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Caught in the Web: Reactions to the Lakers' 102-95 preseason victory over Denver Nuggets


--The Times' Baxter Holmes dissects Kobe Bryant's improved shooting night. Holmes also highlights George Karl's road to recovery after battling last season with throat cancer.

--The Times' Mark Heisler gives the proper perspective in explaining why the preseason doesn't matter.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at how Bryant looks and the substitution patterns Phil Jackson took at the forward position.

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman details the different Nuggets' personnel that guarded Bryant. He also breaks down the Nuggets' loss to the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky take you into the Lakers' locker room, and Brian gives his quick-hit thoughts on the game.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explains why Phil Jackson wants Pau Gasol to be more of a leader.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller takes Michael Jordan to task on his ranking of Bryant.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the Lakers' contingency plans for their numerous injuries as well as Lamar Odom's hope that he gets invited for the 2012 Olympics.'s Mike Trudell details the game with a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark sizes up the Lakers' defense.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' win over Denver and previews tonight's game against the Utah Jazz.

Tweet of the Day: "My son is SO excited that daddy's team is winning. I told him to get used to it. ;) Right guys?!" -- kristenblake2 (Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake)

Reader Comment of the Day: "HEALTH will be the X factor... Other wise, I think we are well loaded for a run at a 3 can't say that Mitch and Dr. Buss didn't give us the best chance with the upgrades they accomplished during the off season...I can't wait" -- LEWSTRS

-- Mark Medina

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Yes, Yes, YES!!! It's about time LEW got his DO!!!!!

Congrats LEWSTRS! :-)


Congrats! You and I were schooled well on the concept of HEALTH by a blogger who I miss dearly. It is ALWAYS the first important factor to any shot at a championship.

LEWSTRS: Outstanding RCOTD, I wholeheartedly agree that the only thing that could derail this threepeat is injuries. For once, I would love Drew to stay healthy throughout the year/postseason - we will need him to exploit the meats weakness.


MM: This is hands-down the best blog I've been on, sports or non-sports. The amount of hard work that you put into it shows, and I know I speak for everyone when I say THANK YOU for all you do for us Laker fans!!!!

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Playing catchup ball on the blog right now (and only missed back to 1am last night! lol...), but isn't it great that we are counting down to another game tonight! =D

Now got some catching up and video watching to do...


LEWSTRS! The man, the myth, the legend!


"I was just taking the opportunity to compliment Blitz for a statement that I thought was worth reposting. As many times as Blitz and I have gotten into it, I respect that he has never become obscene or profane and has always spoken up when others, even his sometime allies, have responded thusly.

Posted by: LakerTom | October 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM"

I agree wholeheartedly that in a vacuum it was a post worth re-posting. It was the context in which it was posted that obviated the necessity of posting it at all. Calling out a public figure and voicing my opinion about him as a human being is entirely different than attacking someone in here with name calling. Sure, I could just say that Michael Jordan is arrogant, but that doesn't quite describe my feelings toward him both now and when he was a player. So I chose a well known and understood term that fell short of a profanity, yet drove home my point. While I was as in awe of him on the basketball court, I did not put him on a pedestal like most of the rest of the world did given his filandering, gambling habits and otherwise smug, holier than thou attitude that got a pass from everyone. It's funny, but while Kobe can act, sound and play "Just Like Mike," he doesn't get the same pass. Perhaps that bugs me a little bit. But I digress...

The point is that KB Blitz took a harmless comment that I made that wasn't a personal attack on him or even directed AT him and fooled even YOU into going along with his premise. Yes, in a vacuum I agree that bloggers shouldn't call each other names and use profanities on a public blog, but I did neither, so his post was entirely misplaced.

Uh-oh... mom and dad are fighting again. (Covers ears.) Make it stop!

Oh, and I can't wait for tonight's game. Utah will be a nice yardstick for our team defense.

Uh-oh... mom and dad are fighting again. (Covers ears.) Make it stop!Posted by: 63 Footer | October 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Sorry guys, but I don't take cheap shots lightly!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Sorry guys, but I don't take cheap shots lightly!Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM
Nor should you sir. Yes this is very understandable, if not regretable...Don't Carry On! Lol!

MM - Thank you for the honor...and every one thank you for the kind words...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LEWSTRS - You deserved the honor!!! Thanks for being such a valuable part of the blog


@888… My apologies. I did think you said that KB BLITZ was a horse’s ass, which of course he isn’t. Since you were referring to MJ, who is a horse’s ass, I agree 100%. And the 100 pt and Kobe top 10 comments were classless coming from a player of his stature, who would never have done as well as he did without the help of the refs and the Jordan Rules.



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