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Phil Jackson expresses amusement over Steve Nash's rebuttal, Kobe Bryant says he feels fine

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You don't need to pinch yourself and wonder if you've seen this already during the playoffs. You've seen this scenario play out many times before: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson zings an opposing player, the player fires back and then Jackson expresses amusement over the commotion he created.

The latest storyline entails Jackson's charge that Phoenix guard Steve Nash carries the ball, an accusation Nash countered by saying, "The best coach in the league, Gregg Popovich, didn't have a problem with it last week," in reference to Phoenix's sweep over the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals. Jackson took the comments in stride, adding "Popp's a great coach, there's no doubt."

Clearly, Nash handled Jackson's needling much better than Oklahoma City guard Kevin Durant, who Jackson said before the Lakers' first-round series with the Thunder that the league's leading scorer receives preferential treatment from officials. That comment led to the NBA fining Jackson $35,000 and Durant speaking at great length on how he considered the comments disrespectful, and Jackson later chastised Durant for his reaction. Even though Durant's on-court demeanor suggested he wasn't actually rattled by the talk, he eventually grew tired of answering questions about Jackson. And even if the mind games didn't throw Durant off, Lakers forward Ron Artest held him to 25 points a game on 35% shooting.

Aside from Jackson's explicit attempt at gamesmanship, he's actually been largely complimentary of Nash, both for his success in playing through a swollen right eye in Game 4 against San Antonio and how his playoff-average of 17.8 points and nine assists a game make him a dual threat.

"Steve has a great skill in quarterbacking his team," Jackson said. "A lot of the balls are in his hands and he always has a lot of decisions to make."

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant didn't appear in as good of a mood as Jackson, a stoic demeanor he's demonstrated all week. There's really nothing newsworthy in the video below, other than Bryant's contention that "I'm fine" regarding his right knee, left ankle and fractured right finger. But it shows that he's wearing a game face.

Meanwhile, Lakers forward Pau Gasol reported he's in good health after battling sinusitis earlier this week.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: After Lakers Coach Phil Jackson suggested Phoenix guard Steve Nash carries the ball, Nash responded in jest that San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is the league's best coach. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

 
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I told that to my son that Steve Nash is carrying the ball. In the sixties, we call that violation as "lifting" today, they can hide it on the cross over dribble or dribbling behind the legs. Well, not only Steve Nash, many good PG's like D'Will and CP3 makes those moves as part of their routine. It's done so fast like an illusionist would hiding the rabbit, well the magician Nash in hiding the carrying the ball with one swift movement. You have to put it in slow motion divide it into segments before you could detect the T/O.

Don't they realize if they respond to PJ, they have already lost...

PJ's stuff is not usually for the Refs, but for the players. I don't know how it works, but it does. This is some powerful stuff he has.

Look at what it did to Stern. He blew a gasket and wishes he never would have responded so foolishly. And Phil wasn't even going after him.

Just watch. Nash will be thinking of PJ the next time he tries a cross over dribble, instead of focusing on his next move like he should. Just that little hesitation will lead to a mistake.

Nash will kick himself for even letting PJ into his mind. Nash will then get mad. Nash will lose focus.

Phil will see the whole thing. Phil will get that quirky little smile. Phil will turn to a coach and boast. "Ha, I told you so" Phil will have won.

You guys aren't seriously arguing with mike t., are you? Him calling someone "girlish"? That's hilarious. You should read his poetry for a lesson in that. Actually... don't. It's terrible.

Starve the troll. He only wants to see his own name in print. Rob him of the pleasure.

Go Lake Show!

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Aloha Mike T'

I see your still not watching a lot of B-ball. So let me fill you in. First of all Bynum achilles is he healed. All you had to do was watch the first five games of the Thunder series to see he was moving just fine. No limps, running the court at full speed, good lift etc. You really should try and find someone who taped them, there was some good games.

Now on to other things. First of all we do not need Andrew to dominate, all we need is a few boards, a few points and a couple of hard fouls on Rondo. Because just having him out there changes the match ups. Perkins is forced to
guard Bynum. While Perkins is the kind of center that gives Pau trouble, Pau plays very well against KG. I don't know if you recall the finals game in 08 that Perkins had to sit out but Pau completely out played KG. He had 19 points 13 boards 6 assists and 2 blocks. And please don't call it garbage stats, it was a close game And as Hobbit pointed out he has out played KG in 3 of the 4 regular season games since. So all Andrew has to do is play even with Perkins, which he can do even injured and we are just fine for the following reasons.

1. KG can not roam on defense with Pau . Pau is to skilled with a good mid range jumper. This provides more space for Kobe to operate in.

2. There was a guy named James Posey in the last series that played Kobe tough and killed us from the 3 point line. He is gone.

3. Paul Pierce was the series MVP. But there should be an * next to the award because he was guarded by Luke. This time he draws Ron Artest. You don't think Ron will be up for this challenge? It will be redemption time for Ron he will show no mercy.

Hey if you ever get a chance to watch a few games we can chat about it.

Aloha

MH

I'm hoping that Phil unleashes Sasha on Steve at some point. Sasha's relentless yapping and Scissorhands defense have caused Nash to lose his temper in the past. Bait him into a technical, get the elbows flying out there, good stuff.

Ha ha, PJ plants his seed in Nash.

Fatty, I agree it's very effective.

Michael h,

Interesting points.

One thing I will remind you of, which is this: In 2008 the Celtics beat the Lakers in 6 games not 7. What that means is this: yeah, yeah, yeah...Gasol did well for a game or two, wait...Boston wins in 6, which means they win 4 games and the Lakers win 2 games. Yeah, yeah, yeah...Gasol had a couple of good games but they lost in 6 games. And with the beating they took in game 6 just goes to show it really wasn't that close. Behold! That is what garbage stats are all about.

But you made some good points. Don't forget that the Lakers' bench, this year, isn't too strong.

mike t.


Nice Nash comeback but the seed remains planted. It will bear fruit.

It is inevitable, we got this, even Phoenix knows it.

Hey ChicNstu - - I do have a wind screen on my mic. I'm trying to continue to tinker with the audio. I may ultimately take it to a camera shop to get it fixed.

MM

ChicNstu,

>>> Ha ha, PJ plants his seed in Nash.

ROFLMAO! That's the cleverest double entendre I've ever seen. Dude, that's brilliant!

"Playoff stats: Kevin Garnett vs Pau Gasol."

Those stats mean nothing because the Lakers and the Celtics play totally different types of basketball.

Boston plays defensive basketball, which means the stats would be lower in scoring and offensive stats.

That's just a fact.

You have to incorporate knowledge into your conversation.

You just can't say things that sound logical. You have to take into consideration the type of ball the teams play.

Right now, going against the Thunder, Jazz and Suns those stats might mean something. But against a totally different team like the Celtics... GARBAGE STATS!

mike t.

Why do you guys worry about Phoenix?

The Suns are shadows and mirrors and nothing more.

mike t.

GASOL OR GASOFT ???
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If you were to believe certain posters, Pau Gasol is fools gold, a 7-footer that turns into a marshmallow the second the game turns physical. While that may have been true 2 years ago and while there may be occasions when Pau still backs down and plays soft, I think he showed everybody during last year’s playoffs that he is certainly capable of playing tough offense and defense when his team needs it.
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If you watch his body language during a game, you get a big key as to why Pau is a much better player as a Laker than when he was with the Grizzlies and it is all about his relationship with Kobe Bryant, who never receives enough credit for how much his high standards and professional approach to the `
game influence and motivate his teammates. Kobe is the primary reason Pau has played better when the game turns physical. Playing with Kobe has taught him how to play with more fire and effort.
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Those who think Pau threw Kobe under the bus by talking about more touches in the post are wrong. The truth is that it is Pau’s adoration and desire for Kobe’s approval that has transformed his game. Look back at the several times that Pau has played soft this year and each time you will see Pau fight back and make a critical play down the stretch to redeem himself. Then he will sheepishly rub Kobe’s head, letting him know he had screwed up but thanking him for trusting him to still come through.
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Bottom line, Pau knows that there are times when he will have to be more aggressive, finishing strong at the rim on offense and not settling for jumpers and physically challenging penetrating players by blocking and altering shots to protect the paint and rim. Pau knows Kobe will respect nothing less and his desire to please Kobe will motivate him to respond appropriately when challenged. It has been a tough year in some ways for Pau and his contribution to this team is grossly underestimated. He is the second best player on the team right now and can be the best power forward in the NBA.
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If we play the Celtics, I think Pau is going to win the matchup against KG this time. For one thing, KG never was a power or low post player. Even in his prime, he was basically a mid-range jump shooter. Today, that is all he is. Pau has a much more polished low post game than Garnett and he is a much better passer and rebounder in my opinion. Those who think the Lakers are going to be taken down by the physicality of the Celtics should they meet in the Finals will see a different Pau Gasol this time. And that is not to forget the additions of Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest, two very physical players.
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So I will keep on rooting for the Celtics to take out the Magic. I think that home court advantage is very important in the Finals. And if we are fortunate enough to get a shot at avenging our 2009 Finals loss, I am confident that this Lakers team will be able to out-tough and out-physical the Celtcis.
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TOM

Rick,

Please tip your waitress! :)

MM,

The audio sounds a lil better this evening.

Chic,

Thanks. I think part of it may also have to do with how loudly the players speak. But I'll keep trying to tinker with the audio levels.

MM

"You have to incorporate knowledge into your conversation."

See LakerToms post! :)

""You have to incorporate knowledge into your conversation."

See LakerToms post! :)"

And what does that have to do with what you posted?

mike t.

"And what does that have to do with what you posted?"

You and I have had this discussion before. Why should I argue with you again over this topic? It's obvious you don't understand the game nor do you watch the games.

Did the reporters also mentioned that Gentry also had a comeback when he said, "We spent a lot of time today ducking elbows on post-ups"?

"Why should I argue with you again over this topic? It's obvious you don't understand the game nor do you watch the games"

Now that is a laugh. Understand the game. LOL!

You have to refer to another post to make a point that isn't even yours.

Hell, not only do you lack understanding of the game...you can't even articulate what you want to say.

mike t.

Fatty,

So good to have you back.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I wouldn't say the Suns are all shadows and mirrors, they're playinjg really good ball right now. I think we'll beat them but it won't be easy. I'd like to see us face the Celts in the just for some payback but they're going to have a hard time getting past Orlando (who beat them 3-1 in the reg season). Orlando's playing a deep rotation and has 5 guys averaging double figures in the playoffs... in all liklihood we'll see them again in the finals.

What are you talking about?.. i just posted some stats.

Did i hit a soft spot?

MM, you can't fix the audio like that. i am an audio engineer, i can tell you that assuredly.

the first problem is the mic. a mic takes in all sound, the stuff you want and the stuff you don't equally. the condesor mic on the camera is made to capture all the sounds within the viewfinder, close or far. you'll notice the old fashioned news guys use dynamic mics up as close to the interviewee as possible. such mics are only sensitive close to the element. another type of mic is a shotgun, which is a special condensor mic that only accepts sound from a very narrow area in front of the element, while still being very sensitive at distance.

with the mic already in the camera, all you can do is process the audio itself after, when you make the film. a combination of compression, which will bring out the backround noise, but at least will raise the over-all volume and eq, which may help to minimize the most obnoxious distractions might help a lot. otherwise, you'll have to be sure to get the camera's mic pointed directly at the interviewee's face, a real chore, i'm sure.

why do you think traditional newsmen have an audio and a video guy? :^) one guy handles the camera and the other puts a dynamic mic right in the subject's face(or points a shotgun right at the subject's face if he can't get close enough).

feel free to email me if you would like some help or more info on cleaning up the audio in your editing.

-btw- i really like Pau's statement that the plan isn't to hit Nash in the face....hehehe

Interesting stats: Pau, 20.2 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg. Garnett, 17.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 0.7 bpg.

Chic - sorry, just noticed that you posted the exact same thing, earlier! It's getting late, haha.

dave m. no problem sir.. yes the stats are very interesting. But only to some. Others call them garbage stats haha.

Michael C. Teniente,

Do you consider yourself to be "strange"?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I love the fact that 85% of the league think of us as their "rival" and we consider 6% of the league to be our rivals.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

"Others call them garbage stats haha."

I mean really...what is it that you don't understand about playing two different styles of ball? That means the stats will look better for the team that plays offensively than they would for the team that plays defensively.

Can't you wrap your mind around that?

GARBAGE STATS!

mike t.

Laker Tom,

Gasol is the most offensively skilled big man I have ever seen.

And I am (hesitantly) calling Kareem into that equation.

Defensively? He's good. Not great. But getting better.

If he wants to join the Hall of Fame, he better start channeling George Mikan's elbows, because he can, if he chooses to.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

mike t

Please enlighten me great wizard of bballs.

Chic, it's true... some people tend more toward intangibles rather than hard stats. Personally, I like things like actual points, boards, blocks... they tend to have a certain impact on other tangibles... like the final box score.

Michael C. Teniente,

An off the cuff question: What do you think about lacrosse?

I mean, they do get to legally hit opposing players with sticks, right? You're okay with that, I assume.

I'M okay with that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

dave m. it looks like Mike T. is a fan of style points..lol

The "Los Suns" is los lame.

Just plain stupid.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mike T - actually rebounds and blocks would normally be considered defensive stats.

Watching Pau's video, did anyone else notice the hickup he did when talking about him playing in case Andrew wasn't in?

Freaked me completely out.

This Championship rides on Andrew and Thriller.

Thriller is ready.

It's time for Andrew to be a man.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Probably about three days ago I was downstairs retrieving some items from my basement when a curious thought hit me...

"Man, it's been a long time since we last heard from Fatty. Maybe I should email him. Does he even have the same address? Who uses juno anymore? Wow, remember those days when we wrote for Lakers Nation, I don't ever visit there now that we're gone. Yeah, definitely going to email... oh wait, here's what I was looking for..." [then forgot to send email]

100% true story.

J Fatty - great to see you post again. This series was made for you.

Enjoy the revenge for all its worth my old friend.

ChicNstu,

One of the things I love about Michael C. Teniente is that he is logically sound, intelligent, and ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG!

AND HE'S INTO IT!

HE'S UNAPOLOGETICALLY ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG!!!!

You'd think he's an Irish fighter with that track record, but NO!!!!!

I'm okay with Mike T. because he foments dialogue. Passionate intelligent dialogue. And that's what we want, right?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon - "This Championship rides on Andrew and Thriller." Those guys are absolutely important, agreed. But um, Kobe might take some exception to the statement? This is now Kobe time. I fully expect him to shred everything in his way from here to the end.

"I'm okay with Mike T. because he foments dialogue. Passionate intelligent dialogue. And that's what we want, right?"

Yes Jon you are correct. I have even reached out to Mike T and invited him to join our live chats. He can get a link to the games and actually watch the games.

Like i posted earlier.. Mike T and I have had this discussion before. It was during the Jazz series. I don't have a problem with him coming here and creating dialogue. Can he get creative and not bring the same topic to the table every time he comes? I have yet to see it.

dave m,

PJ knows that he has to put some gamesmanship to outflank the Sun's strategy. Based on the two series, Suns had a fantastic performance in dislodging two powerhouse Blazers and Spurs. PJ aces is the one week rest, it heals those nagging injuries. Here is the 1st set up: Vujacic. OK he got injured towards the end of the season and he has practiced with the team as you can see from the pictures he's sweating and yet what does PJ do? He said: "I basically told him there's an opportunity for him to play in this series if he gets himself back and healthy and he's got two or three days left." Jackson said. See how hides Vujacic back to injury.

Second: Kobe. If there is any other player here who needed a lot of rest, it is kobe. He does not join the practice with the team but I'm sure he, PJ and Gasol are talking every single day since Monday of what they will execute. It's all private session when reporters, would be scouts are not watching.

Third: Bynum. They were not playing since Monday except for the practices. Suddenly, it comes from Bynum that his knee is hurting, therefore it is not the achilles heel as Mike T pointed out. The injury of Drew is a minor meniscus tear as discussed by the orthopedic surgeon on 710 during the Thunder games. If he will take pain killers and continuous icing, eventually it will be healed just like blisters (that's the word used by the bone surgeon. However, in the case of Drew, he's thinking of the injury it's a symptomatic pain dictated by the brain.) If he is taking pain killers since Monday, how will that suddenly appears.

On Bynum, PJ is playing chess with Gentry using some gambit in middle. Without Bynum, I'm sure Gentry will prepare the positioning of Amare and Collins or Lopez focus on Gasol and Kobe. With Bynum, Gentry will slide the two bigs packing the shaded area like what we saw in Thunder. Therefore, there are two alternatives being played here, it is confusing their strategies in order to mess up the implementation.

Fourth: Nash. As Fatty recounted he planted seed on Nash subconsciously and indirect whining to the refs who will handle the game. In defense of Nash, PJ is hiding Shannon Brown. After few minutes, if Nash keep on penetrating the Laker with ease, Brown will be playing more time than Fisher. PJ loves the match-up of big guards on his team guarding small pg's.

There will be more aces on PJ sleeves, next target will be Amare.

Jon, okay, comparing Mike T to an Irish fighter is brilliant. Line of the night IMO.

dave m,

"Those guys are absolutely important, agreed. But um, Kobe might take some exception to the statement?"

I take Kobe for granted.

Not a respectful thing, but I just know he will play his heart out and that's all I can ask of any player. As such, Kobe will never lose these series. It will all be about the heart of other players.

I'm not worried about Thriller's heart. I'm worried about his focus.

Andrew? I'm worried about his heart. I love the guy. But he better learn to play through pain to Greatness if he wants to get past Stoudemire and Howard.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Aw man, here comes Mike T. again, talking like he knows everything. I remember several years ago he was saying Kwame Brown was going to be a beast.

Edwin, it's going to be a great series, I can't wait. Well merry blogsters, I'm on Austin time now, 1:40 in the morning and I gotta be up at 6:00. Night all, zzzzzzzzz

I love the fact that 85% of the league think of us as their "rival" and we consider 6% of the league to be our rivals.

Posted by: Jon K. | May 15, 2010 at 11:05 PM

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!
SUPERB, PRECISE & REALISTIC!

Chicnstu, one observation from Mike T., he won't answer my post nor Jon K, well, he knows we are aware of all his tricks and could not upset us. We will just humor him therefore nothing to be debate nor resolve because the combatants are not on the same frequency. In other words there is no reaction of positive or negative to create conductor but instead with humor, it is insulating his attacks.

One thing I appreciate with him, he is also an honest- to- goodness strategist who doesn't hide his feelings like other trolls, he will not start trouble in calling names like other trolls but discuss with you in equal footing. As Jon K said, he would carry a conversation philosophically until you pin him down The vain and machismo will always be there. He consider that as a superiority by grabbing the bull by the horn, I consider it inferiority defenses in putting a superior front. When it is all said and done and there is nothing to say anymore, he will just disappear like a tired cayote and say: "never mind I'm tired talking to you. lol!

Don't they realize if they respond to PJ, they have already lost...

PJ's stuff is not usually for the Refs, but for the players. I don't know how it works, but it does. This is some powerful stuff he has.

Look at what it did to Stern. He blew a gasket and wishes he never would have responded so foolishly. And Phil wasn't even going after him.

Just watch. Nash will be thinking of PJ the next time he tries a cross over dribble, instead of focusing on his next move like he should. Just that little hesitation will lead to a mistake.

Nash will kick himself for even letting PJ into his mind. Nash will then get mad. Nash will lose focus.

Phil will see the whole thing. Phil will get that quirky little smile. Phil will turn to a coach and boast. "Ha, I told you so" Phil will have won.

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Did you see the interview on Nash?????
He didn't care what PJ said, he knows what PJ is trying to do, Nash handle it the best way a player can handle it, when they ask him about PJ comments what does he suppose to say: "NOT comment" (showing that he doesn't care about it, but acting like it bother him since he is ignoring the question), or say something like Durant said (acknowledging that it bother him and hurt his feelings).

Nash response: "The best coach in the league, Gregg Popovich, didn't have a problem with it last week" (OUCH! that had to hurt). You can not blame Nash for saying that..... Pop has beat Nash 6 times in a row in the playoffs (by actually out-coaching the Suns). PJ in the other hand has lost against Nash twice in a row, and 1 of them by actually chocking a 3-1 series lead, there is not way Pop would had lost a 3-1 series lead with Kobe on his team...... Or maybe he would because of Kobe presence..... who knows BUT one thing for sure that 3-1 choke was either PJ or Kobe fault, make your pick, I say both of their fault.

". . he was saying Kwame Brown was going to be a beast."

Some beasts are just a dumb animal.

Fatland! Proof that even Arizona people know who to root for.

". . he was saying Kwame Brown was going to be a beast."

Some beasts are just a dumb animal.

Fatland! Proof that even Arizona people know who to root for.

Carlos,

Nash will not show his true color but Fatty was correct. When he dribbles those carry over style, his assists ratio will be affected. He will be conscious with this dribble thereby disturbing his routine and concentration. Like for example in your case, every time you post here, we kept on criticizing your post, first no reaction but by the time we reached the fifth poster criticising you, subconsciously even though it is just a blog, you parry the blows, defend your name, thereby acting defensive than being aggressive.

Carlos, Nash did what he suppose to do. Of course, PJ's poison affects Durant much quicker than affects a guy like Nash. He's cool.

But PJ have no more fingers where to put rings and Pop, well...still have a lot of fingers. PJ will not buy that BS.

Nash will play his usual, trying his best and see what happens...I say, we stop that pick-n-roll and we'll win.
Cheers

If Lebore wants to go to the Bulls and win a championship, the Lakers should help him out and trade Bynum/scrub for Rose and Noah and/or anyone else.

Face it, He can't go to Chicago with Rose there. Rose is a point guard who needs the ball. Lebore needs the ball even more.

Win Win for all. We get that coveted point guard plus Noah and Lebore gets a potentially great center who might never get injured again.


Nash will not show his true color but Fatty was correct. When he dribbles those carry over style, his assists ratio will be affected. He will be conscious with this dribble thereby disturbing his routine and concentration. Like for example in your case, every time you post here, we kept on criticizing your post, first no reaction but by the time we reached the fifth poster criticising you, subconsciously even though it is just a blog, you parry the blows, defend your name, thereby acting defensive than being aggressive.

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Do you actually think Nash would have time to think about that stuff when he is dribbling?

Have you ever play basketball as a point guard?

If you ever did, you will know that a PGs mind is so busy when he has the ball on his hands, and even worse Nash who has alot more responsibilities than most PGs.

The only way he would think about it is if he gets call by the referee 2 or 3 times for carrying the ball. If that happens (which we all know that won't happen) then he will need to adjust his game.

Come on guys we are talking about a 2X MVP, with 14 years of experience, who just carried his team to victory with 1 eye.

This is like Gentry saying Kobe likes to elbow players who gets closer to him, and then believing Kobe is going to think about his elbow when he has the ball on his hands....... ROFL!

some programming details you will all enjoy

Celt-Magic - all the games on ABC or ESPN

Lakers - Suns - all games on TNT.

as much as "dough" collins can be the biggest annoyance ever, flip flopping between Le None and Kobe .... there is NONE anymore, it will be SWEET and SWEEP during the halftime and postgame shows when Charles Barkeley, the Suns marquee player, will have to choke: EVERY TIME when he will be asked about KOBE's game in the series.

and at this level, EVERY TIME becomes ALL THE TIME

and at the end of the series, they will invite Kobe for the interview!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's entertainment....all this Suns x Lakers...
We all know how it will end...

Good night everyone!

Edwin

u r reading too much fiction. also, surrealism is not the best reflexion of the NBA

Michael C. Teniente,

Do you consider yourself to be "strange"?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 15, 2010 at 11:03 PM

I don't know, but the rest of us apparently do :)

a few days ago Barkeley said that Kobe CAN'T score ANYMORE 40+ points.

i want to see his face when he will have to talk about IT. against the Funs. like Game 3 in Phoenix next saturday?

Now it gets interesting. Both the Suns and the Magic have had a good playoff run. But now it ends...for both of them. Both of them get their mojo from their offense, and it has been clicking like clockwork. But now it's going to break down. Reason? They are going to run head-on into the two best defensive teams in the NBA, and the two teams that totally transform when it's playoff time.

It will be Lakers VS Celtics in the Finals. Lakers win in six in Boston. Phil lights a cigar at the end. Kobe and Pau dance on the bench as the Gahden clears out. Final score: 127-62.

Hahahahahahahaha...

The Little Lieutenant likes to use phrases such as "garbage stats," which is ironic considering that's his only means of "discussing" basketball! Try actually *watching* the game, and then you might have something valuable to contribute.

The Lakers are a better rebounding team the Boston. They are a better shot-blocking team than Boston. These are both defensive statistics.

Little Lieutenant claims that they play "two different styles of basketball." As usual, he's mistaken. But I would expect that from someone who doesn't actually watch the games, someone still living in '08 when his Kwame Theories were shattered once and for all.

Wake up. It's a new era of Lakers ball. They will out-rebound, out-hustle, out-muscle the Celtics. If that's the match-up that unfolds.

Go Lake Show!

Got this quote from Plaschke's article:

"Barkley was stupid.........." Bryant said.
_________________________

One word, P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S!

Got this quote from Plaschke's article:

"Barkley was stupid.........." Bryant said.
_________________________

One word, P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S!


(So nice, I posted it twice!!!!!!)


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

CHARLES BARKLEY IS THE GOAT!!!!(literally)

It will be Lakers VS Celtics in the Finals. Lakers win in six in Boston. Phil lights a cigar at the end. Kobe and Pau dance on the bench as the Gahden clears out. Final score: 127-62.

Hahahahahahahaha...

Posted by: CornerJ | May 16, 2010 at 06:31 AM
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sounds kinda demented doesn't?

especially that the Lakers vs. Celtics CAN'T play game six in Boston. do your mat. and Kobe is the one smoking cigars.

as Michael C. Tiente said to JUSTA: go back to your corner and be quiet.


Phil Jackson will break Doc Rivers' ankles if Phil crosses him over now.


I'm a philosopher who knows everything.

Mike T.(noun)- basically means; 1.) a more-on


Of course I'm not going to respond to Edwin G. & Jon K., why should I? (they already know that I'm here only for fame, and they know that my sport is actually Volleyball and I don't actually watch NBA games, moreso, Lakers games. I only comment based on what I read here, from there I make stories of my own; Like Kwame Brown is going to become the greatest center of all time).


Mike T.(noun)- basically means; 1.) a more-on

LakerTom,

you wrote: Those who think Pau threw Kobe under the bus by talking about more touches in the post are wrong. The truth is that it is Pau’s adoration and desire for Kobe’s approval that has transformed his game. Look back at the several times that Pau has played soft this year and each time you will see Pau fight back and make a critical play down the stretch to redeem himself. Then he will sheepishly rub Kobe’s head, letting him know he had screwed up but thanking him for trusting him to still come through.

my response: We can agree to disagree on this. Pau *DID* throw Kobe
under the bus. He *DID* have to eat his words in practice after it
happened. The statement pre-bus was we need to get the ball into the post.
The statement post-bust was we need to stop playing complacent basketball.

Given: the ball was going into Pau last year, what changed? Answer, Pau
was smelling his european championship and was playing like a marshmallow.
This statement is validated by PJ introducing Pau to Oakley.

Can we please not paint the white spaniard with golden paint? He did what
he did. He is who he is. He's playing a lot harder now and I'm grateful for
it.

Mike T,

you wrote: I mean really...what is it that you don't understand about playing two different styles of ball? That means the stats will look better for the team that plays offensively than they would for the team that plays defensively.

Can't you wrap your mind around that?

my response: Have you actually watched basketball the last two seasons or
did you stop after the Celtics won?

you also wrote: Boston plays defensive basketball, which means the stats would be lower in scoring and offensive stats.

That's just a fact.

You have to incorporate knowledge into your conversation.

my response:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/stats/byteam?cat1=Total&cat2=opponent

The Celtics allowed 95.6 pts. per game.
The Lakers allowed 97.0 pts. per game.

So maybe you meant physical instead of defensive? Would you like me
to give you a link to a dictionary? http://dictionary.reference.com works.

I have a suggestion for you. While you strive to incorporate "knowledge"
into your conversation, do yourself a favor. incorporate "wisdom" into your
conversation as well. Going back to dictionary.reference.com ....
knowledge is a synonym for facts which would be a synonym for stats.
Those things that you've been arguing are garbage. Wisdom would be
understanding if the stats are applicable or not and why.

Life teaches us that the one constant thing in life is "change". Yet, you have
ferociously argued that the Lakers are incapable of change. You maintain
this argument in spite of information which shows that change is possible and
has happened.

Here are some examples of changes:

The Lakers picked up former dpoy Ron Artest.
-- we didn't have him in 2008.
-- don't you consider Artest to be a physical/defensive player?

PJ, at the end of the season, was taunting Gasol about playing soft and
introduced him to Oakley.
-- Wasn't Oakley a physical/defensive player?

You spoke about our bench.
-- 2008 LO was a starter.
-- 2010 LO is on the bench.
-- 2010 Shannon Brown is on the bench.
-- 2008 Ariza was not a factor due to suffering a broken foot.

Now, can you honestly argue that the Lakers haven't changed in 2 years?

I know. You're going to go back to the style thing.

Ok. In 2008, PJ said, "This team may need to lose before it learns how to win."
Did you watch any games last year? Did you watch any games this year?
Why do I ask? With injuries to Kobe, LO, Pau, Bynum, Artest, Luke, Brown
& Sasha the Lakers managed to have the 3rd best record in the NBA. With
Kobe playing on one leg, his own words, the Lakers beat a 50 win team in 6
games. You did see what Artest did to the scoring champion didn't you?

ouchhhhhhh,

you wrote: especially that the Lakers vs. Celtics CAN'T play game six in Boston. do your mat. and Kobe is the one smoking cigars.

my response: Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Lakers have a better
record than the Celtics does. I believe the format is: 2,2,1,1,1.

If that format is correct, than game 6 would be in Boston.

The Finals format is 2/3/2, unless it just changed for this coming Finals.

Hobbit,

I must say that your last post and defensive comparisons between the Celtics and Lakers was downright filthy. Knowledge and wisdom indeed!!! Go Lakers!!!

hobbit

looks like Bynum is a lost cause for LakerTom. the new chapter is defending Gasol?

by the way: PJ introducing Gasol to Oakley means nothing. gutsy play and toughness does not rub of. especially in a conversation.

you imply mostly that Gasol is weak/soft physically. i will add that the problem is mental.

in the Game 3 in Utah, kobe and Gasol had a few miscommunications on some plays and the result was TO. Kobe said something or maybe screamed at him. Gasol froze for like 10+ minutes and totally disappeared. only after a while he started to play again.

so oakley did not help. same thing in the OKC series when in the last Qurtaer of Game six, Kobe had that great quarter. he missed his first FT. after the reb, Gasol was fouled. he went to the line and very cocky started to nod his head that he has everything under control and he will nail the game.

he missed the first FT. flash back from Cleveland? i'm wondering if we play the Celtics in the finals, if he will be able to get over to the fact that he is pushed around. there is no way to beat the C's if there is no inside presence. and i don't count on the Beast.

also in the Utah game he was shooting from outside. yes, he made the shots because he has a great touch. at the same time, he missed a few layups from under the basket. how come a 7' with such long hands hits the BOTTOM of the rim? and 2 shots he made from the same distance were much stronger, bouncing awkwardly on the back of the rim and went in.

how come all those shots happen at the end of games when the game is on the line? because he is scared. there is nothing that Oakley can do about it. maybe many years of psychoanalysis. but there is a problem. he believes that he has no faults. he is totally delusional.

and yes, to some degree i agree with Mike T. that some of his stats r garbage ones. indeed like LBJ he is a great stat padder. when u r the tallest guy on the floor and the ball falls on your lap, that is not rebounding. same with LO.

how many times we've seen both of them letting little guys securing rebounds and penetrating and they r also like highway cones? that is mental also.

Gasol is not soft only from a physical point of view. that can be transcended mentally. HE CAN'T. and with Odom is the same. the difference is that sometimes Odom is plugged to a different battery set. and other circuits r working. i'm not sure who can figure out the right connection.

Dear Labron,

Do you like being the Star of Cleveland?
Do you like all the attention?
Do you like being considered an MVP?
Do you like being considered the best player in the NBA?
Would you like to put a stop to the 'choker' label?
Would like to learn some new dance moves?

If so, this is for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY


The rampant speculation of a Lakers - Celtics finals just goes to show how many of you don't watch much B-Ball. The Lakers will be there, but the Celtics won't make it to the finals. The Magic will win in 5, if not a sweep. "Put a fork in em, they're done."

The Magic might come out a bit rusty in the first quarter of game 1, due to their long layoff, but when they get it going they'll bury the C's.

This series might go the full 7 games. Lakers will not have it as easy as they had last round. Hope to see a Celtics-Lakers final.

Ouchhh,

NBA is part fiction, part real. The front is not necessarily what happens behind the scenes. Once in a while fans caught them in the act like this ref. donaghy and the philandering players wandering around during breaks. With regards to the gamesmanship I enumerated, I'd say most of them are true especially our Zen coach, a baby boomer product of the sixties, he'll find a way to extricate a win through psychological deception in the finest art of gamesmanship.

With regards to these Mike T more-on postings (not referring to you ouchhh) I believe that is not proper way of treating our prodigal visitor. He reasons out with everyone his line of thinking, I think he should also receive fair treatment by giving him the dosage he delivers. No need to hide with sinister motives, just plain reason out with him just like an old country gentleman. Courtesy is contagious in breeding a healthy blog. As my favorite line to our Celtic visitors, we reap what we sow.

hobbit

i expected more from U

the finals are 2-3-2 game 6 will be in LA

Poor bastards. You've got a great team and you must play mind games to win. But, the country will cut Phil some slack. It's a lonely feeling knowing you can't plant your seeds in one of the Laker girls, so plant it on the Suns.
Phil, just go to the doctor to get your Viagra dose doubled.

Speaking of Gasol, he is not the typical American player we are accustomed to power plays. He is the thinking ball player who operates in counter moves by reading your body language. When Gasol goes for pivot moves in the paint, he becomes ambidextrous using the right hand to sweeping lay up or the left hook shots or the fade away shots. Look at the way he throws his shot and compare to LO's ball trajectory to the ring. Gasol is an international player who are proficient in shooting, less power play and place more emphasis on rhythm shooting. Don't expect Gasol to become a power player, he is the guy who will give you 15 rebounds, 20 pts a game, that is his role with the Lakers. It is the Lamar, RonRon, Walton, Farmar who should contribute more when they are called to play in the second quarter. If we use a battlefield analogy, the initial attack are superb with great degree of consistency and control of enemy positions, that's our marines and air force. However, on the 2nd wave our army is lagging behind. They are tentative, lack of chemistry easily repulsed by enemy's counter attack. Our 2nd force could not sustain the advantage started by our finest units. Thereby, we get mixed results in the 3rd and 4th quarter.

"Edwin...Filipinos can't play basketball. Be Quiet.
No ESL here please." - BL saying "b.s."

~~That's the sign of ignorance that you don't know about Asian sports. Can you enumerate the countries in Asia?By your statemen it reflects your domineering arrogance and blight upbringing which needs to include racial tones in the discussions. Well, have been in this country for 30 years paying my taxes annually and promptly. If you want to show your racial superiority being an Arizonian, then do it with reason. You must be one of the "newbies" in this blog who lurks only during playoffs then disappears when your team is eliminated.

hobbit
i expected more from U
the finals are 2-3-2 game 6 will be in LA

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | May 16, 2010 at 08:15 AM

ouchhhhhhhh, normally it would be, but this year the Lakers are going to opt to stay there for game 6, just to rub it in.

PS...love your name. Very self revealing. Hope the hurting you feel stops some day and you can get over the perpetual hostility so you can experience the optimism and love most of us Laker Amigos feel for our team...and each other.

Ulitmate playoff stat - Head to head ... Pau 0 v KG 1

Laker fan-

If you feel that stats are the determaning factor of which player is better or more valuable ...
Please feel free to post this years playoff stats for Kobe v Lebron. You cant have it both ways!

BTW the 2-3-2 format has been around for about 25yrs ... One would think you would know that by now!

Edwin Gueco,

The Big Lebowski is a troll of the worst type.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"However, in the case of Drew, he's thinking of the injury it's a symptomatic pain dictated by the brain.) If he is taking pain killers since Monday, how will that suddenly appears.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 15, 2010 at 11:30 PM"

Just woke up, in reference to painkillers, the laymans use of the term, they could be referring to anti-inflammatory medications, the most common one used to be Motrin. There are many available, effectiveness varies. Real pain killers are things that have codeine or hydrocodone (Vicodin) in them, and I've rarely heard of cases where the players were taking these, especially if still active. The downside to overuse of Motrin or many of the other painkillers is detrimental effects on one's live if used chronically. I can remember after the Alonzo Mourning, I think kidney-transplant, where we still had Shaq, I believe he said he would never take meds. Some meds are metabolized by liver primarily, but some are metabolized and pass out through kidney. If taken properly, they can be taken chronically as long as doctor checks your liver and kidney function. If Andrew said he is on "pain killers", I would bet 10 paychecks that he's probably on an anti-inflammatory to limit the swelling (as Kobe and others do by icing at the end of games). There's nothing to worry about.

Michael T.....wasn't he the "Kwame calves" guy?

yeah...


"BTW the 2-3-2 format has been around for about 25yrs ... One would think you would know that by now!

Posted by: 131-92 | May 16, 2010 at 09:19 AM"

yeah and I think that messes things up, the other day I was looking at some stats and I noticed that in the last 23 years, the finals have gone to 7 games only 3 times. If the underdog can take 1 of the first 2 on the road, I think it puts them in pretty good shape. I did not tally up the other important stat of did the team with the better record win more often....I would assume, yes.

The pesky little insects are swarming today. Time to roll up some newspapers and squash them.

yeah and I think that messes things up, the other day I was looking at some stats and I noticed that in the last 23 years, the finals have gone to 7 games only 3 times. If the underdog can take 1 of the first 2 on the road, I think it puts them in pretty good shape. I did not tally up the other important stat of did the team with the better record win more often....I would assume, yes.

Posted by: humanomaly (29 minutes) | May 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Yes and no. Even if the underdog does take 1 of the first 2, they would have to win 3 straight at home against probably the better team if judging by records. Its tough to beat a good team 3 times in a row even at home.

Thanks Jon K, well that is the stigma I have to absorb being born in another country but shown allegiance to Uncle Sam. Well, it is also true that you can't avoid rotten apples even in a nice full grown tree.

I have story to tell you. When Philippine Foreign Secretary Carlos P. Romulo became the President of the United Nations in 1953, he was insulted by head of Soviet delegation, Andrei Vishinsky his credentials saying: "You are just a little man from a little country." Well, Romulo who was sitting on a chair with three NY telephone directories put on top of his chair in order to be seen above the podium at the General Assembly, replied: "It is the duty of the little Davids of this world to fling the pebbles of truth in the eyes of the blustering Goliaths and force them to behave!". Vishinsky remained quiet and sat down.

Lakers will get their butts handed to them this series.

1. No stopper on Nash. He may be old and getting slow, but he's 10X better than Fisher.

2. No stopper for the 3-point shooting. Ron has been battered up all year, same for Mamba. Watch out for JDud, JRich, and Frye's 3 balls. They're combined over 44% shooting.

3. Bench. Odom inconsistent, Brown inconsistent, Farmar error prone. Suns have much better rounded bench, especially now with Lopez taking over at C position.

Final Prediction:

Suns 4 Lakers 3

In the unlikely case that the Lakers DO get past the Suns, they will lose to whoever gets to the Finals from the east.

Boston will once again own Lakers, just as happened in 2008. To say that Artest, being the non-existent offensive force that he is, is better than Radman is pathetic. Bynum is good as not playing at all.

Orlando is much better with Vinsanity and bench. They will handle us well this year, especially with home court advantage.

No REPEAT. NO REPEAT. Heard it here first. Lake Show going down, baby!

Welcome the criticisms from deluded Laker fans. Don't worry, I know how you feel. Like the championship is up for grabs,but in reality, it's just a mirage.

Enjoy the summer. Which will start by the time the finals start.

Finals Prediction:

Orlando 4 Suns 1

Edwin & Jon K:

All the trolls are invading our space this week, first it's Mike T, then the Great Lebowski and the latest troll on our blog, A2Z. It must be playoff and everyone is getting nervous. Let's focus on the game at hand, against the fast pace Suns and not drawn on the could wouda shouda match-up against the Septics who, I predicted, will get bounced by the magics in 6 game.

Lakers in 5. Go Lakers!


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