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Lakers 107, Bucks 106 (OT)- Postgame Chat

There are reasons some teams end up in the lottery. Tonight, in their 107-106 overtime win over the Bucks in Milwaukee, the Lakers flat out stole a game from a young team that had every opportunity to win, but refused to take advantage. The Bucks had a chance to take a one point lead with just under 21 seconds to play, but Andrew Bogut missed a free throw. Up by six with 1:25 to play in OT, the Bucks let that slip away, too, thanks in part to a pair of missed freebies from Ersan Ilyasova, who otherwise played a fantastic game, finishing with 24 points. 

Then there was that last play...

Meanwhile, the Lakers were carried by Pau Gasol- he registered his first 20/20 game of his career, finishing with 26/22/4 on 9-15 shooting, and four blocks thrown in for good measure- and, of course, by Kobe Bryant. 39 points on 13-28 from the floor. Kobe scored LA's final seven points, starting with a pull up jumper in the lane with 1:18 to play. He then caught a break, as the refs turned what could have been a charge (or a travel) into an and-one as Bryant drove down the lane, helping bring the Lakers to within one. After a solid defensive stand, the Bucks (for reasons that will likely have Milwaukee fans flipping out) allowed Kobe to not only catch the inbound pass on LA's final possession, only 5.4 ticks remaining, but to bring it up without pressure and get Charlie Bell into the post. It was clearly a deja vu moment.

"At the end of regulation, I had a really, really good look," he said. "It was such a good look, and I missed it. So if I had another opportunity, I wanted to go right back to the same spot and try to redeem myself."

I'd say he managed to do that. The turnaround J from the elbow was pure as time expired.

Forget leaving the door unlocked, the Bucks left the thing wide open with a neon "ENTER HERE" sign on the porch, but give the Lakers- and Kobe- credit: Offered the opportunity, they went ahead and stole the game. Chat box below.

BK

 
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Kobe and Pau best 2 punch tandem in the NBA bar-none.

The Lakers always believe they can pull it out, even against odds. Particularly after a weaker team beats them for most of a game. Their opponents believe the Lakers can do it to them. So it happens, time and time again. You wonder if they just don't take teams like this seriously enough. They should have just dominated the Bucks. Of course the Lakers never quit. The Bucks just didn't close the door.

HOLLYWOOD ENDING, A SCRIPTED FINISH!!

This laker team shows flair and it is box office hit. Best actor Kobe The Mamba King, a consummate opportunist who seizes the moment.

Best Director: The Zen Master
Best Producer: Dr. Buss

Lead actor: The Mamba King
Enforcer: Ron Thrilla n Manilla!
The Zedi Master: Pau
Sky Walker: Shannon Brown
Avatar(s): Farmar & DJ
Shogun: Fisher
Beast Master: Bynum
Blade Runner: Odum

"It was important to come out and for me to have a good game," Bryant said. "I didn't want people thinking that because I have a broken finger, we were weakened or something like that, because that's not the case."

AK and BK,

Is it possible to set a hard time for the start of the post-game chat, so we can all plan accordingly? If it's after the KCAL post game show (8 pm), and we knew that, we could log back on. Every minute counts when you're trying to balance work, life, and being a Lakers fan. Just asking. Thanks.

Kobe Bryant!
Kobe Bryant!
Kobe Bryant!
Kobe Bryant!
Kobe Bryant!
Kobe Bryant!

What else is there to say?

Hey Rick:

Our Andrew "Benjamin" Bynum is getting worst! Instead of one rebound per foot, tonight he got half a rebound per foot!

He's playing haphazardly lifeless!!!

As some people have mentioned (something I could have emphasized up top) the Lakers do deserve credit for taking advantage of the opportunities in these sorts of games, for getting must have stops when needed, and so on. Even in the Miami game, the Lakers did come up with some clutch plays. Tonight, they held Milwaukee scoreless over the last 1:18 of OT (with a little FT help, no question, but even that play came off a blocked shot).

It was hardly a perfect effort, but there is some truth to the idea of making luck, or at least not spitting on it.

BK

Bynum is actually a prehistoric species, he moves his feet like a Dinosaur, watch him how he runs back to their court for defense. When it's time to shoot, he wants the ball. We should be grateful of his offensive thrust, perhaps in another 2 or 3 years more he will learn how to rebound and defend against small players. Lakers should hire another personal tutor like Mutombo to teach him how to block, to remove and then wag his finger too.

Tonight Lakers won on a b2b game in overtime on the road. Give them credit for the victory. There is no more surprise that it is the work of their wonder player, Mamba. Jerry Buss is really getting his money's worth on him. How many players are like Kobe who plays hurt and still save last buzzer clutch? Lakers always win with Kobe and also lose the game because of Kobe was down. What happens with the Lakers if Kobe has a bad night? I wish it's Artest or Bynum who would be crowned as the hero.

As we listened to Hot Rod Hundley, I recall those pleasant evening talking to a senior resident in a home for the aged about basketball. You need a lot of listening on those memories of yesteryears when players don't dunk but they were fundamentally sound players. He gives us the time remaining when time is posted on the TV screen, gives us what just transpired and explains why it was good enought, never curse, never blame the refs, just a chuckle to cool down nerves. Of course, we already know the play itself but Rod finds a raren opportunity to say something against a glib talker, JMyers. Instantly, Joel comes out superb when he's paired with the cool rod gentleman. Honestly, it is refreshing to listen to Mr. Hundley who is a product of the 50's when life is slow and people are more honest (?) and you can see that he's trying his best to please Laker fans and at the same time keep up with fast beat of 21st century audience.

I saw Luke out there, so he kept his old job, i.e. sitting on the bench. (haha, hater) of course, as an injured player.

Our sincerest condolence to Mychal and his family who attended the funeral of his Mom in the Bahamas.

Bogut needs to toughen up.
Charge or block, a centre should never flop onto the floor when a guard bumps into them.
And as if he was going to get that call against a superstar - ever!

One of the best games of the year right there. Next to kobe and lebron, pau gasol is the next best player in the game right now. And since artest is just playing to fit in, on nites like this all we need is his hustle energy. The ability to get stops at key moments in the game along with gasol's olympic grace, its a beautiful thing to watch. Should the bucks have won that game? One word...absolutely. Should the bucks have made those free throws down the stretch? Two words...yup yup. Should kobe have gotten a walk/charge on that play? MMMMnnn... not necessarily. Jordan gets that call.

Truth is, last year we would have lost the miami, kobe off of one leg bank game. We would have lost last nite's game to Mr. Noah and Mr. Rose and we definitely would have lost tonite's game. Kobe Bryant is your MVP folks, I don't know if the campaign has started or not but it was more laker fans than bucks fans there tonite. A lot of those people came to that game to see KOBE we all know that. He's not an international star for nothing. The polls can talk Tiger all they want (glamour media) but in the Olympics we saw who was the real live michael jackson of sports. Lebron who? Dwayne what? Things couldn't be better for laker fans right now. We are rollin like cheech and cho0ng baby.

Ima look in the crystal ball for yall right now. All-star break the lakers will have the best record in the nba. Boston will be down one or 2 players due to injury and shannon brown will be in the dunk contest. All in the same year that kobe and gasol repeat as champions as ron artest runs across the court in his boxers with the larry o'brien trophy taylor swift. And oh yeah kobe gets mvp and finals mvp all while ron artest gets defensive player of the year and lo gets 6 man of the year. Am I crazy celtics fans, or does that sound just about right...booyow!

Going back to the blocking call...I watch that play a few times and it was clearly the right call. I think Kenny Smith and the Bucks were only looking at the play from above the waist. Bogut feet were not set at all. His upper didnt move much but his feet were still on the move..

Definitely looked like a charge to me. But hey Kobe's was short changed by refs from 06 to 08 so maybe they feel they owe him.

Despite another lackluster game I'm not worried about Bynum. He's still a very young player in terms of actual game experience and he'll learn not to let a poor scoring night impact other areas of his game.

Biggest concern is the lack of trust PJ is showing for the subs. He'll need to figure out a way to give another big some minutes and cut down of Gasol, Odom and Ron's time.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: "Pau Gasol produced 26 points, 22 rebounds, four assists and four blocks."

awesome!!

WOW: "Gasol is on an amazing run of 20, 20, 16 and 22 rebounds in the past four games."

The fact that we don't have a clear three point sharp-shooter is gonna come into play down the road. Teams are packing it in and daring the Lakers to hit from the outside. Kobe has won the game for us the last two games but I still don't like the live by Kobe die by Kobe game. I know it's gonna be hard but I would like to see the Lakers get either a sharpshooter or a player who can create off the dribble, either would open the passing lanes a lot better. The block-charge was a superstar call. The Lakers are gonna get the best of every team we play, because everyone wants to beat them and because teams especially bad teams don't like all those Laker fans that are at the games. That said they are not playing their best and the Celtics are looking real good

Who is the better player Jordan Farmar or Smush Parker?

What's with Bynum? He is disappearing. He def needs 10 shot attepts per game minimum, just for spacing and team balance. Those consistent attempts should encourage his rebounding.

I bought a new LCD to watch Ron-Ron the entertainer this repeat season, is he just laying low until all-star break?
Finally artest needs a backup - he can't keep up those minutes. Powell at the 3?

is it just me or does listening to hot rod make you sleepy?

i turn up my volume all the way up and i still can barely hear the guy... he definitely aint no color commentator... maybe black and white commentator!

yeeeeahhhhh boy!


Beast Master: Bynum..... good joke!!

More like:

Tamed Animal: Bynum :-)

Who is the better player Jordan Farmar or Smush Parker?
Posted by: Tom | December 16, 2009 at 11:21 PM

i dont know.. you got me good there. let me think this over and get back to you!

laker fan,

best actor in an animated picture: john farmar as the little rat from american tail.

have you seen his freakin ears!

Is Pau Gasol the best white power forward/center in the league since Bill Walton?

I'm thinking he is.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Tom,

"Who is the better player Jordan Farmar or Smush Parker?"

Jordan Farmar.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Edwin Guerco,

"Our sincerest condolence to Mychal and his family who attended the funeral of his Mom in the Bahamas. "

I second that bandwagon. It must be a very rough time for Mychal.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Lakers Secret Agent Jon K. has learned some CRAZY inside information about LeBron James from the rough and tumble streets of Akron.

More to come.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Taino,

"Powell at the 3?"

I'm all for it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

TONI,

"That said they are not playing their best and the Celtics are looking real good "

Dude, how long have you been a Lakers fan?

It's ALWAYS been like this.

We play down to our competition, barely win games that should be blowouts, use miracles to obtain victory and then when the chips are down against truly talented teams, we comeback to win.

It drives fans nuts, but its out mana.

This is how we do it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Trudell tweeted that Phil said that Bynum has been under the weather the last few days. Explains his performance the last couple of games...

no excuse. try playing with a broken finger Drew!

Anyways, I think he'll pick it up again. This happened to him the last couple of seasons and then suddenly he goes crazy and puts up big numbers. Hopefully this time he doesn't jack up his knee again the moment he gets hot! (knock on wood).

let's take this back to back roadie and move on.

Phil needs to put some faith in the bench or he'll wear out this the starting 5 quick. I sense a trade coming. Farmar may be being showcased of late. Just a hunch.

Kobe finally gets a superstar call.

Pau is averaging 19.5 boards on the last 4 games...

That's awsome.

And waht a Kobe...lol

Great tandem

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: "Pau Gasol produced 26 points, 22 rebounds, four assists and four blocks."

awesome!!

Posted by: lakerfan | December 16, 2009 at 11:10 PM


Dang, in other teams that would be the star. Lebron and Wade would settle for those numbers.

jayden24, leave the caffeine alone much to wired. Do Drew have an injury or something ? or maybe back pain from that 12 mil per, takes a little time to get use to.

TRADE BYNUMB FOR NOAH

I would take Joakim Noah over Bynumb any day.
Here's a guy who hustles, rebounds, and gives 100%. He is a team player and would fit perfectly on this Laker team. Bynumb was a no-show in the playoffs last year and has been a no-show as of late. Bynumb is healthy and has no excuse for his poor performance. Trade him before it's too late. 3 rebounds last night, ship his arse out.

THIS TRADE WORKS
BYNUMB AND SASHA for NOAH, PARGO, AND HINRICH

This trade would be beneficial to both teams
The Bulls get a low post scorer and Bynumb would get to shoot, shoot, and shoot to his hearts content, that is until he injures himself again, plus they get a 3 point shooter in Sasha.

The Lakers get a seven footer who hustles, can rebound, is physically sturdy, and has a championship pedigree. How many rebounds did he get the other night against Bynumb? 22?

They also get Hinrich, another great fit for the team.
This trade is a win win situation for all.


AND BY THE WAY
Bynumb in no way deserves to be on the all-star team

BYNUMB AND SASHA for NOAH, PARGO, AND HINRICH
BYNUMB AND SASHA for NOAH, PARGO, AND HINRICH
BYNUMB AND SASHA for NOAH, PARGO, AND HINRICH

**JON K. THIS ONE'S FOR YOU **
http://tinyurl.com/yd4pc2p

Best Director: The Zen Master
Best Producer: Dr. Buss
Lead actor: The Mamba King
Enforcer: Ron Thrilla n Manilla!
The Zedi Master: Pau
Sky Walker: Shannon Brown
Avatar(s): Farmar & DJ
Shogun: Fisher
Beast Master: Bynum
Blade Runner: Odum Posted by: lakerfan | December 16, 2009 at 08:32 PM

XENA WARRIOR QUEEN: JEANNIE BUSS

Tom:

Smush was shooting better than Farmar and didn't get manhandling like Farmar night after night. Farmar ditches out more dime but still can't run offense!

I don't think we can wait 2-3 years for Bynum to figure out how to defense and rebound. The time is now! What are his excuses now since he no longer has the injuries like last year. For whatever reasons, in the last few games, he seems disjointed and lack of focus during game time. Pau rolled out an impressinve 78 rebounds in the last four games while Bynum had 19 in the same stretch! That's almost 4:1 margin! I recalled the beginning of the OT last night when PJ started him at center, he lost the tip ball to Bogut, made several poor shots, secured no rebound and failed to block Bogut out of the paint after miss shots a couple times. All the sudden, the team was playing catch up which forced PJ to put back Pau Gasol. IMHO, he is just LAZY! Sure, early foul trouble made him tentative on defense but com on! Block your man out!!! I hope he wake up and contribute to the team. You can't expect Kobe to bail the team out every night especially when we play against a much weaker teams like Chicago and Milwakee.

Also deserve a C rating last night is Lamar. He's not playing at the level we know he could play right now.

The REAL Basketball fans know that the Lakers and Celtics match will almost without doubt happen this year. I'll call it now. Laker in 5 Over the Celtics. The rest of the games are nothing more that a tuneup.

I guess Bogut's been pissing the refs off lately and Kobe's been playing nice...or maybe whoever could call the most ridiculous and one wins the pot...damn you Donaghy damn you...

22 rebounds for Pau! Wow.

As for Bynum, what would he be like if he were on a team where he were the only bonafide center they've got? Count your blessings peeps, as much as we complain, we're lucky to have a legit 7 footer. Everyone would love to have our problems.

Historically, the lakers can play below the level of a lesser opponent. But then they're winning more of those games than before. Whatever. Nevermind.

Staples24 & BD,

I'll make this brief. Y'all said some things about Kobe after the win a couple
of nights ago.

Are y'all still of the same mindset?

Tom,

Farmar is better than Smush. Better attitude! Better chemistry with all
players! Easier to trade! Where is Smush right now?

*
OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO MYCHAL & HIS FAMILY ON THE DEATH OF THEIR MOM – BANDWAGON
*
(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Our sincerest condolence to Mychal and his family who attended the funeral of his Mom in the Bahamas. "
(02) JON K. – DRIVER - I second that bandwagon. It must be a very rough time for Mychal.
(03) MAMBA24 – God be with you & your family brother Mychal stay strong.
(04)

Ima look in the crystal ball for yall right now. All-star break the lakers will have the best record in the nba. Boston will be down one or 2 players due to injury

Posted by: jayden24 | December 16, 2009 at 10:02 PM

We are already down 2 players due to injury. Is your crystal ball telling you the Lakers won the championship last year?

Where is Smush right now? Posted by: hobbitmage | December 17, 2009 at 07:48 AM
The same place he was when he was with the Lakers...Out of his Freakin Mind.

Who is the better player Jordan Farmar or Smush Parker?
Posted by: Tom | December 16, 2009 at 11:21 PM

i dont know.. you got me good there. let me think this over and get back to you! Posted by: yellofever | December 16, 2009 at 11:41 PM

ROFLMFAO!! hahahahhahahhaa!!

Ima look in the crystal ball for yall right now. All-star break the lakers will have the best record in the nba. Boston will be down one or 2 players due to injury and shannon brown will be in the dunk contest. All in the same year that kobe and gasol repeat as champions as ron artest runs across the court in his boxers with the larry o'brien trophy taylor swift. And oh yeah kobe gets mvp and finals mvp all while ron artest gets defensive player of the year and lo gets 6 man of the year. Am I crazy celtics fans, or does that sound just about right...booyow! Posted by: jayden24 | December 16, 2009 at 10:02 PM

You are not crazy. You Are...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

Second night of a road back-to-back. A Bucks team that plays well at home. Tough game, tight all the way. Lakers get a win.


Why? The 1-2 punch of Kobe and Pau kept the Lakers in the hunt even tough it wasn't their most artistic effort of the year. And when it game down to "Winnin' Time" the long time Laker leaders, Kobe and Fish, stepped up. Kobe was obvious. But Fish had two key jumpers and a steal. That was just about knowing how to win.


Bynum was in foul trouble, but he played harder at the defensive end last night. Great block on Bogut's early hook attempt. Glad to hear he has been under the weather, it explains a lot. Even Kobe looked beat down when he was sick in Utah.


Good back-to-back road wins. This team still has some learning to do on the road. They aren't playing with the Staples Flow. But they have plenty of games to learn. In the meantime, the 1-2 punch and the veteran closers get it done.


Tom D.

I am getting tired of reading posts (at other websites) saying that the Refs influenced this game.

I need to know how the refs caused the missed free throw by Bogut at the end of regulation. That would have won the game for the Bucks. No one can seem to explain how the refs (or the Lakers) caused him to miss.

DANG! Redd can shoot!

--FEARless

PS: Glad he didn't have the last shot.

Hmmm....

Why are the Bucks below .500? They are seriously deep and they have shooters everywhere. For them, it has to all be about effort, and probably coaching. Inexcusable.

The Bucks didn't deserve that game. Redd, himself, should have ran over and clobbered Kobe and put him on the FT line. Then, Redd would have had the last shot of the game. They way he was shooting, he would have won it all by himself.

He hates loosing to Kobe because Kobe is smarter than him.

BTW, the Bucks also missed three end-game FT's. Can't blame those on the refs, can you? Each one of those would have put the game out of reach.

--FEARless

PS: Who still thinks we should bench Fish? He made both the offensive and defensive plays that put the game into overtime in the first place. Again.

"It is better to have played against The Lakers and Lost,
Than to have never played for a filled arena at all"
ARISTOTLE the lesser

I am getting tired of reading posts (at other websites) saying that the Refs influenced this game.

I need to know how the refs caused the missed free throw by Bogut at the end of regulation. That would have won the game for the Bucks. No one can seem to explain how the refs (or the Lakers) caused him to miss.

Posted by: DTM_T_M | December 17, 2009 at 08:21 AM

The refs had nothing to do with that. That was the Bucks choking. Unless your gonna credit the Lakers free throw defense.

What the refs did influence was the blocking call and the non traveling call right before the blocking call. They also influenced the non traveling call on the game winning shot. Kobe clearly shuffled his feet to get the shot off.

Cant understand why teams dont double Kobe in that situation. Its not like he is gonna pass the ball!

Life is a bit tougher on the road? I wonder what the Laker SOS is now. All the last second game winning shots are fools gold. They will catch up to you in the long run. Its like investing with Bernie Madoff ... fools gold.

PS: Who still thinks we should bench Fish? He made both the offensive and defensive plays that put the game into overtime in the first place. Again. Posted by: FEARless | December 17, 2009 at 08:38 AM

Yeah but does he have a Smushcalade?

Take this all you SMUSH haters:
"On January 9, 2009, Parker officially signed with Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, making him one of the better known foreign players employed in the CBA, which is due mainly to his exposure gained in the country playing alongside Kobe Bryant" from wikipedia
ROFLMFAO!!!

I know this is a Times blog, but, people, Kevin Ding can write the snot out of a story. Compare this report (below) on last night's game with what the big names have filed.

LAT, hire this dude! The freakin' OC can't contain him. (And I'm a UCI product; I'd know!)

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/phil-224593-kobe-started.html

Its like investing with Bernie Madoff ... fools gold.
Posted by: 131-92 | December 17, 2009 at 08:44 AM

Yeah but that son of gun sure could wear a Yankees hat.

Spill the beans Jon K.


Wes

To all of you people who said Kwame Brown would never be
famous: http://tinyurl.com/yfcmmvb

Yeah but that son of gun sure could wear a Yankees hat.

Posted by: Mamba24 | December 17, 2009 at 08:56 AM

Mamba-

Is he also wearing a pinstripe suit?


Great show. Winning is the best deodorant.

And speaking of players not named Kobe and Pau, we know the 2 man isolation, win it at the end formula will get old, brittle and eventually break. Is there some reason the blog hasn't uncovered that Phil doesn't want to use the roster?

Farmar mentioned it after going Ofer. Post, isolation, watch Kobe play. He's not wrong, although others making plays would solve most of that.

As Kobe goes so goes the Lakers is always a fun formula to watch but this roster shouldn't have to rely on it.

Is he also wearing a pinstripe suit? Posted by: 131-92 | December 17, 2009 at 09:24 AM

Yeah with Spats!

SAY WHAT YOU WANT HE WAS A DASHING DEVIL http://tinyurl.com/atbz8c


"It is better to have played against The Lakers and Lost,
Than to have never played for a filled arena at all"
ARISTOTLE the lesser

Posted by: Mamba24 | December 17, 2009 at 08:44 AM

Best post of the DAY!

Mamba24 = Sage.

--FEARless

The D:

RE: Ding of the OC: I'm with you all the way! Dude can write!

--FEARless

Mamba24,

It always comes back to the Smushcalade, doesn't it? That thing is the bane of our existence!

LOL!

--FEARless

131-92,

If you've read the real deal behind the Madoff scandal, about 65%-75% of the people who sued him were dropped from the class action suit because it turns out that they had already received dividends in excess of their principal. He "stole" from their "profits", not their investments.

Since you can't really steal what was never there, his main crime was fraud, not larceny.

If betting on Kobe is like betting on Madoff, that means we'll continue to win about 70% of our games and we'll wind up repeating as champs. I can live with that.

--FEARless

I think that the Laker fans are way to excited about this team, anyone that really knows and understands basketball can see that their not that good. Even look at last year in the playoffs, they beat a hurt Utah team, then went 7 games with Houston (without Yao and T-Mac) that's a joke, and then struggle with a Denver team that had a whole new general in Chauncey and weren't gelling yet (but this year is different), and then beat a young inexperienced Orlando team that could have been in the series if it wasn't for a few plays (Lee layup and Dwight's missed free throws). But what I mean is that on paper they shouldn't even be playing close games with any of these teams and they are every night! When they had Shaq (at his prime) and he was leading the Lakers they had the best roster and showed it every night on the road, at home, in the playoffs, anywhere! But with this team everyone's talking like their 20-4 and there great - really when you watch them play, their not. Who have they played that is actually good this year and won! Besides Atlanta! No one! They got killed by Denver at Denver, they lost Houston once (could of been twice), Dallas, and not to mention a lucky shot against Miami, whenever they play someone with a horrible record - they win as they should, and when they play someone that is close to 500. they struggle and just barely pull it off, and when they play good teams on the road or even at home this year they lose. So the real Laker team will show in the next couple of months when they actually play some teams with winning records either at home or on the road. Don't let this 20-4 record fool you, they have had the weakest strength of scheudule in the NBA according to espn.com for the first month and a half of this NBA season. Like going to OT with the Bucks and needing a game winner with 5 secs left, what a joke - they should smash on the bucks! But maybe their just not as good as everyone thinks.....

Mamba24,

Dogs are awesome.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

There is this growing perception on this blog like the Lakers should be peaking or something?? WTH, its only December! And despite RonRon doing pretty good with the triangle, we are still INCORPORATING a new player to our system, into the starting line-up, in addition to Bynum and Pau learning to mesh together! Not to mention, we are still adjusting to a new defensive scheme.

So for all you who are worried that Boston is playing out their skulls right now, chill with that..Championships are not WON in December, you ain't know?

We are still a work in progress..People need to be patient and let things evolve over time..

Off topic, my condolences to NFL wide receive Chris Henry, his friends and family and the Bengals org..Rest in peace, dude...


What a terrible thing!

131-92,

If you've read the real deal behind the Madoff scandal, about 65%-75% of the people who sued him were dropped from the class action suit because it turns out that they had already received dividends in excess of their principal. He "stole" from their "profits", not their investments.

Since you can't really steal what was never there, his main crime was fraud, not larceny.

If betting on Kobe is like betting on Madoff, that means we'll continue to win about 70% of our games and we'll wind up repeating as champs. I can live with that.

--FEARless

Posted by: FEARless | December 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Fearless-

Exactly my point. Any team that continues to win by making buzzer beaters is a fraud!

If your Lakers win 70% of their games, that would give them about 56 wins. Sorry to break the news to you but if you win 56 games this year you will not be repeating.

jesse10- yeah, they have to stop giving the o'brien trophy to the team that plays the best during the season. Do you have the email address of the league office so they can just give the trophy to the team you think should have won? If not, try to channel your analyzing skills to getting that, it will be a pretty good demonstration for any doubters 'their.' Keep up the good work!

Remember your words 131-92 and pray the Geriatrics don't come in at 56 wins... or less, as the arthritis sets in sometime in cold of February...


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