Special Game Preview: Rockets vs Lakers

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    Tuesday 7:30 Lakers Standard time.

    Television: TNT

    ‘Make no mistake, this is it’

    This has been the ‘Mother’ of all off seasons. We’ve been analyzing, debating, arguing, wearing out the trade machines, and for some of us, even ‘plotting,’ to storm the Staples Center. And why? Like you need ME to tell you. Because of two simple statements. The first, ‘Do it and do it now!’ The rallying cry for all Lakers Nation Fans. Those words got we bloggers excited, didn’t they? ‘Cmon, Mitch! Do it!’ That was followed by the hard one, the two words that hurt to the core. ‘Trade me.’ It’s been tough, I must admit. But now, ‘this is it,’ its time for the Lakers Season, our season to begin.

    So, where will you be tonight? Just as the Kenny Logins song chimes, “This is it, make no mistake where you are….. the waiting is over” There’s no mistake, even with all the turmoil, with all the talking going on between us, we are all still a family of Lakers Fans first.

    Its also my hope, that wherever you will be, you will be watching the Lakers. And of course, enjoying yourself, (this time, get out the beer, popcorn and candy) because Lakers Basketball for the 60th year in a row, is on the air!

    Let’s get this party started. Yeah baby!

    And now on to the game preview.

    Houston Rockets – New look, with a new coach Rick Adelman. Bet you can’t wait to see the new player Stevie Francis? If you want to see Stevie, you will have to look down the bench. And why? Because you won’t see much of him in the game.

    “He’s not the player that he once was, because he’s slowed down, he’s aged,” said Tracy McGrady…And how is Francis handling the lack of playing time?

    “I definitely didn’t come here not to play at all,” Francis said.

    Fatty’s Take: Aren’t you glad we didn’t sign the Franchise?

    How is Adelman’s new motion and slashing offense coming along?

    “It’s going to take some time,” McGrady said. “At times, we showed how great we can be as far as running it fluidly. At other times, we can be pretty bad, out of sync. The timing isn’t there. It is going to come.”

    In the mean time, the new Rockets will look like the old Rockets. They are planning on low posting Yao and setting high screens for Tracy McGrady, with good ol fashioned screen and rolls to the basket.

    Lakers – Coach Jackson said this will be a very good team. His goal is to crack the top four in the West. And how? By using combinations of players, that work well together.

    Fatty’s Take: PJ’s Famous Combos. Sounds good doesn’t it, yummy? We will need to ‘Super Size’ those combos, if we plan on beating the Rockets.

    Key Match Ups of the Game:

    Yao Ming vs The Lakers ‘Super Sized’ Center Combo of Kwame, Bynum, and Mihm

    If we put Farmar on Kwame’s shoulders, I feel we can give Yao trouble on his shots. But knowing PJ, he will make Yao work hard on both ends. Yao tires easily and may get into foul trouble with our new aggressive Andrew Bynum. How would you handle Yao?

    Fatty’s Take: Good test for our new Jedi apprentice, Young ‘Skyhooker’ Bynum.

    Tracy McGrady vs Kobe

    This is why we watch the game. Phil says Kobe is not giving his all in the preseason. Kobe says, be patient, wait till the regular season.

    Fatty’s Take: Kobe’s competitive endorphins will kick in, and kick Kobe into high gear. This is going to be good. My recommendation? Don’t blink, you might miss something.

    Scola vs Ronny’s back up

    It looks like Battier and Ronny to start. But who guards Scola when Ronny sits? Cookie, Vladimir you say? That’s why I said, Who guards Scola when Ronny sits?

    Fatty’s Take: This is one game where the Lakers will really, really, really miss Lamar Odom.

    From Bill Walton’s book of Amazing and Fun Lakers Facts:

    Did you know that the Lakers and the Brady Bunch both stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian village?

    Lakers Inspirational Game Song: Kenny Loggins’ ‘This is it’

    Lakers Cheer for tonights Game:

    The Rockets say…

    ‘Houston, we have a problem.’

    Its a new season…

    And the Lakers will clobber ‘em.

    Game Prediction:

    Lakers will put the Rockets in their pockets and take home a win.

    New Fan Feature: Lakers Game Predictions (Houston game for practice, real contest starts Friday against Phoenix).

    Pick the following and record your choices in the comment section on this thread. (copy and paste)

    1. Game Winner: Houston

    2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe 45 pts

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Kobe, Kwame 8

    4. Lakers Assists Leader: Kobe, Walton 4

    5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory  Houston by 2

    6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Chris Mihm 12/22/05  21 rebounds

    Sample or example of what Fatty needs:

    1. Game Winner: Lakers

    2. High Scorer: Kwame

    3. Top Rebounder: Fisher

    4. Assist Leader: Cookie

    5. Bonus: 50 pts

    6. Trivia Challange: Smush

    Jaime is the co-owner and Operating Director for LakerNation.com from Alhambra, CA. He's help create the official websites for Kevin Durant and Goodwin Sports. Currently, he's the Online Producer for FOX Sports Radio and AM570 KLAC.
    • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

      Sorry for the crappy images, hZm is out of town so I had to do images just for today. Thank God! lol

      The contest thread won’t be open ’til Friday when we battle the much hated Suns. Let us know what you think of the idea.

      Good luck.

      Let the season begin!!! HOOYA!!!!

    • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

      1. Game Winner: Houston :-( Fatty:C’mon Nugget, Shame on you, not Houston!!lol

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant – DUUUH!!!

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Bynomite!

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – Lakers lose by 11

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Odom. Yah, I know am dead wrong. :P

    • Chosen One

      1. Game Winner: Rockets

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Ronny Turiaf

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Jordan Farmar

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – Lakers lose by 18

      6. -no idea-

    • lalakerfan

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Kwame Brown

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Kobe Bryant

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – Lakers win by 5

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Elden Campell?

    • http://cokespill.com/english/band/jonny.html joninjapan

      1. lakers
      q kobe
      3.bynum
      4. walton
      5. 10 points. . give or take 5 haha
      6. either LO or Shaq

    • PHANTOM

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: cook

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder:sasha

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: smoosh

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – Lakers win by 50

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? wilt

    • http://cokespill.com/english/band/jonny.html joninjapan

      [Comment ID #15651 Will Be Quoted Here]

      ok 5. we win by 7

      and 6. i’m gonna go with shaq

    • laker4life23

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – Lakers win by 6

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

    • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

      1. Game Winner: Rockets

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Ronny Turiaf

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Jordan Farmar

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory 11

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

    • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

      Oh, and thats assuming Kobe doesn’t play tomorrow.

    • jack

      1. Game Winner: lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: kwane

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: luke

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: lakers by 15

      6. Trivia Challenge: shaq (28 @ New Jersey 11/20/93)

    • KLMonster

      1. Game Winner: LAKERS

      2. Lakers High Scorer: KB24

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: BYNUM

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: D-FISH

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – 6

      6. SHAQ

    • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

      1. Game Winner: LAKERS

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Mihm

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luuuukeee

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – 7

      6. Shaq

    • osm0nd

      1. Game Winner: Houston :(

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Ronny Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luke Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory 3

      6. Shaq

    • kgmvp

      well all i can say is
      LET`S GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      LET`S TRADE KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahah
      guys imagine that a halftime arenas comes and wears a laker uniform. hahahahah
      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

    • lakerfan81

      Winner: Houston (no one can guard yao)
      High Scorer: Kobe, he wil play with a chip on his shoulder
      Top Rebounder: Bynum
      Assist leader: Farmar
      Point Margin: 6

      Shaq (The Lakers havent had anyone that can rebound since he left so unless it was before thst than obviously it was Shaq).

    • PB509

      Winner: Los Angeles Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Jelly Bean Bryant Jr.

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Ronny Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Bill Walton Jr.

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: Close game, Kobe Bryant knocks in game winner

      6. Trivia Challenge: Most definnitely Mr. Oneal the Diesel

    • kobefan2408

      1. Game Winner: rockets

      2. Lakers High Scorer:kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder:kwame

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:kobe

      5. Bonus: 15

      6. Trivia Challenge: shaq

    • mplakers

      1) Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer:Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder:Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:Kobe

      5. Bonus: 5

      6. Trivia Challenge: shaq

    • kgmvp

      Game Winner: Rockets
      1. Lakers high scorer: Kobe( if he plays)
      2. Lakers top rebounder: Bynum
      3. Lakers Assists Leader: Derek Fisher
      4. Bonus: Lose by 5-10
      6. Shaq

    • foxxy

      LAKERS GOT THIS ONE!!!!!!

    • Roscoe

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – Lakers win by 2

    • Brillus

      Game Winner: Lakers
      1. Lakers high scorer: Kobe(if he plays)
      2. Lakers top rebounder: Bynum
      3. Lakers Assists Leader: Walton
      4. Bonus: Win by 15
      6. Odom

    • TonyStarks79

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Fisher

      5. Bonus: Lakers win by 6

      6. Trivia Challenge: Shaq.. I remember the Milwaukee game back in 03/04 26 rebounds..damn!!!

    • http://www.kb24.com darkice18

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe “injured wrist” Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luke Walton

      5. Bonus: Lakers win at the buzzer thnx to KOBE!

      6. Trivia Challenge: Shaq…right?

    • Ankit

      1. Game Winner:Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer:Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder:Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:Fisher

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory 6

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

    • LAnative4life

      1. Game Winner:Lakers no doubt

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Mr. Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Baby dinosaur “bynum”

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:Luuuuke

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory 7 pts

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq back when he was the man

    • pureownage

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Ronny Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luke Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: 8 points

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaquille O’neal

    • DeepFrost

      1. Game Winner: Laker

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luke Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – 5

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaquille O’Neal

    • pr0mega

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Derek Fisher

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: 6

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Chris Mihm

    • steve

      1..game winner..lakers

      2..lakers high scorer…kobe

      3..lakers top rebounder..ronnie

      4..lakers assist leader..luke

      5..bonus..point margin of victory..7

      6..trivia..shaq

    • ab4sure

      1. Winner-Lakers
      2. Scorer-kobe
      3. rebounder-bynum
      4. assist-kobe
      5. margin of victory-24..lol
      6. LO

    • HiYo2o

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luke Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: 6

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaquille O’Neal

    • Kaninboi

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Luke Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: 10

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

    • kb24mvp

      1-lakers
      2-kobe
      3-bynum
      4-walton
      5-lakers by 7
      6-shaq

      im going!!!GO LAKERS

    • Fan of the Mamba

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer:Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder:Bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory – 5 points

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

    • prothought1

      1. Houston
      2. Kobe- ready to go tonite!!!!!
      3. Bynum
      4. Lose a nail-biter- lack of pick-@-roll Defense
      5. Magic

    • http://mike2008.wordpress.com laker_27

      1. Game Winner: Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Kwanme

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Kobe

      5. Bonus: Lakers by 9

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

    • nyla

      1. Game Winner: Houston (I hope I’m wrong)

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Bynun

      4. Lakers Assists Leader: Walton

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory: 12

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? Shaq

      We need a “Laker Turnover Leader” lol

    • drew

      1. Game Winner: Lakers
      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe
      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Kwame
      4. Lakers Assist Leader: Farmar
      5. Bonus: Margin of victory 13
      6. Trivia Challenge: Shaq (Odom came close with 19)

    • ryan

      1. Game Winner: lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer: kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder:andrew bynum

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:jordan farmar

      5. Bonus: Point Margin of Victory 4

      6. Trivia Challenge: Last Laker to have more than 20 rebounds in a game? andrew bynum

    • Ben Payne

      1. Game Winner: Lakers!!

      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Ronny Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assists Leader:Kobe Bryant

      5. Bonus: 7 pts.

      6. Trivia Challenge: Shaquille O’neal

    • Lonestar 848

      1. Rockets
      2. Kobe
      3. Ronny
      4. Kobe
      5. 11 points
      6. Shaq

    • fatty

      Posting is closed!

      Check back tomorrow for game results.

      Enjoy the game! Go Lakers!

    • Jrich

      cook sucks

    • Shaq786

      trade cook, odom, kwame, mo and 2 first rounders… for JO and jeff foster