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6:30 PM Lakers Standard Time

Television: Fox Sports Net, NBA League Pass

‘Pinch Me, I must be dreaming’

Lakers win by 21 and ruin Suns opener.

Amare out rebounded 22 – 1.

Nash, only 3 assists and 5 Turnovers. :)

Dantoni’s blow up, “Priceless!”

“Kobe, your team just dismantled and humiliated the Phoenix Suns at their Arena, a team many are predicting to win it all. What are you going to do now? Go to Disneyland?”

“We don’t have to get too ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We just have to stay in the minute. We have to get out of here, get some rest and get ready to practice (Saturday) because that’s really when you become a better team.”

“Disneyland? Oh yeah, after practice I’ll pick up my girls, and head over to Disneyland to get some of those candy apples. Those things are really good.”

Okay, the game is not even over 5 minutes and Kobe is trying to get his team to focus on practice. “Did you say practice? We talking about practice?! Practice?!”

Last night at my annual Halloween Party, Fatty dressed up as a Laker (How original?! But bold considering that I live in Arizona). My Laker buddy and neighbor said, “that was one of the best Laker games he’d seen in years. Because it lifted his spirits (no pun intended) so much.”

No doubt, the Lakers made a statement with the win, but especially with how they accomplished it. Kobe, my wife observed (thanks Milo) had an off shooting game, and still the Lakers blew out the Suns lights. My optimism is riding high for a successful season, and not just because of a statement game. It’s the statement made after the game by Kobe concerning the importance of practice.

‘…because that’s really when you become a better team.”

Kobe is focused. Its catchy. The Lakers are focused. Phil Jackson is focused. We the fans are becoming more focused. Maybe, what this team needed was some major distractions, to force and help them focus on the task at hand.

Now on to the game preview…

Utah Jazz – According to Phil, Utah is one of the ‘Elite Four’ we want to join. This will be a good test for the Lakers.

Fatty’s Take: We got them on a back to back. They scored 133 pts last night against the run and gun Warriors. They may be a little tired from all that scoring.

Lakers – Against the Suns, not only did the Lakers share the scoring, but they shared the passing. 24 assists and the leader was Kobe with 4.

Fatty’s Take: Them are the type of stats that put a smile on Tex Winter’s face.

Key Match Ups:

Boozer vs. Ronny: Does this guy Boozer ever have a bad game? Has Ronny matured enough to slow him down a little and not foul out?

Deron Williams vs. our version of Deron Williams, Jordan Farmar: Is Farmar having a breakout season like Williams did last year? Not in scoring, but in team leadership?

Who’s Hot?

Jazz – Deron Williams was 13-17 for 30 pts; Okur was 9-12 for 28 pts.

Who’s Not?

Jazz – Nobody is cold. The Jazz shot 63% last night against the Warriors.

Fatty’s Take: And ESPN is picking the Warriors to contend? Right.

From Bill Walton’s book of Amazing and Fun Facts: Did you know Utah’s Arena name is the Energy Solutions Arena? Which is a nuclear waste dumping company.

Tonights Game Cheer:

Lakers here we go.

Let’s put on a show.

Kobe and his crew.

Make the Jazz sing the Blues.

Game Prediction: Lakers will Jazzercise Utah into a hometown weight loss. Jazzercism – Definition: A Laker form of exorcism that results in a Jazz loss and expulsion from the Staples Center.

GAME PREDICTION CONTEST: As Mr. Miyagi said to the The Karate Kid, on Okinawa, before the big fight. “This not practice, Daniel-san, is real thing” Its race for the Hoodie time. 15 games of a grueling competition. As we learned in the movie Highlander, “There can be only one.” If you think you are good enough to wear the ‘Hoodie’, and be The One, don’t miss a game

Tonight’s Challenge (Just copy and paste. Put your answer in the preview thread):

1. Game Winner (5pts):

2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):

3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):

4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :

5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game?

6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):

  • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Fisher

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game? Chucky Atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 9

  • steve

    The screws will be alot tighter on defence for this game, not like the marshmellow display that the suns put up…haha

    1..game winner..lakers..
    2..high scorer..kobe
    3..top rebounder..bynum
    4..assist leader..fisher
    5..trivia challenge..chucky
    6..margin of victory..8 points

  • steve

    By the way Kwame may not play he has a chest infection

  • http://bustedquad.com/forum Caleb

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Luke

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game? Gary Payton

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 11

  • kyler_hay

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kobe

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :Luke

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game? Chucky

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):5

  • magicbalala245

    1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Turiaf

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :Fisher

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game?Chucky Atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 12

  • Chosen One

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Kobe Bryant

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Lamar Odom

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 6 points

  • SILO

    1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :Farmar

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game?Kobe Bryant

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):15

  • osm0nd

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :Farmar

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game?
    Lamar Odom
    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):

  • DeepFrost

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Luke Walton

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Chucky Atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 10 points

  • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

    I hope you guys aren’t using my answer for the TC… I just took a wild guess. lol

  • HiYo2o

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Luke Walton

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game? Chucky Atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 7 Points

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    1: utah
    2: Kobe
    3: bynum
    4: kobe
    5: magic
    6: 12

  • SILO

    The game is a huge test for the Lakers, to see if they can consistently play the way they played against the suns. Good defense, great offensive awareness, moving the ball and the hustle plays. Im looking for a great overall team effort and there will be no big time scorer for the Lakers.

    I hope our bigs are ready to play 48min of protecting that paint. Hopefully they can contain boozer like they did Amare on friday and contest any shot in the paint.

    Our guards are more than capable to handle Deron Willams. I look forward to see the battle of Farmar and Deron. Farmar played great d against Nash so im hoping he plays with the same intensity.

    This should be a good game but im hoping for the blow out. Time to put the league on notice.

  • KOBESno1FAN

    1.Game Winner (5pts):LAKERS

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):THE ONE AND ONLY K-O-B-E

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):ANDREW BYNUM

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :KOBE BRYANT

    5. Trivia Challenge: well, kobe had 15 in 2002 but since its more than 15 im gonna go with Magic Johnson

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):Lakers by 14

  • l@kers4life

    Game winner-lakers
    high score -kobe .B
    top rebounder-ronnie turiaf
    assist leader-luke walton
    trivia answer-nick van excel
    margin of victory-5points

  • lakersfan17

    1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :Kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game?Chucky Atkins?

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):8

  • fatty

    Trivia Challenge Clarification.

    Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game?

    If anyone wants to change their answer because of this clarification, just post your new answer and I will make a note of it in your final results.

  • David

    1. Game Winner (5pts):

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Lakers

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Farmar

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Magic

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts)7

  • Tiggos

    1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Derek Fisher

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :Kobe Bryant

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Magic Johnson

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 10

  • two0one7

    The Jizz are going down!

    1. Game Winner (5pts): The Great Lakes

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe “mr 81″ Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew “GMTFB” Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Kobe “nashty” Bryant

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Kobe “nashty” Bryant

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 8pts

  • lalakerfan

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Walton

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):

  • Leo

    1.Game Winner:Lakers
    2.Lakers High Scorer:KB24
    3.Lakers Top Rebuonder:Bynum
    4.Lakers Assist Leader:Kobe
    5.Trivia:Magic Johnson
    6.Margin of Victory:7pts

  • Jrich

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Farmar

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Lamar

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):

  • Shakobe22

    1. Game Winner (5pts): lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? im gonna go with chucky atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 5 pts.

  • sdsuballa

    1. Lakers
    2. Kobe
    3. Luke
    4. Luke
    5. Nick Van Axel
    6. 7pts

  • http://bustedquad.com/forum Caleb

    The trivia answer is not chucky atkins…look at his game by game log for the season he was a laker…never had more than 12

  • Brillus

    1. Lakers
    2. Kobe
    3. Bynum
    4. Walton
    5. Kobe
    6. 10pts

    Go LAKERS !!

  • lakerfan81

    Game winner: Lakers (depends on how htey defend the pick and roll)
    2. Leading scorer (kobe)
    3Rebounder: Bynum
    4.Assist: Farmar
    5Kobe?? unless it goes all the way back to magic Kobes game hihg may only be 14
    6: Lakers by 4 97-101

  • pr0mega

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Luke

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Gary Payton

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 8

  • Yoni

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game? Kobe

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 3

  • nyla

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Gary Payton

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 7

  • ab4sure

    Game Winner lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? LO

    6. Margin of victory bonus 13

  • kobefan2408

    1. Game Winner (5pts):lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? kobe

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):5

  • Shaq786

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Walton or kobe, hmmm… Kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): odom or chuky, hmmmm… ill go with chucky

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 7

  • ryan

    1. Game Winner (5pts): lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : farmar

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? magic

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 2

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Walton

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have more than 15 assists in a game? Gary Payton

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 7

  • kb24mvp

    1-lakers

    2-kobe

    3-kwame

    4-walton

    5-magic

    6-lakers by 6

  • steve

    WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…go you packers..

  • http://www.mr47.com mr47

    Hey Fatty,

    In the section with your predictions, it would make more sense to have a “chance of winning” section. Like me, I think you’ll probably be picking the Lakers for every game. It would be cool to hear the pros and cons for the team, then the chances of them winning.

    Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Walton

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? – Mark Madsen

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Lakers by 9

  • fatty

    mr 47,

    If you would like to email with more details, perhaps an example of your idea. I would consider your suggestion.

    fatty@thelakersnation.com

  • mplakers

    1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :D Fish

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Lamar Odom

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):8 points

  • LAnative4life

    1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) : Kobe

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? Atkins

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):

    7

  • fatty

    Posting is closed.

    Enjoy the game.

    Go Lakers!

  • ankit

    1. Game Winner (5pts):LAKERS

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):KOBe

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): KOBE

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts) :LUKE

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Last Laker to have 15 or more assists in a game? CHUKY

    6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts):7

  • ankit

    ahhh i thought the game started at 10 30 GA time….i didnt look at the stats LAKERS honor hahah

  • http://thelakersnation santi

    Thats for all the doubters!!!Go Lakers

  • http://thelakersnation MILO

    Hell yea Santi im with you on that!!!

  • http://thelakersnation santi

    Yup yup it’s time for the Lakers to show up all the doubters!!!

  • steve

    Next please…why didnt the critter play?

  • santi

    Bring on the hornets!