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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 5 of Lakers-Suns series

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' success in must-win playoff situations.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman explains what's gotten Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson so upset with the team's defense.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande outlines why the Lakers feel they're in a good position.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr offers various reasons why the Lakers played better at home this series.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers should savor the championship experience.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger explains how the Lakers can win a "wild West shootout" (insider subscription required).

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill predicts Jackson will field plenty of offers from other teams this offseason.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details the Lakers' confidence.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen showcases the Lakers' recent successes in Game 5.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden credits Bryant for imploring his teammates to take the Suns seriously.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down five things to watch in Game 5.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues the Lakers are playing soft against Phoenix.

--Even though he believes the Lakers will win Game 5, the Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that the Suns can still win the series.

--The Orange County Register's Marcia Smith highlights reader feedback regarding Jackson's stance on immigration.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notices some trends in the Lakers' seven-game winning streak in Game 5s during the last three playoff runs.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down how the Lakers can sharpen up on defense.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das assesses the Lakers' ability to produce in the clutch.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell outlines how Bryant's improved health has affected his play.

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Suns links

--The Times' Broderick Turner observes that Phoenix has renewed confidence after tying the series. Turner also credits Alvin Gentry's coaching in helping the Suns get back in the series.

--The Times' Mark Heisler praises Steve Nash's toughness.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley shows how the Suns' success has brought the state together.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury argues that the Suns' zone has added a new wrinkle to the West finals match-up

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin features the appreciation the Suns' starters have for their bench.

--NBA.com's Art Garcia breaks down the Suns' zone defense with former NBA coach Don Casey.

--Fox Sports Arizona's Dave Lumia credits Gentry for helping the Suns sharpen their chemistry.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explains why Suns don't pay attention to the outside skepticism.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young argues that the series has shifted. He also explains why Channing Frye has enjoyed the playoff run.

--Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg documents how the Suns found the right mix in a playoff-caliber team.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen points to the Suns' bench and three-point shooting as the keys Phoenix must master to win Game 5.

--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson argues that the Suns' key to beating the Lakers doesn't necessarily involve just shutting down Bryant.

--Valley of the Suns' Michael Schwartz lists five things Phoenix must to do win the West finals.

Web Interview

I discussed the Lakers-Suns series in the video below with Don Best TV host Pat Williams.

Tweet of the Day: U know the Lakers are goin to come out focus tonight ... I remember game 5 vs the thunder ... they scored everything in the paint ... Gotta be ready" -- JaredDudley619 (Phoenix Suns reserve forward Jared Dudley)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm sure LA will hit more shots at home, but it remains to be seen whether LA can keep up their defense against a PHX team that has yet to shoot well in this series" -- BUTLER

-- Mark Medina

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

Upper photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, battles with Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire for a rebound during Game 4 on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: Suns guard Jason Richardson leaps into the crowd after trying to keep the ball in play during Game 4 on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Butler comment of the day?

PHX has shot well for the series, correct? It's just that the games that the Lakers have won, we have shot better (55% or better, right? ).

Well, now that I think about it... I can understand the reasoning behind a non-laker fan getting comment of the day. It was just a mild surprise, that's all.

MM - keep up the good work.

MM… Wow !!! Nothing confirms that the blog is turning into Trollsville than actually awarding the RCOD to a freakin’ troll. Maybe it’s time to retire from this blog for good. Next, we’ll be awarding RCOD to a Celtics fan. What a low blow. See you later.
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MM:

Good to see BUTLER's post as a reader comment of the day. To many here they have labeled him as a troll but only few of us know his value. To the rest one liners and complainers please learn from Butler on how to contribute to the blog instead of screaming "troll" and never posting anything stimulating!!

CONGRATULATION TO BUTLER...and may the better team win!!

Laker Tom - How is it a low blow? This isn't a popularity contest. I'm simply just picking the most insightful and/or funny comment of the day.

MM

MM - I think you're taking objectivity to a whole new level. Awarding RCOTD to a troll is unacceptable.

LakerTom:

I am surprised by your response to Butler’s comment being chosen as RCOD, and to me it sounds like your interest lies more on partisanship than over content. We all know how self loathing and repetitive your posts are about Bynum. I suggest stepping out the box and embracing a larger spectrum of mind share that exists beyond your self righteous world. By the way please don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

Have a great day your neighbor in Northern CA..

cheers!!

MM - Hopefully you know that I wasn't being sarcastic.

Just wanted to put that out there.

MM awarded the comment of the day to LA GUY the LBJ jock collector and Kobe hater

i do not remember any of you commenting on that.

actually isn't BUTLER our Phoenix pet? don't u feed your pets Justa?

now the funny part is that LakaerTom got jealous that Jeanette was asked to stay.

he tried a great exit so Mamba24 will start a new bandwagon: PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US LAKERTOM. YOU R THE LAKERS VIRTUAL WISDOM

i'm sure that NEXT year, when AB will score again 42 points against the Clippers, LakerTom will be back. :-)

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Justa - how many levels of OBJECTIVITY r out there?

MM:

You hit the nail on the head with your response "This isn't a popularity contest. I'm simply just picking the most insightful and/or funny comment of the day."

And if I may add it is the right criteria for picking the RCOD regardless of the poster. This is what freedom of speech is all about.

I hope you stick to your guns and not be pushed into the corner by narrow minded folks.

hobbit

now, vehement, that was pretty OBJECTIVE. :-)

Whether or not Butlers comments were the most deserving for RCOTD is debatable, but a few threads back he made several posts that were insightful, correct, courteous and respectful.

Just because someone doesn't want the Lakers to win doesn't mean they are a troll.

Perhaps a review of what a troll is may help:

"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."

How many among us can honestly say we have never written troll-like posts in this blog?

Glass houses anyone?

To respond to an earlier YellowFever post:

I have noticed that Joey Crawford seems to be intent on putting his signature on any games he is officiating. I always thought that refs were supposed to be as invisible as possible, but Joey seems to want to be sure that everyone knows he's there and has a whistle. A great example last night was the Rondo Technical. Rondo is talking to another ref, Joey runs in and gives Rondo a warning and then T's him up. Shouldn't have been up to the other ref to end the discussion?

JR

Never read the reader comment of the day but I can understand why some heart and soul contributors to this forum feel it's ill advised.

Maybe it's because I've never understood how or why anyone would conitnually feel the need to go to a Laker fan blog and post enough negative bile to get a response. What's the goal? Stir the pot to a negative boil.

THis isn't a sport site, it's not a sports bar, it's a Laker blog. If your a Suns / Celtic 's fan, drop by if we're in a series together but what are you doing here year round? Sometimes there's a need to pull the shade on the window into sad lives.

MM, given the tone of recent threads, this might not have been the best choice.

why some of you think that MM is on our side?

do u remember when he said that Henry Abbott and Kelly Dryer are good for the blog because they r bringing a new perspective?

A few days ago when MM chose my comment and Mike T's comment as the "comments of the day" i did not take it seriously. He chose the 2 of us on the same day. 2 unpopular bloggers. it was more like a cheap shot!

Lakers have bad days. MM has bad days. till the next win, scroll along.:-)

and don't take it too seriously.

5 accumulated comments of the day won't give you the rights to a fan post and neither tickets to the ASG.

Laker Tom & Justanothermambafan,

I'm perfectly OK with Butler getting ROCTD. Butler and Red's Love Child by-and-large engage us with respectful dialogue. The fact that fans of other teams come here to express themselves only elevates the value of our forum.

There are trolls and then there are trolls. It's the idiots who've polluted this board all week, not visitors like Butler. I'm much more unhappy that Mark tells us he's banned certain people, but hasn't prevented their return.

Let's live in peace with those who come here for the right reasons. I'll go on the record and say that Butler is one of them.

OH NO, MM!!!

Sorry MM, I support you 99% of the time. But on this one, I really think you missed it. The big picture for us is that the RCOD given to a troll threatens the appearance of your much-needed balance between journalistic objectivity and Lakers-loyalty that drives this blog.

When we differ, the point of contention is often understandable and acceptable. But this act is neither understandable (lacks depth, statistical accuracy, or wit) or acceptable.

Could it be you have taken your efforts too far in your attempt to spread the award around to as many different people as possible? I could certainly see that happening, as I have come to admire your sense of fair play.

Mike

Rick - It's not that I'm being deceitful about banning people. It's just that usernames have changed their IP addresses and so when that happens, I have to add the new IP address there.

MM

VMAN:

You wrote:

THis isn't a sport site, it's not a sports bar, it's a Laker blog. If your a Suns / Celtic 's fan, drop by if we're in a series together but what are you doing here year round? Sometimes there's a need to pull the shade on the window into sad lives.

Response:

Lakers blog is a public forum (LA Times) and not a private membership club.

M2, I would never accuse you of being deceitful. I'd just like you to amp up your vigilance. The Ricky's and Eric Wrights of the world serve no useful purpose other than their own.

why do u guys consider MM part of our Lakers community??????????

he is in charge with the administration of the blog. he writes what he wants and does what he wants. remember, there r the LA Times standards and the Blog's Host personal subjective opinion that can be used when convenient.

MM is not a Lakers fan. he does his job. ignore him like u ignore trolls. ;-)

And now, arguments about who should or shouldn't be eligible for comment of the day, WOW!!!

There is a Laker game tonight, right?

Why bother watching the NBA anymore? It's more than obvious that the head office is in control of the outcome of every game.

In both conference final series (both in danger of a money-losing sweep) suddenly the teams who were down in the series get massive help from the refs and bam! the series are back to being competitive!

Only problem is, the games are televised, and it would take a seriously blind or incompetent person not to see the blatant favoritism shown by the refs to the team who was down in the series.

Kendrick Perkins 2nd technical foul in game 5? Total B.S.

Pau Gasol repeatedly getting shoved (as in, over and over and over and over) w/2 hands on his back while Amare picks up baby touch fouls on the other end, and PHX shoots 40+ free throws? Total B.S.

Robin Lopez not even getting ejected OR suspended for a blatant elbow to the head of an opposing player? Total B.S.

That's right folks, the players don't decide the outcome of these games, the ratings and the sponsorship dollars do, and those dollars don't like series that are over in 4 games.

And the Math isn't that hard to do either. The NBA sets IN ADVANCE the date of the NBA finals. That's right, it doesn't depend on when the conference finals are over, or when the teams are ready, in order to MAXIMIZE DOLLARS they set a start date for the Finals in advance. But wait! Oh no! The conference finals look like they might be over a week too soon! People will forget about the NBA if they don't have games to watch for 8+ days! Hmm, how can we extend these series....

For the answer, just look at the box score from the last 5 games across both conference finals. The answer is clear as day - in ever game the 'down' team in the series shot more free throws. Every single game. Ejections and technicals were given to those who didn't deserve it, and not given to those who did, all in the interest of extending both series.

The NBA is Bullpoo. Doesn't matter how hard you prepare or how well you execute your game plan, if the head office instructs the refs to make sure one team wins, that team is gonna win, and that's what we're seeing on a daily basis now.

Jolly Rancher...

Agreed that Joey Crawford is a bit off the chain. He's been known to do exactly what you said. But...we can't hear what's being said on the floor. Maybe Crawford had just had enough. The Celtics argue on EVERY play! Not just Doc Rivers, who is always out of the coach's box and frequently actually on the court, but the ENTIRE team. Rondo's argument was bogus...Nelson was clearly out of the restricted area, yet Rajon just kept bitching. Refs are human and the Celtics just don't EVER stop arguing.

I've often thought that the NBA should have an X-rated broadcast, where the audience can actually hear all the stuff being said on the court and the conversations between all the participants. It would have to be more interesting than listening to those ABC/ESPN announcers.

HAHAHAHAHAHA:

Magia32:

Glad someone is in tune with what is the agenda for the day!!! In ancient times there was this mob mentality which could be swayed off its course by an orator and that phenomenon still exists today!!

You wrote:

And now, arguments about who should or shouldn't be eligible for comment of the day, WOW!!!

There is a Laker game tonight, right?

Posted by: Magia32

hey guys, "he vuelto" with my Mac a.k.a. tomahawk.

Here in Barcelona, the sports newspapers (Sport, Mundo deportivo, As, Marca) said that the current Lakers Team is pure garbage. The only player that have a real talent is Pau Gasol, the rest, like Andrew Bynum is a authentic garbage and a dumbass player, no work ethic, no professional and with teenager character. Kobe is a Big ballhog without good feelings for his teammates, Fisher obviously is Old and exhausted. L.O. is the favorite player no named Pau in Spain. Sorry guys, but the world outside L.A. is a little bit different.

I've often thought that the NBA should have an X-rated broadcast, where the audience can actually hear all the stuff being said on the court and the conversations between all the participants. It would have to be more interesting than listening to those ABC/ESPN announcers.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | May 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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{as Austin Power} YeeEEAAHH BAAABBBY!!!

I think you mean "R-rated" and on Showtime or HBO... Cuz if it was "X-rated" oooohhh... It'd be on Pay-Per-View and I'm afraid of what the Laker Girls would be doin' for the Half-time Show... WOW did it just get HOT in here all of a sudden?!?! LOL!!!!!

My only take on Butler's RCOTD is that is wasn't true. Phx has shot well in the series. .488 in game 4. 46% in game 3. And .494 in games 1 and 2. Not lights out, but solid post season shooting percentages.

The basketball analyst in Spain thinking that Andrew Bynum is not in love with his job. He play basket b/c his size, but his real vocation is Trucks driver.

Mayor Kobe Town and the other conspiracy theorists,

I'm not arguing that you are right or wrong, I'm just wondering how do the refs call a game 7?

How do they decide where the bias is to be shown then?

So according to your theory, the Magic being down 3-2 are a lock to win their next game, correct?

"why do u guys consider MM part of our Lakers community??????????"

Because we like him for his personality, we respect him for his ability, and we appreciate that he doesn't treat us like children.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

hey guys, "he vuelto" with my Mac a.k.a. tomahawk.

Posted by: ricky

That's cool, but cuando te vas otra vez?


MM:

Have your IT look into a network device AON (application oriented networking) to keep unwanted content out, trust me! If you consider trolls as being a major problem.

- Are you people really going to lose sleep over who gets the Reader Comment of the Day? We're not talking about the Nobel Peace Prize here, geez. Let's focus on the Lakers.

- Everyone deserves criticism for the game 4 loss (except Kobe), from Phil all the way down to the bench, but the majority of the blame has to go to Pau. He is our second option, and the team cannot afford for him to wilt under pressure and get out-hustled for rebounds against these midget Suns. I expect Pau to come back with a vengeance tonight, but he is going to need help if he's on an island against Amare. Amare is simply too quick for Pau, and we all know that Pau is allergic to hard fouls. All those meetings he had with Charles Oakley during the regular season will hopefully pay dividends tonight.

- If the Suns continue to play zone, PLEASE PHIL, do not put Luke in the game. You attack a zone by penetrating or hitting the outside shot, and there isn't a worse outside shooter and penetrator than Luke. If Sasha could provide outside shooting, he could be a factor in creating more space for Pau and Kobe to operate.

- I have to agree with Yellofever and Mayor Kobe. The evidence supporting Donaghy's allegation that the officials are instructed to extend a series when teams are up 2-0 is getting increasingly difficult to ignore. Once Perkins was ejected last night, the game was essentially over. Perkins is the MVP of that series. Without him, Dwight cannot be stopped. I made a wager against a buddy of mine on last night's game, and I picked Orlando after hearing Donaghy's interview with Dan Patrick. Thanks for the tip, Tim! I also bet on the Lakers at minus 7.5 tonight.

[Sorry. I don't know that happened.]

VMAN/Jesus,

"VMAN:

You wrote:

THis isn't a sport site, it's not a sports bar, it's a Laker blog. If your a Suns / Celtic 's fan, drop by if we're in a series together but what are you doing here year round? Sometimes there's a need to pull the shade on the window into sad lives.

Response:

Lakers blog is a public forum (LA Times) and not a private membership club."

Jesus, what I fear that you may not get in your idealism is that in this blogmunity (as with any community) certain social mores exist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mores

What it comes down to is the majority of people here would like this to be a positive, mutually supportive blogmunity united around a mutual interest in the Los Angeles Lakers.

And then there are those people who only care about themselves who don't care about the main subject (the Los Angeles Lakers) and just want to vomit out negativity for negativity's sake.

And when people question their presence, the attitude of response is "It's a public place. I can say what I want. There's freedom of speech!"

Do you see how that attitude could be frustrating to some for whom this blogmunity is frequent form of Internet communication?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

to magia32

Escribes muy bien español, con el estilo de un auténtico subnormal, pero bien. Enhorabuena. Quizá algún día yo escriba inglés como tú, pero con un razonamiento mental más lógico.

Congrats for your spanish, man, sometimes i forget than in L.A. everybody speak spanish.

MM…
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Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm sure LA will hit more shots at home, but it remains to be seen whether LA can keep up their defense against a PHX team that has yet to shoot well in this series" -- BUTLER
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“Nothing confirms that the blog is turning into Trollsville than actually awarding the RCOD to a freakin’ troll. Maybe it’s time to retire from this blog for good. Next, we’ll be awarding RCOD to a Celtics fan. What a low blow. See you later.” – LakerTom
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“Laker Tom - How is it a low blow? This isn't a popularity contest. I'm simply just picking the most insightful and/or funny comment of the day.” –Mark Medina
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Mark, there are two issues here. First, if you thought that was truly an insightful comment, then I’ve seriously overestimated your editorial judgment. The best you could say about the comment was that it was intelligible, which is more than you could say about most of Butler’s generally juvenile, stupid, and shallow remarks.
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Second, I know you are NOT a Lakers fan but I thought you at least had some semblance of understanding of why so many of us have been loyal participants in this blog since it started four years ago and why we become upset when the essential character and chemistry of the blog is constantly undermined by trolls.
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Simple stated, this is a Lakers Blog – or at least it used to be – and rewarding a troll whose ONLY purpose in being here is to taunt and frustrate Lakers fans for what is obviously a very simplistic and shallow comment borders on sacrilege in my opinion. Of course, you might have to be a fan to truly understand that.
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I’m done for time being, tired of posting thoughts that get lost among a million threads and trolls while seeing the losers being rewarded while the real contributors who work hard to put their observations and insights into words are futilely lost in translation. When it’s no longer any fun, it’s time to go on vacation.,
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TOM

Mayor of Kobe Town, I know a host of people who would agree with you.

Hey LakerTom, you write very well, Vacation??? Bon voyage mon ami. Je suis desolé. A bientot. Peut être tu peux visiter l´Espagne. Barcelona est une tres jolie ville je pense.

Dear LAKER TRUTH and other Laker fans of Machine,

Machine will kill zone.
But Phil hate Machine too much.
Machine key to ring.

Ahhhhh, LakerTom, i forget one thing: ANDREW BYNUM IS PURE GARBAGE. THE MOST DUMBASS PLAYER ALL TIME.

Aux revoir mon ami.

Ahhh, one more thing LakerTom, I´m not a teenager from Arizona driving to New York and Knowing a New Yorker in Times Square. Queda claro.

Dear Laker fans of Machine,

Please watch video of Mahine. Machine need more minutes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE0tkdtaLmY

mamba24? Get some help, real soon. There's effective medication for your ailment.

To Mark,

Trust me, Mamba24 and Mark Medine are the same person.

Art, I like your take on Medina's decision. I keep track of that sort of thing, and you are earning points for that. Ricky, on the other hand, well I keep track of that sort of thing too....

I am happy to see Sasha is back, and hope that means he will make an appearance during the game (in the game, not on the blog). I cannot understand why nobody in the media isn't asking Phil about Sasha's minutes. I mean, how many times is PJ going to be asked about his interest in the Chicago job, or whether the Lakers can adjust to the zone defense?

Medina, maybe ask one of your colleagues to bring this up. They need some new material, and we need some new facts. Is Sasha hurt? Did he do something else to earn the ire of the coaches? What gives?

@ ricky -

JESUS H. SANTOS, er I mean, CHRIST!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!

SERIOUSLY! STOP IT NOW!!

Don't you have a soccer match to watch anyway???

vehement [ˈviːɪmənt]
adj
1. marked by intensity of feeling or conviction; emphatic
2. (of actions, gestures, etc.) characterized by great energy, vigour, or force; furious

hobbitmage,

Huh?

I mean, I am asking as vehemently as possible.

You generally have a point with your posts but I am missing this one.

The Lakers will win every game left in the Series as long as the Refs call the games evenly. Bad officiating is the only reason why the Lakers lost games 3 and 4.

God,

Thanks for noticing, I can use any favors you would like to throw my way.

But God, you wrote::

"Medina, maybe ask one of your colleagues to bring this up. They need some new material, and we need some new facts. Is Sasha hurt? Did he do something else to earn the ire of the coaches? What gives?"
Posted by: God | May 27, 2010 at 01:32 PM
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I am interested in what's up with Sasha too but umm, can't you tell us?
Or are you just kind of a God-in-training?
And can you kinda smite ricky or something.
:)

To all you International Fans or whatever who Praise Pau. Put this in your pipe and smoke it. Kobe has not one time made any bad comments mentioning Gasols name. However there have been a few occassions where Pau has made remarks in how Kobe should look for his team mates more . So while you are making him out to be some sort of saint and while i am not saying Kobe is, remember that he is just another spoiled athlete who whines about team mates and that in my book says the true type of person he is.

Art - FL Lakers fan,

that was in reference to an earlier post by ouchhhhh referring to his posting
lately. :)

Laker Tom is leaving as well?

What is going on here?

It's a well-known fact that all Phil Jackson-coached Laker teams just absolutely had no clue how to defend the pick n roll. Here is one of the reason: Has anybody noticed that whenever Fish defends against a pick or screen, he ALWAYS tried to punish it by running as hard as possible smack into it then gets tangled in the pick/screen? Has anybody gotten tired of this act beside me?

Couldn't Laker coaching tell Fish that the priority is to defend as efficiently as possible the pick/screen so as to win games? That the priority is NOT to punish the pick/screen at the expense of team defense?

One of the main reason the Lakers always had so much trouble with the pick n roll is that they almost ALWAYS took the easy and lazy way out: that is to switch (or hand off) to teammates. Fish certainly does not help everytimes he gets entangled in the screen!

On the contrary, the primary defender should always try to fight as hard as possible to get around (noted I said "around" not "through") the pick/screen to stay with his assignment as much as possible.

Switching or handing off to teammates should always be a hated last resort because it gives the opponents immediately TWO mismatches that they can take advantage of.

I agree 100% with what Kobe said "Laker defense SUCKS". And it truly sucked even in the first two games they won (only because they managed to outscore the Suns).

Boy, folks are up in arms about BUTLER's reader comment. As someone who has wathced BUTLER's admiration for the Lakers grow over the last couple of years, let me just say that he's been posting here longer than lots of other bloggers. So it's not like he just popped in here recently to say dumb stuff. He's been doing that for a while now ;-


BUTLER, congrats to you for your comment. Hope the ride's been fun.

Caliphilosopher:

You wrote: Laker Tom is leaving as well?

Response: If Drew has a good game tonight then for sure you will see LakerTom baaaaaaaaaaaaack with a BULL HORN.

Have a nice day


To be honest, I don't have a problem with Butler RCOTD; there have poorer choices in the past. I didn't complain then, so I won't complain now.

MM, it's your call. Objectivity is part of your job. If you think Butler's comment was the RCOTD, I can live with it.

Mamba24 (Larry) my brother from another mother,

Was this an abbreviated roll call. I want my name back on the roll call and I want it back now. You done gone and made me put on the Kobe face! grrrrrrrrrr!

I think the 4 rings Kobe has is driving other NBA stars insane. Here's the latest news:


"Bosh too?
Chris Bosh will join Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Joe Johnson when they get together to discuss free agency, according to ESPN.com"


So do all four take a 50% pay cut, or does one sign for the midlevel, one for the bi-anual and 2 for the max? There is no way this happens now, or ever in the NBA or pro sports in general. This is a bad idea that will inevitably end with two of the stars ending up with bruised egos.


Good luck.


Wes



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