Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dr. Watkins has Dwight's back


Now that the uproar has calmed and the Dwightmare has peacefully ended, the impatience of Howard's post-operative rehabilitation has become the newest Lakers headline, "Is Dwight Howard going to be ready for the season opener?"

Lets rewind a bit - Back in April Howard had an "uneventful" surgery to repair a herniated disc and remove some bone fragments. The surgery was performed by renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. at his Marina Spine Center practice located in Marina del Rey, California.

The Lakers center position has been a questionable one since the demise of the Kobe/Shaq era and its successor, injury prone Andrew Bynum. So acquiring Superman should certainly fill the void right?

Well not exactly. Time will have to tell. According to WebMD.com 96% of patients recover from herniated disc surgery within 6 months. It's fair to assume that if Dwight is among this percentile then he's due to return anytime before mid-October, just in time for the season opener on Oct. 30th.

Let's give Howard his due credit. He's been in phenomenal health throughout his entire NBA career. He had only missed 8 games in 7 seasons coming into last season where he ended up missing all but two games in April and the playoffs due to his herniated disc. Is it fair to deem Howard injury prone now?

No. The man is solid steel - hence the nickname - and will be 150% ready for the 2012-13 NBA season as indicated in this statement made to ESPN's Chris Broussard in April:

"The doctor [Dr. Watkins] said it's a one-inch incision," "He said I can start rehab right away and be back to full contact in four months. So I'm not really concerned. If anything, I'll come back stronger."

Stronger indeed. Howard is in great hands, if not the best. Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. is an expert in orthopaedic injuries to the back and neck and is a founding member of the North American Spine Society, the largest spine society in the United States.

Co-Written by: Loit Kaskla

Original photo credit: WatkinsSpine.com

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Would you bet on the Lakers to win it all next season?

I'm not a gambling man but curiosity hit me today. How did the Howard acquisition help the Lakers' odds in Vegas? Are they favored to win it all next season? What we've come across might surprise you.

According to Bovada.lv via a recent BleacherReport.com article, Lakers hold the second-best prospects at 11-to-4 behind the favored Miami Heat with 9-4 chances of taking home the Larry O'Brien. Placing second in this situation is a definite win for the Lakers who just months ago were heading into an off season of turmoil and uncertainty. With odds like these you almost have to try your luck. So, it's either a road trip to Vegas or NBA betting on Top Bet as your best betting options. Either way, the odds are not stacked against you!

What say you? Here is the 2012-13 starting line-ups for both the Heat and Lakers:

Miami/Lakers

PG - Mario Chalmers/Steve Nash
SG - Dwyane Wade/Kobe Bryant
SF - LeBron James/Metta World Peace
PF - Shane Battier/Pau Gasol
C - Chris Bosh/Dwight Howard

Does Vegas have it right?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Yo Metta Metta at Yo Gabba Gabba!



Run kids! Run for your lives!! Yo Gabba Gabba! is introducing a new character to the show. He goes by the name of Metta World Peace but don't let the last name fool you. Yes he's known to be peaceful but when Metta's provoked he turns into...Mono Artest!!!

Metta tweeted today that he and his daughter Diamond will appear on Yo Gabba Gabba!

Here is a brief description about the upcoming "Olympics" titled episode:

Nick Jr. premieres a brand-new sports-filled episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! this Sunday, Aug. 19. Basketball mega-star Metta World Peace, his daughter Diamond World Peace, Bill Hader (SNL), Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Cut Copy guest star in Yo Gabba Gabba! “Olympics,” premiering August 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Lakers iPhone Wallpaper

Here is our new Lakers iPhone wallpaper. We hope you like it!

iPad wallpaper coming soon.


Preview

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Video: Reminder of what Howard instantly brings to the Lakers


Warning - Music used has explicit lyrics.

In case you live in a cave and don't know what newly acquired Dwight Howard is capable of doing take a look for yourself.

Opponents will have to pick their poison - A dunk to the throat or a block to the seats.

Video mix comes courtesy of Antonaras8ura7.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Game, Set, Mitch

The feeling of being a Laker fan is pure euphoria. It's like running freely inside your old Windows XP Bliss wallpaper. Fans are spoiled rotten and pout when things don't go their way. Luckily for them they have the greatest GM in basketball.

Kupchak's "ask and you shall receive" policy leaves us dissatisfied with every passing season despite its successes that we neglect to acknowledge.

In 2009 and 2010 Lakers won back-to-back titles. As soon as the cleaning crew finished sweeping up the confetti from the Staples Center floors in game 7, fans were already talking about a three-peat. Those two championship seasons were quickly forgotten. The Lakers failed to bring home a third title in consecutive fashion. That offseason PJ exited and Gasol was left on the chopping block. How quickly we forget that if it wasn't for Mitch obtaining Gasol for Kwame in '08 Lakers wouldn't have even been contenders in seasons '09 - '11.   

This off-season has been equivalent to winning those two championships in my opinion. The Lakers acquire 2-time MVP, 8-time All-Star Steve Nash, pick up a great bench player in Jamison, resign a strong big man reserve in Hill and steal 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, 6-time All-Star Dwight Howard from Orlando.


Mitch wins the mirror ball trophy for all the moves he's pulled this offseason.  

Don't forget - we are the luckiest fans on the planet. So rather than pout, lets remember off seasons like these when times get tough. As long as we have Mitch, there will always be a plan B when needed.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

WINNER UPDATE: Win a Kobe Bryant 13x11 3-D Photo courtesy of Gameday Goods

Update - Winner Winner Mamba Dinner!

Steffan Blume from Washington guessed the closest. The final score of Team USA's final prelim game was USA 126 – Argentina 97. Steffan guessed USA 100-96 which gave him a difference of just 17 points.
 
Congratulations Steffan! We're glad you like the photo! 


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