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Lamar Odom adapts to starter's role in place of Andrew Bynum rather quickly

Every game involves the same routine.

Lakers forward Lamar Odom doesn't go into much detail explaining what that is, other than keeping himself prepared mentally and physically. But by the way he's played this season, it's obvious the approach has worked. Whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he's still provided the same versatility and consistency that makes him hard to stop.

Of course, that role is nothing new for Odom, a reason why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called him "invaluable" and argued the Lakers wouldn't have won the 2010 NBA title had the organization and Odom not agreed to a four-year, $33-million deal in July 2009. But it's still amazing to see how Odom  maintains that level of play.

While Andrew Bynum served the first of his two-game suspension in the Lakers' 84-80 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers, Odom took a starter's role at power forward, while Pau Gasol moved to center. The result: Odom produced a double-double with 16 points on eight-for-11 shooting and 11 rebounds, numbers that ring fairly similar to the ones he's produced in all 70 games (14.3 points on 53.8% and 8.7 rebounds per contest). Even if the Lakers lament Bynum's absence in Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns, they're at least comforted in knowing Odom can fill that void.

"I know my role on this team," said Odom, who's third on the team in multiple categories, including scoring (14.3), rebounding (8.7), assists (3.0), minutes played (32.2) and second in both field-goal (53.8%) and three-point (38.3%) percentage. "Now more than ever, I try to keep myself prepared just in case. Who knows? A turned ankle or a two-game suspension. Who knows what it's going to be? I just try to be prepared physically and mentally, just having myself in that good space where I can just come in and do a good job."

Clearly, Odom's used to it by now. He started in Bynum's place in the first 33 games of the season, 24 while Bynum rehabbed from his surgically repaired right knee and nine  as Bynum phased himself back into the lineup. Though Bynum's absence eventually put a toll on Gasol, very little of that reflected on Odom. In fact, Odom's numbers as a starter eclipsed those as a reserve, including points per game (15.7, 13), field-goal percentage (57.2%, 50.5%) and rebounds (10.1, 7.4). These numbers don't necessarily reflect a discrepancy in effort as much as a change in roles. Regardless, Odom has maintained the same sharpness stemming from his work last summer in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

"It's nothing to him," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said of Odom. "We can put him at the five and it's easy for him. It just speaks to how talented he is and how he's used to playing in this system. It's a walk in the park for him. It's a big advantage for us. We got an All-Star who's willing to come off the bench. It makes us a much better ballclub."

Jackson didn't exactly agree with the assertion that Odom's move to the starting spot against Portland proved seamless, however. Jackson recalled having a conversation with him about the Trail Blazers beating the Lakers in second-chance points and rebounds, pointing to his need to be more assertive in filling Bynum's void. But Odom quickly overcame it in the second half, leading a fourth-quarter charge that entailed making a right-handed layup, scoring off Gasol's pass inside and grabbing a defensive rebound that led to a Bryant layup. The latter play tied the score at 74-74 and shifted the momentum in the Lakers' favor.

That's the kind of play Odom has exhibited all season, except mostly off the bench, a reason why Jackson believes Odom is a strong candidate for sixth man of the year. But for one more game, Odom will carry that skill set as a starter, a role  he's always willing to fill.

"You can spark the team in so many different ways," Odom said. "I don't necessarily have to score to spark the team by scoring. I can start with a rebound, an assist, pushing the ball or pushing us in transition. ... We have to find out how to score as a team as a second unit."

-- Mark Medina

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Ah yes! Nothing like the smell of roll-call in the morning...smells like...VICTORY! Thanks mamba24!


@KOBEMVP888... Next time you guys get together, let me know and I’ll fly down and join you. And thanks to Jon, Rose, Lew, and the others who convinced you to return to the fold. It’s going to be a blast as this season for the ages heads into the playoffs. After my own hiatus from the blog, I made a conscious effort to channel my passion towards being happy rather than angry and that has enabled me to still be myself without ending up in confrontations that dragged down the blog. So now that you’re back, let’s all work together to make this the greatest Lakers season in history.
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@EDWIN... LOL. I find it hard to believe you were ever a belligerent fellow. From the first day I met you, you’ve always been the constant gentlemen, working hard to get everybody to get along. Good advice to 888 but it’s hard not to be yourself. But when you’re gone for a while, you realize how much you missed sharing with your Laker brethren and thus want to be a better blogger. To me the key is to remember to channel your passion into having a good time rather than a fight.
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@CHICNSTU... Thanks for link to the Highwaymen...Willie, Johnny, Waylon, and Kris – now that is definitely a super group. And unlike the Miami Heat, this super group had no problem playing together. I’ve long had a closet love for country music and have seen each of these guys in person at various points in their careers. While I was looking for the version of Funny How Time Just Slips Away that Willie played on Austin City Limits, I came across this gem: Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, and Elvis Costello doing Crazy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYzQG9ICJE
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thank you mamba 24, i look foward and READ the rollcall everyday to begin the day

give praises to lo for always taking one for the team. anyplace else he would start. if all-star is not to be then perhaps 6th man SHOULD be forthcoming!

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(07) LAKERTOM - LAKERMIKE... Congrats on the grandchild. Let me tell you, they’re even more fun than your own kids because you can spoil the hell out of them and then send them home. I can’t remember ever enjoying something as much as coaching my grandson’s CYO team to the championship with my son keeping score and Mrs. LakerTom and my two granddaughters cheering in the stands.

Good morning crue!

GAME DAY and its' the Suns. I am PSYCHED and present for some bball.

GO LAKERS!

Cheers all - PLG

i had hope to see something in the knicks this year,and i am glad that finally they are in the playoff hunt, but honestly, that game was really painful to watch. until thyey play defense, there is no hope for them, what do you think Bronx-laker fan?

@PsychedLakerGirl, Good morning Psyched and thanks for checking in. If you are Psyched then I think this game is just about ready to be put in the refrigerator for The Lakers!!! LoL! Carry On Ma'am!

Good Morning DJ LRob. What you got for the Nation this morning!!!!

What's up Mamba - Thanks for the roll call. Actually its amazing that LakerTom posted that Elvis Costello with Willie just now because I was listening to this one by Elvis this morning. Not exactly the song to get the troops fired up...but I do hope the Lakers "aim is true" tonight.

Elvis - Allison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfZ5m-oGmtQ


Tonight the streak continues. The streak creates swagger. Swagger is good.

Swagger evolves over a Phil Jackson season. It's the opening tune in his postseason mix.

Kobe starts answering through clenched teeth, Fish shots fall, and the lay back LA crowd starts cheerin' loose ball fouls. It's a harbinger of LA spring. Smells sweet.

Laker Mike - Congratulations on your grandchild!


ANDREW BYNUM, RON ARTEST ARE TURNING THE FINESSE THEORY UPSIDE DOWN
By Hadari Jones for the Bleacher Report
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/642265-la-lakers-andrew-bynum-ron-artest-are-turning-the-finesse-theory-upside-down
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I don’t usually read the Bleacher Report as the quality of articles generally reflects the amateur status of the writers but Jones does an excellent job on this article and I happen to agree 100% with his premise that Drew and Ron (and I would include Matt) have changed the Lakers from a finesse to a power team. Adding these guys to Kobe and Derek has changed the team psyche.
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Here is an excerpt that I loved from the article: “Lakers fans like to throw around the fact that since Gasol joined the team they haven't missed an NBA Finals, but it's also true that the Lakers have yet to lose a Finals series that center Andrew Bynum has participated in.”
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Good day Ladies and Gents, Mamba24 the sweet taste of roll call and a cup of coffee is a thing of beauty. Let's keep the fire burning, I appreciate being a fan of the greatest organization in ALL sports.

LAKERS ALL DAY

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

@Mamba - Thanks for the positive energy you bring to the blog and all you do! This one is for you.


Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - Thank You.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_6VaCG3tUE


@LROB... Man, I’ve always been a rabid Elvis Costello fan. Have seen him in person a half dozen times and he is just a fabulous showman. Who could not love Allison, one of the greatest songs ever. I still remember one concert that Mrs. LakerTom and I attended where Elvis sang a couple of Beatles songs and three teenage girls sitting in front of us were talking and said those were great songs but who were the Beatles. LOL. One of the funniest concert moments that I can recall.
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Besides Allison, here is my other favorite Elvis song. I remember a story about how Elvis actually sent the song to Old Blue Eyes himself to play but Sinatra never responded. Too bad. Almost Blue is truly one of the great ballads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zju3lT02PiE
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@MAMBA24 ... Ah, the sweet smell of Game Day Roll Call and Prayer. Thank you, Larry. We just need to win another game for Drew and keep this train on the 24-1 post All-Star track. As Jerry Buss might way, we’re all in. Just win out, baby. If we can take care of business tonight, I think Drew is going to come back locked and loaded to dominate the backboards and paint.
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@2pHATT,Good morning sir how are you this wonderful Game Day morning? Yes a cup of coffee is good and pour just a touch of Dr. Faty's Lakerholic tonic in their and you will be good to go my brother! Thanks for checking in this helps keep the Force of Lakers Nation in balance...Truly!!! Carry On! OK HIT IT: http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA

Great consistency by Lamar through all season. He deserves to be praised.

Also I want to note that the bench started to gel again after the return by Matt Barnes. He has a lot of energy that sparks the team sometimes.

I think all the team must be praised, even if they hadn't played the best basketball against the Blazers they for sure gave all they could. Kobe in the last minutes looked so tired but in the end he felt great after so much adversities.

It's good to have games like this that motivate the team. But I think they should take some easy wins and rest the starters.

Finally congratulations for your return @KOBEMVP888!

I understand the people that criticize the team and sometimes when the team don't play with will it is frustrating. But I think we should take the approach like people like KOBEMVP888, MAMBA24, LROB, just to name a few that always see something positive about the team.

Game Day Baby!

Good morning Laker Bloggers!

This won't be an easy one. Without Bynum, the Suns match up pretty well size wise. They have a lot of good shooters and played very well against the Clippers. They have a strong bench that scores a lot of points (51 against the Clippers), so the B's will have to step up and hit some shots for us to get the win. Hopefully, Kobe will have a strong game - not just in the end.

I hope PJ can start working another big into the rotation tonight. Pau doesn't seem to do well when you play him for 45 minutes. We need to save him for the playoffs. Caracter? Ratliff, Smith?

We are at home, we have momentum, and we keep finding a way to win. We need to keep our winning pace to overtake Boston and Chicago. I am seeing a big W.

I am a Lakerholic.

We just need to win another game for Drew and keep this train on the 24-1 post All-Star track. As Jerry Buss might way, we’re all in. Just win out, baby. If we can take care of business tonight, I think Drew is going to come back locked and loaded to dominate the backboards and paint. Posted by: LakerTom | March 22, 2011 at 09:46 AM
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Good Morning LakerTom sir. Well if all we need is to hold down the fort for one more game till the Beast get's back then...WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!Thanks for the kind words sir now put that Game Face on cause...THIS ONES FOR DREW!!!!!!!!!!
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@DJ LRob, *sniff* *sniff* Thank you kind sir!! You know I'm partial to Frankie Beverly and maze so I'm sending this out to Laker Nation because with KobeMVP888 back and Sir Charles checking in, Laker Nation...WE ARE ONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2lS283bmKM - Frankie Beverly and Maze!

Welcome back 888!

We are at home, we have momentum, and we keep finding a way to win. We need to keep our winning pace to overtake Boston and Chicago. I am seeing a big W. I am a Lakerholic.Posted by: Lakerholic | March 22, 2011 at 09:56 AM
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The Swagger, THE SWAGGER!!! But of course you are seeing a Big W and we will overtake Boston and Chicago. WHY?...BECAUSE YOU ARE A LAKERHOLIC AND SO AM I!! WE GOT THIS!!!

Great roll call this morning, Mamba24. Thanks for that.

LakerTom: This team is definitely NOT a finesse-team. The Lakers are capable of swarming defensive stands. Matt Barnes is a hard-nosed defender, and Ron has the quickest hands in the league. When Kobe locks in on a player, he is capable of top-notch defense. Bynum? No reason to say more. They guy is becoming a defensive monster.

I re-watched the 4th quarter of the Portland game last night. Kobe is... amazing. His intensity, tenacity, and never-quit attitude are simply unmatched in the league today. Sure, he takes some bad shots. But he earns them.

Go Lake Show!

Welcome back 888....just want to ask hope you don't mind me asking: why are you always angry?

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 22, 2011 at 08:09 AM
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Edwin, I am not always "angry." Those who have met me can attest to that. I am PASSIONATE. Big difference. I hope you don't mind me asking: Why must you focus on proper "blog etiquette" and the interaction of blog members and how they should communicate? I will always disagree with your main premise that it is okay to attack the Lakers, but that it is not okay to issue a counterattack to the Lakers "fan" who does the attacking. Sorry, but as far as I am concerned, that person has opened the door to a counterattack, so I completely disagree with your "rule." It makes no sense to me.

phred says that "IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE." BS! Bloggers like ME are all about the love because we show unwavering support to our owner, management, coaches and players. It is those who hold the opposing "point of view" and who constantly bash and criticize our two time defending champs aho lack appreciation and who are the angry and hateful ones.

I recall when you flew off the handle at me because I disagreed with your "kind of thinking" when you said that we can only judge the team on how it is playing "right now." I didn't personally attack you, I just disagreed with that "kind of thinking" because basically I felt it was shortsighted (I was right). It applied to ANYONE who thinks like that, not just you. If my posts come across as "insensitive," that slices both ways. Again, what you perceive as "anger" is simply PASSION for our two time defending champion Lakers.

This doesn't mean that I won't offer constructive criticism .. that gets lost in my passion sometimes. I get lambasted in here for criticizing Kobe from time to time, but defending Fish. One thing has ZERO to do with the other. And while Phil Jackson may frustrate me from time to time, far be it for me OR ANYONE ELSE to question a man who dons 11 rings and who has somehow managed the fragile egos of the spoiled professional athletes he coaches. NOBODY knows his team better than he does. To me, when someone lashes into PJ (e.g., pfunk36), they do nothing but embarrass themselves. It cracks me up how Fish, Bynum, Pau, PJ, Luke and Blake (in particular) are under constant scrutiny in here, yet Kobe and Artest are off limits. I understand Kobe, but ARTEST??!! OMG! The hypocrisy in that is unfathomable to me. Yet I digress ...

No Edwin, I am not angry. Think of me as being sensitive just like yourself. Jon K told me that he met you and that you are a great guy. I assumed that would be the case. But please, enough lectures on how to blog. I have my style and, given that we are rapidly approaching the starting line of the Season, I intend to kick it up a notch. I want my best blogging to be come at the right time!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

LT

Big Popeye fan here. I yam what I yam!


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WELCOME BACK KOBEMVP888 – BANDWAGON
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LT I had a great conversation with Jon K in person which sealed the deal. I have to be myself and bring my passion. If you mess with Bynum, you're a dead man. Fisher .. dead! PJ .. dead! Niedermeyer ...... "Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic... but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!" Tom, we're just the guys to do it. Let's DO IT!!!! Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 21, 2011 at 09:18 P
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(01) LAKERTOM – OWNER - MVP… Welcome back, Kenny. Good to see that absence hasn’t made you gun shy, LOL. KOBEMVP888... Next time you guys get together, let me know and I’ll fly down and join you. And thanks to Jon, Rose, Lew, and the others who convinced you to return to the fold. It’s going to be a blast as this season for the ages heads into the playoffs. After my own hiatus from the blog, I made a conscious effort to channel my passion towards being happy rather than angry and that has enabled me to still be myself without ending up in confrontations that dragged down the blog. So now that you’re back, let’s all work together to make this the greatest Lakers season in history
(02) CHICNSTU – CO/OWNER - Welcome back KOBEMVP888. I hope you and the rest of the Lakerholics had a blast at the game.
(03) IHEARTKB24 – DRIVER - 888 - Welcome back to LAT blog!!!
(04) LAKERMIKE – RIDING SHOTGUN - 888 . . . welcome back! I appreciated your invitation to me during the down time...
(05) EDWIN GUECO - Welcome back 888....
(06) MAMAB24 – With MVP888 we are once again one Nation. Welcome Back MVP888!!!!
(07) TIDAL WAVE - Finally congratulations for your return @KOBEMVP888! I understand the people that criticize the team and sometimes when the team don't play with will it is frustrating. But I think we should take the approach like people like KOBEMVP888, MAMBA24, LROB, just to name a few that always see something positive about the team
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Good Morning OutLaw! Thanks for the kind words sir and how are you this wonderful Game Day morning? As for your post, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! Carry On!

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WELCOME BACK KOBEMVP888 – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTOM – OWNER - MVP… Welcome back, Kenny. Good to see that absence hasn’t made you gun shy, LOL. KOBEMVP888... Next time you guys get together, let me know and I’ll fly down and join you. And thanks to Jon, Rose, Lew, and the others who convinced you to return to the fold. It’s going to be a blast as this season for the ages heads into the playoffs. After my own hiatus from the blog, I made a conscious effort to channel my passion towards being happy rather than angry and that has enabled me to still be myself without ending up in confrontations that dragged down the blog. So now that you’re back, let’s all work together to make this the greatest Lakers season in history
(02) CHICNSTU – CO/OWNER - Welcome back KOBEMVP888. I hope you and the rest of the Lakerholics had a blast at the game.


(07) TIDAL WAVE - Finally congratulations for your return @KOBEMVP888! I understand the people that criticize the team and sometimes when the team don't play with will it is frustrating. But I think we should take the approach like people like KOBEMVP888, MAMBA24, LROB, just to name a few that always see something positive about the team
(08) LAKERHOLIC - Welcome back 888!

Mamba24's Most Excellent Roll Call .. checking in!!!

The Suns first visit to Staples Center this season resulted in a barrage of Jason Richardson threes and a disappointing home loss. Richardson's gone and tonight they will get a little taste of our improved perimeter defense. I want to see Ron-Ron lock down Vince Carter. Good luck Mr. Nash & Company. You will need it!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

P.S.- Mamba24, thanks for the Bandwagon and thanks to everyone for the overly kind welcome. I promise to be angrier than ever! :)

All the Lakers need to do is...... "Stay Healthy and Focus!!" THEN, everything else will be taken care of itself. Here's the perfect song for So. Cal and the Lakers (and tonight's game.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKcpmnRsP0&feature=related

MVP - I had very little doubt that you'd be back because of your Laker and bball passion....I was just wondering how long and "waiting". Welcome Back.

Tom Petty - The Waiting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x_TXWYAH7o

@KOBEMVP888, Thanks for checking in, the kind words and WELCOME BACK!! To paraphase a commerical STAY ANGRY YOUNG MAN! LOL!! Good to have you back my brother!!! Carry On!!

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



@OUTLAW... When you have Kobe, Fish, Ron, Drew, and Matt banging for you, the Lakers are probably the TOUGHEST team in the NBA right now. Seriously, is there a tougher team out there? What a personality change from the disappointing 2008 Finals loss against the bully Celtics.
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@KOBEMVP888.... LOL. I have to agree with you on Edwin. I love him and he is a wonderful person with a heart of gold but when fans insult and denigrate players on the team, I agree with you that they open the door for some negative feedback for the lack of loyalty and appreciation for what this team and its players have accomplished. Thankfully, with the team on a tear that could end up with a 24-1 post all-star break record, only a Lakers fan mired in the mud of a GHE mindset would complain. Right now, 9 out of 10 Lakers fans on the blog are full blown GHF. LOL.
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TOM

Reading the blog this morning I'm struck with the interesting crew that has collected here. There are insane intellectuals, rabid basketball statisticians, Elvis Costello loving grandparents (which I can include myself), poets, students, and philosophers just to name a few. All of us are drawn together because of two things: The Purple and the Gold. It's good to be us watching Kobe, Pau, Fish, LO, and the ever interesting Ron Ron. Name one other town where the players often stop and watch the crowd! For that matter, name one other place that can say "oh, our 7 footer is injured or suspended, well we'll just have to bring our other All Star quality 7 footer off the bench to fill his spot" . Damn it's good to be us.

So, the kids will be fed, the bills are paid, moma's happy and IT'S GAME DAY...it's good to be alive today!

JR

LRob

That Tom Petty tune is very special to me. It was a song I shared with some of my law school classmates as we waited for Bar Exam results in 1981. Hard Promises is a great album and I'm a big Tom Petty fan. I love his Buried Treasures show on Deep Tracks (XM 40). Thanks for that.

Right now, 9 out of 10 Lakers fans on the blog are full blown GHF. LOL.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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Which is ONE REASON why we ALL should be GFs (never mind the H!) from day one with this veteran, experienced, bonded two-time defending championship team! The GHEs can now be looked at as only one thing if they are suddenly GHFs: hypocrites. Now, if they would simply APOLOGIZE to Laker Nation and ADMIT how WRONG they have been all along, then I'm happy to give them a pass.

Reading the blog this morning I'm struck with the interesting crew that has collected here. There are insane intellectuals, rabid basketball statisticians, Elvis Costello loving grandparents (which I can include myself), poets, students, and philosophers just to name a few. All of us are drawn together because of two things: The Purple and the Gold. It's good to be us watching Kobe, Pau, Fish, LO, and the ever interesting Ron Ron. Name one other town where the players often stop and watch the crowd! For that matter, name one other place that can say "oh, our 7 footer is injured or suspended, well we'll just have to bring our other All Star quality 7 footer off the bench to fill his spot" . Damn it's good to be us. So, the kids will be fed, the bills are paid, moma's happy and IT'S GAME DAY...it's good to be alive today!Posted by: Jolly Rancher | March 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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Just simply Beautiful!!!!!!!! And Yes, Yes, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

@lance from da bronx....

Just catching up on the blog, so I just saw your post asking me about the Knicks. I think they need a real center. Jared Jeffries at starting center? That ain't cool! LOL!

What always amazes me about Lamar Odom is his passing ability. That bounce pass to Pau vs. Portland that led to the Pau pull-up-onthe-rim dunk? Gorgeous!! He threw a similar one to Bynum in the most recent SA game. His knack for making a play for others is a big part of the Laker offense.


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