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Phil Jackson stresses ability to react to Phoenix's tendencies

The Lakers huddled up at the end of practice Sunday with Coach Phil Jackson detailing the final game plan for the team's upcoming Western Conference finals series against the Phoenix Suns. Lakers forward Lamar Odom described the contents of Jackson's discussion as "nothing different than he usually says," with forward Pau Gasol adding the conversation entailed a "little bit of both" stragegy as well as how to mentally prepare for the Game 1 showdown on Monday.

"We have a report and we talk about making sure you understand that," Jackson said. "But the reality is reaction. It's about getting yourself ready to react and play. You can do all the strategizing you want to do. If you can't make the appropriate reactions, then you're going to have trouble. We hope they feel that impulse tomorrow."

Even if Jackson's message didn't deviate from what he might have already emphasized, as Odom said, the speech on adjusting to unpredictable events comes at an appropriate time when the Lakers feel a lot of uncertainty.

The Lakers have enjoyed a week-long stretch without games after sweeping Utah, giving them plenty of time to rest Kobe Bryant (arthritic right finger) and Andrew Bynum (torn cartilage in right knee). The two sat out of Sunday's practice, with exception to Bryant participating in some drills, to give them more rest. Bynum was getting extra treatment for the swelling in his right knee. So even if the extra rest helped them, it's still unclear how that will translate into the game, particularly with Bynum. Could he play 30 minutes tomorrow?

"I think so," Jackson said. "If the times and the minutes are parsed out in a way that doesn't put heavy time on him, like 12 or 14 minutes in a row, he can play that many."

Nonetheless, it's still hard to assess which Bynum we'll see. Could he replicate the 17-point, 14-rebound and four blocked shot performance in Game 2 against Utah? Or will the series against Phoenix bode similar to Games 3 and 4 where he went scoreless in one and finished with only six points in the other? As far as Bryant goes, his improved health has correlated with his five-game stretch where he's scored at least 30 points. All accounts say Bryant's health has always gotten better, but the Lakers will find out for sure tomorrow.

Even though neither practiced much during this past week, Odom, among others, are placing health in higher importance above continuing team chemistry.

"At this point of the year, we need those guys during the game," said Odom, who also described his injured left shoulder as "OK" and "fine." "It's a good thing. Of course, we don't want them to be hurt. If they got something that's ailing or something that's aching and bothering them, we'd much rather have them be ready for game time."

The uncertainty extends beyond whether the long rest will ensure the health the Lakers need. It also involves the performance itself. The Lakers have won six consecutive playoff games, but so have the Suns. The Lakers have played at their peak this postseason, averaging 101 points a game while allowing only 97.1. But Phoenix has posted similar numbers, scoring an average of 105.8 points while giving up only 95.9 points in each contest. With both the Lakers and Suns enjoying week-long breaks thanks to their series sweeps against Utah and San Antonio, respectively, Jackson and his players anticipate the momentum each team created won't be instantly replicated.

"There's shouldn't be a lot of surprises tomorrow," Gasol said. "Maybe a little bit of rustiness for not playing a long time. But other than that, energy, aggressiveness and determination should be there."

But as far as how the aggressiveness and determination will play out? It's hard to say. The Lakers spent plenty of their time this week addressing how to limit Phoenix's three-point shooting, Steve Nash's play-making abilities and Amare Stoudemire's inside presence. They stressed the need to play at their own pace, get Bynum and Gasol going inside and manage quality shot selection. But even if Jackson says, "we feel like we're ready," the Lakers won't be able to fully until tipoff.

"It's practice. You can't duplicate anything that happens in the game, really," said Derek Fisher, whose teammate DJ Mbenga actually simulated Channing Frye's play during Sunday's practice. "You can try. You can go over plays. You can cover a lot of things. but there isn't anything that mirrors exactly what you go through in an NBA playoff game.

"It's time to go out and play now," Fisher added. "It'll be fun."

--Mark Medina

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Ok, does anybody out there have a link or anything that gives the lyrics to 'Evolve' by Kermit Washington and David Banner (the gatorade commercial i have stuck in my head endlessly?)

Phil Jackass supports Arizona`s new immigration law.

Looks like his liberal, peace loving, zen worshipping, hippie from the 60`s persona was all a fraud!

Anywho...

Did you people see what Perkins did to Howard?

At 278 (Perkins) vs. 265 (Howard) it isn't about just jumping over the guy or getting inside position. Everything Howard got he had to work his a*s off for it.
And Howard is a strong guy. But that's 278 lbs. of wood he has to fight with every possession.

Now, if Bynum's knee is weak, what do you think is going to happen when he has 278 lbs. of wood putting pressure on his body will do? He'll be ineffective. Then Gasol will slide to the 5 spot and if Howard, who is strong, had to fight for every inch of inside position, how far away from the basket do you think Gasol, who is weak, will be when he receives an entry pass?

And Wallace providing back-up?

Lakers/Celtics....Celtics in 6.

mike t.

I'll take a true defensive center over a scoring center any day of the week.

As long as that defensive center is between 270 and 275 lbs. He'll always stop a scoring center.

Exception to that rule are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaq and Hakeem the dream Olajuwon.

so for all the old time bloggers who were so happy to see mike T come back and start blathering, my question is; is this a dementia inspired relapse into nostalgia that cannot but sugercoat the painful and ugly truths of events past in order to make the memories of them more livable, or is this some kind of mike T reading driven blog variant of the stockholm syndrome, where after enough trauma the victims actually begin to sympathize with the cause of their captors?

Either way, the fact that a guy who used to post delusional fantasies and hackneyed predictions which would inevitably prove false went away for a while before coming back to make the same delusions doesn't make me like him more, it makes me have to scroll past his posts more.

I invariably regret deviating from my message of universal acceptance (if accompanied by vicious sarcasm) towards all bloggers, but while I will put up with Mike T and hope that he can find the love towards basketball that brings us all here, I am not going to take seriously any defense of his nonsensical ravings from people that I know know better.

there. I said it.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

My favorite line from the interviews......

"It's time to go out and play now," Fisher added. "It'll be fun."

What Fish REALLY meant to say, but is to nice of a guy to say it publicly (I will say it for him): "Its time to lock and load fellas. Can't wait to kick Nash in the groin and watch him roll around on the floor writhing in pain. Boo-yah!"

Fatty- hey, good to see you.

Phred -

I'm empathetic to your feelings.

But damn it Phred! This is the LA Times Lakers Blog. And if someone wants to come on this site and share delusional rants and unfounded reasoning's, with a hint of a sociopath behavior, then so be it.

Its all about the Lakers - Go Lakers, beat the Suns!

Fatty

PS. Its good to see you too Phred

You can say what you want. But you saw it for y0urselves. You saw what Perkins did to Howard.

Perkins line: 4 pts. 2 rebs. 5 t.o. and 5 fouls.

But one can deny his impact on the game. By playing Howard one on one that left all the other Celtics players free to stick to their man. That's what a good defensive center does.

You saw it for yourselves but you refuse to acknowledge it.

Delusional?

LOL!

mike t.

WELCOME TO TWILIGHT ZONE:

It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge

Be careful for what you ask for. It was the year 2010; take the case of Los Angeles Lakers fans; the Billy Bobs and Joe's of the world, clamoring for revenge; wanting to draw blood, and screaming out to the Universe to bring on the Celtics. In spite of the warning, fans were hell bent on revenge and before these unsuspecting fans realized what they bargained for, they were all swept into the Twilight Zone.

LOL!

mike t.

Mike T's Twilight Zone, where Tractor Traylor happens.

I didn't write the Twilight Zone post. But it was funny.

mike t.

Phred, why don't you stick with the Lakers and your favorite line, it's all about love. You love to critique bloggers whom you don't really know except what from they write. If you can't stand their grammar, so be it go to a blog that deals with grammar. Lakers Blog is about the love and passion for the team. Don't divide but unite whoever and wherever they are.

Michael T.,

That is only one game. You make a big deal of weight, power and relate to victory with one game. You don't look at the big picture and yet you don't believe in statistics. What you are doing is projecting based on performance on their first game? Is that not statistical garbage? Perkins is an error proned player just like Kwame. Let's see how they will match in the future on their quest for 3 more wins.

Serling always struck me as rather effete.

Anybody else noticing Fisher's championship beard is gone?

yeah, the beard is gone....
Is that good? As long as he HIT HIS DARN SHOTS, I'm fine with that...

Cheers.

Mike T, yes, it was funny if somewhat delusional. Give the Celtics credit for a good run so far in the playoffs but Kendrick Perkins isn't the guy that's going to beat us. Seriously. I know you like the fact that he's packing the pounds but Bynum's bigger, heavier and taller. And as far as the knee thing goes, Perkins has his own problems, hyper-extended knee and tendenitis.

Edwin- I believe in the line you referred to I was mocking my own poor grammar, because sometimes I just have poor grammar.

And I guess you could say I was mocking Mike T, although I don't think I was mocking him, I was saying he was delusional.

anyway, to give ouch what he asked for, and to address what i think about the love on this blog;

If You Wanna Conversation the Only Solution is the Love

Based on “Evolve” By Kermit Quinn and David Banner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj5L8bDQpoU

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If you try to talk smack it’s a personal attack
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If you try to talk smack it’s a personal attack
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"Give the Celtics credit for a good run so far in the playoffs but Kendrick Perkins isn't the guy that's going to beat us."

He's not going to "beat us". He going to defend! The rest of the players are gonna beat you. Perkins just has to stop the inside play of the Lakers. That's all he has to do.

mike t.

Mike T,

You're entitled to your opinion like everyone else on here. Here's mine. Even on a gimpy knee, Bynum is still a load for Perkins or Howard to handle. Bynum fluctuates between 275 to 285 pounds and has a better, more versatile offensive game around the basket than Howard(no disrespect to Howard). In their two head to head matchups this season, Bynum outplayed Perkins on the both ends of the floor(especially the game in Boston). Don't get me wrong, Perkins is a good defender, but Bynum will make him work on both ends of the floor as well.

Should the Lakers and Celtics meet in the finals, all the talk about not having Bynum in 08 will finally be put to rest one way or the other. Even if Bynum and Perkins play even, Pau and KG could go either way, same with Artest/Pierce, I'd take Kobe over Ray Allen with Rondo having a clearcut advantage over Fish. Which leaves the bench. LO, Josh, Shannon, Jordan, Sasha versus Rasheed, Glen Davis, Tony Allen, Marquis Daniels and possibly Finley or Nate Robinson. I'll take LO over anyone on their bench right now, although the bench play may determine the series.

I take the Lakers in 6 over the Celtics should we meet. Again, I respect your opinion, but this is just my perspective on how it will play out. Welcome to the Lakers revenge tour, first the Suns and then hopefully the Celtics.

WHAT MAKES CELTICS FORMIDABLE OPPONENT:

1. Just like the Lakers, Celtics too have a winning pedigree.

2. The only reason they lost to Orlando last year was because KG was hurt

3. Now KG is healthy (better health than Bynum) and he is a force to reckon with.

4. Most importantly Celtics play team defense

5. If Lakers have a chance then besides Kobe rest of the team will have to contribute and Bynum is the X-factor.

6. No Bynum no ring

7. Look don't be misled by Celtics being old, MJ won his 35 when he won his last title.

Nemaia Faletogo,

I understand your thoughts but in your post you didn't mention anything about Wallace.

You see it's not about Perkins/Bynum and Garnett/Gasol...you have to put Wallace in there too. That's 3 against 2. Play too far away from the basket makes Gasol ineffective. Well, he always knows how to get his garbage stats.

mike t.

Mike - Perkins isn't going to stop the inside of the Lakers, plural. He's one man. At best, he provides a defensive presence that neutralizes Bynum's offense and that's certainly not a given. You're thinking way too inside the box. You've got other players, other matchups ro consider.

I wish Mike T. would stop talking about Perkins' wood. It's making me uncomfortable. Of course, I've read his "poetry," so I'm not surprised. I think it might be a prison flashback.

Lol! Blah blah blah! Lol!

I'm going to focus on THIS series, because it's the only one that matters right now. Let the little Lieutenant spill his drivel all over. Just try not to get it on your shoes. That stuff stains.

Go Lake Show!

Nemaia - you put it a lot better than I did. Absolutely right, there's a lot of looks, a lot of rotations, matchups, etc.. Home court would be a factor. Health's another - both teams are banged up. But teams have guys that can light it up one night and brick the next. When it comes down to it, we got Kobe, they don't.

Hey guys,

bla bla bla.....Everybody talking about A, B or C...

The truth is:
IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD FOR US!!!!!!!

You can argue this or that, but the Lakers are in the hot spot now. We can beat the Suns, Celts and Magic, that's a fact.
Is it going to happen? I don't know, that's what makes bball so exciting, but the odds are in our favor, c'mon...everyone can see that.
We gotta do our home work and that will be enough.

Cheers.

PS: You guys are still fueling the trolls? Unbelievable....

night, night...

IS MIKE T A TOWN DRUNK OR IS IT JON K.?

Don't count Michael T’s astute observations and dismiss him as a town drunk. Even in his drunken stupor Mike makes note worthy observations. Both Lakers and Celts are starting to peak into championship form. What concerns me most about Celtics is that they play “TEAM” ball. After game 5 win over Cavs, Doc Rivers was quoted as saying that “We played team ball and not a hero ball”. Whereas, with the Lakers, Kobe has tendencies to deviate from team ball and gravitate towards Mano-a-mano, against the team oriented Celts, this just might prove to be Lakers demise. The only way Lakers will prevail over the Celtics is playing “TEAM” ball. No ifs ands and butts. The onus is on Kobe, he must show and prove his leadership, lead by example, trust and corral his team mates into playing a team ball. Forget about the personal legacy, forget about being a hero and focus on being a zero. In the realm of ZEN zero is the key to repeating for the Lakers.

Mike T,

Good point, but I did mention Rasheed as coming off the bench for Boston with LO coming in for LA. Sheed may have an advantage in the post against LO, but LO can definitely take him off the dribble. All these matchups are very intriguing and no one can for certain how they will exactly turn out. This time around it will be different than 08 in that Bynum(barring further injury)and now Ron Artest(for the departed Ariza)will be on the floor. Regardless of what anyone says, their presence does make a difference, how much we won't know unless the Lakers and Celtics get to the finals(lets not get ahead of ourselves yet because Orlando and Phx will be tough outs). Having two 7footers in the lineup presents problem for any team and Artest won't let Pierce just do whatever he wants.

One of the problems that Howard has, is that he doesn't have another big body or true power forward playing alongside him in the lane which allows the Celtics bigs to just key on him and beat up on him. People forget that in last year's finals, Howard struggled against the Lakers because of their big frontline and while Pau deserved most of the credit for defending Howard pretty well, Bynum still supplied another big presence and used many hard fouls on Howard during the season. The Magic forwards like to hang out around the perimeter, leaving Howard(a beast in his own right)to battle a plethora of Celtic bigs who are locked in on collectively being physical with him. Pau and Bynum together would present a different challenge altogether for the Celtics or any other team simply because of their length and size.

Even during the Celtics/Cavs series, Perkins didn't really stop Shaq at all, it was Shaq missing a lot of chippies, with many layups going in and out. Bynum is also a better FT shooter than both Perkins and Shaq, but the Lakers need to feed him the ball more in the post to challenge Perkins and possibly get him in early foul trouble. The one who really killed the Cavs was Rondo, who just ate up Mo Williams and Parker.

The Lakers/Celtics would be a great series, but they both must get there first. Go Lakers!!!

"You see it's not about Perkins/Bynum and Garnett/Gasol...you have to put Wallace in there too. That's 3 against 2."
****
We've got this guy named Lamar Odom. He plays the 4... he's pretty good, too.

e x a c t l y: P h i l???

Please don't come back next year.
And leave your comments for your inner circle of well to do smug social elitists.
Even if you agree with Arizona's law of stopping every person of ethnic features, darker appearance, face of disillusionment, petty and pathetic story, worthlessness of a person, created by god for other's judgement (yours Phil) etc...
Why would you want to involve yourself in this conversation Phil Jackson?
The contradiction began the moment you opened your suffocating pungent mouth. Be happy, I don't think an illegal is taking your job or your son's job any time soon.
Don't get me wrong I believe in reform, but because of my face I can be stopped whilst you pass me by in your fancy car without a care in the whole wide world knowing that you made a remark about people like myself on May 16 2010. Sometimes opinions are best left to one's self . Don't you think?

I've been a Lakers fan ever since 1988, not because Magic made great political commentaries on immigration reform (lol... he had the same spotlight as you do now) but because of his inspiring play. How are you going to inspire the young kid who is having dreams right now thanks to what the Lakers are doing, but because a great coach like Phil Jackson said something about how his parents got here, there must be something fundamentally defective within him. His dream team the Lakers have a representative who indirectly does not really believe in him (in this small boy's mind).
Yes I'm sorry Phil for having been born with this ethnic face of mine.

Nemaia Faletogo,

"Even during the Celtics/Cavs series, Perkins didn't really stop Shaq at all, it was Shaq missing a lot of chippies, with many layups going in and out."

I guess you didn't read my earlier post:

"I'll take a true defensive center over a scoring center any day of the week.

As long as that defensive center is between 270 and 275 lbs. He'll always stop a scoring center.

Exception to that rule are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaq and Hakeem the dream Olajuwon."

Kareem's hook shot was impossible to stop. Wilt was to powerful to stop. Shaq was too big to stop. Hakeem...well, with all those post moves...he's the dream.

Oh, one more player I forgot to put up there. Moses Malone. An unstoppable offensive rebounder.

mike t.

I believe we'd all enjoy a re-match of the '76 Finals.

Yes Perkins neutralized Howard, but guess what? Last year a gimpy Bynum and "Gasoft" neutralized him pretty well too. So does that prove Pau/Drew are defensive centers, and Dwight is an offensive one? No, it means that if you neutralize Howard, the Magic can be beat. And because Howard is much better at D than O, unlike Shaq or Wilt, you don't need a Bill Russell to stop him.

And let's see how this round plays out before speculating about an '08 rematch. The Magic are in the same position as the Cs were in the last round after the first game, and we saw how that turned out.    

And the Lakers aren't going to just pencil in a win either. This will be as tough a test for their D as they've faced all season, which is a good thing...

Keltic Trolls! One Ring (Not Two) to Rule Them All!

They Love Their Keltics:

Paul "Inglehood" Pierce (Felt Sorry For Him Getting Stabbed in a Bar Fight Until He Threw His "Where U From?" Gang Signs Against Atlanta)
Kendrick "Turtlehead" Perkins (His Head Really Does Look Like A Turtle Without a Shell)
Ray "The Great Gazoo" Alien (Seriously, I had flashbacks of my childhood watching The Flintstones)
Rajon "Leprechaun Head" Rondo (Look At Him. "Ai Me Lucky Charms!")
Rasheed "Stains" Wallace (Teeth and Head)
Glenn "The Big Nub" (fka "Big Baby"; aka "Big Lard Butt") Davis
Kevin "The Fading Ticket" Garnett
Tony "Who?" Allen
Shelden "My Head's So Small I Was A Stand-in for Tony Shalhoub in 'Men in Black'" Williams

I Guess The Boston Globe, Like The Keltic Fans, Are Still Living Back in the 20th Century! No Blog? Or are they just TOO DRUNK To Develop Their Own Blog Thoughts...

Too bad that banning someone doesn't really mean that they are really banned. I thought we could believe what MM says. He said dfish was banned but he still is posting, what is up with that?

i can't wait to see d-fish use his fullback-body and slam into "mr. i-carried-the-canadian-flag-for-my-country's-olympics", steve nash. maybe fish can do his robert horry's "hipcheck" on egore (nash) from a few years ago. after that series, i thought hollywood was beckoning nash to come west, so he could apply his skill in the "stunt-movie" business. ha ha. or maybe yet, d-fish could go "luis scola" on any of the suns. anyway you look at it, fish, is ready.....locked and loaded!

MarcB that was really good
You cracked me up

Bynum's injuries have me extremely nervous. Extremely nervous.

Kobe's injuries only have me a little nervous... because he's Kobe.

This may be a different playoffs than I expected. Someone (SOMEONE!) unexpected always steps up to make the difference when it comes to Greatness.

Gasol, Artest, and Lamar. Maybe one of them will be the One.

We'll see.

I can't wait for Monday's game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

RED'S LOVE CHILD,

"Phil Jackass supports Arizona`s new immigration law."

70% of Americans support the law and of the 30% who don't, a big chunk of them are just being reactionary because they don't actually understand the law.

As my father--a legal immigrant--said to me the other day, "I don't know what the big deal is. When I got pulled over a month ago for a traffic infraction, I had to give the officer my driver's license. That's just part of life."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

lurker,

"Too bad that banning someone doesn't really mean that they are really banned."

Agreed, but I don't really blame Mark Medina for it. If these trolls are truly pathological--as some appear to be--they'll just change their name or their computer to spew their garbage.

It's weird that some people are like that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm nervous about this Suns series.

Am I worried about losing? No.

I'm worried because all the so-called "experts" have us dominating so easily. Over the last several years, I've come to recognize that the people on this blog have a much better idea as to what is going on with the Lakers than national experts.

I'm not talking about experts like the Kamenetzky Brothers, Kevin Ding or Mark Medina.

I'm talking about ESPN talking heads and East Coast reporters.

They're ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG!

Not unlike "Big Mike" Teniente!

Go since he's given up on the Lakers, at least we have that going for us.

Anyhow, the Suns are a very good team. I was surprisingly impressed with them in the playoffs. I didn't think they'd get past the Spurs... and they swept them. Gentry has done a great job coaching that team.

Sorry if I'm rambling a bit. I just want the Lakers to win and this time off has been a bit stressful to my Lakeraholicism.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Ronny James Dio died.

That sucks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frtJQFe9apw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5SvBJwh1eA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64coD-rx9sk

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"I'll take a true defensive center over a scoring center any day of the week.

As long as that defensive center is between 270 and 275 lbs. He'll always stop a scoring center.

Exception to that rule are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaq and Hakeem the dream Olajuwon.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | May 16, 2010 at 07:59 PM"

Unfortunately for the Lakers they had to suffer by employing 3 of the 4 exceptions, by the way, you declared those 4 centers as "Exception to the rule.." however you did not make a statement declaring that it would be most beneficial to have those players. Now where exactly are we going, I think we're going down the road to Kwame-land, if we havn't ended up there yet, sorry, I'm tired, I just got home from my loser job to read all the postigs.

Hey guys, Mike T. was "Kwame-calves" wasn't he....now he's sliding and with post he's setting us up for Kwame, the great defensive center, would have been better to keep, because our center (primarily due to injury) does not weight between 270 and 275, but only weighs in at 250, whereas hey, coinkydinky...Kwame weighs 270lbs.

You know when you see an old friend that you havn't seen for a while, and after a while you remember why they became old friends???? I think we've been bamboozled!!!! Remember what we did to people we didn't want, we ignored them or shoved their lives into the ground.

I'd like to see Kwame Brown as a Laker again some day.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Let's get this game on.

May God bless our team!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K,

THe whole immigration stuff is not about a drivers license. Everybody gets asked for his or her drivers license. It is about going the next step, asking for proof of citizenship if the police suspects that you are not a citizen. That is the issue here!! And all of that will be based on the way one looks. A white person breaks a traffic law, he gets asked for his license, a latino or a black person does the same they will likely ask for his license and his proof of citizenship!! Do you spot the difference?

Good morning,

Up at 4:30 a.m. No good reason. My Lakers jones, I suppose. The way the games are spread out from here on is enough to make me crazy. I hope our guys watched some of the Celtics-Magic game yesterday. The visiting team showed up to make a statement; the home team didn't show up until the 4th quarter. It makes a difference.

What I like most about tonight and what I'm looking forward to the most is this: All the conjecture, all the strategizing, all the predictions, all the arguments, all the trash talk no longer matter. Starting tonight, it's one game at a time, one quarter at a time, one five-minute interval at a time, one play at a time.

As a fan, I'm happy that the playoff system has given us death matches featuring the four best teams. Which reminds me: I'm really low on vodka. I probably should pick up some fresh batteries for the defibrillator, should the series create too many heart-stopping moments for Justanothermambafan. It's Game Day! Can't wait. Go Lakers!

Mike T,

"But one can deny his impact on the game. By playing Howard one on one that left all the other Celtics players free to stick to their man. That's what a good defensive center does.
You saw it for yourselves but you refuse to acknowledge it"

Well I for one only watch the laker games so I didn't see it. Regardless I'll take your word for it that Perkins bullied Howard.

That's as far as it goes though cuz if you ain't noticed we're the defending champions and lord help the celtics if they show up in the finals to play us. Nuff said though, we've got Nash and co to worry about 4 now.

Still for what it's worth ... memo from the Sheriff's office ... we're the defending champions and nobody in this league is going to bully us ... if you can't respect our players, respect the ring

" if you can't respect our players, respect the ring"

LOL!

Granted.

mike t.

Wow, alot of qualified, clairvoyant individuals on here !!

Go lakers!

Rasheed Wallace -‘Doesn’t matter what I do during the regular season, I will be judged for what I do in the playoffs,’

You listening, LBJ?

Kwame! Kwame! Kwame!

Mike this down.. Perkins will not dominate the laker front line like he's doing Dwight, reason why? dwight has 1 back to the basket move, and that's standing there waiting fort he ball. His entire inside game is based on face up dives acrosst he lane and alley oops. Even on 1 and a half legs, Bynum has better posts moves. And you're forgetting 1 very important fact as we've watched the lakers vs celtics since 2008, Gasol has learned how to operate very easily against bostons' bigs. He will post KG up and punish him for being too light int he azz and will simply face up perkins who is too slow to stay with him and use quickness. Artest is Pierces living nightmare, Lakers knock off suns in 6, Celtics in 5. Repeat a mear 11 games away.

Rick - my BFF - always got my back.... thanks man!

Howdy Sherrif - hope to see you on the live chat tonight. (And BTW - why you feeding the trolls? You should know better than that!)


Jon K - I feel you. I'm feeling nervous, but I think it's just cuz of the long layoff and some concern about injuries. I still say we got this. Magic didn't show up 'til the 4th last night - I hope our Lakers take the lesson and show up for a solid 48. I don't want the Phuns thinking they've got even the remotest whiff of a chance at winning.


GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice!!


AND THANK GOD IT'S GAME DAY BABY - YYYEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!


Rick Friedman -

Well said.

There is no cure for our Lakers addiction. There are no 12 step programs that work. There is no drug that will suppress it. No support group that helps. They only make it worse.

My advice? Do your best to enjoy and if necessary, endure the moment.

I agree with numbing yourself with alcohol. For me, this treatment has worked well in the past. I prefer a decent Scotch blend, with a recommended dose of one double before the game. Take one more dose at the half, (two if we are losing), one more to start the 4th, (if the game is tied) and one more shot after the game, whether we lose or win.

Use what works for you. I know you like Vodka. For Laker Tom it's some Mary Jane, for Tim-for-Show, its long hours on the phone with his 'bookie' for Jon K, its working over Cleveland fans, and for Mike T, well. let's not go there.

But do something....

Go Lakers! Let's get this party started with a win over the Suns.

Fatty - it is so good to have you back!

Hell, if I remember correctly the word coming out of the Celtics/Lakers series in '08 was "manhandled".

If I remember correctly both Garnett and Perkins were making Gasol look like a rag doll. Or a mop head they were wiping the floor with. LOL!

Hell, even Rondo slapped him.

mike t.

Mike T, this is why I said SINCE the 2008 series. Did you see the games they played this year or last year? We as basketball fans very well know there are few regular season games treated like playoff games, but lakers celtics games the past 2 years have been very heated and very much a playoff atmosphere. Gasol took it to them twice, and let's not forget, if not for an injured Kobe not playing in the last meeting this year, we beat sweep them 2 years in a row. Fisher ended up pump faking off the inbounds pass from Artest trying to draw a foul on Ray Allen when he had an open shot, and threw up a brick. As I said, Since the 08 series, Gasol has learned how to operate against them.

I don't buy regular season games as previews.

Ask the Cavs about the regular season.

mike t.

"if not for an injured Kobe not playing in the last meeting this year, we beat sweep them 2 years in a row."

if if if if....

2008: Celtics swept the Lakers in the regular season. (Celtics Champs)

2009: Lakers swept the Celtics in the regular season. (Lakers Champs)

2010: Spit. (Celtics in 6)

mike t.

After reading Mark's post, I am positive the Lakers are ready for the challenge before them.

So the question for all of us to consider. Are we ready for the game? Are we prepared to do our part to lead the Lakers to victory?

Is there any unique ritual we do like sacrificing a chicken, having a special lucky drink, praying to God, praying to Satan, standing during the entire 4th quarter?

Hey, anything that you do that might help all of us get through the game and help the Lakers win.

We would like to know....

justanothermambafan -

Its nice to be back, thank you.

Its good for the healing of the soul to share our passion with good friends....

Hey Fatty, do you remember these lines you said in 04/28/2007

This blog is like a dysfunctional family. Everyone has to do his or her part. Haven't you figured that out yet? We have a Love, Hate relationship. We "love" to hear our comments, but "hate" every one elses. "Never Positive" "Never has anything good to say about the Lakers" and "Never ever, will shut up" is just fullfilling his roll. Every blog has one like Never. Every dysfunctional family has one member that is always pointing out how bleak life is. Life would be boring without bloggers like Never.

~~Well someone took the place of Never and preaching the Great Perkins. It is an evolution or shall we say reincarnation from Kwame to Perkins. lol!

So you don't buy into regular season games at all, but after a split, with the split occurring via a 1 point loss without the best player in the league on the court, you say that based on that split Celtics win? Lol I'll just go back to ignoring your posts now, thanks, you've shown me you have zero consistency in your posts nor objectivity, you're just a Celtics fan on a Lakers blog

Just FYI -


Never isn't a troll. When he predicts the Lakers to lose, it's really:

I (never) predict the Lakers to lose.


In other words - he's predicting a win.

Besides, the Cavs crap their pants every year because they are overly reliant on the 3 point shot. Not a single player on their team has a dominant post game..Shaqs dominant days are over, Lebron is a 6'8 270 pound pg who lacks a post game. Lakers can play inside. The entire starting unit minus Fish can play with solid post game. The shots come easier, and you don't have to make ridiculous moves off the dribble to score. Don't point to an underachieving bunch of front runners to support your point please, talk about the two previous champions with more respect than a team who is just the regular season champs. Matchups matter in the playoffs, and I'll take this Lakers team and the matchups they provide over any team out there.

Edwin, yes I remember that comment. And I felt bad about it later as we got to know 'Never' better. Always taking the other or opposite side was his way with coping as a true Lakerholic. It took me awhile to understand that.

And..... where do you find these quotes? I thought they were all buried with Indiana Jone's Ark of the Covenant in some government vault.

rag doll, rag doll
he's nothing but a rag doll.
mop head, mop head
he's nothing but a mop head.

rag doll, mop head
there's a reason why they call him Gasoft!

mike t.

Shakespear had an idea:

..."it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".


Lakers - Celtics Match up...if it comes to be prediction for Perkins: Foul Trouble. Bynum is taller and heavier and can make short shots consistently and make free throws, unlike Howard who may have the worst combo of low post skills and free throw shooting of any all star I can recall. Great defender and rebounder. Perkins isn't much of an offensive threat and he also is playing with one bad wheel so I'm comfortable with the center match up. I'd pound the ball into the bigs all day. Pau is superior to KG at this point. If either KG or Perkins goes to the bench and Wallace is in the game...advantage Lakers. He is way past prime. Pierce is a baller but Ron will make him work, Ray is good but Kobe is better. Rondo is the best player on their team right now and Fish will be over matched but that is the only advantage the C's have. Both benches are average but Lamar is the best 6th man in the series. With the way Boston almost blew that game at the end even with the Magic playing so bad I wouldn't count the Magic out yet. I see it going 7. No way the Magic lay another egg like that again. How many shots did Howard miss inside 3 feet? Give some credit to Perkins but that won't happen again. The guys got to shoot somewhere near 50% from that range and get the C's in foul trouble. If that happens the C's could get blown out.

keen observer,

"It is about going the next step, asking for proof of citizenship if the police suspects that you are not a citizen. That is the issue here!! And all of that will be based on the way one looks."

1. I understand your concerns, but I think they are rooted in paranoia.

2. This won't be about how someone looks, but I think it will be about how someone TALKS. If a cop pulls over someone who is Hispanic and he/she has a drivers license and can speak English, there is no way in hell any responsible police officer is going to ask for that person's "proof of citizenship." That's crazy.

3. Now, if a cop pulls over someone who doesn't have a driver's license, can't provide proof of identity, AND cannot speak English, well, you know what? There's a good possibility that person is an illegal alien. That's just common sense.

4. I'm sorry to state the obvious as the obvious may be offensive to some people, but I've spent a lot of time having to size up people quickly working in a dangerous environment over the last year and though the idealist in me hates this conclusion, my experience has validated it and that conclusion is: "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, well, it's probably a duck."

5. I've had to turn away so many people at my club for not having ID. For a long time I didn't get it. Why would anyone be roaming around without a driver's license? It didn't make sense to me. Experience has taught me three reasons:

a) They've got warrants out for their arrest and they don't want the cops to ID them quickly.

b) They've got drugs and/or drug money on them and if they're arrested, they don't want to be ID'd quickly as a means of confusing their arrest.

c) They're an illegal alien.

d) They're under the age of 21 and trying to get into a club that's 21 and over.

So, that's reality on the streets brother. In my mind, all this outrage is much ado about nothing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Necessary evils against a certain proportion of the population are best left for the commentary of politicians, not coaches. Thats their job. Phil Jackson is entitled to his opinions but if I'm Dr. Buss I would be pissed off as hell, specially living in a city full of latinos. He just alienated millions of Lakers fans. FTW? A movement of the people is not started by words from a basketball coach. You didn't start any movement PJ. Just let it be and let the Suns try to do the opposite of what you just did. Keep on alienating. A few weeks ago I didn't really care for what the Los Suns did a few weeks ago,but in comparing you with them I have more respect for them now. They understood that the law is touching a nerve with the legal latino residents. If your mother had crossed the border would you talk like you do? Don't get involved in this mess mister Phil Jackson. Thats not your position and you don't want to inflame us any more.

When I say necessary evils I'm not saying that I agree. I don't agree, but it is law and it will have to be carried out by law enforcement so it is considered necessary in that state now. It opens up a huge window for racism, but maybe with the right people in charge can be done right??

Mike T,

Maybe you missed last years' finals, when Bynum was in about the same weak state (maybe weaker). Pau had no problem with Dwight Howard.

If Orlando makes it past Boston, it's Lakers in 6.

A weird contrast between Ohio and California:

Racism is A LOT worse here in Ohio, but people in California complain about and claim racism a lot more.

By contrast it seems almost like paranoia.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I love and support the Lakers and Phil Jackson. Long live Phil Jackson. Americans SUPPORT Phil Jackson all the way. Americans will NOT be intimidated.

Jon K: Stop including Blacks in your plight. Blacks have no problem showing ID and never have. Blacks have their own problems and always have. I don't recall seeing ANY minorities joining with us during our tribulations -- not even a high-five. After our HARD earned gains you people try to ride our shirt-tails. I do recall seeing MANY White sympathizers protesting, walking, fighting, bleeding and dying with us, but NO minorities.

The Arizona law is a righteous and JUST law and the entire US should adopt it right away before we no longer have a Sovereign Nation. It is time for SELF-DEFENSE and Self Preservation of OUR nation.


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