"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.