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Five things to take away from Lakers' 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets

1. The personalized ring ceremony was a nice touch. To the tune of Jay-Z's "Run This Town," the new Staples Center HD scoreboard flashed images of the Lakers' playoff run -- Ron Artest's key three-pointer in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Derek Fisher's coast-to-coast layup in Game 3, plus numerous Kobe Bryant shots that only he knows how to make. Each player introduced a teammate before  expressing his appreciation. The teamwork theme was fitting, and with nearly 19,000 fans on hand, it was clear the Lakers run Los Angeles.

The wave of nostalgia hit when the Lakers unveiled their 16th championship banner just above the 310 section of Staples Center. The Lakers are two titles away from forcing the Kings to move their banners and four away from pushing out the Sparks' banner. The highlight reel and testimonials brought on the  emotions. The championship rings, each adorned with a piece of leather from the ball used in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, conjured up memories as well. They featured two trophies to signify the back-to-back victories and were made of 16-karat gold and 16 oversized brilliant white diamonds. Each player was featured with a three-dimensional sculpture of his face. The rings were hand delivered in custom boxes; included was a rotating platform to display the ring.

The atmosphere was theatrical, but the player introductions were a really nice, comforting touch.

Kobe Bryant called Lakers owner Jerry Buss "the greatest owner in the history of team sports." Derek Fisher said Bryant, his teammate since their rookie season in 1996, "the world's best basketball player." And Lamar Odom shared stories about growing up with Ron Artest in New York.

Most memorably, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson proudly displayed his ring before proclaiming, "This is what we play for."

I get glimpses of the Lakers as everyday people because I attend their practices, but it was cool for the general public to see some of the emotions and interests of these players, who have such high-profile lifestyles.

2. Steve Blake earns Kobe Bryant's trust. Normally, Bryant wants the ball in his hands for a game-winning shot, but Bryant willingly passes up that opportunity so long as he trusts his teammate. For Bryant to connect with Blake for the game winner in the first game of the regular season shows that Blake has forged a bond with the Black Mamba and is becoming acclimated to the Lakers pretty quickly.

Once Bryant drove along the far side, he drew a double team off a pick-and-roll with Pau Gasol and immediately kicked the ball out to Blake. Aaron Brooks had left Blake open and he nailed the three-pointer for a 112-110 lead with 18.8 seconds remaining. On the other end, Luis Scola attempted a few spin moves and then swung right for a hook, but the shot hit off the rim. Still, officials ruled that the ball went out of bounds on Lamar Odom. On the inbounds pass, Shane Battier found  Aaron Brooks on a backdoor cutbut Blake shut off the lane and Odom swatted the shot as time expired.

Blake's 10-point performance on three-of-five shooting and a three-of-four mark from three-point range are a big contrast with his shooting in the preseason, when he went 38.8% from the field and 25% from three-point range. I wasn't too worried about Blake's poor shooting during the preseason because he was largely brought in because of his passing abilities. But the Lakers shot poorly from the outside last season, so any perimeter threat will bolster an already dangerous team. It's also telling that Blake played the entire fourth quarter in place of Fisher, who routinely got beat by Brooks' drives to the basket as he finished with 24 points on seven-of-16 shooting. Fortunately for the Lakers, Blake stopped Brooks on the last drive that counted.

3. Shannon Brown's off-season work has benefited his shooting stroke. Brown spent countless hours this offseason perfecting his shot so as to become more than just an athletic dunker. He showcased that in the preseason, averaging 12.3 points on 49.3% shooting, but it's hard to predict what will carry over into the regular season. It's only one game, but it appears Brown is rounding nicely into form. His 16 points on six-of-nine shooting came on timely plays that helped the Lakers get back into the game. That included a coast-to-coast layup, three three-pointers and a timely steal on Yao Ming.

4. Bryant makes progress on his right knee. Jackson had said he would play Bryant in a limited capacity to start off the season, but Bryant told Jackson he felt well enough and played 37 minutes. His stat line of 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting certainly is more impressive than the 28.2% shooting he averaged this preseason. But the minutes stand out more. Bryant's shot was a mixed bag, with some showing proper lift and others lacking it entirely. But Bryant didn't appear tired. More importantly, his presence caused matchup problems, as he constantly drew double teams in the post, including the final sequence that led to Blake's game winner.

5. The Lakers defense needs work. I thought the ring ceremony contributed to the sluggish start, but it wouldn't have been an issue if the Lakers sharpened up on defense.

Poor shot selection led to a 38.9% first-half shooting percentage, leading to the Rockets speeding back in transition. Brooks (24), while Yao (26) and Luis Scola (18) exploited the driving lanes because of poor interior defense. And Kevin Martin (24) lit it up from outside because of shoddy perimeter play. This was an ongoing issue during training camp. And though the Lakers sharpened up in the second half, opponents likely will view this as the team's primary weakness and try to expose it.

--Mark Medina
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Good analysis, we got killed on the boards as well even when Yao sat down...transition defence also needs much work. Will be interesting to see if Blake will play a larger role down the stretch than wish especially if Fish continues to struggle handling younger guards.

LAKERS NATION I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN HOLDING YOUR BREATH WAITING FOR THIS, ESPECIALLY THE FABULOUS JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN. So without further ado here is DOC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tnJCliuyNo

i agree, gaber in toronto.

All I gotta say is:

The Bench Mob is back, & its about time...

Awesome teamwork in the second half. Steve Blake playing the entire fourth quarter is a great omen for the upcoming season. Fish gets to rest, KB rests while the bench outhustles the other team that is what we will see this year.

What do you think of Luke getting introduced first in the ring ceremony?

Houston always outhustles LA on the boards. On that front, we're just waiting on our Socks to dry.

Mamba - put me on that Shannon bandwagon. Spartan Dawg representin!

Lakers 1-0

Heat 0-1

The Lakers have some work to do to be a championship team, no doubt, but they got the win. And Houston is a pretty good team that often gives the Lakers trouble. The Lakers got in a hole, but dug out.

I said it last night, but it bears repeating. The depth of this team is what makes it tough to beat them. Artest and Fish are struggling? That's OK, Shannon and Blake will step up. That has been missing the last year or so. It is'nt that Shannon will shoot like that every night (he won't). It's that, beyond Kobe and Pau, there are a lot of guys who might step up on a given night.

And last night PJ rode the hot hands, which is a good way to spread out playing time over the course of 82 games.

Good win last night. I'm thrilled with the contribution from the bench mob. I hope Gasol doesn't have to play 40 minutes very often, but we do what we need to do to win. That's what champions are all about!
The crowning of the Heat in the preseason seems rather premature. Most of us on this blog realize the Celtics are the better team in the east if their tired old legs hold up.
DEFENSE wins championships!

MM - Excellent point on Kobe's trust factor already there with Blake. I also noticed Kobe's disapointment on one play in the 4th when Shannon didn't find a wide open Blake.

You made a mistake on Kobe's stat line. I think you mixed his up with Pau's.

Houston is tougher and deeper than I thought. They don't seem to miss Ariza. The Lakers performed when needed and the bench stepped up big to get them back in the game. I thought that the best back up 2 would be an athletic player like Brown and a sharp shooter like Sasha. It appears that we had him all along in (an improved) Shannon. It's very nice to see his development.
It was interesting that Phil called on Caracter as soon as Odom picked up two fouls. However, Caracter never saw the court again, as Phil went with Ratliff from that point on. Ratliff did not appear to be more effective but added more of a defensive presence. I'm sure that PJ will continue to experiment in the frontcourt depending on the match ups. He has to be pleased with the win.

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN FOR 6TH MAN OF THE YEAR - BAND WAGON
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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) LAKER LASS - DRIVER -
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - What can Downtown Shannon Brown do for you?...Any damn thing you ask of him.
(04) # 4
(05) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY
(06) SEGEBOY - SHERIFF –
(07) PURPLE HEART - Shannon & Stevie were co-mvp's for the nite.
(08) EDWIN GUECO
(09) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - THE ATTACK OF THE KILLER B'S !!!!!!!!! Blake, Barnes, and Brown set `em up and knocked `em down
(10) TOM DANIELS - And Brown stepped way up. Brown's improved outside shooting is a huge plus and will really affect Sasha's minutes. Next Shannon has to work on making plays in the open floor.
(11) BENJAMIN - Great stuff. Shannon looks like 08-09 again. It was the thumb people, the thumb. Very glad we kept him.
(12) ALAM007 - loved the effort from the bench tonight, especially the way Shannon played. He showed me he's not content with being a throw-in in that '09 trade. He definitely worked on his game this summer, and I hope he can keep up a similar effort throughout the entire season.
(13) LAKER TRUTH - Shannon Brown will be this year's version of Trevor Ariza.
(14) DWNTWNATTY - Shannon's shot release looks soooo improved. If he maintains his form, he could be one of our key assets this year.
(15) JOHNNYV - Regarding the Shannon Brown bandwagon, please add me to the believers! I liked what I saw last night.
(16) MS - Shannon to Monica after 3s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2hCX6wizYg
Shannon & Steve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNZnn3El3yE
(17) LROB - SPARTAN DAWG REPRESENTIN - Put me on that Shannon bandwagon.

Shannon Brown. WOW.

Loved the line up of Blake, Kobe, Shannon, LO and Pau. That was pretty much the fourth quarter, and they made an effort to run the offense vs. just jacking up shots like they did in the first half.

I was a little concerned when I saw the lack of defensive intensity (i.e., NO defensive intensity!) but they brought it in the fourth. I'm glad they got the win, and if this is "rusty" than I'm OK with that. Let's see if they can improve on it next game, and so on and so on.

As for Miami. Well. All I can do is laugh and gloat. Listen, there's no way they're going to suck. But it was so good to see them stumble and fall last night. Boston looked good and had a level of comfort in their venue, plus I'm sure they want to put the beautiful loss in game 7 behind them, so they played with purpose. As much as I hate him, Rondo was really good. Can't take good basketball away from someone if they're playing it. It just is what it is.

All right - bring on the Suns!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!
BACK TO BACK WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

MM-Can you get a picture of the ring, it looks SWEET.

As for Miami. Well. All I can do is laugh and gloat. Listen, there's no way they're going to suck. But it was so good to see them stumble and fall last night. Posted by: longtimelakerlover | October 27, 2010 at 08:00 AM
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FYI...Princess Jimmy is still taking notes. Don't piss the lil Darling off!!! LOL!

I don't see any kind of offense from Ratliff/Caracter, I hope that will improve in the future. They should not play simultaneously but combined always with Ratliff/LO or Caracter/Gasol. We have not seen Ebanks and Sasha because Lakers were trying to chase a W, Phil was trying to gradually insert the newbies and coming back from injury players slowly as the season gets a little older. I'm sure they are reserve for today's game in Sacto.

Mamba, on the UPS bandwagon, I referred him part of the bbb tandem (bed and breakfast with bagels on the 2nd floor of Motel 6). lol!

Here's the Nike comercial "Rise".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLmDK9TBRrg

What should Lebron do?

Mamba24. put me on the UPS wagon.

That's what brown can do for you!

Mamba, on the UPS bandwagon, I referred him part of the bbb tandem (bed and breakfast with bagels on the 2nd floor of Motel 6). lol! Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 27, 2010 at 08:04 AM
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Yes that is just as good as The Killer B's and much more tasty!! LOL! Carry on Sir!!

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN FOR 6TH MAN OF THE YEAR - BAND WAGON
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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) LAKER LASS - DRIVER -


(17) LROB - SPARTAN DAWG REPRESENTIN - Put me on that Shannon bandwagon.
(18) LAKERJ - I thought that the best back up 2 would be an athletic player like Brown and a sharp shooter like Sasha. It appears that we had him all along in (an improved) Shannon. It's very nice to see his development.
(19) LONGTIMELAKER LOVER - Shannon Brown. WOW.!
(20) CHICNSTU - That's what brown can do for you!

Great win..

special thanks to phil for ridin the hot hand blake.. he really is gonna be a perfect fit for the triangle. and no surprise lakers go on their run with dfish sitting down.

the bench won this game for us... barnes, shannon and blake gonna have great chemistry and imagine when odom joins them later.

shanWOW.. how can you not be proud of this kid? played under control and u could tell he worked his butt off last summer. this is what i love about him. great attitude and blue collar work ethic.

GO LAKERS!

Ugly win for the lake show. However, the outlook looks positive. Our bench is deep. Blake and Barnes (B&B) are going to shine. 3 peat fo sho.

Mamba24- Add me to the "SILKY SMOOTH LAY IT DOWN BROWN" bandwagon, window seat please.

I was a doubter of Blake, but looks GOOD first game out. If Fish

carry his struggles into the early season, he'll get lots of rest on the bench.

Thriller couldn't get it going the second half, but the bench didn't miss a beat

performed well without

Kobe on the floor, they hustled picking up the slack.

Now we can see why Sasha will not get any playing time.
He will be the 1st one gone.
We got a new and improve machine.
Blake The Clean Machine.
As for the 3 girls in heat,ha ha ha the good old boys blew their skirts up.
Ouch.

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN FOR 6TH MAN OF THE YEAR - BAND WAGON
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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.



(21) YELLOWFEVER - shanWOW.. how can you not be proud of this kid? played under control and u could tell he worked his butt off last summer. this is what i love about him. great attitude and blue collar work ethic
(22) 2PHATT – WINDOW SEAT - Add me to the "SILKY SMOOTH LAY IT DOWN BROWN" bandwagon,

Mamba24- Thanks, this ring is SWEEET.

FYI...Princess Jimmy is still taking notes. Don't piss the lil Darling off!!! LOL!

Posted by: mamba24 | October 27, 2010 at 08:04

He might be taking notes, but he'll have to do a heck of a lot more than that to get results. Poor Princess Jimmy, all curled up in fetal position, crying and sniffling "It wasn't supposed to be like this, it wasn't supposed to be like this" over and over. Awwwwwww. And poor Heat fans. Did their little superstar bruise his ego? Poor Jimmy!

CHURLISH AND CHILDISH COMMENTARY ON BBB..

Mamba24- Thanks, this ring is SWEEET. Posted by: 2Phatt | October 27, 2010 at 08:36 AM
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My Pleasure sir and yes the ring is sweet isn't it? Lol!

He might be taking notes, but he'll have to do a heck of a lot more than that to get results. Poor Princess Jimmy, all curled up in fetal position, crying and sniffling "It wasn't supposed to be like this, it wasn't supposed to be like this" over and over. Awwwwwww. And poor Heat fans. Did their little superstar bruise his ego? Poor Jimmy! Posted by: longtimelakerlover | October 27, 2010 at 08:37 AM
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That's terrible!...LMAO!!!

Mamba24- You think it maybe to much pressure on Brown to perform with the bandwagon for 6th man? I remember the "LET SHANNON DUNK" bandwagon, took him out of his game. He might like to fly under the radar, hell put the pressure on.

Mamba24- You think it maybe to much pressure on Brown to perform with the bandwagon for 6th man? I remember the "LET SHANNON DUNK" bandwagon, took him out of his game. He might like to fly under the radar, hell put the pressure on. Posted by: 2Phatt | October 27, 2010 at 08:44 AM
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Yes but there is one crucial thing Shannon has now that he did not have then. Confidence? No he always had that. Hops? No he's always had that. Then what the Frak Mamba24?
Well I'll tell you. The one thing Shannon has now he did not have then is...MONICA!!!

My kinda game: a W.

Shannon has worked hard over the summer, and it'll only make him better having such a good first game. Kudos to him.

Blake rocked! Phil and Kobe trusting him is exactly what we were hoping. I'm keeping my fingers crossed his shot stays down.

Caracter - interesting to see Phil insert him in so early. Kid's a rook; don't get down on him. Even during preseason we saw he had a long way to go, but I think he'll round out eventually... even if it's not this season.

Pau had dark circles under his eyes - what's with that? Sleep! But not on the court.

Yeah, the D was porous, but it's getting there. Lamar! Hope Ron's cooled off shooting doesn't get in his head (though with all the other stuff up there, it might just get lost).

The Heat will be very good at times this season, and power drive over a lot of teams with Lebron going 1 on 5 with the help of the refs. (What is it about Paul Pierce's throat that just taunts people to elbow it?) But they have glaring weaknesses that will take genius coaching and execution to get around... and they have neither. I will be interested to see the Magic's defensive looks against the Heat. If they can play team D like the Celtics, then I'm picking Orlando out of the East. Otherwise (and I gag a little to say this), it's the C's.

I hate to change the subject but...lol... miami... ahahahah.... wow! They are definitely not making it to the playoffs... UNLESS... injuries and age take a toll on the Boston Celtics.

I hasten to add that while Monica is indeed fine, she is but a mere pimple compared to The Fabulous Justanothermambafan.

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN FOR 6TH MAN OF THE YEAR - BAND WAGON
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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) LAKER LASS - DRIVER -


(22) 2PHATT – WINDOW SEAT - Add me to the "SILKY SMOOTH LAY IT DOWN BROWN" bandwagon,
(23) 63 FOOTER - Shannon has worked hard over the summer, and it'll only make him better having such a good first game. Kudos to him.

Ron Artest, SF 29 3-15
Lamar Odom, PF 33 7-15
Pau Gasol, PF 40 11-23
Kobe Bryant, SG 37 8-20
Derek Fisher, PG 23 1-7
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1 st : Ron and Derek had horrible nights combined for 4 out of 22
2 nd : Kobe and Pau can not play extended minutes as they did.
3 rd: Rings a distraction 40% shooting will not get it done.
4th : Bynum being out helps for now for PJ bench chemistry
5th : Ring Night definite distraction along with Laker girls "Sweet 3Peat".

mamba24 - I'm going with the Lamar 6th Man and All-Star this year. Love Shannon, but I want to see him grow, and, aside from the thumb, I do believe the Dunk Contest got into his head last year. I'd prefer he keeps shooting the lights out, making steals, and learning to spot the open man (which I'm sure he's working on, cause the kid's a worker).

And, because we are the Lakers feelin' Lakers goodness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_HnBac5jWs

Of course, there is the other kind of love that's all around:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s21Z648PPkM

Thank you... thank you very much... and good morning to you, Mamba24!


A fabulous morning after a fabulous evening with a fabulous ring ceremony and a fabulous win. Just what the doctor ordered!


Is there anyone still of the mindset that we should not have signed Shannon?


Is there anyone still thinking Socks for Bosh would have been a good idea?


Is there anyone who still thinks we should trade LO?


What's that? Crickets?

Yeah - that's what I thought.... LOL!!!


Yes we were rusty - and it certainly showed in the first half (yikes that was ugly) - but I'll take it! To borrow a phrase from Doc (and I can't believe I'm doing that) but they really did trust each other. This team is so talented and so deep that as long as they continue to look for each other, on any given night any one of them can go off. And that's a scary proposition for the opponent. How do you plan for that? How do you coach for that? Never knowing who's gonna have the hot hand and who's gonna come through in the crunch? WOW - this team is something special. Thank god we are finally underway - this season is gonna be one for the ages!


Please put your trays in the upright position, put your luggage (or baggage as it were) firmly stowed away, and get ready for the ride people!! Cuz it's gonna be glorious!!


GO LAKERS!!

Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish

63 footer : good point.
Like I said Bynum being out for now is good for PJ so he can roll the dice with the bench mob.
Because when Bynum returns , minutes will have to be reduced by at least 20 minutes.So it will have a definite impact on Lamar and crew.
Yes LO will benefit most as 6th man rotation gets itched in stone.
As far as LO making the All star , I think that is an outside shot considering his role will be back on the bench.Problem might be is that we may have to many weapons coming off the bench.

MM,

I hate to be picky, but I believe you gave Pau's stat line on point 4 instead of Kobe's line...

mamba24 - I'm going with the Lamar 6th Man and All-Star this year. Love Shannon, but I want to see him grow, and, aside from the thumb, I do believe the Dunk Contest got into his head last year. I'd prefer he keeps shooting the lights out, making steals, and learning to spot the open man (which I'm sure he's working on, cause the kid's a worker). Posted by: 63 Footer | October 27, 2010 at 09:08 AM
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No, No, NO!! With all due respect sir you are looking at this all wrong. It's not who has the best BB IQ or who has the best hops or even who shoots the best. NO! It is who has the hottest chick! And I will take Monica over Chloe. Hence UPS not LO for 6th man. Now if you put The Machine in the Equation then he would win hands down because I would take Maria Sharpova over both Chloe & Monica put together! Now you know...THE REST OF THE STORY!!

63 Footer - I'm with you on the "LO for 6th Man" bandwagon. If anyone deserves it, it's Lamar. He's been through so much, sacraficed so much, and worked so hard that I want to see him get some long overdue public and league recognition.


Of course, I love Shannon and what he brought last night. It's quite evident that all the hard work he put in over the summer will be paying off for him. He looked so focused and confident that I was struck with his Mamba impersonation!! If he can regularly be our late game sniper, I'm happy with that.


UPS! HE GOT LOOOOOVE ALL OVER HIM!*


Stand by your man, Monica. We need him more than you do...LOL!


*(For those who don't listen to R&B, "Love All Over Me" is the name of Monica's latest single. I abandoned R&B a while ago, but that's my JAM!)

srafrank - I, in fact, don't care about All-Star bids so much (and Sock's quest, though valiant, doesn't mean as much as Rings and rehab in the big picture), but with the gold he just got in FIBA bringing meaningful and well-deserved attention to his selfless play, I could see him being given a slot as a long-shot. If he keeps doing the double-double thang, of course.

He's an All-Star in my book, and The Most Important Sixth Man in the league. (Cue Lamar with beard holding up a bottle of Dos Equis.)

mamba24 - "It is who has the hottest chick!"

Oh, I'm sorry. I was talking about the All-Star game, and you were talking about the All-Stud game. My mistake.

All Stud Game?


Well obviously my hubby already won that.


Yes we were rusty - and it certainly showed in the first half (yikes that was ugly) - but I'll take it! To borrow a phrase from Doc (and I can't believe I'm doing that) but they really did trust each other. This team is so talented and so deep that as long as they continue to look for each other, on any given night any one of them can go off. And that's a scary proposition for the opponent. How do you plan for that? How do you coach for that? Never knowing who's gonna have the hot hand and who's gonna come through in the crunch? WOW - this team is something special. Thank god we are finally underway - this season is gonna be one for the ages! Please put your trays in the upright position, put your luggage (or baggage as it were) firmly stowed away, and get ready for the ride people!! Cuz it's gonna be glorious!!
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 27, 2010 at 09:13 AM
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Good Morning Fabulous! I been looking but haven't been able to find that Density the last few days. In other news, yes I shamelessly have to do this...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!

BLAKE IS IN THE HOUSE.


The bench particularly Blake, Barnes and Brown are doing what has been expected of them an awesome job. Kobe and Fisher will have plenty of rest this season.


Jamie Sweet, Brown has taken over Sasha's role as SG back up to Kobe and PG back up to Blake. Like I told you so. Barnes played very well and can't even get mintues in the end because of Kobe, Ebanks can't even get anything as promising as he is, what more for Sasha who has proven nothing after seven years.



Good morning west coast fam....ahhhhhh, you smell that?? Yes, it's the smell of sweet sweet victory.

Gotta agree we were rusty to say the least but as they did time and time again last season, they rallied when it mattered and got the W.

My 2 picks for most improved from last season have to be LO and UPS. Seriously, I love love love LO's decisiveness out there. I don't see the hesitation he had before and I think the USA team winning gold helped boost his confidence in his own game. And UPS, ohhhh UPS, what a night man, what else can you say? His shooting is so much better and he also seems more decisive and not intimidated like he looked many times last year.

I also gotta give props to Blake...dude is baaaaaaaaaad. Love the passing and his ability to jack up a 3 that actually goes in...priceless.

We are on our way family!!! #17 here we come.

justanothermambafan - "Well obviously my hubby already won that."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwBirf4BWew

Oh, I'm sorry. I was talking about the All-Star game, and you were talking about the All-Stud game. My mistake.
Posted by: 63 Footer | October 27, 2010 at 09:22 AM
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RCOTD = 63 FOOTER = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! LMAO!!

All Stud Game? Well obviously my hubby already won that. Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 27, 2010 at 09:23 AM
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But that is only because...He is married to The Fabulous Justanothermambafan!

63 Footer:

Ha ha: Stay Thirsty my friend,
You got LO all wrong when it comes to his drink.
LO and I drink The Purple and Gold,Crown Royal.
Now we could have Dos Equis as a chaser.
I will give it a long shot and see how it takes affect.
LO like I said will have to have at least 20 minutes a night to get the 6th man bid.
That means a reduction in minutes for a couple of starters.

EastCoastJessie - "I also gotta give props to Blake...dude is baaaaaaaaaad. Love the passing and his ability to jack up a 3 that actually goes in...priceless."

How nice is it for Kobe to pass to his backup PG and have them hit a dagger 3 for the win?

And how nice is it for Blake to have a Kobe DEMAND a perennial double team to get him open for the 3?

Basketball happiness for the both of them.

We are on our way family!!! #17 here we come. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | October 27, 2010 at 09:24 AM
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Yes Princess we are indeed on our way! I presume you stayed up all night watching the game? Very understandable, but back to the books today!

srafrank - yeah, I don't disagree with you about playing time. A lot will depend on Drew's rehab I guess. Personally, I just want the Lakers to play well, play hard, stay healthy, and of course... win. The rest is gravy.

Hahaha thanks Mamba...yes, game didn't end 'till after 1:30 my time so I'm studying at work right now...it's all about compromise my friend...and I'm happy as long as I don't have to compromise anything Laker related :-)

In a previous post, I had made a comment: "The more the Lakers change, they more they remain the same"....

Well, just 1 game into the season, it was all-evident.

The change: A new veteran PG, a old/vet C, an energy player, couple of rookies (1st time since AB/Earmar draft, I suppose)...

However, Lakers showed us all what we expect of them... Playing no defense for some part of the game, letting the opposition balloon the lead, getting out-rebounded, in foul trouble.... etc....

And yeah, they also showed us they could and would WIN!! which is the biggest we expect from them!!

KICKING OF A SEASON FOR THE AGES !!!
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To begin with, I totally loved the Ring Ceremony. Having each player introduce a teammate is an old team building exercise I’ve often used with employees to encourage them to focus on their teammates’ contributions. Not only was it a smart move to build team chemistry but also a perfect public relations move for the fans. Who didn’t love Phil’s touching comments about Luke or Drew’s glowing praise of his front court mate Pau? And you know Jon K had to be smiling with personal pride as Phil declared “This is what we play for.”
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While it was only 1 game out of 82, there were nevertheless countless positive signs for Lakers fans to cheer. Kobe and Pau led the scoring with 27 and 29 points, Pau and Lamar posted double-doubles, and the killer B’s Shannon and Steve smoked the nets by hitting 7 of 9 3-pointers to ignite the Lakers 4th quarter comeback. Bottom line, it was great to see Pau respond to Phil’s demands for more aggressive play and Lamar continue to play with great energy and focus. Best of all, however, had to be the performances of Brown and Blake. This was by far the best I have ever seen Shannon Brown play, especially his anticipation at the defensive end.
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As to be expected in the first game of the year, the Lakers’ offense was much better than the Lakers’ defense, although their defense late in the 3rd quarter and in the 4th quarter played a big role fueling their comeback. While Pau and Lamar did a good job at times protecting the rim, it was easy to see that this was where the Lakers missed Andrew Bynum’s contribution most as the Rockets were able to attack the rim for easy layups or kick-outs to wide open 3-point shooters. The Lakers definitely missed Drew’s interior defense protecting the rim and deterring, altering, and blocking shots. With a healthy Drew, this wouldn’t have been a close game.
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I loved how Phil for once stayed with the hot hands and left both Brown and Blake in to close out the game. Listening to Phil scream for stops from the bench left little doubt in my mind that Phil is going to be much more engaged during games this season than ever before, primarily because he now has the best roster he has ever had coaching the Lakers, giving him unparalleled flexibility and versatility to vary lineups and matchups. Phil’s looking to cap his brilliant career and ride off into the sunset with his 2nd Coach of the Year award.
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Finally, just a few words about LeBron and the Miami Heat and their opening day loss to the Celtics in Boston. As I expected, it’s going to take the Heat some time to integrate all the new players and figure out how to play with their Big 3 on the floor, although after watching the game last night maybe we should be talking about their Big 2 because Chris Bosh is nowhere in the class of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. As Charles Barkley aptly noted last night, the Heat’s big problem is that they’re a jump shooting team that does not have anybody who can consistently score in the low post. And that will definitely be their Achilles heel versus the Lakers.
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TOM

Hahaha thanks Mamba...yes, game didn't end 'till after 1:30 my time so I'm studying at work right now...it's all about compromise my friend...and I'm happy as long as I don't have to compromise anything Laker related :-) Posted by: EastCoastJessie | October 27, 2010 at 09:41 AM
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NOW THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! Carry On!

LakerTom - "As Charles Barkley aptly noted last night, the Heat’s big problem is that they’re a jump shooting team that does not have anybody who can consistently score in the low post. And that will definitely be their Achilles heel versus the Lakers."

Lack of size inside will hamper their rebounding and interior defense (as we saw last night) as well. Also, they're not so much a lock-down team defense as a swarming gambling defense, which, again (as we saw), can be picked apart.

But Lebron will power through bodies on his way to wins, with the refs' help, of course. DWade will come back stronger, too, but I'm not sure how he's going to fit if Lebron goes 1 on 5.

C's looked ready (as they did last year), and Shaq is motivated... but we'll see how they all last in the long haul. I was impressed that Nate is learning a tiny bit of system PGism.

Mamba24 - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.

Frank whats happening with you?

Mamba - since my real name is Shannon - I will always love UPS. Add me pronto, please.

Cheers - PLG

Perhaps the worst thing that happened to Artest was making his first 3 point shot. From that point on he focused on outside shooting and forgot to display his offensive versatility. Defense was there, but he got caught up in the moment. This year Phil has the luxury to go with the hot hand at the end of the game. I'm sure Artest got the message.
Size was a problem for the Lakers against the Rockets eventhough Yao only played 24 minutes. When the Lakers pound it inside, they will make life miserable for the opposition. (Yao fouled out) This was a good test, a test they deservedly passed.

Shannon is so happy to be a Laker again and his game shows it. I kept picturing Sasha sitting on the bench thinking...

"Sh*t. I need to find my shot and fast or PJ is only giving me garbage minutes this year."

That hug from Kobe shows how much respect is in this team.

1,2,3, RING.

It seems like Blake is going to be a great addition. Did PJ ever trust Farmar(who I really like and wish the best to) an entire fourth quarter? And PJ lets Blake do that in game 1? He also rewarded Shannon with a lot of PT. Thankfully the Kobe off-season workout regime has rubbed off on Shannon. Good for him and good for the Lakers.

As Fish and Bryant age, the Lakers were very smart. They got a couple of high energy defenders in Blake and Barnes who might not be spring chickens but have their best basketball playing years right now, and a lot less NBA mileage than Fish and Kobe had at the same age. As much as I love Fish, he just can not physically guard the faster guards in the league, he just can't even as a super smart defender. But Blake can I believe.

The Lakers found 2 rookies to add to the energy and youth mix. As a team ages this becomes very important.

You know I never will know who was more to blame, personality wise, for the Shaq and Kobe fiasco. My guess is both to some extent but Kobe was young, and Shaq not only should have been the bigger person (in the sense I am using the word) but should have worked harder. Given Kobe's personality, Shaq's ego and (lack of) work ethic were bound to create tension. But I am super glad for Kobe that he is turning out to be a great team-mate.

I don't care what you accomplish in life, president, nobel price, 10 championship rings. It means nothing to me if you are not a good person. At the end of the day that is really all that matters. Nice to see the Lakers enjoying and appreciating one another.

Good Morning, Laker Nation!
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A few observations...
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1. The ring ceremony was awesome, except the part where Darth Stern was talking. Every time I see him he looks more like some evil dwarf out of a Tolkein story. {Shudders}
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2. Downtown Shannon Brown was fricking amazing!
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3. Steve Blake is just what we needed. When he's on the court there is an immediate and perceptible improvement in ball movement and "deceptive" offense. By deceptive offense, I mean creating illusions in terms of positioning to collapse the opponent's defense, providing a last second pass to the open man for the easy score.
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4. We played like crap the first half and did a typical Lakers turning it on at the end for the dramatic victory. Not good policy, but it is what we do.
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5. The Rockets are better than I expected.
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6. Yao Ming looks like Frankenstein. I'm sure he's booked at a haunted house for Halloween.
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7. I felt an odd joy watching the Celtics beat the Miami Hype. How can one find joy in a Celtics victory? There's something unholy about that.
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8. Just happy the season has finally started.
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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!!!!

Laker Tom - your post, as usual, was well stated, beautifully eloquent, and right on point. No wonder people from other blogs have been enticed to come here simply from reading your work!

Jon K. - "I felt an odd joy watching the Celtics beat the Miami Hype. How can one find joy in a Celtics victory? There's something unholy about that."

Fortunately, I found heavy drinking numbed the pain. And rooting for the Heat to lose and not the Celtics to win. I was also checking the weather reports for freak tornadoes hitting Boston, and the Near Earth Orbit Observatory Net's latest on possible asteroid strikes on the Eastern seaboard. That helped some.

It's obvious that Shannon Brown did exactly what he needed to do in the off-season: He got in the gym and shot about a million jumpshots from all over the court. You think Kobe noticed? Damn right, he did.

A great way to kick off the season: A nail-biter win that went down to the wire, a game-clinching shot from Blake, and a come-back to boot. Epic.

Go Lake Show!

FCM - nice take-aways.

If after every game this season, the blog fam is raving about anybody on the bench AND even better, if we are showing blog love to more than one bench player, I just don't see how the Lakers lose.

When was the last time we raved about more than one bench player after one game? I don't remember but it seems like forever. So, it means to me that our depth, energy, athleticism and teamwork is unbeatable. That's what was most evident to me last night. Everyone struggling but the bench showed all of us (and teammates), we got your backs and we understand another Larry O is with our teamwork and bench play.

And Kobe TRUSTING a newbie in the very first game when he could have been the hero yet again??? Unthinkable. Shocking! Blake was GREAT. PJ unflappable.

While our pre-season playing and practice time may have been a bust, it's clear to me the team bonding on the overseas trip was championship caliber!

Cheers - PLG

Miami

It is and will be LeBron's team.

Wade creates. LeBron creates better. Neither of them are spot up shooters that can take advantage of the other drawing double teams. They'll evolve but they didn't look complimentary on paper, and last night they didn't look it on the court.

Bosh isn't a force but he's good, and will do better against smaller teams. Problem is, the teams in their way aren't small.

These 3 won't last the length of their contracts. The parts don't compliment and there's no money left to fill out the roster with players that do.

What should LeBron do? Too late for that question. It's done.

MM,

The 11-23 stat line you're crediting Kobe with is actually Pau's. Kobe was 8-20, for a 40% that's decent only relative to his pre-season shooting percentage. Take away his first 5 shots where Kobe went 1-5 though, and he was nearly at 50%.

That said, it was great to see him trust his teammates and pass the ball for even the game-winning shot.


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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN – CONGRATULATIONS & KUDOS - BAND WAGON
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(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) COFM99 – CO-OWNER - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.
(03) LAKER LASS - DRIVER –
(04) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1 - What can Downtown Shannon Brown do for you?...Any damn thing you ask of him.
(05) EASTCOASTJESSIE – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - And UPS, ohhhh UPS, what a night man, what else can you say? His shooting is so much better and he also seems more decisive and not intimidated like he looked many times last year.
((06) # 4
(07) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY
(08) SEGEBOY - SHERIFF –
(09) PURPLE HEART - Shannon & Stevie were co-mvp's for the nite.
(10) EDWIN GUECO - I referred him part of the bbb tandem (bed and breakfast with bagels on the 2nd floor of Motel 6). lol!
(11) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - THE ATTACK OF THE KILLER B'S !!!!!!!!! Blake, Barnes, and Brown set `em up and knocked `em down
(12) TOM DANIELS - And Brown stepped way up. Brown's improved outside shooting is a huge plus and will really affect Sasha's minutes. Next Shannon has to work on making plays in the open floor.
(13) BENJAMIN - Great stuff. Shannon looks like 08-09 again. It was the thumb people, the thumb. Very glad we kept him.
(14) ALAM007 - loved the effort from the bench tonight, especially the way Shannon played. He showed me he's not content with being a throw-in in that '09 trade. He definitely worked on his game this summer, and I hope he can keep up a similar effort throughout the entire season.
(15) LAKER TRUTH - Shannon Brown will be this year's version of Trevor Ariza.
(16) DWNTWNATTY - Shannon's shot release looks soooo improved. If he maintains his form, he could be one of our key assets this year.
(17) JOHNNYV - Regarding the Shannon Brown bandwagon, please add me to the believers! I liked what I saw last night.
(18) MS - Shannon to Monica after 3s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2hCX6wizYg
Shannon & Steve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNZnn3El3yE
(19) LROB - SPARTAN DAWG REPRESENTIN - Put me on that Shannon bandwagon.
(20) LAKERJ - I thought that the best back up 2 would be an athletic player like Brown and a sharp shooter like Sasha. It appears that we had him all along in (an improved) Shannon. It's very nice to see his development.
(21) LONGTIMELAKER LOVER - Shannon Brown. WOW.!
(22) CHICNSTU - That's what brown can do for you!
(23) YELLOWFEVER - shanWOW.. how can you not be proud of this kid? played under control and u could tell he worked his butt off last summer. this is what i love about him. great attitude and blue collar work ethic
(24) 2PHATT – WINDOW SEAT - Add me to the "SILKY SMOOTH LAY IT DOWN BROWN" bandwagon,
(25) 63 FOOTER - Shannon has worked hard over the summer, and it'll only make him better having such a good first game. Kudos to him.
(26) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Since my real name is Shannon - I will always love UPS. Add me pronto, please.
(27) OCisMAMBACOUNTY - Shannon is so happy to be a Laker again and his game shows it. I kept picturing Sasha sitting on the bench thinking..."Sh*t. I need to find my shot and fast or PJ is only giving me garbage minutes this year."That hug from Kobe shows how much respect is in this team.
(28) JON K - 2. Downtown Shannon Brown was fricking amazing!
(29) THE OUTLAW - It's obvious that Shannon Brown did exactly what he needed to do in the off-season: He got in the gym and shot about a million jumpshots from all over the court. You think Kobe noticed? Damn right, he did.
(30)

I am buying a UPS uni this year- do they even make them?

Blake is an unbelievable upgrade over Farmar.

Kobe is strengthening his knee with every game.

Bench Mob 2.0 is in full effect!

MM, can we see a pic of one of the Rings?

Mamba, you know what to do!

@Jon K
Yao Ming looks like Frankenstein. I'm sure he's booked at a haunted house for Halloween.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

After the closeup of Yao last night, I turned to my friends and said,"Yao is not a very good looking man, now is he?"

After the closeup of Yao last night, I turned to my friends and said,"Yao is not a very good looking man, now is he?"
Posted by: mclyne | October 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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STOP THAT!!...LMAO!!!!!

"Normally, Bryant wants the ball in his hands for a game-winning shot, but Bryant willingly passes up that opportunity so long as he trusts his teammate."

This is the dimension of Kobe's game that I've been waiting on for years! The timing is right: he's got 45K+ minutes of playing time on that highly athelitcally tuned body and he is now surrounded by a team that knows what to do with the "rock." Those interior drop passes he was dishing out last night were simply KILLER! He will draw defenese game in and game out so the team better be ready because once they falter, he will go "jack-a-rama" which is very painful to watch.

That ball movement will conserve energy that can be expended on the defensive end of the floor - where we lack the most, especially with Andrew's absence. That's the difference for this team: interior defense which Bynum brings to the table. You saw the disruption that Yao brought on the defensive end; Bynum is 100 times more effective. I know that Mitch and Buss are brainstorming about this one and we can only wish that it will be addressed before the trade deadline in the event Drew is considered ineffective due to his injury and "fondness" for getting injured.

To me, those are the 2 most important things that will make getting the championship easier for this team: effective offensive ball movement and defense. That's the process and those are not impossible "holes" to fill. The team looked great last night - considering it was the 1st game of the season - and aside from any health issues, this team has no where else to go but UP!!

Both "openers" last night were great due to the fact that the teams played hard - the games matter now and it showed. Just great for an NBA fan.

Although "Princess, Predator & Band-Wayde Boy" - thank you "justa..." - dropped the game, don't count them out and don't count out Pat Riley returning to the bench before the All-Star break. This team is like a brand new Ferrari coming off of the assembly line and Pat wants to be the one to break it in.

I will be checking out the Clippers because on paper, they should be able to do some damage with Davis, Griffin & Kaman.

OKC & CHI .. Lets face it: It's All Good... It's The NBA Darn It!

Love the new rule. Again, less drama and more game. Intensity should be focused while the ball is in play, not when a ref makes a call. Let the coaching staff argue while the players keep their heads in the game and conserve energy for the next possession. It really does make for a better game all the way around.

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!!

Wow, what a nite.. The over-rated over-hyped Heat lost... and our beloved Laker's played like the Champions they are. I loved the Ring Ceremony..brought a little tear to my eye. Just think, when Bynum gets back and Kobe's 100% how great our team is going be...The SB'S put on a show from the 3 point line.. Everybody played team ball, have to work on "D" a little. I LOVE this team and think were in for a great season.
Lewstrs.. So glad we arrived at Staple's without an incident....We were pretty ROWDY!!
Mamba24.. I really like Shannon, but I think LO needs some love. He's a starter on any other team and he just accepts his role with what ever they want him to do. I am just sooo happy and Sun's here we come!

NMLL - LO, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and even Shannon Brown and Theo could (and have) all started for other teams.


Our BENCH consists of starters.


This will only bode good things in the future!

Mamba, you left me off the UPS Bandwagon for some reason. Please go back and reread my comments (posted at 9:19 AM).

MM - Great Job on this post / game summary! What can be said that hasn't already been covered by you and our esteemed bloggers? Not much. Put me on the UPS for 6th man bandwagon - he was spectacular last night. He and Bad Blake were a total revelation. The Houston Rockets team is pretty good - they are going to make the playoffs this season I dare say. Good day everyone!

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DOWNTOWN SHANNON BROWN – CONGRATULATIONS & KUDOS - BAND WAGON
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(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - UPS! HE GOT LOOOOOVE ALL OVER HIM!* Stand by your man, Monica. We need him more than you do...LOL! *(For those who don't listen to R&B, "Love All Over Me" is the name of Monica's latest single. I abandoned R&B a while ago, but that's my JAM!)
(01) VT LAKER - OWNER - How about a bandwagon for Downtown Shannon Brown. I know that Fred Brown owns the original moniker so this would be both a nod to Freddy's historic role for the Sonics and acknowledgement of Shannon's promise as a spark off the bench.
(02) COFM99 – CO-OWNER - After everything I have been saying about Shannon since before the preseason, you omit me from the bandwagon bus. I am the one who has been saying to watch Shannon shine this year and guess what, he has completely shined.
(03) LAKER LASS - DRIVER –


(30) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - 2) Shan - motherfricken - WOW!!! I saw some parts of his game that were Kobe-esque - looks like he's been paying attention in practice. Everybody's been talking about his shooting, which was great, but the 3 things I liked the best were his defense, his drive to the basket where he weaved through 3 defenders for a lay in (how many times did Artest miss on lay ins last night?), and the fact that after he missed the first couple shots, he remained confident in all the work he did this summer and continued to shoot the ball. Great game Shannon!
(31) MCLYNE - I am buying a UPS uni this year- do they even make them.
(32) JEFE101 - Put me on the UPS for 6th man bandwagon - he was spectacular last night. He and Bad Blake were a total revelation

What amazes me the most, and I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet, is that on both teams players grimaced and mildly but pointingly complained about fouls and were not penalized. In almost every case, beause of the close end game, a penalty would have possibly decided the game, certainly pushing one team up front based on twitching face muscles and the odd grunt rather than basketball talent. I dislike the whining, I hate the crackdown during the preseason as I saw it. Last nights muted complaints and not trigger happy official reactions seemed to be just right. Wonder how it was in the other games and how it will go tonight. I'd love to see comments from Times' staffers.

@NewMexicoLL

I totally agree with giving it for L.O. Did you guys see that play where he tipped the ball up in the air, it banked off of the glass, and in one action he dunked it in? It was the play of the game IMHO.

I forgot to comment on the Princess Jimmy ad.

My answer to all of his questions: Be Humble, you arrogant, brainless, Nepolean!!!

Let your game speak for itself, not your mouth, not your cronies, not ESPN, and last but not least, not Darth Stern.

My answer to all of his questions: Be Humble, you arrogant, brainless, Nepolean!!! Let your game speak for itself, not your mouth, not your cronies, not ESPN, and last but not least, not Darth Stern. Posted by: mclyne | October 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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GOD@$#r%^&&**!!! MCLYNE Now you've done it!!! You can be sure that one of Princess Jimmy's spies wil report you to "Princess Jimmy Note Taking Central". I wouldn't want to be in your shoes brother!!!! LMAO!!!

@Mamba24

He can come and try and get me- I'm not scared of his entourage of bafoons!

BTW, I just noticed that I spelled "Napoleon" wrong. Now, he's REALLY gonna get me because you know his cronies hate spelling mistakes!

He can come and try and get me- I'm not scared of his entourage of bafoons! Posted by: mclyne | October 27, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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LMAO!!! OK, but just remember, he has a Killer Cross-over Riverdance.

The 3 B's ( Brown, Barnes and Blake ) were spectacular last night, they really made the difference last night's game. The season has just began and many teams upgraded their line up to match the Lakers. We can criticize our players if they are not performing well and it's natural and necessary but I do believe each player we've got is essential and plays a role that will fit the system. This game is not a sprint it's a marathon and we need every one of them healthy and ready to play and contribute when called upon. Some of them are just sitting drinking gatorade, some are nursing injuries but I do believe they will contribute big or small, whether in defense, hustles, rebounds etc....I call these bench players " The willing Unknown "..... Let's go 3 peat and beyond....

I enjoyed the commercial. The "dig/retaliation" vs Barkely was funny as heck! From the "role model" comment to the bite of the donut. Funny is what funny does and that was funny!

Who is Monica?

Lakers are still rusty on defense and it showed. Houston got cold or the Lakers would have lost. However, the better teams will always find a way to win, but Houston will win a few games this season.

I am not a Miami fan, but they also will win a few games and not because of James, but because of Wade.

Who is Monica? Posted by: CaptainArt | October 27, 2010 at 12:18 PM
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She's some Fabulous Justanothermambafan wannabe. But with one tenth the looks, intelligence and humour of the Real Deal!

She's some Fabulous Justanothermambafan wannabe. But with one tenth the looks, intelligence and humour of the Real Deal!

Posted by: mamba24 | October 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM

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I second that notion.

mclyne....Ditto on the Arrogant Brainless Napoleon!!!All the Wilbons and Princess lover suckups thought he really got his point across with the new Nike commercial. I just thought he always has a COME BACK to all of his haters like having to have the last word...Very immature!! Kobe will be around a lot more years to knock him off of his pedestol.

@NewMexicoLL

Wilbon is one of the worst commentators ever, for any sport!!! He's almost as bad as Jim Grey or even Bill Walton.


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