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Lakers' 106-100 victory over Sacramento means little, but at least it gives role players a chance to play

 

This had long been touted as a meaningless exercise, with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson telling me point blank after the team's shootaround Tuesday that the upcoming games against Sacramento and the Clippers mean nothing.

That's of course stating the obvious. The Lakers have already clinched the Western Conference for the third consecutive season, already know they're playing eighth-seeded Oklahoma City in the first-round of the playoffs and are currently resting Kobe Bryant (fractured right index finger) and Andrew Bynum (strained left Achilles' tendon) until the postseason begins.

I knew matchups with the Sacramento Kings and the Clippers would serve as a recipe for a glorified scrimmage rather than a playoff test. But with the Lakers lamenting lack of practice time and clearly showing they're far from playing their best basketball, I wondered if there's anything at all the Lakers could do in their final two regular season games that would make Jackson at least feel a little bit more comfortable with his team entering the postseason.

Instead of hearing coach-speak, I received blunt honesty.

"I don’t know if I’m going to see anything out of these games," Jackson said. "I really don’t. It’s a whole different thing. The teams coming in here are not playing do-or-die basketball yet. Playoff basketball is an entirely different thing."

That proved to be the case in the Lakers' 106-100 victory Tuesday against the Kings. The only significant storyline entailed Lakers guard Jordan Farmar straining his left hamstring in the second quarter, meaning Bryant and Bynum had company in the training room. Though the nature of hamstring injuries are unpredictable and can lead to long absences (remember Pau Gasol?), Jackson still plans to have Farmar suit up for Wednesday's game against the Clippers. 

Even if the Lakers' (57-24) game against Kings (25-57) provided little significant implications, the Lakers' reserves enjoyed at least one game where they were given the opportunity to showcase everything they could provide. Lakers guard Shannon Brown started in place of Bryant and scored 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting, including three of seven from three-point range. Lakers reserve Sasha Vujacic scored a season-high 13 points on five of nine shooting in 26 minutes off the bench. And then there were players who were just happy to be a part of the action. That included  Luke Walton (nine points in a season-high 24  minutes), D.J. Mbenga (seven points in 15 minutes), Josh Powell (5 points in nine minutes)  and Adam Morrison (three points in six minutes). 

Of course, that likely won't mean much for the Lakers' postseason. It'll be the Lakers starters as well as sixth-man Lamar Odom that will determine the team's championship run. The bench performance against Sacramento also doesn't mean Jackson should've given his reserves more opportunities this season. Case in point, the Lakers only led by four points with 1:16 remaining after leading most of the game with comfortable double-digit margins. The close affair forced Gasol, who had hoped to limit his time on the floor against the Kings, to play 32 minutes and provide a team-leading 28 points, marking the fifth consecutive game he's scored at least 20 points.

Meanwhile, Walton indicated he understood those circumstances, but it still didn't downplay the fact as he noted, that "guys on the bench are hungry to play."

"I don’t think this one game did anything," Walton said. "We know as a bench what we need to do. We know there’s times this year that we haven’t done it. We also know we’re capable of doing it. I think we’ll be ready come playoffs."

That's still to be determined, but the bench featured numerous plays that showed they're capable of shouldering minutes of a meaningless game. 

Walton's passes ensured a much crisper run triangle offense, a presence he hadn't been able to provide for two months after suffering a pinched nerve in his lower back. Brown, despite nursing a sprained right thumb, performed highlight-worthy plays, including a left-handed block and a windmill dunk. "I've definitely dunked and had to put a smile on my face after tearing it up," said Brown, who had averaged 5.5 points in the Lakers' previous six losses. "It's one of those things we have to deal with. I appreciate my coaches and my teammates for letting me go out there and play my game.

Vujacic likely felt the same way. He made two buzzer beaters, provided two put backs, appeared in a position to dunk for the second consecutive game and grabbed four offensive boards, leading Jackson to joke Vujacic is an "offensive rebounding Machine." "It's got to make make him feel much better," Jackson said of Vujacic, who had recently been in his doghouse for arguing with assistant coaches. "He has an opportunity to play some minutes." 

Sure there were some other developments. Gasol's team-leading 28 points marked the fifth consecutive game he's scored at least 20 points. A combined 10 turnovers among Gasol and Lakers forward Lamar Odom prompted Jackson to lecture the two about handling the ball better, a habit he says will be integral in the Lakers' series success against Oklahoma City. Lakers forward Ron Artest continues to look lost on offense, going one of seven from the field. And the . 

These plot points are fleeting storylines, however. That might be the case for the bench too, but at least for one game the reserves enjoyed some run. It's something the unit plans to replicate in the season-finale Wednesday against the Clippers. 

"It's fun," Walton said. "I haven't played all year."

--Mark Medina

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Sure wish Kobe would have taken time off to completely heal his finger after reading the following....

McHale said he would be less surprised than others if the Lakers weren't in the finals, especially after getting a look at Bryant's broken right index finger when the reigning NBA finals MVP appeared recently on the NBA TV studio show that features McHale. The injury has caused Bryant to shoot poorly late in the season.
"His finger looks just as bad as it did during the All-Star game. I was surprised it didn't look a lot better," McHale said. "That thing is really, really looking bad. The swelling hasn't gone down. It still looks really, really funky."

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(01) MAMBA24 – OWNER – Happy Birthday Jeanette. Your spirit & joy is what Laker Nation is all about
Enjoy your day.
(02) EDWIN GUECO – DRIVER - Happy Birthday Jeanette, how did Mamba24 know? When the flower blooms in April, we celebrate your birthday. Indeed, you have provided grace and beauty to our blog. Enjoy your natal day.
(03) LAKERTOM –RIDING SHOTGUN - Please put me on Jeanette’s Birthday Bandwagon. That girl is a die-hard Lakers fan and blogger. Blow those candles out, Jeanette. You’re one year younger and looking better every day. Have a special day.
(04) #4 - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
(05) TROY B. – DRIVER2 - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
(06) RICK FRIEDMAN - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
(07) ZAIRA AMATERASU - And of course, put me also in for the bday wishes to' jeannette, Larry ;)
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THE LAKER NATION & BLOGGERS PLAYOFF UNITY – BANDWAGON
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* It’s the playoffs. It’s the second season. Time to band and bond together and send our guys the:
* FULL - BLOG - KARMA.@LakerTom
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Win or lose we’ll support each other as Spartans protect our fort & carry that passion to June. Sometimes it is through squabbles that we unintentionally build bridges of understanding. Let us prepare the barricades for the parade in June. Let's move those bricks from the Staples (basketball court) on to Figueroa. This time we'll need a bigger Coliseum to accommodate a larger bandwagon. The harder the struggle, the greater will be the triumph.
(02) JEANETTE - - DRIVER - I am giving myself a dose of Lakers today since it is my special day. Keep the love alive in this blog. S
(03) HUGO BOSS – RIDING SHOTGUN - I hope KB24 and Socks are ready. Colorado loves our Lakers!
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(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - I BELIEVE!
(06) CORNER J – PLAY-OFF GATLING GUNNER - Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is leftover playoff LeCrabmeat..we'll be there. And wherever pusillanimous, pontificating, prevaricating trolls dare to cross the hallowed portal of Laker Playoff Valhalla, ringed to the rafters with a plethora of NBA banners, and guarded in perpetuity by the mighty legion of exceptional blogknights, Sir Laker Tom, Sir Jon of K, Sir Mamba24, Sir justawhateva, and the post-virginal-yet-ever-radiant Lady Zaira...you will find...we will crush them all...ALL of them, like puffy pretender pinatas...for we are... THE LAKER AMIGOS!!! LET'S RIDE!!!
(07) MAMBA24 - I BELIEVE TOO!
(08) 2PHATT – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.P
(09) LAKER TOM – JUDGE - Can’t wait for next Sunday’s roll call, game day prayer from Utz, and playoff level dose of Lakers love and karma from the Faithful on the blog. Bring it on!
((10) VMAN - Young and old, rich and poor bond together a place annually divided otherwise. It's gonna be great, it always is.
(11) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Put me on the Laker Unity Bandwagon. Time to crush the trolls under our wheels
(12) CHIC AND STU - Save me a seat on the Unity Bandwagon! United We never Shall Fall!
(13) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the UNITY bandwagon. If ever there were a time for unity in Laker Nation, it is now.
(14) ZAIRA AMATERASU - GODDESS - All I know is that of course I wanna be added to the UNITY Bwagon, but at the same time, well, I think that should be the only bandwagon where we should all be inscripted into, no matter what, as defining moment of being... well... Lakers Fans?

Good morning,

A meaningless end of season game against a weak team like the Kings is just what the Lakers needed. Having Kobe sit was just what the Lakers needed. Not that playing the Kings is like playing the Thunder. Surely not.

It was a good chance to play in rhythm, something the Lakers haven't been able to do in weeks. It was a chance for bench players to burn some extended minutes, a luxury the Lakers haven't had for weeks.

Since the All Star break, all Shannon Brown has had the opportunity to do is expose his weaknesses. Tuesday night he had an opportunity to show his strengths. Meaningless, you say? I say not. Young players need confidence building experiences.

Sasha, DJ and Luke also benefited from extended minutes.

Andrew, Kobe, and -- last night -- Jordan Farmar are all reminders that injuries are part of basketball. Remember Karl Malone? Everybody needs to be ready to play. Practice scrimmages only accomplish so much. Phil has kept the young players on such a short leash this season, when they get playing time they're more worried about getting yanked than about playing good basketball. The result has been a bench comprised of mostly the same players declining in skills and accomplishments instead of growing.

Many analysts and beat writers like Kevin Ding are predicting the Lakers to emerge victorious from the first round playoff series against the Thunder. I don't pretend to know. But at least the conventional wisdom should silence some of the chicken littles who've already declared that the sky has fallen.

This season has been a crazy ride, but the Lakers have achieved their first goal, which is to be the number one seed in the West. Now the real work begins. Fans and players are all ready for the playoffs. Bring it on! Go Lakers!

"but the bench featured numerous plays that showed they're capable of shouldering minutes of a meaningless game. "...wasn't this known already ? I mean I know they have been horrible lately but they are still NBA players who didn't get to play on this team for no good reason.
A bit too negative in your assessment lately Mark.Of course the team has numerous problems and it is incumbent on you to report things the way they are , which I must say you are doing a decent job of, but you could concentrate a bit more on the positives while putting things in perspective for the readers of your blog.Times like these, when the team has been in a bad state for quite a long time, it doesn't help the collective fan-psyche if you keep repeating the negatives often and don't try as well to portray possibilities which present some hope.
Sorry if I was being too critical,for that is not my intent, but look through your posts for the last month or so.Anything hopeful is just mentioned in passing while the negatives have been repeated too many times. You did have a few posts with some analysis on how the Lakers could improve and which were quite good .I wished they could be relayed directly to the players to help them sort out their issues. Please try and do more of that so we can develop and insight into and rationalize the issues facing this team.It would be better than just hearing about the problems like they are just facts with little hope of change. Thanks
Timothy

This sentence wasn't what my comment was about. You just needlessly put a negative spin on the bench doing a little better and said they were capable of shouldering minutes in a "meaningless" game.It was an example of a recent trend I had observed.Did I offend you or something ?? "but the bench featured numerous plays that showed they're capable of shouldering minutes of a meaningless game. ".
..wasn't this known already ? I mean I know they have been horrible lately but they are still NBA players who didn't get to play on this team for no good reason.
A bit too negative in your assessment lately Mark.Of course the team has numerous problems and it is incumbent on you to report things the way they are , which I must say you are doing a decent job of, but you could concentrate a bit more on the positives while putting things in perspective for the readers of your blog.Times like these, when the team has been in a bad state for quite a long time, it doesn't help the collective fan-psyche if you keep repeating the negatives often and don't try as well to portray possibilities which present some hope.
Sorry if I was being too critical,for that is not my intent, but look through your posts for the last month or so.Anything hopeful is just mentioned in passing while the negatives have been repeated too many times. You did have a few posts with some analysis on how the Lakers could improve and which were quite good .I wished they could be relayed directly to the players to help them sort out their issues. Please try and do more of that so we can develop and insight into and rationalize the issues facing this team.It would be better than just hearing about the problems like they are just facts with little hope of change. Thanks
Timothy

Happy Birthday Jeanette!
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Mamba24 aka Larry,

Please put me in the PLAYOFF UNITY BANDWAGON!

I always believe, even if the Lakers lose a whole season ala 0-82, I WILL ALWAYS BLEED PURPLE & GOLD. Because I'm a Laker Fan.

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!! Here we come OKC, HERE WE COME!!!

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@JOVBATZ44, WILL DO MY BROTHER!
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HOME ON THE ROAD
This is it , the last regular game, home on the road, I can’t complain
Let the bench, get some playing minutes, Nobody gets hurt, No need to win it.
Get some kinks, out of the new D, more time to rest, practice shooting the three
A little dit dow jar, would do us good, Jon K can get some, from the neighborhood
Before the hype machine begins full blast, Relax the body and mind at last
Look at Kobe still working out, That;s what being the best is all about
It’s more than just, a press agents spiel, it almost approaches, a religious zeal
Not out there practicing just for show, but learning the craft, being in the flow
What manner of man, is Kobe Bryant, He’s reached the peak, yet he’s still trying
This is something, Princess Jimmy should learn, nothings given, it must be earned
Not even Darth Stern, can give it to you, If you want it, Kobe you must go through
Don’t listen to Shaq, he’s a half wit, For the rest of his life, he’ll have one regret.
He never gave Mamba his due, Now from team to team he now travels to
Is it the End of the Beginning or the beginning of the end, all I know Lakers will win
Why am I so positive you say, LO, Pau, Ron Ron & Kobe
They did not come this far, not to win a Ring, No power on earth, Can take what they will bring
Each one has a desire, that’s his very own, All Desires end, with the Lakers on the throne
Pau’s is vindication, Ron Ron wants a Ring, LO wants commercials, Kobe to remain King
Nothings more powerful, than a team on a mission, At it’s apex, It’s like nuclear fission
Beware Laker Nation, The switch about to be thrown, It’ll be the Biggest Bang, ever known
The Cern Colider can not touch this group, They make the Big Bang, look like a little poop.
This is a prelude, there’s more it’s true, The Freakin LA Lakers, they don’t talk, they just do

We're in a cool off period, continue exercising SELF CONTROL.

Let us all unite as ONE Laker family, don't yield to temptation - DON'T RESPOND.

Focus on the sole objective: WIN & move on..

Good morning, everybody.

I know last night's game "didn't mean anything" but I enjoyed it.

And I will argue against the whole notion that last night "didn't mean anything."

The truth of the matter is that our Achilles' Heels this year has been our bench and our outside shooting. Well, last night our bench played well together as a unit and our outside shooting drastically improved.

Not to question 10 Rings, but I am: I've long thought throughout this year that Phil has used too tight a rotation, thereby giving our starters too many minutes (thus making them succeptible to injury) and our bench too few minutes (thus not allowing them the time on court to truly "gel."

What we're seeing now is the consequence of the months imblanced minutes: Our starters need to rest and QUICKLY heal up from accumulated injuries and our bench are getting together and cramming for their Finals in a few weeks.

So far, so good.

Sasha, Luke, and MBenga all looked better than expected last night. Adam Morrison even hit a nice three. Sasha looked so good last night, in that he put in so much effort, intelligent effort, that I'm considering a Let's Start Sasha Bandwagon!

Here are a few observations from last night:

1. Pau Gasol is one incredibly talented offensive player. The guy has so much skill and he clearly enjoys being a leader on the floor.

2. MBenga played VERY well and displayed an expanded array of offensive and defensive skills I wasn't expected. He did make some lame plays (missing an uncontested layup), but he also made some impressive plays (an acrobatic put back in a crowd.) I was happy with what I saw, even him continuing to hustle when he looked like he was exhausted on the floor.

3. The offense runs SO much better when Luke Walton is on the floor. He just plays with poise and gets other players in the right position. He makes smart decisions. I'm all for starting Luke and Sasha and bringing Derek, Lamar, and Thriller off the bench. Suddenly our second unit becomes supercharged.

4. Sasha's got skills. Sasha's got energy. If you anger The Machine, The Machine wants to make you pay. I'm beginning to understand Sasha's (known in some circles as "Shazam!") anger at not getting minutes. He needs these two games to get into rhythm. We will need his outside shot in the playoffs.

5. I am fine with going six games in the first round of the playoffs if it means that the bench gets significant minutes throughout. We cannot run our starters ragged and keep our bench rusty and expect to be able to succeed all the way through the Finals. We need to win this thing as a TEAM as opposed to four players.

6. The Clippers are going to play to win tonight. They need this game for their sense of self-worth. Tonight I expect a much higher energy game than last night. The Clippers also have a much more powerful inside game than the injured Lakers. So, hopefully the bench will take their game up one more level and we'll be able to enter the playoffs on a two-game win streak.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Oh, one more thing...

The bench played within the offense last night. It was almost graceful at times.

More of that, please.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Bench production is a related to minutes played.
Why did Sasha play well?

He knew he wasn't going to get pulled.

When Bynum returns Lakers bench is among the best in the NBA.
No, they don't have a bench player who scores a lot of points like
Ginobili, Jason Terry and JR Smith, but Lakers don't have a bench player other than LO who get minutes.

Farmar, Brown and Sasha are good bench players. They are sometimes inconsistent because their minutes are inconsistent or in Sasha's case many times Zero.

Walton is a good player too, but he is recovering from injury.

Powell, Mbenga -- Minimum wage players who are better than alternative minimum wage players. Can't have expectations for minimum players.

Ammo? He is dud ... but all NBA teams have duds.

Mamba24
Thanks for the shout out. Great day amigo.

@EDWIN, WAX ON, WAX OFF, WAX ON, WAX OFF!
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WIN OR GO HOME
Win or go home time is here, The time you’ve waited for, the entire year
Excuses won’t cut it, nor will bad play, you need the eye of the tiger, if you intend to stay
Don’t bring your excuses or press clippings to me, Win or go home, that’s plain as can be
There aint no switches to flip, Don’t care about your pain, Win or go home, Lose & they gain
You say as The Lakers, 15 Rings you have won, But tell me lately, what for me have you done
You don’t have the best record, Kobes not the MVP, The way you been playing, is bad as can be
So how the hell do you, think a title you will win, In every crucial game, you lose & lose again
Others teams were tradin, But you just stood pat, Now it appears, the team is a little flat
So tell me what is it, that you base your claim on, that you will win the ring, when it’s said & done
OK, We have 10Rings, no one else can say the same, He’s won more Rings, than any in the game
Does 0.4 mean anything to you, Bet against DFish, Your heart he’ll drive a dagger thru
Does 7 game winners, make your heart grow faint, We got Kobe Bryant, And lose the game he Aint
He may appear a man, He’s not what he seems, He’s Kobe Bryant, Scored more than the other team
Does best in the West, mean anything to you?, Lakers did it this year, They did it last year too
Have you been to Staples?,Look up in the air, See those banners waving, That’s 15 titles there
The NBA has Listed, the 50 greatest to ever play, 10 of them were Lakers, Now what you got to say
Win or go home? Winning is what they do, the best winning percentage, belongs to the Lakers to
Should I continue?, and take your @zz to school, or have you had enuff, of looking like a d@mn fool
A wise man said, Don’t bet against the Lakers it’s true, They don’t just talk, They back it up too.

Mamba24 Thanks for the shout out. Great day amigo. Posted by: Hugo Boss | April 14, 2010 at 08:15 AM
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"Lebron James Train"

Okay. It's official. DFish and Eric Wright are officially Cavs Trolls.

"The L-Train" is a local nickname in Cleveland media for LeBron James which I have not heard outside of local media. As Eric Wright has used this term, he's been exposed to Ohio media, thereby making him an Ohioan and thus due to his hateful language a Cavs Troll.

Please refer to him as such from now on. This guy is clearly an obsessed, insecured LeBroniac who cannot accept that he lives in the armpit of the United States.

Eric, these are for you:

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY&feature=related

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANETTE – BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 – OWNER – Happy Birthday Jeanette. Your spirit & joy is what Laker Nation is all about
Enjoy your day.
(02) EDWIN GUECO – DRIVER - Happy Birthday Jeanette, how did Mamba24 know? When the flower blooms in April, we celebrate your birthday. Indeed, you have provided grace and beauty to our blog. Enjoy your natal day.
(03) LAKERTOM –RIDING SHOTGUN - Please put me on Jeanette’s Birthday Bandwagon. That girl is a die-hard Lakers fan and blogger. Blow those candles out, Jeanette. You’re one year younger and looking better every day. Have a special day.
(04) #4 - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
(05) TROY B. – DRIVER2 - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
(06) RICK FRIEDMAN - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
(07) ZAIRA AMATERASU - And of course, put me also in for the bday wishes to' jeannette, Larry ;)
(08) JOVBATZ44 - Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!
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THE LAKER NATION & BLOGGERS PLAYOFF UNITY – BANDWAGON
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* It’s the playoffs. It’s the second season. Time to band and bond together and send our guys the:
* FULL - BLOG - KARMA.@LakerTom
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Win or lose we’ll support each other as Spartans protect our fort & carry that passion to June. Sometimes it is through squabbles that we unintentionally build bridges of understanding. Let us prepare the barricades for the parade in June. Let's move those bricks from the Staples (basketball court) on to Figueroa. This time we'll need a bigger Coliseum to accommodate a larger bandwagon. The harder the struggle, the greater will be the triumph.
(02) JEANETTE - - DRIVER - I am giving myself a dose of Lakers today since it is my special day. Keep the love alive in this blog. S
(03) HUGO BOSS – RIDING SHOTGUN - I hope KB24 and Socks are ready. Colorado loves our Lakers!
(04) #4
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - I BELIEVE!
(06) CORNER J – Play-Off Gatling GUNNER - Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever here is leftover playoff LeCrabmeat..we'll be there. And wherever pusillanimous, pontificating, prevaricating trolls dare to cross the hallowed portal of Laker Playoff Valhalla, ringed to the rafters with NBA banners, & guarded in perpetuity by the mighty legion of exceptional blogknights, Sir Laker Tom, Sir Jon of K, Sir Mamba24, Sir justawhateva, & the post-virginal-yet-ever-radiant Lady Zaira...you will find...we will rush them all...ALL of them, like puffy pretender pinatas...for we are... THE LAKER AMIGOS!!! LET'S RIDE!!!
(07) MAMBA24 - I BELIEVE TOO!
(08) 2PHATT – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I'm saying let the games begin. I fired up, enough of the dress rehearsal; it's time to ROCK N ROLL and defend our title.P
(09) LAKER TOM – JUDGE - Can’t wait for next Sunday’s roll call, game day prayer from Utz, and playoff level dose of Lakers love and karma from the Faithful on the blog. Bring it on!
((10) VMAN - Young and old, rich and poor bond together a place annually divided otherwise. It's gonna be great, it always is.
(11) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Put me on the Laker Unity Bandwagon. Time to crush the trolls under our wheels
(12) CHIC AND STU - Save me a seat on the Unity Bandwagon! United We never Shall Fall!
(13) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the UNITY bandwagon. If ever there were a time for unity in Laker Nation, it is now.
(14) ZAIRA AMATERASU - GODDESS - All I know is that of course I wanna be added to the UNITY Bwagon, but at the same time, well, I think that should be the only bandwagon where we should all be inscripted into, no matter what, as defining moment of being... well... Lakers Fans?
(15) JOVBATZ44 – I BELIEVE!
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It was very nice to see Mbenga play well.

Lamar 1-4 with a -5 rating lends credibility to the lamar as pg scenario. :)

@JON K – TAKE THE L-TRAIN TODAY
I needed a ride, my feet were in pain, they said Mamba24, take the L-Train
I said the L-Train, And just what is it , They said it’s King James, ON Clevelands throne he sits
He carries the hopes of a city, in him we place our trust, Why take a cab, It’s the L-train for us
I said you mean Jimmy, Princess is that it, , He can’t carry the Jock strap, Of Kobe Bryant now quit.
I’d take a Toyota with brakes that didn’t work, than take the L-TRain, Princess Jimmy's a Freakin jerk.

ROLL CALL IN 30 MINUTES IF YOU WANT TO BE ON IT AND ARE NOT NOW ON IT SPEAK NOW.

I was looking at the teams who made it on both conferences, if you said at the beginning of the season that Pistons and Wizards in the East would not be in the playoffs in April that's hard to believe. Wizards alone has a good line up with Arenas, jamieson and Butler and a veteran Coach, however they did not foresee the share of bad luck to be involve in gun totting at the locker room. On the Pistons, they traded for Ben Gordon to join Hamilton and Prince as well as Ben Wallace plus those good newcomers, still not enough to make it to the Magic 8. The last seed will be fought today by Bulls and Raftors after seeding their teams with youth and international players, perhaps they wanted also to have the Kobe's, Gasol And Bynum and coached by PJ.

Here in the West, who will say that Rockets and Hornets will not join the big dance? Our fan favorite Ariza and Battier, Scola plus Brooks would go early fishing. Trevor must be missing the extended games but lots of war stories to tell while fishing. The much talked about Hornets after Byron's departure that it was Byron's fault of the Hornets demise last year. Well this year, they are not even in contention with two fantastic PG's: CP3 and Darren Collison, plus sharp shooters West and Stepa, and PF phenom Emeka Okafor not enough they're also wishing of having Kobe, Gasol Bynum and Lamar in their line up and PJ.

We won last night but failed to have an injury free players. Farmar is added in the injury list, well there is one more game to play. Can we avoid injuries please? Overall, we still have faith with our team as Henry Wadsworth. Longfellow reminds us:

"The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."

Let's amputate Kobe's finger and get him an implant!

Any donors interested in seeing their index finger on Kobe's right hand? Call Kobe, and leave him a message. :-)

The much talked about Hornets after Byron's departure that it was Byron's fault of the Hornets demise last year. Well this year, they are not even in contention with two fantastic PG's: CP3 and Darren Collison, plus sharp shooters West and Stepa, and PF phenom Emeka Okafor not enough they're also wishing of having Kobe, Gasol Bynum and Lamar in their line up and PJ. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 14, 2010 at 08:58 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. KUDO'S EDWIN. For sticking up for Laker-For-Life Byron Scott...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
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MAMBA24(LARRY)

To Eric Wright:

Fool, you're a Clipper! Go watch your Clippers and don't call yourself a Laker fan.

Anybody else depressed and not happy with your 3 time in a row WC Champs, please, go root for the other team in town. The clips need you more than the Champs do.

"This Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to learn about the heart of a champion first hand. They are going to see a dramatically different Lakers team than the one they upset a few weeks ago. While I love Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Lakers are going to dismantle the Thunder and sweep them in four blowout games. Just remember it is the Champions versus the Thunder."

LakerTom at this point I think you should pretty much shut it with your predictions. I can't take anymore of your jinksing of this Laker team... I don't want to get into the past comments and predictions you had made that has resulted in complete opposite outcomes... No more predictions from you, please

Mamba, I want in on the ROLL CALL!

Blog Unity! Ride or die....

Mamba24...Put me on the Roll Call, Pretty Please!! YAY!!!!
Posted by: Eric Wright | April 14, 2010 at 09:17 AM

Awww Eric you lil smoothie you! I know you are being Sarcastic, but just for you...I'LL DO IT!:-)
MAMBA24(Larry)

Mamba, I want in on the ROLL CALL! Blog Unity! Ride or die.... Posted by: #4 | April 14, 2010 at 09:21 AM
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STOP IT! STOP IT NOW! Everybody knows there can be no Roll Call or BandWagon without #4. Lol!
Mamba24(larry)

Too bad we can't bottle up the passion in this blogging crew and give a good dose to the Lakers & PJ!

Our frustrated bball passions can't overcome the massive injuries of the Lakers. I don't think I can name 4 Laker players who are not injured. These are all serious injuries; broken fingers; hamstrings, foot injuries, back tweaks, etc. These are not bone briuses or muscle contusions that don't affect lift, shots, positioning.

I don't see how the Lakers will rally past these problems, but let's hope they do quickly!

Tim - Hey man don't shoot the messenger. The reason why most of the posts have been negative is because the team hasn't played well. When they play well, the posts will be positive.

MM

I don't see how the Lakers will rally past these problems, but let's hope they do quickly! Posted by: NuggetsCountry | April 14, 2010 at 09:33 AM \
INJURIES?
WHAT DOES NOT KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER!
NOT EVEN THE GATES OF HELL CAN STOP THE LAKERS TITLE EXPRESS
WE ARE...THE FREAKIN WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND A VOICE SAID LET THERE BE LIGHT AND A GOLDEN GLOW CAME
BEHIND WHICH WAS A PURPLE HAZE. And through the haze of purple a form began to appear. in the shape of a ....2 ......then 4. THEN A VOICE SAID, I AM SO PROUD!!
THEN ALL THE VOICES OF HEAVEN SHOUTED AS ONE:
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOR ETERNITY!!!!!!!!


LakerTom at this point I think you should pretty much shut it with your predictions. I can't take anymore of your jinksing of this Laker team... I don't want to get into the past comments and predictions you had made that has resulted in complete opposite outcomes... No more predictions from you, please Posted by: GIno | April 14, 2010 at 09:18 AM
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Now is that nice Gino? When I first came to this Blog I was a lil hot shot who thought he knew it all. I quickly learned that Edwin, LakerTom, JJ, Mitchel, Fatty and dozen of others knew more than my tea cup of a brain would ever comprehend. The Knowledge of these folks is vast and wide. They don't just talk Dynasties, They've actually seen almost all of them. Laker Tom has 4 Generations of Laker fans in his family. If I had to pick one person to trust my lifew with it would be Laker Tom. This man has designed and built more in his life than anyone. If you have to bet your life on the word of one person...trust Laker Tom. So youngling sit back, the Force is new in you it's true. Be like Water
MAMBAWAN24

Mark,
Thanks for your response.I am not blaming the negativity on you alone.It obviously is about the team and you are only doing your job.I am just saying that you could do a bit more of those posts where you break down the issues plaguing the team whereby we get to rationalize/have some insight into them and not just have to accept them as ugly facts.The problems have been persistent over a long period and get written/talked about to death anyway.Most writers don't bother to make sense out of them in a way that brings some hope.It would be good for us fans if some of the better ones like you would do more than just stating the problems .The team is banged up, beat and we keep hearing the same things about being beat,banged up,operating on heavy legs from Pau,Lamar et al.
I guess I am not making a lot of sense here but I just want to say that the same negative things get repeated every time things go bad, probably for the sake of completeness in your reporting.We would just like you to consider presenting a possible/workable ways out along with the reported problems.Would help our collective-psyche/morale.

Thanks again.

Tim

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MORE MINUTES FOR SASHA (THE MACHINE) DON’T BE MEAN – BANDWAGON
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(01) WALLACE – OWNER - I'm starting a roll call for Sasha to get some minutes for the rest of the season. Sure, the machine is not as good as last year but he displays more heart than Farmar and Brown. Who's with me?
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – I’ll take that ride with you Wallace. In fact I’ll drive the Van.
(03) CORNER-J – GUNNER RE-LOADER - put me on the Sasha Bandwagon as Gunner Re-Loader. He's our only pure shooter and I want him re-loaded for the playoffs.
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(05) ART-FL LAKER FAN – RIDDING SHOTGUN - Agree we should be seeing more of Sasha.
Play him enough to give him a confidence boost.
(06) JOVBATZ44 – BALL BOY - he displays more heart than Farmar and Brown" - Wallace, re: Sasha absolutely agree! Good shooting or bad shooting, Sasha plays with HEART. Please put me in the bandwagon as the Ball Boy.
(07) ROSS – SECURITY - Sasha was beginning to turn the corner, but for some inexplicable reason was not given a chance to play a few minutes. We do not have another 3 pt. shooter with his skill-set. Farmar's D-skills are in the closet with what used to be decent mental toughness! Same with SB, so Sasha needs to be given a chance to repair the machine in the remaining 8 games. Fisher does not need more than 18 minutes a game the rest of the regular season. Farmar & SB have not earned more than 15 minutes each.......last chance to find out who has the mental toughness & defensive.
(08) EJK – CHIEF STRATEGIST - Add me to the Play Sasha more bandwagon. He needs more PT to bring back the Machine. It's kinda concerning that our championship hopes may rest on him, but let us walk by Faith, not by sight :)
(09) MAGIC PHIL – Put me in the MORE MINUTES FOR SASHA (THE MACHINE) DON’T BE MEAN – BANDWAGON....BUT only if he's gonna hit the darn shots, for the love of G.

52 years and counting for me as a Lakers fan, & player until my body gave out, & coach! Since I was a lad in a Minneapolis suburb where they got the team name - Lakers.

I guess I am not making a lot of sense here but I just want to say that the same negative things get repeated every time things go bad, probably for the sake of completeness in your reporting.We would just like you to consider presenting a possible/workable ways out along with the reported blems.Would help our collective-psyche/morale.Posted by: Tim | April 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM

YOU MAKE GOOD SENSE BROTHER! I'M WITH YOU! MORE POSITIVES!!
MAMBA24(LARRY)

I am also a fan of Sasha's passion and hustle. He at least tries to be productive and play like every minute out there is valuable. More than I can say for many of the Lakers. AND finally someone who is crashing the offensive boards! A guard no less!

am also a fan of Sasha's passion and hustle. He at least tries to be productive and play like every minute out there is valuable. More than I can say for many of the Lakers. AND finally someone who is crashing the offensive boards! A guard no less! Posted by: NuggetsCountry | April 14, 2010 at 11:03 AM

LETS HEAR IT FOR THE MACHINE!!! YESSSSSSS!


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