Thursday, November 27, 2014
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The NBA GMs were once again surveyed, this time the NBA GMs give their take on the NBA’s Top Defenders. The results were outstanding, to see Kobe and Ron get this much praise from the GMs of the NBA should bring a smile to your face knowing the Lakers have the top defenders on the team. Without further ado, here are the results:

Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Dwight Howard, Orlando 77.8%
2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 7.4%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 7.4%

Who is the best perimeter defender in the NBA?
1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 35.7%
2. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 21.4%
3. Rajon Rondo, Boston 17.9%

Who is the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA?
1. Rajon Rondo, Boston 32.1%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 17.9%
3. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 14.3%

Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?
1. Boston 75.0%
2. L.A. Lakers 10.7%
3. Orlando 7.1%

Who is the toughest player in the NBA?
1. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers 37.0%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 18.5%
3. Dwight Howard, Orlando 7.4%

If you’re not still not convinced, here is a testimony from Carmelo Anthony himself about Ron Ron’s D.

Bare in mind, GMs were not permitted to vote for their own teams/players, so the other 29 GMs picking Kobe and Ron says a lot about who these 2 players are as defenders.

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It appears Ammo doesn’t feel he’s deserving of his championship ring. Personally, I feel he is WRONG. Every practice session and every player is apart of the chemistry that it takes to win a title. We support you Ammo. After all, you brought us moments like these that we’ll never forget.

NBAFanHouse: Be on the lookout, collectors. One day, Lakers 2009 and 2010 title rings could be found on eBay.

There are some who suggest Adam Morrison, who didn’t play an NBA Finals picosecond during either of the Lakers’ last two title seasons, didn’t deserve being fitted for rings. Morrison doesn’t necessarily disagree.

“Maybe I’ll sell them someday,” the Washington swingman said in an interview with FanHouse before Tuesday’s 97-94 win over Dallas at the American Airlines Center. “Everybody asks me the same question: Are they (the rings) even worth me having?”

Collectors, though, need not rush to get online. Morrison then was asked if he would consider selling the rings any time soon.

“No,” Morrison said. “I’m just saying everybody views me not deservable.”

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Kobe flirted with the idea of playing in Barcelona post-NBA career.

LATimes: Bryant also said he would strongly consider playing for FC Barcelona after his NBA playing days were behind him. “At the end of my career, if I really sat down and thought about coming over to Europe and playing, Barcelona has to be up there,” he said. “It’s just such a beautiful place, a beautiful oganization.”

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It looks like the pre-season is bringing some minor injuries for the team.

Alongside Walton and Bynum who are both out at the moment, there seems to be some other injuries.

  • Derrick Caracter sprained ankle at Wednesday’s practice
  • Theo Ratliff’s – knee tendinitis.
  • Matt Barnes tweaked ankle

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It looks like Lakers fans have a reason to be a little confident this season.

For the past nine seasons, NBA General Managers have been surveyed prior to training camp. The roughly 60 questions range from team predictions, player accolades, coaching, and defense. These guys are generally expected to know a thing or two about the game.

This year, the Lakers take the cake. 63% of GM’s believe that the Lakers will win the 2011 NBA Championship; securing the three-peat. Coming in a much farther second are the Miami Heat, at 33.3%, followed by Boston with 3.7%. The Lakers topped last years survey, taking in 60.7% of the votes. You read that right, our stock has risen from last year, despite Miami’s surge.

Moving onto the individual accolades section of the survey; Lakers still look good. Kobe Bryant (85.7%) and Pau Gasol (28.6%) we’re voted as best shooting guard and power forward; Gasol being in a dead tie with Dirk Nowitzki. Kobe Bryant comes second in the MVP survey with 25.9%, trailing Kevin Durant’s 66.7%. Kobe also runs away with the “which player forces coaches to make the most adjustments” category with 35.7%.

Phil Jackson is all over the coaches survey, taking in best coach, among best motivator. Derek Fisher is ranked as the top active player in the league that would make the best coach. Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant frequent the defensive category as well.

Walk with an extra pep in your step today Lakers fans, we’ve earned it.

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The NBA Pre-Season is a short span of time that serves various purposes, such as getting players back in shape after a long summer layoff; a time to integrate new players into a team’s specific style and system of play; and a time for coaches to experiment with a myriad of line-ups. One purpose that pre-season does not serve is winning, and today’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was proof.

The defending Champion Lakers lost by almost 20 points to a young team that won just 15 games last season, but there was much to glean from this first of eight pre-season previews nonetheless.

First point of attention – Lamar Odom. Odom has taken a lot of criticism for often playing too lackadaisically when he should be more intense, and for appearing too apathetic when he should be more active on the floor. He’d been called to lead the reserves but took much blame for the lack of bench production the last few seasons. After a summer spent leading a young Team USA at the World Championships, however, Odom (17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist), though still in the pre-season, is already in mid-season form. He was active and focused on both ends of the court, attacking the basket and driving baseline, often leaving defenders like Minnesota’s Kevin Love befuddled as he scored on layups and dunks.

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The 2010-2011 Pre-season kicks off today in London’s o2 Arena.

The game will be televised at 12:00 pm, noon, Pacific time on NBA TV. If you miss the game, or don’t have NBA TV, the game will be re-aired at 7pm on KCAL 9.

Update: Game is being televised live on NBA TV, unfortunately its blacked out in Los Angeles.

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While NBA teams are preparing for their pre-season openers, there have been some concerns overseas about potential terrorist attacks in Europe.

“I can tell you that we are in touch with the State Department and all the U.S. authorities and embassies around Europe and we are taking appropriate security measures for all our traveling party,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said at a news conference.

NBA teams playing overseas will go on as panned with their games and full schedules amid heightened terror concerns. The Lakers and Timblerwolves are set to play tomorrow in London’s O2 area, while the New York Knicks were scheduled to play Olimpia Milano in Milan on Sunday.

“The NBA is staying in contact with the U.S. embassy, the CIA and Scotland Yard,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “They are keeping us informed of the situation.”

Practices and all team events were carried on as planned. “I’ve been out of the hotel as much as possible,” Gasol said. “It’s a great city to be out and walk around in, and experience things. It would be a crime to stay at the hotel.”

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It looks like Walton will be out of the Euro-games. However, this means more time for Barnes who will get his first Lakers action Monday evening!

Yahoo: Team spokesman John Black says that Walton’s right hamstring felt worse during Sunday’s practice session before the Lakers’ preseason opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves in London on Monday. Black says Walton will “definitely not play” against Minnesota or against Barcelona in Spain on Thursday. Walton, limited by a back injury for much of last season, will be evaluated after the team returns to Los Angeles.

“We’ll just have to hold on and see how he goes,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

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Looks like Pau will toughen up quick against the savy vet.

ESPN: Ratliff and Gasol were matched up against each other at various times during Saturday’s scrimmage, with the 37-year-old Ratliff causing the 30-year-old Gasol to fall to the floor at one point while the two battled for positioning near the basket.

“I’m sure that’s something that [the coaching staff] told him to do, because that’s something that I’m going to get all year long,” Gasol said. “It’s part of the job that he does that during practice [to] get me right, get me ready for the games.”

Ratliff said he received no such orders.

“That’s how I play, he should know that,” Ratliff said. “Tell him, ‘No,’ that wasn’t the case. That’s just the way I play, that’s the way I have to play. I’m trying to keep him away from the basket. He’s so long and so skilled, that if I let him get all of the position, he can just go down and turn and shoot over top of me. It’s still a competitor thing, even when you’re practicing.”

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