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Exhibition final score: Timberwolves 111, Lakers 92

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Kobe Bryant made a brief appearance, and that was all.

Making a slow and gradual comeback from off-season knee surgery, Bryant started the game but played only six minutes and was scoreless in the Lakers' 111-92 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an exhibition opener Monday at O2 Arena.

He missed all three of his shots, including two three-point attempts, and was replaced by Sasha Vujacic. Bryant had two assists and a rebound.

He remained on the bench, by design, despite a handful of "Kobe, Kobe" chants in the second half.

Lamar Odom, on the other hand, looked as fit as advertised, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes. His numbers would have been better had he not missed all three of his three-point attempts and gone five for 11 from the free-throw line.

In fact, the Lakers as a whole were dreadful from the line, making only 18 of 33 (54.5%).

The Lakers led at halftime, 56-55, but dropped from there. The Timberwolves outscored the Lakers in the third quarter, 32-18, and made an impressive eight of 12 (66.7%) from three-point range in the game.

Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, acquired in an off-season trade with Miami, had 21 points.

Pau Gasol battled foul trouble and was generally unimpressive, scoring seven points in 22 minutes. He made only three of seven free-throw attmpts and had five fouls.

Shannon Brown delighted the crowd with a dunk not long after entering the game and finished with 13 points in 25 minutes.

The Lakers play FC Barcelona on Thursday in Spain.

--Mike Bresnahan, reporting from London

Photo: Kobe Bryant takes the ball past Minnesota's Wesley Johnson. Credit: Dylan Martinez, Reuters.

 
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What else would you expect? I give them a A for effort. It's just preseason.

Ebanks looks GOOD!
Lamar looks GOOD!
Shannon & Sacha looks OK.
Blake was OK.

Actually, that's in the 1st half....I missed the 2nd...

Like I said on the chat, in the preseason the good teams play poorly as they use it for practice to incorporate the newcomers and the weak teams play well as they use it to try to establish a rhythm going into the regular season.

The refs hated Pau for some reason, they couldn't give him fake fouls fast enough it seemed.

Ratliff looked good. So did Blake.

Barnes needs to go, I don't want him on this team. His on-court demeanor is cancerous.

The refs hated Pau for some reason, they couldn't give him fake fouls fast enough it seemed.

Ratliff looked good. So did Blake.

Barnes needs to go, I don't want him on this team. His on-court demeanor is cancerous.

On http:www.cbsports.com/nba..........BSPN is launching a site strictly for the Heat , called Heat Index. Let's just hope they wilt under the HEAT and all the expectations. Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about the ROOKS?? That is the real story !!!

2nd Story line - what about Blake, Ratliff, and Barnes??

Numbers? Numbers of minutes?? Qualitative analysis ???

GOOooooOOOO LAKERS !!

Glad to see people in London at least got a glimpse of Kob playing...scoreless or not. That's what they paid to see IMO.

It's preseason so the records don't mean jack. In fact if it's positive it likely means the starters are playing mucho minutos and that's a no-no.

Wow where is everyone

PS Isn't this the time of the season where panicky troll types start saying we'll be swept by the Timberwolves and start suggesting trades??

What? The sky isn't falling yet??

What a RELIEF and a GLORIOUS YEAR TO BE A LAKERS FAN !!!!

GOOOOooooOOOOO LAKERS !!!

Let's just hope they wilt under the HEAT and all the expectations. Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 04, 2010 at 03:19 PM
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Preach Sister, Preach!!! That's the spirit NewMexicoLL!!
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What a RELIEF and a GLORIOUS YEAR TO BE A LAKERS FAN !!!!
GOOOOooooOOOOO LAKERS !!! Posted by: JohnnyP | October 04, 2010 at 03:27 PM
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God what a wonderful positive attitude you have JohnnyP!!! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!
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It's preseason so the records don't mean jack. In fact if it's positive it likely means the starters are playing mucho minutos and that's a no-no. Posted by: Faith | October 04, 2010 at 03:26 PM
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Queen Faith is back and she comes out Firing!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!!!

Like I said on the chat, in the preseason the good teams play poorly as they use it for practice to incorporate the newcomers and the weak teams play well as they use it to try to establish a rhythm going into the regular season. Posted by: Troy B | October 04, 2010 at 02:55 PM
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By God listen to this man and Queen Faith, they know of what they are talking about!!!...Troy B is that really you? Lol!

Hey Mamba24, really enjoyed your blog "getting to know you" post. Sorry couldn't comment when it came out lol. But good stuff!

Hey Mamba24, really enjoyed your blog "getting to know you" post. Sorry couldn't comment when it came out lol. But good stuff! Posted by: Faith | October 04, 2010 at 03:40 PM
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Hey Faith, good to see you back. Thanks, no need to comment it's a Queens priviledge you know! Lol! And thanks for all you did and do in making LakersBlog and Lakera Nation great and welcoming me to the Blog. Now that, that's out of the way, GOOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!

I am super excited for this year. I love how the season will be starting SO SOOOOOOON. My life can now resume.

haha

GO LAKERS

Yes mamba this is the real Troy B lol. I haven't fully decided yet but I might be abandoning the whole Troy Beezy thing. LakerTom said no to the change and if we count his vote that makes a tie anyway. I'm still thinking about it.

Hey guys! I'm blogging from HK. I'm shooting an engagement pictorial here, and i wasn't able to watch the game (there were a lot of NBA Action on TV, though).

Good morning, Mamba24! How about a shout-out? :D

Much like most of us here, i don't care about what happens during the pre-season. I'm more interested in how the new players played (if at all), whether they had imbibed the triangle offense and whether we can expect anything significant from them for the coming season.

@JohnnyP -- the trolls may have seen that the Lakers were holding their punches. So are they. ;)

GO LAKERS!

I guess the the game tomorrow will be bring more excitement Detroit vs Miami on NBA TV again, but this time I get to watch unlike today.. blank screen thanks to KCAl 9.

I like Troy beezy, but I've been going by Troy b for a year now.

I like Troy beezy, but I've been going by Troy b for a year now.

Posted by: Troy B | October 04, 2010 at 04:07 PM
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I'm with Laker Tom, no change...

Cheers

@ Raymond42n, how you doing my brother. HK huh? Very good just make sure you represent for The Lakers while you are there. Of course these pre-season games mean nothing. We are The Lakers, for us the regular season games don't mean all that much either, lol! take care my brother and have fun there!
mamba24/larrY

YES !!! FAITH IS HERE TO PUT THE SEASON IN THE REFRIGERATOR !!

THE BUTTER IS GETTING HARD AND THE JELLO IS JIGGLING ON OUR THREE PEAT !!!

SAY IT FAITH !!!

GOOOOooooOOOOOO LAKERS !!!

Yes mamba this is the real Troy B lol. I haven't fully decided yet but I might be abandoning the whole Troy Beezy thing. LakerTom said no to the change and if we count his vote that makes a tie anyway. I'm still thinking about it. Posted by: Troy B | October 04, 2010 at 04:04 PM
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Now Troy B I'm warning you, if we have to go through one of those post long escapades like last time....Lol!

YES !!! FAITH IS HERE TO PUT THE SEASON IN THE REFRIGERATOR !!

THE BUTTER IS GETTING HARD AND THE JELLO IS JIGGLING ON OUR THREE PEAT !!!

SAY IT FAITH !!!

GOOOOooooOOOOOO LAKERS !!!
Posted by: JohnnyP | October 04, 2010 at 04:20 PM
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LMAO!!! Preach JohnnyP, Preach!!!!

i'll watch the game ,but fortunately with the knowledge that it amounts to little more than a practice game. so no great drama, but i am interested in seeing it anyway

No Troy Beelzebub?

Dang!


DBDH!

No Troy Beelzebub? Dang! DBDH! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | October 04, 2010 at 04:28 PM
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LMAO!!! Don't start DBDH! Lol!

Man Im way to bummed i had to work and missed the game. i want to see how blake, barnes and the rookies played. wish i could watch a replay somewhere :(


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