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Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 110-89 Game 4 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder

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Game stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights everything that went wrong in the Lakers' 110-89 Game 4 loss Saturday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says  the Lakers' Game 4 loss to the Thunder is the most embarrassing performance of the season.

-- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry argues that OKC sent a message with its Game 4 victory.

-- NBA.com's Randy Renner reports that the Lakers' loss left them stunned.

-- What, Kobe worry? The Daily News' Elliott Teaford sees Kobe Bryant puffing a cigar following the Lakers' Game 4 loss.

Notebooks

With a full regular season on the books, The Times' Bresnahan details how Lakers forward Ron Artest is still learning the triangle offense. Artest also should admit he needs to improve his three-of-23 mark from three-point range in the postseason. But he tells the Orange County Register's Ding that he's satisfied with his shooting.

-- The Times' Broderick Turner highlights contributions Oklahoma City guard James Harden made off the bench.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky explains how the Thunder protects its home court. He also details Jeff Green's improvement.

-- The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin credits the Thunder's defense against the Lakers.

-- ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin tackles the Lakers' free-throw-shooting problems.

-- The Daily News' Teaford dissects all that is going wrong with the Lakers' triangle offense.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton explores the Lakers' poor effort on the glass.

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Columns

-- The Times' T.J. Simers appreciates how the Thunder and its fans approach the game. Of course, that's meant to contrast the Lakers' current phase.

-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande doesn't rule out the possibility, but he doesn't believe the Thunder will upset the Lakers in the first round.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper credits Oklahoma City's fan support.

-- The Orange County Register's Ding reports that Lakers guard Derek Fisher had told Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to bench him in Game 5 the instant he didn't box out Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix argues that the Lakers lacked effort in Game 4.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders what Bryant's true motivations are in deciding not to shoot until the second quarter.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin wonders whether the Lakers are capable of fixing their problems.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Patton argues the latest loss indicates the Lakers are vulnerable.

-- The Oklahoman's John Rohde details the passion of one Thunder super fan.

-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen believes Bryant didn't attempt a single shot in the first quarter because he wants to stick it to Jackson for criticizing his shot selection.

-- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel believes the Thunder can win this series.

Blogs

-- The Daily Thunder credits OKC's dominance to a strong start.

-- Forum Blue and Gold documents everything the Lakers did wrong. Oh, where to begin?

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down several of the turning points that led to the Lakers' loss.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Thunder is "making the defending champs look very last decade."

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the game and some numbers in Game 4, something he does so well that I probably should've asked for his help while working on my taxes.

Other Lakers/Thunder links

-- The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams details how Thunder General Manager Sam Presti built OKC into playoff contenders.

-- Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby details the challenges Bryant has to overcome with an aging body.

-- Lakers forward Lamar Odom apparently has a long way to go in learning Spanish. Fortunately, Lakers forward Pau Gasol is there to help. Now if only El Spaniard put the same effort in boxing out OKC.

Tweet of the Day: "I'm wit my bros rite now. Series tied 2-2. We goin shock the world!!!!!!!!!!!" -- EMaynor3 (Oklahoma City reserve guard Eric Maynor)

Reader Comment of the Day: "These Lakers played without the heart of a champion and expected the results of a champion, the perfect ingredients of a perfect disappointment, which I could only endure into the middle of the 4th quarter before I had to distract myself with other "activities." -- Son Vo

-- Mark Medina

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Top photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes to his left hand to loft a shot over Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic during Game 4 on April 24, 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Second photo: Oklahoma City power forward Jeff Green is fouled by Lakers guard Shannon Brown as he tries to put up a shot against power forward Pau Gasol during Game 4 on April 24, 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Mamba24 : "The Bulls will beat the Cavs in 7 games".

Bottom Line : Winning that 18th Celtic championship will be easier than I thought!


Red's Love Child, that was a good one I'll admit. I have to point out though, you have been conspicuously absent for most of the season.

Bottom Line : Winning that 18th Celtic championship will be easier than I thought! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | April 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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ROFLMAO!! Glad I could make your day Red! Lol
Mamba24

**Repost**
Trolls criticize only. Go after the trolls all you want, but don't diss the analytical fans just because we may seem pessimistic at times. Posted by: troy | April 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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I agree sir and Troy my apologies for my hasty reply. If you are looking at the Boston Miami game, even Magic is not himself and is predicting a Thunder win of the series if The freakin Lakers lose Game 5. So once again please excuse my laker passion and hope you accept my apology. Believe that you do have my respect Brother.
Mamba24(LarrY)

Posted by: mamba24 | April 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Mark G.....You`re very observant.

Like the Celtics, I used the regular season to rest up for the playoffs!

Sniff...sniff...snifff What's stinks in here? Oh,never mind, it's just the LA Fakers. Posted by: Calvin Broadus | April 25, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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If it's so stinky what the Frak you hanging around here for? What you a stink freak or could it be your odor that's stinking the place up?

Mark G.....You`re very observant.

Like the Celtics, I used the regular season to rest up for the playoffs!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | April 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Lol, apparently it's working for both of you.

Are we certain these Lakers are defending champions?

Because they haven't acted like it since November.

If I didn't watch NBA last year...

I would think that OKC were the defending champs. And you would too.

The curse of signing a slightly autistic/thug/mentally deficient player like Artest is going to haunt the Lakers for the length of his contract.

If any fan base should understand karma, it's the self-absorbed, botox injected, egocentric people who occupy the courtside seats at the Staples Center.

Typical of Celitcs fan to come here to gloat. Let's see when they get swept by the Cavs. No one is beating the Cavs this year unfortunately.

I'm just hoping for the curse of Cleveland to derail Cavs despite all of David Troll Stern's antics to try to get a Lequeen versus Melo or Durant finals. I need the ghosts of Earnest Byner and the curse of the "Drive" and the Tribe's ALCS loss to Sox after being up 3-1 to derail the Cavs this year.

As for the Lakers, Kobe is too beat up to help the Lakers win this year. If they can't make wholesale changes in the off season, it's going to be a very long 4 years as Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol's bloated contracts will handicap the Lakers.

I'm hoping that Cleveland is a cursed city like San Diego so that they won't win a championship in a major sport, at least not for 50 years like the Indians.

Hey Red! DWade is on fire!!


Hey Red, DWade 44 points! It's a Tsunami!!!!


Posted by: Mamba24 | April 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Charley Rosen(Fox) and Jeff Miller(OCRegister)both though Kid Kobe did not shoot in the 1st quarter because he was pouting again and sticking it to Jackson for daring to criticize his shot selection. I completely agree. This kid has the maturity of a day old puppy!

Poor Dr Buss. Down $90 million!

He could have had a Kevin Durant for less than $5 million.

A better player with better character and maturity !!!

I was going to comment last night about this, but since caught in the web is up today, I'll comment now.

Eric Wright = Eazy-E's real name
Calvin Broadus = Snoop Dog's real name

The very second I saw a post that said "Calvin Broadus" I knew these people were one in the same.

Now, there's also an O'shea Jackson (Ice Cube), but I can't confirm they're the same person until I see the "F" word... since Snoop Doggy just used the F word above, I'm 100% confident.

Now that I solved the blog's problem, time to turn the attention to the Lakers.

I think a decent chunk of us have isolated the problems plaguing the team for nearly the whole year - no need to rehash. Instead, I'd like to point out that in 2008, the Celtics looked like total garbage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. They looked like semi dirt in the ECF, and then turned to corner by the time the finals rolled around.

I'm hoping for something similar with the Lakers.

The biggest difference being that the greenies that year dominated the other good teams while these Lakers did not (but I think we can all agree they're at least CAPABLE)

So here's to living up to our potential.

Just do it already.

Charley Rosen(Fox) and Jeff Miller(OCRegister)both though Kid Kobe did not shoot in the 1st quarter because he was pouting again and sticking it to Jackson for daring to criticize his shot selection. I completely agree. This kid has the maturity of a day old puppy!

Poor Dr Buss. Down $90 million!

He could have had a Kevin Durant for less than $5 million.

A better player with better character and maturity !!!

Posted by: Purple&Gold | April 25, 2010 at 12:26 PM

That is a ridiculous thing to say. Kobe is following the game plan, which is moving the ball and passing it into the post. The whole team got outplayed and outhustled.

That's why homecourt advantage is important. We will play with more intensity at home and take game 5 and be in control.

Tim-4-Show,

"The very second I saw a post that said "Calvin Broadus" I knew these people were one in the same."

The time I first read "Calvin's" post, I knew it was Eric Wright.

Same sentence structure, same vocabulary, same diahreah of the mind.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Here's the thing about the celtics and Cavs - I'd have to want the celtics. For two reasons:
1. I'd rather see ANYONE in the finals besides LBJ and especially Shaq
2. Assuming we get to the finals, ANYONE but the Cavs are decidedly beatable, and that includes the greenies.

It's already well known that garnett's gold teeth have lost their shine and have started to corrode - he's worse than old money now - he's spent money.

Kobe, Phil, and the Lakers have a stockpile of gold so large that it must be kept under guard at Ft. Knox. Our biggest problem is that we arguably have too much.... too much to care, that is.

Let's fix it and get back to winnin' time.

Last year we needed a seven game series against Houston to "wake up" hopefully this year a six game series against the Thunder will be enough for us to "wake up."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Let's stay calm, folks! Yes, the team has an identity crisis. Paul wants to lead but can't mentally. Bynum want to lead but can't physically. Kobe is trying to respond to criticism from everyone including his coach, not to shoot too much. You guys see what happened last night when Kobe deferred himself and trying to be a facilitator instead of "Black Mamba?"

Let's see , do you remember Chili's baby backrib commercial? Let's adopt this concept to our beloved Lakers!

I want by Black Mamba Back!
I want Kobe to shoot 30 times a night!
I want Kobe to score 40 plus on Tuesday even though it's half of the score this team would shoot!
I want Pau to hush and play his role as #2 man on the team! Stop Whining Pau!
I want the cold heart "Black Mamba" back! B'cause this sharing ball concept is STINK!!!

Phil, let us have our Mamba Back! He's our Kraken! Release the Kraken!!!

By the way, Cavs fans are very nervous about today's game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Tim-4-show, Jon K....OUT FREAKIN STANDING GUYS!!
MAMBA24

I want by Black Mamba Back!
I want Kobe to shoot 30 times a night!
I want Kobe to score 40 plus on Tuesday even though it's half of the score this team would shoot!
I want Pau to hush and play his role as #2 man on the team! Stop Whining Pau!
I want the cold heart "Black Mamba" back! B'cause this sharing ball concept is STINK!!! Phil, let us have our Mamba Back! He's our Kraken! Release the Kraken!!! Posted by: Wallace | April 25, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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OOOOOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
PREACH WALLACE, PREACH!!!
MAMBA24

Sorry Princess Jimmy, But the Bulls are going to tie up this series today. Despite anything Darth Stern tries!

Miami, 101-92... outscoring Boston in the 4th quarter by a 30-15 margin?!?

Now I know exactly what you Laker fans were screaming about all season....David Stern IS fixing these damn games again!!!!

Now I know exactly what you Laker fans were screaming about all season....David Stern IS fixing these damn games again!!!! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | April 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Hahah! Glad to see you're a good sport about this Red. Never fear, Our teams will meet in the finals and...there can be but one. The Freakin LA Lakers!
Mamba24

Tim-4-Show, nice detective work!

Here's the problem...

The Thunder are denying the entry pass into the post and are using two men to do it.

Why?

Because they can leave Fisher and Artest wide open. Last night Fisher got something of his shot back, thereby fulfilling his basic responsibility, but Artest didn't! Thriller refuses to play fricken offense and as a result the Zombie Sonics can put all their energy into negating our size advantage in the post.

Fricken ridiculous!

Ron? Remember when you said that we should put all the blame on you if we don't win a Championship this year including throwing rotten tomatoes at you and all? I remember that!

Dude, play some fricken offense and make your shots! You've GOT to be able to make at least 50% of OPEN, UNCONTESTED SHOTS, OKAY?!?!?!?

Seriously, make the opponent RESPECT YOU!!!! You're Ron-Fricken-Artest, the most terrifying player in the NBA!!!! HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT?!?!?!?

Stop putting your faith in a stupid, childish haircut and start putting it back into your game, okay?!?!?!?!?

AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MM,

you wrote: i think my viewpoint has been misconstruedinto arguing that the lakers need to feed the bigs just for the sake of feeding the bigs. that's not the case at all. all i've said all along is they need to look for them first because of the team's inherent size advantage as a means to get the offense going. if they don't have good looks inside or are being denied entry passes, then the offense needs to adjust where kobe is now putting the defense on its heels or getting ball movement around the perimeter to force the defense to rotate quickly. i hope that makes sense

my response: Thanks for the clarification. I think that I have to argue that
the size advantage is not a means to get the offense going. At least based
upon what OKC has done. The argument, as promoted by LakerTom, is that
our size advantage translates into a basketball advantage. That is not a true
statement. Mbenga would be a size advantage, but it's questionable as to
whether anyone would think he would be a basketball advantage over
Bynum. At least LakerTom wouldn't agree to that.

Once again, thanks for the clarification on your point of view.


To LakerTom,

Hey Old Man, stop hiding. Your boy Bynum said:

"They played harder than us," said center Andrew Bynum, whose 10 rebounds led his team. "That's all it is."

Go back to December when a certain Hobbitmage questioned Bynum's
effort. Go back to questions about Gasol's toughness. Sling that
"disingenuous" comment again.

re: inside-outside basketball.

"We don't want to let their big guys get it where they can do damage," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, acknowledging the Lakers' size advantage.

So when I said that the fronting, by OKC was a problem, didn't you come up
with some lame comment?

C'mon LakerTom. Man up! Tell me about Bynum the Beast. Tell me about
Lamar as the pg. Tell me that *TALL* and *LENGTH* beats quickness.

re: Gasoft

Jackson said the Lakers should be able to counter, but have to be careful about forcing the ball inside. He also said his team needs to be more aggressive in setting up, and delivering passes on time.

"In our offense, we're designed for (a fronting defense)," he said. "But they're beating us (to court position) nine times out of 10."

my response: So when I spoke earlier of effort. When I spoke about Gasol
not fighting for position. Didn't you clown me. Something about spinning
me around so I fall on my ass?

Aren't you going to preach "inside-outside" basketball? Teach me about
lobbing the ball inside. C'mon grandma! Give me somethin' here. Where
is the silver lining?

Mamba24(LarrY):

Yup. I'm texting Jeanie (Buss) about my message earlier to "Release our Kraken!" Perhaps she can clean some wax out of Phil's ears so he can hear our message!! This is Kobe's Team. He gave us a championship last year by shooting 20-25 times every night. Let's go back to the plan that worked magically last year and not the one employed this year (Trying to please the our big men) but does not work!!

"RELEASE THE LAKERS' KRAKEN!" OKC HAS NO PLAYERS NAME ALICE, DO THEY?

GO LAKERS!
IN KOBE I TRUST!

C'mon grandma! Give me somethin' here. Where is the silver lining?
Posted by: hobbitmage | April 25, 2010 at 01:04 PM
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Awww! Low blow, Low Blow!
mamba24

Down goes Princess Jimmy, Down goes Princess Jimmy! Oh the Humanity. It looks like we are getting to see another Paula Pierce here folks! Get the wheelchair ready! Lol!

Laker fans don't worry...........Latest inside info is that Dr. Buss and Group will trade Bynum, Odom and Artest after the season to make room for Duane Wade and an effort to secure Dwight Howard..............Here we go!!!!!

RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRAKEN, clap, clap, clap clap clap!!

The two statistics that drive me nuts from yesterday's game:

20 more freethrows for the Zombie Sonics.

Lakers .182 from three-point land (5-22).

Ridiculous.

The Zombie Sonics have shot 42 more freethrows than the Lakers over the last two games. 42 MORE FREETHROWS!!!! How is that okay?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K.

What about second-chance points?

And rebounds?????????

Gee, two 7-footers and no inside game?

The Zombie Sonics have shot 42 more freethrows than the Lakers over the last two games. 42 MORE FREETHROWS!!!! How is that okay?Posted by: Jon K. | April 25, 2010 at 01:21 PM
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The only one stronger than Darth Stern is Eric Holder, The U.S. attorney general. You hear that Darth Stern? If you didn't Ask Tim Donaghy about it.
Mamba24(Larry C.)

Maybe Gasol and Bynum will be known as the "twin single-stories"..........

By the way, I find it absolutely HI-LARIOUS that Eric Wright/Calvin Broadus is hiding behind the names of L.A. rappers when he's just some kid straight outta Edmonton.

A real hardcore Canadian gangsta ripping on our beloved Lakers. What a loser.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Kirk Hinrich sure would have been a great addition to the Lakers.

By the way, I find it absolutely HI-LARIOUS that Eric Wright/Calvin Broadus is hiding behind the names of L.A. rappers when he's just some kid straight outta Edmonton. A real hardcore Canadian gangsta ripping on our beloved Lakers. What a loser.Posted by: Jon K. | April 25, 2010 at 01:27 PM
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LMFAO!! PREACH JONK, PREACH!!

Mamba24,

have you noticed that I'm downright courteous to everyone not named
LakerTom?

Do you know why?

Because LakerTom slings insults from the bushes. He doesn't engage in
dialogue. He doesn't support his claims with basketball facts/trivia.
When he's shown to be wrong, he goes back to hiding and only comes out
when Bynum has a good game against a mediocre team. If he
showed up and said, "Hobbit, I was wrong." I'd be like: "cool. So have I.
Let's go from here." [ ref. conversations with KB Blitz ]

He's preaching showdow not substance and if you don't agree it's because you
don't know jack.

Think about this: Kobe just did exactly what LakerTom wanted and the
Lakers got beaten like a rug. All of the regulars have showed up and given
.02 cents. Where is LakerTom? Worshiping at the altar of Bynum.

If you have GrandMa's email, tell him to shop at Macy's later. The
Lakers are in trouble and we need his help. :)

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Mamba24, have you noticed that I'm downright courteous to everyone not named LakerTom? He's preaching showdow not substance and if you don't agree it's because you don't know jack. If you have GrandMa's email, tell him to shop at Macy's later. The lakers are in trouble and we need his help. :)
Posted by: hobbitmage | April 25, 2010 at 01:39 PM
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Yeah Hobbitmage, I've noticed the difference you have towards LakerTom compared to other posters. As for my not knowing Jack, Hey brother I've always been out front in saying I was more a Court Jester and Cheerleader for the Lakers than an X and o's man. Be all that as it may, I stand on my saying low-blow to your calling him grandma. To some and I hate to use this anology but Just as the "N" word may be anathema to Blacks, Grandma may be consider a perjorative to a patriarch who's seen 3 generations of a family. You can agree or disagree, that's cool, I'm not trying to 'dis' I'm just saying This aint nothing but Sports man. It aint that serious!
Mamba24(Larry C.)

STERN AT WORK AGAIN.

DWADE 14 trips to the line in an elimination game.. HAHAHA!

he was averaging 5 FTs in prior 3 games... i repeat only 5 and now got 14 freebies to extend series.. GO FIGURE!

players like dwade, durant, and the crab arent stupid.. they know when they're getting the calls and as a result become more aggressive.

the argument of they were aggressive and deserved the calls is OUTRIGHT LUDICRIOUS.. its the exact opposite at work.. more often than not its the refs that determine WHO the aggressors are.. when you know you gettin the calls YOU BECOME THE AGGRESSOR NOT VICE VERSA...

case and point.. last 2 laker games.. people argue the thunder *DESERVED* the calls as aggressors.. FREAKIN BS.. LAKERS WERE THE AGGRESSORS TO START GAME 3 BEFORE THE REFS TOOK OVER.. that game was supposed to be over and lakers shouldve been up 3-0 BUT STERN WOULD NEVER ALLOW IT... thunders then became aggressors as a result of the calls and then continued their momentum to game4 and havent looked back...

say what you will but have you tried doing anything when you know the system is working against you.. when you can do no right... your life gets sucked right out of you.. you lose intensity and passion..

just look at the stats.. thunder outshot lakers at the line 48-28 in game 4 and 34-12 game3.. lakers got completely taken out of their game plan.. this aint no coincidence.. i can go back and write a 100 page dissertation chronicling the coincidence or mere fate or correlation of FT disparity between nba teams during a playoff series and key elimination games or for those players that stern favors.. only if i had the time.

but wait there is a silver lining.. game 5 is back at home.. and stern will not allow lakers to be down 3-2 to the thunder.. we will get the calls in game 5 and we will become the AGGRESSORS and we will regain momentum.. trust me on this..

ITS ALL SCRIPTED.

ITS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$.

THE NBA... WHERE *CORRUPTION* HAPPENS.

So Magic Johnson, now proclaims Princess Jimmy the Best Player in the NBA & says he will be the best player for the next decade. I say Magic you may be Mr. Laker, but with all due respect...Frak you.

ITS ALL SCRIPTED. ITS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$. THE NBA... WHERE *CORRUPTION* HAPPENS. Posted by: yellofever | April 25, 2010 at 01:53 PM
OOOOOOH WEEEEEE!!! ROFLMAO!! YES, MY GOODNESS YES!!
mamba24

Calm down Jon K., Calm down! Lol!

Snoop Dogg is banned and is the same as Eric Wright and O'Shea Jackson

Please do not engage the trolls

MM

My man, Mamba24,

We're on the same page, never forget it.

-troy

From a pure analytical standpoint, I think we'll be okay.

The blowout loss is better than a close loss. A close loss means the Lakers competed and the Thunder competed, and the better team won.

A blowout means one team competed and the other didn't, for whatever reason.
Between Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant, they'll figure this thing out. When the Lakers compete, the Thunder can't beat them, at least not twice at Staples.

I'm already looking at the 2nd round, hoping Utah prevails. Of course, all this may change come Tuesday.

But for now, I stick by my original assessment. Lakers in 7.

Mamba24:

What do you think Magic would say? He got paid by ESPN who is promoting Lebron. I'm with you that the Lakers' icon such as Magic would come out in the middle of the playoff to proclaim Lebron as the best players in NBA when he hasn't won a dang thing except for the NBA's MVP.

I'm with you 100% F/U Magic, thanks for those of us who always stand behind you as the best Lakers' players! We could easily pick Jerry West or Kareem but we chose you.

I hope that Kobe would be around long enough to win 2 more championships for our team so we can pick him as the best Lakers ever instead of Magic!!!

IT’S JUST ONE GAME !!!
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TROY… “I was the only one on this blog who predicted the Lakers in 7 games...” Good stuff, Troy. You made some excellent points. While I still think we will take this series in 6, I sure wouldn’t be surprised if it went 7. My earlier prediction of a sweep obviously seems overly optimistic at this point. And while I give the Thunder great credit, most of the blame still goes to the Lakers, who played two of their worst playoff road games ever.
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TSPHERE… “I wouldn't overreact. That was just a stupid game.” There are two ways for fans to look at losses such as the Lakers endured last night. If your team is the Clippers or Raptors and this happened, you probably put away your team jerseys and apparel and get ready for a long, painful offseason. If your team is the Lakers, however, you should expect this game to be the wakeup call the team desperately needed and thankfully got.
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JON… “Wow. My scroll wheel sure did get a lot of work over these last two threads. It's bizarre how so many "fans" experience so much glee after a painful loss.” LOL. The fans who crawled out from under their rocks to rudely celebrate last night’s loss are not real Lakers fans. No real Lakers fan would want their team to lose just prove they were right. What is important is that our Lakers win. The rest is nothing more than smack talk.
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RICK… “I wasn't going to re-post this, but I can't ignore the despair from every corner of this blog. One thing about us Lakers fans: We’re not good with adversity. Our team struggles, melts down, and fans quickly declare, they’re ready to abandon ship. We’re soft. We’re spoiled. We’d never make it as Cubs fans … or Red Sox fans.” LOL. Right on, Rick. What I still cannot understand is why certain bloggers think that I should act like a Cubs or Red Sox fan rather than a Lakers fan who has personally watched his team win 10 NBA championships.
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HOBBITMAGE… I should ignore your juvenile taunts and insults, especially since you have demonstrated over and over that you are not really interested in having an honest and/or intelligent discussion about the Lakers. Your entire existence on this blog is a form of mental masturbation that allows you to imagine that you are an elite martial arts basketball guru and professional sports debater rather than the burro of your own joke.
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YELLOFEVER… “the argument of they were aggressive and deserved the calls is OUTRIGHT LUDICRIOUS.. it’s the exact opposite at work.. more often than not it’s the refs that determine WHO the aggressors are..” It may not meet the legal definition of a conspiracy but there definitely seems to be a trend that the team behind in a series and/or the team playing at home end up getting a helping hand from the refs. You can’t deny that.
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TOM

Finally I've gone through all the posts and all the comments after yesterday horrifying demise.

Don't know what hurt me the most, if the game of yesterday or reading some of the rainpours and personal attacks around, or that creatively composed verbal diharrea of oucchhhhh that seems to hate so much MM to find natural to fullfill all threads with a minimum if ten posts, all virulently personal (man, seriously... don't know hwat frustrates you but it's like a bit too... much?: a 8th of the total posts are yours... find a hobby. I mean... something else to do beside entertain us all with your statements against everybody who doesn't really think high of you? Of course all that you are gonna answer to me simply won't matter in my world, but I will read your creativity displayed with fun mode on).

Before I forget: hobbitmage, the italian for "slackers" is "fannulloni", means somebody lacking any will and intentionality to go through any given job, or someone so lazy that he won't use any of his skills to reach a valid point, actively or logically.
If that was the comparison for the Lakers yesterday... wow, I couldn't agree more (I actually also agreed pretty much on your analysis about Kobe's game 3 and 4... some of what you did say in posts, I have said it during chats. )

Troy: thank you. It was nice to read that you said about me and Larry.
I actually am proud to be a cheerleder: in the sense I feel I cannot ever give up in supporting my players.
Even when (and yesterday you know what I was telling in chat) they TOTALLY disappoint me and make me wonder why they have even attempted to reach a floor they clearly weren't fit to be upon.
I just disagree about your questioning of that infamous "playoff button" existence: sure, we aren't pushing it in (and I have some reasons for that: injuries, a really deleterious self complacency, a bad interaction and - yes I am gonna say it - a bad tenure of the bench that is just not holding up to fix the evident drama that is going on on court...), but there is one team of our legacy and same "nobleness" which is actually doing it, making an evidence something "like that" does actually exist.
For how much it hurts... gotta admit the Green Enemies have pushed that button so far (again.. they don't have the troubles, physically, that we have. which is always the main point).

That hurts a whole world. Badly.

But I don't want to make up excuses.

I won't even mention the awful referees (which count, a lot: game 3 we lost it, but a decent referee work not charging us with fouls like fountains and let us enter the fourth quarter with a clearer state of mind would have most certainly produced a very different quarter, imho): I won't, cos yesterday Lakers displayed their WORST in such abundance I feel if I will blame someone else's but them I won't do them any favour.

Lamar is mia from the start of teh series; Pau yesterday was irritating; Derek and Kobe shot at their worst; Bench... don't let me mention them singularly because all put together they couldn't make HALF a player, so no way I am gonna name any of them.
Ron Ron was wandering around instead of sticking like he should have on KD pants, and his shots were as off as a radio station in the Sea of Tranquillity over the Moon. Maybe he was over the Moon too.
Andrew was simply lame. That kind of not good nor bad which is unacceptable in our younger and fresher player.

And in all this, PJ did absolutely nothing remarkable to glue the pieces together.
If there was a plan... all I know is that it was the WRONG plan.

Even cheerleaders can be critical, see?
But my reason for being critical in the end... still ONLY the one of being constructive for the team.
Those who are bashing and destroying these players can maybe find (I have no idea) some pleasurable effect out of it... but I don't see any point in that. They just sounds funny (bitterly funny) to me.

So.
I wonder why yesterday we didn't do A THING of what helped us having fairly game one.
OKC is a fast young and talented team... but honestly, they are not ALL THAT.
All of our sparkle is actually a demise firstly on our lazy side.
Yesterday the total lack of movement and reactivity appalled me.
And it was there from the start.
Just so wrong mentally approached as that... I have RARELY seen it.

No rebounds.
No precision...
what is the point to have a game plan, if we don't shoot teh ball correctly?
I have seen body moving like puppets on strings. I could predict shots gone wrong already by the start of those movements.
That was not shape trouble: it was hectic will that made us frantically unefficacious.

That frantically rampaging state of mind that seems transofrm all of us in schoolboys unable to attempt decent FT.

Listen: I can't take that. I can't cos that is teh whole problem of concebtration and focusing. All of our players can shot FT. All of our players aren't doing it and this has been a trouble all season. I can excuse Kobe for the finger. But the rest?

It's a mental problem.
Our weakness now is MENTAL.

And that is on each player, but I am afraid, it is also on the coaching staff. There's no discipline and it's like this boat wants to be moved in so many directions it's actually spinning around without moving forward.

Do a suggestion of stranding the team by not showing up at the Staples HELP in making that boat having a solely unique direction?
Don't think so.

It's exactly when the player need us more.

The lack of mental strenght they are having can be provided or propellered through OUR mental force.
It's not a caress of a mother that doesn't want to see the truth: it's a slapping in teh back bottom to push them forward.
Something strong and driven.
To give them that strenght and drive they seem to have buried God knows where away.

These players know what they have in and have used it already to win.
Those things don't disappear.
They can just decide to bury them down, telling themselves tales to not face the only reality: To win, you GOTTA WORK YOUR WHOLE YOURSELF OUT.
HARD.
Nothing comes from free.
Nothing.

I hated watching the game yesterday.
But I did.
Because I support the Lakers.
Always.

Those crying heavy tears and whining and looking like they are almost happy they vented up for shameful games really make me pity them.

What joy can be there?
What fanship?

Look, I will always support this team.
And never in my life I will wish them to lose, or claim I am happy they did, or WISH that they will like some entertaining folks here are doing (see sarcasm there).
But that doesn't mean I cannot criticize them.

I did yesterday HEAVILY.
I still ashamed of yesterday game, hours and hours later.

I criticized all my players and I would be ready to (politely) repeat any single word in them faces, in fact.

But in the end, I criticized them because they were NOT delivering: which means I do know that they can do so much better. That kind of much better that can make us win this series HANDS down.

OKC is nowhere this super team some is writing about.
Please.
They are just a very good looking team, who ended 8th and has lots of enthusiasm.
That team that we rode very well and pretty smoothly a week ago.

Why?

Because WE PLAYED a week ago.

Yesterday we didn't.

I ask my players to show up.

I will do my part and still cheering.

Those who give up in their fanship, sorry, are not anything different than some of our guys yesterday lazingly shooting around like they were embarassed to be there even.

Same wrong assumption that the goodness can come without a price of huge effort to be paid for it.

I didn't like my players doing that.
And you can bet I will never try to be that kind of lazy spoiled and "slackerly indulging" type of fan either.

And no, I am not blind nor dumb for it.
Contrariwise: I just know what they can do. And I will shout to them, always:

JUST FRIGGIN DO IT!!!! (I got you Rick ;))

Because, simply put, you can.
I know this.
And YOU do know this.

Then I'll take what comes.
But never ever you will see me give up on my team.

Have a nice day over there. ;)

My man, Mamba24, We're on the same page, never forget it.
-troy Posted by: troy | April 25, 2010 at 02:08 PM
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Careful there Troy, I'm just a cheerleader bro., you got a lot more BBall IQ than I do. Lol! But thanks, I'll take it in the spirit it was given.
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I'm with you 100% F/U Magic, thanks for those of us who always stand behind you as the best Lakers' players! We could easily pick Jerry West or Kareem but we chose you. I hope that Kobe would be around long enough to win 2 more championships for our team so we can pick him as the best Lakers ever instead of Magic!!!Posted by: Wallace | April 25, 2010 at 02:18 PM

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It's hard for me to dis Mr.Laker, but then again some things just have to be said. Also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!
mamba24

Well there goes my Freaking Bulls prediction. I think I'll go back to Cheerleading!
Mamba24

JUST FRIGGIN DO IT!!!! (I got you Rick ;)) Because, simply put, you can.
I know this. And YOU do know this. Then I'll take what comes. But never ever you will see me give up on my team. Have a nice day over there. ;)
Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | April 25, 2010 at 02:23 PM
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Zaira, from one cheerleader to another...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!
mamba24(larry)

The Thunder are good and all, but in a 2-2 series tie, game 5 always separates the men from the boys!!

This is where the Lakers will earn their pay.

Seems Like that Lakers Pride is still there. To the Lakers Nation & the Lakers Blog...OUT FREAKIN STANDING & KUDOS TO ALL!!!!
MAMBA24

@MM, again Blog God you are doing an outstanding job!
Mamba24(Larry)

PREACH DAN THE MAN, PREACH!!!
mamba24

Phil Jackson will decide to defend their championship at start of seventh game between Thunder vs Lakers like Boston did a few years ago against young Hawk team. Lakers should consider why did they use Ariza in guard position last year? Who can play that position? Odom would prevent switches and foul problems but need rest to go full game. All games show problem with three point shooting by guard court. Unless at end of quarter or game should try to shoot a shot that can be made vs show off shoots. Forwards also have three point shot problems in both games. You need a balance of both to get open looks. Boston never passes up an open look while Lakers movement of ball sometimes causes them to take last second shots or poor shots. Lakers need to make free-throws, too Lakers should remember first meeting with Clippers to understand defense and shots. Thunder are getting better each game with experience from lakers, why? They learn from mistakes do lakers?
Who can guard Westbrook from bench should be topic of discussion. Centers are 3-15 from field. Fisher and Bryant should shoot three-point shot with rest rebounding.

why is everyone engaging with trolls? do not feed the green ones. i hope the rest for 2 days helps the lakers because they did not look last night. ok for now

I think it is time to come back from my self imposed exhile. I see the negative vibe is still alive and going strong.
But I don't care because I will give mho anyways. The anti Bynum cancer is still clueless and PJ reverting to no adjustment PJ. This is beginning to look the the old Suns series up 3-0 and lost 4-3. I noticed the trinagle offense has turned into the arc offense. I see pg or whoever bring the ball up court and the ball passed all around the perimeter (ARC) and no pass to the paint util about 10 seconds on shot clock and ball passed back out for low percentage 3-pointer. Problem with that is our perimeter shooters can't hit shots consistently due to age, hand and various injuries, and immaturity to come done court and not set up offense but shoot 3 pointer and missing those shots. But some trolls wishing he would start. I would take Fish over him anyday(Farmar). So why not attack the paint and get and maintan lead? We start inside and go away from that to arc offense. The Thunder attack the rim as soon as Bynum goes out and LO not getting job done. How about throwing a new wrinkle at them? PJ when Drew leaves the game put in Mbenga so you still have size advantage. Also when Ron needs a spell put LO on Durant to negate size advantage. Much better than Luke. Use Powell at the three too. Just to change things up a bit. PJ you wanted tunder and you got them.Now adjust to take their advantage of youth and speed against them. On offense Attack the rim I mean attack the rim especially by dribble penetration and go for dunks, finger rolls, tear drops or dishing to big. Forget passing outsideuntil we can hit those shots. Stay away from 3's and go for midrange game from perimeter players when they do shoot. And lay off Laker Tom because he knows we need Bynum and he can't be impact player if you don't give him the ball. And on Drews part he should physically work over Collison who is shoter and weaker. When cutting side to side bull him closer to basket and he wll be closer to basket for dunk or Collison should be called for impeding progress. Attack the rim get fouls called on them and take this series.

I heard Magics comment about LBJ being the best.
Suppose, maybe, possibly, he was trying to light a fire under Kobe?
Like, ok Kobe dude, you want to be considered the best then now is the time to show it.
Anyway, even if he meant it, I still feel the same about Magic.
He is my favorite Laker and I think still the best Laker ever.
When Kobe plays all five positions and wins the championship, maybe I'll change my mind. I'd also be willing to bet if Magic (from his prime) were on this years Laker team in place of Kobe they would be a better team.
Don't dis on Magic, he really doesn't deserve it.

Forgot the last sentence:
Magic would be able to get the ball inside to the bigs.
How quickly we forget just how good he was.

There is NO conspiracy. And if there was, it would be in FAVOR of the lakers. Stern once said his ideal Finals would be lakers vs lakers. You people crack me up.

Too bad Buss in on the hook for 180 mill (counting lux tax) for a 31 yr old jump shooter who pouts when he is criticized. Too bad you didn't make more of an effort to keep Ariza. Too bad neither Boston nor LA will be in the Finals this year, and I shall not watch a minute.
Bye Bye Bynum - as he is the ONLY marketable piece you have to trade this off-season. Wonder who you could get for an oft-injured, under-achieving 21 yr old that makes 12 mill per year?

I hate to say it, but Cleveland has the same look you guys had last year, and we had in 2008. They will be very tough to beat. Unfortunately, we will get to play them and you won't!

Mamba24 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !

YO! YO! YO!

MORE of Mamba24 A LOT LESS of the Dfish trolls !!! Positive thoughts people! we are 2-2 in better shape than Mavs & Nugs and in game 5 WE WILL TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THIS SERIES !!!

who isn't sick and tired of this "young and athletic" thing? the feckless media has glommed onto it "just in case" the DEFENDING CHAMPS don't prevail...

BUT PREVAIL WE WILL !!! DESPITE THE TROLLS and the spineless and feckless nay sayers.

LAKERS BAYBE !! LAKERS LAKERS 1 2 3. LAKERS LAKERS that is who i wannabe! LAKERS LAKERS 1 2 3. LAKERS LAKERS 2010 - will add to the DYNASTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO LAKERS !!!

LAKERS YEAH BAYBE !!!!!!!!

I hate to say it, but Cleveland has the same look you guys had last year, and we had in 2008. They will be very tough to beat. Unfortunately, we will get to play them and you won't! Posted by: Giant Green Bald-Headed Lunatic | April 25, 2010 at 03:08 PM
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Ha, haha! Hey buddy where you been? Lakers may be down, but we aint out by a long shot. Never fear sir, you will get that Lakers, Celtics rematch we all so long for. So I wish your team good luck till the finals at which time, I'm sorry but the lakers will send them back into hibernation for another Decade.
Until the Finals, all the best!
Mamba24(larry)

LakerTom,

I have 1 question for you: Do you honestly feel that calling me "disingenuous"
is actually *mature*???? It's a big word, but is that Mature???

"Straight outta Edmonton"

Jon, this made me laugh hard - excellent repartee

I think I'm seeing a few people buying into my hope that this team will find a way to turn the corner like the 08 celtics (they looked TERRIBLE in the playoffs). What else can we hope for?

And it's too early to talk about trades, and so Wade & Howard on the Lakers is a pipe dream not even worth talking about. Not worth talking about even if today's date was July 1 because it will never happen (and by never, I mean never in their prime)

Is there any truth to the post that the Lakers brass were wanting Kobe to opt out of Team USA? I can't remember who posted it (a few threads ago), but if true, hallelujah.

I hope PJ is torturing the players right now with endless reruns of game tape

BUT PREVAIL WE WILL !!! DESPITE THE TROLLS and the spineless and feckless nay sayers.LAKERS BAYBE !! LAKERS LAKERS 1 2 3. LAKERS LAKERS that is who i wannabe! LAKERS LAKERS 1 2 3. LAKERS LAKERS 2010 - will add to the DYNASTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO LAKERS !!!
LAKERS YEAH BAYBE !!!!!!!! Posted by: kensey | April 25, 2010 at 03:14 PM
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PREACH KENSEY, PREACH!!!! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! AND...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
MAMBA24(LARRY)

ITS ALL SCRIPTED. ITS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$. THE NBA... WHERE *CORRUPTION* HAPPENS. Posted by: yellofever | April 25, 2010 at 01:53 PM

Thanks for reminding me of this!!!! This does sway me into believing that the Lakers, no matter how poorly they are playing , will make it past the thunder and maybe even to the finals.
There is just too much money to be lost by the NBA if the Lakers don't make it to the finals.
Keep the purple and gold hope alive!

Mamba24 - respect, man. Good Luck until we meet again!!

"Snoop Dogg is banned and is the same as Eric Wright and O'Shea Jackson
Please do not engage the trolls"- MM

THANK YOU VERY MUCH- I was getting tired of reading all of his thoughtless and biased garbage!

BTW, I think you have been doing a great job with the blog since you took over.

Magic has lost his way. Like, what - climbing on the LBJ band-wagon is in any way genuine or original at this point? What is the point of even uttering the words? It's a waste of airspace, bandwidth, and CO2 molecules.

Freakin' Frak. THe LAKER franchise, in which he has an ownership stake, has it's back against the playoff wall, and he says THAT?

Freakin' Freak. That gets no play out this way I have to say. Head scratchin' and troll dissin I ain't takin' any of that.

It's the Laker way or the highway, my friend.

What was it Rudy T used to say? "Don't ever underestimate the LACK of heart of a champion"...no wait...

honestly, the loss of ariza horribly ruined the chemistry of the team. It doesn't even matter if artest is better, with ariza we would've had such an amazing chemistry it would have been ridiculous.

@Giant Green Bald-Headed Lunatic , Thank you sir and once again good luck to your team also. See you in the Finals!
Mamba24(Larry)

Does anyone think that it's even a possibility that Buss Sr. will allow a trade that involves Bynum this summer, considering the fact that he wants Jr. to take over the reigns of the franchise in the near future?
I think that if the Lakers don't make it at least to the finals, he has to do something drastic to shake up this team, and getting rid of a guy who's body breaks down at the end of every season and replacing him with a young and talented PG like DRose or DWilliams would be the best solution.
Also, if the Zen Master decides to take a year off or go elsewhere, than it would make even more sense to scrap the slow twin towers approach, as well as the triangle, and grab a real PG who can run the show and make everyone else around himself better.

s there any truth to the post that the Lakers brass were wanting Kobe to opt out of Team USA? I can't remember who posted it (a few threads ago), but if true, hallelujah.
Posted by: Tim-4-Show | April 25, 2010 at 03:29 PM
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Yes Tim, here it is again (from todays Simers article).
I hope they hold firm to this for everyone's sake.
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KUPCHAK SAID he knows Kobe has commitments internationally, but he would like him to take this summer off.

"He needs to think differently,'' he said about Bryant's summer plans.

The amount of ref-whining in this thread is extraordinary. All of you who are complaining about free throws non-stop and claiming that Stern is actually telling the refs to throw games for Wade/Durant/Melo/Lebron - what were you saying when the Kings were whining the same things in 2001?

The tide is turning, the tide is turning, the tide is turning.

Mamba24(Larry), Zaira, Tim-4-Show, Dan the Man, Troy, and other voices of sanity have come forward and spoken out. If you belong in this group and I've not included you, my apologies.

No doubt about it, Game 4 by the Lakers was a complete tutorial on how NOT to play championship basketball. But what matters is how they play going forward, starting with Game 5.

There'll likely be plenty of soundbites forthcoming at Monday's practice about how the team will answer the Thunder's challenge. As with all the post-game interviews in the series, so far, I will ignore them. All statements that matter will come on the floor, starting on Tuesday night at tip-off.

Taking Dallas +3. Are the Mavs such wussies that they will go down 3-1 ?? I don't think so kids.

I liked the way Dirk elbowed and battled in the last game. I think that pays dividends. When? NOW damnit NOW. That last game I gotta lot of respect for Dirk. Bynum and Pau need to look at the tape of that stuff. Elbows RULE. Head butts ROCK. Face plants?? eh, not so much.

Freakin' Freak. That gets no play out this way I have to say. Head scratchin' and troll dissin I ain't takin' any of that. It's the Laker way or the highway, my friend. Posted by: kensey | April 25, 2010 at 03:37 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!
Kensey my friend, bottle some of that spirit and save it for Tuesday!
I feel a Tornado rising. Thunder, Kevin Durant, be afraid, be VERY AFRAID!!.
I sense the entire arsenal of The Lakers is about to be released. Black Mamba will be ACTIVATED , Thriller will be RELEASED from his straight jacket, LO will be denied any sweets until he scores a triple double, Gasol will eat his Wheaties! ...WHOA UNTO YOU OK. THUNDER, YOU HAVE AWAKEN A GIANT AND WILL REAP THE WHIRLWIND. WHY?.. BECAUSE WE ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS AND THE ONLY TEAM THAT CAN BEAT THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS IS THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS. LAKERS TODAY, LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER!!!

what were you saying when the Kings were whining the same things in 2001?
Posted by: LA Guy | April 25, 2010 at 03:56 PM
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We were saying, AND IT COUNTS!!! ROFLMFAO!!!
MAMBA24

The tide is turning, the tide is turning, the tide is turning. . All statements that matter will come on the floor, starting on Tuesday night at tip-off. Posted by: Rick Friedman | April 25, 2010 at 03:56 PM
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By God, it's a freakin AVALANCHE!!!! Now see what you started Rick Friedman?
KUDOOOOOOOOOOS!!!
mamba24(larry)

**GOOD NIGHT LAKER NATION IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RUDY T:
"NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION!!
I'M FREAKIN PROUD OF ALL OF YOU!!!
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THE LAKERS PLEDGE: WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, OK Thunder Who the Hell are You!

Miami, 101-92... outscoring Boston in the 4th quarter by a 30-15 margin?!?

Now I know exactly what you Laker fans were screaming about all season....David Stern IS fixing these damn games again!!!!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | April 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I saw the game....Celtics is a playoff team, and I expect them to go to the very end....BUT what you said is right: weird calls, and remember, the hate is not only against the Lakers, Celtics have 17 titles and Darth don't like that...

Our only chance of getting a fair ref, is to face the Celtics in the finals. Any other team will get the "help"

Thanks MM,

Now, I feel safer again. But beware, just like the devil they will/can come back in whatever shape or form.

We all need healing, throw in Zaira's healing as well, after a humiliating loss last night. I was very disappointed but did not lose sleep because of it. They deserved the loss and I hope they can learn from it as quickly as before the next game. Hope this excerpts will help.

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Success doesn’t teach you much;
Only failure teaches you your most powerful lessons of victory

This is the irony of life.
Success doesn’t teach you much.
It’s failure that teaches you your most important Lessons of victory.
When you’re successful, sometimes you don’t know why you’re successful. You just assume that perhaps it’s this or that thing.
When you’re successful, you’re complacent.
When you’re successful, you’re not teachable.
When you’re successful, you’re proud.
When you’re successful, you’re hard-headed.
But when you fail, you fall on your face.
You hit the ground.
Bang!
You’re stunned.
You’re dazed.
You’ve got blood on your lips.
You’ve got massive pain on your knees.
Suddenly, you’re attentive.
Suddenly, you’re quiet.
Suddenly, you ask hard questions.
“Why did I fail?”
“What can I do so I won’t fail again?”
As you answer these questions, you learn lessons of victory.
And when you apply those lessons of victory, that’s when you succeed.
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I still believe! Never give up! GO LAKERS!

"I feel a Tornado rising. Thunder, Kevin Durant, be afraid, be VERY AFRAID!!. I sense the entire arsenal of The Lakers is about to be released."

SING IT SISTER!! NO FREAKIN' DOUBT my friend!!

This feels good. Real good. And I'll say this, I will not excuse taking the safe way and looking backward and nurse some kind of childhood hurt that the trolls are doin. How easy is it to look backward? Analyze this or that. Nah. Ain't feelin it that way and ain't doin it. Rather, I will make myself vulnerable and look forward into an unknown future and I will believe in THIS LAKER TEAM until the final buzzer has sounded!!

Many thanks Mamba24 for the good karma and spirit you are displaying on this board!!! Keep up the good work !!

Please sit back and appreciate a Laker Legend telling the truth and watch a new era in NBA history.
DON'T HATE, CELEBRATE!

Posted by: Jerry Heller | April 25, 2010 at 05:00 PM as a reference what Magic said about Le Bron vs. Kobe

how about:

Sit back and appreciate a Laker Legend PLAYING in front of your EYES!!!!!
DON'T HATE, JUST WATCH!!!!!!!!

isn't it MORE FUN to watch something EXCITING than to listen to a poor commentator who is recycling his old PLATITUDES?
(ps. by the way, your post told us where u r coming from. also Magic is defending his own Legacy. what is he left with?)

We don't have a PG who can penentrate, make a layup, pass it inside, instablish position, or shoot.

Furthermore, we have a forward in Artest who looks like a Clydesdale out there and shoots like one too.

We are essentially playing 3 on 5 on offense

Phil Jackson is going to live and die with these players and that is why we are in trouble.

HE MUST BENCH ARTEST FIRST AND FOREMOST

Durant isn't the problem so there is no need for Ron Ron's so called stellar defense.

WESTBROOK IS THE PROBLEM WE CAN'T STOP HIM

So whether Kobe has to guard him or Shannon, it doesn't matter,
IF WE DON'T STOP WESTBROOK WE WON'T WIN THIS SERIES

FISHER CANNOT GUARD ANYONE PERIOD

what was it earlier in the season that phil said? something to the effect that Fisher was going to continue to play until they lose.

IF PHIL IS SO STUBBORN THAT HE MEANT HE IS STICKING WITH FISHER UNTIL THEY LOSE A PLAYOFF SERIES..... HE SHOULD BE HUSTLED OUT OF THIS TOWN FASTER THAT YOU " HERE'S JOHNNY"


trolls
kobe bashers
kobe haters
revisionists

and

finally the place is buzzing: we anticipate with excitement the entrance of the Magic's Clowns.

honestly, the loss of ariza horribly ruined the chemistry of the team. It doesn't even matter if artest is better, with ariza we would've had such an amazing chemistry it would have been ridiculous.

Posted by: jac | April 25, 2010 at 03:39 PM
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Another Ariza lover. Since when did he become a difference maker? Only Lakers fans talk about how good he is. Do you only watch the playoffs?
He had a nice playoff run and that was it. He was a benchwarmer before the Lakers picked him up. The Lakers made Ariza a household name. Now he is the Lakers' savior? Give me a break! This same Laker team with Ariza would be in the same situation.
Correct me if I'm wrong didnt the Lakers struggle in the playoffs also last year? And with Ariza in the lineup?
If you ask me, the Thunder is a much better team than the Rockets.

BLOG CRUE
Good to see an active Sunday blog. Let's hope we show up on Tuesday and take control. I truly believe the winner of Tuesday's game will win the series.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

FASTER THAT YOU CAN SAY


"HERE'S JOHNNY"

IF ANYONE THINKS THAT THIS TEAM IS BETTER WITH ARTEST THAN ARIZA

TAKE OFF THE BLINDERS

MY GOODNESS, ATREST HAS BROUGHT NOTHING BUT CONFUSION TO THE OFFENSE, LET ALONE NO POINTS.

HE CAN'T JUMP OFF THE FLOOR AND HE CAN'T MOVE LATERALLY

FACE IT
IT WAS A HORRIBLE AQUISITION, AND FOR WHAT, A LITTLE RESPECT AT THE NEGOTIATION TABLE?

MITCH DESTROYED THE CHEMISTRY OF THIS TEAM, AND LET GO ONE OF THE MOST ATHLETIC PLAYERS WE'VE HAD IN YEARS

SO KEEP APPLAUDING MITCH AND ARTEST

BOO BOO BOO
So bow down to them if you want, bow to Mitch and Ron. Bow to the Queens of Slime, the Queens of Filth, the Queens of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.

Thanks troll man, I wrote that in the summer. No one believed me then. I also wrote you have NO bench!! Believe me on that one yet?

 
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