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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 104-80 victory over Atlanta Hawks

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan examines how different the Lakers looked in their 104-80 victory Tuesday over the Atlanta Hawks than before the All-Star break.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details the Lakers' suddenly changed performance.

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Cunningham criticizes the Hawks' lack of focus.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the victory to teamwork.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan mentions why it's not necessarily too crucial for the Lakers to have the West's best record.

--The Daily News' Bonsignore points out that there aren't a lot of breaks in the Lakers' schedule.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner previews the Lakers-Blazers matchup.

Columns

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi notes how the Lakers responded to Kobe Bryant's "roll call."

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller says the Lakers are unpredictable.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues tongue in cheek the Lakers frequently a five-day break.

Blogs

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Mark Bradley argues the Hawks passing of Chris Paul in the 2005 NBA Draft has continued to haunt them.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over the Hawks.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid breaks down the Lakers' victory over Atlanta.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore highlights Andrew Bynum's contributions.

Hoopinion's Bret Lagree breaks down the Hawks' loss.

Tweet of the Day:"Great win for @Lakers but I won't get too excited until they win 7 or 8 in a row!" -- Magic Johnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Reader Comment of the Day:"If you are Deron Williams you have all the right to be frustrated with the Jazz after letting go Carlos Boozer, Wes Mathews, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver. Nets vs Knicks, Knicks vs Bulls, Bulls vs Miami, Miami vs Celtics, Celtics vs Lakers. All the young Superstars not named Kevin Durant have moved to the EASTERN Conference. Durant will rule the WEST for a long long time after Duncan and Kobe faze into sunset. Chris Paul should stay in NO and build a contending team. The West is getting much easier to get into the Finals than the East in a couple of years." -- Staples24

-- Mark Medina

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Check My Roll:

Game Day Haiku:

We Know Why Run East

We Know You Can't take the Heat!!!!

Purple Gold 3peat
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The NBA where out "West", Sons Of Stature, Parades and Golden "Son"set Happens.

LTLF,

You are good my friend!


RCOTD = STAPLES24 = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS !!!

@SRAFRANK, Nice my brother! Very NICE!!!! Carry On!!

Nets say they aren't done trading ...

How about Nets trading Farmar to Lakers for Blake or whomever.

Or even give us Sasha back ...

Too bad Sasha trade was made for financial reasons.
Sasha would have been great to give Lakers energy they need.

Phil is in rut with Fisher consecutive game streak and won't give a younger PG much floor time with Bryant, Gasol, Artest and Bynum or Odom.


Fisher is going to be a problem in the playoffs.
He can't defend -- period.
(Charging fouls? A play here and there. But on AVERAGE opposing players BLOW by his slowness)

Mitch if you are listening get Lakers a young pg.

Phil if you are listening ... play Shannon Brown down the stretch with the 1st unit instead of Fisher.

mamba24: "And a lot of people want you to go on doing what you do best...Being CyberCosmiX!!! Preach on my brother, Preach On!!"
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Thank you mamba, appreciate the support.

We should all be thanking you for all you do for the blog, the positivity you bring to the blog with your roll calls and posts. A lot of people could learn by watching how you do what you do. Keep on keeping on sir, the heart and soul of our blog!

Oh man, didn't want to get mushy. lol...


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

First of all, congrats for getting the Friedman Award, it was reported that D'Will is not happy of being traded to NJ, well because it's distant from getting to the Championship.

Therefore, my response to Sean on the previous thread, D'Will will stay in NJ up to 2012-13 which is a player option for D'Will. You know what happens during that time, it could be the end of contract year for LO, Bynum and Artest however Dwight will also be available because it is his player option year same w/ D'Will. If you have line composed of D'Will, Dwight, Kobe and Gasol not bad huh, that's still a dynasty in the making.

Again, we're playing little GM looking at the Lakers future, some people don't like their favs. being moved, it is just a possibility.

@CyberCosmiX, One good turn deserves another my brother! Thanks and...Keep on Keeping ON!

It is not news that the Lakers can play this way - the news will be if they start to do it every night.

Good win last night.

My only gripe: Phil just doesn't get it. The team is up by 27 points and he still refused to put either Caracter or Ebanks in- not for another five minutes. Pau should not have played more than five minutes in the second half. I know Phil is set in his rotations, but this is getting ridiculous!

I wish Phil would have given the rooks some more tick this season. He just doesn't understand grooming young players. Look at whay Pop has done in San Antonio. He gave Blair, Neal and George Hill minutes which allowed them to blossom into dependable players for the Spurs. Since then, the Spurs have put together one of the best regular seasons in decades.

As for tonight, we need a win in Rip City!

@LRob
nice selection- who knew that Nikki Six could write a good song on his own.

"Portland Oregon:"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuC_l3ymXhM

Good win last night.

My only gripe: Phil just doesn't get it. The team is up by 27 points and he still refused to put either Caracter or Ebanks in- not for another five minutes. Pau should not have played more than five minutes in the second half. I know Phil is set in his rotations, but this is getting ridiculous!

I wish Phil would have given the rooks some more tick this season. He just doesn't understand grooming young players. Look at whay Pop has done in San Antonio. He gave Blair, Neal and George Hill minutes which allowed them to blossom into dependable players for the Spurs. Since then, the Spurs have put together one of the best regular seasons in decades.

As for tonight, we need a win in Rip City!

@LRob
nice selection- who knew that Nikki Six could write a good song on his own.

"Portland Oregon:"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuC_l3ymXhM

The Lakers gave us what we needed to see last night, a win, good defense, equal opportunity offense, and a beastly Bynum! Good to see that Bynum is working hard to get back to form. But I didn't like the fact that Pau was out there during garbage time, I'm sure PJ has his reasons but still!

Nice to see Josh P. get his ring last night!

Onto the next win.

It's already 3 am in the Thursday morning here.
The Laker/Blazer game finished about 5 and a half hours ago.

I don't think you're going to like the score,
so I won't spoil it for you.

http://www.facebook.com/SacDeflated?sk=wall

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

EG,

Now that I like!

Onto the next win. Posted by: J24 | February 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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With a J24 sighting how could it be anything else but a WIN!!! Thanks for checking in fellow LakerHolic! Carry ON!

Last year, Lamar and Ron carried the team like a Rickshaw in Portland last year, w/o Kobe. Now, it's Kobe's time to put the crazies in their place. We still on top, you gotta do more than scratch and claw to tear us off the summit. We run this house!!!!!!!!

It's already 3 am in the Thursday morning here. The Laker/Blazer game finished about 5 and a half hours ago.
I don't think you're going to like the score, so I won't spoil it for you. Posted by: Sonnybelfast | February 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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GOD##@@!!! What manner of Sorcery is this?????
LMAO!!!! Go head on Sonny Belfast with your bad self!!!

"I wish people would freak out when we lost a couple of games," Damien Wilkins said. "They're just like, 'Oh well, go get'em next time.' Are they supposed to go 82-0? My goodness, that don't give us much of a chance tonight."

Epic response! lol

"I wish people would freak out when we lost a couple of games," Damien Wilkins said. "They're just like, 'Oh well, go get'em next time.' Are they supposed to go 82-0? My goodness, that don't give us much of a chance tonight."

Epic response! lol

Double M- Thank you for the Josh Powell interview. I always like hearing former Laker players' feedback as they move on. I'm happy Powell got his two rings in Purple and Gold. I'd like to see Barnes get his with us too.

LRob- Great Sixx AM reference, indeed ~~ Life is Beaütifül.

Cölöradö Löves öür Wörld Champiön Lakers!

My only gripe: Phil just doesn't get it. The team is up by 27 points and he still refused to put either Caracter or Ebanks in- not for another five minutes. Pau should not have played more than five minutes in the second half. I know Phil is set in his rotations, but this is getting ridiculous!

Posted by: mclyne | February 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM

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No WE DON'T get it.
Phil is stuck in his ways.

Example #1 - Playing Fisher without giving Farmar and Sasha a chance. Both potentially better options than Fisher for the 5th spot.

Phil is going to do what he does.
Change be d%$#

My only gripe: Phil just doesn't get it. The team is up by 27 points and he still refused to put either Caracter or Ebanks in- not for another five minutes. Pau should not have played more than five minutes in the second half. I know Phil is set in his rotations, but this is getting ridiculous!

Posted by: mclyne | February 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM

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No WE DON'T get it.
Phil is stuck in his ways.

Example #1 - Playing Fisher without giving Farmar and Sasha a chance. Both potentially better options than Fisher for the 5th spot.

Phil is going to do what he does.
Change be d%$#

@ CyberCosmiX (A lot of people could learn by watching how you do what you do; re: mamba24)

Before you get too mushy:

Where and when can we sign up for the "Mamba24 Cheer-leading and Slogans Workshop". Do we get a discount for the second one?

Is there a "How to Video"? (Anything on UTube, Facebook, group or blog?). I really want to "watch".

and, any information about a "Game Day Prayer Workshop"?

I feel that the world will be a better place. Already.

Getting mushy myself. The Three-Peat is in the AIR.

Phred,

I get your point, Libya wasn't a very good analogy.
Sonny actually had a better take on it.


Phil's not known for rotation adjustments.
So far he has been able to win championships his way.

His way it will continue to be.

Nobody's talkin about Nawlins- they got Carl Landry. He's going to find a nice little niche with Monty Williams. Savvy move, a fierce competitor, uses his size to his advantage like a Leon Powe or Zach Randolph.

Nawlins has slowly built a formidable squad. They can make some noise in the playoffs if they play up to their potential.

Getting mushy myself. The Three-Peat is in the AIR. Posted by: Our COURT | February 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Carry On!!

That was a great game! They made it look easy - how it is suppose to be. Bynum was a defensive force, but I wish he would shoot more. Ron had a nice game after some early fumblings. Kobe was perfect - team high assists. Brown from downtown! He was excellent. Pau was aggressive. I agree that Phil should have given more time to the rookies. I would hate to see Pau hurt in the fourth quarter of a blow-out. Plus, they need some playing time in case we need them later in the season. I hope we can put a few together like this. A win in Portland would be huge. Historically, we have not playued well there. I agree with Magic. It is time to start putting together some wins!

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

@ LTLF – So let me see if I got it…The Lakers are doomed to lose if its on a Sunday, late in the month, against a team that starts with an M and if Kobe gets more than 7 assists and shoot more than 12 free throws…hilarious! Don’t stop you’re on a roll.

@mclyne – Jack & Loretta – what a collaboration!

@mamba – what you got today?

Todd: I'll take Phil's way over every armchair coach out there. His method is maddening at times... but we just have to trust that there *is* a method.

Sean: You're right about the Hornets. Carl Landry should fit in well there. That guy is ALL hustle.

Sonny B.: Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah. Blah blah Kings blah blah blah. Must be pretty boring at your team's blog... oh, wait... you might not HAVE a team for much longer, right? You guys had your shot, but you just couldn't get over the hump. Having C. Webb on your team was the kiss of death. You might have to actually come out of your Lakers closet.

Go Lake Show!

It seems the Nets have a lot of guards. I would love to have Sasha back. I hope Mitch steps up and says "my bad" I wouldn't mess with the "B's" I would put him in early for Fish to give us some defense and outside shooting. Remember them doubling Kobe in the all star game and his dishing to Kevin for open shots? I can remember Sasha knocking these down for us before, and after, ho got hurt. He is playing very well. I know this is wishful thinking...

Sasha is a team player and the other guys on the team like and get along with him. We don't have a real shooter. Bring back The Machine!

Do you guys actually think Sasha or Farmar want to come back and play behind Fisher again? These guys probably want nothing to do with Phil Jackson.

BRING BACK THE MACHINE!!! - He already knows the triangle!
I am getting psyched. I can almost see it happening... ;-)

@Lakerholic- If Sasha was still a Laker. He'd still be ridin' the pine. And when he did come in, would still struggle. What makes you think his attitude or performance would change? Because he was traded to the Nets? Exactly.
Sasha's a whiner and when he doesn't get his way or playing time, he sulks to high heaven. The only reason his performance has changed with the Nets, is, due to guaranteed increased playing time and none of the criticism. Sasha Vujacic was a weak link and was rightly weeded out.

The Oklahoma City Thunder incident was the beginning of the end for Sasha. He dug his own grave and had to deal with the consequences.

I'm not disrespecting your nostalgia of him. He wasn't that good of a player on Championship Squad, minus his aberration performance in the 08' playoffs, Ariza is in the same category. Their were apropos reasons why he rode the bench.


ANDREW BYNUM QUOTES !!!
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"He did a fantastic job," gushed Bryant. "He was extremely active. We funneled everything to him and the blocks that he didn't get, he really altered shots. The shots that (Atlanta) even made were tough ones, so he just had a fantastic game." – Kobe regarding Andrew Bynum’s play vs. Hawks.
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“This evening's victory featured a commanding defensive performance from Andrew Bynum. In his 26 minutes of action, Drew repelled nearly every Atlanta attempt to score in the paint. He looked mobile and aggressive, showed excellent instincts while challenging shots and owned the defensive glass. His menacing presence reduced the Hawks' half-court attack to an exclusively perimeter-based operation. With his teammates quickly closing out on shooters and the Hawks getting nothing in the way of second-chance points, the Atlanta offense wheezed and sputtered all night and finished with just 0.88 points per trip. If Drew played D like this 70 times a season, he'd challenge Dwight Howard for Defensive Player of the Year honors.” – Dexter Fishmore for Silver Screen and Roll.
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“Bynum had 15 rebounds in 25 minutes, freed from the protective sleeve he had been wearing over the bone bruise on his left knee.” – Kevin Ding for the OC Register.
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“Andrew Bynum’s presence in the post was undeniable. The Altered Beast had one of those games that make you realize just how important he is to the three-peat hopes. Drew was a beast on the boards tying a season high with 15 rebounds. He also blocked3 shots but made many a Hawk think twice about putting one up when challenged by one of the long arms of Andrew.” – by Chris Shellcraft for Lake Show Life
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TOM

Good trade for New Orleans. Carl Landry is one of those guys that always seems to always play his best against the Lakers.

I can see them being the OKC of the playoffs this season. The team that the Lakers are expected to walk all over but ends up surprising people with a competitive loss.

@LakerTom- he played well and deceptive. He waited until things got funneled to him. Good performance.

Portland loves to penetrate, see if he's focused enough for tonight. I'd like see him improve upon last night, just like every other player on the squad.

Sasha lovefest?

I don’t understand why some are clamoring for Sasha to return and citing his play in NJ as proof positive. He’s not playing lights out in NJ, in fact he's only shooting 41% in NJ. Don’t get me wrong I strongly opposed trading him to NJ for Joe Smith. It was nothing but a salary dump and I preferred having the depth in case it was needed. But if the Lakers are going to pick up another player, at this point their needs are 1) a backup center and 2) an athletic pg that can defend and create.

Sean - that is the thing about opinions, everyone has one. I respectfully disagree. His performance in '08 wasn't an aberration, it was what you get with him if you play him - something we stopped doing. His shooting was off for a while when he was injured - so was Kobe's. I wouldn't want him back withoug a commitment to play him, but we don't have a pure shooter on the team now and he knows the offense. I have seen some of the greatest players to ever play the game choke when faced with two free throws at the end of an important game. Sasha was a cool as they come. He doesn't hit both of them, Ray hits a three and we are in overtime. Sasha is a hero and anyone who watched that game knows it. I know he won't be back - for the same reason he was riding the bench and traded in the first place... undisclosed personal reasons. I am sure it has nothing to do with him having the hottest, most famous and richest girlfriend...

@Bay- With West, Okafor, Landry, they can cause problems for the Spurs if they met up. That's the team I was thinking of, when they made that trade.
Landry will fall head over heels with CP3.

"@Bay- With West, Okafor, Landry, they can cause problems for the Spurs if they met up. That's the team I was thinking of, when they made that trade.
Landry will fall head over heels with CP3.

Posted by: sean | February 23, 2011 at 01:15 PM "

I agree, the Spurs could get surprised by them as well. I think NO is still missing a key piece or two to be a real contender but they are in good position to challenge some teams this year.

@Staples 24 - congrats on RCOTD


Sounds like the GWallace rumors to Portland are picking up steam!

@Lakerholic- Cool. I'm in disagreement with your opinion, that doesn't mean there's not proof in what you're saying. He was a shooter. Until, Shannon Brown beat him out for the SG reserve spot.

Again, yes, a shooter would be wonderful to have, except that, unless our strengths (size, experience, post-play) are not being used or ineffective, a shooter wouldn't save our bacon. It would be a luxury to get a shooter, not a need.

Oklahoma City and Portland need spot up shooters, more than we do. Chicago and New York need spot up shooters more than OKC or Portland. It's a buyers market, a shooter isn't a need, improvement is needed, playing the right way is needed, focus is needed. When all those things come together, it works itself out.

Drew had a great defensive game.

As LT quoted:

"If Drew played D like this 70 times a season, he'd challenge Dwight Howard for Defensive Player of the Year honors.” – Dexter Fishmore for Silver Screen and Roll."

My only question is why?
Why don't we see this every game, or most games?
If it's that he is finally healthy, then we should see him play games like this at least 20 more times before the playoffs start.
And see the Lakers go 20-4 the rest of the way.
Hey, just a dream.

"My only question is why?
Why don't we see this every game, or most games?
If it's that he is finally healthy, then we should see him play games like this at least 20 more times before the playoffs start.
And see the Lakers go 20-4 the rest of the way.
Hey, just a dream.

Posted by: Art | February 23, 2011 at 01:26 PM "

Good question. For a top team, Atlanta has some downright embarassing losses on their resume. 30+ points to Philadelphia, 40+ points to New Orleans, 20+ points to Detroit, etc, they're a wildly inconsistent team. It could have been a breakout game for Andrew but it could have also been the result of catching Atlanta on a bad day.

@LakerTom

With his teammates quickly closing out on shooters and the Hawks getting nothing in the way of second-chance points, the Atlanta offense wheezed and sputtered all night and finished with just 0.88 points per trip. If Drew played D like this 70 times a season, he'd challenge Dwight Howard for Defensive Player of the Year honors.” – Dexter Fishmore for Silver Screen and Roll.

That is why I wouldn't trade him for Carmello or DWill. There is only one available player in the league I would trade him for and that would be:
Dwight Howard

Dear CyberCosmix, My Immortal Beloved,

I want to thank you for having my backside. I left this blog because people couldn't understand me, but you do. You understand that true fans who see the big picture, like myself, are allowed to criticize Kobe, Artest and Sasha, but true fans would never, and should never ever criticize Fish and Bynum. Anyone who criticizes Fish and Bynum are fake fans, who have no right to have an opinion. I am a season ticket holder, which means I am a better fan than most, and I am also smart enough, good enough, and doggone it, people like me. Am I a hyprocite? HELL YES! But I am your hypocrite, and you are mine.

There was a time where I didn't believe in love.I really thought it never existed, but this is the time that makes me want to thank you. Thank you everything, because it is you that taught me love, and how to love. Before, I feared love. But now, I know I can't go on without love. Not any love, but your love, my love, my only, my one. I know you might fear my love. Here I am telling you to not fear it, but have it. Out of all the things money can buy and life can give, my love to you can not and will never match. Beause it is you who I live for and will die for. It is you who has my heart, body, and soul. My eyes open to see you and close to picture you. You run wild in my mind, You stay still in my heart. My soul you share and my body you hold. Forgive me if I stop writing, but I must, for I fear words written on a paper can not describe what I honestly feel for the obssesion of my love, for you my love.

Can't wait to unite force with you so I can continue to stick my chest out and attack fellow Laker fans for having different opinions than my own.

Hugs and Kisses,

888

Posted by: MVP888 | February 23, 2011 at 01:21 PM

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Man the guy has not been on for 2 weeks, and he is still getting attacked...

The HEC and multiple handles club strikes again...Now they even hijack his handle...

And of course the majority here thinks this is acceptable behavior...

That is the problem right there in a nut shell...

PATHETIC!!!

@Lakerholic- Looking at these stats, his fg% is lousy for a shooter, his 3pt average is well, average, he can thank his 07-08' season for that, take that season out of his totals, his shooting% is even lower. I'm not trying to rub salt in your theory, that being said, he's not a good shooter by shooters standards.

Season Totals

'04-'05 LAL 33-117 .282 17-63 .270 18-19 .947 13 49 62 51 2 12 41 15 101
'05-'06 LAL 108-312 .346 59-172 .343 46-52 .885 33 126 159 139 3 48 150 50 321
'06-'07 LAL 105-268 .392 60-161 .373 43-49 .878 28 79 107 64 1 41 103 30 313
'07-'08 LAL 219-482 .454 118-270 .437 76-91 .835 19 135 154 72 5 36 107 52 632
'08-'09 LAL 155-401 .387 81-223 .363 70-76 .921 19 116 135 113 7 77 154 35 461
'09-'10 LAL 66-164 .402 25-81 .309 28-33 .848 25 54 79 41 4 20 67 17 185
'10-'11 LAL 8-23 .348 3-7 .429 1-2 .500 1 3 4 5 0 1 7 5 20
'10-'11 NJ 124-304 .408 50-135 .370 44-52 .846 14 85 99 66 4 31 71 39 342
Career 818-2071 .395 413-1112 .371 326-374 .872 152 647 799 551 26 266 700 243 2375
Season Misc Totals

re: Column corrections

FGM-A FG% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS

'04-'05 LAL 33-117 .282 17-63 .270 18-19 .947 13 49 62 51 2 12 41 15 101
'05-'06 LAL 108-312 .346 59-172 .343 46-52 .885 33 126 159 139 3 48 150 50 321
'06-'07 LAL 105-268 .392 60-161 .373 43-49 .878 28 79 107 64 1 41 103 30 313
'07-'08 LAL 219-482 .454 118-270 .437 76-91 .835 19 135 154 72 5 36 107 52 632
'08-'09 LAL 155-401 .387 81-223 .363 70-76 .921 19 116 135 113 7 77 154 35 461
'09-'10 LAL 66-164 .402 25-81 .309 28-33 .848 25 54 79 41 4 20 67 17 185
'10-'11 LAL 8-23 .348 3-7 .429 1-2 .500 1 3 4 5 0 1 7 5 20
'10-'11 NJ 124-304 .408 50-135 .370 44-52 .846 14 85 99 66 4 31 71 39 342
Career 818-2071 .395 413-1112 .371 326-374 .872 152 647 799 551 26 266 700 243 2375
Season Misc Totals


@STAPLES24... Congrats on the Friedman. Excellent points about the movement of star players from the West to the East. What nobody seems to mention is that it is the teams trading them that do not want to see their traded stars coming back to haunt them 4 times a year, which is why they are all trading them to the Eastern Conference, where they will only have to see them 2 times/year.
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@KOBEMVP888... Great to see you back posting. I must remind you, my friend, to never doubt the value of love – love for the game, for the Lakers, for fair play, for this blog, and for the many bloggers who stood up in support of you not leaving us. Good to see you embrace rather than turn your back on love. I would like to see you remember the love every time you post as we watch this season for the ages come to fruition. Let the joy of celebrating our 3-peat bring us all together.
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@SEAN... I agree that tonight will tell us a lot about this Lakers team and Andrew Bynum’s role in helping us three-peat. As Stu Lantz aptly pointed out, Drew definitely had a bounce in his step last night. He was cat-quick off his feet to block shots and I was pleased to see him keep the ball in play rather than trying to send the ball into the stands. Back to back should be a good test to see if the team can maintain their energy and focus and if Drew’s health will let him perform like last night. My only complaint is that Drew needs to get more touches. Last night, he was focused on moving the ball quickly which really helped the offense. Tonight, I’d like to see him take it to the hole.
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TOM

One way or another, with Fisher aging quickly, the Lakers need a reliable PG for now or next season. I hope the Lakers consider getting Kirk Hinrich before the trade deadline. That would be a good upgrade for which is the weakest link of the Lakers current roster.

Laker Tom,

That was not 888 who posted...that was an interior troll still attacking and trying to be funny...


@LakerTom- +1 about Drew getting more touches. This is necessary improvement in the grand scheme of things. Aptly put.


@NBA4EVER... “That is why I wouldn't trade him for Carmello or DWill. There is only one available player in the league I would trade him for and that would be: Dwight Howard.”
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Agree 99% with the above comment. The 1%, of course, is hoping that Drew finally stays healthy and starts to show the dominating hops and athleticism that is still missing from his game. He could then challenge Dwight Howard for defensive player of the year. Then maybe, the Lakers would defy logic and decide to keep Andrew rather than trade him. Either way, the Lakers will end up with the best center in the NBA, which works for me. Now let’s take care of this three-peat.
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TOM

@LEWSTERS... I guess I reacted too quickly to the handle-jacker who submitted the phony KobeMVP888 post. Kenny, time for you to step up and re-join us. Just keep it more positive and the trolls and haters will fade into the background. Looking for your comments as the Lakers take care of business in the Rose Garden as Practice Season Part 2 gets under way. Don’t let us down.
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TOM

MM isn't impersonation of another blogger cause for immediate ban...

Please look into the MVP888 | February 23, 2011 at 01:21 PM, post...

You will find that is a different IP address than 888's...and this is an impostor and handle jacker...

Thanks...

Lew,

I don't think many agree with that type of behavior. Personally, I just ignore something done is such poor taste.

>>>You are good my friend!

As Mark Twain once said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics."

I'm just a better liar than most. :-)

And to copy it forward from the previous blog so nobody misses it...

When Luke Walton plays more than 10 minutes in a game, the Lakers are 11-3.

So by that measure, if Luke played more than 10 minutes in every game, the Lakers would end up with a 64-18 record.

Now. All you people shouting that Kobe should take less shots, do you also think that Luke should also play more than 10 minutes in every game?

Todd,

>>>How about Nets trading Farmar to Lakers for Blake or whomever.

Might be okay, might not. Blake was actually back to playing with confidence last night (as was Shannon). Farmar might not WANT to come back to the Lakers.

I think Jordan is a bit better at defending quick guards than Blake is (not that he's great, just better than Blake), but the offense is more or less the same.

>>>Or even give us Sasha back ...

Not possible. You can't trade a player away and trade back for him in the same season.

IT IS A GOOD ADVICE TO IGNORE POSTS THAT ARE NOT DIRECTED TO YOU.

MANY TIMES INNOCENT BYSTANDERS GET HURT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T HELP BUT BE NOSEY.

DID I NOT WARN YOU TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND YET YOU CHOSE TO IGNORE?

DO YOU VISIT THIS BLOG TO CATCH UP LAKERS NEWS OR PARTICIPATE IN PERPETUATING PROBLEMS.

THE VERY FACT THAT YOU KEEP HARPING ON ISSUES THAT ARE NOT RELEVANT TO IS CAUSING MORE PROBLEMS.

Posted by: BLOG POLICE | February 23, 2011 at 01:52 PM

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please don't address me again...take your own advice because i wasn't addressing you...but maybe I was...your obviously one of the multiple handle crew...For all I know, you were the one who posted that post...

Sorry to everyone else, this is my last post on the matter...I wont be part of what has turned me off to this blog...

@LongTimeLakerFan- How does your theory about Luke hold water in '04-05'. Oh wait, it doesn't, we went under .500 and missed the playoffs.

When at first you don't succeed, try try again.

>>>@ LTLF – So let me see if I got it…The Lakers are doomed to lose if its on a
>>>Sunday, late in the month, against a team that starts with an M and if Kobe
>>>gets more than 7 assists and shoot more than 12 free throws…hilarious!
>>>Don’t stop you’re on a roll.

HOLY CRAP!!!! You could bank that as a loss even if it was a home game against Minnesota.

Lew,
minor league mentally.
There are alot of backroom deals going on here.
I call them trader talks.
It saddens me that a team that has been to the NBA Finals 3 years in a row are so disrespected by fanhood. Some Organizations have never smelled a finals and they love their Organization to hell and back.
I guess being a Heavenly Golden Finals Team 3 straight years is not good enough for some in here.
Anyone that has issues with Fisher and Bynum have no idea what the definition of Adversity is. I can relate with both of them. One made the right move for his family. One keeps improving under Captain Kareem Counsel. To me that is Obedience.
Lew,888, come hang with the BB (Big Boys) Forum.
Where Knoweledge spreads like a wild fire.
You want to fly like an eagle?
You know where to find me.
Next!!!!!!

Lakerholic,

>>>It seems the Nets have a lot of guards. I would love to have Sasha back.

Can't happen this season. It's against the CBA

OK LRob, I dedicate this to...Yes, Yes, Yes Justanothermambafan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1xO7RwTV4k&feature=related FAME – Irene Cara

Where Knoweledge spreads like a wild fire.
You want to fly like an eagle?
You know where to find me.
Next!!!!!! Posted by: srafrank | February 23, 2011 at 02:13 PM
*
AW SWEET JESUS!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

>>>I hope the Lakers consider getting Kirk Hinrich before the trade deadline.

While I'd love for the Lakers to get Hinrich...

1. They don't have the right assets to give up to get him, short of breaking up the core. The salaries don't line up well. Unless Washington really has a hankering for Blake and Brown, in which case a trade might work out.

2. I'd be leery of bringing him in this late in the season. His defense would be VERY appreciated, but learning the triangle this late in the season would be daunting, so he may mess up the bench chemistry.

Sean,

>>>How does your theory about Luke hold water in '04-05'. Oh wait, it doesn't,
>>>we went under .500 and missed the playoffs.

We're not talking about 04-05. We're talking about the present. Sorry, I left out "this season" in the statement. We're talking about the team with Pau and Artest and Fisher, not Cook and Kwame and Smush.

>>>MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE!!

especially if you're a moile.

sorry... not moile... mohel.

(okay, so I'm not Jewish, so sue me)

I STAND WITH LEWSTRS!!! ANYBODY ELSE??????????

Yes, by all means, let's get BOTH Sasha and Farmar back, stat! Wait a minute... you're not talking about Sasha Vujacic, right? The one who couldn't hit a basket to save his life (or the Lakers) for the last two years? Not him, right? And Jordan Farmar? You can't mean that guy---the one with the lousy attitude, who took two steps backward for every one forward?!?

You know what they say about time healing all wounds. Or is this more like selective memory? Talk about jumping on (and off) the bandwagon! Sheesh. Next thing ya' know we'll be pining for Brian Cook. Or Kwame.

@LongTimeLakerFan- if you're grading Luke's performances on better quality of players, than it's less about Luke than everybody else. Hence, your theory falls into the fail category.

The relationship you describe, as it relates to Luke, exists in the Natural world. It's called commensalism and it's basically the story of Luke, good, bad and indifferent.

I STAND WITH LEWSTRS!!! ANYBODY ELSE??????????
Posted by: mamba24 | February 23, 2011 at 02:36 PM

I will stand with you Larry. Lew is a good guy and I hate to see the games being played with him and CCX. The LAT has no accountability they can enforce toward a poster that wreaks havoc.

Unfortunately Anonymous posting brings out the worst in people. I wish it were different and at some point the LAT will attract what they deserve which is to lose out to a better forum that can implement better tools and some cohesiveness.

@JOHNNYV, NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!! Thank you my brother!!!!!! God I Love this Laker Nation!!!!!!!

sorry... not moile... mohel.

(okay, so I'm not Jewish, so sue me)

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFake | February 23, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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Uncalled for Pigeon.
I just changed your name.
Racial Slur makes you a lakerfake

Saying I'm not Jewish was not a racial slur, it was merely an excuse for why I misspelled mohel.

I didn't expect the treif police.

So srafrank,

Please explain to me what you found to be a racial slur.


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