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One way or another, when Kobe Bryant is playing a game in Colorado, the question of "image" will likely become a topic. Granted, to some degree, this would be the case no matter where the Lakers headed for battle, since he's had to answer questions lately about whether he's a dirty player. His answer? No.  Frankly, Kobe's very unhappy people are even examining the topic in the first place, believing it should be a nonissue. Unfortunately, as others in the league have found out, this is the NBA world we now know and ... "love."  But a trip to Denver itself tends to prompt writers to examine the perception of Kobe since sexual assault accusations against him were dismissed. By most accounts, he has done a successful job getting himself back in public favor. But has his celebrity status actually provided advantages in repairing his life that the woman who accused him doesn't have?  Yes or no, it's an interesting question.

Madness, baby!

 
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The bizarro part of the Rocky Mountain News article about Kobe repairing his image vs the victim's inability to do same, is the link to buy a Kobe #24 jersey immeditaely following the article. Don't know what it means, but it somehow sums it up.

Kiwi-
Don't hold out on me man. Let's hear your convoluted explanation of why when Amare Stoudemire and Erick Dampier throw elbows to clear out space, it's completely different than when Kobe throws elbows to clear space.
(I would also enjoy an admission that you don't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about.)

I find it hard to believe so many Laker "homers" are BLIND to the true motives of the NBA in the Kobe affair. Outside Los Angeles Bryant is perceived in the same light as Bonds - selfish, arrogant and above it all. Like Bonds he is perceived as the best in his class but totally unlikeable.

The NBA is all about likeability these days and that's why they're cracking down on Bryant.

Bonds & Kobe are killing their teams, hogging the salary cap at the expense of winning. Winners like Phoenix & Dallas spread their salaries around and have evenly balanced great teams. The Lakers have a selfish Bryant and nothing else. L.A. fans need to understand this.

Phil's decision to go public with the "vendetta" theory is quite a smart move. It puts the league under the spotlight now. Before, it was just Kobe in the spotlight, with every talking head with a shoebox examining Kobe's every move.

Now you will at least have some writers out there looking for proof that the league is singling out Bryant unfairly. After all, what's a bigger story? Bryant whacks people sometimes when he tries to draw a call or the league is singling out one of the game's biggest stars in a blatant violation of the game's basic integrity?

How long before some puts some tape together comparing the foul calls Wade and Kobe get going to the hole?

Phil's comments put the league a bit on the defensive and does a fairly effective job of telling the Stu and Stern to back off unless they want to add more fuel to the fire that the league is rigged.

Nice job Phil. Let's see what they come back with.

Who's that YouTube guy who puts together all the Lakers highlights? Maybe he could splice a video showing all the D-wade bogus calls and Kobe getting hacked, or just show a video of all the rough plays that don't warrant a suspension verses the minor contact that does (if your name is Kobe that is).

This league deserves scrutiny. This started during last year's NBA finals... Stern could not have his enemy Cuban win a title, so he did everything he could by retroactively escalating stackhouse's foul... now he's onto Kobe, the "bad" image of the NBA.

You guys who come on here and say why would the NBA do this... Kobe is bad for their image. Kate Faber may not be able to repair her image, but from what I can gather, she shouldn't be able to even if she could... she won anyway, got that dough to build a studio like she told her friend the next day.

Kobe is right up there with Artest... he's bad for the NBA clean image (in Stern's mind).

Can we get an attorney to sue the NBA, class action style??? Every person who had tickets for the Knicks OR had NBA pass could sue the NBA in a class action lawsuit... make em pay. or as MT would say, make them obey!

Those rockymountain folks should be ashamed of their product-- a lying shank.

Beware the Ides of March!

Luigi

a) Kobe has the highest selling Jersey in the league... that's nationwide pal. Likeability has not been a problem

b) You obviously haven't actually compared Phoenix and the Lakers' salaries. Maybe you should try doing that before pretending like you know something about them. A quick look at both shows that you're totally wrong. so why would you post something like that?

c) Who considers Bonds best in his class? I thought everyone considered him a steriod junky who's making records thanks to performance enhancing drungs.

Just a hint: Don't make stupid statements that can be proven wrong with a simple Google search, it's not so good for the credibility.

psw, , you're too optimistic. The media types won't to call out the league. Most of them are in witchhunt themselves. Just listen or read some comments about anything Kobe related, especially about the suspensions and the retroactive flagrant assessment.

Kobe is earning similar salary as the top talents from his draft year are now earning.

J. Walter Weatherman,
Becareful with the Bonds comparisons. Bonds was the best baseball player since Hammerin' Hank quite a while before any steroids accusations surfaced. When the media don't like you (or don't like that you don't give them stories) never underestimate the damage they can do to your career.

Don't get me started on media egos (well, I guess you just did), because I think the media is increasingly lazy and there is a vast amount of really poor reporting out there. It takes a really strong person to remain a good reporter in today's climate.

The media is increasingly like the tabloids. The problem is most people paid little attention to the tabloids, but now that everything is like that people assume it is the truth.

Well, the truth IS out there, but we have to dig for it. Therefore, I guess I have to also admit most of us are lazy too.

I just listened to some audio from these espn radio shows and that got me so pissed off that i had to come here and rant a little. Those radio host know nothing at all. They're talking about how kobe has been dirty for a long time but just now he's being called on it. How ridiculous is that!! If these guys would just sit and watch some actual laker games they would see the real treatment kobe gets from officials and the amount of times kobe gets fouled without any call.
Secondly, they never once mention the fact that there has been absolutely no reviews of other players like amare, dampier, lebron and many others makeing contact to players' faces with their elbow and arm.
Why haven't we heard about the league reviewing lebrons clothesline of wade the day after 'manu-gate'
Its as if kobe is the only person in the entire nba making contact with players faces! This wouldn't even be a problem if the official would call initial fouls to keep defenders out of his personal offensive space.

Bonds was headed for the Hall before the drugs... but there's no comparison to him on and off the roids. I would NOT say he was the greatest before he took roids, and certainly not the greatest since hammerin hank. He was a solid hitter and defender though.

He always had that bad rap though because he was a jerk to his teammates and to the media.

Once the drugs came in, that's when you're saying to yourself he's the greatest ever, hitting 70+ while he should be retiring (as any mortal would have been). There's no doubt he was a great player, but not THAT great.

Kobe is all legit. Sure, he had his disagreements with Shaq and a few others along the way. But he was NEVER like Bonds personality wise. He was always personable and even appeared with kids in a McDonald's commercial.

No doubt he should not have cheated on Vanessa, but Kate literally robbed him. This was years ago, but the image still lingers in the minds of some out there... which is why I think the L has it in for him. They want a nice boy image, not a bad boy image.

Luigi,
Apparently you have not looked at the salaries on the teams in the league.

I lost respect for kobe. The other two suspensions were questionable but the korver one was intentional and shocking.
He is losing it . Right now everything is PR move for him.
This is why this team desperately needs a leader.

It's amazing how even now Katlyn Faber is still viewed by the media as the "victim" in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case. Anyone who closely followed the case knows that the "victim" was Kobe, not the woman, who basically blackmailed Kobe into a financial settlement.

Tom

And those who say why would the nba want to keep kobe out of games and target him.....i guess you would have to ask stern and stu jackson about it. But the fact remains that Kobe is being targeted and unrightfully so. I never hear of any other similar acts and fouls from other players being reviewed. My theory is this about the nba and kobe. Of course they know that kobe is a huge draw but he's not on the list of players that the nba is trying to 'sell'. Its no secret that the nba is pushing Wade and Lebron really hard in terms of marketing. Kobe, just by his share unmatched talent is able to steal most of this spotlight quite simply because he is better than everyone else. This is where I think the head guys in the nba come in to make sure Kobe doesnt monopolise the attention. This trickles down to the officiating in games where they try to even things out by allowing kobe to be fouled and harassed without calls to making it harder for him to completely dominate.
Notice i said to make it harder because kobe cannot be stopped even by officials.
But this is what i feel is happening and if anyone is just willing to stop the hate and just look at this objectively, you will be able to see that this is a very reasonable possibility.
Kobe is head and shoulders abover every player in the nba so to close the gap, referees make life extremely hard on Kobe by not calling many fouls against him. The key thing here is that you must actually watch a game and not some random highlights to see this. This is the problem with sportswriters and radioshow hosts. They speak about Kobe doing this and that but never watch entire games.
I know some of you who think you know everything will say but kobe shoots just abou the same amount of freethrows as wade and lebron but you must take this into account....
Kobe shoots all of the technical foul shots for us. This means anytime there is a 3 second violation or technical foul, kobe is taking it. I would say this counts for about 3-4 a game. Now take a second look at the free throw comparison and see how close it is because neither wade nor lebron shoots the technical foul shots on a regular basis.

Don't if anyone has posted this take yet so here it is...
Kobe, PLEASE sit out the world games and upcoming Olympics... Everyone knows that if you sit.... the NBA representatives are going to get their A$$ES kicked by the Euros or Argentines... AGAIN.
Let Stu and Stern think about that for a while.

This sounds like to "w guys" trying to pretend that they can objectively address this complicated issue without exposing there own racist demon's.

Come on, the lady was a proven to be a little short of a full deck! ANd at the least an opportunist.

What does flopping have to do with this, other than you guys envy, male jealousy of a rich popular athelete that may, yes, be a prolific "scorer". The best in the NBA.


Here an actual case of players suing the NBA. It's not a legal impossiblity or novelty as you say it is.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW
YORK

PATRICK EWING, ALLAN
HOUSTON, LARRY JOHNSON, JOHN
STARKS, and NATIONAL
BASKETBALL PLAYERS
ASSOCIATION, Plaintiffs,

v.

DAVID STERN, ROD THORN, and
NATIONAL BASKETBALL
ASSOCIATION,

Four members of the New York Knicks basketball team went to court May 16, 1997 after being suspended for leaving the bench when a brawl broke out during Game 5 of their playoff series with the Miami Heat. A federal judge denied the players' request for a TRO barring NBA Commissioner David Stern from enforcing the suspension pending a review by one of two NBA arbitrators. Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, Larry Johnson and John Starks brought the suit with the NBA Players' Association. Charlie Ward, also suspended, was not involved in the suit.

Kobe has a stronger case that them, because he didn't violate an express law in the NBA Constitution (excerpted below).

EXCERPT FROM NBA CONSTITUTION (MISCONDUCT)
35. The provisions of this Article 35 shall govern all Players in the Association, hereinafter referred to as “Players.”

(a) Each Member shall provide and require in every contract with any of its Players that they shall be bound and governed by the provisions of this Article. Each Member, at the direction of the Board of Governors or the Commissioner, as the case may be, shall take such action as the Board or the Commissioner may direct in order to effectuate the purposes of this Article.

(b) The Commissioner shall direct the dismissal and perpetual disqualification from any further association with the Association or any of its Members, of any Player found by the Commissioner after a hearing to have been guilty of offering, agreeing, conspiring, aiding or attempting to cause any game of basketball to result otherwise than on its merits.

(c) If in the opinion of the Commissioner any act or conduct of a Player at or during an Exhibition, Regular Season, or Playoff game has been prejudicial to or against the best interests of the Association or the game of basketball, the Commissioner shall impose upon such Player a fine not exceeding $50,000, or may order for a time the suspension of any such Player from any connection or duties with Exhibition, Regular Season, or Playoff games, or he may order both such fine and suspension.

(d) The Commissioner shall have the power to suspend for a definite or indefinite period, or to impose a fine not exceeding $50,000, or inflict both such suspension and fine upon any Player who, in his opinion, (i) shall have made or caused to be made any statement having, or that was designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball or of the Association or of a Member, or (ii) shall have been guilty of conduct that does not conform to standards of morality or fair play, that does not comply at all times with all federal, state, and local laws, or that is prejudicial or detrimental to the Association.

(e) Any Player who, directly or indirectly, entices, induces, persuades or attempts to entice, induce, or persuade any Player, Coach, Trainer, General Manager or any other person who is under contract to any other Member of the Association to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services or negotiates or contracts for such services shall, on being charged with such tampering, be given an opportunity to answer such charges after due notice and the Commissioner shall have the power to decide whether or not the charges have been sustained; in the event his decision is that the charges have been sustained, then the Commissioner shall have the power to suspend such Player for a definite or indefinite period, or to impose a fine not exceeding $50,000, or inflict both such suspension and fine upon any such Player.

(f) Any Player who, directly or indirectly, wagers money or anything of value on the outcome of any game played by a Team in the league operated by the Association shall, on being charged with such wagering, be given an opportunity to answer such charges after due notice, and the decision of the Commissioner shall be final, binding and conclusive and unappealable. The penalty for such offense shall be within the absolute and sole discretion of the Commissioner and may include a fine, suspension, expulsion and/or perpetual disqualification from further association with the Association or any of its Members.

(g) Except for a penalty imposed under Paragraph (f) of this Article 35: (i) any challenge by a Team to the decisions and acts of the Commissioner pursuant to Article 35 shall be appealable to the Board of Governors, who shall determine such appeals in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be adopted by the Board in its absolute and sole discretion, and (ii) any challenge by a Player to the decisions or acts of the Commissioner pursuant to Article 35 shall be governed by the provisions of Article XXXI of the NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement then in effect

Even other sports are affected by "due process." Here it is.

Rene Douglas, about six weeks removed from his win aboard Dreaming of Anna in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, had been banned by Calder Race Course

been handled in a manner that defies the rights and principals that most fair-minded Americans believe in. Ten jockeys are guilty until proven innocent, have been left hanging for an inappropriately long period of time and, for the most part, have been denied their right to make a living.

sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?columnist=finley_bill&id=2742404 - 112k - Cached - Similar pages


Now what? I have more evidence if you want them. Kobe can cartainly sue.

Utfanatic,

that's for you. Lawyers argue with evidence.

Luigi,

You may a keen perception but I think your perceptions are wrong and misguided. I would not make any further comment to your opinion because you're entitled to your own belief. However, being a fair individual, you should go back to research and study Kobe again and also Bonds, whether your statements were accurate and factual. Make a cursory survey of fans from within or outside of the fandom of players mentioned.

As the old adage says: "The acquisition of knowledge is the appreciation of one's ignorance.

Our current view of Bond's talent is far too colored by the 'roids thing. I still say he was the most complete player since Hank Aaron - and arguably the best. However that is opinion.

You are right, Kobe is not in the same catagory, but he wasn't real friendly with the media and became an easy scapegoat - especially after the Shaq thing. It didn't help that Shaq HAD manipulated the media and had an eggshell ego.

The media likes to build people up quickly (see D. Wade), but the problem is they also like nothing better than to "pull down your statue" once they have raised it. This is a surefire way to gain attention and a name for yourself (the reporter).

ESPN is like Fox News - they are basicly a tabloid organization. Pictures, action, in-your-face statements. It is not suprising they would be in the lead in attacking Kobe. It increases viewership - not necessarily truth.

EJ,
It is not the officials who are 'doing in' Kobe. It is the NBA office.

I think that is why Phil suspects the office won't fine him. His is NOT attacking the officials. He is telling the league to let the officials do their jobs. He is really supporting the game officials.

Beware the Ides of March!

Posted by: J. Walter Weatherman | March 15, 2007 at 09:44 AM

Beware of Luigi lol!

That was cold mcgarnagurgle....

Dont worry you will have my take (of course) although why I bother I dont know as you obviously havent been paying any attention to anything Ive said thus far...however I dont have time right now.

Delinda Shut Up

Ace,

I just have one question for you. Are you blown by Smush William Parker being your starting point guard?

Ace,

I just have one question for you. Are you blown by Smush William Parker being your starting point guard?

AK/BK

What is this fixation on Kobe? KOBE, KOBE.......AND MORE KOBE!! Is that all this unimaginative media can write about? Not only is that all these non-basketball playing writers do.....it is the same ole' story line.

Is Kobe selfish? Has Kobe changed his image? The death of Kobe. The re-birth of Kobe. I can read Kobe's mind therfore I know what his MOTIVES are. Kobe needs to open up to his teammates......Kobe is opening up to his teammates. Let's quote Kobe's underachieving no talent teammates and get THIER unqualified opinion about THE BEST AND SMARTEST PLAYER IN THE GAME ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR. Let's ask Luke Walton and Brian Cook what they think about Kobe..........and at the end of these bland articles let us sign our name.......LAZY SPORTSWRITER USA!!

Can anybody get Micheal Jordan's opinion about Kobe, since he is the only other player in Kobe's class. Pat Riley and Isiah Thomas recently said that you have to place Kobe and Micheal in the same category or class (Note neither said LeBron, Wade, or Steve Nash) and Micheal once said if he were picking a player "for the money" it would be Kobe........What do these Hall of Famers know that the media seems to forget.

I haven't read one story about what these Hall of Famers said about Kobe.......it is always that same ole' storylline that I mentioned above.....why is that?

This fixation on Kobe is also prevalent with the local media.........and it detracts (maybe purposely) away from the LAKERS WOES.

Where is the story about Phil Jackson's miserable coaching this season with all the injuries and how it compares to the season that Rudy T coached and we had so many injuries.......Has Phil fared any better? Where is that story? Has anyone even attempted to speak to Rudy T?

Where is the story on Phil reinserting Luke Walton back in the starting line-up tonight? Oh yeah, and who is Luke going to defend? Carmelo Anthony?
Does that make anybody feel..........better?

Where is the story about Mitch Kupchak,s poor personel moves? I for one would like to hear how the hell with all the former showtime Lakers.....Byron Scott, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Micheal Cooper, A.C. Green, Bob McAdoo, Mychal Thompson........and what the H throw in Adrian Branch........HOW DID MITCH KUPCHAK BECOME GM.

What processed was used in picking this guy to replace the great Jerry West.......where is that story?

This fixation on Kobe has to end because it distracts us from focusing on the MEDIOCRITY that surrounds Kobe......in personel and management.

This media does the Laker fans a disservice because as we talk about what should be a non-issue (Kobe's a dirty player) we lose focus on whether Smush Parker will ever be a good player.

We lose focus that with the exception of Shaq (I don't count Gary Payton and Karl Malone who by the way both hated the triangle offense......but that's another story) Kobe has not played with another all-star in Phil Jacksons tenure.

The Lakers look horrible as of late.......and that certainly is not Kobe's fault and everybody in the media is focusing on Kobe.........what a joke!


Since Phil Jackson believes there is a witch-hunt by the NBA against Kobe (and he should know because he had a personal witch hunt against Kobe for years.....but THAT'S another story) has anyone in the media thought to ask Phil a follow up question to that thinking.........like Phil "WHY would the league single Kobe out......WHAT do you think there reasons would be?

Now the answer to that question would really be a story.........oh well......

Even though the Lakers have slid with the injuries to at least 4 different players, they are still in a good position to pull either the 5th or 6th spot in the West, pulling San Antonio or Utah. That's the match up we wanted, anyways. Avoiding a first round match up of Dallas or Phoenix is ideal, and I got faith in PJ and KB24 to hold it down in the 2nd round. After the Phonenix series last year, I still think anything is possible. We will be entertained.

I want to let everyone know that the team in the tourney to watch is Vanderbilt. SEC player of the year, Derrick Byars, will make more clutch shots in the tournament than any current Laker! Vandy's destruction of Florida simply hints at the potential that we have, and our effective 3 point shooting will spread the field. BK I know you're with me boy, I mean come on, WHO YA WITH?

VU! Let's go boys! We had Cutler last year, Price and Alvarez this year in baseball... Our Kyle Gass look alike coach (Stallings) will bring us to the Sweet 16, first time since the Freije years!

Jeremy, pay no mind to Delinda. He's a hater, just like some trolls here.

pfunk36 is right on point. Phil is doing horrible job. He has made the wrong adjustment alot this year. His consist play of Smush just shows me how bad of a coach he is. Jordan was just a determined person so he won on his own. The Laker's where talented in 2000 and that is why we won. PLus they had vet's. This team needs a coach and a GM who is not scraed to make the right move. It sucks to watch Kupcaek sit back and wait for things to fall in place. He acts like he has all the time in the world. Like he has total job security. How is that possible. Kupcake sucks just like Smush.


Kupcake and Smush are made for each other and they are killing the Laker slowly. I think Phil might be trying to prove a point by continuing to start Smush so Kupchak can look bad.

wow ace, where do you find the time and energy to post that type of legal jargon? you should file a lawsuit on behalf of kobe, haha.

Zakee,
I think Smush is usually hot in the first two quarters, the reason I don't know. Therefore, I would start him but limit his play time to like 25 min, and Shammond and McKie 20min between them, and depending on match ups I would either thow Farmer in for 3 min or use add it to Shammond and McKie's play time. I would move Sasha on to shooting guard for about 3min. I don't know if Phil is going to shorten his rotation, but if I were him, I would limit play time for everyone, especially LO and Luke, just to feel who is ready to take it to the next level. What's your take on that?

pfunk36, good point.

Nowadays the journalism and media have draind to the lowest class. Lazy, full of agenda/lies and the mediots themselves.

Pfunk..
Brilliant post.
great.

J Walter,
I believe Kobe only has the #1 jersey because he switched to #24. Everyone bought Wade and James last year, why would they buy it again? They are buying Kobe's jersey because #24 has never been sold before. Next year he won't be #1

Ace.

Good !

It shows that uffanatic is just a wannabee lawyer or just a freaky ingenuos guy, and he had underestimated the smart and brigth people that post in this blog.

thumps ups to you.
shame on him.

Ace,

I think Smush is like a virus. I don't feel that he should start even though we start off good, because it only gives us a false since of reality. It is really hard at this point to deal with someone like Smush, becuase if he doesn't start, he would start pouting and like a virus, somehow it will effect the team.
Now in saying that I do understand where you are coming from, but I always speak from what I would do. And if I was coach, Smush Parker would never step foot on the court unless he plays like he swallowed 5 btlles of ginseng

Pfunk,
You can't accurately compare Kupchak to West, because they operated in completely different eras. That would be like comparing West to Auerbach, and criticizing him because he didn't win titles as frequently.

It is too soon to be able to judge Kupchak accurately; you have to wait and see how his players turn out.

Or maybe you could compare Kupchak and West's performances since West left the Lakers.

As far as Phil's performance this year, please show me another team in the league with talent comparable to the Lakers, who have had the injury problems the Lakers have had this year, who have a record as good as the Lakers.

I don't get this whole Bonds/Kobe debate. I travel for a living, and have had the fortune of watching the Lakers in many arenas around the country. With the exception of Portland (a few years back), and Dallas, Kobe is very well received in other NBA cities, and I'm not usually the only one wearing Laker memoribilia at the games. My Laker jacket almost always sparks a conversation up with other NBA fans, and with the exception of a few haters, Kobe is the favorite player. It is what it is, no matter how hard the media tries, Kobe is loved by real basketball fans.

Zakee give it a break no matter how you love to hate Smush the bottom line is we have lost like 12 of 15 games, largely because of injury, and look it up even Phil says" no one has step up to take his job " so according to the coach he is the best we can do right now, and if i am not mistaken he is not the one that blew the rebound that cost us the series last year it was Lamar, so lighten up on Smush, all the players right now deserve our support, we are going to kick th Dog $*#@!@ out of Denver tonight! GO LAKERS, our season starts tonight Zakee, leave the negative energy tonight.18-0 starts tonight!

Ace,

Great post! I'm sure just reading the suit that this was either dismissed or they didn't win... that was a landmark incident that forever changed the way teams react to a brawl (no one really realized the severe penalties before that). You're right, Kobe perhaps has more of a case.

I'm curious though, we fans who have been shorted our due money's worth should be able to file a class action lawsuit, there are several attorneys in NY who actually have to sue someone to graduate law school (that's what I heard anyway)... there's got to be someone eager to make some headlines "Fans sue the NBA"...

Zakee...

We get it. There's only 18 more regular season games, then the playoffs. Once offseason comes around, I expect the Lakers front office to do some serious shuffling, unless we win the title.

More likely than not, you'll get your wish, but Smushy makes a decent back up, so he may remain a Laker.

Tim,
If there was someone willing to donate their time for a class action, I'd be all in. I don't think we'd win anything in legal court, but in the court of public opinion it would be huge. Somebody needs to step up to the NBA and say this is BS. First piece of evidence the NBA has gone too far would be footage of Miami's gift wrapped finals series last year, and carry on from there.

Rizzo,

Don't beat me in the head like I am negative about the team. I just understand the importance of a point guard. Look at Nash and Terry last night. They both hit big shots last night to keep there teams in the game. Sometimes a point guard has to do that. Do you really believe in Smush to hit thosetypes of shots. No I don't. I would rather Shammond take that shot then Smush. If we had a point guard or Phil started and finished with someone else it is no doubt in my mind we wouldn't have went 3-13. We probably would be a 500 team doing those injuries. But instead we have a weak point guard who can't take advantage of opportunity. I mean isn't up to him since LO and Luke is out to make Bynum and other players better, or does every body got to always make Smush better. Rizzo, remember you man shoot like 5-99 in the playoffs last year. It wasn't all about the rebound when your point guard gets totally dominanted.

THIS IS FOR EVERYONE

Look AT what Raja did to Kobe last year. THAT PLAY MAY HAVE GAVE THEM THE ENERGY TO ADVANCE. How come Smush can't sacrifice like Raja did and go after Nash for kicking his a-----. That is what I am talking about. Smush has no heart and no toughness and I refuse for you guys to sit on here and try to blame this one on injuries or anything else. It is no way in hell that we should have 3-13. NO NO NO NO.

Tim,
There's no way Smush stays as a back up. His ego won't allow for it, and if he gets demoted he'd have to go for attitude problems. I don't know why, but Smush has this air of entitlement too him. In my opinion he needs to have some humility, and be grateful he gets to play a game for a living....A freakin' game! Get a clue Smush.

All I here on here are the wrong excuses. There are non for going 3-13. Smush and Kobe should have at least took us to 500.

I can't blame Kobe, so who do I look at SMUSH PARKER. On top of that Kobe does everything already for us. Smush does nothing.


Can anybody give me one good thing that Smush does?????????????????
I bet you I can tell you something wrong with it and it would be and legit point.

So the NBA league office finally fined PJ and the Lakers $50,000 each for PJ's comments. They got their pound of flesh. But why fine the Lakers organization? PJ is not the spokesperson... I think John Black is the Lakers spokesperson. Another headscratcher. Will the NBA ever get it right?

This Rocky Mountain news story is sickening... do they REALLY believe a crime took place?

"I talked to specific survivors that said, 'I don't want to report this because I saw what happened in the Kobe Bryant case,' " D'Anniballe said.

The true victims here WERE Kobe AND whoever else these "survivors" were. I think it's a tragedy, and I wonder if they'll ever write about the Duke LaCross case this same way... my guess, no way. Even though BOTH of these cases you can just tell it's bogus.

It's hard for her to continue... please, she's got a wad of cash.

How dispicable.

And then of course the Rocky Mountain news puts this up when the Lakers are coming to town. There's another company I won't support ever.

zakee- im with you on the smush but please lay off the crack pipe when criticizing the zenmaster..

exhelodrvr

"show me another team in the league with talent comparable to the Lakers"

Interesting. Who would that be? Kobe kind of distorts comparisons but Houston maybe? They've even had some injuries though not as many.

Hard to get a consensus on what the Laker talent level is. Kobe even said today "we don't have the most talented players". I agree with 24.

Tim,
You didn't even mention the "Free Kobe Jersey" promotion they were running at the bottom of the "victim" story. How dispicable is that? I'm sure she feels like a victim with that multi-million dollar payday. About as much a victim as a lottery winner...

So the NBA fines the Lakers organization... "don't you dare say something bad about our furor!" ha-ha.

Well, good, maybe this will be the last straw for Buss and he'll sue the hell out of the league.

PJ said it best, fines are reserved for complaining about officiating, he was talking about the League in general. Ugh...

Joe, maybe you're right, no way Smush returns in a Lakers uniform. However, he has shown he's got athletic talent and can score (esp in the 1st Qtr). He's got quick hands. MAYBE if we can sign him for cheap, we do a sign and trade.

So it's a 100K fine for the Lakers. Is the NBA's idea of public relations just to fine anyone who dares question their judge-jury-executioner methods and verdicts?

What do you expect Phil to do? Smush is all we have!!! Is Famar better? No. Is Shammond better? On occasion, but not drastically. Come on people!

Actually Joe, that's pretty funny... here they have a story about the "victim" and at the bottom of the page there's google ads and the top one is for a free Kobe jersey...

You have to laugh at the irony!

Plus, this is the first article I've ever seen where they actually name Kate... I've never seen her named in a public newspaper, so there's some silver lining I suppose. But still... I will not support them.

NBA has fined Phil and the Lakers $50,000 a piece for the "Witch Hunt" comment.

Unfriggenbelievable.

Tim,

I bet you Smush will be back next year, not as a starter but as our reserve point guard or SG. Reason, he is not too expensive. The lakers continue to face a lot of cap space problems. No team will take Smush even in a sign and trade deal.

Well I personally don't mind Smush in a back-up roll... if he could accept that. He CAN score and he CAN play some D when he wants... well, check that, if his hands are quick enough it can sometimes make up for his slow feet. But certainly with his athleticism, he's worth the bargain price, and his attitude will keep his salary low this summer.

Funny that only ignorant sports writers and the league office think that Kobe is a dirty player, but not the actual players or his teammates. I think I'll take the word of actual NBA players over those lamers.

Zakee,

Ill give you your point that SMUSH PARKER SUCKS as you always say, I think he does as well, but you cant tell me that its all him, well you can but its a load of crap.

Injuries are also part of it.

But a major part is Kwame the stiff brown, the guy who cant make a layup or a dunk to save his life, or make a free throw, or catch a simple pass. He has cost us as many games as Smush has.

Deny it as I know you will, but crappy Smush parker is not the sole reason for all these losses, there is still Kwame, Farmar, Sasha, Brian Cook, heck even Bynum has been pretty bad lately, as well as Turiaf. There are so many crappy players to chose from it boggles the mind, theres six really bad ones right there, so dont reserve you venom for just Smush when there are plenty who could use a good kick to the D league.

Isn't the leagues #1 thing to make money? You don't think they outsmarted the Lakers and did this to Kobe just to make money on fines do you?

They probably pay everyone at corporate based on fines they make during the year.

Nyla, AA Los

If you hear a quack quack, it is a duck ....Cheney heard quack quack, quack, closed his eyes and shot that freakin' duck

If Dubya heard that there was WMD in Iraq, it was repeated by Fox that there was indication that WMD was really existed there, you heard Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly repeating and demanding for search of WMD, then everyone in America believed that at some time WMD as narrated by W', Rush, Bill and Fox.

If PJ played Smush as his starter PG in more than 60 games, no matter what the outcome of this season, no matter how Mr. Parker will affect psychologically makeup some Laker fans, as long as PJ and Cupcake sticked with low-paying Smush, then he's the Lakers PG for life

After reading my quack quack, quack that there is indeed WMD in Iraq, that Smush will be a great Laker PG.....

Now I know why some people died in vain...lol!

Who Should Replace Smush Parker In The Offseason Any Names

Love the Lakers!!! Love them all!!! Great job Mr. Jackson, you have taken a team that no one considered to be a factor and are getting them to the playoffs. Well, you showed them! Had it not been for the injuries, the sky was the limit! Upside, we're still playoff bound. If we can get everybody back, we might just be looking at that sky again.

I'm really tired of coming here and reading the constant negativity. Everybody always knows better than Mr. Jackson. Come on guys, seriously, let up a little on the team. I truly believe, the players come here and read the blog. Why not this is the Laker blog? How disheartening it must be to them, to come here and read all this smack.

How about if we try some positive for a minute. I for one could use a little love and I'm sure our Lakers could too.

PS. Being a woman I don't expect everything to always be all lovey dovey, but as a fan, I can bet we could at least help with the morale a little, by letting them know that we truly are fans!!! (not fairweathered fans)

Yernar Y,

thanks for the link to the police interview. If I ever had any doubt that Kobe got screwed by himself for cheating on his wife and talking to the police without a lawyer, by the police for pretending that everything was all cool before arresting him, Kate Faber for claiming rape so that she could get paid.

I'm a white female and not a Kobe Bryant fan, but reading that transcript demonstrates one thing, Bryant set himself up and he got set-up.

As for elbowing white guys in the face, that's neither here nor there, Raja Bell isn't white neither are most of Kobe's teammates so evidently you have some black/white issue that has nothing to do with Kobe Bryant except he's black and the players guarding him at the time other than Bell happen to be white. Maybe as others have suggested those players should play defense with their feet not their faces. But I guess more importantly the white players are standing up for Bryant which means they understand that his actions were not dirty or intentional. Who better to determine Bryant's motives than the players involved.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Yernar Y, the slanderous statements going on in the media and with some fans regarding Bryant's dirty play is a manufactured report. The motive for the reports are open to interpretation. The least of which is because Bryant deserves it. He doesn't deserve to be villianized for elbows in a basketball game.

"I believe Kobe only has the #1 jersey because he switched to #24. Everyone bought Wade and James last year, why would they buy it again?"

That's exactly it. But funny thing is, people didn't think of this when they were arguing about Kobe's jersey not selling in previous years. Well, yeah, he has been in the league for 10 years now..

Exhelodrvr,

"You can't accurately compare Kupchak to West, because they operated in completely different eras. That would be like comparing West to Auerbach, and criticizing him because he didn't win titles as frequently."

Are you serious? One of the jobs of a good GM is to appraise talent accurately.....is that right? The best GMs are the ones that have a vision and a "talent" for doing such. Example: In Kobe's draft in 96' 12 GM's passed over him but Jerry West made a deal with Charlotte to trade Vlade Divac in order to get Kobe Bryant. QUESTION: What did Jerry West see that 12 other GMs didn't? It is called "having an eye for talent and potential" basically that is what a GM does......is that right?

Would Mitch Kupchak have done the same thing to get Kobe? Would he have even recognized the talent of Kobe and then had the required "balls" to pull the trigger? I am not comparing Kupchak to West per se......I am comparing Kupchak to the standard that all good GMs must possess in order to be successful......REGARDLESS OF THE ERA!

One of the reasons David Stern initiated the draft 19 year old rule was to protect the owners from themselves and their idiot GMs who are not proficient in judging talent. The one year rule minimizes the risk for owners that have to judge potential through their GMs........that's the ONLY reason that this was done.

If I can't compare Kupchak with Aurbach....can I compare him with Joe Dumars, and Pat Riley and the teams they put together in Miami and Detroit?

"It is too soon to be able to judge Kupchak accurately; you have to wait and see how his players turn out"

When do you suggest that we judge? We can't afford to squander any more time WAITING to see if this guy knows what he is doing........Kobe is in his prime right now......and right now he is SURROUNDED BY MEDIOCRITY! That's the bottom line.


"As far as Phil's performance this year, please show me another team in the league with talent comparable to the Lakers, who have had the injury problems the Lakers have had this year, who have a record as good as the Lakers."

That statement just reinforces my point.......Why do the Lakers have this little talent? Whose at fault? When you look at the Lakers and inconsistent they are you have to look at the coaching staff......this is just not a well coached team. They look horrible at times in their defensive rotations......as though they have no emphasis on this aspect of the game. If I didn't know better I would say Phil Jackson is sabotaging the season with his rotations and adjustments.

I woudn't attribute the Lakers being where they are despite the talent to Phil Jackson I would give the credit to the greatness of Kobe Bryant.

zen,
Amare Stoudemire change his jersey number to no.1 but his jersey sales didn't skyrocketed to number 1...did you get it??

eugene

Hey Zakee,

I'll tell you something Smush does well, he brings out the ignorant in you! (now that's a point you can't argue, your posts prove that)

Huh? Who's this Yernar and where's this link? gosh, must be getting late, I can't see straight

Zakee

Can anybody give me one good thing that Smush does?????????????????

He pouts pretty good while on the bench.....

PLEASE SUSPEND STEVE NASH FOR A FLAGRANT ELBOW LAST NIGHT THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED ON ESPN!!!!! WHERE ARE THE GOONS NOW??

FREE KOBE24; FREEDOM!!!!!!!!! (I am on a horse ala Braveheart style with my face painted half puple half gold).

LETS GO LAKES!!

janaya

EUgene,
good point, but there are other factors there. Maybe people felt Amare's career was over with his knees? I know I did. Why be a fan if you don't know if he is even going to play?

Also, his 20ppg average is not exactly at the superstar level. Is Amare considered a superstar? How often does #1 jersey sales go to power forwards?

Kobe scored 81 in a game last year. More than any guard in NBA history and he still didn't get #1 in anything (except the scoring title of course)

I just think since no one had the #24 jersey, they decided to buy it. A lot of times the reasoning is not just being a fan, but being a part of history or because they like to collect them.

In other words, just because he has the #1 jersey, certainly doesn't mean he is #1 in popularity. It's just too amazing a coincidence that he is #1 when he changes his number.

We'll see if he is number 1 next year


Tim:

"Huh? Who's this Yernar and where's this link? gosh, must be getting late, I can't see straight"

I think the K-Bros deleted it because he was being a bit more derogatory than most people regarding Kobe and his court case.

LUIGI’s comments about Kobe’s selfishness have little merit. Let’s check out some stats (as of 3/14/07)
Points per game - 1st among shooting guards
Rebounds - 5th among shooting guards
Free throw shooting - 7th among shooting guards
Assists - 6th amongst shooting guards
Steals - 4th amongst shooting guards

Seemingly the most important point for LUIGI, is the salary question (implying that Kobe's money prohibits the Lakers from getting anyone else? Let's take a look at 2007.)
Kobe makes $17 million
Paul Pierce = $15 million
Ben Wallace = $16 million
Larry Hughes = $13 million
Dirk Nowitzki = $15 million
Allen Iverson = $17 million
Baron Davis = $15 million
Tracy McGrady = $17 million
Jermaine O'Neal = $18 million
Elton Brand = $14 million
Shaq = $20 million
Michael Redd = $13 million
KG = $21 million
Jason Kidd = $18 million, Vince Carter = $15 million
Stephon Marbury = $17 million
Grant Hill - $17 million
Shawn Marion = $15 million, Amare Stoudemire = $12 million
Tim Duncan = $17 million
Ray Allen = $14 million
Gilbert Arenas = $11 million, Antawn Jamison = $15 million

Who amongst these highly paid players has won a championship?
Kobe, Ben Wallace, Shaq, Tim Duncan

Multiple championships?
Kobe, Shaq, Tim Duncan

All-Star MVP?
Kobe, Shaq, Tim Duncan

Both make as much, or more, as Kobe. So, LUIGI, before you make false, emotive statements you should have the facts to back them up.

Pfunk,
"Why do the Lakers have this little talent? Whose at fault? When you look at the Lakers and inconsistent they are you have to look at the coaching staff......this is just not a well coached team."

Great point!!

There are several ways to look at this situation:

1) Think turnips, and blood.

2) Look at the Lakers before Phil Jackson came, and when he arrived. In both instances.

3) If these players are so poorly coached, think how they would improve under another coach. So the other teams in the league must be lined up to get the Parkers/Vujacics/McKies/Williams/Browns/Turiafs/Cooks/Vlads/etc. from the Lakers. That's why the Lakers were able to trade for Kidd. And Gasol. Oh, wait. Never mind!

LUIGI’s comments about Kobe’s selfishness have little merit. Let’s check out some stats (as of 3/14/07)
Points per game - 1st among shooting guards
Rebounds - 5th among shooting guards
Free throw shooting - 7th among shooting guards
Assists - 6th amongst shooting guards
Steals - 4th amongst shooting guards

Seemingly the most important point for LUIGI, is the salary question (implying that Kobe's money prohibits the Lakers from getting anyone else? Let's take a look at 2007.)
Kobe makes $17 million
Paul Pierce = $15 million
Ben Wallace = $16 million
Larry Hughes = $13 million
Dirk Nowitzki = $15 million
Allen Iverson = $17 million
Baron Davis = $15 million
Tracy McGrady = $17 million
Jermaine O'Neal = $18 million
Elton Brand = $14 million
Shaq = $20 million
Michael Redd = $13 million
KG = $21 million
Jason Kidd = $18 million, Vince Carter = $15 million
Stephon Marbury = $17 million
Grant Hill - $17 million
Shawn Marion = $15 million, Amare Stoudemire = $12 million
Tim Duncan = $17 million
Ray Allen = $14 million
Gilbert Arenas = $11 million, Antawn Jamison = $15 million

Who amongst these highly paid players has won a championship?
Kobe, Ben Wallace, Shaq, Tim Duncan

Multiple championships?
Kobe, Shaq, Tim Duncan

All-Star MVP?
Kobe, Shaq, Tim Duncan

Both make as much, or more, as Kobe. So, LUIGI, before you make false, emotive statements you should have the facts to back them up.

Here is Mitch's response today:
"We’ve made our opinion clear and have been penalized by the league for doing so. We have nothing more to say on this issue."

pfunk36,

Your argument is not valid because West hasn't done anything in 6 years either.

Vman,
"Kobe kind of distorts comparisons but Houston maybe?"

Houston has a better roster overall than the Lakers.

Edwin,
Before you start talking about this admin and WMD, you might want to look at what the rest of the world, including the Clinton administration, was saying about it duringthe 1993-2000 years.

exhelodrvr

Houston does have an overall better roster. I was really wondering who you thought did compare? I couldn't think of any team when you mentioned it.

Houston must have a better overall roster because they're ahead in the standings and, injuries aside, it couldn't possibly be that Van Gundy is better than Phil could it?

Tim, I guess I'm blind too, I don't see it either.

Of course Phil got fined. he knew he was oging to get fined. He probably wrote the check as soon as that press conference was done. The NBA ALWAYS fines people who make comments like that. Can't be much of a surprise to him.

Zakee, man, you've got to give the rest of us a break... this obsession with Smush is almost embarrassing to watch. I have yet to figure out exactly what he did to you. We know you think he sucks, you own the phrase, enough. Give me something new.

Vman,
Reasonable arguments can be made for a number of different coaches being the best in the league. Van Gundy, Johnson, Popovich, Riley, Jackson, D'Antoni come to mind off the top of my head.

But to say PJ hasn't done a good job this year is just silly.

Ace,

Nice research, I had no idea that such documents are available to the public...

But where in that NBA Constitution excerpt is there any semblance of a scintilla of evidence that would indicate that Kobe has any case for suing the NBA?

Looks like the 10 commandments to me. WWDD.

Zen said:
"I believe Kobe only has the #1 jersey because he switched to #24. Everyone bought Wade and James last year, why would they buy it again? They are buying Kobe's jersey because #24 has never been sold before. Next year he won't be #1"

Zen: You are making one of the most ridiculous arguments that has been made about the sales of Kobe's #1 selling jersey. Even the lazy journalist at ESPN have made this argument - obvious Wade supporters. Btw, the Denver article was mistaken in saying Kobe's jersey was No. 2 to Wade's. The fact is that anyone who is even remotely a fan of Kobe's already had a No. 8 jersey, so sales of his jersey were primarily limited to new fans. Kobe's been in the league for nearly 11-12 years so - go figure! When he changed his number guess what I did? Ran out and got a brand spanking new KB24 Jersey (accept no substitutes). It's obvious that new fans and existing fans are responsible for the sales of the new jersey - duh! And even with all the hate, the lack of love from the refs, Kobe has mad support worldwide. Lastly, anyone when notice that Wade, LJames, and Arenas score 30 or more points a game they parade to the free throw line 12-15 times? Most games Kobe scores that in his sleep having only gone to the line 2-4 times (many for tech violations) so... KB24 for life! They can't keep him down!

Will everyone please drop all of the this talk about Kobe being a dirty player this and that! Kobe is probably the hardest working and intense player in the league. That is why there is a lot of people like me that admires him and his work ethics. He deserves to recognized as one of the best to ever play the game.

Now to the real problem. Smush Parker is the biggest problem for the Lakers and it is right in front of our faces. C'mon Phil can't you see that:

* Smush's fundamentals are the worst that anybody in the NBA ever had. He doesn't know what "boxing out" is. I rewind so many games and see him standing around instead of "bodying up" on somebody and after he realizes that the other team got the rebound, then he reaches in and fouls... He does this EVERY game!!! On top of that, he doesn't know how to or work on moving his feet - Smush just does not understand that he cannot rely on his skills alone, he has to WORK on his fundamentals.

* He makes his turnovers at crucial points of every game. I can't understand how he doesn't see that he cannot create his own shot, and when he does, he always throws it to the other team or throws up a street ball shot. He cannot see that most of his points come off of a spot up jump shot or a lay up. If any defender is 5 feet from him, he cannot score. Wake up Smush - I'm not sure why Phil even plays you.

* About 10 of the Lakers losses would have been W's if Smush didn't do some type of stupid play, stopping all momentum and rythm that the Lakers had.

* I can go on and on about his weak game. I would honestly give him his props if he WORKED HARD at his game. You can tell he doesn't. He definitely isn't the roll model that young ones should be looking up to. He's not a hard worker and he doesn't work on improving his game. Why aren't the coaches pointing this out????

Please Smush, trade yourself, quit or tell Phil to play Farmar and Vucicchic instead of you. They both have excellent fundamentals like Luke! Then the Lake Show may have a good chance of winning again.

Aloha,
Weasel in Hawaii

exhelodrvr

Agreed. PJ is doing his job and truth is, the Laker coach has to do more than coaches in other NBA markets. Here where only championships are considered success, PJ can still entertain the Hollywood elite even when he's getting bounced in the first round.

Vman said: "Houston does have an overall better roster. I was really wondering who you thought did compare? I couldn't think of any team when you mentioned it.

Houston must have a better overall roster because they're ahead in the standings and, injuries aside, it couldn't possibly be that Van Gundy is better than Phil could it?"

Vman: Houston clearly has a better team - talentwise. The team is not necessarilly better when we have Kobe's surrounding cast on the same page as he and Phil. Kobe and Phil give us the edge. Van Gundy is a good coach, but he also has T-Mac, Yao Ming (Hello?!?), and a bunch of other players who are very good if not heads and shoulders above their Laker counterparts.

BTW, I wrote into ESPN last year many times during one of their "Is Wade like Mike?" talkback discussions and they would never post my response. I said, "Absolutely, Wade is just like MJ. He pushed off on Jason Terry the same way MJ pushed off on Byron Russell (Jazz)". They never posted my response even tho I continually sent it. The promotion of Wade and LBJ know no bounds. See 06 Finals for evidence...


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