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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 4 of Lakers-Suns series

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers plan to attack the Suns' zone defense.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' second-quarter breakdown in Game 3.

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that the Chicago Bulls have reached out to Phil Jackson.

--Yahoo! Sports Johnny Ludden believes it's in the Lakers' best interests to rest Andrew Bynum in Game 4.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins discusses why the Lakers plan to play Bynum in Game 4.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on how the Lakers plan to sharpen their offensive execution.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss the Lakers' Game 3 loss, Amare Stoudemire's improved play, Phoenix's improved defense and a look ahead to Game 3 in their latest podcast.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin credits the Lakers for taking an even-keel approach to the loss.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller highlights Derek Fisher's physical play.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen wonders how the Lakers will respond to Phoenix's zone in Game 4.

--Sports Illustrated's Dan Shaughnessy is looking forward to a Lakers-Celtics Finals showdown.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford examines the Lakers' decision not to rest center Bynum in Game 4.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a complete practice report from Tuesday's practice.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius documents what mental adjustments the Lakers need to make in Game 4.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore previews Game 4.

Suns links

--The Times' Turner highlights Phoenix's willingness to play zone again in Game 4.

--The Times' Mark Heisler showcases how Stoudemire's inconsistency leaves his future with Phoenix in doubt.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande points to the Suns' loose and fun demeanor as a big reason they have stayed in contention with the Lakers.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley argues that Robin Lopez serves as Phoenix's missing link.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore illustrates how Lopez's contributions caught the Lakers off guard.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro details how the Sun's zone defense caught the Lakers off guard.

--NBA.com's Art Garcia credits the Suns for increasing their intensity in Game 3.

--The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller reports Channing Frye will remain in the Suns' rotation.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Greg Patton argues that it doesn't matter if zone defenses are "manly," so long as they work.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne credits Suns General Manager Steve Kerr for assembling the team's current roster.

--The Daily News' Teaford observes that Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry became rather defensive about his team's zone defense.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young showcases Steve Nash's heavy tolerance for pain.

--Valley of the Suns' Mike Schmitz breaks down the Suns' zone defense.

Radio Interview

I discussed the Lakers' Game 3 loss to Phoenix with Sports Nutz's Mike Pilosof and Michael Gay on Z-92/K-101-FM (based in Woodward, Oklahoma).

Tweet of the Day: "If Phil was to return to Chicago who should coach the Lakers? Kobe player coach" -- Rickafox (Former Laker Rick Fox).

Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm glad Bynum is going to play. The high/low game of his and Pau's will be just the recipe that we need to kill the zone." -- Rocky

-- Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

Photo: Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire (background) grabs a rebound from Lakers forwards Lamar Odom (7) and Ron Artest (37) in the first half of Game 3 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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**GROUNDHOGS DAY - A Day in the Life of the Lakers Blog - Act II**

Mamba24: I love you guys.

Justa: Yeah, but I love you more.

Mamba24: Love is kind, love is blind... time for Love is in the Air Bandwagon!

Laker Tom: Please believe me, love starts from inside-out.

Art - Fl Fan: I BELIEVE YOU LAKER TOM. You are so right, you are always right. Even when you're wrong, you are right.

Edwin G: I think a love is good, but sometimes too bad, but sometimes good. When it's good, it's good, but when bad, it's pretty bad. What was the question again?

Troy: Love will be the end of us all. Stay away from love. Love will hurt you down the road. Love always loses in the end.

Rick Friedman: What does love have to do with basketball? and why doesn't Phil Jackson show any love for Farmar?

LTLF: Scientifically, love is nothing but electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Laker Truth: How can anyone not love Kobe?

EJK: I so love Lebron. Can we trade him for Sasha?

PFunk: Phil Jackson does not love anyone but himself!

Ouchhhh: Love is corrupt.

Yellofever: The refs stole my love.

Moderator: The metaphysical theory of love states that love is an energy that flows through all life.

KBlitz: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKIN ABOUT? I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT LOVE! I HATE LOVE! GRRRRRR.

Red's Love Child: I'll never admit it, but I secretly love the Lakers a little more every day.

Mike T: My love for Kwame's calves has been replaced by Perkins.

Jon K: Secret agent Jon K reports that love is dead in Cleveland.

Eric Wright: Jon K is a meanie. Boo hoo.

Mark Medina: There are too many trolls, so love will now be censored.

Phred: It's all about the love!

mamba24,

An absolute brilliant response to my rebuke...the heavens are appeased!
Let the game be determined by the weight of shifting skills of the players
on the court.

MM,

I eat and spit out "nice" and "love" for lunch on this blog, be careful how you talk to me.

Compliments will get you nowhere.

So you made a decent basketball analytical breakdown of game 3...that's nothing compared to the year long Jackson Journal I did a couple of years ago on this blog.

LOL!

mike t.

At least the Funs are making us work for the win. That's very good, because we will see a lot of zone defense if we face the C's in the finals. The Funs are going to make us a better team.

The Funs are going to make us a better team. Posted by: MrNano | May 25, 2010 at 11:35 AM
THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!

oh, my bad!

"An absolute brilliant response to my rebuke...the heavens are appeased!
Let the game be determined by the weight of shifting skills of the players
on the court.'

It should read:

An absolute brillian response to my rebuke...the heavens are appeased!
Let the game be determined by the "shifting" weight of the skills of the players on the court.

mike t.

Chicago put out feelers for PJ to coach them next year. I say let him go for $6 milloion and a first round draft pick for tampering.

I just thought about this and had to write about a few thoughts for the future.
1. Lakers have to sing and trade for Lebron and give Andrew Bynum in the deal.
2. Lakers have to try to get Grievius Vasquez in first round trade somehow by offering in a package any combination of these role players Farmar, Vujacic and Powel, up to Artest (Luke can play more minutes if he's healthy). The guy is the most clutch, polorizing and oozes a lot confidence, high basketabll IQ, 6'6 point guard, will some day be a killer and the best latino basketballer in the NBA because of his killer instict, and the fans will fall in love with him. He'll play rookie minutes the first half of the year but can develop for the moment when Kobe leaves the Lakers. Who ever drafts him knows what I'm talking about. The guy understands how to pass and creates plays like Nash 70% as well. He's the perfect guy for the triangle IMO.

**GROUNDHOGS DAY - A Day in the Life of the Lakers Blog - Act II**Posted by: AITHOR MILLER | May 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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I'll have you know my love - unrequited though it may be - Belongs only to my beloved LakerLass.!!
Humphhh!!! ROFLMAO!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

Don't underestimate the FREQUENT FLIER MILES

That's why orlando win was huge.. Now celtics have to board another plane to back to orlando and then fly back to boston..

Lakers must win next 2 so they can wrap it up in LA and avoid flying back to phoenix.. that way just wait for boston at home until boston takes another 3000 mile trip

Yes these additional flier miles can take a toll on these old bodies.. Keep track of them.. We need every advantage we can get.. Keep them greenie weenies out of their comfort zone..

And that's a wrap.

ITS GAME DAY.. I'm absolutely useless at work today.


Well..well..well!

Sometimes they come back!

oh, my bad! An absolute brilliant response to my rebuke...the heavens are appeased! Let the game be determined by the weight of shifting skills of the players on the court.'

It should read: An absolute brillian response to my rebuke...the heavens are appeased!Let the game be determined by the "shifting" weight of the skills of the players on the court. mike t. Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 25, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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MIKE T, you stop this! Stop this right now! You're making me dizzy. Mere human minds were not designed to understand the intricate musing of Mike t. Sir you are just holding out false hope to us. We know we can never meet that level of perfection at which you exist but...each time you appear on the blog we strive, yes STRIVE, to wtite a Post that you might find pleasing. But alas once again...You're Mike T, and who the Hell are we?
Mamba24

Mike T - Geez come on. Should I just not acknowledge your comment whatsoever?

MM

OK, I don't know if Mike T. is serious anymore so I'll just go ahead and do this--
"...that's nothing compared to the year long Jackson Journal I did a couple of years ago on this blog."

So you've said several times.
Is that supposed to impress anyone who is on this blog now? I wrote a couple of great term papers a while back too. Whoopee!

JR

Is that supposed to impress anyone who is on this blog now? I wrote a couple of great term papers a while back too. Whoopee! Posted by: Jolly Rancher | May 25, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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ROFLMFAO!!! WAAAAAAAA! Stop this madness now!!! Shoot Jolly Rancher I can top that, I wrote some hellified Book reports in grammer school! OH SWEEET JESUS!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAA!! HAHAHHAHAHHHAHA

NYN and Chicago are interested in Phil... and also interested in LeQueen... a very good player who never won a championship... sounds familiar?

NYN and Chicago are interested in Phil... and also interested in LeQueen... a very good player who never won a championship... sounds familiar? Posted by: MrNano | May 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM
You got it Mr. Nano!

JR - PLEASE - don't talk about the Jackson Journal. Don't ask about the Jackson Journal. The more encouragment you provide, will cause the posts to become more frequent, nauseating and LONG. Toooooo lonnngggggg. Thanks! Remember: starve the troll(s).

NYN and Chicago are interested in Phil... and also interested in LeQueen... a very good player who never won a championship... sounds familiar? Posted by: MrNano | May 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM
You got it Mr. Nano!

Next year: In this situation I would trade Artest

C- Gasol/Mbenga
PF- Lamar/Luke
SF- Lebron/ Luke
SG- Kobe/Vujacic
PF- Brown/Grievius(would probably start by the 2nd half of the season and start at PG while Brown started at PG.

Now if Gasol and Lamar get injured during the season we would still be fine because the Lakers still have the best offensive players making it from 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 scorers which just what you need to win.

Grievius and Lebron would play good together and Grievius would be the clutch player even though most people thing Lebron should have the ball in those tight moments. You also need a clutch player to win championships.

I would start Luke and keep Odom off the bench to have scoring when Mbenga came off the bench. Luke needs to play with a good scoring center in order for the team to run like a well oiled maching.

"MIKE T, you stop this! Stop this right now! You're making me dizzy. Mere human minds were not designed to understand the intricate musing of Mike t. Sir you are just holding out false hope to us. We know we can never meet that level of perfection at which you exist but...each time you appear on the blog we strive, yes STRIVE, to wtite a Post that you might find pleasing. But alas once again...You're Mike T, and who the Hell are we?
Mamba24"

You are hilarious! I think you're the only one who gets it. Musing!

MM,

Gee, come on man! Can't you take a joke?

read mamba24 and understand, aside from the basketball breakdowns...the rest is pure wit.

mike t.

>>>I eat and spit out "nice" and "love" for lunch on this blog, be careful how you
>>>talk to me.

ooooooooo. Tough talk, Mike.

What are you going to do, write a 100 line blog every day about how bad a blog manager you think he is?

MM, you're doing a great job. If Mike T criticizes you, that puts you in the same boat as Phil Jackson. Mike T hates Phil and loves Kwame Brown. He's like the bizarro Superman of Laker fans.

phil would never coach the crab or the bulls.. Buss is gonna call his bluff and re-raise larry brown.. Just a sorry way for the phil camp to gain some leverage.. He better go beg buss for forgiveness or he gonna get the ariza cold treatment..

What a talent whore phil would be.. From MJ to kobe to the crab.. Kobe over phil/crab in next years finals..

How's that for a script!


Mike T's got y'all again. Stir to a boil and let simmer.

And here come the Celtics... it's 'bout to get hot in here.

I'm surprised nobody else has figured out the REAL story.

Chicago didn't talk to anyone.

New York didn't talk to anyone.

Phil Jackson leaked that story through friends to get Jerry Buss to raise the offer for next season.

Hey Guys, here in Spain have great disconfort with Bynum injuries. Really, Pau and Lakers need Andrew in the middle, specially against the Celtics bigs (Garnett, Perkins, Wallace and Davis) Pau cant guard all bigs celtics at the same time. We need Bynum vs. Perkins and Wallace.

Pau vs Garnett and Big Baby
Drew vs Perkins and Wallace

If Bynum still injured, we cant win this championship. We have our big Pau against 4 bigs. Impossible for Pau. We have a big Problem.

Regards from Barcelona.

Matchups vs Celtics:

D-Fish vs Rondo . RONDO
Kobe vs Allen. KOBE all day
Artest vs Pierce. PIERCE
Pau vs Garnett. tie
Drew vs Perks. If healthy, Drew.

We won 2 matchups (Drew and Kober) The rest is possible but.........i think the key is the Drew vs Perks matchup. Without Drew, we cant win this year b/ c Pau cant guard all his bigs.

Justa,

>>>and a first round draft pick for tampering.


ooooooooo.

I like your way of thinking.

So far New Jersey and Chicago have reportedly been tampering with Phil to try and lure him to their teams.

With the "give us your first round pick for tampering" rule, that means the Lakers should get the #3 pick in this years draft. They'll have to wait until next year for Chicago's pick, as they've already given Milwaukee this year's pick. Hello, Derrick Favors. (I wish Washington would tamper a little :-)

We may want to slow down a bit, Celts haven't won their series yet, but they probably will. I've noticed them slowing down in the 4th Q. I think the way to beat them is to run them HARD! Tire out those old bones, ha, ha!

When a team gets penalized for tampering, the forfeiture of a draft choice doesn't go to the other team. They just lose it.

I'm ready to see Fisher or Artest or Lamar knock someone flat. Let's stop this nice ball and get nasty! Maybe we're saving it all for Boston... if they make it.

Mike T - lol it's all good. no feelings are hurt. i was just pointing out the flawed logic

MM

longtimeLakersfan,

"I read in a grammar book that when the intent

How precious. Recounting your first grade lessons, little Mikey?

If you had remembered your lessons correctly, then you would know that you cannot REPLACE the question mark with an explanation point. If you want to add emphasis, you may ADD an exclamation point to the question mark.

Like so: "Who the hell are you?!"

Now go clean the erasers and erase all that drivel you wrote on the chalkboard about your hatred for Phil Jackson.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan"

And furthermore, I, also, read that most newspapers are written at the 6th or 7th grade level. So, your assistance on my technically correct grammar for a newpaper setting is absurd.

For example:

When you read a lot of articles about the Lakers you don't see this technical approach being applied.

The Lakers' big lead vanished. That is technically correct because the Lakers have a possession, i.e. a big lead and so the apostrophe after the s is applied.

When you read it in a newspaper setting it would read:

The Lakers big lead vanished. There is no apostrophe because it's written at the 6th or 7th grade level.

You see? We're not in a classroom but a newspaper setting.

So you aint gonna get no perfect, if you know what I mean.

LOL!

mike t.

I'm not so sure Pierce gets the advantage over Artest? Pierce hasn't been the same Pierce as in the past, but he could be at any given game. Still think Ron could really be a bother to him.

Mr. mamba24:

It has been brought to our attention that you are a frequent visitor to Lakers blog during work hours. The investigation is under way to figure out how much time you have spent in posting rudimentary posts such as:
Humphhh!!! ROFLMAO!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!! over and over again.

There has been a complaint lodged by Eric Wright that this repetitive statement without any substance is becoming an eye sore to people who prefer and like to read well thought out posts.

Please be advised we will contact you once we have gathered all the evidence and then take appropriate measures.

Sincerely.

VP HR

Phil's (and Jeannie's) tactic to negotiate Phil's contract DURING THE PLAYOFFS is a bit disturbing. The team does not need any distractions right now. Stop worrying about your contract Phil, and concentrate on attacking the zone, and stopping Amare and Lopez!

In Spain cant find a solution for the Odom inconsistency. For me, this player is a top 10 around the world. Really, the new "Magic" 2.0. What happend with Odom??????????

.

"So you aint gonna get no perfect, if you know what I mean."

That's a double negative with an "aint thrown in.

LOL!

mike t.

Mamba24:

Per LongTimeLakerFan, my Bynum Bandwagon spelling of "Phoenix Nuns" should be changed to "Phoenix Nones"

It's kinda like the "Oneders" being changed to the "Wonders"--Tom Hanks "That Thing You Do!"

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Also, Please Add Me to the Laker Bandwagon as follows:

"Lakers, You Breaka da Zone Like Fisha Breaka da Nash-isa Nose-a!!! Capisce?"

Sorry, My Italian Blood Coming Thru Again...

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!!

News flash: I will be joining the Lakers. I have worked out a deal with Mitch that will bring me to the Lakers in return for Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest. I'm cool taking a back seat to Kobe (for now) and will learn from the best before taking over and delivering multiple titles to you fans. You don't need to thank me now.

Ricky:

very impressed by your astute and spot on observations. I really and truly enjoy reading all your posts, they are simple but extremely poignant. You should consider writing a book on science of Basketball. For a euro with soccer background you Sir are brilliant in your precise dissection of the game. What makes it even more intriguing is that you know more than most of the bloggers.

I look forward to yet another post from you.

Best

LBJ,

Sounds like a deal, ha, ha!

This thread has inspired an alternate universe.

>>>"So you aint gonna get no perfect, if you know what I mean."
>>>
>>>>That's a double negative with an "aint thrown in.

ooooooooooo. Bad grammar gets me soooooo mad!!!!!

I'm just funnin' with you Mike.

"I'm not really in the business of singling out guys, what they did or did not …"

this was Derek Fisher's answer, YESTERDAY, regarding AB's play.

Fair enough.

BUT, isn't this the same Derek Fisher who supported Gasol and singled out KOBE after the Memphis game.

Did he lied?
Is he a hypocrite?

Or, when it is in his own interest to be the saviour and the MAN on the team he wants more TOUCHES. and maybe a NEW CONTRACT?

obviously when the ball goes into BYNUM (not from him because he does not know how to make an entry pass after 13 years in the NBA), he knows that he gets nothing back.

Jesus Santos.

Gracias, con tu nombre y apellido estoy convencido de que sabes hablar y escribir español correctamente.

Thanks for your comments. English is not me first language (spanish) and for that my "simples" comments. "less is more" If you can understand my comments that is a great victory for me.

Heard Shaq would like to come back as backup? Can't see it.

I'm wondering if there's a market anywhere for Shaq? Any ideas?

To Rick Friedman:

There are no alternate universes in my kingdom. This is very, very real.

"I would start luke and keep Odom off the bench to have scoring when Mbenga came off the bench. Luke needs to play with a good scoring center in order for the team to run like a well oiled maching"

That's enough poo poo about luke for today mr poop.. U've done ur deed for the day. MM has enough sanitation issues to deal with for one day :)

>>>News flash: I will be joining the Lakers. I have worked out a deal with Mitch
>>>that will bring me to the Lakers in return for Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest.

WHY MUST YOU TEASE US LEBRON?!??!!?!

WHY?

OH, THE HUMANITY! (to steal a mamba-ism)

Honestly, I would do that deal in a heartbeat. Problem is that Cleveland has said that they'd never agree to S&T LeBron.

However, there is a loophole. I think any other team that has the cap space could sign & trade LeBron. It doesn't have to be Cleveland. So if LeBron would settle for 5 years of max dollars instead of six, maybe New Jersey or New York or Miami or Chicago or the Clippers wouldn't mind working a deal to get Bynum + Artest.

I could be wrong about the S&T rules, though. Might be that only his current team is allowed to sign & trade him.

But you know what? I've said it before and I'll say it again.

If the Lakers win the championship again this season with their current roster, then even if that deal was offered, I'd turn it down (as if I had any control over what the Lakers do). You don't bust up a 2-time champion that has the potential to be a 3 or 4 time champion.

This Comment has been approved by Mark Medina:

OK, who was naughty? Was it the Lucky Stool stuff that got us in trouble?

Justa- I AM funny, damn it! (did you see my reverse jinx thing worked?)

Derek Jeter

Yessss, Shaq as backup. Fish, Kobe, Artest, Pau and Shaq, great ideaaa... Drew and Odom from the bench.

I think you'd better be the one regulating his speech, Mike T. Being rude to the man in charge may stroke your ego a bit, but it'll also get you removed from this community.


Anyways...


Wes

Dear LeBron,

Thank you for expressing your interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, we presently do not have an opening for a small forward who is unable to elevate his game to the level of his dancing.

I have forwarded your resume to the Laker Girls VP of Operations in the event an opening should become available.

Please do not get your hopes up regarding a position with the Laker Girls. We've "Witnessed" your ability to Tap Dance around the Media's barrage of questions. Unfortunately, Tap Dancing is NOT part of the Laker Girls repertoire.

Best regards,

Mitch Kupchak
GM

ricky:

I live in Arizona and I do not speak Spanish nor understand it. i am sure what ever your comments in Spanish mean well.

look forward to another poignant post from you.

jesus santos

God,

With all your supreme powers, why did you need to communicate to Rick F through a blog?
Can't you just telepathically tell all of us whatever you want?

Rick F.

Are the aliens here from the alternate universe? What is the official language spoken now?

many of you mentioned that one way attacking the zone is with QUICK passes around the perimeter to de-balance the defense.

how can that happen when Farmy and UPS need 3-5 dribbles each time they have the ball without moving? or when they DRIBBLE on the perimeter, moving in the direction of the pass?

didn't Farmy and UPS play in the college? didn't they play against ZONE? same with the "little arkansas" guy? (maybe he forgot, it was long time ago)

LTLF, thank you for your comment. I have been monitoring your posts for a while (I've known that LA was my preferred destination for a while, so I keep tabs on you guys). The Cavs have said that they wouldn't do a sign and trade, but here's why they agreed in this case:

1. I was going to leave them with nothing, but now they get a solid SF and a very good up and coming center. That's a nice deal, and a reasonably compliment to Mo Williams, Varejao & Hickson (plus they still have Jamison). This trade gives them a really nice team.

2. If they didn't do this, I was going to go to Chicago, where I would destroy Cleveland 4 times a year and they would NEVER get past me in the playoffs. Now why go and force me to do something like that?

For MarkB (aka Mitch): nice try, but the deal is done. Although I would like the name of your Laker girl contact. After what my mom did with Delonte, I need to get my groove on, like right now.

I wonder what ever happened to Aztronut.
Suppose he is still around posting sometimes witty, sometimes funny, sometimes argumentative type of stuff under other names?
Just a thought, don't know where it came from, wherever thoughts come from.

well, I'm off to Blythe CA. from L.A.

blog to ya later.

mike t.

@MarcB... HAHA.. Great post.. Lakergirls!!

@LTLF.. Ur absolutely right.. Just a bunch of fluff from mr bluff.. Phillip.. Nobody talkin to nobody.. Just a bunch of poo poo from phils camp

Art, for the same reason I deliver my primary message "telepathically" (and what's with the telepathy reference? I'm God, not some cheap psychic).

If you want my final word, you look to the Bible. If you want my take on alternate universes, you look to my blog posts. It is simple, really.

Go Lakers.

Dear LeBron,

Thank you for expressing your interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, we presently do not have an opening for a small forward who is unable to elevate his game to the level of his dancing.

I have forwarded your resume to the Laker Girls VP of Operations in the event an opening should become available.

Please do not get your hopes up regarding a position with the Laker Girls. We've "Witnessed" your ability to Tap Dance around the Media's barrage of questions. Unfortunately, Tap Dancing is NOT part of the Laker Girls repertoire.

Best regards,

Mitch Kupchak
GM

Posted by: MarcB | May 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (Wiping tears from my eyes) HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was AWESOME.. maybe Queen James can go to Phoenix and he and Amare can join a support group regarding their WACKED OUT mothers... ironically calling the group the Phoenix Sons... LOL!

God,

Just so you know, I'm not all that impressed with your work so far.

Don't get mad or anything, just sayin. . .

wes

policing the blog is not your forte. just stick to cute poems and videos.

@Jesus Santos
XD

God,

Glad to see you have a sense of humor.
And you are a Lakers fan too?
God really is great!

Please fix Drews knee and Lamars focus ASAP.
Thanks for all that you do, where would we be without you.

Jesus Santos

You are right. I´m a soccer fan. My favorite team is F.C. Barcelona, but Barça had a basket section, too, with greatest players (Ricky Rubio, Juan Carlos Navarro, Fran Vazquez....) NBA potential players for sure. I like basket, but soccer is my first sport. I´m a european citizen and in Europe soccer is the first sport. American sports with fans in Europe only BB. Baseball, american football, hockey, sorry friend, but........NO FANS.

MarkG,

Right back at you, brother. It's kind of tough being "the guy" (just ask LeBron), especially when you never get a day off (don't believe that day of rest nonsense) and when you have no help.

You humans keep messing up what I've given to you, like clean oceans and cupcake conference finals opponents who can't play defense. I'm just dang tired of doing all the work.

How about you guys in purple play a little defense tonight? I'm so busy trying to help Orlando get back in their series (just ask Dwight Howard why they won last night) that I don't have time to help the Lakers now.

Just an update on my morning post on television ratings and the NBA Finals. Just look how the playoffs dominate the top shows on cable in the last week.

Rank...Show...................... NET DAY........... Viewers (000)
1.......... LAKERS/SUNS..... TNT Sun......... 8,460
2 ... ......CELTICS/MAGIC.. ESPN Tue......... 7,156
3 .........SUNS/LAKERS...... TNT Mon........ 7,112
4 ... ..... SUNS/LAKERS...... TNT Wed........ 7,004
5 ... ......MAGIC/CELTICS .. ESPN Sat.......... 6,023

Source: The Nielsen Company

"I'm wondering if there's a market anywhere for Shaq? Any ideas?
Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | May 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM "

Home Depot
Walmart
McDonalds
Chucky Cheese


...and poop is full of himself


Dear Lebron,

Ain't room enough in this town for the both of us.

Best Regards,
KB24

Hey guys. We have a new post up from Mike Bresnahan. Interesting stuff

MM

Dear LeBron,

Warren Buffet is rumored to be buying the Clippers. I'm sure you'll have no problem losing there.

Best regards,

Mitch

God,

OK, I can see that. I guess I never really thought about it from your point of view. I'll try to cut you some slack in the future. But you have to understand it from our end too. I mean the Bible as narrative, you have to admit, is not the easiest thing to decipher.

Hey, about that promise I made with you to keep Palin from becoming VP, you're not really going to hold me to that are you?

Lebron: "HOW COULD YOU?!? You were my teammate, my boy.. I called you a FRIEND!!"

Delonte: "Now you can call me DADDY."

Lebron: "NEVER, you will never be my daddy."

Delonte: "Well not your REAL daddy of course, your mom confessed to me that Greg Oden is your REAL POPS... Why else do you think he looks like he's 50? He's much older than anyone thinks, which explains the WEAK & FRAIL legs of his and why you both look so much like each other."

Lebron: "I KNEW IT!!! That explains why I get ANONYMOUS Birthday cards in Portland Trailblazer envelopes every year."

LTLF,

Actually, I came here to smack you down for calling me a Farmar hater in a previous thread. But, after doing some research, I find that you do not exactly deserve a smack-down. More like a stern talking to.

First, I'm not a Farmar hater. I was his biggest homer for years. He has just disappointed me this season, that's all.

However, you posted Fish v. Farmar stats, and what it shows is that the two of them are statistically identical on the court.

1) Fisher's slightly lower overall fieldgoal percentage represents 2 missed buckets over a 13 game period.
2) Fish (I bet you wouldn't have guessed this) is hitting a higher % of 2pt baskets then Farmar (Farmar is one basked better than Fish on the three). Remember, they shoot so rarely, that only one basket made or missed has a higher impact on their shooting % than any other main players on the team.
3) Fish is playing just above twice as many minutes as Farmar, and all of his stats are just above twice what Farmar is doing.
4) Fish is only a tiny bit more careful with the ball, overall making .05 turnovers per minute compared to .o6 turnovers per minute for Farmar.
5) The only areas where Farmar is a drop-off are the areas where he cannot compete, because of his age; experience, knowledge of the triangle, respect from team mates, respect from referees, respect from opposing players, respect from opposing coaches, leadership, temperament, and toughness.

The problem with Farmar is that the areas in observation #5 are the exact reasons why Fish was signed. And, so far, Fish has been coming up spades in those departments. Farmar can't compete with Fish on those levels, and he's only matching Fish is all the other areas. And everyone in sports knows that the tie always goes to the defending champion. Period.

Farmar would have to be obviously better then Fish to knock him off. He just isn't right now.

Remember, there hasn't been a coach in these playoffs to yet yell at a player for leaving Farmar open. We've already seen that happen for Fish. They are essentially the same player, but Fish's reputation and perception is WAY higher that Farmar's. What that means is that Farmar does have a future in this league, it just isn't today. Not quite yet.

--FEARless

Art, as for Andrew's knees, I'm working on it. Lamar's focus? Some things are even beyond MY power.

MarkG, I never forget a deal. Remember, there's another election in 2 years, and if you didn't like her as a potential VP, how do you feel about President Palin? No? Then keep up your end of the deal.

Kobe, I agree. That's why I'll give you another year before I take over the franchise and we move you out to get me some more back court help.

Justa- I AM funny, damn it! (did you see my reverse jinx thing worked?)

Posted by: Mark G

Yes Mark G - I saw that. Make sure you keep it up, cuz once you start....

Oh yeah - and keep up your end of the bargain with God. Can't be going around pissing off supreme beings. They've got long memories. I know.

HalosAnt, they flashed amare's mom on the screen then other night.....did you noctice if she had the sensor, ankle bracelet on? ha ha. btw, the way, has mamba24 done the roll call for the bandwagon tonight?

less than 4 hours til game time. bynum is going to step it up tonight! i can feel it. at least a 10 and 10 game for andrew!

>>>Unfortunately, we presently do not have an opening for a small forward who
>>>is unable to elevate his game to the level of his dancing.


OOOOOHHHHH YEESSSSSSSSS!!!

that was wicked good

"LeBron",

Hey, I've said it before - consider the case where the Lakers traded Shaq as an example.

If Cleveland does break down and agree to a sign & trade, I'm sure they'd prefer to trade to the Western conference rather than put LeBron, Wade, and Bosh on the same team in the Eastern conference. (or even LeBron and Bosh).

But I still don't think LeBron would agree to come to the Lakers - it would look like he was riding Kobe's coattails, and that would be too much for him to stand.

Maybe after Kobe retires, LeBron would agree to come to the Lakers, but not before.

>>>But, after doing some research, I find that you do not exactly deserve a
>>>smack-down. More like a stern talking to.

Don't be too sure. I frequently talk before thinking - I probably do deserve a smack down here at least once or twice a day :-)

tonight we EXPOSE that "girly-phoenix-zone" defense. the one we scored 62 points on the other night in the 2nd half. let's play some playoff defense, the kind that wins nba titles! let's go lakers!

FEARless,

I totally agree with your assessment. Farmar is playing at about the same level as Fish, and Fish does get a lot more respect as a veteran from other players and from the refs.

But it's a catch 22 for Farmar... how would he get more respect from the refs? By playing a lot more minutes and them seeing him on the court and being more familiar with him. You can't establish a rapport with the refs (good or bad) if you only play 10-15 minutes a game. It's also harder to establish a shooting rhythm if you're yanked off the floor any time you miss two shots in a row or turn the ball over.

There were times during the middle of the season when Fisher was playing much more poorly than Jordan. Like for example January and February, when Jordan was shooting exceptionally well, both from 3-point range and overall, and Fish was shooting poorly. Some coaches would have given Jordan a chance to start to see if it could improve the team. It wouldn't have been any bigger a deal than swapping Luke for Ariza in the starting lineup last season. But PJ chose to stick with the 37% shooting veteran over the 49% shooting young player.

It's hard to question Phil, though. He gets results like no other coach in the league. Maybe he felt that Fish would lose his confidence if demoted. Whatever.

If Jordan continues playing like he's playing, with the good energy play off the bench and the high 40's % 3-point shooting, I'll wager he gets a big offer from some team this summer (by big, I don't mean max, but more like the sort of offers Sasha and Luke got). Don't know if the Lakers would be willing to match anything higher than about 3 million. So if you like Jordan, enjoy this last month of play, as he might be gone this summer.

>>Farmar would have to be obviously better then Fish to knock him off

Let me reiterate this:

is 47% shooting (40% on 3's) better than 37% shooting (37% on 3's)?

That's the difference between Jordan and Fisher in January.

Is 49% shooting (41% on 3's) better than 38% shooting (36% on 3's)?

That's the difference between Jordan and Fisher in February.

Is 44% shooting (39% on 3's) better than 37% shooting (32% on 3's)?

That's the difference between Jordan and Fisher in March.

Jordan has been out-shooting Fisher for months until Fish picked it up in the playoffs. I'd have to say those percentages are obviously better.

Fish has been better in some other areas, but Jordan's shooting has been consistently better. If he were playing for New York, Farmar would have been starting the whole season and they'd probably have won 10 more games (they have about the suckiest PGs in the league).

LTLF,

I feel you about Farmar and New York. He got the raw end of the deal if he's looking for individual accolades on that one.

But, on the Lakers, the regular season almost doesn't matter (if you've noticed). Remember a dude named Horry? How about Harper? They almost did nothing during the regular season unless it was a big game. Do you remember them ever being benched?

In the meantime, that sorta sux to be Farmar.

--FEARless

But, he can still carve out a nice career here, if its rings over money. Who knows?


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