A Keith Olbermann-style Special Comment regarding Laker Basketball:

I did not see a 29-point blowout coming.

Unfortunately, I am not imbued with the same type of unwavering confidence that is possessed by, say, Uncle Vic the Brick. I expect a close game, or, dare I say, a loss every once in awhile.

I am aware that it is absolutely asinine to assume that the Lakers (5-0) will roll to an 82-0 record over the course of the season. It is absurd to even expect them to win 70 games.

Yet, over the last five contests, I have found myself looking to the heavens, gazing into the cosmos, wondering what it all means. What do these blowouts and boatraces signify? How long will it continue? WHEN WILL THEY LOSE?! This lack of drama and intrigue so far in the young season has led to a sort of malaise for me. I clamor for a close game. I itch for a contest that comes down to the last possession.

And, despite the culture of “win forever” that has developed in Lakerland, I cannot say I know of a team, beyond the Boston Celtics, that can beat the 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers. And this air of inevitability and juggernaut status may eventually be the Achilles Heel of this team.

But, the thing to remember is: despite the seemingly unstoppable nature of this team, they will play out the reminder of their schedule, and their opponents will suit up and play them.

The plea I bring forth towards the readers of the Lakers Nation, is that we do not prematurely crown our team. That would sully and cheapen the experience of fandom. Focus on one game at a time.

And tonight, that focus is solely on the Dallas Mavericks (2-4), a team who is struggling to find its identity after last season’s mind-boggling Jason Kidd trade.

The Mavericks have issues that go far beyond Josh Howard’s idiotic musings at charity football games. The Mavs have an aging roster and few prospects (they gave them all away to New Jersey). If you cannot tell by now, I was a huge opponent of the Jason Kidd trade. It forced the Mavericks into a stylistic purgatory compounded with the hire of Rick Carlisle as head coach; the Mavericks are a franchise in disarray.

As previously stated, the Lakers come into their first extended road trip on the heels of another boatrace, this time against the “elite” Houston Rockets in which the Lakers held them to 34- second half points and also limited Tracy McGrady to a paltry 3-points. With each passing contest, the vast divide between the Lakers and the rest of the league becomes more and more apparent.

Television -

  • National: NBATV (Local Audio)
  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Dallas: TXA21 (Mark Followill & Brad Davis)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Mavericks: ESPN 103.3 FM (Chuck Cooperstein & Bob Ortegel)

Injuries -

Lakers: None to report.

Mavericks:

  • Questionable: Josh Howard (Wrist)

Storylines -

Minutemen: If you thought last year’s “Bench Mob” was good, meet this season’s “Minutemen”. They are simply exhausting teams. Most NBA benches are designed to provide a rest for star players, without generally expecting a lead to be extended. The Laker bench, however, is conditioned to not only hold a lead, but to blow a game wide open.

The slashing of Trevor Ariza, the sniper-like shooting of Sasha Vujacic, the jaw-dropping versatility of Lamar Odom and the pixie point guard stylings of Jordan Farmar, compounded with either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum in the middle makes for a lineup that could easily solidify a top 5 record in the Eastern Conference.

It’s not fair.

Ojos de Devean: Just make sure you take a second and gaze into Devean George’s insano green eyes. Legend holds, that if you look into his eyes for 5 uninterrupted minutes, you see how you will die.

Varsity Challenge -

(Prize: A hair brushing session with Phil Jackson)

Who designed the Dallas Mavericks alternate uniforms?

  • Anonymous

    Who designed the Dallas Mavericks alternate uniforms?

    Sean “P. Diddy” Combs

  • AndrewT

    Mark Cuban. He seems like a dude that would do something like that.

  • Andrew Rafner

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    a winner so sooooon! eh, it was an easy question.

    what type of brush do you want to use on Phil’s silver locks?

  • mr.laker19

    Shave him bald while your at it lol, that would be funny. But that Devean George thing scared me… for real… dont do that no more!

  • the ape

    yah, the devean one gave me the creeps too.

    the lakers should get this one easy. if not for anything but attitude. the mavs are wallowing in some major self-doubt right now, it would be too too easy to get into their heads.

  • nabil

    It totally works. You have to inch up really close to the screen, and not look away for the whole time. Blinking is okay, but don’t look away.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/player/71274

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

    “The plea I bring forth towards the readers of the Lakers Nation, is that we do not prematurely crown our team. That would sully and cheapen the experience of fandom. Focus on one game at a time.”

    AMEN! :cool:

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

    “Ojos de Devean: Just make sure you take a second and gaze into Devean George’s insano green eyes. Legend holds, that if you look into his eyes for 5 uninterrupted minutes, you see how you will die.”

    ~lol~ if you click my name, YOU WILL DIE SLOWER! :cool:

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

    ~lol~ if you click my name, YOU WILL DIE SLOWER! :cool:

  • DCLAKER

    Dallas plays their best game vs The Lakers….not this year though,

    Lakers 105- Mavs 92..toast(my new phrase for..they’re done).

  • Freshh

    No Loss tonight,
    Lakers-105 Mavericks-90

  • Dave

    Thanks for the radio and TV networks where we can catch the game. Do you have a time for the broadcast?

    Wow.

  • Kobe Forever

    Today is not going to be a tough game for the Lakers because the Mavs are struggling. Lakers 107 Mavericks 87

  • Mitch4Pres

    i must say i disagree with the big homie andrew on one issue. I don’t want any close games ever. I want to win by 30 every night. Close games make my head hurt and aren’t good for my heart.

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  • Zackloveslakers

    I looked into Devean’s eyes and I swore I saw myself dying in a car crash….. sh..!..t

  • Logic Guy

    BYNUM PROBLEM- Has anyone noticed that Drew is not finishing? When you stop finishing, your team mates stop giving you the ball. Has he stopped working on his game? He is shooting well under 500. (432) That is very Kwame Brown Like. We have guards that can do that. It they are thinking championship, Drew has to shoot at least fifty poercent. Something is not right. Don’t get too excited about all these victories in the soft part of the schedule. All this talk about 82-0 indicates how blind and sick you guys are.

  • http://lakeshowlife.com/ Lake Show Life

    Love the site and the Minutemen moniker. Anybody else absolutely loving Trevor so far tonight? Dude is all over the place. Almost like Michael Keaton in “Multiplicity” or something. “Attack of the Clones,” yet it’s just one guy. Love ‘em.

  • JSK4LIFE

    LEZ GO

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