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#241 bigfetz

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 09:40 PM

^ I think that sums up dwights health right. Now. Just dunked on everyone there with ease.

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 09:52 PM

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Love pau's face :laughing: :laughing:

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 09:55 PM

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Love pau's face :laughing: :laughing:


I think these were after his tip pass to Dwight. Nash lobbed it in to Pau down low who then tapped it to an open Dwight for the slam. It was beautiful. :cry:

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 09:59 PM

I think these were after his tip pass to Dwight. Nash lobbed it in to Pau down low who then tapped it to an open Dwight for the slam. It was beautiful. :cry:


Yep heres the vid. Its a little clearer than the one Chicano posted.

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 10:08 PM

id love to see that play in game

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 10:14 PM

^ Oh I bet we will see allot of stuff like that.

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Geez, relax Pau, it's only practice. :laughing:

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 10:37 PM

Dwight Howard finishes with authority through traffic during the 5-on-5-on-5 drill during Thursday afternoon’s practice.

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 10:53 PM

^ That was already posted by bigfetz a few posts up about over an hour ago.

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 11:06 PM

http://telly.com/NAI3B
http://telly.com/NAJMQ
http://telly.com/NAI3B
http://telly.com/I79XH

A bunch of vids of them running through the offense. One has a pretty cool dunk by howard.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 04:53 AM

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times

October 3, 2012

Kobe Bryant was a showstopper Tuesday, bringing the Lakers' first practice to a momentary standstill when he dunked over Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Yep, his knee is doing just fine.

Bryant may not be as spry as he was even a few years ago, but his once balky right knee is not putting a drag on his capacity for plays that trigger loud whoops from teammates.



i hear there's a video of the dunk. ive tried , a lil, to find it. anyone who finds it, im sure will be the sites hero..

Kobe and Randle led Lakers lead the team to a 32-50 record. the Lakers select Myles Turner with the 5th pick.


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Posted October 05, 2012 - 05:53 AM

Mike Brown on Steve Blake's return, hard work, how he plays "great" basketball within this offense, and him hitting 22 straight 3 pointers.


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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:14 AM

http://www.ocregiste...eam-howard.html

Kobe's Team is coming together so far
By KEVIN DING


EL SEGUNDO – "It's my team," Kobe Bryant had said on camp-opening day, and now he was clarifying that comment. He said his goal in the declaration was to avoid media speculation getting carried away on the topic and causing a distraction to the Lakers.

"You guys like talking about it," Bryant said. "If we sit here and say, 'OK, I don't know. We share here. Monday, it's mine. Tuesday, it's Steve's. Then you guys (keep discussing it). Naw. It's mine."

OK, but if the point was merely to nip that chatter in bud, Bryant could've just as well announced it was Steve Nash's team or Dwight Howard's team, right? I couldn't resist noting that to Bryant.

Why didn't he just put the team in someone else's name then?

"Because it's mine," he quickly said, with the flash of a smile. "I run it. Whaddaya want me to do?"

True enough. The power he wields is well-earned. Here's what's also true: Bryant is more willing than ever not to have to do absolutely everything for his team. Back when he was more than willing, there were two things he wanted to do more than all the rest:

One was score. The other was lead.

One of Phil Jackson's first conversations as Bryant's coach – when Bryant was 21 – entailed Bryant declaring he was ready to be a team captain and Jackson raising an eyebrow and asking Bryant if anyone on the team was really ready for him to be their captain.

Bryant always dreamed of the Lakers being his the same way the Lower Merion Aces were. As much as he has evolved over the years, becoming more patient and adept at communicating, he feels most comfortable in control – smart-alecky cool and cockily so.

Pau Gasol doesn't always love Bryant in military general mode. But he respects the stripes, no doubt. To Pau, yes, it is Kobe's team to lead.

"Kobe's been here for so long," Gasol said. "He's been the staple of the franchise. He deserves that. I'm not going to question that at all."


By the same token, Gasol added a moment later on the topic: "I don't care about any of that stuff."

Both Gasol and Nash are like that, in fact. And maybe a harder edge to them might've prevented them from going championship-less as leaders of their own teams in the past. But in this is their situation now, and blending great talents will be a task made far easier by two NBA stars having egos that are quite regular-person-sized.

As much as he sincerely tried in his one Lakers season, Karl Malone didn't quite get there – and Gary Payton never came anywhere close. Bryant was a whole different cat that 2003-04 season, and O'Neal's ego required extra sensitive lotion with the growing knowledge that Lakers management prioritized keeping Bryant over paying O'Neal.

The leadership responsibilities were cloudy throughout that awkward season, and the Lakers in the end entirely lacked the unity and spirit of the everyman Detroit Pistons.

Or in other words, Bryant didn't and couldn't declare the 2003-04 Lakers were his team. It was far more confusing than that.

(Bryant also will note that there was some duplication in the way Bryant and Payton liked to operate, holding the ball a lot, and the way Malone and O'Neal both liked to operate in the mid-post. About these four-star Lakers, Bryant said: "This group is different in the sense that we all truly do something different.")

Being so adept at his feel-good style of team building, Nash has already taken a seemingly touchy topic and instead is jokingly interjecting deadpan reminders into his interview answers: "It's Kobe's team."

At heart, Nash is like Gasol in thinking about the group. But Nash also had this to say, seriously, on media day: "This is undoubtedly Kobe's team. He's been here his whole career. He's won championships. And he's the best player on the team."

That last part is a lot more questionable than whether this is Kobe's team, but Howard shouldn't take too much offense considering Nash said after Bryant scored 48 points to beat Phoenix back in January 2012: "He's the best player in the world."

In these early days of camp, Howard has been as humble as the Lakers hoped after his exit from Orlando went so horribly awry. It's not just him, though. All four stars have had a fresh energy, and one reason is that they're all learning the same new hybrid Princeton offense.

That's another difference between now and 2003, when Malone and Payton failed to be shoehorned into Jackson's existing Bryant-O'Neal triangle offense. Everyone learning something together creates a communal experience – and even Bryant has to listen to instruction now, no matter that it's his same old classroom.

"Oh, (expletive)," Bryant muttered under his breath late in the Wednesday afternoon practice upon realizing he was just standing there on the wing instead of making the right move back toward the top of the floor.

As much as he can act like a know-it-all, Bryant yearns to learn – which is how his game can refine itself year after year. Forget "It's my team" ... here is the quote from Bryant that cuts far more to the crux of the Lakers' identity:

"The most exciting part is the process," he said Wednesday. "This period is the most enjoyable."


He said it just before Howard called out to Nash in mock complaint about flopping to draw a charge on Howard in practice – and Nash swiftly jabbed back that the NBA office would not side with Howard in levying a flopping fine on Nash: "There's no videotape in here! It's my word against yours. And I got you on years. Sorry, buddy. I won that one." Howard paused and then announced in sad agreement: "The NBA rescinded the fine."

That was just before Howard threw an on-time pass for a cutting Nash to make a reverse layup, and even though the Lakers' starting five wasn't even facing any defense in the drill, Gasol yelled out to Howard: "Nice!" Running down to the other end in the ongoing 5-on-0 work, Howard made a lefty touch shot – and Gasol then patted Howard on the back repeatedly in congratulations, too. Then while the reserves took over the drill, Gasol took advantage of the down time to demonstrate and explain specifically how to maximize the effectiveness of a ball fake to the lane before spinning to the baseline – with Howard immediately mimicking Gasol to show what had been learned.

The day before that, Bryant hadn't grabbed the ball himself when Coach Mike Brown left open a loophole regarding practice-ending wind sprints. Bryant called for Nash to shoot all three free throws that would determine if the whole team had to run or not. Nash made all three – for the record, he's 90.4 percent for his career to Bryant's 84.8 – and feigned stone-faced celebration at his feat, much to the amusement of all even after four hours of the team's first practice together.

To dwell on it being Kobe's team is indeed a simplistic storyline, whether by Kobe or the media.

But the real story of the season is even simpler:

Just becoming a team.


I love reading about them all learning form each other and even KOBE needing to learn a bit in this offense. It's beautiful...

Edited by Majesty, October 05, 2012 - 06:14 AM.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:59 AM


Yep heres the vid. Its a little clearer than the one Chicano posted.


LOL I put that up last night to show my brother on facebook, he has directtv lol
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Also, remember this when the TNT guys tell you that Andrew Bynum is "injury prone" -- it's because Kobe Bryant fell on his leg. He's injury prone because someone fell on his leg. Put that in your pipe when one of them says something along the lines of "I just don't know if they can rely on him." Can they rely on Kobe to not fall down and tumble into his leg, again?

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:14 AM

METTA WORLD PEACE DOWN TO 249!! His best weight since he was an all-star!!!

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-elliott-world-peace-20121005,0,4956536.column

The state of Metta World Peace: fit and determined

His newly prominent cheekbones, sharply chiseled in a slender face, are the most obvious indication that Metta World Peace has become much lighter of body. His diligence during the Lakers' first training-camp workouts testifies to his lightness of mind and his commitment to being a valued role player on a potential championship team.

World Peace can be a wild card for the Lakers, and in a good way. Though most of the focus has been on how Dwight Howard will mesh with Kobe Bryant and on Steve Nash's adjustment to the Princeton offense, World Peace has worked quietly to again be effective at his usual tenacious, disruptive defense and to improve his shooting.

"He's determined, he's hungry and he's in tremendous shape. He can run all day and at high speeds with tremendous quickness," Bryant said. "I haven't seen him in this great a shape since Indiana."


World Peace came to camp last season at 274 pounds and didn't find his rhythm until late. Despite a month of hard partying in July — "I gotta have fun then because I don't drink during the season," he said — he reported this season at 255. He said Thursday he had touched 249, his best weight since he was an All-Star and NBA defensive player of the year with the Pacers in 2004.

He credited Tim DiFrancesco, the Lakers' strength and conditioning coach, for guiding him toward taking better care of his body. As part of the three-step mind-body program World Peace devised to help himself and set an example for others, he led health walks in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles this summer. He has found a state of mind that can only be described as one of peace.

"The thinking behind that was just healthy living," he said. "I got with this company, and this training exercise that I've been doing has been really amazing. Mwpworkout.com. It doesn't mean Metta World Peace. It means mind, wellness and performance. My friend was saying, 'You should pledge to get in shape, pledge to live healthy, to walk with your family members.'

"You know, a lot of couples out there can do that together, just walking together and getting in shape together, and it kind of just changed my perspective on health and getting in shape and just enjoying my career and my craft."

His enhanced fitness allows him to be more active and effective on the court.

"Right now I get to the basket any time I want. I don't have to depend on somebody to give me a shot. I don't have to depend on somebody else to create things for me," he said. "That's a great feeling, to be back at that All-Star weight and I'm only 32. I've been around a while but I'm only 32, so I've still got a chance to do a lot of things."

At his best, which he was late last season when he averaged 16.3 points over seven games while Bryant recovered from a shin injury, he is a force.

"Ron is a physical player. He can play defense and keep guys in front of him and lock guys up," Pau Gasol said, reverting to World Peace's birth name of Ron Artest.

"And then he knocks down consistently the three-point shots and outside shots and obviously that's a big plus that he can crash the boards. He overpowers forwards too. There's a lot of things that Metta can do."

Some of those things aren't so great, like his career-low 7.7 points per game last season and his wild elbow to the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden, which cost him a seven-game suspension that carried over into the playoffs. There were whispers the Lakers considered using their amnesty provision to waive him in July, which would have saved them a pile in luxury tax payments on the $15 million he's owed this season and next.

World Peace said he wasn't worried.

"I'm way too good of a basketball player to be amnestied," he said. "I don't mean that to be arrogant, but I'm on a team with arguably one of the greatest starting fives ever to step on the court, and I'm on that team. I'm blessed. I really thank God for that opportunity. But there's got to be something I'm doing right. I'm with the Laker organization that makes the most money in the NBA and has won the second-most championships. Mitch Kupchak is one of the best general managers. Why else would I be here?

"There's no way I was being amnestied. A lot of people were talking. Totally false. A lot of media reported stuff. Totally inaccurate and impossible."

Coach Mike Brown seems happy World Peace is still a Laker.

"He's been great. He's in terrific shape. Not only is he in great shape but he's playing at a high level," Brown said. "He's shooting the ball very well and he's defending and doing all the little things that I thought he didn't start doing well until the end of the season. He's way ahead of where he was at the beginning of last season."

And in many ways.

"My discipline is going to write the rest of my legacy," World Peace said, "and I'm very happy about that."


Edited by Majesty, October 05, 2012 - 07:15 AM.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:58 AM

With Howard and Nash, this team had already gotten more athletic than in years past. But with Metta down to 249, that athleticism increases a lot more.

Great to hear everything is coming together. Can't wait to see how it translates to a game.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 08:34 AM

With Howard and Nash, this team had already gotten more athletic than in years past. But with Metta down to 249, that athleticism increases a lot more.

Great to hear everything is coming together. Can't wait to see how it translates to a game.


same

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Saw Roberts make a layup, looked smooth, earl clark blocked Ron lol, but it was a typical scrimmage.

Things will be much more crisp come the season
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 10:25 AM

He's shooting the ball very well


Nice to hear. Hopefully he can do that in games.

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