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Pulse of the Fan: Poll questions surrounding the Lakers' season

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The Lakers are a year-long conversation, but lately it has seemed there's been lots of things to talk about the team more than ever.

They just lost three consecutive games for the first time in two years. Kobe Bryant recently returned to the lineup after spraining his left ankle. There's been plenty of trends pointing toward the inconsistent offense and defense, something that was recently discussed in the team meeting. And, of course, with 17 games remaining in the regular season, the Lakers (47-18) have tightening races with Cleveland (50-15) for the league's best record. They're also competing with Dallas (44-21), Denver (42-21) and Utah (41-22) for the top spot in the West.

Therefore, it's only appropriate to present a wide ranging number of polls to get the general pulse among Lakers fans. I'll give this post a two-day shelf life before I devote an analysis piece on Friday based on all the results.

So without further ado, click away and vote! (after the jump)

Feel free to share additional thoughts in the comments section below, as well as any topics I may have missed. There is a chance I will quote some of the comments for the analysis piece on Friday.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant hits the game-winning shot with 1.9 seconds left in the game, lifting the Lakers to a 109-107 victory over Toronto and helping them avoid a four-game losing streak. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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I was thinking that LBJ probably should be the MVP, has really played well, but I can't help but think that Kobe's continual Game Winning Shots should net him the prize. Do we really know how hard that is? He's got 6 so far and how many times is a player in that position? Not very often and he's has delivered at an amazing pace!
At the same time, hard to believe that Shaq will only have 1 MVP in his career. He's got 4 rings. Malone and Nash have 2 MVP's, but 0 rings. I know it's for the regular season, but still.

"That … that [Orlando's] Matt Barnes pulled, that ain't never going to happen again," Odom said. "He's lucky it was a close game."
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From this moment on, I will forever respect Lamar Odom. I don't care how bad he plays. This is exactly the type of ideology I've been wanting from my Lakers.

Lamar, you have a fan for life.

Great survey. Good work, M2.

Vote to replace D. Fish!

The failure in the Lakers offense is a combination of a few things:

1. Derek Fisher's shooting. It has been poor all season. If DFish were hitting 40% of his 3's and 42% overall as he did last season (instead of the 36% and 38% he's shooting this season), then the Lakers would currently have the best record in the league. Seriously, The Lakers have lost one game in overtime and 4 games by 2 points or less. It would take just ONE MORE made basket by Fish to turn those 5 losses into 5 wins. And it would also prevent teams from zoning or backing off of Fish to pack the lane (thus Fish's bad shooting also makes thinks harder on Pau and Drew in the lane).

2. Lamar's insistence on taking 3 point shots. He only makes 30% of them, but he still takes better than 2 per game. Not good. If he'd stop shooting 3's he'd probably shoot well over 50%.

3. Lamar's lacksadasical play. Sometimes Lamar looks like his head just isn't in the game - weak crosscourt passes that lead to steals for a fast break are common, and it's guaranteed that at least once a game, he'll drive to the hoop and run someone over for a charge.

4. Bynum's ineffectiveness against stronger players. Guys like Shaq just give him trouble. He may yet work through this, but at this point, he's a beast against smaller or weaker defenders, and a bust against big tough guys like Shaq and Dwight Howard.

5. Pau's weenie shooting. Last night it was on display in full force. How many layups did he put up soft when he could have dunked? This could be linked into issue #7.

6. Inconsistent play by the bench guards. Shannon & Jordan can look like stars one night and like flops the next. But it's hard to place blame for that... that is why they are bench players and not starters. If either one had been consistently good in almost every game they played this year, then PJ would probably have replaced Fish by now.

7. Injuries to Kobe and others. Kobe was hitting 48% of his shots before the injuries. Pau's outside shooting has been affected by his injuries. Artest's planar faciitis has hurt. And several of those guys would have gotten more rest for their injuries if Luke and Sasha were healthy to play more fill-in minutes.

8. Artest still not completely in the triangle. Sometimes, you'll see the Lakers working the offense well. People will make crisp cuts, the ball will be passed, then passed again, then two people cut, then the ball goes to Artest... and stops. When it stops like that, it gives the defense time to recover.

Problems with the Lakers' defense:

1. defense at the PG position. Fish is too slow for fast PGs, Farmar is too short/weak for strong PGs, Shannon is in-between - better than Fish on fast guards, better than Farmar on strong PGs, but cheats off his man a bit too much.

2. general pick & roll defense. They usually seem out of sync. If they go over, the opposing PG gets in the lane for a layup or a dish. If they go under, then Chauncey Billups hits 50 3's. If they switch, then you get a big posting up on Fish. Fixing their P&R defense is the #1 thing the Lakers could do to improve. And it's 90% of where the PG defense hurts them.

3. too much cheating off of 3-point shooters. Lately it seems like teams are getting a ton of wide open 3's on the Lakers. They need to recognize certain shooters (Bargnani, Bellinelli, Billups, etc.) and be more focused on not sagging off of them and picking them up at the 3-point line on fast breaks. The one good thing about this is that in a 7 game series, you pick it up after the first game or two and then pick them up better.

4. Bigs not running back on D. Sometimes I've noticed Pau or Bynum just not bothering to run back to defend. And sometimes the fast break fails, but playing 5 on 4 the other team eventually gets a wide open shot. This ESPECIALLY happens if Drew or Pau think they have been slighted with a no-call.

5. Guards running out to cherry pick. I've seen this several times lately. The other team jacks a 3 pointer and Farmar or Brown runs to the other end of the floor. Long rebound bounces out to the shooter and the team goes 5 on 4 while the Laker guard stands at the other end hoping for an easy basket. They need to stay back and secure the rebound. Giving extra possessions and giving the other team a man advantage is just poor play.

Toughest one for me to answer was the one about what's wrong with the offense. Easiest? what's wrong with the defense: ALL OF THE ABOVE. Like Kobe said, the Lakers will usually score enough anyway no matter what. It is the Defense that really counts -especially during the PO. Thanks Phil for always stressing ball movements and how the Triangle needs to be pretty while entirely ignoring Defense. Not that he was a Defensive genius to start with but apparently the Lakers have really, really missed Kurt Rambis.

Maybe somebody needs to swallow his giant ego's pride and admit that he is no Defensive Genius and go out and hire a Defensive Specialist the way Boston got theirs to improve the Defense.

I put Other for the poll about the offense because I believe that it was a combination of:

1) Teammates deferred too much to Kobe
2) Pau and Andrew have been too inconsistent
3) Backcourt (meaning you, Mr. Derek Fisher) is shaky, actually not shaky but make that pitiful and,
4) Shaky bench which I don't think is entirely the bench's fault because Phil did a poor job of developing his bench.

DAMN! Dunkeavy found out over the internet that the Clippers fired him!

They didn't even have the decentceyto call him.

The Clippers suck. They should be banned from the NBA from being a franchise. They are a disgrace to the League. All they do is farm weak draft picks () LO excluded and sell them away.

Yikes! This is not a scientific poll and should be viewed for what it is, but the early voting indicates Laker Nation is very unsettled and nervous.

LTLF,

Agree with most of your points, just wanted to comment on a few:

1 & 2) Joke: how do you know it's a Phil Jackson-coached team? it's a team that after 8 years of coaching and different personnel, still have the exact same problem defending the Pick n Roll. Beside the weak points you mentioned for the 3 guards specifically, there's also a common theme: they don't work hard or work right in defending the PnR. Why is it that even if he was aware it was coming, Fish always INSISTED on running smack onto the pick -and got stuck there like a bug on a windshield? that always drove me bonker. Fish, if you insist on hitting the pick then work hard to fight through it. Or better, don't hit the pick head on but just take one or two extra steps to go around the pick then work hard to recover the lost steps to chase after your man. Farmar and Brown are usually guilty of the latter as well.

4 & 5) Blame it on laziness and a lack of coaching discipline. Coach should insist on securing the rebound first THEN work on developing a REAL fast-break game. Cherry picking is just a lazy way of trying to run a fastbreak at the expense of defense.

injuries, injuries, and injuries. next time, we put sasha on matt barnes.

troy- i do agree it was nice to hear that from odom.

re dunleavy- couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. elgin baylor is surely at home feeling very sorry for him.

The rumers are saying the Orlando is interested in Blake. How in the hell can they add another player. Maybe we should look at him

CrzyFan

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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TROY… I thought your ”Open Letter to Phil Jackson” was very insightful and timely. The pendulum is swinging from Pau to Drew as the season progresses, as much a result of the Spaniard’s weak play this year in the face of increased defensive physicality by defenders as Andrew Bynum’s at times brilliant but still inconsistent play. Fans need to remember that while Drew is only 22-years old chronologically, he is still in his teens as far as his basketball experience goes. That and I think lingering doubts about his knees continue to hold Drew back. I think you are right that now is the time to give him his rein and see what he can do.
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One major difference I have with Phil Jackson’s basketball philosophy is his refusal to milk the hot hand. I have always believed that basketball was a game of matchups and to win you exploited the matchups in your favor and covered up the matchups that were against you. The true second option on offense should be the player who has the biggest advantage over his defender, which in most case would be Drew or Pau and sometimes Ron or Lamar. I can even envision times when I would give Fisher, Farmar, Sasha, or Brown the green light.
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Notwithstanding the hot hand, however, I agree with you that Drew should be the #2 option. We know for a fact that when Drew is having a good game offensively, he plays better defense. The bloggers who naively demand that Drew only play defense and rebound were probably the kind of player who could only do that because they had no offensive talent – or they never actually played the game. Everybody plays better defense when they get their offense is on. While there are a few exceptions like Rodman, everybody loves the chance to score points.
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ART… “I have a feeling Laker Tom is going to be proven correct at some point and a whole lot of bloggers are going to owe him a major apology. Maybe this years playoffs will belong to Bynum, wouldn't that just be a sight to behold. Drew as MVP of the Finals.” LOL. That would make my day. Actually, I would still prefer Kobe to get the MVP but Drew to play like one. That would be my perfect recipe for basketball nirvana 2010. Right now, I am just happy that Drew is still playing and starting to improve again. I still don’t see the great hops he had before the second injury and I am guessing we may not see it until next year. It often takes a full year for elite players to recover fully mentally and physically from a major knee injury.
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BLITZ… “Bynum was no where in the Orlando Game and Pau did the better job against Dwight. The facts are that when Drew was in the game, he played Dwight better defensively than Pau did. In fact, for the 20 minutes that he played, Drew was the defensive anchor for the Lakers, blocking 4 shots including 2 of Howard’s and ending up the only Laker with a positive +/- rating for the game at +10. Furthermore, most of his fouls were either ticky-tack calls (as were several against Howard) or the result of picking up a player who beat his man, something Pau has recently avoided in order not to pick up fouls and lose playing time. As a critic who constantly chastises Drew for not playing defense, you should at least give him his due when he does. That may be too much to expect from one who has lost his objectivity.
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P.S. Drew also had the highest +/- on the team last night with a +10 – the second game in a row that he has led the team in that stat. Yes, it’s only 2 games but 2 important games at a critical point in the Lakers season. With Pau slumping, we should be grateful Drew is stepping up his game rather than looking for every opportunity to dump on him. Right?
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MM… Love the blog-sync-think polls. What I thought was interesting is that the worry factor was higher than I expected, which is probably inline with recent political polls and strategies, but when push came to shove 63% of the blog thinks the Lakers will end up with home court advantage. One interesting suggestion would be to have 4 or 5 bell weather poll questions that you could repeat at the end of each month. I think it would be fun and maybe fascinating to watch the shift in blog-sync-think as the posts, threads, comments, and season progresses.
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TOM

The NBA should ban Donald Sterling not the Clippers. Sterling is by far the worst owner in the NBA...

M

"As a critic who constantly chastises Drew for not playing defense, you should at least give him his due when he does. "

I already did lol. His offensive game. Unfortunately Bargnani still got 21 points against Drew.

"Furthermore, most of his fouls were either ticky-tack calls (as were several against Howard) or the result of picking up a player who beat his man"

Not rotating enough to stop dribble penetration is an important part of defense which Drew did not do and in the waning moments Pau played terrible allowing Howard for a 3 point play. Don't be blaming foul trouble Howard still dropped 15 rebounds compared to Drew's 6. You can blame this or that fact remains Drew got outplayed by Howard again. Even the guys on 710 agreed on that point.

We are 21st in offensive rebounds allowed (Cavs and Magic are top five, Suns are 30th). Most of those offensive rebounds come at times we really, really don't need them to happen, and Bynum has his head in his [expletive]. In fact before Pau came back the Lakers were dead last in the department. Defense isn't simply blocking shots...it's also making sure you don't give up extra possessions.

There's a reason why Phil doesn't stick him in at the end of games. He'd fail to box out, and a better rebounder would grab the o-board and put up an easy two over his outstretched arms...and probably draw another foul in the process.

Per 48 minutes (since you guys like to use "per 36" stats), Bynum is allowing 13.7 boards per game, compared to his 12.7. Gasol is a +4 at the center position, Odom is a +3 at power forward (nearly a +10 at small forward). Kobe is a +1, even.

Bynum is a seven-footer that outweighs everyone on this team. He was signed in hopes to becoming our defensive anchor. He's not doing it. He can't stay out of foul trouble and when he doesn't get his touches he's lazy than anyone else. Heck even LO would contribute even if he didn't get his touches and that's saying something from someone who is a reluctant scorer.

And if you want to use the hockey +/- stat here's another for you:

Bryant: +13.0
Gasol: +10.3
Odom: +3.5
Artest: +1.3
Bynum: +3.4

Rating wise Bynum is 5th

Source: http://www.82games.com/0910/0910LAL.HTM

Yes Pau did not have the best shooting night. 4-11. Pau still got to the line 11 games so no Pau did not struggle. He even grabbed more boards.

Again Hobbitmage was right you would come out of your cave once Bynum had a good game especially against a weak opponent. Where were you when Bynum was 3-9 against Charlotte or 1-5 against Howard?

"That may be too much to expect from one who has lost his objectivity."

You lost yours when you supported Staples 24 and Todd.

Grizzlies destroy the Celtics 111-91 at the "Garden".....

A TWENTY point beat-down from a lowly team!! What's happened to the Celts.

And they're adding more and more oldies (Mike Finley now!!)

Ahem, the problem with Andrew Bynum is not that he's never had a good game. The problem is his inconsistency. Isn't that the difference between great players and mediocre ones? Great player almost always has an impact on the game, one way or another. Mediocre player occasionally has a brilliant game then stink for the next two or three.

Bynum did OK, not great against the Raptors with his 22 pts but still pulled down a "weak" six rebounds. Alleged "softy" Pau Gasol pulled down nine while playing less minutes. So what does that say about the theory that when Bynum got touches and do well on the offensive end he plays also well on D?

Given a gift of size and a decent amount of athleticism and talent why is it so hard for AB to average double-double?

Oh and sorry but I do not buy the "excuse" that he's only 22 y.o. He might be 22 but has been in the league what, 5 years being surrounded and tutored by the best minds in basketball in a first-class organization? ask how Kobe was in his 5th year? or Kevin Garnett in his 5th, because both of these guys also started out from HS and never had the benefit of college instructions.

M2 (and Laker Tom)

>>> One interesting suggestion would be to have 4 or 5 bell weather poll questions that you could repeat at the end of each month.

Laker Tom's suggestion is a good one.

Scientific surveys do this routinely so they can track shifts and swings on key issues. As I noted above, this is not a "scientific" poll requiring hundreds of random and sorted call-out responses, but it certainly samples Laker fans in zip codes around the world.

The same key issues have been coming up since the inception of the blog, so the themes are easy pickings.

Ron Artest, like Karl Malone and Gary Payton before him, rolled the dice that playing for the Lakers could get him a ring. I hope for his sake (and ours) that things turn out better than they did for Karl and Gary. Funny how I don't remember so many questions whether the Lakers were better off certainly in Karl's case (though less so for Payton). Maybe my memory is short.

As for the shifting sands on Andrew and Pau, the Spaniard has faded as the season has worn on. Bynum, meanwhile, has stepped up since the Bosh rumor. Pau should have rested last summer.

But enough rambling. Keep the polls coming.

Todd, at this time of the season Fisher should be resting and let these two other PG play in his position. Any good Coach would take that route. True Fisher is now slow and his shooting % has gone done compared ten years ago. PJ could not play Farmar nor Brown long minutes because they make a lot of mental mistakes of indecision.

IMO, he is playing longer crucial minutes at the start and at the end because he is the most stable PG available among the three in terms of stability, consistency and playing a hard ball defense. Are we satisfied with their performance? NO, that has been the Lakers weakest link and I hope Mitch could solve it at the end of the season. I'm not saying Fisher is better than Calderon or Nelson but at least he makes the best decision among the three.

Having said that, I wish Farmar, Brown, Gasol and also Artest could elevate their game by playoffs time. We need every bit of energy from these players to make a repeat. If Lakers always depend on Kobe, we'll not come out of the West as its representative in the Finals.

rick - re karl and payton-

hopefully artest is around for a bit longer than one season, he definitely isn't as old as gp and malone were. Also, i think that while hindsight seems to suggest that payton wasn't a good fit for the team, I think that Karl Malone was as good contributor until his knee was hurt, after which he made a lot less of an impact.

"I think it would be fun and maybe fascinating to watch the shift in blog-sync-think as the posts, threads, comments, and season progresses"

In politics, they used polls to guide the politicians where to focus. Here, we should have more polls until the negatives goes positives.

Is it about frequent polling that drives the stories and posts or the Lakers actual performance? No matter how many polls M/M could invent or come up if the Lakers play garbage on the road, you can't avoid trash talking on the blog. Winning cures all including the polls.

Hey Let's Go C's! Still have those balloons yet, Red's bastard child, and 101-82.....

Ready to check in your AARP cards? :-)

Pyscorp,

Bynum's fanatical defenders always come out when he has a good point value game. They rarely pay attention to the other aspects of his game, only scoring, maybe some rebounding, and once in a while blocks. They fail to recognize the impact Bynum has overall in the game and always point out "altered shots" "Being the Beast". Then they put the use of the +/- stat when it works into their favor and ignores the other times.


Hmmm maybe there's a reason why Bynum has a -1.4 +/- overall in the season? Then some point out Pau has become soft when 1) He went to the line 11 times 2) Put down 20 points against DWIGHT HOWARD on a healthy 8-13 and 3) Scored 17 points despite a 4-11 from the field and kisses's Bynum's butt when he has one good game against one of the worst post defenders in Bargnani yet fail to remember 1-5 against Orlando and 3-9 against Charlotte (he even shot worst than Kobe 33% to 40% and he's a post dude LOL!).

They fail to recognize in making your teammates better concept and ONLY focus on more points and maybe rebounds. Some do have IQ but again they think 1) Bynum's the MVP of the league, 2) Finals MVP of 2009 and 2010, and 3) DPOY and blast Kobe and only put him as the closer. Of course that's an exaggeration but again putting Bynum 2nd option? LOL. A guy who has even less assists than Shannon Brown and also has more turnovers than assists makes him the beast or in this case beastling. Imagine what the Lakers would be if no Kobe, no Pau, no Odom, and no Phil and to even add extra credit no Fisher and have a lineup of Farmar-Shannon-Ariza I mean Artest-Powell-Bynum as the first option....that's a lottery team there. And they want a big mouth to serve as second fiddle? LOL.

Psycho and KB blitz,

Both of you are wrong about Bynum, i still believe in Bynum because i will give up on him if he plays with good point guard like DWilliams of Utah, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, C-Paul and scores only 8,10 points a game. No question in my mind, that Bynum will be a good center, but Bynum have to develope outside shooting if he wants to become a great center, i don't want that Bynum playing the basketball style of Kareem.

In a game Lakers lost in San Antonio, next day San Antonio have to play in Oklahoma, but coach Popovich gives Tim Duncan a day rest. Why? Popovich knew that Tim Duncan was tired to play against Bynum, even Bynum did not have a good game. After loosing in LA, Denver players said that because they don't have PG Ty Lawson in the second half.Why ? because Ty Lawson ran into Bynum and got bruised shoulder in the first half.

Bynum did not start in the first season like Howard,and don't compare Howard with Bynum, they are different, Howard can't shoot free throw, Bynum shoots free throw much better than Howard. If you want to judge Bynum, put him in other teams like Sacramento, Goldden St,...,don't you think that Bynum will score 20, 25 points a game ?

Troy- I said the same thing!

Btw, the funniest thing I read all day was Scoop Jackson saying in his article that since Artest shaved his head, all chances for a repeat went out of the window. News must be slow today.


Bynum said it best last night, he said that the team is looking forward to the playoffs which is the problem. This team has been in the finals the last 2 years, and rightfully knows they will be back this year. So it becomes hard to concentrate against sub par teams when they know they can turn it on.


This season feels strangely short, does anyone else agree? Maybe it's because the lakers don't have an identity yet...but we will see.


Last year there was a LOT of talk about the Lakers inconsistencies, and look what happened at the end...

Segeboy (our Sheriff) noted that I have not been utilizing the Bio-Chrono weapon recently and he's right.

I have tomorrow off. I think it's some time for some research.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm beginning to understand why the chicken littles are why they are. It is an effect of "The Weirdness". I will discuss this tomorrow after several cups of coffee.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Bynum, warrior
Must wake up at times, though
I suggest coffee

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Rick Friedman,

"Ron Artest, like Karl Malone and Gary Payton before him, rolled the dice that playing for the Lakers could get him a ring."

Didn't Shaq come here to also get a ring? If memory serves correct, he got three.

[Mitch Richmond did so, too. And he got his.]

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Psycorp,

"Given a gift of size and a decent amount of athleticism and talent why is it so hard for AB to average double-double?"

Sorry, dude, I'm just ranting here...

ATHLETICISM IS NOT A WORD!!!! IT'S LIKE SOMETHING ESPN INVENTED OR SOMETHING!!! THE CORRECT TERM IS "ATHLETIC ABILITY!"

ATHLETIC ABILITY!!!!

DOUBLE URGH!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

The Clippers are at a pivotal moment in their history.

This truly is Donald Sterling's moment to change his legacy or to have his grave forever urinated upon by Clippers fans, particularly as the team will be moved after his passing (if he continues to ruin the team).

This is a special moment, but it is perilous and can be easily blown.

Either the Clippers are going to be very good over the next five years or the team is going to be ruined.

It's REALLY that simple.

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!

I've gone back and watched film of Drew when he was really playing well right before his two knee injuries. In comparison, he just doesn't have the same lift or foot speed. He's also heavier. I think Drew needs to drop a little weight while maintaining his strength and improving his conditioning. In order to reach his full "potential", Drew needs to get into the best shape of his life.

The play where Pau got the tech was definitely a bad foul on Toronto that wasn't called. But Pau has to finish that play with a basket regardless of the contact. He was right at the rim. The way to handle that situation was to make the basket, convert the free throw and laugh at the guy who tried to pull down his shorts. Pau needs to regain his form. The team needs him to play well.

As far as the season goes, I think that the expectations of repeating is proving to be daunting to a lot of the Lakers. Like Kobe said, they have got to stop looking down the road and concentrate on the here and now. One day at a time to the C'ship.

My main concern about the Lakers repeating is their lack of consistent outside shooting. Unless some of the Bench Mob and Artest can step up and bury open looks during the playoffs, the Lakers are going to be hard pressed to repeat.

J O M O
Just One Man's Opinion
GO LAKERS!!!

CrzyFan,

The trade deadline is over.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LongTime...your defensive summary is perfect, covers everything.

The only thing i would add to the offense: have BOTH Pau and Drew run the floor more often, set up deep in both posts, or one of them in the lane. Good assist, slam dunk. Everytime.

Why isn't this done?

Aloha laker Tom,

Keep fighting the good fight. You are absolutely right. Blitz never gives Andrew credit when he does have success. He has invested to much of his ego into his critiques and he unlike yourself and others on the blog will never give props to a player they do not appreciate even when they do well.

Then of course he plays his stat game to try to convince people he is right. Like pointing out Howard's rebounding numbers to Drews. While accurate he fails to mention that Howard played nearly 12 more minutes and refuses to admit that Drews foul trouble was indeed the result of a couple of really bad calls. Also does he really think Howard would have the same rebounding numbers if he was playing with Pau and Lamar, two other excellent rebounders? On this laker team when you have all this size as well as Kobe and Ron also good rebounders you can't expect him to match Howard even with equal playing time. Like Mark Jackson said during the broadcast, that on almost any other team in the league Andrew would be a 20/10 guy. Oh and while I'm at it the little dig he made when he said Bargnani scored 21 on Drew. Again completely inaccurate. Drew was assigned to Bosh much more often then Bargnani and of course Bosh was consistently ineffective against Drew. Pau and Lamar played Bargnani more because of his ability to step out. This was something that was brought up by a lot of other Bloggers. Just another one of Blitz's little games. Of course Drew should have stepped out on Bosh to stop that game tying 3, right Blitz? Oh wait he was on the bench, well he should have done it anyway! Perhaps he doesn't watch the games. Maybe he just looks at the box score and sees that Bargnani is listed as a center so he figured Drew was guarding him all night.

Like I said before he will not accept that Drew does contribute. When Drew was being trashed on the blog for not working out with Kareem during the summer I posted that it was probably due to Kareem's cancer. Of course Blitz pulls out all of these articles to provide a time line to prove his point that Drew was dissing Kareem. Of course again he didn't mention that Kareem had known about his cancer for nearly a year before he made it public. I guess in Blitz's world, Andrew should have betrayed Kareem and announced it for him. Pity.

Anyway keep up the good work.

Aloha

MH

Laker should start thinking play offs now!

Lakers should start thinking play offs now!

MM… Following up on my suggestion for an ongoing set of blog-sync-think polls, which Rick has seconded, I think the easiest and most revealing ongoing poll would be simply A to F grades for each player and the team each month – a simple report card for players and team.
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I also think it would be great for you to also publish your report card on each player and the team. It’s the perfect vehicle for your analytic skills and detailed approach. It also provides a perfect framework for debate and discussion on the blog. Everybody can easily create their own report card and you know that they will. It gives everybody a common denominator for comparing opinions with other bloggers, the community as a whole, and you the moderator. Logically, you would have your fellow Times Lakers writers publish their report cards. Maybe even get Magic or Worthy or the announcers to give us their report card input.
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One thing I think is an improvement on the blog (in addition to you, of course) is making it more the LA Times Lakers Blog than your blog. I never got that impression from Andy and Brian, more like it was their blog. Live and learn. If there is one thing you learn as you get old it’s that nobody is as essential as they think they are. Life and the world always go on.
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Anyway, give a thought to the Report Card idea. It’s simple and universally understood. I think it would be the perfect vehicle for the bloggers to express and compare opinions.
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TOM

WUTTUP CRUE!


Absolutely no time to post today - or even to peek at what was going on! Just got caught up now!!! LOL!! It took so long I can't even remember all the good stuff that was said....!! BUT - I did notice that now we apparently love Kobe again, Socks is back in our good graces, and Pau needs to go - that about sum it up?? LOL!!! These so-called Laker fans are more like pendulums - back & forth... back & forth.... HAHAHA!!!


Laker Tom - thanks for posting back. We've gotta hold down the fort against the slings and arrows....!

Troy - I am a HUGE Lamar fan. I truly heart him. Always have. This just makes me heart him even more. Lamar=Laker4Life. I wish he would have Scola'd Matt Barnes.... although I guess that would have to be called Barnes'ing him.

YEAH - that's it!!!! Someone needs to BARNES that guy. LOL!!!!!


MM - kinda disappointed in your rating of "tweet of the day". Seriously??? That tweet from Barnes about LO and putting his kid's diapers in his mouth??? Come on man. You're better than that. How about a REAL "tweet of the day". Comments like that from the idiot Barnes could be your "TWIT of the day"....

Mamba24 - OUTSTANDING sir. As usual. You are unbelievable. I mean that. Why are you writing on here??? I hope your best stuff is getting published somewhere you can make a living from it...!


UTZWORLD!!! A welcome sighting!!! Hope all is well - keep us updated.

Ok - the game... Yeah - as soon as Bosh tied the game (wow - didn't know he had a 3 point shot) I KNEW - just plain KNEW - Kobe would bring us home. And sure enough.... The Bean is amazing. How many words are there in the English language that can possibly be strung together to convey just exactly how great he is??? I think it can't be done. I know it can't be done. He is just that good. His awesomeness is so awesome - his unstoppableness is so unstoppable - mere mortals can only drop their heads in disbelief, gaze in wonder at his abilities, dream at night about his feats of wonder.... ARGGHHHHH!!!! AND THE MAN CAN:T BUY A FREAKING FREE THROW 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 IN HIS OWN HOUSE AND STILL MANAGES TO OUT-MANEUVER, OUT-MAVERICK, AND OUT-WILL HIS OPPONENTS!!!! When - oh ye of little faith - WHEN I say will you realize just exactly how blessed we are here in Laker Nation to call THE BEAN, THE MAMBA, our very own????? Seriously, when he finally hangs up his sneakers, I know I will not be the only one with tears in my eyes. I will not be alone when we come onto this blog and share in the glorious memories of "Hey - remember when Kobe ......"

Yeah - those times are coming too quickly. Enjoy the ride Lakerholics. Your ticket gets punched all too soon.

MM - great poll stuff! Can't wait to read your analysis..... You're doing a much better job of running this place than the K-bros did. And I'm not just saying that to make sure you take me with you to the ASG in LA... I really mean the compliment!!!!

GUYS - remember to VoteForJusta.com !!!!

You'll be glad you did.

My response to you bluesky:

"but Bynum have to develope outside shooting if he wants to become a great center, i don't want that Bynum playing the basketball style of Kareem."

Actually what Bynum has to develop is the ability to make his teammates better. Recognize the cuts, pass not only out of double teams but also to an open man to DISCOURAGE double teams that Shaq did, and yes maybe an outside shot but hell no to a Rasheed Wallace 3 pointer almost every time. At the time being Bynum gets the ball 98% of the time he's going to try to score and ignore the help and cry for a foul if he doesn't get the whistle. Plus he has to learn how to defend especially if Kobe goes off for a 49 point 10 assist game like he did 2 years ago against Denver and not have his precious touches.

"In a game Lakers lost in San Antonio, next day San Antonio have to play in Oklahoma, but coach Popovich gives Tim Duncan a day rest. Why? Popovich knew that Tim Duncan was tired to play against Bynum, even Bynum did not have a good game."

No it was more of resting TD in the middle of back to back. Duncan is no longer the Tim of 2003 and Pop wanted to rest him especially at the age of 33. That was more of a factor than playing against Bynum the day before.....TD owned Bynum in that game.

"If you want to judge Bynum, put him in other teams like Sacramento, Goldden St,...,don't you think that Bynum will score 20, 25 points a game ?"

20 points per game no doubt but that team would be a lottery team. Those teams do not have a Kobe, a Pau, or even a willing passer big man like Lamar and ESPECIALLY a good coach in Phil Jackson. Bynum would be the target of more double teams and many times this season when Bynum got doubled he got silenced by them. His FG% would drop from 56% to about 52% since he would struggle against more doubles. In his prime I would say he would to get in the playoffs but it is very doubtful he would even lead his team to an NBA Finals appearance based on the way he plays now. That's assuming if the team was built primarily for him.

And don't blame the offense either. He would too be a bad fit in the Princeton offense as well which requires the big man to be a fluid passer though he would score a lot.

"Bynum did not start in the first season like Howard,and don't compare Howard with Bynum, they are different, "

Bynum had the pedigree of learning under Kareem, having a great coach like Phil also mentor him at times, work with Kurt Rambis, and having the best perimeter player of 2000's in Kobe Bryant in the mean time. Yes they have different styles offensively but again you can't teach a person to rebound it's all about willpower along with size. Bynum has 1-2 inches beyond Howard and is bigger. Simply put if he had Howard's willpower he would be a true beast. Yet more excuses are given his way.

Bynum is a great talent. However he is more offensive talent than overall talent you can't be judging his offensive numbers. There's a reason why Bynum in the rating is 5th!

This team is playing badly because they're trying to change their identity. They're not a rugged dirty team, they're a finesse skilled team destroying teams by just executing (see last year championship).

Kobe takes the hit, goes mamba and destroys them. Lo gets trash talked to by KG and eats him alive. Pau gets beaten up by DHoward and executes the triangle to perfection. DFish gets beat by speed and beats them by treys. Trevor (now Ron Ron) takes on their high scorer and just steals the ball on the most opportune time.

This power ball only suits Drew and only when he doesn't get foul calls. Other than that, Lakers should go back to what made them champions. They aint no slow plodding rough and tumble bad boy team, they're the olympic ideal one. Citius, altius, fortius -faster, higher, stronger (in will, at least).

Here's to a return to the Lakers are.

erratum:

Here's to a return to who the Lakers are.

"Like I said before he will not accept that Drew does contribute. When Drew was being trashed on the blog for not working out with Kareem during the summer I posted that it was probably due to Kareem's cancer. Of course Blitz pulls out all of these articles to provide a time line to prove his point that Drew was dissing Kareem. Of course again he didn't mention that Kareem had known about his cancer for nearly a year before he made it public. I guess in Blitz's world, Andrew should have betrayed Kareem and announced it for him. Pity."

I'm actually amused by your post Michael H (aloha sorry I haven't been to Hawaii for a while my apologies). Let's get some things straight here since Hobbitmage might scream at me for getting stuff he did.

1) It wasn't me who pulled those articles against Bynum it was Hobbit. And it was Bynum going to Italy with friends looking at cars. I myself noted also that Bynum did work out also in Atlanta after his little trip.

2) It wasn't Kareem's cancer yet. Kareem himself was disappointed that Bynum did not come the whole freaking summer to him that he did before. In fact Kareem said that the first time he saw Bynum since the title was on media day.

"Abdul-Jabbar expressed disappointment in Bynum and the situation, saying that ``I think there are things that have to do with basketball that he could learn but he's getting on in years.''

http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2009/10/has-bynum-outgrown-kareem.html

3) "While accurate he fails to mention that Howard played nearly 12 more minutes and refuses to admit that Drews foul trouble was indeed the result of a couple of really bad calls."

Having bad calls should not lower an effort in your game. Bynum had foul trouble against Miami but he did well in the 2nd half. And also a 1-5 shooting effort against Howard isn't going to help you win either! Don't be blaming bad calls on Bynum's poor game...he also struggled in Charlotte. Bad calls will happen and has happen both to the Lakers and against.

As for the rebounding? Blame Gasol and Lamar Odom for being better rebounders. If Bynum had Howard's willpower than we would be the ones who complain about Gasol's and Odom's rebounding not the other way around. It is good that Ron and Kobe are good rebounders too otherwise we would suck. Don't be blaming the team for having good rebounders for Bynum not rebounding as much.

Lemme put another person's post about the frustration about Andrew Bynum so I don't need to type it out.

"We are 21st in offensive rebounds allowed (Cavs and Magic are top five, Suns are 30th). Most of those offensive rebounds come at times we really, really don't need them to happen, and Bynum has his head in his butt.

There's a reason why Phil doesn't stick him in at the end of games. He'd fail to box out, and a better rebounder would grab the o-board and put up an easy two over his outstretched arms...and probably draw another foul in the process.

Per 48 minutes (since you guys like to use "per 36" stats), Bynum is allowing 13.7 boards per game, compared to his 12.7. Gasol is a +4 at the center position, Odom is a +3 at power forward (nearly a +10 at small forward). Kobe is a +1, even.

Bynum is a seven-footer that outweighs everyone on this team. He was re- signed in hopes to becoming our defensive anchor. He's not doing it consitently. He can't stay out of foul trouble, he can't grab boards better than the opposition (especially in the clutch), and he is damn lazy if he's not getting over 10 shots per game."

Did Bynum do good offensively in that game? yes yes and yes. I've more than given him credit offensively. But again 1 game especially against a defender that probably worst than Dirk in defense (Baragnani) does not make him into a total beast. You and other Bynum deep supporters claim he was meant to stop the Dwights, the Shaqs, and the best big men in the game yet for most part Pau has done the better job particularly against Dwight where he got 20 points and still defended Dwight enough for Dwight not be dominant against a softie like Pau.

Fact remains that we were bailed by yet another game winner by Kobe despite 8-12 shooting from Bynum and having 6 points from the charity stripe. Did those 22 points help? For sure and I give him credit since we needed every point we could get. Why am I not so positive...let's hear it from Bynum himself about the game:

This is a steppingstone for us," center Andrew Bynum said. "We need to get out and play better than we did. They got an eight-point lead on us coming out and, thanks to Derek Fisher coming in and motivating us at halftime, we stepped it up."

Aloha Mike I'll leave you two more thing to look at:

http://www.82games.com/0910/0910LAL.HTM

Wonder a reason why despite Bynum scoring very well at times that he's only average on the rating bar and is even worst on+/-

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/3599/question-of-the-day-swapping-bynum-and-odom"

"They typically finish games and the Lakers have enjoyed the most success since 2008 with the two teamed as often as possible. Moving away from that duo, the offense (and sometimes the defense, despite the overall improvement) just hasn't flowed as well. As Ex mentioned, it's hard at times to understand why. Maybe it's because Lamar is a better conduit for the triangle's essential ball movement than Bynum. Maybe Pau and LO compliment each other better than Bynum and Gasol do. Maybe Odom, a better overall player than Bynum, is needed to offset Gasol (who I think is still feeling the effects of his hamstring injuries more than he'll admit) operating at less than 100 percent. "

I don't criticize Andrew Bynum (rather his fans because Bynum is the real deal) he's such a big mouth (even though he is), the criticisms (and credit) are fair because as much as he contributed he hasn't contributed in the way that the teams needs him to be. If you want to complain about how I don't give credit that's fine. Make sure your criticisms of my criticisms have merit and think with a clearer though. I disagree with Nem TONS of times with Bynum yet I can make a fine discussion with him.

KB Blitz,

Actually even without going to the numbers, we who watch a lot of Laker games know that when Lamar and Pau are on the floor together, the interior passing is often superb. Both can finish, and can find each other + everyone else on the floor. With Bynum... how many instances of a Bynum assist to Pau or LO do you remember? I can't remember one, actually.

With Bynum, he's a good finisher, especially for lobs. But like you said he is not a conduit. I don't want to say he stops the ball, but he does seem more inclined to dribble, push, pivot, and look for a shot rather than use a quick touch pass to get the ball to an open teammate. This will hopefully come in the future

Three things I want to see for the rest of the regular season:
1. Homecourt in the West (duh)
2. A return to offensive flow

and most importantly,

3. Convincingly beating every other playoff contender in their own arenas. I don't even care if the Lakers lose to a bottom feeder here and there. Just please kill the other good teams. You smash the Suns, Spurs, Hawks, and Nuggets at their places, and I promise you, the rest of the league will go "oh ##$%^.... the fun's over"

Hey Modertor,

Whens the next episode air?

BILL PLASCHKE
These Lakers don't look like champions

If they keep playing like this, they won't even get to the Finals again.


Nice article by Plaschke, good summary of the state of the Lakers at this point.

Looking at the polls, looks like fans are worried. As of right now, it seems only a blind optimist would have no worries about this team.
The good thing is, it's not too late to turn things around.
We seem to judge them one game at a time.
The Suns game will be interesting.
A win Friday would actually be a very good win, the Suns have a very good record playing at home. A loss Friday leaves the Mavs and Nugs just 2 games out.
Ugh.

JohnK,

Don't forget Glenn Rice. He came here to get one, and got it. Then his wife went all psycho and f'ed him out of at least one more.

--FEARless

**** BEWARE OF WAKING SLEEPING DOBERMANS *****
One day & counting till we go to “FUN” town, the Suns better be ready for a beat-down
It’s gonna be interesting to see how Ron Ron behaves, now that his head he had to shave
We’ll see a fierceness we never knew, DPOY will happen because Ron had to shave his do
As for Lamar, I like the words you said my friend, that the Lakers will never be punked again.
The Black Mamba will be out to show, that crap like Barnes pulled won’t be pulled no “MO”
It is said you should let sleeping dogs lay; you’ve roused the Lakers Dobermans, Be afraid NBA
Mamba, LO, & Ron Ron have taken a stand, this trio will be the new Defensive Dobermans
Kind of like the trio of MJ, Harper & Pippen, NBA you’ve made a big, big mistake my friend
Tough Lakers defense is about to be played, Be Afraid NBA, Be very Afraid
Kill the head & the body will die, we coming to get ya, Princess Jimmy & that’s no lie
Look out Shaq the Beast is coming for you, Nothing can stop him not even Shaq FU
If I were you I’d bow out in the 1st round, because your lard butt the Lakers will pound
The Lakers are gonna win the title again, Darth Stern nothing you can do about it my friend
You picked Princess Jimmy now you will learn, Rings are not given they have to be earned
We earned our Rings the old fashion way, by kicking every @zz in the NBA.

I love this organization, but I truly believe this team is going to flameout in the playoffs. Their just lacking to much at this point of the season, I've been a Lakers fan since 1971. And will always support this Franchise, best in the association hands down.

Proof that even a broken clock is right twice a day: Today's Plaschke column.

http://bit.ly/a0SLdH

Friday night against Phoenix, is the right time for the Lakers to stop talking and start playing. I want them to hear Jon K in their heads for all 48 minutes: What do we play for? Rings.

After five and a half months of the regular season, the search for identity should be over. Defensive rotations should be firmly drilled into their heads. Discipline should be firmly ingrained. This isn't rocket science. The NBA isn't basketball camp for pre-schoolers.

They should know their opponents inside and out. The very thought of Phil Jackson ever having to utter the words of Dennis Green makes me cringe.

The blogsync of the polls above shows I'm not alone in my frustration as a fan. From here on, I will not watch any practice, pre-game, or post-game interviews. I don't care what they say. I only care what they do. Go Lakers!

I love this organization, but I truly believe this team is going to flameout in the playoffs. Their just lacking to much at this point of the season, I've been a Lakers fan since 1971. And will always support this Franchise, best in the association hands down. Posted by: 2Phatt | March 11, 2010 at 07:11 AM

That means you've seen the 33 game win streak, Magic play center and win a championship, The coming of Wilt, The comming of Kareem, the comming of Shaq, Showtime. Damnnnnn!! I envy you!! DON'T GIVE UP!! WE ARE THE FREAKING WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS AND NO ONE CAN BEAT US BUT US!!!
mamba24(Larry)

Do The Pieces Fit?

Andrew second option? End game, he plays the 2 man with Kobe instead of Pau? Judging from what we've been watching, it's arguable.

Pau, for whatever reason we can speculate, just isn't last year's Pau. When Kobe was out he was, as was Lamar, with more opportunities and less deferring.

With Kobe, the pieces seem to flow best when Andrew and Lamar play 4-5, or Pau and LO. Andrew's a bit better, Pau's a bit off, but if you're PHil and ya just won a ring with a SPaniard dominating the best big in the game, it's hard to make that choice. Iif you were going to make it, NOW would be a good time to test it.

A bit of roster juggling, never killed a team. Start LO, bring a big off the bench.
If Ron's not going to score, get Sasha back in the flow before the 2nd season jumps up. Give Powell some run. Get Ammo shootin' and Mbenga bangin'. Get championship flow. We're ready for change.

@THE MODERATOR, You've got the gift sir! KUDOS!!
mamba24(Larry)

Everyone's talking, saying the right things but I haven't seen any improvements on their play. But i'm hoping and still optimistic that the Lakers will soon get it "right." Play as a team, lose as a team. Enough talking and just play the game.

MAMBA24,

Nice way to start my day . Way to go brother. LO, RA & KOBE will set the tone and it is up to rest of the guys to heed the call. Can we all send our positive energy and love towards PAU? Can't hate on that guy. We need him to repeat.

Justanothermambafan,
There will be tears in my eyes as well. I wish I will live till the day he'll get his jersey up there at the rafters of Staples Centre.

I still BELIEVE. GO LAKERS!

Jon K.

athleticism

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Main Entry: ath·let·ic
Pronunciation: \ath-ˈle-tik, ÷ˌa-thə-ˈle-\
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sorry. it is a word. :)

Michael H,

aloha.

you wrote: Of course again he didn't mention that Kareem had known about his cancer for nearly a year before he made it public. I guess in Blitz's world, Andrew should have betrayed Kareem and announced it for him.

my response: to you have any evidence to backup your claim? No article that
I read supports this viewpoint.

you also wrote: While accurate he fails to mention that Howard played nearly 12 more minutes and refuses to admit that Drews foul trouble was indeed the result of a couple of really bad calls. Also does he really think Howard would have the same rebounding numbers if he was playing with Pau and Lamar, two other excellent rebounders?

my response: I believe, at the end of the 3rd quarter, *Phil Jackson* addressed
this. He said, (paraphrase) "Andrew is a foul magnet. He's playing the same
way he played last year in the finals. " I posted this at the time of the game.
Feel free to go back and look for the exact quote.

re: rebounding numbers. YES! D-Howard would have similar numbers to
what he has now. Why?

1. D-Howard is a defense oriented center. A-Bynum is an offense oriented
center.

2. D-Howard fights for rebounds. A-Bynum doesn't. Maybe it's his knees.
Maybe he doesn't care to.

3. On a jump shot from the perimeter, A-Bynum *IMMEDIATELY* goes
towards our basket for a lob. He's interested in scoring. Go back and look
at the games.

4. When *our* shooters shoot, A-Bynum does not box out. Again, go back
and look at the games.

You can argue that LO & Pau would impact Dwight's numbers. You are not
addressing the *INSANE* hops that D-Howard has. He is the most athletic
big to play since Wilt Chamberlain. Athletic = strength, agility, speed, & power.

KB Blitz,

1. Hola.

2. Thanks for the props.

3. I wasn't going to yell at you. :)

@SISTER JEANETTE, thank you sister your words are much apreciated.

*
PAU GASOL I BELIEVE IN YOU – BANDWAGON
http://www.spike.com/video/journey-dont-stop/2794656
*
(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

I blogged that earlier in the season we could not rest on our laurels and to stay on our grind after winning a championship, the 1st for most of the team and they have basically done just that -- they've in fact beecome satisfied/complacent, lazy and unmotivated. They always talk about basketball in that the defense is supposed to be your mainstay as offense always comes and goes..However, these guys are just going through the motions. I love PJ as a coach but maybe we need a different coaching style, maybe an in-your-face type guy who will challenge these guys in practice and on the court and if they don't perform,their PT is sacrified simple as that. I know the NBA is about wins and losses and you play your "best player" and all that, but if these guys are not gonna bring it on game day, for the full 48 - then shut that ass down, str8 like that!! Worrying about touches is bullcrap when you win and then you are not playing the game on both ends -- cuz when you do that the reward comes twofold.

I hope we get it together cuz quite frankly, it would sicken me if we aren't able to repeat. I love the Lakers just that much!!!

Stefan Martin:

Please do not underestimate any NBA team, especially Grizzlies they are a very good team that are rising so fast to the top (in near future).

Rick Friedman:

You forgot to add that Karl Malon was the best power forward ever live, and he is a true definition of an excellent power forward that others need to be compared to. I am a true fan of him!

I know the NBA is about wins and losses and you play your "best player" and all that, but if these guys are not gonna bring it on game day, for the full 48 - then shut that ass down, str8 like that!! Worrying about touches is bullcrap when you win and then you are not playing the game on both ends -- cuz when you do that the reward comes twofold. I hope we get it together cuz quite frankly, it would sicken me if we aren't able to repeat. I love the Lakers just that much!!! Posted by: lakersrydeordie | March 11, 2010 at 08:40 AM

OOOOOOH WEEEEEEE!!!! OUT FRAKIN STANDING!!
MAMBA24(LARRY)

On top of all the above mentioned defensive problems (they're all true IMO in one measure or another) I'd add terrible transition D. The 'lack of urgency' problem is aggravated by general lack of footspeed (by loss of Ariza and playing Bynum and Gasol together) carelesness in passing resulting in silly turnovers, poor offensive execution resulting in disadvantageous fasbreak situations. Basic offensive recipe against Lakers is run the fastbreak and play the high pick and roll over and over in half-court situations...

So all you Laker fans are doing is...

OBSERVING and REPORTING.

You're just observing what you see on TV and reporting it here --- all the time. That's all. You're not asking yourselves why they're running slower during transition. You're not asking why certain players aren't playing tougher defense during the grind of a season.

You're just observing and reporting.

Instead of observing and reporting, why not figure out the "why" to your reporting?

Why not ask yourselves, "why is he not doing this" or "why is he not doing that"?

Then try to answer them.

The answers like "oh he's just too soft"...

Well, why is he soft?

Find the source of the problem. Then you'll be better fans for it.

**** BEWARE OF WAKING SLEEPING DOBERMANS *****
One day & counting till we go to “FUN” town, the Suns better be ready for a beat-down
It’s gonna be interesting to see how Ron Ron behaves, now that his head he had to shave
We’ll see a fierceness we never knew, DPOY will happen because Ron had to shave his do
As for Lamar, I like the words you said my friend, that the Lakers will never be punked again.
The Black Mamba will be out to show, that crap like Barnes pulled won’t be pulled no “MO”
It is said you should let sleeping dogs lay; you’ve roused the Lakers Dobermans, Be afraid NBA
Mamba, LO, & Ron Ron have taken a stand, this trio will be the new Defensive Dobermans
Kind of like the trio of MJ, Harper & Pippen, NBA you’ve made a big, big mistake my friend
Tough Lakers defense is about to be played, Be Afraid NBA, Be very Afraid
Kill the head & the body will die, we coming to get ya, Princess Jimmy & that’s no lie
Look out Shaq the Beast is coming for you, Nothing can stop him not even Shaq FU
If I were you I’d bow out in the 1st round, because your lard butt the Lakers will pound
The Lakers are gonna win the title again, Darth Stern nothing you can do about it my friend
You picked Princess Jimmy now you will learn, Rings are not given they have to be earned
We earned our Rings the old fashion way, by kicking every @zz in the NBA.


Posted by: mamba24 | March 11, 2010 at 06:56 AM

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Got to say it....
OUT FREAKING STANDING

@SISTER JEANETTE, thank you sister your words are much apreciated.

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PAU GASOL I BELIEVE IN YOU – BANDWAGON
http://www.spike.com/video/journey-dont-stop/2794656
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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

Posted by: mamab24 | March 11, 2010 at 08:17 AM

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Please add me to the bandwagon. Nothing wrong with Pau that a little rest will cure.


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