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#1 magicbalala245

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 12:28 PM

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He doesn't want his teammates to become complacent with a 4-0 start, or for them to relax because they have so much time off in-between games, or for them to not put in a high-level effort in practice. Come to work and work hard ever day, Bryant has impressed upon his teammates.

"That's our message for the week is we can either be good or we can be great," Bryant said. "This is the time that we can really use to get better to make another step forward."

The Lakers played one game this week, on Wednesday night against the Clippers. The Lakers don't play again until Sunday, when they host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.

Of the six days this week when the Lakers didn't have a game, they practiced in five of them. "We're striving for perfection," Lamar Odom said. "We're striving to be perfect."

When told of Bryant's comments, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson paused.

He was ready to talk about greatness just yet.

"I would say we'd like to just go to good," Jackson said. "We'd like to be a good team. Wednesday (against the Clippers), I thought we were just average. We just really didn't have that fire in the belly until the fourth quarter then we got going."


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Posted November 08, 2008 - 02:47 PM

They are missing one piece to be great but it's ok. They are not even good yet. We haven't seen them against amy major competition, which will change this week. Once we see them run the gambit against legit contenders, then we can start talking about greatness...

IMHO, not considering McDyess is a bad decision...he's light-years better than Mihm and MBenga and he has vet experience playing with a GREAT defensive team. He's tough and he's smart. Bad call.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 03:40 PM

One of the things that bothers me about fans, is the assumption that the Lakers should make trades based on talent alone.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 03:42 PM

no ron no mcdyess i've been waiting for us to get a tough vet

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 03:43 PM

I think what Kobe said is good. He knows that they cant relax and that his team needs to keep on getting better just like every other team. This team was built to win a championship and a championship team is constantly growing and learning each others strenghts. Hopefully the rest of the Lakers can do this cause i know that Kobe will always be working on some part of his game.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 05:09 PM

I'm interested to see how they do against the top teams in the league.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 07:03 PM

I'm interested to see how they do against the top teams in the league.


Well, you're in for a treat. Our next games our Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, and Detroit.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 09:23 PM

I think when we play teams like boston or the spurs or Houston, it will really show if the lakers can be true contenders like last year.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 09:26 PM

I don't know about the Spurs right now. They aren't looking too great. However, they don't have Ginobili or Tony Parker right now, so we'll have to see.

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Posted November 08, 2008 - 09:27 PM

^^ Spurs are bound to be a .500 team due to age.
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Posted November 08, 2008 - 10:45 PM

Well, you're in for a treat. Our next games our Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, and Detroit.



Now these are the kind of games that get me excited. Watching them toy with the Clippers does nothing for me.

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Posted November 09, 2008 - 01:23 PM

I don't know about the Spurs right now. They aren't looking too great. However, they don't have Ginobili or Tony Parker right now, so we'll have to see.


Something tells me the Spurs will end out the season with a record around 53-29. They'll be a threat around playoff time.
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Posted November 09, 2008 - 06:03 PM

Something tells me the Spurs will end out the season with a record around 53-29. They'll be a threat around playoff time.

Yeh that's probably true. The Spurs always find a way to come out on top even in situations like this. We'll see how long their health and age hold up.

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Posted November 09, 2008 - 06:31 PM

Another blow: Parker out further...4 weeks.




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Posted November 09, 2008 - 06:54 PM

itz a good thing cuz i want da lakers to win this years championship.

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Posted November 09, 2008 - 10:41 PM

Well, you're in for a treat. Our next games our Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, and Detroit.


Houston - already over and done with
Dallas - you guys can beat
New Orleans - will be a struggle but you guys will get the win
Detroit - unless they improve they are no match for the Lakers. Even since they lost Billups they haven't been doing good.
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Posted November 10, 2008 - 12:21 AM

I wish they would put the Lakers vs. Hornets on ESPN instead of Lakers vs. Pistons. :P

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 01:34 AM

Lakers vs. Hornets remind me of the MVP showdown last season....crazy game that was.




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Posted November 10, 2008 - 05:34 PM

If we beat the hornets and dallas, I will be a very happy man
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Posted November 10, 2008 - 05:36 PM

If we're still undefeated by next week, I'll start considering season-records.




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