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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 5 of Lakers-Thunder series

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Lakers and Thunder links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why many of the Lakers deem Game 5 to be a "must-win game."

---Former Laker Ron Harper doesn't bite his tongue when speaking to The Times' Broderick Turner, individually calling out Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and Jordan Farmar for their play thus far against OKC.

--It's been long known Jerry West's silhouette serves as the NBA logo, but The Times' Jerry Crowe gets confirmation from the designer himself, even if the league refuses to acknowledge it.

--Oklahoma City guard Kevin Ollie tells The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin that Kobe Bryant is still an elite player.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details Bryant's progress on his right index finger.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains why the Lakers aren't worried, at least yet.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers' lack fearlessness.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky explains why last season's Lakers-Rockets seven-game series shouldn't be compared to the Lakers-OKC series.

--Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz writes in Fox Sports that Oklahoma City has the Lakers' attention.

--The Riverside Press Enterprises's David Lassen believes the Lakers are in a Catch-22 in wanting to get back on defense, but also wanting to improve in offensive rebounding. Nonetheless, Lassen presents evidence that the Lakers suggests should be fine.

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby highlights perhaps the world's biggest and awkwardest Kobe fan.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down what's plaguing the Lakers.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry argues OKC is in a must-win situation tonight in L.A.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin observes that the Lakers have a stronger sense of urgency heading into Game 5.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues LeBron James is better than Bryant. He also argues the Lakers can't afford to lose Game 5.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel highlights James Harden's growth in the series.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers want to look ahead to Game 5 instead of reflecting on Game 4.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has the latest from Monday's practice.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker has 10 reasons why the Lakers are in trouble.

--The Orange County Register's Whicker highlights the development of OKC guard and former UCLA standout Russell Westbrook.

--The Daily Thunder examines the Thunder's chances of winning Game 5.

--Forum Blue and Gold provides some historical context in explaining why it's not the end of the world for the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day:"Note to @Lakers fans: a 2-2 series tie does not constitute a team's collective backs being up against the wall ... save your panic until later" -- MEavesFSWest (Fox Sports West's Michael Eaves).

Reader Comment of the Day: "The predicament that this laker team is in did not manifest over night. The distraction and drama started off season with: losing Trevor; long drawn out re-signing of Lamar and his marriage to Kloe; signing of Artest and the side show that followed with concussion and TV appearances; Kobe not taking care of this health issues in timely fashion, being headstrong in defying nature; lastly, the injuries causing the revolving door affect with players constantly in and out the line up. All of these have taken a toll on this laker team and I am not surprised by the results. Winning a title is not like turning on a faucet but it takes discipline, FOCUS, team chemistry and a little bit of luck. Laker are MIA in all of these categories." -- lakerfan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Jordan Farmar and his Lakers teammates have had a tough time slowing down Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in their first-round playoff series. Credit: Alonzo Adams / Associated Press.

 
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lakerfan,

Congratulations for being chosen as the Reader of the Day. Join our cause, we feel your pain now demand a win from the ball club. Put your name on the bandwagon, we will hand this petition to the players before the game. We are tired riding in a roller coaster of emotions. JUST WIN.

This time I will address my appeal to our journalist laker fans like Roland Lazenby, Eric Pincus, Kevin Ding, Brod Turner, Mark Heisler, KBros, get a time off and take off your journalistic clothing. We read you, we heard you on the radio or podcast, tweeter etc. etc. now we want a commitment from you as true Laker fans and join our bandwagon. Demand a victory, no more analysis-paralysis. JUST WIN.

Edwin - With all due respect, I think the journalists you mentioned as well as myself take it very seriously that we don't have a rooting interest for the team we cover.

MM

They need an extra facilitator. Fisher is not that guy!!!!!!!!!! I would prefer seeing Kobe guard Westbrook, so the PG position would guard their SG -Sefolosha
C-Bynum guards Kristic
PF-Gasol guards Green
SF- Lamar guards Durant
SG- Kobe guards Westbrook
PG-Luke guards Sefolosha

You can do a lot with matchup but I don't see anything that makes sense, especially with Fisher who has and will cost us the championship this year IMO. Kobe should expend his energy on defense this series and shoot only open shots. HE MUST NOT EXPEND ENERGY TRYING TO FACILITATE. THAT SHOULD BE LAMAR AND LUKE MOSTLY.

ARTEST IS FREAKING BENCH PLAYERS PJ!!!! If Lamar is getting burned then play Artest. I don't seen any creativity in these substitutions this whole series. We can't win with FISHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Towards the end of the season I noticed that the Thunder's Russell Westbrook had his way with the Lakers when his team beat the Lakers. I said to myself...if this team faced the Lakers as the 8th seed, they could give the Lakers trouble. I was watching closely as the teams in the West fought for positioning. There was a lot of movement between Oklahoma, San Antonio and Portland for the 6th, 7th and 8th spots.

I said to myself, the way San Antonio is playing...they could give the Lakers trouble, too. Portland, naw!

I wanted to predict that if the Lakers played Oklahoma...the Thunder might win. As everyone knows I've always said the Lakers are weak in the middle defensively. When opposing teams see that, they attack the rim or the lane. Westbrook is doing it to perfection. Zoom past the guard, if the Lakers' center is too far back he takes the little jumper in the lane. If the Lakers' center is too close he zooms past him to the rim.

What does it all mean? Think back to the Finals between the Lakers and the Pistons. What happened? Nothing! The Pistons had the Lakers' number that year. They had a game plan, stuck to it and beat the Lakers.

Tonight's game will show if the Thunder have the Lakers' number. I didn't want to say all this stuff before the series because that would have been crazy! To say that the lowly Thunder can beat the defending Champs? Come on, man. But it is what it is! Westbrook....taking the lane to the rim at will. That is having the Lakers' number.

If this is legit, we'll know by tonight.

mike t.

Mabuhuy Edwin,

Good to hear from you. You are truly one of the old reliables on this board, and I always enjoy reading your posts.

If joining the bandwagon means getting behind no whining, belling aching, blaming, and such...I'm with you. That goes for Kings fans as well, except where 2002 is concerned.

But I think it will take much more than resolve to beat this testosterone poisoned young Thunder squad. You gonna have to beat them twice at home to win this series. I can't see it happening. Sorry.

Sonnybelfast

Oh, by the way Edwin...things are fine here in Chiang Mai. My greatest concern is the King, whose poor health puts all Thais in unchartered waters. Long live the King Of Thailand...and peace to all of these lovely people, red and yellow shirts alike.

Sonnybelfast

re: the Ron Harper article.

he said - "Who is going to show up for L.A. in Game 5? They need somebody besides Kobe," he said. "And I ain't talking about the offensive end. I'm talking about on defense."

he said - "Where's Lamar Odom been at? Somebody needs to put an ad on a milk carton and ask, ‘Where's Lamar Odom?' He ain't showed up.

[ ouch ]

he said - "That kid [Russell] Westbrook is having his way with all those [Lakers] guards," Harper continued. "Farmar is the fastest guard they got, right? Looks to me like Farmar is scared of that kid."

[ ouch ]

he said - "They have to win Game 5," Harper said. "They don't win Game 5, they are going to lose the series. The series is over."

[ whoop! There it is! ]

from the daily news article:

Namely, more focus on shutting down the inside defensively, doing a better job of getting back on defense and rebounding.

"Because the way you win championships is by defending and rebounding." Bryant said. "Those two games out there, we gave them too many easy points. Fast-break points, points in the paint. And they out-rebounded us, and that's just not going to get it done. You gotta run, you gotta get back on defense and you've gotta protect the basket."

[ defense & rebounding wins championships. That seems familiar ... ]

from the pe article:

"For me, personally, (it's) looking at the rebound and then just getting back," he said. "You know, look at it and if I can get it, go get it. And if not, I've got to make a better choice versus just standing behind (Thunder center Nenad) Krstic and letting him push me down underneath the rim. Now I've got to run all 94 feet.

[ Is that a light bulb going on over Bynum's head??? Why are you *behind*
Krstic? Why are you *letting* him push you beneath the rim??? You're the
largest man on the court!!!! Run all 94 feet? It's 30 yards. JEEZ! ]

from the practice report:
“Oklahoma (City) is inconsiderate so much of our team speed that they’ll throw all five of their guys at the boards without defensive balance, and we’re unable to take advantage of it,” he said. “The same thing at the other end of the court. We can do a couple things about that, and we’ll take advantage of it.

[ There we go Phil. They are moving. Take their kazush and put them into the
mat. BURY THEM! For those who don't speak japanese or who haven't
studied japanese throwing arts, kazush is balance. I can not throw you if you
are set. It takes effort and you can resist. When I catch you coming in, I can
take your momentum and stuff you 6 ft under. It's really quite satisfying! ]

Mark M, they can remain independent in their writings, I just address this appeal to their hearts not on their brains or pockets that may affect their livelihood. If they can put up a long litany of needs in form of analysis on how the Lakers need a win, they might just express the commitment of their readers - we'll close our eyes, close our ears for today. We don't care how the Lakers will do it by crawling, by crying, by touching, by bricking.... name it you have it. we just want one thing - WIN.


Yo Mr Mike T,

Nice to hear from you, man. Yeah, the Westbrook thing is true as has been mentioned...but, guards havin' been getting into the Laker lane since the 80s... Ya know 9 championships ago? Shaq couldn't stop the pick and roll and Magic never could stay in front of the quicker guards.

Tonight's do or die for both teams. The Thunder won't win a game 7 back here. Should be fun. Hope ya drop by again, win or lose. V

MM, c'mon, wouldn't like to see the Lakers go b2b? you have to admit covering one of the most successful franchises in nba history has gotta be fun. i'm sure deep down inside you're pulling for them, even though your journalistic integrity won't allow you become a member of of MAMBA24's bandwagon, ha ha. if you decided to jump on the bandwagon.....your bloggership would go through the ROOF! anyhow, GO LAKERS, game 5 is OURS!

Tonight's game will show if the Thunder have the Lakers' number. I didn't want to say all this stuff before the series because that would have been crazy! To say that the lowly Thunder can beat the defending Champs? Come on, man. But it is what it is! Westbrook....taking the lane to the rim at will. That is having the Lakers' number.

If this is legit, we'll know by tonight.

mike t.
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Why did they lose the first 2 games then? Don't tell me they barely won game 2 because the Thunder also barely won won game 3 only because Kobe had an un-Kobe-like 4th qtr.

MIKE T!! Where you been man? I don't believe it.

lakeshowinphx- Don't get me wrong. I like covering the team and I like the people on that team as people. But the same goes for certain people on the opposing teams. Most reporters are a fan of the game itself and root for stories. That doesn't mean we don't like the excitement, the theatrics, the drama. We just root for stories. So for example, if Kobe nails a game winning shot, I'm excited to witness it because of the general excitement of seeing someone put on a good performance. I'd be just as excited seeing an opposing team's player do the same thing. That doesn't mean I root for one team over the other. It's just that what brings me out to the games is because I love the sport itself.

MM

If this is legit, we'll know by tonight. - Mike T

~~if you are legit Laker fan, you will join our JUST WIN bandwagon. By the way, because of your sensitive behavior, you have deprived your avid readers on the Jackson Journal. Your like an old snake, go to a cave and lay eggs while your fans on the blog are waiting for your free wheeling spirit. Now show it to us the spirit of the best basketball mind ever. Join our cause.

MIKE T's BACK????????????

But... but.... but..... NO KWAME.....

You cheering for Socks, Mike T???? I've seen his calves. They're not the specimens that Kwame boasted, but.... LOL!

Hello Mr. Teniente,

If you have been absent from this board for some time, then I feel privileged to have appeared myself today, on what is a rare occasion the past couple of years. I hope you are well these days.

I do think the Thunder have got your number. I don't think any aging team will want to face them down the road, but unfortunately, at the expense of the Lakers, they will. Good luck just the same.

Sonnybelfast

THERE CAN BE NOTHING ELSE BUT VICTORY
WITH THE RETURN OF THE ONE & ONLY MIKE T.
FROM NEAR & FAR THEY ALL RETURN
TONIGHT THE THUNDERS BEHIND WE BURN...ROLL CALL IN 1 HOUR

The only thing that might hurt the Thunder, in the context of my last post, is that they might be too young to pull it off.

But from what I've seen...they're so young that they are actually listening to their coach and not playing out of control.

This thing may have taken a full 360 swing in favor of the Thunder.

Game 1: The Thunder know they can beat the Lakers but they come out star struck. They stumble out of the blocks. Durant, Westbrook, Green...they aren't hitting anything! Yet, the Lakers can't put them away. That had my attention. The idea that the Lakers couldn't kill a team that was missing on all cylinders?

Game 1:
The score: LAL 87, OKC 79, shows the Lakers were defended well.

Game 2:
The score: LAL 95, OKC 92, shows the Thunder are turning it around.

Game 3:
The score: OKC 101, LAL 96, shows the Thunders have turned it around to their advantage.

Game 4:
The score: OKC 110, LAL 89, shows a complete 360 turn around.

From game one when the Thunder couldn't hit anything to game 4 when they score 110 points?

Now look at the Lakers' scores: Game 1: 87 point? Game 2: 95 point? Game 3: 96 points? Game 4: 89 point? The Lakers are playing the same throughout all 4 games, while the Thunder, again, have turned it all away around as in a whole Big Game James "Worthy Spin" (that's a 360).

mike t.

It's so fitting that Mike T. would show up amongst the slew of naysayers. It's so predictable that it's almost funny. I thought you'd given up on the Lakers, Mike? Where were you during the championship run last year? Oh, that's right. Stewing in your own Kwame-infatuated juices as our boys fought their way to the title. So now you show up again with your (incredibly oft-repeated) "soft in the middle" rhetoric... wait... are you going to start in with your Kwame Brown stuff again?

You are the exact opposite of a "fair weather fan." You only show up to predict doom and gloom. And then -- if you just happen to be "right" -- you can bask in your own self-righteous prediction.

Lame.

I believe in my team. Always.

Go Lake Show!

Ok fine, I'll join the JUST WIN bandwagon because I'm a real Laker fan.

as much as i dislike the raiders owner, al "out of my mind" davis.....i do like his battle cry, "JUST WIN, BABY"!

All I have to say is thank god for home court advantage. This Thunder team reminds me of the Pistons of 2003! Nobody thought anything of them but hey they beat the 3 peat Lakers team. Whoever is hungry will eat, the Lakers are not hungry. Can Phil get through to these guys? Is Artest fools gold??? These are answers that we'll find out about.

All I have to say is thank god for home court advantage. This Thunder team reminds me of the Pistons of 2003! Nobody thought anything of them but hey they beat the 3 peat Lakers team. Whoever is hungry will eat, the Lakers are not hungry. Can Phil get through to these guys? Is Artest fools gold??? These are answers that we'll find out about.

One more thing Mike T on your statement: "Come on, man. But it is what it is! Westbrook....taking the lane to the rim at will. That is having the Lakers' number."

~~Don't tell me a Laker follower for the last 40 years including the time of your incarcerations that you will say SURRENDER at this time. C'mon, I have put up with you since 2006 that you are the best basketball mind for years and can't find a way to stop Russell Westbrook. Are you running of ideas? Are you getting old, brother?

Ok fine, I'll join the JUST WIN bandwagon because I'm a real Laker fan.
Posted by: mti312 | April 27, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Hot Dog!, Yippe! Nothing gone stop us now folks!! MTi312 & MIKE T. to0. Oh sweet Jesus Look out Thunder:
UNLEASH THE KRACKEN!!
ACTIVATE KOBE BRYANT!!
ENGAGE!!

LAKER NATION PLEASE!
Let us welcome our wayward brother MIKE T. back with civility.
If he was big enough a man to come back then we ought to be big
enough as a Nation to accept him. For my part I'm glad he's back.
WELCOME BACK MICHAEL TENIENTE!

M2,

I think your response to Edwin fails to address his point. Except for Kevin Ding, who essentially calls-out the Lakers to shut-up and man-up, the media is feeding us the same garbage we've been getting from the get-go.

None of us really need to review what the Lakers could have done, should have done, and how they should have done it. The failings are obvious. The needs are obvious. The soundbites spewed out by the players, coaches, and wannabe analysts seldom, if ever, translate to what comes next on the floor. WE DON'T CARE.

The media should not keep writing articles and commentary as if they are paid by the word. WE DON'T CARE.

It all boils down to one thing tonight: SHUT-UP AND PLAY. PLAY TO WIN. WIN.

If objectivity were truly king, CNN would be winning the cable news war, instead of having its butt kicked by FOXNews and MSNBC. The Lakers are about to play Game 5 of this series. We know the facts. They no longer matter. It all boils down to one thing tonight: SHUT-UP AND PLAY. PLAY TO WIN. WIN.

Edwin rightly inspired the NO MORE ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON. There's a reason that virtually everyone has signed up for it. It all boils down to one thing tonight: SHUT-UP AND PLAY. PLAY TO WIN. WIN.

Sometimes, an editor has to take off his green eye shades, and accept that the colors of the day are Purple & Gold. Go Lakers!

'Oh sweet Jesus Look out Thunder...'

Busted a gut. You're in good form brother!

Sonnybelfast

edwin,

I don't know if you noticed: But I consider myself an intellectual. I'm not going to play dumb when I see the "truth" staring my in the face. That's what makes an intellectual. Dealing with the hardcore facts as they are.

It is what it is and I am who I am. Forever...

mike t., sucka!

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TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on. Thank you blog brothers & sister, this is the day we declared our blog freedom and we have only one message. We are tired of crap basketball, crap coaching, hairdos, beard, chocolates, pouting, bandages etc, etc, we want a win tonight. I want to see our traditional analysts to join the cause like LakerTom, Hobbit, Kblitz, LTLF, Jon K, Troy, MTI312, 131-92, GreenBald Lunatic, never, ninoy, gunner jamie Sweet, Ex, Nemaia, if I miss some important names you know who you are.... whether you are a troll, a fairweather, a negative, a supreme optimist....our message is sum in one sentence. NO MORE ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for
(30) (24) MARK G
(31) SEGEBOY - I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors
(32) CANDYMAN - put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON we need to win tonight. Thanks
(33) LURKER - Today's a good day for some good old-fashioned playoff basketball beatdown. It's time to mute the sound of thunder.
To the fans who will be in Staples, I have one word for you: boo! Boo the Thunder into oblivion!!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tonight we take back what is ours. Go Lakers!
(34) JOVBATZ44 - LET'S SEE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(35) MARK G. - I'm up, my game face is on, lets do this.
(36) YELLOW FEVER - No more over yappin.. No more analyzing.. no more excuses, no more predictions, no more player clips.. and esp not another dfish interview.. please MM Finally our first must win.. our first true test.. real playoff pressure starts NOW.. let's see what our men are made of.. real heros show up NOW... separate the men from the boys.. champs from chumps.. win or go home.. well almost.. Let's start the dynasty.. Its now or never!
(37) JT. - Long time lurker, first time post. I am going to game tonight and let me tell you I will be screaming my lungs off the entire game!
Lakers for life!
(38) LAKERMIKE - ...eyes rolling back in my head,,, ...suffering off-days, analysis-paralysis, ...RX ~ no more talk! JUST WIN!
(39) BRYLLE - While the media may not admit it, but they loathe the greatness of Kobe. It overshadows LeBron's or DWade's. They, and WE, became so spoiled that when Kobe's numbers dropped and a "change" in Kobe's dominance/influence in a game was observed, these media-morons (especially down there at ESPN), are quick to say that Kobe is behind LeBron, Durant, DWade. They're not doing him justice. And would really regret all these times that they've been hating him once Kobe hang them sneakers up. And, I am lucky enough to be one of the few that appreciates Kobe's game and legacy. Too bad for these haters and naysayers doesn't give a F to what they think. So I'm done ranting. I just need to get that off of my chest. I'm gonna go into my KOBE-focus and enjoy the playoffs.
(40) ROCKY - If there's a switch, it's about time to turn in on for a minute.
Go Lakers!
(41) TOM DANIELS - Shut down the fast break. Own the boards. Be aggressive with the ball, get in the paint, get fouled. Make foul shots.
Grind one out, let's beat these kids and move on.
(42) lakeshowinphx - YOU'RE THE DEFENDING NBA CHAMPS! START PLAYING LIKE CHAMPIONS! did i leave anything out? ha ha
(43) CHICNSTU - RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!
(44) MTI312 - Ok fine, I'll join the JUST WIN bandwagon because I'm a real Laker fan.
(45)

Rick F.,

~~That includes Mike T, no more analysis-paralysis, he has been absent from the blog for the last two seasons, now he tell us that there is no way to stop Russell Westbrook.

Mike T., with all due respects I supported your back against Mitch, against AZ, against LakerTom....now I demand from you to be a true Laker fan and get on board. Stop this Westbrook infatuation.

By the way, with Kobe under contract for the next 3 years. There really is no need to keep Phil Jackson around...I think he's done as the Lakers' coach. Can't stand the guy anyways. The only way the Lakers keep him is if they win it all. I don't think that's happening this year.

mike t.

Mike T,

>>>I didn't want to say all this stuff before the series because that would have
>>>been crazy! To say that the lowly Thunder can beat the defending Champs?
>>>Come on, man. But it is what it is!

Ladies and Gentlebloggers, I give you Mike Teniente.

Kobe Hater par excellence. He only posts when anything bad happens to the Lakers, because he would hate to have to give Kobe credit for anything.

I think the only way Mike T would start posting regularly again is if the Lakers traded Bynum for Kwame Brown. Other than that, he's gone from being a regular blogger on this forum to a foul-weather troll.

Enjoy your stay Mike T. I doubt we'll hear from you for awhile after the Lakers win the next two games. At least until the Lakers lose a game in the finals, and then you will be extolling LeBron's magnificent calves.

edwin,

hush ur lip with ur silly demands.

whether you had my back against this or that...you think that matters to me?

Gee, after all these years...you still don't know mike t?

mike t.

>>>To say that the lowly Thunder can beat the defending Champs?

Okay Mike T, so what is "lowly" about a 50 win team that has beat pretty much every team in the league?

This ain't David & Goliath. This is more like David & his little brother David.

don't know if you noticed: But I consider myself an intellectual. I'm not going to play dumb when I see the "truth" staring my in the face. That's what makes an intellectual. Dealing with the hardcore facts as they are. it is what it is and I am who I am. Forever... mike t., sucka! posted by: Michael C. Teniente | April 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!
HELL YES!! Now that's what this Blog missed, the voice of an educated but humble man. Come on MIKE T, Say it, Just one more time for us pleassssse! ''PEOPLE COME TO THIS BLOG TO HEAR MIKE T. NOT A NOBODY, I'M MIKE T. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!"

YOU DAMN RIGHT!!!!
Yes Sweet Jesus YES! ROFLMFAO!!! Ouch! I hurt my MAGNIFICENT CALVES!!
Hey Justa you got any CAKES handy!

VMan

>>>guards havin' been getting into the Laker lane since the 80s...
>>>Ya know 9 championships ago?


Very well put.

Welcome back Michael C. Teniente aka Lieutenant.

Mike T,

you wrote: I don't know if you noticed: But I consider myself an intellectual. I'm not going to play dumb when I see the "truth" staring my in the face. That's what makes an intellectual. Dealing with the hardcore facts as they are.

my response:

sweetness. I can get with this. I have a question for you. Way back when,
you were addressing issues in the paint. This led to the infamous "kwame's
calves thread".

On to my question. The Lakers BIGS are being fronted and help defense is
coming from the backside. How would you attack this defensive scheme?

Also, what are your thoughts on the Bynum's rebounding & boxing out?

[ note: I'm not asking about Pau because I believe you have been quite clear
about the spindly shanks of Pau. ]

LongTimeLakerFan,

I was thinking of mentioning that, about the Thunder's 50 wins, but, still from last year to this year...in my mind they still had the lowely stigma attached to them. Plus, the 8th seed compared to the defending champs with Kobe and two 7-footers? Not to mention Odom!

In theory, at the beginning of the series, they were considered lowly. The Yahoo "experts," all of them, had the Lakers winning in 5. They were being kind to the Thunder in saying they could win one.

That is lowly.

mike t.

[ note: I'm not asking about Pau because I believe you have been quite clear
about the spindly shanks of Pau. ] Posted by: hobbitmage | April 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM
OH SWEET JESUS PLEASEEE! STOP IT! Ouch! I hurt my other MAGNIFENT CALVE! ROFLMFAO!!! WAAAAAAAAAAA!

I don't know if you noticed: But I consider myself an intellectual - Mike T.

~~I don't know if you're still intellectual because you have been absent from the blog for a long, long time. The culture here has changed, there are better minds than Mike T. That's what happens when you are absent, even Faith visits the blog once in a blue moon. Are you still a Laker fan or now an equivalent of Roland Lazenby? Are you writing a book? Don't deny your foundation in basketball, you are a Laker fan, stop this sensitive fall out on Kwame. You are still loved here if you first declare your allegiance to the Lakers. I don't care of these crappy player, they come and go, but man you have to be a Laker from head to foot from the time you were born. Don't deny your illustrious past.

I put on my Lakers t-shirt this morning with this thought:

I pity the fools who doubt.

Jerry, Magic, Kobe, Chick Hearn.

Go Lakers.

GO WORLD CHAMPION LAKERS ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Always.

Mamba24,

"''PEOPLE COME TO THIS BLOG TO HEAR MIKE T. NOT A NOBODY, I'M MIKE T. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!"

LOL! I was going to say it, as I thought you might be thinking the same thing. LOL!

But I've been away too long and I didn't want to SHOCK the Lakers' world.

mike t.

Rick - Okay. I see what you're saying. On that same note however, just saying to shut up and play is way too simplistic. I'll admit the endless soundbites can get numb, but I really just present those so you guys get a sense of the mood of the team more than anything else. But what I tend to disagree with is not wanting to analyze and learned what happened. You can say play all you want and shut up, but if you're not playing the right way and making the same mistakes, it's not going to matter. The only way to correct those mistakes is to review them, analyze them and then move forward.

MM

Mike T - I've heard tons about you and I'm glad to see you here. Just wanted to introduce myself since I've been doing this gig for the past three months. I'd love to hear any feedback/suggestions you may have.

Thanks again for rejoining the Lakers blog family.

Mark Medina

Mike T,

>>>I'm not going to play dumb when I see the "truth" staring my in the face.
>>>That's what makes an intellectual.

I see. So why weren't you posting last summer, when the "truth" was the Lakers winning a championship led by Kobe and with Bynum and Gasol and Odom manning the middle?

Hmm? Why is it only "truth" that's potentially detrimental to the Lakers that drags you out from under the rug to comment?

Are you not a Laker "fan"? Are you incapable of posting positive things about the Lakers when things are going well?

See, most "fans" actually say positive things about their teams at least some of the time. People who go to a sports team's blog and only post negative stuff when things are going bad are what we call "trolls", not "fans".

Or perhaps maybe you're too much of an intellectual to be a "fan" of a team.

Mantra in basketball (and most other team sports): "Take what the defense gives you".

Our problem is, OKC is giving us the perimeter and we can't do anything with it.

In game 4 our strategy was "pound the ball inside", yet Bynum and Gasol each had 10 FG attempts, and several of Drew's were put-backs. So why does "pound the ball inside" result in fewer than 20 total true shots for our starting bigs? Because OKC has little to no fear of our perimeter game. They front our bigs and have another one shade behind. Or, when our guys can get decent position and get the ball, OKC double and triple teams them almost immediately (even leaving Kobe to do so at times).

The end result is either Bynum and Gasol have to beat double/triple teams or our perimeter guys have to shoot a jumper. What would be nice, is if we could somehow manage a mid-range game out of that. Unfortunately, Kobe and Gasol are about the only ones who have that capability, and Kobe simply isn't hitting his shots. Gasol actually seems to be doing pretty well in the mid-range, but doesn't get a lot of opportunities or isn't being aggressive with it.

This series really seems to be coming down to guard play, and if our guards--Kobe included--don't step it up, we might be in more trouble than I ever expected.

I don't know if you noticed: But I consider myself an intellectual - Mike T.

~~I don't know if you're still intellectual because you have been absent from the blog for a long, long time. The culture here has changed, there are better minds than Mike T. That's what happens when you are absentPosted by: Edwin Gueco | April 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM
*
WTF! Better minds than MIKE T? FREAKIN IMPOSSIBLE!@!
WAAAAAAAAA!! PLEASE, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! ROFLMAO!!
ouch, now both of my MAGNIFICENT CALVES HURT!! OH THE HUMANITY!
GOD%%#$#$&* KWAME WILL YOU PUT THAT FREAKIN CAKE DOWN NOW!! Oh sorry you bought it as a present for MIKE T?...THEN WE CAN DIG IT! HE'S A COMPLICATED MAN AND NO ONE UNDERSTANDS HIM BUT.......Hell no one understands him!!!

But I've been away too long and I didn't want to SHOCK the Lakers' world. -Mike T.

~~Now here we go again, nobody can post anymore....it is all about M.T. let me introduce you to our moderator, Mark M before u take his position.

Our objective this morning is to WIN tonight, not to debate and engage another analysis-paralysis with his highness.

edwin,

"The culture here has changed, there are better minds than Mike T."

Get out here! Now you insult my intelligence.

A better basketball mind than mike t's? You're grasping at straws.

Mark Medina,

Don't know how long I can stay...things have changed for me. I'm very busy now-a-days. But I have a little free time right now...so I thought I'd drop by to see what's happening.

mike t.

edwin, "The culture here has changed, there are better minds than Mike T."
Get out here! Now you insult my intelligence. A better basketball mind than mike t's? You're grasping at straws. Mark Medina,
*
WAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA, Please, please oh Lord I can't take it. ROFLMFAO!!

LongtimeLakerfan,

"I see. So why weren't you posting last summer, when the "truth" was the Lakers winning a championship led by Kobe and with Bynum and Gasol and Odom manning the middle?"

Last year? Why don't you acknowledge that Boston was injured last year? The Lakers won last season because Kevin Garnett was out and is still feeling a lingering effect of his injury.

That Lakers' championship last season was based on Boston being injured. But that was last year and this year is this year. Things are different. Kobe is injured. He says he's not...but he is.

mike t.

M2,

As always thanks for your courteous response. In it, you selected out one of the parts of my post that addresses your own. I wrote: The failings are obvious. The needs are obvious. The soundbites spewed out by the players, coaches, and wannabe analysts seldom, if ever, translate to what comes next on the floor.

We know what they need to do. It only matters if THE PLAYERS know what they need to do and actually do it. The "mood of the team" is an amorphous quality that comes and goes. The one they have on the floor is the only one that matters. It only happens in real time, not in soundbites before or after.

Rick - Sorry for the misunderstanding. I completely agree with your sentiment. The team mostly says the right things but very rarely does it translate on the court. I misinterpreted it as wanting people (the media) analyzing and reviewing what they did wrong and how to fix it. So my apologies.

MM

Don't know how long I can stay...things have changed for me. I'm very busy now-a-days. But I have a little free time right now. - Mike T

~~feeling important, that's old trick my friend. You come here to diss the Lakers, to remember your Kwame replaced by Gasol. I'm not saying that you are no longer wanted here, but you got to prove that you belong by being a Laker fans first and Mike T. (see I even spelled your name in capital letters to show your importance even if you addressed me in lower case.) second. Prove it to us your heart, soul and mind - remember what you told us in 2006 "they are coming around, they will improve next round...until they get eliminated". Then in 2007, you said the same thing, don't worry they will be coming around, it's the fault of PJ etc. etc. etc. now what Kwame was traded, Mike T. disappeared. Today, the new tone it is Russell Westbrook, come on Mike T. it is time to change those old tunes....be a good leader not just a poor philosopher!

Hey Justa you got any CAKES handy!

Posted by: MAMBA24

Mamba24 - not only do I have cake - I've got ALL KINDS of cake. Vanilla cake. Chocolate cake. Strawberry cake. Pineapple uside-down cake. You name it - I got it. Now - the big question - WHERE DO YOU WANT ME TO THROW IT???? Or do I just trip over someone's big calves??? ROTFLMAO!!!!!

Last post for the self-proclaimed Lord's lieutenant:

The intellectuals that I know aren't self-aggrandizing egomaniacs. You and your poetry share a common theme: you strive for depth and ultimately come up short.

There's nothing complex about you. I see right through that facade. Go sell yourself to someone who cares.

Go Lake Show!

edwin,

Dude, if there's one thing I learned from all my past posting is this: Broken all the way down, basketball, on the court, is about politics. Kobe didn't like Kwame and so he did all he could to make him look bad until they got rid of him.

I saw it with my own eyes...so y0u really can't saying anything to change my mind on that front.

To me, they should have trade Odom or Bynum because Kwame could play defense. That would have balanced the starting five. For example: Kobe, Fisher, Artest, Gasol and Kwame. You would have had 3 defenders in Kobe, Artest amd Kwame. With Kobe and Gasol being able to score and solid production from Fisher....

Man with that stupid trade they ruined Kobe's shot at being better than Michael Jordan...and that's what got me mad. I still say it was PJ's manipulations to keep Kobe down and Kobe was too dumb to see it.

Don't get me started!

mike t.

uh oh....


I'm feeling a manifesto coming on.......

LongtimeLakerfan,

"I see. So why weren't you posting last summer, when the "truth" was the Lakers winning a championship led by Kobe and with Bynum and Gasol and Odom manning the middle?"

Last year? Why don't you acknowledge that Boston was injured last year? The Lakers won last season because Kevin Garnett was out and is still feeling a lingering effect of his injury.

That Lakers' championship last season was based on Boston being injured. But that was last year and this year is this year. Things are different. Kobe is injured. He says he's not...but he is.

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | April 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM

If there has ever been a more brilliant post (not including mine) I would like to read it!

BTW there is only one "truth" and thats the "Captain" ... #34 ... '08 & '10 Finals MVP!

Don't get me started! -M.T.

~~yes you can start wherever and whatever you like but don't mention Kwame, he's done, a sad history. Forget the past man and hop on to the bandwagon. Then you can explain yourself how they can come around this time.

Ask and you shall receive, knock and it shall be opened to you. If you want to be regarded as an intellectual, show it to us baby and get on board.....

Ding is spot on as usual - Lakers need to be fearless and go out and TAKE this thing back from OKC. Attack, on both ends. You can't let a running team control the boards.

Backs are not against the wall yet - the series is tied and they still own home court. How the hell can you call that "backs against the wall?"

But they will be if they lose tonight.

OKC's role players will not play/shoot as well tonight as they did at home games 3 and 4. They looked great at home. But this is on the road, in LA, with the reality that they are in this series and some real pressure on them. Expect Durant and Westbrook to have a lot less support tonight if the Lakers come out tough.

Lakers win this one and get control of the series back.

OMG, Mike T. is back, and boy is he right.

If only we had Kwame's 3 points, 3 rebounds and 1.3 TO's per game...we would be unbeatable!!

Just imagine OKC's defense with the ability to totally ignore our starting center. I'm sure that would be a sight to behold!

LOL! Thanks Mike, I needed a laugh today.

Hey Mike T:

They fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. “William Shakespeare".
-------------------------------------------------------------

I want a win tonight. I hate my doubts about this team, but it has been a while since they have done the job right. Do not compare this to Houston last year anymore. Enough with the Trevor vs. Ron comparisons. As Al Davis said "Just win Baby"!

The brethren of this blog I would like to be, but the basketball on the court I see makes me unworthy to just post what do we play for, and hop on my band wagon. I can not get excited about the return of Luke because if he shoots I know it's a brick. The team is missing something? Lastly, poor Kobe is just broke right now. Please win tonight, but please do not let us down anymore. OKC is the real deal. We are #1 in the West (Best) but I feel a void, and it hurts.

This to shall pass.

M

VMan,

If the Lakers win tonight...the series is theirs. If my theory is correct, about the 360 turn around. The Thunder should win and the feel of the game should be that the Lakers were never really in it. Don't let the score fool you if the Thunder win. They don't have to win by a lot...they just have to control the game. That's how you know they have the Lakers' number.

SonnyBelFast,

Long time no see...good to hear from you, too.

mike t.

'Oh sweet Jesus Look out Thunder...'

Busted a gut. You're in good form brother!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: sonnybelfast | April 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM

edwin,

I don't know if you noticed: But I consider myself an intellectual. I'm not going to play dumb when I see the "truth" staring my in the face. That's what makes an intellectual. Dealing with the hardcore facts as they are.

It is what it is and I am who I am. Forever...

mike t., sucka!

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | April 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM

The Despicable Duo are back!!!

Yet, same ol same ol trite ideas/commentaries. Wake up, The LAKERS are still the CHAMPIONS until they get beat.

For you guys to accuse us as fair weather fans, well you were not here during Smush Parker but we were there cheering for the scrubs that includes Luke, Cookie, Kwame...
By Edwin Cueco
Yes that's the truth. If you say something negative to our Laker team you will be accused as fair weather fan. But the fact is we are just "realistic" fans, not a blind, fanatic ones who still think this Laker team right now will repeat. It's over. Next year the Lakers will dominate after the management address their weaknesses. I hope the Magie will win this year instead of the Cavaliers. I hate Shaq to the bone.

Lakergurl? Who's that?

mike t.

WHAT? We're getting the band back together? WOW, the gang's all here!

LOL, good to see you guys back....Mike T, SonnyB (favorite 'enemy' poster), and yes even 131-92.

All have valid points, all have rooting interests. But that doesn't mean they can't be welcomed back.

Especially to SonnyB, welcome back, always had good discussions with you about NorCal basketball. Hope Thailand is as good as I hear it can be. Those protests are no joke though....

Lakers have it tough tonight....and that's a credit to the Thunder too. Its been a good contrast players/franchise/coach...on one side, there's a team that effectively been together for 2 1/2 years, 2 finals, 1 championship, and will likely be considered contenders for the next couple of years. Not to mention a coach that has 10 rings, no matter the knocks against him.

On the other, a coach of the year with young players in their first playoff series. In other words, I think they don't know any better.

Great western conference playoffs thus far considering. If the Lakers can get past the Thunder, there will be teams that are more like them.

Time seems to have slooooooowed down. Is it 7:30 yet?

Mark Medina,


You should notify the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit that MikeT is back. This character comes from the darkest side of mankind and needs to be caught. His obsession with Kwame's calves to wishing Bynum gets hurt is scary and should be picked up before anyone else gets hurt.


BD

If Fisher is willing to bench himself, I am hoping Phil will keep Walton on the bench. At least you can tell there is a sense of urgency by the players. If only they can walk the talk.

"Lakergurl? Who's that?"

~~I told ya Mike, there are better minds here today who can level with you. You want to know them, get on board to our bandwagon. WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

I'm still mad at them!

But, what the hell,

GO LAKERS!!!

edwin,

Stop already with ur bandwagon thing. If the Lakers win they win. If they lose they lose. My breakdown of the series is what it is. Kobe is injured and if Kobe is injured...they look slow. A slow Kobe and a young Thunder team...ur bandwagon is no match for that.

It's physics, man!

mike t.

I would be a better blogger
if Mike T would only bother
to teach me about Kwame
dodo dodo dodo

Sure he's now justa heckler
A shell of his former selfer
It's really just a shame.

I don`t know who Mike Teniente is...but I sure as hell do KNOW that I want him on Celticsblog.com immediately!

Not since "Papa" passed away in 2006 have I heard such basketball wisdom!

Get over here!

edwin,
[Stop already with [ur] bandwagon thing.][If the Lakers win they win. If they lose they lose.] My breakdown of the series is what it is. Kobe is injured and if Kobe is injured...they look slow. A slow Kobe and a young Thunder team...[ur] bandwagon is no match for that.

[It's physics, man!]

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | April 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I don't know, but this doesn't sound like M.T. This may be an impostor, just trying to get a rise out of you guys.

Seems that the hienas are back in the blog. I hate their hysterical laughs.

Love the folks still crowing for Luke -- he shouldn't even be in the league. PPPFfffffffffff.

No...it can't be...Michael C. Teniente?!...THE Michael C. Teniente?...O-M-effin-G!!!

The Prodigal Poster returns. The Wind Beneath Kwame's Stone Wings. Dude, all is forgiven. Welcome home...home of the World Champion Lakers. To what do we owe this honor? Or are you just back for a presumed Laker death watch? If so, amigo, you're in for a disappointment, and I guess you'll slink off on another hiatus by Friday when we spank the Thunder on their home court for our win numero quatro. But hey, we Laker faithful are magnanimous and we open our big tent to all. Welcome home, no matter what has brought you here, Mike C.

And Mamba24, my brutha from anutha Lakuh, you are ON FIRE today bro!!! That's the kind of passion true Laker fans have. Never give up, never give in, never let the suckas see you sweat. And tonight, take no crapola from no frickin trolls, baby!!! Take no prisoners (intellectuals excepted, Mike C.).

And sorry for the delay in getting to your bandwagons the last couple of days...had to get past the dang Invisible Swordsman ...But, I made it, amigo...because...

Wherever there is injustice, you will find us...Wherever the Black Mamba coils, though now arthritic, fractured, or whateva, to yet strike its righteous, vengeful, and yes fatal bite upon the unsuspecting Thunder hyper kangaroo rats to be swallowed whole in what we here call a Laker Playoff Happy Meal, we'll be there...and Wherever a plethora of pusillanimous pundits and punk troll posters gather to prevaricate and postulate poopy pinatas of pustulent opinions about our Mighty World Champion Lakers, you will find us...because we are...

THE LAKER AMIGOS! LET'S RIDE!!!

REDS LOVE CHILD,

You may now address Mike T as "My precious!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk4Ntcq5uNg

It's physics, man!

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | April 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM
==========================================

Oooooooo!!! Physics. Now that's over my head.
Next topic!

By the way, Mark Medina, have you noticed how many more comments have gone through since the instant posting thing happened?

Good job, in my opinion.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MICHAEL FRICKEN C. TENIETE!!!

The prodigal son returns!!!

Despite our many battles and general consternation, I know you love the Lakers!

Good to see you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Lakergurl? Who's that?

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | April 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM

YOU don't know me? You EFFING megalomaniac! There is only one Lakergurl since the inception of this blog. Don't also get me started. Yo Mike T. Keep hallucinating boy. Kwame cannot even get playing time in a depleted Pistons. Your loyalty may be admirable though misguided. So, STFU already.

MICHAEL FRICKEN C. TENIETE!!!

The prodigal son returns!!!

Despite our many battles and general consternation, I know you love the Lakers!

Good to see you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | April 27, 2010 at 12:31 PM

HUH?!? All of a sudden everyone loves this guys?

yes MM
agreed, letting the posts go through automatically has revived the blog

and you must admit, most of us know the groundrules and we are the first to let you know

BRAVO

My prediction is that the refs will allow Ron Artest and Derek Fisher to ride piggy-back on Durant and Westbrook.

Also that during the warmup lay up line Fisher will fall down and Westbrook will be called for charging......

We'll see how good it is to see MICHAEL FRICKEN C. TENIETE tomorrow if the Lakers loose tonight. Enough with this person already, I'm happier with our normal troll/haters here.

Welcome back Mike T.

Guys and gals, I can't even explain how excited I am about tonight's game. Something tells me they're gonna shock us and everybody else back into believerdome tonight. The slacking is over. We close out with the next 2.

How about that Utah series eh? Looks like we'll get another taste of Lakers/Utah after all. Denver's back to their 1st round woes. Can't believe people were counting these two teams out. No surprise in Dallas either...they should call it chokeville down there. Maybe Cuban will finally realize that the German ain't gonna get him a ring.

Come on LAKERS!!!!

It's physics, man! mike t.

~~no it's physiology, I hungry talking to you. See MM, we're approaching 100 posts at noon time. JUST WIN everything will be alright.

Mamba24, post again our bandwagon and put an asterisk below that Mike T is back bs'ing again....lol!

magia32,

"HUH?!? All of a sudden everyone loves this guys?"

It's not that they love me. It's that you and your kind have bored everyone to death with you limited basketball knowledge, which you turn into basketball drivel.

LOL!

mike t.

Michael T.

I've always enjoyed reading your material, going back to the good ol days on this blog. I hope you contribute more for now and on.

troy

Sorry, only have a quick minute, haven't read the blog the last few days but I'll dive right in.

NO ONE said this would be a cakewalk. This isn't the 'l'-eastern conference folks, THE WORST WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAM WOULD BE NO LESS THAN 3RD BEST IN THE EAST! This isn't a cakewalk like Orlando and Cleveland have in the first round, OKC WOULD BE CHALLENGING EITHER OF THOSE TWO TEAMS! DON'T UNDERESTIMATE OKC'S SKILL!

Kobe's injury would have required SURGERY of ANY other pro athlete, save a couple in each sport. The fact that he has been enduring the pain, the therapy and the complete changing of his game, shifting most things to the left hand is AMAZING. Brandon Roy is a stud for coming back and playing 8-days after knee surgery, KOBE IS AN ABSOLUTE BEAST for NOT UNDERGOING SURGERY!

For the short time I had the radio on the past couple days I've heard whiners, criers, no-heart fans that have basically thrown up their hands and abandoned all hope. DON'T GIVE UP FAITH! REMEMBER LAST YEAR, AN UNDERMANNED ROCKETS TEAM GAVE THE LAKERS THEIR BIGGEST TEST - MORESO THAN THE OVERRATED MAGIC! AGAIN, NO ONE SAID THIS WOULD BE A CAKEWALK!

If anybody - ANY-BODY! - here has Laker tickets and are going to do anything less than give their maximum, season-loudest support to the Lakers - GIVE YOUR TICKETS UP TO SOME REAL FANS! Just because the Lakers aren't sweeping their first round DOESN'T MEAN IT'S TIME TO STOP SUPPORTING THEM! Cheer your LOUDEST and show the OKC fans WHICH ARENA IS THE TRUE LOUDEST IN THE LEAGUE, WHICH FANS ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE AND KNOWLEDGABLE, AND WHICH TEAM IS BEST SUPPORTED! The Staples Center BETTER BE ROCKING LAKER FANS, LETS SHOW THE LEAGUE WHICH FRANCHISE IS THE MARQUEE FRANCHISE IN ALL OF SPORTS!

just had to get those thoughts off my chest...

SHOUT-OUT TO ALL MY LAKER BRETHREN: MAMBA24, LakerTom, Jon K and the rest of you!

GO LAKERS!!!

Hey guys we got a new post up

MM

Double the enjoyment huh, Troy?

Magia32,

Was (potentially "is") Michael C. Teniente a source of constant conflict, argumentation and obessive attachment to delusion?

Yes.

Did he occasionally bring uniquely intelligent insights to the blog?

Yes.

Was there a period of near kumbya calm after he left?

Yes.

..and then we started being infested with trolls.

Teniente, despite his unforgiveable sin of wishing that Bynum would get hurt so Kwame could "shine," is not a troll.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

 
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