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D.J. Mbenga views bleached look as appreciative gesture toward Ron Artest

Lakers forward Ron Artest had been down this path before, thinking a dye job would lighten the team mood and spark a turnaround. Instead, the bleached look in March only cast more attention on the Lakers' loss to Orlando as well as on Artest's poor offensive and defensive performance. It prompted him to shave his head the following day.

As  the postseason approached, Artest considered bleaching his hair again but immediately changed his mind. He didn't exactly say why, but it's safe to assume part of the thinking involved concerns that it would only raise questions about his priorities and how he constantly seeks the spotlight. But Artest quickly changed his mind once reserve center D.J. Mbenga approached him about coloring their hair together.

"It makes it easier for me to get a haircut," said Artest, who currently has purple and gold asymmetrical waves and a gold-dyed soul patch. "I was not going to get a haircut because I wanted to focus on the game. But since D.J. wanted to do it, I felt more comfortable doing it. "

For those who see this as all just a sideshow for pregame fodder, also consider this angle: Although the gesture is small in nature, Mbenga's plea for Artest to bleach their hair together speaks volumes to locker room dynamics. That doesn't necessarily mean Artest or the team will suddenly experience a postseason resurgence. But finding any small way to further team unity can surely measure up for the better, particularly during a playoff run. It can lighten the mood in practice. It can become a conversation starter among teammates. And for Artest and Mbenga, it's now a common thread the two share together.

That's what makes the dye job Artest did in March different than the one he just did toward the end of the regular season. What was once something that created individual attention and possible alienation from the locker room is now something that can make Artest feel more comfortable.

"Ron, we know he's kind of a different person," said Mbenga, who has C$ (Congo Cash) bleached in purple. "We've got to go this way, accept the way he does [things], and he'll feel comfortable. If he has to do it, and whatever we have to do for him to play better, we're going to support him. That's what it is. That's how we all understand and know each other. That's why we came out together."

--Mark Medina

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MBenga and Thriller are two of my favorite players.

MBenga plays with heart.

Thriller plays like a rottweiller on defense (now if he could just make a three point shot we could practically mail in this Championship.)

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@lakertruth
where the heck you been? this is the playoffs.. the dfish loyalist armies are growing by the boatloads.. we need every man we can get,

@blitz
ur right we dont know if anyone deserves to start over dfish and guess what we WILL NEVER thanks to the brilliant mind of phillip . had shannon/farmar been given a half a fighting chance in the regular season maybe it wouldnt be such a mystery..

@mamba
sorry to rain on your dfish parade but ouchhhh is right.. dfish bandwagon needs to be stopped immediately.. locate the emergency brakes, pull the cord, and brace yoself!

@dfish
u fight for a noble cause but suggest more moderation... much more.. and stay away from jonk.. try that and you may win the crowd!


"@blitz
ur right we dont know if anyone deserves to start over dfish and guess what we WILL NEVER thanks to the brilliant mind of phillip . had shannon/farmar been given a half a fighting chance in the regular season maybe it wouldnt be such a mystery.. "

Oh he has. He has given both of them every opportunity and when either or has played well he has given them the chance to give Fisher's minutes? But where has the consistency? How about how kept saying Shannon was our big hope at PG then bail on him about how he sucks at creating off the dribble and for his wanna be Kobe shots? Or how Farmar was a scrub and a softie in the head?

Philip gave both knuckle heads so many chances but while they had their good games had 80% more "ship them out in the offseason" talk. Mr. "I'm playing for a contract" Farmar couldn't even make his teammates better and has less 4 turnovers less than Fisher despite 600 less minutes?

No Farmar and Brown had their chances and they flunk worst than flunking Fisher. Only Sasha at PG sucked worst then the 3 of them!

Do you guys remember last years playoff? Fish was no better than he is this year and guess what? We won the championship. Yes we can win with Fish as our starting pg. The real thing that is killing us right now is the inability to hit open shots. Someone, anyone please just start hitting those shots!

The triangle is a very good offense. it ha been proven to be a success. The main benefit of the offense though is it's ability to create open shots for people. Which means that for the offense to succeed these players have to hit their open looks. That is why our offense has looked so vulnerable of late, they are not hitting those shots. That mean we have to be dependant on Kobe and Pau to have great games for us to have any shot of winning.

Do you guys remember last years playoff? Fish was no better than he is this year and guess what? We won the championship. Yes we can win with Fish as our starting pg. The real thing that is killing us right now is the inability to hit open shots. Someone, anyone please just start hitting those shots!

Posted by: Troy B | April 22, 2010 at 12:24 AM

The triangle is a very good offense. it ha been proven to be a success. The main benefit of the offense though is it's ability to create open shots for people. Which means that for the offense to succeed these players have to hit their open looks. That is why our offense has looked so vulnerable of late, they are not hitting those shots. That mean we have to be dependant on Kobe and Pau to have great games for us to have any shot of winning.

Posted by: Troy B | April 22, 2010 at 12:32 AM
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Troy,

In a nutshell, amen.

Faith & ouchhhhhh

Thanks for the safari info.
It still won't go to the Lakers site, but Firefox does so that will have to do.

How is Mbenga?
Will he be back for any of the playoffs?

Blitz

what a "Pointguard Quartet". sounds pretty jazzy. to bad Sasha is not available. but with the other 3 to make them hungrier, they should just flip a coin before the game and every other 8 minutes after. i do not see a difference regardless the opposition. or mostly does not matter. all of them are terrible on defense. fisher can't buy a shot and the other 2 r free lancing and making terrible decision in clutch time.

i'm LOL how can this happen to the Point Guard position of the NBA Champion Team? and lakers have this problem from 2003. Payton was not a solution. the Smushcaled Era and now the Fishcaled. really pathetic. and mostly, UNWATCHABLE.

On a different note: Larry Bird concluded that Granger is regressing. when will the Lakers management have these type of conclusions. maybe larry should be hired as a consultant. starting with, LUKE?

i know that D Stern likes dress codes outside of the court. how about getting an approval for Luke to play and run holding the clipboard and giving directions.

enjoy a Thunderous afternoon. maybe will need an umbrella. shades and a wind breaker. and no, there is no safe shelter to hide. better fight the storm. luckily it is not hurricane season.

**** (THE PLAYOFFS AINT BEANBAGS ) ***
They say for game 3 we should not say, That the Lakers will win it going away
Well I say, What, Why the Frak not, Look at all the stars & the firepower we got
If I hear once more, Thunders an upcoming team, I swear, oh yeah, I’m gonna scream
It’s Gunfight at the OK Thunder Corral, We got the fastest guns & we’ll whip their @zz well
The sooner it’s over, the sooner we can rest, Relax & prepare for the next playoff test
Yes Durant is a young budding Superstar, But Carmello is an erupting Super Quaser
Durant is like a sparring partner for us, beat him and we’ll be ready for Carmello I trust
Then Carmello will be a sparring too you see, beat him & we’ll be ready for Princess Jimmy.
It’s beautiful the playoffs is set up this strong, Each round we practice & our skills we hone
At the Finals, practice over, It’s the Title bout, At which time, we’ll Knock Princess Jimmy
Then the Parade & Coronation, That’s waiting for us, After we Smash the Thunder to Dust
So Laker Nation put your Game Faces on, Please Freakin LA Lakers, come out strong
Dominate, Annihilate, End this thing fast, Then step over them & put them in your past
The LA Lakers, have bigger fish to fry, End this Round & tell The Thunder Goodbye
Then all that silly talk about Durant will end, The spotlight will be back on Kobe Bryant
Princess Jimmy,we’re coming for you, You want us, you’ll get us, We’ll beat your @zz too

KB Blitz,

>>> Farmar and Brown had their chances and they flunk worst than flunking Fisher...

Can anyone even count all the young guards cast off by the Lakers under Phil Jackson? Jannero Pargo, anyone? Kareem Rush? Help me, here. Do the Lakers have a tin ear for young players at this position, or does Phil Jackson simply lack the patience to develop young players? I'm not saying Pargo or Rush ever became stars. I am suggesting they were serviceable enough not to become castoffs.

In the NFL, young quarterbacks enter under the tutelage of a veteran. It sure worked out well for Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady, among countless others. Shouldn't it have been Fish's job, as well, to bring along Jordan Farmar?

Phil simply can't handle headstrong young bulls like Jordan. Remember when he laid down the law, saying he wouldn't come back if he had to coach Kobe Bryant? We all remember how well *that* worked out.

I'm exhausted from the season-long point guard debate that's now extended into the post-season. For the rest of this run, we're stuck with Fish. Phil professes loyalty and confidence in the guy. I'm not going to win this argument in any practical sense.

All three guards may be gone by summer's end. Certainly, Farmar. But next season the team clearly needs a tested point guard, one who's a step up. Drafting a rookie, or even trading for a sophomore has zero chance of succeeding with Jackson as coach. What we see in Fish, Farmar, and Shannon is what we've got, for now. But for yellowfever, todd, myself and many others the question will always linger, What if?

GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!

Mbenga needs some PT when he comes back. We need to let Westbrook work for his points inside(whenever he is driving in) and with some Mbenga Bangin', he will second guess.

As bad as we have shot the ball the past two games, I'm sure the law of averages will catch up. We will shoot better. Fisher, Odom and Artest combined can not go on shooting 30% throughout the playoffs. Who knows we might be hitting them tonight, by then we will be up 3-0.

Hope Drew is all well for Game 3. Pau needs Drew. Drew is our power inside. Pau can't be doubled whenever Drew is present. It gives Pau more room to operate- having single coverage. Vice Versa.

Kobe badly wants to win Game 3. I know deep in my heart, that he will deliver come Game 3. He will dominate Game 3. Kobe will go for the kill tonight. The Black Mamba will strike!

3-0.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Crabaliers getting an extra day off....... what do you expect.

You could also make the Daily Thread better by having all links open as new pages so your readers never leave but you still get clicks. You could even create a photo link gallery on the side where the day’s supplementary news and articles were posted. This would then allow the bloggers within the blog to stay on the daily thread page while browsing links and still be alerted to new posts. It is the proverbial win-win situation. We posters get stability and one daily thread and great home page. The Times can create even more supplementary posts to draw new visitors to the blog.
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In a way, it is just revamping the blog to be much like the LA Times Website. It’s a combination of Lakers Newspaper and Lakers Blog, the best of both worlds. A Daily Newspaper with main story and constantly updating side stories and a full day’s worth of comments that would reach humungous numbers of comments every day because of the great continuity of the venue.Posted by: LakerTom | April 21, 2010 at 06:57 PM
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LakerTom you are Freakin Genius!!!! Where were you in The Dot Com Boom. You should have been a mini Bill Gates or Steve Jobs by now! And oh...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!


I hate charles barkley. All talk yet no RINGS.

Looking forwards to tonites game. GO LAKERS! I hope that they pound the down low to take advantage of the match-up - I don't think Kobe taking upper 20's to low 30's is going to get it done on the road. Pound the ball down low Lakers! Just say no to iso! You'll be glad you did.

JOVBATZ44 WHAT YOU SAY? LAKERS ALL DAY!!
JOVBATZ44 WHAT YOU SAY? LAKERS ALL DAY!!
YOU DAMNNNNN RIGHT!!!!

Thriller plays like a rottweiller on defense
Posted by: Jon K. | April 21, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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Stereotypes are funny things.
We all do it, so often, likely without notice.
The press, the movies and TV are probably the worst offenders when it come to stereotyping.

Anyway, I get your meaning about Ron.
But to be clear, rotties are actually very nice pets and very gentle dogs.
Seriously, they are just gentle giants, very loving.
They are nothing like the movies portray them to be.
I work with dogs of all breeds for a living and know more about dogs than I do about basketball and like them both very much, but if I had to choose, dogs would come first.

Ron does play defense like a terrier though.
Terriers are tenacious little b*st*rds.

They don't know the meaning of the word quit and won't.

If all the Lakers played like a terrier they would probably go 16-0.

I hate charles barkley. All talk yet no RINGS. Posted by: JovBatz44 | April 22, 2010 at 07:06 AM
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I beg your pardon sir. Have you seen those Rings of fat around his middle. Lol!

i know that D Stern likes dress codes outside of the court. how about getting an approval for Luke to play and run holding the clipboard and giving directions.
Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhh | April 22, 2010 at 05:42 AM
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LMAO.
Funniest quote of the day, maybe of the week!
Awesome idea ouchhhhhh, is it always 9 h's?

I seriously doubt there is a poster here who does not see Derek Fisher's problems. Fish was always a strange duck, short and strong and not real quick. Name another short and boxy PG who has had a long-term run with a quality team.

Phil's preference was always a longer, more athletic guard (see: Ron Harper as a Bull). Fisher only got the job by having a huge heart and a good basketball IQ and a team first mindset . Oh, and because the Lakers were spending so much on Shaq/Kobe that they couldn't afford a first tier PG. But he stepped in and earned Phil's trust and helped the Lakers win.

Fisher was never quick. He's not lost as much there as advertised because he never had it. As a short PG, he coould never keep up with the darts. That's why Tyron Lue got the call against Iverson in the Finals vs. Philly. He was never long and rangy. He was always a good team defender and his on ball defense relied on strength and will. Since they took away contact from perimeter defenders he has been less effective.

What Fish could do was provide toughness, leadership, smarts, unselfish play and a decent (not great) spot up shooter option in the triangle. This year, his shooting touch has been horrible. There is almost no need to guard him, really, which has freed up defenders to help on Kobe and the bigs.

It's hard not to like Fisher. He is a self-made player. He's been part of four LA champs. It's also impossible not to see that he was never a great PG, and that this year he has struggled to be even what he was.

It's obvious Fisher is not great at defending a quick guard like Westbrood 1-on-1 (though very few are). It's obvious his shooting is a liability. He hasn't let it affect the rest of his game, and Phil has stuck with him.

Some folks here seem to feel the need to harp on Fish's inadequacies, as though they see something the rest of don't. HEY - a 2-10 shooting peerformance isn't subtle, we all get it. We saw Westbrook scoring. By riding Fisher mercilessly, all you do is bring up, in long-term Laker fans, a natural tendency to defend a tough, self-made ballplayer who has done so much for this team (and may still this year, as we saw in last year's Finals after a horrible playoffs up until then). It's all pointless. This is Fish's last year as LA's #1 point guard, but he is who we have this year. All we can do, as Laker fans, is root for him to pull out of his shooting slump and hope his teammates help him as much with guys like Westbrook as he has helped them out when they have a tough cover. Yes, it's fine to talk about it, but riding a guy Fish so hard seems somehow not right.

Tom D.

Tom D.

I too would love to see a great PG on the Lakers, but somewhere the line stops, the money runs out.
We don't have a great PG because:
we have Kobe,
and Gasol,
and Bynum,
and Ron and LO.

There is no mo money honey.
I am not real confident the position can be upgraded very much.
Will need to be via trade of one of the top 5.

Have the Lakers had a good PG since Magic?
I can't remember any.
They sure have done a lot of winning since then.
Hmmm.

Bring On The Night!

I couldn't stand another hour of daylight .....

btw, I heart DJ Mbenga!

So I appreciate all the Fisher bashing, but didn't we win a championship
with him last year?

It will be fascinating to see what the Lakers do after this season.

Blitz
Thx for ur response.. Very good answer.. Plain n simple outside of kobe there are probably D-league teams out there with better guards. Scary thought. So u argue Dfish should play cause he's the lesser of two or three evils.. Fine but don't tiptoe around the truth and pls just admit he stinks. Just say it.. Its okay.. ur not being disloyal and no one will think less of u.. Repeat after me: I'm good enough I'm smart enough and doggone it people like me.

Btw ur boy vince tore it up yesterday.. Let's see how he responds to a hostile crowd on the road

ATTENTION ALL WHO ARE STILL SLAMMING D-FISH EVEN THOUGH HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE BEFORE THE SEASON'S END AND YOU JUST CAN'T SUCK IT UP AND GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM:

Why don't you take your CRY BABY PLASTIC PANTS on home now? We don't care what you think. Go on now - scat!

Laker Tom - pure genius.


MM - you should hire him as a consultant. I'm sure he'd do a much better job than some of the guys we're currently enduring *cough* TP *cough*...

Ouchhhhh
Okay great point.. look at the bright side. Luke is only playing 5 min a game. Feel a lot better suddenly

L.Tom,

Executive thinkin', sir. The playoffs bring the subject more into focus. 20 or so posts per thread is extremely un-Laker blog-like. Conversations must evolve.

If MM's reply means posters should stay with the "web" thread when a new one pops up?.. not gonna happen.

Time for "the whole plan and nothing but the plan bandwagon" ?

I may be in the minority here, but I like Charles Barkely - the round mound of rebound! The guy cracks me up - he's so funny! I know he's not a fan of the Lakers, but he does give props on occasion. I know what I'm going to get with him, so as long as he's talking about someone else he's hysterical. The funniest thing is that he can't put his train of thought on the tracks - EVER. The rambling from one thing to another??? Classic Chuck, LMAO!!

GAME DAY BABBBBBBBY!!! RISE & SHINE MORNING CRUE!!!
FAITH, JUSTA, WALLACE, EDWIN, TROY B., LAKERLASS
EASTCOASTJESSIE, OOOOUCCH, HOBBITMAGE, BLITZ,
LAKERTOM, J24, ZAIRA, WESJOE, KEIFO, PFUNK36,
DFISH, CYBERCOSMIX, RICK FRIEDMAN.....THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE MORNING CRUE!!

GAME DAY BABY!! AINT NO STOPPING US NOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY0tsKCB4lc

AND NOW A FEW WORDS FROM THAT VICIOUS EVIL MAN DARTH DAVID STERN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdLFaguTdjw&feature=fvw

MM… “Tom - Maybe we make the Caught in the Web post the main conversation post?” I think that makes the most sense. It would be great if the rest of the posts during the day also fed into the comments section on Caught in the Web. The other change that makes real sense is to have the links on Caught in the Web open in new windows so that you don’t have to keep clicking the back arrow to return to the page. That way we would always have the comments page for the day open as our mini-home page while we browse your links.
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I also want to chime in with some props for the outstanding writing in your articles. I could have highlighted a half dozen mini-paragraphs that were worthy of the comments of the day. I also love your attention to detail. I used to skip much of the KamBros posts simply because I was more interested in the comments of my blog friends. Now, I find I am looking forward to what you have say as well. I also thought it was a good move to ban Eric. Hopefully, he’ll get a life now and get some perspective. I know you did not want to go there but I am sure most of us are happy you did. I also think it has forced DFish to be more careful about his content.
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Tom

I have something to say that I think many are missing. So far in these playoffs, the Lakers have played inside-out basketball for as long as, and whenever OKC's defense has allowed them to. Simply saying, "they got away from inside-out after the first quarter of game one" is grossly overstating the situation.

Neither Bynum nor Gasol are like Jermain O'Neil when he used to just jump over everyone to catch the interior pass (although, two years ago, Bynum was just that -- what a difference two injuries can make). The Lakers only have two reliable post-entry passers when the paint is packed; Gasol from the high post (from which he's shot the ball every single time he's gotten it there - with spectacularly efficient results), and Kobe from the pinch post (the only area from which Kobe has been shooting well).

I really can't see either Gasol or Kobe giving up those shots to get Bynum very many looks inside. Especially late in games -- he just doesn't have the stamina, yet. Packing the paint works because our shooters aren't knocking down anything. Currently, they can't knock down my Grandmother!

Bynum either can't get the ball down low, or once he's gotten it (through some lucky pass that gets tipped around a few times and lands in his lap) he has no room to operate. Bynum doesn't have Durant's whistle cachet so he can't bully guys around and not get an offensive foul called just yet.

Unless: a) the rest of the Lakers become better passers, or b) the rest of the Lakers knock down their shots, it isn't going to be inside-out ball very often. Just in spurts until a team gets tired of Bynum dunking all on their heads.

Actually, the only two centers who can jump high enough to guarantee an entry pass are Stodomire (spelling?) and Howard, I think.

Imagine if Ron Ron was still shooting 40% from the three like he did for most of the regular season? Teams would have to worry about giving up three points to Ron or two and a possible foul to Bynum. You'd have many more defenders stuck on no-man's land, indecisive and scrambling. Bynum would get more looks in the fourth quarter, when his ability to draw fouls from the opposition becomes another crucial factor in closing out games.

The Lakers need -- wait that really is too strong a word -- should fix those two things simultaneously; better entry passes into the post, and better spot-up outside shooting.

Just my observations...

--FEARless

i know that D Stern likes dress codes outside of the court. how about getting an approval for Luke to play and run holding the clipboard and giving directions.Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhh | April 22, 2010 at 05:42 AM
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ROFKMFAO!!!

I hate charles barkley. All talk yet no RINGS.

Posted by: JovBatz44 | April 22, 2010 at 07:06 AM

OMG! That is sooo funny! We can say the same about LaBronze, can't we?

--FEARless

Rick,

Good post. I just read the article about Westbrook and wondered if he (and Darren Collison) would have succeeded as much under Phil as they have on their current teams? Fans clamor for change at PG, but will it work with Phil's style, not to mention the triangle? Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Westbrook on the Lakers (I know, not gonna happen), but fear that it would not be this Westbrook. As UCLA alum, I remember thinking that Farmar would really develop into the PG of the future; now look where things stand.

I wonder how BJ Armstrong managed to handle life under Phil?

For DJ's next haircut he should dye "Daco's" on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-n7rR8DwVY

First quarter of Game #3 is very important.
Lakers play inside out with Bynum and Gasol.

Must prevent OKC from getting off fast.

Ron needs to make his threes, Lamar needs to be aggressive, we need to get some blocks, Derek has to shoot at least okay...

None of these are unreasonable expectations.

We respect the Thunder. We will play well tonight.

I'm interested in seeing how Kobe reacts to Oklahoma City's crowd. They're going to be loud tonight, but I don't expect them to be a Utah/Portland/Boston hateful type of crowd.

We'll see. I'm expecting VICTORY.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Rick Friedman,

I think we got rid of Kareem Rush because of injuries. I really liked that kid. I was particularly disappointed when he tore his ACL this year as a Clipper.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

MAMBA… “LakerTom you are Freakin Genius!!!! Where were you in The Dot Com Boom. You should have been a mini Bill Gates or Steve Jobs by now! And oh...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!” The Dot Com Boom AND Bust was actually good and bad for me. It allowed me to get out of the apparel business and start a small software development company that did extremely well until the bust. Mrs. LakerTom had an even bigger roller coaster ride as her company was actually purchased by Microsoft during the boom and then sold to by Gates to Freddie Mac after the bust. She went from a paper millionaire to an exec laying off 100 employees. I spent a lifetime as an entrepreneur doing exactly what I wanted to do so no complaints in the end. I never made the millions I had once hoped for but my wife and I were fortunate enough to buy a home in Marin County north of San Francisco when we were young that is now worth a lot of money. Even in today’s economy, I would still recommend every young person who can to buy a home. It’s the ultimate 401(k).
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TOM

The "comments" section of the blog needs to be revamped. Threaded comments would be much better (think Facebook comments/replies instead of Twitter replies like it is now). It would limit the amount of time folks have to start a new comment with "@" just to reply to some prior comment. Some people may still do it when a new blog is posted, but I think it would look much, much cleaner.

Now, my thoughts on the whole PG thing are that Phil will not go away from a veteran. He's always trusted his veterans. Remember Ron Harper? He was like 40 and starting PG as younger PGs were running circles around him, but he always managed to get that key steal or hit that fortuitous three-pointer. Lastly, if we don't win it this year, it won't be because of Fish. There about 2-3 things that are bigger issues that may contribute to our failure to repeat, and they are all team related.

I may be in the minority here, but I like Charles Barkely - the round mound of rebound! The guy cracks me up - he's so funny! Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 22, 2010 at 08:07 AM
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WE may be in the minority here. I agree with you Sir!!

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THE WHOLE PALN AND NOTHING BUT THE PLAN - BANDWAGON
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01) VMAN - OWNER - Time for "the whole plan and nothing but the plan bandwagon"
(02) MAMBA24 -DRIVER - I don't know what it means either but Vman needed a driver.

Jason Kidd is a short boxy point guard who can't shoot consistently but he's seems to have done OK.

TOM D. & ART… Props for bringing some well-needed sanity to the Derek Fisher discussions. I only hope all the negativity and vitriol doesn’t follow Fish when he takes over from Phil as the Lakers head coach a couple of years into the future. Fortunately, unlike unappreciative fair-weather fans, Derek’s teammates have his back.
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TOM

Mamba24 - I'm in with you & Vman.
PJ's got the plan - Kobe's got the execution - I'm sure of it.

What was up with the bags under Barkeley's eyes in that interview? Late nights out on the town, perhaps?

I guess I also don't understand how you can go from "in shape professional athelete" to incredibly out of shape. What does that say about his psychology? Who does that to himself? What kind of transition happens in the mind to make that happen?

Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who was in great shape and then let it all go to seed. Any insights?

kensey

@LAKERTOM - I hope those 3 Generations Know what a great Head of the Clan they have. You know I had a similiar life, developed an Application sold it became a paper millionaire then...BOOM!!
But man those days was fun while they lasted. It seemed that anybody could pull the most crazy @zz idea out of the air and not even have a product much less a proposal and get backing just for the idea. And people wonder why this latest Bust happened. LakerTom we've seen some interseting things in our life.

Art-FL Laker Fan,

My darling three-legged Laker fan dog is a rottweiller. And, yes, she is the sweetest dog I've ever had.

However, she also does revere in (at least attempting to) killing squirrels and she is the official first line of defense of the house.

By calling Thriller a rottweiler, I meant it as nothing but a compliment.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

C$ I like it! I appreciate and love DJ, he seems like a good hearted guy. Oh and I read it somewhere that he is now the Ambassador to Ronlandia. Congrats DJ! AND I really want to see MBenga vs Ibaka showdown!!! That would be a fun matchup.

Thanks for adding me to the Morning Crew Mamba. Game day baby!!!! Let's get this W. Tonight will be a hard fought game.

justanothermambafan and Mamba24,

I'm with the two of you. I love Barkley. He's candid, and that makes him a winner in my book.

--FEARless

rdlee,

Do not forget to mention that most times, Kidd can't shoot either. This season is actually an anomaly for him.

--FEARless

For DJ's next haircut he should dye "Daco's" on it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-n7rR8DwVY
Posted by: ChicNstu | April 22, 2010 at 08:45 AM
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STOP IT CHIC! STOP IT NOW! ROFLMFAO!!!

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THE WHOLE PALN AND NOTHING BUT THE PLAN - BANDWAGON
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01) VMAN - OWNER - Time for "the whole plan and nothing but the plan bandwagon"
(02) MAMBA24 -DRIVER - I don't know what it means either but Vman needed a driver.
(03)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Mamba24 - I'm in with you & Vman. PJ's got the plan - Kobe's got the execution - I'm sure of it.

justanothermambafan,

"ATTENTION ALL WHO ARE STILL SLAMMING D-FISH EVEN THOUGH HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE BEFORE THE SEASON'S END AND YOU JUST CAN'T SUCK IT UP AND GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM"

Can these people be any more foolish?

When I last checked, fans were supposed to ROOT for their team, not cry everytime they face adversity.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba24, I thought you're talking about Palin Bandwagon...lol!

Speaking of Sir Charles, did u see the Craig Sager last night speaking of the Skirvin Hotel in OK where Lakers are staying. Watch the last portion where u all see the legs of playboy Craig.... http://www.nba.com/insidethenba/

FEARless,

Yes, Charles Barkley is candid, which is nice, but he also doesn't think before he speaks and doesn't admit that he has HUGE biases--HUGE biases!--and he's a Kobe hater.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

justanothermambafan and Mamba24,I'm with the two of you. I love Barkley. He's candid, and that makes him a winner in my book.Posted by: FEARless | April 22, 2010 at 09:20 AM
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Fearless, you know what this meams? We are...THE THREE LAKER BLOGGER AMIGOS!!!@!!!

Lakertom, Mamba24,

I too benefited handsomely from that .com boom, then suffered from the .com bust. Now, I'm a High School Calculus and Physics teacher. I made and spent so much money in those three years that it is really ridiculous. Now, I have to modify my mortgage just to keep my house. It has already been up for auction 6 times in the last 5 years. I've been very lucky and blessed, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Kindred spirits we three?

--FEARless

J24 aka LADYJEM24 IN THE HOUSEEEEEEEE bLOGGERS & POSTERS!!!
LETS GET READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep
AS A FULL TIME LAKER PG IN 1st round, game 3

To all pro-Fisher and anti-Fisher UNITE UNDER ONE CAUSE

We are all Laker fans and WE WANT SWEEP. Will it be Oklahoma or in Los Angeles? that is the only question in this series.

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DERICK FISHER WE SUPPORT AND THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) PSYCHED LAKERGIRL -OWNER - And as many know, I will always love DFish. I am proud of my love and the haters can say what you will. He still owns 4 rings and comes up big. He knows what to do and when to do it. So, don't be hating, be celebrating we have Fish's leadership on our team.
Fish plays within the team and always has his mate's backs. Weren't we hearing the same things last year??? Too slow, getting crucified by faster guards, wah, wah. It may not be this first round where Fish brings it - maybe this is where Artest (get rid of Ariza's ghost) and AB (is he healthy...once again) are supposed to lay this championship's foundation. Know this - Fish will be there when we need him most. Let us not forget his timely suspension, got your back, taking one for the team moments last year. He still has it............the heart of a champion.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - I'D Drive Psyched anywhere. Amd If I had but 0.04 seconds I'd give the shot to DFish.
(03) JON K. – RIDING SHOTGUN - Derek Fisher is playing very good TEAM defense (his one-on-one is okay, not great), but the guy has to make his open shots and least half the time.
(04) # 4 - I'm on that derek fisher bandwagon. Even if he has played bad, the team is still up 2-0.
(05) J24(LADY-JEM24) - I've always been a supporter of Derek Fisher
(06) WALLACE – The blame should not be put on Fisher alone.
(07) RICK FRIEDMAN - In Game 1, Andrew, Thriller, and Fish all played outside their bodies to deliver a dominance the Thunder couldn't handle. I
(08) EDWIN GUECO - We still need the best game from odom, fisher, farmar, brown, walton and back again to LakerTom's beast, bynum. Without their presence, we will hop, limp and crawl to Western Finals.
(09) 4SANTINO - How soon we forget the big shots that fish made that got us the 4 titles. Yes he is slower, but do we dump on our employees who age, slow down, but still put out 100% effort every day at work? If we lose this year, it won't be because of Fish, it will be due to our team not being better than the other team. We did lose individual battles last year leading up the championship at the point guard spot, but were able to overcome that with excellent play at the other positions, a healthy team, and some good luck. I recall Fish hitting some big shots in a game 4 in Orlando that probably won us the title? God bless d fish.
(10) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – COACH - - I am requesting to be put on the "I Love & Support Fish" bandwagon. He is being completely underrated by most bloggers on here (of course not the true, informed Laker fans) as well as most of the media. This is ridiculous and must stop - NOW. He's been in a shooting slump? SO WHAT? He will improve - he always has come through for us. He can't guard Westbrook one on one? SO WHAT? No one can, and his team defense is very good. PLEASE - for the love of god - give the man some respect. If you don't recognize his value to this team, you don't know basketball.
(11) KOBESBAD- STUNT DOUBLE - , please put me on the Derek Fisher we support you bandwagon
(12) LAKERTOM - TOM D. & ART… Props for bringing some well-needed sanity to the Derek Fisher discussions. I only hope all the negativity and vitriol doesn’t follow Fish when he takes over from Phil as the Lakers head coach a couple of years into the future. Fortunately, unlike unappreciative fair-weather fans, Derek’s teammates have his back.

TOM D. & ART… Props for bringing some well-needed sanity to the Derek Fisher discussions. I only hope all the negativity and vitriol doesn’t follow Fish when he takes over from Phil as the Lakers head coach a couple of years into the future. Fortunately, unlike unappreciative fair-weather fans, Derek’s teammates have his back.
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TOM
Posted by: LakerTom | April 22, 2010 at 09:16 AM
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LT,

Funny isn't it.
I'll bet when Fisher retires he will be remembered much more highly than he is now.
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Jon K,

Yes, I know you were complimenting Ron, I was just picking nits.
And I certainly wouldn't go and try to provoke a rottie just fun.
That's a lotta dog.
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To the Barkley fans, gotta agree.

He says some stupid stuff and all sometimes, but that's part of his thing.
He gets paid to generate some emotion and he does.
Just not sure if the arrogance sometimes displayed is an act or for real, but do like his candidness.
And that 'reclining legend' line in the commercial with D Howard is too much.
Funny guy.

If you try to look closely the lines on the bleached hair of the great RonRon, it's complex. The ball goes thru that path, so no wonder he's missing a ton of shots. The critical path should be straight and simple. We need those outside shooting from Artest and the slashing Odom in the left flank, without those attack Thunder will be packing the posts and crowding Bynum and Gasol. When they crowd Bynum there are two possiblities, they either block his shots w/ another TO or another injury in stepping his fragile feet. Decongest the post by making them pay in not defending the perimeter. Kobe is doubled, Fisher is bricking therefore, we need Artest to make it happen.

Yes barkely was a pretty darn good player and is a really funny analyst. I actually find myself enjoying/laughing at a lot of the stuff he says. The two problems I have with him is that I have seen several things over the years that would suggest the guy is a big jerk, and he would appear to be a Laker hater.

think we got rid of Kareem Rush because of injuries. I really liked that kid. Posted by: Jon K. | April 22, 2010 at 08:5
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I liked him too Jon K. Janero Pargo is in the playoffs with the Bulls, I think this is his second trip around with them.The guy is a mini VINNIE MICROWAVE like on the Pistons.
When he get's hot he scores in bunches, but I think he's injured or something

RANDOM THOUGHTS AS I THINK ABOUT THE 2ND ROUND

* Believe it or not, I'm optmistic. Oklahoma is a tough, quality team, and the Lakers played one of their worst games game 2 and still won. This is a good sign.

* Another good sign is that the talent level of the Thunder will prepare us for the 2nd round, regardless of the opponent.

* Denver is the only team in the West that still scares me. I don't think Portland or the Mavs will make it. Dallas is still mentally weak, and Portland is just too banged up. I like our chances against Utah.

* Kobe Bryant played well yesterday...which means he doesn't have any more excuses, regarding injuries.

* Phil is right about Lamar; if Lamar is on his game, the Lakers would be unstoppable.

* I said long ago that Lamar Odom is the Laker X factor.

* I've gotten on Pau's case all year, but I've also always said that when the conditions are favorable, Pau Gasol is a very effective player. Against the Thunder, the conditions are right.

* I'm very impressed with Utah, just don't think they can pull it off, though.

* D Fisher can't shoot effectively anymore. My biggest problem with is he refuses to adjust his game. Since his outside shot is gone, why doesn't he drive in a draw some fouls? He is still a good FT shooter, and he can get the opposing players in foul trouble.

* If we win game 3, the series is over in 5. If we lose game 3, the series goes 7

* I'm not convinced about the Cavs. Trust me, they won't make it out of the East...

Mamba24, I thought you're talking about Palin andwagon...lol!
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 22, 2010 at 09:26 AM
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ROFLMFAO!!! STOP IT! AHAHAHAH


THE WHOLE PLAN AND NOTHING BUT THE PLAN - BANDWAGON
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01) VMAN - OWNER - Time for "the whole plan and nothing but the plan bandwagon"
(02) MAMBA24 -DRIVER - I don't know what it means either but Vman needed a driver.
(03)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Mamba24 - I'm in with you & Vman. PJ's got the plan - Kobe's got the execution - I'm sure of it.

Posted by: mamba24 | April 22, 2010 at 09:24 AM

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DERICK FISHER WE SUPPORT AND THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) PSYCHED LAKERGIRL -OWNER - And as many know, I will always love DFish. I am proud of my love and the haters can say what you will. He still owns 4 rings and comes up big. He knows what to do and when to do it. So, don't be hating, be celebrating we have Fish's leadership on our team.
Fish plays within the team and always has his mate's backs. Weren't we hearing the same things last year??? Too slow, getting crucified by faster guards, wah, wah. It may not be this first round where Fish brings it - maybe this is where Artest (get rid of Ariza's ghost) and AB (is he healthy...once again) are supposed to lay this championship's foundation. Know this - Fish will be there when we need him most. Let us not forget his timely suspension, got your back, taking one for the team moments last year. He still has it............the heart of a champion.
(02) MAMBA24 - Driver- I'd drive Psyched anywhere. WITH 0.04 seconds I'd give the shot to DFish.
(03) JON K. – RIDING SHOTGUN -"ATTENTION ALL WHO ARE STILL SLAMMING D-FISH EVEN THOUGH HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE BEFORE THE SEASON'S END AND YOU JUST CAN'T SUCK IT UP AND GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM
(04) # 4 - I'm on that derek fisher bandwagon. Even if he has played bad, the team is still up 2-0.
(05) J24(LADY-JEM24) - I've always been a supporter of Derek Fisher
(06) WALLACE – The blame should not be put on Fisher alone.
(07) RICK FRIEDMAN - In Game 1, Andrew, Thriller, and Fish all played outside their bodies to deliver a dominance the Thunder couldn't handle. I
(08) EDWIN GUECO - We still need the best game from odom, fisher, farmar, brown, walton and back again to LakerTom's beast, bynum. Without their presence, we will hop, limp and crawl to Western Finals.
(09) 4-SANTINO - How soon we forget the big shots that fish made that got us the 4 titles. Yes he is slower, but do we dump on our employees who age, slow down, but still put out 100% effort every day at work? If we lose this year, it won't be because of Fish, it will be due to our team not being better than the other team. We did lose individual battles last year leading up the championship at the point guard spot, but were able to overcome that with excellent play at the other positions, a healthy team, and some good luck. I recall Fish hitting some big shots in a game 4 in Orlando that probably won us the title? God bless d fish.
(10) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – COACH - - I am requesting to be put on the "I Love & Support Fish" bandwagon. He is being completely underrated by most bloggers on here (of course not the true, informed Laker fans) as well as most of the media. This is ridiculous and must stop - NOW. He's been in a shooting slump? SO WHAT? He will improve - he always has come through for us. He can't guard Westbrook one on one? SO WHAT? No one can, and his team defense is very good. PLEASE - for the love of god - give the man some respect. If you don't recognize his value to this team, you don't know basketball.
(11) KOBESBAD- STUNT DOUBLE - , please put me on the Derek Fisher we support you bandwagon
(12) LAKERTOM - TOM D. & ART… Props for bringing some well-needed sanity to the Derek Fisher discussions. I only hope all the negativity and vitriol doesn’t follow Fish when he takes over from Phil as the Lakers head coach a couple of years into the future. Fortunately, unlike unappreciative fair-weather fans, Derek’s teammates have his back.

Huge game tonight. Lakers go up 3-0, OKC folds up the tent... and we are in position to sweep. Lose this and we are going to have a six or seven game series that will put some serious mileage on our guys. We just can't afford that.

Giving Kobe, Drew, Sasha etc. a few extra days to recover till the next series is absolutely critical to our success down the road. I hope the Lakers understand that. i hope they also understand that OKC is going to bring it tonight...

Two additional comments I'd like to make: Very few people have acknowledged that Ron Artest has done an EXCELLENT job this year maintaining a cool head and professional demeanor at all times on the floor. A lot of digital ink was spilled when we got the trade as to whether crazy ron was a liability that would blow up in the Lakers face entirely. That was certainly not the case. Moreover, he has contributed in many positive ways to the team even though his shooting has been off more times than on. (btw, he'll have 12 pts. tonight, you can bet on it).

My second comment is similar to what others here are saying, and I agree: Enough BASHING on Fish. I'm an offender too, both here and in real life. Every Lakers fan understands that he is an offensive and defensive liability. He ain't going anywhere and while Farmar and Shannon are viable alternatives who need to get better minutes from Phil, they're not going to be starters this playoffs. I'm hoping Fish reduces his shooting to about 6 or 7 shots a game and makes 3 to 4 of them, but I'm done blaming him.

MAMBA & FEARLESS... Like you, Mamba, I only wish that I had had a chance to spend those paper millions before they disappeared. LOL! Fearless, I sometimes wished that I had gone with my original vocational goal to become a high school English teacher and basketball coach rather than becoming an entrepreneur so in a way I am envious of you. I remember our education discussions a few years back. You’re a survivor like me so I am sure it will all be well for you and your family down the line. In the end, like my current favorite song Just Breath by Pearl Jam, “I’m a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love. Some folks just have one, Others they got none.” That’s the life lesson for the day, Lakers fans and friends. Lakers go up 3-zip tonight.
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TOM

Phil Jackson is a Cylon... and he has a plan.

Please put me on the "THE WHOLE PLAN AND NOTHING BUT THE PLAN - BANDWAGON"

We've got them right where we want them.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

" I am suggesting they were serviceable enough not to become castoffs."

And is Pargo and Kareem Rush being serviceable to other teams? Keep up with their careers did they go off without Phil Jackson "holding them back"? And you should never have used Kareem Rush because well he was playing behind Kobe Bryant. Do you honestly think ANY coach would have cut playing time for a Kobe Bryant to help develop a scrub like Kareem Rush?

"In the NFL, young quarterbacks enter under the tutelage of a veteran. It sure worked out well for Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady, among countless others. Shouldn't it have been Fish's job, as well, to bring along Jordan Farmar?"

Just look at Off the Marcus Russell in Jokeland (no offense to our Laker fans in Oakland) when he had Daunte Culpepper for tutelage. He's beginning to receive Ryan Leaf comparisons! (Without the pissy attitude). Yes it was Fish's job to bring along Farmar and he *tried*. That's what leaders do. Unfortunately Jordie had to play his "this is the way *I* play" card and would rather be more focused part of the offense instead of KB....do you rather have that happen?

"Phil simply can't handle headstrong young bulls like Jordan. Remember when he laid down the law, saying he wouldn't come back if he had to coach Kobe Bryant? We all remember how well *that* worked out."

If they refuse to be part of the offense hell let them go! BJ Armstrong thought he was Isiah Thomas and he floundered after leaving Chicago. Look what happened to Smush Parker Mr. "I gave up reading that man a long time" ago! Jordan has a more cockier attitude and while more talented fails to utilize it effectively on a consistent basis. And Kobe? Hell Kobe was complaining about his role about being second fiddle to Shaq and ignored much of the offense in the 04 Finals and taking tough shots against Tayshaun Prince instead of pounding into Shaq who was dominant against Ben Wallace and Elden Campbell. And it worked out great in the end because Kobe finally embraced the offense it helped big time in securing a title last year without Shaq.

"I'm exhausted from the season-long point guard debate that's now extended into the post-season. For the rest of this run, we're stuck with Fish. Phil professes loyalty and confidence in the guy. I'm not going to win this argument in any practical sense."

You are right. Trying to bring up a guy who prefers to run his offense and wants to score right back if he gets blown by after getting embarrassed on the defensive end isn't what you want from a lead guard unless he's a CP or a D-Will or maybe even a D-Rose isn't going to win any argument.

"But for yellowfever, todd, myself and many others the question will always linger, What if?"

And what if I'm right and Jordan Farmar falters elsewhere and becomes a journeyman?

I too benefited handsomely from that .com boom, then suffered from the .com bust. Now, I'm a High School Calculus and Physics teacher. I made and spent so much money in those three years that it is really ridiculous. Now, I have to modify my mortgage just to keep my house. It has already been up for auction 6 times in the last 5 years. I've been very lucky and blessed, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Posted by: FEARless | April 22, 2010 at 09:28 AM
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Hey Fearless, What saved me is, I'm a Veteran and my House is VA Loan Financed. So they couldn't mess with that. In fact I'm in Mortage Modification now and they cut 500 thousand off my mortage. Anybody in trouble should look into Mortage Modification. It can cut what you owe in half and then your monthly payments will be seriously cut. Plus My APR is 4.9. So even though I was caught by the Dot com bust and the Real Estate Bust, it’s begining to look ike….HAPPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!
MAMBA24(LARRY)

LakerTom and Mamba24, get back to financial investment again. I think you will get back your paper millions in 2015. Once u achieve that amount CASH IT, whether it is Wall Street, another Technology Boom, Real Estate or Las Vegas .... when you are up, quit and retire comfortably.

How about the Lakers, how can they quit while they are up 2-0?

GREAT POST DWNTWN ATTY! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

LakerTom and Mamba24, get back to financial investment again. I think you will get back your paper millions in 2015. Once u achieve that amount CASH IT, whether it is Wall Street, another Technology Boom, Real Estate or Las gas .... when you are up, quit and retire comfortably.Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM

IT'S ALL GOOD EDWIN.
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I got a question Laker Nation, Was anybody affected by that McAVEE ANTI VIRUS, VIRUS, it competely trashed my PC & LapTop?
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I have Norton, Mamba24. I heard about the continuous rebooting phenomenon. Andy L once commented that there are malware in the Lakers Blog, I hope MM will take note on that. I always get this double click, zedo and this advertising metrics when I clean my system. I heard they cannot be removed only put aside.

Mamba24/FEARLess,

This economy has been awful and I am probably the most UNDEREMPLOYED person I know. It's been rough, but it seems like things are just starting to turn around. It'll take some time to get out of this, but we will.

This period of struggle has totally sucked, for me, but it's also taught me the limited value of materialism. Having nice stuff is all good and fine, but in the end things like family, friends, God, and those passions that bring us joy are so much more important than "stuff."

I think about sometimes what a blessing our Lakers have been given. They have the opportunity to play their hearts out for a clear goal. I've read people complain about the insignificance of the sport of basketball spiritually, but, I'll tell you, as a former athlete and as a martial artist, there are few times that I've felt more spiritually in harmony with myself and Life as when I have been giving my all athletically.

Why? Because it's HARD. It's not easy.

"Kung-fu" literally translates into "hard work" and, purely stated, everything that is truly valuable requires hard work and maintenance.

So, for me, seeing our players on the court, giving their all, reminds ME of what is truly important in life.

There's a reason why people like Howard Cossell and Jim Murray reported the game with such drama... it's because it matters.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Has anyone else noticed that since Eric Wright has been banned how so many more people are posting and the overall mood has returned to civility?

It's amazing how much damage a committed troll can do.

I guess that's why nations have to build prisons. A sad, necessary fact of life.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I see the Fish haters are back. Rememeber orlando last year? Maybe this clip from an article will refresh all the haters memories. He may have sucked in game 2 but you know he will deliver in the playoffs just as he always has. Read below in case you just started liking the Lakers this year, and forogt.


Well, Kobe Bryant owes Fisher now. He owes him something fierce. Back from the old days, back with a vengeance.
Fisher was the sweetest of salvation for Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. He saved Bryant with a 3-pointer to send Game 4 into overtime, and saved Bryant with another 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in OT that undid a tie and ultimately delivered a 99-91 victory Thursday night.


This was Fisher’s forever Laker moment, two arching shots that found a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. He pushed L.A. to the brink of the NBA championship, pushed his Laker legacy to legend. Now, the Lakers lead 3-1 in these NBA Finals and Bryant is on the cusp of winning without Shaquille O’Neal(notes).

When L.A. finally clinches, here’s one thing they’ll have to say: Bryant still hasn’t won one without Fisher.

Mamba24,

We should have never gotten rid of Janero Pargo, but one can't change the past. We can only move forward... which we will.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing like gameday, especially in the playoffs, there is nothing like it! Always makes the day more cheery knowing a Laker game will be played!

Everyone piling on D-Fish are really overreacting. Remember, Fisher was the starting PG on the championship winning squad last year. He still handles the offense flawlessly, still is the stand-up character that transcends his play on the floor. In many ways he is the soul of the team, and he doesn't deserve to be sat on a bench like he were Smush Parker for having a bad shooting day. He has more than showed he is not only a quality person but a great, steady, solid leader, having him out on the floor is more important than a few missed jumpers. Derek has meant too much for too long for the Lakers to yank him from the starting lineup - especially at this point. The Lakers won a championship with D-Fish last year, I'm willing to stick with him this year too! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP DEREK, WE ALL APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'VE MEANT TO THIS FRANCHISE!

Did anyone else notice how Kobe was practically giddy with excitement near the end of game 2? Not only were his shots falling, but he was really involved with the rest of the team. I have noticed that there had been a lot less interaction with Pau for a while - since Pau's stupid 'I need more touches' comments around the all-star break - but this game I really saw Kobe making a conscience effort of including and interacting with Pau. I think Kobe was really pumped seeing his pops Jellybean at the game, I hope that this was the kick-start he needed to get his game back on track. WATCH OUT, THE MAMBA IS BACK!

Saw somewhere that the Lakers had lost the last 3 game 3's in series that they had gone up 2-0. Let's hope that trend ends tonight and the Lakers could close out OKC in 4 games, no more than 5 so that they can rest up before meeting the Jazz/Nuggs winner. By the way, Adrian Dantley is definitely no George Karl, and Deron Williams is a real stud. I really hope the Jazz win the series since it will be a lot easier matchup for the Lakers in round 2. If anything, I hope they can make it a 7-game series.

C$ = love it! Mbenga is a real quality person, he comes across as a very thoughful, nice, humble person in his interviews. He is more than just a 12th man, he really adds to the character of the team. So does Luke Walton and Josh Powell for that matter. Too bad the Lakers have another bench rider that seems so disinterested at times that I think he's going to sleep on the bench...*cough*cough* adam morrison *COUGH!* =P

GO LAKERS!!!

Too funny, Janero pargo? Yea that's held them back a lot since that loss. If they pound the ball inside, slow the game down, block out on the boards, and play with urgency they won't be beat. And Fish's four rings are proof that pargo is not needed. Yes, I agree they need a quick talented point guard but D-Fish should be there metnoring him becasue you can't teach somebody how to be clutch like D-Fish, it's a gift and one he will deliver again soon, just wait.

I see there are many loyal D-fish supporters like me which is good to know. My last rant of the day on D-fish is simply just the facts. When farmar, Shannon, or pargo make this list and have four rings then come talk to me about who should be playing. Check this out. Stats don't lie.

All-Time Playoffs Individual Career Leaders

Three-Pointers Made
Reggie Miller 320
ROBERT HORRY 237
Scottie Pippen 237
Dan Majerle 181
John Starks 176
Danny Ainge 172
Sam Perkins 152
Terry Porter 151
Michael Jordan 148
DEREK FISHER 144

Three-Point % 3FGM 3FGA Pct.
Bob Hansen 38 76 .500
B.J. Armstrong 51 113 .451
Kenny Smith 117 261 .448
RAY ALLEN 107 246 .435
TIM THOMAS 39 90 .433
Jeff Hornacek 122 282 .433
DEREK FISHER 144 334 .431
TONY DELK 47 110 .427
STEVE NASH 102 239 .427
BRENT BARRY 48 113 .425
Minimum 35 made



Jon K, Mamba24, LakerTom: Some deep thoughts. I've always thought that happiness was a life-choice. So many people are unhappy because of the things they don't have and feel they need, usually materialistic things. Like, they need to have designer clothes, a better (more expensive) car, jewelry, etc...

I worked in cyberspace, was making a very good income and saw myself change. You really can't help it though, when one is in that world, one starts to change, it is very difficult to keep 'core values' when all one sees when they look around is excessive materialism. I worked in a corner office on the top floor of the building directly across from the South Coast Plaza during the mid-'90s, right during the Internet boom. Everyone was wearing expensive clothes, jewelry, watches, getting new cars, buying vacation homes, etc. It got to the point where some people were getting cars for different days of the week! The thing is, when money comes easily it isn't easily valued.

Anyways, the company crashed as many dot-com ones did in the late '90s, and really the only thing I have to show for it is the home we live in. I totally agree with LakerTom, investing in a home is the wisest thing one can do, especially if one buys in a 'down' period - like we are experiencing at the moment.

Oh well, I guess we get wiser as we age, values in life changes from materialistic ones to more family-oriented, grounded type values. At least we all have one value that is in the right place, we're all LAKER FANS! =D

Guys - I tweeted this and mentioned this in the Live Chat so I apologize this wasn't mentioned in a blog post. D.J. was cleared to play Tuesday so his absence had Game 2 had nothing to do with his eye condition, but rather that Jackson just didn't play him. D.J. is getting better and he's shared with several reporters, including myself, that it's been a tough week for him with first suffering a concussion and then getting poked in the eye. But he definitely has a good attitude about it and he seems to be moving along. His eye injury, from what I've been told, isn't anything serious because it was taken care of right away.

MM

I hope Mbenga plays and punks the other Congo player Ibaka. Show him whose top dog and has the Congo cash!

Love the blog on game day afternoons! Who are we?

16 time NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers

that's who!


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