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  • tate793

    tate793 9:25 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Very fulfilling game to watch, And win.

     
  • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 8:57 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Oh Oh, if Randle can make that outside shot, watch out league.

     
    • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 8:59 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t think Randle called “bank attempt” on that one

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:07 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think as Julius’ confidence grows I can see him makin’ a living at the FT line.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 8:28 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Where be Lakers???

     
  • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 8:00 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Don’t know about the rest of yuse but, I’m seeing real improvement in every aspect of the Lakers play. Kudos to Byron Scott and the players, this might not be a lost season after all.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:08 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Especially on the defensive end.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 8:52 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I just saw Clarkson hustling back on defense with lightning quickness. Good grief, to have young legs and athleticism on the Lakers again!!

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 8:54 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They all seem to be buying into Byron’s emphasis on defense and I’m luvin it. :)

        • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 8:55 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Not bad for his first game back. I really think Lin is the straw stirring this team.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:00 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Lin brings a joyous energy to the game that’s infectious.

            • tate793

              tate793 9:24 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

              Gonna be fun watching Swaggy P and Jeremy on the floor at the same time.

  • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 7:33 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Davis with back to back blocks, Randle coast to coast, I’m thinking some crazy shyte right now.

     
    • For whom the bell trolls (trollman) 7:36 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Randle no look to Clarkson, Lin 2 driving scores, crazy shyte square.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:37 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s refreshing to see a player like Ed defending the rim while wearing PnG … haven’t seen that for some time now.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:38 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That was nice series of shots to end the 1st quarter. I like this second unit.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:44 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey Seely ,,, yeah, they do seem to play with a good level of energy.

        • tate793

          tate793 7:46 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The last few seasons, the bench has always seemed to bring energy, and, at times, outperform the starters.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 8:00 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hey Dub, guess a late night again for us huh? But this game has been fun….. worth staying up and setting aside my dissertation for.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 8:10 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, Seely … fortunately, I don’t have to get up early tomorrow so I can watch the entire game tonight.

      • NuggetsCountry (Director)

        NuggetsCountry (Director) 7:54 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Seely+GDub+Tate -- come play FBB!

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 8:17 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Never really had much interest in FBB, Nuggs. May change my mind on that later tho.

          • NuggetsCountry (Director)

            NuggetsCountry (Director) 8:23 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I hated it, but joined last year. I thought it a waste of time. I had a good time because it forced me to watch more of the league play. I still didn’t spend much time on it, as the Yahoo setup makes it easy to juggle your lineup with a one-click button. I have it setup so someone can do a lot or nothing. It is just clean fun and informative as to the players we don’t normally follow……..

            I have invited most of this blog, but only one taker and another guy who actually was well mannered to tell me he didn’t have enough time, this year. I would love to see most of us in here in it!

            Plus it has an auto-draft thingy where one does not even have to be present at the draft next Monday!

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 8:58 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

              If I’m able to watch more games and see more players in action then I might feel that I can make some informed choices and I’ll join up. We’ll see.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:59 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m in love with Ronnie and Jeremy!!!!! *muah*

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 8:11 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I hope Ronnie makes the team, I’ve liked his play so far in this preseason.

    • tate793

      tate793 7:49 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ed Davis has answered the Dalek’s call for help!

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 5:01 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Interesting note on J-Dub. My son and I went to see the KIngs play the Pacers in an exhibition game in Evansville, Indiana and we hung around the Hotel where the team was staying (so my son could get pic and autos). We saw Chris Webber and this balded headed white guy walk out to get some food. The Beckett my son had showed Williams with long hair, I didn’t recognize him leaving, lol! I though I had messed this up for my son, but I knew they had to come back and they did from the local McDonalds and both took pics and signed for him, very nice, especially Chris!! Whew, that saved my day!

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:13 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That saved your bacon alright DJ. :)

      Great Story!

      That Dr.John “Right Place Wrong Time” comes to mind. Hehe.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 7:20 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ya got that right! Yes, I told my son, I think that was J-Dub with Chris Webber, but he’s bald! Lucked out though, Dr. John!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:41 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:47 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:37 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “Baby” Oops that’s my Pacer connection with Reggie Miller back in the days, lol!

    • keen observer

      keen observer 2:06 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting how ESPN journalists who have covered Kobe, like Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin, have remained silent on the issue.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:30 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I always thought that Henry’s comments resonated as having a big dose of truth.
        Of course, things are never as black and white as he has made them out to be.
        I suspect Kobe’s has been a factor in certain guys not wanting to come here but
        that reflects as much on them as it does on Kobe. If Kobe plays well this year,
        we may see a change in perception, especially if Kobe is really going to retire.

        • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:51 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I have that retire date penciled in, I don’t see it as being permanent or certain.

        • mud

          mud 5:03 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          who won’t play with Kobe? D12?
          what’s all this “truth” stuff? i wouldn’t play with anyone who didn’t like someone hardcore about the game like Kobe, personally. have you noticed that even before all this, the current Lakers youngsters have ALL said how great it is to be helped and pushed by Kobe…

          anyone who actually wants to excel seeks out people like Kobe.

      • mud

        mud 4:59 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        doesn’t seem that surprising to me. talking points….

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:51 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Henry Abbott = unsubstantiated hogwash. It’s not Watergate, the kind of mud he was slinging cannot be held with zero named sources. An agent, some Laker insider, this guy I met at J.C. Penny.

      Why this passes for journalism is beyond me, anyone with a type writer could vomit out bile, that article was no different. Like Keen said on that thread: old news.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:51 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Heisler is well respected around the League.
      Yes, some soft willed fools like Goofy can’t handle Kobe’s strong willed attitude, but if we had more guys like Dwight in the Purple and Gold, we would have FIVE less chips.

      Keep shutting up the haters, Kobe.

      • mud

        mud 5:03 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        can’t argue with this ^^^

      • tate793

        tate793 7:09 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I never heard anyone actually quote Dwight as saying he “didn’t want to play with” Kobe, or, “left because of” Kobe. I’ve only heard assumptions, insinuations and speculation. Like another player, he was disgruntled with the system, played hurt and lambasted by fans and pundits. Interesting how that other player gets a pass.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:22 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Haven’t you heard, MVP 2014 is all about D12.

          • tate793

            tate793 8:17 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            What, KD’s speech?

            • tate793

              tate793 8:21 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

              “People will question all the good things they hear about you, but believe all the bad without a second thought.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:33 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Will Jeremy Lin close out games for the Lakers? 

    BY MARK MEDINA FOR INSIDE THE LAKERS

    The clock is winding down. The game is on the line. And because of those two variables, every single play magnifies.

    Kobe Bryant lives for those moments, cementing his 19-year NBA career that feature far too many clutch performances and game winners to count. But so does Jeremy Lin, who has admitted he cares more about finishing games than starting them.

    “You just love it,” Lin said. “As a kid you always think about hitting that shot at the buzzer or making that one game-winning play. When the game is on the line, you have a chance to do that.”

    The Lakers’ 114-108 preseason loss on Tuesday to the Phoenix Suns may have featured Lin’s first game back since nursing a left sprained ankle that kept him out for the previous three exhibition games. But Lin could not have provided a better audition tape on stating his case for finishing games after finishing with 15 points on 3 of 5 shooting and five assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

    Most of Lin’s production happened in the fourth quarter, where he posted 11 points and two assists by driving aggressively through traffic and organizing the offense. He scored seven consecutive points for the Lakers at one point that included a 27-foot three-pointer, a finger roll and a pair of free throws. And he played all but 11 seconds in the final period before fouling out.

    Lin provided the 8,037 fans at Honda Center plenty to cheer about beyond Bryant’s late-game scoring. Meanwhile, Steve Nash’s back remaining tenuous, while nine-year veteran Ronnie Price started for the fourth consecutive game. So will Lin close out games in the future?

    “This was more of a chance seeing him play 20 something minutes and for Ronnie to get some rest,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We’ll see how both those guys feel tomorrow.”

    Lin believes he will play when the Lakers host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in Ontario. Though the Lakers and Lin will not officially know until tip time in case of any unexpected setbacks with his ankle, Lin sure looked comfortable in his first game in the past week. Lin dressed the past even more toward the end.

    Lin brought life to an offense that often became stagnant whenever Kobe Bryant wasn’t scoring. Lin set up Lakers backup center Ed Davis for a lob and an open dunk off pick-and-rolls, a staple that the two immediately established before Lin’s ankle injury. Lin ran the offense to ensure enough floor spacing that eventually helped Bryant work in isolation on the wing before making three consecutive turnaround fadeaways. Lin

    “I’m a Jeremy Lin fan. I’ve been waiting for him to get back,” Price said. “He puts a lot of pressure on the defense. A lot of guys are happy that he’s back because he’s getting them open looks.”

    Even for someone who commands the ball, Bryant allowed and encouraged Lin to run the offense.

    “Jeremy makes a huge difference,” Bryant said. “Creating shots for others, we’ve got somebody else who can penetrate, make plays for others and put pressure on the defense. It’s a really big difference.”

    Yet, Lin downplayed about whether he fulfilled that job description to state his case as the Lakers’ closer at point guard.

    “It goes back to my overall mindset this whole season. I’m not trying to prove anything to any human out there,” Lin said. “I’m enjoying the game and playing for God. I’m very free mentally. I’m not even thinking about that right now.”

    Instead, Lin said he is thinking about something else.

    “Just trying to stay aggressive the whole game and make plays,” Lin said. “That’s how I like to play so as long as I continue to do that, I feel like over time, things will open up and the floor will open up especially as a point guard. You can’t just score all the time. It depends on what the defense is giving you.”

    Whether Lin will provide that role late in games hinges on a few variables. Can Nash restore his health and maintain it? How does Lin’s ankle hold up? Will Lin’s presence remain better suited with an energetic second unit or the veteran starting lineup currently manned by nine-year pro Ronnie Price?

    Meanwhile, Lin conceded the challenge in guarding Phoenix guard Isaiah Thomas, who posted 26 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 31 minutes. Lin also lamented fouling out after spending the majority of his offseason working on defensive drills.

    “It’s going to be a style that refs haven’t seen me play before in terms of being more of an aggressive and attacking defender,” Lin said. “I’d rather foul out now and then slowly build a reputation as a good defender who plays a certain way.”

    By that point, Lin had already ignited a crowd encouraged by his late-game heroics. He will soon find out if he will have more opportunities to close out games in similar fashion.

    http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2014/10/22/will-jeremy-lin-close-out-games-for-the-lakers/

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:35 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Even for someone who commands the ball, Bryant allowed and encouraged Lin to run the offense.

      “Jeremy makes a huge difference,” Bryant said. “Creating shots for others, we’ve got somebody else who can penetrate, make plays for others and put pressure on the defense. It’s a really big difference.”

      Great signs that Kobe will let Jeremy run the offense. Just have to limit the post ups and instead get more of those wide open jumpers from the elbows. Those are money.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:40 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good luck with limiting Kobe’s ball stopping post-ups.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:40 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think you have to, you’re always going to have to have 4 eyeballs on Jeremy. He can take into the Lane with no fear or he can pop it from the outside with the clock running down, with Shooters like Kobe and Nick Young out there and a big body like Davis or Boozer/and or Hill.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:11 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL!

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 2:15 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:17 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

              Maybe you should read more Scouting Reports, Keen. Or learn more of what you want to talk about.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:37 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

              BAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

          • keen observer

            keen observer 4:50 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You two guys take the cake.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:26 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Preseason Game 5 Postmortem 

    BY LAKERTOM FOR LAKERHOLICS.NET

    While the Lakers ultimately lost last night’s game in overtime to fall 2-4 for the preseason and continue to struggle to get healthy, there were some promising signs that bode well for Lakers regular season.

    1.  Kobe Bryant.

    Kobe may not have his game legs yet but I thought he played extremely well and showed signs that there is still a lot of elite basketball left in those old bones.  Kobe also seems to be understanding that he needs to be a more efficient scorer rather than the volume scorer he used to be.  I loved the wide open free throw line jumpers off down screens and what Lakers fan didn’t love the four clutch fade away jumpers in the closing 2 minutes.  The only concern were the 5 costly turnovers.  Otherwise, vintage Mamba.

    2. Jeremy Lin.

    Jeremy Lin is the best point guard the Lakers have right now and should be the starter.  What impressed me most was how well Jeremy ran Byron Scott’s muddled half-court offense.  While he would obviously be better in a faster paced, more wide open full court style run-and-gun offense, Jeremy did a great job getting the ball to Kobe, attacking the rim to get to the line, and hitting from long range.  Best of all, he filled up every category on the stat sheet (15 points, 5 dimes, 4 boards, 2 steals) without turning the ball over. So far this preseason, Lin has posted 19 assists with only 3 turnovers.  I was also impressed with his defense on Isaiah Thomas.  Jeremy did an outstanding job guarding him, especially in the 4th quarter.

    3.  Ed Davis.

    How do you keep this guy out of the starting lineup?  If the Lakers are going to start Jeremy Lin at the point, then they need to start Ed at center, move Hill to power forward, and bring Boozer off the bench.  Lin and Davis have such great rapport that they need to be on the court together as much as possible. Davis is also the Lakers only real shot blocking threat and needs to play starter minutes.  This is no disrespect to Carlos Boozer, who has played pretty well offensively, but this team needs to protect the rim and Ed is really our only true shot blocker.  Byron needs to make this change before next Tuesday.  The Lakers best front combination would be Ed Davis at the 5 and Jordan Hill at the 4.

    4. Wesley Johnson.

    Byron was right that Wes was good, bad, and ugly last night.  What an up-and-down stat line:  15 points on 6-10 from the field and 3-3 from deep, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocked shots, and 8 turnovers, mostly due to horrible sloppy passing.  Bottom line, Wes is starting to learn how to impact the game.  For the most part, he played excellent defense and his offense, especially his 3-point shooting kept the Lakers close until Kobe took over late in the fourth.  Small forward is the Lakers shakiest position so it was great to see Wes make progress.  Let’s see if he can do the same except for the turnovers tonight.

    5. Byron Scott.

    As everybody knows, I have been all over Byron for his idiotic comments disdaining the importance of the 3-point shot in today’s NBA.  While the Lakers did manage to hoist 14 3-pointers and make 5 of them, they still were outscored by 18 points from beyond the arc.  Hopefully, the return of Kelly, Clarkson, and eventually Young will enable them to turn the tide and win or at least even the 3-point shooting battle.

    On the positive side, I thought the Lakers defense the last game and a half has been outstanding.  Their rotations and challenging of shots at the rim and behind the 3-point line has been much better.  I have to give Byron great credit because we definitely do not have a roster chosen for their defensive prowess.  What helps greatly is having two point guards in Price and Lin who actually make an effort to prevent penetration. Huge improvement over the point guard defense from Kendall Marshall last year

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:38 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Lakers have no one to play inside-out with because none of our bigs need to be double teamed. Byron’s choice of words may have been incorrect, but all he meant was that teams who live by the 3, die by the 3 and don’t win championships and that would be correct. None of the recent champions fit into that 2009 Orlando Magic or Mike D’Antoni 7 seconds or less mold. Perhaps he should have phrased it that way, but the truth is that you are being a bit stubborn if you think that this roster can somehow play the “wide open” game that you repeatedly harp on. This roster would win 10 games all season if they played that way. Playing this way, maybe they’ll win 20.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:53 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There are move ways to play inside-out basketball than tossing the ball into a big in the paint. The modern game is more about spreading the floor with 3-point shooting so guys like Jeremy Lin can attack the rim and either lay it off to a big or pass it out to a 3-point shooter. That’s how the Lakers need to get wide open 3-point shots.

        And you are sadly mistaken if you think we can win giving up 18 -36 points per night on 3-point shooting, Oscar. The Lakers will end up shooting around 20 3′s per game before the season is done. Otherwise, we will end up with a top 5 pick and a new coach.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:56 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Exactly!

          We see the Pick and Roll has more than two options, sometimes P&R’s are used to see what a defense is doing, how they’re playing the match-ups.

          Clear to see Jeremy’s learned a lot about the Pick and Roll Game since NYC, he’s got a more refined approach.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:09 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m just saying that this roster isn’t built to fit into your mold, Tom, any way you slice it. Kobe said as much when he said they will play “smashmouth basketball.” Maybe when Nick Young returns, we’ll be able open things up some more, but right now we’ll shoot about 25-30% from downtown, and that ain’t gonna open up anything. At 32 games, the under is about as safe a bet you can make regardless of what they run on offense.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:26 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I don’t disagree that this roster is not ideal for shooting 3′s, Oscar. Not with Boozer and Randle as additions and losing 3 40%+ shooters like Meeks, Farmar, and Blake. However, the reality is that you have to take enough shots to spread the floor and looking back at last year, only the Grizzlies, with 2 excellent post up bigs, shot fewer than 20 3-point shots. The Lakers definitely have enough good long range shooters to end up in the middle of the pack in attempts, makes, and percentage.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 4:53 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink

              All I am saying is that without the need to double team bigs in the low post, our three point shooters will be guarded closely regardless of how many high screen-rolls are run. With Kobe clogging things up in the post, it will only be worse, unless our bigs clear out because Kobe will get double teamed. It is going to be a very long season, but at least progress will be made for the future. I saw no semblance of an offiense last night, just a bunch of guys standing around and not knowing where to go when they weren’t standing around. Prepare to see a lot more of that ugliness.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:17 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:19 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      WHITE CHOCOLATE!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 12:23 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mini-Pete! Was great fun to watch!

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:27 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yup. And I was glad he got traded. Even though Mike Bibby was Steady-as-She-goes, I thought that hurt their chances of winning a Title, especially when they had to get through us!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:35 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Worth a listen, Tom. It was crazy his work-outs as a 15 year old. Wearing gloves, practicing dribbling and passing for 4 hours straight.

        Didn’t shoot for 4 hours.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:44 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:11 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:13 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Agree to an extent. But a lot of people want to see what kind of shooter he is when he’s not going through picks (over/under) or those double screens.

      He is the best shooter in the game though.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:51 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:36 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:32 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:58 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a player eats is also important. Lakers diet doctor Cate Shanahan makes sure players eat the same food they would at home. To accommodate an airline’s culinary limitations, she opts for meals that keep well and reheat easily—like braised meats such as barbecued baby back ribs instead of steak. “The fats and the exclusion of most carbs help to get rid of blood-sugar fluctuations that keep people awake,” says Shanahan.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:01 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      When players lose sleep, Winter says, the body doesn’t produce the normal amount of natural growth hormone, which aids in recovery. That’s why Dave Ellis, a dietitian who has worked in sports for more than 30 years, recommends beets and leafy greens that are potent nitric-oxide producers, which he says “helps muscles get an oxygen-rich and nutrient-rich bloody supply.”

      Ellis also whips up a mean dessert: Greek yogurt topping a mixture of unflavored gelatin, tart cherry juice, a vitamin drink mix and a protein powder that contains alpha-lactalbumin (a natural compound found in milk). The concoction contains sleep-inducing melatonin and tryptophan, and slow digesting proteins for a good night’s rest and overnight muscle repair.“Hydration is also very important because airplanes are very dry, low-pressure environments,” Ellis says. “During the flight we continue to hydrate, but we want to promote as much uninterrupted sleep as possible.” Who wouldn’t drink to that?

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 1:27 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good stuff, Sean. We all should be eating a good amount of the foods mentioned, especially dark leafy greens. For hydration, I also think coconut water is an excellent source with which to rehydrate. In fact, I think that Kobe’s new sports drink has 10% coconut water as one of the ingredients.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:21 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:21 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You don’t bite someone by accident, no matter how it looks.

      “I felt his teeth kind of crush me in.”

      Luis Suarez ate Italian by “Accident” in the summer too right?

      • AK27

        AK27 11:45 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ain’t Suarez a “serial biter” ?

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 11:49 AM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah I thought so too. I have mutual acquaintances with ties to Liverpool. I laughed and laughed and laughed when he got transferred.

          He’s also had run-ins elsewhere. I’m sure you’re familiar with his flopping, Amit. And that nasty incident with Patrice Evra.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 1:40 PM on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            He’s the worst and should have been banned from all professional soccer leagues.

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