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Screen name: LEWSTRS

Real name: Lew Mariano

Occupation: Realtor

Age: 51

Gender: Male

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Story behind your screen name: It's my license plate number. Derived from my company: Lews Allstars

How I became a Lakers fan: I saw Magic in the NCAA championship against Bird, then the Lakers drafted him No. 1, and the rest is history.

Favorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-10 season: Magic’s baby hook shot, which finally broke the Celtics jinx. For the 2009-2010 season would have to be Game 7 and Artest being the difference, proving Mitch Kupchack’s only move for the year paid off brilliantly.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Lakers losing Game 6 against the hated Celtics in '08. Not only did we lose, but how we were blown off the court.

Favorite Lakers player: Magic.

Greatest all-time Laker: Kobe "Bean" Bryant.

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Game 1 of the Finals vs. Detroit at Staples, and playoff game against Spurs on Mother's Day at the Forum.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: LeBrick James, Kenyon Martin, KG, Paulina Pierce, Rondo, Ray Allen.

Interactions with Lakers players: My wife and I met Chick Hearn at Staples, he was a lot taller than I thought, and of course he was gracious enough to give us his autograph. We saw Nick the Quick on the 405 Fwy, and he waved back to us. I high fived Magic at a Ralphs Market in West LA. Watched Jerry Buss play poker at the Bellagio. Kobe pointing at our group, giving us props, during a preseason game against the Kings in Vegas..

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: 'I Love LA' sign autographed by Chick Hearn. Shaq bbblehead, and my Laker jersey collections. I have the complete set of Kobe's #8 and #24 except his All Star, Olympic, and Throwback Baby Blues jerseys. I have four Shaq jerseys, a Van Excel jersey and a Gasol jersey.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: My wife got a row of seats from her work at a Staples game. I took my two kids, Cathy (11 years old), and Corey (9 years old). We also took Grandpa, a huge Laker fan since the West/Chamberlain days. This was all our first game at Staples Center, and first overall for my kids. It was so precious watching my kids get into the game, cheering and dancing. Their Laker fanhood was baptized at that moment, and I have done my part in making sure the next generation of Laker fans continues to grow.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lew Mariano (second from right) recently attended a Lakers game at Staples Center with his family. Credit: Lew Mariano

 
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Nice to meet you, Lew. You have a beautiful family!

Conspicuous by his absence...where is Larry?

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonny Belfast | September 11, 2010 at 04:52 AM

I’M OUT!
To every thing there is a season, I’m a Drama Punk that is the reason
That is the reason I have to say, goodbye to you Laker Nation today
Drama Queen, Drama Punk, whatever you say, I get to go out My Way
It’s been a privilege serving you all, bringing you the daily Roll Call
Roll Calls & all were never bout me, Just tried to help build Laker Nation you see
But I’m just not feeling it anymore, so it’s time to go before I become a big bore.
Some say this has already come to pass, Mamba24 they say, you’ve run out of gas
This I think is partially true, which is another reason it’s time to say adieu
I wouldn’t even write this before I go, because some will say it’s all just another show
But I figure it’s the least I should do, because you are my family, every one of you.
And you don’t leave family without a reason, And this is now my leaving Season
No, Bandwagons please, not even goodbye, just let me fade & be a regular guy
It’s better to leave while all is good, than wait until everyone wishes you would
So that’s it I’m out, all the best to you, Get that 3-peat Laker Nation, That’s what U do!
hthttp://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA

Larry - you are in so much trouble it's not even funny.

BYNUM/GASOL OR GASOL/ODOM ???
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The argument is being made that Gasol/Odom is a better 5/4 duo than Bynum/Gasol because they’re the duo Phil prefers to play to close out games. Using that same logic, I guess you could also argue that Lamar Odom is better than Andrew Bynum since Phil up to this point has preferred him over Drew to close out games.
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The fact that Phil has preferred to have Lamar on the floor rather than Drew to close out games up to this point was mainly the result of trying to better matchup to the pick-and-roll plays most teams run as their end game as well as putting our most mobile and experienced lineup on the floor with the game on the line.
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The reality is that Bynum/Gasol and Gasol/Odom as well as the Bynum/Odom 5/4 duos are all great lineups, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. And the fact that the Lakers can cover all 48 minutes of a game with these 3 dynamic duos is the closest thing in the NBA to a WMD other than Kobe Bryant himself.
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Make no mistake, however, that the Bynum/Gasol 5/4 duo is the one that sets the tone. It is the duo that starts the games, plays the most minutes, and eventually will close out games as Drew regains his mobility and matures as a defensive player. Late last year before his latest injury, Phil was starting to trust Drew to close out games. I look for that trend to continue this year and Drew to finally get his chances to finish.
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The big problem with the Gasol/Odom 5/4 duo is their inability to defend the paint and protect the rim. Anybody who watched the games last year cannot deny that Andrew Bynum’s presence in the game deters other teams from attacking the rim. More than his blocked and altered shots, Drew intimidates teams.
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If you watched all the games last year, you saw how other teams immediately attack the paint the minute that Drew goes out of the game. To Pau’s credit, he gets his share of blocked shots but he doesn’t scare or intimidate or stop other teams from attacking the rim. Mostly, he just tries to avoid picking up fouls.
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Because Drew joined the Lakers 5 years ago, we forget that he is just only 22-years old chronologically and even younger still when we consider how late he took up the game and how few games he has really played. Give the young man some credit for developing a championship character and battling through his injuries. With a little good luck, this may be the year Drew finally stays healthy and lives up to his beastly billings.
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TOM

Larry...say it ain't so.
The swiftness of days, soon will become years.
The friends you've known here, becomes but distant memories,
what you have done here and the friends you've made counts;
not who they perceive you to be.

Lew, great profile - way to keep the love of the Lakers going generationally in Cathy and Corey!

Larry, please say it isn't so...and, if it is (which it should never be) then your profile is certainly due next!

@LEWSTERS… Great profile, Lew. I loved the picture of the entire LEWSTERS clan decked out in their Laker finery. Looks like the kids are all Kobe fans what with the trip 8’s. Been a while since I’ve been to Vegas. Much easier to drive up to Reno from Marin County but I will definitely look forward to sharing a brew and some Lakers talk whenever I get down your way. Love the views into our extended blog family. :-)
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TOM

Lew, what a beautiful family.

Well - it's going to be USA vs Turkey tomorrow. Hope the home town frenzy doesn't get into the heads of our young guys. This is going to be GREAT!!!

LEWSTRS,


I love your human and what you bring to the blog. You are awesome!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Apparently Laker Tom the coaches of the NBA disagrees with you on how impactful Andrew Bynum is on the defensive end.

http://www.nba.com/2010/news/05/05/all.defense/index.html

Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol even got votes. Andrew Bynum? Zero.

Not saying Bynum doesn't make a difference...he is obviously he is and I would take him over a Slava or a Brian Cook in the post.

But the intimidator that you describe? That's Howard dude.

Besides Gasol was the LEADING shotblocker in both total and average shot blocking. (1.8 vs 1.5) (113 vs 94).

Another example of dissing Gasol's defense and the forgetting the great chemistry of Gasol-LO just to promote Bynum.

Lewstrs... What a beautiful family!! Enjoyed your profile.

Mamba24... You can't do that to the people who love ya!! You are one of the few who always have an answer to everybody and make everyone feel welcome. Have a great day Larry!!!

Lewstrs... I blogged something and it didn't come up.. What a beautiful LAKER family you have!! I also enjoyed your profile!

KB Blitz,


Would you fricken lay off Laker Tom and Andrew Bynum for once? Jeez. Give it a rest, man.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Aloha Laker Tom,

I agree with you on Andrew. I believe he has all star talent. Where I disagree at least up to now is does he have franchise player talent? I haven't seen that yet. For me that next step from all star to franchise is a mental one and I am waiting to see if Andrew has it in him. Playing through pain last year was a good 1st step.

As far as comparisons are concerned I like to judge a player by performance per minutes played, not just overall stat totals because in fairness the guy with the most minutes is going to have the better totals. So lets break down the stats by minutes played.

Pau .30 boards .49 points and .045 blocks per minute
Andrew .27 boards .49 points and .049 blocks per minute
Lamar .313 boards .34 points and .02 blocks per minute

As you can see Andrew's numbers compares very well with the older more established players.

As for defense Andrew adds a dimension that Lamar and Pau can't. While there are many knowledgeable bloggers here I still tend to listen more to what the pro's think. The coaches and scouts are paid to evaluate talent and while I do not always agree i defer to their expertise. And from what I have read, they all seem to believe that Andrew is a disruptive force inside. I recall an interview with Doc Rivers in 09 after a game. He said he was really upset because the Celts were missing so many shots inside. Then when he reviewed the tape he saw Andrew closing in on and he understood the reason for the misses. Andrew alters shots in a way that Pau and Lamar can't.

Fast forward to the finals this year. Game 3. KG was on fire. He was channeling his 27 year old self and single handedly keeping the Celts in the game. Phil switched Andrew onto him and he shut him down So much so that Mark jackson even commented on what a great move that was. And this was on one leg.

In the finals against the Magic, you can not take anything away from Pau, he played Howard tough. But Andrew did as well again gaining comments from the commentators on how the 2 were really going at it. And if you still have that series on tape, go back and watch it. While Phil had Andrew playing Howard one on one straight up, he sent doubles and help when Pau had him.

One last example was last year against the Raptors. Phil had Andrew on Bosh for 3 quarters and Bosh struggled through a terrible shooting night against him. He didn't get involved offensively until the 4th quarter with Pau on him. that is one of the reasons I was not crazy about trading him for Bosh.

Now of course he does seem to struggle against Shaq. But we both remember a young Kareem struggling against the old, over the hill veteran, Wilt when he came into the NBA. So I am not that concerned. Besides if Tim Duncan comments on how tough it is to go up against Andrew, that more then makes up for his Shaq short comings.

So could this be Andrews break out year. Only his health stands in his way. The dynamics of the team have changed in ways that should help Andrew.

1. Steve Blake. Lets face it the triangle was just wrong for Jordan. If Phil stays with his normal rotation of Lamar early for Andrew and then Andrew in for Pau, Drew will get a lot of minutes with Blake and Steve is the kind of PG that will get him the ball. Unlike Jordan who dribbled far to much.

2. Matt Barnes. Matt Barnes will spell Ron at the 3, which will allow Kobe to play fewer minutes and take fewer shots. We all know the offensive revolves around Kobe when he is out there, and rightfully so. But at 32, with the kind of money the Lakers have invested in him i think they will want to take some of the heavy lifting off of him. Perhaps cut his minutes from 38 to say 34 or 35. And I think Kobe is smart enough to realize that if he wants to extend his career that he needs some of that lifting taken off of him. I believe this will be great for both Pau and Andrew. I look for an uptick in scoring from both of them. Last year we were the best 1st quarter team in the league and it was that first quarter that we paid the most attention to the post.

So I really do believe this could be Andrew's break out year. Although as Blitz has pointed out it will not be easy. It is harder when you are the 3rd option. But even if he doesn't get selected it will not mean that the talent isn't there.
Anyway have a great weekend.

MH

Jon K. :

Geeeeeez man stop trying to stir the pot. There is nothing wrong with KBBlitz's research on Bynum amd I am sure LakerTom welcomes it. It is you who has a problem than rest of us.

grow up!

Lew,

Great profile. You're always good for a laugh or some keen insight.

Wes

Lewstrs,

I enjoyed your profile. Way to raise up the next generation of Laker fans.

Since you loved Magic in the NCAA finals vs. Bird, that almost makes you an honary Spartan...lol.

"I agree with you on Andrew. I believe he has all star talent. Where I disagree at least up to now is does he have franchise player talent?"

I agree with you too on that Michael H. Bynum indeed has All-Star talent. While it is difficult to be on the All-Star team considering Yao will most likely voted in and Gasol will most likely be the back up center because of the number of talent in the Western Conference at Forwards and Guards, Bynum did show he was All-Star capable.

Not to mention that the crime was more including Kaman over Bynum. Kaman is such as overrated center who Bynum dominated in every game except for one.

Like you I see the All-Star but not the franchise player in Bynum.

That being said when it comes to changing shots both are equal. Bynum may have the flashier ones but Gasol does get the job as well and does not get enough recognition especially amongst Laker fans.

In the end though it is all about how the team works in synch and that's why as a center Bynum is a great talent and certainly has his advantages over Gasol, team wise, especially for the triangle Gasol-Odom has been Phil's favorite lineup because of the advantages of using that lineup in the end of games especially that Odom is the best of the big men team overall wise other than just shot blocking.

That's why Phil has received grief from us bloggers when he at times started Luke instead of Trevor. Trevor did have his advantages over Luke by far but Walton was the perfect fit for the triangle and had he been a better defender and outside shooter he could easily start. The hope was that Ron could do it considering that he could be a playmaker but difficulty in learning the wing really made it harder for him to be consistently productive.

Bynum-Gasol should definitely start because of the match up problems it gives teams initially. When it comes to crunch time though usually we will see Gasol-Odom since not only because of their match up they bring but also that allows Bryant to be more aggressive since he does less ball handling and more scoring....which is more his game.

)(**)%$#$% Mamba24 - you just broke my heart. Love to you.

LakerTom; When you're gone, the Bynum mania ends. When you come back, all heck breaks loose and folks start getting mad at each other. Is there nothing else that interests you regarding the Lakers?

Mamba24>Bob Seger>LakerTom

Nice profile picture Lew,I'm glad to know I have a Pinoy clan compatriot here.Millions of Filipino world wide love the Lakers specially Magic before and now Kobe in fact Kobe always visit Philippines every year for his Nike tour.I'm excited to see my Lakers on October 4 here in London this is the first time I will see Kobe in person...Go Lakers go Kobe the greatest player of all time...

Aloha Blitz

Thanks for the response, I agree with most of what you said. The one thing I do disagree with is shot altering. Andrew is so long, his wing span is nearly biologically impossible. If he were any longer he would be tripping over his hands. And that you can't coach.

But I just love the versatility having those 3 bigs gives us. We can match up with any scheme, any style. The 4th quarters will be interesting this. Andrew will need to gain Phil's trust to get more P.T in crunch time. It will be another very interesting, great year.

Mh

Mamba,

If that's really you then... DON'T EVEN TRY IT!

You made me feel like part of the blog when you put me on the roll call. Now you're talking about leaving...you know you can't leave the Laker family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RmKBFND9SY

Jon K and Lewstrs,

Enjoyed the profiles and enjoy the unique perspectives you guys bring.

Jon K.. AKA Fabio.......They took your profile down so fast that I didn't get a chance to tell you,you are one handsome dude and I really enjoyed your profile. I always pictured you to be older!! You are one passionate Lakerholic!!

Hello Everyone -

Thank you Laker Family, for all the wonderful comments on my profile...Family is what it's all about, not material things...one lesson I have learned the hard way in my life...Thank you for accepting me in our Blog Family, it means so very much, and I can't wait for this season to start...

Mamba24 -

What the heck is going on...Have you ever had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the bread???

Well that would be our wonderful blog, without you...

"Andrew will need to gain Phil's trust to get more P.T in crunch time. It will be another very interesting, great year."

I think Andrew has gained Phil's trust as he did leave Bynum in crunch times especially when Gasol was out and the Boston game where Gasol had an average game and Bynum had a great game (the one where Kobe hit the game winner).

That being said I still think Phil prefers the Gasol-Odom for its obvious advantages and that it's the best offense when it comes to crunch time for the Lakers. Not to mention Kobe doesn't have to do much ball handling since he does have Lamar to do it for him. Having a big man who is very good in the post not to mention is a very excellent passer which is a big plus in the triangle suites Gasol more than Bynum who isn't the passer Gasol is.

Not to mention Gasol has 10 game winners since the 2003-2004 season. When you have guys like Bryant/Gasol/Artest (who made 6 game winners since 2003-2004)/Fisher....that's a very clutch line up as well and you have Odom who is a very good inbounder.

I think Phil trusts Andrew when it comes to crunch time. From the past record I still think the advantages of Gasol-Odom is still an advantage over Bynum-Gasol and that's the reason w hy Phil inserts and likes that lineup more.

Blitz -

Don't know why, and I don't have the stats to back it up...

But I think, Andrew Bynum will have a HUGE year this year...

Just a gut feeling...hope it's not gas...lmao

Otis,

you wrote: LakerTom; When you're gone, the Bynum mania ends. When you come back, all heck breaks loose and folks start getting mad at each other. Is there nothing else that interests you regarding the Lakers?

my response: [smile]

Hey Lewstrs, just logged in, I think we've met before I could not remember the occasion. I'm a green archer so it must be one of those gatherings. You have a beautiful family and I didn't expect you are in a realty business. I thought you are an internet developer with those creative bandwagon drawing of yours, so you may have gotten that idea during farming for prospects when realtors gather in one caravan or during open house waiting for prospects. Anyway, you are a great addition in this blog good that you discovered this site. With Faith, #4 and you, my Pacquiao compatriots are growing in the blog. haha I consider lakertom and jonK also my compatriots of Kwame and Smoochie during the lean years. lol!

You mentioned not to long ago to Sonny that your daughter will be entering in a law school in Sacramento, that's great to have a lawyer and realtor in the family. Don't know if you want to divulge it, just wondering when did u immigrate to US? If you are a Laker fan, then you may have followed the PBA in our homeland.

Because Drew joined the Lakers 5 years ago, we forget that he is just only 22-years old chronologically and even younger still when we consider how late he took up the game and how few games he has really played. Give the young man some credit for developing a championship character and battling through his injuries. With a little good luck, this may be the year Drew finally stays healthy and lives up to his beastly billings.

Posted by: LakerTom | September 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Drew definitely showed championship character last year by battling through his injuries. Very impressive.

Right now AB's offense is more polished than his defense, but the Lakers need his defense more than his offense. The biggest challenge for young Drew (other than staying healthy) is realizing that defensive dominance is what'll dictate his minutes. The offensive opportunities will increase as the team grows older. Drew just needs to bide his time.

Hey larry Mamba24, is this you? What's going on with those long farewells? C'mon guy get on the bus, you sound like you're pregnant again with those melodramatic goodbyes. We are not ready to say bye so please get aboard!!!

I agree with you on Andrew. I believe he has all star talent. Where I disagree at least up to now is does he have franchise player talent? I haven't seen that yet. For me that next step from all star to franchise is a mental one and I am waiting to see if Andrew has it in him. Playing through pain last year was a good 1st step.

Posted by: michael h | September 11, 2010 at 02:50 PM
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Michael H and Everyone...What is franchise player talent? How many franchise players are there? We know they're 24 all-stars each year. And probably another 8-10 players that are all-star worthy but aren't selected for various reasons.

Now of course he does seem to struggle against Shaq. But we both remember a young Kareem struggling against the old, over the hill veteran, Wilt when he came into the NBA. So I am not that concerned.

Posted by: michael h | September 11, 2010 at 02:50 PM

Michael H - Loved your whole AB breakdown...until you brought up the Kareem/Wilt analysis. I feel this is where its unfair to Andrew. You indicated that you feel he's an all-star level talent and not the franchise level player, therefore it would be more appropriate to compare him to other all-star level centers from the past instead on two of the greatest ever and Shaq a sure fire first ballot HOFamer.

Also, Wilt was never "over the hill". The four years Kareem played against him he was 33-36. The equivalent for Kareem would be his 80-84 seasons.

Again I thoroughly enjoyed your post with the exception of that part.

Edwin Pare -

Thanks for the wonderful comments...First and foremost...I LOVE Manny PacMan...He is a class champ, and a great representation of the Philippines...

My father, who is a doctor, immigrated our whole family to the States in 1965, to St. Louis, MO...I didn't see my father till I was 5 yrs old...for he was doing his internship in the States...I was 7 when I moved to this country. We lived in St. Louis till my parents divorced in 1971, and we moved to Los Angeles...I lived there till I moved to Vegas in 1995...and yes I'm a REALTOR here, getting my license in 1996...

I think it is great that we have several 'Flips' in our Laker Family...As Adrian Palomar posted, Kobe and the Lakers are very LOVED in the PI...

My daughter is actually graduating this year at McGeorge School of Law in Sactown...we are all so very proud of her, the whole clan, for she will be the first attorney in the family...

If you were part of any Filipino associations (ie. Bantangas Assoc.) then we have probably met...My mother, when she was still alive, was very much involved with all those associations, and my sister even being the muse one year...so we attended all those dances, parties and events...

When asked what has been my best accomplishment as far as being a Laker die hard fan...well it's what I put in my profile...I did my part in showing my children how to be a proper Laker fan...from that game over 10 years ago...my kids now root and live the Lakers like I do...now to get the 'full circle of life'...I would like to have a picture of me as the Grandfather on the next one, with the next generation, my grand kids, taking the baton, and representing in the same tradition that I started...

Not to mention Gasol has 10 game winners since the 2003-2004 season. When you have guys like Bryant/Gasol/Artest (who made 6 game winners since 2003-2004)/Fisher....that's a very clutch line up as well and you have Odom who is a very good inbounder.
Posted by: KBBlitz | September 11, 2010 at 04:30 PM

Blitz - good info. How many of those 10 Pau game winners have been with the Lakers?

I agree with your take on Gasol/Lamar being the preferred crunch time line up. The encouraging part is young Drew was given more opportunities last year and should get even more this year if he continues to develop. Right now, its almost automatic that Pau & LO get those key minutes, but I'm waiting for the day when Drew's game is polished enough that it presents a legitimate dilemna for Phil.

The fireworks are starting in Florida. Can't wait for the season to kick off.

See article below with Van Gundy going off on Riley. Hmmm...one of these days I think someone's going to come out and tell that Riles indeed forced SVG out in 06.


http://www.nba.com/magic/news/denton_story_091110.html

Good read...thanks LRob...

Honestly, didn't even know Mich St. existed till that year's NCAA Tournament...and now anytime I hear a player coming out of their system...I take note...it is Magic's alma mater...and of course Shannon Brown's...

Aloha LRob,

I was in no way trying to compare Andrew to Wilt or Kareem. It was more of an example of how the old dog sometimes handles the young pup. I have to disagree as far as Wilt over the hill. He was beginning to slide. 20 ppg, 14 ppg and finally 13ppg although he still was rebounding in the high teens. As far as your franchise player question, first for me they have to be a future hall of famer and perhaps even better. Today I see the following as franchise players:

Kobe of course
Durant
D Wade
Lebron
Yao (when healthy)
Duncan (but now sliding out of that group)
Howard (barely, needs more offense)
Melo
Cris Paul
Darren Williams
Steve Nash( on the down slide)

Guys like Pau, Dirk are on the bubble. There are a few young guys that might eventually get there. Andrew has the tools to get there with improved health and hard work.

Anyway aloha for now and have a great weekend.

MH


LRob.......I do think Riles is squirming a little!!Let's get this party started.. The Heat are going to have to be UP every nite, cause just like the Lakers, every team will be out to get them. YEA!!! :)

@MICHAEL H… Aloha and thanks for your comments. It’s always great to get a breath of fresh air from a knowledgeable fan such as you who also appreciates what Drew brings to this team. What’s forgotten in this discussion is the Bynum/Odom 5/4 duo, which has advantages like the other two. Everyone forgets that Phil gave Drew a shot at closing games, it was Pau who sat, not Lamar. The fact that Lakers opponents never see anything but these three great duos for the entire 48 minutes of every game. I think we’ll see Phil start to alternate which duo plays at game ends depending on matchups and who’s playing best. We’re talking about the best front court trio in the NBA here.
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As for being a franchise player, nobody is claiming Drew has shown that he is a franchise player. Hell, he hasn’t even shown yet that he is the #2 option yet, although that may be coming this year. It all depends on Drew staying healthy. What I and others are saying is that Drew has the potential to be a franchise player, to anchor the franchise after Kobe retires. Even though this is his fifth year in the league, Drew is still only 22 years old. To put that into proper perspective, had Drew elected to go to college for four years, last year would have been his rookie season. At any rate, we’re years away from being able to find out if Drew is capable of becoming a franchise player. Right now, all we need and want is for him to stay healthy and become an all-star level player. That will do fine.
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TOM

But I think, Andrew Bynum will have a HUGE year this year...

Just a gut feeling...hope it's not gas...lmao

Posted by: LEWSTRS | September 11, 2010 at 04:41 PM
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I will agree with you if the condition is Gasol/Odom will miss very significant time.

Lewstrs -

Jedi Knight - Tate793, here. Kudo's guy! You're big time now. Way ta go! Looking forward to our next Roll Call!
You're family is outstanding. Take care! Tate793

"As for being a franchise player, nobody is claiming Drew has shown that he is a franchise player. Hell, he hasn’t even shown yet that he is the #2 option yet, although that may be coming this year."

Laker Tom you were shoving down my throat during 08-09 season AND in the 2009 off-season that Bynum had "The Alpha Dog mentality" and "Come on Blitz agree with me, Bynum is the second option and Pau is third option" AND the infamous "Your man love for Pau" because I stated that Pau is a superior post option than Andrew.

Don't say nobody is claiming because *YOU* did. And now you backtracked to 3rd option.

I'm glad you are back on the blog (and sorry that Larry again needed a break). That being said I haven't forgotten those name calling you gave me as a bigger Pau fan than a Bynum fan.

Lew's a great guy. We met on another forum and had a "council meeting" at Lucky Strikes Lane for the away game during the practice season when the Lakers beat the Chowds with Kobe's game winner.

michael h

Your initial post in this thread about our front line WMDs said it all. You look at the Lakers as the great, versatile "team" without pitting our players against each other. BRAVO!

KB Blitz

Kudos to you as well for generally agreeing with what he said.

hobbitmage

Your comment to Otis was uncalled for. If you run LT out of here again, "Bynum mania" will just begin. Keep smilin'!

Aloha Laker Tom,

Thanks for the compliment. We agree much more then we disagree. I do believe Drew has the tools to dominate. But like stated that next step is mental, does he have the will of a Kobe or D Wade. Unfortunetly his developement has been hinder by injury, so the jury is still out for me. That said, he did show the kind of grit it takes in the playoffs.

So what does he need to do to get there. First round out his game. On offense I was a little disapointed that he went away from his 15 foot J. He is pretty acurate from there and I think he needs to use it more. More importantly though, he needs to recognize the double earlier. It led to most of his turn overs, including the travels. He is a decent passer when he surveys the Cory but throws some wild passes when trapped.

On defense he really started to get it last. I think many people underestimated his defensive contibutions last year. I think it's just further natural developement there. He cut down on the fouls last year but he needs to improve more.

Now I personally do not like to post milestones and say that he needs x amount of points to have arrived. If he does the things I pointed out he could average 15 again and would be fine. I would however like to see 10 boards a game an 2 blocks, even if his minutes do not increase.

With all that said, he'll the kids 22 and I am fine with his improvement up to now. Aloha for now.

MH

Michael H,

We'll have to agree to disagree on Wilt. Yes, his numbers were on the decline. But he still was far from over the hill. His second to last season in 72 he was finals MVP and All-NBA 2nd team. His last season in 73 he was on the NBA all-defensive 1st team. If that's "over the hill" then I hope the Lakers can find some more over the hill players.

Also Kareem and Wilt had some great battles but I wouldn't characterize it as the old dog handled the young pup:
In their 1st full season head to head Kareem avg 28/13 vs Wilt 23/15.
In their 2nd full season head to head Kareem avg 40/15 vs Wilt 14/20.

I agree with your breakdown of franchise players, but I would definitely throw Dirk in there.

Good looking family, Lew.


Larry, my Mama's belt called. It will be in touch with your backside before the weekend is out. Seriously...the threats to leave are getting old. Knock it off. Starve the trolls, brush your shoulders off the haters & fall your @$$ back in line!

via LEWSTRS

Mamba24 -

What the heck is going on...Have you ever had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the bread???

Well that would be our wonderful blog, without you...

****************************************************************

as a matter of fact peoples I have had the PBJ sans bread. We called it dip!

Exellente!

KobeMVP888,

you wrote: Your comment to Otis was uncalled for. If you run LT out of here again, "Bynum mania" will just begin. Keep smilin'!

my response: Don't I know you? Aren't you the one who couldn't be bothered
to actually find out the facts before you chose a side?

re: Bynum mania. I believe Jon K said it best, Does LakerTom know anything
besides Bynum? In case you can't tell, the bynum mania has never left. It
just went from a full boil to a slow simmer.

So here's a question for you: Why don't you ask LakerTom to talk about
something/someone else besides Bynum? You'd probably find that most of
the Bynum mania would disappear.

It seems to me, that in the spirit of fairness, you'd not just talk to the people
who are responding to LakerTom, but also LakerTom himself. But maybe
you're thinking that LakerTom can say whatever he likes, because you like/
respect his postings, and everyone else is second fiddle/subordinate to
LakerTom?

Just a thought. Do with it what you will.

Larry, AKA, Mamba24,

Why the heck are you leaving?? Mister, we have an effing 3peat to go and get!! We've got the whole eastern conference flat out scheming to try and beat us!! Now is the time to secure the legacy....the one you've been part of now for more than 5 years!!

Take the summer off like I have and come back strong for training camp!!

LEWSTRS -

Great to hear your stories. I love how much Chick Hearn meant to so many here. I'm too young to remember him in his glory years (80's), but even I miss him.

You're a true Laker fan and it's great to have you as part of the family here!

Just a thought. Do with it what you will.

Posted by: hobbitmage | September 11, 2010 at 09:42 PM
======

zzzzzzzz

Sounds good Michael H. I enjoyed the dialogue.

Larry,

As a Laker fan, God invented the off season for a reason. He understands that we suffer emotional highs and lows (mostly highs) into June year after year.

Why are you here man? Take a break. Find something else.

Then, on opening day before the latest banner is lifted, let's get the season off right with a killer roll call.

If you don't, I'm going to kick your butt.

Understood?

Good. Now go take a break and we'll see you in October

JUSTA HATER -

You have don't any say in this...you are a lurking troll, not part of the Laker Family, so please keep your comments to yourself...Go to a Miami Blog and give your say over there...

Why have so many people on the blog thought that I was older?

That seems odd to me.

11 days until training camp. Way, way too long.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hey Hater........Feel free to leave!!!!!!! Didn't your mother ever give you a hug? We've got bigger fish to fry than to deal with you. Go Lakers!!!!!!!:)

Lewstrs -

Jedi Knight - Tate793, here. Kudo's guy! You're big time now. Way ta go! Looking forward to our next Roll Call!
You're family is outstanding. Take care! Tate793

Posted by: Tate793 | September 11, 2010 at 07:18 PM
=====

Tate! What up? How has your summer been? I'll be posting in here next season for a variety of reasons. The quality and depth of the insights in here are far superior to what we have in the other forum. Even the level of contentiousness is more sophisticated! Please join us in here. You will be appreciated. Guaranteed.

For those of you who enjoy reading NBA books, Roland Lazenby tweeted a nice list of books, some of which I plan to delve into. Here's the link:

https://twitter.com/lazenby

Lindy's 2010-11 Pro Basketball magazine is out. Check out the cover!

http://www.lindyssports.com/product.php?cn=438

God i want Kevin Durant to be a Laker one day. The Boy is the Anti-Lebron

http://tinyurl.com/25t86ee

JUSTA HATER -

You have don't any say in this...you are a lurking troll, not part of the Laker Family, so please keep your comments to yourself...Go to a Miami Blog and give your say over there...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | September 12, 2010 at 01:16 AM


AND what entitles you to ownership of this blog? Perhaps, you should consider starting your own blog with private membership. Justa Hater has as much right to this blog as you do.

An article from HOOPSWORLD: Ebanks seems to be determined to make teams around the league regret passing on him. Good for him and the Lakers..

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=17302

Hey guys. I'm putting this on full moderation. I'm partly to blame but this disappoints me I can't go on a freelance assignment without worrying about the blog running amok. I will go through these comments in detail once the game is over. But this is unacceptable. This will be on full moderation regardless of the circumstances until further notice.

MM

JustaHater - You need to stop with the personal attacks on Mamba24. It's okay to disagree but suggesting someone needs to go on meds is way over the top.

MM

Old Hippy - I've warned you before. Some of your comments have come across as snarky and combative toward Laker Tom and then LEWSTRS. Let's keep it civil.

MM

Mark Medina,

Did we not hash out the LakerTom incident with you apologizing to me for lack of understanding on your part? And whats up with this warning biz to my response to Lewester? Was his post not confrontational towards justa hater?

You are making it so obvious that you are biased towards posters who sing your praises . And please stop with these warnings, save it for your kids.

My posts are civil compared to rants and foul posts that you allow from your loyal subjects.

Old Hippy - I think he was standing up Mamba24 because JustaHater made some inappropriate comments about him needing to take meds.

I don't operate about whether people sing my praises or not. I'm just trying to keep order

MM

Hey Hippy,

That was not even confrontational towards HATER...

Believe me, when I want to be confrontational, there will be no doubt about my stance...

I though I was civil actually...Yes this is an open forum, but we have a camaraderie and a family unit...HATER has not earned the right to address Mamba24 like that...My response was direct and not rude...

If you can't relate...maybe this will shine the light on it for you...

If you were at a park having a family picnic, and some drunk comes to your gathering and is obnoxious and rude...would you ask him to leave...a park is a public place right...

Excellent profile! Another pinoy here!

I remember meeting fellow Filipinos in phoenix that were Suns fans and I honestly wondered what was wrong with them, LOL.

Love the pic, LEWSTRs. Nothing better than getting your family on board!

GO LAKERS!!!

What a lovely, lovely, lovely family, and what a bliss to have a fellow Lakerholic raising up new generations to be as into purple and gold as he is!

Lewsters, it was so sweet to read yo and see you.
I guess happy sun over there help people lookin younger because NO WAY you seem a 51 years old!!

It's such a generous vibe the one I get off from your writing here.

It extrudes from this profile, your words and all of your smiles there.

Thank you for being part of this Fam :)

We're a better bunch because you're in too :)

Z. :)

Lewstrs,
Great looking family and great to hear your story. Great Laker Love and like LakerTom teac the youngins right and bring em up Laker Fans!

Justa

Mamba24,

We had had our differences to put it mildly but regardless you are a passionate Laker fan and bring much to the blog. We don't see eye to eye but I am willing to agree to disagree and say keep doing your thing here as it is not the same with you gone. Stay aboard.

Original Justa

KobeMVP888,

A bit of advice to pass on to you. The KBros advised me to not lower myself and resort to arguing with a certain blogger. They were right and I usually scroll past his comments. He is a passionate Laker fan but will argue in a heartbeat. He is not a troll but feel free to scroll on by for sanity sakes. I will not identify him to keep the peace and other bloggers don't assume it is you so no hurt feelings.

Justa

Lew,

Thanks for sharing your Laker memories and thoughts. Delightful family photo of happy Laker fans.

Best wishes.

Preseason in 2 weeks.
Come on now.

Lew,
email me at srafrank@aol.com on how to get started as a blogger in here.

Okay, i get it. So we just post here? Yeah, that's cool

hey big Lew...i found ya!!! LFIB, frank, MVP...i see you!!! i just read the 'most hilarious' article on yahoo sports that says that the Assassin is the reason the Pukes signed Snaq. sounds like boredom to me...

Lew whats up bro. Thanks for the invite.


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