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LA Lakers News: Too Early To Panic For Kobe And Co. After 0-8 Preseason?

on October 26 2012 1:11 AM
LA Lakers News: Too Early To Panic For Kobe And Co. After 0-8 Preseason?

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially ended the preseason winless. What exactly does this mean, if anyhthing at all?

Well, the typical response you'll get from a Lakers fan right about now sounds like, "It's a process man, we'll get it together. It's preseason, they weren't even trying because they knew it didn't matter," or something along those lines.

Well, here's the thing. The same problems that consistenly persisted during the preseason will still factor in when the real deal tips off next week.  As a matter of fact, the problems will be magnified. Just hear me out.

What's L.A.'s biggest issue? That would have to be depth.  Let's begin with the fact that once the starters need a breather they've got nobody coming off the bench who can create his own shot.

I get it, Jodie Meeks is a good shooter, Antwan Jamison averaged 13 points a game last year, and Jordan Hill's motor is always running. But, that's nowhere near the caliber bench it takes in order to compete for a championship, especially in a league continuing to improve across the field.

Los Angeles Clippers News: Chris Paul Injury Update

on August 21 2012 6:12 PM
Los Angeles Clippers News: Chris Paul Injury Update

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today point guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament and will be sidelined for two months. Paul injured his thumb last month in Las Vegas during Team USA training camp. 

He played with the injury during the Olympics helping the USA capture Gold for the second straight time averaging 8.3 PPG, 5.1 APG and a tournament-high 2.5 steals in 25.8 minutes.

Paul was traded to the Clippers from the New Orleans Hornets last December prior to the start of the shortened NBA season. He helped the Clippers win their first playoff series since 2006 defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in 7 games winning the decisive game on the road. The Clippers would get swept in the Western Conference Semifinals by the San Antonio Spurs. The five-time All-Star averaged 17.6 PPG, 7.9 APG and 2.73 steals in 38.5 minutes during 11 games in the postseason. 

Los Angeles Clippers News: Chris Paul Injury Update

on August 21 2012 6:07 PM
Los Angeles Clippers News: Chris Paul Injury Update

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today point guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament and will be sidelined for two months. Paul injured his thumb last month in Las Vegas during Team USA training camp. 

He played with the injury during the Olympics helping the USA capture Gold for the second straight time averaging 8.3 PPG, 5.1 APG and a tournment-high 2.5 steals in 25.8 minutes.

Paul was traded to the Clippers from the New Orleans Hornets last December prior to the start of the shortened NBA season. He helped the Clippers win their first playoff series since 2006 defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in 7 games winning the decisive game on the road. The Clippers would get swept in the Western Conference Semifinals by the San Antonio Spurs. The five-time All-Star averaged 17.6 PPG, 7.9 APG and 2.73 steals in 38.5 minutes during 11 games in the postseason. 

Lakers News: Saying Goodbye To Andrew Bynum

on August 10 2012 10:42 AM
Lakers News: Saying Goodbye To Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum came to the Los Angeles Lakers as a 17-year-old kid. Over the course of his career, through his many peaks and valleys, he left last night as a man.

Dwight Howard being traded to the Lakers last night was cause for celebration for many fans, who have waited two years for this trade to go through. The trouble with these types of blockbuster deals though, is the requirement of equal value being sent away. And from the bottom of my heart, I really do believe that Bynum and Howard are equals on the playing floor. Dwight may be the imposing behemoth that all teams covet on the defensive end, but few things were as automatic last year as Bynum cornering the post and finishing over a completely outmatched defender. For all of Bynum's offensive prowess, his length gave many teams problems when driving to the basket against him. As ESPN writer J.A. Adande has tweeted for some time now, the stat of S.O.B.O.A., or Shots Over Bynum's Outstretched Arms, was a great indicator of whether the Lakers won or lost last night.

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