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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Minnesota

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan will be hosting a live chat here from 2 to 3 p.m. In between watching March Madness, be sure to fire Brez with some questions.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Lakers center Andrew Bynum's playing effective even if he doesn't feel 100%.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders who will replace Lakers Coach Phil Jackson next season, if there is one of course.

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman argues Laker fans aren't as bad as GQ makes them out to be.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer looks at Chris Bosh's argument that American Airlines Arena shouldn't have allowed Kobe Bryant to shoot there after the Lakers' loss to Miami.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky highlights Ron Artest's goofy comments on the GQ story that suggests Laker fans are among the worst in all of sports.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen provides a medical update on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how the Lakers have had success stopping Minnesota forward and former UCLA product Kevin Love.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller finds it hard to predict this year's NBA champion.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at Bryant's wait-and-see approach regarding his playing status.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen argues the Timberwolves shouldn't fire Kurt Rambis.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an interesting Q&A with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock argues the Lakers need to worry about the Thunder.

--The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda attempts to figure out what the Timberwolves are trying to accomplish in their 13 remaining games.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano explains how the Lakers' frontcourt gives them a distinguishable advantage.

Tweet of the Day:"Looks like I'm going to have to hide my face in LA these next few weeks as my Spartans lost." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"I went to Rick Friedman's wake tonight at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. A beautiful experience. Hopefully, I'll have time to convey it all tomorrow, but Rick was a special man and a model Lakeraholic." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kurt Rambis, right, receives his 2009 championship ring from Andrew Bynum, left, and Josh Powell prior to a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 12, 2009. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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@Jon K - very thoughtful of you to pay your respects.

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@LEWSTERS… Wow! Great post and quotes from Mitch, Lew. This should finally drive a nail into the coffin that once was the hope and prayer of Dwight Howard getting traded for Andrew Bynum. What’s ironic is that you and I and the other Bynum Boosters know that all Mitch is doing is stating the obvious. Drew is dominating the paint and boards at both ends of the court right now and there is no way the Lakers are going to trade him for anyone? And that came straight from Mitch’s mouth. Looks like it was not just Jim Buss who was tooting his AB17 horn. Way to take a stand, Mitch.
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It’s such a pleasure to listen to the general manager of your team and have him say exactly what you wanted to hear. Or even more to the point, exactly what we have been saying all along. Talk about your opinion being validated. Take that. Here is Mitch’s full response from the link that you posted:
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Q. ON HOW HE DEALT WITH THE TRADE RUMORS THAT CIRCULATED
ABOUT BYNUM PRIOR TO THE TRADE DEADLINE:
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Kupchak: I’d say I get 10 to 15 phone calls a year about Andrew. I’ve called teams that have young, developing players myself. I don’t think that’s going to change. Certainly if he had played as well as he’s playing now for the last three years, teams would realize that, well, the Lakers would never trade him. But he’s had stretches where he’s played well and stretches where he hasn’t, and he’s been criticized, and I think general managers look at (those weaker stretches) and think maybe this is an opportunity for me to come in through the back door, let me make a phone call. And I understand that, and don’t think that’s going to change. But having said all that: when Andrew is healthy, and he plays like he is playing right now, you are hard pressed to look at anybody in this league and say, ‘I would trade him for that person.’
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Q: ON IF HE MEANT THAT LAST STATEMENT LITERALLY
ABOUT NOT TRADING BYNUM FOR ANYBODY:
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Kupchak: Anybody. If he’s healthy at this level he’s at, you’d have to think about anything. In other words, you may not trade him for anybody. If he helps your team and he’s what you need, and we can advance in the playoffs, then why would you take a chance and do anything? A lot of it is the right fit, the right personality for a team, and I think we have a group of players right now that are unselfish in the big picture, I really do. We know the players we had from last year are, because they’ve been through it, but the guys we added in Blake and Barnes feel that way too, and know what’s at stake here. We know there are going to be rumors about most of the guys on this team, but that’s just the way it is. If we play at a high level and we win, nobody has anything to worry about.
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Mitch then goes on to say that there is no defensive player in the league he would rather have guarding the small forward position than Ron Artest. He also has strong praise for both Matt Barnes and Steve Blake. Throughout the interview, Mitch constantly emphasized how the Lakers pieces fit. I know that this is a hard concept for many of the fans on this blog to fully understand, but this is the NBA, not fantasy basketball. The Lakers are a team that is built to be better than the sum of its parts. It’s about synergy and team chemistry. Here is what he had to say about the Lakers front court:
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Q: ON A CONVERSATION THAT’S BEEN HAD SEVERAL TIMES:
THE ADVANTAGES OF L.A.’S BIG MEN:
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Kupchak: Our strength is our size; I don’t think anyone would argue that. That allows us to be competitive in every game. Having a player who can close a game or take over a game like Kobe, having a defender like Ron, having a leader like Derek Fisher … those are pieces that fit. But if you have to look at a strength of our team, it would be that our guys are big and they are skilled. You look at, is there somebody that’s better than Pau out there at his position? Than Andrew? Than Lamar coming off the bench?
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The best owner, best general manager, best coach, best shooting guard and player, best center, best power forward , best team leader, best defensive small forward, best sixth man, and best bench. And the best blog and bloggers in the sports blogsphere. Andrew Bynum, leading candidate for Western Conference Player of the Month if the Lakers can win out March. Finals Co-MVP with Kobe Bryant.
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TOM


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Laker Land: where all that is possible and even a lot of what is impossible happens on a daily basis.
History repeats to the same patterns, but evolving from them to a more perfected reality, round after
round. So we are the same: just better than last time. And we are getting better with every step more
we take within the future. It's a great life to be a Lakers Fan. Sorry others: you just can't compete.
Still wearing my Purple & Gold Pride.Not because I will think of what others are doing, which I don't
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Phil knows he's got a Ferrari this year. He's just got it purring along. Trying a few things in 2nd & 3rd
gear. Knows he's got several more gears, but sees no need to even try them now. Hasn't even floored
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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of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are
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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WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
There have been (4) Lakers Dynasties with more on 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
Who 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

*____________________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. LET US PRAY…
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Dear God, Jesus, Allah, Vishnu, Zeus, The Golden Calf, Buddha, The Alien Greys, The Reptilians,
& 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 MINNESOTA for a TIMBERWOLVES 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/aka LAKERTRUTH| January 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM Posted by:

Hey Chris Evert Bosh, Kobe gets to practice wherever, whenever because of what he's accomplished in this game. You're right about not even Lebron or Wade being allowed to do the same but their resumes combined don't even match Kobe's.

But really, we're talking about practice...

Hey Chris Evert Bosh, Kobe gets to practice wherever, whenever because of what he's accomplished in this game. You're right about not even Lebron or Wade being allowed to do the same but their resumes combined don't even match Kobe's. But really, we're talking about practice...Posted by: scottie pimpin | March 18, 2011 at 08:52 AM
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LMAO!!! Preach Scottie, Preach!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHJDRgVwcP8 - AI - Practice


@LROB... “My main point was Dwight wasn’t lucky by hitting jump shots. He worked hard to improve that phase of his game and now its part of his repertoire. He's shooting 50% on his jump shots. I'll take that anyday. He does need to pass better out of the double team. I think he’ll improve like Olajuwon did in that area. I agree until he becomes a reliable free throw shooter it’ll take away some of his 4th quarter effectiveness.
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You lost me on the point about Orlando not contending for a championship with Howard. (You're better than that). They’ve been a legit contender the last two seasons. And I'll go out on the limb and say any team he's on that is NOT a contender ---it won't be because of him.”
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First, I do agree that Dwight is shooting those little jumpers better than last year. Will he be able to shoot 50% from there? I seriously doubt it. Especially in the fourth quarter. You know there is a definite relationship between shooting mechanics and touch and the results? Anyway, like you say, any team will give him that shot in lieu of one right at the rim. And for the Lakers, midrange is where we want teams to take shots. That’s why we keep Drew down low to take away points in the paint and why we want to chase shooters off the 3-point line.
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As for Orlando not contending, that was partly my bias against Dwight showing and I have no doubt with the right teammates he could win a championship. Of course, you can say that about almost anybody in the NBA. What also is part of my disdain for Orlando as a contender is there coach. My opinion of Stan Van Gumby is that he could not win a championship even if he had the greatest team in the world. He would somehow, some way find a way to screw things up.
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TOM

Jon K FTW!! I'm happy you were able to go last night. Thanks for repping us.


If anyone will be in Orange County - specifically Irvine - tomorrow (Sat) around 3pm, RonRon's in town signing autographs. I'll be there, and so will 888 and whoever else.... I'll ask him to come on here or the RC and I'm even going to try and invite him to my house for dinner LOL!!


LakerTom - hoping to catch up with you during the game tonight. MM will give you the RC link - or ask him for my email. Either way.


GAME DAY BABY!! Finally.....

I'm really looking forward to the game tonight. The only thing that somewhat concerns me is The State of the Ankle. I'd love it if the Bean would chill for awhile longer, but seeing as how he was at the training facility working out on his off-days, I'd say the chances of that are slim to none - and slim just left the building. Regardless, if anyone knows how to play with pain or through injury - well it's Kobe isn't it? His durability and resiliency are unparalleled in the game today. I have no doubt he will do what's best - not only for him, but for the team. If anyone wants this season to be "magical" - it's him.

Good day!

It seems that we played a month ago. I hope the players haven't lost the wave of success.

Good interview of Mitch. He deserves to be praised for his moves or no moves.
The success of this teams is a joined effort of owners, gm, coach, players,fans,etc.

If anyone wants this season to be "magical" - it's him.
Posted by: justanothermambafan | March 18, 2011 at 09:10 AM
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Oh I want this season to be magical, at least we can get one Magical 3-peat out of it!! Just kidding! Oh and just because you love these 3 little words I will say them one more time...GAME DAY BABY!!!! Carry On!

Speaking of Minnesota, is there any chance that the Lakers get Ricky Rubio??? The Lakers need a young PG for next season, and Rubio would be a good fit for the Lakers. I am sure Shaw will teach him to be an effective PG in the NBA.

The success of this teams is a joined effort of owners, gm, coach, players,fans,etc. Posted by: TidalWave | March 18, 2011 at 09:14 AM
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Tidal Wave, No, No, No! The success of this team is based on one man and one man only...KOBE BEAN BRYANT THE BLACK MAMBA!!! He is a Basketball God I say!!!!!


@JON K... Congrats on the Friedman. Can’t wait to hear your report about Rick’s wake. Wish I lived in LA so I could have attended. The Lakers will win this one for Rick.
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@MAMBA24... Ah, Game Day. Thanks, Larry. I know the players all love days off but if it were up to me, I’d have a game every day. Nothing wrong with back-to-back-to-back. Win it for Rick.
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@MM... Would you please forward me JAMF’s email address? Thanks.
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@JAMF... I’m still not sure of my schedule tonight but I will try and drop by to chat. Good luck with Ron Ron, Justa. Man, how can any Lakers fan not love Ron. Or this team for that matter.
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@LAKERPEACE... Rubio is planning on joining the Wolves in camp next fall unless there is a work stoppage due to the new CBA negotiations. Unfortunately, we would have to give up one of our main core players to get him so like Mitch said, that ain’t gonna happen but it would be sweet.
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TOM

As for Orlando not contending, that was partly my bias against Dwight showing and I have no doubt with the right teammates he could win a championship. Of course, you can say that about almost anybody in the NBA.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 18, 2011 at 09:08 AM

That is correct. You surround Luke Walton with the right teammates and he wins you two rings!

Tidal Wave, No, No, No! The success of this team is based on one man and one man only...KOBE BEAN BRYANT THE BLACK MAMBA!!! He is a Basketball God I say!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 18, 2011 at 09:27 AM


Nice one!
Of course we wouldn't have so great faith in this team if it wasn't for KB24 or our Zen Master PJ.

WIN IT FOR RICK
LakerTom said something and it just seemed to Click, come on Lakeshow win one for Rick
Since we need to win all that we can, Lets dedicate this win to a great Lakerholic Fan
Beloved by all and disliked by none, even when Rick was mad he was also still fun
He knew how to make a point short and sweet, At that he was the best & could not be beat.
We even had to change the RCOTD’s name, because Rick had mastered the Comment Game.
The biggest bandwagon that there has ever been, was the one dedicated to you Rick my Friend
So winning one for Rick will be a treat, cause the one we will win is the one for The 3-Peat

HAD A VISION THIS MORNING THAT I JUST CAN'T SHAKE


"Kobe wins his 6th ring in Chicago's United Center tying Micheal Jordan...............20 years to the week or day that Jordan won his 1st ring.........In L.A."


I'm headed to Vegas

Just can't get up for this game. Wolves, meh.
At least it's Friday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0

LRob, enjoy, haha ;)

HAD A VISION THIS MORNING THAT I JUST CAN'T SHAKE
"Kobe wins his 6th ring in Chicago's United Center tying Micheal Jordan...............20 years to the week or day that Jordan won his 1st ring.........In L.A."
I'm headed to Vegas Posted by: pfunk36 | March 18, 2011 at 09:51 AM
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GOD##@@!!!&&&&* I want that vision too PFunk36...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!


pfunk36,

How about Phil Jackson wins his 12th ring at Chicago in his last year of coaching job as MJ and Pippin are in courtside??


I repeat.

I find Bynum's knee problems troubling.

http://www.hughston.com/hha/a.meniscus.htm

snippet:
Recovery from surgery varies for different people and for different clinical problems. Patients who have a torn meniscus removed or trimmed can expect to use crutches or a walker for 4 to 7 days. They may have some swelling for 3 to 6 weeks and can return to their normal activities in 4 to 6 weeks, if not sooner. If the meniscus has been repaired, weight bearing may be limited with use of crutches for 4 to 6 weeks. This will allow the repaired meniscus to heal. Compared with open knee surgery, with more extensive surgical incisions, arthroscopic surgery causes limited scarring, has a quicker recovery time, and allows a quicker return to work or athletics.

The meniscus plays a key role in cushioning the knee joint and preventing premature arthritis. But if the menisci are torn, painful knee problems can occur that often need to be corrected by surgery. Modern arthroscopic surgery has improved the results of surgery for meniscal injuries and has allowed a quicker return and greater functional recovery for this bothersome condition.

pfunk36,

How about Phil Jackson wins his 12th ring at Chicago in his last year of coaching job as MJ and Pippin are in courtside??

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM


That's a good one...............but I didn't see it


I saw Kobe hoisting the trophy in Chicago

pfunk36, How about Phil Jackson wins his 12th ring at Chicago in his last year of coaching job as MJ and Pippin are in courtside?? Posted by: LakerPeace | March 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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God!!@#@###$#$ I want that vision too LakerPeace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE THE SMELL OF ROLL CALL IN THE MORNING...

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in for Roll Call...

Countdown till Portland Game and Council Meeting: 56 hrs 30 mins...

First we take care of the Wolves tonight...I would like Kobe to sit and rest, but we all know that won't happen...

My flavor today...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WziA88-n02k

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming UP!!!

That's a good one...............but I didn't see it I saw Kobe hoisting the trophy in Chicago Posted by: pfunk36 | March 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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Don't crowd him folks!!! Let PFunk36 work his mojo!! GO PFUNK36, GO!!!!!!!

@LT - I'm not a big SVG guy either. I don't like his offense schemes.

@PFunk - That's interesting.

@Mamba - nice poem for Rick.

@Magia32 - when you said at least its Friday...I was expecting "And You Know This MAN...but Rebecca was alright. I know most critics will hate on her, but I thought it was cool.

My flavor today...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WziA88-n02k Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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LEWSTRS, thank you for checking in my brother! Yes while it is quite true that Kobe is unwell at the moment you forget…KOBE BRYANT IS A BASKETBALL GOD!!! Therefore as a basketball god he can heal himself BUT…We beg of you Kobe get some rest.


BIGGER IS BETTER
By Darius Soriano for Forum Blue And Gold
http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2011/03/17/bigger-is-better/
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An excellent article discussing why the Lakers front court is its greatest strength. Yes, it’s about size but also about the talent and versatility of the Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom.
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I especially loved the tweet Darius quoted from Matt Moore (Eye On Basketball, Hardwood Paroxysm) after the Lakers beat the Mavericks:
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“Basically, the lesson from this game is: You can add all the size depth you want but it doesn’t matter if none of it is as good as LA’s.”
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THE REAL BIG 3: Here is an excellent excerpt where Darius talks about the efficiency of the Lakers front court. PER stats show the Lakers front court TRIO is the most efficient in NBA history, even more than the Celtics great trio of Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale, and Larry Bird:
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PER may not be the end all stat that it’s sometimes touted as, but it is an extremely effective measurement of a player’s tangible efficiency on the court. There’s a reason that players like LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Dirk, Durant, and Chris Paul rank near the top of PER leaders every year. They’re not only the game’s best players, they’re also the ones that night in and night out perform with the highest level of efficiency. Again, it’s not a full proof stat but it’s quite insightful in a variety of ways. I certainly value it and use it as one of the many tools that are available to evaluate a player.
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So, when using PER as a evaluation tool on the Lakers’ trio of big men we find something quite interesting. Historic, even.
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First, below are the PER’s of the Lakers trio of bigs:
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Pau Gasol: 23.5
Andrew Bynum: 21.6
Lamar Odom: 19.8
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With the help of Neil Paine from Basketball-Reference (help that I’m quite thankful for), I was able to get data on all players that were “big men”. For the purpose of his search, Neil used any player that had Forward or Center as a player description. With this data I was then able to see if any team had 3 big men with PER’s as high as the Lakers did. I then took that data and removed any player that had Guard listed position descriptor. (This removed players like Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and other fantastic guards that only sporadically played Forward and were mostly wing players.)
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What I found was pretty amazing. When looking at the post merger NBA, the 2011 Lakers are the only team to have three “Big” men with PER’s this high. Bird, McHale, and Parish came close but Larry Legend didn’t quite make the cut coming in slightly below Odom’s current PER of 19.8.
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Essentially, the Lakers’ possess a trio of bigs that are currently doing something that no other group has ever done.
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And while this statistical achievement is fantastic and deserves some recognition (hence, this post), what it really does is bring me back to my original point: the Lakers ability to put high quality bigs on the floor – bigs that can do what the opponents bigs do, but better – is such an advantage. Their efficiency and ability to combine their strengths to play any style consistently gives them a leg up in any contest. Sure, I know we’d all like if they were taken advantage of more (this post only solidifies that more, really) but I think we can all agree that we’re extremely lucky to have such excellent bigs. And when the season ends, especially if the Lakers are in the position that we all hope they are, I think we’ll be able to point at one (or three) of the main reasons why.
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TOM

. And when the season ends, especially if the Lakers are in the position that we all hope they are, I think we’ll be able to point at one (or three) of the main reasons why. Posted by: LakerTom | March 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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I'm sorry my brother but you know I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

@Lew - Speaking of Matchbox...and Drew's improvement...

How Far We've Come
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d7EbtLb8ok&feature=related

I'd love to see Phil hoist his last trophy in Chicago. It'd be the greatest sendoff ever, like Bilbo Baggins's ship setting sail at the end of Return of the King, no regrets and content.

I don't like the idea of Kobe getting his 6th on the exact day (or so) Jordan got his first against us because it makes me think this is Kobe's last and clearly, I think we all want to see Kobe get number seven and not stop at six. I mean, hell, I'd like eight, but seven I can conceivably see. He'd have more gold than anybody not named MJ and Russell.

Oops meant to say I'm not a big fan of SVG offensive schemes.

Thanks for the roll-call and game day prayers mamba24! And thanks for today's "caught in the web" links, MM. Congrats on the Friedman RCOTD JonK!
No matter how we all feel about it, it's just not in Kobe's DNA to not play tonight - though I would like to see him be more of a facilitator in this game vs. team Rambis. I'm just psyched that it's a game day and that the weekend is almost here - it's Friday, I'm in love!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa2nLEhUcZ0

it's Friday, I'm in love! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa2nLEhUcZ0 Posted by: jefe101 | March 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM
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GOD##@@!! I want to be in Love too...WTH?...Oh that's right I am in Love! Sorry Mrs. mamba24 with your lil 3-peating self...Whew!!!! That was close!!

I repeat.

I find Bynum's knee problems troubling.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

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What a buzz kill.

Ron Artest interview during his first visit to Palm Springs Wednesday night..........

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110318/SPORTS02/103180326/1002/sports/Ron-Artest-visits-valley-shares-thoughts-Lakers-Palm-Springs-music


Cheers all - PLG

Jon K - congrats on the Friedman my brother...

Mamba24 - Stellar job as usual on game day...you are the common denominator...thanks for your dedicated work...

LRob and jefe - great selections today...

Andrew Bynum - keep up your stellar play...the paint is your space...

Kobe - we love you, please consider resting that ankle...plenty of season left...let's keep the goal in the cross hairs...I think the rest of the team can take care of the Wolves...

Lamar - expecting a big game from you...like the Spearmint twins...double the taste, double the fun...I want 15-10 minimum tonight...

ShanWoW and Blake - Let's keep sharpening our games...let's play smart...and play Laker Ball...

#17 Coming Up...The Friedman Season!!!

- Stellar job as usual on game day...you are the common denominator...thanks for your dedicated work...Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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Thank you Lew and yes Lewstrs I have often thought that. Many has been the time I said Mamba24 you are the common denominator, but then…I get stuck on the denominator of WHAT? LMAO!!

Lewsters - right on!!!

Cheers to you Rick F. - PLG

Mamba24 - I think I meant you are "The Common Terminator"

You terminate any doubt on how to be a fan...

Like Andrew owns the paint...

You own the Blog...

Can't argue with that BAYBEE!!!

Jon K.....Congrats on the Friedman! Looking forward to your comments on Rick Friedman's wake.

Mamba 24....Thank you for the roll call and game day prayer! That'll wake you up in the morning, for sure!

Should be a business-like beatdown of the Wolves tonight. Get them beat early and rest the starters. No excuses. It's winning time!

{Repost}

Lakeraholics at a Wake...


So, I went to Rick Friedman's wake last night at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

Now, if you haven't been to the Rainbow Bar & Grill, you're not a true Los Angeleno/an in my book. It is one of the most iconic bar/restaurants in the world and a living monument to the history of Rock and Roll and Los Angeles' roll in the development of that cultural art.

Quite frankly, if you want to know Rock & Roll, don't go to the Rock & Roll History Museum in Cleveland. Go to the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

A little dirty Jon K. secret is that the place remains a location where women who have long hair fetishes go to hang out. Myself, having long hair, have used this to my advantage on more than one occasion. I love the Rainbow--strange, quirky place that it is.

It seems that Rick Friedman loved it too and his adoration for Rock and Roll seems to have been nearly as strong as his Lakeraholicism. Upstairs at the Rainbow is a club within a club called "Above The Rainbow" composed of dark woods, dark lighting, an oddly comforting nautical theme, a pit for dancing, and an attic-like enclosure above it named "The Lair of the Hollywood Vampires" where John Lennon, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Keith Moon and others claimed as their own during the 1970s.

This is where those who knew and loved Rick gathered in his memory.

I arrived after work, a little late, to see a crowd of approximately 45 people gathered in his memory.

One by one, people would climb the stairs that leads to The Lair of the Hollywood Vampires and share their stories of Rick and his life. Rick was a successful television producer and many of the stories were from people who Rick mentored in the industry. It seems Rick's work touched a lot peoples' lives and that everyone who knew Rick immediately recognized him as a special person, not minimally in part because Rick had the exceptional gift of making other people feel special.

Rick was also a thoughtful communicator, as many knew him on this blog to be. Despite that, Rick was an extremely passionate and intelligent man, but he thought before he spoke, a quality less frequent in this day and age.

Among the people who spoke was our own Faith, who had printed out each and every blog post that Rick had brought to the L.A. Times Lakers blog over his long career. In fact, multiple people mentioned the blog and Rick's talent as a writer.

Those Lakeraholics in attendance were myself, Faith, Benjamin (who it turns out is Rick's cousin), Edwin Gueco (who drove all the way from Rolling Hills) and bob (who hasn't been around since the Michael Teniente-days of the blog AND just so happens to be a smoking hot woman. Who knew?)

It was nice to put faces behind the handles. Most were different than I thought except Edwin Gueco who was how I expected him to be: A extraordinarily friendly and warm gentleman. He gave me a big hug immediately upon meeting him.

Benjamin was younger than I thought, very intelligent, and interested in discussing philosophy, politics and the bigger picture.

Faith was a little more closed off than I expected. but lit up when gave her a big hug as she left.

Bob was well... smoking hot... and EXTRAORDINARILY passionate about the Lakers. It was awesome. She shared a story about how when we lost to Boston in the Finals she literally could not get out of bed for three days she was so depressed. Only the admonishments of her husband (yeah, I know, she's married, sucks) was enough to get her to start living life again.

We discussed, among other things, the blog and how it has become a real community.

There were critiques of the Kamenetzky Brothers, who everyone agreed were/are talented and entertaining writers, but no one seemed to care for the way they interacted with bloggers on the blog. Most felt they were haughty and acted like "they were better" than the community. Brian Kamenetzky received particular criticism and Bob even referred to him as "a Laker Hater."

Benjamin went out of his way to praise Mark Medina for his tribute to Rick Friedman and was so touched by it that he told me aside that "Mark could even run over my cat--and I love that cat--and I'd forgive him for it, after that. It really meant a lot to me."

Now bloggers come and go and I've asked many bloggers, including Faith and Bob--as well as many of the Class A bloggers who spend more time on the renegade chat than they do on this blog--why they don't post as often.

The answer: Trolls.

Most of the die-hard fans want to talk about the Lakers and share tidbits of their own lives. The problem is that by sharing tidbits of one's own lives, taking a strong stance on a particular issue with the Lakers and/or receiving praise from other bloggers somehow attracts scorn and attacks from Trolls... and quite frankly, a lot of people get sick of that quickly.

As the most troll-attacked blogger in the long history of the blog I have one piece of advice: Get over it.

Lakers fans were recently described in an article as "among the worst fans in sports." Why? Because a lot of people masquerading as fans are just bandwagoneers. When the Clippers make the playoffs next year, they'll be popping Blake Griffin jersies instead of popping Kobe Bryant jersies and shouting out such brilliant insights at sports bars as "Yo, Kobe! Shoot de ball!"

And when the Anaheim Royals make the playoffs eventually, they'll be popping some player from that team's jersey. Banwagoneers. aka "Losers masquerading as winners."

Well, some of us aren't bandwagoneers. Rick Friedman wasn't a bandwagoneer. I had the pleasure of speaking with his cousin (Benjamin's dad) after he gave his eulogy and he told me about the pleasure of watching Elgin Baylor play and his spectacular rebounding ability. Awesome.

Some of us are going to be like that. 30 years from now we'll be talking about Kobe, Shaq, Pau, Ron, Lamar, Andrew, Derek, Horry...

And, in this strange world, some of the trolls and bandwagoneers will hate us for that.

Screw 'em.

Listen, we expect our Lakers to be mentally tough. Actually, we DEMAND that they be mentally tough. And in some ways they have to be mentally tough because we expect excellence from them year after year, night in, night out.

And when the Lakers win, we shout, "WE WON!!! WE WON!!!"

"WE"

"We."

Well, my fellow beloved Lakeraholics, it's time to embrace a little mental toughness of our own.

A lot of people read this blog each day. Instead of breaking into histrionics because some 13 year old kid in a dark room in Canada is throwing insults at us, ignore them and get back to what we do best--discussing and celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers.

I think that's how Rick Friedman would have wanted it to be.

And the last thing before I left was introduce myself to his son and offer my condolences. He asked me to carry on Rick's spirit on the blog and to live by Rick's example of being an intelligent, dedicated, faithful and respectful blogger.

And this is something I hope to do and ask for all of us to continue on in Rick's example.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Wow, great recap of the Rainbow B&G event, and really great post JonK - nice work!

Jon K - TREMENDOUS!!

Cheers to you, Faith, Benjamin and Edwin - way to go!

PLG

888- Dude...spend master back in FULL EFFECT.

@G.Money- I'm no spend (spin) master. I tell it like it is and I'm a 100% diehard Lakers fan who appreciates all that we have been blessed with from this great owner. I got little joy from reading all the Fish bashing, Bynum bashing, Luke bashing, Phil Jackson bashing, etc, etc in here. I also got nauseated from reading posts from trolls who took the concept "practice season" and reduced it to the basic meaning of two words, rather than embracing the much deeper concept which they never understood and which has obviously played itself out this interesting season. I do NOT expect people to agree with my opinions, but I DO expect them to RESPECT the Lakers organization from top to bottom if they are going to call themselves Lakers fans. I also do NOT tell people what to post or how to communicate their opinions, but it sickens me when others do that and there are some who do THAT in here more than talk about the Lakers.

HAVING SAID THAT, I am NOT back. I thought about coming back as a "kinder, gentler" blogger, but that's simply not me. No, not when certain bloggers sound more like they hate the Lakers than love them. Not when they seem like fans from other teams and act like posers. Not when we're riding the crest of a big and beautiful wave, but they want to treat things like a tsunami has hit. Not when they choose to show more doubt with the players and head coach of this two time defending champion than optimism. No sir, those kind of fans are not for me.

If I write from my heart, I will get attacked and mocked by the same numskulls who drove me out of here in the first place. I do NOT agree with the premise that you can attack the Lakers, but that the blogger who does the attacking is granted immunity from harsh criticism. In my view, those numskulls open the door to a counterattack. Sorry, Edwin Gueco, but I can't agree with your "rules of blogging."

There is more than enough great information in here from MM and the phenomenal contributors who I enjoy reading regularly without adding my two cents. I selectively read those brilliant bloggers and occasionally read the nauseating crap from those who validated my decision to leave in the first place.

I returned to a much friendlier forum where people see the glass full, who see the big picture, and who regularly express nothing but great appreciation for everything about this great team we root for. Yes, there's critcism, but it's not done in a mocking, bashing way. It's RESPECTFUL. That's where I belong. Mean spirited criticisms simply are not for me. I can read the bloggers I enjoy in here and get the rest of my information elsewhere.

@LakerTom- Sorry, bro, but that's the way it is. I've given this a lot of thought and I will continue to read your thoroughly enjoyable posts. Frankly, I have very little to add to them anyway.

Ricky Rubio?

1. Lakers dont have squat to offer Minnesota.
2. He still has to agree to come and play in America
3. Say the Lakers do have something Minnesota wants, we dont know if he is any good.


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