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Lakers vs. Jazz, Game 2: A matter for the handyman

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Dissatisfied as they were with how things went over the final 24 minutes of Sunday's playoff opener against the Jazz, the Lakers were hardly despondent Monday afternoon in El Segundo.  (WSchneiderJpgho can frown with AC  Slater around?)  Given how LA dominated the first half, and- despite what some of the postgame chatter implied- maintained control in the second, it's a matter of fine tuning the execution fine tuning as they continue the process of trying to win four different playoff series, starting with Game 2 tonight at Staples.

One place to start?  Rebounding.  As in, don't let Utah get quite so many of them, especially on the offensive glass.  That means putting bodies on the opposition and trying to limit the penetration that forces help and opens lanes for Jazz players to pound the boards, says Pau Gasol.  That same penetration helps explain The Foul Parade (no relation to The Soft Parade) that sent Utah to the line 28 times over the final two quarters in Sunday's tilt.  Of course, focus matters, too, especially in the playoffs, notes Phil Jackson, where the goal is to have balanced, sustained efforts over 48 minutes.  

Meanwhile, the Jazz were practicing over at the Clippers facility- perhaps an unwise choice for a team looking to build a winning spirit- and things didn't look so good. 

Mehmet Okur didn't participate in practice and seems unlikely to play tonight. Deron Williams seems frustrated with his team's recent performance (no sympathy from Kobe).  They're worried about defense, and can't seem to hit an outside shot.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln...

More talk Monday, too, of what Shannon Brown and Trevor Ariza brought for LA in Game 1.  For Brown, it's a question of stepping into the spotlight after bouncing around like a ping pong ball early in his NBA career, not quite a true PG, likely too squat for work as a two guard.  With the Lakers, of course, that doesn't really matter. Ariza has been a key- and extremely competitive, as Ramona Shelburne writes for the Daily News- cog for the W.C.'s best team all year, whether starting or coming off the bench.

You know, the sort of performances that have owners reaching for their checkbooks in the offseason. 

Tracy McGrady has the Lakers winning over Cleveland, and comments on Kobe/LBJ as well.

BK

 
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GAME DAY!!!!!

What a victory the other day (I'm going full bore with positive vibes today, y'all, no nay-saying here)!

Ariza is the new Michael Cooper, Kobe has passed and is now wearing the mantle of Magic, Bynum is still working on his identity, and Lamar is the hardest working man on the hard-wood.

HIT ME!!!

I have to say, I wasn't sure about Shannon Brown, but so far he's got a believer in me, the dude is just what we needed. He's big, strong, fast and can get UP!

Farmar's foot actually explains the reason why he has been less than stellar, hopefully between him this year and Luke last year, our team has now figured out that playing hurt doesn't always help.

Let's show Utah we can match them blow for blow, foul for foul, no remorse, no regret, you ain't seen nothing yet.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Oh Yeah Mamba24!
Big ups to Pipoy and #4!

Awesome roll call, Mamba24. It really is quite epic.

Hey I'm going to the game today and was wondering if anyone had any tips on the best place to park. Is Lot E (next to the Nokia theatre) the best option? It's been a few years since i've been able to make it out to Staples. Thanks and go Lakers!

Mamba24,

You, my friend, are on point today. Thanks for the rousing roll call. As always, you rise to the occasion. Just like our beloved team.

4-0. Believe it.

Go Lake Show!

YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET!!!!! @ Jamie Sweet
WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR? RINGS!!!!!!!! @ JON K>

Thank you Jamie!!!!!!

6:00 am conference call - check
power walk - check
shower - check
Gold D. Fish Laker shirt on - check
breakfast - check

It's game day and I am READY!!!

Ugh - game time is 9.5 hours from now.......I guess I have to work.

LGL - #15 baby!

Mamba24

Normally I never read that extremely long roll call but today I did and damn dude that was kinda motivating.

Great Roll Call and more great news for the Beast.

He took Rhianna to Baron Davis B'Day party and looks like a little fire is breaking out there!!!! Now that's what i am talking about.

Stud on and off the floor!

Mamba - you really have outdone yourself this a.m. Nice roll call. I can't imagine our ever increasing expectations with every win notched. I can't get ahead of myself as it's one game at a time. But is there an O'Brien for best roll call?

LGL - #15 banner dancing in my head!!!

Who thinks this is a must-win game for the Lakers?

We're red hot and rolling... Mamba with that monster roll call... love the X, 15, 14, 13.... Laker Tom Parade Time

Then Jamie Sweet with the Metallica lyrics

I called a hotel in Salt Lake an hour ago and asked if they had cable so that I could "watch the jazz"... the guy laughed and said "they're not going anywhere"

Ha ha ha ha... Lakers NBA Champs '09

Sounds like a new video game franchise. Who's with me, '09, '10, '11, '12 and beyond!!

PS... I'll be watching the game in my living room, I called the hotel just for fun

You have only won 9 titles in LA. It is a cop-out to count the ones in MN. The Dodgers don't count the ones in Brooklyn, so, 9 it is.
Also, I just googled the top 50 players of all-time.
Seems to me you have 7:
Kareem, Baylor, Wilt, Mikan, Magic, West and Worthy....am I missing something??
And that ranks #2 all-time, sorry!

I won't be at the Laker game tonight. Economics dictate I'll maybe be able to make it to one game per round max. But I'll be cheering the team on from my couch just like everyone else here. GO LAKERS.

Mamba: Props for including Mini Banner Holder-ette in the Roll Call! I also have a 3 year old little guy who gets mad at me for watching the Lakers instead of Dora The Explorer & Yo Gabba Gabba with him. Dude ain't quite ready to take his place in the Circle of Purple & Gold just yet.

LET US PRAY...

Dear Lord, just as You demanded the Israelites to vanquish their enemies without leaving a trace of their bodies/souls/posessions behind, may the Lakers do the same to Utah tonight. They have developed the strength to visualize themselves winning by at least 25. Tonight - and onward through the next series of games - bring that vision to pass.

We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!

PSP956: If you get to the Staples/Convention Center area by 6, you MIGHT be able to catch a meter. I did!

Craig88 -

The Lakers are up 1-0 and are the league's best road team so no, I don't see it as a must win. It's a "they really should win and would be in a pickle if they didn't win" but it's not a MUST win.

Other thoughts...

...Anyone else think it's weird that McGrady picked a team other than his own to win the championship? Could you imagine if Bynum, when he had gone down, had said that he thought another team would win it all? It would seem that McGrady is as good as gone after this season, although, at the same time, I can't imagine who would want him. That's just awkward. I wonder what his teammates think...

...Just my personal opinion but, I don't feel the Lakers have any excuse to get outrebounded when you've got 2 legit 7 footers, a 6'10" rebounding machine and guys who are excellent rebounders at the 2 and 3 spots (Kobe and Trevor). Of all the guys that need to pick it up, I think Bynum needs to most. It seems like it's 2 steps forward, one step back with him right now...

...I'm worried about the fouling. The last two times we've played the Jazz, we've sent them to the free throw line at least 28 times in just one half. Last year, it was Kobe parading to the FT line and I assumed it would be the same this year since the Jazz are the ones known to foul. Yes, Joey Crawford sucks, but he didn't ref both games did he? Lakers need to anticipate the cuts and screens better and not get caught reaching...

That said, I'm still seeing a 110-95 win tonight. Let's go Lakers!

Mamba ( head of the Mamba clan)

Outfreakin standing! That Roll Call is what I'm talkin 'bout!

We got this!

Go Lakers!!!!

Finger point at 'cha, Charles.

Normally I never read that extremely long roll call but today I did and damn dude that was kinda motivating. Posted by: lakeraholic | April 21, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I'm not Worthy, I'm not worthy. Thanks Bro. As said by the great Jada Pinkett Smith in Matrix Reloaded " I do what I can"

I'd like to see some one unknown step up tonight. I'd also like to see the TEAM perimeter defense get better. Especially in the area of pressuring the pass or getting into those deep passing lanes. Our bigs are made for that sort of game, and will draw fouls quickly if the guards and wing don't pressure the ball.

ONE DOWN, FIFTEEN TO GO…

* While I am sorry to see players injured, it is almost fun seeing KG seething on the bench, unable to handle his disappointment and emotions. Now with Leon Powe out, the Celtics really are in trouble against the Bulls and could see a first round exit. Bottom line, Boston is watching its championship window slam shut.

* Drew will definitely improve his timing and game as the playoffs progress but it is pretty obvious that the brace on his knee is designed to limit the range of motion on his knee as a cautionary measure to prevent it from being reinjured, which probably means we won’t get an opportunity to see the real Beast until next season.

* Even saddled with foul problems, Andrew Bynum’s presence on the floor totally changes the Lakers defense as other teams are less eager to drive into the paint and attack the rim. While Pau did a better job than usual, Utah immediately started attacking the paint for layups and dunks as soon as Drew left the game.

* Great game by Shannon “Pinch me, I must be dreaming” Brown, who may have finally found a home with his fourth NBA team. His ball handling, passing, and shooting off the dribble may not be as good as Fisher or Farmar, but he is a better defender and has shown he can hit the clutch 3-pointer when he is wide-open and gets set.

* Speaking of great games, it was reassuring to see Trevor Ariza play so well in Game 1. There are a half of dozen Lakers players other besides Kobe, Drew, Pau, and Lamar who can pick this team up with great performances. How many times have we commented that if Ariza plays like this, the Lakers are unbeatable.

* Anybody who has posted that Mitch is a total cupcake needs to get down on their knees, grovel, and beg his forgiveness. Once Adam Morrison turns into a great 3-point shooter off the bench next year, the Radmanovic deal may end up as big a steal as Pau. Pretty soon, other general managers are not going to want to deal with Mitch.

* Mike Brown may well have deserved his selection as the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year with a total of 355 votes, including 55 first place votes, followed by Rick Adelman, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, and George Karl, who only got 11 total votes. How could Phil Jackson, who has 9 championship rings, not even get listed on 11 ballots?

JMNSHBO!
DNFTT!

Tom

Mamba24,
Great Roll Call.....(?)

Hey opk3
"You have only won 9 titles in LA. It is a cop-out to count the ones in MN. The Dodgers don't count the ones in Brooklyn, so, 9 it is.
Also, I just googled the top 50 players of all-time.
Seems to me you have 7:
Kareem, Baylor, Wilt, Mikan, Magic, West and Worthy....am I missing something??
And that ranks #2 all-time, sorry!

Posted by: opk3 | April 21, 2009 at 10:54 AM"

...the first word in your post was key..."you"...as in not "We"...so you are an outsider so why don't you go back to whatever blog it is that you normallly live in....what? No action there cuz your team was eliminated? Or you just looking to smack talk the top dog....as you sweat and pray that your team can make it to the chopping block....I normally don't look ahead...but I'll say the Laker's 4-0 in the Final's series, just cuz this guy got me ticked...

People just remember one thing. There are games within games. Tonights game may not even be about tonight or this series. It may well be we are back at a position of showing fakes and feinting. Oh, we will win the game, No doubt, but remeber a Game is never just a game and messages sometimes are sent - even wrong messages-
within a game. I know this sounds crazy as ell but just think about it a lil.

Tim-4-show,

That's good stuff man. :)


Larry,

You're on point and inspirational as always.


Let's get stronger on our way to a Finals showdown with (looks a lot like Lebron and Co. from where I'm sitting).

Game day!

Larry, thanks as always for the awesome roll call. That was the best in a while.

Who's pumped up? I am!

Liked Mcgrady's quotes about Kobe though I'm not sure that's the endorsement we wanted. Anyway, 15 to go and I'm loving it!

T-Mac's finally good for something.

Go Lakers!


Hump game. Players know, coaches know. A win means the Jazz have to go 4 of 5.

Tonight takes their heart.

fo fo fo fo
got 14 rings
time to get one mo'

Tim-4-Show
Lakers4Realz and I are watching the game tonight.

How about about a round 2 or later game?

Colorado loves the Lakers!

It's going to be a tough road.

16 The Hard Way!

opk3.....

What do you mean that it's a "cop-out" to count the C'ships of the Minneapolis LAKERS? Who do those rings belong to, the T'wolves? Elgin Baylor played for the Minneapolis Lakers and then moved with the team to Los Angeles. Same team, same franchise...different city! Don't try to dilute the LAKER greatness.

14 and counting!! GO LAKERS!!!

Salutations Laker FamBam!!! Can't w8 for the game tonight. Go Lakers!!!

I feel kinda back for leon powe...not for the celtics mind u. if i remember correctly he had quite a history with ligaments bein torn so i wish dude a speedy recovery...it's a shame we won't get to beat up on the celtics this year.

Puddle and Craig88 - I think it's a must win for the Lakers. We need to establish home court dominance in this first round. It sends a message to the rest of the playoff game watching NBA players (LBJ). And the more dominant the better. We need to get in their heads.

And the farther we get (I am trying to sustain my Lakers championship enthusiasm even though I can feel it), the better the message to LBJ if we end up going against the Crabs. It will say to him - we are unbeatable at home and hey sucker the only game you lost on your court all season was to US. I don't count the last lame game Cleveland played since LBJ was in a suit.

Anyhoo.... I do agree with you about the McGrady thing. He's under contract and should support his team - selfish which has been his stigma all along. We shall see who signs him this year in these economically tight times. No more big dollars for him. He might only get the MLE...

Cheers all

LGL - 15 to 15!!

Crust - my team has not been eliminated - just making a point here that your data is inaccurate. 9 titles and 7 of the top 50 - those are just facts. I live in CA now, am I not allowed to blog here? And I have found not everyone out here loves the Lakers - sorry to burst your bubble, but this is America, and I have not offended anyone - good luck to your Lakers, but I cannot root for them!

Lakers end up fouling too much and giving up offensive rebounds because the bigs get pulled out of position for the following reasons:
1. Early shots in the offense, turnovers and too much one-on-one offense lets the other team go to their transition offense before the Laker players especially bigs can set up their defensive positions.
2. Dribble penetration from opposing team's PG like Deron gets the Laker bigs out of rebounding position and leads to reachout fouls. Laker perimeter defense has to improve. No one in the NBA can really stay in front of PGs like Deron, Paul and Parker so help defense from other perimeter players need to be top notch. Help defense and rotations from the bigs also need to improve.
3. Kobe too often plays free safety, does not stay in front of his man unless their name is Lebron or DWade, goes for steals and messes up the whole defense forcing the bigs to leave their position.
4. All of the above happened in the 3rd quarter of last game but PJ did not call a timeout to settle the team down unless the lead was cut down significantly.

opk3,

I count 9 top 50:

Kareem
Baylor
Chamberlain
Magic
Karl Malone
Mikan
Shaq
West
Worthy

And to say that those MLPS championships don't count is a bunch of bull. Teams that move take their historical record with them all the time (except Seattle). They took the management, the players, the coaches and everything else. Saying it doesnt count is like saying you don't count the titles won at the Forum because that was in Inglewood and they play downtown now.

opk3

Just read your post. Which team do you root for?

It's going to be a tough road. 16 The Hard Way!
Posted by: Charles | April 21, 2009 at 12:10 PM

But Sir Charles that's the fun of it! IT's the ride not the arrival. WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!

opk3 - Actually you HAVE offended us by being disrespectful to the history of the Lakers franchise. You are not giving facts. You're stating a biased view of history. Elgin Baylor, who played both in Minny and Los Angeles would disagree with you and so does the rest of the NBA. The Lakers have 14 Titles of which I've personally witnessed 8. And there will be plenty more in my lifetime. There is no greater sports franchise to be a fan of IMO.

And it's not America (or 'Nam), it's the internet and there are rules. You are trolling and you just got pwned.

Dear K Brothers,

Is Andrew Bynum really dating Rihanna?

Do you have the inside scoop?

But Sir Charles that's the fun of it! IT's the ride not the arrival. WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24

Fo sho!

I'm not afraid to say that I'm glad the Celtics are experiencing the trouble they are. After the collusion that took place in order for them to get their title last season, and the lack of character they show on a nightly basis with their bully tactics, they're showing their true colors in merely competing with a very young Bulls team.

Garnett's continued spewing of easily lip-read expletives on the Celtics sideline is a shame to himself and the NBA. Commissioner Stern or someone from the Celtics organization needs to step in and let him know that he diminishes every good about his character, every time he spews a **** or mutha******* on the sidelines and a little boy or girl watching at home sees it. It isn't his job to raise the children of others, but he should show some self restraint and start watching his mouth in from of national audiences.

Dude has NO class.

psp - You cannot possibly count Malone as one of YOURS - please - he belongs to Utah. Shaq? Okay, I'll give you Shaq, but that is weak - he played for Orlando and Miami, too. And, even with those, you still rank second.

How can Mcgrady pick the Lakers when his Houston Rockets are playing? LOL

Is there something wrong here?

Is he trying to motivate his own team?

Just saw the Andrew Bynum and Rihanna rumors. This could possibly explain his performance from game 1...

PsychedLakerGirl -

I get that you find a win tonight important, but is a "must win", really? I think that phrase is ridiculously overused. I mean, if you're going to take the term literally, the only MUST win games are elimination games. Any other game, if you lose it, you have a chance to still win the series, so it can't be a MUST win.

Yes, it's semantics, but it's the truth. Basically, to call a game a MUST win, you need to ask yourself "If the team loses this game, are they essentially FINISHED for the series and thus for the championship?" If the answer to that question is NO, then it shouldn't be called a must win game. And, of course, the answer to that question in the Lakers' case for tonight's game is NO, so that is why I don't qualify it as a MUST win.

That being said, they'll have much harder road to hoe if they do not win tonight.

opk3,

I'm not claiming Malone, I'm just saying that he played for the Lakers (and we would have won that year if we were healthy during the playoffs) and he was on the list. And to say that "claiming" Shaq is weak, the dude won 3 rings and played the half his career (including his prime years) for the Lakers. Thats pretty strong to me

Darksider,
"Just saw the Andrew Bynum and Rihanna rumors. This could possibly explain his performance from game 1..."

Hopefully the decreased blood flow to his knee won't slow down the healing process.

Pig - LOL how you said the Weeners are showing their true colors!! Yah - it's GREEN - like pond scum, snot, vomit, bile, slime, mold etc etc!!! LOL! It's amazing to me how much gold teeth garnett gets away with. That dude needs some serious psychotherapy - he's downright crazy (and not in a good way)...

sth - sorry you're not going to make it to the game tonight. I posted earlier about how much your "words eye view" of Sunday's game was awesome - I really appreciated that post!! Oh well - see ya on the chat.

Mamba24 - what can I say?? Your picture's in the dictionary beside the word EXCELLENCE (but you're NOT in the thong - thank god for small mercies)!!

opk3 - hey little buddy! How you doin? Do you need a cookie while you wait for your mama to pick you up?

GO LAKERS!!!!! WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!

My sincere apologies to Elgin Baylor - truly one of the greats

It is illegal to troll? Didn't get that email!

Hey, opk3. You don't want to count championships won east of the Missisippi. That's fine with me. Let's see, that means Boston has won zero championships.

ex,
that's hilarious!

Hopefully, us Lakers fans can get not try to knock a guy's dedication cuz he feels like dating one of the hottest chicks on earth.

"Hopefully the decreased blood flow to his knee won't slow down the healing process."

LOL!!! I could not stop laughing. Post of the day... nay, nay... post of the year. Oh my goodness, too much exhelo, too much. I'm seriously still laughing.

After the collusion that took place in order for them to get their title last season. LOL LOL ... CLAP CLAP

(and we would have won that year if we were healthy during the playoffs) LOL LOL LOL ... CLAP CLAP CLAP

Karl Malone a Laker .... MORE LOL ... MORE CLAP CLAP

Edwin Giegco claims the Celtics won with players from other franchises ... At least we only got 1 player from Minnesota ... Lakers got their whole franchise from there.

LOL LOL LOL ... CLAP CLAP CLAP

Puddle - I don't disagree with you - it is semantics and taken literally you are correct. However, I would imagine if you ask MVP the same question. In his go to juggler, killer Mamba instinct - he would say every game is a must win - you don't want to give your opponent any room.

AK/BK can you slip Reggie Miller a little note asking him to ask MVP that question?

LGL - 15 to 15!!

Opk3, then give us your email. LOL.

On the history of the Lakers, you can have an opinion, but you can't define how many of the championships an organization can take from place to place. Fact is, the same organization that won them in Minneapolis is still playing today. Ownership has changed hands, as has those championships.

They can move to New Dehli for all I care, there are still 14 championships locked away in Jerry Buss' office. He bought the team from JKC and everything that comes with it (even Chick Hearn). So state your opinion, but know that its absolutely invalid. Until you buy the team and decide that those championships in Minne don't count, your opinion is invalid.

opk3: "It is illegal to troll? Didn't get that email!"

Admitting you're a troll is a start. Whether or not that type of behavior is "legal" here is up to the K Bros. You probably won't get banned b/c they're fairly liberal with that sort of thing. But, in the meantime, acting like a troll will only get you treated like one.

Somehow, Sleepy picking the Lakers to win it all isn't very comforting.

A day with a Mamba24 roll call is like that day with an apple.

Keeps the haters away lol.

Go Lakers!

I liked it when the announcers were describing SB's 3-pointers as:

"Shannon Brown from downtown!!!"

I am sure we will hear that again tonight....

opk3,

The Dodgers do count the World Series Championship that they won in Brooklyn. What they don't count are the championships that they won before there was a World Series.

See the Dodgers' postseason results from their official site:

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/history/postseason_results.jsp

Boy. When the wheelchair gets it's vengeance, it does it DeNiro/Capone in the Untouchables-style:

"I want you to get this **** where he breathes! I want you to find this nancy-boy Eliot Ness, I want him DEAD! I want his family DEAD! I want his house burned to the GROUND! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna **** ON HIS ASHES!"

Count Shaq and Malone, too, for all I care. That still gives you the 2nd highest in the top 50. And you have THREE HOF coaches - Riley, Jackson and Sharman - once again, ranking #2 all-time.
Opinions cannot be invalid. Facts can be invalid, but not opinions. And I 'm stating a lot of your facts are wrong, that's all. I wish your team no ill will, just think we need some differing points of view on this blog - I have great respect for the Lakers, but that doesn't mean I have to root for them.

Bynum spent a lot of times on the bench with Sue. In exchange for practicing his English, Sun suggested to Bynum to date a model. So, he tried Rihanna.

Yao teaches to "Eat the Head". nothing wrong to learn from old cultures.

all those complainers regarding the playboy Mansion should be happy. this is official, at restaurant. but maybe was just a business meeting. then investing in car collections he will lear to diversify his investments.

or maybe is just a move against Kirilenko. U got a model? Sun has a model?! 1-1. we can win this too. with Rihanna is 2-1 Lakers.

And it's not America (or 'Nam), it's the internet and there are rules. You are trolling and you just got pwned.

Posted by: lakers_sth | April 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM


LOL STH,

I always love me a good "Lebowski" reference.


131,

LOL LOL LOL ... CLAP CLAP CLAP

LOL LOL LOL ... CLAP CLAP CLAP

Posted by: 131-92 | April 21, 2009 at 01:45 PM

Wow, that's a lot of CLAP.

Hmmmmm, do you have a case of something that we're all unaware of? Oh well, I think they have certain medicines to uh, moderate or get rid of it entirely.

You should look into it.

Oh, and noooooo funny stuff!

sorry, with Sun

opk3

If you came here looking for takes based on facts ... dont bother. Only a few have takes that are worth reading, laker_st and kobeblitz are a couple that come to mind. You can just skip right over most of the rest.

Rob

Who better to know about that medicine then you.

Did finish yours or are you saving the leftover for next time?

opk3,

I'm not sure which of my facts were wrong, but I think you can make the argument that the Lakers have been the most consistent in terms of being contenders. Since you're saying that we're still #2, I'm assuming your a Celtics fan so I'll just say this:

Overall Winning %: Lakers = .617, Celtics = .594
Seasons with a winning % over .600: Lakers = 37, Celtics = 32
Seasons in the Playoffs: Lakers = 56, Celtics = 47
Seasons with a winning % under .450: Lakers = 6, Celtics = 18 (this is approx. 37 wins, but has changed since they have not always played 82 games)

i agree with LakerTom on one issue

DNFTT

One more thing, the Lakers have never gone more than 2 seasons without making the playoffs. The Celtics went 6 years (95-96 to 00-01) without making the playoffs.

Andrew Bynum and Rihanna... hilarious when I told my sister. She's loved Andrew since she first saw him and has hated Rihanna since Pon de Replay. Lol. She's threatening to start hating him.

Didn't say YOUR facts were wrong - just facts I read here today were wrong, but, since you insist:
Top 50 All-Time NBA Players - 12
Hall of Fame Coaches - 4
THE ONLY STAT THAT MATTERS - 17 World Titles

Who really cares about winning %?
I still wish you good luck, and respect the Lakers, but you guys need to get your facts straight!

Oh, and it's you're, not your!

sorry, i don't have time to check my grammar when i'm at work :)

I know that the Celts have more rings. everyone knows that. I care about winning % because I want my team to be contending every year. Tanking to get the #1 pick would piss me off as a fan. you build winners by drafting smart, not high and making shrewd moves when the opportunity presents itself. I think that you would agree with me on that second point since the Celts capitalized last year when McHale gave you guys Garnett.

wait, i did say you're :)

Rob

Who better to know about that medicine then you.

Did finish yours or are you saving the leftover for next time?

Posted by: 131-92 | April 21, 2009 at 02:37 PM


Oh, man, that was such a great rebuttal!

Almost as good as "Yeah, but, still." Not as good, but in the same ball park. Good stuff.

psp

Since you like numbers so much. Here is the math problem of the day ...

(131-92) = (4-2) = (9-2) =17

Also you forgot this one:

Head 2 head in finals winning%: Celtics = .818% Lakers = LOL

Those other stats are meaningless ... afterall what do the Lakers play for? RINGS .... RINGS

What do the Celtics get when they meet the Lakers in the finals? RINGs ... RINGS

OH BUT I FORGOT BYNUM WASNT THERE ... HOW COULD I FORGET?

I think everyone has had ample time to make his point, opk3 and 131-92 (and those debating them). Celtics fans think the Celtics are the better/more prosperous franchise, Lakers fans think the opposite. Fair to say that both have had a fair amount of success. But coming to a site populated by Lakers fans and then taking high-minded objections when people don't agree or get riled up by your take seems pretty silly.

Probably a good time to move to another argument.

BK

And who is the GM of the Grizzlies????

btw - I watched every game the year they "tanked". Did you? And they didn't tank, they were really that bad. It's nice to think that they didn't show up, but when Antoine Walker is your stud player, I mean, c'mon. They were horrible and with a horrible coach. Do I wish they were more competitive every year, yes, I do. Not making excuses, but you have to remember Len Bias and Reggie Lewis. Two #1 picks who died and set the franchise back decades. Now, it is personally embarassing for me the way Bias died, but would you stop rooting for your team if it happened to you? NO! See, my whole point is this - the TWO greatest franchises in the history of this great sport reside in LA and Boston. I'm looking for ONE Lakers fan who will be open-minded enough to admit the same thing. The Lakers are great, and the Celtics are great, too. Not really so hard. Thank you, good luck to your Lakers tonight and have a pleasant day.

thanks BK

lost in translation, DNFTT means just, Do Not Feed The Trolls.

Didn't opk3 say that he was fan of a team that got eliminated? Now he's a Celtic fan that wants the approval of Lakers fans? That's weak.

This whole topic that he brings up is fodder for the offseason and NBA historians.

On to bigger and more pressing matters:


DID DJ MAKE THE PLAYOFF ROSTER? And was the "WE WANT TACOS" chant at the end of game one for him or for the Jack in the Crack tacos?

I shudder at the thought that 2 tacos would be more important than putting in our beloved "Dacos".

Last point
12:19 - I said my team had NOT been eliminated!!

BK - thank you for stepping in. You are a good moderator. The ones on Boston.com stink. They allow "trolls" from LA, CLE, CHI and ORL to roam wild...I would prefer it this way.....get in a few points, then ,before it gets personal, you step in. Well done. And, instead of moving on to a new arguemtn, I think I will just move on - thanks for the kind words about my team........keep the blogs safe, and good luck tonight to the Lakers.


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