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Five things to take away from Lakers' 107-83 victory over Golden State Warriors

572328481. Kobe Bryant's claim that he's 100% isn't accurate, but he's on the right track: He drove through the lane with ease. He posted up with enough timing and rhythm to nail his jumpers. And he mucked it up inside to help clean up the glass. Yup, the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors marked Bryant's best effort yet with his 20 points on eight of 16 shooting marking the first time he shot 50% all season (of course the Lakers have only played three games so this isn't saying much). His seven boards showed he had the confidence, mobility and toughness to contribute to the Lakers' 55-42 rebounding effort. And his near 27 minutes of playing time reflected the Lakers managing to put away the Warriors early and granting many of the starters some rest.

It also led Bryant to boldly tell Fox Sports West's Patrick O'Neal that his surgically repaired right knee feels 100% and that he shouldn't ask him about the status of his knee ever again. He repeated it moments later to reporters in the locker room, though Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said earlier that Bryant's claim is far from accurate.

Obviously, Bryant wants the questions about his injuries to stop, which is his right. Obviously, the press isn't going to stop asking them, which is its right. But the fact that Bryant remained in a playful mood about his knee shows that it's making significant progress. When he fought valiantly through essentially one leg during the postseason, Bryant appeared in a very stoic mood. More importantly, Bryant's movement improved enough where he didn't feel as if he needed to shortcut on defense, an approach he took Friday against Phoenix. And his rhythm on offense continued to flourish.

Bryant showed Golden State guard Monta Ellis how hard it is to guard him with an aggressive pos-up and then a drive to the basket for a leaner. He cut through the lane off a screen from Ron Artest, allowing Pau Gasol to feed Bryant in the lane for an open shot. And instead of forcing the action in traffic on one sequence, Bryant founder Derek Fisher open in the corner for a jumper.

57233248 2. The Lakers played well enough to earn some rest for their starters: With exception to Gasol, every Lakers starter played less than 30 minutes. They all sat out for the first 3:24 of the second quarter. And they all sat out for the final 6:50 of the game.

Gasol had to log heavy minutes for a few seasons. Jackson doesn't feel 100% confident in playing the bench entirely. It also spoke to the fact that the Lakers lack frontline depth outside of their starters, the fact Artest shot two-of-11 from the field and Jackson wants to limit the minutes as much as possible for Bryant (knee), Odom (played the most minutes during the preseason) and Fisher (Jackson keeps him under 30 minutes every game).

Nonetheless, the fact the Lakers built a 34-14 first-quarter lead and a 93-69 advantage before the starters called it a night illustrates the value of putting away an opponent early. It couldn't come at a better time considering the Lakers play four games this upcoming week, including contests against Memphis on Tuesday, at Sacramento on Wednesday, against Toronto on Friday and against Portland on Sunday.

The performance also provides a blueprint on effective teamwork. Some examples: Odom opened the game powering his way in off of only two dribbles. Odom nailed a three-pointer after recognizing David Lee gave him the space. Fisher, whom Jackson observed seems motivated to play since Blake plays right behind him, appeared like a young and quick point guard, pump faking Ellis and then driving inside off a single dribble past him. And Odom fought valiantly for a rebound that resulted in a Fisher jumper.

The effort proved enough for Gasol (26 points and 12 rebounds) and Odom (16 points and 14 rebounds) each to record double-doubles and Fisher to contribute 14 points on efficient five of six clip.

572332693. The reserves need games like these so they can play as an entire unit: The Lakers have earned high marks with their bench, enough for Jackson to assign them a team nickname, Renegades. But as impressive as the Lakers have played thus far, they hadn't ever played together as an entire unit until Sunday against Golden State.

The verdict: The Lakers have work to do in fostering chemistry, considering the Lakers entire bench unit conceded a 13-2 run to the Warriors and committed three turnovers, resulting in Golden State cutting the Lakers' lead to 36-27 with 7:15 remaining in the second quarter. As mentioned, Gasol also logged heavy minutes because of the reserves' inexperience.

Some examples: Devin Ebanks' mishandled dumpoff pass from Theo Ratliff. Shannon Brown and Ebanks committed consecutive offensive fouls. Sasha Vujacic's pass in the fourth quarter to Ebanks was mishandled and the ball went out of bounds. Derrick Caracter's kick out of a double team to Ebanks resulted in an airball. And Caracter's drive to the basket resulted in an offensive foul.

But the Lakers bench appearing tentative isn't an alarming sign. This illustrates the similar practice of riding a bike. The bench has mostly featured Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Brown with training wheels (at least one or two other starters). They've shown plenty of promise, so Jackson thought the large lead would give him a good chance to have the reserves take the training wheels of. It granted Ebanks his first regular-season appearance, as he finished with four points on zero-of-four shooting in 12 minutes. Vujacic also received his first regular-season run, scoring three points on one-of-three shooting in eight minutes.

The bench currently is riding on training wheels and Jackson wants them to ride without them. That plan failed, forcing Jackson to put the training wheels back on, with starters guiding them through. But if the Lakers build up more sizable leads, Jackson will likely try to take the wheels off again.

It's not a good thing if Vujacic, Caracter or Ratliff are logging heavy minutes this season because that means the Lakers are suffering injuries among their starters. But it's critical the entire reserve unit learns eventually how to play completely independent of the starters in case that scenario plays out. More importantly for the Lakers, the better they play as a unit the more likely Jackson will grant the starters more rest. It's unlikely Jackson will resort to such a rotation during the postseason because the results only matter. But more solid performances from the collective bench during regular-season blowouts will ultimately make the starters more effective come playoff time because they'll be more rested.

In the meantime, however, it remains a good sign the bench and starters work wonders together. Barnes fed two consecutive passes to Gasol for dunks. Barnes hustledfor a rebound and a cut inside resulted in two passes from Gasol for easy buckets.

572332654. Ron Artest's shooting has been off the mark: Artest has proudly proclaimed that he worries more about defense than offense and that he doesn't need to consistently produce on offense to help the team. These are valid points, but Artest's rationales sometimes mask the obvious fact his shot selection needs work. This is one of those moments. Artest's six-point effort on two-of-11 shooting, including zero of four from three-point range, shows he often forced shots and ran outside the context of the offense. After looking very fluid this preseason and at one point topping the Lakers with a 42.1% clip from three-point range, Artest through three games has shot 10 of 40 from the field, including eight of 33 from three-point range.

Considering the Lakers are 3-0, this observation may appear to be splitting hairs. But it's necessary to point out. The Lakers may not need Artest to produce much offensively, but every missed shots takes away an opportunity from someone else helping out.

5. The Lakers' defense was vastly improved: For a team that allowed 97 points a game last season, it's not exactly impressive that the Lakers have conceded in the first two games an average of 108 points. Two games bear very little on where the Lakers' season average will end up, but their defensive effort Sunday against Golden State proved much better. After the Warriors averaged in their first two games 120.5 points on 54.3% shooting, the Lakers held them to 83 points on a 40.9% clip. After Lee posted two consecutive double doubles, Odom held him to zero points and only three shots. After Ellis boasted impressive enough numbers to rank second in the league in scoring, constant switching and communication between Bryant and Artest led to Ellis scoring 20 points on a nine-of-20 clip, but he had to work for his points.

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant makes his way Golden State center Andris Biedrins during the first half of the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol, right, drives to basket past Golden State center Andris Biedrins during the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Jayne Oncea / U.S. Presswire

Photo: Golden State guard Monta Ellis, right, makes a basket over Lakers center Theo Ratliff during the first half of the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Lori Shepler / Associated Press

Photo: Golden State guard Monta Ellis makes his way around Lakers forward Ron Artest during the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday. Credit: Lori Shepler/Associated Press

 
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Great game (and I was there!). I was hangin’ with a couple of actress buds who dressed up as zombie Marilyn Monroe and zombie Jayne Mansfield. It was fun (and a W – which is what matters).

I don’t do the Wave... sorry.

Lamar bein’ Lamar; love it! Pau bein’ Pau; you bechum! Fish did good; I think he was mad at hearing all the Blake talk the first two games. 

Most interesting part for me was how good Barnes’ court awareness is. The second he gets the ball, he knows exactly where it’s going (a lot of great quick passes). I wish he’d teach Shannon that. Lots of hustle from Barnes and pretty quick hands on D. Him and Blake are definite bench guys who could play well as starters (and play well with them). That’s the way our bench should be.

Ron Ron... come on baby! You can do it! (But, as usual, great D, even on Monta – no 46 pts there.) He was getting pretty upset with himself (saw him muttering after many of the missed shots).

Oh, new scoreboard is amazing. I want one in my living room!

Best costume I saw: guy totally tricked out in Lakers uni and looked EXACTLY like Trevor Ariza and/or Devin Ebanks... the back of his Jersey said: Aribanks on it. It made me laugh.

Hey guys. I apologize in advance. I started uploading the video I shot from Phil Jackson's presser and the locker room and discovered all sorts of technical mishaps. So there won't be any video unfortunately from the Golden State game. But hey there's 79 more games to go with post-game sound that works. All the kinks should be fixed to get some video from tomorrow's practice

MM

Great game will do more analysis later.

That being said....RIP Maurice Lucas.

Great performance tonight, from beginning to end.

Most people love to see Kobe score 30+. Not me. This is my favorite kind of Kobe: controlled, playing within the flow, letting the game come to him, scoring mostly on open jumpers or post-ups, setting up others...

It might just be me, but I feel like the Lakers have been running the Triangle with greater aplomb this year than in previous ones. Much less one-on-one and pick and roll. When the Triangle is being run properly with guys cutting, moving, reading, and passing fluidly, it's a beautiful thing to watch.

Not that this is news, but Odom is a beast. This guy does NOT get enough credit for what he does. He made a very, very good rebounder and scorer - David Lee - look like he belonged in the D-League. Odom is the best I've ever seen at aiming his rebound tips. He doesn't just tip the ball to tip it; he actually aims it - either in the basket or away from the opponent and to himself. It's a wholly unique skill that few guys have.

Anyone else feel like this is the year Kobe begins to transition the regular season primary scoring burden over to Pau? Kobe just seems to be coasting and letting Pau get more touches. Personally, I think this is a good thing. Pau is destroying defenses right now. You cannot single cover him - he's too efficient a scorer and will feast on single coverage all night. But you cannot double him - he's probably the best passing big man in the league. What do you do with him? If you're the Lakers, you give him the ball. A lot.

Finally, I continue to love what I'm seeing from Shannon. Hard to imagine that just 2-3 years ago, this guy was riding pine and almost out of the league.

Sorry I haven't been able to come here and post much lately. School has consumed my life, and I've been on jury duty for 6 days now, so I haven't had access to the internet during the day. Hopefully I'll be seeing more of y'all soon!

Go Lakers!

63 footer -

Aribanks? LOL. That's hilarious.

MM -

No need to apologize - stuff happens. We all know that you put in major work for the blog, and we appreciate it.

One question - were you planning to write more for the 5th thing to take away? The post ended right after your 5th bullet point.

Hope you had a good Halloween!

Puddle -

Good to see you posting here! Thanks for giving me your insight to the game last night. These 2-3 am start times for me are pretty killer, and hence I haven't seen the amount of Laker basketball that I usually would see at this point. Hope you're doing well!

Cali -

Thanks man. Always good to see your posts too!

Oooph. Graveyard shift? That's tough. What do you do that starts you at such a rough time? Mad props to you for handling what my weak, frail mind and body could never handle!

Puddle -

I'm actually over in the UK right now doing (more) grad school, and since we're 8 hours ahead, it makes catching games a bit tough. I'm just putting the finishing touches on a couple of essays as we speak.

You are up pretty late (if you're in Cali). You sound like you're a late night warrior as well!

63 Footer

on a different blog, some poster mentioned the MM / JM couple. i did not see it because i had guests. and all of them, in SF, more interested in the Giants game …

but i've seen 3 consecutive fast breaks by the Lakers, the last one winning the "play of the game" on the broadcast. i'm sure u know which play it was - the long pass to Barnes (no dribble) - pass to Blake (no dribble) pass to Ron for the layup. that was impressive.

also in the first quarter Kobe had that quarterback pass to Barnes who without moving just gave it to Gasol for the dunk/layup.

interesting how Barnes playing previously on the Phoenix and Warriors teams, looked like a chaotic player on chaotic 7" no-play offense sets(?! - wrong word). but in the Lakers offense/defense he stands out being involved almost in every play. regardless of the outcome (most time positive) his energy is very high.
Barnes is on a mission. he took the paycut but will do anything asked from him to make sure that at the end of the season his hand will be much heavier with the ring on his finger.

indeed he has a great court vision. also he played football. and if one "feels" the large space, spacing, a smaller court becomes an easy task. and from interviews, he sounds like a smart cookie.

"The second he gets the ball, he knows exactly where it’s going (a lot of great quick passes). I wish he’d teach Shannon that."

i wish that too. unfortunately i don't think UPS is a smart cookie out there. he has no vision offensively and defensively as you've seen in the Phoenix game when he was constantly burned by Childress. and he is still going under the screen and the shooters make the 3.

compared to a conversation, people who r using uh, uh, uh while searching for the next word or idea are like Shannon dribbling in the same spot or just collapsing the triangle in the middle (bad habit learned from Farmy)

yes, everyone is excited about the improvement of his shot. we r lucky. other wise will just have more WAKI's (worst all-around Kobe impersonation). it is a new term like PUJIT (for Fish - pull up jumper in transition). no great shooting in his last 2 games.

Shannon is good at 2 things: that play on the baseline when he gets the pass from Gasol and he makes a reverse layup. and as a spot up shooter if he makes his shots.

a friend of mine, who is very knowledgeable and follows religiously college hoops told me that Michigan had huge expectations from him and he did not deliver. so, he had enough pedigree to learn the game. but he still does not get it.

one can improve shooting, form, FT, maybe even passing with an experienced team and system. but "vision" i don't think so. and i'm sure you've experienced that with your fellow teammates and watching other teams playing. some have it some not. it's also called talent.

and for such a gifted athletic player his defense is susceptible. he always gives up the baseline and it's rare to see him well placed between the player with the ball and the rim. he is always off. help defense - off. yes, he can have spectacular blocks, like LBJ, when running after players on fast breaks or layups. and we all forget the rest because it ends up in Top 10. like his thunderous dunks. let's not forget the fouls on 3 point shooters.

i still believe that the Lakers could have saved some money by paying him the same ammount of money but hiring him as a mascot to entertain the crowd with his dunks. and saving on luxury taxes. :-)

and on a Halloween note, the Aribanks guy could have had a better performance than e-Banks. now that was scarry. i'm prepared to swallow my own words regarding Luke IMPEDING e-Banks development. but it was his first game in the NBA. he looked really scared, like a deer in the headlights. i hope he looks for the headlines. till then wondering what he will twitt re: his performance. regardless if it is in proper English or not. :-)

i'm sure you had lots of fun in the right company: off and on the court.

Now that's what I call a professional win. Take care of business early against a mediocre team, missing one of its best players, so the starters can rest in the 4th.

For Pau & LO it was easy as Sunday morning just like the song says.

Good defense on Monta. I was especially impressed how Shannon was still hounding him in the 4th even though the game was in the refrigerator.

Is Pau Gasol the new "Kareem Abdul Jabbar 2.0"?????????

Right now, Pau Gasol is the franchise player. He make run the triangle.

@63 Footer/Lew - Okay here's my entry for great Laker moment with great Beatle song.

Lakers vs. Boston game 7 2010 Finals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfaxusuEIcI

It was an off shooting night for Kobe...but the Lakers still won because:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmOtWyjs8iU

That being said....RIP Maurice Lucas.
Posted by: KB Blitz | November 01, 2010 at 01:26 AM
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Blitz - I missed that news. I prayers and condolenses to Mo's family. I know Bill Walton was particularly fond of Mo Lucas...so much that he named Luke after him.

@Lew – Great Minds must think alike. You & Justa both posted Wild Cherry. Very Funky indeed. And I certainly L-O-V-E-D your Nat King Cole selection. You pulled one of my aces I had up my sleeve. Thanks to the introduction to Bocelli. A great voice indeed. Okay so if he and Steve Perry are two of your top five…that means you only have three left.

@ms – a little Neil Diamond flavor. a curve ball but good stuff. Of course I love Amel Larrieux every since her Groove Theory Days.

Zaira - great minds think alike. I also posted that same "Renegade song :-)

I agree. He died so young, Mr. Lucas. One of the original enforcers of the game. He will be missed.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Here's my entry for today in honor of "all these things" the Lakers did well last night...Defense=83 pts allowed, Rebounds= 55, Sharing the ball= 25 assists

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

FYI...Brandon Flowers says this songs was inspired by U2 and Lou Reed.

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ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!!! THE WORLD IS OURS!!!!
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RIP MAURICE LUCAS
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Good Morning, Mornig Crue’: DJ LRob, Lewstrs, 63 Footer, Ouchhh, Caliphilosopher
Ricky, Puddle, KB Blitz, Fabulous Justanothermambafan, Lewstrs, Magic Phil, Troy
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AND NOW THE LAKERS ANTHEM: http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA
http://tinyurl.com/2c9afer - Here come The lakers
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THE GOAT KOBE BRYANT IS BACK SO TO THE BLACK MAMBA:
http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk - IT’S TIME FOR WAR -LL COOL J
http://tinyurl.com/34p7hmb - LET’S GET DIRTY – REDMAN MIX

Good morning MAMBA24!

I hope you enjoyed the game last night. Sounds like it was a thorough thumping last night. Hopefully I'll get a chance to stay up late enough for the live chat...maybe friday perhaps?

Hope everyone is having a good morning over there!

Good morning Cali. Enjoyed every single second of it. I think 82 - 0 is not of the question. LOL! You seem to be settling right in over there bro. Good for you!! Now go out and have a great Lakers day!!

And my set for today:
http://tinyurl.com/397yd9r _ If I sing my song – Minnie Ripperton with the Rotary Connection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glteDQ_oCpQ - Baby this Love – Minnie Ripperton
http://tinyurl.com/27u3fzq - Got to Be Real _ Patti Labelle & Mariah Carey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGl4W80PUQw - Found someone new = Next Movement
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr1qEOYsaok – Love X Love – George Benson

INDESTRUCTIBLE!

RAWR!


(as said by DBDH after the game, as loud as possible, veins bulging from neck like flesh ropes, blood vessels erupting in eyeballs, fists clenched like massive boulders, vocal chords shredding, hair turning gray from the primal scream, spine arching back like the St. Louis Arch, lightning bolts shooting from mouth, chest hair on fire (stinky!), abdominal muscles protruding like a cobblestone road, lungs blown to 150% capacity like a Mylar balloon, sternum vaporizing, tongue liquefying, internal organs petrifying, lower jaw unlocking and extending outward, teeth becoming instantly sanitized by the sheer intense volume of the triumphant Lakers battle cry.)

Not to worry Kobe.

If your knee isn't 100%, and Andrew can't make it, Luke will bring it!

But really, how is the ol' knee Koab?

100%?

Go Kings!
Go San Francisco Giants! One of the greatest post-season pitching performances of all time, game after game. Fear the Beard!
Go Niners! Take a lesson from the Giants. Giants were 20 to 1 to be where they are at now. You are still only two games out.
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast


INDESTRUCTIBLE!

RAWR!


(as said by DBDH after the game, as loud as possible, veins bulging from neck like flesh ropes, blood vessels erupting in eyeballs, fists clenched like massive boulders, vocal chords shredding, hair turning gray from the primal scream, spine arching back like the St. Louis Arch, lightning bolts shooting from mouth, chest hair on fire (stinky!), abdominal muscles protruding like a cobblestone road, lungs blown to 150% capacity like a Mylar balloon, sternum vaporizing, tongue liquefying, internal organs petrifying, lower jaw unlocking and extending outward, teeth becoming instantly sanitized by the sheer intense volume of the triumphant Lakers battle cry.) Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 01, 2010 at 07:02 AM
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I take it you enjoyed the game LOL!...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

Good Morning Lakers Blog Fam,

Good Morning Mamba 24, arise indeed.

Great game last night! However I'm with those who said that Shannon needs to stop pounding the air outta the ball and pass it more often and much quicker. And LO is indeed a beast. It seems the World Championships gave him something he's been missing. A cool, quiet confidence that he can ball with the best of them. I'm so glad he turned the Heat's offer down last year, what a nightmare that would be for us right now if he was a member of the Heat. Good to see most if not all of the starters sit the 4th quarter, here's hoping we see lots of that this season. However, I'm more impressed that the Bench maintained the blow out! Good job all around. Caracter is going to be a beast! He's raw and young but there are good signs that he can ball.

Very nice, efficient game last night. A nice beatdown of the upstart Warriors, a team that seems destined to always be a little brother to the Lakers.

Some thoughts on the first week of the NBA season....

The Lakers are going to be very good. Even with Kobe rounding into form and Baby Bynum out, the team shows signs of being much improved from last year, and heck, they only won the C'ship last year.

The Heat look strong. They destroyed a good Orlando team in the 2nd half on Friday night. It's early, but they show signs of being an excellent defensive unit. Celtics, Heat and Magic are the class of the East with Atlanta and Chicago in the 2nd tier. Anyone who discounts the Heat as a potential force and strong contender is only fooling themselves.

Concerning the new technical foul rules: I've seen good and bad with them. On the good side, the games seem to flow better without the constant bitching from coaches and players to the refs. The players have adjusted and are trying their best to avoid the stiff financial penalties involved with disagreement. Diva Stern and a potential lockout have the players biting their tongues and walking away. $2K is pretty stiff, even for millionaires.

On the other hand, the refs seem to be allowing a lot of contact in every game. Because they know the players can't kvetch, they seem to ignore a lot of fouls. In a lot of cases in the past, players were RIGHT when they argued. Now, it seems that the referees are always right because nobody's allowed to argue and that's simply not the case.

As teams adjust to new players, this is shaping up as a very interesting and exciting season. Via the League Pass, I've already seen some very contentious games. And the best is yet to come. Our Lakers are going to be right in the thick of things all the way through.

GO LAKERS!!

Now Folks you can learn alot from Don't Blame Del Harris. This man is a true Lakerholic who took just a little bit to much of Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic elixir.

Good morning Fan of The Mamba. Excellent points in your post. Instad of being one of our weakest Link our bench will now be our X-Factor in any game. I love it.

Not to worry Kobe. If your knee isn't 100%, and Andrew can't make it, Luke will bring it!Posted by: Sonny Belfast | November 01, 2010 at 07:11 AM
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LMAO!!! Sonny stop this! Stop this now!!!

Puddle,

you wrote: Anyone else feel like this is the year Kobe begins to transition the regular season primary scoring burden over to Pau? Kobe just seems to be coasting and letting Pau get more touches. Personally, I think this is a good thing. Pau is destroying defenses right now. You cannot single cover him - he's too efficient a scorer and will feast on single coverage all night. But you cannot double him - he's probably the best passing big man in the league. What do you do with him? If you're the Lakers, you give him the ball. A lot.

my response:

nope. It's not going to happen.

We have played 3 games out of 82. 1 game against an All-Star center who
can only play limited minutes due to an injury filled history & 1 game
against Brook (?) Lopez who had a reasonable game & 1 game against the
Warriors with no big center. Your data sample is ridiculously small to
talk about changing the game plan that has led us to 3 Finals appearances
& 2 championships.

Yes, Pau is playing well. Yes, it's great to have him. Yes, we do have an
advantage inside. He is the most skilled PF in the game. That being said,
the Lakers "Bread & Butter" is Kobe. Stick with what has won championships.


On a side note: What is it with people constantly wanting Kobe not to score?
If MJ were on the Lakers, would people be making the same sorts of "dubious"
comments? Kobe is *NOT* a 6'9" pg named Magic. Can we stop asking him
to be?

Justanothermambafan,

Salut madame. Ca va? Encore, je attends pour l'information. Tu sais? :)

Yawn-79

Next!!!

Pau, leave the Lakers. They don´t deserve you at all, neither those smart journalists and fans...

63 footer - I was thinking exact same thing - Barnes passes were lightening quick and ON THE MARK. It was great to see. It seems like our assists are way up this year which I really like. Cool to be there.

The thing that most impresses me is that we are spreading out the scoring and it seems like there is no agita as to who scores and how many points they get. Maybe it's only 3 games in but that was certainly a point of contention in the locker room last year (Jordy/Sasha) and it seems to all but disappeared to date. If so, I am loving that. I think everybody clearly understands if they work the triangle they will get their looks and they need to knock 'em down.

And now that Sasha is getting only limited minutes, I guess that's coach speak for keep your mouth shut about your PT and #'s. I have a feeling though that Sasha is on the trading block as it isx quite apparent there is NO room for a 5th guard no matter how hard PJ tries.

Lastly, I am here in SF and are the GSW announcers lame. They are complete homers and certainly not balanced even when the game was totally out of reach (1Q).

All in all - good game, I really like our team cohesion which is all I care about right now (except the W's). It's way to early to make any more judgments because PJ will be tinkering until Christmas.

Cheers all - PLG

Justa: Any Rick F. update?

5 points ha

POINTS PER GAME 111.0 1st
OVERALLREBOUNDS PER GAME 48.3 3rd
OVERALLASSISTS PER GAME 22.3 9th
OVERALLPOINTS ALLOWED 99.714th
OVERALL= 5 rings

Next!!!

mamba24,
I take it u ain't missing Farmar ...

bronxlakerfan,
"Our Lakers are going to be right in the thick of things all the way through"

That just don't read right ... thick of things was back in the day ... these days we let the rest of the league mix it up in the regular season and we show up come playoffs to take what's rightfully ours ...

All that competition you noticing ... that's to separate the pretenders from the contenders ... ain't got nothing to do with the champs though

mamba24,I take it u ain't missing Farmar ...

bronxlakerfan,
"Our Lakers are going to be right in the thick of things all the way through"

That just don't read right ... thick of things was back in the day ... these days we let the rest of the league mix it up in the regular season and we show up come playoffs to take what's rightfully ours ...

All that competition you noticing ... that's to separate the pretenders from the contenders ... ain't got nothing to do with the champs though Posted by: segeboy | November 01, 2010 at 07:54 AM
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Damn Sheriff you must have been reading my mind! I was thinking the same thing. Thick of things? Hell we're the Freakin 16 time NBA Champion, 4 Dynasty, Freakin LA Lakers!!!! Therefore Sheriff I know you hate it but I got to do it....OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! As for farmer I actually liked Farmer. He was just in the wrong system and had the wrong attitude...but I aint mad at him! LOL!

AW HELL YEAH!!! Hobbit Freakin Mage is back!!!! The Force is in Balance and all is right in Laker Nation now!!!

Good morning, Mamba 24...I'd like to share this with you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCA1X8WzC5A

This song reminds me of you, because one of the reasons this blog is really specially is "just because of you!"
I also love this display of Aretha's virtuosity as a pianist. Much like Nat King Cole, her greatness as a singer overshadowed her superb work on the keyboards.

I also love this display of Aretha's virtuosity as a pianist. Much like Nat King Cole, her greatness as a singer overshadowed her superb work on the keyboards. Posted by: bronxlakerfan | November 01, 2010 at 08:06 AM
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Absolutely my brother! She used to play a lot more piano in her early years than now and never got enough credit for that. LROb probably could write a book about that. OK now...this Blog is special because of each and every individual of Lakers Nation that contributes to it. Mamba24 is just the slightest of reasons this Blog is special. But Oh yeah, I appreciate the sentiments my brother and I thank you. Carry on!

@Mamba - That Love X Love is one of Benson's most underrated. Love the lyrics. I think its a Rod Temperton song.

@Bronx - agree about the East. Miami looked pretty good over the weekend.

@Hobbit - yep Kobe always the Bread and Butter until father time dictates otherwise.

FIRST and Foremost.... GET WELL SOON Rick F. !!!!! I was truly saddened to read Justas post about your misfortune but felt even better reading the subsequent posts about you getting better and on the road to 100%.. My prayers go out to you Rick, although we've never met in the flesh, I consider you a friend and Blog Brother.. Hurry back Bro.. your posts are truly missed as is your spirit......


Good Morning All !!!! Fist Bumps and Hugs for my Bro and Sis, Mamba/Justa.. :) and Hi 5's for all that bleed purple n gold... an Omen ??? Hmmmm quest for a 3peat... 3wins in a row? hmmmm I kno, I kno, I'm reaching lol ok shoot me.. Im STILL CELEBRATING our title last summer !!!!! I plan on keeping it goin until the All Star break so for you Trolls that want me to get over it.. ehhh NO !!! The only thing I'm looking forward to more than the Lakers pulling off a 3peat... AGAIN.. Is the return of Rick F !!!! :) Its like that.. and thats the way it is..... Huuuuuuuuuwah

AW HELL NAW, First HobbitMage and now...AND NOW COMPLEX BROTHA!!!!! Tes, Yes, YES!!!! The Band is officially back together. Now lets go out there and take our 3-peat!!!! OH and Complex Brotha...OUT FREAKIN STANDING BROTHA!!!!!!!

segeboy....

I know that the Lakers are the team to beat. But I don't discount the regular season as being important. The first season is the time for the team to blend and develop chemistry. The Lakers have 5 new players. Cohesion doesn't develop overnight.

ouchhhhhhhh - yeah, I'd seen Barnes on other teams, but he looks like a new guy here. Very savvy, and whenever I hear him speak, very well-spoken. Really adds to the team when he comes in and plays very well with the starters.

PsychedLakerGirl - yeah, I love the spread-out scoring as well. And also spread-out assists. To me, I think if the triangle is run to perfection, I could see all five starters getting 5 assists per game (never will happen, but theoretically), as no one is really the lead in the triangle. Last night was pretty spread out.

Mamba24 - good music, as usual.

LRob - good choice in the Lakers' Moment/Beatles Song derby.

So... can't wait for the next game!

And my song for the morning (too long to listen to if you're not into it, and it's only Part 1!) is something that the rest of the league is going to feel like if the Lakers continue to play like this; better and better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHhKnc0XZrs

Laker Fam, heard this on the way to work this morning and thought of Lamar, a little late since this was blown out of proportion last year but very funny. Now, I don't know how to share it but will try, I present you The Candy Song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggv1hmh13BQ&feature=related

The only thing that troubled me last night was that when the lead got to 24 the Lakers quit attacking. This is not a habit that they should be getting into so early in the season. The bench play got away from the formula early in the second and allowed GS to get confidence in their own game at a point when we wanted them to start thinking about getting to the shower. The rest of the game was quite outstanding and not worth picking nits over.
JR

NathanC.,

Exactly. Pau is the real nº 1 in this team since 2008. He is "the guy". He makes run the triangle and the real point guard. For me Pau is the best Laker player and the rest is simply "irrelevant" Without Pau, the "renegades" can´t play. Kobe is not the guy that can show the triangle secrets. PAU GASOL IS THE MAN. The last year, he was the real MVP.

I think 2010 is the last laker season for Pau. He want return to Spain and play for his core Team, F.C. Barcelona and obviously for his Spanish National Team. With 2 rings, 3 finals championships and a lot of FIBA championships, Pau should return to Spain. Lakers is irrelevant for his career right now. With Lakers, Pau can only take a injury. His future is in Spain next year. He should return and leave the Lakers b/c is done finally.

To Hobbitmage.

Simply a word: NO.

Sorry guy, but Pau is the laker nº 1, like it you, or not.

to Ricky:

YEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

To Ricky:

Hobbitmage don´t know about BB. I think he is a Frenchy and only know about soccer. Kobe the nº 1 option????. Broooo, Pau is a legitimate 2,15 jumpshooter, a rebounder-passer-scorer-point guard all in one? Bryant the guy???? nahhhhhhhhh

Pau is Kareem 2.0, Kobe is Byron Scott.

MM great 5 things, I missed the game, and your recap made me feel I hadn't missed it.
63 Footer, you added the right touches, thanks guys

Bronxter...great to see someone from the Bronx that is a Laker fan..you are a bit of renegade yourself

Barnes showed what it takes when he humbled himself about catching all the triangle...great job Matt, you got it...whatever it is

How about the spacing....doesn't it look consistently correct....as in with Gasol and Barnes open lane passing?

It's early to rate: Gasol, Kobe, Lamar, etc. look at Artest....but right now, I say that Malone at his best, in place of Gasol...we don't win the last couple years...Dun thcan maybe...not even with McHale ...Pau is one of the best I think when it is all over

as far as the lakers playing better defense its a little misleading. all around effort was their for the lakers but the warriors are are vastly different team without their offence leader in curry good game but still think its an area where they can improve


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