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Poll question: Is the Lakers' preseason too long?

It's gotten to the point where both Kobe Bryant and the media are laughing together over how little can be taken from preseason games, that we (including myself) are running out of questions and he's running out of answers. Clearly it's time for the season to begin.

If Bryant had it his way, the preseason would only last three or four games instead of eight. But he understands the NBA exhibition season goes beyond trying to get the team  back in shape, what with the Lakers' European trip to London and Barcelona as well as stops in Anaheim, San Diego and Ontario.

"We practice enough," Bryant said. "Games are fun. You play in different markets where people don't get to see games. So that's cool. Other than that, that's about it."

Coach Phil Jackson had frequently expressed frustration about the logistical pains the European trip entailed, considering the travel, decreased practices and increased participation in league marketing events. He's also appeared nonchalant about the results, even if he has voiced displeasure about the team's consistency, learning curve and defensive lapses. Still, Jackson won't go far as to say the preseason is too long.

"I don't think so," said Jackson, who said that as an NBA player he often played 14 to 16 exhibition games per season. "I think the way it's packed in this year for us is a little bit different. Usually you have one after the seventh day of our training camp and then for the next two weeks we play a few games enough for us to get a feel for it. It's a measurement."

But what about you as a fan? Is the Lakers' preseason too long, or are you just enjoying the ride? Do you feel frustrated that there's very little to draw from exhibition games, or do you like watching some hoops without worrying about the result?

-- Mark Medina

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Am I good or what?

It's frightening.... even I'm getting weirded out...

(And NO - I don't refresh until a new thread pops up. It just happens.)

some kind of ley line karmic voodoo connection no doubt, causing FCM and justa to simultanateeoutusly get up and hit that ol send button.

zaira- thanks for sending that link to the gorillaz. i've been coming across them here and there lately, i haven't decided yet whether i like them or not, but they have caught my interest.


I'm not even responding to your posts anymore unless they're at the top of a thread.

What did you end up getting for dinner?

That deserves some ASG tickets!

@ Magic Phil - I agree...

ASG tickets for Justa!!!

ASG tickets for Justa!!!

ASG tickets for Justa!!!

phred - it's sympatico.... 2 souls on the same wavelength ..... and HELL YEAH it deserves some ASG tickets!!! Thanks Magic Phil & heart!! LOL!!!

htj - chocolate pudding. I know... it's pitiful....

mmmmmmmmmmmm pudding

*Double Decker Repost*

@master justa -

You get credit for everything I do...till I snatch that pebble from your hand...

Confucious says:

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Genration...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 20, 2010 at 01:50 PM


@ master justa -

This is my new creed...

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

Maybe MM could put include in Terms Of

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Genration...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 20, 2010 at 02:00 PM

justa - you're worrying me a little bit

hey Pare, kamusta? are you going to watch the Pacquiao Margarito fight?

MM - it's the pudding she ate last

emails have gone out with invites to the BLOG LEAGUE PART DEUX!

check your email if you emailed me. If you haven't gotten one, please let me know, both by email and on here, as I seem to have trouble getting your emails on yahoo.

I did find several people's requests buried in the spam folder, thanks for putting 'LAKERS BLOG' in the subject headline.

MM- Do you know how the franchise player rule works in the NFL and if it can work in the NBA? That's conversation in the barber shop today.

hey Pare, kamusta? are you going to watch the Pacquiao Margarito fight?

Posted by: iheartkb24 | October 20, 2010 at 02:14 PM


OF COURSE!!! It's tradition we watch all of Manny Pac Man's fight at one of my clients house...He is the biggest Manny fan I know, and has personally met the Pac Man...

Now if Mayweather would...oh let's not go

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Genration...

#17 Coming Up!!!

@ LEW - we're trying to get tickets from somebody that knows Manny...if we do get them we might fly to Dallas...I'll keep you posted.



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