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Lakers planning to watch Celtics-Magic matchup in preparation for possible Finals appearance

As soon as the Lakers arrive in Phoenix this afternoon, everyone knows exactly where they're going to go once they land.

To a TV set.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said the coaching staff plans to watch Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Magic, while Lakers guard Jordan Farmar says the team plans to watch the game together somewhere over dinner. Before you go into the whole, "I thought this team wasn't thinking about Boston mantra," let's make it clear that this is hardly newsworthy. Before you go into the whole, "Well why you posting this as a blog item," let me clarify by saying the only reason I'm highlighting this is that it illustrates how the Lakers are taking a pretty realistic and balanced approach between focusing on the Western Conference finals matchup with Phoenix and doing the necessary contingency planning for the future.

Jackson joked the main thing he'll look for in today's game will involve noticing "who's officiating the game." Translation: It never hurts to find any way to get a head start on the psychological matchup. Farmar said the team's simply going to "see what's going on and pay attention and be a good basketball fan and enjoy good basketball." Translation: Watching the game will fuel their excitement for a possible 2008 Finals rematch, leading to inside stories over dinner about that series as well as about players from Boston and Orlando. Something tells me Kevin Garnett's and Matt Barnes' name will get brought up at least a few times.

Perhaps the only concern that will leave Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher scratching their heads as well as making Phoenix upset entails Andrew Bynum's take on the possibility the Lakers play Boston in the Finals. I'm sure the Suns and Magic will post the following quote in their locker room and it will be used as evidence that the Lakers are already looking ahead, but I think this quote speaks more to the fact that Bynum never took the lesson in Bull Durham on how athletes are supposed to talk to the media.

"It's going to be amazing playing against those guys again," Bynum said of a possible Lakers-Celtics matchup. "Because we lost, we're going to have a lot of fuel and a lot of ammo. They're definitely a great team. They have great veterans on their squad. We know that. We're already getting prepared. The first step is closing out Game 3 and then after that, we'll be focusing."

Well to clarify, it's actually after you close out four games, but whatever. No harm, no foul. If anything, I believe the possibility that the Lakers play the Celtics in the Finals only fuels the team harder to close out their West Conference finals. With the rivalry and 2008 Finals fresh in their minds, surely wanting to enter the Finals at their best serves as the best strategy. And in fairness to the Lakers, their lacking urgency went away as early as April. Their struggles late in the season as well as initially in the first round against Oklahoma City pointed more to the team's inconsistent execution and chemistry.

That doesn't mean Phoenix can't pick up a win in Game 3. But if that happens, I suspect that comes as a result of a closely played game or the Suns knocking down their shots. But as far as the Lakers' focus is concerned? I'm not too worried about it. If anything, I'm refreshed to hear the team be so upfront and tactful about their feelings rather than act like Boston and Orlando don't exist.

--Mark Medina

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Hope Phil give Farmar and Brown more minutes.

Bryant, Brown, Farmar, Gasol and Odom is a potent lineup.

Drew hasn't learned to play the cutthroat game of media volleyball completely. He's still too honest and forthcoming.

I'm not worried about anyone on the Lakers losing focus at this point. They're too close. If they lose a game in the desert, it will be because they got beat by the Funs, not because of a lack of focus.

Dear Andrew Bynum,

"Greg, if it makes you feel better and helps speed your recovery to think we're alike, then that's cool. It would be nice to finally get a chance to play against you. I've been waiting a couple of years now. Of course, you need be realistic in your future endeavors, lest you disappoint yourself for failing to meet your goals (again). By suggesting that you did as much as I did in my first two years, you are demonstrating signs of senility more appropriate to someone as old as you look rather than as old as you are. Give me a shout when you back down Shaq for a dunk as a rookie. Oh, too late."

Drew, that was cold. You know I'm sensitive when people say I look old, or when they call me the 40 year old virgin. I thought we were tight. I've never made any Tracy Morgan references about your looks, so let's keep this civil.

I'm currently rehabbing by knee, and don't worry, I've kept my expectations low. They told me I'd be back on the court in a month, but I don't expect to be back for another 6 months. Since I look up to you, I've adapted your recovery schedule. I hope you don't mind.

I remember that dunk you made on Shaq as a rookie like it was yesterday. That was awesome! It must be nice to have your only, I mean greatest achievement as a pro during your rookie year. Oh yes, the good old days of yore. I have a buddy that I want to introduce you to. I promise that you guys will hit it off. You guys are like two peas in a pod. I can just picture you guys reminiscing about the good ole glory days when you dunked on Shaq, and when he scored 6 touchdowns in a single game. You might know him, his name is Al Bundy.

Anyways, I wish you the best of luck. You've wasted 5 years of Kobe's prime by being hurt all the time. Please don't make it six years in a row. I feel your pain (as well as Kobe's). Anyways, good luck in the finals.

Sincerely,

Gregory Oden

Darth Stern is at it again...he fined Steve Kerr and Mark Cuban for innocuous comments about LeBrawn....

http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/PaulCoro/84097

It's time for a new commisioner. This Stern guy is just too paranoid.

The most important question is, who's paying for dinner? I bet Kobe will, as chants of "MVP!" rain down in the restaurant. You know, it'll be a little preview of Game 4 of the Finals when Kobe steps up to the free throw line.

WTF, Celtic game blacked out on espn. WTF

I would use Bynum as little as possible against Phoenix, saving him, what's left of him this year, for Boston.
Posted by: Fatty | May 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

i keep wondering myself why phil is even using bynum this series.. everytime he jumps i cringe at the thought of him reaggravating that knee and then losing him against boston.. we can take phoenix without him but his services will be indispensable against boston so dont see the point.... save him for boston! give powell and mbenga some burn in case we need their fouls against boston.

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I wonder what this series has done to Amare's market value. As hobbled as Bynum has been, even he's outrebounded Amare in this series. I can't believe Amare can get a max contract after this series.
Posted by: Mark G | May 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

agree that would be nuts if any idiot GM gave this guy close to max money.. a big man who hates to play D and hates to rebound with no game with his back to the basket... what amare needs is d'antoni

Never mind its back on.

we need Orlando to take one game here and one game back at home to make it a 6 game series.

and the long trip from Boston to LA will take another game of rest off the calendar.

Go Magic - sounded kinda disgusting (barnes, howard, pietrus, vince, nelson's mouth piece and the polish sausage)

Bummer - I was hoping to see a live chat up & running....

bronxlakersfan,

"Darth Stern is at it again...he fined Steve Kerr and Mark Cuban for innocuous comments about LeBrawn...."

Ridiculous. I especially do not understand the fine on Steve Kerr. He was just making a joke.

At the same time, LeZero is allowed to hang out with a part owner of the Nets (Jay Z) for four years. Somehow that's okay. I'm SURE Jay Z NEVER did ANY petitioning for LeZero to come to New York.

Simply ridiculous. There's a good reason everyone hates Darth Stern. He's the Don King of basketball.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Stern is the King of All Evil.

Period.

justanothermambafan,

"Bummer - I was hoping to see a live chat up & running...."

Me too.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

sup Jon K

You figuring a Magic win today? Or just hoping for one?

I'm really surprised they're down - didn't see that one coming....

Mark Medina

last sunday i proposed Live Chat of the C-M game. it was one hour before game.

u said that it was a good idea, BUT u have to cover the Lakers practice.

now after a week and KNOWING the exact schedule of this game, u r having a thread about HOW the Lakers staff and players r watching this game/series.

emotional? (sarcasm)

where is the live thread? what do u have to cover?

TOTAL FAILURE

I enjoyed the team video and strangely actually believe that everyone (with the possible exception of Bynum) is STILL appropriately focused on beating the Suns first before moving on to the Celtics.

Still, I do find Andrew's candor to be particularly refreshing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

OH WOW, I think pierce leaves those gross patchy looking long sideburns on his cheeks on purpose.

(1) KYLE KORVER – Ashton is a free agent who made $5M last year and led the NBA in 3-point shooting 53.6%. He has great size (6’ 7”) for a 3-point shooter and would by a devastating weapon to add to the Lakers.
(2) ANTHONY MORROW – Anthony only earned $700K from the Warriors last year and is a restricted free agent. He would be a great backup SG who has a great stroke from downtown, with 46% 3-point shooting .
(3) KELENNA AZUBUIKE - Azubuike would be a great backup at small forward behind Artest. He made $3M from the Warriors last year and averaged 14 points and 5 boards in 25 minutes per game while shooting 55%.
Posted by: LakerTom | May 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

not a big fan of azubuike.. undersized forward with unpolished game and bad shooter.. almost like a poor mans caron butler who i aint a fan of either (see dallas).. besides azubuikes numbers are inflated in nellies system..

i hope one of the main priorities for kupchak this summer will be PG and/or outside shooter so would love korver or morrow both who would have career years shooting 3 ptrs with kobe... but will buss pull the trigger when hes tryin to cut phils contract and we're stuck with untradeable 10MIL of deadweight with sasha/luke... maybe kupchak will have better luck unloading sashas expiring contract next year though.


Wow - this is really BAD Magic basketball.... so far NO fight in them at all.

justanothermambafan,

"You figuring a Magic win today? Or just hoping for one?

I'm really surprised they're down - didn't see that one coming...."

As early as the first quarter, it's not looking good for the Magic. I still hope they pull it out. I actually have relatively positive emotional associations with the Magic, while my feelings about the Celtics require a new vocabulary to describe, some perfect combination of hatred/bitterness/animosity/anger/loathing/disgust.

Regarding the Celtics being up as they are, ummm... yeah. I am surprised. I remain shocked that they so dominated the Cavs starting at Game Four of that series, but Delonte West and Gloria James may have something to do with that.

I heard a secondary rumor regarding that. Supposedly AFTER Game Four LeBron James angrily confronted Mike Brown about his substitutions and Shaquille O'Neal and Mo Williams stood up for Mike Brown, further eroding team chemistry which had already begun to unravel faster than a ball of string in a tornado beginning with Delonte Incident.

Anyhow, I expected the Magic to gut the Celtics. I expected the series to go 5-1. Clearly I was wrong.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

sorry, it's hard to cheer for the Magic and the vanGundys. they deserve be humiliated

@ 1:18 only 8 points in the ECF?

but they have 6 TO.

d. Howard is the biggest and more athletic BB JOKE.

This whole Gloria James thing has me in a quandary. On one hand, anything that keeps the princess from playing well and winning a ring makes me happy. On the other hand, this particular kind of thing happening makes me feel bad for the drama she must have to live with.

Overall though, I'm still happy she's fishing. Or having people fish for her. Whichever.

Justa, Jon K....

Stern is a turd! I can't help feeling that this would be a much better league if a former player were the
commissioner. Stern has lived out his usefulness.

bronx - I can't agree with you at all.

Stern didn't outlive his usefulness.

He never was useful.

:)

But yeah - turd, idiot, moron, spawn of satan... it all fits.

ouchhhhhh - Dwight desperately needs to learn some offensive moves. All that brawn and no BBall brain.... sad.

i can hear the fatlady singing. this game is OVER!

Justa, Jon K

where r the "Good job Mark Medina - U r doing a fabulous job" cheers and congrats?

Magic must have reservations in Cabo or Cancun to go fishing...they are down 17 in the 2nd Q. The Celtics are hot like fire. God, I hate Boston!!

ouchhhh - how do you know he's not stuck in traffic somewhere, freaking out that he can't get to his computer and get a chat running for us? Don't always assume the worst. He said he'd try - maybe he'll be here in time for the 2nd half. You never know. Besides, with instant posting it's kinda like chatting live.

Hope you're enjoying the game.

white chocolate is in the game! haha.. looks like vangundy is making adjustments..

yello - who's that?

is Jordy Farmar watching Rajon Rondo?

what does Rick Friedman think?
and LakerTom?

the UCLA prodigy.

Wow - this is really BAD Magic basketball.... so far NO fight in them at all.
Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 22, 2010 at 06:00 PM

what do you expect.. their 3 leaders vince/dwight/rashard are all beta males

oucccchhhhhh,

"where r the "Good job Mark Medina - U r doing a fabulous job" cheers and congrats?"

Your self-righteous stream of negativity and constant complaints are tedious at best.

Why does Mark Medina HAVE to do a live chat for a fricken Celtics game? Give me a break. Generally speaking, he's doing a great job and has been nothing but prolific throughout his entire tenure here.

Maybe he's got a hot date or something. I don't know. If the Lakers were playing right now, I'd see how you could possibly complain... but the Lakers aren't playing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

white chocolate=jayson Williams - the one that was burned by Rondo while crawling on the floor.

bronxlakersfan,

"Stern is a turd!"

I wasn't ready for that sentence. I burst out into laughter.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Van Gundys are having a bad night. Jeff SOUNDS like he wants to cry, and Stan LOOKS like he wants to cry!

I really want Howard to knock that big fat baby davis on his azz. That guy makes me sick. I REALLY REALLY REALLY hate the septics. ALL of them. I was hoping the Magic would clean their clocks - at least push it to a 7 game series - but sadly this doesn't appear to be in the cards. The way things are looking, there may even be a sweep going down. Fricken Van Fatty - can't count on him or his team to get anything right.

i'm very sad. i really wanted this series to go to C's in 6.

will Magic Johnson look like a clown again after saying that Magic will have a statement game? indeed. what a STATEMENT.

LUCKILY I CAN ENJOY R RONDOS'S EVERY DRIBBLE

ouchhhhhhhh,

I also graduated from UCLA. You can include me in that list as well.

Anyhow, I hate Rondo.

To quote a couple of LeBroniacs while they were watching in utter terror and disgust while were watching Rondo tear apart the Cavs:

"I can't {explictives} believe this! What is going on here? Rondo is not better than Deron Williams! He's not better than Westbrook! This is unbelievable."

We handed Deron Williams. We'll handle Rondo.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

justa-

jwill or jdub.. aka white choco mr streetballer..


jonk

can we all just get along?

ouchhhhhhhh,

I will agree with you that Magic Johnson seems to have caught a case of Charles Barkleyitis recently.

He's been saying some really odd things, particularly as the lifelong face of the franchise.

Doesn't he remember that there's a statue of him outside Staples?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I just don't like seeing Boston building their confidence.

Jon K....

Like Justa said, Stern never was useful. At least a turd has some function, so I may have given him too much credit! Jk!

yellofever,

"can we all just get along?"

I think that idealism is unlikely, unfortunately.

I live by a Mithraic code, "Do good to good and evil to evil, but let their karma--positive or negative--be twice as fierce."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K

u were never a Farmy fanatic. i did not make fun of UCLA. only in that context.

personally i believe that Rondo is the best PG in the NBA. and he did IT when it counts. not fluffed by NBA like CP3 DW and others.

and on a different note: WE HAVE KOBE on Rondo. so i'm not worried of that part. and Ron on Paula

Jon K - agree about Magic Johnson. I am so pissed off at the things he's been saying. Fawning over the princess and the septics???? WTH?????

If I give him the benefit of the doubt, I'd say he's trying very hard to appear objective.

Again I repeat myself - WTH??????

YOU ARE PART OWNER OF THE LAKERS!!!

YOU ARE A 5 TIME CHAMPION WITH THE LAKERS!!!

YOU ARE THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE KNOWN AS THE LAKERS!!!

NO ONE said you had to be objective. NO ONE.


AARRRGGGHHHHH. Lakers loud and proud, Magic. Don't be a fricken wuss.


I'd glad Cooper called him out on that. I only hope he heard it.

bronxlakerfan,

"I just don't like seeing Boston building their confidence."

Remember Phil Jackson's Zen, "Give them hope... and then take it away."

Imagine that look of pure helpless befuddlement on Garnett's face as we take the series in Boston. Delicious deliciousness indeed.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mithraic code

Jon K - good call.

Rondo is their best player. I hate to say it but he's better than D Williams. He's got a lot more attitude.

ouchhhhh,

"I am so pissed off at the things he's been saying. Fawning over the princess and the septics???? WTH?????"

Agreed.

You're right. He is not only the face of the franchise. He's a fricken part owner of the franchise! Really, Magic? Really?

REALLY?!?!?!?!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K....

Far be it from me to question a Laker legend like Magic Johnson, but I think that as a part owner of the Lakers, he shouldn't be doing playoff coverage. It's a conflict of interest or at least it should be to him. Magic should be all Lakers. Using his kowledge and experience to upift his team. He's kind of weirded me out on more than one occasion, going back to last year.

oucchhhhh,

"u were never a Farmy fanatic."

Farmar has been improving in the playoffs and improving overall, but his cockiness has really held back his development. It has been disappointing, but I'm not particularly disappointed right now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

jonk

me like mithraic code too

I predicted this almost exactly...Stern fines for thinking out loud, and he fines according to the size of your wallet. STERN must go. I read what Kerr said, it's all hypothetical dreaming. Yeah same deal with Lakers getting Lebron (if we want him) MLE??? Do you see anyone saying anything that isn't fact!!!! Stern is taking away people's 1st Amendment rights. David Stern is a prick. LeBron is not "all that".....Stern must go!!!!!!

bronxlakerfan,

Agreed.

I'm a bit confused. Does he think all of us in Laker Nation aren't somehow able to listen what he's saying?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K

when i raised the Magic issue a few days on the blog, many rolled eyes and thinking: ohhhhhhhhhh is coming from ouchhhhhhhhhh so …

u were one of the few who maybe agreed and looks like actually a real lakers, Cooper, concluded along the same lines.

Personally, my eyes are still rolling.

Several times, as a New Yorker visiting Boston, I've encountered some serious antagonism. Must be something in the chowder! No love for anything Boston!

oh no here comes magic halftime again...

"The most important question is, who's paying for dinner? I bet Kobe will, as chants of "MVP!" rain down in the restaurant. You know, it'll be a little preview of Game 4 of the Finals when Kobe steps up to the free throw line.

Posted by: EJK | May 22, 2010 at 05:11 PM"

I don't agree he should. I believe that maybe Pau or Bynum step up and whip out their AMEX Black Cards.

ouchhhhhhhh,

"when i raised the Magic issue a few days on the blog"

I also raised the same issue on the blog, I think at a separate time. I'm not sure if my feedback was as intense as what you received.

In any case, I suggested that Magic feels like his legacy may be threatened, particularly as several media outlets began asking, "Is Kobe the Greatest Laker ever?"

Well, I think that 75% of fans would say that Magic is the Greatest Laker ever. Just the question must be offensive to him.

However, let's say Kobe wins his fifth Championship this year, well, Magic's status may be more in question. I think Magic may be communicating from that position of insecurity, something that shocks me, actually.

Personally, I don't believe there is a "Greatest Laker Ever" (unless Kobe retires with seven rings or something.)

There is the upper trinity of Jerry West, Magic and Kobe.

And then there is the lower trinity of Elgin Baylor, Kareem and Shaq.

That's how I see it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

magic just called rondo best all around PG in league.. this guy is so melodramatic mr present..

rondo doesnt even have an outside game.. horrible FT.. lakers should HACK A RONDO.. HAHAHA

Laker fan-

Quote of the Night bg Earvin Magic Johnson ...

"Rondo is the best all around point guard in the game ... bar none nobody is close to him"

"The Statue", Magic Johnson, commenting at halftime about the Celtics called them the "best" team....not the "better" team...I think he was saying "best" in reference to the teams left in the playoffs. "The Statue" has definitely changed.

now the typical eye drenching story about another pathetic player who after having some PERSONAL issues in his family DECIDED to CARE

where is the CARE before having THAT personal problem?

CARE should start regardless if one is touched or no by the ISSUE. not as an after THOUGHT

ouchhhhhhhh,

Maybe Dr. Buss has some deal where he buys back Magic's 5% and gives it to Kobe at the end of his career. Who knows.

I love Magic, but, recently his words have been not only incongruent with his position as face of the franchise and co-owner, but are incongruent with what I (and many basketball fans, not just Lakeraholics) are seeing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

ouchhhhhh,

"where is the CARE before having THAT personal problem?"

I agree with you that it is melodramatic and feels false... STILL if you listen to Thriller's recent stories about people he knew of great talent who didn't make it all the way because "taking the eye off the ball" I can see how these stories of people over-coming struggles may be inspiring and, thereby, helpful.

Just at dinner tonight I was discuss with my sisters as to how my parents and one of my sister's parents-in-law turned out so well despite having to deal with serious issues in terms of poverty and abusive family members. I think the whole notion that a person can rise above their environment is not only important, but truthful.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

if magic has so much expert analysis to offer he shouldve been better as headcoach.. (scratching head)

Regarding the Vince Carter brother story, I've known many people who have taken ecstasy. I haven't noted one of them that have stated that they'd developed an addiction to it.

Cocaine? That's a whole different story.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

poll question of the night:

who was worst??.. magic as head coach or MJ as GM (drafted morrison and kwame with top pick)

yellofever,

I don't think we should diminish Magic's status as one of the Greatest of all time. I just wish he'd stop fawning over the Celtics. THESE Celtics.

Even Charles Barkley wouldn't be THAT guy.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Laker fan-

I dont know how I coulda been so wrong for so long about Buck. The man is a genius!!!

yellofever,

Jordan as GM.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

jon K

agree. with what you said.

also, i do not want to drag the MUD through this blog by pointing out one of his other ACTIEVITIES in the filed of AIDS. i know that people perceive him as a saviour, but his policies regarding that field r sometimes more damaging than helpfull.

and YES, that one is ALL about himself

i will stop here.

so yes, to respond to the first issue we raised, (and adding my info and first hand knowledge on the issue i just pointed out) Magic is all about his legacy and his Persona.

I think too many coaches in the NBA presently try to play the role of "team captain" rather than "coach."

If you hear Phil Jackson speak, it's intelligent and focused on REAL problem-solving. He makes adjustments and communicates them effeciently.

If you listen to Mike Brown or Doc Rivers in the huddle, it's like, "WE'VE GOT TO PLAY HARDER! WE'VE GOT TO WIN THIS TOGETHER! AS A TEAM!"

Really, Doc? Really?

Now if I heard that kind of talk from a team captain, I'd be like, "Right on! Get your guys motivated!" But from a head coach it just sounds like he doesn't know what he's doing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I've sometimes felt that certain players can't let go at the end of their careers. While it's natural to want to remain a part of the game where you've had so much success, a man like Magic doesn't need the gig at ESPN. Similarly, it's crazy seeing Michael Jordan sitting at the end of the end of the Bobcat bench giving pointers DURING a game. Some players can't let go of the spotlight.

jonk

i still love magic and always will.. i just wish cookie could say the same

i hope lakers are watching and will use this as motivation tomorrow. cant give these septics any advantage before finals

Matt Barnes's subtle way of asking for more TOUCHES: shoving KG into his coach. revenge

what a punk this Barnes is: who r the bloggers who want this punk on the Lakers?

if is the perennial PUNK on any team he played on. like 5 or 6. it is hard to follow.

I find it curious that a week ago the media was naming the Magics the favorites to win the Finals and now these announcers are talking about how they need to rebuild.

I'm beginning to think that the "experts" are actually on blogs like this and NOT on ESPN/TNT/ABC.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

r the Celtics playing the Sacramento Queens?

ouchhhhhhhh,

It seems that Barnes' punkiness increases every year he's been in the league. I don't remember he being like this when he was a rookie. I don't remember him being like this when he was a Clipper.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

yellofever,

"i hope lakers are watching and will use this as motivation tomorrow."

I'm sure they are.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Matt Barnes just pushed Garnett out of bounds real hard!! Two punks going at it!

ouchhhhhhh,

Regarding Magic and HIV, I don't think contracting any disease is in anyway a statement about anyone's character, no matter what that disease may be.

Spreading that disease, knowingly, is a whole different story.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

LOL.

Rondo passes ONLY with ONE hand. even Ray is surprised by the perfection and timing of the passes.

is this PRACTICE? r we talking about PRACTICE?

The only way to beat Boston's defense is to take it right at them. No sissy layups. Take it to the hole!

jonk

these so-called bspn analysts all had magic over boston... only 2 of 10 had boston

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

if you remember these same clowns ALL picked cavs over celtics..EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.. i think i sent a post before on this...

some experts they are

Dang - i am so glad i'm not an orlando magic fan - they are playing like the freaking clippers. unbelievable.

i thought they would come out with some fire today and now it just looks like they will be swept. frick. no passion!!!!

Lakers - take phx seriously and blow them out tomorrow!!! Take them out in 4!!!!

... new thread guys...

What is Rondo wearing? Pantyhose?

yellofever,

"some experts they are"

Agreed.

It is really odd how consistently wrong these guys are. I see the same thing regarding the Three Stooges. I don't get it. I thought these guys know more about the game and have more access to information resources than we do.

Still, I must admit. I picked the Magic to win this series, too, though I thought the Celtics would have taken the Cavs series.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

bronxlakersfan,

"What is Rondo wearing? Pantyhose?"

Yes. We don't even want to know what it says on the crotch.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"oucchhhhh,

"u were never a Farmy fanatic."

Farmar has been improving in the playoffs and improving overall, but his cockiness has really held back his development. It has been disappointing, but I'm not particularly disappointed right now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 22, 2010 at 06:36 PM"

I am somewhat hoping that Farmar will bloom once he is anointed the starting guard. I think that he is just a very ambitious and sonewhat physically talented player. I think if Fisher were not around, as the starter, that he may settle down, without the threat of getting yanked for any slip-up that he makes. I'm usually not that tolerant of players, however this is different. If we continue with PJ and the triangle, Farmar has a somewhat decent grasp of it. We've been lucky, in that Pau, and Shannon were able to pick it up on the fly. As for his defense, every point guard gets beat off the dribble, with the rules the way they are. Our bigs need to cover.

To: ouchhhhhhh

"Matt Barnes's subtle way of asking for more TOUCHES: shoving KG into his coach. revenge

what a punk this Barnes is: who r the bloggers who want this punk on the Lakers?

if is the perennial PUNK on any team he played on. like 5 or 6. it is hard to follow.

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | May 22, 2010 at 07:12 PM"

I admit I said at times I thought he would be a good pickup, but that was before the game where he ball faked a pass to Kobe's face, which should have been followed up by a heavy fine for taunting by the league, namely David Stern. Stern does not like the Lakers. So he let that go. If I were coach i would have sent Barnes a message back. But PJ and the Lakers took the classier road and moved on. Barnes has become a "punk" but it's making him a living. People notice him more. I'm sure he's better than some of the stuff the Clippers have sitting on the end of their bench. So I regress, I would not want Barnes as a Laker anymore, because some of the things he has done are absolutely un-professional.

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