Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom will undergo a MRI on Monday to examine his sore right foot.

“It’s been aching, especially in the morning,” Odom said. “I’ve played a lot of basketball. Hopefully it’s just wear and tear, hopefully, and there’s nothing wrong.”

Odom removed his sneaker and had his foot re-taped on the bench during the second half Sunday, but went back into the game.

Odom finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday’s 121-116 loss to the Phoenix Suns. It was the fifth double-double in 10 games this season for Odom, who is averaging 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds on 58.6 percent shooting from the field this year. The extra basketball Odom referred to was his gold medal run this summer with Team USA at the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul.

“I’ll get it checked out [Monday] and hopefully all I need is ice,” Odom said.

Continue reading ‘Lamar to undergo MRI on sore right foot’

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Live by the three, die by the three.

Tonight, the Phoenix Suns lived behind the arc and the defending champs’ chances of avoiding a two-game losing streak died because of it.

The Lakers shot a satisfactory 49% from the field, assisted on 30 of their 47 makes, outscored Phoenix in the paint 68-28 and outrebounded the visitors 49-32. But the good comes with the bad and the Lakers had plenty in the form of 18 turnovers (12 by halftime) and 14 misses of 23 attempts from three.

Their defense also appears to be in its development stages…still. Defensive rotations were slow to react, resulting in wide open looks for the Suns who converted on 22 of 40 attempts from behind the arc and won 121-116 by playing at their pace, their game. Phoenix began the shooting just 38% to the Lakers’ 62% after the first quarter, but ended with 51% for the game. With this, the Lakers have now given up 100+ points in seven of their first 10 games of the season.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are back at Staples Center tonight to host the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers suffered their first loss of the season in Denver, however that loss could be seen coming at least three games before it happened. They lost despite holding a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter by uncharacteristically shooting way too many three-point shots, not taking care of the ball, not defending and executing down the stretch in said quarter.

The Lakers will be looking to start a new streak against the Suns, a team that they have already beaten this season.

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It’s as if fate wants the Sasha vs. Dragic matchup.

UPDATE: Blake (stomach virus) is out. Bear in mind Sasha called Dragic “a very low human being” in West finals last spring.

Twitter: Steve Blake (stomach virus) is listed as doubtful for Lakers tonight vs. visiting Phoenix. Looking like a flashback to Vujacic vs. Dragic.

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His return has been slightly pushed back, but this makes sure he comes back at full health. Take it one step at a time.

L.A. Times: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he doesn’t forsee center Andrew Bynum fully practicing with the team until they return from their three-game trip next week to Milwaukee (Tuesday), Detroit (Wednesday) and Minnesota (Friday). Jackson said Bynum won’t be able to practice this week simply because of the team’s trip, with Bynum continuing rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee.

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For those of you that visit ESPN.com on a regular basis, you know that John Hollinger has a little segment where he takes questions from fans and answers them, called “Chat with John Hollinger.”

John Hollinger has hinted at being a Laker hater, through his articles and rankings (a fan would argue). What hints more towards it is this little quote from John himself:

Chad (Auburn Hills)

Have Jazz fans overtaken Lakers fans as the most whiny?

John Hollinger (2:51 PM)

It’s hard to compare. The Lakers have a lot of quasi-fan bandwagoneers that pollute the ranks, much like the Yankees/Cowboys/Manchester United, so it’s tough to tell what’s coming from the rank and file and what’s just coming from random idiots. With Utah it’s more the small-market paranoia that nobody will ever give them any respect, mixed in with a few decades of not winning the championship.

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Nuggets Coach, George Karl, has been the beneficiary of many negative feelings from Lakers fans. These negative feelings stem from his days as an NBA broadcaster and some statesments made during his coaching tenure in which he was labeled a “Kobe hater.”

Some of those feelings should be changing right about now.

While being interviewed following last nights game, Karl had this to say about 24: “He’s a top-5, top-10 player in all-time. He’s established himself of the Michael Jordan of this era. His excellence and championship mentality is pretty obvious almost every night he plays, and I think that’s what fans want to see.”

This among other recent statements should finally get the hater monkey off George Karl’s back. The man has a tremendous amount of respect for Kobe Bryant’s game; something that coincidentally may or may not have to do with his son, Coby (also coincidental?), who was a short-stint Laker. Whatever it may be, it’s good to put one negative notion to rest.

By the way, George Karl’s daughter thinks Kobe Bryant is better than the Denver Nuggets.

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Kobe’s been in this situation before and he shares his experiences with a good friend. A kind gesture by Kobe.

Fan House: Kobe Bryant said Carmelo Anthony has reached out to him. And Bryant’s advice was simple. “I said, ‘Make sure you’re sure about what you want to do,”’ Bryant told FanHouse on Thursday before his Lakers were to face Anthony’s Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. “That’s the only advice I gave him.”

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Well they had to lose SOME TIME, right? But did they have to lose this way, after a 38-point second quarter and a double digit lead established in the third? Did it have to happen on another Kobe Bryant milestone day, in which he became the youngest player to score 26,000+ points? Did it have to happen on a night that Boston put their second beatdown on Miami and on the Heat’s home floor? Losing is never acceptable or easy, but it’s the way the Lakers lost tonight that’s bothersome – they lost a game that was in their hands to win.

It wasn’t as if the Lakers were mauled in Denver. Carmelo Anthony (32 points on 14-25, 13 rebounds) was the only Nugget who scored more than 18points and no one had any career-defining scoring sprees. The home team never even gained a double digit lead. The Lakers lost this game because A) They thought a 14-point lead in the third quarter was a signal to keep shooting the threeball instead of moving it to attain better quality shots; B) They continually allowed Denver to roll to the hoop with ne’er a gold jersey in sight to stop them; and C) The two players who helped carry/lead the team in the first eight wins chose tonight to stop being aggressive.

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Happy Veterans Day! Despite the fact that mere words can’t really express the gratitude we all should have towards members of the Armed Forces both past and present for placing their lives on the line daily; thank them for their service and commitment to this great nation.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in Denver, the mile high city to do battle with the Nuggets. Both teams have a bit of a bad taste in their mouths after their previous games for different reasons.

The Nuggets are angry about taking a massive 31-point beat down on Tuesday by the Pacers in Indiana. They witnessed the Pacers have one of those once in a lifetime quarters of basketball. The Pacers stunned the Nuggets by knocking down 20 of 21 shots in the third quarter.

The Lakers won the game; their eighth of the young season, but left the Timberwolves game with several head scratching questions. They appeared to be playing down to their competition or simply having a lackadaisical performance. Derek Fisher was right to call out the team for said performance. The Lakers were out-rebounded, out-scored in the painted area and in this writers opinion, shot way too many three point shots.

A couple of things need to be said, the Lakers performance raises questions maybe even concerns, but it is early and the NBA season is a marathon; you’ll lose games you should win and win some you rightfully should’ve lost.

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Henry Enriquez Tuazon, winner of our Galaxy Conference Finals tickets! It was close, but he has a Lakers logo on his floor, that’s pretty cool. Enjoy tonights game! Thanks to everyone that participated. We’ll have more giveaways coming.

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Beckham, Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a win last Sunday… which means, once again, we have teamed up with the L.A. Galaxy to give you another opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s WCF match-up with F-C Dallas! (6pm, Home Depot Center)

Here at TLN, we love Laker-pride, and we’re willing to bet you guys have some great pics representing the defending Champs! For your chance to win, between now and 9am tomorrow (Friday, 11/12), upload a photo(s) of you rocking your Lakers gear on our Facebook page! Yep, that’s it… We will select our favorite submission(s) on Friday!

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Magic is entitled to his opinion whether we agree or not.

L.A. Times: Magic Johnson knows why the Lakers are off to an 8-0 start.

“Thanks to Miami,” the Lakers legend said, smiling in a corridor underneath Staples Center on Tuesday.

Johnson said owner Jerry Buss decided to spend money this off-season when it became apparent the Miami Heat would try to become a power team by adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

“I don’t think the mind-set would have been the same if Miami hadn’t done what it did, because what Miami did sparked everybody,” said Johnson, a Lakers vice president who just sold his share of the team ownership. “It sparked Dr. Buss, because, remember, he was going to cut back but he decided to spend the money, so give him a lot of credit, and then it just trickled all the way down. I think it sparked Phil [Jackson] too, and especially the best player in the world. Kobe [Bryant] has now got everybody else on the same page.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers are a PERFECT 8-0, as they embark on a historic regular season.

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Kobe Doesn’t Give a $*&* About Phil Jackson?
Derick Fisher is disappointed with team
Miami’s Big 3 vs. Lakers Big 3
LeBron Commercial gets killed
A look around the NBA
Time to Trade Andrew Bynum?
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