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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 120-99 preseason victory over Golden State Warriors

56964814--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on Brian Shaw taking over head coaching duties in the Lakers' 120-99 preseason victory Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Luke Walton's season debut before his hometown in San Diego.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky explains how Lamar Odom has proven effective in the paint.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues players will learn to adjust to the new technical foul rule.

--Fox Sports ranks LeBron James higher than Kobe Bryant as the league's best player.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper ranks Bryant as the sixth best player of all time and doesn't believe Magic Johnson will pursue an NBA franchise.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen focuses on Sasha Vujacic's engagement with tennis star Maria Sharapova.

--San Diego Union Tribune's Tod Leonard details the struggles Luke and Bill Walton have gone through with various injuries.

--Sportsradiointerviews.com talks to Sacramento forward Carl Landry about accidentally knocking into Laker Girl Ashley.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Miami Heat at No. 1, the Orlando Magic at No. 2 and the Lakers at No. 3.

--ESPN's Shelley Smith writes a heart-warming story on Ron Artest's circuitous journey.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Shaw's first NBA head-coaching experience.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen talks to six scouts, and many of them believe the Lakers will three-peat. But the results show it won't be easy.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers-Warriors preseason game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark previews the Boston Celtics.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers-Warriors game.

--NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti highlights a pretty sick play from former Laker Jordan Farmar.

Tweet of the Day: "Posted in my hotle room hmmm what to do now?? every1 is goin to the casino think i might join, i dnt gamble tho so imma jus watch!" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Great to see the real second unit (Lamar, Blake, Barnes, Theo and Shannon) play fairly well together (even if it was the Warriors). This bodes well, as, aside from a little too hurry-up occasionally, they were playing team bball on both ends of the court for awhile there." -- 63 Footer

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who didn't play Thursday night against Golden State, chats with forward Ron Artest. Credit: Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

 
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RCOTD = 63 FOOTER = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!
It's about time Greatness was recognized!!!!!!

Congrats on the Friedman Award 63!


I was a little schizo on my way in to work today - couldn't decide what kind of mood I was in so didn't know what to listen to. I almost went with Bobbie Brown, but this here masterpiece spoke to me... enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPfNLOVSs4Y


justamambafan had you pegging me as a Laker Girl...or something...I dunno, it was during the chat last night. I may have been mistaken, if so, sorry mamba24, my bad. As always, never any hard feelings :-)


Anyhoo...just for kicks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXj_-8lGIjE

MM - thanks! I was excited to see the second unit gelling. I hope it continues tonight. I'm interested to see who's going to really take it inside on that unit if the jumpers don't fall. I could see Lamar and Barnes really cleaning up the offense glass and getting easy put-backs.

justa throws in the 2 Pac card. It must be Friday!

The best thing about the game last night?


Yeah - no further injury wins hands down.


But - you gotta give props to our new guys. They're starting to give us an idea of just exactly what they'll be bringing to the show this year. Of course there will be inconsistencies in their play for awhile - maybe even a long while - but from what I've seen so far, our future is bright! (Got my shades handy).


I was so happy to see Luke back too. I just want him to stay healthy, because I know he can contribute. You with me on that peeps? LOL - sorry... don't want to start the Luke Wars... HAHAHHAA!!!

Shannon's work this summer is gonna pay off HUGE!

I'm still riding the "Get some muscles for Pau" bandwagon. LOL!! He'll be his usual awesome self - this I know. I just want a little less scrawny... is that too much to ask?

More thoughts to come later... I know you can't wait. Right?

Jamie / Mamba24 -


I saw Jamie's name somewhere pegged as a Real Laker Girl. I thought it was on the roll call like that, but I could be wrong. Still - someone yesterday posted a list of RLG's they'd like to watch the game with, or talk about it with... and they had listed Jamie...


Someone has some splainin to do....

63 - 2Pac is not just another card. He's my permanent ace in the hole! Happy Friday!

Mamba -

I know, jury duty is the worst. Everyone wanders around half-asleep like zombies and would rather stab themselves in the eye than have to sit through a day of this drudgery. The unhappiness in this room is palpable. LOL!

Trying to make the best of it though. I'm getting a chance to get a crapload of school work done. It's a light day here at the courthouse (only 2 cases!) so there's a good chance they'll send me home before 2pm. (Please God!)

There is one thing that can cheer me up: WE'RE ONLY 4 DAYS AWAY FROM RING DAY! WOOOOOOOO!

GO LAKERS!

Jamie / Mamba24 - I saw Jamie's name somewhere pegged as a Real Laker Girl. I thought it was on the roll call like that, but I could be wrong. Still - someone yesterday posted a list of RLG's they'd like to watch the game with, or talk about it with... and they had listed Jamie...
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 22, 2010 at 09:34 AM
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Well if you look on the Roll Call his name is not under Real Lakers Girls so I suggest you & him hash it out. I'M OUT!!!!


Posted by: mamba24 | October 22, 2010 at 09:38 AM

puddle - hang in there man. I got on a jury last month (was dreading it). Turned out to be the absolutely stupidest case EVAH! Everyone involved should have been arrested. Me and the rest of the jury were laughing the whole time; it was so stupid. Ended up, once I accepted I was stuck there, to be a pretty okay experience... as being forced against your will experiences go. It's that or claim you totally believe in Jury Nullification.

Congrats 63 Footer on RCOTD!!! I agree with your post...

Hello all...Enjoy your weekeend...

See what happens when we get Luke back? A dominating performance in the second half!

I have been so impressed with Shannon's improvement so far this year. He almost seems like a new player. His decision making is much better, he's dribbling less and passing more, and he's hitting his mid range jumpers.

Last night showed how great our second unit is going to be this year. they are just going to continue to improve with more and more time on the court together.

Give it up for Sasha, he had a great game. I hope it's not just a fluke because of being so juiced up from his proposal.

Good morning everyone. Justa, I have a feeling that Pau's beastly determination and swagger will return in direct proportion to the length and scraggliness of his hair - which is coming sooner than later.
Loved what little of the game (last half of the third quarter and the whole fourth) I saw last night. Bad Blake has really impressed me so far, as has UPS, Barnes and Ebanks. LO is simply off to a phenomenal start - there's just no two ways about that. Also, I truly believe that Ron Artest has turned a corner with this Lakers team - he seems so in tune with himself and his teammates and I'm looking forward to big things from this guy this season - I really think he's going to be huge for us.
The thing I think I'm looking forward to most about this season is that I just don't see this second unit coughing up big leads anymore. The thing that actually worries me a bit is that I don't know how capable the first unit is at staking us to big early leads - it seems like the starters are having a tougher time getting out of the gate and running up the score than I remember last season...anyway, can't wait for the season to start!
Feel better Phil!

""Posted in my hotle room hmmm what to do now?? every1 is goin to the casino think i might join, i dnt gamble tho so imma jus watch!"--Devin Ebanks
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You may want to consider...
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"Posting from my hotel room. Hmmm... what should I do now? Everyone is going to the casino. I think I might join them. I don't gamble, though, so I'm just going to watch!"
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Oh... Shannon Brown and Steve Blake look great!
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba24 - you're out? Ok... Hey I said I could have been mistaken where I saw it... I was just trying to help a brother out... no need to get your panties in a bunch. You really need to change back into your thong.

:)


Puddle just tell them you don't trust cops because a lot of them are more unlawful then the criminals they arrest, it worked for me lol

no need to get your panties in a bunch. You really need to change back into your thong.Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 22, 2010 at 09:54 AM
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Now that is some funny ISH! Damn you are Funny!!!

mclyne - I'm hoping that Mrs-to-be-Sasha simply told our boy that if he was going to marry her he was going to have to play better.

Maria: "You know you're marrying a tennis superstar, right?"

Sasha nods.

Maria: "So, you have to step it up. I LIKE Los Angeles. I don't like Minnesota... or Arizona."

Sasha nods again.

Maria: "So, you don't hit your shots, you don't get to 'hit' anything else."

Sasha goes out and has a good game.

@mamba24 - Nooooo, don't leave us, like I says no hard feelings, without you were are missing our spirtual guide through the wasteland of the NBA.

@63 Footer - Good one.

Nooooo, don't leave us, like I says no hard feelings, without you were are missing our spirtual guide through the wasteland of the NBA. Posted by: Jamie Sweet | October 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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Now that's some funny ISH too! Damn you both funny!

@63 Footer

HAHAHAHAHAHA!
That is probably not to far off from their actual conversation!

LOL 63 Footer! Damn, that would motivate the hell out of me!

63 footer -

I swear, I'm very tempted to just say that I think if someone is going to trial, they're probably guilty and I'll vote that way if I'm put on a jury. I'm sure they'd excuse me in a hummingbird's heartbeat! LOL

Jon K,


"Oh... Shannon Brown and Steve Blake look great!"


and Barnes and Ratliff and Ebanks... It looks like the bench will have to carry the starters at the start of the season.


The new comers are unbelievable, but like Kobe said it did not surprise him because he already now waht they brings, but still look at Jefferson in Spurs, Gordon in Pistons, Hedo on Raptors, the Lakers three amigos are all clickin!!!


This says a lot more about Micth K, not just adding big names but getting the right pieces.


What's cool? Kobe is impressed by Ebanks. Phil will find a way to play him. It is a battle of Ebanks and Sasha for playing time. Good competetion though, Lakers are very deep..


Here's Kevin Ding's player-by-player analysis for this season

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/lakers-272361-player-season.html

Here's my take on the Lakers' squad:

7 players (including 3 starters) have been with the Lakers since the very start of their careers: Kobe, Fish, Bynum, Luke, Sasha, Ebanks, Caracter.

4 players were acquired through free agency: Blake, Barnes, Ratliff, Artest (although this signing seemed like more of a "swap" for Trevor Ariza).

3 players were acquired in trades: Odom, Gasol and Shannon Brown.

6 players have played in 3 consecutive NBA Finals, 4 of them being "core" players.

(Kobe, Fish, Pau, Lamar, Sasha and Luke)

8 players have won back-to-back championships, 5 of them being "core" players.

(Kobe, Fish, Pau, Lamar, Bynum, Brown, Sasha, Luke)

9 players won a championship defeating the Boston Celtics last season, 6 of them being "core" players.

(Kobe, Fish, Pau, Lamar, Bynum, Artest, Brown, Sasha, Luke)

5 players are new to the squad, 2 who will likely be significant rotation players.

(Blake, Barnes, Ratliff, Ebanks, Caracter)

14 players are HUNGRY for a championship, 9 of whom know what it takes to win championships in the NBA.

1 head coach is HUNGRY to make history with all of his famished players!

This is a TEAM!! LOADED with talent, LOADED with chemistry, LOADED with championship experience, LOADED with know how. This is a TEAM whose owner .. arguably the greatest owner in the history of North American professional sports .. believes it could be the greatest Lakers team ever!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

KobeMVP888 - my head reels from your numbers! I hear NASA's looking for someone to calculate their next satellite launch. Go for it!

puddle - for you, to keep your cool in times of juryness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19dP84Q4Qus

""Posted in my hotle room hmmm what to do now?? every1 is goin to the casino think i might join, i dnt gamble tho so imma jus watch!"--Devin Ebanks
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You may want to consider...
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"Posting from my hotel room. Hmmm... what should I do now? Everyone is going to the casino. I think I might join them. I don't gamble, though, so I'm just going to watch!"

LOL! Hilarious!

Actually when he says "posted" in my hotel room, he means he's hanging out in his hotel room. The rest you translated well.

It drives me nuts to see adults who went to college write like that too.

Go Lakers!

KobeMVP888, now those are numbers I can get behind.

#17 is indeed coming up STRONG!!!

63 Footer - You're welcome. The honor is well deserved. I think the goal for tonight is to get the game over with and then rest up for Tuesday

MM - get it over with with no injuries (knock wood)!

MVP888,


"This is a TEAM!! LOADED with talent, LOADED with chemistry, LOADED with championship experience, LOADED with know how. This is a TEAM whose owner .. arguably the greatest owner in the history of North American professional sports .. believes it could be the greatest Lakers team ever!"


Yeah. Jerry Buss is right. Buss is so good in his judgement.


When Bynum (dominant force) comes back, I prefer Ratliff (shot blocker, active rebounder) to be his back up C, so Gasol can rest.


Gasol (length, skillset), Odom (versatile)at PF, Caracter (power, youth) for garbage time.


Artest (defense) , Barnes (Agitator), at SF, EBanks (activity, youth) for garbage time.


Bryant, Brown at SG, Sasha for garbage time.


Fisher, Blake at PG.


What the Lakers still need is a rookie C and PG for garbage time.. Becuase the Lakers are so good there will be plenty garbage time.


Bynum, Gasol, Artest, Kobe, Fisher (best starters) last year.


Ratliff, Odom, Barnes, Brown, Blake (best bench this year)


C, Caracter, Ebanks, Sasha gone, PG (best garbage time next year).


Hey All,
Been away a few days and had much reading to catch up on. So
@Utz Happy B'Day and so many more to enjoy.
@Mclyne Happy B'Day to you and hope it is a truly Happy one.
@Jon K, LRob, 63 footer...Congrats on RCOTD, well derserved all!
@ Mamba24 nice jazz selections.
again back at LRob
here is a reply for one of your hits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehib674Fg4U
enjoy

GOOD MORNING NATION...

@MCLYNE - Happy B-Day to you...

@63 Footer - Congrats on the RCOTD...always well deserved...

@Ron Ron - dedicated to you when your are on the Jimmy Kimmel Show...

First time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KKPR2e6_vk

Second time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glb2U6y-GdU&feature=artistob&playnext=1&videos=zu0hVt44c7g

@MVP888 - Kevin Ding is my fav Laker reporter...Yes this team is locked and LOADED...

@justa - master my Haiku for today...

I am your father...
Stay healthy and keep the faith...
Luke Walton is back...

I'll be back for game chat...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

@JustaLaker fan
thanks!

@LEWSTRS
thanks!

Love the Haiku!

I already received a few calls from friends and was serenaded by my in-laws. Today is off to a great start! Now my team needs to play the whole game tonight like they did last night and my Birthday will be complete.

ONE WEEK 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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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 - Keeper of the Flame
Mark Medina - Customs
ZairaAmaterasu - Goddess
Laker Tom - NorCal Chapter
utzworld - THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER - Chaplain
Fan of The Mamba - Midwest Chapter
phred = The Love Chapter
Jamie Sweet - Can't wait for a 3-peat
KobeMVP888 - Courtside Technician
RDLee - Ready to Roll
Laker Peace - Ready for the Quest for #17
Houston Laker - Needs a game day Link
Noah - Gods favorite
JustaLakerFan - Got some tunes to strike up the band
63 - Footer - Ready to put some foot into some heat behind
Magic Phil - He of the magic skill
#4 - He knows this is Phils 4th 3-peat
EastCoastJessie - Latina Princess
And the Jello Is Jigglin - He can turn Lebron to Jello
Tim-4-Show - Shannon Browns advisor
Lone Star Laker Fan - Olde Timey Historian"
LakerJ - Fire Fighter - Will Extinguish The Heat
Cofm99 – In House Guitarist
Segeboy/Taliq – Sheriff
OutLaw – Defense Specilaist
Baby Outlaw – Defense Specialist in Training
Fearless – Enforcer
Rick Friedman – Morale Officer
Faith – Defense Officer
Jon K – Undercover Agent
J24 – Fairness Officer
PsychedLakerGirl – Review Judge
Joe Corad – Night Games Supervisor
Adrian Palomar – Philippines Chapter
Caps-Googles – Tech Foul Official
CyberCosmix – Devising otherworldly Laker Defense
2Phatt – Can Squash anything with the name Heat
WesJoeNixcon – Shaolin Monk – Trainer of IP Man
lance from da' bronx - East Coast Chapter
MS – The Tune Master
Zach - From San Diego Chapter
Jefe101 – 17th Parade Director
Staples24 – Director of Trades
Caliphilosopher - British Correspondent
Nemaia Faletogo - Tropical Zen Master
LAKER TRUTH - Abe in Purple and Gold
Humanomaly - Trekkie and proud of it
htj - Memphis BBQ Specialist
puddle - 550 Celtics dollars richer
hobbitmage - my response: Lakers Rule
yellowfever - symptoms-turning purple and gold
mclyne - bus roof surfer(you know, like in the movie "Teen Wolf")
longtimelakerfan - Leave Luke Alone
iheartkb24 - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart
Edwin Gueco - The Voice of Reason
Hugo Boss - Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!
VMan - 'V' for Victory!
frmkt - GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
lone star laker fan - alone in Texas, but flying the purple and gold
G in DC(aka GDUB) - Let's go Ls...all the way to 3-peat!!!!!
JohnnyV - justa smooch winner
Otis- what you talkin bout Willis
Tom Daniels - Wise Man = Laker Wisdom
longtimelakerlover - Laker Girl for life
brian - Ebanks will be an All Star
Art - FL Lakers Fan - Florida Chapter
Rocky - San Diego Chapter


(I will update and post again before game time)

Rocky,
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"It drives me nuts to see adults who went to college write like that too."
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I have a boss who is a professional editor who will sometimes send me texts in text-speak. It drives me nuts.
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Personally, when someone sends me a message to the effect of "c u l8r!" I take it as a personal insult.
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I think, "Really? I'm not worth the time and energy to type out, 'See you later!'? Is it THAT difficult to type out five additional characters?"
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As a writer, I attempt to use proper punctuation and spelling not only because my writing is a reflection of myself, but also out of respect for my audience. When people communicate in garbled, misspelled twitter-speak, it communicates both a lack of self-awareness and a thoughtlessness about one's audience. I fricken hate it.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

By the way, it is so good to see The Bench Mob actually being The Bench Mob again.
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Last year under Farmar I would frequently cringe when they went out on the floor. Not this year. This year I'm excited, maybe even more than when the starters are out there.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Lew

I can't see myself on that bus before every game without KB Blitz on there. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we see eye to eye on the ONE IMPORTANT THING THAT MATTERS! Can you kindly add him. He is, after all, The Encyclopedia!

OUR Los Angeles Lakers!

Jon K,

I know what you mean about the shorthand twitter crap, but best get used to it.

I red not lng ago that skolz wil no lngr tech ritng 2 kidz ucz they uz cmptrz al the time.
tru stry.

"Personally, when someone sends me a message to the effect of "c u l8r!" I take it as a personal insult."-Jon K

LOL! It's like a slap in the face!

Go Lakers!

888 - good catch...I've edited

63 Footer -

Your "discussion" between Sasha and Maria was hilarious! I almost started laughing out lout here in the library.

Here's the skinny: there's a lot riding on this season for the team and every member of the organization is aware of it. We have the perfect mix of age and experience. Everyone on that team who hasn't won a ring is completely aware that this is the chance of a life time to do so and do so they will. There is so much "drama" at so many levels:
- Phil's 4th repeat as well as possibly coaching his last nba game
-Kobe and Fish getting their 6th
-Pau and LO getting their 3rd
-theo, barnes, blake "blakin' bad" and the "rooks" feeling a championship for the 1st time
-the fact that every team will be gunnin' for these guys each and every game
-games vs ORL, MIA, BOS, DEN, OKC
This team is motivated and they will get it done. We may not finish as conference champs but we will be in the finals and win. The difference this year will definitely be the bench. They are working out the kinks during the pre-season and we saw what they are capable of doing against a "soft" team. They will get better as the season wears on and the starters will be phenomenal. I agree with the "8 reasons to trade AB" article but I only need 2: his knees. We can win without him and if we can improve the team by trading him, I say pull the trigger. Emotions aside, you have to get what you can while you can. Keep your eyes open for Ebanks. He's going to get some PT. That guy is a human Pogo Stick.
Bynum and Sasha Package might work for a GM out there. Stay tuned.

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

There are 3 things that will determine how this NBA season plays out. I wrote a post for my blog talking about all 3. Here is a direct link to my post: http://pardonmybias.com/nba/a-few-things-to-keep-your-eye-on-this-nba-season.html
Feel free to comment.


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