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Matt Barnes to play Friday against Charlotte

Barnes_300 After missing the past 25 games following right knee surgery, Lakers forward Matt Barnes will return to the lineup Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"We didn't do a whole lot of activity, but he was fine from yesterday's practice," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Friday after the morning shootaround at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. "He'll be dressed and ready to go tonight."

Jackson didn't specify how many minutes Barnes will play against the Bobcats, but said he didn't have any additional pain or swelling. The Lakers welcome Barnes' return to the lineup considering they enter Friday's game having lost eight of their last 10 to Charlotte and that Barnes provides aggressive play and energy. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes off the bench in 37 games before suffering a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Jan. 7 in the Lakers' 101-97 victory over New Orleans.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson on Matt Barnes and Devin Ebanks

"He elevates the game because of his speed," Jackson said of Barnes. "He keeps the game a little bit quicker. His cutting is effective."

Barnes hopes to broaden those skill sets. He asked Jackson during his rehab process for tapes detailing the triangle offense at the guard position, something Barnes thought would be helpful in understanding the offense better and diversifying his value.

Though Jackson said he and the coaching staff would have to work on those concepts with Barnes in practice beforehand, Jackson openly envisioned playing Barnes sometime during the postseason at the guard position.

"Even though Matt's ball-handling isn't a priority for him," Jackson said, "we think he can ...  play the position."

-- Mark Medina

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MM, Good news. about MB.

Exhelo had this link posted on the K Bros blog. Different angle on the Perkins trade and current defensive priorities.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/ian_thomsen/03/04/sixth.man/index.html?eref=sihp

When Barnes got injured I hoped we wouldn't miss him. But for some ugly games we needed his strong will to play. I hope everything goes well for him and he stays healthy.


"Vibe feels good for Tex Winter to gain the Hall of Fame. So hard to trust politics. Won't believe it til I see it. Shoulda happened long ago" --- lazenby

I think it's time for this great man of basketball to get acknowledged!

“Executed properly, the system is virtually unstoppable because there are no set plays (only a series of possible options), so the defense can’t predict what’s going to happen next.” - More Than A Game

New Dawn Fades

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsT_PvMR4j4

Lecrab and dwade dont deserve to drink any coffee today.. coffees are for closers!

Yellofever

Police here; In addition, they should be taken to the back of the shed and flogged mercilessly. Wait, that would be cruelty to animals, never mind.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Sports medicine and rehab has certainly come a long way. Here's Matt Barnes back on schedule after a knee surgery in 8 weeks. I think most of us take this process for granted at times. For a man to be able to compete in the NBA so soon after knee surgery is amazing.

So what's the word on hiring Charlie Sheen to fill in Devin Ebanks' role?

Has Charlie signed yet?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lecrab and dwade dont deserve to drink any coffee today.. coffees are for closers!

Posted by: yellofever | March 04, 2011 at 01:42 PM

Good Stuff!!!LOL!!!

I've been very gratified by just how well Barnes has fit in with the Lakers.

He showed signs of really fitting in well with the team when he was one of the tri-captains of the Warriors even as a sixth man. He got technicals because, in part, of Stephen Jackson's and Baron Davis's propensity to get technicals. He fits in with the team culture. In that situation, on that team, it turned emotion into a self-destructive weapon.

On our team, Barnes is a winner.

We all know this fact about Kobe and the Lakers, and it has been addressed, but I think it's worth pointing out, with Kobe as the leader our team is filled with a more winning culture.

Does anyone still believe Kobe doesn't make his teammates better?

I just think about this situation after reading this article and I think one thing.

Yeah! Yeah, this is good.

People have acted like the Lakers lost something a few weeks ago when not playing as well, like the team didn't have what it needed, like Artest just went to a cave to rest or something.

I think the thing that was missing that was such a perfect part of the concoction that is our Lakers really was Matt Barnes. One of our team's greatest weaknesses has been Artest's distractedness and capriciousness. With Barnes, it doesn't really matter. The effort, tenacity, skill and willingness to do what the team needs as well as simply being a good fit... It's all there.

We get the 2nd seed in the NBA. I'm telling you now that it happens. The Western Conference Finals against the Spurs are going to be interesting.

Welcome back Matt B.!

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On our team, Barnes is a winner.


Posted by: Benjamin | March 04, 2011 at 02:26 PM "

I think he has been a great guy to have around on every team he has been on. That's why there is always another team lined up to sign him each year. The puzzling thing is why no team seems to hold on to him for more than a year at a time.

welcome back matt, we've really missed you! luke walton, welcome back to the bench! payback tonight against the bobcats!

Quite frankly, the Charlie Sheen posts show a serious lack of tact. Jon K., I expect more from you, my friend.

Would you make fun of the guy in a wheelchair? What about the girl who lost her vision at age 8? No? That stuff's not funny? Neither is the Charlie Sheen banter, because the guy is obviously suffering from a severe mental illness. We laugh, because it makes us feel better about things we don't understand.

But come on, folks... Show some compassion and tact.

Go Lake Show!

@Lew - rocking the Pink...yes we are LOUD!

@fever - Glengary in the house!

The Outlaw,

Are you kidding me? Seriously?

Not only is it hilarious, but I've become a fan of Charlie. He is completely without shame in an era in which shame has become the dominating social more. Even though he says thinks in a totally insane (yet utterly entertaining and creative fashion) a lot of what he's saying (once you decode it) makes sense.

He's not hurting anyone and he has the audacity to raise his middle finger to the establishment in extreme confidence. He'd make a fine Laker.

WINNING!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

He's not hurting anyone and he has the audacity to raise his middle finger to the establishment in extreme confidence. He'd make a fine Laker.Posted by: Jon K. | March 04, 2011 at 03:36 PM
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GOD#@@!#$%%!!! Now this! THIS! Talk about your Freaking RCOTD. Yeah this is the RCOTD! READER COMMENT OF THE DECADE. HELL YEAH!!! Fine Laker indeed!!! PREACH MY BROTHER PREACH!!!!

The Outlaw,

Charlie Sheen is calling into all the psychological boxes we are forced into by the establishment.

I have a good friend who has a doctorate in psychology. Psychology is more of an art than it is a science. It looks at psychological trends in personality types, but there's a good reason that DSM changes every couple years... because they cannot scientifically define the human condition using the criteria they use.

In addition, Charlie is right about Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholism is not a "disease." They've even co-opted the English language. It used to be that one could be described as a "reformed alcoholic." You can't say that any more. You have to say "recovering alcoholic" like a cancer patient. It's fricken ridiculous.

Charlie's cause is noble! We are, in the end, ALL Charlie Sheen! Stay strong!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

2nd CAREER for some of the old bloggers: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-ca-cultural-exchange-20110306,0,3073333.story Posted by: Norcal | March 04, 2011 at 03:37 PM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! HELP ME LORD!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Charlie's cause is noble! We are, in the end, ALL Charlie Sheen! Stay strong!Posted by: Jon K. | March 04, 2011 at 03:40 PM
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YES! YES! HELL YES!!! PREACH JON K. PREACH!!!!! !!!!@

mamba24,

WE ARE ALL CHARLIE SHEEN!!! STAY STRONG, BROTHER!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@BENJAMIN, Sorry my brother but I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!! Carry ON!!
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@LROB, What you got for The Nation my Brother!!!!

@The Outlaw...

Re: Charlie Sheen. Man, you have a good heart. If all people were like you, this little planet would be paradise. Unfortunately, guys like you have to co-exist with guys like me who think that if Charlie Sheen has mental and substance abuse issues, he certainly has the capabilities of turning his life around.

At almost $2M an episode,for appearing in a sitcom, Mr. Sheen is financially blessed. I just can't generate any sympathy for his predicament. I'm just a little sick of reading about the Charlie Sheens and Lindsay Lohans of the world. There are real problems that deserve more attention.

@the Outlaw
"Would you make fun of the guy in a wheelchair? What about the girl who lost her vision at age 8?"

I don't think those people would claim that they have "Tiger Blood" running through their veins or that their bodies contain "Anodins DNA."

I for one don't feel bad for Hollywood types who lose it based on an extreme sense of narcicism and who "treat" themselves with breifcases full of cocaine. Oh yeah, also caliming that they don't need a higher power because they are their own "higher power" doesn't bring any sympathy.

mamba24,

I mean, come on! Wouldn't you pay to see that movie? You know, THAT movie where Charlie Sheen joins the Lakers and leads them to a Championship over the dreaded Boston Septics! THAT movie!

The scenes where Charlie and Ron debate the future of the Lakers would be worth the price of admission alone!!! Can you imagine the dialog? Sweet, sweet, gentle genius.

BRING IT!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

mclyne,

Charlie Sheen is a fricken Warlock!!!

In any case, what Charlie is commenting on is Alcoholic Anonymous' assertion that a person needs to surrender to a higher power to overcome their addiction. As a man of faith, I see the value of that, but AA's insistence that a person MUST do that inherently detracts from a person's sense of freewill that they can make a choice on their own.

The founder of AA was a degenerate alcoholic who probably falls into that 10% of addicts who for genetic or developmental reasons lose all sense of self-control in their lives. AA is designed for that 10% and it works for them. Unfortunately, part of their disease (as addicts have control issues) is to project their own issues onto the other 90% of people with substance abuse issues and (as control freaks would do) MAKE THEM act and think like they do.

It's not healthy. It's not right and the fact that the establishment has co-opted the English language to limit open debate of this subject is downright Orwellian.

Charlie thinks he part of the 90%... and maybe he is.

Let him do things his way.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Outlaw,

By the way, the era of tact is over.

Long live the era of honesty, open communication and directness!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I mean, come on! Wouldn't you pay to see that movie? You know, THAT movie where Charlie Sheen joins the Lakers and leads them to a Championship over the dreaded Boston Septics! THAT movie!
The scenes where Charlie and Ron debate the future of the Lakers would be worth the price of admission alone!!! Can you imagine the dialog? Sweet, sweet, gentle genius. BRING IT!!! Posted by: Jon K. | March 04, 2011 at 03:48 PM
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Pay to see it? PAY TO SEE IT??? Hell I'd help Bankroll it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LAKER NATION...CHARLIE SHEEN....LET'S RIDE AMIGOS!!!!

I just hope we don't see Charlie on the 10:00 news holding up Seigfried and Roy for some more shots of Tiger Blood!

WINNING!!!!

years ago it was "fletch" (chevy chase) leading the Lakers to an nba title, now it'll be charlie sheen. what, are they making a re-make of fletch! ha ha, i pay to see that!

I can see Charlie Sheen now. Charlie with the ball one-on-one against LeBron James. As the two stare each other down unblinking, Charlie deadpans, "Bring it!"

LeBron moves in to swipe at the ball, but Charlie does a spin move and drives to the basket. As Dwayne Wade collapses in on him, Charlie does a no-look mid-air between the legs pass to Ron Artest for a thunderous two hand dunk.

Ron Artest screams to the rafters next to a dejected Chris Bosh, "WINNING!!!"

With a cocked smile, Charlie looks over at Ron, nods his head knowingly and winks.

Winning.

{SIGN CHARLIE SHEEN NOW!!!}

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lakeshowinphx,

That's it. We remake "Fletch" starring Charlie Sheen with a more extended Lakers role.

It's perfect.

Somebody get on the phone to Spielberg or the Weinsteen Brothers, pronto!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I want to see a sit down interview between Ron-Ron and Charlie. They could compare notes on Mental Health issues. Now I would pay to see that!!! Think of the endless amounts of quotable gold this would provide.

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LAKER NATION SUPPORTS CHARLIE SHEEN - BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K. - OWNER - I mean, come on! Wouldn't you pay to see that movie? You know, THAT movie where Charlie Sheen joins the Lakers and leads them to a Championship over the dreaded Boston Septics! THAT movie! The scenes where Charlie and Ron debate the future of the Lakers would be worth the price of admission alone!!! Can you imagine the dialog? Sweet, sweet, gentle genius. BRING IT!!! {SIGN CHARLIE SHEEN NOW!!!}
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - CHARLIE SHEEN...LETS RIDE AMIGO!!!
(03)

Last time Kwame Hands of Stone Brown layeth the smack down on Bynum and Gasol. I think Kwame will be extra hyped at staples and the bobcats will win again by 8 points.

Jon K - Still trying to track down Charlie Sheen's publicist for confirmation.....

I think Kwame will be extra hyped at staples and the bobcats will win again by 8 points. Posted by: island priest | March 04, 2011 at 04:33 PM
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Put that ganja down Priest! PUT IT DOWN NOW!!!!!!

I just hope we don't see Charlie on the 10:00 news holding up Seigfried and Roy for some more shots of Tiger Blood!posted by: mclyne | March 04, 2011 at 04:11 PM
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OH DEAR GOD!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me on that bus mamba! I will come prepared with my tiger tranquilizing darts!

Let me on that bus mamba! I will come prepared with my tiger tranquilizing darts! Posted by: mclyne | March 04, 2011 at 04:37 PM
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Stop it!! Stop it I say!!! LMAO!!!!!!
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LAKER NATION SUPPORTS CHARLIE SHEEN - BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K. - OWNER - I mean, come on! Wouldn't you pay to see that movie? You know, THAT movie where Charlie Sheen joins the Lakers and leads them to a Championship over the dreaded Boston Septics! THAT movie! The scenes where Charlie and Ron debate the future of the Lakers would be worth the price of admission alone!!! Can you imagine the dialog? Sweet, sweet, gentle genius. BRING IT!!! {SIGN CHARLIE SHEEN NOW!!!}
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - CHARLIE SHEEN...LETS RIDE AMIGO!!!
(03) MCLYNE - RIDING SHOTGUN(WITH TRANQUILIZING DARTS) - Let me on that bus! I will come prepared with my tiger tranquilizing darts!


mamba, i don't smoke ganja except for religious purposes but I will smoke whatever you are on. Because you are always happy man. I'm a bit pessimistic by nature. But we all know the Bobcats are marking the W already before the game. There are just some teams the lakers cannot beat consistently and thats portland and the bobcats.

Mark Medina,

That's because Charlie's publicist quit.

I think you're going to have to reach out to the big guy directly.

If Charlie can take down Gordon Gekko, surely he can take down Kevin Garnett.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@IslandPriest, Sorry my brother, I was just playing with ya! I shouldn't have said that ISH and I apologize. But I also say this...The Lakers will win by at least 15 points tonight!! Yes Island Priest this is true! The only team that "Owns" or can beat The Freakin LA Lakers is...The Freakin LA Lakers. So hopefully when the Lakers win tonight, you can be happy, mamba24 can be happy and Laker Nation can be happy!! HIT IT..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmCEQVcNp4s

If Charlie can take down Gordon Gekko, surely he can take down Kevin Garnett.Posted by: Jon K. | March 04, 2011 at 04:46 PM
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GOD@@##!!!!! Give it to him!!! Give it to Him Right now!!!!
RCOTD = JON K. = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!

No problem mamba, carry on. Chicago look like they are for real. They are holding the mavs to 27 with 5 mins to go.

They are holding the mavs to 27 with 5 mins to go. Posted by: island priest | March 04, 2011 at 04:55 PM
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The hell you say!! Thank you my brother!!!

@LROB, What you got for The Nation my Brother!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 04, 2011 at 03:46 PM
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Let's see Friday Night....ain't no time to sit down! Show the flute some love!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWr4dMucUrA

thats the magic actually. the spurs mia should be a good game. Everyone wants to know how did I get the nickname Island Priest. I'm well known on the espn, fox blogs etc. This question has been posed to me over and over again. But I'm about to tell you in two parts. Tonight I will reveal the island part. i reside on the same island where two former championship laker players were born. The second part of my nickname will be recealed exactly 24 hours from now. Don't miss it.

No problem mamba, carry on. Chicago look like they are for real. They are holding the mavs to 27 with 5 mins to go.

Posted by: island priest | March 04, 2011 at 04:55 PM

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I think you mean Orlando.

But I'm about to tell you in two parts. Tonight I will reveal the island part. i reside on the same island where two former championship laker players were born. The second part of my nickname will be recealed exactly 24 hours from now. Don't miss it.

Posted by: island priest | March 04, 2011 at 05:09 PM

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Hmmmm.....Rick Fox and Mychal Thompson from the wonderful island of...

Jon K - Haha I thought I had my sarcasm font on. That was the whole point of the punchline

Mark Medina,

I picked that up. I was just going with it.

Anyhow, we need someone who is bi-winning. We win here. And we win there. It's perfect.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LRob excellent you are the sharpest knife in the drawer. I knew many people were scratching their heads trying to choose the correct players.

@LRob
sick jam as usual!

since you brought the flute out to rock with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCyC1dZiN8&feature=related

mclyne,

Ian is the man. I'll give you one more with a little southern rocking flavor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEOV5vWfSgI


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