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Caught in the Web: Lakers express appreciation for Lamar Odom

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--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson considers Lamar Odom to be "invaluable."

--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports for NBA TV a heartwarming story on Lakers assistant Brian Shaw and the untimely deaths of his mother, father and sister in an automobile accident in 1993.

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom looks at the NBA's most improved players.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Odom takes his changed roles in stride.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro breaks down the chances the Suns have in making the playoffs.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer looks at how Kobe Bryant is handling his injuries.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin puts the Lakers at No. 1 in his latest power rankings.

--Helin also found this link via NBC Miami that features Lakers forward Ron Artest talking with Peter Bailey at a Miami club.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky previews the upcoming week.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues that Andrew Bynum's suspension was warranted.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin says Odom should win the Sixth Man of the Year award.

--Fox Sports' West's Matt Smith wonders why Phil Jackson is receiving more of a tribute for his last season.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how Bynum has handled the two-game suspension.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Monday's practice.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano also argues that Odom should win Sixth Man of the Year.

Photo Caption Contest of the Day: "Dude, I'm Ron Fricken Artest. Haven't you seen the Malice at the Palace video on YouTube?" -- Jon K.

Tweet of the Day: "Suns vs Lakers should be a good one tomorrow. Both teams don't like each other because they have faced one another so much in the playoffs." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Fisher is still the dean of PG's in NBA. He knows how to pace himself though you can't expect him to be at pace with D'Rose, D'Williams, CP3, Rondo. He can't beat them in a 100 meter dash but when playoffs comes especially on close game, that is where you will find Fisher shines. Fisher as an experienced bravado is more sturdy and a fighter as a player." -- Edwin Gueco

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom tries to pry a rebound from the grasp of Blazers center Marcus Camby in the second half Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.

 
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RICK FRIEDMAN(RCOTD) = EDWIN GUECO = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!

Derek Fisher has over 2000 steals.

1900 of them happened exactly when we needed one.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


@EDWIN... Congrats on the Friedman, my friend. Excellent observation about Fish. I love the phrase the Dean of Point Guards. I still have my hopes that sometime down the road Derek will become the Lakers head coach. I just hope Brian Shaw gets the chance to continue Phil’s style and the Triangle Offense. We can still win another half dozen championships before Kobe retires. That would tie him with the great Bill Russell and cement his standing as the perimeter GOAT.
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TOM

Lamar Odom: The Point-Forward

Talented. Versatile. Match-up nightmare. Mr. Swiss Army Knife.

To borrow a baseball term, he is a complete, "Five-Tool Player."

Lamar Odom can: Dribble. Pass. Shoot. Rebound. Defend.

Several seasons ago, Lamar noted that the best teams were not the ones with young rosters. Championships were claimed by teams led by older players. The dunkers and high-fly acts thrilled the crowds, but the methodically efficient and disciplined squads (usually guided by experienced veterans), were the ones playing deep into June.

Back then a boy, Odom has now become the full-measure of a man, both on the court and off. Lamar has stepped into those shoes, and they fit him well. What was once uncertainty and confusion in 'his world' now just...makes sense. He is happy, fulfilled, and at peace.

LO has found his center, and his grounding, in the embrace of the Kardashian/Jenner family that has become his through marriage. They have given Lamar the sense of belonging and purpose, that all of us would also yearn for, and thrive upon receiving. Just as he has.

Lamar won the 'genetic lottery' at birth, and was graced with remarkable physical gifts, but the tragedies and challenges he had to overcome along the way could have killed him at any time. LO had strong role-models in his midst, and people who genuinely cared for him, who would NOT let him give up...or fail.

This is the enduring lesson from Lamar Odom's life. No man is an island. Be there for someone who needs you, and search for guidance and mentoring, if you are the one who is in need.

Sometimes we need a shoulder to cry on, sometimes we provide that shoulder for others. We are our Brother's Keeper.

P & G R


P.S. Larry (mamba24) my Sincere Thanks for remembering me and including me in the roll-calls. Keep up the good work on behalf of Lakers Nation.


Posted by: Purple & Gold Reign | March 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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Simply a thing of beauty!!! Kudos my brother and….OUT FREAKING STANDING SIR!!

I want to take a moment and express my glee that Kobe MVP888 has returned to the blog. Welcome back to the fold.

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WELCOME BACK KOBEMVP888 – BANDWAGON
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LT I had a great conversation with Jon K in person which sealed the deal. I have to be myself and bring my passion. If you mess with Bynum, you're a dead man. Fisher .. dead! PJ .. dead! Niedermeyer ...... "Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic... but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!" Tom, we're just the guys to do it. Let's DO IT!!!! Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 21, 2011 at 09:18 P
No Edwin, I am not angry. Think of me as being sensitive just like yourself. Jon K told me that he met you and that you are a great guy. I assumed that would be the case. But please, enough lectures on how to blog. I have my style and, given that we are rapidly approaching the starting line of the Season, I intend to kick it up a notch. I want my best blogging to be come at the right time!
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Thanks to everyone for the overly kind welcome. I promise to be angrier than ever! :)
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(01) LAKERTOM – OWNER - MVP… Welcome back, Kenny. Good to see that absence hasn’t made you gun shy, LOL. KOBEMVP888... Next time you guys get together, let me know and I’ll fly down and join you. And thanks to Jon, Rose, Lew, and the others who convinced you to return to the fold. It’s going to be a blast as this season for the ages heads into the playoffs. After my own hiatus from the blog, I made a conscious effort to channel my passion towards being happy rather than angry and that has enabled me to still be myself without ending up in confrontations that dragged down the blog. So now that you’re back, let’s all work together to make this the greatest Lakers season in history
(02) CHICNSTU – CO/OWNER - Welcome back KOBEMVP888. I hope you and the rest of the Lakerholics had a blast at the game.
(03) JON K – CO/DRIVER
(04) IHEARTKB24 – DRIVER - 888 - Welcome back to LAT blog!!!
(05) LAKERMIKE – RIDING SHOTGUN - 888 . . . welcome back! I appreciated your invitation to me during the down time...
(06) EDWIN GUECO - Welcome back 888....
(07) MAMAB24 – With MVP888 we are once again one Nation. Welcome Back MVP888!!!!
(08) TIDAL WAVE - Finally congratulations for your return @KOBEMVP888! I understand the people that criticize the team and sometimes when the team don't play with will it is frustrating. But I think we should take the approach like people like KOBEMVP888, MAMBA24, LROB, just to name a few that always see something positive about the team
(09) LAKERHOLIC - Welcome back 888!
(10) LROB – DJ - MVP - I had very little doubt that you'd be back because of your Laker and bball passion....I was just wondering how long and "waiting". Welcome Back. Tom Petty - The Waiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x_TXWYAH7o
(11) JOHNNYV - I want to take a moment and express my glee that Kobe MVP888 has returned to the blog. Welcome back to the fold.

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CONGRATS LAKER MIKE & MRS. LAKER MIKE ON THE BIRTH OF YOUR FIRST GRANDCHILD – BANDWAGON
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By the way, posting a comment at this ungodly hour as I sit in hospital waiting room with Mrs.
LakerMike, awaiting the soon to be birth of our very first grandchild! LakerMike Posted by: LakerMike | March 22, 2011 at 02:56 AM Thanks Diandra! I could use some MAMBA24 pick-me-up spirit right about now! 14 long hours waiting at hospital... nearing the finish line... daughter-in-law close to delivery now!
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(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Laker Mike - Congratulations on your grandchild!
(02) DIANDRA – OWNER - CONGRATS LAKERMIKE!!!! I hope you have a healthy and happy grandchild!!
(03) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – Now that’s what I’m talking about. Congrats to you & the family my brother!!
(04) KOBEMVP888 – RIDING SHOTGUN - @LakerMike- Mazel Tov on your grandchild! Also, I STILL would love it if you to take me up on the invite anyway. Thanks for the welcome back, too.
(05) EDWIN GUECO – SGT AT ARMS - Congratulations Laker Mike on your first grandchild, after a while you wanted another granddaughter. They are blessings and joys of retirement, sometimes I wish they were born first before my children. One remarkable change, you are a grandfather first and when the child goes on tantrum for milk or can't sleep, you hand those responsibilities to their own parents and back to being a grandpa. lol!
(06)LROB - DJ - Laker Mike - congrats on the grand daughter you're expecting. That's truly a blessing!
(07) CHICNSTU - Congrats. LakerMike, make sure you get the Laker onesie
(08) LAKERTOM - LAKERMIKE... Congrats on the grandchild. Let me tell you, they’re even more fun than your own kids because you can spoil the hell out of them and then send them home. I can’t remember ever enjoying something as much as coaching my grandson’s CYO team to the championship with my son keeping score and Mrs. LakerTom and my two granddaughters cheering in the stands.

Edwin - congrats on the Friedman...much love for DFish.

@Lakermike.. Congrats on the grandchild.

@PSP.. Paging PSP.. As a precaution due to some unforeseen turn of events we may have to increase the number of local law enforcement patrol for the next few days.

@Lakertom... I agree with u when bloggers denigrate and criticize laker players they open themselves up for negative feedback however when bloggers attack other bloggers they also open themselves up to negative feedback.. Its a two way street and same rules should apply .. As long as everyone equally respects these simple rules then I'm sure everyone will learn to co-exist.

Edwin

Congrats on the well deserved Friedman! Word for word, we are in sync on this one!

Random Thoughts


Is calling your team “soft” the ultimate insult? Rick Carlisle did it a few weeks ago. Then Doc Rivers played the “S” card at halftime yesterday…hmm. And of course, someone is saying it about Pau nearly everyday here. Who knew one of Edward G’s favorite phrases would stand the test of time.


Why has Pop been reluctant to give Splitter PT this season…despite the fact that the Spurs will definitely need his size if they plan to challenge for the title or beat the Lakers? Well it looks like TD’s injury has forced his hand.


For those ready to call the Nuggets the winner in the Melo trade due to their recent hot play and the Knicks struggling at 7-9….I would caution against this. It’s the regular season people. Remember the Rockets once won 22 in a row yet nobody thought they were a threat in the west. But I will give Denver credit for making the best out of a tough situation.


Random Thoughts pt 2

Collison won the battle of UCLA PG’s last night against Farmar. But I would have to say they’ve both been underwhelming this year, especially Collison.


No need for Kobe to throw Smush under the bus when praising DFish. Smush is playing in some obscure league somewhere overseas. I would say that punishment enough.


Can we please get an update on Theo’s status????

Lamar IS the best 6th Man in this league this season, bar none. I was sure he was going to "burn out" after competing in the summer but it actually had him completely prepared for the season. What makes him more deserving of the reward is that he was the 6th man who was required to start and he filled that role successfully.

Sure, we all knew he had the potential to be one of the great ones but to actually see it come to some sort of fruition was a delight. Lamar is the team's go to guy which goes above and beyond what is asked and expected from a team's "6th Man." Lamar can play all 5 positions - a la Magic Johnson - if needed and that's something Jason Terry couldn't be asked or expected to do.

Do you feel that shaking under your feet? Yes, that's the rest of the league trembling in their sneakers because The Lakers have arrived to claim another one!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Kh20Jwi1w


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk


Yes, this team is hot!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1TPU2i6nnA


The “Suns” set in L.A. today beginning at 7:30PM PST


"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Kobe just likes saying the word "smush" - face it, we all do! As long as he stays off the team!

Speaking of Smush, I think people will still be saying "Kwame hands" long after anyone remembers why. It is much easier to say than "hands of stone".

Go Lakers!

David Aldridge report on Brian Shaw is a great link.


@PG&R... Outstanding post on Lamar. The theme of a boy finally growing into a man is definitely part of the back story to this year’s Lakers championship for both Lamar and Drew. Lakers fans who have been patiently waiting for both to finally start playing up to their potential are now being rewarded this year. Lamar has grown up and is playing the best ever in his career and Drew looks like a grown man who has left his boyhood doubts and anxieties behind him as he becomes a man.
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@YELLOWFEVER.... Good point about the two-way street. I predict the Lakers are going to win out the rest of the year to finish 24-1 after the all-star break. That should finally shake out the rest of the doubters and haters and turn them into loyal dedicated Lakers fans supporting their team. And if you really believe that, we have a beautiful bridge in San Francisco that we will sell you. LOL. Bottom line, some of us look at life through GHF lenses while others have GHE glasses.
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@LROB... I still like Darren Collison and think he would be the perfect point guard for the Lakers. Great defender with long arms and the speed to stay with the fastest point guards much like a defensive back covering a wide receiver. Excellent passer with a solid assist to turnover ratio. Great shooting stroke (although he is only hitting 35% from beyond the arc) and near 90% free throw shooter. I thought he was a much better player, especially defensively, than Farmar.
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@FRMKT... I have to agree 100% with you that Lamar Odom deserves to win 6th man of the year. His play has been incredibly consistent this year. It is also so heartwarming that his marriage to a reality show actress has been nothing short of wonderful for Lamar. I still would like to see Phil give him a shot at playing point guard on occasion just to screw with the other team’s mindset. Bottom line, he is so versatile that his value to the team is great very difficult to judge with stats.
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TOM

Lamar Odom is the League's best sixth man/Swiss Army knife/Leatherman/multi-tool/Transformer/Go-Bot/chameleon/duct tape/MacGuyver guy.

He does it all, does it well, and is ready to work whenever duty calls.

Lamar Odom, I salute you!

DBDH!

I PERSONALLY THINK THAT THE VALUE OF ODOM HAS LONG BEEN OEVER LOOKED. WHWN ODOM PLAYS WELL, THE LAKERS DO WELLA ND WHEN HE DOESN'T. PROBLEMS EXIST. THIS DOES NOT UNDER CUT KOBED WHO IN MY OPINION IS THE BEST AND HARDEST WORKING PLAYER IVE EVER SEEN IN OVER FURTY FIVE YEARS OF OBSERVING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL. THE THING IS SOM ETIMES IT APPEARS AS THOUGH LAMAR TAKES A BREAK ON THE COURT, WHICH I THINK IN SOME PEOPLE'S VIEW LESSONS HIS VALUE. WHEN LAMAR PLAYS HIS A AME, HE'S ALMOST AS UNSTOPPABLE AS KOBE. THE THING WITH LAMAR IS HOW BIG HE IS, BUT CAN HANDLE TH BASKETBALL WITH SUCH PERCISION. LET'S FACE IT. WHEN THIS TEAM BRIGNS THEIR A GAME AND STAY WITH IT UNTIL THE END OF THE GAME. THERE IS NOT A TEAM BEARING NONE , WHO CAN COME CLOSE TO BEATING THIS TEAM. GO LAKERS GO. GREAT COACHING JOB PHIL. KOBE, YOU COULD BE ON MY TEAM ANYDAY. PSAMS 84:11

Oh yeah, I also mentioned to anyone who would listen that we didn't need the best record in the league. Why? I knew that the injury bug would hit SA! AND... the Lakers already took their lumps early on with their own injuries. I personally thought it would be Manu who'd get the bad luck, not Tim. Remember, I NEVER wish harm on any opponents... but I do try to see how any of those injuries may affect the Lakers. SA may actually get bumped in a seven game series by a healthy 8 seed if TD is out (2001 against PHX). Then, HCA will be ours! Bwahahahahahaha!

DBDH!

A little Stan Kenton to get the blood flowing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdiWwGmML5k

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

Lamar - Sixth Man of the Year? Of course.


Funny how the Lakers can be so good without an MVP, a Sixth Man of the Year, a Coach of the Year. If PJ is really leaving, Matt Smith is right, he deserves a hell of a tribute. I think one reason he hasn't is that the Lakers are hoping he decides on one more Last Dance (You can go Neil Young or Donna Summer there).

@ LakerTom

Thank you for your kind words regarding my post. In return, allow me to express my deep appreciation for your basketball acumen, life wisdom, and significant contributions over the years to this Lakers Blog. May your posts never be overlooked, or taken for granted.

To stay on point: LO is one of the most popular members of the squad, and it is easy to see why. Just a brief look into his overall demeanor, personality, and character, speaks volumes. As his manager declared at Khloe and Lamar's wedding reception, to know LO is to love him. Lamar has a huge heart, and is a deeply caring and sensitive human being.

It seems to speak to our sense of justice, and hopeful wish for 'fairness' in the universe, when Good Things happen to Good People. People like Lamar Odom.

P & G R

"Can we please get an update on Theo’s status????

Posted by: LRob | March 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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MM: Yes, please! Several of us have been wondering about Theo's progress (or lack thereof).

Although, frankly, at this point in the season, I think he and Ebanks are not going to be on the playoff roster no matter what they do from here on out.

PLG is very happy to see PG&R here and posting. And while I didn't realize KobeMVP888 ever left - welcome back.

PG&R - excellent LO post. I love LO, right after Fish in my book. I always knew he could never be the guy - he's a great #2 (or #3 in this case). But nonethless, you need guys like LO (and Fish) to realize their role, accept them and know they are part of a bigger goal......one TEAM, one ring.

Cheers all - PLG

@ PLG

Thank you Kind Miss for your welcoming words as well :-)

This Lakers Blog is near and dear to my heart. As someone who hearkens back to the Dark Days (of Smush, Kwame, et al) pre-Pau Gasol, and this current championship run, my allegiance is steadfast.

I still think back fondly upon that era of the K bros and the posters who frequented this site (Mike T, etc). It warms my heart to see Mark Medina provide continuing leadership and stewardship to this blog through the changes and transitions that have taken place since those salad days.

Like some others, although I ALWAYS visit and read the posts, my contributions have been less frequent because of the negativity and trolls who have somewhat poisoned the environment for me.

However, I refuse to allow the toxicity to drive me away. I will try to contribute more often, as time allows.

P & G R

@Edwin Gueco...

Well done and very true about DFish! Congratulations on the Friedman!!

Purple and Gold Reign....

Great post about Lamar!!

However, I refuse to allow the toxicity to drive me away. I will try to contribute more often, as time allows. P & G R Posted by: Purple & Gold Reign | March 22, 2011 at 01:49 PM
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HELL YEAH!!! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! LakerNation is with you my brother!!!!!!!

Hi, good post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for sharing. I’ll likely be coming back to your posts.


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