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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 111-96 Game 4 victory over the Utah Jazz

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the one-two punch Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol provided Monday in the Lakers' 111-96 Game 4 victory over the Utah Jazz.

--NBA.com's Andrew Aragon chalks up the Lakers victory to the team approaching Game 4 like it was any other game.

--The Deseret News' Tim Buckley examines Utah's recent history with losing to the Lakers in the postseason.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins reports that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson felt disappointed with how he managed the game when the Jazz came back in the second half.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr credited the Lakers' focus in ensuring a sweep.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler explains how Utah fell behind too much, too early.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford presents how the Lakers dominated Game 4 right from the beginning.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details the value reserve guard Sasha Vujacic would bring to the Lakers in their West Finals series against Phoenix.

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits the contributions from Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown off the bench.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Calkins looks at how the Lakers draw motivation from their first-round losses in 2006 and 2007 to Phoenix.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding gives his three keys to the Lakers-Suns series.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Michael C. Lewis details the Jazz's second-quarter meltdown.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm focuses on Bryant's dominance.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Siler presents a list of things the Jazz will address in the offseason.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Jackson's hope that he would run into NBA Commissioner David Stern before Game 4.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Lakers will have no problem against Phoenix in the West Finals.

--The Times' T.J. Simers details his efforts in getting Jackson to talk about Phoenix, but to no avail.

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues the Lakers may have trouble with the Suns.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande sees a more mature and focused Lakers team.

--Sports Illustrated's Frank Hughes believes the Lakers look like championship contenders.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Kurt Kragthorpe argues the Jazz didn't put up much of a fight.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi looks at how uncommon it is for the Lakers to sweep a playoff opponent.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin examines why the Lakers' inconsistency issues no longer seem to trouble them.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson chalked up the Lakers' sweep more to their dominance than anything wrong the Jazz did.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton says the Lakers are peaking at the right time.

--The Deseret News' Doug Robinson looks at how difficult it will be for Utah ever to win an NBA championship.

--FoxSports.com's Charley Rosen sees the Lakers finally possessing a killer instinct.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears says that the Lakers' 2006 and 2007 playoff losses to Phoenix remain fresh in Bryant's mind.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith has more on the Lakers' revenge tour.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker details the difficulty Utah had in avoiding a sweep.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wasn't impressed one bit with Carlos Boozer's performance.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights Gasol's dominance.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius believes the Lakers' Game 4 victory was almost inevitable.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap argues that the Lakers made the Jazz lose hope.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the Lakers' Game 4 victory.

--The Valley of the Suns examines how a week off will benefit both the Suns and the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Our bus just hit Boozer's Escalade. Swept, fouled out, and gets his ride trashed all in 1 night. At least he's a free agent" -- LAIreland (710 ESPN's/K-CAL9's Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland).

Reader Comment of the Day: "thank God for the win, it's great to see them move on to the western conference chanmpionship. the only thing better would be to see them move on to the finals. the only thing better than that would be to see them win the finals....eight more victories to go!" -- mud

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol is congratulated by fans as he exits the court following a 111-96 victory over the Utah Jazz that sends L.A. on to the Western Conference finals. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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re: inside-outside basketball.

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2010/5/11/1467112/all-hope-was-lost-and-the-lakers

This game was a heavy dose of Kobe and Pau. Both were absolutely spectacular and pretty much did what they wanted. Kobe directed the offense, made the defense collapse on his posting up, found open shooters and slashed his way to 32 points on 11-23 FGAs (10-12 FT). Pau had 33 points (12-18 FGAs, 9-11 FT), 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. If these two are playing like this, the Lakers shouldn't be beaten. Unfortunately, Drew was quiet on offense again, but everyone else hit some timely shots.

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This was *exactly* how we won the championship last year.

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BILL PLASHKE …OUT FREAKIN STANDING
It was a sweep, all right. The Lakers swept this doubter completely off his feet, reduced me to a pillar of salt, knocked me directly into a setting Suns. Before watching the Lakers take the court against the Utah Jazz for the fourth game of a 3-0 playoff series Monday, I figured the ensuing Western Conference finals would be a regular Nash pit. I figured wrong. The Phoenix Suns have no chance. Anybody who watched the Lakers tear apart the NBA's most synchronized team on its most important night at its ear-bending home would agree.
Anybody who watched the Lakers become the first team to ever sweep the Jazz in a best-of-seven series with a 111-96 victory could not argue. Maybe not even the Suns. You know they were watching. But their star Steve Nash could only witness it on television with one eye shut. I saw it in person with 19,000 surprised fans screaming. Trust me, little dude, it was harsher than it looked. In terms Nash will understand, this wasn't just a sweep, it was a sandstorm. As trailers go, this one previewed all the good parts. The Lakers were nothing the Jazz could handle. The Lakers were everything the Suns are not. "The perfect time to play hard, the perfect time to play better ... and now the perfect time to have six days off," said Ron Artest, smiling, pausing. "It's beautiful." Beautiful, for some. The Suns probably walked away from Monday's game thinking beastly. The Lakers played big. Even with Andrew Bynum tied behind their back, they played big. Pau Gasol hair big. Phil Jackson whistle big. Lamar Odom smile big. Phoenix is not big. Amare Stoudemire averaged 20 points and nine rebounds against the Lakers this season, but he has little banging help inside. "It's Stoudemire and Frye ... is it Frye?" asked Artest. Yeah, not much strength there, it will basically be Stoudemire matched against Gasol, Odom and the rested knee of Bynum, and it won't even be close. Monday was about muscle, and for all their newfound tenacity, the Suns still don't have that muscle. The Suns don't have Gasol spinning through the Jazz defense for a reverse layup that was such a piece of art, Gasol held up his hand for several long seconds afterward in triumph. Gasol wound up with 33 points and 14 rebounds,. The Suns don't have Bynum blocking Carlos Boozer, then blocking Ronnie Price, two plays that showed he can dominate if he just stays determined. The Suns don't have Odom darting inside for a dunk attempt on which he was fouled, nailing a three-pointer during a Jazz comeback in the third quarter, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds and six free throws, more active each game. "We have to take advantage of their size," Odom said of Phoenix. "We have to slow them down, and that starts inside." The Suns don't have the kind of power that can overcome a defense that held the Jazz to three baskets in 19 attempts in a first-half stretching, the Lakers outscoring the Jazz by 21 points during that time, stealing it early. " I know they have a little problem guarding the post, so we're just being aggressive,'' said Gasol. Save that quote. You will read it again beginning next week. The Suns, incidentally, also don't have anyone to consistently take the brunt of Bryant's drives, because he's driving again, his fearlessness back, his flexibility back, his teammates along for the ride. Bryant scored 32 points, his fourth consecutive Good Kobe game of this series, and did the Suns hear this warning? "I feel healthy," said Bryant. "That's the big difference." The Lakers also showed toughness in geography, this basic group closing out their fourth consecutive playoff series on the road for the first time in club history, the first two series this year and the final two series last year. On to Phoenix, where the competition will be more furious, but the outcome will be the same, Lakers in five. Oklahoma City reminded them what it was like to play desperate. Utah reminded what it was like to play strong. Phoenix can do little to make them forget.


Posted by: mamba24 | May 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Kobe, who is Kobe ?????
Bynum, who is Bynum.

The world entire only recognize a true superstar in this Laker Team and his name is Pau Gasol. The rest, only role Players.

Mamba24,

Is there a way to pre-register for all these band wagons? I should just give you a carte blanche log-in and password.

Bill Simmons has to be the funniest NBA writer in the business today. I love this guy. He's trying to take a page out of PJs book and get the inside track on Ron Ron's psychie:

"(Important note: After much deliberation, I decided not to give Artest a Round 2 Award for his half-assed attempt to cause trouble by making passive-aggressive tweets about Phil Jackson's coaching before Game 3 in an apparent attempt to either [A] get attention, or [B] come up with a plot for that week's taping of his reality show. Ron-Ron, you once caused a melee by charging in the stands in Detroit. You once played in a playground game in which someone was killed with a broken table leg. Don't go out like this. Even Sasha Vujacic thought those tweets made you look like a pansy. You're the Tru Warier! If you're gonna start trouble, start trouble! You're gonna let Phil Jackson laugh you off like that???? Like you're some sort of circus oddity? And what's wrong with you shooting 3s? You're a great 3-point shooter! Didn't they see how valuable you were when you locked down Durant in Round 1? Why don't they appreciate you more? Why don't they want you to fit in? Fight for your respect! Be a man! You're the Tru Warier!)"


No Bill, it's not going to work. The team laughed it off. No riff here. These techtonic plates slide in unison.


Wes

More Bill and the LAkers:


"To Joey Crawford, Dick Bavetta and Greg Willard for missing Wes Matthews pull down Derek Fisher on the biggest inbounds pass of Game 3, creating a Lakers turnover and giving Utah (down one) a chance to pull out a miracle victory. That was such an egregious screw-up that my initial feeling about Utah's final play -- Deron Williams launching a 23-footer instead of taking it hard to the basket (always my preference if you have the right player because he might get fouled) -- changed when a friend pointed out that Williams never, ever, ever, EVER would have gotten a favorable whistle after that botched no-call. Good point.

(Random strategy note: Why would Jackson have Artest throw that inbounds pass over Luke Walton? Would you trust Artest to pass you a hot plate of sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, much less the biggest pass of a playoff game??? Plus, Walton was put on the planet for two reasons: to throw game-clinching inbounds passes, and to enrage every male between the ages of 17 and 45 who can't believe their girlfriend or wife just said the words, "I like Luke Walton, I think he's hot." That's really it. I don't get it.)"


Very funny.


Wes

Mamba24,Is there a way to pre-register for all these band wagons? I should just give you a carte blanche log-in and password.Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM
Lol We're nearing the end of the journey Rick. There won't be to many more bandwagons the way i see it theres a Sweep the suns, Sweep the Celtics and a Victory bandwagon. Loll!

Preach Wes Preach! Show that Lakers pride bro.
DAG! HOW IN THE HELL ARE WE GONNA FILL 6 DAYS?

I should have put all the Bill stuff in one post:


"THE JOHN TERRY/WAYNE BRIDGE AWARD FOR "MOST UNCOMFORTABLY BITTER SUBPLOT"


To Jazz fans for their continuing enmity toward Derek Fisher, who asked for his release from Utah three summers ago so he could play in an NBA city that had a hospital with an advanced eye surgery wing for his cancer-stricken daughter. He signed with the Lakers … who knocked Utah out of the playoffs in 2008, '09, and now '10. Jazz fans take this personally -- even booing him during games -- and conveniently forget that Utah was happy to let Fisher go in 2007 (not only was he overpaid as a backup, but it needed the cap relief for Deron Williams' extension) and wasn't worried about the Lakers contending at the time (since they finished 42-40 and seemed headed for a Kobe trade). A few months later, Chris Wallace gift-wrapped Pau Gasol to Los Angeles and everything changed. Not Fisher's fault. I am all for booing Lakers players and fostering random vendettas against them, but not like this.


See, here's what you get when you boo Fisher, Utah fans …


1. Bad karma. Goes without saying.


2. You just look stupid. Like you have no idea what actually happened. Fisher didn't betray you by jumping to a conference rival. The Lakers were floundering at the time.


3. You bristle every time a media member calls you the most (fill in one: bitter/angry/hostile/vicious) fans in the NBA. This illogical Fisher vendetta helps you on this front … how?


My advice as a neutral party: Let the Fisher thing go. It's creepy and ill-conceived."


I agree.


Wes

This was *exactly* how we won the championship last year.
Posted by: hobbitmage | May 11, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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If it worked last year why not do it again?

Who is better, Chamberlain, Russell or Gasol??

Chamberlain: Best Center ever, but a losser
Russell: Great Center, a winner but poor skills
Gasol: Great player "all in one", great BB IQ, super skilled, and a winner

Answer: Pau Gasol.

Who is better, Shaq or Gasol???

Shaq: Big body, poor skills, fat, slow, great force of nature, and a winner. He cant make a simply free throw, and sometimes, a dumbass.

Gasol: Great player, more skilled, he can do everythink on the floor, a winner in his entire career, can shoot, can rebounding, can defending, can running the point, great BB IQ.

Answer: Pau Gasol, all day.

Granted, LA is #1 in silicone breasts.

However, thanks to Scalabrine, Big Baby, and Rasheed...We definitely lead the league in "Man Boobs"!

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CONGRATS. ON THE EXPECTED NEW BABY HYACINTH – BANDWAGON
Hi folks! I've been MIA due to pregnancy but still lurk here but do not posts much since there are trolls that annoyed the crap out of me. I'm actually still pregnant but will be due soon hopefully before the finals hehehhe granted the Lakers get there.
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(01) MARK MEDINA – OWNER - hyacinth - congrats on your newborn and i just wanted to express my gratitude on you commenting and contributing to the conversation. I also wanted to personally introduce myself, Mark Medina. I've been running the blog since Jan. and I'm always open to feedback.
(02) GANAPIA – DRIVER - Make sure you have a good TV in the hospital as your baby doesn't want to miss the finals!!
(03) RICKY – RIDING SHOTGUN - Congrats Hyacinth
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(05) MAMBA24 – Hyacinth I understand how the Trolls can make blogging some times a lill distasteful But we need your voice. So when the Blessed event comes and the newest Laker fan arrives, when you are up to it Come on back.
(06) FEARLESS - Oh, please do throw me onto the Hyacinth bandwagon without any further ado. Hers is a voice that we absolutely need here, when the bun is ready, of course.
(07) EDWIN GUECO - Declared my vacation last night but came back just to greet Hyacinth forthcoming baby Laker fan. Cheers and God speed. Once you get into labor, don't hate your husband, just yell on the top of your lungs - GO LAKERS...more repeat are coming. lol!
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How important is the PG position in the NBA? As we head into the series with the Suns, Nash vs. Fisher, it is an interesting question.


The short answer is: A lot less important than most people think. At least when it come to winning an NBA title. The PG position rose to prominence in the mind of most current basketball fans with the rise of the Showtime Lakers (oldsters will remember Bob Cousy). Magic Johnson redefined the position. But Magic was also the most unique player in NBA history, not at all representative of the PG position. We can’t really look at Magic was a normal PG:

1) He was 6’9” tall (most PGs are the shortest guy on the floor)
2) He played center in the deciding game of an NBA finals
3) He closed out his career as a power forward
4) He usually played forward on defense, even in his prime (Worthy guarded SGs and Scott PGs)


The truly great PGs of the last decade or so, the guys who were the best players on their team – Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Deron Williams, whoever else you may add – added together these guys have won exactly ZERO NBA championships. This year the teams with the best records in the East and West were Cleveland and LA. They had Mo Williams and Derek Fisher at the point. Hardly top 5, top 10, maybe not even top 20 guys in the league.


The last team who had a point guard as their BEST player that won an NBA title was the Detroit Pistons in 88/89 and 89/90 (Isaiah Thomas). They may be the only team outside the Showtime Lakers to be led to a title by a world-class PG (who also had Kareem by the way. Magic never won after Kareem retired).


What other teams that had a point a guard as their best player ever won an NBA title? It gets hard. There are some maybes. Maybe Dennis Johnson on Seattle in 78/79 (though Gus Williams and Jack Sikma are up there). Chauncey Billups MAY have been the best guy on the 03/04 Pistons. But not by much if he was. Walt Frazier was as good as anybody on the old Knicks, but those were such balanced teams, it’s hard to single one guy out. And Willis Reed was the leader. That’s it, as I see it, no other clear cases of a PG leading his team to title. Isaiah. Magic. The other champs were led mostly by SGs, PFs and Cs.


The Lakers in 72/73 just did without a PG, starting two shooting guards, West and Goodrich. They won 33 straight games while eschewing the PG altogether. Look at who the leaders were on recent champs. Kobe/Gasol. Garnett/Pierce/Allen. Duncan/Ginobili/Parker (finally a PG, but Duncan was The Man). Shaq/Wade. Shaq/Kobe. Duncan/Robinson. Jordan/Pippen. Olajawon. Great teams are not led by great PGs.


If your goal is an NBA title, a top tier PG is poor investment. Every team, even the Lakers, has some limit to their budget. Teams that spend their money on a top tier PG don’t seem to be able to win. Why? Because the SG and the bigs are simply more important and you should save your money for those positions. Look at the Lakers. They spend their money on the SG/PF/C. They have a lot of skilled length. Their trip will through the West will feature 3 top tier PGs who the Lakers really don’t have an answer for. Westbrook. Williams. Nash. Yet, two of those PGs have already fallen and most people expect the Suns to fall too.


This is not a knock on these guys. It is just an observation. With Lakers fans wailing about our disadvantage at PG, I started to wonder why, with this huge disadvantage, the Lakers keep winning with Fisher year after year. Why the Bulls won with Paxson. Why Kidd and Nash have come up empty (so far). The answer seems to be that you can’t spend too much of your budget on the smallest guy on the floor. Magic is an exception because he was the size of a PF, he WASN’T the smallest guy on the floor. Nixon or Scott was. Isaiah is the only small, quick, prototype PG to really be clearly the best guy on his team and win a title.


If you have the cash, Jordan, or Olajawon or Shaq or Kobe or Garnet or LeBron is a better way to spend it than Nash. Because there are more talented guys who are 6’1” to 6’5” tall than there talented guys who are 6’6” to 7’2” tall. You want to spend your dollars on the rarer commodity. Because height actually matters in basketball. It is that simple.

DAG! HOW IN THE HELL ARE WE GONNA FILL 6 DAYS?


Posted by: mamba24 | May 11, 2010 at 10:33 AM


Lots of stuff like this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htVdg1VzBKw


And


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5V-2PPa4fQ


Wes

Granted, LA is #1 in silicone breasts. However, thanks to Scalabrine, Big Baby, and Rasheed...We definitely lead the league in "Man Boobs"!Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 11, 2010 at 10:43 AM
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Red listen to me, now i want you to stop being wishy washy and win these next two games and take Princess Jimmy out. I know you're not worried about Orlando. I'd say Celtics in 6 over Orlando then we can get to that main Lakers vs. Celtics event. Can you do that for us Red. Tell Paul to stop letting Rondo show him up. Don't the boy have any pride! Tell KG. we need more FIRE! See you in the Finals Red
Mamba24

@WES JOE! THANK YOU BROTHER!

congratulations, hyacinth. when considering baby names, please take a moment to appreciate the combination of subtle smooth phonics and daring eclecticism and imagination that the name 'phred' would provide.

FCM- i am seeing a pattern in your articles. where most writers have gone with 'the lakers pretty much flat out beat the jazz like a rented red headed step mule (unless i am mixing my similes), you are sticking with 'briefly in the third quarter the lakers showed too much lack of urgency, which made everybody panic.' I think you are showing signs of catering to a specific audience here, namely all the people who only posted comments in the third quarter when our lead dropped to [aghast] five! for about three seconds!

ricky- ok, we get it. you like pau. give it a rest already.

Well my LA friends, it seems that LA will finally have itself a true postseason opponent. About time!

No one saw the SUNS getting this far, while the lakers have been getting the easy ride to the WCF. Naturally the lakers will be heavily favored but I expect a hard fought series with a few surprises.

How do I see LA's weaknesses? Well, I'd say that 3-point shooting is not LA's strong suit, nor is up-tempo transition D. The LA bench is suspect with only Brown being a trusted guy in PJ's 2nd unit. The SUNS are the best 3-pt shooting team in NBA history, and they prefer up-tempo. The SUNS' bench is playing well and despite missing its starting center, PHX has been out-rebounding teams consistently for the last few months.

Of course, LA has size, experience and coaching.

But PHX has NASH. It's a toss up!

Butler! Your team made it! Congrats brother! I'm just sorry that you won't get to see much of them as this will be over in four. But I'm glad that your team is back. It's good to have rivalries. Tell Nash to heal that eye, we don't want any excuses sir!
Mamba24

Are we having a nickname contest for our new Laker baby? Hyacinth, what do you think?


I say "Sweepie" because we just swept the Jazz. Or maybe "Fishies" because Fisher hit another big shot...


Hmmm. I'm not good at baby names...


Wes

repost for hyacint:

Congratulation to my fellow Lady (Laker Lover and Muse fan!!!) hyacinth for the awesome pregnancy!!!!

I admire anyone who decides to embark in the most beautiful yet most difficult of all human tasks: parenthood.

Congratulations and lotta, lotta lotta love!!!!

Of course put me in the apt bandwagon Mamba ;)

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Now back to the real topic:

One weel to heal!!!!
One week to heal!!!!

I'm delighted.

It's SO important for us to get back some health, cos we are nowhere near the supposed peak.

Lucky for us, we met Utah wich was the easiest of all possible face-ups during the western conference rush to the Final (not an ugly team, they're talented, but simply a kind of team that had never the weapons to oppose to the way our Lakers are built, therefore squashed like a mosquito on a wall...).

I don't fear the Suns, although I do respect them (and yes, I like Nash's skills, less than Ginobili's, but still I like his class... I don't like the person, but I like the player... I said it).

Suns as well have NOT the right weapons to oppose to us, although they have more expertise than the Jazz so it's easy to predict at least a 5/6 game series (I say 5).

Suns will benefit from huge rest as well, and being them old, they will increase their stamina, just not enough to face us.

Can't wait to heal the pain out of 2006-07.

I can't wait.

I just want all to heal, Drew and Lamar to focus on (Pau and Kobe were not the only reason we won last year... Lamar's contribution was BASILAR to our win, actually, so we better discover what is that blocks him because without him we are way less impacting against more quality fullfilled teams).

To GasolLover ricky... dear, I come from Europe: I know what Europeans think of Lakers and NO, they don't put Pau on top of the team and NO, they don't put him above everyone else in NBA.

They love him (as I do) and praise him. Sure.

But you're way over the top assuming what you are thinking of Pau is what all Europe thinks of Pau.

Maybe Catalunia is not the whole Europe?

I've been following NBA chronicles in Italy, France, England and Germany- and nowhere they stated Pau is better than Kobe, nor the top of NBA.
They always say he's a first class player with excellent skills and a man who would be first choice in all teams excluded Lakers, Cavs (there I am not convinced), Heat and Magic.
They put him pretty on top.
But there are people ahead of him and he has a lot yet that he can show us.

He can get even better.

Which is not bad.

I am curious to hear the Catalunia way to look at NBA, and I will soon: I'll be in Barcelona from 21st to 27th of May, so I will experience the Pau Praise at its best (I'm not against it... I love Pau, he's my second fav Lakers ;)).

Anyway ricky, at least I can tell you that I agree with you about Pau being better than Shaq: Shaq never really was my type of player, and I never had him completely not even when he was a Laker (see my idea in chat this past night)... but that idea is never gonna appeal the majority of Americans, because in a Country that loves the american football as they do, brutal players will always gain admire, regardless of more complete packages such as Pau... deal with it, and just put stuff in perspective.
It's a different way to look at the game.
Like digging more chocolate over cream when you decide the taste of a cake.
Some things belong to personal taste.

But I have to say your "kinda groupie" (no offence there, it's said affectionately) mood towards Pau amuses me, in a nice way.

Just don't make your personal area view as "the Europe" view.

Doesn't help making your statement more believable.

;)

Okay.

Dunno about you, my fellow bloggers, but I would love to see a decent refereing to Crabs and Celtics today.
And therefore I would love Celtics step up 3-2... and then 4-2. Soon.

Will STERNer allow fair play?

I doubt it.

But I can still hope, can't I?

BTW, Magic this year look way improved, more united as a team, more aware and less hectic.

I said it at the start of the season that talent-wise, they are the only team in NBA who can catch up with us.
And last year they got schooled, but this year they have improved also thanx to that beat up.

It's not gonna be easy to face them.

But surely it would be the best homage to beautiful basketball to grace the Finals.

Let's work on it, Lakers.

Rest.
Focus.
Make Suns setting down.
And then... make us proud again.

I always believed.
I always believe.
I will always believe.

;)

Butler, Butler, Butler! Yes Phoenix has Nash. But is it even necessary to say that the Lakers have Kobe Bryant?
Mamba24

phred - come on man. i just highlighted how the lakers dominated and the jazz wouldn't give up. part of that included the comeback

MM

wesjoe- wiggum: 'it's a ghost car! they have ghost cars all over these roads! hold me'

homer: 'only if you hold me'

second link: uh ...huh.

Again, thanks everyone for the baby congratulations! I am honored to have a new baby bandwagon! i feel special. I am having a boy so i know he's going to be a Laker fan! Thank you Mamba24 for making my day today! Even though i don't post much, i still lurk and read the blog every single day! Thank you Fearless, Zaira, Edwin, Phred, Rick etc I can't wait for the Suns to get smashed! Go Lakers!

To LongTimeLakerFAn,

O.K., friend, i respect you a lot. You have demostrate that you can and KNOW read this blog and specially, my post.

I always believed. I always believe. I will always believe.
Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | May 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM
*You always believed and that's why you are...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!
MAMBA24

*CONGRATS. ON THE EXPECTED NEW BABY HYACINTH – BANDWAGON
Hi folks! I've been MIA due to pregnancy but still lurk here but do not posts much since there are trolls that annoyed the crap out of me. I'm actually still pregnant but will be due soon hopefully before the finals hehehhe granted the Lakers get there.
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(01) MARK MEDINA – OWNER - hyacinth - congrats on your newborn and i just wanted to express my gratitude on you commenting and contributing to the conversation. I also wanted to personally introduce myself, Mark Medina. I've been running the blog since Jan. and I'm always open to feedback.
(02) GANAPIA – DRIVER - Make sure you have a good TV in the hospital as your baby doesn't want to miss the finals!!
(03) RICKY – RIDING SHOTGUN - Congrats Hyacinth
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(05) MAMBA24 – Hyacinth I understand how the Trolls can make blogging some times a lill distasteful But we need your voice. So when the Blessed event comes and the newest Laker fan arrives, when you are up to it Come on back.
(06) FEARLESS - Oh, please do throw me onto the Hyacinth bandwagon without any further ado. Hers is a voice that we absolutely need here, when the bun is ready, of course.
(07) EDWIN GUECO - Declared my vacation last night but came back just to greet Hyacinth forthcoming baby Laker fan. Cheers and God speed. Once you get into labor, don't hate your husband, just yell on the top of your lungs - GO LAKERS...more repeat are coming. lol!
(08)RICK FRIEDMAN - Congrats Hyacinth!
(09)PHRED - congratulations, hyacinth. when considering baby names, please take a moment to appreciate the combination of subtle smooth phonics and daring eclecticism and imagination that the name 'phred' would provide
(10) ZAIRA AMATERASU - Congratulation to my fellow Lady (Laker Lover and Muse fan!!!) hyacinth for the awesome pregnancy!!!! I admire anyone who decides to embark in the most beautiful yet most difficult of all human tasks: parenthood.Congratulations and lotta, lotta lotta love!!!!Of course put me in the apt bandwagon.
(11) WESJOENIXON - Are we having a nickname contest for our new Laker baby? Hyacinth, what do you think
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wesjoe- oh yeah? ttp://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=51806&GSub=6648 Posted by: phred | May 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM
ROFLMFAO!!!

FCM- i stand by my out of context, ad hoc, snarky jibes.

zaira- of course, you do tend to mean something else entirely by 'week to heal'

generally, this would be a good way to spend an off week, or even an on week, but lets hope the guys can save up a little energy.

Hyacinth,


The guy who cut my hair out here has kids named Happpy and Cinnamon. Very cool. What's your boy's name? Have you thought about middle names? Something cool to think about. My mom let my brother and I choose our own names when we turned 5 years old. I became Wes "Joe" Nixon and my brother Adam took on the family name Wayne...


Wes

phred - lol just know it won't get reader comment of the day

MM

FCM- darn.

mamba24 - thanks! Yes, the SUNS eviscerated the hated spurs at last. That made the season a success already, especially since so many predicted that even reaching the playoffs would be a stretch.

But are we as SUNS fans satisfied? Not yet.

FCM- how about 'the Lakers beat the Jazz like red headed rented step mules?' at least? i thought that was pretty good.

Kobe or LeBron - Who Do You Want In The Clutch?

http://whosright.com/challenge/kobe-or-lebron-who-do-you-want-in-the-clutch

LOl phred ;) Yeah, I know that when I mention *healing* some of you MAY think laterally (wonder why... LMAO... ;))...
But this time... at least THIS time I was more into the "traditional approach to healing", and not my personal look at it ;)

ahhaha ;)

Though I am sure some of my creative tips there could be happily taken by all of our guys and practiced along their significant others ;)

A satisfied and happy athlet is a better athlet.

I strongly trust that too ;)

Larry, dear... you're always a gentle soul to me :) Hugs (I painfully failed at my poetry thoughtfullness yesterday. Might be the rain... I couldn't come up with anything worthy of your attention... :( sorry. And today I got beated so badly in the first tennis game of the spring season - that substitutes snowboard as physical activity when winterly season ends - that I am not in the mood to think about poetry either today... will you forgive me? Hugs :))

But are we as SUNS fans satisfied? Not yet.
Posted by: BUTLER | May 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM
Nor are you suppose to be! I'm happy for you Butler.
It's just sad that it will all end after 4 games. You need a
few more pieces to compete with the Lakers but you have a nice nucleus.
Mamba24

To Zaira,

I tell you the same that LongTimeLakerFAn in my last post. I like it speak with intelligent people.

GOOOO LAKE SHOW!!! rest up and enjoy your days off...

Extremely pleased.

1 request I have: maybe next year we can flip the switch BEFORE the 5th game of the playoffs??

Seriously folks - Nash is the most over rated player of the last decade. Sure, they're hot and we've seen what hot can do (99 Spurs, 01 Lakers, 08 Celtics) but seriously compare these Funs with those teams.... oh yeah, that's right, no comparison.

Put it to you this way, Kobe along with Smush, Luke, Kwame, and Brian Cook took a more potent Suns within seconds of a first round elimination.

Now we're back - and this time we brought the posse' along.

6 tops, but more likely 5 (I'll spot em one)

Kobe is back - and that means Uh Oh for the rest of the league.

Being the hottest team in the west over the last few months means diddly when the best player was hurt and other guys were nursing injuries - now that we're at full power, there's only one outcome: Suns get crushed.

Larry, dear... you're always a gentle soul to me :) Hugs (I painfully failed at my poetry thoughtfullness yesterday. Might be the rain... I couldn't come up with anything worthy of your attention... :( sorry. And today I got beated so badly in the first tennis game of the spring season - that substitutes snowboard as physical activity when winterly season ends - that I am not in the mood to think about poetry either today... will you forgive me? Hugs :))Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | May 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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What cad would dare beat the LakersBlog Goddess in Tennis? Zaira, just like the Lakers rest, relax and then go back and get that Revenge. You have all week to think up a poem so no biggie. By the way being a Goddess means never having to say you're Sorry:-)
Mamba24


Mamba24,

We are under orders from Stern to draw this Celtic-Cavalier series out for maximum effect. That`s why Paul has been so quiet thus far. His hands are tied.

However, starting tonight...look for the Captain to "bust" loose!

What exactly do we have to do to get a T{roll} call around here?!?

Extremely pleased. 1 request I have: maybe next year we can flip the switch BEFORE the 5th game of the playoffs??Seriously folks - Nash is the most over rated player of the last decade. Sure, they're hot and we've seen what hot can do (99 Spurs, 01 Lakers, 08 Celtics) but seriously compare these Funs with those teams.... oh yeah, that's right, no comparison.Being the hottest team in the west over the last few months means diddly when the best player was hurt and other guys were nursing injuries - now that we're at full power, there's only one outcome: Suns get crushed.
Posted by: Tim-4-Show | May 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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TIM-4-SHOW, all I can say brother is ...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

Dear Butler,
What happened to you?. You don't "sound" like you. You sound grown up. You are polite and articulate. You recognize our talent and our advantages. You don't post all the time. Even you are coherent. And, most of all, you write quite well without any gramatical deficiencies. Who are you?

Ricky sounds a lot like the original Butler. Providing that he accepted his deep love (and obsession) for the Los Angeles Lakers. Being the real you, he is twisted as a fan, and blinded by his delusions (but now he is partially right). Maybe he is the original you. but then, who are you?

You are not funny anymore. You don't love the Funs like the real you. You are not you anymore. Reveal yourself!! tell me your real name!!! the power of Gnash commands you!!

Are you taking pills? stop taking them, at least for this series to be more entertaining, because i don't think your team will provide much resistance to us.

Mamba24,We are under orders from Stern to draw this Celtic-Cavalier series out for maximum effect. That`s why Paul has been so quiet thus far. His hands are tied. However, starting tonight...look for the Captain to "bust" loose! hat exactly do we have to do to get a T{roll} call around here?!?
Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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That Durn Stern. Hey Red you might not believe this but I'm going to be in front of the TV tonight saying UNLEASH THE CAPTAIN! Lol! If Celts. win tonight the series is over!
Tell "Big Baby don't let Princess Jimmy get in the paint. See you in the Finals Red!
Mamba24

Red I'll tell you what if we meet in the Finals I guarantee I'll give you a Troll Call. Lol!
Mamba24

You are not funny anymore. You don't love the Funs like the real you. You are not you anymore. Reveal yourself!! tell me your real name!!! the power of Gnash commands you!!Are you taking pills? stop taking them, at least for this series to be more entertaining, because i don't think your team will provide much resistance to us. Posted by: MrNano | May 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM
OOOOH WEEEEEEE!!! EVEN MR. NANO HAS HIS GAME FACE ON! I CAN'T WAIT! GO MR. NANO, GO!


MrNano???? That name sounds like a catalanish name. Well, i am Ricky, the punisher of Gasol´s blamers. I dont Know who is Butler.

MrNano - You want some ID? Well, the taste is still sweet from '06-'07, but times as well as people change. But not that much! I can't wait for this series to get started..

Look, Coby is an arrogant fellow who rides the coattails of bigs such as Shaq and gasol. Phil Jackson has had his clock cleaned by Nash twice now, same as Odum, Coby, and bynumb too. Nash is simply better than Phil Jackson, period.

He he, how's that?

GO SUNS!

Preach Butler Preach! Lol!

What do you guys think of the nickname "Dragic Johnson"? It's a bit of a slight to Goran, but it will motivate him to work harder I think to escape the reference to earvin.

Ricky,
Nothing against you. Is good to have a Pau lover in the blog, just to bring balance to the Bynum lovers. But your style sounds a lot like the old butler.

What do you guys think of the nickname "Dragic Johnson"? It's a bit of a slight to Goran, but it will motivate him to work harder I think to escape the reference to earvin.
Posted by: BUTLER | May 11, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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There you go! Now that game face is comming on! Go Butler!

Nothing against you. Is good to have a Pau lover in the blog, just to bring balance to the Bynum lovers. But your style sounds a lot like the old butler.Posted by: MrNano | May 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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TRUE DAT! MR. NANO!
MAMAB24

I feel bad for Boozer. He seems like a nice guy but things weren't just working out for him. I wish him the best.

I'm not much of a writting guy, specially when using this language but I do love reading. (And I'm such a basketball lover)

As so, I've been reading these LA Times blogs for a very long time and many, many basketball forums as Lakersground and others NBA related without ever posting even once.

I'm just here to support and express my admiration to ZairaAmaterasu. Every single time She writes sunshine's all over my little computer room here in Spain.

You should have your own blog somewhere. I'm pretty sure You might suceed if anytime You're doing it.

Go Lakers!

hey guys we got a new post up

MM

Butler, that was better.
XD
But i'm still not convinced.
What happened to Gnash? he now looks like Jim Caviezel in "The passion". But his "sacrifice" will be worthless. He can't resurrect a team that is already saced to death!!

How cute was that? Awwwww (see me peacocking tails of my ego now... LOL):

"I'm just here to support and express my admiration to ZairaAmaterasu. Every single time She writes sunshine's all over my little computer room here in Spain.

You should have your own blog somewhere. I'm pretty sure You might suceed if anytime You're doing it.

Go Lakers!

Posted by: Alvaro Menéndez Sánchez | May 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM "

Awwww :)

Thanx ;)

I do have a blog, but it's a random thing: I prefer to write here, because here is full of Lakers fans that enlarge my view so much more... talking to myself wouldn't be a millionth part as funny.

But I got to thank your cuteness. As I said, it was just adorable to read it. THANK YOU. :)

Ricky... I enjoy to have here more Europe flavour... And any Pau lover is abuddy to me ;) You will enjoy being here... and it will also enlarge your NBA acknowledge, just like it enlarged mine ;)
Keep having fun along us :)

Larry, dear... the criminal responsible of my squashing is the adversaries I stand to get beated up from THE LESS.
My boyfriend.
*sigh*.
I always hate to lose, but especially to him.

;)

He mocks me after... sigh ;)

But then... well... there's always my special healing ;)

LOL;)

I am a spaniard. English is not my first language and as you can see, i have gramaticals deficiencies. But finally, i suspect this blog is full of spaniards bloggers with stranges nicknames.

i meant "scared"

MrNano,

Nash is as tough as they come...do you think gasol would play after getting opened up like that? Odum? Nah! Nash is better than ever and three years ago he was already better than Coby.

SUNS have been the best Western team since the All Star break. They are the best team out of all to challenge LA so I'm happy it worked out this way. Though I would have enjoyed seeing DAL play LA in a previous round. Utah is less of a team than Memphis at this point.

Butler, that was better. XD
But i'm still not convinced.
What happened to Gnash? he now looks like Jim Caviezel in "The passion". But his "sacrifice" will be worthless. He can't resurrect a team that is already saced to death!!
Posted by: MrNano | May 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Preach Mr. Nano Preach!!!

Larry, dear... the criminal responsible of my squashing is the adversaries I stand to get beated up from THE LESS.
My boyfriend. *sigh*. I always hate to lose, but especially to him. ;) e mocks me after... sigh ;) But then... well... there's always my special healing ;) LOL;)Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | May 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM
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Yes and then there's the healing! I think you have said it all Zaira! Lol!
Mamba24

;) My special take at healing is a panacea ;) ain't it Larry? ;)

Have a sweet rest of the day fam ;)

>>>Chamberlain: Best Center ever, but a losser

Ignorant.

>>>Russell: Great Center, a winner but poor skills

More ignorant. Shows a complete lack of knowledge of anything having to do with Basketball or Bill Russell.

>>>Gasol: Great player "all in one", great BB IQ, super skilled, and a winner

Delusional as well.

>>>Naturally the lakers will be heavily favored but I expect a hard fought series
>>>with a few surprises.

Well, John Hollinger's picking the Suns.

Butler,

>>>Look, Coby is an arrogant fellow who rides the coattails of bigs such as Shaq
>>>and gasol. Phil Jackson has had his clock cleaned by Nash twice now,

And Nash had how many rings playing with Shaq. AND Amare. AND Grant Hill. AND several other quality players?

And let me also point this out. Shaq got 3 rings with Kobe as a teammate. He barely scrounged one up with Wade as a teammate (coming back from a 0-2 deficit). He got 0 with Nash, 0 with Penny, and now he's gonna get 0 with LeBron.

So Kobe ain't ridin' nobody's coattails. Kobe was the only teammate Shaq ever had who pushed him for who was the best player on the team. That forced Shaq to raise the level of his game or to be thought of as Robin.

When Pau gets his 3-peat with Pau, it'll be clear what the Shaq-Kobe relationship meant.

I had forgotten about Hollinger's power rankings. So I went back to take a look.

In his final power rankings of the season, Hollinger's magic software ranked the Lakers 10th in the league...

Behind the Thunder, the Nuggets, Portland, Atlanta, Utah, Phoenix, and San Antonio, among others.

Boston's the only team left in the playoffs that Hollinger had ranked lower than the Lakers.

I'd find it totally amusing if Boston and the Lakers played in the finals... Hollinger's 10th and 12th best teams.

Amaida, you're right Pau is not the best player at NBA, but remember that he was the first not US player that won the "Rookie Of The Year" award.

That should say something to you all.

Also, were where lakers without Pau? I remember Kobe wanted to go out LAL until Pau came out...and Kobe won the MVP because the help of Pau, he knows that.

I understand that US citizens love US players, and usually hate european players, but Pau is one of the greastest of all times and you know that.

Hope to see him again in FC Barcelona to win the Euroleague he could not win 10 years ago.

Pau we appreciate you in Catalunya, you know that, and i'm following you from your beginings when you started with Juanca and you were a child.

LongTimeLakerFan, that's true, he is an ignorant if he says that about two of the greatests players of all times, Wilt Chamberlain & Bill Rusell.

But as you can see he is a fan of Pau and says the same things a lot of times i have to read from Kobe fans.

I say Magic Jhonson better than Jordan or any one else because i'm Magic fan, and for my perception will always be like that and don't care waht anyone else says...

And to finish, i can say i watched the real Dream Team (at Badalona drome), and i'm not US citizen, but did you see them together?

Magic, Jordan, Bird, Pippen, Ewing, Malone, Barkley, Stockton, Drexler and some more...

It's all about Basketball not nationalities...

Visca Catalunya y Visca el Barça.

"What happened to Gnash? he now looks like Jim Caviezel in "The passion". But his "sacrifice" will be worthless. He can't resurrect a team that is already saced to death!!

Posted by: MrNano | May 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM"

I always thought that Jim Caviezel looked like John Stockton, saw him first in that baseball move...and he's in one of my favorite movies "Deja Vu", with Denzel, the movie is a mind-blower!!!!


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