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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 118-107 victory over Milwaukee Bucks

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes the weird developments that took place during the Lakers' 118-107 victory Tuesday over Milwaukee.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the Lakers' defense against the Bucks.

--The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Enlund examines how the Lakers' found holes in the Bucks' defense.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford describes the Lakers' win as a "bounce-back game."

Notebooks

--The Register's Ding details Andrew Bynum's timetable.

--The Breeze's Teaford writes that the Lakers acquiring free agent Erick Dampier would probably be too expensive because of the team's salary-cap issues.

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan reports that the Lakers will try to acquire Dampier.

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Brown's fourth-quarter run.

--The Register's Ding examines Brown's off-season work.

--The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Michael Hunt argues the Lakers pace themselves the right way.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi focuses on Kobe Bryant's leadership.

--AOL Fanhouse's Brett Pollakoff drops the Lakers to No. 4 in his latest league rankings.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz focuses on the Lakers' poor defense.

--Singer Rihanna expresses her disgust in the video below that some gossip bloggers believed she was once dating Bynum (credit to yardbarker.com)

Blogs

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

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin lists 10 nuggets to take away from the Lakers' win.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell presents a running diary and postgame numbers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark sizes up the Lakers' defense.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore lists different options the Lakers could pursue to fill Theo Ratliff's absence.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano analyzes the Lakers' fourth-quarter effort against Milwaukee.

--Brew Hoop's Alex Boeder details how the Lakers found cracks in Milwaukee's defense.

Piston links

--The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis explains why Pistons Coach John Kuester has questioned his team's mental toughness.

--The Ann Arbor News' Chris Iott details the spat between Kuester and Tayshaun Prince.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears looks at Ben Wallace's defense.

Tweet of the Day: "minutes dont matter only winning does ... last yr i didnt play much also at times in the end of games i even messed up alot remember? but in playoffs , all close out games ... i did what i had to do. its all about what the team needs then we win and laker fans are happy doesnt matter what five is out there" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: " I am officially impressed with Shannon Brown. You can tell how much work he put into his game this summer - true. But you can also see just exactly how Kobe Bryant's work ethic and approach to the game has influenced this young man. Shannon is a sponge. He's soaking in the knowledge and experience he has at his fingertips and is making the most of it, as evidenced by his complete confidence out there on the court. Most improved? I should say so. His progression as a player is a joy to behold, and his maturity as a young man is also on display" -- justanothermambafan

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant moves to the basket against Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut, left, and guard John Salmons during the Lakers' 118-107 road victory Tuesday. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

 
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Justa for the win! Congrats Blog Queen!

RCOTD = JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN = OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!!! KUDOS!!!

htj: Justa isn't the Queen. Faith is. Justa is the Duchess!

Beautiful thoughts justa, a most well deserved RCOTD!

Ron Ron had a great tweet too, I love his selflessness, his unselfishness, he was 'The Man' on most teams he played for, but has fit himself in very well here in L.A. He doesn't get enough props, he's slowly become our quiet, dependable guy that shows up and goes 110% every night - gotta love it!

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The other day Tayshaun Prince had a run-in with Piston coach Kuester - I wonder if Mitch might be able to pick him up for cheap? He could be a lot like Horry, Ron Ron, Barnes - guys who may have had bad reps or run-in's, and come to the Lakers and flourish.

If the Pistons are really tiring with Tayshaun's act, here is a trade they might accept:
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=28lywuv


GO LAKERS!!!!!

My bad, Utz. Congrats to the Duchess!

@LEWSTRS
excellent selections- gonna keep it rollin with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVI9XJ5p-2Y&feature=more_related

@mamba
Please add me to the Zaira bandwagon. I'm sending some prayers of healing your way!

Also, please add me to the ShanWow bandwagon.
This guy is single handedly ending Sasha's carrer as a Laker by his spectacular all around game. Go UPS!!!!!!

@All
Maybe the Sixers would be intersted in a trade involving Sasha and Tony Battie. He fits the mold for being a big man with the last name of starting with a 'B.'

I haven't checked if the numbers matched, but if he's healthy, it may work out!

@CONGRATS JUSTA! Much deserved!

htj: Justa isn't the Queen. Faith is. Justa is the Duchess! Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | November 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM
My bad, Utz. Congrats to the Duchess! Posted by: htj | November 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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Queen, Duchess? My God have you people gone insane? You are talking about
The Most Beautiful Being In Creation!!!! SWEET JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

justa with another Friedman!

63 FOOTER IN THE HOUSSSSSSSSSSSSE!!!!!!!

hi Justa - congrats on the RCOTD.

I agree that Shannon continues to impress me this season and I can't wait to see how he preforms against Boston, Miami, and Orlando. I think the added motivation will push him even further, especially with Kobe's drive feeding the rest of the team.

I think my favorite killer B is still Blake. That assist to Pau last night showed me that this guy can run well with the starters and already has great chemistry.

1,2,3 Ring.

How about we trade Magic's statue for Bosh? We can then have a new one made that actually look like him, and Bosh would not only fit the bill with the Killer B's, but like others before him he may actually flourish under the proper environment.

Miami fans are too dense to even notice the difference so it just might work.

Come to think of it, the Magic statue would probably give us more on the court than Bosh would, so forget that trade. Maybe Ron Ron could hide behind it and tip it over on KG or Paula next time we play the C's...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

How about we trade Magic's statue for Bosh? We can then have a new one made that actually look like him, and Bosh would not only fit the bill with the Killer B's, but like others before him he may actually flourish under the proper environment. Miami fans are too dense to even notice the difference so it just might work. Come to think of it, the Magic statue would probably give us more on the court than Bosh would, so forget that trade. Maybe Ron Ron could hide behind it and tip it over on KG or Paula next time we play the C's...Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! I thought we had the outbreak contained, but it's changed vectors. LMAO!!

Justa, congratulations! I know the feeling, lol. Now we just need that darn Caracter guy to step up and end the speculation that the Lakers need another big. Tonight could be the night.


Yesterday, the question "what does commitment look like"

i.e. Maybe I should have given more props to Bynum.

How's this for another answer:

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/brown-276332-bryant-lakers.html

snippet:
Much has been made of Brown's improved jump shot that he worked hard on over the summer and has produced 20-of-39 shooting on 3-pointers (51.3 percent). The truer Hollywood story is that Brown has always been a hard worker, but he made a key adjustment over the summer to work smarter.

He didn't just play a lot of ball. He scaled back his 5-on-5 sessions in favor of less fun but more productive individual skill work. He didn't just practice shots; he studied video of himself in the triangle and practiced the shots he knew the offense regularly opened up for him.

He said Tuesday night after his season-high 21 points in 21 minutes that he changed the mechanics of his shot "just a little bit" for this season.


Tony Battie? Didn't we have him for like 2 seconds many moons ago?

From NBA.COM: "...Traded by Denver along with the draft rights to Tyronn Lue to the L.A. Lakers in exchange for Nick Van Exel (6/24/98)… Traded by the Lakers to Boston in exchange for Travis Knight (1/21/99)…"

I still remember the headline... "Tony Battie, we hardly knew ye"


[dbdh]

Cyber, I like your trade proposal. Eventhough we're deep at the SF positon T. Prince brings another proven veteran player to the lineup. He has an expiring contract and the Lakers get rid of Luuuukes! What would make it even better is if we could get A. Daye from them as well, even at the expense of Ebanks and/or Caracter.

@HobbitMage, great article, thanks for the links sir!!!!

@Cyber:

That statue trade would be worse than my Han Solo in carbonite scenario. Why? We would lose one statue to gain another. Predator, err, Bosh would be another piece in Medusa's garden. Dude is getting pounded in the paint nightly, bro! I think opposing bigs are running out of flesh on Bosh's feet after consistently nailing his patas to the hardwood on defense.

[dbdh]

I ilke the idea of Battie, is he still a free agent? He always seemed like he make a good back-up big man, its strange that he couldn't stick with any team though (he's better than the Collins twins in my book).

Maybe we could speed up the fabrication of the Logo's statue to help us out. If it's built to double scale, we could have the Triple Towers.


[dbdh]

Seriously, can we stop acting like any team is going to take a Luke/Sasha trade? Luke is immovable.

@Lew – I couldn’t open the Shannon tribute. But the Cali theme was on point.

@mclyne – Battie would work also. Although the last thing Philly needs is shooting guard. Excellent Chili Peppers.

So I guess I'll keep the Chili Pepper & Cali theme going with this one...

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

"Bay to La", i always remind myself Mitch traded Brown for Pau; but then not to be too hard on a fellow but as Kobe said we could have a probably kept Marc too so maybe i am giving him too much credit. For Mitch to prove he's as good as his mentor he needs to trade Luke/Sasha.

If we only had Marc Gasol...maybe we can trade Sasha, Luke, and some draft picks for him. I am day dreaming.
Posted by: Laker Phil | November 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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Magic Phil – We would love Pau’s baby bro…but of course you’re daydreaming...I'll let Aretha tell you about it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMl3ETwT_QI

@Justa - congrats...AGAIN.

@63 Footer - put that script down and jump in here. Priorities...please.

@hobbit - good point on a right way and a wrong way to work out!

Yesterday, the question "what does commitment look like"
i.e. Maybe I should have given more props to Bynum.
Posted by: hobbitmage | November 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM

u confused me. i thought it is about The "Big Beast Bust" Bynum

"Lakers Star Guns Ferrari to 110 MPH -- Cops Swoop In"

http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/16/los-angeles-lakers-star-andrew-bynum-ferrari-cops-speeding/

a speedy recovery to match up the speed of the killer BBBBB's

Orlando owns the rights to Fran Vasquez, the center for Regal FC Barcelona. He has played with Pau in the Spanish National team, and by all accounts he's not coming over to play with the Magic. Wonder what it would take to get him? He looks like a polished offensive player and a good defender as well. If his last name was Basquez he'd be the perfect fit.

It seemed like Shannon Brown has caught a case of Kobeitis.
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Good.
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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!!!!

Orlando owns the rights to Fran Vasquez, the center for Regal FC Barcelona. If his last name was Basquez he'd be the perfect fit.

Posted by: Laker J | November 17, 2010 at 12:29 PM

actually he is Basque.

As much of a heist as the Gasol trade proved to be, Memphis wouldn't have done it if Kwame Brown had a contract like Luke's.

Pau had worn out his welcome and had a huge contract. If Tayshaun had 3 years left, maybe the Pistons would listen to salary dump deals for him but all they would get from a Sasha/Luke trade is more baggage.

If a Luke/Sasha trade is to go down, it'll be for an underperforming and/or cancerous player who has a bloated contract. That's the only way it's happening.

Laker J: "I like your trade proposal. Eventhough we're deep at the SF positon T. Prince brings another proven veteran player to the lineup. He has an expiring contract and the Lakers get rid of Luuuukes! What would make it even better is if we could get A. Daye from them as well, even at the expense of Ebanks and/or Caracter. "
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I'm pretty twisted, I read your first line and thought the Magic statue for Bosh proposal, lol...

I seriously doubt they'd go for it, but they'd be getting the expiring contract you mention, plus Luke is a character guy and a heady player - something they seem to be lacking in D-town.

Getting Daye would be a bonus too, but they'd be trading away two SF's for basically one in Luke, I bet they'd do it for Ron Ron & Sasha, but I'm guessing no way that Mitch does that, and probably most Laker fans wouldn't do that either.

If they did take Sasha, Luke and say Ebanks for Tayshaun and Daye, it would be a WIN for the Lakers, but I just can't see them doing it. Tayshaun reminds me of when we got Horry after he threw the towel at Ainge, so he might be avaliable...

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DBDH: "That statue trade would be worse than my Han Solo in carbonite scenario. Why? We would lose one statue to gain another. Predator, err, Bosh would be another piece in Medusa's garden. Dude is getting pounded in the paint nightly, bro! I think opposing bigs are running out of flesh on Bosh's feet after consistently nailing his patas to the hardwood on defense."
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Well at least they can ship him back to Toronto when his bloated contract is over, dump a bucket of bronze paint over him and stand him in front of Air Canada center to save on making a bronze of him.

Leading scorer in Raptor history is like buying the best coffee table at Kmart - they're both crud...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Agree that trading Luke/Sasha is hard but alot of GMs agree to really dumb trades. Don't think the Lakers trade Luke though as the coach rates him highly. Horses for courses though as i think Luke would actually do well coming of the bench with a veteran team like the celtics. I really don't mind Sasha that much cuase Lakers are ok at most positions so he's not really a liability. I think people are more annoyed at the money they make for what they offer.

@MAMBA… I’ve always been a Shannon doubter but I have to give the kid mucho kudos for his great play so far this season. Please add me to his bandwagon and here’s hoping what we have seen so far this season is for real. Also, please add me to Zaira’s Get Well Bandwagon. Must be a hell of a fever to be able to keep Zaira down. That girl has a motor that never quits – very Kobe-esque in my mind.
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TOM

@JAMF Congrats on another RCOTD. You're really racking up these awards.

Justa- Congrats on you 20th RCOTD, still waiting on that profile.lol


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