Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lakers 1971-72 33-game winning streak holds



Even Miami Heat President Pat Riley wanted his team to lose tonight. Riley who was on that famous 1971-72 Lakers squad was smiling deep down inside as LeBron & Co. fell short tonight to the Chicago Bulls, 97-101.

The Heat streak ends at 27 putting them at #2 on the list for most consecutive regular season wins BEHIND the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers who still hold the #1 spot with 33-straight wins.

Another reason to love the Lakers!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dissecting the Lakers 6-13 record when Nash, Kobe, Gasol & Howard play together



My fanship sacrifice to stay up and watch the debacle (thanks @DadWithAPen) of the Lakers/Warriors game last night was worth every frustrating second mainly for two eyebrow-raising reasons; 1) Kobe's dunk and 2) The tweet above that showed it's ugly face on my TL as I was closing shop for the night.

That stat stuck to me like that annoying first piece of tape you spend minutes trying to find. We dissected and exposed the good and the ugly from those first 5 losses to see where the Lakers at their full potential (elite four suited up) fell apart and here are the glorified stats:

10/30 - Opening Night - LAL 91 - DAL 99 (box score)
Nash: 3-9 FG (33%) 7-pts, 1-4 3PT (25%), 4-assists
Kobe: 11-14 FG (78%) 22-pts
Gasol: 8-19 FG (42%) 23-pts, game high 13-rebs, game high 6-asts (T-Blake)
Howard: 8-12 FG (66%) 19-pts, 10-rebs. 3-14 FT (21%)

Team: 12-31 FT (38%) - 19 missed free points
Bench: Outscored by 20-points


10/31 - LAL 106 - POR 116 (box score)
Nash: 1-3 FG (2 PTS) - Left game early due to injury
Kobe: 10-20 FG (50%), 30-pts, 7-turnovers
Gasol: 7-14 FG (50%), 16-pts, 9-rebs
Howard: 9-15 FG (60%), game high 33-pts, game high 14-rebs

Team: 24-turnovers

12/26 - LAL 114 - DEN 126 (box score)
Nash: 6-8 FG (75%), 15-pts, 8-asts
Kobe: 13-24 FG (54%), game high 40-pts, 5-9 3PT (55%)
Gasol: 7-11 FG (63%), 19-pts
Howard: 4-6 FG (66%), 12-pts, 7-rebs

Team: Allowed 20-orebs from opponent
Bench: Outscored by 14-pts (Lakers bench 28-pts, Corey Brewer alone 27-pts)

1/1 - Happy Boo Year - LAL 99 - PHI 103 (box score)
Nash: 6-11 FG (54%), 12-pts, 10-assists
Kobe: 14-29 FG (48%), game high 36-pts
Gasol: 2-12 FG (16%), 11-pts, 9-rebs
Howard: 1-7 FG (14%), 7-pts, 14-rebs

LAL 17-assists / PHI 27-assists

1/4 - LAL 102 - LAC 107 (box score)
Nash: 3-4 FG (all FGA from behind the arc), 12-pts, 10-assists
Kobe: 15-25 FG (60%), game high 38-pts, 5-steals
Gasol: 1-6 FG (16%), 2-points, 4-rebs
Howard: 8-14 FG (57%), 21-pts, 15-rebs

Here are the box scores for the remaining 8-losses. Take a look for yourself:

1/6 Box Score; 1/17 Box Score; 1/20 Box Score; 1/21 Box Score; 1/23 Box Score; 1/30 Box Score; 3/22 Box Score; 3/25 Box Score.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lakers look great without Kobe


Okay, okay, before you Kobe-lovers (including myself) jump to any conclusions, let us premise this post by saying that the Lakers are NOT a better team without Kobe. Making a statement like that is just foolish HOWEVER you have to admit that ball movement is much better without the superstar demanding so much of it and rightfully so. 

A bench that once was
Stats from previous two games. (post Kobe's ankle/flu)

Steve Blake - Has scored 18, then 16 points last night. The last time Blake scored 18+ points was against the Nuggets during last year's playoffs (5/12/12). He's dished the rock for 15 assists and is shooting 58% FG (11-19), 64% 3PT (9-14).

Antawn Jamison - Reminds us how valuable he is when given significant minutes. The 14-year vet has scored a total of 44 points w/ 16 rebounds while averaging 34 minutes these past couple of games. He's also shooting the ball efficiently - 58% FG (14-24 FG),  60% 3PT (9-15).

Stand out starters in Kobe's absence

Dwight Howard - Has scored 32-points but more importantly has dominated in the paint -  29 rebounds/9 blocked shots. Lakers have scorers; Howard's defensive presence is desperately needed especially down the stretch.

Steve Nash - I have to say I've gotten a personal liking to Nash. His 12 assists last night pushed me over my fantasy basketball opponent and consequently earned me the final 8th spot in the league's playoffs bracket. How appropriate. He's had a combined total of 21 assists. Oh and his 34 points didn't hurt either.

Metta World Peace - Has shot 64% FG (16-25), scoring a total of 41 points. If you combine his point total from his previous three games, he has 61. I think D'Antoni has the SF spot covered in MWP and Jamison.

Once Gasol makes his return, the PF void left from his torn plantar facia should help the team dramatically. A quiet Clark has been in a shooting slump as of yet.

Look for the Lakers to go 5 games over .500 tonight versus the struggling Phoenix Suns who are the 4th worst team in the NBA. Nash has to have a big game against his former employer.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Video: Donkey Jones Tripping Kobe - 2009 WC Finals, Game 4



Dahntay Jones is sooooooooooo dirty. Evidently this isn't the first time this donkey has intentionally tried to hurt Kobe.

Check out this video found on YouTube. The replay clearly shows Jones sticking out his foot (similar to last night's cheap shot) to purposely trip Kobe as he was beat off the ball.

Jones adds a twist to the old saying, "If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em".

Well here's a saying for Dahntay, "What goes around, comes around". Karma is a bitch.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dahntay Jones' Filth Downs Black Mamba

AP
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one will leave laker fans utterly speechless. 

Kobe is out indefinitely with what he later called his worst ankle sprain of his career.

The injury (x-rays were negative) happened when Kobe went for his signature baseline fadeaway to potentially tie the game in the closing seconds of tonight's Hawks game but as he came down his left foot landed on Dahntay Jones' right foot causing Kobe's ankle to squeamishly turn. Kobe accused Jones of intentionally leaving his foot there.

Adding insult to injury, Kobe missed the shot and the Lakers lost the game, 92-96 snapping their four-game winning streak.

If Kobe's allegation is true, Jones will not only have to worry about Kobe's death stare but his name will be on every Laker fan's #2 list. His dirty move can cost the Lakers their season as team captain's return date is uncertain.

The Lakers currently hold the 8th spot in the WC but Utah is just one game back and with Black Mamba down their chances of passing the Lakers has just gotten much, much better.   

Source: Yahoo! Sports 

Laker Girls Lunch Date at a Carls Jr. near you



Because burgers just taste better when an NBA dance team is around, this March and April Carl’s Jr. is bringing back the “Laker Girls Lunch Date” tour, and the Los Angeles Laker Girls are coming to a restaurant near you!

The tour kicks off in Glendale on Wednesday, March 20. From 2-3 p.m., two or more Laker Girls will be in-store for one hour to autograph photos and pose for pictures with guests. Visitors will also receive Carl’s Jr. coupons and other prizes. Fans sporting purple and gold on game days will have the chance to receive additional giveaway items, including tickets to an upcoming Lakers game!

Full dates and locations for the “Laker Girls Lunch Date at Carl’s Jr.” tour include:

March 20, 2-3 p.m.: 424 W. Los Feliz Rd., Glendale, CA 91204
March 21, 2-3 p.m.: 7069 Schaefer Ave., Chino, CA 91710
March 22, 1-2 p.m.: 18032 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
March 23, 2-3 p.m.: 1199 Magnolia Ave., Corona, CA 92879
March 24, 2-3 p.m.: 1610 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786
March 25, 2-3 p.m.: 1231 W. Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754
March 26, 2-3 p.m.: 5625 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
March 27, 2-3 p.m.: 4424 University Pkwy., San Bernardino, CA 92407
March 28, 2-3 p.m.: 22700 Centerpoint Dr., Moreno Valley, CA 92553
March 29, 2-3 p.m.: 1031 West Avenue P, Palmdale, CA 93551
March 30, 2-3 p.m.: 2912 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
April 1, 2-3 p.m.: 401 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021
April 2, 1-2 p.m.: 1465 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
April 3, 2-3 p.m.: 1915 N. Campus Ave., Upland, CA 91784
April 4, 2-3 p.m.: 8271 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
April 5, 1-2 p.m.: 5315 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250
April 6, 2-3 p.m.: 251 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
April 7, 2-3 p.m.: 7201 Carson Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808
April 8, 2-3 p.m.: 25536 Barton Rd., Loma Linda, CA 92354
April 9, 1-2 p.m.: 24901 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, CA 92653

For more information visit www.lakers.com/carlsjr.

Monday, March 11, 2013

DeAndre Dunk - Even Laker fans are saying DAMN!!!



I don't care who you are, last night's DeAndre Jordan monster dunk was probably THE best dunk of the season. You almost have to feel bad for Brandon Knight who had no idea he'd be the poster child for Lob City. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New LakerLiker Wallpaper



To help commemorate Kobe's new nickname #VINO we've redesigned our logo to include get your new Laker Liker iMac, iPad, and iPhone wallpapers today!

Click below to view wallpaper album for all devices:

LakerLiker Wallpaper Album

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ryan Tang's #VINO - Kobe Bryant



So recently @KobeBryant tweeted this:
Local graphic designer Ryan Tang, inspired by Kobe's new Vino nickname came up with this beautiful design.

Ryan's description of his genius Mamba Noir design
Just a little project done for fun. Since Kobe Bryant is going with a new nickname, Vino (wine in Italian, because like a fine wine, Kobe gets better with age), I thought it'd be fun to make a bottle if Kobe ever wants to get back to his Italian roots and make some wine. Dominate winemaking!

If you want to see more of his work be sure to follow RyanTwitter, Instagram.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Nash and Kobe to move up all-time list just before playoffs



We're reaching the tail-end of the 2012-13 NBA regular season and it's clear that the Lakers only have one thing in mind - making the playoffs.

Having won 4 of their last 5, and Kobe guaranteeing the postseason, Laker fans should feel as confident as his comments. This season's fluctuating team stats still hold doubt in skeptic's minds but you can't ignore two things that player stats can certainly back up.

Kobe Bryant Passing Wilt Chamberlain

Kobe's 31,089 points currently has him ranked #5 in the NBA All-Time Regular Season Points Leaders list falling short of Wilt Chamberlain who has 31,419. For those who passed Pre-Algebra with a C-, that leaves a mere difference of just 330 points.

Hmm, there's 23-games left in the regular season so if the Black Mamba averages 14+ points in those remaining games he will become the 4th leading scorer in NBA history. All this of course if he remains healthy and stay's in the vicinity of his 27 PPG average. Who are we fooling, Kobe will suit up if he only had one leg but by then we would be calling him Kobe Lean Bryant. Put a fork in it folks, this new accolade will be his coming into the playoffs.

Stave Nash Passing Mark Jackson

We all know that Mitch's smartest off-season move was picking up Steve Nash. Nash instantly brings a Hawking-like IQ but with more mobility. His court vision has awarded him (as of today) 10,166 assists in his 16+ season career. He's is currently ranked #4 in the NBA All-Time Regular Season Assists Leaders list. Mark Jackson's Top-3 status is in serious jeopardy. Jackson's career 10,334 assists is a dangling 169 more than Nash.

Bring out the calculator again, with 23-games left in the season, Nash will have to average 7+ APG to surpass Jackson right before the playoffs. Well, Steve is already averaging that many so all he has to do is play consistently better.

Not bad momentum entering the postseason at the expected 8th spot. Lakers will need any kind of favoring swing against the elite teams in their conference right off the bat.

Baseball references by design - is it April yet?