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Monthly Archives: December 2010

>Lamar Odom’s Amazing Put Back Dunk

>It wasn’t planned, but it looked amazing. John Ireland asked him after the game about it and Lamar replied, “I took off to early.”

Have a look for yourself: 

 
 

>Lakers Avoid 4-Game Skid; Beat Hornets

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Los Angeles would be burning tonight if the Lakers lost their 4th game in a row.

Thanks to Phil Jackson, the Lakers finally won a game for the first time since December 19th. Andrew Bynum got his first start of the season tonight in New Orleans. The Hornets were (18-13) going into this game and were expected to give the Lakers some problems but David West went to the locker room earlier in the game with an ankle injury.

It was the best first half by the Lakers on the road this season. They had 15 assists, shot around 67% from the field, made 10 of their 11 free throws and lead 59-41 at the end of the first half.

Lamar Odom didn’t slow down despite coming off the bench. He had a career high in points as a reserve with 24. He also had a Magic Johnson like play in the 4th quarter. [Video Link coming soon]

With less than a minute left in the game, Matt Barnes picked up two technical fouls and was ejected from the game.

It was also great to see D.J. Mbenga playing tonight against the Lakers.

Key Stats: 
Kobe Bryant 20 Pts, 7 TOs
Pau Gasol 11 Pts, 12 Rebs
Lamar Odom 24 Pts
Derek Fisher 8 Asts

Box Score: Lakers 103 Hornets 88

Picture Credit: Getty Images

 

>Lakers Lose Three Straight By 15 Or More

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 The Lakers aren’t playing any offense or defense.

They were recently on a 5-game winning streak before the Milwaukee Bucks came into Staples Center last Tuesday and stunned them. Then the Miami Heat embarrassed the Lakers on Christmas Day.

The Lakers went into San Antonio to face the best team in the NBA right now. The Lakers lost 7 of their last 11 meetings in San Antonio before Tuesday nights game.

Spurs took a big lead into the 2nd quarter but then the Lakers fought back to take the lead at halftime. That was the only positive part of the night. Kobe received another technical. It was his fourth technical during the losing streak.

Kobe Bryant was 8-for-27 with only 21 points and Pau Gasol had 9 points with 9 rebounds.

During their 3-game losing steak, their average deficit is 16.6 points and averaging 80 points per game.

The last time the Lakers had 10 losses before the new year was in 2007.

I don’t know what to expect tomorrow night against the Hornets.

Box Score: Lakers 82 Spurs 97

Picture credit: AP

 

>Artest’s Championship Ring Raffle Winner

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Ron Artest held a raffle for his 2010 NBA championship ring and announced the winner on Christmas night. All proceeds for this raffle went to Xcel University to help boost mental health awareness.

Tickets were only $2 each with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets.

The ring was won by Raymond Mikkael from Hawthorne, Calif.

Along with the ring, Raymond won:

  • Winner and a guest will enjoy an expense paid trip to Los Angeles where Ron Artest will present the Winner with his ring and where the Winner and their guest will enjoy premium seats to an LA Lakers Game. The trip includes the following prize items:
    • Two Premium Seats to an LA Lakers Game
    • Two night hotel accomodations at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (single room, double occupancy)
    • Round trip coach air transportation from any international airport in the world (as necessary to attend the ring presentation and game)
    • A $1,000 allowance for expenses including meals and ground transportation
  • Winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $13,007.50 to mitigate the Winner’s tax liabiltiy that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($10,750.00) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($2,257.50){Link}

Ron Artest has been doing a lot in the community since joining the Lakers.

Picture credit: Celebrities For Charity Foundation

 

>LeBron Grinch Defeats Lakers For Second Straight Year On Christmas

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It was ugly the entire game.

Lakers lost for the second straight year on Christmas Day. Both games came against Lebron.

Good thing it’s only December and this game has no impact on how teams play in the playoffs. It would of been nice to beat the “Big 3” and the Heat.

Miami Heat can out shooting the entire game and the Lakers couldn’t recover. The Heat’s biggest lead of the game, 16, came in the 4th quarter.

Kobe struggled from the field only shooting 6-for-16 for 17 points. And Pau Gasol didn’t help with his worst first half of his career with the Lakers. He was 3-for-11 in the first half and finished 8-for-17 with 17 points.

The Big 3 combined for 69 points and Lebron had his 31st career Triple-Double.

Too bad Lebron can’t perform like this in the playoffs or else he’d have a championship.

The second straight blowout at home this week for the Lakers. Phil Jackson will fix this before the playoffs start. Do Not Panic!

Box Score: Lakers 80 Heat 96

Picture Credit: AP

 

>Merry Christmas

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I just want to wish all my readers a

Merry Christmas!

Let’s Go Lakers! Beat The Heat!

 

>ESPN Interview: Phil Jackson

>ESPN released  another interview this time with Hannah Storm and Phil Jackson. It appeared on Sportscenter today.

Phil Jackson sits down with Hannah Storm and discusses Lakers pursuit of a three-peat, the Heat and Celtics.

http://espn.go.com/videohub/player/embed.swf

Kobe’s ESPN Interview {Click Here}