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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Phoenix Suns

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Sasha Vujacic about his lack of playing time.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr predicts that Kobe Bryant won't win league MVP.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky wonders how Phoenix guard Steve Nash would do in the triangle offense. Kamenetzky, ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne and 710 ESPN's Beto Duran preview the Lakers-Suns match-up:

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on Vujacic's lack of playing time in the Lakers' season opener.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller likes what Steve Blake has to offer for the Lakers thus far.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith recounts Ron Artest's performance in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Suns look without Amare Stoudemire.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen takes Bryant over Dwyane Wade.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a detailed practice report and game preview.

Tweet of the Day: "My goodness; @kingsthings following is so strong it crashed my site after the announcement. 1.7million people hit the site in 30 mins.....25million people in 24 hours. i didnt expect that. I have to re-do my site so its better. i hope all kids who benefit from this give credit -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers appear to be more focused now that the ring ceremony is behind them. I like the attitude even if it's the second game of the season. It's interesting to note the different assessment of the Suns that Fisher and Kobe have. I think that's what makes them great teammates, they balance each other. The Suns will be a wildcard team this year. They just beat Utah at home, a game I thought Utah would have won. The lack of sympathy from Kobe and the cautious optimism from Fish will prevail tonight." -- Laker J

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Photo: The Lakers and Suns in one of last season's Western Conference championship contests. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Laker J - congrats! Great insights.

6 days til the in-law leaves...

Thanks for all the love yesterday on the Friedman, congrats to Laker J for todays comment. I think we are all just keeping it warm until the namesake gets healthy. GET WELL RICK!!!

PJ was in on a artsy photography book about the early-70's Knicks, I think it was when he was injured and sitting out around 1970, saw Marv Albert touch on it in an interview with him a while back. Nice to see that he kept his interest in photography alive even while coaching.

Can't wait until tonights game. In between discussing the father-in-law's violin practice schedule and his trip to Austria last year (ugh...) Caught some of the Suns game last night on TNT, the Suns look pretty good or Utah looks pretty bad, either way I think the Suns are good enough to make the playoffs, Amar'e might be as overrated as Bosh since the Suns look pretty much the same (and we all saw how ineffective he was against the Lakers throughout the first few games of the WCF last year). If anything, they probably match up better now with L.A. in their uptempo and smaller lineup...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

RCOTD = LAKERJ = OUTFREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!! KUDOS!!!!!!

Congrats on the Friedman Award today Laker J!!


(See? I'm just oozing humanity...)


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Good evening beloved Blog Fam!

I'm really happy to know that Rick is recovering well... thank you Justa for the update, and please keep letting him know how much we think and support him... as much as you so graciously let us be informed about his progresses.
It's so beautiful when internet links people THIS way.

And believe I'm never tender with Internet prerogatives.

Congrats also to LakerJ for his RCOTD Award!!! Whooo!

Hoping to set up my second Halloween Day (and first night out clubbing in disguise) in a way that will allow me to chat with you all on the day of Us vs Suns matchup - which I'm really confident about... I mean both about how we will face them, and about the odds that I will actually be able to chat ;) - I set up my groove following another great day of suggested tunes by you all guys with these, that I happily share and put up for everybody's enjoyment:

Since Miami Meat still search for recognition (read: BSPN tries ALL the way to make us buy them... GIANT FAIL, but they're used to that >>> See years of Crabs abomination) and we're on Halloween/Creepy time, take this amazing tune of awesome Billie Holiday, the gloomy worded "Strange Fruit", whose images of decay and death of something Southern someway can remind me at once of Halloween AND the inevitable demise of the Meat... ;) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

Talkin about some of your observation about the desperate trial of BronzeY to become a good low post player, you've already abundantly noted how he's totally unfitting it.
He has simply no good feet play.
He lacks that natural lateral game thinkin and he relies just too much on his (well reckoned and actually real) physical dominance which makes him a superb explosive forward, but never let him develop any decent guard styled game approach strategy.

It won't suffice how hard he tries to switch that on.
He hasn't it in.
As my sweet Chris Martin says "Some things you can't invent: some get made, and some get sent..." and he was given some really big skill, but sadly also a big unfruitful ego, a lazy approach to perfectibility, and a no talent in the low post department.
He can't invent that.
But it's gonna be funny to see him failing there (not that it will really affect his poisoned ego... man, that commercial that I saw as well on Internet... self-centering at its peak, and obnoxious beyond words can tell... yikes!).

I see Wes is a bit more away from us ... come back soon man, we miss you!

On the Lakers side.
You know.
You expect this from me.
And I'm not talkin about the AWESOMENESS that it was the piece of MM about the PJs book that now I properly DROOL to have (I can't cope... I got so many sighs while I was reading every word... I could BE those words he was saying... it was like I was being a Laker there too!)... I'm obviously talkin about the as equally wonderful piece MM wrote on Kobe and Derek.

Said that I loved all of your captions (gotta admit at that "My dog!" I cracked... tough I don't see Derek as such...), truth is I melt when I see Kobe and DFish together.
I admire them so much...
I love their bond.
It's special, inspiring... it's precious and for us it has been one of the main keys to every victory.
Sure Derek deserves his jersey retired.
But his most incredible achievement is the one where he has let Kobe feel free to show his softer side.
The ultimate warrior, the ultimate fighter, the ultimate player relies on Derek and openly admits it.
I mean... it's beyond understanding power.
Kobe show us how human he is and it shows it thanx to the feelings Derek inspires him.
Which are ALL due and deserved, cos Derek is a wonderful player, a wonderful sportman, a wonderful competitor but first and before he is a wonderful MAN.
The way you choose your friends mostly speak about the person you too are.
Pickin up Derek tells so much about Kobe.
SO MUCH.
Thank you MM for that article.

In honor of Kobe, Derek and us all, here it comes my second musical tip of the day:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Tom Petty , "Running Down a Dream":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYPpib-T9S8

where the dream is us and our next ring and all the feeling that revolve around this another marv of journey we've just started off together.

Dear Fam, have a wonderful time and see you at my 4.30 am (hopefully we get to obtain a tv with League Pass on from where we head at), for a Suns beat-up (I hope Kobe's right on the output, clearly...).

LLL, Z :)

LRob, Mamba24- You do know your music.

Zaira, LakerTom: The cracks are already starting to show in Miami:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AleDCLz8Cie00gwWX8KlLWa8vLYF?slug=aw-heatsixers102810

"Wade doesn’t want this to become James’ team, and James doesn’t want to give away too much that’ll cost him a third straight MVP trophy. There’s a push and pull above and below the surface, until the time they can find a comfortable balance. That’s human nature. That’s basketball."

"Perhaps these Heat two superstars are sincere about reinventing themselves as a single entity, but that only works in theory. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can be a cohesive pair, but these are still two of the most commercialized athletes in sports. They’re selling different lines of shoes, different drinks, different everything. Something has to give, and chances are, it won’t be LeBron James. The King still prefers you call him the King."

It's only a matter of time...

BTW: Zaira, 4:30AM? My vote goes out to you as BIGGEST LAKER FAN ON THE GLOBE!!!! Talk about dedication!!!! =)

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justa: "Bring on the Phuns. Whatever. Just please stop Nash from licking his fingers then touching the ball. It really grosses me out every dang time I see him do that."
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ROFL! Isnt' that the truth! God, that ball getting dribbled up and down the court for hours, and he's constantly licking his fingers... Ewwww.....

For that matter, must princess jimmy chew the tips of her fingernails every time she sits out of a game? My god, does she even have have fingernails left to chew on?

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Jefe101: Kobe doesn't feel bad for Phoenix's off-season adversities, "Good. We'll beat the hell out of them," Bryant said. "That's not my problem. We beat them in the playoffs last year, but they used to kick our butt all time in the playoffs. So I have no sympathy."...Paradise!
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That is one HECK of a great quote!


GO LAKERS!!!!

LRob, Mamba24- You do know your music. Posted by: 2Phatt | October 29, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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2Phatt everything I know about music I learned from the Master DJ LRob!

Congrats LakerJ!
Okay Mamba and LRob, Who sang Boney Maroney? I don't know ,just wondering.

i am ready to witness the most overrated PG in the history of the nba today.

nash coming soon. so far this year averaging 5.5 ASSTS 7 TO

and coming off a back to back at utah. this should be fun.

and gentry better get it together and move turkoglue back to SF cause we all know he cant guard pau.. hes killin my fantasy team this week.

and meanwhile over in minny.. only after one game and kurt is already losin it... he benched love last game in favor of tolliver and they lose by ONE PT on a putback rebound. hey kurt.. TOLLIVER R U FREAKKIN KIDDING ME?

Okay Mamba and LRob, Who sang Boney Maroney? I don't know ,just wondering. Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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Who didn't? Sha Na Na, Richie Valens Johnny Winter, Bobby Rush. But if you mean who was the first...You got me! LOL!

correction.. turkoglue should stick lamar.. better matchup.


@Justa - Haha, true. The finger licking is nauseating.

Man, this blog is addictive. Where else can I indulge my Lakerholism?

Until tip off tonight, more Lakerhol please!!

OCisMambaCounty - I haven't officially welcomed you yet so - welcome! And the answer to where else can you indulge your Lakerholism is NOWHERE!! THIS is THE place to be!!

And the answer to where else can you indulge your Lakerholism is NOWHERE!! THIS is THE place to be!!Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM
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Yes this is truly the place to be! Very well said!

Wow... No sell out tonite for Princess Jimmy's first home game!!! gasp!!

Wow... No sell out tonite for Princess Jimmy's first home game!!! gasp!! Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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WHAT!! ROTFLMAO!! Ooooooh The Princess is going to be MAD!!! I wonder how long that note taking list of his is now. LOL!

ROFL!!!

Scroll up and look at MM's pic for this blog entry. (side note: look how Ron Ron looks like he's b-slapping Sideshow Bob... =P)

Now, look at this pic:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1091/5126811210_00d5dc8aed_z.jpg


=D


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LRob, Mamba24- You do know your music. Posted by: 2Phatt | October 29, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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2Phatt everything I know about music I learned from the Master DJ LRob!
Posted by: mamba24 | October 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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No way. I learned it all at the feet of 63 Footer. Hence the real meaning behind the screen name.

Miami is not a basketball town.
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LeBron James is a jerk.
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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!!!

Okay Mamba and LRob, Who sang Boney Maroney? I don't know ,just wondering. Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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Who didn't? Sha Na Na, Richie Valens Johnny Winter, Bobby Rush. But if you mean who was the first...You got me! LOL!

Posted by: mamba24 | October 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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NewMexll - I'm stumped on this one. I never heard of it, but according to my crack research staff it was Larry Williams. Went to #4 on R&B charts/#14 on pop charts. Larry also worked with Lloyd Price (Lawdy Lawdy Miss Clawdy) back in the day and later worked with Johnny Guitar Watson when he was just Johnny Watson.

Like Mamba said many others recorded it, but no one else had a big hit with it. Biggest name that remade it was Lennon. I'm sure one of the Lennon experts (Art - LakerTom) can elaborate.

Laker J - congrats on RCOTD.

Hey Laker J congrats for the well deserved RCOTD. Also, there should be a post within an hour. It's a Lakers blog profile. Hope you enjoy it!

Caught some of the Suns game last night on TNT, the Suns look pretty good or Utah looks pretty bad, either way I think the Suns are good enough to make the playoffs, Amar'e might be as overrated as Bosh since the Suns look pretty much the same (and we all saw how ineffective he was against the Lakers throughout the first few games of the WCF last year). If anything, they probably match up better now with L.A. in their uptempo and smaller lineup...

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 29, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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Cyber - hang in there with the in-laws...lol.

I have to disagree on the Suns being a better team without Amare or matching up better now with the Lakers. But we shall see.

I thought last night's game said more about Utah's performance than Phoenix. Deron Williams had a bad game, and as DWill goes so goes the Jazz.

For those who wanted the Lakers to get Delonte West...he could become available SOON.

Looks like him and Von Wafer got into a little scrap and the C's are blaming Delonte. Anyway, I feel for the young man because he clearly has issues.

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=5741743

Hungry for lunch or mid afternoon snack? Lenny White got a funky suggestion for you. (Okay I like him better doing his jazz/rock fusion stuff also, but the brotha had to eat...pun intended...lol.)

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

PP and KG are not happy about the Delonte/Wafer situation, so its looks like Delonte should have his bags ready...

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=17754

OCisMambaCounty - I haven't officially welcomed you yet so - welcome! And the answer to where else can you indulge your Lakerholism is NOWHERE!! THIS is THE place to be!!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM
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Yes and it will really, really, really be the place to be once your profile is displayed for all to enjoy.

@Zaira - Strange Fruit - very deep and touching song. Tom Petty - oh yes the Dream will become a reality.

LRob - did you send in your check / money order for raffle tickets? Every little bit helps you know.


I can't just give it away for free if we can get blog T-shirts out of it....

LRob: Thanks for the encouragement to hang in there with the in-laws lol. Unfortunately since they are split up, I've gotta endure a second trip by the mother-in-law for thanksgiving. I really wish they were still together, then it would have been possible to kill two birds with one stone... lol =P

Yeah, I agree with you about Amar'e. He's not a bonafide top-tier superstar that can lead a team to a ring (but who is in todays game outside of Kobe? Perhaps Timmy was, but the Spurs window shut about 2 years ago...) but the Suns aren't better without him.

I think that if the Knicks could land 'Melo, and then somehow find a way to also bring in CP3, it would create a 'Bigger-3' (than the you-know-who's). That team would be pretty much unbeatable. They would have complimentary pieces, not overlapping ones like the 'scared-3' of South Beach.

Should be fun though, I love to see the Lakers offense in overdrive like they are against the Suns. I'm hoping for 130+ pt from L.A.

Besides, the 3 hours tonight will be a much needed break from listening about what dessert was served at a 1985 Bavarian wedding, and how the tour guide thru Mozart's second childhood home did a better job than at his first home... lol


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Cyber - LOL - when I read your post about Bavarian wedding desserts, it made me think of that Seinfeld episode where Elaine eats a piece of that old wedding cake out of Peterman's fridge.... you a Seinfeld fan? Wait. What am I saying? You could BE a Seinfeld episode with those stories about in-laws LOL!

@justa - this will be fun...congrats on your first fantasy league...

LOL lew - you're only congratulating me cuz now you KNOW you won't come in last!! HAHAHAHA!!!

LRob- I'll pass on West, I can see him going ganster on Sasha and trying to get action from Kobe's mon. NO THANKS


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