Daily Archives: January 22, 2010


Pat Summitt is reaching to the far end of Tennessee’s bench to make a change in the Lady Vols’ starting lineup for Sunday’s SEC women’s basketball game at LSU.
UT’s coach said Friday that guard Sydney Smallbone will start in place of Angie Bjorklund against the Lady Tigers.
Summitt made the decision after reviewing Bjorklund’s 3-for-11 shooting and six turnovers in Thursday night’s 53-50 loss at Georgia.
Bjorklund watched the same video and wondered whether she was suffering from a case of basketball amnesia.
“I honestly thought I didn’t know how to play basketball there a couple of possessions,” Bjorklund said.
Smallbone hasn’t committed a turnover or missed a shot lately. The 5-foot-10 junior hasn’t played in the last three games. Her last action was nine playing minutes in a 75-48 victory at Mississippi State on Jan. 10. Overall, Smallbone has played in 13 games and averaged 9.6 minutes.
“She’s the only player on this team I haven’t given a chance to,” Summitt said. “You look at how many games she hasn’t gotten in.”
Summitt is sticking with Shekinna Stricklen as the starting point guard. She shot 3-for-11 against Georgia and had seven turnovers. For the past three games, the 6-foot-2 sophomore has nine assists and 19 turnovers.
Summitt wouldn’t commit to an expanded role for backup point guard Briana Bass.
Her follow-up to a decent effort against Vanderbilt last Sunday was being yanked after committing a turnover against Georgia.


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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in Bjorklund, ladyvols, smallbone, Summitt


Ben Maller: Andrew Bynum to New Jersey for Harris/Lopez???

Jan 22, 2010 10:01 AM

Lakers down on Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum hasn’t made enough progress this season to keep Lakers executives happy. Bynum has been such a disappointment, he’s been made available on the trading block, two different Eastern Conference sources confirmed to me this week.

While Bynum’s overall numbers are pretty good (15 ppg 8.4ppg, but he’s been far too quiet most nights. Bynum has also struggled to perform along side talented teammate Pau Gasol.

A source confirmed to me this week that the Lakers have taken Bynum’s name off the untouchable list and would deal him for a player that they feel will give them the best chance to win another championship this season.

Peter Vecsey tossed out Raptors star Chris Bosh’s name last week. This is a longshot but I’m told told Bosh loves the idea of playing in Los Angeles.

A person in the know tossed out the idea of a blockbuster trade that would send Andrew Bynum back to his home state of New Jersey. In a multi-player deal the Lakers would end up with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris of the Nets.

Lopez is averaging 19 ppg and 9.6 rpg for the Nets this season and would give the Lakers another dominant inside presence and more toughness.

– As good as Pau Gasol can be, he’s the last guy you want to have the basketball late in games for the Lakers…

My thoughts: Andrew Bynum for Devin Harris and Brook Lopez…take the trade! Only because we could get them both. Right now with the numbers Lopez racking up, it shows me that he would have no problem doing exactly what Phil Jackson been asking of Bynum: REBOUND/BLOCK SHOTS. Now as a Laker fan, understand that I love Bynum, and honestly I think he is one of the top 3 centers in the league, but unless he can find a way to get his “head” in the game consistently, he will be shipped. Bynum is in the perfect system right now, and he must learn to play with Pau Gasol, because we know he is not going anywhere. I only pull the trigger though if it gives us Devin Harris, because we need someone who can take the minutes away from Derek Fisher in his “waning” years. Other than that, like Lopez straight up for Bynum, I would not do it. LakerFam sound off…what would you do? And can someone tell me where we can find THAT ANDREW BYNUM IN THE PICTURE ABOVE.

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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in brook, Bynum, devin, harris, LAKERS, lopez, nets


Lakers vs Cavaliers Kobe Bryant 31 Points in Loss

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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in Uncategorized



LadyVolNation…stand up!! Yea I know you may be a little “stunned” right now..but shake it off. This loss was bound to “come” based on the way our offense has played in the past 2 games versus Florida and Vanderbilt. Yet, even though no one wants to think about it…our defense was great, until they got the wide open lay-up to go ahead. Now I could go into how the refs allowed Robinson, and Phillips to come over the back on Glory Johnson ALL NIGHT long, but I won’t. Where I will go, is to our point guard position, where Shekinna Stricklen continues to “struggle” when she is not playing at home. I am not blaming all the poor play on Shekinna, but in the game of basketball, as your point guard play goes, so does the team. Remember the point guard “leads” the team, and is a pressure filled position. In the past 3 games here are Shekinna’s numbers combined: She shot 12-30fg, 30pts/12rbs/9asst/and are you ready for this..19 turn overs! I know you looking at those numbers and saying that’s not “bad”..(not the turn overs) but in almost 120 minutes of play those numbers are not going to get it. Watching Shekinna in the past 3 games has been “hard” on this fan. I don’t know if she is hurting or what? She looks a “step” slow, and at times just not into the game. The steals that Georgia, Vandy, and Florida got on her were just too easy. I’m not going to make excuses, all I know is the Shekinna that’s out there playing, is not the Shekinna who got the triple double a few games before these three. Can someone wake up the SEC player of the week please. The 2 man game between her and Bjorklund is keyed on by the opponents defense, so they must find another way to bring Angie off the screen. She has not done much better. Her numbers for the past 3 games 9-32fg, 25pts/3asst…uh not going to get it done. I bring these two up, because they are our leading scorers, and they both dominate the ball the majority of the time. During this game I watched them dump the ball to Glory Johnson 3 times in a row, and each time she scored, so please tell me why they went away from that?
Then Kelly just simply lost her cool. A combination of playing in her “hometown” and then the refs letting them “bang” on one end and not the other. Not to mention, why are the refs so sensitive? This was a big game, give the kids a little bit of lee way. Oh and by the way, that was NOT a foul, thank goodness for DVR. Yet I digress on that point, because as tight as the game was, and in spite of the Ladyvols only getting 7 foul shots, compared to ladybulldogs 23 attempts, they were still able to keep it close. It always trips me out when people say don’t blame the refs, but did you notice that Georgia was not scoring “inside” yet they got 23 foul shot attempts? And the ladyvols, who were working inside all night, only managed to get 7, and those came in the second half? Hey I’m just saying…don’t act like the refs don’t impact the game.
Now enter in off the bench, freshman guard Kamiko Williams, and I will honestly say, she is the X factor for this ladyvols team. As Shekinna stats has dwindled to obscurity, Kamiko has begin to show her poise on the floor. If you haven’t noticed, Kamiko is on the floor at the end of games now, which says that Pat trusts her on the floor at critical times. If you want to see Shekinna Stricklen “flourish” on the floor…put her out there with Williams on the floor. Kamiko reminds me of WNBA champion, and former UNC guard, Nikki Teasley. She is 5’11 with great court vision. Some of the passes she makes are Magic esque. She also has no problem getting the ball into the post, and can break down even the quickest of defenders.
I really don’t think it will be long before the LadyVols starting lineup looks like this: PG-Williams SG-Bjorklund SF-Stricklen PF-Johnson C-Cain…Stricklen can take ANY forward off the dribble, and she don’t have to worry about setting up the offense. Sometimes you can’t MAKE someone into something, and I know Pat want’s Shekinna to “embrace” it and flow consistently in it, but she is truly having trouble, let’s not make this hard. Put her where she can flow effortlessly in her game. And that bench has Spani, Brewer,Bass,Smallbone,Manning..which is sufficient. Every player is not designed to be the “franchise” player, for example Tony Romo (when the pressure is on, he continues to show inconsistency)…but then you have someone who is fearless, who wants the responsibilty of being the franchise player (go to) Glory Johnson. Angie Bjorklund can be…but she doesn’t have that “killer instinct”…one thing is for sure, someone has to step up, and become that go to player…uh Angie come get the ball!
FYI: I’M THE BIGGEST LADY VOLS FAN..AND KINNA IF YOU READ THIS, MAKE A LIAR OUT OF ME! I want another triple double, heck I’ll take a double double…just play your game. LadyVols 4 life. THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION CONTINUES

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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in georgia, ladybulldogs, ladyvols, tennessee, UT

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