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Postgame Quotes: Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

Nuggets Finals T-shirt Postgame quotes at the podium from Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol after LA's  119-92 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, good enough to take the series 4-2, send the Lakers back to the NBA Finals, and guarantee t-shirts like the one pictured will soon find a home with underprivileged youths in distant lands. 

Click below for the text, click your imagination to visualize them saying this stuff. 

BK

(Thanks to Kendall for sending along the pic.)

PHIL JACKSON:


COACH JACKSON
:  Well, we saved our best game for last here, or maybe we caught our opponent a little bit off stride in tonight's game.  But we had the momentum almost from the beginning of the game on.
    A lot of precise work tonight, even though there was 11 turnovers the first half.  I thought we moved the ball the right way and got the ball in places we could operate.
    Defensively, you know, still one of those things where a coach is never totally happy with the defense, but we're able to shut them down from running, and that's a big part of their game.

    Q.  You guys have received some criticism for your uneven play during the playoffs.  Are these the real Lakers who showed up tonight, and how well does it bode for the Finals?
    COACH JACKSON:  I think teams go through stretches.  And you're in the playoffs, also where you don't play the same level all the time.  Tonight was a game where we played at the highest level, shooting the ball well from all spots on the floor.
    But I thought our collective energy was good.  I thought our collective intelligence was good, and that seemed the most important thing at this time is being able to read the defenses, move the ball, get the ball in places where people can operate.

    Q.  How good is the timing?

    COACH JACKSON:  We hope it's good.  The Finals don't start until the 4th, and that's almost a week away, so we'll be off for a few days.

    Q.  Was there anything    you obviously executed really well.  But was there anything in the way Denver plays that you diagnosed between Game 5 and Game 6 that helped you shut them down so much?

    COACH JACKSON:  You know, one of the things we admire and honor about this team, the Nuggets, is their ability to get to the basket and their ability to attack, as they call it, attacking.  They're really good at it.  And tonight we were able to limit that, and they also made them miss at the rim, I thought a number of times.  When they even got in there to make the miss.
    Obviously, there's a number of situations that went on out there that put guys in foul trouble.  Trevor was in foul trouble and Luke got himself in foul trouble.  But I thought we did a pretty good job supporting one another in that situation.
    I think the best thing we did was we stopped them from the break and stopped them from their easy baskets.

    Q.  Is this a team that everyone has been looking for that the Lakers are capable of playing?  And do you think you'll continue to get the maximum out of your team?
    COACH JACKSON:  That's a good question.  A lot of it has to do with your opponents.  And, you know, tonight I thought Pau moved the ball really well inside.  He attacked both inside and outside.  When that happens, it's very difficult to beat a team.  You see that going on in the Eastern Conference with Orlando being able to attack from the outside and the inside both.
    We really think that this is the team that we've seen most of the year, the team that played tonight.

    Q.  The Nuggets have their five top scorers coming back next season.  They obviously played pretty well during the regular season.  Do you sense this is a team that will be around for a while?
    COACH JACKSON:  Nothing helps a team than going through the playoffs.  It either unifies them or splits them up if they don't perform well.  This team, the Nuggets played exceptionally well through the playoffs.  They thrashed a lot of opponents in the Western Conference Finals.  And their physicality and athleticism and their scoring ability is remarkable.

    Q.  How important is it now to get these extra two days of rest?  Did you provide any incentives?  Did you promise days off if they could take care of it tonight?

    COACH JACKSON:  That's part of it, we need some rest.  But the other thing is preparation.  And we'll have a couple days to do that and that's important.

    Q.  You always talk about looking forward to the playoffs.  The regular season is just there.  Are you having fun now?  Is the performance tonight putting you at that level?

    COACH JACKSON:  Now it's no fun because the NBA takes the fun out of the Finals because they're everywhere, on our bus, they're everywhere.
    So they take the fun out of it.  But other than that, up to this point it's been a lot of fun.

    Q.  $10,000 worth of commentary?
    COACH JACKSON:  That's not criticizing the officials.

  

  Q.  Kobe's 35 points, 10 assists, what can you say about his game tonight, especially in the third quarter tonight making that run?
    COACH JACKSON:  He waited all the first half until the very end of the first half, I thought, to exploit his game.  And the idea that other guys were creating problems for the Nuggets, they were focused on him, gave him extra opportunities at the end of the half.
    When he carried us in at the half with that burst of points at the end, it really set the tone for the night.  He exploited that lead from 6 to 13.  And we were able to go in the second half and kind of feed off of that.  It was very controlled, excellent game from him.

  

  Q.  You'll now have your third Finals, try to get your tenth ring.  What would that mean to you to accomplish that, and where would that put you additionally in basketball history?
    COACH JACKSON:  You know, that part, I've always said, is really about this team.  It's about the guys.  It's about what they do.  It's the collective energy they put together.  And I know there's a lot been said about that.  But still it comes right down to the fact that these guys collectively put their energy into this thing, they followed the direction that we've had all year.  It's really about them.
    As far as getting there, not winning, it's a very big disappointment.  Huge.  Detroit lost and obviously Boston lost last year, a big disappointment to both the teams and the coaching staff.  We feel like we failed our team as a coaching staff in both situations.  You feel that way.
    So having to go back there knowing what a disappointment it was over the summer to live with that and saying we're going to go back there and do this regardless, we're going to get this done, I give a lot of credit to these guys.

 

   Q.  You want all the credit if you win?
    COACH JACKSON:  I'll take all of it from you, but everybody else doesn't have to give me any.

    Q.  Could you tell us what was the most surprising individual performance?  We know Kobe had 35.  Talk about the other players that may have surprised you.  Walton came in with 10 points?
    COACH JACKSON:  It was Walton to basically come in there in a situation which we basically got in foul trouble in the first four minutes of the third quarter.  And we just had to support each other in that situation.  And when that happens you have to generate energy on every possession because you're taking the ball out of bounds after free throws.
    So Walton came in and did some things passing the ball and also scoring that really helped us out.


KOBE BRYANT:

Q.    Kobe, did the challenge Denver presented force this team to finally play to its potential?

    KOBE BRYANT:  I think so.  Denver is a great team.  Very skilled at all positions.  Strong inside.  Strong on the perimeter.  And very huge problem for us.  Huge problem.  And because of that we had to elevate our level as a unit.  And if we didn't do that, we'd be going home early.

  

  Q.  The journey this year to get to the Finals from last year, was this a tougher journey this year?
    KOBE BRYANT:  By far.  By far.  Much, much tougher.  Much more physical.  Mentally challenging for us.  But we gained valuable experience, went through a roller coaster of emotions:  You win one, lose one at home, then dealing with that day, the travel, and then to come up in a hostile environment and try to win Game 3.
    Those are things that make you tougher.

    Q.  Can you elaborate on how big a game and how big a win this was for the Lakers, and with that momentum going into the Finals?

    KOBE BRYANT:  It's a huge win, obviously.  Denver team, like I said, is a great team and they play even better at home.  And for us to come in here and put on the performance we put on gives us a lot of confidence that we can sit, we can look at film and talk about it in practice and then be able to carry it over into the game and execute, I think that shows a lot of maturity.

    Q.  You seemed really satisfied in the fourth quarter, especially, just little things.  You guys were executing the offense properly.  Why do you think that all seemed to come together at this stage?
    KOBE BRYANT:  We just got a read for what they were doing.  I think that was the key.  We just got 'em beat.  Like I said, it was something we talked about.  Last game we talked about it, and we have guys on the team that are very smart, very smart basketball players.  So I could communicate something to them and they can just in turn take it out on the floor and do it.
    And we were able to kind of learn on the fly.

    Q.  Coach Karl said after the game that Jesus would have had trouble guarding you.  What do you think of that comment and is there anybody that would have not had trouble guarding you tonight?

    KOBE BRYANT:  (Chuckling) well, it's tough to say that's a compliment, you know what I mean?  It's a tremendous honor, obviously, to be viewed that way in terms of being hard to defend offensively.
    And, I don't know, I did a great job using my teammates and they knocked shots down and put the defense into a position where I could play one on one a little bit and take advantage of that.

    Q.  Can you compare the mood in the locker room this year compared to after the Spurs series last year and was it a little more subdued?
    KOBE BRYANT:  It's different.  It's different.  We're very thankful being in this position, obviously.  But did it last year, so we're ready to move on to the NBA Finals and try to take care of business.

    Q.  Kobe, can you talk about the team's performance?  You had some outstanding performance from Lamar.  He had 20 points.  And Luke had 10 points.  He was more aggressive on scoring.  What brought that about?  What was the execution factor that brought that about?
    KOBE BRYANT:  It was the defense.  It was the defense.  And, like I said, we did a great job of reading that and finding the open man.  We knew where the open man was going to be.  Luke knew where his shots whether going to come from.  Lamar knew where his spacing was going to be.  And once that happened we made the passes and then they made the plays.

    Q.  Were you actually upset that you missed the half court shot at the end of the first half?  And the second one is what exactly did you say to Pau when he was on the ground after that flagrant?  You grabbed him by the head and kind of shook him a little at the end of the game.

    KOBE BRYANT:  I don't know.  I can't remember.  I can't remember what I was upset about.  Pau, I just told Pau to stay focused.  It was a flagrant foul.  Looked like he was pretty upset.  Just reminded him of what we were here for.  Not to retaliate or anything like that.  Just get up and knock down the two free throws and go from there.

    Q.  You had a moment, that's what I was getting at.
    KOBE BRYANT:  Pau and I have been in constant communication.  There's been times where I texted him at 3:00 in the morning, be ready to play tomorrow.  And then he'll send a text right back so I know we're on the same wavelength.

    Q.  What was the turning point of the whole series?  Like what play stands out the most in the series that you knew that it was going to go the Lakers' way?
    KOBE BRYANT:  There wasn't one play at all.  This Denver Nuggets team is a problem.  Big problem.  With Chauncey on the perimeter, Carmelo, Nene, Martin doing what he does on the bench.  And J.R.  It was a problem.
    So it wasn't like there was one moment where we knew we had this series.  We had to be on edge all the time.  As soon as you relax, they'll bust you.  So it wasn't that one moment, it was all the way to the finish.


PAU GASOL:

Q.    Can you give us an overview of what you like most about this game, about the team's performance and the balanced scoring?

    PAU GASOL:  Yeah.  Well, first of all, I like the way we came out, the way we came out aggressive and assertive.  Really one of the first few times on the road we got off on a good start and we weren't trailing.
    So that was really good.  And the way we shared the ball, we moved the ball.  I think we learned from Game 5 at home that if we move the ball we can kind of break their defense.
    And we did that tonight also a lot better.  We found our balance.  And we were able to be very effective.

    Q.  It seemed like almost you guys reinvented yourselves after Game 4.  Luke said you were more patient playing inside out.  Do you see it the same way and how did that call come about?
    PAU GASOL:  Yeah, tonight definitely it was a balance with the inside game and the outside game.  I think we went a lot into the post and that creates a good look for us, because the defense gotta make a decision what they're going to do, play a one on one, come and double team.
    I'm a pretty good passer and I can make plays and share the ball well.  It felt really good.  It felt right.  It felt like a overall good win.  Obviously Denver has players that are extremely tough, every game of the series.  And tonight we finally got off and took off and were able to dominate the game from the beginning to the end.

    Q.  Where did that change in the way you were playing come from, or the way that the team evolved sort of after Game 4?  Coach's meeting, players' meeting, some of it was after    what you said, after Game 4.
    PAU GASOL:  I think we realized that we just gotta do it that way.  We just gotta do it, having everybody participate in offense, and that's going to help us defensively, because it's going to give us better looks defensively and it's going to help us on a defensive balance.
    And tonight we pretty much    they didn't have any fastbreak points and breakouts, and we controlled that because we had really good balance and good shots.
    So that's just how we have to do it.  We have to keep that consistent and understand what it takes.  And then defensively we did a good job, too.
    So, like I said, overall it was a really good game for us.

    Q.  George Karl was saying out in the hallway he thought after Game 4 you guys started playing more like a team.  Maybe you can elaborate on that a little bit and just say whether these are the real Lakers that people have been waiting to see for a while.

    PAU GASOL:  Last two games, I mean, we really proved to ourselves and to everybody else that we can be an extremely high quality team, a team that deserves to be in the NBA Finals and is going for the NBA championship.  So that really, really felt good out there and we have to do more of that.
    I think we've been a little inconsistent throughout the year with that, and when we do that, when we move the ball and we just use all our weapons and all our players out there, we become really dangerous, because the defense end don't know, they hesitate, they doubt, if to go double team Kobe or not, go double team me or not.  And they're a little bit out of balance.
    So let's see if we can    I think we learned a lesson and we're going to keep it this way.

    Q.  Do you think this was a peak performance for the Lakers, or can we expect even greater performances than this?
    PAU GASOL:  Well, I don't know.  Tonight definitely a great overall performance on our part.  We shot the ball extremely well.  We shot the free throws unbelievably, 100 percent.  It's hard for us that we struggled a little bit, we were shooting in the low 70s overall.
    It's really good.  Our focus was there and    my man right here, and it was great and it was overall.  I don't know if we can play any better, but definitely the winning is what matters.  And we're four wins away from reaching our goal and that's all we have on our minds right now.

    Q.  As an athlete, how do you handle such a long layoff between games heading into the Finals?
    PAU GASOL:  You keep your focus, you take advantage of the days to get your body ready for the Finals and do whatever it takes mentally and physically to be in the best shape as possible to get there and compete and be successful.  So I think we all are aware of what's going on.
    Last year hurt us pretty bad.  And now we have a chance to redeem ourselves and go for it again.  So we're pretty excited.  I think we're going to be extremely focused these days on what we have to do to take it.

    Q.  You've spoken a lot about how much last year hurt.  Were there times in this game or even in the last couple of games that memories from last season flooded in and where you were starting to think about what that was like in the summer and after you lost?

    PAU GASOL:  I mean, you don't really think about the loss of last year.  But we think about how hard we have been working all year long to get this far and to have the opportunity to win the championship.
    And I think that's what I know went through my mind a couple times when I thought I was a little too tired or a little fatigued here or there, I'm like, look, you've got to toughen up, gotta dig deep and get whatever you have out there, because that's what my team needs and that's what our team needs.
    And I think we did a good job overall as a group working hard and getting it done.  So we'll keep it that way.

  
 
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Go Lakers go! You have arrived and have conquered the Western Conference of the NBA. Go and conquer it all! If you play the way you did in Game 6 against the Nuggets no team can defeat you. Four more games and you, our beloved Lakers, will be world champions again. Go Lakers go!

Roland DelaGoza

Great stuff. Something wonderful just clicked.

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PAU GASOL: I mean, you don't really think about the loss of last year. But we think about how hard we have been working all year long to get this far and to have the opportunity to win the championship.
And I think that's what I know went through my mind a couple times when I thought I was a little too tired or a little fatigued here or there, I'm like, look, you've got to toughen up, gotta dig deep and get whatever you have out there, because that's what my team needs and that's what our team needs.

THAT DON'T SOUND SOFT TO ME!
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10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
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The best Winning Percentage in History, yeah that’s true
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve got two.
We got the current and future MVP in Kobe Bryant
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Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
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Well the first half of my prediction came true! I told eve3ryone the Lakers would win Game 6...Now Cleveland will beat Orlando;

Wow, well played game. Orlando may be a real tough match up, didnt they sweep the Lakers this year. Hey, does anyone think Trevor looks like an up and coming James Worhty!

While there was no true turning point, Game 5 's dunk by Shannon, with the game in balance sticks in my mind.

Everything changed after that.

I'm a bit puzzled!!!
Everyone is congratulating the Nuggets on a dream season and a great series, where according to ESPN, the Lakers were two Ariza steals away from being swept!
Meanwhile, the Lakers were considered an embarrassment last season because they lost to a Boston team with three hall of famers and home court advantage in the Finals. A season we began with Kwame Brown as our starting center, and finished without Andrew Bynum and Trevor Ariza. We went 14-8 in the playoffs in 2008 after going 1-4 in 2007. How's that an embarrassment?!?!? Considering all the injuries, the Lakers over-achieved last year, and are primed to win it all this year.
Shame on you ESPN...Laker Haters have no shame!!!

Let's get 4 more wins, and make all the haters out there drink there tears through another Laker dynasty.

GO PURPLE AND GOLD

BLOG CRUE
I took my daughter to watch Night At The Musuem II yesterday. A word in the movie that stood out was "Moxy."

Like Jon K said, it's toughness, spirit, grit. Let the Lakers be filled with MOXY in the next series.

Did I say good morning?

Colorado loves the Lakers!

Good morning,

Who was that team? You know, the one with the precision execution, the drive, the smarts, the determination, the focus? Those were the Lakers?

The team we saw in Game 5 and even more so in Game 6 was the team we've been waiting to see. Oh yes, the regular season record was beyond impressive. And, yes, they made it through Utah and Houston. But so many of those wins were ugly enough to drive a man to drink, and many of them were accomplished by sheer talent, not by solid basketball.

The Lakers who emerged as Western Conference Champions answered a lot of questions on Friday night. That doesn't mean that the Finals against either Cleveland or Orlando will be easy. Adjustments will have to be made, just as they were in order to send the Thuggets on summer vacation.

But the ghost of Finals passed is haunting this team big time. For the past few days, it emerged as a theme in the words chosen by Kobe, Pau, Lamar, Luke, and Fish. It seems to be just the right motivator at just the right time.

I also liked what George Karl said about every time he thought he found cracks in the Lakers' armor, the conference finals only served to cement those cracks, making the Lakers stronger.

We've found our team and our team has finally found itself. Just at the right time. When the Finals begin on Thursday, our Ghost Chasers must feed on their prey like vampires. That masked man known as the Assassin must lead his fellow warriors to the Ring they all crave. It is time to put the ghost to rest.

Today is an especially great day to be a Lakers fan. I think we all sense there are even greater days ahead.

"I think we're better than them, actually, to be honest," said Martin, still stubborn. "But we didn't prove that. That's obvious, cause they're moving on and we're not. But I think we have a better team than they do."

are you kidding me...????

I actually laughed out loud when I read this!!!!!

Totally agree with you Roland Dela Goza and welcome to the blog.

The tough Laker fans are finally giving all their praises to their LA team, although it is still a calculated joy for the job is not completely finished till the last buzzer sound on the 4th win in the Finals. The holics' here have accused these very fans as half-hearted, cowards, fair weathered, fakers and so forth, yet they mistook the criticisms and passion in demanding for victory as a bad stance. A lot has been said of the old Laker fans going back to the West era, Showtime era, Shaq era, more of basketball fans than die hard Laker fans. They all would love the Lakers win it all and feel disgruntled, dejected and frustrated when they don't fit to that standard of excellence. Sometimes, It is also unfair to chastise these fans who pay their dues at any price so they our players to put up a wholesome entertainment, not a depressing half-hearted show. It demeans the place called Hollywood when talents are non-existing. However, last night it was a different story. It was so convincing and back to excellence. Our players were polite, our Lakers fans in general are keeping their happiness at bay, in a most modest way. The battlecry - Remember the debacle in Finals 2008, never again, no more repeat, we will hold that Euphoria in a June gloom battle royale.

I hope those euphoric bloggers today, don't divide these Lakers fans in Los Angeles during the Finals in branding them as half-hearted Fakers. I hope that is not too much to request in the next few days as we go for the Championship. Unity is our goal. Our fans show emotions in a diversified way, never ashamed to express their opinions and passion almost a perfectionist dude always demanding for excellence in every game spoiled by West, Kareem, Magic, Shaq et al well, the great one, Kobe will always deliver together with his new found mates.

Let's welcome home those who have been blogging since the start of this Lakers Blog in 2005. Let's forgive and forget whatever transpired along the way, it's about time for everyone to come home. Come home Stargazin', come back Lolo, this goes with other bloggers like: AZ, Xodus, JJ, Kiwi, Brylle, Zakee, Lysander, Greek dude, Cali King, RayRay, Weave-man, Albert, Lamar Show, Peter McGuire, Shady, R. G. Gaznabi, Kevin McK, purple and gold, Roger B, Laker Al, Dan the man, Magic = Goat, Arnie, Hariyahu, Andy B, Mitch, WiZo, Zen, Nula, Jorema including Gunner and KL, last but not the least come home to our prodigal brother Mike T and bring E.T. along & make them obey, etc. etc. Post again and express your views as we go to the Finals in 2009

Fantastic close-out Lakers! Absolutely brilliant game, from beginning to end.

Kobe...what can I say? I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone perform more efficiently and effectively. Dude made it look like he was playing in a rocking chair.

And I gotta give some serious props to Luke. Fantastic second half. When we're getting contributions from our 7-9 players, no one can beat us. No one.

Awesome game....positively awesome. I can't say it often enough!!!

AK/BK,

Did someone ask Phil why he re-inserted DFish in the game with about 3 minutes and 20+ lead?

Why did he have Kobe in game after late game timeout when Nuggets threw in the white flag?

Does Phil know Lakers are much more effective with Shannon Brown on the floor than DFish?

"Jesus couldn't guard Kobe?" Gotta love Coach Karl and his bizarre comments. So Karl, would walking on water be considered traveling in the NBA?

WAHOOO! Yessss sir! Yesterday's game was the kind of Laker basketball that we all love and know will get them a ring. Hopefully now they can rest and keep up this momentum with everyone clicking on all cylinders. P.S. Who else is ECSTATIC that we don't have to look at the Thuggets anymore? Dirty, cheap shot team.

GO LAKE SHOW!

Whew. What a relief to return to the blog and not have to read: "Blow up the team", "Lakers are soft", "Fire Phil Jackson", "Fish should retire". "Pau Ga-soft" and all that other stuff that made it difficult to hang out in here.

I know we still have to work to do, but last night's game showed some of the true believers what we've known all along: The Lakers do have the talent and the mentality to play championship basketball.

Looking forward to the Finals. Let's celebrate until then.

The Lakers will take it all the way this year!

It seems everybody had their ups-and-downs during the WCFs, except Kobe. He has been consistently very good to excellent.

We are lucky to have him, and every other Laker on our team. Quality we can be proud of.

Thanks to Our Team.

Next Stop the Finals.

Baywood


Friday I said the series was comin' back to LA but if, by some miracle, they pulled it out it would send a message back East.

Such is the bi polar insanity of being a Laker fan.

That game was perfection in purple and gold. It was more than a message, it was an ordination.

A moment of silence for the trolls that have kept us all laughing is in order. It looks like years of silent rage and depression in their June forecasts as they're forced to click past Laker parades.


A great game.

We're a better team than last year.

I'm looking forward to the Finals.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

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

YEE FRICKIN' HAW !!!!! HUZAH, EVEN !!!

how rewarding was that game---the Lakers must have been reading this blog---they did everything on my list (and many other fellow bloggers of course) of have to's that they needed to do in order to close out the Fuggets....

including (but certainly not limited to):

100 % FREE THROWING !!! SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT PROUD 100% FREE THROWING 24 FOR FRICKIN' 24 !!!

I am indeed one happy S.O.B. 100% not 57%, not 63%, not 76%, not 83%, not even 99% but ONE HUNDRED PERCENT...HUZAH INDEED !!!

they finally pounded the post till it hurt...and attacked the rim on both ends...

simply put... wait for it... LAKER FRICKIN' BASKETBALL !!!

everyone played well--props of course to that Kobe guy and Pau the Magnificient, but also mad props to Mr. Luke Walton and more importantly Lamar...

I told my family that I would never call him Lamarble Head again if he came through with a 20 point game---he must not like me calling him that, because he really came through for us just when we needed it...

now Lamar....we need 4 (count 'em), 4 games like that out of you (you too Mr. Walton)...

I really dug the seeming focus in that locker room when getting presented the WC trophy---nothing like last year---you can tell they are not satisfied with just the WC trophy..

"all the children sing"

"all together now"

lets take the above sage Beatle advise and sing it, shout it, scream it :

AS ALWAYS, AS EVER, YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY (AND SEASON) TO BE A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

HEY NOW!

As for those Denver nugget memerobilia, the need to be alter and somewhere place the word SEMI in there!

More thoughts seemingly, as it were.....

we BEAT the Fuggets by 27 points...now that's how to close out a series on the other guy's court...

I was literally exhausted, drenched with victroy sweat (and how sweet my sweat was), and elated beyond mere words of mortal beings...

can we please have this Laker team show up ALL THE TIME? I could definitly dig it mun...

Shannon Brown still needs more minutes, seemingly...

focus, intenstity, purpose, desire---LAKER PRIDE !!!

dug it that my fav Laker of all time, Big Game James (#42 in your program books---you know, the guy with the sugical pins in his ankle from rookie year injury) was the presenter of the WC trophy..

4 more victories----FOCUS

I think the Cav's will win their series, just a sneaking feeling I have....

iS IT THURSDAY YET?

GO LAKERS !!!

I dont post often but I'm so proud of my Lakers just had to let everyone know that lol. and I'm from Springfield Mass Celltics fans are so mad matter of fact The Witness's are totally miffed right now I'm loving it

T.J. Simers is a Troll, a narcissist, and a hack.

It angers me that I have to avoid his articles in the L.A. Times.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I've got more to say later (gotta start some housework), but I am truly impressed by our team. We're starting to get this thing down!

I love the way the Lakers behaved during the award ceremony.

Nothing to get excited about! They entered the game as the Western Conference Champs, and left it as the Western Conference Champs. They made it to finals last year, and they're back this year. Basically, par for the course!
This shows me they're focused and will not be satisfied until they win four more.

Be afraid Eastern Conference...be very afraid!!!

So I'm wondering what we'll have to give up to trade for Kwame
Brown, because..
{THUNK}

HEY!

{THUNK} {THWAK}

Stop throwing stuff. That hurts!

{SPLAT}


MAMBA24,

Last night felt good, didn't it?

Four more to go, baby.

It was curious last night at the lucky barstool (47-6). I had LeBroniacs come up to me, even guys who tried to start fights with me when I was minding my own business just watching the Lakers, and congratulate me. It was cool, but it was a bit weird too.

They're holding onto their desperate hope that they'll be able to win three straight against Orlando, but they've been humbled.

No more "KOBE IS A [female dog]!" being screamed in my ear while I'm enjoying the game.

Now it's more "Wow. Kobe is incredible. I wish we had a winner like Kobe on our team. I wish we had Lamar Odom or Ariza on our team. The Lakers are amazing."

Night and day, brother. Night and day.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

A couple of small things that might have been overlooked.

For the last 3 games of this series, Sasha shot 50%. Keep
it up, Machine.

Early in the series, Bynum got a lot of cheap fouls that were
and-1's. In this game, he made some hard fouls on people to
make SURE they didn't get the shot off. It's a small thing, but
it'll be a huge difference against guys like LeBron or Dwight
Howard, since neither of them is a good free throw shooter.

Basically, if you can reduce the number of layups or dunks
by either of those guys, they're much much less effective.
And even if you don't block every shot or foul them hard on
every shot, it makes them think the next time they come into
the lane, and that extra 30 milliseconds of delay can be the
difference between a made shot and a missed shot.

Go Lakers

I think those shirts usually get donated to kids in third world countries or something.

Even though the first 4 games were competitive, the last 2 we're a surgical dissection of the Nuggets, both mentally and physically.

This has been a great ride.

4 more to dynasty 4. Can't wait.

Adding insult to injury.

I didn't know it, but Nene broke his arm in the fourth quarter

One thing that seems to have changed over the past few games of this series is the Laker's attitude on the court. For the past few years, this particular group has tended to do a great deal of whining about fouls and non-calls. Bryant, Odom, and even Gasol have been pretty vocal. It looks as if Sasha has lost all credibility with the refs from doing that.

The past few games the team has been calm, serious, and purposeful. That may be related to Kobe chilling-out with his tech problem. I rather hope the behavior is more related to a young team finally growing up into being a focused group of professionals.

We'll see.

Sure hope that the Lakers dismantle their finals opponent like they did to Denver in this final game.

CORRECT PREDICTION, WELL SORT OF:

I must say that I will take credit for predicting, since the playoffs started, that the Lakers will play the Magic in the FInals and the Lakers would win in 6 games.

After last night's performance, I think the Lakers will win in 5. The only reason why I think the Lakers will lose a game is because I will give the Magic one game of draining 3s left and right.

Go Lakers!!!
dpk

Lakers Trophy presentation: Watched this carefully and tell me, why were the Lakers to the man, not doing ANY celebrating? None, nada, nothing!

Sure, its the Finals and Titles that we are all about. But was this a unique display of nothingness?

Looked at each one, and they were trying to act like they didn't care. Did you notice Luke and Sasha coyly smiling, then correcting themselves with a stoic and straight face?

What I mean is, these guys purposely, in an organized manner, showed the world, they are driven to win it all. It was a message not to the pundits, (who cares about them?) but to the Magic or Cavs, that YOU are in trouble.

It was a message meant to intimidate them. It was a message organized by, you know who, the one they are afraid to speak his name publicly. And….. it will work.

This team is like the freight train that is running at full speed, down hill, on the way to the NBA Title. The opposition is standing on the tracks, about to be crushed, hopelessly waving their arms, shouting, in an exercise of futility, “Please Stop! Oh please stop!”

Cavs, Magic, prepare to be flattened and crushed by the Lakers Freight Train!

This Lakers team is about to check in at the station, right on time, for our next NBA Championship.

Fatty

Great game by the boys. The game-plan execution was fantastic.

To all those naysayer Lakers fans out there: You can come to the parade, but you'll have to stand in back.

Go Lake Show!

i'll bet NOBODY in the world including myself thought this laker team could close it out ON THE ROAD and then win by 27... if lakers win it all that end of 3rd qtr/start of 4th qtr run in game 5 should go down as the most defining point of the season.... lets not forget our pt guard of the future shannon was in the game during that stretch.... hats of to luke but let not get out of hand, he checked in when the lakers were up by 13 and the nuggets were already demoralized... i hope i'm wrong about phil but since game 6 he's actually calling early time outs and had a shorter leash with dfish and sasha... i too think we matchup WAY better with the cavs but i'd rather have homecourt adv any day of the week esp considering phils perfect record after winning game 1... lookout for chargebron to bring everything he has 2nite from crabs to desperate drives into dhoward but orlando should prevail... i'm kinda worries about orlando's matchup problems esp since they got way better D and much better perimeter defenders on kobe...

if lakers win it all and i aint predicting nothing yet i'll be the FIRST MOFO PARADING N FIGUEROA.

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

Great morning everyone;

Analysis from all is right-on - can't add a thing about style and grace of the team, and peaking at the right time is an understatement. Some thoughts:

Bynie is still a non-factor. I'm a fan, understand. All who state that he is the key to Laker success are both wrong and understating the value of the rest of the team. An effective AB would be great, but last night shows what a title team plays like - B could've been sent home and it would all be the same. Someday for Andrew.

A blogger stated that we couldn't resign both Lamar and Trevor - where is that written? Both are needed for the above to be true, and both have played to and beyond expectations. Maybe lux tax is in our globetrotting owner's future but whatever the solution, solve it. Let's get fat now and spend whatever is needed on all the extras that make a dynasty - Jerry B can save later when Kobe retires.

While I'm on the Buss wagon, who here doesn't just LOVE Jeannie Buss? What a person, inside and out.

Trolls are trolls and they like to needle us but they are not the Celtics - a great heart of a team that we can learn from. Don't knock the Celtics when kicking trolls, for this ignores the truth and that hurts our cred.

If Fernando wants Staples Center to be in the Valley, let it be there - I understood his love and spirit.

I would like to see an enforcer come onto the team, either from inside or by acquisition. No team looks forward to receiving pain in the paint - and with the scoring pain we give in that very paint, 'twould be a monstrous combo.

We need a point guard for the regular season but not last night. Do we really need a "point guard?" Maybe a defensive big guard. One super fast guard on the other team can't beat the Lakers by himself, so what's the big deal?

Bob Seger is better than at least one blogger that I know of on this site.

Spiro Didas is an amazing play-by-play man - we are so lucky to have him. I miss Chick so much, I put myself in the refrigerator on occasion just for the memories and yes - the jello is jigglin' in there.

MAMBA24 has made me feel quite at home - Mayberry loves Mamba.

I have absolutely no wish to watch slash and dish basketball (Orlando), so let's root on Cleveland and see a nice series. We do want to beat LeBron to make this thing right, right?

Ernest T. Bass loves the NBA Finals.

=== KOBE BRYANT: PLAYER OF THE DECADE ===

When the NBA history books for the decade of 2000-2009 is written, it will reveal ONE central figure.

His name is Kobe Bryant.

6 NBA Finals out of 10 years. Even the years he didnt win, Kobe had wierd connections: HEAT (Shaq wins without Kobe), SPURS (Kobe Drops 81 points), SPURS (finally take out Kobe and the Lakers)

I'm not sure you realize how RIDICULOUS this is....

13 years in the league. 6 years to the FINALS. That's almost HALF his career Kobe's in the Finals! Over half, he has at least made the WCF!

10 all-star teams.
1 MVP.
81 points in a game.
etc. etc. etc.

When you talk about the NBA from 2000-2009, there is ONE player you must talk about. His name is Kobe Bryant.

GOOD MORNING LAKER NATION! (repost)

And what a morning. Cloudy here in the OC (my handle comes from when I was living in AZ) and it couldn't be more glorious!

Glad to see that Leo chimed in with his sad tale of woulda, coulda, shoulda. What ever you have to tell yourself to live your little dream my friend. What matters is what you do Leo. Chicago almost bounced the Celtics (yes that's right Chicago) before Orlando finally put them out of their misery in six. Last year is last year. I suggest that you live in the present and in 2009 the Celtics are home watching. And In their desperate need for anybody but the Lakers the Celtics blog recently adopted Pickaxe & Roll (a Denver Nuggets blog) and threw their support to the Nuggets. This gesture proved as effective as the Celtics futile and abortive run in the playoffs this year.

We welcome the opportunity to play the Celtics next year in the Finals (thank you for properly recognizing that we wil be there) but I am not very confident that the Celtics will be able to make it there. As Laker's fans we can only hope.

Hey where is 131-92 these days?

PURPLE & GOLD...IT NEVER GETS OLD!

A few thoughts:

A) Yes, Jon K, we're better than last year, and our opponent in the finals will be worse than last year's Celtics.

B) The Nuggets really got what they traded for in Billups: Is there anyone better and more consistent at leading a team to lose in the conference finals than he is?

C) Speaking of which, last night's win felt a little bit like redemption for our loss to the Pistons in '04 when so many of our players were injured.

D) A Luke Walton dunk made the ESPN top 10!

E) Kobe played the best in this series I've ever seen him in 13 years.

F) Pao has transformed from a softy to a gutsy.

G) We are hitting the finals in peak performance.

H) Karl, watch out for blasphemous imagery in your praise of #24.

That's all for now...except that it's fun to be a Laker fan about now!

It's all about peaking at the right time. The Cavs were by all accounts the best team in the league tha last part of the regular sesson, but the seem to have slipped recently. The Lakers, on th eother hand look like they can beat anyone right now, and that's what it's all about. I've always thought PJ was the best at preparing his team to peak at the right time, and thet seems to have hapened this year.

I can't believe trolls like Todd are still raging on him.

Open letter to the Laker Blog

Sorry to pop your bubble but the fix is on.We just finished are executive meeting (NBA and ESPN execs) and pre-ordained the winner of the Larry O`Brian title.The Cleveland cavs will finish off Orlando then will beat the Lakers in 7.Jerry Buss and Phil Jackson were notified and their hands are tied.This agreement is coming down from some big wig from China (buying the caviler franchise).The money is to great (the bribe)and we decided to crown the KING, Lebron James a ring.The series will end in 7.The NBA is corrupt,sorry.

Nemaih-

You're comments about Kmart echoed my own. His belief that the Nuggets are a better team than the Lakers reminds me of George Karl's comments that his team had outplayed our guys, notwithstanding the fact that we were leading his team in games at the time. At least in George's case he now states that the Lakers are the best team in the league, thanks to his Nuggets helping to "cement some cracks". I happen to think both of these Karlisms are true.

Houston and to an even greater extent, Denver helped round the Lakers into Championship form. When we win the O'Brien this year we can thank the stern test both of these teams presented. I do not mean to slight Utah but they really did not provide the challenge that our last two opponents did.

Karl displayed class in assessing a tough loss and series whereas Martin simply appeared bitter. Denver is a very good team that deserves better than the tawdry example set by Mr. Red Lips.


I'm so happy my Lakers won!!! Yipeee!!! Bring it home men! Go Lakers!

First of all, they should blow up the team, The Lakers are soft, They should Fire Phil Jackson and Fish should retire. And how about Pau Ga-soft?

JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING
(in response to T-Melts comment)

But seriously, that tends to be the comments left on the board when the Lakers struggle. But I understand that being a fan, you expect nothing but the best when you know you have a team that is capable of being the best. Well regardless, the Lakers are Western Conference Champions once again but our work isn't over yet. We have one more series to take care of before we can once again call the Lakers World Champions.

Whether we face Orlando or Cleveland (my bet is on Orlando), both teams will push the Lakers to the limit. Orlando has a similar game to the Lakers with both an inside/outside presence, however I think Orlando likes launching the three a bit more often. One thing the Lakers don't want to fall into is a three point contest. If me being the coach, I would pound the ball inside to Gasol/Bynum/Odom in hopes to either waring down Dwight Howard or getting him in foul trouble. Behind D. Howard, Orlando is pretty weak compared to L.A.

If we face Cleveland, sure we don't have homecourt advantage, but in my opinion, shouldn't matter. We have beaten Cleveland once already at Quicken Loans Arena, there biggest threat is obviously LeBron James and it will really be up to the rest of the team if they would have any chance to beating the Lakers. LeBron obviously likes to drive to the rim, but if he has been having a difficult time doing it against Orlando with D. Howard, imagine him trying it with Bynum and Gasol in the middle. So I can see LeBron settling for jumpers more often as the series goes on.

Now for a few parting words to the Denver Nuggets. As much as the most of us hated there style of play, and I'm not meaning the clean side of it, we have to thank them for waking the Lakers up. I admit, this team pushed us to the limit which is why the Lakers finally responded the way they had to. Now in response to K-Marts comments about him believing they were the better team, well........ that's his opinion. But when it comes down to the end of it, the Lakers were the team that advanced. But lets give credit to the Nuggets for their success this season. Impressive year!

Okay, I'm already bored waiting for the next round of the
playoffs to begin.

So I think starting point guard is the biggest chink in the Lakers
armor going forward, especially since D-Fish will be a year older
and a step slower next season. Farmar still might make one
more jump in steadiness and be worthy of the role, but just in
case...

What do you think of this trade idea:

Lakers send AMMO and Derek Fisher to Chicago.

Chicago sends Kirk Hinrich and the #26 pick to the Lakers.

Chicago then pulls a Stackhouse/McDyess and buys FIsh
out & Fish re-signs with the Lakers for the veteran minimum.

-----

With the buyout of Fisher and with AMMO's contract having
a team option after next season, that frees up enough cap
space that Chicago can re-sign Ben Gordon without being
in the luxury tax for the next 3 years. And they can use their #16
pick to pick a good backup PG who doesn't cost them 8-9
million a year, like Hinrich would for the next 3 years.

The Lakers get a PG who's still young and is a good defender
and a legitimate starter. Fish comes back on board for veteran
leadership. Farmar, Brown, and Sasha all fill roles backing
up both guard positions.

And at #26, the Lakers could gamble on a prospect who doesn't
have to contribute right away.


i'll bet NOBODY in the world including myself thought this laker team could close it out ON THE ROAD and then win by 27...

Posted by: yellofever | May 30, 2009 at 10:34 AM

First thing first!

Happy Birthday Carmelo

Now that I got that out the way, Lakers wrap the series up tonight with a 11 point victory.

I said it first:

Lakers: 104
Denver: 93

Posted by: Razdizzle | May 29, 2009 at 05:29 PM

Well, my prediction was close......I mean, who would of thought the Lakers would go 24-24 at the freethrow line.

Great Job Guys!

THIS TIME AROUND IS DIFFERENT

The Lakers have morphed before our eyes. They have always had the talent. Something that has gotten endless play in the media mostly directed at our perceived chronic inability to combine said talent with heart. Some of this was undeniably justified. But just as it takes great heat to forge strong steel so too has the challenge of these playoffs combined to bring this team together. Last night we saw it on display. The fact of it undeniable.The Lakers are acting and playing as a team. Kobe was a consummate leader. Exhorting and advising. Everyone communicating on defense. In short, this team is battle hardened and genuinely cares about one another. They also know that the challenge is not over and until it is, our effort and execution and our "teamness" cannot waver.

Once again I like our chances...I had predicted that the Lakers would win in 6 against Denver. I had also stated yesterday that it would not surprise me if the final score was not close, regardless of who won. But what I did not foresee is the level to which this team would bond.

4 MO'

PURPLE & GOLD...IT NEVER GETS OLD

ps I had also expected that the game would turn on the Bynum/Nene matchup. As Barkley would say..."turrible" call. But still way better than John Berry.

pps What's up with calling him JB now? That's really "turrible"

Mamba24,

It is your day, you persistence paid off, 4 more wins. We hear u in the morning, hear you in the evening and read again on a weekend...it made me a little bit worried, have u been laid off? Hope not we need a rabid Mamba24 but not out of work, got to put food on the table, Kobe can't provide food for Larry's family.

Korey,

Totally agree, the World History of Basketball will record 2000-2010 is to be known as Kobe's decade. If he keeps on playing till age 39, Kareem's record 38K is also in dangerl. How about his accomplishment last summer in redeeming the reputation USA team back to Gold medal. Well, Melo, Lebron, D'Wade, Duncan including LO were humiliated in their first Olympics coached by Larry Brown. As long as the Mamba is breathing and LA fans are cheering there will be more haters, more jealousy, more money & greed from ESPN, LAT three stooges, if they can't trash the player then talk about Kobe as a person. ad infinitum.

Faith,

Finally, got what you wish D-Fense! Sasha made some shots but the swine flu is still lingering, the machine needs a lot more oiling and mental toughness.

Fatty,

The players are solemn and reticent. They withhold their celebration till the Fatty woman sings in the Finals.

Jon K & LakerTom,

A long time we have been waiting from '04 Finals to the birth of this blog, Smush, Kwame years, long struggling years in trenches, perhaps thousand of posts from us exploited by the K-Bros from V-man, CBuck, korey, Rick F., EX, Faith, Jman and many more up to Mamba24 & his gang. we are awaiting the Laker Championship fight. Don't want to jinx it, we have to make it sure this time.

I can't believe what I just read on the Nuggets blog (Denver Post):

"Man, I fell asleep during the pregame warmups and didn't wake up until midnight. Guess I didn't miss much."
mark m (aka ) | 11:10 AM on Saturday May 30

I guess I'm shocked that a Nuggets player would be blogging so soon after their defeat...

#4,

"I think those shirts usually get donated to kids in third world countries or something."

Poor kids. They've already been inundated by Phoenix Suns "Finals" T-shirts over the last several years. Only one of those antiques remain in the States, and it resides in BUTLER's home.

"It's good to be here, but it's not our goal," said Trevor Ariza, who scored 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting in the clincher after making game-changing steals late in Games 1 and 3 to nab Lakers victories. "It was just a step. I think we will ... I know we will be happy when we get that ring."

Small victories for small teams,
FOR THE LAKERS ONLY THE GLORY IS ENOUGH!!!

GO LAKERS!!!

About my comment yesterday:
Jon K,
i was talking about coincidences, not about my name. You must know, you and your lucky barstool. Well, for me, my numbers and coincidences are pointing to the Lakers wining the Championship. Well, who is rational being a fan, anyways XD.

Edwin, thanks for your birthday wishes in advance.I'm waiting only one present, and you know what it is:
A BIG, NEW AND SHINY RING!!!

GO LAKERS!!!

LTLF,

Thumbs down on your trade proposal. Though he'd be an upgrade at PG, Hinrich's contract is too long and expensive in my opinion. It kills our flexibility in the coming years. I think Shannon Brown will be ready to step into the starting role next year and be a much better value than Hinrich.

oh, I like this win.
they need to keep the focus. absolutely.

Edwin Gueco,

Dude, as someone who has seen the arc of this blog since 2004. All I gotta say is "What a long, strange trip it's been!"

It's good to be back in the Finals and this year, I believe, we will finally exorcize the ghosts of losing in the Finals to Detroit in 2004 and everything terrible that immediately came after that. All the struggle, anger, and confusion.

Rebirth.

Dynasty.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

To Whom It May Concern:

Bob Seeger is an over-rated, self-absorbed, whining "songwriter" who plays to an Middle American stereotype and formulaically repeats his choruses ad nauseum to try to get radio play. OVER-RATED.

Patti Smith is a pretencious, self-indulgent, exhibitionistic, talentless pseudo-artist and lousy "poet" whose influence in the development of Punk has been grossly inflated.

Neither deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has become something of a joke of an institution anyways.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Saw this on PickAxe&Roll - can't claim cred. Don't really wanna make fun of physically and mentally challenged individuals, but it's all in fun and just a small poke.

"thinking about the poor wheelchair kid from the halftime show, whose job is it to tell him that the Finals are an exclusive club that the Nugs are not allowed into?"

Hey all - Happy Happy Laker day after WCF G6 win.....all aboard that NBA finals steamroller!

I would propose we start minimizing talk of the Magic era, Showtime, Shaq era etc. and start a new one:

THE MAMBA ERA.

It's a new day! During the past few years of playoff sorrows, we have seen an evolution/transformation of a player that is extremely enlightening.

He has learned to trust, learned he needs his teammates (all of them) and he is mentoring/sharing. Sure there are still some emotional scowls but it's all different now. Each in their own way has embraced this winning, killer attitude that we always loved in KB24.

But look in each of their eyes now - replay Pau sitting on the ground after the flagrant - that was a look, the look of the eye of the tiger. He finally gets it. It's been an amazing journey and we have 4 more to go to reach the next stage. The Mamba Era.

And for those semi-superstitious folks....

24 for 24 free throws = Kobe's number
30th conference finals, 30 NBA finals = Kobe's age
These are signs my friends and it's all good. It's all good.

Thanks for the game summary - it was brilliant, the great insight and all the regulars joining in to celebrate this moment. On to the next round - the one that really matters!!!

LOVE IT - GO LAKERS!

wow, i am still in awe with the last night's performance. great job. get some rest guys you deserve it and come when thursday get ready to play like last night again.

btw, this is off topic but remember kobe's off the glass pass to himself in houston series. doug collins said he saw kobe do it before and bloggers said they didn't remember. well i found the video it happened last yr in the playoffs. this one is just as sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHyfP9I-gBE

MUST DUMP WALTON!

we beat the thuggets,...woohoo. Orlando? Ain't no thang, just 4 more games. And don't it feel good? Wonder when the Dwight and Kobe nike puppet show starts?


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