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Lakers talking to free agent Jake Voskuhl

Voskuhl_300 In search of a big man to add to an ever-thinning front court, the Lakers have talked to the representative for free agent Jake Voskuhl, a 6-foot-11 center known for his physical play.

Voskuhl, 33, did not play in the NBA last season. He was invited to the Clippers' training camp this season but was cut in favor of reserve center Jarron Collins.

With Andrew Bynum out until around Thanksgiving and Theo Ratliff out at least four to six weeks after knee surgery, the Lakers need a player down low.

"The Lakers are a great situation," said Voskuhl's agent, Mark Bartelstein. "Any time they call, you're certainly going to listen. Hopefully something's going to happen."

Voskuhl was close to being signed by a couple of teams last season and mulled some offers in Europe, but he sat out the season in part because his wife was having a baby, Bartelstein said.

"He's stayed in shape," Bartelsetin said. "There's no doubt he can help an NBA team."

Players cannot be signed to 10-day contracts until later in the season, but the Lakers can sign Voskuhl to a non-guaranteed contract on a weekly basis.

Voskuhl has played for five teams in a nine-year career. The Lakers consider him to be an active defender and rebounder despite career averages of 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 blocked shots a game.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Jake Voskuhl during Clippers' media day in September. Credit: Jayne Oncea / US Presswire

 
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He is better than anything else. It won't hurt for two weeks. Lets do it Mitch!

My vote is to bring in either Dampier or Sean Williams.

Dampier or Voskuhl; either one will do for a few weeks. Make it happen Mitch!

I remember Voskuhl, and he was a decent backup. My concern though is that after being out of the league for an entire year, there is no way anybody can be in playing shape. Dampier seems like a much better bet, unless he's asking way too much. One way or another, we need another big. Now.

Sign him (or smeobdy soon) and put him on the plane to meet the team. Gasol played 43:43 last night so he got 4:17 off. That's way to much playing time. Bynum will be back soon but who knows what kind of minutes he will be able to play right away. We could use the help probably until around the first of the year anyway.

Ugh - the dreaded repost - and after a Clipper pic? Yeesh... I'm losing it...


Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!


GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!


YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!


WOW - I enjoyed last night's game so much!! I am officially impressed with Shannon Brown. You can tell how much work he put into his game this summer - true. But you can also see just exactly how Kobe Bryant's work ethic and approach to the game has influenced this young man. Shannon is a sponge. He's soaking in the knowledge and experience he has at his fingertips and is making the most of it, as evidenced by his complete confidence out there on the court. Most improved? I should say so. His progression as a player is a joy to behold, and his maturity as a young man is also on display. Go forth and play Shannon! Do your thang! The Lakers and the Nation love you for it!


I'm hoping for a DC sighting in the game tonight. Throw the kid out there and let him work awhile. I want the raw to get rubbed off - a little experience under his belt will be needed as the season progresses.


I sure hope RonRon's ok.


Ok - gotta run. I got a fix-it ticket that needs fixin' or I'll be blogging from a jail cell. And that can't be good, right? (Exhibit A - Mike T anyone?) Yikes!!!!


Catch you this afternoon peeps - have a great day!

Oh - almost forgot - music CRUE: my commute is just about to begin, so let's see.... I think 2Pac's I Get Around is on there at the moment actually, but I can't find the version I want on the google... :) The next one up was K7's Come Baby Come but I really didn't want to post that video LOL!


So - Retha wins today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZ3_obMXwU

And this works on a couple of different levels!


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

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GET WELL SOON ZAIRA AMATERASU(BLOG GODDESS) - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – GET WELL ZAIRA
(02) FEARLESS – DRIVER – Get well soon Goddess Zaira
(03) LROB – RIDING SHOTGUN - @Zaira - get better. Rockin to the Beatles you're bound to get
better soon.

(10) RICK FRIEDMAN - Get well, Zaira!

(14) CORNERJ - put me on the "Let's all help Zaira with her healing" bandwagon. Oh
wait... (Seriously, Z Lady, get well soon.)
(15) CYBERCOSMIX - Zaira: Glad to see that your Lakerholism is winning over your fever, nevertheless get well as we need your beautiful prose of reason to stay strong!

Outside of tooling around the NBA for years, there isn't a single memorable thing that this guy has done. Here's a guy that has stuck around merely because of his height and moderate athleticism.

This quote I just saw from a Clipper fan discussing their preseason that says it all:
"Thank god JAKE VOSKUHL is off this team, one of the worst players to put on a clipper uni... and there has been a lot of bad players..."

If even Clipp fans are calling him out as being bad, well now that is saying something!

Still, I do defer, "IN MITCH I TRUST" since, in poker terms, he has been running the table with his smart moves and also since I've had my share of crow "cupcakes" the past 3-4 years...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

justa: "I'm hoping for a DC sighting in the game tonight. Throw the kid out there and let him work awhile. I want the raw to get rubbed off - a little experience under his belt will be needed as the season progresses."
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From your keyboard to Phil's brain, not quite gods ears, but you get the picture... lol


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Z - feel better! Game day, short turnaround, no problem - a new winning streak is forged this evening. Personally, I don't think we need to sign another player as Bynum's return is imminent, but do whatever you feel has to be done, Mitch. Unlike Ledouche, Pau has no problem playing big minutes when called upon...
"I'm not too tired or anything," Gasol said. "I'm not worried. It seems like I'm playing a lot of minutes, and maybe I am, but I looked at the stats today, and there's nine players in the league that play more than me. I'm not leading that category yet, so it's all right."

Cyber-bro, on a previous thread, you (correctly) noted the unusual number of other teams' castoffs who have ended up being transformed once they put on a Lakers uniform. That's not just an illusion or an interesting psychic phenomenon due to an empowering set of uniform colors. The fact is that they are getting teamed up and transfused with and by the best coach ever and the best player ever, and a winning mentality. That's genuinely transformative IF they happen to also have some skills, some athleticism, and a good WORK ETHIC (see Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and now, Shannon Brown, Steve Blake, etc.).

The genius then of a great GM (and yeah, I think Mitch has earned the Jerry West mantle) is to correctly assess which castoffs have the core traits to fit in and become transformed. So far, I likey.

Edwin Gueco,

Nice song selection..."All You Need Is {Kevin} Love"!

Makes me wish Kevin McHale was still running things in Minny, so the Celts could make another trade with them!


Suit up the CAP! He's already on the payroll, can still get ya 10 the easy way and has his own jersey... might need new shorts.

He won't bang but the Goggles will scare 'em outta the paint.

Cyber-bro, on a previous thread, you (correctly) noted the unusual number of other teams' castoffs who have ended up being transformed once they put on a Lakers uniform. That's not just an illusion or an interesting psychic phenomenon due to an empowering set of uniform colors. The fact is that they are getting teamed up and transfused with and by the best coach ever and the best player ever, and a winning mentality. That's genuinely transformative IF they happen to also have some skills, some athleticism, and a good WORK ETHIC (see Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and now, Shannon Brown, Steve Blake, etc.). The genius then of a great GM (and yeah, I think Mitch has earned the Jerry West mantle) is to correctly assess which castoffs have the core traits to fit in and become transformed. So far, I likey.
Posted by: CornerJ | November 17, 2010 at 09:19 AM
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Yes, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!

Justa, nice pick up on SB in your FBB team. All he needs is playing time. I'm with you on DC, he needs to see the floor, he has to be eager to prove to the rest of the league that they shouldn't have passed on him.
Cyber, hopefully the lakers will do their homework on this one. What happened to the red headed kid they had in training camp? I believe he was also a 7 footer. Otherwise, look to Minn., they always seem to make the bonehead trades. :-)

Getting an extra big man for practice and to spell Gasol for a few minutes each game until Bynum returns is a minor issue at best. The Clippers-coodies thing is a concern, but Voshkul never did actually play for them so we're in the clear on that. We have 7 games between now and December 1 and only 4 between now and November 26 should Bynum return around Thanksgiving. We'll survive just fine.

Back to Shannon Brown. To think that he is probably the ninth man in our playoff rotation is mind boggling, especially when PJ normally goes about 8 deep come the WCF and the NBA Finals. Rotting at the end of the bench are 2 guys who have been to the NBA Finals the past 3 seasons (Luke and Sasha) and the last seat will be warmed by Theo Ratliff, who hopefully will be healthy when he returns in 4-6 weeks. That is called depth and more depth.

But on to the Motor City! Let's face it, the Pistons stink. How Joe Dumars went from being one of the best GMs in the league to one of the worst is puzzling. Of all the contracts to get rid of, he chose Chauncey Billups? Oh well, that's old news, but you get the point. We should destroy them tonight whether or not our front line is thinned out and even though it's the second game of a back-to-backer. I just hope Kobe pats Charlie Villanueva on the butt and reassures him that Kevin Garnett IS an azz#@*!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Outside of tooling around the NBA for years, there isn't a single memorable thing that this guy has done. Here's a guy that has stuck around merely because of his height and moderate athleticism. This quote I just saw from a Clipper fan discussing their preseason that says it all:
"Thank god JAKE VOSKUHL is off this team, one of the worst players to put on a clipper uni... and there has been a lot of bad players..." If even Clipp fans are calling him out as being bad, well now that is saying something!Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 17, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CCX, a Clipper fan wouldn't know talent when they saw it. Hell, they're Clipper fans for a reason right? If they knew and enjoyed talent, they'd be Laker fans!!

Anyway, Jake isn't that bad a player. He's a backup player and backup players don't do memorable. Starters and Super-subs do memorable. He's a 3rd string big off a championship team or a typical backup on a bad team. He's had 9 years in the league as well so he must have done something right. Who knows, maybe being around some talented big men like Gasol and Odom, he might learn some things and become a better overall player.

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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – CO-OWNER - Shannon's my name and he's got the game! Woohoo!


((22) RAMMNEETKB24 - He is definitely the MIP of the season thus far. He is putting up 10.3 ppg
and won us the game last night!
(23) KOBEMVP888 - Back to Shannon Brown. To think that he is probably the ninth man in our
playoff rotation is mind boggling, especially when PJ normally goes about 8 deep come the WCF
and the NBA Finals.
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GET WELL SOON ZAIRA AMATERASU(BLOG GODDESS) - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – GET WELL ZAIRA


(14) CORNERJ - put me on the "Let's all help Zaira with her healing" bandwagon. Oh
wait... (Seriously, Z Lady, get well soon.)
(15) CYBERCOSMIX - Zaira: Glad to see that your Lakerholism is winning over your fever, nevertheless get well as we need your beautiful prose of reason to stay strong!
(16) JEFE101 - Z - feel better!

I feel like Mitch is shopping at a yard sale.

[dbdh]

888,
You're right about adding another big being a minor issue at best, particularly since our bigs are versatile and Bynum's return is imminent. However, injuries being a part of the game and in preparation of the real season, shouldn't the Lakers dump a SF or guard for a Big? Don't defer to Mitch please, as we all know that he is the only one who will ultimately make the call.

Voskuhl, 33, did not play in the NBA last season. He was invited to the Clippers' training camp this season but was cut in favor of reserve center Jarron Collins.

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The Clippers cut him for Jarron Collins. That's all that needs to be said. I'm not crazy about Damp or any of the names floated out there so far. Anybody know the whereabouts of Nesterovich? At least he can catch the ball and make an open 10 footer. Oh well beggars can't be choosey!

Don`t worry about LBJ. The Beatles wrote a song about him also..."I`m a Loser"!
In the meantime, Celtic radio announcer, Cornbread "Maxwell Silver Hammer", just wants you to make sure the Lakers "Get Back" to the Finals.
Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | November 17, 2010 at 08:25 AM
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Hey Red's,

Speaking of Cornbread. Did him & Larry ever mend fences? I hate to see teammates that helped each other capture two rings fall out. Well, actually in the Celtics case I don’t mind it quite as much. Maybe the Beatles song “Can You Take Me Back” is called for.

" I feel like Mitch is shopping at a yard sale." DBDH


Yeah, you would think that he'd go a thrift store at least. That was funny DBDH

I know it's too early in the season, but I honestly think Shannon Brown deserves the "most improved player" of the year award! He just keeps getting
better!

@Cyber – good take on Lakers being able to transform players

@Amit – good info on how to guard Rondo. But the Laker staff wrote the handbook on that one. Good to see Rick Carlisle read it.

@Justa – Like Aretha the Lakers will demand R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Otis Redding may have wrote it, but Ree Ree blew it up.

@MVP - How did Joe D fall so far? One word - Darko! Well actually he's been on a roll...bad coaching hires (Curry/Kuester)...when the Pistons signed Charlie V and Ben Gordon they shifted the makeup of their team to a scoring bunch but then they hired a defensive minded coach. It didn't make sense. They should be trying to play like Phoenix and saying to heck with defense. Oh well, at least I don't have to hear Piston fans yapping anymore.

I feel like Mitch is shopping at a yard sale. [dbdh]
Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 17, 2010 at 09:36 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! LMAO!!!!

@Mamba - Shannon Brown is doing Chi-town proud. Too bad his fellow Proviso East Alum (Mr. Glenn Rivers) didn't recognize the talent and secure him for the C's.

Also Shannon has the physical tools to be a very good defender. That's another area I expect to see an improvement from him.

What about Chris Mihm?

@Mamba - Shannon Brown is doing Chi-town proud. Too bad his fellow Proviso East Alum (Mr. Glenn Rivers) didn't recognize the talent and secure him for the C's. Also Shannon has the physical tools to be a very good defender. That's another area I expect to see an improvement from him. Posted by: LRob | November 17, 2010 at 09:50 AM
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LROB you are good sir. How the heck you know all these facts I don't know, I'm just glad you are on our side sir. And yes we are proud of Shannon. I think the defender side of Shannon is one of the surprises that will be unveiled in the playoffs. You don't want to show all your assets too early.

CornerJ: "The genius then of a great GM (and yeah, I think Mitch has earned the Jerry West mantle) is to correctly assess which castoffs have the core traits to fit in and become transformed. So far, I likey."
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me also likey likey!

If one looks at the organizations these players came from, the Celt's (Foxy), the Blazers (Shaw, Blake - let's overlook his couple months with the Clipps), the Cav's (Shan-WOW!), the Rockets (Ron Ron), the Magic (Ariza, Barnes, I should say ½ the NBA for him! lol) - they've all been in at least decently successful teams, but you are right, they come here and Phil really has a magic-touch, as much as Mitch has the vision to pick them up.

I so love it though, it's so great when these players that have bounced around the league, the 'cast-offs' like B-Shaw, or 'throw-in's' like Shan-WOW! come here, flourish and find a home. I'm always extra-happy for them. It has always seemed that putting on that purple and gold has brought the best out of most players (not named Smush or Kwame, but I digress...) all the way back to the showtime era with guys like Bob McAdoo and Mychael Thompson. But even those guys were successful at some point, Shan-WOW! and Shaw were always overlooked and really flourished in L.A.

longwinded way to say you are absolutely right, the Lakers have a nice 'secret recipe'

A portion of great coach with motivation
An infusion of winning attitude
A heaping spoonful of work ethic
mixed all in by a GM that spots the talent

bakes into a very nice player.

When they are good people though it really makes it so sweet to watch and follow them. The Lakers have not only always had great players but people too - we are truly blessed as Laker fans...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

What about Chris Mihm? Posted by: Todd | November 17, 2010 at 09:55 AM
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Stop it I say! Stop it now! This way lies madness! But I really think, don't all hit me at once...Kwame Brown would be a good pickup. He knows the triangle so no learning curve. All the players like him so no worry about team chemistry. And he sure can throw those cakes.

When they are good people though it really makes it so sweet to watch and follow them. The Lakers have not only always had great players but people too - we are truly blessed as Laker fans...GO LAKERS!!!!! Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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Yes we are. SWEET JESUS!!! THANK YOU LORD!!!!

Amen mamba!

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J-Dizzle: "CCX, a Clipper fan wouldn't know talent when they saw it. Hell, they're Clipper fans for a reason right? If they knew and enjoyed talent, they'd be Laker fans!!"
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ROFL!!! You're right about that!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!

I'd rather throw a jersey on a carbonite-encased Han Solo and stand it up in the paint to take charges and set solid screens than have Jake Vawful. Just sayin'.

[dbdh]

we should pick up a guy like mikki moore instead of this dude .

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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – CO-OWNER - Shannon's my name and he's got the game! Woohoo!
"
(04) LROB –DRIVER2 - Shannon...Spartan Dawg doing his thang...look out! Good call on Shannon
for the NBA's MIP award (Most Improved Player). If he keeps playing like this he'll definitely be in the running. Shannon Brown is doing Chi-town proud. Too bad his fellow Proviso East Alum (Mr. Glenn Rivers) didn't recognize the talent and secure him for the C's. Also Shannon has the physical tools to be
a very good defender. That's another area I expect to see an improvement from him.



(24) LAKERFAN32 - know it's too early in the season, but I honestly think Shannon Brown
deserves the "most improved player" of the year award! He just keeps getting better!

Mikki Moore = Busta Rhymes (post ATCQ) RAWR! like a dungeon dragon!

What's the scenario?

No thanks. Maybe we can trade Sam Perkins for Benoit Benjamin and Doug Christie again.

[dbdh]

Shannon "Mickey Mouse Hands" Brown for MIP 2011!

DBDH!

Speaking of yard sale, I am wondering if these players are still available (i.e. not retired): Mikki Moore, Brian Skinner, Mark Blount.

Let's just hope Bynum doesn't do anything stupid to hurt himself before his knee heals...

http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/16/los-angeles-lakers-star-andrew-bynum-ferrari-cops-speeding/

"Speaking of yard sale, I am wondering if these players are still available (i.e. not retired): Mikki Moore, Brian Skinner, Mark Blount."

Posted by: LakerPeace

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They don't answer their cellphones while mallwalking, silly!

[dbdh]

I'd rather throw a jersey on a carbonite-encased Han Solo and stand it up in the paint to take charges and set solid screens than have Jake Vawful. Just sayin'.
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Mikki Moore = Busta Rhymes (post ATCQ) RAWR! like a dungeon dragon! What's the scenario? No thanks. Maybe we can trade Sam Perkins for Benoit Benjamin and Doug Christie again.
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Shannon "Mickey Mouse Hands" Brown for MIP 2011! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 17, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!! Stop this I say! Stop it now!! THE HORROR!!!


The Lakers know they aren't going to find a stud big man just laying around at this point in the season. They are looking for a tough vet who can give 5-10 workmanlike minutes a night and give Pau and Lamar some rest. Jake Voskuhl may be that guy. And he may not. But he's available and he will probably get a shot.

If we only had Marc Gasol...maybe we can trade Sasha, Luke, and some draft picks for him. I am day dreaming.

From Dave McMenamin of BSPN L.A.:

"Overall, the free-agent center crop is pretty barren after the Phoenix Suns signed Earl Barron and another journeyman, Dwayne Jones, who has had stints with five NBA teams, is headed to China. Other options include Marcus Cousin who was a late training camp cut by the San Antonio Spurs; Darryl Watkins who was in camp with the New Orleans Hornets; and Brian Zoubek who did not make the New Jersey Nets’ final roster. They could also go the NBA Development League route. Drew Naymick, who was a training camp invitee for Los Angeles, is playing for the Lakers’ D-League affiliate in Bakersfield. The other top centers in the D-League include Courtney Sims of Iowa (who played on the Lakers’ summer league team in Las Vegas), Cheikh Samb of Sioux Falls (who the Lakers drafted with the No. 51 pick in 2006), Chris Hunter of Fort Wayne, Sean Williams of Texas and Magnum Rolle of Maine.”"

Corner J: There is Drew Naymick, the Lakers training camp cut, playing for the Lakers D-League squad in Bakersfield, along with former Laker training camp cut, D-Leaguer Cheikh Samb.

A name that jumps out of the list is Magnum Rolle, not just because he's got a cool name lol. He's a fellow Bahamian hoopster like Foxy and Mychael Thompson, and he did pretty well in the summer league. I was surprised to see him on the list because I saw the Pacers had signed him, but I just googled him and see that they had to release him because they weren't able to trade Dahntay Jones and Solomon Jones to keep him.

He's young and a little undersized at 6'9", plus they already have DC, but they should at least consider him. He was considered every much a steal in the draft as Ebanks or DC, but he may have more defensive skills than Caracter since he led the WAC in blocks, was all-american team in defense, and had a nice training camp.

As for the fantasy league, LEWSTRS made the move of the week the other night when he dropped Sideshow Bob (the Suns Lopez twin) and picked up Feast-or-famine Frye on the day the Lakers played them. Lopez gets injured and Frye lights them up from 3. Genius move... lol


GO LAKERS!!!!!

"Speaking of yard sale, I am wondering if these players are still available (i.e. not retired): Mikki Moore, Brian Skinner, Mark Blount." Posted by: LakerPeace ###
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They don't answer their cellphones while mallwalking, silly!Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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LMAO!! Please, please someone stop this man before I bust a gut!!!

@mamba
please add my to the ShanWow bandwagon.
This guy is single handedly ending Sasha's carrer as a Laker by his spectacular all around game. Go UPS!!!!!!

@Don't Blame
BAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAA!

@All
What about Mbenga? He knows the system, won't breakdown, and can be encouraged not to shoot the ball everytime it reaches his hands.

LRob,

Larry claims that he "likes" Cornbread, but still holds him responsible for 1985.

Maxwell had just signed a big contract, and lost his "lunch-pail" work ethic. He didn`t rehab his knee enough to help in the `85 Finals.

To retaliate, Max maintains that KG is better than Larry was.
KG is great, but not THAT great!

DBDH: "They don't answer their cellphones while mallwalking, silly!"
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LMAO!!

Are they strutting their model walks down the mall? That mikki especially, dude really had a hair fetish!

Forget Jake Voskuhl.

The ideal solution came to me this morning...

SHANNON BROWN FOR BACKUP CENTER!!!!

UPS DELIVERS!!!!

Also, Damp isn't a good fit because they want someone who can actually be on the floor, not sitting on the bench with multiple injuries.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, no more Kwame talk. I throw up a little bit in my throat whenever I hear his name.

DBDH: "They don't answer their cellphones while mallwalking, silly!" LMAO!!
Are they strutting their model walks down the mall? That mikki especially, dude really had a hair fetish! Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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GOD$%##@$#^^ As someone said yesterday, what the frak did they put in the water!!! LMAO!!!
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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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No one on the Lakers is happier for Brown's emergence then Bryant, who took Brown under
his wing as soon as he was traded to the Lakers two years ago and has mentored him into
the all-around player he has become this season." "He's a worker," said Bryant, who called Brown
his little brother. "He's talented, physically gifted, but he puts the work in."@ Arash Markazi
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – CO-OWNER - Shannon's my name and he's got the game! Woohoo!


(24) LAKERFAN32 - know it's too early in the season, but I honestly think Shannon Brown
deserves the "most improved player" of the year award! He just keeps getting better!
(25) DON’T BLAME DELHARRIS - Shannon "Mickey Mouse Hands" Brown for MIP 2011!
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GET WELL SOON ZAIRA AMATERASU(BLOG GODDESS) - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – GET WELL ZAIRA


(14) CORNERJ - put me on the "Let's all help Zaira with her healing" bandwagon. Oh
wait... (Seriously, Z Lady, get well soon.)
(15) CYBERCOSMIX - Zaira: Glad to see that your Lakerholism is winning over your fever, nevertheless get well as we need your beautiful prose of reason to stay strong!
(16) JEFE101 - Z - feel better!
(17) C.RIVER - amurasa (the lady from italy) - you are gorgeous

888,
You're right about adding another big being a minor issue at best, particularly since our bigs are versatile and Bynum's return is imminent. However, injuries being a part of the game and in preparation of the real season, shouldn't the Lakers dump a SF or guard for a Big? Don't defer to Mitch please, as we all know that he is the only one who will ultimately make the call.

Posted by: LakerJ | November 17, 2010 at 09:36 AM
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I defer to ... ha ha. Why dump anyone? Luke is virtually untradable, Ebanks has a lot of potential and the Lakers certainly aren't going to trade a rotation player like Barnes or a starter like Artest. If anything, adding a serviceable big for cheap to fill out the roster at 15 players sounds like the best idea. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Josh Boone, who has plenty of NBA experience, is versatile, and desperately wants back in the league. Of course another option would be to trade Sasha's expiring contract, but because of the uncertainty surrounding the CBA, trades are going to be difficult in general.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, no more Kwame talk. I throw up a little bit in my throat whenever I hear his name. Posted by: mclyne | November 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS, now it's gotten MCLYNE!! Don't drink the water people please, please!! I beg you!!! OH THE HUMANITY!!!

"Shannon "Mickey Mouse Hands" Brown for MIP 2011!

DBDH!"

Hilarious (but spot on) visual! Sorry, DBDH, but now I definitely have to "blame Del Harris" for infusing you with such a gift for images.

And Cyber-bro, nice find on the McMenamin Fire Sale list of kinda-sorta-bigs. Dude, you're definitely working overtime, and Mitch owes you big time if you turn over a good one for him. Question: who's available from Europe? I was impressed with some of the bigs out there. Maybe our cousin Ricky out there in EuroLand can be a spotter for us.

Mark Eaton called.

Mitch didn't answer.


[dbdh]

Forget Jake Voskuhl. The ideal solution came to me this morning...

SHANNON BROWN FOR BACKUP CENTER!!!!

UPS DELIVERS!!!! Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | November 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Eaton called. Mitch didn't answer. Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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Sir if this continues I'm afraid we will have to pump your stomach and place you in restraints!!! LOL!

OK, Cyber-bro, I've done further analysis of your Fire Sale list and decided we've GOT to sign Cheikh Samb, just so we can have a Cheikh 'n Blake offense.

Boring start to the year and to the blog, especially the live one during games. We need more Laker losses and blog infighting. I miss the way things use to be...

My suggestion. Let's call Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He is still greater than Voskul and Dampier combined, even though he's now an AARP member.

Or Karl Malone, like he said in the Skechers commercial, the all-time scoring mark is not that far away!

My suggestion. Let's call Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He is still greater than Voskul and Dampier combined, even though he's now an AARP member.

Or Karl Malone, like he said in the Skechers commercial, the all-time scoring mark is not that far away!

Boring start to the year and to the blog, especially the live one during games. We need more Laker losses and blog infighting. I miss the way things use to be...Posted by: troy | November 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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That's it!! I'm ordering a DEFCON1 immediately!! It's not just in the water it is now airborne!! LOL!

*repost*

Good Morning Nation!!!

I love the smell of Mamba24's Roll Call in the morning...LEWSTRS checking in...

ShanWOW is the MAN!!! He put in alot of work during the summer, and it shows...Please include me in the MIP bandwagon...

Dedicated to Mr. ShanWOW Brown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=oZ5QLXTUTRA

@LRob - my flavor today...I missing the old hood in Cali...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFMLARtqxCY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs9hp4ubU1k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZDlnU5zwwE

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

zaire - like we discussed in the chat...Tea with lemon and honey did wonders for me over the weekend...Hope you feel better soon...

No Kwame please...I like Turiaf coming back...

Anyone miss Andrew Bynumite yet...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Damn!! I wish the I'm Funny Damnit Lady was here to join in the madness! OH well carry on but...REMEMBER THE CHILDREN!!!

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GET WELL SOON ZAIRA AMATERASU(BLOG GODDESS) - BANDWAGON
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I will be short and mainly just cheering you because I have a BIG fever and gotta rest a while
if I want to make it for tonight chat.Not even fever can stop my Lakerholism, no matter if I
have to wake up at 2 am ;) Forced home by fever (I'm getting better LRob and Larry... you cuties :)
Thanx for the shoutouts ;)), PS: today sun shines and it's an amazing day in Milan. *sigh*... just
when I cannot put nose outside... Oh well... rest isn't bad after all ;) and still blessed by an only
Beatles playlist (oh, that surely is healing!)
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(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – GET WELL ZAIRA
(02) FEARLESS – DRIVER – Get well soon Goddess Zaira
(03) LROB – RIDING SHOTGUN - @Zaira - get better. Rockin to the Beatles you're bound to get
better soon.
(04) CALIPHILOSOPHER – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Please put me on the
"Get Better Zaira" bandwagon.
(05) MAMBA24 – Get well soon Goddess. When you hurt Laker nation hurts
(06) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – Zaira get well soon
(07) LAKER LASS – Get well Zaira
(08) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Shake it off Goddess and get well soon!
(09) PHRED
(10) RICK FRIEDMAN - Get well, Zaira!
(11) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL
(12) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS - Best wishes and better health to Zaira.
(13) 63 FOOTER - Zaira - I hope you're feelin' better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI7b2z6xA7k
(14) CORNERJ - put me on the "Let's all help Zaira with her healing" bandwagon. Oh
wait... (Seriously, Z Lady, get well soon.)
(15) CYBERCOSMIX - Zaira: Glad to see that your Lakerholism is winning over your fever, nevertheless get well as we need your beautiful prose of reason to stay strong!
(16) JEFE101 - Z - feel better!
(17) C.RIVER - amurasa (the lady from italy) - you are gorgeous
(18) LEWSTRS - zaire - like we discussed in the chat...Tea with lemon and honey did wonders for
me over the weekend...Hope you feel better soon...

I am glad Jake's contract will be non- guaranteed, because once Theo and Andrew are both healthy, we really have no need, that being said, the Lakers signing another big for the rest of the year may not be a bad idea. I read somewhere that we are talking to Dampier as well. He could do what Mbenga did.

Forgive me if I'm not overwhelmed by the prospect of signing someone who was cut by the Clippers, but if he can help until Drew gets back, then I'm for it, I guess ????

Why anyone hasn't figured out the real secret to our success yet is beyond me. Mitch will look for a big whose last name begins with B. Why mess with a proven winning formula. The Killer Bees live!

CornerJ: "I've done further analysis of your Fire Sale list and decided we've GOT to sign Cheikh Samb, just so we can have a Cheikh 'n Blake offense."
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LMAO!!! Jamie Sweet last night referencing the two chicken tender chicks, now this... oh my...

I'm with mamba, someone spiked the water! I thought I told 63 Footer not to empty his bongwater into the reservoir!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Anyway we can trade for Yao Ming or get the other Gasol from Memphis? Sounds like a long shot, but would really like to see Yao here...maybe ronron can use his connections to talk to him over...

Why anyone hasn't figured out the real secret to our success yet is beyond me. Mitch will look for a big whose last name begins with B. Why mess with a proven winning formula. The Killer Bees live! Posted by: Laker J | November 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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EUREKA!!! I think we got ourselves a winner here folks!!

I'm with mamba, someone spiked the water! I thought I told 63 Footer not to empty his bongwater into the reservoir!Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 17, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! I'm putting on my Haz Med suit right now!!! LMAO!!!

@LEWSTRS
excellent selections- gonna keep it rollin with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVI9XJ5p-2Y&feature=more_related

@mamba
Please add me to the Zaira bandwagon. I'm sending some prayers of healing your way!

Also, please add me to the ShanWow bandwagon.
This guy is single handedly ending Sasha's carrer as a Laker by his spectacular all around game. Go UPS!!!!!!

Maybe the Sixers would be intersted in a trade involving Sasha and Tony Battie. He fits the mold for being a big man with the last name of starting with a 'B.'

I haven't checked if the numbers matched, but if he's healthy, it may work out!

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GET WELL SOON ZAIRA AMATERASU(BLOG GODDESS) - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – GET WELL ZAIRA


(14) CORNERJ - put me on the "Let's all help Zaira with her healing" bandwagon. Oh
wait... (Seriously, Z Lady, get well soon.)

(19) MCLYNE - Please add me to the Zaira bandwagon. I'm sending some prayers of
healing your way!

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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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No one on the Lakers is happier for Brown's emergence then Bryant, who took Brown under
his wing as soon as he was traded to the Lakers two years ago and has mentored him into
the all-around player he has become this season." "He's a worker," said Bryant, who called Brown
his little brother. "He's talented, physically gifted, but he puts the work in."@ Arash Markazi
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(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – CO-OWNER - Shannon's my name and he's got the game! Woohoo!


(26) TNTLAKERFAN - Shannon is definitely the difference-maker off the bench this year. The
person that should be most excited by this should be the great Kobe Bryant. He now has a guy
that will allow him to dominate in short stretches during the regular season and finish games
fresh. And with Fisher getting ready to retire in the next two, the Lakers could finally have
the prototypical shooting guard/point guard in the triangle alongside Kobe for years to come.
(27) MCLYNE - Also, please add me to the ShanWow bandwagon. This guy is single handedly
ending Sasha's carrer as a Laker by his spectacular all around game. Go UPS!!!!!!

Psssst: Marc Gasol will be a Laker in February.

Pass on Dampier; he's damaged goods and will not hold up to the rigor of a few NBA games which is why Miami passed him up and they were desparate for a "big." For the amount of time that's needed to fill the void, i think we should get the tallest and most productive guy in the "D-League." Reason being that the player will be younger, is already in some sort of game shape and will be motivated as heck to produce on a team playing for a 3-peat. Opportunities can bring out the best in people and maybe that's what we need right now.
Pretty soon, teams are going to begin honing in on Shannon which is going to spread the floor out some more. I also think that Pau needs to go back to the 4, LO back on the bench and make "do" with the person brought in for the 5. So, we lose a few games but we'll be healthy for the playoffs; it's a small sacrifice for the big prize. I don't expect Bynum to be back until next month or beyond. Doin' a 110 in a Ferrari while your team is awaiting your return sounds really dumb to me. What happens if you get in an accident? You're out and you leave your team in trouble. This chump is not committed and it's as simple as that. Mitch and Buss are aware of this and I think "Shaquilla II" may be on his way out.

This chump is not committed and it's as simple as that. Mitch and Buss are aware of this and I think "Shaquilla II" may be on his way out. Posted by: frmkt | November 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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Don't you think, maybe, just maybe a touch harsh on the kid?

"This guy is single handedly ending Sasha's carrer as a Laker by his spectacular all around game."

Posted by: mclyne | November 17, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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No doubt... Another Laker who made me eat my words this year and it sure was tasty! He's definitely a legit MIY candidate and I believe he has the genuine desire to continue improving his game. He just might be able to fill in for Kobe when he retires! Shannon knows that the Laker organization will pay for excellence and I think Shannon has that potential. Ahhh, the power and seduction of money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCkLEo-DT1Q

Don't you think, maybe, just maybe a touch harsh on the kid?


Posted by: mamab24 | November 17, 2010 at 12:01 PM

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Yes... Frustration with the rich, spoiled kids.

OK...

For better or worse I'm back online. And I'm stuffed. The smoked salmon was a good buy.

Hmmm...

I'm still hungry.

Wes

Shannon Brown at backup center? ROFLMAO! Remember, he doesn't want to be known as a dunker. I don't think that would help the cause

Sign Jake Mitch. We need help and Dampier doesn't seem to be interested in coming for a chance at a ring so let's not waste time waiting. Seems like Jake wants to come so it works out for us and him.

Sign up Jake Voshkuhl. I like him he is very good if given the chance.


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