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Trevor Ariza, no suspension for flagrant foul. Incident after the foul still under review.

I was on the phone with someone from the league to get some insight on the process of reviewing flagrant fouls and any ensuing fracases in terms of suspension-worthiness (more tidbits on that later), and was told that there will be no suspension for Trevor Ariza over the flagrant foul itself on Rudy Fernandez during last night's game against the Trailblazers.  I wasn't given an explanation as to parameters determining that decision, but for most of you, I doubt the details aren't as important as the suspension not coming.  The incident after the foul, however, is still being reviewed, in terms of punches thrown or players leaving the bench, the latter a particular concern for Lamar Odom, who, by all accounts, did wander away from the bench.   

We'll see what happens, but for now, good news.

AK

 
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When you can do miraculous things, you attempt miraculous things. Trevor was trying to do what he can do.

Congrats, NBA, ya got it right. Let 'em play.


I guess it's a waiting game now.

his guy is an Assssssssssss. I hope the next time we play the A Holes we take this jerk and throw him to the ground. ead this quote. " Blazers center Joel Przybilla said. "And we beat the (snot) out of them. And you can print that. In bold. And big letters." We need some thugs on our team. Lets get some bangers in the Off season so team will be afraid to go near the basket. This irks me guys !!!!!!

CrzyFan


OHHH We got TROUBLE,
With a capitol T and that rhymes with P and that stands for...

Portland will go on a season ending tear and fulfill the promise of the season's start. That will be the end of it.

They looked like Laker killers back in October and then they took the Staple's floor and got man handled.

We've got the best record by a favorable schedule and by just being longer and quicker than everyone else but Portland. They have superior athleticism, youth and is gaining experiences like last night.

Having said that, it's not their year, and the incredible thing is. it may never be. Portland always finds a way to tank. If you believe in curses, and all savvy sports fans do, Portland is doomed. Doomed to injury riddled 1st round picks. Doomed to spectacular defeats. Doomed to rain soaked depression.

SO smile, LA, Portland will revert to form and at the start of this new day, we still got "these women. Ain't nothin' like 'em nowhere."

Some teams just have your number on their home court... The Lakers came out flat as could be last night, they failed to run their offense, and they let too many guys waltz into the paint for layups. I don't suspect it'll happen that way again on this road trip. While we might not win both of these upcoming contests, I don't expect the Lakers to lose like that again.

Butler, your comments still don't concern me. You don't even rub me the wrong way anymore. Maybe it's because you only post after a Lakers loss (which I find funny, considering the recent losing streak of YOUR team), or maybe it's because your beloved Suns don't represent a threat to the Lakers at all. Your newly anointed "best coach ever in the history of coaching" isn't doing so hot, and your "best point guard in the history of point guards" got lit up by Tony Parker so bad that he's probably still having nightmares. So it's cool. Keep posting here all you want. But as some on your OWN blog have noted, you only post when your team wins, or our team loses. So you pretty much suck, don't you?

Last night's game was terrible. But it was one game. Let's shoot for a 2-1 road trip and wipe away the memory of Monday night.

Go Lake Show!

Good news for now though suspensions could be coming still we will have to see.

The whole Laker team did bad. Kobe started 4-8 then shot crappy and missed some easy shots in the paint then shot average in the end (made some missed some).

Pau started 1-5 but finished well. Unfortunately him helping out so much for penetration caused him to be out of position and couldn't get rebounds.

LO got 8 rebounds but was below average most of the game. Luke is more of a playmaker not a scorer.

Was kinda disappointed that Fish didn't get as much touches.

Bench Mob again showed their pathetic decline on the road. Jordan did bad and only shot some good shots at the end of the game. Sasha and his overrated pesky "intense" defense not to mention his broken jumper. Yes it is a broken jumper he's shooting 35% from 3 point land and nearly shooting the same as he was in 05-06 season! Yeah he's worth 5 million (sarcasm).

Trevor and his confidence down and no longer the "cobra" he was. Teams are driving at him at will negating his steal skill similar to big men driving against shot blockers themselves to negate their blocking abilities. Once guys penetrate against him he can't recover as much as say Kobe. "defensive minded" he may be but what happens on court is a different story. "He has to shoot jumpers" and 44% from the field is getting to be less impressive on jumpers. When he was in Orlando when he didn't shoot as much jumpers he got the same point production at more efficient rate of 53%. Yeah teams love him shooting jumpers. And now his penchant for playing the passing lanes is exposing 3 point shooters. Good defense there sadly.

Powell aka Horace Grant without the minutes/accolades/defense! Mbenga had a so and so game. This defeat betters sink into the bench's young skulls because the "best bench in the NBA" ain't getting it done!

-KB Blitz

Glad the league got it right with regards to the foul...there was definitely no intent to harm there. As far as the aftermath, I didn't see Ariza throw a punch or Odom go more than a step off the bench. What I did see were 2 Blazers players go straight towards Ariza after the foul in a confrontational manner. They didn't even go check on their teammate first.

You take a look and see:
http://tinyurl.com/ar5muk

ONCE AGAIN IT'S TIME TO BRING OUT THE LAMAR ANTHEM
(keep it up and you won't be a Laker next year)

Also can we get rid of Dorothy's dog.... Toto, otherwise known as Jordan Farmar.
This guy is absolutely worthless on defense, tell me one player he can guard. Love all those points in garbage time.

****************
LAMAR balling as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz

I COULD BE A BETTER BALLER
IF MY HEAD WAS ONLY SMALLER
IT JUST GETS IN THE WAY
dodo dodo dodo

I WOULD FLY THROUGH THE AIR WITH EASE
AND DUNK IT WITH AUTHORITY
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN

I COULD BE A BETTER SHOOTER
BUT I'D RATHER BE AT HOOTERS
DRINKING BEFORE A GAME
dodo dodo dodo

I WOULD MAKE ALL MY 3 POINT SHOTS
BUT HANGOVERS BLUR MY VISION LOTS
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN

THEY SAY I COULD BE MAGIC
BUT THAT WOULD BE JUST TRAGIC
TO DRIBBLE MY LIFE AWAY
dodo dodo dodo

SO I'LL TOKE AND TOKE THE CHRONIC
WHO CARES IF IT MAKES ME MORONIC
IT'S ONLY JUST A GAME

AK - talking with a guy from the league - that is excellent sourcing - I love the investigative reporting and if it resulted in no suspension for TA - WAY TO GO AK!!!

LGL!

PsychedLakerGirl,

"AK - talking with a guy from the league - that is excellent sourcing - I love the investigative reporting and if it resulted in no suspension for TA - WAY TO GO AK!!!"

I appreciate the nice words, but truth be told, my talking with the league rep had nothing to do with TA not getting suspended. In fact, the person I was speaking to wasn't involved in the decision making process. But I was on the phone with him as he found out, which was kind of cool.

AK

AK - I know but nonetheless - it was good sourcing and hey you got the inside "scoop". You had to be the first to report it. Isn't that the right lingo like radio hit?

I would have liked a link to Joel/Stu's take rather than three of the cranky POR announcer's versions. They were very annoying last night. You don't know what you miss...

Okay - back to the Lakers..... I am now officially in the "very worried" about the bench category. Huge slump all around, no confidence on the road and we still have at least 9 more roadies w/o AB. Something has to give and it won't be the refs, the other teams, the other fans, etc.

Our triangle of leaders: KB, Fish and Pau really need to start taking guys aside and directing on court. Fish has to be more vocal on the bench b/c he needs the rest. MVP seems to be doing what needs to be done but Pau.

I really think Pau has to start exhibiting some leadership on court when he is with that unit. I'd like to see more vocally, more gestures directing, etc. He has to make sure they are doing the right thing and get them back in line.

I took LO out of that mix because he needs to work on himself right about now. I still love him but obviously something is happening - I think it's the fouls taking him out of his rhythm which isn't going to change anytime soon. So, get back mentally LO - we need you now.

LGL!!!


Odom should not get suspended, but he probably will.

The league probably feels they have to do something with the "stretcher" incident.

The rule says he can get off the bench..He just can't leave a certain area..He will probably get suspended.. Especially if they are "still looking at",

I think it is funny that everyone is wondering what is the matter with LO. Lamar is one of the MOST inconsistant players in the league. Remember last year when he disappeared for half the season?

LO is what he is. Sometimes good; sometimes bad; He should NEVER be counted on to be "One of your key players.

Troll Man,

Nice poem or gig, keep it coming.

The foul on Fernadez' intention was not of a harmful nature. The end result was not good, but basing on player intent is fair game.

I can understand Hugo's frustration and allegiance to his Country man's well being, but to be disgraced of Laker Fandom based on objectively looking at Ariza's play? C'mon man. Those post's don't that were quoted do not represent all fans.

I fully expected pseudo fans of other teams, trolls, and Laker Fan trolls to come out of the woodwork.

Oh well, comes with the territory of being the most relevant team even during the dark years.

Respect,

DB,

I've come to the realization that LO was playing better until the trading deadline passed..Im not sure why..Did he actually seriously think he would get traded after Bynum went down?

Teams have adjusted to his 18 rebound games..It's up to him to make new adjustments.

Troll Man. May i add to your gig? It kicks butt!!!

LAMAR balling as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz

I COULD REALLY GET MORE REBOUNDS
IF I DIDNT SMOKE THE 3 POUNDS
I BOUGHT THE OTHER DAY
dodo dodo dodo

I WOULD PLAY REALLY FANTASTIC
NOT A DAY WOULD I BE SPASTIC
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN

Zen,
Did he actually seriously think he would get traded after Bynum went down?

I gave up long ago trying to guess what Lamar is thinking. Sometimes he looks like an all-star, other times he just completely disappears. And not just for a game or two...but for weeks and months. That is why I liked him coming off the bench. Your not forced to need starters production from him.

We've already got Luke in the starting lineup, we can't afford another weak player out there when LO decides to not to show up.

Thank God.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

ECJ - thanks for the vid of Joel/Stu's take. Much appreciated.....

i am going to get alot of flak for this but the lakers problem is they got a coach that can't coach when you need him to and you got the ultimate team killer in kobe. kobe is all about kobe. he couldn't play for me with his 30-40 shots a night. you can bet if another player gets hot on the lakers kobe will cool him off by taking an extra 10 shots a game and be in the 40 shot range. when odom got hot that when kobe upped his shot total even higher. if its an all-star guard on the opposing team you can bet kobe has a one on one game with them in his own mind. the guy isn't a team player. sorry but they will never win a championshiop with kobe! too much me, me, me.

Gee, in a matter of days Big Baby Davis and now Ariza both draw Flagrant-2 fouls and the league does not suspend them. The NBA sure likes to protect its "glamor" franchises like the Celtics and Lakers. Hopefully Odom will get suspended so that some justice will be served.

I have been a Laker fan since the 1960s. Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom (both have taken out Blazer players in a sickeningly harmful manner) smack of thugs like Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman. The Lakers I remember won on professionalism and excellence, not ham-fisted, street brawl tactics. Remember when Wilt stepped in to extract Walt Hazzard from a scuffle? That's the kind of gentle giant peace-keeping we need from the Lakers. May they eschew the vilolence and play the game like pros again.


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