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!