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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 124-105 victory over Memphis Grizzlies

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' dominance in their 124-105 victory Tuesday over the Memphis Grizzlies.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the rest Kobe Bryant had during the game.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen argues Bryant's shooting stroke is back.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford highlights the benefit the starters will receive from all their rest.

--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery examines the Grizzlie's slow start.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains Kobe Bryant's decision to play in the 2012 Olympics.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen details Phil Jackson's needling of Pau Gasol.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford examines Bryant's contention that he feels 100%.

--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Tillory details how Mike Conley vows to validate a five-year, $40 million contract. Good luck with that.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler examines Marc Gasol's growth.

--The Daily Breeze's Vincent Bonsignore credits Lakers forward Matt Barnes for fitting in with the team.

--The Orange County Register's Ding describes the Lakers' bench as "great."

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin shares 10 thoughts about the Lakers-Grizzlies game.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz shows how the Gasol brothers disagree on how they match up with each other.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the matchup between the Gasol brothers.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer previews the Lakers' season.

--USA Today's J. Michael Falgoust is impressed with the Lakers' managing to absorb injuries.

--Predicto.com sizes up the likelihood Magic Johnson invests in bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles.

--A Sports Illustrated players poll ranks Bryant as the league's second biggest trash talker, while Ron Artest finishes as eighth.

--ESPN.com's J.A Adande in the video below talks to Bryant about how he's building a rhythm

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky examines the good and the bad in the Lakers' victory.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore remains impressed with the Lakers' dominance.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down a few numbers from the Lakers' win.

--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge recaps the Lakers' game quarter-by-quarter.

Tweet of the Day:"Wolf Blitzer can make anything sound important and urgent. Let's put him on NBA TV for Summer League games in Las Vegas." -- reallisa (Los Angeles Times' CLippers beat writer Lisa Dillman).

Reader Comment of the Day:"GOOD MORNING LAKER NATION! Another great win; all WINS are GREAT! I'm not worried about this team. There's nothing that cannont be fixed with time. - Chemistry - check - Desire - check - Skill - check Don't ask Kobe about his knee. He's not 100% yet he is 100% effective. Scary Stuff. Andrew is healing and lets hope that he can stay that way upon his return. The team - today - can survive without the service of Luke and/or Sasha. Those are just simple facts. Killer Instinct - will only get stronger. It's more evident this year than it was last year. This current roster is aware what needs to be done and it shows as well as the tendency to get a little bored, thus complacent. I think it will get there and it will be much easier when a healthy, willing, able and hungry Bynum returns. We have a favorable schedule with contests between "lesser" teams BUT every team that comes up against the Lakers will bring their A game and then possibly go back to their F team status. The Lakers don't have that luxury; they need to be A+ every game in order to demoralize the opponent. The blowouts are important because of the "message" it sends to Miami, Boston, Orlando, OKC, San Ant, Dallas...well, you get the picture. Sac town tonight then Portland on Sunday. The schedule this month includes battles with PHO, MIL, CHI, UTAH & HOUS which is why they MUST win those games that are considered "winnable" and it's those games that mistakes must be addressed and corrected." -- antyfed

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antyfed - congrats, whoever you are masked man!

Wolf Blitzer can make anything sound important and urgent. - twitter

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Can you beat that Wolf?

"THEY HATE US CAUSE THEY AIN'T US" demoted from the Roll Call? Dang.

Well, he showed up just as I'm about to pack it in.
1:13 am, Thursday morning here.

All is well in the world.

Good Morning Larry!

Have a great day!

Good night.

Sonnybelfast

Oh, yes...

Go Kings!

Luke Walton had 12 offensive rebounds in 29 games played last season.

Barnes had 8 offensive rebounds in one game last night.

Hey Mamba, great to see the roll call, but I think I got dropped :( Did I do something wrong?

Representing from Sac - wish I could be at the game.

I think this game will be important in that there's a natural let down on back to backs, the Kings always seem to bring their A game when they play the Lakers, and the Lakers seem to bring their C game which has been good enough lately.

I've seen a disproportionate number of these games so I think I'm an expert jk. We've made Bibby and stojakavic into all stars by virtue of how they play against us. More recently, Beno Udrih??? has looked like he could lead a team to the championship the way he's played against us. Carl Landry has killed us through the years.

Fortunately, I sense a Lakers victory and hope that we get a large enough lead to rest the starters and give the reserves some experience.

Congratulations Antyfed for RCOTD although I respectfully disagree when you said: "The blowouts are important because of the "message" it sends to Miami, Boston, Orlando, OKC, San Ant, Dallas...well, you get the picture."

~~The coaches of future competitors will alarm their players because of the Lakers blow outs and perceived superiority. Will they get intimidated by blow outs or challenged to beat the Champs? It is better to win small, a little big on other games or just enough to carry on a consistent W's, reserve the fire power in a bigger competition or in the playoffs. The objective is a W, rest the old legs, exposed the young players and avoid injuries. In poker lingo, keep your aces in your sleeves but always give a hint that you are in for the long haul.

Throughout all this, we haven't mentioned Johnny? What happened to your Griz? Calling you out buddy to eat some early morning Crow! I'm just waiting for tonights game so that Sonny can come by and eat the same Crow, that is, if he's FAN enough to own up to it later on. By the way, any regular season record the MEAT end up with this season should be look at with a critical eye considering the East still blows. It's another beautiful day in the Purple and Gold Reign, here's to a much anticipated beatdown of the Queens today! Cheers!!

LAKER TRUTH,

>>>Luke Walton had 12 offensive rebounds in 29 games played last season.
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>>>Barnes had 8 offensive rebounds in one game last night.

A very impressive stat.

Of course, last year wasn't exactly Luke's best year, but even so 8 offensive rebounds in a game is a very nice stat.

Cap: Johnny will show up when we lose our first game sometime around December or so. They'll all show up. Then some of us will start making fantasy trade proposals. And Mike T. will get unbanned and cry out FOOLS GOLD for all of us to see.


Oh, the hilarity!

utz - you are like some blog Nostradamus. It's uncanny. You should be picking the lotto numbers.

My favorite comment of the night came from Stu: "Most players have an A,B, or maybe C move to go to- Kobe has the whole alphabet- A through Z!"

LOVED IT STU- give us more of that tonight!

Lamar is playing like an ALL STAR! I hope he keeps it up.

Barnes' tenacity shined last night.

How about that circus up and under move Shannon pulled off last night? I love it that he is attacking the rim this year!

Sorry Sonny, 5-0 is inevitable tonight!

To LAKER TRUTH:

Luke shot 80% in the 2009 NBA finals.

Matt Barnes has never made it to the finals, so he hasn't played in that tough an environment, but the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010 vs Boston, he shot 38%.

Let's hope he's either settled down by the 2011 finals or that he leaves the shooting to people who SHOULD be jacking up a lot of shots. (Walton knows enough to defer most shots to Kobe & Pau when it matters and only shoot when you're open).

M24 - I think we need a slot for Best PF, Best 1-2 Combo, and Best Bench aka The Killer B's on the roll call.

Wuddya think?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot.

CONGRATS to L.O.!!!:

During the game Odom became the 29th player in NBA history to reach 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.

Not a Nostradamus, Six Tre (Negrodamus maybe...), just been around here long enough to predict the behavior of trolls, naysayers and bandwagon Laker fans who believe that ANYTHING LESS than a 98-0 NBA season is an utter failure.

utz - 98-0 they'd still be claiming we didn't win by enough and that the Celtics/Heat/Kings/Clippers (pick your poison) would have done it better if they had not had the injuries/did have the calls we did/or a better schedule (choose as you see fit), and that the Lakers get all the breaks and the "fix is in." Oh, and that Kobe's over the hill and sucks and we should trade Drew for a ham sandwich on rye.

"Negrodamus" - okay that was my third big laugh of the day.

Six Tre: You forgot to mention the fact that we have an accused rapist, an accused woman beater and the catalyst of the nastiest brawl in sports history on our team. And...of course...131-92 (the blogger) would still remind us about 131-92 (the game).

Mamba24....nothing like Mamba's Bandwagon in the morning to get your adrenelin going!!! I'm thinking I really like this Barnes dude. 8 offensive rebounds and plays like he really is motivated and wants to FIT in. Very speedy bench. Odom is playing inspired ball and I LOVE it. Starters rested and ready to take down the QUEEN'S!! 4th three-peat......ain't it FUN to be a LAKER FAN?

Why is Kobe talking about the 2012 Olympics? I'm not feeling that. Anyway its two years away so a lot can change by then.

@mamba - Thanks for the roll call.

@Zaira - You're in for a treat with your purple highness LIVE (like Justa said)....rest up before going.

@63 Footer - I never knew that one line so I had to look it up..."My return to wildlife by satellite"...who knew. Another good one!

@frmkt - Congrats on RCOTD...Solid indeed. Speaking of songwriters. Ashford & Simpson are two of the BEST!

@ChicknStu - Can't be rocked out/funked out/danced out all the time. BTW...haven't heard that MP in years but it was my jam...didn't think many peeps was up on it. "Lovin so fine like 1930 age old wine"

@mclyne - that was a great quote by Stu. Thanks for sharing it.

@utz - Big Brother...now that was out cold!


I really like the way two rookies playing now. I dont think they have any fear playing in the NBA and seem to be much comfortable with only a few games they played. Especially, I hate to see Ebanks out of the active roster when Walton comes back..I think Ebanks could contribute more to the team than Walton because he can bring the different aspect of game from Walton (whose physique is more similar to Artest.) With Ebanks's quickness and athletism, he can defend lenthy quick SF (i.e. Gay, Durant, etc.) or SG than any other guys on the roster.

@hobbitmage RE: Your theory regarding Bynum's return.

I think a lot of it will depend on who is on the floor with him. Personally, I want Odom to start all season. The energy of the first unit is good right now. However, when Odom played with the bench, they played with a fast, free-wheeling style. But he'll go back to the bench becaue the staff wants to play Pau as little at the center spot as possible.

Our first unit seems like it's designed to function at a slower, more controlled pace. This allows Fisher to play well and gives Kobe or Pau to good position and run the offens ethrough them. Adding Bynum to the mix will play to that unit's strengths. I agree with the idea that the overall team speed, with Bynum on the floor, will be slower.

I disagree with the idea that we'll be less effecient. Bynum's a solid rebounder and will clean up on the glass well. Our first unit will no longer feature the One Man Fast Break that is Lamar Odom, but I hope we'll do better on the offensive glass.

I don't know how Bynum can really effect the team passing. He passes alright out of the post (he's no Vlade, but no Chris Kaman, either) and works to get open better than given credit for. Too many times last season I would watch Bynum seal his man down low with a perimeter player holding the ball about 10 feet from him and unable to deliver a good entry pass, either throwing it towards the defenders hands, telegraphing the pass, shooting a 3, or swinging it back around to Kobe, who had been doubled with a third guy lurking.

I get that it's Kobe and he'll score over those three guys half the time. But it's discouraging as a fn to see that a center tailor made for our team is often under used when on the floor. If anything, the passing should improve if they work harder at moving the ball inside out.

A lot will depend on how quickly he rounds into shape. Willwe ever see the player that emerged from Kobe's storm cloud to offer us all a glimmer of hope before Lamar inadvertantly stopped that train. Will we see a gutty player who works hard, but ultimately has lost a step too soon, due to injuries, at an early stage of his career?

I dunno, but I know we're a better team with him than without him in the playoffs.

What happens if we're unbeaten upon his return? Does he start or come off the bench, opinions?

LRob - I think Kobe's just doing his usual, staking out his rightful territory. The question came up, and he answered it, and re-established that HE won it in 2008, and without all those "big names" (hey, Lebron, what about that dunk contest?) this summer, his jack-of-all-trades buddy Lamar helped win it this year. It's like: "I own the court, the ball and the popcorn. Whatcha gonna do about that?"

Find out what the @#$* Kevin Garnett really thinks about babies, puppies and unicorns:

http://hoopstopia.com/?p=80

"I actually sit back and think the way they gave up Pau, we probably could have held out and kept Marc Gasol," Bryant said. "It’s like, ‘Damn, we could have had both of those guys.’" My taughts exactly Kobe, we could have had both, screw what Pops would have said if we had kept Marc; sigh we can only dream.

Oh Utz, I'm with 63 footer. You crack me up!

That was LOL! rolling around on the floor funnny!- Negrodamus

@Max: We coulda gave them Sasha.

Jamie Sweet,

1st. Salut

2nd. you wrote: I disagree with the idea that we'll be less effecient. Bynum's a solid rebounder and will clean up on the glass well. Our first unit will no longer feature the One Man Fast Break that is Lamar Odom, but I hope we'll do better on the offensive glass.

my response: Bynum can be a good rebounder. Bynum has had two injuries
and seems to be "uncomfortable" in traffic. i.e. Against teams that don't have
big centers, he does a good rebounding job. Against teams that have big,
physical centers, he has not rebounded strongly.

To clarify about efficiency: Right now, everyone on the 1st & 2nd unit is
getting up & down the floor. Downright sprightly. Bynum has not been that type of player in some time. In Barnes & Blake we have pass first players. On
the first unit, the ball is moving very well. So will Bynum be looking to make
the extra pass or will he be looking to score?

you also wrote: What happens if we're unbeaten upon his return? Does he start or come off the bench, opinions?

my response: He comes off the bench. I think Phil wants to go out like a
super-nova this year. While saying all of the right things, I think he & every
Laker would *LOVE* break the Bulls record *AND* the Lakers record.

At the beginning of the season, some talking heads were talking about Blake
Griffin. As soon as he was able to walk, he was on the basketball court.
Shooting shots while sitting. Dribbling around the court. etc. etc. etc. If
Bynum had displayed that type of discipline/effort you *NEVER* would have
heard anything from me about him. Obviously, this didn't happen. So .....
What has Bynum been working on while his knee heals?

*I* don't know. All of this leads me to believe that he won't be a seemless
integration back into the Lakers.

fwiw, I would love to be wrong and seem him smoothly integrated back into
the Lakers.

FYI: I'll be at the game tonight representing! Are any other Nor-Cal fans going? Sacramento looked good in their come from behind victory against the Raptors, albeit it was the Raptors. Let's hope the lakers can silence the crowd tonight so you all can hear the Lakers chant.

mamba24, you're the best! love your roll call today, including jada pinkett smith! ha ha, L.A. Lakers going into sacto-cow-town-mento for win #5, FEELING YOU!

@UTZWORLD
"(Negrodamus maybe...),"

HAHAHAHAHAHAH! You get my nod for the Friedman award!

please don't disturb LakerTom.

he is watching the Giants parade and texting with Lew and KobeMVP888.

hobbitmage-my response: He comes off the bench. I think Phil wants to go out like a
super-nova this year. While saying all of the right things, I think he & every
Laker would *LOVE* break the Bulls record *AND* the Lakers record.

I agree with you on some points, but Phil and most Laker supporters can care less about the Bull old record. Were looking for the record 3-peat, not a regular season record.lol

although i'd like to be greedy AND pass the bulls record of 70+ wins......BUT REALLY, the only thing that means SQUAT, is the nba title. that's what we want, number 17! i don't care where we finish in the western conference as long as we're healthy heading into the playoffs. if L.A. is healthy heady into the 2011 playoffs, watch out boston, miami or orlando, 'cuz you're going to get a beatdown!

I did the math, and assuming he plays in all 82 games over the duration of his 5yr deal with the Grizzlies, Mike Conley is set to make $3,352.61 for every single point he scores, assist he dishes out, and round he pulls down. Way to go, homie!

I agree with this piont, he is watching the Giants parade and texting with Lew and KobeMVP888


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