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Caught in the Web: Lakers head home after a disappointing five-game trip

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan sums up everything that went wrong during the Lakers' five-game trip, including the team's 109-92 loss Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks.

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Cunningham explains how the Hawks completely dominated the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says the team is unsure of its identity.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says time is running out for the Lakers to sharpen their play.

--NBA.com's Matt Winkeljohn credits Atlanta's team balance as the key to its victory over the Lakers.

Notebooks

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looked forward to his scoring duel with Hawks guard Joe Johnson.

--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura says that Johnson won the matchup.

--The Times' Turner also details why Sasha Vujacic is in the dog house.

--The Daily News' Teaford provides more information on Vujacic's future.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi has an update on Luke Walton's recovery from a pinched nerve in his lower back.

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers questions Pau Gasol's lack of toughness, an assertion Gasol says is untrue even if Lakers Coach Phi Jackson agrees with it.

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Mark Bradley observes that the Lakers' anger level increased after each quarter.

--The Orange County Register's Ding details Kobe Bryant's frustration.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues the Lakers' depth is greatly exaggerated.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues the Lakers have given up on the regular season. He also provides a pretty descriptive rundown of what the Lakers did wrong against Atlanta.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky dissects the Lakers' chemistry problems.

--Forum Blue and Gold criticizes the Lakers' effort and fundamentals, two ingredients that are kind of needed to win basketball games.

--LakersNation analyzes whether Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom is the best fit for the Lakers' fifth starting position.

--Struggling to describe how the Lakers are playing these days? Silver Screen and Roll has got you covered. They say it's "the opposite of peaking at the right time.'"

--Sports Illustrated's Paul Forrester updates his latest league MVP list.

Tweet of the Day:"What is up with them? Maybe saving themselves for the playoffs?" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality TV star and wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Other than the Black Mamba ... has the team quit? Sure does feel like it to me. Hope I'm wrong. I guess we'll see come the PO. I'm beginning to get the feeling that it could get real ugly, real fast. Not panicking but, noticing a lot of bad signs." -- G in DC

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on from the bench during the final minutes of Wednesday's game. Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

 
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TAKE A CHILL PILL AND CALL ME WHEN THE PLAYOFFS START – BANDWAGON
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Moving on from this road trip, moving on from this mental place & moving forward. Finding spirit. Inside that locker room is a team of Champions who have lost their way. Phil talks about journeys. They have embarked on one now. My hope is that it is a journey to the roots of the team. A journey into the spirit of what this team is about. Rediscovering the joy of the game. It will always be a game. It's only work when you don't play. @ JAMIE SWEET
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(01) LAKERTOM – OWNER – WHY THIS LOSS DOESN’T MATTER – (1) THE GAMES DON’T COUNT. (2) THE OPPONENTS DON’T MATTER. (3) BYNUM CHANGES EVERYTHING (4) SIZE MATTERS IN PLAYOFFS. (5) GOTTA WIN 4 IN PLAYOFFS. (6) HOME COURT ADVANTAGE. (7) BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. Don’t discount the importance of playoff and championship experience. Phil Jackson has never lost the opportunity to repeat or threepeat as NBA champions. The Lakers are still the reigning NBA champions and Kobe Bryant is the reigning NBA Finals MVP. When the final whistle blows and buzzer sounds, the Lakers will have won their 16th championship. So chillax and just be patient. Soon Drew will be back and the real games will commence and we’ll all forget about these stupid losses to jacked up teams whom we know we can easily beat. Just like the team needs to ready to perform at their best once the playoffs start, so do we bloggers. We need to be ready to generate championship level karma to give our team the virtual boost to win it all again.
(02) LONG LIVE CHICK – DRIVER - I still have a lot of hope that we can turn this around and win the prize. It won't be easy, but we can definitely do it. We have the pieces. THERE IS A LOT OF POWER IN A POSITIVE STREAM OF ENERGY AND THOUGHTS. Kill the negativity starting right here on this blog.
(03) MTI312 – SECURITY - Facts: The Lakers record right now is 54-21. 7 gms left Dallas the current second seed is 4 games behind. comments: Lakers will be the 1 seed. This was expected to happen. The Lakers had a favorable schedule therefore winning early in the season. Despite playing mostly on the road, they still have the best record in the West. That is still good. Proposition: For all those fans who think the Lakers have no chance this year should pack it in now. Jump off the wagon and promise you wont be back until the Lakers gets eliminated. Then you can do your "I told you so, I am a genius" posts.
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(05) RICK FRIEDMAN – RIDING SHOTGUN - Laker Tom, Thank you. A voice of sanity. I still have faith in the team's talent. I also think all the screaming about the bench play is overwrought. The return of Andrew to the starting lineup and the return of Luke to the reserves should bolster the lineup, going forward.
(06) JON K – UNDERCOVER AGENT - Let me put it gently, Laker Nation is going to freak the frick out if this team doesn't turn it on in the playoffs. Apocalyptic freakout plus. I'm patient. I have faith. But hell hast no fury like Laker Nation scorned. Seriously, burn everyone not named Kobe, Pau, Andrew, Ron, Luke (yes, LUKE!) and Lamar. I love this team, but TURN IT FRICKEN ON!
(07) JAMIE SWEET - Moving on from this road trip, moving on from this mental place and moving forward. Finding spirit. Inside that locker room is a team of Champions who have lost their way. Phil talks about journeys. They have embarked on one now. My hope is that it is a journey to the roots of the team. A journey into the spirit of what this team is about. Rediscovering the joy of the game. It will always be a game. It's only work when you don't play.
(08) M - I for one think the playoffs will be great. Not a blind fan, but a true one. Blind foolish praise or simple criticism this blog has been recently, with a few admirable acceptations. I’d rather ‘crit the blog, or bloggers rather than my Lakers… Most folks don’t read the blog right after a loss anyway.
(09) MAGIC PHIL - Still time, let's just stop missing those darn shots. Let's just start hitting those darn shots...please? Cheers.
(10) DWNTWN ATTY - . Remember folks, this season isn't over. it hasn't even started. we know this team is capable of greatness. If they lose every game until the playoffs and then win the championship, the season will have been a roaring success.
(11) POO - Luke can correct Artest's faulty chemistry with a few games in April. I'm sure of it. T he Lakers are going to be fun once Luke plays about 2 or 3 games. I see it clear as day. CHEMISTRY IS COMING PEOPLE!!! I CAN SMELL IT COMING!!!
(12) TROLL MAN - The Sleeper Must Awaken
(13) SOME DUDE - Man you guys are spoiled. Lakers still have the 2nd best record in the league, but they lose a couple games in a row and all of a sudden it's all wrong... this reminds me of Christmas Day when the Lakers were like 24 - 3 but were losing at home to the Cavs and getting booed. Really?
(14) JEANETTE - Jamie Sweet, excellent post. Now I feel much better.
(15) RAZDIZZLEFOSHIZZLE - This Lakers team know that this squad is capable of being very scary, but for whatever reason, we haven't seen much. I hope this is only a phase that the Lakers will soon snap out of
(16) I'm taking things in stride, and I'm thankful that we are in the position that we are. I definitely won't be in the "woe-is-us" mode
(17) MAMBA24 – SLEEPY – Ho hum, please somebody call me when the Playofs start!
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Changes anyone?

Or is the only answer more Kobe scowls?

How about a Fish interview?

Maybe folks can see what happens when you have a bench
full of minimum salary players at the end.

No Bynum, no Luke exposes Powell and DJ MBenga
for what they are.

Suggestions
1- Fisher DNP-CD
2- Cut Artest minutes to low 30s
3- Line up Bryant, Gasol, Odom, Farmar, Sasha
4- Sasha over Ammo

23RD PSALM
KOBE BRYANT IS MY SHEPHARD I SHALL NOT WANT
HE LEADETH ME TO 4 TITLES
HE RESTORETH THE LAKER LEGACY
HE LEADETH ME BESIDES STILL OPPONENTS ARENAS
YEA THOU I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF PAULA PIERCE & PRINCESS JIMMY
I SHALL FEAR NO SKANK FOR MAMBA IS WITH ME
HIS 4 NBA RINGS, 1 MVP, 1FINALS MVP, 3 ALL STAR MVP, 3 SCORING TITLES, 12 ALL STAR SELECTIONS. 9 ALL DEFENSE SELECTIONS, 81 POINTS IN A GAME, SCORING MORE POINTS THAN THE OOPPONENTS TEAM COMFORT ME.
SURELY RINGS AND DYNASTIES SHALL FOLLOW THE LAKERS ALL THE DAYS MAMBA IS HERE
AND I WILL CHEER IN THE HOUSE OF STAPLES FOREVER

That LA Guy should really change his name to CLE Guy. When I see that dudes posts, I just make sure to scroll down. Reading his posts are just a complete waste of time. What is that dude smoking? Hey Mm, your writing skillz have improved a lot. I'm starting to enjoy your posts and I rarely visit that other blog anymore.I guess Your starting to think like a laker maniac thats why your comments have been spot on lately. I guess your one of "us" now, a lakerholic.

Mamba,

I am not going to participate in this recent bandwagon.
I'm pouting.
I want Phil to apologize for allowing this pathetic play and dysfunctional attitude this team seems to be developing.

The other day in practice the team was not running the plays correctly so Phil cancelled practice.
I wonder if he considered making them do it until they got it right.
And now, Sasha cannot play until he buys the coaches dinner.
Is this stuff for real or are writers making this stuff up just to entertain us.

Good thing the Lakers are playing at home again.
That's what may save them, home court advantage.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Ariza was the unsung hero for LA last season. Artest might be good but he simply doesn't fit as well as Ariza did. Add in bynum's annual absence and you have an LA team that lacks belief in itself.

Also, anyone catch this quote?

"I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan..." said Kevin Garnett about Kevin Durant.

I think we may be seeing the rise of the next MJ before our eyes.


What I am afraid of is we play Portland-1st round, Denver-2nd round, Dallas-3rd round, and finally Cavs-4th round. That would be my nightmare that is coming to life!!!

I feel strangely calm about this. And I'm not usually calm when my Lakers lose. Come June, we won't even remember this. Or if we do, it'll be a vague recollection, a mere moonshadow of a memory that fades in the stark morning light of a victory parade.

I still believe, and I always will, until the purple and gold tinsel drops from the sky.

Go Lake Show!

King of Trollls - hey thanks for the feedback. i'm glad you like reading the blog

MM

RE POST:
*** IS IT OVER ***
Is it over, will it go away, The regular season so the real games they can play
This close to playoffs, let the players rest, The NFL knows how to do this best
We’ve cinched everything worth anything; Now rest your players so they get back that spring
That spring that helps make the jump shot fall, legs are kind of important playing basketball
Let a Laker get hurt playing a meaningless game, then just who will be the one to blame
The Lakers played in finals 2 years in a row, What this does to the body God only knows.
Not just the body but also the mind, 2 full seasons thru the Finals is a very long time
The Bulls 3 peated twice you know, but there’s more to the story that I will show
After each 3Peat MJ retired if you recall, His body was through from so much Basketball
Each time he retired for over a year, he needed the time to get his body back in gear
So rest your regulars, you know I’m right, let them get fully healthy for the real fight
Quite as it’s kept most of the team is ill, but they play on to match the Mamba’s will
Courage is fine but don’t you be insane, you don’t play as well when you’re in pain
This no excuse that I offer here, it’s just the truth and I am sincere
Kobe is hurt, as well as Dfish too, Lo, Pau & some more of the crew.
But they don’t want to earn a “Soft” label, so they soldier on even if the bodies not able
So that’s my spin on why they play as they do, No matter what Freaking Lakers I’m with you


Can we get Wade for the next season?
please?

I feel strangely calm about this. And I'm not usually calm when my Lakers lose. Come June, we won't even remember this. Or if we do, it'll be a vague recollection, a mere moonshadow of a memory that fades in the stark morning light of a victory parade. I still believe, and I always will, until the purple and gold tinsel drops from the sky. Go Lake Show! Posted by: The Outlaw | April 01, 2010 at 09:00 AM
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OOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING OUTLAW!!! Kudos!!
Mamba24(Larry)

What I am afraid of is we play Portland-1st round, Denver-2nd round, Dallas-3rd round, and finally Cavs-4th round. That would be my nightmare that is coming to life!!!
Posted by: Tom Tom | April 01, 2010 at 08:58 AM

Tough series all.

And if we get stuck playing OKC that's not going to be a cakewalk either.
That's the same OKC that clobbered us a few nights ago and just beat the Celtics in Boston.

Some teams are starting to really get in playoff form now.

The Lakers began the season in playoff form and have gotten worse as the season has progressed.


The Lakers are tired and confused team at this point of the season, injuries, two long playoff runs. They're just beat down with every team out to get them night in and night out. No excuse the talent is just not there, Mitch should have made a trade and brought in a talented vet looking for a title. Enjoy the journey it will be over soon.

@Art - FL Laker Fan , I feel your pain bro, but I'm not ready to jump ship. I'm telling you I've seen this same crap before with other Phil teams and they came thru. I don't think things are as serious as outwardly it would seem hang in there Art. You are one of the Rocks that anchors this Blog.
Mamba24(Larry)

I only hope that tomorrow night, when the Lakers take the floor at Staples, that the crowd showers them with pure, unadulterated LOVE!!

It's easy to love and cheer someone when they've done good and are riding high. But when a person or team approaches the bottom, that's when encouragement and faith are needed most.

Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail.

As Laker Tom said, this team needs the positivity of its TRUE fans. Yes, they are a team with warts and faults. Yes, they haven't done as well as expected on the road. Yes, some of their weaknesses have been exposed. But this group is capable of coming out of its funk and doing great things. The same bench players that we all question went into Utah and Portland without Kobe and Bynum and kicked AZZ earlier in the year. These guys are capable of good basketball. Let's not forget that.

It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans.

Welcome to Planet Lakers, Home of House Black Mamba

THE LAKERS WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

and how can this be?

FOR KOBE BRYANT IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!

It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans. Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 01, 2010 at 09:38 AM

OUT
FREAKIN
STANDINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNg!!!! KUDOS SIR!!
MAMBA24(LARRY)

Nothing a little home cooking won't fix!
I won't worry until we lose our first home playoff game.
I won't panic until we are one game from elimination.
Until then we play them one at a time.
Only 16 playoff wins to the ring!

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IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE LAKERS. WIN OR LOSE THEY US NEED US - BANDWAGON
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(01) BRONXLAKERFAN – OWNER - I only hope that tomorrow night, when the Lakers take the floor at Staples, that the crowd showers them with pure, unadulterated LOVE!! It's easy to love and cheer someone when they've done good and are riding high. But when a person or team approaches the bottom, that's when encouragement and faith are needed most. Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail. As Laker Tom said, this team needs the positivity of its TRUE fans. Yes, they are a team with warts and faults. Yes, they haven't done as well as expected on the road. Yes, some of their weaknesses have been exposed. But this group is capable of coming out of its funk and doing great things. The same bench players that we all question went into Utah and Portland without Kobe and Bynum and kicked AZZ earlier in the year. These guys are capable of good basketball. Let's not forget that.: It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – YES SIR!!! I’M STANDING UP AS I’M STEERING!

Welcome to Planet Lakers, Home of House Black Mamba
THE LAKERS WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
and how can this be? FOR KOBE BRYANT IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!
Posted by: Troll Man | April 01, 2010 at 09:44 AM
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I BOW BEFORE A MASTER SIR! KUDOS AND...OUT FREAKINNNNNNNNNN STANDINGGGGGGG!!

@TROLL MAN, Does that mean that Sasha is LORD LETO!
ROFL! You're great bro! I just love all your post!!!
And also by the way....
OUT
FREAKIN
STANNNNNNNNNNNNNDIIIIIIING!!!
Mamba24(larry)

@RDLEE, PREACH BROTHER, PREACH!!!!
Mamba24(Larry)

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IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE LAKERS. WIN OR LOSE THEY US NEED US - BANDWAGON
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(01) BRONXLAKERFAN – OWNER - I only hope that tomorrow night, when the Lakers take the floor at Staples, that the crowd showers them with pure, unadulterated LOVE!! It's easy to love and cheer someone when they've done good and are riding high. But when a person or team approaches the bottom, that's when encouragement and faith are needed most. Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail. As Laker Tom said, this team needs the positivity of its TRUE fans. Yes, they are a team with warts and faults. Yes, they haven't done as well as expected on the road. Yes, some of their weaknesses have been exposed. But this group is capable of coming out of its funk and doing great things. The same bench players that we all question went into Utah and Portland without Kobe and Bynum and kicked AZZ earlier in the year. These guys are capable of good basketball. Let's not forget that.: It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans.
(02) TROLL MAN - Welcome to Planet Lakers, Home of House Black Mamba
THE LAKERS WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
……and how can this be?......
FOR KOBE BRYANT IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!
(03) RDLEE – RIDING SHOTGUN - Nothing a little home cooking won't fix! I won't worry until we lose our first home playoff game. won't panic until we are one game from elimination. Until then we play them one at a time. Only 16 playoff wins to the ring!
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(05) MAMBA24 – If I have but one life to live, let me live it as a Laker Fan!
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER!!!!!!

Hobbitmage

Agree with most of what you said except for ur assessment that bynum changes *nothing*... That's a pretty bold statement.. Though bynum has a lot of room for improvement on the defensive/rebounding depts his presence is still gonna be vital for our teams success in the playoffs even in a cameo role

My reasons:

1 gasol needs him.. I think lakers can still succeed with gasol at center but not necessarily for 4 long 7 game series.. The physical abuse would take a toll in his skinny body and fragile psyche.. He will desperately need bynum to fill in defensively even for short stints against all the big centers... Take for example last year against dwight in the finals.. Bynum definitely helped during critical key stretches that allowed gasol to stay out of foul trouble and stay fresh

2. Bynum still causes mismatches.. Against some opponents lakers might be better off with the gasol/odom combo but that is not always the case.. Take for example our loss against the hornets the other night.. With gasol at center on okafur odom was on west and was getting abused in the low post.. Had bynum been on okafur then gasol wouldve matched up much better defensively on west

3 Halfcourt defense.. Playoffs is still all about halfcourt defense where his length in the low post will be needed.. His length still causes matchup problems for the opposition no matter who he's guarding... Mbenga is a great *help* defender on the weakside but straight up he's also weak and just a shorter version of bynum

Good morning Lakernation,

Relax, listen to this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIqLsGT2wbQ&feature=youtube_gdata

This has been my "feel good" song after every Lakers' loss. I now officially refer to every Lakers championships as my bright sunshiny days. Thank you Lakers for giving me a lot of those. I hope to have another come June.

Hey Kobe, I like that picture above. Don't worry we will be there when you needed us the most.

I understand the frustration of Lakernation, it is natural. I don't think for a bit that any of you have given up. Keep the FAITH.

Reasons why I don't want to play Cleveland in the Finals:

1. When we beat them, I will literally have LeBronaics throw glasses at me and then be charged with assault when I defend myself.

2. The Q is a weird place. I will state unequivically that it is the least pleasant arena that I have ever attended a game at. Why? Sensory overload. No dead space. Robot voices constantly telling the crowd what to do and how to feel. Really weird. I understand why the Cavs have such a good home record. They're the only ones who are numb to the strange environment.

3. The Cavs' bench plays with chemistry, while our bench plays like a bunch of high school students thrown into their first NBA game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K

Now tell them the main reason you don't want to play Cleveland. Because they match up well with the Lakers and will probably beat them !!!

I understand the frustration of Lakernation, it is natural. I don't think for a bit that any of you have given up. Keep the FAITH. Posted by: Jeanette | April 01, 2010 at 10:07 AM

JEANETTE, with Laker Nation family like you, I truly believe that there is nothing the Lakers can do. Call me crazy but, I truly believe in the power of positive thought and the power of positive group thought. IF YOU CAN CONCEIVE IT, AND YOU BELIEVE IT, YOU WILL ACHEIVE IT!!!
WE ARE LAKER NATION AND OUR DYNASTIES WILL GO ON TILL THE END OF TIME!

ops... I posted it under the wrong thread... repost (sorry... ) :

Just finished to watch the game rerun over here (yesterday night... things drove another road than teh planned one: message to my fellow chatter advisers... THANK YOU. All was solved and fine :)) and well...

If that was an advanced April Fools, it wasn't pretty nor entertaining at all.

I have to say I was actually expecting it.

I was so expecting it, I didn't vote in the poll before the game chat about which team was going to win.

Because I honestly felt that could have been NOT us.

MM, your analysis in this article is completely shareable by me.

Under these conditions, all I feel we can really do is sit down, wait, (hope) and expect.

If these tensions can built and glue the team together, we won't have problems.

If the torns will be instead not conjunctive, but disjuntive, well... you get the point.

I am confident the first option still the most likeable and more natural to happen.

But I have no crystal ball (nor I would like to have it), so all is up in the air.
For what it counts, I feel lots of the comments about the disgrace this team might be into at the moment are like... ways to heal a possible future pain.

It's like lots of people don't wanna face a certain reality that tehy don't want to witness, then they exorcise it by actually painting it even more tragic than it is at the moment.

I am different.

I will watch what comes like another chapter in the glorious Laker history, and history might be good this chapter or not, but still be part of the glory this team has made me to love and live and get into so widely.

I still believe odds are all on our side.

I do.

If I will be wrong, it will be just a matter of a year more waiting.

It's not a bad position, really, to be a laker fan.

It still not even when a road trip like this one we've just accomplished (?) to make question our own pride and our players skills displayed.

Which isn't my case anyway.

My pride is intact, my love for my players is intact, and my hope will never, ever vanish.

Just a final message to MM: THANK YOU ; to justanothermambafan : dear... hope you get the speediest recovery!!; and to wes, phred and those who have helped me yesterday. You have been adorable :)

PS: Kobe with that face at the end of the game... whooooo.
*chilllllllz down my spine*
Scary.
Scary.
Scary.

@MM, BLOG GOD, your threads have been OUT FREAKIN STANDING this week and I want to personally thank you for all you do for us here on the Lakers Blog and in Laker Nation. You are like the perfect Blog God and I mean that from my heart sir! Thanks! And if you so believe, have a Blessed Holiday Mark.
Mamba24(larry)

Again, I've watched the Lakers of the 80s, the Lakers of the 90s, and now the Lakers of the new Century. None of this is new during a repeat year.

I have to assume that many of the posters here (especially the ones that can't wait for a couple of bad games and blame those losses on a single older point guard) are still young pups or transplants that don't have the same historical perspective.

No Worries.

JR

Mamba 24 - Thanks for the love man. I really appreciate it.

There's a new thread up as well.

MM

As a team there biggest issue is Kobe. Come fourth quarter it seems like Kobe thinks he needs to step up and his team mates feel they need to stop playing and give the ball to Kobe. Sure Kobe is a clutch shooter(half the time) but he has had to do that way more then he should be. The Lakers have great talent but they are just not using it. Do I think the Lakers will win the year? Hell no! This year belongs to the Cavs and the best player in the NBA LBJ.

I will always be a Laker fan, there is no alternate. It does not matter if they are winning or losing. Oh, how I wish that our cheers will reverberate through the walls of the Staple Centre. It is time to stand up and show our support, it will make a difference.

MMedina, I agree will with you that our team did not lack effort in this game. That is worrisome because they tried to compete but couldn't keep up with the hawks.

I know DFish drives a lot of us nuts but he does give us the other perspective, and it is fun to read some times. I know a lot us will defend Fisher including me.
I have been watching Fisher from the begginning, and I respect the man. He is a class act that everyone should look up too. He has the leadership, heart, passion, and the intangibles that he brings into the game. However, we should ask ourselves does the intangibles he brings outweight his deficiencies? For now to me, it doesn't seem so. However, Fisher is not the only reason we are losing. With Bynum out, we need to rely more of our outside shooting to win games. Statistically, We're not a good outside shooting team.
So what do we do? Should we replace Fisher with Farmar and have him come off the bench? If we do, our bench would be even worse. No doubt that you have to rely on your bench to contribute to win games.
We're just going to have to play with the horses that we've got. When Bynum comes back, hopefully 90% to 100%, it will change the complexity of our team. We will not need to rely more of our outside shooting to win games.


IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE LAKERS. WIN OR LOSE THEY US NEED US - BANDWAGON
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(01) BRONXLAKERFAN – OWNER - I only hope that tomorrow night, when the Lakers take the floor at Staples, that the crowd showers them with pure, unadulterated LOVE!! It's easy to love and cheer someone when they've done good and are riding high. But when a person or team approaches the bottom, that's when encouragement and faith are needed most. Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail. As Laker Tom said, this team needs the positivity of its TRUE fans. Yes, they are a team with warts and faults. Yes, they haven't done as well as expected on the road. Yes, some of their weaknesses have been exposed. But this group is capable of coming out of its funk and doing great things. The same bench players that we all question went into Utah and Portland without Kobe and Bynum and kicked AZZ earlier in the year. These guys are capable of good basketball. Let's not forget that.: It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans.
(02) TROLL MAN – DRIVER - ………Welcome to Planet Lakers, Home of House Black Mamba
THE LAKERS WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
………….……and how can this be?......
FOR KOBE BRYANT IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!
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(03) RDLEE – RIDING SHOTGUN - Nothing a little home cooking won't fix! I won't worry until we lose our first home playoff game. won't panic until we are one game from elimination. Until then we play them one at a time. Only 16 playoff wins to the ring!
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(05) MAMBA24 – If I have but one life to live, let me live it as a Laker Fan! LAKERS FOREVER!!!!!!
(06) JEANETTE – COUNSELOR - Relax, listen to this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIqLsGT2wbQ&feature=youtube_gdata
This has been my "feel good" song after every Lakers' loss. I now officially refer to every Lakers championships as my bright sunshiny days. Thank you Lakers for giving me a lot of those. I hope to have another come June. Hey Kobe, I like that picture above. Don't worry we will be there when you needed us the most. I understand the frustration of Lakernation, it is natural. I don't think for a bit that any of you have given up. Keep the FAITH.
(07) ZAIRA AMATERASU - My pride is intact, my love for my players is intact, and my hope will never, ever vanish.
(08)JOLLY RANCHER - Again, I've watched the Lakers of the 80s, the Lakers of the 90s, and now the Lakers of the new Century. None of this is new during a repeat year. I have to assume that many of the posters here (especially the ones that can't wait for a couple of bad games and blame those losses on a single older point guard) are still young pups or transplants that don't have the same historical perspective. No Worries. JR

Do I think the Lakers will win the year? Hell no! This year belongs to the Cavs and the best player in the NBA LBJ.
Posted by: Gunner | April 01, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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AW GUNNER!, TOO BAD, THE LIL PRINCESS WILLL BE LEAVING CLEVELAND. Princess Jimmy is no fool. He is even as I speak trying along with his agent to someway find a way under the Salary cap come to the Lakers. WAAAAAAA!!!!

We're just going to have to play with the horses that we've got. When Bynum comes back, hopefully 90% to 100%, it will change the complexity of our team. We will not need to rely more of our outside shooting to win games.Posted by: SunnyvaleLakers | April 01, 2010 at 10:38 AM

May I welcome you to Lakers Blog, SunnyvaleLakers. Also may I give you the first of what I perceive will be many... OUT FREAKIN STANDINGS!!
MAMBA24(larrY)

I will always be a Laker fan, there is no alternate. It does not matter if they are winning or losing. Oh, how I wish that our cheers will reverberate through the walls of the Staple Centre. It is time to stand up and show our support, it will make a difference. Posted by: Jeanette | April 01, 2010 at 10:34 AM

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! Sister Jeanette your post is ...OUT FRREAKIN STANDING!
Mamba24(larrY)

@JEANE

It's really amazing to me when some even small troubles in Lakers Land and suddenly bunch trolls appear with all the predictions and most idiotic commentaries. Reminds you someone? Yes, jackals who feast on lion’s leftovers or rotten meat.

How can you guys stand Kobe?

Mamba24(LarrY):

Put me on the stand-up for the Lakers bandwagon.

We're all disapppointment in the latest team performance. But relax, we're still #2 in the league adn #1 in the West. As long as we don't let Orlando catch up to us, we'll be fine.

Yes, this team lost its momentum as scores of key injuries and "Me Worry?" attitude displays by both the bench crew AND particular the coaching staff. But I have a gut feeling that they wil find their way back and establish their identity after the tough first round against whoever unlucky to draw us. This team will be in a pissy and angry mood once the playoff start. The press and other punduts will be written them off by then and harly wait to crown the Cav as a new champ which is good news IMHO. It's good to be fear (Of losing)! The pressure(favorite to repeat) will be off.

Again, I respect Sasha's decision not to succumb to Phils's overture to make atonement to his outburst in OKC. Finally, someone stand up to Phil's zen philosophy!

IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE LAKERS. WIN OR LOSE THEY US NEED US - BANDWAGON
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(01) BRONXLAKERFAN – OWNER - I only hope that tomorrow night, when the Lakers take the floor at Staples, that the crowd showers them with pure, unadulterated LOVE!! It's easy to love and cheer someone when they've done good and are riding high. But when a person or team approaches the bottom, that's when encouragement and faith are needed most. Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail. As Laker Tom said, this team needs the positivity of its TRUE fans. Yes, they are a team with warts and faults. Yes, they haven't done as well as expected on the road. Yes, some of their weaknesses have been exposed. But this group is capable of coming out of its funk and doing great things. The same bench players that we all question went into Utah and Portland without Kobe and Bynum and kicked AZZ earlier in the year. These guys are capable of good basketball. Let's not forget that.: It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans.
(02) TROLL MAN – DRIVER - ………Welcome to Planet Lakers, Home of House Black Mamba
THE LAKERS WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
………….……and how can this be?......
FOR KOBE BRYANT IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!
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(03) RDLEE – RIDING SHOTGUN - Nothing a little home cooking won't fix! I won't worry until we lose our first home playoff game. won't panic until we are one game from elimination. Until then we play them one at a time. Only 16 playoff wins to the ring!
(04) # 4 - Panic and doom are the stuff of new money fans. Been around too long to think the Lakers are in dire straits because of a bad roadie or 2. Not saying we'll be fine, but other teams are fighting for position, fighting to play in May. Sure, I want them to play hard, but its more than that. I think the coaching staff more than the players needs to figure out what is going wrong with the defense.
(05) MAMBA24 – If I have but one life to live, let me live it as a Laker Fan! LAKERS FOREVER!!!!!!
(06) JEANETTE – COUNSELOR - Relax, listen to this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIqLsGT2wbQ&feature=youtube_gdata
This has been my "feel good" song after every Lakers' loss. I now officially refer to every Lakers championships as my bright sunshiny days. Thank you Lakers for giving me a lot of those. I hope to have another come June. Hey Kobe, Don't worry we will be there when you needed us the most. I understand the frustration of Lakernation, it is natural. I don't think for a bit that any of you have given up. Keep the FAITH. I will always be a Laker fan, there is no alternate. It does not matter if they are winning or losing. Oh, how I wish that our cheers will reverberate through the walls of the Staple Centre. It is time to stand up and show our support, it will make a difference.
(07) ZAIRA AMATERASU – BLOG GODDESS - My pride is intact, my love for my players is intact, & my hope will never, ever vanish.
(08)JOLLY RANCHER - Again, I've watched the Lakers of the 80s, the Lakers of the 90s, & now the Lakers of the new Century. None of this is new during a repeat year. I have to assume that many of the posters here (especially the ones that can't wait for a couple of bad games and blame those losses on a single older point guard) are still young pups or transplants that don't have the same historical perspective. No Worries.
(09) SUNNYVALE LAKERS - So what do we do? We're just going to have to play with the horses that we've got. When Bynum comes back, hopefully 90% to 100%, it will change the complexity of our team. We will not need to rely more of our outside shooting to win games.
(10) WALLACE - Put me on the stand-up for the Lakers bandwagon. We're all disapppointment in the latest team performance. But relax, we're still #2 in the league adn #1 in the West. As long as we don't let Orlando catch up to us, we'll be fine. Yes, this team lost its momentum as scores of key injuries and "Me Worry?" attitude displays by both the bench crew AND particular the coaching staff. But I have a gut feeling that they wil find their way back and establish their identity after the tough first round against whoever unlucky to draw us. This team will be in a pissy and angry mood once the playoff start. The press and other punduts will be written them off by then and harly wait to crown the Cav as a new champ which is good news IMHO. It's good to be fear (Of losing)! The pressure(favorite to repeat) will be off. Again, I respect Sasha's decision not to succumb to Phils's overture to make atonement to his outburst in OKC. Finally, someone stand up to Phil's zen philosophy!

WALLACE,

If you don't know all the facts, you better don't take sides. Sasha's conflict not with Phil, but with Jim Cleamons and Brian Shaw, Phil as a head coach choose to punish Sasha by reducing his minutes.

mamba24

Put me on the bendwagon, even if I'm not so optimistic as I was before.

LAL_Fan - if we're the leftovers, then who was the lion?

IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE LAKERS. WIN OR LOSE THEY US NEED US - BANDWAGON
*
(01) BRONXLAKERFAN – OWNER - I only hope that tomorrow night, when the Lakers take the floor at Staples, that the crowd showers them with pure, unadulterated LOVE!! It's easy to love and cheer someone when they've done good and are riding high. But when a person or team approaches the bottom, that's when encouragement and faith are needed most. Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail. As Laker Tom said, this team needs the positivity of its TRUE fans. Yes, they are a team with warts and faults. Yes, they haven't done as well as expected on the road. Yes, some of their weaknesses have been exposed. But this group is capable of coming out of its funk and doing great things. The same bench players that we all question went into Utah and Portland without Kobe and Bynum and kicked AZZ earlier in the year. These guys are capable of good basketball. Let's not forget that.: It's time to stand up for our Lakers. Win or lose. They need US, their true fans.
(02) TROLL MAN – DRIVER - ………Welcome to Planet Lakers, Home of House Black Mamba
THE LAKERS WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
………….……and how can this be?......
FOR KOBE BRYANT IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!
*
(03) RDLEE – RIDING SHOTGUN - Nothing a little home cooking won't fix! I won't worry until we lose our first home playoff game. won't panic until we are one game from elimination. Until then we play them one at a time. Only 16 playoff wins to the ring!
(04) # 4 - Panic and doom are the stuff of new money fans. Been around too long to think the Lakers are in dire straits because of a bad roadie or 2. Not saying we'll be fine, but other teams are fighting for position, fighting to play in May. Sure, I want them to play hard, but its more than that. I think the coaching staff more than the players needs to figure out what is going wrong with the defense.
(05) MAMBA24 – If I have but one life to live, let me live it as a Laker Fan! LAKERS FOREVER!!!!!!
(06) JEANETTE – COUNSELOR - Relax, listen to this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIqLsGT2wbQ&feature=youtube_gdata
This has been my "feel good" song after every Lakers' loss. I now officially refer to every Lakers championships as my bright sunshiny days. Thank you Lakers for giving me a lot of those. I hope to have another come June. Hey Kobe, Don't worry we will be there when you needed us the most. I understand the frustration of Lakernation, it is natural. I don't think for a bit that any of you have given up. Keep the FAITH. I will always be a Laker fan, there is no alternate. It does not matter if they are winning or losing. Oh, how I wish that our cheers will reverberate through the walls of the Staple Centre. It is time to stand up and show our support, it will make a difference.
(07) ZAIRA AMATERASU – BLOG GODDESS - My pride is intact, my love for my players is intact, & my hope will never, ever vanish.
(08)JOLLY RANCHER - Again, I've watched the Lakers of the 80s, the Lakers of the 90s, & now the Lakers of the new Century. None of this is new during a repeat year. I have to assume that many of the posters here (especially the ones that can't wait for a couple of bad games and blame those losses on a single older point guard) are still young pups or transplants that don't have the same historical perspective. No Worries.
(09) SUNNYVALE LAKERS - So what do we do? We're just going to have to play with the horses that we've got. When Bynum comes back, hopefully 90% to 100%, it will change the complexity of our team. We will not need to rely more of our outside shooting to win games.
(10) WALLACE - Put me on the stand-up for the Lakers bandwagon. We're all disapppointment in the latest team performance. But relax, we're still #2 in the league adn #1 in the West. As long as we don't let Orlando catch up to us, we'll be fine. Yes, this team lost its momentum as scores of key injuries and "Me Worry?" attitude displays by both the bench crew AND particular the coaching staff. But I have a gut feeling that they wil find their way back and establish their identity after the tough first round against whoever unlucky to draw us. This team will be in a pissy and angry mood once the playoff start. The press and other punduts will be written them off by then and harly wait to crown the Cav as a new champ which is good news IMHO. It's good to be fear (Of losing)! The pressure(favorite to repeat) will be off. Again, I respect Sasha's decision not to succumb to Phils's overture to make atonement to his outburst in OKC. Finally, someone stand up to Phil's zen philosophy!
(11)LAL FAN - Put me on the bendwagon, even if I'm not so optimistic as I was before

Let's start the PLAYOFFS NOW!!!

I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD. Nothing's gonna change that, not even a season long losing streak(seriously), NOTHING. I may be frustrated by it, but I will still be a LAKERHOLIC- win or lose.

I will only accept LOSING; if and when we are finally eliminated. As long as our Lakers still have another day to play, I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!



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