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Five things to take away from Lakers' 117-89 victory over Golden State

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1. The Lakers made a good impression in their return home.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson approached the lectern at a loss of words. 

"I don't know what to say," he said.

That's because he mostly uses his opponent statements to address poor habits the team displayed or area he would like sharpened up. But, really, what are you going to complain about the Lakers' 117-89 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors?  The Lakers (12-2) extended their four-game winning streak. The team featured four players in double figures. They shot 55.7%. They held Golden State to 35.2% shooting. And they built enough of a lead for all the starters to rest in the fourth quarter and all but Pau Gasol to play less than 30 minutes.

"I always have complaints," Jackson said. "There's not a perfect game, but it still what it is."

Even so, the Lakers followed everything Jackson asked them to do. He warned the team during shootaround Sunday the necessity to maintain dominance throughout the entire game. He stressed how challenging the first home game after an extended trip can become, though the Lakers finished 13-2 last season in such contests. And he reiterated the team's need to remain sharp despite having the day off from practice Saturday, a move that either could've helped the team pace itself but also increase the likelihood that it comes out flat.

But if Kobe Bryant's early arrival to Staples Center before facing Golden State on Sunday signaled anything, it was that the Lakers wouldn't allow that to happen.The team kept the same hunger level they had redeveloped during their 3-0 trip. That's been a common theme for most of the season, but the Lakers hit a minor malaise in performances against Minnesota (narrow win), Denver (loss) and Phoenix (loss) before reverting back to their healthier habits.

"It's just about winning every night," Bryant said. "You're here and you show up. YOur job is to play and your job is to win." 

2. Pau Gasol strived for perfection

Matt Barnes approached Gasol in the locker room and said, "Welcome to the club," a remark that drew laughs from Gasol. Barnes had just come off a season-high 24 points on seven-of-seven shooting, including five three-pointers, and here Gasol was topping that with 28 points on 10-of-10 shooting and a eight-of-eight clip from the free-throw line. Things like this don't exactly happen, let alone in consecutive games.

"It's weird," Gasol said. "But it's a good sign."

Though Jackson described it as a "great game," it seemed like he couldn't resist taking yet another jab at Gasol. Jackson argued he remained more impressed with Barnes' effort Friday against Minnesota because statistically came on five three-pointers.

Lakers6_510 That's OK. Regardless of Jackson's needling, Gasol's performance puts him in the record books. His performance marked the sixth time in Laker history that a player secured a perfect shooting percentage when attempting at least 10 shots. The other feats included Wilt Chamberlain (14 of 14 vs. Detroit on March 11, 1969), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11 of 11 vs. Golden State on Dec. 29, 1985, and vs. Phoenix on Dec. 12 1985), Mitch Kupchak (11 of 11 vs. San Antonio on Nov. 20, 1981) and Byron Scott (10 of 10 at Dallas on Feb. 26, 1986). The back-to-back statistically perfect nights from Gasol and Barnes put them with Charles Barkley as the only players in NBA history to post a minimum 20-point, five-rebound, five-assist night while not missing a shot with at least five field-goal attempts and five free-throw attempts.

The performance featured plenty of vintage Gasol moments, such as when Bryant fired a pass over his head to Gasol for an easy bucket, a beautiful hook and converting on an alley-oop lob from Derek Fisher. The Warriors lack any semblance of a frontline, and David Lee's absence doesn't help (an inadvertent bite from New York's Wilson Chandler resulted in Lee recently having a bacterial infection). But it at least helped Gasol rebound from his poor performance Friday against league bust Darko Milicic.

"It was outstanding," Bryant said. "He had great looks and knocked them down." 

3. The Lakers scored in transition

The numbers speak for themselves. The Lakers scored 29 points in transition. They grabbed 10 steals. And they imposed their front-line dominance with 56 points in the paint, 17 second-chance points and a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounding. But the Lakers didn't maintain their league-leading pace by simply just running up and down the floor. They kept a deliberate pace, but dialed up the intensity after defensive stops.

There were plenty of plays that exemplified the Lakers' aggressiveness. Four tip-in attempts eventually resulted in Bryant's and-one at the basket. Lamar Odom's cross-court pass to Steve Blake resulted in a one-time pass to Shannon Brown, who switched hands and went in for an up-and-under shot. After a Gasol block, Odom found him on the other end for a one-handed slam. And after a few Fisher deflections, he threw alley-oop lobs to Gasol, Odom and Bryant.

"There's a number of occassions in which the ball came down and we had a good pace on the floor," Jackson said. "We ran the floor well. It wasnt a fast break, but we got into that flow in which the ball moves a couple times." 

Teams already know players such as Gasol (28), Bryant (20), Brown (17) and Odom (15) can have big offensive nights. But unlike other games, the Lakers still maintained that high production level without sacrificing their defense.

"Those are the type of things that are advantageous when you're playing at a higher pace game," Jackson said. "But you're not running and shooting. It's not one-two pass type of thing. I think it's very important to play a pace that we can sustain. We're not a helter-skelter team, but we can't play this fast paced." 

Lakers12_510 4. Ron Artest and Barnes kept Monta Ellis in check

Artest rarely likes to boast about an impressive defensive performance, stressing that it's all about team defense. When it comes to Ellis, the league's second-leading scorer, shooting two of 10, Artest is actually right. Both Artest and Barnes shared duties in guarding Ellis, and they displayed the type of work that validated the Lakers' hope that the two would add toughness.

"That's what the team is for," Artest said. "We dont have to worry about scoring so much. [Kobe] doesnt have to worry about defending the best player while scoring all the time. we're working well together."

Artest and Barnes cut off passing lanes. They gave little space for Ellis to operate. They intimidated Ellis into forcing shots. And they "harassed" Ellis, as Bryant observed. As much as this makes it fortunate for Bryant not having to worry as much on defense, Barnes' added presence also relieves responsibility from Artest, who's had back and hip issues lately.

5. Plenty of rest for starters will have positive long-term implications

This is probably the most important factor considering the Lakers have long maintained that their chance to three-peat largely hinges on the team's health and energy level.

"It's great," Bryant said. "You don't have to exert a great deal of energy and risk an opportunity for injury."

The Lakers' starters resting for the entire fourth quarter does wonders beyond the chance to ice early and laugh on the sideline. See this as a down investment for when the Lakers need their starters to grind out a close game in a marquee regular-season matchup or a playoff series. See this as a down investment in Jackson's confidence that Odom can solely lead the reserves and ease the transition for whenever Andrew Bynum returns to the starting lineup. See this as a down investment that the Lakers' starters further minimized the chance of injury by simply not playing.

"It's definitely noticeable when you play those kind of minutes," Gasol said. "I'll definitely feel better tomorrow than if i played 40 plus minutes tonight."

--Mark Medina

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Photos: (Top) Lakers center Pau Gasol tries to block a shot by Warriors forward Jeff Adrien. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press. (Middle) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past a reaching Charlie Bell of Golden State. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times. (Bottom) Lakers forward Lamar Odom blocks a shot by Warriors forward Jeff Adrien. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

 
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So when Drew gets back in the lineup it'll be Lamar and the Killer Bs?

Sounds like a 60's Motown band.

¿Gasol's perfect game? Certainly not the best Gasol's game but valid for the perfect players Lakers History Club...

¡¡ The Perfect Blog Silence !!

We can see right now the Pau´s F.C. Barcelona Time. In this moment, Pau GAsol is in the same Kareem´s Level

Can we speak about of 3 best Lakers big men ever?????

My pick:

Kareem
Wilt
Pau

And not necessary in this pecking order.

Who´s better, Kareem or Pau??

Kareem: Great player, amazing size, great personality but not easy, leadership, only 1 weapon (sky hoop) and a true winner (5 rings).

Pau: Great player, amazing size, great and easy personality, leadership, many weapons (sky hopp, jumpshoots, fadeways, baby hoops.........) great BBIQ and a true winner (2 rings, 1 Fiba World championship and MVP, 1 Fiba European Championship and MVP and finally silver medal at olimpics)

Answer: Pau

Who´s better, Wilt or Pau?????

Wilt: Great player, the best ever in terms of BB skills, many weapons, great size, but he cant beat Russell with the Lakers T-Shirt.

Pau: GReat player, great size, leadership, many weapons, great BBIQ and a true winner all his entire life.

Answer: Pau

Who´s the best Lakers starting 5 ever????

Magic
Kobe
Pau
Gasol
Saez

ricky: I writting from Mallorca, Spain, i also write in my poor english because this is an english media. despite i Like Pau, your love for him is insane, men !!. How can you compare Pau with Kareem ?, with Magic ?, Russell ? ARE YOU CRASSY ?.

I my opinion carlo68. I think Pau is better than Kareem and Wilt. Pau Gasol is Kareem/Magic combo all-in-one.

Right now, Pau Gasol is the Lakers franchise player. He will be alongside Kareem in the Lakers history and I think he is right now. I only can see 1 Laker superior player than Pau: Magic (the best all time NBA player for me) The Lakers ranking right now is:

1.- Magic
2.- Pau
3.- Kareem
4.- Kobe
5.- Shaq

Sorry kobefan, but Pau is in the same Kareem´s level.

1.- Kareem / Pau
2.- Wilt / Shaq

whit a bit difference. Pau can play PF and C. Kareem, Shaq and Wilt cant play PF position. For this reasons, Pau is the best big man all time in the lakers history.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Very impressive performance last night. Everybody was very good.


This morning selection is the Black Crowes...Too Hard to Handle...just like Pau was for GS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09WlrVnramo

Ricky,


You're becoming obsessed with Pau. Please keep it under control cause I don't want you to become like Stan...you know Eminem's biggest fan.


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


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

Trade restrictions aside, Odom for Bosh? If you're the Lakers' GM do you make the trade?

What if Kobe would have written you have done on October 10 from the field, 8 of 8 on free throws, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 plugs?
For now read what participants say this bog and discover what blindness is subjective.
There are still people who give more importance to Drew who has not played that the player who leads the efficiency and the amount of points, rebounds and assists in the NBA.
Gasoft is doing what your idol dream ...
Wing fuck

¿Qué hubieran escrito ustedes si Kobe hubiera hecho 10 de 10 tiros de campo, 8 de 8 en tiros libres, 9 rebotes, 5 asistencias y 4 tapones?
Pues ahora lean lo que dicen los participantes de este bog y descubrirán lo que es la ceguera subjetiva. Todavía hay gente que da más importancia a Drew que aún no ha jugado, que al jugador que lidera la eficiencia y la suma de puntos, rebotes y asistencias de la NBA.
Gasoft está haciendo lo que sus idolos sueñan...
Ala a joderse

Gooood Morning Lakerland!

Nice game last night. I can't remember this many blowouts since the 80's? I tell you, I love it when the scrubs play. When they play it generally means that we are well ahead and stomping our opponents.

Ricky, it seems to me that you are having a conversation with yourself. Your love for Gasol is so out of control that even your Countrymen don't agree with you. While Gasol is in fact an extraordinary player and yes we do appreciate his GREATNESS, your points are over the top. It's one thing to make outrageous comments, but to make them over and over in all kinds of different ways?

I encourage you to take Pau's true greatness to heart. He is a classy guy. As good as he is, his class is even greater. Take his example and tone it down please. He is great, he is ours (meaning all of ours, I realize he is Spains favorite son) and yes, he is a champion. He is the perfect blend of a Center, a Power Forward and a great guy.

@Zeke, HECK no I don't make that trade. Lamar is the perfect guy for our system. If we traded Lamar for Bosh, where do we play Bosh? No way he replaces Pau at the 4. I can't imagine that Bosh would want to come off the bench. If Bosh DID come off the bench, I doubt he would lead the second unit like Lamar does. I don't like that trade. Lamar is at the top of his game and is a swiss army knife. He is PERFECT for what we are doing.

All in 30 min...
Jajajaja

Gasol los tienes cuadrados!!!!
La estupefacción recoore a los cantamañanas.
Se retuercen los pollos comeboronas.
Ouchhhhhhhh qué tal llevas la campaña antigasol de este curso?

Ricky,

Paul Gasol one of the greatest lakers of all time. I have one word for you Darko. Pau made Darko look like an All Star. I am a Laker fan from way back and no way is Paul better than Kareem, Wilt not even Shaq who I don't like at all. Pau is good but don't get carried away.

U folks are crazy, no one dominated better than Wilt during his career, statistically you gotta go with The Captain. Shaq & Pau don't even compare!!!!!

Trade restrictions aside, Odom for Bosh? If you're the Lakers' GM do you make the trade?

Posted by: Zeke | November 22, 2010 at 06:10 AM

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When did we go back to 2007-2008?!

Lamar was the centerpiece of the Snaq trade... not Butler, and certainly not Grant. Mitch envisioned him as Kobe's "Worthy". We all know he eventually became our "Worthy" when we got our "Kareem" in Pau.

People were begging for the Lakers to trade (insert name here)_____________ for Bosh, but that would've been counter-productive. As seen in Miami, he has been exposed as a fraud. He was a minute gobbler in Toronto, thus producing somewhat inflated numbers. Besides, the last time the Predator came to L.A., Danny Glover sent him back home.

One trade I had wished whole-heartedly for back in the day was the "never happened" Nate McMillan trade with Seattle. Imagine Nate as Magic's backup instead of David Rivers or a used up Larry Drew? Wow! Alas, Nate was the man running the show for the X-Man, Dale Ellis, and a young Tom Chambers.

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Good Morning LROB! Busting out the Eminem on us huh!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVkUvmDQ3HY - Without Me - Eminem

R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.

Hey Escarpia, como va eso. Ya veo que te gusta dar caña como a mí por estos lares. Aqui la peña pierde el culo con que si Kobe tal o cual, o el propio Bynum, que parece la reencarnación de Kareem y Wilt todo en uno, buyffff, y cuando pierden un jodido partido, la emprenden con que si Gasoft, overrated y lindezas de este estilo, cuando yo pienso que es de largo el mejor del equipo. Pues nada, a seguir haciendo patrias.

Hey Sam, maybe you think Kobe Bryant is a Top 5 best Lakers all time, but in the last finals Kobe made Ray Allen look like "Larry Bird" 2.0 (7 threess, sevennnnnnnn) and Allen was is matchup IN THE FINALSSSSS.

Good Morning JohnnyV, Don'tBlameDelHarris! How are you gentleman on this wonderful day after another Laker blowout? I sense something special in the air folks!!!! WE GOT THIS!!!!!

Escarpia,

Please refrain from using profanity, as "class" is a universal language, therefore not hindered by language barriers.

Thank you (Gracias), that is all (es todo).

Don't Blame Del Harris! (No Culpe a Del Harris!)

@mamba24,

The Lakers are having waaaaaayyyy tooo much fun out there.

NBA, beware!


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The Lakers are having waaaaaayyyy tooo much fun out there.
NBA, beware! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 22, 2010 at 07:22 AM
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PREACH DBDH, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning blog fam!

Another solid W last night. I think the entertainment value that this team is showing for all 4-Q's is very high. Even though the starters are getting their rest, the last Q was still fun to watch. Yes, certainly there needs to be some hint of quality ball, but I'll take it.

RIP to the little boy who fell. That is really sad.

Cheers to the crew until tomorrow - should be a good game and good test to see where we are this week.

Ciao - PLG

I think the entertainment value that this team is showing for all 4-Q's is very high. Even though the starters are getting their rest, the last Q was still fun to watch. Yes, certainly there needs to be some hint of quality ball, but I'll take it. posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | November 22, 2010 at 07:29 AM
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Good Morning PsychedLakerGirl! Yes the 4th quarter was fun to watch and I'll take it as well!!

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The Lakers did so well last night that I had to turn over control of "The Big TV" to Mrs. Rancher mid way through the 3rd. Trust me, if they will keep doing this, I won't mind watching the rest of the game in my bedroom or the garage. Heck, I may even spring for a bigger TV for the bedroom!

JR

So when Drew gets back in the lineup it'll be Lamar and the Killer Bs?

Sounds like a 60's Motown band.

Posted by: p ang | November 22, 2010 at 01:00 AM

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More like "Odom & The Renegades!" It's about Rock-n-Rollin' our way to the O'Brien -
It's all lookin' easy right about now but this team lost to a couple of marginal orgs - Suns & Nuggs. Schedule will get tougher and the team has had ample time to be ready for the contenders coming up; it'll be interesting to see.

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!! C'mon Mitch. Get us a 5 brah!

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Only an idiot slope with anthropological and boast their own language at the expense of others. I inform you that your language is a simple and childish language. Also you think we speak English .... It's great ...
Also, if you believe what you mumble is English. I remember the quote from Sir Winston Churchill "The only thing that truly separates us is the language Americans"

What if Kobe would have written you have done on October 10 from the field, 8 of 8 on free throws, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 plugs?
For now read what participants say this bog and discover what blindness is subjective.
There are still people who give more importance to Drew who has not played that the player who leads the efficiency and the amount of points, rebounds and assists in the NBA.
Gasoft is doing what your idol dream ...
Wing fuck


The Lakers did so well last night that I had to turn over control of "The Big TV" to Mrs. Rancher mid way through the 3rd. Trust me, if they will keep doing this, I won't mind watching the rest of the game in my bedroom or the garage. Heck, I may even spring for a bigger TV for the bedroom!
Posted by: Jolly Rancher | November 22, 2010 at 07:41 AM
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LAKERHOLISM STRIKES AGAIN!!! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!

Zeke, Lamar for Bosh??!!! Dude, step away from the bong and stop giggling.

And cousin ricky, amigo, Pau greater than Kareem and Wilt? We love Pau and are glad that after we rescued him from obscurity in Memphis to come to the mighty Lakers and realize his full potential in our system, but you obviously never saw Kareem or Wilt in their prime. They are in a completely different solar system than Pau, amigo.

As for the game last night, it's amazing to see how we are clicking on all cylinders now. The fluidity, movement, shooting, passing, defense...everything...is beautiful to watch. Phil had to dig deep in order to find even the most trivial thing to mention as something that needed improvement. It was so trivial in fact, that I can't even remember what it was...and Phil probably couldn't remember it too.

But Tuesday will be an interesting test. The Bulls are a serious contender. I really see this game as a measuring stick for how good we really are. If this Lakers team is really "one for the ages", this game will be a checkpoint.

ricky o ricardito,

Nuevamente insistes en crear controversia diciendo que Pau es el mejor centro que han tenido los Lakers, me da risa. Pau es el mejor centro y power forward que tienen los Lakers ahorita y tal vez en el futuro. Si creo yo que es mejor que Bynum. Sin embargo, no es el mejor de todos los tiempos. Los Lakers han tenido leyendas en esa posicion y han sido de los mejores jugadores en la liga. Gasol tiene esa fama despues de que empezo a jugar con los Laguneros. Noy hay necesidad de hablar como un vulgar para hacer tu punto. Hadsta luego.

Hey Mamba in the Morning - yez sir. A little Em will always get you pumping. Now I'm ready for your next set.

Por cierto caballeros a mi me gusta excribir pensar, vivir y soñar en la lengua más hermosa del mundo: El español.
Lo siento por ustedes que tienen que balbucear en ese triste cuasidioma que les cedieron los brtánicos. Afanense en mejorar un poco.¿Qué tanta impericia da lastima!

But Tuesday will be an interesting test. The Bulls are a serious contender. I really see this game as a measuring stick for how good we really are. If this Lakers team is really "one for the ages", this game will be a checkpoint.
Posted by: CornerJ | November 22, 2010 at 07:47 AM
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Yes it will CornerJ. Take it from me the Bulls play lock-down D and they play all 4 quarters. DRose is a superstar in the making and Noah is a rebounding energizer bunny. All of that being said I say Lakers by 14!!!!

Corner J - The Bulls will be good once they get Booze, but right now DRose has to carry too much of the load. I'm expecting a rather comfortable victory.

When are you sending your profile to MM???

I know PJ hates rookies, but at this rate, he must continue to give them more minutes because they're certainly wasted on Sasha & Luke, seriously. He's gotta find a way to get Caracter off the bench for the 5 spot once they land another one - which will be soon - so the new player can start, Pau goes back to the 4 and LO back off the bench. They have to make this adjustment, learn to be effective with it because they need to accept the real possiblilty that Drew will not be back until sometime next year - which is OK; It is what it is. Obviously, the team has offense but they have to find a way to get back to a consistent rotation again because the Playoffs are right around the corner! You know how time can "fly."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niDmkXnWdVA

CornerJ my friend, yes, I saw Kareeem in his prime (not Wilt) and b/c that I could said Pau is a better player with all the package. Kareem was a "only 1 weapon player" (sky hook) but his BBIQ, his leadership and the other BB weapons was irrelevants. Pau has more weapons (jumpshoots, fadeways, sky hooks, baby hooks) Pau really is a PF/C with point guard skills and Wilt or Kareem never never was this type of player.

Pau = Magic/Kareem combo.

OK LROB, lets keep that Blood Pumping theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucZRore0-EE&feature=related – When Doves Cry – Prince
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgSyB5xSo2U&feature=related _ Jump For My Love _ pointer Sisters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XOY7lsBVpo&feature=related - Earth wind fire – groove tonight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFbLzqFaykU - Cowboys to Girls _ Intruders

Pau Gasol can compete at the end his career against Magic for the nº 1 best Laker ever. Wait and see. Right now:

1.- Magic
2.- Pau
3.- Kobe
4.- Kareem
5.- Shaq

The Warriors strength was completely neutralized last night. Monta and Curry were non factors, and their three point shots were being contested and not falling. The Lakers kept them on their heels and gave them whip-lash with their crisp passing. Another imprssive night for Shannon. Sasha and Luke got some garbage time, good for them.
Bulls should be fun.

Bulls should be fun. Posted by: Laker J | November 22, 2010 at 07:59 AM
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Please Lakers have mercy on my hometown team...on second thought DESTROY THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jolly Rancher, my advice is move "The Big TV" into the bedroom and have Mrs. Rancher watch the game with you there, and if things are under control by the 3rd Q, then whip out "The Big Remote". That way both of you will have "a happy ending".

frmkt, I prefer "Odom and the Vandellas" for that rock era.

And LRob, blogger profile numero uno, props to you, but I'm going to have to remain undercover. I could reveal who I am...but then I'd have to...use "The Remote With The Silencer".

ricky, not to belabor this, and I really do enjoy your enthusiasm and support for Pau and for the Lakers, but you're completely missing a very important point regarding the Pau vs Kareem/Wilt. Namely, Pau wouldn't even come close to getting a rebound against either of them and would likely have over half of his shots stuff-blocked.

But you're welcome to your opinion. Let's both enjoy the present and this very special team.

I'm going to have to remain undercover. I could reveal who I am...but then I'd have to...use "The Remote With The Silencer".

Posted by: CornerJ | November 22, 2010 at 08:01 AM

Lol... I'm good with all that want to keep it anonymous. But some just haven't got around to it. So I'm trying to prod those a little.

Keep draining those treys from deep in the corner.

Speaking of the Bulls, I think 73 wins are very possible this season. Not that the Lakers are pursuing it, but it could be just by-product of playing so well. If they go like 20-3 or 30-4, the Lakers players may start think about it on back of their minds. Then it could make the Lakers players to play in consistently high energy level throughout the season, and it also gives the (new and hungry) 2nd unit the motivation to play even harder. And it probably would not reqire much PT for the starters, so why not go for it? It will also give them "invincible" image to the rest of the league.

Sad to know about a little kid who fall and died after the game last night,my prayers and condolence to the family...

CornerJ, thanks for your comments but, you really think Kareem was a good rebounder or defender???? Kareem received the same Pau´s blame in his prime (soft, skinny player, not defense, not rebounding, desinterested.......)

@frmkt - Loved that Chamber Brothers. You're right about time flying...especially when you're having fun like the Lakers are...oh yeah...what's up with profile to MM?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4ID1vy9COU


@Mamba - all that kept me pumping. But the Cowboys to Girls is on a whole different level. Well done!

Thank you DJ LROB, And finally an old-school sock hop set:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ9AHwHnV54&feature=related - Selfish One _ Jackie Ross
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ4mJhvHI8I&feature=related Love like baseball – Intruders
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqiDChjrcjY _ Together – Intruders
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=375vwVZ7uAs&feature=related _ LaLa Means I love you Delfonics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uc85fq327E - Stop Look & Listen = Stylistics

Past Laker teams have tended to play down to the competition. These guys build double digit leads. Gets the starters rest and gets badly needed time for guys like Ebanks, Caracter, Waton and Sasha.

The Lakers haven't really been tested yet this season, but they are passing this test of staying focused against lesser opponents.

@Escarpia,

Your "Wing fu*k" reference is the profanity of which I complained. Such language, simple or not, has no place here. Your input is welcomed, your lack of decorum is not. I was asking you politely to stop using offensive terms or words. Thank you for posting it again. It simply points out your troll-ness, as well as displaying your childish misgivings.

You're embarrassing yourself and other Spanish speaking people (like me, and Pau). If you get booted by Mr. Medina, You Can Blame Del Harris.

Your friendly neighborhood idiot anthropological slope,

DBDH!

You're embarrassing yourself and other Spanish speaking people (like me, and Pau). If you get booted by Mr. Medina, You Can Blame Del Harris. Your friendly neighborhood idiot anthropological slope, Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 22, 2010 at 09:30 AM
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WOW! I do Blame Del Harris for an...OUT FREAKIN STANDING POST!!!! KUDOS SIR!!!!!

Couple random thoughts:

1. Stop the madness, Pau is a great player, a great teammate and a key ingredient for this current Lakers' GOLDEN AGE. Is he at Cap or Wilt's level? First, who cares? he is pretty much exactly who we need him to be. If you put a gun to my head and demand an answer, I'd say "no," because he is average on defense from both a one on one and team defense perspective.

2. I've watched every Lakers game this season and a few non-Lakers games as well. It appears the league made a conscious decision to let the players bang around a bit more than in the previous few seasons. If so, it's a good thing. Is that just my perception or do others see the same thing?

3. At times, I enjoy watching the killer B's play as much as I do the starters. When Lamar joins them, if they had a big body in the number 5 spot, they could be a 7 or 8 seed in the western conference or a 6 or 7 seed in the east. When Luke or Sasha are out there - doesn't matter if its trash time or not, more often than not, I'm cringing.

4. Shannon is making just 4 million total over the next two seasons. Right now he is playing like someone who should earn 7 to 9 mill a year. If he pays at 75% of the current clip he is playing at, the Lakers will have a hard time holding on to him unless we are willing to go deep into our pockets. If this is simply how Shannon will be from here on out, some team will make him an offer he can't responsibly refuse. It's so maddening that we pay Luke and Sasha tons of cash to warm the bench and make the occasional "high IQ" pass (or just jack up a wild shot in Sasha's case).

5. I wonder how Bynum will be re-incorporated into the line-up. Who loses minutes? Clearly Lamar. Who else? I'm both excited about the prospect of his return because the road to the championship goes through Bynum-ville, but wary of the possibility that his presence changes or somehow disrupts the awesome dynamic that is in place at the moment.

6. Caracter is raw, but worth the investment. He has a long way to go and is certainly not in synch with the lakers offensive and defensive schemes yet, but I think he is a good project. He has traveled or had a 3 in the key about 6 times over the last two games. Not good. He has some quick moves and decent hustle. Ebanks has a TON of upside as far as I can tell. He has to work on his stroke. Maybe Shannon and Kobe can teach him a few things over the next year.

7. Can't wait for this team to be tested. It's fun beating up on teams we own, but more interesting will be the games against teams that think they can compete with our squad. Make no mistake, some of those teams will hang losses on us. One thing is certain though, this team won;t be conceding those losses without a fight.

Oh yeah and

8. This Lakers team...It feels like THIS is the team we've been waiting for. Once Luke and Sasha are gone, we can improve by getting a real back-up center. Besides that though, the core 9 guys -- it feels like this is the team the Lakers have been trying to become for years now.

8. This Lakers team...It feels like THIS is the team we've been waiting for. Once Luke and Sasha are gone, we can improve by getting a real back-up center. Besides that though, the core 9 guys -- it feels like this is the team the Lakers have been trying to become for years now. Posted by: Dwntwn Atty | November 22, 2010 at 09:57 AM
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Yes, Yes, Yes!! I have to say it from 1 - 8 ...OUT FREAKIN STANDING ATTY!!!!!!!

>>>Kareem:... only 1 weapon (sky hoop)

Spoken like someone who never watched Kareem play.

Kareem had the best offensive arsenal in the history of the game. Drop step, up and under, jumpers out to about 18 feet, and of course the sky hook.

It's just that the sky hook was SOOOOO unstoppable that he used it a lot more than any other move. If Bynum or Pau could develop a consistent sky hook, they could average 30 a night, easy.

ricky - one more thing.

Kareem was a much better defender than Pau. He NEVER made one of the worst centers in the league look like a star, as Pau made Darko look.

>>>Trade restrictions aside, Odom for Bosh? If you're the Lakers' GM do you
>>>make the trade?

hell no.

>>>It's so maddening that we pay Luke and Sasha tons of cash...


LOL.

How short your memory is.

How Luke and Sasha got those big contracts was by playing for ONE SEASON they way Shannon is playing right now.

In the way way past of 2007-2008, Sasha hit 43% of his 3-pointers, regularly got opponents ejected from games for retaliating to his harassing defense, and hit 20 points in a finals game vs the Celtics to help the Lakers secure a win.

In the further past of 2006-07, Luke was the 3rd best player on the Lakers, averaging 11.4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal per game. For that, Luke was rewarded with a contract that was 6 years, but started at only 4 million a year.

So don't read too much into ONE season of good play from Shannon. If he does this for a couple years in a row, then you consider paying what it takes to keep him.

>>> I wonder how Bynum will be re-incorporated into the line-up. Who loses
>>>minutes? Clearly Lamar. Who else?

Caracter will be wearing a lot of suits.

Probably Ebanks' & Luke's minutes will go down as well. The Lakers have been going small quite a bit, playing Luke or Barnes at PF. With Bynum back, that won't happen often.

>>>Once Luke and Sasha are gone,

Don't be a hater. Luke and Sasha may be the best 12th and 13th players on any team in the league.

>>>
How Luke and Sasha got those big contracts was by playing for ONE SEASON they way Shannon is playing right now.

In the way way past of 2007-2008, Sasha hit 43% of his 3-pointers, regularly got opponents ejected from games for retaliating to his harassing defense, and hit 20 points in a finals game vs the Celtics to help the Lakers secure a win.

In the further past of 2006-07, Luke was the 3rd best player on the Lakers, averaging 11.4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal per game. For that, Luke was rewarded with a contract that was 6 years, but started at only 4
million a year.

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I don't think I have a short memory, I think most reasonable Lakers fans, myself included, was pretty shocked by the extreme length of the Walton contract even back then. Walton's "breakout" season (when it seemed like he could shoot) arguably should've earned him a two or three year deal that would have had him off the books at the end of last season. Even then, the Lakers would've made a bad bargain under that scenario, it's one that could've passed the laugh test.

Sasha's deal is painful primarily because of his steady regression. There is a bizzarro Lakers universe where Sasha is still burying his shots, harassing opponents and earning his paycheck.

>>>Kareem:... only 1 weapon (sky hoop)

Spoken like someone who never watched Kareem play.

Kareem had the best offensive arsenal in the history of the game. Drop step, up and under, jumpers out to about 18 feet, and of course the sky hook.

It's just that the sky hook was SOOOOO unstoppable that he used it a lot more than any other move. If Bynum or Pau could develop a consistent sky hook, they could average 30 a night, easy.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | November 22, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Thanks LTLF...beat me to it...big ditto on that!. I can't believe how many Laker fans under appreciate Kareem and his achievements/career...just sitting here shaking my head...lol

Odom for Bosh? No Way – on several counts. Bosh would run the Lakers almost $15 million more per year with the luxury tax penalty add in. Plus Odom’s skill set is very unique – he can play everything from point forward (a la Lebron) to center. Can you name another player with that versatility?

Everything changed when Lemar decided to play for team USA – as one of the teams leaders/elder statesman he stopped deferring to the supposed “stars” and recognized that his capabilities and leadership skills were valued. Like most of you, I found his inconsistency through the years maddening – his talent was obvious, but you can’t expect to be an all-star if you only bring-it every 3rd or 4th night.

It was only a couple of years ago that everyone was trying to dump Lemar and Bynum for Garnet - and then when that didn't work-out, for Bosh. Now most of us wouldn’t trade Lemar for Bosh straight-up. Sometimes good things come to those who wait - maybe Mitch knew all along…

Luke for Tayshaun and Sasha for Rip Hamilton!! I am sure numbers don't work but wow dreaming of a bench way deep like that would be ridiculous! On top of that, you'd have solidified championship metal and two guys who can score and defend...

My fellow countrymen ricky and escarpia are embarrasing me. Pau is a great player but he is nowhere near Kareem, Wilt or kobe.


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