Jul 11, 2007
my favorite is DFish, too. Even tho i remember just spazzin after he made it.

damn i forgot about the Horry shot. Wow, i cant choose.
my favorite is DFish, too. Even tho i remember just spazzin after he made it.

damn i forgot about the Horry shot. Wow, i cant choose.
Originally Posted by Kidskillz858

All I have to say is SMH @ some of the foolish Laker fans on here who last summer were hating on DFish coming back to the Laker posting stuff on here like "he isnt worth the 3 years $14 million the Lakers gave him"
you fools know who you are on here.

yeah you can also through in those laker fans that we're pissed cause Mitch wouldnt trade Bynum for Kidd
i was one of the few that wasnt for that trade
Brown will replace Bynum as the Lakers' center tonight.

"Unless Wilt (Chamberlain) comes back from the dead, I don't know what else we're going to do," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said wryly after the team's sixth consecutive victory.

@ Phil
How is the Phil Jackson comment "not worth its own thread" ???

Step yer Mod game up.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said following Sunday night's game that Brown would replace Bynum in the starting lineup and Turiaf would serve as his backup.

"Unless Wilt (Chamberlain) comes back from the dead, I don't know what else we're going to do," Jackson said.
why is Phil always making jokes... was he always this funny back in chicago?
Um, as previously pointed out, Raja Bell got one game for A MUCH worse offense IN a playoff game vs what Odom did to Allen. Both stupid plays, but no chancein hell that Odom's deserves a longer suspencion than tinker Bell.
seriously there so many moments.. but it has to be 0.4 shot... i was like damn, how the hell can Duncan hit that super lucky shot.. i was nearly in tears whenhe made that shot i ran outside shouting and came back right on time to see the ending .. im so glad i dint turn off that TV!!!
You 14 years old?

Just go to your local footlocker, grab all their ballots, makes millions of copies, send em all in, and then you can have Kwame in your starting lineup! LOLL!hahahaahhahahahaha omg.
Originally Posted by LamarOwnsem

^Walton is on a 6-year contract so it would be highly stupid to waive him. And we don't need to get rid of him; he fits on this team perfectly.

I was being sarcastic. How does he fit perfectly? He goes 1-5 almost every game and tries to be Magic with his passes but ends up doing dumb +%@*. On topof that he can't play any type of defense.
I know who you're talking about.

The dude with the headband.

Yeah, that guy has been wipin' the floor for forever. I wouldn't mind doing that job.
so Laker fans, Yuku has a feature which allows you to ignore user(s) posts.......I know a lot of you will be happy to utilize this feature.
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Number one in the west for one night only....we might as well be the dreamgirls..

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[h1]They have much more in reserve[/h1]When Coach Phil Jackson looked down the Lakers' bench last season, he wasn't always thrilled with what stared back at him.

An aging Aaron McKie. An inexperienced Jordan Farmar. One-dimensional shooters in Brian Cook and Vladimir Radmanovic. Undersized guard Shammond Williams. Chris Mihm, in street clothes.

Times have changed a bit. Proof can be found with a glance at the box score from the Lakers' thorough 109-80 thrashing of New Orleans on Wednesday.

The Lakers' reserves outscored those of the Hornets, 42-9.

Not a misprint.

Trevor Ariza had 10 points, Farmar and Kwame Brown each had nine, Ronny Turiaf and Coby Karl each had five points, and Javaris Crittenton had four points.

Some of it came when the game was already decided, but enough of it happened during the first three quarters to be considered another important victory for the Lakers' reserves.

"We try to be integral to every win," Farmar said. "Every win we've gotten lately, we've done a good job as a unit."

Along those lines, the Lakers are obviously no longer Kobe Bryant and everybody else.

Bryant had a quiet scoring night with 19 points against New Orleans, although he did have seven assists and seven rebounds.

Derek Fisher's 26 points against Memphis were one more than Bryant scored that game. Bryant had 26 points against Indiana last Sunday, although Andrew Bynum (23 points) and Fisher (22 points) were right behind him.

Bryant is averaging 26.4 points, down from 31.6 last season and 35.4 in 2005-06. After winning back-to-back scoring titles, he is now third in the league, behind Cleveland's LeBron James (29.1) and Denver's Allen Iverson (27.1).

One stat that defines the Lakers' season so far: They are 8-0 when all five starters score in double figures and 15-11 when it doesn't happen.

"We have great individuals," forward Luke Walton said. "But when we're at our best is when everyone's involved, everyone's scoring and the bench comes in and gets even a bigger lead and pushes the ball down the other team's bench's throat."

Two months later, Walton was vindicated.

He was the guy charged with guarding Peja Stojakovic when the Hornets' sharpshooter scored 36 points and made 10 three-pointers, a record for a Lakers opponent, in the Hornets' 118-104 victory Nov. 6. In Wednesday's rematch, Stojakovic was held to nine points on four-for-11 shooting with Walton defending him. He made one of four three-point attempts.

"It's so hard when you play someone like that who's such a dead-eye shooter because you've been taught since junior high about playing team defense and rotating and that type of stuff," Walton said. "You've just got to discipline yourself to stay home even though your instincts are telling you to go in the lane and plug it up and help on pick-and-rolls."

Undrafted rookie Coby Karl now has a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season. He will make about $425,000.

Bryant leads the Western Conference with 1.4 million votes in the final update before the league announces the All-Star starters on Jan. 24.

Overall, Bryant trails Boston forward Kevin Garnett (1.8 million), James (1.6 million) and Orlando center Dwight Howard (1.5 million).

The All-Star game is Feb. 17 in New Orleans.


vs. Milwaukee, 7:30, FSN West

Site -- Staples Center.

Radio -- 570, 1330.

Records -- Lakers 23-11, Bucks 15-20.

Record vs. Bucks -- 0-1.

Update -- The Bucks have won three in a row, but they have played the last four games without All-Star guard Michael Redd, who has been out because of a bruised thigh and is questionable for tonight. Rookie Yi Jianlian is averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. The Lakers made only six of 19 shots in the fourth quarter of a 110-103 loss Nov. 21 at Milwaukee.

^ This is light, in my opinion. He made no play on the ball, Ray Allen was innocent in every sense of the word, and Odom just checked his shoulder intoAllen's waist.

I guess if Raja got 2 games for horse-collaring Kobe, then a game for this is comparable.

But Raja should have gotten more games; at least 5. And Odom should be getting more; at least 3. Maybe 2, since he really as no history of this kind of thing.
We are number 4 in the power rankings! We have a game VS the team thats ahead of us.....we need to beat those hornets!

[h1]Power Rankings: Celtics overtake Pistons, regain top spot[/h1]

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Playing Detroit on Dec. 19, as one member of the committee's inner circle likes to say, was the Boston Celtics' first true moment of accountability this season. On their home floor, they lost.

Since then, though, Boston impressively swept through a four games-in-five nights tour through the West and then atoned for that rare defeat by beating the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday night, improving the Celtics' record to a glorious 29-3 … and keeping them on a ridiculous 74-8 pace. So now we're accountable.

We duly move the Celtics back to the top of the weekly NBA Power Rankings, dropping Detroit to No. 2. The New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers are climbing, too, and there's also a new No. 30 whose coach has Pistons ties. Guess who?

Click here or at the bottom to register your approval or disagreement with the order at the top or anywhere else.

Tune into Fastbreak on ESPN to see this week's Army Power Rankings.
[table][tr][td]2007-08 Power Rankings: Week 10[/td] [/tr][tr][td]RANK (LAST WK)[/td] [td]TEAM[/td] [td]REC.[/td] [td]COMMENT[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]1 (2)[/td] [td]Celtics[/td] [td]29-3[/td] [td]In each of the past three seasons, there's been 70-win talk with Phoenix, Detroit and then Dallas. But these Celts are the first team to last this long with only three losses since (gulp) the 72-win Bulls in 1995-96.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]2 (1)[/td] [td]Pistons[/td] [td]26-8[/td] [td]If the Pistons want No. 1 back right away, they can give us something to think about by winning in Dallas or San Antonio (or both) this week. Before losing to Boston, remember, Detroit had won 11 straight by nearly 17 ppg.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]3 (6)[/td] [td]Hornets[/td] [td]23-11[/td] [td]Chris Paul must be seething after failing to win First Trimester MVP honors in the West. How else to explain the venom he played with over the weekend in a big back-to-back road sweep of Golden State and Phoenix?[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]4 (5)[/td] [td]Lakers[/td] [td]21-11[/td] [td]We've resisted putting the Lakers (or Hornets) above the Suns, Mavs and Spurs. But with the West powers ailing or inconsistent and L.A. at 14-5 since a 7-6 start, plus 2-0 vs. Phoenix, you can make the case for a week.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]5 (4)[/td] [td]Spurs[/td] [td]23-9[/td] [td]Duncan insists he's fine after colliding knee-to-knee with Corey Maggette. But Sunday's late hit, just as Manu returned to work, means SA still hasn't finished a game with its three best players intact since November.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]6 (3)[/td] [td]Suns[/td] [td]23-10[/td] [td]Our pal Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic has an idea why Suns fans are so edgy when their team leads the West with nine more road wins than home defeats. The reason: Phoenix is 1-6 against the West's top eight.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]7 (
[/td] [td]Mavericks[/td] [td]23-11[/td] [td]Hard to believe Dallas is just 7-8 on the road after last season's 31-10. But some normalcy is creeping back into Mavsland: Dirk has been top scorer in nine straight after it happened just seven times in the first 25 games.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]8 (7)[/td] [td]Trail Blazers[/td] [td]21-13[/td] [td]Don't be so sure that the Blazers' seven-game trip will ruin the fairy tale. Portland is 5-1 on the road during this astonishing 16-1 run. And its only road losses since Thanksgiving were at Dallas, San Antonio and Utah.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]9 (11)[/td] [td]Nuggets[/td] [td]21-12[/td] [td]The Nuggets and Lakers became 20-game winners Friday night. Which means A) The West now has seven teams on a 50-win pace and B) Denver needs a 40-10 finish to uphold Melo and AI's preseason touts of 60 wins.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]10 (9)[/td] [td]Warriors[/td] [td]19-15[/td] [td]Did we jinx 'em? Fair question after the Warriors follow up Stephen Jackson's coronation as the West's First Trimester MVP with their first back-to-back losses (at Mavs, home to Hornets) since the 0-6 start Jack missed.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]11 (10)[/td] [td]Magic[/td] [td]22-13[/td] [td]The Magic don't have a road game in the West after Jan. 23. But that might not be such great news after they fell to 7-8 at home with Ls to Jersey and Houston by three points total . . . both with Tiger Woods in the house.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]12 (16)[/td] [td]Jazz[/td] [td]18-17[/td] [td]If you're looking for Portland Is For Real testimony, check here: The Jazz still haven't returned to the West's top eight in part because they just finished playing the Blazers four times (and losing three) in 26 days.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]13 (18)[/td] [td]Cavaliers[/td] [td]17-17[/td] [td]The floor is LeBron's after his game-turning, 24-point fourth quarter in Toronto: ''. . . We know we're a better team than we've shown early in the season, but it's a new year and we're undefeated so far.''[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]14 (13)[/td] [td]Wizards[/td] [td]17-15[/td] [td]The skeptic in me says Arenas won't be able to resist the urge to play again before the season ends. But it's good to hear him at least talking about a cautious approach as opposed to the usual bravado we get.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]15 (12)[/td] [td]Raptors[/td] [td]17-17[/td] [td]The Raps hoped to build off the happy ending to their grueling seven-game trip, which they closed with wins at San Antonio and New Orleans. But they're 0-2 since coming home, including Sunday's fade against Cleveland.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]16 (15)[/td] [td]Rockets[/td] [td]17-17[/td] [td]I'm sure you're expecting (and perhaps even hoping for) concrete Better Without T-Mac evidence, but be advised that Houston is 12-12 when McGrady and Yao are both in the lineup . . . and 5-5 when it's just Yao.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]17 (19)[/td] [td]Nets[/td] [td]17-16[/td] [td]Reminiscent of Stefanski's arrival in Philly, Jersey is 3-0 since hiring Vandeweghe, including a double-digit comeback in Orlando. That gulp you hear comes from teams still praying that the Nets make J-Kidd available.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]18 (14)[/td] [td]Hawks[/td] [td]15-16[/td] [td]No one misses 2007 more than these guys. The Hawks are off to an 0-3 start in 2008 to sink below .500 for the first time in almost a month, including a loss to the Nets to open a crucial five-game homestand.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]19 (21)[/td] [td]Bulls[/td] [td]13-19[/td] [td]The good news: Gordon led the team in scoring in his first five games off the bench for Boylan. The bad news: Chicago's four Ws under Boylan came against teams (Bucks, Knicks, Bobcats, Kings) at a combined 44-85.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]20 (17)[/td] [td]Pacers[/td] [td]16-19[/td] [td]Nearly used the word crisis in last week's Pacers comment, with a better-than-ever Tinsley getting hurt just as Indy was hitting the road. No hesitation this week with Indy in a 2-7 funk and eight of the next 10 away.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]21 (20)[/td] [td]76ers[/td] [td]14-20[/td] [td]The Sixers finished their six-game, back-to-reality trip with Ls to the Lakers and Nuggets by a combined 44 points. And it gets even tougher on the shorter trip looming in a week: San Antonio, then Houston, then Boston.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]22 (23)[/td] [td]Bucks[/td] [td]13-20[/td] [td]A two-game road streak isn't much, especially when the Ws are in Miami and Charlotte. But with Redd ailing, pressure mounting on GM Larry Harris and a 2-15 road record before those Ws, Milwaukee will take anything.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]23 (22)[/td] [td]Kings[/td] [td]12-20[/td] [td]With zero games left against the Knicks, playing without Bibby, Martin and Artest is probably going to be a problem. Whether the injured Bibby gets dealt before the Feb. 21 trading deadline is pretty much the focus now.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]24 (27)[/td] [td]Grizzlies[/td] [td]10-23[/td] [td]Maybe no one believes in New Year's mojo more than the Grizz. After going 1-6 in games decided by three points or less and 3-12 overall in December, Memphis has won at Indy, held off Miami and hung with Boston in '08.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]25 (24)[/td] [td]SuperSonics[/td] [td]9-24[/td] [td]It's an admittedly big request, but throw out the 0-8 start and there are morsels of progress here, whether it's a 6-9 record against the East or the sight of Durant hanging in there when assigned to guard Nash on TNT.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]26 (28)[/td] [td]Clippers[/td] [td]10-21[/td] [td]Same old stories: Kaman has 25 double-doubles in 31 games, but the Clips have won only once in 10 home dates since Thanksgiving (against the Wolves) and still haven't shot 50 percent from the field even once.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]27 (25)[/td] [td]Bobcats[/td] [td]11-21[/td] [td]J-Rich is finally starting to heat up, but the sense of doom is only growing for the Bobs' rookie coach with Vincent's team -- whose 12 road games to date are the fewest in the entire league -- in the midst of a 1-7 slide.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]28 (26)[/td] [td]Heat[/td] [td]8-26[/td] [td]This is not committee (of one) hyperbole. Seriously: If Miami makes the playoffs from here, it might rank as a better comeback than the '06 Finals against Dallas. The decaying Heat have to go 33-15 just to finish .500.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]29 (30)[/td] [td]Timberwolves[/td] [td]4-29[/td] [td]OK, OK: The post-KG Wolves do have nine double-digit losses at home to New York's eight, as well as a 1-14 record since stunning Phoenix on Dec. 8. Unlike the Knicks, though, Minnesota was supposed to be this bad.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]
[/td] [td]30 (29)[/td] [td]Knicks[/td] [td]8-24[/td] [td]With the league's No. 1 payroll, nearly as many double-digit losses at home as the rebuilding Wolves and zero wins involving actual travel -- their only road W came against the Kidd-less Nets -- Isiah's Knicks have earned this.[/td] [/tr][/table]
I ain't going to lie man, before they put me 6 feet under, I at least have to experience one Laker game watching from the floor.

Yeah, its every Lakers fan dream to watch the game courtside.

*goes to the gas station and buys a lotto ticket*

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Andrew Bynum dunks the ball on the Philadelphia 76ers' Jason Smith during a game last week.

[h1]Bynum plays with motivation[/h1]
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Andrew Bynum dunks the ball on the Philadelphia 76ers' Jason Smith during a game last week.

Jackson thinks contract is part of the reason for young center's improvement.

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 10, 2008

NEW ORLEANS -- When Andrew Bynum became the youngest player ever drafted, the Lakers were cautious about the time frame for his development.

"Certainly at 17 years old going on 18 years old, he has a long way to go," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in June 2005. "We don't know what he's going to be like in two or three years, but if he works and he's competitive, he has a chance to be a very, very good center and there just aren't that many centers."

Andrew Bynum.

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Now that Bynum has taken another massive developmental step in his third NBA season, Coach Phil Jackson was asked Wednesday if there was anything that could have made it happen sooner.

He paused for seven seconds before answering.


In what way?

"It's the idea of 'OK, yeah, I've got to dedicate myself to this process and that's a start.' Now you find someone that's going to be your workout guy.

"You start it by saying, 'I'm an alcoholic, I need to go to AA.' It's the same process: 'I need to get in the best possible shape I can. I need to have a vested interest in that.' As soon as you do that, you turn the corner."

What motivated Bynum?

"My guess is his contract," Jackson said. "Dollars are green. The idea, that 'Hey, it's coming up, I've got to get some traction here. This process is real short.' "

As part of the collective bargaining agreement established in 2005, rookie contracts were shortened from a maximum of five years to only four years. Bynum is in the third year of his rookie contract, although the Lakers and Bynum could eventually negotiate up to a five-year extension that would keep him with the Lakers through 2013-14.

Until then, they're happy with what they've got, regardless of time frame.

"When Andrew came to the Lakers, he sat down and made a commitment to us -- even though he was 17 years old and inexperienced, he was going to work as hard as he could at this process," Jackson said.

Although Jackson did allow that he nudged Bynum often last summer . . .

"Many times," he said, smiling.

Jackson was not thrilled by the advertising for a local casino plastered across the wall in the visitors' locker room at New Orleans Arena.

"I'm surprised that the NBA is allowing these," he said. "It's just not appropriate."

There is also casino advertising inside the visitors' locker room at the United Center in Chicago, Jackson's former home with the Bulls.
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