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Lakers point to defense as the biggest area to correct

57279297The Lakers don't want to dampen the enthusiasm surrounding their 5-0 record, but they can't help themselves.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson quickly veered from praising the Lakers' attitude and consistent ball movement into criticizing the defense. Lakers guard Derek Fisher tactfully deviated from talking about his late-game heroics in the team's victory Wednesday over the Sacramento Kings into discussing how the Lakers need to improve on defense, which has conceded more than 100 points in four of the five games. And when the Lakers play Friday night at Staples Center against the Toronto Raptors (1-3), it'll be another test of whether they've corrected their defensive lapses.

"It's about penetration," Jackson said. "It's about getting to the basket and into the paint. We have to start sealing that off a little bit better."

Jackson surely provided the correct diagnosis, but the next question is how to solve it.

With Lakers center Andrew Bynum expected to remain sidelined until around Thanksgiving, Jackson noted that his size and shot-blocking ability disrupts the passing lanes, intimidates players against driving inside and adds another big body on help defense. As quickly as  Kobe Bryant rehabilitated his surgically repaired right knee, Jackson believes the next step involves Bryant converting onto the defensive end the same mobility and quickness that's yielded a team-leading 25-point average.  And even if coach and player accounts reveal satisfaction with  newcomers Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff, they don't have the same chemistry that the team's core has demonstrated.

Still, the numerous times the Lakers have allowed drives to the lane remain puzzling. They have length in forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. They feature lock-down defenders in Ron Artest and Barnes. And managing to recover and provide help defense points to execution rather than having to understand rotations.

"Screen-roll is the play du jour for every team we match up against, and keeping these fast, quick guards out of our lane so they're not causing problems for us by creating foul situations and rotations that open up three-point shooting," said Fisher, who's often been a victim of that play. "Those are the things we have to really focus on. We have to close our lane, and not having Andrew in there makes a big difference for us in terms of size and length around the basket."

The Lakers displayed plenty of such sequences in five games. Against Houston, Barnes over-extended his defense on Houston forward Chase Budinger, who beat him backdoor for a reverse dunk. Later on, Bryant, Gasol, Artest and Odom all caved inside to cut off Houston guard Aaron Brooks from going baseline. That forced Artest to rush out to contest Luis Scola's jumper at the free-throw line. After Scola's miss, Rockets guard Kevin Martin slid in front of Gasol for the putback. In the fourth quarter, Scola used his shoulder to create separation on Gasol and then weaved in for a right-handed layup. Odom slid in to help and cut off penetration, but it did very little.

It became the same story over and over again. Against Phoenix, Suns forward Grant Hill drove the lane past Odom, met Gasol on help defense and then pulled up for an easy jumper. Later, on a fast break, Phoenix guard Goran Dragic spun his way past Blake on the perimeter, and the help-side defense from Ratliff and Shannon Brown did little in stopping Dragic converting on the layup. In the second half, Suns center Robin Lopez ran a screen-and-roll on Fisher for Phoenix guard Steve Nash. Fisher went past the screen to keep up with Nash, but Gasol still switched on him. That left Lopez open to receive Nash's pass as he rolled to the basket. Later in the quarter, Suns guard Jason Richardson posted up on Fisher and met a weak double team from Odom as he then drove left for a bank shot. With Bryant guarding Richardson in the corner later on, Odom and Fisher slid to Nash when he received the ball. But that caused Odom to fall behind in stopping Phoenix forward Hedo Turkoglu from hitting a three-pointer at the top of the key.

The Lakers entered this past week unable to correct their mistakes. When Golden State guard Monta Ellis cut through on a give-and-go, Brown ran into the screen and Gasol didn't bother to help. When Memphis guard Rudy Gay cut to the far-side perimeter, Artest overextended himself and gave Gay an open lane to the basket following Darrell Arthur's bounce pass. And against Sacramento, Jackson estimated Kings guard Tyreke Evans exploited the Lakers in the lane five or six times, including when he burned both Odom and Gasol for a right-handed layup and zipped past Barnes, Gasol and Derrick Caracter for an underhanded reverse layup.

There are plenty of other sequences, but it still shows the same problems.

"Defensively, I'm not real happy with where we're at right now," Jackson said. "But those things will happen at this time of the year."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Memphis center Marc Gasol tries to drive past Lakers center Pau Gasol during the Lakers' 124-105 victory Tuesday at Staples Center. Credit: Kirby Lee/U.S. Presswire

 
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Brilliant Mamba24!

We have so many great players on our roster that it's a luxury to worry about the basics such as our so-so defense instead of how much of a lead will our bench give up while our starters could only grab a two minute breather. I kept thinking that all last season. Now I can't wait for the second unit to hit the floor, just to see what they can do!

Thank you Killer B's, and thank you Dr. Buss!!

One final Lakers lovin' Friday song. The tune is fun, the video downright silly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDETEPYS3Hs

Mamba24- How about Hater on the roll call? I'm a Lakers supporter in Miami, I just don't they can beat the Heat.

Nice team coming in to practice defense tonight, should hold them in the 80's.

The Lakers bench is nice, needs to be consistance on the road.

Everybody still HATEN on the KING, let it go people.

Go HEAT/GO Lakeshow

Just stating a fact, Pau Gasol is a MUCH better player then BOSH, just saying.

The Heat would make that trade all DAY.

Good Morning to you too, Mamba24.

Lets win one for Old Yeller.

“No seriously, a nutless monkey could have done your job.”
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This classless description of Andrew Bynum’s contribution to the Lakers winning last year’s NBA championship is actually a perfect description of the this poster and his contributions to the blog.
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Good Morning to you too, Mamba24. Lets win one for Old Yeller. Posted by: p ang | November 05, 2010 at 09:08 A
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LMAO!!! Stop that! And Good Lakers Game Day Morning to you also P ang!

LakerTom-“No seriously, a nutless monkey could have done your job.”
OMG, what's gotten into you? THAT'S FUNNY AS HELL.

Gooooood morning LAKER NATION!!!

Mamba, all I need is that roll call and I'm hyped for the day. THANK YOU! Of course, our Lakers have matured to the point where they realize they're accomplishments thus far really don't mean much...but heck, I'll take a 5-0 record and will be happy to boast about it for them.

"It's about penetration," Jackson said.

Well, I'll be the first to tackle that quote but I digress. It's all about Bynum, so if there is any question that LO needs to go back to the bench, let it rest because as PJ pointed out, there's a little bit of "chemistry" missing on the second unit. LO is the bond that will cement that unit. It will help Theo, Matt and Blake, so this Andrew injury just might be a blessing in disguise because LO has been getting all kinds of PT beginning with FIBA and now through the beginning of the season. He's got "cred" with that second unit once Andrew gets back. He's going to be the 6th Man of the Year because of it as well as a 3 time champion. It all depends on Andrew's ability to remain effective in the rotation both skill wise and more importantly, his body's ability to endure the NBA season. The defense will get better; you can't fix what you don't know is broken. They know, thus it will be fixed. The championship depends on it. They know that championships are based on Execution on both ends of the floor but it's always been about DEFENSE. Defense can cancel out offense every time. Remember how PJ's Bulls always seemed "beatable," but somehow they always won? It was that "lock down" defense that gave opponents fits. We'll get there because it's a PROCESS and this pretty easy schedule will give them that opportunity. Until Bynum returns, this team will struggle with interior defense. Until then, we get to feast our eyes on their offense. It's been great. The time Kobe took off this summer and the way he was patient with his rehab is paying dividends. Kobe's work ethic always pays dividends that's why he's at the top of the heap. He brought his talents to the NBA after high school and has continually improved that natural talent each and every year. This past summer was the first time EVER that he didn't do anything related to improving his game but ironically enough, he has displayed another dimension to his game: PASSING. This is exciting to see. I said it earlier: his teammates better be ready for his passes because it was coming. Now opponents will have that much harder of a time defending him. Double or triple team him in the past, he would shoot. leave him open, shoot. one on one, devastation. Now you have to worry about him passing to the open man and that recipient will continue to pass to the other open guy. Are you kiddin' me? This will become a very hard team to defend as the season goes on. They have a test coming up vs Portland. That team has given us fits since the 80's and beyond. Much Laker Love this morning. Very excited about each and every game this season. Next up: the voracious Raptors!

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Hi guys.

Thought I'd stop in on my way to the store to say hi. 10 days of pneumonia have left unable to communicate or spend much time doing anything.

But I have dreams. I have a vision. I see sunny warm weather (uh,...it's winter in Indiana wes....keep dreaming) and I see my computers being fixed sometime soon and my fingers once again finding their familiar places on my laptop keyboard.

I even see a laker game or two being viewed in the near furture with maybe a beer consumed or some other fine, cold beverage.

One step at a time... first, solid food and clean clothes...

Wes

MM - good breakdown on the state of the Lakers defense. Bynum should help with this like Fish's said:

"We have to close our lane, and not having Andrew in there makes a big difference for us in terms of size and length around the basket."
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All in all the Lakers are "only" giving up 101 pts per game. Compared to last yr 97pts per game. However, their opponents this year are only shooting 43% from the field which is pretty good. Last yrs FG% for opponents was 46%.

We must also factor that teams the Lakers have played thus far tend to play at a faster pace (Houston/Phoenix/Golden State) which has inflated the Lakers Points Against Average.

Anyway there's a lot of room for improvement but I don't expect this team to be great defensively (although they could)...because Kobe, Pau and Drew all put more emphasis on the offensive end of the court. And DFish defensive shortcomings have been well documented. Ron Ron is the only starter that brings in defensively every night!

LakerTom - “No seriously, a nutless monkey could have done your job.”

I agree it's classless. And I agree that Drew contributed to our winning Rings.

Nevertheless, that series of words in that order made me laugh out loud, and the next person who crosses me today is gettin' some serious "nutless monkey-ism" back in their faces.

I say let it go. If it were aimed at you, I'd be all over him in your defense like, well, a nutless monkey eatin' a can of cashews.

The perfect Friday is a Laker game day and PAYDAY. So my final Friday selection is for all those that Just Got Paid.

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Mamba, all I need is that roll call and I'm hyped for the day. THANK YOU! Of course, our Lakers have matured to the point where they realize they're accomplishments thus far really don't mean much...but heck, I'll take a 5-0 record and will be happy to boast about it for them. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | November 05, 2010 at 09:20 AM
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My, my don't we sound hyped this morning. Very good, sign of a true Lakerholic. Happy to boast about the record? Another sure sign you got it bad Princess. I don't think your brand of Lakerholism can be cured. LOL! Good for you! So I take it you are ready for tonights game? LOL!

Hope you feel better soon Wes.

Oh please. This team hasn't even begun to show what it can do on defense for the simple reason that it hasn't even come close to needing to do so. They have all the pieces they need to totally shut down somebody IF/WHEN they need to or just feel like crushing someone just for the heck of it. And Phil knows that too. They've got quickness, quick hands, length, tenacity, toughness, etc., etc. They're going to be a defensive monster when they feel challenged or run into a team they think needs to get an "early and unforgettable demo" (Cough***Portland***Cough).

Man, I can't wait for this team to finally unleash the demo.

p ang - since we're agreed that Theo is Old Yeller, does that make Luke Babe the little pig, or Hazel the rabbit from Watership Down?

I say let it go. If it were aimed at you, I'd be all over him in your defense like, well, a nutless monkey eatin' a can of cashews. Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 09:22 AM
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ROTFLMAO!! Stop this now I say! Think of the children!!!

p ang - since we're agreed that Theo is Old Yeller, does that make Luke Babe the little pig, or Hazel the rabbit from Watership Down? Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 09:26 AM
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I refuse to laugh at anymore of this nonsense...ROTFLMAO!!!!

Oh please. This team hasn't even begun to show what it can do on defense for the simple reason that it hasn't even come close to needing to do so. They have all the pieces they need to totally shut down somebody IF/WHEN they need to or just feel like crushing someone just for the heck of it. And Phil knows that too. They've got quickness, quick hands, length, tenacity, toughness, etc., etc. They're going to be a defensive monster when they feel challenged or run into a team they think needs to get an "early and unforgettable demo" (Cough***Portland***Cough). Man, I can't wait for this team to finally unleash the demo. Posted by: CornerJ | November 05, 2010 at 09:25 AM
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I couldn't have said it better...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!

LRob - with yet another good Friday (no pun intended) cut. I said my last one would be the final Friday song from me, but, well... it's Friday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q30pzYNgAmE

And glad to hear you're feeling better wes.

Good Morning Nation...

I LOVE the smell of ROLL CALL in the morning...

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...Checkin In for Roll Call...

"It's about penetration," ...I said that to a girlfriend once...(it didn't end well)...lol

Mamba24...your roll call is better that a 'fattie'...;-)

Back to the big topic...I think AB will start when he returns...PJ is not going to change this, unless there is a need to...and there is no need right now...having 2 high producing units will be great...and yes when AB comes back...we will be that much greater...you will see when the youngster returns...This one is for you Bynumite...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QCCz4mtd0E

Everyone have a great day...tonight we will be 6-0...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming UP!!!

We don't need no stinkin' Defense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhbzHrAh1pA

Yessss, I'm ready Mamba...always ready for the Lakers.

LOVE the "nutless monkey" quote...had me in tears and I definitely have to use that today. I think I might say that to my boss in a minute (I wouldn't be lying)...wait, gotta check my lottery numbers first. LOL

I love the smell of a Mamba Roll Call in the morning - it smells like...victory!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALi78xSaP0Y
...especially on a Friday game day!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa2nLEhUcZ0

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GET WELL SOON WESJOENIXON - BANDWAGON
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Thought I'd stop in on my way to the store to say hi. 10 days of pneumonia have left unable to
communicate or spend much time doing anything. But I have dreams. I have a vision. I see
sunny warm weather (uh,...it's winter in Indiana wes....keep dreaming) and I see my computers
being fixed sometime soon and my fingers once again finding their familiar places on my laptop
keyboard. I even see a laker game or two being viewed in the near furture with maybe a beer
consumed or some other fine, cold beverage. One step at a time... first, solid food and clean
clothes... Posted by: Wes | November 05, 2010 at 09:21 AM
*_____________________________________________________________________*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) EASTCOASTJESSIE – DRIVER - Hope you feel better soon Wes.
(03) RICK FRIEDMNA RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) MAMBA24 – Get well soon WesJoe my brother. And get your butt back here
(05) MAGIC PHIL
(06) LEWSTERS
(07) PHRED
(08) LAKERLASS
(09) 63 FOOTER - glad to hear you're feeling better wes.
(10) LROB -

this was written:

I did look up evil in the dictionary but it didn't show the profile hobbitmage described.
However, when I looked up troublemaker in my dictionary it just says:
"see also-hobbitmage".

Crap! I missed a reference. Now those photos will have to show up on facebook.

this was also written:
“No seriously, a nutless monkey could have done your job.”
~
This classless description of Andrew Bynum’s contribution to the Lakers winning last year’s NBA championship is actually a perfect description of the this poster and his contributions to the blog.

my response: It seems like someone doesn't go out to the movies very often.
If they did they would have recognized this as A DIRECT QUOTE from
the move: Tropic Thunder. Hence, the " --L.G" at the end of the comment.

re: my contributions to the blog. let's see ...

I've got a LMAO from Mamba24, and a link to a respected sports writer &
actual basketball information pertinent to the poll vs. tightey-whitey
underwear comments from a bynum-supporter who couldn't support any
of his arguments w/ a concrete slab 3-feet thick & who couldn't recognize
a joke if bozo the clown baked it in a cake and threw it in his face.

Enjoy the day folks.

If this person would quit sucking on sour gum drops all day maybe they
would have recognized it as the

ARGGHHH...


I just had the best post EVER - good for at least a dozen or so Friedman Awards - and my stupid computer lost it.


I'll try to regurgitate, but I'm normally a 1 and done kinda girl...


First of all - Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!


GAME DAY BABY!!!!


YYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!


ouchhhhh - something about you used to be funny but now not so much but I still enjoy your posts when you get it together...


hobbit - blah blah ... you're killing me but you're on a roll today and something else about me forgetting what the question was...


Then I had a FAB section on how much I love the diversity of the blog & all the varying opinions. If they're reasoned, or at least well thought out, they can serve to change someone's mind about something or at least round out a person's opinion about something else. It was a very well written and highly intelligent comment... sorry you missed it...


Finally something about holla to the music CRUE... hectic morning commute cuz there's always 1 thing leading to another...


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x65j5_fixx-one-thing-leads-to-another_music


Oops - now I need to add a "Glad to hear you're feeling better wes and you'd better get your hiney back on here quickly or else" note to wesjoejulio.


Oh yeah - and thanks to phred for helping me with my fantasy team. And YES you guys - I hate my fantasy self but if my fantasy guys beat your fantasy guys.. well then it's all good LOL!


See you guys tonight on the chat!


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

Good Morning LEWSTRS! Thank you! Careful what you say to your girlfriendn LOL! Carry On!
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Good Morning JEFE101, Thank you sir! Yes the smell of Gunpowder is also good!! LOL! Carry On!

Yikes - forgot to add that regarding the who should start LO or Socks debate I'm throwing my hat in the "whatever the hell PJ wants to do is fine by me cuz he's got 11 chips and I don't" ring.

If this person would quit sucking on sour gum drops all day maybe they would have recognized it as the
Posted by: hobbitmage | November 05, 2010 at 09:45 AM
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Recognized it as the, THE WHAT! Come on man don't leave us hanging!

Lew with the well-chosen Floyd! A day without Floyd is like a day without Sunshine (and we're talkin' Sunshine acid for you youngsters).

EastCoastJessie - "I think I might say that to my boss in a minute"

Just bet it all on the Lakers and keep rolling it over. No need for the lotto. I have a particular studio exec I'm saving it up for... with a straight face, and then act all innocent and claim it was a compliment. "Honest! It's what ALL the kids are saying."

@63 FOOTER... I know you’re right but I wonder what the reaction would have been had somebody commented that Kobe’s performance in Game 7 last year was like that of a “nutless monkey?” Kind of makes it hard to believe the weak-hearted disclaimers that he is wishing for Drew to do well, doesn’t it? But then, every “nutless monkey” has its day and every classless tasteless comment has its fans.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

hmmmm..... penetration huh?


Good thing there's a game tonight we can focus on.

Laker Tom - just let it go..... Not worth getting hung up on. I'm behind you in supporting Socks and recognizing his value - as are most on here.

Yessss, I'm ready Mamba...always ready for the Lakers.
Posted by: EastCoastJessie | November 05, 2010 at 09:39 AM
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DAMN!!! Still got that SWAGGER!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!

LET US PRAY


Dear Lord, please deliver our brother Wes from pneumonia. Remove every symptom. Rest his body and allow it to recover. Purge his body of every toxin. Restore the strength in his lungs. Restore hm and grant his the strength needed to be a soldier to his family, friends and the Lakers Blog community.


We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!

hmmmm..... penetration huh? Good thing there's a game tonight we can focus on. Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 05, 2010 at 09:50 AM
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Good Lord!!! What has gotten into you people? Lakers win 5 in a row and you are bouncing off the walls. What the hell are you going to do when they win 34 in a row? Now control yourselves!!!! LMAO!!!!

LakerTom - "But then, every “nutless monkey” has its day and every classless tasteless comment has its fans."

Good comeback!

I just find the whole debate fascinating, for imagining how heated it gets here... what Phil must go through, not just with the faux-pundits punditing, but his own players. He sits one guy down, does that guy sulk? Does another guy not play well in the fourth quarter, but great in the first? What combination of players actually works... and against what team, in what quarter, with what score?

For all of our arm-chair coaching, I just have more and more respect for Phil's amazing REAL coaching. The dynamics of a professional sports team are so subtle and complex, and yet I believe Phil is not only the best, but the most iconoclastic in dealing with it.

*________________________________________________________________*
GET WELL SOON WESJOENIXON - BANDWAGON
*________________________________________________________________*
Thought I'd stop in on my way to the store to say hi. 10 days of pneumonia have left unable to
communicate or spend much time doing anything. But I have dreams. I have a vision. I see
sunny warm weather (uh,...it's winter in Indiana wes....keep dreaming) and I see my computers
being fixed sometime soon and my fingers once again finding their familiar places on my laptop
keyboard. I even see a laker game or two being viewed in the near furture with maybe a beer
consumed or some other fine, cold beverage. One step at a time... first, solid food and clean
clothes... Posted by: Wes | November 05, 2010 at 09:21 AM
*_____________________________________________________________________*

(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - LET US PRAY. Dear Lord, please deliver our
brother Wes from pneumonia. Remove every symptom. Rest his body and allow it to recover. Purge
his body of every toxin. Restore the strength in his lungs. Restore hm and grant his the strength
needed to be a soldier to his family, friends and the Lakers Blog community. We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!
(03) EASTCOASTJESSIE – DRIVER - Hope you feel better soon Wes.
(04) RICK FRIEDMNA RIDING SHOTGUN
(05) MAMBA24 – Get well soon WesJoe my brother. And get your butt back here
(06) MAGIC PHIL
(07) LEWSTERS
(08) PHRED
(09) LAKERLASS
(10) 63 FOOTER - glad to hear you're feeling better wes.
(11) LROB -
(12)

wes - Like AB, you are in rehab waiting to step up....Get well soon...This will be a special run this year...and we need everyone on the team present and accounted for...Questions is...when you come back...are you starting or will LO start...either way...wesjoenixon off the bench is still formidable...

@LeBron - What Should I Do...Stop listening to all the 'nutless monkeys' advisors you have...lmao....

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Believe me...DENSITY IS GOOD!!!!!

Wes - get better soon. I might need some bagels in SB.

And, since we didn't link to the source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrmZ30seKeM

'mornin McFly

FABULOUS J IS IT REALLY YOU?

"The perfect Friday is a Laker game day and PAYDAY."-LRob

I cant think of a better day myself. You know I'm gonna have a good IPA handy watching the Lakers.

*I'm actually surprised that the Lakers have started off so strong, especially Kobe. Then Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown have been excellent. Steve Blake has been doing his thing too. It's great to see that the Lakers aren't going to sleepwalk through the season in an attempt to stay healthy for the playoffs. That strategy can easily backfire. Well, it has only been four games, but I like what I see so far.

*I think the Lakers are sending a message to the rest of the league, in particular the Celtics and the Miami Heat, that this championship goes through the Los Angeles Lakers. It looks like Kobe is taking all this Miami Heat hype as motivation. Then the C's think last years championship was a fluke, that's motivation enough right there.

*I'm really impressed with Matt Barnes. He doesn't need any plays run for him, he's perfect for this team. He just does a lot of hustling and irritating, and he makes plays.

*The feud with KG and Villanueva is pretty funny. I was watching that game and saw KG jaw jacking like he usually does. He was all over Villanueva, so it's easy to see how Villanueva got upset. When it was going on, Villanueva was certainly taking the bad end of the whole situation. Villanueva had his head down while KG was all hype. So if KG said what Villanueva tweeted, why didn't Villanueva confront KG right then and there? It just doesn't make sense to me from what I saw. Nobody knows what was actually said, but I think KG just frustrated Villanueva so bad, that Villanueva felt he had to get back at him in some way, so he tweeted that and challenged KG to a fight. That had to be a heat of the moment tweet.

Go Lakers!

And, since we didn't link to the source: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrmZ30seKeM Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 10:02 AM
*
GOD$%$^%#!@!!^%^!!!! PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!! Calm down! Yes it's Game day. Yes our team is 5-0. But this is not the way. Say NO! to NUTLESS MONKEYS!!!!

Phil waits to unleash this team's TRUE defensive schemes until the real season begins -- in April. Until then, it's all about team defensive chemistry.

When the pace slows down, the Lakers half-court defense shines, and AB is the cornerstone. This summer will feature more of the same.

Go Lake Show!

hmmmm..... penetration huh?

Good thing there's a game tonight we can focus on. Posted by: justanothermambafan

Tell me about it justa!!! How the heck are you? Hope you had a great summer.

Phil waits to unleash this team's TRUE defensive schemes until the real season begins -- in April. Until then, it's all about team defensive chemistry. When the pace slows down, the Lakers half-court defense shines, and AB is the cornerstone. This summer will feature more of the same. Posted by: The Outlaw | November 05, 2010 at 10:08 AM
*Good Morning Outlaw! Will it be the usual for you?
OK...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!

since we're agreed that Theo is Old Yeller, does that make Luke Babe the little pig, or Hazel the rabbit from Watership Down?

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 09:26 AM

Hey 63 Footer,

As it was you who came up with is probably the funniest handle for a Laker, I'll go with with whatever you decide. No way am I going to try to better the master.

In defense of nutless monkeys who are NUTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM3C_Rc3uwk&feature=related

p ang - I'm still not feelin' the correct Luke animal meme. I was lookin' at all the horse basketball movies, but nuthin' came to mind: White Horses Can't Jump, Horse-iers, He Got Mane, and my personal favorite: Equus - Above the Rim.

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. The offense will always be ahead of the defense. The Lakers have 77 games to fix that, well, maybe they'll get there by midseason with Bynum on the lineup. I believe that Odom and Gasol are being cautious defending the paint to not get into foul trouble. They realize that Ratliff and Caracter getting extended minutes is a liability for the team. So far neither have been in real foul trouble. The other teams also recognize the lack of depth at center and they are attacking the paint more. Again, this will be addressed when Bynum returns, and as Caracter develops. I don't believe Ratliff will improve unless he is being hampered by the knee right now.

Holla ECJ! I had a nice summer but still need to take some vacation time. Oh well - it's going to have to wait until after the season now LOL! And you? How was your trip? Details, girlfriend - details!

Wes!
-
Brother! I'm sorry to hear that you're sick. I hope you feel better soon. I've been slowly getting over a linger sinus infection. These things happen. You will get better!
-
What do we play for? RINGS!!!
-
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
-
GO LAKERS!!!

Good to hear justa, Bahamas with the kids was awesome (but expensive). I also went to Hawaii with the hubby in September for our anniversary so had a great summer overall. I would totally trade both vacations for an All-Star weekend vacation in LA though.

Well heck then - YOU feel better too Jon K!


Hope to see you on the chat later!

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GET WELL SOON WESJOENIXON - BANDWAGON
*________________________________________________________________*
Thought I'd stop in on my way to the store to say hi. 10 days of pneumonia have left unable to
communicate or spend much time doing anything. But I have dreams. I have a vision. I see
sunny warm weather (uh,...it's winter in Indiana wes....keep dreaming) and I see my computers
being fixed sometime soon and my fingers once again finding their familiar places on my laptop
keyboard. I even see a laker game or two being viewed in the near furture with maybe a beer
consumed or some other fine, cold beverage. One step at a time... first, solid food and clean
clothes... Posted by: Wes | November 05, 2010 at 09:21 AM
*_____________________________________________________________________*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - LET US PRAY. Dear Lord, please deliver our
brother Wes from pneumonia. Remove every symptom. Rest his body and allow it to recover. Purge
his body of every toxin. Restore the strength in his lungs. Restore hm and grant his the strength
needed to be a soldier to his family, friends and the Lakers Blog community. We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!
(03) EASTCOASTJESSIE – DRIVER - Hope you feel better soon Wes.
(04) RICK FRIEDMNA RIDING SHOTGUN
(05) MAMBA24 – Get well soon WesJoe my brother. And get your butt back here
(06) MAGIC PHIL
(07) LEWSTERS - wes - Like AB, you are in rehab waiting to step up....Get well soon...This will be a special run this year...and we need everyone on the team present and accounted for...Questions is...when you come back...are you starting or will LO start...either way...wesjoenixon off the bench is still formidable...
(08) PHRED
(09) LAKERLASS
(10) 63 FOOTER - glad to hear you're feeling better wes.
(11) LROB - Wes - get better soon. I might need some bagels in SB.
(12) JON K - Wes! Brother! I'm sorry to hear that you're sick. I hope you feel better soon. I've been slowly getting over a linger sinus infection. These things happen. You will get better!

@LRob - dude your selection brought back a rush of memories...Me and the posse use to listen to that song on the way to the clubs, to get fired up...LOL...man those were some great years...

@justa - here you go 'masta justa'...

Andrew or Lamar
We are awesome either way
To Phil we defer

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

It's Friday, it's pay day (shout out to LRob), and it's GAME DAY! Need I say more. Oh yes, thanks Mamba24 for the awesome rollcall.... it never gets tired for me. What a treat these games the Lakers have played. I've enjoyed the humming offense - the passing and cutting, the 3-point bombs - oh what joy to watch.

But seeing the big Queen Tyreke Evans have the red carpet rolled out for him to the post is quite disturbing. What can I say, I want it all - stingy defense and a kick ass offense. Is that too much to ask? :)

But seeing the big Queen Tyreke Evans have the red carpet rolled out for him to the post is quite disturbing. What can I say, I want it all - stingy defense and a kick ass offense. Is that too much to ask? :) Posted by: Seely_Iggy | November 05, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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No, No It's not too much to ask at all!! And Good Lakers Game Day Morning to you Seely_Iggy!

Nuts are really not that good for monkeys. They should stick to bananas. So a nutless monkey is actually a healthier and a much more intelligent monkey. If that's not the case, well at least he can't reproduce. A win, win situation, I'd say.

Nuts are really not that good for monkeys. They should stick to bananas. So a nutless monkey is actually a healthier and a much more intelligent monkey. If that's not the case, well at least he can't reproduce. A win, win situation, I'd say.
Posted by: Laker J | November 05, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!! Think of the Children!! OH THE HUMANITY!! Please Game time hurry and come!!! SWEET JESUS!!!

Hey guys. As much as the Lakers have looked well in 5-0 start, don't let this give everyone a false sense of security. I think was to be expected and there will be bumps in the road once the schedule gets tougher

Anyway, there's a new post up

MM - yeah, bumps be comin', but it's fun now, so we enjoy.

At the moment there's a lot of room to improve, and we can get beat by a team simply further up on the learning curve, or by our own incomplete execution. Later, complacency, a long run, health issues (knock on wood), will all come into play.

If we just stay focused and execute, it'll all work out.

@UTZ
Excellent prayer for the needy!

@Wes
I'll be sending you prayers today as well- get better dude!

@Justa
"The Fixx" Nice- brought me back to when I was a wee lad. Lemme keep it rollin with another great one from that era:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ9gEKBoYI

@63Footer
You are busting me up with your rhetoric this morning! I keep placing Curious George into these quotes since my son is currently obsessed with him.

Laker J that was classic. LMAO

Mamba, I agree, gametime better come fast cuz we're all a little delirious.

Mamba, I agree, gametime better come fast cuz we're all a little delirious. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | November 05, 2010 at 10:58 AM
*
You say you're Delirious Princess?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy6Zk4eLoJI

mclyne - Does that make Phil the Man in the Yellow Hat?

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GET WELL SOON WESJOENIXON - BANDWAGON
*________________________________________________________________*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - LET US PRAY. Dear Lord, please deliver our
brother Wes from pneumonia. Remove every symptom. Rest his body and allow it to recover. Purge
his body of every toxin. Restore the strength in his lungs. Restore hm and grant his the strength
needed to be a soldier to his family, friends and the Lakers Blog community. We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!


(12) JON K - Wes! Brother! I'm sorry to hear that you're sick. I hope you feel better soon. I've been slowly getting over a linger sinus infection. These things happen. You will get better!
(13) MCLYNE - Wes I'll be sending you prayers today as well- get better dude

Forgot to add my take on this article.
Are we really complaining about being 5-0 with Kobe on the mend, Pau still playing into game shape, Ron-Ron shooting an abissmal percentage, Socks recovering, an almost brand new bench, and barely a training camp?

Wow, just wow.

@63
LOL!!!!!

Well yes, yes it does(in his younger days, if he had short hair). The build of the two is spot on though!

Forgot to add my take on this article.
"Are we really complaining about being 5-0 with Kobe on the mend, Pau still playing into game shape, Ron-Ron shooting an abissmal percentage, Socks recovering, an almost brand new bench, and barely a training camp?

Wow, just wow.

Posted by: mclyne | November 05, 2010 at 11:06 AM "

Artest is shooting his normal percentage on 3 pointers which is all he is really needed for offensively. Most of his misses come on missed wide open layups.

Kobe already said he was fine.

Pau is fine.

What I am interested to see is how the team responds against tougher competition when the 3 pointers stop falling at the close to 50% rate they're falling at now. Lakers are leading the league in 3 point percentage and it's typically one of their weaknesses. Every offense looks perfect when 3 pointers don't miss, look at the Knicks last night.

The Lakers are off to a great start, but they have been playing nearly flawless ball. I wouldn't expect them to go into a gear higher than what they are already playing at.


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