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Old 10-06-2006, 05:53 PM   #1
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Guards to battle for playing time


By Ross Siler, Staff writer


Article Launched:10/05/2006


11:04:07 PM PDT


EL SEGUNDO - About the only thing Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis can say with respect to the four ball-handing guards competing in training camp is that everything will be sorted out by opening night on Oct. 31.
The Lakers have four such guards in Smush Parker, Sasha Vujacic, Shammond Williams and Jordan Farmar, and only 48 minutes to divide each game between them.

Parker started all 82 games last season and established himself in the league after failing to stick with three previous teams. Vujacic, meanwhile, averaged 17.7 minutes off the bench and knocked down 9 of 15 3-pointers in the playoffs.

Williams has the most experience of the four, having played for six NBA teams before spending the last two seasons in Europe. And Farmar is the team's first-round draft pick who impressed during summer-league play.

"We're going to let them (sort) that out for themselves," Rambis said. "If they're playing well, they'll deserve and earn time. If they're not, then situations will have to be adjusted, whether that's the D-League or moving players on."

Parker was back on the court Thursday after sitting out practice the day before with a sprained shoulder. He spent the off-season working on his mid-range game and trying to forget about his playoff slump against Phoenix.
"We're going to be a better team this year because of it," said Parker, who missed 22 of 26 3-pointers in the first-round series, "and I'm going to be a better player because of my experience last year."

Vujacic worked out in the mountains outside of Belgrade, Serbia, for part of the summer and weighed in for training camp at 205 pounds, up from 193 as a skinny rookie two years ago.

But Vujacic will find competition in Williams. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak approached Williams' agent about signing him before last season but the two sides couldn't work out a deal. Williams led FC Barcelona to the Euroleague Final Four.

Williams is a career 36.3 percent 3-point shooter and can defend small guards. He has spent the early days of training camp picking up the triangle offense.

"What I've been taking pride in is trying to create shots for other people," Williams said. "I feel confident that I'm capable of doing that, getting people in position where they can get open shots."

Feeling better

Rambis said he heard from Jeanie Buss that coach Phil Jackson is walking with a cane and doing well after undergoing hip-replacement surgery Tuesday. Jackson also was described as being "more upright" by Buss.

"Now he's like 7-foot-5," Rambis said, jokingly.


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Old 10-06-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info on training camp. Eager for any bits of
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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Yes, thank you for this article!

I am also curious as to how this internal competition will up the level of playing for all of them!
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:27 PM   #4
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You Think Famar and Williams can beat out smush? I Do.
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:00 PM   #5
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You Think Famar and Williams can beat out smush? I Do.

I think farmar can.

Not williams though.
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:04 PM   #6
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You Think Famar and Williams can beat out smush? I Do.


I thought Williams plays at the 2, and Smush plays at the 1. Am I wrong?
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Old 10-07-2006, 12:26 AM   #7
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smush will get the bulk of the minute. toss up between williams and vujacic for the rest.
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:20 AM   #8
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smush will get the bulk of the minute. toss up between williams and vujacic for the rest.

What about Jordan?
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No problem. Anytime.
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Yes, thank you for this article!

I am also curious as to how this internal competition will up the level of playing for all of them!


No problem man. Anytime.
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u laker fans have no sense in reality, u guys think the next person u draft will be the the next jason kidd and the next shaq, smush has more experience in the triangle and is more experienced than any other point guard in this team

"u laker fans" ???

I thought u said u were one.

your prolly a spy for houston.
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:35 AM   #12
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"u laker fans" ???

I thought u said u were one.

your prolly a spy for houston.
Jordan farmer will play d-league his shooting ability will be tested when they double kobe and back off him he is not ready yet.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:49 AM   #13
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u laker fans have no sense in reality, u guys think the next person u draft will be the the next jason kidd and the next shaq, smush has more experience in the triangle and is more experienced than any other point guard in this team

Stick a fork in you you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're done!!!!!
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First of all hello everyone,

I just would like to say Kobe is the best, so I think he should play every position; Center, both Guards, and both Forwards. He also should coach the team and become the G.M. Finally, after all is said and done he should just buy the team and run everything himself from mangement to playing on the court.

Love and God Bless,

Anti-shaq

Do you realize it is becoming harder to respond to these threads now?

loool
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Hello Everyone,

NO, I don't think it is becoming harder to respond to these threads now. If it is soo hard to respond to us AMERICAN, then don't respond to us at all.

Love and God Bless,

Anti-shaq


Ya Lakerfreak u better start respecting us americans, right on Anti-Shaq right on ,you tell him!!!! lol lol

Anti-shaq aren't u da 1 that got infected with aids from Shaq da night he pulled you over and made you bent over and spell RUN then spell it backwards. Sorry for mentition it. I didn't mean to bring up bad memorys for U just remember U posting that earlier And can understand why U made up the name Anti-shaq.

Love and God Bless,
Sh*t Head!!!!!

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