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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for New Year's Eve game against Philadelphia 76ers

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--The Times' Jim Peltz explains why Lakers center Andrew Bynum feels healthy and effective enough to start tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr provides the latest vote totals for the 2011 NBA All-Star game.

--The Philadelphia Inquirer's Katie Fagan details how Evan Turner has contributed during Andre Iguodala's absence.

US Weekly reports Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian will have their own reality T.V. spinoff show.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky remains conflicted about Odom's reality show spinoff with Khloe.

--The son of former Laker Nick Van Exel is being charged with murder.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford highlights Lamar Odom's contributions.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Thursday's practice.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down Bynum's performance against New Orleans.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders if Odom will remain a perfect sixth man.

Tweet of the Day: "What up world!! How many people went out and got they Rim Reaper shake from Millions of Milkshakes!!!" -- ShannonBrown (Lakers guard Shannon Brown)

Reader Comment of the Day:Why do other teams like San Antonio, Utah, and Boston play to their full potential and we don't? Interesting question. My theory - Boston is fresh from the nightmare of coming so close to winning game 7 only to fall to the hated Lakers. They're convinced that if only they had homecourt advantage, they'd have won that O'Brien. They upgraded personnel and KG is finally healthy again (until yesterday, that is).

Boston is fixated with getting back into the finals and having another shot at us. With the East stacked as it is, they know they have to put the foot to the pedal the rest of the way. San Antonio had fallen short last year. They too feel that this is THEIR year since they've beefed up their front court to better match the Lakers. With Parker, Ginobli, and Duncan healthy, with Splitter and Dejuan Blair fitting in... the Spurs have a great combination of willy veteran leadership and youthful energy. With Duncan's steady decline, there's a sense of urgency for the Spurs. As for Utah... well Utah is Utah. They've got a great system with Jerry Sloan and they are for the most part a consistent team, perhaps lacking a few pieces but they'll fight tooth and nail anyway.

Our Lakers know they've got the talent. They've played more games than anyone in the western conference and it's too easy to claim they're worn out. The great start to the season further compounded the belief that sheer talent will be enough. Given the weak teams they were served with, they started taking the feet of the gas pedal. When Drew's prolonged absence put a strain on them, they start cutting corners and taking a few things for granted. Bad habits begin to form and yet, they shrug it off as "hey, it's just an off night". But consecutive off nights become a pattern of behavior and mediocrity becomes a shared mental model for this team. The first step is to recognize that the bad habits have gotta go...

That's what I'm hoping the Lakers would do - recognize they have a problem and make sure everyone is on the same page with regards to what needs to be done. I doubt the Lakers have totally turned things around - good habits take time to redevelop, but it sounds like they're headed in the right direction." -- Seely_Iggy

--Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol drives to the basket past Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes during the first half of the Lakers' 93-81 victory in mid-December. Credit: Barbara Johnston / U.S. Presswire

 
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Happy New Years to all. But before we can get to New Years...there's a little matter of New Years Eve...


Ella Fitzgerald - What Are You Doing New Years Eve?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkjz-6nic8

Posted by: LRob | December 31, 2010 at 08:38 AM

Good Morning DJ. LRob! Happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours my brother. A very good cut!! This one is not so bad also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1YbfCQmr4o _ New Years Eve _ Nancy Wilson

Mamba24,

FEELING YOU! Lakers all day. Lets get another one and start the New year off on a happy note.Just win baby.

Go Lakers!

Mamba in the Morning,

All the best to you and yours in 2011 also. Sweet Nancy...yes sir voice as smooth as honey! Now hopefully the Lakers can bring some smooth execution in the New Year!

Starting the new year off right (still 31st here though but no worries!) with a Mamba24 roll call :)

Happy new year everyone!

The Lakers new year's resolution should be to gradually build momentum up until March, and then just execute the game-plan. I still believe in the three-peat in '11...happy new year to my Laker family!

Good Morning OCLEZY. Happy New Years to you and yours!!! Yes I think a win will be just the right note to start the New Year off on. It's poetic that the game is in Kobe's Philly stomping grounds.
I LIKE IT!!!! Carry On!

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...CHECKING IN for Roll Call for the last time in 2010...

@Seeley - congratulations on the RCOTD award...great post...

2011 is going to be a HUGE year...and yes the Lakers will be a part of it...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation....

#17 Coming Up!!!

HAPPY NEW YEARS ALL!!! Please be safe out there today!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to come on and wish all you a safe and Happy New Years Eve. My Cousin is doing better, but he's still not out of the hospital. I'm gonna try to
Sneak in some tequila so we can have our New Years Shots at midnight! Thank you all for the bandwagon, I was touched and so was my cousin. Here's to a Lakers victory to end the old year and to ring in the new 2011.

Good Morning Faith, Happy New Years to you & your Family my Sister!! Yes I cannot think of a better way to celebrate a New Years Eve than with a Lakers game & my Laker family with Queen Faith holding court. IT DON'T GET NO BETTER THAN THAT!!!

AW HELL YEAH!!!! RCOTD = SEELY_IGGY = OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!! KUDOS!!!!!

And in the spirit of the season, Happy New Years No Mo' Platitudes! May you and yours have a Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Years my brother!!

seely with the great Friedman win (I like the whole post you did very much).

Been busy, but here's a slew of New Year's songs to wish y'all and the Lakers a happy happy coming up, and a great 2011:

Don't matter what year, it's always 1999:

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

A happy, Happy New Years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb8dnTng1R8

And, well, it's the Breeders:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1TOkSYmNFE

Gotta represent our own:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MwhxdGAnic

And, well, it's Van:

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

And, because not everyone in the world is always gonna be happy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0IRY_eWuIw

Have a great New Years Lakersblogfamily...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG8mbe2Ck3c

With all due respect to Kobe, he's still the best overall NBA player, but our best player this season so far has been Lamar Odom.


Hands down.

I'm sad for Van Exel's son...


"...playing around with guns..." Not a good thing.


Guns don't bring anything good...anything.

My New Years selection...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0IRY_eWuIw

2011 is a fresh start...and will be a rebound year for me...

Of course #17 will highlight the year...

Here's to a AWESOME 2011...Good Luck to us all!!!

WISHING ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR . . .


Have taken an extended break from posting. Still read the threads everyday. I just grew fatigued from the personal stuff grinding through nearly every thread. Recharging my batteries and looking forward to a return in the new year.


Happy New Year to all my blog-buddies here. Wishing a safe and civil new year here as we celebrate another Laker season together!


LakerMike

My thoughts on Lamar...

1. He should be in the All Star Game...
2. He should be a top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year...
3. He should get his third bling this year...
4. He should get his spin off with wife Khloe...

Any revenue he can gets for him being a Laker, is well earned...Everyone seems to forget he gave up money when he resigned with the Lakers last year...

I want to see more good things happen to Lamar...He has had so much pain in his life...Great to see that he is finally happy...and it shows in his consistency this year...

HAPPY NEW YEAR LAMAR ODOM...looking for great things from you in 2011...

ACCKKK! I got the RCOTD??? For guys, it's the Friedman Award and for ladies, that's the Justa Award, isn't it? Sweeeeet!

Thanks, MM, and thanks Mamba24 (I never seem to get tired of the game day rollcall).

Roll call ... checking in!!!

The rotations are normalizing and hopefully the remainder of the regular season will follow suit. However, I see our last win against the Hor-nots as unimportant as the 3 losses that preceded that win. What IS important is the knowledge the Lakers gleaned from those games to add to their existing championship DNA to give them the mojo they need to cross the finish line successfully again in June.

Everyone, including our beloved Lakers, have a SAFE, HEALTHY, HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JsKlZaYNnM&feature=player_embedded#!

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

Thanks, MM, and thanks Mamba24. Posted by: Seely_Iggy | December 31, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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Seely_Iggy, you and I both know you should have had many "Justa Awards" by now but, be that as it may Congrats!! I wish you & your family - Yes including the Celtics fan - A Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

@Cap's Googles, Happy New Year! May the New Year bring you an abundance of happiness to make up for the pain of the tragedy with your family. I wish you and yours Health, Wealth and Happiness my brother!!!
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@LEWSTRS, Happy New Year Lew! May you sell a Billion in realestate this year! To you and your family all the best this NewYear!
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@KOBEMVP888. To you and your Family the best of wishes for a Happy, safe and prosperous New Year sir!!!!!

"ACCKKK! I got the RCOTD??? For guys, it's the Friedman Award and for ladies, that's the Justa Award, isn't it? Sweeeeet!

Thanks, MM, and thanks Mamba24 (I never seem to get tired of the game day rollcall).

Posted by: Seely_Iggy | December 31, 2010 at 10:16 AM"

Seely, for ladies, I prefer calling it the JustanotherFriedman Award. Anyway, congrats. Your comment really is an excellent one and very deserving of the award.

Oh, yeah...it's game day...LAKER AMIGOS, LET'S RIDE!!! May the Invisible Swordsman vanquish Sonnybelfast, 131-92, G. Money, and all the other posers, haters, and trolls who dare to enter the hallowed Lakers Valhalla to talk trash among us. We've got this.

@Noah, very nice cut I like it! Thanks for all the little tips over the year, it may not have seemed like it but they helped a lot. I really appreciate it my brother. May you and your family have a New Year filled with nothing but joy and happiness.

Cosign LEWSTRS

I'm really happy for LO and wish he nothing but the best on the court and off the court.

Oh, yeah...it's game day...LAKER AMIGOS, LET'S RIDE!!! May the Invisible Swordsman vanquish Sonnybelfast, 131-92, G. Money, and all the other posers, haters, and trolls who dare to enter the hallowed Lakers Valhalla to talk trash among us. We've got this. Posted by: CornerJ | December 31, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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Oh yeah!! The Swagger!!! Preach on my brother and best wishes to you and your for a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!!!! LETS RIDE AMIGO!!!!

I wish everyone in the forum a great entrance in the NEW YEAR.
The same goes for the Lakers! New Year! New Life!


"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

LakerMike where you been my brother? Hope you and Mrs. LakerMike are doing well. We missed your posts sir. If anybody understands a need to recharge batteries it's mamba24! Lol!. Just hurry up and get them recharged and come on back. Laker Nation needs you. May you and the Mrs. and the entire family have the best of New Years my brother!!!

"Oh yeah!! The Swagger!!! Preach on my brother and best wishes to you and your for a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!!!! LETS RIDE AMIGO!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | December 31, 2010 at 10:52 AM"

And to you and yours, my brother. As others have noted many times, you are the heart and soul of this blog. A sincere thanks for your tireless efforts to keep up the positive spirit that makes this blog unique.

Happy New Year Lakers!

Happy New Year Blog-o-Sphere!

New Years Resolution: Run the Triangle, Rotate on D and Communicate!

No Mo' Sleep Walkin!

Layoff Da Rufies on Game Day!

Go Lakers!

hey guys. we got a new post up. I hope you enjoy this

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." Posted by: TidalWave | December 31, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!! And to you and yours a very Happy and Prosperous New Year Tidal Wave, my brother!!!!

New Years Resolution: Run the Triangle, Rotate on D and Communicate!
No Mo' Sleep Walkin! Layoff Da Rufies on Game Day!Posted by: The Triangulator | December 31, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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Very good resolutions for our team indeed! And may all your resolutions be kept and wishes be fulfilled this coming New Year. All the best to you and yours Triangulator!!!!!

@Corner J, Thank you and LETS RIDE AMIGO!!! WE GOT THIS!!!

I still believe in the three-peat in '11 Posted by: TNTLakerFan | December 31, 2010 at 09:09 AM
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So do I sir! So as CornerJ says...LET'S RIDE AMIGO!!! The best to you and yours this New Year!!!


@Seely..." Congrats on the "Justa Award" today! Great Post Young Lady.

Sorry to read about Lil Van Excel but he sure has one heck of a lawyer. $25K Bond for a murder charge ain't too shabby folks. Whoever said money isn't everything just never had it!

As far as Odom & Hollywood is concerned, as long as it doesn't interfere with his primary job, then good luck to him.

The team has an opportunity to rack up some wins before the middle of next month so let's see if they maintain their focus, work the offense - inside/out - play better defense, less TURNOVERS and easy on the rushed shots which come from the perimeter so they can get back to their winning ways.

If Dirk was avialiable last night, San Antonio would've lost that game; he's simply an offensive powerhouse. The team needs to focus on the standings now that Bynum appears to be back; let's PRAY that the kid's knees will hold up for the duration of the season.

As well as LO has been playing, along with Kober & Pau, there is no substitute for Bynum in this lineup and if that's the case, WE LOSE. So let's do this Lakers. You have another easy schedule beginning tonight with the 6ers.

ECJ - Bummer on the neck fracture (been there, done that, got all the scars to go with the T-Shirt). Be very good for your doctors and maybe you'll be able to avoid surgery. Don't throw your head around when our guys forget to play defense or make the stupid pass. Enjoy the hallucinations, they're natures way of making TV more interesting.

JR


...same to you and your family Mamba24...

And take to heart all of the comments about how vital you are to this blog..


Mamba 24,

Happy new yr to you also and your family all the best in 2011 not just to the Lakers but all the blogers and their family.I pray for health, and prosperity to everyone and their family.Even the HATERS God's blessing to you as well.

Happy new year every body!be safe out their and remember DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Go Lakers!

Good day ladies and Gents- First congrats Seely OUTSTANDING BLAST 100% on point. I've got a lot of past threads to catch up on, check back later.

And take to heart all of the comments about how vital you are to this blog.
Posted by: Noah | December 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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Noah I'm not only taking it to heart but to paraphrase a wise man...I'M TAKING NOTES!!! LOL!!! WOW IT'S GREAT BEING A LAKERHOLIC!!!

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GET WELL SOON EAST COAST JESSIE – BANDWAGON
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I got rear-ended last week by some moron and have been laid up with a fractured neck. yeah it sucks but I'm a bit better now. Those damn pain meds had me hallucinating about the Lakers 30th championship...and Kobe playing 'till he was 50, it was awful. LOL I was hoping to win Ron Ron's ring so I could sell it and get me a new car :-) I'll be on more often...promise! Definitely not a good way to end the year but looking forward to a better one in '11. Thanks my Laker family! Your prayers are appreciated. Hope you all have a Happy New Year!
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - ECJ - WHAT??? A fractured neck???? Holy crap - you ok??? Jeez - here we've been worried and stressing about the Lakers lately, and you've been dealing with a fractured neck?? Puts things into perspective in a flash, doesn't it? So sorry, my friend, for your suffering. I truly hope you're feeling better and won't suffer ill-effects from this.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – Princess know that you have my prayers for a swift recovery. How do you expect Mamba24 to be Mamba24 with no ECJ to keep him coming correct? LOL!
(03) LAKERLASS – RIDING SHOTGUN1
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - SECURITY - EastCoastJessie: Oh my, a broken neck is serious stuff. Sending out best wishes to you, hope the Lakers can keep winning and easing your recovery. Take care, I know I speak for the entire blog in saying GET WELL SOON!
(05) LAKERTOM –RIDING SHOTGUN2 - ECJ… Sorry to hear about your auto accident. What a bummer way to end the year. You’ll be in our prayers to recover quickly and settle for big bucks. Wouldn’t want to drive in the East. Glad the Lakers were able to cheer you up. Look for more good vibes now that Drew is back.
(06) LROB – RIDING SHOTGUN3 - East Coast Jessie - Hoping you have a speedy recovery...prayers are with you.
(07) MCLYNE – ECJ, My family will be praying for your speedy recovery.
(08) NEWMEXICOLL - ECJ...Nothing perks one up better than a beat down by the Lakers. You hang in there and have a much better New Year!! NOTHING can hold us LAKERHOLIC'S down.
(09) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Get well soon ECJ! And the 30 Championships and Kobe playing in his 50's, could you send me that prescription, ha, ha!
(10) 63 FOOTER - Get well ECJ - injuries and sick suck.
(11) BRONXLAKERFAN - @EastCoastJessie...I'll be praying that the New Year brings you a return to health and better fortune. Get well soon!!
(12) EDWIN GUECO - Sorry to hear about your accident and also the tons of snow u all have to dig there in NY. I hope you're doing OK and prepare to celebrate 2011.
(13) LAKERJ - ECJ- Here's to a speedy recovery. Happy New Year.
(14) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - ECJ - good luck with your rehab. At least you can load up on some good bball over next week or so.
(15) CYBERCOSMIX - EastCoastJessie: Oh my, a broken neck is serious stuff. Sending out best wishes to you, hope the Lakers can keep winning and easing your recovery. Take care, I know I speak for the entire blog in saying GET WELL SOON!
(16) WALLACE - ECJ, take care yourself! I will drown some grapes and champagne for you tonight!!
(17) JOLLYRANCHER - ECJ - Bummer on the neck fracture (been there, done that, got all the scars to go with the T-Shirt). Be very good for your doctors and maybe you'll be able to avoid surgery. Don't throw your head around when our guys forget to play defense or make the stupid pass. Enjoy the hallucinations, they're natures way of making TV more interesting.

Mamba24,

What's up!


Mamba24, What's up! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | December 31, 2010 at 03:25 PM
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Fan of the Mamba, how are you sir? Do you mean besides making the Head of the Mamba
Clan - Justa - ill and about to make my Ex mad enough to smack me? Oh nothing much.
What's up with you? LOL! Don't worry Justa's fine - yes she is - just a touch of indigestion.
She knows that when she hurts the entire mamba clan hurts. And may you and yours have a
Happy and prosperous New Year my brother from another mother!!!


Mamba24, What's up! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | December 31, 2010 at 03:25 PM
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Fan of the Mamba, how are you sir? Do you mean besides making the Head of the Mamba
Clan - Justa - ill and me about to make my Ex mad enough to smack me? Oh nothing much.
What's up with you? LOL! Don't worry Justa's fine - yes she is - just a touch of indigestion.
She knows that when she hurts the entire mamba clan hurts. And may you and yours have a
Happy and prosperous New Year my brother from another mother!!!


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