Man, it's a fun time to be a Laker fan right now. By extension, it's a fun time to kick back with a batch of ear candy. ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin stopped by the studio to dissect all things purple and gold. Among the talking points:
Andrew Bynum is back from his two-game suspension and addressed the media on Thursday for the first time since getting put on punishment. If the league was hoping for a statement of contrition, as Balki Bartokomous would say, they're barking up a dead horse. Should fans be concerned by Drew's insistence of having done nothing wrong and there being nada to learn from? And do you agree with Kobe Bryant's assessment of Bynum having "earned his stripes?" (It reminded me of that scene in "Goodfellas" when the young Henry Hill doesn't rat on the mob bosses after getting pinched for selling illegal smokes.)
The New Orleans Hornets, Sunday's opponent and the Lakers' potential first round playoff opponent, just lost power forward David West for the season. Can they stay in the playoff race with Carl Landry stepping in? Would you rather play the Grizzlies or Rockets, should the Hornets fade? We all agree Memphis would be the tougher draw for a variety of reasons.
What Jerry West and "Team Kobe" hadn't talked John Calipari out of drafting Bryant as a member of the New Jersey Nets? What if Lamar Odom had joined the Miami Heat in 2009?
Awards season is approaching. We revisit our case made on The Triangle for Odom as Sixth Man of the Year, and then discuss Kobe's candidacy for MVP. The perception seems to peg The Mamba as more of a qualified-yet-peripheral candidate than front runner, but would that change if the Lakers' torrid pace holds? Particularly when consider Bryant's season as a whole and the mind-boggling prospect of Kobe wrapping up a career with just one trophy? Could sentiment perhaps help push 24 over the top?
13-year old Rebecca Black's single "Friday" is both an Internet sensation and punching bag. The ditty is getting slammed as the worst song ever. And make no mistake, it's pretty bad. But worst song ever??? We serve up some other candidates, written by actual adults. "Popo Zao," by Kevin Federline. "Cotton Eyed Joe," by Red Nex. "Informer," by Snow. "We Built this City," by Starship.Along the way, Dave sticks up for his man Phil Collins, plus "Sometimes when we touch." I mean, he really sticks up for that song.
Feel free to offer up some other terrible songs we missed.