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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 103-101 Game 5 victory over Phoenix Suns

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the final moments, including Ron Artest's game-winning shot, in the Lakers' 103-101 Game 5 Western Conference finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes how Artest's shot staved off Phoenix's rally.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro labels the Suns' loss a heartbreaker.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding paints the festive atmosphere following Artest's game-winner.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen calls Artest's game-winner the "Ron-Ron Rebound of 2010."

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford describes Artest's game-winner as "improbable."

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains how Kobe Bryant kept the Lakers in the game.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen explains how the Lakers barely withstood Steve Nash's contributions.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Luke Walton can help solve the Suns' zone.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Sasha Vujacic's contributions. Turner also reports that Nash believes the Suns will force Game 7.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins features the Lakers' late-game shots beyond Artest's game-winner.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter argues that Derek Fisher's efforts often go unnoticed.

--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson reports that Jackson says it's highly likely he'll return to the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker goes through memorable game-winning shots Phil Jackson has witnessed as a coach.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young documents how Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry doesn't pay much attention to outside opinion.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke dissects the enigma that is Artest.

--The Times' T.J. Simers appreciates what Fisher brings to the team.

--The Times' Mark Heisler chalks up the Lakers' win to luck.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes that Artest redeemed himself.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley argues that the Lakers stole the game from Phoenix.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin says the Suns still believe they can bounce back in the series.

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues that Artest's game-winner brought the team closer together.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper chalks up the win to Artest being in the right place at the right time.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues that Artest's game-winner proves his worth.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel compares and contrasts how the team and fans viewed Artest in the final minute.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi credits Fisher for his consistency in the postseason.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that team effort proved more instrumental in the win than Artest's putback.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller didn't anticipate Game 5 would happen that way.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues that Artest's game-winner proves he belongs with the Lakers.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears observes Phoenix's state of shock.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne details the heartbreak Phoenix experienced.

--Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel believes Artest has fit in with the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Whicker argues that Artest's game-winner made up for his poor play.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down Artest's game-winner, contributions from Bryant and Vujacic, as well as some numbers.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius outlines how the Lakers overcame adversity.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes the Suns have eve more confidence considering the close effort they have against the Lakers.

--The headline on Silver Screen and Roll's article by C.A. Clark says it all: "Finally, Ron Artest makes the headlines for all the right reasons."

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details how Artest redeemed himself.

Radio Interviews

I recap the Lakers' Game 5 victory with 1430 ESPN's Paul Swearengin.

Mark Medina ESPN Radio


Tweet of the Day: "Phil came home from STAPLES Center kissed me on the forehead and watched the 4th quarter again. I am an NBA widow." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, who is Jackson's girlfriend.

Reader Comment of the Day: "Ron redeemed himself. I am happy for him. Good anticipation on that Kobe's shot. I knew it from the release that it will not go in. Ron's got good instinct on that one for him to track the ball. Good to see Ron/Kobe/Lamar on that group hug. I want the Lakers to win it again this year for those 3 players" -- jette

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest (37) and guard Kobe Bryant react, along with the Staples Center crowd, after Artest hit the winning shot as time expired in Game 5 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Hey MAMBA24, place me on the Ron Ron Bandwagon, please. If there are no seats open, I will stand proudly!

So Coby wasn't out of bounds at the end of regulation? That was the last I heard before turning off the radio last night.

Fatty, you're in Flagstaff? We're neighbors!

Looking forward to Game 6...as a SUNS fan, I take some good news out of Game 5. LA collapsed in the 4th and PHX clawed its way back after playing like total crap in the first half (and getting away from the effective zone). It's much more encouraging as opposed to the blowout it was looking like early.

God,

They showed Thee at Staples on TV last night. Thou looketh like Morgan Freeman. Thou truly art a Lakers fan.

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RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I can't believe that ending. REDEMPTION is sweet. I love me some RonRon
(02) FATTY - ALT/DRIVER - "Pinch me justanothermambafan. I think I'm dreaming!"
(03) APPOLO C. VERMONT – DRIVER - That's Ron Artest, that's why he is a great player and one of a kind.....kudos to Sasha I am happy to see him play again, I think somehow he disrupted the flow of the game with regards to Suns 2nd unit..LAKERS IN 6...
(04) # 4
(05) HALOS ANT - RIDING SHOTGUN - Well RON RON, you DID IT!!! Today WE LOVE YOU FOR SURE!!!
(06) MAMBA24 – Ron Ron go on with your Bad Self!!
(07) XYZ - REFEREE - i think we were all watching the same game last nite, right??....ron ron's basket was not luck, it was a smart basketball play....he knew the shot was going to be short, so he positioned himself to retrieve the ball and shoot it....that is what is known as a good basketball play.....jrich's 3-pt shot from straight ahead but so off that it hits the backboard and drops in....now THAT IS LUCK!!!......please know the difference......
(08) PEACE - Now you all know why I've called Ron "Our Test" the whole season. He tested both our patience and our tickers last night. But we (and he) passed the test. Now we must wait for the next one.
(09) LAKER-LASS - RonRon has worked hard all year to be a true teammate to this squad and he came through for them last night. And they let him know they love him too. That was a pure moment. What was it Rudy T once said? "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." You go RonRon.
(10) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Great to be able to see Ron and the team celebrate Rons good fortune
(11) WINTON DUPRE - That last play will go down as yet another amazing moment in Laker history. I was so happy for Ron!
(12) NEMAIA FALETOGO - As for Ron, he's an outstanding physical, strong, in your face defender capable of shutting down or containing the opposing team's premier perimeter scorer. To his credit, Ron never stops playing hard and is always relentless which makes up for some of his make you shake your head, what did you just do plays. Ron will show why as we move closer and closer why we took a chance on him and why he's worth it. He did last night
(13) NOAH - I think Ron got what he really needed. Ron got him some big love.
(14) LADYJEM24 - Ron Artest, all the Laker fans are so happy for you, NY is so happy and proud of you. If you couldve seen the NY laker fans gathered last night at some local bar, you wouldve shed a tear! Well of course we cursed at you for missing two crucial shots in a row. But redemption is sweet!
(15) FAN OF THE MAMBA - put me on the Ron Ron thank you bandwagon and the Sasha bandwagon.
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - place me on the Ron Ron Bandwagon, please. If there are no seats open, I will stand proudly!

Dear Lakers fans,

I'm hoping you can help me. My owner, BUTLER, left me on the corner last night. We've had a strained relationship since we relocated from Lubbock to Flagstaff. He used to wear me on his sleeve, but lately we've been really distant from each other. In fact, I've heard rumors that he might be leaving me altogether. Anyway, if someone sees him, please let him know that I miss him. And I forgive him, too. He was kind of a loser when we lived in Lubbock, but at least he was my loser. Now I fear we're beyond reconciliation.

Sincerely,

BUTLER'S PRIDE

BUTLER

before you BRING your crap to this site, check your sources, WATCH games and stop LISTENING to rumors and biased Suns radio.

Coby was OUT of bound.

Kobe was INBOUND.

Today i´m tired and that is my only one post.

Guys, Lakers have a problem, big problem. We cant win this championship again b/c our starting center score no more of 4 points game after game. What happend with Bynum???? Celtics have 4 bigs and Lakers only one else. Pau cant guard 4 bigs and Odom is a PF and play in the perimeter. Also, Artest make the key play, but today score 4, four¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

As I have said early, Lakers are a "2 player Team" + D-fish, sometimes, and LO sometimes. I think this year against Celtics we cant win.

Hey Mamba24,..... All right?????????

"Gentry felt ill after eating a grilled artichoke and dip at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant Thursday afternoon and was caught by television cameras throwing up along the Phoenix sideline several times during the Suns heartbreaking 103-101 loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. "

Attention Lakers players!! Do not! I repeat, do not go out to eat while in Phoenix. Sun's fans will try and poison you. Bring your own food to Arizona!!

Butler - I know. We are actually friends on the Az Rep. but over state issues, not Laker/Suns stuff. I don't think you know who I am there, which is probably a good thing, no?

Good morning.. ummm... afternoon CRUE!

WOW. I'm still delirious - that was AWESOME.

I'm so very happy for RonRon. He's sacrificed so much this year that people don't even recognize him anymore. Well after tonight they won't forget him. An unbelievable Laker moment for a great Laker. Kudos, Ron. You've just been to your coming of age party.

Mark G - OH YELL YEAH Nash travels. Unbelievable. I find it amazing that no one talks about that except for us. I guess Princess Jimmy taught Nash a trick or 2.

Fatty - dude. What did I tell you about pinching? Ain't gonna happen again after the fiasco last time. LMAO!

LakerTom - I'm glad to see you're still around. No trolls today - see what a win can do for us?!! Looking forward to your insight on last night's game.

Mamba24 - thanks for the LOVING RON bandwagon. Seriously - no one has experienced the turn around of emotions regarding Ron like I have. I'm so very glad I was wrong. Those shots of his face after that layup - and the shots of Kobe and the rest of the gang - beautiful. Forever etched in Laker history and Laker glory. How can anyone NOT be a Laker fan?? That's something I just don't understand.

Now let's get it done in Game 6. As the ECF has shown, injuries can come up at any time. And they could be potentially devastating. Take a lesson Lakers - finish this mess ASAP.

GO MAGIC!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant

Gary Coleman died???

What you talkin bout?????

Mamba24,

I'm thinking I might like to invest in that Bandwagon business of yours.
They seem to be flying off the lot like hotcakes!!
I'm also in the market for one.
Looking for a little used, low mileage model that's big enough to hold all the Laker players including the Laker Girls.
It needs to have these really big obnoxious speakers so when I ride around town I can really crank it up for this:

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

Damn, I love you guys (and gals). What a great Lakers blog family.

Go Lake Show!

Good evening from a very laid back and happy Zaira ;)
On the break of Criminal Minds (one of the very, very rare tv watch that I do...) and still inspired by this past performance, I just checked in to state that:

We will win in 6, and break Phoenix's nest pouring water onto flames. Nash is a monstrous player (a tricky one, but man, a genius too: it's a fancy battle to battle such a weirdo, incredible player... and I love that he's psyched as Kobe about winning. Makes Kobe even more deadly, in his superior and more complete range of perfection compared to Steve's... and still, the battle is astonishingly beautiul to watch for a bball lover. Really), and the Suns really believe in themselves but what we got this past night has glued us onto the target. We won't miss a beat. I'm totally convinced about it. Totally.

And of course, I wanna be put in the Ron Ron bandwagon.

The Curious Case of Ron Artest is dear to my heart, actually.

He's such a peculiar human being, so far, far away from anything you'd think would work in a team organization as refined as Lakers' and yet, like yesterday, he's capable of inflaming the hearts of the whole Staples like a lively fire that reaches mountain of papers.

I really don't remember in recent history such a joy in the team and in Staples crowd like the one that stubborn shot of Ron made real in EVERYONE breathing into Staples.

Italian speakers (the most loved by me) simply were like "Incredible. Incredible. And totally awesome".

Because Ron, for how much he's skilled (cos he is)... really is thick in understanding our ways. His open, almost naive admissions about it at times makes maybe him look "retarded" for our flow... but he is not.

He is fit for us anyway because he has one amazing, amazing skill: a GIANT heart. He wants to win. He wants, better, be part of Lakers win. He commits to our glory with everything he can provide.
I love that he behaves so because this way he clearly shows his respect and admire for the Lakers history, glory and franchise.
Our glory humbles him.
And that, if one thinks WHO Artest is (or used to be?) sure has to have a great meaning.
It does have a great value, indeed.

His joy yesterday was really tender to be seen (JonK is right), as much as his teary liquid eyes when Sager (ewwwwwww) was asking him questions after Kobe left him into the deserved spotlight.

Ron is a simple soul, in the most genuine way. He's like a kid in Wonderland and his Wonderland is the Purple and Gold shirts he has been allowed to wear, that he wants so bad to make a winning road again.

There's something that belongs to poetry in his game yesterday.

But there is also a valuable lesson that some other in our team should learn: trust your hand. Keep trying. Never give up.

You know why Kobe hugged him so?
Sure, because of the win.
But I strongly believe also because, in his surely chaotic, often hard to get way, Kobe feels Ron wants to win in his same way.

And Kobe loves warriors.

He wants warriors.

Welcome in the family Ron.

I'm happy that you can now feel more entitled to feel pride in your purple and gold sweater.

Keep working hard.

I love to see what your determination can do.

;)

Did anyone notice the weird symmetry with Game 5, 2006 which would have sent the Lakers into the second round? (That meant Smush and Kwame alongside Kobe).

This time around, Jason Richardson played the role of Tim Thomas, benefitting from a mistake by Odom who was out of position for the rebound that set Thomas up for the trey that effectively ended the Lakers' season.

The déjà vu (by the way, the correct pronunciation in French is "day-ja view" and not "day-ja vous") was almost too much for me. But Ron worked his little miracle reminding us that Smush and Kwame are long gone.

Our destiny has clearly changed, but the spirits that are there to remind us of the past played their little mind game on us last night.

Damn, I love you guys (and gals). What a great Lakers blog family.
Go Lake Show! Posted by: The Outlaw | May 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM
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AWWWWWWW! That's nice!
MAMAB24

It's fun how people think it's "luck" when we win so many times at the buzzer.
Once it may be.
Twice...
Not ALL our times.

It's a strategy.

What Kobe did say to Seger (ewwww) interviewing him?

That he KNEW at least two teammates were ready under basket in case his shot would have been short.

It's a scheme.

We work these situation because none like us is that strategist of a team and none like us has player THAT skilled (and cold blooded) to know that 3' seconds can still CHANGE and SOLVE a game.
In Kobe's case, even 3'' actually.

It's no luck and it's definitely not a case.

It's a driven destiny.

Let's rule it again.

Who's missing Ariza now????

Hey Fatty -

Glad to hear you're in agreement on non-bball stuff at AZC.

So have you been to the aquaplex yet? That's a cool facility.

The number of memorable shots throughout Laker history are too many to count. I remember many of those shots, not only for the shot itself, but for the celebration that ensued.

- Fisher running into the tunnel after his .4 miracle, while everyone sort of stood around confused as to what just happened.

- Everyone mobbing Horry after his game winning 3 against the Kings with the entire crowd chanting HORRY HORRY.

- Shaq sprinting down the court after his alley-oop from Kobe in game 7 against Portland.

- Magic embracing Kareem, with a somewhat confused and annoyed expression on Kareem's face, after Kareem's game winner in Magic's first game as a rookie.

- Vlade Divac's surprised and innocent facial expression while holding his hand over his mouth, running towards Magic Johnson, like a son would to his father, in the '91 playoffs. (I don't even recall the opponent, but I remember the celebration like it was yesterday).

All these celebrations were unique in their own way, but yesterday's celebration might have topped them all. When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this team. GO LAKERS!

We work these situation because none like us is that strategist of a team and none like us has player THAT skilled (and cold blooded) to know that 3' seconds can still CHANGE and SOLVE a game. In Kobe's case, even 3'' actually. It's no luck and it's definitely not a case. It's a driven destiny. Let's rule it again. Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | May 28, 2010 at 01:
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MAMBA24

Who's missing Ariza now???? Posted by: MrNano | May 28, 2010 at 01:08 PM
PREACH MR. NANO PREACH!
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All these celebrations were unique in their own way, but yesterday's celebration might have topped them all. When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this team. GO LAKERS!Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | May 28, 2010 at 01:12 PM
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And once again...OUT FREAKING STANDING SIR TRUTH!!!!!
MAMBA24
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RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I'm so very happy for RonRon. He's sacrificed so much this year that people don't even recognize him anymore. Well after tonight they won't forget him. An unbelievable Laker moment for a great Laker. Kudos, Ron. You've just been to your coming of age party. I can't believe that ending. REDEMPTION is sweet. I love me some RonRon
(02) FATTY - ALT/DRIVER - "Pinch me justanothermambafan. I think I'm dreaming!"
(03) APPOLO C. VERMONT – DRIVER - That's Ron Artest, that's why he is a great player and one of a kind.....kudos to Sasha I am happy to see him play again, I think somehow he disrupted the flow of the game with regards to Suns 2nd unit..LAKERS IN 6...
(04) # 4
(05) HALOS ANT - RIDING SHOTGUN - Well RON RON, you DID IT!!! Today WE LOVE YOU FOR SURE!!!
(06) MAMBA24 – Ron Ron go on with your Bad Self!!
(07) XYZ - REFEREE - i think we were all watching the same game last nite, right??....ron ron's basket was not luck, it was a smart basketball play....he knew the shot was going to be short, so he positioned himself to retrieve the ball and shoot it....that is what is known as a good basketball play.....jrich's 3-pt shot from straight ahead but so off that it hits the backboard and drops in....now THAT IS LUCK!!!......please know the difference......
(08) PEACE - Now you all know why I've called Ron "Our Test" the whole season. He tested both our patience and our tickers last night. But we (and he) passed the test. Now we must wait for the next one.
(09) LAKER-LASS - RonRon has worked hard all year to be a true teammate to this squad and he came through for them last night. And they let him know they love him too. That was a pure moment. What was it Rudy T once said? "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." You go RonRon.
(10) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Great to be able to see Ron and the team celebrate Rons good fortune
(11) WINTON DUPRE - That last play will go down as yet another amazing moment in Laker history. I was so happy for Ron!
(12) NEMAIA FALETOGO - As for Ron, he's an outstanding physical, strong, in your face defender capable of shutting down or containing the opposing team's premier perimeter scorer. To his credit, Ron never stops playing hard and is always relentless which makes up for some of his make you shake your head, what did you just do plays. Ron will show why as we move closer and closer why we took a chance on him and why he's worth it. He did last night
(13) NOAH - I think Ron got what he really needed. Ron got him some big love.
(14) LADYJEM24 - Ron Artest, all the Laker fans are so happy for you, NY is so happy and proud of you. If you couldve seen the NY laker fans gathered last night at some local bar, you wouldve shed a tear! Well of course we cursed at you for missing two crucial shots in a row. But redemption is sweet!
(15) FAN OF THE MAMBA - put me on the Ron Ron thank you bandwagon and the Sasha bandwagon.
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - place me on the Ron Ron Bandwagon, please. If there are no seats open, I will stand proudly!
(17) CJ GO LAKERS - And to RonRon, you have found a place in Laker History! And to quote D Fish quoting Phil Jackson. "You don't have to chase the moment, Play right, and the moment will find you."
(18) ZAIRAAMATERASU And of course, I wanna be put in the Ron Ron bandwagon. The Curious Case of Ron Artest is dear to my heart, actually. He's such a peculiar human being, so far, far away from anything you'd think would work in a team organization as refined as Lakers' and yet, like yesterday, he's capable of inflaming the hearts of the whole Staples like a lively fire that reaches mountain of papers. You know why Kobe hugged him so? Sure, because of the win. But I strongly believe also because, in his surely chaotic, often hard to get way, Kobe feels Ron wants to win in his same way. And Kobe loves warriors. He wants warriors. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY RON. I'm happy that you can now feel more entitled to feel pride in your purple and gold sweater. Keep working hard. I love to see what your determination can do.
(19) LAKERTRUTH - When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this TEAM.
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Who's missing Ariza now???? Posted by: MrNano | May 28, 2010 at 01:08 PM
PREACH MR. NANO PREACH!
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All these celebrations were unique in their own way, but yesterday's celebration might have topped them all. When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this team. GO LAKERS!Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | May 28, 2010 at 01:12 PM
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And once again...OUT FREAKING STANDING SIR TRUTH!!!!!
MAMBA24
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RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I'm so very happy for RonRon. He's sacrificed so much this year that people don't even recognize him anymore. Well after tonight they won't forget him. An unbelievable Laker moment for a great Laker. Kudos, Ron. You've just been to your coming of age party. I can't believe that ending. REDEMPTION is sweet. I love me some RonRon
(02) FATTY - ALT/DRIVER - "Pinch me justanothermambafan. I think I'm dreaming!"
(03) APPOLO C. VERMONT – DRIVER - That's Ron Artest, that's why he is a great player and one of a kind.....kudos to Sasha I am happy to see him play again, I think somehow he disrupted the flow of the game with regards to Suns 2nd unit..LAKERS IN 6...
(04) # 4
(05) HALOS ANT - RIDING SHOTGUN - Well RON RON, you DID IT!!! Today WE LOVE YOU FOR SURE!!!
(06) MAMBA24 – Ron Ron go on with your Bad Self!!
(07) XYZ - REFEREE - i think we were all watching the same game last nite, right??....ron ron's basket was not luck, it was a smart basketball play....he knew the shot was going to be short, so he positioned himself to retrieve the ball and shoot it....that is what is known as a good basketball play.....jrich's 3-pt shot from straight ahead but so off that it hits the backboard and drops in....now THAT IS LUCK!!!......please know the difference......
(08) PEACE - Now you all know why I've called Ron "Our Test" the whole season. He tested both our patience and our tickers last night. But we (and he) passed the test. Now we must wait for the next one.
(09) LAKER-LASS - RonRon has worked hard all year to be a true teammate to this squad and he came through for them last night. And they let him know they love him too. That was a pure moment. What was it Rudy T once said? "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." You go RonRon.
(10) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Great to be able to see Ron and the team celebrate Rons good fortune
(11) WINTON DUPRE - That last play will go down as yet another amazing moment in Laker history. I was so happy for Ron!
(12) NEMAIA FALETOGO - As for Ron, he's an outstanding physical, strong, in your face defender capable of shutting down or containing the opposing team's premier perimeter scorer. To his credit, Ron never stops playing hard and is always relentless which makes up for some of his make you shake your head, what did you just do plays. Ron will show why as we move closer and closer why we took a chance on him and why he's worth it. He did last night
(13) NOAH - I think Ron got what he really needed. Ron got him some big love.
(14) LADYJEM24 - Ron Artest, all the Laker fans are so happy for you, NY is so happy and proud of you. If you couldve seen the NY laker fans gathered last night at some local bar, you wouldve shed a tear! Well of course we cursed at you for missing two crucial shots in a row. But redemption is sweet!
(15) FAN OF THE MAMBA - put me on the Ron Ron thank you bandwagon and the Sasha bandwagon.
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - place me on the Ron Ron Bandwagon, please. If there are no seats open, I will stand proudly!
(17) CJ GO LAKERS - And to RonRon, you have found a place in Laker History! And to quote D Fish quoting Phil Jackson. "You don't have to chase the moment, Play right, and the moment will find you."
(18) ZAIRAAMATERASU And of course, I wanna be put in the Ron Ron bandwagon. The Curious Case of Ron Artest is dear to my heart, actually. He's such a peculiar human being, so far, far away from anything you'd think would work in a team organization as refined as Lakers' and yet, like yesterday, he's capable of inflaming the hearts of the whole Staples like a lively fire that reaches mountain of papers. You know why Kobe hugged him so? Sure, because of the win. But I strongly believe also because, in his surely chaotic, often hard to get way, Kobe feels Ron wants to win in his same way. And Kobe loves warriors. He wants warriors. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY RON. I'm happy that you can now feel more entitled to feel pride in your purple and gold sweater. Keep working hard. I love to see what your determination can do.
(19) LAKERTRUTH - When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this TEAM.
(20)

Phil needs to take another fine from the league and criticize the refs for not calling travelling on Nash or calling defensive 3 at all on the Suns. I can accept a missed call here and there but the consistency with which the Suns get away with these things is disturbing. Oh well, I guess we finally got a win against Bennett Salvatore.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been as angry and disappointed in my four years on this Lakers Blog as I was when our moderator, who proudly proclaims that he is not and will never be a Lakers fan, awarded the Reader Comment of the Day to a troll whose only motivation for posting here is to anger and frustrate passionate Lakers fans.
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And that in a nutshell is the problem. We saw it before with BK and now we are getting the same bereft attitude and actions from our new moderator. How can these guys ever understand how passionately fanatic we are about our Lakers when they personally are not and have never really been fans of any sports team?
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Actually Butler, I'm usually too busy eating at Hiro's or La Fondas to have time to exercise.

Exercise = Hard
Eating = Fun

Fatty like easy and fun better....

I love LA!

Korean BBQ Tacos anyone?

Oh well, I guess we finally got a win against Bennett Salvatore. Posted by: icelaker | May 28, 2010 at 01:34 PM
YESSSSSSS!!!!!!
MAMBA24

major hangover dude.. damn i celebrated so much last nite i been huggin the toilet all morning...

i'm watchin the replay over and over and over again... just brought tears to my eyes... i'm so frikkkkin happy for ron ron...

this will go down as one of the greatest laker moments..

common lakertom.. join the celebration..

i'm not big on mushy moments.. must be the alcohol talkin but here goes.. I LOVE THIS PLACE!! ALL YOU GUYS! THX FOR EVERYTHING MM.

GO LAKERS!


Put me in the RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU - BANDWAGON

Ron, welcome to the Los Angeles LAKERS!!!

an interesting cross-symmetry?

J Rich and Ron played against each other in the 5 games.

J Rich with the tying 3 was the HERO. not blocking out Ron, became ZERO

Ron missing the 3 was the ZERO. making the buzzer beater became HERO

Artest's game-winning shot was not a "miracle shot". The offensive rebound and put-back is the easiest play you could make as long as you have great anticipation.

Go Lakers! Finish it tomorrow!

Back in the day when Derek Fisher made the shot at .4 to give the Lakers a stunning victory over the Spurs, Shaquille O'Neal summed up the last seconds of the game perfectly. Prior to Fish's game winner, Tim Duncan had made a long jumper over a strong contest from Shaq to give the Spurs the lead. Later, when Shaq was asked for his take on the two shots, he said, "One lucky shot deserves another."

That quote applies equally as well to last night's game. One lucky shot (from JRich) deserves another (from Ron Ron). But luck is the residue of design. Just like Fish executed that .4 shot to perfection, Ron tracked Kobe's miss and gained position to be in the right place at the right time. Ron seized the moment.

Mamba 24, please put me on Ron's bandwagon!!! I*Ron Man saved the day!!!

GO LAKERS!!!

After that 3 by JRich and with 3.5 seconds to go, I still believed that the Lakers would win. It's usually Kobe + 3.5 seconds = WIN. This time RonRon saved the day.

Mamba24, please put me on RonRon's bandwagon.

Go Lakers!

RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I'm so very happy for RonRon. He's sacrificed so much this year that people don't even recognize him anymore. Well after tonight they won't forget him. An unbelievable Laker moment for a great Laker. Kudos, Ron. You've just been to your coming of age party. I can't believe that ending. REDEMPTION is sweet. I love me some RonRon
(02) FATTY - ALT/DRIVER - "Pinch me justanothermambafan. I think I'm dreaming!"
(03) APPOLO C. VERMONT – DRIVER - That's Ron Artest, that's why he is a great player and one of a kind.....kudos to Sasha I am happy to see him play again, I think somehow he disrupted the flow of the game with regards to Suns 2nd unit..LAKERS IN 6...
(04) # 4
(05) HALOS ANT - RIDING SHOTGUN - Well RON RON, you DID IT!!! Today WE LOVE YOU FOR SURE!!!
(06) MAMBA24 – Ron Ron go on with your Bad Self!!
(07) XYZ - REFEREE - i think we were all watching the same game last nite, right??....ron ron's basket was not luck, it was a smart basketball play....he knew the shot was going to be short, so he positioned himself to retrieve the ball and shoot it....that is what is known as a good basketball play.....jrich's 3-pt shot from straight ahead but so off that it hits the backboard and drops in....now THAT IS LUCK!!!......please know the difference......
(08) PEACE - Now you all know why I've called Ron "Our Test" the whole season. He tested both our patience and our tickers last night. But we (and he) passed the test. Now we must wait for the next one.
(09) LAKER-LASS - RonRon has worked hard all year to be a true teammate to this squad and he came through for them last night. And they let him know they love him too. That was a pure moment. What was it Rudy T once said? "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." You go RonRon.
(10) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Great to be able to see Ron and the team celebrate Rons good fortune
(11) WINTON DUPRE - That last play will go down as yet another amazing moment in Laker history. I was so happy for Ron!
(12) NEMAIA FALETOGO - As for Ron, he's an outstanding physical, strong, in your face defender capable of shutting down or containing the opposing team's premier perimeter scorer. To his credit, Ron never stops playing hard and is always relentless which makes up for some of his make you shake your head, what did you just do plays. Ron will show why as we move closer and closer why we took a chance on him and why he's worth it. He did last night
(13) NOAH - I think Ron got what he really needed. Ron got him some big love.
(14) LADYJEM24 - Ron Artest, all the Laker fans are so happy for you, NY is so happy and proud of you. If you couldve seen the NY laker fans gathered last night at some local bar, you wouldve shed a tear! Well of course we cursed at you for missing two crucial shots in a row. But redemption is sweet!
(15) FAN OF THE MAMBA - put me on the Ron Ron thank you bandwagon and the Sasha bandwagon.
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - place me on the Ron Ron Bandwagon, please. If there are no seats open, I will stand proudly!
(17) CJ GO LAKERS - And to RonRon, you have found a place in Laker History! And to quote D Fish quoting Phil Jackson. "You don't have to chase the moment, Play right, and the moment will find you."
(18) ZAIRAAMATERASU And of course, I wanna be put in the Ron Ron bandwagon. The Curious Case of Ron Artest is dear to my heart, actually. He's such a peculiar human being, so far, far away from anything you'd think would work in a team organization as refined as Lakers' and yet, like yesterday, he's capable of inflaming the hearts of the whole Staples like a lively fire that reaches mountain of papers. You know why Kobe hugged him so? Sure, because of the win. But I strongly believe also because, in his surely chaotic, often hard to get way, Kobe feels Ron wants to win in his same way. And Kobe loves warriors. He wants warriors. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY RON. I'm happy that you can now feel more entitled to feel pride in your purple and gold sweater. Keep working hard. I love to see what your determination can do.
(19) LAKERTRUTH - When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this TEAM.
(20) YELLOW FEVER - i'm watchin the replay over and over and over again... just brought tears to my eyes... i'm so frikkkkin happy for ron ron... this will go down as one of the greatest laker moments..common lakertom.. join the celebration.. i'm not big on mushy moments.. must be the alcohol talkin but here goes.. I LOVE THIS PLACE!! ALL YOU GUYS! THX FOR EVERYTHING MM.
(21) MAGIC PHIL - Put me in the RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU – BANDWAGON Ron, welcome to the Los Angeles LAKERS!!!
(22) BRONXLAKERFAN - One lucky shot (from JRich) deserves another (from Ron Ron). But luck is the residue of design. Just like Fish executed that .4 shot to perfection, Ron tracked Kobe's miss and gained position to be in the right place at the right time. Ron seized the moment. Ron Man saved the day!!!
(23) SAMLL - This time RonRon saved the day.
(24) MR. NANO – Who's missing Ariza now????

RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU - BANDWAGON
*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I'm so very happy for RonRon. He's sacrificed so much this year that people don't even recognize him anymore. Well after tonight they won't forget him. An unbelievable Laker moment for a great Laker. Kudos, Ron. You've just been to your coming of age party. I can't believe that ending. REDEMPTION is sweet. I love me some RonRon
(02) FATTY - ALT/DRIVER - "Pinch me justanothermambafan. I think I'm dreaming!"
(03) APPOLO C. VERMONT – DRIVER - That's Ron Artest, that's why he is a great player and one of a kind.....kudos to Sasha I am happy to see him play again, I think somehow he disrupted the flow of the game with regards to Suns 2nd unit..LAKERS IN 6...
(04) # 4
(05) HALOS ANT - RIDING SHOTGUN - Well RON RON, you DID IT!!! Today WE LOVE YOU FOR SURE!!!
(06) MAMBA24 – Ron Ron go on with your Bad Self!!
(07) XYZ - REFEREE - i think we were all watching the same game last nite, right??....ron ron's basket was not luck, it was a smart basketball play....he knew the shot was going to be short, so he positioned himself to retrieve the ball and shoot it....that is what is known as a good basketball play.....jrich's 3-pt shot from straight ahead but so off that it hits the backboard and drops in....now THAT IS LUCK!!!......please know the difference......
(08) PEACE - Now you all know why I've called Ron "Our Test" the whole season. He tested both our patience and our tickers last night. But we (and he) passed the test. Now we must wait for the next one.
(09) LAKER-LASS - RonRon has worked hard all year to be a true teammate to this squad and he came through for them last night. And they let him know they love him too. That was a pure moment. What was it Rudy T once said? "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." You go RonRon.
(10) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Great to be able to see Ron and the team celebrate Rons good fortune
(11) WINTON DUPRE - That last play will go down as yet another amazing moment in Laker history. I was so happy for Ron!
(12) NEMAIA FALETOGO - As for Ron, he's an outstanding physical, strong, in your face defender capable of shutting down or containing the opposing team's premier perimeter scorer. To his credit, Ron never stops playing hard and is always relentless which makes up for some of his make you shake your head, what did you just do plays. Ron will show why as we move closer and closer why we took a chance on him and why he's worth it. He did last night
(13) NOAH - I think Ron got what he really needed. Ron got him some big love.
(14) LADYJEM24 - Ron Artest, all the Laker fans are so happy for you, NY is so happy and proud of you. If you couldve seen the NY laker fans gathered last night at some local bar, you wouldve shed a tear! Well of course we cursed at you for missing two crucial shots in a row. But redemption is sweet!
(15) FAN OF THE MAMBA - put me on the Ron Ron thank you bandwagon and the Sasha bandwagon.
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - place me on the Ron Ron Bandwagon, please. If there are no seats open, I will stand proudly!
(17) CJ GO LAKERS - And to RonRon, you have found a place in Laker History! And to quote D Fish quoting Phil Jackson. "You don't have to chase the moment, Play right, and the moment will find you."
(18) ZAIRAAMATERASU And of course, I wanna be put in the Ron Ron bandwagon. The Curious Case of Ron Artest is dear to my heart, actually. He's such a peculiar human being, so far, far away from anything you'd think would work in a team organization as refined as Lakers' and yet, like yesterday, he's capable of inflaming the hearts of the whole Staples like a lively fire that reaches mountain of papers. You know why Kobe hugged him so? Sure, because of the win. But I strongly believe also because, in his surely chaotic, often hard to get way, Kobe feels Ron wants to win in his same way. And Kobe loves warriors. He wants warriors. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY RON. I'm happy that you can now feel more entitled to feel pride in your purple and gold sweater. Keep working hard. I love to see what your determination can do.
(19) LAKERTRUTH - When Ron ran to hug Kobe, it reminded me of Vlade running to Magic. The embrace reminded me of Magic hugging Kareem as a rookie. When the entire team assembled around Ron, it reminded me of everyone mobbing Horry. There was just so much raw emotion, innocence, joy and love in that huddle. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it, to have felt it. Ron's game winner might not have been the greatest shot in Laker history, but that celebration was as good as it gets. I love this TEAM.
(20) YELLOW FEVER - i'm watchin the replay over and over and over again... just brought tears to my eyes... i'm so frikkkkin happy for ron ron... this will go down as one of the greatest laker moments..common lakertom.. join the celebration.. i'm not big on mushy moments.. must be the alcohol talkin but here goes.. I LOVE THIS PLACE!! ALL YOU GUYS! THX FOR EVERYTHING MM.
(21) MAGIC PHIL - Put me in the RON RON THE ENTIRE LAKER NATION SAYS THANK YOU – BANDWAGON Ron, welcome to the Los Angeles LAKERS!!!
(22) BRONXLAKERFAN - One lucky shot (from JRich) deserves another (from Ron Ron). But luck is the residue of design. Just like Fish executed that .4 shot to perfection, Ron tracked Kobe's miss and gained position to be in the right place at the right time. Ron seized the moment. Ron Man saved the day!!!
(23) SAMLL - This time RonRon saved the day.
(24) MR. NANO – Who's missing Ariza now????

Great picture. Great reaction shots from everybody. Textbook 'my team just won on a last minute shot'

I especially like the guy/girl? in the middle who is yelling so hard or something that their tongue is sort of sticking out.

And then i look the guy on the right with the white shirt, who is just sort of standing there, looking off into the middle distance contemplatively, or perhaps he just wandered over from a Ralph Lauren photo shoot, and he is wondering if the concession stands are still serving beer, or maybe chardonnay. 'Darn it, why is everybody jumping up and down? I can't see the chardonnay vendor!'

Probably a boston fan. Any minute now, he's going to start texting Bill Simmons 'nope, I don't see Lamar Odom anywhere, he must be partying in New York. No, i'm not looking at the court, why would I see a basketball player on the court? Yes, sorry, is it a good year? 2004? Domestic? No, never mind then.'


and then again, just behind Ron's posterior, is that a baby? Barely being held on to with one hand? Cause that lady is a fan. Not necessarily a good parent, but a fan.

ron artest made vicotory so sweet for lakers. he can play better on saturday so lakers advance to finals again

ok for now


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