Kobe is sitting out this game because of his sore right wrist… Read all about it here.
Game Preview: Kings vs Lakers
Friday 7:00 PM Lakers Standard Time
Thomas and Mack Center – Las Vegas
Television: KCAL, ESPN
“It is what it is?”
“Are you ready?” As one reporter asked Coach Jackson after practice on Wednesday.
Looking for some insight, I waited for Phil’s answer. He hesitated, and then said something very PJ-like. “It is what it is, you gotta go do it.” Profound no, truthful yes. Encouraging? Not really. You never know with this Phil guy. He sounded more like the General leading his troops into battle, knowing the outcome will not be good.
When asked about Andrew Bynum’s defensive prowess? General P. Jackson shook his head and said, “Don’t ask me that.” All the reporters laughed, all we bloggers moaned.
When asked about the Utah game? General P. Jackson said, “It was one of our better defensive efforts as a team.” The reporters smiled. “You don’t believe me?!” We bloggers frowned.
Putting a good face on the situation. Our fearless leader announced the starting five for Friday’s game. And adding, “its not set in stone,” but this is our starting line-up this Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.
The regular season starters for your Los Angeles Lakers.
At Center: Kwame Brown
At Power Forward: Ronny Turiaf
At Shooting Forward: Luke Walton
At Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
At Point Guard: Derek Fisher
If Las Vegas gave odds on what the Lakers starting five would be in June. And you placed a two dollar bet on these five, you would be a very rich person.
How many of you thought Kwame would even be here, let alone starting?
Who of you thought Ronny would be our starting Power Forward? I never saw that predicted on the blogs at TheLakersnation.com.
How many of you wanted and were hoping for Artest to be our three? And nobody, but nobody could have predicted Derek Fisher at the point!
And that leaves Kobe. The only one of the five who didn’t want to be here. And guess what, he’s still here and he’s still starting. (Pending injury)
Fear not, We do have the Calvary in reserve, the Second Unit led by Jordan Farmar. We may need them to rescue our starting five. They’re looking good.
It’s not what we hoped for when the summer started. But as Coach says, “It is what it is, and you gotta go do it.”
And now on to our game preview.
Sacramento Kings – A new coach, our old friend Reggie Theus. They were lost in the Tule Fog last year. I don’t think Reggie can lead them into the sunshine, do you?
Just want you to know. Fatty will not lower himself to calling the Kings silly words like ‘Queens’, nor will he describe the Maloofs as the ‘Magoofs.’ Fatty will refuse to call SacTown a Cow Town. And SacFans as ‘Hick Farmers’ that for entertainment ring Cow Bells. Fatty has the utmost respect for the Sacramento Kings. (big lol)
Key Match Ups:
No longer players vs players. That’s old news. Its our starting five and what can they do?
As Tim-4-Show brought out so nicely in his season preview, Where are we as a team? What should we be looking for in tonight’s game?
On Defense: How does this team rebound? Can they clog the middle? Do they communicate on Defense?
On Offense: With our transition, can they push the ball up and not make turnovers? Do they run the offense and not force shots? And when open for shots, do we get to hear my favorite sound, “Swisssh”?
Bynum ‘Skyhook’ Watch: Is this the night that the Dude actually does it? Vegas Bookies have it 12-1 on the attempt and Fatty the Bookmaker has it 100-1, he makes it.
Kobe Watch: Utah, not a very good game. Two bad ones in a row?
Fatty’s Tip: Bet your money on 24. A guaranteed winner.
Tonight’s Lakers Game Cheer:
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Our Five Card Studs
Will beat those Kings!
Game Prediction: Using our Five Card Studs (I like that line), PJ will Flush the Kings and and make them blush. Your Los Angeles Lakers of Las Vegas will win. But if we happen to stink up the place? Remember, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Its just preseason, it doesn’t count.
Moderators Note: With Kobe not playing, How will the Lakers fare tonight? Will they be forced to run the offense, not being able to rely on Kobe to bail them out? Will they play better? Will they stink up the place? What are you looking to see from the Lakers tonight?