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Caught in the Web: Lakers' meeting with Oklahoma City serves as another playoff test

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Practice reports

--The Times' Broderick Turner> reports that Coach Phil Jackson didn't want to make too much of the win against San Antonio, the Lakers are impressed with Oklahoma City and backup guard Jordan Farmar should see some increased playing time in tonight's game.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding> highlights the fun some of the Lakers players and coaches had after practice.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is amused by the comparisons between him and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell captures Farmar's half-court shot on video.

More Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan offers his prediction on the Lakers-Thunder game.

--The Times' Turner explains how Farmar and reserve guard Shannon Brown made a difference in the Lakers' win Wednesday against San Antonio.

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby examine how Durant compares with Bryant.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury argues the concern over the Lakers' recent play has been one huge overreaction.

---Among the on-going debate about Ron Artest's acclimation with the team, the Orange County Register's Janis Carr says to count Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks as someone in Artest's corner.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill reports on the Lakers' concerns about Andrew Bynum's injury history.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger breaks down the Western Conference (insider subscription required).

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk all things Lakers on their latest podcats.

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe Bryant doesn't want to believe the Donovan McNabb trade rumors. "I don't want to hear that. Don't tell me that." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' columnist Arash Markazi).

Photo Caption Comment of the Day: "I think this caption should be an audio. Pau: Mine. Mine. Spurs guy: Mine Mine. Both in the voices of the seagulls from Finding Nemo." -- justanothermambafan

Reader Comment of the Day:"The fact that Kobe Bryant is breaking records every month is an amazing thing. He continues to be the best and rise up every game to prove that he is the best player in the league. He has accomplished so much during his career and is still going to be playing for a while. Kobe and the Lakers are not going anywhere for a while and are always powerhouses. Kobe deserves all the different records and acknowledgment becuase he is the best and is very hardworking. Great amazing athlete." -- Gift Ar

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls up for a shot over Thunder guard James Harden -- and the backboard. The shot went in. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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OMG - I WON THE PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST???????

OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH FINDING NEMO AGAIN. MY MUSE. MY INSPIRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(seriously MM - are you crazy?)


LOL!!!!!!

Blitz

Before I try to pick you apart again and knock any sense into you however futile that endeavor may be.. Do me a favor and take a deep breath.. (That's right breath in.. Pause.. Breath out.. Try that about 10 times) now before you go on another *attack mode* all out blitz maybe u should try to absorb what people write before you totally get aggro and react in a raging epolepsy fit again..

I see where your goin with your harper/ shaw counterargument having similar bad shooting pcgts... My argument with harper as a tall guard is in being *tall* at least he was able to provide other dimensions to the offense that dfish/paxson/kerr could not.. he could still create other types of mismatches with his length and was by far still a lot quicker and better defender.. As for shaw he wasn't even a starter and came off the bench so its not like he ever got heavy dfish minutes.. but yes I agree shaws game somewhat resembles dfish.. Savvy leader, great understanding of the triangle, and came through in the clutch so if ur in agreement why can't u agree dfish PT should also be limited and perhaps he would be better fit in a limited role like shaw back in 2000 and 2001.

And lastly if ur tryin to argue opponents today are still *feared* of dfish today then no comment.. I aint even goin there

Anyways nice talkin to you.. I said class dismissed.. So go home.. No homework this weekend :-)

Sorry - forgot -

I'd like to thank all the little people that made this day possible for me. You know who you are. Without your insignificant contributions, the great wit that is me would not be possible. Well, it would be, but I don't want to sound narcissistic.


Thank you.

Feelin' it???

The rush of spring, the surge of victory?

It's been a little late arrivin' this year, must have been El Nino,

BuT... it's Baaaaack:

SPringtime SWAGGER

Respect the streak
Continue the streak
GO Lakers!

Justa - what, are you saying you didn't deserve the award?

MM

yellofever,

you are now getting entangled with a sports historian blitz. I noticed your conversation is getting deeper about to enter the twilight zone. If you want to maintain your sanity come back to earth on a gameday in the land of OK

Go Gaels, Omar Samhan, an alternative to Bynum. lol!

@JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN, Good morning Justa, I presume you read the fine print about winning the contest. No? Well as the winner you have to treat the entire Mamba clan to the next Lakers game. I can't wait, what a nice guy! HAHA! Seriously congrats! I presume you will be on the chat tonight. Now don't get too excited about the award and jump up and down and injure that knee even more. I mean it. Lol!
Mamba24(Larry)

Sorry - forgot - I'd like to thank all the little people that made this day possible for me. You know who you are. Without your insignificant contributions, the great wit that is me would not be possible. Well, it would be, but I don't want to sound narcissistic.Thank you. Posted by: justanothermambafan | March 26, 2010 at 10:08
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We accept your thanks http://tinyurl.com/yey4oy3

You are welcome. ROFLMFAO!!

We are almost guaranteed to get off to a slow start tonight against the thunder...................why you say?

DEREK FISHER! This guy is horrible.......he can't stick an open jumper......he damn sure can't stay in front of Westbrook......and he doesn't create any shots for anybody other than himself.

Phil Jackson's ego, pride, and just plain stubbornness in trying to appease Fisher may be just the momentum OKC needs to outlast the Lakers tonight.

pfunk 36 - just to clarify. Brad Turner writes in his practice report linked above that Farmar will likely see more playing time because of Westbrook and his familiarity with him going to UCLA.

MM

MM - lol! It's just funny! Those seagulls crack me up every time! Whoever thought of that was a genius if you ask me. I just didn't think anyone else would find it as funny as I do! I guess you and I are one....!

mamba24 - huge LOL! And - know that I would if I could but I can't so I won't... ya know?!


KEVIN DURANT IS BETTER THAN KOBE BRYANT. WTF?
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Before today I begin my rant, a few words about Kevin Durant
Kevin you are indeed real good, But You aren’t in Kobe’s neighborhood
Don’t let Writers lead you a stray, takes more than scoring before you can say
You are even in the Kobe conversation & not a flash in the pan 1 note sensation
Now please don’t take this the wrong way, I do indeed like how you play
You are a young man with class, don’t let the writers make you an @zz
Don’t be like that Princess Jimmy, All he can do is say David Stern gimme
Stay as far away from Darth Stern as you can, He’s an Evil, Evil, Evil Man.
Keep practicing and one day you, may be entitled to be compared to Mamba too
Even though You might get good, You never gone be in Mamba’s neighborhood
That neighborhood is composed of three, MJ, Magic and of course Kobe
And I hear talk going around, Soon Mamba will be the only one in town
There can be but one who is The Best, It takes years & years to pass that test.
Kobe has passed it & now I see, He will soon graduate with a G-O-A-T
The things you heard indeed are true, He’s GOAT MAMBA, who the hell are you.

justa,

Congratulation my friend on your award! Unlike Mamba I'm not asking you for tickets to all my family, after all we need to fly to LA.

Re Fish vs Famar

I'm not going to argue with pfunk36, after all I'm not insane and gave it up long time ago. I think Phil does not want to start Farmar, not because of the loyalty to Fish, simply because Farmar stil having more forgetable games than good ones, not to mention complete disater in last year playoffs, when all our bench exept LO wend down hill.

I forgot to mention, ESPN called Thunder a favorites to win tonight. Phil better show this to entire team if they need extra motivation now when it more and more looking like imposible task for Den or Dal to catch Lakers

I would much rather have Kevin Durant become a Laker someday than LeBron James.

Durant would make a fine Laker.

I can only imagine how good this kid could be if he could grow under the tuteledge of Kobe Bryant. That would be awesome to see.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Seriously, who here wants to see Westbrook and Durant play in Oklahoma City? Wouldn't you rather see them in Purple and Gold? I mean, how does even Oklahoma City deserve a basketball team? The place makes Sacramento look like Paris by comparison. The place deserves to have their best players leave after the bad karma they must have earned by stealing Seattle's basketball team. It's only right that they should eventually jump ship for the Purple and Gold.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MM… I have to say that I don’t like the heavy bold print on this thread. It has been proven before that bold fonts are much harder to read than normal fonts. Guess the Times IT guys don’t have anything better to do. You might think they could finally fix the style sheet not to delete spaces between paragraphs on IE8 since that problem continues to exist and crams everybody’s comments. Between your IT people and TypePad …
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TOM

LAL_Fan,

"I forgot to mention, ESPN called Thunder a favorites to win tonight."

1. Never listen to anything that ESPN says. They're not journalists. They're entertainers who live by creating controversy, much like Fox News.

2. Kevin Durant is awesome, but look in his eyes, he's still a babe in the woods. You look into Kobe's eyes and you see the shark's eyes of an assassin. Could Durant be incredible? Absolutely, but only after he had been school in the cold-blooded desire to win at all costs which no one knows better than Kobe Bryant.

3. Poke the wolverine and you'll get your eyes gouged out. Guess who shows who's the best player in the NBA tonight? The answer is "Kobe Bryant."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

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KEVIN DURANT AS A FUTURE LAKER - BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K - OWNER - I would much rather have Kevin Durant become a Laker someday than LeBron James. Durant would make a fine Laker. I can only imagine how good this kid could be if he could grow under the tuteledge of Kobe Bryant. That would be awesome to see.
(02) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Sounds allright. as long as the kid knows his place. Lol!

Mamba24,

"That neighborhood is composed of three, MJ, Magic and of course Kobe"

Brother, years after Kobe Bryant retires with seven or eight rings and second all-time in scoring, we will still have this debate. People will still hate on him and you and I will still be here defending him.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@JON K, If being a Kobe fan is wrong, i don't want to be right! lol!
Mamba24

Mamba24 - HEYYYYY!! If there's a "Bring Durant to the Lakers or Die Trying" bandwagon - put me on board. I really like that kid. He ain't no Mamba, but a Durantula ain't too shabby! Seriously though - imagine how good he could be learning from the greatest??? Wow...!

WHO IN THE HELL is saying that Durant is better than Kobe???? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Someone has been off their meds for waaayyyy to long. Oh boy. Send the guys in the white coats and warm up the padded room people. Company's coming.

Guys an item on the whole Kevin Durant issue will be up in a little bit. So feel free to carry that conversation over

MM

Guys an item on the whole Kevin Durant issue will be up in a little bit. So feel free to carry that conversation over
Posted by: Mark Medina | March 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

BLOG GOD, YOU'RE THE GREATEST!!! Thank you!
Mamba24(LarrY)


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KEVIN DURANT AS A FUTURE LAKER - BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K - OWNER - I would much rather have Kevin Durant become a Laker someday than LeBron James. Durant would make a fine Laker. I can only imagine how good this kid could be if he could grow under the tuteledge of Kobe Bryant. That would be awesome to see.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER If there's a "Bring Durant to the Lakers or Die Trying" bandwagon - put me on board. I really like that kid. He ain't no Mamba, but a Durantula ain't too shabby! Seriously though - imagine how good he could be learning from the greatest??? Wow...!
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Sounds allright. as long as the kid knows his place.
(04)

MM… I have to say that I don’t like the heavy bold print on this thread. Posted by: LakerTom | March 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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Thanks LakerTom! I've been fiddling around with my PC for about an hour trying to adjust the type. I thought it was just me.
mamba24(larry)

Gotta love how LeBron is running his mouth about how he "can win the scoring title anytime he wants".

Can't wait for the Artest vs. LeBron NBA Finals!

Ron Ron will be ready...

http://whybedumb.com/index.php/2010/03/versus-lebron-will-be-the-difference

Been busy this week, wanted to post just a quick hit as we are doing some repair work on the homestead today.

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MM: Excellent job putting the 'caught in the web' page together, when pressed for time I now come here to see all the Laker news in one place. I visited a couple other sites before, but now only need to visit this daily for the compilation of Laker news. Thanks MM!

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Jon K: "I would much rather have Kevin Durant become a Laker someday than LeBron James. Durant would make a fine Laker. I can only imagine how good this kid could be if he could grow under the tuteledge of Kobe Bryant. That would be awesome to see."

All I can say is totally agree. I love the way 'Durantula' puts his head down and quietly, effectively goes about his business, similar to Kobe.

Kobe > Durant > LBJ!

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Mamba24: "Now please don’t take this the wrong way, I do indeed like how you play
You are a young man with class, don’t let the writers make you an @zz
Don’t be like that Princess Jimmy, All he can do is say David Stern gimme
Stay as far away from Darth Stern as you can, He’s an Evil, Evil, Evil Man.:

LOL Another genius verse, love it! Please save room for me on the Durant to the Lakers future bandwagon!


Back to cutting molding. Can't wait for tonights game, Artest on Durant should be fun to see! I predict no more than 20 pts for KD.

lates!

MM… I have to say that I don’t like the heavy bold print on this thread. It has been proven before that bold fonts are much harder to read than normal fonts. Guess the Times IT guys don’t have anything better to do. You might think they could finally fix the style sheet not to delete spaces between paragraphs on IE8 since that problem continues to exist and crams everybody’s comments. Between your IT people and TypePad …Posted by: LakerTom | March 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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And when they fix it tell them to give you your cut LakerTom. That space problem is a nuisance.
mamba24(larrY)

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby examine how Durant compares with Bryant.
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Can we all agree that LeBron James(notes) is the best player in the league? No, we can't? Fair enough. But let's just pretend like he is for the time being, even though it wouldn't really be pretending.

Anyways, if we're saying LeBron is the best player in the league, that means there's a battle for the next in line. And while it doesn't have the allure or cache of gunnin' for that No. 1 spot, it's still pretty intense.

A lot of people will say it's Kobe Bryant(notes). And there'd surely be votes for a healthy Chris Paul(notes). But according to Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, it's Kevin Durant(notes), and it's not even close.

Kobe in reality has been no better than the second-best player in the league for about 18 months now — LeBron James passed him somewhere back in '08. He still had a legit claim to Alpha Dog status coming in to this year because he'd just won a championship. But there's a big difference between being "in the conversation" for the top-dog status and being the third-best guy — and one who's getting older. And that's where he is, third, because Durant is suddenly poster-izing the whole league.


Could it be true? Has Kevin Durant really passed up Kobe Bryant in just his third year in the league? Durant scores more on higher shooting percentages while taking less shots. He's also a better rebounder. Not to mention, he's the biggest reason for the Thunder being a playoff team. That's a pretty strong case.

Of course, Kobe's biggest contributions don't always show up in the box score. He's been unstoppable in the clutch this year, and he's rededicated himself to defense. And he's done all this while remaining the main offensive force for the Western Conference's best team. Oh, and he has four championships. That's also a pretty strong case.

When asked about the article by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Kobe was deferential.

The "old Kobe" laughed when he was told about the comparison.

"It's an honor," was Kobe's first response. He then called it "entertaining."

"It's a huge honor. It shows a sign of respect for all the work I put in," Bryant said Monday.


Something tells me Kobe isn't too keen on letting Kevin Durant pass him by, and I'd imagine he's not going to agree that he's even fallen as far as No. 2. Nonetheless, the future's in good hands.

Related: Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

Durant + Laker= Awesome!
Count me in on that one.

With the Lakers playing again Kevin Durant tonight it brings back some draft day memories:

1984 Draft, Portland: Michael Jordan or Sam Bowie...We'll go with the big man.

2007 Draft, Portland: Kevin Durant or Greg Oden...We'll go with the big man.

M&M, since Justa won the caption contest, is he still eligible to win the All Star Game seat? Just saying.

Totally agree about willing 10000000000 times better Kevin Durant becoming a Laker rather than the LeBronze.

That stated, I have to say it's hilarious the way BSPN keeps finding whomever and put on them the uneasy title to handle "better than Kobe" (LOL....).

For having my same laugh: consider that regularly they pick up different people for that burning seat of PR glory.

It's like they are celebrating Kobe's uniqueness that way.

Practically they admit to reach or surpass Kobe you'd have to be:

-LeBronze + Melo + Durant + (put senselessly whomever is on a high currently, of course avoiding to carefully analyze any of that person's truely proven and tested skills......) and go on with the raging blabbing formulas, brainwashing generations of kids who won't ever be able to develop any decent approach at any game analysis (but who will all be great in fantasy basketball, and you know, fantasy basketball is huge and trendy and hip, isn't it?)

Solution of the Main Question is: Thereis a player that is better than Kobe in the NBA.

....

....

His name is Frenkestein, and it's a genetical excursus turned Mash Up.

LOL.

Talk about Stern's frustration.

I pity that man.

I seriously do.

;)

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KEVIN DURANT AS A FUTURE LAKER - BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K - OWNER - I would much rather have Kevin Durant become a Laker someday than LeBron James. Durant would make a fine Laker. I can only imagine how good this kid could be if he could grow under the tuteledge of Kobe Bryant. That would be awesome to see. Kevin Durant is awesome, but look in his eyes, he's still a babe in the woods. You look into Kobe's eyes and you see the shark's eyes of an assassin. Could Durant be incredible? Absolutely, but only after he had been school in the cold-blooded desire to win at all costs which no one knows better than Kobe Bryant.Poke the wolverine and you'll get your eyes gouged out. Guess who shows who's the best player in the NBA tonight? The answer is "Kobe Bryant."
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER If there's a "Bring Durant to the Lakers or Die Trying" bandwagon - put me on board. I really like that kid. He ain't no Mamba, but a Durantula ain't too shabby! Seriously though - imagine how good he could be learning from the greatest??? Wow...!
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Sounds allright. as long as the kid knows his place.
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(05)CYBERCosmiX - All I can say is totally agree. I love the way 'Durantula' puts his head down and quietly, effectively goes about his business, similar to Kobe.
Kobe > Durant > LBJ!

@CYBERCOSMIX, Thank you bro, your compliment much appreciated.
Mamba24(larry)

ROLL CALL IN 5 MINUTES SORRY FOR THE DELAY!!
mamba24(larry)

Guys - we got a new post up

MM


I have to say it's hilarious the way BSPN keeps finding whomever and put on them the uneasy title to handle "better than Kobe" (LOL....).Solution of the Main Question is: There is a player that is better than Kobe in the NBA. .... His name is Frenkestein, and it's a genetical excursus turned Mash Up. LOL. Talk about Stern's frustration.

I pity that man. I seriously do. Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | March 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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Do I have to say it?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

MM,

"Brad Turner writes in his practice report linked above that Farmar will likely see more playing time because of Westbrook and his familiarity with him going to UCLA."

MM

On LAT article today, under the BT, column FYI he quoted PJ saying Farmar is fitted for reserve guard Eric Maynor becuase JF is only 6'2" undersized to leaping ability of 6'3" Russel Westbrook. Instead, he would assign the 6'4" Shannon Brown to guard Westbrook. PJ further said: "Westbrook wants to jump over people a lot of times in the lane."

~~So BT's practice report is different from his FYI column. Is this part of the campaign of "Start Farmar' that has been addressed since 2007?

The way I look at it, the three guards are really inseparable, you need one at certain segments of the game. The same argument with our Centers Gasol and Bynum rather than competing the two, there should be a happy marriage since both are perfect role players to Kobe as the 2nd option in the low post.

Unfortunately, in this blog there are the addicts and 'holics appeared to be cheering for the team but in their posts, the vested interests is apparent addressed to a particular player. As a consequence, it needs a sacrificial pawn or player to be marginalized in order to push a favorite. There are times when Kobe is also put down to bring up someone. Do I smell politics in the blog? Can we just remain as a Laker fan than being an individual fan?

OMG.


MarkG.


I'm gonna have to re-evaluate our relationship.

Zaira -

"His name is Frenkestein, and it's a genetical excursus turned Mash Up."

Ok - I'm really sorry Princess Zaira, but I have no idea what you were trying to say!! But I gotta still let you know I was ROTFLMAO!!!

Zaira - "His name is Frenkestein, and it's a genetical excursus turned Mash Up."
Ok - I'm really sorry Princess Zaira, but I have no idea what you were trying to say!! But I gotta still let you know I was ROTFLMAO!!! Posted by: justanothermambafan | March 26, 2010 at 01:28 PM

WAHAHAHAHAHAH, STOP IT! ROFLMFAO!! HAHAHHHA OH THE HUMANITY!
Now look what you done. I spit coffee all over the desk and keyboard. hahahhah!

Is all the letters in bold or did someone put something on my tea?


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