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Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy off day before Golden State

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan contrasts the opinions of Phil Jackson and Kurt Rambis on the Lakers.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler says players shouldn't complain so much about calls. But he believes the NBA's "Respect for the Game" crosses the line and soon could decide outcomes.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine looks at Charles Barkley's argument that Kobe Bryant is one of the five greatest players ever in the NBA.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on how the Lakers controlled tempo during their undefeated three-game trip.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with ESPN.com's Bomani Jones about Pau Gasol, Bryant's "Call of Duty" commercial and whether the Lakers should add a big man.

-- The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons details how Warriors Coach Keith Smart plans to help his team get off to a better start against the Lakers.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford provides a medical update on some of the Laker injuries.

-- The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson II tells how Smart is prodding his players more.

-- Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen wonders in the video below whether the Warriors can sustain their early-season success.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap features Lamar Odom as the Lakers' player of the week.

-- Lakers Nation's Fernando Rea sizes up Shannon Brown's chances of winning the NBA award for most improved player.

-- Golden State of Mind's IQofaWarrior goes one on one with Warriors guard Monta Ellis.

-- And for good measure, the Miami Heat wants you to "Fan Up" in the video below

Tweet of the Day: "NOT THAT R-E-S-P-E-C-T T-H-E G-A-M-E GOES TOO FAR but next they'll be T'ing up P.A. guys who get too excited and fans who stand up too fast" -- MHeislerLATimes (L.A. Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler).

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RCOTD = JON K. = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KUDOS!!!!!!!

Good morning fearless Roll Call deliverer! Game Day indeed - and not a moment too soon! Wife and kids flying out to the east coast for Thanksgiving this morning - I will join them later in the week - which means, I'M FLYING SOLO FOR THE GAME TONIGHT! WOO-HOO!
I had a perfect dream last night - Kobe, Fish, Pau, Lamar and Bynum all getting voted-in, by the fans, to start the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples on February 20th, with Phil coaching the game.
I mean, c'mon, wouldn't it be perfect? Thriller would have to take a backseat on this dream, but I can't imagine that he'd mind.
Then, let the coaches fill in the rest with the likes of Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gay and Monta Ellis. Let our guys start, play the first 3-5 minutes, and then pull 'em and let the others have their fun the rest of the way.
Of course, lining up opposite them, for the East, would/should be none other than; Princess James, Wade, Like A Bosh, Shaq and Rajon Rondo!
C'mon, it'd be the best All-Star Game ever - who's with me on this? For this to happen, a earth-moving size bandwagon would likely be required.

I had a perfect dream last night - Kobe, Fish, Pau, Lamar and Bynum all getting voted-in, by the fans, to start the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples on February 20th, with Phil coaching the game. I mean, c'mon, wouldn't it be perfect? Thriller would have to take a backseat on this dream, but I can't imagine that he'd mind. Then, let the coaches fill in the rest with the likes of Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gay and Monta Ellis. Let our guys start, play the first 3-5 minutes, and then pull 'em and let the others have their fun the rest of the way. Of course, lining up opposite them, for the East, would/should be none other than; Princess James, Wade, Like A Bosh, Shaq and Rajon Rondo! C'mon, it'd be the best All-Star Game ever - who's with me on this? For this to happen, a earth-moving size bandwagon would likely be required. Posted by: Jefe101 | November 21, 2010 at 08:45 AM
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I don't even have to say it, it speaks for itself but I will...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQmnjAHUy9Q&feature=related _ It’s my Life – Kobe

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(01) JEFE101 - OWNER - had a perfect dream last night - Kobe, Fish, Pau, Lamar and Bynum all getting voted-in, by the fans, to start the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples on February 20th, with Phil coaching the game. I mean, c'mon, wouldn't it be perfect? C'mon, it'd be the best All-Star Game ever - who's with me on this? For this to happen, a earth-moving size bandwagon would likely be required.
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Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!


GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!


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JonK FTW - congrats on your Freidman Award. Polish it up & keep it on your mantle. It's gonna be worth something one of these days LOL!!!


Music CRUE - no commute today, but had to get a latte and this was playing on the old iPod.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8WSR7we2EI


Ahhhhh......... sing it Al............

Sigh.


Looking forward to the game tonight. I wonder who'll shine tonight? Nice dilemma to contemplate!


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PS - hobbit - you've been very, very bad lately. I think you need to have a little talk with yourself about the inappropriateness of your comments towards me. I told you I feel you're overstepping. Don't make me ignore you.


PS - hobbit - you've been very, very bad lately. I think you need to have a little talk with yourself about the inappropriateness of your comments towards me. I told you I feel you're overstepping. Don't make me ignore you.
Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 21, 2010 at 09:28 AM
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Justa does not complain often so if I were you I'd listen to the Lady my brother.

Roll call ... checking in!!!

Another Sunday evening at Staples Center. Back from a 3-0 road trip where we successfully defeated three of the NBA's finest patsies. That was a nice warm up for the road trips ahead, if for no other reason than getting acclimated to different time zones and crappy weather.

Tonight, the redoubtable Golden State Warriors, led by the NBA's second leading scorer, grumpy Monta Ellis. Let's not lay another egg like we did last Sunday against the Suns, okay?

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

OK my first cut of the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H48W_eWGtWM - Love will find away – Lionel Ritchie

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!! Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 21, 2010 at 09:52 AM
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Yes it is sir, YES IT IS!!!! Carry On.

MM, can you gather some details on the kind of conditioning – other than increasing his minutes on the treadmill – Bynum has doing during his rehabilitation program? Has he been swimming to supplement his cardiovascular fitness? Lifting weights for upper and lower body strength? Running short obstacle courses to regain his agility? Surely it’ll take more than just knee work to get him back into game shape. And is there any word on whether he’ll be sporting a brace again once he’s back on the court?

Allnet - Andrew is scheduled to talk with reporters after Monday's practice. So we'll definitely have more details on his rehab and his current status

GOOD Morning Lakerland! What a great day it is to be on top of the world. The Lakers 2011 Coronation continued throughout the Country and they made the games look easy.

Now Bynum is working out the details of his return from injury and is preparing to join our party? NICE! We are already SICK (meaning good, lol). If he can contribute even a few minutes, Pau and Lamar's minutes can start to look much more appropriate and they can avoid a potential breakdown from too many minutes.

I was reading an article this morning about the Lakers and their caution regarding Bynums' return. There was just one comment (at the time) and he made some interesting points regarding Bynums' injuries. Talking about Bynum at all on this blog is tricky, but I wanted to share this guys view and see if you too learn something.

Here is the link:
http://www.foxsportswest.com/11/20/10/Lakers-take-slow-steady-approach-with-By/landing_lakers.html?blockID=357406&feedID=3687

The Lakers need to add a big man with or without Bynum and Ratliff. I think that the Lakers are either just wating for Bynym and Ratliff coming back or having a difficult time to sign "non-guarntee" contract with any available big men. I hope they get another big man at any cost (trade Sasha and one of our rookies would be another option.) They need a big man NOW because it will help to reduce Gasol and Odom's PT and will make sure to bring Bynum and Ratliff back slowly (and take pressure off for them to come back early.) Another fact(or) is that just because of Bynum and Ratliff's injury histories, there is no guarantee they will not have any other injuries throughout the season.

Johnny V

Nice article, but it's just repetitive information regarding Andrew. Sorry to say, but I didn't learn a thing. The Lakers want him to be healthy for the playoffs and given their immense depth, they can afford to be patient with Andrew. The mentions of Oden and Yao also was nothing new. We are all concerned about the health of Andrew Bynum, from the Optimists/Supporters to the Doubters/Supporters to the Pessimists/Bashers. With the exception of a handful of fans who fall into that latter category (who also think Bynum is overrated; read ANYTHING from hobbitmage), we understand Bynum's importance in the paint on both ends of the court in a 7 game series.

KobeMVP888,

Bynum could be healthy during the playoffs but if he's not NBA ready then it also useless. It takes months to get to the groove of NBA quality, as you can see even Kobe who already a Superstar both in body and spirit has to undergo some honing of skills and blending with his new teammates. This cannot be accomplished at practices, it should come from games. It is like playing poker or chess, you have to be in competition to be ready for the big events.

Another way of protecting him from further injuries, preserved him as-is, include him at the Hollywood Wax Museum. lol! j/k only, no biggie.

Derek Fisher trolling once again:

"It's a shame he couldn't get more looks," Fisher said [speaking of Matt Barnes in the Minnesota game]. "He had it going good out there. Not pointing at anyone in particular, but when you're having a good night, obviously you'd like to get as many good looks as you can."

Not pointing at anyone in particular? LOL.

Surely not at the Laker known too frequently as 8-27? Or is that 11-32? Anyone remember 7-25?

Answering mamba24's roll call. Seely_Iggy reporting for duty, SIR!
Man, I missed the Minnesota's game, but for a worthy cause - I was battling Voldemort with Harry Potter at the movies. Deathly Hallows was fantastic by the way.

But tonight.... it's the Warriors - a matchup that is always entertaining to watch. Unlike the time time we met, Stephen Curry is now back in the lineup.

Also, something I noticed about Kobe. He's not shy about pointing out those whose games he loves - Monta Ellis, Deron Williams, etc. I mean, here's the current best ball player (top 5 of all time as according to Sir Charles Barkley), yet it's not above him to verbalize his appreciation and respect for other players. I mean, if you were a young and upcoming talent, getting praise from Kobe is high praise indeed and serves as great motivation to continue improving.

Fan up, Miami?


I say.....Shut up, Miami!!!

Present and accounted for...checking in for game day roll call...

About the MVP888/Blitz book: It's Health-No I'ts HCA...I feel Like Michael Simon choosing which Pork Sandwich is better in Philly...But I say health is the most important factor...HCA would be useless if we lost one of our core players...

On the Heat video: I really don't comprehend this...Even after signing LeBrick and Bosh...they STILL have trouble filling the seats? Oh, and except for the Hispanic Heat cheerleader...our Katie smoked their Heat Girls...

On tonights game: I hope we don't have one of those lazy Sunday starts...I am anxious to see what Barnes will bring tonight....will he stay hot...will Fish and Shannon stay hot...Will Kobe go for 8-27, or 15-20...

As long as we win, to get HCA, and no one gets hurt...Then the Blog Crue is happy...and both MVP888 and KB Blitz can add another chapter to their book...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

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@ KobeMVP888,
I was referring to the comment by a blogger after the article and at the bottom of the page. I should have been more clear. here it is to save you the trouble:

I disagree6:52 am Nov 21, 2010Despite all the talk talk talk about Bynum's knee and how "fragile" it is, the media continues to fail in discussing the manner Bynum got hurt and how much it differs from say how Oden did. Bynum's initial injury came when he rolled his foot inwards very awkwardly when landing on Odom's foot. You go back and watch the video and you realize and understand how he got hurt. You realize how anyone could have in that situation, just like players when they roll outward can get bad ankle sprains that put them out 2 months. Also, had Bynum's knee been scoped sooner, docs would have found the should have been expected fraying and loose material in his knee from the partial dislocation of his kneecap. They could have cleaned it up and he'd have been back playoff time. Instead, middle of playoffs he has surgery after they all wonder why he's not healing right. In Bynum's 2nd (and 4th) injury, Kobe crash landed into Bynum's leg. We know how fast Kobe is and all 6'6" 210lbs of him charging the lane, going up for a layup, getting contact and crashing into Bynum's knee, I ask people... who can walk away from that? Funny how no one ever has a comeback. Instead, it's some moronic run around. What wasn't said and found out by his docs later is that left a tiny tear in his meniscus. That meniscus tear ended up of course getting worse in the playoffs when he landed a bit awkward and hyperextended his knee a bit. Had it been taken care of, that's all the knee problem would have been. Small hyperextension that he could have easily gotten over with a lil treatment. Instead, the tear was made worse. It's a situation I blame his doctors for. So all of this about Bynum's knee, is a bit overblown to me. 2 traumatic situations and doctor neglect. Posted by JosephRejekt at 6:52 am Nov 21, 2010

@Mamba – thanks for the roll call and for one of Lionel’s more “soulful” tracks as a solo artist. Yep, the Lakers will find a way tonight. No problem.


@Jon K – congrats on RCOTD and your excellent view of Lakerdom.


@Justa – Al was smoking on that one.


@mclyne – enjoy the game and bring us back a W.


@Lew – Always good to hear Arrested Development…especially their tribute to the homeless. And nice kick off with a little surfer jam...lol.


@Blitz – I haven’t seen anyone take more difficult shots that Kobe.


@Jefe – bumpin Cali love (with a little sample from Kleer from back in the day). Now don’t go crazy having any house parties now that the wifey is gone for a few days.


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