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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Memphis Grizzlies

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--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the praise Lakers Coach Phil Jackson gave Pau Gasol.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that Lamar Odom has handled his NBA All-Star omission well.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin reflects on Kobe Bryant's first NBA All-Star game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders what's more awkward: Odom's unisex fragrance ad or Bryant's recent photo shoot.

--Fox Sports Southwest's Mike Piellucci argues that other NBA teams shouldn't trade with the Lakers.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford credits Jackson for pushing Gasol.

--Fox Sports' Billy West explains why the Lakers aren't fully satisfied with what Andrew Bynum has brought to the team thus far.

--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery highlights Sam Young's emergence.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell features some of the Lakers' Super Bowl picks.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap features Bryant as the Lakers' player of the week.

Tweet of the Day:"Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter just got off the treadmill at 1:08 am in Memphis. Apparently learning from Kobe & Artest." -- Lakers Reporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Watching Pau play more aggressively against the Hornets was a positive sign. While he does at times seem to be complaining or disapproving of how Kobe is playing, the truth is that he desperately needs Kobe’s approval to validate his standing in the league and he realizes it. That’s why he has suddenly responded to the criticism about his play. He will do anything to win Kobe’s approval and praise." -- Laker Tom

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Memphis' Tony Allen tries to cut off  Kobe Bryant in the Lakers' 104-85 loss to the Grizzlies on Jan. 2 . Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

 
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Interesting article by Mike Pielluci on why no one should trade with the Lakers.


@LT - Congrats on your RCOTD.


@sean - congrats on your RCOTD yesterday. I also like to watch the opposing team telecasts to get their viewpoint on the Lakers.


@Mamba - thanks for the roll call.

Sometimes, I think that PJ just doesn't know to keep his big mouth shut. This quote, about Pau Gasol, from the Broderick Turner article that is linked above is one of those times...

"He is who he is," Jackson said. "We're not going to make him into Garnett. He's not going to go around punching guys [below the belt]."

The Show already faces a tough game in Foston (not a typo...Buck Foston!). Why would Phil put a bigger target on Pau's back?!

Kudos on the Friedman, LT....Nicely done!!

Sometimes, I think that PJ just doesn't know to keep his big mouth shut. This quote, about Pau Gasol, from the Broderick Turner article that is linked above is one of those times...

"He is who he is," Jackson said. "We're not going to make him into Garnett. He's not going to go around punching guys [below the belt]."

The Show already faces a tough game in Foston (not a typo...Buck Foston!). Why would Phil put a bigger target on Pau's back?!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 07, 2011 at 09:17 AM


I agree with ya bronx.You and I both know however,that that is the quagmire that is Phil. He is who he is,and so is Pau,and Fish, and,Lamar,and Bynum..etc etc. This is the mantra of the team.Love em or hate em they are who they are.Maybe one day in bizzaro world things will be different,but for now we gotta ride or die with the Lakeshow..........

Top 3 things I love about the Lakers long road trips.

1. Get a better good gauge on how the Lakers are playing.

2. Seeing all the Laker fans come out and show their support in enemy territory. Especially hearing the Kobe MVP chants.

3. Game ending by 10:30pm EST.


Today's song is all about the road...with none other than country music legend....

Willie Nelson - On the Road Again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TD_pSeNelU

@Bronx - I agree. No need to rattle KG's cage. But I do agree that Pau is Pau...so people need to start appreciating his strengths more instead of harping on his weaknesses.

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RCOTD = LAKERTOM = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!

VI Lakerfan...

Yeah, Phil is an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, surrounded by a conundrum. LOL!!

BTW, sure envy you and your surroundings at this time of year. This New York weather and constant snow has me longing for a little Caribbean sunshine!!

Mike Pielluci = Laker hater.

"...I count myself among the many who are tired of watching the NBA revolve around the Lakers..."

The NBA revolve around the Lakers because we're the best team. Period. And I believe the best team must prevail, fair and square.

What an idiot...

Mamba24 Roll Call ... checking in!!!

Well, we play a team tonight that for some reason gives us fits, so a well played W would be a nice confidence builder for the rest of the road trip.

So let's get it done!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

P.S. - I love that PJ zinged KG!

@KOBEMVP888, We shall get it done tonight! Thank you for checking in...Carry On Sir!

@Mamba24.....It doesn't get any better than a game day roll call! Reporting for duty!!

@LRob...That Mike P. article is pretty funny. At least he admits to being a Laker hater when he says...

"I’m not saying that because I count myself among the many who are tired of watching the NBA revolve around the Lakers, although it is a valid concern."

Seems to me that the Heat and Celtics are more the NBA darlings than the Lakers are. But, my perspective may be skewed because I am a Lakerholic!!

@Bronxlakerfan, Thank you for the comments and checking in my brother. Carry On!

The Lakers should try doing another trade deal w/Memphis by offering Andrew Bynum ($13.4M, 11.3ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg & 1,1 apg) and any two of S Brown ($2.2M, 9.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 0.2bpg & 1.2apt), J Smith ($1.3M), D Ebanks ($0.47M) or D Caracter ($0.47M) for Marc Gasol ($3.5M, 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7bpg & 2.7apg), Hasheem Thabeet ($4.8M, 1.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.4bpg & 0.1apg) and either OJ Mayo ($$4.5M, 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 0.4bpg & 1.9apg) or Tony Allen ($3.0M, 6.1ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 stlpg, 1.1apg). Gasol’s career numbers are a bit better than Bynum’s (Gasol is +2 in ppg, +1.2 in rpg, +1 in assists) and importantly Gasol is healthier.

The Outlaw is present and accounted for.

I'd like to see the Lake Show put down a serious whuppin' on these young Grizzlies. That is all.

Go Lake Show!

Wow that Piellucci article is barely an article but more of a lengthy comment on some Celtics or King's blog.

How do these guys get a job?!

Yes, please don't make a trade. Let's just win another championship.

{Yawn}

I hope there is some motivation of revenge when we play tonight.

Memphis embarassed us at Staples.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Anyone else like Steve's Hillbilly beard? I think it looks awesome, I hope he really grows it out in the playoffs. It would play really well off of Fish's Mustafa beard, show a little PG comraderie.

lAKERS BEST TEAM IN THE LEUGE..BEST WATCH OUT KOBE GOIN TO TIE JORDAN ON RINGS THIS YEAR WITH 6 SHINE ONES N 3 WILL B IN THE LAST 3 YEARS

I don't really agree with the idea that Phil and/or Kobe is making Pau tougher. This has come up so many times since Pau came to LA and it's always the same thing. When the ball is worked inside regularly, he usually looks like a tough skilled big man. When the ball stays around the perimeter, he looks soft and passive.

There is really nothing changing from day to day. Everything he says always revolves around the idea of working the ball in to the big men so they can get touches and capitalize on their size advantage. There will be a game every once in a while where Pau will get beat up a little or won't have his shooting touch but it's not a conscious decision on Pau's part. It's the Lakers as a unit cutting corners on offense and throwing up a lot of shots from outside instead of working the ball in.

Thanks Mamba24 as usual...great Roll Call...LEWSTRS checking in!!!

LakerTom - congrats on the RCOTD and I'm already booked for my May trip to Sactown and SF...so excited about the NorCal Council Meeting...

Tonight will be win #2 on this road trip...I called for a sweep...we can do it...one game at a time...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LRob - here is my selection for today...in honor of phred and his favorite player...Ron Artest...

The selection is fitting for Ron Ron and his experiences and moments since being a Laker player...

Ron Ron is also close to my heart...I hope he comes on strong in the second half of the season...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfJe8hQ8ha0

@Bronx...
Lol . sorry bout that,but it is what it is.Like the classiest man alive would say/might say(dos equis). Stay warm my friend and whatever you do always drink...O crap never mind it tastes like piss...lol BTW not that I know what piss tastes like..jus saying lol...

Bay,

IMHO I think Kobe is right. The elite bigs go at Pau because he tends to back down from physical contact. The Spurs bigs push him around, the Celtic Bigs push him around, even the Sacramento Kings bigs pushed him around which have absolutely nothing to do with touches. What Kobe is saying is right, be more aggressive, aggressively establish position and demand the ball then take the ball aggressively to the basket. This is important because if other teams think they can push you around, they do and will continue to do it until you make them stop. Pau and Phil both admit that he shies away from hard physical contact. All Kobe is saying is be aggressive Pau, it's important and it is because playoffs will feature alot of physical contact and Pau needs to start working on that now.

mamba24, i love your roll call! it gets me PUMPED UP FOR TONIGHTS GAME! too bad nba tv not showing the L.A./Memphis game...... i'm a lot p.o.'d about THAT! guess what game they're showing? MINNESOTA/NOLA, can you freaking believe that? what a waste of nba tv TONIGHT! go Lakers, become the road warriors that you are! ha ha


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