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More video!! Lamar Odom shares feelings about celebrity attention surrounding marriage with Khloe Kardashian, Phil Jackson talks about Mike Dunleavy's firing and Derek Fisher assesses the team's hunger

Lakers forward Lamar Odom on celebrity attention surrounding marriage with Khloe Kardashian.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson on the firing of Clippers General Manager Mike Dunleavy

Lakers guard Derek Fisher on the team's hunger level

Mark Medina

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Ill take the game winning shot from Kobe. But still not happy from how we played last night. Well maybe the recent struggles are good for this team for they have been cruising at the beginning of the season, got too cocky and nonchalant. The recent loses might've just awaken the sleeping giant!

A few points:

- Bynum has been playing great. He's altering shots, getting back on defense. He's playing very active down low. And Kobe recognizes this by feeding the ball to Bynum. I hope this continues and both our 7 footers can play well together.

- As soon as Sasha came back, we win! He's our lucky charm after all (sarcasm) lol.

- Artest looked a little fatigued. He's been struggling with his offense too. But I'm not too worried about him, he wants to get a ring badly! He will not disappoint us.

- Luke needs to be back ASAP so Artest can rest more minutes. I know not a lot of you are a fan of Luke but the guy brings some positives.

- Our offense execution has been abysmal. Get these guys to shoot for hours straight in practice.

- The game should've never came down to Kobe's game winning shot. Shouldve been a blow out and that is why Kobe, Fish, and LO were upset despite the W.

- So Kobe is tied with Michael Jordan on numbers of game winning shots. I predict Kobe surpasses him this year. Im Nostradamus! (sarcasm)

That's it folks. Onto the next win :)

The screencap of the fisher interview. Guy in the background.

Double you, tee, eff?

>>>As soon as Sasha came back, we win! He's our lucky charm after all (sarcasm) lol.


MACHEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!!

Just a bit upset about jaded writers like Adande dogging the Lakers for not blowing out the Raptors. J.A....hello...the Lakers won. The Raptors aren't that great, but they are pros and they played hard. Making all those 3's helped them too. And hardly an Adande word about Kobe. Not surprising, however.

D. Fish is really a great interview, easy to see why he is a media favorite. D. Fish didn't say much other than to debunk "not hungry enough" notion. He did say they will figure it out and more forward.

Hopefully, D. Fish will retain a positive attitude when they figure out Farmar should start the game off fast to win the first quarter.

Bynum outplayed Bosh no doubt.

Do you see Vic Da Brick in the background with Fisher in purple and gold costume? That's Laker passiones of the bamboo, he interviewed Kobe and defended the players but can't remain positive about the state of the Lakers at this time.

The slide started going down ever since Kobe and Artest got injured coupled by intermittent injuries of minor players like Sasha, Shannon and Luke, the rotation became a tired group w/o repacement and depending too much on marquee players. On the other hand, there is no alternative for Phil but to play the marquee players because the 2nd team could not stand alone. Lakers are being torched on PG position and also on the 2nd team, that is when scores go haywire and becomes a chase in the 3rd and 4th qtrs.

Wishing for the big dance in June, Lakers big must be present. Jealousy is not a good attitude to harbor whether you are Pau or Farmar. Just keep on playing on high pitch and the more they hone their skills, the more it would help the Lakers overcome their current shortcomings.

There is a need of conversation among them that they should dominate teams, no need to say it in the media but just an internal objective. Well in a 12 round bout, sometimes a fighter rest in between rounds gathering more wind, 2nd energy to reach the 12th round. He tries to parry and duck but not make any advances. That's how I look at the Lakers today, a tired fighter hanging on there for the playoffs. In so doing, they could get an uppercut unexpectedly and get down if there is no upswing.

How can one ever get enough of (the brick) cameos?

Feeling you!

Double you, tee, eff?


Posted by: Ryan Kane | March 10, 2010 at 02:01 PM


More like Victory Tango Bravo.

Thats Vic the Brick, a radio personality and all around Laker goofball. He's harmless, fun, and a complete laker/dodger homer.

JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN… “Laker Tom - AWESOME post. I find myself posting less because of the rabid idiot trolls on here. It gets boring saying the same things over & over - they just don't get it. Still - you're right. It's important to keep scourging the trolls and having each other's back when they go with the frontal attacks. Thanks for the reminder!”
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Thanks for the kind words. And I know I can always count on you to have my back as you have done countless times. There is only one thing worse than having to say the same thing over and over and that is to have to constantly correct the usual misunderstandings and occasional intentional misrepresentations of what you have said and what you stand for. We need to always remember to fight so that balance and perspective prevail on the blog.
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FEARLESS… “Can he steal the MVP from LeBronze? Especially if they seem to be critical to a playoff push that winds the Lakers up with the best record in the league.” I think you may be onto something. Everybody thinks that LBJ has locked up the MVP but when you look at the game winning shots that Kobe has made this year, it would be foolish to count KB24 out. If he does this more times down the stretch, it would be most game winners in a season ever.
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JON K… Thanks for the props and for the countless times you have had my back. I love the diversity and passion you bring to the blog. I can’t count the number of great discussions we have had, whether it be cats vs. dogs, your lucky barstool, your secret agent reports from the outlands of Ohio, or your constant struggle to return to the wonderful world of California.
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JUSTALAKERFAN… “Next PJ says last minute we needed to hold them down from scoring and he inserted Pau into game after Drew playing outstanding defense changing shot after shot. “ As usual, a great observation. In the end, I am glad that Phil played Drew in the 4th rather than Pau, who definitely needs to remember to eat his Wheaties. I think Phil needs to cut Pau’s overall minutes significantly. The Spaniard is struggling and obviously tired from playing so much basketball the last 2 years. That and the increased physicality that everybody is throwing at him. He needs fresh legs and time to get his head back to being tougher.
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As for Drew, great game. I just wish Phil had left him in to finish because he deserved it. It was also great to see some of his critics come out and recognize the outstanding job Drew did on defense as well as offense. You know you had a great game when ouchhhhhhhhh actually praises him. And even lakersrydeordie finally had some kind words for Drew. If Pau gets back to his 2009 Finals form and Drew at least becomes a Beastling if not a Beast, then the Lakers will be unbeatable in the playoffs. We will finally see the Kobe/Drew/Pau triumvirate.
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TOM

How to beat the Lakers.
Play the inside game hard and physical, double Kobe, attack Fish/Farmar, make the perimeter players make shots.
If the perimeter guys don't start hitting shots consistently we have a problem.

Kobe should take at least 40 shots/game until the rest of them start showing they can make their shots. Kobe is the only guy that comes to play every night, doesn't back down, gives it his all. Make them triple team him, teach all of them how to box out their guy to open up space for Kobe. Pick and roll them to death.

When the rest of the team decides to show up, then we can talk about reducing Kobes shot totals.

Anyone else notice, after Kobe hit the game winner, Pau sheepishly held his hand out for a high 5, and Kobe brushed by Pau without even acknowledging him?

Lets not forget we just had Phil Jackson admit to the media that he's been having Charles "Thugman" Oakley counsel Pau, presumably on being tougher physically and mentally. Add in to this Lamar Odom's frustration with the Lakers playing soft, and what do you have?

I'm thinking many of the Lakers are getting and sick and tired of our so called number 2 player representing the Lakers as being weak and soft, and then whining in the media post game about not getting enough touches. I think this team may be ready to publically call out Pau.

Remember the vague comments Pau made the other day about rumblings in the locker room?

I'm telling you, the other Laker players are sick of Pau Gasol and his weak mindset.

Anyone else miss the Loose Cannons? I miss those guys and their antics. First, AM570 screwed Hacksaw, and then they kill the best afternoon sports show on air.

When the rest of the team decides to show up, then we can talk about reducing Kobes shot totals.

Posted by: Art -FL Laker Fan | March 10, 2010 at 03:31 PM

Very true. In fact, does anyone remember at the beginning of the 2007/08 season, the rest of the team basically ignored Kobe's mistrust of them, and just played ball they way they knew they could? Before Pau, before any hint of championship talk.

its time for everyone to man up and prove yourselves again. It shouldn't take feeling like an underdog to be motivated to prove people wrong. Go out and play hard. Don't blame others or Kobe for your situation, go out and make the situation happen.

I remember seeing instances where Kobe's teammates basically ignored Kobe insisting he have the ball. These guys need to seize their own opportunities, just like they did when Kobe was out.

Cliff notes: Don't blame, go out and play your game.

Okay, I'll bite. Who is the clown in the yellow hat and beard?

GOOOoooOO LAKERS !!

What was Fisher's comment about what Tex Winters said when he was still around...

...something about "all it takes is a trifold..." ??

what's that word Fish said?

Loose Cannons is next to Chick Hearn especially the antics of Vic seconded by Mychal and the Laker antagonist, Hartman.

Today, Myers is more of a Nascar and NFL guy while on BSPN, Mychal is partnered with Siciliano who talks about Lakers all day and the latter has no link with the team history. Both stations put up boring individuals w/ intention of luring ratings in the most cheapest way.

Here is Vic Da Brick Haiku.....Laker fans, feeling you. This is what makes life interesting living in LA, living w/ the wisdom of the Hollyweirdo people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shHWQ7zNu9s&feature=related

MM

i just wanted to give you props for the previous video thread where we did not have to listen again to GASOL and FISH giving us the daily sermon of touches and more shots and character. was i too fast to feel relieved? yes indeed.

and here you go again with Fish. what's left to say: PRETTY IN PINK

As a fan, it would be wise not to hate on anyone on the team. Understand that Gasol has helped this team go to 2 finals back to back. Laker fans, please think back at the team BEFORE gasol was there. Now I know it's easy to bash him, but don't be so stupid and hard-minded. The guy can play, and we will see that in the playoffs. We should be bowing down to him.

THE RISE AND FALL OF PAU GASOL
Somewhere In Time, Episode 1, Season 1
The Moderator


Just a few years ago, I was fighting Kobe haterolics vehemently as they made their push to the castle walls. They were hurling the fireball Suns, the resurgent Clippers, Shaq's classless raps, and delusions of Nash, Wade, and Lebron at the troops.

They made snide remarks about Lebron being a better team player. They spoke about Wade being a better closer. And they spoke of Nash as a bigger winner. Sometimes, they even mentioned Shaq as a better competitor. Anything to bring down the Purple and Gold banners.

Me? I just swatted away those clowns as I called them, swatted them away like Jackie Chan in the new Karate Kid. I sat and watched. Observed from a distance. The trials and tribulations. The misses by Smush. The sever lack of athletes in Luke, Brian, and Kwame, as they were outmanned, outgunned, and outmatched in every important contest. I saw the Kobe winner in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs against the almost-exposed Suns. I saw the loss in Game 7 and the fire that scorned Kobe shortly there after. The following season, I watched it happen again. This time, with less fight, and less flair. Yet still, ground zero.

Then I watched the Summer of Kobe. As Lebron was in the Finals, the only thing we heard on ESPN was Kobe. It was the heart of a lion not able to get his prey that captivated the media's attention. Not the lowest rated Finals in Finals history.

Then I watched as we got Pau. Oh, Pau. The sweet, young, under developed 7 footer who landed at the feet of the Staples Centre and instantly transformed a team, and with it, transmuted a city.

The games had finally begun.

Kobe ripped the hearts out of every rival who had once hurled trash at him. Long memory. Long hit-list. It was a sight to see. One of the most amazing moments of Kobe's season that year was after thoroughly dismantling the Suns in the regular season, just after getting Pau. Kobe was caught on camera walking back to the locker room. Beaming, but at the same time, scintillating. The words he spoke will forever resonate:

"I ain't goin' to a gun fight with butter knives no more! Nah! I got guns now! I got guns now! We gon' see what's up!"

It all could be attributed to Pau. His passing. His shooting stroke. His brilliance beside Kobe. His place as a major contributer in the Laker Justice League.

After a brief let-down against Boston, we had returned to Parade's in the summer due to our clockwork like display against Orlando. The girls were out. Cars were set ablaze. The police worked crowd control.

L.A was L.A again.

As with any story of great triumph, soon came the fall. Pau had repeatedly heard his name mentioned now with some of the best players in the NBA. After being stuck in the mud in Memphis, he, profoundly, did not rejoice. He simmered. He nipped and tucked and dodged questions about Kobe's brilliance. Increasingly, he became to despise his leader's displays of superiority as a road block to his own dominance.

The regular season was in it's dog days when Pay launched his attacks. Timing was in sync with his perception of reality. Kobe got injured for 5 games. And in those games, even though it was Lamar Odom with the stellar numbers and key stats, Pau was showered with the 'Leadership' title -- and he took advantage. He launched relentless and multiple attacks on Kobe. Veiled only to the naked eye, he stated repeatedly that the team won because of "better ball movement, better teamwork, and more touches and sharing for everyone."

He had, through his immaturity in repeating this words like a drumbeat to the media, given headway for more attacks on Kobe Bryant -- a player who had consistently referred to Pau as "my first pick" and "one of the best players in the world".

Clearly, the perception of maturity and class that carried Pau Gasol in the eyes of many was one of distortion. He had not lived up to his billing. Pau for reasons not understood by many, including Phil Jackson, had opened up a chasm in the Lakers chemistry that still needs to be worked on to this day.

Ironically, the self-professed 'team-player', had single-handily destroyed a major part of the team fabric. The leader of the witch-hunt had become the witch himself.

Fortunately, this is a marathon. Not a sprint. And as fascinating as this roadblock in the season maybe, the show goes on.

Repeatedly torched by physical bigs in Cleveland, Denver, and all over the United States, Pau in his most recent outing, was torched by Chris Bosh for a game tying three in the waning seconds of the ball game.

He walked back to the bench gingerly, being sure to not make contact with anyone on the Laker bench, in particular Phil Jackson. Kobe Bryant? Forget about it.

The ensuing play had the crowd on it's feet. This after all, is where all the talking and high-school gossip stops, where the psychotic masses of hate-induced Kobe posts go mute. This, is where Michael and Magic and Larry and Jerry went into the meditative states where nothing mattered. Not the cries of infidelity, the howls of racism, the scowls of anything obscene.

This was the defining moment.

Kobe, game over.

Just like that.

As the entire team surrounded Kobe with utter and unfiltered joy, Pau walked gingerly passed Kobe with feigned emotion. His confusion evident. As he stuck his hand high in the air for the renowned 'high-five', Kobe barely grazed his palm and kept moving.

You can only take so much. And in moments of high-energy is when character is truly revealed.

After the game the post-game analysis by Pau was even more baffling than his recent transfers to the other side.

He spoke about how in the first half, where the Lakers trailed by 8, "the ball movement was good and we played more like should" - in a nutshell. He then mentioned that in the second half, where the Lakers went +10, that "we didn't play the way we should", quintessentially.

With that, the lights got dimmer, the reporters had diverged on an emergent Andrew Bynum, and the coaches and players failed to mention their starting power forward as even a remote reason they won.

Pau had made his bed.

It was not time for him to sleep.

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Quick Analysis:

- Pau has showed minimal class with his immature comments to the media and his wavering support for Kobe Bryant

- Pau's game has dropped off significantly and it is more mental than physical

- Andrew Bynum may very well be the reason the Lakers repeat this year. His breakout game might be a great sign. Tex Winter says the "game can change on a trifle", and this might be the game Andrew Bynum turned on his Jet Pack to fly to the front of the Lakers front line

- Teammates have subconsciouslylost their faith, and somewhat, their trust in Pau.


Spell Check Omitted,

The Moderator

Excellent post, The Moderator. Excellent.

Bravo Moderator on the great post. Much love to the rest of my Laker family. Go Lakers!!!

Wow Moderator, I ditto Troy that was an excellent post!

The Moderator,

I like what you said and the way you put it. Congratulations for that.

However, if this is true on part of Pau or Kobe, I hope they'll talk and stop from here. When a player goes to the Hall of Fame, you will never talk of the athletes that came along your way and trampled them to submission. It is the reverse, utmost respect of the game, your teammates and worthy competitors who have uplifted you and made you a better athlete.

In any organization, I disdained factionalism or divide and rule strategy. During my prime, we have union-management tussles which uses unfair termination and grievance proceedings on the other side. It is never healthy in the organization. It promotes distrusts and conflict of interest.

If Lakers objective is "repeat" these silly jealousies and back stabbing should stop immediately. Play ball immediately to the best of their ability because they represent the highest interest i.e - their families and purple and gold family.

Moderator,

Thanks for putting my thoughts into words. Simply stated what has happened and is happening with Pau is a power play. And I just couldn't put my finger on what he was doing until you so succinctly put it into words. Pau is subtlely and not subtlely trying to become the new Laker leader. As you so aptly stated he's going about it in such an immature way and it isn't a game he's gonna win at. As you stated he's losing the hearts and minds of his teammates. He's maybe the focal point of his European team and the team in Memphis but not on the Lakers.

Andrew said something yesterday that made me realize that Kobe knows he can't count on Gasol anymore. Andrew said, Kobe's being telling me to go strong to the hole. He said before the 3rd quarter began yesterday Kobe told him to be aggressive.

Time will tell, but watching Gasol on the bench in the 4th yesterday while Andrew played big minutes says that Phil is sending a message to Gasol.

Great Post Moderator,


However, You severely underestimate the influence of one Phil Jackson. The most important question isn't why does Gasol say what he says................The biggest question is..............What makes Gasol COMFORTABLE enough to say it publicly?

Phil Jackson has set a tone and created an environment for this kind of behavior.....albeit very subtly. What Gasol said about team balance in the first half (although we were losing by 8) was THE SAME thing Phil said at the press conference.

Phil said Kobe got Bynum and Gasol involved in the first half but then went away from that in the second half.


Gasol believes what he is saying only because that is what Phil says to him privately or in the locker room. Gasol like most of the Laker players simply do not understand their respective roles.............Thanks to the confused mind of Phil Jackson

Excellent post Moderator.

I have criticized Pau because of this but I am still not hating on him because as a Lakers fan I appreciate what he has contributed to the team. I am actually sad that this is happening. I wish for the Lakers to overcome this issue if not then I see a trade in the off season.

Laker Tom,

"Thanks for the props and for the countless times you have had my back"

It bothers me that you have been such a lightning rod for controversy, especially since you are SO clearly a true Laker fan. One would think that even those who disagree with you would naturally treat you with more respect.

This place wouldn't be this place if it weren't for you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Derek Fisher is one heck of a human being. He's going to be an extraordinary coach someday.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

It's been a while...

HAIKU TIME!

The Weirdness, here, now
Synergy broken. Must grow.
Meditate as group

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Kobe, the leader
Must regroup his team with grace
Destiny embraced

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

No, Laker fans.

Life is so much more simpler than this.

It's not at all about Pau's lack of toughness. It's more about Kobe.

If you watch one of the video posts in previous blogs (the one that Kobe was talking to the media for about 6 to 7 minutes) ...

...at about the 4 minute mark, Kobe paused when he was asked about the consistency of the team.

Do you know why he paused?

Because his teammates...and perhaps some reporters, were laughing and chuckling.

Kobe paused because...

...he perceived that as camraderie between teammates...

...which he was not a part of.

Back during the opening of the 2003-2004 season, a similar thing occured:

*****One particular moment on opening night was most symbolic. Before the game, our players formed a circle on the floor. Kobe, who didn't appear on the bench until the third quarter, did not join the circle. A part of him wants desperately to be in the group, to enjoy the camaraderie of his teammates, basketball serving as his only true escape. But there is another part of Kobe, which often wins out, a part that wants, perhaps needs, to be isolated from the group. To have it both ways is simply not possible. One can be the leader of the group but one must be INSIDE the circle. With Kobe, how this internal tug-of-war plays out in the months ahead will go a long way towards determining whether we march toward a title...or march toward a breakup.*****

This was back in 2003-2004...

...and I believe it is still relevant today.

Some of you make the point that people change and mature. I agree. Kobe HAS changed and HAS matured. But what is most fundamental about a person...

...doesn't change much.

The passage I above I quoted was from Phil Jackson's book. I'm telling you. It is worth rereading again. All his thoughts back then apply right now this very moment.

My take on Kobe talking to Andrew more about being aggressive, is Kobe's way of not liking the way Pau complains about him through the media.

It's becoming a mini KOBE/SHAQ feud.

I love PHIL. I LOVE the VULNERABILITY OF KOBE. I LOVE THE TRIPLE POST OFFENSE. I actually ordered Tex Winter's book through amazon.

I understand people. I understand their motivations. I understand how groups work.

Odom is heart. Life.
Glue binds... and reveals structure
Build this team in you

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Gasol. Weirdness binds
Bio-Chrono will reveal
Embrace greatness now

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

troy:

Loved the Loose Cannons!

&&&& I hope your right about Lakers vs Pau. They should get a bit irrate at his constant comments about "We should ....", when it should be "I should....." And when does We/I should..." finally turn to "We/I did ........" !!!!?? 17 games to go and they are STILL talking about getting their act together. I fear it is too late to be making adjustments that are really mindset rather than Xs and Os stuff! PG needs to take care of his house before he can go at others. I don't know if anybody else saw the stats on the screen dunring Lakers' pregame yesterday, but Pau is shooting about the same % and the same rebounds when Kobe was out and when Kobe came back. He is getting TWO less attempts/game now that Kobe is back! Stu Lance laughed this off as a non-issue and noise level difference. I agree.........if you do the math between Kobe-out and Kobe-in for that time frame, then the 5 players in the lineup w/o Kobe times 2 less shots per equals a measly 10 shots for Kobe. What do they (Pau & other whiners) think!? Kobe in the lineup should shoot LESS that 10 times a game!!??! That is the natural math from Pau's complaints! Kobe is always a mandatory 20+ shots per game due to his proven talent and grit and FG%. Therefore Pau should be getting 4 less shots instead of just 2 less!!!!@%^$#&#& Lamar is right w/o saying what I really think he believes which is we are soft at the starting 4 spot. Pau is not a 5 and never will be. Lakers need a true backup 5 to spell AB. I love DJ, but he is not a second string 5 for this talented team. Maybe MK can pick someone (a rebounding 5) up before it is too late going into the playoffs or at least for next year. Only a couple of years left on HOF Kobe's knees to waste time with softies and whiners!

Laker fans,

Instead of stating...

"The Lakers needs to stop their "silly jealousies and back stabbing",

Why do you think they're doing it in the first place?

Why?

the moderator and fan of the mamba,

i love kobe, but i love the lakers more.
but your perceiving things that isn't. pau does not want to be the leader of the team. what he wants is for a 'team' to work as a team. somehow it was his fault that chris bosh got the three but he was still at arms length with him. if i remember correctly, kobe leaves whoever he guards at times. not at arms length.. replay the matt barnes three in orlando game.

stop reading between the lines, making issues after issues.. come on, nobody's perfect. let us just support the team. period.

@Moderator,

I had mentioned in a previous thread that Pau's post game comments were completely incongruous with what actually happened on the court. I pointed out that he claimed they played better in the first half, which they lost and played worse in the second half, which they won.

I think the reporter was John Ireland who sort of called Pau out and simultaneously gave him an out, allowing Pau to begrudginly agree that it was Kobe who saved them. That tactic, BTW, is a classic strategy espoused in "The Art of war". You demonstrate to your opponent that he is defeated, then offer him an avenue of retreat (in a business context, this is called an avenue to "save face").

Ireland (if that's who it was) demonstrated that technique with aplomb.

My question was, "what is up with Pau?" I think I shoulda asked you. Very nice analysis.

--FEARless

"After the game the post-game analysis by Pau was even more baffling than his recent transfers to the other side.

He spoke about how in the first half, where the Lakers trailed by 8, "the ball movement was good and we played more like should" - in a nutshell. He then mentioned that in the second half, where the Lakers went +10, that "we didn't play the way we should", quintessentially.

posted by: The Moderator"
________________________________________

"Pau's post game comments were completely incongruous with what actually happened on the court.

posted by: FEARless"

________________________________________


Pau should just shut up and play some hard ball.

Why am I saying this?
1. Because we need Pau.
2. On offense, all players are getting enough touches.

Defense wins Championships.


-Jovbatz

"After the game the post-game analysis by Pau was even more baffling than his recent transfers to the other side.

He spoke about how in the first half, where the Lakers trailed by 8, "the ball movement was good and we played more like should" - in a nutshell. He then mentioned that in the second half, where the Lakers went +10, that "we didn't play the way we should", quintessentially.

posted by: The Moderator"
________________________________________

"Pau's post game comments were completely incongruous with what actually happened on the court.

posted by: FEARless"
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"Anyone else notice, after Kobe hit the game winner, Pau sheepishly held his hand out for a high 5, and Kobe brushed by Pau without even acknowledging him?

Posted by: Troy"
_________________________________________


The Moderator/ FEARless, I agree 100%. Nice posts.

Troy, I noticed that one too. It was obvious.

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My take again,

Pau should just shut up and play some hard ball.

Why am I saying this?
1. Because we need Pau.
2. On offense, all players are getting enough touches.

Defense wins Championships.


-Jovbatz

The second half of that game where we supposedly "did not play as we should" had Jordan and Shannon trying to outsthoot each other, outscore one another, not defend and when we did shoot, it was brick city for days!...It was a damn hard to watch that entire sequence of however long that went on...

It's not the results, it's the process that matters.

Same reason why Kobe thought the Orlando game, even though they lost, was better than the game against Toronto, even though they won.

It's the same reason why Pau thought ball movement was better, even when they were 8 points now.

Pau's comments are not incongruous, they're reflective of what he feels should work.


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