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Sasha Vujacic shines for Lakers; Kobe Bryant has good practice Monday night

With Kobe Bryant still nursing the right knee he had surgery on this summer, Sasha Vujacic has stepped into that void and been productive.

Vujacic has been running with the first-team unit of Derek Fisher, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom during the early part of training camp.

During Tuesday's scrimmage with officials, Vujacic was the most impressive player on the court.

"Sasha was like the hero today," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "Sasha made all his shots."

 Bryant didn't practice Tuesday, but he did participate in Monday night's session, his first since training camp began Saturday.

"He looked good," Jackson said about Bryant. "He had no significant problem with it. A little swelling [in his knee], obviously, but I think that's it."

 Even Luke Walton, who has been dealing with a debilitating pinched nerve in his lower back, was able to practice during Monday night's double session and then came back for practice again Tuesday morning.

"I was a little hesitant about it," Jackson said about Walton practicing twice Monday. "But he wanted to try and did fine."

-- Broderick Turner

 

 
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LakerTom / KobeMVP,

EVERBODY has contributed in the past three playoffs, not just Bynum....and that includes Sasha and Farmar, heck, even Vlad and Luke contributed a few years ago. That doesn't change the fact that fans have had less patience for Farmar, Luke, Vlad and Sasha than they do for the other Lakers, and rightfully so. It's only natural for fans to have varying levels of patience with each player. If Kobe came into camp injured, I would never question him. Everything he has done in his career has led me to believe that Kobe did everything possible to prepare for the upcoming season. Bynum's commitment, on the other hand, has always been somewhat questioned (i.e. Tex Winters).

Although Bynum valiantly played through injury, everyone on this roster would've done the same, especially with Kobe as their leader. In a bubble, it seems as though the media and many Laker fans (including myself) are being overly harsh on Drew, but when you take into account his history, there's valid reasons as to why fans are losing patience with his inability to stay healthy, as well as his conceived lack of commitment (in relation to his teammates). As someone here noted, Drew makes close to Lamar and Artest COMBINED. His salary, fair or not, leads to added expectations, and he has yet to meet or exceed those expectations, despite his contributions in June. His comment that he would not have done anything differently regarding his summer surgery date only reinforces these concerns.

@LAKER TRUTH… Thanks for your comments. You made some excellent points and I cannot disagree that we should be getting more for our money with respect to Drew but haven’t because of his injuries. I also think his comment that he would still go to Africa and Europe had he known it would delay his start to the season was just a dumb comment by an immature player justifiably feeling defensive about the situation and I think his answer had he taken the time to consider all the implications would have been along the lines that 63 Footer so perfectly laid out in one of his posts. Bottom line, I obviously believe in Drew more than you do but I also know that you will be hoping that I am right and you are wrong because we both love our Lakers.
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TOM

The only sound I want to hear from Sasha is 'Swish'..........

LakerTom - totally hoping Drew's gonna play big this year. And I hope whatever extra super-glue the doc put in there holds for another twelve or thirteen years as well.

And now, I think we've beaten this dead knee enough, as we have great practice reports to bask in, great new players to revel in, and we have the question of if Kobe will actually let Jon K cut his ailing finger off. (Kobe of the nine fingers and the rings of championships.)

I hope this news about Luke continues to be good.

As a fellow back sufferer, I can't imagine coming back from surgery and playing at a pro-level.

You condition yourself, your body and mind, to avoid things that set it off and pinch that nerve again. Basketball will push those limits every time out.

Fatty - Who says, ...."We want more Lakers film, and more of it". Not satisfied with 'Real Practice', wanting some good scrimmage stuff. Would love to see the newbies going at it with the regs. Can the Lakers move a scrimmage or two to the Staples Center and charge us money to see it? Justa wishing....

@TROY… “Thank you for the compliment. I stayed out of the bynum debate for a long time as it got pretty heated up. But as people are being more agreeable while disagreeing now, thought I'd throw in my 2 cents, for whatever it's worth. I just think some people (Plashke) are being a little too hard on the guy. Yes, he needs some work in the PR department, but people are really bashing him lately.”
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You’re welcome, Troy. I think we all learned a good lesson during the latter days of the offseason when the fists and fur was flying. I think all of us love the Lakers and this blog too much to let that happen again. The minute we start crossing the line with our blogmates, it also seems to open the doorway for the trolls to go crazy with profane and obscene comments. Kudos to everybody for keeping it cordial and respectful
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TOM

LAKER TRUTH

LakerTom is being way too diplomatic with you on this one. Here's what we're getting for our money: CHAMPIONSHIPS. I pay to go to the games. I went to 12 practice season games and 7 playoff games last season and I am extremely happy. I got my money's worth and I don't care how the Lakers' brass distributed that money. You make it seem like they're wasting your tax dollars.

You have no right to question Bynum's dedication because, frankly, you and everyone else outside the Lakers organization and his personal trainer are clueless as to how dedicated he actually is. For a raw talent whose upside was Brendan Haywood according to one scouting report, Bynum must have a greater degree of dedication than you or the other dissatisfied bashers give him credit for.

Here's what happened:

1) At his exit interview, Bynum and the Lakers agreed on the July 18th surgery date. he had their blessings to go to the World Cup and Phil Jackson even encouraged it.

2) His surgery date was pushed back to July 28th because of his doctor's schedule.

3) His doctor found more extensive damage than he expected and chose a procedure that would require a longer recovery time, but a BETTER long time prognosis.

4) We .. the salivating media and the hypercritical fans .. didn't find out about this turn of events until very recently.

In my view, the ONLY gaffe in all this is the timing of the news because we were curious about his surgery for weeks. Now the bashers and media are up in arms because they feel disrespected, so they are reacting like .. well, you are.

LAKER TRUTH, how do you feel right now about Pau Gasol missing the first 11 games last season? Did it bother you then? Does it bother you now? I understand your point about Bynum's injury history, but it flies in the face of his dedication to the team for both of our championship runs. Given the grit and determination he displayed last playoffs, you should have shelved all your criticisms of Bynum once and for all. That wasn't a ticky tack knee injury he was playing on, now was it? Playing at somewhere between 50-70% of his ability, his presence in the paint HELPED us. We have two (2) consecutive championships in the bank with Bynum playing injured and, at 23, his entire future is ahead of him.

You'll enjoy watching Ratliff and Caracter early in the season and Bynum will be back before you know it. As for the rest of it, why can't you simply be fine with it like Coach Eleven Rings? I'm dumbfounded.

Good to see Sasha stepping up.

Edwin Gueco:

Please continue to shower us with your wisdom, you are one very profound sage full of wisdom:

You wrote:

Speaking of easy money, Antoine Walker is now conducting lectures w/ a fee to tell his story on how to take care of money. He's trying to save his 12M mansion about to be foreclosed. Who was that player who said that he can't lived with 17M? AI might play in China to pay his gambling debts. As the saying goes: easy come, easy go. Money does not have any brain, it follows the earner or the spender move him/her from one hand to another. The best money that can be earned in NBA is to secure a long contract and then sit on the bench for good.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | September 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

"The only sound I want to hear from Sasha is 'Swish'..........

Posted by: Fatty | September 28, 2010 at 03:22 PM"

Well said Fatty! I'm right there with you!

Hey Lakerholics, looks like Carmelo Anthony is staying put in Denver for now. Here's the news flash (sorry to duplicate if some of you have seen this):

A possible four-team trade that could have sent Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets has fallen apart, according to multiple media reports Tuesday.

The Utah Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats reportedly were in talks about a deal that would have sent Nets rookie Derrick Favors and future draft choices to the Nuggets.

With the discussion swirling, Anthony began training camp Tuesday with his Denver teammates.

The three-time All-Star said he was happy to get back on the court. “It’s just basketball now. I feel great. The first day of practice, I think it was a lot of teaching and going over Xs and Os, strategy. I feel good, though,” Anthony told the Denver Post.

Practicing was a way to escape. “Yeah, this is my safe haven right here. When I come here, I ain’t got to deal with all the other stuff,” Anthony said.

Anthony, 26, turned down a three-year, $65-million extension from the Nuggets during the offseason.

Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri, who was hired last month, hoped to persuade Anthony to stick with Denver. But over the weekend Denver was close to a megadeal to move Anthony.

When Anthony showed up Monday at the Nuggets media day he said he’d never asked to be traded.

“I'm leaving my options open right now,” said Anthony, who will be a free agent after the season. “At the end of the season, I'll sit down with my team, I'll sit down with the Nuggets, and we'll talk about it.”

That's it for now. Take care, gang.

Contract year = The Machine is back!!!
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

The Machine is the Bombe

Did anyone notice that there was a blck cat overhead? Not very visible but you could identify it by its tail. What does that mean?

Bynum is a badman, can u even imagine him on another team beasting pau gasol down low and making mincemeat out of lamar odom ?


I say give him all the space and time he needs. i'm seeing the lakers play in london on monday and im pretty sure kobe and drew arent even going to be there. Im not angry.

they know thier bodies and they know they are not ready,

value for money or not drew is a beast and when he starts other teams know they are in for a long night

i'm a little late with this post, but only finally am catching up on my times blogging.
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as i stated before, i'm on the "anti-Bynum" bandwagon (in this case).
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my fave comments were made by Rick Friedman:
"This isn't naivitee about what to say to the media. This is a statement of somewhat who is clueless about his professional obligations. That Phil and others have given him a pass in their public statements is a show of support for a valuable team mate, not an endorsement of his decision making."
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and Otis:
"Winning is everyday, not later in the season. Real teams want to win every game, every night out, and it's a habit that gets build early, not late."
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you would have to think that PJ and Mitch (if known of the longer time-table for AB's recovery) are actually thinking, "gosh, I wish I hadn't sanction that vacation and late surgery date for Andrew." and they're now publicly spinning it for Andrew's benefit. well, that's how i feel about it anyway.
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several people voiced their opinion in regards to the Lakers not needing Andrew Bynum in November and that having him in June is just fine. i disagree, because i believe that it's Andrew's job to help the Lakers win as many basketball games as possible and that means playing in as many as possible, at as high a level as he can possibly play. is that asking too much? should we give him a "free pass" on this? well, since he (and the organization) thought he'd be healed by now (for whatever reason), i guess he should be. but IF HE HAD FOREKNOWLEDGE, and still postponed surgery. well, to me, that is inexcusable. in a regular 9-5 job, a person would most likely be fired for such an attitude.
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here's an analogy: today, i woke-up the same time i normally would, got ready for work, left my apartment and got in my car about the same time i normally would, but then my car wouldn't start, and had to find someone to give me a jump-start. because of these chain of events, i was late to work. i apologized to my boss and told her that i'd take care of the problem.
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the question is, if i had foreknowledge that this was going to happen, would i have gone to a mechanic to have my car looked at? of course i would have. would i have woken up earlier, so i could have more time to take care of the car problem, sure.
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Andrew Bynum basically answered, no. i'd do everything the same exact way and will live with being late to work. and since the organization and fans will just give me a free pass on this, why not? (by the way, the part about my car actually happened this morning)

@LAKER TRUTH… Thanks for your comments. You made some excellent points and I cannot disagree that we should be getting more for our money with respect to Drew but haven’t because of his injuries. I also think his comment that he would still go to Africa and Europe had he known it would delay his start to the season was just a dumb comment by an immature player justifiably feeling defensive about the situation and I think his answer had he taken the time to consider all the implications would have been along the lines that 63 Footer so perfectly laid out in one of his posts. Bottom line, I obviously believe in Drew more than you do but I also know that you will be hoping that I am right and you are wrong because we both love our Lakers.
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TOM
Posted by: LakerTom | September 28, 2010 at 03:17 PM
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Laker Tom,

Your comments to Laker Truth were eloquent as usual and gracious as well.

You seem to have a dedication to avoiding the biting polarization of comments from the past and an acceptance and understanding that everyone is entitled to their opinion and even if it doesn't agree with yours, it's perfectly acceptable for them to express it.

I think it's pretty common for sports fans of the same team to disagree even though they all want the team to do well. Problems arise when people think their opinion is the only right opinion or that everyone should feel as they do.

Just wanted to let you know I appreciate your commentary and even-handed approach to dealing with those who don't always agree with you.
That can be a difficult road to go down especially when emotions get involved.
You have done a good job of keeping the emotions in check.

When someone can give others credit for their points of view even though those views may be contrary to their own, that is the mark of maturity and graciousness.

Nice work, Gunga Din.

@ Jon K.,

"Contract year = The Machine is back!!!"

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You know, I'd even take Sasha "The Contraption" right about now. He's been playing like a doohickey the last couple of seasons. I am, however, an optimist. Let's hope for the best. If he could give us somewhere between a “Gizmo” and a “Thingamajig” performance, I’m all for it. "The Machine" is currently out of order.

(crossing fingers)

DBDH!

@ Cali,

Thanks!

TITLE HEAVEN IN 2011!

[dbdh]

look guys andrew bynum is 22!!!

im 22 and i dont even get out of bed until 3pm

and thats just to read the laker blog

@Lew - You definitely went up your sleeve on that one...can't argue with Cube...big Laker fan...and he got a triple double in the song...lol. I probably would've linked a cleaner version but hey I'm nitpicking now. You may be ready to snatch that peeble from Justa.
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It's all about Andrew growing up. He's going from a "Boy To A Man"
We want him to "Keep learning, Keep growing...cause These are the things to change to men." Great lyrics written by Jam & Lewis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3iLCyn22SE&feature=related


http://www.lyricsfreak.com/n/new+edition/boys+to+men_20099583.html

you would have to think that PJ and Mitch (if known of the longer time-table for AB's recovery) are actually thinking, "gosh, I wish I hadn't sanction that vacation and late surgery date for Andrew." and they're now publicly spinning it for Andrew's benefit. well, that's how i feel about it anyway.

Posted by: leonardbast78 | September 28, 2010 at 04:14 PM

You're assuming a lot in that statement, and you know what they say about assuming right? PJ said he felt the vacation was necessary for Drew's mental health. A lot of people hold the same viewpoint about players needing rest for mental reason's. What you're saying is that if PJ knew the outcome in advance, he would have felt Drew being ready a couple weeks sooner is more important than getting the rest to wind down mentally. I don't agree with that.

To counter your car analogy, let me give an analogy of my own. If a person is swamped at work, finally gets caught up, and decides he needs a vacation to wind down, his boss will grant that. Then say while that person is on vacation, his car breaks down and he can't get back to work on time. even if he knew in advance, he still needed that vacation desperately and would have taken it. He just used a little more of his saved up vacation time than he wanted to, that's all.

I think, in the end, I'm sticking with my: I blame it on the support/handlers.

So much is perception, and I just wish AB would do a little more work in that area... just as a fan I want that. (And don't get me started on Lebron; what a weenie with his lack of spin-control.) To me, that's up to his handlers/support group/family to put that across to him.
Posted by: 63 Footer | September 28, 2010 at 01:05 PM
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63 Footer -I agree. They say experience is the best teacher. So, this will show AB the type of response he got when he played thru pain in the playoffs vs the response when he "postponed" surgery. Like you said, we're all works in progress.

Great to see the machine living up to his nickname. Even better to see Luke healthy enough to go back to back practices.

Contract year = The Machine is back!!!
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | September 28, 2010 at 04:01 PM


This year's NBA theme is; The Rise of the Machine.

Nuff said.


LakerTruth,

I asked you a question a few days ago on a post. It was late so you probably missed it. So I'll ask again.

Why do you think Miami passed on Dampier? I know you were "worried" about him a little bit. And we both agree he was an upgrade over Magloire.

I asked you (and Blitz) because I respect your knowledge and wanted your take on this.

Troy B, yes, you're right, i was rather assuming a lot in my PJ and Mitch comment. it was highly hypothetical. and is really only based on my own rationale.
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as for your vacation with car problems analogy, i counter that if a person went on vacation and his car broke down while on vacation and couldn't get back on time to work, that is understandable, and if was for a day or two, the boss would probably say fine. if it was for a month, the boss would probably say, okay, you're fired.
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and if the person on vacation had forethought that the car would break-down, he/she probably would've flown. (or taken his/her car to a mechanic prior to the trip) or at least a responsible and intelligent person would conceive of doing this.
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don't get me wrong, i believe every person is entitled to a vacation, but AB would still be on vacation if he opted for earlier surgery, only he'd spend more of that time rehabbing and would (presumabley) miss the World Cup.
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i guess the point i'm trying to make is that: we shouldn't bash Bynum merely for delaying his surgery (which i openly questioned back in July), but for his nonchalant attitude and statement in the K-Bros podcast.

Great to see the machine living up to his nickname. Even better to see Luke healthy enough to go back to back practices.

Posted by: LRob | September 28, 2010 at 04:43 PM

I have a wait-and-see attitude toward Luke. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

I think what's contributing to Luke's pinched nerve is the way he runs - like a bear lunging back to position. His shadow runs faster than him :-)

I think he's more valuable on the bench (as an assitant coach) than on the court.

But, as I said, I'll wait-and-see.


Terry

L. A. All Day,

"im 22 and i dont even get out of bed until 3pm"

You're too young to take siesta, I'm sure you've not earned 13m a year nor $13 per hour or else you would stay awake before 3pm.

Fatty,

"I can't imagine coming back from surgery and playing at a pro-level"

You are a pro too Fatty, good from your own level of reporting about the practices blow-by-blow including Sasha's shout "man-man". Sasha is active cuz' it's last year of his contract. It is like chasing your quota at the end of the month to preserve a sales job. On the other end, these are the best playing days of Luke at preseason. During the season he's the paid observer on all NBA uncommon moves and give a pep talk putting it in layman's terms for all reporters at the locker room. That's teamwork.

MM,

Thanks for relaying the info on Drew's joining the team to Europe. If I were you, I'll take a leave from LAT blog and apply as spokesman for Drew while in Europe, carry his bags so as not aggravate those painstakingly sewed meniscus. He should pay your air fare & accommodations which will be a cost savings for LA Times while you're moonlighting. He needs a PR man on his side at all times, "no talk, no more mistakes". In London, he will just say: no habla ingles; in Barcelona, he will change it to: i don't understand spanish nor speak fluent english, just talk to Mark.

Dan Loumena, glad to see you back here!

Melo is going to wait 1 more year, of course.
Why all this buzz?
Next year, he will be a free agent and will go to NY, just like Chris Paul.
Seems to be a done deal to me.

Cheers.

KOBEMVP888,

"I don't care how the Lakers' brass distributed that money. You make it seem like they're wasting your tax dollars."

---- That's silly. If you don't care about how the front office spends their money, than why did you state earlier that you were against the Lakers re-signing Sasha a few years ago??? You obviously do care, and so do most die-hard fans. Whether you accept it or not, fans expect more from their high contract players. It's not my money, but it's MY TEAM. As an extreme example, if Sasha were making $30 million a year, I would be complaining, and I think you would be too....or maybe you would just attempt to shoot down the fans who were complaining, by basically suggesting that it's none of their business how the Lakers spend their money? As fans, it IS OUR business.


"you and everyone else outside the Lakers organization and his personal trainer are clueless as to how dedicated he actually is."

- Well, if that were true, than YOU also are clueless about how dedicated he is, but that's not stopping you from having an opinion about his dedication level, now is it? Drew, an NBA athlete, could not break 9 minutes in the mile in his second year. My little female cousin who's in 7th grade, and is not even an athlete, can break 9 minutes. Tex Winters openly questioned his dedication. And now, he openly states that he would not have had the surgery earlier even if he knew he would be missing part of the season. Really? Contrary to your beliefs, there are actually valid reasons why fans question his commitment.

"how do you feel right now about Pau Gasol missing the first 11 games last season? Did it bother you then? Does it bother you now?"

I was concerned about Pau's injury, and I wanted him back ASAP to develop some chemistry with Bynum, but Pau, or any other starter on this team, would NEVER delay surgery if it mean missing part of the season. There's only one Laker in history that would have the nerve to delay his surgery if it meant missing part of the season. His name is Shaq. I understand that Bynum and the team thought he would be ready for the season, but his comment that he would NOT have had his surgery sooner in hindsight speaks volumes about his commitment level for me. Again, this is MY opinion, and I am just as clueless as you are, and although Drew has made strides in his commitment level, he is still nowhere close to the commitment level I want to see from a potential future franchise player. Could he get there? ABSOLULTELY? Is he there yet? Not by a long shot.

- You're always huffin' and puffin' anytime I say anything negative about Bynum. Take a deep breath and relax my man. You have to understand that Bynum's injury history and questions about his commitment have tested the patience of Laker fans for years, and his recent comment about delaying his surgery, only adds fuel to the fire.

ARRGG...Bynum still...I just move on to the next post...

This blog is like my favorite LP Album...(remember those)...

But it has a scratch...and starts skipping...lol

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up...

sorry LRob busy in RL.

Reason why Miami didn't sign Dampier was because they already have 4 centers under contract and adding Dampier would have forced some of those players into either not playing and/or giving Spoelstra too much of a problem to juggle his rotation. One reason why the Cavs lost was they stuck with Shaq and Z instead of putting JJ Hickson.

Plus we don't know how much Miami was going to pay Dampier. They may not have been willing to pay more than the min's veteran and or years.

Those are reasons why.

Can you say, "Contract Year"?

Go Lakers!

EVERBODY has contributed in the past three playoffs, not just Bynum....and that includes Sasha and Farmar, heck, even Vlad and Luke contributed a few years ago. That doesn't change the fact that fans have had less patience for Farmar, Luke, Vlad and Sasha than they do for the other Lakers, and rightfully so. It's only natural for fans to have varying levels of patience with each player. If Kobe came into camp injured, I would never question him. Everything he has done in his career has led me to believe that Kobe did everything possible to prepare for the upcoming season. Bynum's commitment, on the other hand, has always been somewhat questioned.
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Nice thoughts but I differ in opinion on them. Yes, the players you mentioned did contribute to Laker ships but would you say their contributions were game changing and made the difference in winning? That is what Drew contributed. Also every year off Bynum has worked with his personal trainer to bulld up strength and improve his game so I ask how is that not preparing? This year he went to World Cup and even to say he would do it the same had he known about loss of time in early season is no reason to degrade the young man. He made his decision on what is best for him and let us see how the season ends before calling for his head.

LMAO! Sasha looks good? That's because this is his final year of his undeserving contract. He looked good the last time his contract was up for renewal. No matter how good he looks this year, DON'T GIVE SASHA ANOTHER CONTRACT! Brown is better than Sasha, only sign Sasha for 2 million or less.

We already know what he is, Sasha is not worth 3 or 4 mil a year, definitely not 5 million a year.

We need to get rid of that baggage name Luke Walton and Sasha Vujashit.

Who cares if Vujacic shot lights out during practice?

The issue I and many other fans have is it hasn't translated into the games when it matters most since signing that 3 year extension in '08. "The Machine" has been "out of order" for awhile now.

Do me a favor, BT. Tell Sasha to stop trying to injure teammates that WILL play a significant role this season.

That's no way to earn PT.

Hey Magic Phil, I agree that Melo is best served by staying with the Nuggets and headlining the free-agent market next summer with Chris Paul. My guess is that Denver, despite the company line of saying they want him there, was willing to move him if they could get some pieces of value to rebuild around. Since Carmelo didn't agree to their extension offer, I'm pretty sure he's out of there after this year, and if the Nuggets tank he could be part of a fire sale as well this winter, again so they can try to get some players to build upon in the near future.

As for Sasha Vujacic, I'm going to put the over/under on his minutes per game at 9 right now (yes, I won't even go double digits at the moment). Although Steve Blake is a defensive liability (honest, a majority of reserve point guards in the league will go right around him at will), he's a perfect fit for the triangle offense and a second unit that needs a cool, collected leader. And if Shannon Brown continues to improve there just won't be a lot of minutes for Vujacic.

OK, time to get ready for the deadline rush.

I like the idea of 1 year contracts for "The Contraption". But I think the real problem may have been the way he got owned by Ray Allen in game 5 on the go ahead play at the end of that hideous game. Sort of the opposite of Fishers 3 against SA. That sh1t could mess with anyone's head for a long, long time. Winning back to back championships, sinking the 2 frees and beating the Celtics may be the thing to bring his confidence back.

If he returns to form, his shot returns, he plays D and hits 3's like he did 3 years ago would be a huge unexpected bonus for the team, and another nail in the Heat/Celtic/Magic coffin in June. He could see plenty of playing time. Remember last year when they almost ran out of guards when Kobe and Fisher were hurt.

If Melo gets hurt this year he will be wishing he signed that extension. That's a lot of money to be risking.

sasha has one good practice and now everybody loves him? he's shown over the last few years that he is mediocre at very best. i can't wait for him to be gone so a real backup for kobe can be signed.

I'm reading this thread at 6pm Manila time (meaning, 2am Pacific time) and I'm quite disappointed NOT to see any of Sasha V's witticisms notwithstanding that this blog post should have roused him from his reverie.

Hey dude! Sharapova taking up too much from your blog time? Say something, anything!

@ Terry,

"This year's NBA theme is; The Rise of the Machine.

Nuff said."

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Wait until "The Contraption" starts chipping the paint off the iron again. The new theme will be Rage Against The Machine. Considering the parallels between our squad and RATM's debut album, I feel compelled to discuss them in detail in regards to these oh-so-choice tracks:

"Bombtrack" - This is when he starts making 3ptrs.

"Killing in the Name" - This is what fans will do when he regresses.

"Take the Power Back" - Phil benches "The Contraption".

"Settle for Nothing" - DNP, coaches decision.

"Bullet in the Head" - Possible playoff collapse?

"Know Your Enemy" - Sasha's confidence level.

"Wake Up" - Sasha's defensive intensity.

"Fistful of Steel" - Kobe's most effective form of discipline.

"Township Rebellion" - The squad turns on Sasha after multiple transgressions.

"Freedom" - And finally, the freedom a championship brings to Sasha after erupting for 26 points in game 5 of the Finals.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

DBDH!


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