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Lakers take even-handed approach during latest adversity

Before the season started, every member of the Lakers received a yearly planner with a message the team hoped to remember during the 2009-10 campaign. The phrase, "It's hard to do twice," is displayed boldly at the top of the planner, serving perhaps as a reminder that the Lakers' prospects to defend their 2008-09 championship involves a seasonwide effort.

The Lakers reminded themselves of that planner as they once again experience another speed bump. Lakers guard Derek Fisher mentioned the team's handbook as the Lakers continued to process what to make of their 110-89 loss Saturday in Game 4 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. And by the tenor of Monday's practice, it appeared the Lakers currently approach their 2-2 series against Oklahoma City with an even-handed attitude. The Lakers provided zero excuses for their play, but they also maintained their latest loss doesn't dampen their chances to rebound Tuesday in Game 5 at Staples Center.

It's not surprising the team chose the aforementioned phrase to define the 2009-10 season. But what's interesting is how it can be interpreted. On one hand, no team has defended its title since the Lakers' three-peat from 2000 to 2002. Yet, the frequent success happens enough for top teams, such as the Lakers, to realistically aim for a championship each season. Case in point, the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have won a combined eight titles in the last 11 seasons, showing that winning with such regularity isn't an unrealistic expectation. The only thing that adds a wrinkle entails that the chances to repeat, statistically speaking, are fairly slim.

That leaves the Lakers with plenty of options on how to react. They can act frustrated that this is the latest example of a talented team not playing to its capability. They can brush off the loss because of their ability to bounce back. Or they can split it down the middle and share both attitudes by recognizing the need to stave off a confident Thunder team while also maintaining their composure. Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant illustrated that dichotomy. Consider Gasol's take on Game 5: "We can't afford to lose this game." Then consider Bryant's response when a reporter suggested the team has its back against the wall with the series tied 2-2: "Who says our backs are against the wall? It's a 2-2 series. What the hell is going on around here?"

The mixed reactions don't make it surprising that the Lakers dealt with their latest loss in different ways.

Some opted to rest. Bryant spent the team's day off Sunday and during the team's practice Monday to get treatment on his assorted injuries. He has actually recently healed from the avulsion fracture to his right index finger, a team spokesman said, though Bryant currently has arthritis in the joint of the same finger. Meanwhile, Bryant reported better progress in his sprained left ankle and sore right knee. The same goes for Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic., who believes he's recovered enough from his sprained left ankle that he will return to the court for the Western Conference semifinals assuming the Lakers advance.

Lakers forward Ron Artest reacted by making cosmetic changes. For the second time this season, Artest shaved off his bleached hair. Although he's remained mum on his constant flip-flopping in hair styles, it appears that Artest doesn't want his dyed hair to become a distraction. So much for that whole lightening up the mood idea.

There were others who just needed time away from basketball, but for different reasons. Lakers forward Josh Powell missed practice Monday, spending the morning with his wife, Lauren, who delivered their son, Joshua Dominique Rajae Powell Jr, at 10:25 a.m. (he checked in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 22.5 inches).

Then there were others who just needed time to get their mind off things. Fisher shared that most of the team didn't watch tape of their loss on the team's day off on Sunday as well as most of the playoff games on television. In fact, the only game Fisher watched included Utah's 117-106 victory over Denver "because that will be our next-round matchup," perhaps a Freudian slip that Fisher believes the team will still advance in the first round, a subtle comment to rally his teammates or both.

And then there was the coaching staff that went through the entire tape to list all the areas they want the team to correct. There were plenty. The Thunder went 42 of 48 from the free-throw line, while the Lakers finished only 17 of 28 (60.7%). The Lakers yielded 24 fast-break points. And they were outrebounded, 50-43. Although Lakers Coach Phil Jackson wants his team to sharpen in those three areas, he found the Game 4 performance so egregious that he found no use taking away anything definitive from it.

"You have to let that one go down the drain, flush it down the toilet and let it go," he said. "You don't have to bring it back up again and analyze it."

 -- Mark Medina

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WUTTUP PEEPS!!!!


ENOUGH with the trolls.


ENOUGH with the naysayers.


ENOUGH with the chicken littles and all the cry baby plastic pants fake fans.


ENOUGH.


We are only down.... OH WAIT A SECOND.... we're TIED at 2.


Oh yeah - we are NOT down.


The series is NOT over.


The Lakers are NOT done.

Get a grip folks. It's only gonna get more exciting from here on out. You didn't REALLY think it would be that easy to repeat, did you??? Only the Lakers this decade have done it. What really makes you think we won't do it again?? Cuz the Thunder have given us a couple of fits??? WE are the defending champs. WE have the greatest player in the game. WE have the most decorated coach in NBA history. HOW DARE YOU think we can't win this series. HOW DARE YOU????? Turn in your purple and gold cuz you abso-FREAKING-lutely DO NOT DESERVE TO WEAR IT.

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant

Sorry about the repost but I might know this guy!!!

131-92.

Actually, I made a mistake on years. I dont know if you read my correction. I did work there from 86-92. That was my last job in LA. But I was out of Medicare. I was in Pension Group Acctg when I left for Chicago.
You didnt play basketball there did you? Because I did play in their leagues there. We might actually know each other!!!

Another note to the cry baby so-called fans:


If you love lamenting over a team so much, why don't you become a Maverick fan?? Or a Thugget fan????


THOSE guys have got some serious problems. You'd have a ton of fun!!!!


All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts.

Another note to the cry baby so-called fans:


If you love lamenting over a team so much, why don't you become a Maverick fan?? Or a Thugget fan????


THOSE guys have got some serious problems. You'd have a ton of fun!!!!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 26, 2010 at 08:29 PM
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Dallas have 4 all stars on their team!!!!

why the guy that sucks the worst and the main reason the Thunder are trashing the lakers (Fisher) is the one giving the most interviews? It just doesn't make any sense and doesn't seem right either

mti312 - maybe so, but last I checked they were losing their series. Not in a tie like we are. Thus my comment!

One more thing I want to add about the LA Laker fans.....

Yes they are not as loud as the Oklahoma fans who never had a basketball team until an oil magnate snatched the Supersonics, OK fans are wild because that is the only game in town. Laker fans have been a great fan since time immemorial, do you think Jerry Buss has the finances without the support of these fans to the Lakers? These fans pay their tickets even when the economic situation in the Southland is in the gutter, they support the cables system, BSPN, FOX, TNT, Kcal, the Lakers Blog, LOL the tweeters etc. etc. anything about Lakers. We embraced lousy announcers who are Johnny-came-lately laker analysts providing lousy analysis worst than Joe Buttita. These are the Laker fans you address fair weather for you all out there in other states. We are a million fair weather here from Santa Barbara to San Diego all the way to Las Vegas supporting anything that the Laker would put up, so we don't care about your cheap shots! We know what we have done and what we are capable of doing. We were here when Phil "action" Jackson was playing for the Knicks for peanuts. Today, he is getting a million a month as his salary as a coach because of these fans. Therefore I would not accept anything less from you glass-half-full people to disrespect LA fans. There will be no Lakers without these fans.

MM - do you have this blog set to auto-clear or something??? Lightening speed my man!! Hey - btw - you're at the game tomorrow right? Any chance we could start the chat a bit early seeing as how you're going to lop us off at the buzzer? LOL! Or maybe we could keep ourselves amused for awhile when you're off to get some interviews? I know "they" said no to that in the past, but we've proven we're trustworthy. Haven't we?

PREACH IT EDWIN!!!!!!

Jeanette - I was sorry to read that someone has been giving you a hard time. I must have missed that or you KNOW I would have given the punks a WHAT FOR!!! Glad you're ok!

mti312 - maybe so, but last I checked they were losing their series. Not in a tie like we are. Thus my comment!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 26, 2010 at 08:34 PM

I am making fun of the Mavs for having 4 all stars on the team but couldnt get past the Spurs.
I am with you jamf!!!

mti312 - seriously! I know the Spurs are a team that should always be reckoned with, but I really thought Dallas would be ahead at this point. I'm actually kind of surprised at how well they're playing. PLUS - the look on Cuban's face after every loss is PRICELESS!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

LAKERS getting ready to kick some Thunder Boo-tay. DON't FIGHT IT !! GET USED TO IT !! You'll be glad you did. Trolls are sign of Laker Market Bottom. Trolls are lathered up and foamed up. Media all lathered up and foamed up swallowing whole this "young and athletic" meme. Sorry Media Mutant Butts - they are not who you thought they were!!

Sell lather, sell foam, buy Kobe the SUPER FLY! You'll be glad you did.

LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!

Rack up a winner.

Justa,

i'm just on a roll, angry, frustrated, disgruntled, I want a win tomorrow. No more analysis, no more ifs and buts .....just win by hook or by crook. Tired of analysis-paralysis of crappy players. If you are a Laker, you should be a winner or get out of LA.

Edwin -


FEELING YOU!!!!


I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.

Ok - so off topic for a sec -

I'm watching another one of those lame NBA Cares commercials. It's the one talking about being dedicated to winning.


DWade comes on screen to say something, and he's got this funky looking bump at his throat (could be his adam's apple but looks wrong) and another one on the side of his neck. I'm staring at these things thinking to myself "why in the hell did Wade swallow his spork?"

Seriously weird looking....

Or maybe I'm in an empty parking lot all by myself on this one?

OUTLAW… “I don't understand the Lakers "fans" that are already throwing in the towel. This is a seven-game series against a young, athletic 50-win team. It's not supposed to be easy. Yes, the Thunder are for real. Yes, the Lakers have vulnerabilities -- like all basketball teams. A cakewalk through the Western Conference isn't what this team needs. It needs to be challenged. It needs to face adversity. That's what makes the post-season so special. There's nothing easy about winning an NBA championship, and there's nothing easy about repeating.”
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There were at least two comments of the day in there, Outlaw. I’ve always thought that great teams become great by overcoming adversity and meeting challenges. The greatness of the Bird/McHale Celtics teams and the Magic Johnson Showtime Lakers was largely the result of their competition. That’s why I think your comments about this team needing to be challenged are so on target. We have seen all season that this team is complacent and at times obsessed with their individual games. As I stated earlier, I think the Thunder and playoff reality have finally gotten the Lakers attention.
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JON K… Mark Heisler is probably right that the Lakers are only going to go as far as Kobe Bryant can carry them. We can win with bigs and team ball in the regular season but no team is going to win an NBA championship without the offensive fire power of a super star player and right now there is only one player on the Lakers who qualifies as a super star – and it sure isn’t Gasol, or Bynum at this point. This is Kobe’s team and we will win or go home depending upon how KB24 confronts this challenge.
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The big difference between this year and last year in my mind have been the injuries and the major regression by most of the Lakers bench players. The last two years, with the exception of the beating by the Celtics in the 2009 Finals and Drew’s knee, have been a perfect storm for the Lakers, with almost every player on the team having back-to-back career years. Remember how happy most of us were after last year’s championship run to get the entire team back? How important it was to sign Lamar to an extension? Even after other teams loaded up, we were still happy with our roster.
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Well, that was when we thought Kobe was going to be healthy, Pau had learned how not to be soft, Drew would play injury free the full year, Lamar would continue to mature, Fish would still have a couple of years left, Farmar would develop into our next point guard, Shannon would become our defensive stopper, Josh would prove to be more than just a shooter, Sasha would reinvent the Machine, and Luke would learn how not to puke. Like we all know too well, it’s hard to repeat.
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ANDY L… “Yes, I still love my Lakers, like a battered wife loves her abusing hubby and as a such I still hope to see that lovely side of the team that we all know is there...” LOL! Nicely done, Andy. As everyone knows, I am always optimistic about my Lakers but even I have to admit to feeling a slight edge, just like an addict who finds out that the stash he thought was going to last until mid-June might only last a week. Now that is scary – the prospect of an offseason after crashing.
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TROY… Jesus, Man. You got to stop taking those bitter pills. Bennett Salvatore? That’s like wishing for an airplane crash or NASCAR disaster. Those are the kinds of thoughts that only people in dreary cold rainy climates should suffer. Just thinking and writing about it is sending my jones into a frenzy. Seriously, we need to draw fouls, especially against Durant and Westbrook, both of whom are foul prone. I am sort of hoping Durant that Durant will actually try to guard Kobe. That would be sweet.
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Fish’s only possibility to get Westbrook into foul difficulty is to draw charges or flail his hands up like the Thunder players do going to the basket. I suspect we will see a lot of Brown and Farmar instead. Phil knows our backs are against the wall. No way we can go back to OKC down 3-1. This is finally what we have all truthfully known it would come down to with this team. Put up or shut up is here.
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LTLF… “Wait. I've figured it out. The Lakers payroll is so high that the only way they can make money is to have a 7 game series in every round. That's it. If the Lakers would have won games 3 & 4 in OKC, there would have been no games 5 or 7 at Staples, losing several million in revenues. That explains it all.” LMAO. You may be onto something there. After all, it’s not just the Lakers and the NBA, it’s the networks and all that advertising revenue. Is it conspiracy or brutal law of averages?
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TROLL MAN… “I admit I have been bashing Drew most of the season, but he is playing very well in these playoffs. With Drew in the middle the Thunder are more hesitant, with Gasol in the middle its Drive Drive Drive.” Excellent point, TM. Pau not only shies away from the contact but also does not want to have to sit due to foul trouble. He has been scoring and rebounding but something is off. Maybe there is friction we don’t know about with Kobe. But you’re right. Trade Pau before Drew.
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You would think that Pau as a Euro would be genetically and psychologically deposed to be great at floppjng but I can’t remember the last time he drew a charging foul. Kobe has to force the refs to make the calls. If you’re not going to try and block the shot at least try and take the charge. I still would not trade Pau for Bosh unless there really was a personality conflict. Pau is the perfect fit for this team and for playing along side Drew. It’s just too bad we don’t have a fully healthy Drew.
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TOM

TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON

(1) Edwin Gueco
(2) Justanothermambafan
(3) Rick Friedman
(4)

No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win.

Who's with us?

triangle offense is obsolete...detroit in 2004 and boston in 2009 proved that..two defensive minded teams. lakers were jst lucky last year coz magic isnt that much of a defensive team like cleveland and boston. i think lakers have to employ a new system on their offense and hire a new defensive coach...defense wins championships...if they dont win this series inspite of a powerful lineup..i guess phil has to go...hire larry brown instead...

Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.

C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on.

Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

I think most people think that Lakers fans are half-hearted and not really into the team. this is because most of the people you see in the first eight rows at Staples(with the exception of Jack, Lou Adler, the grey haired dude who always claps with a rolled up program and the other hand, the 20-something kid who's always flashing his Kobe T-shirt to the cameras while yelling, and Diane Cannon) are mostly passive rich folk who don't know what else to spend their millions on, celebs who only want to be scene on camera, and others who are there because of corporate bought season seats.
If you replaced these folks with real fans, such as most on this site, who have been obsessing over this team since they were still in grade school, then you would see some real fanatacism.
The problem is, most true fans can only afford tickets for the nosebleed sections that most people who watch the games on TV never see.

Thanks Mclyne, come hop in on our mini bandwagon.

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

(1) Rick Friedman
(2) Justanothermambafan
(3) Edwin Gueco
(4) dave m
(5)
(6)

i cant believe peopel are acting like OKC is going to win the series? HUHHHHHHH are you guys KIDDING ME?

the media is insane, they act like the lakers are DOWN 2-2...I cant stand this immature/stupid media crowd anymore. They say laker fans are annoying and whine about everything, but they dont realize that they always find something negative to whine about when it comes to the lakers. I cant wait for the spanking that will be done tomorrow and on game 6. There will be no game 7, Trust me!


My friend, who is a HUGE laker hater, and has been watching bball for 17 years told me the Lakers will win it all this year again becuase of the matchups. Thankfully Dallas.Denver will soon be eliminated which is great for us, and we will be fine. I believe him and really think all the media members will be sucking up to us once this year is over.

LakerTom, are you not going us? Are you not tired or getting old in giving analysis? Go direct to the point, we just a win no matter how they will do it. I'm not fond of bandwagon but this is a message to be hand delivered in El Segundo.

O YA...the players themselves said it, if you are going to game 5 BE LOUD !!!!!

It is EMBARASSING watching the OKC game at home then the LA game.

It is as if the LA game is a regular season game, while the OKC game is a finals game.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.

SO BE LOUD!!!!!!!!!


& GO LA!

Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail.

Please put me on this bandwagon......


Lakers for life!

Go laili K, go laili K....we are growing by the seconds. mamba24 is past sound asleep but he will resume this fever tomorrow.

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

(1) Rick Friedman
(2) Justanothermambafan
(3) Edwin Gueco
(4) dave m
(5) laili K
(6)

Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)

Wow...the Magic are a little scary right now. They seem to have two guys who could legitimately start at every position, 7-8 guys who could go off from three-point land at any moment, and everyone's playing defense. I can't even figure out if Dwight Howard's foul trouble is actually hurting them.

Justa - just trying to ramp up the speed for the playoffs. i'll see what we can do about starting chat early. also remember that it's a TNT game so we maybe starting the chat early anyway!

MM

Rick Friedman,

Make room for me on the Speed Wagon headed to OKC . 2-2 for me means... We have won TWO and we just need TWO more.

GOOOOOOOOLAKERS!!!!!!

Edwin,

YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!

Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"

GOOOOOOOOLAKERS!!!!!!!!!!

EDWIN… This has not been a fun past week so count me in. Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
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TOM

My friend Cap'n Crunch who is a big fan told me that Count Chocola said Tony the Tiger told him that the matchups don't favor the Lakers in this series

Rick - PLEASE put me on your bandwagon. It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.

Dallas have 4 all stars on their team!!!!

Posted by: mti312

DALLAS IS DOWN 3-1! LAST TIME I CHECKED, THIS SERIES IS TIED!!!

Oh, What's That? MELO's DOWN 3-1 TOO? IMAGINE THAT!!!

GO LAKERS!!! D-UP & PROVE YOU'RE STILL THE CHAMPS!!!

Enough talk.

Let's get this game on.

Let's go.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Cuz,

Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon.

I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!

JUSTA,
How you doing man ? Hope the knee ain't bothering you anymore...I mostly agree with you on the need to stay calm/even keel...but I got to say the things you said haven't quite worked out the way you said they would..some of the people you call "drama queens" had legitimate points as to why the team should be a bit concerned....the sky surely ain't falling and the trolls are to be ignored....but the story about the playoffs being a different animal doesn't ring so true anymore....I see the team putting in effort and getting their butts kicked still....and likening this series to the last year's against Houston isn't quite right because the similarities are only superficial..we were clearly the better team than Houston when we came to play and it showed....they never overwhelmed us when we bothered to show up...OKC is turning out to be a bit tougher than expected..
that said..there have been positive things in the team's play..at least the first two games and a better part of the third...I hope they make the right adjustments and the team we love shows up real soon....

Amit

Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?

Justa, thank you, you are a sweetheart.


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

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on.
(4) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(5) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(6) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(7) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(8) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(9) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(10) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(11) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(12) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(13) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(14) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(15) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration.


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

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH

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

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(30) (24) MARK G

My 2 cents about the LAL-OKC series:

1. Lakers did play great defense in games 1-3. Game 4 was like the last regular season game they played at OKC. Right now, the problem is more on the offensive end than the defensive end.
2. Kobe is relying too heavily on Jumpers these days which is why he's not consistent. Kobe is suffering big time with injuries, it's a no-secrete.
3. Durant has been held in check thus far, if he turns into one of those beasts the superstars tend to turn in crucial post-season games, he can single-handedly win one game for OKC.
4. Fisher has actually stepped his game up in the playoffs.
5. Lakers need to bully the Thunder interiors, two white guys and a rookie, com'n Pau , com'n Drew.
6. Lakers need to play a team-game, can't rely on Kobe to bail them out, he may succeed one more time but it's not gonna get it done if they want to win it all.
7. They need to see if A. Morrison can give them a three or two when Artest is resting.
8. Guarding Westbrook is more of the big men's job than Fisher alone.
9. Lakers should be able to win game 5, but it's hard for me to believe that game 6 is the last game for Thunder this season.

with that, Go Lakers, go kobe
What do we play for ?
Rings baby !

"There were others who just needed time away from basketball, but for different reasons. Lakers forward Josh Powell missed practice Monday, spending the morning with his wife, Lauren, who delivered their son, Joshua Dominique Rajae Powell Jr, at 10:25 a.m. (he checked in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 22.5 inches). "

al least some good news. congrats.

No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for.
Go Lakers!

Mamba24 put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
we need to win tonight. Thanks

I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors

As everyone knows, I am always optimistic about my Lakers but even I have to admit to feeling a slight edge, just like an addict who finds out that the stash he thought was going to last until mid-June might only last a week. Now that is scary – the prospect of an offseason after crashing.
Posted by: LakerTom | April 26, 2010 at 09:05 PM
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Tom,

Very well put, I think many/most of us feel that way.
That one is 'comment of the day' worthy.

Ron Harper telling it like it is. Yééé-aaah!

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

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for
(30) (24) MARK G
(31) SEGEBOY - I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors
(32) CANDYMAN - put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON we need to win tonight. Thanks

** WILL YOU BE THERE TUESDAY APRIL 27 WHEN THE VERY GATES OF HELL ARE UNLEASHED AND A FURY SUCH AS NEVER HAS BEEN SEEN ON A BASKETBALL COURT BEFORE WILL BE UNLEASHED? ***
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Some have stood steadfast, some have wavered and yes some have even backslid.
Some claim unwavering faith, Somes faith wavered. But all- yes all remeber a June day in 2008 when the worst Finals defeat in Lakers history was inflicted upon them by Boston. After that defeat I told Laker Nation to take that hurt, store it deep inside of you let it fester and burn do not try to calm it. I said hold it until you feel you are going to bust and hold it still, until such a time comes when it needs to be released. THE TIME HAS COME, THE LAKERS WILL NOT BE DISSESD!!! KOBE BRYANT WILL NOT BE DISSED. GOD%%$#$@#@ RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRACKEN!! LET THE WRATH OF ALL LAKERS DYNASTIES ROLLED INTO THIS ONE COME FORTH!!! Thunder do you not know you are playing the Freaking World Champion Lakers. Like the Celtics your @zzes laughed and joked on the side lines of your so-called blowout. THOSE WHO HAVE EYES WILL SEE, THOSE WHO HAVE EARS WILL LISTEN. Did you fools not think the Freaking LA Lakers were not observing this. Why do you think Dfish went to Phil and told him to Bench him for the next game. Do you think this proud though ancient warrior will not come out for game 5 with every ounce of fiber in him, do you think he will not die on that floor rather than suffer the indignity of being benched? WELL DO YOU?. L.O. has been lackadaisical in the past 4 games, do you fools think in a must have game that the Lakers must have such as the game last year, that even with a hurt shoulder L.O. dominated, her won’t come out for this game and play with a skill that even the great Magic Johnson will say he couldn’t Match, well do you? Finally, do you think that KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA, THE REINGING FINALS MVP, Arguably the greatest player on the Planet will let the indignities of Saturday, the laughing at the Lakers go. WELL DO YOU? HELL NO! The world is about to witness what true greatness - not the freakin manufactured Darth Stern, Princess Jimmy greatness- But true greatness and a true warrior is. With one hand KOBE BEAN BRYANT will show that the talent of Princess Jimmy is not equal to the Pimple on Black Mambas behind. Kobe has never had a game shooting under 20 without erupting the great VESUVIUS. Many have question the switch and doubted that it could be released. Well the switch is the hurt, pain, anger, and loss of that game 6 against Boston. And that switch is now being switched on. RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!, Let the Hurt from that game 6 loss to Boston erupt. Let the anger at the laughter of the thunder erupt. LAKER NATION I GIVE YOU -- THE VENGENCE OF KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA!!! AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON THE THUNDERS @ZZ.
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http://thrillof.com/Boston_Celtics/video:kobe-bryant-vengeance/
http://tinyurl.com/ylc9dvd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rTqkjWUqdo

GOD$$#$%%^^ WHO THE FRAK ARE WE!!!!!
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WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You
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Good morning Lakernation,

We are starting early today. Can't sleep? Too excited for the game tonight? It's going to be a loooooong day. Game on TNT, you may want to skip the pre-game analysis but wait, Chuck is always funny. Don't take him seriously, he is there for comedic relief. I actually like him :-)

I decided not to ready anything about the Lakers outside this blog today. The only statement to be made is on the basketball court.

Mang Edwin, Rick F, Justa, et al were all fired up last night. Larry, you picked it up very early in the morning, keep the good vibes flowing.

GO LAKERS!

Enough talking I've read ENOUGH, just give me a WIN...No Question No EXCUSES, Just Win. Mamba24 add me to the wagon, "THE REAL LAKERS FANS NEED THOSE FRONT COURT SEATS".

Many have questioned THE SWITCH and doubted that it could be released. Well the switch is the hurt, pain anger, and loss of that game 6 against Boston. And that switch is now being switched on. RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!, Let the Hurt from that game 6 loss to Boston erupt. Let the anger at the laughter of the thunder erupt. LAKER NATION I GIVE YOU -- THE VENGENCE OF KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA!!! AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON THE THUNDERS @ZZ.

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http://thrillof.com/Boston_Celtics/video:kobe-bryant-vengeance/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqBQeRmuZQI&feature=related lets get dirty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G52-luC-j8s&feature=related lets get dirty dfish kobe

@2Phatt you already there. Number 24, Ah yeah!!

THUNDER DO YOU FOOLS UNDERSTAND YOU ARE NOT JUST PLAYING AGAINST A MAN, YOU ARE PLAYING AGAINST A FORCE OF NATURE. A BASKETBALL WIZARD. A BEING FASHIONED FOR THE ONE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEARCH AND DESTROY:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGOB7bjaq-w&feature=related Kobe immortality

Please put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS PARALYSIS BANDWAGON!!!!!!!!!

YES MAMBA24 aka Larry, I WILL YOU BE THERE WHEN THE VERY GATES OF HELL ARE UNLEASHED AND A FURY SUCH AS NEVER HAS BEEN SEEN ON A BASKETBALL COURT BEFORE WILL BE UNLEASHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE JUST WANT A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GRIND OUT OR BLOW OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LET'S SEE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Morning Jeanette, 2Phatt , Justa & the rest of The 'Crue. Hang in there Folks! It's going to be a long day till game time, but I'll try to do my part to keep you all entertained and relaxed till then. I took today and tomorrow off just for this ocassion.

Mamba24(Larry)

I'm up, my game face is on, lets do this.

Mamba24, put me on any bandwagon where you think I can be useful.

Lets get some!

WOW, Larry. Hugs from me brother! Your DEDICATION is beyond compare. You deserve the WIN and we will get it.


Hi MM,

Good morning to you. Did you sleep? :-)

Today's a good day for some good old-fashioned playoff basketball beatdown. It's time to mute the sound of thunder.

To the fans who will be in Staples, I have one word for you: boo! Boo the Thunder into oblivion!!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight we take back what is ours. Go Lakers!

MAMBA24 -

Thank you for putting me on the "real fan" bandwagon. I have a proposal inspired by a previous poster:

Can we please start a "Congrats Josh and Lauren Powell for their new edition to the family" bandwagon?

It's wonderful news that they have a healthy baby. :-)

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Congrats Josh and Lauren Powell for their new edition to the family" BANDWAGON
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(01) CALIPHILOSOPHER - OWNER - Can we please start a "Congrats Josh and Lauren Powell for their new edition to the family" bandwagon?
It's wonderful news that they have a healthy baby. :-)
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Cali, YES WE CAN!! Josh & Lauren all the Laker Nation would like to send their Love & best Wishes to the Family & the New Edition

Kobe's Finger is healed!

He has actually recently healed from the avulsion fracture to his right index finger, a team spokesman said, though Bryant currently has arthritis in the joint of the same finger. Meanwhile, Bryant reported better progress in his sprained left ankle and sore right knee.


Hopefully we'll see Pau fight for position & Bynum fight for rebounds.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

WOW, Larry. Hugs from me brother! Your DEDICATION is beyond compare. You deserve the WIN and we will get it. Posted by: Jeanette | April 27, 2010 at 06:49 AM
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I'll take that hug thank you! ;-). WE deserve the Win & We will get it!!!
Mamba24
*
*
TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for
(30) (24) MARK G
(31) SEGEBOY - I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors
(32) CANDYMAN - put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON we need to win tonight. Thanks
(33) LURKER - Today's a good day for some good old-fashioned playoff basketball beatdown. It's time to mute the sound of thunder.
To the fans who will be in Staples, I have one word for you: boo! Boo the Thunder into oblivion!!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tonight we take back what is ours. Go Lakers!
(34) JOVBATZ44 - LET'S SEE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(35) MARK G. - I'm up, my game face is on, lets do this.

HOBBITMAGE, How are you doing sir? It appears either we all are early riser or some of us could not sleep. I plead guilty to both!

YOU SAY REPLACE DEREK FISHER HUH! THIS IS A WARRIOR AND TONIGHT YOU WILL SEE WHAT A TRUE WARRIOR LOOKS LIKE DEREK FISHER YOU HAVE MY ALLEGIANCE FOREVER!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G52-luC-j8s&feature=related lets get dirty dfish kobe

I am usually up at 4:00am EST and today I check on the blog on my way to work. Someone is driving for me :-)

Congrats to Josh Powell!

THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT FOLKS.
JON K, WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR BRO?
*What Do We Play For, More Rings!! Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! @ JON K
http://tinyurl.com/ylc9dvd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rTqkjWUqdo

!!

what's for dinner tonight?

Fresh Farm Fish or just some old Fish shipped by UPS?

http://foxsportswest.com/04/24/10/Thunder-Definitely-Has-Lakers-Attention-/landing.html?blockID=222834feedID=4034

snippets:

- The Lakers have to pay attention to all the little details, the fundamentals that players sometimes take for granted. Everybody needs to put a body on somebody.

Hobbitmage says: Defense? I was thinking about this. They're faster than us.
The only way to slow them down is to crowd them. Thoughts?

snippet2: - Continue to pound it inside. The Lakers did a better job early of getting the ball into Gasol and Bynum, who both finished with 13 points, but again, they Lakers took too many outside shots.

Hobbitmage says: So my understanding was that a help defender was coming
from behind. I don't see how this addresses that. I also understood that Pau
was getting pushed out of position. I don't see how this addresses that.
Thoughts?

snippet3: - And finally, I'd like to see Kobe be more of an offensive threat. Even though he's not close to 100%, he has to create more shots for himself, which in turn, creates more opportunities for everybody else. He's got to take the ball into the paint and get to the free throw line.

Hobbitmage says: Yes! Having Kobe be more aggressive on offense will
tilt the defense and give more open shots. Hopefully, our guys can make
their shots. Hopefully they don't shoot 31 3 ptrs again. Unless they make
them. :)

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

THIS IS WHOWE ARE LAKER NATION
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcC7bM4mlbk&feature=related
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@RUSSEL WESTBROOK, What's for dinner tonight Russell, How bout your punk @zz.
Mamba24(LarryC.)

SOME TEAMS PLAY BASKETBALL, ONE TEAM DEFINES BASKETBALL
THE FREAKIN LOS ANGELES LAKERS, WHERE GREATNESS STOPS AND
LEGEND BEGINS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwIljpw9ltE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zs_XNBibrQ&feature=related LAST HEROt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXjICI9KsRY&feature=related

GOD$$#$%%^^ WHO THE FRAK ARE WE!!!!!
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WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You

Mamba-

Good morning. You were speaking of game 6 and it got me thinking that as bad as the Lakers lost to Oklahoma, it was still only half as bad as game 6. As time passes I appreciate the beat down we gave you more and more.

HEY 131-92, Here's one specially for you:
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THIS IS WHO WE ARE! THIS IS WHAT WE DO!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTjaSHmvGRw

@Larry, don't engage with the trolls. Russell Westbrook, Manny Pacquiao and maybe he/she will be Miley Cyrus, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse :-)

Granma Larry [Mamba24(LarryC.)]
the era of 4 point games in the Garden is long gone. looking forward for the Melo(n) for dessert. Posted by: Russell Westbrook | April 27, 2010 at 08:03 AM
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ROFLMAO!! So be it my bro. But first Melo got to stop crying like a lil girl about not getting any help. Tell the Boy to man up and take over the game.

@Larry, don't engage with the trolls. Russell Westbrook, Manny Pacquiao and maybe he/she will be Miley Cyrus, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse :-)
Posted by: Jeanette | April 27, 2010 at 08:07 AM
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Lol! Yes my good sister, I hear & I obey. But only because YOU asked!;-).
Mamba24(larry C.)

Oh one thing before Jeanette gets me, 131-92 I meant to say you probably would enjoy the opening at any rate.
Mamba24(Larry C.)

GOD INVENTED THE PERFECT BASKETBALL PLAYER AND SAID:
LET THERE BE KOBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyKgaeAoa-g&feature=related

Mamba-

Thanks but I rather not watch that. Sorry for bring up the past. You need to focus on tonite. Speaking of tonite ... The Heat will be bounced from the playoffs. Nothing like eliminating Riley and McAdoo. I especially enjoy watching Riley go home a loser!

I THINK THAT WILL CALL YALL FOR AWHILE. THINK I'LL TAKE A LIL BREAK

LOL @Larry, 131-92 has been around for quite a while. It is good to argue with him sometimes :-)

MAMBA24

Fish, Melo(n) and a sensible Snaq for later.

The question is: where does Fish go fishing? Arkansas

Oh I almost forgot, JustAnotherMambaFan this one is especially for you, because I know how much you like Princess Jimmy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZPRQCqxG_I&feature=related

Let's face it, fellow Lakeraholics...

We scream about coaching decisions.

We gnash our teeth about execution.

But we're not on the court.

The ONLY way we can directly effect the outcome of the game is by Laker Nation's energy as a crowd.

THAT does have a real and direct effect on the outcome of the game. THAT does effect the opposition.

THAT is the primary reason the Zombie Sonics had 42 more freethrows than the Lakers over two games.

It's time to remind the Universe (and the Zombie Sonics) why the Lakers have home court advantage.

If YOU have tickets to tonight's game, you better scream your lungs out until your voice is hoarse.

I don't care if it's going to offset your $400 sunglasses or maybe tussle your $600 haircut or maybe you might be briefly seen on television looking slightly uncouth. I don't care.

Pretend you are practicing for the lead role of the newest James Cameron film entitled "Fanatic: Lakeraholics In Action!" It's a BIG role that will instantly take your career to the next level! You've just got to REALLY GET INTO IT, okay?!?!? So, just be in character the whole game, okay?

Your inspiration is Mamba24 and justanothermambafan and your motivation is that you REALLY need for the Lakers to win because if they don't win a giant sink hole is going to open up and swallow all of Downtown L.A! So, you're rooting as if YOUR life and the lives of all your friends and family as well as thousands of innocent children depend upon it.

Okay?

Lights... camera... ACTION!

So, if your voice is not hoarse tomorrow, you MAY receive the wrath of Laker Nation. In fact, I've heard on the streets that if someone knows that you have tickets to tonight's game and you show up at work the next day NOT hoarse, well, then people will just incessantly gossip about you as a gutless, fairweather fan. Yeah. That's what I heard.

SO SCREAM YOUR DAMN LUNGS OUT!!!!

THIS IS THE PLAYOFFS!!!!

LET'S GO!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Sorry for bring up the past. You need to focus on tonite. Speaking of tonite ... The Heat will be bounced from the playoffs. Nothing like eliminating Riley and McAdoo. I especially enjoy watching Riley go home a loser! Posted by: 131-92 | April 27, 2010 at 08:20 AM
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No need to be sorry sir. What's that saying, Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Not only will the heat be bounced but I think they will disintegrate after tonight. DWade is leaving, so you know Riley will leave oh well I guess thats just one less opponent for your team in the future. Lol!
Mamba24(Larry C.)

@Russel, re Fishing, Some things man was not meant to know. Lol!

Isn't it just like Laker fans to focus and place blame on a single player? Let's see, who is it this month? D-Fish, of course! When in fact, Fisher has done as much for your team as anyone on the squad, now and before, and you know it. Yea, he's past his prime for sure, and he's not alone in that regard, but come on. Get real.

Your bench, on their best day, is mediocre, and your starters, after a long-long season, are just flat out-out of gas. They simply can't carry the load any longer. The Sonic Thunder have got your number. They are young, aggressive, talented, and now emboldened...very dangerous against a weathered team such as yours. They are like a Manny the PacMan of basketball. Take a few shots early, but continue to learn and remain unrelenting until declared the champ. Might be best for the Lakers to start thinking about rebuilding, not dispensing vitriol against a single player, or fellow fans.

I have a novel idea! This time, instead of swindling most of the rest of the league, or otherwise buying new star players, refs, or a commissioner, why not develop a team from the ground up, with rookies and other young players? This is the way Portland, Sacramento, Oklahoma, and most other teams do it. Even if you don't think it would be more gratifying doing it that way, it's at least more sporting, don't you think? No? Well, of course not! What was I thinking?

Back to Fish. Kudos to him for being the only Laker to watch game film of Utah and Denver. Someone on your team needs to take some notes. The Thunder will be much obliged.

Sonnybelfast

Back to Fish. Kudos to him for being the only Laker to watch game film of Utah and Denver. Someone on your team needs to take some notes. The Thunder will be much obliged. Sonnybelfast Posted by: sonnybelfast | April 27, 2010 at 08:32 AM
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PREACH SONNY, PREACH! Where you been man we missed you?
MAMBA24

Mamba thanks for including me on TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON, WE WANT A WIN TOMORROW!!!!!!!

It's a little early for this, but you get the point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJh5J3FPEkk

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Yes mamba I want on that bandwagon

No more over yappin.. No more analyzing.. no more excuses, no more predictions, no more player clips.. and esp not another dfish interview.. please MM

Finally our first must win.. our first true test.. real playoff pressure starts NOW.. let's see what our men are made of.. real heros show up NOW... separate the men from the boys.. champs from chumps.. win or go home.. well almost.. Let's start the dynasty.. Its now or never!


OK JON K, I'm taking a break and turn it over to you Bro.
Mamba24(larry c.)

 
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