After watching tonights game, do you think our Lakers are a team that contend for that elusive championship? Or is it to early to tell? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!

L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant asked to be traded last spring in part because he wanted to play for a team that could contend for a championship. He just might have gotten his wish by staying put.

Bryant scored 26 of his 38 points in the second half, Andrew Bynum had a career-high 28 points to go with 12 rebounds and a season-high four assists, and the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns, 122-115, today at Staples Center for their ninth win in 11 games.

The victory lifted the Lakers (18-10) to a season-high eight games over .500 and within one game of the Pacific Division-leading Suns (19-9), who lost for the fifth time in eight games.

Bryant, who complained about a lack of talent around him, has gotten plenty of help recently, especially from the 20-year-old Bynum, who shot 11-of-13 in outplaying Phoenix center Amare Stoudemire.

Bynum left to a roar of approval from the Staples Center crowd of 18,997 and a hand-slap from Bryant with 11.5 seconds to play.

Derek Fisher added 19 points, Lamar Odom had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Trevor Ariza scored 14 points in his first start since being acquired from Orlando last month.

Continue reading ‘Bryant & Bynum Lead Lakers Past Suns’

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  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    1 More player from being ‘championship’ contenders

    Anyways we’ll be around 3-6 seed this year

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    Man i think Andrew is a beats………..wait a minute i know lol go Lakers, oh i knew Ariza could dunk like that, i folloed him his whole basketball career

  • MILO

    Great game by both kobe and Bynum this kid has to be the 4th best center right now…

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    Hear we go. The journey has begun. I am happy:).
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • keep24

    Great win !!!

    Best move by Laker FO: trading Cook for Ariza ! He was the difference in the game.

    Number one on Laker FO to-do-list: Getting rid of LO.

    I can’t stand watching this fool shoot the ball. I don’t understand. Isn’t there anyone within this organization that has the power to stop this fool from shooting.

    I swear this fool should be benched!!!

    STOP SHOOTING ANYTHING LONGER THAN 5 feet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rpoc

    Kobe doesn’t mesh with this team my fraking ass. Bynum is a beast. Fisher is light years better than Sucky Crapkins, Terrible Brown, and that punk Smush. Ariza > Mo.

  • http://hellbydante.deviantart.com hellbydante

    its ok for LO to shoot… he needs to get in a rhythm and get it going for a few games.. it would only add to the lakers offensive threat… but he needs to select his shots.. he’s doing well near the basket tho and grabbing those boards… he should know how to fix his game.. and his team mates r there to help him along

  • David

    We are a Ron Artest away from being a serious contender. As far as i’m concerned, we’re a contender now playing the way we do. The only team that I’m afraid of in a 7 game series is San Antonio. If only we can get Artest. Kobe and him would be the closest to a Pippen/Jordan duo and we all know how those teams did. TRADE ODOM FOR ARTEST!!

  • keep24

    LO has been in the league long enough! At this point in his career, we should be waiting for him to “fix” his game.

    At $15 Mil a year, we should not be waiting around for his game to develop. He shouldn’t need “help” from anyone.

    Grabs some boards, play defense and clean up around the basket or go home!!!

    No outside shots!!!! Under any circumstances!!! NONE!!!!! NOT ONE!!!!!

  • David

    Hey guys,

    Check out the hollinger playoff odds. Lakers are predicted by his system to be the Team from the West to go to the Finals (27.5%) And 5% chance of winning. I know it may be a stretch (I think hollinger is a closet laker fan), but interesting none the less. Check it out.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/playoffodds?column=finals&sort=false

  • http://bustedquad.com/forum Caleb

    We are an all-star forward away from being a championship team. I think we will go past round one this year and lose to SA but next year, with Kwame coming off the books and Marion, JO, and Brand all likely to be FA’s…look out.

    If only we had kept Caron

  • RD
  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    Good game for the Lakers starting five, they all played great. All in double figures. I’m not sure why people are ragging on LO for this game. He had 15 pts and 14 rebounds. What’s wrong with that? Yes, he’s a little overpaid at $13.5M this year and $14M next year (not sure why someone said he’s getting $15M/year) but he’s doing ok. He just needs to be more consistent.

    With regards to trading LO for Artest, I don’t understand why people want this trade to happen. PEOPLE ARTEST IS A SMALL FORWARD. As of right now LO is starting at the power forward spot. If you trade LO for Artest, you would be trading away a power forward for yet another small forward when you already have Luke, Trevor and Radman at the 3 (I consider a Radman a 3 even though he’s 6’10). Furthermore, LO is a better rebounder than Artest. LO averages about 9 boards a game whereas Artest only averages 6. I don’t understand the desire for a LO/Artest trade, but I’m not here to defend LO, because believe me I get frustrated with his a** too, but I don’t think an LO for Artest trade makes sense.

    Like I was saying, the Lakers starters played well, but I am getting concerned about our bench play. The productivity of the bench has drastically dropped in the past week or so. Today, the bench only had 8 points. The bench needs to contribute more but a win is a win. I’m just glad Phoenix picked today to shoot 20 for 30 from the free throw line.

  • nyla

    We’re still one player away. Kwame will be back soon and can give us good D on Yao. That will be a start. But I still feel we need another guy. I don’t think it necessarily needs to be someone with a major role either. I think it would be a huge mistake to do any multiplayer trade just to get a better “number 2″ guy. For the first time in a lonnng time, this team has great chemistry on BOTH ends of the floor. You want to ruin that? People need to lay off this LO for Artest and LO for Gasol garbage. If we get an upgrade over Lamar it needs to be an UPGRADE! Gasol and Artest aren’t that. Kwame for Artest is.

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    [Comment ID #20526 Will Be Quoted Here]
    And the novel begins [/sarcasm]

    Pretty much agree with fish..

    artest for LO, really isnt a good a trade that will make us a contender,
    and i really doubt sacremento would do that trade in the first place.

  • David

    [Comment ID #20526 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Lamar is not a true power forward. His natural position is the 3 spot. The main reasons to trade him are.

    1. Inconsistency (His game is Like Jekyl and Hyde. You never know if the all-star 20 and 15 Lamar is gonna show up or the 6 pts 6 fouls lamar.)

    2. Low basketball I.Q. (ex. shooting jumpers that he consistently bricks) when he can post up at will, Stupid fouls (see knicks game)

    You mentioned he’s a good rebounder, i’ll give him that but he’s not the 2nd option that he’s supposed to be and what we need. With Ron Artest you are getting consistency and a 20 pt a night guy. His defense is superior and what we would need to slow down a Ginobili in the playoffs.

  • David

    Oh and I forgot to mention. The number 3 reason to trade Lamar.

    3. Extremely Injury prone. The guy is built like a Straw house. When he clashes with the other physical power forwards in the league he gets injured. As he did last year, (twice)And in 2005 and the year before that. I’m predicting it now. He will get injured again sometime this season. I hope i’m wrong but don’t be surprised. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents.

  • RDLAKB24

    good win… gotta win the next two and were sitting pretty good..
    Utah should win
    Boston Really tough one

  • Nabil

    Wow, Bynum is seeing some serious results. Any bets on him making all-star by next year? For the first time, I wouldn’t bet against it. Kobe is right, the key for Andrew is to keep working hard to improve. I think he said somewhere else that a young mistake is getting caught up in early success and getting lax. I think as long as he sticks with Kareem that won’t happen.
    He is looking more an d more like a man…last couple years he looked like that boy from “Are We Done Yet?”

  • lakerfan_24

    great game lakers. our bench needs to step it up. they have dissapeared. lamar and ariza need shooting coaches. lamar does not suck he is our key to success. so people saying to trade him for crap you guys are dumb. odom for artest is bad. we lose size and our team then will be filled with guards and small fowards. we need lamar so stop talking $hit people. lamar is great in the post, could creat his own shot by driving in the lane and posting up, and best of all a great rebounder. are team is a championship team already with dfish, kobe, ariza, odom, and one of the best centers in todays game in bynum. hes getting better each day. with him we will be the suns in a 7 games series. go lakers and great game

  • e

    i was at the game today, and my goodness…it was a great game

    everyone started yelling phx sucks

    bynum got his career high

    kobe got his 38 pts as well as his mvp chants..and talk about his signature dunk at the end of the third…

    sweeeet game today…happy holidays everyone!

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    We dont believe you, You need more people^!

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    does somebody knows why kobe wasnt wearing the ZKIII??

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    Wow, the Lakers are winning and some of you still want a trade. I’ve been watching this site ever since it opened and some of you always have something bad to say no matter what the circumstance. Remember your rants about “trade Bynum for Kidd, Kobe’s right, ship his a** out, Bynum will be a third rate center, Mitch sucks”. I say, enough, stop complaining and enjoy the record the Lakers have built with one of the toughest schedules in the NBA. Do you know how many fans would LOVE to be in our position,”Knicks”. Even though this is a great day and a start of a great season people like you have to kill it by being so negative. Please, to those of you who want a trade, just shut up and enjoy our success.

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    stfu^.
    Pic Jacker.

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    um if your talking to me, okay?

  • J-Cool

    Yo Britt Where You Been

  • kyler_hay

    Britt i agreed with u

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    [Comment ID #20532 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I understand what you’re saying about LO but I wanted to comment on each of your points:

    Yes, LO is not a natural power forward, however, the Lakers moved him to his natural small forward position earlier this year and for the most part, he was unproductive at the 3. When Turiaf went down with his ankle sprain, he was moved to the 4, and LO has been more aggressive and productive at the power forward position. It may sound strange to say, but LO has kinda slowly become a better power forward than a small forward.

    1. Yes, we all know LO’s scoring is inconsistent and I think this is his biggest problem. However, the one thing that he is not inconsistent is rebounding and that is one of the primary roles of a power forward.

    2. LO’s jump shot is suspect. Sometimes he’s on, other times he’s off. And I agree with you, he should post up more, but when he does post up, I don’t see other Lakers getting him the ball like they should.

    3. LO seems to be back from his injuries. If you’re afraid that LO is going to miss future games due to injuries then get prepared for Artest to miss games due to suspensions (and don’t give me this argument that Phil will keep him in check. Even Rodman got suspended from games when he was on the Bulls). Artest is a troublemaker, and that’s a fact. Also, now that the Lakers have Turiaf, who I think is a solid backup to the power forward position, he can easily go in and give LO minutes to rest after banging around with the other power forwards in the league (i.e. this Laker team is much deeper than those of years past).

    You should seriously rethink the Artest trade because if the Lakers were to trade LO for Artest, the Lakers would be giving up size and rebounds (do you realize that right now the Lakers are one of the top 5 rebounding teams in the NBA). Furthermore, its becoming more and more like Bynum can be a consistent scorer. If you’re going to trade LO for anyone, it would be JO but JO’s contract is pretty large and risky.

  • Flush Odumb

    Excellent comments David.

    If the game is on the line, keep the ball OUT of Lame-ar’s hands. More often than not he will either clumsily fumble it away or cast up another brick from the 3 point arc.

    I believe this is Lamar’s 8th NBA season and he still hasn’t figured out his game. This guy has the basketball IQ of a walnut. His D is not all that great. He needs to stick to rebounding and UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES shoot from the outside!!! His outside shooting is HORRENDOUS! Maybe we have to start fining him or benching him for shooting 3’s because he is a BAD JOKE out there! He’s not even CLOSE! When was the last time he made a 3? It has been so long I can’t even remember it!

  • Flush Odumb

    bench production has dropped off quite a bit lately. Part of it is because Bynum moving to a starter takes his points away from the bench. Ariza should probably be starting too. He is far more talented than hapless Luke. Probably the most productive player off the bench now is Farmar (yet so many Bozos want to trade him??? NO WAY!!!) Vlad Rad has to wake up. His productivity has greatly declined and the “Machine” needs some oil or some parts are missing. We have too many nonproductive players and we may need to do some serious housecleaning at the end of the season if we want to keep Kobe. Since no one wants to trade with us that means FREE AGENTS!

  • David

    Hey O-Dumb looks like you and me are the only ones that agree about shipping out Lamar’s A$$. I’m sure it will happen sooner than later though.

    Personally I think his con’s greatly out weigh his pro’s. His low basketball I.Q. makes him unbearable to watch sometimes. (Watch the Knicks game and you will see what I’m talking about)
    The only thing consistent about Lamar is you know he is going to be inconsistent. He reminds me a lot of Elden Campbell.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jwalksocali jermaine mciver

    You gotta give this squad a run a chance to see what they can do. If they can keep up this pace they can make noise. Bringing in Jason Kidd to me would give them a shot this year and maybe next but what about this young team after that. If Kobe can lead his guys through the fire they will prevail!

  • Reggie

    Kobe was wearing the ZKIII but in a player exclusive model.

    But I wanted to trade Odom also but I don’t think it would make much sense right now. Odom is a major part of the locker room and if they shipped him out it may effect our chemistry on the court, and chemistry is the biggest factor in winning, even more so than talent. Before the Lakers made a trade involving minor bench players but Odom is a starter and that may do more damage than good.

    I too want Artest but I would trade Kwame and Luke for him. This team has shown we don’t miss Kwame much at all, because we have don’t more without him than with him. For every great decision Luke makes in a game he will make 3 bad ones so I don’t mind letting him go. But I would keep him over Kwame who sucks on offense, very injury prone, and could not catch a basketball to save his life.

  • MILO

    5 players the Lakers can spare Walton Vlady Critt Kwame Coby now is there a chance the Lakers can pick up a good player in return for that?Yes so by the deadline Buss and Mitch will be pulling the trigger oh and i almost forgot Mihm that makes it 6.We can also use picks, i like Mike Miller from Memphis or Ron Artest in Sac those players can help us compete with the elite teams in the west.

  • MILO

    Can someone tell me if this is some-what accurate???
    Best centers:1stHoward 2ndYao 3rdAmarre 4thBynum 5thIlgauskis 6thKaman 7thCamby and Kwame and Mihm are in the 20’s ha ha ha lol

  • DCLAKER

    I want LO GONE TOO!STOP let me put the CRACKPIPE down first.AHHH,there we go now I can think again.LO was one of the reasons we’ve been winning PEOPLE.Trading him would be stupid.Now trading Kwame for O’neal(JO) or Artest would be BRILLIANT.Now we’re talking CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY RIGHT THERE if you pulled trigger on that deal.Lo is still hurt and is still playing it’s amazing that people want him gone,if this were the NFL he’d be the talk of the league but in the NBA,the ‘what have you done for me lately mentality reings supreme and so far he’s overcome so much juggling personal demon(his son died last year)and on court issues(Trade discussions)but he always seems to overcome it all by just being who he’s always since he came to LA,COOL.Plus he wants to retire with the Lakers so that,to me,counts for the success of THE PACK!!!

  • Flush Odumb

    We’ll see at the end of the year DC how “stupid” it will be to trade Lame-ar. If they kept count of the dumb plays Odumb would lead the team BY FAR. Who knows, it may be a r1sult of his pot smoking days. This guy is an 8 year vet and he’s still floundering. The bottom line is when the game is on the line, offensively we must keep the ball OUT OF HIS HANDS as more often than not he will either cast up a brick or clumsily fumble the ball away. This guy has done NOTHING so far in his career, so the charade is over – the time TO PERFORM is NOW! (And he thinks he’s an all star – it takes more than shaving a ridiculous star on his head to make that happen. What a DUNCE!!!)