: "Staples 24 should change his name to...
American Airlines Arena 24..."
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Yes, at least then he'd be honest with himself!

I'm just surprised he didn't compare Jamaal Magloire to Bob McAdoo, Eddie House to Norm Nixon and Juwon Howard to Mychael Thompson.

Oh, wait, better not give him any ideas...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Utz,


"Staples 24: Wanna make your defection official? Et tu, Gunner?"


Now way Jose! Lakers forever! Just interested on what the Heat can be, just like I admired the Chicago Bulls of the 90's. Wade/Lebron tandem is the closest thing to Pippen/Jordan tandem.. and that is the truth! Nothing wrong with admiring NBA talent.


We all hated the Celtics, but we also enjoyed every bit of Larry Bird's game. Atleast I did. Why not! I am a basketball fan, a Lakerfan, and NBA Superstar fan. and I am loving it...


Are you gonna hate on Durant as well when he defeats the Lakers in West Finals in years to come. Or are you going to enjoy his game?


LRob: I'm all about giving the competition their props, but you went overboard. I must ask have you been indulging in any of this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJFlsjbXqg
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Missed it at first, lol.

Ling Ting Tong, he would never be wrong. Go on and sing your song a Ling Ting Tong.

LOL great stuff there LRob!


GO LAKERS!!!!

over-enthusasim can be understood , BUT SHOWTIME? i'm sorry but we will not see their like again

Staples 24: "Just interested on what the Heat can be, just like I admired the Chicago Bulls of the 90's. Wade/Lebron tandem is the closest thing to Pippen/Jordan tandem.. and that is the truth! Nothing wrong with admiring NBA talent."
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Can I say, your interest in them has crossed way past the border into the land of obsessiveness?

I - and probably a lot of people - love Durant and his game, because he is everything the little princess is not! I will always despise the little princess for her arrogance, ego, her little prances when she scores, the fact that she crumbles like a sugar cookie in crunch time, ...

Until the little princess shows she can handle crunch time, which is the reasons she went to hide behind Wade and Bosh BTW, then she can never even enter the conversation with Magic (hahahaa.........).

Keep drinkin the kool aid, BSPN has been serving up heaping cupfulls of it daily, just drink it down...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

"Are you gonna hate on Durant as well when he defeats the Lakers in West Finals in years to come.
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Absolutely yes!

But until that happens, I like him.

Pippen/Jordan had Phil Jackson they were arguably in the conversation to be the best team ever assembled winning six rings in the 90's and a 72 WIN record in a season.


Lebron/Wade has Pat Riley upstairs, Chris Bosh is better than Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant or Toni Kukoc.


Mike Miller is a better dead eye shooter than John Paxson.


Big Z and Mgloire is better than Luke Longley or Bill Wennington.


Lrob,


Why overboard?

Lebron is Magic
Wade is Scott
Bosh is James
Haslem is Green
Big Z is Jabbar

Overboard on Jabbar and Big Z, sure. But Scott is also overboard on Wade. The point is it has the making of showtime either way you want to rotate it.

Staples 24,

Wade/Lebron are as far away from being Pippen/Jordan as Kobe is from playing on Pluto. Neither can completely lock down their man one-on-one consistently. Pippen and Jordan were two of the best one-on-one defenders to ever play the game. Offense comes and goes but defense is what you can hang your hat on. Lebron's run down blocks doesn't make him a great defender it means he's a great athlete. Great defenders stop the ball, great athletes chase the ball down.

Great defenders stop the ball, great athletes chase the ball down. Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | September 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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Form one Mamba to another...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!

@Fan of the Mamba
I would like to add to your comment. You said Pippen and Jordan were two of the best one on one defenders to ever play the game. I would add that Pippen was also one of the best team/help defenders to ever play the game. Pip is one of the reasons that Jordan was so good defensively. Let's not forget that the coaches even deferred to Pip on defensive decisions (if a player was getting yelled at for a defensive mistake, if he said "Pip told me to", that's all the coaches needed to hear). Pip is very close to being the best all around defender in the NBA ever.

CCX,


"a lot of people - love Durant and his game, because he is everything the little princess is not! I will always despise the little princess for her arrogance, ego, her little prances when she scores, the fact that she crumbles like a sugar cookie in crunch time, ...'


James, Kobe and durant are all lovable on their first five years. James and Kobe becamne arrogant as they taste success, criticism, mistakes and life in the NBA. Kobe had the smile of Magic when he first came in, we rarely see that from him anymore, it is jsut starting to come again. Thank goodness. You are forgetting Kobe asking to be traded for not having enough talent on the Lakers, Bynum,Odom,Radman. Great players makes mistakes too and say dumb things. Look at Shaq, PAY ME THE MONEY. And what did Kobe say about Jerry Buss on the height of him asking for a trade? AND HELLO, KOBE IS ALREADY in a BIG, BIG MARKET like Los Angeles, and also Buss picked Kobe over and instead of Shaq. KObe stayed evntually, because Lakers would not make a trade with Chicago with out Loul Deng, REMEMBERRRR? And KOBE won't go to Chicago without LOUL DENG, He already had Odom and Bynum at this time, TAKE NOTE! AND where does BRON play, Lebron is in a factory in Cleveland. KOBE was in Hollywood!


Crunch time. Lebron carries the team on 82 regular season and tons of playoffs by himself (is he not allowed to get tired), is there no crunch in that all the way to NBA Finals at one point. Is Lebron not allowed to make mistakes in the Finals. Kobe had a terrible shooting night in 2010 game 7. Kobe is a crunch player but he too could have an off night in the most important game of the year so did any SUPERSTAR of the past, present and future.


Durant maybe in Duncan's mode, we all hope. Bu the is only 21, Kobe at 21 had a very nice smile, so did Lebron. So let's wait what will happen to Durant when he is 26.


The media, the fans, the NBA, the society could be the reason they turn out be the way they are.


Who Knows?


Lebron's critique was he had too much talent but he was too unselfish. HE started being more aggressive. So which Lebron the fans, the media, his critics really want. Lebron was more like Magic when he came to the league, enjoying the art of passing and involving his teammates, the fans and media criticize him for it. Now he is an aggressive monster who dominates the ball and you questions who will get the last shot wade, bosh or james. We have not seen them play with SUPERSTAR talent around them. So lets just wait and see... how great they can still become. The three will not have to carry the team by themselves anymore, individually they will have more left in their TANK come playoffs time. What do you think will happen?


HEAT SHOWTIME?!? . . .

The famous "No Rebounds, No Rings" mantra was originated by Pat Riley with the Showtime Lakers. As talented as they were, Riley reminded them that all the trappings of Showtime were like Dallas Maverick regular season munchies without REBOUNDS.

Compare the Heat roster with Showtime all you want. But, close inspection reveals what will be a major weakness to the Heat this season... lack of size and toughness for defense and rebounding inside.

And please, do NOT even compare Big Z with Kareem! That's like comparing Sizzler's Ground Round Steak with a KOBE!


Mike

Holy yikes! Thanks for the RCOTD consideration MM, certainly didn't see that coming. After doing more research to recall the event, the incident came before a quick roadie - the dreaded jaunt to Denver - and a horrific loss to the Nuggets, in which Phil afterwards lambasted the Lakers for their poor performance while Kobe hilariously blamed on Yue for getting lost the night before!
http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2009/02/28/kobe-blames-sun-yue-for-loss-in-denver/

>>>Big Game James is King James.
>>>A young Lew Alcindor is Chris Bosh.
>>>Dwayne Wade aka "Flash" is Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
>>>"Cap" big body in the paint 7'2 is "Big Z" at 7'2.
>>>A ironman Haslem is an ironman AC Green.
>>>A dead shooter Mike Miller is a rifleman Michael Cooper.

LeBron James (don't call a pawn a king - If he gets a ring, he can call himself king) is closest to Magic Johnson. If the Lakers had drafted LeBron, they would have made him a PG and started showtime all over again

Bosh ain't even CLOSE to Kareeem (or Lew if you prefer). Not even close. Bosh is maybe Mychal Thompson or Bob McAdoo. Bosh in his best year is maybe Worthy in his worst year.

Wade doesn't compare to anyone from the Showtime Lakers. Wade is better than any shooting guard they had, but not as good a shooter as the top shooting guards from Showtime (Cooper, Nixon, and Scott).

Z isn't worthy to carry Kareem's sneakers for him. Z is closer to Smrek or Brickowski than he is to Abdul-Jabbar.

Haslem-Green is a good comparison. Dirty work guys.

Cooper wasn't JUST a 3-point shooter. Coop was the Lakers' lock down defender in those days. Coop guarded BIRD for heck's sake. Mike Miller couldn't guard a toad, let alone Bird. Miller is closer to Byron Scott. Okay defender, very good outside shooter.

Troy
and my vote is for your blog name remaining Troy. Your additional comments are dead on!

Mamba 24 my mamba brother from another mother, You are OUT FREAKIN STANDING!


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