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Phil Jackson estimates Andrew Bynum will return to practice by the end of next week

With Lakers center Andrew Bynum continuing his rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee, Coach Phil Jackson estimated that he will return to full practice by the end of next week.

"He's running hard," Jackson said of Bynum, whose rehab process has partly entailed running on an anti-gravity treadmill. "It looks like he's about ready to do 100% load-bearing activity, which we think puts him on the court at the end of next week."

The Lakers' expectation that Bynum will practice in what Jackson calls "basketball-related drills," coincides with Bynum's estimation, shared Oct. 17 to The Times' Mike Bresnahan, that he would start practicing in two to three weeks. That's when Bynum was cleared to participate in non-basketball-related activities after missing the first part of training camp because of off-season surgery. Jackson, whose 5-0 team plays Friday at Staples Center against Toronto, has said he expected Bynum to begin playing somewhere around Thanksgiving.

He specifically cited Bynum's size, shot-blocking abilities and presence in the lane as areas that will help the Lakers' defense, which has allowed at least 100 points to opponents in four of their five regular-season games.

Bynum's return will lead to Lakers forward Lamar Odom reassuming his sixth-man role, despite recording three double-doubles and appearing in top condition.

"One of those problems is obviously Lamar going back to the bench and coming off the bench," Jackson said. "But the thing is those guys will split minutes somewhere in the 30-range, which really gives them a sense of being able to rest and play and not wear themselves in the game of basketball in this 82-game season. I think it's best for the team. Being a team player that [Odom] is, he understands that."

In other news, Jackson said Lakers forward Luke Walton won't play in a game until he gets through what's called a "hard practice." With Lakers are coming off a back-to-back, ending with a game Wednesday at Sacramento, the team didn't go through a full practice. They had a team meeting, players received treatment and reserves Steve Blake, Shannon Brown, Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks worked on individual shooting drills. Walton went through various rubber-band exercises and running drills with Lakers physical therapist Alex McKechnie.

-- Mark Medina

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Bynum should not rush anything. I'm sure he knows that and the coaching staff know that. The Lakers are getting a chance to establish an identity without Bynum. He will add a tough and defensive presence in the paint when he returns. But if he were to get injured again the Lakers are showing us that they might just be alright. Drew get healthy for the whole rest of the year.

"Walton went through various rubber-band exercises and running drills with Lakers physical therapist Alex McKechnie."

I know, I know, I know what this really means, but I pictured Luke with some weird cats-cradle of rubber bands looping between his fingers and going: "Look! I made a palm tree!"

Next up: Andrew Bynum and Bruce Willis in Die Hard 5 - "Run Hard!"

@PUDDLE... Not a South Park fan but that was sweet. And yes, the punch line was worth waiting for.
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@NAY99... Congrats on the RCOD. Don’t let the naysayers rain on you parade with their petty childish naive comments. Those in the know understood you meant to compliment Kobe, not disrespect him.
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@FRMKT... “Also, does anyone agree with me that Bynum should come off of the bench for a few months once he gerts back? I agree with the saying,"If it ain't broke, it don't need fixin'."
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Phil has already said that Bynum will return as the starting center once he is ready to play so the entire issue is a moot one. As sensationally as Lamar Odom is playing right now, however, I can understand how fans might think starting Lamar and having Drew come off the bench might make sense. Hell, if Lamar could play like this for 82 games, I would have little problem with Drew coming off the bench.
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The thing to realize is that basketball is still all about the matchups and so far Pau and Lamar have had matchups that favored them and allowed them to flourish offensively. All you have to do is think back to the Finals when Big Baby schooled Lamar in the low post to or Shaq toyed with Pau to understand that there will definitely be matchups where Drew and Pau at the 5 and 4 would be more effective.
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@MVP888... “Fish said after the game that his concern was improving the defense and getting the opposition's scores down to the low to mid-90's. In other words, he's more concerned about that than W's and L's because he knows that defense wins championships. There's plenty of time for that. Bynum's return will only help that, especially once he's back into game shape. As for the offense when he returns, zzzzzzz. Doesn't matter. It's all about defense. This Lakers team can score in its sleep.”
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You bring up an excellent point, Kenny. Here’s the thing that the fans clamoring for Lamar to start need to realize. Leading the league in scoring at 113 points per game is great but the Lakers are not going to win another championship allowing opponents to score 100 points per game we’ve allowed so far. Championships are won by defense and you can see from the layup drills that teams run when Pau and Lamar are playing the 5 and 4 that the Lakers miss Drew anchoring the paint and protecting the rim.
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The big difference between this team and the one that lost to the Celtics two years ago is the defensive toughness brought by Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest. Teams do NOT attack the paint against Drew because they are intimidated by his toughness and hard fouls. If you don’t believe that is true, just ask Kendrick Perkins or other players who’ve suffered injuries attacking the rim against Drew. I love that Pau and Lamar are playing great right now but that does not mean that we don’t miss and need Drew.
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Rather than root for Drew or Lamar to start, Lakers fans should rejoice that we may finally see the team show the league leading offensive prowess of the 2008 and 2009 teams AND the defensive intimidation of the 2010 championship team. Now that is something every Laker fan should be able to get behind.
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TOM

Drew can't come back soon enough. Watching Theo Ratliff is like watching an old dog try to hop up on the bed: you know the will and desire are there, but the legs aren't, and you just end up feeling bad for it.

puddle - Don't let 'em shoot Old Yeller, er, I mean Old Theo! No! No!

Justanothermambafan,

this post is for you: [ even though you won't cough up that info :) ]

someone wrote: The big difference between this team and the one that lost to the Celtics two years ago is the defensive toughness brought by Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest. Teams do NOT attack the paint against Drew because they are intimidated by his toughness and hard fouls. If you don’t believe that is true, just ask Kendrick Perkins or other players who’ve suffered injuries attacking the rim against Drew. I love that Pau and Lamar are playing great right now but that does not mean that we don’t miss and need Drew.

my response: while a number of people have spoken about Bynum and his
length & everything that it entails ...


I maintain that the matchup of Vladamir Radmonivic vs. PP was what
determined the outcome of that series.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=280612013
vlad 10 PP 20 lakers lose by 6

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=280608002
vlad 13 PP 28

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=280605002
vlad 5 PP 22

Oddly enough .. PP became the finals MVP ...

re: Bynum's hard fouls. Ummm ... We must be watching different people.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=Bynum-090602

snippet:
It would have been a nice parallel, the two young centers (Howard's 23, Bynum is 21) taken a year apart in the draft, both competing in their first NBA Finals. Only it's pretty hard to compare a guy whose defining moment of the spring was putting the Magic on his back in the conference championship-clinching game to a guy whose defining moment of the spring was putting a Playmate on his shoulders at a pajama party.

Howard's averaging 21.7 points and a league-leading 15.4 rebounds in the playoffs. The only noteworthy thing about Bynum's playoff numbers is they make a palindrome: 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds.

snippet:
"I'm not playing my best basketball," Bynum conceded. "I'm a little bit limited here."

Them's not exactly fighting words heading into the Finals. As a result, all the center hype is directed toward Orlando, such as Jackson's observation that "I don't know who can guard the big kid if he's as physical as he is. Howard's just a real powerhouse down there inside."

snippet:
"Boston didn't beat us by posting people up," Derek Fisher said. "Kevin Garnett made shots; Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, they made shots, rather than just giving the ball to anybody and letting them go to work in the middle."

re: Perkins being injured. Ummm .... Can we expound upon that?

sure.

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=5290682

snippet:
Perkins spilled hard to the floor after being sandwiched between Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant as the trio battled for a loose rebound under the Boston basket with 5 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the first frame. Bynum got tagged with a foul for coming in over the top, and his momentum carried Perkins into Bryant.

So ... if Bynum got injured landing on LO & Bynum got injured when Kobe
ran into him & Perkins got injured when Bynum knocked Perkins into Kobe
... Perhaps we should be talking about the toughness that Kobe brings to the
Lakers? Is there evidence to support the toughness of Kobe?

*sigh* There's not enough time in the day to detail his toughness, but I'll
give a quick overview:

Broken Pinky on shooting hand -> NBA Finals.
Drained Knee before 2010 playoffs -> averaging 30+ per game during the
playoffs.

Broken Index finger mid 2010 season -> NBA champions ...

1 MVP, 2 Finals MVPs.


Drew can't come back soon enough. Watching Theo Ratliff is like watching an old dog try to hop up on the bed: you know the will and desire are there, but the legs aren't, and you just end up feeling bad for it.

Posted by: puddle | November 04, 2010 at 02:00 PM
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Yes, its painful watching Theo.

LRob - I think we're just running out of music, and we've lost so many brain cells along the way we can't remember who posted what!

Or at least that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it.
Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 01:16 PM
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Totally unacceptable. You're the Lon Chaney of the blog....just replace faces with songs.

Let's go BYNUM!

I was always a Bynum supporter....And I'll be til the end......


.........of the year. Marc Gasol will be a free agent next season.


It's like being married to this hot chick, but she always have a "problem" and you cannot fully enjoy her. Sometimes a healthy wife is better than a hot one.

LRob - "You're the Lon Chaney of the blog....just replace faces with songs."

Whew! For a minute there I'd actually thought you'd seen my face!

Okay, you've made me dig for it with that challenge. The topic, as per the post: Practice (as in Drew will return soon).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cj24fFizxg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br-Dy3puDoc&ob=av2e

I sure hope I didn't duplicate anyone here!

i want my own:

pajama party & palindrome

the Killer PPPPPPP's

Magic Phil - I'm kinda confused: so if my "hot chick" wife gets a knee injury I have to trade her for Marc Gasol?

@LakerTom, I agree you gain defense with Bynum but you lose speed and offense. How does the cost-benefit finally work out...

Seems like Theo is playing injured right now, he looked great in the pre-season...

GREAT NEWS...Bynumite progressing with the rehab, and will start actual physical practice...

@63 Footer - You must of had some of that guano coffee with a glob of butter...

For you are definitely on a ROLL today...lol

@puddle - Dude that was hilarious...I want to add...darn, I forgot what to say...

"What Should I Do"

@LRob - Music is endless...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-bGmcFnVSQ&feature=&p=05775143E1D79736&index=0&playnext=1

[excuse me while I cut and paste]

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!!

63 Footer -

Wouldn't surprise me if Theo suddenly disappeared and the Laker PR team informed us he was taken to a farm where he has plenty of room to run around with other shot blockers.

LEWSTRS - "[excuse me while I cut and paste]" to be sung to the tune of Purple Haze.

Note to self: all coffee tastes good with enough brandy in it.

Greatest Sound of Music moment? Stepson was very young and he didn't want to watch Sound of Music when me and my 2nd ex-wife were catching it on TV. So... er, cough, cough, we told him that all the people but Julie Anderews were zombies. To this day he still asks: "What was that singing zombie movie I watched when I was little?"

Kids: so much fun to amuse.

63 Footer -

Wouldn't surprise me if Theo suddenly disappeared and the Laker PR team informed us he was taken to a farm where he has plenty of room to run around with other shot blockers.

Posted by: puddle | November 04, 2010 at 02:34 PM

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puddle - did you drink some of that coffee too...LMFAO....

puddle - "Wouldn't surprise me if Theo suddenly disappeared and the Laker PR team informed us he was taken to a farm where he has plenty of room to run around with other shot blockers."

That made me blow civet-digested coffee out of my nose!

sunday we play Portland, the first .500+ team

looking forward to 2 things

defense: and how Fishy will play Miller

and because Ron is kinda slow with lanky fast SF, Luke Walton will save us from Batum. all is under control.

and because Ron is kinda slow with lanky fast SF, Luke Walton will save us from Batum. all is under control. Posted by: the Activator | November 04, 2010 at 02:44 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

hobbit - ummmmm thanks? TRULY - a most outstanding, scroll-worthy post.


LOL just kidding with you my friend!


I really don't think there's a simple answer to why we lost 2008 or even why we'll win 2011. Basketball is a team sport - as we're constantly being reminded of. Who's to say for sure that we would have won in 2008 with Drew playing? I'd like to think yes we would have, and I have a lot to say in support of my theory. Same with 2011 - I say we need him back and healthy in order to win it all again. Others take a different tack. To each his own... ad nauseum. The bottom line is we're all Laker fans with all the pet theories, opinions and smack talk that goes along with that. If the Lakers win - and they have - and will again - shouldn't we just enjoy? It will be over again far too soon, and we'll have to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous trolls when it's time to rebuild. I for one am SO not looking forward to that. I'm justa going to enjoy the winning feeling now while it lasts. And DANG don't it feel good??!!!


BTW - what's the question?


When Bynum is on the floor, Gasol's game suffers. Gasol is an elite playmaker in the post, and Bynum's presence prevents Gasol from maximizing his full skill set. The offense stops revolving around Gasol in the post, and the paint gets overcrowded. Lamar's game suffers as well when coming off the bench. Lamar excels with better players around him, and is far more effective playing with Kobe and Gasol, than on the second unit.

To best utilize Gasol, Lamar and Bynum's skill sets, Bynum should come off the bench. He can be the focal point in the second unit, and have all the shots he wants. Bynum can start against certain matchups (i.e. Orlando, Boston, Portland), but against most other teams, the Gasol/Lamar tandem is better than the Gasol/Bynum tandem, and that's precisely the reason why Lamar usually closes out games over Bynum.

Activator - the Kings are over 500. And tough at home with a lot of young talent.

Portland at Staples shouldn't worry me, but it kinda does. Sunday night games here are regularly letdowns. But I got a good feeling about this team nonetheless.

82-0 Bandwagon still in effect. Just 77 more. We got this!

LAKER TRUTH | November 04, 2010 at 02:49 PM

… and i approve this message.

any questions?

Bynum will not hurt the starters offense....if anything it improves the break, forcing longer shots, rebound and go....

I like the idea of Phil playing Lamar at center on the renegades, ala Coach K....which would open the door for Walton to play with this small group, don't laugh, the passing might be the triangle at it's best


... Perhaps we should be talking about the toughness that Kobe brings to the
Lakers? Is there evidence to support the toughness of Kobe?
*sigh* There's not enough time in the day to detail his toughness, but I'll
give a quick overview:
Posted by: hobbitmage | November 04, 2010 at 02:09 PM

reading the above i just had 2 flash backs i can't forget

1. Howard is ready to dunk the ball to give Magic a 5 point advantage in the last seconds of Game 4-2009 Finals

Kobe smacks the "superman" out of him, brings him to the floor. Howard misses 2 Ft. those misses set up Fish for the shot that takes us to Overtime.

2. lobe snatching the ball out of Howard's hand and Howard is called for a foul. game 5-finals 2009

i'm disappointed in myself that with these 2 examples i also had to bring up the "myth" of Gassy being able to hold Howard and to erase the soft label. never happened.

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82 WIN – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - Excuse me, but my 82-0 bandwagon still
has all it's wheels on and still has plenty of seats. Not to mention plenty of vodka....
(02) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER1 –
(03) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN – DRIVER2 - By the way, I agree with someone's previous
statement (sorry can't remember who) that this is going to be an epic season. Not only is it
going to be Banner #17, and a record 4th three-peat for Jackson, but I think Phil's gonna
want more. Breaking the 72 win record, breaking the 33 game streak record, perhaps even
16-0 in the playoffs. I've been on the 82-0 bandwagon since day 1!
(04) HTJ - RIDING SHOTGUN - 82-0 Bandwagon still in effect. Just 77 more. We got this!
(05) MAMBA24 – I just follow where the Head of my Family leads folks
(06) MAMBA24BG- I just follow my Dad.
(07) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – SHERIFF
(08)

@63 Footer - Now that's more like it. Oh wait a minute, the buzzer just sounded indicating both of those songs were used...one on August 6th 12:07am and the other on September 2nd at 4:48pm. Sorry!

I stumped on practice, but I can't let mclyne drop in a good ole Detroiter like Jack without reciprocating...HELLO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1bH7DzH9A

LRob - Really? Really? Ah, man... I'm so, so, so....

Having done my "practice," I will move on to Detroiters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3a8HdYf3KE

@63 and LRob

gonna keep it rollin with J.W. and another one of his creations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tndP407luk

BYNUM A MERE MYTH and a real BUST so far.......did the laker win game 7 or the injury to Perkins cost Celtics game 7...

Bynum's contributions so far Zilch but mythical in proportions when written by a day dreamer!!

Bynum is an all star, a franchise player, next greatest center, the beast in someone's imagination. He has given his fans a warm and fuzzy place to day dream and that is all.........

BYNUM A MERE MYTH and a real BUST so far.......did the laker win game 7 or the injury to Perkins cost Celtics game 7...

Bynum's contributions so far Zilch but mythical in proportions when written by a day dreamer!!

Bynum is an all star, a franchise player, next greatest center, the beast in someone's imagination. He has given his fans a warm and fuzzy place to day dream and that is all.........

I need a lift, folks. How about that 82-0 bandwagon?

Activator,

Just curious, do you think the Lakers would have won the Finals last year without "gassy"?

Or the year before that?

Or even made it to the Finals?

"Gassy" as a term on this site needs to be banned. There is no way in Hades that Gasol should be referred to by that name. I would take him over any other big in the game today- and so would many GMs.

Without him, Kobe would have got his wish to be traded and we would be about as good as the T-Wolves.

@mclyne - you got real bluesy on me...I like. So I come back with a old blues classic by Jack..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t1_ETuWIbE

@63 Footer - Wow I never heard of the Rationals but that was jamming. Anyway I did finally think of one that would fit your practice theme...because practice does make perfect right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8a4nBoBl4c

@Lew - You're right music is endless...but there's so many kinds of music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEQxEJ5_5zA

a bird in the hand?. it seems to me that drew can best serve the lakers by at least at first, coming off the bench. he can best adjust to the stressors being put upon him . pau and lo work well together because they are both rather nimble, a quality that drew does not seem to have. also starting with the b's can open drew's game up. if the lakers are playing a team with "big" bigs ,then adjustments can naturally be made

Arguing about Drew, Pau, etc.: wow! Just... wow! It's not either/or - the more we have, the more Phil & Kobe can use. Simple as that.

mclyne - lovin' the Jack.

LRob - Run DMC in the house! I have a near-Detroiter (I forget the city, but near, in MI). I dedicate it to all the bloggers whinin' about the Lakers, who not ONLY are back-to-back champions (which DOES NOT happen very often kids), not ONLY are 5-0 to start the season (which also DOES NOT happen very often kids), but our starting center isn't even playing yet (okay, that DOES happen pretty often), and Kobe "Bean" Bryant isn't even up to full strength yet (FEAR THE BEAN!).

And don't forget LUUUUUUUUUKE!

@LRob

One of my favorite songs from Jack and an unparalleled guitar performance!
the intro reminded me of this gem:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhd3wEG4BXM&feature=related

63, I'm sure PJ thinks like me.....

1 year

Thoughts on Sparky Anderson...

I remember him saying that "Willie Stargell was so strong he could hit it out of any park, including Yellowstone."

Some on this blog would admonish him for him english and use of double negatives. When people gave him a hard time Sparky would say, "Ain't no english teacher ever managed in the big leagues".

Anyway he was an excellent coach who played a big part in utilizing (or over utilizing) relief pitchers. It was nothing for Sparky to use 5-6 different pitchers in a couple of innings.

Put me in the group that (like Sparky) believes Pete Rose should be in the HOF.

My prayers are with his family/friends.

i totally agree with lakertruth and i've said it the last couple of games. have 'drew come off the bench and keep lamar in the starting lineup! lamar seems to be much more agressive this season as a starter. kobe "the activator" bryant is getting everyone involved especially L.O. the starting five looks pretty damn good if you ask me. last night as you all know everyone in the starting lineup was in double figures, which we needed, since the bench wasn't as prominent in last nights victory. we've got plenty of scorers, just need to tighten up the DEFENSE, that's where 'drew's focus should be when he comes back. close down the middle where we've been using the "ole" defense on all of our opponents! playing "matador" defense will not get us our 17th title!

Magic Phil - "I'm sure PJ thinks like me...."

PJ actually said that to me the other day. Seriously. :)

Nah, I'm not gettin' into the middle of any of it. I just want everyone to be healthy, and then we roll like a big wheel. Starter, bench - I don't care as long as we win, and all the Laker players themselves better feel the same... or I will starting linking to nothing but Jefferson Starship until they succumb to the inevitable. (With some Stryper and Naked Brothers Band thrown in as well.)

@63 Footer - Yep that was a big hit in Detroit. I didn't think many outside of the area knew about the Underdogs. (But I should've known you did). Anyway they were part of the Detroit Rock scene at that time with Nugent, Glenn Frey, Seger and others. BG signed them to tap more into the rock market, but in retrospect he probably signed the wrong group...lol, but they were good!

@mclyne - classic indeed!

MM,

You forgot the 6th take away from the game!!

6. Sonny is bitter

@ChicNstu

ahhh, "the Rain Song," one of the best ever written. Here's a great live version of one of my favs from Zepp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm3zUQjG5no

As for the Stripes, you gotta dig deeper than that my friend- how about this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z86tLeodosg&feature=related

If you haven't seen the movie from which this was taken, go directly to Netflix and put it on the top of your list!

Tim-4-Show - "6. Sonny is bitter"

Was it wrong of me to laugh at this?

This is for Sonny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCNjd0V10LQ

Hey guys. Just a heads up. There should be a post up within the next half hour-hour. I give my two cents on the should Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom start debate

LRob - "I didn't think many outside of the area knew about the Underdogs."

The Nuggets and Pebbles boxes are your friends. (And then when I found a regional band I liked, I hunted them down like a wolverine.)

gassy |ˈgasē|
adjective ( -sier , -siest )
1 of, like, or full of gas : the carbonated water has a gassy, soda-pop character | gassy planets like Jupiter.
2 informal (of people or language) inclined to be verbose : a long and gassy book.
3 (of people) flatulent.
DERIVATIVES
gassiness |ˈgøsin1s| noun

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Gassy [ˈɡassɨ] is a village in in east-central Poland

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fizzle |ˈfizəl|
verb [ intrans. ]
end or fail in a weak or disappointing way : their threatened revolt fizzled out at yesterday's meeting.
• make a feeble hissing or spluttering sound : the strobe lights fizzled and flickered.
noun
a failure : in the end the fireworks were a fizzle.
• a feeble hissing or spluttering sound : the electric fizzle of the waves.
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [break wind quietly] ): probably imitative (compare with fizz ), but perhaps related to Middle English fist (see feisty ). Current senses date from the 19th cent.

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Gassy=fizzles

now if Gassy would be from Gassy, maybe he could have ubeen a Cossak, a renegade and a good fighter. but he is from Barca, so "ole" and "matador"defense.

didn't MM pointed out after the GS game that there is need for HELP defense from the front court????????????

so who ever beats Fishy, passes by Gassy!!!!!!!

did u know that Gassy finished with NO PERSONAL FOULS against GS or Phoenix?

let me see, if a player of his caliber has 3-4 fouls in a playoff game, i understand that he SHOULD not commit a silly foul to put someone on the line.

but how is it possible that every player from the Phoenix team made a layup with Gassy watching. and he did not smack any of them to show them that this is HIS HOUSE?

what does he do with the UN_USED PF? save them for the posterity? is there a stat that offers a Cup for the least PF in the NBA?

and now, the little Freudian slip from Kobe: in his postgame interview on the court, Kobe said that the middle was not defended, implying that Gassy and LO did not do the job. did u see Gassy looking like usual to the bench to see if he is not called for being: lazy? soft? or that Lopez pushed him out of bounds by securing a rebound. and Gassy turned to the referee to complain. but thanks to the new rule he had to shut up?

and i mentioned the Kobe slip because all the interviewers have the "idiotic" pre-written questions: the next one was: what do u think about Gassy's and LO's play? and Kobe as a diplomat WHO NEVER BASHES HIS TEAMMATES IN THE PRESS (contrary to Gassy who goes to the press to wash his dirty laundry), immediately said that they do a terrific job.. but that was BSPN and their "______" job.

did you read any line written by MM regarding that Fish/Gassy matador/ole defense that now, none other than Fishy, is PREACHING about getting better?

no, because MM will talk about all the defensive lapses, EXCEPT ever mentioning the name Gassy. i'm sure as a foreign player, he has to have diplomatic immunity.

Mclyne.. very good.. try this one out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzdgU_kpGo&feature=channel

and because we had a poll about engagement/marriage, maybe the Sharapova, Sasha is a bad fit. indeed, they have the "fixing the hair" thing in common.

how about Sharapova-Gassy as a couple?

they both scream after a shot: "make every shot soft shot"

how about Sharapova-Gassy as a couple? they both scream after a shot: "make every shot soft shot" Posted by: the Activator | November 04, 2010 at 04:47 PM
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LMAO!!! Stop this I say!!!

Glad to hear Bynum is nearing his return to the team. If and that is if Bynum comes back playing like he was playing prior to his injury all will be good in Laker Town.

Personal note: Never again will I drive across the US in 2 days. I feel like I have been run over by a truck hahaha I guess nothing a couple days of good sleep won't take care of. MA to Pomona in 54 hours stopping twice and sleeping for roughly 4 hours total. I forced myself to stay up and watch last nights game and was glad I did with Kobe putting on a gem of a game.

Like I use to yell out while I was in MA, LAKERS BABY LOL

@63 Footer/ChicNstu - if y'all about to get into Zep playoff be sure to pack a lunch. Just make sure you drop in Fool in the Rain for my delight!

@63 Footer - Well the "Wolverines" aren't hunting so good these days...much to my Spartan delight. Anyway one last tidbit on the Underdogs...the guy that gave them their first record deal (before Motown),Ed "Punch" Andrews, later manager both Seger and Kid Rock.

Oops that should be mclyne and ChicNstu!

@the Activator
I have a few questions for you. First, how many Finals appearances have the Lakers made since aqcuiring Pau? Second, how many of those ended in CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS?

The proof is all there.

@ChicNstu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16LI4TUucW4&feature=related

Random 5-0 observations:

1. Sasha should shave all his head hair. When fixing your hair gets in the way of inbounding the ball and the need to rub your eyebrows before a free throw, you should shave it all off. Its annoying as heck.

2. SBrown needs to limit his dribbling to just 4. Shoot or pass after 4. Nothing ever happens when he dribbles more, ends up passing to Blake to set up the triangle.Time's awasting.

3. MBarnes is one mean son of a gun.

4. Any team ever been been undefeated and expecting a top 5 C to return?

5. The newcomers to the Lakers must think this is all surreal.

6. I'm glad Magic sold his shares. tired of him always picking another team to win the Finals.

7. Mbenga must really have annoyed PJackson to have been replaced by Old Yeller.

That's good news...we need everybody healthy and ready to play. It's about time that Andrew and Pau finish the 2010-2011 playing together healthy and when they do I think the Lakers are unbeatable in a 7 game series. This early on I think they need to jell well in offense and defense, the 2nd unit will continue to improve even you put Walton and Sasha in the mix because they know the system well. What the team really needs to improve is defense...it is not good to give 95-110 pts to your opponent. Mostly, I think of the 3 B's ( Barnes, Blake & Brown) it will Barnes that will really shine...he knows how to position himself to get a rebound, cut to the middle to get a pass, he also knows how to pass, can shoot the 3, can drive to the hoop, not afraid to mix with the bigger guys...you can expect this kind of game from him even against tough teams like Boston, Miami, OKC,Dallas, Orlando but for Brown and Blake it still remain to be seen, especially Brown, However I really like the way Brown plays, I want to vote for him the Most Improved Player this year....keep it up men and keep shining.... 3 peat and beyond....

Magic Phil - "I'm sure PJ thinks like me...."

PJ actually said that to me the other day. Seriously. :)

Nah, I'm not gettin' into the middle of any of it. I just want everyone to be healthy, and then we roll like a big wheel. Starter, bench - I don't care as long as we win, and all the Laker players themselves better feel the same... or I will starting linking to nothing but Jefferson Starship until they succumb to the inevitable. (With some Stryper and Naked Brothers Band thrown in as well.)

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 04:11 PM
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That's what i want too, bro...
Glad we're in the same page!

@P ang, obvious question. Random 5 but list contains 7? Other than that a very good and funny list. So...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

I was at Staples Center North last night by Arco Arena Way, too many f-ing lakers fans and I was one of them. I think there were 4-5 guys wearing lakers jersey for every kings fan. Awesome game!!!

7. Mbenga must really have annoyed PJackson to have been replaced by Old Yeller.

Posted by: p ang | November 04, 2010 at 05:04 PM

4 dribbles every other play!!!!!

i was really wondering what this guy DJ did to not have the chance to be resigned for minimum for one more year. looks like he upset all the gods.

we can speculate on this: Bynum always out, so during practice, DJ was banging to hard on Gassy, Gassy went to mommy, meant daddy, to complain about being TOUCHED and PJ decided o ship DJ out.

or maybe complaining about playing time?

p ang - I think the "Old Yeller" nickname just might stick for Theo, if we keep using it.

Magic Phil - we on the same page, the same book and the same library.

LRob - "Ed 'Punch' Andrews" I love people who can spot talent over generations. Like John Hammond & the like.

Oh no! A Zep-off! Lemme see, got my caffeine, got my No-Doz, got my bootlegs, got my New Yardbirds, got my Encomium... oh, wait, it sucked so bad I threw it out. Got my John Bohnam memorial shot glass and gallon vodka bottle. Okay, I'm totally ready!

4 dribbles every other play!!!!!

that's for UPS-crub

mamba24,

Not to state the obvious too but the Lakers are 5-0.

Hey all,
Been away a bit and that looks like that trend will continue. Family crisis and health issues will make me part timer. My computer acting up and gets frozen when I go to youtube.
Latest thing is repeat what I said before. Theo not better than Mbenga. Old Yellow too funny. I think Pau should talk to Marc not to sign extension with Memphis and become unrestricted FA. He can then sign with Lakers as we get Luke to retire and join coaching staff. Trade Sasha for pick(s) and let Theo go. Thee contracts gone and one incoming and hope he gets a little better than MLE.

oops meant Three contracts gone.

mamba24, Not to state the obvious too but the Lakers are 5-0. Posted by: p ang | November 04, 2010 at 05:31 PM
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P ang not to state the obvious again but, Mamba24 - yes mamba24 - can sometimes be an idiot! Lol! Thanks for clearing up what was right before my eyes.

Hey all,
Been away a bit and that looks like that trend will continue. Family crisis and health issues will make me part timer.Posted by: JustaLakerFan | November 04, 2010 at 07:22 PM
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Take care of yourself my brother, The Blog needs you. My prayers for you and your family.

mamba24/larrY

justa.... from 1 to another.... take care of yourself & your loved ones. We'll hold down the fort!

WOW! DENSITY at the beginning of the day. Don't get no better than that! SWEET JESUS!


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