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Caught in the Web: Lakers-Nuggets rivalry resumes

Ron Artest #2

Lakers practice reports

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on the Lakers' race with Orlando for the league's second-best record, an injury update on Lakers forward Luke Walton and why Denver has recently struggled.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notices a positive vibe Wednesday during Lakers practice.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky supplements his practice report with video.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explores how the Lakers will try to develop during their remaining five regular-season games.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Lakers Coach Phil Jackson still hopes his team wins 60 games, meaning the Lakers (55-22) will have to win all of their five remaining regular-season games.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell goes through all the nuts and bolts regarding Thursday night's Lakers-Nuggets game.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers are more excited about their matchup with the Nuggets.

More Lakers links

--The Times' Mark Heisler provides his humorous and insightful observations on how the Western Conference teams could fare in the postseason.

--If the playoffs started Thursday, the Lakers would face Oklahoma City, leading the Orange County Register's Carr to analyze which opponent the Lakers would want to face in the first round.

--Forum Blue and Gold explores how Kobe Bryant's three-year contract extension will affect the Lakers' future spending.

--NBA.com's Shaun Powell explains why it's smart for Jackson to take a season-by-season approach regarding his coaching future.

--In the video below, Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen says the Lakers have lost their mojo. Where's Austin Powers when you need him?

--Fox Sports' Kalani Simpson has an interesting take on Jackson's coaching during the Lakers' current struggles: "If this team doesn’t win the title, it’s his worst coaching job. If they finally put it all together, it’s his best."

--Slam Online's Nima Zarrabi has an interesting Q&A with Lakers guard Jordan Farmar on topics including his role, the team's current play and his future with the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Will Denver be emotionally spent tomorrow after pulling that one out in OKC or invigorated for the Lakers game? I'm going w/ the latter." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' NBA reporter Dave McMenamin)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm listening to the line of questioning to Derek Fisher right now and what is amazing is how there is SO MUCH doubt being pressed to a team with the second best record in the NBA. It is a little odd. I understand the questioning, but not necessarily the single-mindedness of it. It must be a bit odd when a team has nothing short of a Championship as the ONLY goal to qualify success." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest, who harassed Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony into a seven-for-19 shooting performance, slaps the ball away on a drive in the fourth quarter Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.

 
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** LAKERS MARCHING ORDERS FOR THUGGETS **
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Kobe, L.O., Ron Ron listen here, I have a few words to whisper in your ear
As you battle with the Thuggets today, A few words of wisdom I would like to say
The Nuggets are Thugs this you know, to win this game how far are you prepared to go
Forget Facilitate, this is what you must do, to win this game, Activate the thug in you
Don’t back down don’t give an inch, Seek and destroy, Hit in the clinch.
If they trip one of yours, trip 2 of theirs, Don’t take any prisoners Lakers players
Kill the Body and the head must die, No easy lay-ups, don’t even let them try
Don’t look for excuses, don’t look for blame, Kobe go for 100 and make them say your name
Tell them you’re Black Mamba, terror of their dreams, tell them you score more than entire teams
If they try to come back and talk some trash, Ron Ron go over to that sucker & his head smash
Tell them the whole world knows who you are, the Lakers are known both near and far
From the Great Wall of China to the Egyptian Pyramids, Kobe is what parents name their Kids
Not Princess Jimmy, MJ or even Yao Ming, Every one wants to call their first born Kobe Bean.
Don’t go up by 20 & then begin to coast, Pile it on & make sure, the thuggets @zz you roast
When the game is over & thru Freakin Lakers look at the thuggets & ask who the hell are you
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M2,

I liked the roundtable this morning. Is he by any chance related to the legendary Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist, Stan Hochman?

Excellent as always MAMBA24. I don't know about the 60, but I want one win and REST and more REST for the REPEAT!

Another early human found. My lord, when does it end? This one 3 million years old...


And I can't decide if this is a big game or not. I mean, I'd normally say it's a huge game, but the Lakers aren't taking any of these games seriously, so why should I?


But, we'll see.


Wes


@WES JOE, Excellent my Brother! It's a game within a game!
Mamba(larry)

Lakers and Nuggets are not rivals.

TIME TO MAKE A STATEMENT
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What better time for the Lakers to pull together and make a statement tonight in Denver by trouncing the cocky Nuggets and clinching the best record and home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. What better time for Kobe Bryant to show the doubters and haters he remembers how to win the crucial games. What better time for Pau Gasol to put the “soft” label behind him by playing like he did in the 2009 NBA Finals. What better time for the Lakers to show why Dr. Jerry Buss deserves to be in the basketball Hall of Fame.
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Finally a night that the Lakers will not have to play mind games in order to be motivated to bring their A-game. Nothing brings out the best in the Lakers like another puffed up pretender claiming to be a contender, another sad franchise thinking they somehow qualify as our rival even though they’ve never beaten us when it counted. We’ve seen this before from the Kings, Suns, and Rockets – hot teams with great expectations only to have the Lakers rudely slam the door shut on their championship hopes and aspirations and return them to mediocrity. The Nuggets are no different and tonight they and their fans will find out why they are not really our rivals.
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TOM

TIME TO MAKE A STATEMENT
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What better time for the Lakers to pull together and make a statement tonight in Denver by trouncing the cocky Nuggets and clinching the best record and home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. What better time for Kobe Bryant to show the doubters and haters he remembers how to win the crucial games. What better time for Pau Gasol to put the “soft” label behind him by playing like he did in the 2009 NBA Finals. What better time for the Lakers to show why Dr. Jerry Buss deserves to be in the basketball Hall of Fame.Posted by: LakerTom | April 08, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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LakerTom,

"...We’ve seen this before from the Kings, Suns, and Rockets – hot teams with great expectations only to have the Lakers rudely slam the door shut ..."

Don't forget those ever-hating Blazers, they got the door slammed shut on them in historic fashion. Portland not only hate the Lakers, they hate all of California.

I'm telling you folks, embrace the hate. To quote Bruce: Be like water, my friends.

Here for game day my Laker friends! Mamba24, feel free to include me for every bandwagon today...the one for coach Karl especially!

Mamba24 - don't forget to add me to the George Karl bandwagon. I sincerely hope him and his family pull through this mess with flying colors.


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