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#1 Majesty

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 12:38 AM

I figured since there was really no other thread around to discuss camp happenings I'd condense some of the things I've read about here. Just to give you some optimism and some news to keep ya'll up to date and keep things active around here Posted Image Enjoy

9/21
Here are Jamison, Metta World Peace & Steve Blake doing some drills w/asst. Eddie Jordan & development. coach Phil Handy:

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Derek Fisher, a free agent, is also working out individually. He's not on the team roster, of course... Just using the facilities.

Several of LAL's coaches praising the work Darius Morris did this summer both in the weight room & on his J. Looks a lot cleaner


8/21

Looking like a complete beast: Metta World Peace. He's about 15 lbs lighter than last fall, w/no body fat:

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Antawn Jamison, as well versed in Eddie Jordan offense as anyone, has a good bounce in his step. Opens 3 of 4 FG's in 1st scrimmage.

Good to see some 5-on-5 run at the Lakers practice facility. NBA hoops is almost back

Rookie Darius Johnson-Odom was just described to me as "bouncy". He's hopping all over the place. Great athleticism.

Watch Jamison play for even a few minutes and realize he's great at finding open spaces on O. Always looks open.

Jordan Hill looks strong. Asst. coach Darvin Ham expects a big year for the big man backing Howard/Gasol


Any pre-camp & camp stuff from coaches is gonna be positive, but word is Dwight Howard looks really good as he progresses in rehab.

Kobe & Pau won't be here for a bit. Usually just before camp.

Nash not in today, but player develop coach Phil Handy worked w/him, said he looks terrific.


SCRIMMAGE NEWS BELOW

Edited by Majesty, November 26, 2012 - 01:43 PM.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 12:45 AM

great to hear. Man metta looks beast
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 12:45 AM

Scrimmage News:

http://blog.lakers.com/lakers/2012/09/21/lal-scrimmage-notes-92112/

LAL Scrimmage Notes: 9/21/12

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With training camp rapidly approaching, more and more Lakers players have been working out at the team’s facility, going through individual drills, lifting and now getting some 5-on-5 run in.

On Friday morning, veterans like Metta World Peace, Antawn Jamison, Jordan Hill and Steve Blake joined youngsters such as Darius Morris and Darius Johnson-Odom for a full court scrimmage.

We took some notes:

- Metta World Peace is in absolute peak shape. Much was made last season about how MWP came in out of shape and didn’t find himself until halfway through the season due in part to injuries he wasn’t able to treat during the lockout. But he says he’s 15 pounds lighter than he was last fall, and from watching him play, he’s not lying. We interviewed Antawn Jamison after the scrimmage, and he couldn’t stop raving about how great MWP looks and is playing. With attention focused on Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, this could spell trouble for opponents.


- Speaking of Antawn Jamison, you can see almost immediately why he’s averaged 19.5 points per game for his career. The guy just has a knack for the bucket, whether it’s utilizing his unique array of floaters and leaners, or finding the space in the half court to get himself open for a jumper. He told us how excited he is about the team vibe he’s already feeling, with new/hungry blood from himself, Nash, Howard and Jodie Meeks* joining the likes of Bryant with a championship in mind. Jamison can’t stop smiling as he walks around the facility.
*Meeks was also in the building, but did not scrimmage.

- Steve Blake looked good for the Lakers late last season and in the playoffs, earning many of the crunch time minutes over Ramon Sessions, and earning the trust of his coaches and teammates in the process. Several assistant coaches mentioned how consistent Blake has been in workouts this summer, and noted that he played for Eddie Jordan his first two seasons in the league for Washington. That he and Jamison are familiar with Jordan’s system is a nice benefit for the Lakers.

- Darius Morris has improved his jumper over the summer, not to mention his physique, thanks to leading all Lakers in time spent at the team’s facility. His hard work looks to be paying off so far, with the test to come in training camp when he’s matched up against Nash or Blake.

- Jordan Hill looked very good in the scrimmage. While watching him dunk, rebound and even hit some face up jumpers, assistant coach Darvin Ham said he expects Hill to have a fantastic year off L.A.’s bench, backing up Howard and Gasol with his constant energy and activity at both ends that earned him playoff minutes last season.

- Darius Johnson-Odom was described by one coach as “bouncy,” and you’ll agree when watching video of the scrimmage. The rookie was flying all over the court, even treating us to a version of J.R. Rider’s “Eastbay Funk” afterwards. DJO is the type of player that plays better when those around him are better (Las Vegas Summer League wasn’t his type of atmosphere), and his defense and athleticism stood out in the run.

- Derek Fisher, a free agent, was in the building to work on his game, permission granted by GM Mitch Kupchak. Fisher is of course not on the roster, but it’s not uncommon for free agents or players on different rosters* to play at other team’s facilities before camp starts.
*Thunder guard Lazar Hayward was also in mix, often chatting up his college teammate at Marquette DJO.

- Big men Robert Sacre and Jeff Somogyi showed themselves capable of playing with the more experienced bigs on L.A.’s roster, and will have a chance to show what they can do in training camp. Each 7-footer did some scoring, some boarding and some blocking in the scrimmage. Making the roster isn’t going to be easy for any of the younger players, but the opportunity will be there.


Vid update will come posted soon as well, here's a pic or two from the scrimmage

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"Bouncy"

And here's where all the rest of the pics can be found

PHOTO GALLERY FROM FRIDAY'S SCRIMMAGE!

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 12:51 AM

great to hear. Man metta looks beast




Oh yeah, I like what I read in the scrimmage notes(posted above) as well as some of the pics from the scrimmage(link above as well)

But the most important thing I feel, is that all of our bench guys are getting familiar with the Princeton, and Blake and Jamison already know it, and Metta is familiar with it as well. So I think this will be the best thing for our bench to have gotten training on this offense for a solid two weeks before camp even begins, it's great for all of them.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 03:36 AM

what about the fan favorite ebanks LMAO he's gone

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 05:03 AM

what about the fan favorite ebanks LMAO he's gone


Huh?

Anyway, I'm really happy to see that Ron is in some of the best shape of his career. I know he is getting older but I do think that a healthy and in shape Ron will do wonders for this team. I'm not really worried about his defense so much but I just want him to hit those open 3's because he will be left alone on the perimiter a lot.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 05:33 AM

what about the fan favorite ebanks LMAO he's gone


Coming back from an injury.


Huh?

Anyway, I'm really happy to see that Ron is in some of the best shape of his career. I know he is getting older but I do think that a healthy and in shape Ron will do wonders for this team. I'm not really worried about his defense so much but I just want him to hit those open 3's because he will be left alone on the perimiter a lot.


Agree 100% Ron in great shape does WONDERS for our starting 5

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:32 AM

Morris spending more time in the gym than Kobe?

Nice, keep it up, if he can hit the gym this hard all the time he'll be decent.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:35 AM

Cant wait for Johnson-Odom!!!

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 08:55 AM

I just hope Darius will attack the basket and knock down some open jumpers.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 09:37 AM

Thanks man. Really appreciate this. Keep us updated.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 10:02 AM

Cant wait for Johnson-Odom!!!

yea he won't be playing besides preseason.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 10:32 AM

We'll make this the official TC thread. Pinned.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 10:54 AM

If Metta can hit the 3, the offense will be very hard to stop. I'm more concerned with his defensive impact.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 02:01 PM

This made me so much more excited than I already was, and I was pretty damn excited.

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 03:51 PM

We'll make this the official TC thread. Pinned.


Wow thank you. I won't let you down :)

I'll stay on top of everything that goes on today and post the vid here soon as it first becomes available :)

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:00 PM

Wow thank you. I won't let you down :)

I'll stay on top of everything that goes on today and post the vid here soon as it first becomes available :)

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that just means that this is where everyone posts TC news lol. they didn't designate you the TC news man of LN
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:06 PM

:laughing:

that just means that this is where everyone posts TC news lol. they didn't designate you the TC news man of LN


I'm sure, but that doesn't mean I can't stay committed to trying to post updates soon as available ;)

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:18 PM

what about the fan favorite ebanks LMAO he's gone

He's still on the team bro. I'm glad we kept him I think he will have his best year this year. He just needs to realize he's not gonna be able to explode with big point games, and we just need him to be a consistent presence off the bench backing up Ron. I really think he can help us

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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:29 PM

He's still on the team bro. I'm glad we kept him I think he will have his best year this year. He just needs to realize he's not gonna be able to explode with big point games, and we just need him to be a consistent presence off the bench backing up Ron. I really think he can help us


yeah, Ebanks has been spending time recovering from his injury and making a mixtape :blink: Don't know what to think about that. I just hope when he's able he puts all that stuff on hold and focuses on basketball.

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