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Lakers owner Jerry Buss isn't bothered by the season; Bynum to play tonight.

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Just another Lakers shoot-around? Not quite.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss stopped by to see his team the morning of their big game Thursday against San Antonio.

He gave a very brief interview afterward, but it was apparent he wasn't fazed by the roller-coaster season.

"I'm kind of used to up and down," he said. "We've had a lot of up-and-down seasons that turned out pretty up...and a few that have turned down. I'm not surprised or anything. Nothing's different."

Is he still hopeful the Lakers can pull off a three-peat?

"I'm always hopeful," Buss said. "Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship."

And with that, he walked across the practice court to talk to one of his rookies, Devin Ebanks. The interview was done.

Several players approached Buss and shook his hand including, strangely enough, Ron Artest. They spoke privately for a few seconds and Artest was smiling.

Also at shoot-around, it became apparent that Andrew Bynum would play tonight after sitting out Tuesday's game against Houston because of a bone bruise in his left knee.

"He has every intention of going tonight," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "He went through shoot-around."

-Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers owner Jerry Buss is introduced as Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher applaud during the team's ring ceremony in October. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Why oh why do I go over to the BSPN board when an article catches my eye? Spurs fans calling LA a high school team? Saying we're going to jump on Boston's bandwagon? Blasphemy. I'm so mad right now my blood is boiling. Learn the lesson, LTLL. Learn the lesson.

Love that Drew's playing tonight. Let's get this one!

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing like the Boss reassurance to calm the troops.

Jerry Buss is truly the best owner in sports.

Don't know how often he comes to practice, but his presence there should have some significance. Buss knows what's up and he is making it known to his team in a quiet and classy way.

That's a good owner.

Way to go, Buss. Way to right the ship.

Jerry Buss is an OG, for real!

--FEARless

Laker fans should take a breath and keep in mind that it’s much easier to grade eggs than to lay eggs. Winning a NBA championship and a 3-peat is a tough egg to lay.

buss speaks to ron-ron privately and ron walks away smiling. DR.Buss is a mench (a good person)and a smart guy. his 21 m. dollar investment is smiling. if buss is okay with this what ME worry?

Jerry Buss is one classy owner. I like how he quietly stands up for his team.

Just show up. Talk to a few guys, reassure the press that you aren't worried despite the opinions of the naysayer.

Thank you for rallying around your team and showing support for your guys, Mr. Buss!

For no other reason - Kobe, Andrew, Pau, Derek, Lamar, Ron, the Killer B's, the Rooks and the rest, let's get this one for Jerry!

On 3 everybody say Ring - 1 2 3 - RING!

In Buss We Trust!

MM - all's fair in love and blogging. I had my "I'm funny dammit" font on, but apparently your iPad or whatever you kids are using these days didn't pick up on it.

Cool on the 'shrimp on a treadmill'. It's justa blog favorite that never gets old. You don't need an actual treadmill thread LOL!

And regarding the screen door - when you post a new thread, it's like opening a door to a new room, so I suggested you close the door so as not to let in any undesirables.... another font thingy you didn't catch....

:)


BTW MM - what do you mean that RonRon approached and shook Jerry's hand "strangely enough"? Why is that strange?

"I'm always hopeful," Buss said. "Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss
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Dude is a bigger fan & believer than all of us combined! Let's pick up a game against the Spurs in the WC. "JUST DO IT!"

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

Way to go Artest!!
Rebounds average per game:
Artest 2.9
Barnes 4.8
Blake 2.2
Fisher 2.0
Kobe 5.0
Gasol 10.6
Odom 9.6
Bynum 7.8
Barnes and Blake don't get the minutes that Artest does.

As Chick used to comment, he is just standing there counting his money.

ah, justa beat me to it

but that was a brez byline, justa, not FCM. You of all people should have your brez detector on

Wow how about this, 3, Mamba's in a row...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

Shake things up from WITHIN.


Sit the lttle guys and play your depth at PF.


I say put Lamar at starting point small forward position and let him make the plays. Derrick Caracter comes off the bench for either Gasol or Bynum. Ebanks comes off the bench for Lamar until Barnes comes back.


Bynum/Pau/Ratliff
Gasol/Caracter/Smith
Odom/Ebanks/Barnes/Walton
Artest/Barnes/Kobe
Bryant/Blake/Brown/Fisher


Lakers has too much depth in their frontline Odom has to start and Walton, Fisher and Brown to sit and give Playing time for Caracter, Smith, Ebanks.

REPOST:

"I, on the other hand, want another championship. For that goal, Fish is the man. That is because its intangibles that win championships. Not points, not rebounds, not threes, not blocks, not field goal percentage.

If that stuff won championships, LBJ would have seven rings already. He is still sitting on zero. He collects all of the aforementioned stats at an inhumanly staggering pace. Yet, he's collected no rings.

Yet, Fish, with his intangibles keeps collecting rings.

Be students of history and you will see the folly of your ways.

--FEARless

Posted by: FEARless | February 02, 2011 at 12:27 PM "

So if Fisher and LeBron traded places a few years ago, do you think Fisher wins with the Cavs and the Kobe/LeBron/Gasol trio loses in LA?

This tends to be a slippery slope.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 02, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Bay to LA, I wish it could simply be that simplistic. Because, if it could, there would actually be a team with both Queen LBJ and Kobe on it. THAT team would be a juggernaut for sure. No one would ever worry about Her killer instinct, or finishing moves, or whatever. Kobe would always handle that part and She would just continue bowling guys over on the way to the hoop.

Nirvana.

Even now, there is a lot of hype surrounding Her Highness on the Heat. But, whenever I see them play, it still looks mysteriously like Wade's team to me.

The whole "collecting stats" mentality still hasn't borne any real fruit just yet. Just a bunch of fool's gold.

@LRob,

BTW, if Stockton is great, he further proves my point, because his ring total stands at zero as well. He was also beaten back by a team with a "sub-par" point guard (Harper, I think). But, a point guard that was a great (maybe one of the league's best ever) role player.

We really need to just lay off Fish as long as he continues to play big in the playoffs.

--FEARless

"I'm always hopeful," Buss said. "Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship."

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Dude is a bigger fan and believer than all of us combined. Come on Lake Show, "JUST DO IT!" Let's pick up a game against the Spurs and inch that much closer to our rightful spot to No. 1 in the conference. Enough of the freak show and back to the Lake Show. We have the greatest coach, player and owner.

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

Might have a double post because we'r back to "screening." Dang these immature "posters!"

Jerry Buss not worried, why should I be worried? Lakers will 3-peat and there's no stopping them. BTW, I smell a victort tonight.

Artest at SG and Kobe at PG, should post up little guards everytime. Get Artest involved in offense and he will punish the SG's with his strength.


On the defensive end LO, Kobe and Ron grabs more long rebounds. While Bynum and Gasol dominates the paint.


Full strength of the Lakers is their length.


Why is Caracter, Smith, EBanks and soon Ratliff sitting in the bench. Thats a lot of length being under uitilized.


DR. Buss didn't just calm his players, he calmed US down.read the posts.

CCX .. great post under the "Caught In the Web" thread at 09:07AM

Let's not sell Kobe short on his Game 7 performance. He had 15 rebounds, 10 points in the 4th quarter (including 8-9 from the line), along with a steal and that big assist to Artest out of the double team. For a guy who couldn't shoot all night, that was one of the greatest and most underrated Game 7 fourth quarter performances in NBA history. KOBE willed his team to win! In terms of the MIGHTY KG? Pau outrebounded him 18-3, so let's not kid ourselves about Pau's ability to match up with Garnett.

Thank you for your in depth follow up on Michael Jordan's Finals performances that most people have either forgotten or, in the case of Michael Jordan worshippers, don't believe ever happened anyway. If Kobe Bryant's career ended today, he is every bit on Jordan's level and it would be appropriate for His Airness to recognize His Heirness as such .. RIGHT NOW!!

This article is by Mike Bresnahan, not the blog god FCM.

If DR. Buss has know problem with his lakers, how can I. The man is the the greatest owner in sport's period. I mean all-time it's truly great to root for my lakers. Go lakers pick it up let's go 3 peat on the list.

justanothermambafan/Mark Medina,

I second JAMF's question.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jerry Buss is clearly the best owner in sports.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@JAMF - phred beat me to it, but yeah I didn't write the story. But come on guys. Brez is the man.

Me thinks this is Dr. Buss and Mitch playing good cop/bad cop within the front office

"Bay to LA, I wish it could simply be that simplistic. Because, if it could, there would actually be a team with both Queen LBJ and Kobe on it. THAT team would be a juggernaut for sure. No one would ever worry about Her killer instinct, or finishing moves, or whatever. Kobe would always handle that part and She would just continue bowling guys over on the way to the hoop.

Nirvana.

Even now, there is a lot of hype surrounding Her Highness on the Heat. But, whenever I see them play, it still looks mysteriously like Wade's team to me.

The whole "collecting stats" mentality still hasn't borne any real fruit just yet. Just a bunch of fool's gold.

--FEARless

Posted by: FEARless | February 03, 2011 at 01:41 PM "

Do the Lakers seem like Fisher's team to you? I just don't think we're comparing apples to apples if we're looking at how many rings Derek Fisher has and then comparing that to LeBron James.

RON RON WE NEED YOU MAN DO YOU PLAY HERE UNTIL U DONT WONT NO MORE

Bay to LA,

I think you've missed my point. I musta not made it properly. My original post was comparing Fish to what many have said are great PG's in the league. Then, I've contrasted them with their playoff successes. Historically, PG's who amass stats don't amass rings. Even recent history is the same, the last four rings have been won by statistically "sub-par" PG's.

I really consider LBJ as a point than anything else by what I see on the court. I also consider him the extreme (for obvious reasons) when it come to illuminating my point.

In other words, if being a great point guard equaled playoff success (on the level of Stockton, per se), then being an uber-, super-human-, freak-of-nature-, unstoppable-force-type-point guard as is Her Imminence, then She should have warped the fabric of the NBA space-time continuum and gathered all possible NBA Championship hardware.

But, her extreme case isn't the case that I lay my hat on. Its the cases of all the Stockton's, Nash's, Williams', Payton's, and Paul's of the league who have absolutely no hardware to show for their greatness.

BTW, it probably isn't a coincidence that Fisher tends to outplay those same individuals when they match up in the playoffs, especially in crunch time in those aforementioned meetings.

It is then when the intangibles become very tangible. They feel just like gold, platinum and diamonds.

So, maybe Fish and She are apples and oranges, but Her Majesty being such an extreme case should in theory be able to completely blow my puny little idea out of the water. She seems unable (so far).

But we'll see. It is still my prediction (as it has been all along), that Miami comes into it own 'bout halfway through next season. What next year's playoffs (of there is a next year) will look like will be truly interesting.

--FEARless

Jerry Buss' message to the team was just beautiful...he let them know that he believes in them in a few short words and gestures. A class act. A true leader who shuns the spotlight and putting the focus on himself. Mark Cuban should pay attention.

Attention Chicken Littles, Doubters, Haters, Half Empty Club, Feeble Fans and the Trolls...

"I'm always hopeful," Buss said. "Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship."

These are the words of Jerry Buss, the legendary owner of the Los Angeles Lakers...this is the guy footing the bill...the one that "pays" so you can represent, cheer and belong...

Now why can't you reflect his positiveness...you just have to give your support, faith, and undying belief...WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT THAT...

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It is as if the sky is falling the lakers lost a few games, they are not the number one seed. For goodness sakes they have been too three consecutive finals winning back to back championships. As for the regular season remember a few years back when the rockets won 24 out of 26 games or when the celtics had the best record in basketball for a while two seasons ago and looked unbeatable. I would rather see Kobe get his Knee together and Bynum getting back into game shape as they head into the playoffs. Remember the lakers lost 10 of the last 15 games at the end of last season and they flipped the light switch on in the playoffs. Much to early to panic. As far as internal issues with players it is ESPN spreading all of this bull s**t as always, they love to create drama and turmoil and it does not matter if truth gets in the way. Artest was a big key last year in the playoffs, and he will be again when he shuts down a playoffs teams best scoring threat. Patience my fellow Los Angeles laker fans.

Patience my fellow Los Angeles laker fans. Posted by: mark | February 03, 2011 at 03:41 PM
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Yes it is plain that I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

Now why can't you reflect his positiveness...you just have to give your support, faith, and undying belief...WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT THAT...Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 03, 2011 at 03:34 PM
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NOT A DURN THING!!!!! Preach Lewstrs my brother, PREACH!!!!!!

Jerry Buss, a true player..visits the troops, says what's up ? shakes a few hands, give a few what's up motions with his head. hops in the Bentley,and he is out !


The best owner in sports !


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