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Andrew Bynum says he has no regrets in putting off surgery

Lakers center Andrew Bynum shares your cynicism. When he learned he had torn cartilage in his right knee before the Lakers' Western Conference semifinal series against Utah, he became aware that eventually surgery would be required. He couldn't help but remember how long of a process it took for him to bounce back from previous injuries.

He missed 46 games in the 2007-08 season as well as the entire postseason because of a left-knee injury. He had also missed 32 games last season because of a right-knee injury. And he wondered how long he'd actually be out this year had he opted for surgery.

"They said I could do surgery now, but I said I didn't know how long it would take to get my strength back," Bynum said. "That takes time. I've been through that. You keep making promises and then people get anxious and wonder why you're not coming back early enough. I wanted to avoid that and just play and take care of it when I have the time."

--Mark Medina

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Jon K., as a fellow UCLA Alumni (and in the words of Mark Jackson), Come On, You're Better Than That!

Kwame? Have you forgotten how many passes (correction, soft passes) bounced off his hands?

Whaq? The Only Double Doubles He Flirts With These Days Are From In-N-Out!

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I do agree with you on Shaun Livingston. I think he'd make a great fit at point guard in the triangle...

And also regarding Bynum. He's a much better fit and, hopefully, will get past the injury bug...

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Finally, "We get vengeance on both the Celtics and my least favorite 2004 Detroit Piston (and a former Trailblazer)."

Agreed, But I'm Sure You Meant "Former Jailblazer"...

B{r}OOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!!

We`re not just beating Cleveland & Orlando...we`re making them QUIT!
No Mas!!!!

Cheer up, Lakers....we solemnly promise to leave you in slightly better physical shape than Bret Michaels!

Kwaameeeee HAS SMALL HANDS! ha ha

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

It's always nice to drop in and see the passion through words between bloggers in bringing out key points about their teams, especially the Lakers. One can tell it's CHAMPIONSHIP time...

Hmmm...Just watched the B-town guys give a "D" education to the Magic in Game 3. I'm sure KB24 and company are WELL aware of the "focused" opponent that ultimately awaits them (barring any unforeseen miracles in bth series)....Not so fast!

I expect the Lakers to weather a Suns storm tomorrow and take a 3-0 lead with a hard earned victory. The Suns I know are going to give a lot more effort than the Orlando fellas in the East did today.

The keys for a Lakers "W" is going BIG (utilizing a heavy dose of Gasol, Bynum, and Odom), rebounding the rock, and contolling Nash and Richardson on the perimeter on the D end. Most of all, playing ALL 48 minutes with a PURPOSE.

Hey, EVERYONE knows that the Lakers team has the moxie to get it done on both ends, as they have the first two games collectively. However, it would be nice for the Lakers to revisit their commitment on the D end a bit more.

For this, I expect Bynum to play key minutes, injury and all, on the floor to keep the Phoenix defenders honest in "defending." It's about their BIGS breaking the Suns will EARLY and OFTEN.

As long as the Lakers don't fall in love with quick jumpshots, play INSIDE-OUT team ball from here on out and take care of business the next 2 games, I see a LA/Boston Finals on the horizon.

With all the ADVERSITY that faced the Celts and Lakers all season from critics everywhere and media alike, it looks like the NBA is primed for yet another traditional showdown MINUS LeBron, Melo, and soon DHoward.

However, business first! KB24 and company understand what that is...that is taking care of the Suns in Game 3. Period! Phil will make sure of that...It's RING TIME!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

Peace!


I'm describing 131 blah, blah, blah which is really all talk out of nothing.

I'm describing 131 blah, blah, blah which is really all talk out of nothing.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 22, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Eddie-

Its against the law to drink and post. Im just tellng you cuz friends dont let friends drink and post.

MADP

B{r}OOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!!

~~you better be careful it might explode on you. We need to face ur team in June, u see Lakers are not Cavs. nor Magic. If you want the Championship this year you have to pass the Lakers test because LAKERS ARE THE DEFENDING CHAMPS AND WILL REPEAT IN 2010.

I don't drink, I don't smoke and I rejoice every time the Celtics win because our collision is coming closer in every game. Last year, Dwight, Lewis and Nelson faced an uphill struggle against the Lakers. As I said before, you can celebrate from your hallowed victories against Cavs. and Magic but in June, it could be your last hurrah. A last hurrah indeed for the oldies that are about to be disbanded. Celtics could not afford the three oldies plus salary hike from Davis, Perkins and PP or else they will banish too. You have to take care of R. Rondo because he's underpaid for the yeoman job he's doing. It is bad for old leppreys. to drink then sleep.

Ok, very interesting talk I had with my step-dad. I'm a Lakers fan and he's a Celtics fan (yeah, it can happen in the same family). He's a very nice guy, doesn't hate the Lakers, ex-player, etc...I too, don't hate the Celts, it's just our most fierce opponent...Anyway, we were talking about how badly Orlando was playing and he came with a good theory:
Orlando got 2 VERY easy playoff opponents, 1st Charlotte, then Atlanta. Swept them in a snap. You got "soft" when you're not being challenged. Now against Boston, it's just too late. They're being destroyed. That's the reason Orlando simply forgot how to play bball...
My step-dad fears that Boston will get "soft" too, considering the way this series is going. Even being a Celts fan, he thinks the Lakers will win in 5!!!
I agree, the Celts were not challenged at all, just like Orlando was not challenged against Charlotte and Atlanta.
We all know that our homework is to win at least 1 out of these 2 games in Phoenix. If we manage to win at least 1 in phx, the series is over. But if the series stretch to a 5 or 6, not a big deal. In fact, that will help us keep the playoff mode on.
I'd say (and he said too): We're in a VERY good situation here. In theory (just to please the trolls), we're a better team than the Celts, in a better situation, better mood, etc...We have response for all the Celts offense plays and we'll still be in playoff-mode.
We're the team.....THE TEAM!!!!


I don't drink, I don't smoke and I rejoice every time the Celtics win because our collision is coming closer in every game. Last year, Dwight, Lewis and Nelson faced an uphill struggle against the Lakers. As I said before, you can celebrate from your hallowed victories against Cavs. and Magic but in June, it could be your last hurrah. A last hurrah indeed for the oldies that are about to be disbanded. Celtics could not afford the three oldies plus salary hike from Davis, Perkins and PP or else they will banish too. You have to take care of R. Rondo because he's underpaid for the yeoman job he's doing. It is bad for old leppreys. to drink then sleep.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 22, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Eddie-

LOL ... Blah, Blah, Blah ... Im not a capologist like you and LTILF. I just know basketball. Ill leave the capology to you and LTILF.

131,

When you are cornered and about to be checkmated, you use high fallutin' words to create a smokescreen and escape. isn't true that Celtics are about to be disbanded? Have you seen that movie, The Last of the Mohicans.

131,

When you are cornered and about to be checkmated, you use high fallutin' words to create a smokescreen and escape. isn't true that Celtics are about to be disbanded? Have you seen that movie, The Last of the Mohicans.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 22, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Eddie-

NO but I did watch the '08 Finals!!!

NO but I did watch the '08 Finals!!! -131

~~We know, you keep on reminding us the score with your silly handle. You are always hiding, a guerilla leprechaun. Use a score to diss laker fans in this blog, use high fallutin' words to deceive and distract. Where is love 131? You live in LA, yet you love to disown your neighbors. Do you have any shame at all to be Celtic fan, at least with Red he is humbled to admit that he blogs from the East and enjoy sharing conversation with laker fans. In your case, point me any of your post that is worth reading that is not dissing Laker fans.

THE RETURN OF MR. BIG MOUTH
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"Man, it's going to be amazing to play against those guys [Boston Celtics] again, especially having lost," Andrew Bynum said when asked if he has thought about his size being a factor should the Lakers advance past Phoenix, with "those guys" being the Celtics."

The players should never be talking about the next round before the current one is finished. Bynum hasn't done anything that truly impacted the team (unlike Ariza and Odom last year) in the playoffs worth noting and he is already moving onto a series that hasn't even started yet.

Here is why he doesn't belong on a team constructed to win now...he's looking ahead to the Celtics. Yes the Celtics is most likely will be the opponent in the Finals but we still have a series to win and last time I checked 2 wins doesn't win you a 7 game series.

Funny thing is Kobe, Fish, Phil, Odom, Gasol and Farmar were asked about this...they all said they're focused about Phoenix first and then see what happens. And Bynum is the first to answer and say it.....heck even ESPN made it noteworthy on title:

*Lakers mum on rematch ... until Bynum*

Now as much as it will seem VERY LIKELY that it will be a Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals and everyone here (including the Celtic fans here) are looking REALLy forward to it that is not the mature way to handle it. Heck the rest of the Lakers aren't looking at the Celtics yet while Bynum is running his mouth as if he DID play in the 08 Finals.

Freak even Jordan Farmar played the more mature tone:

"We have a team in front of us whose very good, very capable of beating us," Farmar said. "A perfect lesson before I got here, they were up 3-1 against this Phoenix Suns team [in 2006] and they came back and lost that series so take that as a lesson and concentrate on our focus to Phoenix right now until this series is over."

And Andrew Bynum is a franchise player? Please. Hobbitmage your thoughts please.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5211035

Oh and Celtic fans don't forget what happened on the ice in the TD Garden not too recently.

Philadelphia Flyers. Enough said.

NO but I did watch the '08 Finals!!! -131

~~We know, you keep on reminding us the score with your silly handle. You are always hiding, a guerilla leprechaun. Use a score to diss laker fans in this blog, use high fallutin' words to deceive and distract. Where is love 131? You live in LA, yet you love to disown your neighbors. Do you have any shame at all to be Celtic fan, at least with Red he is humbled to admit that he blogs from the East and enjoy sharing conversation with laker fans. In your case, point me any of your post that is worth reading that is not dissing Laker fans.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 22, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Eddie-

Show me a post where you are not dissing the Celtics. You talk smack about Amare but you sound just like him ... "The Celtics got lucky."

131, I have cheered for the Celtics in the Cavs series and told ya a 1,000 times I have been cheering for the Celtics to be in the Finals. With the Suns, we kept on praying that our Lakers will be in their right mind at all times because they have the tendency to be complacent when they are not challenged. Every season, old timers wanted Celtics to be our final competition because how it is supposed to end. We got terrible beating from you in the 60's admittedly, could not pass Russell, Cousy, Jones etc. For the first time we beat your team in 80's won 5 Championships while you only got 3. The last time you got Championship was in 2008 when you hired a lot mercenaries from different teams using Mchale and your influence to get KG and RA and because Sonics were disbanded, Celtics got them and paid them big. Every year since that time, you kept on loading your roster with oldies thru trial and error. Well, finaly u got 'sheed tho' not happy at the start of the season. Got Nate but not playing at all, from starter he was left there in the bench. Well, understandable your team is winning why use a small player. What is really the reason why he is not playing with the Celts even when the team was leading by as much as 25 pts. any bad blood with Doc?

What is really the reason why he is not playing with the Celts even when the team was leading by as much as 25 pts. any bad blood with Doc?

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 22, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Eddie-

Ive told you 1,000 times that if you want to talk basketball with me ... Ill talk with you. If you just want to diss me cuz Im a Celtic fan ... Ill diss you cuz your a Laker fan. I respect Kobe and his talents. You have never heard me say anything bad about him. I dont call him Koba or Kobia. I dont like him off the court but thats neither here nor there but he is a great player. Ive been following and gambling all sports for over 30yrs. I didnt start yesterday. So Im not intimitated by your resident geniuses.

Nate played when they first acquired him but I dont think Doc liked his shot selection and the obvious mismatch on defense. He also had something in his contract that if he played a certain amount of games with the Celtics then they would owe him like additional 1 million.

I the playoffs they can play Rondo more minutes and since Tony Allen has been play well they have used him instead. But he did play tonite.

Shaun Livingston
Steve Blake
Kwame Brown
Shaquille O'Neal

Jon K. you listed these 4 players as players the Lakers should be going after to have on next years roster.

Alot of people are starting to get worried, seeing Boston playing so well, look, they're playing Orlando, a team that's built for the season, not the playoffs.
At this point of the year, with all that is going on have faith in your team, the system they play in, their execution, and the coaching staff. At this point anythingo involving management isn't an issue. PJ can outcoach Rivers. The Lakers are at a disadvantage because the Lakers are still not at 100% health. All the talk about the free agents or moves through sign and trades are not the biggest issue at this point. I admit, I do it at times, however I sense a rise in the panic level...issues going on, such as which side is "The Statue" on, Lebron, Bosh, Bynum, We don't need to sweep PHX because Boston looks like they will sweep Orlando. That's stupid, we need time to let Kobe's injuries and aches heal, to let Bynum recover, so whatever it takes to get that, is what we need.

Back to Jon K., and the players listed Livingston, he would never last through 105 games (we had a 6'9' guard rookie guard last year who we should have been developing for NEXT year, Sun Yue, but he was not invited back after last year ; Kwame, no way would I want that slow brained/stone handed big body on the bench, I won't even call him a player; Shaq, no way in Hell-o, unless Kobe accepts all the apologies, and Shaq plays for absolute minimum, and accepts the role of 15th player, teaching our bigs what Kareem did not teach them, how to play mean; Steve Blake, he is not a cheap player, he made 5 mill for the Clippers last year, and he is a pretty talented but unrecognized gurard, I've watched him for years and wondered why he was never spoken about, Steve will probably demand at least a MLE plus years, so that's $11 million a year for Blake taking the penalty into account...he is not the guy that will guarantee a free ride to the promised land, he's a slightly better than average point guard. Let's just win it all this year than praise management for putting together, or keeping together and adding Ron, the team that will grind out 6 more victories. Have faith in our team. Take some frickin Valium.

About Orlando, despite having smiley (Dwight), they are an outside shooting team, that always fails in the playoffs. I still laugh when I think about Jameer coming back last year, (as if he would be a factor) and having that ugly 2-color mouth piece hanging out of his mouth most of the time. Stern, fine him up!!!

The key to the Lakers vs Celtics in the finals may be the officiating. That's the sad part of the truth. That's a battle the Lakers will not win.

101-82,

I expect you and RLC to chant "MVP" the loudest in Game 4 of the Finals when Kobe is shooting free throws...you know, just like you guys did a couple of years ago. It's just a shame that we won't win the championship at Staples this year...full payback requires a "fun" bus ride for the Celtics after the game.

Scott,

"Phil Jackson did say that if there was one player he would start a team around (considering age) it would be Dwight Howard.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 22, 2010 at 09:58 PM"

...and when did he say that, before last year's finals....."MIND GAMES", read it.

He said it 4/16/09 to Dan Patrick of Sports Illustrated....it was a slight to Lebron....."MIND GAMES"

Let's play Heebie-Jeebie's....131-92.......add 1+3+1= 5 ......and we have the number of rings that Kobe Bryant will have after the 2010 NBA Finals. Next add 9+2=11....and we have the number of rings that PJ will have after the 2010 finals.
Next 2010, how many years since the 20th century, which ended in 1999.....11 years, (see above). Take an Ambien-CR and a Valium and go to sleep.

Phil actually won 2 as a Knick player, in 69-70 he didn't play, but acted like an assistant coach due to back injury, but it does say he won 2 rings as a player, 69-70, and the other one....2 as a player, I had read earlier that he only had one as a player, but apparently he was awarded one in 1970, even though he wasn't able to play......

Blog Kill.

Speaking of Magic, I had heard that the time that Worthy got in trouble in Houston I believe, for calling the wrong kind of room service, that it was actually Magic that was the one who was the instigator, but Worthy took the fall, because Magic was more essential to win the game. You guys remember that???

In a book I read about the "showtime" years, they mentioned that the team had a player who was a tad hard to control his extracurricular activities in regards to male/female activities, on road trips especially...for the longest time I thought it was Norm Nixon, and that was why they traded a pretty darn good point guard....obviously it came to light who it was after all those years.

I gotta do something productive.

On Magic Johnson

Is it jealousy?
Is it being a neutral analyst?
Is it subtle motivation for Kobe?
Is it his true feelings?

Pick one

but for a person who has witnessed all the Los Angeles Lakers Championships and players....
In my opinion Kobe is by far, FAR, the greatest Laker of them all.

And for those who think Magic is, just remember he never won a Championship without Kareem. Game six against the Sixers notwithstanding.

Kobe Bryant was also the most interesting person in the world until he showed his effeminate side in the ridiculous photo shoot.

I'm still up, hey, where are you guyz????? I didn't kill a blog, yet...

I think Magic is worried about his GLOAT legacy.....I think the thing that would make Kobe's surpassing him would be 1 more championship, hey, that would be 5, I was kinda thinkin 6 but that's MJ....I think if Kobe has a great Finals, he will move up into the top 5 GOAT's, and would be the GLOAT. Something about his career, how rocky it was, getting abused by what I heard by everyone but 1 of your teammates as a rookie, or soph....the 2 times with Phil 1st time around, that they did not win, they should have won 5 out of 5.....Colorado got in the way, the year before that it was just Kobe vs Shaq. Look Kobe has some big Spauldings to stand up to Shaq, considering the age and size difference, but he did.....then the wasted years...., then the summer where everyone thought he had gone nutz, by talking smack about Bynum and hinting heavily of a trade, Kobe seriously wanted to win, the team was so bad he almost walked into the Clipper Locker Room looking for a Jersey, he wasn't going to be happy and make it into the playoffs and out after the 1st or 2nd round...Shaq leaving was a loss of momentum, but it showed us what kind of man Kobe Bean Bryant grew up to be. It could have been a straight thru dynasty, winning maybe 7 out of 9 or 10...those wasted years were a no-win situation, he didn't have a team win capable of winning the LO (Larry O'Bryant).....then 3 straight years of being totally MVP level, playing while hurt, 81 pts, that streak of 50 games, that streak of 40 games....and I'm going to look ahead here, if they win this year that'll be 2 of the last 2, all those "shoulda's" in the past, and the potential for maybe 5-8 more years of being a serious contending team with Kobe. (Personally I think 8 championships would be good, but I'm starting to think I need sleep and I think Bill Russell had 9, so if he KB keeps winning, they'll just keep putting up goals for him. Look, I think this one would be enough. Those interviews he did after games 1 and 2 were a crackup, goes to show how in control he is. If the floor were wet, he could have walked on the water.

break: Troll Man: Kobe didn't show an effeminate side in those photos. I didn't get the urge for Kobe, something perk up in you? I thought those were interesting pictures, showing us another side to Kobe, one that actually doesn't exist, it was a fast shoot, and he went with it, and they photoshopped the pics afterwards, just ignore them, they mean nothing.

back: the Sun's may not go down easy, they'll have their crowd, their stupid gorilla still (I think)....and they'll have David Stern putting up as many road blocks to the Laker's easily taking the series. I ask all of you out there, doesn't anybody have any dirt on Stern????? I'm sick of him.

As for Bynum who was the topic of this blog, I think he's a keeper, and we pray he doesn't have continual, annual injuries. He's a perfect match for Gasol in the post, and they havn't even perfected that yet, imagine another year or two. As for player changes, I give up, I'm just going to pray that we can lose some bad baggage and find some guys willing to play for the MLE or less to win a championship ("Gollum's), and that includes LeBron James (oh sheet), now I'll be fined by Stern, and proportionate to my salary, so proportionate to what Stern fined Phil ($35K) to my salary, I'm going to get a bill from the NBA offices, are they in New York, by the way, they're not in Cleveland, I imagine....oh, I'll get a bill for $466, so dang, there goes 1/2 of the new max 64GB 3G iPad I want to get this week, well, order this week....

oops, 2 of last 3

Good morning, rise and shine, stretch those limbs, get the coffee is brewing.

Because its FINALLY game day in Lakersland......

Good morning,

There are several possible story lines for today's game.

1. The Lakers recognize that Boston will sweep the Magic in 4 games, and come out determined to do the same to the Suns. Result: Lakers win.

2. The Lakers come out totally distracted thinking about Boston, but because of the match-up advantage, the Suns have no chance anyway. Result: Lakers win.

3. The Lakers come out so distracted thinking about Boston, they lose sight of their immediate opponent, and fail to play with enough energy and focus. Result: Suns win.

4. The Suns see Orlando's humiliation and play out of their minds and out of their league, prospering from home court advantage. Result: Suns win.

The odds point to scenarios #1 and #2. This is a Lakers team much more mature and much more talented as a whole than anything we've seen in years. Scenario #3 would be an unexpected disappointment. But don't count out Scenario #4. Steve Nash is a far better leader than Dwight Howard; Alvin Gentry has proven he can get more out of what he has to work with than Stan Van Gundy gets out of the Magic. Still, I rate Scenario #4 as a long-shot. This year's playoffs have been all about match-ups.

Thank goodness the game is on TNT. If we had to endure the ESPN blabbermouths, the commentary would be unbearable. Charles and Chris Webber will be annoying, but not nearly as annoying as Magic Johnson anointing the Celtics before the NBA Finals even begin.

A few notes on Saturday night's beat-down of the Magic. In his post-game interview Dwight Howard looked like he'd just been hit by a bus. His words, "We have to find ourselves. We just have to start playing Magic basketball" rang hollow. Seriously, Dwight? Stan Van Gundy stepped up like a man, taking the blame; I respected that. But a coach shouldn't have to psyche up his players for the conference finals. Regardless of talent, the Magic players have character issues no coach can solve. Win or lose tonight, I predict the Suns will give it their best effort.

Meanwhile, the wait is on for 5:30 (PDT). Go Lakers!

Let's play Heebie-Jeebie's....131-92.......add 1+3+1= 5 ......and we have the number of rings that Kobe Bryant will have after the 2010 NBA Finals. Next add 9+2=11....and we have the number of rings that PJ will have after the 2010 finals.
Next 2010, how many years since the 20th century, which ended in 1999.....11 years, (see above). Take an Ambien-CR and a Valium and go to sleep.

Posted by: humanomaly (29 minutes) | May 23, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Humanomaly-

You forgot our record in the Finals vs the Lakers = 9-2. 9+2=11

Last time we played in the Final we smashed you 4-2. 4+2=6. 6= Mr Russell. Mr Russell=11 Rings

This is a fun game. What other fun games do you like to play?

Humanomaly-

I really like your game. Heres a couple others ...

After this year Rondo will have won 2 rings at the expense of Kobe and the Lakers. 2+9=11

The greatest frontline in the history of the NBA ... Bird,McHale and Parish! 3+3+3+2+00=11

Please show me other fun games!

Good morning Fatty,

Five cups of coffee already down the hatch! A Rock Star energy drink on standby in the fridge. Adrenaline already pumping. Go Lakers!

Humanomaly-

Im sorry but this game is tooo fun ...

After this years beat down, we will have 18 titles the last 2 vs the Lakers! 1+8+2= 11!

This game is soooooooo much fun!!!

the Magic tried to pull a rabbit out of the hat yesterday. unfortunately they pulled a handkerchief.

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only a Lakers -celtics final can distract the NBA world/fans from the never ending Le None speculations for the next 5 weeks.

that Kobe - Rondo match up will be sweet.

131

unfortunately 11 is not a very good number.

1+1=0

131,
Here's a good game of guessing! Imagine I'm holding up my hand with all 5 digits fully extended. If I fold 2 on the left and 2 on the right, can you see the destiny of your C's?

Rick

got enough vodka for the game? ;-)

Good morning Ouchhhhhhh,

I'm hoping not to need the vodka! What do you have on standby?

Jon K is in fanatic mode right now and I gotta be honest I loooooooove it!


Jon K - "1. First of all Magic said that the Magic would win this game.
2. Second of all, Magic is now saying the Celtics can't beat the Magic.
3. Listening to Magic kiss the Celtics' butts, THESE Celtics' butts, makes me utterly cringe.
Dude, you have a STATUE outside of Staples Center! A STATUE!
Do you think Chick would talk like this?"


Yea I gotta agree wit Jon on this one. Magic do you know who you are? You are the Lakers. I know you see the Kobe jerseys out there but the truth is, you made us fall in love with Chick, with Kareem, with Mr. Buss, with Shaq and Kobe. So forget the predictions and the neutral ESPN discussion, I don't want to hear anything coming out of your mouth but Laker confidence, Laker pride, and disgust for the Celtics (they called you Tragic Magic).


Jon K - "If we dont win the championship Andrew Bynum must go."


Yea I hate to admit it, and I still think the Bosh trade gives us a team with too many guys wanting to shoot the ball. That being said, the championship team has to win the 50 50 ball game. If Bynum is going to stay erect and stiff because he's afraid of getting hurt, that's just not going to cut it in the finals year after year. Do you see these guys after the game? They look like they just went to war! To win you really gotta play at your highest level, just on intensity and energy alone - LOOK AT RONDO.


Yea and about Rondo. WTF? I didn't even see this guy coming? What are we going to do with him? Can't put Artest on him, we need him on Paul Pierce. Can't really put Derek on him or Farmar or even Shannon on him, for that matter. Kobe may be our best bet, but now who covers Ray Allen? Too bad that big lineup thing didn't work out. If Ray gets hot, that's game. And there lies the problem. Lakertom would say 'what are the Celtics going to do with our bigs' and I would totally agree with that argument as well. But I think the problem is, the Magic, Cavs, etc., got blindsided by Rajon freakin' Rondo. They underestimated him. They did not see him coming, period, point blank. What if he's the best player in the playoffs? Now what? What does that do to your previous game plan? Because you don't want to look up when your down in the series and start doubting your game plan. You can't do it.


That being said, we win in six. Why you say? Because unlike the Heat, the Cavs, and the Magic, we have an X factor as well. His name is LO and if he steps up like he's been doing against Phoenix we don't need Bynum to score, only to play D. I have confidence in LO, he did it last year in the finals and he'll do it again. Take notes Magic.

the first Bill Russell trophy for the Final's MVP is in the collection of Kobe "Bean" Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers

also let's see what happened last year:

Bill Russell the "great" BB player was licking chops with no other than Dwight Howard. what kind of teacher is he if he made the choice to have him as his pupil?

also, the trophy was named long time before the Finals?!
was is destined to be awarded to his other pupil, Kevin Garnet?
bad knees.

did U guys see the new Mac Donald commercial when they re-created the old Magic, Jordan, Bird one?

funny how Bird ate their lunch.
the 2 chokers will also be eaten in clutch by Bird.
what an uninspired choice for MacD

131,
Here's a good game of guessing! Imagine I'm holding up my hand with all 5 digits fully extended. If I fold 2 on the left and 2 on the right, can you see the destiny of your C's?

Posted by: Laker Larry | May 23, 2010 at 07:54 AM

Laker Larry-

Very good. I see you working. If you did that with both hands ... you see 11. Very good. Show your kindergarten teacher ... she will be so proud of you tomorrow.

If you did that with only one hand youd have a place to sit. Both hands you and a friend have a place to sit.

Before I go ...

Big Baby is #11. He won 0 rings vs team not named Lakers. 11+0=11

After this year Artest will play in his first Finals and will have won 0 rings (same as me) 3+7+1+0=11

Rick

just finished some zinfandel. but i have 2 bottle of stoly in the freezer. i'm mostly a wine guy. vodka's as pre or with sashimi/oysters and for night cap cognac. i'm trying to be a minimalist in drinking. makes next day morning more pleasurable.

if Kobe was able to take on the best players in the world and also on LBJ, Melo, and Co, he will take care of Rondo. it will be the westbrook effect. and Ron on Paula. i hope he pulls her pants down again.

1+1=0

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | May 23, 2010 at 07:54 AM

OK ... If you say so!

we have to write an open letter to Kobe and the Lakers to tell them that the Celtics trolls r starting to be obnoxious. they really have to do something to shut their mouth. at least for the next 12 months if not forever.

I'm the kind of person who is always willing to give someone another chance. Almost always. But I think Shaq has gone beyone wearing out his welcome. He's made himself the enemy with a lot of fans, and I for one don't want him back. He did everything in his power to help LeBron get his ring this year, and I think Shaq would have absolutely loved winning his next ring against Los Angeles, not with LA. So, Cleveland can keep him and Detroit can keep Kwame. I'd honestly rather devote the game minutes to Mbenga and see if he can average 5 blocks a game in limited minutes.


And it looks like Farmar may have played himself into the top one or two PG slots in this year's FA class. Sorry guys, but it's true. People are going to look at his skill set and see a guy who might blossom as a starter and might be worth risking some money on. I hope we can re-sign him, but if he's not really cheap we may have to take a close look at Livingston.


Hey, only 9 hours to game time. Here's some crazy German pranks to help ease the minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zixFTJ439PI


Wes

KB Blitz,

you asked for my thoughts on Bynum's words.

my response: *sigh* I'm going to ramble a bit so bear with me.

1. Bynum has great size & good hands. There are a lot of fans on this blog
who have taken this "pimple" and turned him into Mt. Everest. They're
fans. They're emotional. They're fanatical. Bias is a word that applies to
other people not them. So. They've taken these two good attributes of
Bynum and allowed their hope to obscure everything remotely resembling
reality.

2. Bynum is a lot like some martial arts teachers. He received an accelerated
rank w/o having cross-trained in different arts. He hasn't used what he's
learned in real situations. He can't discern b/n psychological smoke and fact.
He says things that are nominally true, but in which there is no real world
experience, on his part, to anchor what he's saying. People who have
competed and lost ... They are .. umm ... skeptical?

3. Because of #1, and we're past the trade deadline, I don't talk that much
about Bynum anymore.

4. Here's the real deal. Bynum did not experience any of the suffering when
we lost to Boston. Why?

- The trauma happens when *you* put your heart and soul into something and
it just wasn't good enough. When *you* sit there night after night going
over things and wondering what you could have done differently. When
*you* realize that the effort *you* gave wasn't good enough. When people
look at *you* and say *you* got punked by an old man. *You* have to
swallow your pride and take that whippin' because it happened to *you* and
there's nothing *you* can do about it!

- some will say, he had an emotional bond with the team. He felt what they
felt. With some respect, that's crap. You don't want to get pissy drunk and
smash the house up because of an emotional bond with someone else's pain.
You get that way when *YOU* have failed and there's no way *YOU* can
escape that weight. *Your* short comings on full display for the entire
world to see. You can tell Bynum's emotional feelings by the grin on his
face and the playboy bunny on his shoulder. You can see his commitment
by his trip to Italy and not training with Kareem.

5. My guess is that this is make or break time for Bynum. For 2 - 3 years, Pau
has shown that he can step up and play C in this system. For 2 - 3 years, LO
has shown that he can play great with Pau. The Lakers just picked up a big
body who can match strength with some of the heavies in the league. We're
winning without major contributions from Bynum. To be clear, Bynum has
contributed this year. However. This is 3 years in a row that he's had
significant injuries. *He* is starting to talk about being injury prone. If he
is doing that then you have to believe that management is thinking the
same thing. They might not say it, but everybody and their mother is
thinking it.

6. So. Bynum is showing that he's part of the team by playing hurt. He's
showing that he's part of the team by saying what he thinks are the right
things. He doesn't want to be traded from a championship team. No one
does.

7. Bynum is immature. Not young. Immature. *THAT* is the root of the
whole problem. I'm not sure that he *CAN* mature playing for the Lakers
because he's being sheltered by management [ jim buss ], by the coach,
& the economy [ salary cap issues, & by Kobe/players. [ winning covers a
multitude of sins and having the best player in the world with one of the
best PF's in the world can hide a whole lotta crap! ].

I'm ignoring almost everything that Bynum says and almost everything that
his fan's are saying because this is "money on the table time." One way or the
other this will be resolved. If the Lakers win, I'm guessing that Bynum lives.
If the Lakers lose, I'm guessing that Bynum gets traded. Seeing Bosh at the
game, Bynum might get traded unless he has a good finals regardless. You
*MUST* believe that management talked about getting Bosh. You *MUST*
believe that they saw Bosh. You *MUST* believe that the coaches have
talked about Bosh. You *MUST* believe that Kobe gave the coaches
*EVERYTHING* he learned about Bosh on team USA. He probably kept
a diary of who he liked and why and a dream scenario of who he'd like to
get on the Lakers.

That's my .02 cents.

Now. To the matter at hand.

It's time to break the Suns. Spine 'em! RIP THEIR HEARTS OUT TODAY!

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

ps. For those who don't know, the phrase "Spine 'em" refers to stretching/
contorting the spine until a vertebrae breaks and/or damage is caused to the
spinal column. It can happen slowly. It can happen quickly depending on the
technique/situation.

pps. for those who are interested, I was "playing the sticks" yesterday. I
had someone over who was showing some "interesting" disarms/locks with
sticks. I had two gut responses to some of the techniques.

1. That is not the way I saw any of my high-ranked escrimador teachers
moved.
2. At speed, I risk hurting myself with these techniques.
3. These techniques seem to violate the concept of "defanging the serpernt".

Still it was a good time. Broke another set of sinawali sticks. *sigh* *giggle*.

how come Mark Medina is not on the barricades yet?

Good Morning Laker Family,

First of all, the Celtics look really good and appear ready to make the upcoming finals the most anticipated and exciting finals in a long, long time.

Second, I'm disappointed in KB Blitz. When the Laker make it into the finals against Boston, who will care what Bynum said?!!! In the past I've given you the benefit of a doubt, but now it seems pretty clear that you just want to rip him every opportunity you get. Maybe I've missed earlier posts by you, but unlike many on here that have at least given Bynum some credit(including PJ, Kobe, LO, Gasol and many others)for playing through another knee injury, you seem to find anything to discredit or criticize him. You continue to call him a big mouth and yet it hasn't stopped you from running yours. If you're a true Laker fan, than cheer for all of them instead of nitpicking and calling out one player just for making a prophetic statement. Are you telling me that the Suns are going to come back and win the series??? Bynum was simply stating the truth, just as Paul Pierce did when he tweeted about the Celtics sweeping the Magic. Same smell, different spell.

I do agree with you on Shaun Livingston. I think he'd make a great fit at point guard in the triangle...

Posted by: MarcB | May 22, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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If not, I wonder if Rudy Fernandez is available. I heard he's not happy in Portland. I think he's better than Sasha because he's a much better finisher.
Plus the filipino nation will automatically like him because he shares the same name as the late famous filipino movie star. ;-)

i have a topic for today:

LAKERS COACHING STAFF BLUNDERS IN GAME 3 OF EACH PLAYOFF SERIES

i dedicate this post to pfunk36

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Game 3, vs. Thunders

there is the 7:11 mark when PJ took Kobe out and all the Lakers advantage and momentum went down the drain. too late for heroics

as consequence of losing the game and Game 4 also, the series went 6.
let's remember what happened in Game 6 that could have been avoided. Bynum landed and hurt his achilles.

if Game 3 is won, there is no Game 6.

Lakers Utah, Game 3

with 7 seconds left, Kobe makes 2 FT's and the Lakers have a 3 point lead

Utah, TO. on this live chat and also at screen and roll, people were asking if PJ will foul. it is not his option, strategy, style.

Fisher did foul immediately to avoid a 3 point shot. all is cool.

Deron makes the 2 FT. Lakers up by 1 with 6.4? sec. remaining

Lakers TO.

now the speculation was what or who will be the recipient of the inbound pass and the final shot or whatever. most of the opinions were like Kobe or Fish.

so here is my question/issue/blunder of the coaching staff

immediately seeing the 6 sec. and the Lakers up 1, i was thinking that they can inbound from the center court and they have the RIGHT to pass in the backcourt. it did not happen. immediately i thought that i do not know the rule correctly and maybe the rule applies to college and international games

we know what happened. bad inbound pass. fisher tripped. no call. BB back to Utah. missed shot Lakers win.

a few days ago Doug Collins made a comment about the inbound pass that can be from the COURT center and IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES OF THE GAME, the team HAS the RIGHT to inbound the ball into the back court

so my previous opinion was correct. they could have spread the court, inbound in the back or trick them and 6 seconds r to short for a few dribbles and passes or a foul.

my point is that the VICTORY could have been obtained SECURELY. and not with the LUCK of a bad play and the final shot missed by DERON. it could have been a Utah win and even the series tied at 2-2.

so how come the coaching staff used the easiest path to victory? do they know the rule? or they r too stuborn to change style

they had the same old formation–the players aligned at the FT line. a formula that any coach in the NBA knows. it is not working: remember the last game in Memphis, when it was played 2 times in like 1 minute and the second one was also the bad pass the Luke threw at Kobe? or in how many other games we've seen it failing.

so: HOW COME, no writer, interviewer, press, TV never pointed that out at Phil? do they know about the rule? or they just write something to fill the page? where was MM, Plashy and Simmers? they r always there when Kobe has to be the scapegoat or Ron has a tweeter issue or some hair style malfunctioning.

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what surprises the third Game 3 of this playoffs will reveal tonight?

is PJ sleeping at the wheel?

131-92/RED'S LOVE CHILD,

Do Lakers fans troll Celtics blogs?

It seems that being a troll and being a Celtics fan would be perfectly congruent. Being a Lakers fan and being a troll? Not so much.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Good Morning Crue': JustAnotherMambafan , Fatty, Jayden24, Hobbitmage, Ouchhh, Nemaia, Mti312, WesJoenixon, Rick Friedman, LakerLass, J24,
Zaira, PsychedLakerGirl, etc...GAME DAY BABBBBBBBBBYYYYY!
*
Hey 131-92, your boys are looking mighty good. it's over now for the East congrats.! The finals for you are a mere formality. I never seen a team give up that way before. Don't tell me your defense is that good. Well The lakers will match you tonight. See you June 3, it should be EPIC!!!!!
MAMAB24

THATS MAMBA24

Good morning JON K, didn't mean to leave you out!
Mamba24

Game Day!

Finally. At last.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

DO YOU HEAR IT? DO YOU FEEL IT? THE CLASH OF THE TITANS IS 12 DAYS AWAY! LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THIS IS A BLOODMATCH YES THERE IS RESPECT BUT...THERE IS ALSO REVENGE!! THIS TIME CELTS IT'S OUR HOUSE YOU MUST COME IN! AND NOBODY, NOOOOOOBOODY COMES TO OUR HOUSE AND TALKS CRAP. EVEN THE STAID LAID BACK LAKER FANS FEEL IT. 12 DAYS LAKER NATION AND BALANCE SHALL BE RESTORED TO THE UNIVERSE. ALL WRONGS WILL BE RIGHTED!!! WHO THE HELL ARE WE!!!
*

THE LAKERS PLEDGE, 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

VENGENCE IS MINE SAITH THE LORD & KOBE BRYANT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqBQeRmuZQI

So, I guess tonight needs to be a brutal display of power against the Suns.

Last night the Lakers watched the Magic/Celtics game.

Tonight the Lakers know that the Celtics will be watching the Lakers/Suns game.

Anything you can do, I can do better!

{Kevin Garnett leans over to Paul Pierce and whispers at halftime, "Didn't the Suns OWN US in the regular season? Yikes!"}

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MAMBA24,

Good morning.

I must admit. I've got a buzz in the pit of my stomach. Pre-game jitters.

After a long season of having to listen to talk about LeBron, we're so close to playing the Celtics, it's nerve-wracking.

Still, I remember the heartache of 2006 and 2007. We have busy to take care of first. Deadly serious business.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

SAY GOODBYE TO DYNASTY#3 , DYNASTY#4 IS HERE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcC7bM4mlbk&feature=related

We need a new thread. These long scrolls are hard on my old fingers.

Does anyone else appreciate Andrew Bynums honesty? It is so refreshing to see him so open about his injuries, looking ahead to the Celtics, etc....

I just thought of this. It's a double edged sword. I remember hearing one time, a play by play announcer saying that a particular team ( I dont remember which one), could be the Spurs/Bucks/Suns will not win the championship that year because they have this bad luck Vinny Del Negro.
Vinny played for the teams I mentioned and as soon as he left SAS, the Spurs won a championship. The Bucks and Suns did not, but became a good team right after he left.
That leads me to believe that big name players who have not won a championship after seven years in the league, is a bad omen.

Here are former players (who played for more than one team):

Patrick Ewing
Karl Malone
Charles Barkley
Allen Iverson
Chris Webber

Here are players who have played for different teams trying to win chips:

Tracy McGrady
Steve Nash
Jason Kidd
Hedo Turkoglu
Grant Hill

That's why the Magic have no chance while they have Vinsanity on their team. Aside from Carter, I think the other bad luck player to stay away from is T Mac. Because these players were acquired to specifically to win a championship.

Last but not least, the Lakers have Ron Artest but like Hedo, Hill, can still get a ring. Ray Allen did it with Boston after being in the league for 10 yrs +

Fox Sports' Charley Rosen said:

"Pau Gasol has emerged, not only as the NBA’s reigning master of basic basketball, but as the best center on the planet."

Mr. Gasoft... for friends and Lakerlovers.

JON K, My stomach is doing flip flops only because I'm afraid the lakers may be so intent in doing better than the Celtics did last night that they might lose their focus. Never fear my brother, we didn't get this far not to get our revenge on the celtics. SEEK AND DESTROY
MAMBA24

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OUTDO THE CELTICS TONIGHT, DESTROY THE SUNS - BANDWAGON
*
(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Amything the celts can do we can do better!
(02)HOBBITMAGE - DRIVER - It's time to break the Suns. Spine 'em! RIP THEIR HEARTS OUT TODAY!
(03) JON K. - RIDING SHOTGUN - What do we play for Rings
(04) #4
(05 FATTY
(06) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - SECURITY

Mamba24 : You never saw an NBA team "give up" before Orlando did it last night?

We all recently saw Cleveland do the exact same thing against the Celtics!
===========================================
Jon K. : You want to know if Laker trolls visit the Celtic blogs?

Where do I start? Probably with "Kobe Won Kenobi" or perhaps "Laker Blue Devil".
===========================================
Phil Jackson : Did you like that "charge" Stan Van Gundy took against KG?

Big Baby wants to know if you would be interested in taking one from him!

Fatty,

"Does anyone else appreciate Andrew Bynums honesty?"

I do.

According to Andrew's Bio-Chrono reading, Andrew is emotionally trust-orientated.

Trust-orientated people appreciate honesty and direct communication in their relationships with other people. They would rather be around someone who is honestly negative than someone who is dishonestly positive. [I also happen to be trust-orientated.]

Those who are more emotionally guarded or insecure may sometimes find their frankness to be abrasive or confusing, but that's how they are... when they are in an emotionally positive space. When they are in an emotional negative space/don't trust their social environment, their communication tends to shut down and, at worst, becomes disengenous.

So, if Andrew's just blurting out whatever's on his mind, it means he's in a position emotional place, which, based upon his Mental process (which is emotionally-orientated) bodes well for his ability to fulfill his defined role within is social group (aka THE LAKERS!).

So, yeah. Good.

Let's not worry about Andrew so much.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

*
OUTDO THE CELTICS TONIGHT, DESTROY THE SUNS - BANDWAGON
*
(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Amything the celts can do we can do better!
(02)HOBBITMAGE - DRIVER - It's time to break the Suns. Spine 'em! RIP THEIR HEARTS OUT TODAY!
(03) JON K. - RIDING SHOTGUN - What do we play for Rings
(04) #4
(05 FATTY
(06) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - SECURITY
(08) LAKER LARRY - SECURITY2 - Here's a good game of guessing! Imagine I'm holding up my hand with all 5 digits fully extended. If I fold 2 on the left and 2 on the right, can you see the destiny of your C's?
(09) LAKESHOWINPHX - REFEREE - i look for kobe and company to SILENCE THE CROWD by playing even better. they look so focused and are CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERS! FEELING IT!
(10) I BLEED PURPLE AND GOLD - If Boston sweeps, the Lakers must sweep phoenix as well, we must answere the call.
(11) YELLOWFEVER - SLAP COACH - right now if i can SLAP anybody square in the face.. my first pick is paula.. then ray ray then KG in that order...

Mamba24 : You never saw an NBA team "give up" before Orlando did it last night? We all recently saw Cleveland do the exact same thing against the Celtics! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 23, 2010 at 09:44 AM
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Red my friend you are absolutely right. We shall also see another team give up that way after June 3. Any guesses? Hint Initials B.C.
*P.S. Thanks for not throwing the 131 -92 score as a give up. As I said I like your style sir!
Mamba24

"Pau Gasol has emerged, not only as the NBA’s reigning master of basic basketball, but as the best center on the planet."

Fox Sports' Charley Rosen
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NBA’s reigning master of basic basketball??????????

maybe charlie should watch some basics with Kobe?

center? maybe

because POWER forward it is more difficult. need also the POWER

No POWER? only SOFT

looks like soon Gasol will have the REAL opportunity to pass the class and get his bachelor degree against the Celtics.
it is his only choice left after failing the EXAM in 2008, June

or will Rosen send him regardless of the result the Honoris Causa diploma?

We have dominated Phoenix in the first two games, but I'm not ready to write the Suns off just yet. From a win-loss perspective, we've only done what we were supposed to do - hold home court. Boston has a right to look ahead to us because they went up 0-2 on Magic's floor and then dominated the Magic to the point of embarrassment on their home floor. But if the Suns come out a different team today and take one from the Lakers, we're all going to feel pretty foolish for writing off the series as over.

That said MAN I'd be fired up for Lakers shot at redemption!

Boston has proven themselves a worthy opponent and I am utterly intrigued by the matchups - which I think ultimately favor the Lakers. First and foremost, we are SO LUCKY we have Artest to matchup with Paula defensively. Gives us so much more flexibility. Do we put Kobe on Rondo a la Westbrook approach?(if so, do we do it to start the series as opposed to waiting for Rondo to Fisher to get torched?) Can Bynum put in concerted minutes and handle the tough play inside? If so, for the love of God he should be able to dominate Perkins/Big Baby.

Go Lakers Baby!!

Jon K.

I went to UCLA as well. I had a full Track scholarship as well as a full academic scholarship from the Air Force. Though I didn't graduate from there.

For me the experience was not very pleasant because I had to serve two masters.

Sucked. I wound up dropping out for the money - my field was Compiter Science.

I was friends with Tracy Murray, though. Anyone remember him? He was litteraly in range when he got out of his car in the parking lot!

I still reccomend UCLA though because most don't have my unique situation to deal with.

I finally got my degree from U of Phoenix online. I want to do grad school at Cal Tech, but I'm skittish about applying. Actually, a LOT skittish!

Well, that's my story.

--FEARless

Mark G - Yes I've been told I'm traveling for the NBA Finals, presuming the Lakers advance

MM

ouchhhhhhhhhh...

The profesionals, basket writers/ basket players -all they know something more about this sport than you- says Gasol is one of the best PLAYERS in the NBA, Kobe always say that Gasol is underrated.

Less vodka and more IQ... is all you need.

Giving up?

All teams have that ability. Usually it happens to a team on the road, when they know its over, they are ready for vacation.

Oddly, it was just last year the Celtics, while at home, completely gave up on Orlando and were dealt their most humiliating loss in team history. A game 7 at home.

I know a few Celtics fans and they said, they understood they were out gunned last year, but they have never seen a Celtic team give up the way Pierce and others did in a most important game. It was humiliating to get such a beat down, watch their team lose all heart, and completely give up.

I think that was the extra motivation for the Celtics playing Orlando this time. They were out for revenge.

"Are you telling me that the Suns are going to come back and win the series??? Bynum was simply stating the truth, just as Paul Pierce did when he tweeted about the Celtics sweeping the Magic."

Yea and Pierce got slammed by his coach for doing that. Granted that yeah it is very likely that the Celtics will eliminate the Magic just a the Lakers will probably eliminate the Suns who is he to say?? Big difference is that Pierce has led his Celtics to the title in 08 while Bynum was on the sidelines and Bynum is acting like he was playing on the court when Game 6 happened.

Question: Did you hear Kobe or Pau or Phil or Lamar speak in there about how excited they were to face Boston?

No they didn't. Heck even Jordan Farmar took the more mature route and said they were focused on beating Phoenix instead looking already at Boston. It may be honest but heck Bynum's focused looks like it isn't where it supposed to be at the time....beating Phoenix; and ANYTHING could happen it could go to 5,6 or even 7 rather than a sweep and the unthinkable could happen despite how unlikely it is.

When you're a factor in important games like the Finals, then maybe you can say something. But you don't say dumb things like this before a game on the road against a team that's probably ready to give up but now they have extra incentive.

One reason why he's not a franchise player and simply a very talented role player.

In any case Finally it's game time!

131-92,

The point of the numbers games is to see who jumps. It's akin as the "deja vu" experience that people sometimes feel and say "wow, I feel that I've been here before", or "I feel like I've done this before"....in reality what is happening is that for the few things I threw out, there are a zillion combinations that I did not throw out. I was just bored and playing. In studies, they can stimulate areas of your brain, and tell you to look at something, and even though it is totally unknown to you, your brain, having been stimulated, goes throught the "deja vu" experience. They can do the opposite"Jamais vous" I believe, where you can be looking at things that are prevalant in your life, but if the areas of the brain that involve that are stimulated you could be looking at your mother, for instance and not recognize her, can't remember, hey, it's been 35 years since "physiological psychology".

Game soon.

Absolutely no on Livingston, we have enough regular rehabbing, we need players that play hurt. And we need players that can bring some "hurt".....

Raises Brewski to EVERYONE on the OutDo Bandwagon !!!!! Fist Bumps to the Crew Justa, Mamba and LT just to name a few... LETS GO LAKERS !!!!! Tonight is SPIRIT NIGHT !!! I say Go for the Jugular !!!! PHX will come out aggressive but we will control the game and tempo by mid 3rd qtr and commence the BEATDOWN !!! Yes.. Today was A Good Day !!!!

 
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