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Lamar Odom maintains his intensity heading into European trip

56416437In a sweat-drenched practice jersey, Lakers forward Lamar Odom remained seated on the bench. Odom may have wiped the sweat off his face once the media gathered around him, but he still appeared as if he exhausted all his energy out on the floor.

Seeing the last five minutes of the Lakers' practice Thursday confirmed what Coach Phil Jackson saw the entire session: "Lamar ran a load of minutes out there." And Odom did so -- and forgive me if you've heard this before -- by fulfilling a valuable role in the post and on the glass. After contesting a shot, Odom sprinted down the court, caught a Ron Artest outlet pass and finished with a beautiful left-handed dunk. On the next play, Odom grabbed a board and pushed the ball up to Steve Blake, who eventually found Shannon Brown for an open jumper. A few possessions later, Blake returned the favor by feeding Odom an entry pass inside the paint. Odom caught the ball, pump-faked and then dribbled underneath the basket for the reverse lay-in.

Those sequences epitomized the versatile skill set Lakers fans know and love about Odom. But this intensity isn't something you'd expect the first week of training camp, as the Lakers try to pace themselves. You'd think Odom would take it slow after playing all summer for Team USA in the 2010 FIBA World Championships. And after hearing Jackson say some members of the team seemed distracted Thursday, it's only human nature for some fans to think Odom would fit that description instead of being the hardest worker in practice.

So as Odom sat on the bench before the assembled media, he may have felt fatigued but he didn't really complain about it. He admitted longing for the time he could spend all day resting and hanging out with wife and reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, but sounded genuinely excited about the Lakers' preseason games in Europe. That begins in London on Oct. 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and in Spain on Oct. 7 against Regal FC Barcelona. He laughed about possible coverage from the British tabloids when the Lakers are in London, though Kardaashian plans to stay in L.A. He joked with a reporter who predicted that Odom's favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees, would be eliminated from the postseason once the Lakers return to L.A. 

By that point, the Lakers are hoping they find that their European games were much more than just an NBA marketing trip, including learning whether Odom played well enough in the starting lineup in place of Andrew Bynum, who's expected to miss all of the preseason and at least two to three weeks of the regular season as his surgically repaired right knee heals. Just don't think that Odom will allow energy concerns and a busy schedule to inhibit his game.

"Playing through fatigue is something that I wanted to get better at," Odom said. "If I'm tired, I want to find a way to keep myself on the court and still be able to make plays and still be able to concentrate and focus."

That's a considerable challenge, because he played basketball this summer with Team USA. But that experience is why Odom appears primed to overcome the obstacle. Though he believes he entered training camp in good shape last season, thanks to boxing lessons, Odom argues that being in "basketball shape" makes a considerable difference. Though he says it took him three or four days to adjust to the time difference in Turkey for the world championships, the process should be easier this time around in Europe. And though he acknowledges he's a "little tired," he says it's worth it to keep fighting because he'll "reap the benefits later."

Leading into training camp, I had wondered whether Odom's loaded schedule would lead to burnout. Though I still wonder how everything will turn out, I like his initial approach. Instead of just trying to save his energy, Odom is well aware that his Team USA experience could help short-cut the process of getting acclimated on the basketball court. So rather than allowing that momentum to dwindle, why not keep it sharp? While most of his teammates are just getting back in the groove, Odom is sharpening his game. There could be a point where he hits a wall, but pushing the envelope will help him realize that hitting the wall won't happen as quickly as he initially thought it would. I particularly liked his explanation of how he'll react when he realizes he's got little juice left.

"I'd rather keep my engine on and practice as hard as I can," he said during the Lakers' media day. "I'll be all right. I go after it pretty hard. I'm pretty sure that if I need the rest or get fatigued, Phil will understand."

But that point hasn't come yet. So for now, Odom will keep pushing along, posting up inside, grabbing rebounds, firing outlet passes and working outside the perimeter. It's a jack-of-all-trades role, and fans have known for a while that Odom excels at it. But the results appear magnified at full speed.

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lamar Odom grimaces after fouling out against the Suns in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals last spring. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Morning MM -

I think Lamar is looking sharp and fit this year...probably the best his looked in preseason...

From the clips you've been posting...LO looks confident in his game...energetic up and down the floor...and even looks like he is leading out there, being vocal...

Maybe we need LO to play every summer...I like this new look Odom...

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I like hearing any positive sentence talking about LO and his intensity. I think it shows how he's loving this win streak and his dedication to maintaining it. He's been around long enough to know when he needs to take it easy. I say let the man show some enthusiasm! He's happily married, on a championship team, just won Worlds - life is good. A far cry from that horrible season after his son died. I can't even imagine the grief. Losing a child is my worst nightmare.

One day closer to the regular season! Looking forward to the broadcasts from London and Spain. Gonna be hard for Pau to play against Spain. I pick Lakers to win, of course.

GO LAKERS!!!

Watching the last 3 minutes of game 7 once again. I recall the sense of destiny throughout the last part of the fourth quarter watching it live last June, my feeling that the Lakers were going to win this one borne out by every clutch shot, block, rebound. This morning though I was struck by how close Rondo came to making a steal on Kobe with 13 seconds left and the C's down by 2. Just a little more hand on that ball and Allen recovers with a chance for a tie. That's how darned exciting that game still is, everyone had their chances, and it was a game for anyone to win right up to the end. CLASSIC!! and best of all, the forces for all that is right in the world prevailed! Let the games begin, let the weenies and the pretenders have their shot, we live for the chance to feel that moment again.

Great work Mark M

From Team USA right up to now; Lamar really looks extremely solid this year. With Bynum out until late November, I think Lamar makes an All Star run.

When Lamar is on the Lakers are unbeatable. I hope we see a big year from him this year.


We all see his skills - Lamar is versatile, long and a great rebounder and passer.


But he has holes in his game - he is weak going to his right, he is not a jump shooter, and he is not strong enough to post up a lot of NBA bigs (he is long and quick, not bulky).


So Lamar can be contained if you take away his strengths and force him right, or make him be a jump shooter. Sometimes when teams do a good of limiting Lamar, fans jump to the "indifferent effort" explanation. And sometimes it may apply. But he just looks so great on the floor, plays so smooth and seemingly effortlessly, that I think sometimes that label is applied unfairly.

I hate to admit it, but I think Lamar's marriage to Khloe has really helped to settle and ground him. He just seems more at peace with himself than ever before. His positive experience in Turkey with Team USA was just the icing on the cake. I think the Lakers are in for a BIG year from LO.

I am excited about this team. The depth is exciting. I expect the Lakers to be a team that builds leads with the starters on the bench this year. With Blake, Odom and Barnes there are three guys who might start on a lot of teams in this league (OK, Barnes is a stretch, but give me that one). One of the bigs will stay on the floor. So that is four starter caliber players against other teams' benches.


Sasha has been strong in camp. Between him and Shannon, there are two guards behind Kobe who, in different ways, can be effective on D and explosive on offense. Neither is a complete player by any means, but each can be a problem for the other team on a given night.


The last three guys on the bench, Caracter, Ebanks and Ratliff, are all guys who will challenge the starters in practice, and who I think we will feel pretty good about when called on in game situations. Though their weaknesses may show up in real NBA game conditions.


The Lakers have had to work around the bench the last couple of title runs. This year it will be a real asset and will enable the starters to be more aggressive, knowing they have a bench that can take some serious minutes and keep the pressure on.


Oh, and that doesn't even account for Luuuuuuuuuuuke, who will be healthy and dominate the NBA this year. I see an 60 point game from Luke in December.


Uh-oh. time for my Laker Fever treatment.


Tom Daniels - excellent comment about Lamar. I agree - so many times 'fans' are quick to denigrade his performance citing lack of effort. Drives me crazy. He is one of the most underrated players in the league. It was really good to see him play so well for Team USA and hear all the wonderful comments directed toward him and his game. It's funny - I feel vindicated somehow for sticking up for him all the time LOL! Like I had anything to do with it.... :)

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LEWSTRS - You are indeed correct. After needling Lamar a bit before pre-season, Phil has been very complimentary this past week regarding L.O.'s effort. Obviously we're not privy to all the practices but from what I've seen, he's looking great.

MM

Good morning, Mamba24 and Jon K!

Good morning, Fatty! Thanks for the happy thoughts about my photo work. :)

Nothing much to add to what the morning guys have said. LO is clearly in great shape as well as focused. Considering the experience he got from playing center for Team USA this summer, the Lakers depth may prove to be too much for any team to overcome. The Heat's first unit may be a great match for the Lakers' starting five, but the latter's second unit -- even with Caracter and Ebanks in -- would just be a blur to the opposition.

GO LAKERS!

raymond???? ummmmmmm - acknowledge me please!!

I also commented about your photo work - it's beautiful.


Sheesh - what's a girl gotta do around here to get noticed?


(wait - nevermind - don't answer that)

@Raymond42n, Good morning my brother. I tend to agree with your comments. But I don't think the Heat are coming out the East. I still say it will be a Boston Lakers rematch.

Good Morning Fabulous Laker Blog Fam!

Well, it looks like the votes have been counted and Troy Beezy won with a last minute game winner!

Final Vote Count:

Troy B - 6 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty, phred, Fan of the Mamba)
The Beez - 3 (Art, NMLL, Ray)
Troy Beezy - 7 (Lakerlass, Lew, Triangulator, LRob,CCX, JLF, DJ)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)

Sheesh - what's a girl gotta do around here to get noticed?Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 09:11
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Shameless! Simply shameless!!!!! Lol!

Well, it looks like the votes have been counted and Troy Beezy won with a last minute game winner!Posted by: (The Poster Formerly Known As Troy B) | October 01, 2010 at 09:14 AM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
OH dear God please, please, PLEASE!!!!!!! Say it aint so! No more Troy B. NO, No, NO!!! You can not deprive us of this!! It is simply unacceptable!!! I demand a recount!!!

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in for Roll Call...

We all use to 'check in' during game days...at the old blog...

But I couldn't help myself...Mamba's Roll Calls are like a shot of adrenaline...lol

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Mark M -

My slow connection really welcomed your transcripted thoughts on Lamar's interview...

Moochass grassius

But I couldn't help myself...Mamba's Roll Calls are like a shot of adrenaline...lolPosted by: LEWSTRS | October 01, 2010 at 09:20 AM
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WOW! Really? Lew I'll get that check right in the mail sir!
Thank you so much. There will be a little extra this time. Lol! Thanks Lew!

Now that LO has accomplished a World Championship as a starter, perhaps he privately wants to accomplish one other milestone in his career .. becoming an all-star for the first time and playing in front of his fans at Staples Center.

Nice video clip from lakers.com:

http://www.nba.com/lakers/

Everyone seems to be really upbeat for the trip!!! I see one lady next to Barnes going to trip with him. If she is his fiancee, it is indeed a good news!!

I think London game will be televised by KCAL at 7 PM (delayed) on Monday. Can't wait to see it!!!

On another note, Dish Network just dropped Fox Sports network, which means as of now, no home Laker games for those of us subscribing to Dish.

Not good...

PROTEST ON TROY BEEZY DECLARATION AS WINNER

Recount: What happened to the vote of Mud for Troy B, the original...?

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second, Troy B-YES! the original is a good film and worth a giggle.
Posted by: mud | September 30, 2010 at 08:18 PM
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~~That will tally Troy B group to 7 against Troy Beezy
P. Ang could settle the tie because he chose both so it's 1/2 pt. each. He could decide by toss a coin.

Posted by: troy | October 01, 2010 at 09:29 AM

Who is Troy? Are you the old Troy not related to B or Beezy?

PROTEST ON TROY BEEZY DECLARATION AS WINNER

Recount: What happened to the vote of Mud for Troy B, the original...? ~~That will tally Troy B group to 7 against Troy Beezy P. Ang could settle the tie because he chose both so it's 1/2 pt. each. He could decide by toss a coin. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 09:37 AM
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God bless you Edwin!! All we are asking for is justice here!!! We will march on the courthouse until our Troy B is returned. Some say Mamba24...this is a trivial thing. But...No, No, NO!!!! The name Troy B is the bedrock upon which our wonderful Lakers Nation will stand or fall. Edwin sir I simply have to say it sir...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! And from the bottom of our hearts all of us little people thank you. Hopefully soon, very soon our Troy B will be back. "sigh"!

Posted by: troy | October 01, 2010 at 09:29 AM Who is Troy? Are you the old Troy not related to B or Beezy? Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 09:39 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!

The 'troy' clan is wreaking havoc around here.

Have you no shame?

If we let them take our Troy B, next they'll come for our wonderful PsychedLakerGirl and have her change her name to EnthsiasticLakerGirl. Now how would you like that folks? OR instead of a Justanothermambafan how about Yesanothermambafan things starting to get clear or how about instead of KobeMVP888, 8Kobe8MVP8? Ah I see I have your attention now. We must bring back Troy B and we must bring it back now. I can feel the very fabric of reality that seperates The LkaersBlog from the real world tearing. We have no time to delay folks.

Aside from just being morningriffic, Mamba24's roll calls constantly remind us of why going "digital" is such a good thing. If Mamba24 were using paper, there'd be no trees left in the world.

Keep up the great work!

Lewstrs!!!DITTO on Mamba's bandwagons!! You've probably read these and have had enough hearing about PRINCESS JIMMY{by the way, he should take his Shimmy Shuffle to Dancing with the Stars} but, there are some good articles at foxsports.com/NBA by Jason Whitlock and Mark Kriegel. One was about Jimmy and his enablers........worth the read. I really think winning a Gold for LO was a big confidence builder and I think he's fired up and ready to go.

In a stunning announcement Troy B has declared "I'm taking my talents to ESPN". We have verified that Troy B will no longer be posting on the LA Times Lakers Blog, he has indeed moved over to BSPN. In a press conference Troy B stated "Troy B never felt like he fit in over there. Plus they already had a Troy, and Troy B started getting tired of being confused for him." This move is definitely unexpected.

In another interesting development to this this twisted story, it appears that Troy B is being replaced at the LA Times Blog by Troy Beezy! Here's his statement "I never liked that Troy B guy, he's too full of himself. I also don't like people who refer to themselves in third person. I mean, how out of touch with reality can a guy be?" When asked what he expects his role to be, Troy Beezy replied "hey, I'm coming over to the best damn blog around. You don't join the champs and expect to be the star. I just hope to contribute in whatever way I can."

We'll have more on this story as it comes in.

The 'troy' clan is wreaking havoc around here. Have you no shame? Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 09:50 AM
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Oh dear God thank you!! You are still Justanothermambafan and not Yesanothermambafan!!!! THANK YOU LORD!!!!!


I think Phil has needled Lamar for good reason: With this line-up, when Lamar Odom is on, we are practically unbeatable--unfortunately knowing whether or not Lamar will be on on a given night is like searching for the orb of obfuscation hidden in the mists. It's something of a mystery.
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Well, Lamar is now a World Champion without Kobe's help. I'm sure the experience matured him on a certain level. Perhaps we'll get a bit more consistency out of Lamar this season. That sure would be nice.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forver.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Lewstrs!!!DITTO on Mamba's bandwagons!! You've probably read these and have had enough hearing about PRINCESS JIMMY{by the way, he should take his Shimmy Shuffle to Dancing with the Stars} Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 01, 2010 at 09:53 AM
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By God this is GENIUS!!!! To heck with "Dancing with the Stars", folks we got "RIVERDANCING WITH PRINCESS JIMMY" My god what a telecast. I bet we could have pay-per-view and everything. Yes, Yes, Yes!!! NewMexicoLL all I can say is...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!!!!!!!

Troy B changing blog, OH MY....the issue is getting bigger, it got to be the race of the bloggers on LB compared to BSPN. This is imitation of Princess Jimmy.

Will the real TROY get out and vote for B or Beezy?

Mornin', crew

This mornin', as ESPN on site reporters reported, replayed, commented and gave perspective on the way the 3 Miamegos got off the bus, one wonders why we're bothering to play this season. Just send up another dry ice effect, pump up da bass and hand 'em the Larry Obrien...

The media machine that made them, simultaneously works against them. When karma has its way, which karma does, the harder they will fall.

In a stunning announcement Troy B has declared "I'm taking my talents to ESPN". We have verified that Troy B will no longer be posting on the LA Times Lakers Blog, he has indeed moved over to BSPN. In a press conference Troy B stated "Troy B never felt like he fit in over there. Plus they already had a Troy, and Troy B started getting tired of being confused for him." This move is definitely unexpected.

In another interesting development to this this twisted story, it appears that Troy B is being replaced at the LA Times Blog by Troy Beezy! Here's his statement "I never liked that Troy B guy, he's too full of himself. I also don't like people who refer to themselves in third person. I mean, how out of touch with reality can a guy be?" When asked what he expects his role to be, Troy Beezy replied "hey, I'm coming over to the best damn blog around. You don't join the champs and expect to be the star. I just hope to contribute in whatever way I can."We'll have more on this story as it comes in. Posted by: Troy Beezy - newest member | October 01, 2010 at 09:53 AM
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LIES!!! NOTHING BUT VICIOUS LIES!!!! Troy B. would never leave his family here at LakersBlog for ESPN the Dark Side. I detect the vicious foulness of Darth Stern in here somewhere. Does that bast**** really think he can take our Troy B and replace him with some Troy Breezy? HELL NO!! Now give us back our Troy B and give him back now. You may take our Kwame brown but you'll never take our TROOOOOOOOOOOOOY B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will the real TROY get out and vote for B or Beezy? Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 09:58 AM
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LMAO!!!

@63Footer, Uh, hi buddy? Thanks for the compliment! Uh 63Footer sir I don't know how to tell you this but the account is a lil short this week I'll have to delay that Mamba24 endorsement check. Now don't be mad sir you know I'm good for it! Lol! Thank you sir!

This is ME, the original troy. The pessimistic fan. I've been gone for awhile. Is something happening?

Are we being invaded by aliens...body snatchers...or even cats maybe...

Troy B is now Troy Beezy
Edwin Gueco is now Geico Gekko
Mamba24 is now Cobra24
justanothermambafan is now justanothermissingprofile...
LakerPeace is now LakerPeaceOut
63 Footer is now 63 Meter
KobeMVP888 is now KobeMVP8x3
LRob is now LRobbed
jefe101 is now boss101
Tom Daniels is now Jack Daniels (w/ a Coke back)
Fatty is now Fattie
Raymond42n is now RayRay42n
Jon K is now John Kay

I hear the Twilight Zone jingle...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

Help Mark Medina...or is it Funky Cold Medina...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Mamba24 - you mean it wasn't your "people" that slipped me the hundred? Dang, I must've complimented the wrong blogger. It was dark, the music was loud, lots of alcohol was flowing. It coulda happened to anyone! Honest!

Never-mind.

PROTEST ON TROY BEEZY DECLARATION AS WINNER

Recount: What happened to the vote of Mud for Troy B, the original...?

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second, Troy B-YES! the original is a good film and worth a giggle.
Posted by: mud | September 30, 2010 at 08:18 PM
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~~That will tally Troy B group to 7 against Troy Beezy
P. Ang could settle the tie because he chose both so it's 1/2 pt. each. He could decide by toss a coin.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 09:37 AM

Edwin, I believe mud was refering to a movie I had asked him about. Although, that does mean he didn't vote on the name. What will it be mud?

Oh and Edwin, you do realize that you started the whole name change election right?

This is ME, the original troy. The pessimistic fan. I've been gone for awhile. Is something happening? Posted by: troy | October 01, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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WTH? Original Troy? Who is this imposter and what have you done with our Troy B? Sheriff jail this man immediately and make him talk. Edwin you are the Judge of this Blog, give this imposter a fair trial and waterboard him till he talks and tells us where our Troy B is. You are authorized to use Any Means Necessary to find our Troy B!!!!!!!!

LEWSTRS - dude, I am not, nor ever have been, 63 Meter; 63 Footer is now 19.2024 Meter. Gotta get the conversion right!

63 Footer -

Man I missed that one...my clever meter is low today...It runs on solar power and it's raining here in Vegas...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Are we being invaded by aliens...body snatchers...or even cats maybe...

Troy B is now Troy Beezy
Edwin Gueco is now Geico Gekko
Mamba24 is now Cobra24
justanothermambafan is now justanothermissingprofile...
LakerPeace is now LakerPeaceOut
63 Footer is now 63 Meter
KobeMVP888 is now KobeMVP8x3
LRob is now LRobbed
jefe101 is now boss101
Tom Daniels is now Jack Daniels (w/ a Coke back)
Fatty is now Fattie
Raymond42n is now RayRay42n
Jon K is now John KayHelp Mark Medina...or is it Funky Cold Medina...#17 Coming Up!!!Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 01, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! The invasion has begun! Get Muldar and Skully on the phone now. This is worst than I thought. Not only is Darth Stern behind it but....The Cigarette Smoking Man also. THE HORROR!!!

I totally agree with you 63footer on what you said about Mamba24 roll calls. Like today, we got a doze of rainfall in the Southland after a week of scorching record heat. It also goes with Mamba24 rolls, without him realizing it, he provides immense contributions to many. Hope springs out depressive times of loneliness, joblessness and the changing of season. For those living in cold areas, it is a welcome announcement, here we are the Lakers fans who the hell you are? We are ready for 3peat as we welcome the NBA season with the ring ceremony.

LEWSTRS - dude, I am not, nor ever have been, 63 Meter; 63 Footer is now 19.2024 Meter. Gotta get the conversion right!
Posted by: 63 Footer | October 01, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!! STOP IT!!! STOP IT NOW!!!

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THE BEST RECORD IN THE NBA

I was curious as to what percentage of teams who earn the best regular season record wind up winning the NBA championship. I went back 30 years and, as luck would have it, the percentage was exactly 50% of the teams who either have or tie for the best record win it all (there were 4 ties). Interestingly, with the exception of the 1999 Asterisk Spurs (who tied the Jazz for the best record at 37-13, or a 61 win clip), ALL 15 championship teams won more than 60 games during the regular season on their way to a championship. I suppose this makes Phil Jackson's 7-0 record when his teams win more than 60 games less remarkable. However, as we know, many teams that won 60 or more games have fallen short, so perhaps that makes PJ's record MORE remarkable. In the end there is only one thing that matters .... BLING!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Go Ladies Team USA for FIBA Gold...

Go Team USA in the Ryder Cup...

Go Lakers in the Association...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

I totally agree with you 63footer on what you said about Mamba24 roll calls. Like today, we got a doze of rainfall in the Southland after a week of scorching record heat. It also goes with Mamba24 rolls, without him realizing it, he provides immense contributions to many. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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OK STOP THIS ISH AND STOP IT NOW!!! How many times do I have to say it, I'm all out of money for these Mamba24 endorements!! The Mamba Clan is threatening to kick me out of the Family for being a spendthrift and a shameless publicity hound. But I heard the reward has now reached one million for the safe recovery of Troy B. No substitions of Troy Breezy or Troy Beezy or Beelzebub or any of that ISH! Now that's where the real money is finding Troy B!! Mamba24 is yesterdays news.

Welcome Troy Beezy!


Hmmm, looks Mamba and I are actually on opposing sides on this one. (The sound of muffled sobs emanates from a small office in LA.)

How about:

63 Footer is now 768 Incher...

Is it true? Could it be? Do the members here really want Troy B to return?

"LeBron James Suggests 'Race' Played a Factor in His Negative Press: Is He Right?"

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/479272-lebron-james-suggests-race-played-a-factor-in-his-negative-press-is-he-right

Here's a Newsflash Princess Jimmy: It's NOT because you're Black, it's that You're WHAQ!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE NINTH POWER!!!!!!!!!

Troy B -

As long as we don't have to watch a scene of Brad Pitt crying again...

All is good...

This is ME, the original troy. The pessimistic fan. I've been gone for awhile. Is something happening? - The Real Troy

~~Yes Troy, I know it gotta to be you, because you were down again on Dish Network. I have Dish and they require additional $5 to get the Top America 120 Plus, you get FSNWest, Washington, Ohio and Prime Ticket. I could be wrong if you're living in another area.

Well, in another development while you were absent, another Troy B surfaced in the blog. He is a lakerholic ooozing with optimism. We were confused whether there was a transformation of the real Troy. No he said he is Troy B used to be plain Beezy. Therefore, we put up a vote. For further review, read the previous threads on other deliberations.

Now you have to make a vote to settle the name change NOT YOU but Troy B. or Troy Beezy?

Oh and Edwin, you do realize that you started the whole name change election right? Posted by: Troy Beezy (we may have a recount coming) | October 01, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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HOLD ON EDWIN!!! The Bast**** are trying to use reverse Darth Stern psychology on you sir. Don't fall for it. TRUST IN THE FORCE EDWIN!!!

Well, in another development while you were absent, another Troy B surfaced in the blog. He is a lakerholic ooozing with optimism. We were confused whether there was a transformation of the real Troy. No he said he is Troy B used to be plain Beezy. Therefore, we put up a vote. For further review, read the previous threads on other deliberations. Now you have to make a vote to settle the name change NOT YOU but Troy B. or Troy Beezy? Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS! This thing is spreading! They have Turned Edwin. Sheriff! Lock him up immediately! We will give him treatment after Troy B. is found.

@Edwin-
I don't know if he remembers but I was on here last season along with The Original Troy. We actually had a couple optimism/pessimism debates, including whether or not the Lakers could "flip the switch" for the Playoffs.

Troy,

I consulted with my wife (big Laker fan too) and she votes for Troy Beezy.

I will be consulting with my 5 dogs and 3 cats to get their vote if needed.

Mamba24,
Dial back that enthusiasm, buddy. You're getting me so amped up I can't get my work done!

Troy Beezy,

Posted by: Troy Beezy (we may have a recount coming) | October 01, 2010 at 10:15 AM

~~Yes I started this because we come to love Troy B's accounts and analysis. We don't want him to disappear in the mist and get adjusted with Troy Beezy. As you can see, we have settled from the confusion of the optimist and the pessimist, both are avid Laker fans. The letter B separates the two philosophical divide but it has still the same following. However, if you prefer the word "Beezy" instead of the same B, who are we to question of the name of the bearer.

We might again get complains that these posts are too much ado about nothing, it should be about LO but the attention was focused on your name. Thanks, we enjoyed the moment.

Altert!!

Now Troy posts are threating to surpass Bynum posts!!

Mamba24,Dial back that enthusiasm, buddy. You're getting me so amped up I can't get my work done!Posted by: Lone star laker fan | October 01, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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LMAO!!...sorrrrrrrrrry!
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I will be consulting with my 5 dogs and 3 cats to get their vote if needed. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | October 01, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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WTH? Art have you been visiting Chicago lately? LMAO!!!!

Troy,

I consulted with my wife (big Laker fan too) and she votes for Troy Beezy.

I will be consulting with my 5 dogs and 3 cats to get their vote if needed.

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | October 01, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Sweet Jesus, now people are getting their wives involved too. This madness has to stop! Troy Beezy it is!

~~Yes I started this because we come to love Troy B's accounts and analysis. We don't want him to disappear in the mist and get adjusted with Troy Beezy.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 01, 2010 at 10:45 AM

You know what Edwin? I was a little bored, saw you're voting idea, and decided to run with it lol. I never expected it to get this much attention!

But the people have spoken! Troy Beezy it is!

But the people have spoken! Troy Beezy it is! Posted by: Troy Beezy | October 01, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!!!! Can't you see this is nothing more than a COUP DE TAT!!! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!

I think the biggest "Decision" fiasco for LeBron was that he decided to skip the college..He really needed the college education.

Thanks Edwin:

Now I'm thoroughly confused! lol

Now Troy posts are threating to surpass Bynum posts!!

Posted by: LakerPeace | October 01, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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Now just wait until Troy Beezy misses posting on some threads due to injury, carpel tunnel, finger arthritis, etc, he will be mercilessly attacked!

How about TroyBeat(Bynum)?

How about TroyBeat(Bynum)?

Posted by: LakerPeace | October 01, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Noooooo!!! No more name submissions. Voting has ended. The ballots have been counted. Troy Beezy is here to stay!

The recount request has been rejected as Mamba24 has been lured to our side by LakerLass.

Thanks Edwin:

Now I'm thoroughly confused! lol

Posted by: troy | October 01, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Do you remember me? I had a healthy debate with you last season about whether or not the Lakers could flip the switch in the playoffs, me saying yes, you saying no. I was going by Troy B.

A few people were confused last season between Troy and Troy B. Well, yesterday Edwin asked if I was you. he was confused because my posts were too optimistic to be you.

I told him that I wasn't you, but a different Troy. I also told him that I posted on here a few years ago as Beezy. I said that I had tried changing my name a couple times but just didn't like the new ideas enough. Then I jokingly said maybe I should just go back to Beezy to end the confusion.

Justa said to keep Troy B so I don't confuse her again.

Edwin said let's put it to a vote. Him and Justa going with Troy B.

Then it just kinda got out of hand, a bunch of people submitting name suggestions/voting on their favorites.

Hope this clears everything up.

The recount request has been rejected as Mamba24 has been lured to our side by LakerLass. Posted by: Troy Beezy | October 01, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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I had to do it Nation!!! The power of LakerLass was just to strong!!!!!

@troy-
Oh and Troy Beezy won the vote

It appears that Lamar's time playing for the national team did him much good. He was a more pivotal player then he is for the Lakers. He had to exert himself more, being the best big man on that team. Hopefully, he can continue his sharp and confident play with the Lakers, and not get lost in the shuffle.

Now just wait until Troy Beezy misses posting on some threads due to injury, carpel tunnel, finger arthritis, etc, he will be mercilessly attacked!

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | October 01, 2010 at 11:10 AM

But Art, don't you know how much value I bring to the blog? I'm not injury prone, it was just a couple of freak accidents!

But Art, don't you know how much value I bring to the blog? I'm not injury prone, it was just a couple of freak accidents! Posted by: Troy Beezy | October 01, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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LMAO!!!!

Good evening, Lakerholics! It's 6AM in Manila.

Good evening, justa! And thank you for the kind words, lotsa hugs!

I slept at 2AM monitoring the Ryder Cup (N.B. just the morning matches played because of rain, play suspended with US leading in 2 matches, Europe leading in 1, Tiger/Stricker vs Poulter/Fisher at all square), and upon waking up, i discover a dark force apparently possessing the Lakerholics and converting them to -- gasp -- Meataholics or Septics.

19.2024 Meter??? Cobra24??? And the worst yet -- Funky Cold Medina??? This unveiling conspiracy by Darth Stern is mind-boggling in its vileness and perversity.

I would've thought that this was just some plot hatched to confuse the Lakerholics, until i realized .... WTF was i doing watching the Ryder Cup instead of logging onto Lakersblog???!!

Heeeeeeelp!!!!!!!!

LO and Artest are both working harder and they will have great seasons this year. The depth of the Lakers team is much better and they will surprise many teams (including Miami) this year. The second unit will be able to maintain or increase leads this year giving the starters more rest for the playoffs.

Sorry Miami, but the Lakers will battle the Celtics (and Shaq) in the finals again.

"THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THE BEST RECORD IN THE NBA

I was curious as to what percentage of teams who earn the best regular season record wind up winning the NBA championship. I went back 30 years and, as luck would have it, the percentage was exactly 50% of the teams who either have or tie for the best record win it all (there were 4 ties). Interestingly, with the exception of the 1999 Asterisk Spurs (who tied the Jazz for the best record at 37-13, or a 61 win clip), ALL 15 championship teams won more than 60 games during the regular season on their way to a championship. I suppose this makes Phil Jackson's 7-0 record when his teams win more than 60 games less remarkable. However, as we know, many teams that won 60 or more games have fallen short, so perhaps that makes PJ's record MORE remarkable. In the end there is only one thing that matters .... BLING!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 01, 2010 at 10:25 AM"

KobeMVP888,

I'm currently not in the researching mood, perhaps someone else will pull the stats together,however, not I, not now.

I wonder, how many of the last 30 championships, went 7 games. I have never been a fan of the 2-3-2 format of the finals. If Stern and the the others feel it's a favor to perhaps make it easier on the media circus that follows, I feel that is "tough bean"...as I have always said, I feel that if the road team in the finals (in the first 2 games is able to take one of the two games is able to win one, I feel it swings the momentum greatly. As I said, I am not in the researching mood, or mode. The 50% stat you stated, already lessens the importance of HCA, as if it really is an important position to be in, I believe that the percentage would have been significantly higher, not a few percentage points, a statistically higher rate of final series victories by the home court team. Obviously we have seen cases where the home court played a major role in winning the championship in the 7th game, last season. I'm tired and I'm not going to go on about this any further, not until I have some data.


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