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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 100-88 victory over New Jersey Nets

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' so-so performance in their 100-88 victory Friday over the New Jersey Nets.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains why the Lakers struggled against New Jersey.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen focuses on the Lakers' problems with defending New Jersey center Brook Lopez.

--The Star-Ledger's Colin Stephenson credits Lopez's contributions.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford expresses amusement over Kobe Bryant's sneaker falling off.

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan looks at the Lakers' upcoming schedule.

--The Times' Broderick Turner catches up with Sasha Vujacic.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick highlights Ron Artest's progression.

--The Orange County Register's Carr highlights the ring ceremony for Jordan Farmar.

--The New York Post's Fred Kerber highlights Phil Jackson's belief that the Nets "lack an identity."

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights Vujacic's and Farmar's homecoming.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford explains why Vujacic enjoys his time with New Jersey.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz looks at the Lakers' upcoming schedule.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over the Nets.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell recounts the Lakers-Nets game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore is amused that a dog was at the Lakers game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues all that matters if the Lakers beat New Jersey, even if the effort was ugly.

--Lakers Nation wonders what would happen if the Lakers acquired Carmelo Anthony.

Tweet of the Day: "Day 3 of rehab.. I've pretty close to having all my flexibly back n my knee. Still hv a slight limp. Yesterdayl lifted alil weights. Very excited about the progress.. Heading in rite now to get rite.. Tlk to u later

Reader Comment of the Day: "when I saw the schedule for this season I was thrilled for the very reason the Lakers are now facing. This is a back-to-back championship team, and when MM posted a poll what the Lakers biggest concerns would be before the season started, I didn't hesitate to check the box next to "Complacency." The Lakers have a grueling schedule the rest of the way in, featuring about 30 games which they could win or lose, in my estimation. Fortunately, unlike last season, half of the remaining games are at home. The reason that a tough schedule is a very GOOD thing for the Lakers is because it will force good habits as they fine tune their game for the playoffs. They will not have the luxury of being complacent, which they seem to have taken complete advantage of during the first half of the season while nevertheless compiling a solid record." -- KobeMVP888

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom is surrounded by New Jersey defenders during play in the first half Friday night. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

 
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YES, YES, YES!!!
RCOTD = KOBEMVP888 = OUTFREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!

MM I really think Posting Justanothermambafans' Profile today would be an excellent choice BLOG GOD!!!! Thanks!!!

MVP888 for the win...congrats dude....

Great post...and I agree...now let's hope it falls into place like you posted...

With our current winning %...if it plays out the same for the rest of the year...we are looking at 60-22...

We all know what happens when a PJ team wins 60 practice games...

MVP - Congrats on your RCOTD.

888 - congrats.

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****Repost****Can't keep up with the prolific MM!!

First things first....Big shoutouts and welcome backs to Utz abd Mamba24. You were missed!!

Dedicated to Utz and M24.......a little Eddie Kendricks..."Come Back Home"

http://tinyurl.com/47kk79t

Secondly, concerning Dwight Howard doing a Shaq and showing up in Purple and Gold, I think it would be possible to do a sign and trade for Andrew Bynum. I'm no salary capologist, but Bynum for Howard works on Real GM's Trade Checker. Just some food for thought. And before Andrew's Army has me for lunch, I'm not advocating this trade one way or the other. I'm just saying it might be possible.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | January 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Congrats, KobeMVP...good stuff as always!

@Bronxlakerfan, Eddie kendricks...Yeah that'll work!! Thank you my brother, good to be back. As they say there's no place like home. Ok let me click my heels 3 times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E39haxpE74 - Home - Diana Ross

Dude... Your're the seen one who refer to the regular season as PRACTICE SEASON, RIGHT? and another poster mention to you about practicing good habits and you blew then UP. Maybe I'm WRONG, but I'm sure it was YOU. Just Sayin....

Last night's game lacked any real energy on the part of the Lakers. It was almost as though they chose not to embarass their former teammates. New Jersey played the part and took their loss like gentlemen, happy to make a decent showing against the champs. No real edge to that game at all.

G.Money on the case!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When you gonna give this nonsense up and come on back home to Lakers Nation where you belong my brother. It's not to late. The "King" don't look so indestructable nowadays! Seriously I hate to tell you this...The Heat aint coming out the East!! Celtics or Bulls all day long my brother!

Justa Profile.....with PICS. DAMN CAN'T WAIT, prays has been ANSWERED.

@ Mamba24....Diana Ross was kicking it real on that selection.

GMoney...

Let's what your boys can do against the Bulls tonight in Chicago. Is the "Tweeter" expected to play? Or is his little ankle still hurting?

Mamba24- My BROTHER c'mon now, the Heat will be there when the FINAL BUZZER sounds. I am home the Lakers are my second team, be the KING will get his RING this YEAR. It will be a MONSTER series, Wade and Lebron just can't be STOPPED. It's DEVINE ORDER, the King will sit SUPREME.

Oops...that s/b "Let's SEE what your boys can do..." in my previous comment.

bronxlakerfan- If the King Plays, it's a Win. Bulls can't handle BRON, to much MAD SKILLS.

Let's what your boys can do against the Bulls tonight in Chicago. Is the "Tweeter" expected to play? Or is his little ankle still hurting? Posted by: bronxlakerfan | January 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G.money....

This is America, we don't have kings! JK!

G.money....

This is America, we don't have kings! JK!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | January 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM

That's a DAMN GOOD ONE.

@Mamba24 @JAMF - I'm thinking of saving those profiles for next weekend. The Lakers will likely have a day off next Saturday. Since there's practice today and a game tomorrow, I don't want it to get lost in the coverage

Thanx, G. All in good fun!

@G.Money, I got to give it to you my brother, you can dish it out as well as take it. Very good! Carry on Sir!

The smell of healthy competition ahead has me salivating this upcoming stretch of games. The only potential clunker is if Melo gets traded, but a nice mid season litmus test is just what this team needs to stay hungry and actually care about defense. Ron is finally out of his funk, Pau is settling down with Drew in the middle, LO has played the best, and most consistent ball of his life this year, the bench is getting more comfortable than even the early 8 games of they year...and now for the scary part.... Kobe and Drew are both getting healthy and both improving as the season goes along

JUST CHECKING IN ...


1. Congrats to KOBEMVP ~ great thoughts (again).
2. @ HOBBIT ~ we respect you more than you think we do.
3. @ UTZ ~ great preaching a couple of posts back.
4. @ TOM DANIELS ~ Mitch on line 2... please reconsider! lol
5. @ MAMBA ~ not even 24 hours into your return and the spirit is back!
6. @ LEWSTRS ~ LA Times requesting a DNA swab from you; they are trying to dispell rumors that you are MAMBA in disguise


Personal Note . . .
--Proud moment for me last night as I watched my 23 year old, soon to be married, son coach his first HS game (Freshman). He has been my assistant this year. But a week ago our Freshman coach quit for personal reasons. I told Junior "it's time, son." Difficult to put into words the pride I felt!


Then arrive home late and watch the DVR'd Laker game together. His team won. My team won. AND THE LAKERS won! I am putting last night in the vault! PRICELESS!


LakerMike

@Mamba24 @JAMF - I'm thinking of saving those profiles for next weekend. The Lakers will likely have a day off next Saturday. Since there's practice today and a game tomorrow, I don't want it to get lost in the coverage Posted by: Mark Medina | January 15, 2011 at 12:09 PM

No, No, No, Blog God!!! The World, I say THE WORLD!! Is just hanging on by a thread awaiting this Profile. It is the hope of seeing that Profile that has allowed the world to inch away from the Abys!!! It's the only thing that lies between an economic recovery and the collaspe of the world as we know it. Mothers are pleading. Little children are begging. Mamba24 is down to his last OUT FREAKIN STANDING. Without that Profile being posted soon...all hope is gone...GONE I SAY!!!!

LakerMike, LakerMike!!!! Whats up my brother? Lewstrs is Mamba24? LMAO!!!!!! Lewstrs is much more talented, knowlegeable and yes, yes even better looking than Mamba24! Lol! Speaking of DNA...your son coaching his first game? Dads team won, Sons team won!! DAMN!!!! It don't get no better than that.!!!! You done good LakerMike!!!! So you know I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!! Carry On.

888: Great stuff! Absolutely agree with your RCOTD. The Lakers schedule the second half will be a lot tougher than the first half, which will help them shake off their complacency. I happen to think that most of your posts are RCOTD-worthy, it's nice to see you get some props!

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Around Tuesday I started having some stomach pains, next thing you know I was laid-up in bed for a day and a half with real bad pains. I started feeling better and on Thursday I had agreed to bring home two kids of a friend after school until 8pm. Well, seems whatever stomach-bug I caught was going around the schools and that afternoon I had four kids (two plus two of my own) in beds and puking. I guess when it rains, it pours.

I was basically going non-stop cleaning up vomit from about 4pm through midnight. I don't know why but my kids are awful about waking themselves up and puking somewhere they should compared to my friends kids who always managed to drag themselves to the toilet or trashcan. My littlest one puked either on himself or in bed 5 times. He literally took four showers over a span of a couple hours. I was cleaning sheets and doing laundry until almost 4 in the morning.

Man, this year has gotten off to a wacky start for me personally. I'm hoping it can start to normalize itself from here on in... lol


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I have decided to make myself available to the Lakers as a member of the active roster for the remainder of this season. This team needs a spark, and I am willing to be that spark.


I am somewhere over 50 years old, but I am also 6' 8" tall and able to play all 5 spots on the floor equally well (which is to say very badly). I have a strong knowledge of the triangle offense, having watched Phil's Lakers for a number of years and having played in a lot of 3-on-3 city leagues, where every offensive posession is, by definition, a triangle of some sort.


This team needs some new blood, and I am sure to spill mine if I get a chance to play. So Phil, Mitch, here I am. A veteran swingman who can fill in for Fish when he is cold and Drew when he is hurt. Practically a whole team in one old, admittedly slow boday. What do you say?

This team needs some new blood, and I am sure to spill mine if I get a chance to play. So Phil, Mitch, here I am. A veteran swingman who can fill in for Fish when he is cold and Drew when he is hurt. Practically a whole team in one old, admittedly slow boday. What do you say? Posted by: Tom Daniels | January 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!! Yes I have to say it....OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

Man, this year has gotten off to a wacky start for me personally. I'm hoping it can start to normalize itself from here on in... lolPosted by: CyberCosmiX | January 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM
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Cyber that is absolutely terrible and I feel your pain my brother. I hope your family is doing better. But i guarantee you, my year has gotten off to the most wackiest start of all time. One day, when I write my memoirs you will see and agree.

SCHEDULE THANKS...


Few things are more difficult for a defending championship team than remaining focused during the first half of the season. Compared to the energy and attention of high-stakes playoff wars, those early season games feel more like scrimmages than battles.


The danger is to have that malaise leak too far into the season, endangering a team's efforts in developing that cohesive focus to commit to whatever it takes to win it all. Fortunately, this year's schedule breaks perfectly for the Lakers (something KOBEMVP has detailed previously and very well).


So it begins tomorrow, ironically with a game versus the CLIPPERS! Considering the following realities of the schedule, it appears that the Lakers can offer a BIG THANKYOU to the schedule maker for helping them begin their move to "championship" mode. LOTS of games left, considering the following regarding top five seeds in each conference...


VERSUS WEST POWERS ~
#1 seed SA (0-1)
#3 seed Dallas (no games yet)
#4 seed OKC (no games yet)
#5 seed UTAH (0-1)
$6 seed DENVER (0-1)


VERSUS EAST POWERS ~
#1 seed BOS (no games yet)
#2 seed MIA (0-1)
#3 seed ORL (no games yet)
#4 seed CHI (1-1)
$5 seed ATL (no games yet)


That would be 1-5 versus the upper crust of the league. BUT, it also means that of the 40 games played so far, only SIX have been against the upper crust. We are about to see the Lakers take on a transformation. Games will matter. "Statements" will be made. Match-ups will get testy. Hard fouls. "Beat LA" chants. Physical play. Aches & Pains & . . . WINS.


The "real season" is still three months away. But this second trimester of the 2010-11 season is about to get very interesting!

LakerMike

@ TOM DANIELS...

You have sparked MM to consider a new award category! RPOD... Reader PLAYER Of the Day (or perhaps the "Daniels" award).


Your skills... your knowledge... your size... your confidence... WHO COULD STOP YOU?!?!


PA SPEAKER: "Calling Mitch Kupchak. Calling, Mitch Kupchak. Please pick-up Tom Daniels."


LakerMike

@LakerMike, LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the goodlopez is an animal

Congrats "888!" Rest period is definitely over for the reigning 2X World Champions. It stinks that we lost so many games against sub-par teams because we would be at the top of the conference, but the second half of the season should and will be a different story!


"They will not have the luxury of being complacent, which they seem to have taken complete advantage of during the first half of the season while nevertheless compiling a solid record." -- KobeMVP888

"The Lakers are only 4-5 against teams with winning records. They might want to boost that mark if they entertain thoughts of catching San Antonio (34-6) in the Western Conference standings." Bresnahan

Let's get through these games unscathed so we can meet Boston with a 13 game winning streak and hopefully gain on S.A. in the conference.


"JUST DO IT!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0btw8IZal0

"JUST DO IT!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0btw8IZal0
Posted by: frmkt | January 15, 2011 at 01:59 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!

KobeMVP..congrat on your RCOD honor. And MM, I disagree with your decision of having my virtual GF's profile post next week. She deserve to have her profile post now...Mamba24 my brother, you're still JAMF's virtual hubby!!! Good to see you back..

And Howard is indeed will look fabulous in purple and gold and so is Griffin!! I was disappointed in AB yesterday. He made Brook Lopez looks like an all stars last night.

Again, I'm very concern about the DFish's plays (Sorry Justa, I need to call as I see it). I hope it's just a early season slum and not a long term funk. We need him to step up and be "Da Man" like the last few years. Perhaps the age is caught up with him this year. His shots are not falling, his defense is slacking as well. I don't buy that this team is boring and can't hardly wait for the playoff. You can't just turn on and start playing like a champion in April. This need need to approach every single game like the way Kobe does. Kobe comes to play every day and every night. That's the reason why I respect him so much.

Go Lakers!!!

Mark - this is the most comprehensive links-post I have ever seen. I tried clicking and reading each and every link but then my laptop started smoking and I realized that the day had passed me by.

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Cyber - so sorry to hear about your puke-fest. It sounds very gooey.

The Lakers are going into the part of the season where they will begin to play teams that can play & win. There is NO chance they will win over the Spurs & they will never get by the Thunder.

They need to make a trade & do it soon before the players that can help are scooped up by other teams.

They have Ron Ron to trade to the 76ers for Andre, Blake & Walton (hahaha) for a real point guard to start & play defense, something none of the Lakers guards can do & yes I would trade Andrew for a B. Lopez in a heart beat....

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CYBERCOSMIX AND FAMILY GET WELL SOON - BANDWAGON
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(01) DAVE M. - OWNER - Cyber - so sorry to hear about your puke-fest.
It sounds very gooey.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - get well soon Cyber.
(03) LROB - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04)

Marty:

I agree and disagree with you at the same time. Yes, despite their past success without a real PG, due to Kobe's injuries, this team desperately need a play maker to get the load off Kobe who has to be a facilitator night after night especially when both Fish & Blake struggle which appear to be the norm thus far this season. I do however disagree with you about this team chance against either the Thunder or Spurs. Base on the sheer size advantage, this team should handling these two teams in the 7 games playoff.

Cyber:

God speed! I will pray for you and your family. Make sure that you check with your physician if the situation got worst!! For you, try my secret cure all treatment, chilled Grey Goose! For real, every time I feel like coming down with something. I take a shot of Grey Goose and somehow I got better..

I take a shot of Grey Goose and somehow I got better..Posted by: Wallace | January 15, 2011 at 03:11 PM
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Wallace I don't feel like I'm coming down with anything but... I think I'll try some anyway! LOL!


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CYBERCOSMIX AND FAMILY GET WELL SOON - BANDWAGON
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(01) DAVE M. - OWNER - Cyber - so sorry to hear about your puke-fest.
(02) LROB - DRIVER - Cyber – Get better soon.
(03) FAN OF THE MAMBA - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) MAMBA24 - Get well soon Cyber
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - FABULOUS - Get well soon Cyber
(06) PHRED - cyber- bleach and mouthwash. that's for the vomit, not the teeth whitening
(07) WALLACE - Cyber, God speed! I will pray for you and your family. Make sure that you check with your physician if the situation got worst!! For you, try my secret cure all treatment, chilled Grey Goose! For real, every time I feel like coming down with something. I take a shot of Grey Goose and somehow I got better..


Mamba24:

It works wonder for me. To the least, it makes me fell asleep and when you sleep, you feel no pain!!!

I wish it were only complacency, but the picture that I'm seeing is far worse. Our Lakers are not playing very intelligently. Players are not getting back defensively after misses and turnovers; they are consistently giving up easy baskets; the passes are very lazy on offense and they're only thrown in the general direction of the intended playe, leading to turnovers; players (especially Kobe) pull up for jumpers, are met by the defensive player in the air, and then throw a pass to be promptly intercepted for a layup or a foul.

This is not just compacency. It's a lack of proper planning, focus and intelligence. I have been waiting most of my life for the Lakers to finally catch the Celts in total number of championships, and now, like in 2003 against Detroit, I'm seeing it being thrown away.

Please Pau, when you catch the ball on the block, be a little stronger, don't forget about the lefty jump hook that you're so good at; if you can grab a rebound with two hands rather than tip it to a teammate, please do so; challenge more shots in the paint like Bynum does; and above all, please do not jab step for 10 seconds only to take a 15 footer that the defense would have given you anyway, or worse drive to the middle after your jab step fest and then kick it out with only 4 seconds left on the clock for the poor recipient of your pass.

Thanks and good luck on #17!!!


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