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A five-minute interview that consisted of Kobe Bryant offering rapid-fire responses had almost come to an end. In between each of his short and direct answers, a reporter fired another question, ranging from how the Lakers allowed Phoenix to tie the Western Conference Finals at 2-2, the team's poor defense, its struggle against the Suns' zone, its trigger-happy tendencies from three-point range and the importance of Game 5 on Thursday night at Staples Center. Bryant maintained a pretty stoic persona throughout the session, offering neither smiles nor visible frustration. Finally, a reporter openly wondered about his state of being.

"You having fun, Kobe?" he asked.

After pausing, Bryant simply responded, "Sure."

Bryant's far from happy with the Lakers' performance, as is Coach Phil Jackson, who had plenty to critique about the Suns' rebounding advantage (51-36), the Lakers' shooting from three-point range (nine of 28) and the team's defense. But Jackson's comments to his players during Wednesday's practice summed up pretty well how he views the team's current situation.

"Like I told them, if you can't meet this challenge," Jackson said, "why go to the Finals?"

That seemed almost a guarantee as recently as last week with the Lakers opening up a 2-0 series lead while Phoenix showed no signs it could shut down the Lakers' numerous options in Bryant, the team's outside game and the suddenly hot outside shooting. Given that closing out the series would've given the Lakers additional time off while Orlando has crept back with Boston, this isn't the scenario Jackson or his players want. But Jackson's comments to his team spoke more of what he hoped served as a teachable moment during the postseason. How a team responds during adverse situations can reveal its true colors better than when things are going smoothly.

"There's absolutely no doubt that we love this," Jackson said. "This is what champions are made of. We had this situation with Oklahoma [in the first round tied 2-2]. We had it with Denver last year in the Finals. It should be like this. This is what it should be if you have the best teams in the West going up against each other. It should come down to a challenge like this. If the teams have the grit and ability, then they're here. Then it should come down to this kind of a challenge. We want to accept that and go forward."

Though the Lakers had been in this predicament before when the Thunder tied the series at 2-2, Jackson pointed to how the circumstance differs given Oklahoma City is a young and upcoming team, while the Suns have more experience, a reason why he views the Lakers' current situation as a greater challenge. I had observed during that time that the Lakers maintained a pretty level-headed approach. The Lakers appeared to have the same mindset during Wednesday's practice, speaking in very matter-of-fact tones and acting neither overly optimistic or pessimistic about the situation.

Clearly, the Lakers have experienced this before, a luxury Lakers guard Derek Fisher acknowledges the team has. But he remained hesitant to give that factor too much credit considering the possibility it can give the team false comfort. 

"Experience does count for something but you don't get any points for it in the game," Fisher said. "Obviously we'll take it and we'll utilize it in the right situations. But it's not something we're just leaning on -- because we have more experience that we're supposed to win. There are a lot of situations throughout a game that in terms of preparation for a game and all the things that go into winning playoff games where experience matters. It's not something we feel gives us an edge in a way where we just show up and something's going to happen for us."

Even so, the Lakers responded in Game 5 against Oklahoma City with a convincing 111-87 victory. And for what it's worth, Gasol senses the Lakers having the same attitude now as they did entering that contest.

"It's Game 5 and the series is tight," Gasol said. "It's a must win for us. The sense of urgency is total at this point."

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to cut past Phoenix center Robin Lopez, right, as Lakers center Andrew Bynum screens Grant Hill, left, during Game 4 on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Magia32

I'm thinking Kobe comes out tonight chewing a piece of gum like a mad man

(name on top just in case you guys want to scroll)

Posted by: Magia32 | May 27, 2010 at 09:30 AM

Hey guys just a housekeeping note. I'm ironing out the programs I use to edit video on my computer. Hence, the reason why there's no video. I hope to get it done before the game tonight. But I'll keep you posted.

MM

There Will be Blood

The blog's up, market's up and so is LA. Fans won't allow a loss in game 5. Yeah, the LA fans. Ever been to a must have Laker playoff game? Intense. No casual star gazers tonight, there will be blood on court and the stands.

The Sun's run ends tonight. Tonight the defense is solved, our bench steps up and the momentum flows into game 6. Over and on to our date with destiny.

LongtimeLakerLover

"There Will be Blood

The blog's up, market's up and so is LA. Fans won't allow a loss in game 5. Yeah, the LA fans. Ever been to a must have Laker playoff game? Intense. No casual star gazers tonight, there will be blood on court and the stands.

The Sun's run ends tonight. Tonight the defense is solved, our bench steps up and the momentum flows into game 6. Over and on to our date with destiny.

Posted by: VMan | May 27, 2010 at 09:36 AM"


Oh yeah.

Jon K

i do not care too much about the Cavs situation.

at the same time after Mike brown was fired i've seen a little note from Mo Williams who said that firing MB was not right. i was a little surprised but, what do i know.

that fits the story-line u described in the last post.

repost:

Wow, what a morning!
Next thing we're going to have is a blog tag team cage match: Mamba24 and JonK (with their manager Ms. Justa (I can see the business suit, hair in bun, little glasses...) vs Jesus Santos and Ricky. Prematch will be Ouchhhhh vs The World.

Lighten up people. It's GAME DAY!!! The past is gone, the future is not yet written, life is beautiful...unless you're the Suns.

JR

JON K ON MAMBA24 . . .

For the past couple of weeks, I've withdrawn to only reading and not writing on this blog. I just have no appetite for being drawn into the idiotic barbs cast by society's "losers"(to quote JON K) on personal matters that have little or nothing to do with NBA issues.

But, I cannot sit idly by and fail to affirm "people on this blog enjoy Mamba24's posts, his enthusiasm, his energy, and his creativity" (direct quote from JON K.). I love Mamba24's input. He has his own style, as do so many others. His playful spirit is a gift. His passion is contagious. His frequent affirmations are encouraging. And yes, his mistakes are obvious, for which his frequent apologies seek to correct.

Please, enough with the personal hate and attacks. Enjoy the passion and diversity of perspectives. Be mature. Don't be losers. Revel in the spirited debate that sports affords us! But, don't use this venue to spew venom.

I challenge YOU ALL to consider the destructive nature to personal attacks, no matter the "freedoms" that "Free Speech" rights might afford.
--"Losers" ask the question, "CAN I?" before speaking or acting.
--Mature people ask the question, "SHOULD I?" before speaking or acting.


Let us COLLECTIVELY make the mature choice.

Now I return to my protective shelter, less unsavory attacks rain down on me.

Mike

In Game 2 (two)

kobe made sure that every player was involved and played well. he even sacrificed his 30+ streak to make sure everyone will be pumped up for the Game 3 and confident.

even if Farmy played bad in the first half, in the post game interview Kobe singled out Farmy as the decisive factor with his 3 point made and the steal that turned the momentum in the 4th.

i guess that is leadership.

and what was the TEAM's response? in Game 3 and 4? they ignored him.

JR - so.. you picture me in your mind's eye, do you? LOL! You're close... so close... but yet so very far away. I only look like that on meeting days. Nothing says 'professional woman' more than a bun & some little glasses.

LMAO!

Thanks for the voice of sanity LakerMike. Hope to see you on the chat tonight.

M2,

>>> Justanothermambafan is right that it is the readers that make this blog great. I'm merely the traffic cop. That doesn't mean though that justa is going to the ASG.

On being a traffic cop, it's time to silence Ricky and a few other knuckleheads once and for all.

As far as Justa & the ASG: www.votejusta.com

Oh, yes, as for Mamba24, he makes all of us aspire higher.

Let's make today Unity Day. No matter how divergent our opinions, we all want our team's talent, execution and focus to merge & converge. Go Lakers!

Do you hear/read Gasol saying *I* need to do a better job?
Have you *EVER* heard/read about Gasol saying *I* need to do a better job?

Posted by: hobbitmage

Gasol is a TEAM player. there is not *I* in the TEAM. :-)

only a simulation in the POINTED FINGER at other players.

but there is in : Me, Myself and *I*, The Best Center in the World.

Alright people...what the hell is going on here? Can we just cut out the personal attacks and focus on what's important, The Lakers. I better not read one more word bashing Mamba24 or there really will be blood...CAPISH!!!!
Seriously, grow up people. Mamba, just ignore the BS like we all do when the trolls arrive.

IT'S GAMETIME FOLKS AND WE ARE READY TO BOUNCE BACK!!! I THINK!!! LOL

Thank you LakerMike. The personal attacks are becoming hard to digest.

Rick

i left the house to get more cigarettes and coffee. my vodka supply is intact. i was so angry that i could not even have a shot.

i passed this car that had the lights on. and i've seen the woman who put money in the parking meter. it is pouring in San Francisco, so between coins, umbrela and other luggage, not surprising. i ran after her to tell her that the car's lights r on. she was totally grateful. no fun to wait for the AAA in the rain if one has it.

i want to pass all my karma to the Lakers.

Let's make today Unity Day. No matter how divergent our opinions, we all want our team's talent, execution and focus to merge & converge. Go Lakers!

Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 27, 2010 at 09:57 AM

PERFECT!!!!

Thanks for the voice of sanity LakerMike. Hope to see you on the chat tonight.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 27, 2010 at 09:55 AM

Can somebody here explain how to post on the chat?

If the refs are instructed to ref fairly or to swallow their whistles tonight, the Lakers win.

"I only look like that on meeting days." - Justa

And when you lead your two macho blog wrestlers to the ring...

Guys (in the collective sense), it's time to start the positive waves going out to OUR team for tonight's game.

Ouchhhhh dude, if the Lakers don't take a championship this year you can spend the summer Pau bashing. You are starting to take on a DFish level of obsessiveness about Gasol. That's bad in case you are wondering. Calm yourself, enjoy the rest of the season and then spend the summer being miserable if that is your wish.

JR

Officially Unshunning Myself to Comment on Mamba24: TROLLS, STOP THE PERSONAL ATTACKS!!!! GO BACK UNDER YOUR BRIDGES...

RESHUN! I'm Back in Exile. We'll Meet Again on the Championship Platform!

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For those of you who didn't see my original post, I'm reposting it hear:

"This Blog & Chats Lately Have Become TROLL-VILLE!!!!

Haters With Nothing Positive to Add!!!!

If Kobe has a Bad Game, they Bash Him. If they Can't Bash Kobe, they Bash Gasol. When they couldn't Bash Gasol, they Bash Fisher. Etc., etc., etc.

When they can Bash the Whole Team, They Get a Thrill Down Their Leg.

They're as Bad as Whaquille O'Neal when he was trying to get Kobe traded!!!! Nothing But Negativity!!!

Bad Kharma!

TIME TO STOP FEEDING THE TROLLS!!!!

LET THE TROLLS FEED ON THEMSELVES FOR ONCE!!!

Mamba24, Justa, Jon K., LongTime, and All the Other True Laker Fans: KEEP THE FAITH!!!

MarcB is OFFICIALLY IN EXILE! Saving My Positive Energy for the Game!

GO LAKERS!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!!

SIGNING OFF..."

M. Phil, there will be a little green line that says "Make a Comment" at the top of the chat box. Click on that and you are on your way.

JR

Magic Phil

on the top of the Live Chat box there is a sign

ADD A COMMENT. if U click on it it will open a small window that is like this one.

Magic Phil -

At the top of the chat box - IN VERY SMALL LETTERS - it says "post a comment" or something like that. It's extremely small and it's the top border of the chat box itself. If you click on it, it opens so you can enter your handle and a comment....

To Friedman,

Hey guy, you has any problem with the Freedom to speak here or everywhere. You can said all you want, and the others the same. We not want in this blog of Freedom Dictators like you.

I have the big solution to win the next game:

TOUCHES FOR PAU GASOL, Kobe acting like "Robin", and the rest playing Teamwork to Pau Gasol.

To Friedman,

Hey guy, you has any problem with the Freedom to speak here or everywhere. You can said all you want, and the others the same. We not want in this blog of Freedom Dictators like you.

Posted by: Ricky | May 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Well said Ricky. Are you also writing the Palin speeches?


Wes

Wesjoenixon

I´m a Sara Palin´s truthly fan. Here in Spain we have the clon of Palin, his name is "Esperanza Aguirre", or maybe Palin is the clon of Aguirre, I dont Know.

You laker fans never cease to amaze me. You have more excuses than pfizer has pills. The suns outplayed you in games 3 and 4 and our coach outcoached old Phil. Let's not forget how the suns bench slapped your bench and starters around. Don't get too cocky yet flaker fans.

Posted by: Tom | May 27, 2010 at 09:55 AM
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I have a favorite saying that goes, "The sun has got to shine on a dog's @zz some days."

In this case you got two straight days of Suns-shine, (lol, see what I did there?) BUT today's forecast calls for Purple & Gold Storm Clouds with a HEAVY chance of WHOOP @ZZ!!!

Bring an umbrella, you're gonna need it.

I have the big solution to win the next game:

TOUCHES FOR PAU GASOL

Posted by: Rick

he can touch himself. he does not like to be touched by others. only his own finesse.

oucchhhhhhh,

"i do not care too much about the Cavs situation."

It's not only about you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Magic Phil,

"Can somebody here explain how to post on the chat?"

During the chat, there's a link on the top of the chat that says "Post A Comment."

Just click on it and fill in the fields.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Let us unite for our Lakers. We need every positive energy towards our Lakers. This is an important game. Lakers' win tonight may be our guarantee for a repeat. BELIEVE!

This is the end for me. I do not belong here, negativity is something I do not allow myself into. I came here to celebrate my Lakerholicsm, of which I can't find in this blog anymore, no disrespect to the blog, some bloggers and MM. The personal attacks are too much to take, they are worst than what you read on BSPN. I will support my Lakers the old fashioned way. It is more effective that way.

GO LAKERS!!!

It feels like that one nightmare Thanksgiving when every weird relative
decided to show up..

...and you thought they'd NEVER leave...

Ricky,

"You can said all you want, and the others the same."

I can also go into a restaurant and begin screaming "FART! FART! FART!"

But I'd be a fool to assume that it would be okay to do so or that just because I can do that I should do that.

Let me make this clear: YOU ARE LEARNING ENGLISH THE WRONG WAY! It's not just about learning words and phrases. It's about understanding who you are speaking to and speaking respectfully.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K

i complemented your post with the Mo Williams line i found on some site. yes, personally i do not care about Cavs. nothing in my post was against your update.

but obviously u took the line to scream at me

do U really have a multiple personality disorder or you even hate when people agree with you?

on that note, i'm smiling that u r stock in the middle of the urinal between pimps and prostitutes. u deserve it, phd my butt. next year and next. Akron deserves U and U deserve Akron

no sup 4 U

and no PhD.

Jeanette,

Don't leave.

It is because of positive people like you that this blog has stood the test of time.

Remember the phrase, "Evil exists when good people do nothing."

We live in a fallen world because 20% of the people out there simply suck as human beings; however, if the other 80% don't live diligently and courageously, then things could be a lot, LOT worse.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hey Mamba, time to park the BAND WAGON and ROLL OUT the THE TANK, BABY!!!!

ouchhhhhhhh,

Your smug constant stream of on-going negativity provides is clearly a reflection of how you feel about yourself. It is deserved.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hey, surprise. Lakers get into the Western Conference Finals and their opponent is NOT the Washington Generas. It's a damn good team that plays lights out at home.


It's a battle now, one the Lakers can handle, but a battle. Not a time for pointing fingers, a time for kicking butt. This is how it is supposed to be. Look at Boston / Orlando. Getting to the Finas is not a cakewalk,


As Phil said "There's absolutely no doubt that we love this," Jackson said. "This is what champions are made of. We had this situation with Oklahoma [in the first round tied 2-2]. We had it with Denver last year in the Finals. It should be like this. This is what it should be if you have the best teams in the West going up against each other. It should come down to a challenge like this. If the teams have the grit and ability, then they're here. Then it should come down to this kind of a challenge. We want to accept that and go forward."

ouccchhhhh,

"but obviously u took the line to scream at me"

By stating the obvious that your posts are remarkably self-absorbed does not translate into "screaming" at you.

What an insecure little baby you are. [By the way, the tone I would use for this would not be a scream. I would not even raise the tone of my voice in the slightest. I would say it to you looking in your eyes the way I mean it: Matter-of-factly.]

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jeanette - Please stay. You are such a valuable contributor to the blog and we'd hate to see you leave.

MM

Its gameday.. We need another row call if mamba is up for it!

MM.. I thought u banned ricky? Or was that another impostor.. If not then u need to start delivering on ur verbal promises and not talk like a politician.. I thought u said u were moderating posts.. If so how can u approve jesus santos (or saint jesus) comments this morning.. Nothing bball related but just dirty personal attacks

Common get with the program!!

as an "religious scholar" [chuckle], U should know that the Golden Nectar that u r cleaning is the flow/liquid of life in some religions. and it's drunk to the last drop. no spills. or slipping floors. look for the the warning cone. maybe it looks like Fisher. the good people. good human being.

do they have mirrors in the urinal room? take a look or clean those too from time to time. or they r too foggy by now?

Time for some Yeats... from "The Second Coming":

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Jeanette, I agree with you about the negativity but this blog has been supported by the "regulars" for many years now and you belong here.

I can't even begin to understand why people act the way they do. It's just so childish and we're adults people. Drop the BS and let's focus on what we do best and that's support our team, vent our frustrations about our team, and celebrate the wins like only we can...with bandwagons and pages upon pages of back and forth friendly banter.

Get it together people...I majored in psychology in my undergrad years but ya'll are not paying me here so come on, get with it.

Trade proposal:

Lakers trade:
Pau Gasoft
Derek Bitcher
Jordan Big Ears Farmar

Grizzlies trade:
Marc Gasol
Rudy Gay
Mike Conley
O.J.Mayo

Jeanette!!!!!!!!


Do NOT let the trolls drive you away. The blog is a better place because of you, and others like you.


Use your scroll wheel, my dear. MM will get things under control sooner or later, and we'll all be free to revel in our Lakerholism together without stepping in any slime. Ok?


Stick around. Lakerholics are known for our ability to weather the slings and arrows of outrageous idiots who know not of what they speak!

Yes, even the tiniest moron is afforded FREEDOM OF SPEECH....

ouchhhhhhhh,

1. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the top undergraduate Study of Religion program in the United States.

2. My job does not define me.

3. I am a co-manager at where I work.

4. I have cleaning duties because someone has to do it right and I find no shame in doing manual labor. Actually, I feel there is inherent honor in hard work, no matter what that work may be.

5. The fact that you shame people who work hard and do manual labor means that you are inherently a person of low spiritual value.

6. "U should know that the Golden Nectar that u r cleaning is the flow/liquid of life in some religions" Really? Which ones? There are a few isolated Hindu ascetic practices related to what you SEEM to be referring to, but otherwise you seem to be doing nothing more than what you always do which is spew a constant stream of self-absorbed negative nonsense born of the fact that you don't feel good about yourself and that you will do ANYTHING just to get a little attention.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

even the Gasol Part One was a failure at the box office

why do u need a sequel?

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope you're having a good start to the day.

Jeanette - I hope you'll stay; have you tried the Live Chat during games? That's usually a better environment. I wish the personal attacks didn't come your way. If there was something that I could do to change that, I would.

Hopefully you'll get a chance to read this before you completely make up your mind. And I hope you're having a good day as well.

Anybody that saw yesterdays game knows the NBA is an absolute joke.. Haha..What a complete fiasco and comedy of blatant biased calls by the refs.. You say refs can't determine outcome?? Go back and watch the tapes

Hmmm.. 2 quick phantom calls on KG and rondo in first quarter.. Then every single one of the celts big man in foul trouble incluiding perkins, big baby and rasheed.. Hahaha.. (I loved it).. And then for the climx perkins 2nd technical... Hahaha.. Poor guy mustve felt like rodney king... Celts still kept close throughout the game

Sterns formula this playoffs of putting the bigs in foul trouble is working to perfection.... Happened to odom/bynum in phoenix and to dwight in boston.. Tonight amare is gonna be the next victim.. 2 fouls in first qtr.. U heard it here first... Hahaha

THE NBA or the WWF... What's the difference?? I'm still a fan its PURE ENTERTAINMENT so what are u gonna do??

ouchhhhh - serious question here - what has happened to you? I used to love your witty comments. You were a fav poster of mine for awhile. What happened to you? I really hope you are ok, and that the ones you love are ok, cuz you've changed and not for the better. I'm serious here - and I'm also trying to be kind to you and give you the benefit of the doubt. Please - chillax. We all love the Lakers on here (except for the trolls but we're not talking about them right now). We all have our favorite players, and we all have an opinion on how the team is playing and what changes should be made, etc.... BUT - not all of us are right! Hell - no one even knows who IS right until after the fact! We all get passionate about our opinion, and many will defend it to the death (metaphorically speakiing). BUT - when we degenerate into personal attacks on one another, we all know that it's gone too far. We all know that we should scale back. None of us are immune to getting our feelings hurt, and this should not be the place to have that happen to us. However it seems that is what's going on here right now. Please - everyone - we all need to settle down and remember the reason we're here. To celebrate our Laker love - and to agonize over it too. None of us is here to hurt or belittle anyone else. It's gotta stop or the best blog in the world will crumble until it's gone. And then where will we be? Ouchhhh - again - I hope you're ok. And I know this is corny but really - can't we all just get along? The Lakers are playing a very important game tonight. Let's focus on the team and the road to glory, instead of pounding each other over the head with insults and opinions. I know I'm rambling a bit here, but it really is hard to come on here and read the negative stuff directed at fellow blog-mates. If we ALL don't step up, it's a very short drop into anarchy.

Lakers in 7. Celtics in 6 ( to avoid game 7 in Orlando, Stern will make sure Celtics win at home ) .
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Toss up in the Finals. Depends on who places the bets. I'm guessing Lakers repeat so the Sternies and lick their financial wounds.

Guys, thanks for the help on how to post on the live chat, but I still don't see any "post a comment" link there.
Here's a screenshot of what I see:

http://felipereis.com/files/host/chat.jpg

yellofever

I disagree with you about 99% of the time but this is the 1 time I will agree with you. After listening to Tim Donaghy's interview yesterday and watching last night's game, you have to wonder if this is really happening. It's just a little too blatant. I don't think the intention is to favor one team overthe other but to extend the series and make more money but it takes away from the game and the fans.

As much as I hate to say it, I kind of felt bad for the Celtics last night (gag!!!)...I'm sure it won't be the last time since the Finals will be here soon but last night was baaaaaaaad for them. I hope they're all back and healthy before the finals because we want no excuses.

@ouchhhhhhhh


I don't know if 'ignored' is the correct phrase, I think Phoenix did a good job limiting his touched by making other guys more available. that's why Artest is always open on the 3 point line and needs to drive into the lane when he gets the ball as opposed to reading the D for too long. Same with Farmar and Brown.


I do like Kobe's leadership right now, bringing the focus back to the D. Shooting 49% in the playoffs is pretty high, so if we keep scoring like we've been and ramp our D, we'll be fine.

...and from Wm Stafford's "A Ritual Read to Each Other":

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give --yes or no, or maybe--
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

Magic Phil, you can't see it now because the live chat isn't live at the moment. When the game begins tonight and the live chat is activated, you'll see the "add a comment" line at the top. It's very small but just click on it and the larger comment window will open.

1. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the top undergraduate Study of Religion program in the United States.

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make sure NEXT YEAR, when you print your resumé for the Ph.D. application that U will use the a better font so the committee will absorb all the Summa and the Cum and the Laude. i will recommend some sans serif like Frutiger or Univers font family. they have EXTRA BOLD CONDENSE font.

maybe that will do the trick. u know PACKAGING is important.

Hey guys we got a new post up

MM

magic phil - the actual OUTLINE of the chat box itself has the words "make a comment" (or something similar). Look again during a live chat - you'll see it. Just click on the words & it opens up.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/chris_mannix/05/27/suns.lakers.game5/

5. Who's doing the board work? One of the more inexplicable stats in Game 5 was the small-ball Suns racking up a 51-36 edge on the boards over a bigger, more physical Lakers team. Odom (10 rebounds) was the only Laker to crack double figures while Bynum and Gasol combined for 13.

"When a team that is definitely smaller than you dominates the glass with 15 rebounds of differential, I think that's the biggest thing of the game," said Gasol.

Credit the zone for taking away L.A.'s offensive rebounding (Phoenix had an 18-13 edge on the offensive board) and the Suns' rebounding mentality (no player had more than eight rebounds). But for L.A. to win, they need to establish themselves on the inside, beginning with the glass.

justanothermambafan,

re: who's right. Mike T. Who the hell are you? :)

To everyone screaming at ouchhhhhh,

So I do agree that he's been a tad vehement in his negativity. On the other
hand, how long have we heard the leaders of the team [ not named Kobe ]
not address their own short comings?

Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear Gasol say: I didn't do a good job rebounding.
I'll play better."

Don't y'all want to hear Bynum say: I saw Dwight running down the court.
I'm going to give it my best effort or ask Coach to put in Mbenga.

There are 3 players who are giving it their best every night. Kobe, D-Fish
& Artest. There are 2 players who are committed to defense every night.
Kobe & Artest. If Gasol & Bynum committed to rebounds the way Artest
commits to defense we'd be invincible.


All of that aside, it's game day and we're playing at home. Luke has been
teaching Artest. It's all good.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

COULD YOU ALL PLEASE JUST NOT RESPOND??????

Jon K:

For an educated man you show lack of control as you continue to engage in debates that have nothing to do with the lakers. Also, a very poor analogy coming from an educated man but nevertheless very funny: "I can also go into a restaurant and begin screaming "FART! FART! FART!"

I hear and see where you are coming from with regards to Ricky. Please allow me to propose a solution and not compound it. For starter lets level set, i.e. that this blog's mission is to provide a platform for Lakers fans to vent, present their views and share information pertaining to the Lakers and in return enjoy. Having said that, there is no way LA Times can impose what people want to post, so there is one solution. The onus is on individuals like us to either take the bait and respond to a post or be selective in what one responds to. So no one is mandating that you read a post or even respond to a post that is offending to you. So with due respect I suggest that you scroll past a post and only focus on the ones that you enjoy reading or responding to. The truth of the matter is that you are to be blamed for compounding the issues by reacting to it. Does this resonate with you? By the way if I recall you were in the past a practicing Monk, so practice self control.

My two cents and no pun intended. I do enjoy some of your posts and look forward to your insights!!

All the best!!

hobbit - I'm not sure why you put my name in your post? Were you trying to tell me something? :)

Jeanette:

YOU wrote: This is the end for me. I do not belong here, negativity is something I do not allow myself into. I came here to celebrate my Lakerholicsm, of which I can't find in this blog anymore, no disrespect to the blog, some bloggers and MM. The personal attacks are too much to take, they are worst than what you read on BSPN. I will support my Lakers the old fashioned way. It is more effective that way.

RESPONSE:

Focus on posts that you enjoy, no one is mandating that you read posts that you find offensive. If you focus on misery then that is all ye shall receive. So on your way out don't let the door hit you. I have yet to see any good post from you except complaints. So for starter it would be nice for you to contribute instead of focus on negativity and compounding it by echoing it.

You dig!!

justanothermambafan,

hobbits are tenacious. too bad I don't have the "pick" of destiny.

*chuckle*

Since we're quoting Yeats, this one's for Jeanette:


WHEN YOU ARE OLD


by: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;


How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;


And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


Wes

EastCoastJessie,

Didn't you have a blessed event of some kind?

It's not all negativity around here. Lots of persons, other than myself,
are flirting with justanothermambafan. Whats so tragic about piece, luv
& understanding? :)

I had a great slab of ribs the other day. My pups are still getting the bones. :)

The Celtics have gone from being up 3-0 to being up 3-2. That's a good thing.

Ricky will go to sleep soon and we'll have peace.

See. The Suns will go down tonight. The sky will be blue tomorrow. Kobe
is still a Laker!

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

And though I ususally don't like poetry that rhymes, I have mounds of love for this lyrical Yeats poem:


DOWN BY THE SALLEY GARDENS


by: W.B. Yeats


DOWN by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.


Wes

hobbit - you know I love you but I have no idea what you're talking about LOL!

@WES JOE, Damn that was beautiful! Almost as beautiful as EastCoastJessie & Justa! lol
Mamba24

...just a beauty, Wes. How about


The Hawk

'Call down the hawk from the air;
Let him be hooded or caged
Till the yellow eye has grown mild,
For larder and spit are bare,
The old cook enraged,
The scullion gone wild.'

'I will not be clapped in a hood,
Nor a cage, nor alight upon wrist,
Now I have learnt to be proud
Hovering over the wood
In the broken mist
Or tumbling cloud.'

'What tumbling cloud did you cleave,
Yellow-eyed hawk of the mind,
Last evening? that I, who had sat
Dumbfounded before a knave,
Should give to my friend
A pretence of wit.'

It's time...

20FL

Blood on the floor and blood in the stands ??? More like blood in the panties of the lakers players after our bench sets them on fire.

Jesus Santos,

"By the way if I recall you were in the past a practicing Monk, so practice self control."

I must admit even though I was a monk, I am a terrible Taoist.

As one of my masters said to me, "You too Yang!"

As a result I was forced to practice Tai Chi for years. It was torture.

In any case, as I've noted before I have generally chosen to embrace a Mithraic Path of life. Mithra is an archangel in Zoroastrianism. In the Zoroastrian worldview, Mithra was the one angel who would do good to those who practice goodness and evil those those who practice evil. All other angels (Yazatas) only practice good.

So, I don't punch first, but I will punch last if someone punches (metaphorically) at me or some other innocent person. I imagine my actions may seem perplexing and even contradictory to some, but I assure you there is a deep reasoned method to the madness.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hmmm...the interesting thing is...everybody's talkin about Pau's touches, and Kobe's points, Fish's this shots...and blah blah blah...

The Lakers are averaging 116.8 points per game in this series...scoring is not the problem.

Rebounds + Defense = Wins


SIDENOTE: It's interesting to try to comment about the series, on this blog, while these "grown" people are trying to get 'internet gangsta' with it, knowing damn well that most of yall wouldn't squash a grape at a winery...cut it out, folks. Not a good look...


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