I canâ€™t wait; it feels like that ticker to the right is moving painfully slowly. As we wait, here are a few notes heading into the big game.
â€¢ While I have yet to see the official notice, Devin Green is expected to be cut today, meaning Aaron Mckie gets the final roster spot. Weâ€™ve said before that could be paving the way for a midseason trade, but also is $2.5 million that the Lakers donâ€™t have to eat.
â€¢ There may be no two better teams for Andrew Bynum to get his first two starts against than who he faces in the next couple days. Phoenix lacks a classic NBA center and Bynum could establish an inside presence (like Kwame did in the early parts of the playoff series against the Suns last season). Then there is Golden State, where Troy Murphy will spend time at center. Enough said.
â€¢ Did you really think Kobe wasn’t going to play? He’s too much of a competitor to miss it. Itâ€™s fair to wonder how effective he will be, although 60% of Kobe is still damn good, and the Suns have to respect what he can do.
â€¢ One thing Iâ€™m curious about is the â€œLights Outâ€ look. In case you havenâ€™t heard, the Lakers will be keeping the arena outside the court much darker this season, it will look more like classic boxing match lighting than what weâ€™re used to at basketball games. I canâ€™t wait to see what that will be like for watching games from the seats at Staples, I think it will be cool. But I have no idea how it will play on television.
â€¢ Today the last NBA blog preview went live, as friend-of-the-site (despite being a Kings fan) Tom Ziller from Sactown Royalty nearly goes Martin Luther. There is some great stuff in these blog previews, and while we fans tend to be optomistic the information is first rate and worth a read.
â€¢ Matt from Blog-a-Bull has a fun Eastern Conference preview up:
12. New York – There’s a difference between a ‘bad coach’ and ‘coach trying to deliberately sabotage the team to try and force a power play between himself and the GM resulting in the GM’s firing’. So you may read in a lot of places that the Knicks will be better because Larry Brown is gone. But they still won’t be any good, since before he was an awful GM, Isaiah Thomas was a coach of some underachieving Pacers teams. And the words ‘Knicks’ and ‘underachieving’ go together like ‘Larry Brown’ and ‘jackass’.
â€¢ Ryan at Hoopsaddict has started his own magazine â€” actual, not just online. But you can check it out from your computer.
â€¢ Jerry Buss is getting a star on the Hollywood walk of frame today, ostensibly for his help in founding Prime Ticket (now Fox Sports Net West). It just feels like he should have one whatever reason they could come up for it.
â€¢ Buss getting that star was the first topic for my latest writing gig â€“ Iâ€™m now the Laker contributor for the LAist blog. The stuff there will be aimed at the more casual fan (fewer stats and minutia, more big picture), but you can expect my favorite themes to appear. By the way, you canâ€™t imagine how thrilled my wife was when I told her I found another place I could write for free.