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Lakers' Bynum to come off bench for first game; Gasol playing "poorly," Jackson says

The wait will have to last a few minutes longer than planned.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum is expected to come off the bench instead of starting Tuesday night against Washington. Lamar Odom has been told he will stay in the starting lineup, though Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was coy when asked about it an hour before tipoff.

"I still hold that in reserve," he said.

Jackson, however, wasn't as shy when asked what he thought of Pau Gasol's recent slide.

Gasol's scoring and shooting accuracy are down in recent weeks, causing Jackson to say his All-Star forward-center has been playing "poorly."

"He started off great but he has just really faltered," he said. "We've had a struggle since he has [declined]. I think we're .500 in the last 10 games and a lot of it's because Pau's kind of run out of gas and he's played too many minutes. Andrew Bynum coming back will help out his cause."

Gasol was bothered by a minor hamstring issue, but Jackson said he thought the 7-footer was genuinely fatigued.

Whern told that some people question how Gasol could be tired after taking off the entire summer, Jackson said, "I do too."

Then Jackson stepped back a bit verbally and supported Gasol.

"Forty minutes [a game] is a long period to play in an NBA basketball game. You have to have a lot of stamina and he's getting everything thrown at him," Jackson said. "A very physical game is being applied to his game right now. That's kind of like what's gone on around the league -- attack Pau physically at both ends of the court. He's given up more points sometimes than he's scored and those are things that are remarkable for us. We value his play as an All-Star and it's been tough for him."

--Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Washington

 
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Just wait. Bynum is going to show flashes tonight. Pau will look refreshed, the rest of the league will look like that dear caught in the headlights.

--FEARless

Dreaded repost ignore as needed

Lewstrs was that you with Mott the Hoople, nice.

So ~ All the Way From Memphis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvarPF5zlUA
&
Ian McLagan- Little Troublemaker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLaGAZ3cFAA

Classic Phil. Jabs along with his praise.

Talk about carrot/stick diplomacy, Hillary Clinton could learn a thing or three from PJ...

WELCOME BACK DREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FEARless: "Just wait. Bynum is going to show flashes tonight. Pau will look refreshed, the rest of the league will look like that dear caught in the headlights."
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I hope you are right, suspect you will be. From your words to gods ears (or eyes lol)...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Everybody pour somethin somethin on the curb for our dearly departed. So long, Sasha. And thanks for all the hairspray.

If tonight isn't an easy coast-to-coast win, what with the Wizards missing Andray Blatche, John Wall, and Josh Howard and having a banged up Gilbert Arenas, then I don't know what to say about these Lakers. Tonight is as good a night as any to re-establish some semblance of dominance.

Mark G - great 2 choices you posted...I use to get grief from my friends for loving the Mott...these same guys loved Queen too...couldn't figure that one out...

Great to see more Mott fans...and a Laker fan too...excellent...

Mark G - you can repost Mott all you want by me!

I'm a slow-children-crossing, so the trade for Joe is confusing to me. How will he be used? I mean, five years ago I understand, but now? Is Ol' Yeller going to be let go/traded? Caracter going to the D-League? Seriously, not being a pain, I just don't completely understand.

utz: wow, hadn't seen this, thanks for posting the link. Is this the same Joe Smith that the T'Wolves Kevin McHale was caught tampering with, salary-cap maneuvering?

I still love how it was the Laker Girls that told Sasha to wear that hair tie he did a few years back, in order to keep it out of his eyes.

See ya later Sasha, hope you see some PT!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I saw the Sasha trade coming, so it's no surprise...Sasha just couldn't get some PT...PJ must of had his reasons...we don't see what happens during practice...

But I have to question Joe Smith...another retread...like Theo...can't we get some young talent...I miss DJ more now then ever...

Gasol wouldn't be so tired if PJ would stopped asking him to run the middle for the secondary break. Kareem would just outlet the ball and stay back letting the 4 other guys run showtime. It's called pacing.

I think the Lakers threw in the first-round pick since they have guaranteed contracts. Besides, odds are, it will be the last one in the draft...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Another note on the Sasha trade...

Sasha didn't help his situation any with his attitude...he did not try to hide his displeasure of not getting PT...

He wouldn't even join the time out huddles in the end...

Sasha I wish you luck...but you can never say you didn't get a fair shake with the Lakers...

Can one of you You Tube Laker DJ's whip up "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" and dedicate it to The Machine?


you cannot be serious about this trade involving Sasha

You wait for the trading deadline where Sasha's expiring 5 million dollar contract is at its highest value.

This is just about money
Guess Buss is money strapped, he saves the pro-rated 5 mil on Sasha and the fixed 'first rounder" money next year for the 1.35 million contract of Joe Smith who has played 3 games this year.

Lewstrs, that's too funny about your friends taste. Never expect the world to make sense I guess-that probably applies to the Joe Smith trade also.

I'm geeked to see Drew play tonight, see you all on the other side.

Maybe Sasha will back up Jordan Former, who backs up Devin Harris for the Nets, who back up the Knicks.

DBDH!

Lewstrs, that's too funny about your friends taste. Never expect the world to make sense I guess-that probably applies to the Joe Smith trade also.

I'm geeked to see Drew play tonight, see you all on the other side.

And while we're at it, we'd better start taking donations so we can send Faith some flowers to help her with her grieving.

@Lew - I'll answer with the song that upset many EWF purist! Of course, it was all good with me :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jLGa4X5H2c


@Jamie – I’m with Bay to LA. Having watched both play several times I’d give the edge thus far to Blake. Neither have been able to impact W/L’s. But there’s a long way to go. Remember at this time last year Jennings was also a run away choice. One thing is clear, both of them will be perennial all-stars.


@Lew/Mark G - Count me as a Mott fan also.


@ms - nice post on Pink. I hadn't heard that one.

Jordan Former. LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!
Don't spoil my joy by saying that was a typo!

We better watch out when ther Nyets come to town. That's an angry reserve backcourt, brother!

DBDH!

"Another note on the Sasha trade...

Sasha didn't help his situation any with his attitude...he did not try to hide his displeasure of not getting PT...

He wouldn't even join the time out huddles in the end...

Sasha I wish you luck...but you can never say you didn't get a fair shake with the Lakers...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | December 14, 2010 at 03:53 PM "

He always seemed very childish. He would be too excited when he played well and he would be too upset when he did poorly.

Ever since he started losing playing time, he has pouted and play scared, the typical response a childish person has to constructive criticism. I think if there was any hope for him to do well, it would be to give him steady minutes and stick with him even if he isn't doing well right away. Once he relaxed, MAYBE he could become the machine again. Phil obviously decided it wasn't worth the effort.

I actually wouldn't be surprised if he started playing well again in New Jersey. Puzzling trade. Even as he is, I think he has more use on the bench than Joe Smith.

No typo, utz. However, there is one up there (the Nyets).


[dbdh]

I'm not sold on this trade. I happen to agree with You Ever Notice above that it is a pure savings move.

The Lakers though are waaaay over the salary cap, so no problem if they want to save some money. Dr. Buss has more-than over-extended himself when need be, did so again in bringing Shan-WOW! back this summer (BTW did he ever pick a nickname he liked in that contest about a few weeks back???)

For those with two TV's or DVR, Magic Johnson is featured on the 'Homecoming with Rick Reilly' show on ESPN right now. That will be my late night watching tonight :)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

One way to tell that you are an elite team; other teams trade *for* your ousted, in the doghouse, estranged players, and actually improve once they land them.

The other way is when the cogs of other teams come to your team and improve themselves.

--FEARless

Agree with you both, LEWSTRS and Bay to LA, Sasha looked real sad lately, he wasn't his usual rooting self on the bench. I guess all those DNPCD's finally started taking a toll on his psyche....

Wish him well though. The Nyets owner Prok. DID say he wanted their franchise to more resemble the Lakers, so maybe this is how they start, picking up Laker retreads and castoffs like Farmar and Sasha...

Good luck to Sasha though, hope he gets some playing time over there in Siberia -errrr- New Joisey!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I wasn't for signing Theo...so pardon me if I'm not excited about Joe Smith. What are the Laker scouts doing? Europe, Africa, Asia, D League, YMCA....hello.

Oh well....only one thing to say:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nju5K-MaODw&feature=related

Y'all think Maria will stay w/him?

Joe Smith is like Grant Hill. He is an ageless wonder with a nice mid-range jumper, and how great it would be for him to win a title in the twilight of his career.

Posted by: TNTLakerFan | December 14, 2010 at 09:37 PM
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Assuming that the Lakers don't buy him out of his contract. But hey, at least we finally have a #1 overall pick on the team! I sure hope his contract is legal though. :)

@KobeMVP888:

Joe Smith is #1 ovarall pick #2 for the Lakers (as far as I can remember). Our first one didn't work out all that well (Kwame Brown).

--FEARless

FEARles

You're wrong, thanks to Kwame we got Pau..

Gas-ol gone now but he'll be back soon

Go Lakers! from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain


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