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Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson satisfied with energy level as road travels continue

Moments after Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hit his sixth game winner of the season Tuesday against Toronto, the Staples Center atmosphere peaked and then died down as quickly as Bryant's shot dropped through the net.

Sure, Bryant's fist pump with forward Pau Gasol, his hug with forward Josh Powell and his high fives with other teammates showed the team's satisfaction with the result. But the stoic manner in which the Lakers reacted afterwards also showed the dissatisfaction with the team's overall performance.

The near expressionless reactions after the game also may have signified the Lakers are going through a grinding part of the schedule, but Bryant said that wasn't the case.

"I don't think so," said Bryant, who, according to Elias Sports Bureau, has the most game winning shots in a single season over the last 10 years. "I think it's that I hit six of them and everybody is kind of used to it."

The Lakers (47-18) are also getting used to traveling on the road. But they haven't gotten used to winning there, going only 17-13 in away games so far this season, including last week's winless three-game trip. The travels continue Friday against the Phoenix Suns (40-25), as eight of the Lakers' 10 remaining games in March will be on the road.

It's a good thing if the team's contention rings true that fatigue isn't an issue with 17 games remaining in the regular season, despite there being a few factors that would understandably contribute to such a low energy level. The Lakers have numerous injuries, including ones to Bryant (right index finger), Gasol (left hand), Ron Artest (left thumb), Shannon Brown (right thumb) and Jordan Farmar (left pinkie). They have also played five games in less than a week.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson also noticed the team's differing tenor following Bryant's game winner against the Raptors, noting, "usually he throws up in exultation, that or he's praising the Lord. I don't know which one it was. But this time he didn't." But as far as the energy level goes? Jackson says it's not an issue.

"I think it’s not unusual", Jackson said. "I’m not concerned about it in the vain in that this is not an unusual thing for an NBA basketball team."

The Lakers will quickly find out whether or not that's the case against Phoenix, which boasts a league-leading 109.47 points per game and three-point field goal percentage (40.5%) as well as a second-best mark in field-goal percentage (49.1%). Since Robin Lopez joined Phoenix's starting lineup Jan. 18, the Suns are 16-8, including 14-4 in the past 18 games, have held five of 12 teams to fewer than 100 points and have outrebounded opponents in 19 of their past 24 contests. Meanwhile, the Lakers have allowed at least 96 points in their last five games and have had chemistry issues on offense. And their road loss Dec. 28 to Phoenix featured the Lakers allowing a season-high 118 points, recording only 13 assists and featuring a bench that was outscored 52-31.

But Bryant said he's not worried about the Lakers' recent struggles.

"You guys can care all you want to," he said. "I could care less. We just have to focus on what we do and continue to get better."

--Mark Medina

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Ouch,

Yeah, I'm not even sure how I got into one of your posts. I don't normally pay attention to you or your posts for the obvious reasons, but I happened to see my name so of course I stopped to read this one. Since I don't read you, I'm not even sure how to respond.

I'm sorry your parents didn't pay more attention to you.

Are we good now?

ouchhhhhhhhh!

1. Kobe sure was annoyed in that interview.

2. It has become apparent from reading between the lines by what Phil and Kobe are saying (and equally important HOW they're saying it) that they feel the bench is the problem. That means Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown, in particular.

Interesting.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Very good post. Are you Korean by any chance?

Posted by: Curry | March 11, 2010 at 04:41 PM

~~To ask Jon K if he is Korean, Curry you're indeed a brand new in this blog. That is alright, you got to start somewhere however you started with a largehorn in this blog by dominating all the conversations by taking the centerpiece in dissing Kobe. All the while I thought you are familiar with the culture in this blog. I didn't recognize that you're first time poster.

Jon K. is not a Korean. He is a mixture of everything from Russian, German, American born in Canada lived in LA now stranded in Cleveland (rest room) and (bar stool) LOL!

I don't know if it's injuries, age, or just too much BBall the last 2 years, but Kobe and Gasol, both looked gassed to me. The other thing is outside shooting. We can't seem to hit our open 3s and it seems like teams are throwing a lot of zones at us.

They just need to win the West and forget about catching the Cavs, get healthy and get some chemistry going for the playoff run.

Mark G,

"Are we good now?"

Touche!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Edwin Gueco,

Yeah, my father is Canadian, but I find it difficult to think of that as part of my ethnic heritage. It's like considering toast part of your heritage.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K.,

"Yeah, my father is Canadian, but I find it difficult to think of that as part of my ethnic heritage. It's like considering toast part of your heritage."

OK, that made me laugh, and I'm not sure why. Toast and heritage must be comedic dynamite.

Can we sing?

LakerTom,

I saw your responses.

They were clear. We do disagree on some things. :)

We agree on some things. :)

Thanks for your responses & clarification.

Not sure I'm buying the whole "bench is the problem" angle.

Personally, I think Kobe himself is the problem. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy and think he is the best in the game, but I think his ego gets in the way of the team's success.

I think he gets too caught up in personal matchups (shootouts) with other marquee players in the league. Case in point...in games that Pau has played in this year and the Lakers won, Kobe avg FGA was exactly 20, in games they have lost, his FGA was 27.5.

More touches for higher % shooting Bigs, fewer possessions where he runs down the clock only to take a fade away 20 footer with a hand in face, more dribble penetration and kick out to open shooters.

Jon,

I was listening on 710 to John Hollinger and while his stat about Orlando being the top pick (number wise) to win it all is still absurd he did make some interesting points about the Lakers:

*The Lakers aren't fluid offensively. The Lakers are 11th in rating on offense. They have slipped to 2nd in Defensive rating.

*Kobe isn't getting to the line as last year. Injuries have really hampered his game despite his current high level of play.

*Fisher isn't making teams pay for clogging the lane as he used to the last 2 years.

*The bench beyond Lamar Odom is not producing. Farmar had some ok games but more bad ones. Ditto for Shannon Brown. What was considered a strength for the last two years the bench other than LO is turning to be an very inconsistent force.

*The Lakers' worst match up is Denver. Yes almost everyone can see that but Denver is the worst match up for the Lakers atm. Even Dallas who is on a 13 win streak the Lakers will probably beat them.

While Hollinger's numbers may be out of synch actually his head isn't. If he had Kobe's numbers he would have probably changed half of what he said about Kobe but he was pat on the team.

Fisher and Artest, two outside shooters who are supposed to punish any doubles to Gasol or Bynum are not shooting well. Fisher is only 33.3% on threes after the All Star Break. Artest is worst shooting 29%. Without fear of punishing double teams or zones our turnovers increased. Ball movement went to zero because they try to play inside out instead of getting the right positions to receive the ball and because of a lack of outside shooting the lanes are clogged.

Our defense is good enough to maintain the 2nd best record in the NBA. The thing is though is it good enough ala Larry Brown team that wasn't a good offensive team but a good defensive team to win the title? We shall see.

Offensively though because we are an offensive based team no matter what our rating is defensively is very average. That's why we are struggling.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/LAL/2010.html

Hey everyone!


Another busy day at work - catching up right now.. Amazing how the level of Kobe-hate has gone waaay down but the level of Pau-hate has gone waaay up. Strange. Last I checked we needed BOTH these guys to win last year and now all of a sudden they're expendable?? Meh - bunch o' chicken little bandwagon fans....

Jon K - I too agree that punching the stuffing out of something would work wonders for this team. Man - anything to get the fire back. Kobe looked like he would love to punch the stuffing out of a reporter or 2. Maybe that's the ticket! And by the way - just exactly WHAT are you trying to insinuate by comparing Canadians to toast???? LOL!!!! No one has ever compared me to toast before.... I wonder if I'm the exception that proves the rule LOL!!

Mamba24 - OUTSTANDING SPEECH!!! I'm glad you dusted that bad boy off and brought it back out into the light. Now if only we had someone on the inside who could bring it to the attention of the players and coaches...... hey - wait a second..... MM??? You there???


Reading the article about Odom having enough of the other team's trash talking them, my question is, how do you respond to that?
These teams are getting the upperhand because once the Lakers retaliate, that will make them look like they are the inferior team.
My suggestion is beat them to the punch. Initiate the trash talk especially against teams they know will try to intimidate them. This is when Sasha comes in handy. Let him irritate the hell out of the other team.

Mamba24 - there are a couple of currently rolling bandwagons that I'd like to be put on....

First of all - GET THRILLER OFF HIS MEDS bandwagon. Seriously. I love that he's a great Laker Nation citizen and all, but COME ON. He wouldn't strike fear into my cat - and she's a little girl. I want him to be as close as possible to the guy who played for Houston last year - the guy who challenged Kobe and got all up in his face - the guy who no one really wanted to mess with cuz they knew he had a hair trigger - I want a really close imitation of THAT Thriller. The one we have now is too tame and isn't scaring the crap out of anyone. And that is completely unacceptable.


2nd - while we're talking about Thriller - GET RON RON SOME LONGER SHORTS bandwagon. Seriously.

3rd - get me on the GIVE OUR SPANISH ACQUISITION SOME LOVE bandwagon. Come on guys. He's handsome. He's agile. He's Mr. Finesse. He can shoot the 3 (which IMHO he should do in a game once in awhile) AND he can bring the ball up full court on a break AND dribble between his legs then pass behind his back. Give the man some love. Kobe wouldn't have Ring # 4 if it wasn't for him so give him his props. He's a little tired right now, but Phil will have him kicking butt and taking names in no time. Just like last year. Why would you assume anything different?


4th - if there isn't one yet, let's get a GIVE THE MACHINE HIS STROKE BACK bandwagon. We need Sasha to knock 'em down. Every single time. Find your spot on the floor and play some string music. Every single fricken time.

That's all for now. I'll have more later. Forewarned is forearmed LOL!

If the bench is the problem, seems to me we need a "Jordan & Shannon Play Like Champions" band wagon.

As someone noted in the past few days, the problem is one night one or both will make big contributions and the next night they suck pond water. There's a lot of talent in that back court that too often gets stuck in the bottle. Time to pop the cork on a consistent basis.

Personally, I don't buy this as the problem. It's like blaming the school janitor for low student test scores. Everyone on the active roster needs to step it up. Friday vs Phoenix is a "No Excuses" game. Go Lakers!

Justa,

Yes we should give love to Pau and Bynum, they are our duplicate keys for repeat.

Love the way they run back to transitional defense, jogging as if they are watching a sunset on the basketball court. I have a Laker nursery rhyme for them:
"Pau be nimble, Socks be quick, Pau jumps over Fisher to chase a Raftor quick." That was really funny when two Lakers collide and down Fisher because a Raftor just got away!

Pau has never experienced this kind of humiliation as a player in the Spanish team, in Memphis or even with the LA until now....

I think we will witness the coming out of Pau in Phoenix.

justanothermambafan,

"And by the way - just exactly WHAT are you trying to insinuate by comparing Canadians to toast????"

My father grew up on the docks of Thunder Bay, Ontario sandwiched between a brothel and an illegal distillery.

My grandmother was raised on a marginal farm in Central Manitoba. They both came to America (along with my grandfather who was from extreme rural poverty in Slovakia) to live a much better life.

While I've been to Canada and still have many relatives there, it is fun to make fun of Canada. While America fought and died to gain independence from Great Britain, Canada was politely "given" independence in 1956. Really? Really? That's just weird to me.

My favorite Canadian joke:

Question: "How do you get 200 Canadians to get out of a pool?"

Answer: "You ask them to."

Canadians are great, but they're not really a country. If they had enough guts they'd just join the United States. I still can't believe we "lost" the War of 1812. If we hadn't, all that maple syrup would be ours! OURS, I TELL YOU! OURS!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon & Wes -

Given the Clips current situation, and knowing how pervasive Sterling's bad juju is, who do you think could come in to coach next season and maybe spark something? I think it needs to be somebody that's not far removed from playing.

ShowTimeTake2,

Are you staples24?

Jon K - LOL - more maple syrup for me MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Just fyi, you can get really good maple syrup from Canada at Trader Joe's for relatively cheap... just fyi for when you get your butt back home.

This guy at my work calls Canada "America's hat".... That's just completely disrespectful. It's "America's touque". Get it right.

Justa - I moved from L.A. to Cape Cod in 2005 and there were no Trader Joes there... they finally built one a couple years ago. Then, not long after they built it, I moved to Austin. And guess what? Noooo Trader Joes here. Crazy. In L.A. I never lived more than a couple miles from one.

dave m,

"Given the Clips current situation, and knowing how pervasive Sterling's bad juju is, who do you think could come in to coach next season and maybe spark something?"

Listen, I'm confident that The Donald Sterling is going to mess this up, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Here's the thing... Donald Sterling ain't getting any younger. Whether he likes it or not his legacy is going to be determined by how he handles the Clippers. Professional sports are just too important to American culture. This is his last, best opportunity. Period.

He has money. Lots of it. That could attract basically every single coach who is available. That, and a commitment not to screw things up... which we all know he can do.

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!

justanothermambafan,

Trader Joe's is awesome. Wish we had more here.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

No Hobbit I seriously doubt that is Staples 24 that dude openly hates Kobe after spending Jan. cheering for him. This guy likes Kobe though always uses the "inside out" that we hear Stu and Joel always preach about.

The inside out game is so overrated. It is useless when:

1) The big is a bad passer
2) The defense denies the post entry with help coming should they throw it over the top.
3) The shooter that gets opened thanks to busting up a zone defense should that happen fails to make the shot.

Looks like we fulfilled all three scenarios:

1) Andrew Bynum isn't much of a passer
2) Turnovers crept up a TON when we tried to feed the bigs (Bynum and Gasol) when the defense was denying entry in the Heat and Charlotte games.
3) Fisher and Artest are bricking shots. Lot of them open shots. Yes 40% is the ideal FG% from 3 point land and is a much lower FG% than a close shot but hey those are open shots! If Reggie/Larry had those open shots they would be drilling them.

It is also worth noting in Charlotte game Bynum and Gasol were a combined 8-23 while Kobe Bryant was a 9-21.

(Why do you think I support Gasol-Odom over Bynum-Gasol. Odom's ability to play in the perimeter opens the post a lot more, Pau can't play in the perimeter as much and is more effective in the post, better than Bynum).

Yes the inside out game is most effective. But the overall idea is to GET an open look whether its a nice layup or an open perimeter shot. If the defense is taking away the post and your shooters are not making them pay for clogging the lanes....then you wonder why Kobe has "Kobe time" in his arsenal when the rest of the team isn't playing as well.


ShowTimeTake2,

"Personally, I think Kobe himself is the problem. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy and think he is the best in the game, but I think his ego gets in the way of the team's success."

That's why he single-handedly has won six games for us this year.

Give me a break.

Sure sometimes Kobe creates problems. He does. He creates lots of problems, but if everyone on this team had the competitive instinct he does, we'd win every game by 26 points.

Kobe wants too much. He wants everyone to want to win as badly as he does. That's not going to happen, but I think Kobe would be satisfied if everyone wanted to win 85% as badly as he does... and that's doable, but it's generally not happening.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Mamba 24

Am I the only one here that has ever seen "Any Given Sunday"? Cause that be the speech. Nice job, Mamba24, I L-O-V-E that movie. The NFL has actually adopted some of the techniques they used to film that movie to broadcast live. I can't help but think football itself would become even more intense if you added some of the camera shakes on actual hits (kidding).

I also love that speech, it's one of the best performances Mr. Pacino ever gave and everyone thought he was hamming it up. Actually, he's the only ham that could've pulled it off (although I would've loved to have seen Robby D give it a go).

Anyhow, nice re-interpretation of it. that was cool.

Haiku Time:

Eastern wisdom. True.
Crisis. Opportunity.
They are the same thing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

As Sun-Tzu has said
When cornered, one fights with heart
A warrior's test

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Destiny has come
Choices made in the moment
Reveal the future

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon -

I'm just not so sure that it should be somebody who's been around the league for a long time. What about somebody like Tom Izzo from Michigan State? That guy's possessed, has his players do "war" rebounding drills with helmets and pads? He probably wouldn't take the job though.

Aloha Blitz,

Honestly I am not a "deep" Bynum supporter. I am a fairness supporter. Andrew at this point is not a Beast nor is he a bust. He is a good young player learning to play the game. There are many points that we could argue that are subjective but I get annoyed when things are thrown out there that are beyond subjective, things that are not true or exaggerated, just to try and paint a bleak picture of failure. Comparing Andrew and Howards rebounds without taking under consideration court time is a case in point. If Andrew had played as many minutes he probably wouldn't have finished with 15 boards but more like 9 or 10. With 6 in 19 minutes that was the pace he was on. If andrew can average 10 boards a game I'm happy. And really Howard would be hard pressed to average the same amount of boards that he currently does on this team. The magic have no one else nearly as good as Lamar and Pau at chasing down boards.

Andrew also played very good defense in that game, this was a not only my opinion it was the guys calling the game as well. And no offense but Mark Jackson has a little more basketball cred with me then you.

But then when you felt compelled to throw out that Bargnani scored 21 on him it made me wonder if you even watch the games. He wasn't even guarding him most of the time and he did a very good job guarding Bosh. As a matter of fact on a poor defensive night, Andrew was the one guy that stepped up. Blitz really we all watch the games. You used to be much more balanced in your posts. What happened?

Aloha Troll Man

do you have some secret psychic link to Pau? You know that he is dissing Kobe even though he doesn't mention him? Are all the players, coaches, announcers, scouts and writer that discuss the Lakers stagnant ball movement hating in secret on Kobe also? Or is it just Pau when he repeats the same thing. Thats dissing Kobe? Just wondering.

Aloha Laker Tom'

While I do not post much these days, I still read the blog daily. Lately however it is becoming more like the bad old days of K.L, Mike T, Gunner and the others. It's probably time to start posting again. I still enjoy your enthusiasm. Dont let these posers bring you down.

Aloha

MH

As Sun-Tzu has said
Cancer infested the TEAM
Spanish wisdom. False.

What do we play for? TOUCHES!!!

Bean Today... Bryant Tomorrow... Kobe Forever.

GO MVP!!!!

KOBE A BALL HOG? CHECK AGAIN OUR STARTING LINEUP ISN'T THE MOST OPTIMAL
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There's a lingering issue here that has nothing to do with Kobe, touches or anything of the like. People want to blame Kobe for shooting too much or the bigs not getting enough touches. What many aren't recognizing yet is that what is happening is defenses are starting to adjust. Doubling the bigs of ball, making the catch harder, denying post entry, doubling on the ball, and at times forcing the bigs out to the perimeter. The issue isn't touches. It's spacing. The league is starting to recognize our biggest weakness this year.

Its why losses are blowouts and wins lately have been hard to come by. When you see a blowout, just check the shooting percentages of Fisher, Artest, LO, Farmar et all from midrange and out and you'll realize that when we shoot adequately, we usually always win in blowout fashion. And at times, when we give up leads, its because we cant make any shots to stymie the damn from breaking.

Last year, we'd lose 125-115 and only D was the problem. Shots were dropping from outside at a better clip for Fisher, Kobe and LO. That is not the case this year thus far.

Overall team shooting is the problem offensively. It's not even just the perimeter guys. It's Gasol also. If you go to this website, http://www.nba.com/hotspots/, you'll see that last year Pau shot 46.6% on all midrange jumpers. Furthermore, he shot a midrange shot nearly 35% of all of his shot attempts. This year, he's only hitting from mid-range at an abysmal 35.5% rate and perhaps even more telling is that he's only attempting a mid-range shot at a 30% clip.

This correlates to my observation that he's been hesistating and refusing to take that wide open mid range look. In addition to perimeter players hitting, the offense also needs one of the big guys to consistently nail the mid-range jumpers for spacing. This is why Bynum and Pau aren't working together in the offense.

Given that, and also factoring in that everyone else on the team has a fg% in the low 40's(sans Kobe, Drew & Pau), it's no wonder we've been so inconsistent and not as efficient on offense.

Feed the bigs isn't the simple answer. If noone is hitting, defenses sag. Kobe passing more is not the answer. We need shooters.

9 players on the Lakers Roster are shooting UNDER 42.5% from the floor this season thru 31 games.

Only Kobe, Bynum and Gasol are above that number.

Those three happen to be our three post players. The problem in our offense is the outside shooting folks. It is KILLING our Offensive efficiency and limiting what Gasol and Bynum can do down there because of a collapsing paint.

The reason it doesn't affect Kobe as much is because Kobe is the best playmaker and shot creator for himself, not just on this team, but perhaps league wide. Doesnt matter how bad the outside shooting is, Kobe will always be able to generate a decent shot for himself. The same cannot be said for the bigs. Bigs *NEED* outside shooters to hit shots to space the floor and limit paint congestion. In last year's playoffs Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza were shooting a sizzling 50%+ from 3 point land. Best example would be in Game 5 of the Finals when the Magic cut the lead to 5 then Odom hit back to back 3 pointers to restore the lead to double digits.

If people are honestly not figuring this out yet as our main problem offensively so far this year, then they need to take notes during games. All they point is out is points. That is only looking at ONE point of view.

Remember the PF from 2000-2001 who primarily played:

99-00: AC Green (mid range shooter)-Won Title
00-01: Robert Horry (perimeter shooter)-Won Title
01-02: Robert Horry (Horry for the win)-Won Title
02-03: Robert Horry (Breaks my heart in Game 5)
03-04: Karl Malone (Good mid range shooter before his knee injury was hitting 50% from the field)
04-05: Lamar Odom
05-06: Kwamay Brown/Brian Cook/Lamar Odom (There's a reason Phil stopped using Brown/Mihm combo besides the fact they sucked, at least Kwamay was better than Brian Cook in defense yet Cook spread the floor so so much, LO was the better compromise).
06-07: Lamar Odom/Brian Cook
07-08: Lamar Odom
08-09: Pau Gasol (Bynum was injured half the year but LO took a BUNCH of minutes even when Bynum was healthy and was a huge factor in the playoffs and got more minutes than Bynum).
09-10: Pau Gasol (more of a post presence than a true shooter).

That's why I don't think Gasol-Bynum will truly work out 1) Bynum is not a gifted passer and 2) Gasol may shoot ok at times but don't mistake him of the level of a Dirk Nowitzki.

Even when that goes well we are trading 2s for 3s and this is not coincidence. They pound it inside for 2 points 20 times ...the other team hits 5 3s during the same time span and we are down.
Games in which we are close to the opposing team in 3s , we win
Look closer at the stats and see that Our Center averages 1.1 assists per game. Like you said the other teams jump the entry pass into the post cause thats what we do and since our Center can't pass out of it.................???
Whens the last time you've seen Bynum hit a cutter???
We had a formula last year and its been thrown out of wack forcing 2 7fters to play at the same time. One with limited movement and passing skills and the other a finesse player.

Example ..Shaq who is a great passer with Gasol would be devastating.
How many interior passes do you see between Gasol and Bynum.....and its March already??
Ball movement between our bigs is just as important.

And to top it off these are the Offensive rating we had ever since the 2000 Championship:

Lakers season-by-season:
season fg% 3p% ft% off rtg
2009-10 0.457 0.334 0.770 14
2008-09 0.474 0.361 0.770 3 - won championship
2007-08 0.476 0.378 0.769 3
2006-07 0.466 0.353 0.747 7
2005-06 0.453 0.349 0.745 8
2004-05 0.437 0.355 0.777 7
- hand check rules actually go into effect -
2003-04 0.454 0.327 0.693 6
2002-03 0.451 0.356 0.734 4
2001-02 0.461 0.354 0.699 2 - won championship
- hand check rules technically go into effect -
2000-01 0.465 0.344 0.683 2 - won championship
1999-00 0.459 0.329 0.696 5 - won championship

Up until this year we were top 10 in overall offensive category. Even the 01 team which won only 56 games they were helped a LOT because they could always fall upon Shaq or Kobe when their offense needed someone.

yes Kobe has his problems and Fish and the rest of the supposed shooters aren't punishing from the outside either. Don't go be blaming it all on Kobe he is still playing at a very high caliber level despite having a bum ankle, broken index finger (which actually affects your shooting more than a torn pinkly ligament), and several other ailments.
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Please read. Excellent analysis (with great evidence) on why Fisher is horrible.

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2010/3/11/1367619/everything-you-know-about-derek

Phil is calling out the bench.

Anyone have a PDF on Tex Winter's Triple Post offense? I'd like to learn it.

did this curry dude just ask jonk if hes korean??!!

LOLOLOL.. sorry i cant contain myself.. why cause he said hes a black belt??

thats racial profiling!! HAHAHA.. what a stupid rookie move.


"You used to be much more balanced in your posts. What happened?"

Again I usually post balanced. When Laker Tom gets all whiney about how I criticize Bynum then chooses to use colorful words like "Twiddle Dee and Twiddle dumb" in response to Bynum well you can choose either to become a more mature person and don't let your emotions go into your writings too much or you go and act no better than KL. That's what Laker Tom did and well since he wants to shove and ignore his own "You are on my ignore list" well you can't always be nice about it. Laker Tom goes on little tantrum fits when people insult his precious Bynum and I ignore it and this one time when I make fun of him he goes and throws another fit and well you can't be perfect can you? :)

I'm more than willing to agree/disagree even with big time Bynum supporters like Nem and Andrew Bernard. It's up to you to decide how to respond and well Laker Tom is just being a kid when it comes to almost 90% of criticism of Bynum.

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Fisher is only 33.3% on threes after the All Star Break.
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Posted by: KB Blitz | March 11, 2010 at 06:14 PM
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Fisher is actually 16 of 43 (37.2%) after the ASG.

jonk

have to say i actually enjoyed reading ur stories about life in cleveland... feel like i just took a trip to your bar, had a couple beers with you, pissed all over the toilets and just came home.

in the future may i suggest more bio-crono... very interesting... and maybe less intimate toilet stories..

hustle and flow baby..

peace.


Bynum and Gasol neither guard their players, the switches, the lane nor the rim...Bynum is constantly in foul trouble and Pau avoids contact. They should both have plenty of energy.

Lakers need to get Finley immediately. He would drain the wide open 3 pt. shots consistenly unlike Artest, Farmar, Sasha or Brown. That would break the zone and reduce the TO's the Lakers are prone to, trying to penetrate the zone without a guy like Rondo!!

The latest Charles Barkley interview is really bad. You'll have to listen to it for yourself over at cnn.com (w/Dan Patric) to see what I mean, but Charles insists on some really ridiculous ideas about Kobe. The most interesting/entertaining idea is Charles' insistence (over and over) that the degree of difficulty of Kobe's game winning shots is so outrageous, that he (Charles) can not give Kobe credit for making those shots, and therefore MJ is the best clutch shooter in NBA history.


Huh? If that statement doesn't make sense, blame Charles, not me. Even Dan seemed a bit shocked by Charles' stance and had to laugh off a few of his statements.


So, lets see. The Sistine Chappell--so beautiful and perfect we shouldn't give Michelangelo credit, but send the check to Leonardo instead? Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, so perfect an album we should give Captain and Tennille credit for best album of the 70s and not the sublime Dylan rumination on love and loss? It's a good thing CB is black, because this kind of minimalization of the African-American contribution would be perfect fodder for the Rush Limbaugh show or a chapter in the Invisible Man.


But...oh well. I guess we'll just call it idiocy or jealousy and leave it at that.


Wes

Quote from Kobe:

"You guys can care all you want to," he said. "I could care less. We just have to focus on what we do and continue to get better."


Doesn't he mean I could NOT (couldn't) care less?
He has said I could care less in other interviews too.
I know it's kind of a minor detail, but it just bugs me.
Say what you mean Kobe.


The audio is terrible. Please for future notice guys keep the mic close as possible when Kobe talks. Most of your videos for Kobe and the gang the audio is terrible. Its 2010 invest in some new equipment please..

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STOP GIVING RON RON HIS MEDS - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - OWNER - "Can I get a "Stop giving Ron Ron his meds" band wagon??"
(02)JON K. DRIVER - second that bandwagon. People need to fear us. We don't just break teams bodies down. We break their hearts and their spirits. That's what we've always done. That's what we do.
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - OOO WEEE! Drive Jon K. Drive!!
(04) #4
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - Seriously. I love that he's a great Laker Nation citizen and all, but COME ON. He wouldn't strike fear into my cat - and she's a little girl. I want him to be as close as possible to the guy who played for Houston last year - the guy who challenged Kobe and got all up in his face - the guy who no one really wanted to mess with cuz they knew he had a hair trigger - I want a really close imitation of THAT Thriller. The one we have now is too tame and isn't scaring the crap out of anyone. And that is completely unacceptable.
(06) JEANETTE - We need the Ron Artest who battled with Kobe last year in the playoffs. Let RA off his leash, strile fear and attack those who barks especially at our home floor.
(07)
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PAU I BELIEVE IN YOU – BANDWAGON
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(01) JEANETTE – OWNER - Can we all send our positive energy and love towards PAU? Can't hate on that guy. We need him to repeat.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – The strongest tree in the forest is an oak, yet a hurricane will blow it down
Yet the thin willow will bend in the wind and rise again. Pau I believe in you
(03) SEGEBOY – RIDING SHOTGUN – THE SHERIFF - Y'all chill out on Pau ... dude just needs some encouragement. Again in my humble opinion this team just needs to come together and support Pau ... it ain't about whether he's being whiny ... it's about just saying we appreciate all you've done for us dude cuz: [before you were fighting with butter knives, you gave us the guns] paraphrasing kobe @ the time ... [we became rockstars cuz of u] paraphrasing odom @ the time
(04) # 4 - I believe in Pau. Pau & Kobe will get back on track. Good to see that they are both hungry.
(05) BEV. P. – RIDING SHOTGUN - Pau is my favorite player
(06) MICHAEL H. - Wow I have been reading the last few threads and the hate Pau is receiving is mind boggling. Its like he spoke his mind about ball movement and playing inside out and everyone jumps on him like he was attacking Kobe, when he never mentioned Kobe.
(07) ISSANG - Come on, nobody's perfect. Let us just support the team. Period.
(08) EDWIN GUECO - The Catalan is at a lost. We should give all the support in this blog for what he has done for the Lakers since he came here. I
(09) JON K - A fish will never be a bird and a leopard can't change its spots. Pau, to function at his best, needs to feel that his teammates are always looking for him and trust him. For Pau, that means more touches. More touches equals Pau being a better teammate and more explosive player.
(10) JUSTANOTHERMAMB - Get me on the GIVE OUR SPANISH ACQUISITION SOME LOVE bandwagon. Come on guys. He's handsome. He's agile. He's Mr. Finesse. He can shoot the 3 (which IMHO he should do in a game once in awhile) AND he can bring the ball up full court on a break AND dribble between his legs then pass behind his back. Give the man some love. Kobe wouldn't have Ring # 4 if it wasn't for him so give him his props. He's a little tired right now, but Phil will have him kicking butt and taking names in no time. Just like last year. Why would you assume anything different?
(11) MARK G. - , we're not winning a title without him or Kobe.
(12) LAKERTOM - Pau was our second best player last year and truly shed his soft label with a great performance in the Finals so it’s not like he hasn’t done it before, same as with the rest of the Lakers.
(13) FAN OF THE MAMBA - I'm a Laker fan first and foremost. So of course I want Pau to succeed. With him playing at the top of his game, we're champions again. I want on the bandwagon, I just want Pau to put up his best game night in and night out regardless of touches, etc..... and shut up talking to anybody about your teammates except your teammates. That goes for Kobe, Lamar, Fisher and anybody else. Shut-up and bring it every game and we got this!
(14) JAMIE SWEET - El supporter of el spaniard! Me gusto, me gusto.
(15) CALIPHILOSOPHER - We need him at his best in order to have a shot at repeating this year.
(16) JUSTA LAKER FAN - Nothing wrong with Pau that a little rest will cure.

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BENCH MOB THE TIME IS NOW, PLAY LIKE CHAMPIONS – BANDWAGON
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(01) RICK FRIEDMAN – OWNER - If the bench is the problem, seems to me we need a "Jordan & Shannon Play Like Champions" band wagon. As someone noted in the past few days, the problem is one night one or both will make big contributions and the next night they suck pond water. There's a lot of talent in that back court that too often gets stuck in the bottle. Time to pop the cork on a consistent basis. Personally, I don't buy this as the problem. It's like blaming the school janitor for low student test scores. Everyone on the active roster needs to step it up. Friday vs Phoenix is a "No Excuses" game. Go Lakers!
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – The time is now Shamwow, Machine, Luuukke
(03)

I'm so happy that Lakers Girls exist. The world is better for them. Posted by: Jon K. | March 11, 2010 at 05:03 PM

YES, MY GOODNESS YES!! And LAKER LASS also!
Mamba24(Larry)

John K!

A POET! Who knew?!

I don't know about you, but I can hear Vic the Brick in my head when I read those. That is classic.

BTW, for the uninitiated, Vic the Brick is the guy in the funny hat in the background of the picture in a previous thread.

And just so you know, he's an even bigger homer than I am.

--FEARless

CRAP! Spelled your name wrong....

Jon K! is a POET!

--FEARless

did this curry dude just ask jonk if hes korean??!!
LOLOLOL.. sorry i cant contain myself.. why cause he said hes a black belt?? thats racial profiling!! HAHAHA.. what a stupid rookie move. Posted by: yellofever | March 11, 2010 at 11:42 PM
Yes I guess that would be as bad as if we asked him if he was Indian because his name is Curry...Think about it.
Mamba24

Jonk, have to say i actually enjoyed reading ur stories about life in cleveland... feel like i just took a trip to your bar, had a couple beers with you, pissed all over the toilets and just came home. in the future may i suggest more bio-crono... very interesting... and maybe less intimate toilet stories.. hustle and flow baby..peace. Posted by: yellofever | March 12, 2010 at 12:05 AM

STOP THAT! ROFLMFAO!! HAHAHAHHA!!!

I had mentioned in several posts on several previous threads that the Lakers best offensive set this season has been to let Kobe take the last shot (he's now 6/10). That's remarkably better than dumping the ball into Big Mouth Pau in the post. Which is simply ridiculous. I'm half-afraid that this is some sort of shared dream and we are all going to wake up.

Anyway, just to prove this point, the Elias Sport Bureau states that when Kobe missed against Orlando, it marked the first time in over one calendar year that the Lakers lost a game by 3 points or less when Kobe took the final shot. Or, in other words, when the final shot mattered in the outcome.

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http://espn.go.com/espn/elias?date=20100308

"BRYANT, LAKERS FALL SHORT AT ORLANDO

"Kobe Bryant missed a potential game-tying 20-footer with one second to play in the Lakers 96-94 loss at Orlando. It was the second time in the last six weeks that Bryant took the game's final shot from the field in a one-possession Lakers loss. During calendar year 2009, the Lakers didn't lose any games by three points or less in which Bryant took the game's final shot."

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When I said that, I had no idea for just how long this has been going on. That clearly explains why we were all so surprised when he missed that shot.

--FEARLess

Mamba24 - you forgot the GET RON RON SOME LONGER SHORTS bandwagon. Seriously - this is a MUST.

wesjoenixon,

I've written about this before.

Charles Barkley will ALWAYS give Michael Jordan more credit than any other player for EVERYTHING because Michael Jordan is the reason Barkley doesn't have a Championship (as the Suns were beaten by the Bulls in the Finals). Thus, Barkley's ego has to make Jordan the Greatest player ever, because that's the only way he can forgive himself for losing in the Finals.

He lost to the Greatest Player EVER!!!! What else could he do? Even if he (Barkley) is the second Greatest player ever, he couldn't beat the Greatest player ever, right? Right? It's just common sense.

So, there it is. Michael Jordan is the Greatest Player Ever in all things. I know, because Charles Barkley told me so.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

dave m,

Did you see who Sterling made as the new GM of the Clippers? A former actor from "All My Children!"

Yeah. Really.

It just boggles the mind.

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mamba24 - you forgot the GET RON RON SOME LONGER SHORTS bandwagon. Seriously - this is a MUST. Posted by: justanothermambafan | March 12, 2010 at 08:07 AM
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RON RON GET SOME LONGER SHORTS - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - Seriously - this is a MUST.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - WELL! Somebody has to drive!
(03)

KB Blitz,

Interesting analysis. One thing is certain, if Thriller was hitting his shots and aggressively attacking the rim, this team would be an entire different monster.

I think he's not expecting to get the ball on offense, so when he does, that little moment of surprise screws up the focus of his shot.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

FEARless,

I do not look nearly as crazy as Vic the Brick. Instead I have been told to my eternal annoyance every week for the past decade by some stranger that I look like one of various professional wrestlers.

I'm not a big fan of professional wrestling.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Art FL,


My pet peeve too, but about 80% of the p[eople who use that phrase use it improperly. If you "could" care less, then you care more than should be expected. You have care reserves, as it were. But if you "couldn't" care less, there is no more care to dish out, at all.


Wes

Thought of the day:

Maybe if these new clowns like curry would do a lot more reading and observing instead of just regurgitating the same old nonsense they wouldn't be such blabbering idiots

I think we'll see the real Artest only after he gets his first T or ejection as a laker.

And I can't wait for that to happen., hopefully tonight.

It is time for the Lakers to show up in Phoenix tonight something we have not seen in weeks. Even my neighbors are getting pissed off at the slackening Laker players, they think that Pau and Drew do not deserve their salaries with the kind of inconsistent game they showed on the road. I asked them what do you do when Lakers are losing big? Well, they turned off their TV sets and switched to DVD movies instead. At 10 pm news, they listened to sports portion if the game was really lost then start cursing all Lakers without any exception. That's how we used to do in the mid-80's when there were no blogs. With Magic and Kareem, we're not used to losing.

My neighbors would qualify as trolls and chicken little if they were blogging.

I am totally against getting Thriller longer shorts. I think he should play with short-shorts. This is not an aesthetic decision. This is a tactical decision. Would you want someone of Thriller's reputation for unpredicability all aggressively in your personal space wearing short-shorts? Heck no, I wouldn't!

Pass the dang ball!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Yesterdays threads showed the blog's creativity from Mamba24's poems and Jon K's diary on his life in Cleveland and Canada.

When Jon K gave out his racial background to Curry, "I'm Slovak/Irish/Ukrainian/Dutch/German/Croatian/English/Hungarian/Polish/Slovenian/Ruthenian (but overwhelmingly Slovak/Irish/Ukrainian/Dutch) and added my father is Canadian, but I find it difficult to think of that as part of my ethnic heritage".

Curry was just dumbfounded in shock, never ask any questions again about race. How can a person be that multi-racial? Good, JonK stopped from there and did not trace his bio-chrono and genealogy all the way from Adam and Eve. LOL!

Maybe if these new clowns like curry would do a lot more reading and observing instead of just regurgitating the same old nonsense they wouldn't be such blabbering idiots Posted by: yellofever | March 12, 2010 at 08:36 AM

Now, now, YellowFever, in the words of that wise man KOBEWANKENOBI, They just need a hug. REMEMBER, Even an idiot needs a lil Love, yes, yes even Blabbering Idiots. Lol!
Mamba24(Larry)

My neighbors would qualify as trolls and chicken little if they were blogging. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 12, 2010 at 08:47 AM

NO %$$#@!! So would mine! I wonder if they are related. Lol!
Mamba24(Larry)

You have care reserves, as it were. But if you "couldn't" care less, there is no more care to dish out, at all. Posted by: wesjoenixon | March 12, 2010 at 08:30 AM

WTF? Stop this madness Wes! Stop it now! No, no wait better yet give some of that madness to Ron Ron so we can finally see the real Thriller in all his "Going Medieval" Glory. I don't like this new PC thriller.
Larry(mamba24)

Curry was just dumbfounded in shock, never ask any questions again about race. How can a person be that multi-racial? Good, JonK stopped from there and did not trace his bio-chrono and genealogy all the way from Adam and Eve. LOL! Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 12, 2010 at 09:06 AM

And do you know why he didn't trace his Bio Chrono genealogy?
Because somethings man is not meant to know. If the secret of Jon Ks' Biochrological Geneology was to somehow leak, the very fabric of the space time continium would be rent asunder. Many do not know this but the Haydron Colider that wwas built in Cern to find what happen just after the big bang is really an attempt by some evil genius to tap the secret to Jon K's Biochrono geneology. But each time they thought they were getting close the Colider malfunctioned and thank God. If anyone ever found out that secret do you know what they could do? WELL DO YOU? THEY...They could literally create a Black Hole that would suck the Big Bang into it before it happened & then...NO, NO, I can say no more. All I can say is thank God Jon K. is on the good side of the Force!

Would you want someone of Thriller's reputation for unpredicability all aggressively in your personal space wearing short-shorts? Heck no, I wouldn't! Posted by: Jon K. | March 12, 2010 at 08:50 AM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! OH THE HUMANITY

Wes,

Good to see you 'care', lol.
I know what you mean, I seem to always hear that said incorrectly, 'careless' use of the language I suppose.


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