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Matt Barnes indicating via Twitter that he's progressing well in rehab

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It's only been nine days since Lakers forward Matt Barnes began his rehabilitation surrounding his surgically repaired right knee, and he's already spending time Friday getting his stitches out before joining KCAL9's pregame show previewing the Lakers-Nuggets matchup.

It turns out it's possible his expected eight-week absence for suffering a lateral meniscus tear after landing off-balance while pursuing a rebound Jan. 7 against New Orleans won't be so long after all.

"Evrythings going really well," Barnes tweeted Tuesday in what marked his sixth day of rehab. "Can't put my finger on when exactly ill be back BUT I'm pretty sure i won't be out the full 8 weeks."

Don't etch him into the rotation anytime soon, however. Barnes' early optimism came with a qualifier.

"Mayb I stated that wrong," Barnes tweeted moments later. "ill b bak when I'm a %100 & I dnt think it'll take me 8weeks.. Im n great hands with Judy @ the Kerlan Jobe center."

Barnes emphasized that point to several fans, telling Ace32387, "no date just gotta be a 100" and to @Gsloyalty, "I really hv to make sure I'm ready. Dnt wanna return to soon & re injury myself.. Its a thin line between ready & 2 early."

Still, Barnes' tangible progress should be a welcoming sign for the Lakers, who have gone 6-2 in his absence and have missed his 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game off the bench through aggressive and efficient play.

Barnes' significant progress within the last nine days shouldn't be too surprising, considering he shared his initial optimism and determination about expediting the eight-week timetable after the first day of rehab where he measured the knee's flexibility and noticed the knee's swelling was fairly minimal. "That's what the plan is, but you know me, I'm going to work as hard as I possibly can to be back sooner," Barnes said, "but to make sure I'm healthy at the same time." Still it's compelling to read his Twitter feeds that detail how exactly he's making progress while staying mentally engaged, which includes a planned visit Monday afternoon to Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA and continually studying the guard's role within the triangle offense.

After spending his second day improving the flexibility and keeping the swelling minimal, he watched the Lakers' 100-88 victory last week over New Jersey ("Good win 2nite starting to build some momentum," Barnes tweeted). His third day consisted of lifting weights, which made his knee healthy enough just to have a slight limp. Barnes' mood appeared positive, tweeting "its exciting to see progress each & everyday," before seeing a tattoo artist named Cartoon to get a tattoo on his stomach depicting his mom as an angel in honor of her passing away from cancer in 2007.

The only time Barnes decided not to document his progress via Twitter came in his fifth day of rehab (almost has full flexibility, but needs to get swelling down more) after the Lakers' suffered a 99-92 loss Sunday to the Clippers, an effort that left him "disappointed." That included the ejections issued to Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Baron Davis and Blake Griffin. "That ejection was terrible," Barnes tweeted to @GenerousHandful. "But 1 thing laker fans should kno is Ron & I will #NEVER get the benefit of the doubt w/refs."

A day later, however, was when Barnes predicted his rehab could finish before the eight-week timetable. But for now, the Lakers still had to play without him. Instead of traveling with the team for a two-game trip against Dallas and Denver, Barnes spent his seventh day performing body-weight squats, biking and working on a shuttle and reported no pain or swelling (no word, however, on whether Barnes ran on a treadmill).

Usually the following day after extensive activity proves most revealing since that provides adequate time for the body to respond. But Barnes described the eighth day as the "most productive" because he wasn't limited with any exercise and reported no swelling or soreness in his knee. If only that productivity carried over the previous night in the Lakers' 109-100 loss to the Mavericks ("Lastnite.. We'll bounce back 2maro nite.. Gotta play better team D & cut down on our TO's") But with that session proving good enough for Barnes to remove his stitches Friday morning, it won't be long until he's watching the games firsthand instead of from a studio set. 

"Who would have ever thought u could luv rehab??" Barnes tweeted. "GET RITE."

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes reacts after falling to the court and injuring his right knee on Friday night in a game against New Orleans. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

 
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Hi everyone. Wanted to see what everyone thought about Kobe's defensive effort this year. I wrote a post a few days ago about how I wished all the Lakers would give the kind of effort that I think Kobe's been giving in the few games I've been able to catch.

Lrob noted that he thought his defensive effort has been lacking which reminded me of an ongoing argument I've had with my friends about Kobe's defense. Most (all of us Laker fans by the way) say his defense is overrated and that his man always seems to get easy baskets. My contention is the following:

1) Kobe gets voted to all NBA Defensive teams yearly - which is voted on by opposing coaches
2) I think the reason why his man sometimes scores easily is that he seems to try to help too much
3) I think that sometimes he's playing defense according to a team concept that expects help at certain locations and the failure of that help may explain why it sometimes looks like his defense is lacking
4) When Kobe is given the assignment of locking down an opposing player, especially in the playoffs, I think he does a really good job (Westbrook, Rondo, last year playoffs) and disrupts the other teams gameplan

Thoughts?

GET WELL SOON, MATTY!!!

The Lakers need your hustle out there.

do we really care?! he is not even a bench warmer!

posts/threads are changing here faster than republican's opinions in Congress

Matt Barnes,

I hope you get well soon and Laker Nation misses seeing you on the floor...

That much said, brother, I cringe every time I read one of your Twitter posts.

Would you please start using "adult" language soon instead of 14 year old girl Twitter-speak? Please?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MM

Lakers play today and next Tuesday. Regardless of the outcome, tomorrow is about post-Thenver game.

What do you do on Sunday?
What do you do on Monday?

Your timing is OFF!

Can Barnes help against Melo?
Can Barnes help against JR?

Do we have to react to every player's Tweet?

Do we care what Ebanks is eating?
In what city?
If he is bored in his hotel room?

We are talking about Championships!
Not about Lakers trivia!

Is this tabloid NEWS?!

"Stats, more stats and lies" a.k.a.

"Scrubs, more scrubs and non-sense?"

Barnes is weeks AWAY from Playing. Is it REALLY news? (I know that Barnes wants to stay RELEVANT, but he is NOT)

Not surprised the blog is a mess. There is NO continuity. No Flow.

Like the Lakers offense. Or communicating on defense!

Too many OUTSIDE distractions!

random comics - I'm sorry, but your assertion is misguided. By that logic, you think it's not newsworthy or of any interest regarding Andrew Bynum's rehab at the beginning of the season. He didn't return until December but there were many new details throughout that process that showed what kind of progress he's making. Barnes' case is the same thing.

Generally agreed with LakerFanInCowTown. I would add that Kobe's tendency to play safety is probably rooted in watching too much Jordan.

Can't really blame him because his teammates are TERRIBLE defenders, with the exception of Ron Artest. Some are merely average 1-on-1 defenders such as Gasol, Bynum, Odom and some are downright liability such as Fisher, Walton.

And as a team, Lakers team defense really SUCKS. To function well it starts with a defensive scheme then followed by team work.

The defensive scheme itself is fairly LAME to start with. The STUBBORN coaching staff should realize by now none of them from the head coach down is exactly a defensive genius -in fact, far from it. I'm pretty sure it's all due to crappy pride that they wouldn't hire a DEFENSIVE CONSULTANT, a true defensive expert to design a better defensive scheme. Nobody is expected to know everything and this coaching staff should admit how defense-challenged it is and seek HELP.

It is telling that everytimes a Lakers game is shown on national TV, the commentators have a field day saying how PATHETIC Lakers are against the pick-n-roll. And that's been the story the entire length of Phil Jackson's tenure. Phil Jackson's Lakers are without a doubt one of the WORST team in the NBA EVER against the pick-n-roll. He simply has no clue how to deal with the pick-n-roll. Like 7-UP he never had it and never will.

So you start with a lame-brained defensive scheme then add to that players' lazyness, complacency, lack of professionalism, lack of pride which leads to lack of hustle and intensity.

Voila, thus the recipe for a STOOPID and CRAPPY team defense from LAL!

Mark Medina

"Lakers Chat" @ 10:50

"Lakers ready to face a tough Nuggets team in Denver" @ 12:13

"Matt Barnes indicating via Twitter that he's progressing well in rehab" @ 12:37

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Bynum vs. Barnes for 3-Peat: Le's not EVEN go there! The updates on Bynums were at weeks pace, because Bynum was BEHIND schedule.

Barnes JUST HAD surgery. Obviously he is OUT at least for a month!

You had a THREAD @ 12:13

This one is @ 12:37

It is a 82 games season. Us, as bloggers, we have to PACE ourselves TOO.

Do you care about BLOGGERS?

Or, You care about your posts?

Edwin, we need some HELP!

One day after PUNKING the LAL while looking like one of the best NBA team ever, Dallas got whupped by Chicago 82 - 77.

One day after looking like GOAT against Lakers defense Jason Kidd reverted back to his old not-so-tough self scoring 8pts.

One day after shredding Lakers defense making them looked downright GIRLISH SOFT, no-name nobody Sasha Pavlovic returned to his normal no-name nobody with 3pts.

If that's not telling about how PATHETICALLY STOOPID LAME Lakers defense is, nothing else is.

Is Barnes a Mormon?

He has white "sacred" underwear!

As far as Tonight's game is concerned; Al Harrington gave Gasol fits last time, maybe this time, they'll put Gasol at the high post, and switch off Artest, to deal with Harrington's physical play. Not sure why a player as smart as Pau or Kobe didn't recognize. Melo on Gasol would be a mistmach all day. The Birdman is not playing either, Lakers should get to the paint as often as possible.

"So do we get the split tonight or not?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Who cares?
It's only a practice game in the practice season.

Posted by: Magia32 | January 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM "

ZING!

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 21, 2011 at 01:06 PM
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Interestingly, that is exactly what I was communicating in my post. You didn't even have to extract the one sentence, Magia. On game days, I ALWAYS check in after roll call is posted and give my thoughts on the meaningless practice game that awaits us, sometimes looking 2 or 3 games ahead. I had the right pulse on the team when we beat the Warriors, then lost to the Clips and then beat the Thunder and then you may recall that I felt we would lose to the Mavs and that I would be "happy" with a split, so here we are. I see tonight as a 50-50 proposition and I give us a 50% chance of winning only because the team practiced yesterday in the high altitude. If we get the W, nice. If we don't, I get to read all about what garbage Fish is from Magia and the doom and gloom that is the Los Angeles Lakers from Bay to LA. You successfully "ZINGed" yourselves.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 21, 2011 at 01:56 PM

What will the Laker Nation do without You touching the Crystal Ball?

A Visionary!

Random,
So if you don't like the timing of the article, don't read the article. If you see an article that really demands a comment, read it and comment. See, it's not that tough. Tossing in 15 comment critical of the article and/or the writer doesn't really contribute much now does it? Unless of course you sign MM's timesheet or edit his content: Is that it?

JR

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.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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Why don't we just put an asterisk next to last year's championship.

In fact, how can you possibly explain the 2009 championship after we lost both practice season games to the Magic and then they were able to only get one from us in a 7 game series?

Let me save you the work.

Bay to LA: "We lucked out again because Pau Gasol goaltended Courtney Lee's layup at the end of regulation in Game 2, so we won that game because of a blown call by the refs. In Game 4, we REALLY lucked out because Dwight Howard missed 2 free throws at the end of regulation which would have sealed the deal for them. This is not to mention D-Fish lucking out twice after that, especially after he went 0 for 6 before then in that game. The Magic should have gone into Game 5 in their building up 3-1, not down 3-1, and then they assuredly would have won the championship. Therefore, it is very consistent with them beating us twice in the regular season."

So let's put an asterisk next to that one, too.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 21, 2011 at 01:56 PM

What will the Laker Nation do without You touching the Crystal Ball?

A Visionary!

Posted by: random comics | January 21, 2011 at 02:06 PM
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I'm not making predictions, just feeling the pulse of the team. But thanks for the compliment, man!

Wow, the Heat have LOST 4 in a row, do you think they might disband? Also, Rajon Rondo is leading the league in Turnovers at nearly 4 per game, he's got to stop handling the ball so much. And can you believe how much Kevin Durant shoots? Only shooting 47% (Kobe at 46% with banged up hands) and he's only passing for 2.9 Assists per game as compared to Kobe's 4.6. Durant probably should retire. Last thing, I thought I saw a feathered friend screeching something about the Lakers and the sky falling, I dunno, what do you all think?

Hey, Jolly Good Fellow

It was a comment about the timing and the "too many posts". Like "too many posts, too little time".

But, because you are so SHARP!, did you comment on the article?

Do you sign MM's time sheet?

Did you contribute with your comment "ABOUT" my comment?

Are you MM's editor?

Or, you are the new POLICE on the Ranch?

or just talking OUT LOUD?

"Is that it?"

A little more chatter here, how about this trade: Bynum, Walton and Blake for Melo, Nene and Billups? You know, just for conversation purposes.

Guys - Let's tone down the argumentative tone here. We can debate basketball but we need to stop having such animosity toward each other

Random:

Settle down there boy. It's Friday I suggest you go out tonight and get some. Must have a long dry spell with the negativity comming off your misguided comments.

"I'm not making predictions, just feeling the pulse of the team. But thanks for the compliment, man!"
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 21, 2011 at 02:11 PM

or

"By the way, just to add my $.02 about this season to date, our two superstars are Kobe and Pau. "
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

Gasol superstar? (Is this the NBA or the Catalonian Beach League?)

"Are you Serious?" ( Your favorite Beast)

Maybe a "wanna-be" All Star, if PJ is lobbying enough for him! ( Or just "let's honor the home town team", the game is in LA).
But he has to Lobby for Bynum, for LO.
And the Lakers don't even have the best record.

Who are the All Stars from the Spurs?
Or they don't deserve to be represented because they have the best record in the League.
Too Old.
They should rest.

Is it "pulse" or "excuses"?

Not that I give a Rat's Ass!

Let's just have a good time watching the LAKERS play tonight guys and enjoy your weekend, beautiful weather have a nice time..

Mark Medinaa | January 21, 2011 at 02:20 PM

where you referring to:

Jolly Rancher | January 21, 2011 at 02:06 PM

or

Lake Show | January 21, 2011 at 02:20 PM

?

Looks like these "boys" are over-reacting and abusing their rights and especially "duties" on the blog. Or where they HIRED as assistants?

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20459589,00.html

Did anyone else know Shannon Brown got married?

Gasol superstar? (Is this the NBA or the Catalonian Beach League?)

Posted by: random comics | January 21, 2011 at 02:26 PM

Aside, from the disrespect you're showing Pau, allow me to retort with some hardboiled facts, jack.

Spanish League Champion/MVP (2001)
2x NBA Champion (2009/2010)
NBA Rookie of the year (2002)

I won't list them all, it's a long list of accomplishments and hardware.

When he retires, and gets to walk into the Hall of Fame, you'll still be on the couch mumbling to yourself all over again.

sorry, *were

Gasol superstar?

Posted by: random comics | January 21, 2011 at 02:26 PM
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He's not? That's news to me. What else would you call a player who is called by many knowledgeable basketball people to be the best all-around big man in the world? I suppose you know more than they do.

Is it "pulse" or "excuses"?

Not that I give a Rat's Ass!

Posted by: random comics | January 21, 2011 at 02:26 PM
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It's championships, baby. Back-to-back! Swimming pools, movie stars.

Now THAT's something I give a rat's ass about!

I'm addressing not one name in particular but to everyone doing the name calling. We need to really stop this

Random can't handle criticism coming from JR or Lake Show, but he can openly criticize and chastise Mark Medina...

I think that considered being able to dish it out, but not being able to take it...

LMAO...

Every time I see Shaq in that puke green uniform...I don't want his jersey retired at Staples...

Yes there will be those who say you have to honor the player not the person...

Then as long as you are a good player, you can:

Say vicious things about the owner, coach, players and city...
Publicly insult a team member in a song...and think it was harmless...
Bring guns into the locker room...
Drive while under the influence...
Say racial things, don't be a role model for kids...
Assault women, do illegal drugs...etc, etc...

Might as well let them take steroid and PEDs...

I'm sorry, players are accountable for their behaviour and performance...It comes with the territory - big money and the glory...This standards should even be more elevated when it comes to the Lakers organization...To me, the standard should be what character the player has, including how he performed and represented the team, while he was on it...

Shaq failed miserably in all of that...

hey ouchhhhh, just askin' about the purpose because I didn't see the point of 5 critical sounding posts to one health update. I threw out a couple scenarios that would have made it make more sense to me. Since you answer questions by asking questions, I see that you don't have a point so I'm done with ya.

JR


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