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Matt Barnes has knee surgery; Lakers expect him to miss eight weeks

Barnes_400 Lakers forward Matt Barnes underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and he will miss about eight weeks, according to the Lakers.

Barnes was injured while pursuing a rebound Friday against New Orleans. He was averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.

Barnes, 30, will miss about 20 games if he returns close to the team's timetable.

The surgery was performed by team physician Steve Lombardo at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Matt Barnes, right, gets tied up with New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack on Jan. 7. Barnes injured his knee on the play when he landed. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

 
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So Matt should be back by mid-March that'll give him ample time to get back to full speed for the playoffs. Get well Matt...your energy and hustle will be needed.

According to Stephen A. Smith Rasheed will rejoin the Celtics....
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Smith said that the Celtics counter the Heat's athleticism with "brute size" and Rasheed Wallace will come out of retirement to come back to the Celtics.

Smith said Wallace told him that's the plan, because he wants another shot at the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

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This is good news for the Lakers. I posted several times over the summer that I expected Sheed to come back. I expected Miami to make a strong push for him since they need the front court help. But I'm glad he's returning to Boston instead of Miami or SA. If I was Otis Smith I would certainly try to get him in Orlando.

The MM Quick Trigger Re-Post!
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Haha. These videos are good for a laugh but I typically hate partisan videos that are designed to show that one team got better treatment than another. You could mix clips from any game and make it look like it was called all one way.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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Interesting take. What about this 10 minute clip of carefully diagnosed footage do you disagree with? I don't disagree with your assertion that someone could have pieced together a segment showing the Lakers getting "better treatment" from time to time, but frankly I am surprised that even a generally skeptical fan like yourself .... whose opinions are normally on the negative side of things when it comes to the Lakers .... wouldn't praise this guy's work.

The filmaker points out many commonly accepted facts including, but not limited to: 1) the 2008 Celtics had one of the greatest defenses ever, 2) the deficiencies in the Lakers offense in the 2008 NBA Finals with particular criticism directed at Pau and LO, and 3) that KG is notorious around the NBA for setting illegal moving screens. Instead of praising the filmaker's efforts, which obviously required a lot of time and effort breaking down film, you willy-nilly dismiss this video out of hand as a joke even after this guy made a painstaking effort to support his observations with irrefutable evidence.

I have an idea. Why don't you actually watch it.

This is good news for the Lakers. I posted several times over the summer that I expected Sheed to come back. I expected Miami to make a strong push for him since they need the front court help. But I'm glad he's returning to Boston instead of Miami or SA. If I was Otis Smith I would certainly try to get him in Orlando.

Posted by: LRob | January 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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So do you think KG's injury might be more serious than they're making it out to be?

@Jon K – congrats on RCOTD on iconic Lakerholic phrases. Love it. How bout this one when Magic boarded the team plane on the way to Philly before gm 6 in the 1980 Finals and announced to his teammates…


“Have no fear, EJ is here”.

Sheed's back!!! Miami, enjoy the best record, this guy will bury you in the post.

Sheed is back!!! He wants the Lakers in the Finals!!! Got to love the competition!!!

My bad, the source of the material is Stephen A. Smith, sorry everyone, bad intel.

Haha. These videos are good for a laugh but I typically hate partisan videos that are designed to show that one team got better treatment than another. You could mix clips from any game and make it look like it was called all one way.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

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Bay to LA,

I agree with your premise that anyone could put together some clips showing preferrential treatment. But I'm curious did you watch the video? It shows a lot of non-calls but it also praises the C's for their great defense. I've been on record as saying that the 2008 Celtic defense was one of the best I ever saw. But part of their greatness was their physicality and yes they were allowed to get away with a lot of clutching and grabbing.


Do you think the C's got away with more fouls than the Lakers? My biggest complaint with the Lakers in 2008 was they didn't play physical enough. They should've did more pushing and grabbing.

So do you think KG's injury might be more serious than they're making it out to be?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM

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I just realized you had also posted the comment about Sheed comeback plans. Great minds :-)


I don't think KG's injury is more serious than expected. I suspect Boston reasons for taking Sheed back are....
1. Neither Jermaine or Shaq is good defensively as Sheed
2. Pre-emptive strike. Signing Sheed keeps him from Miami and Orlando
3. Trust factor with his teammates.

@mclyne – Definitely soothing one by Steel Pulse. Actually it was one of their tunes that GDub posted that got me on the reggae vibe. Thanks for posting the original “Death Letter”. I’ve been meaning to listen to it, but never have til today.


@Justa - How did you like my musical post from this morning??? What you got?


@Lew - What about you? Your roll call duties doesn't give you an exemption.

@Lew - What about you? Your roll call duties doesn't give you an exemption.

Posted by: LRob | January 11, 2011 at 01:03 PM

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oh uh....I better get on the program before I get written up by the 'boss'....

Going very Old School with my selection...

"Everyday it's a getting closer"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMezwtB1oCU

I don't think KG's injury is more serious than expected. I suspect Boston reasons for taking Sheed back are....
1. Neither Jermaine or Shaq is good defensively as Sheed
2. Pre-emptive strike. Signing Sheed keeps him from Miami and Orlando
3. Trust factor with his teammates.

Posted by: LRob | January 11, 2011 at 01:01 PM
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Interesting. Are the Cetics bigs that selfless and unified that Rasheed joining the team and taking PT away from the O'Neals and Big Baby won't hurt things more than help them? Whatever. Like I said: Go ahead, make my day!

I don't worry about what the opponent is doing. We do what we're supposed to do (defend, run the triangle and rebound) and we win.

Luke Walton was very disappointed to learn he will have to work for his courtside seats to the Lakers games now. Maybe he could shag balls for Ebanks after practice to see if he can take the minutes.

I wish a great recovery to Matt Barnes!
He deserves everything because of his hustle on the court.

God Speed Matt "Killer B" Barnes! Heel up 100% and get in shape to kick some A in March!

I wonder if players are ever relieved after a surgery? As much as they want to be on the court helping out their team I'm sure they appreciate the break too.


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