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Lakers' reserve center Theo Ratliff expected to sit out four to six weeks

After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Lakers reserve center Theo Ratliff is expected be sidelined from four to six weeks.

That means Ratliff could miss 15 to 21 games, if not more, beginning with Tuesday's 5 p.m. matchup at Milwaukee.

Ratliff has played a marginal role since joining the Lakers this offseason, averaging 0.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game, but his absence further depletes a thin front line. Lakers center Andrew Bynum has remained absent while rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right knee, though he's expected to practice next week.

Though both Lakers forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have averaged double doubles, they rank first and second in minutes played. Odom also had an MRI Monday on his sore right foot, which showed he has a bone bruise.

-- Mark Medina

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FROM THE PREVIOUS POST

"Restating my position Fisher is the weak link.
PJ taking Shannon Brown out for Fisher was the wrong move."


Todd

Excellent observation about the Fisher substitution by Phil.................THAT move by Phil put the nail in our coffin. The very next play after Derek checks in Steve Nash walks by Fish for a layup. That's two games in a row that poor management and coaching has cost the Lakers an opportunity to win a ball game.

The previous night when Phil refused to call a timeout to stop Denver's momentum and call a play out of the timeout to get us a basket was the other.

It's ironic that you very rarely see a critical analysis of coaching moves by particularly this Laker media..............either they do not have the skills to critically assess the coaching or they think that a coach who is being paid $12M is insignificant to the Lakers success.


The dreaded repost. Pfunk - you need to stop jacking my mojo LOL!!!


Good morning CRUE!!


GAME DAY BABY!!!


YYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!


PLG - I agree - I'm over it too. I defer to PJ. This team will win in June. I don't care about a November game against a team that is perpetually irrelevant.


FAN UP??? HAHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!!! This reeks of pathetic desperation!! WHAT SHOULD I DO???? I'm a star - why doesn't anyone want to see me plaaaayyyyy?????? WAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!! This is hilarious!!!!! OMG!!!!!


*tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard*


*gasp*


*wheeze*


OK.... whew..... HAHAHAHA!!!


Music CRUE - sorry LRob.. I'm late again... but the drive this morning started out kinda slow, which didn't fit the mood I'm in, so I had to JAM!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5fj3W4zhw4


(fastforward to the 2:30 mark for the beginning)


Have a great day peeps!


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

Here's the thing about PJ: He treats regular season games like preseason. He never calls timeouts for the sake of stopping the other team's momentum. The Lakers probably lose a handful of games they could of won because Phil likes doing it his way, "let the players figure it out". I bet Phil thought the only way the players would get out of their bad habits were if they lost a couple games in a row.

Ratliff out 4 to 6 weeks... ugh...

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Hate to get so cheery on a dreary post, but here goes:

MM: "Hey I thought this link was pretty hilarious
http://www.nba.com/heat/tickets/heat_fan_up_miami_2010.html"
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Oh. My. Gawd...

Fan Up means being told when to show up, when to leave and how to cheer!

Fan Up means not booing the scrub on the floor with "B O S H" on his jersey!

Fan Up means watching our south beach princess call out the coach!

Fan Up means watching repeatedly your team crumble in close games!

Fan Up means one-and-done in the playoffs!

Fan Up means all-hype, no rings!

Fan Up means not selling out our opening night!

Fan Up means watching Riles scribble notes during games and plot firing his coach to try and swoop in for a title with minimal heavy lifting!

Fan Up means gutting your team and reforming it around an ill-fitting trio!

Fan Up means accepting a long-time legacy of losing, outside of being gifted a title when L.A. trades their big-man to you!

Fan Up means opposing point guards and centers run wild on our team!

Fan Up is being so notoriously bad fans it's our team instructing us how to properly root for our team!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Wouldn't it be great if the Lakers handed out fans on Christmas day. All the Laker fans could fan themselves during the game against Miami. FAN UP!

LAKER (DISTORTS THE) TRUTH: My long winded reply to your long winded BASHING:

1) Of course everyone's going to be concerned about extended minutes with Bynum out. How does that make me eat crow? Just because I thought Bynum would be back earlier before we found out that the surgery was more extensive than we previously knew?

2) For a championship team like the Lakers this IS the practice season and for you not to grasp that concept shows your utter lack of sophistication as a Lakers fan. Even when Andrew returns, you are going to scratch your head at some of the combinations that Philip puts out on the floor for extended minutes. Yes, he wants to win HCA, but in the process he tweaks, refines and otherwise gets his team ready for every possible situation. He's also a master at distributing minutes whether your realize it or not.

3) I never "shot down your concerns" about Bynum getting re-injured. Of course that's a concern. I may have tested you by making a bet on how many games he's going to play (if that was you), but that's just me being optimistic about his future. You make it seem like I make all these bold predictions when that is the last thing I am about. So please stop the unfounded accusations.

4) I never said Barnes wasn't a good player, just one I had concerns about. All I said was that if Luke and Barnes started the season healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if PJ had Luke ahead of Barnes in the rotation mainly because of the learning curve of the triangle. Luke started the season injured and I am thrilled that Barnes is fitting in! But you blew that one way out of proportion.

5) If that isn't the biggest distortion and exaggeration of the truth, I don't know what is. I don't "attack" people who criticize Bynum and Luke, I offer my own opinion. If you feel that I'm trying to impose my opinion on your fragile ego, that's your problem. Kobe had an off night and I merely pointed it out in context, which is that it happened during a fluke Suns shooting night in a meaningless early season practice game. Kobe had a bad game. So what. That makes me a hypocrit? I was over that loss by the time I left the arena.

If I am wrong about something, I'm the first to admit it. How that makes me a hypocrit is beyond me. Why you choose to wail away at me is also befuddling, especially when your posts are packed with lies, distortions, exaggerations, attacks and other such garbage in an effort to make yourself look good. But hey, if that works for you, enjoy! In fact, go to the revered "archives" if that makes you feel better.

@NUGGETSCOUNTRY… “The easiset things we had to learn back-in-the-day was to block out your man for rebounding and play between your man's strong hand and the basket on defense. Neither of these two things I see being done by more than 5% of this era of players! Basketball 101 is ignored by these prima donas to the discredit of the game. That is one reason I like to watch women's basketball - they apply tried and true basic principles of play to their games and know that if they cheat they get beat.”
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Well said, NC. Today’s NBA players do not need to box out or favor a players strong hand when defending because they have the talent and athleticism to compensate…or at least that seems to what they all think. Unfortunately, most NBA fans have the same attitude and would rather watch a great drive to the hoop and dunk despite traveling and crab dribbles rather than a great box out or smart defense forcing a player to go to his weak hand. You can see this in the terrible ratings for women’s basketball. Of course, as I am sure you know, there is always another reason for watching the girls play. LOL.

CCX & 888… I love it when you guys are rocking and rolling. Truly a pleasure since you guys and LROB and 63 Footer have come aboard. I feel like I have been emancipated and no longer have to confront the haters and bashers by myself. Keep up the good fight. These are times all Lakers fans should be rejoicing and celebrating, not hating and bashing. The Lakers Blog Tea Partiers just cannot control themselves.
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TOM

Here's the thing about PJ: He treats regular season games like preseason. He never calls timeouts for the sake of stopping the other team's momentum. The Lakers probably lose a handful of games they could of won because Phil likes doing it his way, "let the players figure it out". I bet Phil thought the only way the players would get out of their bad habits were if they lost a couple games in a row.

Posted by: EA | November 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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Exactly and that's just a part of it. Look at the unusual combinations of players he puts out on the court for extended minutes, too. Also look for LAKER (DISTORTS THE) TRUTH to take exception to your knowledgeable observation.

Now that Theo’s out up to 6 weeks, and PJ is reluctant to play Caracter (although I agree that he’s quite ready), maybe the Lakers should take out an ad in the Want Ads…something like this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2cQ47VVzU0


FYI…the Honey Cone out of LA, hit #1 with this in 1971 (remember?), replacing the Stones “Brown Sugar”.

Well, one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity. Caracter will be given a chance to step up and contribute in the front court. With Ratliff out and Ododm slightly hurting, Caracter can see significant minutes in the rotation. Let's see if the Rook is up to the challenge and task at hand. Otherwise, this means more wear and tear on Gasol and Odom. Caracter, this is your chance, make it count.

Kobe888,

You wrote:
"Laker Truth distorts the Truth. For example, take Matt Barnes and your inaccurate take on what I said about him"

Inaccurate? Really? I see your tactics now. When backed up against a corner, lie, deny, lie! If that fails, than discredit the accuser with insults and more lies. This might work in the courtroom, but it doesn't fly with me. We were having a discussion about who deserves more minutes between Luke and Barnes. My take was that Barnes is exactly what the Lakers need from the bench and that Luke does not deserve minute over Barnes, and you disputed my take with the following comments:

"I'm not completely convinced that Matt Barnes is an upgrade over Luke because of the way the team flows with Luke on the floor (both on offense and defense)
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 18, 2010 at 02:27 PM

I see Barnes more as an athletic, high energy player than an under control player who will be a force on defense or have an easy time with the triangle. He's been on 8 different teams in 8 seasons for a reason. This is only the third time he's earned over 1 mil (the Warriors paid him 3 mil in 2007-08, but they overpay everyone; the Magic paid him 1.6 mil last season). There must be a reason for that, too. Maybe he just isn't that good.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 18, 2010 at 02:42 PM"

Is there anything else I said that was distorted? Didn't think so.

Is Mbenga still available?

He was always ready to put in some energetic minutes, was never injured, and seemed to fit in well with the guys.

Yes, he shot the ball waaaay too much, but he was pretty decent on D.

@CCX… “Fan Up means not booing the scrub on the floor with "B O S H" on his jersey!

I wonder where all the Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh fans have gone now that it has become obvious that Bosh WAS the overrated jump-shooting soft power forward with inflated stats as we so aptly pointed out. Here’s to those bloggers who stupidly thought this guy was going to continue being a double-double guy: 14 points, 6 boards, 2 assists, and 1 block per game so far this season. Yeah, trade Bynum for this guy. The Miami Heat fans would line up in mass to join that bandwagon. LOL! Chris Bosh ain’t no banger.

Of course, these were the same fans who thought that Bosh would be able to matchup against the big front lines of the Celtics and Lakers and that DWade’s and LeBron’s 3-point prowess (34% and 26%) would open up the inside for Chris to do his thing. Too bad his thing is taking long midrange jumpers. Now even the Miami fans are souring on this guy and on this overrated fantasy basketball team. Miami sucks.
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TOM

@MM - why are you torturing us with the blow by blow. Just kidding. Excellent breakdown of all the Laker breakdowns.


@DBDH – Yep, Nick’s shhhh the crowd was good stuff. Kobe used to do that one also. I was torn between which of Nick’s antics to list: boxing, his pushing down the pressure or his silencing the crowd.


@MVP – thanks for the compliment. We got a clip of Jimi out of it, so it was worth it!


@yellofever – You’re right, all fans are created equal. Personally I have no problem with any of the posts as long as there’s civility. Also – us KLove fantasy owners got quite a scare last night…whew!


@Edwin – Stevie on the harmonica is as good as it gets.


@Justa – You think the crowd was slightly happy to see MJ…haha. Great choreography …but negative on the gold jockstrap. Hmmm...just wondering who started wearing jock straps on stage. I know Larry Blackmon (Cameo) brought it back in the 80's. But I'm sure someone was doing it in the late 60's or early 70's maybe Bowie,Ian Anderson,hmmm.

justanothermambafan, EA


Fellas, I'm just calling it as I see it..........to your point EA that Phil treats regular season games like pre-season games.............How did you come to that conclusion.

Kobe said as much after the Denver game "just another loss in November" preaching the philosophy of one Phil Jackson.........right?

The very next day when Phil is asked about it on PTI..........Phil makes a point to disagree with Kobe on National TV.........goes on to infer but ever so subtly about the "angst" in Denver .........implying Kobe's issues in Colorado makes this a big game......................about a minute later in the same breath he contradicts himself by saying this is a long 82-game schedule and sometimes it hard to be up for every game especially in November.

Phil Jackson is a confused, walking, and talking contradiction

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

Kobe888,

Deny, Lie, Deny! Keep up the good work. It's fun seeing you backtrack with your tail between your legs.

Whenever I expressed my concern over Bynum's health, or perceived lack of commitment, you called me a "bynum basher", an "unsophisticated fan", a "troll", "an ungrateful and spoiled fan", that had no right to criticize a player after winning two titles. You continue to lump me in with other bloggers and hurl insults over things I've never said. It's no big deal eating crow, over and over and over again, but be a man, own up to your takes, and stop distorting the truth.

"The TRUTH is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

The Lakers' season is in shambles. At this rate, Farmar and the Nets will eat them for dinner! The Spurs are burning up the West, Boston is "Gellin'" and N.O. lost their 1st of many games. I wrote in a previous comment that misery loves company and I feel fine!

Come and sing along with me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thMm-7RFsm0

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!! Mitch will salvage his EOY Award

This news is not too bad, since Andrew Bynum will be coming back soon.

Get Better Theo Ratliff!

LOL - what would a day on the blog be without infighting, name calling, child endangerment and gold jock straps?


You guys know there's a game tonight, right?

Cyber Cosmix, KobeMVP and laker truth,

Come on guys, we have to end all these hostilities. we are not proving anything with war of words and trying to outdo each other. Somewhere, somehow someone started the fiery discussions and now it's difficult to untangle it like a nut. I expected lakertom to be the elder statesman in the blog, yet his reaction is more condescending to one group vs. another. I have seen so many blog wars among laker fans and the end result is not refreshing. It only leads to scars like those gang turfs we watch on 11:00 pm news. We are not in that category, let's all be friends for the spirit of back2back Champs. Show a little maturity and consider other members of the blog.

LakerTom: "I wonder where all the Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh fans have gone now that it has become obvious that Bosh WAS the overrated jump-shooting soft power forward with inflated stats as we so aptly pointed out."
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I think they're taking their cue from Bosh himself, hiding. Now that he doesn't have an offense structured around his limited skills, he's not the focal point, he's being exposed.

It's just a bad-mix of superstars, well two stars and one drastically overhyped one. Miami has some big holes that will be difficult to fill in the coming years given they stupidly gave Mike Miller their mid-level, and the 'timid-2½' already have them over the salary cap. I don't understand how some pretty good basketball minds and most fans were so easily led along by the hype, equating amount of press coverage to greatness.

What jouneymen players are they going to bring in, what rent-a-vets and minimum level guys is in Riley's master plan on how to fix this chemistry experiment gone awry?

But there is no way they will withstand the pounding in the post that the playoffs turn into. It's going to be a bloodbath and a feeding frenzy - as we pointed out - when they run into the Celts or the Lakers.

One other thing, I think that between Wade and Bosh, they are deferring to each other, not wanting to step on each others toes. Neither one is assertive, neither one an alpha-dog, neither a competent leader. I think princess jimmy was looking for Wade to step up and lead - which hasn't happened.

Big problems, big issues, and for years to come. It does make for some amusing watching. I can't believe I actually rooted for the Celtics to beat them, the Jazz game a week ago was a pure delight. Up 8 points with 38 seconds left, with the meat announcers already talking how that was a big win to get them to a 6-2 record... lol


GO LAKERS!!!!!

justa: "what would a day on the blog be without infighting, name calling, child endangerment and gold jock straps?"

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Sounds like a normal day on the blog...

As justa says, IT'S GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!

Can't we all just make our points in a non-confrontational, non-insulting, non-bashing manner?


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Edwin,

You're absolutely right. I was just annoyed by the fact that Kobe888 loves to throw insults at anyone who disagrees with him, and continues to act like a Blog Nazi, policing anyone who criticizes a Laker player, yet he criticizes Kobe of all people. For someone who is consistently wrong in his basketball analysis, I find it amusing that he continues to act in such a manner. I am done conversing with someone who refuses to man up by denying his own statements. I am civil to everyone here, except to those who aren't.

GO LAKERS!

CCX & 888… I love it when you guys are rocking and rolling. Truly a pleasure since you guys and LROB and 63 Footer have come aboard. I feel like I have been emancipated and no longer have to confront the haters and bashers by myself. Keep up the good fight. These are times all Lakers fans should be rejoicing and celebrating, not hating and bashing. The Lakers Blog Tea Partiers just cannot control themselves.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | November 16, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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Tom, you have such a way with words. Thank you.

And to Theo Ratliff .. have a speedy recovery!

Edwin: I hear you, but when people are continually calling someone else out, we can't equate everyone as being the same and equally responsible. You can see proof of that only a couple of entries up from what you write.

I agree, we should all be able to keep things civil, at least try to be. Unfortunately though, some fans are confrontational and overly aggressive, and blog-utopia goes out the window.

I'm with you though, this blog is a great place for us Laker fans and it's dependent upon all of us not to bring it down. But it does take us all deciding to do that, to call people out when they are singling others out and looking for a fight.

From here on out we should all be less tolerant of the taunting and baiting that goes on, when we all step up and do what we can to quell that, all do our part, then will blog utopia be achieved and we will have reached nirvana... ohmmmm.......


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I actually enjoy the hard hitting debates on this blog. It can't be all lovey dovey all the time, that's what gets boring.

I say, get your debate on. Say what you feel. That's how the truth gets out there. Get heated, just do it respectfully.

I'll be happy if Theo Ratliff can make some sort of impact on this team, but I'm not holding my breath on that.

Go Lakers!

Kobe888,

You wrote:
"Laker Truth distorts the Truth. For example, take Matt Barnes and your inaccurate take on what I said about him"

Inaccurate? Really?
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Yes, really. Please quit backing up your own lies, distortions and exaggerations with more lies, distortions and exaggerations. If you want to satisfy your fragile ego, then do as your buddy hobbitmage preaches and go to the stupid archives. Yeesh. As far as I'm concerned, you're a bottom feeder who sloshes around in useless waste rather than focusing on what is important. You simply don't get it. If you relied a little more on historical perspective and less on what happened in the most recent game or who's injured for a few weeks or a few sound bites from Phil, Kobe, Fish or whomever, then maybe you'd relax a little. If your focus is BASHING players from our back-to-back championship teams, enjoy your petty garbage. I know one thing. The Showtime Lakers never three-peated and by all accounts those were some of the greatest teams in NBA history. So rather than focusing on HATING Luke Walton and BASHING players like Andrew Bynum, I think I'll just rejoice and continue to bask in the glory of our championship run with this potentially historic group of players. Won't it just eat at you to have to watch Luke, Sasha and Andrew donning their Three-Peat championship caps in June? Poor Mitchell. The TRUTH will eat you alive. You've wasted enough of my time.

P.S.- Sorry everyone, but this bottom feeder has insulted me enough for one season, so I had to throw some counter-punches. I'll ignore him from now on. It's demeaning.

"As far as I'm concerned, you're a bottom feeder who sloshes around in useless waste rather than focusing on what is important."-KObeMVP888

Not exactly respectful dialogue here

Go Lakers!

Cybercomix,

Welcome to the war.

you wrote: You're obsession with LakerTom/Bynum runs deep. Has there been any post you've made lately without referring to them in a derogatory tone? Sick man, sick...

It's seems to always the same group, always the same people, always the same names. All you guys do is bait and bash away on the blog. Pathetic.

my response: You're memory is shot.

I've commented quite a lot on Kobe, Gasol, Lamar, & Ariza. I also commented
on Blake & Barnes.

Let me help you remember: "Disingenuous"

Also, your grasp of the English language is insufficient. You throw around
the word "bash" and refuse to actually use the word correctly. i.e. according
to the definition.

Bynum keeps coming up for a couple of *VERY* specific reasons.

Reason #1 == LakerTom. All of the Lakers blemishes resolve into "Bynum
will fix that problem."

Ex: After our first loss ... LakerTom paraphrased, "Last night is a clear
example of how the Lakers miss Andrew Bynum".

If memory serves, he actually received the RCOTD for that one...

Notice, he did not say ... the Lakers need to focus more on defense. He
specifically referred to Bynum as the solution to the Lakers problem.

Reason #2 - The Lakers have spent a lot of $$ on Bynum. Of all the
starters on the Lakers, Bynum has been the least committed. Before you
blow a gasket, I did not say that Bynum has not shown *any* commitment.
I said, "the least commitment".

2 quick examples:

#1 No, I'm not training with Kareem. I'm going on a European vacation
#2 No, I'm not getting surgery right away. I'm going to the world cup.

In the space of 1 month, we've gone from a deep frontline to a thin frontline.
Where did it start? Bynum. Secondary affect? Fatigue for Pau & Ratliff.

Reason #3 $$. Name one Laker who has played less and earns more per
year. Name one Laker who receives more hyperbole and has done less?

Reason #4 Fanatic fans. Name one Laker who has a more vocal group of
supporters. Name one Laker starter who has done less for the Lakers.

Reason #5. He's the piece that is busted! He's the junior member of the
team. He's the pampered spoiled brat of the bunch. Seriously. Think back
to the playoffs last year ... What were we talking about?

D-Fish is old & slow.
Kobe is old. Kobe doesn't pass.
Gasol is soft. Gasol isn't hungry enough.
Artest can't shoot.

At the same time as many people were saying this the VAST majority of
fans on this blog were saying:

D-Fish will play great in the playoffs.
Kobe will be Kobe once the playoffs start.
Gasol will play harder when the playoffs start.
Artest is playing great defense.

What happened in the playoffs?

D-Fish came shining through like the consummate professional that he is.
Kobe went off like ... Kobe
Gasol played harder.
Artest played great defense and made some shots.


What did Bynum learn after going to Italy instead of training with Kareem?
"Vacations are fun! I'm going to South Africa!!!"

And where are we today? Waiting for Bynum. Again. Like we have been for
the last two years.

& what are *you* griping about?

"You guys never say anything nice about LakerTom/Bynum"

You are not saying: Bynum's absence is causing a problem for the Lakers'
rotation. It probably wasn't a good idea for him to delay his surgery.

You're just taking shots at anyone who doesn't say anything nice about
Bynum.

I was just annoyed by the fact that Kobe888 loves to throw insults at anyone who disagrees with him - Laker Truth

I agree, we should all be able to keep things civil, at least try to be. - Cyber Cosmix

I'll ignore him from now on - KobeMVP888

~~I cherry pick on sentences that we can deal with to reach understanding. As I said somehow we hurt someone's feelings and it became a tug of war. I hope we dwell on what unite us than what divide us. It is not a utopia but just common sense in any kind of group activities.

cmon theo get well. dont let us waive you.

Hobbitmage,

cool down and don't start another front. we already pulled out our GI's in Iraq so let's move on to a tranquil subject matter.

"I wonder where all the Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh fans have gone now that it has become obvious that Bosh WAS the overrated jump-shooting soft power forward with inflated stats as we so aptly pointed out. Here’s to those bloggers who stupidly thought this guy was going to continue being a double-double guy: 14 points, 6 boards, 2 assists, and 1 block per game so far this season. Yeah, trade Bynum for this guy. The Miami Heat fans would line up in mass to join that bandwagon. LOL! Chris Bosh ain’t no banger."

LakerTom, what are Bynum's stats this year again?

We could use a Turiaf type right now for insurance! Or even a bit bigger........

"It's ironic that you very rarely see a critical analysis of coaching moves by particularly this Laker media..............either they do not have the skills to critically assess the coaching or they think that a coach who is being paid $12M is insignificant to the Lakers success."

Or a third option - that the reporters who follow the Lakers (especially since Phil has coached the team) don't make too much about one regular season game when the team has come off back-to-back championships. Let's not fall privy to a false dichotomy here.

Time to bring in Dampier. Make it happen Mitch!

i'm going to go rodney king on everyone....."can we all just get along"? ha ha. lakers end their "mini" losing streak tonight!

like it or not... accept it or not... Bynum is Shaq "I'll Heal On Company Time" O'Neal II. His teammates are sucking wind because in Bynum's young feeble mind: "I don't know if I'm privileged enough to have the opportunity in four years to attend a World Cup. To me, I had a special moment. I had a good time and now I'm back." Yeah, and lets not forget about your European Vacation afterwards. Bynum: you're a N.J. mope just like "Shaquilla," another N.J. product. If you're lucky, you'll have an "opportunity" to play in N.J. with Farmar! C'mon Mitch - Laker Nation awaits your next move.


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