Players of the day
1. Andrew Bynum – Bynum told the media that this will be his breakout year. The year that he silences the critics. This preseason he’s taken a big step toward the new and improved aggressive Andrew Bynum. He had 18 points tonight in only 23 minutes going 7/10 from the field, 4/5 from the line, along with 7 boards and a block. In addition, Andrew pulled out something that we’ve never seen before. I’ll leave that for our play of the game though…
2. Ronny Turiaf – Ronny continues to show shines of becoming a legitimate star in the NBA. He went 5/7 from the field tonight and had 8 boards, 3 assists, a steal and a block to go along with 18 points. He’s been consistently hitting that 10-15 ft. jumper, running the break beautifully, and finishing with authority. He’s making a strong case to start this season at the 4.
3. Coby Karl – Coby had a very impressive game. He beat out Elton Brown, Larry Turner and Andre Patterson as the team’s 15^th player (some extremely tough competition…), and seemed to play his first game with a sigh of relief. He seemed to be looser out there, especially from beyond the arc. He his two threes, went 3 for 4 from the field and had 3 boards and 10 points. Keep it up Coby, hard work does pay off in basketball.
4. Luke Walton – Have to mention Luke’s 8 assists. I can remember each one, especially that beautiful dish to Ronny in the paint leading to a dunk. He did an excellent job leading the team to keep everyone having fun out there. I like this game to lead us into the regular season.
Play of the Day:
Hands down, that Bynum dunk at the end of the third quarter. Where did that athleticism come from??? He lifted up out of nowhere for the and1 slam. Hang time from Bynum? I can get used to that!
Smush of the day:
Vlad Rad, not lookin’ too good out there today. Pretty good preseason, but not the most impressive finish in 17 minutes. He went 0/3 from the field with a rebound, an assist, and no points. I wouldn’t make too much out of it though. Just about all of the Lakers played well today, this is one of those pick a smush of the day’s because you have to. So how about we just give it to Ric Bucher and ESPN. They talk about Kobe being traded non-stop and it couldn’t be more annoying. Seriously, Ric Bucher is almost at Jack Haley status.