Thursday, December 18, 2014
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He is asking for some trouble and Kobe will gladly answer that.

Twitter: Kobe is average. Every xmas game @KingJames go off against him. Tell james worthy come out the announcers booth and suit up yall gone needem

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The (19-7) Los Angeles Lakers are in Philadelphia; for the fifth game of the road trip to face the (10-15) 76ers. The 76ers are 8-5 at the Wells Fargo Center. Both teams come into tonight’s match-up on a three game winning streak.

The Lakers avenged a previous loss to the Pacers by issuing them a much needed beat down. Apparently, the Pacers felt the need to do way too much celebrating after the win, their first in Los Angeles in years.

Indiana had to pay for their transgressions.  The defending champions went into Conseco Fieldhouse with revenge on their minds and dominated the Pacers from start to finish in the re-match.

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David Brickley returns along with Gregory Small to host Voice of the Nation 108!

Rundown

  • Lakers Winners of 6 of last 7
  • President Obama talks trash to Kobe
  • Bye Bye Sasha
  • Bynum’s Return
  • Lamar Back to Bench
  • Around the NBA
  • All-Star Votes
  • LeBron is now a cuss word
  • Kobe another fashion fail?
  • And Much MORE

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What’s there to be worried about? In fact, its the Spurs and Mavs that should be worried.

Pro Basketball Talk: The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season.

We get that. But we can’t help but wonder…

When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just had a 12-game win streak and behind its 2-3 match-up zone is playing its best defense in years. The Spurs are 20-3 and have been the best team in the league over the course of the young season — good defense and an elite offense (even if they have slowed the pace lately). They are getting to rest Tim Duncan so much he is putting himself in games to play.

Then there is the consensus preseason pick to come out of the West, the Lakers — who have looked good but not dominant against a pretty soft schedule. Their defense has been pedestrian. Pau Gasol has looked tired and Ron Artest is not fitting in as smoothly. They have losses to good teams like the Jazz and Bulls, they had to squeak out wins against the Nets and Clippers. It has not been a tour-de-force.

It’s time to ask — should the Lakers be worried? Could the Spurs or Mavericks (or Thunder or Jazz) knock them off come the playoffs?

Continue reading ‘Should the Lakers be worried about Spurs & Mavs?’

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As promised, Sports Enemy is back on board to giveaway another great T-Shirt, all leading up to the Christmas Day showdown with the Miami Heat at Staples Center.

Tomorrow, the Lakers travel to Philly to take on the Sixers. For your chance to win, tell us how many total points the Killer B’s combo of Brown, Blake, Barnes and, for now, Bynum, will combine to score in tomorrow night’s game.

The closest answer will win this shirt, and will have it in time for Christmas. Leave your guesses in the comments section below!

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Everything back to normal already?! Well, not quite but it’s pretty darn close. They look like the Lakers who started the season 13-2; seamless in all aspects of the game, showing little to no mercy. Pau Gasol looks like an MVP again, Kobe Bryant is shooting over 50% and Lamar Odom…well, he’s been good all season but what a difference when he’s not the only one.

It appears all the Lakers needed to overcome their recent slump was to have Andrew Bynum on the active roster. He still only played 17 minutes and his stat line isn’t the most impressive he’s accumulated, but just knowing that he’s there seems to have breathed life into a Laker team that had grown listless and just plain ol’ tired.

From the onset, there was early indication that it would be a long night for the Indiana Pacers. Phil Jackson mentioned in his post-game interview that the Lakers remembered how they played the night that Indiana beat them at Staples and how the Pacers celebrated in the hallways.

“They never forgot,” Phil said.

The Lakers certainly didn’t forget. They shot 78% in the first quarter and by half-time they were still shooting 61%! The key, as always, is proper and effective ball movement. The Lakers collected 17 assists in the first half alone, and handed out 25 dimes for the game on 42 made field goals.

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The (18-7) Lakers will be in Conseco Fieldhouse tonight in a back-to-back game against the (11-12) Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are coming off a 92-73 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The Lakers routed the Wizards in Andrew Bynum’s season debut. Bynums didn’t post impressive numbers coming off of the bench to score seven points, grab four rebounds, one assist and block two shots. However, having him on the floor dramatically improves the Lakers rebounding and defense.

Bynum’s return also means less minutes for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. It was evident that Gasol was wearing down by playing extended minutes. Bynum still is far from 100%, but he will continue to improve and in turn so will the Lakers.

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The Jersey shore seems to be a popular destination for Jackson’ cast-off’s, where Sasha Vujacic will join another ex-Lakers guard, Jordan Farmar, on a 6-19 Nets squad.

According to several ESPN resources, the Lakers will receive veteran forward Joe Smith – who just celebrated his 91st birthday and will be playing for his 43rd NBA team – and the draft rights to Houston’s Sergei Lishchuk (or, as our own Kam Pashai suggests, just ‘Lish’). Additionally, the champs will give New Jersey their 2011, lottery protected, first-rounder and receive a pair of second-rounders in return.

By all indications, the Nets are looking to re-boot the Machine right away.

“We’re gonna need Sasha to play immediately. We need help at the combo guard spot. We’re gonna want him to play on the ball and off the ball and knock down some shots”, said Nets head coach, Avery Johnson.

Upon hearing about the proposed deal on Tuesday, Mr. Sharapova expressed some frustration about his diminished role on this Lakers team.

“It’s terrible. I’m 26 years old. I played a few years [consistently] and the last couple years, playing on and off, it was just killing me. We’ll see, if it happens then I definitely want to double what I did in LA.”

I am not entirely sure how you can double next to nothing, but I am sure that all 700 Nets fans will be anxiously waiting…

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…He’s been here for years. Andrew Bynum, that is. Only it feels like he’s gone all the time. In his first game back since recovering and then rehabilitating from arthroscopic knee surgery, Bynum watched from the sidelines, and at the 6:09 mark in the first quarter, he entered the game for the first time this season, marking the moment with a swat of Hilton Armstrong’s shot attempt. In that instance, it was clear exactly what the Lakers have been missing without Bynum in the last few weeks of inconsistent, uninspired play – his mere presence inside to defend, to protect.

In 17:29 minutes of play, Bynum managed seven points on 1-5 from the field and 5-8 from the free throw line, not to mention four rebounds, two blocks and one assist in the fourth quarter to a cutting Shannon Brown. He looked spry on the floor, running back and forth, altering shots, and the best sign of all, he didn’t appear to be in any pain after. Getting his timing right will take some time (he attempted but missed both lobs offered to him tonight), and certainly there are defensive nuances and tasks (such as the screen and roll, as Phil Jackson mentioned in his post-game interview) that need refreshing, but the only way to accomplish any of it is by playing.

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Those who adore “The Machine” might be in for a heartbreaker. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirms that the Lakers, Nets, and Rockets have agreed in principle to a trade that will send the long time Lakers guard to New Jersey.

The details still remain a bit gray; salaries don’t completely add up yet — but the reported trade will swap Vujacic for 35-year-old NBA veteran, Joe Smith. Houston is reported to be receiving Nets’ guard, Terrence Williams; New Jersey will receive Vujacic and a (Lakers) first-round draft pick.

The deal can’t be finalized until Wednesday, December 15th; because Joe Smith was a free agent signing.

Sasha Vujacic is owed $5.5 million this season. With his minimized role, the Lakers have been eager to trade him for some time now.

We’ll update you with more information as it comes in.

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The (17-7) Los Angeles Lakers are in the the nation’s capital to re-unite with the president for the second year in a row and face the (6-16) Washington Wizards.

The Purple and Gold spent Monday afternoon meeting with President Obama and at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington in a classroom amidst several smiling kids.

The Lakes are 2-1 on their current road trip. The good news is that Andrew Bynum will make his season debut tonight after missing the team’s first 24 games. That loud sigh of relief you just heard was from Pau Gasol.

The return of Bynum means that the Lakers rotation will return to some sort of normalcy. Hopefully, it will also mean to the officials that Pau Gasol is a  two-time NBA champion and an All-Star big man who should be receiving a lot of trips to the free throw line. Pau has been banged around for the past eight games with very few if any fouls called.

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There have been a slew of stories regarding Bynum’s return; a lot of questions, a lot of frustrations. We hope this is the last one.

We’ll keep this one very simple.

“I’m definitely playing tomorrow,” said Andrew Bynum.

There you have it. No guarantee on the amount of minutes he’ll put on his knees. “I don’t know how long,” he said Monday before the team met with President Obama. “The practice felt very good. Obviously I’m not myself yet, but I can definitely go out there and help the team, and I’m going to go do that.”

Welcome back, Drew. I, for one, will fully believe it when I see it.

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We can’t afford another delay. Drew is needed more than ever.

ESPN: Before the team embarked on its current six-game road trip, Bynum said he wanted “a couple more” practices before he played in his first game.

After missing an opportunity Saturday, Bynum will hinge his decision to play Tuesday based on how his surgically repaired right knee is holding up after the team practices Monday in Washington.

“We’ll see after [Monday’s] practice,” Bynum said before the Lakers played the New Jersey Netson Sunday. “I want to see how I feel.”

Said Jackson: “We’re not putting anything on it until after we get through a practice. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday … One of those games he’s going to make it.”

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.