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PAU

Recorded his 4th triple double of his career...and theres still 3 minutes left in the third as i type this. Hes averaging 25, 10.5 and 1.7 blks and theyre still undefeated...

I guess I gotta start to buy into the MVP hype now


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Yes you do because the Pau

Yes you do because the Pau show will be here all year. He is younger and fresher then Kobe and proving he can handle a larger role therefore we are going to notice a spike in his production.

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hes been playing darn near

hes been playing darn near flawless basketball. He actually had the triple double to

night with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

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4 me a legitimate mvp

4 me a legitimate mvp contender, right now he has my vote

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So glad hes on my fantasy

So glad hes on my fantasy squad
He played really good and he is does have a shot a MVP if he continues his play..

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If the Lakers end up top

If the Lakers end up top regular season team then Pau has a legit shot at MVP providing his contribution to the team is bigger than Kobe's. Kobe like Shaq although one of the greatest players of all time is only a one time MVP and some voters may think it is rightful to reward him again as he is now 32 years old so his MVP chances will diminish as he watches his minutes more as his career reaches it's later stages.

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could end up costing them both

could they end up getting split and costing each other the mvp pau and kobe will certainly be in the discussion

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I don't know if it's just me,

I don't know if it's just me, but I can't remember a Laker team that was playing this well. I mean, they're clicking on all cylinders.

Pau is a legit MVP candidate. Lamar doesn't miss and is playing hard every possession. Blake fits in perfectly. Brown is playing great. Artest is playing lock down D and understands his role. Barnes has been great. Fisher looks good. The young rooks have been solid. They're playing unselfish and moving the ball. They're defending at a championship level. They didn't even need Kobe last night to literally destroy the Blazers.

And all this without Andrew Bynum? Wow...

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Impressive

That is really all you can say right now. The Blazers have not exactly been slouches, and the Lakers thoroughly ripped them. Pau has been easily the best PF in the league thus far, maybe even as so many of you are saying, the league MVP after these first few weeks. It is just all about maintaining this level, which I think will get increasingly more difficult. Odom has looked like an All-Star, but again, I just see it becoming more and more difficult for him to maintain that level. However, when you think about it, this team has had some of these guys playing together for 5 years, while Pau and Artest have been thoroughly engrained in the system. The continuity of this system makes them incredibly dangerous, and could give them a leg up on any other team in the league. My predictions for Miami are down the line, but the Lakers have definitely been the best team in the league thus far. The fact that Kobe has not needed to score for them to be successful just makes them that much more dangerous, but they have gone on really impressive streaks before, and the bubble seems to burst somewhere (in the regular season, did not happen the last two years in the play-offs, though was incredibly close against Boston this past year). They have been amazing thus far, but maintaining this level will be difficult. There early season schedule gives them a chance to maybe win their first 13-14 games, but things will be more difficult down the line. But Pau is playing out of his mind, if he wins MVP that would be something truly incredible, considering that he is playing on a team with someone considered the games best player. With his current statistical output and the Lakers record, I can think of no better candidate at this point though, I just really think it will be very hard to maintain. Odom has always lacked consistency, but he has been very solid and making his shots at an amazing clip. The Lakers have looked like they could rival those Bulls teams with Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Kukoc, yet have never had that level of consistency that made that 72-10 so amazing. I highly doubt they will this year either, but right now, they are making it seem like there is no end in sight to their winning ways.

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Don't piss Kobe off people.

Don't piss Kobe off people. He will drop 80 on your head.

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@tezo I feel the same way

@tezo I feel the same way they actually look better then the other laker teams that won the title in thios past decade. Of course theres no shaq as far as dominating but overall this team looks to better. the bench is out of this world because blake is a starter playing backup, matt barnes is a all around beast as far as rebounding shooting scoring hustle, theo is looking nice even in limited minutes. he wont score alot but he still plays good defense, ebanks isnt doing much but does anyone else think he would play alot more on just about any other team? Caracter doesnt play much but hes not too bad when he plays other then the dumb fouls. fisher is playing better probably because he can rest more. kobe of course is kobe and shannon brown has become a force off the bench. his jumper is alot bettrer( said he spent the whole summer shooting and i didnt put too much stock in it at first because every player says that but i believe him now). one of the knocks i hear is that the defense hasnt been as good as it should be and thats understandable considering we score so much now and our bench plays alot more. But the scary thing about it is Bynum hasnt played yet!!! Just imagin just how good the bench is gonna be with

Blake

brown

barnes

odom

theo

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Shedding the Soft Label...

I never really understood the soft label that Pau had. Early on he was a little timid, but that was due to age and a different style of play here in the states. Over the years he has played better and better while becoming not only the most skilled big not named Timmy but also a strong competitor. He plays with a lot of emotion and effort, so...Can we bury the soft label now?

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he deserved the soft label.

he deserved the soft label. He was always skilled but was soft. you banged him around and he would become less of a factor. he shyed away from contact especially on the defense of end and didnt wanna mix it up too much down low. He starting to bang more on offense as well as defense. Hes never gonna be a shaq type banger but hes becoming more respectable as far as getting physical

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I agree a little

I think a lot of that came from youth and a different style of play rather than being "soft". He bangs pretty hard for a skinny big. I agree he is getting more physical, but of course he will never "be a Shaq type banger". He is 100 pounds less than Shaq and a way different player. Apples and oranges, my friend

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I said he won't be a banger

I said he won't be a banger like shaw didn't say he should be shaw. And he was called soft because he played soft. Not youth or skill. He used to play soft

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Word

I get what your saying, but I just disagree. Deal?

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