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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Portland Trail Blazers

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan takes a look at the Lakers' upcoming schedule.

--The Columbian's Matt Calkins explains why Portland Coach Nate McMillan dislikes the team's "3 Goggles."

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr mentions the possibility the NBA might decide Sunday whether to suspend Andrew Bynum for Sunday's game against Portland after getting a flagrant foul type 2 Friday against Minnesota.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss the following topics in their latest podcast: Bynum's emergence, possible first-round matchups and GQ criticizing Laker fans.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices how the Lakers have had the good fortune of maintaining good health, while Portland has continuously had to fight through injuries.

--The Oregonian presents a preview capsule on the Lakers-Blazers matchup.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how the playing status of Kobe Bryant and Bynum for Sunday's game against Portland remains uncertain.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz credits the Lakers for showing some attitude and toughness. Witz also has a must-read piece on Phil Jackson's connections to the late Owsley Stanley.

Tweet of the Day: "have U played a board game (ex. #Clue, #Sorry, #Monopoly) w/immature, lame people who when faced w/loosing flip the board over? Yeah, me 2." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Seeing Minnesota come to town reminds what a great organization the Lakers are and how lucky we are. Rambis is a great guy and a possible candidate for the best head coaching job in basketball, the LA Lakers, when Phil retires. But there he is in Minnesota where, the FO trades Garnett and dumps Al Jefferson and signs a bunch of very young castoffs. Then they say, win, dammit. And Kurt has to endure rumors of his firing and take the heat for what is, in fact, just a non-competetive roster.

Actually, he has done a decent job of coaching there, and, though they are still losing, you could see them executing a hell of a lot better than earlier in the year. They probably executed better than the Lakers Friday. I don't know if Rambis deserves 2 more years there, it seems more like a sentence than a reward, but he seems to want to see if he can't grow these young guys into a real team, which is admirable. At the least Kurt deserves more time in Minnesota to make it work. But it might be better for him to get a chance with a real franchise. He could, as PJ pointed out, end up like Jim Cleamons. Coaching is important, but you have to have the players first." -- Tom Daniels

--Mark Medina

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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
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We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
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Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
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The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
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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
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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 PORTLAND for a BLAZERS 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? Posted by: Game Day Prayer Temp/aka LAKERTRUTH| January 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM

RICK FRIEDMAN(RCOTD) = TOM DANIELS = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!

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PREACH JEANNIE, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!

For those who are getting tired of the NCAA bracket, here's the NBA playoff 1st round bracket that would be very intereting:

West:
Dallas vs Portland
OKC vs Denver

East:
Miami vs NY
Orlando vs Atlanta

If this bracket stands, I won't be surprised if any of these teams advances to the 2nd round.

Portland and Dallas winner could face the Lakers. Which team would you rather like to face???

@Lewstrs, Thank you for checking in my brother. You and the rest of the Lakerholics behave yourselves and REPRESENT!! I will be looking for the sign!!! ENJOY!!!!

Portland and Dallas winner could face the Lakers. Which team would you rather like to face??? Posted by: LakerPeace | March 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM
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Dallas hands down. Of course one day they are going to grow a pair and then watch out! But until then I'd take Dallas if only to stick it to that smug mark Cuban! Of course now if they have HCA maybe I'd take Portland, LOL!

mamba24, thanks as always for the gameday roll-call and prayer!
tom daniels, congrats on the Friedman Award - well deserved!
Hunkering down on this torrentially rainy SoCal day to watch some NCAA hoops, tennis in the desert, and LAKERS basketball - Let It Rain!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifff5NbKQZI

Portland pulling out all the stops bringing the rain with them in hopes of a win in LA.

NEWSFLASH!!!!!!

LAKERS ARE AN AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT VEHICLE. DEFENDING THEIR FLAG AND ATTACKING THE ENEMY'S POSITION IN A COLD AND CALCULATED BLITZ FROM AIR, LAND &, IF NEED BE, SEA...

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!!!!!!"

Hey sharing this tweet from The Times' Mike Bresnahan: "Two-game suspension for Andrew Bynum. No game tonight for him (against Portland) and Tuesday (against Phoenix)." Will have more info soon

SAY WHAT?

ACCORDING TO JOHN SCHUMANN's TWITTER:

johnschuhmann Andrew Bynum has been suspended 2 games for his flagrant foul on Michael Beasley.
3 minutes ago

ISH!!!!!!

Larmar Odom should win the 6th man of the year, and Andrew Bynum the NBA 2nd all defensive team!!!

ACCORDING TO JOHN SCHUMANN's TWITTER: johnschuhmann Andrew Bynum has been suspended 2 games for his flagrant foul on Michael Beasley.
3 minutes ago ISH!!!!!! Posted by: The Triangulator | March 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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SAY WHAT??????????????? AW ISH IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LAKERS ARE AN AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT VEHICLE. DEFENDING THEIR FLAG AND ATTACKING THE ENEMY'S POSITION IN A COLD AND CALCULATED BLITZ FROM AIR, LAND &, IF NEED BE, SEA...
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Now that is more like it!! PREACH TRIANGULATOR, PREACH!!!!!!!!


Let It Rain! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifff5NbKQZI
Posted by: jefe101 | March 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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CRANK IT UP JEFE101!!!! LET IT RAIN INDEED!!!!

Darth Stern's Empire Attempting to level the playing field through REDISTRIBUTION OF POINTS... (NO SHOT BLOCKER, MORE POINTS FOR OPPOSITION!)

LETTER FROM COMMISSIONER STERN:

Stern: "Lakers. You are truly talented and an exceptional team. However, that's just unfair. We must give the other teams a chance. And so, it is with a heavy heart that we have determined that, what would for others be at most a one game suspension, becomes a two game suspension for your Beast of a Center, Andrew Bynum."

"I must say, that if Drew's name were Dwight Howard, or if he were on any other team but the Lakers, he would have received a fine and a Stern talking too (pun intended)."

"After all, the Finals MVP Trophy isn't named after George Mikan. It's named after Bill Russell. As the League Office, we must do everything in our power to help Mr. Russell retain his team's place in history."

Yours Truly,

Darth Stern

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ALL KIDDING ASIDE.

I EXPECTED A ONE GAME SUSPENSION MERELY DUE TO THE CLOSE-UP CAMERA ANGLE AND SLOW MOTION REPLAY THAT KEPT ON BEING REPLAYED.

FROM OTHER ANGLES, IT LOOKED LIKE DREW WAS A LITTLE LATE AND, REALIZING THAT HE WASN'T ABLE TO BLOCK THE SHOT, HE ATTEMPTED TO PUSH MRS. BEASLY UNDER THE BACKBOARD TO MAKE HIM MISS THE SHOT. UNFORTUNATELY, HE SHOVED JUST A LITTLE TOO HARD.

IN HINDSIGHT, HE SHOULD'VE JUST WRAPPED HIM UP.

ONE GAME ACCEPTABLE, BUT TWO GAMES RIDICULOUS!

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MRS. BEASLEY GOT SHOVED INTO A REMAKE OF "A FAMILY AFFAIR" AND DREW GETS TO SIT HOME FOR TWO GAMES...

JUSTICE ISN'T JUST BLIND, IT'S DEAF AND DUMB!!!!!!

That's fine...We have JOE SMITH...and AB can rest his knee for a week..Go Lakers!

I Say Again..PREACH TRIANGULATOR, PREACH!!!!!!!!

That's fine...We have JOE SMITH...and AB can rest his knee for a week..Go Lakers! Posted by: LakerPeace | March 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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Joe Smith?? JOE SMITH?? With 4 more like him we could go thru the playoffs undefeated!!! The man is a Beast...BEAST I SAY!!! All Hail JOE SMITH!!!!!...Who the hell is Joe Smith?

Jefe. love Eric Clapton's Let it Rain. Heres another fav of mine.

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

Hey Mamba24. Thanks for the Roll Call . Better late than never..lol

LETS GO LAKERS!

LAKERHOLICS, BE LOUD TONIGHT AT THE GAME!

JAMF.. RUN OUT ON THE COURT SO THAT WE MAY AKNOWLEDGE YOU!!

Great Roll Call Mamba 24, We all thank you, and will come to you when the Red Sea needs parting again...Fantastic Job....

...and I'm down here writing and see that Bynum has been suspended 2 games for what was just a flagrant foul. Unbelievable....I think the players really need to get together, perhaps find a Russian Billionaire with some friends and if it isn't too late, have David Stern laid into the foundation of the Brooklyn Arena, Hoffa style. That is total Male Cow excrement. To do it this late...why???? Was it a holiday yesterday....oh yeah, church for Stern. It is totally unfair for Stern and his Mary-Men to give out such a strong penalty on such short notice. We've heard of "The Jordan Rules"...well, there has been "The Laker Rules", where Stern tries to put every obstacle in front of them to prevent them from succeeding. 2 Games is unfair, the short notice is unfair. The Lakers should channel their anger about this and destroy their opponents in the last games of the season. Bynum should write a letter to Stern and ask "Are you serious", which I believe is what he received a technical/ejection for back in January asking a ref after a foul. I believe that Stern realizes the importance of Bynum to the Lakers and their chance to 3-Peat, and for Phil to get his 4th 3-Peat. Stern has always been harder on the Lakers, PJ, and Kobe (thru the Zebras). Phil racking up 50K dollar fines for quips. Look how rarely Kobe gets to the line for being the "Diva" of the league. Instead he gets told by a "nobody" ref..."make the shot"....Let's go back to that Raja Bell take down of Kobe in 2006...he could have ended Kobe's career by throwing him to the floor after grabbing him by the neck, and throwing him to the floor as his back was arched. ONE game...as I said back then and again now, that assault was beyond flagrant. It deserved a fine of say half a season. It was on par with Kermit Washington punching Rudy T. The only difference was Kobe got up. Kobe should have laid there and been removed on a dolly after having a spinal stabilizing board strapped on, but Kobe had game on his mind. Not like Paula Pierce and the wheelchair...Today is the day that Bynum should step up and talk to the team, and remind them, that the team got screwed by Stern. I'm saying it's coming to transition time, for Bynum to man-up and become a leader. As for who the Lakers face in the playoffs...I say it doesn't matter, the Lakers have to be able to beat every team in a 7 game series, HCA or not. And I believe that is why we have the coaching staff that we have and that is why they are paid what they are paid. I heard about after the trade deadlines, players going to their new teams, and being told...something similar to "we kinda do this"....I don't think there is another team except the Celtics perhaps who run as tight a ship. Back to Bynum....and why??? Probably Stern does not want a repeat of Shaq leaving Orlando to head to the Lakers, with current Orlando center, Smiley Dwight, who lacks the overall skill set of Bynum running to Los Angeles, in 2012.

IT IS TIME FOR DAVID STERN TO BE REPLACED!!!!

hell, i'm tired of this pansifying of professional sports.

i can easily understand why the other team would want a suspension, but a hard foul is part of the game, and has ALWAYS been part of the game. i would like to see hard fouls more often, personally. teams should show respect to each other and when they don't, a hard foul is, and always has been appropriate. i can't say just how many games i've wanted to see a hard foul when the other team is playing chippy and hard and getting layups.

i might not like a one game suspension, but i could see that as fair. two games is just a typical "leveling the playing field" type of action. this is reason enough for the Lakers to take the title this year and make the guys on the east coast unhappy again.

my God! it wasn't too long ago i saw Rajon Rondo sling a guy into the scorer's table with no penalty! all this foul REALLY was, no matter how much it hurt, was a body check. when Horry body checked Nash and busted his face, there wasn't this kind of reaction! this league's penalties are random and personal, just like the way that the refs call the game these days. more and more, this league becomes WWE, a fictitious approximation of competition.

as far as i can tell, Beasley had crossed the line with trash talking all night. even Pau couldn't resist calling Minny talentless scrubs who should have been used as floor mops. traditionally, that kind of thing was always allowed to be settled on the floor between men, and that's how it should be. more and more, we are losing our right to defend ourselves and our honor, leading to a world with no violence maybe, but no love and no freedom either. watch movies from the 30's, anyone who spit in someone else's face or otherwise disrespected another with no provocation could expect a punch in the nose. no one would think badly about the puncher in that case, figuring that the punchee had it coming for being a jerk. i prefer that to a police state that makes sure that none can do anything but take another prozac, myself. others don't have to agree.

i'm truly glad that Beasley wasn't seriously hurt, but i'm not so sure that i'm not glad that he's bruised.

Even as a Laker fan, I thought Bynum should be suspended for 3 games and fined $25,000 for that dirty, dangerous foul. Well, he got 2 games and no fine, however his "missed salary" for those two games is almost $250,000.

I say it's a fair punishment from the NBA front office.

David Stern is out of touch with life, what a self serving idiot!

Great Roll Call Mamba 24, We all thank you, and will come to you when the Red Sea needs parting again...Fantastic Job....Posted by: humanomaly | March 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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