Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Answer This

Just wondering how many of you Laker fans out there are really Laker fans?

How many of you fans jumped off the band wagon because of a season that was poorly played by the Lakers?

For those of you who followed Los Angles all season, when did you become a Laker Fan?

How did you become Laker fans, and why did you become a Laker fan?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Lakers Will Pick 10th

- from the official site of the LA Lakers

There were no surprises for the Lakers on Monday. They had the 10th-best chance at selecting No. 1 overall and 10th is where they will pick at the 2005 NBA Draft in New York on June 28. Los Angeles had a 1.4 percent chance of landing the top choice.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Nash's Charity Game

Grouping together with some of the greats of basketball, Steve Nash announced that his charity game in Toronto will be going on this summer (July 29th, 2005). The group of athletes to participate will be announced in the following weeks.

The Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic is being put together in order to gain funds for an all-age, all-access basketball centre in Toronto. Athletes, music, and food will be present in this free admittance event.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

One Fan's Opinion

- excerpt from Lakers true fan Vaughn R Perkins

I've taken all that I can take as it relates to people dumping that has happened to the Lakers,on the shoulders of Kobe.I've heard people say how selfish he is and isn't a team player and that's pure crap and you're not very knowledgably when it comes to judging the game of basketball.Maybe if he had a better supporting cast,he would be able to show his true and full value.The Lakers haven't had a good supporting cast since the last championship they won.When you have a supporting cast the likes of Harper,Horry,Shaw,Fisher and Fox,guys you have confidence in to deliver the goods when you give them the ball.Ask MJ when he first started,how difficult it is to play on a team full of guys that you can't count on and you have to try and take things into your own hands.
To say that Kobe is selfish is pure idiotic because a player doesn't finish in the top 15-20 in league assists and from a shooting guard position if he's selfish.I distintly remember games where the game was on the line and rather Kobe take the last shot himself,he passed it to the open guy who was right at the hoop and the guy passes back out to a double teamed Kobe rather than take the open shoot and the Lakers lost a game they could have won.How can you have confidence in your team mates when they don't deliver when you set them up to do so.
When someone says that the Lakers won't be winners for a decade or so because of Kobe,that tells me that that individual has no clue nor knowledge about what it takes to develop a winning team.All Chanpionship teams,regardless of the era,have always had a good supporting cast to go around their star player and that's what the Lakers need to but around Kobe and then maybe he won't feel that he has to do everything and the Lakers will again be a winning team.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Kobe Bryant

Although the Lakers did not advance as we would have liked, we need to look at some of the highlights of the season and what was good about the team. Kobe Bryant has been for many years one of the most important assets to the Lakers.

Bryant was ranked second in points per game with a 27.6 average. During the 2002-2003 season, he topped this by making 30.0. He’s also ranked second in triple-doubles.

Originally, Bryant was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 straight out of High School. Bryant was traded to the Lakers in an agreement over Vlade Divac.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Jerry Buss on Lakers

- from FOXSports.com

L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss discusses Phil Jackson and the next coach of the Lakers, Kobe Bryant and his role in choosing that coach and evaluates Mitch Kupchak's performance as general manager.

Go to http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/team?categoryId=71087 to see more!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Preseason Opener in Honolulu

The Lakers are beginning preparation for preseason games. Their schedule is set to open these games in Honolulu, Hawaii (can’t get much better on location, right?). On this note, the Lakers are selling tickets to this event, so if you’d like to throw down $1000 to spend some time in Hawaii and watch the Lakers open, check out their website and get the information.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Camp Lakers 2005

- from the official site of the LA Lakers

Laker Fans, Camp Lakers 2005 returns this July to U C Santa Barbara. 2 sessions beginning July 5th will teach boys 9 – 18 to play like the pros! For details and an application, call the camp hotline at 310 426 6055, e-mail camps2005@la-lakers.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Okafor Wins Third Rookie Of The Month Award

- from the official site of the Charlotte Bobcats

For the third time this season, Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor earned the NBA’s Eastern Conference got Milk? Rookie of the Month award. Okafor, who also captured the honor in November and December, averaged 16.5 points and 12.4 rebounds in April.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Lakers Screwing Up

It is getting to a point where it is kind of embarrassing to watch the Lakers right now. Even though they continue to fight although their Playoff efforts are long gone, the Lakers just don’t give enough. Kobe and Vlade have watched their extreme games go to waste over and over; Kobe especially. I read somewhere that we have lost 16 out of the last 18 games. Now, that’s just depressing.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Lakers Can't Stop Suns

- from the official site of the LA Lakers

Caron Butler's dunk with 2:12 to go made it a two-point game, but the Lakers couldn't overcome the deficit and fell 108-97 at home Monday to Phoenix. Kobe Bryant posted 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds; Butler added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Camp Lakers 2005

For all you youthful Lakers’ fans, the team is putting together their annual camp to reach out to the youth. The camp is offered to children between the ages of 9-18 and can be attended for day or night camps. Camp Lakers was started back in 2000 and focuses on improving certain basketball skills in a fun, easy-going environment. It’s a great thing for teams to provide these programs for the youth to be able to get motivated in sports.


Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Lakers/Suns Preview

- from FOXSports.com

STANDINGS: Lakers - 3rd place, 23 GB, Pacific Division. Suns - 1st place, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Lakers - F Caron Butler, F Slava Medvedenko, C Brian Grant, G Chucky Atkins, G Bryant or Sasha Vujacic. Suns - F Marion, F Quentin Richardson, C Amare Stoudemire, G Steve Nash, G Joe Johnson.

TEAM LEADERS: Lakers - Bryant, 27.6 ppg and 5.9 apg; Odom, 10.2 rpg. Suns - Stoudemire, 25.7 ppg; Marion, 11.4 rpg; Nash, 11.5 apg.


LAST MEETING: Dec. 8; Suns, 113-110. At Los Angeles, Richardson made the game-winning 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left as the Suns rallied to win after trailing 107-94 with under six minutes remaining.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Lakers - 11-25 on the road; Suns - 26-9 at home.

INJURIES: Lakers - F Odom (shoulder); C Vlade Divac (back); G Tony Bobbitt (ankle); F Brian Cook (hand); G Bryant (shin); C Mihm (ankle). Suns - None.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Redemption, Finally

The losing streak has finally ended and in due time. The Lakers topped off the last 10 games with a record of 8-2; not all that saucy for team leader Kobe Bryant. With all his valiant efforts being shot to hell, it’s finally nice to see one pull through.

Kobe Bryant put in 32 points to rally the Lakers to a 117-107 victory against the New York Knicks. This puts down an eight game losing streak.

Stephon Marbury, who put down a record-high 45 points for the Knicks, had his effort go to waste.

"It was a good win for us. Any win was a good win for us at this point."
- Kobe Bryant

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Streak Continues

In their most recent game, the Lakers put in a valiant effort against the Jazz, but it was not enough to inspire flight. This makes game 6 in a losing streak that just doesn’t seem to falter.

Kobe Bryant put in 43 points and was the point leader for the Lakers. Bryant’s game was completely on fire. He made 9 of his first 11 three-pointers and put down his first 39 points in the first three quarters. His effort was shot in the fourth quarter.

"Nights like this just kind of come. I was really, really tired, exhausted before the game. I actually didn't wake up until about 45 minutes before the game. So, nights like this just happen sometimes."
- Kobe Bryant

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Lakers/SuperSonics Preview

- from FOXSports.com

STANDINGS: SuperSonics - 1st place, Northwest Division. Lakers - 3rd place, 16{ GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: SuperSonics - F Reggie Evans, F Lewis, C Nick Collison, G Allen, G Luke Ridnour. Lakers - F Butler, F Slava Medvedenko, C Chris Mihm, G Bryant, G Atkins.

TEAM LEADERS: SuperSonics - Allen, 23.9 ppg; Evans, 9.5 rpg; Ridnour, 5.9 apg. Lakers - Bryant, 27.9 ppg and 6.2 apg; Odom, 10.2 rpg.

SEASON SERIES: SuperSonics, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 25; SuperSonics, 104-93. At Los Angeles, Radmanovic hit eight three-pointers and scored 26 points as the Sonics ended a five-game losing streak at the Staples Center.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: SuperSonics - 22-9 on the road; Lakers - 21-12 at home.

INJURIES: SuperSonics - G Mateen Cleaves (thumb); F Damien Wilkins (knee); F Radmanovic (right leg). Lakers - G Tony Bobbitt (ankle); C Vlade Divac (back); F Devean George (ankle).

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Lakers vs. Bobcats

With only nine-tenths of a second left, Kobe Bryant sealed the deal with a win against the Charlotte Bobcats. Sinking a fade away jumper, Bryant brought up the score to 117-116, barely clutching the victory.

"They may seem impossible to you, but I feel like if I raise up and get a good look, it's a good shot. When you get a rhythm and the pressure comes, I feel like the basket even gets wider. It's just one of those things. It's a lot easier to make a shot when the pressure is on than it is in the first quarter sometimes."
- Kobe Bryant

Not only did Bryant score 32 points, 21 of them were in the fourth quarter. Bryant is one of the best clutch players in the NBA and he proves this on more than one occasion.

"This is the sixth year I've been with (Kobe) and it doesn't surprise me anymore. I was with another very similar guy in Chicago (Michael Jordan)."
- Lakers coach Frank Hamblen

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lakers Victory

In a 103-94 victory over the Pacers, the Lakers proved that they will not pull out of the race to stay in the playoffs. Five of the starters ended the game in double digits. The Lakers are currently 30-28, making them one-half game ahead of Denver for the last playoff spot.

Kobe Bryant, who is an unbelievable workhorse for Los Angeles, individually scored 37 points and retrieved 10 rebounds.

"I think our execution is getting better. The more we play and get used to the offense, the better we'll get at it."
- Kobe Bryant

The Indiana Pacers, underscoring throughout, starting lobbing too many three-pointers. The Pacers lobbed up 29, but only put 9 of those into the basket.

"It's a system that when you play from behind you end up taking a lot of 3-point shots. But 29 is clearly too many. We're going to have to be a little more selective and we have to find some ways to get the ball inside."
- Pacers coach Rick Carlisle

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Lakers vs. Celtics

In a very close game, the Celtics pulled out a little better in the long run. The final score ended at 104-101. Kobe Bryant was in range to score a 3 at the buzzer, but could not pull it off. This was kind of weird on account of Bryant being able to on the previous game Monday. It just would not go in and Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"If I was a kid back in the day in my backyard, I never would've missed that."
- Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant has been suffering with a sprained ankle, but has been fighting to stay in the game. When it gets too sore, he would just benched himself a little bit and come back in. Bryant ended the game with a total of 25 points.

Paul Pierce and Ricky Davis both scored 29 points individually to contribute to the Celtic victory.
"I felt good tonight. I came in ready and focused. It can get better than this, though. This team can be real dangerous. We've got the three-headed monster now. Antoine has been working and learning the plays to try to figure out what we are running."
- Ricky Davis

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Lakers vs. Jazz

I’m pretty sure everyone is glad that Kobe is back from the ankle injury he acquired on January 13th. Not only did he solely score 40 points and had eight assists, but he led the Lakers to a 102-95 victory.

"Yeah, I was gone for a while. So I needed a game under my belt to get my legs back and get my rhythm back. It's back."
- Kobe Bryant

Bryant had been out for a total of 14 games. But, coming back he has been doing pretty well. In the Lakers previous game, Kobe made 26 points. He is ready to keep charging with a fury.

Also, Bryant had no problem making the free-throws, making 15 of 19 from the line. He was pretty much unstoppable.

This cut pretty deep for the Jazz on account of not having two of their starters; Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko who were both out with sprained ankles. Utah had the lead for most of the game, only allowing the Lakers a charge in the second half. But, that was enough and Bryant took advantage of that.

Monday, January 31, 2005

a Sick Rudy and a Benched Kobe Won't Hold Us Back

From sports.yahoo.com:
Kobe Bryant took the seat on the bench left vacant by ailing Los Angeles Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

With Bryant cheerleading and supporting his teammates, Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins each scored 20 points and the Lakers beat the Bobcats 101-90 Sunday night to snap their first three-game losing streak of the season.

``Having Kobe over there was definitely a plus,'' forward Lamar Odom said. ``We needed to win, by any means. It was our longest losing streak of the year, so of course it felt good. Chris Mihm played really well tonight, and we needed a game like that from him. He was all over the boards, blocking shots -- he was everywhere.''

Mihm had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Tomjanovich was home with a stomach virus and assistant coach Frank Hamblen, the only holdover from former coach Phil Jackson's staff, guided the team. Hamblen's other experience as a head coach came in 1991-92 when he went 23-42 with Milwaukee when Del Harris was sidelined by stomach problems.

``I'm used to seeing Rudy jumping around and being vocal out there, so it was it was strange not seeing him,'' Mihm said. ``But Frank did a great job. He commanded a presence. He kept guys under control, made subs when he needed to and made sure we didn't panic out there.''

The Lakers are 4-4 since Bryant sprained his right ankle Jan. 13 in a victory over Cleveland. Bryant sat with his teammates for the first time since his injury because it was the first time he didn't need continuous therapy on the ankle.

Primoz Brezec had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who lost for the 17th time in 19 games and are 1-19 on the road. Rookie Emeka Okafor hurt his left ankle with 2:34 left and ended the game on the bench after scoring seven points and shooting 2-for-10.

``He got some open shots that didn't go down for him tonight, but I think it was a collective effort in terms of not making plays in certain situations,'' coach Bernie Bickerstaff said.

Kareem Rush, whose 21 points Saturday night against Toronto helped the Bobcats end a season-worst 10-game losing streak, scored 13 against the Lakers. It was his first game against his former team since being traded to Charlotte on Dec. 6.

I have nothing but great things to say about that organization,'' Rush said. ``I made a lot of friends here who I still talk to. I have only been gone two months, but it was fun.''

Rush, who received a warm reception from the crowd of 18,532 when he was introduced with the rest of Charlotte's starters, scored 10 points in the first quarter -- but didn't get another basket until his 3-pointer that trimmed the Lakers' lead to 63-56 with 4:38 left in the third.

``Kareem's a talented player. I know he's happy about being out there and getting a chance to show what he can do,'' Mihm said. ``I know he got some more playing time under Phil than Rudy, but that's kind of the way it goes in this league. Things happen, like injuries, then other guys step up and start playing well, and you can have your minutes taken away pretty quickly.''

Brevin Knight came off the bench for the first time in 30 games with the Bobcats and had eight points and five assists in 23 minutes, after missing the previous five games because of a sprained left ankle.

``He looked like a guy would look when he's been out for five games,'' Bickerstaff said.

The Bobcats, whose only previous visit to Staples Center resulted in a double-overtime loss to the Clippers, trailed the Lakers by as many as 18 early in the third quarter before closing to 65-58 with a 15-4 run capped by Knight's 14-footer with 3:35 left in the period.

``This team never surrenders,'' Bickerstaff said. ``We've been in all of our games, and this team deserves more respect. They've played well all year. Our record's not that good, but we're not a bad basketball team when it comes to competing.''

The Lakers restored their biggest margin of the game with a three-point play by Tierre Brown and an 8-footer by Brian Cook that gave them an 84-66 cushion with 9:54 to play. Charlotte responded with a 17-5 burst that included a 3-pointer and two free throws by Steve Smith -- his first points of the contest.

Okafor's free throw capped the rally and narrowed the gap to 89-83 with 3:54 left, but Atkins answered with a 16-footer and a pair of free throws that restored their double-digit lead with 3:25 left, and Butler finished it off with four points in the final 2:14.
Atkins stepped up again, when we needed it the most. There is no question that he will be playing a bigger role, even after Kobe's return. He has definatley proved his worthiness, but I fear that he will again go forgotten in the midst of Kobe's return. Lets hope that when Kobe does return it will help us, more than hurt us.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Bad news from Kobe...

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Los Angeles Lakers apparently will have to wait a little longer for Kobe Bryant's return.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Bryant could miss 10 more games with a severely sprained right ankle.

Bryant originally suffered the injury in the first quarter of a January 13 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He underwent an MRI which confirmed a severe ankle sprain.

The Lakers have split six games in the absence of Bryant, who is second in the league in scoring, averaging 27.5 points to go with 6.7 assists per contest.

Bryant is second in All-Star voting among Western Conference guards. He could opt to skip the All-Star game if his ankle is not healed, but the league may expect him to play if he returns to the lineup before the February 20 contest in Denver.

Following a four-game homestand which starts with Friday's game against New Jersey, the Lakers have a five-game road trip, then one home contest before the All-Star break.

Los Angeles (22-18) is in seventh place in the Western Conference.

This and the rescent 3 losses without him comes with much disappointment. Lets hope Chucky Atkins can do his magic against the league newcomers, the Charlotte Bobcats today. Pick it up Lakers, we dont need Kobe to keep winning!

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Kobe injured, Chucky Atkins steps in.

From sports.yahoo.com:
Chucky Atkins has been doing a pretty good Kobe Bryant imitation lately.

With Bryant sidelined by a sprained right ankle, Atkins scored 26 points and had 10 assists Friday night to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-101 victory over Golden State.

He's almost doubled his scoring and assists in the four games since Bryant went out, averaging 22.2 points and 7.8 assists to help the Lakers go 3-1.

``I don't have an explanation for it. I have constantly been in attack mode,'' said Atkins, who has been on four teams in six NBA seasons and is in his first year with Los Angeles.

``Every team I've been on, I have pretty much done the same things. I am just getting more minutes now.''

Atkins, who was 4-of-11 from 3-point range, has impressed Los Angeles coach Rudy Tomjanovich.``Chucky again was just tremendous,'' Tomjanovich said. ``He's just become a great, great penetrator and finisher to set up his outside game.

``His outside game has been fantastic.''

Atkins recently won over another ``fan.'' During the Lakers' 93-90 win over Minnesota, referee Ron Garretson told the Los Angeles guard that he knew he was good, but not that good. Atkins had 25 points and 11 assists that night.

``I didn't even know he was miked up (by ESPN),'' Atkins said. ``I got phone calls about it. It was funny. It's nice to have a general conversation with a ref without them screaming at you or you screaming at them.''

Two of Los Angeles' wins since Bryant was hurt have come against the Warriors, last in the Pacific Division and 3-17 on the road. The Lakers beat them 104-102 six days earlier in Oakland on Lamar Odom's driving layup with 1.3 seconds left.

This time, Los Angeles lost most of an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, with the Warriors closing to 101-99 on Jason Richardson's 3-pointer with 19 seconds left. But the Lakers put the game away on a free throw apiece by Atkins and Odom, and a pair by Caron Butler.

Odom added 25 points for the Lakers.Richardson scored 26 for the Warriors. Derek Fisher had 23 points against his former Los Angeles teammates.

``We are scoring enough to beat anybody, but defensively, we aren't making enough plays,'' Fisher said. ``We are letting people score too easily and too consistently, so that's where our focus has to be.''

Fisher got his eighth start of the season because Speedy Claxton was scratched because of a bruised right thigh. Clifford Robinson also sat out the game with stiffness in his lower back.

Golden State led 69-62 midway through the third quarter, but the Lakers rallied to an 81-77 lead and never trailed in the fourth.

Atkins scored nine points in the final 2:25 of the first half as the Lakers reeled off a 13-5 string to come back from a 46-39 deficit and take a 52-51 lead into halftime.
With Kobe out, Atkins really stepped in. It seems as if Kobe being out, is not affecting the rest of the team. It is not exactly known when he will be back in. But in our performces lately, I don't think it will matter. Keep up the good work Lakers!