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Kobe_dunks_in_game_2_vs_denver_apri Similar to the wild colors enjoyed by those acid dropping hippies in 1967, last night's 122-107 win over the Nuggets featured Kobe Bryant visuals that felt like they couldn't possibly be real.  The second game in this series kicked off with 24 in immediate attack mode, the aggressiveness coming in part to offset his teammates' collective inability to knock down shots.  Bryant was also looking to offset the continual trash talking on the part of his opponents, who seem incapable of learning they'd be better off shutting their yaps.  Kobe notched 20 first quarter points on 8-10 shooting, the foundation of a half that would wrap up at 25 and come within a eyelash of hitting a franchise record. 

From there, Kobe did more than just light up the scoreboard, taking on the role of facilitator in brilliant fashion. His second half included eight assists, with common beneficiaries being Pau Gasol and a very effective Luke Walton.  Taking a cue from their leader, the Lakers moved the ball at a dizzying pace, accumulating enough assists (33) that they could have loaned a few to Denver (who certainly could have used them).  From there, it was a fourth quarter feeding frenzy.  19 points off double crossover drives and three pointers that appeared to measure about 40 feet.  Kobe then put away his six shooters, ironically marking a time when Denver was the team appearing short on bullets for the box score.  The MVP voting is already over and done, but last night's game did serve to defend those marking their "X" beside Kobe' moniker.  Whether you're talking domination, versatility or putting a stamp on his own team, it was an evening clearly owned by The Mamba.   

The Rocky Mountain heights serving as a Game 3 venue often lead to troubles catching ones breath, which could require some adjustments by the Lakers (which seems to be their forte as it is).  Of course, unless there's an accompanying mental adjustment by Denver, the Lakers could play while clinically diagnosed with Hypoxia and it really wouldn't make a difference.  In any event, the change in climate hopefully won't worsen Ronny Turiaf's bad throat.

One L.A. scribe thinks the Lakers' good fortunes are equally fruitful for the Dodgers.

Anthony Carter's been bumped from Denver's starting lineup, but if his background is any indicator, he'll continue to persevere.

 
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Good Morning Y'all!

Shout out to everybody! But I wanted send thanks to PSLakerFan. I have been blessed to be apart of the blog and also have gone to 3 games due to PsLakerFan. I appreciate the ticket's (Bobcats, Wizards and Last nights Playoff game) and gesture is well appreciated. There are a lot of great people on this blog, and I just wanted to show recognition to everyone and PsLakerFan for his generosity.

PsLakerFan, I guess you are the President of the +20 club!

Posted by: Charles | April 24, 2008 at 08:21 AM

Wow.

D Wade really scored by landing Star Jones. I wonder when the wedding is..

Wes

FIRST.....

Great game and effort by all. The six shooter move by Kobe had me on the couch falling over laughing.

I'm feeling a SWEEP...............

14 for 15!

Whitemamba - very funny and right on the mark

PSlakerfan - I am in desert over Mem Day weekend. Beer Hunter meeting for LAL game? I am feeling good that we will still be playing then.

W/R/T LO7: watch for his big breakout night in Enver, game #3. He was po'd about the fouls and will take KB24's energy to the altitude and go nuts on the Thugs with his breathe right strip aiding him.

Lastly - didn't someone say that Walton in starting lineup was our best efficiency combo - stats were on 82games? If so and he has finally found his game again - maybe PJ should think about starting him and Vlad off the bench? Thoughts?

FIRST.....

Great game and effort by all. The six shooter move by Kobe had me on the couch falling over laughing.

I'm feeling a SWEEP...............

I know it's only the first round but I have a strong feeling that we can actually get to the finals this year. We are playing at such a high level right now and clicking so well that I don't see how anyone can stop us. I'm surprised we are playing this well too because towards the end of the season we seemed to lose some of our focus with some loses and some close games. Not anymore, Phil is giving the team a game plan and we are sticking to it. I've noticed we get a little lax for a few minutes but nothing too bad. Maybe we wont be able to do that against the Spurs but it sure aint hurting us right now.

Earlier in the year I was questioning the Lakers energy. Not anymore. I think the best part of the game last night was when Kobe was screaming and flicking the Lakers on his jersey. Everyones playing with high energy and going for loose balls. Kobe has been saying all along that this team has the confidence that they know they can win the title, I believe him. Anyways, I;m expecting this team to get to the finals and anything short of that will be disappointing.

GO LAKERS

Good morning Laker Nation --

24 is the chosen one to take the Lakers to their 4th Dynasty. The golden age of 24 is upon us -- whether it starts this year or next year with a healthy AB -- this can be a 4 out of the next 5 run for the ages.

MAMBA24 – I propose a "4TH DYNASTY" bandwagon – assuming consideration and approval by the blog elders.

AK/BK AND LAKER FANS,

Thats spectacular game by Kobe. Jordan Type.

DIDN'T I SAY IN PREVIOUS THREADS THAT PAU GASOL CANNOT CREATE HIS OWN SHOTS WHEN HE IS PUSHED OUT OF THE POST. HE LOOKED VERY INDECISIVE AND PASSED THE BALL TO GET RID OF IT.

WHAT IF KOBE WAS NOT THAT HOT YESTERDAY.

IF WE EANT TO WIN 2ND ROUND. PAU HAS TO CREATE SHOTS FROM 10-15 FOOT FACING THE BASKET OTHERWISE WE HAVE NO CHANCE?

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

Oh baby! Another fantastic game by my main man, Luke Walton. He was everywhere with that kooky intensity that only he can channel. Dropping the 3 Ball. Cleaning the glass better than the two guys in that LAME Clippers commercial. Dropping dimes like he was hanging out with Snoop Dogg. Hustlin' and Flowin' like water and chaos blended into an elemental force of hippy power! He saved Lamar from probably one of his worst Playoff games ever. He complimented the best player ever...Kobe.
Kobe was off the hook. I haven't seen a a playoff performance as even keeled and dominant in terms of every facet of the game since MJ dropped 50. Even when he torched Phoenix for 50, he didn't control the game, he willed the team to win. This was so much smoother, refined and tasty. Like a fine scotch. That was as satisfying as watching him score 81, but better 'cause it's the Playoffs.
George Karl looks as deflated as a baloon left in the back of a car on a hot summer day. It almost looked like he wanted to cry during his post game. This is how teams looked and acted on our march to 3 consecutive at the beginning of the new millenium...searching, confused, depressed and losing.
The one knock against the team as a whole wasn't Lamar's foul trouble/inefectiveness...Jordan Farmar. He has been in a late season swoon for some time now, only the occaisional buzzer beater has kept him from being pretty much useless on the court for about a month. He isn't staying in front of guards that are slower than him, he jacks up unneccesary 3 pointers in the face of a zone. He's quick enough, savy enough and has guys that know how to play off the ball so that he can create shots for them. Maybe he's pressing a little bit, maybe it's the sophmore jinx catching up at the worst possible time, or maybe he's wilting in the Playoff spot light. I hope it's not the latter and he finds his way through this because we'll need him against all of the amazing PGs and their back-ups in the ultra bad-ass Western Conference. He's going to possibly need to stop Sam-I-am-Cassell. Or the ageless Lindsey Hunter. I think he's smart enough and good enough to get through this moment, but I hope it comes soon.

Other than that, nothing bad to report from the LBC, had lots of fun and can't wait to see the game on Saturday from by buddies from Sacramento where I will be kicking it this weekend in celebration of his 30th B-Day. Too bad he's a bonafide Kings fan/Laker hater because I will have to rub it IN!

GO LAKERS!!!


13 Wins to go!
2, FO' FO' FO'!

Mornin', blog dawgs.

Is it a Trevor goes to the doc day?

PsychedLakerGirl-

I think Luke works better with the second unit and Vlad with the first. Luke's been hitting some shots lately but I still think his greatest asset is his passing. The second unit already has two 3 point shooters in Sasha and Farmar. Luke is good with the second unit because he helps get those players the ball. I think adding Vlad to the second unit will put too many 3 point shooters out on the floor at once, not enough penetrating too much settling with for the 3. However, who am I? I wouldn't be too surprised to eventually see Luke break the starting lineup if he continues to play at a high level.

GO LAKERS

I am just wondering what VECSEY's sole purpose was for sharing that he initially placed his MVP vote for Kobe then called the league to change it? What was that all about..


AK/BK or anyone with knowledge, Secondly, if there is a deadline to get MVP voting in by a certain time how come there is no rule for changing the VOTE once its been submitted??

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PsychedLakerGirl

I on the impression of playing time and timing in regards to any lineup. The way Luke is playing against Enver, I feel we should keep the rotation the way it is. Next opponent or until Enver makes adjustments endangering our win(s), that is another post.

Regards,

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psychedlakergirl, mr.barneydangles-

I think they'll leave things the way they are. Luke does help make the second unit run, and they probably need him more (though Luke undoubtedly likes laying with the starters, and gets better results with them). But even with Walton shooting the ball better now than before, Vlad still stretches defenses in ways he can't, and his shooting can be critical to the spacing the first unit thrives on. The good news for LA is that with Walton playing better, they have more options. If both are giving reasonably consistent performances, it's one more way for the Lakers to match up effectively against a variety of lineups.

BK

Disgruntled, Drustrated Laker Fan

You wrote, "WHAT IF KOBE WAS NOT THAT HOT YESTERDAY.

IF WE EANT TO WIN 2ND ROUND. PAU HAS TO CREATE SHOTS FROM 10-15 FOOT FACING THE BASKET OTHERWISE WE HAVE NO CHANCE?"

First off, the guy was double-teamed in the post pretty much every chance the Nuggets got, secondly, Marcus Camby abandoned his help mentality and bodied up Gasol more often. Thirdly, it's not very often that I see anyone criticize a center on any team for not creating his own shots. generally a center is there to clean up jump shot misses, get the ball a few feet from the hole. Finally, Kobe Bryant was ON FIRE. Let the best player in the NBA make it happen when he can, it's the recipe fro success that this team has been built around. Sure it's taken a few years for Phil's message to get through to him, but it has, and it's working. I would rather Pau make an extra pass than try to take a defender like Marcus Camby off the dribble. I wrote a few days ago that Camby is a better help defender than man-to-man stopper. I might have mis-typed myself as he was pretty good at shutting down Gasol. In the first half, the guy finished with 18 points...that's his season average. he shot over 50%...that's his season avergae. He had 10 boards, 3 on the offensive end...that's over his season avergae. Our team isn't built around the individual success of one guy (like Denver or Philly), but on the strength of a team that patiently destroys you with ball movemnet and offensive and defensive execution. I agree that Pau isn't going to bang bodies in the post and I was glad that when George Karl brought in Nene (presumably to wear Gasol down physically), Phil countered with the equally wide DJ Mbenga, who responded by outplaying his bench adversary. I think that Pau out smarts more physically dominant players and that fits our system better than a low post bruiser.

GO LAKERS!!!

"Good Morning! Lakers Nation!!"

Its good to be a Lakers Fan in a Satchmo kind of way

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-rlJEbO63o

Mamba:

I juust have to climb on that 4TH DYNASTY BEGINS bandwagon.............first saw the Lakers play in person in '71 and was priveledged to see Wilt, Jim McMillan, Happy Hairston, Gale Goodrich and the LOGO Lakers in the 33 straight stretch...........I guess that means I've been around for all three of them so far and have got to be on board now!

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Dang...

Double up on Kobe, open up the floor for Gasol & LO to take over.

Clamp down on Gasol & LO, Kobe scores 49. Woulda probably been 39 had J.R. Smith & K-Mart not pissed him off. Dude's like Bill Bixby in "The Incredible Hulk" TV show: "Don't make me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry."

Poor Denver. Dammed if they do, dammed if they don't.. The Banner waves and the broomstick is out of the pantry. Put me on the SWEEP bandwagon PRONTO!

I just read that Bynum was huddled with Magic during the game. We really should use Magic the way we do with Kareem.

Think about it for a minute... If Magic is going to watch the games live anyways, why not have him grab the young guys that are hurt and teach them what he knows or how he would have handled the situation differently while watching the game.

Imagine how fast our collective Basketball IQ would increase!

Let's push for it, Come on Magic, become the legendary executive like you know you can!!!

I agree with you BK, Luke needs to stay in the 2nd unit. In addition to the points you brought up, particulary Vlad Rad's ability to create spacing with the mere threat of his 3 point shooting, but Vladdy off the bench is more of a space cadet than when he starts. Luke is a smarter player, better understands our system. He's the consumate team-player, he listed every player on the team with playoff experience in your audio BK, but he didn't list himself...he's been to the freakin' FINALS! That's another reason for him coming off the bench, he brings stability to a young group that needs some stability. Can't wait for Saturday.

GO LAERS!!!

Can someone tell me what calls got Denver's panties all bunched up? They're complaining about it, but they never mention what call (or calls) it was that they think were unfair.

I just read that Bynum was huddled with Magic during the game. We really should use Magic the way we do with Kareem.

Think about it for a minute... If Magic is going to watch the games live anyways, why not have him grab the young guys that are hurt and teach them what he knows or how he would have handled the situation differently while watching the game.

Imagine how fast our collective Basketball IQ would increase!

Let's push for it, Come on Magic, become the legendary executive like you know you can!!!

I just read that Bynum was huddled with Magic during the game. We really should use Magic the way we do with Kareem.

Think about it for a minute... If Magic is going to watch the games live anyways, why not have him grab the young guys that are hurt and teach them what he knows or how he would have handled the situation differently while watching the game.

Imagine how fast our collective Basketball IQ would increase!

Let's push for it, Come on Magic, become the legendary executive like you know you can!!!

Morning Fam. Charles, you lucky dog! (tix,tix,tix)

Kobe is such a show off. I mean why did he have to embarrass Lenver (no typo) like that? No showing of any type of sportsmanship from the guy at all. You'd think he had a point to prove or a chip on his shoulder. Did he have to score 49? And Luke. What's his problem... showing up for game after being trashed and tossed under the bus by many of us here during the later portion of the season.
Shame on the Lakers for acting like a team that wants to win it all.

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I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this...

But, it appears to me that Enver is getting a bit used to the Lakers. I'd rather sweep, but I think Enver is going to be able to steal a game. They're actually a pretty good team. They just seem incapable of summoning the necessary execution and fortitude to get a win.

Even though it blew wide open at the end, I thought Enver played us a lot tougher in game 2. I thought they defended better as a team and anticipated passes better as well.

Lakers still win and in the absolute worst nightmare of a scenario it takes 6 games. I'm guessing 4 or 5.

Enver plays a lot better at home so we need to be ready for an even greater effort and execution on their part.


The Farm doesn't look like he's been lookin' to pass lately.

There's been quite a few sequences with Sasha and Kobe open on the wings with their hands out for a pass that doesn't come. At least it looks that way on the DVR, maybe it's wrong.

Maybe it's pressing for minutes, but with nothing much to nit pick, time to fine tune.

Nice post!

where is bynum?

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(04) TWOODY – Taught Kobe the Crossover
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Laker Faze

Nice Post!

You know the phrase "victim of circumstance"? The thing about Luke Walton is that he really seems to be a "beneficiary of circumstance".

Defenses seem to largely ignore him, which is why his numbers look so good. Just as Lamar is better as a third option, Luke is a stud as the fifth option. But move them up any higher, and their performance will suffer. I do think he gets the ball moving and such, and I like the guy. He is definitely better on the offensive end than on the defensive end, but that's because he is so slow on defense. Anytime he is isolated on defense, as he was with Carmelo Anthony, someone else has to leave their man to help him, or else it's an easy bucket (Same goes for Radmanovic, but that's another story).

I found myself wondering, how many guys of Walton's size and skill (or better) are playing in Europe? Gotta be at lot, right? Aren't there a lot of guys who could do what Walton does? Do they get paid like he does? Am I wrong in thinking this?

And just so I'm clear, Luke Walton is a much better basketball player than I or anyone I know could ever hope to be.

What a game!!!

LLLLUUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEE!!

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If Goodrich, West and Elgin were a dynasty (not a lot of rings but 33 counts for something), what about Mikan's Lakers? Mikan, West, Magic, Kobe / Shaq ...Technically, this would be the start of #5.

Count me in for 5th DYnasty.. or Dynasty V!!!

Has a nice ring to it.

V

VMAN:"Maybe it's pressing for minutes, but with nothing much to nit pick, time to fine tune."

You're not nit picking I noticed the same thing. I don't
know I got a feeling that somethings bothering him and
it aint Sasha or playing time.

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Good morning Laker family around the Globe,

To me, the headline from Wednesday night's game isn't (A) Kobe's ability to explode for 49 points, (B) the "W", or (C) Luke Walton's ability to be an important contributor.

The headline is how much the Lakers miss Lamar Odom's contributions when he is confined to the bench because of foul trouble. Much of the raggedy play on Wednesday night was because the team missed LO's rebounding, size on Defense, and ability to create Offense inside the arc.

The Nuggets were able to score almost at will because the Lakers were missing a factor that the team now takes almost for granted.

There's a lot of cleanup to be done before Saturday's game. Part of it is for Jordan Farmar to understand that if he is to retain his status as "point guard of the future," he is required to put more concentration to controlling (as best as anyone can) Allan Iverson. By the third game in this series, Farmar must be able to anticipate what AI is going to do, and force him to do something else. Not that Fish is much better. He's not. This is essential not just for the series with the Nuggets, but for all the series beyond.

I also thought that Phil put the "W" in jeopardy by not being more actively engaged. Momentum is too much of a friend to give it up easily to your opponent. I kept screaming for a time out at the start of the second half that never came.

The terms of engagement will be different when the series moves to Denver on Saturday. I'm counting on the Lakers to be ready.

Can those calling for Luke's head please come out and admit he's been the most consistently effective player over the first two games? Without him in both these games, we might not win. I'm just happy for him because I know he was bummin that he was playing poorly up until now. The best sign... he's knocking down open 3s again! I love that!

By the way, those that think his defense is atrocious, I think you need to go to 82games.com and look at the defensive +/-. The Lakers give up 2.5 points per 100 possessions fewer with Luke out there than when he is not. He took 2 huge charges yesterday and has really stepped up his D.

Finally, can anyone explain why the Thuggets continue to act like they're totally victimized by the refs? Did they or did they not take 8 more free throws than us in the last game? They complain on every call and it's so annoying. Maybe I'm missing something here, but I just don't see it.

Anyway, good, solid win. I'd like to see a bit more lockdown D like we saw towards the end of the season. Pau Gasol needs to be shown on game tape how he's about 2 seconds late with his rotations. But hey, a win is a win.

Come on Lakers! Don't let up! Sweep these Thuggets!

Mamba24,

Please add me to the 4th Dynasty begins bandwagon.


Vman,

From what I saw it appeared Farmar was more willing to pass than he has been in the past. He actually gave the ball back to Kobe a few times after Kobe gave him the ball in their half-court set. Like more than once even! I've definitely shared the concerns that others have had with Farmer's ball-hogging tendencies, but I didn't notice it at all in game 2.


Shame on the Lakers for acting like a team that wants to win it all.

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Posted by: LakerFaze | April 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM

haha, yeah, shame on them.


A Magic mentoring program? I think that's a great idea. I t know others have noticed injured bench players usually get direct game commentary from Brian Shaw. It happened with Gasol and it's been happening with Ariza. It's good to see since we do have a complicated offensive system and I think it's much better use of game time than just allowing a new player to languish depressed on the bench.

Denver just doesn't get it.

There are four things you don't do.

You don't tug on Superman's cape.

You don't spit into the wind.

You don't pull, the mask, off the old Lone Ranger

And you don't mess around with Kobe

Jim 'Fatty' Croce

KEIFOOOO! How you been? This is starting to look
Like the season they almost ran the Table in the playoffs
15 &1! THIS IS DESTINY!
*_____________________________________*
THE 4TH DYNASTY BEGINS BANDWAGON
*_____________________________________*
(01) HMRHED – Driver & Owner
(02) MAMBA24 – Was there For Dynasties 2 & 3
(03) TOAD – Director of Dynasty Banner Hanging
(04) KEIFO – Willed the Lakers to Dynasty 3

Jamie Sweet:

A dead reference? AIKO AIKO my friend!

Benjamin: I would have agreed with you on Tuesday but I think KB24, Gasol, LO and Fish will not let that happen. I think they want to be done and out of the 1st rd as quickly as possible. I don't think they are quite in that killer mode (no shut down "D" being displayed) - but they are finding a way to win with margin and put dobbt in Thugs heads. That adds up to playoff series wins.

BK & Charles - thanks for coming back - good pts.

While it seems to like Luke is getting some good attn today - what's up with his dad? He has been out with this back problem for months? Is it more serious than people are saying? Has he even attended any of these first 2 LA games?

Shouldn't a lot of people on here be saying, "I was wrong about Luke Walton"???

AK, BK D@@@MMMMNNNN You got this Blog
going at lightning speed. KUDOS TO THE BLOG GODS!

Good morning Charles, Mamba24, K-Bros and the Laker Faithful!!

Great win and great performance by Kobe, so much for my prediction that LO was gonna go off, 5 fouls??? Well I hope he comes out with a vengeance on Sat. and Kobe still is in the zone that day. Luke played big again, Sasha hit some big shots, and Mbenga gave us some quality minutes.

Its too bad George Karl will take the fall for that team in the offseason. Those guys are just uncoachable. I don't know of any team that talks as much ish as the Nuggets.
It looks like game 3 can be a real testy and physical game the way things are going.

FATTY:"Denver just doesn't get it.
There are four things you don't do.
You don't tug on Superman's cape.
You don't spit into the wind.
You don't pull, the mask, off the old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Kobe
Jim 'Fatty' Croce

FATTY STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! YOU'RE JUST TO
DAMN GOOD! GIVE THE MAN THE PRIZE LADIES
AND GENTLEMAN

Mamba24,

Damn, how'd you know I wrote that "practice" speech for AI? The only thing is this: I told him to repeat the word "practice" four times, not FOURTEEN times. Come on, AI. Work with me.

Great game last night. I know this will ruffle a few feathers, but I've been saying it for the last three years: Kobe is better than Jordan. Every time Kobe shoots the ball, I'm pretty sure it's going through the hoop. His jumpshot is just textbook perfection. He's got the finesse, he's got the finish-at-the-hoop mentality, he's got a sick left hand, he's got a deadly jumpshot (from anywhere on the court), he's got the killer mentality... and Kobe's working his way toward 4 more rings in the next 5 seasons.

Go Lake Show!

*_____________________________________*
THE 5TH DYNASTY BEGINS BANDWAGON
*_____________________________________*
(01) HMRHED – Driver & Owner
(02) MAMBA24 – Was there For Dynasties 2 & 3
(03) TOAD – Director of Dynasty Banner Hanging
(04) KEIFO – Willed the Lakers to Dynasty 3
(05) BENJAMIN – Willed the Lakers to Dynasty 4.

Good Morning Charles--Good Morning Everyone....

Another win, another positive response to a Denver run, hope that is a pattern we continue to see in the series....

It was also good to see the team play reasonably well without Lamar for most of the game---in this series,(as well as most games) Lamar has such a positve effect on our overall play and of course creates match up problems for the other team. Just shows you how deep we are (not to mention Ronny's being MIA as well) ..

Positives For Puke: his contributions are becoming very consistent again, had some timely shots, hit a couple threes, shot well from the free throw line--only had a few miscues that were a non factor etc.--only 5 years left on his contract...

Mbenga continues to impress--hopefully we can keep him--he may indeed be a project that comes to fruition...

Wish Coby Carl would have scored...

I really liked the other Kobe's post game interview---I thought that was one of his best ever---really showing a lot of mature insight--great answers----and the Kenny Smith video was gut bustin'--great to see Kobe having fun with that and seeing the overall relaxation and enjpyment of his present situation is pretty cool indeed--

Kobe Bryant (ever heard of him?) playing at ledgendary status--I quite enjoy his presence on the Lakers (Holy Understatement Bat Breath)....

Don't know if we can sweep these tattooed, corn rowed headbanded ugly guys or not, but think we should get at least one in Denver (knock on wood).....

AS ALWAYS, AS EVER, YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY TO BE A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!

Will the poster(s) who created the "Enver" for no D and Thuggets please step up?

I want to give you guys mad props. That was in heavy reference last night and it was a B-L-O-G (a la ESPN) classic.

B-L-O-G Classic...

Luke needs to stay on the bench (and I love the guy). His production there speaks for itself. He will get the minutes he needs. This will benefit us in many ways:

Strong passing skills, ability (not always willing though) to go to the hole and shoot. Floor leadership for the young guys. Farmar works well with Luke. This may help Jordan out of his mini slump as it has been referred as. The IQ of this duo is way HIGH and the passing skills of both will shine.


As badly as Kobe shredded them last night I think Denver will go back to doubling Kobe next game so the rest of the team had better come with game, Kobe will get more assists on Saturday and odd on less points. I think Denver will be more willing to take chances with the rest of the team stepping up in the altitude games.

The other option is they spend the next 3 days crying and are all dehydrated and wither in the 1st half and we sweep. Watching Karls post game, I say they are dehydrated :)

Look for needle track on AI's arms from the IV fluids they will need to pump into him. Also keep an eye on his body guard when Kobe gets close to him. Carmelo will stop by the bar for a few drinks and then slip out back for a smoke behind the dumpster before the game. (I am going on too much here)

TWoody

Mamba34 - Dynasty me brother!

TWoody

mamba 24

Ya missed me. and

FYI I was not there for Dynasty 1 with Mikan. Wasn't aware 'bout much of 2, but beamed one of the spotlights for Showtime 1.
GO lakers

13 wins to go
2... fo' fo' fo

Dynasty 5 Dawning

The Farm doesn't look like he's been lookin' to pass lately.

There's been quite a few sequences with Sasha and Kobe open on the wings with their hands out for a pass that doesn't come. At least it looks that way on the DVR, maybe it's wrong.

Maybe it's pressing for minutes, but with nothing much to nit pick, time to fine tune.

Posted by: Vman | April 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Vman,

You are absolutely correct my friend. Farmar has done this on many occasions this season and seems to have tunnel vision when handling the ball. If he would survey the court he would see that another teammate would be open with a better shot such as Kobe and Sasha on a couple of possessions. What Farmar needs to understand is that being aggressive doesn't necessarily mean just looking to shoot, but finding mates with better looks or creating better looks for his mates. I saw a play last night where Farmar was dribbling at the top of the key and had Kobe on open the right side of the floor with virtually no one in front of him. The pass to the one who makes the pass for the assist is just as important because it's all about precision, execution and ball movement. The problem I see with Farmar is that the ball sometimes stops with him and he runs the shot clock down with overdribbling. Kobe is also guilty of this as well at times, but the difference is Kobe can create his own shot on the fly. I like Farmar, so I'll chalk it up to being young and inexperienced.

13 wins to go? what happened to 14...am i missing something

anyway...

LET'S GO LAKE SHOW!

Ajax and Puddle - yes, I am one of those Puke now Luke folks. I own up.

But I have also been saying that PJ has been building their confidence strategically over last 2 weeks of reg. season for the playoff push. So, I would add that PJ's nurturing of the guys riding the pine or playing poorly is paying early dividends. Plus as BK pointed out above - there is no good Thug matchup for Luke which helps make him look good as well.

Fatty did forget 2 "things you dont do"

Get involved in a land war in Asia,

or

challenge a Scillian when death is on the line.

TWoody

FROM PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

BONJOUR GUYS,

JE PENSE QUE VOUS AVEZ FAIT DE BEAUX REVES CE MATIN, APRES CETTE GRANDE VICTOIRE DONNEE PAR NOTRE CAPITAINE, KOBE BRYANT QUI NOUS ASSURE QUE JUIN SERA POSSIBLE= CHAMPION

MAMBA24, HOW COME YOU FORGET ME TODAY ON THE LIST?

WE ARE THE LAKERS, THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA= LOVE, CLASSY, GLAMOUR= SHOWTIME= MONEY

DEFENSE + FOCUS= CHAMPIONSHIP= OUR CHANT UNTIL JUNE.

LOVE TO ALL

SHEKOBE

Good morning, Lakers Fam!

What a nice day! Last night's win confirmed the beginning of the end of the Nuggets' playoff hopes. I used to be generous and gave them a game but not anymore.

Mamba,
Please add me to the SWEEP bandwagon. Also, the 5th Dynasty.

Go Lakers!

psychedlakergirl,

Generally, I prefer to be right, but in this case I hope you're right! I do see many of our principals stepping it up too.

AJAX:"Shouldn't a lot of people on here be saying, "I was wrong about Luke Walton"???

Who's Luke Walton? Oh I thought he was traded with
Kwame. Just playing with you man. LUKE WALTON
I APOLOGIZE ON THE CONDITION YOU CONTINUE
PLAYING THIS WAY.

The Outlaw, Kobe actually has a pretty flat jumper.. that's why he is pretty inconsistent with it.. a lot depends on his legs.. when he is on, of course it looks smooth.

Even with that, Kobe can become a better shooter if he took in rhythm jumpers.. one dribble max. Less threes, also (he made them yesterday.. but, some of those are bad shots on most nights.)

But, Kobe's footwork is pretty amazing.. he really has no weakness as far as his arsenal goes. He can do just about anything. The key is always about choosing the high % ones. Even for Kobe there are good and bad choices.

I can't comprehend why anyone would want to get in a trash talking contest with Kobe---it's like awakening a sleeping giant or something (or a sleeping Mamba?)....

Kobe is one player that plays extremely well when he is mad or personally challanged....

But keep it up maze arm boy--PLEASE keep pissing off the Mamba--he may go for 82....

GO LAKERS !!!

I agree with keeping Luke in the 2nd unit. He's been playing good ball lately, and our 1st unit has three, if not four good scorers/distributors, so I think the best way to use Luke would be to have him and LO running the 2nd unit. The starters get a breather, and Luke does what he does best, make a couple baskets, snag a few rebounds, maybe dish out an assist here and there. Normally I wouldn't want this to happen, but something's going on with Farmar. I don't know what it is, but he's been mired in some kind of funk and isn't willing to snap out of it. Hopefully this playoff run will show him how important he is to the team.

Jamie Sweet,

Nice reference!

-bozz-

You know, Denver really isn't that bad. They can put up points. I think they need an inside presence on the offensive end and they'll be a top 5 team in the West. For example, imagine if Elton Brand moved to Denver...

AI
JR
Melo
Brand
Camby

That's a pretty potent lineup on both the offensive and defensive ends. But hey, I hope that never happens!!

-Wasabi

T Woody

As you wish.......

AK/BK/Rest of Blog-

Congrats, you guys got mucho pride in the voting section of Hardwood Paroxysm's Blogging awards. Best Blog in the Western Conference and Best Blog in Pacific Division (Tied with Golden State of Mind)

Don't let it go too much to your heads.

CBuck

14 wins to go? hmmm let's see 6 minus 2 is 4, ok, so far so good. Bring down the 1, uh, yeah, that would make 14. you are correct sir.

It was such a good win, I don't mind being dunce for a day... again.

Good to see people supporting Luke again. Caution: if he goes in another dry spell, we can't jump on him like he's a baby gazelle and we're starving lions. Everyone has droughts in their career. Except Kobe. But there's only one Kobe.

We basically won this game yesterday with 1 1/2 of our 4 star players. Kobe, of course, was great, Pau had an ok game, Lamar was terrible (which doesn't happen often anymore) and Bynum still sits. A note to the rest of the league: good luck if all 4 are on a roll together, whenever Bynum comes back. Chances are, not all 4 will have bad nights. That's good for us, bad for you. You've been warned.

Personally, I have neve given up on Luke. He is still growing in his game and I think he will continue to do so. He is young but he has a lot of heart and a great attitude in the locker room.

Besides he has that killer bulldog now.

TWoody

Great win yesterday, just 13 wins and 1 MVP trophy to go.

Mamba24... add me to 4th dinasty

Vivan los lakers

14 to go

Mamba please add me to the laker dynasty bandwagon (4th or 5th or both)

Luke,...we love you. I have loved you always and thought when you re-signed last summer that it was of immeasurable importance that we inked you and thought the price was pretty close to fair. Great game. Please keep it up.

Mbenga---Wow. Great limited action.

Kobe----MVP. Very Kobe-esque. Jordan was watching somewhere saying "I wasn't even that good"

Kobesabadassss(and he is)

Check this out...Sheer mastery!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYFHyONw2nQ

Damn, that was my post with the youtube link..My tag gets disappearing..........

here goes again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYFHyONw2nQ

Mamba, PLG--

It's those positive vibes that will help to continue to propel Luke through his coming out party known as

The NBA Playoffs--Where Luke Going off happens

Kobesabadassssssss(and he is)

Dynasty questions:

Well, here's my definition - and I was sure I would get called on the 4 dynasty thing -- hahahaha

Dynasties are defined by winning multiple rings --

1st. Mikan et al.
2nd. Magic et al.
3rd Kobe/Shaq

I can't in good consciousness include the one ring in '72 as a dynasty. I understand the team was dominant -- West/Chamberlain -- But is it really a DYNASTY?

I don't know that I created THUGGETs, but I did post that same "term" a while back in an older blog..


But I withdrew it after a couple posts so not to insult anyone..

Mamba24,

Add me to the Dynasty bandwagon.

Lakerfan,

Yeah, Kobe fades back too much on his jumpers as well.

*_____________________________________*
THE 5TH DYNASTY BEGINS BANDWAGON
*_____________________________________*
(01) JON K. – Driver & Owner
(02) VMAN – History Professor and Mathematics Wizard

GO LAKERS!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I feel wonderful that we've gone up 2-0 on _enver.

I feel even better that my unwavering faith in Luke and L.O. is paying off. When you have forwards who are able to pass like that, with Kobe smashing buckets, and Pau putting up those iceman-like finger rolls, and Sasha and D-fish smacking 3's, it's no wonder why we didn't ever get rid of them. I hope people realize how integral Luke is to our hopes of winning a title this year!

Let's go Lake Show!

p.s. - What's up to Charles, Jon K., Mamba24, Toad, Fairweather Fatty, Faith, and anyone else that I've had a chance to speak with through the blog.

Even if I've never had a chance to converse with you, if you're a part of Laker Nation, I wanna say 'What's Up?" to you as well! :-)

Let's Go Lake Show!

I think the Luke Haters should man-up and say out loud, "I was a Troll and a Hater, but I recognize the errors of my ways and I henceforth promise to support Laker Nation to the best of my abilities. I'm sorry, Luke. Go Lakers!"

GO LAKERS!

Yo LUUUUUUKE!!!!!

Luke is the anti-Kwame!

Kwame was a player of immense physical skills who was lazy, had a pouty attitude, was always thinking "me first" and repeatedly choked in the clutch.

Luke is a player with very limited physical skills but a workingman's ethic and positive attitude who always thinks "team first," and comes through in the clutch.

I'll take our 4 million dollar second teamer over the 9 million dollar bust ANY day!

Will the poster(s) who created the "Enver" for no D and Thuggets please step up?

I want to give you guys mad props. That was in heavy reference last night and it was a B-L-O-G (a la ESPN) classic.

B-L-O-G Classic...

Posted by: Charles

I know I heard the Enver no-D on radio. I believe it was Dave Smith on his morning show the Sports Lodge with Roger Lodge who created it.

Will the poster(s) who created the "Enver" for no D and Thuggets please step up?

I want to give you guys mad props. That was in heavy reference last night and it was a B-L-O-G (a la ESPN) classic.

B-L-O-G Classic...

Posted by: Charles

I know I heard the Enver no-D on radio. I believe it was Dave Smith on his morning show the Sports Lodge with Roger Lodge who created it.

The Outlaw,

I for one, do agree with you. Although, this is the way I'm gonna phrase it:

The rate at which he's growing, both in his game and leadership, Kobe might very well turn out to be better than Jordan when it's all said and done.

As far as the positives of Kobe's game:

- Kobe has better range on his shots than Jordan; much much better (and more willing) 3-pt shooter than MJ ever was.

- Kobe is BOTH the scorer and the facilitator for his team whereas Jordan was a scorer first and then a facilitator coz Pippen was the main ball handler and facilitator for the Bulls.

- Kobe handles the ball a lot more than Jordan and is probably a better overall ball-handler than Jordan.

- Kobe is the main source of toughness/intimidation in his team (and he brings it every game) whereas Jordan had Pippen, Rodman, Bill Cartwright, et. all to help out in that department.

- Kobe is definitely playing in an era where he is going up against way bigger, stronger and more athletic defenders on him on a daily basis than Jordan had to deal with.

- Kobe has to take a bigger load on defense since he is the best defender in his team by a huge margin, whereas Jordan had some of the all time best defensive players with him in Rodman and Pippen to help out.

Things that Kobe can improve:

- Be a more efficient shooter. Jordan was phenomenal in that regard (shooting 50% as a guard). Kobe should focus more in an in-between game so that he's taking fewer 35 ft bombs (even if he makes quite a few of them). This will also help Kobe extend his career much longer (like MJ did with his patented turnaround fadeaway later in his career).

- Gamble less on defense. He cannot afford to roam as much as MJ did coz Kobe just doesn't have the same quality of defenders around him like MJ to cover up.

- His off-court leadership. Kobe has taken a huge leap on his on-court leadership but the next step in his maturation process should be his willingness to connect with his teammates a little bit more outside of basketball. It really does help with the overall team dynamic to see your best player reaching out to everyone at a personal level. Maybe he's already doing that.

THAT'S ABOUT IT!!!

I can't think of any other way Kobe can improve to stake his claim as one of the best there ever was (even better than Michael).

And I believe Kobe has what it takes to be the best and he's already there in more ways than one.

Go Lakers!! Go Kobe!!!

RG

I got nothing to say except I love this team.

Mamba, please add me to the 5th dynasty.

Good afternoon, Cali!

Mamba24

"The win cemented Bryant's stature as basketball's best player.

But as much as all that, the win also furthered his growing reputation as one of basketball's greatest teammates."

- Bill Plashke

Mamba24,

Please if you would, include me in the 'Kobe is MVP' Bandwagons. I have repented from my earlier ways and now feel Kobe is one of finest MFKG ballers in the NBA.

Leading the chants of MVP from press row.

- Bill Plashke

Since so many teams are zoning up against the Lakers over the past month, how come the guys still panic at first when they see it? Don't they realize that patience not practice makes perfect - at least against the zone.

I know PJ has tried to drill this into them over and over again. But it seems that they take a wild perimeter shot even if there are 12 seconds on the shot clock instead of using that time to try and break the zone.

They need to get out of panic mode especially Jordan, Fish and Vlad and be patient and do what PJ has taught them - work the ball around, use the shot clock.

I'd rather see them turn the ball over on a shot clock violation than throw up a wild three and give their opponents a fast break and an easy basket in transition.

>>>Lastly - didn't someone say that Walton in starting
>>>lineup was our best efficiency combo - stats were on
>>>82games? If so and he has finally found his game
>>>again - maybe PJ should think about starting him and
>>>Vlad off the bench? Thoughts?

That was me. Not only is Walton in the starting lineup the
Lakers most efficient lineup, it's the 2nd most efficient lineup
IN THE LEAGUE!!!

Here's the link:
http://www.82games.com/USORT13.HTM

OTOH, I think the other starters are better defenders so
they make up for Rad's defensive ineffectiveness a bit,
while Rad is the most consistent 3-point shooter of the
starters, so he keeps opposing teams from doubling Kobe
or Pau at the start.

And Luke really does work well with the bench mob, so I'm
just as happy with Rad starting as I would be with Luke
starting.

Since so many teams are zoning up against the Lakers over the past month, how come the guys still panic at first when they see it? Don't they realize that patience not practice makes perfect - at least against the zone.

I know PJ has tried to drill this into them over and over again. But it seems that they take a wild perimeter shot even if there are 12 seconds on the shot clock instead of using that time to try and break the zone.

They need to get out of panic mode especially Jordan, Fish and Vlad and be patient and do what PJ has taught them - work the ball around, use the shot clock.

I'd rather see them turn the ball over on a shot clock violation than throw up a wild three and give their opponents a fast break and an easy basket in transition.

Outlaw,
"but I've been saying it for the last three years: Kobe is better than Jordan"

Kobe has a wider variety of offensive weapons than Jordan, but he is not as good defensively, and not as physical.

Vman,

>>>Is it a Trevor goes to the doc day?

They said he's having another xray (or was it MRI) on Friday
and they will decide then whether he can come back and play.

Has anyone else noticed that Kleiza has the absolute worst basketball body? Not just between the Lakers and Nuggets, but in general. How is a guy like him one of the best kept secrets in the NBA? I guess if it worked for Sir Charles it could work for Kleiza too...

-bozz-

I request that Laker Nation say a collective prayer for Trevor Ariza and his speedy recovery.

Amen.

GO LAKERS!

 
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