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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lakers Sign Joe Crawford

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Joe Crawford. Crawford is the Lakers 2008 second round draft pick who went 58th overall. The official press release is below, from Lakers.com:

"The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Joe Crawford, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Selected by the Lakers with the 58th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Crawford, a 22 year-old native of Detroit, Michigan, played four seasons at the University of Kentucky, averaging 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 127 games (76 starts).

As a senior, Crawford ranked fourth in the SEC in scoring with a team-high 17.9 points per game, scoring 20-plus points 13 times while topping 30 points on three occasions.

Earning Second Team All-SEC honors from league coaches as a senior, Crawford finished his collegiate career as Kentucky’s 19th all-time leading scorer with 1,438 points while ranking seventh all-time in three-point field goals made (186).

Additionally, the 6’5” Crawford started all six games for the Lakers Summer League entry in Las Vegas this past July, averaging 11.3 points including .455 (5-of-11) shooting from behind the arc, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 32.7 minutes."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

2008-09 Laker Games To Look Forward To

With Olympic basketball done (Team USA won the gold today!), we can get back to focusing on the NBA's offseason, and of course, the ongoing events with our Los Angeles Lakers. We're slightly over 2 months away from the start of the NBA season, and with the schedule released, here are the Laker games to look forward to in the 2008-09 season:

  • Oct. 28, Lakers vs. Portland - This of course is opening night in the NBA, and with it, we get a great matchup of Andrew Bynum against Greg Oden. Both players are coming off of injuries, but will be ready for the matchup of the 2 young centers.
  • Nov. 9, Lakers vs. Houston - The Lakers get their first look at the trio of Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, and the newly acquired Ron Artest. Artest was rumored to be heading to the Lakers, and he even thought that the team he was heading to when he heard about the trade was the Lakers. Expect a great game on this night.
  • Nov. 30, Lakers. vs. Toronto - This offseason, the Raptors made a nice (and underrated, in my opinion) trade to acquire Jermaine O'Neal. O'Neal will pair up with Chris Bosh to make one of the best front lines in the NBA. Expect many blocked or altered shots when players try to drive into the paint.
  • Dec. 3, Lakers @ Philadelphia - We'll see a lot of entertaining matchups for this game, as we'll see Kobe Bryant against Andre Iguodala, Pau Gasol against newly acquired Elton Brand, and Andrew Bynum against Samuel Dalembert.
  • Dec. 25, Lakers vs. Boston - As we all expected, Lakers vs. Celtics is scheduled for Christmas. This is a rematch from the 2008 NBA finals, but with one big difference: Andrew Bynum will be playing. Bynum will need to show us what was missing from the finals matchup against the Celtics.
  • Jan. 14, Lakers @ San Antonio - The Lakers meet the Spurs, who they knocked out of the playoffs in a surprisingly easy fashion in 5 games in the Western Conference finals. Though the Spurs are an old team, they are still one of the top teams in the NBA, and you can't underestimate them. The Lakers will need to play hard to win this game.
  • Jan. 19, Lakers vs. Cleveland - As usual, this game will be heavily hyped. "Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James" is something that you will hear the announcers say plenty of times during this game, and you know that all eyes will be on them.
  • Apr. 14, Lakers vs. Utah - This is a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals, which went to 6 games. Utah is a tough team to beat with the combination of Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, but the Lakers have shown they can beat them. This is the last game of the season for the Lakers, which if this season is anything like last season, it could decide a higher (or lower) seeding in the playoffs.

This season will be an interesting one with the ultra-competitive Western Conference teams all fighting for the 8 playoff spots. The return of Andrew Bynum will make the Lakers an even better team than last season. We've been waiting to see the extremely tall frontcourt of Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom, and we will get our first look at them October 28 when the regular season starts.

I've listed games that I look forward to above, but do you have any others that you look forward to seeing this season? Sound off in the comments if there's a game that you are excited to see.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lakers Sign Josh Powell

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Josh Powell today. He won't even have to get used to a new arena or buy a new house since last season he played for the Los Angeles Clippers. Powell averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds last season with the Clippers. In three seasons, he has a career average of 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.

More on the signing here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Lakers 2008-09 Schedule Breakdown

As I had posted on this post, the full 2008-09 schedule for the Los Angeles Lakers is available, and I wanted to take a look in detail about it, so here's a breakdown of the schedule:

  • Oct./Nov. : 10 home, 5 away. A home-heavy schedule for the beginning of the season, including one away game against the Clippers. Only 3 back-to-backs. A moderate difficulty level in terms of the competition played.
  • Dec. : 7 home, 8 away. Just about even between home and away games. 4 back-to-backs. An easy month against the competition.
  • Jan. : 10 home, 6 away. Another home-heavy month, including an away game against the Clippers. 4 back-to-backs. Fairly tough month against the competition.
  • Feb. : 4 home, 9 away. Here's the first road-heavy month for the Lakers. 4 back-to-backs. Another fairly tough month in difficulty.
  • Mar. : 5 home, 10 away. The second straight road-heavy month for Los Angeles. Only 2 back-to-backs (plus first half of one leading into April). Very tough competition this month.
  • Apr. : 5 home, 3 away. Slightly more home games at the end of the regular season. Only 1 back-to-back (plus the second half of the back-to-back starting at the end of March). Fairly easy month against the competition.

The Lakers have a total of 19 back-to-back games this season. We don't have that many big breaks, which is good since teams are usually cold after not playing for a while. We have 3 times where we have 3 straight games off, all in November, 4 straight games off between December and January, and 5 straight games off for the All Star break in February.

As Laker fans know, Tuesdays are always a common day for Laker games, and this season is no exception. Tuesday leads the Laker season with 20 games. Sunday and Friday each have 16 games. Wednesday is next with 13 games this season. 9 Thursdays have Laker games. Mondays and Saturdays have the least amount of Laker games with only 4 each.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Lakers Sign Sun Yue

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms on a two year contract with Sun Yue of China, the Lakers' second round pick in 2007. Sun, a 6'9" guard, is known as the Chinese Magic because of how his flashy play and size is similar to Magic Johnson. Sun will play with China's team against Kobe and Team USA in the first game of the Olympics for both teams on Sunday, so Laker fans will get to see Sun in action against a soon-to-be teammate.

More on the signing here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Full Los Angeles Lakers 2008-09 Schedule

The NBA released the full schedule today for all 30 teams for the 2008-09 season, including the Los Angeles Lakers schedule. In the coming days, I will be posting a more detailed look at the schedule, so stay tuned. For now, here is the full Lakers schedule below (all times are Pacific time zone):


Tue 28 vs Portland 7:30pm
Wed 29 @ LA Clippers 7:30pm


Sat 01 @ Denver 6:00pm
Wed 05 vs LA Clippers 7:30pm
Sun 09 vs Houston 6:30pm
Tue 11 @ Dallas 5:30pm
Wed 12 @ New Orleans 5:00pm
Fri 14 vs Detroit 7:30pm
Tue 18 vs Chicago 7:30pm
Thu 20 @ Phoenix 7:30pm
Fri 21 vs Denver 7:30pm
Sun 23 vs Sacramento 6:30pm
Tue 25 vs New Jersey 7:30pm
Fri 28 vs Dallas 7:30pm
Sun 30 vs Toronto 6:30pm


Tue 02 @ Indiana 4:00pm
Wed 03 @ Philadelphia 4:00pm
Fri 05 @ Washington 4:00pm
Sun 07 vs Milwaukee 6:30pm
Tue 09 @ Sacramento 7:00pm
Wed 10 vs Phoenix 7:30pm
Fri 12 vs Sacramento 7:30pm
Sun 14 vs Minnesota 6:30pm
Tue 16 vs New York 7:30pm
Fri 19 @ Miami 5:00pm
Sat 20 @ Orlando 4:00pm
Mon 22 @ Memphis 5:00pm
Tue 23 @ New Orleans 5:00pm
Thu 25 vs Boston 2:00pm
Sun 28 vs Golden State 6:30pm


Fri 02 vs Utah 7:30pm
Sun 04 vs Portland 6:30pm
Tue 06 vs New Orleans 7:30pm
Wed 07 @ Golden State 7:30pm
Fri 09 vs Indiana 7:30pm
Sun 11 vs Miami 6:30pm
Tue 13 @ Houston 5:30pm
Wed 14 @ San Antonio 6:00pm
Fri 16 vs Orlando 7:30pm
Mon 19 vs Cleveland 7:30pm
Wed 21 @ LA Clippers 7:30pm
Thu 22 vs Washington 7:30pm
Sun 25 vs San Antonio 12:30pm
Tue 27 vs Charlotte 7:30pm
Fri 30 @ Minnesota 5:00pm
Sat 31 @ Memphis 5:00pm


Mon 02 @ New York 4:30pm
Wed 04 @ Toronto 4:00pm
Thu 05 @ Boston 5:00pm
Sun 08 @ Cleveland 12:30pm
Tue 10 vs Oklahoma City 7:30pm
Wed 11 @ Utah 6:00pm
Tue 17 vs Atlanta 7:30pm
Wed 18 @ Golden State 7:30pm
Fri 20 vs New Orleans 7:30pm
Sun 22 @ Minnesota 4:00pm
Tue 24 @ Oklahoma City 5:00pm
Thu 26 vs Phoenix 7:30pm
Fri 27 @ Denver 6:00pm


Sun 01 @ Phoenix 12:30pm
Tue 03 vs Memphis 7:30pm
Fri 06 vs Minnesota 7:30pm
Mon 09 @ Portland 7:00pm
Wed 11 @ Houston 5:30pm
Thu 12 @ San Antonio 5:00pm
Sun 15 vs Dallas 12:30pm
Tue 17 vs Philadelphia 7:30pm
Thu 19 vs Golden State 7:30pm
Sat 21 @ Chicago 5:30pm
Tue 24 @ Oklahoma City 5:00pm
Thu 26 @ Detroit 4:30pm
Fri 27 @ New Jersey 4:30pm
Sun 29 @ Atlanta 12:30pm
Tue 31 @ Charlotte 4:00pm


Wed 01 @ Milwaukee 5:00pm
Fri 03 vs Houston 7:30pm
Sun 05 vs LA Clippers 6:30pm
Tue 07 @ Sacramento 7:00pm
Thu 09 vs Denver 7:30pm
Fri 10 @ Portland 7:00pm
Sun 12 vs Memphis 6:30pm
Tue 14 vs Utah 7:30pm

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lakers Sign Dwayne Mitchell

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Dwayne Mitchell, a participant on the Lakers summer league team. He averaged 6.7 points and 61.9% shooting in 15 minutes a game with the summer league.

More on the signing here.