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Barack Obama predicts the Lakers will win the 2010 NBA Finals

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Take comfort, Lakers fans, that  President  Obama predicts the team will win the 2010 NBA Finals.

Or, on the other hand,  wonder if the commander in chief would've changed his selection had he been asked after the Lakers' 115-106 Game 4 loss Tuesday to the Phoenix Suns.

"I've got to go with the Lakers again," Obama told TNT's Marv Albert in an interview broadcast Tuesday during the Lakers-Suns game. "I think [Pau] Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He's different from Dwight Howard, but he's [got] unbelievable footwork, speed, savvy, he's playing magnificently. Kobe [Bryant] is the fiercest competitor in the league and they've got what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now in Phil Jackson, so they're going to be formidable and I think it'll be a tough series. Boston's a veteran club, but the Lakers are looking pretty good."

Of course, now that the Suns tied the Western Conference Finals at 2-2, the Lakers surely aren't looking ahead to a matchup with Boston. For those wanting to say I'm partly responsible for saying I immediately shifted focus to a Celtics-Lakers series, well, some on the team also admitted it felt the same way. Pat yourself on the back, however, because 35% of readers of the L.A. Times Lakers blog said they're just enjoying the playoff run as it happens in real time.

Regarding Obama -- he's no stranger to making basketball predictions. He correctly thought North Carolina would win the 2009 NCAA championship, but wrongfully tabbed Kansas to win the 2010 title. Though he had a poor overall record in assessing the women's pool this season, he correctly selected Connecticut to win the tournament this season.

So what to make of it? Well, consider this. Obama hosted the Huskies women's basketball team to honor their 2009 championship, and UConn followed with a repeat. Obama hosted the Lakers this February to commemorate their 2009 title, and the short history suggests the Lakers could follow the same formula.

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

Photo: President Obama predicted in a TNT interview with Marv Albert that the Lakers will win the 2010 championship. Credit: Pablo Martinez / Associated Press.

 
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*** REPOST - BECAUSE THIS NEEDS TO BE SAID MORE THAN ONCE!!!!!

@ ricky - I'm glad that you are learning to write in english better. But I hope that your keyboard BURSTS INTO FLAMES the next time you post anything about Pau or the Gangrene Leper-cons AGAIN!!!!

You bring up reality, and the REALITY is this:

YOU...ARE...NOT...A...LAKER...FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

You apparently are a Celtics Fan and you need to ADMIT IT!!!!

I'd respect you more if you stated that you HATE the LAKERS and label yourself as the TROLL that you are. It DISGUSTS ME to hear you state that you are a Laker fan but always disparage Pau and Praise the Green Weenies the way that you do.

Note to Mamba24: NEVER ALLOW THIS FAKE @ZZ TROLL ON ANY BANDWAGON AGAIN!!! Under it is the only place he deserves.

Marv Albert's dye-job is killing me.

Correction:

I don't find Tim Donaghy point of view creditable.

If what he says is true then there *wouldn't be any series that
go 4-0 or 4-1 or 4-2. Every series would go 7 games.

mike t.

I don't find Tim Donaghy point of view creditable.

If what he says is true then there would be any series that
go 4-0 or 4-1 or 4-2. Every series would go 7 games.

The Lakers swept the Jazz 4-0. Where was the theory then?

The guy, Donaghy, is selling a book.

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

HAHAHAHA.....So what he said doesn't make sense?
Gasol with 2 "fouls" in the 1st quarter?
That interview was 2 days ago.
If he's just selling books, he might as well sell books about how to predict the future, he'll be a millionaire!
Cheers.

The Jazz were so bad that the theory couldn't be applied.

LOL!

mike t.

Can't argue with the Prez!

He's definitely the BRIGHTEST, MOST INTELLIGENT Prez since the last empty-headed puppet that came before him.

(in the voice of Forrest Gump) "And that's all I gotta say about that."

The Morning After

You try to be objective, cool. You've been watching this team for years, played the game, you know how the ball bounces. But you can't help it, losing puts you down... until the next win. It colors relationships. The day's darker, you lose the bounce, the groove, the I love LA of it all.

If you're cool with it? Understand it? Got it all figured? Face it, you're not so much sensible or even realistic, you're just not a fan. Sure you watch games, carry on a conversations with Laker fans but you don't let it in. You don't despair and rejoice. It's a dial tone.

Or maybe you've reached a point where you like trolling for attention on fan blogs by debating the negative year round. You'd like to think that makes sense, but yelling "fire" to be noticed has always been bent and damaged.

If you're a Laker fan, you HATE it when we lose, and hate's too weak a word. We're spoiled and we like it that way. So enough of this. Stop the madness and go beat this team down for the fans. It's game five or die... until game 6.

Magic Phil,

"So what he said doesn't make sense?
Gasol with 2 "fouls" in the 1st quarter?
That interview was 2 days ago.
If he's just selling books, he might as well sell books
about how to predict the future, he'll be a millionaire!"

Again, if the theory is correct what happened in the Jazz
series?

What happened in the Magic/Bobcats series?
The Magic/Hawks series?

Why did the Lakers lose to the Pistons back in 2004 4-1?

If it was rigged why didn't they drag out that finals to 7 games?

I think the NBA manipulates a lot of things but rigging
series is not one of them.

It doesn't make sense, especially when we're seeing sweeps.

mike t.

"He's definitely the BRIGHTEST, MOST INTELLIGENT Prez since the last empty-headed puppet that came before him"

Can we please stop with the politics on this blog? The Lakers, and sports in general, is an escape from the realities and corruption of politics, and main stream news in general. The Lakers blog is the last place I want to see politics being discussed. That being said, you have to be pretty naive to think one president is a puppet, and the other is not. All presidents since JFK have been puppets.

Mike T and Magic Phil...repost from last thread:
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I think he (Tim D) is a crackpot personally, but there's no doubting that refs have to discuss how to officiate games in pre-game.
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It's all a matter of how that's construed. In the mind of Tim Donaghy, its manipulation (or rigging).
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In defense of the refs, todays player is by far the most difficult to manage. Bigger players, more rules, hence more rules to circumvent.
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Posted by: #4 | May 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM
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And as for my personal interpretation, I happen to agree with Dan Patrick. Tim just adds a little fuel to the conspiracy fires if you ask me. I wouldn't go basing my bets on Tim.

To HalosAnt,

I´m a Laker fan, but primary i´m a Pau Gasol fan sice he play for F.C. Barcelona here in Barcelona. If Pau gonna play in N.Y. I will be a Knicks fan for sure as early I was a Grizzlie fan.

Posted by: Ricky | May 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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Let me RE-EMPHASIZE my point:

YOU...ARE...NOT...A...LAKER...FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't even speak those words anymore...

You claim to be a Pau fan, but even so, you are a HORRIBLE one at that! I'd HATE to have you as a so-called fan.

We have a saying you may have heard and even used before:

"With friends like these, who needs enemies?" well, in your case "With Fans like you..." I hope you get the picture.

Jesus santos

I was simply making reference to a famous children book by dr seuss, green eggs and ham...

Did ur mommy not love u and ever read u books.. Apparently not cause u missed the joke!

Grow a backbone u scumbag!

Remember, that interview was before game 3 & 4. Mr. Obama did not expect the Lakers to fold their defense after 2qtr of game 3.

Mike T,

Stern may not"rig" the games, but he "influences" the officiating, which is a big factor in the outcome. Of course, a superior team can overcome those calls and still win the game, but it's getting increasingly difficult to ignore the evidence. Orlando might have swept the Bobcats, but if you watched the series, Dwight was getting absolutely ZERO love from the refs, and was constantly in foul trouble. Orlando won DESPITE the refs, just like last year, when they beat the Cavs, DESPITE the refs.

Donaghy states that certain plays are reviewed before the game, and the league office instructs the referees to call these plays in question in favor of the team that is trailing. Just look at the FT numbers in both the Thunder and Suns series after the Lakers were up 2-0. The discrepancy is mind boggling.

@ Muppeteer - Cool yer jets buddy... I was just agreeing with Obama's prediction. And yeah I added a small dig, jab, whatever you wanna call it to the Douche Administration (Ooops did I just do it again, sorry about that) but that is why a added:

(in the voice of Forrest Gump) "And that's all I gotta say about that."

--Lakers are now 0-2 since Edwin announced his daughter`s engagement. Edwin now in hiding!

--Obama looks like an "Ivy League Delonte West" when he plays in pick-up basketball games.

-Lakers are now 0-2 since Edwin announced his daughter`s engagement. Edwin now in hiding!

--Obama looks like an "Ivy League Delonte West" when he plays in pick-up basketball games.

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 26, 2010 at

Shut up you Boston scum bag.

This:
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Marv Albert's dye-job is killing me.

Posted by: Caliphilosopher | May 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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...and this:
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--Obama looks like an "Ivy League Delonte West" when he plays in pick-up basketball games.

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM
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Both excellent observations, lol.

**repost skip **
That was classic!But when it comes to picking 'em it's my predictions that are usually very accurate. LOL! mike t.Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 26, 2010 at 09:50 AM
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But Mike do you know why that is, wait for it...CAUSE YOU'RE MIKE T AND WHO THE HELL AM I. Lol! Classic! you should be a millionaire on that one line
Mamba24

Mamba24 / Magic Phil,Everyone needs to listen to the link that Mamba24 sent. Tim Donogey is scum, just like Jose Conseco, but he speaks the TRUTH: ttp://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/danpatrick/interviews/ Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | May 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM
@LAKER TRUTH, yeah I was monitoring the web and I just got around to it. It's running like wildfire thru the sportsBlog spots. THANKS BRO!
MAMBA24


Game 4 was definitely one of their worst defensive outing that the Lakers showed in all of the series.

Pau was slow getting back on defense and pretty much reverting back to his old habit of 2008 playoffs.

I saw too much touchy fouls that end up into an 'and one' for the Suns.

When you give a foul, give a 'playoffs foul' not those regular season sissy fouls.

The Suns doesn't have to take their hearts out, they gave it to them on a game 4 silver platter.

I would love to blame the officiating crew on the last game, but I've seen enough of the Lakers feeble defense.

--Lakers are now 0-2 since Edwin announced his daughter`s engagement. Edwin now in hiding! --Obama looks like an "Ivy League Delonte West" when he plays in pick-up basketball games. Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM
OOOOH YOU IN TROUBLE!!! Red you got to stop this now. Picking on one of the esteemed members of the Blog and The President to. Man, I might have to stop being seen with you or they will tear me apart. Come on Red keep a low profile till the Finals, then you can trash talk all you want. now is not such a good time. Pleassssssse????
Mamba24

@HALOSANT, GOT YOUR MESSAGE, WILL DO!
SO SAY WE ALL
LET IT BE SAID, LET IT BE WRITTEN, LET IT BE DONE
MAMBA24

Jesus santos I was simply making reference to a famous children book by dr seuss, green eggs and ham... Did ur mommy not love u and ever read u books.. Apparently not cause u missed the joke! Grow a backbone u scumbag! Posted by: yellofever | May 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM
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You are assuming a lot there YelowFever. First, that he has a backbone, Second that you won't get picketed by the scumbags Inc. for putting him in their category
Mamba24

President Obama know very well the BB misterys and can appreciate the high quality of Pau Gasol as The best NBA Big Man all times.

Is Howard the best, Kareem, Shaq, Rusell, Chamberlain. NOOOOOO, The best is PAU GASOLLL ME CAGO EN LA HOSTIA PUTAAAA....

Presidente Obama and myself, in the same page. Pau Gasol is the BEST.

Hey Mamba, take it easy, colega. You Know that you are not a Saint (momma calling....) We can be friends if you want bro. No problem for me. I want to practice my english here, whit you, too, if you want. You brain, i think, is o.k. I Write sometimes with "spaniard style": METAFORICAMENTE (i dont Know the english word) Posted by: Ricky | May 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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Ricky I usually don't do this but I'm going to say this one more time. Trash talking between opposing teams fans, Cool. I do it all the time with 132-91 and Reds love child among others and we are all Cool. But when some MF comes on the Blog and starts talking about taking a Gun and Blowing my brains out well, Ricky I think you know exactly what you're saying, so listen to what I'm saying. MF if you ever threaten my life again... That's all.
Mamba24

hey guys, Presidente Obama is a clear fan of my post. He think, like me, that Pau Gasol is the best big man all time. Mr. President, you are a savior of BB.

Ricky
1st and only post to you: Don't play innocent.. you used the Kurt Cobain reference, so your intention was clear --in any language. Adios creep.

Mr. Mamb24:

While it is our policy and our mission to provide an environment for the Lakers fans world wide to engage in healthy debates or share their opinions. However, we mandate that all debates, banters and posts be conducted in a civil manner. Please be advised that you are liable for any harm that may come to Ricky in the next 24 hours in lieu of your threatening response to subject in question. Once again let us make it clear to you that our aim is to run this community blog in a manner that is safe and most welcoming to people of all cast, creed and colors.

We do appreciate your support, passion and enthusiasm for the Lakers and we certainly want you to enjoy but we do not tolerate any abuse of such privileges.

We have retrieved past data from our archives where you have threatened many others with physical harm. These threats are a tell tale sign that you perhaps should consider some anger management course or outside help. We would be happy to direct you to an anger management class or refer you to a qualified physiologist.

We look forward to your continued support.

Sincerely,
HR

Is Howard the best, Kareem, Shaq, Rusell, Chamberlain. NOOOOOO, The best is PAU GASOLLL ME CAGO EN LA HOSTIA PUTAAAA....

Posted by: Ricky | May 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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ME CAGO EN LA HOSTIA PUTAAAA.... translated means, I SH#T ON THE HOST B#TCH!!!

So Ricky, who do you consider the "Host" here?

@RICKY, this is the last time I'm dealing with you in this way.
DID YOU OR DID YOU NOT POST THIS. IF YOU DID WHERE I COME FROM IT IS CONSIDERED A THREAT.:
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Hey Mamba, i have a big solution for your mental problem. Take a gun, directly to your head, and ............ Really, the world will be better. Posted by: Ricky | May 26, 2010 at 08:49 AM
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hahahahaha, mamba24, the reencarnation of Kurt Cobain....ahahahahaha Posted by: Ricky | May 26, 2010 at 08:50 AM
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Hey Mamba, not forget, directly to your headdd. That is the solution. No more problems, no more pain. Seriously, ¡ adelante, no te cortes!!!!
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Posted by: Ricky | May 26, 2010 at 08:54 AM
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Mamba,

"Blowing my brains" I cant stop of laughing about this expression. While you can see, this blog is perfect for my english. I think in Spanish that will be "desparramar tus sesos por el suelo" or somethink like that. Hilarious. Well, your life is safe. I think that i cant threat your life from Spain, amigo.

Posted by: ricky | May 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Mamba And of course, I not have nuclear weapons in my house, yet. Posted by: ricky | May 26, 2010 at 12:22 PM
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Ricky - you're outta line. We can all take the trash talking directed at the team, but when you cross the line into personal attacks and violent imagery, you need to step off and apologize or just plain get lost.
Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 26, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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APPARENTLY I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO SAW IT AS A THREAT.
SO FOR EVERYBODIES GOOD I WULD SUGGEST YOU AND YOUR LIL HR.
FRIEND DON'T MENTION MY NAME IN YOUR POST. I'M NOT GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN

Mr. yellofever:

While it is our policy and our mission to provide an environment for the Lakers fans world wide to engage in healthy debates or share their opinions. Please refrain from using any foul language such one directed to Mr. Jesus Santos. We keep a database of bloggers and track any violent behavior or interactions for the safety of others.

In our database and from your past interactions we have a red alarm against your name indicative of someone in need of anger management class. We are of strong belief that small issues lead to bigger issues and underneath your calm demeanor there are issues that need to be addressed. So in your best interest and for the safety of bloggers world wide we advise you to take an anger management class. We will continue to monitor your conduct in the mean time.

We look forward to your continued support.

Sincerely,
HR


Guys - I sent an email to MM regarding the need for him to step in and ban some of these idiot trolls. I suggest you do the same.

Mamba24 - they are not worth your time or attention. Use your scroll wheel buddy! And don't worry - we ALL have your back. It's not just me and you know that, my friend.

@ Magia32 - You say toe-may-toe I say toe-mah-toe... LOL!

Either way I wanna know who he directed that statement at.

To HR.

I comming here to practice me english and I found people like Mamba and others. Me english writing is limited as you can see and writing and speaking about BB is a happy way for practicing, but trust me, people like Mamba making this experience...... I still learning the worse english version (a lot of trash talking for sure) Maybe i should change this blog for a political blog or something like that.

Thanks.

Mr. Noah:

While it is our policy and our mission to provide an environment for the Lakers fans world wide to engage in healthy debates or share their opinions. Please refrain from inciting others as we expect you to manage your time in productive pursuits and we do not expect you to play a witness. According to our database, we have an orange indicator against your name indicative of a person who is very nosey and interested in inciting trouble. It is noted that you tend to be too concerned with other’s business, we advise you to refrain from these solicitations as they could be detrimental to your safety.
We have created this public forum for you to enjoy and expect that you focus on healthy pursuits.

We will continue to monitor your conduct in the mean time.

We look forward to your continued support.

Sincerely,
HR

reference case # 2392101 as archived:

You wrote:

Ricky
1st and only post to you: Don't play innocent.. you used the Kurt Cobain reference, so your intention was clear --in any language. Adios creep.

MM's not going to leave us without adult supervision now.

justanothermambafan:

What do you think of the Lakers play from last night. It would be nice to get your insight and I know you know a lot about the game of BB.

Look forward to your astute observations and by the way do include as to what lakers should do for the next game.

respectfully,

Jesus

HAHAHAHAHA:

Wonder the age group of posters and needing an adult supervision..

MarkG:

You wrote:

MM's not going to leave us without adult supervision now.

Posted by: Mark G

MR Ricky:

This is a Warning and a very serious matter!! Be advised that you are disrupting the forum with language in appropriate and causing stress to the subject Mr. mamba24. You can be held accountable for any harm that may come to Mamba24 from stress you have put him through.

We expect full cooperation from you with an apology letter to Mr. Mamba 24.

HR

wuttup Mark G!

You're prolly right - it was too good to last. Give an idiot an inch and they take a mile...LOL!

How YOU doin'... I'm still irritated but not as angry. Just gotta go kick some azzz tomorrow. Enough messing around.

You gonna check out the live chat tonight for the weeners? (At least I think MM said he'd have one...) GO MAGIC!!

This statement by our president only serves to provide clear motivation to the Phoenix Suns. How unfortunate. Now, it's possible the Lakers don't win game 5, as I predicted.

No problem, guys, President Obama is a Pau Gasol Fan like me. The President a me been in the same page. Pau Gasol is the answer. I and the President, the perfect combination.

Lakers in 6

Hi Mark G
How's the spy business going buddy?

Justa, where do I find MM's email address?

Justa- howz it?

I was PO'd last night, mostly during the game. I couldn't watch the post game show. Today I'm just kinda of bummed. Am I worried no, not yet, if they lose game 5, I'll start to sweat.

Not sure about the live chat tonight, def maybe.

Noah,

LOL, I have no idea what you are talking about?

PS: No one likes a 3,000 year old smart a$$.

No one?

My pal Judas would take issue...

WHEN CHARLES BARKLEY AND THE PRESIDENT MAKE PREDICTIONS THAT MAKES ME WORRY:

Both of the them have a failed track record, of course with Charles he always picks the team that loses and I suspect his picks are based on personal gambling. Even if Charles were make use of his limited IQ then I still be concerned. So thank God that he never picks the Lakers to win and I appreciate it.

With the Prez didn't he pick NC to win the past NCCA title? So Mr. Pres please don't jinx us and please do something about Arizona immigration law. I am simply tired of carrying my passport with me.

Noah - you have email???

Wow - didn't know they had that where you come from. Oh, wait - I know - it's like carrier pigeon, right? I guess you gotta be careful how you use them though. Wouldn't want to run out of pigeons. Unless of course you then work your way to the doves. But aren't they out looking for olive branches?

Ugh - this is too confusing.


MM's email is posted at the end of every article. Right before the comments start.

Can we get back to bball please?

Some comments:

-- turning point in game was luke checkin in last night.. Why did phil get cute again? Lakers had 19-16 lead with control of game then in less than 2 minutes suns got momentum and never looked back..

-- lakers had commanding control of series but since gentry implemented zone phil has been in a tizzy... He had 2 days to prepare but I didn't see a single adjustment.. If u think this is a real zone D just wait till we play the celts.. U can bet thibodeau is takin some serious notes

-- not too worried bout suns bench.. Bench play always stronger at home when u gettin benefit of whistles.. much like okc bench got completely hot in games 3 and 4..

-- if pau can't fight back against a non physical amare how the heck is he gonna handle the celts big?? THANK GOD FOR HOME COURT ADVANTAGE


yello - when Luke checked in I was thinking to myself that PJ is messing with our heads. Whatever possesses him to do some of the things he does? I love PJ. I don't want him to leave after this year. I respect his 10 rings. I just wish I had a window into his thought processes.... Then again, it might actually make me go insane.

Justa
Don't be confused, I'm using an ipad fashioned from wood.
And you're funny dammit!

I'd like to put my 2 sheckels in, where do I find MM's email address?

Just saw that, thanks.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:

Lakers fans are acting as if the series is over. It is a 7 game series and the teams that make it to the WCF are the two top teams. That is why home court ad is important and speaking of which last time I checked Lakers have it. Suns defended their home court and now Lakers have to come home and defend their turf. It is always entertaining to observe reactions of fans, despondent, ready to trade players, blame coaches and refs. It is not over yet, now we are playing best of 3 games. Stop acting like kids and stop looking into future, just be patient and future will come to pass, I promise soon.

Rick F easy on that bottle..

REPOST:

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

I'm sure the Lakers team is glad to have left Phoenix for LA after a rather "defenseless" loss in Game 4. As a result, a lot of doubt has crept in the blog from Lakers fans about the team's state of mind as a defending champion.

Folks, remember that the Suns are a pretty darn good team that I expected the Lakers to struggle against prior to the start of the WC Finals, especially with their quick hitting style of play. For Phoenix, it's all about ENERGY (from their bench) and a quick PACE. The results for them were WINS...

Right now, the Lakers defense, for the most part, has not rotated well when it comes to the Suns penetration. Guys are not filling in the "vacuum" on team D as a unit (I actually saw this trickle in the latter part of the Utah series). This was real evident in Games 3 and 4, where the Lakers were outshot at the charity stripe (which tells one who is/was the aggressor). Allowing 100 + points isn't exactly "getting things done." It's as simple as that...

It's all about "dictating" the style of play from the onset. The Suns made the Lakers "react" too much defensively the last two games, which in turn has caused the Lakers to be unbalanced on D. It happens when an opponent "pushes" the issue with their strengths.

KB4, in the post-game interview, talked about how championships are won on the D side of the ball. Boy, was he irritated! It's on the Lakers to get it done...

Right now, with Bynum struggling with his knee injury, and the bench displaying "up and down" play (practically for the entire season), their team defense no question is going to suffer for stretches, and HAS suffered...

The key for the Lakers moving forward at 2-2 is to ratchet up the effort on perimeter D with CONVICTION, forcing Phoenix shooters to stay off the three point line at all costs.

Also, limiting Phoenix's ability to penetrate early in the shot clock (pick-and roll, screen roll), whether with Bynum or Odom in the paint as the last line of defense. Gasol needs the help defense on the backside to counter the Suns action offensively on drives to the hole via Nash. It's about TIMING and TALKING. It's not like the Lakers haven't faced this style of play before...

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Lakers will do just fine...They are too versatile and veteran of a team to IGNORE their responsibility on the "D" end of the equation when a key win is needed. Their offense also is quite good, when they mix it up with the inside-outside game with SIZE.

They are "who" they are, which is a team that plays multiple styles on both ends of the floor (which often causes inconsistency in their team play, but still very good on most days).

Furthermore, with the untimely media distractions involving Phil's future, nothing like a bit of added ADVERSITY to challenge a team still defending its title.

What makes the game of basketball so interesting to watch is seeing quality teams "adjust" to another team's action.

Listen, sweeps are nice, but so are winning CHAMPIONSHIPS! Teams who "get it" rise to the TOP after experiencing rough stretches that test their inner will to perservere..

I'm confident that the Lakers will GET IT...Like I said earlier, nothing like they've experienced before...In my book, they are CHAMPIONS in good and bad times.

Keep the faith folks, there is a lot of basketball left to play...Nobody said it was going to be EASY street...

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! Peace out!

Posted by: Let's Go L's! | May 26, 2010 at 02:43 AM

It sure would be nice if the President spent more time actually solving our economic and national security related problems... versus weighing in on basketball... and jamming partisan/ineffective legislation through Congress!

James Johnson -

Wrong blog: This is the Lakers Blog, not "Top of the Ticket" or one of the other political blogs hosted by the LA Times.

Perhaps one of those blogs would be more appropriate for you.

Obama also predicted the Dems would hold on to Ted Kennedy's senate seat.

BLOG CRUE
Did anyone notice the Suns Lopez reaction in the 4th quarter? He was holding some of his players behind, reacting to a Suns play. The play was good but it wasn't "we just won the championship good."

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!


Good old Mike T,

"Again, if the theory is correct what happened in the Jazz
series?
What happened in the Magic/Bobcats series?
The Magic/Hawks series?
Why did the Lakers lose to the Pistons back in 2004 4-1?
If it was rigged why didn't they drag out that finals to 7 games?"

I think I can answer these with a simple explantion.

The NBA would try their best to "manipulate" outcomes, but there is only so much the refs can do..If a team is hurt and are so overmatched (Like Utah and when the Lakers lost Karl Malone), there is nothing the refs can do without making it look completely obvious.

As for the Magic/Bobcats series, what does the NBA have to gain from that being a long series? Not to mention, The Bobcats were way overmatched against the Magic.

Same for Magic/Hawks series..What does the NBA have to gain from prolonging that series? They are both small markets.

Now if there are no major injuries that the other team can take major advantage of, then the refs can manipulate as they see fit by making judgement calls one way over another. It would be beneficial to the NBA if one or both teams are big markets.

I don't necessarily believe in this theory..I've observed strange things over the years.

You know what I think is the main problem? That refs give the home team everything and road team nothing most of the time.

That is one reason why role players play better at home then on the road.

I liked the Lakers' chances a lot more before Comrade Barry jumped on their bandwagon. Everyone he has campaigned for since January 2008 has gone down the tubes.

yes, Lakers need a better effort on the defensive end. Phoenix is good.

Just another reason I contributed to Obama's campaign.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

What a joke. with all that is going on in this country, the prez has time to talk basketball. What about doing something about the gusher in the gulf, officials in bed with BP, wasted human life in afghan.

Please get back to the problems at hand that are creating major concerns for all americans.

Lebron and the lakers, who cares.............

Better be careful MM,
You don't want to be accused of mixing politics with sports again.(LOL)

Frankly, I couldn't care less who the POTUS likes to win the championship...in fact, I can only hope he hasn't jinxed the team.(LOL)

Let's go Lakers...all the way to a repeat!!!

I like Obama as a person but seems lacking as a top rate leader. As a prognosticator he is only capable of being correct on a sure thing. In the NBA nothing is for sure. If the Prez is picking them my bet is for someone else. Tonight is the game to watch. The Magik just might come back to beat them Shams. Age catches up in most unforseen ways. Bring it or go home with tail dragging.

Go, Lakers, go! Beat the Celtics!


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