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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Phil Jackson's preseason news conference

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes the strong likelihood that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss the season opener.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at what the Lakers did on their summer vacation.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains the complications involving Kobe Bryant's right index finger. Ding also lists 10 Lakers' pre-season questions.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper highlights Phil Jackson's uncertainty that this is actually his last season.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin explains why Jackson's been reflecting on Scottie Pippen.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky point out the nuggets from Jackson's news conference. They also asked a few writers, including myself, whether the Lakers will three-peat.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on Jackson's willingness to defend Bynum for delaying surgery.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus breaks down Jackson's presser.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes Jackson appeared relaxed Friday during his news conference. Teaford also highlights the possibility that Bynum would play limited minutes once he's cleared to play.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights Jackson's presser.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker reminds everyone that Jackson had thought he's entered what he thought would be his last season plenty of times.

--NBA2K11 has taken a neutral stance in assessing the league's best player, assigning Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each with a 97 rating.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore assesses Devin Ebanks.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski wonders who will replace Jackson.

Tweet of the Day: "On Drew - surgery was delayed 10 days from Lakers/Bynum's original plan - they wanted him to decompress first. Remember - Kobe took the same vacation - a month off and a visit to the World Cup - Drew's knee just proved worse once he went under" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Is there any wonder why PJ is such a great leader. When he feels his players need a little love he shows it. When he thinks they need criticizing he'll do it. And he always finds a clever way to zing the competition" -- LRob

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson sported a big smile as well as a close-cropped beard during his initial news conference to start training camp on Friday. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

 
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Psyched,

Good morning. The K-Bros will be streaming media day on the ESPNLosAngles sites starting at 11:00 a.m. PT.

Thanks for the hearty welcome-back on Friday. Same to Zaira, Tim, Edwin, et al.

Looking forward to the media day stream and all that's to follow. Go Lakers!

TRAINING CAMP IS HERE! HOORAY!!!!!!

Dan L: Thanks for the explanation regarding the Plaschke piece on Bynum. I do wish he would have at least made mention of swelling and scheduling being a factor in the timing of 'Drew's surgery.

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LakerTom & KobeMVP888: I third the motion! lol

I'd love to see the Lakers turn to Ratliff for Drew's starting spot, in order to acclimate him to the team, plus to allow Pau and Odom to stay in the spots they'll be in during the season - Pau at PF and Odom as 6th man. I hope Caracter gets in some starts too to get him going.

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LEWSTRS: On the eve of the start of the new season...

I offer a prayer...

Now I lay me down to sleep...
I pray my Lakers the Lord to peak...
If we back 2 back 2 back...
I pray the Haters shut their smack...

Now I pray the bling we reap...
From Boston there is not a peep...
The Miami Hear will lose all face...
God please put them in their place...

Now I pray our Lakers stay strong...
No injuries, good health we cruise along...
Give Kobe strength, and PJ wisdom...
God please bless the Laker Kingdom...

Amen

Yes, Amen to that brother! Beautiful poem LEWSTRS!

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FINAL Nickname vote standings:
CyberCosmiX=8 (LRob, Dan 'The Man' Loumena, phred, puddle, Troy B, Edwin Gueco, JustaLakerFan, utzworld)
CCX=4 (LEWSTRS, LakerTom, J-Dizzle, Laker J)

At one point it was looking like a runaway for CCX, 5-1. CyberCosmiX pulled it out though, just like the Lakers in game 7.

The world has spoken - CyberCosmiX stays!!! lol


TRAINING CAMP IS HERE!!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

Rick, you and Dave M are posting on ESPN LA, I just want to know what are their policies in banning bloggers and treatment of trolls? I only see few bloggers there logging to their site yet I don't see also trolls propping up every now and then. In this site, we kept on being informed that IP addresses are being deleted but to no avail that same IP comes back with uncontrollable vengeance. It controls the whole blog and we should all give way. Of course, they're not on insta posting mode which one way of sanitizing their blog, I wonder whether they are also engage in banning posters for inappropriate posting? Is going against the Lakers hiearchy an inappropriate posting over there? Overall, I still prefer LAT blog even with its imperfections but I just want to know what policies the Kbros have implemented that differs from this blog.

The world has spoken - CyberCosmiX stays!!! lol Posted by: CyberCosmiX (You guys decided - so mote it be!) | September 25, 2010 at 09:37 AM
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SO SAY WE ALL!
LET IT BE SAID, LET IT BE WRITTEN, LET IT BE DONE!

AND SO IT BEGINS!!!! THE SEASON FOR THE AGES:
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Rick Friedman: "Good morning. The K-Bros will be streaming media day on the ESPNLosAngles sites starting at 11:00 a.m. PT."
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Thanks for the heads up, glad someone is, maybe NBA TV will have video too, but I think they are starting their training camps coverage on Monday. Now I just hope the K-Bros keep their Smothers Bros. routine to a minimum! lol.

Welcome back Rick, should be a fun season! =)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

MAMBA24: SO SAY WE ALL!
LET IT BE SAID, LET IT BE WRITTEN, LET IT BE DONE!
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Kinda like Moses with the 10 Commandments, except 1-gazillion google gazillion times less important!!! x1-billion! lol...

This should be such a fun season!!!

Man, it's here, it's finally here!!! WOOOT WOOT!!!!

I am SOOOO psyched for this year!!!!!!!!!


Running out to take the daughter to a soccer game, be back in a couple hours.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

WE ARE THE FREAKIN 16 TIME NBA CHAMPION, 4 DYNASTY LA LAKERS NATION...WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!!!!!!!!

Good Morning Family!

Just wanted to pop in before I start to scour all the links listed above. Hope everyone had a good day yesterday!

YES LAKER NATION IT'S HERE!!!
ALL TEAMS BOW DOWN TO THE ONE WHO WEARS THE CROWN!!!
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NEW THOUGHT (FOR ME) ON BYNUM . . .

I had read the reports (just like you) many times over the past few days. Bynum's recovery & rehab from surgery will take longer than initially projected. No big surprise.

But then additional information was added that Bynum's knee, upon surgical inspection, was worse than expected and thus the surgery more extensive than anticipated. This is the reported reason as to why his recovery will take longer than we were told.

This morning the thought (a new one for me) struck me that this would mean that what Bynum did during the playoffs was even MORE courageous than what we thought. His injury was WORSE than suspected.

I have not read or heard anyone make this observation yet. I know our blog is very combustable on anything-Bynum, but I thought this was significant. Willis Reed lives in NBA folklore for dragging his leg around in '70 game 7. Michael Jordan's "flu-game" in '98 Finals versus Utah is practially enshrined. Perhaps Bynum should be getting some credit for something that certainly fits on the continuum somewhere between those two?

And please, for you great debaters out there who are already formulating a counter to my observation, please do not attack the statistical incongruinty of Drew to Reed/Jordan. My point is not one of production or contribution. My point is one of COURAGE. Playing HURT/SICK. Taking one for the team. INSPIRATION. Manning-up (apologies to my female bloggers!).

His recovery time extended is a bummer. But, perhaps we should give him extended credit for his heroic performance in '10 Playoffs?

Mike

YES ONE LAST LAKER GOODY http://tinyurl.com/2fzaurr

MM - I see you made the KBros panel again...you represent boy...

"Taking one for the team..." and the "team" gives him $13+Million a year... sorry, i don't give credit for doing what you're paid to do. the guy has played the equivalent of 1 season for his time on the payroll. and for someone to compare his decision to delay to kobe's decision to delay surgery is a farce. talk about apples and oranges... anyway, it is what it is and lets face it: we figured he would be out by midseason but now it's the beginning. the kid takes half a season just to get productive. i've always said IN BUSS WE TRUST and Mitch has already planned on this let down by bringing in theo and another big man to camp, hicks. i for one believe that he could've been the future of the franchise but it's not heart or even desire that's keeping him out, it's those glass knees. it doesn't matter how he got injured, the fact remains that he get injured. it's okay to be a die hard fan, just don't be "blind" about it. i never beleive he should've been signed for the big contract under the circumstances. it was a bad move then and it's a proven fact now. i'm sure buss and mitch were aware of the chance they were taking and they now know it was bad, so they'll move on. There's a franchise to worry about and they've proven that they can always bring and pay for the talent to L.A. Get well bynum and stay that way. a franchise wants and needs you.

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!!!


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@LAKERMIKE…. “I had read the reports (just like you) many times over the past few days. Bynum's recovery & rehab from surgery will take longer than initially projected. No big surprise.
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But then additional information was added that Bynum's knee, upon surgical inspection, was worse than expected and thus the surgery more extensive than anticipated. This is the reported reason as to why his recovery will take longer than we were told.
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This morning the thought (a new one for me) struck me that this would mean that what Bynum did during the playoffs was even MORE courageous than what we thought. His injury was WORSE than suspected.
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Just a terrific post, Mike. Unfortunately, the critics and haters continue to ignore the facts in their rush to condemn Drew for any perceived shortcoming. It will be interesting to see what they say now that the facts are out that the delay was due to the doctors finding more damage than expected. Most likely they will find a way to spin that in a negative light and empty the proverbial half full glass.
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Do you think the critics and haters might consider that greater damage discovered was the price that young Drew paid for gutting it out to help his team win another championship? And if Drew opted to get his knee fixed before the playoffs, do they realize that he most likely would NOT have been able to get back in time to play? Do they really think the Lakers could have beaten the Celtics without him?
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TOM

Edwin,

>>> I just want to know what policies the Kbros have implemented that differs from this blog.

I can't say what, if any, the K-Bros have "implemented." The technology there seems to be dictated from Bristol. You do have to "login" before your comment is posted, but I am not enough of a geek to know what that means. They have fewer posts, because to the best of my knowledge, they have less traffic. The posts that I've seen seem as an aggregate to be more serious and more brief than most of those here. The fan community still seems to be here at LAT, but I check both equally.

@LAKERMIKE…. One additional important point to bring up is that Phil implied in his comments that part of the reason for the delay is that the doctors wanted to fix the knee in a way that would make it stronger and unlikely that Drew would suffer the same injury again. Here’s what Phil said:
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"Now, that's an unfortunate thing, but the type of surgery that the doctor did on his knee takes a little extra time," Jackson said. "Obviously we hadn't prepared and Andrew certainly hadn't prepared for the fact that it could take an extra month and a half or so to rehab this type of surgery.

"It's an unusual type of surgery. It's not very often. Obviously the area of the tear with Andrew is a very unusual tear and Andrew has knees that, I think, have shown we have to watch and be careful with them and THIS IS SOMETHING WE HOPE IS GOING TO REPAIR THE KNEE IN A WAY SO IT CAN BE MUCH MORE STABLE IN THE FUTURE."
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Now that sounds to me like GOOD NEWS, not bad news. That is if you are really a Lakers fan.
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TOM

Oh NOOOOOO.
McMenamin just said no AB17 until LATE NOVEMBER!!!
Not good.

PLG

AB now being interviewed - 4 more weeks low impact.
Then he can start "training".

PLG

@CCX… No reason why a shortened derivative of your handle can’t also survive. Just like you may be Mike to some and Michael or Mikey to others. Anyway, there is no other sports blogs with as many great Mike’s posting as here. Like I told KBMVP888, here is a virtual high-five card that you can play for me every time you make another terrific post. Yes, intelligence and reason can prevail over chaos and misinformation. Just like good triumphs over evil and the Lakers will triumph over the Celtics. The Heat? There just the latest flavor du jour. They’ll sing a different tune by the All-Star break.
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TOM

Oh NOOOOOO.

Andrew just said, knowing about the additional damage, and the extra healing time needed, he would NOT have had the surgery done sooner. The family time, World Cup, and safari were more important to him.

Sorry. I don't buy putting "I" before team. Not at his salary.

Rick - I agree with you. You know that I have been very outspoken about this. He knows he recovers very slowly after all of his injuries. I feel like he made this decision knowing full well his recovery timeframes.

The fact that there was more damage that needed to be repaired can be fully detected by supposedly the best knee/leg, etc. surgeon in the US who has been under his care for more than 8 years.

I have given up on his attitude and am just hoping he can produce to my expectations of his $13.8mm salary. I say all this respectfully because we both know this is a very sensitive topic. But the World Cup and safari are both very accessible to folks with far more disabilities than a boot and crutches especially when you can fly first class and private cars.

He said he earned the respect of his teammates by fighting through the injuries during the last run. You would think he would realize maybe they would respect him even more if he showed up ready to go at camp.

Knowing about competition and positive reinforcement, talking about how good you feel and how psyched you are to get out there is far more motivating than discussing rehab, injury and training timetables.

IMO, AB's mental toughness is still greatly lacking. Call it immaturity, youth, whatever - at $13.8mm respect is earned on the court NOT in rehab.

PLG

Rick,

Interesting comments from Drew.
I can almost see the gears spinning in the heads of Bynum supporters preparing their defense and the others loading their guns with I told you so ammo.

Personally, I think Drew is of huge value to the Lakers, that they are a better (maybe much better) team when he is healthy and plays with focus and determination and that he is a game changer.

That being said, he needs some serious public relations training. He needs to learn that not saying certain things can be just as important as things he does say. Drew should have handled that question more diplomatically.

When Phil gives out books this year the one he needs to give Drew is "How to Win Friends and Influence People" because that type of comment is not going to help him deflect criticism for having a me-first attitude.

Rick, PLG, I agree.

Thanks Rick for the reply.

Well what can we do with the "I" attitude with our youthful players? Even if he reads the book recommended by Art "How to win friends..." , we as fans can't do anything with their frame of mind. We suddenly became old fan not in tune with the new players, it referred as their entitlement to be on medical leave. Lakers can wait for Drew during the season while Drew could not postpone the World Soccer in July.

Parallel to this, I refer to a hated Leprechaun whose face portrays of an angry Celtic, yes that KP Kendrick got injured on the 6th game of the Finals. After the week of Finals, he immediately went for a knife to treat his ailment. He never waited, he knows his job is at stake if he dilly dallies for the whole summer with that injury. Today, Celtics got JE and SO I think Kendrick will be motivated to come back to the team immediately or else he's a goner.

Is there really a threat on Drew of being replaced by TR or DC? He is the favored Center, blessed here in the blog, trained by Cap to be beast of the future, favorite player of the young owner. So why worry?

Yay training camp is here!
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