Friday, December 19, 2014
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Welcome to TLN’s “2nd Look” where we will repost the unforgettable plays of the season game by game. This will be for all of us Lakers fans to enjoy the season as it progresses, one highlight at a time. In this edition, Kobe creates a new circus shot with an unreal no look, over the head banker.

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Fisher likes the development he sees in Andrew Bynum!

Fisher & BynumTheSun: If we are to believe Derek Fisher, Lakers center Andrew Bynum is only now scratching the surface of what he can become.

Fisher sees a more mature Bynum, in this his fifth year, a more patient Bynum – and a better Bynum.

After Thursday night’s 24-point, eight-rebound effort in a 98-92 exhibition win over the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas, Bynum is averaging more than 22 points per game on nearly 60 percent shooting in the preseason.

But Bynum hasn’t reached his potential?

“I don’t think so,” Fisher said. “I don’t think that, because of injuries and just his growth in this league, we’ve seen him reach his full potential.

“One thing that is apparent is that when he is healthy, he’s willing to do the work that’s necessary to be as good as he can be. When the work ethic is there, the timing, the training, they have a much better chance of making it to that full level.”

At the tail end of Friday’s practice, as other Lakers were working on their shooting, Bynum brought it back to basics.

Bynum toiled on footwork drills and entry passes, focusing more on the intricacies of the game that he lacks, rather than sharpening the many tools he already possesses.

“Fundamentally he’s as sound as they come; he can shoot the basketball, he can see the floor, he can pass,” Fisher said. “The little things that have to come for Andrew will come from just playing.

“Be there, night in and night outand as he continues to do what he’s doing, he’ll see double teams and where to pass the ball and how to react. Those only come from being in game situations.”

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Sasha is working on his ‘tude!

Sasha18PE.com: The notoriously self-critical Lakers guard has pledged to show more maturity this season, whether it’s taking shots only in the flow of the offense, restraining himself when a call goes against him or not being so hard on himself after a poor shooting night.

“I wanted to come into training camp with a new perspective and a new attitude,” Vujacic said. “I think I was overdoing it last year. Everybody was telling me I was shooting too much and putting too much pressure on myself. I always believe that hard work pays off, but I just didn’t know how to manage that.” …

Frustrated by his diminishing playing time as a result of the emergence of Trevor Ariza, Vujacic often drew the ire of teammates and coaches when he tried to make a quick impact by forcing shots early in a possession. Then, when his shooting percentage not surprisingly dipped as a result of taking so many contested shots, his playing time dropped further. He spent hours in the gym after practice hoisting threes from all over the court…

He has still spent extra time shooting after training camp practices, but he has pledged to try to rein in his shoot-first ways during games.

“He has to understand there are situations where when he comes into the game, the defensive player assigned to him doesn’t leave him,” Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said. “It doesn’t matter if he gets less shots or doesn’t make as many shots. He’s still helping us by stretching the defense. They’re honoring you because their guy has to guard you.”

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A great article on our backup PG’s.

L.A.Times: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has used that combination in the first two exhibition games and can envision doing the same this season.

“It’s obviously an option that we want to have,” Jackson said. “We think that both of them, with their speed and quickness and their ability, they’ll be able to get steals and we can get up the court.”

The two feel as if they complement each other.

“We both really enjoy it,” Farmar said about playing in the backcourt with Brown. “He doesn’t mind playing off the ball. He’s a little bigger. He can guard the two-guards with no problem. He’s extremely athletic. When I see him on the wing, that’s either an assist or I get a layup. Every time we’re together on the court, something is going to happen.”

Farmar and Brown can change the course of the game when they are playing together.

The tempo becomes quicker for the Lakers.

They can force the action on defense by full-court pressing.

“We keep teams on alert,” Brown said. “We definitely pick up full court and cause a little bit of havoc in the backcourt.”

“We talk about it all the time about how we enjoy playing together and that it’s trouble for a lot of other backcourts when we get that opportunity,” Farmar said.

Continue reading ‘Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown proving to be a good one-two combination’


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Clippers Lakers BasketballL.A. Times: It will be debated and discussed for the next five years. Did the Lakers do the right thing in essentially trading up-and-comer Trevor Ariza for already-there Ron Artest?

An unforgettable July afternoon turned into the busiest of the summer for the Lakers after they agreed to terms with Artest on a five-year, $34-million free-agent contract. Ariza then accepted Houston’s identical offer almost immediately after hearing that Artest had been snapped up by the Lakers.

Time will be the final judge, as always, though one Western Conference coach is already offering an intriguing analysis.

“I think it was a ‘volatility’ trade,” Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said. “I think Ariza was a flat line that was very positive for them. I think Artest has the ability to raise above that line, significantly. If Kobe Bryant went down during the year, Artest has the ability to carry a team more than Ariza would have the ability to carry a team. So it’s positive from that regard.

“[Artest] gives you more obviously, but there is the question — he has had a past of some indiscretions. I don’t think it’s probably going to be an issue for them. Everything I’ve read, his mind-set seems to be pretty good.”

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This is funny stuff. S-Jax is still jawin’ about Kobe.

Picture 1NBA FanHouse: “I’m not going to bow down,” Jackson said. “I’m not a fan of Kobe. I’m not somebody who looks up to him. I’m a grown man myself. So when I go out there and play the game, I play the game. I feel like I’m just as good as him. I might not get the publicity or notoriety he gets, but I feel like I can play with anybody in the NBA any given night.

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    Text Winter is planning to attend the ring ceremony on opening night! This one was for Tex!

    L.A. Times: The Lakers are planning a big celebration for their ring ceremony on opening night, but one person’s appearance might mean the most.

    Longtime Lakers consultant Tex Winter is planning to attend.

    Winter, 87, spent most of the summer in an assisted-living apartment in Oregon after suffering a stroke in late April while attending a basketball reunion in Manhattan, Kan.

    The modern-day architect of the triangle offense has slowly been recovering, demonstrating good comprehension and an ability to say specific words, though he still has trouble formulating sentences.

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      Remember that horrific fall Odom took in the post-season last year? He may not be healed all the way – even now, but he’s a trooper and he’s playing on.

      OCRegister: Lamar Odom said the back injury he suffered in the playoffs against Houston last May isn’t completely gone, although he feels strong overall.

      Odom said he was lifting weights the other day, and his back “spasm’d up a little bit.” He said when he gets tired, he feels some discomfort back there. Odom suffered a hard fall in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals in Houston.

      But it’s no longer an injury, and Odom has impressed Phil Jackson with his overall work in training camp.

      “He’s been upbeat and very productive in practices,” Jackson said.

      Odom worked on strengthening himself over the summer “from my knees to my navel to my chest.” He said the contract negotiations with the Lakers and then his sudden wedding to Khloe Kardashian in the offseason weren’t as whirlwind because he’s used to whirlwind.

      “I’ve been through a lot worse than getting married,” he said. “Even though some of it’s whirlwind, in my life things always happened fast since I was 12.”

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      Out of Bounds with Jason Riley

      Well, Lakers Nation, we survived a long summer of anticipation. If you’re anything like me, you can probably remember a simpler time when there was nothing more exciting than the lazy days of summer.

      When I was about 15-years-old, summer meant getting to live every waking moment like a drive engineered by JaMarcus Russell. It didn’t matter if my day was productive, as long as I didn’t have to go to school in the morning. The notion of being responsible simply meant not dying, or getting someone else killed. During those precious summer months, all of my good eating habits disappeared faster than the Celtics title defense last season. For three solid months of the year, I was essentially Khloe Kardashian.

      As you get older, the magical allure of summer fades away. It’s basically everyday life, except you don’t get to watch your favorite TV shows and the start of the NBA seasons seems farther away than the completion of whatever diet plan you’re on. By early September, you have actually developed somewhat of a life. I mean, how disturbing is that?

      In just sixteen days, the world champion Lakers will officially kick off their title defense. Before we completely close the book on the summer and get whisked away by the excitement of the upcoming season, let’s revisit the biggest news of the Lakers off-season: The addition of Ron Artest.

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        Pre-season? It doesn’t matter for the defending champs. They weren’t pleased with their performance and held a players meeting.

        indexInside The Lakers: Displeased by their play in Friday’s exhibition loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers players held a meeting among themselves to remind themselves they can do better. Coach Phil Jackson said he was glad to see the players policing themselves, even after only two games into the exhibition schedule.

        “They felt like they didn’t give the right kind of effort,” Jackson said this afternoon. “It wasn’t a bad effort, but nothing went right for them. It was just a little opportunity for them to talk about the right kind of energy.”

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          Here is some Farmar news to keep an eye on.

          JordanFarmarLATimes: The Lakers aren’t planning on offering Jordan Farmar a contract extension this season, which in many ways leaves his future uncertain.

          Farmar, in his fourth season, in which he’ll earn $1.947 million, saw the team pick up the options for his third and fourth seasons. But he’s aware that if the Lakers don’t offer him a deal by the deadline of Oct. 31, he’ll become a restricted free agent next summer and the Lakers can match any offer Farmar receives from another team.

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          I guess yesterday, wasn’t the last day to purchase packages for the Lakers Nation trip to Las Vegas to watch our Championship Los Angeles Lakers in a pre-season match-up with the Sacramento Queens Kings.

          These extra packages are available ’til Monday 12:00PM PST.

          We have a couple of different packages up for purchase. We’re sure to have a really good time with a lot of Lakers fans, hope to see you there!

          Depart: Thursday, Oct. 15, departs LAX at 1:10 PM PST.
          Return
          : Saturday, Oct. 17, departs Las Vegas at 1:00 PM PST.

          Details on the trip can be seen on the flyer to your left.

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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.