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Caught in the Web: Reactions to 112-100 victory over Sacramento Kings

57324340-1Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that Kobe Bryant's rehabilitation surrounding his surgically repaired right knee is considered ahead of schedule, as indicated in his triple-double effort in the Lakers' 112-100 victory Wednesday over the Sacramento Kings.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones explains why the Lakers' strong start proved too much for the Kings.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports that those close to Bryant, including Lakers guard Derek Fisher, aren't surprised with his quick progress surrounding his knee.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford focuses on Bryant's milestone.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan reveals that Lakers center Andrew Bynum's return by Thanksgiving is "reachable," according to Coach Phil Jackson. Bresnahan also reports that Luke Walton won't play in a game until he at least practices.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jones details how Jason Thompson is adjusting at the small forward position.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford highlights Bynum's progress.

Columns

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger sizes up the Heat and Lakers (insider subscription required)

--The Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin reports Ron Artest wishes he brought more awareness on mental health issues to his stint with the Kings.

Sidebars

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes that Bynum will retain his starting job once he returns.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 1

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers' win over Sacramento.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore remains impressed with the Lakers' three-point shooting.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski looks at some of the key points of the game.

--Laker Nation's Daniel Buerge provides a quarter-by-quarter recap of the Lakers-Kings game.

--Sactown Royalty's Aykis16 ranks the Kings loss a B-.

Tweet of the Day: "Artest, popping head out of shower room and yelling with a smile into postgame locker room: 'Any soap?! Any soap?!'" -- Kevin Ding (Orange County Register's Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Man, they look great! I love watching them. Hopefully they can keep this up all year. Kobe spent the first years trying to be Jordan, now, he thinks he's Magic. And looks good doing it. threepeat!" -- nay99

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting a shot during the Lakers' 112-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

 
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ARISE OH MIGHTY LAKERS NATION. THE WORLD BELONGS TO YOU!!
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WHAT DO YOU CALL A FACILITATOR, EXTERMINATOR, TERMINATOR?...KOBE BEAN BRYANT!!
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GOD@%^%$#q@!~!!!! SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, TELL ME KOBE BEAN BRYANTS NOT THE G.O.A.T!!!!!!!!!!
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http://tinyurl.com/26p8aet LETS GET DIRTY

ANYBODY, ANYBODY!!! PLEASE TELL ME KOBE BRYANTS NOT THE FREAKIN G.O.A.T!!!!!!
http://tinyurl.com/2cxu4ou - KOBE 2011
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJgW19AeUYw&feature=related _ Kobe Bryant Amazing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIWeEFV59d4 _ Kobe Jump Aston Martin

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Good Morning Fabulous JustaAnotherMambaFan(Head of Mamba Clan) & the Fabulous Morning
CRUE!!! : DJ LROB, LEWSTRS, Justanothermambafan, Fan Of The Mamba, PsychedLakerGirl,
Zaira, Faith, Wes, Rick Friedman, KB Blitz, Ouchhhhhh, DBDH, Caliphilosopher, LakerMike, Troy
KobeMVP888, 63 Footer, 2Phatt, MagicPhil, JohnnyP, JohnnyV, Noah, Complex_Brotha, Phred,
Jolly Rancher, Nemaia Faletogo, Jamie Sweet, CHICNSTU, Wallace, ZairaAmaterasu(Goddess)
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Thanks Fabulous J. 2Phatt, ChicNStu, LRob, Lass , utz, & The Crue’ for having my back yesterday!
Thanks Sonny Belfast your concern yesterday was truly touching my brother. LOL!
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OK…MY SET: http://tinyurl.com/2bfg6bo - Chez Chez La Femme – Dr. Buzzards Band
http://tinyurl.com/28y7xq9 - I need you - Sea Wind
http://tinyurl.com/2bowsaa - Sunshower - Dr. Buzzards Band
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w-5uW2tCn4&feature=related stilll Waters – 4 Tops
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuXjcd9PNFk - Helpless - 4 TOPS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImnFlicrBG0 - Shake me _ 4 Tops
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Good morning Mamba24.

Sonny Belfast,

Congratulations on your moral victory. 5-0 BABY!!!!

"Reader Comment of the Day: "Man, they look great! I love watching them. Hopefully they can keep this up all year. Kobe spent the first years trying to be Jordan, now, he thinks he's Magic. And looks good doing it. threepeat!" -- nay99"

What a silly reader's comment...............Why can't Kobe be.........I don't know...........KOBE!

" Bresnahan also reports that Luke Walton won't play in a game until he at least practices."


Heavy Sigh.............If I hear another Luke Walton injury report........


RCOTD = NAY99 = OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!! KUDOS!!!

Good Morning ChicNStu. Thank you for having my back yesterday kind sir. Much appreciated.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kobe Bean Bryant on his 17th career triple double last night!!

Kobe - you've got another # 17 coming up in June, my man.

For all their faults, Fish and Rondo are the prototypical *playoff* point guard. They are the kind of guys championship teams look for. The fact that those two play for Boston and LA is probably not a coincidence, either. Posted by: FEARless | November 04, 2010 at 07:37 AM
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NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!! FEARLESS YOU ARE PEERLESS!!!!
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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 and 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 and 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. Posted by: CornerJ | November 04, 2010 at 08:12 AM
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SIMPLY…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning LRob / Lew / ms / JLF / Mamba24 the rest of the MUSIC CRUE!


Some good a cappella stuff this morning so far, but my morning commute was a little different today. Still - it works on a few levels....


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


LOL pfunk - you KNOW you've got your 3-piece brown suit ready to wear in honor of Luke's first game back!!

M24. you are welcome.

Normally i wouldn't post this link till the home stretch before the playoffs. The way the Lakers have been playing this early in the season is championship style BB in November. Bring On #17

Anyone,On any Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPt3Zz_xLc

For a great article on the lakers #1 fan Jack Nicholson check:
http://www.lowpostnews.com/lakers/its-good-to-be-the-jack11042010/

Sonny Belfast,

Congratulations on your moral victory. 5-0 BABY!!!!

Posted by: ChicNstu | November 04, 2010 at 08:18 AM

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That was awesome ChicNstu!

Loved the game last night that never truly got out of hand. Loved Matt Barnes' hustle. LOVE Fish! And no matter that I've been watching Kobe for a looooong time, he still amazes me.

Kings? Check.

Raptors? Oh you know they're quaking in their boots.

GO LAKERS!!!!

So it's official...Sonny is the new Butler. We put our foot on the gas w/5 minutes left in the 2nd, and proceeded to throttle the Queens in the 3rd & 4th (going up by 20) but, in the end, it was really a Sacramento victory. Paraphrashing Sac's unofficial love letter to the Lakers again...


"In that 2nd quarter, I swore I spazzed...but my Big Brother came through and kicked my azz...again!"

nay99 - congrats! Or should I say yay nay? (Okay, I just woke up, and the neurons aren't firing.)

I'm really enjoying the evolution of Kobe. Last year when he started the season with so much low post game, it was a thing of beauty, but then because of injuries, he had to go away from it.

This year, the most efficient scorer the game's ever seen (blink and he runs off 10 points) has now upped his game: he's now the most efficient player I've ever seen. He's gotten so good at reading what a team/player's giving him, has so many options to counter, he's become like a chess master who reads twenty moves ahead.

It's weird, but his efficiency (especially last night) made him seem as if he were moving in slow motion. Really, it's like everyone else was flailing around in fast-motion, and he was slo-mo, and yet - the shot, the pass, the cut, whatever seemed to be a dagger (especially in the first half).

For that, I'm sendin' out a non-vocal song (I will get back to the theme, honest) from the Yardbirds, from a time when Eric Clapton first got his name of Slow Hand... because, despite the fact he was playing so radically at times, he seemed to never move quickly while doing it, but slooooowly.

Kobe Bryant - Slow Hands:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAfXQ-VEVcY

Shoutout to LRob for highlighting the late great Paul Williams as the 3rd option on The Tempts. He was my favorite Temptation of all time. His leads on "Don't Look Back" and "For Once In My Life" are DEVASTATING! He left us much much much too soon (he took his life almost a full year after I was born).

For a great article on the lakers #1 fan Jack Nicholson check: http://www.lowpostnews.com/lakers/its-good-to-be-the-jack11042010/ Posted by: nay99 | November 04, 2010 at 08:32 AM
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Great article Nay99! Thanks for the link!

pfunk36,

you wrote: "Reader Comment of the Day: "Man, they look great! I love watching them. Hopefully they can keep this up all year. Kobe spent the first years trying to be Jordan, now, he thinks he's Magic. And looks good doing it. threepeat!" -- nay99"

What a silly reader's comment...............Why can't Kobe be.........I don't know...........KOBE!

my response: [ joke ] Because Kobe is a ballhog. A cancer. The 5th best
player in the NBA. [/joke]

Seriously, the only way Kobe will ever get love is if people say he's like someone
else. He has to be MJ. He has to be Magic. In this era of Politically Correctness
no one appreciates a predator.

There's a reason why Kobe has the best selling jersey in countries not
dominated by LeBron's personal marketing network.

Good Morning Fabulous J. thank you also for having my back yesterday....Carry On!

There's a reason why Kobe has the best selling jersey in countries not dominated by LeBron's personal marketing network.Posted by: hobbitmage | November 04, 2010 at 08:40 AM
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GOD##@$%^^^&&!!! HOBBITMAGE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!!

Oh, and the Big Three singing a song my popular by Frank Sinatra... and Sid Vicious? Okay, that's weird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaBvQTNPIf0

When Sonny gets blue...

perfect tune to start your Laker day... no, better for apres game celebration sip of somethin' smooth.

Some superstar teams posture... how many times have we heard "pick your poison" out of the likes of Miami, the 04 Lakers...

This team is too smart for posturing but in their case, it's true.
DFish in November?
You know it's our year.

GO Lakers

pfunk, hobbit

RCOD was silly? of course. MM's little daily jab at Kobe. the funny part is that he is SO "tactless in his bias" that he does it after he had a brilliant performance.

as a response to the RCOD:

thanks GOD, Kobe does not have Magic's grin. because (rolling eyes) he had MJ's tongue

i guess that is MM's way to pay tribute to his boss TJ Simmers, who after the 6 buzzer-beaters last season, wrote a long article saying that does not matter what Kobe does for the rest of his career, he won't be able to WIN THE HEARTS of Lakers fan like Magic did because of his personality.

i'm wondering if Kobe want to enter the Grin of Fame.

the Activator - the winner of the Grin of Fame:

http://www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh/images/05/doggrin.htm

ouchhhhhhhhh,

You are reading to deep into the RCOTD. It's actually a compliment to Kobe.
To be compared to the likes of MJ and Magic is a good thing. WE all know who Kobe is. Kobe is Black Mamba!

the Activator - the winner of the Grin of Fame: ttp://www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh/images/05/doggrin.htm
Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 08:54 AM
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Very Nice!

Lew - off and running with the sorta New Wave, post-New Wave glossy stuff. Niiiiiiice.

Because I have a basketball jones, I thought I'd link to The Basketball Jones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIbp5C-5WXM

RE: RICK FRIEDMAN

I got an email from Rick and he should now be recuperating at home.

I'll update everyone as soon as I get more info!

Kings/Lakers games in Sac are generally a Laker's home game lately. LakerJ hope you had fun, wish I could have been there.

They put a stat up last night (I think on the local feed) that Kobe's career points and minutes played are greater than all the King's players points and minutes combined.

Isn't that ridiculous?

justanothermambafan - great news!

63- LMFAO!! good vid to jones too.

justa - great news on Rick...at least he is home now and can watch the Lakers work all these teams...

IT'S ALWAYS SEEMED A PROBLEM, AND I HAVE A SUGGESTION, WHY NOT LET KOBE....BE KOBE AND LEAVE ALONE ALL THE WEST. KOBE'S UNIQUENESS SHOULD AT LEAST GIVE HIM THAT

"I need someone to set a pick for me at the free-throw line of life."

I MEAN REST

I MEAN REST

"Man, they look great! I love watching them. Hopefully they can keep this up all year. Kobe spent the first years trying to be Jordan, now, he thinks he's Magic. And looks good doing it. threepeat!" -- nay99"
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I think people say things like this just as a frame of reference.
Everyone nows Kobe does a lot of great stuff, but being an 'assist' leader is not something Kobe has been known for.
I'm not saying Kobe hasn't been a good passer, but passing and getting assists isn't his claim to fame.
Magic was one of the greatest 'assist' getters of all time, so comparing Kobe to Magic in this respect is really just a new way to compliment him.

I would love to see Kobe continue to put some more 'Magic" in his game.

How did everyone like Fish's Game 3 Redux last night...

Not bad for someone too old to start and can't shoot...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

There's a reason why Kobe has the best selling jersey in countries not
dominated by LeBron's personal marketing network.

Posted by: hobbitmage | November 04, 2010 at 08:40 AM
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The reason is simple:

When my kid asked me to buy a Shannon jersey, I told him that Shannon might not be with the Lakers in the future. So he asked me who is a Laker forever. Answer was KOBE.

Now Magic Alex have his #24 and he's proud of it.

hey ouchhhhhhhhh, good post(s) today, BUT 5 games in and you're already on DFish. remember, it's not how you start the game.......BUT, how you finish IT! AND DFish knows how to finish games. i guess he liked the playoff atmosphere last night, huh? let's face it, the bench didn't have it last night. there are going to be nights like that. barnes was the only "killer b" that really showed up last night. shannon looked lost and blake was ok, theo ratliffe did absolutely nothing. SO, it was up to the starting 5 and did they ever deliver. is there any doubt out there with the exception of BSPN, that kobe "freaking bean" bryant is STILL the best player on the planet????? good morning to you MAMBA24, how are you today sir?

Magic Phil - "When my kid asked me to buy a Shannon jersey, I told him that Shannon might not be with the Lakers in the future. So he asked me who is a Laker forever. Answer was KOBE."

What, you too cheap to spring for two jersey's for the kid?

I kid, I kid!

Way to mold 'em right MP. I woulda just told my kid: "Shannon? Shannon?! Get out of my house!!!"

But then, I overreact sometimes.

The reason is simple: When my kid asked me to buy a Shannon jersey, I told him that Shannon might not be with the Lakers in the future. So he asked me who is a Laker forever. Answer was KOBE. Now Magic Alex have his #24 and he's proud of it.
Posted by: Magic Phil | November 04, 2010 at 09:29 AM
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You know I have to say it don't you?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

Magic Phil - "When my kid asked me to buy a Shannon jersey, I told him that Shannon might not be with the Lakers in the future. So he asked me who is a Laker forever. Answer was KOBE."

What, you too cheap to spring for two jersey's for the kid?
I kid, I kid! Way to mold 'em right MP. I woulda just told my kid: "Shannon? Shannon?! Get out of my house!!!" But then, I overreact sometimes. Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 09:31 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! LMAO!!!!!

Lakeshowinphx - actually, I think Blake, though un-flashy, played his game as well as Barnes. He was solid. He wasn't going to "pull a Fish" at the end (hence Phil putting Fish back in), but that's great because he can be trusted (as Kobe did early in the game to dish out for a three). No Jordan going crazy trying to be a hero: just run the Triangle!

The Kings have a lot of talent, and they don't give up: tough combination to "put away" easily.

good morning to you MAMBA24, how are you today sir?
Posted by: Lakeshowinphx | November 04, 2010 at 09:31 AM
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Good Morning to you Lakeshowinphx. I am doing quite well this morning after the Lakers 5th victory in a row thank you. LOL! Carry On.

How did everyone like Fish's Game 3 Redux last night...
Not bad for someone too old to start and can't shoot...
Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...
#17 Coming Up!!!Posted by: LEWSTRS | November 04, 2010 at 09:23 AM
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Preach Lewstrs, Preach!!!!

Magic Phil,

"When my kid asked me to buy a Shannon jersey, I told him that Shannon might not be with the Lakers in the future. So he asked me who is a Laker forever. Answer was KOBE".

If Shannon continues to develope his game and makes progress like he has this early in the season, the lakers may want to keep UPS on the roster for years to come. With this season possibly being Phil Jackson's last season as head coach, the need to maintain players that know the system will be key for our Dynasty.

But good choice on the #24 jersey.

to sonny belfast......i love the smell of moral victories in the morning!

Chris Shenkel-don't say nothin!

ChicNstu

did u read before u posted? or think about it? or just sucking up to MM?

"WE all know who Kobe is. Kobe is Black Mamba!"

maybe. some do. some don't

"To be compared to the likes of MJ and Magic is a good thing."

really??????????????? are they special? (i know they r). but when u r saying:

"to the LIKES", automatically puts Kobe in a category that is BELLOW. especially after years of being compared to MJ: shot, move, fade away, tongue, # of rings.

when WE THE BLOGGERS are posting, we are expressing our own opinions. we DO NOT HAVE to be responsible.
when MM is posting, even if he is subjective, he is also "STRIVING" for journalistic integrity, the position of LA Times and as a MODERATOR as someone neutral. (just choked)

the READERS of this BLOG are not only "the limited" numbers of regulars, some passers by, but i'm sure many who are just reading, the trolls, the Lakers haters and especially withe Kobe, there is the other LARGE contingent of Kobe haters/bashers.

MM, comparing Kobe to "MJ-tongue" and "MJ-grin", perpetuates the same old stereotype. that Kobe is not Kobe but always someone "look-alike".

actually last night, Mark Jackson even said that Kobe LEARNED (LMAO) from LBJ how to pass to teammates.

U SEE?

"You are reading to deep into the RCOTD. It's actually a compliment to Kobe."

it's NOT A COMPLIMENT

and no, i do not have a problem with WHAT the poster said about Kobe a.k.a. "MJ-tongue" and "MJ-grin" copy-cat, i just want to point out MM's bias regarding Kobe.

to reiterate you, "WE all know who Kobe is. Kobe is Black Mamba!".

and by know we learned who K Bros were regarding Kobe and who MM is NOW.

maybe it is difficulty for you to understand all the nuances, because you don't READ TO DEEP. you just copy and re-posts some other blooger's entry.

now saying that ChicNstu is like Mamba24, that will be a compliment.

are you?

"You are reading to deep into the RCOTD. It's actually a compliment to Kobe.
To be compared to the likes of MJ and Magic is a good thing. WE all know who Kobe is. Kobe is Black Mamba!"


ChicNstu


I don't think too much is being read into it............This is Kobe's 15th year! When emotion is removed from the equation his legacy is ALREADY greater than that of Magic's and he is fast approaching MJ!


When will Kobe become the standard? Kobe didn't play particularly any different last night than he always plays.............the difference wasn't Kobe..............the difference is players made shots last night.............it's that simple! He's wasn't passing to Smush Parker, Kwame Brown or Luke Walton last night.............the guys he passed to made the shots and the Lakers ran their offense through Kobe............sometimes Phil will get cute and try to run it through Gasol, but last night when they singled Kobe he went to work...........when they doubled him he passed.................that's what he does everynight..............when his teammates makes shots

@ Magic Phil,

Just make sure it isn't a "Brown" jersey numbered "54". Mitch was fooled once, don't make it twice. Har-har.

DBDH!

Ouchhhhh,

It is clear that you are blinded by your negativity. I read what i read and you read what you read. Shake the cobwebs off and read again.

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WE GOT THIS – TITLE 17 AND WE CAN’T MISS !! - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld – THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - On the line this season: Kobe's 6th ring. Kobe's 2nd 3Peat. Phil's final season. Phil's 4th 3Peat. A potential head to head defeat of Shaq should the Celtics make the Finals. The NBA record tying 17th Championship. Destiny is calling. MOVE, HATERS! GET OUT THE WAY!
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - We Got This & We Want More! Nothing but a (17th) Title will suffice.
(03) LEWSTRS - DRIVER - I'm on the "WE GOT THIS" bandwagon...
(04) # 4 WE GOT THIS!!
(05) LAKERLASS – RIDING SHOTGUN - No matter what universe or alternate reality I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!!
(06) MAMBA24 - SECURITY- HELL YEAH WE GOT THIS!! Besides I got Justa's Back!!
(07) MAMBA24BG – I ride with my DAD!
(08) EASTCOASTJESSIE – OH YEAH! WE GOT THIS!!!!!!
(098) LROB - Sign me up. Make no mistake...WE GOT THIS!
(10)COMPLEX-BROTHA
(11) NOAH
(12) CORNER J - SECURITY - Phil knows he's got a Ferrari this year. He's just got it purring along. Trying a few things in 2nd and 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 and 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.

When will Kobe become the standard? Kobe didn't play particularly any different last night than he always plays.............the difference wasn't Kobe..............the difference is players made shots last night.............it's that simple! He's wasn't passing to Smush Parker, Kwame Brown or Luke Walton last night.............the guys he passed to made the shots and the Lakers ran their offense through Kobe............sometimes Phil will get cute and try to run it through Gasol, but last night when they singled Kobe he went to work...........when they doubled him he passed.................that's what he does everynight..............when his teammates makes shots
Posted by: pfunk36 | November 04, 2010 at 09:45 AM
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PFUNK36 My brother you still got it!!...OUT FREAKIN STANDING

Good morning Laker Family!!!

My, my, my...how great do the Lakers look? Every year we start off a little slow...our stress levels are high and we try to trade anyone and everyone NOT named Kobe. This year seems more like a continuation of that great championship run in May/June. No real stressful games thus far, great ball movement, defense (for anyone not named Tyreke Evans) and the newbies seem to be adapting pretty well. LO is playing like a beast, Fish is still our faithful finisher, and Kobe...well, he's Kobe.

It's amazing to me how winning takes away al negativity in the media too. I've only heard a few mentions of Bynum here and there but none of the "they're doomed if he doesn't return" crap we heard all of last year.

We are looking great folks...just great. What else can be said? Can we just get #17 now and save the rest of the teams from having to face us? LOL

In all our talk of Kobe and comparisons to others and not getting enough credit for being Kobe, one thing always stands out for me: he had a particularly tough road to greatness, in that he was always "in the shadow of."

Seriously, he was THE heir (or should I say "air" or "hair-less") apparent to Jordan by simple game-type and proximity. He was THERE when Jordan was there and with a similar game. Imagine being a big point guard at the end of Magic's career. You can't because... well, there were none, or no one remembers them. But we remember Kobe.

Then, to make it worse, he was there with Shaq, the most dominant player of that time period. Not only in competition with everyone else in the league but with your own teammate.

Kobe not only managed to get out of Jordan's shadow relatively unscathed, but Shaq's as well. That is a HUGE accomplishment. There are lots of players by the roadside -- good players -- who couldn't live up to the hype. Kobe had to live up to Jordan, while playing with Shaq?!? Unbelievable he survived, let alone flourished, and now is continuing (knock on wood) to build one of the all-time greatest careers of all time.

Amazing.

We are looking great folks...just great. What else can be said? Can we just get #17 now and save the rest of the teams from having to face us? LOL Posted by: EastCoastJessie | November 04, 2010 at 09:49 AM
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Another one of those "Real Laker Girls" with SWAGGER! Love it!!!! How you doing Princess? As if I really have to ask. I thought I was a Lakerholic but Damn!! You got me beat by a mile today. Go on with your bad self Princess!!!

Oh sorry...left out the props for my favorite Spaniard...the man is playing like he's been threatened with deportation if he doesn't play well. Ok, ok, sorry for the deportation joke (or attempt at a joke)...he's just playing out of this world right now.

AND ALL IS WELL IN LAKERLAND...what else can we say? Love it!

Pfunk,

When a player, any player is compared with two of the best at THEIR positions, it is a compliment. To combine the two talents into one says alot about who Kobe is as a player. Not as a person, but as a baller.

pfunk36 - forgot to mention: you was right on about Kobe being Kobe but with better teammates.

lance from da' bronx

great Freudian slip: WEST or REST

not only brings in "MJ-tongue" and "MJ-grin" but also Jerry West

and from a visual point, Jerry WEST, JW, with a mirrored image and a horizontal flip of the W becomes another MJ.

Kobe indeed has a STEEP mountain to climb:

"MJ-tongue", "MJ-grin" and "MJ-63Footer"

Oh sorry...left out the props for my favorite Spaniard...the man is playing like he's been threatened with deportation if he doesn't play well. Ok, ok, sorry for the deportation joke (or attempt at a joke)...he's just playing out of this world right now. AND ALL IS WELL IN LAKERLAND...what else can we say? Love it! Posted by: EastCoastJessie | November 04, 2010 at 09:54 AM
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LIKE I SAID FOLKS. A STONE COLD LAKERHOLIC AND AN UNREFORMED ONE TOO!!

once again, we see that one thing that can be said about human beings is that occasionally they get over-inflated visions of the importance of their opinions.

Hahaha Mamba, I'm great and you?
Unfortunately for non Laker fans, there is no cure for my Lakerholism baby...sorry! Take me as I am, otherwise don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!! (I know that was corny...heard it from some country bumkin yesterday and thought it was hilarious). LOL

Reporting From STaples CenterNorth:
I still have goosebumps from last nite, watching Kobe break records is fun.
First time I have seen Kobe get a Trip-Dub in person-whooop! whooop!
New Lakers All-Time minutes leader!
Beauty.

btw-Sactown has done a great job making sure there are less Laker fans in the stands at BP Arena, it has been pretty crazy the last few years.

mud - "once again, we see that one thing that can be said about human beings is that occasionally they get over-inflated visions of the importance of their opinions."

Fortunately my opinions are right all the time, so I don't have to worry about it.

mud - "once again, we see that one thing that can be said about human beings is that occasionally they get over-inflated visions of the importance of their opinions."

Fortunately my opinions are right all the time, so I don't have to worry about it. Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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So true, so true! LOL!

AndThe JellosJigglin - so cool you were there. And Laker J as well.

So, how do they cut back on the Laker fans? Do two burly guys with big clubs stand near the entrance and if you're wearing a Lakers jersey they bash you over the head? I mean, that would work.

So, how do they cut back on the Laker fans? Do two burly guys with big clubs stand near the entrance and if you're wearing a Lakers jersey they bash you over the head? I mean, that would work. Posted by: 63 Footer


63footer you are on a roll today. Thanks for the laughs!!!

OK 2 more blasts from the past:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9Wi2wfAiFw – Boogie woogie - Taste of Honey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7MJXRIqU7E - Portugese Love _ Teena Marie

Amazing.

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 09:54 AM
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pfunk36 - forgot to mention: you was right on about Kobe being Kobe but with better teammates.

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 09:56 AM
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welcome to the club! and brace up!!!!!!!!! it's a hard battle to post and get away "unscathed" on this blog. except when one posts "little songs".:-)

Excuse me, but my 82-0 bandwagon still has all it's wheels on and still has plenty of seats. Not to mention plenty of vodka....


Someone forgot to tell the Kings that 1) this wasn't a playoff game, and 2) the game doesn't end half-way through the second quarter. Did you see the way the Kings players were screaming after every "good" play. Cousins was hilarious. Did you draw a foul, big man? Why not scream! Drop-step to the baseline? Holler like it's the last game of the Finals!

Except... wait... you guys lost, and you lost big time. I guess histrionics don't lead to real victories. Only moral victories, right Sonny?

Go Lake Show!

Unfortunately for non Laker fans, there is no cure for my Lakerholism baby...sorry! Take me as I am, otherwise don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!! (I know that was corny...heard it from some country bumkin yesterday and thought it was hilarious). LOL Posted by: EastCoastJessie | November 04, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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My Goodness!!! Look at you! I hate to see you after win # 10 in a row!! This Lakerholicism is some pretty good stuff! LOL!

"i want to be like Mike"

ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

AndTheJellosJigglin,
Man I wish we would've hooked up last night. Wasn't that awesome to see in person? The ushers seemed to be checking the Lakers fans tickets, way more often than the Kings fans. Come to think of it, that's one stat they one at home at least at the rate of 2 to 1. Where were you sitting?

Good morning everyone!

Hope everyone is having a good start to their Thursday. Just wanted to check in with everyone while I had a chance today. Next game is on Friday, correct? Perhaps I can make it to game chat, since there's no class on Saturday.

Talk to you all in a bit!

justanothermambafan - I can't do the 82-0 bandwagon because I refuse to tempt the basketball gods in any way shape or form (I'm still wearing the original socks I had on during my kindergarten shooting streak). But if you ever have a vodka bandwagon, count me in.

the Activator - "welcome to the club!"

Nope, not on any club, I just calls 'em as I sees 'em, and if I don't sees 'em, I make 'em up.

*they won at home*

Mamba24- No problem You are the "GODFATHER", and you are truly missed on your day off. Now it's nice to see you on DUTY, Now Carry On Captain.

Nay99- Congrats.

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82 WIN – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - Excuse me, but my 82-0 bandwagon still has
all it's wheels on and still has plenty of seats. Not to mention plenty of vodka....
(02) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER –
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – I just follow where the Head of my Family leads folks
(04) MAMBA24BG- RIDING SHOTGUN2 – I just follow my Dad.
(05) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – SHERIFF
(06)

a few days ago i posted in honor of Sonny Belfast the buzzer beater that started the Lakers 2010 show on January first and i pointed out Caspi's deflated look and attitude after Kobe's shot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQaYzS9Iawc

looking above at the picture posted, we have another "Caspi-look"

not surprise we have these Caspis, Garcias, Raja Bells wanna bees. inferiority complex? who cares

WE R THE MIGHTY LAKERS. and we have the ONE and ONLY Mamba. yeah, the Black Mamba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justa, when are you going to respond to my (fantasy) proposition?

Justa, when are you going to respond to my (fantasy) proposition? Posted by: Laker J | November 04, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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LMAO!!

Nope, not on any club, I just calls 'em as I sees 'em, and if I don't sees 'em, I make 'em up.

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 10:18 AM

that's the only club i will have a "high end" membership to.

"I read what i read and you read what you read."
Posted by: ChicNstu | November 04, 2010 at 09:47 AM

thanks for the permission. so, in that case (because u r contradicting yourself), seems like is none of your business what I READ.

OucHHHHH,

I wasn't giving you permission. I was pointing out that your translation is wrong, just like you translated my post incorrectly.

And you should be the last person to complain about name calling..lol


COUCHHHHH.

Well, the team continues to confirm what I was thinking all summmer long: they have to intimidate each and every opponent on their way to the championship. This team is of the same mind and body. They're not only walking the walk but they're acting it out in GAME TIME where it counts the most!

I was always said we are going to see Kobe's game evolve in the assists column not only because of physical necessity, but mainly because he has the roster that will convert those passes into points on the board. It's just an awesome sight to watch. He's old - in basketball years - and he still draws swarming defenders leaving teammates open everywhere on the floor; inside, outside - it doesn't matter. He'll get the ball to the open man or he'll create or make a shot.
Sometimes, it just doesn't look fair; his bball IQ and skill level is so far above the competition, that it makes opponents appear that they just came up from the D League! More importantly, he finally gets what Wooden has been quoted saying many times before:
"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."
Of course, having the right teammates is the main ingredient and this team is put together real well.

Mitch is DA MAN, Buss is a trusting owner and WE are the most FORTUNATE fans on the planet! Schedule will get harder due to the level of competition facing the team. We have to see how the team handles Andrew's eventual return and above all else, how long Andrew can last in the line up.

Until then, lets enjoy the journey to this saga and story book ending to the championship this season. It's not a matter of "will" they get to the finals, it's a matter of WHO they will beat in the finals.


GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!! MITCH - U DA MAN, BRAH!

Here's my take on the game...
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We kicked butt, which is good in it's own right. However...
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..what I was most happy about was that I was quite impressed by Sacramento. They were far better than I expected...
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..and we kicked butt.
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There is reason for optimism.
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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!!!

oh yeah, while i'm at it: i too am tired of all the comparisons to MJ and at times, Magic. what i haven't seen is anyone playing today who compares to KOBE! the bar has been set and raised to a level where others aspire to be. time for the rest of the league to surpass MJ and Magic and try to find room at the top where Kobe now proudly dishes out his wares!

what we see on the floor from Kobe night in and night out is the culmination of practice man... that's right. i'm talkin' bout practice. he's the franchise player and i'm sittin' here writin' bout practice! Players around the league aren't sayin' it out loud, but i know what they're mutterin' to themselves: I WANNA BE LIKE KOBE!!!

what we see on the floor from Kobe night in and night out is the culmination of practice man... that's right. i'm talkin' bout practice. he's the franchise player and i'm sittin' here writin' bout practice! Players around the league aren't sayin' it out loud, but i know what they're mutterin' to themselves: I WANNA BE LIKE KOBE!!!Posted by: frmkt | November 04, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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Yes, yes, Yes! I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!

R.I.P. Sparky

R.I.P. Sparky Posted by: frmkt | November 04, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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AMEN!!

How many assists would Kobe have if they counted assists like in hockey. The post guy in the triangle offense often makes the pass that leads to the pass that leads to the open shot.

Also, I don't remember the last time I've seen a series of games where we're getting such a high percentage of good looks - even when we miss, most of the time the person taking the shot is getting a good look at the basket.

By the way, I agree with someone's previous statement (sorry can't remember who) that this is going to be an epic season. Not only is it going to be Banner #17, and a record 4th three-peat for Jackson, but I think Phil's gonna want more. Breaking the 72 win record, breaking the 33 game streak record, perhaps even 16-0 in the playoffs.

Put me on all the bandwagons! I've been on the 82-0 bandwagon since day 1!

@The Outlaw
"Did you see the way the Kings players were screaming after every "good"
play?"

Yes I did notice this and it made me think that these guys really are young, dumb, and don't understand the power and dominance of our squad. They must not have watched the playoffs last year. I'm pretty sure Kobe and the rest of the team noticed this too and I'm sure it gave them a little more fire.

KOBE IS BACK!!! He looked amazing last night! He even was elevating pretty well. The rest of the league just got nervous.

"Mamba24" Thank you for recognizin'

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those of you who don't believe "blow-outs" are important, I say this: they're domoralizing, initmidating but more relevant is the fact that the opponent has to play catch up for the rest of the game and in the process, expend enormous amounts of energy and risk possible injuries. there are so many other advantages which all takes you to the eventual win, but you know what? the Lakers get it and we all get to be "Witnesses!"


GO LAKERS!!!!

OFF TOPIC: GO TITANS and Goodbye Childress.

BACK ON TOPIC

This Laker squad is full of love for each other, the game, for Phil, Jerry, Jeannie, the fans, the city... they wanna bring it! The comraderie amongst these guys is evident on the court and like the new rules or not, they're helping this team stay focused. As the season wears on, and opponents are gettin' spanked by L.A., frustration will surface, the whistle will blow, the team gets to rest all while adding a point to the scoreboard!! You saw what happened with Bryant and Garcia last night. That's a prelude to what's coming all season long. Man, this team is just looking soooo good together on the floor. Coach has the roster to place all kinds of combos on the floor at any given time. CAN YOU TELL I'M EXCITED!!!

 
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