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Lakers fans overwhelmingly predict a three-peat, but believe Kobe Bryant won't win a league MVP

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These poll results shouldn't come as a surprise. The Lakers are back-to-back champions. The poll respondents are Lakers fans. And I recorded similar sentiments just before the preseason.

I surely expected an overwhelming number of Lakers fans in the poll to predict the team will three-peat (95.88%). I anticipated few would make a big deal out of training camp results, as only 2.54% found the Lakers' 4-4 preseason record worrisome. And I reacted with a shrug and a yawn when I saw that 62.43% listed a litany of factors -- including talent, experience, offseason acquisitions, the coaching staff and the team's superiority to other teams -- as reasons that the Lakers will three-peat for the second time this decade.

Nonetheless, the poll results provided interesting revelations in the Lakers' subplots as they open the season Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets. For example, 74.34% of the fans in the poll said they believe Kobe Bryant won't win the league MVP, and only 16.73% proclaim that he's the best in the league. This revelation isn't as much a knock on Bryant as it is that 50.36% of the fans predicted that  Bryant won't have to carry the team because of his strong supporting cast. Still, 23.98% said Bryant's injuries are also going to limit his effectiveness. But Lakers fans aren't completely writing off Bryant. Even though 26.23% found his 24-of-85 shooting clip (28.2%) to be the most troublesome sign during the Lakers' exhibition season, 46.87% said they're not worried about his rehabilitation efforts for his surgically repaired right knee.

The optimism doesn't exactly carry over to center Andrew Bynum. In the poll, 60.21% expressed concern whether Bynum will be 100% this season, with 23.53% saying they think that  Bynum may be injury-plagued all season. Considering the uncertainty surrounding Bryant's and Bynum's rehab efforts, Lakers fans are in agreement with the coaching staff that others need to be ready to fill possible gaps.

Most point to Pau Gasol, with 34.33% saying he's most responsible for leading the team, and 45.9% saying they think he'll be able to hold the fort when Bryant is limited. Others (20.49%) think Lamar Odom is more suited to the task. A bit over 62% of those responding to the poll said they believe that Odom will be able to sustain the conditioning and production he provided in the preseason, including a 10.9 points and a team-leading 10.7 rebounds in a team-leading 31.7 minutes per contest. And then there's they 30.3% who peg the entire team for the responsibility, with 51.95% predicting that  Ron Artest will maintain his mobility on defense and a 43.8% shooting percentage, 45.36% believing the Lakers bench will remain consistent and 44.76% predicting they'll play a huge role. The optimism regarding the Lakers' bench appears strong, considering that there's somewhat of a split on who will be the best bench player among Odom (38.7%), Steve Blake (32.6%) and Shannon Brown (18.49%).

Amid all the optimism regarding the Lakers' personnel, however, fans in the poll acknowledged some insecurities, with 85.85%  saying injuries could prevent the Lakers from the three-peating. There's plenty of worry (57.25%) that Oklahoma City could give the Lakers a scare again this season after the Thunder's youth and athleticism forced the Lakers into a six-game first-round playoff series. There's a sizable majority (69.82%) that worries about the Boston Celtics, and a fair number that dislikes Boston (50.15%) more than the Miami Heat (21.41%). More fans in the poll would prefer a Lakers-Celtics Finals rematch (52.56%) than seeing how the Super Team would fare against the defending champs (20.18%). How other teams fare apparently hasn't consumed the Lakers, as explained in the video below.

The Lakers clearly would just like to worry about how they will do, which will first be answered tonight. Even if fans aren't completely sure how the secondary story lines will pan out, such as whether this is truly Phil Jackson's last season or if Luke Walton will be able to stay healthy, both the team and their fans are locked into the bigger picture. And that involves gearing up for another championship season.

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant and the Lakers celebrate their Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals at the Staples Center in June. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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LEWSTRS,

Slow that Bus down and let me hop on! Thanks!

MM,

Always great to see that moment of the Championship!

PS-Kobe don't need no "stinking" league MVP, only the Finals MVP will do for him!

Let me put it this way... (which just happens to be the correct way.)
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Kobe Bryant IS the MVP.
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However, in this world dominated by fantasy league values, Kobe will not put up the numbers necessary to win the MVP because he doesn't (and shouldn't) need to with a team as deep as the Lakers. Kevin Durant will probably be that guy.
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It doesn't matter since he's going to win the only MVP that really matters: The Finals MVP.
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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!!!


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Jamie Sweet - "Kobe didn't, doesn't and won't ever suck".
KobeMVP888 - Courtside Technician
RDLee - Ready to Roll
LakerPeace - Ready for the Quest for #17
Houston Laker - Needs a game day Link
Noah - Gods favorite
JustaLakerFan - Got some tunes to strike up the band
63 - Footer - Ready to put some foot into some Heat behind
Magic Phil - He of the magic skill
#4 - He knows this is Phils 4th 3-peat
EastCoastJessie - Latina Princess
Tim-4-Show - Shannon Browns advisor
Lone Star Laker Fan - Olde Timey Historian"
LakerJ - Fire Fighter - Will Extinguish The Heat
Cofm99 – In House Guitarist
Segeboy/Taliq – Sheriff
OutLaw – Defense Specilaist
Baby Outlaw – Defense Specialist in Training
Fearless – Dynasties are cemented in the 4th QUARTER
Rick Friedman – Morale Officer
Faith – Defense Officer
Jon K – Undercover Agent
J24 – Fairness Officer
PsychedLakerGirl – Review Judge
Joe Corad – Night Games Supervisor
Adrian Palomar – Philippines Chapter
Caps-Googles – Tech Foul Official
CyberCosmix – Devising otherworldly Laker Defense
2Phatt – Let the party begin, "and so it is"
WesJoeNixcon – Shaolin Monk – Trainer of IP Man
lance from da' bronx - East Coast Chapter
MS – The Tune Master
Zach - From San Diego Chapter
Jefe101 – 17th Parade Director
Staples24 – Director of Trades
Nemaia Faletogo - Tropical Zen Master
LAKER TRUTH - Abe in Purple and Gold
Humanomaly - Trekkie and proud of it
htj - Memphis BBQ Specialist
puddle - 550 Celtics dollars richer
hobbitmage - my response: Lakers Rule
yellowfever - symptoms-turning purple and gold
mclyne - bus roof surfer(you know, like in the movie "Teen Wolf")
longtimelakerfan - Leave Luke Alone
iheartkb24 - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart
Edwin Gueco - EXTERMINATOR of uncivilized leprechauns on this blog like laker fan, old hippy, curious george, church woman.
Hugo Boss - Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!
VMan - 'V' for Victory!
frmkt - GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
G in DC(aka GDUB) - Let's go Ls...all the way to 3-peat!!!!!
JohnnyV - justa smooch winner
Otis- Drunk and in jail...
Tom Daniels - Wise Man = Laker Wisdom
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brian - Ebanks will be an All Star
Art - FL Lakers Fan - Florida Chapter
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bronxlakerfan - Purple and Gold with Pinstripes...
ChicNstu - Blue Plate Special
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mud - Analysis Technician
CornerJ - From the corner...automatic...
Fatty - THE DEFENSE BEGIN, ANOTHER TITLE TO WIN
LakerMike - Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty..
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Jolly Rancher - Lamar's favorite baybee...
AndTheJellosJigglin - Chick's legacy lives on!
segeboy - A new season is upon us...
Laker J - LET THE (NEXT) JOURNEY BEGIN!
Don't Blame Del Harris! - I haven't been this excited for a new season since the summer of '96! Woot-woot!
Allnet - Like in "swish"...
The Outlaw - Wanted Dead or Alive
htj - "I'll take our best two vs.their best two, any day and twice on Sunday."
Kobe81pts - "absolutely don't ever want LBJ, the big spoiled brat to play for the Lakers....NEVER!!!!"
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longtimelakerlover - GO LAKERS!!!!!!!KILL HOUSTON!!!!
wildone - This could be the greatest Laker season ever...
Larry of LA - Really psyched about the season...
WintonDupree - Let's get this Three-peat 2.0 party started!!!!
Kobefan in Cupertino - Oh yeah baby...... we're BAAAACCKKKKKKK
Jeanette - "I love Ron so MUCH..."
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Jackie Robinson - G-d bless the Lakers!
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D(erek)J(eter) - Lakers will hold up my Yankees...

3 hours till destination...Relax...listen to some tunes from LRob and company...have another cocktail...and refrain from throwing empty bottles, half eaten burritos, used baby diapers and any other material, at all vehicles with FLORIDA license plates...

@LROB... Thanks for the Sam Cooke, which reminds me of one of my favorite songs and the movie that it always reminds me of... Wonderful World with Harrison Ford dancing with Kelly McGillis in Peter Weir’s great movie Witness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNO72aCnVr0
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TOM

thanks, everybody, for listening. Definitely Ron has hit on an issue that is very important to me.

LRob- thanks. Don't get me wrong, I keep checking your music links. I love Sam Cooke's stuff, especially 'A Change Is Gonna Come.' I suppose i've been posting sorta streakiesh in my comments, and since I'm working more these days, that's gonna stay, but i'm still around and I'll be at as many game chats as I can.

hey, does anybody know if TNT is going to show the whole ring ceremony tonight, or is it gonna get preempted by that novelty exhibition game they are showing first and I am going to have to find another place to watch it?

May I make a small request?

Can we not refer to Miami as the "Super Team"? To date, they haven't done anything yet - a grand total of 0 championships won together. Perhaps we should wait until they do something "super" before we anoint them as a "Super Team". It's somewhat like people being celebrities solely in virtue of their being on an unscripted television show.

Thanks.

Hey where has brother Blitz been...

We are going at each other this first week of the league...I just hope I don't get spanked too bad...lol

Gotta root for Rondo...eeek...so goes fantasy basketball...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LOL-

ok, ok, LakerTom, I think you have proved that we have different taste in romantic scenes. 'The Piano?' 'Witness?' These are totally not my idea of mash movies.

I think the lakers still have alot to prove. And I think they are just getting warmed up.

It's gametime Baby, tonight will "UN-LEASE THE KRAKEN"
and so it is.

Hiya peeps...how's everyone doing???

Can't hardly wait for the ring ceremony and game tonight...

LEW - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart is all buckled up...Journey to #17 baybee!!!

Gotta root for Rondo...eeek...so goes fantasy basketball...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 26, 2010 at 04:25 PM
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What's worse is that my gut is rooting against the Heat tonight. Actually, I don't care which team loses. Let the Heat get big, fat heads early. I never mind watching the Celtics lose. Who cares.

David Stern should be ashamed of himself. The Lakers should have had this night all to themselves.

1-2-3 ... RING!

Formula for success against the Rockets tonight: Yao = big misunderstood monster. Lakers = angry determined villagers with pitchforks and torches. Let's go git him - Yeeaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

@phred - if I'm not mistaken...the game will also be on FSW...and I know they will show the ring ceremony...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

MM - This part of your article has me confused????

"Most point to Pau Gasol (34.33%), as 45.9% think he'll be able to hold the fort while Bryant's limited."

LEW- hey, you can want somebody to have great stats and still have their team lose. If Rondo goes for a triple double tonight and the Celts still lose, I'm cool with that. Well, as long as the Heat lose too. Is there some kind of way we can arrange that? Oh right, they will both lose because there is no way that winning the game tonight will do them any good in the playoffs next spring.

@Lew - excellent selection, but no worries I haven't thought of anything yet.

@LakerTom - a very good movie I might add.

Almost by definition, the league MVP has become an award that is bestowed upon the guy who has the least amount of support around him - a.k.a the guy who has to produce the most in order to carry his team. The fact that Kobe no longer has to be that guy should come as a tremendous relief to him...and to Lakers fans. Ironically, it's also the principle reason why the Lakers are the favorite to win the title this season - this team is as deep as it's ever been. The Finals MVP is the only award that Kobe should covet anymore.

LOL - first offensive possecion of the Heat for the season...

Offensive foul...

Just goes to prove how offensive that team is...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Shaq missing 2 point blank lay ups...

Funny Heat's first possession ends up with an offensive foul...Just goes to show how offensive this team is...lol

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

I was clapping with 2 hands cuz of the Celtics...when I realized what I was doing...I clapped with one hand...lol

Turnovers galore with the Heat...what was that about chemistry again...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

The Florida Chapter of Laker fans is ready to go.

We don't think the Heat are so hot and there's no magic in the Magic.

Tonight Phil and the gang take their first step onto the road of destiny.
There will be potholes, bumps, winding curves and unexpected obstacles along the way.
It should be a fun ride.

LRob- thanks. Don't get me wrong, I keep checking your music links. I love Sam Cooke's stuff, especially 'A Change Is Gonna Come.'

Posted by: phred | October 26, 2010 at 04:23 PM
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Yep "A Change Is Gonna Come", while it wasn't one of Sam's biggest hits, its definitely his signature song. He was inspired to write that after listening to Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind". Which when I first read that it made me listen to Dylan and learn about this cat that Sam was paying homage to. Anyway that's one of the things that fascinate me about music...how the dots are connected.

Word Up Lakers Blog & MM,

You all had it crackin' all summer long and now the season begins anew and its time to jump back onto bandwagons, roll-calls, buses and the Parade float that will be winding down Figueroa next June.

Can't wait for the Ring Ceremony! Let the games begin! see you on Live Chat...

DC Mamba

Rondo with 5 assists already...

Anyone still fearing the Cheats...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

OhmygodIcan'tbelieveit'salmost gametime!

I'm really excited.

Basically rooting for no OT in the last pre season game.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Kobe is aware of the following and he'll be sure to convey it to the rest of the team in order to produce another championship:

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"


"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character."

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."

Wooden - RIP

LRob - since this game already started...is my lineup locked in for the whole week...

Miami playing like the "least in the east!" riles will be coming back to coach... goodnight mr. spoelstra.

LEW- an individual player is locked into your lineup a couple minutes before gametime. Lineups can be changed every day, there isn't a games played limit, so start as many players possible every week.

Rather have MVP of the championship than of the regular season any day of the week!

And as we speak, the Heat have scored 9 in the first quarter. Please.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

i hate to say it but that's a great lbj commercial!

I have a possibly annoying tendency to answer rhetorical questions poses by commercials, so I'm going to answer this one 'you should shut the ()*&@ up, Lebron, and just play the game.'

The fact that Nike (and ESPN, and the NBA) have so much money invested in Lebron being successful does not endear him to me that much.

but it's still a great commercial

I'm also going to go out on a limb and predict the Heat will not go 12-0 to start the season.

Time for a 2 hour nap. I'll see everyone at the game chat!

frmkt- well, i hate commercials in general, so i'm maybe not the best person to ask, but I respectfully disagree. It's text heavy, the images don't really hang together or make sense, and it has Lebron's ugly mug planted in the middle of it'

phred

ring ceremony 7:10 on TNT

ouchhh- but if the first game isn't over, I assume they won't cut away to show it, right? well, if someone can post an online link sometime around the time, or the game chat has started, i'll appreciate it.

hmmm. You know, i wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but i'm really enjoying the beatdown Boston is laying on Miami right now. I don't know if it's some kind of 'devil you know' thing or i just enjoy overrated teams getting their comeuppance, but this is sorta fun.

anybody know a link for watching the games online? dont have cable for tnt and going out to a bar unfortunately isn't an option today.

LRob - So since Rondo is not playing tomorrow, I can switch another player in his spot and bench him...

Heat look weak...like LeBrons new commercial...

LeBron looks off...maybe Haslem is doing his Mom...lol...smirk...smirk

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Gah - dangerous commercial. I've seen a lot of people in my business go through "image recovery," and one thing you try not to do is enable the very thing an image is being recovered from.

Lebron's mostly accused of being a self-serving narcissist, and that's ALL that commercial was about: me, me, me!

If they'd had Kobe and a few other stars throwing darts at a Lebron James image, etc., that would have helped turn Lebron into a victim. With this commercial he's just doing more of the self-serving narcissism.

Dangerous and polarizing yet again - the very thing Lebron does to people.

On the other hand, it's nice the refs are calling a lot of traveling calls on DWade (well-deserved) and that charge on Lebron. I think that was goal-tending he did though.

@phred.. i understand ... i was more into the message.

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eric telling his team: ok, we got the jitters out.

if that's the best he can do, his job is history. you know pat wants to coach this team and it's going to happen before the end of the year.

Here's a link: http://atdhe.net/

i knew boston was going to wax this team. it really is fun to watch!

traveling-

http://atdhe.net/index.html

man, given the Celtics 'foul em, foul em again and keep fouling em'' team strategy, and the fact that the Heat has been asking for it, i say let them play ten or twenty more times this year.

http://atdhe.net/

www.firstrow. com or net

or www.p2p4u.net

phred, the celtics game is already on. started 1/2 hours earlier so they have the ring ceremony LIVE so all the LAKERS HATERS can watch!!!!!!!!!

the Activator - the man with the links.

LOL...It's a Beatdown in Beantown...

Wonder what the odds makers are saying now...how about Darth Stern...how about Dan Gilbert...

See no need for all the panic...

Lakershow is the team to beat baybee...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

ouchhh- hope so.

this effort by the Celtics is the kind of effort every single team is going to bring against Miami this year. They had better have their heads on a swivel.

Did I mention that LeBron James is a first class jerk?
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To quote LeCreep at convenience stores, "THE KING DON'T PAY!"
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Jerk.
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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!!!

Wade 7 pts
LeBron 5 pts
Bosh 2pts

Pierce 8 pts
Allen 10 pts
KG 2 pts

Which 3 is bigger...


hello guys! im obviously not a frequent poster here. yet i constantly follow as well. i think it's just right that i start the season right. lewstrs... let me in that bus. =)

"...is the kind of effort every single team is going to bring..."

Lakers better be ready for the onslaught too. The season is on!

GO LAKERS!!!!

"...is the kind of effort every single team is going to bring..."

Lakers better be ready for the onslaught too. The season is on!

GO LAKERS!!!!

Is anyone having as much fun rooting AGAINST these 2 sloppy teams as I am?

qs - welcome aboard...great time to start...

Typical Celtics...can't hold a lead...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

MVP888 - It's only one game...but who was going to be our challenge again this year...lmao

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

jon k,
"However, in this world dominated by fantasy league values, Kobe will not put up the numbers necessary to win the MVP"

Umm put the blame where it lies. Coaches/players/fans/GMs regard him as the best in the game. The current league mvp has stated on record #24 is the best in the league. MVP = Media appointed Valuable Player ... the press pass corrupts all ... except for MM

LBJ did not win the scoring title last year, so BSPN and John Barry came up with a new statistic i never heard before:

the most points scored in the 2nd half.

i'm wondering what's left if he does not win the scoring title or the most in 2nd:

most points scored between 6:23 of the 3rd and 4:33 of the forth?

i'm sure 82games.com (a site created for LBJ's glory) will come up with a certain "time frame" when LBJ can be the best, the 1st, the ONE and the KING. and we will WITNESS.

My my my, the season has finally arrived. The Heat are down by 15. How sweet. The real battle is going to be between myself, and my husband the rabid Rockets fan. Let's go Lakers, it's showtime.

Boston's a tough crowd, still I couldn't help but smile with glee when I saw the scoreboard. Maybe Miami ain't all that, maybe they'll implode. Still if they turn out to be the best the league has got to offer, then so be it, we'll beat 'em in June.

And oh it sucks to be rooting for the Celtics to win a game. So F it ... I hope the game ends up going into quadruple overtime and both teams go on a 10 game losing streak ... all's fair in love and basketball

New season, same old hopes. 1,2,3peat ... RINGS

Forget the Hooter girl...Wifey surprised me with shrimp eggrolls along with the deviled eggs...

Way better that chicken wings...lol

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up

DESTINATION: STAPLES CENTER FOR OPENING AND RING NIGHT!!!
Let's show unity and support for this most excellent season coming up!

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LEWSTRS - (Driver) Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation
NewMexicoLL - (Shotgun) From Land of The Original Lakers
Caliphilosopher - British Correspondent
justanothermambafan –(Security) Fabulous AND Funny dammit
Mamba24 - (Navigator) OUTFREAKIN STANDING!
Laker Lass - KEEPER OF THE FLAME: No matter what UNIVERSE or alternate REALITY I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!!
LRob - DJ Extraordanire - Archives Master
Mark Medina - The "Customs Officer"
ZairaAmaterasu - Goddess of the Blog!
Laker Tom - NorCal Chapter
utzworld - THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER - Chaplain
Fan of The Mamba - Midwest Chapter
phred - The 'Love' Chapter
Jamie Sweet - "Kobe didn't, doesn't and won't ever suck".
KobeMVP888 - Courtside Technician
RDLee - Ready to Roll
LakerPeace - Ready for the Quest for #17
Houston Laker - Needs a game day Link
Noah - Gods favorite
JustaLakerFan - Got some tunes to strike up the band
63 - Footer - Ready to put some foot into some Heat behind
Magic Phil - He of the magic skill
#4 - He knows this is Phils 4th 3-peat
EastCoastJessie - Latina Princess
Tim-4-Show - Shannon Browns advisor
Lone Star Laker Fan - Olde Timey Historian"
LakerJ - Fire Fighter - Will Extinguish The Heat
Cofm99 – In House Guitarist
Segeboy/Taliq – Sheriff
OutLaw – Defense Specilaist
Baby Outlaw – Defense Specialist in Training
Fearless – Dynasties are cemented in the 4th QUARTER
Rick Friedman – Morale Officer
Faith – Defense Officer
Jon K – Undercover Agent
J24 – Fairness Officer
PsychedLakerGirl – Review Judge
Joe Corad – Night Games Supervisor
Adrian Palomar – Philippines Chapter
Caps-Googles – Tech Foul Official
CyberCosmix – Devising otherworldly Laker Defense
2Phatt – Let the party begin, "and so it is"- "UN-LEASE THE KRAKEN"
WesJoeNixcon – Shaolin Monk – Trainer of IP Man
lance from da' bronx - East Coast Chapter
MS – The Tune Master
Zach - From San Diego Chapter
Jefe101 – 17th Parade Director
Staples24 – Director of Trades
Nemaia Faletogo - Tropical Zen Master
LAKER TRUTH - Abe in Purple and Gold
Humanomaly - Trekkie and proud of it
htj - Memphis BBQ Specialist
puddle - 550 Celtics dollars richer
hobbitmage - my response: Lakers Rule
yellowfever - symptoms-turning purple and gold
mclyne - bus roof surfer(you know, like in the movie "Teen Wolf")
longtimelakerfan - Leave Luke Alone
iheartkb24 - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart
Edwin Gueco - EXTERMINATOR of uncivilized leprechauns on this blog like laker fan, old hippy, curious george, church woman.
Hugo Boss - Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!
VMan - 'V' for Victory!
frmkt - GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
G in DC(aka GDUB) - Let's go Ls...all the way to 3-peat!!!!!
JohnnyV - justa smooch winner
Otis- Drunk and in jail...
Tom Daniels - Wise Man = Laker Wisdom
longtimelakerlover - Laker Girl for life
brian - Ebanks will be an All Star
Art - FL Lakers Fan - Florida Chapter
Rocky - San Diego Chapter
KBlitz - Walking Encylopedia
bronxlakerfan - Purple and Gold with Pinstripes...
ChicNstu - Blue Plate Special
LakerFanInCowTown - Behind enemy lines...
The Triangulator - "Other Teams may River Dance, the Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm."
mud - Analysis Technician
CornerJ - From the corner...automatic...
Fatty - THE DEFENSE BEGIN, ANOTHER TITLE TO WIN
LakerMike - Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty..
pfunk36 - Just get Kobe the ball!!!
dave m - 'm' stands for MONEY...Lakers 3Peat
London Laker - a lakerholic while living in london
VirginiaLakerFan - Go Lakers--all the way to 17 & a 3-Peat.
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Jolly Rancher - Lamar's favorite baybee...
AndTheJellosJigglin - Chick's legacy lives on!
segeboy - A new season is upon us...
Laker J - LET THE (NEXT) JOURNEY BEGIN!
Don't Blame Del Harris! - I haven't been this excited for a new season since the summer of '96! Woot-woot!
Allnet - Like in "swish"...
The Outlaw - Wanted Dead or Alive
htj - "I'll take our best two vs.their best two, any day and twice on Sunday."
Kobe81pts - "absolutely don't ever want LBJ, the big spoiled brat to play for the Lakers....NEVER!!!!"
LakersWorld - Global Warming
Let's Go L's! - Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! Peace.
JustASouthCalFan - Laker fan for 28 years...
TNTLakerFan - It's time to proceed on the quest for the 3peat!
longtimelakerlover - GO LAKERS!!!!!!!KILL HOUSTON!!!!
wildone - This could be the greatest Laker season ever...
Larry of LA - Really psyched about the season...
WintonDupree - Let's get this Three-peat 2.0 party started!!!!
Kobefan in Cupertino - Oh yeah baby...... we're BAAAACCKKKKKKK
Jeanette - "I love Ron so MUCH..."
OCisMambaCounty - 1, 2, 3, RING!!!
Purple & Gold Reign - Thy Kingdom Come...We get another One!
OneLakerNation - Is there any other?
Jackie Robinson - G-d bless the Lakers!
srafrank - Crown Royal 3 shots
Lakerman420 - "I need to post"
D(erek)J(eter) - Lakers will hold up my Yankees...
Art - FL Laker Fan - Covert opps deep behind enemy lines...
DC Mamba - Can't wait for the Ring Ceremony!
traveling laker - All roads lead to Staples...
qs - i think it's just right that i start the season right...let me in that bus. =)
LakerSunshine - Shine as bright as Laker Bling...

LAST STOP...ONE HOUR LEFT, TILL WE ARRIVE AT OUR DESTINATION...

Whoa is anybody watching shaq? Wow, this dude can barely move out there. I kind of feel bad for the guy.

magia32- well, he can still foul the crap out of somebody six times a game, that's pretty much what Celtics defense requires.

I don't remember the last time I rooted for the Celtics but Shaq Van Winkle's looking kinda spry!

Die, Heat, die!

and for the first two plays after i wrote that, Shaq fouled Wade and then fouled Lebron.

So so glad Lakers front office didn't go for chris bosh.

seriously, the moving screen is becoming KGs signature move. it's like Kareem with the sky hook or jeff van gundy and idiocy.

John Kitzhaber!

sorry, that was in reaction to the gratuitous Chris Dudley reference.

Cold temperature in Boston. Guess the Heat didn't show up.

I gotta say it's pretty fun watching the Meat get waxed by the Weeners. I hate them both, granted, but at least the C's have done something to earn some respect. Which is a lot more than I can say for the princess and the predator.

Shraq is the Great Green Roadblock out there. Luke can jump higher than he can.


As Shannon Brown's advisor, I'm highly recommending the Lakers give it to the Rockets tonight because that way, we'll be up a game already vs. one of the potential finals match ups and home court will be important + to get a game edge like that early on when Bynum's out and Kobe isn't 100% is pretty good.

Go LAKERS, been waiting almost 5 months for this

I hate when people that post under multiple fake names here.

WoW. The Meat is getting ROASTED!..LOL

The Big Statue still can't make a free-throw.

BS call!

Refs gonna let the Heat come back.

LBJ commits flagrant charge on Paul Pierce. Pierce gets called. Wow, this is the basketball equivalent of the opposite of watching your parents fight.

Wow - zebras just love giving the princess the calls. I just saw the 2nd offensive foul that should have been a charge, but the little biyatch was given the block. Unbelievable. All she has to do is take the ball up the court like a freaking freight train outta control - anywhere near a defensive player - and she's getting the call. Just like Band-Wayde Boy. This is gonna be a long, long season....

This game is distilling into the essence of the NBA. Shaq commits fouls cause he's big and slow. Shaq misses free throws. KG commits moving screens. LeBron James gets a BS call. Paul Pierce goes out hurt with a barely noticeable injury.

holy crap that was a pretty shot by Glen Davis. That was remarkable skill. Maybe being turned into the second fattest guy on his team by about 100 lbs has helped him develop.

Wow - way cool Converse commercial...

justanothermambafan - "This is gonna be a long, long season...."

I'm with you; that's my biggest fear surrounding Lebron. We'll see. I hope they make him the PG, though. Much easier to deal with him there because he doesn't have the brain power.

The Heat could easily win this one, and then watch out for all the BS PR. I hope Doc settles the Greenies down. (OMG! What the hello did I just say? Wash my keyboard out with soap!)

Man, if I wanted to watch football, I would have watched football. You can't just run through people. Dang!

Someone needs to start a BScallometer that keeps track of how many charges and travels they ignore on James this year.

So what's new...LeBron against the whole team...

that's 2, by the way.

Hi-yo!

I'm going to be on tonight for live chat. Let the three peat journey begin!

63 - I can't even believe what I'm watching.... she just lowers her freaking shoulder, charges in, and gets the call. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Ugh - I'm feeling really nauseous.


Still - you can't cheer for the C's to win. You can only cheer for them all to lose. OK? Cuz there'll be more things getting washed out with soap than just your keyboard LOL!


BTW - I told you - show me yours and I'll show you mine. My ASG ticket is waiting for me and I can't claim it until you submit your profile so I can submit mine. I'm begging you not to let me down....


"Just like Band-Wayde Boy."

LOL!!

The Princess, The Predator and Band-Wayde Boy...

"Justa..." is DA BOMB!

@Lewstrs, thanks for putting me on the bus.

Ilgauskas is actually turning in a pretty good game here. there is a definite drop off between the O Neals from Shaq to Jermaine, but Ilgauskas is doing way better than Bosh, Haslem or Anthony.

LOL frmkt - I started calling him that when he used to have that stupid bandaid on his cheek all the time....Band-Wayde Boy!

Here is a list of music for tonights game.
We start by celebrating ring and Ship.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeTgx_pj6m8
Then we start season by just getting down on it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xJWQPdG7jE
Will the akers 3-peat
no doubt because we hella good
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtTj4cramPM
Then we tell Septic and Meat to shut up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3Vdo5etCQ
And when we win next 'ship then we know what a wonderful world this would be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNO72aCnVr0
then all will want to stand by Lakers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbg7YoXiKn0

One of the announcers just received the Understatement of the Year Award:


"Pierce often has a flair for the dramatic"


HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Ok, they need to get this over with. We got a ring ceremony to throw.

 
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