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We interrupt "Lamar Odom Suspension Watch"...

...for this bit of comedy.  Jordan Farmar has been blogging for Playboy.com (far as I can tell, the link is SFW, assuming going to Playboy.com in and of itself won't get you fired), and was asked about the perks during a recent interview for WJFK Radio in Washington:

"It has a lot of benefits," Farmar said, "but probably not the ones you'd think."

BK

(thanks to BDL for the tip)

 
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Hilarious about Phil and Jordan. But even if you weren't getting minutes, why the heck would eat a burger at halftime?

#4-

Rookies, you know? (haha)

BK

At least he didn't hit an all you can buffet.

AK

THE THING ABOUT FOOL’S GOLD…

On the surface, it looks just like real gold. It shines, sparkles, and looks like a million bucks. Most of the time, nobody notices and you are able to spend it just like real gold. But every once in a while, the other team realizes that it is Fool’s Gold and calls you on it. That is what happened to the Lakers last night in Portland. Pau at center was DUNK, LAYUP, DUNK, LAYUP, DUNK! Shades of Mike T!

You would think that the team’s third straight loss to a Western Conference playoff team would finally put the rest the Fool’s Gold theories that the Lakers are a better team with Pau at center rather than Drew or that the Pau Gasol is a more valuable Laker player than Kobe Bryant. Or that the team is “tough” enough to win an NBA championship without Andrew Bynum manning center and protecting the paint and the rim.

The Lakers have obviously been playing over their head this year since Andrew Bynum was injured, just like they did last year when the Celtics derailed the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, this year’s team has been recently struggling without Andrew and seemingly cannot defeat their Western Conference competitors on the road. Ironically, the bump in the road that derailed them was not the physical teams from the East but their heretofore taken-for-granted always-overlooked Western Conference rivals.

The NBA, like all professional sports leagues, is a copy cat league and you can bet that every team out there is going to follow the same recipe as the Celtics did last year and as the Nuggets, Suns, and Blazers have done this year by playing the Lakers very physically. No more accepting the Lakers dominance. Instead, teams are making them prove that their inside game is Real Gold and not Fool’s Gold. It was like George Karl and Ben Taylor have inadvertently alerted teams in the West about the Lakers Fool’s Gold.

Fortunately for the Lakers, Andrew Bynum is Real Gold, not Fool’s Gold, and he is now only a few weeks from returning to the Lakers starting lineup. Of course, the smack-talking Blazers conveniently have forgotten this in their melodramatic resurgence in confidence but you better believe that Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have not. Drew will be back for the April 10th return match at the Rose Garden. Trust me, this time the Blazers will only find Real Gold as the Lakers extract their vengeance and viciously destroy Portland.

JMNSHBO! (Just My Not So Humble Biased Opinion)
DNFTT! (Do Not Feed The Trolls)

Tom

Haha, good stuff Kam Bros.

waaa waaahhh

i sure hope the Lakers get over this stuff faster than the bloggers. when they lose 3 in a row, or are out of the playoffs, i'll worry. otherwise, there are just games to be played and this year's team, with all of it's blemishes is preferrable to the team of a few years ago. nothing is gaurunteed. the trophy must be earned. GO LAKERS!

Laker Tom,

That initial reference to "Fools Gold" freaked me out coming from you.

Yes, I agree that Andrew Bynum is "real gold."

I can't wait to see him back on the court and healthy.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

Dang,

All this talk about LO and TA is dodging the breakdown of the loss. Yes I am going there again but since PJ is reverting to old self I gotta say therin lies the problem.

Player are tired and out of sync but PJ refuses to play bench and utilize energy on the bench. Since LO is struggling and Portland just abused us in the paint (no PJ time outs to stop runs) why not bring in Mbenga to center and move Pau to PF? Why not use Shannon Brown on Blake as he was too quick for DFish?

PJ said he was going to use DJ more but did he? NO! More of I don't believe what PJ says as he does the opposite.

It was obvious TA did NOT commit flagrant foul and call the games by the rules and not on he came down hard so must be flagrant. If TA played the ball then he played by the rules and a simple foul is all that should be called.

Of course if score was closer foul would not even be considered frustration foul and possibly not flagrant. But remember who let score get lopsided and not call time out and continued to use questional lineups and Luke still can't hit the ocean with a beach ball.

I don't know about Odom leaving bench as I did not see that as i missed that part of game. I had to pick up my son but I saw replay of TA but not of Odom. If he did not cross sideline to get on court it is ok even if he took a step forward. If he did not go on court it is no issue. I will try to find replay to see.

But PJ did lousey job coaching and said he was concentrating on defense the last few practices but I don't see much improvement there.

Man, Vick the Brick was livid this morning. For such a Laker booster, he was really letting them have it! Kudos Vick, for not letting your love for the team cloud the fact that the Lakers let everyone down last night, even if it was "only" a regular season game.

AK,

yesterday you mentioned,that some were saying that rudy was not seriously hurt(and you were upset by that) because after seen the play a million times, it was obvious he was just out of breath.

his teammate, sergio, metioned on the marca.com site that there was really nothing wrong with rudy, that he couldn't breath and he was just afraid. like some of us thought.

you went a little over the top on saying that as fans we were wrong, and that today some might regret saying that it wasn't something serious. well, it wasn't.

we are fans, but many of us have seen that play a million times on other players, including ariza, and nothing as come of it, not even a foul, they go back up and regroup, that didn't happen with rudy...

see some of us think outside of being a laker fan. and most of the time, people(like you did yesterday) dismiss or take it the wrong way, because it's us (as fans) saying it.

BTW, i hope i make sense, since i'm in a hurry writing this

Jordan Farmar has a picture with Vida Guerra. I wonder if he hooked it up?

Perhaps Farmar should spend more time on his game, and less writing for a pop magazine?

Just a thought.

Edwin, chicNstu

The Lamar Anthem been around for almost a year now, but what's great about it is that we can always count on Lamar to justify it's re-release.
chiknstu, I liked the extra verses for the song, if anyone else wants to add to it, feel free, we can create a full song. LOL

Blazer vs. Lakers Tickets: $200, Cotton Candy aka Kobe Candy: $5, watching season ticket holder get ejected from the game for pushing me as I represented all of the Lakers fans in attendance...PRICELESS. As I said to the drunk Gayzer Fan before he decided to push me like a girl..."See you in the Playoffs" when the games really count.

One thing about Kobe, The problem about him jacking up nearly 30 shots a game recently is that he is not getting the 40 or 50 points that he should be scoring by taking that many shots. It's like deja vu all over again as his teammates are not being involved and thats leads to many negatives. If we are going to lose these types of games anyway, he might as well let his mates share the responsibility instead of being a ballhog.
Because just like last year in the finals, when he doesn't have it, what reference does the rest of team use to win a game? Kobe in my humble opinion is one of the dumbest gifted players to ever play. If he can't figure out that this is a team sport then the Lakers will not win another championship with him as the leader.
Might as well get someone like Gilbert Arenas (if healthy) or any other shooter because that's all what Kobe is and has been most of his career.

Jon,

>>> That initial reference to "Fools Gold" freaked me out coming from you

LOL! I should also say that Pau Gasol is Real Gold as a power forward, the best in the game in my opinion. It is only as a center that I think he is Fool’s Gold.

Tom

Reposted from prior thread:
Alright, we are in a slump and just about everyone is shooting poorly. So we need to get back to basics on the things besides shooting.

The new rule should be "Play Right or Sit Down." And that includes everybody (you too Kobe). Kobe should tell Phil to hold everybody accountable, including himself.

We may lose by 30 in Houston & San Antone but at least we'd have a chance to work out of the slump someday.

Here's what I mean by "back to basics":

Defensive Basics:
1. Play with energy
2. Limit penetration
3. Crisp rotations
4. Box out on the boards
5. One and done
6. Close out on shooters

Offense Basics:
7. Run the freakin offense
8. Establish Pau down in the post
(or Kobe if need be)
9. Stop jacking up Js
Especially the bench dudes
jacking up 3s.

GO LAKERS!!!

But PJ did lousey job coaching and said he was concentrating on defense the last few practices but I don't see much improvement there.

Posted by: JustaLakerFan | March 10, 2009 at 01:48 PM

Hey, don't you know PJ has 9 rings??? If you give him the best player or best two players in the world every year, he's great. He's infallible.

Just kidding. You make a very important point. I have heard the same things, that PJ is really getting intense at practice (after Denver), emphasizing defense.

It is having zero effect. The team is not playing with more intensity and is not playing better defense. Is this stuff going in one ear and out the other?

Maybe the players who are in the rotation just can't play defense. If that's so, then we better start getting some new players in the game (Shannon Brown) to see if they can do better.

Hey Laker Tom;

>>>> I should also say that Pau Gasol is Real Gold as a power forward, the best in the game in my opinion. It is only as a center that I think he is Fool’s Gold.

Much as I LOVE the Lakers & I LOVE Pau's game. Have to say that Duncan is still the best power forward, no?

Lakofan,

"AK, yesterday you mentioned,that some were saying that rudy was not seriously hurt(and you were upset by that) because after seen the play a million times, it was obvious he was just out of breath. his teammate, sergio, metioned on the marca.com site that there was really nothing wrong with rudy, that he couldn't breath and he was just afraid. like some of us thought."

If you can find a translated version of the Marca report, please pass it along. But from what I read, Rodriguez didn't say there was "nothing wrong" with Fernandez at all. He just said Fernandez was "okay," which could be shorthand for "not gonna die" or "won't need surgery." But that's not the same thing as "nothing wrong with him." And Rodriguez did point that Fernandez was hurting.

Also, at the risk of sounding dismissive towards Sergio Rodriguez, I don't really care what he says, because he's not a doctor (nor does he play one on TV). I'm gonna wait until I hear a diagnosis from one of the actual doctors at the hospital where, as I write, Rudy Fernandez is still receiving care and attention.

"you went a little over the top on saying that as fans we were wrong, and that today some might regret saying that it wasn't something serious. well, it wasn't. we are fans, but many of us have seen that play a million times on other players, including ariza, and nothing as come of it, not even a foul, they go back up and regroup, that didn't happen with rudy... see some of us think outside of being a laker fan. and most of the time, people(like you did yesterday) dismiss or take it the wrong way, because it's us (as fans) saying it.

Again, you have no idea how serious this actually is, because we haven't seen this play out yet. The Oregonian is reporting that he's got a bruised chest, a right hip pointer and is doubtful for the next game. That's not exactly totally "fine," unless you mean, the guy isn't on death's door. But that's a broad definition. If he misses 2-3 games, is that still "fine?"

Plus, if you actually read what I said, I didn't say readers were flat out wrong. I said they COULD be wrong about it, which is why I'd hesitate before declaring "he's fine, he's fine," because you could end up with your foot in your mouth. If you go back and read comments from the live blog against Charlotte, everyone was saying Gerald Wallace was "fine," too. Clearly, not the case.

And again, if you read what I wrote, where I truly took exception wasn't even with people giving an armchair medical opinion, but the accusations that Fernandez was faking it, playing it up, flopping, or somehow trying to milk the situation. I think that absolutely crosses a line and is hitting below the belt. That is a very serious swipe at someone's character, and I think people should tread quite lightly before they even debate going there. You're really accusing someone of being a worm. And I guarantee you would have taken offense to someone saying the same when Andrew Bynum's knee buckled or Kobe ripped his hand apart.

In any event, my take on the matter has nothing to do with maintaining an air of superiority: I'm "the media," while the readers are a bunch of lowly "fans." It has to do with maintaining class, no matter who you are. And in my opinion, to accuse a guy of faking or playing up an injury is classless, and I stand by that opinion no matter who is saying it.

"BTW, i hope i make sense, since i'm in a hurry writing this"

Respectfully, I wish you had waited until you weren't in a hurry and reread my actual comments, because they're a lot different than how you're presenting them.

AK

Speaking of Mike T,

I go to his new site once a month..It's a ghost town over there..Every 5th game, he gets a comment. At least he seems dedicated to being a sports writer. LOL!

Kobe does what it takes to try to keep his team in the ball game even if gainsayers are going to be critical that's what I enjoy about his game and IMO what makes him a great ball player......He unlike many others is willing to take the criticism......The Lakers lost the finals last year not Kobe ......Neither Lebron, Wade or Kobe will beat the Celtics alone....they are too deep and too talented .....this is why Andrew will provide the extra help the Lakers need to win it all this year ......Over the last 4+ seasons the Lakers have hoped LO would break out but he has not........Andrew is that third guy they can count on each night to provide the 15/10/2 they need to win it all........LO will return to his bench role and provide the Lakers with up and down play but IMO that will be enough....... Kobe vs the Celtics or Kobe vs Cleveland isn't going to work.......Kobe knows this more than any of the Lakers .......He is human ....he will make mistakes, take ill advised shots ....but he is not the one that I am worried about.........The Lakers are not as deep as people say they are .....their key guys off the bench are not as productive in hostile environments...... As long as Drew is 80%+ he will get the Lakers high percentage buckets when kobe & Pau are doubled. or not playing well.... He is the additional guy who can have a big game if one the other two are not......It is just one loss (I know 3 straight on the road) in a long 82 game schedule ....when the Lakers have their top 3 guys on the floor playing well ....I don't think anyone will beat them in a 7 game series.......If Drew doesn't return (he will ) then Kobe & Pau will have to be extraordinary to lead the Lakers to a Chip b/c the others guys (besides Fish) have trouble in hostile situations....

db

AK,

Would you at least agree most players are "faking it" and "taking advantage" to get a technical foul called? It's like the boy who cried wolf..When it's real, nobody believes it..

But you have to admit, players always stay on the ground longer now to try and get a technical called. What do you expect us fans to think when 98% of the time they are faking it!

We don't want anybody hurt, but surely you can see where we are coming from.


Zen,

"AK, Would you at least agree most players are "faking it" and "taking advantage" to get a technical foul called? It's like the boy who cried wolf..When it's real, nobody believes it.. But you have to admit, players always stay on the ground longer now to try and get a technical called. What do you expect us fans to think when 98% of the time they are faking it! We don't want anybody hurt, but surely you can see where we are coming from."

Not only can't I see where you're coming from, I don't even know what you're talking about. I don't recall ever seeing a guy stay on the ground trying to get a T on another player. One rarely has a thing to do with the other. I've see guys flop or play up contact to draw a foul, but there ain't a player in the league who doesn't do it. That's also a very far cry from what I was talking about, which a guy on the ground for an extended period, long after the degree of foul (regular, flagrant, etc.) has been decided, and fans accuse him of "faking" how hurt he is.

I'm sorry, but in my mind, that's crossing a line into indefensible and classless behavior. That's my opinion and I stand by it.

AK

" but the accusations that Fernandez was either faking it, playing it up, flopping, or somehow trying to milk the situation. I think that absolutely crosses a line and is hitting below the belt. That is a very serious swipe at someone's character, and I think people should tread quite lightly before they even debate going there. You're really accusing someone of being a worm."


AK

This is a beautiful quote from you......I didn't know you felt so strongly about Phil Jackson being a worm. I didn't realize how passionate you were when someone "takes a very serious swipe at someone's character"........as Phil Jackson did when he accused Kobe of sabotaging games in highschool only to win them in the end.

I applaud you for taking a stand on principal and not expediantly applying your arguments to fit this circumstance of Ariza's foul on Fernandez.......No not you AK........based on the above quote you were and are disgusted with how Phil Jackson violated every lockerroom principal by castigating Kobe in his book with what should have been private conversations.........a clear "swipe at someone's character"!

I am pleased that we agree that anyone that provokes "swipes at someone's character" should be called out on the carpet and have their own character examined.........for anyone that does that ( despite whatever position they hold or do not hold) should be held accountable for the injured party and If it turns out Fernandez's character has been inpugned then those who took a "swipe at his character" should publicly apologize on the blog because that's where the statements were made........right?

I applaud you AK......Way to make a stand!

But PJ did lousey job coaching and said he was concentrating on defense the last few practices but I don't see much improvement there.

Posted by: JustaLakerFan | March 10, 2009 at 01:48 PM

Hey, don't you know PJ has 9 rings??? If you give him the best player or best two players in the world every year, he's great. He's infallible.

Just kidding. You make a very important point. I have heard the same things, that PJ is really getting intense at practice (after Denver), emphasizing defense.

It is having zero effect. The team is not playing with more intensity and is not playing better defense. Is this stuff going in one ear and out the other?

Maybe the players who are in the rotation just can't play defense. If that's so, then we better start getting some new players in the game (Shannon Brown) to see if they can do better.

Posted by: Jman449 | March 10, 2009 at 02:32 PM

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LOL you had me going there as I did not know what to think at the beginning. You got me.

I think the players are burnt out and he needs to use fresh legs like Shannon Brown on "D" .

He said he was going to use DJ more but he didn't.
I believe PJ has the ability to get us championship but he has to change as his old ways are no longer working. I guess he just does not see past his ego.

Pfunk36,

I agree with you that Phil Jackson crossed a line with his book, and it wasn't a good idea at all. For that matter, Phil has since said it wasn't a good idea and he felt bad Kobe took some unfair flak over it. But I'm also not positive the comparison you're making between Fernandez and the PJ book works.

For starters, you're taking my words and applying them fairly loosely into another context.

But beyond that, PJ obviously vented too much and broke a locker room trust, but at least within a situation where he had firsthand knowledge. He was there, had known Kobe for a long time and they had a relationship, albeit often a bad one. If he felt Kobe was difficult to coach, perhaps he's failed to hold his own shortcomings accountable enough (probably, even), but that's not the same thing as talking out of school on a situation where you're just spit balling. People accusing Fernandez of "faking it" are doing it purely through watching a TV and, more than likely, have never even met the guy. It's pretty apples and oranges, and hard to accurately equate the two.

I would also say your comparison doesn't work because there's an inference (at least the way I read it, plus from your fairly well expressed views) that you should actively judge every single one of Phil's current actions based on a book of FIVE years ago, plus emotions and relationships built up over 5-9 years ago, as opposed to the way things are now, which is considerably different. I consider that a pretty extreme outlook, since it's water under the bridge by now (especially for the principles involved: PJ, Kobe, etc.). In my mind, that ignores the reality of a situation to simply push an agenda.

Having said that, if you're asking me if Phil broke an unwritten code of sorts and crossed a line with the book, I'd say, yes. Without question. I've never claimed otherwise.

AK

CAN ANY BODY ANSWER THIS QUESTION

what team would you want laker to play in the first round of the playoffs.

PORTLAN or UTAH

that would be NEGATORY

AK,
Are you serious? I know you watch the games! I am not at all saying what others are saying. But I know players fake it whether you want to acknowledge it or not...They purposely stay on the ground longer, touch their mouth checking for blood..Shaking their head.,etc..Even Sasha does it a lot and he didn't even get hit in the head! lol!

Experienced players try to work the referees to get calls..I cannot believe you never notice it. LOL!

Sasha probably does it the most on the Lakers, but every team does it.. Wade does it a lot. A lot of players do it..

Divac did it with Shaq (Athough he probably really was hurt LOL)

Watch a player after a hard spill..They act like they are dying out there for the first minute and then usually they are ok and score 20 more points throughout the game.

Look, Im not saying every player fakes it..But more time then not they are working the refs..Whether you want to believe it or not..It's the boy who cried wolf and that is why certain fans react the way they do...

Another example is Paul Pierce and Ray Allen..They do it ALL the time.

Pierce always checks his lip for blood and always makes a big scene during a hard foul..He waits a few seconds hoping the refs call something..

It happens in this league..

Watch Sasha and you will know what Im talking about. LOL


Wow....

I don't agree with the many comments that say basically that this was just one game out of 82 and it meant so much more to the Blazers. Lakers had 2 days off to prep for this game. They should have been up, knowing that they hadn't won in the Portland arena for years. They should have responded when Portland came out physical and started manhandling them. But they didn't. The Lakers were never in this game.

Our team didn't step up to the challenge that they KNEW would be there. Bad sign. Our bench is not getting the job done at all.

Concerning Trevor's foul, I thought it was a bad play on his part, considering the score. It resulted in his ejection and he's lucky not to be suspended. We can argue that it wasn't suspension-worthy, but strange things come out of the league office.

LO's faux pas is a little harder to call. Yes, he did move towards the conflict, but he did not become involved. And he never left an area that can be construed as part of the bench. Many players sit and stretch in that area, notably Steve Nash who lays down there when he is not in the game so that he can stretch his back. It all depends on the League's perception.

Anyway, the Lakers need to right the ship. This is the time of year when teams are rounding into shape and jockeying for playoff position. Even though they have an exemplary record, The Show needs to gets its act together.

" but the accusations that Fernandez was either faking it, playing it up, flopping, or somehow trying to milk the situation. I think that absolutely crosses a line and is hitting below the belt. That is a very serious swipe at someone's character, and I think people should tread quite lightly before they even debate going there. You're really accusing someone of being a worm."

Yes this crosses the line..But you have to realize that more times then not, a player is faking it. This is why people make these stupid comments sometimes.

The wheelchair example with Pierce might be another example on why fans have this belief in their heads sometimes.. It has happened so much, I tend to think they are faking it at first too.

What I do is if they are on the ground for a few minutes then obviously it's probably real..

Im just a fan that sees things. If players don't like the attitude, maybe they shouldn't be trying to work the refs all the time..


Good morning Laker Fam,

Glad to see we're back on track here in Lakersblog Land. It makes me sad when we're at each others throats.

Glad to hear there will be no suspension for Trevor and hope for the same with Lamar.

I hope the real Lakers show up in Houston!

Anna


I like the extra "(thanks to BDL for the tip)" LOL! Didn't want people to think you found it on your own? too funny. Just giving you a hard time BK. LOL

Also, people tend to remember the negative more then the positive..

It's just life, AK.

Odom got a game....Oh well that means Powell starts...

I found out about this two days ago.

Way to give us the latest info on our Lakers, K Bros. Jeez.

Nah, I'm just kidding. :)

Speaking of Jordan...here's him and Pau on Numb3rs!!!!

http://tinyurl.com/c3sy33

Zen,

"Are you serious? I know you watch the games! I am not at all saying what others are saying. But I know players fake it whether you want to acknowledge it or not...They purposely stay on the ground longer, touch their mouth checking for blood..Shaking their head.,etc..Even Sasha does it a lot and he didn't even get hit in the head! lol! Experienced players try to work the referees to get calls..I cannot believe you never notice it. LOL!"

Of course guys do that stuff. I acknowledged as much earlier. But are you honestly equating a guy touching his mouth "looking for blood" (sometimes while running back the other way down the court) or faking contact with laying on the ground motionless for 10+ minutes? That is SERIOUS stretch. I mean, c'mon now. You're honestly not seeing the distinction? It's pretty obvious.

As for the Pierce thing, it's about time fans got over that as well. Do you really think he was "faking" that? I mean, really? If so, why? What does he gain? Why is it so hard to believe that his knee hurt like hell upon initial contact, then once it calmed down a bit, he felt better (which isn't to say, it stopped hurting altogether)? Most people that have played sports have experienced that. I know I have. Why is that so hard to wrap your head around? I mean, I realize the guy is a Celtic, but do we need to strain believability over it?

AK

olf/LakerTom,

I think we can all agree that Pau Gasol is a top four power forward in the league.

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

GO LAKERS!

Was it a flagrant foul? Yes sure it was. I could argue or not it was a flagrant one or two but while he was making a play on the ball Trevor did send Rudy Fernandez flying and for those think it doesn't hurt it hurts all right.

That being said the Lakers 2 out of the starters just didn't come to play and the rest of the bench save for perhaps Mbenga just plain sucked.

Calmed down a little but here's a sad part of reality: The Lakers are an offensive team. They deserve to not be haggled on something such as "defense" on the level of San Antonio. Against San Antonio only three are consistent scorers and they are Tim, Tony, and Manu. Boston has KG/PP/Jesus Shuttlesworth (that was a good movie).

The Lakers there is one big scorer in Kobe, a good one in Pau, an inconsistent big hit or big dud in Lamar, one outside shooter in Derek, and playmaker in Luke. But they all are perfect for each other except maybe and yes I said maybe in Lamar. I think that he's pressured to score and that screwed up his head. I mean it isn't about scoring all the time, if he got 10+ rebounds and 5 assists then it's all good since those 5 assists went to at least 10 points and that's 10 and 10 which isn't bad. With the exception of Pau and Luke they are all solid defenders in their respective positions. LO at PF is quicker than most other PF, Kobe is a no brainer, and Fish may not be able to handle super penetrating guards (hey who can and even in his prime Derek wasn't like those) but he's a much defender than Farmar is! Pau is better individually but not in help defense save for screen and rolls to hedging screens. Luke is better in help defense though actually hasn't been a disaster at SF though not a fantastic one either.

The bench is the anti-thesis of the Lakers starters. They all want to score and want to be ball dominant. They don't' feel comfortable without the ball. That is why Sasha feels so down and his play suffers. I think he had super high expectations before the season and since he's not performing as he did last season he tries too hard and is negatively impacting his play. He has to remember that injuries to Trevor forced Kobe play SF more and gave playing time to Sasha. Now Trevor and Luke is in the SF Kobe plays SG more even though his role is SF most times in the triangle. Still though he feels uncomfortable without the ball and he's trying the Reggie Miller/Ray Allen/Rip Hamilton of moving without screens and it works except that the bigs save for Pau rarely set screens unless it's for a screen and roll play.

Jordan is too more offensive minded. He actually does have the talent/skill to succeed in the NBA but not the right attitude He prefers to steal the ball instead of playing defense as Fish. Few times he has done better at moving without the ball but for most part he needs the ball to be productive he feels. That should never be part of the triangle offense. Ball movement and moving without the ball is what is needed most from the triangle and last night game he again showed his over dependent on having the ball to run the offense. Can he run the offense? He sure can but needs the ball in his hands and to run it from there which is everything what the triangle is not about.

Trevor is the same offensively now he's defensive holes are coming out to show. He's an avid stealer no doubt and his 1.6 steals in less than 23 minutes is really great. That being said though steals are not a valid sign of great defense and while it could be said those steals lead to fastbreak opportunities and also to scoring, how many points were given up by going for steals or being in the wrong position by anticipating the pass? When I re-watched game film from not only this game but previous ones Trevor's defense hasn't been what it was hyped up to be. We were so seduced by his penchant for steals. Wade burned him twice, Lebron had much easier time against him, Granger managed to get good production against him even though Trevor did irritate him, CP3 also and Rondo as well. It seems that only Parker was really disrupted and I could say that Parker isn't as skilled others and uses more of his athleticism and speed to really do his damage. Trevor's defense I got to say besides steals is overrated.

I won't say much about Powell or Mbenga except to say that Powell is no way comparable to Horace Grant and would be laughable even using only statistics to even breathing Powell's name with Horace who even at the age of 35 managed slow down power forwards like Tim Duncan and Chris Webber.

-KB Blitz

I will be the first to tell you that if he's on the ground for more then 2 minutes, he's probably not faking it..Im just saying fans tend to jump to these conclusions because of what they do 98% of the time.

I don't really know about the Pierce thing and his pain..What I do know is his history, and he has a history of faking things.

He seemed to play really well after they wheeled him off. But honestly, since I'm not him, I don't really know,

All I know is that the incident worked the refs, pumped up the crowd, gave the celtics momentum, and he has a history of faking and drawing contact.

But yea, there is a chance he was really hurt for about a half hour.


LO is suspended. WRITE THIS UP NOW:

http://tinyurl.com/b9v3m6

AK

Props to you brother! I have much respect for your opinion on this matter. We as fans, shouldnt hope an injury on players. Wether it be on our team or anothers. But i must say that the things the portland fans were saying on the link i watched the game on, was worse than any of our fans have ever said. One person on the chat stated terrible things..i cant even get myself to type it. But you are correct in the way you pointed these people out and spoke your views. GREAT JOB

GO LAKERS

Lamar Suspended one game.

Zen,

Pierce has a history of faking what, exactly, when it comes to injuries? Remember, we're talking about a guy who played 82 games a month after being stabbed multiple times. Doesn't sound to me like a guy prone to playing stuff up when he wants to be on the court.

And again, it feels pretty far fetched that in the middle of the Finals, the closest PP had ever come to winning a title and a brand new playoff world for him, he had the awareness to think, "I'll create an in-game script and play it out for dramatic effect!!!" Do you really think he's gonna risk the deficit that could come from him being off the court, not to mention the potentially negative distraction created, to manufacture a "moment?" Really? Doesn't it make more sense that the injury just hurt like hell at the time, then calmed down enough that he could play through it?

They often say the simplest explanations are the right ones.

AK

Lemme see......beating the cav and celts TWICE...or losing to the blazers once...HMMMM.....Call me stupid but, SO WHAT WE LOST!!!! ONE GAME!!!

With regards to Rudy Fernandez, I believe the fella' was hurt and shaken up, he was touching his ribs after an awkward fall. At first I thought it was a spinal or neck injury because of restricted movements of the head.

Secondly, you can empathize with these Spanish players, they are not used to power basketball, their lanky frame looks more like our American HS players so a fall as hard as that must felt terrible.

I applaud the Blazer fans for calling his name, "Rudy..Rudy...Rudy" as he's moved out of the Garden. On injuries such as this, we come to the rescue as one people, it uplifts the spirit of the injured to hear his name that he's not alone at that moment. It happens to all of us when we get into severe car accidents, we watch the paramedics do their job in reviving patients. We don't think of our car damage or possible court case but just the injured's safety. Same with Rudy. He has a family in Spain who are miles and miles away worried about his condition. We don't see these players as enemy combatants but professionals trying to entertain us all, basketball aficionados, more so to a Spanish Olympian who decided to play in NBA rather than the Euro League. The little respect extended even to the extreme homers amongst us, manifest the truest meaning sportsmanship and professionalism in this sports.

Well,

Now we know that LO is out....hopefully this will give him time to refocuse so that he can play solid until Drew returns......As far as the Lakers needing to be up for this game.....Portland is no push over ball club at home and even with Drew on 4/10 its still going to be a tough contest for the Lakers......I still say they will rebound, play well the rest of the week and end up 3-1 overall ......Kobe will come up big the rest of this week and give the ball club a huge boost....they will win their home games and get on a role b/f the 7 game road trip......
and the panic in Lakerland will go away

Once the Lakers get healthy they will peak at the right time, go on a remarkable playoff run and win the chip!

db

AK,
"a guy who played 82 games a month "

Holy cow! That's almost three games a day!!


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