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Watch the Lakers practice

I'm attending a work-related function fairly soon so I'll be out of commission for a little bit. But as per yesterday's promise, I filmed some footage of the Lakers' practice on Thursday.

Now keep in mind that typically practice is only open to the media for the last five minutes or so each day, sometimes not at all. And this was a similar case considering the team was scheduled to leave for London today around 5 p.m. But I know the Lakerholics are starving for something. So here's a glimpse of practice. I'll have a post up later this evening as well, but enjoy this for now.

--Mark Medina

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Man, all I can say is that it sure is nice to see a pure passing/ball handling point guard. Just watching Blake dish it, even in simple entry passes, is beautiful.

Rooks look great too.

I LOVE practice videos! Even only if a few minutes, still LOVE it!!!!

L.O. looks sharp, also looks like things are running pretty smoothly considering it's only a few days into training camp.

Does anyone know who was hit those 3 jumpers 2:04, 2:37 & 3:05 for the blue team? Couldn't make it out who it was, was it the same player that hit all three shots?


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Good stuff. I agree with jq I like the way Blake ran the show.

Cyber - that 3pt at 2:37 was Roberson. The other two shots was the same player. I don't know his name.

Theo made Pau work on the box and forced him into a bad shot..

Yeah old guys!

Fatty,

That was Caracter who was guarding Pau, not Theo.

Was that Theo there guarding Pau? he was looking pretty good. Does Blake look slow to anyb0dy else?

Cyber- There are a few comic book fans scattered around here. You get my Speedball (tm) jokes, right? No? Oh well.

Man, all I can say is that it sure is nice to see a pure passing/ball handling point guard. Just watching Blake dish it, even in simple entry passes, is beautiful.

Rooks look great too.

Posted by: jq | September 30, 2010 at 05:45 PM


WOW!!! you guys are too much. I mean I get it, you guys are stoked about the new players. But getting all giddy over this video?
If anything, I seen Blake get stuck under the basket and has to do some type of prayer turn around pass out. Also he looks slow on D.
Please!!!

Nice pass by Odom...


Bad shot by Gasol...

As a starved Laker fan this video was great to watch. I liked the passing and running.

I had to go back and watch that again. No knock on the camera work, it was pretty decent, but it was kind of hard to tell who everybody was. Pau, Ron, Lamar and Blake were pretty easy to recognize...and I think I saw Shannon in there somewhere around rim level a few times...

Is that Caracter? He does look a bit Ratliff ish, but if that was him, he looked pretty polished. If it was Theo, he looked pretty spry.

If both of them were playing, I need glasses.

Pau and Caracter are matched up the whole time, Theo wasn't even in there at all. Perhaps Caracter is learning some things from Theo.

Repost,

I have no respect for MM

A while back I called out a thinly veiled racist post and guess what.... My post was deleted. MM refused to comment and let the other post stand. He has his little snitches on this blog, and you guys and gal know who you are, who can do no wrong in the eyes of the Moderator.

At least when AK and BK ran the blog he never let any one blogger or group of bloggers have such power. They might have been a dictatorship but they weren't tools.

Posted by: Troll Man | September 29, 2010 at 08:06 PM

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Troll Man,
I feel your pain and emphthise with what you posted many times. I thank you for not being one of those who treated me like a pariah for expressing what I felt strongly about.
I let my anger get out of control as my friend Mamba24 did but reconciled and have no problems and I have the utmost respect for him.
I think with the help of Dan Loumela MM has grown and become a better moderator and I see he even apologised for the transgression.
Sooooo, lets let bygones be bygones and let the anger leave as we become a Laker Nation diverse in opinions but always passionate about our team.

Peace brother.
Original Justa

Posted by: JustaLakerFan | September 30, 2010 at 06:30 PM

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Also my apologies to Dan as I wrote Dan Loumela and should have been Dan Loumena!

I went back and watched it again. Yeah, it has been long off season. I don't recognize a couple of those guys.

Thanks, Nem. I can see why people are so high on Caracter. He looks good. I'm just gonna hope Blake is a cagey veteran and is saving up some of his energy or something, he wasn't exactly staying in front of um...whoever that was.

Justa LF, Troll Man- I'm glad you guys are still with us, even if you get mad sometimes. We none of us are bad folks in person, I like to think.

(say that last part in a Jim Nabors voice, it helps)

phred: "If both of them were playing, I need glasses."
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Don't feel bad, I have glasses and still can't figure out who's who for a couple of players. Kind of hard to without numbers on their backs and such, lol.

Nice camera work though, and I love the practice footage.

Speedball jokes? My goodness, has there ever been a cornier comic-book character than him? lol, Marvel seemed to have quite a few of those annoying-types that would make appearances in one comic or another every so often. Speedball was one of those characters that we knew if he'd make an appearance, we could order like half of our usual number of that particular issue and probably still have a lot left over, kind of like Youngblood in Image Comics... lol

Justa LF, Troll Man- I'm glad you guys are still with us, even if you get mad sometimes. We none of us are bad folks in person, I like to think.

(say that last part in a Jim Nabors voice, it helps)

Posted by: phred | September 30, 2010 at 07:25 PM

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LOL,

Jim Nabors voice......Goollyy

Cyber- that, and 'New Warriors', was precisely why I liked him so much. In a time when everybody in comics was trying to be grittier, stubblier, and more Liefeldien than everybody else, he was cheesy, corny and cheerful.

Created by right wing, old school, very irrelevant Steve Ditko but remodeled by ultimate nineties trendy writer Fabian Nicieza as a throwback, he acted like he knew all comics fans hated him but he never held it against them.

Spidey, The Silver Surfer and Ben Grimm notwithstanding, my favorite character.

LRob: " that 3pt at 2:37 was Roberson. The other two shots was the same player. I don't know his name."
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Could it have been Trey Johnson that hit the other shots? Not sure.

Here's the Lakers 'training-camp fodder', possibly all-4 are on the court in the above video:
http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/100924lakerssignfour.html

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"Mamba24: "@CyberCosmix, it's submitted, but it's almost emabarrassing next to yours sir.Lol!"
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I think every profile was better than mine, lol. After I submitted it I remembered a few things, including having met Kurt Rambis, but it was already too long so don't regret not adding it, lol.

Must say though I feel bad having omitted Magic's announcement/retirement as well as Chick passing away from the worst moments. Both of those were unbelievably sad things, and dwarf any loss the Lakers suffered on the court.

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Troy B: Don't know if you saw it buried in my long post earlier lol, but I'll vote 'Beezy' - Troy B is great too.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

JustaLakerFan, no offense taken on the mispelling of Loumena (and it's pronounced Lou-me-nuh).

And I couldn't tell in the video who some of the guys were either, so thanks to Nemaia Faletogo and others for pointing out some of the matchups and players.

Tony Curtis rest in peace...We met at the Mandalay Bay, and you were twice the age I saw you in your movies...But still a gentleman, stud and player...

He was a Laker fan by the way...

Wish I could have met his daughter Jamie Lee... ;--)

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Interesting Matt Money Smith article-
By Matt "Money" Smith
FOX Sports West & PRIME TICKET

September 29, 2010

It’s mighty tough to learn anything from a professional sports team’s media day. It’s typically a celebration chock-full of Costco or Smart and Final brand sodas and snacks, cliché-riddled answers from the players and coaches, and about a million complaints from the beat writers that insist their layoff was far too short and they can’t believe the grind is starting up again already. Thankfully, there were enough compelling story lines to make this year’s Lakers version a bit interesting.

The only good thing to come out of the Andrew Bynum injury is that the team is used to playing without him. There would be a much bigger fuss and a greater concern over a player missing time were it not a guy they’ve had to deal with missing a chunk of time at some point during every season. Having talked to Mitch Kupchak yesterday, their theory on his extended absence that will cut into the regular season is supported by the idea that his surgery was better for him in the long run in the hopes he’s less likely to get hurt. With his doctor deciding to repair the meniscus instead of just removing it, he’ll miss the first month of the regular season, meaning if Theo Ratliff thought he was getting some on-the-job early retirement, he instead better be ready to get some minutes so Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol don’t have to go too heavy at the start of the year.

I speculated that Phil Jackson wanted Bynum to find a little culture in his life, which is why he wasn’t too upset he waited for the surgery, and that seems to be correct. Remember, Phil missed a little bit of the regular season following his wai for off season hip surgery a couple years back, forcing Kurt Rambis to coach the team for a few games while Phil finished his recovery. Plus, when it comes to a kid who loves cars and video games, remember Jackson gives them books they don’t read and uses big words they don’t understand. So when they finally want to explore new horizons instead of staring at their portable DVD player or playing the Xbox that Jordan Farmar carried with him everywhere they went, Jackson was happy to oblige.

Kobe’s “sage of the NBA” role was on display, as he had a pretty candid moment when asked about the Carmelo Anthony situation. He sort of alluded to his own experience a couple seasons back when he nearly saw his time as a Laker end before everything fell into place. Bryant mentioned he talked to Anthony and challenged him to really convince himself he wanted to play in New Jersey instead of just wanting to get out of Denver. I’m not sure it was a coincidence, but Sunday the deal fell apart over Anthony not being willing to sign that extension.

Kobe led the way in declaring that this was, by all accounts, a mellow media day. It very well could have had something to do with it being on a Saturday when UCLA was in Austin playing the University of Texas, and USC was looking to improve to 4-0. But the players exuded a quiet confidence that only seemed to be cracked any time the Miami Heat came up. We heard from Kobe after the championship last season that indeed there were moments when the team took their foot off the gas and perhaps coasted a bit too much, content with their championship the year before. With the Heat out there, I like that there is a fresh goal being put in front of them. A challenge set by the pundits that the 2-time Defending Champions might not be the best team in the league.

The players, coaches and front office would never admit it, but clearly having something new to fight for instead of just chasing a third straight title, is a pleasant little nugget to have chasing them around from October until June. While it wasn’t the media circus of old where Shaq and Kobe declared battle against one another in the off season, or Phil Jackson calling out one of his own on Charlie Rose, it instead was a “Ho-Hum, here we are again” theme, by a team of professionals that just wins championships.

phred: "Cyber- that, and 'New Warriors', was precisely why I liked him so much. In a time when everybody in comics was trying to be grittier, stubblier, and more Liefeldien than everybody else, he was cheesy, corny and cheerful.

Created by right wing, old school, very irrelevant Steve Ditko but remodeled by ultimate nineties trendy writer Fabian Nicieza as a throwback, he acted like he knew all comics fans hated him but he never held it against them.

Spidey, The Silver Surfer and Ben Grimm notwithstanding, my favorite character."
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Steve Ditko definitely didn't receive enough credit for what he did. The man created Spider-man no less! Yes, Stan Lee got most of the credit, and it was Stan's idea I believe, but Ditko fleshed him out and basically created him.

I am a huge Dr. Strange fan too, another Ditko creation. Love those early Strange Tales comics, just thinking back makes me want to go back and re-read them.

Ben Grimm is a great character too, my clear fave of the Fantastic Four, probably of all the super-hero types. They just made him a down to earth New Yawkah, calling it like he sees it. He always had a good heart too.

I just hope they don't mangle the upcoming Thor and Dr. Strange movies as bad as they did the Fantastic Four sequel with Silver Surfer in it. The Spidey movies have been pretty good though, must say.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Nemaia Faletogo -

Is it Theo or is it Caracter?

I will have to trust you on this one, but he looked awful skinny to be Caracter. But you are right, I didn't see him carrying a cane either, so it must have been Caracter.

That was awesome! More of these videos please.

The "A" team was pretty much scoring at will until Ron and Pau decided to play around and jack up some iffy shots. Caracter looked good on D, but that J was pretty ugly. I'm sure he'll get that polished since he seemed to be hitting it with some regularity in the summer league.

This was a good appetizer. Time for the real meal though! Can't wait for Oct. 26!

Went back and looked again, it was Caracter. He was much shorter than Pau and was a bit full-bodied.

Cyber,
I loved those comics but I got perverted in my youth and took up the perverse humor of Mad Magazine. Alfed E. Nueman,
Spy vs Spy, Karbunkle etc had me hooked.

@LakerTruth - I like your thoughts on some of the lineups you mentioned. That was an excellent point about Kobe not playing with a true pg since Nick. One of the lineups you mentioned was Kobe with the bench mob....I can see him cranking up all the shots with that crew...lol.

@MVP - you're right about NBA reference website. I use it often.

@Nemaia - please identify the players...you're our rookie/training camp expert.

@JLF - thanks for posting Money's article...oh yeah and that was a good Gomer impersonation by the way. Now MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT.

phred...we GOT a league...can't wait for draft day...thanks again for setting it up...

justanotherlakerfan - "Acknowledge Me" lol...you not only love Ron Ron...you are starting to sound like him....

TROLL and JLF - you guys are showing class...my kind of peeps...

CosmiX - My brother and you would of got along great...He was an avid collector...He loved the X Men ans Silver Surfer series...

TRUTH and MVP888 - So very very anxious to see PJ rotations...with AB's late start...we get to see more of the new players, especially the rooks...here is something to dedicate it with....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmoG5R_zfjM

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

yeah, discussing Stan Lee vs Ditko or Stan Lee v Jack Kirby is a bit like discussing Lennon and McCartney. Never would have worked any other way.

I have very low standards for comic book movies, but at least they put decent actors in them every now and then nowadays. Not the Fantastic Four one, though. Ugh.

oh yeah, thanks for reminding me


IF YOU DID NOT GET IN ON THE FIRST FANTASY BASKETBALL LEAGUE, THERE IS STILL HOPE!

email me at

phredphredington@yahoo.com

oh, and

IF YOU ARE A NIGERIAN MILLIONAIRE WHO JUST REALLY NEEDS TO GIVE ME YOUR SECRET FOR MALE ENHANCEMENT....

don't bother, there a ton of people who are way ahead of you.

and I don't need any [your religion here] based mortgages, either.

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

Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | September 30, 2010 at 05:29 PM

Well one more for Troy B it is.

Troy B: Can't wait to read your profile. I vote for 'Beezy', but Troy B is great too because it's you!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | September 30, 2010 at 05:14 PM

Well, seeing as I took Beezy out, I'll put you down for Troy Beezy okay?

@Troy B

The Beez sounds good, like The Fonz. ;)

Posted by: Raymond42n | September 30, 2010 at 05:21 PM

LOL at that, The Beez for you it is!

Hey Troy B,
Please put me down for Troy Beezy!
Original Justa
Posted by: JustaLakerFan | September 30, 2010 at 07:04 PM

One more for Troy Beezy! now let's add up the votes so far!

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!

Thanks Mark!!!!!!!!

You really came through!!!!!!!!!!!!

eh, I guess Troy Beezy works too.

phred: "yeah, discussing Stan Lee vs Ditko or Stan Lee v Jack Kirby is a bit like discussing Lennon and McCartney. Never would have worked any other way."
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Yes, it is. Stan Lee though took a lot (too much?) credit, because he was the face and personality of Marvel Comics, and the comic book industry in general. There is no doubt that he deserves a lot of praise for elevating the industry to the heights it has climbed to, but Kirby and Ditko did most of the creative fleshing out of Lee's ideas in the early days of Marvel.

Little story, my dad's insurance agent who lived in the valley came down one time and while he was there the conversation turned to the comic book store which we owned at that time. He asked me if I had heard of Jack Kirby - of course I did, lol. But he says that he was Kirby's insurance agent, and a few years back he had visited Kirby, who gave him a few pages of comic art, including the 'guy on the surfboard'. He said that he didn't have any interest in comics though, and would bring them down with him the next time he visited my father.

I was very excited. Unfortunately, about a month later he suffered a heart attack and passed away, I never received the artwork which I would have had framed and hung up on a wall.

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JustaLakerFan: "I loved those comics but I got perverted in my youth and took up the perverse humor of Mad Magazine. Alfed E. Nueman,
Spy vs Spy, Karbunkle etc had me hooked."
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LOL me too, loved those Mad Magazines! Still have a few of my older ones. I remember all of those movie spoofs they would do, I particularly loved the spoofs they did of the original Star Wars trilogy. I used to love all those little drawings of funny things they'd put on the outside margins, middle binding area, etc... on almost every page. Funny stuff that mag was!

That's a great Matt 'Money' Smith article too, he is right on. I love how he says the meat now give the Lakers something extra to play for. This should be a great year!

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LEWSTRS: "My brother and you would of got along great...He was an avid collector...He loved the X Men ans Silver Surfer series"
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I could imagine trading issues with him. My friend and I used to collect different issues, that way he could read mine (Fantastic Four, X-Men) and I could read his (Spider-man and others). We used to love going to the corner liquor store on Thursdays after school, they'd have one of those rotating racks and we used to an hour or two just reading the issues we weren't gonna buy, then buy ours and take them home to read.

Back in those days a dollar and change could buy 4-5 issues, nowadays it's so much more expensive, unfortunately the comic-book industry has priced out the kids...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Thanks for the love guys. It is cool to watch these videos. Just don't get your hopes too much and "expect" this to be a normal thing. Phil has most of his practices closed and in most cases it's not open to the media until the very tail-end of practice practically as they're huddling.

When they do open in time to watch some practice, though, I'll be sure to prop up the tripod and record.

Here's my take on the footage: I absolutely loved Pau's over the shoulder pass to Shannon for the easy layup. Gasol put good pressure on Caracter in the post, and he showed court awareness in holding onto the ball and finding the open man. That L.O. dunk was intense. Phil said he's been logging lots of minutes at practice and seems to want to just keep playing. Blake looks very quick and has a good awareness, seems like a great guy to run the break. Even though Pau missed that pull up J, he had AMAZING footwork.

MM: "Thanks for the love guys. It is cool to watch these videos. Just don't get your hopes too much and "expect" this to be a normal thing. Phil has most of his practices closed and in most cases it's not open to the media until the very tail-end of practice practically as they're huddling."
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The little footage you can get is MUCH appreciated and loved, no matter how short the footage is, even if it is only the few minutes that is open for the press at the end of practice. I don't know of anywhere else that posts any practice video at all, except for a couple seconds here and there in the background of KCAL or the local news station Laker reports.

I agree with you, Pau looks so effortless out there, and L.O. really looks in mid-season form. I love how Blake eyes the floor, like you said his awareness is outstanding.

Great stuff Mark!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Thanks for the video, MM. Too bad I can't view it yet, no flash support for iPad (d**n you, Steve Jobs!). But from the way that the fellas are reacting, seems like the was a spirited 5 minutes.

I wouldn't feel sore too much about the missed shots. I mean, these guys know or ought to know how the triangle works and, as it were, can anticipate how the players on offense will react and thus can be I position to defend. You can liken it to a football game where the defense knows what particular play the team with the ball will run.;)

So whoever is feeling giddy.... Hell yeeaah!

Raymond42n -

Have the same video problem, so I borrowed my wife's computer while she was making dinner. Still have to deal with a poor connection, about 15 minutes to load the video, but it was well worth it......

By the way, great pictures on your site.....

Finally! I get to see the video at 11:30PM Manila time.

It looked like a final scrimmage that included players who have no chance of being in the final 14. The Lakers obviously did not want to give any tips to the opposition on how the REAL practices are.

What WAS noticeable was Caracter playing center against Pau. A portent of things to come? The guy looked smooth with the rock (although one shot was a horrible brick).

@Fatty -- thanks for the kind words, brother! :)

Trey Johnson was the one hitting those step backs and jumpers if I am not mistaken..Seems he has a nice flow to his game -- doesn't seem rushed..


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