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Lakers approach on addressing long season will prove critical

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One quote Lakers forward Lamar Odom strives to live by entails embracing the unpredictable.

"You want to make God laugh," he said, "tell him your plans."

That quote came in context to a question I asked about how the Lakers, including himself, psychologically prepare for a very long NBA season. They have a 3-0 record entering Tuesday's game against Memphis and have shown plenty of good signs they have the right attitude in store for the 2010-11 season, ranging from the team's effort to chemistry and the bench's development. Still, three games provide a small sample size considering there's 79 more regular-season games to go.

Case in point, Lakers Coach Phil Jacksonwouldn't feed the narrative that suggests the Lakers have surpassed expectations because Kobe Bryant isn't quite 100% with his surgically repaired right knee (even if he says he is) and the team won't have Andrew Bynum back from rehabbing his right knee until  after Thanksgiving.

"I consider a fast start like 10-0, not 3-0," said Jackson, whose team last season started out 8-1 and went 7-0 to begin the 2008-09 season. "There's still another few days away before we talk about a fast start. But it's nice to get out of the blocks and get going."

That's why Odom's quote proves so valid. The Lakers have said the right things about just working on improving every day, avoiding complacency and trying to properly pace themselves through the marathon. But various factors such as human nature, injuries, fatigue and opponents' performances will indicate in the months ahead whether the Lakers can properly follow the blueprint they've outlined. Jackson conceded that point when  The Times' Mark Heisler asked him whether it's hard not to feel overwhelmed knowing a long season awaits.

"When you're a player and you look up and say, 'Gee, it's not November yet and we're already in the season,' sometimes it really looks long," Jackson said.

So far, however, the Lakers have taken the right approach in their quest to three-peat, resulting in a tie with Portland and New Orleans for the top spot in the Western Conference and a league-leading 111 points-per-game average. Bryant has progressed each game in his shooting, movement and aggressiveness to show that his surgically repaired right knee is coming along. Forward Pau Gasol has embraced his increased responsibility in logging heavier minutes at center, becoming even more of a focal point in the offense and earning Western Conference player-of-the-week honors. And Odom has shown the same intensity and aggressiveness in the regular season and training camp as he did with Team USA this off-season in the world championships.

"I came in prepared to play," said Odom, who's averaged 16 points and a team-leading 13.7 rebounds. "Right now I'm having a lot of fun."

There are also other factors. Though Ron Artest's 10-for-40 clip thus far shows he needs to temper his shot selection and rhythm, he's made a genuine effort in showing more understanding in the triangle offense. He also dropped his weight to 250 pounds so he could become a more mobile and speedy defender. Lakers guard Derek Fisher has shown in his play that he's drawn motivation from Steve Blake playing behind him, while the two have mutually embraced each other's presence. And then there's the bench, with Blake demonstrating a strong understanding of the triangle, Shannon Brown showing an improved outside shot, Matt Barnes making an effort on hustle points and cutting effectively and Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter showing eagerness to correct their rookie mistakes as much as they can.

The Lakers thus far have displayed a determined and professional attitude when they very well could be resting on their success as  two-time defending champions.

"It probably passes through your mind sometimes, but for the most part we're not really thinking like that," Artest said when asked if it's been a challenge knowing the marathon the Lakers are taking. "Maybe sometimes, but for the most part, we focus. But I don't think many on the team are thinking about that."

As The Times' Mike Bresnahan observed based on a recent conversation with assistant coach Brian Shaw, there are plenty of variables that will keep the Lakers engaged during the dog days of the NBA regular season. Some examples: The Miami Heat's so-called Super Team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh; the Boston Celtics' acquiring Shaquille O'Neal; Jackson's supposed last season; the comparisons between Michael Jordan Bryant should he get a sixth ring, and the Lakers' new additions who have never tasted championship success.

"We're in a good state right now as far as basketball is concerned and what we need to do and how we need to do it," Odom said. "We know what to expect from each other. . . . This is the outcome of keeping the team together, the critical pieces together."

That doesn't mean the Lakers don't have room for improvement. Their defensive rotations still need to sharpen, but they jumped from allowing more than 100 points in their first two contests to limiting Golden State Sunday to 83. The reserves couldn't hold a double-digit second-quarter lead against th Warriors, but the bench corps with Blake and Brown proved largely instrumental in the team's season-opening win over Houston. And Odom quickly reminded everyone that not every Lakers game is going to be one-sided enough to let the starters rest and the entire team play.

That's why Odom's quote rings so powerfully, because it sums up the team's need to anticipate the unexpected. But in the meantime the Lakers can lay the groundwork so it's easier to handle such circumstances. If the Lakers maintain their work ethic, it won't be as hard trying to dial it up when the games become more consequential. If the team consistently dominates, starters can rest more and preserve themselves for the postseason. If the bench accelerates its learning curve, it'll afford the starters even more rest and help the team absorb unforseen injuries. And if the Lakers maintain a fluid pace and strive for improvement, however incremental, the task of winning a third consecutive championship won't appear so daunting and so far off in the distant future.

"Who knows, basically?" Odom said when I asked him what that quote meant to him. "Nothing is written. We don't know what's in front of us. We just have to roll with the punches."

Interestingly, a reporter soon relayed the news to Odom that the Minnesota Vikings had waived wide receiver Randy Moss, a symbolic example of how Odom's words of wisdom ring true.

He pointed his finger to me as if to illustrate his point: "You never know, right?"

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, top, goes up to make a shot while Golden State guard Monta Ellis, front and forward Reggie Williams defend during the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday. Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times

 
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We lived by the present and let the future takes care of itself.

As Doris Day said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbKHDPPrrc

Points Per Game 111.
A glimpse of things to come.
I like the flow of the team.
This team is going to have an Identity soon.
I think a name like: PurplePainTime will fit.
We don't have to worry about the long practice season with the way PJ has changed his tactics early.He has a confidence with the bench that I have not seen in years. The fact the the bench players are playing extended minutes is refreshing.To know that you can teach and trust at the same time when it comes to the bench will keep the starters close to 30-35 minutes.
Wow to think Kobe only needs 3 quarters then rest is a Health Thing.
Right now we have Pau and Lamar in a rebound tear.
Bynum will get his 10 rebounds a game soon. Imagine 3 players on the same team averaging 10 plus rebounds. Yea the more I think of it the more the name fits.
Demolitiontime. I feel no pain for the opponents only love for the purple and gold.

testing

You know, I have always appreciated Lamar's unpretentious and good-natured personality, and I certainly have appreciated his incredible basketball versatility. He is indeed the ultimate "basketball Swiss Army knife". But MM, thanks for bringing out his refreshing wisdom with that lead quote:

"You want to make God laugh," he said, "tell him your plans."

Wow. That's both deep and disarmingly sweet. From now on, for me, he's the Dalai Lamar of the Lakers.

I think the teams like the Thunders and the Heat, whose core players are relatively young, are taking the regular season more seriously than the veteran teams, such as the Lakers and the Celtics, which basically prepare for the playoff run. The veteran (older) teams dont want to put too much toll on aging core players during the regular season to push forward in the playoff as the Celtics showed last season in the East. As far as the Lakers are concerned, they are a little thin on the front line players besides Gasol and Odom, and I don't want either of them to play too much during the regular season. Even after Bynum comes back we really dont know how much PT he will get with his history of knee problem, and with Ratliff's already flaring up knee and Caracter's inexperience, the Lakers should proactive to add a serviceable big man either via trade or sign #15 spot on the roster.

You want to make God laugh," he said, "tell him your plans."

Hey Lamar...How about this one instead: "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
John Wooden R.I.P.

It's about killer instinct. The will and desire to win each and every game that demoralizes opposing teams and removes hope from future opponents.

Just one solid season of intense focus and execution. No days off. No records necessary. Just solid effort and a championship by winning one game at a time.

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
Phil Jackson

Stay thirsty my friends
The Most Interesting Man In The World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfKTDMEoC88


GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!!

I think the teams like the Thunders and the Heat, whose core players are relatively young, are taking the regular season more seriously than the veteran teams, such as the Lakers and the Celtics, which basically prepare for the playoff run. The veteran (older) teams dont want to put too much toll on aging core players during the regular season to push forward in the playoff as the Celtics showed last season in the East. As far as the Lakers are concerned, they are a little thin on the front line players besides Gasol and Odom, and I don't want either of them to play too much during the regular season. Even after Bynum comes back we really dont know how much PT he will get with his history of knee problem, and with Ratliff's already flaring up knee and Caracter's inexperience, the Lakers should proactive to add a serviceable big man either via trade or sign #15 spot on the roster.

Posted by: LakerPeace | November 01, 2010 at 07:15 PM
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Your post makes sense, but I don't think the Lakers will add anyone. Once Andrew is back into game shape, he should be good for 30 plus mpg. Gasol and Odom are also good for those kind of minutes. There are 96 minutes divvied up at the 4-5, so that averages out to a mere 32 mpg per player for those 3. In fact, they NEED and WANT those kind of minutes to be effective.

Until Bynum returns, PJ will mix and match. Many teams have smaller front lines, so we'll just see some more of Barnes and Artest playing together like we have seen in all three games this far. If Luke suits up, he can play the 4 against certain players as he has in the past, too. We're talking about 15-20 games here and last night Gasol played only 34 minutes, LO only 29. Even if they average 76 minutes between the 2 of them over these games, that leaves 20 minutes that PJ has to figure out among Ratliff, Barnes, Walton and Caracter. No one will get too tired too early. PJ won't let that happen.

Giants win!

MVP888 - You left out Sasha, but I would too. Along with Luke. Not many minutes for either other than garbage time/injury/foul trouble. My wish is that we never need play either.

I like this team. I like how they're playing together. When Bynum comes back, they'll figure out a way to get him involved too. It'll all be good. Why's everyone so worried?

how bout them YANKEEEEEEEEEEES??????????????????

that line never gets old. especially on yhis blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hobbitMAGE

a sweet revenge or poetic: Edgar Renteria is a national hero in Columbia.

enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Selig/Stern

2 x Five letter words!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its ok to leave Sasha out.PJ does.

"Marc, 25, is five years younger than Pau, but listed at 265 pounds, 15 more than his brother. Marc is listed at 7 feet 1, an inch taller than Pau".

The perfect replacement for Andrew. How about it Memphis? Mitch will give you Drew, Sasha's expiring contract, Luke, Ebanks & Caracter. It's a crime to keep the brothers separated and you can contribute just a little bit more to Laker Lore!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzTZ76vhnKk

the Lkaers have Killer B'sssssssssssss

but also the Giants have the Buster/Baumgarten youngest killer team

sorry, i'm not a baseball fan (i understand 20% of the rules) but in San Francisco and i can't avoid it.

now the Killing B's of the Giants did it in the face of the B as in Bush. that was sweet. as sweet as the Lakers winning #17 in Boston.

KILL the B'sssssssssssssssssssssss

No one is worried, everyone is licking their chops.
Which 3 would you prefer: Bynum,Pau,Lamar.
or
the 3 sisters in heat?

frmkt - you should talk to Memphis' owner. He hasn't read the collective bargaining agreement either.


The perfect replacement for Andrew.

Posted by: frmkt
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I hope Andrew makes you eat crow.
I really do. He has not really failed us.
You act like he is kuame or something.
Lakers management have invested Kareem to teach Andrew much about the game.So there is something special brewing with The Beast.
I don't think Buss will put Andrew on the bus with Sasha.
Sasha here is your ticket.

What did I say?

ESPN had the Grizzlies ranked 20th when I said they were a top 6 team. They are definitely a top 8 team. They ranked the Grizzlies 16th last week. This week they're ranked 12th. That number is gonna fluctuate for a bit until the end of the season if everyone is healthy they'll be top 8 for sure and in the playoffs anything is possible.

Prediction for tomorrow: Lakers loose by 1 point even though they're a better team. This will be the Lakers first loss. And after tomorrow's game they will be taken just a bit more seriously by people.

MVP888 - You left out Sasha, but I would too. Along with Luke. Not many minutes for either other than garbage time/injury/foul trouble. My wish is that we never need play either.

I like this team. I like how they're playing together. When Bynum comes back, they'll figure out a way to get him involved too. It'll all be good. Why's everyone so worried?

Posted by: htj | November 01, 2010 at 07:39 PM
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In my view, there's no reason to trash any of our players. I appreciate their contributions, how ever small they might be. Sasha and Luke are not toxic; they have been a part of this glorious team and have contributed in a positive way. They haven't prevented the Lakers from being winners. I agree that they don't appear to be important players in this year's rotation, certainly not in the playoffs. But during these early season games, if Luke is healthy, it gives Phil Jackson another player he can trust for a few minutes here and there.

Johnny,
Last year I would have agreed with you.
But with an average of 49 rebounds a game don't you think that is some serious ball hunger?We make it look easy and not as serious,but stats are not lining up wih your comment.
Lakers by 12points.
Difference: Rebound Feast.

Howdy-doo blog citizens!


Apologies for being MIA, but the roll calls are superb, the spirit is strong and we're sitting 3-0 after a week-ish of hoops.

Sweet.


Early Season Observations:

-Barnes is good off the ball. Pairs up well with Gasol and Odom because they hit cutters.

-The movement on offense isn't as bad as I thought it would be.

-Odom should not move to the bench when Bynum comes back. I would be stoked if Bynum came back as a bench player with a starting role being achievable. However, I think the staff and the team in general want to reduce the wear and tear on Pau. Which is wise, so Bynum will most likely start when he returns. I only hope it doesn't effect Lamar's strong start.

-Kobe Bryant is amazing. I expect him to look like an aged Allan Houston and he just comes out and plays like...Kobe Bryant. He's going to do this until he's 40, easily. If he wants to, he can do it. I think he could ride a unicorn or catch a leprachuan if he set his mind to it.

-I'll bet Kobe never loses at Jenga and Sasha never wins.

-Nice to see Sasha get some floor time, but the whole 'my hair' thing shouldn't interfere with an inbounds play.

-MM is on top of his game, nice structure with Lamar's quote serving as a literary echo through out. Great read.

-Watching the Clippers (I know, but I'm curious to see the Blake Grifin Experiment) and they're talking about how Baron Davis was giving lots of advice to rookie Eric Bledsoe. If I was Vinny Del Negro and I saw Baron Davis giving lots of advice to anything other than his cat, I'd be worried.
Baron Davis is the poster child for 'Loafers Unite! (in a minute)'

Also, congrats SF Giants.

RIP Maurice Lucas, an NBA great, condolences to friends and family.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow.

888 - regarding appreciating Luke and Sasha, it appears we're drinking from the same kool-aid glass. I also appreciate their contributions - both on and off the court. I hope Luke gets better and Sasha finds his stroke. A fully functioning Laker team is scary. Very scary.

Jamie Sweet

funny you mentioned Allan Houston

there r 2 SWISHES that have a special sound whenthe ball go through:

first time i observed that w/Houston,

but after that

there is the SWISH/WIPPING sounds THAT ONLY KOBE "BEAN" BRYANT'S can make!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

did i mention:

NO MERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just your right nothing is broken when Sasha and Luke are 11th and 12th.
So why fix it.
Luke I hope gets well and thinks more about his back then coming back and hurting it for life. He needs to think positive about his Health as a citizen not a player.

justa

"888 - regarding appreciating Luke and Sasha, it appears we're drinking from the same kool-aid glass. I also appreciate their contributions - both on and off the court. I hope Luke gets better and Sasha finds his stroke. A fully functioning Laker team is scary. Very scary."

You uttered "team" and "scary" and Sasha and Luke in the same thought? Unthinkable! Pass the Kool-aid.

As for Sasha, it's disservice to him (and to Lakers, for that matter) sitting on the bench and only playing in garbage time in his contract year. He's got nothing to show for (at least he needs to impress Maria) if he only plays in meaningless situations. I like Sasha and I know he wants to be a Laker, but I won't be surprised if he demands the trade sooner than later if he keeps on the bench.

LakerPeace - "I like Sasha and I know he wants to be a Laker, but I won't be surprised if he demands the trade sooner than later if he keeps on the bench."

Sasha steps up to Dr. Buss and Phil. He waits for them to finally stop talking.

Dr. Buss: "Sasha?"

Sasha fiddles with his hair.

Sasha: "I've just gotten two championship rings, I'm getting paid millions, and Maria's going to be my bride."

Dr. Buss: "And?"

Sasha: "Well, I demand a trade."

Dr. Buss: "Excuse me?"

Sasha: "A trade. You know. To another team."

Dr. Buss stares at Sasha, then at Phil, then back at Sasha, then back at Phil, then he bursts into laughter.

Dr. Buss: "Phil! You jokester! You had me going for a second! That was a good one."

Phil (totally Zen): "Just wait until you hear what Luke is going to say."

They leave, Dr. Buss still laughing. Sasha fiddles with his hair some more.

Great post MM!! Like CornerJ, I thought Lamar's quote about telling god his plans is pretty deep and philosophical. Who knew? L.O. has been outstanding, his time with Team USA has served him well, I hope his great play carries throughout the season!

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Are we back around these parts to picking on the weak/meek/injured and players that barely play?

Sasha and Luke only ENHANCE the team when they come in and hit shots/play well. Luke understands and runs the triangle as good as ANYONE on the team. When Sasha is hitting his stroke he is a nice shooter and a pesky defender.

Why oh why oh why do people continue to dump on two players that have play so little? The fact is, the bench should be deep (uhh, that is a good thing...) and needs to have a variety of players, it doesn't make sense to go with an 8- or 9-man rotation so early in the year.

I really think some people delight in seeing Luke, Sasha and others do poorly so that they can come here and bash them. Again, it probably goes back to LEWSTR's message the other day that some people just can't help seeing the glass as perpetually half-empty...

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KobeMVP888 is right, the Lakers aren't going to sign another big. I think there's a slim chance that they trade Sasha around the trade deadline if there is a need to get a body due to injury, but if not they'll probably stand pat with what they got. Much like last year, the team they start the year with is probably likely to be the team they'll enter the playoffs with too. Sasha's contract will give them a bit of salary-cap/luxury tax relief next offseason.

Why would anyone want to get another big anyways? L.O. needs to see big minutes, and with Drew coming back soon, his minutes will be cut. Ratliff is fine as a backup too. The Lakers are fine in the frontcourt once Bynum returns....


GO LAKERS!!!!!

First off, Congrats to the SF Giants on winning the World Series. Tho' I'm not a big baseball fan I definitely was pullin' for them to win over the Texans.
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Secondly, I didn't get to see the game Sunday but, I'm pleased with another win. I'm also really luvin' LO's play thus far...hope he can keep it up.

I also get a kick outta the way PJ tries to goad Pau to up his game. Gotta luv PJ and his head games.
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@LRob: Glad you liked D'Nell. I wanted to post a few more of their tracks but, they weren't available on youtube. If you get a chance check out their release titled '1st Magic'.
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Now, for today's 'across the pond' entry. Only wish I could post more of these guys too but, you can check out their release titled 'Artful Time Reduction'. Enjoy!

Channel Two - Universal King feat. NFA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61rsh6VGyBk

Channel Two - Across Waters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAJBbMeey9E
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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

LOL 888 - but you know I'm right.


Cyber In-Law Countdown: 3 days left!!

When the baseball playoff started a month ago, I bet on the off-the-beaten team, our California team, SF Giants. Nobody cares for the Dodger rival but choose the well known East Coast power team, the Yankees. Got tired of hearing Yankee bandwagon while my team took one game at a time. Nobody gave them a chance against the defending Champion Phillys, nobody gave them a chance against the beast of baseball, the Yankees where talented players are bought on wholesale basis. Tonight, finally the dream has been culminated, do we need a bandwagon for the World Series victor? No need to because we know they are the winners. Winners are judged from the actual results not from mere perceptions and statistical backgrounds. Being the lone wolf against mighty Lions and Tigers, I howl the longest and the loudest. m-y t-e-a-m w-o-n.

Congratulations Giants.

Here is the song for World Series Champ....

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

"do we need a bandwagon for the World Series victor? No need to because we know they are the winners. … Being the lone wolf against mighty Lions and Tigers, I howl the longest and the loudest. m-y t-e-a-m w-o-n.
Congratulations Giants.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco

LAKERS/YANKEES BANDWAGON

(1) LakerTom - OWNER
(2) Levis-Straus - DRIVER
(3) KobeMVP888888 - SCRUB
(4) …

Professor Gueco - is that the crowd that Corner J referred so eloquently as "yapping chihuahua on meth"?????????????????

Ouchhhhh,

I rest my case. We are the small team. Prop 19 will be defeated tomorrow so I'll take the organic drink instead.

Edwin Gueco - I have so many friends who live in the Bay Area, and they're happy as clams. In garlic and olive oil. Over linguine. Giants had a great series; a real pleasure to watch.

Professor Gueco

i tried to fins Laurie Anderson's "Take me out to the Ball Game" but no chance.

there is the historical one and this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H16vDiX_PCo

but because i wanted a Laurie Piece, i made this choice that even sonnybelfast will love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9k61dfq-oc&feature=related

Listen, let me just state the fricken obvious.
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As Lakeraholics we have a God-given "Lakers spidey sense." We all know this team is special. Really special. Best team of this Dynasty... so far.
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Andrew Bynum and Luke are going to get healthy.
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We have five new hungry players who are competitors.
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Phil, Kobe, Derek, Pau, and Lamar (yes, fricken Lamar Odom! The guy I used to call "bonehead" when he first became a Laker) that are absolute unquestioned leaders on this team.
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Everyone gets it.
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Everyone.
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This team is special.
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We're good this year. Trust me.
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It's not about complacency or over-confidence.
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It's about love for the game.
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No team loves the game as much as our Lakers do.
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And no fans love the game as much as Laker Nation.
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I can't wait. I just can't wait.
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I love this team.
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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!!!!

63 Footer

i prefer it french style with BUTTER and WINE and GARLIC, "boiled" to perfection. what a "dip". now that u mentioned it, i will go get some baby clams. takes just a few minutes. the cooking.

63 Footer,

I know and my daughter who lives across the Bay Area are also celebrating. There is one Bay Area resident who will be profoundly quiet tonight, he might avoid crossing the Golden Gate in the next few days. lol!

Professor Gueco

as much as i want 19 to pass, i will vote against it. WHY? because there r already some "clubs" in SF who try to function like "legalized one after 19". they r charging tax, become corporate and also eliminate the little growers. so it is a fine line and difficult issue.

Jon K - you rock.

(3) KobeMVP888888 - SCRUB

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | November 01, 2010 at 09:37 PM
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How gentlemanly of you. I didn't know that calling other bloggers names was acceptable in here. If you enjoy calling me names, kindly elaborate on why you chose to call me a "SCRUB." The pathetic part is that people on here actually find you to be funny.

I guess I could be civil and congratulate Giants fans for a job well done but.. ummm I'm a Dodger kinda guy and just like with the Lakers, if it aint them.. I'm all out of giveadamn.... Now then.. cue my theme music... ( I'm in the mood for Love plays softly in the background ) this is the most wonderful time of the year boys and girls !!! Holidays approaching, quest for a league wide envying 3peat within reach ( and in my humble opinion, our destiny ) with our thoughts and prayers.. Rick F will be back in the fold on a daily basis to keep my wayward brother and sister in check ( ahem, Mamba, Justa, that would be YOU lol ) I can honestly say, I wasnt a big fan of Matt ( dont call me turtle) Barnes but I like the guys grit with our team.. I think he's gonna pay off nicely.. all n all I love the start of the journey we're all ready to embark upon again.. I think this time, more than the last 2.. we're armed and dangerous and the 2011 champion lakers will have earned a rep for being very physical and defensive.. in other words.. strap up gang.. we're about to witness the hollywood pretty boy lake show.. go total Hood !!!!! lmao things bout ta get ugly in the nba when it comes to the purp n gold... trust me on this.. this team is in TAKE IT mode.....

Edwin Gueco - the Giants this post-season were such a magical team full of characters that a lot of people who didn't even like baseball were rooting for them (lot of Berkeley alums I know). I have no idea what they'll do now, 'cause God knows Golden State's not going to do it for them. :)

Go Lakers!

There is one Bay Area resident who will be profoundly quiet tonight, he might avoid crossing the Golden Gate in the next few days. lol!

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | November 01, 2010 at 09:59 PM

r u referring to the same resident who came up with the "fictitious" virus during the month of December 2009 when Bynumyte the Beast had the miserable stretch???

NO BRAGGING RIGHTS

So I'm re-watching the game from last night to watch some off-ball movement... stuff like that...


BIG mistake. HUGE.


Two nights in a row of seeing those orange sneakers is burning holes in my retinas.


Ouchhhh, I'm voting against it to save limbs and lives from drivers who r high and with a cell phone on the other hand. After few puffs, here is what they see across the road:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOO8-Jp-xsg&feature=related

complex brotha - I'm kinda with you, but after the O'Malleys stopped being in charge, the Dodgers... it's been so tainted for me to watch (though I still go to the occasional game). But I do like post-season baseball, and enjoy a good series.

On a real note: I've been watching a lot of the other teams in the NBA, and we're so blessed; I forget how sucky so many are. Bad offenses, no structure, no idea of what D is, terrible coaching. I mean, there's a lot of talent, but booooy... so much of it's wasted. The Lakers run like a Formula 1 car (including pit crew) next to go-carts.

My first hope: no injuries. My second hope: get with the system. My third hope: there is no third hope because if we're healthy and running the system, We. Go. All. The. Way!

complex (my) brotha -

Wayward?

Me???

I have no idea what you're talking about.

You must have me confused with someone else.

I'm innocent. As a dove.

:)

'God is happy, msabu. He plays with us.' -Farah, Out of Africa-

Way to go San Francisco Giants! Fear the beard!

Kings have now won 3 of their first four games (only one home game in the bunch) coming back from 15 or more point deficits in each game. Total team effort. The box scores are beautiful!

Lakers next up.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

"Listen, let me just state the fricken obvious."

Jon K, the Clippers lost AGAIN! :)

That's the obvious part of our world. Clippers being the Meat Heads of the NBA.

Now here's a brilliant signing:

Broussard: Grizzlies sign PG Mike Conley to 5-year contract extension worth $45 million.

I didn't hear this last night, but Patty O just said how awesome the new screen is at Staples, and that the only thing it can't do is make Bynum's knee better. LOL!

" I'm innocent. As a dove" LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Missed You Too Sis :)

@ 63 Footer

Yeah I know... sign.. I have fond memories of hearing Vin Scully or Chick call games when I was a kid so these teams have cemented themselves deep in my heart and its kinda hard to think of my Dodgers going to the "Darkside" and being ran by some lame business dork.. but I fear the good ol days at Chavez are a distant memory :( Thank God for The Buss family....

I'll take some of that Kool Aid...with some Gin...Snoop Dogg style...

Congrats to the Giants and all their fans on our blog...Edwin...nothing wrong about flying your teams colors and doing a shout out...After the Lakers...everyone's fanhood is their choice...be proud of it...unless you are a Clipper fan of course...lol

Well we are 3-0...so like Texas Hold Em...we have the flop...I love our team...and I will play these cards...I'M ALL IN!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo&ob=av3e

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

complex brotha - "Thank God for The Buss family...."

Amen to that.

And don't get me started on that horrible nightmare Georgia Frontiere. The hatred runs deep.

justanothermambafan - the new scoreboard/screens at Staples are like God's very own mega-HD television. It reminded me of the Mothership:

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

just finished watching the second half of last nights game and caught another glimpse of lukes attire and must admit it caught my attention again... so in light of yet another thrilling night of luke in streetclothes might as well make the most of this opportunity and start a game log on his interesting choice of fashion and wardrobe...

lets call it lukes dress to impress fashion faux paux

oct26th vs Rockets- looked like a freakin 3 PIECE brown suit with a white button down shirt.. all he was missing was a pocketwatch and frock coat to complete his ridiculous sherlock homes look.

OCT 29th @SUNS- missed it. sorry.

OCT31 vs GS- much better and more contemporary choice.. looked like a light gray 2 piece suit possible 2 button look with a pink collar shirt... possible fashion statement here of real men wear pink?

NOV 2 vs Memphis - TBA

yellow

tonight i discovered in my mailbox a letter from Prez. O who is asking me to perform my civil duty and to go to vote tomorrow.

how can u make "fun" of walton's LUKE attire when he is PERFORMING HIS PLAYER DUTY and he dresses UP and not DOWN, per Stern's request.

Stern did not ask for TASTE. he just wanted it PROPER. or just to cover the tattoos that anyway can be seen when the players r NAKED (in uniform). now thwe question is how many hidden tattoos they have and where? that's for Juasta.

with so many forclosures and houses and families in disarray, i'm sure many pets don't have a tent and a zen owner.

in such a hard economy, with the holiday season at arm's length, PJ should do us all a great favor, especially that he FEELS that Luke is his son:

he should addopt Luke Walton part of the "Adopt A Pet" program. they can use Luke's equivalent of the luxury tax part to support a noble cause.

This season is: THE POWER OF PAU

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!!!! THIS WORLD IS OURSL!!!!
GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
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http://tinyurl.com/3yspjcm - Lakers ARMAGEDON
http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk - IT’S TIME FOR WAR
http://tinyurl.com/34p7hmb - LET’S GET DIRTY – LAKERS – REDMAN MIX

Good Morning Laker Nation,

15 seasons and Kobe is still donning the Purple & Gold. He's had his faults and missteps, but through it all he just wanted to win; and wanted his teammates and organization to be equally committed.

Thus, today's musically selection is Madonna's salute to Sean Penn and the Motown girl groups. It's also for Kobe for being a true Laker.

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

Thus, today's musically selection is Madonna's salute to Sean Penn and the Motown girl groups. It's also for Kobe for being a true Laker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwiHbC-EVTc Posted by: LRob | November 02, 2010 at 05:45 AM
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Good Morning DJ LROB! Very good sir!! And since today is election day and a Holiday of sorts: http://tinyurl.com/35rc7n5 _ Holiday - Madonna

OK HERE WE GO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTG7ZxO3-sE Waiting in Vain –Bob Marley

Congrats to San Francisco Giants winning the World Series.

Also thinking of past Giant greats that played their hearts out for the Giants but couldn't deliver a title...like Stretch & Marichal, Cepeda & Gaylord, Bobby & Barry, Jack & Will, even Chili & Speier.

The Giants winning first title since (54?) even gives hope to a Lion fan :-)

The Giants winning first title since (54?) even gives hope to a Lion fan :-) Posted by: LRob | November 02, 2010 at 06:04 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! It's OK to Dream Big LRob but...lets not get Ridiculous!!!! Just playing with ya bro. Yes, I say yes,one day in that more perfect future even such a team as The Lions may win the SuperBowl. YES THEY CAN!!!! BUT...That future will be in an alternate universe!!!!

Hmmm...while I was away

@Edwin - Que Sera Sera - excellent selection. #2 in 1956...only stopped from hitting #1 by Elvis (Hound Dog)and the Platters (My Prayer). And congrats to your SF Giants.

@ouch - Harpo and Laurie...funny and well done sir.

@Jon K - Very special team - yes indeed

@Complex brotha - Lakers going Boyz N the Hood. Me and Singleton agree!

@MVP - Horford signing = good! Conley signing = iffy!

@63 Footer - Partying on the Mothership...lol.

@Lew - Yep I'll sing along to Poker Face...

Good Morning Mamba,

Groovin to Marley...ah yes! Can you also call boss and let them know its a Holiday...lol.

Yep, I know its farfetched about the Lions. But with Suh, Stafford and Calvin Johnson...finally the Lions have some pieces to build around. Suh is the real deal...he's already one of the best DT's in the game! Carry on!

Good Morning, Morning Crue” DJ LROB, LEWSTRS, Fabulous Justanothermambafan, Caliphilosopher,
Goddess Zaira, Queen Faith, Prinesss EastCoastJessie, LakerLass, Wes, Rick Friedman, KB BLitz
KobeMVP888, 63 Footer, 2Phatt, MagicPhil, JohnnyP, JohnnyV, Noah, Complex_Brotha, Phred,
LakerMike….GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!
To get us started
http://tinyurl.com/cwuyzd - I’m ready – Kano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jLGa4X5H2c – Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind & Fire

Goooooood morning, blog crew!

I must say, Lamar Odom is finally (consistently) displaying the incredible skills I used to drool over when he was at Rhode Island and during his first couple of years with the Clippers. Best of all, the game is coming to him. He's making it look easy. I'm proud of him, and I think he can see what real effort coupled with real talent can do. The last time he looked this good was when he went on that knockout run in the playofsf with Miami a few years ago when Wade was still a youngin' and Butler was still wet behind the ears. The Heat's offense went through Odom, and he ran that thang!

Title Heaven in 2011!

DBDH!

The last time he looked this good was when he went on that knockout run in the playofsf with Miami a few years ago when Wade was still a youngin' and Butler was still wet behind the ears. The Heat's offense went through Odom, and he ran that thang! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 02, 2010 at 06:40 AM
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Good Morning DBDH. How are you this lovely Lakers Game Day Morning? Yes I remember the Lamar of then and the Lamar of now is looking like that once again. I hate to say this but we have so many weapons it is simply frightening. I think the other teams are going to be shell shocked after they play us. I really believe blowouts will be the norm this season which will enable our starters to get more rest. Therefore when the Playoffs come, I pity the Fools that play us. GOD THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE GREAT SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S GAME DAY...any questions?

JR

Good morning everyone over there!

I hope you all have a good start to your Tuesday, and please don't forget your civic duty to vote.

And about those Giants...I'm an avid baseball fan, and some of the most impressive things I saw from that series were (A) Matt Cain finally being recognized as a big game pitcher, (B) the defense that Freddy Sanchez played behind Bumgardner (reminded me of Alomar's Hey-day), and (C) The movement on The Freak's change-up and slider. I was trying to see if he used a Tom Glavine grip on the change-up, since it dove a little bit and tailed into right-handed hitters.

MAMBA24 - Loved the Earth Wind and Fire - one of my favorite bands for sure. Looking forward to more musical selections later today, since it is Game Day.

I'll talk to you all later today!

for Giants Fans and their "friends". ok, also for the ennemies:

Eric Burdon & The Animals - San Francisco Nights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFwGBCKmP9U&feature=related

i discovered this on the SF Gate blog searching the date for the parade. it was in the comments section. just like HERE but not as good.

anyway, i remembered the song from long, long time ago and realized that i went through all the rock/pop period (mostly alternative: King Crimson) withought understanding any word in English. a small translation here and there.

so how apropriate to understand a song about San Francisco.

IT'S GAME DAY...any questions? Posted by: Jolly Rancher | November 02, 2010 at 07:04 AM
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Uh, No I think you covered everything! LOL!

Memphis: Elvis Tour "Heartbreak Hotel".

Lakers by 12pts-Yawn
Rebound Terrors=48
Killer B's do it again.

Next!!!

LRob: i will punch it as a credit on my "Club Card"

mamba24

morning East Coast: if we win tonight, u really have to consider the 34+ bandwagon. i was not joking and i know that u were not eitheir. and if that works i will go for the 72+ too. actually the lates one is more feasible then the 34+.

@MVP - Horford signing = good! Conley signing = iffy!

Posted by: LRob | November 02, 2010 at 06:12 AM
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Would you trade Lamar, Artest, Blake and Barnes or Brown for Horford and Conley? I wouldn't. Or let's go the other way. Would you trade Gasol and Blake for Horford and Conley? How about Bynum ad Artest for those two? Those are the approximate salaries we're talking about.

In the NBA, bigs are overpaid and now point guards are getting overpaid. While Lakers fans moan and groan about the "mistakes" that we made with Luke and Sasha, they should be happy that less than 10% of the payroll (7.7 mil) is allocated to the lead guard position and understand that Bynum's salary is in line with other NBA bigs.

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LAKERS SET 34 WINS IN A ROW RECORD - BANDWAGON
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(01) OUCHHHHHHH - OWNER - if we win tonight, u really have to consider the
34+ bandwagon. i was not joking and i know that u were not eitheir. and if that
works i will go for the 72+ too. actually the lates one is more feasible then the 34+.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes I think very seriously we are headed for a season
for the ages here
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY
(05)

@ mamba24:

THIS is the Lamar we traded Snaq for. I'm a Tar Heel fan, but I have to admit that Coach K must've had a good influence on LO. Maybe Lamar saw how scary good Durant is and is getting ready for the 2nd round of the playoffs this year... This season is starting to smell a lot like 2000 & 2001 when the Lakers were steamrollin' fools!

DBDH!

how about some music for the Eyes: from the ONE and ONLY soloist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5o2PK76hs&feature=player_embedded

(01) OUCHHHHHHH - OWNER - if we win tonight, u really have to consider the
34+ bandwagon. i was not joking and i know that u were not eitheir. and if that
works i will go for the 72+ too. actually the lates one is more feasible then the 34+.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes I think very seriously we are headed for a season
for the ages here
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY
(05) SRAFRANK-DOES FUNERALS

Good morning Laker Blog! GAME DAY!!!!!

WHOO-HooOOOOO!!!!!!

@Jon K - Yeah man, this team is looking more poised to assert it's will during the regular season than it ever did last year. Lamar looks like he's ready to make an All Star team, right now.


@ouchhhhhhhh - I just sort of expected to see Kobe take a measured approach on his road to recovery. Then he hops on his recovery ATV and just rolls over everyone. Re-DUNK-ulous.


@LakerTom - I know you adopted the Gianst as your NL team, so congrats on the San Francisco's first World Series victory; looking forward to seeing Cliff Lee as an Angel ;-)


Let's win this thing!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Oh yeah, for the town of San Francisco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmT6udys8Tc

OMG got some GREAT news!!!!

The in-law is leaving later today to visit my mom (of all people!) in Torrance!!!!!

REJOICE!!!! HURRAY!!!!

Justa, last nights topics of bizarro-Seinfeld conversation included how the in-law found a vine in Germany that happened to be the same as one that grew near the Delaware river and what the taste difference is between white-cake and yellow-cake. That is just a sample of what I've had to endure for a week!!! lol

Now just got to start the countdown to the week the mom in-law comes in Thanksgiving... ugh lol

I'd like to offer up this musical moment to mark this important occasion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-d5x-CiTUs

YAY! SOON TO RESUME LIFE AGAIN AND ALL THINGS PURPLE AND GOLD!!!

Cyber-countdown: 8-hours


GO LAKERS!!!!!

This season is starting to smell a lot like 2000 & 2001 when the Lakers were steamrollin' fools! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 02, 2010 at 07:34 AM
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Yep! I think everybody feels it. THANK YOU GOD FOR LETTING ME BE A LAKERHOLIC!!!!!!

how about some music for the Eyes: from the ONE and ONLY soloist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5o2PK76hs&feature=player_embedded Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | November 02, 2010 at 07:38 AM
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GOD%$$@@%$%^%!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!! Carry On!

GAME DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED:
http://tinyurl.com/3a3glme Let’s get it started - Black Eye Peas

Hmm, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eric Burdon, Madonna? It must be Election Day!

In honor of getting out and voting, I give you the one song that best sums up my feelings about elections and the people we're voting for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0o0l7ekKvk

Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!!


GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!


YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


Mamba24 - that's my FAV Marley tune - thanks!


ouchhhhh - I don't care where or what the tatoos are. What am I? The tat police? No. I'm the spelling police, grammar police, font police, 'don't haze the newbies unless they deserve it' police and the 'step off Luke & Sasha' police, but I am definitly NOT the tat police. You must have me confused with someone else. (Props on the clip of Kobe though).


lew - rockin the Gaga I see. Good stuff! I liked the slowed down version they did on Glee too.


63 - Mothership - good one!


LRob - good call on True Blue. I'm a big Madonna fan.


My morning commute - which I know you're all eagerly awaiting comes from waking up in a weird, kinda sad mood today. (But it's game day so that won't last long). Anyhoo - for your listening pleasure:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfhl8JWzBfU


So - rewatched the game last night. Couple of things:


1. My retinas are better this morning, thanks for asking. (Those orange sneaks have GOT to go).


2. That new screen is FAB. ASG in LA with MM here I come! (MM - see what I did there?)


3. Shannon needs to be quicker in his decision making, but I think that will continue to improve. We don't need a black hole out there.


4. I noticed - again - how freaking awesome my man, Lamar Odom, is. And now I see peeps on the blog starting to give the man his props. He is so versatile, it's scary. If you're the opposition, WTH do you DO with him? Muahahaha - GREAT problem for the Lakers to have. I'm so happy Lamar is finally starting to get some well-deserved recognition. ASG in LA here we come!!! (For Lamar too, not just me & MM). LOL!


5. Kobe is at 100%. Don't ask him again.


6. Pau - please - I beg you - just a FEW weights. Just a little bit. Although you are amazing. It's early so I'm not gonna get on your case for being slow to get back down the court - yet.


7. Blaker has great court awareness. Seriously - he always seems to be getting to the right place at the right time, and then he knows what to do when he gets there. His passing's great. What an upgrade!


8. Ron looked like he just decided he's had a hot hand so he was going to shoot until it came back LOL! I don't mind. If he continues to play D like he did - and we all know he will - he's gonna win DPOY. He has some really quick hands and great anticipation.


9. Barnes - Wow. Did you guys think you'd start to like him so fast? He's scrappy on D, has those quick hands too, and can take it to the hole. As long as he can keep it in check during a hotly contested game, he's a great addition to this team. And so far it looks good. Kobe & PJ won't take - or tolerate - any crap.


10. It was nice to see that the 'Stupid Tech Call' award didn't get handed out to a ref. There were a few times I thought I'd hear the whistle, but didn't. So that's something. Hope it's a trend...


11. Caracter and Ebanks, for all the props they deserved in training camp, really are raw. Although they've both got a huge upside. I'm really looking forward to watching them develop. Hopefully we'll have more games where there's plenty of garbage time to get them some burn.


12. I love how Frank Hamblin sits beside PJ and claps when the guys on the floor make a good play.


That's if for now. Looking forward to the game tonight. Have a great day, peeps!


NO SYMPATHY.


GO LAKERS!!

Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish
Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
WE GOT THIS - justa

WE GOT THIS - justa Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 02, 2010 at 08:18 AM
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WOW!! WHAT A POST!!!

WE GOT THIS - justa Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 02, 2010 at 08:18 AM
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WOW!! WHAT A POST!!!

We Got This!

34 in a row indeed!

Justa - NO SYMPATHY - That's what I'm talkin 'bout!

>>>Which 3 would you prefer: Bynum,Pau,Lamar.
>>>or
>>>the 3 sisters in heat?

I presume you're talking about LeBron, DWade, and Bosh?

hmmmm.

Can you guarantee Bynum will play more than 70 games a season (and be healthy for the playoffs) every year? Cuz if you can't then you're talking about 2 of the best 3 players in the league plus Bosh vs 1 of the best 10 players in the league (Pau - best 5?), plus a very good center who's injured a lot (Bynum) and a guy who would be a top 20 player if he wasn't so inconsistent (Lamar)

And what's more, the Miami guys are younger, so you'll get more years out of them.

No contest - The Miami 3some.

Now if you want to talk the Miami 3 vs Kobe+Pau+Lamar or Bynum, then that's a different question.

01) OUCHHHHHHH - OWNER - if we win tonight, u really have to consider the
34+ bandwagon. i was not joking and i know that u were not eitheir. and if that
works i will go for the 72+ too. actually the lates one is more feasible then the 34+.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes I think very seriously we are headed for a season
for the ages here
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY - We Got This! 34 in a row indeed!
(05) SRAFRANK-DOES FUNERALS
(06)

 
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