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Lamar Odom had a "lucky game," according to Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire a day after Odom had 19 points and 19 rebounds in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

"I'm not giving him no hype," Stoudemire testily told reporters before the Suns practiced on Tuesday. "He had a lucky game."

Odom's reaction? Typically nonchalant.

"Hopefully I can have another lucky one," he said Tuesday after Lakers practice.

Said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson: "You make your own luck."

Odom's rebounds were a playoff career-high for the 30-year-old veteran. He helped fill the void left by injured center Andrew Bynum, who had only four points in 19 minutes while fighting through torn cartilage in his right knee.

The Lakers won the game handily, 128-107. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday at Staples Center.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lamar Odom goes to the basket in Game 1 against Amare Stoudemire and Louis Amundson. Credit: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters.

 
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Mark G, Jamie Sweet,

Thanks for the response.

Don't know if it's been posted about last night's game or not yet (pretty busy at work today, so I haven't had time to read every post).

Weren't the Suns the team with the "best bench in the league" and the Lakers the team with the "disappointing underachieving bench".

Lakers' Bench - 44 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists

Suns' Bench - 35 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists

It's all about the opponent.

I thik Phil Jackson should keep his mouth shut about the immmigration issue. Rich white landowners shouldn't get a say. they've had their turn.


Wes

EastCoastJessie,

Just think, against the Celtics next month, you`ll get to see the Lakers do exactly what they did in 2008..... "Bend & Snap"!

Wow - Amare still slingin' it huh? Well let's see what happens tomorrow night. Let's see just how "lucky" LO can be.


Amare - you really shouldn't let your mouth write checks you can't cash.

Wes Joe Nixon -

Was that you making a racist remark or an impostor? I hope an impostor.

like the old saying goes.....sometimes it's better to be lucky than good....

i have a question for amare: "You know Gentry used to coach the Clippers, right?"......nuff said.....

Give the boy some whine.

It's pretty much like this on our Lakers:

Lamar-Shows up when you least expect it, but most need it!

Ron-Steady and always very good "D."

Pau-He is what is he people, he's a great, skilled and smart player forward.I'll take him on my team anyday!

Fisher-Weak and old during the regular season, but strong and finds that Youth Fountain in the Playoffs!

Drew-Well, he's Drew, has been for his entire career with LA, every now and then he's very good, usually not so good, but almost always less than he should be.

Kobe-Well he's the REAL MVP! Our Black Mamba striking out from those White Dove clothes!

Jordan and Shannon-Both have hot and cold, but seem to be better in these playoffs (still think Brown would be very good if ever given 35 minutes per).

Powell-I think he would be pretty good if given 20 minutes per.

The rest-??

PS-WORLD CHAMPIONS!!

Red,

Are you sure the Celtics will be there next month? Can u assure me that u will win Game 2? I'm rooting for the Lepreys. to make it to the finals to see in person the latest craze of Mike T heavyweight Perkins and Davis.

Arquette knocked down to the floor by a fan after the game?

Was this someone on our blog who did that?

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5197408

lamar: 19 rebounds off the bench
amare: 3 rebounds as a starter.

I'd rather be lucky too.

Phoenix scouting report: Don't guard Odom, he would just bring the ball and facilitate. concentrate on Kobe.

PJ counter scouting report: Use Kobe as decoy and let Odom roam like in other series. Stop drinking coffee. Talk to Chloe for this one week layover and get back to chocolate habits.

Result: Odom got double-double.

Will he repeat the performance in Game 2? Based on history of the season, it will be on a down curve. Because of the playoffs and redemption from past meltdown, he could do it in succession. Among the Phoenix Suns who can guard Odom and Kobe when they are at their best. Nada!

Damn, i'm going to stop drinking coffee AND catch up with the Kardashian's on the E channel! ha ha. L.O. whatever you're eating or drinking, KEEP IT UP! YOUR A BEAST!

I understand why amare might think that about LO, most games he's missing in action. But when he comes to play like last night he's our all-star, hopefully he'll come to play tomorrow and shut Amare's mouth. Taking know poisoners this series and next, kicking @zz and taking numbers until we reach that promise land, another Ring.

Arquette knocked down to the floor by a fan after the game?

Was this someone on our blog who did that?

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5197408

Posted by: Fatty | May 18, 2010 at 02:11 PM


I wonder why lebron didn't want to leave the court.

Is any one else enjoying the new comment poster game as much as me?

I don't want to boast, but I'm running at a 50% success rate. Getting it right half the time.

I'm not sure if it works to keep the radical trolls out, but I have an idea.

Have the screener code show this to weed out trolls.

"SUns sUCk" or "ceLts aRE pRIckS"

Or humiliate them with a "LAkeRs rULE"

That way a true team troll won't be able to type it.

I mean, could you, as a true Lakers fan type, "CelTIcS aRE THe BesT"

I don't think so.

Good point justafan, how exactly do you get lucky rebounds? I mean you can have a a few lucky rebounds in a game, but freaking/frokking/frakking 19?

These are the games where LO proves his worth. He's this team's Horry, he shows up when we need him.

justa, be careful about smiling too much at work, people get suspicious.

magia32 -

On "Why Lebron won't leave the court?"

That is way too funny....I could really picture him there doing that. lol

Mark G - you let one slip by you?! I said I was smiling like an idiot. You said don't cuz people will get suspicious. Of course if I'm ALWAYS smiling like an idiot.... LOL! STILL - nothing can get me down today. Every time I think of the game last night, I just have to shake my head, smile my smile, and chuckle to myself. It was just toooo delicious for words! I figured we'd win - of course. But a beat down like that? Uh uh. Didn't figure on that - hence the idiotic smile lol!

PJ is worth every single fricken penny he makes. I don't care what you say pfunk!

Edwin,

Everything`s under control for next month.

As for the Lakers...have them ask Cleveland and Orlando how much they enjoyed having the "home court advantage" against the Celtics!

Fatty,

I have a suspicion that the fan in question was none other than LakerTom, running across the court to strangle Phil for not giving Bynum enough touches.

Laker Truth -

Of course it could have been pfunk just wanting to strangle Phil cuz... well.... cuz he's Phil....!

Good Red's Child we will look forward to our date with destiny. It sounds like memorial park ad. lol!

justa,

lol. You might be on to something. Or perhaps in wasn't even a fan at all. Phil has plenty of enemies. It could've been one of the Van Gundy's or maybe even Johnnie Buss.

There's has to be a police report coming down......

My initial take it was Plashke complaining he was robbed on the pre-game buffet and refused to leave until he got more food.

There is a proposal on BSPN 710 this morning to preserve the hips of PJ by assigning another Coach during the season on the road and the other one at Staples, PJ will be on remote screen at his Montana ranch giving directions. He will only coach when he likes to at Staples and only during playoffs from April to June. That's good idea and see if that is feasible. Does it say in the rule book that coaches should be with the team at all times?

Edwin -

That thought of a part-time coach came up last year and I remember Mitch said 'we ain't paying for a part-time guy'. If he couldn't do it, they would just get a new coach.

LakerTruth,

you wrote: I have a suspicion that the fan in question was none other than LakerTom, running across the court to strangle Phil for not giving Bynum enough touches.

my response: [ GRIN ], *chuckle*

On Phil leaving?

I liked what Jeannie Buss said, "Phil wouldn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't coaching." You can only do so much fly-fishing and diaper changing on the grand kids.

I really can't see him going somewhere else and starting all over with a new team. It would be hard for them to win and his legacy would be that of some guy who took a job just for a lot of money.

Now I would do that for a lot of money, and maybe you, but it doesn't sound like PJ.

I think he takes the promised pay cut and stays. Wouldn't be surprised either if he gets a small portion of the team like Magic. He's got the prettiest portion already with Jeannie.

ONE PLAYER GLORIFICATION COMES WITH A PRICE AND HAS ADVERSE AFFECT ON TEAM CONSCIOUSNESS:

Lakers coaching staff should be concerned and aware of all the chatter in the news media, and, amongst Billy Bob laker fans about glorifying one player over rest of the team. This is not about Kobe or his personal vendetta against the Suns. This is not about Kobe winning #5 or chasing after MJ’s legacy. The objective is to win a title which requires team effort and collective consciousness. This series can easily turn into one player against the rest of the world. I can see this becoming a series where Kobe goes to work and his teammates become spectators, deja vu. This is why Kobe and the coaching staff should be well aware and cognizant of the pitfall that comes with the personal ego and self glorification. Kobe as a true leader should avoid pitfalls and focus more on playing team ball over Hero ball.

These Funs are no Thuggets. They're a joke and don't realize it yet, but in the end, they will.

Seriously, why, after getting your butt handed to you every which way, would add more fuel to fire?

You're just asking for trouble.

Gentry gets it.
Nash & Stat.... dumb and dumber.

Eazy-E is back?

Thought he was banned along with his whole NWA posse

MM, I'd like to thank you for the new system implemented. It may have slowed down the blog, at least we got rid of the impostors who tormented the blog for a couple of days. I'm glad Jeanette came back after getting those unsavory remarks to a lady.

We have not forgotten the TShirts coming from LA Times, I just got one from Ford ladies at the Wal Mart parking and I just have to answer one question: What is my favorite Ford vehicle of all time? One question got one Tshirt. Here, we have log in for eons, what do we get? A little headaches from trolls and a pound of happiness communicating with fellow Laker fans and nemesis. Will you reserve a section for LAT bloggers at the Coliseum in June? I think you have to plan that now because this will be a fast event especially if the Celtics will win in the ECF.

Anyway, you ought to be congratulated for a job well done. In so short a time, you were able to connect with the Laker world. That is not an easy task. Your threads are spot on, an outlook of an independent journalist and most of all there are more factual information than egoistical assumptions. What do I mean by the latter- e.a.? Well, if you listen to Laker analysts on BSPN Long, Martinez, Siciliano, Mason....gosh they are horrendous rating baiters. All they discuss are their hooplah and when a fan expresses an opinion over the phone, Immediately, they are cut off if doesn't jibe with networks logic or BSpn point of view. Why open the lines when you're interested of hearing yourself? I wonder whether these guys will last more than 5 years on radio. You know who are keeping the Lakers passion alive, it is the Showtime Lakers starting from Magic (some people here begin to hate him because of his independent minded approach against purple and gold), James Worthy, Norm Nixon, Mychal Thompson, Vic daBrick, Brod Turner, Kevin Ding, Michael Cooper. Their attachment with the Lakers goes back a long way. It is not a lakerholic blind following or just a fairweather Plashke and Simer approach but straight reporting based on opinions of a player. As a long timed Laker fans we know when a broadcasters has nothing substantial to say but whilst time, socializing on the air and take everyone for a ride.

PERFECT

Dumare ensures that LO will have a great series

How stupid is Amare?
let me count the ways

Amare Stoudemire should just stop crying about a lucky game by the opponent (L.O.) and learn that he needs an all around game to be a star in the NBA. Push him out of the paint and he couldn't hit a shot if his life or a championship ring depended on it. Amare, take a lesson from K.G. or Pau on how to be a real power forward. Show me a ring before you make remarks about others being lucky. Worry about your own game and game plan on how to stop the "lucky Lakers"!!!

Don't think anyone has belittled such a great performance such as Lamars

talk about your BULLITEN BOARD MATERIAL

Whats next?
Kobe being called an above average player?

Tim-4-Show

That was such a dumb thing that Amare said that a Az reporter was asked, "Did he REALLY say that?!"
Responding in the affirmative, the reply came back in so many words, "That's all we need, an even more motivated Lakers team!"

There is no way to explain what he said. But it did sound like a typical Suns comment, refusing to take responsibility for a loss. Usually they blame the refs or David Stern for fixing the game. But Luck and luck for a whole game?!

That's a new one for this Suns observer.

Lakerfan,
Great post, although I believe the Lakers are a different team from 08 in several ways.

LakerTruth,
Nice jab at LakerTom, but Bynum didn't get enough touches against the small Suns. Even injured, Bynum can still overpower the Suns in the post.

I'd rather be "lucky" like LO than defenseless like Amare.

I just thought about all that dancing and foolishness that Bron and his mates did during regular season games and I just laugh because it did them absolutely no good. Somewhere Joakim Noah is smiling.

BULLETIN

LakerTruth,
I will say that the other than having another big body in there and obvious size advantage, the Lakers really didn't need much from Bynum last night. Pau and LO just tore up the Suns inside last night. I also think that the defense that Artest played on JRich was overlooked in the Lakers offensive onslaught last night. Artest has been playing some staunch defense for us.

Well Kobe was within the flow last night, he got most of his shots in the 3rd Q but also assisting and passing the ball in the first two quarters. His performance are as follows:

FG 13 of the 23 = 56%

FT 11 of 12

R 5 A 5 TO 2

In 06 & 07, Kobe has to shoulder the offense of the team because nobody want to shoot and if there are any, it is more of brick or t/o in the making. Well, this time Kobe trusted his teammates.

In a big picture, Lakers are better of having Kobe than an assisting Lebron who is always eliminated in the playoffs.

Nemaia,

Bynum has to contribute in Game 2 because Gentry's adjustment will be focused on Kobe, Odom and Pau. I think there will be a rain of threes in the next game. Sir Charles was suggesting zone and utilize the 3 pt weapon in order to win against the Lakers. If Odom is guarded and drop his score to 9 pts., the slack should be filled by Bynum.

Shannon may have had the almost highlight of the night, but the Gasol no look pass to a backdoor cutting Bryant along the baseline was a thing of beauty.

Goran Dragic, dare I give the other team praise, was actually pretty fun to watch. That kid's like a bigger, younger version of Beno Udrih.

I can appreciate Alvin Gentry as a coach, I believe he's done a fine job wherever he's coached. But if I were on the Suns, constantly hearing 'We're fine, everything's gonna be okay' would be really annoying. I'd expect a coach of professional athlete's not to blow sunshine and say something more like 'what the hell are you guys doing out there'. His approach is good for young teams or in the college ranks, but for a team featuring vets like Nash, Grant, and Amare, they need someone to put them to task.

The Suns honestly look as though they are willing to lose. The Lakers just need to confirm it for them.

LakerFan,

you wrote: This series can easily turn into one player against the rest of the world. I can see this becoming a series where Kobe goes to work and his teammates become spectators, deja vu. This is why Kobe and the coaching staff should be well aware and cognizant of the pitfall that comes with the personal ego and self glorification. Kobe as a true leader should avoid pitfalls and focus more on playing team ball over Hero ball.

my response:

Are you stoned? Seriously. Are you stoned?

Kobe had 5 assists. For your information, that is the same number of
assists as Pau & Artest. Are you going to accuse them of personal ego &
self glorification as well?

Kobe was 13-23. FYI, that's 56%. Is it *REALLY* your contention that
the Lakers should move away from the hot hand so that D-Fish & Ron
Artest can shoot more? In a playoff game?

FYI, when Kobe has done that and the Lakers lose people like you say he
tanked the game.

I posted an article earlier today. Tell the truth. Your name is "HATE", isn't
it?

Are you suggesting that Kobe should have gotten the ball more to Bynum?
The oft injured one? The one that Phil limited to 19 minutes. Are you
really contending that the Lakers should have passed the ball more to
an injured player, who is limited in mobility & managed to score 4 pts in
19 minutes?

Are you really about to complain about LO's double-double with 19 pts and
19 rebounds? Is that not good enough for you? He has one of his best games
EVER and you're bitching???

Are you really complaining about Pau's 21 pts, 4 rebounds & 5 assists?

Tell the truth, you liked LeBron's muppet better, didn't you?

Nemaia Faletogo,

you wrote: Great post, although I believe the Lakers are a different team from 08 in several ways.

my response: would you clarify? What ways?

REPOST

Why are y'all celebrating? According to the great sage of wisdom Butler, this was really a Suns victory. 5 reasons why:
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1. Gnash didn't play in the 4th quarter - giving him extra rest.
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2. Byenumb's play didn't shut down Amare.
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3. Gnash outscored Sasha.
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4. UPS missed that dunk attempt.
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5. They denied us TACOS.

P.S. I'm not "back"...just popping in for a lil Tuesday afternoon humor.

>>>These are the games where LO proves his worth. He's this team's Horry, he
>>>shows up when we need him.

And Artest is this team's Rick Fox.

Kobe and Fish play the roles of themselves.

Pau plays a much slimmed down Shaq.

Utzworld,

How are you doing? I hope your son is ok. Are you now ready to go back to the blog? we missed the banner holder.

Great victory, still hangover...

But...I'm not a Bynum hater, I'm still waiting for the beast, but the kid seems to loose some baskets 1 feet from the hoop, wtf? And whe played very good without him last night...anyway.

Amare is maaaad, LOL!!!! Go learn some bball and we'll see ya wednesday...Professor Odom will be waiting for ya...

Cheers.

@Edwin - Not coming back. Just visiting.

Utzworld - Thanks for stopping by, if even for a moment.

And yes, there are no moral victories in the NBA, unless........you are a Suns fan.

Red,

not to belabor the obvious, but we AIN'T Cleveland or Orlando.

Justa, justa for the record, I did not let one slip by me. I know you used the term "idiotic smile," but I'm never going refer to you as an idiot even in jest. I'm a smart A$$, not a total D@#K!

I have to comment on UPS dunk attempt last night. That was MONSTROUS. I couldn't get up that high even if I was dreaming.

Nemaia,

It seems that Lamar is over his injuries and is back to playing at the level he played in the past two playoffs. With Bynum's injury, it could not have come at a better time. Despite playing on one leg, Bynum is giving it his all on the court. I have gained a ton of respect for Bynum in these playoffs. Let's hope he gets healthier against Dwight or Perkins.

Is there a live chat on the Boston/Orlando game?

So LO had a lucky game.
I suppose the Lakers team had a lucky game.
Or maybe the Amare had an unlucky game.
Or maybe the Suns team had an unlucky game.

Hey Amare:

"It cannot be shown that luck actually exists, hence luck is nothing more than a word used by one in a self delusional assumption of understanding events of which one is informed or which one witnesses. As such, it is a word which superstitious people use to simultaneously presume to have insight into events and, paradoxically, to cease efforts to understand the causes and effects of those same events."

Keep on with the luck explanation Amare.
Continue to make no effort to "understand the causes and effects of those same events."
Yup, don't even bother reviewing tape of the game, don't make any adjustments, just chalk it all up to luck.
And please Amare, try to convince your teammates it was just luck too, and there is nothing the Suns can do, after all, it's luck, and you have it or you don't. So just keep playing the same way and expecting a different result.

I'm with hobbitmage on this one. I'm not sure what LakerFan is trying to insinuate. Kobe already gave your favorite bball team a championship trophy last year, and yet, you still don't trust him. Unfreaakin believable!

Wesjoenixon, just keep ur papers in the car and you'll have nothing to worry about.

UTZWORLD!!!! Please - visit any old time!

Mark G - why thank you kind sir! And yeah - MONSTROUS doesn't even begin to describe what Shannon Skywalker did!


hobbit - your repost of your "HATE" post is awesome of course, but you need to update it lol!

If Amare thinks Lamar got lucky,
"he better go read the paper or somethin".

- Robert Horry

Laker Truth - ROTFLMAO!!! CLASSIC response! I remember that like it was yesterday LOL!!!

Lamar the Lucky Man. I like the sound of that. Could it replace the Candy Man as a new name for him during the Suns series?

Maybe.....But maybe Amare was thinking of this old favorite song of mine when I was kid?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=129uSUEN-8w

This is an article I came across written by the one and only Jim Murray in Kobe's second year (February 1998). Man, time sure flies:

http://espn.go.com/classic/s/2001/0509/1194066.html

lakerfan,

Don't be a hater.

If Kobe is making 40 points on 23 shots, then he should stay aggressive.

Kobe taking and making lots of shots has a big effect on the opposite team. They get to a point where they're all standing around watching what Kobe's doing or double and triple teaming Kobe, which frees up other players for wide open shots.

A few minutes of Kobe ISO every game can make the rest of the game SOOOO much easier for his teammates.

How could you be lucky, when you're married to a Kardashian?

hobbitmage:

hahahaha, judging by your response, I gleaned that you are a emotional fan and it is all good. My post has nothing to do with stats, Magic used to dominate the game with scoring 10 points, a mute point. I am merely suggesting that BB is a team sport, simply put. Any deviation from collective team consciousness can be detrimental to lakers winning the title. While, it is a forgone conclusion that Kobe is the best player on planet earth, like all great people he too is not without short coming. And this is reflected in his lack of leadership qualities, which is at best still at questionable. That is why Dfish is a key cog in this laker team despite his age.

Kobe should not force the game neither should he just pass the ball because that equates to him involving his team mates, rather, as Phil has alluded to do it in the flow of the game. By the way I am not stoned, neither do I use “HATE” handle.

In Zen, Zero and not Hero is the KEY..go figure grasshopper
Peace out!

"Shannon may have had the almost highlight of the night, but the Gasol no look pass to a backdoor cutting Bryant along the baseline was a thing of beauty."

So, so true, and so, so choice.

LO's response to Amare: "Get out of my way Saturn"

Onto to the next beat down!

And Jeanette, my condolences goes out to you and your loved ones.

Hey Amare, you do realize the only obstacle keeping Odom from being a full-time beast is his wavering levels of motivation, right?

Thank you for removing said obstacle.

Sincerely,
The Los Angeles Lakers

You know the old story - I'd rather be lucky than Amare.


I'd rather be lucky than have a ton of talent and never live up to it and hold back a franchise that foolishly spent it's money on me and a point guard.

longtimeLL,

It's true, that play was the prettiest all night, just great B-Ball.

LongTimeLakerFan:

You wrote: Don't be a hater. If Kobe is making 40 points on 23 shots, then he should stay aggressive.

Response:

I am a fan of Kobe, no doubts!! He played terrific, great! Now, what I am pointing to, is “pitfall" where the game vision gets blurred, and it becomes difficult to separate ego from team goal. Do you recall during the regular season when Kobe did not play? If yes, then you do remember how well the team played a “team” ball? Did you notice how fluid they looked as a team? They all looked like kids in a candy shop: happy and exuberant; to top it they won those games with utmost ease. At the end of the day it is beautiful to watch a game that embodies a team spirit and not a one man show. What makes Boston so formidable is that they play team ball, nothing flashy but all business.

Zero

Not sure if anyone had posted this yet: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/sports/19leading.html

Leading off - Life of Bryant. Good read.

lakerfan,

you wrote: hahahaha, judging by your response, I gleaned that you are a emotional fan and it is all good. My post has nothing to do with stats, Magic used to dominate the game with scoring 10 points, a mute point. I am merely suggesting that BB is a team sport, simply put. Any deviation from collective team consciousness can be detrimental to lakers winning the title. While, it is a forgone conclusion that Kobe is the best player on planet earth, like all great people he too is not without short coming. And this is reflected in his lack of leadership qualities, which is at best still at questionable. That is why Dfish is a key cog in this laker team despite his age.

my response: I think fan = emotional. Can you think of a fan who isn't?
Let's say that you don't mean stats. Ok. So then what physical markers
can I see to understand what you're thinking? If Kobe took all of the shots
in 2 quarters, I could see what you're saying. If he's got the most assists
on the team or at least in a tie, you have to believe that he's incorporating
his teammates in offense, right?

LO has a great game by everyone's estimate. He's involved in the game then,
right? Pau & Ron had good games. They're involved in the game. Didn't
everyone, except Bynum, have a good game. By what do you judge his
behavior to be detrimental to team consciousness when everybody has a
good to great game?

you also wrote: Kobe should not force the game neither should he just pass the ball because that equates to him involving his team mates, rather, as Phil has alluded to do it in the flow of the game. By the way I am not stoned, neither do I use “HATE” handle.

my response: With respect, this is just metaphysical poop. Stop that. You
have human beings with real desires and real physical rthyms contesting
each other. Sun tzu & Mushashi, both huge zen practioners I believe,
definately were agressive. Ueshiba was also.

I *think* you're trying to say that Kobe shouldn't jack up bad shots at the
expense of his teammates. If that is true, what physical evidence do you
have, from last nights game, to caution against this behavior?

or

Have you determined, thru the use of stats, that whenever Kobe shoots a
lot the lakers lose? I ask, because it is clear through historical evidence
that the majority of Kobe's # of shots are in the 3rd or 4th quarter when the
Lakers are down by 10 or more.

Kobe has scored over 40 points in 11 playoff games.
The Lakers record in those games is 10-1.

Wow. John Wall looked devastated that the Wizards got the number one pick. John Wall lost really lost on a lot by the Nets not getting that pick. No more billionaire owner looking to make a splash in the NBA, no Jay-Z, No NY, and probably no LeBron now either. Withy Wall in Jersey it would have been a real tempting place for LeBron. Wall and Lopez and LeBron would have been a good team, and John Wall had to see it all vanish before is eyes on national TV. He looked the part, too. He was upset. LeBron will still be LeBron, but this was Wall's chance to have a Scotty Pippin career.


Wes

I remember Amare's D helped Odom get 'lucky' on a couple of possessions.

Laker TRUTh & hobbit

one does not have to be a shark. even the jelly fish will smell that Lakerfan is a kobe-basher. he already mentioned Magic in his posts, i'm sure he's going to sleep with the Shaq poster over his bed while watching LBJ collecting cards.

LAKER TRUTH

thanks for the Murray article. the golden archives.

wes

good point. he totally looked dejected. at the same time the wizz have agent zero so maybe they will look for another Kwame

Hobbit,

Thanks for your question regarding my response to lakerfan that these Lakers are a different team in several ways from the Lakers team that lost in the finals to the Celtics in 08. I understand some of lakerfan's concerns regarding Kobe trying to play "hero" because of how the Celtics defended Kobe in those finals and bullying Pau and LO around in the paint. Here's how this year's version of the Lakers are different:

1. People forget that in 08, Pau was acquired in a mid-season trade and although he played great and the transition appeared seamless, I don't believe that he was fully integrated into the triangle offense as he is now. There's no question now how much better Pau is now from 08, to last year, to now. Some may argue that the Celtics big three of KG, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce also came together in that same year, but at least they came together before the season started and to their credit meshed quickly and got it done.

2. Not making excuses, but it's a fact that both Bynum and Trevor Ariza were injured in that series with Ariza having no impact at all in the few minutes that he played. The following season, however, we saw the difference a healthy Ariza made with big defensive plays and shots on the way to a Lakers title. Although limited, Bynum's presence was still a factor for us as well. Now we have defensive stalwart Ron Artest replacing TA and so far Ron Ron has played staunch defense throughout the season and these playoffs. Now Artest can guard Paul Pierce instead of Luke Walton and Kobe, who expends so much energy on the offensive end. Despite Bynum being slowed again by another injury, his size and presence will and does make a difference inside. Bynum alongside Pau will still make it difficult for any team to shoot over them and Bynum has proven with a steady diet of touches in the post that he's more deft around the basket than Dwight Howard. Two 7footers in the lane does make a difference along with LO coming off the bench without the pressure of being a starter.

3. Kobe knows that he has better and more mature weapons around him now which he'll utilize more. Kobe doesn't have to try and do it by himself anymore. With Artest guarding the opposing team's best player, it conserves Kobe's energy to attack offensively and close out games strong.

4. We're a more experienced, championship team now.

5. LO, Brown, Farmar, Sasha and Powell are at least as good as either the Celtics or Magic bench.

6. Unlike 08, we would have homecourt advantage if we face the Celtics and have a mental edge over the Magic should they make it.

The Lakers must take care of business against the Suns first and and continue to play tough defense in order to advance and win it all.

Wow, it's 23-15 Boston. Orlando can't handle Boston's single-coverage toughness, just like we couldn't a few years ago. If we meet Boston for the championship, I think we'll all thank God for Artest. We'll need someone to slow Pierce, and Artest may be the best in the League for the job.


I can't imaging how great Los Angles / Boston would be. Epic, all the way. And we'd have home court. But we'd have to prove our toughness.


Wes

Mark G,

You`re right...you guys are not Cleveland.

That was quite obvious from watching the Xmas day game!

Wes,

"Rich white landowners shouldn't get a say. they've had their turn."

Quit with the racist, historical arguments, okay?

I hate that crap.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

WE MISS UTZWORLD BANDWAGON!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lamar gets 12 rebounds or more. We win. Period.

Intuitively I bet that is true 94% of the time.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Ahhhh.....we know Amare wasn't serious about LO, right? He was just trying to get some 'print' because his play in Game 1 didn't deserve it...clearly overshadowed by Mamba, and Sr. Gasol and...LO. Way to play matador defense, PHX! I've read posts that say they were 'afraid' of getting called for fouls when they were planted in the paint while the Lakeshow aggressively attacked the lanes and the hoop. If you can't move your feet and defend your basket, then just step aside and watch the players who came to play.

LAKERS!!

Ama're is usually cool with me, but before he tryta dis Lamar he need to worry bout keepin' his crackhead moms' in check! . I'm just sayin. Real Talk tho!

lUCKY #7 SAYS................SATURN (aMARE) GET OUT OF MY WAY WHILE I GO DUNK ON THE MOON...

"Lamar the Lucky Man. I like the sound of that. Could it replace the Candy Man as a new name for him during the Suns series?

Maybe.....But maybe Amare was thinking of this old favorite song of mine when I was kid?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=129uSUEN-8w

Posted by: Fatty | May 18, 2010 at 04:13 PM"

One of my favorite songs ever as well, a mellow song by a band that usually tuned out mainstream America by their music not being "pop"....Each of the 3 musicians I believe was one of the tops ever in their instruments, no question about with Carl Palmer.....

If UPS could have put that dunk down, we may have had a new "Logo"....did you see the reaction from everybody...there wasn't really alot, I think he put alot of people into shock mode...you can see Majerle looking up at the screen for a replay, probably thinking..."I used to dream of doing things like that"...If it were any other team, they would have been celebrating as if they had scored the ring....the Lakers know, the goal, I think Shannon was just telling his team, "I'm ready"......

I always thought Amare was over-rated....I mean you don't hear talk about him being the centerpiece that will take a team to the top... I would easily choose Odom over Amare, if I were building a team. Both are not top-tier players, they are both role players, but highly essential ones for each of their teams. Check this out...career regular season rebound average....Amare: 8.9 RPG.....Lamar :8.8 RPG, looking at that stat and the fact that Lamar plays 4 positions and Amare 2, (both closer to the basket)...Is Lamar "lucky" or does he just have a knack for going after the ball??? Amare's points are all set up for him by Nash, who we all know is one of the best point guards ever. Amazing his level of play at his age, but then again, I don't recall Nash getting a lot of pub or playing time early in his career...looking at his career stats, his career got off to a slow steady start, improving each year. The Dallas disconnection, in the 3 years previous to the disconnection he averaged 7.9 rebounds a game (3rd in the league). Based on that, I would say that Cuban made the sound business decision at the time and not signing Nash to a 6 year contract for 63 mill, which Phoenix offered, and sticking to his best offer of 4 years/$54 million....


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