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You wouldn't think an All Star would get bored during the Finals, but just in case...

For my money, the guy with the most interesting gig in this year's Finals is Pau Gasol.  Defensively, he'll start on Rashard Lewis, he of the NBA leading 554 three pointers during the regular season, 68 more than the next guy in line (that would be Ray Allen).  While long distance bombing is his strength, Lewis can put the ball on the floor and penetrate enough to keep his man honest.  He's certainly a mobile 6'10". Then, of course, Pau will move along to Dwight Howard, who led the league in dunks by 23 over the guy in second.  (Shaq Something-or-other.)  His is, as the saying goes, strong like bull. 

This is like playing guitar in an Andres Segovia revue one day then ripping for a death metal band the next night.  You just don't expect the same dude to do both.  Having done the whole PF/C thing for much of the year, Gasol is used to picking up a few different dudes during a game.  But it's rare to get two such diametrically opposed styles in the same game.  For (potentially) seven games in a row.  That's a lot of recalibration on the fly. 

"It's not easy at all.  It's a challenge that I'm going to face all series long," Gasol told me Tuesday at practice.  "I have to be mentally ready and physically ready to move my feet and chase Rashard, and guard him at the three point line and also his penetration.  His ability to penetrate.  Then to battle and wrestle with Dwight when Andrew goes out."

"It's as simple as that, and as hard as that, too."

 
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LeBron had surgery yesterday to remove a benign growth from
his mouth.

While he was at it, he should have had a procedure to remove
millions of lips from his bottom (including David Stern's).

What I would like to know is who does Shaq want to win the series. It can't be the Lakers, because that means he can't rap on Kobe anymore for not winning without him. Also, if Orlando wins, Van Gundy is no longer the "Master of Panic" and Dwight Howard can rightfully claim the Superman title. Looks like Shaq's big mouth has him in a pickle! haha I appreciate the 3 titles Shaq helped us get, but I'm never going to let him off the hook for all the crap he put Kobe and the Lakers through.

So much Laker stuff on the web it's hard to read it all, but I liked this from Bill simons' chat:

"And Shannon Brown might be the single best fit for the triangle of any random player we've seen since Brian Shaw: He can make 3s, he's super-athletic, he can guard three positions, he can handle the ball, he's a quality teammate and he's tough as hell. Who knew?"

And this:

" Five soon-to-be free agents in the 2009 Finals can swing their financial destinies to alarming degrees. If the Magic win and Turkoglu has a few big moments, then they'd have to pay him gobs of money. Same for the Lakers and Odom. Trevor Ariza will earn the full midlevel with a good enough series."

And:

"Q: Let's say I pull this off and we win a title. Does that push me past Oscar and Jerry and make me the third-greatest guard ever?
-- K. Bryant, Los Angeles

SG: Yes. Absolutely. No question."

Wes

Pau gasol is the man. Unless he folds,that man is the man. He our big man,my issue is that we have a monster on the bench named mbenga. Polish him up and have him back up andrew,don't stress out gasol. Lakers are full of scorers,we can afford to miss andrew 8 ppg. Seriously,andrew>mbenga>odom>gasol. That's the order on howard and by the time we get to odom he should be fouled out. Damn it. He put chris mihm in last year finals without a second of playing time the rest of the post season. Do the same!

Jellos Jigglin,

SHACK wants the SUNS to win the Finals, which I think has a pretty good chance of happening.

Hopefully Phil will finally take advantage of his depth and throw different looks at Dwight. IMO the best strategy for the Lake show is to play Howard straight up AND STAY AT HOME ON THE 3PT SHOOTERS. Use Drew, DJ, and Pau on Dwight. If the Lakers can do this, the #'s should workout something like this.

D12 will most likely average 25/15/3 + Lewis/Turk 37pts/game Alston/Pietris, Lee, and the other guys 35pts/game.

Kobe will have the best finals of his career 35pg/5/5, Pau 18/10/2, Andrew/LO 23/15/4, Fish/Laker bench 25pts.

Avg Victory: Lakers 101 Magic 97 LAKERS IN 6

UTZWORLD SEZ:

"BUTLER DEAL OR NO DEAL BANDWAGON
*
A CHALLENGE TO BUTLER
If (and WHEN) we win this year's NBA Championship, you will issue a public apology. No spin. No talk about refs. No caca-del-toro about how our winning is actually a Suns victory. Be man enough to admit that in 2008-09 the Los Angeles Lakers WERE - AND ARE - THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA. If you apologize, I (and I suspect many other of the Blog Patriarchs) will commit to a summer free from using phrases involving the words FUNS, GNASH, No Rings, etc.
*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - OWNER/DRIVER
(02) MAMBA24 - TROLL enforcement guard."

Ok, you're on UTZ! But I won't issue an apology, for I have committed no sin. But I will offer a sincere congratulations to LA for being the best team in the playoffs.

But, you need to do more than just agree not to use certain words should ORL prevail. Besides, it was I who coined the tern GNASH, so by all means continue to use this word.

What I require is this: in the event of an ORL victory, you (and anyone else who signs on to this "deal") will have to proclaim that the SUNS are the best team in the Pacific Division by virtue of their winning streak vs. LA.

Sound like a deal?

KL the Least,

Kobe is 100% right in saying Shaq wouldn't have won those titles without Kobe.
Even Shaq agreed. And as for Miami, Wade is nobody? He is one of the top 3 players in the league, with Kobe & lebron.

If Shaq could have won it with nobody, why doesn't he have 15 rings? He couldn't even make the playoffs with 3 all-stars this year. And when Wade was hurt, his team had only 15 wins before he was dumped to the suns.

Once again, KL's is wrong.

Question for everyone: How similar is Rashard Lewis' game to Dirk Nowitzki? Are there any things the Lakers can apply from how they play Dirk to Rashard? And isn't Odom pretty good at defending Dirk?

Posted by: JellosJigglin | June 03, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Shaq put his money on the lakers. He twittered it.

LTLF -

Maybe that growth is what kept him from congratulating the Magic on their win. The report did say that he knew about this thing for months...

While he was at it, he should have had a procedure to remove
millions of lips from his bottom (including David Stern's).

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | June 03, 2009 at 11:56 AM

LTLF that was hilarious!

One more day. One more day. I'm jonesin' for my team. Can't wait to see them play!

I'll leave all the breakdowns and comparisons to y'all and simply say:

GO LAKERS!
I LOVE LA!!!!!!!!

ps - I live in AZ and yesterday I saw a car all decked with Laker flags and stickers. WAY TO REPRESENT!!!!!!!!!!

REPOST

A CHALLENGE TO BUTLER

If (and WHEN) we win this year's NBA Championship, you will issue a public apology. No spin. No talk about refs. No caca-del-toro about how our winning is actually a Suns victory. Be man enough to admit that in 2008-09 the Los Angeles Lakers WERE - AND ARE - THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA.

If you apologize, I (and I suspect many other of the Blog Patriarchs) will commit to a summer free from using phrases involving the words FUNS, GNASH, No Rings, etc.

After we win, there is an assignment I have to do which directly does involve you and your team. I'll take care of that first and then my Summer of Non-Suns Harrassment will begin.

What say you, Butler? DEAL? OR NO DEAL?

Mamba24,

I saw a comment in orlando sentinel's Magic blog. Is that you, or someone with the same name/ID?? :-)


The definition of a Laker hater

Laker Hater-noun (Lay×ker Hay+ter)

A soul with no destiny,no dedication,
Without a championship team so it seeks justification,
Every game,no matter who's the opponent,
It sides with them no matter if its pointless,
Fuel by jealousy they hate what we stand for,
A hollywood team that's flashy with the way we score,

Even the media has the plague,so every game is a must win,
If we lose,its a dissapointment but to win we become arroagant,
Movie stars,pop acts and rappers fills the seats every game,
Laker haters sitting at home wishing several ankles gets sprained,
We've had some of the best players but they still question our veracity,
Best franchise in history on our way to our fourth dynasty,
Abc run stories on everybody but us,i dont think thats fair,
Only footage we get is derek reading the monologue of how the n.b.a care,
Tnt crew is told to scrutinize our players so Laker haters will increase ratings,
But at the end of the day,the team with the most final appearances will be playing,
We expect the hate but to blatantly attempt to dethrone the best,
Was a joke because the replacement is now booking tickets to san tropez,
This is what make us die hard fans so committed and loyal,
The love from your hate is that which makes our blood boil,
Cheap skepticism about a winning team should make people quite relunctant,
To say "laker sucks" after every laker win is getting real redundant,
So why do you exist,for the sake of balance? Or are we that good?
Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it's not looking good,
Even in defeat we stand proud and try the next year,
So we're back to the finals the acme of the year,
I got my flags waving,and I got the winning psyche,
For orlando is to nba as lebron is to nike!

As long as Pau makes up for his challenges on the defensive end by making them pay on the offensive end, he'll have done his job.

Jellos Jigglin, Shaq just said this on his twitter:

"thats right i am saying it today and today only, i want kobe bryant to get number 4, spread da word"

For real.

Dang, can you imagine Pau with the Skyhook?

I saw a post by KL Beast on the other board bashing Kobe. Is this guy a stalker or something? How many years has he been bashing Kobe? At what point do you move on? LOL!

I'm excited for Bynum. He doesn't need to block shots by Dwight Howard, just make things difficult and make Howard work on the other end. Andrew has taken a lot of crap with people forgetting he came back from a serious knee injury but he can be a hero here and earn himself a ring in the process. Pretty cool for a 21 year old.

About a half hour ago, Shaq tweeted that he wants Kobe to get his 4th ring...

Mamba24 - ROTFLMAO!!!!! I TOO WILL LIVE OR DIE FOR MY PUUUPPPPPEEETTTTTTTTTT......!!!!!!

Put me on the "Butt-ler Deal or No Deal" bandwagon please. That little troll needs to put up or shut up - once and for all.

Its game 7 we're down 1 point with 6 seconds to go and Alston leaves his man to double team Kobe. Kobe whips it to our point guard for the final shot - WHO DO YOU WANT IT TO BE??? Hint: if you answered anyone other than D-Fish you're nuts

Posted by: Jay Jay (yes I'm back) | June 03, 2009 at 09:47 AM
===========================

honestly i dont want anyone else on that team other than kobe taking that shot... i'd prefer a double twisting triple somersault kobe double/tripled team over anyone else taking that shot.

if dfish is back to his old self and gets his shooting touch back yes dfish is the man but if its the same low esteem dfish of this playoffs HELLL NOOOO. you'll prob see an airball like last series... i'd prob take ariza or even gasol or whoevers hot that game.

damn cant take this anxiety.... can we fast forward to tomorrow 6pm...

SPARTANS! PREPARE FOR GLORY!

top 10 reasons lakers should not get upset like last year:

1. kobe is wayyy hungrier
2. they have no posey or anyone close to a kobe stopper
3 they got no pierce
4 besides from howard, orlandos frontcourt is very thin and not as physical
5. they have no penetrating guard who can break down the D... or healthy pt guard a least.
6 they have no THIBBODEAU!
7 bynum
8 ariza
9 shannon
10 homecourt


SPARTANS! PREPARE FOR GLORY!

I HEARD HERPES IS SOMETHING HARD TO GET RID OFF, JUST LIKE BUTLER, HAHAHAHAHA

See, this is the definition of a troll.

>>>
SHACK wants the SUNS to win the Finals, which I think has a pretty good chance of happening.
>>>

100% delusional. suns can't win the Finals if they don't make the play-offs.

So butler, you wanna put some money on the suns winning the 2009 championship?

I'll take that bet.

Mamba24, I saw a comment in orlando sentinel's Magic blog. Is that you, or someone with the same name/ID?? :-)Posted by: Kobefan in Cupertino | June 03, 2009 at 01:09 PM

Naw KobeFan in Cupertino there's a couple other Mamba24 running free without their medication like me. but now that you mentioned it since I'll blamed for it any way, maybe I'll take a look see. Thanks!
Larry(Mamba24)

*
BUTLER DEAL OR NO DEAL BANDWAGON
*
A CHALLENGE TO BUTLER
If (and WHEN) we win this year's NBA Championship, you will issue a public apology. No spin. No talk about refs. No caca-del-toro about how our winning is actually a Suns victory. Be man enough to admit that in 2008-09 the Los Angeles Lakers WERE - AND ARE - THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA. If you apologize, I (and I suspect many other of the Blog Patriarchs) will commit to a summer free from using phrases involving the words FUNS, GNASH, No Rings, etc.
*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - OWNER/DRIVER
(02) MAMBA24 - TROLL enforcement guard.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - That little troll needs to put up or shut up - once and for all.

Butler,

Not that I'm on with your deal, because I'm not, but I was just wondering if the deal includes your other postings including 131-92, Red's Love Child, etc.? Are you including all of them?

Personally, I could never agree to your demands because I simply couldn't find it in myself to wager a lie, regardless of how improbable it might be that I would lose.

PS: let me know if you want me to email you a picture of what a championship banner actually looks like. I know you Suns fans have heard about them and I thought it might be nice if you could actually see one.

BUT (LOL!) LER. Let me (LOL!) get this (LOL!) straight...(LOL!)

You want me to (ROTFLMAO!) say that a team we beat (LOL!) 3-1 during the season series (LOL!) with the "1" coming in a obvious (LOL!) dignity saving (LOL!) win during their (LOL!) last matchup of the season (LOL!) - the SAME team (LOL!) who didn't even make (LOL!) the Playoffs (ROTFLMAO!) is (LOL!) the (LOL!) best (ROFTLMAO!) team in the (LOL!) Pacific (ROFTLMAO and bout to have a heart attack!!!!) - even though (LOL!) they lost the Pacific (LOL!) by a mere (LOL!) 19 games (ROFTLMAO!)?

I just threw up in my mouth from laughing so hard.

How bout we do something a bit more your speed - like me/us declaring that Nash is a better team leader than Kobe or something.

DEAL? OR NO (still ROFTLMAO!) DEAL?

What I require is this: in the event of an ORL victory, you (and anyone else who signs on to this "deal") will have to proclaim that the SUNS are the best team in the Pacific Division by virtue of their winning streak vs. LA. Sound like a deal? Posted by: BUTLER | June 03, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Butler you are the Class of the Troll Division. Deal!
And I hope your team regroups so we can renew
our rivalry. Stay thirsty my friend.
Larry(Mamba24)

About a half hour ago, Shaq tweeted that he wants Kobe to get his 4th ring... Posted by: Shawn Mack | June 03, 2009 at 01:59 PM

F*&^ Shaq!!! Kobe should Tell Shaq to tell him how his Azz taste! But of course he's to classy for that.
So.... Hey Shaq, Tell me how Kobe's Azz Taste!

Butler,
"What I require is this: in the event of an ORL victory, you (and anyone else who signs on to this "deal") will have to proclaim that the SUNS are the best team in the Pacific Division by virtue of their winning streak vs. LA.
Sound like a deal?"

Syllogism: The Lakers are the best team in the Pacific Division. Because the suns have a "winning streak vs. LA", then they are the best team in the Pacific Division.
Ergo,
If The Lakers win the championship, earning the title of the best team in the NBA, then the suns are the best team in the world? galaxy? known universe? Then your players must receive, what, a "championship collar"????

Shaq wants Kobe to win because he wants to be a Laker again and be retired as a Laker. He wants his jersey up there at Staples and this will not happen until Kobe wins a ring without Shaq. I do not have a problem with that. The duo can still make a run for another 2 or 3, that will cement both their legacies. Both have matured and can work together for another 3 peat. I believe that Shaq have realized that he needs Kobe more than Kobe needs him, I hope I am right. Would you rather Shaq team up with LBJ?

I got my flags waving,and I got the winning psyche,
For orlando is to nba as lebron is to nike!
Posted by: freddyP | June 03, 2009 at 01:21 PM

Awwww shooooooot!!!!
Do I have to say it again? ..OUT FREAKING STANDING!!!!!!!!
I BOW BEFOR A MASTER SIR!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!
JesterGuru We just been busted.!!!!

Larry(Mamba24)
!!!

I'll go for the deal or no deal bandwagon but what's with Butler wanting us to say that the Suns are the best in the Pac division if Orlando wins the finals? That makes zero sense. The Suns wound up 19 games behind us.

BUTT-LER,
I thought you're long been gone, just like your Loser team Phoenix. As soon as the Lakers got eliminated during the 2005,2006, & 2007 seasons I stopped following the N.B.A. I lost inerest because my favorite team is not playing anymore. I could care less who wins the championship. All I care is the Lakers. I don't want to waste my time with other teams. How come you're still in this blog saying nothing but negative things about the Lakers? We don't need your opinion. Just evaporate and be gone until next season when your pathetic team Suns will be playing and LOSE again. BYE, BYE.

I'm not going to debate you Todd so this is my last and final post to you:

"Why are you quoting narrow in the stats advocating DFish?"

Why are you quoting narrow in the stats advocating Jordan when most of the season and every series save the Houston one Jordan has played sub-par?

"Seems like per 48 minutes stats in 2009 playoffs is the most effective measure"

Not always. As Kobe quoted *DIFFERENT* for every series. Houston series Kobe shot only 44.5% while for Denver he shot an outstanding 48.5%. The only consistent shot in these playoffs besides Pau Gasol is Trevor's and LO's 3pt shooting which so far has remained above a sizzling 50% (both of them actually).

After a hot start Shannon's shot fell off though not as bad. Jordan's shot was nowhere in either the Denver or Utah series but was there in Houston. Fish seemingly regained his shot near the end of the Denver series and he had almost no rest since the beginning of the Houston series save for that suspension.

"Is Aaron Brooks more effective than DFISH -- yes.
Is Aaron Brooks more effective than Jordan Farmar - No"

You must not have been watching games enough. First time Aaron Brooks met Jordan in the NBA he torched Jordan for 20 points and most of those were before the blowout. When in college, Brooks outplayed Jordan and Jordan had Collison's help then to defend. Aaron Brooks is more effective then ALL point guards that the Lakers have. You fail to even see how horrid Jordan's defense has always been. I've covered Jordan since he led his Bruins to the title game. Jordan is a great athlete but is still not a great shooter, finisher (penetrating yes but not shooting), involving the big man more, running a team, or defender beyond a few steals which he is not as good as Trevor is.

"Best thing you have said is we better HOPE DFish has a gallon left. "

Best thing you could said we better HOPE Jordan doesn't do another choke job and no show in the Finals until when there is no chance of winning or being outplayed by Rafer since Jammer will most likely come off the bench.

If it weren't for Derek/Shannon/Kobe Deron Williams and Chauncey Billups would have owned Jordan.

I'm done now. At this time: Derek>Shannon>Jordan

Next season: Shannon>Derek/Jordan.

Bynum

Yes here it is Andrew Bynum's big chance to make a name for himself on the big stage. He is already a hero to us Lakers who have come to know him over the last few seasons. To the rest of the league he is just a 7 foot center with a lot of potential who has had a knee injury 2 years in a row and knocked him out for the year both years. We have seen the potential both years before he went down with season ending injuries. For everyone else Andrew you are just a big talented kid who got a huge extension contract based purely on ability and not results. The lakers have just taken a big gamble on you; they have seen the talent.

This is your big chance. It's not going to be easy though. You are coming off the knee surgery, wearing the brace and definitely not 100 percent yet. And you are going up against the best center in the league. But hey Howard is only 23 to your 21, and I think with you coming out right out of high school you have been in the league as long as Dwight.

Here it is Mr. Bynum. This really is just like Kobe vs Lebron. The best versus the best. Most people do not believe Andrew is the best though. They know Dwight it. He has proven it. Especially in these 2009 playoffs. Andrew you have not been able to prove your worth to date in these 2009 playoffs. Glimpses of it have surfaced. If you can do what I think you can, and a lot of bloggers here know you can, this will go down as THE matchup of the best centers in the game (no disrespect meant to Yao as he is obviously right up there as one of the best).

If Andrew could get us 20 and 10 in this series it would be his coming out party, and there would no longer be any doubt. All the fans in the league, teams in the league, players and coaches in the league would know what us laker bloggers have known for a couple of years now. That Andrew Bynum is one of the 2 or 3 most talented centers in the NBA and barring injury will be for 10 or 15 years. That Bynum will dominate the game year after year, and like other great ones before him, will earn mulitple NBA rings because he is so good.

Not many have done it. Bill Russell. Wilt. Kareem. Byrd. Magic. Jordan. Shaq. Hakeem. This is how great we have all believed Bynum could be. Right up there with these names who have dominated the game and racked up multiple titles.

Talk about a big chance. Here it is Mr. Bynum. You want to complain to Phil about not getting enough playing time in the 2009 playoffs? You want to complain that you haven't gotten enough touches on offense. Well guess what? I think you are about to get everything you've asked for. Phil is going to play you 35 to 45 minutes a game. And the team is going to feed you the ball down low on superman to try to get him in foul trouble.

You are about to be offered the chance of making a name for yourself against the best the NBA has to offer. In fact you got Yao in the earlier series, again the best. You are getting the chance Andrew. The only question left is how you will respond. Will you do what I am expecting, what your biggest supporter LakerTom is expecting? Will you come out and play the best games of your young NBA career? Will you come out and play Dwight Howard one on one, by yourself, without any help, and not only hold your own against him, but outplay him? Score as much as Dwight? Play as tough a team defense as Howard does? Make the opponents afraid to drive to the basket like they are against Dwight?

After this series will they all be saying that Drew Bynum not only held his own against Howard, but outplayed him? Will they be saying that Andrew Bynum at 21 years old is already the best center in the NBA?

And will it all come true, will they be saying that with a 30 year old Kobe a 27 year old Pau and a 21 year old Bynum the Lakers could win 5 or 6 more titles in the next 7 or 8 years?

John

You guys are giving the little troll too much energy. He's a delusional idiot. Look at the team he roots for, and you'll know everything you need to know about him.

When the Lakers win the title this year, I promise to continue bashing the Nones... er, the Suns. The sun has truly set on that franchise.

It's awesome how much time trolls spend on our blog. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I've NEVER posted on another team's blog. It smacks of an inferiority complex, and I don't have that... because I'm a LAKERS FAN.

Go Lake Show!

Jeanette,
You may be right about Shaq getting behind (no pun intended) Kobe this year simply so Shaq can return, but I honestly don't know if it's realistic for LA to re-sign him. I can't see Shaq taking a bench player's salary instead of his usual $20 million per, and that's what Shaq would be at this point for the Lakers, a bench player. Don't get me wrong, I think Shaq wants to 1. Come back 2. Have his jersey hung up there with Chick's, Kareem's, Magic's, etc., and I say yes to #2, but HELL NO to #1.

There was a regular season game earlier this year where one of the Lakers sideline reporters (John Ireland maybe?) asked Jeannie Buss what she thought about the idea of Shaq coming back. She basically just laughed and said, "Shaq always had a great sense of humor. " Lord knows how many bridges Shaq must have burned with Dr. Buss behind closed doors with that big yap of his. I KNOW he did publicly in the pre-season of his last Laker year here, yelling to Dr. Buss on the sidelines to "pay him." Shaq sure isn't getting any younger either. I say SEE YA Shaq. We're sticking with Kobe!

Mamba24/utzworld/Butler,

Okay, compromise.

Butler, if/when the Lakers win, you publicly congratulate Laker Nation on the win AND apologize for all the times you insulted the Lakers (ESPECIALLY the times you doubted the Lakers' ability to win the Championship) AND you will avoid for the summer using terms like GNASH and SHACK and proclaiming how the Suns will win the Championship next year.

Butler, if the Magic wins I (we) will congratulate the Magic, will admit that you have a valid position on this blog as the devil's advocate AND I will publicly complement the Suns as a team with a VERY strong competitive history in the Western Conference and NBA.

Deal or no deal?

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

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

If VanGundy shows bias, why not recuse himself from this series? It's not like he's such a great TV personality...

Thank you Outlaw

This has nothing to do with basketball. If you love your dog, you'll get it, if you don't, scroll down.

My 2 1/2 year old pup was diagnosed with glaucoma yesterday. She'll need tons of meds, then surgery, then ultimately she will go blind - it's up to me how long this will take. Median time from onset to total blindness is about 36 months. Then you have to have their eyes removed, because the pain keeps going long after their vision is gone.

I bleed purple & gold. I have loved this team for 25 years and counting.

But right now I don't give a rat's *** about basketball. Goodbye, blog. Tell me how it works out...

Depressed Beyond All Imagining,

HIGH CHEESE

Does anyone know a place where you can see tomorrow night's game online?

What's up, Lakerville!
Thought you'd like to know... the Mamba is #10 in the World's Top 100 Celebrities list accordingly to Forbes.

http://tinyurl.com/o756s6

Go Mamba! Go Lakers!

John,

>>> And will it all come true, will they be saying that with a 30 year old Kobe a 27
>>> year old Pau and a 21 year old Bynum the Lakers could win 5 or 6 more titles
>>> in the next 7 or 8 years?

Bravo, John. Superb post. If Drew can give Dwight fits in these Finals, considering the state of his knee and his lack of experience, it will be another notch on his growing rep and a true sign that he will be the Next Great Lakers Center.

We may not see the REAL Drew – the one who plays way above the rim – until next year when he has enough time to recover and get that knee in shape but what we may see is a Kobe-esque performance by the Lakers Next Great Lakers Center who shows his heart and gives us a gritty performance and holds his own against Howard.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed, Lakerholics. There is some karma in the air and in Drew’s comments that we may be in for a very pleasant surprise. Lakers sweep Magic.

Tom

I miss Shaq. I hope he comes back for a year or so under the MLE and retires a Laker. I want #34 hanging from the rafters at Staples.

yo, Brothers K, props on the Segovia reference- that guy is the only reason rock bands came about with his making the guitar a prevalent, if not THE, dominant medium for music in the 20th century.

John,

I too wish to see Drew play to his potential. He is capable of containing Howard while he is on the floor. The brace is what's slowing him down and limiting what he can do. AB needs to remove the brace for this series and play like we know he can. If Drew would out rebound Howard that would be alot, but we need more than that. We need Drew to contain the BEAST FROM THE EAST and whip him into submission! Wipe that smile from his face for the entire series. What the heck is he smiling for anyway?

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

GO DREW!

GO LAKERS!

If Shaq comes back, the most he could get is MLE, and there have bigger holes to fill. (In one sense, at least.)

NO DEAL!

To be the best ... you have to beat the best.

High Cheese,

One dog lover to another, I feel you. So sorry about your pup. Mine had Parvo but luckily he survived. Hopefully you'll be able to figure out the right decision for both of you. I can't tell you how sorry I am.

LTLL


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