Q & A With an LA Blog

Busta BucketCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

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With the next LA Laker game getting closer, we asked Rey of The No-Look Pass to enlighten us on some of the stuff going on in Laker Land.

It's just a simple Q and A with one of our blogger buddies. Check out his site for a good Laker perspective.

Bust a Bucket: How much do you think the Lakers, Kobe in particular, care about losing eight straight at the Rose Garden? That has to really piss him off.

The No-Look Pass: Kobe Bryant is one of the ultimate competitors in the game; of course, it has to piss him off. There must be something about the Rose Garden that the Lakers can't seem to figure out. And frankly, I can't figure it out, either. The Lakers' kryptonite has been the Rose Garden and the [Charlotte] Bobcats. Your answer about why the Lakers can't beat Portland in RG is as good as mine.

BAB: Will Pau Gasol play tonight? Portland will have a tough enough time without him, but it might be a done deal if he does play. (UPDATE: Gasol will not play, but here's Rey's answer anyway:

TNLP: Pau Gasol is supposedly day-to-day with that hamstring injury...but he was also day-to-day with his previous hamstring injury, and he missed 11 games. I'm going to guess that he doesn't play, but it's obvious to everybody (if you saw the Lakers/Clippers game) that the Lakers are much better with Gasol in the lineup.

BAB: Has any more come out about how Ron Artest got hurt? We also haven't heard a lot from "Ron Ron" this season. What's up with the good behavior? Just a winning team and a good system, or is Ron a better guy then people think?

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TNLP: No further talk about Ron's injury...which is good. I have personally met Ron Artest, and he's a good guy. I tend to be protective of him, so I disliked it when people said things didn't add up about his injury.

Ron is always liked the first time he arrives on a team, but he tends to wear out his welcome as time goes by. I really hope this is not the case with Los Angeles, but as of now, he's off to a fantastic start. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I really think Ron is a good guy, though.

BAB: What is your opinion on Adam Morrison right now? As Gonzaga alumni, we keep tabs on him to some degree. Will he ever get another chance? Does he deserve a chance?

TNLP: Adam Morrison deserves a chance, but I think his confidence was shattered after his injury and the trade. At least he's getting some playing time with the Lakers, but for him to realize his full potential, he has to go to another team. Will he get that shot? I think some team will give him a chance, more so if his defense improves.

BAB: Are the Lakers front-runners to repeat as NBA champions? Do the Celtics or Cavaliers really pose a threat, or does a healthy Lakers team dominate the season and the playoffs?

TNLP: When everyone is healthy, I personally think it will come down to the Lakers and the Celtics. The Celtics are the only team that doesn't seem to be afraid of the Lakers. I don't think the Cavs have the killer instinct to beat the Lakers in a seven-game series. Would the Lakers beat Boston in the Finals? My heart says yes. My head? I might need some convincing. June 2008 feels like yesterday.

Thanks again to Rey of The No-Look Pass for stopping by and sharing some Laker info with us.