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Caught in the Web: Previewing Lakers-Clippers matchup

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson isn't satisfied with the team's play.

--The Times' Jim Peltz details how a mid-December team meeting helped spark the Clippers' turnaround.

--The Times' Mark Heisler reports the tension between Clippers owner Donald Sterling and NBA commissioner David Stern. Heisler also reports the Lakers aren't interested in Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr features Matt Barnes' new tattoo.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer shares his Western Conference All-Star picks, leaving out Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky in their latest podcast discuss mid-term grades, the importance of home-court advantage and "karma-gate"

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details the nuances between the alley-oops the Lakers and Clippers throw down.

--Lakers forward Ron Artest has a pretty fun photo shoot for Maxim in the video below

-ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne highlights Artest's desire for a Lakers-Clippers rivalry.

--The Daily Breeze's Scott Wolf details Artest's hope that the Lakers meet the Clippers in the playoffs.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark, Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano and Clips Nation's Steve Perrin preview the Lakers-Clippers game.

--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian believes Artest will fill in well during Matt Barnes' absence.

--Artest, Brown and Matt Barnes film the music video to Snoop Dogg's and The Game's "Purp & Yellow." Expect some blue language near the end of it.

Tweet of the Day: "I think I have the sweetest husband ever! I'm counting my blessings daily... Nothing like a low key Saturday night" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality TV star and Odom's wife).

Reader Comment of the Day:"Well, Ron might not want to talk about it and Phil may not pinpoint an explanation but something happened between the two of them, calling out and responding to being called out and whatever it is, it's working -- Ron's back and playing well again and the Lakers pushed past that lousy stretch and it was only a couple weeks ago." -- dave m

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

 
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Congrats dave m on the Friedman!

dave m for the RCOTD!!!

Congrats bruh...well deserved...

Ron's HILARIOUS in that Maxim thing. How cool is that?

dave m

Great post and congrats on the RCOTD! Yep, Ron Artest is like putty in Phil Jackson's hands.

I'm extremely curious to hear from them.

Posted by: hobbitmage | January 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Actually, I am confident that if they read my stuff and read yours, you wouldn't want to hear what they have to say.

BTW, I have stated my reasons in clear, succinct English why I wouldn't trade Bynum for the talented Brook Lopez, the MAIN reason being that Bynum is a true back-to-the-basket center with more length and strength than Lopez and that Lopez is more of a hybrid 4-5 similar to Gasol. Bynum is more of a game changing presence in the paint than Lopez. One game certainly isn't going to change my opinion on that. Is there something about this that you didn't understand? Or did you just selectively omit that from your self-serving argument which is clearly designed to mislead others?

hobbitmage, I am quite satisfied with those "get" me. Like I said, if they don't, they either skip and/or skim my posts and I will also add that their perceptions are distorted by you and a few choice other bloggers who enjoy piling on me. As for those who don't "get" me and those who abhor my opinions? They are typically members of the Half-Empty Club anyway and it gives me something to post to stir the pot a little.

Sitting Bull once said...

Once the land was full of buffalo, and I had a tepee full of warriors...

The White Man has killed all the buffalo and the tepee is half full of men...

Chief Yellow Hair (Custer) though we are now weak, for we are half empty...

But the Spirits knew...we are now stronger...for the tepee is half full of warriors, and half full of warriors spirits and all their ancestors...

Custer found out how right Sitting Bull was...at Little Big Horn...

Now Custer in his spirit world now asks Hobbitmage and KobeMVP888...

Is it 'Little' or is it "Big...

Good Morning ladies and Gents, Game day a time for celebration with friends & family as the Best team in the NBA seek another cookie. Grills blazing with ribs and chicken, big pot of seafood gumbo w/ brown rice and blue corn bread. Wife’s a veggie oh well; give her and friends a salad.

Mamba24 – Great Roll Call in the morning like coffee, to get the blood moving, blog crue you know who you are 12:00 noon don’t be late.


Dave M- Congrats always a nice post.


LRob / Mamba- What’s the music selection of the DAY?


Lakerholics, I’m not asking for much, but after the battle, it would be to my enjoyment to see CLIPPERS run over little road kill.

EIGHT IN A ROLL AND COUNTING

AW YES, YES, YES!!!
RCOTD = DAVE M. = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!

Lew

Great post! It's neither. It's Foghorn Leghorn, not Little Big Horn, silly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTwnwbG9YLE


OK 2Phatt, here's my selection dedicated to Mrs. P. H. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsSTZviNWmE


The Clippers : I'm going back to sleep.
Yawn

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")

Next!!!!

ok, I want the name of the tall blonde in the Artest, Maxim shoot RIGHT NOW!!!

@Dave M - congrats on RCOTD.

@ms - I haven't had a chance to listen to your selections yet for today, but I always enjoy them :-)


@2PHATT - Sounds like you got it going on this morning. Enjoy your smorgasbord. Since I'm just coming back from church a little earlier and since Mamba was carrying on about Chi-town, my selection for today will combine the two.....

Impressions - Amen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3-iBfP-Pfo

Staples Center belongs to the LAKERS! Sorry Clips :(

KobeMVP888,

you wrote:
I'm extremely curious to hear from them.

Posted by: hobbitmage | January 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

=====

Actually, I am confident that if they read my stuff and read yours, you wouldn't want to hear what they have to say.

BTW, I have stated my reasons in clear, succinct English why I wouldn't trade Bynum for the talented Brook Lopez, the MAIN reason being that Bynum is a true back-to-the-basket center with more length and strength than Lopez and that Lopez is more of a hybrid 4-5 similar to Gasol. Bynum is more of a game changing presence in the paint than Lopez. One game certainly isn't going to change my opinion on that. Is there something about this that you didn't understand? Or did you just selectively omit that from your self-serving argument which is clearly designed to mislead others?

my response:

re: the English major/professor and the posts and the responses.
So, what you're saying is .... this is just more of your hyperbole that you
can't/won't substantiate. Ok.

re: Bynum & Lopez. Yes, you did clearly mention that you wouldn't trade
Bynum for Lopez. The point you seem to be misunderstanding is that
that trade was never on the table,was never part of the conversation, and
was completely irrelevant to the thrust of my post.

all it did was create confusion due to your past assumptions/assertions that
I don't like Bynum and don't want him on the team. Assumptions/assertions
which I have clearly stated are false and yet you continue to fashion
arguments as if they're true.

You *could* have argued that it would be a good test for Bynum to see
where he is in getting rid of the rust in his game, but you didn't. You could
have argued that it would be a good test to see where he is in getting back
his quickness. You didn't. You simply talked about a trade that no one
else was talking about and was irrelevant to the conversation.

So. It's interesting to know that you know multiple people are
misunderstanding you and you don't care enough to try and fix it.

Thanks MM, everyone else. I didn't have a chance to get online until late in the game, so the RCOTD felt bittersweet... would much rather have had the win of course. Crazy game, not sure what to make of the way it went downhill. I guess Phil needs to do some more calling out.


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