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Caught in the Web: Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum sit out to rest up for playoffs

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Practice reports:

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan has the latest on why Kobe Bryant will miss the final two regular season games, and on the progress Andrew Bynum has made with recovering from a strained left Achilles' tendon.

--Bresnahan also breaks down the Lakers' first-round matchup with Oklahoma City.

--The Times' T.J. Simers gets the details on why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson drew up a play that had forward Pau Gasol shooting a three-pointer on the final play of the team's 91-88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr anticipates the numerous story lines the Lakers-Thunder matchup brings.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky gives his analysis on what Bryant's absence means for the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen argues that Bryant's absence serves as the final indicator that the Lakers' matchups with Sacramento and the Clippers are nothing but glorified scrimmages.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin observes how Bryant quickly changed his mind regarding his playing status. Bryant proclaimed immediately after the Lakers' loss to Portland that he'd play out the regular season, but then decided later that evening he would shut it down.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes that the official reason for Bryant's absence involves his fractured right index finger, but it very well could include his sore right knee or sprained left ankle.

More Lakers links

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer didn't like the Lakers' demeanor during the final moments of their loss Sunday to Portland.

--Despite the Lakers' struggles, Fox Sports' John Galinsky predicts the Lakers will at least make the NBA Finals.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill goes through which teams might have a shot at beating the Lakers in the postseason.

--Sports Illustrated's Frank Hughes believes the Thunder will be overwhelmed in the postseason.

--LakerNoise's Roland Lazenby looks back on when Jerry West joined the Lakers 50 years ago.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix hands out his season-ending report cards. The Lakers won't be embarrassed putting their report card on the refrigerator, but they'll want a better grade in the postseason.

---ProBasketballTalk's Rob Mahoney notes that Memphis forward Zach Randolph wishes he made the kind of money Gasol is earning.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry argues Oklahoma City is not playoff-ready.

Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has concerns about the Lakers beyond this season.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen reveals his individual end-of-season awards. Again, Lakers fans won't be bothered too much with this as long as the Lakers win the championship.

--ESPN's Lisa Salters takes a trip down memory lane with Bryant regarding his memories of Lower Merion High School.

Tweet of the Day: "the NFL is planning a lockout in 2011, cn I try out 4 LAKERS, me & KOBE wld B awsm" -- OGOchoCinco (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco)

Video Caption Comment on Kobe Bryant's left hook shot: "Hey coach Van Gundy, this tape won't let me bend my finger..." -- I hearned that

Video Caption Comment on Sasha Vujacic's dunk: "SASH-AM!!!" -- Mike

Reader Comment of the Day: "Frankly speaking I have been disillusioned with our team since the ASG, there were opportunities to beef up the line up and we didn't make any move. Kobe has been injured throughout the year. Nobody remembered now the pinky that he played thru last season, olympics to this season then more injuries sustained as such the Mamba moves we are familiar with becaume a little earthworm's wiggle. It does not stink nor it has venom power. As such Lakers became a laughing stock. I go both ways, I jeer at the cheer leaders in this blog as well as those posters that maligned the team like vermins on dark corners." -- Edwin Gueco

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant starts a fast break with an outlet pass over teammate Pau Gasol and Portland guard Brandon Roy in the first half Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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Thanks again M/M for putting my uncanny remark to Wallace as the statement of the day. Well, by the time the playoffs begin, the disillusionment will be dissolved. It will be replaced by passion to believe that the retarded will create miracles.

Therefore, I call everyone here from DFish to Todd to believe " nuestro Les Miserables." If you believe in miracles, we will overcome your apprehensions.

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Back to back that’s a fact , then the regular seasons over, Playoffs are the next act
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The so called switch, some think doesn’t exist, will Activate and stun like a Bruce Lee Fist
In a little while, the world will see, If this season ends in triumph, or as a travesty
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The only obstacle in the Lakers way, is injuries & what players will be able play
Will Kobe be Mamba, will he be well, Only death will stop Mamba from giving them Hell.
Dfish will show why, in him Phil does trust, His play will silence, the cynics among us
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Cheap shot and at a good employee ....
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However, for a reporter to be a jerk to PJ means you lose access because you are competing with the likes of TV reporters such as John Ireland, who is kissing PJ's behind with questions like (and I paraphrase): "So how great are you and this team that the Lakers finish #1 in the Western Conference three years in a row?"

You need to stay in more and read serious reporters like KBros, TJ, Roland, MM, Bresnahan.

Posted by: RidingPine | April 13, 2010 at 09:40 AM
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RP:

You kiss up to LA Times:
1. media past -- Kbros,
2. media new -- MM and
3. media tradition - TJ

yet you rip Ireland who is getting PAID by the Lakers and holds his position SOLELY at their discretion.

What gives?
Understand Ireland's position.

But yours ....
are you getting paid by the LA Times?

We think not.

Rick,

In the heat of the moment I said some things that I would like to take back. We are all a part of the Laker Family and I showed you disrespect, for that I apologize.

sincerely, dan

Mamba24,

Save me a seat on the Unity Bandwagon!

United We never Shall Fall!

There could not have been a better pick than Edwin. Kudo's Edwin you deserved the Reader Comment of the Day.!

M2,

The NBA2K10 simulation is *brilliant*. That kind of creativity and innovation can take the blog to the next level. We don't always agree on things, but when we do I have an obligation to acknowledge it, and gladly do so.
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Mamba24,

Please add me to the UNITY bandwagon. If ever there were a time for unity in Laker Nation, it is now.
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Edwin,

>>> Sometimes it is through squabbles that we unintentionally build bridges of understanding.

Amen. Some of my very best friends are people I initially butted heads with. Some may consider me a "butt head" for that, LOL, yet my belief in total transparency is indeed the path to bridges of understanding. Thanks for speaking out.

DAN THE MAN… Nice to have bloggers whose handles really describe the person. Class is your middle name. Time for all of us to band and bond together to send our team the love and karma to repeat as NBA Champions. Hope you traded that Smushcalade in for a Toyota Prius so you can really drive fast. LOL.
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Tom

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANETTE – BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 – OWNER – Happy Birthday Jeanette. Your spirit & joy is what Laker Nation is all about
Enjoy your day.
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THE LAKER NATION & BLOGGERS PLAYOFF UNITY – BANDWAGON
* It’s the playoffs. It’s the second season. Time to band and bond together and send our guys the:
* FULL - BLOG - KARMA.@LakerTom
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Win or lose we’ll support each other as Spartans protect our fort & carry that passion to June. Sometimes it is through squabbles that we unintentionally build bridges of understanding
(02) JEANETTE - - DRIVER - I am giving myself a dose of Lakers today since it is my special day. Keep the love alive in this blog. S
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - I BELIEVE!
(04) #4
(05) MAMBA24 - I BELIEVE TOO!
(06) 2PHATT – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.P
(07) LAKER TOM – JUDGE - Can’t wait for next Sunday’s roll call, game day prayer from Utz, and playoff level dose of Lakers love and karma from the Faithful on the blog. Bring it on!
(08) HUGO BOSS - SECURITY - I hope KB24 and Socks are ready. Colorado loves our Lakers!
(09) 2PHATT – REFEREE - After the "FIRE AND BRINE STONES" by Edwin, the "CALL TO ARMS" by MAMBA24 and the” VOICE OF REASON" BY LakeTom, I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.
(10) VMAN - Young and old, rich and poor bond together a place annually divided otherwise. It's gonna be great, it always is.
(11) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Put me on the Laker Unity Bandwagon. Time to crush the trolls under our wheels
(12) CHIC AND STU - Save me a seat on the Unity Bandwagon! United We never Shall Fall!
(13) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the UNITY bandwagon. If ever there were a time for unity in Laker Nation, it is now.
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Guys, I have watched almost every game this season. I feel that, for the most part the Lakers defense has been solid (the stats back that up), the pick and roll defense still needs work.

HOWEVER, it is the outside shooting that is the problem!!!!!!!! Go back and watch that Portland game, or most other games they lost, we get GREAT looks from outside and can't nail them. Artest, Farmar, Fisher, Brown, Sasha just are not hitting shots.

Sometimes, it is a make or miss situation.

Comments

todd- why do you talk so much and say so little?

ouch- I really don't understand the nature of your disagreement with FCM. I do have my differences of opinion with him, and i suspect i might share some of your objections, but your comments seem kind of scattered. Have you considered a sort of 'thesis, support, conclusion' sort of format?

eric wright- projecting much?

can someone translate Edwin's comment of the day for me?

almost everybody else, especially Mamba24- great work, thanks for being great people.

PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? YES, THE LOVE DOES WANT TO TALK ABOUT PLAYOFFS

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Dan the Man,

Thank you for reaching out. I, too, apologize for over-reaching when I jumped on you. Harmony is restored in Laker Nation.

Mamba24, my brutha from anutha Lakuh! Put me on the bandwagon next to my other bro, justa, as Playoff Gatling Gunner.

Because...wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is leftover playoff LeCrabmeat..we'll be there. And wherever pusillanimous, pontificating, prevaricating trolls dare to cross the hallowed portal of Laker Playoff Valhalla, ringed to the rafters with a plethora of NBA banners, and guarded in perpetuity by the mighty legion of exceptional blogknights, Sir Laker Tom, Sir Jon of K, Sir Mamba24, Sir justawhateva, and the post-virginal-yet-ever-radiant Lady Zaira...you will find...we will crush them all...ALL of them, like puffy pretender pinatas...for we are...

THE LAKER AMIGOS!!! LET'S RIDE!!!

Guy goes to his doctor, says 'Doc, whenever i touch me knee, it hurts. Whenever I touch my ankle, it hurts. Whenever I touch my back, it hurts.'

Doctor says 'that's cause your finger is broken.'

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THE LAKER NATION & BLOGGERS PLAYOFF UNITY – BANDWAGON
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* It’s the playoffs. It’s the second season. Time to band and bond together and send our guys the:
* FULL - BLOG - KARMA.@LakerTom
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Win or lose we’ll support each other as Spartans protect our fort & carry that passion to June. Sometimes it is through squabbles that we unintentionally build bridges of understanding
(02) JEANETTE - - DRIVER - I am giving myself a dose of Lakers today since it is my special day. Keep the love alive in this blog. S
(03) HUGO BOSS – RIDING SHOTGUN - I hope KB24 and Socks are ready. Colorado loves our Lakers!
(04) #4
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - I BELIEVE!
(06) CORNER J – PLAY-OFF GATLING GUNNER - Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is leftover playoff LeCrabmeat..we'll be there. And wherever pusillanimous, pontificating, prevaricating trolls dare to cross the hallowed portal of Laker Playoff Valhalla, ringed to the rafters with a plethora of NBA banners, and guarded in perpetuity by the mighty legion of exceptional blogknights, Sir Laker Tom, Sir Jon of K, Sir Mamba24, Sir justawhateva, and the post-virginal-yet-ever-radiant Lady Zaira...you will find...we will crush them all...ALL of them, like puffy pretender pinatas...for we are... THE LAKER AMIGOS!!! LET'S RIDE!!!
(07) MAMBA24 - I BELIEVE TOO!
(08) 2PHATT – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.P
(09) LAKER TOM – JUDGE - Can’t wait for next Sunday’s roll call, game day prayer from Utz, and playoff level dose of Lakers love and karma from the Faithful on the blog. Bring it on!
(10) 2PHATT – REFEREE - After the "FIRE AND BRINE STONES" by Edwin, the "CALL TO ARMS" by MAMBA24 and the” VOICE OF REASON" BY LakeTom, I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.
(11) VMAN - Young and old, rich and poor bond together a place annually divided otherwise. It's gonna be great, it always is.
(12) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Put me on the Laker Unity Bandwagon. Time to crush the trolls under our wheels
(13) CHIC AND STU - Save me a seat on the Unity Bandwagon! United We never Shall Fall!
(14) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the UNITY bandwagon. If ever there were a time for unity in Laker Nation, it is now.
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Happy Birthday, Jeanette!

I FEEL A UNIFYING OF THE FORCE!!!

I am amazed at the new ways Lakers fans have found lately to twist the knife into their own chest way before the time for grief is actually upon them to be sorted out.

Reading all posts keeps entertain me, even when it's a slightly bitter feeling.

I am just in awaiting mode for the playoffs, so lots of what is being said in these days doesn't touch me completely or fully; also the outputs of the games just don't drive me no wild, nor mad. I'm detached.

But unlike others, I am not disillusioned. I don't try to use feelings to preventively band-aid my own pride, before it gets scratched. I'll just wait and see what happens.

"With open arms and open eyes", as Incubus would sing.

Maybe that's why I feel like that person who watches herself from outside, getting the feelings about reality without truly sensing them.

These days I mostly read and I have things I'd like to say and write, but all just seems not mattering until playoffs are here to be tasted.

Maybe that is wrong?

All I know is that of course I wanna be added to the UNITY Bwagon, but at the same time, well, I think that should be the only bandwagon where we should all be inscripted into, no matter what, as defining moment of being... well... Lakers Fans?

I don't get the resigning mood, the "all up and giving up" hands gestures... I don't get the scare about any of our possible match up in the first round of playoffs (though I am happy if we avoid the Spurs, first, cos I think it will be more exciting to find them later, and it will produce a better show)... I just don't get it.

We are showing lots of flaws, sure.

But I don't really see magnificence around from a fat enough three weeks, in no other NBA team (maybe Orlando lately is really worthy watching, but then Orlando still my best option in the East from teh start anyway?)?

Well, like anybody else, I am sure worried about Kobe's health.
I am worried about anyone's health actually.

But still that won't push me in throw venom at any of my players.

Right now is when they need to feel the heat and the passion coming from us, for them to transfix it on the court.

It's NOT the other way round.

In football (soccer) we use to say round my way that the public, teh attendance, teh fans can be "the 12th player on the field" (being the team made by 11), the factor that can add the further stamina the players alone didn't even know they had to pull off.

I really like that say, cos in a way it makes the fan be part of the team, in the most productive way.

When the moment are tough, the crew should incite and push up the guys.

Let them recall what they play for... that moment of sparkle when a gesture of one person becomes a gesture of a whole team and then becomes the pride of a whole nation of fans.

The Lakers Nation.

I get some of you analize this like it's rocket science and feel the pleasure of sport talk like a way to show off their competency but right now, just right now... couldn't you all just step a bit aside and take a deep breath and just SUPPORT the team, which is in need?

These players have skills and I am sure they do have all the heart that is needed to fight off in the playoffs.

I just think some more faith in them and a bit more love would boost their own confidence in that better than a constant bashing, which not always is fair, or based on constituted facts.

All I know is that I will be there to support the team, whomever the team is made of.

It comes natural to me.

It's my way to be a fan.

I'll live and Die with the Lakers.

Always.

Amen Dan and Rick, a big thank you for patching up and moving on.

Let us prepare the barricades for the parade in June. Let's move those bricks from the Staples (basketball court) on to Figueroa. This time we'll need a bigger Coliseum to accommodate a larger bandwagon.

The harder the struggle, the greater will be the triumph.

2. Fish isn't that bad. His shooting percentage is much higher recently. He also takes far fewer shots per 48 min that other Lakers, such as Powell & Brown who really hurt the Lakers with their excessive shooting and comparably low shooting percentage. He makes fewer turnovers and has more assists per 48 than Brown.

Posted by RidingPine

RP your buddy Fish should be riding pine. Yes he shot .421 so far in April. But mix in one game when he was o for 5, and another when he was 2 for 11. He shot .371 in March. Has never had any consistency his entire career.

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THE LAKER NATION & BLOGGERS PLAYOFF UNITY – BANDWAGON
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* It’s the playoffs. It’s the second season. Time to band and bond together and send our guys the:
* FULL - BLOG - KARMA.@LakerTom
*
(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Win or lose we’ll support each other as Spartans protect our fort & carry that passion to June. Sometimes it is through squabbles that we unintentionally build bridges of understanding. Let us prepare the barricades for the parade in June. Let's move those bricks from the Staples (basketball court) on to Figueroa. This time we'll need a bigger Coliseum to accommodate a larger bandwagon. The harder the struggle, the greater will be the triumph.
(02) JEANETTE - - DRIVER - I am giving myself a dose of Lakers today since it is my special day. Keep the love alive in this blog. S
(03) HUGO BOSS – RIDING SHOTGUN - I hope KB24 and Socks are ready. Colorado loves our Lakers!
(04) #4
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - I BELIEVE!
(06) CORNER J – PLAY-OFF GATLING GUNNER - Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is leftover playoff LeCrabmeat..we'll be there. And wherever pusillanimous, pontificating, prevaricating trolls dare to cross the hallowed portal of Laker Playoff Valhalla, ringed to the rafters with a plethora of NBA banners, and guarded in perpetuity by the mighty legion of exceptional blogknights, Sir Laker Tom, Sir Jon of K, Sir Mamba24, Sir justawhateva, and the post-virginal-yet-ever-radiant Lady Zaira...you will find...we will crush them all...ALL of them, like puffy pretender pinatas...for we are... THE LAKER AMIGOS!!! LET'S RIDE!!!
(07) MAMBA24 - I BELIEVE TOO!
(08) 2PHATT – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.P
(09) LAKER TOM – JUDGE - Can’t wait for next Sunday’s roll call, game day prayer from Utz, and playoff level dose of Lakers love and karma from the Faithful on the blog. Bring it on!
((10) VMAN - Young and old, rich and poor bond together a place annually divided otherwise. It's gonna be great, it always is.
(11) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Put me on the Laker Unity Bandwagon. Time to crush the trolls under our wheels
(12) CHIC AND STU - Save me a seat on the Unity Bandwagon! United We never Shall Fall!
(13) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the UNITY bandwagon. If ever there were a time for unity in Laker Nation, it is now.
(14) ZAIRA AMATERASU - GODDESS - All I know is that of course I wanna be added to the UNITY Bwagon, but at the same time, well, I think that should be the only bandwagon where we should all be inscripted into, no matter what, as defining moment of being... well... Lakers Fans?

RANDOM THOUGHTS:


1. "todd- why do you talk so much and say so little? " --Not as much as you butt head with others.

2. "can someone translate Edwin's comment of the day for me? " - you want to make sense out of jibberish, instead go butt heads time well spent?


3. "I'll live and Die with the Lakers."-- geeeeeeze I suggest you get a life

4. "In the heat of the moment I said some things that I would like to take back." - Words can never be taken back, think twice say it once..

5. "THE LAKER NATION & BLOGGERS PLAYOFF UNITY – BANDWAGON" --You must have lot of free time at work to indulge in time consuming pursuits..

6. "I FEEL A UNIFYING OF THE FORCE!!!" - for starters tie your shoe laces..


Upon reading Roland Lazenby's piece on Jerry West I am reminded:

1) What a great writer Roland Lazenby is. He gets the human element of the game in a way that has been forgotten by most modern sports journalists. The key is that these are HUMAN BEINGS playing this game, not amalgamations of fantasy sports statistics. The human element makes the subject so much more interesting.

2) We really need a "Lakers Hall of Fame" built somewhere in Los Angeles so that fans can come and visit and learn more of the tremendous arc of this team's personalities. Obviously we got the stories of all the retired jerseys in our collective knowledge, but those special players, like Jamaal Wilkes, often get lost in the mix. We really need a Hall of Fame building. I would definitely buy tickets to attend.

3) More stories about the early Lakers, please!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MAMBA24,

"I FEEL A UNIFYING OF THE FORCE!!!"

Indeed.

Those of us who care know that things are coming together. There is no greater joy of faith than the overcoming of doubt.

In all seriousness, who is really going to beat us in a seven game series? Who?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

RANDOM THOUGHTS AS I PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE STRESS OF THE PLAYOFFS

* The Lakers will prevail in the 1st round, but no way they beat Oklahoma in 5 games. In fact, I predict the Lakers lose the 1st game...

* I categorically reject any contention that the Lakers will suddenly play better come the playoffs; or, at least play better to an extent that they'll sweep through the playoffs

* For those of you who claim the Lakers will suddenly "turn it on", I submit...the Lakers needed 6 and 7 games during last years western conf. playoffs, and they also needed lucky plays from Ariza. We could have easily lost against Houston last year. Things were very much in doubt. Fisher was shooting horribly (as he is now), Pau was timid in key games (as he is now), and Lamar had a tendency to disappear (as he does now). All of this was DURING THE PLAYOFFS! So, what exactly are the Lakers going to "turn it on" to? Last year's struggling team? This year's struggling team? A fantasy team? Again, what are we expecting these Lakers to turn into during the playoffs?

* Mark my words; Phil Jackson's reliance on Derbrick Fisher will cost us dearly this playoffs.

* Bynum will be very critical to the Lakers success...until he gets hurt again.

* Kobe Bryant is a tremendous player. However, his skill level has declined. Maybe it's based on chronic ailments, or whatever. Bottom line, Kobe Bryant's long feared decline of skills has officially begun.

* If allowed, Sasha will win one game for us during these playoffs.

* Something tells me Farmer will play very well during these playoffs.

* the stars are lining up; Portland and Denver, the only two teams that could straight out beat the lakers, have significant injuries on their team. If someone can take out the Cavs, we may just have a chance.

* Cleveland's road to the championship won't be as easy as everyone thinks. In fact, I predict they won't even make it out of the East...

ZAIRA… “But still that won't push me in throw venom at any of my players. Right now is when they need to feel the heat and the passion coming from us, for them to transfix it on the court. It's NOT the other way round.” That is so right, Zaira. The fans who can afford the rich seats in Staples may scream and yell the loudest but believe me that that is nothing compared to the love and karma that this blog can generate to give our players the self confidence and positive feelings to repeat as NBA champions. If we believe, it will influence our players to play better. As Mamba says, we’re the freakin’ Los Angeles Lakers. The playoffs are our time.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MAMBA… Please put me on Jeanette’s Birthday Bandwagon. That girl is a die-hard Lakers fan and blogger. Blow those candles out, Jeanette. You’re one year younger and looking better every day. Have a special day.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
EDWIN… Congrats on winning the post of the day and thanks for your continued statesmanship in keeping us from eating our own. You are the blog ombudsman and arbitrator as well as an honored member of elite elders. Can’t believe we have been doing this now for over four years. As we know well, time really does fly.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

Zaira,

"All I know is that I will be there to support the team, whomever the team is made of.

It comes natural to me.

It's my way to be a fan.

I'll live and Die with the Lakers.

Always."

That's because you have heart. You're probably a good friend in real life.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

MAMBA24, also save me a seat on the " laker's unity bandwagon", ha ha. keep up the positive vibes, it's working! you can be our vic "the brick" jacobs....feeling you!

troy,

"Cleveland's road to the championship won't be as easy as everyone thinks. In fact, I predict they won't even make it out of the East..."

Agreed.

They have a tremendous amount of talent on their team, they're playing well, and LeZero is improving as a player (as scary as that sounds).

However, they play SO loose and they're all about having fun, well that's not a playoff mentality. If they play the Celtics, the Celtics are going to play them so physically, it'll be impossible to have that "goof around" attitude. How will they play? I don't know, but I suspect worse than in the regular season.

And there's the question of Delonte West.

Now keep in mind, Delonte West has SEVER bi-polar disorder. SEVERE. I mean, the guy was armed to the teeth in public because he literally thought that the Earth was about to experience a massive demonic invasion and he was hearing voices, okay?

So, that kind of guy may do okay on meds in a "fun-loving" environment. How's he going to do when he enters the grindhouse of the playoffs? It's stressful. Stress triggers reactions with people with bi-polar disorder. What happens if he has a breakdown in the playoffs? How could that distract the team or upset team chemistry? Delonte is an under-appreciated member of the team. He plays hard.

This is going to be a VERY interesting playoffs.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Caliphilosopher,

I find it interesting that your confrontation with trolls inevitably ends in complete silence on their parts. I bet they don't even understand the sentences that you're writing, nor do they have the intellectual curiousity to look up what "solipsist" means.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | April 13, 2010 at 12:46 PM


Jon K -

Isn't it interesting? I think the irony of the whole position that they were trying to defend (however weakly). That's why a number of times there is either "radio silence" or just a return to name-calling, which just further undermines their position.

Apparently these trolls don't understand that "I'll be their Huckleberry" (in my best Val Kilmer voice).

Hope you're having a good day today!

JonK, Great ideal the "LAKERS HALL OF FAME", count me in.

Obliged to Jon&Tom. ;). And of course, put me also in for the bday wishes to' jeannette, Larry ;)


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