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Dissecting Ron Artest's improved shooting in Lakers' Game 3 111-110 victory over Utah

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Lakers forward Ron Artest arrived at EnergySolutions Arena 2 1/2 hours before Saturday's Game 3 against Utah, apparently figuring that some extra shooting would get him out of his shooting funk.

Even though he had maintained all season that he never worried about his low shooting numbers, or even his shot selection, the topic irked him enough to lament about the topic via Twitter because Coach Phil Jackson had publicly criticized his shot selection, particularly with his seven of 42 (16.7%) clip from three-point range in the first eight playoff games.

The scenario played out much differently in the Lakers' 111-110 Game 3 victory over the Utah Jazz, with Artest scoring 20 points on seven of 13 shooting, including four of seven from downtown. It's plausible Artest drew motivation from Jackson's comments and the subsequent coverage regarding his tweets, an episode Artest and Jackson have since resolved. But that explanation is too cliche and doesn't give enough credit to Artest for making a difference in the game.

The breakdown below reveals that Artest's improved shooting has more to do with his increased aggressiveness and confidence as well as good team ball movement and penetration, all of which enabled him to make quality shots.

Second quarter, 10:55 - 10:52

With Fisher manning the point at the top of the key, Artest flashed from the right block to the near-side perimeter. Utah forward Paul Millsap gave Artest the space, and Artest made him pay with a three-pointer that cut the Jazz's lead to 27-21.

Third quarter, 5:53 - 5:48

Artest received a pass from Fisher on the near-side perimeter. Millsap gave Artest the space again, and he knocked down the trey to tie the game up at 67-67.

Third quarter, 4:53 - 4:46

Kobe Bryant set himself up on the far post and looked for an opening in the lane and along the baseline. Utah forward C.J. Miles played him squared up as Bryant worked his way in the post. As soon as Jazz guard Wesley Matthews doubled up on Bryant, he kicked the ball out to Artest at the top of the key. Though Utah guard Deron Williams tried contesting the shot, Artest hit a dagger three, giving the Lakers a 70-69 lead.

Third quarter, 1:02 - :58

After Artest inbounded the ball to Gasol, he got the ball right back on the near-side perimeter. Gasol set a screen on Matthews, creating enough separation for Artest to nail his third consecutive three-pointer. The shot gave the Lakers a lead of 80-78.

Fourth quarter, 11:52 - 11:44

After Lakers forward Lamar Odom received an entry pass from Jordan Farmar at the left block, Artest curled off a Bryant screen set on Kyle Korver. Artest received a pass from Odom at the top of the key. With Millsap guarding Artest up top, he dribbled to his left through the lane and bullied his way in for the left-handed layup. The basket gave the Lakers a lead of 84-80.

Fourth quarter, 9:46 - 9:37

After Odom fed Gasol an entry pass, he quickly drew a double team. Meanwhile, Artest penetrated the lane and received a dump pass from Gasol along the baseline. Artest dribbled out to corner behind the perimeter and hit his fourth three-pointer, closing the Jazz's lead to 88-87.

Fourth quarter, 8:41 - 8:29

Bryant drove the lane before getting double teamed by the free-throw line. He then passed the ball to Odom on the near-side perimeter. He took a quick one dribble past Korver, but quickly drew a double team from Millsap in the lane. Odom kicked the ball out to Artest in the corner, and Korver immediately marked him. Artest drove past Korver along the baseline and finished with a reverse layup. The basket gave the Lakers a 91-90 lead.

What this means

This isn't a matter of Artest shooting himself out of a slump. While it's good his poor shooting numbers haven't rattled his confidence, what mattered more was that Artest seemed more involved with the offense, an approach he had also taken in the Lakers' Game 5 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

When players go through shooting slumps, some talk about the shooter's mentality and how the only solution is to keep firing away until the shots knock down. That's partly true, but it's misleading. The better solution, which Artest followed, is to find ways to have a positive effect on the game. He had done that even through his shooting struggles with his tough defense. But he still fired shots at will even when they weren't in rhythm just because he was wide open.

This time, the Jazz left him open but his shots came in the context of the offense through ball movement or penetration. Hopefully for Artest, this leads to more impressive shooting performances. But if they don't, he can still remain effective offensively with good ball movement, spacing and penetration to ensure the balance the Lakers always desire.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest reacts after making a three-point shot against the Utah Jazz in Game 3 on Saturday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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LakerTom

I didn't see your comment on R Thompson at first. You were at Berkeley in the 60s? You are a radical!

Mark G
Yes. Hiatt. That one AND "Feels Like Rain".
And Buddy Guy covering it.

Last night's game is one that'll take it's place in the collection beside the Phoenix/double game winners by Kobe, Games 6 and 7 against Sac town, and game 7 against Portland that launched the dynasty. Maybe .04 counts as part of this group too.


If you watch the last 2 shots by Kobe and Fish, the funny thing is theat the audience doesn't even react to Kobe's 3 pointer. They all just assumed it was going in, and when it did, no one was a bit surprised. Very funny. Go to the 2:40 mark to see what I mean.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xTQ9OIunqw


Wes

Laker Tom

Glad you included Linda. Her lyrics are heartwrenching. If you haven't heard it, find "No Telling" on itunes. It's a killer.

LakerTom was not at Berkeley in the 60s. and not everyone who attended Berkely is radical. it is also FASHIONABLE to be in Berkeley. or the Republic of Berkeley as marked in RED on faux communist postcards.

Radicals don't hibernate in December while their ideas are not coming to fruition. they don't do the talk. they do the work. they r on barricades.

Wes

Saddest songs of all time? Have a link for that?

Was this on the list? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YofczBHnHrI

LakerTom,

you wrote: Hola, Hobbit. I would answer your question with my question: Why would you ever want to do what the other team wants you to do, what the other team has determined gives them the best opportunity to win? I prefer to impose our will on the other team, to play to our strength, to dictate rather than to react.
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In this case, Jerry Sloan made a decision that the Jazz’ best shot at winning was to turn the game into a jump shooting contest by doubling and tripling our bigs. And frankly, he was dead right and the Jazz almost won the game. We played right into Sloan’s hands and were extremely lucky to come away with the win. In fact, it took considerable heroics from unheralded Lakers to win the game.
~
And while I do agree with Kobe’s comments that the quality of 3-pointers we took in this game were much better than those taken in the previous two games, that still doesn’t mean that shooting that many 3’s was the smartest or best strategy. We have enough weapons that we do not need to live and die by the jumper, which is what we did last night. We will adjust and take back the paint next game.

my response:

1st. Hola.

2nd. Imposing your will is a "strength" maneuver. It is not necessarily an
"intelligent" maneuver. [ no, I'm not attacking you. ]

Oddly enough, isn't this what Kobe has been denigrated for? i.e. They
double-teamed him, yet he still shot and people questioned his shot selection.

Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards... Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.
- Sun Tzu

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.
- Sun Tzu

3rd. It seems to me that the idea of always dictating to the enemy smacks
of hubris. We're not giving them credit. They're a good basketball team.
They're well coached. Since no defense is perfect, why not exploit the
weakness that the defense gives you?

Thanks for answering my question.

Interesting exchange LT and hobbitmage.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz use the same approach again and dare the Lakers to beat them from outside.
Can the Lakers shoot 46% in 3's two consecutive games?
Especially on the road?
For the Jazz that seems like a risk worth taking.
I think the Lakers need to figure out a way to get more inside scoring or we have game 5 back in LA.

MARK G & USED TO CARE… Nice taste in music, guys. My first taste in music was heavily folk. While I don’t play anymore, I used to pick a lot and have owned many beautiful Martins and Guild guitars in my lifetime. I grew up on Dylan, Baez, Collins, Mitchell, and PP&M, migrated to the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Janis Joplin, Springsteen and the Stones, and currently am listening to a lot of Pearl Jam, James Morrison, Johnny Lang, and Tom Waits. Mrs. LakerTom is a jazz aficionado so I also listen to a lot of her music: from Coltrane, Miles, and Monk to Diana Krall. Celtics hanging on.
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TOM

OMG, Dallas Braden just threw a perfect game!

Oh yeah, there was also a basketball game on today but it wasn't nearly as interesting.

Celts about to tie up their series.
Parker got knocked down after a Rondo layup. Rondo offered to help him out but Candace refused.
Was the drama Queen faking another injury? What's his excuse now?

Wes

Yah-Hai-Chum-Tum-Lai!

I kind of prefer the electric version.

Try this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh2T7Q2LfHs

I'll try to find the article about the songs, but here's a powerful one. Ani Difranco singing Phil Ochs:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi5t2l0spGc&playnext_from=TL&videos=BkvR8-dg7Ew


Wes

OUCHHHHHHHH… “LakerTom was not at Berkeley in the 60s. and not everyone who attended Berkely is radical.” Well, excuse me, Mr. Ouch. If I wasn’t in such a good mood after watching the Cavs go down, I would think you just insulted and called me a liar. What is your problem anyway?
~
I most definitely DID attend UC Berkeley in the 60’s for your information – Fall of 1963 to be exact – but I was not a radical, just a lonely kid away from home for the first time and worried to death about losing his student deferment from the draft. Frankly, I didn’t like Berkeley then and don’t share any affection for its tree huggers of today, although I consider myself to be a liberal. And I could care less whether you believe me or not. Your supposedly humorous ridicule of everything speaks for itself.
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TOM

Usedtocare,


This isn't a sad song, it's just a very sweet song; my favorite Tom Waits song:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azD2Q5FudBE


Wes

OUCHHHHHHHH… “LakerTom was not at Berkeley in the 60s. and not everyone who attended Berkely is radical.” Well, excuse me, Mr. Ouch. If I wasn’t in such a good mood after watching the Cavs go down, I would think you just insulted and called me a liar. What is your problem anyway?
~
I most definitely DID attend UC Berkeley in the 60’s for your information – Fall of 1963 to be exact – but I was not a radical, just a lonely kid away from home for the first time and worried to death about losing his student deferment from the draft. Frankly, I didn’t like Berkeley then and don’t share any affection for its tree huggers of today, although I consider myself to be a liberal. And I could care less whether you believe me or not. Your supposedly humorous ridicule of everything speaks for itself.
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TOM

usedtocare

Very nice tracks. Waits is great, one of the best voices, I hadn't heard that track though. I liked the Roche clip also.

LakerTom,

If you like Jazz, this is my one of my favorite Jazz guitar players, the second clip features Tranes rhythm section:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HbyjEBxyzk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhglTZBKXmI

Art -FL Lakers Fan,

you wrote: I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz use the same approach again and dare the Lakers to beat them from outside.
Can the Lakers shoot 46% in 3's two consecutive games?
Especially on the road?
For the Jazz that seems like a risk worth taking.
I think the Lakers need to figure out a way to get more inside scoring or we have game 5 back in LA.

my response: Will we need to, if we shutdown Korver?

Can we win it all if we don't have outside shooting?

My recollection of last year is that we forced teams to make a decision.
Which ever decision they made we took the other route and won.

If we don't have outside shooting teams will continue to double-team our
bigs. Bynum is not 100% healthy and has shown the ability to disappear.
LO has been inconsistent for 5 years. It seems to me that we must have
both outside shooting and the inside presence.

I don't know if ball rotation/movement will make a difference if we don't
have outside shooting. I don't know if the "cutters" will make much of
a difference because we got slower & older with Artest.

I'm not against inside-outside bb by any means. Think about this though ...

If you knew that the Lakers couldn't shoot from the outside, doesn't your
game plan become:

1. double or triple team Kobe.
2. clog the middle
3. Deny the ball to Gasol/Bynum

Isn't the Triangle offense predicated upon ball movement, player movement
& spacing? What's the purpose of spacing if the outside shooters aren't
used or can't shoot?

Wes

Nobody else could do that in a minute and a half.
Nice.

Keeping that thread..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLcNmeXMk5U

Mark G

Django, yes.

How about... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agGJtoZwAqg

usedtocare, wesjoenixon

All good stuff, you guys are going to turn me into a folky.

As for Waits, my favorite is Martha:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Mse62NFl4

Jon K,

Don't know if anyone answered your question on a previous blog, so I thought I'd just post the answer to the most recent blog.

Derek Fisher is sixth on the list of all time playoff 3-pointers with 215. Ray Allen is 5th with 221 (if the Celtics don't go as far in the playoffs as the Lakers, Fish will likely pass Ray-Ray). Kobe is 4th with 229. Chauncey Billups is 3rd with 259. Robert Horry is 2nd with 261. And Reggie Miller is 1st, with 320.

usedtocare,

Yes def Marsalis and Bela Fleck, but the Gillian Welch clip blew me away. I don't really know Blue Grass, I assume it's Blue Grass. There was a movie a few years ago, Songcatcher, about an early musicologist going into Appalachia and recording "mountain music." I guess most/all of the tunes were authentic, great stuff.

MARK G… Martha is my second favorite Waits song. Here’s my favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX4apvTdvzE
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TOM

Hobbit,

You are right, but it is hard to for 5 guys to simultaneously triple team Kobe AND deny Gasol AND deny Bynum. It takes two guys (front and back) to really deny a guy with their size. Plus, even if you could do it, you would be leaving Fish and Artest so open that even THEY can score.


Game 3 showed that if you deny Gasol AND Bynum, Kobe goes off for 35 and Fish and Artest are open enough to score. You still have to pick a poison with TWO low post threats and Kobe Bryant, the best SG in the game.

I think Hobbit is right here. If the Jazz are going to sit in the Big's laps, the Lakers just have to make shots. I mean you have to at some point, right? I don't think the Jazz will double in the same way. They'll change it up a little, maybe double later, on the dribble, rather than just sagging in.

Mark G

You can call her bluegrass, but she seems to be from another time.

The stunner... she's from Pacific Palisades.

LakerTom,

That's a great one too, I think I have a different version though, with piano. Both are good.

Bela Fleck ???
I like him better when he used to team up with Matt Damon. LOL.
Gawd, enough of this folksy music talk please? You guys pretty much took up the whole page anyway.

- What a game! If the Lakers have any hopes of a championship, Ron and Fish HAVE TO continue hitting those open shots, especially in the finals. Teams are going to continue to pack in the paint.

- I read through some comments on the Jazz blog, and some of the Utah fans referred to Kobe as the "ninja". Every time he hit a big shot, they would say, "we just got ninja-ed". Every time Kyle Korver hit a big shot, they would say "what a korgasm, a korgasmic shot, etc.".

- Today's Cavs/Celtics game was the first game in the series where the officiating was somewhat even. I predict Stern, I mean the refs, will give the Cavs 20 more free than the Celtics in game 5.

- I wonder if any team is going to be dumb enough to sign Farmar this summer...

Hobbit Quoted "He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain."

Hobbit, In the world I currently work we have a saying: "Make a plan then have a backup plan because the first one is going to fail" You have to prepare for what the other guy comes up with WHILE trying to execute your objectives. We've seen some real lopsided games where teams failed to do just that.

JR

Jolly Rancher,

>>> "Make a plan then have a backup plan because the first one is going to fail" You have to prepare for what the other guy comes up with WHILE trying to execute your objectives. We've seen some real lopsided games where teams failed to do just that.

Too many games we've seen like that have been played by the Lakers. I think your dictum should be applied to Monday night's Game 4 in SLC. Jerry Sloan may have never won a playoff series against Phil Jackson, but he's a wily old coach who should never be underestimated.

Yes, the Lakers will win this series. But it's not a sweep till the night janitor breaks out his broom once the final score is posted.

Wuttup peeps!


GREAT game 3. I'm bummed though... First time I forget to set the DVR to record (so I can watch it again) and it turns out to be an instant classic. If anyone can get me a link - or knows when it will replay on TV - please let me know!


The Jazz gave us their best shot and still came up short. We may have had some luck on our side, but hey - you MAKE that luck by playing hard and never giving up. We deserved that steal!

I still say we sweep. All we need is a good run early, and the Jazz will fold. I don't see us getting "Kutcher'd" again either. Too much pressure, not enough belief in the minds of the Jazz - and the Lakers go to the WCF as we all knew they would.

I'm happy the weeners & crabs tied their series. Let them beat the crap out of each other a little bit longer. And I'm still not sure what all the fuss is about the Magic. Sure they're a good team, but they haven't had any adversity so far. It will be more interesting to see them in the ECF against a more solid opponent - not the D-leaguers they've seen so far.

I sure wish the Spurs would have put up a better fight to drag that series out a bit. I really didn't expect this.

Hobbit - you said side note2: Speaking of sticking their chest out ... justa, I'm still waiting. [ :) , yes that was a joke. :) ] My response: I've learned a lot about hobbits the past few weeks. Not only are they very bad (!!), and curious, but apparently very tenacious once they've set their minds to something. Still not gonna tell you hobbit - use your imagination! (And here I thought I'd get just one day's break from having to talk about my boobs....) LOL!

Yes, the Lakers will win this series. But it's not a sweep till the night janitor breaks out his broom once the final score is posted.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 09, 2010 at 06:05 PM
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For Utah, this is the "hardest" game to win. Down 0-3. Their players really need to re program their brains to believe they can win 4 in a row. That's how it breaks down. Psychologically, that's in their heads, winning 4 vs the Lakers will be a miracle.
I am watching the PHX/SAS game, so far it looks like the Suns is out playing the Spurs but it's still early in the contest. Manu, is not that effective so far, maybe he is the first one to realize the impossibility advancing in the playoffs?

Sad music - Miles, "Sketches of Spain". Somebody was mentioning Buddy Guy earlier? Gotta love "One Room Country Shack".

All I have to say is that we have a battle on our hands with PHX.

Nobody really talked about them because nobody expected them to catch fire like they did. I have heard people saying that the Lakers match up well against them. That is where I disagree.

Bynum is going to have to have a monster series, and with the 0 for 1 in 22 minute outing he laid on us in the last game, I'm not so sure if we can rely on him. Without Bynum, we do't match up well at all against them. L.O. will be X factor because Gasol often gets out-hustled by Lou Amundson.

Remember, the Suns are a team that is not afraid of the Lakers.
The Champs are far from the team that were disgraced a few years back when they let the Suns came back from being down 3-1, but neither are the Suns.

We are basically the same squad + Gasol, Fish, Artest and Brown.

They are basically the same squad + Hill, Richardson, Dragic, Amundson, Brooks, Fry, Collins and Dudley.

They are deeper than us and getting past them wll be no easy task. Should be fun to watch!

TNT announcers just said the Suns have the best record of any team in the West since January. I knew I wasn't crazy.

Here's an obscure sad song from some obscure band from England. Not!
Careful With That Axe, Eugene.

Art -FL Lakers Fan,
you wrote: I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz use the same approach again and dare the Lakers to beat them from outside.
Can the Lakers shoot 46% in 3's two consecutive games?
Especially on the road?
For the Jazz that seems like a risk worth taking.
I think the Lakers need to figure out a way to get more inside scoring or we have game 5 back in LA.

my response: Will we need to, if we shutdown Korver?
Posted by: hobbitmage | May 09, 2010 at 04:24 PM
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Well, can the Lakers shoot 13-29 3's again?
That is outstanding especially on the road.
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"Can we win it all if we don't have outside shooting?"
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Of course the outside shots will have to fall.
My point is how much of the Lakers game, in order to win, will need to consist of 3's?
My other point is simply, I expect the Jazz, and the Suns, to make the same choice that OKC tried.
I didn't mean to imply that what they are doing will work, only that this seems the best choice because the Lakers have been inconsistent from outside, especially the latter half of the year.
I have said for quite a while now if the Lakers continue to hit the outside shots they win. They will always have open looks because of Kobe and the bigs.
I agree with everything else you said, they must hit the outside shots.
When I said that the Lakers need to figure out a way to get the ball inside more in game 4 it was based on the premise that I don't think they will go 13-29 on 3's a second game in a row and that they will need more from the bigs.

I would enjoy hearing how you think we match up with the Cavs and if you agree that the Cavs match up a little better inside than anyone else we've played and the outside shots may not be as open as the Lakers are used to and if the Lakers can contain LBJ and that the only way we beat the Cavs is because we have only one thing they don't, Kobe.
Kind of a run on but you know what I mean.


How about The End by the Doors? sniff sniff....

Enough with the romantic, inspirational music!!!!!

leave Ron Ron aloooooone...

Celtics beat Cavs 97-87 to even the series at 2-2.

Rondo took 18 rebounds in his triple-double. How on earth does the shortest guy on the team out-rebound all the other starters? (The other 4 celtics starters have a total of 16)....

Posted by: Ruud Van Nistelrooy | May 09, 2010 at 06:52 PM
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thats an anomaly. It will not happen again. Not for a long time at least.

leave Ron Ron aloooooone...

Posted by: mud | May 09, 2010 at 06:54 PM
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3 pt shots are so underrated.
Most fans hate it when their player shoots 3's but they are scared when the other team player shoots 3 for the reason it's 3 pts for the other team.
If you are down 6 pts and have only 3 opportunities you only have to make 2 of three. Not shooting the 3, you need to make all 3 attempts to catch up. Very simple math.
Then again, inside/outside game is very important. Fisher have been doing that his whole career, so we know he can make those. Artest can make those also. I've seen him make outside shots consistently when he played for Sactown and Houston.

the suns - spurs series is very confusing: George Hill - Suns vs. Grant Hill - spurs

grant hill, george hill, and over the hill - that's Timmy

and the Heel of the Lakers? P&R defense. they better practice because soon will have

Hill - Grant
Heel - Achilles and Bynum
Heal - revenge for the 2006 and 2007 playoffs
or
Hell - if we don't solve all of the ABOVE

i am glad ron found his shot, i've been defending him quite a bit in the ariza trade, i feel he can guard people trevor was just too light to handle and i like the toughness he adds now LA isn't call soft as much as we used to.

i like the fact that ron drove the lane even when he did have a wide open 3 and took a lot of his shots in rhythm. if we can get all 5 players on fire at the same time there is not a team in the league that can stop LA.

The sun is setting on another pseudo-kingdom in the Lakers reign. Bye Spurs. Good run but its over. 4 titles is good, but second best and is fading from our memories. Detroit, Miami, Boston each won one and were done. Nash's Suns will soon join the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers, Rockets and the other also rans in the West. The Cavs and Magic will fade away like the NJ Nets, Pacers and Sixers.
9 more to get #16!!!!

r u all prepared? do U have your gas masks ready?

BUTLER sighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So the Suns swept the Spurs.

Here's a little bonus info for Ricky.

The last time the Suns swept a team in the playoffs, it was the Memphis team led by Pau Gasol.

And the last time San Antonio got swept, it was by the Lakers, led by Kobe.

Random:

Hey Charles Barkley!!! Kobe is "OLD" huh???

No wonder you never won any rings.

Kobe and the Lakers will make you eat more crows by June 2010.

Tom Daniels,

you wrote: You are right, but it is hard to for 5 guys to simultaneously triple team Kobe AND deny Gasol AND deny Bynum. It takes two guys (front and back) to really deny a guy with their size. Plus, even if you could do it, you would be leaving Fish and Artest so open that even THEY can score.


Game 3 showed that if you deny Gasol AND Bynum, Kobe goes off for 35 and Fish and Artest are open enough to score. You still have to pick a poison with TWO low post threats and Kobe Bryant, the best SG in the game.

my response: We're mostly in agreement. The only addition I would make is:

We *KNOW* that Bynum can be taken out of the game via fouls. &&
we *KNOW* that if Pau isn't playing aggressively he can be moved off his
spots.

My earlier comment(s) were about do we take what they give us or do we
force the issue. LakerTom had indicated "imposing our will" which I
likened to "force the issue".

Jolly Rancher,

you wrote: Hobbit, In the world I currently work we have a saying: "Make a plan then have a backup plan because the first one is going to fail" You have to prepare for what the other guy comes up with WHILE trying to execute your objectives. We've seen some real lopsided games where teams failed to do just that.

my response: I don't disagree with what you've said at all. My initial
comment was about "imposing our will". I can remember hearing Kobe say,
"I just took what they gave me" in relation to how he approached the game.
Given Kobe & the winning percentage, it seems to be working.

Justa,

you wrote: I've learned a lot about hobbits the past few weeks. Not only are they very bad (!!), and curious, but apparently very tenacious once they've set their minds to something. Still not gonna tell you hobbit - use your imagination! (And here I thought I'd get just one day's break from having to talk about my boobs....) LOL!

my response: Glad I made you laugh! [GRIN]

Art -FL Lakers Fan,

you wrote: Of course the outside shots will have to fall.
My point is how much of the Lakers game, in order to win, will need to consist of 3's?
My other point is simply, I expect the Jazz, and the Suns, to make the same choice that OKC tried.
I didn't mean to imply that what they are doing will work, only that this seems the best choice because the Lakers have been inconsistent from outside, especially the latter half of the year.
I have said for quite a while now if the Lakers continue to hit the outside shots they win. They will always have open looks because of Kobe and the bigs.
I agree with everything else you said, they must hit the outside shots.
When I said that the Lakers need to figure out a way to get the ball inside more in game 4 it was based on the premise that I don't think they will go 13-29 on 3's a second game in a row and that they will need more from the bigs.

my response: I think that we have to hit our 3's. More generally, we have to
have outside shooting, be it 3's or long 2's. While we did hit a lot of 3's, so
did they.

The reality is that we have been inconsistent on the inside and on the outside.
All season long. We have been more consistent on the inside.

So ... I'm not saying that we're going to continue to shoot the lights out. That
is actually one of my biggest fears, because it looks like Orlando is going to
the finals.

you also wrote this: I would enjoy hearing how you think we match up with the Cavs and if you agree that the Cavs match up a little better inside than anyone else we've played and the outside shots may not be as open as the Lakers are used to and if the Lakers can contain LBJ and that the only way we beat the Cavs is because we have only one thing they don't, Kobe.

my response: As of this point, Pau & Bynum have not shown that they can
play against Big Z & Shaq. They have not shown that they have the mental
toughness. Pau is too skinny ( sorry Ricky ) to play against Shaq. Bynum
is not 100%.

I'm actually not worried about LBJ, because we have Artest & Kobe. I'm not
worried about anyone else. However, our philosophy has been pound it
inside because we're bigger than everyone else and we're not bigger than
the Cavs on the inside.

In the end, it's all about Kobe. It's always been about Kobe. [ snagging
the line from Blade 3 & using it for my own purpses. bwa ha ha ha ]

If Kobe is close to 100%, we should win. He's the best/toughest in the game.

This is likely to be an unpopular thing to say, but the Lakers now have their hands full. With the Suns sweeping the Spurs, it is now up to the Lakers to close out the Jazz on Monday night. If LAL-UT goes to a Game 5, the Suns gain the advantage of extra time off. With all the Lakers' injuries, rest is more important than any rust from a week-long layoff.

The Jazz will not go quietly. Their record at home speaks for itself. The Lakers must once again take to the floor with determination. Another quiet game from Bynum and Odom will not get it done. Sunday afternoon on ABC7's post-game show, commentator and All-Star Lisa Leslie called out Khloe to do EVERYTHING humanly possible to assure that Lamar comes out happy and ready to play on Monday. Because this is a family blog, I won't go into details. Closing out Game 4 is a must, and it won't be easy.

A Western Conference Finals series against Phoenix will also not be a walk in the park. In the March 12 game at US Airways Center, Phoenix held Kobe to 16 shots, with the Suns switching effectively between zone and man to man. Stoudemire and Hill each scored 29 points.

I agree with Warren, above, that Bynum will have to show up for every game and unleash his inner beast. Fish always plays with pride against Nash, but that's a matchup I have to call, Advantage: Phoenix. I also have to call bench play, Advantage: Phoenix; their bench scored 41 points on Sunday night against the Spurs.

The Suns had a bone to pick with the Spurs, for all the playoff series they lost over the years. They have a bone to pick with the Lakers as well. And as also noted above, the Suns will go into the WC Finals with the best record in the conference since January 1.

As much as the series with the Thunder and Jazz have forced the Lakers to sharpen their play, the team is not yet firing on all cylinders consistently. The WC Finals could easily become a seven game series. If the Lakers emerge, we'd then be dependent on the Eastern Conference finals also becoming a seven game death match.

There's admittedly a lot of conjecture here. Looking too far ahead is decidedly dangerous. But ignoring any of the potential perils is decidedly dangerous, too. For now, it's one game at a time. Monday night's Game 4 will be tougher for the Lakers than Saturday's Game 3, as any closeout game is. But winning on Monday is a must. The Lakers' mindset must match the challenge.

PJ will not change his rotation being a traditionalist but will not be afraid to tinker a little bit to change the outcome in the mid quarters. At the last 5 minutes, I want him to pour to the Jazz the Lakers advantage by having this match-up:

Kobe - D'Williams
Odom - Mathews
Artest - Koerver
Gasol - Milsap
Bynum - Boozer

There is no way Utah can repulse that line up.

if Utah packs the low post at the 1st quarter, I'd say Kobe and Artest should drive in for lay up furthermore. Why? To remove all those packers from foul trouble by 4th Q. If Lakers could successfully take out Boozer or Milsap with 5 fouls in the 4th, there is no more Utah defense in the post, they will all be scattered and removed the strategy laid down by Jerry Sloan. Three point shooting should be utilized as a last resort when time is expiring.

Again, does anyone realize the human factor involved here. What are the Jazz playing for? Pride? They think they can win 4 in a row?
You guys seen the Spurs got swept. The easiest game to win was the 4th game of a 3-0 series because the "down team" already know they are eliminated.

...

- I read through some comments on the Jazz blog, and some of the Utah fans referred to Kobe as the "ninja". Every time he hit a big shot, they would say, "we just got ninja-ed". Every time Kyle Korver hit a big shot, they would say "what a korgasm, a korgasmic shot, etc.".

...

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | May 09, 2010 at 05:37 PM
---
Actually, Jazz fans refer to D-Will (not Kobe) as Ninja.

Edwin, I like your matchups.

mti312-actually i meant it more like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF4xOJTCxDo


people alway pick on Ron.

The only way the Lakers lose game 4 is intentionally lose. I heard so many people say the Jazz will win because they want to play another game in LA and sell tickets. It's possible, but I dont buy it.

Wow, the great Spurs get swept by the Suns...

How much ever you loathe the Spurs, you gotta admire they're a good team. They did a lot of re-tooling to bring another title while Duncan lasts, but that failed....

Did you see some trend in the West?? All the teams that did some big trades are going down... Dallas is out, San Antonio is out and now its the Funs turn the next... More funny... In terms of magnitude of trades: Dallas were #1, Spurs were #2 and Funs were #3.... and they all are going to lose in those rounds of the playoffs (Dallas went down in the 1st, Spurs lost in SF, and now Funs will go down against us in WCF)...

and guess what, if the trend continues - the Lakers would beat the teams in the East, coz they did bigger trades/contracts...

The lesson to be learnt: A stable roster and a good coach is what wins championships.... Dallas lacked both, Nuggets had both until their coach went down, Spurs - had a HOF coach, but to many new additions, Lakers - a HOF coach and much much stable roster (Ron was the only addition)...

So, just keep rolling on the right track, the championship is ours!!

people alway pick on Ron.

Posted by: mud | May 09, 2010 at 09:25 PM
---------------------------------------------------------------\
I knew that's what youre getting at, Mud. But I've seen your other posts, so I just went the serious route.

There are teams who peaked early like the Mavs and the Nuggets. We thought that they are the team to beat in the West when Lakers were down with injuries. When the Spurs beat the Mavs in Texas hold 'em match, the focus of the talk was the Spurs. Nobody got the hint that they will be swept by one-eyed PG. Tonight, we can declare Suns are dangerous, they gained momentum and confidence in these playoffs from their role players like Dragic, Frye, Dudley who have improved tremendously compared to their season performance. Lakers are gaining strength every series and the chance of rest but not yet out of the woods. Psychologically, Bynum is still tentative with his moves on the meniscus problem. Tomorrow will be a do or die for Coach Sloan's team. Kobe and PJ are known to be great closers in the playoffs when they are leading by 3 games, let's see how the ball will bounce tomorrow?

well, mud spelled backwards...


the Kwame vid has never left my mind...

oh no someone mentioned kwame.
everytime i see a post calling him "cake thrower" it cracks me up.

Dragic will be Tragic
Frye will get Fried
Dudley will be a Dud
Nash will be Mashed
Grant Hill's first taste of getting out of the first round will end
And Amare will be No Morey

In the next round, the Suns will set in the West.

count on it.

just finished watching the boston/cavs game. some observations:

-- the crab really HAS NO real basketball moves. OMG.. hes either pull up J or use my speed/physique to go to the hole. NO OTHER MOVES PERIOD

-- cavs are the only team in the league who get homecourt treatment on the road... they have more FT in EVERY SINGLE GAME IN THE SERIES.. WHAT A JOKE.. most notably game 3 when cavs shot 48 FT to boston 30 and the crab had 16 FT... game 4 was more evenly called but the crab had 22 FT.. HAHAHA. i still cant believe how many ridiculous whistles there were for the crab... hes so used to this royal treatment when he doesnt get a whistle he throws a freakin fit... some nerve of him.. YES I WAS A WITNESS.. stern gave cavs game 1, ensured lebron game 3 but could not save him game 4... boston is freakin dominating this SERIES INSIDE AND OUT... if cavs wins this series there better be a FREAKIN RIOT in boston.. guarantee there will be no friendly handshake after this series if boston loses.. next game is for all the marbles so i GUARANTEE another referee fiasco.. MARK MY WORDS.

-- poor kendrick perkins.. the guy could not get a break from the refs.. the guy had 4 fouls but i dont think any one of them was legitimate.. hahaha


--

pls visit the espn boston/cavs series page...

http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2010/matchup/_/teams/celtics-cavaliers

scroll down to expert picks.. every single one of them tools picked the cavs.. hahaha.. funny stuff.. fu**en tools.. figures

why is it EVERYBODY IS WITNESSING THIS CRAP AND EVERYBODY IS SO DAMN SILENT??

maybe cause stern controls EVERYBODY...

players/coaches cant say squat or they get fined...
sportswriters cant say squat or risk losing rep and credibility..
announcers cant say squat or risk getting fired..
and blind fans are too busy being brainwashed by media...

whatever.. we all got bigger fish to fry... life goes on...


phoenix is RED HOT but lakers win or lose next game and somehow i'm still not hittin the panic button...

wouldnt dare understimate our opponent but nothing about this team scares me.. (knock on wood)..

i think we got an advantage in just about every dept but pg.. bench might be even.. should be fun to watch who wins the flopping battle between dfish and nash.. like watching two fish out of the water.. and jrich has been on a shooting tear but look forward to see how he plays against kobe.. kobe absolutely OWNS him..


Where's that CRAVEN jackal, who bogarted Derek Fisher's good name -- DFish -- where is that obsessed tool? Come up from your hellhole and eat your miserable crow, you despicable, no class, infantile troll!


It's one thing to criticize a professional athlete for poor performance, but it's altogether another C-R-E-E-P-Y thing to bogart a specific player's good name and spend the entire season slicing and dicing that player's worth, value and character seemingly before and after EVERY game.


Where are you, you craven, obsessed troll? Come up and eat your filthy crow!

Heyyy guys

Happy day for all Barça Fans. F.C. Barcelona won the Euroligue Championship. We beat Olimpiakos of Greece with Juan Carlos Navarro as MVP. Great game of Ricky Rubio ( 1st half) and Fran Vazquez (really two superstars)

Good news for Lakerland for sure, b/c Pau Gasol will be very happy for this great great win. Barça have beat a great team, Olimpiakos, with great players as Josh Childres, Kleiza and others.

Congratulations Barça, and go Lakers.

To Hobbit,

Pau Gasol Skinny? Bro, Pau last year was a beast (Howard can tell you about) I dont Know Lakers can win this year but for sure if not can win, for sure, the responsible for sure not will be Pau Gasol, remember

I.- Bynum: Too Lazi, poor work ethic, injury prone, unidimensional player (dunk, after dunk, after dunk..... but poor post moves)

II.- Odom: Greal Player, really great player, but..... inconsistent all year/s. I think Odom have a mentality problem.

III.- Fisher, bufffff, His last game has been really strong, but D-Fish is in the end his career, and this season, in my opinion, has been poor.

IV.- Artest: His last game has been his best game all season. Poor season for him for now.

V.- Kobe: I recognize he is the best player in the world, but no this season (LBJ). He has been inconsistent, and maybe, his two last games he show that he can do.

D.J. Mbenga.- He is not a real player.

Adam Morrison: I have no words for this player

Vujacic: The same than Morrison.

Farmar: ACB material (on the bench)

Brown: Spectacular player, but not a starter in any NBA team.

Powell: The best KObe Bryant´s friend in the roster.

Conclusion: Lakers is the worst team on the tops. Lakers not have dept (only 4 players), and while you know, for me, Pau GAsol is the real Leader with Kobe as "THE EXECUTOR".

Hey LongTimeLakerTom

You think is more important play a playoff game with MEMPHIS or win a simply playoff game with L.A. Lakers

Lakers and Grizzlies been in the same level. reeaaallllyyyyyyy

Ricky,
I'm not a particular Bynum fan, but uni-dimensional and no post moves? when he is mobile he has a good baseline and a decent up and under in the middle. He also has a good baseline mid-range game. Dunks only...please.

JR

Edwin Gueco & Rick Friedman,

This lineup was proposed:

Kobe - D'Williams
Odom - Mathews
Artest - Koerver
Gasol - Milsap
Bynum - Boozer

FYI,

This record has been used once in the playoffs for ~ 90 seconds.
Similar lineups have been talked about for 3 years. i.e. that
lineup minus Artest. This lineup was mentioned as soon as Artest
was signed.

Are you really proposing to put a non-lateral moving Bynum on
Boozer? Think about this for a second. Bynum is not 100% & will
not be 100% for the rest of the playoffs.

Odom periodically disappears and reappears. You're going to put
Odom on a younger, quicker, smaller SG to do what?

To be clear, I'm asking you:

Are you looking at this from an offensive perspective?
Are you looking at this from a defensive perspective?

Ricky,

1st. Hola. Como esta?

2nd. you wrote: Pau Gasol Skinny? Bro, Pau last year was a beast (Howard can tell you about) I dont Know Lakers can win this year but for sure if not can win, for sure, the responsible for sure not will be Pau Gasol, remember

my response: 12/25/2009. Cleveland vs. Lakers in LA. Our C/PF positions
got outplayed by Cleveland. Shaq is a HOF center. He's the largest C in the
NBA and knows how to use his body. He's got Pau by ~ 80 lbs. Pau will have
a tremendously difficult time stopping Shaq.

Good morning,

It's time for the Lakers to show they're in it to win it. That means closing out the Jazz in tonight's Game 4 in SLC. Now that the Suns have Swept the Spurs in that semi-final series, a rest period of equal duration is a must. I wish Frank Hamblen had considered that when he spoke after Sunday's practice (earlier in the day) and allowed, "We'll be ready to play in L.A. if it doesn't happen here." Of course we will, but do we need to talk about it?

The Jazz will not go quietly, as their home record for the season will attest. They put up an honorable fight on Saturday, and their arena will be even more hostile tonight.

Every unnecessary game played comes with risks. Just ask Kobe. "You extend a series, ankles can get turned, muscles can get pulled, groins, things like that. When you have the ability to put the nail in the coffin, it's imperative that you do it." His message: do it.

The team, including Kobe, is still playing through earlier injuries. The rest between Games 2 and 3 of this series really helped, and we'll need to be fresh against the Suns.

It take no comfort from the Lakers 3-1 record over Phoenix during the regular season. The Suns are scorching hot, with the best record in the West since the All-Star break. In the March 12 game at US Airways Center, Phoenix held Kobe to 16 shots, with the Suns switching effectively between zone and man to man. Stoudemire and Hill each scored 29 points.

Sunday night, the Suns' bench scored 41 points. Who among us would expect the Lakers' bench to do the same?

At least Andrew and Lamar will be somewhat rested tonight. They barely showed up on Saturday and each have much to atone for. Let's get it done, Lakers! The grit and determination exhibited in pulling out Game 3 was nice, but a sweep could truly be the statement we've been waiting for. Mamba24, I'm ready for Roll Call. Go Lakers!

Good Morning Edwin Gueco, Justa, LakerTom,LassMyLove, "Crue!
SWEEP DAY BABBBBBBBBBBBBYYYYY!

GOOD MORNING RICK FRIEDMAN!
ROLL CALL IN 2 HOURS SIR!
SWEEP TONIGHT!

Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!!

GAME DAY BABY - YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

IT'S ON. Get it done boys. No messing around. No thinking we have another shot if we dont' do it tonight (and btw WTH was that???) JUST DO IT. TONIGHT.

I'm surprised Butt-ler boy hasn't been around. Probably shouldn't talk to soon LOL! The Suns looked pretty good against the Spurs, but I'm wondering how much of that was the Spurs actually being pretty bad/old/slow in that series... I'm confident we'll win, but it won't be the relative cakewalk it was in the regular season. Nash is probably having one of his best seasons ever, Grant Hill is.. well - who knew "they" switched him out for a cylon? Seriously - who knew?? Their bench guys have gained confidence. BUT - I say we take 'em down. I think we've got more of a bone to pick with them than they do with us. I haven't forgotten the era that shall not be named that ended with them ousting us from the playoffs. Oh no - I haven't forgotten that. And I'm sure Kobe and PJ haven't forgotten that either. Payback is gonna be a beeeyotch - muahahahahahahaa!!!

Have a great day everyone!! See you on the live chat.

GO LAKERS!!!


Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe "fashion mogul" Bryant


@Hobbitmage,

Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.
- Sun Tzu

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.
- Sun Tzu

-----------------

You've read The Art of War, too? Way cool. I have in the past alluded to that book. A great read. Also, Bruce Lee uses the water analogy is his teachings about the mindset of the Martial Artist.

Fantastic post!

--FEARless

Hobbit, estoy bien. Gracias

Shaq is like me oncle Jorge. Slow, fat and very very very old. Bellieve me, no problem for Pau, and we can think Shaq is a Bynum problem.


and yes, here is the latest for a sun's fan:

Well written, yeah nothing pisses me off more than these ignorant so called "Analyst" spilling random crap without logic. And yes Bynum is injured. And did he forget to notice how Artest and Odom kept firing up long jump shots. That's not dominating in the paint. Artest is so over-rated, no one is afraid of that guy on either ends. All you gotta do is stand in front of him and he'll run you over because all he does is run in a straight line or chuck up 3's that MOST OF THE TIME DON'T go in.

To be honest, before the playoffs started, I was more afraid of the Spurs than the Lakers. If we're able to score on the Spurs defense, then the Lakers defense will not be as difficult.

Frye actually did a good job against Gaysoft back then, he is big enough to hold his ground if the softie tries to post him up.

I don't see the Lakers being as tough MENTALLY AS the Spurs or the Blazers that's for sure. They have the tendency to give up sometimes and I'm seeing the Suns winning IN 6 OR less! YES I SAID IT SUNS WILL DOMINATE THE LAKERS, TAKE A PICTURE OR A SCREENSHOT!

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/2010/05/09/20100509phoenix-suns-eliminate-san-antonio-spurs.html#comments#ixzz0nVFMyEqD

If there are any of you left, I have a reality check for all the fans still moaning that Trevor Ariza signed with Houston for the same money the Lakers offered:

The Rockets' employee benefits package comes with a significantly greater number of vacation days included.

The Rockets' employee benefits package comes with a significantly greater number of vacation days included. Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 10, 2010 at 08:00 AM
LOL! Stop that!

Hobbit,

I know that line up was used for only for 90 seconds but it was at the early part of the game against Thunder. Why did I come up to the idea of going for big in the last 5 minutes. First, I recommended to pound the inside in the early quarters to accumulate fouls on the part of Jazz. They have to foul Drew/Gasol or the penetrating lay-ups of Kobe/Artest; Second, As such, I consider the last 5 minutes as go for broke on the part of the Lakers to deliver the knock out punch on a tired fighter riddled with fouls. Yes, Lakers may sacrifice speed with a tall line up but if they stick to switching defense where the outside the post defenders will be Kobe, Lamar and Artest while the low post will be Bynum and Gasol, I believe it covers the whole area. Of course, it may not always be perfect but if Jazz misses a shot there's a greater chance for the Lakers getting the rebound. Third, we're talking here of the last 5 minutes where the ball lies in Kobe's hand, he can attract two or three Jazz defenders, it creates a lot of mismatches on other players opened from Artest and the twin towers down low while odom will be at the mid court is reserved for transitional defense. Fourth, if you ask anyone in NBA where is the Lakers strength? they will point at these 5 players. A good prized fighter will give his best punches in the last round, he's going for rally points or finish the fight with punishing blows.

Lastly, on the unsuccessful 90 second experiment of this line up, I already said the last 5 minutes but want also to remind you a lesson on "Perseverance". History reminds us of:

An outstanding lawyer failed in business in 1831
Defeated for legislature in 1832
Second failure in business in 1833
Suffered nervous breakdown in 1836
Defeated for Speaker in 1838
Defeated for Elector in 1840
Defeated for Congress in1843
Defeated for another Congress in 1848
Defeated in Senate in 1855
Defeated for Vice President in 1856
Defeated for Senate in 1858
Elected President 1860
Story of President Abraham Lincoln, regarded as the best President this country ever had.

I wish I could get game tickets then to fly to Utah and hold up a sign written in Purple and Gold using a Lakers Font, while wearing my Black and White Kobe Jersey (what I like to call my executioners jersey) that reads as follows.

"All Your Base are Belong to Us!!"

Did you guys just see that? The first suns troll has posted on the blog! Hahaha!!! And the sad thing? He probably won't be here to eat crow when the Lakers win in 5!!! THAT'S RIGHT BUDDY!!! YOUR BOYS WILT UNDER THE PRESSURE THAT TIMMY D AND THE OLD SPURS COULD NOT BRING!!! ENJOY YOUR 2 WESTERN CONFERENCE TITLES SUNNY BOYS, CAUSE THOSE ARE THE ONLY "TITLES" YOU BOYS WILL HAVE AS LONG AS THE LAKERS ARE CONTENDING...

>>>Lakers and Grizzlies been in the same level. reeaaallllyyyyyyy

Well, they are both NBA TEAMS. At least last I checked. Was Memphis in the D-League when Pau played for them? Are you saying that it's impossible for a star player to lift a team that's been bad up to a higher level?

Ask LeBron about the Cavs record before he got there.

Ask Michael Jordan about the Bulls record before he got there.

Ask Dwight Howard about the Magic record before he got there (or ask Shaq the same question).

Ask Dwyane Wade about the Heat's record before he got there.

If Pau was truly the SOOPER STAR that you make him out to be, he would have CARRIED his team to a higher level and playoff wins, just like LeBron and Michael and Dwight and Dwyane... and Kobe

Just because the Lakers have a big name and reputation doesn't mean they don't have a roster loaded with mediocre players once in awhile.

Are you saying that Kwame + Smush + Luke + Sasha are better surrounding players than Mike Miller + Shane Battier + Jason Williams + James Posey? because if you are claiming that, then you didn't watch ANY basketball that season. All of Kobe's teammates except Lamar were far inferior to most of Pau's teammates.


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