The Los Angeles Times:
- Lakers fans still willing to shell out
- Lakers' Jordan Farmar might become a restricted free agent
- No extension likely for Jordan Farmar | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times
- Signing of Artest surprised NBA general managers too
The OC Register:
The LA Daily News:
Owner's Edge NBA - Garrett Wilson - Pacific Division Report
(For Fantasy players)
- Tip-Off Timer: Lakers Win 15th NBA Title -- NBA FanHouse
- Forum Blue And Gold " Mad Men: The Lakers Preview
- Out of Bounds: The Summer of Ron | The Lakers Nation
- 20 Pre-Season Questions: #17 - Is Morrison Going to Have a Role? | Lakers of Fire
- SLAM ONLINE | " Top 50: Pau Gasol, no. 14
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Houston Rockets Season Preview
Does a team's preseason record predict what the regular season will be like? HOOPSWORLD looks back 10 years to see what we can find out.
(I know we hate you in Lakers Nation.)
(Sure, the C's will win 72 games. 61 in the regular season, and 11 in the playoffs. We're going to win 16 playoff games, and that's all I care about.)
(Timbo? Fill us in. If Andre Miller can't be the clear cut starter in Portland, how is he the 6th best PG? I'm all for him. Andre Miller has never won. I'll take him dragging your team down.)
Kevin Durant has fired back at a blog that was critical of his contributions to the Thunder.
Now, I'm not one to normally agree with Henry Abbott. (Also, if you are familiar with my thoughts, you will also know that I'm not too big on the mis-use of advanced stats.) But I think Henry has a point on this. Sometimes talent isn't everything you see, and when Plus/Minus is used correctly, it can show us what we may not see. We know Kevin Durant is a very talented future superstar, but what if the Thunder never take that leap? They didn't last year, and talent alone doesn't make a winner. Just ask Tracy McGrady or Stephon Marbury. Or even Yao Ming, whose Rockets matched up better with the Lakers when he was off the floor. Houston's team chemistry and matchups improved. He was clearly their best player, but obvious superior talent didn't show that. Look at our own Lamar Odom. I'm not going to go all Wayne Winston on you and claim Lamar is better than Kobe because of Plus/Minus, but LO's +/- tell us his effectiveness when his inconsistent box scores can't. Just win Kevin, and there's nothing to worry about. The pieces are in place.
Gimpy Turkoglu Getting Up To Speed With Raptors - The Baseline - The Baseline - Sporting News
(Which probably means they're getting use to him dribbling for 18 seconds of the shot clock.)
- Cavaliers’ Sense of Urgency Spurs James, O’Neal and Owner - NYTimes.com