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The Lakers showed that they had the desire, experience and toughness to compete at the highest level. These facts are some of the reasons that the Los Angeles Lakers challenged for the title in 2008, won it all in 2009 and will repeat in 2010.

A versatile and talented roster from top to bottom, that includes All Stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol has also meant a lot and Mitch Kupcheck needs to be applauded for that.

The roster number per game is 12; we all have a pretty good idea of who will be on the roster. Only question here is about potential additions; The Lakers signed Tony Gaffney, Mickael Gelebale, David Monds, Michael Fey and Thomas Kelati. Gaffney and Monds played on the Summer League team, but the question is will any of them make the 15-man roster.

It is too early to tell, but Gaffney and Monds have a good understanding of the offense. In addition, both guys have the size that Coach Phil Jackson likes.

Gaffney is a solid defensive player who ranked third in the nation in blocked shots (3.8) in his senior season at UMASS en route to being name the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player the Year.

The drive to repeat officially starts 20 days from now but today the pre-season and the first of two exhibition games against the Golden State Warriors begins. The Warriors can put up points in bunches but have endured being labeled team turmoil all off-season.

Training camp and the pre-season are dress rehearsals for the regular season. Los Angeles needs to knock off the rust and develop some chemistry with new addition Ron Artest as the starter at the three spot.

I’m also interested in the development of Adam Morrison. He was one of the principles in the trade who brought Shannon Brown to the Lakers. He’s a guy who can score but needs to hit shots consistently, and he could become an outside scoring threat. The same can be said about Jordan Farmar.

Several people in the media have stated that the point guard position is the biggest weakness on the team. I can see the argument but I disagree. What’s important to keep in mind is that Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic had disappointing years but it was the addition of Shannon Brown that solidified the guard rotation.

The clutch shooting and veteran leadership of Derek Fisher was also huge in bringing another championship to L.A. and that needs to be mentioned when the point guard position in L.A. is discussed.

The Lakers run the triangle offense and in said offense you don’t need a traditional point guard to run the show. The offense is predicated on ball movement, player movement and hitting the open man.

Tip-off: 7:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (HD)
  • Golden State: CSN (HD)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Golden State: KNBR 1050 (Tim Roye & Jim Barnett)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Warriors:

  • PF Brandon Wright (Shoulder)
  • PG C.J. Watson
  • Short Dog

    Finally. L A K E R S till the wheels fall off. Put it down. Put it down. Kick some warrior ass.

  • Kevin Cheng

    Can’t wait for today’s game:)

  • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

    I’d like Gaffney to make the team. He’s a shot blocker and a hardworker. His game looks alot like Odom’s

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Man, glad to see the Dodgers in the NLDS, but tonight, the TV is gonna be on the Lakers pre-season game fellas! Been jonsin for basketball for the last 3 months man! Can’t wait!

    Go Lakers!!!!

    And Sasha, you suck!!!!
    (this one’s for you bitch ass 23)

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    LETSSSSSSS GET READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • lil weezy

    The bird man is gonna tear it up tonight Adam the bird Morrison

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    Here is video from Tuesday’s practice: http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/091006practicereport.html

  • xtro

    1, 2, 3 Ring!!!

  • green-machine

    Lakers are going down this year. The Celts are too strong defensively for the lakers. The pitbulls are back in 2010!!!!!!

    • lakers2000

      You obviously have your head up your ass! Go back to your bitch site, baiter!

    • Short Dog

      look at this bitch. Fuck You! Its Laker Nation Puta.

    • Celtics Suck

      You guys BARELY made it past the Bulls last year! Oh boo hoo, no KG… But seriously… The BULLS!

    • lilkobe24_game_is_more_like_lilcobykarl11

      “Lakers are going down this year”… that’s right, going down in history as one of the best teams! Your Cockston Celd!cks on the other hand are going down on all fours! Your big 4 now, Gay G, Gay Allen, Pudgy Pierce, and Rash!t Wallåss are the limbs and your rajon condom is gonna take it both in the åss and the mouth. You guys will get prison raped by the Cavs and the Illustions in Orlando, you homos won’t even make it to the Championships to face the Lakers! So, fcuk you and your gay åss team!

      Go Lakers!!!!!
      Sasha Sucks!!!!

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        Yeah! I love it! Someone else is adopting the Sasha Sucks tag line!!!

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Green Machine, I believe you can count right?

      Ok Lakers had 118 points and Warriors had 101 points, so thats a 17 point win, which is also considered a blow out win.

      Celtics had 90 points and Rockets had 96 points and I believe that Celtics lost by 6 points. What a shame. Though the Rockets were without their 3 stars, TMAC, Yao Ming and Artest who now plays for us.

      And that cry baby Paul Pierce was boasting “We are the team to beat, we can beat Lakers” Ok maybe if you fake it again and go to the locker room to suck dick and come back rejuvenated, ok maybe. Maybe he is going to reword it “We, Celtics, are the team to suck dick, we kiss ass, heck we wipe it first, we suck big dicks, and the Lakers are going to kick our asses, I, Paul Pierce, am a dick sucking crybaby and take it from Doc Rivers and the whole team.”

  • green-machine is a fag

    The celtics aint shit. Its LA LAKERS ALL DAY. Psussy!

  • Juan c

    Hey since when is Adam morrison the bird man but he should be a improvement compared to no shot Walton

  • KB24ForLife

    *KNOCK ON WOOD*
    *KNOCK ON WOOD*

  • Short Dog

    What’s Up Fern Perro. Watch the game bro. watch the Dodger game too.

  • demon432

    anyone know where else this game can be watched? I’m not in CA and I dont think NBA TV will have it on..is there some place online to check it out?

  • Short Dog

    Whats up to you too baby GISY. Watch the game girl. Put your KOBE jersey on.

  • green-machine

    The last time I checked, didnt we spank the Lakers in the finals. That’s what I thought. Bring on the hate, while we raise another banner this year.

    • touchingmyself

      Ancient history dumbass! Last time I checked, you guys didn’t even make it to the Finals! Unless you’re there, you can’t say sh!t! And we took you guys in your own crib!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

    Can some one post a link to this game on this page. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers
  • D3

    Pass the ball to the bird man ole#6

  • Sai23

    Psychosis artest not bad for his 1st game

    • http://Lakersnation Marwan

      Sai23 trust me, after the next game you wont call him psychosis anymore, dont you think Artest now deserves more credit than that. He said he wanted to play for the championship and wouldve played free.

      You saw the team chemistry Kobe and Artest having laughs and talking on the bench and on the TLN page you saw a picture of Kobe and Artest side by side, setting up a play. You gotta give him more credit, this guy is our key to the ring.

      By the way, guys you see how Ariza is in a slump now, he hasnt scored 10 points in the 2 games combined. When he played for us, he used to average about 11-15 points per game. Just goes to show that he needs Kobe and Pau and he is going to kick himself for this somewhere in the season.