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Dj_mbenga Let's put things in perspective.  If we told you in October that before the beginning of April the Lakers would get their 50th win of the season, making them the third seed in the W.C., only a game out of the top spot, would you have complained that said 50th win didn't come in dominating fashion?  Doubt it.  So in that context, Sunday night's 126-120 overtime win at Staples over a hot Wizards team seems a lot better, right? Coming off two straight brutal losses on their home floor, the Lakers were dying for a victory, and behind a balanced effort including production up and down the lineup, that's what they got.  The box score shows a strange night all around.  Kobe was outshot by his teammates, and both teams were better from downtown than they were inside the arc, a big time statistical oddity.  And against a team with more established stars, the Lakers were burned by local lad Nick Young (27 points, a career high) and DeShawn Stevenson (eight threes).

In terms of triples, the first half belonged to the Lakers, and the second to Washington, especially the twisting, leaning Caron Butler hoist that helped push the game into overtime.  But just like the Wizards received a boost from more unlikely sources, the Lakers were goosed by 20 from Sasha Vujacic (a welcome bounce back), 19 from Luke Walton, 18 from Vlad Rad, and some nice contributions from DJ Mbenga (including the block at left) on a night where Phil Jackson said Kobe came out distributing after dominating the ball more against the Grizzlies on Friday.

D-Fish got the start on Sunday, but how his injured foot will cooperate going forward is still something of a guessing game.  Pau Gasol worked out on Sunday, and is hoping he can make it back on the court for Wednesday's game against the Blazers... knock on wood.  Andrew Bynum continues to work out, and will accompany the team on its next roadie.  But for the Lakers to maintain the balance they've shown throughout the season, LA needs the bigs back in the lineup.

So does Kobe deserve an MVP for the same reason Martin Scorsese deserved an Oscar?

The Warriors beat Dallas at home Sunday night, making the W.C. a very tight place not just up top, but at the bottom as well.  Golden State, Denver, and the Mavs are all tied up, with two playoff slots available.  Someone's gonna be left in the cold...

Brandon Roy isn't likely to play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

One blogger's struggle to decide how to handle Mark Cuban's newly revised policy on bloggers.

 
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Good Morning!

Good Morning Lakerfans

I agree with the article, putting things in perspective not of the 60 win bandwagon, the Lakers are doing quite well in spite of all the Doom and Gloom of the Summer and the preseason.

C'mon, how many of you thought the Lakers would be playing this well? How many of you thought Kobe actually looked good in a Bulls jersey?

:)

Enjoy the ride.

Troy & others,

From the last thread and how Kobe played against
Memphis:

"Phil Jackson felt the need to remind Kobe Bryant of what a good teammate he has been all season, because there was tension between Bryant and his teammates during Friday night's loss. 'I just said, 'Hey, just don't destroy the relationship you've built with the players this year,' ' Jackson said. 'He said, 'Naw, it's not going to affect us, what we do. I just had to get out and vent what was irritating me.' Bryant yelled at Jordan Farmer for not passing to him. He yelled at Luke Walton for not calling a timeout late in the game and instead throwing the ball away. 'He was obviously irritated about the game prior to that,' Jackson said."

That is the complete statement of which heisler left
out the end. Can we stop making comments and
allegations about "BallHog" now?

Funny how before the season started everyone was worried if the Lakers would even make the playoffs.....now everyone is worried about being number ONE in the West.

Good Morning Mamba24, Good Morning Charles, Good Morninig Lake Nation!!!!!!!!!!!

50 at last! A lillte tonic for what's been ailing Jon K. Shows what can happen when we come out focused and work to move the ball around. Lotsa 3's, but most of them from open looks, not forced or emergency throw 'em ups.

Pau and Drew coming back soon!

Let's run the table and get PJ one better than the 57 he's lloking for!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

50!!!! 50!!! 50!! 50!

Finally!

Shout out to the Kam Bro's and THE MAMBA!

50!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!

It would be so nice if we won by 26 in overtime, but...

dayum, 26 points in 5 minutes!

(You posted 126-100.)

What was disturbing about this game is how the Lakers cannot defend against the 3-point shot! I've been saying this all year...IF YOU WANT TO BEAT THE LAKERS MAKE YOUR 3-POINT SHOTS!!!!. I found it ridiculous how they were not quick on rotating defensively and the lack of communication between the players. I need to vent about how horrible Jordan Farmar was last night. Can the kid please stop shooting 3's and focus more on driving the lane and dishing? With his speed he should be able to drive and dish without a problem. Also, can he stop running after the player he's defending and get in front of them? I'm assuming this kid is the heir apparent for the PG position, but with his play of late I'm afraid for the Lakers. I hope he gets whatever is going on in his head fixed before the playoffs because we NEED HIM.

The highlight of this game was how well Luke Walton and D.J. Mbenga played. I hope LW great performance will carryover to the rest of the season. It's great to see Luke play to his capability. I'm also happy to hear that El Capitan (Pau) will be back on Wednesday. Now if AB can get well soon we will be back to full strength.

You know guys, the more and more I watch NBA games, the more I realize that no team really plays good defense, it's all about scoring a ton of points. Other than boston (and thats b/c they get away with murder, dont believe me, just watch their games), every team out there wants to score more than defend.
So from now on, you guys wont hear me harp on your team about the lack of D. As long as teams are clicking on offense and have spurts of good defense here and there, that should be good enough ( we hope).

We are what we are without Gasol/Bynum.

3pt shooting misfits who dont play D.

If we were the Rockets, we could kind of weather this storm and still win games.

But until we get our bigs, its live by the 3 die by the 3!!!

Last nite, we made them and we won ... barely!

But when we miss, its down by 15 and hope for the comeback!

This could all be cured by some D first of all.

We had better shot discretion with 3s this game but still, 27 3s?! Yikes!

post game flow...

That was some offensive light show.

I had HIGH hopes we could take the target off Kobe this season but, no. Kobe didn't close, Kobe didn't pass, Kobe didn't smile or (word goes here).

I watched he and Luke the whole game on DVR with slow mo and pause. Most of the 3s were on switches. Kobe was late to the line a couple times trying to stop penetration, as were his mates when they were guarding shooters.

The thing that's always a concern with 24 is how he balances a game. It's hard to shoot light's out in the 4th when you don't shoot most of the game. Phil said it, we've said it, and with a complete roster it won't be a problem.

Luke played great. WHy? He's not injured and he made that first 3. Over simplification? Yes. But he gets his head down 'cause he knows teams double team Kobe off of him when he's off, which has pretty much been this season.

We've all played. When the ball goes in it gives you confidence, period. When it just won't fall, it affects you. Hurt or not, Luke needs to make open looks or get over missin' them better.

Mark Cuban isn't havin' a good month in the Maverick Personel Dept. Mr Mbenga evidently missed their radar. The man must be a quick learner if Norm Nixon said he's improved a thousand percent since he saw him in Dallas. Dude got game on the offensive end.

Cap for assistant COY???? There should be one.

Phil must have some extra motivation to play Luke because Vlad was having a fantastic game up to the 4th and no matter what anyone else says the stats showed he was playing excellent defense on his Butler who only had like 7 points up to that time. Everyone's saying that he didnt get in because of his D, well it was Butler making some critical shots over top of Walton and others down the stretch that led to the overtime. If Vlad would have been in the game in the 4th I think it would have been his game of the year. I think it's unfortunate that Jackson won't show trust in a player that is playing so well

Don't know if I'm late to finding this, but this link is amazing.

http://www.lakersmedia.com/

It's a page of the Lakers game highlights in HD that you can watch without any downloads, and the picture is superb! IT LOOKS GREAT.

NOW FISHER HAS TORN TENDON - GOOD LORD, WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS TEAM.
PJ IS GONNA START PLAYING KB 49 MIN NOW.
THE REST OF THE PUNKS NEED GET U R A$$E$$ BACK ON THE F'IN COURT.
KARMA IS A BITHC!

I'd rather see the Lakers lose to the Grizzlies/Bobcats than see them lose against the Spurs/Suns.

Luke played extremely well down the stretch.

He's starting to dunk again which is a good sign...perhaps his bad wheels have contributed to most of his malaise this season. I know Luke is not popular with most of y'all but I think Luke's rounding back into form...a solid player who makes the offense go.

Or maybe, his recent luck conincides with his "Life with Luke" miniseries.

Chris Mihm? Check, Pau and Bynum...very soon.

Mbenga!!!

Good morning Laker Nation!

1. First, the big "50" was great to achieve, even if we had to struggle against Washington to hit that number.

2. Second, for the love of God! Why is our perimeter defense so terrible? This needs fixin' and fixin' pronto!

3. Mihm's back! One down and three to go!

4. I was tremendously impressed by The Banger Mbenga's play last night. Quite honestly, I didn't think he had that capacity. The Banger's been steadily improving and has begun to show that he's more than just a big body to throw onto the court and hope for the best. A truly pleasant surprise.

5. Luke played a real nice game last night. Hopefully he'll keep it up. I'm so tired of reading "PUKE SUCKS!" screamed by Trolls.

GO LAKERS!

>>>ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IF YOU WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN >>>SAGGING OFF YOUR MAN, HE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD
>>>AN ALLSTAR NIGHT!

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I agree with Gunner on this one. Kobe kept leaving Stevenson to help on other players and he got burned time and time again.

Gunner, you often criticize Kobe when he doesn't deserve it, but on this issue for this game, you are correct. Kobe needed to let his teammates handle their own man and stay with his man who had the hot hand.

THANKS LONG TIME. YOU KNOW I GIVE HIM HIS DUE WHEN HE PLAYS LIKE A TEAM PLAYER BUT LAST NIGHT DEFENSE WAS HORRIBLE.

WE'VE SPARRED OVER THE YEARS SO, I RESPECT YOU BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE GAME OF BASKETBALL.

THESE NEW KOBE FANS JUMPING ON HERE IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS LIKE "PSLAKERFAN" CLAIMING HE BEEN A LAKERS FAN FOR AGES KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL.

Good morning, Laker Nation,

A win is a win... even if it's not particularly pretty. At times, the Lakers looked completely in sync and efficient. When they're firing on all cylinders, they are an incredible team. Just wait till the return of Bynum and Pau. Our undercover secret weapons are about to emerge.

Go Lakers!

Good morning Mamba24, good morning Charles & to the rest of this GREAT LAKER NATION a big good morning!!

How's it going? 50 wins you say? Really? C'mon - was there ever any doubt since we saw the emergence of the BEAST and the addition of "El Capitan" (I like that SFLakerGirl)!! As has been said, given the state of the union before the beginning of the season, if we were told that the Lakers would be sitting at 50 games & #3 in the WC with 8 or 9 games to go, we ALL would have taken it - hands down. But now, we have the potential to not only ride the "55 win" bandwagon, but actually hop on board the "Championship" one!! Are you kidding me? After the last few years of sucking, this is GREAT! We have nothing to complain about - so what if we barely squeek out a W last night?? A win is a win is a win.....no one promised us a road without speed bumps & potholes, right? Let's get focused! Let's get ready! I hear the sound of the parade in this distance - and, MAN DOES IT SOUND GOOD! (Smells good too.....can't wait for the next ROLL CALL! Wednesday seems like an eternity away......)

GO LAKERS!

The BEAN for MVP or NO PEACE!

Well, I guess the bloggers riding the 50 win
bandwaggon since October knew something the
rest of us didn't ...

Identify yourselves and take a bow people. And remember the Mamba knows if you're lying.

PJ thinks that 57 wins, wins the west. Going 7-1 over the last 8 would require both a healthy Pau and Bynum. And the one loss has to come to a team below them
in the standings, not to SA or NO.

Looks like a tall order right now -- but we shall see.

Anybody notice that this Laker team, as composed of healthy players, is the one Kobe wanted out of this summer? Get well soon Pau, Drew and Trevor.

LO as Big Game James? Wakes up when the playoff nears. Luke starting to remind people of why Kobe said he and LO are the ones who played with heart last year. Short on talent but big heart. Better than Kwame and Smush though. Full of talent but no heart.

Ronny isn't a center. He just isn't. He's a good center's sidekick. A poor man's Horace Grant (would that make him Harvey Grant then?).

I like what he is doing, but he is much better off the bench with all that energy. Ronny in spurts is better than Ronny as starting center.

That said, I don't like the way they are playing, but its a necessary evil to shoot 3's en masse given what I said about Ronny. That's what they have to work with. Glad they made a good amount of them yesterday.

I don't think they should sell the team or anything given the losses. Unlike the teams that are playing .500 ball the whole year, we have 2 pocket aces up our sleeves.

I'm sooo tired, I was full of energy after the game and could not sleep, ugh it is going to be a long day.

{Coffee is a wonderful thing...}

More thoughts of the day....

1. I'm very confused by the play over the last three games. I know we're banged up and tired and whatever, but [to quote Kobe Bryant] "THIS IS BASKETBALL, MAN!" It just seems like I've been watching a different team these past three games. It's like the team has been intuitively out of sinc with one another. Strange. Concerning.

2. I think the team needs to have a group barbarque at Kobe's house or something. Some kind of non-offical, non-basketball activity to get everyone thinking on the same page again. Something where the team can relax as a group together.

3. Pau Gasol has been such a boon to this team. If things go right, I'm looking forward to seeing his jersey retired with the other Greats.

4. That's one of the most impressive things about going to the Staples Center (or the Forum, for that matter) and seeing those jerseys hanging from the rafters... Magic, Jerry West, Chamberlein, Chick Hearn... It reminds you how special this organization is.

5. Shaq and Kobe will obviously be the next two jersies retired, but we have four players on this team who COULD have their jersies retired--Gasol, Bynum, Odom, and Fisher. It all depends, of course, but it's nice to see the magic continuing.

6. Somebody needs to get Derek Fisher some Dit Da Jow. If "rest" is the only solution to his injury, then he needs some serious Chinese liniment. It'll lower the inflammation and accelerate the healing.

7. Luke looked strong, agile and confident last night. It was refreshing.

8. Rad Vlad has plateaued over the last week. He's playing his best ball as a Laker, but he was still a better player as a Sonic and a Clipper. We need him to be a better Laker than a Sonic or a Clipper.

9. What's up with Farmar recently? He seems emotionally imbalanced and unfocused. Whatever it is, he needs to snap out of it. Thiis is no time to be pulling a Smush Parker.

10. Speaking of Smush Parker, Smush almostly singlehandedly ruined the Clippers would-be "miracle win" against the Spurs earlier this week, by doing a stupid foul at utterly the wrong time in the fourth quarter. Great job, Smush.

11. Phil, tell these guys that they need to guard the perimeter. It's ridiculous.

GO LAKERS!

morning, everybody

i had to catch up on a lot of threads this morning, but i gotta say, tspere, you nailed it. definitely makes a pretty good point, and much better than some people i won't mention, many of whom may have psychological problems, if the APA allowed us to diagnose based on web postings.

but i digress. tsphere, i enjoyed reading your post, which i hope everyone can go back and read, as it was as bit long to repost here. there are many good comments on this site, but in my mind that one stood out above much of the rabble. props.

everybody else, good morning again, much love

GO LAKERS

etc, etc.

also, SFLakergirl makes some good points, and adds a vote to the under publicized El Capitan bandwagon. of all the endless bandwagons that seem very obvious, this one needs the love and attention.

PAU = El Capitan

lets hear it, everybody.

Even Phil Jackson is upset with Gary Vitti!

Jerry Buss! Time to hire a full-time accupuncturist and Chinese herbalist for this team! Gary Vitti ain't getting the job done on his own!

GO LAKERS!

Responsibility on defense is on Kobe. Is it not obvious that the team is at its best on defense (and offense) when Kobe is TALKING and DIRECTING and not focused on his individual exploits on the other end. communication is key on defense.

You know teams watch their bad games to figure out what went wrong.. but, it would probably be beneficial if the team watches tapes of their good games to see what works.. they'll notice Kobe is pointing, moving and directing people to the right spots on both ends and is ACTIVELY leading. He does that, he'll get his much needed rest in the 4th quarter and not have to go to OT and worsen the situation.

It was a good game, even if it was too close, putting things into perspective here. That wasnt the correct final score, though.

I wish I could submit something written by TJ Simers
to Mark Cuban and see what his reaction would be

Good Morning Charles---Good Morning everyone....

While the 50 win thing feels great, it seems wierd that we played so much better against a better team than we did in either of the two previous games against seemingly inferior foes---from the very begining of the game last night I was really just struck with the thought of if we had only played half as good in the two previous games we would have won them both easily---it just seemed really strange---it's a wonder what motivation can do apparently...

still think we should haved fouled with the three point lead at the end of regulation---does anyone know the percentage of times a team hits that three to tie games in the wanning seconds?

We were first to 100--enough said, that conteracted the other theory, that the first team to score back to back baskets in overtime wins--anyone know that percentage?

Positives For Puke: Puke played a good game, and his positive play definitly out weighed his negative play---another game tape we should send to all the GM's in the league so they will send in a plethora of offers for him---only 9 years left on his contract.....

Mbenga continues to impress me and each of his baskets were nothing short of amazing to me--I kept shouting what is going on---he actually missed his easiest shot, a shot he should have dunked---he should play more---if he is indeed working with Kareem, it is indeed showing....GO MBENGA !!!

Ronny and Sasha both came through with very solid performances--love Ronny's blocking and defensive attitudes, along with his effort, as usual...

As has been often said, all these injuries this season may indeed become a very positve thing in regards to player / team development--when we do get everyone back, we will not only be extremely deep, but have seasoned, developed players sitting deep in the bench rotation---yee frickin' haw!!!

I really want to take the Pacific title and think it is a very crucial first step in our upcoming dynasty --we need a lot of focus down this stretch ...

Why does it seem that we give up so many carreer highs to the opposing players? I realize that most teams and players get up to play the Lakers, but it seemes to be happening with regularity that approaches nausiism--THE LAKERS NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON DEFENSE--call me Captain Obvious once again.....

I really dig Fisher's comments after the game---he should do all the on court post game interviews---accentuate the positive indeed---HUZAH !!

You could see the fire burning in Pau's eyes sitting on the bench---he seems more than ready to come back, hopefully with a vengence.....

YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY TO BE A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

"What was disturbing about this game is how the Lakers cannot defend against the 3-point shot! I've been saying this all year...IF YOU WANT TO BEAT THE LAKERS MAKE YOUR 3-POINT SHOTS!!!!. I found it ridiculous how they were not quick on rotating defensively and the lack of communication between the players. I need to vent about how horrible Jordan Farmar was last night. Can the kid please stop shooting 3's and focus more on driving the lane and dishing? With his speed he should be able to drive and dish without a problem. Also, can he stop running after the player he's defending and get in front of them? I'm assuming this kid is the heir apparent for the PG position, but with his play of late I'm afraid for the Lakers. I hope he gets whatever is going on in his head fixed before the playoffs because we NEED HIM."

SFLakerGirl
you need to realize before Bynum went down the Lakers where 3rd in defensive FG% allowed and 2nd in defensive 3pt FG% alllowed... Also Ariza helped this cause even more when he came in(bumped us to a tie in defensive 3pt% with Boston for that period of time)... What I'm trying to say is that without a defensive anchor like Bynum guys play off of their man becuase their worried about dribble penetriation; with no defensive presents down low you are going to get scored on... Turiaf is great but his size is something else (I really think his 6'8 )..

Bottom line I really think PJ will start to use Newble a little bit more in the near future to offset Ariza's loss.... But I really think both Ariza as well as Bynum will get back in time for the playoffs, after that it's all about finding their rythem... As soon as we get these two guys implemeted ( as you see I don't mention Gasol, since I think he will have plenty of time to adjust) we've got as a much a chance as anyone else to win the championship... Again the Key's are Bynum and Ariza ( or Newble if he can take on Ariza's duties)... The way I see it, this current Laker team outside of Kobe and maybe a little Dfish, no one plays premeter D .... And you are abseloutly right about Farmar ( what a joke on the defenesive end)... This guy is becoming the next Smush.....

As I have been mentioning for the past 3 weeks, the remaining games for the Lakers will depend on Vlad Rad's scoring performance.

Remember my formula:
In the games w/o Bynum/Gasol, if Vlad Rad scores atleast 15, we win. If not , then we lose.

On Friday night's games against the Griz, he scored 9 and we lost. Last night he dropped 17 or 18, and we won.


That 15th technical foul is exactly what Kobe needed to win the MVP award.

I love Kobe but if I had one criticism I am sick and tired of his whining after every shot. He plays so much better when he is not jawing at the refs.

Last nights game was a nail biter but it was a pleasure to watch Kobe just play the game.

I say next year he gets 15 technicals in the first eight games. Then Kobe can just play ball and win the MVP award for sure.

Go Lakers!!!

Wow, a 26 point victory? That's not how I remember it, but if the KamBros tell me so, it must be right... right?

Our perimeter defense is just crazy bad. Watch for Steve Blake, Jarrett Jack and/or Travis Outlaw to again push for career highs in points and assists. I'm hoping for a playoff matchup like the Suns or Jazz where we won't get killed by quick guards and three point shooting.

Shaq is getting better and playing longer in Phoenix and saying the Heat's medical staffs are old school and only do MRIs.
Is it the same with the Lakers? Is Vitti too old and not cathcing up with these new methods?
Why does it always take so long for Lakers to come back from an injury..?
Dirk might be back ONLY after 4~5 games from his injuries, which were ankle AND knee sprains....
while Pau has missed like what 8~9 games?
Sometimes, these "playing it safe" only seems like the result of "lack of skill"

AK or BK,

>>>So does Kobe deserve an MVP for the same reason
>>>Martin Scorsese deserved an Oscar?

I think Kobe's chances were hurt in the last week. While Kobe's
team was losing to two bottom feeders at home, Chris Paul's
team took over the top spot in the West by beating some good
teams (Cleveland, Toronto) on the road.

Combine that with the fact that a lot of media people don't
like Kobe much and worship any young player (LeBron,
Paul, Deron Williams, etc.), and my guess is that if the
voting were today, Chris Paul would win the MVP. And
I'd be hard pressed to argue that Kobe deserved it more.

But Kobe still has a chance to win it back - The Hornets
still have to face Orlando and the Lakers on the road as
well as Golden State, Utah, and Dallas at home, while
the Lakers only have 3 more games against playoff teams.
If the Lakers could manage to re-gain the lead in the West,
I think Kobe will win it, especially since CP hasn't had to
carry his team through long stretches where several key
players are out, as Kobe has.

But if New Orleans ends up on top of the West around tax
time, then look for Chris Paul to take the MVP prize.

Perhaps the biggest game of the season remaining for
Both the Lakers and the Hornets is Friday, April 11 against
each other. The winner of that game could decide both
the MVP and playoff seeding. And the Lakers play San
Antonio two days later. If the Lakers could hang around
the top, get Gasol &/or Bynum back, and win those two
games, they could win the West, and go into the playoffs
in a position of strength.

50 down, 5 to go. Lakers only have to win 5 more games
to make the 55 win bandwagon happy! I think they'll
win 6-of-8 and go into the playoffs as either a 1 or 2 seed.

Go Lakers!

Holy Moley!

I love that the 7, 8, and 9 spots in the Western Conference is
now a 3-way tie between Golden State, Denver, and Dallas.

I don't love quite so much that there are 5 teams within 1 1/2
game of the top spot in the West (New Orleans, San Antonio,
Lakers, Phoenix, and Houston).

I'd feel more confident if the Lakers would get back Pau
on Wednesday and Drew would get in a few minutes of
play on the next road trip. Those two guys are like the
long poles in the big top. Right now the Lakers are like
a three ring circus with the canvas falling down on their
heads. With Drew and Pau, it's the greatest show in town.

more meaningless thoughts......

actually on a lot of the Wizards 3 point shots, we did have a defender closer than we usually do--in fact on more than several, I thought we played pretty good defense and they just hit a well contested shot....

Stevenson's beard is quite a creative variation on the Goat King beard--does it come with it's own instructions for use and care?....

I couldn't agree more with my fellow sensible and insightful bloggers comments on Rad's playing time and his lack of investement by Phil Jackson verses Puke's.

If indeed, Rad received the playing time that Puke has had, we would be much better off as a team.....

I also agree that Rad's defense is better than Puke's overall and I would much rather see Rad down the stretch than Puke....

Puke did have a great game last night and I hope it continues--he did make some key plays for us last night--but it does seem strange that the leading scorer after 3 quaters sat out most of the 4th---but it worked out in the end....

I do expect that both Puke (especially Puke) and Rad and their ludiris contracts (especially Puke's) will be the focus of trade fodder for Mitch this summer....

Again, for this season to be the building block of the next Laker Dyansty, we need to win both the Pacific division and get out of the second round of the playoffs---we don't have to win it all this year (but that would be quite nice indeed), but those two steps seem necessary to me...

GO LAKERS !!!

Looking forward to having Bynum the "Moses" back so he can lead us to the promise land..

Also, look forward to reading Gunner's astute observation on Kobe, especially when he uses all caps..hehehehe.

Sea Mineral Water anyone? hahaha

Where is the hall monitor mamba24 today?

Have no fear Ladies man is here!!

I have to agree with a blogger from the previous thread:

I think Lamar should have been in the good category. He played good defense, at least statistically. He put up 10/13/7, that is 3 assists from a triple double. And he was still very sick. JMO......

pslakerfan

Kobe's stats this March, of which the Lakers are 9-6.

31.5ppg 7.1rpg 6.3ast.

These are Michael Jordan's stats!!

Kobe is the 2008 MVP

"C'mon, how many of you thought the Lakers would be playing this well? How many of you thought Kobe actually looked good in a Bull's jersey?"

Sonnybelfast did, still does, and he told you so.

Sonnybelfast

kobe is averaging 35 points 9 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the last five games

Good morning all! Tough win yesterday, and we are going through a rough patch right now, but considering where we were last year, isn't it great to be a Laker fan!
Lets go for 55+!!

Check out some shirts some Laker fans are selling (saw it in an ad on my gmail)
http://pautshirt.com/

Have a good one!!

Turn up the Lights!

I got a theory. You know how some ball parks are hitters parks and others are pitchers parks? And in football some outdoor stadia are good for placekickers and punters while others aren't due to wind patterns.

I think Staples Center under certain lighting conditions (Lakers lighting) is a perimeter arena. Yes, the Laker's defense is lacking at times but not always. Even when they closely contest shots, the shooter seems to get a good look. On Butler's three to tie the game in the 4th, Fish had Caron blanketed. But Caron still had an excellent view of the basket.

Look at Sasha's improvement this year and Vlad. Look at the 3-pt percentage of both teams last night. Was it just a fluke. What about subpar teams like the Grizzlies and Bobcats, hitting more than their share of 3's.

Turn up the lights and add some. Don't give up the home court advantage. Sasha, Vlad and Jordan will get used to it from playing there so often.

Fire32,
no team plays good D, but the best, most consistent teams D.

Thats why the Spurs and Pistons are AALLLWAYS in the conferene finals.

They play D, nobody else doesnt.

That simple.

If you want to be a consistent contender, play D.

in case the Lakers can't win the top seed in the west, i'm pretty sure they will win the Pacific. but i like this best case playoff scenerio based on the remaining schedules of each playoff bound teams.
Notes: Lakers must win by at least 20 against the Spurs(April 13) to get the top seed if they end up tied(Spurs led 2-1). In case the Lakers and NO are tied, the Lakers will get the tie break(if they win against NO on April 11) because of their 29pt victory against NO last January 9.

1. San Antionio 57-25
2. Lakers 57-25
3 .New Orleans 57-25
4. Utah 53-29
5. Phoenix 56-26
6. Houston 54-28
7. Denver 51-31
8. Dallas 51-31
9. GS 50-32

coolhair

Remember, It was the hired medical staff who misdiagnosed Malone's knee injury. Malone was screened from the lower knee cap and below. The injury was much higher than it was. He was being interviewed by Billy Mac from Fox Sports...

That was a pretty candid interview of Malone...

SFLakerGirl,

First let me remind you that when Bynum was healthy,
the Lakers were holding opponents to the 2nd lowest 3-point
shooting percentage in the league. Since they can't count
on Ronny to defend the rim without fouling, all of the wing
players (including Kobe) tend to cheat off of their man to
help prevent penetration into the lane. That leaves the
3-point shooters open.

With Bynum in the Lane, they trust that Drew will protect
the rim (crap! I sound like Mike T), so they stay with the
shooters and cause them to miss more.

>>>I need to vent about how horrible Jordan Farmar was
>>>last night. Can the kid please stop shooting 3's and
>>>focus more on driving the lane and dishing?

Uh, did you actually watch last night's game? Or the game
before that? Jordan is about 50-50. He takes about half
of his shots as 3-pointers and drives into the lane (or to
the baseline) to take the other half of his shots. For example,
last night Jordan only took 2 shots. One was a missed
three pointer, and one was where he drove to the rim and
was blocked by Dominic McGuire. And Jordan had 4 assists
in limited minutes. So on the offensive end, he was doing
EXACTLY what you're saying he should do. On defense,
he was getting schooled by Nick Young, though.

And note that some of the times when Jordan drives the
lane, he passes off to other guys for assists. So in reality,
Jordan is already driving inside and either passing off
or shooting inside more frequently than he shoots 3's.

Your perception that he shoots more 3's is all in your imagination.

Laker Legacy,

I wonder if they have a face picture of the chick on the Pau shirt. Very Nice! High 5!

(1) Spurs vs. (8)Mavs Spurs 4-3
(2) Lakers vs. (7)Nuggets Lakers 4-2
(3) Hornets vs. (6) Rockets Hornets 4-2
(4) Jazz vs. (5) Suns Suns 4-3

(1) Spurs vs. (5) Suns Suns 4-3
(2) Lakers vs. (3) Hornets Lakers 4-2

(1) Lakers vs. (5) Suns Lakers 4-2

Lakers wins the West..Yeheyyyyyyyyyyyy

Jon K,
"2. Second, for the love of God! Why is our perimeter defense so terrible? This needs fixin' and fixin' pronto!"

It's been that way all year; Bynum, and to a lesser extent Gasol, compensate somewhat for it. But Fisher is slow, Farmar has only average quickness for a PG, and is still learning, Sasha is still learning, Kobe concentrates too much on offense and gambles too much, and Ariza is out. Odom is a mediocre perimeter defender, Walton is not a good perimeter defender, Vlad is not a good perimeter defender.

TURN UP THE LIGHTS

Dude, extremely reasonable theory. It would be easier to hit the perimeter shot with the basket in the spotlight and the crowd blacked out.

The "light's out" look is great but the Laker home court advantage isn't one right now.

HmrHead,

>>>Well, I guess the bloggers riding the 50 win
>>>bandwaggon since October knew something the
>>>rest of us didn't ...
>>>
>>>Identify yourselves and take a bow people. And
>>>remember the Mamba knows if you're lying.

Well, I don't know about 50, but I was like the 3rd or 4th person
on the 55 win bandwagon.

I jumped on optimistically. I believed they were at least
capable of doing it, assuming Bynum took a big jump,
Farmar took a big jump, Kwame played more consistently,
Rad stepped up his game, Kobe played more defense,
Sasha started hitting his shots consistently. And pretty
much everything I hoped for came true. Kwame being
replaced by Gasol was just gravy.

And they've still got to win 5 more to get to 55. I hope they
can win the next 5 straight. Because after that they play
New Orleans, then San Antonio. If they have Gasol and
Bynum back, they could make a HUGE statement by going
into those games and TAKING first place back.

Go Lakers!

You know guys, the more and more I watch NBA games, the more I realize that no team really plays good defense, it's all about scoring a ton of points. Other than boston (and thats b/c they get away with murder, dont believe me, just watch their games), every team out there wants to score more than defend.
So from now on, you guys wont hear me harp on your team about the lack of D. As long as teams are clicking on offense and have spurts of good defense here and there, that should be good enough ( we hope).

Posted by: Fire32 | March 31, 2008 at 09:03 AM

Spoken like a true Phoenix Suns fan.......LOL....

Floyd,

>>>I also agree that Rad's defense is better than Puke's
>>>overall and I would much rather see Rad down the
>>>stretch than Puke....

Rad defending Caron Butler last night: 9 points
Luke defending Caron Butler last night: 3 points

The shot at the end by Butler was made over Fisher, not
Luke. Watch Caron Butler's last shot in overtime. Luke
defended it well, Butler missed, and then Luke ran out
for the dunk at the other end.

Luke defended Caron better than Rad did.

PERIOD.

Put down the haterade and come over to drink the champagne
of champions.

Charles,
first thing I noticed too. Prob a butter-face!!

no team plays good D, but the best, most consistent teams D.

Thats why the Spurs and Pistons are AALLLWAYS in the conferene finals.

Korey

True, but I've noticed that if the league tags you as one these teams so called defensive teams, the refs will help you out in a major way. Bowen is known for his D, so he's aloud to mug players, same goes for Raja. B I know not a good defensive team, but he is known to be a Defensive player. Take a look at garnett watch how long he's aloud to roam in the lane.
When these teams are branded as a defensive team, players like R. Rondo are able to slap wrists and arms resulting in steals with no foul. Tim. D and Garnett are able to go over the back to get a board or some how get blocks without fouling most of the time.

THANKS LONG TIME. YOU KNOW I GIVE HIM HIS DUE WHEN HE PLAYS LIKE A TEAM PLAYER BUT LAST NIGHT DEFENSE WAS HORRIBLE.

WE'VE SPARRED OVER THE YEARS SO, I RESPECT YOU BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE GAME OF BASKETBALL.

THESE NEW KOBE FANS JUMPING ON HERE IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS LIKE "PSLAKERFAN" CLAIMING HE BEEN A LAKERS FAN FOR AGES KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL.

Posted by: Gunner | March 31, 2008 at 09:30 AM

You know I give him his due when he plays like a team player????? Are you freakin' kidding me????? Maybe you forgot about this BS quote from last night:

"IN THAT SITUATION, WHY NOT GO TO THE BASKET LIKE LEBRON WOULD DO AND DRAW THE FOUL. WHY PASS IT OUT FOR A 3?"

Or maybe this one:

YEAH, WHAT HAPPEN TO KOBE CLOSING OUT THE GAME FOR US.
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
THIS IS WHERE YOU SUPPOSE TO BE THE GREATEST CLOSER.

You know you are full of it, we know you are full of it, and you know we know you are full of it. So just come out and admit it and we can all be friends.....

JORDAN FARMAR!

actually played under control last nite.

We know Sasha cant control himself at the 3pt line, so Farmar is going to have to control the 3pt urge while Sasha is on the floor and in general as long as we have Sasha/Vlad on the team.

If Farmar can show restraint and get back to his UCLA days of driving and creating for others he can get back to being useful again.

Let's hope this blip in his performance was just a sophomore slump.

Oh, and LTLF doesn't actually agree with you, he is just being honest about your assessment. (Personally I agreed with that post of yours as well) That is what people with real credibility do. They call it the way they see it, whether or not it helps their cause. YOU DO NOT. That is the point, that is why you will never have credibility here. Period....

THESE NEW KOBE FANS JUMPING ON HERE IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS LIKE "PSLAKERFAN" CLAIMING HE BEEN A LAKERS FAN FOR AGES KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL.

Posted by: Gunner | March 31, 2008 at 09:30 AM

New Kobe fans????????? What the hell does that mean? How could you possibly know how long I have been a Kobe fan?

New blogger. Maybe. But new Kobe fan? Man you are an idiot.....

OK seriously, you guys need to fix the 126-100 score on today's blog entry. I tried to be cute about it before, but you haven't changed it yet, so this is your official notice... :)

That is how you get credibility. That is why Fire32 and Sonnybelfast have credibility

Posted by: pslakerfan


Whoa, thanx man

I just don't know what to say, other than thanx.

Posted by: Fire32 | March 31, 2008 at 08:14 AM


Fire32,

I agree, at least you and Sonny are honest and tactful in your posts despite not being Laker fans unlike some people on here who masquerade as Laker fans yet bash or single out ONE player or coach for anything that goes wrong with the Lakers. As long people keep it real, make sense and respect others opinions, the world will be a better place. It's funny how some people who accuse players of being certain things(Kobe is a ballhog)are in fact guilty of their very own accusation(Gunner is a bloghog). Thanks Fire and Sonny for good sportsmanship. Go Lakers!!!

Posted by: Nemaia Faletogo

DENVER vs. PHX on back to back nights!!!

Thats gooooooooot to be at least one loss for PHX.

If they win both, then PHX is back.

If they lose both, forget about PHX.

Fiffy!

The way I see it Gunner can be explained in one of three ways.....

1. He knows he is full of it, but he just keeps on posting ridiculous BS, because he needs the attention.

2. He really believes what he is posting, but he is wrong most of the time....

3. He really believes what he is posting, he is always right, and everyone else here is an idiot for not seeing it....

Therefor:

1. He is a jack a$$. or
2. He is a moron. or
3. The rest of us are morons......

Anyone wanna vote?????

Korey,

>>>If you want to be a consistent contender, play D.

Since you brought up the Spurs and the Pistons, let me
first pose this:

How well do you think the Spurs would be doing without
Duncan (their starting PF), Bowen (best defensive SF),
and Oberto (their starting C) for extended periods of time?

Think they'd be in first place? Think their defense
would be as impressive with no Tim Duncan threatening
to send back any shot you hoist up in the lane?

How well do you think Detroit would be doing without
Rasheed, Tayshaun, and McDyess for a whole lot of
games? Do you think they'd still have the second best
record in the league? Do you think their defense would
be as impressive.

Take away Garnett, Perkins, and Posey.

Take away Chandler, West, and Bonzi.

Take away Okur, Boozer, and Kirilenko.

Take away three major components (and their two best
bigs) from ANY team, and their defense will suffer.

Bynum and Ariza were two of the best 3 defenders on
the Lakers (along with Kobe), and when they were on
the floor, the Lakers were holding opponents to the 3rd
lowest field goal % and the second lowest 3-point % in the
league.

And although Pau isn't quite the defensive presence that
Bynum is, he is a much better defender than Ronny in
the lane. Ronny may try harder, but despite what some
polite women may tell you, size does matter.

So while I will agree with you that the Lakers aren't playing
very good defense right now, I think it's largely a matter
of their injuries weighing them down (and making them
a lot shorter).

So I would say that if Gasol, Bynum, and Ariza are out
for the rest of the season, then your pessimistic view of
the Lakers is well-founded. Without those three, I'd predict
a second round loss for the Lakers.

With Pau back, the Lakers will go back to being capable
of beating any team in the west.

If they also get Bynum back, and are able to get his
game up to speed, then I'd pick them as the FAVORITES
in the West, with the capability to give Boston or Detroit
a run for their money.

If the Lakers get all three of Pau, Bynum, and Ariza back,
then their defense would be as good as any in the league
except maybe Boston. And their offense would be better
than Boston's.

EX,
LTLF reports:

"when Bynum was healthy, the Lakers were holding opponents to the 2nd lowest 3-point shooting percentage in the league"

The GHF view is #2 sounds a bit better than "compensating somewhat."

True, Fish and Farm aren't the quickest and when they get a hand up it only goes so far. I wondered why Ira N. didn't get at least a first half run at Young and Stephenson.

Lakers Legacy,

I can't believe it's not butter!

Vman,
Probably the concern that the benefit on defense would be overshadowed by the lack of familiarity on offense. Ariza (who I think is better than Newble) only averaged 2.5 min/game his first seven games with the Lakers.

Forget Vlad vs. Luke, let's just look at the game Vlad was having. He had 18 points and was really keeping Butler in check for 3 quarters. Stu Lance even commented on Vlad defensive ability. Why didn't Vlad get his opportunity to finish off a terrific game? He's also shown skill lately when he has been in the fourth, against Houston and in the past against the Kings? Why doesn't Phil put him in at least for scoring opportunities, last second shots etc? He didn't have any major turnovers, was playing good D, was shooting well, was the leading scorer going in to the 4th. What is it that won't allow Jackson to trust in Vlad when he tried so hard to show him that he can play when it counts?

Vman

What does GFH mean?

Regards,

LTLF,
who said I had a pessimistic view of the Lakers? That's your opinion, homie, not mines.

I believe the Lakers will get to the 2nd round regardless of injuries and depending on if Bynum gets back (not Pau) we can get to the conf. finals and NBA finals. Pau tends to get shoved around a bit down low which scares me.

Anyway, yea, you take 3 of the top defenders off any team and it's gonna hurt. DUUH. I dont know if we disagree there at all or if thats a revolutionary point to make.

But if you want to win without your 3 best defenders, a good thing NOT to do is CHUCK 25+ 3s a game and invite a team to run the ball back down your throat.

This is especially dumb because we dont have a PG who sole jobis to run screen and roll and open the floor up. We run the triangle offense. Teams that are 3pt happy run more of a organized chaos offense with plenty of S&R and always a great PG to keep the distribution rolling.

Why can't the Lakers win against inferior teams? WE are playing a style of basketball not conducive to our current talent level or the system we employ.

Honestly, we probably should run a little zone here and there to mask our D and stop penetration more.

One things for sure though, shooting 25+ 3s a game will just lead us to .500 ball, whereas playing a more half-court oriented, controlled game would lead us to better defensive and offensive opportunities.

Otherwise, we'll just lose to more athletic WEAK teams like the Bobcats, Kings and the Grizzlies until we get our big guys back.

LTLF:

Stats can be misleading sometimes---ie what kind of shots the opposing player took, what kind of screens and plays were being run etc...and indeed Puke may have indeed defended Caron better last night,,,

I just think that overall this season I see Rad playing a better defense than Puke---albeit neither is going to make the all defensive team...and when Rad is on, as he was last night, his offense (and reputation for offense) is more valuable than Puke's--though again Puke had a great game last night...

I still think if Rad was given the playing time investment that Puke (who in my opinion has not warranted the time he has been given) has recieved, the Lakers would be better off,,,

In my opinion, there are probably some 1000 players out there that could be more valuable to the Lakers than Puke...

He seems like a likable dude and I root for him to succeed, but I also feel a lot of frustration watching him play AND taking minutes away from players that could serve us better...

As I have stated many times, the biggest concern I have about Puke is his bloated contract and how it will effect the team's ability to resign current players we must keep and sign potential free agents that may help us build this new dynasty we are seeing begining to unfold...Puke is simply not worth the money (and salary cap space) he is getting / taking---and for that matter Rad may not be either.....

I do think the Lakers play a little better with Rad on the floor than Puke, chiefly because of Rad's ability to stretch defenses, which right now Puke doesn't have---there is a reason that Puke is left open more often than not--Rad will make teams pay for doubling someone way before Puke will---and in the NBA, that is a key to beating the other team's defensive schemes....

That's why I would rather see Rad down the stretch than Puke----hopefully both players can contnue to improve and even compliment each other.....

GO LAKERS !!!

Charles,

It's Glass Half & Full or glass half fool. When the Lakers win, we're back in full and when they lose, we also lose half of all the praises. lol!

Charles

GHF = Glass Half Full, GHE = Glass Half Empty

Optomist vs. pessimist

Well considering that they did the whole lights out earlier this year...when we were rollin, maybe it's not the lights?

I say it's the shorts! Long shorts are jinxing us! haha.

Nice to see Mmmtacos really making a difference. Look, it's likely that star players will get injured from time to time. (Maybe not at the Lakers' rate, but it does happen). One of the questions of a great team is do the less hoops-gifted pick up the slack? In the Lakers' case, the answer is yes, for two reasons: 1) We have Turiaf and 2) We are the Lakers.

For the last couple years, Ronny's really gone from being just a lovable bench mascot to being a big time front court overachiever on both sides of the ball. He really has serious skills now (and is still the guy everybody most wants to hang out with). Does anyone get more from less than Ronny?

Also, as someone else pointed out above, it's amazing to go to Staples/Forum and see the legends jerseys... the banners.. and feel the greatness. I believe these "ghosts" give our "looking for PT" players more fuel and more opportunity to achieve real success than they would on other teams.

The combo of 1) Ronny having transcended mere effort guy status and 2) the elevated expectations of being a Laker (and not just an NBA player) is something powerful. Mbenga is the most recent proof.

pslakerfan,

Step One: Wound the Troll.

Step Two: Starve the Troll.

Step Two is even more important than Step One.

GO LAKERS!

Does anyone have any idea why PJ isn't playing NeuB? I know by now he's had some practice time with the team, plus watching enough game situations, etc. to know at least a little about what's going on out there. Not to mention that there's mostly NOT a lot going on out there regarding defense. Surely - it couldn't hurt to see what he can do, right? I'm sure there's got to be some logical explanation, right? I mean didn't we sign the dude mainly because of his defensive abilities? Curious.....

Edwin - Toad,

Many thanks!

Turn up the Lights!

I got a theory. You know how some ball parks are hitters parks and others are pitchers parks? And in football some outdoor stadia are good for placekickers and punters while others aren't due to wind patterns.

I think Staples Center under certain lighting conditions (Lakers lighting) is a perimeter arena. Yes, the Laker's defense is lacking at times but not always. Even when they closely contest shots, the shooter seems to get a good look. On Butler's three to tie the game in the 4th, Fish had Caron blanketed. But Caron still had an excellent view of the basket.

Look at Sasha's improvement this year and Vlad. Look at the 3-pt percentage of both teams last night. Was it just a fluke. What about subpar teams like the Grizzlies and Bobcats, hitting more than their share of 3's.

Turn up the lights and add some. Don't give up the home court advantage. Sasha, Vlad and Jordan will get used to it from playing there so often.

incredibly random clip (if it hasn't been posted yet)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=R-V0d9R6qxI

isn't that jordan farmar doing the 'soulja boy' and hanging out with former college teammates?

Jon K,

~~ Jerry Buss! Time to hire a full-time accupuncturist and Chinese herbalist for this team! Gary Vitti ain't getting the job done on his own.

In addition to these qualifications, you hire a full time Medicine man, experienced in Voodoo, a bone setter, a faith healer, a magician and lastly, studied in France of Nostradamus detecting injuries before they happen. We are dealing here with the team of lame and a brittle framework that takes time to heal.

If you can revise the CBA and tie those injuries tothe contract, they will heal soon.

You know guys, the more and more I watch NBA games, the more I realize that no team really plays good defense, it's all about scoring a ton of points. Other than boston (and thats b/c they get away with murder, dont believe me, just watch their games), every team out there wants to score more than defend.
So from now on, you guys wont hear me harp on your team about the lack of D. As long as teams are clicking on offense and have spurts of good defense here and there, that should be good enough ( we hope).

Posted by: Fire32 | March 31, 2008 at 09:03 AM

No let the FUNS play like that. We get our healthy bodies back and have full team rested we beat everyone with BOTH offense and defense as the staple diet, and not in spurts.

League-wide, the Lakers are 4th in:

PPG, APG, RPG, and FG%

5th in:

BPG, OPPFG%

And 6th in:

SPG

I know there aren't any 1s or 2s, but I'll take this any day of the week considering the injuries this season to key players and that initial confidence curve.

Phil must have some extra motivation to play Luke because Vlad was having a fantastic game up to the 4th and no matter what anyone else says the stats showed he was playing excellent defense on his Butler who only had like 7 points up to that time. Everyone's saying that he didnt get in because of his D, well it was Butler making some critical shots over top of Walton and others down the stretch that led to the overtime. If Vlad would have been in the game in the 4th I think it would have been his game of the year. I think it's unfortunate that Jackson won't show trust in a player that is playing so well

Posted by: ken | March 31, 2008 at 09:16 AM

I completely agree with this POV (Point Of View).

11. Phil, tell these guys that they need to guard the perimeter. It's ridiculous.

GO LAKERS!

Posted by: Jon K. | March 31, 2008 at 09:56 AM

Therin lies the problem. The coaching staff intentionally tells the defense to double down low and then RUN back to the perimeter players. Being short handed and over played exhausted they can't get back in time. That is what the lack of r bigs causes and not using healthy bodies on bench.
As I said many times we should have used Mbenga before in spurts to spell our bigs a little and Ira and Coby for rests to our perimeter players in spurts.

Those interested in numerology may be curious to note that in this historical game where the two hot-shooting 3-point mad teams ended regulation tied at 111 - 111 (3 x 1). 111 is also divisible by 3 (giving 37). 111 is also the number of matches spilled on the floor in Rainman and which Dustin Hoffman counted by noticing 3 x 37 (this is actually based on a true story told by Oliver Sacks).

By the end of the game the Wizards shot 30 treys to the Lakers' 27, both numbers divisible by 3 (giving 10 and 9).
The game took place on the 30 of March (third month). It lasted 3 hours (thanks to overtime).

The final score was 126 - 120, both numbers divisible by 3 (42 and 40).

Don't ask me what all this means. Maybe someone with arcane knowledge of the meaning of numbers can tell us what this will mean concerning the Lakers' chances in the playoffs. It's also true that the victory put the Lakers in third place in the west.

Faith,

I don't know about your "Jocks Out" campaign.

CBuck,

What it do, so they say in Neo Urban terms...

Thanks for the video. Incredibly random reply

The Dance from Soulja Boy is called the "Superman."

Actually, it is a dirty reference involving a thin blanket acting as a cape and another person.

Let's just say I am being very diplomatic and clean to definition of "Super manning" someone.

Regards,

lotecq ,

How about we blast the lights every time the Lakers are on defence, and then "lights out" when we have the ball.

:)

LTLF,

People on here are determined to hate on Luke no matter what. Luke has had a terrible year, but when Luke is confident he's a better all around player than Vlad. The problem is he's rarely been confident this season and through the end of last season. Yesterday's game felt like the first time Luke played well since last season.

All this won't matter if/when Ariza comes back. I'll take a healthy Ariza over the other two. And I'd use a combo of Ariza and Vlad most of the game. Next year we probably won't have to worry about this at all when Bynum and Gasol are starting together and LO slides down to the 3. I don't see how Luke can get any minutes under those circumstances.

some people think it is the IR that is keeping the lakers from winning.

http://theassociation.blogs.com/the_association/2008/03/the-lakers-have.html

The Lakers Have the WORST Training Staff Ever!

Are the Lakers getting medical treatment at Kaiser Permanente?

Seriously, did the Lakers outsource their training staff? How is it that one of the marquee franchises in professional sports continues to be struck with the injury bug? Last season I put the blame squarely on a roster loaded with injury-prone players, but looking back I think it's the Lakers training/medical staff. Here's a list of previous errors/underestimates/misfortunes (it goes back to the 2003-04 season):

Karl Malone in 2003-04 - The Lakers look unstoppable with Shaq, Kobe, GP and the Mailman and are heading toward a record season when Scott Williams injures Malone's knee in December. The initial prognosis was day-to-day with Malone returning by the New Year. Karl Malone never fully recovers, playing out his final season on one knee ultimately missing Game 5 of the NBA Finals... the last game of his career. Rumors persist that the medical staff misdiagnosed the knee injury early on and rushed him to recovery too soon.

The 2004-05 Season - the Rudy T. era never happened! Vlade Divac never returned to the Lakers to steal money and smoke 12 packs a day. Kobe Bryant never played the All-Star game sporting a Boom Dizzle beard. Chucky Atkins didn't start 82 games for the Lakers. This season never happened!!!!

Chris Mihm in 2005-06 - Mihm sprains his ankle late in a game against Seattle. The initial diagnosis is a severe spain and Mihm misses the next 17 games, but he plays the final regular season game hoping to get healthy for the playoffs. It backfires and Mihm is forced to have surgery on the ankle. He is *STILL* recovering from that injury, only playing in 20 games in the past two seasons.

Luke Walton in 2006-07 - Walton sprains an ankle and is listed day-to-day. Turns out, day-to-day is defined as 22 missed games out of the last 28... and people still think he's recovering from the ankle this season. (BTW - I'm leaning toward the whole "year after contract year" thing.) Whatever it is, all season we were told that Walton is coming back any day... stay tuned, this is a theme.

Vladimir Radmanovic in 2006-07 - The dude separates his shoulder snowboarding. It's a straight up douchebag move! No accusations at the training staff for this one. It just goes to show that Lakers + Vlade/Vladi = dumbass move!

Andrew Bynum in 2007-08 - Bynum hurts his knee against the Grizz back in January. Sitting at the top of the Western Conference, the season looks lost and fears of "here we go again (with the injuries)" are throughout the locker room. The Lakers diagnose it as a "temporarily dislocated his kneecap and suffered a bone bruise" with a recovery time of 8 weeks (a mid-March return). Bynum is still not ready to return. Reports fluctuate from next week to early May with rumors of next season... it seems as though nobody knows.

Are the Lakers calling Dr. Bombay?


Trevor Ariza in 2007-08 - Lakers back-up forward and key reserve breaks his foot in practice on January 21st. The timeline is that he will be out about eight weeks. Ummmm... he's still out and it looks like he won't return until the playoffs... maybe. It seems as though nobody knows.

Pau Gasol in 2007-08 - Pau lands on Vladi (there's that Vlade/Vladi jinx again!) and sprains his ankle a few weeks ago against New Orleans. The Lakers are left with Ronnie Turiaf, DJ Mbenga (Mr. Opposition And-1) and Chris Mihm's recovering ankle as their only bigs left. Gasol's initial estimate for return is about two weeks... it's been two weeks and two days with continued swelling. Hopefully this ain't a Walton-esque day-to-day because the Lakers are reeling without the Mad Spaniard. Again, the theme of underestimating the injury rings true.

How is it that a team like Phoenix is able to avoid similiar problems? They cured Steve Nash's chronic back, they cured Grant Hill's ridonkulous ankle problems and Shaquille O'Neal is moving around like it's 2005. Even Amare Stoudemire has completely recovered a career-threatening micro-facture surgery! And didn't Raja Bell return from a horrible-looking spained ankle? How are these guys able to go at it a nightly basis and the younger Lakers sit in designer suits?

Just watching the Lakers trudge through the last few games of the regular season you can see that the surviving top 8 are exhausted. The regular season is a long marathon and with so many players forced to go longer minutes that normal they're starting to break down. Derek Fisher has as slight tear in his foot and Kobe is pulling an A.I. with all of his nagging injuries. So the question remains, when the hell will these guys get back?

Either the team doctors are playing it ultra-safe (especially after leaning their lessons with Malone and Mihm) or they simply don't have a clue... which should be a red flag. Either way, I think the Lakers are too exhausted and don't have the time to incorporate Bynum and Ariza into the mix to put together a serious run this spring (translation: second round exit). What they really need to do is ask why, with the technology today, do the Lakers take forever to recover?

Said Jackson: “We had a discussion (Saturday) about all the things. He has seen it himself in such a way this year and played such great basketball. He has been such a team leader that I just said, ‘You're going to destroy the relationship you've built with the players this year.' And he said, ‘It's not going to affect what we do. I just had to get out and vent what was irritating me about the game and our game.'”


are you reading Kobe apologists? Trust your teammates thats what great leaders do. Kobe after several years in the NBA still doesnt get it. Shame what a waste of talent.

So Kobe had to score 50 to vent? If thats not SELFISH I dont know what is.

Tsphere,
666 is also divisible by 3. David Stern is the devil.

 
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