Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Big Easy Statement Win

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Lakers bounce back and make quite a statement in the process by beating the Hornets in their own nest 103-88. From the very toss of the tip-off to the last second  the game, New Orleans never had a shot winning this game.

If there ever were back-to-back games of complete opposites, these were the ones. L.A. shot a dismal .354 FG last night but fired away a .586 FG percentage tonight. Everyone played great. Fisher 4-6; Kobe 8-14; Gasol 3-5; Bynum 8-12; Artest 2-4 and Odom went 10-15. Again, last night L.A. couldn't throw a rock in the ocean but tonight the entire team shot better than a professional skeet shooter. Both kinds of skeet shooters apply in my point making by the way.

Finally Bynum got some playing time. He had his longest game of the season thus far with just over 30 minutes resulting in a season high 18 points. But the man who stole tonight's Lake show was The Candy Man! LO scored as many as Kobe's jersey reads. And no not his throwback #8 jersey either. Gasol gets his 21st double-double of the season adding 11 pts with 12 boards.

See what happens when more than one or two players contribute? When the Lakers play as a nucleus they become that championship caliber team that the league needs to be reminded of.

Lakers vs Spurs Game Recap 12/28/2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dissecting the Champs

Yes ignorance is bliss but for Lakers fans its really tough to ignore what's going on with the champs. They're in a definite funk losing three straight games by double-digits. It's the Holiday season after all, why aren't we happy with glee? Bah! Humbug!

First it was the 5-5 Boykins who towered over the Lakers defense, then it was the Miami Grinch who stole Christmas and now tonight in San Antonio where L.A. laid more brick than Alamo stone. What's next for the champs? In a division where the west is typically owned by the Lakers, they now sit cold and alone in the fourth spot. We are way too good to be this mediocre.

Kobe has answered all media questions regarding the current slump for strategic reasons and he will continue to speak the truth if a team message can be taken from his efforts. Recently he said this after being asked about the lack of team direction and the upcoming San Antonio game:

"We haven't been really pointing at anything. That's been one of the problems," he said. "We don't really get too excited about anything any more. I'm excited about this game. I'm excited about the challenge of it. Hopefully the rest of the guys are too."

Tough choice words for fellow teammates. If anybody can get away with saying such words it's certainly team captain. If he remains quiet about these types of situations then he isn't doing his job. I know Kobe has to fill a very demanding leading role but teammates shouldn't rely on his leadership (or lack thereof) and stray away from a system that works when operated as a complete unit. When we resort to Kobe offense, 9 out of 10 times we'll lose. These past couple of losses have proven so. When Kobe goes 9-16, 6-16, and 8-27, teammates have to help pull the load. Even though it's obvious that the team is missing everything but ex-wives, there should still be much more shot attempts throughout. Lets look at tonight's numbers shall we.

Kobe had 27 shot attempts tonight, 27!!! Is Kobe going back to his old ball-hogging ways or is he just trying to over-compensate for teammates lack of execution? Shannon went 1-11 tonight; Fisher only had 2 points; Gasol had just 8 touches resulting in a less than average double-digit production; Odom had a reflecting 9 shots/9 points; Artest had 10 points going 4-9 (okay I guess); Blake went 1-5 with just 2 points: Barnes played well going 3-4 with 10 points and rookie Caracter gave us 5 points in just 2 minutes. Bynum needs to be more involved. He's way too rested to only have 4 shot attempts. He did however go a perfect 4-4 but PJ's 1-2 week limited minutes plan for Bynum before giving him starter minutes is a bit too, hmm, NFL Tuesday Night Game-ish.

The league is looking past the Lakers as serious opponents now and that's pissing me off. Seeing as the Hornets are just around the corner, Lakers need to recover quickly. We are the champs for crying out loud! Lakers will bounce back (they have to) and look back at these closing dark days of 2010 as just another slump they climbed over.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Lakers vs Heat - Christmas Day 12/25/2010

To all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In just several hours Lakers fans will come face-to-face to the highly anticipated biggest game of the regular season. Santa's in town and he brought with him the Miami Cheat. Have you been naughty or nice? Well for the champs, we'll see what Santa brings them this afternoon. As for Miami, a lump of coal from Santa with love.

L.A. has to play better perimeter defense and play tall to pull the w. LeBron, Wade and Bosh will get theirs but where Miami lacks is at the inside game. Gasol and Bynum (hopefully) will have to play BIG today by shooting over their defenders and sacrificing their bodies defensively. This will be the deciding factor. Bosh is really Miami's only big man. Haslem is injured and Ilgauskas/Dampier/Juwan Howard are all aging centers who have limited minutes.

Today's key match-ups are Odom/Bosh and Kobe/Wade. Artest will definitely have his hands full with LeBron. Ron Ron will have to demonstrate why he is the NBA's best defender. LeBron is averaging 25 points a game and is tied with most points in the NBA (765). Artest will have a tough assignment containing the leagues top scorer. If Odom and Gasol crash the boards like they have been we should have the slight advantage. Another thing to look out for is Wades sore knee. 

For L.A.. the second unit player to monitor is Mike Miller. Miller has been out with a thumb injury all season long and has recently returned. He's been struggling since but is due for a big game. Lakers need to cover him tightly around the outside when Wade takes a breather.

LETS GO LAKERS! (clap, clap...clap-clap-clap)

FSWEST Presents: Kobe Christmas Shoe and the Nike Vault

In case you guys missed the pregame Fox Sports West show where they showed Kobe's Christmas shoe and a tour of the Staples Center Nike Vault, here is the video.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nike Zoom Kobe VI - Release Date 12/26/2010

The new black Nike Zoom Kobe VI shoe comes out the day after Christmas. These shoes look more amazing up close but less destructive to your wallet from afar. The new kicks will cost you 165 bones so save all of your Christmas gift receipts for possible cash refunds. Hopefully the extra cash will put a dent into this must-have purchase this Holiday season.

You can actually design your own Nike Zoom Kobe VI at and purchase them right online. Click on my design below to design your own Kobe Zoom VI. My design is as close as Nike will let me get to mimicking the new shoe. Maybe on a rainy day where I "happen" to casually "stumble" into a local Footlocker, I just might grab me a pair. Excuse the "air quotes", dang it I did it again!

ESPN - What Motivates Kobe

This recent sit-down interview with Kobe covers this past offseason hoopla, playing on Christmas day, matching Jordan's championships, retirement plans, and more. Check it out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lakers get a lot from Sasha trade

When I heard about L.A. trading Sasha for the 16-season veteran Joe Smith I had to quickly investigate because it seemed too weak of a trade for the Lakers. Even though Sasha hasn't been favored by fans for the past two seasons, The Machine is a little more active than the rusty Joe Smith. Smith has only played in 4 games for the Nets this season. A total of 24 minutes with just 2 points to prove for it where as Sasha has straightened his eye-brows for 11 games and scored a total of 20 points. Well, I guess not much of a significant difference between the two. Here is the real beef of the trade:

Source: L.A. Times Sports

As you are all already aware, the Lakers traded Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round draft pick to the New Jersey Nets for veteran forward Joe Smith as part of a multi-team trade. The Lakers also receive Golden State's second-round draft selection in 2011, Chicago's second-round selection in 2012 and the rights to 6-foot-10 Ukrainian center Sergei Lishouk, 28, who was drafted by Memphis with the 49th pick in 2004 and later had his rights traded to Houston.

Lakers vs Wizards - Lakers Highlights 12/14/2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another Look at Fisher's Buzzer Beater

D. Fish is always clutch! There's a reason why he's called Fisher the Finisher people! His latest buzzer beater to finish that other team who shares the rent reminds us of how special Derek truly is to the team. If Kobe is quadruple-teamed, we always have Fish to make the tough shots.

This last second game-winning floater reminds me of his 0.4 miracle shot to beat the defending champion Spurs in game 5 of the 2004 playoffs. Did you know that the NBA listed this shot as the 18th-greatest playoff moment of all time? Here is the video of the 0.4 shot.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Laker Pic of the Week

This lovely Laker pug knows which team has the biggest bite. Thank you Gino for emailing this great photo.

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Lakers vs Wizards - Lakers Highlights 12/7/2010

Lakers vs Kings - Lakers Highlights 12/3/2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Okay now it's time to panic

Lakers lose 4 straight games? It's been 3 years since this has happened. Lets just face the music here or elevator music in this case, when the usual 1-2 KO punch collectively go 12-32, (Kobe 10-24, Gasol 2-8) a 4th straight loss is as certain as a Nash free-throw.

Its just strange not blaming the Lakers bench when facing a loss now-a-days. The Killer B's stung the D well tonight. Barnes had his 3rd biggest scoring game of the season with 14 pts., Brown added 11 pts. in just 21 minutes and Blake passed the ball effectively resulting in a team high 5 assists. Hmm, 5 assists is a team high?  

Its unfortunate that Lamar gets to celebrate his season high alone on the flight back home. LO had 25 pts and a game high 11 boards.

On paper, Lakers should have beaten Houston to a bloody pulp. Houston are two men down leaving them with less size in the paint and less speed to run the court. Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks had front row seats for tonight's line of entertainment. Typically the usual suspect to a Laker loss is the perimeter D and right on cue it showed its face yet again. Houston made 10 three-pointers. Battier had 4 alone. The Lakers (starting) defense is just not there, it lacks intensity. It picked up with Barnes on the floor but just never sustained any kind of momentum.

The Zen Master will have to meditate even deeper tonight in-order to regroup his champs. The 4-12 Sacramento Kings are as much of a contender as the league's elite at this point. Even with Francisco Garcia's recent injury that is making headlines. No Gymnic ball for him. Last time I heard of a ball bursting when weight was applied on it was when my Uncle accidentally sat on his. Not fun.   

Lakers vs Grizzlies Game Recap - 11/30/2010

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