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Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Luke Walton discuss Lakers' 100-81 loss to San Antonio Spurs

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

Lakers forward Pau Gasol

Lakers forward Ron Artest

Lakers forward Luke Walton

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My suggestion is for Phil to not play Fisher for an entire game.
Divide minutes among Sasha, Farmar and Brown.

Would be great if the media asked Phil about sitting Fisher down
to see if the other PG's could spark the team. Phil nor anyone else
including me knows how this would result.

Lakers won without Kobe, Fisher is not indispensable.
Lets see what happens.

*** CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT ***
Good morning Lakers Blog, I’m sure there are some walking around in a Fog
Call it what you want and I’m sure you will, Me I call the Loss no big deal
The Lakers are not about to abort, If they win 1 game, they get west home court
Sunday is just not the Lakers day, It does not matter what team they play
Why this is I do not know, but if it’s a Sunday game, they are never ready to go
There’s a 4 day wait until the next game, Time to practice & to heal up the lame
Time for the Team to get their roles down pat, To get ready to take it to the mat
Time for the Lakers to regroup & unify, Win or go home will be the battle cry.
The playoffs are a different game, You do not use your players the same
In the playoffs the game slows down, The speed of point guards is not so profound
The game slows, pressure grows, How to deal with this is what the Lakers knows
Some teams will be glad just to be there, Winning a Ring is the Lakers only care
The playoffs & Lakers are made for each other, My money’s on Kobe & Phil my Brother

Good morning,

I hated the way the Lakers melted down on Sunday as much as many of you did. It was frustrating to watch. I turned off the TV before the final buzzer.

But I don't understand the rush to judgment. Do any of you who posted in the previous thread spewing venom, hate and doubt seriously consider yourselves Lakers fans? You shouldn't. Not that fans can't disagree. But you're trashing the team with the best record in the West.

How does being first make the Lakers worst? How can you call the MVP of last year's NBA Finals a detriment to the team? Kobe's so-called rival, Lebron James, didn't exactly distinguish himself on Sunday, did he?

Do the Lakers have some issues to solve? Of course they do. But as I've been preaching for weeks, we're not likely to see what we want to see until the playoffs begin. We just won't.

So, if you're tired of gnashing your teeth and hurling epithets or physical objects at your TV, take the rest of the week off from the NBA. There's baseball, there's the Masters, a big NFL trade to follow. Tonight there's the David vs Goliath college hoops sure-to-be-a-classic. Come back when the playoffs begin. It's probably the next time we'll see the real Lakers, anyway.

From watching those videos...

1. Kobe blames himself for the loss.

2. Phil blames the refs for taking us out of our game for the loss.

3. Pau blames mental lapses in the fourth quarter for our loss.

4. Ron blames San Antonio for simply out playing us for the loss.

5. Luke blames a breakdown in synergy on both offense and defense for the loss.

They're all right.

I blame "the weirdness." It's upon us.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


KObe's concerned, are you concerned? It's April and there's no swagger.

There's a long way to go but if you're a fan, you've been waiting for that dominant stretch that says no one's got a chance. Each of these offensively challenged losses brings another team into the picture as someone with the fire power to knock us out of the West.

Defensively they can lock down in enough stretches to win. The offense is about confidence and flow. That's been in short supply. Every body on the roster can hit shots, they just aren't... yet.

As Kobe says, we'll see how we respond in Denver. We'll see, they'll know.

hiltontown

forgot to give u some biscotti for your morning coffee. courtesy of Faux Pas.

if JVG or Jeff van Gundy knows anything about basketball is DEFENSE. after 2 similar sequences he had a comment that went something like this:

it is for the second time in the last few minutes that GASY does not run back to defend and BECAUSE of HIM the defenders r switching to take care of HIS man (while Gasy is still exchanging pleasantries with the referees - my comment)

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so why is Gasy after each TOUCH is exchanging pleasantries with the referees?

a. to make excuses for a missed layup or little bank shot not rolling in
b. to make excuses fumbling the ball?
c. making the excuses on the offensive side of the court is ALREADY AN EXCUSE for NO EFFORT on the defensive end?

i will vote d.

d. ALL OF THE ABOVE

by the way, from recent readings we found out that GASY, after making an aggressive move, is always LOOKING and BEGING for approval from the bench. i mean the coaching staff. obviously after a bad, soft, GUTLESS play he will have to argue with the refs. how come he is not LOOKING for approval at the coaching staff?

why is he not looking at them after NOT boxing out?

enjoy your lunch pall. and dream on the myth that Mike Brennen? guy said today in his commentary (by the way, HE READ THE SAME LINE that he had on ESPN during the Utah game. same words, same phrase): "after coming to LA, Gasy helped the Lakers to get to 2 finals and to win one championship."

the Brenen guy forgot what was JVG's line as response on Friday:
"in the 2008 Celtics final, GASOL was SOFT and outplayed by the SCRUB perkins who pushed him around" ( ... like in cleveland this year .... and i hope will stop here. but i'm sure Gasy can OUT_DO himself and be even softer).

charmin'?????

mirror, mirror on the wall. who is the gutless of them all?

Spring has come. In my mind the ice man exists, and he's limping off into the mountains with one arm gone and bitter words of revenge in a few, short months.


How does it go from a blizzard to 80' in 30 days? And I wonder what Bod Dylan would sing if he had to express his feelings about last night's loss to a room full of lumberjacks...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFlSWztZBj4&feature=related


Wes

THE WEIRDNESS
The weirdness is upon us this I say, I believe it so does Jon K.
There can be no other explanation, for the confusion within Laker Nation
They lose a game & of them we think less, But yet their records in the West is the best
Folks begin to give up hope, Then it appears the Lakers are playing Rope-A-Dope
They play like the worst team in town, Then play like no team can take their crown
From one day to the other no one knows, which Freaking Laker Team will show
Soon the weirdness will come to an end, the playoff games are about to begin
Until then hold on tight, You won’t know which team will show from night to night
But come June this I will say, the lakers will be champs of the NBA

Fisher was not the reason the Lakers lost. KB, RA and PG are responsible for this lost. OK Pau, when you are in the paint with 3 defenders, please pass the ball to LO or even KB. RA please never shoot the ball again, we'll be alright. KB we know you are trying to get your swagger back, please get it withe the assists.....that will work every time. For the people that watched the game, please notice how many times LO would set up a play and go to the paint for the ball and they never pass the ball to him but give it to PG or KB. I like when LO and KB play with chemistry, it's a beautiful thing. We need to stop blaming DF and the bench for all of the Lakers woes, PJ sends in the bench when the starters already have screwed everything up. KB, your ego is bigger than your game.

Coward Posted by: Eric Wright | April 05, 2010 at 08:51 AM

Eric calling yourself names will not help. Yes you are a coward, but now that you have admited it learn from it and move on.

JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN… “You should have come on the live chat for awhile. I bet that would have made all the difference. Therefore I blame this loss on YOU.” LOL. Actually, I felt the same way as I watched the game. Another tough shooting night for Kobe. Good game by Pau but we really miss Drew’s inside defense. Duncan just backed Pau down for easy shot after easy shot. And Manu Ginobli has to be the toughest guy to keep out of the paint in the entire league when he is on what with the way he can change direction in one step.
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JON K… “Why did we lose today? 1. Kobe took too many and made too few shots. 2. Our perimeter defense sucked. 3. Manu Ginobli played like a lunatic. 4. Tim Duncan played like he was four years younger. 5. We missed Andrew Bynum's inside presence.” Best, most succinct game summary I have read. Watching Duncan back Pau down for easy shots really drove home how much we are missing with Andrew not in the lineup. The only other thing you missed was one of the refs was Bennett Salavtore, renown Laker and Kobe hater.
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OUCHHHHHHHHH… “mirror, mirror on the wall. who is the gutless of them all?” Come on, ouchhhhhhhhh. I will be the first to admit that Pau Gasol has problem when playing against physically superior and aggressive opponents, especially when he tries to fight back by being physical rather than being smarter and using his advantages of quickness and length to prevail. However, your relentless ridiculing and ruthless vitriol fail to acknowledge the positive impact that Pau’s play has had on this franchise, including last year’s championship. I suggest that you might want to look into that proverbial mirror to see if you are still wearing a Lakers cap.
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TOM

So, if you're tired of gnashing your teeth and hurling epithets or physical objects at your TV, take the rest of the week off from the NBA. There's baseball, there's the Masters, a big NFL trade to follow. Tonight there's the David vs Goliath college hoops sure-to-be-a-classic. Come back when the playoffs begin. It's probably the next time we'll see the real Lakers, anyway. Posted by: Rick Friedman | April 05, 2010 at 07:33 AM

Rick Friedman you are a classy guy and I am sorry that I have to say this but...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Kobe this season has given the media and the whole world to put players like Lebron, Durant, Ginobilli and others on his pedastal. There was one time in a season when the lakers will be falling and he will go ahead scoring 50 points in four games to set the tone.

I haven't seen that Kobe at all this season. He has looked like a human being this whole season. Teams are not afraid of Kobe, hence they are not afraid of the lakers. Its important for Kobe to play team ball, but its also important that we let kobe does what he does best, and that is to score 40 50 points at will.

Marc Jackson said it best, if Kobe is not Kobe, you have no reason to be afraid of the Lakers. You need to have that fear that Kobe can go off anytime and he has not done that once this season.

Durant Last night scored 40 points and had 2 assists, but everybody on that team knows their role.

Kobe is not Lebron, Kobe is a scorer...and the criticism he gets for not assiting like Lebron is just plain stupid. We've taken the real Kobe out.

I have a feeling however that the real Kobe will come out in the playoffs. It will not be to the detriment of the team.

@JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN, If LakerTom is responsible for that loss, then I must also take my share of the blame. I admit it, I lurked but did not chat for fear that I would jinx them and you see what happened. I jinxed them. So LakerTom you and I can share the blame 50/50 brother. Lol!
Mamba24

Todd,

You said: My suggestion is for Phil to not play Fisher for an entire game.
Divide minutes among Sasha, Farmar and Brown.

~~ It used to be just a diss on Fisher here and there while pushing the three stooges. this time you want to kill Fisher & permanently shut him down. Try another tactic, Great Todd. lol!

Marc Jackson said it best, if Kobe is not Kobe, you have no reason to be afraid of the Lakers. You need to have that fear that Kobe can go off anytime and he has not done that once this season. I have a feeling however that the real Kobe will come out in the playoffs. It will not be to the detriment of the team. Posted by: wow | April 05, 2010 at 09:08 AM

@Wow, WOW! WOW! THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!

Thanks, Rick Friedman, for your eloquent words of sanity.

For those bloggers who get some kind of catharsis from posting your doomsday vitriol: I understand that it makes you feel better to write things like "I'll be surprised if they make it out of the first round" and "The season is OVER," because it absolves you of really having to care. It's the same scenario when you want cute girl to notice you, but you resign yourself to the fact that she never will, because then you don't have to be emotionally attached to the idea. But being a fan is about BEING emotionally attached. That's the whole point. That's why you feel so despondent after a loss. I mean, we all expect our boys to win every damn game. But that's not reality.

Reality is this: The Lakers team, as currently constructed, features one of the best starting lineups in NBA history. When they turn on the focus, they are unstoppable. There is no team in the NBA that can compete with their length, their vision, their interior passing, their rebounding domination, their sheer and utter perfection.

If it were easy to win the title, it wouldn't really be that much fun, would it? So, those of you who have resolved to stop caring, I say to you: Come on. This is your team. Stick with them through the down times so that you can ride high with them during their success. But, in the end, if you're REALLY positive that this team won't make it past the first round, then jump off the damn wagon and don't come back. You don't deserve to be here.

Go Lake Show!

ACTIVATE
ACTIVATE, ACTIVATE that’s what I say, FACILITATOR Kobe has had his day
FACILITATE is nice when you’re blowing teams away, But ACTIVATE will always win the day.
FACILITATE is beautiful basketball, But ACTIVATE if you want to win it all
FACILITATE is for the regular season you hear, ACTIVATE now that playoff time is near.
ACTIVATE Kobe Bryant I say, ACTIVATE the Black Mamba and we’ll have our way
ACTIVATE will put the fear of God in teams, ACTIVATE, ACTIVATE KOBE BEAN!

Mamba24,

You are truly the poet laureat of this blogmunity.

Kudos to you, brother.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hello my Laker family!!! Mambaaaaaaaaa, what's up?

I'm not making excuses for the Lakers but I'm still not worried about them. It was clear that the issue with Artest and Salvatore turned the whole feel of the game. We couldn't buy a call after that.

When Bynum gets back we'll get back to playing like a complete championship team. I will agree that we need to pick up a really good PG over the summer though. I'm not saying we get rid of Fish but we need a solid, consistent backup not named Smush, Sasha, or Dumbo...I mean Jordan :-)

(repost)

" Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket. Everyone keeps declaring that the Lakers will play better during the playoffs. But what if they don't? What, then, will be the excuse?

Posted by: Troy"

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Troy,

While I do sincerely appreciate your comments re: Our Lakers, but;

I for one BELIEVES the Lakers will still be Champs at the end of the season. I don't have any stats to show you, I don't have anything to validate my point or to make my case, I JUST HAVE FAITH.

And FAITH is just all I need.

What if they won't win it all this year? Then, I will have NO EXCUSES. Until OUR LAKERS has another game to play, I STILL BELIEVE.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@JON K, Thank you brother, the checks in the mail. Lol!
Mamba24

If it were easy to win the title, it wouldn't really be that much fun, would it? So, those of you who have resolved to stop caring, I say to you: Come on. This is your team. Stick with them through the down times so that you can ride high with them during their success. But, in the end, if you're REALLY positive that this team won't make it past the first round, then jump off the damn wagon and don't come back. You don't deserve to be here. Posted by: The Outlaw | April 05, 2010 at 09:14 AM

OOOOOOOOO WEEEEEEE!! I want to be an Outlaw when I grow UP!!
OUR FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!
MAMBA24

Mamba24, outstanding posts as usual!!!!

You are our MVP!!! Most Valuable Poet!!!!!! Keep up the good work!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

The Fakers are finished. They are playing old, tired, and non-motivated. The injuries are stacking up and mistrust abounds within the ranks. Fisher is too old and incompetent to compete wtih the best of the west. Dopey the clown (mamba), has lost a step, and is a defensive liability. Bynum, still has not returned, and probably will be ineffective in his range of motion. Walton and Brown, bring nothing with their minutes off the bench. Both are banged up, contributing nothing. The Spurs demonstrated "kill ball" needed for playoff time. They only used half of their starters. No Hill, no Parker, no McDyess, NO PROBLEM. The BOO Birds were ringing and left the scene of the trainwreck. Jack N., turned a shade of yellow, like he ate some bad cheese. It's over, and with a possible lockout next year, this Faker team, may be done for a long time, as they only grow older and more injury prone. Checkmate, over and out. Sad demise.

Good morning,
I really put much blame on Phil Jackson for the bench's poor play. Look at it this way: Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Adam Morisson, Sasha Vujacic have BARELY played all season long!!!! Instead of developing those players during the regular season, get them in the flow of things, he sat them all season long!!! This is like $12 million payed out to people for just sitting there!!! True DJ helps with the physicality during practice, and helps challenge Bynum and Pau, but do you remember the game he had when both Pau and Drew weren't playing? like 13 points and 12 rebounds and 6 BLOCKED shots!!!
Why not play DJ, since he's a good shot blocker and a good hustle guy? josh powell (pun intended) just looks like he does not care!!! Send him and Adam Morisson to the D-League!!! At least they will get some run there and get their confidence up! As for Sasha, it is beyond me, why jackson does not play him. He is a pest to the opponent and hustles! Due to limited minutes, the bench guys try to do too much at a time and are very tentative!!They try to get as many points as possible, just to shuts critics up about how much the bench gets outscored ... and this leads to individual selfish plays and lack of execution of the triangle offense (whatever that is!). Give me a break! phil jackson may be a good coach but this is not one of his better jobs! He did a terrible job this year. The bench's confidence is at an all time low and I do not blame them. Why not use Mbenga's 6 fouls, let him defend, block shots, rebound, along side with Pau when Bynum is not available and move Pau to the power forward position and still get Lamar coming off the bench?
WAKE UP jackson.... or else we are toast! The Lakers have this arrogance, this sense of entitlement! We are the best and they het their butts handed to them quiet often. So you are the best?.... based on what? If we continue playing this way, I would not even call it an upset if we get bounced in the first round because we are not playing like we belong there with the Denvers and Dallasses!!


And FAITH is just all I need.What if they won't win it all this year? Then, I will have NO EXCUSES. Until OUR LAKERS has another game to play, I STILL BELIEVE. LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBatz44 | April 05, 2010 at 09:36 AM

JOVBATZ44 I salute you sir! You are what being a Lakers fan is all about. Kudos and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
mamab24

@EAST COAST JESSIE,
The Latina Princess has returned! How goes school? You know you were missed lady. don't stay away so long. And don't worry once again this June The Purple & Gold Thong shall wave proudly in victory! LOL
LOVE YA PRINCESS
MAMAB24

@JOVBATZ44, We are at our best when we are united. Thank you for staying strong and holding the fort!
Mamba24

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NBA DO WHATS RIGHT & PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - David Stern for once do what's right and put Tex Winter in the Hall of Fame. You'll burn a lot of that Evil Karma if you do.
(02)

Posted by: mAMBA24 | April 05, 2010 at 09:5

My take: The whole team including my main man Kobester, needs to play better. Pau needs to pick up his defense -- as does Lamar, as does Kobe -- stop giving wide open tres to no name, after-thought and has been players and boosting their egos! We need to put fear in teams from the point of tip off ! Are we suddenly offensively challenged?? I say no, we just need to play smarter basketball and take higher percentage shots. We have chippies at the basket that should be cash money and we are missing point blank shots -- if you dunk the ball - WITH TWO HANDS, not happening. We need to step inside the three point line, make the extra pass if the 3 isnt falling - its not rocket science. It's just plain basketball.. I kinda think we are pressing trying to prove pundits that we are still the best when in actuality, we don't have to be the best team RIGHT NOW -- we just need to be the best team when its all said and done and we need to start right away..Get a couple more Ws and rest the starters some and hopefully our players on the bench can find some semblance of basketball skills..Otherwise, this just wasnt our year and a better team will step off with our LARRY O'Brien trophy.

Checkmate, over and out. Sad demise.Posted by: Mike Smith | April 05, 2010 at 09:56 AM
Paula is that you. I told you not to blog while you are rioing in that wheelchair! Now go to the store and get your Depends.

Love ya back Mamba...school's good. Working on the last 4 weeks of this semester so I can focus on the Lakers. I agree, come June, we'll be celebrating once again. Thanks for keeping up the blog here. We know who's boss ;)

@EASTCOASTJESSIE, Stay in those books and make us proud Jessie. And join in on chat when you can. I haven't been on Chat much because I don't want to jinx The Lakers, but now that playoff time is here, I feel nothing can stop them from reaching their destination. RING16
mamba24

@LAKERSRYDEORDIE, I agree 100%. GREAT POST!!
mamba24

Of course I'll make you all proud Mamba. I'll try to get on the chat soon.

I met Tex Winter a few playoffs ago here in Denver. The guy is a class act and not only does he deserve to be in the hall of fame for his coaching resume, but his achievements over his lifetime of basketball are far superior of Naismith himself - you could argue that the hall of fame should rename itself after Tex.

Now, as for the Lakers -

I've been very busy the past few months and somewhat disenchanted with my team. Therefore I haven't been posting quite as frequently. The times I have posted pretty much said the same thing over and over and over.

Yesterday I'm watching the game, the Lakers pull within 4 pts in the 4th quarter and the power goes out. When it kicks back on, the Lakers are down by like 15 pts and I see our great PG back in the game - I have no idea what happened first, but my opinion has not and will not change: PJ made a critical mistake this year in failing to allow the younger guys to develop. It was uncalled for and unnecessary - we did not NEED Fisher playing 30 minutes a game to achieve the win/loss record we're at.

For that, I'm very disappointed - and that's regardless of what happens in the playoffs (ie, another 0.4, another title run, etc)

This season felt like Shaq-era Lakers without the talent of Shaq. That's scary. This is a Kobe-era squad looking to push buttons. In the history of the Lakers, that usually means playoff elimination (and I'm thinking back to showtime era here, which is why Pat Riley made the guarantee).

HOWEVER, I cannot ignore the talent of the team and the determination of Mr Bean & Phil Jax.

Phil JaX is right that it's different playing the same opponent night in night out than it is playing different opponents. Beating us at home, on national TV, etc in a one off is different than beating us 4 games out of 7.

Furthermore, we see the other team's 90%+ effort night in and night out whereas other teams such as Denver or OKC, for example, face opponents at 75%+ effort. That can have some impact in how you forecast our fate in the playoffs (we're already facing playoff like intensities with more frequencies than almost all teams out there).

My concern still centers around the PG (does anyone wonder what would have happened last year against the Rockets without Fish taking himself out for a game??) - but I do think we can overcome it with the superior talent and experience that we have.

So, I fully expect to see the Finals - even though I'm as disappointed as I am. Our biggest threat IS Denver, with a distant second being the Mavs. I would like a team like SAS first round because it would put the fear of God into the Lakers early instead of having to wait for round 2 or 3 like previous years.

Once we get to the finals, we all know there's only ONE team in the East that we haven't proven we can beat. And yes, it would be worse than losing to the Celts and Gold Teeth Garnett - and that was.... depressing to say the least. Losing to Shaq and the Crabs in the finals would put me on suicide watch.

Unfortunately in the NBA, the hardware must be earned most of the time - and unless the anti-crabs use their magic to get back to the finals, this year will pose the most formidable challenge yet. To taste a victory much sweeter, you must risk the worst misery.

Can we?

Yes.

Will we?

That's been the question all along. So far, they keep telling us no - but the truth remains that we CAN do it.

@TIM-4-SHOW, Good to see ya posting brother. I'm inclined to go along with Jon K.'s theory and blame it on the weirdness. I'ts as good a reason as anything. I strongly believe we will win the title and I think what's going on now is a lot of Rope-A-Dope by the Lakers. Man you know when the Lakers have it flowing it's a thing of beauty.
Mamba24

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NBA DO WHATS RIGHT & PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - David Stern for once do what's right and put Tex Winter in the Hall of Fame. You'll burn a lot of that Evil Karma if you do.
(02)TIM-4-SHOW - DRIVER - met Tex Winter a few playoffs ago here in Denver. The guy is a class act and not only does he deserve to be in the hall of fame for his coaching resume, but his achievements over his lifetime of basketball are far superior of Naismith himself - you could argue that the hall of fame should rename itself after Tex.

To coach PJ
You get the highest paid(12 mil)for coaching in NBA leage.So pls do your job seriously.You only show the inabilities of adjusment during the game.I don't buy the theme "player figure it out".It only show you are lazy and dumb.Laker play the game w/o the fundamentals of basketbal right now.You are not doing your job. Pls don't gang up the team and use only your "buddy".

I have been a diehard fan since the days of EJ and Big Game James and this is my first post ever. all I can say is that the bench is the fifth column on the Lakers. I am sorry but Farmar and Vujacic have had 3 years to prove they are worthy and all they have shown is horrible shooting and floor judgement. They should be goners. Fish should only play 25 minutes max and should sit next to Brian Shaw in 2011, and the PG position is the other problem with the Lakers. If you cannot keep up with the Parkers and that speedster in Houston then get the heck off the floor. either muscle them up or match their speed. Farmar and Vujacic can do neither. The only PG worth developing is Brown. The only thing I do not understand is why the PJ does not simply eliminate the PG position since we play the Triangle. Kobe and Lamar can bring the ball up when Fish is on the bench or when Brown is not playing well. This could go on for about 15-20 minutes of the game. With a speedy PG on the opposing team, the Lakers without a PG can play a box and one or triangle and 2 on defense. The only way these guards can beat us then is by knocking down 5 or more 3's in a game, which in that case I would be happy to take my chances. no player could beat us if we played super-big (obviously when Drew is back) in a 7 game series if we do that for 15-20 minutes a game and Fish only playing in first 6 minutes of Q1, 6 minutes in Q2, 4 minutes Q3, and 8 minutes Q4.


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