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Caught in the Web: Lakers take the day off after embarrassing loss to Charlotte

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--The Times' Bill Plaschke criticizes the Lakers' 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable.

--The Times' Lance Pugmire and Joe Flint detail the logistics behind the new cable deal.

--The Times' Kevin Baxter explains how the Lakers have expanded their Latino fanbase.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan detail the Lakers' frustration after double-digit losses to Orlando and Charlotte.

--Fox Sports ranks the Lakers at No. 6

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin analyzes the Lakers' cable deal.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders if Kobe Bryant should've sat out against the Bobcats because of his flu.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson argues no one will know if the Lakers are actually trying until the second round of the playoffs.

--Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg looks at how poorly the Cavaliers have played.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers are trying to get their act together.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Steve Blake's routine on the road.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker looks at how the Lakers had gone through inconsistent patches last season.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues Phil Jackson took the night off against Charlotte.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Lakers need rest.

Tweet of the Day: "TOMORROW 10AM EST MY FIRST MIXTAPE RELEASE. "WHO ARE YOU" NAS FEAT. XIN XIN (SHIN SHIN) AND RON ARTEST SIRIUS 40 XM 67 HIPHOPNATION" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "We used to discuss the fans at Staples when it comes to across the board increases. There could be a lockout between the owners and players, what about the fans? Who represents them? Nobody in the media give any credit to the fans who are the one responsible for paying salaries and the ROI of the owners. Well, BSPN and soon Time Warner are part of the problems, just follow the money and explains why we should get too emotional, too passionate about professional basketball. Someday in the future, we need "Campaign Egypt" in NBA, lock all these greedy forces from owners to players and media who milked at fans in general with poor entertainment with cheating refs. and manufactured news." -- Edwin Gueco

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson tries to holds his ground against Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half Monday night. Credit: Chris Keane / Reuters

 
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Dude...after tonights loss, all HELL will break OUT again.

AW HELL YEAH!!!!
RCOTD = EDWIN GUECO = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!!!


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What was that I heard? Si, I hear it... Laker Amigos...LET'S RIDE!!! Posted by: CornerJ | February 16, 2011 at 08:17 AM
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And it began as a rumble and grew and grew until like a Sonic Boom the Roar resonated throughout the land. Baby Outlaw began strapping on His Gold Jersey as The Outlaw just smiled in Pride. LakerTom and the 3 generations of Lake Toms all instantly stopped what they were doing and assembled as one. The Mamba Clan even the hurt and walking wounded instantly rallied with their Leader Justanothermambafan. The lost ones of the LakersBlog suddenly began appearing as if this was the Rapture. Look, KBBlitz, Sir Charles, Astronut, and yes, yes, even “I’m Mike T. who the Hell are you” appeared. And suddenly there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth among the Trolls and among some unbelievers because they knew the Truth was about to be unveiled. And then one lone tall gallant LakerHolic stepped forward and in an instant the roar hushed. And then from his mouth these very holy words of majesty and power were uttered…..LAKER AMIGOS…LET’S RIDE and instantly a giant thunderclap sounded. Only it was not the Thunder, it was…THE FLIPPING OF THE SWITCH!!!!!! And from that instant on the Freakin 4 Dynasty, 16 Time Back-to-Back NBA Champion LA Lakers went on such a run the Likes of which the world will never see again.
No prisoners were taken, no quarter were given. The Heat & Celtics each tried to lose in the playoffs so as not to meet this mighty Vengeful Giant. For all Knew there were scores to be settled and the Lakers intended to collect their due…..TO BE CONTINUED!!!!
Posted by: mamba24 | February 16, 2011 at 08:55 AM

Congrats Edwin!

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we take within the future. It's a great life to be a Lakers Fan. Sorry others: you just can't compete. Still
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it yet when the NBA cops aren't looking, but knows he can lay a patch of smoke & rubber a block
long if he ever needs it. But yeah, Sonny Belfast, Phil knows (and YOU know) he may not even need
to floor it this year at all. But just for the heck of it, I think he will. @CORNERJ
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In my mind's eye, the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have
in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet arrives.
They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the
misguided notion that they are contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all
OF the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is about Boston. It has always been about
Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our RESPECT...and our DERISION. @ FEARLESS
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forged in the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented
in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers
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We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) and counting by the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You

Why am I more worried about losing tonight than I was a few days ago in Boston? It's Cleveland, right? Right? Shoot, we got this, bro! What, me worry?

Laker Haters, mount up! (sung to the tune of "Regulate" from Warren G)

DBDH!

________________________GAME DAY PRAYER ____________________
Many of you have made requests for a game day prayer. Your wish is my command. As
I do not want to offend anyone of certain faiths, I have included several divine beings
from the skies above.
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LET US PRAY
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Dear God, Jesus, Allah, Vishnu, Zeus, Ra, The Golden Calf, Buddha, The Alien Greys,
The Reptilians, and Sam Cassell,We ask that you use your divine powers to grant us, not world peace, not the end of world hunger, not even the destruction of the TV show, Jersey Shore. We ask only for a Laker victory. We know you don't concern yourself with resolving such petty issues as world peace and poverty, as these problems have existed for thousands of years, and have yet to be resolved. We do know that you care about the Lakers, as you have blessed them like no other, and have have granted them back to back titles. We pray for another Laker victory tonight for your favorite team. You may hear similar prayers coming out of Northern California asking for a Warriors victory, but I beg of you, oh divine one, ignore their silly prayers, and listen only to ours. We thank you in advance. Can I get an AMEN?
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Posted by: Game Day Prayer Temp | January 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Why am I more worried about losing tonight than I was a few days ago in Boston? It's Cleveland, right? Right? Shoot, we got this, bro! What, me worry? Laker Haters, mount up! (sung to the tune of "Regulate" from Warren G) Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | February 16, 2011 at 09:28 AM
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LOL!! ROCK ON DBDH, ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!

Edwin... Damn it professor gueco is that another ROCTD and this time its B2B??!! I don't think MM is feeling very well these days!! LOL.. U better step it up and BRING IT today... go for the untouchable n immortal 3PEAT ROCTD!!

Edwin! Edwin! Edwin!

REPOST:

Laker Tom, I don't disagree with your contention that Drew needs to get more touches, but here's the heart of the problem with the current state of our "inside-out" strategy...it hasn't worked and it will not work until we get a credible, consistent outside shooter. I've pointed out several times that teams have figured out that we lack that true perimeter gunner, so they have been collapsing into our interior, mauling our bigs, and daring our pop-gunners to shoot bricks...which is what has led to these embarrassing romps by punk teams.

It's not going to do any good whatsoever to "give Drew more touches" if he's got two or three guys inside his jockstrap all the time. The ONLY way to take advantage of his inside abilities is to free him up. If we don't start hitting those outside shots...and soon...it ain't gonna happen.

One alternative, which I've previously mentioned, is to occasionally create space with a different offensive set other than our triangle (which is now basically a double low post). I believe that a high screen and roll, with Kobe and Pau moving up top and Drew down low is the ideal set for this team. It creates space and opportunities for not just Kobe and Pau, but also for Drew down low. Right now, Drew and Pau look like two big commuters caught in a Tokyo subway car with midgets jamming them in on all sides. Ain't no inside-out there.

Edwin... Damn it professor gueco is that another ROCTD and this time its B2B??!! I don't think MM is feeling very well these days!! LOL.. U better step it up and BRING IT today... go for the untouchable n immortal 3PEAT ROCTD!! Edwin! Edwin! Edwin!Posted by: yellofever | February 16, 2011 at 09:36 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EDWIN, EDWIN, clap clap, clap clap clap
EDWIN, EDWIN, clap clap, clap clap clap


Edwin...our Blog Moses (I guess that makes you Edwin/Moses)...congrats on a particularly apt RCOTD. Somebody needed to speak up for the ordinary fan. "Campaign Egypt"? Whoa, didn't realize you were that much of a revolutionary. I vote you to lead the "Laker Brotherhood" then. Barricades start at the Logo's statue?

Morning all. Game day, it's a wonderful thing!

Busy, busy but wanted to stop by.

Wow, just saw this regarding Brandon Roy: "An unnamed surgeon who consulted Roy on his recurring knee problems believes the three-time All-Star only has one or two seasons remaining in his career, the Sports Network reports." That would be a terrible shame. My god, I don't remember a franchise in all of sports that have suffered more injuries as Portland has these past couple seasons...

Too young to have seen West play but watched the '69 all-star game a few days back on NBA TV. Wilt was an absolute monster on the boards, reminded me of a young Duncan when he'd grab those rebounds and cuff them in both hands - truly a thing of beauty. He also blocked a layup when he looked totally out of the play. Elgin's free-throw style was pretty ugly, but very effective. My god Jerry Sloan was the one voice you could hear during the entire time he was on the court during that game, the most communicative defender I think I've ever seen. He reminded me a lot of an old-school Ron Ron.

Back then it looked like most players developed their own styles, not as much hoops on TV growing up and whatnot. Interesting to see. They didn't copy each other and whatnot, a lot more distinctive personalities and styles.

Can't wait for NBA TV coverage of ASG. My personal fave is the all-star practices that they cover, usually around 3-hours or so, one conference then the other. I think it happens Saturday around noon. They listen in on conversations and the coaches, fun stuff seeing how the greats relate to each other.

As for the game tonight, I really hope the Lakers pound the stuffing out of the Cavs (sorry for your peeps, Jon K!). They need to go out on a good feeling, a laugher. Use them for therapy, lol, take out all frustrations and enter the all-star break with clear minds. Tuesday is when things should start gearing up, 25 games to get things back in gear.

I think this rest is coming along at a perfect time for them.

Regardless, I'm riding with CornerJ - always will be!

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Edwin: Beautiful thoughts on the RCOTD. Sadly, sports have become more about dollars nowadays. I just hope that the mega-corporate cable companies don't play hardball with the new station, fail to carry it and us fans will be left out in the cold...

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LakerTom: Hope the Lakers follow your advice. Inside-Out has been the 'Laker way' throughout franchise history. Let's hope they get back to their roots. Now, if only the 'out' part of that equation could hold up their end of the bargain and actually hit some shots...

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Laker J: Thanks for the love on the article, http://bit.ly/i7Obj3. Iiikes, don't know about getting rid of Bynum for Nene though... lol. I love Afflalo, he would be very nice coming off the bench for the Lakers. Nene is like a talented-version of Ronny, love his game too. It's flown under the radar with all the attention 'Melo has garnered, but Nene can opt out and wouldn't the meat be salivating over getting him?

I'm with you on the Rudy to L.A. trade. MITCH, LET'S DO IT!!!

Wallace for Hibbert? We should see about making you Mitch's assistant, if you could pull off a couple of the trades as good as the lopsided one you wanted me to agree to the Lakers would be stacked! OK, ok, watched the meat/pacers game last night, Hibbert was dominating at times, I'll give you that... lol


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

Congrats to Edwin on the Friedman. I know that when I saw the oppressed, impoverished, struggling protesters in Egypt, I immediately made the connection to the fans at Staples Center ( just kidding you Edwin).

Congrats to Edwin on the Friedman. I know that when I saw the oppressed, impoverished, struggling protesters in Egypt, I immediately made the connection to the fans at Staples Center ( just kidding you Edwin). Posted by: Mark G | February 16, 2011 at 09:46 AM
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INSIDE-OUT BASKETBALL !!!
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I was happy to see Andrew Bynum finally start complaining about his minutes and lack of touches. I would have commented on this long ago but held off because many of the Lakers fans on this blog seem to be watching different games than I’m watching and I was hesitant to raise the issue due to the controversy that follows any post from me regarding Drew. The reality is, however, that Drew has been extremely active moving around, sealing his man, and getting great low post position only to see his teammates give him a quick glance and then pass the ball around the perimeter.
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Drew is in a tough situation being the young gun on a team full of veteran stars let by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and playing in an offensive system designed to give every player touches. Were he on another team, there is little doubt that he would be a 20/10/3 player. On the Lakers, however, he is actually the last option offensively during most games and gets the fewest touches. Per the latest stats, Drew has played in 31 games and is averaging 11.6 points, 7.5 boards, and 1.68 blocks. Even though he leads the team in shooting percentage at 57/5%, Drew is averaging only 8 shots per game compared to 19 for Kobe, 14 for Pau, 11 for Lamar, 8 for Artest, 8 for Brown, and 6 for Fisher. In reality, Drew should be the Lakers 3rd option at worst on offense, not their 4th or 5th option.
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I keep hearing how the Lakers play their best when playing inside out basketball, how their biggest advantage over other teams besides Kobe Bryant is their front court height and length. Phil says playing inside-out and pounding the ball inside is the formula for winning another championship. Yet, game in game out, the Lakers continue to shoot outside jumpers, often early in the clock, and refuse to play smart and pound the ball inside to Drew, who is the team’s best low post finisher. Stu Lantz says it best. You need to reward the big man for his efforts on defense and rebounding and get the ball to him when he gets great position inside. The Lakers are just not doing that.
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I am hoping to see the Lakers play a smarter brand of basketball tonight against the woeful Cavaliers. I am hoping they reward their young center by making him at worst their 3rd option on offense and get him at least a dozen shot attempts. If they do, it will not only help the offense but also energize and motivate Drew to play even better on defense and on the boards. If the Lakers want to win another championship, they need to stop having players like Fisher, who is shooting an inexcusable 38%, get the same number of shot attempts as Drew who is shooting 57%. It is not a coincidence that the Lakers front court trio of Drew. Pau, and Lamar are all shooting over 50%. Time to smarten up and play inside-out basketball from the opening tip to closing buzzer.
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TOM

@G.Money, Thank you my brother and remember there is always an extra set of pom poms here reserved just for you sir when your Heat fizzle out...Carry On!

INSIDE-OUT BASKETBALL Posted by: LakerTom | February 16, 2011 at 09:52 AM
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Can there be any doubt I have to say it??? OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

@CyberCosmiX, Man that ISH on Brandon Roy is unbelievable!! Damn, I always liked the guy and wanted to see what he would be like once he was able to express all his potential. All I know is if I was a player and ever got drafted by Portland come hell or high water I'd do all I could to force a trade. SWEET JESUS!!!! THE HORROR!!!!

Edwin deserves the RCOTD. Terrific insights.

By the way, there won't be a post unless it comes from practice until later this afternoon. I'm going to an event where Jerry Buss is and will try to see if I can talk with him. Will keep you posted

Edwin deserves the RCOTD. Terrific insights.

By the way, there won't be a post unless it comes from practice until later this afternoon. I'm going to an event where Jerry Buss is and will try to see if I can talk with him. Will keep you posted

Mamba - firing up the troops as usual. Excellent. Carry on!


@Laker Tom - valid point about Bynum not getting enough touches last game (or minutes for that matter). I was surprised he never got back into the game after the 3rd quarter, but I assumed PJ thought it was a lost cause and preferred to rest him.

@Edwin - Congrats on the RCOTD. The voice for the little man.

@CORNERJ... Great point as usual, Corner J. The Bobcats definitely doubled our bigs but other teams like Orlando played Drew straight up as did Boston. And while teams are sagging, I saw plenty of times when Drew had great position and was ignored by guys taking midrange jumpers. Fish did this is the game against the Magic when Drew had sealed Dwight and Fish had an easy straight pass from the corner much like we used to give Shaq. Even the network announcers said that Fish had made a bad play not to pass Drew the ball. Later in that same game, Lamar had the ball in the other corner and Drew once again was ignored even though he had sealed his man.
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How can we justify Fish and Brown, both of whom have very poor shooting percentages, getting as many shots as Drew? The answer is that we cannot win if we continue to play dumb basketball. Drew can seal his man on the weak side like Shaq used to do and when we swing the ball from the strong side, we will get a high percentage shot which is a much smarter option than having Fisher or Brown cast off from long range. The way to beat sagging defenses is with better ball and player movement. To me, the team needs to respect and take better advantage of Drew’s low post game.
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TOM

I'm mounting up an rolling with DBDH...

Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulators
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60k9Fxrw0us


@Corner J - you're right about defenses packing it in. Especially Charlotte. That was ridiculous they were leaving guys wide open!

@Truth - Excellent post about the superstars generating the attention and creating much easier shots for their mates.

Good luck MM landing an interview with the godfather, Dr. Buss.

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mamba: "All I know is if I was a player and ever got drafted by Portland come hell or high water I'd do all I could to force a trade. "
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ROFL! Isn't that the truth! Man, talk about cursed franchises...

Glad to see you feeling better Larry, the blog is definitely a better place when you're here!

BTW, hope MM tells us how many playboy bunnies Dr. Buss has stuck to his arms. Of course, he's gotta take pics for proof and place them on the blog!


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

@Edwin
Congrats! I agree 100%. Back to back Friedman's- let's see if you can go for a three-peat!

@LAKERTRUTH
HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for sharing- my fav is Puala's twin!

Most of these trades make sense to me:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/610172-five-realistic-trades-that-help-the-lakers-without-breaking-up-their-nucleus

The one I like the most is the Fernandez trade- I love his game: He can drain the long ball, and take it to the racks with vengence!

Also, the Artest/Walton for Wallace is very tempting- I think that one would work out for both teams.

Mamba24,

Thanks for the shout-out to Baby Outlaw. The little fella continues to amaze me. He just turned two in late December, and he already loves basketball and the Lakers. When he sees a basketball (or a hoop, or a jersey of any kind), he says, "Go Lakers!" It's beautiful. I have visions of him being drafted by the Lakers -- second round, so there isn't too much pressure. The doc figures he'll be between 6'4" and 6' 6", around 240 lbs.

Go Lake Show!

BTW, hope MM tells us how many playboy bunnies Dr. Buss has stuck to his arms. Of course, he's gotta take pics for proof and place them on the blog!Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@LRob
Nice way to start of the mornin'
gonna keep it rollin with this track that brings me back to my college days...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdV3s6ruyWY

Thanks for the shout-out to Baby Outlaw. The little fella continues to amaze me. He just turned two in late December, and he already loves basketball and the Lakers. When he sees a basketball (or a hoop, or a jersey of any kind), he says, "Go Lakers!" It's beautiful. I have visions of him being drafted by the Lakers -- second round, so there isn't too much pressure. The doc figures he'll be between 6'4" and 6' 6", around 240 lbs. Posted by: The Outlaw | February 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


@EDWIN... Congrats on ANOTHER Friedman, my friend. Your virtual mantle must be overflowing. It’s good to see you back posting regularly. We miss your positivity.
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TOM

@Art- Hey, Art, never had a chance last night to respond to your post.

I'm not so brash to think that there's not one SF the Lakers could acquire that would be very effective.

There are a number of them available for the right price i.e. Melo, Iggy, Gerald Wallace, Danny Granger, Rashard Lewis, Shane Battier.

The problem we as a team run into obviously is $. There's no realistic way of acquiring any of those players without giving up something of significance as well.


If it's a problem, a really, really big problem. It has to be settled in the offseason. For the $, there's not a better 1-2 combo than Artest and Barnes. You're not going to find a better $ deal than Barnes, for what he brings night in and night out, we got a basement bargain.

Now, there's always the slight, slightest chance that we could acquire Shane Battier, whether, at the trade deadline (EC) or in the off-season. He'd be a feather in the cap for the Triangle in the same way as Artest was, however, in a different way.

Shane's on the more intelligent side of D, while Ron has exceptional instincts as D man with quick hands. It's a double edge sword. Houston has a lot of wing players and they're not looking to take any on.

Other than that Art, you're not going to find a Defender who has skills like Ron and provides the guts that he does, without giving up something in return, at least this year. Philly and Charlotte thinking playoffs, their assets are off limits. Melo's price is too steep if you're thinking 3-peat. Lewis and Granger both can shoot the lights out, though after I finishing watching a game they play, I can't help but think that the Defense leaves something to be desired by both of them. Plus Lewis has one of the most ridiculous contracts I've seen ( Otis Smith's Waterloo).

Lakers need to make a bold move to remain contenders and i've got the boldest move of all. 33 year old in august Kobe to Denver for 24 year old Carmelo. Trade will make Lakers championship contenders for the next five to six years.

"Most of these trades make sense to me:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/610172-five-realistic-trades-that-help-the-lakers-without-breaking-up-their-nucleus

The one I like the most is the Fernandez trade- I love his game: He can drain the long ball, and take it to the racks with vengence!

Also, the Artest/Walton for Wallace is very tempting- I think that one would work out for both teams.

Posted by: mclyne | February 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM "

Those trades are all excellent for the Lakers of course but bad for the other team(s) involved. The Brown/Fernandez one is the closest one to a lateral trade and it's the only one I could see the other team even having a chance at getting the best of, assuming Shannon could find his shot again.

I think a "realistic" trade either has to provide cost savings or a clear increase in talent to the other team. If the Lakers can pull one of these off, it'd be a miracle.

The Brown/Fernandez one is the closest one to a lateral trade and it's the only one I could see the other team even having a chance at getting the best of, assuming Shannon could find his shot again.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Nope. Shannon would exercise his bird rights, and veto that trade. He will veto any trade that includes himself. He's a Laker for the rest of season and playoffs.

The Brown/Fernandez one is the closest one to a lateral trade and it's the only one I could see the other team even having a chance at getting the best of, assuming Shannon could find his shot again.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Nope. Shannon would exercise his bird rights, and veto that trade. He will veto any trade that includes himself. He's a Laker for the rest of season and playoffs.

LRob,

G funk era, Nice.

"Lakers need to make a bold move to remain contenders and i've got the boldest move of all. 33 year old in august Kobe to Denver for 24 year old Carmelo. Trade will make Lakers championship contenders for the next five to six years.

Posted by: johnnylee | February 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM "

I read an article about this one and there is an interesting argument here. It's not going to happen, but it's interesting.

sean,

Good points all.

The guys are just too quick to shoot from outside. I hate seeing those shots by Brown, Fisher, Artest go up with plenty of time still left on the shot clock.

Barnes is missed, not just for his shooting (48% this yr better than Ron, Fish or Brown), but he is active and a willing passer.

Corner J had some good points about how other teams sometimes just dare the Lakers to beat them from outside, that's a good strategy.

Also, both Farmar and Vujacic both shot better last year than Brown, Artest or Fish are shooting this year.

No use crying over spilt milk, but maybe they should have left well enough alone, though Barnes was a good addition.

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...CHECKING IN for Mamba's excellent Game Day Roll Call...

Manong Edwin - Congrats on the RCOTDs...

Everyone mark March 20th on your calenders...We will have a Council Meeting at Lucky Strikes Lanes, next to the Staples Center...

Dan Loumena - A few of us have floor seats for the game against your Blazers team on Mar. 20...we are right next to the press section...We would love to meet you...and talk trash during the game...lol

Back to our winning ways tonight...5-2 road trip is acceptable....Still plenty of season left...not the time to bail out on your team...keep the glass half full baybee!!!

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LakerTom,

The key to inside outside basketball is efficiency on both ends. I agree that Fisher should not have the same FG attempts that Bynum has. However, Bynum's FG% is the result of mostly dunks and open shots by being set up by Kobe or Pau when they draw his defender. I believe CornerJ and LakerTruth nailed it. Let me be clear, I do agree that Bynum should get more touches and be more involved in the offense, but isn't that Phil's job? Shouldn't we defer to coach eleven rings, and trust that this is all part of the practice period before the playoffs?
That's why I agree with Cyber. The Lakers can benefit from a pure shooter like Gibson, Fernandez, or Morrow. I personally like a good defender as well, a la Afflalo and Fernandez.
I know some will mention that we should have kept Sasha, and I agree. Not that I feel he is the player that the aforementioned are, but he, and our first round draft pick, would be a key piece to any Laker trade in the works right now.

@Mamba24... My man that was an outstanding article you wrote at 8:55 on the previous blog!!!We at Laker Nation are Blessed with a very OUTSTANDING writer. I think you missed your calling!!!!I think you should write articles for the LA Times. You would give Plashke and Simers a run for their money!!!! :) Glad you're feeling better.

Go,go,go Lakers!!!

To those who down the vodka and percocets after the games we lose...this is dedicated to you...

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

Your NBA back-to-back Champion Los Angeles Lakers!!

Exactly, Walton has been playing well as of late, but the issue is the Bobcats are specifically looking for a scorer, they would be looking for an expiring contract next year or a long-term deal. If we had kept Sasha this year, we could have included him in a trade with Artest to sweeten the pot. Given the fact that Artest hasn't stayed on his game and he's not "young" by any means and who's skills are only declining $6m/a year for 4 years it is not anywhere near close to expiring. I read in the bleacher report that MJ would like Artest who's better defending than Wallace, but they are technically almost the same, Wallace is as good when he wants to be and he gave us a lot of problems, but Charlotte does need a defender that can run-and-gun going to the Houston series was 2 years ago and he was still able to do it, and since players don't iso in the triangle they can't really showcase their talents, Ron still has game, just lapses, but his skill IS declining make no mistake. So if I were able to make the deal I would do it. Wallace is more dependable on the wing and less injury prone than Barnes I believe, but he would have to get used to the three -he's not bad at jacking it. I just don't know how much stock I put into any trades that can help us, I can see OJ Mayo coming in and taking pressure off Kobe + Fisher on the wing etc. We will see, we have a week til the deadline if Mitch wants to get something done.

"Nope. Shannon would exercise his bird rights, and veto that trade. He will veto any trade that includes himself. He's a Laker for the rest of season and playoffs.

Posted by: sean | February 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM "

I personally think the Blazers would probably veto that trade too. Fernandez has been playing great lately and Shannon is shooting about 20% from outside in 2011.

Edwin,

Congratulations on a well deserved RCOTD. What would happen to any franchise if the fans locked them out of their existence? Practice season or not, Laker fans are passionate about this team and want to see them perform at their best. We are not coaches, GM's, training staff, or FO staff, we are simply fans. Those that pay for tickets and merchandise to support all the aforementioned staff and our team.
I for one, am a Laker fan for life, win or lose. However, I can't tolerate mediocre attitudes form talented, God-gifted millionare players who have a sense of entitlement and complacency. If management and players disregard us fans, then I'm with you on "Campaign Egypt", where amazing happens!


@LAKER J... Thanks for your comments. We really do not disagree on the team’s need for a great outside shooter to keep teams from clogging up the lane as part of their defensive strategy. I had hoped during the offseason that we would target somebody like Korver who would nail 3-pointers. Nevertheless, if you watch the game, Drew is often getting great position deep in the lane at the start of a possession and all he gets from our perimeter players is a quick glance before passing the ball elsewhere. I could see Drew get discouraged over and over. Feed the beast will only help.
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As for Phil’s role, I sometimes wish he would put his foot down and ORDER the team to pound the ball inside. Unfortunately, as we all know, what Phil wants and what the team does are not always in sync. With so many talented players, one of whom is the greatest player in the game today, it is not an easy conundrum to solve. One way or another, Fish and Brown having a many shots attempts as Drew does is laughable. And when they take those shots instead of passing the ball to Drew, it becomes more than laughable. My problem is not Kobe taking 20 shots per game. It is the other guys who are shooting 40% or below taking shots when Drew is actually open.
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TOM

@LEW
for those who need a kick after a lose, I suggest:

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

LakerTom, did you watch the Spurs highlight on ESPN where Pop called a timeout after this kid from the Nets made a backdoor-pass through Tim Duncan with about 2 mins to start just to send single out that play. I would like Phil to do it sometimes too, the 6 seconds he used to address the press after the game could have used on a timeout to send what he said in the locker-room to them in-game, I think after you shoot very poor and try to shoot yourself out of a game and you got away from the inside-out strategy - that's when you get your point across "Ok guys give it to whoever is nearest to you I want to see Bynum get 20 shot attempts or I'm going to sit your butt down".

Edwin nice RCOTD my man.

LAKER FANS,

A scandal has broke out one of our Lakers and the media cannot legally comment it yet! I'm sure MM knows what I'm talking about. The news should break in a couple of weeks and from what I've heard it's gonna change everything about the Lakers we've known so far. Just a heads up.

46th st. baller - I'm callin' BS unless you're more specific. I've yet to see a news source suspend info (at least not since the Beatles and the British press), and in fact these days with the Web they'll usually report the rumors regardless.

Bynum should get more shots! As far as minutes that is hard because I like Odom and Gasol to finish the game. I think that Gasol should get 34 minutes and Bynum and Odom should get 31 minutes a piece.

The shots that Bynum should get should come from:

Fisher- who should only shoot when completely open or shot clock is down. That is 2-3 shots right there.

Artest- same as Fisher only when absolutly needed.
That is 3-4 shots right there.

Brown- who I'm not impressed with any longer and am going back to my prefrence of Sasha over him, oh wait we don't have Sasha anymore. Oh well at least we have Joe Smith.

Blake- he should never shoot! He should be getting the 1.7mill and Barnes should be getting his 4mill. Wow he is terrible!

And lastly maybe Kobe needs to take 2 less shots a game, he jacks up too many shots too early in the shot clock.

Can't help but think Bynum is our future and it's time he becomes not the third option but option 2A with Gasol!

Cyber,

Mitch's assistant? I would do it without pay, ha,ha. I'm sure the other GM's would complain about the lopsided trades I would propose on a regular basis.
The other trade I liked in your article was Gibson. We can actually solve two problems with one player. He can be an effective point guard in a triangle offense and be a deadly outside shooter. He is averaging 44.5% from the arc and 41% overall. He is also 26 years old. The fact that Cleveland is going nowhere and has plenty of PG's on their roster can make Gibson attainable. Sad to say, but I would move Blake and one of our rooks for him.

I think he's talking about what someone posted about it on here a few days ago. There's some rumor out there that Kobe got hit with a paternity suit but the rumor has only been on no-name websites that love to report rumors without facts.

And lastly maybe Kobe needs to take 2 less shots a game, he jacks up too many shots too early in the shot clock.

Posted by: NBA4ever

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Kobe could start with the 2-4 shots he MUST take when the others guys fart around for 21 seconds and then dump the ball into his hands. That would help. The offense typically doesn't get rolling until a good 10-14 seconds have dwindled away, then once they feed Gasol, then repost, and feed him again, it's panic time.

DBDH!

NBA4ever, "Artest- same as Fisher only when absolutly needed.
That is 3-4 shots right there."

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Yeah Artest should only get shots when it's absolutely necessary in other words I only want to see Ron-ron be ready to shoot it with the clock winding down, 5 seconds or less, 3 optimum; Blake with 6-9 or less, Shannon 11 or less, because he's streaky; Fisher with 13 or less IN THAT ORDER. I don't want to see guys taking inadvertent shots early on in the shot-clock, I want to see guys moving the ball inside-out, setting screens, and losing their man to set up the triangle or get rebounds. I want to see Bynum and Gasol box out and demand the ball.

DBDH:
Agree with that one!


Posted by: PointForward | February 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Exactly!

>>>Dude...after tonights loss, all HELL will break OUT again.


Wow... You really think the Celtics will lose to New Jersey? I have my doubts about that prediction

Listen folks.....until the Lakers prove they can hit outside shots....we're looking for much of the same. Bricks lead to fast break baskets for the other team. We need more penetration (who doesn't ...lol) on offense, so the shots are more easily rebounded and put back by our bigger front line. Also teams would have to do more than give token attention to the outside game. Sometimes, our bigs need to pass the ball back out of the post, and not always shoot. Pau and Drew have the tendency to shoot and not look for cutters. I've seen the offense bog down when Drew misses chippies like he did in Orlando. he got the ball and didn't convert. Also...why don't our bigs crash the glass???

This team makes me get so mad inside.

DBDH!

While I'm at it....I love Luke...but what purpose does he serve?? He doesn't threaten on offense...neither does Blake....It's easy to play 5 on 3 defense. We have two many occasions where 2 or more of the guys on the floor are scared to shoot. I've seen Blake give the ball back to Kobe like his hands are on fire..There's no reason why a team with 3 all-star caliber players can't consistently score 100 points! These lowly teams are given confidence because we can't seem to score....If we were scoring, teams would not have the luxury of hanging around in these games. We all know defense suffers when shots don't fall. That said, we need to trade Luke and maybe Caracter for someone who can score regardless of the offensive system.....

My God, I just got back to the blog and read my name, it's embarrassing. There are more deserving post that a cynical fan like me. I don't think owners, media except MM would really want to hear protestations. Well, if I you want to be profitable,corporate greed will always be there. Gen Admission tickets should be lowered for the sake of those poor unemployed fans who find the Lakers as their outlet. For Jack Nicholson and others increase it tenfold, it won't affect their pocket book, the corporate JN absorbs it in form of tax shield

I heard this noon time a very exciting and humling interview from Dr. Buss over 710. It was very informative especially the years when he was growing up in Wyoming hunting rabbits and working with post office. I hope MM, you can get the audio of this interview and transform into thread discussion.


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