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Oh my...

There's a scout for the Mavs sitting behind us who agreed that in terms of getting a handle on Dallas' potential playoff opponent- i.e. the occupant of the eight spot- tonight's game allowed him to kill two birds with one stone.  Of course, a Lakers victory over the Clippers would have essentially made that a two horse race between LAC and Golden State.  And at the end of the third with the Lakers up seven, that looked like a distinct possibility.  Unfortunately, they play four quarters in the NBA- which makes sense, since they're quarters- and over the final twelve the Clippers pasted the Lakers 32-17, en route to a ludicrously disappointing 118-110 loss.  A drink-inducing-kick-in-the-pants-tick-off-a-lot-of-bloggers 118-110 loss.  In the end, they couldn't get the points (Kobe popped up 50 on 17-33, but didn't have a field goal in the last 10:57, and needless to say didn't get much help) or the stops (...shocker) to pull it out.  Ugly.  Uuuuuuuuuuuugly.  Roadkill ugly. 

More on the game to come. NOW ADDED BELOW THE JUMP 

BK 

Things went south very, very quickly.  And don't forget, while the Lakers were just crushed in the latter half of the fourth, they allowed a 17 point third quarter lead to get whittled down to seven over the last eight minutes of the third.  If they keep their collective feet on the Clippers' collective necks, we're writing a very different postgame wrap.  But it was the collapse at the end that drew a lot of attention.  "You just can't send a team to the free throw line," Phil Jackson said.  The Clips took 30 freebies in the second half, including a dozen in the fourth.  Add in the general ineffectiveness against Sam Cassell, Elton Brand, and Corey Maggette, and this is what you get.  "They went Brand and small with Thomas, and matchups were difficult for us," he said.  I asked him if the inability to match up comes from not having enough solid individual and team defenders on the roster.  "There's that, but I think some of it's about our development as a team.  Some of it's about not being positioned in defense." 

As for Kobe playing all 48, and he asked to stay in.  "I think he just felt the defense just could cock itself on him more and more as the game went on.  Even though he had a great third quarter- a stupendous game- I said are you ready for a rest?  He said, "If I come out, we'll probably be down by ten before I can take a breath."  He's probably right."  Jackson thinks too many guys are just waiting for bad things to happen.  "I told them it was like they were playing behind when they were up by ten.  Instead of relaxing in the game, they were kind of waiting for the shoe to drop, and it did."

For Kobe the big issue is defense.  "We didn't make good decisions defensively.  We have to keep guys off the free throw line.  It was the second game where we allowed guys to get into the paint and draw a foul.  Maggette shot 24 free throws.  We just have to do a better job staying in front of people and keeping them out of the paint.  Keeping them off the free throw line.  Those are just easy opportunities."  Put more simply, "You have to wall up defensively.  I can't stress that enough."

As for his energy level, Kobe said he was fine.  "I felt fine physically.  I didn't feel like my legs were heavy."  So what changed?  '"What they did was just double-team me and triple-team me.  I came across half-court and I was facing a double team. When that happens, we just have to make plays.  We have to be aggressive.  Just attack them.  You have an advantage when that happens, and we didn't make the plays.  They did."  Mike Dunleavy threw doubles at 24 in the third, too, but Kobe was still hitting shots.  In the fourth, he was colder against the extra attention, and this was not a game where the supporting cast stepped up.  "They need to just play looser and just be aggressive.  Everybody's tentative. It's a big game tonight and everybody's tentative and I sensed that." 

BK

Not a lot of folks sticking around to talk after the game.  And the ones that did weren't terribly chatty.  In part, it's because they had to catch a flight to Phoenix.  But in part, it's because nobody was particularly eager to discuss how this team blew it down the stretch yet again. 

Take Lamar Odom.  Win or lose, LO is typically one of the more accommodating Lakers when it comes to long and detailed responses.  Not so much tonight.  Then again, when you sum things up so succinctly, there may be no need for profuse yapping.  "We can't make plays.  We can't keep a lead right now.  There's not a team that we can't lose to right now."  So how did things slip away so they could lose to this particular one?  Like most everyone, LO's shrugging his shoulders, too.  "That's the problem.  I have no idea.  No lead is big enough.  That's what I always tell them.  Each time we get a big lead, we get a little lazy.  Stop doing the small things that it'll take to win a basketball game.  When we get in tight games, you gotta be tight all the way around.  1-12.  I don't know what's up."

Unfortunately, time's slipping away to figure it out.

Incidentally, Odom suffered a bruised right hand during the first half.  They took X-rays during halftime and they came up negative.  LO said he's not sure when it happened, but didn't seem too worried about any lingering problems.

AK 

 
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You can't play like that for 4 quarters, Kobe's legs were going to go, and when they went, we went "KER-PLAT!"

It looks great, apologists.

It doesn't win.

That's why I've been saying what I've been saying, all season.

Perhaps once we hit .500 tomorrow night you'll start to understand.

Tanked! GG!

You can't be too surprised when you send your opponent 40 times to the charity stripe. That's 1/3rd of the points put up by the Clippers tonight.

Get rid Andrew if u can pick up something for him. Kid just does not have that spirit to play in NBA. He is Shawn Bradley at most...just plain useless big body today we went 0-7 with him being responsible for each of that score. Man i know we are not going anywhere but come on.

Lamar stop shooting that useless 3, u can not make it. Kobe get a breath sometime ....

THE JACKSON JOURNAL: 79th Game – Los Angeles Clippers (40-39)
By Michael C. Teniente

A super thumb’s down for Phil Jackson!

KEY OBSERVATION

Kobe Bryant is just fabulous.

2nd OBSERVATION

I can’t believe that PJ did this. He had the game won with Bryant, Odom, Evans, and Turiaf. What the heck happened in the 4th quarter? How long until it sinks in that Parker in the 4th quarter is just a bad idea? When a slow motion Cassell beat Parker to the rim PJ called a timeout. Why didn’t PJ pull Parker at that point?

I don’t know how PJ could go with Walton in the 4th quarter, either. Sure Walton brings good things with his passing but what good is that when Maggette scores 39 points? Walton 3 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Maggette 39 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. Are Walton’s contributions worth all that? That is just plain stubborn! From the time Walton reentered the game in 4th quarter Maggette went on to score 10 points in the final 8:46 of the game. What was that all about?

Can you believe this: 32-17 in the 4th quarter. That’s all on PJ.

3rd OBSERVATION

Young Andrew Bynum, don’t be discouraged. I still believe in you. But like I said from the start, you’re only 19 years old. You need a couple of seasons to get the proper experience. Don’t buy into the hype about what you can do. This stuff takes time and you’ll get there. Right now let Kobe carry this team. When Kobe starts to slow down in a few years then your time will come in perfect harmony with your career. At that time you’ll be ready to carry the team like Shaq did. But right now it’s Kobe’s time. Until your time comes Kwame is the best choice hands down.

mike

LAKERS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We might not make the playoofs. At this point I think is a good thing. Let's finish this lame season early, so Dr. Buss will make sure next season we get the players we need and get rid of the lame ones we curently have. I would say 80% of the Lakers team is lame.
Exceptions:
Kobe
Turiaf
Farmar

The rest can go if you ask me.

KEVING GARNETT/KOBE BRYANT 2007!!!!!!!
KEVING GARNETT/KOBE BRYANT 2007!!!!!!!
KEVING GARNETT/KOBE BRYANT 2007!!!!!!!
KEVING GARNETT/KOBE BRYANT 2007!!!!!!!

the good: smush in the clutch, good laker defense in 1st 3 quarters

the bad: no lamar, no big men, no win when kobe gets tired

What makes the thumb's down so shocking is that PJ pulled Walton early in the 3rd quarter. He knew the problem. What makes him think that the problem was going to go away in the 4th quarter? Absolutely playing favorites right there. Tell me this is not true.

mike

Hard to call a game ugly when the refs had the game in hand. All you can do is bow down to Big Brother Stern and his Officials of Doom and realize the NBA is the new WWE.

If they could give the officials an assist for every no-call that led to a Clipper basket, they'd give Steve Nash a run for MVP. Not that the Laker defense helped, but the purple and gold did enough to win the game, they just got hosed by the refs.

i am so dissapointed and mad, i feel completly let down by the lakers. i have read this blog everyday and watched nearly every game this year. the lakers suck and they dont care, so why should i? i now want the lakers to lose the rest of their games and miss the playoffs. this will force management to make some moves in the off season and also maybe we will get a lucky ball in the lottery. i am disgusted and cant think anymore.


kudos to smush parker for hitting a meaningful shot, something no other laker could do in the 4th quarter.

Kobe is one player away from been the best player to ever and I mean ever play basketball. Kobe is one player from been the best player ever. Just one.

O.K how do you give up 118 to the clippers? forget about the 4th quarter offense, when you score 108 points you have to WIN!!!!

1. Smush, we all know you have quick hands but you can not steal the ball EVERY TIME! And you have to be completely embarrased that a gimpy Cassell was able to blow past you for an easy lay up. Know why there was no help there? Because Everyone figured that Cassell was at least one guy you could stay in front of I mean WHAT WAS THAT? there was a period of time when we had Kobe and Mo in the back court and it worked. Maybe we should do that more often.

2. Lamar please stop taking the long range shot. You have not been able to hit them since you hurt your shoulder. Drive and kick or take it all the way but no more threes untill you heal. Please.

3. Phil please play Mo more until Luke is 100%. Mo seems to have recovered from his injuries but it is obvious that Luke hasnt, especially on D. Not saying take Luke out of the mix just play Mo more. Also Luke, you do not have your 3 ball back yet either.

And can we please have an investigation into the refs? They were even more one sided then usually. I counted 4 non calls in the 4th alone that cost us 9 points and we lost by 8! I mean the last I looked over the back was still a foul. Smush was literally knocked into the ref by Magette, he gets fouled, 2 points. Luke gets hammered across the nose and knocked to the ground in pain, misses the lay 5 on 4 = 2 points. I know the Clips have a rep as an interior rebounding team but we were being knocked aside without a call. And Kobe please stop arguing with the refs, you probably cost yourself and the team more call. Ya I know they were giving Magette every call but youre argueing probably cost us 4 points because you were standing there with your arms open while the clips raced down the floor. They are not going to chage their minds dude.

What a train wreck.

I’m tired of this team; I am so frustrated I cannot believe that these players (except Kobe and Ronny) get paid.

For a while now I’ve praised Lamar’s dedication, not anymore, yesterday instead of resting his injured shoulder he goes out partying. What responsible adult does that? Some of you may say it’s just a party, but it’s not, when your team needs you rested and fresh.

Smush Parker is an A!@@@ ! When he’s in the game the team trails, when he leaves the team leads, is it so hard for Phil Jackson to figure out that this guy is a cancer!!!!

I really really hope that the team doesn’t make the playoffs, so that fans that pay thousands of dollars for tickets get mad and don’t renew their season tickets.

This Organization NEEDS to do something, NOW, not tomorrow, but NOW.

They need to get rid off all these ungrateful, undedicated players. I don’t care if Lamar goes, or Andrew, it needs to be done.

I feel so sorry for Kobe; this guy KILLS himself for this team, for his teammates and he doesn’t even get an effort from them? PATHETIC

Some people say Kobe’s not a leader, but he is, he leads by example and lately by encouraging the team, but they don’t care at all.

If you go to school and the teacher teaches you, is up to you to focus and learn. Not up to the teacher, his responsibility is to teach, to instruct, to encourage, but if you don’t want to get that knowledge it’s just a waste of time.

These are grown men that only care about the money and not about the team. These are men that could spend their free time practicing perfecting their game, but they choose not do to that.

This team has a coach that makes 10million a year and doesn’t know how to stop a run and can’t stop his team from falling apart the last 5 min of a game. ALL the other teams in the league know that the Lakers will fall apart the last couple of min of a game, they know that if the triple team Kobe the other players won’t step up, yet Phil doesn’t do anything about it? Is this a hall of fame coach? Well I would rater have Byron Scott or Brian Shaw as a coach.

This Organization is ONLY into making money now and they do that by having Kobe, it’s time for fans to start not going to games next year, and to write letters to the organization.

If this organization is going to allow mediocre basketball, then lower the prices and don’t take advantage of the fans.


This organization was lost when Jim Buss, Jeannie Buss and Phil Jackson took over the organization.
This organization will never win another championship and Kobe needs to ask for a trade.

Kobe needs to leave, he’s great and doesn’t deserve an organization that stop caring about winning and only cares about money.

I hope the Lakers don’t make the playoffs, I will pray for them not to make them, it’s time to let things blow up.


By the way, enjoy these pics of Mr.Odom partying the night away and his teammates:

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/search/Search.aspx?eventid=73851133&editorialProduct=3

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=gls====268336&nbc1=1

PARTY ON lamar!!! That’s what’s all about…. You’ll have plenty of time to run your businesses in about a week.

I hope they lose tomorrow by 50 points, I hope the team gets embarrassed by the Suns. I really hope that, so we all realize that this franchise is over.

Sorry for the long post, but I'm mostly just letting the frustration out.


mike,

you can say the same thing about Smush, Phil for some reason keeps him in the game, even if he doesn't know how to stay in front of his man.

I'll agree today with you,Luke ruined the chemistry, but so did certain players at specific moments.

To me Phil has lost his touch and doesn't know what to do, he's lost.

I just feel so sorry for Kobe, he kills himself for nothing. He sets his teammates for sucess and they don't take advantage.

The first off season move should be the FIRING OF MITCH KUPCAKE. Lets look whats left when the best center of the this era was traded then being shaq, we have Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmer from the trade.

Lets look at Mitch's draft history in the 2003 draft the Lakers drafted Brian Cook with the 23rd pick in the draft, this year cook is averaging 7.3 pts and 3.5 rebs a game, whilst with the 29th pick of that draft the dallas mavericks selected josh howard who is averaging 19.1 pts, 6.9 rebs and if that isnt enough in the 2nd round of the same draft the Lakers drafted Luke Walton is who is averaging 111.6 pts, 4.8 rebs and 4.3 assists. Meanwhile later in the 2nd round of that draft the Utah Jazz selected Carlos Boozer whos is averaging 20.9 pts, 11.8 rebs and 3 assists per game.

Whilst the Lakers drafted 2 unathletic guys who are poor players who couldnt defend my grandmother, Dallas and Utah drafted an all star each who are big reasons for their success.

Well done Mitch who drafted or signed the most unathletic team in the league with Sasha, Cook, Luke, Vlad Rad, Smush.

And yet the funny thing is the media will blame kobe and say he cant win and they will highlight he wouldnt have won a playoff series without shaq.

The Lakers are better off not making the playoffs and hopefully getting a pick around the 10-12 range and drafting the most athletic swingman available instead of making the playoffs getting killed and getting a first round pick around 20.

No wonder kobe shoots 30-35 times a game I certainly would if I had his ability and so would any other sane person if they were forced to play with the bunch of losers he is forced to play with thanks to mitch.

FIRST OFF SEASON ORDER OF BUSINESS FIRE MITCH KUPCAKE AND BRING BACK JERRY WEST AND LET HIM RETIRE AFTER HE HAS REBUILT THE LAKERS BACK INTO A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

PEACE OUT

Ok, a repost and a new post.

Repost:

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Wow, cool -

I hear you, I just don't agree. But that's ok, we're allowed to disagree. :)

Kobe's approach is all wrong, IMO. He just doesn't get how to play team basketball, and that's a large part of why we're under .500 the last 3 seasons with him as the leader.

I guess that 'bandwagon for 50' was really the 'bandwagon for .500'

Look, it's tough to be right about something you'd rather not be right about, but this is what we are with Kobe as our #1. We're a fringe playoff contender, nothing more. This year is much worse than last because we are completely backing into the postseason, if we make it at all.

This team is regressing, and we don't have a leader. Unless Phil really wants to get paid, why would he come back? If you're starting with a new coach, new GM, then keep Bynum and blow stuff up around him.

There were 5 or 6 other deals besides the CHI deal that I looked into for Kobe, where the money worked. I think I may have misplaced the research, but I'll see if I can find it.

Look, this is who we are. This is what we've been for 3 years. Kobe had his shot. He had his shot with Phil.

It's time to move on. I don't want another year of this. I'm done with excuses.

Korey - I am not gunner, tarugo, or anyone else. The K Bros. know that. I only post as myself.

Posted by: fakerz | April 12, 2007 at 11:00 PM"

New post:

Tsphere:


Very good point, thanks for including what Cassell said.

Here's my take.

You can't play one type of basketball for a good part of a game, or a season, and then suddenly switch what you're doing. Guys aren't ready for the switch, and the team's performance suffers.

This is the problem I had with Kobe's winning the scoring title last year and then 'deciding' he was going to play 'team ball' against the Suns in the playoffs. You can't do that; it doesn't work that way. The rest of the guys weren't ready for that, and we ended up losing the series, despite being up 3-1 and the Suns having a bunch of injuries.

In the 2nd quarter tonight, I said "We can't win this way," and I was mocked because we were winning by 15.

The reason I said that is because of what Cassell said - tired legs.

Kobe played almost the entire game. Eventually, the legs go. That's why you must play a team game from the get-go, because fatigue hits your main guy, other guys have to be ready to step up.

Guys on this team are used to watching Kobe, not used to playing team hoop.

On nights like this, it catches up to you.

And that's why I said what I said in the second quarter. The Clips aren't great, but they're relatively deep. But it's not just the Clips. Lots of our games go just like this one - come out great, do great first half, slow down little in the third, tank in the 4th.

Because it's all working off Kobe, and when he tires, the team deflates.

It's a flawed system, a flawed model. It can't work.

Kobe can go be 'The Man' somewhere else, like TMac was the man in ORL or AI was the man in PHI.

But it's time for the Lakers to move on. No more 'Man,' time for 'men.'

And this is what they traded me for.

You want a ring? Come to South Beach!

AS LONG AS SMUSH IS IN THE LINEUP, WE ARE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BASKETBALL IS SIMPLE AND SMUSH MAKES IT HARD FOR EVERYBODY ON OUR TEAM. SMUSH WAY TO PASS THE BALL IN THE POST TO BYNUM DOING CRUNCH TIME SO THAT HE CAN TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF OF YOU.

PHILS GOES WITH SMUSH, WE LOSE. NTIL THAT CHANGES WE STAY THE SAME. OUR POINT GUARD REPRESENTS OUR TEAM AND THAT SUCKS. WE PLAY TO THE LEVEL OF SMUSH PARKER

LET ME REPEAT THAT AGAIN

WE PLAY TO THE LEVEL OF SMUSH PARKER!!!!!!!!!!11

Mike T,

Kobe was fabulous at what?

Hogging the ball tonight.

Clippers knew when they double teamed him, he would try to continue to shoot through the double team.

And that what he did.

50 points - yeah right we still LOSS!

I vote for trading the Gunner and get us some team players in the triangle.

Smush Parker hit a couple of 3s late in the game. But that was after he let a slow motion Cassell beat him to the basket. Right before that he threw the ball away.

Smush Parker and Walton lost this game. Walton because he can't play defense. Parker because with 4:46 left to play, the Clippers were leading 105-103. Parker then threw the ball away. It lead to a Clippers basket. Clippers 107-103. Parker then missed a layup. When the Clippers rebounded the misses it was then that Parker let a slow motion Cassell beat him to the rim. 109-103 Clippers. The game was basically done right there and PJ called a timeout. It was amazing that PJ came back with Parker. Parker hit a couple of 3s but it was too little too late.

PJ has to be blamed for this. Smush Parker and Luke Walton are too weak to play together.

mike

Kobe giveth...Kobe taketh away. When a team invests so much in Kobe's hot shooting touch, it is setting itself up for defeat when he goes cold, which he did in the fourth.

KB played all 48 minutes. Dumb. That's one of the reasons his legs were gone down the stretch.

KB took a lot of bad, forced shots in the second half and took the team out of any semblance of a real, triangle offense.

KB is a great one-on-one player but not a good team player.

I seriously hope we either reign in this kid and get him to conform to a team concept or trade his ass.

KB is about KB and nothing else.

His scoring is fool's gold. Never have I ever seen a player score more outside of the offense and in less of a team context.

I have watched KB's entire career and watched the entire game tonight.

KB is vastly overrated as a team player and needs to change or leave. The Lakers deserve better!!!

MITCH KUPCAKE IS AN A-HOLE FOR BRINGING IN SMUSH PARKER.


WHERE THE HELL DID WE FIND THAT GUY???????????????

SMUSH PARKER KILLED OUR HOPES TONGIHT AND WILL KILL OUR HOPES FOR THE PLAYOFFS IF PHIL KEEPS PLAYING WITH FIRE.

I live and die with Kobe. I have no problems with Kobe Bryant.

mike

Once Smush came back in I knew immedaitely that we lost>

And I am serious about that. I know and I said it to my friends. I felt it in my bones. Smush will never win us a game that we need to win so why are we wasting our time. He will never make that game winning shoot that Phil is hoping he will get. The guy is a team killer and I just want to make sure that everybody knows that Phil Jackson is an A--HOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

SORRY FOR THE LANGUAGE

sorry,

lakofan, you're full of s"""! get over your self, and all of your self-rightousness. You make me sick! He threw an event for his company, big f'n deal.

i'm frustrated as hell too, but you don't see me tearing people apart with personal attacks!

You can rip someone's game, or whatever, but don't rip anybodies personal life. You don't have that privlage, nor does anyone else.

And please don't put this loss just on lamar, it was certainly a TEAM EFFORT!

I live and die with Kobe because without Kobe's points it wouldn't have even been close. It was Bryant who kept us in the game in the first place.

mike

Mike T,

Good posts. Good point with the questionable PJ "plays." They got the mo...and he doesn't call a timeout until they've taken the lead. It's obvious that there was a tremendous change in momentum when Ronny went out and Socks and Smush went in. We all saw it, the question is why. Why do you sit LO and Ronny at the most crucial of games, at the most crucial of times...imo they should have been playing 48 minutes...Kobe was, and while you can see what that took, it probably wouldn't have been that bad had we not have that momentum change. Besides LO was off on his shots anyways, is that why he was resting? Why PJ? Why?

I live and die with Kobe too, But Smush Parker I live live and die with a man that doesn't care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kobe won this game and PJ gave it away!

mike

C'mon Michael

you know kobe dribbles too much, takes poor shots, and play's us outta the offense sometimes. I've even read you saying that! Above all else, I'm glad he's here, but really sometimes i just don't know where he's at with the choices he makes. This goes for the rest of the team as well.

Mike, I think actually if KB had allowed the team to get into a flow and rhythm and actually play the triangle we would have been in MUCH better shape and could have blown away the Clippers. KB's search for personal scoring glory hurts this team almost more than anything..except Smush. KB was HORRIBLE, whining, jacking up shot after shot outside the triangle, and he was HOT for a while, but then cooled, and with him, the Lakers chances because KB does not allow the offense to flow correctly...

Fakers, Shaq, gunner and all the other haters,

PLEASE make a petition for the Lakers to trade Kobe, Please, please do it, and I really hope the organization listens,

That saves Kobe's time and you'll get what you want, a lottery team for lets say a few years and you'll get lucky in the lottery and then like in 20 years the organization will be competitive again.

maybe Kobe can be lucky like shaq has been throughout his career and ride the talent of other players. The only difference here is that Kobe is dedicated to his craft so he only needs players that are semi talented to win, not superstars like shaq has had.

Hey how about bringing shaq back with these same players, and trade Kobe to be with players that for once care about the game.

Continue to blame Kobe about everything, and continue to allow all the other players to underachieve knowing it doesn't matter because they will never be accountable for their poor play.

Here's hoping that the Kobe haters get their wish and Kobe gets traded. I'll pray for that too.

Good post Edwin Gueco from the previous post, I would say that.

It was lost on defense. It's not rocket science, you should be able to win when you SCORE 110, but we GAVE UP 118! Lost on the fact that at crunch time, we didn't have our defensive personnel. It became too easy, became all about touch fouls, instead of effortful agressive defense that got us the lead to begin with, that sustained our lead when they went on our attack. They got 30+ freethrows for crying out loud!

I'm just shaking my head on the last quarter, and our "decisions." Still my team, ouch.

adam kiley ,

next time so you don't become sick by my comments, just before you start reading a post, just look at who wrote it, that way you won't get sick.

By no means I want to be responsible to make someone ill with my over the top comments about a player, so sorry.

KOREY, FAITH, MIKE T, BOBIE, WOW, ZAKEE, LAL FAN, EDWIN, ADAM KILEY

LETS NOT GIVE UP ON OUR TEAM. ONE THING I DEFINITELY KNOW IS IN THE PLAYOFFS THE REFEREES WONT MAKE THOSE SOFT FOUL CALLS, BECAUSE ITS THE PLAYOFFS. AND THATS THE REASON WHY WE ALMOST UPSET THE SUNS LAST YEAR. WE JUST NEED TO GET OUR ROTATIONS TOGETHER ON DEFENSE. BECAUSE WERE PHYSICAL ENOUGH ON DEFENSE

Zakee,

Why don't you mention the missed free throws, missed shots, and blown defensive assignments of Luke Walton? Why don't you mention the consistently missed 3 point shots, which lead to transition offensive for the Clips, by Lamar Odom? Wny don't you mention Phil Jackson's blown rotations and the fact that he fatigued Kobe, which rendered him ineffective during the 4th quarter.

I fail to understand why you always blame ONLY Smush. Can you explain this to me?

THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW "GUNNER24" IS FAKE and is FAKERZ:
he cant even type his name right... his last post says "gunnner24"...

Why is this a problem?

because the blog saves your name so you dont have to type it each time.

You would think that if you have been posting all nite on the blog you would never have to change your name and email right?

WRONG!!!

This error is from changing his name trying to appear as if he is different from fakerz.

Dude, you are caught. STOP ACTING. It's OK.

THIS IS WHY you should ignore fakerz and gunner24 because they are the same person.

It's obvious and I just caught him... If I only had the IP addresses for these guys I would put them to shame...

Even Doug Collins, recognizes that we needed Kobe to get going (in the fourth quarter)...we're relying on him that much...and guess why? LO 3 clang, Luke, clang, Smush turnover...not to mention when we go to the hole and "don't get calls"/blocked depending on how you ask. Kobe played his heart out there...can the same be said for everyone else? Did he force things, yeah some...but we also wouldn't be anywhere in this game if it wasn't for him. And when he was getting doubled he was passing it out...but they made adjustments on that. WE didn't. We chose to hang around in the 3 point line and shoot jumpers. Basketball is simple, movement, movement, movement...if you'd have moved, he'd have given you the ball! Ronny was probably the only one I saw with activity late out there...not to mention defensively (though Brand is just a load!).

Again 110 should be enough to get it done, but not when you give up 118, that's ON OUR DEFENSE, not Kobe...our team DEFENSE. PJ's not so much "defensive" rotation. Defense.

What will it take for the Buss family to realize that this Laker team is just not a good team. I'm so damned tired of all the excused (injuries, youth,whatever).

As for Phil, for the first time to me, this man looked old and confused. I hate to say that, but it's true. My only thought is maybe he's tanking these games to get to the 8th spot. Remember, we have a better record against the Mavs than the Suns, and the Mavs are vulnerable to a high scoring attacker (eg Wade of last year).

Maybe, just maybe, Phil and the lakers are trying to purposely slip to the 8th position?

ITS AS SIMPLE AS THIS.....

IF AVERY JOHNSON CAN GET DIRK AND JASON TERRY TO PLAY DEFENSE WHY CANT PHIL GET SMUSH AND LUKE TO PLAY BETTER ON BALL DEFENSE?????????????????????

You know what makes Phil the Dumbest hall of fame coach out there:

He continues to play his starters EVEN when his bench players are playign more effectively.

To me its really amazing that you guys can be so stupid to blame this season or this lost on kobe. I mean the man is the best player in the world. And from the history of bball we know it takes two to make it to the finals. And we need our second man in the paint. You guys can't be serious that Kobe is the downfall of this team. I mean you might hate the man but no way to you trade him away for nothing. What you do is build a team around him. Kobe is a three time champion and I say three time. This boy can do everythin on the floor, whether its passing, playing DEFENSE, scoring points making life easier for everybody.

The lakers are one man away from winning back to back to back championship. Another post player with Kobe (KG) will win multiple championships easily. No team wants to play Kobe by himself, trust me no team will want to ever dare play Kobe with a guy like KG on his side.

Judith, Tarugo, Fakerz
Yall have to do better than what you are doing now. I mean you guys are beyond stupidity its crazy. And I really don't understand it. You Know i life with the idea that we are all rational creatures, but you three are and gunner are proving me wrong..Humans are not all rational creatures and I am starting to learn that. Your guys brains are toast, literally toast. Get off the weed and stop losing your brain cells.

Lakofan -

Spoken like a true Apologist. Hey, at least you're honest, unlike a lot of "Lakers" fans.

Gotta respect that.

KB is a master of his craft, no doubt. The question is though, what exactly is his craft? It would appear to be the craft of personal glory, one-on-one basketball, and jacking up shot after shot after shot, many while being double or triple teamed, not passing to wide open teammates. Yes, Kobe is a master of those crafts, no doubt.

The Lakers however, are a TEAM and KB is most certainly not a team guy. That is one of the major drawbacks of KB having skipped college where he would have been indoctrinated into the concept of team play.

KB needs to grow up, learn to function on a team, or leave...the Lakers would be better off without this current manifestation of KB..or is it Domonique Wilkins...or George Gervin.....

Hey, follow the game. Look at the first 3 minutes of the game. The Lakers were getting killed until Bryant started shooting. Without Kobe shooting the Lakers get killed.

Walton, Odom, and Bynum were 8 out of 24 shots. Do you think they would have made more if they were allowed to shot more? Bryant hit 17 of 33 shots. That's better than 50 percent. Sure he cooled down in the 4th quarter but who was going to shot? Parker? By the time Parker made some shots he had already effected the game with his poor 4th quarter decisions. PJ lost this game for going back to Parker and Walton in the 4th quarter...not Kobe's shooting.

mike

Mike T,

You sound like an Apologists

Offensive minded thinking is why this team sucks.

And just like I said yesterday. PJ came back to prove a point once and for all.

He's showing Kobe that you're nothing but a cancer, selfish, BALL HOG.

That's why he's putting in players in strange rotations. He's hoping that either Kobe will conform to playing team ball are ask to be traded so, we can send him over to NY where all the And 1 players are.

And Phil knows if we don't make the playoffs there's a good chance we can possibly get someone like Durant and let him take over for the Ball Hog we have already. If we don't get him, then very soon in the next two years we'll get someone that doesn't have a letter "I" in team.

Gee, I wonder if the Clippers are sad Lamar never panned out for them........

Now they get to watch him drop 9 on them in a big game....thats 2 a quarter plus 1 since he's getting 15 mil a year. But he does help our defense with his hustle on every play, we held the Clippers to 119, they are pathetic.

Seriously, we are a terrible defensive unit:
-Smush lunges, then watches.
-Kobe is trying to catch his breath for his next shot.
-Lamarajuana is standing by the basket hoping to pad his rebounding stats.
-Luke is guarding a more athletic player with no help
-Bynum is an 8TH grader with slow feet and sagging shoulders and is busy channeling the ghost of Benoit Benjamin.

Once again I call to Jerry Buss, put down the 18 year old models and the Poker cards and get back involved with this team.

This season really hurts.....

You are not going to win many games if you let teams score 118 on you...

period.

"As for Kobe playing all 48, and he asked to stay in. 'I think he just felt the defense just could cock itself on him more and more as the game went on. Even though he had a great third quarter- a stupendous game- I said are you ready for a rest? He said, 'If I come out, we'll probably be down by ten before I can take a breath.' He's probably right.' "

Like I was sayin...he played his HEART out there. And he's very very right, we'd have been down 10 if not 20 had he sat.

"We didn't make good decisions defensively. We have to keep guys off the free throw line"

Surprise, surprise! Defense wins championships...and we're freefalling cause we ain't playing any...or rather we are until it counts. We need defensive personnel on this team,. we need to play our defensive personnel. Bottomline.

I said it in the past I'll say it again players who have no heart and no motivation need to go and go quick.....
Kwame (sissy shemale)
Bynum ( pamper me Bynum)
Smush( no clue)
Cookie ( softie)
Odom ( if doesn't turn it around)

E-Dog-

What really hurts is watching Kobe's prime years get wasted on this garbage.

That's what really hurts.

Sam Cassell said it best, "We knew Kobe wasn't going to pass the ball."

The opposition knew all they had to do was double KB and it was over because he doesn't set up teammates well and the Lakers can't operate a real offense with KB out there.

"We knew when he had 40 that he was going for 80"

The opposition knows that scoring is what is important to Kobe...not winning....

When will WE learn?

judith: through the losing, the other players HAVE NOT MADE SHOTS. what games are you watching? in order to make the double and triple teams on KB EFFECTIVE, the other Lakers MUST HIT THEIR SHOTS and they're not doing that. Just watch and see how many assists KB misses out on because his guys can't hit wide open shots.

seriously, watch the games and don't make these assinine observations. KOBE DOES PASS THE FREAKING BALL. When nobody's making shots, he still passes the ball. At some point he says "screw it, I gotta make it happen" and when he does, nobody else follows.

At the end of the game, LO jacked up a few 3's that didn't even get close, same with Walton.

I think I had more fun watching the Lakers the Sedale Threat / Cedric Ceballos days...

fakerz,

yeah, so please do a petition start it tonight when all you honest, thoughtful and in no means biased 'fans' are mad at Kobe because he ruined the game.

Imagine if only he would've just let the team get behing by 20 since the beginning or something like that.

Imagine shooting 51% that's just wrong, better to have Lamar 4-11 and Luke 1-6, it's better than having Kobe just be a show off.

What's up with a guy just letting teammates wide open and getting them the ball for open shots only to miss them, STUPID Kobe he needs to play within the game.

That's why I ask you fakerz and all your faker compadres to just petition for a trade.

Who needs that Kobe Bryant on their team.

By the way, that no trade of Bynum for Kidd is looking like a real good call...

HI GUYS, I'M SERGIO FROM ITALY

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME THAT I DO NOT WRITE ON THE BLOG 'CAUSE I WAS IN AFRICA (WHAT A WONDERFUL LAND).
I LEFT ITALY WHEN THE LAKERS WERE 26 -14 AND PLAYIN' VERY WELL, AND NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN... BAAAAAAAAAAAAAM...WOW.
WITH THE WAY WE ARE PLAYIN' IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WE GET IN THE PLAYOFFS. WHOEVER WE GET, WHETHER IT'S PHOENIX , SAS OR DALLAS, IT WILL BE A FOUR-ZIP DEFEAT FOR US.
I DON'T KNOW IF U GUYS CAN REMEMBER WHEN, IN THE GOOD TIMES, I WAS SHOUTING TO BRING ON KEVIN GARNETT, A GUY THAT WOULD GIVE US EVERYTHING WE NEED IN TERM OF POINTS- REBS- ASS BLOCKED SHOTS I MEAN EVERYTHING.

I STILL THINK WE SHOULD TRADE KOBE FOR ... JESUS , OR AT LEAST THE DEVIL( IT WOULD BE A H-E-L-L TO BEAT US).
BUT SUPPOSING THAT THE PARADISE IS NOT READY TO GIVE UP ON JESUS ... THE I WOULD RETAIN KOBE AND TRADE EVERYBODY ELSE IN ORDER TO GET KG'S PERFORMANCES

Hey Korey,

If you have my iP address you would put your ownself to shame.

Only reason why i made a mistake on my name was because i had to clean out my cookies on my computer and restart it so, when i read your BS i was in such a rush to reply back to you.

Believe what you want. Fakerz is different from me.

You need to focus your comments on your Ball Hog buddy Kobe.

Wow,

with that talk, it's truly clear that Kobe's deception has taken over your thoughts.

You're truly an Apologists.

In those 3 championships that Kobe won, who won the Finals MVP?

Then you'll really understand why his deception got you frustrated for the last 3 years.

This is crazy omg Judith, Gunner, Fakerz and whom ever else. Can you guys please stop and mean stop. Offense was not why we lost this game. This game was lost on the defensive end

If you want to play anybody for this lose blame Kwame for not even having the heart to wear that uniform tonight. We need Kwame's defense and he knows it too. The only reason we lost was because of the defense. We cant stop a team whenever we play them. For this blog sake you three need to stop. Kobe is not the problem, he is the leader of this team and give him that.

Even doug collins said the lakers are one guy from an elite team. It's not like this team is bad, it is just that we cant win crunch team when every team knows you just triple and double Kobe, becasue the lakers do not have anythinh player you can run the play through. All we need is to have another player that we can run the triangle through other than kobe. You guys are ridiculous.

Sometimes man, i just really don't know?

I'm conflicted

I see good ball movement, everyone getting a touch, and trying to get the best shot. Guess what it's successful.

I see pressure defense, the other team's off balance in their offense. Of course we stop pressuring the ball, we lose.

I see lamar not have the ball in his, not facilitating the offense like he should, of course that's because kobe's trying to play to roles at once creator/finisher, we lose

I see lamar play good help and man to man on brand, he's taken out of the game. O f course we lose

I see kobe go in ZONE mode, where really all can see is the bucket. Admirably he does pretty frickin' awsome, but gets cooled off with double teams and exhaustion. We lose

I see any sense of momentum lost every time smush parker tries to create offense, turnover, after turnover. ( your a finisher smush, nothing else) Of course we lose!

I see broken down sam (smeigle) cassel take it to this team, where's famar phil? of course we lose

I see a timid andrew bynum miss a hook, and then get's his shot blocked by a man significantly shorter than he! Of course we lose

I see all our mismatches not being used! of course we lose

I see a lack of team ball, even when lamar and luke play! of course we lose

I see a team shoot it's self in the foot, thigh, stomach, and head! Are you kidding, of course we lose

But as it turns out, this always happens, so we always lose HAHAHA

A laker fan goes into madness

Mike T,

Why want your boy Kobe, drive and get his teammates into good layup positions where they can hit High percentage shots?

And I'm not talking about kicks outs to the 3 point line.

Have you ever thought about that?

He doesn't have to shoot 50 attempts if he just get into a good position where players can get easy shots.

I saw a dozen times tonight, Kobe dribble to the other side of the triangle where other teammates are standing.

Can you say that's how the triangle should work?

No!

that's running your own show like you're in an AND 1 VIDEO!

Kobe was wonderful. He didn't get any rest and too bad the shots wouldn't fall for him in the 4th qtr.

Phil agains another wrong rotation. Smush and Bynum in and the Lakers out.

The Laker roster need a big change. Do it Mitch. Just give Kobe any decent help and we're a title contender again.

Ignore those haters who even make up quotes/comments and names just to spread their stupidity.

Ouch.

Ya that one hurt. I see Fakerz and his merry men of the circle jerk are having fun again. It's wierd, they seem to enjoy these losses more than they enjoy wins...

Defense.

The boys played good defense in the second and third quarter which resulted in a 17 point lead midway through the third quarter. Then the walls came tumblin' down.

Kobe shot the ball at a 51.5% clip for the night, and that's when he could not buy a bucket in the fourth quarter.

So when he was hitting his shots, and the rest of the Lakers were not geting as many (according to Fakerz and his merry men is the reason we need to trade the best player in basketball) we were kicking the Clippers collective ass. Seems to me Kobe might not be the problem...Hhhmmm.

Let the circle jerks rant and rave, they relish moments like these. If the Lakers had won, they would not even post (check the forum archives).

Good teams play good defense. Team defense. The Lakers are just not a good defensive team, hell they are not an average defensive team.

I'm sure Fakerz and his band of merry men would like to blame this on Kobe too--yet Kobe held his man to single digits tonight while putting up 50...

The Lakers would be a much better team if they had not suffered the injuries, and that is just a fact.

But them is not the cards they were dealt.

Playoffs or not, this season is hard to evaluate when given the roster they played with most nights. I will not pass judgement on a team that was not given the chance to prove themselves while playing a full (well even relatively full) season with healthy starters and healthy backups.

All four of the top teams in the west had seasons in which all their players were in good shape. Houston (the #5 team) is a team that played through some pretty tough injuries, but they did not play without both TMac and Ming for more than a few games--and they are probably one of the best defensive teams in the NBA...

All in all, people can bash on Kobe all they want. If having Kobe on the Lakers causes them anguish, well they will be very angry for a long time...

Me, I'll enjoy watching the Lakers get better with Kobe.

Fakerz and Judith please get off the Kobe shoots to much routine. Maybe you wrer watching a different game but we scored 108 POINTS. Offense is not the problem with this team. Kobe can carry the offensive load. We gave up 118 points to the CLIPPERS. That is our problem. We are what now, 26th in team defense? You guys are always concerned with Kobes shooting but we are losing because of lack od D. I mean when Cassell cane in one hand basketball in the other blows past smush for an easy 2 were you sitting there thinking wow Kobe is shooting way to much? Come on I repeat offense is not a problem. Now injuries play a part in D more so then offense but come on 118 points, clippers hello! Smush can not steal every ball but he tthinks he can and Luke can not move out there and Magette ate him up. And Phil, I like Lukes game when he is healthy but we needed Mo out there tonight because Luke cant keep up. !18 points yea Kobes shooting, thats the problem all right.

Running a play for your superstar play in the clutch should be easier then giving him the ball at the top of the 3pt line or throwing it to him in the post..

WE NEED KOBE TO FINISH PLAYS...

All that was needed was a double screen for a wide -open Kobe J. Rip Hamilton style. How about Pick & Roll with Lamar & Kobe but with Kobe setting the pick?

How about a backpick alley-oop to KoBE?

ThE POSSIBLITIES are endless and they all end with Kobe getting the ball in scoring position rather than having to create...

This SHOULD NOT BE THAT DIFFICULT when the team really needs a bucket...

CLEAR OUT FOR YOUR SUPERSTAR DOESNT WORK, run a play to get him open and the double team is irrelevant because he catches the ball in scoring position...

make sense now?

Pretty Pathetic Loss

Kobe's fault again - sure, yeah OK he missed a lot of shots and reverted to jumpers along with the rest of the team. Unreal to think the people that write in here and hate on Kobe so much are really Lakers fans. He shoots over 50% and 100% from the line, has 2-3 people on him all game and it is his fault. OK, yeah he is a ball hog, and oh yeah, he played like he wanted to win, so did Ronny and Mo and that's it.

The lesson to be learned for Kobe and Lamar is go to the rim if baskets are coming hard, play harder and attack the rim. He didn't get a lot of calls and it was evident he just gave in to the refs. His teammates were horrible, Smush sucked. Phil is making a huge mistake not using Farmar in clutch situations. I would much rather see Farmar fail and get better than continue to see Smush fail and continue to mope around, miss easy shots, not beat a guy baseline and forget to box out and grab a huge rebound. Yeah he hit a big 3 but I was yelling - "What THE HECK???-Give Kobe the ball you idiots!" Phil allows 3's from Lamar and it has been a huge mistake- time to pow-wow and let him know what is good thinking and not so good thinking while his shoulder is hurting - 15 and inside is where he needs to play. Another thing Phil, get over Bynum. He should only play at the end of the first 3 periods and only if Ronny is in foul trouble. Get back to using Cook, and VRad now! The Bynum project is over, he can lift all summer and jump rope along with Martial Arts and maybe we see if he is worth a damn in preseason next year. For now he is done. Get real Phil, what was that subbing all about. It is time to win! Luke doesn't deserve any minutes around Tim Thomas, Magette or Brand. He just cannot play tough enough and has no offense in him at this time to be effective. He had a good 2nd quarter with tough D along with another basketball player who actually has brains (Farmar).

Not all bad though, Farmar and Ronny are proving that they deserve positions on the bench next year. Radman better do something very positive in the next few games or else. The trades we need to make this summer will be pretty interesting. Mitch and Jim Buss get on the ball, we are hardly competitive with the group we have. Too many what if's... I know I wrote this same stuff last year. Hope we can play the Suns and not get dropped out of the playoffs. I really would love to give them a little run for the money again. But the way we are playing - it looks pretty bad.

Korey, I like the solutions to the offense. I only wish Phil would read our Blog or even think about those options. He seemed to have everyone in a good space with Michael Jordan, the whole team knew it was Michael’s ball 95% of the time, and they helped his game. Turiaf and Kobe are the only two who even try to work the pick and roll, strange. The Lakers players are standing around thinking they should be the ones to shoot. But the proof is there- they can't do it effectively. Help Kobe and think about doing anything to win.
Like play Defense, rebound and set good screens for Kobe. He is not the problem here, and some of his unselfishness made me think Phil asked him to get the others involved, another bad choice Phil. This team is still playing hurt and more than likely withstanding a miracle, we are out in a hurry first round. OUCH! I hate to think that, but thats what games like tonight will do.

Kwame get well soon, it is obvious we need you.


Lakers lost..we'll beat phoenix

Kobe kept the Lakers in the game, but then was a major part of taking them out of the game. Too many times toward the end he forced the issue. He should know better than that.

And twice (at least) Kobe was unhappy with the refs, and stayed at the offensive end to complain instead of playing D. That is total crap - very poor leadership.

Like I said in a previous post, the Lakers will lose 3 in a row. This is the first game lost.

Can't say I'm deflated by the loss. It's not like the team has given us much reason for hope since February. What would hurt more now would be a 1st round sweep rather than a top 10 pick.

Let it die a natural death and let's play lotto.

Smush was the only Laker who could hit a shot down the stretch. He had 19 points and 8 assists. Yet, everyone focuses on a few of his mistakes, even though he made up for them 3 for 2 each time. Three big treys. If anyone else on the team steps up and makes some shots, plays some D, we probably win the game or at least have a shot in the final seconds.

Enough said.

As for the team, we need to bounce back. There's no time to mope. We need to go to Phoenix and finally put down this stone from our shoulders. We will be in the playoffs, and we will know what it feels like already to have our backs against the wall. Kwame has to gut up and get his ass in the game come playoff time, if not before. Plain and simple.

We can't win playing Bynum, Turiaf and Cook at center.

We won't.

I've followed the Lakers games from Europe for ten years now. It's the first time I post. So, be easy on me, please.

There is a lot of talk about in this blog that Kobe is the best player in the NBA, and even on the planet, for that matter.

However, I have just one simple question for you. If you could switch Steve Nash with Kobe Bryant for this season with the Lakers, do you still think the "supporying cast" would be so pathetic. My personal opinion is that LO, LW, AB etc. would start to somehow "overachive" and flourish with a team player like Nash. And I also tend to think that these 55 wins would be an achievable goal, even with the current supporting cast. You could try the same mental exercise with KB swapped with "humble" Tim Duncan. Straight up. Star for star. And wonder what that will do for the team chemistry or results.

I used to be quite a good tennis player. Therefore I will draw a parallel from there. If basketball was tennis, KB would be the best player in the world, period. But it's a team game.

Also, I have to aknowledge that I used to like Shaq quite a lot for what he did for his "teams", and especially for the Lakers. He made role players like Fox, Horry, Fisher, and even Samaki Walker (LOL) to look good and have "career years". Therefore he was right to tout himself as their "general" because he really was responsible for the team's success. When Lakers lost, he was the first one to take the blame. With KB, if Lakers lose, its "they" suck and if they win, "man" wasn't I great out there! As for Shaq's childishness, the man has master's degree, for God sake, while KB hasn't even gone to college. How about that for maturity and an exemple for the younger generation!?

And lastly, for the second comparison. If you could put 1999-2000 vintage Shaq (28- 29 years old like KB today) with the current Lakers instead of KB, would you honestly think that they would play so bad. Personnally I think, they would easily cruise for 55-60 wins and compete, if not for the championship, then at least for the Conference finals. It's not just about the performance but the confidence that Shaq gives to his teams. Even at 35, he was able to get Heat into the playoff picture with a 16-7 run in Wade's absence and with injuries to many key players(including wins over Detroit, Utah and Chicago). With him, teams know that they have a chance to win whoever the opponent is. It's the same thing with Tim Duncan and Steve Nash. Therefore, the teammates tend to have "career" nights and "career" seasons with these type of players. KB hasn't shown such a trait thus far. And the time is running short.

One thing KB surely has going for himself, is his "killer" instinct. But basketball is not an individual sport. Therefore it's not enough. Otherwise you will "kill" in the process your teammates' confidence and that of most of the supporters you might have (I used to be a KB fan when he played with Shaq). MJ had it too but he also had much more maturity and HUMILITY because of hard times in his life before NBA (not being selected to the basketball team in school, playing in college, coming from modest family etc.) Therefore, he was able to coax his teammates to play better ball.

I know that I will be subject to personal attacks because of my thoughts. Just know this, before you criticize me. I'm from Europe where we are not used to such an aggressiveness as seen sometimes in this blog. In addition, in order to prevent potential attacks to my person, I'm not a retired freak (no offense meant to retired persons) killing my time in this blog (actually it is the first time I post) but a financial analyst/economist with a master's degree. Everybody has a right to his opinion, even if it won't please to all the persons concerned.

I wish all the best to you and this franchise.

It was simply a failure to execute the offense along with a failure to hit open shots that we lost the game, little of which Smush was at fault, since he was pretty much the only guy who made a shot down the stretch. Here are our 4th quarter possessions after Kobe hit two straight jumpers at the 10:40 mark:

01. Kobe Bryant misses 26-foot three point jumper
02. Lamar Odom misses 11-foot jumper
03. Sasha Vujacic makes 25-foot three point jumper (Kobe Bryant assists)
04. Kobe Bryant makes free throws
05. Elton Brand blocks Andrew Bynum's 16-foot jumper
06. Luke Walton misses 23-foot three point jumper
07. Kobe Bryant misses 21-foot jumper
08. Andrew Bynum misses 7-foot hook shot
09. Kobe Bryant lost ball (Elton Brand steals)
10. Andrew Bynum makes free throw 2 of 2
11. Luke Walton misses driving layup
12. Kobe Bryant misses 19-foot jumper
13. Smush Parker bad pass (Tim Thomas steals)
14. Smush Parker misses layup
15. Luke Walton misses 23-foot three point jumper
16. Smush Parker makes 23-foot three point jumper (Luke Walton assists)
17. Lamar Odom misses 25-foot three point jumper
18. Kobe Bryant misses 18-foot two point shot
19. Kobe Bryant misses 7-foot running jumper
20. Lamar Odom misses 23-foot three point jumper
21. Smush Parker makes three point jumper (Luke Walton assists)
22. Kobe Bryant misses 26-foot three point jumper

Basically, from the 10:40 mark to the end of the game, we missed every single one of our shots except two treys from Smush and one from Sasha. 3-18 from the floor. Without Smush and Sasha, 0-15.

Our D wasn't good, but we didn't lose this game on D.

We certainly didn't lose because of Smush.

Forget the conventional wisdom.

Kobe could solve all our problems by only shooting the shots he is going to make. The rest of the time, he should pass to the other Lakers for slam dunks on every possession.

Then, he should play lock down defense on the other team's best player.

And, he needs to do all this while boosting the morale of all the other players.

Seriously, all you apologists for Odom's Eleven, we are in bad shape. Who in the league would even trade for Kobe since he is so awful? He has no value.

Alright folks, let's read between the lines please!

First, Fakerz on one side of the spectrum is wrong with all of his negativity, and on the other side of the spectrum, those who blindly follow kobe, and believe everything he does is A OK are wrong as well.

However, those of us in the middle, who Like kobe, and like the fact he's on the team, but still must critique his game and the poor decisions he makes.

For instance, All the hoopla that get's piled on about kobe scoring is misleading, i believe: because it really sells the team short. And for all you who criticize lamar and luke for "All those missed shots", how and the hell are they suppose to get a rhythm with: 1)kobe seriously over dribbling, 2) kobe hoisting so many shots 3) kobe completely disrupting the flow of the offense. It really makes the team paralyzed when he plays like this. Despite how amazing it is when he's got it going, he really should save it for a very rainy day, like in the playoffs in a do or die game.

I wonder if he realizes this, or is that he so intuned to the game that he can't see the affect he's having on everyone else.

I mean if he's going to shoot lights out, why dribble so much? Let lamar and luke get him easier oppertunities to score. He can play off the ball more, play within the offense. For one, it would mean less turnovers, and two there would be not as many possessions for the opposition because of the clock being used on offense. No turnovers, and less possessions means fewer points for the other team, and not as much time spent on defense, HORRAAYYY!

Still, some of you insist that the other players on the lakers "suck, are passionless, and empty-headed". Well, that's not true, they just don't have the oppertunities presently to showcase themselves. And please, don't give me, "they can't make the set shots kobe gives them off the dribble". Well that's not really there game, they can make some of those, but really that's kobe's skill set, shooting from distance. So why not play off their skills, and kobe of his. Cause you know kobe is a very talented player and has many skill sets, and he really should accommodate his teammates, and not the other way around.

What i'm trying to say is there is reason for the "lack of numbers" from the rest of the guy's, you know the bottom dwellers.

At this point, Phil Jackson has to have a word with kobe, expressing his displeasure with his play of late, but still commend kobe for his passion, and will to win.

I for one would like to see the OLD-NEW KOBE, the one who saves the takeovers and over dribbling for the end.

Adam Kiley,
You have a twisted man crush on Odom. He is seriously overated and a massive underachiever. He does not have the heart to go to war when the team really needs him. In crunch time he becomes the invisible man offensively and plays horrible defense as well. Kobe keeps shooting because he knows Odom will not step up. He never has and never will. He is at best a grossly overpaid third option. Walton was horrible tonight as well offensively and is a pitiful defender against any athletic slasher. Kobe finally wore down and that was the end for this mediocre team. You are no better than Fakerz, Judith, etc. To put the blame on the only player that keeps this pathetic squad competitive against any team ( including the bottom feeders ) in this league is not only ignorant, it is disgraceful.

I agree with lakofan....call me old school but these guys get paid enough to have no other business interests or to at least focus solely on basketball after the all star break...they also retire early and get lots of holidays so they cant really feel bad about not having a life...a party is one thing I guess but lamar always sounds alot more passionate talking about other things....I suppose people need an outlet but there is something kind of sickening about camera crews at practise following him round when the team is playing so badly...thats when Jackson should just NO WAY get rid of your camera crew and focus.

-Its not lamars fault we are bad hes obviously not at his best physically but just in general

-another mediocre guard setting a career high.

- without Kwame we are a terrible team,I dont know why thats so hard to understand.It doesnt make him Willis Reed but if you are going to have a small forward and a point guard who cant defend,a shooting guard who appears to have too much else to worry about to do so,and an injured forward then your centre is 19...you tell me? why cant we stop anyone?and no lakertom the answer is not Jordan Farmar in the starting lineup

-and ex is right about kobe....he still has work to do on his leadership...guys so competitive and it must be frustrating for him but hes not helping the team any when he carries on like that.

its not about blaming kobe he has too much on his plate but he like the others needs to look at how he can improve things...

So Bynums lost his confidence? you see this is why young players need to be brought along slowly...experience does him good but he may have been under a bit too much pressure this year...theres not too much pressure in the midst of an unexpectedly fast start....but there certainly is when you are crumbling and falling out of the playoffs after that fast start.Hes got too much on his plate....The whole thing is just a mess in every sense.

Gino, you got a thing for Shemales? Because they seem to be on your mind a lot.

He's a soldier, even if his shoulders fold up he'll never crumble.

In Kobe Bryant we Trust
Go Lakers

LAKER FANS LISTEN UP!
Don’t blame Smush for the loss
Don’t blame Kwame for the loss
Don’t blame Kobe, Phil or any of the team for the loss
Put the blame squarely where it belongs:
ON ME AND MY DUMB A** POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT EXPERIMENT.
I apologize, from now on I will stick with what I know – which aint much.
But for all who participated in the experiment thanks for the effort.
Big thanks for pointing out that this was not a WIN OR GO HOME game
Otherwise I would have kicked in my TV last night. But fear not, no matter
What this season may bring I will always bleed purple and gold.
So the time for experiments is over
LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!
LET THE CRITICISM BEGIN!!

LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER
GO LAKERS GO.

HA what a game...a waste of time for me yet again at staples...if anyone was there at the game i was holding a Bryant/Garnett 07-08 sign...anyway to the game...with what fakerz said...kobes legs just went away...4th he had nothing left in his shot...most of them were short i believe...did anyone listen to the interview with Phil after? he asked kobe if he wanted to rest at the end of the 3rd and he said 'no cuz if i do we might be down 10 before i can even take a breath'...obviously he has no faith in his teammates holding it down now...i would do with the big lazy there...
being such a bynum detractor i kept some mental notes when bynum/turiaf were playing...i noticed the lakers were up 10 or 11 when turiaf checked out (dont even know why they subbed him, he was in good foul standing, prolly to take a breather)...then the 'future' comes in...what happens? bam...lead gets chipped down to 1...coincidence? i think not...bynum was getting man handled by EVERYONE in the post that decided to put him there...hell even sam cassell could have posted him up...once again he was lost in defensive rotations (nothing new) and just had a poor effort on offense (always went away from the hoop instead of going straight up with it)...he also didnt even give ANY effort on the boards except the ones that came to him...at least when turiaf was in he battled for position even though he didnt get boards...bynum like always just stood there and tried to use his length...AND did anyone see him try to post EB up then get thrown on a jumper? PATHETIC!!!...now EB does have a long wingspan, but the big lazy's is equally as long...defensively he kept picking up stupid fould by not moving his feet and using his youth and athletisism to his advantage..i thought he was so 'agile' to what all the drunk GMs think...what a joke of a player...as with the kobe apologist there are the bynum ones with their "hes only 19" BS and "hes so young"...what a waste of time for the lakers franchise...i have never had so much animosity towards a laker until now...this kid is so spoiled with being taught by the best and he doesnt even take advantage of it...and everyone is always making the excuse for him about 'hell get it' or 'when he gets it hell be good'...with his work ethic..i doubt that is true...send this chump to minnesota where he can regret not taking advantage of his situation here...free the lakers of this grim future!!!

Bynum = from planet SUCK
KG will set the lakers free

oh yeah...i heard an interview with dr. buss about the state of the lakers...he said he didnt mind going over the cap to pay luxury tax to bring in help...well if hes serious he should put his money where his mouth is this summer....this free agency period there will be a lil old player that can fill one of the biggest holes of the team by the name of CHAUNCY BILLIPS...sign him to a max contract if you are serious about your statement dr. buss...do the right thing and help kobe out by surrounding him by nba (not nbdl) talent...if nothing is done this offseason, we will know the good old days of the lakers being a winning storied franchise are gone...usher in the new jim buss "look dadddy i know how to draft" era...where they pass on lots of good players in the draft and we sign redundant players

The Laker forwards scored most of the points in this game, with Maggette getting his career high. And yet certain bloggers still scapegoat Smush because Cassell hit, what, 3, maybe for 4 shots and missed a ton.

If that doesn't prove that Smush is the Laker Scapegoat, then nothing does.

Smush and Luke were the main reasons why we lost that game. Smush with his careless turnover, and his incessant attempt to steal the ball from his man, got burned by a 50-yr old Cassell who could have easily been outran by a toddler! ANd then freakin' Luke Walton misses a wide open layup, what a letdown! How can you miss a wide freakin' layup??? He was so wide open that it would put Britney's legs to shame and he freakin' blows it. Andrew misses a crucial free throw, and short-arms a shot. Cancer-Smush short arms a layup that barely hits the rim.

The incompotence of these players are just unbelievable that I pity Kobe so much! He has to kill himself trying to will the team to win and he's surrounded by a bunch of mentally-challenged nincompoops!

They should just blow this team up in the offseason and keep only Kobe, Turiaf, Farmar & Mihm. Everybody else, I don't give a rat's ass if they all get waived or traded!.

First to go should be that IDIOT, MORONIC, ABSOLUTELY STUPID CANCER-SMUSH! He's such a useless piece of CRAP! Farmar was running the team well until that dumb f_ck messed it all up and screwed the team big time!


SAM CASSEL SAID HIMSELF THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE THE DIFFENRENCE MAKER.


LAST NOGHT SHOWED ME THAT A GOOD PLAYER SCORES ALL HIS POINTS WHEN IT COUNTS. NOT AT THE BEGGINNING OF THE GAME LIKE SMUSH PARKER. SMUSH MAKES ME WANT TO FLY TO LA JUST TELL YELL AT PHIL THAT SMUSH SUCKS FOR AN ENTIRE GAME. I WISH I WOULD HAVE DONE IT EARLIER THIS YEAR SO PHIL WOULD HAVE HAD IT STUCK IN HIS HEAD THAT SMUSH PARKER IS A LOSER AND IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO WIN WITH A LOSING POINT GUARD.


LET ME REPEAT, SAM CASSEL WAS THE DIFFERENCE MAKER. HE SAID IT AND IT IS A SHAME THAT SMUSH COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. HEY SMUSH TAKES NOTES FROMA VETEREN. IT DOESN'T MATTER IN YOU GET YOUR POINTS IN THE BEGINNING, IT ONLY MATTERS AT THE END AND THAT IS WHY YOU WILL ALWAYS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kobe proved once again that he is NOT the best PLAYER in the NBA; he is simply the best SCORER. Big difference. That's why we suck and will continue to suck until KB learns to be a complete player. (scorer, passer, leader, team player, make everyone better etc...)

Kobe should thank Shaq for the 3 rings otherwise Kobe would be regarded as one of the biggest loser (another Tracy McGrady: Pure scorer but never a champion)

SAM-SATIONAL


HOW ABOUT THAT ONE.
SMUSH PARKER ONCE AGIAN YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!

I GUESS PHIL
PHIL IS GOING TO DROWN WITH SMUSH!!!!!!!!!!!
BECAUSE HE HAS NO CHANCE OF WINNING WITH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO POINT GUARD IN THE LEAGUE RESPECTS SMUSH. IF HE IS IN AT THE END OF THE GAME IT IS A RAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


WE SUCK OFFICIALLY NOW.


WE WOULD PHIL GO BACK TO THE LINEUP THAT HE WENT TO?

KOBE
EVANS
LUKE
RACMAN
TURAIF

THEN HE CAM IN WITH FARMER.
I MEAN WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT???????????????????

I WOULDN'T

are things still ok JJ?

don't mean to call you out, yet you always seem so cool & composed about the current status of the lakers.

blowing a 17 point lead at home in the 79th game of the season, with the playoffs on the very near horizon?

oh that's right, "when the lakers beat their first round opponent, i better not come on the blog and post anything." or better yet, "the western conference elite know that lakers are a dangerous team and don't wanna have to play them." yep so dangerous, they haven't beaten a team with a winning record since february.

news flash, IT'S THE MIDDLE OF FREAKIN APRIL!!!

this squad is in big time trouble. they really have ZERO business in the playoffs.

i love lamar odom's potential and i have so much compassion for the trials & tribulations he has been through the past year. however, he is most definitely expendable. i realize that is not a popular opinion on this blog, yet it's how i feel. lamar is not a DIFFERENCE MAKER. a DIFFERENCE MAKER would have sensed kobe's shot was off late in the 4th quarter, and demand the ball & see if he can make a difference. lamar is simply too passive & seems to defer to kobe when the going gets tough.

kobe looked desperate. horrible shot after horrible shot in crunch time. tough to watch. it look eerily reminiscent of the short lived rudy t days.

smush's stupid foul on mobley in the first half.
smush's stupid intended pass to ronny turiaf.
smush's stupid defense on grandpa cassell.

oh wait, smush made a couple of 3's. that wipes out ALL of his mental lapses. i cannot stand that logic on this blog.

all smush supporters, you have a right to your opinion. and you also have the right the look foolish on a daily basis by thinking this guy is worth a damn.

i'd rather crash & burn with shammond & farmar. at least i'll never question their effort & heart. and at least those guys TRY to get other people shots. you know kinda what a point guard is supposed to do.

and kwame brown is supposed to be this team's savior? that's pretty sad in and of itself. to rationalize that one would be a waste of time.

AND I HATE TO SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD, BUT THIS IS THE WORST DEFENDING LAKER TEAM I CAN RECALL IN THE PAST 15-20 YEARS.

MAYBE THERE HAS BEEN WORSE STATISTICALLY. BUT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN WORSE BECAUSE OF A LACK OF EFFORT, ABILITY & CONCENTRATION.

THIS LAKER SQUAD HASN'T PLAYED A LICK OF DEFENSE SINCE MID DECEMBER 2006!

so please optimists, save the "calm down" posts. 3 games to go, and the lakers look dreadful.

save the "these games don't mean anything" posts. because these games do, they have a direct correlation with the lakers playoff opponent.

save "the lakers will do well in the playoffs if kwame brown returns" posts. even he returns, he will not be 100%. and even a 100% healthy kwame brown couldn't rescue this laker team. HE IS AFTER ALL, KWAME BROWN! dude has never even averaged 10 pts & 10 boards in ANY OF HIS SIX SEASONS. NEVER HAS COME EVEN CLOSE! YET HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE MISSING PIECE COME PLAYOFF TIME?!??!?

and until the lakers bring in some legitimate players, this will be the norm. bloggers complaining about lackluster results from lackluster players.

phil is a head coach, not a magician. give him some real talent. and if he can't make that work, then he needs to go too. don't ask phil for a steak dinner, and give him a pack of ballpark franks to do it with.

i'm just a die hard laker fan who is utterly disappointed with the entire franchise, top to bottom.

I THINK THAT SMUSH MAKES THE GAME EASY ON THE REF!!!!!

HE MAKES NO ATTEMPT TO STOP HIS MAN.


YEAH LUKE DID BAD, BUT WE NEED HIM. SMUSH WE DON'T NEED FOR ANYTHING

WE DON'T NEED SMUSH PARKER FOR ANY THING!!!


WHY DOES PHIL CONTINUE TO GO WITH THIS GUY LIKE HE CAN'T FIGURE ANYTHING ELSE OUT????


WHY IS HE SCARED OF FARMER? AT LEAST HE DOESN'T MAKE IT EASY ON THE OTHER GUARD. AT LEAST HE WILL FOUL YOU.

Judith/Fakers- I agree with you on several points and its so obvious Smush sucks on defense no reason to even bring it up. Question is why hes playing in the 4th quarter? We will never get a real answer from 9 rings. Where was Farmar in the 4th? Sasha and Smush are the worst defensive players on this team, maybe the league.

1) Kobe was forcing shots to get his 50 and the rest of the team was standing around watching as usual

2) Kobe's defense is just as much to blame for the poor defense as anyone else

3) Kobe is not a leader who can get other players to step up as great as he is individually

4) There is no leadership on this team. 9 rings is going for his two consecutive worst record seasons in his coaching career. The league has passed him by and the players have tuned him out, except Kobe, who does whatever he wants. Why isnt 9 rings demanding Kobe play defense? Why should anyone play D when the so-called leader doesnt?

5) I dont buy Kobe got tired, since he has said multiple times he doesnt get tired.

6) LO and Luke should NEVER shoot 3s


and lastly, ^ 5 to Mike T for the thumbs down to 9 rings. 70 games too late but he is coming around.

What matters with the Lakers that they play the ff. in the last five minutes namely: MO, Ronny, Farmar, Cook and Kobe. Though we are sacrificing D on Cook, he's reliable on his three point shots than any of the other scrubs including Odom. However, we need the three Energy Stoodges Mo, Ron & Jo to clog the lanes, get the R, make the A to Kob and pronto. That's the only way you defeat Nash rolling thunders.

Three games to go and we're still 1 1/2 games ahead of Clip and GS. It will be a miserable alignment of planets if these two teams overtake the Lakers. On the contrary, as we said in the past I go with Vman, if we don't make it no more Smush, no more these Kobe-hating bots in the blog and welcome new Lakers.

The bright side is...

The Lakers can get a lot of value from Lamar, Kwame, Bynum and Farmar were they to make a trade. Wiith the mid level exception and a nice trade or two the Lakers could easily add a solid point guard and some solid post players. But will we have the courage to make these necessary moves?

Wes

If Smush finishes anymore game we, LET ME REPEAT,

WE WILLNOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIBBY,NASH,LUKE ARE NO CAKE WALKS FOR SMUSH.

AS A MATTER OF FACT I JUST MADE MYSELF NERVOUS BECUASE IF ITIS A CLOSE GAME ALL THESE GUYS NO HOW TO MAKE PLAYS FOR THERE TEAMS DOWN THE STRETCH.

Send Andrew Bynuwokandi to Minnesota in the offseason.

GET KG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRYANT/GARNETT '07

NOBODY GOES TO THE GAMES AND SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT SMUSH?????????????????????????????

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS DOING IN LA LA LAND RIGHT NOW????????????????????????????????

DO YOU GUYS KNOW THAT SMUSH HAS COST US MORE THEN 75% OF OUR LOSES??????????


SAM CASSELL IS OLD AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED.


WHY WAS PHIL HIDING FARMER FROM SAM CASSELL?????????????????
WHY PHIL?????
HOW DO WE KNOW IF FARMER DO IT??????????


SO WHAT HE PICK UP 3 FOULS. WHO CARES. LET HIM GET 3 MORE AND WE WILL WHEN


FARMER IS THE ONLY PLAYMAKER ON THE TEAM AND HE IS ON THE BENCH IN CRUNCH TIME

ONCE AGIAN WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING AS FANS IN LA IF YOU ALLOW SMUSH PARKER WHO MAKES 800,000 DOLLARS START AT THE POINT.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON????????????????????????????


IF YOU CAN'T TELL BY NOW I AM PISSED.
SMUSH PARKER SUCKS LIKE REALLY BADLY AND I AM ONLY MAD BECASUE WE HAVE MORE OPTIONS ON THE BENCH.


I WISH I LIVED IN LA SO THAT I COULD BUY A TICKET FRONT ROW AND YEAH AT SMUSH SO THAT PHIL CAN GET HIS HEAD OUT OF HIS ASS!


WHAT ARE PHIL AND SMUSH BUT BUDDIES?
DOES SMUSH KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT PHIL THAT NOBODY KNOWS????

OR IS PHIL JUST FLAT OUT TO OLD???????
IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN HE NEEDS TO GO.
MAKE CURT RAMBIS THE COACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HE WOULD CUT SMUSH RIGHT NOW

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT AND SMUSH IS TEARING ME AWAY FROM MY TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!


I PRAY THAT KOBE DOES THIS 50 POINT THING FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON,BECAUSE IF HE DOESN'T THEN WE ARE DOOMED.

KOBE SHOOT 4 OR MAYBE 5 TIMES IN THE 4TH BECAUSE THE CLIPPER THROW THE WORLD AT HIM.
IF WE SETTLE FOR JUMP SHOTS IN THOSE SITUATIONS THEN WE ARE DOOMED JUST LIKE WE HAVE BEEN

it's over.

 
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