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Caught in the Web: Lakers looking at the big picture, starting with tonight's game against Golden State

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Practice reports

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at Lakers forward Pau Gasol suddenly becoming a tough guy.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr has an update on Jordan Farmar's left pinky.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin on why the Lakers want to end the season on a high note.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on Ron Artest's assessment that the Lakers have put their sluggishness behind them.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell looks at the team's upcoming back-to-back against Golden State and Sacramento.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky have an insightful Q&A with Lakers guard Derek Fisher on a possible post-playing career in coaching.

--Wanna quickly catch up on the Lakers' past performances against Golden State? Forum Blue and Gold has got you covered, providing highlight reels of each game.

More links

--If the Warriors had their way, the San Jose Mercury News' Marcus Thompson II says, they would vote Kobe Bryant to be the league MVP.

--Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami lists his reasons why Golden State Coach Don Nelson should be fired.

--Dime Magazine put together a list of Kobe agitators.

Tweet of the Day: "Dear Peter Graves Rest In Peace fellow Palisadian. Condolences to his family" -- JeanieBuss (Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Have you noticed that when Kobe Bryant does something spectacular (which is his nature) the first person he goes to celebrate with is Josh Powell? To me, that says something positive about Josh Powell. If Kobe enjoys and respects him, he deserves respect. Give the guy more minutes." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum goes up for a dunk against the Suns in the first half Friday night. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire.

 
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To quote the Kamenetzky Brothers, "[Fisher's] got gravitas."

Agreed.

Game day is so much better than not game day.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Oh no lakernation..

Just when things can't get any worse guess who is looming over your horizon and almost ready to set sail into your living rooms? That's right luke walton is about ready to come off the DL to terrorize the lives of all laker fans once again

Get your TUMS ready, cover all those remotes with bubble wrap, tuck the kids in early cause its about to get real U-G-L-Y.. U AINT GOT NO ALIBI... That's right luke is coming and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

Damn that pinched nerve! Where are you when we need you? You better step up in the playoffs.

yellofever,

"Just when things can't get any worse guess who is looming over your horizon and almost ready to set sail into your living rooms? That's right luke walton is about ready to come off the DL to terrorize the lives of all laker fans once again"

I totally disagree with you, but I laughed aloud for about 10 seconds upon reading this.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Yellofever,

Luke-hate much? LOL

I think when Luke comes back(and I sure hope real soon, cos we need the whole team for our championship run), the offense would be really smooth as silk again, especially for the bench. And I think, the lack of lateral movement and explosiveness of Luke is so overrated. Remember him playing solid defense on Melo a couple of playoffs back, and oh yea, the facial on Ronny Turiaf last season? So yea. LOL

Here's Luke facial on Ronny. :D
http://tinyurl.com/lukeposterronny

Brylle.

P.S.
Why am I not in the roll call? :(

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LUUUUUKE WALTON COME ON DOWN - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - DRIVER
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Good Day Everyone!

I hope you're having a good day so far, and that we have a fantastic evening tonight watching the Lake Show.

I sure hope that their comments about discharging their sluggish behavior are exhibited in the game tonight. I'd love to see them put the defensive clamps down on the Dubs - hold them under 100, cause you know they give up a lot of points.

Hopefully I'll see everyone on the chat tonight! :-)

P.S. - Thanks M.M. for the award; my street cred should shoot up with that one. I was so surprised that I took a screen-shot of the page!

MAMBA24 - looking forward to the pre-game roll call. That gets the juices flowing for sure!

Cali - Don't thank me. Thank yourself. You had an insightful comment. That is pretty funny you took a screen shot of the page. Feel free to print out the blog post too and frame it lol

MM

And with this Reader Comment of the Day, I don't know it will do the trick, but hopefully it will alleviate some of your guys concerns about people posting nonsense. Hopefully this will be a carrot to provoke intelligent, thought provoking and funny posts.

MM

MAMBA24 - looking forward to the pre-game roll call. That gets the juices flowing for sure! Posted by: Caliphilosopher | March 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Hey Cali, Roll Call is on previous thread. Congrats. on being Reader Comment of the day! That Mark Medina is one smart and classy guy.
Mamba24

AK interviewing Derek Fisher

AK: Whenever GM's or players are polled about current players who'd make the best coaches, your name is always among the leading vote-getters. I know you're not close to calling it a career, but is that something you've thought about?


What planet are we living on ??? Fisher is not close to calling it a career ? Does this guy ever watch any tape and see what he looks like out on the court.
It is embarassing.

@Brylle, check out line 16 end of row on previous thread sir.
Sorry I had to shift you over to add some new bloggers.
Mamba24

MM - I think that I will do just that, although I don't think that I can get the entire post on one page and still have it be legible for people with 20/20 vision.

I like the idea of the "carrot" for the blog. I sure hope that it keeps the riff-raff off of the blog and pushes comments to be much more informative and interesting.

Perhaps we could have a T-Shirt declaring that someone won the Reader Comment of the Day, and have it signed by you.

I'll pay for the shirt if you actually end up going in for signing it lol.

Jon K: congrats on comment of the day. I too have always noticed that Josh Powell not only is the person Kobe seems to most enjoy celebrating big shots with, but Kobe seems to feed off his pre-game hug/comments as well. I thought it was funny that Kobe was carrying a present on his heli for Josh's 1-yr old birthday in the Mamba's GQ article, they seem to be very close.

I love the fact that Powell could have DNP's for a couple weeks in a row, then come right in and play 100%. I always love those type players, the Turiaf's, Powells and Mbenga's of the world, a team needs such guys to help round it out. Thank goodness Danny Ainge hasn't learned that instead of bringing in the Starbury's and the malcontents of the NBA world.

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yellowfever: I have never understood all the Luke Walton hate for the past few years, but if one thing is clearly evident, the Lakers don't play as well when Luke isn't around to take up some of those reserve minutes. Along with being an A+ teammate, a positive influence and a hard worker, he is unselfish to a fault and is about as smart a passer from small forward position as there is in the NBA. The Lakers have enough weapons, they don't need Luke coming in and shooting at a Slava Medvedenko type rate. It seems that the entire team comes alive when Luke comes into a game, cutters break to the basket for alley-oops, slashers look for those great passes Luke makes.

I for one am ecstatic that Luke is coming back, welcome back Luke!

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MAMBA24 - please reserve my spot on the Luke Walton bus, that is one bus ride I won't want to miss!

Mark Medina,

"Hopefully this will be a carrot to provoke intelligent, thought provoking and funny posts."

Good idea. Nice to see that you are looking for ways to innovate and improve the blogmunity.

I doubt a "Troll Scourging of the Day" would be a good idea, but right now it does feel that way.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

CyberCosmiX,

Despite the almost insanely humorous and passionate Luke hate out there, the truth of the matter is that the second unit's offense runs SO much better when Luke is in.

No Luke? No cohesion.

Luke? Cohesion.

It's pretty straight-forward.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Let's win as many as possible to secure Home Court.

Luke, well, if it's the Luke of a couple years back, great. If not, well?

Kobe should be MVP based on those great numbers he's put up hurt, and
those 6 GAME WINNERS!

MAMBA24-Blog MVP!

Jon K-Hang in there my friend! This economy will turn around, SOON I hope!

MM

"provoke intelligent, thought provoking and funny posts"

Most posts are funny, some intended some not. Posters are usually provoked, some with more thought than others.

Thoughtfully funny= Exhelo . Though he may be ex poster...

Still out there Ex? Miss your brand of brevity levity.

"Just when things can't get any worse guess who is looming over your horizon and almost ready to set sail into your living rooms? That's right luke walton is about ready to come off the DL to terrorize the lives of all laker fans once again

Get your TUMS ready, cover all those remotes with bubble wrap, tuck the kids in early cause its about to get real U-G-L-Y.. U AINT GOT NO ALIBI... That's right luke is coming and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

Damn that pinched nerve! Where are you when we need you? You better step up in the playoffs." -yellowfever

thanks for the huge laugh! I agree to a certain extent. Luke can really get the offense moving and other players into "the flow", but I do cringe whenever he shoots it from farther out than ten feet.


LUUUUUKE WALTON COME ON DOWN - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 OWNER -
(02) CyberCosmiX - DRIVER - Please reserve my spot on the Luke Walton bus, that is one bus ride I won't want to miss!
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Mamba24,

Hey, that was my bad. Thanks Mamba24. :D

Brylle

Posted by: KB Blitz | March 15, 2010 at 02:37 AM
For the last time answer this question:

IF THE DEFENSE IS COLLAPSED ON THE BIG MEN AND PREVENTING THE ENTRY PASS AND YOUR SHOOTERS ARE NOT MAKING THE TEAM PAY WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU DO???

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This is the classic scenario for running screen-n-roll offense. Sharp-shooters on the perimeter make it even better. But, screen-n-roll was born from the scenario you describe.

Unfortunately, take notes during any Laker game and you will notice the following:
1. Absence of almost any attempts by "point" guards to run screen-n-roll (Fisher & Farmar).
2. Inability (or unwillingness) of shooting guards to pass of the dribble coming off of screens (Kobe & Brown).
3. Inconsistency of the bigs (Gasol, Bynum, Odom) to read the defense properly which dictates their action to roll to the basket, pop out for jumper, slip screen, etc., thus becoming completely unpredictable to ballhandler and eliminating split-second chemistry.
4. Majority of screens set in Triangle seem to be to free weakside shooters rather than creating difficult switches on penetration.

Mike

"I have never understood all the Luke Walton hate for the past few years, but if one thing is clearly evident, the Lakers don't play as well when Luke isn't around to take up some of those reserve minutes. Along with being an A+ teammate, a positive influence and a hard worker, he is unselfish to a fault and is about as smart a passer from small forward position as there is in the NBA. The Lakers have enough weapons, they don't need Luke coming in and shooting at a Slava Medvedenko type rate. It seems that the entire team comes alive when Luke comes into a game, cutters break to the basket for alley-oops, slashers look for those great passes Luke makes.

I for one am ecstatic that Luke is coming back, welcome back Luke!" -CyberCosmix

Exactly sir! Where's Luke at? We need you Luuuuuuuuuke!

Brylle

CYBERCOSMIX… “Come on Pau, your better than that!” Well said and thanks for the response. I actually think from Pau’s reaction right after the foul on Amundson that Pau was really embarrassed at the play. That’s why he immediately tried to offer Lou his hand. I was good to see Phil chime in on the “right” way to play. Your comment summarized what I think Pau felt about the entire play. He is better than that and I think he will show it in the rest of the season and the playoffs. I want to be proud of all our players.
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The entire incident reminds me of an angry time on the court when I also let my anger embarrass myself. There was a pickup game at the local high school when I was younger and just starting to play with my son. We were playing a team of guys older than my son and after beating them several times, they started with the typical rough play. When one guy undercut my son on a jumper, I lost my cool and ran over and cold clocked the guy a good one. It was a cheap shot that he wasn’t expecting and led to everybody grabbing me and him and trying to calm us down. He apologized for decking my kid and I apologized for the punch. But as we started to shake hands, I totally lost it and cold clocked him a second time. Needless to say, that ended the game and I stopped playing for months until I was in a better place and could keep my cool on the court. Fortunately, that was the last time I had an incident or fight while playing basketball.
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MM… Loved to see the link to the KamBros interview with Derek Fisher regarding his possible future as a basketball coach. It’s ironic because I specifically remember Andy calling me out for suggesting that Derek be the next Lakers head coach after Phil when Derek had never indicated any interest in coaching. Naturally, I asked over and over for he and Brian to ask Derek if he had any interest in coaching in the future. When the poll came out last year that said the 40% of the NBA general managers responded that Derek Fisher was the active player they thought best suited to be a successful NBA coach, I reiterated my request. Good to see now that they have gone that they finally took my suggestion. Fish has the smarts, charisma, and respect from Kobe and the other Lakers players to someday be the Lakers head coach. My hope is Phil hangs around long enough so that Derek can get some time in as an assistant and then take over for Phil. I may not want Fish to retire as soon as some bloggers but if it were to become a Lakers assistant, next year would work for me.
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“Brian Kamenetzky: Do you ever think about big program vs. smaller program? Closer to home vs. other locations?”
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“DF: All of the above. It depends on the day of the week. Sometimes I think about being back at home at Arkansas-Little Rock (Fisher's alma mater) and what that opportunity would present. Other times I think about if my family would remain here and being at UCLA or USC. L, Clippers. Whatever. Just the future, so to speak. And then there are other days where I'm like, "I don't even want to think about that right now."
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TOM

Not sure if this article was linked by MM before, but it's an interesting read

http://lakernoise.com/2010/03/the-era-of-the-triangle-is-coming-to-a-close/

ladyjem - i linked that story a few days ago, but it definitely is an interesting read in case anyone missed it.

MM

WUTTUP CRUE!!!


GAME DAY BABY - YYYYEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Couple things:

1. Jon K - NOW is the time to get your hiney back to LA.

Get back...
Get back...
Get back to where you once belonged...

Seriously. MOVE!!!!!

2. Congrat to our winning comments of the day! Way to go guys! (I'm not jealous... not even a little bit....:)

3. Way to go MM for "pushing the envelope" of the blog! We all appreciate the work you do that gives us our fix.

4. Mamba24 - get me on every currently running bandwagon please. The "I heart Luke" bandwagon - we need him to run the O in the 2nd unit. The "FO FO FO FO" bandwagon - or is it the "16-0" bandwagon? - either way, we're making our strong push to the playoffs now. No excuses. Is there a "Finally Pau grows a pair" bandwagon? If not, there should be. A little toughness is an asset on the court.

5. See everyone on the live chat tonight. You guys don't even know how much I enjoy that. It makes my day - EVERY TIME!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice.

When and why does Kobe take more shots? This is for all the Kobe "shot attempt" critics, and that includes Mark Medina. Please read and understand the truth behind the statistics:

http://www.littlewhitestatistics.com/?cat=7

VMAN… The reason you haven’t seen ex and his one-line posts around here lately is that he is now retired as a rich entrepreneur after inventing Twitter.
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TOM

Has there ever been a superstar athlete at the top of his craft (in any sport) who's game has been so heavily criticized? I think not, and I wonder why? This is an article from a year ago but will probably apply to Kobe's critics even after his retirement.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/090608&sportCat=nba

Laker Truth - It's a valid article to some degree, but I never "hated on Kobe." Anytime I criticized the shot selection, which I only did when his finger was hurt, I used game evidence to support my argument. Not just statistics.

MM

I have wondered this: First quarter at the start of the game tonight, Kobe dribbles down, drives the lane, kicks to Fish who hits a three! Next play, Kobe with the ball at the top of the key, dribbles left and passes to Ron in the corner for a three! Next, Kobe with the ball out front finds Drew under for a thunder jam! Now what does Kobe do next? I would guess he'd keep passing! Now what would he do if all three guys had missed their shots? He'd probably shoot the ball! I really think it's more about our guys making shots than Kobe willingness to pass. Just my thoughts.

Hey guys a new post is up

MM

LAKER TRUTH,

"Has there ever been a superstar athlete at the top of his craft (in any sport) who's game has been so heavily criticized?"

Probably not.

Why do people hate Kobe Bryant? Let me count the ways...

1. He's a Laker and the Lakers have been gluttons for success since forever. The fact that he is a Laker causes many's envy to applify their hate.

2. Kobe is OPENLY competitive to an almost preternatural level. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson... all crafted their public personna in a "friendlier" fashion. Michael Jordan (narcissistic lunatic and jerk that he IS) was seen playing basketball with Warner Brothers cartoon figures. How adorable! Kobe makes no excuses that he lives to win and lives to be his best... and again people envy that because it is a rare quality to attain. Lesser people always will bond in hate against those that strive to evolve any field and/or art to a higher level.

2b. Kobe comes across as arrogant to many and in some ways he is. A lot of people view basketball players as puppets for their entertainment. Entertain us like the Harlem Globetrotters did! Well, Kobe don't play that game and people hate him for his arrogance (and courage) in that regard.

3. The Shaq-Kobe Feud. Shaq and Kobe were BOTH at fault in that (even though I think we now know that Shaq was the bigger problem), but in the media Kobe came across as the problem and that imprint has stuck in the minds of many people. We had a case where we could have had a six ring dynasty and internal chemistry issues blew it. A lot of people see that people who supposedly are committed to excellence instead put ego above accomplishment through compromise and an opportunity for historic Greatness was lost a result. Since Kobe got the blame, Kobe gets the hate.

4. There are many times when Kobe has shot too much and not sufficiently used his teammates to their potential. This has created a notion of "selfishness" associated with Kobe in the minds of many in the public and this "selfishness" in a team sport mirrors the enhanced growth of self-centeredness and narcissism in society and Kobe, thus, becomes a symbol of this disease that effects us all. Ergo, more hate.

5. The Colorado Incident. A lot of people think he's guilty and that shame is exacerbated by quasi-dormant racial issues and resentments across major portions of our society. As far as I'm concerned, Kobe did an awful thing cheating on his wife, but there was never a crime for which he should be forgiven for. A lot of people don't think that way and he'll always be a criminal in their minds. Further hate.

6. Kobe's a star and a multimillionaire on the Greatest sports team in the NBA in one of the best places to live IN THE WORLD and he still (in the public perception and to some degree in reality) is so self-centered that he creates internal discord on his team, commits henious crimes, and cheats on his gorgeous wife... and STILL GETS AWAY WITH IT. HE IS STILL REVERED! The average guy working in a factory in Illinois or living in a coal-mining town in West Virginia looks at this PERCEPTION and thinks, "I've NEVER been given nearly that opportunity and if I did I'd be so utterly grateful AND if I made any of those mistakes Kobe (supposedly) did, I'd be punished beyond belief. This isn't fair. I hate that guy."

Keep in mind. I don't hate Kobe Bryant. I think the guy is fantastic and I think he is a horribly misunderstood individual, but I understand the hatred based upon perceptions and distortions in our society. I've met the hate straight on here in the wastelands of Northeast Ohio. It's ubiquitous... and it's tragic.

Nobody likes to be hated and although Kobe has only himself to blame for contributing to the conditions that have spawned ALL this hate, he has ultimately come to deal with it as best he can: Unapologetically looking to use it as a positive modivator to improve himself as a player and a human being.

What else can one really otherwise do than submit to it... and that's not really not an option for one who is driven to be their best.

So, that is my understanding of the situation.

Kobe, my brother, this is for you... let the wisdom of Rodney Dangerfield draw us closer to the truth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTv1Dmu5CYc

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

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LUUUUUKE WALTON COME ON DOWN - BANDWAGON
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(01) CyberCosmiX - OWNER - Please reserve my spot on the Luke Walton bus, that is one bus ride I won't want to miss!
(02) MCLYNE – DRIVER - Luke can really get the offense moving and other players into "the flow", but I do cringe whenever he shoots it from farther out than ten feet.
(03) DJ – RIDING SHOTGUN - Luke, well, if it's the Luke of a couple years back, great. If not, well?
(04) #4
(05) MAMBA24 – His shot may look terrrribbble but, he has great basketball instincts
(06) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - The "FO FO FO FO" bandwagon - or is it the "16-0" bandwagon? - either way, we're making our strong push to the playoffs now. No excuses
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THE FREAKIN CHAMPION LAKERS 16 – 0 + ‘FO’ ‘FO’ ‘FO’ ‘FO’ - BANDWAGON
** (16 – 0 REST OF REGULAR SEASON) + ( ‘FO’, ‘FO’, ‘FO’, ‘FO” IN PLAYOFFS)
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER/TROLL GUNNER - We need a "16-0 BANDWAGON". And I'm not just talking about the rest of the regular season...playoffs, baby! Put me down as Troll Patrol Gunner on Bandwagon.
(02) VMAN – DRIVER - Time to break out the annual FO' FO' FO' FO' Bandwagon. Unlike the 16-0 wagon, it accepts any combination of FO' wins times FO'. If the formula is applied to it's potential,result is a parade.
(03) RICK FRIEDMAN - RIDING SHOTGUN – Count me in.
(04) # 4
(05) MAMBA24 – Like Moses Malone could said to Dr. J , we go 4, 4,4,4 all the way.
(06) LAKERTOM
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - The "FO FO FO FO" bandwagon - or is it the "16-0" bandwagon
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PAU HAS GROWN A PAIR BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . Is there a "Finally Pau grows a pair" bandwagon? If not, there should be. A little toughness is an asset on the court.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – Pau The Enforcer
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Jon K,

"Why do people hate Kobe Bryant? Let me count the ways..."

Jon, I think you're list is pretty accurate, though I don't buy #2. MJ and Bird, certainly had the reps of being uber-competitive a-holes as far as I remember. I don't think Kobe's competitive desire is anymore public or in your face than than Bird's or MJ's was. (Certainly Magic was as competitive, but he obviously did have a much more open and friendly persona. BTW, I would have never have had Shaq on the list of super competitors, but I would have had West. West might be more competitive than either Kobe or MJ, but I digress.)

I wonder though if there might be a factor that you didn't raise in your comment; the media age that we live in. The Internet, the 24 hour news cycle, blogs, they make any public figure's life subject to the kind of scrutiny that we've never seen before. I mean here we are, two regular guys, dissecting Kobe's public persona, on a forum that could be read by thousand of people (potentially). I think that media age we live makes not just politics, but most issues in general, extremely polarizing. To me, part of Kobe's PR problem is a result of this effect. Anyway, for what it's worth, probably nothing, that's my opinion.

I can't believe I used you're instead of your, I've done the opposite before, who hasn't, but that one was really ugly.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO LAKER TOM & MRS. LAKERTOM - BANDWAGON
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER- BTW, Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Tom $$$$$ (known as LakerTom)
(02)JAY JAY - DRIVER - Laker Tom- Congrats on the 3 generations
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Congrats. LakerTom, may the generations of Laker fans lIVE long & prosper
(04) #4 – Happy Anniversay Laker Tom
(05) VMAN -Laker Tom Happy Anniversary
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – Happy anniversary LakerTom

Oh no lakernation..

Just when things can't get any worse guess who is looming over your horizon and almost ready to set sail into your living rooms? That's right luke walton is about ready to come off the DL to terrorize the lives of all laker fans once again

Get your TUMS ready, cover all those remotes with bubble wrap, tuck the kids in early cause its about to get real U-G-L-Y.. U AINT GOT NO ALIBI... That's right luke is coming and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

Damn that pinched nerve! Where are you when we need you? You better step up in the playoffs.

Posted by: yellofever | March 15, 2010 at 11:04 AM

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That was funny. I think the best thing about the pinched nerve was that it gave Luke a taste of coaching. As I have said it before I think Luke's BBIQ would be better served as mentoring younger players in the art of reading and passing. Then let him coach and bring young fresh blood to the Lakers. Same for Fish. That would help develope players and lower cap.

Happy Anniversary, Laker Tom!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mark G,

"I wonder though if there might be a factor that you didn't raise in your comment; the media age that we live in."

I think you're right. The instant media age simply makes things more extreme. It allows a player like Kobe to be vilified to a level that otherwise would not occur and it allows a player like LeBron James to be deified on a level a player who hasn't won anything yet would never otherwise experience.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Some comments on today's "Caught in the Web".....

Truer words were never written than "Don Nelson needs to be fired." He's got to be the worst pro coach of all time. The man has been trying to prove that you don't need a center to win for the last 25 years. And, oddly, the greatest success he ever had came with the Milwaukee Bucks when he had traditional centers.

When and if Don Nelson breaks the all-time victory record currently held by Lenny Wilkens, there should be an asterisk the size of a truck tire next to it!

I've always felt that the stat showing that when Kobe shoots more than "X" amount of times the Lakers are more likely to lose was bogus. Simply put, it is because the Lakers are in danger that he tries to shoot them back in the game.

One other thing, I'm not really feeling Ron Artest when he says that the Lakers want to run the table and win the rest of their regular season games. Or Andrew aiming for 60 wins, either, for that matter. I think that best approach is to focus one game at a time. Eighteen in a row? Just beat Golden State tonight, guys. First things first!


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