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Lakers-Heat tickets: Prices are enough to make one cry

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The good news is that you can still get tickets to Thursday night's Lakers-Heat game without going bankrupt. The bad news is that if you want a seat where you don't need binoculars to see expressions on players' faces, you'll need a really big checking account or a credit card with five figures as the limit.

The Lakers-Heat game is the most coveted ticket for Miami this season. The average seat is going for $342, according to Ben Kessler of SeatGeek.com. That's a 161% increase over the season average. It's currently more than double the asking price of the average seat for next month's Celtics-Heat game, at $184.

Seating in the nose-bleed 400 section is going for $119 a ticket. A courtside seat is going for an average of $8,555. At least a round-trip plane ticket to Miami would be less.

-- Dan Loumena

Image: Seating chart for Miami's American Airlines Arena. Credit: SeatGeek.com

 
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Think I'll pass on tickets and just watch this Laker beatdown from the comfort of my own home.

GO (my freakin') LAKERS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bryant-291575-heat-jackson.html

snippet:
"We really just don't care what people think, to be honest with you," Bryant said. "It's like, 'Tough (expletive).' "


*THIS* is why Kobe is my favorite Laker. Talk about heart. Talk about
spirit. Talk about having cajones made of mithril!

That is one bad man!

snippet:

Then there was Wade muttering Sunday: "The world is better now since the Heat is losing."

Why is Wade, who should be the steady, self-assured champion, sounding like a girlfriend playing pity-party games to get her guy's attention. Even if James is taking over his team in so many regards, Wade still stands as the elder statesman and Heat holdover with the 2006 championship ring. He's the one who should have learned already about internal motivation from Pat Riley, author of "The Winner Within."

my response: This is what you call fool's gold.

snippet:
Asked about the bull's eye he and the Lakers have worn for so long, Bryant said Wednesday: "It takes a little adjusting, I guess. I don't know, I'm still trying to kill people."

my response: Straight man crush! Right here. Right now. Let me be honest
about it. I have a man crush on Kobe. How can you *NOT* love this
attitude if you have anything remotely resembling a competitive nature???

Game Day Baby!

*sniffle*

I just looked around and found tickets starting at about $75 if you go to http://www.dollystickets.com and you can get a fairly good ticket for $125-200.

This should be a great game to be at!

my response: Straight man crush! Right here. Right now. Let me be honest about it. I have a man crush on Kobe. How can you *NOT* love this attitude if you have anything remotely resembling a competitive nature??? Posted by: hobbitmage | March 10, 2011 at 07:17 AM
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AW HELL NAW!!! You are Hobbit Freakin Mage!!! The Womens pet and the mens fret!! The only person HobbitMage should have a crush on is…HOBBIT!!!!!!!! Carry on sir!

Edwin,

I enjoyed your post. Thanks for the reply.

Naw that wasn't me trying to peddle anything on this site, but I do see some of those post.

Game Day Baby! *sniffle* Posted by: Mark G | March 10, 2011 at 07:21 AM
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Game day Baby *sniffle*….GAME DAY BABY *SNIFFLE*!!!! Mark G what is this ISH??? God@@!!!!! You better be coming down with a cold and not starting any of that crying ISH!!!!

@JonBatz44 – agree with your post at 5:45am. Also saw the end of that SJU-Rutgers game…terrible.

@ChicNstu – checking in with the Kinks, Journey and Tug’s baby boy - good stuff :-)

@Mamba – Thanks for game day roll call. The Seasons and Hammer…you are in game time form. Carry on!

The Seasons and Hammer…you are in game time form. Carry on! Posted by: LRob | March 10, 2011 at 07:42 AM
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Good Morning DJ LRob! I was in game time form but thanks to Mark G….My eyes are suddenly getting a lil bit misty my brother!!! LOL!

A Heat beatdown would be real nice tonight. I will settle for a nice W.

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs!

hobbit - yeah, that was real weak by DWade. You're a champion, man-up, play ball and quit whining.

Nothing the Lakers or Heat did earlier this week matter tonight. Clean slate. LA vs. Miami. LeBron vs Artest. Kove and Wade. Pau and Bosh. PJ and Reilly. The December Disappointment. It's a big game, for a regular season match.


And, hey, LA beat Boston last night in BOSTON. And we only had to send the lowly Clips to get the job done.

Perhaps a bandwagon should be started with a list of all bloggers who have ever doubted, ridiculed, asked for a trade, called Bynum Bynumb, knocked kneed, an injury waiting to happen, and a bust.

Then maybe Lewstrs can stop saying nana nana nana to us.

What's up with having to be so right? We get it, you kept the faith from the beginning, you win the prize. We were wrong. .

What, the renegade chat and their usual 4 people on it wasn't enough of an audience?


Also, your comment on MM
______Since he is not here to defend himself...
I really take offense to people taking shots at Mark Medina...criticize is fine, but to insult and to belittle and disrespect is another thing...______

I have not said anything about MM, but since you bring it up....

Seems to me this blog has run pretty well this week, we've had a large amount posts, but more importantly, our typical fights have been able to be reconciled through discussion without certain bloggers petitioning the moderator to get a handle on things because they felt matters were out of control.

To many times certain bloggers jump the gun and then tell MM to jump and MM says how high? and posters are banned, comments are deleted without ever having the chance to be resolved by the parties involved.

this is how it use to be and it's nice we have returned to that system, if only for a week.

Rocky,

Speaking of a beatdown...you're beating me pretty bad this week in our fantasy league. Good thing this is only the regular season :-) I'll be ready for you if we meet in the playoffs.

Then maybe Lewstrs can stop saying nana nana nana to us.

Posted by: Troll Man | March 10, 2011 at 07:52 AM

Sounds like a grown up man with a 5 year old's mentality!

I'll be ready for you if we meet in the playoffs. Posted by: LRob | March 10, 2011 at 08:11 AM
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THE SWAGGER, THE SWAGGER!!!

Posted by: Troll Man
What, the renegade chat and their usual 4 people on it wasn't enough of an audience?

I am giving you a citation for kicking a person when their down. Ouuuuuccchh

Nobody was crying in the locker room last night!

Congrats to the Clippers...they played as though they were "rock stars from Mars", and we all know Griffin has some serious "tiger blood" pouring through his veins!

QUESTION to Blogs thinkers:

How does the lakers fans feel if they had an opportunity to land Dwight Howard when he is a free agent or would prefer to stick with talented but oft injured Bynum.

Nobody was crying in the locker room last night! Congrats to the Clippers...they played as though they were "rock stars from Mars", and we all know Griffin has some serious "tiger blood" pouring through his veins! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | March 10, 2011 at 08:26 AM
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WOW!! Wasn’t expecting to see you this morning sir. Kudos!! Never let it be said that Red Fled!!! LOL! OK so there was no crying. Are you trying to tell me the Lunatic didn’t go off just a Little?? LOL!

QUESTION to Blogs thinkers: How does the lakers fans feel if they had an opportunity to land Dwight Howard when he is a free agent or would prefer to stick with talented but oft injured Bynum. Posted by: Bynum or DHoward | March 10, 2011 at 08:32 AM
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Well if Bynum was injury prone this might be kind of hard, but since his worst injuries were caused by L.O. and Kobe, I don’t think he’s injury prone. I’d tend to stick with Bynum. Bynum has not even scratched his potential while Howard is rapidly reaching his. I really believe when all is said and done Bynum will prove to be the better player. Plus Howard is…A Freakin dirty player!!!! LOL!

i love the nba when up and coming teams beat boston in their gym.i think that tonite should be fun. this game has to get Riles attention as to where his team is, my concern is that this is still a dangerous, if disfunctional team, not to be overlooked. but i truely can't imagine that happening what with THE BLACK MAMBA WARRIOR on the job. not only that but payback is a.....,well you know.

where is KOBEMVP888? Is h eon self exile? Geeeeeeeeeeeeeez stop sulking and start posting.

The Sun is risen from Miami to Los Angeles, will this be the day for Redemption after being left out in the gutters on Christmas Day. Bryant said according to Hobbit, "We really just don't care what people think, to be honest with you".
I say to this to Kobe: the Laker fans care so much how you play, whether it is a regular season or in a Championship game. Mood changes,temper flares up when u lose; eternal joy and euphoria erupts as victors especially against Princess James, so that's the power that you all possess being members of the purple and gold team. There is a big following in the Laker nation all over the world. The fate of behavioral patterns depend highly on your performance. Your fans don't cry, they just fight each other when you lose. Some are too old to play the game at your level, yet young enough to defend a freakin' opinion as if it really matters.

Go forth make it happen, the Laker nation cares so much for your victory.

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BYNUM THE DEFENSIVE STOPPER – PROPS FROM LAKER NATION – BANDWAGON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzx7-PjwEo
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(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.
(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? Release the Kraken!!
(20) MAMBA24 – Yes mamba24 has always been a Beast supporter!!

This season
Bynum 11 ppg 8.4 reb
Howard 23 ppg 13.9 reb

Career
Bynum 10.4 ppg 6.9 reb
Howard 18.1 ppg 12.8 reb

Bynum 23 years old
Howard 25 years old

upside of each?

The fate of behavioral patterns depend highly on your performance. Your fans don't cry, they just fight each other when you lose. Some are too old to play the game at your level, yet young enough to defend a freakin' opinion as if it really matters. Go forth make it happen, the Laker nation cares so much for your victory. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 10, 2011 at 08:48 AM
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HELL YEAH!!! PREACH, EDWIN PREACH!!! LETS RIDE LAKER AMIGOS!!!!

Game Day - and an early start at that! As much as I'd love to see a beatdown, I think we're looking at a very close, competitive game...unless Andrew Bynum goes totally nuts. The key will be for Drew avoid early foul trouble, Thriller to limit Lebrand as much as possible, and for the Lakers to remain patient while running their offense.
Let's Do This - 9 in a row! Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilcD1fHcGB0

a lot of Luke talk yesterday so it's appropriate to bring out this classic.

ALL LUKE ALL THE TIME
(or what’s weak this week)

lukey baby
Luuuuke!!!
maybe Luke picking up the slack???
LUKE!!!
David Lee for Luke tonight! Get er done Mitch lol
wow, i like the aggressiveness from luke but...can drew get a touch please
thank you luke!
Wooooooooooooo! Nice pass by Luke to Drew
BK, are you trying to infer that Bynum is a better post player than Walton? Surely you jest.
nice airball from luke
Sasha's hand is apparently pretty painful. Luke is shooting too much.
Luke for 3? Do we rather get that or a dunk from Drew? Come on.
not to mention how does luke airball a wide open three??
Time to pull Luke sorry azz now!
Too many heat checks for Luke.
Luke ballhogging
luke taking too many shots
luke is going to get a lot of open looks tonight
Please Luke, stop shooting.
Luke is on pace for around 47 shot attempts.
I got a good idea Kobe... how bout pass up open layups and force the ball to Luke....Yea...Yea...that'll work every time!
i dunno if we want to continue to iso luke
damn luke.....2 air balls
evening folks...so pau's out and walton is our go-to guy now??? wtf
Kobe looking to get an assist by passing to Luke? I don't think so
I don't think Luke is that bad of a shooter Rick, remember, he wasn't playing much until recently.
Luke needs to guard Q at the 3pt line. It's all he does.
Guard? Luke?
And here comes Trevor for Luke!
walton posts up .... and scores /// rubs eyes to make sure
its always 4 on 5 with Walton out there
haha...well i guess nobody here can argue with a luke iso....when he's posting nate robinson
Luke just flipped that in a la Dolph Schayes.
So how is Luke playing overall? Rich is lighting it up.
donot tell me luke has a good defence
luke passes to Bynum. score
luke layup
At least Luke can score on a lay up
lol, luke just looks funny when he makes his moves
WALTON DID SOMETHING BESIDES PASS. Wow
Looks like Phil is running the offense through luke tonight
luke walton has a higher I Q than Kobe cause he can pass the ball to drew on the blocks
Walton's very smart on court. He just need to DO stuff, that's all.
some D Luke.
When Luke Walton is your primary offensive weapon your team is in trouble............Boston Looms
Hey, at least Luke didn't let him get the shot off, so no 3 point play
luke dishes to Bynum for an ABSOLUTE LAYUP and Bynum bricks. UGG
BK.........the only Walton is set up is barbeque pit and a guaranteed lol
Luke would have about 5 assists if Bynum could make layups and dunks
As it is, Luke is currently leading the team in scoring
Good d by luke
Luke is a clown!
Luke & Lamar, just who we want shooting.
LUUUUKE
Luke with the fastbreak
good read by luke
Luke on the break?? Did I just see that?? Is there a star rising in the East??
Luuuuukeee, baby. Ok, I'll probably never say that again. Enjoy it while you can.
Luke just used his cerebralness to give the Lakers an advantage.
Luke is slooow!
luke with a steal, a break, and an and 1
Nice finish by Luke.
like that walton!!!
Wow, Luke looking like vintage Luke
Luke being very aggressive! Tired of getting so much flack from us! Mock him some more people!
I LOVE LUKE!!!!
Luke you suck!!
Luke!
Luke for MVP
Luke playing pretty decent!
The only NBA player smarter than Luke Walton is Starberry, he gets paid too much for sitting in THE STANDS
D'Antoni has no respect for Luke, Luke should be killin em, and maybe he still will!
Walton seriously being DA MAN right now.
at least luke has a post game.
Luke - GW shot will make front cover of LA Times
Luke knows that the Lakers haven't lost a game with him starting
we need Luke to dunk it from the foul line.
is LUKE going to win this game for us???
Luke's doing other things well
Luke is the man
Luke playing okay but will we lose because of it? That might be Dantoni plan!
He doesn't have to bring back ALL the starters
do you mean keep Luke on the bench?
Is Phil going to put Walton back in after this timeout? That's the question
Don't let Luke inbound!
Oh yeah...inbound Luke...where he can call a timeout coz there's no one to pass to.
and not bashing luke about the inbounds pass. He frequently has to call another TO

Game Day - and an early start at that! As much as I'd love to see a beatdown, I think we're looking at a very close, competitive game...unless Andrew Bynum goes totally nuts. The key will be for Drew avoid early foul trouble, Thriller to limit Lebrand as much as possible, and for the Lakers to remain patient while running their offense. Let's Do This - 9 in a row! Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilcD1fHcGB0 Posted by: jefe101 | March 10, 2011 at 08:51 AM
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Laker Nation you heard DJ Jefe101…LET’S DO THIS!!! OK, here goes another of Mamba24 bold predictions! Will he be right for the 9th in a row also….Lakers 102 Heat 96 I’m CALLING IT Right Now!!! LAKERS WIN!!! LAKERS WIN!!!! Carry On!!

Bynum in 2006, Bynum in the first half of the season and Bynum after ASG are three different Bynum's. This like saying the Earth was flat during the Middle Ages. Later on, it was determined there are 9 planets in the Solar System revolving around the Sun, Today, the Hubble telescope just revealed there are millions of suns and planets out there. There is a high probability another planet exist with similar to earth's atmosphere. Because of these findings nothing is constant anymore, everything changes with time. I think opinion changes as man progresses.

Therefore, let's not quarrel with Bynum changes, however let's meet change with change.

LRob,

The scheduling has worked in my favor so far this week. It's closer than the score says. You still might be able to get your 5 categories this weekend. But I'm happy to be up right now against the defending champ.

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs!

Mamba24,

I have a question for you.

you said: I’d tend to stick with Bynum. Bynum has not even scratched his potential while Howard is rapidly reaching his. I really believe when all is said and done Bynum will prove to be the better player. Plus Howard is…A Freakin dirty player!!!! LOL!

So my question is: Relative to Howard's "today stats/production" where
do you see Bynum's potential?

Before this gets started, No. Stats aren't everything. They don't tell the whole
story. However, they do help to quantify things in a way that two parties
can understand/communicate w/ each other.

So. If Howard is averaging 18/12 this year ... what do you see Bynum's
upside/average to be relative to Howard?

all right....how did Gmoney sneak back on the blog?? Aren't you banned AND shunned?? Just because the subject of this thread is money, don't think it changes anything. Shouldn't you be organizing a telethon for Eric's Kids?

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 09, 2011 at 01:37 PM

Dude...MM got madd LOVE for GMONEY, plus it's time to end that STREAK against the WORLD champs. No doubt the crue from South Beach will motivated DEFEAT the Lake Show....TAKE IT TO THE BANK.

If not Break out the CRY towels.

Today is a good day to see LeWeep cry.
I say kick 'em when they're down!!

Go Lakers!!!

Today is a good day to see LeWeep cry. I say kick 'em when they're down!!Posted by: MrNano | March 10, 2011 at 09:16 AM
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MR NANO!!!!!! I'M SHOCKED!!! SHOCKED I SAY!!! LOL!!

The closest I've come to this in terms of high-demand tickets was a few games when I was at UCLA.

For example, in 1995 there was a Bruins - Blue Devils game at Pauley Pavilion, where they were ranked #1 & #2 in the country. I had student tickets, of course, but I'm sure some of the lower level non-student tickets were fetching a pretty penny.

QUESTION to Blogs thinkers:

How does the lakers fans feel if they had an opportunity to land Dwight Howard when he is a free agent or would prefer to stick with talented but oft injured Bynum.

Posted by: Bynum or DHoward | March 10, 2011 at 08:32 AM
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That fact that this question is being posed speaks volume to Drew's improvement. DHoward's one of my favorites....but I'm focusing on this 3peat so I'll have to plead the 5th for now.

LEWSTRS checking in for game day...

Must win game for the Heat...Just another reg. season game for the Lakeshow...

Let's hope we have a great game, and please Lord, keep our boys free from injury...we are getting so close to the prize...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

FEED THE BEAST TONIGHT!!!

Hello!

Police here; LakerTom, the PSP see you are taking snide shots at the PSP, be it known that i'm STILL taking mental notes. Lol!

Bynum or Howard,

Not a knock on Bynum, but the PSP would take Howard any day, twice on sundays. My God have you guys not seen Superman play? His REGULAR numbers are BETTER than when Bynum's when he is having a great stretch. Now go check out Howard's numbers when he's having a good stretch by his own already lofty standards.

Btw for those that keep saying that Bynum is still young and has lots of untapped potential, the PSP agree but remember that D Howard is LESS THAN 2 years older than Drew.

Thanks
PSP Intern


MR NANO!!!!!! I'M SHOCKED!!! SHOCKED I SAY!!! LOL!!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 10, 2011 at 09:20 AM


What can i say? some days i'm a bad person. LOL.

>>>How does the lakers fans feel if they had an opportunity to land Dwight
>>>Howard when he is a free agent or would prefer to stick with talented but oft
>>>injured Bynum.

I doubt even Jim "I heart Bynum" Buss would object to trading off Bynum to get Dwight Howard.

BUT. (and it's a big but... a Bertha but, if you will)

If Bynum stays healthy and the Lakers win rings this year and even come close next year, you can forget it.

Bynum will cost less than Howard, and if Drew could consistently play like he's playing right now, he gives you 80% of what Howard would give you... and he's a better free throw shooter as well, so you don't have to bench him at the end of games.

Troll Man,

LOVED the Luke montage. It was like beat poetry. (with Luke the one getting beat, presumably :-)

@LEWSTRS, Thank you for checking in for Game Day sir! “Injury free” is the catch word for tonight, so let’s get this game over early!!! In fact I've already Called it so all that is left is for Faith to put it in the Refrigerator!!

Some points of concern, about the way our bench playing, except LO. Ok, Matt coming back from injury and working himself into rotation, how about Shannon and Blake? Blake becoming invisible man on the court, and Shannon keeps overdribling the ball often end up with desperation shot as clock expired. Latest example of our bench play, 2 last games. In both cases, even in San Antonio where we were up by 30+ by the end of the 3rd, Phil was right to be angry to the point of putting starters back, as Kobe pointed out in his interview after the game. Any thoughts on this?

Time for my selection for the day. Since its Lakers vs. Heat. Champs vs. the wanna be champs. I’ll tell em like George told all his contenders back in the day…

Funkadelic – Let’s Take It To The Stage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_-xdv2yx8M

Clinton called out the following....Laughing at cha!
Rufus (Slufoos)
James Brown (Godmother)
Kool & the Gang (Fool & the Gang)
Earth, Wind & Fire (Earth, Hot Air & No Fire)

Dan Loumena - These ticket prices are unbelievable...

Especially since on the 20th, for the Portland game, iheartkb24, justanothermambafan, and myself are representing...We got FLOOR SEATS, next to the press section, so we will be hollering at you and talking trash...lol

And thanks to iheart...she hooked us up and we paid a whopping $152 per ticket...face value baybee...

We are right under the backboard, so we will have a sign representing...look for us on TV...


@FRMKT... LOL. The odds of Dwight demanding a trade to the Lakers are pretty low. In fact, when is the last time a major superstar entering free agency “demanded” to be traded to a specific team? Frankly, I cannot remember this ever happening. From everything I know about Howard, he does not seem to be a prima donna type who would make demands. For sure, it’s a long shot.
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Another real long shot may be expecting Dwight Howard to become better on the offensive end. His game is still more about his freak athleticism more than polished offensive skills and we’re not even talking about the liability he is late in the 4th quarter due to poor free throw shooting. Bottom line, Dwight Howard’s greatness is due primarily to his defense and rebounding and he may never become as good an offensive player as Andrew Bynum already is at 23-years old. Drew on the other hand, still has great upside on the offensive end as well as the defensive end.
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So before we bail on Andrew Bynum and trade him for a hoped for new and improved Dwight Howard, I would suggest that we wait until the end of this season to see what we really have in a bigger, badder, and better Andrew Bynum. If Drew stays healthy and continues to play inspired basketball like he has the last 8 games, I think you may find Jim Buss and the Lakers front office deciding to stay with the great center they already have. Maybe by next year, the leading candidate for DPOY will be Andrew Bynum and not Dwight Howard. At any rate, I do admit to being a little bothered by all the preening and hoping for Dwight Howard when Drew is playing sensational.
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@LROB... Thanks for your comments. I think we’re all hoping that Drew will stay healthy and continue to play like he has been since the All-Star break. And you’re absolutely correct that the way Drew played during last year’s playoffs on one leg was perfect proof of his character. Thanks also for the recap of Drew against Tim. Just the fact that Drew admired Tim tells you a lot about his character in and of itself. This kid is a jewel that Jim Buss plucked with the #10 pick.
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@TNTLAKERFAN... Thanks for the shout out. Lots of Bynum Boosters doing high fives and chest and knuckle bumps over how Drew has been playing. Drew and all the Lakers need to really bring it tonight because you know that this has become a must win game for Miami. Nothing better than crushing a team when they have a must win game. Like you pointed out, it’s all about chemistry.
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@TAX ANALYST... Thanks for response and good wishes for the Mt. Carmel Lakers playoff run. LOL. If their coach can keep from choking and not calling a time out with the ball and a 2-point lead, we should be fine. The best part of coaching these kids is seeing them get better. I promised every kid that by the end of the year, they would get better and know how to run a pick-and-roll.
........................................
@CHICNSTU... 50 boards and 12 blocks ! That’s a pretty damn sweet 3-game run for anybody and I think it is just a taste of what we can expect as Drew gets healthier and becomes more experienced. Imagine what kind of player he could be in two or three years. Maybe the best center in the NBA – possibly even better than Dwight Howard. That’s what I am hoping for from Drew.
.......................................
TOM

Mamba24,

"Will it be 9th in a row?"

How can the Lakers be beaten if they play at high level that got them to 8 consecutive victories. It is similar to muscle control type in golf swings, if you stuck with fundamentals, then the golf ball would go to the direction you're aiming at. If Artest will be Artest with scissor hands, Kobe as Kobe the clutch shooter, Pau as the Catalan Pau best import ever, Bynum as the Great Blocker and Rebounder, Shannon Brown as great leap artist, LO as the all around player and all being orchestrated by the Great Coach ever....how can they lose? It's mind boggling isn't it? It all starts with defense and a resolute objective to win. Lastly, If the motivational blogger Larry ask them to win, THEY SHOULD WIN for the Laker Nation.

What can i say? some days i'm a bad person. LOL.
Posted by: MrNano | March 10, 2011 at 09:24 AM
*
Mr Nano a bad person??? NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I stick with Bynum. But if Howard were to be a Laker, would that mean less touches for Pau and Kobe? Or will he play Defense only? Does that mean his offensive production to this day is irrelavent?

I dont want to got through Hack-A-Shaq all over agian. Howard can't make any free-throws.

It's Game Day!!!
Top of the morning to you Larry!

With regards to something that was discussed on previous thread,

The PSP agree with what some said about being able to back up what you say with the archives. If you come out for example and post
" Hobbitmage said Bynum is a useless, lazy drone" be prepared to back up your statement with FACT. If you cannot do that, then don't come out and make those kind of comments because it will be sure to cause trouble.

This is what caused the ahem 'discussion' between the PSP and KobeMVP888 aided by his soldiers. They said the PSP was another blogger posting under different handles and that the PSP said the Lakers would NEVER have won without HCA. The PSP challenged them to show proof that I ever said such and it became a mudslinging fest from there.

Thanks
PSP Intern


@LTLF... Outstanding post about Drew vs. Dwight, especially about the salary issue. Drew still has to prove he can stay healthy and continue to play like he has but I agree with you that if he does, no way the Lakers are going to pull a Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest “trade” involving Drew and Dwight. Purple and gold for his career.
......................................
TOM

"where is KOBEMVP888? Is h eon self exile? Geeeeeeeeeeeeeez stop sulking and start posting.

Posted by: Bynum or DHoward | March 10, 2011 at 08:46 AM "

I'm sure he's still reading the forum, I think that his battle with the PSP just made him take a break from posting for a while.

If the motivational blogger Larry ask them to win, THEY SHOULD WIN for the Laker Nation. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 10, 2011 at 09:31 AM
*
Edwin, Put that glass of Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic down! Put it down NOW I say!!! LMAO!!!
Actually that muscle memory/control thing is pretty cool!!

I'm not sure about tonight's game. I'd give the Lakers a slight edge based on how both teams have been playing lately. But both teams have reasons why they want it reeeeeeeealy bad.

The Lakers want revenge for the Grinchmas game, where the Heat stole Christmas.

The Heat are not only in a huge losing streak, but they also have a rep for not being able to beat any of the top teams. That Christmas present from the Lakers is their ONLY WIN against the top 8 teams in the league.

I'd have to say the Heat probably want it slightly more.

I think the game will come down to how "everyone else" plays. Kobe will bring his A game. So will LeBron and Dwyane. Pau probably will, considering the Heat don't have quality size to throw at him (which tends to be Pau's kryptonite). Drew has been on a mission so I think he'll bring it. And Bosh is maligned as the third wheel, so he'll probably step it up as well.

So it comes down to everyone else.

Will Artest have a 2 for 10 night and get called for a bunch of fouls on LeBronze? Or will he hit a couple of threes and strip LeBron 4 or 5 times and make him take tough shots?

Will Lamar keep his Lame-ar plays to a minimum?

Will Shannon not try to make a 1-on-5 fast break every time up the floor? Will he hit his 3's?

Will Blake be afraid to shoot?

Will Fisher be Old Man Fish? Or will he be the rejuvenated Fish we've seen since the All-Star break?

And Miami's role players matter as well. They have some streaky 3-point shooters. If Chalmers, Miller, Bibby, Jones, and House are all hitting a good percentage of their threes, it makes the Heat awfully hard to stop. Even a soft double of Wade or LeBron suddenly becomes a threat of a 3.

Should be an excellent game.

A reporter followed up with a question about how the Heat have been discussing their attempts at getting used to the bull’s-eye with which Bryant and the Lakers have dealt for several years now.

Bryant’s response was vintage Black Mamba.

“I don’t know,” he concluded. “I’m still trying to kill people*.”

Good morning Fan Of The Mamba!! How are you this Game Day morning? I await anxiously to see if this will be day that Princess Jimmy takes his talents to the 4th Quarter!!

Debate on Howard vs. Drew at this early stage, how about having triple towers Howard, Drew and Pau powered by Kobe and CP3 as PG in 2014? Too good to be true, isn't it? Well, that's the power of the billion contract w/ Time Warner. There gotta' to be a show attached to it, or else the long term agreement will be kaput!

LTLF

no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes

should be an excellent game
yes

. Bryant’s response was vintage Black Mamba. “I don’t know,” he concluded. “I’m still trying to kill people*.” Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 10, 2011 at 09:42 AM
*
WELL, after all that is what Black Mambas do sir! LOL! Outstanding Quote my brother…Carry ON!

LMAO - You guys did all you could to chase away MVP888 and now you ask where hes been???

What's the matter...you guys are bored with no one to dump on...Just like the Lakers, he had a target on his back...

888 told me it's not worth it, and he is happy in his old Forum...he said he came to Laker Tom's rescue, and he was vilified since...

So it's our loss...but I miss him coming on...followed by the GHE and Toxic Club and the multiple handles was always humorous...

We do not match up well with the Heat. Our advantage is inside, but Kobe will hog that ball and jack up 25 shots. I do not expect us to win this game.


seems to me that this blog is doing just fine without MVP888

LMAO

HEAT Ticket prices and RIDICULOUS this year!!! Especially today...

Living in Miami for the past ten years, this is the one chance I get to see the Lake Show...so of course I go every year...after the games I usually see a rookie or two on Lincoln Road...I distincly remember one Xmas game when I saw Farmar and Cookie wandering amilessly and trying to chating up some models...unsucessfully of course...

Well I used to be able to manage 10th row lower level...but now that LeBaby has shown up...I going to have to settle for upper level...but at least its first row in section 420 ;-)

LAL_FAN,

>>>Latest example of our bench play, 2 last games. In both cases, even in San
>>>Antonio where we were up by 30+ by the end of the 3rd, Phil was right to be
>>>angry to the point of putting starters back, as Kobe pointed out in his
>>>interview after the game. Any thoughts on this?

Yeah, the commentators seemed to think that Phil was trying to make a statement by running up the score on San Antonio, but I didn't see it that way. The scrubs let a 32 point lead get down to 21 with 6 minutes left. Phil put the starters back in to MAKE SURE the slide didn't continue. If the Spurs had made 2 or 3 more straight baskets, you know damn well that Popovic would have had his starters back in (let's say a 15 point game with 5 minutes left). And then with a little luck, they might have actually pulled off a comeback win. Phil didn't want any of that.

And then the same thing happened against Atlanta, and Phil did the same thing - put the starters back long enough to be sure of the win.

But here's the thing. I doubt the Lakers will get a 20+ point lead against the Heat to start the fourth. It's possible, but not very likely. EVERY team plays their hardest against the champs, and the Heat are no exception. They're going to be playing as hard as they can and I think it'll be a fairly close game (barring a breakdown by one team or the other's supporting players).

If the Lakers are 3 points up or 6 points down at the start of the 4th, then there's no way Phil will put 5 scrubs on the floor. You'll see at least 3 starters on the court for the whole fourth quarter if it's that close.

Keen Observer,

I've taken the liberty of editing your post (since you obviously pressed "Post" without editing):

"The Heat do not match up well with the Lakers. Our advantage is inside, and we'll pound the ball down their throats until the tears start flowing. I expect us to win this game."

There you go. No charge for editing this time around, but next time you'll owe me big. If you want to be a "Keen Observer," you need to start observing keenly.

Go Lake Show!

Another real long shot may be expecting Dwight Howard to become better on the offensive end. His game is still more about his freak athleticism more than polished offensive skills and we’re not even talking about the liability he is late in the 4th quarter due to poor free throw shooting. Bottom line, Dwight Howard’s greatness is due primarily to his defense and rebounding and he may never become as good an offensive player as Andrew Bynum already is at 23-years old. Drew on the other hand, still has great upside on the offensive end as well as the defensive end.

Posted by: LakerTom | March 10, 2011 at 09:30 AM
--------------------
LT,

Howard has improved his offensive game a lot this year. I've seen him hit face up bankers (ala Duncan) and more left hand hooks this year. Overall his footwork has improved also. Remember he worked out with Dream over the summer. He's showing dedication to improving his game.

His scoring is up 28% from last year. Up from 18pts to 23pts.

"LMAO - You guys did all you could to chase away MVP888 and now you ask where hes been???

What's the matter...you guys are bored with no one to dump on...Just like the Lakers, he had a target on his back...

888 told me it's not worth it, and he is happy in his old Forum...he said he came to Laker Tom's rescue, and he was vilified since...

So it's our loss...but I miss him coming on...followed by the GHE and Toxic Club and the multiple handles was always humorous...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM "

I was tossed in there with the group of people he had battles with but I didn't have a problem with him or want him to leave. We had several discussions where we obviously didn't agree on things, but it was always a discussion/debate, not an "argument"

I just thought he had a tendency to argue things as being black and white when there is often some gray in there and I also thought his affinity for certain players or ideas caused him to make some causality vs correlation errors so that's usually what our disagreements spawned from.

He has very strong views on things and pushes his way as the only way so it's natural that he's going to find himself in some heated convos at times. He may have had a target on his back but I think he played a big part in placing it there and he didn't seem to mind debating the topics he was passionate about. If he found another place that works better for him, I'm happy for him. I probably would have disagreed with him as long as he posted here but that's fine. I would never try to force him or anyone else to stop posting here. We all deserve to have a say and we can all learn from each other.

Practice Season Police:

I understand you are our official blog police here to protect us from posters who constantly categorize and lump others into one bucket without any thought, with statements such as "you all". Please take a look at this response from this blogger who is too quick to judge and run to his mentor MM for banishing others who he considers "you all' and "they". It would be nice if this offender would take time and care to open his mouth before his rear when responding.

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM

>>>no way the Lakers are going to pull a Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest “trade”
>>>involving Drew and Dwight.

Ah, but Laker Tom, that may be exactly what it comes down to.

The last year of Drew's contract is 2012-13, so the point when Howard can opt out of his contract is about the same time when the Lakers will be negotiating an extension with Bynum.

And if you'll recall... Bynum has the same greedy agent that Trevor Ariza has.

If Bynum's agent won't agree to an extension unless it's for max dollars, then the Lakers would probably have no qualms about trading Bynum for Howard. If it's going to be max dollars either way, then I'd take Howard over Bynum, and I think the Lakers would as well.

If you're going to be paying someone 20 million a year average, you'd prefer someone who rarely gets injured and who produces higher stats more consistently.

Another real long shot may be expecting Dwight Howard to become better on the offensive end. His game is still more about his freak athleticism more than polished offensive skills and we’re not even talking about the liability he is late in the 4th quarter due to poor free throw shooting. Bottom line, Dwight Howard’s greatness is due primarily to his defense and rebounding and he may never become as good an offensive player as Andrew Bynum already is at 23-years old. Drew on the other hand, still has great upside on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. Posted by: LakerTom | March 10, 2011 at 09:30 AM
*
Thank you LakerTom. HEAR THAT HOBBIT? I was going to make all of those same points...LMAO!!! Just playing with you my brother. I'm just here to rally the troops. I leave all the intricate stats and stuff to the KBBLiitz, Hobbitmage and LakerToms of the world. But...if you need a " THE HORROR" I'm the guy to go to!!

LOL one point for The Outlaw...

MY QUESTION is following:

1. Is Drew a better defender than Howard?

2. A better offensive player than Howard?

3. how about IQ level

"LT,

Howard has improved his offensive game a lot this year. I've seen him hit face up bankers (ala Duncan) and more left hand hooks this year. Overall his footwork has improved also. Remember he worked out with Dream over the summer. He's showing dedication to improving his game.

His scoring is up 28% from last year. Up from 18pts to 23pts.

Posted by: LRob | March 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM "

I agree. I heard someone on tv arguing that his field goal percentage was down but it's because he is shooting more now. It used to be that you could deny him a dunk and he couldn't do much offensively but he is so much more versatile now. 60% shooting on 13.6 shots per game is SO much better than 61% on 10.2 shots.

Bynum has a better shooting touch than Dwight but he is still far behind him athletically and I'm not sure I'd even rank his moves above Dwight. If Bynum was currently able to equal or exceed Dwight's scoring production, the Lakers would be taking advantage of it. It's good Bynum seems to be embracing his role as a defender but I can't see him ever having a Dwight-like presence on offense.

Kobe will hog that ball and jack up 25 shots. I do not expect us to win this game.

Posted by: keen observer | March 10, 2011 at 09:57 AM

Kobe is like a accident that is about to happen, he has a hair trigger of an ego and always ready to go one on one even if it means losing a game, consequently he becomes a ballhog.

It's good Bynum seems to be embracing his role as a defender but I can't see him ever having a Dwight-like presence on offense.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

It only took him 6 years to realize that, so does that a low IQ?

Practice Season Police:

I understand you are our official blog police here to protect us from posters who constantly categorize and lump others into one bucket without any thought, with statements such as "you all". Please take a look at this response from this blogger who is too quick to judge and run to his mentor MM for banishing others who he considers "you all' and "they". It would be nice if this offender would take time and care to open his mouth before his rear when responding.

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM

Posted by: Bynum or DHoward | March 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

----------

Another new handle...

Please do not make up posts...I never posted this...so nice try...

I think you had it backwards...that sounds just like a PSP post, maybe he was addressing me, for it's not the first time the accusation of MM having his pets here and banning the so called opposition...

Howards numbers would drop significantly on this Laker squad. He would have to share the ball with Pau and Kobe on Offense . And on Defense Pau's presence would lower Dwights rebounds per game drop as well.

and he's a better free throw shooter as well, so you don't have to bench him at the end of games.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | March 10, 2011 at 09:25 AM

I got to admit the whole Howard vs. Bynum is interesting. Personally I would be good with either one compared to the Carmelo trade in which I wouldn’t have traded Bynum, no way.

Then I was reminded by LongTimeLakerFan about the free throws.
NO I don’t make that trade; if all things are equal then the free throws make the decision for me.

I’ll keep Bynum.

If the Triangle O is still gonna be ran after Phil leaves, I say Bynum is the keeper. Bynum hits his feebies, Dwight doesn't and he's got that T tag on him, sorta like Rasheed did when he played. Bynum does move up n down the court like a dump truck tho.

GHE & Toxic Club?


EXPLAIN.

DBDH!

FANS say the reason Kobe does not pass the ball to his team mates is because they can't make the shots and here is Gasol response in reference to Miami Heat and it also applies to Kobe or anyone:

http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoopmiamiheat/post/_/id/5184/pau-gasol-feels-for-chris-bosh

“I can tell when guys are trying to do too much individually to overcome a struggle,” Gasol said. “It’s not bad intentions, but it’s that aggressiveness spirit and competitiveness that players have that sometimes hurts a team. You have to realize that sometimes the easier play or the right pass to the open teammate makes things a lot better, even though they may not make the shot. Guys are going to miss shots, so be it.”

We do not match up well with the Heat. Our advantage is inside, but Kobe will hog that ball and jack up 25 shots. I do not expect us to win this game.

Posted by: keen observer | March 10, 2011 at 09:57 AM

Dude...You are a VERY SMART man, both streaks end TONIGHT.


Lewster:

I originally queried for MVP888 wherabouts and yuo responded with:

LMAO - You guys did all you could to chase away MVP888 and now you ask where hes been???

What's the matter...you guys are bored with no one to dump on...Just like the Lakers, he had a target on his back...

888 told me it's not worth it, and he is happy in his old Forum...he said he came to Laker Tom's rescue, and he was vilified since...

So it's our loss...but I miss him coming on...followed by the GHE and Toxic Club and the multiple handles was always humorous...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM

So I ask that please do not make general statements about "you guys".

Does this make sense?


Poor lewsters a bitter man. Reading his posts are very depressing. Somebody pass that man some huggies.

"It only took him 6 years to realize that, so does that a low IQ?

Posted by: Bynum or DHoward | March 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM "

Possibly or it could be other things. He was very young and immature when he was drafted which is understandable since he was 17. I think he wants to play in a way that will get positive attention for himself and probably always looked at scoring as a way to do that. With all of the praise he has received in the last few games, maybe he's seeing that being somewhat of a one way player can still earn the praise.

3 games doesn't earn Bynum a new reputation, however. He needs to continue this type of play consistently.

Food for Thought:

If LeBron is crying after a four game losing streak while his team is still near the top of the standings for its Conference, how would LeBron would have acted if he were in a similar situation to the Lakers during the "lean years" after Shaq left and before Gasol arrived?

Methinks a true Champion overcomes and thrives due to adversity, rather than collapse at the first taste of it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I do find it very interesting that many would keep Bynum over Howard after ONLY 7-8 games of playing to his potential. Howard has been playing to his potential his whole career.

I hate to keep hypothetically trading away Bynum, but geez, Howard has proven through his career that he's way more reliable and productive than Andrew. Andrew has had good games against Dwight, but Dwight hasn't been slacking on Bynum in recent matchups.

Are we really worried about free throws? We won 3 rings with Shaq!

I need to set it straight though. I love Andrew Bynum as a Laker, especially when he's playing like he's playing right now. I guess the fact that he's our greatest trade asset right now makes it fun to look at these scenarios. And the fact that we can even consider making these blockbuster trades for the likes of Carmelo and Howard says a lot about Bynum's potential. It's almost like we could trade Bynum for anyone in the league.

But the reality of Dwight Howards game compared to the potential of Bynum's game makes me lean towards Howard over Bynum. This could change though...

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs!

LMAO - am i hitting a nerve>>>

Next 'new handle' please stand up...please stand up...

The "You Guys"...you know who you are...

I think I will change my handle to...

Glass Half Full
Bynumite Protector
Practice Season Follower
and how about..."Me against the "you guys"

ROFLMFAO...

seems to me that this blog is doing just fine without MVP888

LMAO

Posted by: Troll Man | March 10, 2011 at 09:59 AM

Dude...888 had some great posts, and this blog would do fine without YOU and the other blog27 that feel a sense of ENTITLEMENT of owning this BLOG.

Just Sayin...

Game Day!

I hope we put the pedal to the medal early - take them out of the game right away so that the tears well up inside of them...

I think it will be a battle.

The Heat are probably thinking a win will go a long way to making them feel less weepy.

The Lakers will be out for revenge to make up for the Christmas humiliation.

The Lakers are on a roll. They can't deal with our size. No one can! Ha, ha, ha... (maniacal laugh).

"We're taking our tissues to South Beach."

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

"Howards numbers would drop significantly on this Laker squad. He would have to share the ball with Pau and Kobe on Offense . And on Defense Pau's presence would lower Dwights rebounds per game drop as well.

Posted by: ChicNstu | March 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM "

I think Dwight's numbers would go up on the Lakers. If not in points per game, he'd definitely see an increase in efficiency. Dwight and Gasol in the same front court would just be unfair.


@BAY TO LA... “Bynum has a better shooting touch than Dwight but he is still far behind him athletically and I'm not sure I'd even rank his moves above Dwight. If Bynum was currently able to equal or exceed Dwight's scoring production, the Lakers would be taking advantage of it. It's good Bynum seems to be embracing his role as a defender but I can't see him ever having a Dwight-like presence on offense.”
.....
You can’t ever see Drew having a Dwight-like presence on offense? Well, we will definitely have to agree to disagree on this issue because Dwight’s footwork and offensive game is a joke compared to Drew’s and Dwight is definitely a huge liability as a closer because he can’t hit his free throws. Yes, he has improved his game from prior years but he still is clumsy and has poor low post moves.
...
As for your comment about if Drew could score like Dwight, the Lakers would be taking advantage of it, the reality is if Dwight were on the Lakers he would not be getting the touches he gets in Orlando where he is their ONLY big man. Not with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol getting the touches. And if Drew were playing for the Magic, he would likely match or exceed Dwight’s points per game.
....
Dwight Howard is right now the best defensive center in the NBA due to his awesome athleticism but to claim he is a better offensive player than Andrew Bynum is ignoring the difference in their teams and situations. Frankly, it’s like saying that LeBron James is a better offensive player than Kobe Bryant. And while LeBron is the better athlete, he will never be the shooter that Kobe is. Comparing Dwight’s offensive game to Drew’s is pretty much the same exercise and result.
.............................
TOM

Match Ups:
Wade/Fish – Advantage Heat
Kobe/Chalmers – Advantage Lakers
Drew/Dampier – Advantage Lakers
James/Ron – We will find out
Pau/Bosh – Advantage Lakers
Bench – Advantage Lakers
Coaching – Advantage Lakers
Venue – Advantage Heat
Momentum – Advantage Lakers

Looks like a win to me! Even if James manages to score, our advantage seem to be overwhelming.

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

NO you are not hitting any nerves because you are the one that goes running, whimpering to MM to banish others. It is obvious that you still don't get my point in reference to making a "general statement" and never mind :).

Mamba24,

you quoted LakerTom when you wrote:
Bottom line, Dwight Howard’s greatness is due primarily to his defense and rebounding and he may never become as good an offensive player as Andrew Bynum already is at 23-years old. Drew on the other hand, still has great upside on the offensive end as well as the defensive end

my response:

What does "great upside" actually translate to? I repeat, stats do not tell
the whole story. However, "great upside" isn't quantifiable and quite
frankly the same person who mentioned "great upside" for Bynum
also promoted Smush Parker as the next great Laker pg.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bynuman01.html

says that Bynum is averaging 11 pts & 8.4 rebounds per game. So ... if
he averages 12 pts and 9 rebounds per game .. Will his great upside
have been reached?

poor lewstrs blogs here with all his negative stuff then goes back to his renegade chat complaning about this blog and gets sympathy from the 4 bloggers posting there how sad is that

HELLO there's a reason why so few chat over on the renegade chat
they should call it the boring pom pom chat, where we console those whose feelings get hurt or their opinions arent held in great reverance on the LA Times laker blog

so pitifully sad

 
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