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Battle Of LA Lakers Clippers Giveaway

Clippers Vs Lakers Tickets

Clippers Vs Lakers

Tonight the Clippers look to even the score in this seasons Battle For Los Angeles Series after losing the season opener 116-103 to the Lakers. Both Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant will be watching from the bench as Blake Griffin and Pau Gasol both look to make statements. Battle Of LA Tickets are still available for tonight’s Lakers/Clippers Game!


SORRY THERE WERE NO WINNERS FOR THIS CONTEST! SOME CLOSE SCORES BUT NO WINNERS!

Barry’s Contest for Tonight’s Battle Of LA!

To Enter: (Hashtag) #barrystickets as well as (Hashtag) the winning team either #clippers or #lakers and the SCORE on either your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+ account or below and you could win your teams sweatshirt as well as $50.00 Barry’s Bucks good on www.BARRYSTICKETS.com! ALL THREE MUST BE INCLUDED IN ORDER TO WIN! ONE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN! No purchase necessary!

Lakers Vs Clippers Contest

Who Will Win Clippers or Lakers?

Rules: No Entries or Edits will be accepted after 7:15pm January 10th 2014! The winners who #barrystickets, winning team (#lakers or #clippers) and the correct score of tonights game will be placed in a random drawing and the winner will be contacted and announced on this blog post on Monday January 13th 2014. Any edits or picks after 7:15pm January 10th 2014 will be forfeited! Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram and Disqus all use time stamps so we are able to see the exact time of post as well as editing of posts. You can also see our “terms of use” page for a complete lists of rules and disclaimers.

Barry’s Tickets reserves the right to change a promotion at anytime. No purchase necessary Barry’s Tickets Service is an Official Partner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Only One Barrys Bucks/Discount Code/Promotional Code may be used per transaction.By:Chris Michaels.

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Win Free Clippers Tickets

The Clippers look to try and get things going again and tonight they take on the Orlando Magic at the Los Angeles Staples Center. For your chance to win a pair of Free Clippers Tickets just hashtag #clipperstickets on your twitter, google+, instagram, or facebook and your entered. The contest is over at 11:15am today. We will be contacting the Winners of Free Clippers Tickets and when your contacted you will have 30 minutes to respond or your tickets can be forfeited. Multiple Winners Will Be Announced!

LA Clippers Tickets

Clippers Tickets

The first week of the year was an up and down one for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers opened the week by losing to the Phoenix Suns before winning consecutive games over Charlotte and Dallas. Saturday night they were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs and then suffered the double whammy when they found out that they’ll be without Chris Paul for as long as six weeks due to a separated shoulder. Paul suffered the injury during Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Week Recap: The Clippers maintained their solid playoff position in the Western Conference but now face the unenviable task of a month and a half without their star point guard. Beyond Lebron James there may not be a more valuable player in the NBA and it will be interesting to see how the Clippers get by without Paul. Last season the Clippers had Eric Bledsoe to fill in when Paul was out. With Bledsoe now with the Phoenix Suns the Clippers don’t have that luxury and will rely on veteran Darren Collison to fill Paul’s shoes. Collison is a capable veteran backup who will attempt to give the Clippers what they lack in Paul’s absence. The other big news in Clipper-land is the rumors that the Knicks and Clippers may be considering a Blake Griffin for Carmelo Anthony swap. Rumors in the NBA are a dime a dozen but the sheer fact that there is potential conversation around dealing Griffin is interesting. The Clippers star is having a solid season with a strong run of play over the past five games. He clearly has his limitations, especially as a go to scorer or from the free throw line, but the fact the Clippers could be entertaining a trade for Anthony does indicate the organization may have a concern that Griffin may not have much higher of a ceiling as a player.

The Week Ahead: The Clippers have a line schedule over the next week with three home games, all winnable without Chris Paul. The Clippers open the week by welcoming the Orlando Magic and second overall pick Victor Oladipo into STAPLES Center. The Magic are just 10-23 and in fifth place in a weak Atlantic Division. They have a talented young core of players but have been unable to win close games. After facing the Magic the Clippers host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at STAPLES Center. Boston, who completely dismantled their roster in the offseason, has been competitive this year, but has struggled lately. Former Butler University Head Coach Brad Stevens has done impressive work with a young Celtics team in his debut NBA season. The game will earn national attention due to Doc Rivers first game coaching against the team he led to an NBA title and then left in the offseason. The Clippers then wrap up the week with a game versus the struggling Lakers on Friday night.By:Chris Michaels.

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Allen Iverson USA Jersey Giveaway

Allen Iverson

AI

Tonight the 8-21 Philadelphia 76ers come to the Staples Center to face the 13-17 Los Angeles Lakers and in honor of the retired Allen Iverson’s 2001 NBA Finals performance where he scored 48 points in his only NBA Finals Victory we are giving away an Allen Iverson USA White Jersey size 52.

Here’s how it works:
To Enter just hashtag #AI2001 via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+ (G+1) on the left side social icons (max 2 per each social network) or comment below. On Dec 30th, 2014 a random drawing will be held where one winner shall receive a Allen Iverson USA Jersey and four other contestants will receive $25.00 in Barry’s Bucks which can be used for Concert, Sports or Theater Tickets on www.BARRYSTICKETS.com.

Allen Iverson Jersey

Iverson Jersey

The 76ers are just 2-10 against the Lakers at the Staples Center. Tonight the Lakers might be without Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman but are looking to snap a four game skid. Lakers Tickets for tonight’s game as well as all other Lakers Games at the Staples Center can be purchased with no service fees at Barry’s Tickets.

Barry’s Ticket Service is located caddy-corner from the LA Staples Center at:
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We are giving away ONE JERSEY
By:Chris Michaels.

Congrats To Mike Johansen Who Won The Allen Iverson Jersey!

Winner of AI Jersey!

Winner of AI Jersey!

Win A Pair Of The Book Of Mormon Tickets

Pantages Book Of Mormon

Pantages

Winner of nine Tony Awards “The Book Of Mormon” is coming to the Pantages Theater from Jan 22nd – May 11th and here is your chance to WIN a Pair of Tickets! Barry’s Tickets is giving away a pair of Book of Mormon Tickets for the Pantages Theater for the April 23rd performance.

Here’s how it works:
To Enter just hashtag #seethebook via Twitter, Facebook or Google+ (G+1) on the left side social icons (max 2 per day on each social network) or comment below. On Jan 10th, 2014 a random drawing will be held where one winner shall receive two tickets to the musical and four other contestants will receive $25.00 in Barry’s Bucks which can be used for Concert, Sports or Theater Tickets on www.BARRYSTICKETS.com.

The Book Of Mormon Los Angeles

Book Of Mormon

About The Book Of Mormon:The Book of Mormon is a theatrical production that is sure to be loved by some people, while offending others that are religious. But nonetheless, this religious satire on Mormonism will make any objective person laugh out loud. The music was co-created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the same two men who created the popular animated television comedy “South Park.” This musical story is about two youthful missionaries of the Mormon faith from Salt Lake City that are sent to an isolated village in the northern region of Uganda. When they arrive in Uganda, they come across a violent one-eyed warlord that is overpowering the local population with the threats of violence. The villagers lack their faith because many of them are overcome with AIDS and blame God for it. So, the missionaries have the idea that if they share their Mormon scripture with everyone then it will change their minds.

With all of the sad themes that are represented in this production, it is still portrayed in an entertaining and genuinely funny musical. Sometimes, Broadway productions try to force a laugh out of their audience. But with this production, they don’t have to force any laughter out of the audience. It is very hard to get affordable seats for this musical because they are usually all sold out. Later ticket buyers will have to go with the premium seats, which start at $299. But, at least you will have a closer seat to the live performances.

Even though there is foul language and blasphemous undertones in this play, it still has a magic to it that is as special as classics like “The King and I” or “The Sound of Music.” But since this musical touches about dark elements along with cheerful melodies, it could even be compared to Mel Brooks famous musical “The Producers.” No other Broadway show since “The Producers” has achieved so many laughs with so many dark undertones.

The Book of Mormon is great for any objective person who does not get offended by jokes that poke fun of religion or have foul language in them. For the traditional kind of Broadway attendees, they will likely be turned off by the humor in this play. It is written for a newer generation that believes in questioning faith and using graphic situations to gain a laugh. Overall, it is a play that everybody should see once because Mormonism is still a popular religion that is alive and well in America today.By:Chris Michaels.

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How Winner will be Determined: The one (1) potential Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries on approximately Jan 10th, 2014, by an independent judging organization, and will be contacted on or about Jan 10th, 2014 . Judge’s decisions with respect to the Grand Prize Winner and other matters pertaining to the Promotion shall be final. The Grand Prize Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability and publicity (where permitted), and return same, properly executed, within five (5) days of issuance of prize notification. If Sponsor is unable to contact the Grand Prize Winner within three (3) days from first notification attempt, if the Grand Prize Winner fails to complete and return all requested forms by the specified date, or if the Grand Prize Winner fails to comply with any of the requirements, his/her prize will be forfeited and an alternate Grand Prize Winner shall be selected. By entering into the Promotion, all entrants consent to the use of their name, photograph, likeness, biography, voice and/or video for advertising and promotional purposes, including online announcements, worldwide and without limitation and without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.

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Do the Lakers Need Some Love?

Kevin Love LA Lakers

Kevin Love

The Los Angeles Lakers are constantly searching for ways to shake things up. They are exploring trade scenarios, they are looking for their next superstar. They will have to find a way to turn things around and stop their descent.

The team might make a move soon, this summer or eventually the next one. But it will make a move, a big move, that’s what the Lakers have always done. LA needs to find the player who will lead the franchise to the post-Kobe Bryant era. Kevin Love might be exactly that player.

Love could be the perfect fit for the Los Angeles Lakers. He could be the superstar the team needs.

The 25-year old power forward has a contract that expires no sooner than the summer of 2016, but he does have a player option for the last year of his contract. If he chooses to opt-out, he could be a really hot target for the Lakers.

Although the Lakers would be eager to land him sooner, the team doesn’t have the assets to offer the Timberwolves. So such a deal would never work.

Kevin Love trade

Love

Nevertheless, Minnesota signed Love to a four-year deal, when they could have offered him a maximum five-year contract. That seemed to bother Love a bit, whilst he wasn’t dissatisfied with the deal, of course. Nonetheless, Love certainly is not 100 percent happy in Minnesota. It’s not just about money. The team still hasn’t found a way to reach the highest level of competiveness.

Love’s addition by the Lakers only makes sense for the team. The departure of Dwight Howard and the rejection of the Chris Paul trade from the NBA left the Lakers with little hopes of finding the next big thing, their next superstar.

Love has many ties with Los Angeles. He was born in Santa Monica and he attended UCLA. There is an obvious link between the Lakers and Love. It’s growing constantly. However, Lakers fans will have to wait for this process to evolve.

For now, Love is just showing a bit of his talents to the Lakers fans, to the entire franchise. That’s what he did during the Lakers – Wolves meeting, earlier this season, when he put up points in bunches and sank one three-pointer after another.

Lakers Kevin Love trade

Laker Love

There not many more options for the Lakers in the market. LeBron James most probably will stay in Miami, where he will have the chance be a member of a winning organization and play alongside his buddy, Dwyane Wade.

Carmelo Anthony is another tough case. Melo is in the middle of his prime and the last thing he wants is to become a part of a one-star franchise. That’s what the Lakers are projected to become after Kobe retires. Melo has been in a similar situation, when he was a member of the Denver Nuggets.

The addition of Kevin Love is one that only makes sense for both the Lakers and the 25-year old superstar. Time will tell if this will become reality. By:Chris Michaels.

Lakers Heat Christmas Day What To Expect

Kobe Lebron Christmas

Kobe Lebron

Over the past week the Los Angeles Lakers have slowly integrated Kobe Bryant back into the lineup, after his six-month absence due to a torn Achilles. Los Angeles is 2-4 since the return of Bryant, but is coming off of a solid road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers will have three more games to tune up for their big Christmas Day game versus the Miami Heat. Due to their incredible success under Kobe Bryant the Lakers have been a regular participant on Christmas Day for years with many memorable games. This year will be no exception when the Lakers welcome in Lebron James and the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat into STAPLES Center. Much maligned after his exit from Cleveland, James has taken his already incredible game to an even higher level this season, operating at an offensive efficiency that few players in league history have ever achieved.

Here’s a look at what to expect when Miami visits the Lakers on Christmas Day:

Expect to pay an arm and leg for Lakers Vs Heat Tickets on Christmas Day. Prices for Lakers Tickets on Christmas Day against the World Champion Miami Heat can run roughly two and a half times the average game. A 300 level “get in the door” ticket usually will cost about $90 per ticket but for the Lakers Vs Heat they can run $215 per ticket. A 200 level for the Lakers Vs 76ers is about $168 per ticket but the same section (207) for the Heat is about $566.00 per ticket. Dead Center section 111 row B for an average game can run $625.00 per ticket and for the Lakers Vs Heat it is about $1750-$2000 per ticket. If prices are to steep and after your done opening presents you can always go down to the Staples Center to checkout LA Live and the crowd around the Venue then hop into our office next to the Staples Center and see if there is last minute tickets available at a cheaper price.

King James Lebron

King James

Lebron James is really, really, really good: With Lebron James ascending to levels that few have reached, fellow stars Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh have taken a back seat to the Heat superstar. James is shooting just under 60% and 41% from behind the three point line. Under the leadership of Erik Spoelstra, James has refined his game to maximum efficiency, shooting from select spots on the floor, while maximizing his unique passing skills and vision. Considering how well he’s played the last two seasons it’s hard to fathom that James continues to get better as a player. Dywane Wade, who nearly singlehandedly won an NBA title in 2005, has dealt with chronic knee pain over the past three seasons and has to play in spurts, typically missing back-to-back games and playing fewer minutes this season. Bosh has carved out a secondary role that emphasizes his unique ability to extend the floor as a shooting big man, helping make the Heat ball-movement offense work.

The Lakers are a lot more fun to watch: Last year’s debacle, where the Lakers barely made the playoffs after being touted as a title contender coming into the season, was a failure on multiple fronts. Beyond the underachievement of the team was the fact that Los Angeles just wasn’t fun to watch. The Lakers offense was stagnant and plodding due to their lack of youth and multiple players (like Gasol) playing out of position. This year’s club may not be as talented but they’re a lot younger and a lot more fun to watch. Mitch Kupchak has done a good job infusing life into the lineup on a limited budget.

Miami has built a solid core: General Manager Pat Riley has smartly built a veteran core around James, Wade and Bosh through smart moves and veterans taking reduced contracts. Shane Battier is versatile defender often found guarding power forwards while providing grit on the boards and hitting the open three point shot. Ray Allen, perhaps the greatest three point shooter in league history, hit one of the biggest clutch shots in league history last season to send game six of the NBA finals to overtime. The ageless Allen helps extend the floor as one of eight legitimate Heat three-point shooting threats. The Heat shoots just under 39% as a team from behind the three point line.

The surprising evolution of Michael Beasley: Perhaps the most interesting Heat acquisition is Michael Beasley, the former second overall pick who fizzled out in Minnesota and Phoenix. Beasley is a talented scorer who may have found a home during his second stint with Miami. He has an impressive PER of 22.1 while averaging 11.4 points per game in just 17 minutes played. Beasley is shooting a lights out 55% from the field and 50% from behind the three point line.

Kobe the Distributor: During his re-insertion into the lineup Bryant has often taken a secondary role, more of a classical “point-forward”, looking to make the extra pass. As he gets comfortable athletically his shot volume should increase and he should once again be the go-to guy down the stretch. Bryant hasn’t quite found the rhythm yet, but his minutes and offensive contribution is increasing.

Lakers Miami Tickets

Lakers Miami

Any Kobe Bryant and Lebron James matchup is a big deal with this year’s game being perhaps more anticipated than in years past. The STAPLES Center crowd and the national television audience should eagerly tune in to see how Bryant, coming off a potentially career ending injury, can match up with the reigning champions. Expect a great deal of energy from the Lakers, especially from their athletic youngsters like Wesley Johnson and Nick Young. With Pau Gasol the Lakers will have an advantage over the smallish Heat interior and will need to exploit the big Spaniard’s advantage in the post to offset the difficult Heat “small-ball” attack. Look for a spirited effort from the Lakers, especially Bryant, as they play in front of a national television audience. By:Chris Michaels

How To Get A Discount On Lion King Tickets

Lion King Tickets

Lion King

Lion King Musical is playing at the Pantages Theater into January 2014 and possibly beyond. For the Holidays Barry’s Tickets is offering a special discount code on Lion King Tickets at the Pantages Theater good on all performances of the run. Don’t miss out on The Lion King!

One of the greatest and longest-running shows in Broadway history, the musical Lion King can now be enjoyed by fans around the US, as it will be played on a bunch of big cities throughout the country.
The show has been enjoyed by over 70 million people and has received superb reviews by the most well-known media around the country, but also worldwide. The Lion King musical is based on the animated film by Disney, initially launched in 1994. It has also won over 70 big-name international awards, including the Tony Award for best musical. It has been played in the biggest cities around the globe with tremendous success, including Sydney, Shanghai, Paris and Madrid.

The music is written by Elton John and the lyrics by Tim Rice. Julian Taymor, the director of the show, has given life to the theatrical version of Lion King in an extraordinary and unique way. The spectacle will please even the most demanding viewer. It includes captivating animal costumes, giant puppets and unbelievable effects.

Lion King can be enjoyed in New York’s Minskoff Theatre eight times per week. Until January 12th it will be played at the Pantages Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. From January 14 until March 9 the show moves to Honolulu, where fans will be able to watch it at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. From March 12, 2014 until April 6, it will take place in Seattle and the Paramount Theatre. Atlanta follows, starting April 10 and ending on April 27th. Then the musical travels to Toronto, Ontario, where it will stay from April 30 until June 15. Washington DC and Montreal are the last two stops.
Lion King is now one of the most successful musicals worldwide and it promises an unforgettable experience to the people who choose to watch it.

Lion King Tickets Discount

Lion King Tickets Discount


Use our special Lion King Tickets promo code at the checkout. Barry’s Tickets has no service fees on any ticket and offers both pick up and emailable tickets when available.

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What Can The Lakers Expect From Kobe Bryant’s Return?

Kobe Bryant

Kobe

After consecutive days of practice where he was able to fully participate in team activities all signs point towards a potential Kobe Bryant return Sunday at home versus the Toronto Raptors. With the Lakers off to a solid start and the look of a potential Western Conference playoff contender the return of their superstar from an Achilles injury suffered last April versus the Golden State Warriors should give the franchise an additional boost. After a difficult playoff exit that involved a sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs and the loss of center Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets tmany pundits were critical of the Lakers chances heading into the 2013-2014 season. After remaking the roster with limited resources to do so the Lakers are in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference and in a position to make a potential playoff run.

The big question is what can the Lakers expect from Bryant when he returns? Bryant isn’t the first NBA superstar to return from a torn Achilles. Four well known players who have suffered the injury and returned are Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, Chauncey Billups and Elton Brand. For Wilkins and Thomas, the results were mixed. Wilkins, the former Atlanta Hawks superstar suffered his injury at the age of thirty-two and returned nine months later, playing an additional seven seasons and averaging nearly thirty points a game in the season he returned. Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer suffered the injury fourteen seasons into his career and never returned. Elton Brand returned and played an additional seven seasons but never had the same explosiveness. Bryant, known for his incredible work ethic, has aggressively rehabbed the injury and all indications from Lakers practice are that he’s ready to return to the NBA.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak did a solid job this offseason adding to the roster to inject some youth and athleticism into the roster. The Lakers now go as much as ten players deep with no one on the roster averaging more than thirty-minutes per game. Bryant will be able to smoothly work his way back into the rotation but unlike last season the Lakers won’t be forced to play their superstar more minutes than they’d like. Last season Bryant averaged 38.6 minutes per game, his highest number in nearly five seasons. The Lakers renewed depth will allow D’Antoni to slowly build up Bryant’s minutes as the Lakers contend for and hopefully reach the playoffs. The fewer minutes should make Bryant more efficient on both the offensive and defensive ends. He had a wonderful season last year but by most indications his defense suffered. Like most veteran players Bryant has reached the point where he has to pick his spots defensively and conserve his energy. Fewer minutes should allow Bryant to maximize his energy on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. With the addition of Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar (once he returns from injury) the Lakers have more options off the bench to spell Bryant. At the same time the Lakers young players, especially Young and Johnson, should benefit from the presence of Bryant. Johnson, a former fourth overall draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is a tremendous athlete with the ability to defend several positions on the court and hit the three point shot. Nick Young, a Los Angeles native, has provided instant offense off the bench and given the Lakers a go-to perimeter player down the stretch. When Bryant returns he’ll be able to once again take over the crunch time duties and allow Young to come in and provide a scoring touch when Bryant rests. The Lakers depth should also allow them to not have to play Bryant in back-to-back nights until he works himself back into game shape.

Kobe Bryant Black Mamba

Black Mamba

In addition to his customary shooting guard/small forward role, Head Coach Mike D’Antoni indicated that Bryant may play some point guard upon his return, signaling the fact that the return of Steve Nash be not be as soon as the return of Bryant. With Jordan Farmar on the shelf for at least the next month the Lakers need an option to spell current starting point guard Steve Blake. Sliding Bryant into an occasional point guard role will not upset the Lakers current rotation and give them a bigger lineup that could provide some defensive challenges for Western Conference teams with smaller back courts.

If Bryant does return Sunday versus the Toronto Raptors he’ll have a fired up STAPLES Center crowd and consecutive home games to get ready for a tough slate of upcoming games. Following the matchup with Rudy Gay and the Raptors the Lakers host the surprising Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Following the Suns game the Lakers have three days off before they head out on a road trip that includes four games in five days. The road trip kicks off with a high profile matchup in Oklahoma City versus Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. With a manageable schedule prior the Lakers could very well head into Oklahoma City multiple games over the .500 record mark. After the Lakers face the Thunder they have to travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats in a back-to-back. As much as Bryant would love to play against the team built by his boyhood idol Michael Jordan it’s hard to imagine the Lakers playing him in back-to-back night so soon after his return. The Lakers will spend the weekend on the east coast followed by consecutive games at Atlanta and Memphis before they return home to STAPLES Center to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, December 20th.

The big date on the Lakers calendar is the Christmas Day visit to STAPLES Center by Lebron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. If Bryant can return Sunday night versus the Raptors he’ll have just over two weeks to prepare for the Heat and the traditional nationally televised Christmas Day games. If the Lakers can properly manage the next three weeks of games they’ll be well positioned to charge into the New Year as legitimate playoff contenders.

Dont miss the return of the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant! Use Promo Code KOBERETURNS on Lakers Tickets and save up to 20% on your guaranteed authentic seats!
By:Chris Michaels

Save 10% on Jay Z Tickets for the Staples And Honda Center

Save Now On the tickets to see one of the biggest starts in the world Jay Z as he tours SoCal for his World Wide Magna Carter Tour

Jay Z Tickets

Jay Z

Jay Z will be playing the Anaheim Honda Center on Dec 6th followed by the Dec 8th performance at the Los Angeles Staples Center! Use discount code JAYZ10 and save 10% on Jay Z Tickets Now! Barrys Tickets has No Service Fees or Hidden Charges on any tickets including Jay Z tickets for either performance!

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By:Chris Michaels

Five Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Lakers

Kobe Bryant Returns

Kobe

A little over a month into the 2013-2014 NBA season there’s a general feeling off positivity among the Lakers fan base. This year’s Lakers club clearly isn’t a title contender but they’re also not the outright disaster that many predicted. With Kobe Bryant rumored to be making his season debut Friday night versus the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, things are looking up. Here are five reasons for optimism among the Lakers fan base.

1. The Return of Kobe Bryant: A week ago the Lakers locked up there superstar for two more years giving Lakers fans peace of mind that one of the franchises greatest players will play his entire career in Los Angeles. The two year contract extension will ensure the presence of Bryant as the Lakers complete this transition period. How effective Bryant will be on the court is still to be determined, but his legendary work ethic and intensity should have a positive effect on this year’s Lakers team. Young players such as Nick Young and Wesley Johnson should benefit from the return of Bryant, both from the presence of Bryant on the court and the example he sets in going about his business. Most importantly the presence of Bryant will give the Lakers a deadly option at the end of games. Los Angeles has been in most every game they’ve played of late but have lost some close due to fourth quarter fades. The presence of Bryant should give the Lakers the fourth quarter edge he’s provided throughout his legendary career.

2. They are fun to watch: By all accounts last season’s Lakers team simply wasn’t enjoyable to watch. With nearly a full season and an offseason to instill his system the Mike D’Antoni style is taking shape. General Manager Mitch Kupchak has done a fine job injecting life into the roster with limited resources. This year’s club is one of the more entertaining teams in the Western Conference. Nick Young gives them instant offense off the bench and has thrived in D’Antoni’s system. Former fourth overall pick Wesley Johnson is showing signs of the talent that made him such a high draft pick and provided major energy and athleticism on both ends of the court. Jordan Farmar is out for a month due to injury, but prior to getting hurt gave the Lakers excellent minutes off the bench.

3. Pau Gasol is Free: Playing Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard on the floor last season just didn’t work. The presence of Howard often made Gasol play in spots on the floor where he just wasn’t as effective or confident. With Howard in Houston, Gasol is no longer playing out of position and the 33-year-old veteran is back in the post and after a slow start is picking up his play. The absence of Howard has also allowed Jordan Hill to flourish. The former first round draft pick is playing the best basketball of his career and doing many of the things the Lakers envisioned from Howard. Hill’s constant hustle and grittiness has given the Lakers a positive companion to Gasol. The Lakers will get Chris Kaman back from injury this week, adding another big body and veteran post player back into the rotation. The trio of Gasol, Hill and Kaman gives the Lakers solid depth at a position where many of the contenders are lacking.

4. Mike D’Antoni: After much criticism last season the Lakers head coach has had a year to institute his system and the Lakers are showing very positive signs. As his time in Phoenix demonstrated D’Antoni often does his best job when expectations are low, as they were heading into this season. Whether the D’Antoni system can ever produce a title is debatable, but there’s no question that it is effective at times when he has the right mix of players. The potential X factor for Los Angeles is when and if Steve Nash can be effective again. Nash became an MVP in Phoenix under D’Antoni and he’s uniquely qualified to run the system. Steve Blake has done a great job in Nash’s absence but the potential return of their veteran point guard can be a huge factor in their ability to compete in the Western Conference as the season moves forward.

Of course the big criticism of any D’Antoni team is their inability to play defense. The Lakers are generally more athletic across the board this season but are still struggling defensively, ranked 27th in the league in points allowed. Granted their free-wheeling style contributes to defensive struggles but they’ll need to shore up the defensive unit as they get into the heart of the playoff race. Bryant, once a great defender, has struggled defensively in recent years and will likely struggle more due to the fact he’s coming off of injury.

5. They’ll be fresh down the stretch: The Lakers legitimately go eleven deep on their roster with Gasol leading the Lakers in minutes per game at just over 30. Los Angeles may not have a starting unit that can contend with Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs but their strong depth will benefit them greatly in a long and arduous NBA season. This depth will also allow the Lakers to slowly work in Kobe Bryant when he returns, as well as Steve Nash if and when he finally comes back from his latest time off due to injury. As the season turns into the final third the Lakers, specifically their veteran players, should have legs that are fresher than many of the teams they’ll be competing against. Add in D’Antoni’s aggressive style and the Lakers should have many a fourth quarter edge on teams toward the end of the season. The increased minutes from the bench players should also build the confidence and comfort of many of the young players. As the Lakers near playoff time their rotation will surely tighten up, but the head coach will have a deep potential bench to rely on moving forward.

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