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Lakers change habits in 103-88 victory over New Orleans Hornets

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With a smile bearing across his face, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant engaged in playful trash talking with New Orleans guard Marco Belinelli. With his confidence booming, Lakers forward Lamar Odom drove down the court, swung the ball behind his back and then dunked off his own putback. And with the Lakers' ball movement and teamwork mentality on full display, they discovered in their 103-88 victory Wednesday over the New Orleans Hornets how different they can appear when they change fundamental habits.

The atmosphere presented a much different picture than in the Lakers' double-digit loss to San Antonio the previous night. That game featured Bryant's anger leading to a poor shooting night and lost composure, the team's poor play left Odom speechless afterwards and the Lakers indicated through their discipline and execution they're far from a championship contending team. One game doesn't change that even if it improves the Lakers' record to 22-10 and their mark to 2-5 against winning teams. The Lakers snapped their third-game losing streak against the Hornets (18-13), who have featured their share of adversity as well, going 10-13 after an 8-0 start. Though the Lakers' next opponent Friday involves the Philadelphia 76ers (13-19), but that'll provide another set of variables that will reveal the Lakers' hunger level, including the game taking place on New Year's Eve and whether the Lakers can put a sub .500 team away early.

But at least for one game, the Lakers made tangible changes that could restore the team's dominance should they execute it with the same consistency and determination. Change defined the Lakers in various ways.

It remained prevalent in the team's lineup: Jackson started center Andrew Bynum for the first time this season after he played seven games off the bench following rehabilitation efforts surrounding his surgically repaired right knee. His 18-point effort on eight of 12 shooting in 30 minutes revealed his conditioning has improved, indicated by the timing of his jumps on lobs, close-range shots and by the fact he reached the 30-minute plateau the first time this season. Lakers forward Lamar Odom graciously returned to the bench after starting in Bynum's absence, but maintained the same consistency that's defined his versatile play all season. His season-high 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting came on mid-range jumpers, drives to the basket and even that nifty putback after he wrapped the ball around his back.

The changes remained prevalent in the Jackson's instruction to the team before tipoff, as reported by KCAL-9's John Ireland,: that the Lakers are an inside-outside team first. Besides the production from Bynum and Odom, that entailed Gasol scoring 11 points on an efficient three of five clip and five of six mark from the free-throw line.

The changes remained prevalent in the team's increased discipline in the backcourt: Bryant's 20 points on eight of 14 shooting showed he maintained his aggressiveness, but not at the expense of other teammates. Derek Fisher (nine points), Ron Artest (six) and Steve Blake (five) all shot at least 50% because of improved passing, spacing and rhythm. And even if he could do little to stop the speed of Chris Paul (20 points), Fisher offset the damage with making three steals and disrupting the passing lanes.

All these changes didn't suddenly solve all of the Lakers' problems. Their more productive and team-first offense also featured 21 turnovers, for one. But the Lakers at least found out how a few subtle changes and increased focus can result in a different outcome and a much happier squad afterwards.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum dunks during the first quarter of the Lakers' 103-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / U.S. Presswire

 
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Dude...the Lakers actually put a BEATDOWN on someone, great game LO.

Nice to see... with room for improvement. Even better.

I liked Fish becoming more of a facilitator. (We always hear that knock against Kobe.) But a lot of times Fish immediately gives up the ball to begin the Triangle (not a wrong thing, per se), then if he gets it back, he's got to make his own shot. Tonight, he was more... dare I say it: Blaker-esque, and drove and dished a bit, opening up things more for the starters. I liked that.

Lebron going to Miami is the greatest gift Lebron could give to Kobe and Phil's legacy. After they win the title this year, Lebron fans can't make the argument that Kobe and Phil only win because they have super teams. It will mean Kobe and Phil can win regardless of what teams are against them.

Nice win, let's build on it. Bynum looked good, and certainly established a big man advantage early on. NO had no answers for LO, Pau and Drew. I liked the way we rebounded tonight. Those that thought Bynum should start tonight, good call.

Oh, and hope KG's injury is minor. I don't wish injuries on ANYONE! It's against the love of the game (though wishing for Lebron to get a sexually transmitted form of hoof and mouth -- I'll say no more -- is all right).

Every team is but one injury away from losing it all (knock on wood), and it's always more satisfying to beat a full strength opponent than an injury-riddled one. I WILL NOT forget '89! Wouldn't wish it on a dog.

@63 Footer...

Word at Boston.com is that KG's injury is not as serious as it first looked. They think it is a calf injury, but are awaiting MRI results tomorrow.

bronxlakerfan - Good to hear. When I first heard the reporting, it didn't sound like it was too major, but without an MRI who can be sure? The X-ray was negative, so I thought it might not be a big thing. Scary for the hated Celtics and their fans.

Now everyone on our team has to get back to 100%.

Haven't posted in awhile due to depression that coincidentally started when the lakers were playing like crap.

Can I be the first to say 72-10 baby?!?!?!

Lol, relax peeps, just kidding. Good to hear that they won again. Hope we will see more consistent effort here on out.

Ok we all knew the Lakers were going to snap out of it so let's not act like beating the Hornets is a big thing. It's a good thing this happened sooner than later but nevertheless it's just one game and we must continue to stick with the inside out game plan. If we do that and we're healthy, we will win most of our games- that's the bottom line. Here's 3 things worth mentioning about tonite.

1)Kevin Garnett - OMG! Can I just say if it's a calf injury then you don't need a MRI for a calf injury. The last time the Celtics downplayed a Garnett injury as no big deal and gave the "playing it safe" comment, he never returned for the season. If I was a Celtics fan I'd be scared out of my small green mind right about now. Yuck, does that could mean it's a Lakers-Heat finals matchup? Still think homecourt doesn't matter? Point for Darth Stern, he may get his wish yet.

2)Andrew "the beast" Bynum - see LakerTom for this one. I'll just say this. 18 points and 6 rebounds. And perhaps the best stat by any Laker thus far, 30 MINUTES of action for Baby Bynum tonite on a back to back nite. This is officially the best indicator that Bynum's knee is ok. Once he gets in shape and his timing and explosiveness returns, good things are coming Laker fans. You can take that to the bank.

3. Kobe - Well there's not much to say about Kobe that hasn't been said. 4 assists tonite so he didn't do what we hoped. We can agree though that 8-14 shots is a better number than the 27 shots he lobbed up the night before. Look he's not perfect folks, he's just the closest thing to it when it comes to basketball is how I like to look at Kobe. You can't hate him when his shot is off but love him when your chanting MVP and he's going off for 60. The thing to remember about Kobe is how many big postseason games he's stepped up in (unlike princess jimmy). That's why you love Magic. That's why Chicago loves MJ. It's the ring leadership, never forget that. This regular season stuff is trivial and sometimes the drama gets the best of us.

I loved how Drew turned the corner and tried to throw it down on his old buddy Mbenga. Haven't seen Bynum make a move like that in a long time. I hope the big fella can keep building on the positive things he's showing.

Mark M...

The Lakers are 22-10, not 21-11 like you wrote on this thread. Don't shortchange them; that one victory will probably mean a lot at the end of the season! LOL!

@jayden24....

Nice post!

@MagicPhil - I understand what you're saying about Teena.


@63 Footer - 1989...a shiver just went through me.


@bronx - I enjoyed that about Bynum also.


@jayden24 - good stuff.

It's awesome that the bench mob played well enough that most of the starters didn't have to play more than 30 minutes.

And it's awesome that Bynum's back.

Yes, the Hornets aren't all that tough this season, but it's good to see the Lakers put the hurt on a potential playoff team rather than have the team put the hurt on the Lakers.

This is going to sound kinda cold, but the KG injury is WHY some of us (including Phil and Kobe) continually assert that games this time of year don't matter that much.

If you're always playing at top intensity and diving after every loose ball and stressing out on every play, you'll win more regular season games... but you're also more inclined to injure yourself.

I'd rather have my team take some games less seriously and make it to the playoffs healthy over having the best record in the league and coming up lame when it matters.

Duncan, Ginobili and Parker are all injury prone as well, so they better check themselves before...

Well, if KG is out for the season, then I guess that guarantees that they WOULD have won the championship in Doc Rivers' mind.

Hey, guys. Missed the game tonight due to deadlines at work.

Thank God we won.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

In case my bitc...I mean buddy 131-92 is reading this: My son has been sick since Christmas with a fever, no energy, a sore throat & runny nose. That would explain my absence, pumpkin. I had no idea you missed me so much.


Dying to hear your response...so is the entire LA Times Lakers Blog. Ask one of the Familia what happened the last time someone brought up the health of my children to take shots at me.

@LTLF - Can't say I agree with that philosophy. Remember in the 89 season (that 63 Footer referenced) Byron and Magic got hurt in the playoffs. Injuries can happen at anytime to any team....that's why I don't wish them on any team. I hope KG's is fine and SA's big three stay healthy.

I can't believed that people were saying to trade Bynum. Yeah trade him if you don't want a chance of winning another ring. Bynum is big and he is strong and he is the only one that Perkins respect physically on the Lakers team and not the skilled but soft Gasol. He was hobbled in the Finals but without his minutes the Celtics would have crushed us. Good game Andrew "The Beast" Bynum but I want to see some more rebounds. I believed I coined his moniker first.On another point I don't like Brown's game too much this year. Yeah he is an improved jump shooter but he can do more if he gets into the lane to score or pass in other words mix it up. Its too great a risk for Kobe at his age to consistently get into the lane but Shannon a young man can do it with his athleticism. There is nothing wrong with dunking sometimes UPS.

Why not?

Insomuch as I am the one who decides when and what I post
on this Faker board (not necessarily in reference to the Hollywood Troupe you call a team), and thing a compost, repost is in order.

Listen, learn, and be amazed girls!

"Well, I don't suppose we're going to see too many trolls tonight. Bummer.

Anyway, here's the for-real analysis. The Lakers finally unveiled their yeah-we-really-can-kick-your-booty-if-we-dang-well-feel-like-it lineup. Bynum at the 5, Pau at the 4. Kobe, Artest, and just-because-we-want-t-rub-your-face-in-it Fish at the 1. Still rusty. Still playing their way through it. And not really caring what the heck anybody thinks about their record to date.

Be afraid, Sonnyfast, 131-92, G. Money, et al. Be VERY afraid."

Posted by: CornerJ | December 29, 2010 at 07:40 PM
You can always count on me to check in, sometimes often, sometimes not...
It's all up to me, of course.

But when I do check in,
it's usually just to offer a helping hand to the moody,
and often unbalanced Laker faithful.

It's a good day in L.A. (almost an oxymoron, isn't it?)
You didn't lose a game by double digits!!!
That's a good start.

Please do, feel great, and enjoy the day.
It's a long season ahead.

And just remember (when you get whacked the next time out),
Today, is the day that you turned it around!!!
Gasp, gasp, gasp, gasp...where's my albuterol???

Sorry to say though (hee hee hee),
I'm afraid you, and the Celts, are now much too old for this game.
You may be able to get it up...but keeping it up is the question.
We'll see how it plays out...or peters out.

I'm betting on the latter, although Andrew is still up...
that's a real surprise.
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I would have thought that your expertise would have already guided them on to perennial championships. You know...like the Lakers.

Posted by: CornerJ | December 29, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Of course. Like everyone else in the league doesn't know how champions are 'developed' in the sewer pipe.
Take USC for example.
Yea, the Lakers are champions alright.
Be proud and stand tall young lady.

Oh yea...and since you brought it up on this Laker Board,
no team has won more Super Bowls than the Niners,
and unlike your team, they never lose when they get there,
much less get swept.

By the way, how's that L.A. "professional" football team doing?
Sorry, I forget. L.A. office crawling donut munchers don't like 'real'
American football. Probably a bit rough for you anyway.
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"Hey, Sonny...

Congrats to your Kings tonight

BTW, your boy Cousins looks like he's a couple of Happy Meals away from eating himself out of the league".

Yea, I know. He's a big boy.
He only pulled down 16 rebounds and scored 21 points.
Not a very good showing for a rookie.

Go Kings!
Go Oregon Ducks!

Sonnybelfast

@island priest..
as long as he stay's healthy or there Howard isn't involved I'm with ya.With your comments to Brown your on to something.By Brown's own admission he said he wants to be known as more than a dunker. however you gotta use your mismatches and play to your strengths.It's like Fisher driving the lame maybe it'll work 1 outta 10 times but the norm is disaster.It's only one game so far but these guys need to focus on their strengths and try and be more consistent.
Will Bynum keep this up or fade away?
Lamar off the bench,sill he keep it up or fade like he normally does?
What about the shrinking man Pau?(were's the power,PF? enough of that flip up crap..
What about Ron Ron he seems to want to win the nbaa cares award or noble prize or something(charity is cool)but focus on what you do best,and if your defense is off,then score some points...
A lil mo assists from de Fish would be nice(like last nights game)
Ain't nothing to say bout the mamba he brings it win or lose............
This is a step it's not like they were never gonna win again,but I'll feel better after a double digit win streak........

Finally! A decent Lakers game. Kobe still plays like crap but it doesn't matter much when the team is rolling again. LO surprised me aswell. I thought he'd struggle coming off the bench. I'm glad he shoved those thoughts up my..er..I mean down my throat.

In some bad news, looks like T.J. Simers is back to stay...

Oh, my goodness!

Forgot to acknowledge the L.A. dude down on toity-toid-and-toid,
pitchin' pennies wid-da-boys...an outsider in his own right,
the Bonx Bomber!

Thank you for the congrats!

And thank you for your concern about the 'Cuz".

But really.
You want to talk about the Sacramento Kings of Basketball on a Laker board?

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
The Yanks suck!

Sonnybelfast

Now, if only Pau can look as happy as the rest of the team after a W.

Now, if only Pau can look as happy as the rest of the team after a W.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | December 30, 2010 at 02:46 AM

Pau is the smartest, and most articulate
(even speaking in a 2nd or 3rd language)
player in the Troupe.

He knows fools gold when he sees it.

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!

And yes, GO SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!

(Gonna be another rough year for the Dodgers...it'll be the Dodger Blues.
Hey, anyone gotta great little tune to pull up...isn't that a song?)

Sonnybelfast

As far as I know teams want to leave the Sacramento Area, for example the Kings.
Weren't the Niners mentioned as a potential team that can come down to the southland? When was the last time the 49ers were relevant in football? Or the Kings in basketball? It's been awhile.
Yeah LA has no NFL team here yet; but remember that when they come, they come in bunches. There will be 2 NFL teams in LA within the next 2 years. There will be no basketball team in Sac-town within 1 year.

As far as I know teams want to leave the Sacramento Area, for example the Kings.
Weren't the Niners mentioned as a potential team that can come down to the southland? When was the last time the 49ers were relevant in football? Or the Kings in basketball? It's been awhile.
Yeah LA has no NFL team here yet; but remember that when they come, they come in bunches. There will be 2 NFL teams in LA within the next 2 years. There will be no basketball team in Sac-town within 1 year.

Posted by: Joe_Corad | December 30, 2010 at 03:05 AM

Well, Mr. Joe_Corad (I'll just call you Joke, O.K?),

Those are some pretty challenging observations
you've put on the table there, Joke.

Based on your 'as far as I know' conjecture, I think you should put your house, car, and all your savings on some great sounding prop bets in Vegas.
Good luck!

I'm not from Sacramento, but wherever the Kings may play,
I will watch, and root for them.
I'm a Kings fan. Don't live in or near Sacramento.
You know,
Kind of like the way many of you still root for the
OAKLAND Raiders (a city deserving of them)
even after they transcended being the L.A. Traitors?

Admittedly, Sacramento is trying hard to be the cesspool
that L.A. has become. Fortunately, they're not near those depths yet.
A few more IQ's would have to drop significantly.

Many Sacramento folks are great fans, however.
They certainly deserve a team every-bit-as-much as you do.
I don't think the Kings are going anywhere, anytime soon, except up.

But by all means...lay your money down on those bets.
Let me know how it works out for you, OK?

Go Kings!
Go San Francisco Giants!
Go Ducks!
Go Cal CSUC!
Go Manny, Go!

Sonnybelfast

Sonny-
I'm not a gambling type of person.

I don't think the Kings are going anywhere, anytime soon, except up.
Posted by: Sonnybelfast | December 30, 2010 at 03:36 AM


if this will be like any other European League Soccer, the Kings will be in the 2nd or B DIVISION already.

as a bottom feeders of the NBA, (worst record), the Kings can (maybe), go ONLY up. remember, there is NO ROOM for down.

it is the CESSPOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of the NBA

WNBA maybe?

Posted by: no mo' platitudes | December 30, 2010 at 04:00 AM

Yet another 'No-mo' who wants to talk Kings Basketball on a Laker board.
Way to go!

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

The Oregon ducks are relevant why? Oh cause USC is not. Maybe the Kings will be relevant when the Lakers aren't.
Don't hold your breath Kings fans.

Hey Joke, It's no Joke,

You're right!

The Trojans will cheat their way back into a championship in no time,
whenever they get off suspension for cheating.

And we all know the Lakers will (of course with the leagues help).

It just ain't gonna happen this year.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Ducks!
Go Cardinal!
Go San Francisco Giants!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

Mamba 24-
You were right. I couldn't leave with out posting or battling trolls/haters.

This reminds me of my youth, fishing at Lake Cachuma,
when the water was actually clear.

Here, I simply stick a piece of dung on a hook, throw it into the water,
and watch the little Lake(r) fishies go bobbing on my bobber.

It's too much fun really.

I think I'll pull my 'line' out of the water for a day or two...
you've got your fill for the night.

Don't want you getting too fat!

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Chico State!
Go Cardinal!
Go Ducks!
Go Sharks!
Go Nevada Basketball!

Sonnybelfast

Sonny-
I'll accept the title Joke, if I can call you Clown.
Well at least USC players don't go punching defenseless players from the opposing team. USC 'maybe' cheaters but not thugs.

"USC 'maybe' cheaters but not thugs."

That's commendable.

'Nomo'

You're the one with the IQ...which Cardinal do you think it is?

Oh, and yes, 'Nomo'...

Your comment 'it is hard to live in denial' intriques me.

May I suggest you see Testes shrink?

It's O.K to talk about it, really.

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball!

and good night...or good morning, as the case may be.

Too much fun here. Gotta get some work done.

Sonnybelfast

Mamba 24- You were right. I couldn't leave with out posting or battling trolls/haters. Posted by: Joe_Corad | December 30, 2010 at 04:27 AM
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Joe Corad, Laker Nation Defender Supreme!! I knew it!!! I was going to take a vacation for about a month but that's what being a Lakerholic is all about. How you doing my brother. Joe this is for you. Joe Versus the Trolls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDpJoykyfOE _ Is there No one else _ Troy

Good Morning Sonny B, how you be? Still in fine form I see. Now that the Lakers are back on track this is probably my last day on for awhile, while I mourn being dumped by Fabulous lol!!!! So Sonny Belfast, I wish you and the family a Happy & Safe New Year!!! And Sonny how about a resolution to be a lil nicer to the Laker Nation that you will soon be joining. Lol!! Take care my brother!!!!

Funny how Sonny called it quits when I asked him how his favorite teams in the SJ valley are doing.

Mamba-
Lakers win, there is no one else; left to fight.

LAKER NATION I'M PROUD OF YOU, YOU RALLIED WHEN YOUR TEAM NEEDED YOU AND THAT POSITIVE FLOW GOT THEM GOING!!!
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friends.
(02) JOE CORAD – CO/OWNER - To all the Lakers fans and the Laker haters. until they lose 4 games in the playoffs in any series; The Lakers are the team to beat despite their record. Every other team just wants to catch up. So trolls do enjoy, because surely when the Lakers start winning you all disappear.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DRIVER - This is not bad. It's a total bummer but as Justa says, we got this.Age is not playing into these defeats. Individuals make up a team but it's the team that falters together. Another month and things will be just fine. SAS has their big rodeo trip and things will change - in the NBA, they always do. Lakers are coming back with the New Year. Go away trolls, we are still integrating new players and one big guy.
(04) RICK FRIEDMAN – DIRECTOR - I'm betting that Phil has chosen to let his team fail enough times, so that they'll actually pay attention when he starts coaching. All these players who think they know it all because they have one or two rings, may finally be waking up this morning ready to listen. Good idea. As for the Kobe bashers, why wouldn't he think a game is on his shoulders when he looks at his team mates on the floor and sees a FAIL sign? No "players only" meeting is needed. No "by-the-book" inspirational speeches by Fish are welcome. Let's get to work, Lakers. If this edition of the team has Championship DNA, let's show it. The ASG will be here in a heartbeat. Which reminds me, a little "heart" would go a long way. Go Lakers!
(05) DICE8UP – CO/DRIVER - Why is fear all of a sudden becomes this blog? It is still December, and this things happens to a team.. especially a back to back champion team...Chillax people.. Go Lakers!!!!
(06) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX – CO/OWNER - if everything,good or bad is an opportunity,i think that as lakerlovers, we need to act in good faith and give the boys the support and not abandon ship.this is not a matter of one or two players not doing what they have to, this is systemic.bad timing plays a role in this,but as i suggested yesterday, the team is at the bottom of the mountain like every other team
(07) LROB- RIDING SHOTGUN - Wow this is what its like in here when adversity hits. Yes, the Lakers were terrible AGAIN. Yes, if the playoffs started today they’d probably be looking at a first round exit. But there’s plenty of time to get back on track so excuse me if I don't abandon ship. All the Lakers fans that are throwing all the players and coach under the bus, I have a few questions...If you screaming at Kobe today, where you screaming last year when he hit all those game winners? or in the playoffs when he iced Phoenix in gm 6? Or when he scored his other 25,000+ points? If you’ve been dogging Pau lately, where were you when he outplayed KG in the finals last year? Or when he shot 61% and avg 3 blks in the Utah series? If you’ve been ripping on Ron, where were you when he played like a superstar in gm 7 last year? Or when he held Durant to sub 35% shooting. If you’ve been salty on Fish, where were you when he gave Orlando the knockout blow in 09 or owned the 4th quarter in gm3 vs. the C's last year. If you want Phil out, what about the 5 titles he brought? Yes, the team is floundering, but after 3 straight final appearances and back to back championships I would think the Lakers have earned enough goodwill for us to stick with them doing this rough patch.
(08) EDWIN GUECO RIDING SHOTGUN2 - after 40 years following the lakers, i'm not ready to say quits bu6 just hope that talent will come tomorrow or the next game. no need to say any further criticisms because the game speaks for itself. it is not worth to say anything when u witness that all chips are down. just watch and pray that the jinx will be soon be broken. that's my position myclyne as a grieving fan. i just believe what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: "The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."
(09) HOBBIYMAGE – SECURITY - Maybe now, my words of caution make a bit more sense to you &
others. Maybe not. In any case, I'm still rollin' with the Lakers.
(10) PHRED – LOVE DISPENSER - A couple of things to cling to for anybody looking for a silver lining; This is good for us as a blog, I think. Like (not nearly as bad) the bad old days of 96 and 97, it separates the wheat from the chaff on the blog and we know who is really going to go to the wall in support of the team. Doesn't mean either glass half full, glass half empty, or glass totally empty and broken on the floor, just people who want the Lakers to win. I do know there are some very solid bloggers who have been part of the soul of this blog who aren't posting here much anymore, and some of them have been driven off by some of the relentless negative posting by some people that verges on the troll like. I do know that these people will not completely abandon the blog in its hour of need. The other good thing to remember is that I am convinced that we aren't really this bad. It's just not possible for the team that won the Finals two years in a row to be bad enough to lose like this. This means to me that we are better than our record lately, and I think based on my experience watching this team that we are a lot better than how we have been playing lately. And even if we completely lose it and go off the edge and never even make it near the finals this year, there will still be one consolation; people will hopefully stop complaining when we only win by less than ten points. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
(11) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I hate losing. Hate it. That said, this team is a proven championship team and they WILL turn it around. And yes - before it's too late. It's only December for pete's sake. They have too much talent and pride in themselves to be satisfied with the way things are going and not do something about it. So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.
(12) LAKERLASS
(13) MAMBA24
(14) TNTLAKERFAN – ARMORY SGT - There are problems, yes, but they are correctable. I would like to see us playing inside-out rather than outside-in. This could free up shooters, and increase the percentages from outside. As far as defensively, we really aren't that bad. It's our offense that needs improvement. I don't know what we are running, but it is not the triangle. do I think we can just improve with what we have? OF COURSE!
(15) JAY W. - I am confident that the Lakers can get back to the final despite all those lost. But only concern is that if the Lakers does not finish the season at the top three best record . It's going to be very tough for the Lakers to Win it all. Home course advantage make a huge different in the post season, and plus the Lakers is consider a veteran team which mean they are getting older everyday. For those of you Lakers hater , you can laugh all you want now, but the Lakers still make it to the final. Hahaha...Let's Go Lakers.
(16) DEAN GOLDY - The important thing to remeber with this slump is that the Lakers know how to win and once they get back in the groove that will begin to happen again, every night.
(17) Mitch – Trolls - I sympathize with you. It must be very difficult for you to go through life being not only ignorant, but obnoxious as well. Take solace in the fact that there are many therapies out there that you might benefit from including lobotomy. ( My guess is that lobotomy is probably your best chance for success ) Do everyone a favor, put down the crack pipe and seek help. Now would be a good time.
(18) PURPLE HEART - This adversity is only going to make the Lakers stronger. No worries, Lakes WILL turn this around and I guarantee by mid April they will be hitting Championship stride.
(19) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I love my team and I always will. I think they'll turn it around. I hope they will. I'm bleeding that purple and gold.
(20) LAKERTOM - All the calls from the once in a blue moon fair weather fans who would fire Phil, curse Kobe, trade Ron, cut Fish, and bench Pau need to chill and stand up and support their team rather than jumping off the bus like rats abandoning ship. Stated simply, the Lakers are still struggling with injuries and the competition has improved. The silver lining to last night’s loss in my opinion was the continually improving play of Drew, although I do admit to screaming at him after he missed those four free-throws. You could see an immediate improvement in our interior defense and post offense with Drew in the game. ...You also have to give credit to the Spurs defense on Kobe. I have never seen him stripped of the ball so many times and there were several times when he drove and was pushed out of bounds without any call from the zebras, who seem to be responding very negatively to Kobe’s rage. On the other hand, I hate it when Kobe refuses to take an easy open shot and instead prefers to dribble and back his defender down only to take a highly contested low percentage fade-away shot. Kobe needs to stay within the triangle and work without the ball to get open rather than just calling for the ball over and over in heavy traffic. We need to get back to efficiently running the Triangle Offense rather than playing isolation ball. And Kobe needs to rein in his rage. As you aptly pointed out, there is still a lot of time for the Lakers to right the ship. The season is a marathon and not a sprint. Drew’s continued progress and increased time on the court will enable us to return to playing Lakers high percentage inside-out basketball on offense and to sealing off the paint and putting an end to the easy layups and dunks that have been killing us.
(21) WALLACE - We're like Clint Eastwood's movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!" This team has all the components! We're good in the beginning, bad a few weeks after 8-0 run and it's now reach the "Ugly" stage. We will be good again, I hope! Just like in the movie where the good guys ended up with the bags of gold! With some changes in pesonel, we will turn it around before the playoff. I love DFish, but he's more of the liability nowadays on both ends. Hey, I'd rather had this bad run now than in the playoff!!! This team need a big jolt to get out of their doldrums!!! It's the worst I've seen before Gasol's trade. I don't buy Pau's argument that we need to throw the ball more inside (To him or Andrew). Pau is playing weak himself in the last few games. He's playing very little defense and wasted good passes Kobe fed him in the middle. I think Kobe is mad at Pau for not being a man in the middle and not defending the paint like he should. Too many uncontested layups yesterday. Bynum gave us more effort last night offensively and defensively!!! Kobe did his best but his shots were not falling yesterday and the refs were hard on him all night last night. In Kobe, I Trust!
(22) VMAN - Never gone on an opposing team's site and vented years of fan frustration and I'm assuming anyone that would needs to take a much needed break on a shrink's couch to suss out the sad life that brings him to such a ledge.Juvenile derision aside, yes, these Lakers will be competitive when it counts. Getting out of the West will be the hardest task yet on the road to 3 championships in a row. Good for the game, good for the fans. I'm certain of one thing, none of the opposing players or coaches are counting them out
(23) DKWSFO - This is a mental thing and a strategy thing, not a talent thing.
(24) NEWMEXICOLL - Really think we have to move the ball around more!! Too much dribbling around. Tonite we will get back on track, keep the faith!!!
(25) YELLOWFEVER – OK I i think i'm done venting for today... believe it or not i still think they eventually get it together.. I STILL BELIEVE!?!?
(26) THE TRIANGULATOR - I may believe that aliens have stolen our BB skills, but I do know it'll all be back before the playoffs. How many wins did the Lakers have on their road to the three-peat in 2002? It's not about the regular season and home court advantage, while nice, isn't a necessity. A healthy team is a necessity. With that said, I would shakeup the lineup a few games to spice things up. At the worst, it would make a few more losses bearable. At its best, it could energize the team. Trolls, we banish thee back under the 3rd Street Bridge whence yee came from!!!
(27) CARTER - Sean Elliot and all the NBA are getting their licks in after 3 years of dominance by the Lakers, But that's OK, that's their right, they better get them in now, because if they get this ship together, my lakers ain't gonna have no mercy on any of them.
(28) ZEN(THE ORIGINAL) - The Lakers always play bad this time of year..Im not worried...yet
(29) LAKERJ - I know the Lakers have received their wake up call. There is no way they are taking these losses in stride. Champions respond to adversity and show resiliency when it's needed most. Here come the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Watch out!
(30) BRONXLAKERFAN - I've heard some great rebuttal from Justa, Corner J and others. Many thanx to Mamba24 and others, who, while expressing their displeasure about the team's recent play, never lose sight of the big picture. I side with those folks. I'm a diehard Laker fan and I will be for the duration.
(31) CYBERCOSMIX - We have to keep in mind that it is the holidays, a time when the Lakers traditionally have taken off (well, they show up to games, playing well is another matter...). This is a team that has worked it out in the past. There is a precedence of them pulling themselves out of their tailspins, no matter that us Laker fans see three-game losing streaks as the end of the world. Well said on Kobe though, I know I can definitely take a few 'off' games to his usual brilliance he plays with on most nights...AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!
(32) ZACH FROM SAN DIEGO - first of all, GO LAKERS... ..but really is this not just a dramatic twist to spice up the season for Phil Jackson's last year. It would be boring if we won 65 games and cruised to another title, am I right or am I right? Or am i wrong? Hell this season started like a gem and progressively has made me lose more and more hair the past month. This isn't the end of the world no, but there are a lot of issues to be addressed. I don't know I just can't wait to after the All Star break. Something tells me things will FINALLY start to "matter" to this team come February-March. It's sad to say, but it's hard to be mentally prepared and in-gear for these games. Title defense motivation comes during the playoffs. The other contenders are showing us they are ready to take our crown. Bottom line it all comes down to April/May/June baby. GO LAKERS!!! HATERS ARE GONNA HATE
(33) I BLEED PURPLE AND GOLD - Really excited about the return of Bynum!! but really upset about the lost last night. Shannon Brown (mr. most improve player of the year) started off hot out the gates and now he cant find the bottom of the net. And Matt Barnes (mr. perfect game) cant find his shot either. Blake has been struggeling all year with his shot, despite a few games. It seems like the killer bees have lost their sting!!! Hopefoly we can borrow the Hornets sting tonight!!!
(34) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Let's see, Miami, Dallas, Spurs, Celts all have run off nice win streaks to pad their record. All the Lakers need to do is get a hot streak going and reel off 10 in a row or go 13-2 or something like that and they will be right back in the thick of best record. While it always seems darkest before the dawn, they certainly have the potential to pull that off.
(35) JQ - Kobe needs to lead. Simple as that. Be the leader he has been. He needs to remember last year's Game 7. Someone replay that as well as his very humble press conference. Be patient Lakernation. It'll take time, but we'll get there.
(36) LEWSTRS - Yes, I have concerns...but still have faith in my team...We have 51 games left in the season...plenty of time to get back to Lakerball... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcnqzi1a0yo
(37) D(EREK) J(ETER) - I'm not giving up though! The thing being a Laker and Yankee fan is that we expect to win it all every year. It's actually difficult to win one, let alone several. Ask Stockton, Barkley, Ewing, and Malone. I'm not giving up though!
(38) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - I'll repeat. BOTH of the Jordan led Bulls 3peat teams had similar records to what the Lakers have at this point in the season (21-10 once, 22-9 the other time). And NEITHER of those teams had HCA for the finals.
(39) FRMKT - I'll repeat. BOTH of the Jordan led Bulls 3peat teams had similar records to what the Lakers have at this point in the season (21-10 once, 22-9 the other time). And NEITHER of those teams had HCA for the finals. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | December 29, 2010 at 02:03 PM Yes and that's a wrap!
(40) MAGIC PHIL - Not saying HCA is NOT important, justa saying is NOT THAT important. If you deserve the ring, you must not rely on HCA.
(41) Kobeayashimarue - I had a feeling we would get stomped on last night...not really surpirsed as our team is just discombuberated right now. Lets see how things work out with AB & Pau in the starting lineup together & LO off the bench...we haven't seen that yet this year so I'm not panicing.........yet
(42) LAKESHOW310 - Food for thought.......Jackson's first threepeat in Chicago, the Bulls were 21-9. The next threepeat in Chicago the Bulls were????? Yep, you guessed it.....21-10. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. It's always tougher to threepeat. Keep the faith, and get away from the ledge. They will right the ship. Trust me.
(43) LAKERPEACE - A good news is Bynum is starting to catch up. Once he becomes the starter and Gasol playing at PF, and Odom coming out of the bench gelling with the Killer B's, the Lakers will be just fine. "Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do." -Napoleon Hill-
(44) OCLEZY - all they have to do is win tonight which i believe they will. And looking at the schedule they their toughes challenge will come mid jan when okc comes to town. Which if we win that can keep us going giong into a few tough games coming up with dal,Deen, and utAh. So just win baby. Go lakers!
(45) JWILLIAM - A little early for everyone to go crazy over a few losses. Maybe the Lakers need to lose some to remember how nice it is to win. I would rather lose now than at the end of the season. Would be nice to have a 10+ game win streak going into the playoffs. Just sayin is all.
(46)

This Blog will be crazy busy come ALL STAR weekend. Specially when the Lakers have 4 players representing the West in Purple N Gold. The All star game is in middle Feb; just when the LA area gets nice and beautiful. When the trees and flowers start blooming.
Perfect time for the trolls to feast.

Mamba- Lakers win, there is no one else; left to fight. Posted by: Joe_Corad | December 30, 2010 at 05:13 AM
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The SWAGGER, The SWAGGER!!!! Get down with your bad self Joe Corad!!!!!!!

Your team YOUR TEAM? $%^&&^%^^*YOU Posted by: Troll Man | December 30, 2010 at 05:32 AM
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LMAO!!! Right back at ya my brother!!!!!!!!

LakerNations:

I've told you that the sun would shine again after the recent storm. This team is a work in progress. They nonchalant attitude got the best of them lately and they must realize that in order to defense its title, they need to play better than last year.

Hey, we're the Lakers fans and wish a speedy recovery for KG. We need them to beat Pricess Jimmy team and meet us in the Finals! For 131-92, please provide us with any update on KG from your end. The news (BSPN) this morning appears that KG pulled "Paula Pierce" type injury and no need to be worry. KG will be back soon as the second biggest thug in the NBA - First goes to Kenyon Martin, of course!

Sonny, I do like the Kings and their young nucleus. Tereke will look good in the purple and gold uniform, don't you think

Mamba24 my brother, have a good vacation! A month? I know that you won't be away from us that long any way.

Wallace my brother, how are you? What the Lakers did last night, they could have done all along but I'm not going to blame it on Egos. Just getting all the new players adjusted to learning their roles and the Triangle itself is a job I mean some old Lakers still don't have the Triangle down yet. Add to that Andrews injury and getting back into game shape. Don't forget Kobes leg and hand injuries which I fear are worse than he let on and 21-10 is a miracle regardless of how good the competiton. If the team ever gets fully recovered and situated this will be one frightening team. Untill then they will from time to time throw fright into the Lakers Nation rather than the opponent. Lol! But it's all good/ Loke any good Roller coaster it's the downs as well as the ups that make it fun at the end of the ride so why not enjoy and see how it comes out. So Wallace my brother hope you and your family have a Great New Year!!!!!!

One game at a time. Yes, this was a W....finally.

What the past bummer week of Laker games has taught me is one game at a time. I am a Lakerholic and that's my first step.

Welcome back to starting lineup AB17. You looked good....for this game.

As I said yesterday - we win this as a TEAM. It will be fun to see individuals achievements but we need team chemistry and cohesion to raise 17. Last night was a good start.


Cheers all - PLG

What the past bummer week of Laker games has taught me is one game at a time. I am a Lakerholic and that's my first step. Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | December 30, 2010 at 06:26 AM
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Good morning PsychedLakerGirl! "I am a Lakerholic and that's my first step" And that is the best step that anyone can take in life! LOL! Happy New Year to you and yours!!! Carry On!!

sometimes we expect to win every game; but there is no fun in winning all games in the regular season.
we tend to forget that almost half of the team are newbies.

i have faith in the LAKERS.
i will continue to believe until my last breath.

GO LAKERS!
Go LAMAR!
GO RON!
GO DREW!

Now, if only Pau can look as happy as the rest of the team after a W.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | December 30, 2010 at 02:46 AM


I'm thinking Pau inside is hurt that he went to the bench before Bynum. I think it's more of a not happy with himself, the way he's been playing.
and really the way he played last night. Sissy like.

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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT
COUNT ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friends.
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(46) ISSANG - sometimes we expect to win every game; but there is no fun in winning all games in the regular season. we tend to forget that almost half of the team are newbies.i have faith in the LAKERS. i will continue to believe until my last breath.

And why no pic of Kobe after this win. Anybody but Kobe right.
Dang you Pfunk, you got me believin.

And why no pic of Kobe after this win. Anybody but Kobe right.
Dang you Pfunk, you got me believin. Posted by: Magia32 | December 30, 2010 at 06:49 AM
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Almost, I say almost got me believing too!!!

LRob where you at? Report for Duty immediately!!! Too much celebrating last night huh? lol!

Good Morning Laker Fam,


Nice win. Kudos to Lamar for his seamless transition and unselfishness in returning to the bench...and still bringing it at a high level. And of course, its good to see AB back in the starting lineup.


Since Drew is back starting this morning song is for him.

Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack

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

This win was great, if Bynum is truly back, we cannot be stopped, its plain and simple, Lakeshow bout to go on a run!

Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twgArtVqMlM Posted by: LRob | December 30, 2010 at 07:05 AM
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Aw Hell Naw!!!!! There can only be one Mack! Goldie, Goldie, Goldie!!!! Max Julien!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e7VngeFbhE

Hit it Willie!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvcbLmWcwh0_ Theme From The Mack_ Willie Hutch

Great win!!!!!!!!!!Good to get the pfunk out of our system now rather than later. It is so great to have a bench come in and give quality minutes!!!! Where as in years past they got down by so many points and then the starters had to come in and exert so much energy just to get back in it. Laker Tom...Bynum is coming along just fine and at the right time!!You can tell when the Trolls start getting nervous [131-92] they start rambling on and take pot shots[UTZ]!! Mamba24..The wheels will never come off our bandwagons cause we believe!! Go Lakers!!

GOOD MORNING Laker Nation...Good Morning my brother Mamba...

This is how I feel this fine morning...

Looking forward to a phenomenal 2011...Everything will fall into place baybee!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDKxUt9UkmU

The wheels will never come off our bandwagons cause we believe!! Go Lakers!! Posted by: NewMexicoLL | December 30, 2010 at 07:17 AM
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Good Morning NewMexicoLL...PREACH NEWMEXICOLL, PREACH!!!
Happy New Year to you and your Husband!!! Your Vikes sure gave my Bears a Happy one!!!!

Dying to hear your response...so is the entire LA Times Lakers Blog. Ask one of the Familia what happened the last time someone brought up the health of my children to take shots at me.

Posted by: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER | December 30, 2010 at 12:45 AM

Banner Folder-

I dont care to know anything about your "Familia." I dont care if they are sick and I dont care if they just hit the lotto! Not interested. Could this be another case of reaping what you sow?

You call me a bitch and an ass then tell me that you are dying to hear my response so YOU can get me banned? LMAO! "Mommy he called me a name."

At least PompousTom tries to write intellegent Basketball related things. He talks trash but he can take it. You on the other hand, talk trash and then go running under mommies skirt.

Now go easy on the starch or youll be a folder all your life!

DJ. LEWSTRS IN THE HOUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
Good Morning sir!!! And this is how I fear this morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO01noLjXCg&feature=related

PREACH RIZZO, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude...after one win over a team that's circling the DRAIN, now let's not get carried away. C'mon Lakerholics your better then that, I know your hanging your heart on anything. You DON'T want to see the KING in the finals, you thought the X-mas game was UGLY. The Lakers are a good 2X champs, not great. Possible four game sweep, their mentally WEAK.

Go Heat

Now go easy on the starch or youll be a folder all your life! Posted by: 131-92 | December 30, 2010 at 07:27 AM
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Now, now 131! It's not nice to come into other peoples house and talk trash. You both are good people so let's start this New year off right. And how are you this morning? I hope KG is all right. And if you read the thread you'll notice most of Lakers Nation sends out Best Wishes for his recovery. Also thanks for not kicking us when we were down. PURE CLASS!!! So Happy New Year to you, your Family and your Team!!!!

Dude...after one win over a team that's circling the DRAIN

Posted by: G.Money | December 30, 2010 at 07:35 AM

Nope, after 3 long season 3 finals appearances and 2 rings.

Go Heat, Go where?

You can tell when the Trolls start getting nervous [131-92] they start rambling on and take pot shots[UTZ]!! Mamba24..The wheels will never come off our bandwagons cause we believe!! Go Lakers!!

Posted by: NewMexicoLL | December 30, 2010 at 07:17 AM

Nervous? About what? They only thing Im nervous about is KGs injury. Laker fan is the one who wanted to trade Kobe, Pau, Fisher, fire Phil and fire all his assistants! Go back and read yesterday's posts and you'll see who is nervous. If that isnt wheels coming off the bandwagon ... I dont know what is! LOL!!!

And I didnt take a "pot shot" at [Banner Folder]. He called me an ass and I responded.

You DON'T want to see the KING in the finals, you thought the X-mas game was UGLY. The Lakers are a good 2X champs, not great. Possible four game sweep, their mentally WEAK. Posted by: G.Money | December 30, 2010 at 07:35 AM
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LMAO!!! Stop it, Stop it please!!! THE KING? PLeassssssse. Court Jester is more like it. But that dude sure can shimmy!!! LOL!

Dude...after one win over a team that's circling the DRAIN Posted by: G.Money | December 30, 2010 at 07:35 AM
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Nope, after 3 long season 3 finals appearances and 2 rings. Go Heat, Go where? Posted by: Magia32 | December 30, 2010 at 07:39 AM
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OOOOH WEEEEEEEEE!!!!! PREACH MAGIA32, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Swagger here, Swagger there, God it's great being a LAKERHOLIC!!!!!!!!!!!


Mamba24- You and I know the Lakerholics were going Helter Skelter the past three days, the wheel's were no where to found for the BANDWAGONS. Now everybodies on board ...AGAIN. True bandwagoners.

Go Heat...next world CHAMPS

Laker Fans...bandwagoners...???

Heat Fans...hmmm...where there any before LeBrick took his talents to South Beach...let's talk about bandwagoners...

Laker Fans have been around for many dynasties celebrating many blings...

Miami...what do they celebrate...

Oh yeah...The Dolfins went undefeated like 40 years ago...lol

Now, now 131! It's not nice to come into other peoples house and talk trash. You both are good people so let's start this New year off right. And how are you this morning? I hope KG is all right. And if you read the thread you'll notice most of Lakers Nation sends out Best Wishes for his recovery. Also thanks for not kicking us when we were down. PURE CLASS!!! So Happy New Year to you, your Family and your Team!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | December 30, 2010 at 07:37 AM

I did notice and I appreciate that. Its not all of Laker Nation just a couple of....! No problem, after a couple of years in your house, I know who they are. I expect it from them!

Anyways, Happy New Year to you and yours!

Mamba24- You and I know the Lakerholics were going Helter Skelter the past three days, the wheel's were no where to found for the BANDWAGONS. Now everybodies on board ...AGAIN. True bandwagoners.Posted by: G.Money | December 30, 2010 at 07:47 AM
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LMAO!!!!!! Money you are in fine form this morning!!! But Lakerholics do not go Helter Skelter. What you saw were a few poor souls who had not become true Lakerholics or taken their Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic yet. Speaking of which I have a bottle here reserved for you Money....SAY WHEN!!

G.

go back and you'll see it was a lot of new names, first time posters posting stuff like that. The regulars simply wanted some changes, changes that had to happen.
And it did, Bynum to the starting line up. Next, hopefully Fisher.
Did everyone notice how easy it was for everyone on the team when your PG does what he's supposed to do? Unfortunately Fisher can only do that once in a blue moon.

Mamba24- If the Lakers can defeat the Heat in the finals, I'll drink that tonic and walk down sunset butt naked with a Lakers hat. It's just not gonna happen in this LIFE time.

Mamba24- If the Lakers can defeat the Heat in the finals, I'll drink that tonic and walk down sunset butt naked with a Lakers hat. It's just not gonna happen in this LIFE time. Posted by: G.Money | December 30, 2010 at 07:57 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G. Money I'm sorry I didn't mean to laugh. Of course you're right. The Lakers will not defeat the Heat in The Finals because....They will be to busy defeating The Celtics!!!!!! Carry On sir!

Oh G., at least you got half of the Finals equation right! Kudos!!!!

Mamba,

I think G is counting the Xmas games as their finals appearance.

Mamba24- That's just WRONG. Have a safe New Years and all you Lakerholics be safe. Till next year I'm OUT. PEACE

I think G is counting the Xmas games as their finals appearance. Posted by: Magia32 | December 30, 2010 at 08:06 AM
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SWEET JESUS Magia32, don't hurt him!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a safe New Years and all you Lakerholics be safe. Till next year I'm OUT. PEACE Posted by: G.Money | December 30, 2010 at 08:07 AM
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G. Money you and yours have a safe and Happy New Years also my Brother!

And now a dedication to start the New Years to my Heart. Love ya Mom!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBOD0hMw4c - Mom - Earth Wind & Fire

@Mamba - Goldie...Mack of the year...lol. Thanks again for the wagon yesterday. It was on point.


@Lew - The Smith...yez zir!


@G Money - I hope you're not the same G Money from New Jack City. It didn't end well for him.

@G Money - I hope you're not the same G Money from New Jack City. It didn't end well for him. Posted by: LRob | December 30, 2010 at 08:19 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2NWEJbVAdw _ New Jack City

My New Years selection...comes with a History lesson...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPS0CZlrSKA

Please have a SAFE New Years all...

Mamba24 - Happy New year to you and your family as well. Slainte!

PLG

It's GREAT to see Bynumite back in the starting unit...We can't really analyze this team, till PJ is using the usual rotations...

To those with concerns that LO will lose effectiveness after going back to the bench...The complete opposite...Lamar looked even more energized...not skipping a beat, and was an all out BEAST...24 points...the most for a Laker sub in 5 years...

We still have a lot of acclimation needed...I would hope that LO on the second unit will help Blake and Brown to settle down...hit their open shots...and stay within the offensive scheme...

We have plenty of season left...let's take it one game at a time...

PsychedLakerGirl, Health, Wealth and Happiness to you and your Family in the coming New Year also!!!!!


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