Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Haven’t heard from Lamar in a while. Funny thing to say about Kobe though.

L.A. Times: But his team finished Group B play with a 5-0 record after beating Tunisia, 92-57, on Thursday and advances to the round of 16 with a No.1 seeding. “The thought of being a world champion twice in one year is cool, you know?” Odom said in a telephone interview. “I could brag to Kobe [Bryant] and tell him this is something he doesn’t got.” Odom paused before letting out a booming laugh. Bryant was on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but he has never played in the world championship. “But he’s got a lot of stuff I don’t,” Odom said, laughing again. “He’s got MVPs, helicopters.”

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This is huge, to be recognized in this sense is great for Drew and the fans.

Yahoo! Sports: Bynum’s stats aren’t as compelling as his Staples Center contemporary, and there is the nagging issue of those nagging injuries that have naggingly never, ever gone away.

But he turns 23 just before this season starts, he’s healthy by all accounts he and managed 15 points and eight rebounds in just 30 minutes a game while dragging one leg for a good chunk of the season.

This man — this kid — has all-world potential. If he could just give you a healthy 35 minutes a game, you’ll see. You’ll see. He’ll need the ball, too.

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Get used to it Doc, the Lakers aren’t the same team from 2008.

Yahoo! Sports: Two months after the Boston Celtics lost the NBA championship to the Los Angeles Lakers, Doc Rivers was back in town, this time charged with escorting his son Austin to a prep all-star game. Such was Rivers’ luck that his weekend stay in Lakers Nation required a drive past Staples Center, site of the Celtics’ bitter Game 7 loss. “It still hurts the same,” Rivers said. “That won’t go away. I had dinner with [Rajon] Rondo and ‘Baby’ [Glen Davis] in Vegas and they were talking about how much it hurts. I said, ‘I hope it hurts you for the rest of your life. It should.’ ”

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I’m happy for Derek, the NBA isn’t the only place he’s wanted.

TMZ: TMZ has learned the New Orleans Saints are determined to get Los Angeles Lakers star Derek Fisher into their locker room for opening day … because they believe Fish holds the key to back-to-back championships.

Sources close to the deal tell TMZ that Derek “has been asked by the Saints to address the team before their home opener in N.O. on September 9.”

We’re told the team especially wants Derek to talk about what it takes to lock down consecutive championships “as he did with the Lakers.”

Fisher personally received calls from coaches and “other team staff” — and we’re told the courting worked … because Fisher agreed and will be in the Superdome to pump up the reigning  Super Bowl champs before they take the field.

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It’s the dog days of summer, and there is not really a lot of Los Angeles Lakers news to talk about.

Non-Sense!

David Brickley and Gregory Small, as always, talk about all the relevant, Lakers stories, and discuss the latest news and information.

Rundown –

  • Doc Rivers disses the Lakers.
  • Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant respond to Doc.
  • Kobe talks on LeBron James going to Miami.
  • G-Small responds to the hate mail on his LeBron stance.
  • A preview of the 2010-11 Lakers Schedule.
  • Sasha Vujacic is playing tennis?
  • A Lakers player is being stalked?
  • Another birthday has passed, is Kobe now out of his prime?
  • G-Small’s boy Kwame Brown gets another job.
  • And MUCH more!

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JRIB – Kobe Bryant Interview

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Usher – There Goes My Baby
Kayne West – Through The Wire (Instrumental)

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They finally caught a break. They will need all the rest they can get.

L.A. Times: Guess which of the 30 NBA teams will play the fewest sets of back-to-back games this season?  Yep, the Lakers. According to number-crunching BasketballProspectus.com, the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks each got stuck with 23 back-to-backs in 2010-11, topping the dreaded B2B list. It’s the second straight season the Bulls have led the NBA in this grind-it-out category. Meanwhile, the Lakers will play the fewest, with 15 sets of back-to-backs.

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This should be fun and interesting.

O.C. Register: Derek Fisher will fill in Friday as the host of “Jim Rome is Burning” at 1:30 p.m. Pacific on ESPN … and buddy Kobe Bryant will show up in the studio as a guest for Fisher to interview. Fisher said Bryant was a huge reason Fisher re-signed with the Lakers this offseason, so perhaps they’ll discuss that and the Lakers’ free-agent acquisitions. Or they’ll just chit-chat and entertain themselves and viewers.

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I agree with most of this list except how did Blake Griffin get ranked higher than LO if Griffin didn’t play at all last season?

Yahoo! Sports: #1 Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

Big men don’t get more versatile than this guy. He’s bad at absolutely nothing, and top gear in just about everything. Scores with either hand on either block. Dominates from the high post. Nails cutters, sets screens and finishes off the good or bad pass. He can play defense now, he’s worked his way into becoming a fierce rebounder and his brain is bigger than our brains are.

Even with Tim Duncan’s history, his smarts, his ability and his formidable all-around play, there isn’t a power forward in this league that I think can help me win more than Pau Gasol. He just does things too excellently too often to overlook.

Yahoo! Sports: #19 Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers

L.O. was rightfully ranked that high last season because he set so much up within the confines of Los Angeles’ offense that didn’t show up in the box score, alongside some pretty happenin’ help defense. The defense was there last year, but he didn’t seem to have as much of an impact offensively, and I was more than dismayed by his slight-but-still-annoying uptick in 3-point attempts, without an uptick in 3-point percentages (31.9 percent on the year, right in line with his career averages).

Still, there are few players in this league I enjoy watching more.

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It seems like Ron didn’t take the comment too lightly. You can’t help but agree with everything he said.

Every time someone badmouths the Lakers, Ron-Ron is the first person to respond and he’s got all the rights to do so. He won’t let you trash talk about the team he plays for, and Doc is not an exception. Here’s what Ron had to say:

Twitter: Boston lost to lakers because of Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in 08 when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured ..

Twitter: What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron artest defense When the Boston staff said Ron artest was too slow

Twitter: Doc got one million excuses.. Just come back this season a take what you want…

Twitter: The lakers with Bynum in the playoffs healthy has not lost The same way whoever whatever hasn’t Let’s not mention the stats on lock down

Twitter: Nobody made excuses when Boston came to sac town when I was there and they embarrassed us. Acting like they were hardcore.

Twitter: So Boston is going to championship right past Miami?

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I’m guessing that was Doc’s twin brother at the 2008 Finals when the Lakers didn’t have Bynum for the entire Finals and it was his twin brother at this year’s Finals. Boston just won’t shut up already.

Yahoo! Sports: “They still have not beaten our starting five. Our starting five against the Lakers starting five has a ring. Tell him don’t forget that. We will be back strong and Perk (Kendrick Perkins(notes)) will be there next year if there’s a game seven.”

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Kobe Bryant. Where to start with this guy… how about 5 time champion, 2 time Finals MVP, 13 time All Star, 8 time All-NBA First team and 8 time All-Defensive First team. What stands out the most about Kobe is his passion for the game and his unwillingness to give up.

Kobe entered the NBA as a 17-year old kid in 1996 as a high-flying prospect out of Lower Merion High School, selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets (now known as the New Orleans Hornets). He was born in Philadelphia but moved to Italy as he was young then returned back to Philly during his High School years and made a name for himself as one of the top high school prospects at the time.

In the 1996 Draft, there were high expectations that he would be selected by hometown team, the76ers but he was spurned by the 76ers, whom selected Allen Iverson instead. Kobe slipped to the #13 where he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets. Thanks to the cerebral thinking of then-General Manager and Laker legend Jerry West, Kobe was traded to the Lakers for the starting Centre, Vlade Divac (that might be one trade that the Hornets wish they could take back).

Since then, Kobe has not disappointed. Every game would be one for the history books, whether it involved him scoring 81 against the Raptors, 62 in 3 quarters against the Mavericks, draining 12 three-pointers (in 18 attempts) against the Seattle Supersonics or setting a Madison Square Garden record by scoring 61 points in the building.

He has made a name for himself as one of the best, if not, the best closer the game has seen. Hearing the crowd yell out in disappointment and showering him with boo’s after hitting a game winner or clutch shot (on the road) has become a routine for Kobe.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Kobe. He faced his shares of downs in his career whether it was wasting years of potential championship talent away on a team full of Kwame’s, Smush’s and Mihm’s or whether it was his dispute with Phil and being labelled as “un-coachable”

Yet that didn’t stop Kobe from playing the game. He used that negativity he got from the media and turned it into revenge, letting his play do the talking. This is word to the media, keep the hate coming guys!

Happy Birthday, Kobe!

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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.