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The Blessings of Back Pain During a Lakers Win!

10 November 2012 Leave a comment

I don’t know how much of a Los Angeles Lakers fan you are, but I was nearly immobile, and incapable of even the slightest movement, with excruciating pain, and therefore became very content to FOCUS all of my attention on the Los Angeles Lakers last night!  And they played great!  Catch a replay, if you missed it – unless, of course, you can’t, because you are still stuck in a DirecTV contract (I feel your pain.).  I don’t know what I would have done without being able to preoccupy myself with something I could focus my attention on for a number of hours.  At times, I would tweet – if the back spasms were minimal.  But never did I stop rooting for my team to win!  And win they did, just like James Worthy and Coach Dave Miller on the TWC SportsNet Pre-Game Show” had predicted, just like “we the fans” knew they were capable of, or knew that they should be capable of doing! Final Score: Lakers 101, Warriors 77.

Even this morning, I am still wearing a back brace for confidence to move with strength and not cause further injury: I wonder if that’s some of what limits Dwight Howard from playing at 100%?  I am literally unable to stand up and finish washing all of the dishes in the kitchen and place them in the dishwasher.  I returned to the comfort of my California King Bed, flipped on the TV, sent a text to the neighbor to see if we could be of any assistance with them and “child care” issues, and my youngest daughter waltzes into the room, in her typical “happy-go-lucky” manner, as I am cringing in pain, on & off, to ask: Do you want the laptop computer?

I had no idea that I would begin writing any thoughts onto my Lakers blog this morning – these thoughts are not pre-meditated, in any way, shape or form!  And that might make them seem “goofy” or “strange” – my apologies!  But I am listening to a repeat of last night’s Post-Game Show on TWC SportsNet as background noise, knowing I had already seen it “Live” last night!  You might be snickering at that, knowing some of you whom I work with who won’t or don’t write comments here but might be reading for opportunities of laughter at my expense. smh

The Lakers win!  The  L a k e r s  win!  Check the Box Score: It’s true!

Yes, Bernie Bickerstaff is now undefeated as a Lakers head coach!  Yippeee!!!!

But will the chants of Lakers fans at Staples Center (“We want Phil!  We want Phil!”) be fulfilled?  Stay tuned!

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Lakers Pre-Season Progress 2012: 10/16

16 October 2012 1 comment

No true Lakers fan is actually worried that we haven’t won a pre-season game, yet, right? We have new players, veteran players, a new offense to learn, a task master for a head coach – who actually gave the players a day off Sunday! – and all that the naysayers can say is: “They haven’t won a game yet.” Really? C’mon!

I might be willing to listen to those who are capable of breaking down their 3rd Quarter collapses on defense, which is truly the only concern going forward, for me, at this time. But that’s been the point in the games so far that Brown puts in his 2nd tier players. Can the Lakers defend? Can they get back defensively off the offensive set they are trying to learn? Does the Princeton Offense put them in a vulnerable position if they don’t rebound a missed shot? That might be a concern to comment on. And then last year’s memories of a non-existent bench comes to mind: Will Antawn Jamison & Jodie Meeks help the back court from being so anemic? Will they contribute in a meaningful way? Or will bench players merely put fingers in the dike of a slowly diminishing lead until we can get starters back on the court?

Another wrinkle in the Lakers season is their association with TWCSportsNet! The breakdowns of the game before, during & after with James Worthy & Coach Dave Miller are fantastic! If you watch the replayed, “encore performance” of Lakers games like I do, the Lakers new home for TV home & away inserts player & coach interviews at key segments of the game: it’s brilliant! Concerns: Jordan Hill’s recent injury is a setback for him, personally, but it’s also a red flag for the Lakers, potentially changing their decisions on who to keep moving forward in the event his return is delayed…

Yes: There are questions to be answered about the success of the Los Angeles Lakers moving forward, in their constant push toward putting another championship banner in the rafters!

But the positives far outweigh the minuses at this point in the season: Kobe Bryant is “elated” that he can just be a Shooting Guard with Steve Nash running the floor! Steve Nash will make everybody better! He’s that good – check that… Steve Nash is that great! Will his back hold up over the course of the season? I’m hoping our elite training staff can do for him what needs to be done, to match or surpass his previous experiences at Phoenix & Dallas. And speaking of medical/training staff: Can anybody explain how it is possible that Dwight Howard might be available prior to Christmas? The word is he could actually be available for playing time prior to the end of the pre-season! If Dwight Howard is able to start the season at 80%, especially with the loss of Jordan Hill due to a herniated disc, The Lakers will be in great shape to take the division title, possibly the conference title! Sorry, Clippers fans.

In the absence of Dwight Howard, Robert Sacre has played very, very well! I like Andrew Goudelock’s shooting ability, but his defense is still suspect. I’m not a fan of Darius Morris, Steve Blake, or Chris Duhon, however; so, the backup Point Guard position is still “weak.” Darius Johnson-Odom seems to be well-liked by the coaching staff. I’m hopeful a veteran like Chris Douglas-Roberts will bolster the bench. My only question is: If Leandro Barbosa played effectively beside Steve Nash before, and he is still available now, isn’t his speed & scoring ability of interest? Do we need him in the playoffs to offset the speed of Russell Westbrook, for instance?

There are questions, no doubt, about how the Lakers will come together: thankfully, unlike last year’s lockout-shortened season, Coach Mike Brown has time to mold his squad into a team that starts the season with a running knowledge of the playbook! I like what I see: the top 12 players to be kept seems obvious, auditions being held for the rest who might be kept on a D-League team.

Lock to Make Team: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace (who’s in shape, playing great, by the way!) – definitely the Starting 5.

Bench Players: Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake, Jordan C Hill, Robert Sacre, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Darius Johnson-Odom – that’s a total of 12, so far.

Who else? Chris Duhon? Darius Morris? Andrew Goudelock? Is a trade in the works?

I like what GM Mitch Kupchak has put together for Mike Brown to work with! I love the coaching staff!

What’s not to like about The Lakers for 2012-2013?

Let’s go, Lakers! Let’s go!

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