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Sizing up the Lakers' 5-1 trip

The Lakers (21-7) compiled the wins. Forget for a second what five wins against sub-.500 opponents really does from a development standpoint. The Lakers at least received the tangible results needed to stay within striking distance of San Antonio (24-3) and Dallas (22-5) for the top spot in the Western Conference. Regardless of the opponent, the Lakers also have more road experience (11-5) than both the Spurs (10) and Mavericks. In fact, only the Minnesota Timberwolves played fewer home games than the Lakers, which played 12.

Some may point out this was actually a seven-game trip considering the Lakers played a road game against the Clippers. Not in my book since it didn't require actual travel.

Andrew Bynum finally returns The Lakers are still keeping a close eye on Bynum's surgically repaired right knee. Both Bynum and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson agree he's nowhere near the game shape needed to crack the starting lineup and gobble the 30-35 minutes the team wants him to absorb. There's also cautious but optimistic concerns regarding Bynum's revelation that his right knee has felt sore since the Lakers' 120-110 victory Sunday over the Toronto Raptors. But his return last week against Washington couldn't have come too soon.

In four games, he's averaged 7.3 points in 16.5 minutes per game, allowing Pau Gasol to average 34.5 minutes, a stark contrast to the 40-plus minutes he compiled in 15 games before Bynum's return. So even if his four-game stint featured some limitations, such as a three-point outing against Philadelphia in which he missed four of five shots in 13 minutes, it also featured signs of growth, such as his 16-point performance on four of six shooting and 18 rebounds against Toronto. It's well known Bynum is a slow healer, but he's at least making incremental progress and is already easing the rest of the frontline's burden.

The Lakers managed to ease their finances. Guard Derek Fisher joked after Monday's practice that it seems that every significant trip entails the Lakers making a trade. In the 2007-08 season, the Lakers, during a nine-game trip, acquired Pau Gasol in exchange for Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, two first-round picks and the rights to Marc Gasol, whom the Lakers drafted with a second-round pick in 2007. In the 2008-09 season, the Lakers during a six-game trip traded Vladimir Radmanovic for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown. And in the middle of the Lakers' six-game trip this season, the Lakers finalized a three-team trade that sent Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic to the New Jersey Nets for forward/center Joe Smith.

The move helps the Lakers on several fronts. It helps them financially, considering 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. It also helps them with the team's personnel, considering the Lakers had trouble absorbing Andrew Bynum's absence because of Theo Ratliff's continual rehab on his surgically repaired left knee, Gasol's fatigue and Derrick Caracter's inexperience. Even though Bynum returned to the lineup, his recovery always seems fleeting at best. So it's comforting the Lakers added a reliable big man to eat up minutes if needed. Credit Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for pulling off that move without having to drain the team's finances.

The bench play proved reliable. The Lakers have mostly just asked the bench to secure leads and give the starters some rest. But in several instances this season, including the last trip, they've surpassed that expectation. After the Lakers nearly allowed a 16-point lead to slip away against Toronto, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson yanked three of his starters in favor of his reserve unit. The result: The bench scored nearly half the team's points, including 57 points, 24 rebounds and eight assists. The Lakers had seen this script play out in other instances. With Kobe Bryant limited because of a sprained pinkie on his right hand against Philadelphia, the Lakers' bench played an instrumental role in securing the victory, with Lamar Odom, Steve Blake and Matt Barnes accounting for the Lakers' first 25 fourth-quarter points.

Kobe Bryant found various ways to be effective. It's fitting, although not surprising, that Bryant would show in the Lakers' win against Toronto that his sprained right pinkie would do little to keep him out of the lineup. But his 20-point performance on six of 12 shooting showed his ability to adjust based on the game's circumstances. Against Philadelphia, he gladly took a back seat, using his three of 11 clip and injured pinkie as an opportunity to exploit the 76ers' lacking double teams on Gasol (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Odom (season-high 28 points on 11 of 18 shooting) and the reserves providing the necessary energy to fill the production. Against Indiana, he spent the first half playing facilitator and recording six assists and the second half playing scorer with 25 points. Against Washington, he carried the Lakers by recording 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter. And against New Jersey, he zinged the Lakers with their poor effort after carrying them with a 32-point performance.

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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Technically, it was 6-1 MM... just sayin...

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RC Chat refuses to let me in so I can't read what ever was sent. I'll have to wait till after 2:00 your time to read it unless you Email it.

MM - I agree a 6-1 on the road is good...no matter who you play. Bynum and the killer B's all were encouraging.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

No Brandon Jennings tonight…now that’s just not fair.

@Mamba - welcome back. I just have one question for you. "What’s Happened Brother?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8pm8rEGQIk

@Lew – You got me rocking early this morning. That 22-7 record sounds good to me. Yep..the Lakers are “Coming Together”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3jWESj-Lkw

@Mark G – Loved that Herbie and George. So here’s a little something to keep you "bumpin"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqn3PF_DcSg

Like an umbrella in the rain, the roll call is a much needed reprieve!

Welcome back, sir!

DBDH!

Good Morning DJ LROB! What's happening you ask? Well mercy, mercy me _ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9BA6fFGMjI&feature=related _ Marvin Gaye

Like an umbrella in the rain, the roll call is a much needed reprieve! Welcome back, sir! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | December 21, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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Yes DBDH but always remember, just a reprieve until it begins to leak, then they won't blame Del Harris. One Loss and they will Blame poor Mamba24 and his Roll Call!! LOL! How are you doing DBDH? Very kind words, thank you sir!

The Greatest Gift of All...

For fans of the NBA, is to have the two most storied franchises in league history, the Lakers and that team from Beantown, playing well and at or near the top of their respective conferences. What a wonderful time of year, and an amazing era to be a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the spirit of this Holiday Season, I am deeply thankful to the entire Lakers organization: from the Patriarch, Dr. Jerry Buss, to Jeanne and Jim, and the entire Buss Family, and every last member of the Lakers organization who serve with such distinction, dedication, and tireless energy.

Lakers Nation salutes you. We appreciate everything you do, whether it goes noticed or not. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

As 2010 wanes and 2011 approaches, we anticipate yet another exciting playoff run deep into June, and *provided the stars align* another Glorious Summer of celebration (parties & parades) here in the City of Angels...

P & G R

@MAMBA… How sweet to wake up to another great Game Day Roll (or Role) Call by Mamba24.
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TOM

Lakers Nation salutes you. We appreciate everything you do, whether it goes noticed or not. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. As 2010 wanes and 2011 approaches, we anticipate yet another exciting playoff run deep into June, and *provided the stars align* another Glorious Summer of celebration (parties & parades) here in the City of Angels...Posted by: Purple & Gold Reign | December 21, 2010 at 08:42 AM
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GOD#@%*&#@@!!!! Yes, Yes, YES!!!! I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! KUDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark your calendars for Jan. 30, 2011

Celtics winning streak now at 13....20 more wins gets it to 33.

Led by Shaq, KG, and "Paula"...they`ll go for #34 at Staples, against the Lakers, on Jan. 30th!

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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.

Mark your calendars for Jan. 30, 2011 Celtics winning streak now at 13....20 more wins gets it to 33. Led by Shaq, KG, and "Paula"...they`ll go for #34 at Staples, against the Lakers, on Jan. 30th! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | December 21, 2010 at 08:46 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!!! STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!!! THAT IS SOME FUNNY ISH!!!! Red you perchance have not been imbibing in a little bit of that IRISH RED this morning have you sir? I mean it is good to support your team but...but...ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UConn womens BB team goes for their 89th straight win tonight trying to break UCLA's record of 88 straight.
Quite an accomplishment for the ladies of UConn, but I'm hoping FL State pulls of an upset.

LRob - excellent song selection and very fitting...

I'll keep it going with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_-k8A9aAlE

Because like phred...I'm feeling the LOVE today...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation....

#17 Coming Up!!!

LRob, Wes ahhhhhhhh. What else can you say? The man was just a phenomenal guitar player, impossible to overstate how good he was.

Marvin, is always a good choice.

Quite an accomplishment for the ladies of UConn, but I'm hoping FL State pulls of an upset. Posted by: Art - FL Lakers Fan | December 21, 2010 at 08:49 AM
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No, No, NO!!!! UConn will go undefeated once again this season and be declared the greatest team of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give the Ladies their respect that is one heck of a team. They just have to beware of BRITNEY GRINER the Human highlight film.

@ FCM,

Thanks for cleaning house.

I salute you!


DBDH!

Kobe on ESPN interview.....

"I'm not in it for the attention"

Miami game: "We've been rocked on Christmas day and still won the Championship...We've won on Christmas day and still won the Championship"

Do you ever think of the end? "Damn, what am I going to do...It's not right around the corner, but it is down the street"

Kobe being Kobe...

things feel fresh and in sync. the lakers are in a wonderful position to let drew rehab off the bench, and have LO start,as he would on ANY OTHER TEAM! FINALLY,they can begin to develop the process to just win. the whole team is just ONE BIG SWISS ARMY KNIFE!!not only that but their opponents have gotten from better to much better, which means the wins will be even more meaningful. now that the donner party has left the building, lets just enjoy the ride

Still under the weather (even though I like the rain). Some good music today; the excitement of game time.

Heat & Lebron - They have some talented people, and although Lebron is completely aided by ref calls (really, HOW many times does he walk? Ticky-tack fouls that Kobe NEVER gets), he is a force. But a vulnerable force (TO's, inability to lock-down on D, not a great jumper or skillset), as are the Heat. A balanced team does a number on them; always has this season. They don't have the depth anywhere (check out last night's game: 5 guys in double digits, Mavs only 3, but still, the balance was there for the Mavs). So, if the Lakers play Lakers ball... never a problem. If they forget, then it's a problem.

Red - I like your optimism. If they can get all that way without a loss... we'll gladly play Bucks to them!

And now for my other favorite "Otis" (dig the opening note), and the best version of this song in my book, and a general Lakers feelin': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy2tEP3I3DM

LRob, you got me all Wes'd out, so here is the other Bumpin, I was going to resist the urge to post it, but it's such a good rainy day song, and things are a little damp here in sunny So. Cal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PUDW3ZwI20

One more rain song, this one by John Hiatt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTUTKkxw94A

justa another "never shy away from an opportunity to criticize MM" mamba fan

@Lance From Da' Bronx, Nice post my brother!

From Barcelona, Merry Christmas for everybody and happy new year (to ouchhhhh, too)

@MVP – Yep it was Cleveland. I always liked Joe. I think being the #1 draft pick gave people unrealistic expectations for him. Nevertheless he’s had a fine career and would be great to see him get a ring.

@Purple & Gold Reign – well said.

@Art – I’m with coach Geno when he said U-Conn doesn’t get enough credit for their incredible streak. However, I’ll be rooting for someone to break U-Conn’ s streak just like I was UCLA’s (sorry folks). Like Wilt said, Nobody roots for Goliath. I do remember ND breaking UCLA’s streak in 74 on a Dwight Clay jump shot. That was the day the playing field was leveled for college bball.

63 Footer - very nice a young Otis groovin...

Mark G - great selections also...it is also raining here in Vegas...

Ricky - Feliz Navidad shout out to Barcelona...

MM - did I say nice to have you back...

lance from da' bronx - great comparison...yes we are like a Swiss Army knife...once everyone if 100%...we are very deep and multi-faceted...

63,

agree Otis' is the killer version of that tune. Here's my fav Otis tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdn0EKH7Ys

MM - LOL first of all! Second of all, that was not criticism. It was just an observation.


You know I appreciate everything you do for the blog. Come on now. Don't whine for attention.


:)


@Mamba 24, thank you! this will be too much fun to let toxic posts and toxic postwriters get in the way!

@Lance From da' Bronx, Sounds good to me sir! I vote Aye my brother!!
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@LRob, Here is UConn’s response to you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLE_emfAd74_ _ Break My Stride_ Matthew Wilder
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And Finally a song to….Yes, Yes, Yes!! The Fabulous Justanothermambafan
http://tinyurl.com/33rqevj _ All behind Us Now_ Patti Austin

lew - you got a link to that interview?


63 - hope you're feeling better than yesterday.


mamba24 - like I said, good to see you!


MM - again, thank you for all you do. Truly.

justa - it was on TV at BSPN...I'm sure they will replay it...

The Mamba24 Effect.

For all the negative energy there was on the blog a few days ago there is an equal amount positive energy today.

It's like Newton's third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Yaaaaaay Mamba.

(Personnaly, I'm very fond of Newton's first law: A body at rest remains at rest...)

Ricky -

A Merry Christmas to you too good sir!

mclyne -

I realized that I never responded to your last post to me, and I apologize. I think that it is wonderfully cool that you were on the Red Dead project. I don't have a system on which to play it, but of all the reviews that I read, it was seen as a movie trapped in a video game (superlatively speaking). At one point, it was considered best movie of the year (due to the graphics and the plot; I think that I read that on cnet or IGN or something...but can't remember). Congrats on your accomplishments!

Are you able to let me in on the next project of which you're working?

Jon K -

I am back in Cali right now for a break, but I'm heading back to the UK to finish up my MSc in Phil. of Science. I'll be all done with that in September. When are you headed back from Ohio?

P&GR -

It's great to see you posting! I hope you come around more often, as I have missed reading your posts for a while now. :-)

@63 Footer – That opening belt was incredible. I never saw that one before. Thanks for posting it. Both of Otis versions are great but I do like that one better than his original. Much props to Zep and all the other British bands for playing tribute to the original Blues makers.

@Lew – thanks for the Kobe excerpt. I agree…we have to appreciate each day of his greatness.

@Mark G – very smooth. Hiatt makes the rain feel so good…lol

@Mamba – Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride…haven’t heard that one in years. Very good. Carry on!


@Justa - What you bringing to the party today?????

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FCM – THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE BLOG & LAKERS NATION - BANDWAGON
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(01) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS – OWNER – FCM Thanks for cleaning house. I salute you!
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - MM - again, thank you for all you do. Truly. You know I appreciate everything you do for the blog. Come on now. Don't whine for attention.
(03) LAKERTOM – DRIVER2 - MM... Welcome back, Mark. As usual, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. We missed you even though we know you deserved the time off.
(04) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – RIDING SHOTGUN
(05) LEWSTRS – SECURITY - MM - did I say nice to have you back... MM - great to see you back, and you haven't missed a beat with your 2 first threads back...
(06) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX – SECURITY2 – now that the donner party has left the building, lets just enjoy the ride
(07) MAMBA24 – Welcome back Blog God
(08) JAMIE SWEET - Welcome back, MM,
(09)PHRED - IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
(10) LAKERLASS – THANKS MM!!!


Yaaaaaay Mamba. (Personnaly, I'm very fond of Newton's first law: A body at rest remains at rest...) Posted by: LakerLass | December 21, 2010 at 09:56 AM
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LASS, is it really you? Lol! You can be my PR rep anytime LakerLass. I hope you read my Email.
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@Fabulous Justanothermambafan, Nice seeing you too!

Hey Mamba24, time to dance the Mambo in the rain. Good graces you are back, can't believe it. Mission Accomplished! You and LakerTom are back, it's time to swing that Lakerholic tonic again. I wish Faith and Fatty will be reporting soon too, it has been long, how long? too long not reading their posts. I have been mesmerized, hallucinized and synchronized by MVP888 laker spirit mixed with CCX vodka and my compatriot Lew's percocet w/ local "lambanog" kick on the side. Once you drink that hardcore flavor, hard going back to just an ordinary non-involved fan again. The hangover will be long, how long? till next Saturday I hope Haha, I hope I don't get another rebuttal for this round of lecturing. Lmao!

I know there is peace in the blog after weeding the undesirables, but it could be a greater achievement if we could convert them of being desirables again. It is like saying we are criticizing Luke so that he will become a star player someday, like Barnes or Ron-Ron. The latter were problematic athletes before who transformed to new persona after joining the Lakers. I just believe in miracles and the goodness in every person, we need to tap them than weed them out forever.

So much for that, Mav's gave the trio los panchos a reality check. You know that Miami Heat are in town because they bring with them the hurricanes and thunderstorms they are used to with this soak filled Christmas shopping @ 99 Cents store! lol

@JAMF - I know I know. I'm just joking too. But I do appreciate the sentiments

I just believe in miracles and the goodness in every person, we need to tap them than weed them out forever. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | December 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! That was Beautiful!!!!!!! It was also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!! KUDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you read my Email.
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Posted by: Mamba24 | December 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM

back atcha

LRob - well.... since you asked....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xY7Heaqg8

Not in the same vein, but a great tune nevertheless LOL!!!

Phil's interview says it all starting at 5:17....the season is slow but sure...it's about how much energy you have at the end of season.... Not working guys too hard...hour and half practices (very short).

that means "PRACTICE SEASON" games really don't count or they would practice harder and longer. Yeah you want to win all "preseason games" but the playoffs are the real season. You guys need to understand this philosophy. It's what you guys bag on KobeMVP888 about. but he had it right and Phill backs it up in what he is saying

@LakerLass, Lass that was a really beautiful story!! Dang you got some beautiful memories to look back on. Also, once again...Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Octo - Now I know it's a special day...Nice to see you my brother...
What is the cocktail for today's game...Silent Killers were great last year...but you need a new signature drink for this season...

Hopefully I will see more posts from you, and you become a regular...

The Octo in the house...EXCELLENTE!!!

Ya know:

This year's version of the West is a lot better than advertised. Good for the game but it is some cause for concern for card carryin' Lakerholics.

That's why they still play the regular season but we all know, in 7, Lakers rise.

Silent Killers? Do tell....

Silent Killers? Do tell....Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 21, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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FABULOUS YOU PROMISED!!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@lew

I praying for the sun so I am drinking something tropical....got some Capt morgans, with pineapple and cranberry...sweet but goes down smooth...chasing it with jack danials on the rock for bite

Road Record @ 5-1 that's fantastic if you are a Clipper follower but among the longtimer Laker fans it is just above the average. Lakers are not supposed to lose against the Bulls. I was on a an internet cafe in the opening minutes of that game when they were leading by 12 pts, I immediately walked out, thinking it was no sweat. Later on that night, I was told we lost by 4 pts. I knew immediately it's again the Laker Switch playing the On & Off button like going for Wii within a game. Those are the Lakers, they get bored so they lose one few point here and there, I find it really lackadaisical because they could earn the record of 72 Lakers 33 straight if they will only put their heads into it.
If you look at the loss records, they are close games.

So the Lakers owe something from the avid fans. They should win one on Saturday. We will accept the week filled rains in exchange for sunshine victory on Christmas Day.

\o/ @ MM! Betcha never thought a bunch of basketball nerds would be so much to deal with! But you tolerate us & lead this Blog gracefully & with dignity. For that, we salute you!

Octo - please give justaanothermamba fan the recipe for silent killers...she is a vodka manic...so it's right up her alley...you know I love Jack...so we will give the tropical drink a try...but a nice buttered rum would be fitting in this weather...(with roaring fire in fireplace, for full effect)...lol

@Mamba24 - Nothing beats your game day roll call.

@Lewstrs - "I'm not in it for the attention" -- What a jab at a certain member of the Miami Heat!

The Octo

TrueFan1947 was the Godfather of the greatest Lakers forum of them all and it was a process for him to get everyone to come around the the concept of the "practice season," just as it was a process for Mitch Kupchak and Phil Jackson to get these Lakers to go from Round 1 exits to NBA Champions! TrueFan met with a lot of resistance from his fellow bloggers on this concept, but the man who was a Lakers fan from the first time Chick Hearn broadcast a game for the Lakers until his premature passing last season, showed patience, stood his ground and persisted in his education. We were willing students and now everyone is on board even though he's no longer with us.

Thanks for having my back!

Hey guys we got a new post up

YES, YES, YES!!!!!!! RICK FRIEDMAN IN DA HOUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

VMan, I agree with your observation. We are so concerned of what is going on the Eastern front disregarding the silent upsurge here in the West. It appears that Spurs and Mavs are real contenders for the crown, they should not be taken lightly. The games on the 28th and 29th will define how we pare in the Western front. Therefore, every W record is important to advance to next tournament with HCA, the 25th is just a holiday treat. We have strong competitors in the West because they are the leaders in the standings today.

Although the wins on this road trip were 'should haves' does not make them any less necessary. Each win is a must if we want home court advantage.

Boston is on a run, and Miami is trying to make some noise on the Least Coast. That's fine, the Lakers don't need no stinkin runs to prove they are the best, they just win it all in the end.

From Houston, Laker Family have a Happy Holiday,

@Mamba
Welcome back!

@Caliphilosopher
Thanks fot the love. All of us one the Red Dead team are really proud of what we accomplished. I can tell you what I'm working on now:

http://www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3/index2.php

@LRob
loved the Wes Montgomery!

@Mark G and 63
Nice Otis selections

@LEWSTRS
a little Zepp is always nice

my first selection of the day:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVvgWHawlqY

San Antonio is actually looking pretty scary. They have the second best scouting crew and front office in the league. Every year they find a gem that can come in and contribute. This year, they are getting good games from Blair, Neal, and Hill. Also, Jefferson has finally found his comfort zone within their offense.

Dallas is talented and deep, but for some reason, they are never a real threat.

San Antonio is actually looking pretty scary. They have the second best scouting crew and front office in the league. Every year they find a gem that can come in and contribute. This year, they are getting good games from Blair, Neal, and Hill. Also, Jefferson has finally found his comfort zone within their offense.Posted by: mclyne | December 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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Yes Mclyne all of this is true. San Antonio fine organization well balanced team but The Lakers have one thing that they and every team in the NBA is lacking...KOBE BEAN BRYANT!!!!!!! Carry on sir!!! Oh and thanks!!!

minute maid limeaide (not lemonaide but LIMEaide ) 3 1/2 cans of water 1 1/2 cans of of your favorite vodka....serve in a large glass with ice all the way to top of glass....drink it slow...it goes down too easy and you will start feeling effects after second glass (even with all the ice)

@Mamba24
I agree, they also don't have anyone who can guard Pau, L.O., or a healthy Drew!

Sasha’s first game with the Nets: 3 assists, 3 steals, 6 boards, 50% beyond the arc, no fouls, 1 turnover. May he make fools of us all.

MM- Next time before your vacation release some TROLL begone....man they were running out of control all over the blog. Welcome Back, now you can be a WITNESS to the BEATDOWN Christmas Day.

Go HEAT

The Octo - THANKS and welcome to the best dang blog in the entire virtual universe!

@JUSTA HATER
Thanks for the usual good laugh.

The only thing LeCreep will be witnessing is his tail between his legs as he walks off of the hardwood in utter shame.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

@Allnet

I wish Sasha all the best on filling the stat sheet while playing for one of the worst teams in the league. I hope he gets used to it, they will be terrible for a long time.

Maybe the Nets will try to get washed up Vince Carter.

If I were him, I would be sad that I wasn't a part of the best sports franchise in history any more.

I agree, they also don't have anyone who can guard Pau, L.O., or a healthy Drew! Posted by: mclyne | December 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lets talk about kobe for a bit, because as mamba24 points out, NO MATTER WHAT OTHER TEAMS HAVE, THEY DO NOT HAVE THE BLACK MAMBA!!!.Now i love basketball, but i also have loved soccer since i was 12 yrs old,and as a kid living in the bronx ,this made me suspect, but i got hooked into soccer because i had seen a player from brazil, that did things i had never seen before, do you get an idea where this is going?from my perspective kobe is pelesque, which i'm sure would be a compliment to him given his knowledge of the sport. kobe uses space in a very similar way to pele. he creates space that wasn't there before and he makes everyone elses game better. it's been a blessing to have seen pele at his prime and so it is equally a blessing for all of us to see the mamba

@Lance From Da' Bronx, Lance my brother, you did it again! Two great posts today. It's been a joy reading them! THANKS!!!

Woohooh!
Roll call! Good to have you back, Mamba24.
Oi vey..... it's a late game day (since I'm on the east coast, game starts at 10:30 and last past midnight). See y'all later in the chatroom.

Roll Call!
It's Game Day Baby!

Hey Mamba24, where have you been?

The Octo - THANKS and welcome to the best dang blog in the entire virtual universe!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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no problem ...this blog is hard to read and scroll down through post...personally I like the ESPN one better

http://myespn.go.com/s/conversations/show/story/2821260?univLogin02=stateChanged&prosaction=newpost&status=ok&status=ok&prosaction=newpost&status=ok&prosaction=newpost&status=ok

Ron Artest stands up kids at Christmas and gets Grinched!!!


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