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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Sacramento Kings (and pretend not to think about Boston Celtics)


--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Phil Jackson's insistence that this is his last season.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott goes into detail on his view that Kobe Bryant isn't the king of clutch.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr provides a few tidbits from the Lakers' "All-Access Inside the Lines" dinner Thursday.'s J.A. Adande shares some observations from "Lakers All-Access."

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer highlights Kevin Garnett's plan to sport the Celtics' all-time record against the Lakers on his shoe when the two teams square up Sunday.

--Use this handy map to spot where celebrities sit courtside at Lakers games.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones details Carl Landry's apology to his Kings teammates and coaching staff.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky sizes up the chances that Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom make the NBA All-Star team.

--The Riverside Preess-Enterprise's David Lassen looks at Gasol's belief that he could be picked to replace the injured Yao Ming at center for the All-Star game.

--Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby wonders which NBA teams would contract.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Jackson's comments about retirement.'s Bill Simmons credits Bryant, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki for their longevity.'s Sekou Smith expresses some love for Bryant.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford documents Bryant's scoring trek, noting that he's 12 points away from surpassing Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA list of all-time leading scorers.'s Mike Trudell breaks down some numbers that highlight Bryant's improved efficiency.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore talks about the greatest Lakers of all time, from jersey numbers 30 to 39.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues that  Ron Artest has found his groove.

--Lakers Nation's Fern Rea looks at the best "tough it out moments" in team history.

Tweet of the Day: "PS: Thx to for giving me 2 yrs of its upcoming package of yearly Kobe highlight reels (including his epic 2005 dunk over Howard)." -- sportsguy33 ('s Bill Simmons)

Reader Comment of the Day: Weighing in on the issues of the day: 1) PJ is one of the handful of greatest coaches ever in the NBA. As a Laker fan, I feel immensely fortunate that he came here and brought us 7 Finals trips and 5 titles ... so far. The fact his owner, GM and players all want him to come back shows that the old dude is still getting it done. But for him I think this is the end of the road. SO SEND HIM OFF WITH ANOTHER TITLE. Phil not only gets the game, he gets the rhythms of an 82 game season and how to deal with players. He was brilliant with Shaq and Kobe for 3 years, letting them blow off steam during the season, but geeting them on the same page when the playoffs came around.

2) LakerTom, I love what you do here and your passion for Drew. That said, I agree with Drew that he has not been an All-Star yet, playing regularly and consistently at that level. On the other hand, with Yao and Oden out, the West is a bit thin on real centers. Al Jefferson is deserving. Tyson Chandler has made a difference in Dallas. Pau played a lot of center. But if you wanted to pick a true big man to battle Dwight Howard, Drew is the only one standing, and he is playing well. It's borderline.

3) Both Phil and Jerry have been talking about the Celtics recently, and I agree with them. Miami is good but Boston is the team I would pick coming out of the East. They are so big and deep inside with Perkins, Garnett, Shaq, Davis, O'Neill. Pierce and Allen are getting older, but they are still Pierce and Allen. And Rondo is a quick, quality PG. They defend well, they efficient on offense and they are tough and smart and battle-tested. Another Boston-LA series would be another great series. Who would win? Toss a coin, just like last year." -- Tom Daniels

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant and the Lakers host the Sacramento Kings Friday at Staples Center before their anticipated rematch Sunday with their NBA Finals opponent, the Boston Celtics. Credit: Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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ESPN must be having some fiscal problems. That Abbot article is just an attempt to attract attention and sell ad space. He's like Skip Bayless.

Regarding KG's shoe: I said it before and I'll say it again. Boston needs this W 100000 times more than we do. My only question is "Which Lakers Team Will Show Up On Sunday"?

(01) LakerTom
(02) iheartkb24
(03) Jay Jay
(05) Lakerfan in Cupertino
(06) LakerFaninCowTown
(07) AndTheJellosJigglin
(09) NBA4ever
(10) Hobbitmage
(11) Psyched Laker Girl
Iheartkb24 and I would like to get the NorCal chapter of the blog together to watch a game in February or March at a sports bar and maybe to buy group tickets for the April 6 game against the Warriors at Oracle Center. I have asked MM to give all of you my email address. Please let us know if you are interesting in getting together. And any other bloggers in NorCal who are not on the list, please ask MM for my email address. Thanks.

TD with the RF!

Nice RCOTD Tom Daniels. I always read your comments and you always come correct.

My personal opinion about who should start at C for the West is that it should be Tim Duncan. Duncan is having a great year on the team with the best record. With the career that he's had, there's no reason why he shouldn't be the starting C on the West All Stars.

If I were Greg Popovich, it's a no brainer.

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs! Bounce back!

I heard that Comcast, just bought NBC, is going to take a Sports run at ESPN. Could get interesting?

@its the fact jack is banned. this is getting ridiculous. don't worry moderation is still on. I just ask for everyone's patience

Abbott is a joke. Remember the time when he blogged about Kobe being selfish - based on how we would rather dunk than pass to an open teammate (*cough*Kwame*cough*)?
His credibility was basically shot after that.


@PsychedLakerGirl - I did mention you to LakerTom...YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO JOIN US!...the more the merrier...

LakerTom and I are also planning to watch the game at the Oracle...Anyone interested please let me know or LakerTom...

@63 - I'll be expecting you to join us this May!!! like Hobbitmage, no excuses...I want to meet your son =)

@Justa - girlfriend, you need to take hubby to SF...please join us, pretty please =)

Is it Sunday yet??? Another "tune-up" game. The team is well rested again. "Snaq" has been sitting it out until Sunday. Don't mean to look ahead, but hey! I'm just an NBA fan waiting for a playoff atmosphere game on Sunday. Heat and Thunder is a decent lead in as well. Let's get the win tonight, remain solid in the standings and "whup some chowda" on Sunday!


Tom Daniels - Great job on the Friedman...great post and worthy of the award...

The Council Meeting at htj this Sunday...Sorry Cora and I can't come down this weekend...between her work, the cats, and shuffling my schedule is all to overwhelming. iheartkb24 and I were thinking we can do another one for the Thunder game next month...we can do it again at htj's shop (if he is willing to be a gracious host again) or even downtown at Lucky Strikes (great location, centrally located, and good service...and their even might be some Thunder fans we talk trash to during the game) This way iheart and I can make plans in advanced and not shooting from the hip and scrambling like for this week end...

Let's hope our boys don't over look tonights game thinking of the Chowds this Sunday...These are the trap games, that we usually don't prepare for to well...I'm glad Perkins is back, so if we win, Doc's excuse of not having his 'starting five' won't matter...Bottom line, you can come up with all sorts of excuses when you lose...when we lost to them in 09...we admitted defeat and never use AB's injury as an excuse...

I would like to sweep this current home stand...and get good momentum for this big test road trip coming up...We will have a great gauge of our team when we analyze it after then...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LakerTom: I would LOVE to get together for a game with you and the crew! I'll get your email from MM.

Garnett's shoe idea is hilarious. He's been a Celtic for... almost four seasons? Wow. Maybe he should write the all-time record for Lakers vs. Timberwolves on his shoes. And then pound his chest. And weep.

Go Lake Show!

The Celtics play the Lakers on my birthday! Let's hope the Lakers win!!!! January 30th!

Memo to Putz-

35-10 vs 33-13

This seems appropriate today:

Ramneet - Happy Birthday kid...Looks like the NBA Schedule Makers gave you a B-Day present with the Chowder game this Sunday...Now hopefully the Lakers can give you a gift of a victory...

Bottom line, you can come up with all sorts of excuses when you lose...when we lost to them in 09...we admitted defeat and never use AB's injury as an excuse...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | January 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM

LOL!!! Sure "we" didnt!

You gotta love KG drawing first blood with the break out shoe for Sunday's contest. Kobe and his band of brothers broke out with some shoes for the X-mas day disaster and now KG saving his for Sunday's Mass! Yeah - gotta love the competitive spirit and iron cajones!!

Final Score: Lakers - 83
Celtics - 79

Tom Daniels - nice post, congratulations!

I stand with Laker Tom. If Yao can win it for not playing, then Drew should start. The starting line-up is picked by the fans. Drew has more votes than any other player that Stern would replace him with. It will be a cold slap in the face not to pick Drew concidering the game is in LA. I hope Kobe feeds him all night and he dunks on Shaq!

I saw Garnet's shoes on Yahoo. The only way it could be better is if he put 152-120 on a red flag and waived it in Kobe's face. I can't wait until Sunday because (you guessed it)...

I am a Lakerholic.

Guys, I just talked to the Warriors ticket office regarding the April 6 game against the Lakers at Oracle Arena. The game is already heavily booked but we can still get a block of seats for 10 or more in the middle of the court upper level at $70 each. Anybody who interested, please ask MM for my email address. Not the greatest seats but it would be a blast to get all of us together to watch the game. Seats available are in sections 203, 214, and 220. Here is link to see view from these seats:

Tom Daniels

Great RCOTD. I read it earlier and meant to address a few points, but have gotten caught up in things I need to de-focus from.

1) Phil Jackson. Yes, he's one of a very select few brilliant head coaches in NBA history. I don't think the level of his brilliance can even be understood or measured. I watched the Celtics-Blazers game last night, featuring Glenn "Big Baby" Rivers, who whines every time his pulling guards are called for illegal screens and who spends the vast majority of his timeouts lecturing his players. Don't get me wrong, I think Big Baby is an excellent head coach. I even thought he should have won the COY in 2008. But Big Baby is no Phil Jackson, who spends his timeouts huddling with his assistant coaches while his players use their own brains to think about the things they work on in practice. Phil's players are all assistant coaches on the court with his coaching methods. 19 years. 13 NBA Finals appearances. 11 titles. 48-0 when his team wins Game 1 of a playoff series. 11-0 when his team wins Game 3 of a series after being tied 1-1. 7-0 when his team wins more than 60 games. These are unfathomable numbers, right up there with Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak.

3) As for Lakers-Chowds, I am not convinced that the Chowds are the shoo-in they've been made out to be. I truly believe that the Bulls can beat them because of the maturity of Rose and Noah, the addition of Boozer and the fact that their head coach is the Chowds' defensive coordinator who taught them everything they know. They went 7 with them 2 years ago, so why not upset them this time? IF we play the Chowds, Lakers in 5 or 6 regardless of HCA. After all, it's Philip's Last Stand.

2) The All-Star Game. There are so many talented bigs in the West, yet so few true centers. Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan should be the West centers. This Nene, Al Jefferson, Tyson Chandler talk is nonsense to me. If those guys are mentioned, then so should Bynum, who is a FAR SUPERIOR center to the 3 of them. None of them should go. Bynum is deserving to the extent that he's the best of them and effects a game like none of those guys can, but let the guys who have played all season play in the exhibition game.

@Lew – checking in with a classic…just ask Slash. Back in the Saddle indeed.

@TD – Congrats on RCOTD

@Mark G – That’s appropriate everyday :-)

@frmkt – Yep, you know Shaq is resting up for Sunday. That’s the beauty of being the Lakers. Players that are injured….mysteriously get well quick for a shot at the champs

Memo to Putz-

35-10 vs 33-13

Posted by: 131-92 | January 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM


Monday Morning

Lakers 35-13
Celtics 34-12

131-92 is wrong...Today Chowds are at 34-10 today...

Lakers win tonight and Sunday...
Chowds lose tonight against PHX (i got a feeling) and will lose on Sunday...So my morning standings will look like above...
Perkins better acclimate fast, and the 2 Oneals get healed fast...Or the Chowders will be looking up at us in the standings...I said it first...
"Book it Dano"


Yes, some Laker fans will make excuses.

But its not nearly as pathetic as "Doc's" repeated insistence that his starting 5 has never been beaten in a playoff series.

That's just sad.

LA Lakers 20090-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

Today's fight!

Kevin Garnett's shoes
Henry Abbott's article


Kobe's Bryant's rings

No contest.

Some fun comments from the Dwyers article about Garnett's shoes.
I am impressed you are using Bill Russell's accomplishments and posing them as you own. Here's an idea I will gladly lend to you with no charge. On the back of your shoe wear what you have done, and please feel free to use any of the following as I have spent a few minutes compiling records for use:
1-1, record of Celtics vs Lakers in NBA Finals with KG
3-3, record of Celtics with KG vs Lakers in regular season
10-9, record of Celtics with KG vs Lakers (playoffs included)
1-3, record of Garnett's teams (Minny and Boston) in playoff series vs Lakers
11-14, record of Garnett's teams vs. Lakers in playoffs
19-33, record of Garnett;s team vs Lakers in regular season
30-47, record of Garnett's teams vs Lakers (playoffs included)
It's great that the Celtics hold a slight edge on the Lakers, but don't go bragging about it like you had something to do with it.
Chris Manning’s Twitter: I want to tell a Laker to put “46-30” on his own shoe; the Lakers all-time record vs. teams with Kevin Garnett on them.
should kobe wear 5 rings to 1 on his shoe?
KG get a life, using numbers that you had no part in getting. How many have you won versus LA during your career. Oh that's right, you have only beaten them once in a playoff series during your career. Also, how many championships have Boston won in the last 20 years? Oh that's right 1, and yet everyone thinks Boston is so dominant. 11 of your 17 came back in the NBA during a time of less than 20 teams, wow! Boston are punks and you, KG are the biggest. Way to represent!
DJ Mbenga wears shoes that say 2-1 when he plays Garnett to signify championship rings.

Nice touch by'll just add another footnote (pun intended) to this great rivalry.

Good article by Simmons on Kobe and his contemporaries aging gracefully.


Yes, some Laker fans will make excuses.

But its not nearly as pathetic as "Doc's" repeated insistence that his starting 5 has never been beaten in a playoff series.

That's just sad.

LA Lakers 20090-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

Posted by: HBMatt | January 28, 2011 at 01:41 PM

Excuses for what? Being on the verge of a dynasty? I don't get it.

The best thing about today?

Everyone gets to razz Sonnybelfast after tonight's victory.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


131-92 is wrong...Today Chowds are at 34-10 today...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | January 28, 2011 at 01:39 PM

I stand corrected!!! Ive notified and and of their mistake. I let them know that Lewstrs said so. They have promised to correct their sites and reflect the records that Lewstrs is positively sure is correct.

Please continue to correct me anytime you feel it necessary!

justanother blogger


But its not nearly as pathetic as "Doc's" repeated insistence that his starting 5 has never been beaten in a playoff series.

That's just sad.

LA Lakers 20090-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

Posted by: HBMatt | January 28, 2011 at 01:41 PM

Besides the fact that its pathetic and sad ... is it correct?

Verge of a dynasty???

We are thick in the middle of a Dynasty...The dynasty has already been established...we are just writing more chapters...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up Baybee!!!

Maybe KG should tatoo 152-120 on his forehead. More people would notice.

That Abbott article on Kobe is so blatantly shock value material that ranks SI up there with the National Enquirer for journalistic integrity.

It reads like a D- college paper and it consistently contradicts its thin thesis and hollow argument. It's irrelevance is astonishing. Do people sit around putting value on what "clutch" is? It's usually rings and parades. He fails to even fulfill his argument. If he is not Clutch, the who is. And ultimately, does it matter?

Excuses for what? Being on the verge of a dynasty? I don't get it.

For the '08 loss without Bynum.
Fans are fans, they will say anything to make themselves feel better.
PJ or any Laker could say the same thing Doc says.
But the Lakers are a class organization and they won't go down that route.

The Septics on the other hand.......

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