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A Lakers Blog. Thoughts, reflections, and the odd rant on the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA (even the Clippers).

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By: Max

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 17:40:41 +0000

someone explain to me why kobe was given a game suspension. The league must have thought that was intentional?

By: kwame a.

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 15:08:56 +0000

Those two games were bitter, bitter pills to swallow, welcome back kurt, hopefully this re-aligns the stars in favor of the Lake Show

By: DYi

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:59:21 +0000

What's Smush's contract status? If and when he becomes a free-agent, what will his value be and will the Lakers move on or accept him? According to much of the chatter here, Farmar, while not completely ready now, seems to be the Lakers's future PG. With Smush's known propensity to pout and complain about PT, I wonder what the team chemistry impact will be once Farmar's PT rises and Smush's diminshes. I thought that a Steve Blake type of player would be a good fit for the Lakers, decent shooter, DEFENDER, just a solid player. But I bet Denver will lock him up come the off-season...but I would like to see the Lakers make a run for him.

By: Kurt

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 07:27:03 +0000

10. Bynum has gotten to take his lumps largely because Kwame has been injured. Without Kwame, Phil had no choice but to leave him in when he made a mistake. Farmar has not had that luxury, Smush and even Sasha have always been right there. Right now I think the offense is better when Smush is in, simply because he is a more consistent shooter despite his decision errors, Farmar is the the better defender. I'd like to see what the first team looks like with Farmar running it, but we haven't really seen that. Another thing, notice how Phil rarely takes pokes at Smush the way he does Radman or Bynum or others. I think he realizes how fragile Smush's confidence can be.

By: Gatinho

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 05:41:32 +0000

As Kurt pointed out, Smush is now compounding his defensive lapses by taking ill advised shots out of the offense. I know that he is instructed by the coaching staff to be aggressive offensivley, esp early, but his decision making difficulties have been bleeding into his shot selction. Nice work Suns, but 33 games in a row might be untouchable. The next closest streak is 20, 13 games less!

By: Dan

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 05:34:47 +0000

Farmar should get 20 minutes a game but shouldn't start. Smush is a back-up but right now should still be starting. I think that's fair enough.

By: Kas

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 04:58:07 +0000

Stupid suns lost. KG killed em.

By: JV

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 04:53:14 +0000

I don't know that i agree that Farmar is ready to start, but I don't think trading for someone like Miller is the answer either. Miller is smallish (only 6'2'') and has no outside shot whatsoever. He has nice post-up moves for someone his size, but that's not necessarily a valuable skill set in the triangle. He's definitely crafty and works great in a team with an up-and-down offense. As for our PG problem, I agree w/ Kurt that Smush is at best a backup PG. Great player for the contract value, but not enough defensively IMO to get us over the top in the west.


Tue, 30 Jan 2007 03:44:59 +0000

Farmar could start now. I think they are haulting his development by not letting him start. Take Deron Williams with the Jazz last year. He started off terribly while starting but then finished the year great. If Farmar doesn't play more minutes now, next year is going to be the year he takes his lumps, which is crazy when he can be doing the same thing this year. Just like this year has been the year that Bynum has been taking his lumps, let this be the year that Farmar takes. Throw him out there and let him do his thing. Smush most likely won't be here next year, so I really don't get their logic...

By: Muddywood

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 03:38:53 +0000

I'll take Farmar over miller any day. He is a winner and has WAY more upside. He will be our Tony Parker. Maybe better because he has a higher basketball I.Q. Just my opinion.