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Kobe Bryant's late-game heroics bails out ineffective bench play in Lakers' 104-99 Game 1 victory over Utah Jazz

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There Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sat on the sidelines, watching the Utah Jazz dwindle away the Lakers' comfortable lead. And even if there was nothing he could do about it at the time, he maintained his anxiety level remained fairly low.

"It’s tough," Bryant admitted. "But if it really got tough for me, I’d just check myself in."

He didn't need to because Lakers Coach Phil Jackson eventually put his starters back in the lineup once the Jazz shrunk the Lakers' lead to one point with 7:43 remaining. And that's when Bryant went to work, scoring 13 of his team-high 31 points in the fourth quarter, leading to an exciting 104-99 Lakers Game 1 victory Sunday over the Utah Jazz in an otherwise unexciting and uninspiring game.

Bryant's second consecutive 30-point-plus performance couldn't have come at a better time.

The Lakers played largely uninterested in Game 1 against Utah, continuing a large trend where the Lakers defeat the Jazz with relative ease, starting with a strong start, a Utah comeback and a Lakers rally. They had gone 3-1 against Utah in the regular season, and had little trouble in the past two years in the playoffs, beating Utah in six games in the 2008 Western Conference semifinals and in five games in 2009 in a first-round matchup. That the means the biggest threat to the Lakers against Utah this series involves their own interest and attention span, especially with Utah having to absorb injuries to Memhemt Okur (ruptured left Achilles) and Andrei Kirilenko (strained left calf)

The Lakers are also playing with a limited Andrew Bynum, who currently has a lateral miniscus in his right knee and played no more than 25 minutes Sunday with an eight-point performance on four of eight shooting. "He gave us a really good effort," Jackson said. "You can tell he's limited in some of the things hes doing, but ti thought he gave us a good effort."

And then, of course, there's the inconsistent reserve unit. Jackson played them through the beginning of the fourth quarter, even as Utah went on a 9-1 run, thinking that their ability to sustain leads in Games 1 and 6 against Oklahoma City meant they should do the same against Utah. "Absolutely not," Jackson said when asked if he regretted his decision. "There's no retrospect ... I wanted to give them an opportunity to right themselves."

Instead, it gave team's stars - Bryant and Pau Gasol - an opportunity to cover up the reserves lapses. And they didn't sound thrilled one bit. Gasol, who had 25 points, 12 rebounds, a career-high five blocks and converted on a key three-point play where he made a fadeaway falling down to cut the lead to 85-84 with 5:59 left, acknowledged "it's always a little frustrating when you lose leads." Bryant, who scored 11 of the team's final 19 points, spelled out his frustrations more clearly: "Second unit’s got to play better. Simple as that. They will."

Of course, this is nothing new. The Lakers' bench went through a four-game stretch from mid to late November when the reserves were outscored in every fourth quarter. They allowed a 21-point lead against the Detroit Pistons in December to evaporate to within eight points in the fourth quarter. They experienced a Christmas Day 102-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 13-13 tie ballooning to a 19-point deficit before Jackson yanked his reserves late in the second quarter. Three days later, a 118-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns featured the reserves being outscored, 52-31. And three months later, the reserves combined for one first-half point, prompting the starters to play more in a 106-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

But with the playoffs around it'll be interesting to see if Jackson remains as open as giving the reserves another shot, much like he did in Game 1. In the meantime, Bryant's health seems to improve at just the right moment. I had maintained that Bryant's ability to change from a scorer to a facilitator may prove necessary, depending on how his injuries and defensive schemes may affect his play. But as Bryant made strides in that department, shifting roles from playing the defensive stopper on Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and the offense's quarterback in setting up the bigs, Jackson thought he Bryant appeared on the verge in providing that scoring role.

And against Utah that came to true form, showing his improved knee helped give him enough lift to make late-game shots, such as his 14-foot runner or his 16-foot fadeaway. So even if the Lakers' reserves are ailing, at least Bryant isn't as much anymore.

"I was able to move around and games where we only had a day between, and it’s an early game at that," Bryant said. "It’s encouraging for me to move around and be able to do what I want to do."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tires to split the defense of Utah guard C.J. Miles and forward Carlos Boozer in the fourth quarter on Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Good morning everyone!

Just wanted to say hello before I get to work. My one request of this team (if they can't develop that desire to show opponents no mercy) is to rest and get as much treatment as possible. As it was said earlier, the faster we get to 4 wins means the longer amount of time players get to rest their injuries.

Hope you have a good day!

Hey Caliphilosopher, when you go out today, go out with your Laker Swagger! Lol!
Mamba24

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"I was able to move around and games where we only had a day between, and it’s an early game at that," Bryant said. "It’s encouraging for me to move around and be able to DO WHAT I WANT TO DO." - BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID NBA & PRINCESS JIMMY

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(01) SEGEBOY- THE SHERIFF/OWNER – “THEW CHAMP IS HERE” THE CHAMP IS HERE”
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Nothing but another title will suffice
(03) JON K - RIDING SHOTGUN - WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR?...RINGS
(04) #4 – PROTECTOR OF DYNASTY #4 -
(05) J24 - VICIOUS REBOUNDER I hope the rest of the playoffs contenders were watching, watch out because . the REAL Champs are baaaaaaaack!
(06) ADRIAN PALOMAR – SECURITY – Lakers all the way baby!
(07) JOYBATZ44 – REFEREE - The "Switch is officially ON". It may be too early tell, but I can sense it. We got Kobe Bryant, and you've got none.
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(09) MAMBA24- You won’t the truth, you can’t handle the truth, I’m aboard just because Laker Lass is here.
(10) FAITH – DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR – Play Defense & Have Faith!
(11)ZAIRA AMATERASU - BLOG GODDESS - I believe that I can always believe in my Lakers, and in you, my hero Kobe.
(12) JEANETTE – TRUE BELIEVER – I BELIEVE FAMILY!!
(132) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE - To all media here and outside, from now on don't ever underestimate the power of the Laker fans.
(14) BENJAMIN – LEAD OFFICIAL - 13) BENJAMIN - Kobe's manner makes it very clear. The manner of Kobe's teammates makes it clear. He's no longer ****ing around. This is some serious ish for everybody. The metagame is over. They're in the moment now.
(15) KEIFO – REPLAY OFFICIAL – LAKERS RIDE OR DIE BABY!
(16) TIM-4-SHOW - DIRECTOR OF FINALS GAME 1 – NO MERCY!
(17) MTI312 - Enjoy the awakening & EXPECT them to keep it up
(18) LAILI K. – REPLAY OFFICIAL
(19) RICK FRIEDMAN - DIRECTOR FINALS GAME 2 - LBJ voted MVP? Fine. For the 2nd year n a row that'll only be the consolation prize. We all know who the Finals MVP will be and his name is Kobe Bryant. Start crying now, Princess.
(20) RDLEE - PLAYOFF FACE ADJUSTER - I saw the Kobe playoff face. The rest of the league better watch out.
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Since the bench is so hot n cold, I propose swapping a starter and bench player to even things out. How about #2 for #1? I'm sure I'm the only person to come up with this wild idea.

Wait a second... you mean the blogosphere now has a Jerry Heller?

Do I have to say it? Jerry Heller was the prodcer of Ruthless Records, the label that produced Eazy-E & NWA

It's clever how these names keep popping up like this.

Next thing you'll know, we'll have an Andre Young.

Good morning Lakernation,

I am not afraid of any team. I know I said that I will be rooting for Celts over the Cavs but not anymore. Not that I am afraid of the Cavs, I just want redemption. Now, I don't care who will be on our way for a repeat. There is no stopping us, this I believe!!!

Lakers-Jazz series, I can feel a sweep, may not be blow-out wins, the most this series will go is 5 games and that is not disrespecting the Jazz. It will be a repeat of our first round series with team last year and more. The Thunder series was our Houston series of last year. Who knows, Spurs might be our Nuggets series as well.

Bring on the princess and her crew, you think we are afraid?

Next thing you'll know, we'll have an Andre Young.
Posted by: Tim-4-Show | May 03, 2010 at 06:51 AM
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ROFLMFAO!!!!!

I am not afraid of any team. I know I said that I will be rooting for Celts over the Cavs but not anymore. Not that I am afraid of the Cavs, I just want redemption. Now, I don't care who will be on our way for a repeat. There is no stopping us, this I believe!!!Bring on the princess and her crew, you think we are afraid? Posted by: Jeanette | May 03, 2010 at 06:55 AM
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SISTER JEANETTE!!!!!!

When the Lakers are firing on all cylinders, there's not a team in the league that can stop them. The problem is, they fire on all cylinders so infrequently that we all fear a wasted season. The truth is, the Lakers are their own worst adversary.

We controlled the game; I got distracted by my son, and suddenly we’re down by 4? Bottom line, we play Utah well. I am not freaking like I was with OKC.

Feed back anyone? Can we win a championship with Ronny if he can't hit any shots from the outside? Don't get me wrong his defense was solid again, but the offense was well offensive.

M

Tim-4-Show
I could see us using a faster starting line-up versus the Suns starting Lamar instead of Bynum and Farmar instead of Fisher, but I think we're good with what we got against Utah. I do wonder if Farmar's game would improve if he played with the starters. I just don't think he can defend DWill very well. Fisher does a decent job.

Bench bench players didn't lose the 4 qtr lead -- Andrew Bynum and LO did.
Bynum & LO missed chippies and turned it over. Brown missed 1 shot, Walton and Farmar didn't attempt a shot or have a turnover.

Dig deeper than mainstream media when discussing poor "Bench Play".

Jolly Rancher,

you wrote: Earlier in the season we had a discussion on Drew's physiology and we were in minor disagreement (you pointed out physiology as his problem and I pointed out lack of seasoning). I'm beginning to see what you are talking about. The lad does have all the talent to get around the seasoning aspect, but his body is just built wrong to take an NBA beating. Makes me wonder if he'll be able to walk by the time he retires.

my response:

1st. Salut

2nd. It's refreshing when the conversation goes from hyperbole to
observable facts. Since the Lakers mentioned his wide hips & knock-knees,
I've been looking for other great athletes who share this same pair of
attributes. I haven't found one yet. The achilles problem was troubling
because it didn't come with contact. That is a *tremendously* bad sign.

As I said to KB Blitz, there are a whole lot of heads on the table right now.
I have a hard time seeing the Lakers keep Bynum if they don't win. I have
a hard time believing that Jim Buss will maintain power if they don't win.
Unfortunately, I think Bynum's trade value has decreased a little. *sigh*

Oh, well.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

By T.J. Simers

I don't get you people, your willingness to reward these Lakers underachievers, the trend continuing Sunday as it did all season long and these guys doing only what they had to do to start the second round of the playoffs.

You were on your feet, the Lakers down by four points, and why wasn't everyone in the building booing?

As it is, I worry about you people, chanting, "MVP, MVP," every time Kobe Bryant goes to the line, not a peep out of you when Pau Gasol is standing there, and who has been more consistent?

More than that, you were sounding downright foolish on national TV, chanting "MVP" an hour after they had already handed the trophy to LeBron James, who had 116 first-place votes.

Kevin Durant finished second in the voting and had four first-place votes, Kobe third with no — and that's zero — first-place votes, and Dwight Howard had three first-place vote.

Laker's fans are a set of teenegers what applaud only jumping, individualistic and arrogant players . What can you do?

todd you're right they sure did

Most of the participants in this newpapers post understand basketball team less than a stupid elephant over German Metaphisis!

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FRAK T.J. SIMERS - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - FRAK T.J.SIMERS - pure slime.


Well the day that Kobe Bryant stop playing basketball, the current lakers fans adore his old shirt with the outdated "MVP, MVP." Too bad, so bright with so little fan lights

"Most of the participants in this newpapers post understand basketball team less than a stupid elephant over German Metaphisis!"

Is anyone else having trouble with this statement? Maybe I'm just not reading through the right filters but it looks like words from a random insult generator running wild. I even ran it through bablefish without any luck. Anyone?, anyone?...Buler?...

JR

MM, I noticed this is my question. Why did the unit that looked so good in the 2nd quarter, look like @#$^ in the 4th quarter? This is what I saw, in the 2nd, they were getting touches for Drew early in the shot clock. Even though he wasn't scoring, the Defense had to react and the Lakers got and knocked down some good looks. In the 4th quarter, it seemed like the they were starting their offense very late. There was a lot of dribbling and 1 on 1 play. They didn't start going to Drew until Utah had already wiped out the lead, and when they did go to Drew, it was late in the shot clock. Whether or not Utah's defense caused this I don't know.

Escarpia,

Are you trying to make a point using a quote from Simers? Nobody in LA, or who knows anything about sports, even likes the guy. Why would we take any of his drivel seriously?

JR

Is anyone else having trouble with this statement? Maybe I'm just not reading through the right filters but it looks like words from a random insult generator running wild. I even ran it through bablefish without any luck. Anyone?, anyone?...Buler?...Posted by: Jolly Rancher | May 03, 2010 at 07:56 AM
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ROFLMFAO! Jolly Rancher didn't your Mother tell you never waste time trying to decipher the ravings of a Lunatic?
Mamba24

Good Morning,

It was nice to see some of the bench players playing well last night. However, "playing well" does not always mean "winning". But it does provide hope.

Luke may (and I mean "may") have his shooting touch back. Brown might be over the finger thing. Jordan actually passed into the post, again. That's two games in a row!

BUT, they are not yet playing as a unit. And LO was exactly right to call them out for it. In the playoff, shooting well is almost immaterial to the outcome of these games. Scoring a lot of points sometimes seems inconsequential as well. The playoffs are all about cohesion, heart, execution, adjustments, strategy, match-ups, poise, and savvy. Traits the starters are showing in spades and the bench has been sorely lacking.

LO, however, better remember to look in the mirror, though. Because his own inconsistent (though sometimes brilliant) play is definitely part of the problem.

BUT, it may all be moot. In the playoffs, you definitely can play your starters for the whole game if need be. Don't they have like a year off between games 2 and 3, anyway?

Luke has made me look like a profit, though. I was just bragging about him during the Denver series about how he used to shoot the three. Used to lead the league, in fact. If he is really back to form, he can come in handy in later series.

BTW, keep the "Ride or Die w/Fish" bandwagon rollin'! I'm riddin' this one 'till the wheels fall off.

Oh, and put me on the "We Fear No One but Ourselves" bandwagon pronto.

--FEARless

Jolly R, I know Escarpia speaks Spanish. My guess is that he meant to write the following:

"Most of the participants in this newpapers post understand basketball team less than a stupid elephant does German Metaphysics!"

FWIW

Mark

Mamba24 (LarrY):

I just can't stand this Simers guy. He's a moron and a biggest troll there is. He seems to have a personal vendetta against the Lakers and couldn't even said one nice thing about the win last night. Give me a break you moron Simers! He's definitely didn't get enough hugs when he grew up. I know he's still mad at Kobe for ignoring him.

Let's order some "brain transplant" for him since obviously he just didn't get it after all these years. Shame on LAT to provide him with this troll to hide and use as a bases to snipe at our beloved Lakers.

Go Lakers!

Simers: "The worst sport writer of the century."

Are you trying to make a point using a quote from Simers? Nobody in LA, or who knows anything about sports, even likes the guy. Why would we take any of his drivel seriously?Posted by: Jolly Rancher | May 03, 2010 at 08:00 AM
PLEASE STOP IT NOW! How the hell would he know if he's trying to make a point. He's lucky he know's where the "ANY KEY" is. OH THE HUMANITY!! Lol!

KB Blitz,

you wrote: My response: Hobbitmage.....where would the fun then be? :)

In any case we need to help to teach the people who come in here the right things rather than the things which ignore things like Pau's contributions specifically the game winning shot in Game 6 and that Bynum was more responsible for the Lakers Victory except if the name was Kobe Bryant.

re: Bynum's injuries. How dare you diss Kobe/Artest/Odom (well maybe not considering your feelings about him)/Shannon while they play injured Bynum gets a pass?

In any case don't you think it's funny when a post player like Pau gets so many touches yet there are still bashing of the Lakers that a certain individual didn't get his touches to be the next Shaq?

re: Remember Kobe played through injuries and while it did have an effect on his performance no doubt it wasn't as severe as Bynum's. Thanks have a nice day.

my response:

1. Salut

2. It's less about what you're doing & more about *how* you're doing it.
Perhaps it's an interpretation problem? Let's see if I can clarify:

In an earlier thread with Michael H, we were talking about entry passes
into the post. He used a cliche about inside-outside basketball & I was
trying to address the specifics. i.e. OKC is fronting. Defense coming over
the back. Bynum/Pau weren't being active in positioning .... Do you see?

So bringing this back to today, what my discussion (ahem) with LakerTom
taught me is that we're talking with FAN(ATICS)S here. They lock on to
what they want to lock on to and don't necessarily see a larger picture/
scope.

Maybe they were trying to pump Bynum up because it's been so easy for
us ( Me & You ) to beat him to the ground? Maybe they're raving about him
because they have short man's disease and secretly they wish they were 7'
tall & had a playboy bunny riding their shoulders? Maybe they relate more
to a silly kid vs. El spaniard? I dunno.

re: Bynum's injury vs. everybody elses. Sport.What are you thinking???
I repeat. Everybody and their Grandmother knows how I feel about Bynum.
I didn't see a need to talk about other people's injury. We *KNOW* Kobe
& Artest are warriors. We *KNOW* that Odom has played hurt before.
You'll notice that I rarely berate Odom for being inconsistent anymore. It's
not that he's suddenly become consistent. It is what it is. He's coming off
the bench. There's no better place for him, so why pitch a "fit" about it.
Now, if you're telling me that we can get Serge Ibaka ... I'm going to start
doing the "Happy Dance" , but otherwise I'm cool to roll with Odom off the
bench. We've been to two NBA finals with this configuration. It's certainly
better than the Smush days.

Here's the real deal. Bynum is not as mentally tough as any of the older vets.
Everybody & his mother knows that. If getting a surgery now, would have
him back & playing better for the conference/NBA finals ... I'd rather he get
the surgery now, because I honestly feel we can beat the Jazz without him.
It would also give Mbenga more playing time and I'm fond of him. I think he's
a better athlete than Bynum is and he could really help us against Shaq. At
least he's another 6 fouls. We're going to need size in the NBA finals because
we're looking at Dwight or Shaq. I'm also looking at what Popovich & Rivers
did. They chose to get a lower seed and be healthy vs. a higher seed and not
be healthy. That is *NOT* a bad decision.

Anyhow, that's my story & I'm stickin' with it.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Jolly R, I know Escarpia speaks Spanish. My guess is that he meant to write the following: "Most of the participants in this newpapers post understand basketball team less than a stupid elephant does German Metaphysics!"
Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 08:03 AM
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WAHAHAHAHHAHAH!! OH SWEET JESUS, PLEASE, PLEASE MARK G, STOP THIS NOW! ROFLMFAO!!!

s anyone else having trouble with this statement? Maybe I'm just not reading through the right filters but it looks like words from a random insult generator running wild. I even ran it through bablefish without any luck. Anyone?, anyone?...Buler?...Posted by: Jolly Rancher | May 03, 2010 at 07:56 AM

JR, Oh My God is that Funny! I am Rolling On The Floor Laughing My @ss Off with that one!

WOW!

--FEARless

Mamba24, this is the embarrassing part, I don't understand German Metaphysics!

KOBE BRYANT. MVP.

...QUEEN james can have the reg. season MVP. but the FINALS MVP and the CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY IS OUR DESTINY!

KOBE FINALS MVP
LAKERS 2010 CHAMPS. JOIN THE MOVEMENT LAKER FANS!

Good morning CRUE!!!

Yup - 5 down 11 more to go. That's all that really matters.

Mamba24 - thanks for putting me on the WE FEAR NO ONE bandwagon. Cuz really - is there anyone to be afraid of? A crybaby princess? A bunch of lunatic old fogies? A magic man? I think not. We're on our way ladies & gents. Have no fear. Have no doubt. WE ARE THE FREAKING LOS ANGELES LAKERS.

Hey Mamba24 - add me to the Simers is a D-Bag bandwagon ok? The guy is a hater, pure and simple. If he ever spoke intelligently and in an unbiased way against Kobe or the Lakers I think hell would be frozen over and a star would be rising in the east.

Dave M - regarding your previous post - I absolutely did NOT have your comments in mind when I posted that. You are so NOT full of it LOL! It just really irritates me when people call our guys names, just to bag on them. I understand that they all screw up occasionally - who doesn't? But to watch them work hard, and sweat, and sacrifice for this team all to win a championship for themselves - and US - and to hear people bagging on them just for the sake of being negative - well I can't put up with that. I have to speak out. Be a fan for your team. Cheer for your team. You don't have to have "blind" faith in them - we're Laker fans for crying out loud, not idiots - but there's a way to talk about the flaws and what's needed for improvement that doesn't require belittling and vitriol. My mother always used to say that if you can't say anything nice about someone, you shouldn't say anything at all. I think all of us can take a lesson from Mom. Agreed?

Anyhoo - hope the boys get some rest today, watch some film and prepare for tomorrow. Then some sweet and well deserved rest - YES!

GO LAKERS!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant

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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - FRAK T.J.SIMERS - pure slime.
(02) WALLACE - DRIVER - I just can't stand this Simers guy. He's a moron and a biggest troll there is. He seems to have a personal vendetta against the Lakers and couldn't even said one nice thing about the win last night. Give me a break you moron Simers! He's definitely didn't get enough hugs when he grew up. I know he's still mad at Kobe for ignoring him. Let's order some "brain transplant" for him since obviously he just didn't get it after all these years. Shame on LAT to provide him with this troll to hide and use as a bases to snipe at our beloved Lake
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(01) FEARLESSS – OWNER - Fish, Gasol, and Bynum have shown up every game. Kobe has been a little inconsistent, but has been working very, very hard. Artest has been here defensively.The weakest links have been the bench and LO. Does anyone still think we could be here w/Farmar? Fish has been on point all series long. I ride or die with Fish. That should be a new bandwagon.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – 0.4 say no more. Fish We believe
(03) JON K – UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME - Please put me on the Win or Die With Fish Bandwagon. There's a reason he's co-team captain.
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN



R Jolly, Sé Escarpia habla español. Mi conjetura es Que tenia la Intención de Escribir lo Siguiente:

"La Mayoría de los Participantes en este post Periodicos Entiende de baloncesto de la ONU Menos elefante estúpido Alemana Equipo metafísica liebre!"

Gracias Por Su Ayuda.
No les parece que hay que atacar los argumentos mal contruidos no al autor de los mismos? Es una máxima intelectual que cualquier persona educada cebería conocer.

"I don't understand German Metaphysics!"

Mark G,
As opposed to understanding Bulgarian Metaphysics?
Me niether...

JR

It's all about championships, and Phil Jackson has 10.
I just read TJ Symers' latest article. Tried to. Scanned it, actually. Knowing something about winning and team building matters. I dont know why the paper lets journalists with so little understanding get away with such cheap "insight."

What do people want - a machine that drives over everything? The Lakers are great, with the greatest coach in basktball. They have some morale issues ( Odom) discipline issues (Artest, vujacic, and other bench players) and carrying injuries to starters ( Bryant, Bynum).

Hey, life is complex. Winning organizations arent machines that just roll over opponents. To fail to roll over people doesn't mean they are 'underachieving'. It's about the prize. I'm confident Phil Jackson will take the team to the finals, where it will be close. If he continues to work with the chemistry as we know he can, and the players continue to gel, Kobe will have number 5. And the cynics that don't know how to run an organization will relent, at least for a little while.

Mamba24, this is the embarrassing part, I don't understand German Metaphysics! Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 08:10 AM
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GOD%$#@$%! MARK G. now you done it you made me spit coffee all over my keyboard. WAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!! Please people, for the love of all that's holy stop this now! wahahahahahahha!
LMFAO!!


They have Bulgarian Metaphysics?

BTW - why GERMAN metaphysics? Why not Italian metaphysics? Or American metaphysics? Is there something special about GERMAN metaphysics? If so, what is that special something? And why doesn't any other kind of metaphysics have it? Why just GERMAN metaphysics?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Sorry Laker fans, but your team is pure garbage. No bench and only one real basketball player: Pau Gasol and spectacular player, Kobe Bryant. The others , only gartbage (LO, RA, DFish, Bynum.....) garbage.

Not Pau Gasol, not rings. Right now he is the best laker player. Only one NBA player can stop Gasol: KG, and may be Duncan. Sorry friends, but this year, Cavaliers (more dept and a starting five better than Lakers)

Congratulations from Barcelona and excuse me for my english

Mark G - well, the Bulgarians would have you believe that, but I think the Germans may have something else to say about it. It's a whole big thing....

Hobbitmage,

Though I generally (begrudgingly) agree with your statements about Bynum. I think he's beginning to shed the "lack of mental toughness" image. He really is playing through some legitimate pain this time. He's still got his lift, he's just lost his mobility (as evidenced by his numerous 3-second violations after we just weened him off those).

He seems to have lost a little wind, too. He's probably not practicing at all right now, though.

When he's in the game, he's been truly dominant. He's also clearly thinking defense first, which is a honest-to-goodness revelation. He is, for real, one of the main reasons the Lakers look so unstoppable in first quarters all of a sudden. He just isn't able to carry that for a whole game.

I'm on the fence about whether or not to get the surgery. Not because I fear Utah, but because Bynum is a slow healer. The whole thing could back-fire because of our trying to get too cute and "anticipate" beating Utah. Sloan would not take that lightly, and it might spell a "Mavericks-Getting-Ousted-In-The-First-Round" type blunder on our part. I don't think Phil The Zen Master Jackson would tempt either fate or Karma that way. Ever.

Let him play though his pain, contribute what he can, and earn some confidence (and some props) in his ability to be mentally tough and fight through adversity. As much as we need to believe it, so does he.

Just my $.02.

--FEARless

Es preocupante la cantidad de bobos pretendidamente simpáticos que se nuclean en este lugar. A ver si piensan algo en lugar de decir bobadas pretendidamente ingeniosas...

Pardillos limpiaqbotas!

Mamba24, this is the embarrassing part, I don't understand German Metaphysics!

Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 08:10 AM

AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I can't stand it! Tooo Funny!

--FEARless

MM - are we allowed to come on here now and call people names and whatnot in another language??

Or - is it really an insult if you can't understand it?


Well - I've got a couple languages up my sleeve, so let me know! This could get fun!

Escarpia, No intente atacarle, solamente traducir lo que habia escrito.

Obviously, my Spanish sucks at this point.

is there anyone to be afraid of? A crybaby princess? A bunch of lunatic old fogies? A magic man? I think not. We're on our way ladies & gents. Have no fear. Have no doubt. WE ARE THE FREAKING LOS ANGELES LAKERS.Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 08:13 AM
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GOOD MORNING JustAnotherMambafan Head of the MambaClan. Preach Justa, PREACH! AND...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
Now if you really want to impress the Blog Decipher this:
"Most of the participants in this newpapers post understand basketball team less than a stupid elephant over German Metaphisis!" roflmao! oh the humanity!


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KOBE BRYANT. MVP. ...QUEEN james can have the reg. season MVP. but the FINALS MVP and the CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY IS OUR DESTINY! KOBE FINALS MVP LAKERS 2010 CHAMPS. JOIN THE MOVEMENT LAKER FANS! Posted by: musicsmyweapon24 | May 03, 2010 at 08:12 AM
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AH HELL YES!!!...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!
MAMBA24


Escarpia, No intente atacarle, solamente traducir lo que habia escrito. Obviously, my Spanish sucks at this point.
Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 08:24 AM
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MARK G., I'M WARNING YOU! ROFLMFAO!! PLEASE, PLEASE, CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!
MAMBA24

Escarpia, No intente atacarle, solamente traducir lo que habia escrito.

Obviously, my Spanish sucks at this point.

Thanks. You, rightly understood my message and I appreciate the interest to clarify for other readers of this blog.

Well - I've got a couple languages up my sleeve, so let me know! This could get fun! Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 08:24 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS,NOW DON'T YOU START ON IT TOO JUSTA! If the man wants to be a Lunatic who are we to interfere in his god given rights to be one! Hell he probably doesn't even know what his name is and just picked one out of the comics. Now all off you I'm warning you if one more post leaves me ROFLMFAO again, I'm gonna, I'm gonna...WAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

TGFBF

(Thank God For Babel Fish)

--FEARless

Justa, I thought the Germans were known for their Metaphysics, I mean Immanuele Kant, Herman Hesse etc, so that part didn't bother me too much.

However I think Escarpia just referred to us as "bobos," which I think is fairly insulting.

Es preocupante la cantidad de bobos pretendidamente simpáticos que se nuclean en este lugar. A ver si piensan algo en lugar de decir bobadas pretendidamente ingeniosas...
Pardillos limpiaqbotas!Posted by: Escarpia | May 03, 2010 at 08:21 AM
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If I read this lunatics gibberish right, he's cursing out his own mother. ROFLMAO!!! Doctor, Doctor please bring me my medicine now. WAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA! WHO THE FRAK IS THIS IMBECILE!

Escarpia,

1. My appologies, I took a cheap opportunity for some humor this morning. Of course, I'll do it again if the opportunity presents itself but I'll feel a little bad when I do.

2. OK, though my spanish is extremely rusty; however, I understood that better. It's fairly common for passionate fans to attack the writer instead of just the message and that's not usually the way to go in an intelligent discussion. However, any attack on T.J. Simers has been earned from years of snarky writing at the expense of LA teams. Anything good he has ever had to say about LA sports has been a left hand complement at best.

JR

Mark G - BOBO's?????

As in BOBO the CLOWN???????


AAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH - I HATE CLOWNS!!!!!

LET ME AT HIM MAMBA24!!!!!!!

Simmers=Troll in sportswriter's cloak?

Sorry Laker fans, but your team is pure garbage. No bench and only one real basketball player: Pau Gasol and spectacular player, Kobe Bryant. The others , only gartbage (LO, RA, DFish, Bynum.....) garbage.Congratulations from Barcelona and excuse me for my english Posted by: NICKY | May 03, 2010 at 08:20 AM
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Oh your english is fine my friend, it truly reveals just how much of a freaking idiot you really are. Maybe you and Escarpia can form a Tag team. I can see it now 'LADIES AND GENTLEMAN...THE BLOGGING LUNATIC DUO". Damn kind of has a ring to it. He's a lunatic, You're a Lunatic, Wouldn't you like to be a lunatic too. Be a Lunatic yes Be a Lunatic.
Mamba24

Justa, bobo, means fool, tool, you get the picture. I'm not sure the orrigen of the name Bobo the clown, but maybe there is a connection.

Escarpia, is this about Gasol? You have to know there are a lot of people on here who love Gasol, it's just that the haters tend to be louder than the supporters. But there is plenty of love for Pau on this blog.

Mark G - I know. I was being funny.

I'm funny damit!

As in BOBO the CLOWN??????? AAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH - I HATE CLOWNS!!!!! LET ME AT HIM MAMBA24!!!!!!! Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 08:36 AM
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STOP IT I SAY!, STOP IT NOW! ONE LUNATIC & HIS TWIN COMES ON THE BLOG & SUDDENLY WE ARE DEBATING THE INNER MEANING OF BOBO. WTF! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHA!

Mark G - I know. I was being funny. I'm funny damit! Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 08:41 AM
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Yes Justa you are funny, but Escarpia has voulunteered to help you with your technique, They call him the master of BOBO's in show biz!

An exercise for laker´s kobemaniac fans.

Pau Gasol sold to any team that has qualified for the playoffs and you will have the name of the new 2011 NBA champion team.

Sell you to Kobe Bryant to another team and will be a losing team in the play offs 2011 early rounds.

That's the difference between a nice player, and a player who makes winning titles.

Mamba,

Lunacy is a privileged, not a right. It must be earned, not given.

...Or is that fanaticism??? I sometimes get the two confused...

*shrug*

--FEARless

Escarpia, is this about Gasol? You have to know there are a lot of people on here who love Gasol, it's just that the haters tend to be louder than the supporters. But there is plenty of love for Pau on this blog. Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 08:40 AM
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MARK G. I'M WARNING YOU. You will only encourage him. I can see it now, THE BOBO JOURNAL.

What? No props for the great job Lamar did?

Justa, yes that was a good one, sorry, LMAO.

I just got my serious post to Escarpia, mixed in with my reply to you, so your Humor props kinda got lost.

My bad Sis!

If you reach out and touch your inner bobo, will you go blind?

Clown Philosophy 101
Instructor: J. Rancher
Times: M-W-F 0600-1700

JR
and yes, I'm bored this morning.

A lot of people have a Clown thing, me not so much. But those Flying Monkeys from the Wizard of Oz, geez, those things creep me out. Flying Monkeys are NOT COOL.

Mamba,Lunacy is a privileged, not a right. It must be earned, not given. ...Or is that fanaticism??? I sometimes get the two confused...Posted by: FEARless | May 03, 2010 at 08:45 AM
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Fearless you are absolutely right my brother, but you see Escarpia gained his Lunacy the old fashioned way...HE EARNED IT. Did you really think this type of lunacy just happened?
Hell man, it took days and nights of sweat & tears & pulling wings off of flies and drowning kittens to reach this level.
No sir this is not just ordinary Lunacy but lunacy of the highest order. Can you now see why Escarpia is so willing to demonstrate his mastery of all levels of lunancy to the world? The man is a Lunacy Master of the 5th degree and I think we should show the proper reverence for such an achievement.

JR, or possibly Clown Metaphysics,

German and Bulgarian.

I like Kobe Bryant is one of the best players of all time, for me the top 5. But as a team player does not place myself at this level that individual possesses.

I'm a fan of Kobe and Pau and any player with talent. Unfortunately in this blog is much false amateur valued only Kobe and despises the subtle and effective is a great player Pau Gasol has turned the Lakers into a winning team again.

Just if anyone is offended I apologize for my opinions, had no intention of disrespect to the readers of the blog.

FEARless,

you wrote: Though I generally (begrudgingly) agree with your statements about Bynum.

my response:

you also wrote: I think he's beginning to shed the "lack of mental toughness" image. He really is playing through some legitimate pain this time.

my response: He's trying.

you also wrote: I'm on the fence about whether or not to get the surgery. Not because I fear Utah, but because Bynum is a slow healer. The whole thing could back-fire because of our trying to get too cute and "anticipate" beating Utah. Sloan would not take that lightly, and it might spell a "Mavericks-Getting-Ousted-In-The-First-Round" type blunder on our part.

my response: Good Point.

you finally wrote: Let him play though his pain, contribute what he can, and earn some confidence (and some props) in his ability to be mentally tough and fight through adversity. As much as we need to believe it, so does he.

my response: This will be one of those decisions that is only known in
hindsight. If we win, then whatever was decided was the right call. If we
don't then it wasn't.

You places your bets and you live with the results.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

If you reach out and touch your inner bobo, will you go blind?
Clown Philosophy 101
Instructor: J. Rancher
Times: M-W-F 0600-1700
Posted by: Jolly Rancher | May 03, 2010 at 08:49 AM
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Please Mr. Jolly Rancher sign me up. Will there be true and false or essay questions? But I warn you I don't know about touching no inner Bobo. No, No, No touching any inner Bobo's for me. Hell No! lol!

Hmmmm, just to clarify Escarpia, Gasol estuvo en Memphis por casi cuantos anos y nu pudo ni ganar un juego en los playoffs? pero nomas llego con Los Laguneros y empezo a ganar? por que no hablas de eso estimado aficionado? por que no dices la verdad? "que es la verdad?" piensas. la verdad es que Kobe y Pau se complimentan bien. Kobe no pudo ganar sin el, ni tampoco Pau. si me dices Bobo por seguir a mi equipo, te digo menso por seguir a nomas un jugador, y la razon que te pones todo consternado porque no le dicen MVP a Gasol es todo un berrinche de alguien que no puede seguir al equpio como todos nosotros aqui en el Blog de Los Laguneros. remember what mama says: if you cant say anything nice, dont say anything at all

An exercise for laker´s kobemaniac fans.

Pau Gasol sold to any team that has qualified for the playoffs and you will have the name of the new 2011 NBA champion team.

Sell you to Kobe Bryant to another team and will be a losing team in the play offs 2011 early rounds.

That's the difference between a nice player, and a player who makes winning titles.

Posted by: Escarpia | May 03, 2010 at 08:44 AM

Escarpia, that experiment has already been completed. The results?

1) Gasol's playoff teams never won a single game. Were bounced from the first round repeatedly sporting goose eggs.
2) Bryant won three rings in four trips to the Finals.

Know your history, dude, lest you be doomed to repeat it.

--FEARless

OH NO NOT THE FLYING MONKEYS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJbjJetU_1k

The bench let an 8 point lead dwindle to 1 in the fourth quarter. But actually I am encouraged overall by the bench play in the last two games. The Lakers bench unit now has :

1) the two guards who have come off the bench all year
2) with the frontline healthy, the they have 2 starter quality bigs in Odom and Bynum
3) With Walton back and finding his rhythm, they have a guy who can feed the post, and help with spacing and ball movement and overall execution of the offense. With Odom and Walton at forwards this is a great passing second unit.


In game six versus the Thunder, these guys held the fort nicely in two stints, going plus 3 while they were in.


In their first half stint against Utah they played great. They ran the offense, moved the ball, fed Bynum, who drew double teams and dished. They were plus 4 in first half. When the Lakers get that kind of bench play they are tough to beat.


Unfortunately, they sucked in quarter four. The first two posessions they went away from everything they did in the second quarter. Odom missed a long, early- in-the-clock 3 and then Shannon brown held the ball too long and missed a jumper. Utah got a spark. The Lakers did eventually get the ball inside, but not for great inside looks. Bynum and Odom combined for 3 low post misses. But they just never got back to playing the way they did earlier. Then the starters came back in kept up the poor execution. Kobe and Lamar took and missed three 3's, giving up the rest of the lead, before Kobe righted the ship.


Still, I think this second unit shows some promise. They played well in three of their last four stints and they have a promise the Laker bench has sorely lacked this year. This is the best bench unit the Lakers have had all year.


The most encouraging thing about this game - that guy wearing #24 out there looked a lot more like Kobe Bryant than he has in quite a while. Great game from Kobe, and the Lakers needed it.

To Mamba24.

Why Lunatic?

LO = inconsistent all year
Fish = old and exahusted
RA = cant shoot
Bynum = well, Bynum is Bynum (cant play all complete season year after yer)
Kobe = buffffff, selfish, bad teammate, no leadership, no brain...

And the others, puffffff

GARBAGE, PURE GARBAGE.

Mbenga = He is no a real player
Morrison = I dont know a appropiate word
Vujacic = the same than Morrison
Farmar = " I will play but I cant"
Brown = Kangoroo or player
Walton = simply ex-player
Powell = cant play any position well but is a good teammate.

@Tom Daniels, I saw the same thing you did, so yeah I'm at least a little encouraged by the bench play.

Just if anyone is offended I apologize for my opinions, had no intention of disrespect to the readers of the blog. posted by: Escarpia | May 03, 2010 at 08:55 AM
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In that case buddy I apologize to you because I misunderstood what you were trying to convey and that is my bad. I have a bad habit of jumping to conclusions before i've read everything. And yes Pau Gasol is a great player and he will have his day, but right now this is Kobe Bryants time. The likes of which the world is not likely to see again. But I can appreciate your support of a fellow countryman because that is only natural so again I offer my apologies to you.
Mamba24(Larry C.)


I hate clowns.

I hate flying monkeys.

I hate trolls.

I hate anyone who spends time touching their inner bobo.

And I think Cap's Goggles mama knows my mama, cuz my mama used to say the same thing.

Tom Daniels - can you imagine how much more Kobe will look like Kobe on Saturday?

WOOOOOOEEEEEEE - can't wait!

@CAPS GOOGLES, I'M IMPRESSED. I don't know what the hell I'm reading but it looks very impressive. Lol

Mamba24, why buddy, why? Did you really have to go there? I told you they creep me out. How am I going to sleep now? Oh geez, I think something big just flew by my window!. . . .(muffled scream)

Mamba24, why buddy, why? Did you really have to go there? I told you they creep me out. How am I going to sleep now? Oh geez, I think something big just flew by my window!. . . .(muffled scream) Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 09:07 AM
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There is one solution to this my brother, Click your heels 3 times and say There's no place like the LakersBlog! Lol!


And I think Cap's Goggles mama knows my mama, cuz my mama used to say the same thing. Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 09:03 AM
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SAY WHAT! Damn, so did my mama!

There is one solution to this my brother, Click your heels 3 times and say There's no place like the LakersBlog! Lol!

Mamba24, Does that work when you are wearing Converse All Stars?

The most encouraging thing about this game - that guy wearing #24 out there looked a lot more like Kobe Bryant than he has in quite a while. Great game from Kobe, and the Lakers needed it.Posted by: Tom Daniels | May 03, 2010 at 08:59 AM
If he looked more like Kobe in that game Tom, just imagine how he will look in the next one and next one and next one!

OH SWEET LORD, I ACCIDENTLY TOUCHED MY INNER BOBO WILL I GO BLIND!

Mamba24, Does that work when you are wearing Converse All Stars?Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 09:11 AM
LMAOF!

in the herd radio today, collen (the host) said that the lakers had/has a chance to trade bynun for bosh. what do you guys think about that?

Mamba24, Does that work when you are wearing Converse All Stars? Posted by: Mark G | May 03, 2010 at 09:11 AM
ONLY THE RUBY RED ONES.

Justa,
"I hate anyone who spends time touching their inner bobo."

Hey, it's just philosophy, I'm not even sure it's possible.

Tom D,
The bench play was encouraging for a game and a half. At the start of the 4th it looked like the bench was looking for their own openings instead of extending the team's lead, at the same time that Utah was feeling some urgency...bad combination. Either that or they were just too relaxed thinking "we got this" and weren't getting into the offense quick enough. They just need to remember to execute as a team for every minute they are out there. Of course, I could be wrong...

JR

Mamba24 - I think it's physically impossible to accidentally touch your inner bobo.

I think you did it on purpose.

I think you're gonna go blind.

Now if you put your thong on and dance in the streets before Game 2, I think you'll be ok. No guarantees though.

(Of course, anyone seeing you will go blind, but that's the chance you'll have to take).

Justa is a girl
Simers connection w/ German metaphisis
Todos los bobos
Bobo, the clown
Blog rocks with all kinds of nuts in one place.

Edwin - you're fast becoming my favorite nut!

Lakers' Starters > Utah's Starters
Lakers' Bench < Utah's Bench
LA Times Blog = Mixed Nuts

--FEARless

MM is putting up a well thought analysis on his thread, didn't expect it will end up in the hands of bobos and Bobo, the clown. It all started with metapisis possibly a spanish scientist is blogging and digesting TJ. The meaning of the root words of Metaphysics meta (beyond) physica (matter) dealing with the cosmological unknown. Is TJ a distant cousin of ET? I think that is what escarpia was trying to point out in the reference German metaphisis.

Of course, anyone seeing you will go blind, but that's the chance you'll have to take). Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 09:19 AM
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But Justa if it doesn't work it will be the blinD leading the blind and one of them will have on a purple & gold thong. And then what happens if the other blind guy accidently touches MY inner Bobo! OH THE HUMANITY!


Tim-4-Show,

>>>Since the bench is so hot n cold, I propose swapping a starter and bench
>>>player to even things out. How about #2 for #1?

How many times to I have to repeat this. Here... I'll shout...

JORDAN WAS NOT THE PROBLEM YESTERDAY.

All Jordan did at the start of the fourth was pass the ball in to Bynum or Odom or rotate it along the outside. He didn't take any bad shots (like Odom). He didn't brick any shots (like Odom and Bynum), and he didn't turn the ball over (like Odom and Bynum).

Jordan and Luke both tried to play the get it inside game, but Bynum and Odom had monumental fails in the post (4 missed shots and 2 turnovers between them).

If you want to replace one starter, make it #16 for either #17 or #7 and things would have gone a lot better.

 
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