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Devin Ebanks to remain sidelined at least for another three weeks; Derrick Caracter jokes he's ducking out of rookie duties

At least Devin Ebanks is maintaining his sense of humor.

It's hard to notice because of his standing with the team (rookie forward) and personality (even-keeled and stoic, at least to the media). But those wondering how he's handling the news that he'll be sidelined at least another three weeks because of a stress fracture in his left tibia should be comforted that he remained in high spirits during Tuesday's practice. Because the MRI he had on Monday revealed his leg has not healed enough for him to play, Ebanks will be confined for the rest of the regular season to shooting drills, weightlifting and passing to other teammates during their shooting drills. Even if the quote below suggests otherwise, Ebanks is keeping a positive attitude.

"It's definitely stressful, especially being in practice and wanting to be out there with your teammates," said Ebanks, who has played a limited role, appearing in 20 games and averaging 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per contest. "Even when you're sitting on the sideline with the team, you don't really feel a part of it."

Don't think Ebanks is being too emotional. He was still in a good-enough mood to take digs at fellow rookie Derrick Caracter. Caracter joked that Ebanks has been ducking out of the rookie duties, such as picking up towels and water bottles and carrying luggage. That prompted Ebanks to draw a picture showing  Caracter carrying oranges, which Ebanks says Caracter eats by the bushel on the bench. Those looking for a masterpiece will be disappointed, however. I recall drawing something like this in kindergarten.

-- Mark Medina

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Kobe=32
D-Wade=29,

Someone might tell DW, he's got only 3 years left before he's too old, ha, ha, ha!


I hope Ebanks gets a shot with the Lakers next year, he has a lot of potential.


Kobe is no longer interested in regular season MVP awards, and he paces himself. He's looking for a Finals MVP.


This will be a great NBA playoff season. Due to the economics of the day, it seems that the best players are concentrated on fewer teams. That will make for great playoff matchups. San Antone and Chicago get little respect, but there they are at the top of heap above Miami and Boston. Then there's OKC, Dalls, Portland, Memphis. It will be exciting.


The Lakers have won titles with Kobe and Drew both at less than 100%. Those two have been banged up a lot the last 3 years. Both look pretty solid right now. Healthy, I still take LA over any of the challengers.

Tom D,

You are exactly right about Kobe, Finals MVP's are his target. With his play last year, the 7 game winners and all, should have been MVP, but too many haters I guess?!

all you have to do is take YOUR KOBE ROSE COLOR GLASSES OFF and then GRASSHOPPA you will understand Zen's nugget. And when your logic fails then you resort to name calling, so very rigid.

Posted by: kobefan | March 29, 2011 at 01:30 PM

if you think "clowns" is name calling, you ain't seen nothing yet. However,
for the sake of blog peace ... I'll let this one pass, so I can get to the next one.

re: Kobe Rose color glasses. I think you've got this wrong. Kobe colored
classes are by definition purple & gold.

1. He's a Laker.
2. He's a champion.

side note: So if you are so down on Kobe, why is he actually in your handle?

side note #2: Please explain to the rest of the blog how Kobe doesn't play
team basketball.

I've yet to hear/read a coherent argument from anyone who continuously
bashes him [ that would be you and Island Altar Boy among others ] that
actually explains how Kobe can *NOT* play team basketball yet have the
highest assist total of anyone on the team.

Nor have I heard/read any of you explain how Kobe, when not playing team
basketball, is making ridiculous bounce passes to Pau in the paint as he's
falling out of bounds.

Nor have I heard/read any of you explain how Kobe is getting so much love
from so many teammates and former teammates if he doesn't play team
basketball. Especially, why they didn't want to leave the Lakers.

And finally, I'd *REALLY* appreciate it if one of you could come up with
a coherent reason why Dr. Buss agreed to pay him 30+ million per year
for 3 years if he doesn't play team basketball. D-Wade would have come
and played for that kind of money. LeBron would have come to this team and
played for that kind of money. My dead grandmother would have risen up
and come to LA to play for that kind of money.

Please don't fall back on the tired: "What Phil said" schtick. It's not because
I don't know what Phil said. It's because your interpretation of what he
said doesn't actually match the actions of the Lakers organization or the
numerical facts.

We shall fear no opponent this year in the playoffs. The only team that could possibly take us to a seven game series is Boston, and they might not even make it to the big dance if Chicago keeps up their intensity.

since we are on the time theme today, I shall go with this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DukUbT6UMw

KEY to 3Peat:

Team defense and Team offense and a mantra from legendary Zen coach:

"I like to see everybody involved in the game," Jackson said. "I've tried to preach as a basketball coach, even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe, basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."

If Lakers can play a team game then a 3peat is guaranteed, of course barring any injuries to key players and5% luck is an absolute requirements.

If Theo Ratliff done for the season?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 29, 2011 at 02:46 PM

It is all about acceptance and especially when a FAN has Kobe Rose Color glasses ON then it becomes an argument, endless debates and eventually turn to name calling and I am waiting ..No secret that TEAM defense and TEAM offense is what are the two catalysts that are going to take us to the promise land and Phil's message is so very applicable to this quest!!! A universal message!!


Hobbit: Your post was filled with so much clarity that it was almost unfair to "kobefan" and the Island.

The *real* key to a three-peat:

Lakers playing Lakers-type basketball.

That's it.

Go Lake Show!

If Theo Ratliff done for the season?
Posted by: Jon K. | March 29, 2011 at 03:03 PM

Here is a kind words from blogs saint Edwin Gueco on Theo:

We can all declare that the hiring of Theo was a garbage. We got two new additions in Blake & Barnes but another recycled trash in Theo and Joe.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM

It looks to me like Ebanks and Ratliff wil be off the playoff roster. Unfortunately, PJ has not given Joe Smith much run and he dislikes what Caracter brings when in a game. So that makes for a 10 player rotation MAX, with Luke only playing if there is a matchup with a slow 3 playing backup on the opponent. Technically a 9 player rotation is enough in the playoffs, but the Lakers are really only running 3 legitimate bigs that way, and many other teams run 4+. Granted, our first two bigs rank very high, but LO is a 6'11" 2/3 really - in attitude. One of the many reasons to be concerned with the backups when they can't seem to hit the broad side of a barn these days.

So Michael didn't dominate the ball for the Bulls when he played? Hmmmm

"recycled trash"
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

Harsh, but funny.

Kobe=32
D-Wade=29,
Someone might tell DW, he's got only 3 years left before he's too old, ha, ha, ha!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | March 29, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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DJ,

You got me thinking how many more rings will Kobe win at 32 or older. Hmmm…so I looked at other HOFers that played key roles in helping their team win titles at 32 yrs old/or older. Here’s what it looks like…...

ONE championship @ 32 or older
Wilt (35)
Logo (33)
Dr. J (33)
Big E (33)
Shaq (34)
Big O (33)
Pippen (32)
McAdoo (33)

TWO chips @ 32 or older
Hondo (34 and 36)
Russ (34 and 35)
KC (32 and 33)
Admiral (33 and 37)

THREE LOB's @ 32 or older
MJ (33,34 and 35)
Cooz (32,33 and 34)
Sam Jones (32, 34 and 35)
Sharman (32, 33 and 34)

FIVE pieces of Bling @ 32 or older
Kareem (33,35,38,40 and 41)

LRob,

Nice research!

Please get rid of the flash-based advertisements on these pages.

From Real GM

Jermaine O'Neal rejoined the Celtics on Monday following two months on the shelf after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

O'Neal could play as soon as Thursday at San Antonio, but Doc Rivers wouldn't commit to that plan.

"I'm able to go,'' O'Neal said. "No limitations.''

Rivers said, "I think Jermaine has his own personal time clock. We'll see. I hope, that would be great.''

Boston will have Tuesday off and practice on Wednesday.

"There's a chance [he could play Thursday], but I doubt it,'' said Rivers. "It's just so quick. Honestly, the only way is if we had some other injury or something. Even then, I doubt if I'd do it. I'd go with the six guys we'd have in uniform.'

Kobefan,

you wrote: It is all about acceptance and especially when a FAN has Kobe Rose Color glasses ON then it becomes an argument, endless debates and eventually turn to name calling and I am waiting ..No secret that TEAM defense and TEAM offense is what are the two catalysts that are going to take us to the promise land and Phil's message is so very applicable to this quest!!! A universal message!!

my response:

You seem to be unclear on the concept. Allow me to clarify. I'm asking *YOU*
to stop hiding behind cliches and actually explain yourself.

You talk about TEAM offense. Do you mean the TEAM that includes
Artest shooting 2-10 or do you mean the TEAM offense that includes D-Fish
shooting 1-6 or do you mean the TEAM offense that includes UPS shooting
2-7?

Maybe you're referring to the TEAM offense where Kobe passes the ball to
Pau Gasol only to have Pau pass the ball back to him w/ 3 secs left on the
shot clock and Kobe's defender is draped over him like a leather jumpsuit
on Brittney Spears butt?

re: TEAM defense. You mean the TEAM defense where Fisher is getting
burnt like my wife's toast? Perhaps you mean the TEAM defense where
Bynum is sitting on the bench 2 mins into the 3rd quarter with 4 fouls?

I'm asking *YOU* to clarify what you mean, because your words actually
don't match the reality.

Just to put this whole thing in perspective. The TEAM offense/defense
that I've seen Kobe play has lead to 3 NBA finals appearances in 3 years
& 2 championships in 3 years & 2 NBA finals MVP's in 3 years. Assuming that
Pau or D-Fish plays the sort of TEAM offense/defense that you like ...
how come they haven't won any awards?

888

only a couple hundred thousand? chump change to me but out of respect for the PSP I would gladly transfer title of RSP to PSP free of charge.
Unfortunately there is a problem with the 27 commandments which I have copyright privileges and issue citations for breaking said commandments. The RSP must designate his alter ego/handle to oversee this critical control function.

As soon as someone guesses correctly my alternate handle the RSP will retire, making the transition for the PSP easy

I have left many clues so it shouldn't very difficult to figure out.

As soon as someone guesses correctly my alternate handle the RSP will retire, making the transition for the PSP easy

------------

My 3 swings:

keen observer
ouuuchhh
Magia32

Did I get a hit, home run or did I strike out...

LRob - great research...I got Kobe getting 2 more rings, surpassing MJ, even though Kobe can have 10 rings and people will still say MJ was the GOAT...

The on going quest for the greatest Nba player.Being a Laker fan nearly my entire teenage and adult life i have watch countless Nba games and to me and its a fact that there is no one that can be compared with Michael Jordan.For one MJ made the Nba known world wide,he was adored by countless of his world wide fans,from old to young,from Asia,Europe,Africa and the Caribbean,everyone loved Michael Jordan.MJ was the pele of basketball,he won 6 Nba rings in 8 years,wow.In a clutch situation and to win an Nba championship and be perform in everything then that is Jordan,he is the Goat.

Ninja,

why are you bringing up MJ on the Lakers blog?

it's completely irrelevant to the Lakers quest for a championship this year.

Do everyone a favor. leave MJ in the record books!

Lewsters,

re: who RSP is?

I think you should cheat, and send email to MM. :)

The Lakers won the title last year with Kobe, Gasol, Artest, Fisher, Odom,and half Bynum..and Sasha's two FT's (in the playoffs.) That's it. This season the Lakers are much better team with the addtion of Blake and Barnes, and (hopefully) with healthy Bynum..

Go Lakers for #17!!!

Win for "Last Stand" PJ (#12) !!!!

@LEW
My vote on PSP's previous handle is "ouuuchhh."

@63
sweet LCD Sound track!

As for Kobe's "old age" greatness, I beleive he has three Larrys left in him counting this year. I have to add that these will happen IF we get D. Howard OR Bynum can continue pregressing AND play at least 85% of the games each season.

Here's my nod to Kobe as one who just can't be stopped, no matter how long in the tooth he gets:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfOdWSiyWoc


@hobbit - another day- another Kobe battle. Maybe he'll be fully appreciated when he's gone. Nah.

@MVP - You're on a roll today. As far as JO coming back...no wonder we haven't heard from 131 or Red in a few days...that's gotta be scary depending on JO and Shaq.

@PSP - I would be nice if Kobe got the MVP as a makegood for other seasons he was short changed, but Rose and Howard are definitely more deserving.

@Lew - That's a lot of love :-)

@Jefe - Marvin worked up a sweat on that one. Perfect.

@mclyne - Rocking one of Canadians finest.

@LRob
I for one do beleive that Kobe will be greatly appreciated after he hangs it up. I feel that MJ has been held to a godlike level since he retired. It seems like the farther we get from this point in time, his legend grows and grows.

I think the same will happen with Kobe. It has to! He's that GREAT and deserves to be in the conversation of GOAT!

What makes Jordan above the rest,there were no one that could have contained him and there is no one that could have dominate Jordan and his Bull,but the heat on the otherhand could dominate Kobe and La

Why is EBanks being sent to the D-League, while Luke Walton is still in the NBA? Makes absolutely no sense!

MJ didn't achieve any rings until Scottie showed up.

Hey I notice you guys post all day long. How is that possible do hobbit and others have jobs? Or do they have computers in homeless shelter now days? My my, my taxpaying dollars at work. Some one said kobe is intelligent because he speaks 2 languages? Umm have yall ever jumped in a cab in new york city? 10-1 there is an immigrant from pakistan or nigeria who speaks multiple language as well. That is why la struggles against mediocre teams is due to the fact kobe doesn't have the intelligence to realize that team wins chips and not just himself. Smush was dead on and now an insider confirms what I have been preaching (being a priest) for weeks on end. Kobe is talented but a terrible teammate. LO said the same thing a few years ago. S. perkins this is why they have d fisher is because kobe is a terrible leader. The facts are there for all to see who have some intelligence.

It's kinda funny to argue the GOAT. MJ was MJ, great. Magic and Bird brought the NBA back! Kobe is great. Bill Russell with 11 Rings, wow! Kareem, mostly unstoppable. Seems to me like a top five or so and flip the coin.

The reason why kobe only has 1 mvp is because besides being a terrible teammate he is an enigma. besides sinve never going to university he doesn't have the social graces to interact with the media. How dumb can you get brother? Look at the finals last year he was giving one worded answers to the press and not opening up. The media has deadlines. So why would anyone vote for such a douchebag no matter how talented he is. LBJ never went to college either but all can see that he is much more refined and more intelligent than kobe. Count LBJ's 2 mvp throphies.


Posted by: hobbitmage | March 29, 2011 at 03:35 PM

If an open player shoots and misses then I see no problem because it was in the context of team offense, I hope. Sure Ron has taken shots but was immediately asked not to by Phil and no problems thereafter. In contrast to a player that continues to take very difficult shot with one on five moves, over and over again, to the detriment of the outcome then I view it as a misguided effort or as Phil stated " ball domination". And we all know how much of a showman, a HAM Kobe is, and he has put on a performance to the tune of 80, 60 points resulting in another regular season W. You conveniently resorted to stats for Dfish and Ron but were those shots and misses out of the team context, where both of these players held on to the ball, dribbled and took on the rest of the team and misssed? It has to do more with the flow of the game as BB is a game of rhythm, and ball domination and BB rhythm are like oil and vinegar.

People give kobe a pass because he has 5 rings. So he can be as babaric and selfish cause he won some rings. Is that it? First kobe played with the most dominant center of all time in Shaq. The man had to be doubled teamed and this allowed kobe to shine. Shaq was about 330 pounds with 6% body fat. Most of you couch potatos especially mud and hobbit carrying around at least 35% fat. Shaq won 3 straight mvps to kobe 0. Shaq was the man. Now kobe is playing on the only best nba all star team. Any team that can afford to bring lo off the bench is loaded with talent. Pau is the best european import. He has done it all with olympics, world games and euroleague gold medals. Bynum is the most fundamentally sound and young big man. Ron the best wing defender in the league right now. Phil the best coach ever etc etc.

I think you should cheat, and send email to MM. :)

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 29, 2011 at 03:55 PM

--------

CHEAT? Naw...you mean like LeBrick and the Cavs trading Big Z, knowing they will resign him due to a loophole...

Cheaters never prosper...and Karma will come back to haunt you...What happened to LeBrick and the Cavs again...hehehe...Besides, this has really peaked my curiosity...Well I know one thing...I wasn't the RSP...lmao...

island priest - please let it go...you are fighting a no win situation...and your timing is weak...Please don't try to convince us of Kobe deficiencies when he just won WC Player of the week, and he has his team primed and positioned to win #17...

LRob - I found a great song for Pau...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5CUHHGlQg0
Good luck in the FBB Finals...I know Pau will be huge for you...

63 Footer - great to see you...nice group of selections...The music knowledge of you, LRob, mclyne, GDub, ms, and the rest, is a great part of this blog...

Even I was also guilty of it...no reason to discuss MJ...not while we are in the thick of our next bling...

Once again...let's not take Denver for granted...Go Lakers!!!

>>>with Luke only playing if there is a matchup with a slow 3


or a short PF. Luke actually did a pretty decent job defending Carl Landry in the New Orleans game. he can't guard a REAL PF, but for a small guy like Landry, he does fine for a short stretch.

Re: people calling the Lakers old...

Does anyone have the average age for players that actually play meaningful minutes? For example, only players who average more than 10 minutes per game.

I feel that the team's avg. age might be a bit skewed with the addition of noah and moses (Ratliffe and Smith).

@LEW
Hahahahahhaa- nice "Blackbird" for the elegant, Spanish crow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah-OPwpQCwk

wow, i didn't think is was possible for the trolls to say even stupider things, but then they did!!!

Kobefan,

you wrote: Hobbit:

If an open player shoots and misses then I see no problem because it was in the context of team offense, I hope. Sure Ron has taken shots but was immediately asked not to by Phil and no problems thereafter. In contrast to a player that continues to take very difficult shot with one on five moves, over and over again, to the detriment of the outcome then I view it as a misguided effort or as Phil stated " ball domination". And we all know how much of a showman, a HAM Kobe is, and he has put on a performance to the tune of 80, 60 points resulting in another regular season W. You conveniently resorted to stats for Dfish and Ron but were those shots and misses out of the team context, where both of these players held on to the ball, dribbled and took on the rest of the team and misssed? It has to do more with the flow of the game as BB is a game of rhythm, and ball domination and BB rhythm are like oil and vinegar.

Posted by: kobefan | March 29, 2011 at 04:35 PM

my resp0nse: Please post one quote from Phil Jackson where Phil Jackson
says: "Kobe, please don't shoot".

re: Kobe's degree of difficulty shooting.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bryanko01.html

Kobe's worst shooting year was his first. 41%
Kobe's 2nd worst shooting year was his second. 42%

His career avg. 45%

Ron Artest the last two years has shot under 42%
D Fish the last two years has shot under 40%
Sasha the last two years w/ the Lakers has shot under 41%


re: flow of the game. This dead horse has been beaten past "pate". Do your
own research you lazy bum. [ hint: google little white statistics. ]

re: the flow of the game/rhythm. The purpose of the "competitive" game
of basketball is NOT to play in rhythm. The purpose of the competitive game
of basketball is to accumulate more points than your opponent.

So. If you want rhythm, may I suggest that you get:

Jazz Lounge (1), Global Drum Project or Nicky Skopelitis: Ekstasis

Instead of focusing on rhythm, the Lakers focused on winning. Hence, they
traded the fat man and kept the Black Mamba. As of right now, Dr. Buss is
looking like a GENIUS and your are looking ignorant.

The primary stat that counts is championships. Playing w/ the Black Mamba
the Lakers have won 5 championships. Since Kobe patterned his game after
MJ's it makes sense to look at MJ's stats. That would be 6 championships.
Odd isn't it. Men, who instead of racking up tremendous assists actually
won championships. You could root for D-Will. He gets a lot of assists. How
many championships has he won? You could root for CP3. Hmmm ... how's
this working out for you so far?

Island Altar Boy,

you wrote: So he can be as babaric and selfish cause he won some rings. Is that it?

my response: Barbaric?

http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201003/kobe-bryant

YOU WISH YOU LOOKED THIS GOOD!!!

you wrote: First kobe played with the most dominant center of all time in Shaq. The man had to be doubled teamed and this allowed kobe to shine.

my response: You should talk to Greg Popovich. You know. The coach who
has actually had to deal with Kobe for the last 15 years. He disagrees with you
on why Kobe has shined.

re: me being a couch potato.

*GRIN*

Come. I'm in No. California. There's a dojo in Oakland. suigetsukan.org

Step on to the mat w/ me. Aikido is too soft. Let's do DZR. Maybe you
would prefer to "play the sticks" w/ me.

Come. Let's play. Let me show you my couch potato-ness.

Speaking of which .....

mi maestra espera para mi.

Time to step onto the mat again.

Aloha

Why is EBanks being sent to the D-League, while Luke Walton is still in the NBA? Makes absolutely no sense!

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | March 29, 2011 at 04:11 PM

Because of his big fat contract!

I think both teams that make the finals this year will have the distinction of losing to the Cav's...
Looking forward to seeing EBanks develop nextyear into the Ariza/Coop type of mold...he seems to be quite the player, and long!

Here's the thing about PJ on Caracter. A lot of times he didn't just remain reluctant to play him because of his limited skillset. He loves his attitude and work ethic and potential. But another thing to factor in the equation is a few other things. 1. He doesn't want to set Caracter up for failure; 2. He doesn't want to set himself where he's alienated from teammates for making a mistake/blowing leads. So part of it is protecting him as well. I think given the limited skillset, Caracter got a decent opportunity. He surely would've had more run if the Lakers truly needed him but they don't really. But it's a nice body to have in practice.

"FIVE pieces of Bling @ 32 or older
Kareem (33,35,38,40 and 41)

Posted by: LRob | March 29, 2011 at 03:27 PM"

LRob...boy, oh boy...if Kobe sees that, he'll throw 1.5 more goals into his "bucket" list...
0.5- All Time NBA # of points scored, sticking around at this pace, long enough to
pass Kareem and be the All Time Scorer. (Note: He will not pass that 10K # of
Wilt...in regards to him being handed something leaving the court during a
game)....I think if KB gets enough bling to win an MJ vs KB debate, he won't
bother at the points, if people still say MJ, KB may pace himself for the points.
1.0- ...5 Easy Pieces, would tie him with Kareem, but this is just an age thing...He'll
pass Kareem's # of championships (and Robert Horry, I think you missed him,
2 after 32 for "Big Shot", in the next few years...oh my bad, you are talking
HOF'ers....and I was just about to think about "The Worm" who probably won a
ring or two older than 32, and probably is on the "don't think about it" list,
regarding the HOF.

I don't think 3rd year players can go D-League, not sure, don't care, Caracter needs the cardiovascular, which he hasn't gotten....so it's a move I approve of at this time. It would be nice for Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff to pick up some rings, maybe their spots can go to some players next year.


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