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Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for three-game trip, David Stern appears on 'Colbert Report'

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the challenges the Lakers will face in their three-game trip beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Milwaukee.

--The New York Post's Kathianne Boniello reports Lakers forward Lamar Odom is suing his ex-wife Liza Morales over custody of his kids.

--Dime magazine's Jaimie Canterbury contends that Theo Ratliff, Sasha Vujacic and Ron Artest are living off their old reputations.

--In an awkwardly hilarious teeth-pulling exercise, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert interviews NBA Commissioner David Stern in the video below

 

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--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding thinks the Lakers need to slow down the tempo.

--Fox Sports still believes the Lakers are the NBA's best team.

--It's almost heresy for Bill Walton to be sitting next to Chick Hearn's statue. But he does.

--The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner details how Milwaukee is preparing for Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin ranks the Lakers at No. 3 but isn't worried one bit about the defending champs.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky tells Lakers fans to relax and shares his two cents on Odom's technical foul against Phoenix.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the upcoming week and assesses the Lakers' depleting frontcourt depth.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the Lakers' contingency plans for absorbing Ratliff's absence.

--Basketball Reference.com's Neil Paine paints pretty convincing arguments on how blowing out easy teams leads to NBA titles. The Lakers might want to take notes.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus says the Lakers should sign Erick Dampier.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson drops the Lakers to No. 4 because of the team's complacency in its past two losses.

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein drops the Lakers to No. 3 in his latest power rankings because of the team's poor defense.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford examines the Lakers' defensive problems.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz recounts Odom's frustration with his foot and his technical foul.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore digs up this horribly embarrassing rap video featuring the 1987 Lakers team. That being said, I'd love to see Artest do a remake of this.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark thinks L.A.'s losing streak shows it's the same old Lakers.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski analyzes how Phil Jackson's has allocated minutes through 10 regular-season games.

Tweet of the Day: "Not 100% but much better and is on the trip with the team!" -- KristenBlake2 (Steve Blake's wife, Kristen, to a fan asking about Steve's health).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Well, one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity. Caracter will be given a chance to step up and contribute in the front court. With Ratliff out and Odom slightly hurting, Caracter can see significant minutes in the rotation. Let's see if the Rook is up to the challenge and task at hand. Otherwise, this means more wear and tear on Gasol and Odom. Caracter, this is your chance, make it count." -- Laker J

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Yup. Still got it.


CONGRATS on the RCOTD LakerJ!! Is that a back-to-back? Nice.


ESPN's running a streaking for cash competition! Bye-bye shirt, see you later pants aaaaaand...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLuX68zVpRI

MM - I could have done without the pic of that evil troll Darth Stern. Now I'm gonna puke up my granola....


Oh...it's a streak for cash competition. (Grumbling while gathering discarded clothing at work) Who's lame idea was that? They'd raise way more money streaking.

@MM - I have the Laker LP with 'Just Say No' on it! So rad!

@JAMIE… Back in the old days (Kwame and Smush), the blog was split into two camps – Glass Half Full and Glass Half Empty. Oh, wait… it appears as if the blog is STILL split into two camps, even after back-to-back championships. But then some people are never satisfied. Maybe after a 3-peat and 4-peat, all of the GHE camp will slowly migrate and become GHFers. After all, Lakers fans have every reason in the world to be GHFers rather than GHEers. That’s the point I have been making for four years now. So how are things going for the Sweet man. How’s your garage improv group doing? Loved the creativity.
………………………

TOM

@Jamie Sweet - Bust out the lyrics!
@JAMF - I can never please you, can I?

Justa,
You might wanna look up Connie Corleone ... you don't wanta be Connie, justa sayin

justa -

You may not have liked the pic of Stern, but the video is oh so worth it. In the interview, Stern seems to waffle on whether he is an American citizen, admits that he misses short shorts, is threatened with a crotch pat down by Colbert and generally seems as robotic and humorless as he always is, despite Cobert's hilarity. It's awesome.

@LAKERJ… Congrats on ANOTHER Friedman. At this rate, your mantle will be overflowing by Christmas. Excellent post. I am looking for Derrick to really grow with this opportunity.
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TOM

>>>Caracter will be given a chance to step up and contribute in the front court.

Yep. And I see that as a good thing. If he can manage to do 2/3 of what he did in Summer League during regular season games, Caracter could actually be a solid contributor for the Lakers this season. You can't throw him up against Tim Duncan or Dwight Howard or anything like that, but against many backup PFs and C's, I think he could hold his own.

So you're saying that htj totally insulted me??

Hmmmmm....

This does NOT sit well with me, htj.

I'll be looking for you....

puddle - It may be hilarious, but I could have used a little more warming up before I had to actually look at Darth Stern.... My eyes were not prepared for it, and as a result I'm having difficulty getting them to stop bleeding.

MM - I will only be completely satisfied when I finally receive my ASG tix in the Fedex. NOT the mail. The Fedex. I wanna be able to track that sucker....

The blog has officially gone bonkers today. Certifiable. Straight up wacko.

I think we need someone to expose the enemies. A secret agent. I know just who we need:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imKEv7FkjTU

The enemies will be revealed!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Regarding the rap video:

The Horror! The HORROR!

Maybe he should just change his name from LAKER TRUTH to FOX NEWS.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 16, 2010 at 01:48 PM
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While the back and forth between KobeMVP and LakerTruth has been fun, that's the most amusing insult I've seen on here in a while.
Laker Truth is going to have to get creative to beat that one.

Laker J with the Friedman!

LRob

"@MVP - I respect your knowledge and passion for the game. But in the case of Walton vs. Barnes, LakerTruth has provided a compelling evidence."
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LAKER TRUTH said:

4. You argued that Barnes is not a good player, and worse than Luke (LOL), because he's played on so many teams. I'm guessing you're a Barnes fan by now. Don't forget to eat your vegetables with that crow.

I said:

4) I never said Barnes wasn't a good player, just one I had concerns about. All I said was that if Luke and Barnes started the season healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if PJ had Luke ahead of Barnes in the rotation mainly because of the learning curve of the triangle. Luke started the season injured and I am thrilled that Barnes is fitting in! But you blew that one way out of proportion.
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Here's his "compelling evidence:"

"I'm not completely convinced that Matt Barnes is an upgrade over Luke because of the way the team flows with Luke on the floor (both on offense and defense)

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 18, 2010 at 02:27 PM

I see Barnes more as an athletic, high energy player than an under control player who will be a force on defense or have an easy time with the triangle. He's been on 8 different teams in 8 seasons for a reason. This is only the third time he's earned over 1 mil (the Warriors paid him 3 mil in 2007-08, but they overpay everyone; the Magic paid him 1.6 mil last season). There must be a reason for that, too. Maybe he just isn't that good.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 18, 2010 at 02:42 PM
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I carefully stated that I am not "COMPLETLY convinced" that Barnes is an upgrade over Luke and I showed concern about Barnes as a player based on his journeyman history and said "MAYBE he just isn't that good." Does that rise anywhere near the level of me "arguing that Barnes is not a good player" and "worse than Luke?" The second post doesn't even mention Luke and the first one is a valid pre-season concern I had about a journeyman player, no more, no less. Of course, he failed to pull the post where I talked about PJ potentially trusing Luke over Barnes to start the season, but these posts were pre-Luke's hamstrings.

For the record, I am thrilled that Barnes is proving to be an asset to this team and that he has answered my concerns thus far.

But the way FOX NEWS wants you to read that is as if I said: "I hate Matt Barnes and I love Luke Walton. Luke is great and Barnes stinks. In fact, Barnes stinks worse than Mo Williams and Vladimir Radmanovic combined and Luke Walton is destined for the Hall of Fame."

Watch FOX NEWS reach back into the archives someday for everyone's enjoyment and take that one out of context, too. In the meantime, I'll be eating some crow because I had relatively mild pre-season concerns about Barnes and how he might fit in.

By the way, I'm glad Barnes logged in 25 minutes against the Suns. If only his -3 was transformed into Luke's +6 in the 6 minutes Luke played, we would have won that game!!! JUST KIDDING! :)

you called me a "bynum basher", an "unsophisticated fan", a "troll", "an ungrateful and spoiled fan", that had no right to criticize a player after winning two titles.
Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | November 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM

"troll" - high school level
"bynum basher" - college level
"an ungrateful and spoiled fan" - Masters level
"unsophisticated fan" - Ph.D

it is time for some post doctoral studies. may i recommend: POSER or even The AGITATOR. :-)

LET US PRAY


Dear Lord, we come to You at our first moment of adversity this season. We have faced advesity before...even worse than this. And at every turn, we have overcome. We stand confident in You that we will overcome yet again. We will weather this storm, but only if You guide us.


We pray for unity at LA Times Lakers Blog. Adversity many times causes even brothers to clash against one another. Doesn't matter which side KobeMVP888 or Laker Truth or Edwin Gueco or any other fan stands upon. The tie that binds us is our love for the Lakers and our hope and expectation for great success. Unite us again in that bond. Let us squash beefs. Let us humble ourselves and make peace. The trolls descended upon us but were quickly shooed away because of the unity amongst this family. Continue to make this family of fans strong and faithful - always cheering our Purple & Gold in good times and bad.


We pray for our Lakers on their road trip. May this road trip be a time to unite our guys. May they follow PJ & staff's guidance on the best strategy on defense. May they consistently stay on their assignments. May every rebound be grabbed with authority. When we foul, may we strike fear in the hearts of PG's, PF's and anyone else who dare attempt to score upon us. May the focus and intent and energy that was present against Portland and our other 8 wins reign upon us. Let Kobe/LO/Pau/D Fish/Ron Ron/The Killer B's & The Rookies play 48 spirited and inspired minutes of basketball. May they dominate their opponents. May they allow themselves to play at the standard that they are called to play upon. May they silence their critics. May they reign victorious against all 3 teams.


And may we, Laker Nation, cheer them on with gladness, pride & unity.


AMEN!

Edwin, I would have preferred it if to responded to my post to you earlier this morning (the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs) others to go along with it.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 16, 2010 at 01:48 PM

"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"
"(the topic was Theo Ratliff and our thinning group of bigs)"

x 3

does anyone care about "THE TOPIC"?????????????. yoou are talking about TOPIC? it's just TOPIC!!!!!!!

a. Pathetic.
b. Boring
c. I defer to PJ
d. pretty unsavvy and unsophisticated
e. all of the above

freeandfair - Connie may have had her beef with Michael for having Carlo whacked, but in the end, she never went against the family.

And neither would justa.

Laker J: Congrats on the back-to-backs my man! You're definitely a voice of reason and sanity in the blog-a-sphere.

How about you try for the threepeat, much like our Lakers will be doing this season?

- - -

BSPN Sportscenter literally just reported that the Lakers are looking at 'temporary free-agent options' to address their frontcourt needs.

I guess that isn't really isn't earth-shattering news, I found the most amazing aspect of that news report is that BSPN actually diverted a minute out of their wall-to-wall meat coverage to devote to the defending back-to-back champs...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Laker J - NICE RCOTD!

Utz - thanks so much for a great first big roadie prayer #1.

Let's go Lakers!!

PLG

htj,
True, but Connie wasn't much to look at; And from what I've gathered here, Justa is a sight to behold ... in a good way

Being a man of peace I'm insulted also. So I must issue a severe warning. Never take sides with anyone against the family.

Oh and Carlo did deserve to be whacked, the little snitch

HOW BEFITTING, HAHAHA BUNCH OF POODLES!!

"Two losses in one week will cause some Lakers fans to reach for the panic button, because they can be a bunch of nervous poodles.

Kobe888,

I have no idea what you just said. Your pitiful defense against my accusations seems to be - it depends on the what the word "is" is. Say what?

You've already been found guilty by a jury of your Laker peers. If you want to appeal the verdict, please submit the proper paperwork, otherwise, leave me alone before I hand you another spanking.

GO LAKERS!

freeandfair - Justa has her Mr. Justa and I have my beloved Mrs. htj. I'd like to think we've evolved beyond judging justa solely on her stunningly good looks and her love of pudding for dinner.

In short, justa's basketball knowledge and undying support of the Lakers is what led me to say she'd be the Connie to LakerTom's Don Corleone. Her hotness never came into the equation.

And yes, Carlo definitely deserved to get whacked and it shoulda been by Sonny the first time her ruffed up Con.

LET US PRAY:

For the meek, weak and weary, for the down trodden, for the soldiers in war, for the homeless and the people around the globe who truly need TLC.. and pray for the misguided ones!!

Truth / 888 / et al...


I hope the level of your enjoyment at going at each other is inversely proportional to the amount of irritation others feel at watching y'all snipe at each other....


It's game day people! There are Bucks to be shot, trolls to be starved, etc etc... Not the greatest word picture, but hey - it's better than what's been thrown up today. (And yeah - that word picture is more apt). Well... except for LakerJ of course... See? Humanity just oozing out my pores.

:)


HOW CAN WE MISS BYNUM WHEN WE HAVE NEVER HAD HIM......5 years of tik..tok..tik..tok...

htj - I withdraw my previous comment. I knew not of which I spoke. (And thank you!)

Jeez - would someone give me a ganster movie rundown before you start making comparisons again? LOL!!!


True, but Connie wasn't much to look at; And from what I've gathered here, Justa is a sight to behold ... in a good way Posted by: freeandfair | November 16, 2010 at 02:47 PM
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A sight to behold? A sight to behold? She is the most Beautiful Being in Creation!...Truly!

LARRY!!!!!!!


MAMBA24!!!!!!!!


So nice to see you fly by.......

the Milwaukee micro breweries extended their Happy Hour till 10PM and are offering a two for one Lakers Special:

"Hummer"-ed Fish and

Gassy-fizzled "Bogut Pale Ale"

Justa,

Point taken. No more from me.

GO LAKERS!

HOW CAN WE MISS BYNUM WHEN WE HAVE NEVER HAD HIM......5 years of tik..tok..tik..tok...

Posted by: Beast | November 16, 2010 at 02:58 PM

LOL. was that addressed to the Tom Tom Club? (sorry the new fashion will be TomTomTom Club)

YOU SAID, SHE SAID AND HE SAID AND THEY ALL SAID....SHARKS IN EATING FRENZY..CHOMP..CHOMP...bunch of over grown kids or as Kurt Helin so eloquently put it.."bunch of nervous poodles."

Go Lakers!! 3Peat to 17 Banners!!
Early on, after the 1st/2nd game of the regular season--I stated that we were very thin at the PF/C position. Ok, so now the Lakers are so thin that they have to run around the shower to get wet. We need another PF/C that can rebound, and play defense. We do not want to bring Drew back too soon before he is completely healed!!

PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO ADD FUEL AND STILL COME OFF AS MR GOODY TWO SHOES, VERY SNEAKY:

While the back and forth between KobeMVP and LakerTruth has been fun, that's the most amusing insult I've seen on here in a while.
Laker Truth is going to have to get creative to beat that one.

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | November 16, 2010 at 02:35 PM

HOW CAN WE MISS BYNUM WHEN WE HAVE NEVER HAD HIM......5 years of tik..tok..tik..tok...

OH 5 YEARS OF GARBAGE TIME AT BEST!!

Just keep starving...
Just keep starving...

LET US PRAY:

for the folks are starving...................

Let us also pray for cowards who hide their identities because they have no courage to face Laker Nation face to face.

I don't think we can count on Bynum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypDI3L74FwA

Maybe he should just change his name from LAKER TRUTH to FOX NEWS.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 16, 2010 at 01:48 PM
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While the back and forth between KobeMVP and LakerTruth has been fun, that's the most amusing insult I've seen on here in a while.
Laker Truth is going to have to get creative to beat that one.

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | November 16, 2010 at 02:35 PM
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Thanks, brother. :)

Kobe888,

I have no idea what you just said.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | November 16, 2010 at 02:52 PM
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Typical.

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Do not tease a wounded Lion, When Kobe & Socks get well, Retribution is ours no Lying
Never let your opponent see they got you hurt, Get up & stomp their butts in the dirt.
We are the Lakers nothings given to us. If we want it we earn it & in Buss place our Trust
There is a saying that some of us say, They Hate us cause they aint us, We rule the NBA
We were beat twice that’s now the past, Now it’s time to rise up & start kicking some @ss.
We’re still the champs, LA they must go thru, I’m still a Freakin Lakerholic, how about you?

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WE GOT THIS & WE WANT MORE! @JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN
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No matter what UNIVERSE or alternate REALITY I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!! @ LAKER LASS
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LAKERS DYNNASTY - THE NEXT GENERATION #17 COMING UP!! @ LEWSTRS!!!!
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THEY HATE US CAUSE THEY AINT US @utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER
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ENJOY THE PRESENT, BUT SAVOR THE BLING! @KOBEMVP888
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3 HEAT CAN’T STOP THE 3-PEAT @ BRYLLE
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Laker Land: where all that is possible and even a lot of what is impossible happens on a daily basis.
History repeats to the same patterns, but evolving from them to a more perfected reality, round after
round. So we are the same: just better than last time. And we are getting better with every step more
we take within the future. It's a great life to be a Lakers Fan. Sorry others: you just can't compete.
@ : ZAIRA AMATERASU
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Triangle Physics: "For Every Defensive Action, there is a Greater & More Lethal Offensive Reaction
"Other Teams may River Dance, The Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm." @ The TriAngulator
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To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on
stepping” basketball is a journey, teams learn about their weaknesses & strengths as they play along
all 82 Games. So let's enjoy this journey with our team. Onto the next win @ J24 aka (LadyJem24)
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Phil knows he's got a Ferrari this year. He's just got it purring along. Trying a few things in 2nd & 3rd
gear. Knows he's got several more gears, but sees no need to even try them now. Hasn't even floored
it yet when the NBA cops aren't looking, but knows he can lay a patch of smoke & rubber a block
long if he ever needs it. But yeah, Sonny Belfast, Phil knows (and YOU know) he may not even need
to floor it this year at all. But just for the heck of it, I think he will...on Christmas day. @CORNERJ
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LIKE FINE ART. . .--stand too close, and the brilliance cannot be fully appreciated --pass judgment
before the masterpiece is complete, & short-change the genius of the process Nobody ever marvels at
the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificance of the finished product.
This Run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty @LAKERMIKE
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Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win
DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD
of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are
forged in the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented
in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers
basketball to another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
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Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!! @JON K
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WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) what you got to say
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oiu9jW-VyE WE ARE FAMIILY

Suns picked up big man Earl Barron.


[dbdh]

LET US PRAY:

Dear Lord, forget about the people who really need help but put my laker team on top of the list of things to do..GET JIGGY WIT IT!

As you know I am selfish, short sighted and all I care about in this world is the famous lakers team. I have a long list of things to do for you and they are extremely important in my book because it only matters to me, and I don't care about all of the suffering in this world as long as my team is at the top of your to do list, got that?

GET JIGGY WIT IT!!

We pray for unity at LA Times Lakers Blog. Adversity many times causes even brothers to clash against one another. Doesn't matter which side KobeMVP888 or Laker Truth or Edwin Gueco or any other fan stands upon. The tie that binds us is our love for the Lakers and our hope and expectation for great success. Unite us again in that bond. Let us squash beefs. Let us humble ourselves and make peace. The trolls descended upon us but were quickly shooed away because of the unity amongst this family. Continue to make this family of fans strong and faithful - always cheering our Purple & Gold in good times and bad.


We pray for our Lakers on their road trip. May this road trip be a time to unite our guys. May they follow PJ & staff's guidance on the best strategy on defense. May they consistently stay on their assignments. May every rebound be grabbed with authority. When we foul, may we strike fear in the hearts of PG's, PF's and anyone else who dare attempt to score upon us. May the focus and intent and energy that was present against Portland and our other 8 wins reign upon us. Let Kobe/LO/Pau/D Fish/Ron Ron/The Killer B's & The Rookies play 48 spirited and inspired minutes of basketball. May they dominate their opponents. May they allow themselves to play at the standard that they are called to play upon. May they silence their critics. May they reign victorious against all 3 tea

There's gotta be something in the water.

LONG LIVE JOHN LENNON:

I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
I've had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of hope
Money for dope
Money for rope

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap
Money for dope
Money for rope

I'm sick to death of seeing things
From tight-lipped, condescending, mama's little chauvinists
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth now

I've had enough of watching scenes
Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap
It's money for dope
Money for rope

Ah, I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

I've had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

Jamie Sweet,

you wrote: hobbit brought up quite a good one regarding Bynum and his seeming lack of commitment, my only caveat being that he never mentioned Bynum gritting through a tore up knee in the playoffs as evidence of a larger level of commitment than is, perhaps, represented in hobbit's point.

my response:

1st. Hola.

2nd. re: Bynum's commitment ... I wrote:
Reason #2 - The Lakers have spent a lot of $$ on Bynum. Of all the
starters on the Lakers, Bynum has been the least committed. Before you
blow a gasket, I did not say that Bynum has not shown *any* commitment.
I said, "the least commitment".

which means that Bynum has shown commitment. However, you can't
compare playing in the NBA finals vs. getting ready for the season as a
yardstick for commitment. The reason why is ...

Everybody wants to compete for a championship. It's theoretically why you're
in the NBA. The adrenaline is pumping. Glory is waiting to be taken by
the bold. Only lame sucktards cower before the championship game(s).

Commitment is getting into the gym when there are no crowds, no super stars,
no hot Laker girls && no Justanothermambafan to get your blood flowing.
Commitment is shooting 1,000 shots a day.

Blake Griffin showed commitment while recovering from his knee surgery
and man does it show!

But you're right. Maybe my standards are a lot higher. As I said, I've had
two knee surgeries. I was working within 1 week after the second. I've taken
4 - 6 foot falls with ribs out of place. For one test, my chiropractor put my
neck in traction two days before a blackbelt test. I had him crank it up as high
as it would go to pull my neck back into shape. He worked on my neck
for 15 minutes straight *before* I started testing for 2nd degree brown.

Lame multi-millionaires who want to go watch the World Cup instead of
preparing to win another championship just don't get much respect from me.
Earn that 13 million youngster. Bring that championship home!!!

SMH at cowards who hide behind dummy aliases and foolishly think that the only time people pray is at 2:30 PM during Lakers Blog.

THE TRUTH: Changing your alias multiple times to try to go at Laker fans you don't like is a sign of COWARDICE.

hey whiney poodle,

At least I don't hide behind a fake name. I post what I post under the same name and if no one likes it, oh well.
I don't think there was anything sneaky there, it seemed blatantly obvious to me.
I am not one of those who preach why can't we all get along because it's never gunna happen and it's not realistic.
I have said this before: I am one of the few that enjoys the debates when people disagree

So whiney poodle, who is the one being sneaky hiding behind a different name?

"There's gotta be something in the water."


Yep. Coward flavored yellow Kool-Aid. I'm stocking up on Aquafina as we speak. LOL!

Bucks by 10 tonight!!!

I thought the Colbert piece was awesome - Stern looked like he was sucking on a leaky battery.

****

Laker Tom - a tip of the hat from Siberia. http://tinyurl.com/2V794w8

@UTZWORLD

AMEN!!!!!

Here's a selection for you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDkBzkA9L4s&feature=related

Ouchhhhhhhh:

You wrote:


HOW CAN WE MISS BYNUM WHEN WE HAVE NEVER HAD HIM......5 years of tik..tok..tik..tok...

Posted by: Beast | November 16, 2010 at 02:58 PM

LOL. was that addressed to the Tom Tom Club? (sorry the new fashion will be TomTomTom Club)

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | November 16, 2010 at 03:04 PM


RESPONSE: Ok, so he contributed to a title by hurting (accident) Kendrick Perkins.

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Mamba's back and NOW we're ready to win the next 3 roadies. Don't know what's up, but hope all is well. The blog is now in sync again!

@mclyne: I'm You Tube firewalled. Can't hear/see the song! :(

jason richardson said the next day that he was surprised that his coach was calling so many plays for him, which makes me wonder what the suns saw to allow them to call those plays. it appears that the LAKER DEFENSE were demonstrating that they were not going to guard the the corners.lets see tonite if the needed adjustments have been made. pj is great but, there are no religions named after him

Lame multi-millionaires who want to go watch the World Cup instead of
preparing to win another championship just don't get much respect from me.
Earn that 13 million youngster. Bring that championship home!!!

Posted by: hobbitmage | November 16, 2010 at 03:34 PM

AMEN.. PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

Nothing like reading a glowing post on Bynum's as to what he means to Lakers team, and how he is going to help this team in future, can't wait, tik..tok..tik..tok..! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz waiting!

Derrick Caracter should get the start tonight. Phil, play the big men some big minutes. Odom is injured, do not make it worst.

@Art: Whiney Poodle/ShortSighted/Bulldog/GoGreen is the same person. His real name is COWARD. He will undoubtedly use another fake alias - or steal someone else's - to respond to this.


So...to pour more gas on the fire, I submit...
THE OFFICIAL LAKERS BLOG COWARDS PRAYER
LET THEM PRAY:


"Dear Lord, forgive me, for I am a coward.
I mock what I do not understand.
I tease what I am jealous of.
I am so insecure I make up false aliases to give me confidence.
I do not understand how You are God enough to hear both the prayers of the weak, downtrodden, suffering, broken, struggling and sick and can answer those prayers AS WELL AS the prayers of a few basketball fanatics. Perhaps I missed the part where You said to pray without ceasing. Of course I did. I never read a Bible before.


But I digress


I mock the unity of Laker Nation because the team that I love - who I wouldn't dare have the courage to post their name on here - does not have that same level of unity, love and support. And certainly not 16 championships. I can't even hide behind Boston fans because at least they have the guts to face Laker Nation head on, win or lose, sink or swim.


I have no guts. I have no courage. I am less than a troll. I am a coward. Whether I call myself Old Hippy or Go Green or Whiney Poodle, or Bulldog or I quote John Lennon lyrics while temporarily naming myself ShortSighted, I see the truth of myself. I am a coward. Tried and true. Plain and simple.


AMEN

hobbitmage:

I hope you are fully recovered from your injuries. Is everything ok now?

@UTZ

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Okay, when you get home, play it. It's an excellent live version of "Streets Have No Name" from Italy. When I saw them live a few years back, this song was almost an out of body experience, and probably was for all those in the audience who truly beleive the words.

@NewMexicoLL, Thank you ma'am. Is it game time yet? LOL

WOW go away for a couple of days and civil war breaks out!

@Mamba24 - Checking in for your damn fine Roll Call...

@utz - AMEN my brother...

@musta justa - great job reminding folks what's it's all about...we have business to attend to tonight...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LRob - you either missed my music contribution, or didn't care for it, today...

We are thin up front, but players should try to use this PT and convince PJ, they are not only there when someone is injured, but deserve to play when everyone is available...

Really looking forward to tonight's game...to see if we can play Laker ball again...

#17 Coming Up!!!

you was missed, mamba


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