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Joe Smith shows eagerness fitting in with the Lakers

Sitting near his locker, Joe Smith received a call from his agent that left him giddy on the inside but stoic on the outside.

He had just been informed that the Lakers were acquiring him in a three-team trade that sent guard Sasha Vujacic from the Lakers to the New Jersey Nets. But Smith didn't want to tip his hand that he felt excited to pack his bags and leave right away. Smith, after all, was in the Nets' locker room when he received the phone call.

"It kind of surprised me at first," Smith said after Monday's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "But I was pretty happy with it."

Smith has been with 12 teams in a 16-year NBA career, a nomadic existence that's atypical for a No. 1 overall pick but a process that's become mind-numbingly familiar. The change of addresses. The packed bags. The never-ending process of trying to fit in with a new team.

Yet, this process feels different for Smith, and the reasons go beyond the Maryland alum's admission he grew up a Lakers fan and idolized Magic Johnson.

"I have a lot of playoff experience, but I never had a chance to officially be on a team that has a chance to win that title," said Smith, who has seen decreased playing time and performances in recent seasons and appeared in only four games with the Nets this season, averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds. "Obviously this group of guys have done it before and are on the road to doing it again. Hopefully I can be a part of it."

The Lakers' main motivation in acquiring Smith appears to involve team finances. The trade, in which  the Nets also sent Terrence Williams to Houston, allowed the Lakers to save money. Vujacic is making $5.5 million in the last season of a three-year, $15-million contract he signed in 2008 with the Lakers, while Smith's salary is $1.4 million this season. But the Lakers should benefit with Smith's arrival in ways other than dollar figures. The reason points back to Smith's attitude.

Although Lakers Coach Phil Jackson remains unsure how many minutes Smith will play (he had zero minutes Sunday against Toronto), there's a litany of reasons the Lakers will welcome his presence, albeit in limited fashion: Andrew Bynum's lingering knee issues, Theo Ratliff's continued rehabilitation of his surgically repaired left knee, Derrick Caracter's likely demotion to the Development League and never-ending fatigue for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

In case any of the aforementioned variables exacerbate themselves, the 6-foot-10 Smith's career averages of 11 points and 6.4 rebounds, his reputation as a versatile forward and center and his ability to hit mid-range jumpers and make defensive stops suggest he could hold the fort and eat minutes so that the Lakers can minimize their frontline issues.

If in other instances Smith receives little playing time, it doesn't seem he will make a fuss, which was hardly the case with Vujacic. Although he remained mostly mum about his decreased role this season, Vujacic hardly looked interested in fitting in with the team. He kept to himself in the locker room. Teammates constantly poked digs at him, although they were playful. And in the Lakers' 87-86 victory two weeks ago against the Clippers, Vujacic could be seen on the sideline during timeouts appearing more engaged with the on-court entertainment than on what was being stressed in the team huddle.

Smith has shown the exact opposite. He carried 12 bags during the team's trip to Toronto and refused to make rookies Devin Ebanks and Caracter carry them "because I'm new." He's been strongly active on Twitter engaging with Lakers fans. And he's expressed more concern about how he can fit in with the team without disrupting a championship roster than about worrying about what kind of production he can have.

He's simply just happy to be here, a sentiment he immediately felt once his agent alerted him he would become a Laker. Now he's comfortable enough to express it.

"This is a little more special than all the other stops I've been," Smith said. "I'm not saying those stops weren't special. But this has a little more edge to it."

--Mark Medina

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RE-POST .. uggh

CCX

I HAD tickets to the Xmas game, but instead now I have 4-5 tickets to playoff games because someone wanted to watch the Heat game live 12 times more than I did.

So on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me .....

The Lakers on HDTV! :)

MM

Great article. If nothing else, Joe Smith is another veteran with great attitude and some hunger. This is similar to the Celtics adding PJ Brown in 2008. He seems like a real character guy, the kind that Phil Jackson loves to coach. I'm sure he'll give the Lakers some quality minutes when his number is called and won't complain or get antsy when it isn't.

Fair Enough JustaHater, ill take that as a wager ;)
Posted by: Cap's Goggles (83-79) | December 20, 2010 at 05:38 PM
I sure that's not what you really want. How about if the Heat win you won't post for a week, same with me if the Lakers win.
Posted by: Justa Hater | December 20, 2010 at 06:52 PM

No, why would I self ban myself/have you ban yourself over a Christmas day game? Does the thought of eating crow scare you? I already got my spoon and fork ready just in case something goes terribly wrong (ie the Lakers somehow lose to the meat). I'm willing to man up. The question here is: Are you? Afterall, it's only a little crow...;)

KobeMVP, if you are sad that you traded a regular season matchup for at least 4 playoff tickets...well. i don't understand.

OK, now we trade AB, Ron-Ron, Luke, and a rookie for Carmelo.
Joe Smith will be needed!

Kobe MVP - Thanks for the feedback. It's good that the Lakers acquired secondary talent that are both experienced and hungry for a title. It's actually gone hand in hand because these players are on their tail end of their career and have the proper perspective on what's most important. Sometimes it's hard for young players to think such big picture when they haven't had enough years to know what the hardships of losing really entails

Cap's Goggles - I can deal with that, it's ON like DONKY KONG.

Good to see Joe excited to be a Laker (who wouldn’t be) and eager to fit in. After listening to that interview I'm excited for him.

Joe said, “I never had a chance to officially be on a team that has a chance to win that title”. I would beg to differ with him. I would say his 2008 and 2009 Cavs had legitimate chances to win the title. Remember that team had made it to the finals in 2007. They took Boston to 7 games in 2008 (better than the Lakers) and game 7 went down to the wire.

Joe had a fine series vs. Bos in 2008.
Avg 21 minutes per game with 8pts/4 reb and 62% fg


By 2009 Joe's role had diminished significantly. Here are his numbers from the conference finals series they lost 4-2 to Orlando:

10 minutes per game with 3pts/2red and 50% fg. He received a DNP in the deciding game 6.

Kobeayashimarue -How about Drew, Luke and Ebanks for Carmelo and Nene, I think the Lakerholics can live with that trade.

888: "I HAD tickets to the Xmas game, but instead now I have 4-5 tickets to playoff games because someone wanted to watch the Heat game live 12 times more than I did.

So on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me .....

The Lakers on HDTV! :)"

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ROFL! 12x more? LOL Awesome.

You managed to turn a partridge in a pear tree into 5 golden wins (hopefully lol). That's about as good a trade as Kwame for Pau, lol...

Jaymin, I can assure you that 888 is far from sad about trading tickets to game #30 in this young season for 4-5 playoff games...

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I watched the whole Mav's/meat game earlier. Very glad that the Mav's won, but am still amazed at how brutish princess jimmy's game is, so unrefined. I truly believe he has less than 1/4 the skill-level that Kobe possess, and probably only just slightly better than the average skill level league wide.

True, his freakish athleticism lets him get by on most nights, against most teams. He is too quick/strong for most defenders.

But he has a poor midrange game, he tends to hide within the offense and his off-ball movement is non-existent. He also still falls back into the 1-on-5 game when his team is in trouble. A vastly overrated defender, he cherrypicks rebounds and sometimes looks uninvolved for periods of time. Rarely does he square up and seriously play defense, he floats around a lot.

Against the Mav's in a game they were losing late, he resorted to taking long shots or blindly putting his head down and bowling into defenders, trying to outquick them or outmuscle them. When Wade or Bosh had the ball, he just stood on the perimeter, at one late juncture Bosh shot a 3-pointer since he found no teammates looking to get open. Is that the best a Wade/LBJ team can do? Let their power forward take 3-pointers late?

Mike Miller made his return and looks rusty as heck. Smoke and mirrors is how this meat team is doing it, they roll over less-skilled leastern conference teams, have one decent win of late when they went to Utah and beat them, and have already lost twice to the Mav's and Celtics.

I'm not sure what Laker team shows up Saturday in Staples Center, the normally-disinterested-on-xmas-day Lakers in their white uni's or the revved up Ferrari they were in Indiana. I'm starting to think that even the disinterested Lakers won't have too much trouble handling this overrated meat team...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Joe mentioned that he and Brian Shaw were once traded together. He also was part of the same trade as Shannon Brown. Here is that trade:

February 21, 2008: As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Chicago Bulls with Ben Wallace and a 2009 2nd round draft pick (Danny Green) to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Shannon Brown, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Cedric Simmons to the Chicago Bulls; and the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble to the Seattle Supersonics.

CyberCosmiX -- I'm not sure what Laker team shows up Saturday in Staples Center, the normally-disinterested-on-xmas-day Lakers in their white uni's or the revved up Ferrari they were in Indiana. I'm starting to think that even the disinterested Lakers won't have too much trouble handling this overrated meat team...

True breakdown from a Lakerholic, keep dreaming and remember REHAB is for QUITTERS.

CCX

Thanks for the breakdown of the Heat-Mavs game. I forgot it was on. Your words eye view is good enough for me!

Cyber,

I caught the 4th qtr of the Heat-Mavs game and I agree that Miami's offensive execution left a lot to be desired. Not having a shooter to space the floor makes it much easier to defend Lebron and Wade. Once Miller gets back in game condition he'll help in that area.

I thought the difference in the game was the Cavs couldn't keep Marion off the offensive boards in the 4th. I counted 5-6 times he either got the reb or tipped it back out. JT hit a couple of 3's off those extra posessions. Lebron was guarding Marion and didn't do a good job of keeping his body on him.

However, I do think you'd being a tad harsh on the Heat. You were roasting them when they were losing 4 of 5. Now they just won 12 in a row and you're still dogging them. I disagree about them only having one decent win of late. They beat Atlanta, N.O and a red hot Knicks team in addition to Utah. Plus, they won 7 straight on the road. That's impressive no matter who you play.

Funny that you mention REHAB for QUITTERS JustaHater, considering your boy Lebronze is still rehabbing his image after he quit on the CAVS. Gotta hand it to the meat, they did manage to beat a whole bunch of scrub teams (it is the eastern conference afterall) in order to get that 12 game streak. Still, one has to wonder why they would even try? I mean, I didnt know how HCA for the meat could be any good if they have to show their own fans how to be fans with the "Fan Up" campaign.

Still, I must give credit where credit is due. They did actually beat teams they were supposed to beat, unlike our boys who love to just coast by most of the time. The meat got their "Index" rolling again after ESPN was basically going to start issuing Mea Culpas for labeling this team unbeatable. All the attention on them has made it easier for our boys to just relax and go with the flow this season. In that respect, I'll thank the meat.

I expect a good game on Saturday, anything less (or equal to last years fiasco) and I will happily eat my crow. So let it be written, so let it be done!

This guy talks a bit like Matt Barnes...not sure why.

I think he will fit pretty well into the system.

WELCOME JOE SMITH!!!!!

888: Did I mention that LBJ is overrated? lol...

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Fan-Up Justa Hata!

Just remember, since South Beach fans are so unfamiliar to root for teams not named after marine animals, rhymes with 'gets beat' and you can cheer when your team shoots the ball through the round hoop. That is what the marketing department instruct you guys to do, right? You can pass on this nugget of info to the tens of other guys that form the meat fanbase...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Joe is just another vet coveted and admired by PJ & the staff. Joe will be rejuvenated and bring much needed help to the team. More rest for the starting five which equates to better health come playoff time. Remember: it's all about getting into the playoffs healthy and ready; the team will be both.

Oh yeah...nice win by Dallas tonight. If we can put them away on the 25th, then the Heat will know that they cannot contend in the west which will mess with LBJ's head BIG TIME!

LBJ: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." Coach Wooden

Princess: you lost a lot of fans ever since you were willing to entertain and toss in the "race card" to explain reactions to your leaving Cleveland and I was one of them.

If nothing else, Joe Smith is another veteran with great attitude and some hunger. This is similar to the Celtics adding PJ Brown in 2008. He seems like a real character guy, the kind that Phil Jackson loves to coach. I'm sure he'll give the Lakers some quality minutes when his number is called and won't complain or get antsy when it isn't.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | December 20, 2010 at 07:37 PM
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I agree that Joe has a great attitude and some hunger, but I don’t equate the Lakers signing him to the C’s adding PJ Brown in 08. For one, PJ was a starter on the 07 Bulls team when he retired. He played significant minutes for them in the playoffs (23 mpg). Compare that to Joe Smith only playing 5 mpg last year with Atlanta.

PJ was a starter entire career. Joe hasn’t started consistently since 2005. So when Boston added PJ they were essentially getting someone who was playing 25 quality minutes. Joe hasn’t done that for a few seasons. However, I do believe Joe can still stick a few open J’s when given spot minutes. But if he has to play 20 minutes in a deciding gm 7 like PJ did, that does not bode well for the Lakers.

Joe is just another vet coveted and admired by PJ & the staff. Joe will be rejuvenated and bring much needed help to the team. More rest for the starting five which equates to better health come playoff time. Remember: it's all about getting into the playoffs healthy and ready; the team will be both.

Posted by: frmkt | December 20, 2010 at 09:58 PM
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I remember the exact same things being said when Theo was signed.

LRob- I agree, but I don't foresee us playing him 20 minutes a game for any reason unless there is a sudden rash of injuries. And Joe not playing recently is actually a good thing, given his age and mileage in my opinion. This was just a salary cap/meeting-needs signing. And I really think that Joe can be a solid system player for us, and maybe teach young Caracter how to be a pro.

LRob: getting Joe was icing on the cake in regards to the millions the trade saved the team in salary in addition to some of the other goodies they received as well. Theo will be back and rest assured, Mitch is going to address the "5." He and everyone else is well aware about Bynum's sore knee and the probability that he will go "down" again.

LRob: I think the meat has done fine with the schedule they had when they rolled off those consecutive wins, but not exactly the upper echelon of NBA teams they were beating. They had motivation to beat the Jazz since Millsap spurred on that comeback late (a game I also caught). The Hornets haven't been looking real good since their winning streak ended, the Hawks are still the sometimes-overachieving mediocre team without an interior presence, and the Knicks have lost three straight in a game they could have/should have won against Miami.

No, I'm not impressed by them, although I can see that when properly motivated they can pull out a convincing victory as when they beat the Magic that first time they played, more like destroyed them (but we've seen the Magic had more holes than swiss cheese). They also had that streak of double-digit wins during their winning streak which was impressive.

I just see this princess-led team as being very similar to the last princess-led team, nice regular season team that beats those teams they should beat, but fold against real competition.

Outside of overrated Bosh I've disliked the way princess jimmy plays since he's come into the league. To me he's like a more athletic/less motivated version Ron Ron. Those fools that compare him to Magic or Oscar Robertson are committing sacrilege in my eyes, he's not there except for some stats. His game lacks refinement, lacks a skillful quality to it. He's fattened up his numbers playing against leastern conference teams, cherrypicking his way through games in which his coaches basically caved in to him, giving way and letting him control all aspects of games while racking up those inflated stats.

Nahh, I'm not convinced. They're Park Place on the Monopoly board, good but not great. They'll survive in the playoffs as long as they aren't playing the septics, but possibly the Bulls and Magic could cause them trouble. I stick with my view that the meat with Stoudamire over princess jimmy would have been a more formidable team alongside Wade/Bosh.

Of course I could be wrong, they might start gelling in a way they haven't and despite their holes put things together. Lets see if what I was saying preseason comes true now that Mike Miller back, he is a liability if he plays alongside the 'cowardly-three' as they will have a lot of trouble defending PG's and centers alike.

Just my views but what do I know??? lol... =)


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Clearly "dead and gone," has a whole other meaning in Miami.

"And just for note the handle JUSTA HATER is dead and gone.

Posted by: Justa Hater | December 11, 2010 at 09:08 AM "

Good to have Joe aboard. I clearly remember how utterly dominate he was in college and was convinced he would be one of the better players in the league. Didn't turn out that way but I've always been a fan. Like Grant in his later days his midrange jumper is keeping him in the league and like Grant he will have many open looks.
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@LakerTom - Thanks, I find myself nodding in agreement with your posts as well. In fact, sometimes I don't bother writing anything because you already said it!
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@Phred - Yes, yes I know. If only everyone had our problems last year! I do think the competition will be stiffer this time around however, and having a stronger bench should balance the scales.

Mark G- Don't you believe in the livin dead.

Justa Hater - Stop talking about Andrei Kirilenko...

@frmkt - I trust in the FO to get that job done. I do think they missed by signing Theo over DJ.

The Sasha-Joe Smith trade was a financial move. I'm cool with that. I just don't like it being positioned now like Joe is going to make a meaningful difference. Again that is the same thing people were saying about Theo this summer. I disagreed and was shouted down. I don't see much difference in this situation. Anyway this doesn't lessen my belief in the FO commitment to getting the job done.

@Cyber - I get it you don't like Lebron and the Heat. I also root against them each game except vs Boston. But I still have to give him & their team props for winning 12 in a row including 7 straight road games.

I also didn't expect them to come out of the east this year because of their interior weaknesses.

Where do you rank Lebon currently as far as being one of the best players in the game?

Welcome to L.A. Joe. I hope this stop includes a ring. It did for Ron. Adios Sascha. You always were a bust.

History repeats itself in a couple of years; Another Magic Center signs with the Lakers.

Hey Art - FL Laker Fan ,your not the only laker fan in florida i'm here in south fl, ft lau and we have quite a few laker fans here more haters than any of course.But thats what made winning the championship so sweet.

And me being from the Bahamas Mycheal Thompson country, and having family through out the carribbean.The lakers are well represented man.
Posted by: OCLEZY | December 20, 2010 at 07:54 PM
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OCLEZY,

Of course I was kidding around and I'm glad to see another FL Laker fan posting. I'm sure there are many many Laker fans in FL, the Bahamas and everywhere else.
It's nice to see someone from south FL cheering on the Lakers!!

True, lebron needs to refine his game. what he's showing is his athleticism....brute force to be exact. he's the mini version of kingkong playing in the nba lol!

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@SONNY BELFAST, Hey Sonny B! I ‘m just catching up and saw your post from yesterday and so I had to give a shout-out back to my brother. Thanks for the Seasons greetings! Yeah I think my season will be very merry. May you and your family also have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay safe bro and Best Wishes!!!!!

Larry in the house early today....

Cyber - agree with you.
Welcome Joe Smith, looks like a keeper for a season or two. Love his attitude.

It's game day. But I have accepted an invite to a tequila tasting. Just hoping they have the game on. I'll be thinking of everyone as I am drinking Partida - yummy.

GO LAKERS!

Cheers everyone - PLG

Good Morning PsychedLakerGirl. Hoping they have the game on?
Hoping they have the game on? MAKE THEM OBEY PSYCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from watching lebrons general gameplay yesterday with him throwing the ball away out of bound multiple times it brought up memories of this great speech by steven a smith.


This man is a bonafide scrub

he cant play

no disrespect whatsoever but lebron james cannot play the game of basketball

he's got small hands

he got bad feet he cant really move although he is mobile

doesnt really know what he's doing

doesnt have a POST MOVE that he can commit to memory that he can do two times in a row

he has no game whatsoever

plays NO defence

doesnt have the HEART, the PASSION or anything that comes with it

the Los angeles Lakers should be celebrating right now and Kobe Bryant should not be saying a word.

the Los angeles Lakers should be celebrating right now and Kobe Bryant should not be saying a word. Posted by: London Laker | December 21, 2010 at 06:48 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!! No Kobe does not need to say a word because.... you London Laker and Stephen A Smith said it all!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!


@EDWIN GUECO, Edwin my Mentor, thanks for your sentiments yesterday, but because I miss several days does not mean anything special should be attached to that. The reason I was gone is because a family member was in a very serious accident and I was helping out till they were back on their feet. The Blog discord did not figure in my being gone. Ouchhh and I are cool. We had one blow up but we settled that blow-up on the same thread so I along with you wish he would be allowed back on the Blog.
@LAKERLASS, as always thanks for everything. Without you Lass I’m Nothing!!!!
@LRob thank you also for the sentiments and having my back but…since you are my virtual brother that IS what you are suppose to do!!! Just playing with ya LRob, Thanks really appreciated it.
@JOHNNYV, JohnnyV how you be my brother. Dang you always got my back JohnnyV, that’s gonna be a hell of a bill when you demand payment! LOL! Thank you my brother.
@LAKERTOM. As always thanks my IDOL
@FAN OF THE MAMBA, My brother from another mother…Thankssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@JUSTA HATER, What’s up my brother? I thought you were going to do something about that name. Anyways I never thought I would say this but….Thanks for having my back yesterday. So you aint all bad after all LOL! Seriously thank you my brother!!!

With all due respect to all my Laker Amigo posters, here's the perfect summation of the basketball talents of Lebron James: he's exactly what Shaq would have become if he had stopped growing at 6'8". The Most Dominant Bull-Rusher ever.

The Most Dominant Bull-Rusher ever. Posted by: CornerJ | December 21, 2010 at 07:05 AM
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SWEET JESUS!!!! PREACH CORNERJ PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE THE SMELL OF ROLL CALL IN THE MORNING!!!!

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in for game day...

Mamba24 I have missed you my brother...GREAT to see you back...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8LdRJqjjRM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqTuN-35580
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np0solnL1XY

LEWSTRS IN THE HOUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
Dang my brother you pulling out the big guns for the Bucks? Van Halen and Jump, Guns and Roses AND FreeBird!!!!! WOW! WOW! You should have saved those for Saturday and the Heat Game! LOL!

A win today and on Christmas would give us a 22-7 record. If you told me this before the season started, that we would have the 3rd best record in the West and 4th best in the Association, at this point, I would've have been satisfied...

We have had to deal with injuries, acclimation of new players and rookies, and of course the hum drum motions of the regular season...

Now that Andrew is back, there is a renewed energy, Pau seems relieved he won't have to carry more minutes, and we also have a new big and now it's time to take care of business...

So let's watch our team come together...for before you know it...the playoffs are here...and that's when we do work...to bring home the bling #17 and 3Peat...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

for before you know it...the playoffs are here...and that's when we do work...to bring home the bling #17 and 3Peat...
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What's that you say about doing work? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08tYrBCgXlU__Isley Brothers_Got Work to do

My brother Mamba24...no not for the mediocre Bucks...I got excited when I saw you back...You get the credit my friend...This is the effect you have on us...So don't stay away too long...

Lew - totally agree with you.

I'll take their record after a "W" tonight. Just hoping it's not a lull game as they all look forward to Christmas - who doesn't? It's been circled on my calendar all year!

Cheers - PLG

I would like to see our boys hit a nice stride...get some more chemistry, while PJ fine tunes his rotations. We already saw what a formidable second unit can do last game. My predictions of AB giving instant impact upon returning, especially on the defensive end, is looking good. I also said we would string double digit winning streak, which we are on pace to do...

Lewstrs, put Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic down immediately!! Lol!! Thank you bro, you are too kind...Carry On!

It's been circled on my calendar all year! Cheers - PLG
Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | December 21, 2010 at 07:41 AM
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Christmas or the Heat game?

CyberCosmix,

you wrote: Outside of overrated Bosh

my question: Why is Bosh overrated? Can you clarify your position a little bit?

Can you name 5 better PF's in the NBA today and what's your metric?

I'd feel comfortable saying: Duncan, KG & PF ... Who else?

No, stats don't tell the whole storey, but the story can't be told w/o stats.
He's averaged a double-double the last two years, and been an all-star for
the last 5.

Larry, you're Back!

Dang it, and I didn't get you anything. This will have to do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJEjFh2FOzA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv6eyKoVcu8&playnext=1&list=PL8AE4F31B34666389&index=5

So when Ratliff gets back, who gets more PT, him or Smith?

Mamba in the Morning - once again, all is right with the world. Really good to see you, Larry!


hobbit - how's your hand? I'll hold the other one, but I'm thinking too much vodka/percoset may have gotten you into your current predicament? :)

FABULOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

@MARK G., Yes that will do very nicely sir. Thank you! Carry on!!

And now a little something for you Conspiracy Theorist and Computer Freaks: http://tinyurl.com/392auhw

I agree that Joe has a great attitude and some hunger, but I don’t equate the Lakers signing him to the C’s adding PJ Brown in 08. For one, PJ was a starter on the 07 Bulls team when he retired. He played significant minutes for them in the playoffs (23 mpg). Compare that to Joe Smith only playing 5 mpg last year with Atlanta.

PJ was a starter entire career. Joe hasn’t started consistently since 2005. So when Boston added PJ they were essentially getting someone who was playing 25 quality minutes. Joe hasn’t done that for a few seasons. However, I do believe Joe can still stick a few open J’s when given spot minutes. But if he has to play 20 minutes in a deciding gm 7 like PJ did, that does not bode well for the Lakers.

Posted by: LRob | December 20, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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I agree. It was the first thing that popped into my mind because of their ages and their games. When he was with Cleveland a few years ago (was it Cleveland?), I thought he looked pretty good. Maybe he's found the Fountain of Youth! Regardless, I grasp the fact that he wasn't reason the Lakers made the deal, but I'm glad he's in the locker room and on the practice court.

hobbitmage,

What about Pau, Dirk, Love, Blake Griffin, just to name a few.

What about Pau, Dirk, Love, Blake Griffin, just to name a few.Posted by: rage777 | December 21, 2010 at 08:17 AM
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Carlos Boozer, David West

Morning everyone!

I just wanted to check in for the roll call.

MAMBA24

I hope your family is doing better. Hope you are having a good morning as well.

Roll call ... checking in!!!

Mamba 24 IS IN THE HOUSE!!!! Welcome back Mr. Laker nation himself!

Well, tonight there will be no Brandon Jennings and no Corey Maggette and our boys have slept in their own beds for 2 consecutive nights, so let's hope they don't get TOO comfy at home tonight. But we have AB to match up against AB at times tonight, so that will be interesting. Then we have the equivalent of an All-Star break until we are forced to play Miami on Christmas Day. Thank you Mr. Stern.

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

just wanted to check in for the roll call. Posted by: Caliphilosopher | December 21, 2010 at 08:21 AM
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And we thank you so much for checking in Cali my brother! Yes thank you the family is doing much, much better and thanks for your concern...Carry on sir!!!

Gotta like a guy named Joe Smith in the age of hip hop.

His attitude is perfect for Laker purposes and his Horace Grant-like skill set should produce a few positive moments down the road to ring 3.

GO Joe

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OK , 2 songs for the Lady whose smile drives away the darkness & brings forth the light
LakerLass:
http://tinyurl.com/yg6q6yd - The Shadow of your Smile – Astrud Gilberto
http://tinyurl.com/8sm5ls - The Shadow of your Smile – George Benson
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CyberCosmix,

you wrote: Outside of overrated Bosh

my question: Why is Bosh overrated? Can you clarify your position a little bit?

Can you name 5 better PF's in the NBA today and what's your metric?

I'd feel comfortable saying: Duncan, KG & PF ... Who else?

No, stats don't tell the whole storey, but the story can't be told w/o stats.
He's averaged a double-double the last two years, and been an all-star for
the last 5.

Posted by: hobbitmage | December 21, 2010 at 07:45 AM
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Bosh is a star in this league, no doubt, but he's not a "dirty work" kind of player you want at that position. In fact, LO does more dirty work than him IMO. To me, Bosh is the best "stretch 4" in the NBA outside of Dirk Nowitzki. Remember, his numbers were inflated because of the offense the Raptors ran; there were more possessions among other things.

By PF, you did mean PG, I take it (PG and Timmy are combo pf/c guys though because they play well with their backs to the basket and they are legit 7 footers). I'll take Dirk over Bosh (Dirk is 7' but is a face up guy. I'll definitely take Amar'e over him. I'll put him on par with LaMarcus Aldridge, Luis Scola, Lamar, Boozer, David West and Josh Smith (those come quickly to mind). The aforementioned do more dirty work.

Goooood Morning Lakerland!

JohnnyV Present and accounted for. GREAT to see Mamba24 BACK! You were missed my friend.

JOHNNYV IN THE HOUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
How you be JohnnyV sir? You are too kind and I thank you for having my back while I was gone. The check is in the mail. LOL! Thank you my brother!

KOBEMVP888 IN THE HOUSEEEEEEEEEE!
Thank you most gracious sir! Carry On!

Mamba24- your welcome sir, I've been on many many blog sites and I can say theirs no one like you my man. Carry On, glad to see you back, you can all witness the BEATDOWN Christmas Day.

GO Heat

trade fish and luke.the lakers need a quality point guard
if they expect to advance in the playoff.i forgot no team
want fish or luke.maybe the D league could use their experience.if you cant trade them just give them awaay.

Thanks MM for the interview.

Really looking forward to seeing Joe spell some minutes of relief for AB or Pau. Really like his excitedness and enthusiasm at being part of the Lakers despite being in the league for so long.

I remember how excited Ron-Ron when he signed with the Lakers and the celebration he had when we repeated. I am definitely looking forward to see how Joe will celebrate when we three-peat.

Go Lakers.

ive always said this, but sasha was the wrong kind of 'attitude' that did NOT belong on the Lakers. I said that about Cancun nick van exel as well and a whole slew of characters that came and went through the Lakers. what a privilege they had. how unfortunate it was they kept their wrong attitude and never changed it.


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