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Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman discusses Carmelo Anthony's future, Lakers-Nuggets matchup

Keeping up with the latest regarding Carmelo Anthony's future with the Denver Nuggets doesn't just entail working the phones and reading the clips. For The Denver Post's Nuggets beat writer, Benjamin Hochman, it also involves clocking in 40-yard dashes that would make Usain Bolt proud. Upon hearing Melo was leaving a morning shootaround through a different exit than he thought, Hochman can been seen in the video above sprinting down the hallway and running a 40-yard sprint in 6.71 seconds.

This led me wondering if Hochman's effort in visiting burger joints in each NBA city has led to a new theory that eating them can lead to better conditioning.

Said Hochman: "Any chance I can get a little exercise, even if it's on the job, I'll take it."

Among the other topics of interest regarding the Lakers-Nuggets game on Friday:

--Why Hochman believes playing for the Nets is still an option for Anthony, despite the contention from New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov that the organization has walked away from a possible deal involving Anthony.

--How both Anthony and Denver point guard Chauncey Billups are handling the possibility of getting traded.

--Why Lakers guard Kobe Bryant argues it's inappropriate for Nuggets fans to boo Anthony.

--Recapping the Lakers' 118-112 loss on Nov. 11 to the Denver Nuggets, and previewing the teams' upcoming matchup on Friday.

 

You can follow more of Hochman's work at the Denver Post website and by following him on Twitter.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

 
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@ LRob,

I am dead but not forgotten! or something like that. . .

Richard Thompson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH_8VINpfKQ&feature=related

Will the Lakers acquire a player who can defend the point guard position?

(Or are we stuck with all-locker room Fisher?)

Maybe Lakers can repeat in spite of terrible perimeter defense.
It was bad last year too.

@Todd
Stuck, for at least this season.

Maybe something will happen in the offseason, maybe not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9F5xcpjDMU

If the Net's owner is serious then New Jersey is out for good. If that's the case, I think Melo will end up with the Knicks, if the Nuggets and Knicks can come to a reasonable agreement. Right now that seems unlikely. It also seems pretty unlikely that at this point Chicago will trade Noah for Melo. I don't think that will happen either. A deal with Houston, idk. I'll read into that and then I'll come back and offer my opinion. But, I don't think he'll stay with the Nuggets, unless he surprises everyone on Earth by accepting that extension with the Nuggets, but that will not happen.

With Phil Jackson's coaching, Kobe's unrelenting competitiveness, and Derek Fisher's leadership, why would the team ever lose focus?

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 20, 2011 at 04:30 PM
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Because they are older and must pace themselves through a grueling season with everyone playing hard against them every night.

Here's what George Karl thinks:

"The Lakers will definitely figure it out. They will be a top team. If they're not a top team now, they'll definitely be a top team by the end of the season. I just think it's incredibly tough to try to defend a championship for two or three years," Karl said. "They get the team they're playing's best shot every night. They've probably got to play playoff-intensity basketball more often than we do. It's hard to do. It's hard to get to that mental level of commitment."

That's not from me, but I buy it. Don't you?

"must pace themselves"
This has no relevance to execution. It also has no relevance to effort. The only place it has relevance is in emotion. It's simply not a valid excuse.

It is true that teams show up with their A game far more against the Lakers than a team like Houston or Sacramento. I'd say Miami and Boston also see a huge percentage of A games though.

Bottom line, the Lakers are improving and it was expected. How much they'll improve and whether it will be enough remain to be seen.

888,

Exactly, it's not just that they're defending the title for the second year in a row, but they've been in the finals for 3 straight years, and they're not spring chickens like they were in 2002. While it sucks to see them give away a game like they did last night, and like they did against the Clippers, after the last 2 seasons it's hard to complain. They've looked a lot better since Drew's been starting and they've had wins over Knicks, Hornets, and the Thunder. I've been thinking along the lines of Karl's thoughts since the beginning of the season, so as long as they keep getting better, I'm OK. I was actually surprised that they started the year off as hot as they did.

Tom Brady ... needs surgery ... takes care of it right away.
Andrew Bynum ... needed surgery ...

You know...

Et tu, Rick? Et tu?

OMG, Justa you speak Canadian, and Latin!

"must pace themselves"

This has no relevance to execution. It also has no relevance to effort. The only place it has relevance is in emotion. It's simply not a valid excuse.

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | January 20, 2011 at 07:11 PM
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"Pacing" the season encompasses all that because it also encompasses focus. If you let your guard down, you will get sloppy. If one player gets lazy minded, it effects the whole unit which effects execution. These might not be valid excuses to the average fan who demands 110% effort EVERY game, but the average fan cannot relate to the energy level of a team that has played almost 4 regular seasons in the last 3 and whose head coach does not want to burn out his players, while compiling a respectable regular season record. Consequently the fan base gets upset because they aren't getting the product they envisioned during the regular season and it plants seeds of doubt on the minds of these fans for a three-peat despite the nearly identical mediocre regular season effort last year which happened to result in a championship. So yes, like it or not, they MUST pace themselves.

No problem if we somehow luck our way into to getting HCA again; the refs and David Stern love us at home. Big problem if we have to go on the road for a couple of series.
Thats the fact jack

"Because they are older and must pace themselves through a grueling season with everyone playing hard against them every night.

Here's what George Karl thinks:

"The Lakers will definitely figure it out. They will be a top team. If they're not a top team now, they'll definitely be a top team by the end of the season. I just think it's incredibly tough to try to defend a championship for two or three years," Karl said. "They get the team they're playing's best shot every night. They've probably got to play playoff-intensity basketball more often than we do. It's hard to do. It's hard to get to that mental level of commitment."

That's not from me, but I buy it. Don't you?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 06:53 PM "

They are a "top team" right now. I don't think it's ever been in doubt that they're one of the favorites to be one of the last teams standing. Are they going to be THE team standing at the end? That's the question they haven't shown a clear answer to.

I just don't see the incentive to "pace themselves" as you call it if they're not limiting minutes of starters. It's more about failing to rotate on defense and playing an individualized offense that focuses on bad shots rather than ball movement and exposure of mismatches. They could expend a lot less energy by playing the right way and winning and sitting out the 4th quarter.

I know you'll say Kobe's minutes are down and that's true but he's not sitting out in crunch time in games. He's out there trying to win. I think you'll also say that the Lakers purposely add these struggles to create adversity but then it doesn't make sense that their "bored" games always seem to feature the top opponents. They're inspired to play flawlessly against Cleveland but when they play Miami and San Antonio, they're not interested? I don't follow.

You spin things to the point that if the Lakers lost in the playoffs this year, I think you'd say they purposely lost so they could build more hunger for upcoming seasons.

I love how Phil is playing a game with the Officials and Ron Artest. When he's asked about Artest on Melo, he usually cites a bias when it comes to his D on Melo, he gets fouls called against him. I love it, reverse psychology, he's persuading his Jedi Mind within the ambience of the game already. Now, Ron hates being critcized when it is in the public's spectrum. I wonder how he'll respond to a indifferent, matter of fact. I expect, that, Ron will be in attack mode on Offense and Defense. As far as the bias, yeah Melo gets away with a lot with Ron, he antagonizes definitely, gotten fouled out last year in February

I'm not sure if anyone's actually seen this segment;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbBQ2WYg9J4


Which Ron Artest will play Anthony? The Good, the bad, or the unfair.

Justa,

>>> Et tu, Rick? Et tu?

Don't get me wrong. I love what Andrew brings to the Lakers' party.

Point is, Brady doesn't want or need anyone making excuses for him. He is a leader. He understands that his team counts on him, that his owner counts on him, that his coaches count on him, that his fans count on him. He is the consummate leader. He is the franchise quarterback.

The Buss family wants Andrew to be the Lakers franchise. Look how everything changed for the better when he returned to the lineup, even at less than 100%.

Tom Brady appeared positively shell-shocked at the poor play against the Jets on Sunday that sent his team packing. Somehow, Andrew comes across pretty casual when his post-game loss description is 'we got lazy.'

Griffin or Bynum? Who's the next team franchise player in LA? Bynum has the head start. But it's time he hears the footsteps.

You spin things to the point that if the Lakers lost in the playoffs this year, I think you'd say they purposely lost so they could build more hunger for upcoming seasons.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 20, 2011 at 08:59 PM
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That's not the least bit true and it's that kind of misrepresentation that has no place after the lengths I go to explain my points of view only to automatically be met with resistance ny you and fans like you who refuse to buy into a little thing called "perspective." All I do is back up my opinions with empirical data that gets ignored because fans like you are so wrapped up in the day to day minutiae of the regular season that you simply lose sight of the big picture. You could care less about historical trends and only care about the Lakers' effort against its last opponent. Of course there's no clear answer to whether they will three-peat. That's why they play the games. What were you saying last season at this time? Are you going to pretend that the Lakers played any better as a unit during the regular season in 2009-10? If you do, you have a very short memory. If you say that it doesn't have the same feel as last season, perhaps not EXACTLY, but I recall having VERY similar feelings about the team to the point where I foolishly declared them NOT to be a championship team when they got destroyed by the Nuggets at Staples Center in February. I foolishly lost all faith from one lousy practice game. Shame on me.

Follow this. George Karls stated: "They get the team they're playing's best shot every night. They've probably got to play playoff-intensity basketball more often than we do. It's hard to do. It's hard to get to that mental level of commitment."

Well guess what. They may not win some of these games, but they are getting a better look at what other teams are going to try to bring in the playoffs than anyone else. What better preparation could they get than that, whether or not they give it their all every game?

I'm not spinning a damn thing. I gave you the Lakers record last season at this juncture and the home-away breakdown. I gave you the records of Phil Jackson's THREE previous three-peat team at this juncture. That is called perspective. I am NOT making any guarantees, but I am absolutely FINE where this team is sitting right now because I'm not all caught up in the Lakers' last turnover or bad defensive possession like you are.

I will say this again. If the Lakers fall short of their goal, I will be the first one to stand up and give them a rousing standing ovation for all the joy they have brought us the past 3 seasons, treating us to basketball games at a very high level until mid-June. No, sir, I won't make any excuses like the body of evidence that you seem to enjoy compiling against them this season. Unlike fans like you, who will then play the blame game and say "what have you done for me lately," I will show my appreciation.

So don't you EVER make a misrepresentation about me spinning anything again. I back up what I say as opposed to whining, complaining, dissatisfied fans like you.

I wold love it if somebody pointed us to remarks that the Buss family made where they said that they viewed Andrew Bynum as the future of the Lakers franchise when they drafted him or even when they signed him to his extension. I DO recall Mitch Kupchak saying that he is a rare, 7' true center with skills, but I have never heard anyone in the Lakers organization say something to the effect that he's the Lakers next Shaq. With THIS team, he is a role player and I'm sure they hope that he develops into a consistent, dominant player in the paint someday. To compare him to Tom Brady on any level is an absurdity. The Lakers have been successful with him as their starting center in the last two playoffs, save a few games against the Jazz and maybe Houston in 2009. No, it is the Lakers fan base who perpetuates this myth to the point where people actually believe it now.

"So don't you EVER make a misrepresentation about me spinning anything again. I back up what I say as opposed to whining, complaining, dissatisfied fans like you.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM "

The thing is, if you look around, I have never said the Lakers aren't going to win. I have never said they have crossed the point of no return. I simply say that looking bad against good teams can be indicative of a problem and isn't a good sign. Can they still win? Of course they can.

When they played bad against good teams last year, that WAS a problem. Did they ultimately win in the end? Yes, but that doesn't mean the concerns at the time were unwarranted and it doesn't mean that losing to bad teams was a prerequisite to winning playoff games. Like we talked about before, they beat the teams in the playoffs that they beat in the regular season. It wasn't as if the Lakers became some new team and blew out teams like the Nuggets, Blazers, and Cavs that dogged them in the regular season. If that had happened, I would buy into your switch flip theory.

Whenever someone says something to show concern about how the Lakers are playing, you tend to respond with a comment that the person has forgotten the past. Speaking for myself, I remember the past, and I also remember the past doesn't guarantee the future.

The New York Knick fans would welcome Carmelo Anthony to the team with open arms. Simply put, "WE WANT MELO". His multi-dimensional scoring acumen is a perfect fit for Mike D'Antoni's uptempo offense and he is an above-average rebounding presence.

http://wewantmelo.com
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Wow.

Oucccchhhhh is 27 Bloggers ruined this Blog.

Huh.

Ouccchhhhh have you seen a psychologist yet?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Rick Friedman,

Blake Griffin is one of my favorite players in the NBA. Actually I have a handful of family and friends in Cleveland, Ohio who have become Clippers fans because of him... and only because of him.

However, I am confident that somehow, SOMEWAY Donald Sterling will screw things up... and God willing Blake will end up in the Purple & Gold as a result.

He's this generation's Tim Duncan. He's a player who retires with multiple rings.

I can't say that about LeBron James.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Mark G – Coming back with a classic by Richard Thompson. Nice.


@mclyne – You can get with this or you can get with that…lol.


@sean – I read that article about Noah last year. He’s a winner. I’d take him on my team any day.


@Rick – Tom Brady is 33 years old. When he was Drew’s age he was a rookie in the NFL. A better comparison would be Kobe. He’s the Lakers equivalent to Brady.

He's this generation's Tim Duncan. He's a player who retires with multiple rings.

I can't say that about LeBron James.

Posted by: Jon K. | January 21, 2011 at 12:06 AM

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What makes you so sure that Blake will get multiple rings, but not Lebron?

By the way, just to add my $.02 about this season to date, our two superstars are Kobe and Pau. Kobe's minutes are down about 5 mpg from last season and he's been monitoring his right knee and mangled fingers. Pau is pacing himself as best he can under the circumstances, which included Bynum not playing the first part of the season and Ratliff being out. Pau Gasol is a champion both on the world stage and in the NBA, and he knows how to ratchet it up when it counts.

So when you combine those two factors and understand that every other player on the team is a role player, there's your obvious answer to the malaise and complacency we've been watching. You can throw in the fact that Bynum is still about a month away from being 100% if you want.

In the playoffs, Kobe's minutes will increase, Pau's focus will return and Bynum will become the consistent force we need in the paint. Or hopefully he'll at least just be there in the paint.

So there's my list of "excuses," not that I give a rat's ass.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 02:16 PM


I agree with this line of thought.
But still find it frustrating during the regular season, see them play a great game against OKC (right now the best team in the NBA, Westbrook for me is the substitute to Kobe!) and then play a awful game against a mediocre team Dallas (Dallas is the same of the past years that was hyped in the start of the season).


I say as Laker fans we hit the panic button if they lose to the Celtics twice this NBA season. Thats the only team the Lakers care about beating and the only team that they actually see as a threat.

OK, since this seems to be the latest blog thread I put this here even though it does not really fit with the headline or posting content.


I grow weary of reading the Lakers player comments that read like "We should have done (this or that)." " We have to do (this or that)." "We know we have to do a better job at (this or that)." "We have to get more focused."


I am always amazed at how they have the huevos to say these things! They are highly (REAL HIGH) paid professionals. Why would they ever forget to do (this or that) or figure out they have to be focused!!! Pay me millions of dollars a year and I won't focus on anything else including family!!! We (mostly former players and/or students of the game) as fans are screaming at our TV (lucky ones get to see it live at Staples) to do (this or that) every game, except one this season!!!


To slightly modify a famous song line: 'Why oh why can't they?'


no more platitudes is a good handle for this season...............


No more excuses! Just do it!

"So don't you EVER make a misrepresentation about me spinning anything again. I back up what I say as opposed to whining, complaining, dissatisfied fans like you.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM "

The thing is, if you look around, I have never said the Lakers aren't going to win. I have never said they have crossed the point of no return. I simply say that looking bad against good teams can be indicative of a problem and isn't a good sign. Can they still win? Of course they can.

When they played bad against good teams last year, that WAS a problem. Did they ultimately win in the end? Yes, but that doesn't mean the concerns at the time were unwarranted and it doesn't mean that losing to bad teams was a prerequisite to winning playoff games. Like we talked about before, they beat the teams in the playoffs that they beat in the regular season. It wasn't as if the Lakers became some new team and blew out teams like the Nuggets, Blazers, and Cavs that dogged them in the regular season. If that had happened, I would buy into your switch flip theory.

Whenever someone says something to show concern about how the Lakers are playing, you tend to respond with a comment that the person has forgotten the past. Speaking for myself, I remember the past, and I also remember the past doesn't guarantee the future.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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well stated and on point...it's just frustrating to watch the team play well against Thunder; then return the next night ,and look flat in losing to a team they should have beat by 10...Lakers have demonstrated they can address their problems, but it's their inconsistency which worries me.

tonight's game should be interesting, as Denver will bully the Lakers. The question is will the Lakers respond; or just go way again as they have far to often this season..

no more platitudes is a good handle for this season...............

No more excuses! Just do it!

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | January 21, 2011 at 04:18 AM

"no more platitudes" it's copyrighted in "honor" of Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher.

Dwelling in the past is the only place where there can ever be perfect…

Unfortunately life has not given us a magical button we can use to shift into reverse and thank goodness for that. Time can be viewed either way looking ahead, or looking behind.

Posted by: 27 Bloggers ruined this Blog | January 20, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Great post. :-)

For your next "reflection/portrait" may I suggest: indoctrination?

LRob,

I've stopped awarding bonus points based on whether a player is 23, 33, or 103. Can the Lakers defend their title or not?

KobeMVP888,

I'm not an average fan.

I do understand that as an athlete (having been one) that you can't always BE at your best, but you can always GIVE your best.

The regular season is the opportunity to rehearse what you plan to accomplish and implement in the playoffs. Maybe guys like Shaq in his prime can flip the switch, but almost all athletes must build up to what they're hoping to accomplish.

I agree with this line of thought.
But still find it frustrating during the regular season, see them play a great game against OKC (right now the best team in the NBA, Westbrook for me is the substitute to Kobe!) and then play a awful game against a mediocre team Dallas (Dallas is the same of the past years that was hyped in the start of the season).


Posted by: Tidal_Wave | January 21, 2011 at 02:05 AM
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Thanks. If you're a Lakers fan, any loss is frustrating. I don't like losses any more than the next fan. It's an emotional sport by nature. But if you don't take a look at the big picture .. and in the Lakers case it's a VERY big picture spanning 4 seasons now .. you can get unnecessarily caught up in the minutiae. It's a very long season.

Denver is a shell of their former selves.

I will NOT be at the game tonight, but fully expect the Lakers to win one in the Pepsi arena. Traditionally, it's been tough to win there, but VERY do-able and they had a fairly impressive road streak going there during the AI times.

(cont'd)

And to me, more interestingly, is Andrew just one of the Twin Towers or is he truly Laker Tom's "Beast" and the next LA Franchise -- or has he already ceded that to Griffin.

Either way, as I've said, I like what Andrew brings to the party. But is it a keg or a six-pack?

LRob,

I've stopped awarding bonus points based on whether a player is 23, 33, or 103. Can the Lakers defend their title or not?

Posted by: Rick Friedman | January 21, 2011 at 06:51 AM
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Rick,

I hear you. But my overall point is that Brady is the leader of the Pats and Kobe is the leader of the Lakers.


I don't know if the Lakers can 3peat. The odds are certainly against it them and their play hasn't exactly been inspiring. I still haven't seen a team I fear in a 7 gm series.


The thing is, if you look around, I have never said the Lakers aren't going to win. I have never said they have crossed the point of no return. I simply say that looking bad against good teams can be indicative of a problem and isn't a good sign. Can they still win? Of course they can.

When they played bad against good teams last year, that WAS a problem. Did they ultimately win in the end? Yes, but that doesn't mean the concerns at the time were unwarranted and it doesn't mean that losing to bad teams was a prerequisite to winning playoff games. Like we talked about before, they beat the teams in the playoffs that they beat in the regular season. It wasn't as if the Lakers became some new team and blew out teams like the Nuggets, Blazers, and Cavs that dogged them in the regular season. If that had happened, I would buy into your switch flip theory.

Whenever someone says something to show concern about how the Lakers are playing, you tend to respond with a comment that the person has forgotten the past. Speaking for myself, I remember the past, and I also remember the past doesn't guarantee the future.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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I may use history as my guide, but you do NOTHING but have "concerns" and see the glass half-empty. Essentially you are saying that the Lakers LUCKED OUT last season. What we do against teams during the regular season has nothing to do with how we would fare against them in a 7 game series. You don't think we'd beat the Mavs in 4, 5 or 6 games? They won't shoot 55% against us again. Hell, the way Boston creamed us twice in 2007-08, we should have been swept in the NBA Finals which we reached prematurely, but we were actually IN 5 of those 6 games WITHOUT Andrew Bynum and with players on the court like Buzz Kill Radmanovic. I would be more concerned if we didn't win the championship last season after playing at such a mediocre level during the regular season. I was extremely skeptical entering the playoffs last season, but I actually LEARNED from it. They proved that they could "flip the switch" if that's what you want to call it. Your day-to-day microanalysis is called paranoia and you might want to turn your binoculars around and look through the them the way they were designed to be used.

You, on the other hand, remain pessimistic and prefer to be hyper-critical of the team despite the fact that every team in the league gives it their all when they play us night in and night out during a long, drawn out season. You never mention the team's championship fabric or ANY of the common sense positives I bring up. Your day-to-day microanalysis is called paranoia and you might want to turn your binoculars around and look through the them the way they were designed to be used.

Looking forward to another exciting game tonight. Denver will be fired up because its the Lakers, and since the Melo situation has calmed a little that'll help their focus. Hopefully the Lakers will bring some intensity because I can't stand watching JR antics when the Nuggets are rolling.

The big question for Nuggets fans is whether Melo will be leaving before the trade deadline or staying the rest of the season. So how about a little Dave Matthews to get the day started.

Dave Matthews Band - Stay or Leave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28gGWpx-xyM

"And to me, more interestingly, is Andrew just one of the Twin Towers or is he truly Laker Tom's "Beast" and the next LA Franchise -- or has he already ceded that to Griffin. Either way, as I've said, I like what Andrew brings to the party. But is it a keg or a six-pack?"

Hello Rick F.,

Add me on your lonely bandwagon in absentia.....if AB is the face of Laker franchise then it is about time, he should take the baton and start winning games instead of whining about defense. In the first place, he is the one who is accumulating fouls before first half.

You're still the blogger to be reckoned with in spite of membership with the lakerholic anonymous. You know what, can't find the word "lakerholic" in any dictionary. There must be a distinction of what kind of lakerholic you can be. To me, lakerholism is more of fascination of player personalities over and above the overall interest of the team. Like for example, do you love Bynum over Kareem, Shaq, Chamberlain or love Kobe to the hilt over Magic, West and Baylor? Therefore, if there are no distinctions then all of them should be in equal footing including Walton and Smush (at a time when they were wearing purple and gold). As unpaid Laker fans, ( who don't belong to any special interests making money out of the Lakers) we, as passionate fans have every right to say anything what we want whether in favor or against them based on our own perception.

tonight's game should be interesting, as Denver will bully the Lakers. The question is will the Lakers respond; or just go way again as they have far to often this season..
Posted by: Tony | January 21, 2011 at 05:16 AM

Dude....They'll get their heads handed to them, not a PRAYER in HELL the Lakers win tonight. Regardless of this Past, Pacing themselves, the BIG PICTURE all this CRAP is fine to converse about. But look for them to GET a TOWEL and ROLL OVER, No Passion, No FIGHT. And after the game...this BLOG is going APE $hit AGAIN. Beware all HATERS and TROLLS stay away, the LAKERHOLICS will be doing all CASTRATION.

tonight's game should be interesting, as Denver will bully the Lakers. The question is will the Lakers respond; or just go way again as they have far to often this season..
Posted by: Tony | January 21, 2011 at 05:16 AM

Dude....They'll get their heads handed to them, not a PRAYER in HELL the Lakers win tonight. Regardless of this Past, Pacing themselves, the BIG PICTURE all this CRAP is fine to converse about. But look for them to GET a TOWEL and ROLL OVER, No Passion, No FIGHT. And after the game...this BLOG is going APE $hit AGAIN. Beware all HATERS and TROLLS stay away, the LAKERHOLICS will be doing all CASTRATION.

Posted by: Mr. NASTY | January 21, 2011 at 08:02 AM

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can't say I don't agree. this is what The Lakers have become this season. every team knows you hit them hard at the beginning, and they will go away... Reality Sucks!

Tonights game in Denver is a predictable loss

In Denver, high altitude, 4th game in 6 days, Melo Man, JR, Nene always outhustling our bigs, K-Mart is back.
Posted by: 27 Bloggers ruined this Blog | January 21, 2011 at 07:59 AM

… and Fisher is Billups favorite toying piece.

… and defending the 3?

… and …

@ 27 Bloggers ruined

I'm annoyed watching Kobe for like 2-3 quarters making everything he can to "support" and "infuse" life in a bunch of brain midgets and still lose the game.

Not Fun.

At least, if he takes 50 shots I can be entertained, regardless of the outcome.

The question is:

"Should I Watch or Should I …"

I think this team suffers from depending on slackers like Lamar and Pau, who are sometimes "fools gold", especially Lamar. In years past we knew he wasn't aggressive, so we played to win without him. Now he's been more consistent, so we depend on him. So what does he do? He slacks on defense and ball handling. I would rather see more aggressive play from Artest, Bynum, and Blake. Lamar will always be an X-factor....You have to be able to win without expecting him to play to his potential...he seldom does on a routine basis.

pertinent to if Bynum is the upcoming face of the Lakers:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/431164-is-andrew-bynum-the-lakers-future-franchise-player

http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/081030detailsonthedeal_andrewbynum.html

http://blogs.hoopshype.com/blogs/lazenby/category/jim-buss/

snippet: In the middle of it all, Jeanie and Jim still hold onto sibling affection, the confidant quipped. “Trust funds make strange bedfellows.” Jackson himself has been quite accommodating of Jim Buss, who travels with the team frequently if for no other reason than to remind the coach of the value of young center Andrew Bynum. Jim Buss believes Bynum is the next Kareem Abdul-Jabbar while the coaching staff would like Bynum to quit pouting about shots and anchor the defense with enthusiasm.

So ... I could find no reference to anyone from the Lakers using the words
"franchise player" and Bynum in the same sentence/article.

Calling Bynum the next Kareem seems to be pretty close in my book.

Out of curiosity, does this count as me spinning things?

def. competitiveness: "beating your mother-in-law in dominoes 3 day straight
and looking forward to humiliating her tonight!"

No let up. I begrudge her every single game. EVERY SINGLE POINT!

It'll be enough THE WEEK AFTER I'm buried.

As unpaid Laker fans, ( who don't belong to any special interests making money out of the Lakers) we, as passionate fans have every right to say anything what we want whether in favor or against them based on our own perception.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | January 21, 2011 at 07:58 AM
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So true. And as unpaid Lakers fans, those with opposing points of view have every right to challenge the views of another and to point out their perceived flaws. People do it to me all the time.

I'm still waiting for someone to post comments from the Buss family, Mitch Kupchak or ANYONE in the Lakers front office where they have said that Andrew Bynum is the future face of this franchise. While certain fans might hold that view, I still have not heard it from the Lakers.

Either way, as I've said, I like what Andrew brings to the party. But is it a keg or a six-pack?

Posted by: Rick Friedman | January 21, 2011 at 07:12 AM
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A six-pack of a fine imported German or Belgian beer is fine as far as I am concerned.

At this moment the Lakers are not the top team in the NBA. Will they be the top team in June. By all indications who of us know, if we are Laker fans we just maintain ourselves and see. What are we going to do play for them, I think not just maybe the way they are playing is the best they can do. If there is some button that can be push then they better push it soon, if not we will be going fishing with all the other loser this year.

hobbitmage,

Maybe you are being too subtle, lol.

Andrew is big but his IQ is below average for basketball.. We have quiet a few players whose IQ for basketball is small. They cannot pass into the post or there spacing must be bad. Andrew just has not displayed the moves that were develop with Kareem. He play's in slow motion. Really I mean slower that that, which allow his defender to get to close to his body. He needs to go a little faster the second time he receive the entry pass but it seems as if he is waiting for something to develop and the shot clock is near 5 or 6 second. Then comes the rush job and a off balance shot that has no hope of conversion. That's why our guards shoot so many jump shots Drew and Pau play in the post is really bad they miss to many 2 feet shoots. So to say a player will be the face of the franchise like Drew is just not going to walk. He is just a role player and that's what he will be his entire career After 6 years Kareem teammates knew who was going to carry them to the promise land. I think many of our loyalist never saw Kareem at 23 better than Jordan has ever been. He had one other teammate who was capable of playing ball that needed double team until the Big O came to the Bucks. Kareem was better in college and at his best Drew will never be on that level boy's. So stop this Drew will be like Kareem time has come and passed him by, if we depend on Drew for our future hope of winning rings there will be none won.

"I may use history as my guide, but you do NOTHING but have "concerns" and see the glass half-empty. Essentially you are saying that the Lakers LUCKED OUT last season. What we do against teams during the regular season has nothing to do with how we would fare against them in a 7 game series. You don't think we'd beat the Mavs in 4, 5 or 6 games? They won't shoot 55% against us again. Hell, the way Boston creamed us twice in 2007-08, we should have been swept in the NBA Finals which we reached prematurely, but we were actually IN 5 of those 6 games WITHOUT Andrew Bynum and with players on the court like Buzz Kill Radmanovic. I would be more concerned if we didn't win the championship last season after playing at such a mediocre level during the regular season. I was extremely skeptical entering the playoffs last season, but I actually LEARNED from it. They proved that they could "flip the switch" if that's what you want to call it. Your day-to-day microanalysis is called paranoia and you might want to turn your binoculars around and look through the them the way they were designed to be used.

You, on the other hand, remain pessimistic and prefer to be hyper-critical of the team despite the fact that every team in the league gives it their all when they play us night in and night out during a long, drawn out season. You never mention the team's championship fabric or ANY of the common sense positives I bring up. Your day-to-day microanalysis is called paranoia and you might want to turn your binoculars around and look through the them the way they were designed to be used.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 21, 2011 at 07:19 AM "

Maybe we're both coming across in a way that we're not intending. I've never said anything about the Lakers not having what it takes to win this year but so far they haven't really shown me that they're on a definite path to that championship. That can all change.

While past successes show that teams can have a similar record and still win, the things that I am seeing aren't simply about not being on a 73-9 pace. Losses here and there aren't really an issue, no one goes undefeated. The issue is that I am seeing a team that does not seem as far ahead of the pack as they were in previous years.

I don't know where Kobe and his knees will be at when April rolls around, I don't know if Bynum's bad luck with injuries will return, and I don't know if the subtle loss in speed the Lakers have from last year is correctable. Yes, Kobe was banged up at the end of last year, Bynum was limited, and the Lakers weren't a quick team last year but if I had been told in January of last year that the Lakers were going to have HCA all the way through the playoffs and their opponents would be OKC, Phoenix, Utah, and Boston, I would not have had a lot of skepticism about how far they could go. Am I saying the Lakers lucked out by not playing Cleveland, Denver, Portland, etc? Not necessarily, they very well may have beat those teams too, but we'll never know because they didn't have to do that.

There's no paranoia here. As I think we all can admit, how the Lakers are playing right now is probably not enough to get the job done. They have to start playing better. Can they do it? Yes. Will they? We'll have to see.

Lakers bring back Sasha trading him away was a bad move trade luke n bring Sasha back n we win!

My, my...that's some forehead on Shelden Williams! Hope the offspring takes after mama (Candace Parker)!!


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