Andrew Bynum Said That He Won’t Be Doing Any Pay Back Today However Two Other Lakers Players Will

Metta World Peace talking with head coach Mike Brown.

With about eight minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday’s annual NBA All-Star Game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant got a quick step on Miami Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade when Wade then who was trailing behind Bryant wrapped Bryant up and while doing that his arm swiped across the bridge of Bryant’s nose resulting in a broken nose as well as a concussion for Kobe Bryant.

Bryant wasn’t asked about the incident after the game however Wade was.

“I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

Many players, fans, and spectators saw the foul that Wade inflicted on Bryant as “un-called for,” “outrageous,” “never should’ve happened,” and other things along those lines.

Now after the game Wade also said that the foul on Bryant was completely un-intentional.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Though despite Wade saying that his foul on Bryant was un-intentional or not, many spectators and other people very close to the game have been saying that the Lakers players will respond.

“If they’re gonna let our star players continue to get beat up,” Lakers guard Matt Barnes said, referencing not just the Wade foul but the one delivered by Brendan Haywood to Pau Gasol Feb. 22 in Dallas,” we’re going to have to step up.”

Now what Barnes meant by his comment of “stepping up,” he didn’t make clear though, one could speculate what he meant by pretty much saying that they’re going to respond to Wade’s hard hit, with another hit right back.

Now the Lakers have history of stepping up to teams with hard blows for instance, game four of the NBA playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and themselves when not only center Andrew Bynum delivered a hard elbow to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea who was coming down the lane but, forward Lamar Odom who delivered a hard hit to Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as well.

So guard Matt Barnes who states Metta World Peace as the enforcer and he as Metta’s side kick, plan to take care of business for their team today against the Miami Heat however, center Andrew Bynum does not.

“I can’t do anything about [it],” Bynum said after the Lakers’ shoot-around on Saturday. “If I do anything, they’re going to definitely hit me [with punishment]. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s just unfortunate and something we got to deal with.”

The “they” that Bynum was referring to was the NBA’s league office who would for sure punish Bynum as this wouldn’t be his first nor second instance as he already suffered a four game suspension that was enforced at the beginning of the season for two incidents with Minnesota Timberwolves Michael Beasley and at the time Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea.

“I got two (targets on me),” Bynum said. “I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident, but I didn’t do anything in that particular one.”

Though, that doesn’t mean that Bynum plans on backing down from the Heat today either.

“I still play hard. If I have to foul, I have to foul. That’s part of the game,” Bynum said. “I can’t do anything extra, obviously. No elbows. Nothing that looks crazy.”

Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC: Don’t miss it.

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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade’s Hard Foul Puts Kobe Bryant As Questionable: Bryant “I Don’t Forget Anything”

Bryant grabbing his nose after receiving a hard foul from Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

With just under nine minuets to go in the 2012 NBA All Star game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received a pass from Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Bryant was posting up Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade when he then spun and immediately  after receiving the pass and beat Wade taken him baseline to the hoop when Wade, who clearly got beat by Bryant then through his hands around Bryant’s face, which would result in a foul and a Bryant grabbing his face in pain.

Right away it was clear that Wade’s foul was a hard foul and completely unnecessary due to the fact that it was just an All Star game. After taking his hand off of his face the injury that Bryant suffered became very clear that it was some what serious as he was bleeding from his left nostril. Knowing this Bryant would make his way over to his bench to receive medical treatment to stop the bleeding. Remaining in the game however, after the bleeding was contained, Bryant would remain in the game make his two free throws and head back on defense.

Bryant would go onto finish the game out scoring nine more points, including a record breaking dunk which made him the new all time leading scorer in NBA All Star history.

As for Wade he would say this after the game, “I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

After undergoing more tests after the game they would find out that it wasn’t just a bloody nose that Bryant suffered and in fact it was a fractured nose as well as a concussion that he suffered from Wade’s hard hit.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Well fast forwarding to Wednesday now, Bryant’s status for the Lakers first game back from the All Star break against the Minnesota Timberwolves is in question as the fractured nose isn’t a problem as Bryant has played through a fractured nose before when he was in high school just fine as that year he lead Lower Merion High School to a State Championship, however it was the concussion that he suffered that makes him questionable.

Now why is he questionable for Wednesday’s game tonight, when on Sunday when he first endured the concussion he remained in the game and finished it out? Well the reason is that due to league rules Bryant has to pass a series of tests before being cleared again and until being cleared he will not be able to play, no matter how bad he wants too.

Luckily for Bryant according to a team spokesman, Bryant has been concussion free since late Tuesday and has passed his first two tests, the first one, a neurological exam which is a baseline test for concussion management which they compare his results from a pre-season test that he had to his test results to his current one and if they match up well or better, then he passes, which he did.

The next test that Bryant passed was a stationary bike test and treadmill test while visiting with Dr. Vernon Williams, a board certified neurologist in Anaheim, California.

After passing that test, Bryant returned the Lakers practice facility where he would play a game of 2-on-2 which would be monitored by the Lakers staff. So if he passed that full contact basketball test and remains symptom free then he’ll be able to suit up and take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

Now Bryant has yet to comment on all of this or comment about how he felt about Wade’s foul, though I’m sure that answer will come soon enough as the Lakers host Wade and the Heat this Sunday at 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC.

Like Bryant said back in 2010 after winning his fifth ring “You guys know how I am. I don’t forget anything.”

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Drama In Los Angeles: Back And Fourth, Mitch Kupchak vs. Kobe Bryant

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant poses with General Manger Mitch Kupchak.

Los Angeles is known for its great movie stars, dramas, comedies, and all of that however they’re not used to it taken place on the court. Now everyone knows the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant drama that took place back in the early 2000’s. Where they won three championships together and then came the shocking downfall ending with the unbelievable divorce of the dynamic duo.

However, the drama died down in Los Angeles after that, at least for the most part. Now of course they still had the buzzer beaters, the close losses, the blowout wins, the blowout losses and all of those dramas, but the he said, she said dramas, they were gone.

Though don’t blink now as the drama of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Lakers is back.

Starting with the Chris Paul trade veto, everything went down hill from there. Lakers forward and sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, forward Pau Gasol remained in trade rumors, and the losses began to pile up.

Though no one really said anything one could sense that there was drama revolving the Lakers organization. However after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, 102-90, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant called out Lakers management saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would continue saying, “I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

Though Bryant wouldn’t get his wish of management saying if they were trading Gasol or not, he would infact get a response as Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would say, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

Then just as it appeared that it would stop there as management usually always had the last word, it wouldn’t as following a blowout, statement win on Monday night by the Los Angeles Lakers, as they won 103-92, Bryant would respond saying, “I said what I had to say…I’m done.”

When asked if he spoke with Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, Bryant replied “Next.”

“I think Pau feels a lot better,” said Bryant, after the 103-92 win over Portland. “He looks a lot better to me. It’s important to know that guys in the locker room support you, that guys are going to step up. That’s my role here. He [Gasol] can’t say that. He’s a nice guy. He would never, ever say anything to shuffle the deck, so to speak. But I would. I’ll say it for him.”

Though post game comments wasn’t all as the Lakers held a team meeting that was organized by both Bryant and Lakers guard Derek Fisher.

“Look, I’ve won championships with him, been in playoff battles with him, gotten swept with him, lost in the Finals with him,” Bryant said of Gasol. “I’m not just going to sit around and [watch him] be down in spirit and things like that. That’s not cool. We all love him. We all want to play with him — especially me.”

After addressing the issue of the Pau Gasol trade rumors on Sunday night, the Lakers who dominated the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night, looked like a whole new team, like the Lakers. Which made it clear that Bryant’s comments made a difference. So while to some this may look like a player making ignorant comments to his boss or a player making comments out of anger after a loss, in reality these comments may have just turned around their team’s season.

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Gilbert Arenas To Los Angeles? Will He Fit? Questions, All Answered

Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers?

After rumors died down of free agent guard Gilbert Arenas going to the Los Angeles Lakers over the past couple weeks they sparked back up again today as over the weekend, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak held a private workout for the free agent guard.

After failing to gain a young point guard during the off-season, after a trade which was accepted to bring in former New Orleans Hornets guard and now Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, the Lakers are now going after Gilbert Arenas…well at least it seems that way.

Now many have been saying that the Lakers have needed a young point guard to come in as Derek Fisher who will turn 38 this year just isn’t cutting it as so far this season the Lakers have allowed 14 points a game to starting point guards.

That’s just starting point guards, which as we know some of those starters aren’t scorers and as we also know some of those starters split time. Like for instance, the Philadelphia 76ers where Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams both share the roll and when the Lakers played them the two combined for 37 of their teams 95 points and they were also the two leading scorers for the sixers.

Now the Lakers aren’t a bad a defensive team as they rank fourth in the NBA in points allowed at 90.9 points per game. But 14 points a game to just starting point guards? That’s a lot.

Though, despite the poor point guard play from the Lakers, they have been okay this season as they sit at 16-12. However the concern of a point guard acquisition is huge as even guard Kobe Bryant knows it, the one who some have been saying urged the workout of Gilbert Arenas.

“Sure,” responded Bryant during Tuesday’s practice in El Segundo when asked by ESPN if he was in favor of bringing in Arenas. “It certainly wouldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.”

It certainly wouldn’t hurt at all as out of the 12 losses that the Lakers have had they allowed opposing starting point guards to score 17 points a game and even more points a game when including backups.

The Lakers front office have been apt of making moves when Bryant has requested before, like when they acquired forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. So will Gilbert Arenas be a member of the purple and gold? Or will he remain in the free agency waiting for an opportunity to spark up again?

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Michael Jordan Speaks Out About Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant the debate that will never end.

Since the NBA Lockout ended, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has always been a top the news of the NBA. Rather it being his surgery that he had during the off-season, the question of if he’ll win another ring, the comparison to Miami Heat forward LeBron James or the ESPN pre-season rankings that put him as the seventh best player currently in the NBA.

Looking back at those rankings now Bryant who’s averaging 30.8 points per game and is the NBA’s leading scorer is anything but seventh in the NBA as he’s proving yet again this season that he’s clearly the best.

As it stands right now Bryant has four of the five top single game points in one game for a player this 2011-12 season, as it goes his 48 point game against Phoenix, Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard with 45, then Bryant’s 42 against Cleveland, his 42 against the Clippers, and his 40 against Utah.

However seventh is where ESPN felt he stood.

As for Michael Jordan who many claim was the best to ever touch a basketball didn’t feel that Bryant was the seventh best player in the NBA as he not only felt that Bryant was the best, but the only player that deserved to be compared to him.

“Kobe’s ultimate competition is MJ. That’s why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn’t human,” said Roland Kobester a well respected writer who’s currently writing on a Jordan book “.I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe’s the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.”

What more do you need than the approval from the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Michael Jordan than to say that he’s the best in the NBA? Apparently ESPN didn’t think so as they put LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant all ahead of Bryant.

Taking all of what Jordan said and what Bryant has done thus far this NBA season, I wonder what ESPN would say now? Would they still keep him at seventh? Or would they move him up to where he should be, at number one? All questions that may never be answered, but it doesn’t matter as they don’t need to be answered, as Michael Jordan and Bryant’s performance this season have already answered those questions.

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Will Kobe Bryant Win The 2011-12 NBA Scoring Title? Or Will The Wrist Injury Hurt Him?

Bryant drops 48 points aganist the Suns.

Kobe Bryant came into 2011-12 season with high hopes after under going an experimental surgery on his knees that he said restored him to new as many people close to Bryant have said that he looks young again. However in a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bryant would take a hard fall to the ground falling on his wrist, though he wouldn’t come out.

That wrist injury would later be diagnosed as a torn ligament in his right wrist which is Bryant’s shooting hand. According to Web MD, wrist injuries of this severity require either surgery or a cast/splint and sometimes even both. As far as the timetable of how long the recovery would take, could sometimes be a year. However in most cases it takes about usually six weeks.

As soon as news broke of the injury, many began speculating on how much time Bryant would miss and if he would play in the season opener. Though come Christmas day, Bryant would play in the season opener and would play well scoring 28 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and two steals in a one point, 78-77 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

“You just go out there and play your game,” Bryant told ESPN. “Not think about it as much. … I try to block it out.”

Picture of the fall Bryant's wrist took.

On January 6th against the Golden State Warriors last Friday Bryant would score 39 points in a 97-90 win over the Warriors and would score the most points in a single game for any player in the NBA for the 2011-12 NBA season.

Then just four days later, Bryant would score 48 points against the Phoenix Suns in a 99-83 win breaking in his former record of 39 points for the 2011-12 NBA season. The next closest player to Bryant’s 2011-12 single game season record is Warriors guard Monta Ellis who scored 38 points against the San Antonio Spurs on January 4th.

The Lakers have played 11 games this season so far and Bryant has played in every single one of them. As far as his play, it’s been great as he’s averaging 29.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists a game.

Bryant is currently second in the NBA in scoring behind Miami Heat forward LeBron James who’s averaging 29.6 points per game in just nine games. However James doesn’t have a severe wrist injury nor is James 33 like Bryant is. Though age aside, once Bryant’s wrist heals in say a couple more weeks Kobe Bryant will win the scoring title this 2011-12 NBA season. Heck, he could probably win it with his wrist injury.

“I think he’s a player that has remarkable will to fight through anything. And he proved it today by being out there. By not even questioning the fact that he might not play. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. He’s out there and he’s the leader of this team, so it’s important for him to do that,” teammate Pau Gasol told ESPN after the Lakers season opener against Chicago.

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What The Los Angeles Lakers Should’ve Done With Lamar Odom And Why General Manager Mitch Kupchak Should Be Fired

You even gave him the award...what were you thinking?

After not getting guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets, forward Lamar Odom would demand a trade. Odom would demand a trade as he felt that he was disrespected as he felt that he should’ve never have been traded. So as a result Odom would be dealt to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million in trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick.

This would cause some controversy as fans would respond with shocked remarks like, “why would they do that,” “what were they thinking,” etc. However they weren’t the only to respond as captain guard Kobe Bryant did as well saying, “I don’t understand the criticism of [the] reality shows…he had his best season last year. It clearly wasn’t a distraction,” Kobe Bryant told NBA reporters.

Bryant would go onto add, “He played his a** off. I don’t get where that [criticism] comes from.”

“You’re talking about Sixth Man of the Year last year,” said Bryant. “I don’t like it… I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint.”

Though it wouldn’t end there as General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would respond as well saying, “Lamar was sent to Dallas because he requested to be traded,” said Kupchak to the LA Times. “In this case, he couldn’t get over the fact that something like that could took place. I was hoping that things would change in a day or two but his representative called me on Saturday and said that’s not going to change.”

Now this decision to send Lamar Odom to Dallas drew up a lot of controversy as sending a player of his talent to the defending champions just seemed foolish as Odom’s addition makes the Mavericks a favorite yet again this season. As for Kupchak he felt differently saying, “I wouldn’t lump Kobe and Lamar into the same category when talking about those same two situations,” Kupchak said to the LA Times. “Yeah, we could have said, ‘Lamar, we’re not going to trade you,’ and waited to see what was going to happen in the next week or two, but we chose not to do that.”

Kupchak would go onto add, “The window to make a deal in this environment where you really can get back flexibility, it goes away in the snap of the fingers. So to have waited two or three weeks would have just prolonged an environment with Lamar when he’s not at practice and would have sucked energy away from the team. We might not have had a better opportunity.”

They might not have had a better opportunity? Mr. Kupchak, do you really feel that trading your fourth leading scorer, third leading rebounder, and sixth man of the year to the defending Champions as well as the team that swept you in the playoffs for $8.9 Million in trade exception and first round pick, the best opportunity? You’re crazy and personally I don’t think that you as the Lakers General manager give the Lakers organization the best opportunity to win. You trade Shaquille O’Neal, you traded Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, then you didn’t re-sign Trevor Ariza, and now you trade Lamar Odom, what’s next Mitch Kupchak? Kobe Bryant?

Now this all could’ve been prevented and I’m not talking about Shaquille O’Neal, Caron Butler, and Trevor Ariza (though they could’ve been prevented too) but I’m talking about Lamar Odom; you could’ve done better.

What you could’ve done was first; try to convince him to stay. You could’ve told him that it’s a business and that anyone can get traded at anytime, however your sorry that you made the mistake and you feel bad and then you throw him extra money pat him on the back and say see you on the court. Now if that didn’t work you could’ve gone to the stage of trading him; except not to the Dallas Mavericks.

What you should’ve done was have waited and tried to trade him to the Orlando Magic to get center Dwight Howard, wouldn’t that have been smart? Instead, you trade Odom to the Dallas Mavericks and get pretty much some money and a first round pick and you take no talent from their team, all you did was make them better…a lot better. As a result now your Los Angeles Lakers are not the best team in the West as the Dallas Mavericks are, but your Los Angeles Lakers now might not even be the best in Los Angeles as the Clippers made some moves that might put them at the top dog status.

So my question to you Mr. Kupchak is what are you doing? Why would trade Odom? And why would you trade Odom, to the Dallas Mavericks? Why wouldn’t you just wait and trade him to the Magic for Howard? Wouldn’t that have made a lot more sense?

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Battle of Los Angeles: Lakers vs. Clippers Part Two

Lakers vs. Clippers pt. 2

Chris Paul vs. Derek Fisher: Old school versus new school, except in this case the new school is going to win. 37 versus 26 just really isn’t fair and over the last couple of years it’s been clear that Derek Fisher has lost a step. We saw it especially in the Oklahoma City playoff matchups when Kobe Bryant would have to guard point guard Russell Westbrook instead of Fisher because Westbrook would just blow by him. Yes Fisher is the more experienced, wiser, and more glorified, with his five rings but Paul is on the up and up and is one of the top point guards in the game.

Winner: Chris Paul

Chauncey Billups vs. Kobe Bryant: Rather it will be Billups, Mo Williams, Randy Foye or whom ever at the shooting guard position for the Los Angeles Clippers this is year it won’t really matter as Kobe Bryant will win the match-up every time. He’s a five time champion, multiple time All Star as well as many other achievements and even though at age 33 Bryant still doesn’t seem like he’s even lost a step. Continuing with that, Bryant also underwent an experimental procedure on his chronic, albeit mostly minor knee injury this off-season and it appears that it has worked has people close to Bryant have said that he has his hops back.

Winner: Kobe Bryant

Caron Butler vs. Metta World Peace: Now while there have been talks that new head Coach Mike Brown has said that Artest will come off the bench as the sixth man in the replacement of the absence of Lamar Odom this season. The thought would be that Matt Barnes would get the start; which really does make a difference. However if Artest is the starter, than Artest wins the match up as his lockdown defense and crazy new name is just too much for Caron Butler. Now if it’s Barnes then it’s going to slide in the favor of Butler.

Winner: Caron Butler

Blake Griffin vs. Pau Gasol: People have said that Gasol is no longer the Laker that he once was, as he’s gotten worse, as last season was awful for him and that he should just be traded. Well what those people don’t know is that, statistically Gasol had his best season ever as a Laker, scoring 1,541 points and grabbing a career high 836 rebounds in a full 82 games. That’s why it just doesn’t make sense as he’s a very talented all-around player which despite Griffin’s unique athleticism, I like Gasol. Now unless it’s a contest of who can jump over a car, than it goes to Griffin but if it’s playing basketball then it goes to Gasol, because he can shoot the jump shot, grab rebounds, score, pass, and pretty much do whatever. Also too the Lakers size advantage is just too much as in most cases Andrew Bynum would be helping out in the paint on Griffin too.

Winner: Pau Gasol

DeAndre Jordan vs. Andrew Bynum: Now whether they get Dwight Howard or not, center Andrew Bynum healthy is just a force to be reckoned with as he’s the second best center in the NBA, when healthy. Now don’t get me wrong Jordan is a very nice young talent but he’s no Andrew Bynum, as Bynum not only has the size advantage but he also has the coaching advantage with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So just as long as Bynum stays healthy like he did in 2006 when he didn’t miss a game, then this Los Lakers team will be at elite status.

Winner: Andrew Bynum

Clippers Bench vs. Lakers Bench: Now while there are some names that jump out to you on the Clippers bench as it could possibly be Mo Williams, Randy Foye, and Eric Bledsoe but the problem is, is that, that’s really it as you look at the rest of their bench, Brian Cook, Ryan Gomes, Travis Lesile, Adam Koch, Trey Thompkins, and Willie Warren there isn’t much. And to top it off too, there really isn’t much at their power forward and center positions as it’s just a four man rotation with Griffin, Jordan, Thompkins, and Cook.

You then look to the Lakers bench and you see Artest or Barnes, Steve Blake, Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy, Derrick Caracter, and the young Devin Ebanks as well as some others. But it’s very balanced as they have a three pointer shooter in Kapono, a great sixth man in Artest, a couple talented big men in McRoberts, Murphy, and Caracter, and an up-coming player in Ebanks. While yes the Clippers may have a couple two stars on their bench who are hands down better than any other Laker bench player, but that doesn’t matter as they still lack a lot of depth at the power forward and center positions, which will hurt them.

Winner: Lakers Bench

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Battle of Los Angeles: Lakers vs. Clippers Part One

Lakers vs. Clippers

Since moving to Los Angeles in 1985, the Los Angeles Clippers have only had a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers just three times. In 1992-93, 41-41 compared to the Lakers 39-43, in 2004-05, 37-45 compared to the Lakers 34-48, and in 2005-06, 47-35 compared to the Lakers 45-37. Other than that the Lakers have just out played the Clippers proving that Los Angeles was and is their city. Since moving to Los Angeles the Lakers have won eight championships, 12 conference titles, and 13 division titles and on Thursday December 8thit looked like they were going to do all three of those once again.

News broke in the evening time over all different media outlets that the Lakers had acquired guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in a three team trade. The deal was the Lakers were receiving Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets were receiving Lakers forward Pau Gasol, and the Hornets were receiving Rockets guard Kevin Martin, Rockets forward Luis Scola, Lakers forward Lamar Odom, and a Houston Rockets first round draft pick.

Predictions started saying that the Lakers were going to win the west, that the Lakers were going to repeat, and that the Lakers were once again the best. However these predictions, new faces in new places, and new look teams would come to an end as news would later break that commissioner David Stern would veto the trade.

Analysts, reporters, fans, and even players were livid about Stern’s decision to veto the trade so much that Chris Paul threatened to sue the NBA. Though after reality set in and hours passed of Chris Paul not going to the Lakers and this trade no longer going through, teams and owners started talking again. However this time it wasn’t the Lakers as they decided to pull out after forward Lamar Odom demanded a trade and because the league was asking too much for Paul.

So as a result to the veto Odom would get his demand and would be sent to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million in trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick. The reason for the trade was that Odom felt “disgusted” that Lakers were trading him to begin in the first place.

Then about a week later after trading for Chris Paul appeared to be dead due to Stern’s high asking cost, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets would agree to terms to send Paul to the Clippers. The deal would send Paul and two future second round picks to the Clippers in exchange to guard Eric Gordon forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick.

With the acquisition of Paul this seemed like the final step to the recipe of success to beating the Lakers and being the kings of Los Angeles. It all started right after the lockout ended when the Clippers signed forward Caron Butler to a three year deal, then matched the Golden State Warriors offer to re-sign forward DeAndre Jordan, and then of course traded Gordon, Aminu, Kaman and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick to the Hornets for Paul.

Those transactions put the Clippers back on the map as far as one of the NBA’s top competitors but it especially put them in an unfamiliar place, a place that they have only been three times; a chance to be better than the Los Angeles Lakers.

Come back on Saturday to see the breakdown between the Clippers and the Lakers of the Battle of Los Angeles Part Two. 

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