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Lakers' Matt Barnes has torn cartilage in his right knee, will miss several weeks

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Lakers reserve forward Matt Barnes sustained torn cartilage in his right knee and will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery in the next few days.

The Lakers declined to release a definitive timetable until after the procedure, but the tear was confirmed after Barnes underwent an MRI exam Saturday morning. The injury is similar to the one that sidelined former Lakers guard Jordan Farmar for five weeks during the 2008-09 season.

Barnes was injured while pursuing a rebound in the second quarter of Friday's game against New Orleans. Barnes was off balance when he landed and said afterward that he feared cartilage damage. He was not available for comment Saturday.

Before Friday’s game, Barnes was averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.

"We’re going to lose speed and quickness at that position," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

Kobe Bryant will log some time at small forward, and Luke Walton will also get a bump in playing time, Jackson said. Rookie small forward Devin Ebanks was recalled from the Development League earlier in the day. Ebanks averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in five games with the Bakersfield Jam.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes reacts after falling to the court and injuring his right knee on Friday night in a game against New Orleans. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

 
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We can't catch a break can we? Lets just be glad these injuries are happening in the early season as opposed to later in the season. Matt is a fighter, he will have his surgery and be good to go in a month, quicker and better than ever.

If anything this just means more minutes for Artest, who can perhaps finally start to shine offensively. Also more playing time for the rookies is never a bad thing. Lucky for us we have an easy schedule for a week after the knicks. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out...

DAMMMMM!!!!

Get well soon Matt. Need you in the Spring.

This is a true shame. Matt has played hard and fit in incredibly well as a Laker. Hope he is recovered in time to get in a solid month of PT before the playoffs.


Nice to see Ebanks get a chance, but right now this team is not in "let's see what the rook can do" mode. They need to learn how to play right together.


We may see a shorter rotation - more Artest, some Kobe at SF, maybe even LO at SF. And, of course, it's time to dust off Luuuuuuuuuuke! for a few games, if his back holds out.


This is the nature of an NBA season.


Glad to see LO play so well with his bum shoulder. Very impressed this season.

Tough game last night...Barnes, Blake and even MM.


This shouldn't be a major problem short term. More minutes for Ron and Luke...and even a Ebanks sighting.

Diandra,

Lot of other contenders have it just as bad or worst.

Miami - Haslem and Miller.
Boston - Perkins, Rondo and KG
Portland - Olden, Roy
Dallas - Dirk and Caron
Utah - Okur

Hopefully this will be the last of the injury bug.

Hopefully this sobers up some of the panicky Laker fans. The journey to three-peat includes W's and L's, but in order to arrive, we must maintain full strength. I would trade losses now for a full roster come playoff time every time!!

Blake and Barnes injured...That Sasha-Smith Trade was an amazing idea...NOT.

Quick note, Sash was 1-14 last night?

they would be better off giving ebanks some playing time over luke walton, although i know pj loves luke as well as alot of people on this blog, but luke is what he is, he's not a difference maker he plays bad way more often than he plays good, I think youth and athletic play could really help our ball club

@LRob....

bronxlakerfan,

I watched the last 5 min of that Indy-SA game. The Spurs played great d. The thing that puzzled me most was with 15 sec and Indy down a point, Granger dribbled around the world and then passed it to Hibbert. He should've taken the shot.


Sean Elliott is a real homer ala Heinsohn when he's announcing. Malik Rose was doing today's game instead of Elliott and he was just as annoying.

Posted by: LRob | January 07, 2011 at 07:13 PM

Just read this while catching up on the blog. Agree with everything you said. SA's great defense involves a lot of holding and grabbing, however. They're a veteran group and realize the refs are going to swallow their whistles at crunch time. They took full advantage of that.

Mailk Rose was doing Knick commentary for a while so I am familiar with his obnoxiousness. At least Sean Elliot was a decent player. Malik was a scrub.

Spurs are due to come down to earth. They are 7-0 in games decided by 4 points or less. Those things usually even out.

We can't catch a break can we? Lets just be glad these injuries are happening in the early season as opposed to later in the season. Matt is a fighter, he will have his surgery and be good to go in a month, quicker and better than ever.

If anything this just means more minutes for Artest, who can perhaps finally start to shine offensively. Also more playing time for the rookies is never a bad thing. Lucky for us we have an easy schedule for a week after the knicks. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out...

Posted by: Diandra | January 08, 2011 at 03:18 PM

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Yeah... what she said!

HEALTH IS the biggest factor...like a few of us here have been preaching since this summer...

I'm glad it's happening so early in the season...

We reached the playoffs last year all banged up...

I will trade a lesser record and finish worst than last year...for a healthy team come playoff time, not like last year...

Still no need to panic...#17 Still Coming Up!!!

D(erek)J(eter), If you really want to play the stats game look at The 'Killer b's' stats. Theirs have been just as bad if not worse overall.

After the Lakers signed Ron Artest, I recall Phil Jackson saying that Artest is a big minutes type of player whereas Trevor Ariza was not in his view. It is now logical that Artest will start playing 35 mpg or so and get into a better rhythm on both ends of the floor. While Phil mentioned that the Lakers will "lose speed and quickness at that position," I think Barnes has played a lot of minutes for three reasons: 1) his speed and quickness, 2) to get him acclimated to the intricacies of the triangle offense and the Lakers defensive schemes and 3) to keep Ron rested for the playoffs.

Personally, I am quite comfortable with Luke getting more minutes and even seeing an Ebanks sighting should we need his length and defensive presence against players like Kevin Durant. PJ likes to play Kobe at small forward with Brown and Blake at the guards anyway, so this injury is far from devastating to the team IMO. As for the Sasha thing, something tells me that he would have continued to rot at the end of the bench anyway. As LRob pointed out, the depth concern would come into play with an injury to one of the guards, but fortunately Blake is fine. The Lakers will be fine, too.

It'll be interesting to see if the Lakers use the trade exception that they acquired in the Sasha deal to increase their depth. It's really thin in the backcourt with only 4. Several bloggers have mentioned Trey Johnson. Although he probably wouldn't play much, he sounds like a cheap insurance policy against further injury.

Frick.

Good luck, Matt. I'll be very happy when you get back.

Make sure you take essential fatty acid supplements and liquid sea minerals to speed your healing.

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GO LAKERS!!!

matt-you are the best addition to our roster! get well soon-love how you are in constant motion all the time. we need you and your energy!

KobeMVP888....

While I share your opinion that this injury to Matt is not a season breaker, I do have some concerns. In light of recent revelations about Kobe's knees, I'm a bit leery of him banging for position against (mostly) bigger small forwards. And if any of our remaining guards go down, it could pose a more serious problem. I do have confidence in Ebanks and am hoping that he seizes this opportunity to show his stuff. Luke has also shown he can be reliable as a spot player, although too many minutes expose him.

So, we lose quickness and speed, that is true. That being said, with Luke on the floor we gain smarts and common sense and in the aspects of the Triangle, that's always positive. Luke won't get as many minutes as Matt has, 10 min is probably reasonable, with Kobe or LO getting acclimated .

As far as Kobe's knees, meh, yeah, this move while bringing in Ebanks, from Bakersfield, may also require the team to have a fifth guard on the roster as a cushion to overusing Kobe at the 3, and I suspect Blake will play the 2, sporadically.

get well soon we need you to achieve our goal...3 peat and beyond!!!!

Hey everyone. Just wanted to check in. Turns out a full days of rest was all I needed. Got a weird bug, and I'm not exactly happy it came in the middle of lots of Laker stuff going. But such is life. My sleep pattern is a bit out of whack and I have some catching up to do with errands, etc. So look for coverage to resume first thing tomorrow morning

Take your time MM. Get yourself healthy too!

bronxlakerfan

I hear you, but Barnes' injury could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Artest, who is ultimately more important to the Lakers' success in the playoffs than his backup will be. It's good for Luke, too. Phil will not increase Kobe's minutes dramatically because of this and the "news" of the condition of Kobe's knee shouldn't send shock waves through here. He talked about it and he's fine, better than he felt in June. He looked great the last 2 games, didn't he? As for the "what if" part of your post, let's cross that bridge IF we get there.

Nothing against Sasha, would like for it to have worked out, but he's shooting at 38%, averaging 10 pts per for NJ. That's a ton of bad shooting to get 10 pts per game. Now UPS on the other hand is shooting 44% , averaging 9.8 pts per game. Let him play more!

MM

Great news! This could have been much worse. We could have lost Barnes, Blake and MM for extended periods, but as it turns out it will only be Barnes for only about a month and a half. Glad to hear you're well.

Luke is not as bad as some say around here, dang sure can't be worse than fisher. So I don't more pt for Luke.
Still, the sooner mb gets back, the better.

So I dont *mind* more pt for Luke*

Luke is not as bad as some say around here, dang sure can't be worse than fisher. So I don't more pt for Luke.
Still, the sooner mb gets back, the better.

Posted by: Magia32 | January 08, 2011 at 05:35 PM
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Out of curiosity, why must you persist on bagging on Fish?

they would be better off giving ebanks some playing time over luke walton, although i know pj loves luke as well as alot of people on this blog, but luke is what he is, he's not a difference maker he plays bad way more often than he plays good, I think youth and athletic play could really help our ball club

Posted by: carl | January 08, 2011 at 04:28 PM

Hey, Carl- uh, Barnes is not a difference maker either, in some ways, i.e. intelligence and common sense, it helps to have Luke out there. As far as playing bad more than good, that's debatable with a guy who has a bad back.
There's no offense in the NBA, more suited to Walton than the Triangle. He's a good playmaker, doesn't give himself the confidence to hit the three, which he's shown he can, Blake's energy and Brown's athleticism can help mask Barnes' contributions.

Barnes is not the guy, who's going to make or break the team or the bench- that's LO. This is LO's time to rally the bench together.

Luke will save us.

You cannot stop The Son of Phil. You can only hope to contain him.

Let our enemies quake in fear... for Luke awaits.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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GO LAKERS!!!

Look who's back with his keen observations. Yeesh.

Look who's back with his keen observations. Yeesh.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 08, 2011 at 05:49 PM
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roll eyes

I can't see Luke can contribute anything to the team. He's too slow and is a big liability on the defense and has very little offense. Again, did you notice the stella plays of our starting PG? Fish, I love you man, but your game has left you this year. It's just painful watching him play nowadays. Perhaps he should be on IR and return before the start of the playoff. By then, I hope he would rediscover his Js!

Matt has exceed my expectation so far. He's one of the hardest players on this team.

MM, get well soon.

The writers of the 2010-2011 Lakers sports documentaries are licking their chops now, as they have a new segment to develop. Lakers start out hot, then put it in reverse, a bright spot was barnes at the 3 that fit in very well...until he tweeked a knee. Artest was 'distracted' then rises to the occassion, dials it in...luke even has many 4 point, 4 rebound, 4 assist games (in 6 minutes per game), Ebanks comes out of nowhere to make some defensive stops and some fast break points, a la Ariza...to forshadow the future...

In February, Barnes shows his grit and weaves his training regimen into his reality tv show, he has another 'run-in' with a female as he is frustrated...Barnes shows some life in April, rounds back into form in May and surprises everyone in June. In the palyoffs, Barnes again shows his uncanny ability to curl around a screen, dive to the hole and get the pass from Pau, to put the Lakers back on top...

You can't ask for a better script...

BTW I dislike Kobe at the 3 while the bench is playing. How can the bench get the motion offense flowing when Kobe is jacking up shots? Phil leave Kobe with the first unit, or this thing can backfire. On teh otherhand LO, take it to the rim big guy!!!

To the Luke fans

Luke usually has a good effect on the offense, if you are looking for a guy to set-up someone else. I prefer Barnes for his defense to cover the other team's fast break, also Barnes 'gets' that the offense is based on movement. Don't you often see Luke standing around then going to the other side of the key and standing around?

Barnes is motion and usually to the rim where he has great hands and while he often misses, at least he is diving to the rim, rather than playing on the perimeter. If the strength of this team are the bigs (other than Kobe) then players need to get in position to take a pass from the bigs, and also shoot from up close so that the bigs and get the easy put-back (easy points).

Still I hope Luke does take it to the other team when he is in...at the 3 at the 4??

Get better, FCM. Would it help you out if i stoked the fires a teensy bit and mention that it really seems that it looks like Luke is looking waaay healthier lately that we suspected he might ever look again? He was fairly lousy at the start of this season, although he hardly played, but he has been 12/26 from the field since the start of december. I think 10 mpg from him if he can shoot is hardly going to hurt us any.

lets go ebanks lets go

The truth is that our starters SHOULD be able to give us leads and it is up to the second unit to hold those leads. Expanding on leads should not need to be a necessity, but a luxury. When I look at the box score after games, I am only interested in Luke's +/- number. Normally, I think this is a meaningless stat, but at this point in Luke's career with the way he has slowed down, I'm okay with him playing a few minutes as long as he doesn't hurt the team while he's in the game. This season, that is exactly what he has done; NOT hurt the team. He is a meager +19 in the 21 games he has played, but at least it is in positive territory.

From my (not so) keen observations, Luke seems to get most of his turnovers in bunches when he first enters the game ice cold and then he settles in. So as much as +/- numbers can be misleading, so can turnovers. Luke's a system guy and an underrated team defender. As long as Phil trusts him out there, so do I.

From my (not so) keen observations, Luke seems to get most of his turnovers in bunches when he first enters the game ice cold and then he settles in. So as much as +/- numbers can be misleading, so can turnovers. Luke's a system guy and an underrated team defender. As long as Phil trusts him out there, so do I.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 08, 2011 at 06:57 PM

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Makes no sense!!! Who is not ice cold when they come off the bench? Does it mean you should excuse their turnovers? You must be kidding!!

In other news, looks like the bulls will beat the celtics today, so that's always a plus. They are the only team I am watching in the east as far as losses vs lakers go as we need HCA again against them.

Let's look at the silver lining here....

Artest has been heating up lately and playing more like himself, the additional minutes will give him the confidence and opportunity to shine!

Also, is it possible to give Shannon more minutes by giving Kobe more minutes at SF? Shannon is at the cusp of something big if he can improve his shot selection and passing; and an opportunity for more minutes might really let him grow as a player.

But, knowing Phil he will not do this. Luke will take up most of Barnes' minutes and make us cringe endlessly. Or he might surprise us...Luke has been showing a good stroke as of late!

Makes no sense!!! Who is not ice cold when they come off the bench? Does it mean you should excuse their turnovers? You must be kidding!!

Posted by: keen observer | January 08, 2011 at 07:05 PM
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Luke is not in Phil Jackson's rotation. In other words, for all intents and purposes, Luke is a scrub. Scrubs typically make mistakes because they are more ice cold than rotation players, who are in a rhythm from their roles during the regular season. So bag on Luke if you want, but if he is inserted in the rotation, I will personally be pleased because turnovers or not, he calms the team down and there is fluidity on the floor when he is in the game. In other words, he doesn't hurt the team and his +/- numbers are a statistical indication of that just as much as the little statistic you dug up about his turnovers. If Luke is ineffective, Phil will sit him down like he normally does when things don't look right to him.

It boggles my mind how you come in here and do nothing but trash the Lakers, whether as a team or its individual players, yet you claim to be a Lakers fan. You have never once posted something positive or optimistic. Here we are on a 3 game winning streak with Kobe Bryant passing the great Oscar Roberston for 9th on the all-time scoring list and only one guard ahead of Kobe, yet you choose to slip in your little digs on a player who hasn't been much more than a scrub in Phil Jackson's rotation this season. Did it ever occur to you that in his 7 year career, this player you hate so much has helped the Lakers reach the NBA Finals 4 times with 2 championships? Why don't you heap a little praise on him for that? Tell me another NBA role player who can boast that over the last 7 seasons.

Be truthful instead of coming in here as a poser for the sole purpose of trashing the Lakers. If you want to be a "keen observer," then share some of your positive observations, too. Otherwise, you should just come clean.

I hope all of you Luke W. fans are right. Gee, we're gonna miss you MB; hurry and get well. OK, Ebanks and Artest, time to "do this" and please Laker team, no more injuries!

What's this with the "Luke fans" stuff? Are Lakers fans who wish him well and who defend his contributions doing something sacreligious? Is is somehow wrong for Lakers fans to focus on the positive things he brings the Lakers? Everyone knows that Luke has slowed down and is no longer an important player in Phil Jackson's rotation, but it is senseless to endlessly criticize him. He is not hurting the team and, frankly, it's nice to have a player with his knowledge and experience in Phil Jackson's system as the third string small forward. Give him a break.

KobeMVP888 - there will always be Luke haters, here, there, everywhere. Doesn't much matter though, he gets support as well and Phil's going to do what he feels it right for the team. If Luke's back permits, I'm sure he'll be getting a little extra burn in coming weeks. It only makes sense - he's a vet player in the system, knows the ins and outs.
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MM - sorry to hear you're not feeling well... were you tweeting from your sickbed?

Mark Medina,

I hope you feel better.

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

GO LAKERS!!!

dave m

I realize that, but the haters make it sound like there's something wrong with not hating him if you know what I mean. One entitles his blog entry "To the Luke fans" and another starts his out with "I hope all of you Luke W. fans are right."

Let's make something clear. We are LAKERS fans first. The implication is that anyone who makes a positive statement about Luke or who points out some of the good things he does are "homers" because smart Lakers fans know better. That's how I read it.

One thing is offering constructive criticism and another thing is ridiculing our players (Fish and Luke, in particular). The other thing that fans do that is beyond me is pitting our players against one another. Huh? This is a TEAM, a cohesive unit that has won back-to-back championships. Whatever. To each his own.

Anyway, we'll be fine without Matt Barnes. Artest has been chomping at the bit to contribute more and has been disgusted with his own play anyway, so the timing on this injury was fine. Shannon Brown will get some more minutes, too. This shouldn't effect anything.

KobeMVP888,

you wrote: Luke is not in Phil Jackson's rotation. In other words, for all intents and purposes, Luke is a scrub. Scrubs typically make mistakes because they are more ice cold than rotation players, who are in a rhythm from their roles during the regular season. So bag on Luke if you want, but if he is inserted in the rotation, I will personally be pleased because turnovers or not, he calms the team down and there is fluidity on the floor when he is in the game.

my response: your statements are crossed.

How can he be a scrub if he calms down the team? I don't think that Phil
thinks he's a scrub. I think Phil thinks he's been hurt the last two weeks.

KobeMVP888 - I'd rather that the injury never happen, of course... Barnes has added a nice intensity. Still, I agree that it'll be fine, we're plenty deep at the position.

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If Bill Walton recommended that his son retire this summer, Luke's injuries are more serious than we all understand. Of course, his father has had a lot of physical problems in retirement, and he is trying to spare his son the same miseries.


Phil likes Luke. As little as he has played the last couple of years, it is clear Luke is not close to 100%. Phil turned to him in the Finals (and he played well), but he has racked up a lot of DNPs again this year. So it will be interesting to see how many minutes he gets now that Barnes is down.


It almost feels like like Phil is just trying to play him enough to keep him in practice, but saving his few minutes for when he feels he really needs him. With heavy minutes, I would expect Luke would go to the disabled list again.


Luke is just a guy who loves the game, and he is gamely trying to keep playing. I admire that. I know his limits (and his skills) With his physical condition his limits are even greater. But he just wants to go out there and play the right way and win.

Tom D, you and I are among the very few here who really understand what Luke brings to this team, even in his current limited capacity. The guy has been a winner (i.e., championships) at every level he has played...high school, college, and the NBA. There aren't many players out there who can say that...not even those who are physically more gifted than Luke. He contributes to team cohesion off the court as well as on the court. And the fact that Phil likes and trusts him enough to put him out there when he's still not ready physically says a lot. I support Phil's trust in him, and I predict that trust will be rewarded when Phil calls on him in key moments in the post-season.

Excellent roll call LEWSTRS!
Corner J - I totally agree about Luke. We all know he isn't the high flying, amazing athlete - never has been, never will be. But after Kobe, he's the most intelligent player on our roster. I have no problem at all with him being on the court. He's an excellent passer, very unselfish, he knows the triangle inside and out, he is very aware of his teammates strengths and he plays to them. He seldomly makes foolish, bone headed plays like alot of the other guys. He's not great, but he's a very solid role player.

get well my dear boy

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if u voted for LO u can join his hareem

Lews,

Could you include me in the game day roll call?
Threepeat, baby! Sending Lakers championship vibes from Tallahassee.

He is the most intelligent player after Kobe? Wow!! Some of you are amazing!! A player who hardly plays, has more turn over per minute than any other player on our team is the most intelligent? How do you measure intelligence? Smh!! Luke is more intelligent basketball wise than Lamar and Gasol and Fisher ? Wow!! I can see why some of you worship him!!

But after Kobe, he's the most intelligent player on our roster.
PurpleHeart | January 09, 2011 at 08:09 AM

Dude...Not sure if smoke CRACK in the morning or evening hangover, but PUT DOWN THE PIPE.

All this Luke LOVE, is down right DISGUSTING, what a LOOSER.

my response: your statements are crossed.

How can he be a scrub if he calms down the team? I don't think that Phil
thinks he's a scrub. I think Phil thinks he's been hurt the last two weeks.

Posted by: hobbitmage | January 08, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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Everything I say is one big contradiction to you, so I'll just consider the source on that superfluous comment of yours. You are Father Contrarian in here, arguing for the sake of argument. I should have said the exact opposite of what I meant because it would have simply elicited the observation I wanted to make; it would just come from you instead.

When Luke has played this season (as a scrub), it's mainly been as a fill in at the power forward position in certain match ups because he has slowed down so much. When he's in the game, however, it appears that the triangle offense actually runs, also because he slows things down and the team is comfortable with him as a facilitator in the triangle because he knows it so well. He didn't play against the Hornets, but he gave the Lakers a few (scrub) minutes in the 3 previous games. Yeah, the Lakers television commentators have said that Phil would like to get Luke a few more minutes, but it's difficult to get him into the rotation. I still think it will be difficult at small forward because you go from slow (Artest) to slower (Luke) and that is counterproductive to the things the Lakers want to do with the second unit. If Luke was fleeter of foot, I don't think Phil would hesitate to put him in for Artest. If he sees 10 minutes per game, that will be a lot in my estimate. We'll see and I defer.

Lews- I would prefer a Mamba24 /UTZ come back BUS, but nice ROLL CALL Just Sayin....

Great game time, in a New York state of MIND. I feel a BEATDOWN coming on tonight, Knicks will have their track shoes laced up.

KNICKS : 118
LAKERS : 102

"How do you measure intelligence? Smh!!

Posted by: keen observer | January 09, 2011 at 08:51 AM"

Dude, he's won BB championships at every level, he's got a multi-year multi-million dollar contract with the Lakers, he's Phil (11-Ring) Jackson's "son"...and you aren't...I'd say that's a good measure of (comparative) intelligence.
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"All this Luke LOVE, is down right DISGUSTING, what a LOOSER.

Posted by: BLACK MAMBA | January 09, 2011 at 08:55 AM"

Luke haters...gotta love 'em...one might say they're "born too loose".

"Great game time, in a New York state of MIND. I feel a BEATDOWN coming on tonight, Knicks will have their track shoes laced up.

KNICKS : 118
LAKERS : 102

Posted by: G.Money | January 09, 2011 at 09:05 AM"

G. Money, you're one of my favorite trolls, but I'm betting that you're not betting any real money on that prediction. And I'm also betting that you won't be showing up here tonight after the Lakers flip those scores on you. Phil has always B-slapped D'Antoni's run-n-gun style teams, and I see nothing different about this one that's going to change that.

He is the most intelligent player after Kobe? Wow!! Some of you are amazing!! A player who hardly plays, has more turn over per minute than any other player on our team is the most intelligent? How do you measure intelligence? Smh!! Luke is more intelligent basketball wise than Lamar and Gasol and Fisher ? Wow!! I can see why some of you worship him!!

Posted by: keen observer | January 09, 2011 at 08:51 AM
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More positive keen observations. I suppose one could imply that you are saying that Lamar, Pau and Fish are intelligent "basketball wise" by your comment, however, I think you meant that they are just less dumb than Luke based on everything else you say in here. Yes, Luke has AN EXTREMELY HIGH BASKETBALL IQ. It's just that his mind sometimes makes promises that his body can't fill.

Nobody in here is "worshipping" him; they are just making sophisticated observations of a player they know well as opposed to "fans" like you who choose to see what you want to see because you HATE him for some reason. Here's my guess at the reason: he has 2 rings and 4 NBA Finals appearances in the NBA, something no other player from the 2003 draft can claim, and because you HATE the Lakers so much, this really aggravates you. Just a wild guess. :)

Jordan Farmar - 20 points, 10 assists. (I love Fish and Blake, but I am trying to remember that last time one of them got 20 and 10... ;-)
Sasha - 11 points off the bench

Unfortunately, they lost... Graham and Outlaw combined to shoot 1 for 12.

Matt - get well soon, we will miss your energy

Luke haters - you must know more about it than PJ... Maybe you can all get jobs coaching NBA teams?

Kobe's knee - I don't know why this is news. He hasn't looked 100% for a very long time. He use to suddenly put it in another gear and it looked like everyone else was in slow motion as he would blow by them and stuff it before you could blink. Luckily, he finds a way to get it done anyway. He even jumps over guys every now and then. Even as an old man, MJ could average 30 ppg.

NY is looking very, very good lately. I hope we don't wear the white uniforms... Lamar and Ron need to step up - Ron needs to slow down Amare. Luke can give us some good minutes. Ebanks has game and I hope he gets a chance. The other players on the team seem to think a lot of him. They should know. They play against him in practice.

Drew - I would like to see us feed him the ball more. He can stuff it without having to even jump. Once they start worrying about Drew, Kobe and Pau (and Lamar) will be free to rip them a new one.

I am a Lakerholic.

NY is looking very, very good lately. I hope we don't wear the white uniforms... Lamar and Ron need to step up - Ron needs to slow down Amare. Luke can give us some good minutes. Ebanks has game and I hope he gets a chance. The other players on the team seem to think a lot of him. They should know. They play against him in practice.

Posted by: Lakerholic | January 09, 2011 at 11:27 AM


What's up Everybody! Lakerholic, brother, if Ron is guarding Amare, consistently, that's not good. It's up to Pau, LO, Drew or a combination of the three to try and contain Amar'e.

Ron would be best going at Ray Felton or Douglas, if NYK wants to use that 3 guard starting lineup. At times, on Amar'e, he needs to check Wilson Chandler, now that Barnes cannot. He'll also be on Landry Fields, I suspect, as well.

Sean - I agree it will be a combined effort. Ron isn't as tall as Amare, but he is bigger and is the best one-on-one defender in the league. I am worried that Pau and Drew will have trouble with him defensively. We will see how PJ plays it. I am looking forward to it. You are right that Chandler and Fields are both playing very well also. The Nets are fairly small, so we need to limit the fast breaks and get the ball to our big guys. I hope they play Ebanks - the kid can run and I think we will need his speed.


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