Sunday, December 21, 2014
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We’ll be updating fans throughout Media Day at the Lakers facility in El Segundo. Keep checking back here throughout the day.

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As a Lakers fan that travels often and catches sporting events in different cities, I’ve always had one knock on Staples Center. In comparison to other major sporting venues; Staples is easily one of, if not the, most sophisticated — but it’s seriously lacked a great scoreboard. Well, the fine folks over at A.E.G. must have heard me raving about HD scoreboard at the Boston Garden, because they’ve just one upped the competition.

The new Panasonic 4HD scoreboard was unveiled today at Staples Center. Credit to @cazeb for the picture. This thing looks like a beast.

Sure, it might pale in comparison to the Jerry-Tron over in Dallas, but our intro videos are going to look great — scratch that, we have giant curtains drop from the ceiling for those.

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This is nothing big for you guys to freak out about. Just give him time to heal up.

NBA.com: The Lakers said in July that Bynum would be available on a “limited basis” during training camp after his operation to repair the knee he dragged through the playoffs and Finals, earning the respect of his teammates in the process. Bynum in fact will not participate in any preseason games. He will travel with the team, but he has not yet been cleared to begin basketball activities on the court. The Lakers hope Bynum will be able to do some work on court later in the preseason. With Gasol also sitting out the worlds, he’s likely ready to handle heavier minutes early on until Bynum is up to speed.

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Interesting to see Phil talk about it when he would usually ignore the question.

L.A. Times: “I always refer to when Wilt Chamberlain was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and that put Baylor, West and Chamberlain together and they never won a championship together the four years they were together,” Jackson said. “It’s not always scorers and talent that wins it. But it’s teamwork that does it.”

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A fan on Twitter asked Chris Broussard who Carmelo’s preferences are besides the ones already released and surprisingly, the Lakers came up. Here’s how the talks went.

Chris Broussard: Sources tell me Melo’s first choice still New York Knicks.

Fan: any other teams?

Chris Broussard (replies): Nets, Lakers, Rockets, maybe Bulls. But Knicks definite No. 1 choice.

If a trade was to be worked out, it would include one of the 3 Laker bigs – Lamar, Andrew and Pau. However, the more realistic picture would be the Nuggets going for ‘Drew or Pau since they would decrease the Lakers’ size and add to their own because we all know (as well as the Nuggets do) that they have trouble against the Lakers because of the Lakers’ size advantage.

Although the Knicks are Melo’s No. 1 choice, it’s still fun to see the Lakers come up in the list. We all know it’s a long shot, but it’s still fun to imagine a lineup with Kobe, Melo and Pau.

So guys, would you trade for Melo?

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It looks like Bynum could miss the early part of the season. But remember, when it counted, he played through the pain. Thoughts?

Yahoo: Bynum underwent knee surgery in July and will be limited in training camp and the preseason. If he doesn’t get much practice time before the season starts, the Lakers may choose to leave him on the bench for a while at the start of the year to let him slowly work his way back into game shape.

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UPDATE: WE NOW HAVE A CONFIRMED RELEASE DATE. THE ZOOM KOBE VI WILL GO ON SALE IN ALL FOOTLOCKER STORES AND THEIR WEBSITE ON DECEMBER 26TH.

Earlier last week, we showed you the Zoom Kobe VI and judging by the fans’ reactions, they are going to be a hit. Since then there has been a few new colors released

These colors seem to be influenced by the earlier sneaker colors from the Zoom Kobe IV; the ‘Del Sol’ and the later colors; ‘Chicago Bulls (away)’. The snake skin integrated in the shoe gives this shoe a more unique design over your regular high top basketball shoes. This way, you get to play like the Mamba (the product details specify that “you end up winning” – per Kam)

A rumor going around is that the release date is currently set for Winter. However, there has been no official release date set by Nike. But following the tradition of the previous release dates, this seems to have some confirmation to it as the previous 2 shoes in the series have been released in late December/ early January. We will give you the official word as soon as it is released.

So Nation, what do you think about these colors?

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This is pretty funny. Getting older won’t help them win.

Boston.com: “The minute I heard Kobe [Bryant] say he had one more ring than Shaq, I said to Danny, ‘Let’s go get Shaq,’ and it happened,’’ said Grousbeck.

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A young 7-footer that could potentially come off the bench. Adds a lot more depth.

ESPN: Russell Hicks — a big man with D-League experience — just signed a contract to join the Lakers in training camp. He will play for pocket money, team gear, and his NBA life. And he is thrilled. His agent, Sam Porter, explains: How did the Lakers come to sign Russell for veteran’s camp? The Lakers called to bring him for a workout before vet camp. He went in there and impressed them to some degree. He is a talented, athletic seven-footer who bounced around his first year out of college.

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It wasn’t exactly something that was covered as much as it should have been; especially here. But while Lakers fans, and the entire NBA Nation were resting in preparation for what has the potential to be the best season in recent memory; there was a Basketball World Championship being played in the other side of the globe in Turkey.

The games themselves were missed by many — some blame scheduling based on times zones, some had no interest in watching what they called “B-Team.” With all that said, the United States stomped their way to a World Championship; their first since 1994, a 16 year drought. In the middle of the United States road to supremacy was one of our own, Lamar Odom. Arguably one of the most frustrating Lakers to watch since the dawning of the Kobe-era in L.A. (strictly based off of our expectations mixed with his potential), Lamar set himself apart as one of the most prominate figues in the World Championship.

We all know the Lamar Odom story. His road hasn’t been the easiest, but his selflessness has been well documented. On behalf of Lakers fans everywhere, we want to congratulate and thank Lamar Odom for his recent string of success and restoring pride in both the Los Angeles Lakers organization and the Team USA Basketball program.

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Today marks the birthday of the Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson. It can be said that he is, without a doubt, the best coach in the history of the game and a record 11 rings as a coach is my proof. His philosophies are based on connecting with your spiritual self, having the players meditate so they can also attain a mindset that keeps them calm in close games or big games, like a Game 7 (I bet the Celtics wished they had Phil as the coach for the last 5 minutes of Game 7). He huddles the team in the locker room to pray, another one of his philosophies of connecting with the spiritual world.

He is known for playing mind games with the opponent, mainly in the Playoffs as he did with Kevin Durant and Steve Nash. He gets into the heads of the opponent to throw their game off and although it can lead to fines, the end result doesn’t disappoint. He has been known as the most vocal coach in the playoffs, perhaps receiving the most fines in the NBA among the coaches, during the Playoffs.

Phil has been coach of NBA legends, future legends… and potential legends, i.e. Dennis Rodman. He began his head coaching career in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls in 1989, promoted up from assistant coach. This was a move the Bulls wished they could’ve made earlier as Phil led the Bulls to 6 championships in 9 years, all 6 championships coming in two sets of three-peats (he also has 2 championships as a player with the Knicks, a crowd favorite at Madison Square Garden).

After some conflict with the Bulls, he left and found himself as the coach of the Lakers, whom he helped win (so far) 5 championships, leading a Kobe-Shaq duo to a three-peat (despite the duo’s off court drama) and then leading a Kobe-Pau duo to a repeat (and potential three-peat).

Sadly, this is his final year coaching so lets make it one to remember. Three cheers for Phil!

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Interesting choice of words by Mark, but let the players do the talking on the court.

Sports Radio Interview: On if the Mavs could beat the Lakers: “Hell yes. That’s it. Hell yes. We’ve got the size now. We’ve got the depth. We’ve got a lot more depth than the Lakers. It’s not even close there.”

A little extra from what he had to say, from L.A. Times. I don’t know how he expects to achieve this with the Lakers in the same conference as them.

After he was asked what the team’s expectations entailed after winning at least 50 games for nine consecutive seasons, Cuban raised the bar pretty high. “We’re going to have so much depth that it’s really going to give us an advantage this year,” he said. “All our guys are coming in with one focus only and that’s to win a championship. That’s the goal. “

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Sneakerheads, rejoice! Photos of Kobe’s next Nike kicks have surfaced, and they’re every basketball shoe lovers equivalent to Megan Fox.

The guys over at nikeblog.com were able to get a preview of the shoes, somehow, someway, we’re not going to even wrap our heads around how. The shoes appear to have snakeskin like texture; which is an obvious play on Kobe’s Mamba nickname. They’re still lowtops, which people have been able to adapt to in the past few years.

This a arguably Kobe’s best looking shoe to date; maybe even the best looking basketball kicks on the recent market. What do you think, Nation — picking up a pair when they drop?

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