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Bynum misses shoot-around, status unclear for tonight's game

Lj54l9nc Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been on a roll, taking 56 rebounds over his last three games.

But it's unclear if he can add to that total Friday night against Portland. He has intestinal flu symptoms and missed the Lakers shoot-around Friday morning. He will be a game-time decision.

Bynum had a subpar game the last time the Lakers played in Portland, totaling only six points and four rebounds in the Lakers' 106-101 victory Feb. 23.

If Bynum misses Friday's game, it's likely that Pau Gasol will start at center and Lamar Odom will move to Gasol's forward spot.

--Mike Bresnahan, Reporting from Portland, Ore.

Photo: Andrew Bynum. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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Kobe doesn't have a relationship at all with his parents.

Posted by: island priest | April 08, 2011 at 01:14 PM

Just like all of your post, you don't know what your talking about. Do you ever watch Laker games? If you did you would know that he has a great relationship with his parents.

Thank God, it's ONLY intestinal flu, not knee as I "automatically" assume.

PJ, Please have Joe Smith and Ratliff play if Bynum can't go tonight so that they won't feel guilty when they receive the rings!!! Don't let Gasol and Odom overwork.

Posted by: The Triangulator | April 08, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I like that one, that was funny. But I think these last three games I have to agree with LakerTom, we have to @#!# them good and hard so they remember us. lol

Oh god, so we're left with Gasol (wo)manning the center spot. I can hear him screaming already.

Healthy and rested for the team for the PO's is all that matters now!

Good going! for being complacent, lazy, unmotivated and unfocused against pitifully bad teams such as the Jazz and Warriors now Lakers will face a good playoff bound team in the Blazers -without Andrew Bynum. Then after that comes super teams OKC and SA for good measure.

Way to close out the season on a 1-6 run to build momentum for the playoff...

On a related note the other LA Times article about how Phil Jackson couldn't wait to retire soon enough... yeah the feeling is mutual!

It is obvious Phil is either no longer able or willing to motivate and discipline the BEST team money can buy to perform at its best day in and day out every single game in a professional way.

I wish Kobe had had a chance to play w/ one of the greatest defensive
SF's ever. Just imagine what he could have done....

Norcal: Just imagine if Dwade or LBJ had this current lakers team

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 08, 2011 at 09:46 AM


We would see Lamar coasting just like last year.
We would see Pau playing like a wimp. Just like this year & last year.
We would see D-Fish going 1-6 just like for the last 3 years.
We would see PJ letting the team figure it out. Just like the last 3 years.
We would see a team w/ 45+ wins. Just like the last 3 years.

.... Isn't it odd how similar it would look?

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 08, 2011 at 12:44 PM

"I wish we would take more advantage of our height and the inside game, because it's pretty effective. It's unfortunate that we don't recognize it enough," Gasol said, according to the Daily News."It's frustrating because we lose games," Gasol said, according to the report. "I don't mind when we win, because the bottom line is, I want to win. But I feel like we have an advantage, and I'm effective, we should stay with what works and what's effective and not get away from it. It just doesn't make a lot of sense."Tough to argue with Gasol when he takes only four shots in the 2nd half of last night's game while his teammates jacked up three pointers (9-31 for the game).In case you're wondering, Kobe shot 10-for-26 (2-for-10 from 3) in the loss.

What kind of attorney chats on the BLOG all day, business must be slow. Or your a boot legged clown with no game.

Island Priest,

if you want to start name calling, feel free.

Maybe MM will ban you.


re: Bynum. What about him?

You can talk about Kobe not passing Bynum the ball. How come you never talk
about Bynum not being in position to receive the ball?

Did it happen all the time? No to both.

So ... Go back and look at Bynum's numbers.

Why have Bynum's numbers been so low until recently?

Per Bynum's words, it's that he understands that his DEFENSE is what's
needed & when he's played DEFENSE the Lakers have been unbeatable.
So ... why didn't he get it before?

If Kobe hasn't been giving Bynum the ball, when he's in the right spot, then
why have Bynum's numbers been going up over those same years?

The *numbers/stats* say that Kobe & MJ are in the same realm.
Oddly enough, this matches what former basketball greats/HOFers say.

However, y'all want to ignore their statements so you can keep bashing Kobe.

Why? What purpose does it serve to bash the leader of the team, who has
permanently injured himself to help us win championships?

Is he perfect? No. Does it matter? No.

The problems w/ this Lakers team have been well documented. The players
have sometimes faulted Kobe & sometimes falted themselves. When ALL
of the smoke/crap has cleared ... we've been to the finals 3 years in a row
and won 2 out of 3.

That's more than 95% of all basketball players can actually say.

How many times has LBJ been to the finals? Once, right? And got smoked
4-0 by the Spurs, right?

How many times has D-Wade been to the finals? Once, right? And he
won, w/ Shaq on his team.

How many times had Kobe been to the finals? 7 times right? 4 times
w/ Shaq on his team, right?

And while Kobe's shooting % is slightly lower than MJ's, his assists are
slightly lower than MJ's, his numbers are still better than 95% of the
basketball players who have ever played the game, right?

22 FGA .497 FG% 5.3 Assists 6.2 rebounds 6 champions reached. 6 won

19.4 FGA .454 FG% 4.7 assists 5.3 rebounds 7 finals reached. 5 won. & counting.

This was Bryant’s fourth 10-assist game of the season and in doing so he recorded his 5,005th career assist. He becomes the third player in Lakers history to eclipse the 5,000 assist mark with the team, joining Magic Johnson and Jerry West. Bryant also became the seventh player in NBA history to register 25,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists.


So, I ask you again. What purpose is served in bashing one of the elite
players, who has eclipsed a ton of records and is trying to win a championship
for our team?

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 08, 2011 at 09:46 AM

Every time the Lakers lose it is so easy to pin point the root cause which is so fundamental:

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

So here we go into the fourth quarter of a game with almost 20 lead changes. It's tied, and Bryant is about to go one-on-one with the Heat. Can't wait to read Jackson's next book.

Last season, the Lakers closed out the regular season 4-7, Result? Won the much for momentum

Hobbit, exactly my friend!

LP, exactly my friend!

Would everyone please do not try to go up against Hobbit when it comes to Kobe...Would you think it is wise to try to run across the 110 Fwy...

Well debating Hobbit on Kobe is the same thing...Kobe is Kobe...he is one of the best EVER period...

Note: This is a disclaimer if you if want to go there...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 08, 2011 at 02:06 PM

Is it still a good time to buy a house and where in LA? How is the real estate biz?

Lakers versus Dallas tonight.

Is Mark Cuban an idiot? wow really?

For those who likes to bring up last year's result, you conveniently forget how L-U-C-K-Y the Lakers were in winning it all. If not for a couple of "miracle" game winners by Gasol and Artest they wouldn't have made it to the Final. If not for Perkins suddenly got injured and Artest got "miraculously" great for that one game 7, it could have been an entirely different story.

And for those who likes to compare this year's run to last year's result, you must have never heard of the oft-used disclaimer "past history does NOT guarantee future result"

Last year's team might have its ups and downs but it was legitimate ups and downs due to lack of Andrew Bynum.

This year the team was projected before the season started to have a chance to break the Bulls record. Even when the season got started everybody thought 60+ wins would be easy cakewalk!

Forget about how talented and superior this Lakers team is, it doesn't matter squat if they are NOT motivated and willing to focus.

This year Lakers have demonstrated a LOT of BAD HABBITS in spite of their championship potential.

They are setting themselves and us fans for a possible very SOUR ending! BE FOREWARNED!

Posted by: Psycorp | April 08, 2011 at 02:23 PM

Totally disagree please read why:

We would see Lamar coasting just like last year.
We would see Pau playing like a wimp. Just like this year & last year.
We would see D-Fish going 1-6 just like for the last 3 years.
We would see PJ letting the team figure it out. Just like the last 3 years.
We would see a team w/ 45+ wins. Just like the last 3 years.

.... Isn't it odd how similar it would look?

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 08, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 08, 2011 at 02:06 PM

Is it still a good time to buy a house and where in LA? How is the real estate biz?
Posted by: Norcal | April 08, 2011 at 02:15 PM


It is the PERFECT time to buy Real Estate...You only find this current 'state of the market'...once every 100 years...

Prices at rock bottom, and interest rates at an all time low...

Anywhere you buy would be good, especially in the 4 states that were the top during the boom, logically the 4 states now leading in foreclosures...
Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada...

Depending on what you are looking for, (primary residence, 2nd home, rental, etc) There are also great deals all over the LA area...But if you are looking for the lowest median price range...Las Vegas is the only choice...

Email me: [email protected]..and I can look at your specifics and give you the proper advice...

ALL championships involve luck. ALL of them....

the last couple of games, the Lakers have played like a veteran team that knows the playoffs are coming and don't want to get hurt(Pau)...



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