TLN’s Pre-Game: Lakers vs. Suns

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    Friday 7:30 Lakers Standard Time

    Television: KCAL, ESPN

    How do I hate thee, let me count thy ways?

    It’s time for my annual membership drive for “The Lakers Loving, Suns Hating, Fan Club”

    As President and Founder of this prestigious club, I cordially invite all of you to join.

    Its rather easy to become a member, but requires a firm passionate determination that only a True Laker Fan can maintain. Do you feel you have what it takes, loyalty and love for the Lakers, and a real deep down, make you puke, type of hate for the Phoenix Suns? And never, to let that passion slip away? If you think you do, and are ready to take the Oath. Then place your left hand on your computer, raise your right hand, and repeat after me.

    The Lakers loving, Suns hating, Official Fan Club Oath:

    I swear to love the Lakers with my whole heart and basketball polymer fiber of my existence.

    I hate, loathe, and despise the Phoenix Suns.

    My blood flows Purple and Gold.

    I believe Phil Jackson is the Zen Master leading us to the Promised Championship.

    Kobe Bryant WAS and IS the Real MVP.

    I trust in Dr. Buss (just not Jim Buss).

    I believe the Staples Arena is the Center of the Lakers Universe.

    Steve Nash is a punk and Raja Bell is a twerp.

    I believe God is a Laker Fan.

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the communist party.

    TheLakersNation.com is my best source when it comes to Lakers knowledge. :-)

    You are now officially a member of “The Lakers Loving, Suns Hating Fan Club!”

    (Send appropriate club dues to my PayPal account at fatty@thelakersnation.com)

    Now, let’s get on to the game preview…

    Phoenix Suns – It was determined last year, that they needed to beef up the interior defense. So the Suns went out and signed another shooter in Grant and released their best interior defender Thomas. And why? Luxury tax issues. Can’t have it all in the NBA, can we?

    LA Lakers – Altercation at yesterday’s practice? Who was involved? DaBoss thinks it was Vladimir and Sasha in a slapping fight and has video to prove it. Some felt it was Coby Karl arguing for a better seat on the bench, others have speculated Jim Buss came by to see the Lakers practice for the first time in his life, and told Rambis he had no idea how to coach young players.

    Fatty’ Wish: It was the Laker Girls, in a full squad, all out cat fight, with LD2K filming.

    Key Match Ups of the Game:

    Steve Nash vs. Derek Fisher, with his sidekick Jordan Farmar.

    Do I need to tell you how Nash has owned us, mocked us, made fun of us, kicked us, and beaten us. Tonight it changes. Nash will have his moments, but I can’t wait till Fish gets a charge on him, and Nash goes ballistic. Then to watch Kid Farmar blow by him to the basket will be sweet.

    Fatty’s Take: Who will Nash kick tonight and then claim it was an accident?

    Diaw vs. Ronny: Best friends will embrace and do that Frenchy kissy stuff before the game. But once the game starts, Ronny will be, “how do you say, a monster?” and french fry Diaw.

    Amare vs. our Center Combo of Kwame, Bynum, and maybe Mihm.

    We know he’s quick and has developed a nice shot. But can we make him play some D and maybe pick up a few fouls? He may be a little slow coming off knee surgery. This one is intriguing.

    Barbosa, Bell, and Grant vs. Kobe.

    Fortunately Kobe doesn’t have to play all of them at the same time. But if had to, he would still win. Did you see Kobe’s after practice interview discussing Laker defense? This man is focused. This is the stuff that Kobe loves. He is feeling it. He is on a ‘Kobe High’. And soon to be a highlight film at a You Tube near you.

    Game Strategy: Slow the game down, hustle back on D, pound the ball down low, run the offense, and let Kobe pass the ball to a wide open Fish for the game winner. As Kwame will say in the post game interview regarding the win, “It was a piece of cake.”

    Cheer for Tonights Game:

    Kill the Suns!

    Kick’em in the buns!

    Game Prediction: Without Lamar Odom it will be tuff, but I predict the Lakers will beat the Suns down in their own house, and make them cry. Love to watch Raja pout!

    Go Lakers!

    GAME PREDICTION CONTEST: As Mr. Miyagi said to the The Karate Kid, on Okinawa, before the big fight. “This not practice, Daniel-san, is real thing” Its race for the Hoodie time. 15 games of a grueling competition. As we learned in the movie Highlander, “There can be only one.” If you think you are good enough to wear the ‘Hoodie’, and be ‘The One’, don’t miss a game.

    Tonight’s challenge. (Just copy and paste. Put your answer in the preview thread)

    1. Game Winner (5pts):

    2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):

    3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):

    4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):

    5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?

    6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):

    • Carlo

      my first ever post here in TLN :p
      1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): KB24

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers 9 or 14. Suns 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 5 points

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

      ^^ Welcome. :D

    • steve

      Fatty …a laker girl all in pillow fight….nice

    • kb24mvp

      lol can i be there(saw em at the opener the fine,im glad they dropped like 16 they got better looking ones this yr,its a good yr for the laker cheerleaders,man if u wer ther uda seen em werin ther tite leather/spandex oufits WOOOOOOOOOOWEEEEEEEEEE)lol i saw ld2k and hzm and i think 1 other of the staff at the gm they wer talkin in da front after the gm and they wer makin fun of my uncle and friend for wearin a mj and larry bird jersey,and my other friend was kinda drunk and he talked to them it was funny.

      1-lakers( SUNS CAN SUK MY B@LL$)FUK RAJA BUCHER BELL!!

      2-KOBE(DUHHHHHHHH)

      3-KWAME(HE GONNA PLAY THE MOST AT CENTER I THINK)

      4-luke(hope he plays better)

      5- 14 for the lakers and a fat 0 for suns(ez question)

      6-lakers by 6(99-93 they wanna slow em down kobe said and they can do it i believe)

      GO LAKERS F U K UP THE B!TCH @$$ SUNS!!!!

    • drew

      1. Game Winner: Lakers
      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe
      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Kwame
      4. Lakers Assist Leader: Kobe
      5. Trivia Challenge: Lakers 1 in the NBL, 14 in the BAA/NBA, total=15
      Suns= A BIG FAT 0
      6. Margin of Victory(bonus): 3

    • Soysauce43

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers have 14 NBA Titles while the Suns have nada!

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 7 points in favor or LA

    • HiYo2o

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame Brown

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke Walton

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers 14 Suns 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 6 Points

    • two0one7

      Yes! I’m officially a member!

      Ha, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love your witty, humorous write ups, fatty.

    • two0one7

      Regarding the trivia question, I’m sure you asked that easy question just so people here could get the pleasure of writing 14-0.

    • lakerfan81

      I do like the pillow fight but why would Phil want to break it up? Maybe he couldn’t get there fast enough to watch it all.

      1. Lakers (I couldn’t bring myself to pick the suns even if everyone on the Lakers was injured and the starting line up feature, Phil, Rambis, Jim buss and 2 lakers girls).
      2. Leading scorer: Kobe
      3 Leading rebounder: Kwame
      4 Leading assist For the game Nash, for the Lakers Kobe
      4 Trivia: Lakers 14, Suns: Why don’t you ask Nash and Amare about last year against the spurs. Maybe they will whine some more about how unfair it was and that they could have beaten the spurs.
      5. Margin of victory: 6 pts 103-109

    • kyler_hay

      Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):luuuuuuuke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Suns have 0 Lakers 15

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts win by 2

    • gugy

      You guys are very optimistic. If the Phoenix still have the chemistry from last season we are going to be trashed by them.

      Sure, I want the LAkers to win, but, boy that sounds hard to happen. Specially with all this mess up in the air. KOBE needs to make his mind. Go to Chicago or stay with the LAkers this season. This uncertainty is killing the team.

      Make you mind man!

    • KOBESno1FAN

      1.Lakers(by 11)
      2.The KOBE “one and only” BRYANT
      3.Kwame “no talent” Brown
      4.Kobe Bryant
      5.14 for the best team ever the LAKERS and a 0 goose egg for the garbage suns!

    • mp

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? MPLS=5 LA LAKERS=9 and SUNS= BIG FAT NADA 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Kobe’s old number 8

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog Roko

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):Farmar

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): 10 for the Lakers , 0 Suns

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Lakers by 7

    • MILO

      The key for the Lakers to beating the sun’s is to not alow Shawn and Amarre to get easy fast-break dunks.Who ever is guarding these to need to stick to them at all times so that they cant cherry pick because they like to lag it behind on their half of the court and have Nash pass them the ball before the Lakers get back on defense.Oh and it will also help if the Lakers can hit wide-opened shot’s (Cook,Sasha,Evans,Vlady if he’s playing???What happened to him???

    • MILO

      Can anyone fill me in on what happened to Vlady???

    • e

      its been a while since ive felt so good about the game alone…long time since we’ve played those nut$acks…lakers are gonna take it tonight!

    • Brillus

      1. Lakers
      2. Kobe
      3. Bynum
      4. Kobe
      5. 9 to 0
      6. 10 points

      Go LAKERS!!

    • lakerfan81

      Vlad has the flu that is why he was on the IR. I would suspect (or hope) that he will take Cooks spot when he is better.

    • fatty

      Milo,
      Vladimir had the flu on tuesday. Well at least that’s his story. lol

    • LAnative4life

      1. Game Winner (5pts):

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame brown

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): D fish

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?
      14 for the LAKERS and wait, a fat 0 for the Suns
      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):
      lakers by 4

    • LAnative4life

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):D fish

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?
      14 lakers, 0 suns
      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):
      lakers by 4

    • osm0nd

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Phoenix

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):Kobe

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?Lakers 14 / Suns 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):5

    • MILO

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      umm so is he expected to play???

    • lakerfan81

      Wow so many people are optimistic today. I picked the Lakers because I couldn’t bring myself to pick the suns. I think that if Odom were healthy that the Lakers would win but without Odom to dominate Marion (as he does) it will require a huge game from from Bynum, Brown and Turiaf. Also Farmar will have to be able to slow Barbosa down when the second units are in.

    • fatty

      Milo,

      NBA lists him as probable, which I think means yes he will play.

    • Shaq786

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): turaif

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): d-fish

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): 14 for the Lakers , 0 Suns

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Lakers by 7

    • kobefan2408

      1. Game Winner (5pts): suns (I hope I am wrong)

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?13 for lakers 0 for suns

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):10 (god I hope I am wrong)

    • steve

      1..game winner…LET ME GET A BUCKET…..suns..14 points
      2..high scorer..kobe
      3..top rebounder..kwame
      4..assist leader..luke
      5..margin of victory..14points
      6..trivia..14 lakers…suns..a dounut
      7.. steves wish..laker girls beat suns girls in half time pillow fight

    • http://myspace.com/lakersdynasty999 Steve Avery

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers have 14 NBA Titles while the Suns have 0!

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 9 points in favor of PHO

    • http://bustedquad.com/forum Caleb

      1. Game Winner (5pts): THE LAKERS!!!

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? LA-14, Suns-(lol) ZERO
      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 6

    • Ankit

      1. Game Winner (5pts):LAKERS

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):KOBE

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):KWAME

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? 5+9 for lakers and 0 for suns

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):4

    • gugy

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers have 14 NBA Titles while the Suns have nada!

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 8 points in favor or Suns

    • TonyStarks79

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Fisher

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers have 14 NBA Titles while the Suns have nothing.

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 7 points in favor or Suns

    • lalakerfan

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Brown

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? 14 for the Lakers. 0 for the Suns

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Lakers +6

    • lakersfan17

      1. Game Winner (5pts):

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts):Walton

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?Lakers have 14 because there cool like that and the Suns have 0!

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts):10

    • lakersfan17

      Edit:Forgot to put the winner in minds Lakers win.

    • lakerfan81

      Couple of very interesting Links.

      One by Rolan Lazenby:

      http://lakernoise.com/2007/11/02/for-better-or-for-worse/

      on from Blog-a-Bull

      http://www.blogabull.com/story/2007/11/2/0153/07648

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

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts):Kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? LA 14 Suns 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Lakers win by 4

    • http://theworldvoice.com LUUUUKE

      i’ll be satisfied if we lose by less than 10

    • pr0mega

      1. Game Winner: Lakers
      2. Lakers High Scorer: Kobe
      3. Lakers Top Rebounder: Kwame
      4. Lakers Assist Leader: Luke Walton
      5. Trivia Challenge: Lakers =15
      Suns= 0
      6. Margin of Victory(bonus): 7

    • http://www.myspace.com/jammastaj59 Jsahmad

      1. Game Winner(5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer(5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Luke

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Fisher

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers 14 in BAA/NBA, 1 in the NBL.. Suns 0

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): lakers by 4

    • MILO

      [Comment ID #16063 Will Be Quoted Here]

      thank you!

    • MILO

      [Comment ID #16061 Will Be Quoted Here]

      thank you!

    • MILO

      [Comment ID #16093 Will Be Quoted Here]

      sorry i quoted the rrrrong person thank you anyway

    • Davey

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Lakers 14 Suns 0

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Lakers by 1

    • DavidLe

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts):Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kobe

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe
      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Lakers 14 Suns 0

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): Suns by 6 or more

    • Shakobe22

      1. Game Winner (5pts): suns :(

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?: Lakers-14, suns-0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts: 8 pts.

    • Yoni

      1. Game Winner (5pts):Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Luke

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns? Lakers have 14 Suns have 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 4

    • Tim

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Phoenix

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Jordan Farmar

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? How many for the Suns?
      Lakers has 14 titles, Phoenix has none

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 10 points

    • Chosen One

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Phoenix Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): 14/0

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 12

    • Billy Kupchak

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Phoenix Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Ronny Turiaf

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? 14 How many for the Suns? 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 8

    • GetBisonDele

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame Brown

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Fisher

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): 14/0

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 9

    • http://ld2k.com LD2k

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Lakers

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Andrew Bynum

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): 14/0

      6. Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 5

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

      1. Game Winner (5pts): Suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder (5pts): Kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (5pts): Kobe Bryant

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): 14/0

      6 Margin of victory bonus (10pts): 12 points

    • ab4sure

      1. Game Winner suns

      2. Lakers High Scorer kobe

      3. Lakers Top Rebounder kwame

      4. Lakers Assist Leader (walton

      5. Trivia Challenge (5pts): Two part. How many titles for the Lakers? 14How many for the Suns 0

      6 Margin of victory bonus 7

    • fatty

      Posting is closed. Enjoy the game.

      Go Lakers!