Sizzling Start

    There was a surreal electricity at Staples Center Tuesday and Wednesday Night. an excitement for a special team. A team that if they stay healthy, could make a serious run at becoming the second 70 win team in NBA history. A team with so much to prove.

    From before the opening tip-off, you could feel the buzz in the air. The excitement and the anticipation had the fans on the edge of their seat, even before the national anthem was sung. As everyone put on their community promoting yellow opening day shirts on, you could tell that this was much more than a regular season game.

    It was sense of redemption for the pain and suffering that was caused by the events in the NBA Finals. Instead of letting the heartbreak mold them, it motivated them, as the Lakers’ defense and all around game, at least through two games, looks better than ever.

    It was not against what you would call slouch opponents either. They dismantled a highly talented Portland Trail Blazers. They made it look too easy at times, as it was almost as if the Blazers were a high-school team.
    Wednesday nothing changed. On the second night of a back to back the Lakers showed no mercy, as again their defense hounded the Clippers, and held All-Star Baron Davis to 11 points in his much anticipated Clipper debut.

    The team has always had players that could defend, and were great at it one on one. The problem was always they could not play team defense consistently. So far this year, it has changed into a great team defense effort, as they are collectively shutting down the opponents. It as almost if they trained the entire off-season with Ben Howland at UCLA, and learned how to play defense the right way.

    Kobe Bryant, MVP, captain, the black mamba has even a higher sense of intensity then he has in the past. It is almost as if the Gold Medal in China at the Olympics was just the tip of the iceberg. He wants more, and is leading by example. For the rest of the league, that’s scarier then watching the strangers on Halloween.

    Pau Gasol looks comfortable in the power forward role. Vlad “Space Cadet” Radmonivic has shown immense improvement on defense, and provides the starting line up with a long ball threat. Andrew Bynum has anchored the paint on both offense and defense. And Derek Fisher is well, Derek Fisher.

    The Lakers bench “mob” has proved to be as good as some teams starting fice. As the bench’s production has been so good to begin with this season, as they have not missed a beat.

    Jordan Farmar has been electric of the bench. Trevor Ariza has shown great improvement on his outside shot, and his athleticism and defense has restored a sense of order. Lamar Odom has seemingly embraced his new 6th man role. And that’s just to name a few.

    Make no doubt about it, the Championship in no way, shape, or form is won. Not even by a long shot. This is just the first 2 games in October. However, the start to the 2008 season should bring a smile to even the most pessimistic Lakers fan, and bring some stages of fright to rest of the league.

    Get ready, this season should be quite and electrifying and entertaining ride that we will not soon ever forget.

    • KwameWHO???

      I don’t want to wake up from this dream…………on another note, I think kwame brown was the best thing to ever happen to us….he taught andrew bynum how NOT to play basketball….and did i mention pau gasol?….i’m still sleeping…..wake me up after the championship banner!!!! good night

    • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

      I am sizzling! :cool:
      Heidi Cortez just bought some Verve! today & joined my team :D

    • ryguy2303

      lol why does the banner say sizzing?

    • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

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      ~lol~

    • yellowpurplefever

      This is the best start for LA in years. Keep up the intensity and rotation. If we play like this last year, WOW, only IF.
      Bring it on!!!

    • e

      lakers can get a 70 win year if they stay healthy

    • roscoe

      point differential of 15 and 75/7. :) i don’t think we should worry about 70 wins. but we do look amazing.

    • Diehardfan

      The improvement and potential of this team is so great especially when a player like Luke Walton and Mihm who USED to be starters are coming off the bench with the Bench Mob as third stringers. It also proves Kobe’s greatness when you try to figure out how in the world did Kobe not get MVP while leading a team with both of those two as starters to fifth place in the Western Conference. Especially when you think that the other two starters were also Smush Parker and Kwame Brown.

    • six45ci

      dont you mean TUESDAY, not WEDNESDAY?

    • http://www.myhotelreviews.com pete

      kobe’s new nick this year: the bailout plan. Whenever the lakers are in a slump in a game, they’ll need “the bailout plan” to get them out of it.

    • Michael_23

      Too early to tell. The Lakers did play against 2 teams who may not make the playoffs. Lakers are about to face the Nuggets who also may not make it to the playoffs. 1st test will be against the Houston Rockets!

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      Come one guys…yes it good that they start on a winning note but please. Lets wait till after game 10 and take it from there. If they go

      2-8= It sucks
      3-7= sucks
      4-6= They need to play better defense
      5-5= oh well
      6-4= not good but not bad
      7-3= good start
      8-2= great start
      9-1= YES
      10-0= Champs no doubt.

    • Kristian

      we still need to defend the 3 better. both clippers and blazers got way to many open shots which they missed, although we were up by at least 15 in these instances, but it shouldn’t become a habit. teams like houston boston or new orleans will punish defences like that. if we stay healthy, we honestly should be too much to handle for any team, let’s just hope that this happens and everybody plays to their potential.

    • DCLAKER

      Yep,we bad!

    • 808

      Come one guys…yes it good that they start on a winning note but please. Lets wait till after game 10 and take it from there. If they go

      2-8= It sucks
      3-7= sucks
      4-6= They need to play better defense
      5-5= oh well
      6-4= not good but not bad
      7-3= good start
      8-2= great start
      9-1= YES
      10-0= Champs no doubt.

      LOL, remember 04 season? we started out 11-0 and we lost. Don’t be too over confident. Just hope the lakers stay healthy and play good D.

    • ICE CREAM MAN

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      Yes we lost but remember it was due to our starting power forward was injured and who was the back up? Exactly

    • Zen Master

      Malone’s backup was……………………………..Slava Medvedenko.

      If they stay healthy and their defense IS THAT GOOD, they will win at least 70 games. Offense isn’t a question anymore. Hands down the best offense in the league.