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Just so it's recorded ...

the next time Ricky or some of the other Spanish contingent says that
Pau Gasol is the best player on the Lakers ... the appropriate response is:

The Denver Nuggets don't agree with you. Specifically:

Bryant was so blasé that he actually answered a question earlier about whether something could be learned from the first loss by saying, "No, not really."

Anthony disagreed. He pointed to a fourth quarter in which the Lakers shot 2 for 12 on 3-point Hail Mary shots and no one but Shannon Brown or Bryant scored until Pau Gasol's meaningless tip-in with three seconds to play.

"The fourth quarter, we double-teamed him (Bryant), put two on the ball, shifted the court on him," Anthony said.

Congratulations on Shannon Brown also winning teacher of the year up in Sac! Wow, that guy does it all!

(Ok, when I looked it up her name's actually Shannan Brown, but I still got a big laugh when I first heard the news on TV.)

Wow - Love with the 31-31 game. Dang!

sup peeps!

Didn't get to see last night's loss but, did listen to it on the radio. Seems like they faded in the 4th Qtr.

I guess I'm more disappointed with the porous D in the paint than the L, and what's with all the treys? I know some of y'all won't like me sayin' this but, the Kobester has been a bit of a ball hog the last 2 games...I mean 11-32 last night and 12-28 against the T'Wolves...sheez! We should have better shot distribution.

I just hope they tighten the D up coz I'm seein' opponents takin' waaay too many easy trips down the lane...we can do better!

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@63FTR and LRob: Glad y'all liked Massive Attack. I really like their sound.

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@JAMF,LRob,and Noah: No matter what Steely Dan tune is your fav...you can't go wrong.:-)

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Now for today's 'across the pond' entry...a lil UK soul fo' ya. Enjoy!
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D'influence - hypnotize - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEhGZI_eLes&feature=related

D'Influence- Good Lover - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpjwxdVCc-g&feature=related

D'Influence - For you I sing this song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q2AE-vil58&feature=related

SARAH ANNE WEBB - KEEP MOVIN(Heaven) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZO66yAXQ7E

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!


Wow - Love with the 31-31 game. Dang!

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 12, 2010 at 08:26 PM
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And Beez dropped 35. That's 77 in his last 2 games for those scoring at home. That's quite a 2-man tandem. Maybe they'll be able to entice Rubio to join them.

After waxing Miami PP says, "It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis,"

Miami's Udonis Haslem responded, "Paul who?". "Man, ain't nobody paying them dudes no attention, man. You know what studio gangster is? Look up that; look up the definition of studio gangster.
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That's funny Haslem channeling his inner 50 Cent and calling Paul this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShOQQOy5pf8

LRob - Love played massive. Durant & Westbrook, also doin' the 30's in a duo.

Nice choices, as usual, G in DC.

63Footer - yep. If we thought Westbrook was a tough matchup for the Lakers last year - we haven't seen anything yet.

@GDUB - You know Kobe is his name and shooting is his game. Kobe or none of the Lakers are above reproach. I'm sure they'd be the first to admit they blew that one.

Nice UK Soul flavor.

Okay last gm of night Clips vs. Pistons. Clips up 2pts with 3 min to go. We'll see if they can hang on.

Being up at 2:18 AM is what I get for falling asleep in the afternoon...

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LRob: Sad to say the Clipps couldn't hang on to their lead. Some things change, some things... lol

I betcha Rubio's secret dream is to join super-Spanish celeb Pau on the Lakers. Mitch, if you read the blog, how about a Rubio-for-a-future-#1 swap???

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I guess Rambis knew just what he was doing with K-Love, judging by his 31-31 performance earlier tonight...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Good morning,

It's so early in the season, it's hard to find much that's notable about what we've seen so far. 8-1 is a great start. Kobe, Pau and the rest of the regular rotation all seem better than ever. Blake, Barnes, and the rookies take the whole team up a notch from last year.

But there is an unmistakable sense of destiny, a sense that this team can be one of the greatest in the entire history of the NBA. Good fortune and a smile from the injury gods are the biggest variables.

Going into a weekend where there's so much at stake in the NFL, BCS, and NASCAR Chase competition, the NBA seems like an afterthought. Yet I can't ignore the sense of destiny that lurks, waiting for our attention to turn. Can you feel it?

Listen to me any team in the NBA would love for "Bad Kobe" to show up against them. "Bad Kobe" takes 32 shots to score 34 points or 28 shots to score 28 or 30. When he takes too many shots it has a double edge effect. 1) It takes his teammates out the game and 2)it allows the opponents to get easy baskets. Good Kobe gets his teammates involved and takes what is given to him. He should watch the old Jordan tapes who I despised by the way. But as a side bar when Jordan retired in 1993 and them came back a short time later he was not quite his villainous self. Surprisingly I did not like that mere mortal Jordan and needed Jordan to be at the top of his game to root against him. Well he did return to form and gave me much heart ache. But Kobe must play team ball and establish Gasol and when he returns Bynum in the post. I have a $million question for LA fans. Imagine we are in the finals and Gasol is dominating would Kobe continue to feed Gasol thus ruining his own MVP hopes or go on a renegade rampage to try and acquire the MVP trophy? My opinion is that he will try and win the MVP award?

My next criticism of Kobe is his defense. Kobe plays too much free safety defense and 9 times out of 10 the man he suppose to be guarding hits a momentous shot. Listen Kobe man up and lock your man down! Remember that musketeer theme All for One and One for All. Let us become Road Warriors again and win the big games on the enemy's turf like Boston, Dallas, Miami etc. Let's do this!!!

Island Priest,

you wrote: Listen to me any team in the NBA would love for "Bad Kobe" to show up against them. "Bad Kobe" takes 32 shots to score 34 points or 28 shots to score 28 or 30. When he takes too many shots it has a double edge effect. 1) It takes his teammates out the game and 2)it allows the opponents to get easy baskets. Good Kobe gets his teammates involved and takes what is given to him.

my response:
http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=301111007

The play-by-play doesn't agree with you. The Lakers were up until the 4th
quarter. The 2nd unit blew a 10 pt. lead in the fourth. Kobe lead all
Lakers in assists with 5.

FWIW, 5 assists is ~ Kobe's yearly average & it's also ~ MJs average as well.

I think you just want to make Kobe the scapegoat instead of blaming the
rest of the team for their lack of defense.

Good morning peeps!


Rick - YEAH I FEEL IT!!!!! It's density is what it is!! LOL!! This team really is special, and I think we all feel it. I'm worried right now about other team's taking advantage of our Sock-less team and keep up the sashay into the paint. However, I also think we'll compensate - the Denver game excepted because I don't think anyone can explain that other than to assume PJ wanted to see what the bench was made of. Still - it's a chess match and I do believe it's PJ's turn. Let's see what happens.


Hobbit - SNAP. People love to pick on Kobe when we lose, but love him to death when we win. Kobe's not at 100% yet. I'm ok with him shooting and getting back into his groove. Let's see how everyone likes him in June when he's deciding which finger to put his 6th ring on. And good to see you around.

Early season thoughts....

1. Yep, Lakers team as good as advertised. Kobe's shot selection, Pau's toughness, LO's consistency, Fish's productivity, PJ's rotations...are all just sidebars to keep us interested til May.

2. All the talk of the shift of power to the Eastern Conference hasn't panned out yet. WC has 14 game edge. But in fairness to EC, CBoozer hasn't suited up yet.

3. How impressive was Utah's beating Miami, Orlando and Atlanta on the same road trip? Consider the Lakers are 0-6 (regular season)the last two seasons at Miami, Orlando and Atlanta.

4. Rudy Gay is quietly off to a great start. 25pts/7reb/2st while shooting 51% overall and 43% from 3pt.

@Rick Freidman - can I feel the sense of destiny for this Lakers team? I'll let my friends from Chicago answer for me...

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

Can I feel the sense of destiny for this Lakers team?

Let me be presumptous and answer for the entire Laker Nation with a little help from some of Oaktown's best...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVxv6AFt7YM

Destiny to be Number One, like that other greatest number one band of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGPuwGnYjm4


Gotta lighten up the Saturday.

Hey hobbit

Take it easy bro.

Obviously you dont think Pau Gasol is the best Laker player right now. I know that, but a 20/10 guy every game, every night, ohhhhh, yesssss, he is the best player in this current roster lakers team. You should think Pau Gasol make run the triangle. He is Phil on the floor without doubt. Pau is the Lakers Leader since 2008. If Pau play well, Lakers play well. If Kobe play well, lakers can loos (the last 2 games, kobe bring 30 points and the last game, Lakers loos) Sorry guy and the others kobe fans, but right now, is Pau "THE MAN", he is "THE GO-ON-GUY". When Bynum back and Pau turn to PF position, he will be unstoppable........again.

@63 Footer - The Rutles...had me fooled for 2 seconds...haha

Good evening Fam...

Not much to add to your comments today, I'm just happy not too many doom actually stepped into our Lakerholic weekend, which I attribute a lot to the timed Meat's loss (otherwise I'm sure the trolling would have been overwhelming).

I'm really pleased and I read commentaries with attention.

But being so unfazed by the loss, really it was just more a good reading than something I was doing for finding answers.

My question has already an answer.
WE DO. ("Who gets ring this year?"... yeah, that question).

Thank you guys for providing a wonderful Wedding Song... Karim and I have already a couple fixed, but if you wanna keep suggest more I'm more than down with it and Vic (our wedding planner AND a New Yorker in love with Lakers... do I choose well or what?) is also here to grab picks ;)

I don't have anything bball to add, beside congratulating fmkt for his RCOTD win, and confessing that I LOVE West almost as Kobe does because of his completeness IN &OUT of court/field.

I let music speak about a rocking and possibly cozy (wish you all the best type and mix of the two elements following your preferences there) saturday ;)

Spandau Ballet, I'll Fly For You:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YRTlnH8tFQ

Stromae, House'lleluja:

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

Tracy Chapman, Fast Car ( I LIVE TRACY IN MY BONES):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl6yilkU1LI

Scissor Sister, Any Which Way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHv0jW4p_xA

;) Catch you tomorrow ;)

LLL, Z.

Ricky,

you wrote: I know that, but a 20/10 guy every game, every night, ohhhhh, yesssss, he is the best player in this current roster lakers team. You should think Pau Gasol make run the triangle. He is Phil on the floor without doubt. Pau is the Lakers Leader since 2008. If Pau play well, Lakers play well. If Kobe play well, lakers can loos (the last 2 games, kobe bring 30 points and the last game, Lakers loos) Sorry guy and the others kobe fans, but right now, is Pau "THE MAN", he is "THE GO-ON-GUY". When Bynum back and Pau turn to PF position, he will be unstoppable........again.

my response: You seem unclear on the concept. Allow me to clarify:

If you look at stats, LBJ is the best player in the game. Sadly that
methodology doesn't translate into championships which is the over-arching
characteristic of a champion.

By the same token, Pau's 20/10 per night do not tell the entire story. The
question is not whether or not Pau has the best stats on the team. The
question is WHY/HOW is Pau getting those stats.

Pau is getting those stats because Kobe is on the floor with Pau. I just
quoted Carmelo Anthony who told you what the Nuggets did to contain
Kobe. If you go back to Boston 2008 they told you what they did to
contain Kobe. If you were watching TNT, you'd have listened to C-Webb
explain why Pau is doing so well. To a man, they all indicated that Kobe
is the one responsible for everything. Kobe on the floor means that
someone will always stick close to him which means that there will be
spacing on the floor for someone. Kobe is the one who demands a double-team
therefore, someone else will be open provided they move without the ball
instead of waiting for it to be served to them on fine china.

re: who makes the Lakers win. Your memory is short. How many times,
last year did Pau make the wrong decision at the end of games? How many
game winning shots did Kobe make last year? Which Laker plays basketball
well enough to be on the all-nba defense && an all star? It's *NOT* just
the offensive side of the stat sheet.

One would think that after watching the Lakers go to 3 NBA finals in a row,
that this would be clear to you. Oh, well.

to hobbit,

You have great arguments as usual. I´m a great Kobe fan and I think the Kobe/Pau combo is the best 1-2 punch in the NBA right now, but..... if you think Kobe is the nº 1 in this team, I could think Pau is the nº 1A.

bottom line. this is and always will be kobe's team. lakers lose its kobes fault. despite his 30 plus points he lost the game. however, when the lakers win, which is most of the time, its kobe time. kobe won the game.

The Lakers were about to win the game but Phil wanted to teach the team a lesson and the defeat is the lesson... Kobe is not to blame....If Lamar was in the last 4 minutes the Lakers would have won the game....Denver knew that, the Lakers knew that and the NBA analysts all knew that. Phil had two things in mind when he left Shannon on the floor...to see how shannon answer the pressure (result-failed) and to get the Lakers attention that they are just being lazy.....and if the lakers can take some night off without playind Defense, it can give them more rest and avoid injury...Playing hard everynight exhaust the body and fatique can cause injuries.....

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