The Official Los Angeles Lakers 2012-2013 Season

Jdub87Jdub87 Posts: 497
edited August 2012 in From the Cheap Seats
Key Pick Ups: antawn-jamison,Jodie Meeks, jordan hill, chris duhon. Earl clark,dwight hoawrd
Steve nash


How far do u have the lakers goin?

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  • Jdub87Jdub87 Posts: 497
    I think the lakers can win it all, but it depends on how kobe plays. If kobe lets nash control the offense run plays to the big men and picks his spots scoring rather then tryin to score double teamed then the lakers could possibly win it all. But if kobe wonts to shoot 23 times a night an tryin to run the offense threw him then no i see the lakers losin again to okc. Thoughts?
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  • killapkillap Posts: 3,198 ✭✭✭✭
    No disrespect to T/S but you have to let Playmaker, or Toheeb start this kind of thread.
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  • OhPeeOhPee Posts: 1,065 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can guarantee that we will make the NBA Finals but I'm not sure if we will win it all.......
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  • NothingButTheTruthNothingButTheTruth Posts: 9,614 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2012
    Lakers winning the whole thing this year easy. Nash will run the offense, Howard will lead the defense, and Kobe will be aggressive on offense and probably lead the league in scoring.

    Kobe's job will be to score and score only. People have to remember that he's a shooting guard, not a point guard or a point forward. He took it upon himself to play the Jordan-Pippen role in the previous years, but now that he has Nash he can play his natural position.

    In brief, it's not his job to make sure everyone gets their touches. That's the point guard's job.
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  • WinterHeatWinterHeat Posts: 334 ✭✭✭
    i am a celtics fan first and foremost. and with that being said, i hope these niggas choke.
    2nd round in the playoffs, that's it. OKC gonna spank that ass again. no homo.
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  • Inglewood_BInglewood_B Real niggas back in style Inglewood niggaPosts: 6,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    we in this bitch
  • DaBullDaBull Posts: 7,300 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Laker Up!!!!!
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  • northside7northside7 Posts: 18,945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    killap wrote: »
    No disrespect to T/S but you have to let Playmaker, or Toheeb start this kind of thread.

    lol True dat.

  • northside7northside7 Posts: 18,945 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar knows what Lakers' Dwight Howard is going through
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was once a young dominant center who was traded to the Lakers, like Howard was last week. He says Howard will bring the energy every game, something he says Andrew Bynum did not do.

    Abdul-Jabbar won five of his six NBA titles with the Lakers and then spent several years as a special assistant coach working with Bynum.

    In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts about the Howard trade, the pressure on the Lakers to win another title and how he ranks among the team's all-time centers.

    "The Lakers did a great job this off-season improving the team, Dwight being the latest," Abdul-Jabbar said. "Getting Steve Nash was a big deal. He's one of the best players in the league at his position. In addition, they replaced Andrew with Dwight Howard and that was nothing short of a coup.

    "They've done a great job and managed to keep Pau [Gasol]. It will make for a formidable team."

    As talented as the Lakers' roster is, he said, several things must happen to ensure a championship season.

    "Giving the personalities a chance to mesh" is critical, Abdul-Jabbar said. "Everyone understands the game, especially Pau, Nash, Kobe [Bryant] and Metta [World Peace]. They all have great basketball IQ. It's not about them being knowledgeable. You just have to mesh their personalities and playing styles together in a smooth way."

    Howard joins a lengthy list of celebrated Lakers centers: George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal. Howard has career averages of 18.4 points, 13 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and has won the NBA's defensive player of the year award in three of the last four seasons.

    "I don't know if he needs to change his game that much," Abdul-Jabbar said. "He just needs to show up and give what he normally does. He's a beast on the boards. He plays on both ends of the floor. And he provides post-up points."

    Abdul-Jabbar likes Howard's energy on the court.

    "Dwight is very committed to playing and winning," Abdul-Jabbar said. "Andrew has been up and down on that issue. There are times he wants to play, do a great job and he goes out and does it. Then there are other times where it seems like he's not focused."

    Bynum was benched during a game last season for launching an ill-advised three-pointer and was fined by the team for his conduct. He was also ejected from two games in a two-week span and he sometimes acknowledged lacking effort. Those incidents soured an otherwise breakout season. Bynum posted career highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8) and made his first All-Star team.

    Abdul-Jabbar said he saw Bynum's focus wane when he worked with him from 2005 to 2009. He said his coaching duties were significantly scaled back in the 2008-09 season after Bynum expressed a lack of interest to the Lakers' staff in working with Abdul-Jabbar.

    "When I first started working with him, he was eager to learn," Abdul-Jabbar said. "He appreciated me shortening the learning curve. Once he figured he did everything he wanted to do in terms of learning, he didn't want me to bother him constantly going over the fundamentals."


    Abdul-Jabbar said he was unsure if Bynum would thrive in a larger role in Philadelphia: "It's up to him to determine how much of a leader he wants to be and how to make that happen on the court. Some people like that position and adjust to it naturally. Other people aren't comfortable with it."

    Abdul-Jabbar relates to Howard's situation because both asked to be traded.

    Although Abdul-Jabbar had won a championship with Milwaukee, he believed that Oscar Robertson's retirement in 1974 significantly hurt the team's chances of winning another title. So he asked the front office to trade him to either the New York Knicks or the Lakers.

    Milwaukee owner Wes Pavalon and he stayed quiet about the trade request for eight months until the Bucks traded Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers in June 1975. "He understood I wanted to leave and didn't make it difficult," Abdul-Jabbar said of Pavalon. "He just wanted some time to make the best thing he could for the franchise."

    Despite winning his fourth MVP award in his first season with the Lakers, Abdul-Jabbar didn't win a title in L.A. until Magic Johnson's rookie season in 1979-80.

    Mikan, Chamberlain and O'Neal all won championships with the Lakers. How does Abdul-Jabbar rank himself with those legends?

    "Mikan was all about scoring and rebounding. When Wilt got to the Lakers, he was a defensive player, mainly. He didn't have his great offensive years here as he did earlier in his career. When I got with the team, I was playing both ends of the court. I scored a lot, rebounded and blocked shots," Abdul-Jabbar said.

    "When we got the right pieces with Jamaal [Wilkes], Magic [Johnson] and Norm Nixon, things really fell into place and we were able to win consistently and be contenders. Shaq's teams were great with him and Kobe. They had great balance in scoring and Shaq gave them an inside threat."


    Now the pressure is on Howard and Nash to add to the team's collection of titles.

    "Just the addition of those guys makes them contenders," Abdul-Jabbar said. "I'm not going to predict they'll win it all. But the proof is in the pudding. They put the pieces in that place to make it happen."

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-lakers-kareem-howard-20120815,0,6552389.story
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  • blackjack2012blackjack2012 Posts: 4,323 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This is easily a top 25 starting lineup in NBA history.
  • toheeb27toheeb27 Posts: 6,515 ✭✭✭✭✭
    killap wrote: »
    No disrespect to T/S but you have to let Playmaker, or Toheeb start this kind of thread.


    LOL, random folks do this every year, and start a thread, then they disappear. I will start a real one when preseason starts.
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  • kacee139kacee139 Minister of Information (UFO) Gardena, Ca 90249Posts: 2,801 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's over......free LAKERS post until preseason.....feel free to say outlandish shit lmao
  • northside7northside7 Posts: 18,945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mumo_X wrote: »
    OKC still better than Lakers

    16 titles say otherwise.
  • ATTSATTS Posts: 6,663 ✭✭✭✭✭
    my team will WIN it all.....go lakers.....
  • CopperCopper The WickPosts: 38,454 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not even counting howard this is one of the best off seasons lakers had in years.
    If they play good in close games down the stretch they're going to be scary good (unlike last season giving away leads partly due to kobes jackin, bynums indifference and paus indecisivenes)
  • sTaY_TrUesTaY_TrUe Posts: 4,070 ✭✭✭✭
    If Lakers stay healthy, they taking it.
  • ATTSATTS Posts: 6,663 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2012
    sTaY_TrUe wrote: »
    If Lakers stay healthy, they taking it.

    yeah.....kinda worried about steve nash's back.....n/h. i think howard will be healthy whenever he returns...steve nash is who i am worried about
    Kobe...i am more worried about his stamina than health........he should learn to sit out a few nights against crappy teams...82 games a long season
  • sTaY_TrUesTaY_TrUe Posts: 4,070 ✭✭✭✭
    yea that back is cause for concern
  • Jdub87Jdub87 Posts: 497
    N dont forget kobe goin back over to germany to get dat same treatment on his knee before the start if the season
  • Jdub87Jdub87 Posts: 497
    In other news kobe bryant dropped 68 points in 15 minutes for a charity game in china
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