"You have to understand, I love L.A., I love being our ambassador, I love bringing people together," he said. "It's funny, but I guess it still feels like I'm playing point guard, but in a different way, doing stuff more meaningful than winning."
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
And what a great move by Phil inserting Ariza into the starting lineup! That makes the starting unit better defensively and better at rebounding. Oh yeah, he can also throw down the occasional SICK dunk:
Not sure this will last -- we'll see what happens when everyone is healthy. Or even Friday against a bruising Utah team we may see Turiaf in there instead, or Kwame once he is healthy.
Although, are the Lakers a better team with Kwame and Luke out?
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Portland just ticked off 10 in a row. I have to respect the way they flipped that organization. A distinct transformation from the Jailblazers. And this is without Oden. This is a team to watch in the next few years.
Bynum...Can the kid really keep this up? Phil said he may come off the bench when Kwame returns. [are you havin' a laugh?] . This hasn't been Phil's best coaching in his Laker tenure, but you have to play this kid big minutes with Kobe. You have to love the Kobe to Bynum lobs. We see it more every game.
Happy Hoops, & Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
3-0 last week including a win at Denver. People who rank the Nuggets higher than the Lakers make Bart sad.
#6 - Sagarin/usatoday.com
#7 - Schuhmann/nba.com
#8 - dime magazine
#7 - Hollinger/espn.com
#8 - Steyn/espn.com
#9 - Burns/si.com
The comment at covers.com: "Three strong offensive showings in a row have masked the fact that the Lakers aren't playing a lick of defense."
Hey! Oh... wait, that's kinda true.
Monday, December 10, 2007
That... just... might... work? I hate anything that breaks up a really good bench right now, but at the same time that's a trade that brings in a star without giving up Bynum, Odom, or Farmar:
Los Angeles gets Kidd, Augustine and Madsen; Orlando gets Radmanovic; New Jersey gets Kwame, Telfair, Crittendon and a lottery-protected No. 1 from the Lakers in 2008; Minnesota gets Garrity, Vujacic and $600,000 from the Lakers.
- Mad Dog
- Whoever the hell "James Augustine" is
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Tinsley's group had arrived at the club in three cars owned by the player -- a Mercedes, a Rolls Royce and a Dodge Charger. Thompson said a group of people gathered around the Rolls Royce and gave Tinsley a hard time about his cars and his earnings.
After Tinsley and friends left, they realized they were being followed by a gray Chrysler and a dark pickup truck, Thompson said.
Instead of going home, Tinsley's group pulled into the Conrad Hotel, a downtown luxury hotel, where the shooting began. Tinsley's Rolls Royce was struck by several bullets, and five bullet holes were found in the Charger, police said.
Better trade him and JO to the Lakers then. (Actually, please don't.)
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Lamar looked totally lost. He really shouldn’t shoot threes.
This just in: Kobe is incredible. Iverson had 49 points at the end of the third quarter. Kobe came in and held him to 2 points. (oh yeah, Kobe also scored 14.) I know the NBA is a team defensive game, but that still falls on the individual player- you have to slow the guy down, move him against his tendency and, when he gets past you, guide him to the help. Kobe guards the best guard or small foreword whenever it matters and still carries the offensive load.
This Laker team (which I don’t think highly of) would beat any of Jordan’s Bull teams. Although, whether you use 1980s refs or 2007 refs might matter.
"He said, 'The only thing is . . . you kind of, sort of, get dunked on.' "
"I said, 'Well how much is it for?'
And he told me and I said, 'I'll get dunked on for that.'
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Anyway, Orlando and Dwight Howard tonight. I can't believe I'm saying this, but boy would it be nice to have Kwame healthy to guard that beast in the post. Someone -- I'm looking at you Chris Mihm -- needs to use all 6 fouls against him.
Also the homecoming for Mo and Cook. Hopefully the fans show them some love, unlike those crackers in Utah inexcusably booing D-Fish.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Rank (last week) -- mostly as of Tuesday the 27th (pre Seattle win).
Lakers #5 (4) - Sagarin/USA Today [as of 11/30]
Lakers #15 (9) - Meija/CBS
Lakers #11 (7) - Stein/ESPN
Lakers #5 (4) - Hollinger/ESPN [as of 11/30]
Lakers #15 (6) - Dime Magazine/FoxSports
Lakers #15 (8) - Schuhmann/NBA.com
Lakers #14 (11) - Burns/SI
Lakers #14 (6) - Murphy/Covers.com
Thursday, November 29, 2007
btw - another double double for socks bynum.. can he do this for 82 games?
Friday, November 23, 2007
Celtics are 9-1 having played only one good team -- Orlando -- and lost. So with the Laker game tonight, they are showing some, um... love?
"There are a lot of people talking about how the Western Conference is head over heels above the East," Pierce said. "The Lakers will be a good test for us."
Pierce added: "no homo." I love how reporters leave that stuff in, rather than editing like, "is head [and shoulders] above the East."
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
They got trounced by the Warriors last night in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who actually said afterward: "I'm sorry that the New York Knicks lost. They've been playing poorly, very poorly, and I'm disappointed."
This prompted the best line of the year from one of the SportsCenter crew: "Confronted by millions around the world without clean water, even the Secretary-General is sickened by Knick basketball!"
(SWSBOGW = some would say because of global warming)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Lakers traded forwards Brian Cook and Maurice Evans to Orlando today for Trevor Ariza, an athletic 6-foot-7 swingman who made a name for himself when he played at UCLA.
Sad to see Mo going... no such love for Cookie since he can't defend anyone. We're getting back a 4th-year player who was named a starter for Orlando this year, but has yet to round into form after battling foot tendinitis. I remember him being pretty good on a lousy Knicks team his rookie year. Real explosive and a good defender at 6'-8" and will probably play mostly PF considering Luke and VladRad off the bench. Which means.. Luke is the new Ko-B?
Stephon Marbury said in Ariza's rookie season: "After watching him the first week of camp, we knew we had a steal." And don't question starbury because he has some damaging info on all y'all motherfuckers.
Oh, and covers.com would like you to know that the 6-3 Lakers are 7-2 against the spread.
- Lakers #4 (8 last week) - Sagarin/USA Today
- Lakers #9 (13) - Meija/CBS
- Lakers #7 (10) - Stein/ESPN
- Lakers #4 (NR) - Hollinger/ESPN
- Lakers #?? (14) - Heisler?/LA Times (no idea where this went)
- Lakers #6 (7) - Dime Magazine/FoxSports
- Lakers #8 (10) - Schuhmann/NBA.com
- Lakers #11 (9) - Burns/SI
- Lakers #6 (12) - Murphy/Covers.com
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"We call this a 'Brokeback Mountain' game because there's so much
penetration and kick-outs"
Then nobody of any importance got upset, so Phil had to apologize to "cowboys, Texans, horses." And zinged ESPN for making it an issue.
Is it me, or is that joke simply not a gay joke? You could use pretty much any movie known for sex. Which I guess they don't make anymore, except for porn or straight-to-skinemax.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Lakers #8 - Sagarin/USA Today (thru 11/12)
Lakers #13 - Meija/CBS (thru 11/12)
Lakers #10 - Stein/ESPN (thru 11/11)
Lakers #14 - Heisler?/LA Times (thru 11/10)
Lakers #14 - ??/FoxSports
Lakers #10 - Schuhmann/NBA.com (11/11)
Lakers #9 - Burns/SI (11/12)
Lakers #12 - Murphy/Covers.com (11/12)