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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 92-88 loss to FC Barcelona

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--The headline on The Times' Mike Bresnahan story on the Lakers' 92-88 preseason loss Thursday to FC Barcelona says it all: "Lakers look like lost tourists in Europe."

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr lists the Lakers' best guards of all time.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding breaks down the Lakers' loss.

--NESN.com's Matt Flores argues the Lakers won't three-peat.

--Fox Sports lists Pau Gasol as the league's best power forward.

--The Gazette's Daniel Leaderman highlights Magic Johnson's charitable efforts in donating computers to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin shares that Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson disagree on whether FC Barcelona could compete in the NBA.

--AOL Fanhouse's Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller argue Jackson's idea that Andrew Bynum play a limited role is absurd.

--HoopsHype's Jorge Sierra talks to Ron Artest about various subjects, including his desire to box and play football after his basketball career is over.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running game diary of the Lakers' game against FC Barcelona.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken previews Ron Artest.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett breaks down the Lakers-FC Barcelona game.

Tweet of the Day: "Barca coach Xavi Pascual on Pau Gasol: "Everyone here loves him. From our point of view he's the best inside player in the NBA." -- LakersReporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Unfortunately, I tend to think the Lakers will get in a more regular 'rotation' of NBA teams playing overseas - despite Phil, Tim Leiweke and basically all the Laker organization protestations. The fact is, the Lakers are more popular around the world than all other NBA teams combined and doubled. They can't escape their celebrity and success, and I would tend to think as soon as 2 years they'll be doing this again. I must admit, yes, it might interfere with things, but it was fun to watch the Barca game. Like I said above, a post-season tourney against the NBA teams would be awesome. A real 'World Champion' would be crowned. I'd tend to think that the NBA champ would basically go undefeated if that were to happen" -- CyberCosmiX

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol looks to make a move against FC Barcelona's Boniface Ndong in their exhibition game Thursday. Credit: Albert Gea/Reuters.

 
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Wow - my powers are in mid-season form.....

Jolly Rancher - nice chatting with you last night. I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most certainly help! My best wishes to you both.


Mamba24 - can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?

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GET WELL MRS. JOLLY RANCHER SOON - BANDWGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most certainly help! My best wishes to you both.can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - For Mrs. Jolly Rancher? Yes we can! Jolly The Lakers Nation hopes and prayers go out to your wife for a speedy recovery
(03) phred - RIDING SHOTGUN - Get well soon Mrs. Jolly Rancher.
(04) # 4

Phil looks like he's in mid-season form zinging FC Barcelona saying they wouldn't be a factor in the NBA. Sour grapes?? Kobe and Pau disagree. Put me in the undecided camp on this one. Either way I give props to FC Barcelona for winning. They're fans are pumped.

My biggest beef with the game was the limited minutes for the rookies. That's my only real reason for watching the pre-season games. Phil let Pau's and Kobe's desire to win influence his rotations.

@JR - hope your wife feels better.

Since Phil is keeping it real with his comments today. I'm thinking of a song that keep it real also...with some country flavor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82dDnv9zeLs

Good morning crew! Time for the Lakers to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and start all over. I can see why Phil was super annoyed by this ill-timed trip. This goes out to the Lakers and Mrs. Jolly Rancher - get well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hZyzst6i0&feature=related

Great game from Barça. You don´t not forget Barça is the current European Champion. Maybe this team can´t play the NBA playoffs, but he can win 4o-45 easily.

Barça best starting five.

Ricky Rubio
J.C. Navarro
Pete Mickeal
Fran Vázquez
Boniface Ndong

This is a great team and really the REAL WORLD CHAMPION b/c he beat the american champion. This time. Europe win.

Go Lakers, and good luck this season por threepet

Oops...should've said their (not they're) fans are pumped.

MM: Thank you for RCOTD, I think that is 3 or 4 or something like that, but who's keeping count (lol, obviously I'm not...) lol

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mamba 24: Please add me to the Get Well Mrs. Jolly Rancher Soon Bandwagon. I think that if all us Laker Nation banded together and said a prayer, it would do nothing but help speed recovery. Just look at what we've done with the game-day prayers utzworld writes - we've won 2 titles! Get well soon!

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Streakolean: "Your really & definitely wrong: the US Team was allowed to play the Olympics in Beijing without drug test (I wonder how you don't know that when there was even a threat of abandonment from the NBA later accepted by the CIO). And you piss on your own roof when relating the substances, dont ya know that drugs you mentioned are paleolithic drugs in the professional sports world? Cocaine? LSD? amphetamines? Steroids? Marijuana? You really live in Wonderful land. Sounds like Clembuterol, tibolone, zeranol, peptide hormones? Like corticotrophins, enriched plasma as platelet derived, insulin-like growth factor-1? Do you know the Beta-2 agonists and Serm's (selective estrogen receptor modulators? Diuretics, oxygen transfers... Icould follow for nothing. You and most of you do not know how the rest of the professional world look at us. Give them the same rules -and I'm not talking about 3 sec violation in the lane- and they will grow as we've done. Or Gasol was like he's now 6 years ago? He was like Vasquez, and you see... Wonder land. They play more as a whole team & they have better second units. We're losing difference since 90's. Kobe, LB, Wade, Dwight, CP, Melo and the rest won for lasts 3-p and some decisions from referees, and it was against Spain with only 40 mill people. Combine a selection of euro players and oh dude wtf! "
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Calm down, I don't know what you are trying to say, but I think the first part of it has to do with Japaneseguy last night claiming that NBA players are steroid-racked monsters or whatnot, that Americans are gullible for buying into a fixed league, and that the IOC allowed NBA players to play in the Olympics as long as FIBA would handle the drug testing for them (as it would be more lenient than the stricter ICO rules).

First of all, I wrote that I am not the leastest bit an expert on the subject. You get bent out of shape when all I am doing is telling Japaneseguy that I hadn't heard before about NBA players not being subjected to the testing that all other athletes at the Olympic games are subject to, and I asked him to provide a link that would verify what he was saying.

Now you jump in like an over-testosteroned madman. You claim in your first sentence that the US Team were allowed to play in the Olympics without a drug-test. First of all, there were NBA players from other nations outside of the U.S. that play in the Olympics. But, you claim that only the US Team (basketball? All sports?) were allowed to play without a drug test.

MMhmmm... OK. Yeah. The US is exempt from IOC drug testing. Okay...

Then, apparently you are referring to the line out of the NBA's 1999 collective bargaining agreement about the drugs they test for, not sure because you start to get into ramble-mode. Those listed drugs might be 'paleolithic' but that is what is tested. This isn't a list I made up, it's what is included in the '99 CBA.

Well, then the full-on incoherence of your blathering becomes unintelligible:

"Icould follow for nothing. You and most of you do not know how the rest of the professional world look at us. "
Could you tell us how they look at us (I take it the U.S.)? As cheaters? As exempt from the rules every one else follow in your fantasy world?

"Give them the same rules -and I'm not talking about 3 sec violation in the lane- and they will grow as we've done."
I take it that your talking steriods/growth hormones, whatever here. So, American NBA players are again, playing by a different set of rules. PROVIDE A LINK TO A SERIOUS NEWS ARTICLE!

"Or Gasol was like he's now 6 years ago? He was like Vasquez, and you see... Wonder land. "
I take it that you are inferring that Gasol (Pau?) is - what? Bigger? Better? Stronger? Has he morphed into a steroid-driven beast? Good god...

"They play more as a whole team & they have better second units. We're losing difference since 90's."
Who is they? Spain? The rest of the world? It's beginning to sound like a Spanish fan off their rocker or something...

"Kobe, LB, Wade, Dwight, CP, Melo and the rest won for lasts 3-p and some decisions from referees, and it was against Spain with only 40 mill people. Combine a selection of euro players and oh dude wtf!"
OK, I totally miss this statment, but I think you are referring to the Redeem Team win at Beijing in '08. I guess you mean that a combination of steroid-driven American NBA players combined with rigged refereeing gave handed US the gold medals. Is that what you are saying? Well, here is where your obvious Spanish-bias or something leaks out (Gasol is steroided up in your 'wonderland' fantasy, but he goes without mention). Glad that paranoia exists outside of Cowtown Queen fans.


My goodness. Please, try to post a link verifying that AMERICAN NBA players aren't drug tested at the Olympics. That is all I asked Japaneseguy to do, and all I ask ANYONE to do. I have never heard that the IOC accepted NBA players' to be drug-tested through FIBA (less-stringently), because as Japaneseguy said, they wanted to have them play in the Olympics, therefore wouldn't press them for their own drug-tests. Streakolean, you suggest it is merely Americans (Japaneseguy hinted at that too, suspicions arise as to whether Japaneseguy might really be Bitterspanishguy...).

SHOW US SOME PROOF!!!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Ricky,

"Maybe this team can´t play the NBA playoffs, but he can win 4o-45 easily."

How can they become a world champion if they can only win 40-45 wins? The logic doesn't follow. Barca beats a rusty team, get back on them in April & May to meet them at their best. I give Barca the props in winning the game but your analysis leaves a lot of potholes in credibility.

Jolly Rancher, stay away from the blog and take care of Mrs. Rancher TLC. On the other hand, if you stayed away, how'd you read what i just posted?

Ricky: Congratulations on the win yesterday. Barca is a well-coached team with some good players on it like Navarro, Rubio and Mickael.

Maybe with access to the NBA draft, and increased revenue for being in the NBA then I think the quality of Barca will go up.

At this point, they are probably no more than a 20-win team, probably not making the playoffs. However, I would LOVE to see the NBA include them in a future NBA Euro League, in which NBA teams would regularly play them. That would be a lot of fun to watch, and may just happen in the next decade or so.

I'm happy though for you and your team Ricky, I've seen you post on the blog before so congratulations to a nice win for Barca!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@mamba24 - Throw me on the 'Get Well...' band wagon.


@justamambafan - Nice chatting with you last night. I wish the game had a better outcome...but it's pre-season.


I agree with CyberCosmiX's RCOTD, in the same vein as losing the pencil and moving straight to the pen when it comes to the Lakers playing on Xmas day, so to will they be globetrotting being de facto promoters of the NBA brand. I wonder what perks a franchise that doanates it's time to the league gets?


The folks at AOL Fanhouse are morons. Utter morons, to suggest that Bynum's surgery decisions are somehow related to Phil Jackson's style as a coach is like saying Ronald Reagan was motivated by Jack the Ripper. It sounds and is dumb. We all know Ronald Reagan was motivated by Genesis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oepXF2B5NK4


But seriously, how does Tom Ziller make that giant leap in logic? By loosely drawing a weak connection bewteen Shaq in 2004 and Bynum 6 years later in completely un-related situations, and by saying that Phil is solely trying to zing his center into being more committed, he opens himself up to huge broadsides of criticism.


Where is any tangible proof that Bynum is in any way trying to emulate Shaq? How does Tom Ziller know that Phil is displeased with his young center and not merely acknowledging that after multiple surgeries to the same area, he just might not ever be the player we all hoped him to be? I love the current media practice of speculative journalism. Hell, I could be a journalist if all it takes is an over-active imagination and predelcition for absurd procolamtions.

Goooooooooood Morning,


What a beautiful friday at the west side.


I'm jumping on the Get Well Mrs Jolly Rancher!


Cheers.

LRob: "Since Phil is keeping it real with his comments today. I'm thinking of a song that keep it real also...with some country flavor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82dDnv9zeLs"
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Thought it might be some Lynyrd Skynrd, maybe some Alabama lol. That is one deep country song though, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!

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GET WELL MRS. JOLLY RANCHER SOON - BANDWGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better
really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most
certainly help! My best wishes to you both.can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - For Mrs. Jolly Rancher? Yes we can! Jolly The Lakers Nation
hopes and prayers go out to your wife for a speedy recovery
(03) phred - RIDING SHOTGUN - Get well soon Mrs. Jolly Rancher.
(04) # 4
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN –
(06) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(07) LROB - @JR - hope your wife feels better.
(08) JEFE101 - This goes out to the Lakers and Mrs. Jolly Rancher - get well!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hZyzst6i0&feature=related
(09) CYBERCOSMIX - Please add me to the Get Well Mrs. Jolly Rancher Soon Bandwagon. I
think that if all us Laker Nation banded together and said a prayer, it would do nothing but
help speed recovery. Just look at what we've done with the game-day prayers utzworld
writes - we've won 2 titles! Get well soon
(10) EDWIN GUECO – Jolly Rancher, stay away from the blog and take care of Mrs. Rancher
TLC. On the other hand, if you stayed away, how'd you read what i just posted?
(11) CHRISTINA H. Our Prayers go out to you and your wife Mr. Jolly Ranger.
(12) JAMIE – Get well Mrs. Jolly Rancher

Somehow it missed the Sweet part of me.

IT may have, Jamie but WE didn't LOL!

Nice chatting with you too...

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LAKER NATION SENDS PRAYERS & GET WELL WISHES TO MRS. JOLLY RANGER - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better
really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most
certainly help! My best wishes to you both.can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?


(12) JAMIE SWEET– Get well Mrs. Jolly Rancher
(13) MAGIC PHIL - I'm jumping on the Get Well Mrs Jolly Rancher!

Cyber,

I guess you did a pretty good job trying to translate the rant. I think he is sota right and sorta wrong and using old information. From what I gather, perhaps this is what the poster was trying to get at:

"Under the NBA policy, NBA players face no random testing at all once they complete their rookie year. They are only tested once each year, during their one-month training camp.

The policy also fails to cover a vast number of drugs. There are literally dozens of steroids and stimulants that are outlawed in Olympic competition that are still legal for use in the NBA. The policy fails to cover performance enhancers such as human growth hormone or EPO. And it fails to cover designer steroids."

http://oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2258&Itemid=2

However, if you don't like that, for the other side of the coin try this:

"In 1989, FIBA, international basketball's governing body, allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time. But in order for this to happen, FIBA agreed not to perform any anti-doping controls, which is still the case.

Really? Could some of the highest profile athletes be exempt from that rigorous testing regimen we have heard so much about? (If that's true, who negotiated for that? That was a major thing to ask for. Why was that important?)

I sent the excerpt above to USA Basketball spokesperson Craig Miller, who is with the team in Beijing.

"This is not true," he writes.

"The only thing I think they mean is that originally NBA players were not subject to out-of-competition testing. I believe, since I got here in 1990, that all of our teams have been tested in competition. I believe since around 1998 we have also been subject to out-of-competition testing. We have been 100 percent fully compliant with USADA and WADA. In fact, last night [after the Greece game] we had a member of our team tested."

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has a website where you can actually look up which athletes they have tested. It shows, for instance, that Kobe Bryant has been tested in 2008. the World Anti-Doping Agency website does not, as far as I can tell, have the same kind of public database.)

I asked Miller about the out-of-competition testing. Does that mean they can show up at Kobe Bryant's house at any old time? "I'm not well versed in this," he explains, "other than knowing we are tested out of season, which means they can and do show up at practices and homes and we have to complete the required paperwork."

Miller also explains the timing of the in-competition tests: "We usually have a player or two tested randomly in the first few games, then more consistently in quarterfinals, semis, and finals. The testing is random, in that the players are determined by pulling numbers from a bag towards the end of each game."

http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/5225/team-usa-yes-we-re-drug-tested


Does this resolve the issue?

Who'd win in 7 games series, Clippers vs. FC Barca?

Just my impression...The Lakers seemed to struggle in the paint against Barca's big men. I still think the Lakers should sign another serviceable 7' center as an insurance for this season. It's just too risky to go through whole season counting on Bynym at this point.

Edwin Guecco and CyberCosmix,

Thanks guys. I said world champions b/c that game was beetwen the USA Champion vs. European Champion = World Champion club. Obviously the USA Champion can´t be the world champion b/c he play only in USA. The same we can said about the European Champion (only in Europe)

Cyber, no doudt about that. Lakers is right now a rusty team and for my, Lakers is the best team around the world.... in shape. Kobe is injured, Pau is not in shape, Bynum is injured (I´m disrupted with this guy, sorry, but Pau need Bynum b/c he is not a real center. Pau is a 4 not 5) . Lamar Odom is absolutly in total shape. Very impresive his perfomance at Palau Sant Jordi. But for my and I think the crew, too, Pau Gasol has been the best laker yesterday. he is not in shape, slow, rusty, whitout his shooting, perennial bad defense (yes, I know that) but, 25 p. No bad.

This year, Miami Heat is the real menace. The Heat has the best NBA guards, a great PF....... great team. The ring is very strong this season. Pau and Kobe olders (30-32), Artest is not my favorite player, Odom ummmmmmmm (inconsistent???) Fisher, well Fisher is at the end, and Barnes, Blake and others, nahhhh....

Go Lakers and VISCA EL BARÇA.

Sorry for my grammar........ I try to improve but writing and speak english in Barcelona is not easy.

ArtFL,

To add further to what u said, each team have their own drug testing techniques that is not revealed to the public or to the players and it's a random testing. We have seen players get suspended for taking marijuana or players banned from playing because they got into drugs. I don't think an NBA pro would try to cheat like what cyclists, track players, wrestler or baseball steroids would do in pursuit of excellence. Besides,it also affect their prestige if caught because there is no 2nd chance in NBA, the team removes u from the roster outright, the league put you on a suspended list, the union and players themselves ostracized you in using unfair tactics. It is an understanding among NBA pros to enforce this Code of Conduct.

These trips to Europe are a complete waste of time. They throw a team totally out of their rhythm.
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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!!!

Hello everybody!

I was at the game last night and it was amazing! Before the game I was very reluctant thought it would be the kind of boring exhibition game without any excitement but then I saw that the mamba, even injured and in bad shape, can not avoid taking the job seriously and showing his competitiveness attitude and the game brought very good moments. The crowd was crazy and it remind to a playoff game.

I was impressed with Lamar's shape at this point and also with some of the new guys. Steve Blake seems to know his duty very well and execute perfectly accoridng to his roll. No more craziness on the second unit. Caracter seemed a bit lost and Barça players took advantage of that.

For Barça, Navarro played as hero as usual and Ricky seems to be in a big slump. The guy is very young and I hope he doesn't get overwhelmed by this hype on everything that he does.

By the way, I got to meet Big Game James Worthy!!! That was amazing! I must say that he was not very nice though...

Now, looking forward to the start of the real season. These "summers" are too long...

GO LAKERS!!

We can all talk about Celtics and Heat. But the Lakers will play only twice against them during the season. And we never know who the Lakers would face in the Finals. So once the season starts, the Lakers should concentrate on Western confeference teams, and make sure when the playoff comes the Lakers play well enough to reach the Finals more smoothly. Whomever comes out the East will have much tough series than the Lakers. It could be much easier Finals (to win) than we think if the Lakers can take care of the West. So it's more critical to get to the Finals (with easier path) than the Finals itself.

One of the most promising things about the Barcelona game to me was how well Ron Artest was moving. I have never seen him faster or look more fluid. I know he says he partied all summer but whatever he did he looked great physically.

Fish looked good also. Kobe did not look bad for a knee not all the way back. Blake looked a little more tentative than I was hoping to see. But all the reports are that he is grasping the triangle exceedingly well.

For a team at this stage of training camp I came away feeling fine.

Ricky,

"Thanks guys. I said world champions b/c that game was beetwen the USA Champion vs. European Champion = World Champion club"

~~No need to apologize for your grammar, this is a blog not an English class. We are not questioning your grammar but the message put acrossed with shady conclusions. I know also u want to favor your favorite team just like us here, however try to put a little sense of understanding on the overall perspective before declaring that Barca is World Champs because they beat the lame Lakers. Forgive me for saying it, but it is like talking to a 10 year kid in trying to cling to his home team using barber shop logic. Any good basketball aficionado among the Catalans would know what was the competition all about it is an exhibition game. The Lakers are far from being ready and conditioned to play in a World Championship as you have regarded, this is just a preseason game for them after a long lay off plus two recent surgeries on their starters. Barca should join the NBA and if they go through those 100 games as described in this blog, wins the Finals plus the EuroLeague title, then they are truly the crowned World Champion.

O.K. Edwin Gueco. I agree with your opinions.

Maybe, Intercontinental champion???????

We have a Intercontinental champion in soccer. The Libertadores Cup (America) vs. Champions league (Europe). The winner is the Intercontinental champion or world champion club. What you think about?????

O.K. Edwin Gueco and angelenos,

Sleep time for me. 19:21 in Barcelona.

I think Ricky Rubio is overrated. He can't shoot worth a lick, he's not all that quick or fast, and he's pretty weak. He's a good passer and playmaker, but when you can't shoot, you can't make plays, teams will just let you shoot. I just don't believe the hype on this guy.

He should have signed a contract with the T-Wolves and started improving his game against good competition. His best competition at Barcelona is JC Navarro, when he could be battling Jonny Flynn in practice, not to mention all of the great PG's in the NBA. Rubio would get whooped up, but he'd be a better basketball player for it. Right now, it seems like he's regressing as a player.

Go Lakers!

Art - FL Laker Fan: That is a great find Art! Totally validates that NBA players are subjected to the same IOC tests as are all athletes. Beautiful stuff.

I tend to believe, the IOC being the powerhungry/egotistical/self aggrandizing organization that they are, wouldn't succumb to FIBA, the NBA, the NBA players organization or anyone else telling them how to run things. They seem to love to find the 'dopers' amongst the athletes, so that they may hold their committee meetings and whatnot during the games, parading out said offenders, pointing guilty fingers his way and then becoming the ultimate Judge Dredd (judge, jury, excecutioner).

Excellent article. Now, if Japaneseguy (or is it Bitterspanishfan) or LeanSteak - whomever can read for themselves and stop accusing the U.S. of cheating just because we love our hoops.

Heck, we don't go on Pakistani web-sites to argue their Cricket team dopes, do we? Nahh.... lol

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Jamie: Totally agree that the AOL Fanhouse writers are pretty lousy compared to the quality of other sites. (I hope LAKER TRUTH and KB Blitz read the article, taking close note of the "L.A. was a decent playoff team without Bynum, and an all-out destroyer with him." - but I digress...).

I usually skip articles from the site, because I read something absurd, get worked up and want to respond, but don't have an AOL account or whatnot, so end up just going away irked. lol.

I blame Plaschke though for perpetuating the rumor that Bynum simply waited on a whim until mid-summer to get surgery done, giving the impression he was pulling a Shaq and 'recovering on company time'. Ol' Plaschke struck again...

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Ricky: I can accept two world champions, the Lakers and Barca. I also agree that Pau (and Lamar) were the best Lakers in yesterdays game.

I love what you write though, "I´m disrupted with this guy, sorry, but Pau need Bynum b/c he is not a real center. Pau is a 4 not 5." That is a very good point. Pau needs Bynum at the 5, so that he can naturally play the position he is most dominant at, the 4. The Lakers offense runs smoother with Bynum in the lineup, playing center. That is for sure.

Ricky, what are your thoughts, would you like to see Barca play in the NBA? Perhaps, the biggest of the European teams, Barca, Real Madrid, Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow. What are your feelings about that?


GO LAKERS (& VISCA EL BARÇA)!!!!!

Hey guys we should have a post up within the next half hour or so

What you think about????? - Ricky

~~Maybe you are right in that aspect, I only watch Soccer during World Cup.

Thanks for acknowledging, I think you will be a great contributor in this blog if you try to be fair and partial in your posts, on the other hand there is nothing wrong to have an opinion as long as you can defend it. It will be a boring blog if there is only one point of view.

Ganapia: "I was at the game last night and it was amazing! Before the game I was very reluctant thought it would be the kind of boring exhibition game without any excitement but then I saw that the mamba, even injured and in bad shape, can not avoid taking the job seriously and showing his competitiveness attitude and the game brought very good moments. The crowd was crazy and it remind to a playoff game.
I was impressed with Lamar's shape at this point and also with some of the new guys. Steve Blake seems to know his duty very well and execute perfectly accoridng to his roll. No more craziness on the second unit. Caracter seemed a bit lost and Barça players took advantage of that.
For Barça, Navarro played as hero as usual and Ricky seems to be in a big slump. The guy is very young and I hope he doesn't get overwhelmed by this hype on everything that he does.
By the way, I got to meet Big Game James Worthy!!! That was amazing! I must say that he was not very nice though...
Now, looking forward to the start of the real season. These "summers" are too long..."
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You know the Lakers very well, better than many here in the states. It is interesting to hear that you can appreciate Kobe's competitiveness even though he is injured, that he excited the crowd. I think that Kobe wants to win every game he plays, even the exhibitions - but especially against Barca, Pau's home town and the soccer (futbol) team he loves to root for.

" Steve Blake seems to know his duty very well and execute perfectly accoridng to his roll. No more craziness on the second unit."
That is an excellent point (even in Spain can they see what Jordan Farmar did to the second unit! LOL). Thank god that the Lakers have a very nice backup PG in Blake, who will probably be seeing a lot of minutes this year.

I agree that Ricky is in a slump, he looked like he still is playing poor from FIBA. He needs to work on his shooting if he is going to play in the NBA, but I think he still has the quickness, intelligence and ball handling to make it.

I got a big laugh from this line though: "By the way, I got to meet Big Game James Worthy!!! That was amazing! I must say that he was not very nice though..."
I always thought Big Game James was a nice guy. Funny stuff that he wasn't very nice!

Congratulations to Barca, maybe one day we will see them come and play in the NBA, in a European Division or something!


GO LAKERS (& GO BARCA)!!!!!

To CiberC

Xavi Pacual, the Barça Head Coach yesterday in a interview with spanish media said that Barça is a European Team. This current team for Pascual can´t play NBA playoffs.

I don´t Know. I think currently we have many problems (long intercontinental trips, Arenas, to much NBA Teams........ Bufffffff,

Edwin Gueco: " It will be a boring blog if there is only one point of view."
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Well said. I love the fact that some of the Barcelona fans know the Lakers as well as a lot of Laker fans. Pau needs Bynum at the 5, so that he could play the 4? The Lakers finally have a solid backup PG in Blake, so "no more craziness on the second unit" - those are some very astute (and right on the money) observations!


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Ricky: "Xavi Pacual, the Barça Head Coach yesterday in a interview with spanish media said that Barça is a European Team. This current team for Pascual can´t play NBA playoffs.
I don´t Know. I think currently we have many problems (long intercontinental trips, Arenas, to much NBA Teams........ Bufffffff, "
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Yes, there are some problems, like the long trips, time differences and all, but would you like to see it happen? I think that if Barca could enter into the NBA draft, and get the rights to the top players of the world, soon they will have a few stars on the team to play alongside Navarro, Rubio and others. Also, there is a lot of marketing/TV money that the NBA teams share, if Barca had more money to sign players with then they could improve their team and compete.

Would you like to see it happen though? What do they think in Spain about having several teams (Barca, Real Madrid) join the NBA?


GO LAKERS (& VISCA EL BARÇA)!!!!!

Wow..Interesting quote from Durant (from Oklahoman)-Durant is more like Kobe, and LeBron is more Shaqish.

"James was scheduled to have a party at The Midland, a theater in downtown Kansas City, on Thursday night. Durant was invited but politely declined. "I don't go out to parties the day before a game," Durant said. "I really don't go out too much during the season."

Tonight's game (5:30 PM by NBA TV) between OKD and Miami, Durant vs LeBron, should be fun to watch....

Durant seems to be a very classy kid. Princess could take a lesson... or 2.... or 3.....

I'd LOVE to see Kevin as a Laker one day. Probably won't happen, but after Mitch's surprise Pau trade I think anything may be possible!

You think the NESN guy has a slight Celtic bias saying...

Several NBA teams have gotten better this offseason, but the Lakers didn't make any major moves to upgrade their team.

The Boston Celtics put up a surprising fight in the NBA Finals last year, and that was before they added Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal. The Celtics addressed their one need this season, frontcourt depth, while the Lakers added Steve Blake.
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I would say adding Barnes and Blake as rotation players while losing Farmar is an upgrade. While Boston adding Shaq, Jermaine Oneal and Von Wafer is an upgrade offensively but a loss defensively.

I didn't know Durant just became 22 years old last month..Wow, he is so young (younger than Bynum) and so mature..He will be only 27 when his current 5 yrs extension expires. Who knows... if Durant don't win any title by then (or before), he might come to the Lakers.

Euro games

Gotta continue to grow the fan base or the Golden Goose dries up. Players hate to lose and coaches hate to give up the practice season but growing the game is critical with all the competition for eyes around the world.

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seems like it would be better suited for the Miami Heat. They have the most practice posturing, and they have all those Olympic losses to avenge over there.


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