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#1 Michaelyumm

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 07:34 PM

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol might sit out some of the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason games after a hectic offseason.

Bryant helped lead the United States to a victory over Gasol and Spain in the gold medal game in the Summer Olympics. Bryant and Gasol each took only a few weeks off before reporting for the first day of training camp Tuesday.

Bryant and Gasol played a carefree game of one-on-one near the end of the first of the Lakers' two practices. Their teammates, meanwhile, ran a set of wind sprints at the conclusion of their morning workout.

"This week I'm just seeing how they feel, how's their energy level, and then we'll adjust," coach Phil Jackson said. "I was told not to say that I wasn't going to play Kobe in exhibition games.

"So I'm not going to say Kobe's not going to play in this exhibition game or that exhibition game. But there is a chance they may not play in an exhibition game."

Jackson said last week he was determined to monitor Bryant's playing time more closely this season. The reigning NBA MVP, who turned 30 on Aug. 23 and is entering his 13th season, averaged 28.3 points in 38.9 minutes in leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals last season.

"Phil does a good job of making sure we stay in good condition, but that he doesn't overexert us too much because of the long summer we had," Bryant said. "I feel great. I could run all day. I'm in shape, so I'm ready to go."

The Lakers play their first preseason game Oct. 7.


what about our expirement lol

odom pau and bynum i wanna see how they work

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 07:36 PM

Well we wouldn't want to lose them in meaningless games

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 07:42 PM

I would like to see one pre season game in which we see how our potential starting 5 looks. I could see that being the last pre season game. BUT we also dont want to unleash the beast where teams can start scouting us ;)

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 07:48 PM

thats fine they deserve the rest. After playing until june and all of the olympic games im sure there pretty tired. Rest for a couple games doesnt harm the team.

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#5 Vaporize

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 08:15 PM

Aww, going to the pre-season game on the 7th at the Honda Center. Cheaper, Closer, but no so cool.
I'll be happy to see Bynum though!

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 08:37 PM

Good - the pres-season is to try out for that last roster spot and to get the secondary guys / injured players back into game shape.

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 08:38 PM

good, we'll need the machine to kill the pre-season and carry his momentum into the reg season.

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 10:02 PM

Good to hear. Hopefully they get some good resting time to be able to start the season full throttle.
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Posted September 30, 2008 - 10:31 PM

Main reason I am watching it for is Bynum. So I really don't mind.
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Posted September 30, 2008 - 10:33 PM

They should since they just came out of the Olympics. They can use some more rest.

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 10:43 PM

Agree with everyone, this is good, they should be getting rest.

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 10:59 PM

my prediction is kobe plays somewhere from 34-38 minutes a game this season most likely closer to 34 minutes
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Posted September 30, 2008 - 10:59 PM

Time to see Bynum be the key player of the team.
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#14 KareemTheGreat33

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 11:01 PM

No Hawaii? poor Pau lol

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Posted September 30, 2008 - 11:02 PM

Time to see Bynum be the key player of the team.


a pre season game does not show us that

we'll see that in about 5 years
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Posted October 01, 2008 - 12:04 AM

a pre season game does not show us that

we'll see that in about 5 years


Yeah, and I don't think he has to show us that on his first (FULL) year.

Edited by netlord, October 01, 2008 - 12:04 AM.

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Posted October 01, 2008 - 02:53 AM

Understandable, will be great seeing the Lakers play still.

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Posted October 01, 2008 - 08:56 AM

I get the feeling that after last season Bynum just may bring everything he's got to pre-season to 1) get people on the lookout for him even more so and 2) to test out his body and new skills he's been working on.

#19 purple_and_gold_fever

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Posted October 01, 2008 - 09:15 AM

I hope they don't play so they can get some rest

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Posted October 01, 2008 - 06:07 PM

Pretty much what I was expecting. I prefer them to not play in the exhibition games either.




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