Sunday, April 29, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Game 3: Playoffs Lakers Vs Suns

Okay, Lakers FansM reporting direct from Staples, and I gotta say that the energy in Staples is electric! I have'nt seen Lakers Fans this energenic in a long time.

Lakers Vs. Suns in the Postseason
The Lakers and Suns have met 10 times prior to this series.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Notice For All Lakers Fans Attending Thurday's Game

This e-mail was sent to me today by the Lakers, all those going to the game tomorrow please take note:

Wear Gold to the Game on Thursday.

Come out and cheer on your Lakers team tomorrow night at STAPLES Center as we battle the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, April 26th in the NBA Playoffs. Please wear any gold Lakers merchandise you have for the game.

Gold Lakers t-shirts will also be passed out at the doors to all fans in attendance.

Go Lakers!!!

Lakers Down 2 Vs. Suns: Home Game Thursday

Eclipse Of The Sun

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Game 2 2007 Playoffs: Lakers Vs. Suns

Lakers Line-up for tonight is: Farmar, the rookie, getting his second play-off start of his career tonight, after his first Sunday, Bryant, Walton, Brown and Odom. Phil Jackson has 178 career playoff wins, the most in NBA history; lets make it 179 tonight, okay Phil?

Well, what can I say? I don't know what was worse: The Lakers playing or that annoying woman (man?) screaming throughout the whole game Tuesday. That high pitch shrill was unbearable, did anyone else hear that?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Game 1 2007 Playoffs: Lakers Vs. Suns

Hey Lakers, the game is 48 Minutes long, not 36! Remember there is a 4th quarter to this game. Kobe played awesome the first 3 quarters, scoring 28 of his 39 points in the first 24 minutes. Kobe got the team off and running early, popping off jumper after jumper, ending the first half with some long shots from down town to give the Lakers their 9 point lead at half time, but it just wasn't enough to hold on in the fourth and win Sunday night.

So can they do something to exploit the weaknesses of the Suns? How about the baseline at the offensive end, starting with Lamar Odom covering Shawn Marion, we know Lamar can do that very well based on last years series. Lamar had 17 points, 16 rebounds in 40 minutes and only 2 points, 1/4 FGs in the fourth quarter in the 1st game. What about Luke Walton when Barbosa is in the lineup, he can really make him play D. Luke had 10 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds in Sunday's game, and the key to success is really pounding hard on the inside when the Suns have their 3 guard line-up with Barbosa matched up against Luke so he can make him pay.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. Supersonics: Last Game of the Regular Season!

The Lakers lead their current series 2-1 after taking last season's series from the Sonics 2-1. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 home games against the Sonics and are aacsx all time against Seatte at Staples. At the last meeting on April 6 at Seattle, Kobe estabished a new Lakers series record against Seattle with 46 points, surpassing the old mark of 45 points established by himself on January of 2003 and Jerry West in December of 1970. Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf played high school basketball with Sonics center Johan Petro in France. Both also played for the French National Team at this summer's FIBA World Championship in Japan.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers Vs. Suns: Friday the 13th Edition

Okay, Laker fans, as we draw closer to the end of the season, and closer to the play-offs, we all understand that every game counts. Lakers have to make this game count as they get ready to play tonight out in the desert. The Lakers get a chance to redeem themselves in a rematch, MVP vs. Score Leader, a test of wills...tonight Lakers vs. Suns.

Lakers are fighting for the 7th seat, after a fourth quarter meltdown and missed opportunity to rise in the playoff standings against the Clippers last night. Lakers are a game and a half, in the 7th spot.

Phoenix Suns are a machine, they got the 2 time MVP Nash, The Matrix Marion, Stoudemire, Bell, and are contenders for the how are we going to stop them? They have a full team of superstars, we are going to have to claw our way to a win at the ....US Airways Center (Does this arena name change, like every week?), on Friday the 13th, no less. Kwame Brown on the inactive list tonight, still favoring that sore ankle, with Mihm, of course (remember him?), the third inactive player not playing tonight is Aaron Mckee and snowboarding super star Vlade Radmonivich will suit up tonight after returning with limited minutes last night and playing his first road trip since his snowboarding accident.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. Clippers

Ok Los Angeles, here we go again...another friendly cross town neighborhood game on the hardwood, The Lakers currently lead the season series 2-1, after splitting the last 2 season 2-2.

Luke dating Britney? Shear Madness...

Don't believe it for 1 minute:
Daily Star:
BRITNEY Spears could soon be getting up to some "lanky panky" with a 6ft 8in basketball player.

The pop princess is set to go out on a date with LA Lakers star Luke Walton. And his pals say they will be perfect partners – because Britney, 25, is fresh out of rehab and Luke, 27, is on the wagon during his team's run-in to the NBA play-offs.

"His people and her people are trying to thrash out a date when they can have a bite to eat and then we'll see what happens."

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. Suns

The Lakers have split their first 2 meetings this season with the Suns 1-1 with 2 games remaining after dropping the last two season series with the Suns 1-3 and 0-4 . Prior to the last two season series, the Lakers had not lost a season series to the Suns since 1994-1995 season (1-4). The Lakers took the first game of the season on opening night in Los Angeles but lost by five to the Suns in Phoenix and are 6-4 in their last 10 regular season home games.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. Nuggets

After a touching announcement of Phil's induction into the Hall of Fame, the Game got underway.
The Lakers are currently tied in their season series with Denver 1-1, after winning last seasons seroes 2-1, for theier fourth season victoey over the Nugges in the lasy 5 years. This will be the 2 franchises 131st meeting with the Lakers leading the all-time series 87-43. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last overall meeting with the Nuggets while going 20-9 against Denver since the 1999-00 season. The Lakers are 13-1 all-time against the Nuggets at Staples and have won their last eight in a row at home vs. the Nuggets.

Kobe Youngest Player to 19K Points?

With 18,974 points in 775 games, Kobe is closing in on the 19,000 point milestone. Earlier this seasonm Bryant became the youngest player to reach both 17,000 & 18,000 career points. If
K:obe reaches 19,000 points this season, he will become the youngest player to do so.

Phil Jackson's New Member In Hall of Fame

Ok, you know what I meant....On Monday, April 2, Lakers head cach Phil Jackson was announced as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2007, earning induction in his first year of consideration for election. At thw helm of not only one, but two of the great dynasties in NBA History, Jackson, a native of North Dakota where he also starred in college before playing professionally for the Knicks & Nets, coached for the Chicago Bulls for six NBA championships (1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998) and the Lakers to three straight titles(2001,2002,2003). His nine championships tie him with the legendary Red Auerbach for the most all-time for a coach.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Lakers Bitch Slap The Queens: 126-103

The Lakers win on this auspicous Sunday, with Jordan Farmar making history by being the only player to play in an NBA & D-League game, Luke Walton awarded player of the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. The Queens

The Lakers currently lead the season series against the Queens 1-1, after splitting last season 2-2. This will be the 261th meeting between the 2 franchises and the 96th since the Kings moved to Sacramento. In their first meeting this season, (1/4/07) Bryant who is averaging 36.0 points this season aainst Sacramento this season, just missed a triple double with 42 points, 10 rebounds, & 9 assists. in an overtime victory with 102 FT attempts. Also in that game, the Lakers were lashe with 42 personal fouls, making a new LA lakers franchise record.

Farmar Works Double Shift Tonight

Los Angeles Lakers' point guard Jordan Farmar may be written into the record books tonight as the only player to play in 2 different leagues in the same day. Earlier this afternoon, Farmar played in the Lakers' developmental league, the D-Fenders, who played against the Anaheim Arsenalsthis afternoon and scored 18 points and playing 40 minutes. So, could he play again in the game tonight at 6:30 against the Sacramento Kings?

"The thinking behind it is that it would be really great to have Jordan get a game in which he really has sustained minutes to play - get some shots, get back in rhythm again," Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson said.
No player has ever appeared in both a D-League and an NBA game in the same day.
It remains to be seen if Farmar plays for both the D-Fenders and Lakers in the same day. "He might," Jackson said. "If Mike Bibby gets fouls on our guards, we might need him."

So it remains to be seen if Farmar will play tonight or not, known for for his hard working ethic on the court, we'll just have to see how hard working he is after tonights game against the Kings.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. Grizzlies

Helllo Lakers Fans...the starting line-up was Kwame-less...could be that ankle? The Lakers have lost their last 2 season series with the Lakers, interestingly, the Lakers has never lost a series season to the Grizzlies prior to the 2004-05 season. The last time the Lakers played the Grizzlies, Kobe scored 60 points, which made him only the third player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in 3 consequetive games.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. Warriors

Hello Laker Fans, this game should be an exciting one, but not particularly because of the opposing teams prowess. In fact the Lakers lead their season series wth the Warriors 3-0, last year 4-0, & 3-1 the year before. The Lakers have not lost a series season with the Warriors since the 94-95 season. The Lakers are 12-1 overall against the Warriors and have won the last 7 in a row! They are 14-1 overall at Staples and have won the last 7 at home.
So, if its not the incredible match up, then what's generating the magic in the air at Staples?

65-50-60 Back to Back to Back
Kobe had 60 points on 3/22 Against Memphis Kobe had 60 points and became the 4th player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in three consequetive games, Joining Jordan (April '87), Elgin Baylor (Dec. '62)m, and Chamberlain who accomplished the feat 10 times in his career.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers vs. T'Wolves

Hello Lakers Fans....sitin' here at Staples after wadding through attendees of the car show at the Convention looks like nobody got the news that todays game starts at 5pm instead of the 6:30 printed on the tickets. As the Start Spangled Banner is being belted out by a 14 year old Napoleon Dynomite look alike, the Staples Arena looks about half full. The Lakers currently lead their season series with Minnesota 2-1. This will be the 70th meeting between the 2 franchises.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers v. Spurs

With only 3 regular season meetings with the spurs and leading the season series 2-0, the Lakers have clinched a season series victory over the Spurs for the first time since 2003-04 season (3-1). The Lakers have not swept a season series from San Antonio since the 1997-98 season (4-0). In 37 career games including 32 starts against San Antonio, Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game while in his 6 games against the Spurs dating back to last season, he is averaging 31.3 points per game. In addition, Horry was a teammate of Kobe Bryant for all three Lakers championships from 1999-2002,

Starting for the Lakers: Odom, Radmonovic (in for an injured Walton), Bynum, Parker & Bryant.

Pre-Overtime Ramble (Special Edition): Kobe just 2 points away from 18K Points

Kobe hits a tre and tying the game 91-91....Forcing overtime and bringing Kobe within just 2 points of a career high 18,000 points AND the youngest player ever to do so in NBA history.

Half-Time Ramble (Special Edition): Kobe 23 Points Away From Career 18,000 points

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers Vs. Charlotte Bobcats

The Lakers are 2-0 all time against Charlotte at Staples. In their last meeting in Los Angeles on 12/4/05, the Lakers rallied back from a 10 point 4th quarter deficit to defeat Charlotte 99-98. In that game, Kobe scored 29 points, while Lamar was just 3 points shy of a triple double, finishing with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The Bobctas rookie center Ryan Hollis was a teammate of Jordan Farmar on both the Bruins 2006 Pac-10 championship Team & and the Final Four Team. Michael Jordan who is the Managing Member of Basketball Operations for the Bobcats, won 6 NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls under current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bryant Will Start 9th Straight All-Star Gaame: 3rd in League-Wide All-Star Game

The NBA announced the starters for the 2007 NBA All-Star appearance today, with Kobe earning his 9th overall All-Star appearance as well as his 9th consecutive start for the West (1998,2000-07- no game in 1999). Bryant, the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998 named MVP of the 2002 game in his home town of Philidelphia, earning 2,138,177 votes, 3rd overall league-wide behind Lebron James (2,516,049) & Yao Ming (2,451,718). Bryant joins Yao, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady in the Western Conference starting lineup. Teaming with James in the East will be Gilbert Arenas, Chris Bosh, Shaq O'Neal and Dwayne Wade.

In selecting reserves, the head coaches must vote for 7 players. including 2 guards, 2 forwards, a center and 2 players regardless of positions. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. after the coaches select their reserves. If a player is unable to participate,in the All-Star game NBA Commisioner David Stern will appoint a replacement.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers Vs. Golden State Warriors

The Lakers are currently leading the series with the Warriors (1-0) they swept the 2005-06 series wih the Warriors 4-0 sfter going 3-1 against Golden State the year before. The Lakers have not lost a season series to the Warriors since they were defeated (2-3) in the 2004-05 season . The Lakers are 9-1 in their last 10 overall meetings with Golden State and are winners of their last five in a row . In their first meeting of the 2006-07 season on November 1, the Lakers spoiled the Warrior's season openerat Oracle Arena with Lamar Odom coming close to his second consecutive triple-double against the Warriors by recording 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Best Road Win of the Year! Lakers Kick Spurs

The Lakers defeat the Spurs, 100-96. Kobe Bryant hit a jumper with 1:24 remaining to give The Lakes the lead for good. Bryant finished with 34 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 13 points and Maurice Evans added 11.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lakers Turn Down The Heat In OT: 124-118

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers Vs. Miami Heat

The Heat & the Lakers have met on Christmas Day in each of the last 3 seasons and will meet for the second consecutive Martin Luther King, Jr. Haliday on Monday, January 15. The Lakers defeated the Heat 100-92 at Staples last MLK day with 37 points from Kobe Bryant. In Kobe & Shaq's 4 head to head meetings, Bryant is averaging 35.5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while O'Neal is averaging 21.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2 blocks. As head coaches with the Lakers, Jackson (355) and Rilley (533) account for 888 of the Lakers 2,372 Victories, more than 1/3 (37.4%) of all Lakers victories in the Los Angeles era.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Stop Feeding the Chris Webber Rumors!

Webber has a lot on his plate.

There have been a lot of blogs dishing out speculation on whether or not C-Webb will don a Laker uniform. So, what if Webber signs with the Lakers? Could he be biting off than he can chew? Between trying to co-exist with Kobe Bryant, trying to digest the triangle offence and icing his sore knees, I think he might.

Phil Jackson's response was telling; when asked about reports that free-agent forward Chris Webber had a wish list of five teams for which he would like to play, the Lakers being one of them:

“Did he give it to Santa?” Jackson quipped. “It’s a little bit late for that.”

After reaching an agreement on a buyout, Webber was waived Thursday by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers could offer Webber a prorated contract for the veteran’s minimum of $1.117 million, of which $433,797 would be covered by the NBA.

“We’ve always respected Chris Webber’s game and he’s a great player,” Jackson said.

All these rumors are giving me an upset stomach, and quite frankly, make me wanna throw up.

Let the Spurs have him.

The Lakers have a recipe that's perfect, so let's not mess with it, okay Kupchak? Or you may be eating crow off of a Chris Webber Commemorative Plate.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Has Big Handles; Takes Up 5 Blocks; & On the Floor Most of the Game

"Uh, hey Lady, I think you dropped something"

Carnac the Magnificent holds the 'hermetically sealed' envelope up to his turban and says, "Big Handles; Takes Up 5 Blocks; On the Floor Most of the Game." Carnac opens the envelope and reads, "What do Ronny Turiaf and the lady's purse next to me have in common?" Carnac's psychic abilities were the only 'magic' worth mentioning tonight, as the Lakers win 109-106 against the Orlando Magic with the help of Turiaf's 5 blocks, infectious enthusiasm; Smush Parker's career high 26 points, 3 steals and Kobe with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Wow, the Lakers played bigger than that Lady's gargantuan purse pushing against my leg the whole game.
Carnac the Magnificent

Speaking of big purses, let me address this disturbing trend. What is the deal with women and these massive purses? I mean, they seem to be getting bigger by the day. The woman next to me would have a hard time checking it in as a carry-on at the airport it was so big. You've got to be kidding me, if it was any bigger she would have to buy it a seat. Ladies, something about this before it gets out of hand...literally.

But I digress...

Lakers played hard tonight, but the Lakers are going to have to dust off their own bag of tricks for some more magic against the Miami Heat on Monday.

Let's just make sure it's a big bag.

Pre-Game Ramble: Lakers Vs. Orlando Magic

TheLakers are currently leading this season's series 1-0, winning last seasonls series against Orlando 2-0, sweeping the Magic for the second time in the last three seasons and for the sixth time in eight years. The Lakers are currently 7-0 all-time against the Magic at Staples Center and have won their last nine consecutive games against Orlando in Los Angeles. In their last meeting, five Lakers scored double figures as L.A. defeated Orlando 106-93. The Lakers are 13-6 this season when five or more players score in double-figures.

Starting for the Lakers tonight: Brian Cook, Luke Walton, Andrew Bynum, Smush Parker, Kobe Bryant

Starting for the Magic: Tony Battle, Hedo Turkoglu, Dwight Howrd, Jameer Nelson, Grant Hill.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Lakers Don't Quit! Smokin' the Mavericks 101-98

A Benched Walton: Luke takes some time out of his busy schedule to visit with the Dallas Bench; "hey guys, let's be friends...did you know that I'm ranked 3rd in the NBA for 3-point shooting?, really."

Lakers made New Years resolutions this year, but to quit smoking the competition was not one of them. The Lakers lit up the court as a fuming Cuban (Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks) looked on. Speaking of a hot Cuban, the Lakers fans were stoked to see the fresh Lakers bench get hotter than a Cohiba cigar, truly unbelievable. Lakers were definitely hot tonight, there was no denying that, by beating the team with the best record in the NBA.

So should we be surprised by this win? It did live up to all the hype...all this and without Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown. The Lakers deserved this 4th straight win, and Phil Jackson was also deserving of his 900th career victory.

Kobe Bryant had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Luke Walton scored 21 and outscored Dallas 7-2 by himself to move the Lakers within two points with five minutes left; Sasha worked his magic with a career high 16 points (3 of the most important in last 28.5 seconds) and played incredible defense. Ronny Turiaf (I haven't seen his much enthusiasm on the Lakers since Tyron Lue) added 13 points and Smush Parker scored 11.

Deepest team in the league? The Lakers bench is so deep we drowned the Mavericks in there own tears; and even that couldn't put out the fire that was raging at the Staples Center tonight, way to go Lakers!