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Caught in the Web: Reactions to the Lakers' win over the Mavericks

Lakers14_510 Another road trip behind them, the vanquished Dallas Mavericks only half a game in front of them in the Western Conference standings, the Lakers return home with only a blemish in Miami to mar their post-All-Star break résumé and a question mark surrounding Kobe Bryant's sprained left ankle.

Despite some rough phases to the 96-91 victory on Saturday night in Dallas, the Lakers did what they needed to do to lock up a victory. Namely, control the paint with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol while slowing down the efficient and high-scoring offense of the Mavericks.

Here's a sampling of what is floating around the Internet following the Lakers' victory:

Game stories

The Times' Mike Bresnahan on a victory deep in the heart of Texas.

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on Bynum's big role in the victory.

The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko on some ominous signs for Dallas in the defeat.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram's Dwain Price on the Lakers tightening the race for second in the West.

Land o' Lakers blogger Andy Kamenetzky's "At the Buzzer" recap, with highlights and lowlights.

FoxSportsWest.com's Billy Witz on Bryant shaking off an ankle injury to lead the winning charge.

SilverScreenandRoll.com's Dexter Fishmore on Bynum's big game and Kobe's aching ankle.

Columns and notebooks

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin on Bynum continuing to carve out his role with the Lakers.

The Times' Bresnahan on Phil Jackson's and Mark Cuban's mutual admiration (wink, wink).

The Morning News' Sefko on why the Lakers have the right size for more rings.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram's Randy Galloway on the Mavericks' big problem with the Lakers.

ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan on some strange twists and turns in the game.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who finished with 22 points on nine-of-12 shooting and 15 rebounds, puts down a dunk against the Mavericks on Saturday night in Dallas. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire

 
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I'm feeling pretty satisfied and confident that the Lakers are ready.

That's the first serious game in two seasons where PJ gave the back-up pg more PT. Also a good sign

let kobe rest,
with out him hogging the ball
i bet the lakers will have no
problems for the next few
games.

Bynum made more believers in Dallas.
If he is healthy, neither Chandler nor Haywood are his equal.

Andrew Bynum is the Beast.
Bynum may be better than Laker Tom thinks.

Bynum = ringzzz

We've seen this Bynum before... twice before. Both times he worked his game through the season and was dominant by January. Both times, freak accidents took him back down.

Because of the delayed surgery, the start of his season was delayed. He's rounding into form just like before. We're going to find out if that extension was a good investment or not

LakerTom,

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/columns/story?id=6211997

snippet:
"My confidence is really getting built up just because I can realize I can have that type of effect on a basketball game without touching the ball,"

snippet:
"It's almost like I've found kind of a role to play on this team," Bynum said

snippet:
After being mostly an afterthought in the Lakers' last two title runs as he averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in the playoffs in 2009 and 8.6 and 6.9 in 2010, Bynum is now a featured piece in the Lake Show's attack.

troubling snippet:
It's Bynum's will that is strong as steel, not his body. He still has to heavily ice his knees every day and is taking anti-inflammatory medicine. He says he weighs about 290 pounds and wants to get down to 275 to take some pressure off his creaky joints.

snippet:
My focus isn't really offensively," Bynum said. "Right now I'm just kind of playing off my teammates. Defensively is where I'm just trying to alter shots and really rebound. It keeps you in the flow of the game when you just pursue the ball. It's a way to get more touches on the basketball without having to dominate the ball offensively."

last snippet:
"He was sensational," Bryant said. "He looks like he's kind of figuring things out. I don't know if he's putting something in his cereal in the morning or what, but something is clicking in for him in terms of exactly what we need from him and how to play big down in the post."

my response: Holy Crap! Bynum *seems* to be finally getting it. He's
been playing well since the all-star break.

@mud, Great post.

Posted by: mud | March 13, 2011 at 12:23 AM

The haters will hate, as we celebrate.

It was nice to see Drew drain those clutch free throws. How did he score 22 pts without touching the ball? WOW. What a beast!

Nice comeback from that retched Miami game. This time it wasn't my team that annoyed me but some airhead bimbo fan who let out a high-pitched teenybopper scream for every made Dallas bucket (+ the freethrows). Who was the moron who put a mic on her???

Props to Ron Ron for a rare showing on the offensive end, although I still cringe every time he attempts a shot or worse - a layup. This time he made a critical one after a manly rebound. Way to go!

Another big game from Bynum, but his comments about making freethrows in contrast to Shaq seemed a bit ironic in this game. I guess he can take a page out of the Big Leech's book and say "I make'em when it counts". Loved the posing after the last one. I'm still holding my breath though, Tim-4-Show is absolutely right. We've seen this before. Drew needs to keep this up for me not wanting to trade him for D Howard when the opportunity comes.

S Perkins,

What was Fisher doing on his drive to the basket with 28 seconds remaining?

Andy L,

Bynum has to play his way out of the D. Howard trade or else even Jim Buss may not be able to save him.

*______________________________________________________________________*
BYNUM THE DEFENSIVE STOPPER – PROPS FROM LAKER NATION – BANDWAGON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzx7-PjwEo
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) LAKER TOM – OWNER
(02) THE TRIANGULATOR CO/OWNER1 - As for Drew, ANDREW BYNUM IS FANTASTIC!!! And I can honestly say I have supported Drew and NEVER called for him being traded. Search the archives if you doubt me...
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – CO/OWNER2
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA – SECURITY - Put me on that DREW bandwagon, the man has found his niche! Rebounds and Defense! WOOHOOO!!!!
(05) TOM DANIELS – DRIVER - ) Andrew Bynum getting physically and mentally strong again and emerging as a defensive and rebounding force. Right now, it looks like the 2-time champs have added Bill F-ing Russell the way Drew is defending and cleaning up the boards.
(06) JOVBATZ44 – CO/DRIVER - Let's pray that Andrew will stay healthy all throughout. He is playing amazing! KUDOS TO DREW!
(07) LEWSTRS – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - Andrew Bynumite Baybee!!!
(08) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN2- If Andrew can make it all the way through the season and playoffs at full strength, he will not only be the anchor of the Lakers much improved defense, but he could show that the injuries are "just bad luck" as many claim, and not that he's injury prone. I'm pulling for Bynum.
(09) ROCKY - As a proponent of the Bynum for Carmelo trade, I must say I'm very happy that the trade talk has lit a fire under Andrew Bynum, forcing the Beast to come out. It is Bynum's play that is the catalyst for this little winning streak. There is no doubt about it. Right now, trading Andrew for anyone would seem outrageous. Andrew needs to keep it that way. Man, I hope he stays healthy
(10) YELLO FEVER - Andrew bynum I salute you! Seeing andrew bynum finally get it and accept his role as a defensive minded rebounding center is a sight to behold.. But not let's get carried away we still have one whole month of regular season basketball so let's save the salutes n champagne once andrew can show us he can do this CONSISTENTLY for another month.. but please everyone don't hide ur emotions just let it out cry if you have to cause I know this is an exciting time to be a lakerfan
(11) VMAN - Great to see Drew playing this well. Great to see him healthy. Now's the time to hi8five LT and the AB support crew for incredible dedication to Drew. Go Lakers!
(12) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS - Andrew Bynum, I salute you!
(13) LAKERHOLIC - I have often wondered if that potential would ever be reached. Never more so than this season when he played with such a lack of energy and caring if we won or lost. Many of my posts were explaining to him (as if he reads this stuff ;-) how he is the biggest guy in the NBA and should play like it. I hope that is behind us now and he is ready to step into his role as the most dominant player in the league. Shaq was the most dominant player. It is Drew's turn. The way it is set up, the official changing of the guard could happen in the finals.
(14) TIDAL WAVE - Great game by Bynum again, domination on defense. He is reaching is peak form, I hope he stays healthy and continues focused on his role. In every rebound battle it seems Andrew wants the rebound (just like old Uncle Wiltie! and not like lazy Shaq).
(15) BRONXLAKERFAN - Andrew Bynum took away any inside game from Al Horford. Forced Al to take mainly long jumpers and Drew blocked two of those! When your center can control the middle and take away the paint from the opposing center...AND...chase that center all the way out to the three point line, then you have got a primo defensive center!
(16) LROB - The enthusiasm Drew showed on that play was inspiring. His continued excellent play has given Phil more options on how to close games. Dominating performance by Drew
(17) CYBERCOSMIX - Mikan - Wilt - Kareem - Shaq. Drew still has a lot of work to get to the level each of them got to, but even the most skeptical Laker fans have to see that the next Great One is amongst us, and he's only 23. Yes, the Beast has been unleashed! NO STOPPING THE TRAIN NOW!!!
(18) LAKER PEACE – How about Andrew Bynum for NBA ALL DEFENSIVE 2ND TEAM??? DHaward maybe on the 1st team this season. Andrew Bynum is finally getting it. Just stay healthy, Andrew!
(19) CHICNSTU - I actually think there were more of us Bynum Boosters than Bashers. When people ask me why I am so high on Drew, I tell them it’s his heart, talent, intelligence, and character. The heart we all saw when Shaq rode his back and dunked on the rookie and he went right back at him." I agree that there are more boosters than bashers. I can safely say that I was the first to vote NO on MM's Bynum for Mello poll. But, I would be lying if I said Mello's offensive game wasn't appealing. I'm just glad they didn't trade Drew. In his last 3 games Drew has recorded 50 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. How BIG is that? How did he score 22 pts without touching the ball? WOW. What a beast! Release the Kraken!!
(20) MAMBA24 – Yes mamba24 has always been a Beast supporter!!
(21) TRANSPARENT SWAN - best game for Bynum in his NBA career. like and All Star? if he keeps this up
(22) DAN THE MAN - MAN-DREW BYNUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(23) ISLAND PRIEST - What did the Priest say? Feed the beast Kobe and get him the damn ball!! Everyone sees that with a dominate Bynum the lakers are a handful but he is normally sabotauged by hiw own guards and wing men. What a dominant performance by the young beast. Lke the game mortal kombat, drew was OUTSTANDING!!
(24) OCLEZY - Ball game thanks for coming mavs fans.BIG BIG ups to Bynum for being the big cat in there tonight and dominating the paint like a big man should.
(25) ALEKESAM - Yeah, Bynum is seriously no joke. This is what I and everyone else knew he was capable of to begin with. Also why Mitch and Buss put their foot down and said "No trade". Nice to see the big fella coming through.
(26) MAGIC PHIL - Bynum was good, but his best game from this road trip was against the Spurs, even he had only 4 points. His D on that game killed the Spurs. But he was good tonight also.
(27) LAKESHOWINPHX - bynum, what else can you say about his performance today.
(28) NEWMEXICOLL - Andrew looked so determined last nite and I am so proud of him and OUR team!! We are peaking at perfect time!
(29) TODD - Bynum made more believers in Dallas. If he is healthy, neither Chandler nor Haywood are his equal. Andrew Bynum is the Beast. Bynum may be better than Laker Tom thinks. Bynum = ringzzz
(30) TIM-4-SHOW - We've seen this Bynum before... twice before. Both times he worked his game through the season and was dominant by January. Both times, freak accidents took him back down. Because of the delayed surgery, the start of his season was delayed. He's rounding into form just like before.
(31) HOBBITMAGE - He was sensational," Bryant said. "He looks like he's kind of figuring things out. I don't know if he's putting something in his cereal in the morning or what, but something is clicking in for him in terms of exactly what we need from him and how to play big down in the post." my response: Holy Crap! Bynum *seems* to be finally getting it. He's
been playing well since the all-star break.
(32) ANDY L. - Another big game from Bynum.
(33)

At least they know to get a win when they absolutely need it.

Dallas matches up well against the Lakers on paper but it's all psychological with them. The fact that the Lakers won on their home floor, even with an ineffective-then-hobbling Kobe has got to be in their heads now.

I agree with others that for Drew, it's all about health now. They can beat every other team as long as he's fully capable. In fact, they probably can beat Orlando on Monday with Kobe out, though I'm sure he'll want to play if he feels anywhere near capable.

You're a Kobe hater. We get it.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | March 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Dude...i like actually like Kobe skills, hell i appreciate Luke. Regardless of all the luke haters, he still brings something to the TABLE. I still feel the Heat will make the Finals, just hope the Lakers make it. But regardless who represent the west, Heat 4-2. Just one man's OPINION.

The Derek Fisher haters are really starting to bother me.

I mean, REALLY starting to bother me.

By that, I mean I may go Michael Teniente on them and challenge them to public combat.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K


Anyone that is not biased and knows anything about NBA basketball
can see that Derek Fisher can no longer compete in the NBA. We can go back and forth whether he was ever good or not. But just watching him play this season there is no debate that he no longer should be on an NBA floor. It is by the graces of Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant that he is allowed out there. He can't shoot, he can't pass, he can't guard anyone, he can't finish at the basket....I could go on and on. Time for him to do the right thing and retire. He is a BUFFOON out on the court !!!!

G. Money: Of course, you gotta root for your team. Nothing wrong with that. I think your boys are going to struggle mightily once the pace slows down. The Celts are going to wall off LeBron's drives, turning him into a jump shooter. The Bulls are going to make some noise, too.

The Lakers are built for playoff basketball. The time to shine is almost here.

Go Lake Show!

Dude...When Howard makes Drew his BI_CH again, let's see how many will still be on this LAME bandwagon. Dwights is in Drew's HEAD, and if Drew steps up it'll be the first time. Just don't take it to hard, he's not on Howards LEVEL. But he's still a good player, against small and average centers.

Shouldn't a true fan be happy about the Fisher situation as it happened last night? PJ, for the first time, gave the better player more minutes.

It can only help now and down the road.

Lost in the shuffle of last night's key win in Dallas, and the big games by Drew and Pau, was the terrific bounce-back effort from Steve Blake - which was great to see and long overdue.
If the Lakers can figure out a way to effectively re-ignite the Killer Bs, to go along with the strong inside play from our triumverate of bigs, this team will not be denied heading into the postseason and into the promised land in June.

@outside observer from chi-town
The reason why there are few rebuttal attacks on bloggers who welcome a different offensive system is because Laker fans have witnessed multiple championships using other offensive schemes unlike Bulls fans like yourself.

Since that is all Chicagoans know, i.e. Michael, Scotty, PJ, and the Triangle Offense, your limited knowledge on the subject compared to Laker fans makes your “blasphemy” point of view somewhat naive along with your attempt to tell us how to act against one of our own. Leave that to your own team blog.

PJ is well respected on this blog for the most part, but is not deified. We leave that kind of worship to the Windy City fans for Ditka, Phil, and Michael.

Posted by: Troll Man | March 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM

so instead of deifying a coach who has brought you 5 championships and 7 trips to the nba finals in his 10 seasons coaching the team, you choose to criticize him, act like you know more than him, and vilify him for sticking to a system that has won 11 championships. instead, you want to turn back the clocks and 'magically' have this team play like the showtime lakers. wow! perhaps you should model your appreciation for pj after the kind of worship he earned from his fans in the windy city. i have no explanation for why you would feel any differently. your entire post is a shocking embarrassment to you and any lakers fan who think like you. you should canonize this legend!

d-rose for mvp! go bulls!

Posted by: outside observer from chi-town | March 13, 2011 at 08:34 AM
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HMMMM.. why would an outside observer care what laker fans think?? i remember it was a charlotte fan before chiming in and now its a bulls fan.. dont take sherlock homes to unlock this mystery... haha...

the writing style and the format of pasting the entire post hes replying to, even the style of criticism coming to the defense of phil? HMMMMMM....

just sayin.. maybe its his ghost haunting us!

welcome back to you know who!! hope you stick around and stop using fake handles... dont think the blog and esp Lewsters would appreciate that very much!

happy sunday!!

Wow! I'm on a Bynum bandwagon even though I'd trade him for D Howard if he doesn't show some consistancy. :-D

I'd keep this Drew though. But will it last?

@Andy L

Yeah, I agree. That teenybopper screamer brought back memories of Avery Johnson and Stan Van Gumby.

Probably Avery's Love Child...

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

An excellent and expected win last night. I was sure the team was coming back to L.A. with a streak that began after the All Star break and not just for the "streak's" sake, but because this team had to make moves within the conference as well as the standings against the potential east coast conference champions for HCA in the Finals. The mission was almost accomplished on the road and they need the win against Orlando tomorrow so they can "breeze" through the remainder of the favorable schedule leading into the playoffs.

The key phrase that comes up whenever discussing Bynum is "if he's healthy." It's come up for the past several years and whether those injuries are a result from freak accidents or not, the fact remains that he's only been available for part of a season. Fortunately, he's been available for the 2nd half of the season since missing the bulk of the 1st half, so he's right where he usually is when he begins every season before getting injured.

Everyone hopes that it's never his "last game" whenever he takes the floor because his obvious contribution to the team is always on display. He's the key to the Lakers' championship run and if your Center is that vital, then if you have an opportunity to "trade up" at that position, then you do so without hesitation.

My hope is that Bynum can remain healthy enough to bring in another championship - let's face it: he benefits as well - so that he will remain a viable asset for Orlando's system when it comes to time to trade him for Dwight. It was a no-brainer to hold onto him instead of trading him for "Mello." You simply don't trade the 2nd best Center in the league - when he's healthy - for an offensive 3.

You see, Dwight has given Orlando indications that he's not going to sign an extension and the only thing the organization can do is what Denver, Boston and Utah have done: try to get something in exchange before the player leaves. I believe Bynum is being groomed and showcased for this expected situation in Orlando. It's the only move that will make sense for Orlando and L.A. picks up a Center who is bigger, better and far more serviceable than Andrew. Being in Orlando will also get more offensive action for Andrew as well. Let’s face it: the fun part of basketball is the offense and Andrew would be their No.1 in Van Gundy's system.

Look, in the end it’s always about giving your team the best chance to continue winning. As important and vital the 5 spot is on this particular team or any team for that matter, then given the opportunity, you trade up in order to continue winning. Dwight gives the team that opportunity. This is not idle chatter. It’s well known – through the media of course – that he’s not too happy in Orlando and after they get “snuffed”’ again for an appearance in the Finals, I think he’s going to be ready for a change and it’s about being in a large media environment, an environment that L.A. is well known for.

Scoring Options: Dwight, Pau and then Kobe. That's truly an unbeatable combo and Dwight will have the defense/rebounds/paint covered. The "ball" is in Orlando's court to try and keep Dwight happy and with the Magic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQU4torUz-Q

Right now, there's a championship that has to be one and Bynum is the real "Answer!"

"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!!


I'm knocking on wood for Bynum. Every time he's had a string of breakout games, he suffers an unlucky injury. I'm just saying.

@Andy L

I agree with you on the Screamer.

But I strongly disagree with you about trading Drew for D Howard...

Unfortunately, last night Drew's free throw shooting looked like Howard...

Howard requires the ball in his game. Too many shooters, not enough touches.

But Drew understands that he will have his moments on offense, but will dominate with his D...

DEDICATED TO ANDREW "THE BEAST" BYNUM:

AND THE BEAST GOES ON, THE BEAST GOES ON...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zblr8g3P7tw

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

I honestly don't see Bynum to be traded for Howard. Do you know why? If bynum stays healthy.. he's 23 years old. Howard is what 30? (I have no idea how old he is, just guessing)

Why would Mitch trade a HEALTHY 25 year old BEAST for Howard? It doesn't make sense to me.

Lyrics for "THE BEAST GOES ON" (Sung to the tune of "THE BEAT GOES ON")

The Beast goes on, the Beast goes on
Drew keeps pounding centers in the post
La de da de de, la de da de da

Russell, Walton once were all the rage, uh huh
History now has turned the page, uh huh
Big Drew Bynum now's the current thing, uh huh
Yeah the Beast is now our newborn king, uh huh

The Beast goes on, the Beast goes on
Drew keeps pounding centers in the post
La de da de de, la de da de da

Pau Gasol has skills to start, uh huh
But it's the Beast that always breaks their hearts, uh huh
Lakers keep on marching through that door
Championships are on their mind once more

The Beast goes on, the Beast goes on
Drew keeps pounding centers in the post
La de da de de, la de da de da

Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce
Boys keep chasing Kobe, he's the best
Teams keep scoring faster all the time
But it's the Beast that dominates the line

Mamba24, I thought about changing my name to Rocky so that I can compete for your love with Ricky... LOL

But seriously, what's happened to our Spanish Rice? Haven't seen a post from him in a few days...


I honestly don't see Bynum to be traded for Howard. Do you know why? If bynum stays healthy.. he's 23 years old. Howard is what 30? (I have no idea how old he is, just guessing)

Why would Mitch trade a HEALTHY 25 year old BEAST for Howard? It doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by: Diandra | March 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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Hi D: JMHO... "if Bynum stays healthy" is one reason why and Dwight is only 25-26 years old and he's always healthy. It's an improvement over Andrew in every way possible and with proper coaching and tutoring from Kareem along with Dwight's work ethic, he and the team can go on to win many more championships. Dwight has been in the league for about 6 years and has probably missed about 6 or 7 games, one of which was due to a suspension!


I honestly don't see Bynum to be traded for Howard. Do you know why? If bynum stays healthy.. he's 23 years old. Howard is what 30? (I have no idea how old he is, just guessing)

Why would Mitch trade a HEALTHY 25 year old BEAST for Howard? It doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by: Diandra | March 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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Hi D: JMHO... "if Bynum stays healthy" is one reason why and Dwight is only 25-26 years old and he's always healthy. It's an improvement over Andrew in every way possible and with proper coaching and tutoring from Kareem along with Dwight's work ethic, he and the team can go on to win many more championships. Dwight has been in the league for about 6 years and has probably missed about 6 or 7 games, one of which was due to a suspension!

outside observer from chi-town

A bench warrant is being served for having a fake license, a poor one at that.

Additional charges for attempts to incite the faithful, preaching without a permit, and overall bland posting are pending.

recommendation: post at a blog where you can be accepted for who and what you are, whoever you are. This district has little time for your frivolities.

D Howard
2010-11 Statistics
PPG 22.8 RPG 14.00 APG 1.3 EFF + 28.06 Born: Dec 8, 1985
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight: 265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
High School: SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
Years Pro: 6
Games Played and Started: 552 & 551

Bynum
2010-11 Statistics
PPG 11.6 RPG 8.60 APG 1.3 EFF + 17.81 Born: Oct 27, 1987
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight: 285 lbs. / 129.3 kg.
High School: St. Joseph HS (NJ)
Years Pro: 5
Games Played and Started: 320 & 228

I just don't get you Laker Fans
You have the Best Coach, the Best Closer, a great all around Power Forward, a young center whose potential is just beginning to show, the leadership of Derrick Fisher, a bench that includes Lamar Odom.

Just what is there to criticize? If the Lakers were my team I would blog praise every day of how thankful it is to be in this situation.
Anyone who criticizes this team is not a true Laker fan and those who do should banned forever from this blog so that only real, true, loyal, faithful, unwavering,and steadfast fans like us on the

frmkt,

Whats your take on Oklahoma signing Perkins? Do you think KP will stay healthy for the playoffs and make the Thunder a legit contender? Or, can he be labled as a "injury prone" center? Both of his knees have been giving him trouble the last couple of seasons.

Dwights is in Drew's HEAD, and if Drew steps up it'll be the first time.

Posted by: G.Money | March 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM

On the contrary!

When I remember 2009 Finals I remember the importance of Bynum in the 1st Game (9 rebounds & 9 points in 22 minutes!) . A blowout that sent a message.
He played good P&R with Kobe, and attacked Dwight in the paint.


kobe hasn't done much closing lately, his bad shots cost them the game against the heat.

My mistake - I didn't realize Howard was so young. I thought he was older.

Anyone know why Josh Powel refused to pull over for an emergency vehicle in Atlanta? That's the kind of thing that can turn a lot of people against you. Lets just hope the person inside getting rushed to the hospital didn't really need any help...

Wes

I love it when a plan comes together...

This team is now on par or could even out do all of PJ former 3Peat teams, as far the practice season record...(BFD...for those who is hung up on the regular season)

Enduring the feeble, haters and the in grown trolls has been exhausting since this summer...

Everything I have preached is coming into fruition...Be patient, keep the FAITH...Don't you know your team by now...RELAX, all will be good, we are the 2 time defending champion...

We are now positioned to capitalize on our momentum and timing, getting ready for the real season...the playoffs...Does anyone think any team can beat this squad in a seven game series.???

Now we RELEASE THE KRAKEN...and we have one more weapon into our already potent arsenal...

My mantra still stands...and is looking SWEETER than ever...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

"Anyone that is not biased and knows anything about NBA basketball
can see that Derek Fisher can no longer compete in the NBA. We can go back and forth whether he was ever good or not. But just watching him play this season there is no debate that he no longer should be on an NBA floor. It is by the graces of Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant that he is allowed out there. He can't shoot, he can't pass, he can't guard anyone, he can't finish at the basket....I could go on and on. Time for him to do the right thing and retire. He is a BUFFOON out on the court !!!!"

Posted by: S Perkins | March 13, 2011 at 09:58 AM

Well SaiD!!!

I think I can safely say that the Laker's are back on track. I guess they can throw a switch...lol. 10-1 with a last minute loss against the Cheat in a road game we could have won...not to shabby!
I've been raging on Steve Blake all year, and for good reason, but it was nice to see him actually have a good game. Nine points and five assists is what I was hoping he would average this year! I really hope it was a break out game for him, as we will not 3-peat without his outside shot in the playoffs IMHO.
Nice to see AB finding his nitch...giving us exactly what we need from him, defense and rebounding!
Hoping the Black Mamba's ankle is going to be OK and we stay healthy as the second season approaches...GO LAKERS... we are very proud of you!

"I just don't get you Laker Fans
You have the Best Coach, the Best Closer, a great all around Power Forward, a young center whose potential is just beginning to show, the leadership of Derrick Fisher, a bench that includes Lamar Odom.

Just what is there to criticize? If the Lakers were my team I would blog praise every day of how thankful it is to be in this situation.
Anyone who criticizes this team is not a true Laker fan and those who do should banned forever from this blog so that only real, true, loyal, faithful, unwavering,and steadfast fans like us on the "

Posted by: Outside Obsever from Anywhere USA | March 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM


Well SaiD!!!

"I just don't get you Laker Fans
You have the Best Coach, the Best Closer, a great all around Power Forward, a young center whose potential is just beginning to show, the leadership of Derrick Fisher, a bench that includes Lamar Odom.

Just what is there to criticize? If the Lakers were my team I would blog praise every day of how thankful it is to be in this situation.
Anyone who criticizes this team is not a true Laker fan and those who do should banned forever from this blog so that only real, true, loyal, faithful, unwavering,and steadfast fans like us on the "

Posted by: Outside Obsever from Anywhere USA | March 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM


Well SaiD!!!

Repost:


Derek Fisher has one bad game and everyone disses him? seriously he was awesome against Miami. Had he not played excellent defence I have a feeling we would have lost by a hell of a lot more.

People on this blog have been dissing Blake for 2 months and he pulls up 9 pts and suddenly he is a god yet everyone was saying he was a dissapointment last week? you guys are such bandwagon jumpers its incredible.

Then again, one huge factor -- and let's stress huge when referring to the emerging monster that is the 23-year-old Bynum -- is the front wall comparisons of these two teams.

For all the good Tyson Chandler has done here this season, and that's plenty of good, his major contribution, so we thought, would be evening up the big-body situation against the Lakers. If you want to be a serious playoff player in the West, that's where you have to even up.

At least in this game, Chandler might as well have been J.J. Barea in attempting to contain Bynum.

Randy Galloway

****

Chandler has been a huge all season, he was on my FBB team...he is the big reason of Mavs success this year...but then again the practice season is just that...how will he do in the real season, the playoffs...The 2 games Mavs played us...AB neutralized Chandler...

I have to jump on the Bynum bandwagon myself,even though i'm in favor of trading him for D Howard also.But man if he keeps balling like a big cat i'm sold.God i pray that you hear my prays today and let Bynum stay healthy the rest of the season and playoffs.Also Kobe will recover from that ankle sprain in Jesus name Amen.

Go Lakers!

Jimmy Johnson when asked if he follows the Mavs...

"HOW BOUT THEM LAKERS"


Derek was once a good skilled smart player and a leader in the court..... but not now (he is definitely a very good leader). He is old!!!..... everyone goes through that, even MICHAEL JORDAN. And Derek is not Steve Nash.

@Chic...

I think the Perkins signing was an act of desperation on the Thunder's part and Perkins comes with the same caveat as Bynum: "if he can remain healthy."

In my opinion, the big difference between Drew and Ken is that Drew makes the Lakers a championship team and Perkins merely makes the Thunder a little bit better. Perkins was looking for a money deal that Boston wasn't willing to commit to so the Thunder took the chance just as Jim Buss took his chances with Bynum.

Legit contender with Perkins on the team? Yes, but still not championship grade and that's if he can remain healthy. The only reason why the Lakers would have probably lost last year's Finals if he was available is because Bynum was absent with his injury.

Jimmy Johnson when asked if he follows the Mavs...

"HOW BOUT THEM LAKERS"

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March

Lol! Good one that's funny.

Go Lakers!

"Does anyone think any team can beat this squad in a seven game series.???"

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

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Nope, just as long as Bynum remains healthy, available and continues to play at his MVP level. Yep. He is that good as long as he's healthy.

We can have it all since we are the Los Angeles Lakers, we are inherently prone to get basketball superstar to come play for us... it's just our inheritance. BIRTHRIGHT!!!

Center: Andrew Bynum
Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Pau Gasol
Shooting Guard/ Small Forward: Kevin Durant
Point Guard: Kobe Bryant

Bench:

Lamar Odom
Matt Barnes
Ron Artest
Shannon Brown
Steve Blake
Deven Ebanks
Derrick Caracter

Possible Future Acquisition of Point Guard:

Chris Paul
Derrick Rose
Deron Williams
Tony Parker
Steve Nash

PLEASE RETIRE ALREADY... JOIN THE LAKERS COACHING STAFF:
Dereck Fisher


lol mary B...I also wish for world peace...a strong economy...North and South Korea as one nation...and Al Davis sells the Raiders...

Kobe should rest his ankle and skipped the Magic game. It does not matter whether he can play or not. If he plays with bad ankle, he may aggravate his ankle or injure the other part of his body (i.e. knee) by trying to protect his bad ankle. Kobe will have 5 days rest until the next game. The Lakers can and will win against the Magic without Kobe.

@fever – good post on ref. Bavetta. I’m not one to harp on refs, but yesterday fiasco was unacceptable.


@frmkt – I get that you’re a big DHoward fan. And if you followed some of my posts on him you know I’m also a big fan of his. But I don’t understand why you post every game about trading Drew for him. The Lakers are going for a 3peat WITH Drew. There’ll be a time to revisit this discussion, but right now it’s a long way away.


@hobbit – good post on AB. To see him change his focus from offense to defense has been impressive. As much as I’ve supported Drew…I didn’t see that coming. It speaks to Drew’s intelligence and unselfishness. His change in focus is helping make the run for a 3peat even sweeter. I also like his humility when asked if he was the best player on the Lakers….he said…

"Are you kidding me?" Bynum asked. "We have Kobe Bryant, and we have Pau Gasol. Are you serious? That's kind of silly."

@Corner J,

I agree with your post at 10:06am except the criticism of Kobe taking extra shooting practice. I understand your concern about Kobe having tired legs, but he knows his body better than anyone else. But don’t take my word for it…here’s what 35 yr old Ray Allen had to say on the subject:
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Ray Allen knows why Kobe Bryant was shooting on the American Airlines Arena floor two hours after the Lakers lost to the Heat on Thursday. “There have been plenty of nights where I felt that way,” Allen said before the Celtics took on the Sixers Friday night. “There’s nowhere I can go right now but just back on the floor to get this bad feeling out of my mind, off my body.”

Allen said he’s never gone back on the floor after a road game, but there have been plenty of times when he’ll drive to his team’s practice facility after a bad shooting night at home.

“It’s probably one of the best times, where you feel the best immediately after the game,” Allen explained. “Your body can recreate those moments. The next day is kind of hard, because your adrenaline is not pumping as much. It’s very impulsive, that feeling right after the game that you’re upset with something that you did. Going back to the hotel, where you’re staying overnight in the city, is not going to help you.”

LEWSTRS,

nothing wrong for reaching for the best... at least, we might end up with Kevin Durant in the near future or Dwight Howard for next season..... and a very strong point guard next season too...

Look, we had Kareem, Magic, James Worthy....

Perhaps, we could be the first team to have the BIG 5 or the Big 6 in the NBA.

Yes. Amen! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

@LROB:
I was merely commenting about some of the posts that were made about Drew and Howard. As far as I'm concerned, Bynum is the MVP for this team and without him the rest of the way, a championship is virtually impossible and I'm not a Howard fan, I just think he's an upgrade over Andrew. :-)

In the words of the great Mamba24: Carry On Sir! LOL!!

My selection today...for your visual and audio enjoyment...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGUG1aCUY2o

Lakers will have both Bynum as Center and Dwight Howard as Power Forward next season..... now that's a win win situation. Yes! AMEN!

Missing Persons Report
Name: Steve Blake Occupation: Professional Basketball Player
Missing Since: Becoming a member of the LA Lakers Current Status: Cold File

Posted by: Regular Season Police | March 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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Case dismissed!

mary B - shooting for the stars is the American way...carry on Madam...

The best quote from Bynum (right after Dallas game): "My confidence is really getting built up just because I can realize I can have that type of effect on a basketball game without touching the ball." This realization is the sure path to the #17 and more for the Lakers.

LRob - this one is for you...I heard it a week ago, and I can't get it out of my mind...Dedicated to the way Laker Nation is feeling presently...(hope I didn't post if before)

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

I think Kobe & Pau should cut their salaries since they are getting old anyways so that the Lakers organization can bring young superstars to the team to help them win few more rings in the next 5 years. If Kobe & Pau agrees and while the Lakers save more money next season because Phil Jackson is no longer coaching.... this will save them sooo much money $$$$ that they can afford both Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard and a possible strong point guard that might play for few champion rings......

we welcome you:

Chris Paul
Derrick Rose
Deron Williams
Tony Parker
Steve Nash

I'd like to see Kobe sit out the Magic game with Blake starting. Might be a good way to jump start his game, especially after his performance against the Mav's. One good game doesn't dismiss this case, but may well be the first step in getting him back on track with the rest of the team...just in time for the second season!

@frmkt

"Legit contender with Perkins on the team? Yes, but still not championship grade and that's if he can remain healthy."

Correct, they are not championship caliber as of yet. BUT, I do see them going further than they did last playoffs, where the Lakers eliminated them in the first round.

Perkins will bring his PO experience with him and that should build plenty of confidence for this young Thunder team.

The current Laker roster is just fine. The Lakers are perhaps one young PG away from a few more championships. We don't want to build up the roster like Miami with big names players as we are finding out what has happened to them.

LakerPeace,

the biggest problem with MIAMI is that they don't have leadership or a LEADER that the players can look up to and no dozens of championships to back it up.....

On the other hand, the Lakers staff has been trained well by Phil Jackson and his leadership is well adored and respected and the coaching staff and the Lakers management is well respected and adored by most.........

Unlike MIAMI...... they are still babies in every categories..... tons of talents but no track records and no leadership or leader other than Pat Riley (which is from our very own L.A. Lakers)....

And sooo much More!!!

YES!!!

I think Kobe & Pau should cut their salaries since they are getting old anyways so that the Lakers organization can bring young superstars to the team to help them win few more rings in the next 5 years. If Kobe & Pau agrees and while the Lakers save more money next season because Phil Jackson is no longer coaching.... this will save them sooo much money $$$$ that they can afford both Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard and a possible strong point guard that might play for few champion rings......

we welcome you:

Chris Paul
Derrick Rose
Deron Williams
Tony Parker
Steve Nash

I think Kobe & Pau can both make more money from endorsement in the U.S. and international (Europe & Asia) would make them lots of money. They should cut their salaries so that the Lakers organizations can bring and start building up the next Lakers Dynasty.

Yes!

@frmkt – Ok my bad….but since I got a little Sam Cooke with it…it was worth it. Carry On sir!

@Lew – Can't go wrong with Beyonce & Jay. We should all be “Crazy in Love” with how the Lakers have been ballin since the break. Good stuff on Fountains of Wayne…Hadn’t heard from them in a long time…lol.

@Triangular – Nice Buddy Rich tribute to Drew.

Well, I called the Drew-Haters 'know-nothings' before and I don't have any reservations about doing it here again. You can't teach size! If this kid had not had the misfortune to have two serious knee injuries, it would be he and not D. Howard currently recognized as the best big man in the NBA today. If you have any doubts just go to the stats and check out his performance in the 10 games prior to his first injury, prior to the arrival of Gasol. Drew's main problem now stems from the loss of development time that the knee problems have caused him, rather than any inherent lingering effect from those injuries. Think about it, most players use the off season to hone their skill and add a wrinkle or two to their games. For the last 3 years, (most of his career) Drew has not had that opportunity It has been strictly on the job training. Give the guy a chance. He currently averages about 7 shots a game, give him 15 shots and he'll give you 20+ ppg, force most teams to double in the post and get the opposition's big men in foul trouble. All this is down the road. He's on a team that has two All Stars ahead of him in the Offensive pecking order currently. And that's not going to change real soon. Too much aggression by Drew on this front would lead to a Shaq/Kobe type negative chemistry, because that's exactly what happened after to 2000 Championship. The good news is he's finally come to grips with it. Look at this roster and tell me who will lead this team in 4 years, Kobe will be 36, Pao 34, Odum 35, I believe. Drew will be 27, just hitting his NBA prime. Get used to it, this kid is the future. Finally, D. Howard is skilled but he's only 6-10. Mark my word one day, in the not too distant future, Drew will eat his lunch on a regular basis.

I certainly think Pau & Kobe should cut their salaries and get more endorsements both U.S. & international........... I don't want to wait another 5 to 7 years to get another next Lakers Dynasty!!!!!!

I want the restructuring NOW!!!

We are NOT all getting younger here..... I just turned 14 this month.... and I don't want to wait at least another 7 years to see a winning L.A. Lakers.

Amen!

I want Bynum & Dwight Howard, Pau & Kevin Durant, & Kobe!

Amen!

I hope Kobe sits out the game tomorrow and rest his ankle. Kobe is great but la plays better team ball without him. This is not to say la doesn't need him but it will be good for the team to show him they can win with good ball movement and feeding the beast. I hope if he sits out he come on the bench to cheer the guys on instead of getting treatment in the locker room. I believe Drew time is now and by next season he should be the focal point.

Here's something interesting that was tweeted after the Dallas game....

http://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/47031763352039424

Don't know if Magic was trying to be funny or what. Like I said...interesting.

LOL @ the poster that thought the woes at PG were only one game.

But seriously, not a lot anyone can do about it right now. So I sit back and cheer and hopefully they step up in the playoffs and perform well enough.

If the rest of the team is clicking, whoever is running the point matters a whole lot less. This team is good enough to win with Fisher... or Blake.. or Brown.

I don't believe in stacking the deck. LA is blessed enough with Kobe, Pau, Odom and especially the beast. If kobe reign in his ball hogging ways la wins about 15 more games per season and will win a few more chips barring injury. People on this blog are hating on lebron because he tried to stack the deck and we want to do the same thing? We don't need Dhoward or chris paul all we need for kobe to pass the ball more.

Magic tweet is spot on. Kobe is not shooting the ball well . 6 - 20 is atrocious. I know kobe will play tomorrow because he wants to show everyone how tough he is and screw up the game. Kobe needs to check his ego come playoff time and play smart ball. No time for ego it's all about the ring. Feed the beast who shot 75% last night. Lakers faithful when was the last time kobe shot 50% from the field. probably once for this year. Feed drew and feed gasoft and take about 18 shots himself and la rolls. Play kobe ball and we will struggle.

Kobe said Drew finally figured it out. No kobe. All drew figured out that he is playing with a ball hog who cares more about individual accolades than team success. Why shoot 6 for 20 when you had the beast rolling? Feeds him give him 20 shots and he scores about 30. Come on kobe you are better than this.

no, island priest,

Drew rolls because Kobe shoots 20 shots. otherwise, they'd just pack it in on Drew and he'd have to give up the ball. Kobe is still the biggest threat in the NBA, injured or not. all teams must respect him. that makes everyone else's job easier, if they do their job correctly.

do you think that all these championships and finals appearances are flukes? yeah, that's right, Kobe's a stat padder unlike Lebron and that's why the Lakers have been successful his whole career and why the US Olympic team couldn't win until he played.

Kobe plays to WIN. he's not perfect, he screws up like any other human being, but he also wins in the finals more than most, proof of where his focus is. no amount of trolling this forum will change that.

chuckers gonna chuck(chuck on Kobe!)
haters gonna hate
Lakers gonna Lake, err win...

island priest,

unless you haven't figured it out, he's injured - has HAD injuries in both legs ankles, knees, bum pinky finger for a long time now. While we criticized him for turning it over against the Heat and his inefficient shooting yes with some ill-advised 1-on-3 at times, who stepped up but he? And again who is to say he didn't get fouled, he's been like this for most of the season- that's why the Lakers don't care about "best regular season record" anymore that is past with an aging and injury latent team. It seems Kobe just can't win with anyone, and a lot of people take him for granted. Without him this team would have been conference runner-up at best and 2nd round staple - and 4th seed or worse. When the Lakers relied heavily on his bailing the team out last year with his clutch last second shots even while draped often by 2 or 3 guys where was criticism? This team is only as good as the best all around player and that's Kobe. Also, island priest you need to make the correlation between shooting and passing they both require an equal amount of lift (knees+ankles+entire hand) working together. As everyone has said everything is right when everyone steps up, that's Artest playing fearless ball, Andrew playing big, Gasol draining 15 footers, Blake making the correct decisions, Fisher fighting screens in transition you name it.. just don't mistake Kobe hogging the ball for taking the load off his team's struggles because it's not accurate.

@island priest - BYNUM and some of our players are had success because of KOBE. why? all of the attention (defense) is focus to kobe bryant. lolz, if BYNUM will be our force, do you think he can handle the pressure? He's a beast as of late (and this is why i'm punching in the air whenever he got an offensive rebound, "That's our LONG BEAST, eat that!"), but he needs to learn more.


and please watch. because it's not always what you see in the stats. KOBE is talking to them, giving instruction. and that's what is the most important - THE LEADERSHIP, and you can't see that on the stats.

Posted by: island priest | March 13, 2011 at 04:22 PM

Dude...You hit another HOME RUN with this post.


Oh wow, I have gotten about 3 or 4 different samples from major brands. It is not difficult to find them. Search online for 123 get samples you can find them easily.

Great game Fish, is their another team in the NBA where you could be a starter?

Almost funny isn't it, except for the fact we are trying for a 3-peat? I just can't come to grips with this guy! A real dud!!

>>>I honestly don't see Bynum to be traded for Howard. Do you know why? If
>>>bynum stays healthy.. he's 23 years old. Howard is what 30

Howard is 25. He's only 2 years older than Bynum.

And I'll say it again. The best stat that Howard has over Bynum is 4. That's the total number of games Dwight Howard has missed in his 6 3/4 seasons in the NBA (and one of those games was a suspension for technical fouls).


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