Tag:Los Angeles Lakers
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:49 pm
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Bynum will start when he gets back

Posted by Matt Moore

Andrew Bynum should be back soon. No, really. Quit looking at us like that. He's seriously on track this time. It's different this time! Honest!

Anyway, the question is, with Lamar Odom playing lights out, and the Lakers, you know, destroying everything in their path, Will Bynum start when he returns? Well, it would interrupt chemistry, and Odom's definitely earned the minutes, and you don't fix it if it's not broken, so naturally yes! He will start when he gets back. From ESPNLA :
"We like what we see from these five guys [in the starting lineup]; however, there are extenuating circumstances with Drew," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "He has a knee that [puts him] in a situation [where] he's got to get himself prepped before a ballgame. He wears a brace because of it and, as a consequence, once he's warmed up you hate to have a guy sit down for 15 minutes and cool off and have to start all over again."
So thanks for everything, Lamar, but we kind of need Bynum to keep that knee warmed up for the ten to fifteen minutes he's available.

I'm kidding, of course, it's a reasonable approach, and besides, Odom's never chafed at coming off the bench. This team is deep enough, they could have a gigantic asteroid smash through their chemistry and still beat most opponents by 15. That's how good this Lakers team is. And when Bynum gets back, they'll be even better.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:12 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Game Changer 11.4.10: Can't Stop Dirk

Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer .

THE BIG ONE: DIRK AND COMPANY GET IT DONE AGAINST DENVER

The trap we often fall into when evaluating great performances is that somehow, the defense was useless. That they were pathetically overmatched by the greatness we just witnessed. But in truth, it's often a great performance in the face of great defense. Great players hit tough shots and figure out a way to get it done. And that's what Dirk Nowitzki did against a surprisingly good defensive approach from the Nuggets. Rookie Gary Forbes and Al Harrington did everything they could, had position, got a hand in his face, and Nowitzki just kept working them over with the fadeaway. There were a few times when questionable switches and assignments doomed the Nuggets. J.R. Smith trying to defend Dirk? Aaron Afflalo? That's not going to work, kids. He may be "Euro-soft" or whatever (averaging 9.8 rebounds this season), but he's still 7 feet. And he took advantage of it.

But the Nuggets hung around, getting good perimeter contributions, and had a shot to win it with time expiring. Their offensive set of choice? Contested jumper for Carmelo in ISO. Clang. Ballgame. Don't get me wrong, Carmelo's a fantastic clutch scorer. But not even a post possession or a pick and roll or anything? Just, here, try and nail it over your guy, Melo? And that's why Dallas usually finishes with a better record than Denver.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES:

Kobe Bryant: 30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 turnover. Took 22 shots to get there, but who cares when he's producing that many points in total?

Monta Ellis: 39 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals.

Deron Williams: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists

Dwight Howard: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks in 23 minutes.

Tim Duncan: 25 points on 13 shots, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocked shots, 6 turnovers

SO RISES A NEW POINT:

Baron Davis is out because he is out of shape, which surprises no one. But what is surprising is that in last night's win, yet another membe of the Kentucky 5 showed up to make the case for being a legit NBA starter. Eric Bledsoe stepped in and dropped 17 points, 8 assists, and 2 blocked shots as the Clippers got their first win. The kid's got moxy, we'll give him that. Bledsoe at times elected to take contested 3s with time on the clock. But he also got things going, ran the offense, and was very efficient for a rookie starting. All this and the Clippers blew out the Thunder like they weren't even there. It's not a small element if Bledsoe can become the point guard of the future for the Clippers. That makes them a much more complete team and gives them a 1-2-3 punch with Gordon and Blake Griffin.

THE Jazz BAND IS BACK ON STAGE:

Things looked bleak for the Jazz as the season started. But in their past two games, they've absolutely annihilated their opponents, as they did to the Raptors last night. The Jazz dropped 66 on the Raptors in the first half and that was all she wrote. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, or as I like to call it, Aul Jeffsap, dropped 48 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and a block on the Raptors, on a night where Andrea Bargnani was actually rebounding. There were so many questions about how those two would work together, but at least early on, they're monstrous offensively. Jefferson's savvy and poise is offset by Millsap's explosiveness and tenaciousness. The Raptors had no return volley and that was it.

VIDEO-A-GO-GO



WHAT YOU MISSED:

KB says KG can still make this right . Bogut and Garnett got into it . And Steve Nash is not retiring .

3-BALL, CORNER POCKET:

Richard Jefferson nailed 4 three-pointers from the corner last night, and had himself a barrage from the arc.

Richard Jefferson hits four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter to beat Suns from 48 Minutes of Hell on Vimeo .

RONDO DO WHAT RONDO DO:

It's overtime. The Celtics need a bucket to get some space on the Bucks. So the Celtics go to their best option. Let Rajon Rondo create.



Rondo sets the play and moves to the left wing where KG is moving to set him a pick to clear baseline. Paul Pierce has his hands on his knees on the far wing, he's harmless. (HINT: He is not harmless.)



As Rondo comes off the pick, Davis is high, pulling defenders away from the basket. Ray Allen sets a pick low, and because it's Ray Allen, the Bucks rightly are concerned with keeping tabs on him. Meanwhile, they're trying to prevent the pick and pop from Garnett at 18 feet which is deadly. So you'll see three Bucks players creating a wall watching that pick and roll. The problem? There's no one behind the play to watch... the Truth, who has come hard off of that wing to the low cut. Rondo is dribble hesitating to pull Ilyasova out and freez him where he wants him.



Rondo's got one lane, over the top of the tall Ilyasova, to the bucket, without making Pierce go up too much. Pierce is nto really an alley-oop guy at this point, so Rondo's got to get it where Pierce can grab it and immediately go up to score. He's got a narrow lane, with a defender closing off the pick (and Garnett is still open if he want to opt for the pick and pop). Meanwhile, the Bucks have just realized they don't know where Pierce is.

Too late.



Look at all the space Pierce has when he catches the pass from Rondo. They've managed to create space right under the basket and all they need is a great pass from Rondo. Which he delivers on target.



Too easy.

See you tomorrow on the Game Changer.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:03 pm
 

Kobe sets Lakers minutes record

Hall of Fame guard sets record for minutes by a Laker, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Posted by Matt Moore


Kobe Bryant added another record to his sterling career as a Laker. Tonight Bryant played his 37,493rd minute, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time record in minutes played as a Los Angeles Laker. Kobe is now the all-time leader in minutes played by a man in the yellow and stylish purple. Pretty amazing for a player who's only 32. If you had a dollar for every minute Kobe Bryan has played as a Laker? Well, okay, you'd still be tens of thousands of dollars short of what Bryant makes per-game. But still, it would be a lot of money. You could buy something really nice.

So Bryant claims another record, one of what will continue to be many as he racks up the accolades in a stellar career. In a sport where so many players miss significant time, Bryant has been an absolute warrior to get to this point. And with as many years as he has in front of him? It may be a long time before any player surpasses him.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:37 am
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Daughter of Lakers owner, vice president of business operations and girlfriend of Phil Jackson says Hall of Fame coach likely not returning after this season.
Posted by Matt Moore


Getting Phil Jackson back for this season was not a given for the Lakers. Jackson took a good long time before making the decision everyone assumed he was. Who leaves with 11, and not 12? Who leaves with three three-peats, not four? Who lets Kobe Bryant go for six to tie Jordan without him? But still, Jackson wandered the Montana countryside for a long time before finally committing to coming back.

And from the indications from his girlfriend and daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, as well as vice president of business operations for the Lakers Jeanie Buss, this is "more than likely" it for the Hall of Fame coach.

From ESPNLA :


"I think it's really important to him to let these guys know that more than likely, he will not be back. It's weird how history repeats itself, but he left the Bulls as the league went into a labor dispute. Maybe that's part of it. The urgency is this year. Don't think we have time to win any more championships [together]. This is really the last one," Buss said to ESPNLA.com's Brian and Andy Kamenetzky on Thursday.

Jackson being in his last year can't be a surprise, and many assumed that was the case regardless. After all, winning 12 titles between two franchises, getting Kobe to match Jordan's jewelry, putting the nice round stamp on his career, what more could he want? It also means that you can bet LA's focus will be there. The Lakers have looked fantastic early on in their 3-0 start, not showing an ounce of rust. While they'll undoubtedly put the cruise control on as the season goes along, they clearly understand what this season means for this construction of the team, for Bryant, and for Jackson.

This is their biggest season, and this statement from Buss only underlines it.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Lakers owner supports increased revenue sharing

Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, says through a spokesman that he supports increased revenue sharing in the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliverjerry-buss  Whenever the issue of contraction in the NBA was raised during the last few weeks, one couldn't help but wonder whether it was a case of rich owners publicly bullying poor owners.  It's no secret that the league's franchises enjoy vastly different levels of success and that their interests might not be in total alignment during ongoing labor negotiations with the players' union. By floating the idea of contraction, perhaps, the league or some of its owners might be reminding struggling franchises that it's a privilege, not a right, to participate in, and profit from, the collective. Another hot topic along rich owner / poor owner lines is revenue sharing, whereby the team's most successful financial teams (usually those in the largest markets with the sweetest TV deals) help subsidize less successful teams in the name of the competitive good and league-wide stability. NBA commissioner David Stern has acknowledged that the amount of revenue sharing among NBA owners will increase after the next round of collective bargaining, to narrow the gap between teams that play in front of packed houses with movie stars sitting courtside and those playing in half-empty stadiums. While you might expect the large-market owners to protect their financial interests by toeing a stern line against increased revenue sharing -- or at the very least remain quiet about the issue in public -- Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register writes that Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers has publicly voiced support for increased revenue sharing in the NBA's next collective bargaining agreement.
So how much are the Lakers going to fight that revenue sharing? "Not only are we not going to fight it, we'll support it," Lakers spokesman John Black said Sunday night, "due to the benevolence of our owner, who is willing to sacrifice for the overall good of our league." There you have it: The Lakers, the league's royalty whose purple and gold robes already make everyone in the NBA some nice coin, are on-the-record on board with giving up a lot more. At a time when there's almost no good news coming out about how the NBA could avoid a lockout after this season, that's a definite something.
Is it just me, or does an alarm bell go off anytime you hear the word "benevolence" used to describe someone with power? The guy is an NBA owner, not a third-world dictator. He's willing to share a few extra of his millions with other millionaires, I'm not sure that qualifies, exactly, as benevolence. But this statement does qualify as a meaningful step in the public discussion. Even if Buss is trying to get in front of potential criticism, his willingness to address the issue is a positive sign. And Ding makes a smart point: the Lakers, as a financially successful team and one that is in the midst of a potential dynasty as the end of Kobe Bryant's career approaches, have arguably the most to lose on both the balance sheet and the court if there is a lockout. Here's hoping Buss, whose Lakers have stood as a model franchise for decades, means what he says, and that other NBA owners appreciate his message and follow his lead.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Report: Dampier to Rockets

Report says Dampier will sign with Rockets. Posted by Matt Moore

Our long national ... apathy may finally be over. Hoopsworld is reporting that Erick Dampier has made his decision, many moons after "The Decision", and will join the Houston Rockets as a backup center. The Rockets are at 15 players, so there will have to be cut to make room for him, likely Ishmael Smith. Smith may wind up in the Rockets' D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers who they use quite a bit.

Dampier makes for a valuable addition to the Rockets. Against the Lakers, when they had a center with size in, they flourished. Those players went out due to minute restrictions or endurance, and production dropped. They need that size, despite having an absolute plethora of bigs. Dampier gives them elite size to combat their opponents' bigger lineups. He's slow, old, and never been a great scorer, but he does his job and does it well. In limited minutes, he could pack a big punch for Houston, who has struggled in rebounding through their first two games.

Dampier had been pursued by Toronto, Portland, Phoenix and Milwaukee, with heavy talks of him signing with all three. But Dampier took his time, or those teams pursued other options, and so now Houston will bring him in and slide Chuck Hayes to backup power forward. The race for size in the Western Conference continues.


Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:55 am
 

Lakers Ring Ceremony: A visual retrospective

Lakers receive diamond-drenched rings to celebrate championship, fifth for Kobe Bryant.
Posted by Matt Moore

It was a sweet set of memories, each more delicate than the last. A team, brought together by fate, forged in the fires of comradery, celebrating their triumphant... okay, that's enough of that. So the Lakers got their rings last night in what was really a pretty cool little ceremony where they all introduced one another. Here's what happened, in a set of images to last a lifetime.











Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 1:16 pm
 

The Game Changer 10.27.10

Blake the hero, Ray Allen the alone, and Steve Nash is a sad panda in  the debut of the Game Changer.
Posted by Matt Moore


Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: Celtics Down Heat 88-80


We've already told you about what the Heat did wrong in frames . But if we look back at the Celtics' 88-80 win over the Heat, we need to examine the real cause for the first of what will likely be many downfalls for this Heat team as they figure out how to play together: the Celtics' excellence in execution. Boston brought their A-Game last night, and their comfort with one another was evident from the get-go. That was most evident when we look back at the game flow of rotations and see that Boston ran off a 7-0 run with Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Jermaine O'Neal. That's a astarter and four backups running off seven on a rotation for the Heat that featured Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and for a solid minute and a half, LeBron James as well. Another thing to take note of is that Ray Allen wound up with a -2 for the night in plus/minus. Now, that's largely because he was on the floor for the Heat's big run in the second half, and the Celtics wouldn't have won without his clutch threes. but if we're looking at how Boston was succesful, it was with big lineups that bruised Miami inside and worked their way to the line.

Boston's defense was everywhere and threw in a few more wrinkles. Typically the Boston defense rotates to challenge the pick and roll high, at the elbow or mid-post. But the Celtics, knowing James is too fast to attack at that point, chose to put the stop on James right at the rim, leading to two misses and a charge. And it wasn't just James that found a hard time at the rim. Boston collapsed in on any attempt by the Heat to get point inside. And how did Miami respond? The Heat took 50 jumpers to Boston's 38. Pretty much, Boston attacked the Heat in high efficiency areas and forced them to take low-percentage shots. And the Heat just kind of... went with it. And instead of recognizing that approach wasn't working, they just shot more contested jumpers.

On offense? Boston did what it does. Rondo's distribution, being able to drive and kick, and skip-rotate to open jumpers on the far side of the floor, set the tone for the Celtics. When you've got the kinds of weapons the Celtics do, and the Heat were supposed to have, and a distributor, things get much easier. Glen Davis was huge for the C's, with 13 points and 5 rebounds on 6 of 7 shooting. The Drunken Seal was simply hitting from everywhere, including his patented falling reverse. The Heat? They had no one of that ilk, and it showed.

The Heat's defense actually wasn't terrible, until right about when their offense showed up. They started to hit shots, then started allowing Boston to trade buckets. If it wasn't for Boston's turnovers, the gap could have been much bigger. Want the biggest indication of how out of whack Boston made Miami? The team that was supposed to get out and run constantly in order to help their super-talented athletes be themselves, had fewer transition attempts than Boston, 10 for the Heat to 12 for the C's.  Boston does a great job of attacking just long enough on the rebound, even if they've already lost the board, to prevent th break. There are no outlet passes. You're just happy to have the ball.

Problem for the Heat? They didn't have anything they could do with it once they got it.

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:

Luis Scola: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 7-18 shooting, +7 plus/minus

FRAMED FAILURE:


Hey, look Miami. It's okay. You have a lot to learn together. You need to work on so much to get in your rhythm. And Boston just hit a bunch of tough shots. I mean, what could you have done? Outside of, you know, not allowing Ray Allen to be wide freaking open :












Soundbyte Mania:

Steve Nash after the game on where the Suns are and how things are looking after their loss to the Blazers last night 106-92. Via Ben Golliver.



HERO OF THE DAY:


The Lakers needed something big. Steve Blake delivered from downtown. This is what happens when you're a member of the Lakers. Then, Blake goes to the other end and gets the key stop on Aaron Brooks, who decided to try and force something up even though he's not big enough to ride Space Mountain.




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