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Bryant lifts Lakers with last-second shot

Lakers 109, Raptors 107 (final)

The Lakers had not lost four consecutive games since April 2007, but that's what they were staring at Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.

The Lakers were coming off a trip in which they lost all three games, at Miami, Charlotte and Orlando. And it took a jumper by Kobe Bryant with 1.9 seconds left Tuesday night for the Lakers to get past the Raptors, end the losing streak and get back to their winning ways.

After Chris Bosh made a three-pointer to tie the score, 107-107, with 9.5 seconds left, the Lakers called a timeout.

Pau Gasol passed to Bryant, who dribbled to the baseline to the right of the basket, rose up over a double-team and sank a 17-foot jumper for the victory.

Bryant finished with 32 points.

The Lakers were so frustrated that they got two technical fouls called against them after the third quarter was over.

Gasol, upset because he didn't get a foul call on a weak offensive move, was called for a technical after complaining to the officials by waving his arm.

Then assistant coach Frank Hamblen was called for a technical foul as the third quarter ended.

That's how it was going for the Lakers.

-- Broderick Turner

 
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That shot of Kobe was dedicated to Curry, Staple 25, BD, LA Guy,Fact 1, Sociopath 24.

Thank you, continue dissing Kobe while he makes those lucky shot.

Lakers win but we're in a funk!

Even in victory the Lakers are playing with no confidence. When you need to depend on Kobe to win every game with a last second shot you know this team is in trouble !!! No bench and the worst starting guard in the league is bad news for the Lakers. Also, where is the defense ? Artest for Ariza...another terrible move by Kupchak.

love close games. i don't have to see the scrubs

and those buzzer beaters r ICING on the CAKE.

just another "index" swish

Damn!! Andy B was a beast tonight!!!!

GOOOOOOOoooOOOO LAKERS !!!

"The Lakers had not lost four consecutive games since April 133, 2007"

- Did not know April had 133 (or more) days in 2007!! I used to think its always 30 (even on leap years!!)

great game by Baby Bynum. looks like he is waking up. i felt bad that he went out of the game at the end. buy hey, for a good script, Faux Pas left Bosh open for the 3 and just another "index" swishhhhhhhhhhh finishhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

i know that GAS-none is coming from a medical family and background. he needs a shrink. any shrinks out in LA? a nervous breakdown is looming.

Kobe... what else is new?
At least he did not dribble too much in the 4th quarter. I like the offensive set in tonight's game.
Props to Bynum. A super game. Changed a lot of shots defensively and was dominant on the boards. He put his gift into good use tonight. Ironically, when he was pulled out for Gasol, the Raptors scored twice on Gasol. A layup by Calderon and a 3 pt shot by Bosh. Bosh struggled offensively against Bynum.

Loved Kobe post game comments.

Even in victory the Lakers are playing with no confidence. When you need to depend on Kobe to win every game with a last second shot you know this team is in trouble !!! No bench and the worst starting guard in the league is bad news for the Lakers. Also, where is the defense ? Artest for Ariza...another terrible move by Kupchak.
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David Lee is that you? LOL.
Ariza is soft. He'll get knocked around by the east. I bet he can out muscle Lebron? Only because Artest does not make highlight shots doesnt mean Ariza is better because he occasionally steals the ball and make acrobatic shots.
I guess because Ariza is no longer a Laker , the Lakers have no chance in hell in winning this year. Even though this same exact thing happened to the Lakers last year. The year before Boston struggle against the Bulls!!!! They went 7 games all series! And what happened? They steam rolled through the Lakers.
I dont know. I guess Ariza must look very attractive to you guys because I dont see what the fascination is.

this is a re-post that complements Edwin's post above

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CRICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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paging sociopath-24. paging sociopath-24. paging sociopath-24.

paging Curry. paging Curry. paging Curry. paging Curry. paging Curry.

paging jimjoyce. paging jimjoyce. paging jimjoyce. paging jimjoyce.

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CRICKETS 1
CRICKETS 2
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SOLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KOBE, KOBE, KOBE, MVP, MVP, MVP!

I wonder what the record is for Game Winning shots in a season? How about checking that out MM?

Interesting article about where our old "friend" Smush ended up:
(sorry for long URL):
http://www.shamsports.com/content/pages/2010/03/chinese-basketball-association.jsp

mti312

good point. without kobe, ariza reverted to the scrub condition. he was on the trading block. it is the worst 5 mil the rockets ever spent.

Kobe is just, just Wow. Would like to not see his last minute GWS anymore though. I bet Jerry West is near the top of the list for GWS. Not that I ever saw any of those games though. I'll ask my Pop.

M

Staples 24 is nothing but a bandwagon Laker fan. If the Lakers weren't in LA he'd be sitting right next to Clipper Darrell (no offense because besides his Clipper loyalty he's a very cool guy). Used to cheer for Kobe and Bynum then dumped them both then went back on Bynum's bandwagon and vice versa. It's a shame Laker Tom had to cheer for Staples 24, he only cheered for Staples 24 because Staples loved Bynum then LT dumped him when Staples 24 advocated to trade Bynum.

Ditto for Todd though he at least stays consistent on what he does over Staples 24.

I think with that Kobe has the most game winners in NBA History.

"That shot of Kobe was dedicated to Curry, Staple 25, BD, LA Guy,Fact 1, Sociopath 24."

posted by: Edwin G.

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"CRICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

paging LA Guy. paging LA Guy. paging LA Guy.

paging sociopath-24. paging sociopath-24. paging sociopath-24.

paging Curry. paging Curry. paging Curry. paging Curry. paging Curry.

paging jimjoyce. paging jimjoyce. paging jimjoyce. paging jimjoyce.

paging Staples 24. paging Staples 24. paging Staples 24.

CRICKETS 1
CRICKETS 2
CRICKETS 3

SOLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Posted by: Ouchhhhhhhhhh

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Edwin G. and Ouchhhhhhh,

Very well said guys!


Curry, Staple 25, BD, LA Guy,Fact 1, Sociopath 24,

How was the crying? Is it over now??

Pathetic.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Pau should shut up and play some hard ball.

-jovbatz

For those of you waiting for Kobe to fail tonight, remember,
Tomorrow is another day, you Scarlett O'hara's

Aloha

Wow I have been reading the last few threads and the hate Pau is receiving is mind boggling. Its like he spoke his mind about ball movement and playing inside out and everyone jumps on him like he was attacking Kobe, when he never mentioned Kobe. By the way, what does Phil talk about? Ball movement and playing inside out. Inside out will only create MORE space for Kobe to operate in. Come on guys this is simple basketball 101. Pau had a rough shooting night 4-11 but he also made 9 free throws. Andrew scored 22 points. Phil was disappointed that we went away from Andrew like we always seem to do. Inside out was good for 39 just between them. Throw in what Lamar did inside and it's clear why we need to go inside out. Kobe was 11 for 20. Pau and Andrew 12 of 23. Pretty much the same except for the extra free throws the bigs got. And the shooting % of the other guys not named Kobe? Now where were they shooting from? Not inside, thats for sure. There is nothing wrong with wanting to play the game the right way.

MH

This game was broadcast on NBA-TV which features Laker-haters Kevin McHale and Chris Webber doing the commentary. The best part of Kobe's game-winner was seeing the looks on their faces afterwards.

BTW, Andrew played hard ball today. He was terrific!

Pau should do that, and just shut up! I'm sick of his comments. We need you Pau, so just stop your silly comments.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Probably the happiest Laker to see Kobe's shot go in was Pau Gasol, afterall, it was his poor defense against the pick-n-roll that gave Bosh that open 3pointer that tied the game. I do give Pau some credit, did you see how fast he ran to the basket hoping that Bosh would miss that shot.

Here's what bothers me. A lot of us complain, and rightfully so I think, when the refs decide a game the Lakers lose by one or two points. Did the refs give us the game tonight? I don't know. I didn't watch the game. But we won by two points. Personal fouls were Raptors 31, Lakers 24. And getting to the free throw line was Raptors 30 times, Lakers 44 times. No one likes to talk about this. No question reffing basketball is hard. But sometimes it just seems fixed, like pro-wrestling. And then I don't want to watch.

It was nice to see PJ play Bynum in crunch time. His offense wasn't quite there but his defense was definately disruptive.
And if I may, just one more jab at Gasol, while he was out I'm thinking to myself At least I don't have to watch him grab a rebound or a pass and then fumble it or have it knocked out of his hands.

Even in victory the Lakers are playing with no confidence. When you need to depend on Kobe to win every game with a last second shot you know this team is in trouble !!! No bench and the worst starting guard in the league is bad news for the Lakers. Also, where is the defense ? Artest for Ariza...another terrible move by Kupchak.
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David Lee is that you? LOL.
Ariza is soft. He'll get knocked around by the east. I bet he can out muscle Lebron? Only because Artest does not make highlight shots doesnt mean Ariza is better because he occasionally steals the ball and make acrobatic shots.
I guess because Ariza is no longer a Laker , the Lakers have no chance in hell in winning this year. Even though this same exact thing happened to the Lakers last year. The year before Boston struggle against the Bulls!!!! They went 7 games all series! And what happened? They steam rolled through the Lakers.
I dont know. I guess Ariza must look very attractive to you guys because I dont see what the fascination is.

Posted by: mti312 | March 09, 2010 at 10:47 PM
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Mitch did a great job in picking up Artest but it would have been a greater move if he would have kept Trevor also.
Ariza brought hustle, 3 point shooting and defense. Imagine Ron starting and Trevor off the bench. As I said before in previous thread we won championship with Trevor and no he was not pushed around like rag doll against Eastern teams. How soon you forget.

"We've got to start building on our confidence and our rhythm out there and really step it up," Gasol said. "So far we've been struggling. We've played well in stretches but not consistently."

It should be: I've got ... I've been...I've played
Man up and take the responsibility. You've sucked in the past two weeks.

bronx

i agree with the faces. but webber kinda likes Kobe. and after a previous buzzer beater, to be fair to McHale, they interviewed Kobe. and mcHale said something like: i played next to bird night in and out and i've seen live all his heroics. congrats to you and your heroics.

even if they r not happy they have no choice. with each buzzer beater KOBE puts all the ESPN, kelly's, K Bros's, abbots and other haters on their knees and punishes them drop by drop, shot by shot

it's not about 82games.com stats. this is reality unwrapping in front of our eyes

moderator,

though i'm not on the list of bloggers u called upon for a response.. allow me to subtly interject:

COULD THE NBA BE ONE BIG CONSPIRACY THEORY?.. this league is unilaterally ruled by ONE MAN.. THE EVIL DAVID STERN... and over the years with the kind of MONETARY POWER this league has generated (much like the nfl) he also infiltrated and now controls major media outlets like BSPN who will do anything to keep and extend their elevision contract deals.. he has thus somehow managed to singlehandedly and completely brainwash the general fanbase of this league...

LEBRON THE KING? MJ THE GREATEST EVER? KOBE THE MOST HATED MAN IN AMERICA?? could all this be nothing more than strongly biased opinions and so called public perceptions that has culminated from years and years of sterns hard work??...

as for this leagues ridiculous and biased officiating... david stern goes hand in hand with the mob... these corrupted nba refs are all employees of stern who happen to be controlled by the mob... there is no way in hell TIM DONAGHY was and is just one simple and isolated case.. think about it...

stern sets his own rules all by himself...he suspends players at will sometimes with little or no reasoning... he will continue to fine ANYBODY (players/coaches/ owners) that speak up against him... remember the days when cuban was a new and maverick owner and used to badmouth him repeatedly earning repeated fines of MILLIONS OF DOLLARS?? why do you think he kisses his ass now??

as for this year's finals.. laker fans better sincerely hope and pray they do not face THE CRAB or THE KING in the finals because there is no way in hell or highwater that he will let his anointed one walk away without a ring.

BE AFRAID . BE VERY AFRAID.


all the bigs are playing well except the one complaining. Pau it's time to sit down and look at game tape. get a shot of toughness, then shut and play. I'm getting sick seeing people pushing you out of the way, and scoring on you.
oh and all the time you spend waving your arms and whining opponents are running the floor passing you.

7 game winners in a season,an NBA record??

Guys: I am so upset with the the way Gasol got his technical foul at the end of 3rd quarter whenn a raptor player was pulling hiim down. It was so obvious and the refs were kind of blind. For God, there were 3 NBA refs who are well trained. How could they miss it. It was outrageous to give a tech to Pau. There should be a provision to penalize the refs in such situations. If this does not exist, better it should be in place. These refs should pay the price to get their job done. After all they are employees as well. If they don't do a good job, they should be fired or penalized

KOBE WITH ANOTHER GAME WINNER !!!

what a shot!!!!

Yeah, now I see how I was wrong about Kobe and you guys were right.

What a SHOT!

Kobe is AMAZING!

He whooped those ratporettes like they were little girls.

Bosh is the RuPaul of big men.

Kobe! Kobee! Kobeeeeeeee! MVPeeeeeeee!

Justalalafan......imagine if they did let "Green Eggs &Ham" Ariza g0....oh wait they did. now imagine if instead of Morrison coming off the bench ("The floor is that way!"....if we could have dumped him, payed Barnes $2 mill. and kept Sun Yue around for another year look see. at his $900K..... c'mon....we've wasted a decade on the current roster....and if you ask me, the sound of a 6'9" (probably 6'10" by now) point guard would have givem the Lakers more options in the years to come. And don't give me "he could not cut the play"...... he only saw 29 minute of game time......maybe he had jock itch....

How many times do we need to see Kobe does this heroic shots? I think as long as we need it. So far they are not playing to the level they should be playing, we still lack the defense we need to play especially at pick and roll. But we need to commend the guys who played better tonight. Andrew is improving since the meeting they had, he is showing some progress on defense, Artest is really great on one on one defense, he shot down Turkolu for 6pts for 2/7 and 4 TO, Lamar woke up in the 2nd half from his sleep and Kobe is still dangerous in taking last shots, that is why he is the greatest closer in the NBA. Nice to see Sasha came back from the injury...this guy can still helps the Laker in the play offs....it is time for our team to get back their confidence not just in winning games but dominating it...

List of Kobe Game Winners:
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1. Dec. 27, 1999: Lakers 108 - Mavericks 106 (game-winning FTs w/ 8.6 secs)
2. May 09, 1999: Lakers 101 - Rockets 100 (PO, game-winning FTs w/ 5.3 secs)
3. May 10, 2000: Lakers 97 - Phoenix 96 (PO, jumper over Jason Kidd w/ 2.6 secs)
4. Feb. 07, 2001: Lakers 85 - Phoenix 83 (jumper over Shawn Marion w/ 2.7 sec)
5. Feb. 13, 2001: Lakers 113 - Nets 110 (OT layup/and-1 w/ 4.8 secs)
6. Jan. 02, 2002: Lakers 87 - Nuggets 86 (off-reb and jumper w/ 55 secs)
7. Feb. 22, 2002: Lakers 96 - Hornets 94 (buzzer-beater, jumper over George Lynch)
8. May 12, 2002: Lakers 87 - Spurs 85 (PO, off-reb and put-back w/ 5.1 secs)
9. Dec. 06, 2002: Lakers 105 - Mavericks 103 (turn-around jumper w/ 8 secs)
10. April 04, 2003: Lakers 102 - Grizzlies 101 (buzzer beater, jumper over Shane Battier)
11. April 06, 2003: Lakers 115 - Suns 113 (OT, game-tying jumper for OT, jumper over Shawn Marion w/ 28.6 sec)
12. Dec. 19, 2003: Lakers 101 - Nuggets 99 (buzzer-beater, fade-away over Jon Barry)
13. Feb. 17, 2004: Lakers 89 - Blazers 86 (left-handed layup w/ 31.8 secs + FT)
14. Mar. 21, 2004: Lakers 104 - Bucks 103 (OT jumper over Keith Van Horn w/ 25.1 sec)
15. April 14, 2004: Lakers 105 - Blazers 104 (OT, game-tying 3-pointer for OT, fall-away 3-pointer buzzer-beater)
16. Mar. 12, 2005: Lakers 117 - Bobcats 116 (jumper over Keith Bogans w/ 0.9 secs)
17. Nov. 02, 2005: Lakers 99 - Nuggets 97 (OT jumper over Ed Najera w/ 0.6 secs)
18. Dec. 04, 2005: Lakers 99 - Bobcats 98 (game-winning FTs w/ 7 secs)
19. Jan. 12, 2006: Lakers 99 - Cavaliers 98 (jumper over LeBron James w/ 8.6 secs)
20. April 30, 2006: Lakers 99 - Suns 98 (PO, OT, game-tying tear-drop for OT, buzzer-beater jumper over Boris Diaw)
21. Jan. 14, 2008: Lakers 123 - Sonics 121 (OT jumper over Jeff Green w/ 4.3 secs)
22. Jan. 09, 2009: Lakers 121 - Pacers 119 (jumper over Jarrett Jack w/ 3 secs)
23. Dec. 04, 2009: Lakers 108 - Heat 107 (buzzer-beater, 3-pointer over Dwyane Wade)
24. Dec. 16, 2009: Lakers 107 - Bucks 106 (OT buzzer-beater, jumper over Charlie Bell)
25. Jan. 01, 2010: Lakers 109 - Kings 108 (buzzer-beater, 3-pointer)
26. Jan. 31, 2010: Lakers 90 - Celtics 89 (jumper over Ray Allen w/ 7.3 secs)
27. Feb. 23, 2010: Lakers 99 - Grizzlies 98 (3-pointer over Rudy Gay w/ 4.3 secs)
28. Mar. 10, 2010: Lakers 109-Raptors 107 (jumper over Antoine Wright w/ 1.9 secs)

**Dallas game winner does not count because there was still the game sealing free throws Kobe made in the end.

Kobe is tied with Michael with 28 game winners.....and soon enough the number will increase and he will have the record soon enough.

List of Game Winners of known perimeter players (I do not have Reggie Miller's game winners.....which is sad because he's a favorite of mine from UCLA and was perhaps the other clutchest guard):

Michael Jordan: 28
Kobe Bryant: 28
Lebron James: 12
Carmelo Anthony: 12
Dwyane Wade: 11

@EDWIN GUECO...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MY MENTOR!!!!
Mamba24(Larry)

What?


Did the Clippers relly just make this statement?


"The Clippers want to win now. This transition, in conjunction with a full commitment to dedicate unlimited resources, is designed to accomplish that objective."


So they want to win by dumping one of their best young big men and their best defensive player, not to mention their coach and GM?


I can take a lot, but i don't like being lied to, which is what Mr. Sterling is doing right now.


You want to win now? Aghgghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhgggg. Heeee. Oh my.


Wes

on behalf of Italy and every Juventus FC fan, I apologize.
the man is a well known moron, brother to the heir of Italy's biggest automaking factory. yes, if you own a Ferrari or Maserati, you bought it from him. sort of.

Is it 7 or 6? I thought it was 7, but now I hear 6. Which is it? Anyone know?


Wes

This game was broadcast on NBA-TV which features Laker-haters Kevin McHale and Chris Webber doing the commentary. The best part of Kobe's game-winner was seeing the looks on their faces afterwards. Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 09, 2010 at 11:39 PM
AND IT COUNTS!! YESSSSS!!!

*** MOST GAME WINNING SHOTS OF ALL TIME *******
NOT MJ NO, NOT LBJ NO, DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....
http://tinyurl.com/ykkrpzk

On some serious ISH...I wonder if Pau, LO and RonRon are smoking that ISM????? I am dead ass!! Something is truly up with them...Word to my pops, somebody needs to find out and fix it!

How come the coaches aren't pushing Pau to hit the weight room? Case and point. Pau got madd pissed on Sunday against Orlando and if he is getting tired of getting bullied then do something about it, bulk up, hit the weights so mofos will fallback when you are on the court and think twice of stepping to you on some thug-ISM!! Word.

Drew seems to be making an effort the last couple games to be better defensively...he's getting down in his stance (good look for the knees), and he's definitely trying to be better.

I don't see that from the rest of the guys...And our bench is str8t putrid! Who told Shannon and Jordan they could shoot? Lamar is supposed to be the general out there when those guys are on the floor and he is deferring to even "them"??? What gives?? Run the offense, Lamar. Make plays when those guys are on the floor cuz they don't have the capability to do so and are seemingly just interested in getting "theirs". They don't seem to have a clue about getting entry passes into the post -- just jack up 3 after 3 after 3 early in the shot clock, without setting up the offense only to turnaround and get burned on the other end seconds later! Their offense is pretty much a turnover! Sasha is missed in the sense that even though he has had a tendency to be foul prone, his peskiness is appreciated to that extent and he can cause frustration from the opposing player by just being Sasha. Also, when he was last getting time on the floor, he was making a concerted effort to make plays and get the team into the offense and not rush anything....Those other two, off the meatrack!!

I am already thinking of the summer changes we need to make for real. Our entire bench needs to be revamped!!!
Drive the ball to the basket, couple things can happen and its a better percentage shot especially when you have a team in the penalty!!!! Are the coaches not ADVISING THEM as such????

N

Lakers by choice do not go out to defend the 3. Ask Zen Master. Raptors shot 40.9% from beyond the arc, including 2 makes by Bosh. (Only his 8th and 9th attempt this season.) Was Bynum supposed to go out there?

How many times do we see a similar story, which can win one game, but not a series. Ask Orlando.

Sam:

Regarding Pau and the tech -- he and Hamblem had some FOUR LETTER choice words for the rep -- I could practically read his lips from the TV screen !! So I guess he had it coming.

The refs I think are buying into the "SOFT" label on Pau and he's getting no love right now 'cuz of it..He needs to flip his game up -- Thats why Kobe is so great and I think Andrew will be too one day cuz he is also NOW learning how to play physical depending on the situation..You have to be able to "muck" it up as Kobe always says -- whatever way they want to play you, you gotta adjust your game accordingly and Pau isn't doing a good job of that right now. He is whining like the WINE he loves soooooo much!!

JustaLakerFan....

Thoroughly agree about how it would have been great to keep Trevor AND sign Ron. Especially when you consider that Trevor and Adam Morrison both make about the same salary. The Lakers also missed out on the opportunity to add a good young player via last year's draft. Guys like Marcus Thornton (NOH), Buddinger (Hou) and Jonas Jerebko (Det) fell to their draft position. Oh well, it's not my money so its easy for me to say.

ouchhhhh....

Webber and McHale have no choice but to give Kobe their props. But McHale hates the Lakers. He was even wearing a Meamphis jersey when The Show played Memphis on another Tuesday Fan Night. Which was another Kobe buzzer beater, by the way. LOL!

Good Morning, MAMBA24!!!

sam.....

Great point about the Gasol tech. You know it must have been bad if Frank Hamblen got a tech, too. Assistant coaches rarely get that involved in the game as they know it could cost their team a victory. But, Pau should have made that shot anyway. He's got to expect contact and be able to finish through it. How about that lefthanded layup that he missed by 4 feet after a beautiful pass from Kobe? Even one layup that he made off an Artest feed was fumbled into the basket. You could clearly see it in slo-mo. Pau needs to relax, stop yelling every time he gets hit, and get back to playing the type of ball that he is capable of. The Lakers need him.

Thinking out aloud...I wouldn't mind Dwade playing alongside Kobe!!

Not gonna happen though, usedta hate Dwade but I have warmed up towards him...and Kobe loves him too. With that backcourt and his playmaking along with Kobe's....ridiculous!!!

@BRONXLAKERFAN, Right back at you! Good morning to you sir. If I have but one life to live let me live it as a Laker Fan!
Mamba24(Larry)

Pau, I've got a new script for you to practice...

Instead of whining about touches, when the team loses you need to say this:

"Kobe played so hard. It's a shame the rest of us let him down. We'll have to work hard to raise our level of play so he doesn't have to try so hard".

That would be a more realistic assessment of the situation.

"David Lee is that you? LOL.
Ariza is soft. He'll get knocked around by the east. I bet he can out muscle Lebron? Only because Artest does not make highlight shots doesnt mean Ariza is better because he occasionally steals the ball and make acrobatic shots.
I guess because Ariza is no longer a Laker , the Lakers have no chance in hell in winning this year. Even though this same exact thing happened to the Lakers last year. The year before Boston struggle against the Bulls!!!! They went 7 games all series! And what happened? They steam rolled through the Lakers.
I dont know. I guess Ariza must look very attractive to you guys because I dont see what the fascination is.

Posted by: mti312 | March 09, 2010 at 10:47 PM"

Hey em-tee420. I think you're off by a year....If you don't see what the fascination is you obviously are not a truly knowledgeable of the NBA, how the season starts as an "exhibition" series, and by the time the playoffs are in swing, so are the players, it gets rougher and tougher, players such as Kobe will be slammed to the floor but wll cooly get up and hit his free throws. The Orlando game got out of hand, due to Stern's cronies....he wanted the game to be like that, oh my God, I just had a vision of Stern sitting in the Emperor's box giving the thumbs up or thumbs down sign. I better take something to clear my head of these evil truths. Webber is not a Laker hater as far as I can tell, McHale, he hides his favoritism and green leper-CON BVD's well. One person who should not have a job is Marv (Drag Queen) Alpert.

bronxlakerfan...I ask myself and this blog the same question as well, why is Morrison still around....I'd rather even have Coby Karl, then he could rat out the Cav's as he probably ratted out the Lakers during his brief stay there, yeah, right, they kept him on the roster for his (those?) skills.....his skills in retaining playbooks in that morality lacking way of life...there's a saying, what goes around, comes around....enjoy, as family/

You guys really need to read that book by PJ "The Last Season".

He speaks of fans like you, and the total is totally spot on with the nature of this team.

Kobe's the same way now as he was then. Amazing book.

You guys really need to read that book by PJ "The Last Season". He speaks of fans like you, and the total is totally spot on with the nature of this team. Kobe's the same way now as he was then. Amazing book. Posted by: Curry | March 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Curry the book is about a zillion years old. I read it the Lakers blog has read it. So! Get a life. If Kobe is the same way he was then, then I guess he is a hell of a mature man now and was a hell of a mature man then. How else to explain his asking Dr. Buss to bring 10Rings back after reading that book.

JustaLakerFan....

Thoroughly agree about how it would have been great to keep Trevor AND sign Ron. Especially when you consider that Trevor and Adam Morrison both make about the same salary. The Lakers also missed out on the opportunity to add a good young player via last year's draft. Guys like Marcus Thornton (NOH), Buddinger (Hou) and Jonas Jerebko (Det) fell to their draft position. Oh well, it's not my money so its easy for me to say.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 10, 2010 at 08:19 AM

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bronxlakerfan
Thanks for the comments and might add Ammo or Luke could have been gone.

Curry...

PJ's book is ancient history. Even if what he was saying about Kobe was 100% true, people change. Grow up.


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