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2012-2013 NBA Season: Lakers Preview . . . (Blog)

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Lakers sign Nash? Yes, Steve Nash! The Princeton Offense Antawn Jamison high on new offense.

Eddie Jordan signed onto coaching staff a huge proponent of offense Jamison performed under him w/Wizards.

< August 21, 2012

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That was July. Here’s August:

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Superman himself, “Dwight Howard,” is now a member of The Los Angeles Lakers!

Bynum packaged off to Philly will improve their roster, Gasol kept – not dealt (as rumored yesterday): Wow!

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Mitch Kupchak: Are You Listening? Jim Buss: Are You Listening?

Let your GM go on a long vacation so that he can come back, after being reintroduced to his smile, and enjoy the fruits of his labor!

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What an incredible, magical day! UPDATED ROSTER Lakers set for run to Finals!

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Even after the trade for Dwight Howard, The Lakers still needed to secure a bench scorer at Shooting Guard as a backup to Kobe Bryant: They did! They had been working to acquire Jodie Meeks, which happened very quickly after the Howard trade was approved by the league. I wonder if there’s any coincidence in that timing? If there were players, like Dwight Howard before the All-Star Break (or Steve Nash who didn’t believe he could ever play a team he saw as his nemesis, even in the recent past), who haven’t wanted to come play for The Lakers because of a lack of interest to share the spotlight with Kobe Bryant… newsflash: Even Kobe recognizes these moves to acquire Steve Nash AND Dwight Howard are GREAT moves for the Lakers organization, moving forward, beyond Kobe’s remaining playing days…

An opportunity to play for such a legendary franchise as The Lakers should never be passed up!

Way to go, Buss Family! Way to go, Mitch Kupchak! Go, Lakers, go!

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From Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2012

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An Excerpt

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2012 NBA Playoffs

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The last team I expected to win the NBA championship in 2012 was The Miami Heat: Congrats, “Dream Team” – or, whatever you call yourselves.

I was absolutely, 100% certain that a team from The Western Conference would take the trophy. I mean, The Oklahoma City Thunder are that good! And you can never count out The San Antonio Spurs. If it wasn’t going to be one of those teams, I was confident that one of the Los Angeles teams would have come through: The Lakers would’ve been my preference, but The Clippers are also a very good team.

But The Miami Heat? With 2 Shooting Guards that demand the ball, and 1 Power Forward that plays Center, this team, with its 3 “stars,” is so unbalanced it just didn’t make any sense to me that it was even remotely possible for The Miami Heat to push through The Indiana Pacers and The Boston Celtics to even make it to the dance. Boston had them beat! But somehow the best player in the league, Lebron James, continued to overcome the odds and win games, in spite of the fact that Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were playing injured – so was Mike Miller! The Miami Heat don’t win this thing, this year, without exceptional performances from Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier and Mike Miller! Who knew?

I doubt they can repeat; but, they may be stronger, even deeper now with the signings of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Who will play Center? Will Dwyane Wade be effective off knee surgery? I don’t know. Nobody knows. But I don’t really care, either. Surprise, surprise – right? Yes, I am a Lakers fan!

I am a Lakers fan! I like what Mitch Kupchak has been doing with our roster changes: adding Steve Nash was huge, recently signing Antawn Jamison will become evident to all onlookers as a big deal once the season gets under way… Even re-signing Jordan Hill is an enormous part of keeping this team tracking in the right direction!

That Dwight Howard is always going to be talked about until he signs a long-term contract somewhere de-stabilizes The Lakers as an organization a little bit: quite frankly, I would prefer to keep Andrew Bynum, and hope & pray that he ages slowly and matures quickly! Steve Nash will make everybody better! If we could also sign C.J. Miles or Jodie Meeks, I think The Los Angeles Lakers will pose a serious threat to being in the hunt for the league crown deep into the playoffs for years to come!

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The Los Angeles Lakers 2011-2012 Season In Review

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May 23, 2012 | June17, 2012 | July 7, 2012 (Below)

The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to make a deep run into the NBA playoffs of 2012, again, in this crazy lockout-shortened, compressed, 66-game season but… they came up short.

I really felt this was going to be the breakout year of Andrew Bynum, but that didn’t happen (the link on Bynum is my first real effort at writing a blog for anybody following me on Twitter). However, his play has continued to improve each and every year, and the 2012-2013 season was no exception to that rise in his play. Yet, he isn’t quite able to keep his composure during double teams and triple teams – situations which still wind up in a turnover more often than not. Before the All-Star selection of Andrew Bynum for the first time, he was a dynamo! After the All-Star Break, his effectiveness seemed to taper off, as he began to dwell on negative feelings, demanding respect, believing referees should have been giving him preferential treatment like stars of yesteryear. Whatever, right?

Kobe Bryant could have easily won the Scoring Title, but he showed great class in allowing Kevin Durant to keep it – instead of playing in a meaningless last game of the regular season vs. The Sacramento Kings. Pau Gasol continued to struggle as the 3rd option, to 1) Kobe and 2) Andrew… I attribute this calculated mistake to Phil Jackson who changed things up during the playoffs of the previous season… But how else does Andrew Bynum grow into a dominant center? A nice problem to have, perhaps – The Lakers haven’t figured out how to fit these major pieces of the team’s puzzle together effectively, though. Is that necessarily the fault of our new Head Coach, Mike Brown? Maybe not. No training camp. No practices due to a grueling, compressed schedule… Maybe next year will be different? One can hope, right? But still, The Lakers were one of The Elite 8 Teams in the NBA! (Miami, OKC, San Antonio, Chicago, Boston, Memphis, Los Angeles, Indiana)

Getting rid of Lamar Odom didn’t work – for The Lakers, Lamar Odom, The Dallas Mavericks, the fans, for anybody… It crippled the ability of our bench players to provide any relief to the starters… Steve Blake as a starting Point Guard was a mistake: Ramon Sessions performed well in that capacity after we finally traded for him: that trade was more significant by its subtractions than its additions, however. Luke Walton and Jason Kapono had to go. When Derek Fisher left, that raised some eyebrows: fans, teammates, opponents. But, Ramon Sessions played better than Fisher was playing during the regular season. Getting a Point Guard who would actually take the ball to the rim, to help teammates attack the rim, it seemed to work – until the playoffs came around. The Lakers had moments where they looked awesome! Really. Yeah, I know: they didn’t always play “clutch” – yes, they failed in their bid to win a championship this year: some of that is due to David Stern voiding the trade that would have brought Chris Paul to Los Angeles for The Lakers, instead of The Clippers – I don’t imagine anybody who claims to be a fan of NBA action will soon forget that…

But during the playoffs, Sessions just got pummeled into submission by opposing teams: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller, Russell Westbrook, etc. He couldn’t continue to focus on leading the team as he succumbed to the pressures of the opposing defense making his life miserable: that’s when DFish would excel, in past runs to glory. But Jordan Hill was a huge help defensively, up front! I liked that trade, if not for Jordan Hill alone! He played huge, against OKC, in the regular season – forced into action when Peace viciously fouled James Harden. We have Hill’s “Larry Bird” rights, so hopefully we will match any contract offer he might receive from any other team. It remains to be seen how this team will look when the 2012-2013 season begins, after a training camp with Head Coach Mike Brown to be better prepared. Will Matt Barnes still be on the roster? Ron (Metta World Peace) Artest?

Mitch Kupchak has a lot of work to do if The Lakers will become a serious contender for a title again before Kobe Bryant gets too far beyond his prime, beyond his ability to play through pain. What will other teams do to get better through the draft and free agency? The Lakers seem mired financially in luxury tax problems they can’t escape: Is there any hope they will get better? Oh, wait: Steve Nash is going to sign with us? Is that true? Wow! Stunning. Unbelievable. I gotta go.

Go, Lakers!

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