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Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for the regular season

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--The Times' Broderick Turner explains what the Lakers' coaching staff want out of Pau Gasol.

--The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers will win the West, but predicts it won't be easy.

--Check out Ron Artest's new freestyle.

--ESPN's NBA writers size up the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk in their latest podcast about the Lakers' preseason, why they will three-peat and if this team will be the franchise's best ever.

--Slam Online's Ryne Nelson reacts to Kobe Bryant's contention that Portland's Brandon Roy is the toughest defender he's had to face.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen predicts the Lakers will win the 2011 NBA championship.

--Slam Online's Jason Rowley argues Bryant is the league's best player, even if the publication ranks him at No. 2 behind LeBron James.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen addresses several NBA preseason questions.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the team's guards, forwards and centers.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues it's not a bad idea if the NBA contracts, but faults NBA commissioner David Stern for allowing the league to be in this position.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das breaks down the Lakers' schedule.

--Lakers Nation's Emily Wilson argues the NBA's rule on cracking down on demonstrative acts towards calls is misguided.

Tweet of the Day: "Congrats to Celine Dion. Everybody tweet her. She gave birth to twins. Celine and Whitney ; my two favorites" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Right now, he's rusty, but he's getting where he wants to go. You better practice patience, because he has to too (which doesn't mean he's not pulling it all right now, accordingly to the rhythm of forces and strengths he has now at his disposal). Champions are like fine cars, or extremely precise machines... until everything is at its right place, they don't seem that special. But they're not made and customed as the rest, and when they are in roll, they simply belong to another category. Be patient: your patience will be rewarded and right now we don't need "Kobe". He knows. That's why he's not worried about any of his struggles, and PJ follows him there. I trust him more than myself." -- ZairaAmaterasu

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic passes the ball to teammate Steve Blake as he hits the court during a scamble in the first half of Friday night's game against Golden State. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

 
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LAKERS NATION IS PREPARING TOO!! And as I prepare I send a shout out to a special person: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBOD0hMw4c MOM – EARTH WIND FIRE

I absolutely do not understand RonRon's fascination with Celine Dion.

It boggles my mind.

Zaira - Congrats on the RCOTD, well deserved recognition...I always enjoy your posts...and agree with them 100%...

Lakers Dyansty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!


3 DAYS TO FILL THE LAT LAKERS BLOG BUS...

DESTINATION: STAPLES CENTER FOR OPENING AND RING NIGHT!!!
Let's show unity and support for this most excellent season coming up!

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phred = The Love Chapter
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#4 - He knows this is Phils 4th 3-peat
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And the Jello Is Jigglin - He can turn Lebron to Jello
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Congrats to Zaira on the Friedman Award win! Always a pleasure to read your posts.

Tuesday can't come soon enough! It's been a long summer without the NBA and this BLOG certainly cured the blues. I just started jumping on the live chats and have enjoyed trying to watch the game and typing out some comments. i have especially enjoyed some of my friendly joust with "justa..." she is a true blue, die hard Laker fan. No one on that team can do wrong, especially when it comes to comparisons between Fish and Nash! :-)

I'll be watching the Miami-Boston contest and then tuning in for "ring night." You know, Einstien said: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." Now, PJ is no fool by any stretch of the imagination, but Pau never looks happy or comfortable playing the 5 and seems just the opposite when he's at his more natural spot at the 4. Why not put LO at the 5? Just sayin'...
Whatever happens, we can be sure of one thing: We will be in the finals and win. I'm not one of those "Love Blind" fans; i just know they have a "killer" team that's only going to get better as the season goes on. The chemistry is already there - they just need more time together on the floor during games that count and that begins on Tuesday! The new members of the team will be motivated as HECK when they see the rings being handed out before the game. Everything is on our favor this season; it'll be up to the players to execute every single night. Ownership has given the team the tools to win. Anyway, I'm as excited as everyone else here and Tuesday can't come soon enough.

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

@Mamba24 - sometimes,it seems like we don't "shout out" enough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA17LOabVGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA17LOabVGs

RCOTD = ZAIRA AMATERASU = OUT FREAKIN STANDING GODDESS!!! KUDOS!!

Our beautiful Goddess with her all her grace and proper perspective of our defending back-to-back champion Lakers with a well deserved RCOTD!!

Congrats!

Pavlov's Dogs:

Last Season, on Opening Night, there was ONE Laker salivating at the Ring Ceremony, Ron Ron, and he fed his hunger in June.

This Season, on Opening Night, there will be FIVE Lakers salivating at the "Ring Of The Bling" (albeit the 2 Rookies won't be salivating as much as the 3 vets).

5X's the HUNGER + KOBE's 6th + PHIL's Supposed SWAN SONG = LETHAL WEAPON 6!!!!!!
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Triangle Physics: "For Every Defensive Action, there is a Greater and More Lethal Offensive Reaction." The Triangulator

"Other Teams may River Dance, the Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm."

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

FRIGGIN HEWL!!!!

Me???
RCOTD??????

MM... thanx and you almost gave me an heart attack.

LOL.

I was opening this, reading all links, and then that comment and I was like "I'm really reading it?"

Thanx ;) You all know that I particularly love that it's about Kobe, because nobody owns my heart as he does, and I'm literally floating over his living breaths when he plays.
No honor could have meant more for me than getting a RCODT when I was writing about him. Thanx a lot.
awww :) My Sunday couldn't have been better, now.

To reciprocate, and for all of you who don't have twitter, and/or don't follow me there, know that today in Florence I was experiencing again my skills at cooking and I thought it could have been nice to track people on how REAL lasagne are made ;)

So follow this links from my plixies pic and go on for about 25 pics ;)

You will learn how to prepare real lasagne with real bolognese sauce with real mornay sauce ;)

Enjoy you all :)

http://plixi.com/p/52592758

Wow... I was meaning to actually start my today's post in music, but I had to take a moment to shake about that above thing (the RCOTD, not the lasagne recipe...) ;)

To start the post and set up the wonderfulness mood that lets the day of REAL game approach, take my most treasured discovery of the past year, missus Fantastic Janelle Monae, and her sublime WondaLand, which I apply to Laker Land (you notice that I tend to shape my music suggestions depending on the music and the lyrics power... I pay complete attention to both ;)) ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv10t488Zpo

(hope the link works!!! JustaLakerFan, sometimes it depends on Country blocks of videos... this one should work though!)

Anyway, did I recently mention how much I'm fond of this new musicality in Laker Land Family? because if I haven't enough, I'm ready to repeat I'm DELIGHTED about it... Today you've brought David Bowie, Queen, more Jazzmasters, Beck & Clapton, Toni Braxton!!! I mean... it's WOW!!!

I have more than 900 albums in my collection and I'm as avid with music discovery as I am with life discovery.... anything you suggest or recall is treasured and makes me smile so THANK YOU ALL!

As for Lrob question about HOF, as soon as I read the potential inductees list (weeks ago) I was like (in order of maximum will by me):

1) >>> totally TOM WAITS. Genius. Genius. Incredible unique voice.
2) Beastie Boys > pioneers. Now it seems natural to mix rock beats with party music with rap, and being WHITE, but then... NO WAY. Go guys.
3) Neil Diamond > can't overlook him any longer, right?
4) Donna Summer > It's long time due and she was actually somebody able to sing, while now you do dance in Autotune and generally you s*ck at real singing.
5) Alice Cooper > he's deserving it badly. He's been consistent most of his career, he's been honest most of his career, and he's got a stage presence people wish to have in half amount.

After those, I'd list LL Cool J (whom I saw at the Greek gigs ;) man is talented and BOY... such an eye candy, isn't he?). Bon Jovi would be 7th in my list. I like them, but creatively they got nothing on those above. Still they deserve to be in the HOF sooner than later, sure.

I want to take a moment to laugh vividly at Stackhouse's pick from Miami.
Really?
Really?
LOL.
They want to compete SO badly, they're SO tender...
NO.
But I'm so fascinated with the hype surrounding their every move: Stackhouse is an honest player with no majorly likeable skills, and tehy're selling him as a great "last-minute" fit for WadeBrownies.
Oh, PLEASE.
Reality is that Miami Meat have three players and NO backup seats.
And no matter Evil Stern's referee tricks, no mind hype, they won't come out of East.
It doesn't suffice to write they're great (I'm talkin Stackhouse) to make them really so.
It won't suffice to write Miami is a sure shot to make it working.

See implosion coming by April/May.

And keep the smirk on ;)

In honor of Miami Meat's delusion (that resemble junkie's needs, right?) and their unfulfilled quest for glory, backed by demons they won't ever chase, take this AWESOME piece of music by Temple of The Dog (two words: Cornell + Vedder = MUSICORGASM): Times Of trouble:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TlShoR5nto

I feel almost dirty that I connected two of the greatest music people ever in Rock with Miami Meat, but you get the link and its twisting unflattery for the Florida darlings, right?
West Coast represent in notes to trash their ambitions after all. ;)

Talkin about West Coast, congrats to SF Giants ;) my babies' drummer is all happy now, he was dying for them to reach World Series ;).

So, Tuesday is THE RING Night!!!

Oh, the journey... oh!! the glory :)

I was thinkin of the event and suddenly this song, that I have always loved dearly (hint: I'm a beatles fanatic...) no matter its easyness and its horribly cheesy video, started to play in the back of my head.

It's because I got my mind already set on the next step of Lakers Glory?
You bet.

So let's sing it all along, all together... and connect it to the ring... it's gonna take time, but we'll get it all ;)

George Harrison, I Got my Mind Set On You:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_niy2ZM5Jo

Have all a great sunday my adored Fam.

Thank you again for the award MM. I surely wasn't deserving, but I surely am the happiest about it :)

LLL, Z ;)

Is it opening night yet???

I think of it constantly, and this song comes with it:

Hey soul sister, I don't want to miss a single thing you do tonight,
Hey soul sister, I don't want to miss a single thing you do...tonight
Hey, hey,hey

Hey, hey,hey

Tonight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVpv8-5XWOI

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsxgcLf0TSY

@Mamba24 - sometimes,it seems like we don't "shout out" enough.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA17LOabVGsPosted by: frmkt | October 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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Quite true, quite true my brother. Very nice tune I always liked it. Thanks really appreciate that.

Until Little Feat is inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame, it has no credibility with me.

BLOG CRUE
I know the "Final Countdown" has begun, so I wanted to share a great a song as we prepare for the 2011 chapter. Raiders- Knock 'Em Dead Kids.

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

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

i glad....
to see mr. Sweet's bio-
that the season is finally starting-


aaannnd Lewis Munroe!

Time to reflect...while we prepare for battle...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AN04imFDK8

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Our horse won't be the fastest out of the gate. A couple of knee sugeries to key guys has meant (since summer) that this team will take awhile to come together. So all eyes will be on Boston/Miami in the opener. And Miami beating up other teams early in the year (they will be brutal on lesser teams, I think). And the Lakers' season will slowly evolve from a good group of players (a solid playoff team) to the powerhouse of the West, with a fully functioning Beast (Kobe) and Bynum.

The question for the Lakers is how well they can play early in the season - can they get the wins they need to stay in the race for best record. Then maybe in mid-December we'll start to see the team really come together.

Pavlov's Dogs: Last Season, on Opening Night, there was ONE Laker salivating at the Ring Ceremony, Ron Ron, and he fed his hunger in June. This Season, on Opening Night, there will be FIVE Lakers salivating at the "Ring Of The Bling" (albeit the 2 Rookies won't be salivating as much as the 3 vets). 5X's the HUNGER + KOBE's 6th + PHIL's Supposed SWAN SONG = LETHAL WEAPON 6!!!!!!Posted by: The Triangulator | October 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! WOOF!! WOOF!! WOOF!!!

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http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk - IT’S TIME FOR WAR
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GOD#@$#&*#$# WHO ARE WE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WHO 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
Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) is well along the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Then 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
Who 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 Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oiu9jW-VyE WE ARE FAMI

3 DAYS TO FILL THE LAT LAKERS BLOG BUS...

DESTINATION: STAPLES CENTER FOR OPENING AND RING NIGHT!!!
Let's show unity and support for this most excellent season coming up!

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[_|___|__|___|__|__|__|__|__|__\
|____LAKERS NATION BUS_\__\__
l__________________________--|
\_(O)-(O)_____________|_|(O)___/

LEWSTRS - (Driver) Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation
NewMexicoLL - (Shotgun) From Land of The Original Lakers
justanothermambafan –(Security) Fabulous AND Funny dammit
Mamba24 - (Navigator) OUTFREAKIN STANDING!
LRob - DJ Extraordanire - Archives Master
Laker Lass - No matter what UNIVERSE or alternate REALITY I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!!
Mark Medina - Customs
ZairaAmaterasu - Goddess
Laker Tom - NorCal Chapter
utzworld - THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER - Chaplain
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ChicNstu - Blue Plate Special
LakerFanInCowTown - Behind enemy lines...
The Triangulator - "Other Teams may River Dance, the Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm."
mud - Analysis Technician
CornerJ - From the corner...automatic...
Fatty - THE DEFENSE BEGIN, ANOTHER TITLE TO WIN
Laker Mike - Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty..
pfunk36 - Just get Kobe the ball!!!
dave m - 'm' stands for MONEY...Lakers 3Peat

@Mamba24 -

We’re Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You...

Damn right broham!!!

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!


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