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Let more talk of Andrew Bynum distract from that shiny red (panic) button

The message was pretty clear Tuesday afternoon after the Lakers finished practice in El Segundo:

"Pack it in, we're totally screwed!"

I kid, of course, but the purple and gold did spend a lot of time fielding questions that, boiled down to their collective essence, essentially amount to, "So really, are you guys, like, you know, totally freaking out?"

Said Kobe (By the way, no video of 24 today, because for the first time all season in the crush of media my camera view of Bryant was completely obstructed by the perfectly manicured hair of Jim Hill.  It was like a total eclipse, swallowing up Kobe's head.  Frankly, I'm surprised this has never happenRemain_calmed before.) while after Monday's loss Game 2 becomes critical, that's not necessarily a bad thing.  "Every game for me is a must win.  Game 1 was a must win.  That's because you want to win them all.  We'll be ready to go tomorrow.  That's for sure." 

Last year, he noted, the team "kind of had a cakewalk to the NBA Finals. It feels good to be tested. If you're going to be a champion, you've got to be tested.  You've got to answer those bells, you've got to answer the call."

"We just played really bad. We shot the ball poorly, and know we can perform better."

Phil Jackson (see the vid below) was even more succinct.  "The sky," he said, "is not falling." 

In short, nobody's going to pull a Chip Diller (above) and completely lose his *@&&^#)*. 

Thus there will be no sweeping changes in the wake of Game 1.  "We play our game until we know that our game isn't good enough to beat them," Jackson said.

Not that there weren't flaws in the product. "Our relationship to each other now, communication, is about passing the ball and being crisp with it, and putting people in rhythm on their shots," Jackson said. "Those kinds of things. That's where our game lacked it's precision. The other aspect of it is that we messed around on the defense and allowed them to do exactly what they wanted to do, get the ball where they wanted to have it, and do the things they wanted to do with the basketball."

Most of the guys, whether Derek Fisher, Kobe, and Lamar Odom, spoke of execution and precision, two things that were certainly lacking Monday night. But for "Hey, that's interesting!" value, Andrew Bynum was probably today's big winner.  First, he was wearing a black sleeve over his knee brace, because he was told last that opposing players complained they were being scratched and scraped by the thing.  Kind of like that one car in Grease that had the blades coming out of the rims, I guess.  

More importantly, though, he spoke about his knee and how it's impacting his play.  As he'll often do, Bynum said some reasonably provocative stuff, whether intentionally or not.  The biggest?  The brace, he noted, isn't really inhibiting him, making it tough to cut and pivot, among other things.  "That's just the knee in general.  It's just not ready."

Really...

Bynum, who it should be noted is clearly not the world's greatest self-diagnostician, put his health and strength at Andrew Bynum shoots over Yao Ming in Game 1 about "85, 90" percent.  He can't quite explode the way he'd like.  "Not right now, but it's just part of coming back from injury.  It takes a while."  He can, though, try to run Yao a little more when they're matched up together, adding a little more speed in an effort to establish better position on both ends and making Houston's really tall center work.  

Bynum mentioned during the Utah series and over last week's resting period that he feels more PT would speed the process of helping him find a better rhythm.  I asked Bynum, given all of his excitement about returning for the postseason, if he's having trouble adjusting to the role he's been given.  "Part of it is my fault, so I can't be that frustrated.  Until I stop getting in foul trouble, I really won't be able to answer that."  It's good to see him take some responsibility there, instead of simply blaming the refs (for example, he admitted his first foul Monday night- a reach on Yao in the first minute of play- was just a really bad play as opposed to a ticky-tack call).  

Bynum said PJ has a "comfort zone" with Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, understandable given "that's the same team that got to the Finals last year.  He feels comfortable playing that unit."  I do wonder, though, if Bynum has decided that he can't play himself into a larger role during the postseason.  "I think it (meaning his spot in the rotation) is pretty well established, to be honest."

Jackson has mentioned a few times that defensive issues, particularly Bynum's work on the screen and roll, are still a problem.  Bynum didn't seem in lock-step with that thinking.  "I feel it coming along.  I don't see it changing when I leave.  It's not like the ball gets stopped, or things like that.  Its just something that he and I have to work out."

As both Andy and I have mentioned a few times regarding 17, honesty is not always the best policy.  At least not when talking to us. 

For his part, Jackson said he thought Bynum played "okay" last night.  "Actually shot the ball as well as anybody, but it's about the activity level that we need to have.  He's got to be much more active as a defender, not letting Yao catch the ball where he wants to, and those types of things.  He's got to improve that, because Yao will catch it and throw it back out, and reposition in a better position.  Drew has a tendency just to stand behind and play defense because of his size.  That doesn't work against Yao."

Defense and rebounding, Jackson continues to say, are the key for Bynum to earn more floor time.  I suspect, though, that barring foul issues Gasol and Odom will continue to eat up more minutes. There's just not a lot of wiggle room at this time of year.  It's reasonable to expect Bynum to need time to round into form- remember how long it took earlier in the year, and that was with a training camp- but time isn't a option in the playoffs. 

I'd love to see Bynum's leash get a little longer (more specifically, for Bynum to lengthen it with his play), but I understand the hesitation to just let him roam free. 

Finally, before we get to the video, I'm going to check when I get home to see if a little piece of me makes it on to the news tonight.  During the playoffs, interviews will often be held in the media room as opposed to the practice court.  When everyone moved in preparation to speak with Pau and PJ, I hung out on the floor to talk with Jim Cleamons (I'll pass those quotes on before Game 2, for sure).  When I came back, I was greeted with this scene:

All my stuff with Pau Gasol 

Yep, that giant pile of crap in front of all the mics?  That's my stuff!  My camera and computer bags!  Nobody bothered to move it.  Nobody may want to put me on TV, but at least my gear might make it.  Maybe I'll start trying to put other things I own in these tableaus.  Send secret messages to people.  Beats Facebook. 

Anyway, the moving pictures:

Bynum:

Derek Fisher, on defensive issues:

BK

 
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A lot of people says that Houston victory is a fluke.But when you make defense and effort a priority, as the Rockets have, you can expect similar results from game to game. They say it's only Game 1.That's how critical Game 1 was, the difference between inevitability and doubt. Complacency isn't the issue now. It's been replaced by urgency. And what the Lakers lack as a group is familiarity, a common knowledge of what it's like to successfully climb out of a 1-0 playoff hole.

So has Andrew ever had his stuff on TV?

Maybe the Lakers were afraid to move it, after you exploded the last time they did that.

Bynum is probably the only center who does not look so small when fitted against Yao Ming.

It is important Bynum stays out of foul trouble, his presence will make Gasol feel more comfortable and does play better.

In Gasol's defense he looks bulkier than last season's playoffs. Still he is what he is not a physical guy to bang in the paint.

Haters don't love Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the Lakers? You don't love us? You don't love us? Well, let it be known then!

There's a lot of new names and faces around here taking advantage of the fact that you don't have to register to post. We know we loss game 1. Still got to win 4 games.

Great post BK!

Do the Houston Trolls actually think the sky IS falling (on the Lakers)???

They can't actually believe that stuff... at least, not yet.

Again, thanks BK

I seriously thought I would feel a little better by now...

i don't like andrew's attitude, at all. when he plays it's like he doesn't want to be there, he doesn't have the right attitude.

If he's not going to play the right way and with the right attitude, then phil needs to bench him. that way the rotations will work better with lamar in the starting line up.

i'm worried about this team and it's lack of passion and effort. i've been worried all season, but i thought it would get better, it hasn't.

"Every game for me is a must win. Game 1 was a must win. That's because you want to win them all. We'll be ready to go tomorrow. That's for sure."

lol so apparently kobe's an idiot. I always thought he was smart but clearly he doesn't understand the difference between "must win" and "want to win".

I'm hoping you know what the difference is but ur a lakers fan so i'm not so sure.

Fisher can't guard anybody quick anymore, he needs to sit himself down for the sake of the team. When he gets beat it opens it up for the other four rockets.

JK, I understand what Kobe was saying. Maybe you are the idiot if you dont get it.

PJ should have played Farmar more; Fish was just too slow to guard Brooks. Alsoforget about Bynum starting for now; he is better off coming off the bench. Pau was out of sync, if he was playing center and the offense goes thru him, he would have been much better. Look on the bright side, game 1 loss should wake the Lakers up and we will find out how they will respond tomorrow, game 2.

Ha! Ha! ha!

how did Brooks beat the Lakers? yes, he got a couple of timely layups, but he got trapped and made bad decisions with the ball too. i know, talk radio says that Brooks was the problem, so everybody better get in step...

IT WAS POOR SHOOTING that beat the Lakers. they missed many OPEN shots. if they shot 25% from 3 point range, they would have won the game....

I posted this on the last thread as a response top Faith, but it seems like they were picking up on the same things I like to harp on, so REPOST:

Faith-

"But I think part of what went wrong last night (aside from the abysmal shooting) was the passing. The passes just weren't crisp enough, nor were they in a position where the person could do damage. Luke will help with that."

This is quite accurate and succinct. Many passes were almost over someones head or at their ankles. This is my biggest qualm with Ariza, Brown, and Farmar. They are not accurate passers. Sure they can drive and kick, sometimes throw an ally-oop, but they don't enter the ball into the post in an advantageous position for their team-mates, they don't get the ball on the numbers, and they ussually don't use the all-too-forgotten bounce pass off the dribble.

Fish, Vujacic, Kobe, Lamar and Luke "The Savior" Walton can. I think even Gasol can. This is what makes them exceptional passes and what people mean by basketball IQ. It's not that they majored in basketball, or got a masters in basketball, or wrote a book and got it published in order to garner the very first basketball PHD. They instinctively do the right thing at the right time.

Sounds simple, right? I can't count the amount of blown post-entry passes by Farmar and Ariza this year. Telegraphed, over the head, lazy floating lobs that are easily picked off and run the other way. This was one of the problems that Gasol has. His post psoition is often dictated when a player decides to pass and in what manner he does so.

Luke is excellent on the second unit because he allows our non-passers to play other roles. It allows Brown, Farmar and Bryant to operate off cuts or (in Kobe's case) out of the pinch post. It allows Gasol and Bynum to get deep knowing that Luke will either back his man down, resulting in a pass to a big or that funky-white-boy-turnaround that just gives me goose bumps.

Now, you can argue that Ariza has the ability to do this, as does any other basketball player on our bench.

But they don't.

They throw over the head lobs to Bynum and Gasol that either get picked off or force them to forsake their position and come to the ball.

That is weak, non-playoff basketball.

That is Boy's Club crap.

Welcome back, Luke.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

(Do it like he says, crisp passes that find shooters in rhythem)

A lot of people says that Houston victory is a fluke.But when you make defense and effort a priority, as the Rockets have, you can expect similar results from game to game. They say it's only Game 1.That's how critical Game 1 was, the difference between inevitability and doubt. Complacency isn't the issue now. It's been replaced by urgency. And what the Lakers lack as a group is familiarity, a common knowledge of what it's like to successfully climb out of a 1-0 playoff hole.

-NINOY

Uhm...what? It was Game 1. For my money, when you make defensive intensity the sole focus of your team, it's only a matter of time before the brick club sets up shop and we all get to watch y'all build a house.

This was crucial for Houston. If we had ground out a victroy, the Rockets would've had the nothing but the 'good job trying' feeling going for them.

I never want the Lakers to lose, but at the same time, I don't want them rolling through the Playoffs thinking they are the next best thing to sliced bread.

If you seriously believe that any Laker has a 'the sky is falling' attitude, then you must not watch too many Laker games. Understandable, of course, because you like the Rockets (or maybe just hate the Lakers) but I have a feeling that it'll be a different post come Thursday morning.

Just sayin'.

I can't believe I'm saying this but we need Luke Walton. I think I finally understand the intangibles he brings to this team and I'm not saying this sarcastically. Without him coming off the bench, we have Vujacic driving (not a good thing) and Lamar is taken out of a scorers role and becomes more of a facilitator. We need Luke.

Alright, long time since I've posted but I read the blog daily. I love it when the trolls come out after a Laker loss. They feel emboldened. The trolls are linked together by one common thread, they hate the Lakers. Whatever their reasons are, and I'm sure we could make a long list (maybe they root for craptastic teams like PHeonix), or maybe they root for teams that deserve a little respect like Boston, whatever the case may be, let them gloat. They don't get to tase victory as often as the Lakers and that makes them all real jealous. As it should.

I am personally pissed off at the Lakers because they shouldn't need a wake up call in the playoffs. They have been talking about one goal all season so what's with the lazy way they played yesterday???

But even though I'm angry at the Lakers, and I also think Houston deserves more respect than most are giving them credit for, I will die rooting for the purple and gold.

Lakers need to play with urgency tomorrow or they can put their title hopes to rest.

Go Lakers! Until the sun turns into a red dwarf and eats the earth!!!

LAKERS POST MORTEM…

Welcome to David Stern’s new NBA, where refereeing levels the playing field, and the LA Times new Lakers Blog, where trolls not only are welcome but are invited and encouraged and where Fakerholics outnumber Lakerholics every time the Lakers suffer a rare defeat. In today’s new media world, controlled chaos and networking ring the cash registers. Hits and traffic are the new customer service measures and bigger, not better, is the goal.

David Stern’s media stealth was at work again last night as the Lakers battled the Rockets and the refs only to lose 100-92 despite grabbing more rebounds, dealing more assists, making more steals, causing more turnovers, blocking more shots, and converting more field goals than their visiting opponents, who were given a 13-point edge at the line. How can anybody not see that both Battier and Artest constantly foul and harass Kobe on the perimeter with no call while the slightest bump of a Houston player brings free throws.

I am not saying that the Lakers necessarily deserved to win, because they really did not play very well. Kobe played like a guy who was sick and Pau and Derek had horrible games offensively and defensively. Phil’s insistence on playing Pau, who has regressed back to the wimp from last year’s Finals, and leaving Drew on the bench was foolish. You don’t have to be a Rockets scientist to figure out that Pau cannot handle Yao. Phil better start giving Drew the time to get back in the groove if the Lakers are to win it all.

Bottom line, Bynum just being on the court makes the Lakers a better defensive team than anything Pau can accomplish at center. Yes, he got a couple of stupid fouls but you left him on the bench all fourth quarter with just 3 fouls when he did a much better job than Pau guarding and scoring on Yao. I might have understood the move if Pau had been playing great but the truth is he was playing horribly, both on offense and defense. Drew has always shown an excellent ability to adjust pretty quickly, as Kareem pointed out. He needs playing time and experience to get back to being the dominant player he can be.

Meanwhile, back at the blog, the Rockets and Celtic trolls were crawling out from every rock wearing welcome badges from AK and BK and the Fakerholics were stumbling over each other to get the chance to tell everybody that the sky is falling and the Lakers are doomed to be swept by the Jazz/Rockets/Nuggets/Cavaliers – take your pick – and confess their addiction in public: Hi, my name is Gunner/Tom/zopi – take your pick - and I’m a Fakerholic. You can always tell us because we’re the ones smiling after a loss.

What is a Fakerholic, you ask? It is the direct opposite of a Lakerholic, who is addicted to the Lakers dominating and winning championships. Fakerholics are bizarro fans addicted to Lakers losses, who want no more than a chance to smack and revel in the Lakers poor play and misfortunes, praying every game that Drew will get in foul trouble, Pau will play like a marshmallow, and Kobe will take 30 shots – all the time hoping to win the illusive and oft times humiliating Mike T. award for being the worst Lakers fan in the world.

LAKERS IN 5.
JMNSHBO!
DNFTT!

Tom

Lakers still can come back and win the serie, but they made it tougher for themselves. Houston had what they want, they will be ready for game 3 in Houston to beat Lakers.

The true color of this Lakers team will come out in game 3 in Hoston. Last season, secound round with Utah, Utah did not have big guys. San Antonio had injuries, but the sign of trouble of Lakers is in round 3, when San Antonio lead 13 points in LA.

This year, i was wrong because i thought Lakers had NBA Final experience already, they would have good preparation. Now, Houston and Denver have big guys inside, these teams will be good tests for Lakers.

For those who critizes Bynum, they did not watch a lot NBA games, they thinks success can happen in one week, one month, or one year, this is long process for young player. When Yao first came to this league, Yao couldn't guard Shaq, but Yao played right away in first year in the NBA, Bynum still did not play a full season, just be fair ! Look at Fisher and Luke, these two guys have been in Final 2004 with Lakers, where were Fisher and Luke last year agaisnt Boston ???

I don't care the NBA coach with many rings, if he put Bynum to defend Yao Minh, and want a success instanly, he is a stupid person.

BK,

A real enjoyable read. Thanks.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

I like Andrew Bynum.

I wouldn't worry too much about his "knee isn't ready" comment.

He's being honest. The knee isn't where he wants it to be. That's okay.

But (according to Bio-Chrono) Andrew being honest means he's in a good emotional state. Bynum's emotional state governs his mental state, which governs everything else.

He's going to have a good game tomorrow.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

The interview with Andrew Bynum is downright disturbing.

>>>Bynum said PJ has a "comfort zone" with Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol.

Sorry. That's a cop-out. Odom and Gasol got us to last year's Finals, but not the Championship.

>>>Jackson mentioned that defensive issues, particularly Bynum's work on the screen and roll, are still a problem. Bynum didn't seem in lock-step with that thinking. "I feel it coming along. I don't see it changing when I leave. It's not like the ball gets stopped, or things like that. Its just something that he and I have to work out."

Yikes. What are they waiting for? This suggests that Bynum is stubborn and a challenge to coach. A sports team is like the military. What your coach says is gospel. Get with the program.

>>>Jackson said Bynum's got to be much more active as a defender, not letting Yao catch the ball where he wants to, and those types of things. Drew has a tendency just to stand behind and play defense because of his size. That doesn't work against Yao."

Monday night, Bynum seemed much happier playing offense.

>>>Defense and rebounding, Jackson continues to say, are the key for Bynum to earn more floor time.

If his job is Defense, then Andrew do your job.

Basketball is a team sport and Andrew needs to accept his role. The coaching staff at this time of year shouldn't have to worry about what Andrew thinks. He is the one who needs to fit in, and unless he does so, the road to the Finals will be a bumpy one. Our team needs the Beast and not a Baby. Shape up AB17. Destiny awaits.

Do you know why I love the NBA?

Because my second love is college football, where one loss -- even a very early, regular season loss -- quite likely DOES mean the sky is falling. One loss all season is enough to completely and irrevocably decimate your shot at the title. (Fight on ...)

But the NBA playoff system truly finds the best team. There are no series upsets, because if you lost 4 games to a weaker team, they clearly were not actually the weaker team. A game lost (even 3 games lost) within a series is not an upset, because these 16 teams are the cream of the crop, the best basketball players in the world, and on any given night it really is possible for either team to win. 4 out of 7 is a different story. (Lakers in 6).

Houston trolls, I sure hope your team doesn't think the same way you do; if Yao, Scola, Ron-Ron & Co. also believe the Lakers are going to crumble beneath the horrific shame of losing game 1, and so they can therefore inch off the accelerator even a little, you are in for a huge surprise. Personally, I think your team probably has more brains than that and know how things really stand -- apparently you don't.

We need the houston rockets.

no matter who we played in the second rd i knew it would be a tougher match up than anything we saw last year on our way to a championship that didnt arrive. We faced great teams but still breezed through the playoffs unchallenged and when adversity hit, it was to late.

so this year we get the rockets playing good team ball and physical. When yao went down I was a little disappointed because i want houston as good as they can be. Adversity, when champs are formed. Its adapt or die time for our boys and if they survive against the rockets, then we will be tougher, more physical, sharper focused, and that will raise our team play and we will be ready to win a title.

This is what i was telling my brother( a huge laker hater) and the laker/kobe hating a-holes on justintv as the rockets pulled away and had the game in hand. My brother of course laughed at me and said i was making excuses as he watched his new favorite team celebrate.
the rockets are no joke, forget that 4-0 mark. It will take the lakers best to get past them. But after last year I believe more than ever about facing adversity. Thats why Boston won last year. That is how the kobe/shaq champion era began. It was defined by a 15 point 4th qtr defecit that they turned into a miraculous victory. Thats when the seeds of that dynasty were planted.

And as I read a column today about Bryant and him echoing exactly what I said to my arrogant smirking brother, I realized that we are on our way. If we survive, we will a much better team coming out of this series than the laker team that entered it. We NEED the houston rockets.

It's obvious that David Stern wants a Cavs-Rockets finals. The reason he wants the Rockets? Over 1 billion reasons!!! China is crazy for Yao.

How much do you want to be that Bennett Salvatore will be reffing the first game in Houston?

If the Lakers don't win it all this year, I'm not sure they'll ever win. Houston will be even stronger next year with TMac back and Portland will be the team to beat next year. The Lakers will likely lose either Odom or Ariza for nothing.

This teams has many weakness. Poor defense, "soft" label, lack of another go to guy other than Kobe, lack of a consistent post up game, lack of a true point guard.

If they do not win it all again, then I would trade everyone other than Kobe to get a tough defensive minded post up player like Bosh and a guard like Paul or Deron Williams. Of course I doubt that the Lakers have anyone worth it enough to get these guys, but this present team has so many holes, I just don't see them going all the way.

Rick,
I agree - I think the knee is not as much of a problem right now as Bynum's priorities.

LakerTom,
"Bynum just being on the court makes the Lakers a better defensive team than anything Pau can accomplish at center."

Unfortunately, that's not true right now. The Lakers are NOT better defensively with Bynum on the court, and are worse offensively. The ball's in Bynum's court to change that.

Nothing scourges Trolls like the truth.

I have never gone onto a competing team's blog and insulted anyone.

Why?

Because I love my team and I have FAITH in my team.

I know that, in the end, the efforts, intelligence, heart and spirit of our beloved Lakers will bring a fall for these Trolls deeper than anything we can communicate to them.

The Lakers are a different team in the NBA because we are not truly against anything. We are FOR something: Excellence, Championships, Class.

Lesser people always hate on the best. It is a sad law of humanity.

These Trolls are actually a bizarre compliment to the lengthy dominance and quality of the Lakers. We are recognized as a threat... and they don't know what to do about it, so they insult as an act of fear and desperation.

With these Trolls, I suggest a couple strategies:

1. Wound The Troll Followed By Ignore (Don't Feed) The Troll

2. Save The Troll

How do we save the Troll?

Not easy. Because it means we have to convert the Trolls to our better way of thinking. That takes time. That takes hanging out with the Troll. Dealing with the foul odious smell of the Troll. That takes taking the insults and madness of the Trolls in stride. That takes treating the Troll like someone who is capable of making a healthy decision... someday.

sonnybelfast--No longer a Troll in the slightest. A Kings fan, but it's okay. He expresses himself with sincerity and elegance.

BUTLER--A Suns fan and for so long an awful annoyance to all people who care about healthy communication. He may always be a Suns fan, but the guy has at least become increasingly civil over time. I suspect that he on some level respects the Lakers and Laker Nation... and that's all we can ask from the competition.

Listen, it will ALWAYS be us against the world. Always.

And we have two ways of approaching this conflict...

1. Immediately destroy our intellectual competition in such a way of total brilliance that they never dare being seen near our presence again.

2. Patiently nurture these Trolls to a better way of thinking.

Let's face it. Nothing is better in the world of basketball than being a Lakers fan. Nothing.

We are not only saving ourselves. We're saving these poor souls that have committed to a hell of a lot more heartbreak than Laker Nation.

I'm sure I will scourge a Troll many a time in the future (because it's fun, who can deny that?), but at the same time perhaps--sometimes--we should take a deeper strategy.

We're the best. We have been the best. We will be the best.

Perhaps we should--sometimes--look these Trolls in the eyes and say, "Hey, I know you're scared... maybe I can lead you to a better way. You'd look great in Purple and Gold, by the way."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

I just did David Stern's Bio-Chrono reading.

Very interesting and rather complex, actually.

Yeah, the guy cares about money, but there's a lot deeper stuff going on with him.

He probably doesn't explore his spiritual life much. Social and material issues interfere with that for him.

Anyhow... things are a lot more complex for things that I don't care enough about the guy to spend the hour I need to communicate it in print, but in summary:

Physical: Mentally orientated--Confidence versus fear governs his physical life.

Emotional: Physically orientated--Enthusiasm versus emotional void governs his emotional life.

Mental/Social: Physically orientated--Knowledge versus ignorance governs his mental/social life.

Spiritual/Creative: Mentally orientated--Faith versus doubt governs his spiritual/creative life.

He's probably a pretty interesting guy who is difficult for other people to really "get" and get a leg up on the guy. He can think outside the box.

And not particularly honest in an enduring fashion.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

DT,

"If they do not win it all again, then I would trade everyone other than Kobe to get a tough defensive minded post up player like Bosh"

Bosh is a good player, but a "tough defensive minded" player he is not. There's a reason Toronto didn't even make the playoffs this year.

Realistically, if for some reason the Lakers do not win it all this year, there is very little Mitch can do this offseason to improve the team. There are no impact free agents this summer. We'd have to wait until the summer of 2010 to do something meaningful.

Now is too early to panic. If we were to lose tomorrow night, then it's time to panic.

Shout out to all my laker bloggers who stay positive. Peace to mamba24, thanks for the luv dawg.

The thing I like about this webpage, more than espn.com, lakers.com, the latimes.com, etc., is that we got real talk on here. Sometimes I'll read the pulse of the hardcore fans and I feel the tension that only a real laker fan would understand. It's Michael Cooper, Jammal Wilkes, James Worthy fans in here. It's Jerry West fans in here! You feel me! I mean Jordan is hands down the gold chain wearin 6 rings killer closer. But Earving Magic Johnson is the best player EVER to wear a basketball jersey. And real talk Kareem is in that same conversation.

And I'm sayin this because where are we today? All these other teams done came and gone and we are still standing as the team with the best future. Not Portland, not Cleveland, not Boston, and certainly not Houston! So all my people panicking, crying, stressing- STOP. Stop, it's like the overdramatic girlfriend who calls you a 100 times because you went to vegas with your boys. Phoenix fans should panic. We should be wearing our Laker jersey every freakin day! Sayin "west siiiiiiiide." Houston won 1 game and Kobe was sick while the team was still in couch potatoe mode. It don't mean a thing.

I would worry if we were playing boston and we lost game 1 in la. Or cleveland would have been a tough loss. But Houston? Yao ming is good, but... real talk, if kobe is on tomorrow he can beat these scrubs by himself. And he will be on tomorrow. Any chance he doesn't shoot at least 60 percent and score at least 35? If you say no, you haven't been watching the lakers all year. Look I aint over confident. And no one should be. I am confident that the team that made it to the finals last year, is actually BETTER this year. Right? And if that's the case then that means Houston got lucky, Gasol is about to go off, Ariza is about to go off, and dare I say it, Sasha is about to go off! Watch.

Ya'll want to make some money. Take the points tommorrow. I don't care what the spread is. Mamba24 knows what I'm sayin. Stop trippin AK and BK. I love yall fellas but speak from your heart. I'm hearin they CAN'T be as bad wednesday, i want to hear they WON'T be as bad wednesday. Not a chance. I want to only hear positive talk come out of everybody's finger tips. Not wishful thinking, arrogant thinking! We've always had high standards, expect greatness, and looked foward to beating THE BEST. I don't want a broken down Pistons squad, home court Atlanta, or a broken down Celtics squad. I want the Jazz with Boozer back! I want Houston, who could be the 3rd best team in the league! I want Lebron dammit! Let's get it on tommorrow! I'm ready to slap somebody!

Final thought, Fish has been outplayed before. Phil has been outcoached before. We haven't won the finals in a while and the frustration your feeling is the monkey on our back. I am a firm believer that we are soooo close and that this is our year. It's almost like kobe's at chucky cheese and he's playing that game with the mallet thing in his hand, hitting the long-haired golphers that pop up. Chauncey- smack, Nash- smack, KG- smack smack, ...
The next golpher we got to be ready for is not Yao or Artest, it's Lebron. If we win 4 out of the next 5, which we will, we won't even remember this series in a year or two. Relax this aint the time for Valium. We gone need it when we are in game 6 or game 7 of the Finals. Cuz that's where we are headed. Artest thinks he's slick toning down his boasting so Kobe won't go off. Really, that's the only reason he won game 1, they are going into each game with respect and with their head down. Cuz the Lakers feed off of energy and brother, they just got it!

Go lakers!

DT-

Sorry but I strongly disagree. Not sure if you watched the Olympics but our friend Kobe is pretty big in China too, probably bigger than Yao.

Also, McGrady is a loser. The Rockets are much better without him. Hey, they made it out of the second round, no need to say more.

Lastly Umm, a lack of a second go to guy...
Did you watch any of the games this year. Pau was absolutely dominant for most of the year. How many player of the weeks did he get? A few. Night in and night out, he shot a great percentage and gave us strong rebounding. He just had a bad game last night. Not only do we have a way above average second option but we have a pretty good third and fourth in Odom and Bynum. Oh wait, I forgot, the Cavs have a great second option, his name is ummm, LeBron? I thought it was the Cleveland Lebrovaliers, guess not. And I will take Dfish with all of his experience over any "true" point guard. Sorry but we aren't getting Paul or Williams, keep dreaming. And even if we do lose, the team will not be blown up. No way no how.

Sorry, but watch the games, this team does have what it takes to win, it's just come so easy to them that its hard to get pumped up for every single game. I as a fan have a hard time getting pumped up knowing that we will most likely demolish our competition. At least we have a little adversity now, it will come in handy come June.

Lamar = Finals MVP

GO LAKERS

Ron-Ron had 7 dimes in Game 1. Stop him? No. Give him the ball. As much or as often as possible.

I was surprised PJ did not make a point of *really* pressuring Brooks *early* in every possession to take the ball out of his hands because -- despite the read-and-react strengths of Adelman's Princeton -- Rocket points still trigger much of the motion responsible for maintaining Houston's on or offball rhythm.

Example. If you can deny Brooks (or Lowry) on every change-of-possessiosn; Artest (or Wafer) or Battier would be forced to bring up the ball. Let Kobe or Trevor get a crack at THAT (neither Artest nor Battier have superior handles vs. onball pressure). If you mess with Houston's rhythm, you mess with their shot clock, which then prevents or deters Yao from getting into a groove.

Cf. Game 1. The Lakers did nothing to significantly or consistently disrupt Houston's rhythm. When rhythm -- in a motion offense -- is almost everything.

This team plays with no heart! How do you have a week off and come out and play such a pathetic game? They should have been ready to rock and roll and beat the crap out of the Rockets - but no...they continue their puss ass ways as they did the entire season.

It's tiring to even watch these guys - playing the same as last year - same ol'e flaws - PJ won't change up - he continues to stick to the same game plan even though they lost game 1. LO disappears, Kobe jacking up shots, Dfish can't keep up with any decent PG...blow this freaking team up - get rid of kobe and go for lebron. I know you all hate me for saying that but Lebron really is mvp. Without him the Cavs are sheeet. With him - they can win the title. Kobe can't do that anymore....and now he has a pretty good supporting cast - but sofites like Gasol can't bang with the big boys. How do you have 2, 7 footers + Lamar and not be able to just dominate the boards? They were one shot and done on nearly every possession.

Why can't we get some tough players for a change? Get rid of this "hollywood" finesse bs and get a basketball team with true passion and a freaking mission to clobber any team that gets in the way of the ring. When you hear their interviews it's the same answers and Pau will be all, "Yea, we have to get more intense...it's just a game"...then go off with his brother to have a nice quiet dinner. That's bs. I do have to say that Pau was pretty awesome all year - our most consistent player....but he seems to be a girl in the playoffs when it counts.

Cavs destroyed Atlanta. They leave no doubt that they are on a mission for the ring. Even if they lose - at least it appears they want to win it. Lakers don't even look like they want to be out there....like they forgot what it was to get their ass kicked in game 6. The only games they really came out and played was the first 2 weeks - after that they just played enough to win games.

Sorry - I know this is the same old crap that other people are saying.


phil jackson is a idiot, if he thinks pau gasol can handle yao, that was a bad mistake to only give bynum 15 minutes in that game, to me that was a realy big reason why they lost , the other reason is the inept play of derek fisher,Phil has his subs set regardless to how the game is going to me thats to his detrement because if you notice he never makes adjustments thats a sign of a good coach his love for pau gasol in that center position is a bad thing, he won't be able to handle yao ming, nene from denver, or z from clevland, they need drew to man the middle PJ NEEDS TO GIVE THIS KID THE MINUTES i'd cut fish's minutes and play kobe at the point some with trevor at the shooting guard and give lamar some time at the small forward the lakers would be unstoppable thats like a allstar team.BUT we'll never see it because of phil all i know with all these coaching mistakes he makes and always get a pass on he'd better win it all this year!!! no ecuses not with this roster

kt wrote:

If you..."believe the Lakers are going to crumble beneath the horrific shame of losing game 1, and so they can therefore inch off the accelerator even a little, you're in for a huge surprise. Personally, I think your team probably has more brains than that and know how things really stand..."

Precisely. It still may not be enough though, for you guys. Houston now has you right where they want you. Adelman will compel his boys to step on your necks and kick repeatedly while you're down, believe it. Testes is just the man for the job. The score at the end of the first quarter tomorrow may well reveal the outcome of the series.

Good luck. Against Adelman, three motivated defensive stoppers, and an uncontainably quick guard, you're going to need it. Then again, it will all be academic later, when Lebron comes to town, any town.

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball! Ouch. When is that draft again?

From the northern reaches of Thailand, where I don't got no T.V., all take care.

Sonnybelfast

cant worry about what the cavs do especially since they aint playing the same level competition. I am not ready to hand a title to lebron like everything else got handed to him. Why do you thing they call him the chosen one? they set him up and he spikes it. they wouldnt get past the rockets and wouldnt have swept the jazz.

whats this i here about some celtic trolls? dont those idiots know that thier season is over. they are the walking dead. I cant wait for the demise of the celtics so all the "long time true celtic fans" that all of a sudden emerged from the dirt the past 2 years can disappear for good this time. getting bosh would be like trading gasol for gasol. And as much as i want to i cant blame refs for any loss. thats loser talk. not attacking you kt. just saying thats something suns fans or jazz fans say.

Jim,

I know you are angry up to this time and you're entitled to that opinion. They played crap last night but we also know that they can dominate this league so let's reserve our final comments up to their last game. The fat lady hasn't sung on them. I don't think it will be Houston who can deliver the final blow, there still a lot of games to be played.

Immaturity on part of Laker players to take care of business - Yes. It is all fun, fun, fun without purpose, without hard work, we're spoiled of success and everything is on auto pilot. I always hear all these cliche' we have the best player, we have the 9 ring coach, we have the best GM. The fact is, you are only good based on your performance on your last game. However, they always recover when called upon. That was also the story of the season. Lakers are still the feared team in this league. Here is my oxymoron opinion of the night - "only the Lakers will beat the Lakers this season." Like what you have enumerated, sucks happened but tomorrow will be another day.

Keep that faith with the tradition of purple and gold. Always anchor your loyalty with the Lakers.

No wonder the state of affairs is where it is.
All of sudden Gasoft is going to ball up, just how? Didn't he realize it at half time, did he have to read the blogs to get it?
All of sudden Fish is getting new wheels and take the glue off his shoes to run with Brooks, all of sudden he will shoot in double figures, does anybody remember when he made more than 10 points, someone let me know. Fish let me remind you I don't care how many games you win in the regular season, you know better than anyone, this is a championship run, and you're too damn slow.
All of a sudden the dead weights on the bench are going to play better, do you believe that, right? Sasha, Farmar, and the rest of those dead weights are going to hold a lead, right?
All of sudden Bynum is going to man up, sitting on the bench, somehow play up to Yao, right?
All of a sudden Odom's brain ight turns on and becomes the player we have been waiting for all these years, right?
All of sudden the 9-ring "guru" is going to get off his butt and start coaching some real defense, right? Like he has all these years, right?
All of a sudden I am going to believe the excuses made because people are calling it like it is, you are not being tough enough to be a champion, we all can see it the softness, the attitude, put your game where your mouth is, quit the excuses.

mrbarneydangles,

with all due respect, I think you love the Lakers so much that you can't see through your purple colored glasses.

How many votes did Kobe get from China versus Yao in All Star balloting?

Rockets got out of the 1st round because Adleman is a good coach, they have Artest, and players like Scola and Brooks are coming into their own. If they had TMac, they'd be even better. There's always a need for someone who can create his own shots.

Gasol is NOT a go to guy. Lebron is a go to guy. Wade is a go to guy. Yao Ming is a go to guy. Gasol puts up good numbers, but in crunch time, he just isn't that good of a 1-1 post player. In addition, he is a NOT a clutch free throw shooter. Did you see Yao knock down those free throws at the end of the game? When was the last time you saw Gasol make 2 crucial free throws. Gasol is a 1-3 period player and the only time he scores in important situations is on pick and roll situations with Kobe at the end of games. And Dfish? Are you kidding me? Did you watch game 1? I'd much rather take speed, skill, and talent over experience any day. As for Cleveland being a one man show... Have you watched any of their games this playoffs? They may not have another go to guy, but Mo Williams is a great 2nd option, and I'd rather have role players like Z and Gibson over Odom and Sasha any day. Z could make 80% of his open mid range jumpers and Gibson could out shoot Sasha any day.

I'm not saying the Lakers can't beat the Cavs. I think they could. But they have to get there first. I just don't think they have enough to beat Houston. I've thought that even before the series, and game 1 confirmed my suspicions. I thought near the end of the regular season that there were 3 teams that the Lakers did not match up well with. One was the Jazz because of their physical play and not having someone who could guard Deron Williams. But I was reassured because the Jazz were playing lousy at the end of the season, particularly on the defensive end. The other team was Portland because of Aldredge and Oden, particularly Aldredge.

The team I feared the most were the Rockets for several reasons.

First was that I knew Yao would play more minutes in the playoffs, and that hurts the Lakers because they don't really have anyone to match up against him, especially since Bynum is playing so poorly right now. In their losses to Phoenix, and Orlando, they just could not handle Shaq and Howard.

2nd was that their team defense is the best on the west coast. If Houston clogs the lanes, which they did in game 1, that takes away one of the biggest advantages the Lakers have over their opponents, their points in the paint.

3rd, I was afraid that their role players like Scola, Brooks, would have a monster series. Scola didn't play well in game 1, but Brooks destroyed Fisher.

4th, the Lakers actually do not match up well 1-1 with the Rockets. Ariza does not have the strength to guard Artest. Every time Artest posted Ariza, he scored at will. No one can guard Yao 1-1 on the Lakers. Obviously Fisher can't guard Brooks. And Battier can guard Kobe reasonably well. The only advantage is Gasol on Scola, but he didn't take advantage of it. Even when Odom was in and was being guarded by Artest, he couldn't take advantage of it.

I hope I'm wrong, but it's not looking good for us.

I honestly feel like all we do is make excuses for AB. Right now I have no confidence in him playing at the level we need him to play in order for us to win a championship. Just venting my frustration.

I'm glad I stayed away from the blog until tonight. It's easy to read where everyone is coming from. Many sky is falling people, blow up the team people, blah, blah, blah. There are also many trolls, so what? If you don't want to read their junk..... skip it. What did you expect

What happened? We lost a game! Why? Because we shot like crap and didn't attack the middle. Live by the 3, die by the 3. Live by the jumper, die by the jumper. Attack the rim! Not just Kobe, everyone, uhmm, except Fish. They may block a few, but sooner or later they will yield because of fouls. Catch Yao moving and drive into his body, he'll foul 33% of the time, but you have to force the ref's to call the fouls. It will take hard drives to the basket.

We'll see a different game tomorrow and I still think Lakers in 6. We take 2 in Houston and close on our court.

Edwin - I hear you loud and clear. That was a nice post and I am still behind the Lakers and rooting for them with all my heart. I am just emotional being - after last year's loss in the finals I felt like the Lakers finally learned their lesson that they need to play the full 48 minutes. I heard a lot of talk from each Laker about how they would work their butts off during the summer and had only one goal in mind for this year...to win the ring. The first 2 weeks looked great - figured they were going to roll through - yes that would be hard to keep up for 82 games - but I don't remember another streak like that. (ok the road trip beating boston and Cavs was awesome) But other than that they played enough to win games - not roll over teams when they definitely have the capability to do.

I think last year didn't they have the opposite problem - they would let other teams get big leads and they'd have to claw their way back? This year they decide to get big leads and give them up. Yes, I wish I could enjoy the games as you real Laker fans do - but I like to see some good blowouts by them. Not every game - but come on - you should be able to dominate teams like the Clippers, Bobcats, any other sub .500 team, with the talent everyone claims we have.

It also bugs me that as soon as some of us fans say negative things about the Lakers that we are labeled as trolls. I really don't care what you call me since I love the Lakers - have from the Jerry West days. But I do expect these guys getting paid MILLIONS of dollars to play a damn game - to give it ALL they have - EVERY game!

It's disturbing to see their post game interviews where it is just a game to them. Well if that's the case why are we paying them so much money? I'm not saying this is life and death - but they make their money whether they play well or not. Win or lose they make tons of money and then go live in their huge mansions. I figure we're partially paying their salaries by buying games tickets and Laker-wear - at least give me the impression that you want to win.

Well - let's wait for game 2. I think we'll win it but would be shocked if we crushed them.

Sonny B - what are you up to in Thailand? Good to hear from you, although I respectfully disagree. I don't quite see Adelman and his guys as stone killers. They played well last night but it's hardly the beginning of the end. As for Lebron and the Cavs... it's academic? Hah! p.s. - no TV, does that mean you didn't get to see Salmons, Miller and the new-look Bulls in the first round?

You know, it's really hard to hate on Yao - the guy is just so dang likeable. He's someone that Houston fans can really be proud of. He's a class act all around, an anti-KG if you will.

KG, if you can read and understand words that are not profanities, read this: look at Yao and learn some class.

ex,

>>> Unfortunately, that's not true right now. The Lakers are NOT better
>>> defensively with Bynum on the court, and are worse offensively.
>>> The ball's in Bynum's court to change that.

I guess this will have to be one of the few times that I disagree with you, ex. Maybe we just didn’t watch the same game because it seemed clear to me that Yao had a much more difficult time to score when Drew was guarding him rather than Pau. And that is not even counting the layup and dunk drill that ALWAYS ensues when Pau takes over at center. The Lakers might have won the game if Phil played Drew in the fourth quarter.

Listen, I love Pau Gasol but Monday night he played terribly. He missed easy cripples, blew point blank layups, and generally regressed to his weenie play of last year’s playoffs. Phil is definitely not handling this situation with Drew as well as he should in my opinion. You are correct that the ball is in Drew’s hands but he needs more than 15 minutes to get untracked. And given the time, his history says that he will at some point break out.

But unless Phil invests the time, there is zero chance of that happening in these playoffs. As for the constant crowing about play defense and rebound only, you have to take what you can get as Drew gets his game together. His offense can be a real force, especially if he can draw some fouls on Yao. We have all seen Drew break out twice in the last two years to become a Beast. It seems to me that we may need that Beast if we are to survive the playoffs and win a championship. Phil needs to take the chains off and let Drew loose. If he does, the Beast will emerge before these playoffs are done.

The best use of Drew in the next game might be to feed him the ball every time down and have him physically go at Yao. In fact, that is what every Laker should do. He may be one of the easiest players in the league to foul out if a team plays smart, especially for a team that is very athletic and has a lot of slashers. The Lakers drivers also need to force some contact to force the refs to make a call. Lean into your defender. Make sure the play is easy for the zebras to call. Most of all, attack the rim. We did it before against this team and we can do it again. It just takes patience, ball movement, better posting position.

Kobe should have started driving to the basket far earlier in the game than the last two minutes. That’s where being sick really hurt him. People do not realize how much energy and will it takes to go to the hoop EVERY time down the court. It’s no wonder Kobe couldn’t do it when sick. All of the Lakers need to take the ball at Yao on Wednesday night. That is the key to the game and it should start with Drew. Maybe he is not the great shot blocker yet but he is not going to get any better on the bench. In the meantime, use his offense to foul out Yao. Play smart for a change and force your will onto the Rockets.

IF YOU GIVE DREW THE CHANCE TO PLAY, ODDS ARE HE WILL BREAK OUT!

RELEASE THE BEAST!

LAKERS IN 5.
JMNSHBO!
DNFTT!

Tom

LakerTom,

"He may be one of the easiest players in the league to foul out if a team plays smart, especially for a team that is very athletic and has a lot of slashers. The Lakers drivers also need to force some contact to force the refs to make a call."

I completely agree. We need all our guys to make a concerted effort to attack Yao and get him into foul trouble early. I particularly want to see Drew be aggressive early and often on the offensive end to put a lot of pressure on Yao. He doesn't necessarily have to score - just make Yao play defense and put him at risk of picking up fouls.

The "David Stern wants" Scenario

In the David Stern wants the opponent to win, Lakers to lose scenario, does one imagine him on the line with the refs to order up a free throw disparity?

?

No. Not sane. There are free throw disparities, but they happen right there on the court with everything else.

IF the Lakers don't make it to the big dance, New York, Chicago and LA TVs go dark. The league's worst nightmare.

Stern wants what we want. As he said one year when asked who he'd like to see in the finals,
"The Lakers vs the Lakers".

Hello Dave M,

Although a conjurer by profession, I'm teaching in Thailand and have been here since December. If I can get a couple of little western comforts sorted out, eg. Kings and 49er TV and a steady supply of skoal, I may never come home.

Was able to catch ESPN's real time gamecasts, when the net was up, so did manage to catch the essense of the Boston/Chicago series. Amazing happens. Eventually I'll actually see the games. Too bad the Bulls couldn't clobber them in the final game. Miller and Salmons have always been solid in my view and they seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for the Bulls, although I'm glad that both are no longer Kings.

I think Lebron was the clear MVP, will probably be MVP in the finals, and that this is Cleveland's year.

Good luck to you guys. You're going to need it big time. I believe that Houston has your number and they are motivated (especially now) beyond expression. What happens if you lose game two?

Sonnybelfast

Hey, don't feel bad - Aaron Brooks also made it tough for Steve Nash on D


BK,

It's got to be exciting knowing that's your gear on the media table - good one!

Your piece is well written, and suggests that what the lakers need most is Shack...not bynum,


Jon K sez:

"BUTLER--A Suns fan and for so long an awful annoyance to all people who care about healthy communication. He may always be a Suns fan, but the guy has at least become increasingly civil over time. I suspect that he on some level respects the Lakers and Laker Nation... and that's all we can ask from the competition."

Well Jon, I'm not sure what demon got into me that I have behaved so well.

Gasol was missing 15 footers and Yao was making 20 footers.

I think that was the key difference in the game.

I think the Derek Fisher is really the big problem coz:

1. he couldn't guard most of the quick point guard.
2. His shooting is very inconsistent and sometimes is falling and sometimes is not falling. I see all the 82 games of Lakers but it happen again and again for Derek Fisher
3. Even you couldn't shoot, but at least you play defense. Derek Fisher do neither of the above. It's not really Fisher's fault because he never really an excellent player but just a very regular player. That's his age problem so next year Lakers must replace a new point guard. I just don't understand that's so many point guard but how come Lakers couldn't find a one to replace Derek Fisher this season??? I just feel very surprise Derek Fisher is still the starting point guard and it proved that it won't work in the last year Final.
4. I don't Lakers will win this year NBA champion but it means that Koby go to final 3 times but he fail 3 times.
5. I worry about Lakers now because when you look the way Lakers lose in the final but Koby just give up or have no effect and no fight at all. That's not what a great player for.
6. Of course point guard is very important that's why other teams keep on to attack the Lakers at this position. When you look at the games how Lakers lose, you will find out is most of the point guard position.

**** THE NBA WHERE A LIL PUNK NAMED JAMES CAN PRETEND TO BE KING ***
*** THE NBA WHERE A BEAST NAMED ANDREW WILL REDEFINE THE CENTER POSITION **

Charles Barkley is picking the Denver nuggets to win the NBA Larry O`Brian trophy.This should make great fodder for the Lakers.Nothin like the fat boy to shake the malaise out of the purple gold.

"But when you make defense and effort a priority, as the Rockets have, you can expect similar results from game to game."

OK, Lakers fans, was it:

1) The week off from play
2) Bad officiating
3) Lack of player intensity
4) Missed open shots

OR

5) a stifling Rockets defense

that cost the Lakers the game?

Answer: Possibly a smidgen of 1-4, but give credit to the Rockets for being an unyielding defensive team that made it difficult for the Lakers to get off quality shots. It's difficult to execute, and gives the appearance that a team is cold, when defenders are in your face nonstop.

The Lakers have to find a way to get around the defense -- part of the answer is keep Kobe from jacking up tons of low-percentage shots and have other players -- under less defensive pressure -- to step up and make their shots.

The world knows the Lakers have a strong team, but give the Rockets' defense credit for making them look bad.

I don't know what to say really only hours to the biggest battle of our
All comes down to tonight. Either we heal as a team or we will crumble
Inch by inch, play by play till we're finished. We are in hell right now,
Gentlemen believe me and we can stay here & get the shit kicked out of us
or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time. Tex can’t do it for you, he’s ill. I can't do it for you.
I'm too old. I look around and I see these young faces & I think
I mean I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh....I pissed away all my money believe it or not.
I chased off anyone who has ever loved me. MJ, Pippen, Shaq
And lately, I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life things get taken from you.
That's, that's part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches. So is Basketball.
Because in either game life or Basketball the margin for error is so small.
I mean one half step too late or to early & you don't quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast and you don't quite Dunk it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in ever break of
the game every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch. Cause we know
when we add up all those inches that's going to make the freakin difference
between WINNING and LOSING between LIVING and DYING.
I'll tell you this in any fight it is the guy who is willing to DIE
who is going to win that inch. And I know if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to FIGHT & DIE for that inch
because that is what LIVING is. The six inches in front of your face.

Kobe, Fish, Arriza, Beast, LO I can't make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you. Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it, you are gonna do the same thing for him.
That's a team, gentlemen and either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.
That's Basketball guys. That's all it is. That sign on the door says THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS You gotta ask your self, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU

Laker Tom,

Comparing AB17's play with Pau Gasol's in Game 1 is not a legitimate comparison. Gasol played one of the worst games of his Lakers career. Bynum is a work in progress, coming off an injury. To say he needs more than 15 minutes to get untracked is an incomplete thought. 15 minutes is more than 25% of a regulation NBA game.

No coach can leave a player on the floor for that much time if the player isn't doing what the coach wants him to. (See my post above.) As a fan, as much as I frequently disagree with some of Phil's moves (or lack thereof) it's hard for me to side with a player with hardly any Playoff experience against a coach with PJ's credentials. Andrew must mature to the point where he buys into the program. Andrew and Andrew alone must resolve to be the Beast the moment he steps onto the floor. You can't blame the coach and the rest of the players for AB17's failure to perform as needed.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm not going negative. I love the Lakers as much as anyone who posts here. I want AB17 to succeed. Without him, as I've said, the road to the NBA Finals will be a rocky one. The ball is in his court more than anyone else's.

As for tonight, I'm counting on the Lakers to bounce back with a vengeance. It won't be easy. The Rockets are a good team and worthy competitors. I agree with Derek Fisher: "We don't have to answer questions about toughness. We have to win games." Now is the right time for the Lakers to demonstrate conclusively that they are a Championship team. Go Lakers!

If we lose this series, our Lakers will not recover during the Kobe Bryant era.

NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!!!
THE BEAST HAS BROKEN OUT AND IS WREAKING TERROR UPON THE ROCKETS. SOUND AND FURY IS ERRUPTING FROM THE ROCKETS CAMP SIGNIFYING NOT A D@MN THING EXCEPT THE BEAST REIGNS SUPREME. There are reports that mumblings were heard from a weird cult called 'THE WITNESSES" to warn KING
JAMES tjhat danger lurks not only form the Snake BLACK MAMBA, but from thew BEAST as well. They say that although a Coup allowed young James to assume the THRONE, that The snake Mamba who is the real King has returned and vowed to take back the crown as well as the Head of James. There they go again listen... ' THOSE WHO HAVE WISDOM HEAR US WITNESSES THE SNAKE DRAWS NEAR & at his side stands a BEAST. They have formed an alliance that will bring forth Dynasties that will extend from millenium to Millenium. All Witnesses who are wise would now convert to the Sign of THE BEAST AND THE SNAKE.... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

Past NBA Champions Game 1 Records:
2008 Celtics: 4-0 in Game 1's
2007 Spurs: 3-1 in Game 1's (lost Game 1 of their 1st round series against Denver) Home loss
2006 Heat: 2-2 in Game 1's (lost Game 1 of their 2nd round series against NJ & lost Game 1 of the Finals to Dallas)Home loss
2005 Spurs: 3-1 in Game 1's (lost Game 1 of their 1st round series against Denver)Home loss
2004 Pistons: 3-1 in Game 1's (lost Game 1 of the ECF against Indiana)Away loss
2003 Spurs: 2-2 in Game 1's (lost Game 1 of their 1st round series against Phoenix & lost Game 1 of the WCF to Dallas) Home loss

That's right, the NBA champs from 2003-2007 all lost at least one game one.

The sky is NOT falling!

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ruiner, uprooter, waster, destroyer, undoer - a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to; "a destroyer of the environment"

PHIL JACKSON IS A SABOTEUR

Give me Doc Rivers
Give me Jeff Van Gundy
Give me the other Van Gundy
Give me Ben Howland
Give me the Czar
Give me Hubie


Give me any coach who has passion
Give me any coach who prepares for a game
Give me any coach who adjusts to game conditions

Give me any coach who once in a while takes responsibility for his actions or non-actions.

Give me any coach who doesn't puts players in the game because he has a schedule planner that says 9 minutes into 1st period "time to make a substitution"

Give me any coach who can design an inbounds play

Give me any coach who is not intent on turning Andrew Bynum into Greg Oden


GIVE ME A COACH WHO DOESN'T COACH LIKE HE'S SABOTAGING THE TEAMS CHANCES OF A CHAMPIONSHIP.


KG, if you can read and understand words that are not profanities, read this: look at Yao and learn some class.
Posted by: EJK | May 05, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Good Try EJK but look, he looked at Yao & he's still an @ss.

PHIL NEEDS TO SHOW THE GUYS A VIDEO OF ME CARRYING THE TEAM ON MY BACK TO THE " FINALS " WITH ONE GOOD KNEE ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

ARE YOU A BIPOLAR LAKER FAN? FIND OUT HERE!

1. Do you think when Gasol has a great game, He's in the top 4 in the NBA at his position? But when he has a bad game--He's in the bottom 10 and is tooo soft to be a serious threat to opposing teams? Yes or No.

2. When Luke plays do you bite your nails that he doesn't fumble the ball? When he's gone for weeks do you than say, "Oh, we really need Luke back to win" ? Yes or No

3. When Kobe scores 40 he's the greatest player since MJ. When Kobe takes 30 shots and we lose: He's soooo selfish and out of control you think. Yes or No

4. Lakers win big game: Phil is smart man.. Lakers lose big game. Phil ican't coach, you than say. Y or N

5.. Bynum out, you scream, "We will terroize teams when he returns--he's a beast in the paint.. When he returns and sucks than he needs to come off the bench you scream. Y or N

6. When Lamar is on his game you say, "He's the key to the success of the Lakers". When he's off, you say, "he can't think well enough---TRADE HIM PLEASE! Y or N

7. Sasha hits 3's he can stay.. He misses 3's Trade him fast you say. Y or N

8. Farmer plays good: he's next in line for Poing G job.. He plays bad--Trade him please you say. Y or N

9.Fish comes up big you say "we need his experience and stability to win," He plays bad you than say, "he's too old time to retire." Y or N

10.Last but not least, WHEN WE WIN YOU'RE A LAKERHOLIC! WHEN WE LOSE YOU CRY AND SAY WE CAN'T WIN IT ALL.!

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO MORE THAN 3 OF THESE QUESTIONS YOU ARE CERTAINLY BIPOLAR!! GO GET HELP AND STOP POSTING!

Tom - I agree with you that Bynum needs more minutes to establish his game. I have to say though, that this loss wasn't about one player, wasn't about the refs or coaching IMO. It was a team loss - players across the board can accept responsbibility. There were moments of life here and there but generally speaking, we were out-hustled, out-played. I love this team but they're often in need of wakeup calls. Not just this season either - we've seen this and commented on it for years. The Lakers are good enough to raise above it and I'm confident that they will. Regardless, this conversation won't end this season and we know it. It's part of the team's engrained personality. You take the bad with the good and fortunatelly, we have a lot of good.

Fisher says....

"We don't have to answer questions about toughness. We have to win games," he said. "You can ask that question all you want, but it doesn't seem to come out until we lose."

No fish... it also comes out when you have 24, 20, 18 point leads... then cough them up.

That's a lack of toughness!!

Tom,

I really think you didnt watch the same game as much of us Laker fans.

Simply put: Yao TORCHED Bynum.

Didnt Yao start off like 3 for 3 or something like that off Bynum? JUmper. BAAAM. and 1. Another short hook. BAAM.

Then in the 3rd quarter. Baseline spin move. BAAM.

The worst part was that Drew got so worried about Yao was that he gave Aaron Brooks two baseline layups when help D was desperately needed.

Phil saw what we all saw. If Drew isnt going to be successful, then the better option was Pau trying to front Yao and then doubling Yao aggressively to force turnovers.

The Lakers actually led by 1 in the 4th qtr right?

Bynum SHOULD be a big help to us. But last game, he didnt do much except foul Yao, give up open layups, and then shoot open shots on offense.

(Not to nitpick but Landry forced a terrible hook attempt on Bynum too so his 1-on-1 offense still isnt there yet)

We need Bynum, but I didnt see that DEFENSIVE Beast Bynum that you saw last game.

Even if I did see the Soft Gasol most of the nite.

Laker Tom,

PJ can be stuck on stupid at times. However, while I agree that Drew needs to be on the court more and I think Phil is punishing him at this point for not hearing the message of Defense and Rebounding. Drew still wants to score, that's his priority not defense and the Lakers need defense even more than rebounding and Drew hasn't provided that in his time on the floor. But as you say, Drew needs more time on the floor to get into the flow of the game and Phil will have to let that happen.

Sometimes old tricks (mind games, manipulation, etc.) don't work. Drew needs a different kind of approach then Phil is providing and more time on the floor regardless. This is like the chicken and the egg situation, which came first, Drew understanding he needs to be more productive or Phil understanding that Drew needs more time on the floor to be more productive.

And where is Mbenga. We can at least count on him for hustle, hustle, hustle. I don't care if he fouls, we need energy!

And Tom you are absolutely right on top of it when you said "David Stern’s media stealth was at work again last night as the Lakers battled the Rockets and the refs only to lose 100-92 despite grabbing more rebounds, dealing more assists, making more steals, causing more turnovers, blocking more shots, and converting more field goals than their visiting opponents, who were given a 13-point edge at the line. How can anybody not see that both Battier and Artest constantly foul and harass Kobe on the perimeter with no call while the slightest bump of a Houston player brings free throws."

That's why I'm not worried about the Lakers winning this series. They shot an awful percentage and still were close, plus they won every statistical category outside of shooting percentage and free throws.

Go Lakers!

BTW, BK, I assume you remember how things worked out for Kevin Bacon in that movie.

DT-

Thanks for the response but the thing your missing is your comparing Gasol to Wade, LeBron, and Yao. We have Kobe. Pau is our second guy, those others are the team leaders/best players. I would definitely say that Pau is a go to guy, and maybe the best "second option" in the league. Just off the top of my head I can think that he strongly helped us win the Christmas Celtic game with clutch play down the stretch. He is yet to prove himself on the biggest stage though, this is where I hope he and Odom can rise to the occasion this year and not "disappear."

I just hope we get it together for tonight.

Lamar = Finals MVP

GO LAKERS

Everyone:

Any Laker fan knows the anxiety between games after losing, especially when it costs LA homecourt (temporarily or otherwise). Any game, any series. I am more than anxious after watching the Lakers' sluggish effort on Monday, AND after watching, in contrast, the focus and effort of the Cavs and Nuggets last night.

But I generally agree with the level headed bloggers on this thread. The Lakers will make the adjustments necessary to win Game 2. And those adjustments will be key to the series.

* "5" Play. Bynum needs to be on the floor by hook or by crook. I thought he played very well at the outset, putting pressure on Yao offensively with fluid movement and shooting. He needs to stay on the floor regardless of his foul count. He has a better chance of pushing Yao further outside the paint than Gasol, which keeps Yao's body out of the lane to get to the offensive glass. When Yao gets into the lane, regardless of whether he gets the rebound, he opens space for his teammates for second-chance shots. Bynum can make him a jumpshooter and I can live with that. After all, LA got to the Finals without Bynum last year, why not play him as much as you can this year? Besides, if he can play his way into stride against such a tough matchup this round, the remaining matchups are very favorable if the Lakers advance.

When Gasol is in the game, I think he does a pretty good job denying Yao easy position in the post. He's just gotta keep Yao away from the glass, which is hard to do when Gasol is fronting him.

* Make Artest a shooter. If Artest has to make outside shots to win this series, then I'm fine with that. Can he repeat his good shooting night throughout the series?

* Trap Brooks. As quick as he is, he often gets himself in jams. LA is long enough to trap him, force him into mistakes, and make him tentative.

* Play Farmar. I don't know what LA is waiting for. Sure, Brown has outplayed him, but the Jazz were a better matchup for Brown than Houston is right now. Farmar is quicker than Fisher. Live with him. Who knows, he may get his confidence back. I fail to see why, as horribly as the Lakers shot, they took Farmar out after he nailed his first long-range J.

* MAKE YAO BEAT YOU. Collins was right Monday night. Yao tires quickly. Take care of the other four on the floor and work Yao physically.

I'm anxious today, even moreso because I look around the league and see teams that continue to impress more than LA. But I have faith that if LA gets adjusted, they can win this series, maybe even convincingly, and advance stronger.

We'll see.

Game Day.

I'm ready. I think the Lakers are ready.

Big day. Big game.

If you are a Lakers fan and you attend the game tonight, you have a duty to be loud and make noise.

It makes a big difference.

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE!!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

Mamba24,

I need a little back-up here.

If we can get 100 Lakers ticket holders to realize their duty tonight and scream their lungs out, it will make a difference.

Crowds follow trends. Trends are created by a few individuals. This has been confirmed in sociological studies. The energy of a crowd is controlled and fomented by a few strong vocal individuals.

I'm hoping that many people attending tonight's game will read this blog.

If they are real fans, they will realize their duty is not only to make noise, but to get other people involved.

The collective energy of the crowd makes a difference. Any professional player will tell you this.

Make a difference!

DON'T BE A SPECTATOR! BE A FAN!

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE!!!!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

utzworld,

In your prayer today, please ask God's Holy Spirit to enter into the hearts of Laker Nation and fill them with the energy, vigor, and passion they need to truly support their team.

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

To Vman...

who cares about the Lakers and TV ratings....

A new King has emerged ever since MJ left the game...

I'm glad it was never Kobe, that fool doesn't deserve to be a legend....

Cleveland vs Nuggets/Rockets

poor laker fans and their fantasy outlook of a championship year....haha!

Fan of the Mamba,
"Drew needs more time on the floor to get into the flow of the game and Phil will have to let that happen"

Bynum has to provide more of what the Lakers need while he is out there, or giving him more time will decrease their chances of winning. And Bynum being ready for the Finals doesn't mean much if the Lakers don't make it that far.


GIVE ME A COACH WHO DOESN'T COACH LIKE HE'S SABOTAGING THE TEAMS CHANCES OF A CHAMPIONSHIP. Posted by: You Ever Notice | May 06, 2009 at 06:54 AM

I try to be POSITIVE but if you really believe that crap
Then Yeah, I Noticed, I NOTICED that SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE YOU STOPPED BEING A LAKER FAN AND BEING A HATE FANNER" I apologize in advance if my words hurt you, BUT I DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR THE WORDS, IF I HAD BUT ONE HAND I WOULD USE IT CLAPPING FOR THE LAKERS IF I HAD BUT ONE LUNG I WOULD USE IT CHEERING FOR THE LAKERS.
AND IF I HAD BUT ONE HOUR IN LIFE AND GOD IS MY WITNESS, I WOULD SPEND IT WATCHING DISK OF THE LAKERS.
LAST I CHECKED PHIL JACKSON, LUKE, JORDAN FARMER LO. WERE ALL LAKERS AND AS LONG AS THEY ARE THEY HAVE MY SUPPORT
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER


Rick Friedman and Jon K.
Excellent post sirs.

SonnyBelfast
Good to hear from you. Stay away from the Thai Boxers and Working girls!

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO MORE THAN 3 OF THESE QUESTIONS YOU ARE CERTAINLY BIPOLAR!! GO GET HELP AND STOP POSTING! Posted by: moneydez | May 06, 2009 at 07:11 AM

A MASTERPIECE!!!!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDDING!!! KUDOS!!! (Ok Ok , d@mn good Post)

Larry(Mamba24)

Mamba24,
"**** THE NBA WHERE A LIL PUNK NAMED JAMES CAN PRETEND TO BE KING ***"

Dude I'm flat out issuing you a ticket for that. WTF is wrong with laker land? That so called pretender just posted monstrous stats for the season and his stats are even more impressive during the post season. I get it, we all love purple and gold, but y'all know the old adage tho ... "game recognizes game" ... how can we achieve greatness when we mock the sight of it in others

The cavs are killing, the nuggets are killing, it's about time we start killing too. Enough excuses yo ... we've got to match our adversaries intensity and then some ...

We will have our dynasty or there will be blood. I don't want to hear about bynums brace, kobe's flu, the long layoff ... I just want wins ... I want a bucketload of them .. and I want to start sending a message to the rest of the league that: "F what you heard, we are the league's best, and we're done playing"

If not now, then when LA ... no freaking excuses ... hit your open jump shots ... secure the rebound ... take it hard to the rim as often as you can ... and hit ya free throws .... no more letups yo ...

And lest I be confused for a troll ... I ain't saying the sky is falling ... I'm saying I want the lakers to reach out grab the freaking sky and slam it down on anyone that gets in our way ... ENOUGH ALREADY ... lets start killing these cats on the court

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Laker Ticket Holders may I have your ear
The time draws closer Game time will be here
Jon K is pleading, So I’ll plead to
If you really love the Lakers heres what you should do
Leave the Cell and all the Bling
Concentrate on the Game it’s the main thing
Give a cheer did you notice that
All of a sudden the Opponents went Flat
Let’s try one more cheer and just see
I can’t be sure But They looked like when I cheer, they play better to me
My God tell Jon K to let everyone in on this News
All we have to do is Cheer and The Lakers can’t Loose
FROM JON K, To LAKER TOM FROM FAITH AND # 4
PLEASE FANS, JUST CHEER FOR THIS TEAM YOU CLAIM TO ADORE

Spanky Jones,

I have been exiled from my beloved Los Angeles to a strage, dark Bizzaro-world known as Cleveland.

You can say what you like, but, dude, I'm here. I've had conversations with scores of LeBroniacs over the last couple seasons.

I know all your weaknesses. I know all your fears. I know how Cavs Nation over-compensates because Cleveland hasn't won a Championship in 61 years.

I know all that.

And I know that the last team the Cavs want to play is the Los Angeles Lakers.

So, let's just get that straight. You're not fooling anyone.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

exheldovr,

Drew just needs to stay out of early foul trouble and he will be fine.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

ROLL CALL IN 10 MINUTES.
10.9.8.7.6.5.4.3.2.1

Ex,

"And Bynum being ready for the Finals doesn't mean much if the Lakers don't make it that far."

I'm setting this blog on fire if we don't win it all ... just saying

I'm going to love watching Kobe cry after Ron Artest shuts him down tonight!

My disdain for Phil Jackson will never ever waver

Here is a man whose has made a championship caliber team during the course of the year, where most teams improve, backwards.
Look at Cleveland, Houston, Portland, Denver and you see see teams that have improved dramatically.
The Lakers? they have regressed and the fault lies with PJ. Anyone who disagrees is blind. If anyone can honestly say that the Lakers are a better team now please show me my error.
His methods are antiquated, his passion is non-existent, and his poor preparation is an outrage.
If ever there was a human being living off his past, it is Phil "Nine Rings" Jackson.
Please Phil retire after this year, you are now a caricature of your former self.

Ex,

Again I think it's a both of case of Drew having to prove himself and Phil allowing him to prove himself. He can't do in 5-10 minutes on the court. Come on now!

And honestly Monday's game couldn't have been much worse and Phil kept Drew on the bench anyway with just 3 fouls.

I actually believe there's a underlying power struggle going on between Jim Buss, Drew and Phil. And this is the wrong time for it. Some of the things Drew has said like he needs to get his touches, etc..... speaks of Drew not recognizing his place on the team at this point. He's offensive minded, when the Lakers need him to be defensive minded. He hasn't learn that yet, because the Lakers had him tutored by one of the best offensive centers but not one of the best defensive centers, thus offense is his focus. While Phil has an ego and has determined that Andrew is going to play the way the team needs for him to play or he won't play, even if it's not the best decision.

But I also have a problem with Phil not being a risk taker and being stuck on his game plan even when it's not working. For all of his 9 rings and maybe because of his nine rings, sometimes he's an immovable object to the detriment of the team.

Sometimes you just need to shake things up and Phil has demonstrated that he's not the best at shaking things up.

I will concede that Drew just has to do more with the time he's given on the floor!

Fan,
Bynum has been given opportuniities, and does not seem to be progressing. If the Bynum-Gasol/Bynum-Odom combination is not providing more than the Gasol-Odom combination, AND he isn't progressing, then the best choice is not play him extended minutes. If he was showing steady progress, it would make sense to play him more, because there is a better reward-risk ratio. So far that's not the case, and the option that gives the Lakers the best chance to win is to play Gasol and Odom more.

Mamba
Only a hater of Phil Jackson, That I can state my opinion of this Has-Been is my right as a Laker Fan.
Who said the Coach gets a free ride when his ineptitude has been so obvious to those of us who study the game.
Can you say that the Lakers have improved in the areas that were stated following game 6 against the Celtics? or does it seem the same old issues are still prevalent today.
For those who give Nine Rings a free ride clearly dkon't see the problem.
Head games with Vlade, Farmar, Bynum
Coaching the same way every game, boy what an easy scouting report we must be.
Defense
Gee. Cleveland sure looked good after a 9 day layoff didn't they?
This guys time past him when Larry Brown outcoached him in 2004, and it was evident when he threw Kobe under the bus in his book, that he had gone to that vast wasteland of yesteryear.
I am about the players, not about a coach who gets the least out of the players.
Screw Phillip
Its about the players.

Taliq,

Brother I'm with you! If you in it to win it then play like you are. Time out for playing around. Kill the opponents! Champions play like Boston played us in the Finals. Never give up, never say die and when you got them down kick'em till it hurts! You got the off season to rest. Phil stop taking out the starters when they get 20 point leads until there is five minutes to go or until the other team takes out their starters. You are just as much to blame for those runs as anybody. Stop doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. That's called insanity. Our bench can't hold a lead this year, accept it and adjust you rotation accordingly!

Pau ain't that person, Bynum needs to be that person, the only mean one in the group is Kobe. The rest of them better get some of what he got!

And if'n they don't step up to the plate, I want Kobe to kill'em by himself. I rather that then for the Lakers to go softly into the night.

Forget the refs, forget the Lebroniacs, forget the trolls, haters and anybody that ain't with us! To hell with them all!

I want every Laker to have the same intensity as Sasha and Kobe. You might beat me but I ain't making it easy for you to do it.

Well said taliq... have to agree with you on that one!!!

NO MORE EXCUSES LAKERS!!!

Rick,

>>> Comparing AB17's play with Pau Gasol's in Game 1 is not a legitimate comparison.
>>> Gasol played one of the worst games of his Lakers career.

More the reason why Drew should have played in the 4th quarter.

>>> Bynum is a work in progress, coming off an injury.
>>> To say he needs more than 15 minutes to get untracked is an incomplete thought.

Drew needs time on the floor to work out his problems. I wouldn’t have had a problem with Phil’s move had Pau been lighting it up and playing good defense instead of tossing up weenie shots and turning the ball over almost every time he touched it – and then just complaining he was fouled rather than hustling back on defense.

>>>

Dave,

>>> Tom - I agree with you that Bynum needs more minutes to establish his game.
>>> I have to say though, that this loss wasn't about one player, wasn't about the
>>> refs or coaching IMO. It was a team loss - players across the board can accept
>>> responsibility. There were moments of life here and there but generally speaking,
>>> we were out-hustled, out-played.

I generally agree with you. We did not deserve to win the game the way we played. But I also think the refs ALWAYS have a lot to say about how the game goes as does the coach.

>>>

Korey,

>>> I really think you didnt watch the same game as much of us Laker fans.

>>> Simply put: Yao TORCHED Bynum.

Yes, Yao scored a couple of baskets including one great baseline move for a dunk against a double team where Drew gave him too much room on the baseline but other than that Yao had to take fade away jumpers. You must have missed the dunks that Yao threw down on Pau over and over. As for Brooks, it was the fourth quarter with Pau playing DUNK LAYUP DUNK LAYUP DUNK on defense where Brooks drove for two critical layups. Pau’s defense was terrible all night long. When he plays center, it is an invitation for the other team to score in the paint.

You’re right. You must have been watching a different game than I was because in the game I watched, Drew played just 15 minutes despite only 3 personal fouls, scored 10 points on 50% shooting from the field, had 3 boards, 1 assist, and zero turnovers, while playing better defense than Pau, who stunk it up for 44 minutes, scoring only 14 points on less than 50% from the field, although he did grab 13 boards, dish out 4 assists, and make 3 steals. Of course, he also turned the ball over 4 times and played defense like a wimp.

>>>

JMNSHBO!

Tom

One more thing

Phil Jackson is management, not a player, and one who is still using a commodore 64.

MAMBA24,

"LAST I CHECKED PHIL JACKSON, LUKE, JORDAN FARMER LO. WERE ALL LAKERS AND AS LONG AS THEY ARE THEY HAVE MY SUPPORT
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER"

Absolutely.

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE!!!!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

Fan of the Mamba,

>>> Again I think it's a both of case of Drew having to prove himself and Phil
>>> allowing him to prove himself. He can't do in 5-10 minutes on the court.
>>> Come on now!

>>> And honestly Monday's game couldn't have been much worse and Phil
>>> kept Drew on the bench anyway with just 3 fouls.

Not to mention Pau playing one of his worst games as a Laker. Great comments on this post and your earlier ones. Give the Beast a chance to breakout. It is the key to the championship.

Tom

And lest I be confused for a troll ... I ain't saying the sky is falling ... I'm saying I want the lakers to reach out grab the freaking sky and slam it down on anyone that gets in our way ... ENOUGH ALREADY ... lets start killing these cats on the court 24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age Posted by: Taliq | May 06, 2009 at 08:40 AM

SHERIFF! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!! I STAND CORRECTED!!!!

I'm going to love watching Kobe cry after Ron Artest shuts him down tonight! Posted by: MIke | May 06, 2009 at 08:56 AM

Mike listen to me very carefully. Doing drugs in the morning is not a good thing. Now go back to sleep and when you reawake Artest will be telling the world that
no mortal man can contain The Black Mamba. Night, night
Larry(Mamba24)

 
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