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The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Mark Medina tackle some Laker questions

The Lakers are officially underway. They're finally playing basketball, providing glimpses of how the roster might shape up and giving the fans of the L.A. Times' Lakers blog something to keep them from going insane (or so I hope).

But this is one game. As much as I detailed five things to take away from the Lakers' 111-92 loss Monday to the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's one exhibition game. I don't want to say my post was a waste of time to read and write, but you have to take it for what it is. The Lakers have seven remaining pre-season games and the ring ceremony/opening night isn't until Oct. 26 against Houston.

That leaves time for The Times' Mike Bresnahan and myself to dive into a few questions after the jump.

What will be the Lakers' regular season record?

Bresnahan: The Lakers will win more often than last season for the simple reason that the West is a shadow of its former self. (A quick thank you and goodnight to Phoenix, Utah and also Denver if Carmelo skips town ... and I'm not even going to mention how old San Antonio looked last season.) The Lakers will be 61-21, a four-game improvement.

Medina: 67-15. The Lakers fall short of 72 wins yet again, but the team, media and fans shouldn't be worried about it. As much as it is a nice motivating tool to get them through the regular season, the Lakers take the right approach in making sure they don't burn out before the playoffs even begin.

Who is the Lakers' toughest Western conference opponent?

Bresnahan: Conventional wisdom says Dallas, but who wants to be boring and conventional? I'll take Oklahoma City, which almost ran the Lakers out of the first round and had two of the top players on this year's Team USA (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook).

Medina: Well now I'm boring and conventional because I'm taking Brez's pick as well. As the Lakers saw last season, the Thunder has the youth and athleticism to give the Lakers a good test. OKC is now more experienced, including Durant and Westbrook putting work in with Team USA during the 2010 FIBA World Championships. The fact that OKC pushed the Lakers to six games in the first round last season surely gives the Thunder confidence they can further push the envelope.

Who is the Lakers' toughest Eastern Conference opponent?

Bresnahan: Some say Miami. I say Boston. Let's not forget how the Celtics were half a quarter from winning the title a few months ago. And I like the additions of Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal to add to Kendrick Perkins' beef down low when he returns from a knee injury near the season's midpoint.

Medina: I would say Miami simply on its talent level. But I think the Heat will fall short simply because of chemistry issues that are almost inevitable when constructing a talented team. Though the Celtics' window of opportunity is closing, they still have the pieces to try to avenge the 2010 Finals loss.

Will the Lakers three-peat?

Bresnahan: (Pause. Long pause. Excruciatingly long pause.) Yes ... I think. Mitch Kupchak did a solid job turning a subpar bench trio of Adam Morrison, DJ Mbenga and Josh Powell into Matt Barnes, Steve Blake and Theo Ratliff. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol should be rested coming into the season, unlike the last couple of years. It should all be enough to hold off the Celtics or Miami in the Finals, not to mention the frighteningly young Thunder in the West.

Medina: Yes. As easy as it might be for the Lakers to be complacent after back-to-back titles, there are several elements that will help make a three-peat possible. The team is well-rested. The Lakers will want to win one for Phil Jackson's supposed last season. They'll want to prove that Miami isn't a super team. And the team added new faces, which should give them some spark.

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

 
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Have I told anybody how much I hate the Miami Heat? The circus is on in South Beach. GO LAKERS!

@ Taushia Carey… “I don't know where to start...I am a 31 year old female with a very strong father on my side.My father has been a fan of the LA Lakers since I can remember.He served his time in active duty for the United States Air Force for 28 years.Traveled overseas serving his commitment for country.After being stationed at Edwards AirForce Base in California he meet his a loving wife of 35 years and going on stronger..I'm not a person to ask for much but will give my last.My father served his time in the service, after retiring my parents settled down in Georgia..My dad has been working strong from day one and when I say day one I mean DAY ONE.He don't like to ask anyone for a helping hand nor take a day off to relax.He over the sanitation department for the city and has ALOT of responsibilities to maintain.He goes to OSHA conferences from state to state.What I'm trying to say in so many words is my father got diagnosed with cancer in his nasal passage in 2008.When they found it he was in stage 3 there was only 4 stages to the cancer he had.I spend so much time by his side that I felt that I wasn't eating ,depressed cause the only thing my father told me was that before his time up he wants to see a live Lakers game and the past weekend came and I went home to help with the house cause all the money goes on treatments,medicine,and now the house is falling apart and my mother is having such hard times with her health.Not being able to walk or do things to help and I'm only one and damn sure bustin my ass to be there at ever need possible!!!I guess I'm asking for a prayer to be sent to me again..The thing is I live in Atlanta,Ga and there is a Lakers games in March 2011 and I really love if someone can help me out with anything-let me know if its someone I can contactPLEASE CONTACT ME404-343-9342.”
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Taushia, your post caught my attention the other day but seemed to get lost in the flurry of new threads. Don’t know if we have any Lakers fans in the Atlanta area who might have an extra ticket for when the Lakers come to town in March but I thought I would repost it to see if anybody was in a position to help. If there are two things that melt my heart it’s tough luck vets who are Lakers fans. Good luck to you and your family.
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TOM

Miami is distracting at best. I want Shaq and the Celtics!

@MM:
67-15. The Lakers fall short of 72 wins yet again, but the team, media and fans shouldn't be worried about it.

I think you are right on the money! Let the Meat tire themselves out all season long by shooting for 72. We'll take the most wins in the playoffs for a third straight year!

67, 57 who cares. I ask and pray for excellent HEALTH throughout the playoffs. If the Lakers play like they did in 2000-01 (56-26, including an 8 game winning streak to end the practice season, and then 15-1 in the playoffs), that would be my dream come true. Of course, that would be a dream because now they must win 16.

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

My prediction: The Lakers will play like crap most nights of the season, but will win most of their games because the talent advantage they have over most other teams is so enormous.

Fans will tear their hair out almost every night, wondering how the Lakers can play so badly. (Hint: They don't care about you. At all.)

The Lakers will win the championship, and the fans will immediately forget about all the pain they suffered watching the Lakers play during the season, just like they did when they won the championship last year.

(Oh, wait. That's exactly the same prediction I made last year.)

(Well, yeah, but it was also exactly right, in every particular.)

Mark and Mike,

You guys are spot on.

As for the would-be superteam in Miami, their day may come, but not this time around.

Watching their pre-season debut, a few thoughts. A Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat game wasn't entertaining before and it's not entertaining now. But I will say, a pre-season game called by Marv Albert is way more exciting than a pre-season game called by Joel Myers.

My prediction: The Lakers will play like crap most nights of the season, but will win most of their games because the talent advantage they have over most other teams is so enormous.

Fans will tear their hair out almost every night, wondering how the Lakers can play so badly. (Hint: They don't care about you. At all.)

The Lakers will win the championship, and the fans will immediately forget about all the pain they suffered watching the Lakers play during the season, just like they did when they won the championship last year.

(Oh, wait. That's exactly the same prediction I made last year.)

(Well, yeah, but it was also exactly right, in every particular.)

Posted by: jimjoyce | October 05, 2010 at 05:20 PM
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Yea and you and your Kobe hate, Lebron excuses were just as bad.

You said that Jordan Farmar gave the ball to Bynum as much and Fisher was not passing the ball to Drew? LOL that only reinforces your hate for PJ/Fisher/Bryant and see how wrong you were!

The way the Spurs are hyping this Splinter chump, you'd think he was the #1 overall pick!!

That's how much pressure they're putting on this kid.

Mark M.

In response to your post in the other thread, they don't need Kobe or Bynum last night. C'mon, they are on a vacation mode with all the turnovers and individual plays, team play is non existent. It is easy to lay the blame on the new guys but actually it is the old guys who put the game on auto pilot, in the fridge for the Minny. they again hit the lackadaisical switch and a giveaway game for Coach Rambis.

I'm not the type of fan engage in predictions, I just deal with reality from game to game. I just believe that Lakers are always a good brand and image should always be protected at all times especially in overseas games. Europeans are passionate fans, traditionalists and seldom see the Lakers game in person. If Lakers lost the game, let us not spin it to our own liking by making excuses, it is what it is. Give the Minny the credit. For the pessimists, no need to project about the Heat nor the Leprechauns, this is NBA if you only play heart for 1st half then it would show in the results with any team. If they lost the game by trying their best, i.e Gasol, Artest, Fisher, Brown, Vujacic and Odom were playing like madmen competing for rebounds, pts and defense....do we really need Kobe, Socks or Luke against Beasley, Webster, Love and other never heard double digit scorers?

The way the Spurs are hyping this Splinter chump, you'd think he was the #1 overall pick!!

That's how much pressure they're putting on this kid.

Posted by: dan the man | October 05, 2010 at 05:48 PM
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I kinda agree with you. I've heard that he's a good center, but i doubt if he deserves all the hype. I mean, he didn't really raise that many eyebrows during the recent World championships. Scola, on the other hand, was phenomenal.

Of course, what the Spurs are saying is that the Splitter-Duncan tandem is pretty good. I may somewhat agree as well, provided that Duncan turns back the clock and plays like he did during their championship years. Same goes with Ginobili and Parker. Adding one center does not a champion make.

Hope you had a nice summer, KB Blitz.

@Phil:
"If not, we're going to have to look at Andrew as a short-minute guy, somebody like Yao Ming who's going to be limited in the amount of minutes he plays."

I know we've had a moretoreum on the big Bynum debate, but I couldn't help myself after reading this quote. I think it would be a great idea to limit his minutes as soon as he gets back on the court and through the regular season- this season. During the last two weeks of the season, then ramp his minutes back up to his standard started minutes.

Rick and mclyne - thanks for the love!

MM

LakerTom.

With regards to public service to Taushia's father, let us forward our request to the Lakers in El Segundo address to Mitch or John Black.

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Team) 555 N. Nash Street El Segundo, CA 90245. USA Phone: (310) 426-6000. Fax: (310)426-6110

Email Address: [email protected]

~~I'm sure they will investigate the parties involved and will be contacted if they truly deserve it. There are 14 Laker players plus coaches, I think they can spare 2 free tickets when they are in Atlanta. Let us do our share by emailing the website and appeal to Jim, Jeanie, Mitch, John or Phil for a good cause.

hey peeps...how's everyone doing?...I emailed MM some of the pictures I took at the Lakers game @ O2 Arena in London...I asked MM to share them here, hopefully he does...will also send some videos...I apologized in advance for the quality of the pics and video...hope everyone's well...

I don’t have much tonight.

I’m not sure what I think about people begging for Lakers tickets here. No, really, I don’t know what I think, so I’m not gonna give any thoughts about it.


“…My best suggestion for soothing your conscience is simple - use BSPN for what you need it for and then dump it fast like that ugly guy/chick you dated on a dare…’
-justa

Justa- the guy/chick I dated that one time preferred to be called ‘transgendered.’


“…Like some romantic movie, I hope when we enter the court in Barcelona, eyes will meet and Ricky Rubio and the Lakers will suddenly realize that their in love and destined for a long and successful marriage…
Posted by: gil | October 05, 2010 at 11:30 AM”

RE Barcelona game- Based on the Artest/Raja Bell/Barnes precedent, If Ricky Rubio clotheslines Kobe into the first row, we will know he wants to be a Laker.

[SHRUG]

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

LOL phred - leave it to you to notice that comment! I figured everyone was politely ignoring me...

iheartkb24 - not THAT is a true fan!

justa- THE LOVE must really be catching on if there is any intersection between 'polite ignoring' and the people on this blog...

I'd like to hear some answers about new and (for me, sudden) Laker additions:

Trey Johnson and
Drew Naymick

When were they acquired? Where are they from, what will their roles be and what do you think about them?

For my answers to the above, I'll say...
1. 65-15 (more than enough to get homecourt advantage)
2. Dallas
3. Celtics (in the 2011 Finals, again) and
4. 3-peat? But of course!

Trey Johnson and Drew Naymick were I believe training camp invitees, they haven't been signed to any sort of real contract and probably won't be, and their future roles are probably slim to non existent.

which won't stop everybody from declaring them the hope of the future, if they can pry that title from Jeremy Lin's hands.

Ok, I’m going to look for those. Hold on. Let me first say to everybody, who is thinking of going to yahoo’s nba website, you know how when they have a title like “so and so poses naked’ they usually post a link to a completely inoffensive (or disappointing, depending on who they are talking about) article? Well, the one about Amar’e Stoudemire is a real link. Y’all are forewarned, or perhaps if you prefer that sort of thing, tipped off to the potential.

Humourous discussion about the size of Amar’es hands compared to Kwames and any particular extrapolation thereof is also available, I assume.

Here is a bit of info on Trey Johnson and Drew Naymick

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4352

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4810

Amar’e nekkid y’all have to find on your own.

oops - meant to say "now" not "not."

When the Lakers loose thursday how will this blog spin it? It's only pratice, it doesn't count, it didn't matter were on vacation. But the fact is if you have to play why not play to win... dress rehersal paying customers give them some kind of effort. Don't just roll over with KY jelly in hand. You did see the Heat tonight, the KING is still a run away train, nobody can stop him, NOBODY. The Lakers will surrender the title this year, Heat 4-1.

hmmm.

Justa Hater- I suspect you really aren't trying all that hard to fit in here.

I pretty much agree with both MB and MM on this topic. The bench should be much improved and could be the difference in the Ls 3-peating.
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@LT and LEWSTRS,

Thanks for the comments on 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'. LT, I'll have to check out the books...thanks for the recommendations.

Peeps, y'all need to check out this movie...it's really good.
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@LRob:"I wish more people knew how good a band WAR was/is..."

I'd have to say 'was' because(if I'm not mistaken) the group currently calling itself WAR has only one of the original members(Lonnie Jordan). Here's JUST A FEW of my favs by them, the last one I'm sure most Lakerholics can appreciate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zmeckPEsao

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfBNCrhVwvs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4V5Xb9Nd2U&feature=related
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@Wes:"I'd like to call upon all my fellow bloggers, here and now, to throw down the gauntlet in honor of Larry Mamba 24 and link your favorite Youtube video of all time. A simple, technolgical tribute to a man called Larry."

Like LAYS potato chips...I can't just pick 1...so here's a few that I like. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvo5XO1kH1c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kamDqL-AGzI&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_N1OjGhIFc&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6jUpHClybQ&feature=related


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

G in DC- I hadn't seen the woman's basketball coach (nope, didn't pick up his name) one, thanks for that.

I'm still not sure why everybody picks on Dennis Green. He was right. Ok, well, to be honest, I think all these coach rants usually have a good point, except maybe that I'm a man, I'm forty thing, cause it turned out he really did throw his QB under the bus before that.

and really, it is just practice. just practice.


OK, two things;

1) G in DC and Wes, if we're gonna pay homage to Mamba24 by way of WAR - who I absolutely adore - this is the clip to go with...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMlrI6IkQv0
2) I just saw the 2nd trailer for the Cohen Bros. remake of "True Grit", due out this Christmas, and I can hardly contain myself...
http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi985860377/
if there was ever a must-see movie event, this is IT!

Phred- Really we know it's just pratices, but I was dis-pointed when they play like they don't care, Hell I care. I want to see them kick @ss, not roll over.

Coen Bros...(sorry guys!)

hater- i remain skeptical of your true motivations

thanks for the info on the Coen Bros and True Grit. sounds interesting.

@phred,

His name is Kevin Borseth and he coached the Michigan Womens' BBALL team. Coaching meltdowns ALWAYS crack me up.(LOL)
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@Jefe101,

I coulda picked a whole lot more WAR tunes but, you already know that.(LOL)

re:'True Grit', I'm a fan of the 'western' genre, as well as, a Coen Bros. fan, and an even bigger Jeff Bridges fan. So like you, I'm lookin' forward to the release of this film.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

It's lonely being a hater - a basic hoist to their own pitard - needs no notice.

Who cares who wins "practice" games? I mean, it's just a "practice" game. Not a real game, only a "practice" game!

Otis- well, THE LOVE might feel bad for him, for a moment.

Oh, and do I need to correct your Bard? Hoist IN their own petard, I think.

A petard is actually an explosive device, and hoist refers to being caught in the detonation thereof, am I mistaken? (yeah, that is the logical bet, phred).

Anyway, there are still a few haters out there, who perhaps can be saved. I'm glad for the sake of their souls that the Lakers keep winning championships, they need the lessons in humility that it provides. You must confess and repent your sins of celebrating the meaningless accomplishments of lesser teams before you can really be brought up to the light of Laker fandom.

Or am I abusing the religious metaphor? (nah, phred, you?)

perhaps. Well, if it is nothing more than fun, please forgive my futile digression, as this quote and veracity are nowhere near, I'm off to read more Shakespeare.

sigh.

THE LOVE HAS READ ALL OF 'MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'

BUT WHATEVER

pHRED WILL DO WHAT HE CAN.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

@ G in DC - re: War/Cisco Kid & True Grit, "...they rode the sunset, horse was made of steel."

I believe we finished the regular season last year 20-14 in our last 34 games. Sometimes even "real" games don't mean anything either, ha, ha. I'm thinking we won the Championship last year, oh, and the year before as well!

"If we offend, it is with our good will. That you should think, we come not to offend, But with good will. To show our simple skill, That is the true beginning of our end. Consider then we come but in despite. We do not come as minding to contest you, Our true intent is. All for your delight We are not here. That you should here repent you, The actors are at hand and by their show You shall know all that you are like to know."

act V, scene 1?

something like that. I would love some correction on that, or perhaps if anyone can better express what I was trying to say, they might not suppress but expound upon the grounds, that it would be ill found if my expression ganged aglay.

phred,

Couldn't have said it better myself sir. I not sure what you were saying, but it sure looks good in print, ha, ha!

@Staples/Sensei/Art - after further review I would say Trey Johnson is more of a Billups type than a quick waterbug type....BUT I'M CERTAINLY NOT COMPARING HIM TO CHAUNCEY in no way, shape or fashion.

@Edwin - After finally watching the game I agree with you that the Lakers did a disservice to their fans in England with that performance. But its preseason so those are the breaks. I like MM's idea of playing bringing a group of teams there for week to play some regular season games there. But what team would want to give up a home game?...especially one vs. the Lakers.

War was a great band...

War was better thank great.

War was a great band...

Posted by: Magic Phil | October 05, 2010 at 09:37 PM

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Nothing better than War with Eric Buron!

Than great

...yes, I know Eric BURDON

LeBron can list it to his long list of accomplishments...best preseason record...undefeated...woo hoo...

He can add it to best home regular season record, most wins in regular season and even MVP...

But as usual, no records where it counts...in the FINALS...

Opps...I'm sorry...he does have a Finals record...0-4 and a sweep...lol

LRob,

Leave the English fans to the Euro League. I don't want to watch a game at 7pm pst which was played at noon time. Our KCal will never broadcast for the sake of 'holic bloggers alone however, it's nice to go with the Rick's bandwagon and see if KCal/NBA/Lakers would blink. Since you are a former media buyer for radio, I'm sure you are familiar with target markets, Laker blogger are small piece of the pie compared to Laker fans who are busy at work during noon time. Mercy rule, it is enough to have 3 hour difference between East and West, let's not cross the oceans and add 7 more hours. lol!

My prediction: The Lakers will play like crap most nights of the season, but will win most of their games because the talent advantage they have over most other teams is so enormous.

Fans will tear their hair out almost every night, wondering how the Lakers can play so badly. (Hint: They don't care about you. At all.)

The Lakers will win the championship, and the fans will immediately forget about all the pain they suffered watching the Lakers play during the season, just like they did when they won the championship last year.

(Oh, wait. That's exactly the same prediction I made last year.)

(Well, yeah, but it was also exactly right, in every particular.)

Posted by: jimjoyce | October 05, 2010 at 05:20 PM
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Jimbo, unlike our esteemed Lakers brother, KB Blitz, you and I have no history together, so I will take your comments literally and comment:

I agree that the Lakers are notorious for frustrating fans during the 82 game practice season. With the exception of 1999-00, 2007-08 and select games in 2008-09 (the so-called "big" regular season games), the Lakers do not necessarily play up to their potential muchof the time, thus causing fans to "tear their hair out almost every night." Hell, I'm bald!

HAVING SAID THAT, it is not for the reason you pose .. i.e. that the players don't care about [us] .. but because PJ cares about rings and therefore has his team ready for every possible situation when the Real Season roles around. Therefore, it is not important to execute perfectly every time down the floor, but to LEARN how to deal with EVERY situation. In the process, the team can play shabbily and unnecessary losses occasionally result. I'm a season ticket holder and I can honestly say that the Lakers can frustrate me at times during the practice season. I would call this frustration, not "pain" as you prefer to label it, but because I'm a fan of a team that is on the verge of its third dynasty in my lifetime, I expect to "suffer" at times during the practice season.

So if you want to call yourself "right" in every particular, I suggest that you simply have an elementary approach to the issue. I subscribe a more seasoned, more mature approach to the 82 game practice season as set forth in a post by the deceased Godfather from the forum from which I came which is reproduced below. This post was authored by TrueFan1947 on February 2, 2010 after a meaningless loss at the end of an 8 game East Coast road trip.

Jimbo, may I recommend that you grab a pen and a piece of paper and take some notes because TrueFan1947 was right IN EVERY PARTICULAR:

TrueFan1947 (2/2/2010 at 8:21 AM)

"The 82 is a LONG marathon. I don't EVER like to see the Lakers lose, but this was an 8th game, back-to-back, of a hellacious road trip, with players that are injured and bushed. Not an excuse! A statement of FACT! So Pau is not 100%, Kobe is not 100%, Luke is not 100%, Ron Artest is not 100%....and the team STILL went 5-3 on this trip. The Lakers coaching staff, training staff, and front office know ALL the problems. Whatever ideas that WE come up with have ALREADY been posited, discussed, duly considered and addressed, and either implemented or dismissed according to their relative efficacy. Does ANYONE in here think he/she knows better than the organization? LOL! Fifty years of watching this process gives me a LONG FUSE! Patience, people! Patience! #16 coming up! PLAYOFFS are the time when this team will SPARKLE!"

Any questions?

@GDUB - I said I wish more people knew how good a band War was/is because I saw them 3-4 years ago and despite having only 1-2 original members they were still jamming. (Let me correct that like Otis suggested...how great or "better than great" War was/is).

Well I heard my mama say (what she say...what she say)
You've been slipping into darkness...pretty soon you gonna pay.

@Jefe - thanks for the heads up on the Coen Bros.

Random NBA thoughts after perusing a few games this evening....

MM was right, LO is in mid-season form.
DHoward was in all-star form.
I would pay top dollar to watch John Wall play...wow he's exciting.
Highlight of Laker game for me was watching Drew Naymick (former MSU player) clapping during warmups in P&G uniform. He'll be cut in after a few games, but he'll always be able to tell his children/grand children he played with the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

Hope you had a nice summer, KB Blitz.

Posted by: jimjoyce | October 05, 2010 at 06:04 PM
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I hope you had one too.

I know your summer was filled with defending Lebron and saying Kobe also gave up in Game 7 of the 2006 series with Phoenix.

Mark Medina,
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Nice thread, brother.
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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!!!

Have I mentioned that T.J. Simers is a complete toolbag?
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GO BRUINS!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!

LRob,

Leave the English fans to the Euro League. I don't want to watch a game at 7pm pst which was played at noon time. Our KCal will never broadcast for the sake of 'holic bloggers alone however, it's nice to go with the Rick's bandwagon and see if KCal/NBA/Lakers would blink. Since you are a former media buyer for radio, I'm sure you are familiar with target markets, Laker blogger are small piece of the pie compared to Laker fans who are busy at work during noon time. Mercy rule, it is enough to have 3 hour difference between East and West, let's not cross the oceans and add 7 more hours. lol!
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 05, 2010 at 09:57 PM
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Edwin,

Actually it wasn't blacked out for me because I'm not in LA, but I agree watching a tape delayed game is a bummer. The point I agreed with you on was that fans in England that bought tickets deserved to see a better game.

Yes, I've worked in media for 25+ years, in sales not as a buyer, so I'm very familiar with target makets. I could see the NBA expanding overseas one day because of the potential $$$ to be made. Thus, you may have no other choice but to deal with the time differences.

Also, that was very thoughtful of you to post the Laker information for the woman in ATL whose father is ill. Hopefully he'll get better and get to see the Lakers.

The Dynasty has begun

I know you all the watched the King tonight, dominate as usual.
Kobe beat the annointed one mano a mano?
your team looked pathetic
Lebron's team look unbeatable minus Wade

Who can stand against me and my team
fools you are

THE KING HAS SPOKEN
LONG LIVE THE KING AND HIS DYNASTY
FOR HIS GOD IS A STERN GOD

The Pre-Season is for Princess Jimmy and the Salsa Queens...

The Regular Season is all about positioning and staying healthy...

And the Post-Season is ALL ABOUT "JUSTANOTHER THREE-PEAT"!!!!!!!!!

As ugly as the 2nd half of the first pre-season game was, what I saw in the first half was exactly what I expected:

Steve Blake is a PERFECT FIT for the Triangle. Doesn't over dribble. Doesn't turn the ball over. Excellent Passer. Can hit the Three (Corner or Top-of-Key) without needing to rhythm dribble. Has a Mid-Range Game. Can turn the corner on the Pinch Post. Heady and Feisty Player. Defensively an upgrade too.

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Matt Barnes is a PERFECT FIT for the Triangle. Moves well without the ball. Good Passer. Can hit the Three (Corner or Wing) without the need for a rhythm dribble. Has a Mid-Range Game. Sets strong screens. Follows Teammate Shot Trajectories for Offensive Rebounds. Heady and Feisty Player. Strong defender.

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Theo Ratliff. Jury's Still Out on His Fit in the Triangle. My concerns are his post moves (or lack thereof).

However, with Kobe, Pau, Artest, LO all able to post up in the triangle, I do believe Ratliff will move well and provide a nice mid-range touch. When opponents double team out post players, Ratliff will have some nice open mid-range shots and layups when he's out on the floor. Of course his shot blocking and defensive skills are still top notch. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised to see that he's in excellent physical shape. Doesn't look his age at all.

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Ebanks and Caracter are Rooks! They'll provide energy once they settle down and relax. Both are well suited for the Triangle. Caracter won't have his shots blocked so easily when he's out on the floor with Kobe and Pau. The more they space the floor running the Triangle, the more opportunities Caracter and Ebanks will have to score easily. Again, they're Rooks! Limited Minutes, Limited Needs! Just Be Ready When Your Numbers are Called!!!

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Sasha looks like he's getting back to the Machine days. I am truly hoping that his days as "Snausage I'm Yur Biatch" are OVER!!!

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Shannon looks like his thumb is completely healed. His shooting accuracy suffered tremendously from that huge thumb wrap he had last season on his shooting hand.

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Artest, like Shannon, had a huge thumb wrap. It seems like almost every key player had finger or thumb issues last season. His shooting seems back and his D is as always stellar. I look for a better fit in the Triangle this year. Maybe he just needed to change his number back to 15 to regain his youth.

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LO is truly looking in mid-season form. He keeps it up and 6th Man of the Year is his and his alone...

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Fisher looks like he'll be defying his naysayers once again. The Notorious D-Fish will be complaining all season that Blake needs to start over Fisher.

But in the end, D-Fish's crying and whining will be like the tumbleweeds rolling down the O.K. Coral after Wyatt Earp and Family (including Doc Holiday a.k.a. Fisher) Gunned Down the Clantons (a.k.a. whomever comes out of the East).

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For Drew, Only Time Will Tell. But My Thoughts and Prayers are With Him for A Long and Healthy Career…

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For Luke, the Hamstring didn't shock me. Favoring prior injuries typically leads to other injuries. As with Drew, My Thoughts and Prayers are With Him Too…

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Kobe will be Kobe. Pau will be Pau. They're Off-Season Rest Will Pay Great Dividends...

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BOTTOM LINE: THIS TEAM IS GOING TO SCORE A LOT IN COMPARISON TO LAST SEASON. WE'LL SEE 2009-2010 DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING COMBINED WITH 2008-2009 OFFENSE. A POTENT COMBINATION...

PREDICTION: 69-13

CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE DOWN FIGUEROA!!!!!!!!!

CHUMPIONSHIP SALSA DANCING FOR SOUTH BEACH...
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE NINTH POWER!!!!!!!!!

To Otis and Lakerpeace.

Well, I root obviously for Barça, but I have my heart break. If Lakers can win, not problem guys.

I should work every day and I can´t going to the Palau Sant Jordi, but i Barcelona we can see the game from Spanish TV Canal CUATRO and I have my video recorder, too.

Good game for everybody. Sorry for my grammar, but ultimately i can´t write in english.

Congrats from Barcelona to all the bloggers.

@ edwin Gueco I agree with you my friend,Lakers should play like a champions every night in the hardcourt thats why fans buying expensive tickets just to see them play eventhough its pre season they must show that their seroius and play hard not to quit like a bunch of highschool kids in the second half of the game.thats why this players earned millions to play hard and show fans what they deserve to see.I understand about KOBE just playing for 6 minutes because his still recovering from injury...

The Pre-Season is for Princess Jimmy and the Salsa Queens...
The Regular Season is all about positioning and staying healthy...And the Post-Season is ALL ABOUT "JUSTANOTHER THREE-PEAT"!!!!!!!!Posted by: The Triangulator | October 06, 2010 at 02:38 AM
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SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!!!! JUSTANOTHER IS NOT BAD EITHER!! LOL
Therefore I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Good Morning Mighty Laker Nation and The Morning Crue!
Adrian how you doing my brother? How is that wonderful baby of yours doing?

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!! THE WORLD BELONGS TO YOU!!!

PREDICTION: 69-13 CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE DOWN FIGUEROA!!!!!!!!!
CHUMPIONSHIP SALSA DANCING FOR SOUTH BEACH...
Posted by: The Triangulator | October 06, 2010 at 02:38 AM
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PLAIN AND SIMPLE THIS IS THE READER COMMENT OF THE WEEK!!!!
I would give you an Out Freakin Standing but I already gave you one and there is only one OFS per Nation Member per day sorry!! Oh what the hell...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!

Jefe,

That True Grit clip was really good. I am so thankful when someone puts a real effort into bringing a western to the big screen, and to have those directors and that cast is pretty amazing. And tha War clip was cool, too. I'm a big fan of the Midnight Special concert show.

Wes

Wes, I owe you one. Thanks my brother!!!

Good Morning Laker nation,

We're one day closer to the start of the regular season. Hope everyone has a perfect day...

Based on unscientific research this is one of the blogs favorite artists....(MVP - I haven't had to play that Sick of You card yet...but its in my back pocket...lol)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKz8X47YDXk

Mamba - Good Morning!
Lew - what you got?

@Triangular - excellent summary. Theo may look good for his age...but unfortunately he does play his age.

hater- i remain skeptical of your true motivations
Posted by: phred | October 05, 2010 at 08:16 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!! Now that is ome funny ISH!

"Some" that is

BLOG CRUE
Time is near for another chance to defend our championship. I got my NBA League Pass invoice in the mail. I'm looking forward to watching the Lakers play at the Coke Center next month.

I took a drive to Italy this past weekend and stopped by Maribor, Slovenia (Sasha's hometown). I'll print out a picture and give it to him next month. I'm coming home in 4...

Colorado (via Hungary) loves our World Champion Lakers!

Anyway, there are still a few haters out there, who perhaps can be saved. I'm glad for the sake of their souls that the Lakers keep winning championships, they need the lessons in humility that it provides. You must confess and repent your sins of celebrating the meaningless accomplishments of lesser teams before you can really be brought up to the light of Laker fandom. Posted by: phred | October 05, 2010 at 08:52 PM
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Damn this phred is good!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

hi Mamba 24 my little girl is doing fine...thanks for asking...Anyway just asking if every one of us in this blog have a facebook?thats one way of knowing its other as well...

Thanks LRob for your props in trying to help Taushia's Dad. I just echoed what LT has initiated and it's good you made some follow ups. Perhaps, the first order of the day is for all of us here in Lakers Blog to fax or email the Lakers HQ and appeal for tickets. A good deed we extend to a fellow fan in Atlanta may reap benefits in Barcelona game.

I think Rubio and Navarro have been dreaming of this game throughout the whole summer. They want to embarrass the World Champions and send a message to Gasol that he should have played during the FIBA games. It is time for the Lakers to do heart piercing, Gasol should take the lead. Shannon has to take the ball to the hoop with gusto, avoid being tentative on too much dribbling. Vujacic must show what the machine is capable to do during preseason warm up. Odom is enough to do the job in taking the place of Kobe or Bynum and finally a message to Artest, let us show to the Spaniards how basketball is played in NBA style in terms of strength and rugged defense.

Good Morning Laker Family...

Just chillin till tomorrow's game...Good to see the bandwagon work, and it will be on ESPN2...

LRob - This is what I got today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJX3uTA-X2A

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

The Trangulator- Drinking all the KOOL-AID.

That is the most ignorant message I have ever seen from somebody who is not in line for the kool-aid. JimJoyce, how do you make it through the day?

@Wes - I'm right there with you brother on the Western front. I thought James Mangold did a great job with the 2007 re-make of "3:10 to Yuma", but being the Coen Brothers fan that I am, I think they're going to hit it out of the park this Christmas with "True Grit", what with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Johnny Cash and all...
And, yes, Burt Sugarman's "Midnight Special" captured Rock/Pop's greatest era - the production values are a little cheesy, but the talent is there. Cisco Kid is such a great tune, and that live version is a classic!

Jon K - Thanks for love. Glad you enjoyed the thread!! What's with the random insult on TJ? i feel like I'm always defending him and Plaschke in this corner of the blogosphere....

Dear fellow Lakers Fans, I know that in this day and age that its easy to be skeptical of others asking for help... but "charity sees the need, not the cause"... tell me a dying Vet Laker Fan needs a little help to fulfill a dream and I'm in.

I wrote the email below to the Laker's Front Office, I'm hoping that as a Lakers Fan, you too will do what you can?

Thanks for reading my post and your consideration on this issue.

John O

To: [email protected]
"Dear Lakers, the posting below was in Mike Bresnahan's and Mark Medina's LA Times Blog this morning. As an El Segundo resident and long time Lakers fan, I would love to hear that you could do something to help? If not I stand ready to bring cash or check over to your Offices to help out?

Military veteran's give of themselves without asking... I hope you(the Lakers)/I can be there to help in the same fashion? Please let me know if there is anything I can do?"

At some time during the year every owner will gaze over at their GM in disbelief after watchning the 2 rookies on the floor that Kupchack picked at the backend of round 2...how many GM's will be on the hot seat because of Mitch's brilliant draft? It's just amazing that we add Barnes, Blake, Ratliff to the bench and 2 role players who should fit nicely into the future. If we can just find a waterbug to chase Westbrook, etc..around the hardwood, we should be good for another crown...Looking forward to another great year!


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