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Lakers' 98-83 loss to Charlotte Bobcats latest example of poor effort

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After another night of the Lakers displaying poor offensive chemistry, poor defense and a poor effort, Coach Phil Jackson stood among the traveling media to discuss the Lakers' 98-83 loss Friday to the Charlotte Bobcats. There he was met with a question that the Lakers better answer quickly as the postseason is soon approaching.

"We're about five weeks from the playoffs," a reporter said to Jackson. "Is this a late time in the season to still be going through what this team is going through right now?"

Jackson paused and then went into the team's itinerary. The Lakers were fresh off a disappointing 114-111 overtime loss Thursday to the Miami Heat and didn't arrive in Charlotte until Friday at 4 a.m. He suggested to reporters they should know how travel contributes to the daily grind. "There's a certain element that takes place here where you have to have energy to play the game," Jackson said. "And we didn't have it."

Surely, no one can downplay that factor. But that's a symptom of the problem, not the reason for it. The Lakers knew well before the beginning of the season that November and December featured a home-heavy schedule, something that would ultimately catch up to them at this point. The Lakers (46-17) already lost two games of a three-game trip, which ends Sunday against Orlando (42-20), the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. They're then on the road for eight of the remaining 11 games in March.

Against Charlotte (29-31), the Lakers proved they hadn't properly prepared for the trip. 

The Lakers allowed the Bobcats to feature five players to reach double figures, shoot at 51.4% clip and score 18 fast-break points. The Lakers committed 20 turnovers, which led to 12 points on the other end. And the only highlight on offense featured Kobe Bryant essentially passing to himself by throwing the ball off the backboard and catching the rebound for a layup, reducing the Bobcats' lead to 45-41 with 1:20 remaining in the second quarter. The Lakers featured no starter shooting above 50%. Bryant had a team-leading 26 points, but his poor shooting came back with a nine of 21 clip. Andrew Bynum had 14 points on three of nine shooting, with eight of those points happening in the first quarter. And Pau Gasol had 11 points on five of 14 shooting, marking the third time in the past four games he has shot below 50%. 

Some may point to the litany of injuries the Lakers seem to always have. The Times' Mike Bresnahan recently noted Bryant has a fractured right index finger, Shannon Brown recently sprained his right thumb. Jordan Farmar has a sprained ligament in his left hand, while Lamar Odom and Ron Artest also have a finger injury. Then don't forget  the absence of Sasha Vujacic (right shoulder) and Luke Walton (pinched nerve in lower back). 

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But that really shouldn't be a factor. It certainly didn't stop former Lakers Bryon Scott, a guest analyst on KCAL-9, from publicly questioning the team's mental toughness. That lapse resulted in the Lakers allowing Charlotte to open the second half with an 8-0 run, the Lakers holding a double-digit deficit for most of the fourth quarter and dropping to the Bobcats for the seventh time in the last nine games.

As a result, the Lakers (46-17) hold a four-game edge over Dallas (42-21) and a four-and-a-half game lead over Denver (41-21) for the top spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Cleveland (49-14) still maintains the league's best effort.

This game isn't the first time the Lakers went through such sluggishness They had an eight-game trip in January, which resulted in a sub-par 5-3 effort. And they've had an uneven record at home (29-5) and on the road (17-11), something the Lakers should probably sharpen for the playoffs. Case in point, the Lakers past four championships featured solid road records, including 1999-2000 team (31-10), 2000-2001 team (25-16), 2001-2002 team (24-17) and 2008-09 (29-12). And that 2003-04 team that fell apart in the NBA Finals to Detroit? They had a 22-19 road record. The only exception points to the 2007-08 team that got embarrassed in the Finals to the Boston Celtics. They went 27-14 on the road.

But consider how each of those teams put together large chunk of wins to close out the last two months of the regular season: 99-00 (20-4), 00-01 (18-7), 01-02 (18-7) and 08-09 (17-5). The Lakers are just beginning the March slate of games with a 1-2 record, but they are far from playing their best basketball. The Lakers are 4-3 since Bryant returned to the lineup from a sprained left ankle not necessarily because of him individually but because the team isn't jelling the same way it did during his absence. Even in the team's four wins during Bryant's return, none of them were good efforts. The Lakers needed Bryant to score a game-winner against Memphis. They did just enough to get by Philadelphia. They suddenly woke up against Denver. They eventually decided to try against Indiana. 

Surely, the aforementioned statistics don't completely tell the complete picture. Even though the Lakers had won three consecutive games entering the trip, those wins did very little because they didn't show the Lakers developing in any way. 

And for those who cling to the notion that this loss had much more to do with the lacking energy level from a back-to-back, then consider why that excuse shouldn't fly. The Lakers were fatigued because they went through the motions against Miami and then forced overtime. If the Lakers continue to go through the motions the rest of the regular season, they'll expend all their effort trying to develop team chemistry during the postseason. But that approach won't work in the long run because there won't be enough energy needed to actually just concentrate on winning the game and the series.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Charlotte point guard Raymond Felton gets past Lakers point guard Derek Fisher for a shot down the middle of the lane in the first half Friday night. Credit: Jeff Siner/McClatchy-Tribune.

Photo: Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson tries to spin away from the steal attempt of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half Friday night. Credit: Jeff Siner/McClatchy-Tribune.

 
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mark medina

we had the K bros the kobe bashers. r u the next in line?

how come kobe at 9-21 = 42.8 % reverted to POOR SHOOTING

but Gas-none 5-14=35.7% had another game UNDER 50%.

on the SS&R someone posted that the bigs were 11-29=37.9% our twin towers + scrubs. way to go.

or 1-9 artest does not count because of his" so called" defense
shannon 2-9?

fish 1-5? i know he is the intangible veteran

but tonight we had DJ augustin in the house. and he did spin 4 U. now that was a beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how about the point guards being trapped on the floor, literally and figuratively. indeed the Farmar - Shannon line is a thing of beauty. the cats mopped the court with their wet shirts. please post the video

hah no im not a kobe basher. and i did point out gasol didn't shoot well and bynum disappeared and that no starter shot above 50%. i think that covers it all there.

MM

Well, that was disappointing.

I missed the game. I was at work.

Obviously, we've got some things to work out.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

One of the worst Laker loses I have seen and they keep getting worse. There is no chemistry on the team...there is no TEAM period. THE WHOLE BUNCH STUNK. Looks loke a long summer...starting in May.

ouchhhhhh is a perfect example of a Kobe fanboy. He actually believes that all three LATimes bloggers brought to cover the Lakers have some special thing against Kobe? Which is more likely - that the sports bloggers are all biased against Kobe, or that the Kobe fan who posts on the blogs is just a little biased in favor of Kobe and isn't rationally considering their perspective? You tell me.

6-4
4-1
4-3

Do you know what the 4-1 in the middle represents? I'm not saying that paints the whole picture, but it certainly tells us something that we should continue to take into consideration when we think about this team.

I think these losses magnified a lot from our team. It"s beyond the back to back schedule, I do not think that's the problem they have. We can easily say, " Well come playoff time they will play like a champion", but who really knows about that???? Sad to say when some of the players were interviewed in the past for the same lackluster effort, they seem 1) know the problems why they come up short, 2) they know the answers for that, and yet for both they're doing nothing to improve nor solve the issues. Some of those people interviewed were the culprits and yet they still play the same.
I also believe they deserved these losses, they earned it, they worked for it. How would you expect any team to win when they only play 6 mins. of quality defense like what happened tonight? They thought they could come back and win....they said old habits die hard...well it's true. Anyway I hope they (Lakers) realized that the opposing teams really know how to beat them. The signs are very clear it's about time for them to really get they act together or else it could be an early summer for them...

In 2007-2008, Lakers had 9-5 in january and 9-6 record in march. We all know what happened next in the Finals...

Personal opinions:
1. Kobe is overrated, although by fewer people after each game. He's so friggin arrogant, does even one person on the team (in the world) like him?
2. Phil is either too lazy or too tired to actually coach. Like, umm, hello, is mixing up the lineup, sitting Kobe when he goes off the reservation, etc. too much effort for you, Phil?
3. I was too young for the Showtime Lakers, but what I've seen, those teams had fun. This team (and maybe all Kobe teams) seems miserable most of the time, and that's kind of what it feels like to be a fan anymore.

Disgusting. Embarrassing.

The Lakers better find a way to miraculously snap out of their sleep-walking, or they won't make it out of the Western Conference. Denver will beat them down. They might not even make it out of the second round the way they look right now.

NOBODY is playing anything like late-season ball. This team simply doesn't look anything like a championship squad, and I'm not so sure there's a simple switch to turn it on.

Fish Bad

White Hair smoke one too many peace pipes

One don't have to like best warrior, but should be grateful in your tribe

Soft is good only when wife

LAKERS PLAYED VERY GOOD W/O KOBE (4-1). SO, WHY ? KOBE IS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEMS. HE WANT TO BE THE HERO. HE GAMBLE THEN LAKERS LOST.

Is it just me or did the Lakers play with more heart in the games that Kobe missed? BTW, that is not Kobe bashing. That the rest of the team goes to sleep in lazy land when he is around is not his fault. Or is it? What do ya'll think?

GOOOooooOOO LAKERS

trolls out in force. poor effort, lots of problems, obvious to all. the season isn't over - it hasn't even started, really. We lose to the bobcats and the heat, big wow. will they make it out of the East? nope. Will we make it out of the West? probably.

We have seen flashes of brilliance from this team this year and many many instances of less than stellar play. I think trolls and true fans can all agree that the Lakers are banking on their ability to flip the switch come playoff time and put in the 48 minutes of effort and execution needed to win in the NBA (especially against the good teams).

I agree that it is imperative that they get Gasol back in synch and playing tough, that they cut down on the careless turnovers, that Kobe worry about his own man on D and stop playing rover, that Fisher stops getting torched, that Artest sink a few of his shots, that Bynum plays with passion and intelligence, that Sasha finds his touch, that Odom finishes with authority, that Shannon plays smarter and that Farmar keeps his confidence level up.

I believe and hope they all will.

Tribe play well without Best Warrior and Dances with Bunnies
Best Warrior?
Dances with Bunnies?
Let us smoke on it some more

Is Byron Scott slowly positioning himself as Phil's successor? Hmmm. If it's true that Dr. Buss isn't willing to continue to pay Phil $12M a year to coach, this may very well be Phil's last hurrah with the Lakers. I can't see Phil's ego allowing him to take a pay cut, even though he would still be the highest paid coach in the league by far. And with Dr. Buss' loyalty to former Lakers, it's fairly certain that Byron would get some consideration.

Although it's true that travel plays a big part on the road, I don't like Phil making excuses for the team. It's certainly not something that a Popovich or a Sloan would do. I'd prefer Phil to instill a tough, no-excuses mentality in the Lakers. It makes you wonder if the Lakers need more of a disciplinarian type coach.

Im sick of everyone blaming Kobe. I know he is the easiest person to blame, but you can't even blame the guy who is the reason the lakers are in some of these games. I mean anyone watching can see that no one even wants to play. It's almost ridiculous how Kobe and Fisher are the ones who try their hardest to play. I don't know what's wrong with gasol, I feel he is having some mental/emotional breakdowns by the criticism of the media, or by something at home. Bynum is not playing too well, however he still remains aggressive when the guys feed him in the post. Ron plays hard most of the time, he is also one of the only guys who seem to give their all. I feel that Lamar understands what's going on, and is waiting for the playoffs to shine. Only Kobe and Ron are truly showing passion and hunger on the court every night. It's just not right. You'd think these players would understand that they can't just watch Kobe do it all every night. It seems like they are all happy not doing anything and getting paid.


However, with all this being said, I do not feel that the team will lose in the playoffs. There is too much at stake for these stupid problems to linger over. Last year, I remember many people also said the same things when the lakers lost a few games. Everyone just needs to relax, and stop with the negativity. I just wish the chemistry develops again, because these games are getting so boring to watch.

THE ANSWER :When Kobe was hurt the team played together,ball movement was great,no one player dominated the shots or the scoring it was a team effort. I'm no Kobe basher but he has to realize he's playing with more seasoned players than in the past since Shaq left,share the damn ball,let other guys shine sometime,take more shots than you,score more than you,feel wanted or more than that feel needed. Kobe you can't do it yourself,if you give a little you can get a hell of alot in return,more championships. Fact : since you've been back everytime you've took more than 20 shots you've lost,take a look at the number of shots taken by your teamates in your absence,a total team effort and it showed going 4-1 and beating some pretty good teams. Oh yea this one is for Phil,FARMAR ! START THIS GUY,PENETRATION BREAKS DOWN DEFENSES,SOMETHING YOU DON'T GET WITH FISHER ! LAKER FOR LIFE !

Wow, the blog is rolling!
Awesome game!
If you are a Bobcats fan.
If you are a Lakers fan, not so much.
Well, back to the drawing board, lets hope we can come up with a better plan for the Magic.

I love the Lakers and Kobe but have to agree with Reese.

But also, the Lakers need a PG. A team cannot continue to have their game by game assist leader get 4-5 assists. Who is running this team on the floor - NOBODY, so they deflect to Kobe.

Look at LeBron's numbers game by game - when Kobe get 35+ points how many assists or rebounds does he get? When Lebron goes off for 35+ he ALWAYS gets double digit rebounds or assists.

I see LeBron changing positions to PG - ala Magic - in a year or two.

Peace!

"You guys done with Pau?" Jackson asked. He then turned to Gasol. "Pau, I want you to meet a friend of mine."

Jackson walked Gasol into an adjacent room and introduced him to Charles Oakley, a fierce power forward in his day and a player Jackson coached on the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s.

Oakley, his hair now flecked with gray, was later asked by a reporter if he gave Gasol some strong advice.

"Always," he said, smiling.

--LA Times, March 6, 2010
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Now, how is this not indicative of what I, and others, have been saying about Pau Gasol being mentally weak? Oakley was one of the most thugging, enduring, confident, harsh players to play in the NBA. Why do you think Phil is having Oakley counsel Pau? Why? To exchange pastry recipes?

Lets get over this non-debate about whether or not Pau Gasol is weak of mind and body, because he is, and this is constantly being confirmed by the comments and actions of his head coach, one Phil Jackson. Pau Gasol, whom I'm sure has a good heart and is a great man, has an issue with being mentally weak, which compromises his ability to be effective in games were stress, on-the-spot performance, and physical commitment are vital.

I really wish Pau could speak to Dirk Nowinsky, who is physically about the same size as Pau, and is also a European, but is miles ahead of Pau in physical and mental toughness, and pure ability. If Pau can study Dirk's game, his physical regiment, and his mental approach, perhaps Pau Gasol's career can be saved.

I'm going to do my best not to team bash today. Maybe it'll be easier for me because i didn't watch the game.


Um....Kenyon Martin has a torn Labrum...may be out for a few months...lets cross our labrums.


Wes

MM,

Can you calculate the Kobe FGA vs Bynum + Gasol stat?

Last nite it was 23/21 slightly above 1, but the Lakers Lost.

Theory if its below 1 Lakers are really likely to lose.

Close to 1 Lakers will likely lose

If its 1.5 Lakers will likely win

If its 2+ Lakers will almost all the time.

Last nite 2 institutional problems noted previously appeared.

1) Fish -- could NOT stay with Felton or Augustyn. For the first time
I noticed this season Phil pulled D. Fish for Farmar with 2+ minutes remaining in the first half. Maybe Phil woke up and saw what was happening on the court.

2) Kobe's - ball domination. At the close of the first half on the last possession Kobe dribble one-on-one style and passed to Farmar in the corner with 3 seconds remaining. Farmar tried to pass inside to an open Gasol but time expired.

In the 2nd half there were at least 2 occasions where Kobe went one-on-one and either turned over the ball or missed a very ill advised shot.

Kobe takes the team out of a ball movement mode.

Lakers may have won game last nite without Kobe.

Lakers are very talented and without Kobe they are scrappy too.

With Kobe, they rely on him -- they have no choice. Kobe says he DEMANDS the ball the other players comply -- except Farmar who will pass to whomever is open even if it isn't the Mamba or will take it himself. Farmar's non conforming play infuriates Kobe.

In fact, saw quote from Phil saying Farmar make a dunce play in crunch time vs Miami by passing the ball to LO who was wide open instead of the Mamba.

The Bobcats not only own the Lakers, they own the Cavs too. This year the Bobcats are 3-1 vs the Cavs, go figure.

The Saints (Super bowl champs) lost their first game of the season to one of the worst teams in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Sometimes this stuff just happens.

That being said, the Lakers do appear to be in a funk of sorts.
We can only wonder if it's an indication of a deeper problem, it very well could be, or just a temporary phase they can work their way through.

Tonto,

Nice comic relief, funny guy.

I've said it all year, and I'll say it again. Thne problem with this team is the same problem lions have. A starving lion is going to be a thousand times more aggressive that a well fed one. These same players--minus a few PGs maybe-- will be a different team next year after a humilating playoff loss. It's the way of the world.


Wes

Hey Reece Marken,
I think you are in the wrong department. Kobe overrated? Do you know your basketball? Are you familiar with stats? Based on your comments, I am inclined to believe you have yet to finish High School. Maybe I'm mean but you deserve it. Are you familiar with all of Kobe's achievements todate? If you can't respect a Kobe for all of his accomplishments, I don't think you have any respect for any player today. And that shows shallow basketball know-how. Goodluck to you Reece...

Edwin Gueco,

You called me a troll. Technically, I'm a hobbit. Let's ignore that.

I asked someone to please explain how Pau's play wasn't soft last night.

Instead of flinging names, why don't you break down his performance
[ aztronut style ] and show me how he did *NOT* play soft.

I'm willing to learn if you're willing to teach.

here's the thing: Through the marvels of modern technology I have games
from last year saved on my DVR. I can watch what Pau was doing last year
and what he's doing this year. I can *SEE* the difference in how he's playing.

Through this thing called *print* I can read what he did last summer & what
he did the summer before we won the championship. It's not the same.

From the opening game last season, the Lakers had a glare in their eye.
They had been punked on international TV and nothing but a championship
would suffice. Those weren't just words. That was their motivation.
[ ex. Sasha not wearing green. ]

They have not had that focus this year. Before the season started, the question
of complacency had bee raised. This was the focus of the year:

Bynum: I want to be an all-star.
Pau: I don't want my hamstring to be a lingering injury.
Artest: I want to blend in.

[ note: Those are not bad goals. They're just not the right goal. The goal
should have been: A championship. Nothing else will suffice. ]

How do I know those goals have been detrimental?

1. When sports writers refer to our center as the "Black Hole", it is an
indication that he's not making the right play.

2. When your coach and the best player on the team make comments about
your physical injury/not playing, it is an indication of your mental
strength/commitment.

3. When *YOU* ( Pau) tell the media you've been coasting, the entire world
gets to question your commitment.

4. When *YOU* (LO) tell the media your team is complacent, the entire
world gets to question your mental toughness.

5. When the *team* talks about breaking the regular season record for the
NBA ( the bulls) and then displays such obvious lack of hustle/desire,
the fans, who are not looking through rose colored glasses, will spot it.

Give me one valid reason for: The Lakers played with hustle/desire when
Kobe was out. The Lakers play like dying rabbits when he's in, regardless of
if he's passing them the ball.

I bring up the latter point, because LakerTom made a point of saying that
Kobe *sometimes* takes his teammates out of the game with his shooting.
PJ, D-Fish & Pau also made comments along those lines.

So. When Kobe comes back I watched. Lo & behold. Kobe was looking to
pass. However, the team played with no desire/passion.

Allow me to repeat my post from yesterday. ~ 8:45 left in the 2nd quarter.
For ~ 4 possessions, the Lakers did not let Kobe touch the ball. The
"BOBCAT" announcers pointed this out. FYI, they didn't score on those
possessions.

Please explain to me the *TEAM* concept of playing 4-on-5, when the guy
who doesn't touch the ball is YOUR TEAM'S best player.

Downtown Atty.

You said: I agree that it is imperative that they get Gasol back in synch and playing tough, that they cut down on the careless turnovers, that Kobe worry about his own man on D and stop playing rover, that Fisher stops getting torched, that Artest sink a few of his shots, that Bynum plays with passion and intelligence, that Sasha finds his touch, that Odom finishes with authority, that Shannon plays smarter and that Farmar keeps his confidence level up.

~~Yes, trolls are out in force. Gosh, with all the negative observations you made, you are qualified to be a troll too. Perhaps, we should try to make some distinctions here on what is a true fan? and what is a troll?

Latest troll watch on the media:

Mark Medina - for putting up thread that are against the Lakers

Mike Bresnahan - his mini headline on current injuries titled, "thumbs down"

Brod Turner - a Laker veteran reporter for more than 25 years put a troll headline, "Questions keep coming"

I guess everyone in this blog have one troll idea or another, perhaps they're mere suggestions to improve teamwork. However to the true fans, they prefer to bury their heads on the sands, "don't want to hear it, don't want to know it and don't want to say it. "

It's the battered wife syndrome.

I keep coming back for more even though my Lakers spit me in the face. I've seen ALL the games this season and I don't know how low the percentage is for the ones I've enjoyed. The last enjoyable games were the three solid wins when God was injured. Mostly I feel only: disgust, anger, disappointment, betrayal and frustration. Maybe we should've traded for some heart and brains before the deadline? I know, our team looks awesome on paper but in reality they're just a bunch of heartless knuckleheads. I cannot fathom the fact that we play with such lack of effort when we have such fierce competitors as God and Ron Ron on our team. Lamar also has shown great fighting spirit from time to time. Someone needs to step up and B-slap this bunch! Fish, the savvy veteran, hello??

Seriously, how many of y'all have enjoyed this season?

This team challenging the 72-win record? What a sad joke... I feel the only redemption for this team would be to sweep it's way through the playoffs, but we all know that ain't gonna happen.

It's amazing that we're considered a good defensive team. In what state is the rest of the league then? I've only watched the Lakers games so I can only attest to the fact that we suck defensively! Even in "good" defensive games we give up at least one 50+ percent shooting quarter for the opposition. Not good enough! We should trive for perfection. Effort, people, EFFORT!

Pretty please, with sugar on it, earn your millions Laker boys. I'm sick of hearing the moronic away commentators laughing and scolding our team. These last mouthbreathers were so proud of all the turnovers the Bobcats FORCED. Yeah right... My grandma in a rockingchair would've FORCED as many turnovers.

OK, now I've got all that off my chest and feel a little bit better... I'm now ready for some more abuse!

Not having seen the game, can someone please explain to me why Andrew Bynum played only 24 minutes if he was 14 and 10 in those short 24 minutes?

I don't get it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

GREAT, STUCKEY IS OK !
When Pistons coach John Kuester told the players before the game to emulate & play at the level that Lebron does, Stuckey took him seriously & look what happened.
NO HUMAN CAN DO THAT.

THIS WHOLE SITE IS NOTHING BUT LAKERS.
IT'S A BRAIN WASH.
POST'S ARE WEEDED & HAND PICKED
NO WONDER LAKER FANS THINK THE LAKERS ARE SO GREAT
THEY DO NOT KNOW ABOUT ALL THE OTHER TEAMS.

Just to gain a little perspective...

So last night after the game I had to deal with a LeBroniac who constantly goes on about how awesome the Cavs are, how the Lakers suck and how Kobe is a criminal.

After the loss he started ribbing me about the significance of the loss and that the Lakers aren't a quality team and so forth, to which I responded, "Yeah, well, we always seem to struggle against the Bobcats. I don't know why."

He responded, "Yeah, well, don't feel so bad. We're 2-2 against the Bobcats this year. It don't make sense, but I hope we don't have to play them in the playoffs."

Me too.

The bizarre, annoying curse of the Bobcats continues...

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

GREAT, STUCKEY IS OK !
When Pistons coach John Kuester told the players before the game to emulate & play at the level that Lebron does, Stuckey took him seriously & look what happened.
NO HUMAN CAN DO THAT.

I sure hope the Lakers are all collectively soaking their hands in Dit Da Jow right now.

When I last checked, basketball played with an athlete's hands to a certain extent.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

It's a long season... every team wants to knock off the champs in front of their home crowd ... you can't be 'up' for every game ... it is inevitable that we will not match the intensity of our opponent and just stink on some nights.

But, we have all seen the same weaknesses coming forward on these bad nights. You know Phil and his staff are aware of them. Some can be overcome with better preparation in practice or more focus and effort on the court. Some can only be overcome with new personnel.

Let's face the facts. Our main opponents got better, we stayed more or less the same. It has sounded like this was a monetary decision by Dr. Buss. So, we have to accept that this is the team we will go to the playoffs with... warts and all.

It is now on Phil and his staff to push this team into giving their maximum effort. The questions is, will this be enough?

I am optimistic that it will be, and as a season ticket holder, I just put my money where my mouth is and paid the Lakers a lot of money for playoff tickets.

Bottom line, it's great to be a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, and before you know it the season will be over and we'll only have the Dodgers to complain about (and that should be a lot of fun for the trolls this year!!!)

Hey guys a new post is up. Just for your planning purposes. Lakers have a travel day and it's Saturday so figured it'd be good to fit in some errands today before the games start back up tomorrow.

So there will be a post later this afternoon and that might be it.

MM

FACT1,

Fact: When bloggers communicate exclusively in shout text, others immediately assume that they may be mentally retarded.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!


Posted by: Reece Marken | March 05, 2010 at 10:23 PM
Personal opinions:
1. Kobe is overrated, although by fewer people after each game. He's so friggin arrogant, does even one person on the team (in the world) like him?
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answer: He's the most popular active NBA player in the world right now. They must like him. As far as teammates, Michael Jordan was not well liked by his teammates. Artest and Fisher I'm sure likes Kobe.

2. Phil is either too lazy or too tired to actually coach. Like, umm, hello, is mixing up the lineup, sitting Kobe when he goes off the reservation, etc. too much effort for you, Phil?
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answer: How many championships did he win coaching?

3. I was too young for the Showtime Lakers, but what I've seen, those teams had fun. This team (and maybe all Kobe teams) seems miserable most of the time, and that's kind of what it feels like to be a fan anymore.
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answer: Showtime Lakers lost to bad teams also. They lost to the Celtics in one Finals! You have fun if you're winning. As far as I know, the Lakers have the best record in the West

Hobbit,

I guess by now you know what I was trying to drive at in distinguishing a troll from a true laker fan. There is a troll in us and a true Laker fan combined in every post, truth and fiction lies in the eye of the beholder.

I keep on repeating those often trite statements. Perhaps, it is time to shelve those cliche' of troll or laker fans depiction. Titles and names should not have a place in the grand scheme of things.

We are all Laker fans in this blog or else we will not be wasting time in posting our passion and wishes for the good of the team.

Jon K,


Bynum never, ever has a quality 4th quarter. He will someday, but he's not there yet. I'd love to see him play more, but he has to earn/demand it--neither of which he's done yet.


Wes

I have to agree with you Renee, Kobe is overrated and arrogant. He definitely is not a team leader, especially if the rest of the team was able win three out of four games without him, given that it was against quality competition. Would Magic or Michael allow their teams to repeatedly play like chumps on consecutive nights. Heck no!!! I know Magic would have found this unacceptable. Michael would have kicked someone's butt. I grew up following the 80's Laker teams and at least when they lost in some of playoffs they would give it their all with exception of the Memorial Day Massacre back in 1985 finals when the Celtics whipped their butts in Game 1, however they beat the Celtics for the first time to capture the championship back then. This has to be the worst 46-17 team I have ever seen play the game. Maybe, it was true was Shaq said a few years back that Kobe does not play team ball. Right now, I would say let Kobe opt out to free agency and use the money find someone which would fit better with the team that played better without the ball hog.

Jon K,


Bynum never, ever has a quality 4th quarter. He will someday, but he's not there yet. I'd love to see him play more, but he has to earn/demand it--neither of which he's done yet.


Wes

Posted by: wesjoenixon | March 06, 2010 at 10:18 AM

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Jon K
I agree with you as Drew was pulled when he was hot and the Laker who was hustling the most. He shouls have played more. PJ just wastes Drew's effort.

Wesjoenixon,
It is hard to have a strong 4th quarter when you are not in the game and on the bench.

Phil must be planning to leave this year because the team is comming apart he did it in chicargo and he did it with Kobe and Shag .I don't know what is going on in Gasols and Odoms head about playing with Kobe but Phil probally has something to do with it.If they have a hard time playing with Kobe than they need to ask for a trade. This is Kobes town,like it or not.

"I really wish Pau could speak to Dirk Nowinsky, who is physically about the same size as Pau, and is also a European, but is miles ahead of Pau in physical and mental toughness, and pure ability. If Pau can study Dirk's game, his physical regiment, and his mental approach, perhaps Pau Gasol's career can be saved.

Posted by: troy | March 06, 2010 at 05:30 AM"

I'd hedge a guess that Pau always played with his back to the basket, whereas Dirk faced the basket more as youths (yutes)....that's a shame because Pau's not suited to play that way, he does a fair job, but he could have turned out more well rounded...I'm still a Pau fan, and I would have to say he is one of the top players in the world from his experiences in foreign leagues, Olympics, and NBA....everyone has a slump, and remember he has been playing for like 2 years straight, and is "under the weather"(???) ...

Just looked up and saw Barbra thinks team is coming apart...2 losses???? They are 6-4 in their last 10 and so is Cleveland....look around...I'd rather slump now than in 3 weeks...

"Maybe, it was true was Shaq said a few years back that Kobe does not play team ball. Right now, I would say let Kobe opt out to free agency and use the money find someone which would fit better with the team that played better without the ball hog.

Posted by: Ken | March 06, 2010 at 11:07 AM"

got news for you, Kobe very often does not play team ball, and that is when you will hear the most cheering, and see some of the most amazing plays....as far as your plan to let Kobe walk, I believe that since the Lakers are well over the cap, they could not use his salary figure as free-money as New York has been maneuvering toward...just a few years ago they were at 125 million with a roster of garbage, it takes time to construct a team, especially if you are the big boy on the block, cuz no one wants to cut you a deal to make you a bigger boy!!!! Take a deep breath, and read the CBA.

Lotsa whining, everyone whining jumpoff and don't jump back on...it's like a marriage....

Pau speaking to Dirk....c'mon, he'll get the "girly-man" approach, these are professionals, and on record Pau has achieved more success than Dirk in "team" play, maybe not in individual stats, that's Kobe-land....but a combination has worked before and will work again, it's the coaches you need to keep an eye on.


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