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Sasha Vujacic diagnosed with a concussion

Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic was diagnosed with a concussion after he was hit below the left eye by an inadvertent elbow from Lakers forward Lamar Odom during practice Thursday.

The team said Vujacic, who is out indefinitely, will be reevaluated Friday.

"We will be very careful and won't clear him to do anything until he's medically cleared," Lakers spokesman John Black said.

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L.O. broke the machine...

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htj: "Lebron is to Kobe as Jordan is to Magic. Best of one generation and his likely successor.
I know Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson made me love this game everyone on this blog is so passionate about.
And LBJ is certainly no Magic. It's only the moronic press (ESPN) that like to make that comparison."
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I hear ya. lebron has a loooooong way to go to get to Magic. Kobe is a step from MJ. But yeah, games wise Kobe is close to MJ, lebron is like an athletic Ron Ron - or a m0re athletic/less skilled/less smart Magic...

Man, the debate started getting a little hot n heavy earlier! As usual, no hard feelings to anyone. =)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Kobe = Joe Montana
Lebron = Dan Marino

Marino had the more athletic arm and better stats, but Joe was Mr. Clutch and led his team to four titles. I'll take Montana over Marino any day of the week.

Man, we be cooking here, mon!

REPOST - MERGED!!!!

In-ter-esting posts regarding all things NBA past, present and future. My opinion on Magic is he was never the fastest guy on the court, but he was the smartest. Same with Larry Bird. Neither was uber-athletic, with Bird finishing second to Magic in that catagory, but both had amazing footwork, put in extra hours of practice, in Magic's case he lived very healthily (no booze, but Bird was a beer man)

OOps, hit the post button on accident.


To continue, Magic's athleticism declined considerably when he blew out his knee (remember surgeries were far less successful and there was no way you would ever regain the explosiveness you previously enjoyed after ACL surgery, not like today), that's when he really buckled down and started practiciing his...unique...jump shot. Magic was nowhere near as athletic as the Kevin Johnson's of the NBA, but he had excellent vision, knew his teammates like the back of his hand, and worked harder than everyone else he playd with.


Athleticism CAN be over-rated, especially at the PG position, but as we've seen with the Lakers, a lack of athleticism can be hurtful as well. I think we were all a little nervous about Shannon Brown taking his hops to some other team. Not that would make or break us, but because after him, Lamar Odom is our most athletic player that can be counted on to play big minutes. Nobody in our front court is as atheltic as Shannon Brown (sorry, Kobe).


I argue, often, that Luke Walton's lack of athleticism is not as hurtful to the team as some believe. He has a good notion of where to position his body, how to use his strength and leverage very effectively, and on a team of scorers, his past first mentality is a must. Especially when Farmar was 'supposed' to be our floor leader, having a Luke Walton to get the ball into the post or help direct the other players on the court was invaluable. We'll see how he fits in with this team once he gets healthy.


QUERY: What are we all going to do if the Heat shoots the moon this season? By shooting the moon I mean running the table. By running the table I mean what if they simply dominate everyone and we're all like...oh...they ARE that good!


Opinions?

Man, we be cooking here, mon!

REPOST - MERGED!!!!

In-ter-esting posts regarding all things NBA past, present and future. My opinion on Magic is he was never the fastest guy on the court, but he was the smartest. Same with Larry Bird. Neither was uber-athletic, with Bird finishing second to Magic in that catagory, but both had amazing footwork, put in extra hours of practice, in Magic's case he lived very healthily (no booze, but Bird was a beer man)

OOps, hit the post button on accident.


To continue, Magic's athleticism declined considerably when he blew out his knee (remember surgeries were far less successful and there was no way you would ever regain the explosiveness you previously enjoyed after ACL surgery, not like today), that's when he really buckled down and started practiciing his...unique...jump shot. Magic was nowhere near as athletic as the Kevin Johnson's of the NBA, but he had excellent vision, knew his teammates like the back of his hand, and worked harder than everyone else he playd with.


Athleticism CAN be over-rated, especially at the PG position, but as we've seen with the Lakers, a lack of athleticism can be hurtful as well. I think we were all a little nervous about Shannon Brown taking his hops to some other team. Not that would make or break us, but because after him, Lamar Odom is our most athletic player that can be counted on to play big minutes. Nobody in our front court is as atheltic as Shannon Brown (sorry, Kobe).


I argue, often, that Luke Walton's lack of athleticism is not as hurtful to the team as some believe. He has a good notion of where to position his body, how to use his strength and leverage very effectively, and on a team of scorers, his past first mentality is a must. Especially when Farmar was 'supposed' to be our floor leader, having a Luke Walton to get the ball into the post or help direct the other players on the court was invaluable. We'll see how he fits in with this team once he gets healthy.


QUERY: What are we all going to do if the Heat shoots the moon this season? By shooting the moon I mean running the table. By running the table I mean what if they simply dominate everyone and we're all like...oh...they ARE that good!


Opinions?

Sorry, Sasha, hopefully your lady has a decen bed side manner.


Get well soon, Sasha, we need you!

Add some offensive moves to Michael Jordan's arsenal and you get Kobe.
Add some PG-like passing skills to Domique Wilkins and you get Lebron.

No, this isn't the highlight of LO's summer.

No, this doesn't trump the gold.

Wes

LAKER TRUTH:
"Kobe = Joe Montana
Lebron = Dan Marino
Marino had the more athletic arm and better stats, but Joe was Mr. Clutch and led his team to four titles. I'll take Montana over Marino any day of the week."

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"Add some offensive moves to Michael Jordan's arsenal and you get Kobe.
Add some PG-like passing skills to Domique Wilkins and you get Lebron."

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YES & YES! Perfect analogies, agree with you on both counts.

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Jamie: I agree with you about Shannon. He is definitely the most athletic Laker on the current team. Luke Walton is a perfect example of a player that uses his wit, hard work and all the other talents he possess to get by with lesser athletic ability.

I'm a Luke fan, he adds a lot to the second team, things just seem to run smoother when he's in the game, and if he can come in for a few minutes a half then all the better. He's no Mark Madsen, but he's no Shannon Brown either (probably a lot closer to Madsen on that scale, though lol...).


GO LAKERS!!!!!

BTW Jamie, about your "QUERY" (sounds like machine talk, lol) If the meat are really as good as some people say, then the Lakers gotta go get Chris Paul for next year. OK, only half-serious there.

I just don't see it, but who knows. Maybe, coaches won't exploit them with speedy point guard penetration, or bigs controlling the post. Perhaps, they'll double off of Wade and he'll make some shots. Maybe Big-Z will find the fountain of youth...

It COULD happen, but it WON'T happen - that's my guess. I don't think they could get by the C's, much less the Lakers...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Who cares about this guy?! How about Ashley the Laker girl who got smashed last night at the game? How is she doing? (this is a much more interesting topic at pre-season than sasha tasting L.O.'s elbow.)

I think the Heat will be absolute beasts in the regular season. Come playoff time, it'll be another story. Especially if the new technical foul rules hold up.

But then again, if the technical foul rule holds up, Boston's toast.

@HTJ… “Lebron is to Kobe as Jordan is to Magic. Best of one generation and his likely successor.”
You can distill the entire discussion down to the following question: Will LeBron end up becoming the next Kobe Bryant or the next Dominique Wilkins? Don’t assume that it’s easy to win an NBA championship. As great as Wilt was, he only was able to win two rings, primarily because he had to go through Bill Russell and the great Celtic teams. LeBron unfortunately faces the same situation because he will have to go through Kobe Bryant and a great Lakers team with a dominant front court. If you think that it’s a slam dunk that he is going to win a championship, you don’t know the NBA.
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@MCLYNE… “I'm totally with you on the Lebron debate, LakerTom.” It’s ironic but in a way, LeBron is kind of where Kobe was a few years ago, when he still had to prove to most basketball enthusiasts that he deserved to be in the conversation as to the GOAT. At least, that’s how I see it. Obviously, David Stern and ESPN see it differently and have already crowned LeBron as the king and Kobe’s heir apparent. Of course, we’ve seen these “heir apparents” come and go over the years, haven’t we?
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TOM

@LAKERTRUTH… “Kobe = Joe Montana - Lebron = Dan Marino
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Marino had the more athletic arm and better stats, but Joe was Mr. Clutch and led his team to four titles. I'll take Montana over Marino any day of the week.
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Excellent analogy, LT. And just to remind everybody, Marino never DID win a championship. To take it a step further, who says that LeBron will ever even be as good as Marino was. He and Rondo may never climb as high as expected on the ladder of greatness if they can’t learn to shoot from outside.
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TOM

@CCX - I just hope he can contribute in a meaningful way this season.

LakerTom -
re: Lebron and championships

I don't think they're getting through the Lakers this year, but they'll steamroll the weak teams in the regular season.

In a couple of years though, when Kobe is more earthbound, the Heat stand a good chance of of racking up a couple of titles. But of course, a lot can happen in a couple of years.

I'm just saying the Dominique analogy doesn't hold water. Nobody ever had Nique in the discussion for best player in the game. He was fun to watch despite throwing up some heinous looking shots from time to time. Outside his highlight-reel dunks, what did Nique ever accomplish? Bron's already been to a finals and has 2 MVPs. With two other all-NBA players, you honestly think he won't win a ring on that team in about 3 or so seasons when they've stocked up on quality free agents? Sure it may have an asterisk by it, but it'll still be a ring. One Nique never even sniffed.

@ Blitz - Great topic you posted...good to see you...where have you been...

@CCX, Laker Tom, LRob, VMan, LAKER TRUTH, Larry of LA, ROCKY, MCLYNE, htj, and anyone else I missed - All wonderful posts on the Blitz topic of the day...I enjoyed reading everyone's opinion...

@MVP888 - Great posts on Blitz's topic...good to see you guys agree on something...lol...Did you know that Mo Williams stinks...

@cofm99 - Good observations on last nights game...good to see you aboard...

@131-92 - Can you please tell me the story of why you changed from 83-79, and what those numbers stand for...had a long day, and am too drained to try to figure it out...

@LRob - I almost included Marvin Gaye on my 1971 list...but he is one of my 'Ace up my sleeve'...I save him for the special posts...

@MM - I had a terrible week...over worked...under compensated...had to give my Laker ticket away...and now you did not include my post on Ron with Obama and Reid...am I on your ish list...

Mi dos centavos - No denying LeBron's God given talent...But we are a society of material things...You got no rings...you don't measure up...Until LeBron gets at least one or two rings...he shouldn't even be in the same conversation as Kobe, Magic, Bird or MJ...But you can compare him to Barkley, Ewing, Malone and Dominique...LOL...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

@Lew - Let's not include Bird in the lists of great champions anymore. It just doesn't feel right.

WOW!!! I just watched the video of our beating the Kings. WHAT!! I saw a pick and go between Blake and Gasol. We haven't run a pick and roll in a decade. THAT WAS AMAZING!!! LEAGUE LOOK OUT !!!!

GOOOooooOOOOOOO LAKERS !!!!

LO,
Damn be careful! Can't trade expiring contract with concussion! I wonder why Naysmith has not played at all. I want to see what he can do on the court.

It's already late in the East Coast as we continue our journey in hunting for autumn foliage, however I just want to comment on this Athleticism.

Should we really determine or debate on who is athletic and who is not?

Will these players be in the NBA if they are are not athletic enough to play 100 games and determine the best team among them from Nov. to June? Is there a difference between Magic, Bird, Kobe, Lebron,Jerry West, Elgin Baylor etc? Who is more athletic among them? Is this not a judgment call? Of course there is vast difference in their games and they have their own STYLE of playing. Beauty is the eyes of the beholder, therefore if you think Kobe is better than Lebron so be it, that is an opinion however it is not a universal accepted opinion until their playing days are over. That difference in style makes us admire their contribution to basketball. Do you adhere to only one style? Do you like a blog with one opinion? Do like a country with one party? Only basketball historians can judge the difference between player A and player B. Fans have their own opinions, it could be subjective or objective based on their point of views. We are all Laker fans in this blog but for God's sake, don't chastise other NBA players as if only the Lakers are the children of God. There are talents everywhere in the league, it is so happened that we won twice consecutively. We have to be thankful for that achievement, it could be luck, greatness, talents etc. but most of all, it would be nice to hear a little humility in our ways if we continue winning.

@MVP888 - Great posts on Blitz's topic...good to see you guys agree on something...lol...Did you know that Mo Williams stinks...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 14, 2010 at 07:01 PM
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Lew, please feel free to start the "MO WILLIAMS STINKS BANDWAGON" and put me on it any time you want! LMAO!

Tom Daniels and Jamie Sweet - sorry I forgot to list you on the great response to the "what constitutes athleticism" debate...

I think the 1990 Yugoslavia National team could beat the present Heat team...Seriously, that team reminded me of Showtime, and they beat Team USA that year...

I'm having some second thoughts on Sasha having a big year...His shot hasn't returned, and worse, he is making stupid mistakes...the kind that PJ won't tolerate...which could undermine his playing time...

Lamar has been the surprise of the preseason so far...his play is at top form...I'm happy to see everything falling into place for him...I know it's a long shot...but I hope he makes the All Star team...

I'm not worried about the Kobestr...his shot will fall back when the strength comes back in his legs...Kobe will be Kobe when needed...

I came up with a name for the new Bench Mob...how does New Kids On The Block sound...or NKOTB...sounds like some South African dead squad...lol

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Vujacic smujacic. I have to say again that the Memphis Grizzlies are a team to watch out for. I said this on 10- 09 -10. It is now 10-13-10 and they are the only team in the NBA to have a perfect 5-0. I also said I based this all on potential, but nobody listened. ESPN ranks them at #20, but that number will be forced to increase to a top 6 rank before the playoffs begin believe me. They are a team with the potential to beat the Lakers in the playoffs if Fisher gets big minutes and a big name star gets an injury. The only thing that could hold them back is their coaches not making them reach their potential. I also said they'll beat the Lakers during the regular season 2 times, and everyone will underestimate them which if they do, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. We need to keep a close eye on that team.

Lets start from the ground up. A bit of focus everyday, growing in strength and getting better and better every game. Then have a good 3 day rest before the playoffs begin and its on for a 3peat.

To be honest, guys.
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These injuries and the distractions of the European trip have me a bit nervous.
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I'm concerned that we're not going to hit our stride until mid-December.
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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!!!

Hey Laker-holics, hope everyone is doing well. It appears the banter and debate is as lively as ever. Would expect nothing less.

Before I join the Kobe-LeBron fray, let me point out that Mark Medina was lauded in our monthly in-house web report for his continuing growth of the Lakers blog, and in particular he drew kudos for interacting with the readers. I say bravo to MM and thanks to each of you for helping make this one of our strongest blog communities at The Times.

Now, let me point out a couple of things that Kobe and LeBron have in common: First, they've BOTH quit on their teammates in the playoffs (oh, yes, I went there, because I don't like revisionist history or selective amnesia when it comes to anybody or anything); Second, neither the Lakers nor the Cavaliers would have had title aspirations without Kobe and LeBron, respectively. I'd even venture to say that the Cavs relied much more heavily on LeBron than the Lakers relied on Kobe, whom all you regulars know I've called the greatest offensive perimeter player I've seen (and I've been following the NBA since the late '60s/early '70s). LeBron often had to hoist that franchise on his broad shoulders and carry them through quarters or games or playoff series. Not that Kobe couldn't do the same, he just never had to shoulder the burden by himself.

And really, with which cast of characters would you rather play for championships? Fisher, Gasol, Bynum, Odom, Ariza, Artest, Brown, Farmar, etc.; or Ilgauskas, Jamison, Varajeo, Mo Williams, the Big Over-the-Hill Nickname, Hickson, Anthony Parker. Wait, argument over. I'm listing Anthony Parker as a championship component. Might as well be Candace Parker.

Who would I rather have on my beloved Blazers? I'd settle for two healthy 7-footers right now. Hah!

Back to work I must go. Take care all.

@Jon K - Agreed, we may not hit our stride until 2011. Too many new faces, Pau seemingly out of sorts, Kobe slow to recover, Bynum even slower. Our saviours right now are all from the Queensbridge area of New York, Ron and Lamar.


If anyone can get the ship sailing right, it's Phil.

In Phil We Trust.

@LRob: Dramatics came on about 10 minutes or so. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" - when men sung like MEN! No whiny lil pups like Ne-Yo moaning about "champagne lives" and crap!

Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | October 14, 2010 at 03:42 PM
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Can't go wrong with the Dramatics....If you want to hear their harmony at its best check out there re-make of Me & Mrs. Jones and/or Toast to the Fool.

Ne-Yo whiny...lol. Yes, he's a young pup but he has skills also. Different era from the 60's and 70's so I don't expect him to bring it like they did. But dude is super talented. He's big already, but he's got Mega-star potential. Singer, Songwriter, Producer... He wrote Irreplaceable (Beyonce), Let Me Love You (Mario), plus songs for Sugarbabies, Celine, Whitney, Mary J and many others. Will I Am & MJ chose him to write some songs for the new cd Michael was working on before he passed.

RE Dan Loumena- what do you mean ‘one of the strongest blogs?’ The LA Times has other blogs? With comments and everything? On what? Oh, it’s probably on like Justin Bieber or something. Never mind, I don’t care.

This one is going in my archives;

“It's already late in the East Coast as we continue our journey in hunting for autumn foliage, however I just want to comment on this Athleticism.
Should we really determine or debate on who is athletic and who is not?
Will these players be in the NBA if they are are not athletic enough to play 100 games and determine the best team among them from Nov. to June? Is there a difference between Magic, Bird, Kobe, Lebron,Jerry West, Elgin Baylor etc? Who is more athletic among them? Is this not a judgment call? Of course there is vast difference in their games and they have their own STYLE of playing. Beauty is the eyes of the beholder, therefore if you think Kobe is better than Lebron so be it, that is an opinion however it is not a universal accepted opinion until their playing days are over. That difference in style makes us admire their contribution to basketball. Do you adhere to only one style? Do you like a blog with one opinion? Do like a country with one party? Only basketball historians can judge the difference between player A and player B. Fans have their own opinions, it could be subjective or objective based on their point of views. We are all Laker fans in this blog but for God's sake, don't chastise other NBA players as if only the Lakers are the children of God. There are talents everywhere in the league, it is so happened that we won twice consecutively. We have to be thankful for that achievement, it could be luck, greatness, talents etc. but most of all, it would be nice to hear a little humility in our ways if we continue winning.”
-Edwin

Edwin nailed it.

So, Sasha was diagnosed with a concussion after he was hit below the left eye by Lamar Odom during practice. Think Lamar is taking his new role as the official guy in charge of the bench too seriously? Think all those many members of the Sasha Vujacic Fan Club scattered across the NBA are thinking to themselves, "If only I could be Lamar for one practice"?

Seriously, I am much more concerned about Sasha's inability because of the injury to compete for minutes in what's left of the preseason than I am about all the hype being generated by the Heat Index. As defending champions, the Lakers need only be concerned about taking care of their own business and coming out of the gate as strong as possible once the regular season begins. As a coach, Phil is inner-directed, and not motivated by what Miami may or may not do. He's all about what the Lakers must do and I'm with him all the way on this. Kobe is the same way.

Of course the NBA/ESPN storyline will be different. Conflict sells tickets. Conflict is a great storyline and gets ratings. But as a Lakers fan, I just want my team to play great basketball. It's crap like 66 fouls being called in a preseason game that gets in the way of great basketball, and that's much more on my radar than this phony Heat Index which I could care less about. Sure, the Heat will rack up more than their share of wins over the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference. If the Lakers find motivation in this, so be it.

But let's get Kobe, Andrew, and Sasha healthy. Let's get Gasol back on track. Let's have the coaching staff mold the new bench into the most effective in the NBA. Those are the things I'm paying attention to. Go Lakers!

I'm reading "Loose Balls" by Terry Pluto, The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. I had forgotten that the first Slam Dunk Contest was held in 1976 at halftime of the ABA All-Star Game in Denver. The league was down to 7 teams and the first lace team, who happened to be the Nuggets played the All-Stars from the 6 other teams. Anyway, the 5 contestants were Larry Kenon and George Gervin of the Spurs, Artis Gilmore of the Kentucky Colonels, David Thompson of the Nuggets and Dr, J of the NY Nets. For anyone interested, here are the 2 links. Oh, and for anyone who needs a reminder, guess who came up with the expression "Slam Dunk"? I think all of you know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4CWVytKWf0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-9p87zP8qQ&feature=related

Looks like LO is ready to go.

Since mostly everyone is talking about Lebron instead of Sasha on a Sasha blog post, I'll talk about Lebron as well Lol. Lebron's God given talent is something NO ONE can deny. His heart and leadership IS. He chose to go to another team in order to win a championship because of all the talk about him having been in this league so many years and no rings to show for it. He did reach the finals but so did Shaq before winning a title with Kobe. They tried to build a team around Lebron in Cleveland and when things were going great in the regular season, everyone claimed them to be the best and had them in the discussion for the finals; when the finals rolled around, NO Lebron and no Cleveland ever showed up! This is the thing that annoys me. When they have the best record everyone says how Cleveland is so good and so deep. Even Lebron said that. They claim how Lebron is unstoppable and that's the reason for the great record. Once they loose in the playoffs, they claim how it's ONLY Lebron WITH NO HELP! They blame his teammates. You gotta be kidding me!!

Well now he has two other super stars on his team with a very deep bench. They will eventually win a title after this circus-NBA year where all three knew where they were going. A lot of people will not give him the credit for a title because he pretty much threw in the towel. People will then point out how other teams have won with more than one superstar on the team; Kobe and Shaq needed Phil and some work before they won anything. Same thing with the Bulls teams. You can always be so great and athletic but you still have to work for your title. Lebron took the easy way out and I think he did this because he realizes that he is athletic but he's no Kobe and certainly no MJ.

He wants things handed to him like he always has since he's been on this league. Everyone praised and gave Lebron credit after his Cavalier team looked so great in the regular season but then blamed his teammates for loosing in the playoffs. I remember in the playoffs when Lebron said he never had a shoulder problem when they were still trying to advance in the playoffs then after loosing the reporters kept making him say that it was because his shoulder was injured that they didn't win. He finally took that easy way out by saying that it was in fact his shoulder. The man had over 30 points 7+ assists 8+ rebounds?....don't give me that BS that it WAS his shoulder! Stop babying Lebron and blaming other things or others when things don't go right.

In Laker land, when things don't go right, people tend to blame everything on Kobe; how he shot so much, how he didn't pass much, etc.. I don't understand how this never happens to Lebron when it's obvious he takes most of the shots; If Kobe can be blamed for the Lakers loosing then so should Lebron! Even if they win a title in Miami it's not going to matter anymore for me. Lebron is used to everyone giving him everything. Lebron, enjoy the title that Stern and Wade will eventually give you.

I meant to write elbow not shoulder!!

In Laker land, when things don't go right, people tend to blame everything on Kobe; how he shot so much, how he didn't pass much, etc.. I don't understand how this never happens to Lebron when it's obvious he takes most of the shots; If Kobe can be blamed for the Lakers loosing then so should Lebron! Even if they win a title in Miami it's not going to matter anymore for me. Lebron is used to everyone giving him everything. Lebron, enjoy the title that Stern and Wade will eventually give you. Posted by: S Hart | October 15, 2010 at 07:11 AM
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Only one thing can be said about this post...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!!

Dan L - Thanks for the love and I want to extend my gratitude to everyone here as well for taking me under your wing and making this the blog that it is. I can't thank everyone enough

MM

Not to get the pot stirring even more (OK, that's actually the intention), but I'll have to share a slightly different take than with Dan L on the Kobe/LeBron issue. I'm not a fan of revisionist history either and I think Kobe coming out as this model player during the LeBron fiasco this summer simply reflects how the court of public opinion sways back and forth. It was just three years ago where Kobe was cast as the evil villain during the radio tour while LeBron took the Cavs to the 2007 Finals (though lost), which became proof that LeBron approaches the game the right way in which he has fun with it while Kobe's competitive zeal and mood swings showed that he actually inhibits team chemistry. As much as Kobe has matured over the years and better realizes he doesn't need to do everything on his own, his demeanor definitely has softened simply because of the supporting cast he has around him. Both LeBron and Kobe share the bond that at one point during their career, they couldn't elevate their teammates when they had a poor supporting cast. I also genuinely believed that Kobe and LeBron didn't tank their respective playoff games like so many have cast them. They may not have responded to adversity in the best fashion, but I'm not convinced Kobe tanked against Phoenix to prove a point and LeBron tanked against Boston as an excuse to get out. But here's where I differ on the Kobe/LeBron issue. They are juxtaposed in how they approach the game. Kobe is a maniac and workaholic and is unsatisfied with anything that falls short of a championship. He may have mood swings, narcissistic tendencies, etc, etc, but it's under the premise where winning is everything and fun is second. Sometimes Kobe pushes it too far such as the injury situation, but it's with good intentions. It's good he has Phil who has the courage and credibility to reign him in when needed. I'm sure LeBron would love to win, but he has gotten distracted and embraced more and more all the superfluous events surrounding him. Clapping the powder, the pre-game dance routines, the puppet commercials, speaking about himself in the third person, the one-hour decision. LeBron doesn't seem to understand that all of that is a sideshow and distracts himself from the ultimate goal, while Kobe completely pushes all of that to the side to the nth degree so nothing gets in the way of a title.

Well said MM. That's where you draw the line between Lebron and Kobe/MJ. Winning is everything to them and nothing short of a championship will satisfy! While Lebron is busy making a circus out of the NBA along with Wade and Bosh, the Lakers and Kobe are preparing themselves for another 3-peat!

LeBron doesn't seem to understand that all of that is a sideshow and distracts himself from the ultimate goal, while Kobe completely pushes all of that to the side to nth degree so nothing gets in the way of a title. Posted by: Mark Medina | October 15, 2010 at 08:45 AM
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Simply magnificent MM and I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

Why does LO always injure our players? His wife must be black and blue 24/7.

...in a related story Kardashian needs dental implants after losing her teeth because Lamar opened the refrigerator accidentally in her face. As she went to the sink she tripped over his large feet and blew out her ACL.

LO was just trying to knock some sense into Sasha's head.

Hopefully it'll work.

It great to see that people are taking concussion seriously.


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