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It's a decidedly "Bobby McFerrin" mood these days in Laker Land

The Lake Show is fresh off a 106-87 win over the New Jersey Nets, pushing their record to a robust 13-3.Bobby McFerrin   Said triumph represented the sixth in succession achieved via a double digit margin.  With Pau Gasol back in the fold, they're more or less at full strength and putting up impressive numbers.  What am I getting at, you may ask? 

There just ain't a whole helluva lot to stress about as we speak when it comes to the defending world champion Los Angeles Lakers. 

Now mind you, I never said stressing is literally impossible for those dead set to burn time and energy picking nits.  For example, it's become reasonably clear that a lineup of Sasha Vujacic, Adam Morrison, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga and "Rotation Player X" might allow a 25 point lead to flatten out into the neighborhood of 14-ish.  Does that constitute "disappointing?"  That's a decision every fan must decide for his or herself, I suppose.  Who am I, even a person as powerful as a blog host, to declare martial law on thought? 

But having said that, it's impossible to label the issue "pressing," because the odds of Phil Jackson trotting out that lineup during a remotely important section of a remotely important game rank somewhere between "slim" and "Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avary blowing his seriously cushy sentence for a fatal DUI accident by sending out inappropriate Tweets."

Oh, my bad.  That actually did happen.   
Still, I think my general premise remains on solid ground. By any standard, reasonable definition, the Lakers are rolling.  Rolling like a train specifically moving down a hill, and not up. (More on that later)  "Right now, you couldn't ask for a better scenario for a team," admitted Phil Jackson.  "The ability to get players healthy that have been out for a while. Guys playing at a relatively good pace and starting to get traction as far as what we feel the season should go like." 

But with great fortune comes responsibility to maintain it, and in talking with the team, everyone is willing to concede they're playing well at the moment, but that could change in a heartbeat if the focus and execution becomes back burner material.  Jackson puts the onus on himself, the coaching staff and co-captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher to enforce the proper perspective as things move along nicely. Even against a team as hapless as last night's victims from Soprano Land, adherence to the game plan is a must.

It's expected that Mamba would be among those chosen to set a business-like attitude during this recent walk through the lilies, given that whole "he's the best player on the team and arguably the planet" thing. But not every franchise's A-Lister necessarily relishes the chance to establish tone.  Bryant does.  Ron Artest has only been a Laker for a few months, but he's already sold on Kobe's whip cracking skills. "With Kobe's leadership, he's making it easy for us to focus on every possession," marveled Ron Ron. "He comes out the same way every game. Good team, bad team. He comes out trying to destroy them, so it carries over to the rest of us."

I didn't phrase particularly well my question to Artest about a preseason shoulder injury that some feel may have affected his free throw shooting technique, but he nonetheless sheds some light on the subject. He's also now not only copping to his scantily clad appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but hoping to parlay that buzz into another gabfest sit down. The show in question remains up in the air and Artest may put it to a fan vote. Six words for the blogosphere: 710 ESPN Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers Podkast.  It's not quite a "talk show," but we can wing it.  Let Ron Ron hear the people's voice.  Specifically a voice lobbying on our behalf.

Some more talk about winning teams and what it's like to experience to experience the ride while commandeering a bulldozer. By the way, I owe Artest an apology.  I didn't recall those Pacers squad he referenced as quite so dominant, but checking the records, he's right. They were pretty good.

Like I said earlier, it's a train rolling down the tracks.

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Kobe offered an amusing explanation on why he took eight shots from behind the arc last night against the Nets, which represents a decided bump over this average seventeen games into the season: "For the fun of it." 

All joking aside, he did show up at the arena seeking improvement on the 18% he'd managed from downtown before last night, which sparked a day of sniper practice. But as I suspected, and Phil concurred in an earlier video, the issue wasn't so much Kobe "struggling" from outside but rather spending the majority of his time mid-range or closer and with his back to the bucket, which put him out of practice. Unless you're talking about a pure shooter, instantaneously finding that outside rhythm is a difficult task, even for a dude in ownership of the record for three point makes in a game. Give Kobe some warm up and time during a game, it's not surprising that success would follow

Phil shared thoughts on tomorrow's visiting New Orleans Hornets, plus the Jordan Farmar/Shannon Brown backup backcourt. In terms of items to watch from the post-Byron/sans-CP3 N'Awlins, Phil notes the solid play of rookie Darren Collison in Paul's absence, and a rise in offensive rebounds. As for the Laker reserve guards, PJ is generally pleased with their mutual energy, but remains aware of an obstacle continually in place and often difficult to hurdle: Youth.

"I think it's experience, more than anything else. It's time and understanding and I think we're trying to give them both."

AK
 
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This quote is for all the outsiders who saw Kobe scoring a lot of points, but refused to see his leadership skills: "With Kobe's leadership, he's making it easy for us to focus on every possession," marveled Ron Ron. "He comes out the same way every game. Good team, bad team. He comes out trying to destroy them, so it carries over to the rest of us."


Laker fans have known this for a long time.


There is harmony in Laker town.


Wes

I love Ron Artest, but I swear, you never know when he's going to haul off and accidently break someone's jaw. I can see it in his eyes.


Wes

I'd like to know what Ron meant by the Lakers having a different rythm than most teams he played on. I think he may have an insight that can help fans understand the triangle offense better. Maybe.


Wes


Thirty2, Wes,
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I find it amazing that fans are turning on Tiger but it is unassailable proof that no one is bombproof. Some of it may be racism but I think for most people Tiger had risen above race, if you know what I mean. Like Obama, he is loved and revered by fans of all races, not just African Americans. So in a way he rose above race to the exalted hierarchy of national treasure, our highest pedestal for heroes.

What I think is happening with Tiger is a big backlash effect like happened with Kobe after Colorado. Fans are so disappointed to see him suddenly so human that they are abandoning him like they did Bryant, claiming that they really never knew him at all, ignoring all of the classy, positive opinions they had of the man before. While celebrities could hide anything 20 years ago, media today makes it almost impossible for the true nature of a celebrity like Tiger to NOT be exposed over the years. That’s why when a weird situation like this comes out of the blue, the man should deserve a break.
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But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. While the situation doesn’t have the drama of the threat of going to prison, the haters smell blood and that is not a good sign. Starting with the local cops who do seem to bent on getting their 5 minutes of fame, just like the Eagle, Colorado district attorney. Here’s hoping all works out OK for Tiger and the thing blows over. We have so few heroes left in the world that it makes no sense to go out of our way to trash one of the greatest just to make a few bucks.
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Tom

Always been a Sasha supporter but if there's a better player out there in the lineup (ahem ..cough .. cough... SBrown) I'm even happier. Sorry, Faith.

everybody lay off lakertom!!

so his love for bynum is a little obsessive or maybe a little fatal attraction... so what? we all got man crushes on our favorite players.. at the end of the day we're all diehard lakerfans posting in this blog with the same goal. piss on the celtics and WIN THE RING!!

i also dont see why it's so wildly unpopular around here to think bynum could be our #2 option at least now for the regular season... theres no doubt the offense flows much better with gasol but if lakers are ever gonna take it to the next level we need the monster bynum and that will only happen by keep feeding the beast.. bynum is a star in the making just like kobe was ten years ago... you cannot ask a prodigious physical talent like bynum to just play defense and not get the ball.. it just aint fair and i dont care how much talent you have on your team... every star in the making has a strong mindset just like you couldnt ask kobe to stop shooting then you cant ask bynum to stop shooting now...

bynums raw game is still developing and he needs more touches so lets be more supportive and also think about our future... skys the limit for this kid and he is our future!!


Laker Tom...Your post on the last thread made me laugh...

As for Tiger...He just spent a week here and won the Masters...He could have walked on water the way the media treated him...

Over here we have a saying...Its called ...TALL POPPY SYNDROME....

Leyton Hewitt knows about this....They built him up and the moment he slipped up they fed him to the sharks and since then the guy cant do a thing right...

He buys a Ferrari....The media goes nuts...He buys a monster home a couple of km from my house on the beach...They rip him to shreds....

Now i know why that leave Britney alone guy went nuts...lol....

Leave Tiger alone..

K-Bros - WOW!!!!! Comment box at the bottom!!!! Woo hooo!!!!!

Laker Tom - hang in there dude. Most on here love your posts and could care less about your bromance for Bynum. Heck - I'm a Bynum Lover and proud of it too!!! If we're on here arguing about who's our better #2 option then we've got it made. It's good to be a Laker fan - imagine being a Nets fan.... (threw up in my mouth just a little thinking about that....:)


yello - just to set the record straight - Sasha did NOT nickname himself the Machine. That was courtesy of Joel & Stu.

wes - NO WAY will Thriller go off & clobber anyone. He is going to be our crazy Ron-Ron but not at the expense of the Lakers. Kobe & LO would kick his ass. You KNOW I'm right!!

This whole Tiger thing makes me puke. Leave the dude alone. IT IS NONE OF YOUR FREAKING BUSINESS. Good grief - what a sad, pitiful commentary on the society that we live in. These people need to do something useful with themselves like actually try to bust some drug dealers, or catch murderers, or put pedophiles behind bars - you know, important stuff like that. Sheesh And these TMZ following fools could maybe try to raise their kids right, or get a job, or - I don't know - MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS..... (ok - stepping off soapbox....) It just makes me sick to find this is the most important news article out there.

Anyhoo -- GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

Wes, Thirty2, Tom -

I'm with you all on Tiger... for me though, it's not so much about fairweather fans as the current media climate in general. Let's just say that the jump from YouTube bum fights to the media conglomerates has become little more than a bunny hop. A flesh eating bunny with sharp jagged teeth.

dave m

Why would I crack someone in the jaw when I'm focused on winning a ring. Unless Kobe tells me to, I'm not doing nuthin

[Re-post from the +12 thread for the benefit of my friend hobbitmage]

hobbitmage: On the contrary, it further confirms what I said. On a team this talented, there is no reason for him to take so many more shots than anyone else.

It's as if he still wants it to be *his* team, with him as the undisputed star and a "supporting cast" of players around him, despite the fact that these other players are good enough to make a serious playoff run entirely without him.

Yes, even without Kobe, the Lakers might still be the best team in the league.

He's miraculously talented, but simply doesn't understand what a team is, as if he's got a narcissistic personality disorder. He demands the ball and takes shots, regardless. And yet he considers himself a "leader," with the responsibility to "make the other players better."

That's delusional. It's got to be all about him, all the time. Period.

OF COURSE the Lakers are winning all the time. Do you remember what the team was like in early 2008 before Bynum got injured? That was pre-Pau, pre-Trevor and pre-Ron. Kobe himself said that with Bynum playing as well as he was, the Lakers were now a championship contender.

Then they added/stole two of the best players in the league!! To a team that was already championship caliber!! They've now got five of the top 30 players in the league, including two of the top ten!! They should change their name to the Yankees.

The question is no longer whether the Lakers will win (I've said many times that they will win the championship with ease this year), but rather whether they will achieve the level of greatness appropriate to a team with this much talent. My take is that as long as Kobe plays the way he does, there's just no way.

I would love to see how the Lakers would perform without him for an extended stretch. I don't want to see the man injured (as if that would take him out of the lineup anyway), but if he just overslept for six or eight weeks, we'd see how talented this team is, and I'd bet we'd see much more team play than we see now.

Or maybe he'll go free agent and sign with another team next year. :)

This probably doesn’t register as earth-shattering news to anybody, but the weather in South Dakota sucks.

LakerTom- Thank you for the compliments. By the way, have you ever had a friend who cared enough to pull you aside and tell you that you are being a jackass even if he knows that you will get mad at him for it? Just asking.

Why is there any confusion as to why ammo is underperforming? He doesn’t need to prove anything, he just isn’t very good. He was a good college player on an overachieving college team that never won anything. He had no business being drafted third, but others have done worse. The Lakers didn’t trade for him because they wanted to give him a chance to develop, they traded for him to get rid of vlad.

Wesjoe et al, re Mr Woods; you are watching, right? Do you think the average TMZ viewer thinks that they are the average TMZ viewer? “Man, what kind of stupid idiot watches this crap? No, I can’t take out the garbage, something happened with Tiger Woods, no I don’t know what. They’re still speculating.”


LT-

I don't know if fans have necessarily turned on Tiger. The media is killing him, but I'm not sure fans have abandoned him. Or that they necessarily care about this all that much, assuming it doesn't turn out to be some sort of domestic violence thing. I don't mind the media looking for answers to questions, but what bothers me is how you can, with certain folks in my profession, see how they're hoping to the good lord it really is something bad, just so they can knock Tiger down a peg or two. He's never been a guy who gives the media much they can work with, and now the beast wants its pound of flesh, whether deserved or not.

BK

justanothermamba-

ur right. thx for the correction. i'm pretty sure joe and stu coined the nickname but i think i did read somewhere he was so in love with the name he was referring to himself in third person as the machine. he may not be the shooting machine but i'm sure hes the sex machine now.

Yikes, Avary deserves it just for being that stupid. What a tool.

AK,

" That's a decision every fan must decide for his or herself, I suppose. Who am I, even a person as powerful as a blog host, to declare martial law on thought?"

Dude, I instantly knew this was you. It is WONDERFUL to have a distinct style. I'm not knocking BK, he's a great writer in his own accord, but I'm proud of you in how you've progressed as a writer. You've always had significant talent, but you continue to improve and THAT is what is important.

Well done.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

This is in response to hobbitamge and jimjoyce about Kobe....
I just don't get your point of view. Yes the Lakers are a very good team this year. Yes they have some very good players other than Kobe. But to think that if Kobe was out 6-8 weeks they would be a better team is absolute nonsense. I know the guy takes some unnecessary shots, but you hafta ask yourself, if he is gone who are these shots going to? As much as I like Shannon, are you telling me him+ vujagarbage + farmar is > or = to kobe. Aside from the fact that we would lose length and tenacity at the SG slot, teams would just pack it in against Gasol and Bynum at let those guards shoot all day.
Knowing our team, if kobe was gone, those shots would be going to - best guess - 50% Bynum, and the other 50% split between Artest, Pau, and Odom. We saw last year first hand how bad Houston could be when Artest was high option - dribble...dribble... dribble... jack up shot (although he hasn't acted that way this year thankfully.) If all those shots go to Bynum, we are seeing a Black Hole just like Kobe, but worse because Bynum would commit more offensive fouls and need to be more timid than he already is on defense.
We already know that the Candyman is Mr. Inconsistent. And teams would gear up to not let Pau beat them - a la Memphis. The lakers would be very beatable - its not like our outside shooting is much of a threat, but with Kobe gone we would have NOONE who could slash and get inside consistently. Or anyone who could get us going whenever we were stagnant.
Aside from that there is an intensity issue. Who is going to make the players step up and play hard vs. the crummier teams - like the Nets - who need the win more than the Lakers.
Kobe is not like TMAC guys, why do you think people like Smush Parker, Turiaf, Vlad Rad, even Mark Madsen do relatively well on the Lakers, and then leave and end up scrubs or out of the league.
Just be careful what you wish for - we don't want the leader of our ballclub gone for any extended time....
JMHO...

Thriller is awesome.

This guy's jersey is going to hang in our rafters someday.

I enjoyed the way he avoided AK's question about freethrows. It bothered him... a lot. He danced around the question... elegantly, but you could see in his eyes that the question bothered him deeply.

This is good. The guy is a competitor. And that's what we need.

By the way, Thriller leaked a bit of information in his interview. He blames himself for Indiana not winning the Championship in the year of the Detroit riot. He screwed it up and he knows it.

This is his shot at redemption and I hope the Lakers give it to him.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Wow. The Green Trolls have totally disappeared.

This is great. SOME might say "super-great."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!


BK,
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>>> I don't mind the media looking for answers to questions, but what bothers me is how you
>>> can, with certain folks in my profession, see how they're hoping to the good lord it really
>>> is something bad, just so they can knock Tiger down a peg or two. He's never been a guy
>>> who gives the media much they can work with, and now the beast wants its pound of flesh,
>>> whether deserved or not.
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Well said as always, Brian. One thing I have always respected about you and AK is your ability to be journalists and still respect the privacy of the players about whom you blog. We all wish we had game, fame, and fortune like Kobe but that has a high price in my mind in the loss of privacy and anonymity. We don’t have to turn EVERYTHING into a reality TV. Nor do we have to prove that every hero is just a human being. Frankly, it’s often more than the anything but the voyeur in all of us wants to know.
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By the way, nice to have the comment box at the bottom at last. Maybe they’ll get to your bios sometime next year. LOL.
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phred,
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Nicely done and point taken. As I told Edwin, with friends like you guys, who needs enemies. LOL. As you’ve guessed by now, people who feel the need to “intervene” must do so at their own risk. At any rate, I apologize for my comments in the context of your remarks and I wouldn’t have done so if I didn’t like you and believe you were sincere. Case closed.
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I watched an interesting movie last night with a basketball twist that I had forgotten about. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell’s Escape from LA. The scene has Kurt Russell playing the Mamba (Call me Snake) who is standing at one end of a basketball court erected in the center of the ruins of the LA Coliseum. Snake must make 5 baskets in a row without a miss going from one end of the court to the other with a 10 second shot clock. If he misses, he gets shot. Meanwhile, the gangster fans in the stands are yelling “LA, LA, LA,” Of course, Snake has an injured leg and is wearing combat boots just to make the feat a little harder. Needless to say, Snake nails it like Kobe. Can’t keep the Lakers down.
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Tom


[Re-post from the +12 thread for the benefit of my friend hobbitmage]

hobbitmage: On the contrary, it further confirms what I said. On a team this talented, there is no reason for him to take so many more shots than anyone else.

It's as if he still wants it to be *his* team, with him as the undisputed star and a "supporting cast" of players around him, despite the fact that these other players are good enough to make a serious playoff run entirely without him.

Yes, even without Kobe, the Lakers might still be the best team in the league.

He's miraculously talented, but simply doesn't understand what a team is, as if he's got a narcissistic personality disorder. He demands the ball and takes shots, regardless. And yet he considers himself a "leader," with the responsibility to "make the other players better."

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NO way.

Without Kobe and for how much I love the Lakers, this team wouldn't be the best at all.
It amazes me how Lakers fans can get blind at this. Half (if not more) of the efforts, silent or evident, of the others teams against us are directed at stopping Kobe one way or another. Give that off and you would see instantly the effort on anybody else (I mean... at the same time) doubled.

Which would mean our efficiency diminished by square numbers, and not merely percentage numbers.

Not to mention the lack of command other players would suffer on the court.

Lakers without Kobe = contradiction in words.

It ain't gonna happen.

*Tiger break*

Okay, I don't know why I wanna speak about this but it seems everyone feels the urge to, so why not?

I have a fair feedback from your current news state (in Europe people are not really that interested in the saga, let alone in Italy: we know Tiger as "the other dude aside Federer and Cannavaro in the Gillette commercial") from my Bf who's right now in San Francisco (and an admirer of Tiger's skills) and let me tell, the way Americans can get into somebody's private business is amazing (though I should shut up: Italians are so much on the other side, TOO much I mean, that sahem that is our Prime Minister can sleep with who**s and 18 years olds and people will still applaude him...*shame*).

Tiger's trouble is a private matter and if he doesn't want to speak about it, he's entitled to.
On the other side, I think it's not surprising at all if a famous and RICH AS HELL person has some "unthinkeable habit".
Really... the story of the perfect clean cut one never does it for me.
Am I cynical?
Sure.
But I am used to see rich people and sporty people and actors and musicians on saturday nights getting to the same clubs my crew hangs at and NOTHING about them surprises me.
Still it's their business, as long as they don't go criminal (like the upper mentioned ashaming Prime Minister of ours).

Tiger should be an example as a sporty man. And he is. To assume he's really perfect and morigerate in his other activities sounds so much like Naive Fairytale to me I'm not even amused by it. I know many like to believe Fairy Tales. But life is much more complex than it, and boredom, unsatisfaction, wish for somethng more always sneaks up. Even more if you can afford practically much ANYTHING.

Judging Tiger for his own private life is uncalled for, unfair, and simply not our business. It's his (and his wife's) one.

I would just like to add that in his shoes (and her's) we would have probably done EXACTLY the same as they did. EXACTLY.

I hope Tiger's career would not be destroyed by this. I'm not really into golf personally (not good at it, you can say) but it's never good when a master of something loses his touch over things that have absolutely NOTHING to do with the activity he practices itself.

BK, et al --

Tiger Woods is more than a private citizen. He is more than the greatest golfer in the world. Tiger Woods is a brand. AdAge.com speculates the cost of his accident could be as much as $100M http://bit.ly/5T3TwF

Media bashing in America is becoming a major sport unto itself. Tiger's car wreck is bringing the media bashers out in droves. But TMZ is only doing its job by asking the hard questions. Harvey Levin, like it or not, is both an accomplished journalist and an attorney by training who knows not to cross the line.

By not being forthcoming, by refusing to answer questions by the police, it is Tiger Woods who is keeping this story alive. How many of us could turn the police away three times when they were trying to conclude an accident investigation?

The bulk of Tiger's earnings come from sponsor endorsements. These endorsements are based not only on his accomplishments on the golf course. His image as an exemplary human being in every way is what sells products. That includes honesty. If Tiger is truly not hiding anything, the incident will be forgotten quickly. But as long as the police and the media have questions without answers, the story will linger.

K Bros,

The ESPN Podcast page has been redesigned and you're still not on iTunes. There's a link for iTunes but it redirects you to the iTunes' ESPN podcast section which does NOT include you guys. In fact, doing a search for Kamenetzky on iTunes return only the old Blue, Purple and Gold Podcast.

So basically either ESPN is boycotting you very actively or their tech guys really suck!

This may sound as nitpicking, but it's a much more streamlined experience having the Podcasts delivered automatically every week, properly identified, benefiting from podcast-exclusive functions on iPhone than having to manually download them every week, rename the files 'cause they are all named the same, and having them show up as songs by the artist K Brothers.

Yours truly,

Nic

IT'S A MIRACLE THE POSTING BOX IS BACK AT THE BOTTOM!!
THE BLOG GODS CAN INDEED DO ANYTHING!!!!

Judging Tiger for his own private life is uncalled for, unfair, and simply not our business. It's his (and his wife's) one. I would just like to add that in his shoes (and her's) we would have probably done EXACTLY the same as they did. EXACTLY. I hope Tiger's career would not be destroyed by this. I'm not really into golf personally (not good at it, you can say) but it's never good when a master of something loses his touch over things that have absolutely NOTHING to do with the activity he practices itself. Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | November 30, 2009 at 11:57 PM

It need not be said but...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

I watched an interesting movie last night with a basketball twist that I had forgotten about. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell’s Escape from LA. The scene has Kurt Russell playing the Mamba (Call me Snake) who is standing at one end of a basketball court erected in the center of the ruins of the LA Coliseum. Snake must make 5 baskets in a row without a miss going from one end of the court to the other with a 10 second shot clock. If he misses, he gets shot. Meanwhile, the gangster fans in the stands are yelling “LA, LA, LA,” Of course, Snake has an injured leg and is wearing combat boots just to make the feat a little harder. Needless to say, Snake nails it like Kobe. Can’t keep the Lakers down.
Posted by: LakerTom | November 30, 2009 at 11:36 PM

STOP THAT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! Your powers of observation are getting scary! Next you'll say the Wizard of Oz is an allegory of The NBA with The Tin Man as the Boston Celtics with no heart, Dorothy as Paula The Truth andthe Wizard as David Stern all smoke and mirrors. Lol!

everybody lay off lakertom!! Posted by: yellofever | November 30, 2009 at 08:13 PM

Ahhh you are nothing but another one of those pathetic Laker Tom Fans...AND SO AM I! Well said yellowfever well said.
Mamba24

DON’T WORRY TRUST KOBE (to the tune of) DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY

Here’s a little poem I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, Trust Kobe
In every season we have some trouble, below the surface dissent might bubble
Don’t worry, Trust Kobe, Don’t worry trust Kobe now

[CHORUS]
Don't worry,Trust Kobe.Don't worry,Trust Kobe.
Don't worry, Trust Kobe. Don't worry,Trust Kobe.

All season long the Division you led, But Boston & Cleveland get all of the Cred
Don't worry,Trust Kobe.
Princess Jimmy over Kobe David Stern rates, Lord knows our team Stern does hate
Don't worry,Trust Kobe.

[CHORUS]
Don't worry,Trust Kobe.Don't worry,Trust Kobe.
Don't worry, Trust Kobe. Don't worry,Trust Kobe.

We got the Rings, we got the style, But Princess jimmy gets the press by a mile
Don't worry,be happy.
'Cause why worry when we got the crown and nobodies bringing this Dynasty down
Don't worry,be Trust Kobe

[CHORUS]
“phil whistles now” weee, weee, weee weeee, wee
(Don't worry.Trust Kobe, Don’t worry Trust Kobe
Be happy.Put a smile on your face, we’ll finish 1st in the NBA race
(Don't worry.Trust Kobe, Don’t worry Trust Kobe
“phil whistles now” weee, weee, weee weeee, wee

Rick-

I'm not suggesting this isn't a news story that shouldn't be covered, or that Tiger should be protected. And my thoughts about the media really weren't about TMZ (not my cup of tea, but they are what they are, and as you point out have been on top of and correct about plenty of stories, no question) but the mainstream sports media. Or, even, that Tiger has made this easy on himself. (Though you mention stonewalling the police, which while eye raising isn't, so far as I can tell, illegal- but generally speaking it's obvious he hasn't "come clean," though depending on what happened, there may not be anything to come clean about, really. We don't know, and that of course is where all the speculation comes from.) There's just a tone to a lot of the coverage that bothers me, and isn't isolated simply to this story, leaving me with the feeling that if it turns out he had a simple argument with his wife peeled out of the house and wrecked his car- embarrassing, but with nothing "juicier" to come out of it- that too many people in my industry would be disappointed.

I admit that I struggle with the line between what is news and what isn't, what is "my business," and what is truly private for an athlete. Certain things are concrete news, even when they mix public and private. Kobe in Colorado was a real news story, not simply because he cheated on his wife but because there were allegations of a very serious crime. This is a story because again, there are suspicions a crime was committed. Josh Hamilton's embarrassing photos this year were a story, because he has made so much of and profited from (in the form of a book) his personal journey. Nor is it like athletes aren't well compensated for some of the negative things that go with the job.

Back in the day, reporters used to ride the train with guys and protect them. I talk all the time about how coverage of MJ would be different if he played today-- as the last pre-Internet superstar, he got some breaks other guys don't. Everything from his gambling to his womanizing to his shot selection would be poured over in ways they never were 20 years ago. I'm not suggesting we go back to a place where athletes could do what they pleased without consequences. Not in the slightest. But I do think, like most things in the media, as a society we still haven't made the full adjustment to the world in which we live- with so much available information, so much time to fill on TV and talk radio, so much space to fill on the web.

Back in the day, reporters used to ride the train with guys and protect them. I talk all the time about how coverage of MJ would be different if he played today-- as the last pre-Internet superstar, he got some breaks other guys don't. Everything from his gambling to his womanizing to his shot selection would be poured over in ways they never were 20 years ago. Posted by: Brian Kamenetzky | December 01, 2009 at 08:51 AM

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troy,

In respond to you from the previous thread, Sasha no in the slump. How can you call a slump something already more than one season long, bearing in mind Sasha had a plenty of opportunities last season. He reverted back to his old "11 o'clock shooter" and somehow PJ guilty by not giving him a playing time? His hair is Ok but it did not prevent him from lunching brick after brick and somehow it’s PJ's fault? For God Sake we're talking about adult pro athlete making more than 5M per year, not some local kid from kindergarten. Not to mention his D, full of fouls and stupid decisions. I have nothing against Sasha as a person, but Sasha as a Laker it’s all another story. It surely looks like he duped Mitch and all entire Lakers organization into giving him this nice big contract. And you telling us this is somehow PJ fault by not trusting him and giving him enough minutes to play? I’m pretty sure PJ would trust Sasha circa a la 2008 not a present one.

No. You want yo know why the lakers have been just killing teams by 30 points well i got 2 words for you Pau Gasol. Since his return the lakers have not lost and have a win streak of 6 all winning by margin of 10 points or more. Now we already know the lakers have been dominating when Pau plays, and now that Ron Artest seems to be finding a great rythm with the team the lakers look like a team who can win 15 straight and a high chance of returning to the NBA finals in 2010. On another note if anyone has notice the cavs already have lost 5 uh huh did they do the same mistake pheonix did by picking up the old man, and celtics not to better with 4 losses after a dominating start to the season.

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There once was a time just check, when we gave stars the proper respect
What happened in Vegas, is where it stayed, but those times have begun to fade
With 24 cable and internet too, Stars beware what you now do
Your life is no longer your own, Your tiniest whisper is now known
But if things keep going on this way, iyt won’t be long before we rue the day
For if Tiger with his millions is fair game, One day soon you may get the same
But unlike Tiger you wont have an Agent, to spin the story or even make a dent
Live 24 hours in any stars shoes, and you’ll be cursing & screaming at the news
Who do these broadcasters think they are, is it jealousy that makes them ruin a star
Your life is yours and my life is mine, The internet and cable can kiss my behind
What happened with Tiger is none of our biz, it’s his business it really is.
Will knowing what happened stop the recession I dion’t think so not even a confession
Will knowing he had an argument with his wife, Feed the homeless or save a soldiers life
If it would I still wouldn’t want to know, cause only God knows the ending of this show
So live and let live now can’t you see, there but for the grace of God goes me.

Tue .Dec.1, 2009..- LAKERS vs. New Orleans
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Gabriel,

We can't put that comment through because of language. Even with the abbreviated form of the insult, it still doesn't pass Times' standards. You'll need to rephrase it.

Thanks

AK

@jimjoyce. I don't think they'd still be the best team in the league, but they still make the playoffs no doubt. I agree with a lot of what you say though. It seems like Kobe keeps the team from growing into as good a team as it could be. Though he's gotten better about sharing the ball, they're are still times when takes too many bad shots. Whether this is narcissism or not, I don't know. Kobe's psychological make up is a pretty interesting thing to take apart. I've always thought that the fact he led kind of sheltered life as a kid, and that he didn't play college at all, really adversely affected his ability to play "team" ball.

phred,

Where are you in South Dakota?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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Zaira/Mamba24,

"Judging Tiger for his own private life is uncalled for, unfair, and simply not our business."

I agree, kind of.

Judge not lest ye be judged is a something I believe it.

However, we should also recognize that infidelity, wildly intoxicated driving, attacking your mate with a golf club (whether you are a man or a WOMAN), and trying to turn an imperfect human into a model of virtue to sell products are all terribly unhealthy things.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

BK,

I enjoyed your response to Rick.

In this post-modern age, things are not generally black and white, nor are moral/professional choices always clear. This is both a strength and weakness of our time because it requires a complexity of assessment that is not always easy to acheive nor commit to.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

@ JonK

If you read my post I clearly agree with you about the inconsistency of "role modeling" in Tiger Woods.

As in every other sportman. Or actor. Or musician. I don't mention politicians because they are another story: their role and the way they gain their spotlight implies they have to pursue a moral in what they do. They can't preach moral and then not adhere to the concept of society they seem to push at. But that's another matter, sorry. Back on the one you asked for.

I know I do sound cynical but to me famous people with a huge talent are never meant to be role models at all, unless you take their qualities IN THE GAME and go strictly about those (sure you can abstract the qualities in real general life... but I wouldn't go too far as assuming they live Fairy Tales kind of existences, beyond the fact they have tons of money and chances).

The need of portraying the greatests as not fallible persons is simply a fake excercise. That kind of expectations is doomed from the start. I have no trouble in believeing every single person who could afford what these people do - and whom are so easy at censoring them - would do way worse in their shoes. Life gets boring so easily and these kind of pampered people can't take boredom easily. So they are prone to various "experiences". Their generally huge egos (which are part of their skills) won't put limits to their wishes and will. Nor will their well paid entourages. I think the situation is way too easy to get nasty, starting from such premises. It's not even a thought: I've seen these things a tad times with my very own eyes.

What I don't like is the hypocrit assumption Tiger had to be a saint just because the media portrait said so.

Sure I could blame Tiger for substantiate that... but I won't, cos again what interest me in him is his overhuman skill in what he does. I'm not here to judge. Unless, again, he won't go criminal. But he hasn't.

I don't shape my role models over any famous person, and the day the general public will start to follow this rule, we will have less scandals going on, and a society less inclined to gossip, and more oriented at serious things.

Sure advertising would have a major turn down. But they woud find better way to do their jobs as well. And way more sincere.

;) Take care ;)


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