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Lakers forward Matt Barnes to get MRI Thursday on surgically repaired right knee

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After spending the last month rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee, Lakers forward Matt Barnes plans Thursday to get an MRI.

"Bout to take my post season MRI knees feeling better," Barnes tweeted. "I'm sure the MRI will say the same thing.."

Following Mike Brown's introductory press conference 10 days ago, Barnes said that he no longer felt pain in his knee, though swelling still remained and he was told he's about a month away from running and jumping. Barnes spent the last month getting treatment and keeping his knee attached to a compression machine that helped reduce the pain, swelling, tissue damage and muscle spasms by instantly freezing water. He wore the device three to four times a day for 30 minutes each session ever since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee nearly Jan. 7 in a regular season game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Barnes, who averaged 6.7 points per game on 47% shooting per game last season, initially proved to be a perfect fit off the bench, playing efficiently with sharp cuts, hustle plays and defense. But Barnes' play self-admittadly dropped after the surgery, leading him to believe he should return back to normal after he fully recovers from his first surgery in his nine-year career. Barnes' injury situation, coupled with the Lakers' sweep to Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals, also factored into his decision in planning to exercise his $1.91 million option to return next season to the Lakers. 

"The bitter taste in my mouth from here on out drove me to not want to go anywhere else," he said after the Brown press conference. "I want to come back to right the ship."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes goes for a layup ahead of the defensive pressure of New Orleans guard Quincy Pondexter in the second half of a playoff game at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / March 27, 2011

 
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Wowzers!! That's 3 new threads in less than 2 hours, with 2 of them about 20 minutes apart .... :-(

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MM

Thursday is today, will you be able to get the results of Matt's MRI? and post it today?

MM,

re: Threads & reality shows. I'm mostly in agreement with Art_lakers except
for one thing. If you want to post a thread about Kim Kardashian's glutes ...

Post away my man! Post away!!!

Go Dirk!
Go Mavs!!!

Guys, honestly, you should give up the whole funeral thing. The 'practice season' concept was more the idea of a long-time Laker fan who regularly posted at the old ESPN Hollinger Lakers page named TrueFan1947. He happened to have died at this time of the year last year, a little after seeing his Lakers beat the Celtics.

He was a close friend to many over there, some people literally went to his funeral, including 888. He meant so much to them, much like Rick Friedman here, that they were reprinting a quote or two of his a day every day throughout this last season.

I didn't have the pleasure of reading his posts at the time, but reading through the reposts they put up, some of his takes were so brilliant it was almost Jim Murray-like.

Anyways, it is tasteless to continue this funeral thing when it was a Laker fan that happened to die around this time a year ago that originally coined the term. I don't know if you guys know it, but I'm letting you know now.

It would speak on the quality of human beings you all are if you continue the stupid funeral thing after this. Have some taste and show some class to a Laker fan that was so excited to have seen his Lakers beat the Celtics one last time just a year ago.

Here's just a sample that I could find of what he had to say about it. Agree with it or not, could you all just drop it, OK?

TrueFan1947: "Give us the playoffs already! ENOUGH with all the conjecture and all the prattle and idle chatter surrounding this very long, very boring, very risky, very over-rated, very meaningless "regular" season! It's just an NBA marketing tool that brings in TONS of network money as well as ticket proceeds, concessions revenues, and all manner of other money to the teams. It's torture to endure this junk! I personally would favor a season that went 50 or so games at most. That ought to be enough time to set the hierarchy for the playoffs. "


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Bad hobbit...

BTW, Practice Season Police, there is a quote from the man who came up with the moniker that you assigned yourself a name from. TrueFan1947.

If you have any shred of dignity for a Laker fan that has passed away, you should consider changing your name - at the very least show some class and respect.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

PSP.. MM the blogborg lord is at it again! First he asked of my opinion on thread quality then next second he posts 2 consecutive threads on dfenders and barnes MRI. Ayayay! I feel so used.. I think he's just doin it out of spite now!

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I don't think this team needs any core changes. We need a pg and shopuld try to pick up an unrestricted one like TG Ford or JJ Barera. Draft the best pg available in the draft at our turn to develop and get backup center and speedy defensive wing layers that can hit the long ball.

The Funeral thing

Dropped, at least by me; It was all in good fun since not much is going on right now and didn't expect it to catch on and live for a few days but the PSP is done with it.

HOWEVER

The name stays; call the PSP classless or what have you but me picking the name has NOTHING to do with your friend that passed away. I also do not see how my blog handle translates into meaning that I have no dignity or shred of respect for your friend; I have said all along that some of you take this blogging way too seriously, calm down son. Anyway I don't want to start with you again; that was soo 3 months ago ...

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"BTW, Practice Season Police, there is a quote from the man who came up with the moniker that you assigned yourself a name from. TrueFan1947.

If you have any shred of dignity for a Laker fan that has passed away, you should consider changing your name - at the very least show some class and respect.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | June 09, 2011 at 02:10 PM"

In fairness, I'm pretty sure PSP's name relates to 888's preachings and not thoe views of TrueFan1947.

I'm here...

Guys, I would say the past two threads constitute as news. Hence the reason why they're up so fast. Sorry guys, but I have an obligation to keep up on any news developments

Go dallas!
May God be with us!
Posted by: Yellofever | June 09, 2011 at 09:04 AM

Go Dirk!
Go Mavericks!!! Dirk, it's money ball time. ]
Posted by: hobbitmage | June 09, 2011 at 12:16 PM

What a SAD state that lakerholics are praying, pleading and hoping for a Mav’s win. This is what you have been REDUCED to, a pathetic SAD @zz fan.

Tech N9ne - Hope so. We've placed calls to the Lakers and to Matt's publicist asking for any details once they know the results.....

Lionel

Actually the PSP think its more like, " We are against the Meat winning; still pathetic I agree BUT at this point the PSP will take pathetic and a ringless Princess Jimmy" that IS what we have been reduced to... 'tear

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Go dallas!
May God be with us!
Posted by: Yellofever | June 09, 2011 at 09:04 AM

Go Dirk!
Go Mavericks!!! Dirk, it's money ball time. ]
Posted by: hobbitmage | June 09, 2011 at 12:16 PM

What a SAD state that lakerholics are praying, pleading and hoping for a Mav’s win. This is what you have been REDUCED to, a pathetic SAD @zz fans.

LRob2,

Have you ever been in a fight in real life? You are just tooooooooo agreeable, lol!! You do know that to become hugely successful/famous, most times you have to step on someone's toes.

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Posted by: Practice Season Police | June 09, 2011 at 01:46 PM
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PSP,

To quote the real MJ…I’m a lover not a fighter…lol. Stepping on toes…what’s that? Anyway you can write me a ticket for being too agreeable, but it’s just a misdemeanor.

Sylvers - Misdemeanor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky5nZ8afPjI&feature=related

LRob2

Lol, maybe you should climb trees too ...JK!! How did the PSP know that you would make me listen to something on youtube ... ok ok i'll check it out :-) , you have good taste in music that is for sure.

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You obviously can't count out a team like the Celtics, Spurs, Lakers even if they're seemingly not measuring up to some of the other teams in the league during the regular season. If the theory was just thrown out there as a beacon for optimism, I would have had no problem with it. It's not a bad thing to hope for the best in a situation. The problem was the theory was taken much further than that and the people that did not buy into the theory were attacked without good reason.

Posted by: BayToLA1 | June 09, 2011 at 02:20 PM
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Bay To LA,

Agree with mostly everything except the attacking was done on both sides. It takes two to tangle.

Also, I think it’s safe to stop including the Spurs in that category since they haven’t been to the finals in 4yrs now.

this was written:

What a SAD state that lakerholics are praying, pleading and hoping for a Mav’s win. This is what you have been REDUCED to, a pathetic SAD @zz fans.

Posted by: Lionel | June 09, 2011 at 02:35 PM

my response: I think that it is better to root for a class [ J-Kidd &
D-Novitski ] then to root for some one who has a nickname "king"
and has not one anything. Furthermore, I think it was completely and totally
classless to crush the spirit of his friends and family by leaving for Miami.

[ Although, I hear the women are much hotter in South Beach than in Akron ]

In any case, feel free to call me pathetic. Just don't call me late for dinner.
Out of curiosity, will you post here if the Mavs beat the Heat or are you just
the "Chosen One" 's towel boy?

LRob,

re: the attacking. As a victim of the poster, formerly known as KobeMVP888,
I respectfully disagree w/ your opinion about the attacking.

He walked in, chose a side without doing research and started to slam anyone
who disagreed with his point of view. Furthermore, he refused to do any
research to see if any differing opinion had merit.

"Bay To LA,

Agree with mostly everything except the attacking was done on both sides. It takes two to tangle.

Also, I think it’s safe to stop including the Spurs in that category since they haven’t been to the finals in 4yrs now.


Posted by: LRob2 | June 09, 2011 at 02:59 PM "

Yeah it definitely went both ways at times. I can't speak for others but I never tried to attack anyone or question their fandom because they didn't share my outlook.

I would still include the Spurs in that category because there's a good amount of unreliability in veteran teams reaching another gear for the playoffs and the Spurs have been good evidence of that. They have also had some bad injury luck mixed in. In all, they show one of the main points I was trying to make all year. Just because a team has the championship experience and the veteran leadership doesn't mean they'll prevail in the end.

Rumors say Lakers are possibly interested in a deal with the T-Wolves for the #2 pick in the draft. That supposedly will be Derrick William, a 6', 8", 235 lb forward from Arizona who some say ois the best player available this year.

But the Wolves want Pau in exchange.
Seems a stretch but if the Lakers could Williams and a Wolves PG and pieces well, who knows.

Here's the rest of the story:

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2011/6/9/2216070/nba-lakers-trade-rumors-warriors-monta-ellis-timberwolves-draft-pick#storyjump


What a SAD state that lakerholics are praying, pleading and hoping for a Mav’s win. This is what you have been REDUCED to, a pathetic SAD @zz fans.


Posted by: Lionel | June 09, 2011 at 02:35 PM

Or, we are true NBA fans and are just fans that want to see the vet team that has been climbing to the mountain top through trial and tribulations finally earn its due. I can't speak for anyone else but for me I would love to see Kidd, Dirk, Terry, Marion, and Tyson get their rings as well as that awesome coaching staff.

I'm not a Miami hater; I just believe you have to climb to the top after getting knocked down. Detroit past Boston, Chicago past Detroit, and now Dallas past San Antonio and the Lakers. I would hate to see a team of young guys in there prime put together by free agency win it all. At least Boston in 08 was a bunch of vets that have paid their dues and it was put together by the front office with trades of their young assets.

He walked in, chose a side without doing research and started to slam anyone
who disagreed with his point of view. Furthermore, he refused to do any
research to see if any differing opinion had merit.

Posted by: hobbitmage
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In a nutshell...

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Cyber,

It would be fine with me if this issue isn't brought up anymore, but it has absolutely nothing to do with TrueFan.

The people who deserve a ring in Mavs team

Kidd
Chandler
Dirk
and the coach!

What a SAD state that lakerholics are praying, pleading and hoping for a Mav’s win. This is what you have been REDUCED to, a pathetic SAD @zz fans.

Posted by: Lionel
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Whew, kinda harsh!!


Lionel,

Are you upset because your trains are broken...

@hobbit – If you recall I defended you (after going to the archives) in one of your disputes with MVP. But having said that…you certainly got in your share of blows. At any rate your point is duly noted.


@NBA4eternity – I believe Carlisle would’ve had a ring in 2005….if that fateful night at the Palace hadn’t derailed his team. Hmmm, interesting because that means coach Brown would also have another ring.

>>>Rumors say Lakers are possibly interested in a deal with the T-Wolves for
>>>the #2 pick in the draft. That supposedly will be Derrick William, a 6', 8",
>>>235 lb forward from Arizona who some say ois the best player available this
>>>year.
>>>
>>>But the Wolves want Pau in exchange.
>>>Seems a stretch but if the Lakers could Williams and a Wolves PG and
>>>pieces well, who knows.

Actually, it sounds like this rumor got twisted around. The original source said that the Timberwolves were hoping to trade the #2 pick as part of a package to get someone like Pau Gasol or JaVale McGee.

It didn't express ANY interest by the Lakers.

I could believe that rumor. Minnesota HOPES it could turn the #2 pick and a few pieces into a star.

But to turn that around and claim that the Lakers are trying to trade for the #2 pick is a different story, and the original source (Chad Ford) never said anything of the kind.


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