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Lakers take right approach with Kobe Bryant for European exhibition games

So much for the uncertainty.

All week, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson seemed to waver on whether Kobe Bryant would play when the Lakers begin their preseason games, beginning in London on Oct. 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and in Spain on Oct. 7 against Regal FC Barcelona. Jackson had thought last week that Bryant's rehabilitation efforts on his right knee following off-season arthroscopic surgery would prove enough to warrant minutes. Then, with Bryant only participating in one full practice this week, Jackson expressed uncertainty on whether he'd suit up for next week's games.

There's still some questions that will have clearer answers leading up to tipoff, such as how many practices Bryant fits in, how much progress he makes and if there's any more discomfort. But Jackson's announcement Thursday that he plans to play Bryant at least in some fashion proves to be the best choice for a pair of preseason games that boast more importance than usual.

"We want him to be out there on the court and play," Jackson said following Thursday's practice in El Segundo. "Whether it's a six- to eight=minute run, or two of them, that's what I'd prefer."

When told of Jackson's plan to play him anywhere between six to 16 minutes each game, Bryant simply said, "That's realistic." Although he considers exhibitions to simply be "practice games," Bryant said he's well aware that European fans will want to see one of the league's best players on the floor.

This plan strikes the perfect balance in putting Bryant's long-term health first while taking into consideration the interests of the sold-out venues. Bryant makes an appearance, dazzles them with moves and then comes out of the game early enough that fatigue and exposure to further injury won't happen.

"It's all about whether I can perform or not and play," Bryant said. "That's with any game. That's why I've always been very adamant about not missing games. People spend their hard-earned money to come watch me play. You want to make sure you get out there and play."

That doesn't mean Bryant's literally dying to play, as you might think. He shook his head no when asked if he's "determined" to play, called preseason contests "practice games" and made it clear because of his skill-set and experience he doesn't really need to practice to get back into a playing rhythm. Bryant seems simply to be accepting his rehabiliation for what it is. If he had it his way, he'd be getting after it in training camp with his old and new teammates. But he also knows the stakes aren't high enough for him to push through at all costs.

As much as Bryant is trying to ensure progress every day, there's a difference between how he's rehabbed now versus during the postseason. It doesn't contradict his hunger and competitive level for the game so much as differing circumstances reveal a different approach toward reaching his ultimate goal in winning his sixth ring. He scratched and clawed any way he could during the postseason, knowing he was merely on his last lap before the finish line. During the preseason, Bryant's still pushing but at an even-keel pace in hopes that he doesn't have to grind things out as he did last season.

The verdict is still out on how long that process will take. Bryant and Jackson gave conflicting accounts on how the swelling in his knee held up in his lone practice Monday night. Bryant said, "I can strengthen up in certain areas," but added that "I haven't had any swelling [in the knee] at all." Jackson, meanwhile, said on Tuesday that Bryant had "a little swelling [in his knee], obviously." No matter which case it is, Bryant should be healthy fairly soon. There's no reason to expedite that process just for the sake of it. At the same time, Bryant can afford some wiggle room just so fans don't walk away disappointed. It's a happy medium that properly serves both parties without any consequences.

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first, thanks for the vids in the last posting, MM!


second, Troy B-YES! the original is a good film and worth a giggle.


third, Kobe needs to round into game shape, so if he's ready, he should play, if not, not...

LRob - you must be tired from work...The night shift is not it's usual self...

Here is something to get you going...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh5_Wdd80lE

first, thanks for the vids in the last posting, MM!


second, Troy B-YES! the original is a good film and worth a giggle.


third, Kobe needs to round into game shape, so if he's ready, he should play, if not, not...


Posted by: mud | September 30, 2010 at 08:18 PM

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mud,
Agree with you but torn. I want Kobe healthy and ready so we can get off to fast start. But don't wank Kobe hurt because not in game shape.

"that's LO's task".....

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

WOW it looks like Troy Beezy has caught Troy B to tie for the lead!

As a side note, I used Troy Beezy in Magic Phil's live chat earlier this summer. Troy B was taken, so it morphed into Troy Beezy, which I think is the logical name progression.

Put me down for Troy Beezy.

Put me down for Troy Beezy.

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | September 30, 2010 at 09:26 PM

Troy Beezy it is!

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)

Hey hey hey, look who's in the lead now!

It feels like Troy Beezy is preparing for one of those Kobe game winners.

New title for Tommy James song...
Crystal Purple and Gold persuasion...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeYUR4mud_M

The Beez kinda reminds me of that Geico commercial "they're the bees knees" ROFL.

Jon K,

Was this you in previous life?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8LdRJqjjRM

Sorry phred, meant to fix your name a while ago, oops.

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)

@ Lewstrs - Actually I was catching up on a little Mad Men. I'm on season 3. Its getting better. That was a cool selection. A little alternative meet hip hop.

I'm a little low on brain power tonight, but I'll throw this back at you hoping the person learned from that song that the semi-charmed life ain't all its cracked up to be...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci5j9yQ-528

MM: "This plan strikes the perfect balance in putting Bryant's long-term health first while taking into consideration the interests of the sold-out venues. Bryant makes an appearance, dazzles them with moves and then comes out of the game early enough that fatigue and exposure to further injury won't happen."
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I'm with you on that. A few minutes played will give the fans in London and Barcelona a chance to see Kobe play live, maybe for the only time in their lives, while minimizing the risk to Kobe.

The Lakers have to increasingly take into account worldwide marketing opportunities, take advantage of this tour and let Kobe play. The biggest European soccer clubs go on preseason tours throughout the world in order to maximize their global exposure, the Real Madrids, the Manchester Uniteds, the Chelsea's. NBA is a global brand and the Lakers are the most followed basketball team on the face of the planet. They must be proactive and give Kobe and their stars at least a few minutes of game time in order to establish themselves with the next generation of European basketball fans, especially since it is an inevitability that the NBA will expand overseas.

Besides, this won't hurt Kobe's jersey sales, he's already number one in Europe, as well as the U.S. and China too...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@JLF - thanks for the Crystal Blue Persuasion...very interesting story about that song.

@JLF - thanks for the Crystal Blue Persuasion...very interesting story about that song.

Posted by: LRob | September 30, 2010 at 10:31 PM

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Please share!!!

JLF,

Tommy James said he had just became a Christian when he wrote it...hence the lyrics the new day is coming and people are changing. Some mistook it for the crystal blue persuasion for a drug reference.

http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/tommy_james/

I like Troy B because it has historyl.

Oh wait, Troy Beezy is memorable.

So half vote to each then. Vodka, I need Vodka.

JustaLakerFan
Lewstrs
phred

Thanks for the support, I do appreciate it.

Justa, I know that was a rough time but I just wanted you to know that I understood your position and had your back. Unfortunately I don't carry that much weight around here lol.

A final note on MM. MM said he was on vacation at the time and that's good enough for me. That was the only time I've ever brought up the subject of one of my posts being deleted. That and the fact I couldn't get a response as to why it was deleted made me take my frustration out on MM, and some bloggers who felt the need to stick it to me.
My apologies.

LRob,

Thanks for the background info. I did not know that!

Last one and good night all,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i0DMbCKnAg

JustaLakerFan
Lewstrs
phred

Thanks for the support, I do appreciate it.

Justa, I know that was a rough time but I just wanted you to know that I understood your position and had your back. Unfortunately I don't carry that much weight around here lol.

A final note on MM. MM said he was on vacation at the time and that's good enough for me. That was the only time I've ever brought up the subject of one of my posts being deleted. That and the fact I couldn't get a response as to why it was deleted made me take my frustration out on MM, and some bloggers who felt the need to stick it to me.
My apologies.

Posted by: Troll Man | September 30, 2010 at 11:43 PM

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Your support means a lot to me. You da man.
Carry on and blog on!

Troy B

Troy, as a surname, derives from the French city of Troyes. The ancient Greek island of Troy is, presumably, why Troy has become popular as a first name. The meaning is unknown. The name can also be an anglicisation of the Gaelic Troightheach, which means "foot soldier."


Troy Before
Troy After
Troy Before/After
Troy B Blogging
Trojan Troy

A homage to the Purple and Gold...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THbY7EL8k5w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm7EeuWnc-8

LRob hope you like it...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!


googled that

JustaLakerFan -

This is for your hard work tonight...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe1ScoePqVA

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

I like Troy B because it has historyl.

Oh wait, Troy Beezy is memorable.

So half vote to each then. Vodka, I need Vodka.

Posted by: p ang | September 30, 2010 at 11:26 PM

LOL what am I supposed to do with that?

JUSTALAKERFAN - No harm, no foul. It's all good.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Like MM said the plan to play Kobe briefly is the perfect balance between satisfying fans that spent their hard earned $$$ and with keeping Kobe fresh.

JLF - you were on a roll...lots of good classics...I think my fav was the Rascals.

Lewstrs - Yes indeed we're following the Purple & Gold brick road to another ship....cause we got "brains"...."heart"....and definitely "courage". You could've listed that Mettalica for the remakes the other day....classic stuff - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

So you want to see more practices? Can't wait til preseason? regular season? You want more...more...more...well you my friend have a classic case of a Lakerholic....this video will explain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIbp5C-5WXM

Any other classic novelty songs?

So you want to see more practices? Can't wait til preseason? regular season? You want more...more...more...well you my friend have a classic case of a Lakerholic....this video will explain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIbp5C-5WXM
Any other classic novelty songs? Posted by: LRob | October 01, 2010 at 05:54 AM
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Good morning LRob my brother how are you sir? Basketball jones yes very interesting song, taking from the song Love Jones. LRob is there any...ANY piece of music, trivia, sports fact or anything that you don't know my brother? As I always say, when I'm in doubt about what to do my catch-phrase is WWLRD(WHAT WOULD LROB DO?). And when in doubt about a fact I always think...I better check that out with LRob first! Yes, Yes, YES!!! This is true! Carry On!

Kobe top selling jersey in Europe. No surprise there. Pau #4...Wow!

http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/bryant-remains-europes-favorite/

Mamba in the Morning...wassup. Yep you remember that one huh...Love Jones. "I turned in my test paper...with nothing but my name on it...lol. Can't slip nothing by you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elvfx4eqU9E

Yep you remember that one huh...Love Jones. "I turned in my test paper...with nothing but my name on it...lol. Can't slip nothing by you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elvfx4eqU9E Posted by: LRob | October 01, 2010 at 06:14 AM
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Dag, he even remembers the words!! Now I'm even more impressed! LOL!

I stayed away from comic books as a kid....

I had read somewhere that a high percentage of comic book readers ended up in state prisons and/or became Celtic fans.

But I am thankful in your case, you were in that small percentage that bucked the odds.

I figure our 'ambassadors to the world' have landed in London to a mob of 1,000's wanting their autographs.

Good morning Mamb24!

Good Morning Fatty sir! How are you on this wonderful morning that God - A notorious Laker Fan - has made?

Goooooooooood Morning to The Fabulous Justanothermambafan(Head of The Mamba Clan) and The Morning Crue'! What new and exiting ravings from the wonderful mind of the boy who would be Princess will there be today. Crue please remember, each of you should watch your words carefully because...The Princess is taking notes!!! Yes while other great stars spend their off season adding to their game and shoring up the weaknesses in their game, what did the Princess do? He added a killer crossover to his River Dance!!!!! Jimmy is driven to go down in history as the GRDOAT!...Greatest River Dancer Of All Time!!!!

Breaking News!!!!!!!!

From Lakers P & G News Service....(This is un-edited)

Plans for the Lakers London arrival with little fanfare were spoiled when a ballboy tipped off the press to their arrival time and location. 1,000's of fans mobbed them seeking autographs and souvenirs.

Ron Artest seized the moment by singing a new song to the cheering crowd he just wrote coming down the ramp from the plane. (A Rap song lamenting the victims of 'Jack the Ripper' done with an English accent)

Many Lakers fans seem to have fainted as he blew kisses to them.

Only one incident to report so far. Security arrested a person, 'LA All The Way' for trying to take Kobe's shoes while he was still wearing them. He could have gotten away with the sneakers with the mob confusion, except he stopped to ask Kobe if he would sign them.

More to follow......

LRob - did a boo boo...this are the 2 clips for the homage....

A homage to the Purple and Gold...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVU2NRCIQk&ob=av3n

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm7EeuWnc-8

LRob hope you like it...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Troy

BeezyBub

ALL RIGHT!!! The Morning Crue has awaken and woe unto all who stand in the path of this Force!!!

My man Mamba24...

I'm always glad when you are on...

You always have my back...

Dedicated to you bruh...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YvAYIJSSZY&ob=av3e

@Lewstrs, LOl! Lewstrs my brother, I think even LRob would like that one!!! You sure that wasn't Michael Jackson in the background singing?
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AN ODE TO PRINCESS JIMMY
Another day begins by the grace of God, Heat are favorites to win it all That’s Odd
How can a group that hasn’t done a damn thing, be picked the favorites to win The Ring
Do they think to a Team that has won back 2 back, they can get away with talking smack
One thing my mama always would say, before you speak, each word carefully weigh
You danced & mocked us & even did a shimmy, It’s Lakers time now, we coming 4 U Jimmy
Princess do you seriously believe, The Zen master can’t beat anything Darth Stern conceives
Yes you took notes but Ron Ron took some too, I’d be afraid, very afraid Princess if I was U
But even before on your team The Lakers feast, You must find a way to come out the East
Don’t think they are gonna just hand U the Eastern crown, Princess get ready to throw down.
Superman is mad and Paula is too, A world of hell Princess Jimmy is coming to you.
Could there be on your march to the crown, hints of a pending psychological meltdown`
So you went and pulled the Race Card out, Jimmy I’m pleading cut this ISH out!
If you think now people hate your name, Watch the reaction to putting race in the game
Jimmy apologize and just play ball, because off a cliff I fear you are about to fall
And even if you fall and don’t hit a ditch, you will always be known as Dwades Biatch
Carry on Princess Jimmy you had your chance,All you’re good for now is The River Dance

LeBron James...AKA...Princess Jimmy...

You have crapped on your home town and a city...
You have irked legends of the game...including Magic, MJ, Bird and Kareem...
You have guaranteed 6 championships in a row...
You used the race card to to defend your 'Decision'...
You have tarnished your image and brand...
You have become one of the most hated athletes...

This is all I have to say to you:

Aristophanes once wrote:

Youth ages...
Immaturity is outgrown...
Ignorance can be educated...
Drunken sobered...
But stupid last forever...

Or I will simply put it...

Ron White said:

You can't fix stupid...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Youth ages...
Immaturity is outgrown...
Ignorance can be educated...
Drunken sobered...
But stupid last forever...

Or I will simply put it... Ron White said: You can't fix stupid...Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation #17 Coming Up!!! Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 01, 2010 at 07:58 AM
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Uh, OH! Lewstrs throwing down now folks! That can only mean...IT'S OWN!!!!!! YES, YES, YES!!! Get your popcorn! Lakers Nation is awakening and the very depths of Hell tremble at the fury that is about to be wrought by this Lakers Juggernaught.

Where is everyone this morning????

Lewstrs....okay now the P&G is perfect with the Purple and then the Gold...but hey I was filling the Wizard of Oz cut also.

Mamba - definitely MJ on the vocals. Rockwell was Berry Gordy's son...I forgot his real name.

LRob - we're over on the chat...

@Lrob, thank you sir. So the president of the company convinced The King Of Pop to due a voice over for his son....SWEET!

Yes LRob come on over...NOW!!!!!!

I'll try to drop by later this afternoon. I stopped in last night but missed everyone.


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RespectMY Authorith Random Thoughts, KobesTown, BreakFastSausage, ICELAKER
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SOLOMON RICHARDSON, (You-Ever-NOTICE…> Holding The Line Against CHAOS)
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WE GOT THIS & WE WANT MORE! Nothing but a 17th Title will suffice.@JustAnotherMambaFan
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No matter what UNIVERSE or alternate REALITY I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!! @ LAKER LASS
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THEY HATE US CAUSE THEY AINT US @utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER
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ENJOY THE PRESENT, BUT SAVOR THE BLING! @KOBEMVP888
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LAKERS DYNNASTY - THE NEXT GENERATION #17 COMING UP!! @ LEWSTRS!!!!
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Triangle Physics: "For Every Defensive Action, there is a Greater and More Lethal Offensive Reaction
"Other Teams may River Dance, The Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm." @ THE TRINGULATOR
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Laker Land: where all that is possible and even a lot of what is impossible happens on a daily basis.
History repeats to the same patterns, but evolving from them to a more perfected reality, round after
round. So we are the same: just better than last time. And we are getting better with every step more
we take within the future. @ : ZAIRA AMATERASU
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To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping” basketball is a journey, teams learn about their weaknesses and strengths as they play along all 82 games. So let's enjoy this journey with our team. onto the next win :) @ J24 aka (LADYJEM24)
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LIKE FINE ART. . .--stand too close, and the brilliance cannot be fully appreciated --pass judgment
before the masterpiece is complete, & short-change the genius of the process Nobody ever marvels at
the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificance of the finished product.
This Run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty @LAKERMIKE
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Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win
DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD of
his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are forged in
the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers basketball to
another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
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Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!!
@ JON K http://tinyurl.com/ylc9dvd
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WHO THE HELL ARE WE!!
ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) what you got to say
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oiu9jW-VyE WE ARE FAMIILY

Thanks for the great post! Kobe has done amazing this year and I'm so excited to watch the playoffs soon! One game days, as soon as I leave my rehearsal studio I go straight home to watch the game!


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