Also, be sure to remember we have Live Gameday Chat one hour before the game… so, uh, be there.

The first two games of pre-season are the most important of the season. We have GOT to win those,” Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson joked after a recent practice in Laie.

Normally, Fatty would agree with Nelson’s assessment. But after our ‘Summer of Discontent’, The Lakers Nation aficionados (bloggers) have an unusual interest in what is normally a ‘can miss’ game. We have lots of questions about our team, and we want answers, no WE DEMAND ANSWERS, and we want them NOW. So tonight we stay up late, (unless you are one of the privileged ones that live in paradise) we analyze our favorite team, and we look to see if this team has what it takes to compete in the NBA.

Necessary Reminders: Tools needed: TV, Computer, coffee, pen and note pad, and an open mind.

Not Recommended: No beer, no popcorn, no candy, and no fun. (This is serious business and we can’t allow anything to impair our judgment.)

Key Matchup of the Game: Javaris Crittenton vs. Jordan Farmar

Forget the Golden State players. We want to see what our guys can do. Farmar has experience, Critt has promising talent. Who will get those minutes behind Fisher?

“I’m definitely looking forward to that,” said Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton, the team’s first-round draft pick. “First real NBA experience. I had summer league but this is the real deal.” For a good look at the match up, check out this article. Notice the picture of Critt with his arm around Farmar. Best of friends? Right.

Fatty’s Take: ‘Real Deal’? Ain’t no preseason game for Critt. He knows what’s at stake.

Game Question of the Day: Can Mihm come back from that devastating injury? A full recovery? Can it mean a full recovery for the Laker team?

It’s going to be exciting, and I love playing out here in Hawaii,” said Lakers center Chris Mihm, who missed all of last season following ankle surgery. “These fans are great, so we’ll have some fun and I’ll enjoy putting that jersey on again.” Fatty’s take: Glad to have you back Chris.

And the Real Reason why we are Watching this Game: Andrew Bynum

Are the rumors true? Has the boy become a Man Boy? Has he elevated his game or just his ego? Is Pele (The Hawaiian Goddess of Fire) lighting the “Fire” in him to dominate at the NBA level?

LakerNation Fans Take: Can’t wait to see his progress. Is Jim Buss right? Are we right? Are the Laker girls traveling with the team to Hawaii?

‘Tissue Paper’ players who won’t play tonight: Ronny Turiaf (bruised right knee) returned to practice Monday, so the only Lakers ruled out for tonight are Luke Walton (hamstring) and Lamar Odom (shoulder) and Kwame (it hurts).

Pre-Game Insight Moment: Is this a coaches son or what?

“I think it’s like when you take a test — you can learn the information, but you have to be able to answer the questions and put it into action,” said Lakers guard Coby Karl, a rookie free agent out of Boise State. “I think the coaches are going to be looking for guys who understand the game and can do some things on the floor. Basketball is basketball. It’s fun, but at the same time, there’s going to be a little more pressure on us.” Fatty’s take: Some say Coby Karl will get the 15th spot. What do you think?

Game Trivia and Astonishing Facts: Did you know that both coaches are old, both retired and came back to coach, and both had identical 42-40 records last year?

Predicted Outcome: Who really cares? The coaches don’t. Will we be able to stay up for the conclusion?

But if you had to predict a winner, I say Lakers. Yeah Baby!

  • BEC

    Pre-season is just pre-season, it doesnt count and doesnt mean much, other than loosening the legs of our players and new guys learning the triangle.
    Im really interested in seeing Chris Mihm though and see how effective he can be after his recovery. He can make a huge impact to this team if hes playing healthy, especially if he plays like he did in the 05 season.
    How can you NOT recommend beer? Its what keeps us from going insane from all the Kwame fumbles, Sasha missed open 3′s, and Cooks laziness on defense.

  • ab4sure

    Alot to look at if your a basketball junkie like myself. Sure it is just preseason but there is so much to look at. I am looking for “still standing here” Bynum to prove to 99% of the Lakernation who wanted to ship his ass out to realize “hey maybe it was good that I am not a GM”. I am also looking forward to seeing Critt prove his worth. These two I believe will prove in the next two months that the Lakernation GM’s should first take classes at Laker University. There is a class that is being taught there. For details ask for Mitch. LOL

  • ab4sure

    Yeah BEC…beer is necessary for those stupid plays…but you forgot Vlad Rad’s space cadet look he gives.

  • MacBSlick

    Im with Coach Nelson these games mean everything…lol just kidding.
    I to am looking forward to see how far Bynum has progressed But again hes only 19 so Im not getting my hopes up that hes transformed into Shaq in 1 offseason. But with everything Im reading he has gotten better and thats good news, since Kwame and Mimh are still struggling with thier prior injurys.
    I also want to see Rad knock some shots down and see how far he has progressed in this offense.
    Evans is another one that Im looking forward to seeing play since Tex has given him some high props which is great news for Kobe in that he doesnt have to play 40 minutes a game hopefully.
    Fish is Fish so Im not worried about his play at all having watched him play for 8 seasons I know what hes capable of.
    Tex also gave high praise to Critt so Im excited to see how he’ll perform tonight.
    I still have some concerns about Farmar But Im hoping he can get it going tonight and show us he can knock down a shot or two.
    Coby Karl has gotten some great reviews by PJ himself so I hope he has a great game and gets that 15th spot thats up for grabs. No news cookie has me worried is no news good news? Has he gotten any better on defense? I havent heard a thing or seen one write up on him.
    Elton Brown, Larry Turner, Andre Patterson should get a little playing time tonight so Im looking forward to see them come in with some energy since thier probably playing for the scouts in the stands.
    I really hope this Team progresses and tears up the league this year.
    Most of these guys have played in this offense long enough now that we should have a better season than last year thats for sure.
    I’ll have my cup of coffee in hand as I watch my team beat Nelsons scrubs tonight.
    By the way Phil has had me in sticthes this past week Hes already on his game and thats great news for this team. “bubbling bottom dwellers, tissue paper players, 80 out of 500″ Thats Phil at his finest.
    Rock on Lake Show! :)

  • foxxy

    CANT WAIT!!!! BEEN WAITING ALL SUMMER FOR THIS!!!

  • Billy Kupchak

    Lakers rox my sox!!!

  • MILO

    Great news guy’s Vlady is back, he looked good as he hit like 5/6 from the three and ended up with i believe 20 points.Javaris Critt proved he’s very much worthy of wearing the Lakers uniform he was very impresive and nobody was injured during tonights game so id say it went realy good a little shaky at times but hey it’s only the 1st game so i expected our players to be a bit rusty…Now even if it’s a pre-season game and the first one @ that, i still want to point out that the Lakers need to get rid of BrianCook im tired of that good for nothing piece os sh!t Coby,E-Brown,Patterson, im still not sure of but we’ll have a chance to see them a little more in the rest of the preseason.But hey i got to say it’s a good thing that Baron Davis did not play the entire game or else…ouch he was on fire man he burned me.Bynum, i dont know he was’nt to convincing he looked like the same guy of last year so i guess we’ll have to wait and see.GO LAKERS

  • MILO

    [quote comment="14268"]Great news guy’s Vlady is back, he looked good as he hit like 5/6 from the three and ended up with i believe 20 points.Javaris Critt proved he’s very much worthy of wearing the Lakers uniform he was very impresive and nobody was injured during tonights game so id say it went realy good a little shaky at times but hey it’s only the 1st game so i expected our players to be a bit rusty…Now even if it’s a pre-season game and the first one @ that, i still want to point out that the Lakers need to get rid of BrianCook im tired of that good for nothing piece of sh!t.Coby,E-Brown,Patterson, im still not sure of, but we’ll have a chance to see them a little more in the rest of the preseason.But hey i got to say it’s a good thing that Baron Davis did not play the entire game or else…ouch he was on fire man he burned me.Bynum, i dont know he was’nt to convincing he looked like the same guy of last year so i guess we’ll have to wait and see.GO LAKERS![/quote]

  • fatty

    Hey, why’s this thread still up here and using valuable space when the game has already been played? lol

  • vida24

    grate