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Longer practice this week has benefitted Andrew Bynum well

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If it were up to Lakers center Andrew Bynum, he wouldn't be playing today against the Miami Heat.

"I hate playing on Christmas Day," he said after practice Friday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "But it's something we have to do."

If it were also up to Bynum, he wouldn't return to the starting lineup until a month-and-a-half from now, with both him and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson arguing he still needs to improve the timing and execution of the second jump that happens after grabbing a rebound and following with a dunk.

"That's really Phil's decision," Bynum said of Jackson, who countered his return to the starting lineup could come as early as two weeks from now.

But Bynum perfectly understands the magnitude of today's game against the Heat. Overlook the hype of it, considering this by no means will determine how the two teams might square up in the NBA Finals. Overlook for a brief moment the importance of this game as the Lakers enter a tougher schedule, including a game next week against Western Conference leader San Antonio. Today's matchup caps off a week that entailed two quality practices for Bynum without any reported pain in his right knee, one involving an extended two-hour session with the entire team Thursday and what Jackson described as a "modified shoot around" on Christmas Eve.

"I think it's gone well for him," Jackson said.

"We need those," Bynum said. "That's good to play when it comes game time. everybody is out there going, playing hard and playing together."

Bynum's contributions in five games since his return from rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee appear modest, averaging seven points on 41% shooting in only 16.6 minutes per game. But he's already shown why he'll be a significant piece to the team's identity. It's improved Pau Gasol's efficiency, allowing him to maintain his 19 points per game average in 34.6 minutes, a clear drop off from the 38.5 minutes per contest he's averaged this season. It's lifted the team's bench, including their instrumental role in securing a 120-110 win Sunday over Toronto. And the team's 94.4 points per game allowed since Bynum's return showed his presence has sharped sharpened defensive rotations, considering the Lakers normally allowed 97.86 points per contest.

It's also not lost on Jackson that Bynum's presence gives the Lakers a clear size advantage against Miami, which lacks a definitive center.

"I think our big line up could" prove to be the difference, Jackson said.

So even if Bynum would rather spend Christmas with his family, he's willing to clock in so he can make more progress.

Said Bynum: "I still got work to do."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

 
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picking up anxiously your present …................................. cutting the ribbon ..................... tearing the wrapping .......................... open the box ............................ the excitment grows .............................. it's overwhelming ................................ and inside ................................ a post about ...................... Andrew Bynum ............................. how sad can it get …

reaching for the empty bottle of percocet ........................ and the empty bottles of vodka. [face palm]

Magic Phil reporting from enemy territory:

The cheats are pathetic. I heard that winning today is gonna be awesome, CHEATING OR NOT.

Talking to people here, they don't care about the refs, in fact, the hope they call the game like they always call the game when LeDone is playing...

Typical attitude of a fan that doesn't respect the game of bball...


I hope the Lakers give both the Cheat and the NBA a lesson.

Merry Christmas People!

This song for me, it's either Charles Brown or Ray. I myself can't decide, Merry Christmas Baby!

Ray: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAPvi9Oe29A

Charles Brown: http:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gof2fB0gd30

Lakers Win Today, I'm just sayin'

Bynum needs to shift from "I hate playing on Christmas" to "I hate losing on Christmas". If you're gonna play today you might as well win.


Ron, piss LeBron off after the game with a big W.

Laker Family, MERRY CHRISTMAS! GO LAKERS!!!!

Bynum needs to shift from "I hate playing on Christmas" to "I hate losing on Christmas". If you're gonna play today you might as well win. Ron, piss LeBron off after the game with a big W.Posted by: Laker J | December 25, 2010 at 09:10 AM
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Yes I have to say it...Merry Christmas and OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!! Carry On!!!!

OK my Christmas set begins with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcuvlIgSj0Y _ Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - The Temptations

Laker J- I agree, Drew need to welcome the opportunity on national TV to kick some Meat @zz. Show the world that Lakers are here and not going anywhere.

This is dedicated to the woman with the smile who can dispel the darkness and bring forth the Light Laker Lass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpPdl0StUVs&feature=fvw - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas _ Frank Sinatra

Mamba24- Good morning Sir, you can never go wrong with any TEMPTATION song. The greatest SUPER group EVER.

Laker J- I agree, Drew need to welcome the opportunity on national TV to kick some Meat @zz. Show the world that Lakers are here and not going anywhere. Posted by: 2Phatt | December 25, 2010 at 09:23 AM
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Merry Christmas 2Phatt my brother and yes I think those are some wonderful and touching Christmas sentiments! LOL! Merry Christmas to you and yours 2Phatt its been a joy Blogging with you this year my brother!!!!

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Mamba24- Thank you , only If I can only blog with half your game, it will be the price of admission to the family....OOh, it's free.

MERRY CHRISTMAS...Ho ho ho, Santa's gotta go...gotta ot bring the toys for the girls and boys....

Santa is bringing us a win for Xmas...And LEWSTRS is present and accounted for...checking in for THE AWESOME Christmas Day ROLL CALL...

To everyone, please give thanks of the day our savior was born...
Give thanks for the Los Angeles Lakers...
Give thanks for your friends and family...
Give thanks for another day with our Blog Family...

Please be safe today...and enjoy the game...Remember it's only one of 82...and it is not a do or die situation...Having said that...LET'S KICK SOME CHEAT ASS...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

To everyone, please give thanks of the day our savior was born...
Give thanks for the Los Angeles Lakers...
Give thanks for your friends and family...
Give thanks for another day with our Blog Family...
Please be safe today...and enjoy the game...Remember it's only one of 82...and it is not a do or die situation...Having said that...LET'S KICK SOME CHEAT ASS...LEWSTRS | December 25, 2010 at 09:33 AM
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MERRY CHRISTMAS LEWSTRS!!! Yes, Yes, YES!!! Once again I must say it very good sentiments and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!
Best of Wishes to you and your Family Lew!!!!!

Thank you , only If I can only blog with half your game, it will be the price of admission to the family....OOh, it's free. Posted by: 2Phatt | December 25, 2010 at 09:32 AM
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LMAO!!! Stop that! Thanks 2Phatt, enjoy the Holiday and soon to come WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lewstrs- I'm not asking for much this day, just give me a WIN today. NO IF's, BUT's, about it, JUST WIN BABY.

Lewstrs- I'm not asking for much this day, just give me a WIN today. NO IF's, BUT's, about it, JUST WIN BABY. Posted by: 2Phatt | December 25, 2010 at 09:38 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! You're right 2Phatt, you're not asking for much!!! That win is signed, sealed and guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hype-y Hype-y Christmas!!!!!

Hoping Lakers smash the Heat, but so tired of the Heat-Hype I really wish this game would go away. Heat will be beat by the Celtics in the playoffs anyway, so this is just a preview of March 10 in Miami. Nothing more.

Merry Christmas Larry!, nice Temptations link, I think they could make "Feelings" sound soulful.

Here's Ella's version of "Have Yourself a Merry . . ." it swings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C9kDVKOrX4

Hype-y Hype-y Christmas!!!!! Hoping Lakers smash the Heat, but so tired of the Heat-Hype I really wish this game would go away. Heat will be beat by the Celtics in the playoffs anyway, so this is just a preview of March 10 in Miami. Nothing more. Posted by: Tom Daniels | December 25, 2010 at 09:44 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!
Merry Christmas Tom Daniels may you and your family have a wonderful Holiday.

Thanks Mamba 24...Now we near the end of this year...I would like to say Thank You for accepting me and welcoming me to our wonderful Blog...

You are our Flavor baybee...wishing you and your family the best on this Christmas Day...

2Phatt...Santa knows who's been naughty and nice...So keep representing and have a wonderful Christmas...

Laker J, Magic Phil and Mark G...please have a great Christmas and be safe...

It's not Christmas unless you hear this song...and the cash register ringing while shopping in the chaos...lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0IwpRzWL_4&feature=

@Mark G. BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Mark Medina...Have a great Christmas with your family and friends...

Wanted to take time to thank you for all you do to keep our blog running...

You take pride in your job and we appreciate it, even we don't say it enough...

I'm happy for the day, happy for the game, and will be happy to see how we've progressed after a couple of practices. These are often under valued.
How the defense rotates, and how they feed the middle will for me be a hint of how the future will unfold.
As I too see us and Celtics getting together in a few months.
Enjoy the game, enjoy the day. I will from up here.

Up early this beautiful morning, check in on the Heat blog, good. Check in on the Lakers blog and what do I see. The SHAME, Dude..Dude why are you Lakerholics BEGGING and PRAYING for a win? It AIN'T gona happen. Not today and NOT the NEXT time we MEET. Your sad, I've been telling you for the past 2 months. Now listen to me CLOSELY, were going to SPANK that BUTT today.

And I'll come back later after all HELTER SKELTER breaks loose on the blog about what went WRONG, somebody will break out the meat cleaver. Lucky your boy OUCHHHHH is no long here, It could have been uglier.

Happy Holiday to ALL, I'll be back after the BEAT DOWN.

GO HEAT

My Christmas wish:

Barnes and Lebron fighting for loose ball.
Ruled off of Lebron, Lakers ball.
Barnes and Lebron still jawing at each other.
Ref hands ball to Barnes, who fakes a pass off of Lebron's face.

And the King flinches.

O happy day!

This game is getting interesting by the minutes. I'm pumped, excited just like everyone else here. To my brother Mamba24, thanks for the inspiring roll call and, good morning to you as well, sir! You have found the way to honor almost everyone here but yourself. Let me remind all of us that you are the "heart and soul" of this blog. This blog is not the same without you. Your unraveling BELIEF in this team is infectious!!!

Go Lakers. In Kobe, We Trust!!!

@Mamba,Mark G, Lew - Enjoyed the Christmas visits from Ella, Charles Brown, Ray, Frank, Tempts, TSO...very well done gents.


@Mark G - I hardly ever go against Charles Brown, but I think Ray's live version had him beat, of course, live vs. recorded made it slightly unfair...lol. Speaking of Ella..this is one of my favorite holiday selections by her...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa4k4Z7gaNw

Drew says he may not be ready to start for more than a month? Sorry peeps but that's not the right type of mindset imho.

A blessed and Merry Christmas to all of you.

(Isn't it nice to have Larry around? Place ain't the same without him)

Don't feel too bad after the game today kids.

When they really start to gel (and they're not even close yet),
this Miami Heat team will be unstoppable.

In the meantime, this season for example,
they will merely win the championship.

After that, for the rest of the league,
and probably for several years,
it will be like playing-for-who-gets-to-be-the-Buffalo-Bills.

I'm not a big Lebron fan, but his domination is undeniable.
You may not like him, but there's no one in the league
who can match what he does.
No one.
And to match him with Wade and Bosh???
Give me a break!

He did what he needed to do,
and now he's doing what he needs to do
to win a ring...or several.

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

LEWSTRS- Thank you, you do the same.

I gotta send a Merry Christmas shout out to our military men and women who are serving our country and are away from their families. Also, to all the public safety members who have to work today, and lastly, to all the NBA players who are playing and the staff at the arenas especially at Staples. Merry Christmas to you all.

LRob, you know, I had never A/B'd the two versions before, but I have to agree with you, Ray's live version is pretty much perfect. Ray's version gets the nod-I love the guitar player's fills.

Great Ella selection I always love her, but esp at Christmas time.

LEW, you're right that cut is a Christmas must.

I don't want to list names, cuz I know I'll leave someone out, and that would be wrong. So,

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY! (This Means You)

I gotta send a Merry Christmas shout out to our military men and women who are serving our country and are away from their families. Also, to all the public safety members who have to work today, and lastly, to all the NBA players who are playing and the staff at the arenas especially at Staples. Merry Christmas to you all. Posted by: Laker J | December 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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Now that's CHRISTMAS!!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING LAKER J!!!!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!
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@Wallace, Thanks for the kind words! It's been a ball,Blogging with Lakerholics such as yourself my brother. That is what makes this Blog special the feeling of Family and caring, shared by everyone. may you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season!
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@SONNYBELFAST, The story that has never been told is when Mamba24 came to this Blog one of the people that welcomed him and helped him get his bearings is....Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! Sonny Belfast!!!! And I will always be grateful and thankful for it my brother. I should have put that little tidbit in my Profile. So Sonny Win or Lose I don't think Lakers Nation is really worried. We know what we got and we know what we have to do to win. Oh a few squabbles may break out now and then but...We're family and yes Sonny I'm sorry but that includes you also. LOL! So my brother, stay safe and I wish you and your family the best this Christmas and always! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Merry Christmas to Mark Medina, the best blog moderator of the best blog in our solar system, and to our whole blog family. You guys and gals make this a great place to visit, share each other's insights and great writing, and cheer on our World Champion Los Angeles Lakers!

The Heat will learn today that they're much improved, but it's a long way to the top if you want to Rock N' Roll with the Lakers....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFlNo1NjAEQ

SonnyB:

I thought you were a Celtics fan, I was surprise to see that you're now in love with the Miami Thrice! Any way, merry Christmas to you. Personally, I doubt that the Heats would make the NBA Finals. There is no chance that that team can beat the re-energized and much bigger team in the Celtics!

G.MONEY in the Houseeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Merry Christmas. Now when are you gonna get off this Heat nonsense and come on back home. You know you are really a Laker fan so Stop it I say!!!! LOL! BEATDOWN, yes there will be one and The Freakin LA Lakers will be the ones doing the beating. I just hope LeBron takes notes so he can teach his team how to be a real champion and not just a FBB Team. LMAO! OK Mr. Money, I'm proud of this name change. We will work slowly. First the name change, then...the team change. LOL! So you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and report back after the game so I can say...I TOLD YOU SO!!!! LAKERS BY 20!!!!!!!!!!!

It's about time the Lakers show some muscle, I do not care if they play below par against practice teams but with the caliber like the Heat they need to play like the defending champs. Yes, it's also important to win games against sub par teams but you know the Lakers they are not playing but cruising when they play these teams.I just want them to tell the basketball world that we still mean business...3 peat and beyond !!!!!

All I wanted for Christmas was Mark Medina to return from vacation -- and it happened! Joy to the Lakers blog. . . .

The roll has been called, Lakerholics and those who like to engage the brethren are off and chatting, and the first of five NBA games (Knicks-Bulls) is coming to an end.

Just wanted to officially stop in and say 'Happy Holidays' to all. By the time my Blazers take the court against the Warriors tonight, most of you will be done hotly debating what the Heat-Lakers outcome means in the NBA universe.

Enjoy the game, live chat and, most importantly, one another. Peace to all as we roll toward 2011.

LROB, Merry Christmas my Brother!!! you have completely changed the Blog Dynamics in an outstanding way and I for one would like to at this time thank you for all of the myriad things that you do to make this a Lakers Nations. You have made Blogging much more fun and much more educational both musically and Basketball wise. Every Blog should have a LRob but sorry to say there iis only one LRob and we got him and aint giving him up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To you and your Family have a wonderful Holiday Season my brother!!!!
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Finally my last song for today is a repeat and you know who it's for....Yes, yes, yes!!!!
The Fabulous Justanothermambafan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY - All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

DAN LOUMENA, Thank you Blog God. Thank you for all you've done in keeping this Lakers nation together. You and MM win CO/MVP honors from the Lakers Nation. May you and your family have a joyous Holiday and once again THANKS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just want them to tell the basketball world that we still mean business...3 peat and beyond !!!!! Posted by: appolo c. vermont | December 25, 2010 at 11:16 AM
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And I just want to tell you...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!!!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!

If we continue to have long practices, we will go back to how we were at the beginning of the season. From what I've read, we've really been lacking in practices which really will NOT be helping anything.

Also, wow how much weight has Shaq gained?

This was written:

picking up anxiously your present …................................. cutting the ribbon ..................... tearing the wrapping .......................... open the box ............................ the excitment grows .............................. it's overwhelming ................................ and inside ................................ a post about ...................... Andrew Bynum ............................. how sad can it get …

reaching for the empty bottle of percocet ........................ and the empty bottles of vodka. [face palm]


my response: ha ha ha ha ha

@HOBBITMAGE, Merry Christmas my Brother!!! I think young Bynum is gonna surprise you today. I will be anxious to read your thoughts after the game win or lose. Until then I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and the very best of Holidays my Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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