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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the ups and downs of the Lakers' 112-110 victory Tuesday over the Houston Rockets.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits Shannon Brown with carrying his team to victory.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen details how the Rockets' tough effort fell short.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford gives the Lakers credit for coming back.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights David Stern's contention that the league's new technical foul rule makes the game better.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen focuses on Stern's concern about the economy.

--The Daily News' Teaford mentions that Stern likes the idea of revenue sharing.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke enjoys the personal touch the Lakers' ring ceremony brought.

--The Times' T.J. Simers finds out that Jackson plans to write another book, this one about this past season.

--The Times' Mark Heisler reveals that Doc Rivers and Laker fans have something in common: They've both mocked "The Decision."

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande credits the bench's second-half effort.

--ESPN's Tim Legler breaks down the Lakers' victory over Houston in the video below.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes the Lakers could have problems if they spend too much time this season looking ahead to the playoffs.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter explains why the Lakers enjoy the fact that everyone's talking about the Miami Heat.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton praises the personalized format of the Lakers' ring ceremony.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman argues the ring ceremony led to the Lakers' sluggish start.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner left impressed with the performances from Blake and Brown.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick notices how the Lakers-Rockets matchup contrasts with the Miami Heat.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr presents a photo gallery of the ring ceremony.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins details Ron Artest's plans for the 2010-2011 season.

--Foxsports.com's Billy Witz credits the Lakers for overcoming adversity.

--In addition to labor talks and the league's new rule on technical fouls, NBA Commissioner David Stern jokes he's going to participate in Ron Artest's raffle in giving away his championship ring.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer notices Lakers' special assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard gets overlooked during the ring ceremony.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' matchup with the Rockets.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell recaps all the memorable moments from the Lakers' season opener.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Lakers' victory marked a perfect start to the season.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes the Lakers pulled a role reversal on ring night.

--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian highlights the challenges the Lakers will face as they try to three-peat.

--The Dream Shake's grungedave provides five thoughts on the Rockets' loss.

--Why does Justin Bieber get to wear the Lakers' championship ring?

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers came back from 15 and won in a way that makes them ever more dangerous. The dudes have depth" -- BillPlaschke (L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Yes we were rusty - and it certainly showed in the first half (yikes that was ugly) - but I'll take it! To borrow a phrase from Doc (and I can't believe I'm doing that) but they really did trust each other. This team is so talented and so deep that as long as they continue to look for each other, on any given night any one of them can go off. And that's a scary proposition for the opponent. How do you plan for that? How do you coach for that? Never knowing who's gonna have the hot hand and who's gonna come through in the crunch? WOW - this team is something special. Thank god we are finally underway - this season is gonna be one for the ages! Please put your trays in the upright position, put your luggage (or baggage as it were) firmly stowed away, and get ready for the ride people!! Cuz it's gonna be glorious!!" -- justanothermambafan

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Photo: The Lakers' 2010 NBA championship banner went on display Tuesday night at Staples Center as the crowning moment of the ring ceremony before the season-opening game against the Houston Rockets. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images.

 
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In the end it's the W is that counts, doesn't matter if they win by 2 or 20.
The best part of the game, to me, was seeing Kobe pass the ball with under 20 seconds left and trust in his teammates and seeing Blake come through.
The league is so focused on Kobe to take those shots (of course with good reason) someone will be open.
It was obvious Drew is missed. With him the Lakers are going to be some bad dudes, very bad, in a good way.

I WON?????????????

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once again I find myself thanking the little people that made this day possible for me.

Of course I also find myself asking if MM's totally taken leave of his senses.... But that's a subject for another blog. Or for RonRon's charity as it were.... LOL!!

THANKS MM!!!! I love collecting Friedman awards!!


justanothermambafan - congratulations on another well-deserved Friedman Award. And so the regular season starts off well and good.

Hi all, great comments everyone - it's like everyone is reading my mind.

Random thoughts/echoes of what other people already said:

1) Caracter was first off the bench? Dude looked like deer in the headlights, I wonder what kind of mind game Phil was playing putting him in like that. I don't think he responded well, but now we'll see what he's made of because I think it will motivate him to do better next time or it can plant a seed of doubt that will fester. I think he's going to be fine and look for him to rebound, defend, and show a little bit of offense when he gets more acclimated

2) Shan - motherfricken - WOW!!! I saw some parts of his game that were Kobe-esque - looks like he's been paying attention in practice. Everybody's been talking about his shooting, which was great, but the 3 things I liked the best were his defense, his drive to the basket where he weaved through 3 defenders for a lay in (how many times did Artest miss on lay ins last night?), and the fact that after he missed the first couple shots, he remained confident in all the work he did this summer and continued to shoot the ball. Great game Shannon!

3) New guys were impressive. Offense looks pretty fluid for this time of year despite all the new additions. Once we get Bynum back, the defense will be better.

Great game! Great win! Go lakers!

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN – CONGRATULATIONS & KUDOS - BAND WAGON
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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) COFM99 – CO-OWNER - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.
(03) LAKER LASS - DRIVER –
(04) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1 - What can Downtown Shannon Brown do for you?...Any damn thing you ask of him.
(05) EASTCOASTJESSIE – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - And UPS, ohhhh UPS, what a night man, what else can you say? His shooting is so much better and he also seems more decisive and not intimidated like he looked many times last year.

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(30) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - 2) Shan - motherfricken - WOW!!! I saw some parts of his game that were Kobe-esque - looks like he's been paying attention in practice. Everybody's been talking about his shooting, which was great, but the 3 things I liked the best were his defense, his drive to the basket where he weaved through 3 defenders for a lay in (how many times did Artest miss on lay ins last night?), and the fact that after he missed the first couple shots, he remained confident in all the work he did this summer and continued to shoot the ball. Great game Shannon!

Nice win for the LakeShow. As most of us had expected-Kobe was just fine. Pau had a nice stat line but missed too many easy open looks in my opinion. Ratliff looked like a spring chicken out there. Lamar takes over the game for about 3 minutes in the second quarter to keep the Lakers in it. Not surprised at all at how the game progressed. Lakers start slow, opposing guards going off, Lakers pick it up in the second half, comeback, victory. Much credit to The Flying Squirrel and The Blaker-very clutch performances from those two.
Now about that so-called defense- we'll lets just blame it on the 1st game of the season.

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KICKING OF A SEASON FOR THE AGES !!!
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To begin with, I totally loved the Ring Ceremony. Having each player introduce a teammate is an old team building exercise I’ve often used with employees to encourage them to focus on their teammates’ contributions. Not only was it a smart move to build team chemistry but also a perfect public relations move for the fans. Who didn’t love Phil’s touching comments about Luke or Drew’s glowing praise of his front court mate Pau? And you know Jon K had to be smiling with pride as Phil declared “This is what we play for.”
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While it was only 1 game out of 82, there were nevertheless countless positive signs for Lakers fans to cheer. Kobe and Pau led the scoring with 27 and 29 points, Pau and Lamar posted double-doubles, and the killer B’s Shannon and Steve smoked the nets by hitting 7 of 9 3-pointers to ignite the Lakers 4th quarter comeback. Bottom line, it was great to see Pau respond to Phil’s demands for more aggressive play and Lamar continue to play with great energy and focus. Best of all, however, had to be the performances of Brown and Blake. This was by far the best I have ever seen Shannon Brown play, especially his anticipation at the defensive end.
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As to be expected in the first game of the year, the Lakers’ offense was much better than the Lakers’ defense, although their defense late in the 3rd quarter and in the 4th quarter played a big role fueling their comeback. While Pau and Lamar did a good job at times protecting the rim, it was easy to see that this was where the Lakers missed Andrew Bynum’s contribution most as the Rockets were able to attack the rim for easy layups or kick-outs to wide open 3-point shooters. The Lakers definitely missed Drew’s interior defense protecting the rim and deterring, altering, and blocking shots. With a healthy Drew, this wouldn’t have been a close game.
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I loved how Phil for once stayed with the hot hands and left both Brown and Blake in to close out the game. Listening to Phil scream for stops from the bench left little doubt in my mind that Phil is going to be much more engaged during games this season than ever before, primarily because he now has the best roster he has ever had coaching the Lakers, giving him unparalleled flexibility and versatility to vary lineups and matchups. Phil’s looking to cap his brilliant career and ride off into the sunset with his 2nd Coach of the Year award.
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Finally, just a few words about LeBron and the Miami Heat and their opening day loss to the Celtics in Boston. As I expected, it’s going to take the Heat some time to integrate all the new players and figure out how to play with their Big 3 on the floor, although after watching the game last night maybe we should be talking about their Big 2 because Chris Bosh is nowhere in the class of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. As Charles Barkley aptly noted last night, the Heat’s big problem is that they’re a jump shooting team that does not have anybody who can consistently score in the low post. And that will definitely be their Achilles heel versus the Lakers.
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@63 FOOTER... Damn it, didn’t I tell you guys NOT to play any country music. Now you’ve got me crying on a Wednesday morning despite the fact that the Lakers won and the Miami Heat lost. No songs about mama, trains, prison, or drunks please. Otherwise, I’m not going to be able to click any of those great music links.
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I agree with your assessment of the Heat. Could not believe the two blocking fouls that LeBron drew that should have been charges. No doubt the Heat will win a lot of games on pure athleticism and talent alone but a jump shooting team with their top two players being questionable shooters really does not scare me much. I still stand by my earlier prediction that the Heat will NOT make the NBA Finals this year.
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@JAMF... Thanks for the kind words, Justa. Your hubby is one lucky dude. Way to “Stand by Your Man.” Also loved your rhetorical question if anybody still wanted to trade Bynum for Bosh. Watching how Pau played last night compared to Bosh, it’s easy to see that there is no way the Lakers would be as good a team with Bosh as part of the front court. The Heat kept feeding him the ball and isolating him only to see him settle for weak jumpers and weenie shots every time. Miami doesn’t have a Big 3 – justa Big 2 and a soft power forward. And congrats for winning another JAMF RCOD (just now catching up on all the posts).
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@VMAN... “Wade creates. LeBron creates better. Neither of them are spot up shooters that can take advantage of the other drawing double teams. They'll evolve but they didn't look complimentary on paper, and last night they didn't look it on the court. Bosh isn't a force but he's good, and will do better against smaller teams. Problem is, the teams in their way aren't small. These 3 won't last the length of their contracts. The parts don't compliment and there's no money left to fill out the roster with players that do.”
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Great post, VMan. I’ve been saying the same things ever since LeBron made “The Decision.” The Heat are going to be a regular season phenomenon steamrolling a lot of inferior teams and then going home early once the real games begin. They are not going to be able to beat Orlando or Boston in a 7-game series, much less the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Overrated and overhyped, their only hope is Stern fixing the refs.
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LakerTom - you didn't say anything about songs with yer dog kickin' off:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AteF9XTBM8s

Great game by Brown and Blake. I really hope Blake is the starter by the end of this calendar year. It was easy to let Fisher start last year with Jordan Farmar backing him up but when you have a guy with the IQ and ability of Blake on the team, it's a different story.

Hooray for justa...Another well deserved RCOTD ...

ShanWOW was most excellent last night!!!

This team is DEEP...how wonderful it is to have a bench...I like to call them the Young Guns...Pundits cannot say this team has no depth anymore...

And we still have a HUGE weapon in AB waiting in the wings...That's pretty SCARY...

I've search and searched...but I cannot find any pictures or images of the new 2010 Championship Ring...can someone please post a link if they have one...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

DID KOBE PASS THAT BALL TO PAU OR STEVE?
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Was I the only one who thought the pass to Blake for the killer 3-point was really a pass to Pau that was too high and luckily ended up in Steve’s hands because he’d rotated to the right spot on the floor? Justa thought.
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TOM

LakerTom - I saw that, but Pau pulled his dainty little fingers out of the way pretty fast as I recall, as if he reflexively went for it, but then realized Blaker was behind him and let it go. I considered it a throw from left field to the catcher, the third baseman wavin' it past.

This group of LA Lakers are led by a core of 6 players that are known as Ko P. DeLA-Ron. The nickname combines all 6 players Kobe Bryant (Ko), Pau Gasol (P.), Derek Fisher (De), Lamar Odom (L), Andrew Bynum (A), and Ron Artest (Ron).

The Ko P. DeLA-Ron Lakers combined for 80 of the teams 112 points (Kobe-27, Pau-29, Lamar-14, Ron-8, and Derek-2).

Justa... Dammit...you are good!!!Congrats on winner of the RCOTD, second time in a week.

LOL NMLL - I'm funny too (dammit)...

@FRMKT... Outstanding post, my friend. I hope you are right about Kobe sharing the ball more now that he is surrounded by an upgraded roster and bench. I thought you hit the proverbial nail right on the head with your comments about ball movement and defense being the keys to the Lakers three-peating. We’ve all seen how running the Triangle Offense correctly puts our team in great defensive position and limits other teams efforts to try and beat us down the floor in order to score before our vaunted half court defense is set. Aside from missing Drew’s deterrent factor in the paint defensively, there were numerous instances where poor offensive ball movement led to easy transition baskets for the Rockets. Look for that to improve greatly over the season.
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great beginning for the Lakers....a little too close for my liking, but nonetheless, a victory, a "W"! huge dividends already from steve blake, clutch shot at the end. don't you think he'll enjoy playing meaningful games? shannon brown is the new "downtown brown", sorry freddy. huge in the 4th when the Lakers were struggling. kobe's performance was better than i expected. pau, great game for him too. i loved the hustle and energy that matt barnes brought to the court. the depth that L.A. has will be the reason the Lakers will repeat! i love the smell of RINGS in the morning! ha ha........yeah baby, the nba and the Lakers are back!

JAMF- If you win a couple more, it's the JUSTA AWARD.

play of the night, pau letting kobe's "bullet pass" go right by his fingers! ha ha

2) Shan - motherfricken - WOW!!! I saw some parts of his game that were Kobe-esque - looks like he's been paying attention in practice. Everybody's been talking about his shooting, which was great, but the 3 things I liked the best were his defense, his drive to the basket where he weaved through 3 defenders for a lay in (how many times did Artest miss on lay ins last night?), and the fact that after he missed the first couple shots, he remained confident in all the work he did this summer and continued to shoot the ball. Great game Shannon!3) New guys were impressive. Offense looks pretty fluid for this time of year despite all the new additions. Once we get Bynum back, the defense will be better. Great game! Great win! Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | October 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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And Great Freakin Post...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!

The bench needs a new name. If they're going to be this productive and this solid, we have ourselves the Laker equivalent of the A-team. B-team FTW! LOL.

@63 FOOTER... LOL. You forgot I’m a cat person and not a dog person and I’ve never heard a country song that had a cat in it. But I do understand how dogs can be very dear and cause hearts to break. Just not mine.
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i feel with shannon brown, working on his "outside shot" over the summer, he'll be one of L.A.'s best players this season. i liked the fact he and blake EARNED the right to close the game. so many weapons for L.A., so many players who can step up in 'clutch time". winning titles has a way of giving players the confidence to do just that!

LT

Great post. Last night was a thing of beauty on many different levels which you so eloquently touched on in your post. Frankly, I didn't care much one way or the other if we won the game, but of course I preferred the outcome we got.

What is interesting about the Heat is that they are "jump shooting team," except that the Big Three are statistically less than average NBA outside shooters. I saw an analysis which shows their collective shooting percentages from all spots on the floor and it is in the paint where LeBron, Wade and Bosh thrive. I think Dwayne Wade is going to have to accept that this is no longer "his team" for them to be successful. Both he and LeBron excel when they have the rock in their hands 90% of the time, and I believe it will be LeBron, not Wade who will gravitate to that role. They will be a team who is best on offense in transition and scoring points in the paint (and at the line). However, as discombobulated as they looked last night, it was still a one possession game going down the stretch in Boston. I think we saw the Heat at their worst and the Chowds for who they are and what they were last season; a team who plays tough defense, goes through long stretches of offensive droughts, but will fade in the fourth quarter of games. It was nice to see them both at their worst last night.

LakerTom - now you've challenged me. I remember an old Tampa Red song, but couldn't find it on YouTube, so here's a cover of it. It ain't country, but it has a dead cat in it to make you cry (well, it's not really a cryin' song, but still):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99p4-y9ft44

Article on the Lakers ring ceremony with with good ring pic and consolation for the passed over coach (Rasheed Hazzard) during the intros.


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Notes-from-the-Laker-ceremony-leather-bound-rin?urn=nba-280158

Mamba, thank you. Approval from you feels like being knighted. In fact, please call me Sir LakerFanInCowTown from now on. lol

I agree with Faith - someone's gotta coin another name for the bench. I remember one of the announcers saying that the Houston bench (btw, why do we let players like Budinger look like all stars???!?!) had outscored ours by 10 pts. From that point on, the bench looked like they heard that and played like they were on a mission.

Now, instead of having to get us back into games, I want to see them extend leads that the starters have gotten for us. Come on starters! Pull your weight!!! (Didn't every think I'd say that - hahaha. I know, it's just 1 game)

82-0! Here we come!!!

I agree with Faith - someone's gotta coin another name for the bench. I remember one of the announcers saying that the Houston bench (btw, why do we let players like Budinger look like all stars???!?!) had outscored ours by 10 pts. From that point on, the bench looked like they heard that and played like they were on a mission. Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | October 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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Yes this is good I see you learn fast. That is one of my catch phrases. "I agree with Faith". If you remember nothing else in Life remember that and you will go far in this world.
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Hi Queen Faith! Nice of you to drop in.

yeah, for awhile the Lakers were making budinger look like he was all-pro! yeah, that kind of ticked me off, especially when he reversed jammed on matt barnes!

Definitely, Lakers missed Drew. Therefore, those fans who felt bad of prolonged injury due to delayed surgery has foreseen this handicap at the beginning of the year. Drew and Pau create mismatch in the post that gives Artest and LO to gallivant and do their ways. However, the defenders of Drew kept on reading a different scale as though the criticisms were hatred than missed opportunities. Good lesson to remember, when it happens again to another player with high profile player gets injured, don't dilly dally in wasting precious time, get it fixed quick because the Championship team vying for 3-peat needs you. At this time, every Laker game will be a struggle until the whole line up are healthy and ready to go.

Congrats Justa on the RCOTD, and yes you are funny dammit!

Jello- Me likes the name Flying Squirrel for ShanWOW!

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Great win last night.

MM- Please tell Ron that when he steals the ball, don't go up for a layup because it almost always gets blocked. Have him wait for his CRUE to finish what he started.

My Shan-Wow jersey should be in my mailbox today.

I won Godsmack tickets for tonight's show in _enver!

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN – CONGRATULATIONS & KUDOS - BAND WAGON
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(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - UPS! HE GOT LOOOOOVE ALL OVER HIM!* Stand by your man, Monica. We need him more than you do...LOL! *(For those who don't listen to R&B, "Love All Over Me" is the name of Monica's latest single. I abandoned R&B a while ago, but that's my JAM!)
(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) COFM99 – CO-OWNER - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.
(03) LAKER LASS - DRIVER –
(04) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1 - What can Downtown Shannon Brown do for you?...Any damn thing you ask of him.
(05) EASTCOASTJESSIE – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - And UPS, ohhhh UPS, what a night man, what else can you say? His shooting is so much better and he also seems more decisive and not intimidated like he looked many times last year.
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(31) MCLYNE - I am buying a UPS uni this year- do they even make them.
(32) JEFE101 - Put me on the UPS for 6th man bandwagon - he was spectacular last night. He and Bad Blake were a total revelation
(33) LAKESHOWINPHX - shannon brown is the new "downtown brown", sorry freddy. huge in the 4th when the Lakers were struggling
(34) FAITH -
(35) HUGO BOSS - My Shan-Wow jersey should be in my mailbox today.

Tim Legler picked Miami and he is a cowardly guerilla who spits venom against the lakers while lakers BBB bed, breakfast and bagel were good enough to beat the rockets.

I can't say Tim is CHURLISH since he is not a peasant like but CHILDISH in his love for the uncivilized Celtics. Meet the guerilla in the alley


Looking at it on the 100 games perspective, there is not enough sample to project the outcome of the season with just one game. The results may be bright for the greenish team and the Lakers on their first assignment but it does not mean anything to arrive at a conclusion. There are still a lot of games to be played, we will be looking for consistency, durability and further development. Perhaps, by Christmastime we have an idea how the season is evolving but one close game is not a good barometer.

Thanks justa...the new rings are 'sick'...

Even in designing Championship Rings...the Lakers set the standards...

I heard that Dr. Buss had a lot of influence in designing this ring...

Most excellent job!! Especially having a Game 7 game ball incorporated in each ring...

Lakers Dynsty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

@ Justa - WOW another Friedman Award!!! Congrats to you sis...you know what's next right??? ASG TICKETS!!! you heard me MM...ASG Tickets for Justa =)

Hello All - so happy with the win last night eventhough they were behind 15 but came back and win it for us!!! GO LAKERS!!!

Good Day Everyone!

I totally tried to make it to the live chat, but I couldn't get out of my comfy bed while watching the game. Loved what I saw (except the defense), but it was pretty nice to see a comeback victory.

JAMF - congrats on another RCOTD.

MAMBA24 - please put me on the ShanWOW bandwagon - if he keeps this up, I don't see too many teams beating us.

Definitely, Lakers missed Drew. Therefore, those fans who felt bad of prolonged injury due to delayed surgery has foreseen this handicap at the beginning of the year. Drew and Pau create mismatch in the post that gives Artest and LO to gallivant and do their ways. However, the defenders of Drew kept on reading a different scale as though the criticisms were hatred than missed opportunities. Good lesson to remember, when it happens again to another player with high profile player gets injured, don't dilly dally in wasting precious time, get it fixed quick because the Championship team vying for 3-peat needs you. At this time, every Laker game will be a struggle until the whole line up are healthy and ready to go.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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How can you find ANY negativity after last night. Wasn't a ring ceremony, an exciting close game against a quality opponent amidst all that emotion, and the second unit coming up big good enough for you? And what is it that you don't understand about the fact that there was only a 10 day delay with Bynum's surgery and that his surgeon decided on a more permanent fix by sewing up the ligament rather than shaving it, but which would take longer to heal? The Lakers agreed to the July 18th date at Drew's exit interview and his surgeon pushed it back 10 days. Do you grasp the fact that titles are won in June and not October, November, December, or January? What is it that you don't understand about the fact that Phil Jackson agreed that Bynum needed not only a physical rest, but also a mental rest after a grueling championship season? Or do you simply take exception with Coach Eleven Rings on that one?

Let me guess. Bynum earns too much money and owed it to us as fans to role out of bed the day after winning the championship and get the surgery. I'm sorry you can't fully enjoy your favorite team during these meaningless early season practice games. I fully expect you to blame Drew when they lose in Phoenix on Friday night just like they lost the second game of the season last year against Dallas at Staples Center. Did you blame that one on Gasol playing for Spain during the summer instead of resting? Did it even matter?

Hugo Boss - Speaking of Ron Ron, also if he gets a steal, please pass it to the nearest guard - you might be on the receiving end of a crisp pass with a more open look at the basket.

Ron was probably affected more than the others by the ring ceremony and will settle down in the coming games. He does NOT need to jack up 15 shots in this offense.

Btw, just tried to get on ronartest.com to donate money for the ring and it's not working at my work...I'll have to try when I get home. IT people at work or Nazi's. Anyone donate yet?

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN – CONGRATULATIONS & KUDOS - BAND WAGON
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(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - UPS! HE GOT LOOOOOVE ALL OVER HIM!* Stand by your man, Monica. We need him more than you do...LOL! *(For those who don't listen to R&B, "Love All Over Me" is the name of Monica's latest single. I abandoned R&B a while ago, but that's my JAM!)
(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) COFM99 – CO-OWNER - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.
(03) LAKER LASS - DRIVER –


(32) JEFE101 - Put me on the UPS for 6th man bandwagon - he was spectacular last night. He and Bad Blake were a total revelation
(33) LAKESHOWINPHX - shannon brown is the new "downtown brown", sorry freddy. huge in the 4th when the Lakers were struggling
(34) FAITH
(35) HUGO BOSS - My Shan-Wow jersey should be in my mailbox today
(36) APPOLO C. VERMONT - The 3 B's ( Brown, Barnes and Blake ) were spectacular last night, they really made the difference last night's game
(37) CALIPHILOSOPHER - please put me on the ShanWOW bandwagon - if he keeps this up, I don't see too many teams beating us.

Congrats to Justa! Please don't step on this little peep on your climb to the top, ha, ha!

MAMBA24-Place me on that UPS Bandwagon. He's got to play more this year!

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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.


(38) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Place me on that UPS Bandwagon. He's got to play more this year!

KobeMVP888,

With due respect, your guess is wrong. I never mentioned about salary of Drew. What I highlighted in the post was the delayed surgery MAY HAVE affected the full recovery and joining the team. I criticize Drew because I love him to be there at the beginning of the season. (I hope you are satisfied with that remark.) If Drew was present in the post last night, then Yao Ming could be out by 3rd Q., Scola would not be able to compete with rebounds if Drew and LO are there in the post.

Again, you are misreading the criticisms. You are always acting in defense as though what is being pointed out is negative. There is such thing as constructive criticisms that is good for the team. Can people no longer say something about Drew for the fear of any reprisal?

Anyway, KobeMVP888, we are on the same team. It is about time that you get used to posters there may be praise, there may be criticism, there is exuberance and there are frustrations. Take it with a grain of salt that it just an opinion of the writer.

Anyway, KobeMVP888, we are on the same team. It is about time that you get used to posters there may be praise, there may be criticism, there is exuberance and there are frustrations. Take it with a grain of salt that it just an opinion of the writer. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MY MENTOR!!!!!

- The best ring ceremony ever. The celebration that ensued after Artest's buzzer beater against the Suns in last year's playoffs and last night's ring ceremony illustrates perfectly just how close this team is.

- How long before Blake supplants Fish in crunch time? Blake only played 21 minutes last night (less minutes than Fish). I expect Blake's minutes to be close to or over 30 minutes by season's end, and kudos to Phil for leaving Blake in to close out the game.

- Shannon Brown will be this year's version of Trevor Ariza. I predicted the same thing last year, but this looks like the year.

- The Lakers should sign Eric Dampier for the vet. minimum. He can easily contribute 10-15 minutes a game until Bynum returns, and would be a nice asset on the bench against teams like Boston and Orlando come playoff time. Perhaps Theo is banged up, but he didn't look like he had much left in the tank last night.

- Phil stated "Bill is Luke's father, but Luke is my son" in the ring ceremony. That explains alot (Luke's contract, his minutes, starting over Ariza, etc.)


@ Edwin Gueco - hello Manong kamusta po???

Phil stated "Bill is Luke's father, but Luke is my son" in the ring ceremony. That explains alot (Luke's contract, his minutes, starting over Ariza, etc.)Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | October 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!

iheartkb24,

Just OK, still maintaining a good blood pressure in commenting our beloved Lakers. How about you, how are you doing?

BTW, I have to make a correction of what I posted earlier. There is no game today, I was reading next Wed game with Sacto. Our next test will be on Friday against the Suns Nash & Turkoglu. They don't have a legitimate Center so we may see again Caracter in that game.

Edwin: " ...there may be praise, there may be criticism, there is exuberance and there are frustrations."
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Nicely put Edwin.
Indeed, that is one of the things that makes the blog interesting.

@MVP... “What is interesting about the Heat is that they are "jump shooting team," except that the Big Three are statistically less than average NBA outside shooters. While it’s only one game, what I took from the Heat vs. Celtics game is that both teams have glaring weaknesses of which the Lakers will be able to take advantage. The Heat are going to be the latest version of the run-n-gun teams who will run ram shod over weaker teams in the regular season but who can be slowed down to a crawl by a strong defensive team that clogs up the paint. As for the Celtics, they once again are going to be a strong defensive team that will struggle at times on offense and go through long scoring droughts. Like the Heat, they will be pushing the ball during the regular season to take advantage of Rondo’s skills but can be shut down by the Lakers who will force them to play half court. I saw absolutely nothing last night that changed my opinion of the Lakers superiority over the Heat and Celtics. By the way, thanks for responding to Edwin’s post. You saved me losing my patience with a good friend.
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@63 FOOTER... LOL. That was a real stretchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Remember cats are little people while dogs are.... well, just dogs, man’s best friend for guys without a good woman. Just ask Justa about it.
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@MAMBA... Now that you’ve changed the Bandwagon from 6th Man of the Year, which should be Lamar, please add me to the UPS Bandwagon. Best game ever for Shannon. Let’s hope he remains this consistent.
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@ Edwin - I'm doing good...glad that our Lakers won last night...win or lose I will enjoy the bumpy ride this season...also, getting ready for the World Series...it's gonna be crazy here in SF...better drive home early to avoid the traffic =)

Shannon gave me goosebumps last night...he's like Kobe 2.0 hehehe...I guess he's getting ALOT of good lovin' from Monica =) good for him and for the Lakers...

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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.


(38) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Place me on that UPS Bandwagon. He's got to play more this year!
(39) LAKERTOM - Now that you’ve changed the Bandwagon from 6th Man of the Year, which should be Lamar, please add me to the UPS Bandwagon. Best game ever for Shannon. Let’s hope he remains this consistent.

Mamba24,

Please put me on the Shanwow bandwagon:

"Shannon will be this year's version of Trevor Ariza - an athletic wing who plays defense and can hit the open shot."

LOL Mamba24.

The marathon analogy as it relates to the season is apt. But thoughts of the future aside, what we saw last night was something hopeful. We have a bench!!! And they are awesome.

The marathon analogy as it relates to the season is apt. But thoughts of the future aside, what we saw last night was something hopeful. We have a bench!!! And they are awesome.
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Yes it is apt as far as the season goes. And the bench, that is the 17th Ring right there but...could you go tell the team to tighten up on...DEFENSE!! LOL!

By the way, thanks for responding to Edwin’s post. You saved me losing my patience with a good friend. - LT

What did I do again my longtime amigo? We won, we won, let's celebrate.....just giving you another flavor of celebration by criticizing Drew's absence or else as Art FL aptly putit would be a boring day if we always agree with each other. You love your wife because she doesn't agree with you always.

Give my warmest regards to her, most important is that Ms. LakerTom is the best of health.

One of the draws for becoming a Laker must be hooking up with celebrities:

- Sasha and Maria
- Fox and Venessa
- Shannon and Monica
- Luke and Farmar

One more thought that was echoed by the silver screen and roll link. Kobe was on the bench for most of the comeback. When he came back in the 4th, I was worried he would start to jack up a bunch of shots to try to force the action and "take over". Instead, he took some good looks but also took over by passing to open teammates and making the right plays. When we needed some points, he took the ball inside and got a 3 pt play. I was impressed and now have to figure out a way to temper my unbridled optimism for this season. I know it's a marathon season - what a great way to start it off!

@LAKER TRUTH - YOU ARE #15 ON THE BANDWAGON
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(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - UPS! HE GOT LOOOOOVE ALL OVER HIM!* Stand by your man, Monica. We need him more than you do...LOL! *(For those who don't listen to R&B, "Love All Over Me" is the name of Monica's latest single. I abandoned R&B a while ago, but that's my JAM!)
(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) COFM99 – CO-OWNER - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.
(03) LAKER LASS - DRIVER –
(04) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1 - What can Downtown Shannon Brown do for you?...Any damn thing you ask of him.
(05) EASTCOASTJESSIE – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - And UPS, ohhhh UPS, what a night man, what else can you say? His shooting is so much better and he also seems more decisive and not intimidated like he looked many times last year.
((06) # 4
(07) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY
(08) SEGEBOY - SHERIFF –
(09) PURPLE HEART - Shannon & Stevie were co-mvp's for the nite.
(10) EDWIN GUECO - I referred him part of the bbb tandem (bed and breakfast with bagels on the 2nd floor of Motel 6). lol!
(11) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - THE ATTACK OF THE KILLER B'S !!!!!!!!! Blake, Barnes, and Brown set `em up and knocked `em down
(12) TOM DANIELS - And Brown stepped way up. Brown's improved outside shooting is a huge plus and will really affect Sasha's minutes. Next Shannon has to work on making plays in the open floor.
(13) BENJAMIN - Great stuff. Shannon looks like 08-09 again. It was the thumb people, the thumb. Very glad we kept him.
(14) ALAM007 - loved the effort from the bench tonight, especially the way Shannon played. He showed me he's not content with being a throw-in in that '09 trade. He definitely worked on his game this summer, and I hope he can keep up a similar effort throughout the entire season.
(15) LAKER TRUTH - Shannon Brown will be this year's version of Trevor Ariza.
(16) DWNTWNATTY - Shannon's shot release looks soooo improved. If he maintains his form, he could be one of our key assets this year.
(17) JOHNNYV - Regarding the Shannon Brown bandwagon, please add me to the believers! I liked what I saw last night.
(18) MS - Shannon to Monica after 3s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2hCX6wizYg
Shannon & Steve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNZnn3El3yE
(19) LROB - SPARTAN DAWG REPRESENTIN - Put me on that Shannon bandwagon.
(20) LAKERJ - I thought that the best back up 2 would be an athletic player like Brown and a sharp shooter like Sasha. It appears that we had him all along in (an improved) Shannon. It's very nice to see his development.
(21) LONGTIMELAKER LOVER - Shannon Brown. WOW.!
(22) CHICNSTU - That's what brown can do for you!
(23) YELLOWFEVER - shanWOW.. how can you not be proud of this kid? played under control and u could tell he worked his butt off last summer. this is what i love about him. great attitude and blue collar work ethic
(24) 2PHATT – WINDOW SEAT - Add me to the "SILKY SMOOTH LAY IT DOWN BROWN" bandwagon,
(25) 63 FOOTER - Shannon has worked hard over the summer, and it'll only make him better having such a good first game. Kudos to him.
(26) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Since my real name is Shannon - I will always love UPS. Add me pronto, please.
(27) OCisMAMBACOUNTY - Shannon is so happy to be a Laker again and his game shows it. I kept picturing Sasha sitting on the bench thinking..."Sh*t. I need to find my shot and fast or PJ is only giving me garbage minutes this year."That hug from Kobe shows how much respect is in this team.
(28) JON K - 2. Downtown Shannon Brown was fricking amazing!
(29) THE OUTLAW - It's obvious that Shannon Brown did exactly what he needed to do in the off-season: He got in the gym and shot about a million jumpshots from all over the court. You think Kobe noticed? Damn right, he did.
(30) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - 2) Shan - motherfricken - WOW!!! I saw some parts of his game that were Kobe-esque - looks like he's been paying attention in practice. Everybody's been talking about his shooting, which was great, but the 3 things I liked the best were his defense, his drive to the basket where he weaved through 3 defenders for a lay in (how many times did Artest miss on lay ins last night?), and the fact that after he missed the first couple shots, he remained confident in all the work he did this summer and continued to shoot the ball. Great game Shannon!
(31) MCLYNE - I am buying a UPS uni this year- do they even make them.
(32) JEFE101 - Put me on the UPS for 6th man bandwagon - he was spectacular last night. He and Bad Blake were a total revelation
(33) LAKESHOWINPHX - shannon brown is the new "downtown brown", sorry freddy. huge in the 4th when the Lakers were struggling
(34) FAITH
(35) HUGO BOSS - My Shan-Wow jersey should be in my mailbox today
(36) APPOLO C. VERMONT - The 3 B's ( Brown, Barnes and Blake ) were spectacular last night, they really made the difference last night's game
(37) CALIPHILOSOPHER - please put me on the ShanWOW bandwagon - if he keeps this up, I don't see too many teams beating us.
(38) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Place me on that UPS Bandwagon. He's got to play more this year!
(39) LAKERTOM - Now that you’ve changed the Bandwagon from 6th Man of the Year, which should be Lamar, please add me to the UPS Bandwagon. Best game ever for Shannon. Let’s hope he remains this consistent.

WTF? IS THIS LET'S ALL PILE ON EDWIN GUECO DAY OR SOME ISH?

Hey guys...

Justa wanted to drop in and say hello on my to the supermarket. Life is rough here...no computer, no car, flu.

Still. I'll take my cue from the Lakers last night and find a way yo survive.

I hope to be back online in a few weeks...

Wes

I think some of us were "fooling ourselves" regarding our feelings for Boston and Miami. When MM asked the question in his 'brief' poll the other day he reported that 50% said Boston was the team disliked the most and 21% said Miami.

After reading some of the comments last night and today I think the blog as a whole the intensity of the dislike seems to be much greater for Miami. Maybe that was just a one game hiccup. Bery Bery interesting.

@ mamba24 - please put me on the Shannon bandwagon...thanks!

@Ms/Utz - loving Monica with you.

@63 footer on your songs...

Troggs - splendid.
Eric & War - off the charts...no wonder Rob Base sampled that bad boy.

Jeff Carson - Never heard that one before and I know it was kinda tongue in cheek, but as someone that has been a long time dog owner...and lost one recently...it was touching. I'll have to remember it.

Marion Williams - now that's one singing lady. One of the biggest influences in gospel music (and even blues before that). The liner notes on her cd reads "after listening to her you could say she's the greatest singer ever - Rolling Stone Mag. You outdid your self on that one.

Did someone say something about Justa standing up for her man?

I give you most incredible greatest female singers EVAH. I guess they're in the running for GFSOAT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WH1Ma50QUk&ob=av2e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzQb2uJfMX0

oops should say "two of the most"

iheartkb24 & Lewstrs:

Few weeks ago why we were traveling in the East Coast, we dropped by at Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

There is something written there on Chick Hearn that would interest you because it connects him to the Philippines. It says there I quote: "Francis "Chick Hearn turned the seemingly simple task of broadcasting a sporting event into an art form, and in the process became an icon and a celebrity. Hearn's first broadcast words were uttered in Manila where he was stationed after WW II. At that time, he did play-by-play for touring basketball team on the Armed forces network."

There is more to it but I will stop from there. Who would think that Manila was his first stint during his rookie season in broadcasting?


RE: RICK FRIEDMAN


I have the unfortunate and unpleasant task of informing Laker Nation that our beloved friend and family member, Rick Friedman, is seriously ill and has been in the hospital for the past week and a half, and will be residing there for awhile longer.


He is having difficulty getting to the blog from his Blackberry, and so that's another reason why we haven't seen him around lately.


He is currently receiving the world's best medical attention, and has a wonderful support system in place with family and friends. I spoke with him today and he is extremely upbeat and sounds good. (He watched the game last night and that helped LOL!)


He can't handle a lot of emails and phone calls now, but I told him I'd keep in touch and convey any and all well-wishes from his second family here.


Please post your thoughts, if you so desire, and I'll make sure he hears about it.


God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.


wes............ come home.............

Love this line by Jill Painter on one of the links MM provided in the web:

"Most people think the Big Three means LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Around here, the Big Three refers to three-peat. "

@Justa - congrats on another RCOTD... but hey did I miss your selection today?

@Lew - what happened to your selection?

LRob - my morning commute consisted of driving behind a bunch of idiots who had no idea how to drive. If I had my remote with me, it would have taken a test flight....LOL!

Here's what I listened to, but it really didn't help calm me down any - although it really is a great song:

http://videos.sapo.pt/0pmg783aD0E6Juc7rWhm


@Justa - please pass along my get well wishes and prayers to Rick Friedman. Thanks for sharing that info.

@Wes - hope things work out for the vehicle & computer. The sci-fi/movie comments have slack without you.

LRob - of course you'd know that Rob Base sampled that; you know pretty much everything! Keeps me on my toes to be around smart people.

Sorry about your dog. A good friend of mine just had to put hers down; never good.

You went to the classic singers there singing 'bout their man. Good uns.

Edwin Gueco - cool on Chickie Baby. Never knew that. Thanks.

justanothermambafan - please send my good thoughts to Rick. Tell him to feel better and get back soon.

Good evening Fam.
I was meant to start by congratulate multiple RCOTD winners Justa sweetie and LRob, but the Rick's news Justa brought made me change it all.

Please Justa send him my greatest well-wishing and open care.
I was wondering what did happen to him yesterday in chat and somehow I was feeling the only thing that could have prevented him from HERE and us could have been of a healthy kind.
Mr. Rick Friedman is dear to my heart; he has been the very first person try to reach for me out of the blog and he's one of the most smart and passionate persons I have ever come across.
And I don't just mean in the online people category.
We all want him well and back soon.
I will think of him daily until everything is fine again.

Wow.
It feels strange to get back talkin happy bball... but this is why we're here for.

I loved to read all of your comments and agreed with many; to me, as it was clear from the chat, the game was way beyond my (mild) expectations already when we were even losing, because I could clearly see the seeds of dominance displayed in the way our players were confident with one another.

Our skills are so beyond everyone else's it makes me smile juts as Kobe smiled most of the night, and it's such an awesome feeling.

In this Three-Peat that to me looks so sure, like only WE can lose it (and I don't see it coming), the steps of greatness have been these:

1st Ring > The Vengeance. Our players had to demonstrate a sportman first quality: putting it all in for his own honor and face, and amend a shame. It meant put on in full display the superior skills which are ours.

2nd Ring > Facing Adversity. We had to top ourselves facing troubles all year; that built up chemistry and reactivity to "intangibles" (see MM? I think of you) and we demonstrated we had THAT too.

3rd Ring > THE INEVITABILITY. This year, ladies and gentlemen, WE HAVE A BENCH. Take notes. It's such a great feeling. And it's showin on our big's faces the way they DO feel it too.

We are blessed.

You know, I won't claim a seat in the Shannon Bandwagon for being THE 6th because I want the luxury of having 3, 4, 5 NUMBER SIX players, and all of them able to provide what is needed.

Egos aside for the Quest.
This bench HAS it.

I'm thrilled and delighted.

I don't think it's gonna be smooth.
It's not me to claim we're out there to win 77 games or whatever... I don't even care about that.

All I know is that we are again the TOP team by far; once again the best franchise and team of backing peeps pulled out exactly what we needed and I feel so serene.

I tried to find a song for today... and all I could come off with was Bjork All is Full Of love because it's teh way I feel after watchin the awesome ring night.
That beautiful ceremony, and our players there to make us happy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxBO28j3vug

Then I tried to find a way to express what I think we need and what I think we are as masters of the fine art of competitive basketball and again I found out somebody else's had already nailed it pretty well, and anyway eons better than I could ever do.

The name of this fine writer, people, is Sun _Tzu.

Read from his Art Of War these passages, and see what we mean when we say that Master Zen mind PJ is the only one able to shape our victories this well, and we are the only team that skilled and that smart to make his philosophy being fiercely and finely executed (dumb Bronzey could never even understand PJ... that's why he refused to move to him and will continue to...):

The WAR is for us the quest to the Ring.
We have no Soldiers.... we have Knights dressed and shining in Purple and Gold.
We have no territories to claim or defend: only honors to gain and sum up.
We are the awesome Los Angeles Lakers: and we will succeed once again.
Once More.

We Will.

The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected
- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

"The art of using troops is this:
......When ten to the enemy's one, surround him;
......When five times his strength, attack him;
......If double his strength, divide him;
......If equally matched you may engage him;
......If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing;
......And if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him,
..........for a small force is but booty for one more powerful."
- Sun Tzu, the Art Of War

"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys.
Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"
- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to w in or lose.
-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue... In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.
-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

Those are so perfectly nailed Triangle's principle in a nutshell.
Get into us.
We're the Aristotelian Basketball.
We leave you speechless.
We defy dreams.
We are born to rule.

AND WE WILL.

Catch you tomorrow beloved Fam.

Rick... Get Well.

LLL, Z.

@EDWIN... LOL. We’re fine, my friend. And I do understand boring. I’ve spent a lifetime and probably millions of dollars doing what I liked and what was exciting rather than following the normal often staid and boring road to success by going to work for other people. But last night was not the night for Lakers fans to do anything but be grateful for this great franchise, team, and players in my opinion.
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Yes, we missed Drew last night but the bigger picture is that the extra time he is taking to rehab his knee is because the doctors fixed his meniscus rather than just removing it, which will make him less likely to reinjure the knee. So why did you dredge up all of the controversy of this longtime dead horse last night? That was the point that MVP was making and with which I was concurring.
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What we saw last night from Drew was genuine class in his sincere praise and respect for Pau as opposed to the jealousy and envy that many young players with his talent would have of the player who often replaces them during crunch time. All we’re saying is why look for negatives when there are so many positives to discuss and enjoy. Mrs. LakerTom is doing fine and can almost walk normally. It will still be several months before she can start running and hiking again so we’re sort of in a holding pattern now. But thanks for asking. We’ve known each other long enough to know that you concern is truly genuine.
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Edwin Gueco,

you wrote: Again, you are misreading the criticisms. You are always acting in defense as though what is being pointed out is negative. There is such thing as constructive criticisms that is good for the team. Can people no longer say something about Drew for the fear of any reprisal?

my response: Did you really ask that question? I thought this had already
been decided. You can't say anything non-positive about Bynum without
fear of reprisal. It's the un-written rule of this blog.

Get Well Rick! the Lakers bretheren is wishing you a speedy recovery! Lakeshowinphx

Anyway, KobeMVP888, we are on the same team. It is about time that you get used to posters there may be praise, there may be criticism, there is exuberance and there are frustrations. Take it with a grain of salt that it just an opinion of the writer.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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I am humbled and I misunderstood your post. Please accept my apologies. I experienced nothing but pure joy last night, which is something to cherish. I would like to hope that everyone felt that way. Under the circumstances, the team looked fine and we have a very special season ahead of us.

HAVING SAID THAT, if I disagree with someone and feel that his or her opinions and/or frustrations lack a rational basis, it is my absolute right to point that out those flaws and question the blogger. This is not the first blog I have posted on, so I really don't need to be educated on proper blog etiquette. In fact, it is the variety of opinions that makes blogging interesting. There is no bigger hypocrisy in the world of blogging than when one blogger criticizes another for criticizing an opinion. Yes, I come across VERY strong sometimes, but to me that's part of what makes it fun.

In any event, I know we're on the same team and I enjoy your posts.

1-2-3 .. Ring! #17 coming up STRONG!!

RE: RICK FRIEDMAN

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 27, 2010 at 01:20 PM
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This is very sad news. I will pray for him and may he have a speedy recovery.

Justa - Congrats on another RCOD. Do you have enough closet space to store them all?

Rick F - Do what Nurse Ratchet says and get back here soon. This season is going to be too fun to miss. (hospitals never have the right channels).

I actually missed the second half because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer and knew that I had to accomplish something today. Looks like I only got to watch the warm ups.

The best part of the night was Ron seeing into the future again. He saw the 2009/2010 championship and he already tipped the outcome of this season. Gotta love it!

JR

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RE: RICK FRIEDMAN
I have the unfortunate and unpleasant task of informing Laker Nation that our beloved friend and family member, Rick Friedman, is seriously ill and has been in the hospital for the past week and a half, and will be residing there for awhile longer. He is having difficulty getting to the blog from his Blackberry, and so that's another reason why we haven't seen him around lately. He is currently receiving the world's best medical attention, and has a wonderful support system in place with family and friends. I spoke with him today and he is extremely upbeat and sounds good. (He watched the game last night and that helped LOL!) He can't handle a lot of emails and phone calls now, but I told him I'd keep in touch and convey any and all well-wishes from his second family here. Please post your thoughts, if you so desire, and I'll make sure he hears about it. God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Rick - I am sorry and saddened to hear the news regarding your illness. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone here at the blog that we certainly miss your presence here, but more importantly, wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Mark Medina
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN –
(03) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
(04) LROB – CO/DRIVER - Justa - please pass along my get well wishes and prayers to Rick Friedman. Thanks for sharing that info.
(05) CALIPHILOSOPHER – DRIVER -Put me on the "Get Well Rick Friedman Soon" bandwagon. I would be very appreciative, and would like to show my support (however I can) to one of the blog's finest.
(06) #4
(07) EDWIN GUECO – RIDING SHOTGUN - Rick F, we'll be praying for your immediate recovery. Hang on there
(08) CAP’S GOOGLES - Rick Friedman: you have my prayers my blog brother. You, Mamba, and Edwin were the first ones to welcome me to the blog and I send good juju, karma, energy or anything I got to your well being. Get well!
(09) BRONXLAKERFAN - Get well soon, Rick Friedman!!
(10) LAKERMIKE - RICK FRIEDMAN ...On behalf of your extended family here at the LakerBlog, we pray that you will experience rest and healing in the days ahead. Your contributions here have endeared you to our hearts. Get well soon. Mike
(11) 63 FOOTER - justanothermambafan - please send my good thoughts and best wishes to Rick. Get better and come back soon!
(12) ZAIRA – BLOG GODDESS - I was meant to start by congratulate multiple RCOTD winners Justa sweetie and LRob, but the Rick's news Justa brought made me change it all. Please Justa send him my greatest well-wishing and open care. I was wondering what did happen to him yesterday in chat and somehow I was feeling the only thing that could have prevented him from HERE and us could have been of a healthy kind. Mr. Rick Friedman is dear to my heart; he has been the very first person try to reach for me out of the blog and he's one of the most smart and passionate persons I have ever come across. nd I don't just mean in the online people category. We all want him well and back soon. I will think of him daily until everything is fine again. Wow. It feels strange to get back talkin happy bball... but this is why we're here for. I loved to read all of your comments and agreed with many; to me, as it was clear from the chat, the game was way beyond my (mild) expectations already when we were even losing, because I could clearly see the seeds of dominance displayed in the way our players were confident with one another
(13) LAKERTOM - JUSTA... Thanks for the sad news about our good blog friend Rick. He will definitely be in our prayers every day until he gets well. Thank God he was able to watch the game. The healing powers of the Lakers and the Lakers Blog can only help Rick. Mamba, please put me at top of the Get Well Rick Bandwagon. Rick is one of our longtime original bloggers who deserves unanimous love and support from all of us. Get well, Rick. You are everything that is great about this blog. God bless you and your family.
(14) IHEARTKB24 - Rick Friedman - I'm sending you healing thoughts...Get well soon!!!
(15) LAKERLASS – Get well soon Rick!
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - To Rick, Get well soon my friend, we all need you healthy for yourself, your family and LakerUniverse! Our prayers are sent for you!
(17) KOBEMVP888 - I echo brother Edwin's sentiments. So saddened to here this. This is very sad news. I will pray for him and may he have a speedy recovery.
(18) LAKESHOWINPHX - Get Well Rick! the Lakers bretheren is wishing you a speedy recovery! Lakeshowinphx
(19) JOLLY RANCHER - Rick F - Do what Nurse Ratchet says and get back here soon. This season is going to be too fun to miss. (hospitals never have the right channels).


EDWIN,

It seems like your churlish posts seem to be causing lot of misunderstanding amongst your follower.

humbled by your poignant and astute observations. you are blogs founding father and i am sure one day your statue should be erected at LATIMES office.

Rick Friedman... Prayers go out to you and your family.

Jon K - As hilarious as your post is regarding Justin Bieber, I'm going to have to leave this one on the cutting room floor. Can't exactly wish harm on someone

One down...81 to go and then a Fo Fo Fo. After watching the C's & Heat I wasn't real impressed with either team. What'd they get like 20 point combined for the 1st Q? Like Jack says, "Lakers, you can't handle the Lakers"


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