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Caught in the Web: In London, Lakers are settling in

56486238-- The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Lakers' bench looks stronger this season.

-- The Washington Post's Derek Kravitz wonders why a local artist paints Lamar Odom as the face of Washington. Don't worry, Lakers fans, this doesn't mean he's being traded to the Wizards.

-- Want to relive the Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals matchup? Of course you do; that is, the 2010 series. Check out this new NBA 2010-2011 season promo.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin has a video report from London.

-- Be sure to bookmark this NBA.com link, which has extensive coverage on the Lakers' visit to Europe.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell focuses on Ron Artest's strong shooting in training camp.

-- Lakers.com documents the team's flight to London.

-- The Daily Mirror's Mike Walters argues David Beckham can't compare with Odom's celebrity.

-- The Orange County Register's Dan Woike shows which Lakers tickets are hard to get.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore breaks down what Matt Barnes can bring to the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Good morning, L.A.. While you slept, Kobe looked fairly spry at practice and said his knee's improving. Barnes, Walton also OK (hamstrings)." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I am excited about this team. The depth is exciting. I expect the Lakers to be a team that builds leads with the starters on the bench this year. With Blake, Odom and Barnes there are three guys who might start on a lot of teams in this league (OK, Barnes is a stretch, but give me that one). One of the bigs will stay on the floor. So that is four starter caliber players against other teams' benches. Sasha has been strong in camp. Between him and Shannon, there are two guards behind Kobe who, in different ways, can be effective on D and explosive on offense. Neither is a complete player by any means, but each can be a problem for the other team on a given night. The last three guys on the bench, Caracter, Ebanks and Ratliff, are all guys who will challenge the starters in practice, and who I think we will feel pretty good about when called on in game situations." -- Tom Daniels

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes listens to a question during an interview at media day. Credit: Kevourk Djansezian/Getty Images

 
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Ha! That NBA promo with the big heads is hilarious!

Looking forward to seeing the London game on Monday. Thank God for DVR's, that's all I have to say!

GO LAKERS!!!

Congrats Tom Daniels for RCOTD.

RCOTD = TOM DANIELS = OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!! KUDOS SIR!

Tom Daniels -

Congrats on RCOTD...I am so anxious to see this current team, and what they will do this year...feels like X-Mas eve...lol

Tom Daniels - congrats.

But I think pretty much all your comments are worthy of this award....

Until I get some new memories...

Everytime I see Barnes' mug...my brain stimulus goes right back to the ball fake on Kobe's face...

And it irritates the hell out of me...

I need some Laker footage of Barnes doing something awesome in a LAKER uniform...

Till then I deal with the negative...sigh...

Lewstrs,
Did you check out those BS&Ts vids I posted for you?

MM, thanks for the RCOTD. Must have been a slow news day!

Congrats Tom Daniels, a well deserved RCOTD!

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LEWSTRS: Until I get some new memories...
Everytime I see Barnes' mug...my brain stimulus goes right back to the ball fake on Kobe's face...
And it irritates the hell out of me...
I need some Laker footage of Barnes doing something awesome in a LAKER uniform...
Till then I deal with the negative...sigh...
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LEWSTRS, I'm glad you brought it up because I feel the same way. Barnes was such an irritant, so annoying, I hate his cockiness, his neck tattoo's - heck even his haircut is annoying LOL. I've had some trouble 'digesting' the fact that he's a Laker so far.

It isn't anything like Artest joining the Lakers because there is a child-like sweetness in Artest that I just don't see in Barnes. I remember Ron Ron's Best Damn Sports Show interview of Kobe and stuff, and when Kobe and him have 'tussled' it didn't ever really cross the line (because Kobe did hit him in the throat first when tangling for that one rebound that Artest ran up to him on).

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that Barnes will be irritating Paul Pierce, little princess and others this year, I think the Lakers got lucky his signing with Toronto fell through and Kupchak literally 'stole' him for what they're paying him. I'm glad he's a Cali guy, a UCLA presence that the Lakers seem to always have on the team, taking Farmar's place.

Like you though, I'd like to see him do some of this stuff in Laker purple and gold, I think that is when I'll start taking more of a liking to him, I guess.

Reminds me a bit of the Rick Fox signing, after all those years in green. Like Barnes, Rick Fox sacrificed a larger contract for a couple of years in order to sign in L.A. - and Barnes has done the same, so that's a nice sign.

If Barnes does to Paul Pierce sometime what Rick Fox did to Doug Christie, then I'll be his biggest fan!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4CqDK3yUNE


GO LAKERS!!!!!

MM: "-- Be sure to bookmark this NBA.com link, which has extensive coverage on the Lakers' visit to Europe."

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NBA.com\Lakers.com is doing a nice job covering the London Laker practices and stuff.

Here's a nice link to their London practice, and some Kobe video after it:
http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/101002practicereport.html

Amongst the notes are that Artest is continuing his hot shooting, Caracter is looking very solid as per Jim Cleamons, and he also says Blake is picking up the offense real well, but the note I took notice of was this:

"Shannon Brown nearly pulled off yet another absurd dunk, but camp signee Trey Johnson managed to hold his ground under the hoop, preventing the 2010 Slam Dunk participant from jumping clear over him. "

Oh man, looks like UPS is ready to deliver again this year. I hope somewhere we can see footage of that!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Congrats Tom for the RCOTD!
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I'm not usually one for smarmy self-promotion but whatever, I like to blog and if anybody feels like wasting a few more minutes, http://www.searchingforslava.blogspot.com
it's patently ridiculous but nonetheless, I can alway appreciate criticsm.

Cyber -

Couldn't said it better myself...you hit my sentiments right on the nose...

Tom Daniels - The kudos is well deserved, my friend

MM

TIMBERWOLVES ASSESMENT


Wolves roster is starting to shape up. They are much more improve now at every position compared to last year. They have also created depth at every position.


Only four players are back from the start of the year last season. Love, Brewer, Ellington and Flynn.


They have added new players that fills up a need at every position and are more triangle fit which they did not have last year.


1) 2 new 7' Centers that they feel can be effective in triangle. (They already saw Milicic played well towards at the end of the season in their triangle system), Nikola Pekovic alone it is an improvement over thier strating Center last year Ryan Hollins.
2) A very solid back up PF (Michael Beasely) Lakers version of Odom who comes off the bench but could actually start and eliminates the locker room problem of Love/Jefferson issues.
3) Drafted a versatile scoring combo guard/forward Wesley Johnson whom they see as a perfect fit for triangle ala Brandon Roy.
4) Signed free agent Luke Ridnour as back PG who is the version of Lakers Steve Blake.
5) Signed free agent Martel Webster as a back SF.


Milicic/Pekovic
Kevin Love/Michael Beasely
Corey Brewer/Martell Webster
Wesley Johnson/Wayne Ellington
Flynn/Ridnour


I agree they made a lot fo big mistakes in the past, especially the KG for Bynum/Odom trade, but this year they have made strides to be a better balanced team with focus on getting players that fits Kurt Rambis triangle system.


It seems Rambis is already making his mark on this T-Wolves team, it is pretty obvious he's been instrumental in player personnel movement from NBA draft, free agents and trades this year.


Their just a year or two behind Memphis and OKC rebuilding a young team. A few turn of luck in draft night, like what happened to OKC with Durant will set them up pretty quickly.


They are not a playoff bound team don't get me wrong, but they should improve their win-loss record by atleast 15 wins this season.


*___________________________________________________*
MM TAKE JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN TO THE ASG – BANDWAGON
Come on BLOG GOD You can do it! Make it Happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS – OWNER –
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Come on MM you can do it!!!!!!
(03) MAGIC PHIL – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) TROY BEEZY –
(05) LAKER LASS
(065) NEWMEXICOLAKERLOVER
(07) WES =
(08) phred =
(09) LAKERTOM -
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA
(11) LROB -
(12) RICK FRIEDMAN -
(13) JEFE101

*___________________________________________________*
MM TAKE JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN TO THE ASG – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
Wow I'm really dreading February because all this anticipation and excitement
justa is feeling is going to go to waste after she gets upset at me for not going to
the ASG Posted by: Mark Medina | October 02, 2010 at 11:49 AM
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MM - you so crazy!! You know you're taking me...
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 02, 2010 at 12:15 PM
*_____________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS – OWNER –Band wagoning for justa and her ASG tickets...
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Come on MM you can do it!!!!!!
(03) MAGIC PHIL – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) TROY BEEZY –
(05) LAKER LASS
(06) NEWMEXICOLAKERLOVER
(07) WES =
(08) phred =
(09) LAKERTOM -
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA
(11) LROB -
(12) RICK FRIEDMAN -Please add me to Justa's bandwagon.
(13) JEFE101 - "Justa is just alright with me, justa is just alright, oh yeah!"

@Tom Daniels - excellent RCOTD. You got me psyched re-reading it.

@Lew - I agree about Matt Barnes.

That story about Lamar being the face of Washington DC is so strange. I still don't get why they picked him out of hundreds of athletes.

Anyway, you guys wanna see something hilarious? Poor Shaq, now so old he has to walk with a cane...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5042374135_67b56c1208.jpg

@Puddle, Lol that was a good one.!!

Staples24,
I agree, the Wolves are going to be kind of fun to follow this year, they've got the whole triangle/run/motion hybrid going and what's not to like about the triple-headed eastern bloc monster of Milicic/Koufos/Pekovic, haha. Plus, Love is a serious player.

Staples 24: I think you overrate the meat (ok, let's not go there again, plz!!!! lol), but are right on with the T'Wolves assessments.

I've knocked Milicic as much as anyone (haven't we all over the years...), but actually he was getting a lot of K-Love's playing time, and had a few solid games towards the end of their season. Love was outstanding in the little time he got in the World Championships, clearly the best big behind Lamar.

Not a fan of Beasley, but Johnny Flynn has shown he could be a pretty good point guard - and if they finally sign Rubio, they should be a fun team to watch. Now that they have a year under Rambis' triangle, they should be all the better running it.

Lets face it though, McHale was giving his old team and buddy Ainge a sweet deal in taking Al Jefferson and riffraff for KG, when the Lakers deal was clearly better then, and oh-so-sharply better now looking back at it. Did he really have the T'Wolves best interests in mind when he did that deal?

Acutally, shouldn't all of us Laker fans thank clueless T'Wolves owner Glen Taylor for green-lighting the deal? That deal would have killed the Lakers - so thanks Glen Taylor for being so hoops incompetent!

Anyways, I wanted to post this article I just finished reading on K-Love from the UK's The Telegraph, just chimed in on the T'Wolves. Here'st the article, It's interesting to read things from their perspective, and relating Love to his musical family tree:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/basketball/8038577/NBA-In-London-Minnesota-Timberwolves-v-LA-Lakers-Kevin-Love-getting-good-vibrations.html


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Mamba24 is the MAN...

Looking out for sister justa and her tickets...

MM- Cmon show a Laker sister some love...get her the tickets..

And if some there some extra Mamba24 and myself would gladly escort her...;-)

Laker Love is what it's all about...I think Dr. Jerry Buss will be sending out his limo...

mamba24: I always enjoy justa's posts, so plz save me a spot on the bandwagon!


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

LRob -

I look at the new players on the team...

Matt Barnes
Steve Blake
Ratcliff, Ebanks, and Caracter...

They see who they play for now and they ask themselves...

Who am I...

Here is my answer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwnOsTm96A

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

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MM TAKE JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN TO THE ASG – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
Wow I'm really dreading February because all this anticipation and excitement
justa is feeling is going to go to waste after she gets upset at me for not going to
the ASG Posted by: Mark Medina | October 02, 2010 at 11:49 AM
*________________________________________________*
MM - you so crazy!! You know you're taking me...
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 02, 2010 at 12:15 PM
*_____________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS – OWNER –MM- Cmon show a Laker sister some love...get her the tickets..
Band wagoning for justa and her ASG tickets...
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Come on MM you can do it!!!!!!
(03) MAGIC PHIL – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) TROY BEEZY –
(05) LAKER LASS
(06) NEWMEXICOLAKERLOVER
(07) WES =
(08) phred =
(09) LAKERTOM -
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA
(11) LROB -
(12) RICK FRIEDMAN -Please add me to Justa's bandwagon.
(13) JEFE101 - "Justa is just alright with me, justa is just alright, oh yeah!"
(14) CYBERCOSMIX - I always enjoy justa's posts, so plz save me a spot on the bandwagon


puddle: "Poor Shaq, now so old he has to walk with a cane...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5042374135_67b56c1208.jpg"

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ROFL! Talk about an ominous picture, that perfectly summarizes the ancient C's...

Little Nate and Shaq are gonna form the funniest tandem in league history. Hate the C's but those guys are gonna be pranking each other all season, I can see it now...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Hey gang, I'm getting ready to post a new Lakers story by Mike Bresnahan. Should be online in about 10-15 minutes max. The more quotes I read from Pau Gasol, the more I realize he is such a special individual. Kobe Bryant gives you the pat answers, almost dismissing the media as if they're a bother. But Pau, man, he's so honest and up front. Good stuff in this story from Gasol.

Hey Staples24, those 15 extra wins this year by the Wolves are going to have to come against mostly Eastern Conference teams. I don't see the Wolves making much headway this year in the West since they're so far behind the 10-11 playoff-ready teams. Remember, the triangle takes cohesion, knowing what to do when and which teammates like to get the ball where, etc., and that only comes with time on the court.

And CyberCosmiX, Kevin Love is the real deal (and an Oregonian!). He probably feels right at home in Minneapolis.

Enjoy everyone.

LEWSTRS: "I look at the new players on the team...
Matt Barnes
Steve Blake
Ratcliff, Ebanks, and Caracter...
They see who they play for now and they ask themselves...
Who am I...
Here is my answer...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwnOsTm96A"
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I just hope this is what they're playing at the end of the season:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdCrZfTkG1c


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Dan 'The MAN' Loumena: Looking forward to the new Bresnahan article.

I know the people up in Oregon were crushed with Love came down to UCLA, but let's face it, he just loved the California Girls! =)

Speaking of which...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZDlnU5zwwE

And sorry Katy Perry, Beach Boys had the better song named that, but you definitely made the better video O_O

GO LAKERS!!!!!

CCX,


"Staples 24: I think you overrate the meat (ok, let's not go there again, plz!!!! lol),"


Don't ever say I started it. Tis one is on you. Haha!


How can you overarrate a Lebron, goingtothefInals by himself, Wade winning an NBA Finals by himself, they probably do not need a Bosh, a Haslem and Z would do to get in the EAST Finals, but hey they got BOsh too, who everybody in this blog said has the equal skills of Pau Gasol?


Gasol = Bosh
Kobe = Wade


Therefore, they have what the Lakers have in Gasol and Kobe, the cornerstone of our Championship.


Now let me ask you, do we have a Lebron James (without hating Lebron James)? Lebron is in the conversation of the best player in the game right now? (I said just conversation, Ok). Don't try to overreact again and say Kobe this! Kobe that! MJ this MJ that!


The MEAT have 3 legitimate current ALL-STARS, Lakers have TWO. Until Bynum becomes an ALL-STAR (not ALL_STAR potential) it is not even.

The moment has come. Mamba24's Laker profile. Mamba24 - Please e-mail the names of your family and I can add those pictures in

MM

Staples 24: OMG I admit it, I started it, ugh............

I will only say, basketball is a 12-man sport, and I'll give you that
meat top 3 > Laker top 3
it is absolutely no doubt at ALL that
meat 4-12 <<<<< Laker 4-12

Plus, the fact is the Lakers match up very well with them, Kobe has shown he can handle D-Wade, Ron Ron is physical enough, and a good enough defensive presence to slow down the little princess. Our bigs though trump theirs.

I'm telling you, this will get ugly - not the civil debate we're having here, mind you :) - a Laker/meat Finals. That is IF the meat get there, because I think that the C's also match them up very well, and Orlando has the inside presence and a nice PG in Jameer to exploit the meat weaknesses.

BTW, don't know if you got a chance to watch the meat Real Training Camp last night, but I did. Mike Fratello basically echoed what I was saying for the past month, that there is no way the little princess can match speedy pg's defensively, chase them around for a whole night. I continue to say, that will be their biggest weakness - along with their lack of anyone to properly match up to Bynum if they meet up at the end...

I'll give you one thing though, Big-Z looked pretty slim. However, he was settling for those 15-20 ft jump shots, which is PRECISELY why LakerTom, myself and others said he was a bad pickup. Mike Miller is lost when on the floor with Wade and his pet dog.

This is a team that has some rather large holes, and Riles did a poor job assembling them - despite what most people are saying...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Staples & Cyber,
If you have any interest, there's a pretty decent Timberwolves blog, at www.awolfamongwolves.com

As much of an inconvenience as this trip may be for Phil Jackson, I'd like to think that the silver lining in all of this is that it'll provide the team with a nice opportunity for some team building, especially with respect to the new guys - particularly the rookies and the other young camp invitees. Perhaps when they come back stateside they'll be that much more integrated.


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