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Poll Results: How Many Games Do You Project The Lakers Will Win This Season?

 
  • 8% (4)
    15-20
  • 8% (4)
    21-25
  • 31% (14)
    26-30
  • 17% (8)
    31-35
  • 6% (3)
    36-40
  • 4% (2)
    41-45
  • 0% (0)
    46-50
  • 0% (0)
    51-55
  • 0% (0)
    56-73
  • 22% (10)
    They Will Break the NBA Record with 74+ Wins
45 Total Votes  
post #511 of 21988
Yeah, if you read a lot of the articles from his time with the Lakers he was a pillar of the team and go along with everyone.
post #512 of 21988
None of us can imagine being in Lamars shoes and having to go through the tragedies he's endured. Hopefully he pulls through and turns his life around

Crazy how he's the same age as Pau and Pau just started in the all star game 8 months ago.

Part of me hopes the lakers give him another shot if he survives and recovers......
post #513 of 21988
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Byron Scott would like to see 4-point shot

Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott took plenty of criticism last preseason when he said he didn't exactly agree with the skyrocketing rate of 3-pointers throughout the league in recent years.

"I don't believe it wins championships," Scott said last October.

That didn't play out last season, as the final four teams standing in the 2015 playoffs were among the league's top five teams in made 3-pointers during the regular season: the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. (The other team was the Clippers, who were one win away from reaching the conference finals.)

And the Warriors won an NBA title, setting a Finals record with 67 made 3-pointers.

Eight of the last nine NBA champions also led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes.

But Scott appears to have changed his tune this season -- or at least it seemed that way Tuesday when he was asked if he wanted to get rid of the 3-point line altogether after his team's shootaround.

"No, I think the 3-point line is exciting," Scott said in advance of the Lakers' preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"I would add another line -- make a 4-point line as well. I would say, let's go another three or four feet back and that's a four-pointer."

And after saying last season he wanted his team to fire 12-15 3-pointers per game, a figure that would have placed them toward the bottom of the league.

Now, Scott also says he wants them to shoot between 18-25 3-pointers per game this season.

"We've got guys that can shoot it," Scott said. "I don't know how many we're going to make, but with Lou [Williams] and Kobe [Bryant], the way he's shooting right now and Jordan [Clarkson], who's capable of knocking them down, and Nick [Young], who's capable of knocking them down. We have four or five guys, [plus] Anthony Brown, who can shoot it from that distance. So we've got some guys who can knock it down."

The Lakers ultimately averaged 18.9 3-point attempts per game last season, 25th in the league. The Houston Rockets led the league in 3-point attempts (32.7).

Aside from adding a 4-point line, is there anything else Scott would change if he could?

"If I was [NBA] commissioner for a day, we'd go back to the '80s type of style of basketball," said Scott, who played on the 1980s "Showtime" Lakers teams. "No blood, no foul. No flagrants. You run through the paint, you're going to get hit. I would just go back to those type of rules."
http://espn.go.com/blog/losangeles/lakers/post/_/id/41901/byron-scott-would-like-to-see-4-point-shot

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post #514 of 21988
scott has to go. srs.

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post #515 of 21988
Reading about what's going on with LO makes me real sad. Dude was a favorite of mine when he was with us, and someone I still continue to root for. I pray for a full recovery. frown.gif

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post #516 of 21988
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Lamar Odom was their leader. He pointed the way, setting a tone for a group of Lakers reserves that helped win two straight NBA titles. By embracing his role coming off the bench, he showed teammates like Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Shannon Brown what it meant to be part of a championship team.
Now, nearly five seasons removed from the first of the Lakers' back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, those who followed the lefty with the easy smile and smooth game hope he can find his way out of some dark days.
"It sucks to hear," Farmar said in a phone interview this week when asked about the string of misfortunes following Odom these days, from alleged drug use to an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
"It's unfortunate. A couple of us have reached out to him and haven't heard back. That's just a sign of him going through some tough times."
Tough times are nothing new for Odom.
As Lee Jenkins wrote poignantly in a 2009 Sports Illustrated profile:
"The happiest Laker is one whose father was addicted to heroin; whose mother died of colon cancer when he was 12; who attended three high schools; had his first college scholarship revoked before the fall of his freshman year; became a subject of three college investigations; declared for the NBA draft; tried unsuccessfully to pull out of the draft; was picked by arguably the worst franchise in sports; violated the league's antidrug policy twice within eight months; and, after finally getting his life together, went home to New York City for an aunt's funeral and wound up burying his 6 1/2-month-old son, Jayden, then getting robbed at gunpoint."
And in the summer of 2011, Odom experienced more tragedy when, while home in New York City for a cousin's funeral, the driver of the car service Odom was a passenger in struck a motorcyclist, who in turn ended up colliding with and killing a 15-year-old boy.
Later that year, Odom was traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks at the end of the NBA lockout, a move he was very unhappy about. And in Dallas, and last season with the Clippers, he was a shell of the player who had won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year as a Laker in 2010-11.

Odom is a 14-year veteran who turns 34 in November. Athletes break down. Maybe he had peaked. Maybe he got everything out of himself that he possibly could have expected with those two rings, a Sixth Man award and a FIBA gold medal over the course of 22 months from June 2009 to April 2011. But his former bench mates see something more emotional than physical happening with him now. And they feel for him.
"It's so crazy," Powell said. "You look at all of the stuff he's been through, that's just some of the stuff that we know from the years that he's been in the league, not to mention the stuff he's been through in life, period. A lot of times people handle those things differently. Sometimes that weight can get too heavy on a person's shoulders. Granted, you don't want to see people handle it in the way that they handle it, but sometimes people just don't have another way to go.
"It's just really sad, man. You just want to wish the best for him. You want for the people that are part of his circle, you would hope that they are doing any and everything to try to be supportive and try to help him get back to being that old Lamar that everybody is used to seeing."
That old Lamar, with a playful manner and rare skill set (Lakers PR director John Black used to call him "the human Swiss Army knife"), was an ideal counterpoint to the fiery leadership of Kobe Bryant. "It was kind of like good cop, bad cop with him and Kobe," Farmar said. "Kobe was the serious, determined one, and Lamar was just as talented and able to help us on that level but also could keep everybody's spirits high over a long, tough season." But his teammates wonder now whether perhaps lifting others' spirits sometimes was a cover for how Odom really felt inside.
"He's an emotional guy who wears his emotions on his sleeves," Brown said. "He's one of those guys who always tries to stay upbeat with an uplifting spirit. You ain't really going to see him down too much. I think sometimes that can wear on a person if they don't show it.
"I think he's the type of person where when he's out in public, when he's hanging out with his friends and trying to have a good time, that's exactly what he does, but sometimes when people get by themselves and they get alone, that's when it weighs on them the most because their mind isn't occupied on other things, it's strictly occupied on what's hurting them. So he's one of those guys. He didn't really talk much about it, and if he did, it was very, very, very brief."
Powell remembers one of those moments with Odom when the veil was lifted and he understood how much pain Odom carried around.
"He opened up," Powell said. "I remember me and him had a conversation one time, I think we were lifting weights. He was saying how he lost his son, and I shared that pain with him because I lost a child too, a long, long time ago when I first got out of school. I lost a child too. I had a little boy who died two days after birth. We just shared it.
"I was talking to him about how I tried to deal with it and use it in a positive [way]. Motivate myself to try to do more, be a better person. Even now, with the kids that I have now, how I use that in a way to motivate myself in a way to be a good parent to them. We just shared those things, and I guess that was one of our moments that we had where he kind of opened up. Every other time it was just about jokes and keeping it light and stuff like that. That was one of the real times that I got a chance to really see and get to know the person that he is."
In covering the Lakers the last few years, I too have come to know Odom as someone who feels things deeply.
There was the time late one day when I was writing in the Lakers' practice facility (most of the media had already cleared out), and Odom came into the media work area to watch a bit of the Yankees game on TV as he got a haircut from his barber, who often would meet him at the facility. We chatted about sports, and our conversation led to the AAU team he sponsors and the state of college basketball. He was invested in helping kids succeed in navigating the recruiting system. "I was bought and sold three times by the time I was 17," Odom told me that day.
There was the time I spoke to him on the phone late in September 2011, after he had been involved in the accident in New York. He told me that he had such a hard time finding energy for the game at the time that he hoped the NBA lockout would drag into the new year, because if he had to report to camp, he "probably would be disconnected from it."
Then there was the time when my younger brother, Brian, died tragically during the 2010-11 season. It was suicide. It was devastating. I took myself off the Lakers beat and was back with my family in Philadelphia for several weeks. Eventually, I returned to cover a Lakers game against the Charlotte Bobcats, because it was all I knew to do. But how was I going to go back to covering basketball as if it mattered? What was I doing back in L.A.? Odom approached me in the locker room before the game, put his arm on my shoulder and looked me in the eye and said, "Are you OK, bro? We missed you."
I'll never forget it.
And it's those reach-outs and connections that Odom established with so many teammates that have his former Lakers family hoping he finds a way home now.
"As a teammate, as a friend, whatever the case is, he's always been great to me," Brown said. "He's one of those guys who want to see other guys succeed, and he'll do whatever it takes to help them, whether it's giving them some words of encouragement or passing them the ball if they're open. Little stuff like that, it makes a huge difference."
"He just has a great spirit and energy and vibe about himself," Powell said. "It's attractive, it's addictive. People want to be around him and be in his space."
I asked Farmar what his message to Odom would be if he had one thing to say to him.
"I'm here for him," Farmar said. "We're all here for him, really. We know what kind of guy he really is. Everybody goes through tough times in life, and if he needs anybody, he can always reach out to us."
That goes for me, too. Lamar, are you OK, bro? We miss you.

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Reading that grocery list of things he's been thru, that **** is devastating man. Come back to us LO. frown.gif
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post #517 of 21988

First Take ESPN this morning....damn, bros...this one hurts...Screamin A Smith says LO cried when Lakers dumped his *** and he wasnt the same since.....

 

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post #518 of 21988
That video. frown.giffrown.giffrown.giffrown.giffrown.gif

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post #519 of 21988

dudes lost so much throughout his life, losing a bit of himself with every tragedy...

#prayforLO

post #520 of 21988





Video gave me chills. LO is much appreciated and loved

Shout out Barnes taking his time getting back to the FT line and letting him get that reception
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post #521 of 21988
tired.gif Hope LO makes it


This one game sums up how good LO really was.
post #522 of 21988
This new on Lamar is hurting me to the core.

I rocked his jersey to just about every game I went to when he was there. He was my favorite player during that run. Frustrating because we knew how good he could play but didn't always play to that level. But he had flashes of brilliance...and really was just an anchor out there. Even took a bench role and made things happen.

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post #523 of 21988
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This new on Lamar is hurting me to the core.

I rocked his jersey to just about every game I went to when he was there. He was my favorite player during that run. Frustrating because we knew how good he could play but didn't always play to that level. But he had flashes of brilliance...and really was just an anchor out there. Even took a bench role and made things happen.

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Yeah those seasons 08 to 2010.Whenever Bynum got injured he always stepped up and played well with Pau in some big regular season & playoff games.

He also was usually the enforcer whenever things got heated with other teams and had Kobe's back most of the time.

Kobe was right when he said he knew how to get the basketball performances and made LO better.
post #524 of 21988

man this Lamar piece voiced by Ramona Shelbourne on espn mobile got me feeling some type of way

"Lamar Odom was the hearbeat"   "odom simply didnt want to be found"

 

 

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post #525 of 21988

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post #526 of 21988
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Every year Lamar Odom was with the Lakers, he would buy the rookies their first 2-3 custom suits, that's what type of guy he is.

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post #527 of 21988
That Cleveland game was his best individual performance in a Lakers jersey. Incredible game.

But I guess that was against his style - he really helped by doing smaller things and just being dynamic on the court, not dominating with scoring or on the boards.
post #528 of 21988


Bought this from undftd in 08 when they played the celtics in the finals, it said "Boston sucks" on the front
post #529 of 21988

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2 steps from the 3pt line :x

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post #532 of 21988




Tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this interview is disgusting mean.gifmean.gif
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post #533 of 21988
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Bought this from undftd in 08 when they played the celtics in the finals, it said "Boston sucks" on the front
I been trying to find this shirt in a medium for a decent price for the longest. mean.gif
post #534 of 21988
Come back LO
post #535 of 21988
post #536 of 21988
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Tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this interview is disgusting mean.gifmean.gif

I didn't even make it 30 seconds into his appearance, dude was laughing and making light of it from the jump mean.gif F him for real.
post #537 of 21988


post #538 of 21988
Magic Johnson statue painted with maize 'M,' words 'Beat State'






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Michigan State's statue of former basketball great Magic Johnson was vandalized in Michigan colors on Thursday, adding more spice to an already heated rivalry week.

The statue outside the Breslin Center was painted with a maize "M" and the words "Beat State" underneath. Michigan State officials were working to clean the statue by late Thursday morning.

The No. 7 Spartans play at No. 12 Michigan on Saturday.

This isn't the first time the schools have traded graffiti pranks. The Michigan State Spartan statue was painted in Michigan colors twice this year, in April and again in September before the Spartans hosted Oregon.

Students have been standing watch over the Spartan statue this week to prevent it from being tampered with.

Last year, the block "M" in Michigan's Diag on campus was painted green, and the letters "S" and "U" were added in white.

"First, I've gotta say, that this is rivalry week and you're not supposed to like your opponent. There's a lot of great Michigan kids, but there's some idiots," Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo said at Big Ten media day Thursday in Chicago. "There's some idiots on our side, too, that do crazy things. Messing with Sparty is a bad thing, like messing with their 'M' is a bad thing. But messing with Magic, that's the worst thing. I'll make sure from now on that maybe the basketball team will sleep [out there]."

Earlier this month, a statue of former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was vandalized outside McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, with purple spray paint -- the color of Big 12 rival TCU.

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http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/13894776/magic-johnson-statue-michigan-state-vandalized-ahead-michigan-wolverines-tilt
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post #539 of 21988
post #540 of 21988

Master P throwing a lot of shade but I think a lot of what he says is true

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