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Andrew Bynum optimistic he will play in Game 4

Bynum_400 Andrew Bynum will play on Thursday. At least that's his hope after aggravating his right knee yet again.

The Lakers center on Wednesday upgraded his condition from "questionable," as he put it Tuesday night after Game 3, to something better than that, in his own way.

"I'm good, man," he said after the Lakers went through a light practice at TD Garden. Bynum did not take part in the session.

Bynum left the Lakers' 91-84 Game 3 victory in the third quarter because his knee locked up when he landed after blocking the shot of Boston center Kendrick Perkins. He returned early in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was similarly hopeful that Bynum would play in Game 4. The Lakers lead the Celtics in the best-of-seven series, two games to one.

"He's been able to overcome those odds all the way through these playoffs, ever since Oklahoma [City]," Jackson said. "So we're really optimistic that he'll be able to find a way to do that."

Bynum sustained torn cartilage in his right knee six weeks ago in the first round of the playoffs. He had the knee drained last week after the Lakers closed out the Western Conference finals against Phoenix.

-- Mike Bresnahan in Boston

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, center, drives past Boston forward Glen Davis, left, to score during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.

Andrew has arrived. He's been Kobefied. A Kobe Warrior. Injuries will be a part of his career, his main nemesis, but he'll play through.

This playoff experience is worth every pain he's feeling. The future looks very bright this mornin' in LA.

Where is hobbit and kblitz? It is time to sound the horn for Bynum, do you agree?

I thought of that also, Andrew "Reed" Bynum.

Good Morning Everyone!

That was SUCH a fantastic team win last night. I immediately stood up from my couch when Fish got fouled and made the lay-up, as I'm sure a number of you did something reactionary once he made it.

I hope Socks rests and gets as much treatment as he can before Thursday's game - we're going to need him to withstand the onslaught that Boston will give us then.

I'm very proud of this team.

Derek should retire when Kobe retires. Would just be poetic.

Where are the trolls today?

Laker Tom,

I don't think it's too soon to say that you sir, have been vindicated.

You took much abuse over your unwavering support of the big guy, but he is growing up before all our eyes faster than many of us anticipated.

The Beastling is taking the i, the n and the g off that title and stomping them into the court with one leg tied behind his back.

And umm, as for the 'l', he just gave that a swift kick into a trash can.

WE NEED BynumSwami to grace his followers with Bynum Chant:

Hare Bynum Hare Bynum, Bynum Bynum Hare hare.

Hare Krishna Hare Bynum, Krishna Bynum Hare Hare.

I sense BynumSwami is in state of bodisatva and AT ONE with Universe, on his way from Mount Shasta to sing Bynum's glory...


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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(02) BYNUM DUNKNASTY – CO-OWNER - Bynum playing Perkins all night. 4th quarter, mid-way through, Bynum gets some time on KG. KG having a great game, just like a bench player to play horrible in LA and great at home. KG for a turnaround jumper, BLOCKED by Bynum. Bynum yells something. Anyone have any idea what Bynum yelled after that block? Maybe, "Stop your yapping KG, I can do this alllll night!" Would love to find out what he said. Bynum becoming one of the vocal leaders out there. Loving it! No answer for Bynum, and if he was at full strength, this wouldn't even be close
(03) VMAN - DRIVER - Andrew has arrived. He's been Kobefied. A Kobe Warrior. Injuries will be a part of his career, his main nemesis, but he'll play through. This playoff experience is worth every pain he's feeling. The future looks very bright this mornin' in LA.
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(05) MARK G- RIDING SHOTGUN - Andrew "Reed" Bynum.
(06) STAPLES24 - SECURITY - Bynum playing in one leg has out played Perkins, has covered at times KG very well, his presence alone gave Gasol a better match up instead of Perkins. Bynum's impact in this Finals can not be underestinmated. Is BYNUM the most consistent LA player in this series so far. DEFENSE, REBOUNDS and POINTS IN THE PAINT all of it BYNUM has provided.
(07) XYZ - SEARGENT AT ARMS - know it was fisher's night and the praise is well deserved, but i'd like to give MAD RESPECT to andrew bynum for playing on a bad knee.....he could've taken the easy road and opted for surgery, but his heart told him to tough it out and help the cause to win this championship.....he's clearly in pain and it's obvious that it's affecting his footwork and lift, but HE IS GUTTING IN OUT!!.....i'm observing bynum's maturation process from boy to MAN in this series.....BIG PROPS to AB!!......
(08) ROCKY - GAME 5 DIRECTOR - Props to Andrew Bynum for fighting through his knee injury. Bynum was visibly hurting there when Garnett, Wallace, and Perkins turned up the heat in the second half. But Bynum truly made a difference in that game. We would not have won that game without Andrew's efforts against the Boston frontline. Keep it up Beast.
(09) MAGIA 32 - So far my co MVP's of the finals, Pau and Bynum (so far).
(10) SCOTT - Props go to Bynum as well, especially on defense
(11) EJK - Thank God for Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum. Great defensive effort tonight. Now that was championship defense. What a difference having Drew this time around makes.
(12) PEACE - Bynum is making a big difference. The offense flowed better when he was on the floor. His rebounding and continued advantage v. Kendrick Perkins was important tonight.
(13) DWN TWN ATTY - I'm very anxious about Bynum's knee. He seemed to work through it in the 4th though. I was shouting with joy and excitement when he came back in. He was SO AMPED. He was yelling and hollering, ready to step up without fear. Even when he was back on the bench, he was cheering harder than anyone else. The boy has come of age. He is a LAKER! (and Fisher is not going anywhere either, you can rest assured.)
(14)CALIPHILOSOPHER - hope Socks rests and gets as much treatment as he can before Thursday's game - we're going to need him to withstand the onslaught that Boston will give us then. I'm very proud of this team.


Good game from LA last night.

Perhaps the Suns are better off without rondo. His refusal to attempt jumpers even when left unguarded makes him a liability on O...which is why D'Antoni let him go to BOS...bill simmons proclaimed him the best pg in the game, yet any good PG should have a good FT% and FG% to make defenses pay especially in tight games.

Compared to a fisher, nash, or deron-caliber PG, rondo has some catching up to do. He's great at times, but because of his shooting, for now I'm very pleased the Suns invested in Dragic!

DUE TO BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS AT MOUNT SHASTA.. BynumSwami's descent is delayed. He also asked to convey to his pupils an apology for his late arrival.
As he sits in his cave, he is fast and furious at work on his laptop composing a write up on the Beast.


Bynum sustained torn cartilage in his right knee six weeks ago in the first round of the playoffs. He had the knee drained last week after the Lakers closed out the Western Conference finals against Phoenix.

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Ugghh... Bynum sustained torn cartilage during his knee injury from when Kobe landed in his knee. He had a tiny tear in his knee. He sustained a slightly bigger tear 6 weeks ago. Went from a tiny tear to a small tear.

PAGING LAMAR ODOM! PAGING LAMAR ODOM! Please proceed to DFISH office for a quick seminar about 'A Hero Lies In You' and 'Heart of A Champion' thingy... oh, and by the way, please bring a notepad with you... thank you!

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(00) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(02) BYNUM DUNKNASTY – CO-OWNER - Bynum playing Perkins all night. 4th quarter, mid-way through, Bynum gets some time on KG. KG having a great game, just like a bench player to play horrible in LA and great at home. KG for a turnaround jumper, BLOCKED by Bynum. Bynum yells something. Anyone have any idea what Bynum yelled after that block? Maybe, "Stop your yapping KG, I can do this alllll night!" Would love to find out what he said. Bynum becoming one of the vocal leaders out there. Loving it! No answer for Bynum, and if he was at full strength, this wouldn't even be close
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((14)CALIPHILOSOPHER - hope Socks rests and gets as much treatment as he can before Thursday's game - we're going to need him to withstand the onslaught that Boston will give us then. I'm very proud of this team.
(15) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Laker Tom, I don't think it's too soon to say that you sir, have been vindicated. You took much abuse over your unwavering support of the big guy, but he is growing up before all our eyes faster than many of us anticipated. The Beastling is taking the i, the n and the g off that title and stomping them into the court with one leg tied behind his back.
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on his knee*

Compared to a fisher, nash, or deron-caliber PG, rondo has some catching up to do. He's great at times, but because of his shooting, for now I'm very pleased the Suns invested in Dragic!

Posted by: BUTLER | June 09, 2010 at 11:18 AM

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Hey BUTLER! Your team catchin' any fish?!

Bynum playing in one leg has out played Perkins, has covered at times KG very well, his presence alone gave Gasol a better match up instead of Perkins. Bynum's impact in this Finals can not be underestinmated. Is BYNUM the most consistent LA player in this series so far. DEFENSE, REBOUNDS and POINTS IN THE PAINT all of it BYNUM has provided.


CO-MVP Fisher-Kobe-Bynum-Gasol-Artest!!!

Socks is a Warrior!!When Kobe is on your team, ALL must play thru pain.

BYNUM is holding the forth for the Lakers! I love it when all of LAKERS NATION are uniting in BYNUM"s effort to contribute a big part in this championship run.


Also, congratulations to all BYNUM believers, JIM BUSS as the owner and driver!

Hey BUTLER! Your team catchin' any fish?! Posted by: GameFaceON | June 09, 2010 at 11:29 AM
LOL!!

Rondo, I have a chant for you. Ready? Here it go:

Ov-er-Ra-ted!!! duh-duh, duh duh duh, Ov-er-Ra-ted!!! duh-duh, duh duh duh

Same goes for the Ceptics, but why even go there?

Seriously, Rondo is pretty good, but not as good as Westbrook, DWill, or Nash (who himself is one of the most over-rated players in history). All three of these guys would run circles around Rondo.

And as for our starting PG, yes, I have dogged him. I still wish he made just a smidgen more room for JF to develop (such as limiting his reg season minutes to 20-25 max)... BUT, one thing I've always given him credit for (and will continue to) is his CLUTCH PLAY.

My goodness what a thing of beauty that was.

And yes Caliphilosopher, the very instant that lay-up went in on the whistle, I jumped up from the couch and proceeded to walk into the Kitchen saying boisterously "Game Over. Thank God"

Let me tell you something else (not that you need this pointed out) but our defense last night was incredible with Andrew Bynum in there. I mean, sick like, as in Ceptics circa 2008 crazy sick like. I think this series and the whole playoffs really, have meant something to Bynum. He got tired of watching others live the glory, or ??? I don't know, but whatever clicked in this dude's head, I'm very thankful. Fighting through an injury, massive swelling, what have you... and still putting out great effort (hey, he doesn't have to go for 20/10).

Here's my thing with Bynum: continue to use Cap. No reason not to. Obviously he has NOT learned all that Cap can teach, otherwise this fool would be lighting it up for 25/10 nightly... but first things first... defense and rebounding. Bynum aka Socks is doing BOTH in a big way. Lovin' it!!

More than anything though, this series is teaching/will teach Bynum so much about basketball and about himself and about being a champion. No need to swap out for Bosh (which at best is a push) - Bynum could still become a centerpiece (not THE but A).

And pretty much like I said yesterday, today we can actually have a conversation since the TrollBGone was unleashed (as we all knew it would)

I have a few more things to post, but will get to it later on.... but just because it looks so pretty:

"We ain't coming back to LA" - Paul Pierce 2010
"We ain't coming back to Detroit" - Clyde Drexler 1990

Bynum finally showing us the warrior spirit we knew he always had. As VTB would say, "Feelin' you!".

2 down, 2 to go.

Bandwagoners! Mount up!

20FL

The thought of Derek Fisher playing until Kobe retires would be storybook, however it just won't happen. Fisher is 4 years older than Kobe, and Kobe is still going pretty strong, during next season he will be 32. The statement that Kobe made, that Fisher is the only one he will listen to, I think says something. This blog has talked in the past about Fisher heading into coaching at some point. Perhaps Fisher spends retires, after playing NEXT year, where the handoff to Jordan Farmar, the best candidate currently is made. I think Farmar will play much better and focused once he doesn't have all the pressure and confusion of who our point guard should be. Once it is is clearly given to Farmar, he will either boom or bust...I think he will boom. Shannon is better suited to coming off the bench for instant offense and defense. Both players have shown the ability to hit the open shot, which is actually a pressure shot playing for the Lakers. We need to retain all 3 for next year, and there is a chance that we could lose all 3 next year. So the plan must be laid out, and the players need to put their egos to the side, Farmar and Brown are both still young. Neither are going to shoot into surperstar status. If they both stay, and if the organization can endure the coaching transition without collapsing, they should both be compensated according financially.
Somewhere in the back of my mind still lurks, Rambis getting fired from the T-Wolves and coming back to LA, and we get Rubio as well. But not at the costs of giving up essential players....the T-Wolves have a stock of point guards. The biggest problem is would Shaw, and the others stay and basically become lifetime assistant coaches? Probably not.

I know this was posted before, but Paul Pierce tweeted last year (http://tinyurl.com/twheelchair) about Lakers being the german sheperd and his team as a rottweiler. Now I see him eye to eye on this, since a german sheperd is a smarter dog than a rottweiler. Good call, Paula!

FISHER!!!!!!!!!

Should a non-HOF get his number retired with the Lakers?
If anyone should it should be Fisher. Look what he's done for this franchise.

Bynum is a warrior!

Ron don't shoot just move the ball and concentrate on D!

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(02) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
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(05) BYNUM DUNKNASTY – CO-OWNER - Bynum playing Perkins all night. 4th quarter, mid-way through, Bynum gets some time on KG. KG having a great game, just like a bench player to play horrible in LA and great at home. KG for a turnaround jumper, BLOCKED by Bynum. Bynum yells something. Anyone have any idea what Bynum yelled after that block? Maybe, "Stop your yapping KG, I can do this alllll night!" Would love to find out what he said. Bynum becoming one of the vocal leaders out there. Loving it! No answer for Bynum, and if he was at full strength, this wouldn't even be close
(06) MARK G- RIDING SHOTGUN - Andrew "Reed" Bynum.
(07) STAPLES24 - SECURITY - Bynum playing in one leg has out played Perkins, has covered at times KG very well, his presence alone gave Gasol a better match up instead of Perkins. Bynum's impact in this Finals can not be underestinmated. Is BYNUM the most consistent LA player in this series so far. DEFENSE, REBOUNDS and POINTS IN THE PAINT all of it BYNUM has provided.CO-MVP Fisher-Kobe-Bynum-Gasol-Artest!!!
(08) XYZ - SEARGENT AT ARMS - know it was fisher's night and the praise is well deserved, but i'd like to give MAD RESPECT to andrew bynum for playing on a bad knee.....he could've taken the easy road and opted for surgery, but his heart told him to tough it out and help the cause to win this championship.....he's clearly in pain and it's obvious that it's affecting his footwork and lift, but HE IS GUTTING IN OUT!!.....i'm observing bynum's maturation process from boy to MAN in this series.....BIG PROPS to AB!!......
(09) ROCKY - GAME 5 DIRECTOR - Props to Andrew Bynum for fighting through his knee injury. Bynum was visibly hurting there when Garnett, Wallace, and Perkins turned up the heat in the second half. But Bynum truly made a difference in that game. We would not have won that game without Andrew's efforts against the Boston frontline. Keep it up Beast.
(10) MAGIA 32 - So far my co MVP's of the finals, Pau and Bynum (so far).
(11) SCOTT - Props go to Bynum as well, especially on defense
(12) EJK - Thank God for Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum. Great defensive effort tonight. Now that was championship defense. What a difference having Drew this time around makes.
(13) PEACE - Bynum is making a big difference. The offense flowed better when he was on the floor. His rebounding and continued advantage v. Kendrick Perkins was important tonight.
(14) DWN TWN ATTY - I'm very anxious about Bynum's knee. He seemed to work through it in the 4th though. I was shouting with joy and excitement when he came back in. He was SO AMPED. He was yelling and hollering, ready to step up without fear. Even when he was back on the bench, he was cheering harder than anyone else. The boy has come of age. He is a LAKER! (and Fisher is not going anywhere either, you can rest assured.)
(15)CALIPHILOSOPHER - hope Socks rests and gets as much treatment as he can before Thursday's game - we're going to need him to withstand the onslaught that Boston will give us then. I'm very proud of this team.
(16) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Laker Tom, I don't think it's too soon to say that you sir, have been vindicated. You took much abuse over your unwavering support of the big guy, but he is growing up before all our eyes faster than many of us anticipated. The Beastling is taking the i, the n and the g off that title and stomping them into the court with one leg tied behind his back.
(17)NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Socks is a Warrior!!When Kobe is on your team, ALL must play thru pain.
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"We ain't coming back to LA" - Paul Pierce 2010"We ain't coming back to Detroit" - Clyde Drexler 1990 Posted by: Tim-4-Show | June 09, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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AWW TIM-4-SHOW that's so cold...ROFLMFAO!!!! Poor Paula! OH THE HUMANITY!!! LOL!


Oops! Sorry. Here's the link again for Paula's tweet: http://tinyurl.com/twheelchair

Now I see him eye to eye on this, since a german sheperd is a smarter dog than a rottweiler. Good call, Paula! Posted by: GameFaceON | June 09, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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OH PAULA DOES it feel like the whole world is ganging up on you....GOOD!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!

Props to PJ for playing offense/defense last night in a gritty 4th quarter.

Man, that offense stunk. I mean, STUNK to high heaven, but Lord Bless Phil Jax, the guy played offense/defense brilliantly down the stretch - something he rarely does except for maybe a single possession at the end of a quarter.

Tom Daniels, I'll give you an example. You gave PJ credit for putting in Luke when the offense was stagnant in the 4th. You omitted the reason this happened. Paul Pierce had just gotten his 5th foul and had to leave the game. This meant Artest (defense) was less important as Luke (offense) at that point. He swapped them back when Pierce came back in.

Paul Pierce's foul trouble created that opportunity.

Despite this, I thought Pierce had his best game (per minute) and KG had his best game. Kobe had his worst (per minute)...

I've felt since BEFORE the series began that our best shot at winning in Boston was game 4. If there's some miraculous adjustment coming in game 4, then game 5 is also very winnable due to the days off.

I always felt that game 3 was going to be the toughest of the 3 in Boston to win, and the Lakers pulled it out.

I truly think the Lakers can win again tomorrow, and if that happens, just get ready to hand it to us in Gm 5. Someone get the cuban cigars shipped to Boston for Sunday, shall you?

JIM BUSS is the silent operator in LAKERS organization. Like KOBE SAID, In BYNUM we are a championship team!!! It is true!!! BYNUM is a key to will be many CHAMPIONSHIP RUN!


BYNUM showed PERKINS can not stop him, he showed he can stop KG and Perkins and Rondo and Allen and Pierce from driving in the paint. ALL of which Dwight Howard was not able to do.


KOBE, GASOL, BYNUM, FISHER, ARTEST AND ODOM >>>>>> How many Championships will you win?


Can we not resign Mbenga and Powell and get Kwame and Mihm back. LAKERS will see an influx of interested vets wanting to join the championship run.


CELTICS were dominant in the EAST. But, they are no match for the LAKERS!!! The whole world saw this, LAKERS prepare to get options on how to further the bench deeper. NEXT SEASON will be better with a deeper roster!!!


Kurt Rambis and Trevor Ariza will missed out on many championship rings on their fingers. Ron Artest is the smartest guy in this planet, Odom is second!!!


The KOBE+GASOL+BYNUM+FISHER tandem is crazy good.


We will see if Farmar and Brown are smart or not this summer.


>Should a non-HOF get his number retired with the Lakers?
>If anyone should it should be Fisher. Look what he's done for this >franchise.

I think he should, because he's the (co)-Captain of the Lakers. To be the Captain when you are not the strongest, the quickest or most athletic should deserve to have his number retired.

well "drew," it's no secret that laker nation has been down on you for the last couple of seasons and you now bear the burden of being labeled as "accident prone." mitch has gotten a lot of "flac" for giving up $53Mill & it's no secret that Buss isn't happy. HOWEVER, you have undoubtedly "manned up" and have made your presence felt in the hearts of laker nation and the minds of your opponents. rest assured, everyone is aware that you are the MAIN reason why the team finished at the top of the conference & why celtic fans everywhere have chewed their fingernails down to the "nub." "drew," when this is over - and you will be a 2 time champ - have your knee operation asap. don't "pull" a shaq by waiting for the season to begin and claim that you are entitled to a vacation just like every other working man and then learn from your teamate kobe on how to maintain peak physical fitness. you are better than dwight and if you devote your life to this sport - they're paying you good money to do so - you will become a HOF and when you retire in your 30's, you'll still have plenty of time to PARTY!! I hope you take my advice so you can retire as a Laker. Now go get it and bring back the "Chip!"

Andrew has been " Willis Reed" for an entire playoff, not just one game. Completely healthy, he is as good or better asset than Duncan, Yao, Shaq, Dwight or any center in the league. None of those players can guard him while he does a solid job defensively on all of them. Whats wild is that he has not approached his prime in any one area. The core of this team is fantastic. I trust that management recognizes the value of Derek Fisher in either a starting or sub role. It is amazing that DFish and Adam Morrison are paid roughly the same salary. If the Lakers win two more championships with Fish in a prominent role, it is time to CONSIDER him for the rafters.

BALL MOVEMENT was evident with LUKE WALTON in the game than Ron Artest. CAN WE HAVE a RON WALTON or LUKE ARTEST, that almost sounded like Scottie Pippen!

Turned to my wife when review showed ball off Lamar but foul by Rondo and said, "Just watch, ANYTHING that even remotely looks like an offensive foul, they will absolutely call it"

Sure enough, Gasol semi-flops and instead of "letting them play" the whistle get blown, except even BETTER because some time went off the clock.

The thing is, it was nice to see the refs get the review calls correct.

There were still some terrible calls on both sides, but all in all, a better job by the refs than game 2, and oh yeah, regarding the foul discrepancy - The Celtics, as part of their defensive strategy, foul a lot... a WHOLE LOT.

Now, having said this, if Boston makes some freethrows... well, don't need to point that out because they choked at home.

I said this before game 2 (on June 4th to be exact, will post the quote later), odds of Celtics winning game 2 went up when Doc Rivers got them to LA early, but their odds of winning game 3 went down. As it is, Home Crowd rush will dwindle some for game 4 (and I spotted the Celts about 10 to 13 points for this in game 3) so the opportunity is there. Instead of say 10-13 pt disadvantage, it's maybe 8 points, and the Lakers are THAT good even with one day rest.

No Mercy.

Let's not turn The Truth into a Liar.

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(02) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
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(16) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Laker Tom, I don't think it's too soon to say that you sir, have been vindicated. You took much abuse over your unwavering support of the big guy, but he is growing up before all our eyes faster than many of us anticipated. The Beastling is taking the i, the n and the g off that title and stomping them into the court with one leg tied behind his back.
(17)NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Socks is a Warrior!!When Kobe is on your team, ALL must play thru pain.
(18) JUST WIN - Andrew has been " Willis Reed" for an entire playoff, not just one game. Completely healthy, he is as good or better asset than Duncan, Yao, Shaq, Dwight or any center in the league. None of those players can guard him while he does a solid job defensively on all of them. Whats wild is that he has not approached his prime in any one area. The core of this team is fantastic. I trust that management recognizes the value of Derek Fisher in either a starting or sub role. It is amazing that DFish and Adam Morrison are paid roughly the same salary. If the Lakers win two more championships with Fish in a prominent role, it is time to CONSIDER him for the rafters.
(19)FRMKT - well "drew," it's no secret that laker nation has been down on you for the last couple of seasons and you now bear the burden of being labeled as "accident prone." mitch has gotten a lot of "flac" for giving up $53Mill & it's no secret that Buss isn't happy. HOWEVER, you have undoubtedly "manned up" and have made your presence felt in the hearts of laker nation and the minds of your opponents. rest assured, everyone is aware that you are the MAIN reason why the team finished at the top of the conference & why celtic fans everywhere have chewed their fingernails down to the "nub." "drew," when this is over - and you will be a 2 time champ - have your knee operation asap. don't "pull" a shaq by waiting for the season to begin and claim that you are entitled to a vacation just like every other working man and then learn from your teamate kobe on how to maintain peak physical fitness. you are better than dwight and if you devote your life to this sport - they're paying you good money to do so - you will become a HOF and when you retire in your 30's, you'll still have plenty of time to PARTY!! I hope you take my advice so you can retire as a Laker. Now go get it and bring back the "Chip!"
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Remember that STONE COLD STARE when the media asked Derek Fisher about Paula's comment "We ain't coming back to LA"???

Well, we all just saw what went through the dude's mind in that moment

Socks, the New Willis Reed! I like, I like!

I really, really hope we can win it all in Boston. Nice gritty win yesterday. Honestly, those Celtics looked tired. I think they'll be better acclimated on Thursday's game. Let's hope we can weather the coming 'play with pride' energy that the Celtics will have.

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(02) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
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(20) NBA4EVER - BYNUM IS A WARRIOR!

Mamba, you know you gotta put me on the Drew Reed bandwagon. Do not forget that I'm the one who reported just how dominant he would be when I watched play in the Pyamid. He's (finally) making me look smart!

--FEARless

MM,

How about an article on Lukes contribution in game 3.
Got till Thursday before another game, would be a nice space filler.

GORAN DRAGIC I am impressed!


He was clutch. He defended KB. He got into Sasha's head.


Stepehn Curry, Goran Dragic!!! ONE OF THIS TWO will be fighting for the best point guard in the NBA.


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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(02) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(04) #4 - Socks, the New Willis Reed! I like, I like!

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(21) FEARLESS - you know you gotta put me on the Drew Reed bandwagon. Do not forget that I'm the one who reported just how dominant he would be when I watched play in the Pyamid. He's (finally) making me look smart!

Lakers made a choice and banked on AB for the future of this team. Big Men like Andrew are hard to find. I hope he can stay injury free next season, and define his future with this Dynasty. We have a core of Kobe, Pau, AB, Artest, and LO for the next 2 years solid. Negatory on trading AB for Bosh or anyone else.

Dynasty - The Next Generation

I remember the look DFish had on his face, when Ray Allen did his his "We win in LA again," remark at the ESPY...

I have to confess, I got misty eyed watching Fish's post game interview, when he choked up and got emotional...

Compared to a fisher, nash, or deron-caliber PG, rondo has some catching up to do. He's great at times, but because of his shooting, for now I'm very pleased the Suns invested in Dragic!

Posted by: BUTLER | June 09, 2010 at 11:18 AM

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Hey BUTLER! Your team catchin' any fish?!

Posted by: GameFaceON | June 09, 2010 at 11:29 AM


GameFaceON that was AWESOME!!!!! And the Phoenix who? They're gone, irrelevant, zippo'd into the off season.

Is Doc Rivers an idiot or just playing the refs like Phil does? Of course the Cs have been in foul trouble because the Lakers frontcourt is stronger than them. When the Lakers play good O, their skilled big men get a good look at the basket, and the only way to prevent an easy score is to foul them. 

The Lakers bigs got into the same problems last Finals when Dwight Howard got close to the basket. Hey, the Lakers got into foul trouble in 08 because the Cs frontcourt was stronger that year. 

This year the Lakers have the stronger frontcourt. Deal with it, Doc.    

good win last night.
ugly, but good.

Kobe was way gassed. 29 pts on 29 shots, most of them difficult challenged jumpers.
DFish has got some balls man, way to clutch it.
I thought Pau was pretty passive last night, however Celtics D'ed him up well.
Bynum made some nice hustle plays, worked hard on the glass.
Bench held their own for the most part
Lamar had Mike 'n' Ike's before the game?? i thought he stopped eating candy before games...
i forgot Artest was on the team last night until he had that one steal on Davis

i dislike Mamba's Bandwagon spamming

Drew is showin' us "madd heart"..Good game Lamar, stay focused and keep attacking!

Ron needs to settle down...Pressure is only pressure when you make it pressure. Otherwise, it's cake.

Get 'er done Lakers. Yall stressin me out. I want us to win the title in Beantown for the Bean and the crew!

Hey, Mamba24. Please put me on the Andrew "Reed" Bynum bandwagon. I, too, have considered him a beast, or at least a beast in the making, since way back when.

Go Lakers! 2 more wins!

Am I the only person who is actually worried about Bynum aggravating his knee? If he can't jump/move effectively (like in the Phoenix series) then Odom is going to have to play big minutes and avoid any foul trouble. And for those of us who are old enough to have actually seen the Willis Reed game... he was terrible. 4 points in 13 minutes and a complete liability on defense. If that is Bynum's contribution tomorrow night then we're screwed.

One thing is certain... Boston has NO ANSWER for Drew... None, Zilch, Nada, Nathan !!!!! Drew has been our biggest secret weapon this series and I for one, am proud of Laker Tom for taking Drew abuse for so long when it was without Merit !!! Way to Go Drew, Good Call a few years ago LT !!!!

If the Lakers go on to win the series, I would vote for Andrew Bynum as the MVP. While his stats won't put him in serious contention vs Bryant (or even Gasol), his presence on the floor while playing through an injury most would have had surgery for already, changes the entire dynamic of the Lakers. Without him on the court, I don't think the Lakers win with Gasol vs Perkins at center and Odom playing (if we can call it that) vs Garnett.

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(02) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(04) #4 - Socks, the New Willis Reed! I like, I like!

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(21) FEARLESS - you know you gotta put me on the Drew Reed bandwagon. Do not forget that I'm the one who reported just how dominant he would be when I watched play in the Pyamid. He's (finally) making me look smart!
(22) COMPLEX_BROTHA - One thing is certain... Boston has NO ANSWER for Drew... None, Zilch, Nada, Nathan !!!!! Drew has been our biggest secret weapon this series and I for one, am proud of Laker Tom for taking Drew abuse for so long when it was without Merit !!! Way to Go Drew, Good Call a few years ago LT !!!!
(23) WILLIAM JORDAN - If the Lakers go on to win the series, I would vote for Andrew Bynum as the MVP. While his stats won't put him in serious contention vs Bryant (or even Gasol), his presence on the floor while playing through an injury most would have had surgery for already, changes the entire dynamic of the Lakers. Without him on the court, I don't think the Lakers win with Gasol vs Perkins at center and Odom playing (if we can call it that) vs Garnett.
(24) JT - Am I the only person who is actually worried about Bynum aggravating his knee? If he can't jump/move effectively (like in the Phoenix series) then Odom is going to have to play big minutes and avoid any foul trouble. And for those of us who are old enough to have actually seen the Willis Reed game... he was terrible. 4 points in 13 minutes and a complete liability on defense. If that is Bynum's contribution tomorrow night then we're screwed.
(25) SAMLL - Please put me on the Andrew "Reed" Bynum bandwagon. I, too, have considered him a beast, or at least a beast in the making, since way back when.
(26) ZACH FROM SAN DIEGO - I thought Pau was pretty passive last night, however Celtics D'ed him up well. Bynum made some nice hustle plays, work d hard on the glass.
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE - Drew is showin' us "madd heart"..Good game Lamar, stay focused and keep attacking! Ron needs to settle down...Pressure is only pressure when you make it pressure. Otherwise, it's cake. Get 'er done Lakers. Yall stressin me out. I want us to win the title in Beantown for the Bean and the crew!
(28) LEWSTRS - Lakers made a choice and banked on AB for the future of this team. Big Men like Andrew are hard to find. I hope he can stay injury free next season, and define his future with this Dynasty. We have a core of Kobe, Pau, AB, Artest, and LO for the next 2 years solid. Negatory on trading AB for Bosh or anyone else. Dynasty - The Next Generation
(29)

Let's give a lot of credit to our big guys, they have been playing great for us, Andrew and Pau has given Celtics big guys hell inside the paint on offense and defence ... If we keep this up on our upcomming games ... then we'll get our 2 wins in Boston for sweet revenge!!!

Kobe - Attack mode please

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(02) LAKERTOM - CEO -
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(04) #4 - Socks, the New Willis Reed! I like, I like!

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(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE - Drew is showin' us "madd heart"..Good game Lamar, stay focused and keep attacking! Ron needs to settle down...Pressure is only pressure when you make it pressure. Otherwise, it's cake. Get 'er done Lakers. Yall stressin me out. I want us to win the title in Beantown for the Bean and the crew!
(28) LEWSTRS - Lakers made a choice and banked on AB for the future of this team. Big Men like Andrew are hard to find. I hope he can stay injury free next season, and define his future with this Dynasty. We have a core of Kobe, Pau, AB, Artest, and LO for the next 2 years solid. Negatory on trading AB for Bosh or anyone else. Dynasty - The Next Generation
(29) QUAZIEST - Let's give a lot of credit to our big guys, they have been playing great for us, Andrew and Pau has given Celtics big guys hell inside the paint on offense and defence ... If we keep this up on our upcomming games ... then we'll get our 2 wins in Boston for sweet revenge!!! Kobe - Attack mode please

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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTOM - CEO - NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION !!!
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It’s one thing for opposing teams and their fans to fail to appreciate or respect the Lakers as defending champs but it has been very frustrating and exasperating to the purple and gold’s true believers to hear the rude catcalls and insults from Lakers fans aimed at Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, and Derek Fisher. This team has proven over and over the last two years that they are more than just Kobe and a bunch of scrubs. You would hope that next year these same Lakers fans would treat this team and their players as champions. Watching this series develop, which Lakers players would you be willing to trade for their Celtics counterparts? Would you trade burgeoning oft-injured beast Andrew Bynum for stalwart defensive center Kendrick Perkins? Would you trade the best power forward in the league in Pau Gasol for bald-headed has-been Kevin Garnett? How about former DPOY Ron Artest for an aging overrated Paul Pierce? Or how about Swiss Army knife 6th man elite Lamar Odom for an over-the-hill misfit of a player like Rasheed Wallace? Or would you trade Derek Fisher, the clutch hero of the last two NBA Finals, for a young Rajon Rondo who can’t even shoot free throws?
(02) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(04) #4 - Socks, the New Willis Reed! I like, I like!

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"
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE - Drew is showin' us "madd heart"..Good game Lamar, stay focused and keep attacking! Ron needs to settle down...Pressure is only pressure when you make it pressure. Otherwise, it's cake. Get 'er done Lakers. Yall stressin me out. I want us to win the title in Beantown for the Bean and the crew!
(28) LEWSTRS - Lakers made a choice and banked on AB for the future of this team. Big Men like Andrew are hard to find. I hope he can stay injury free next season, and define his future with this Dynasty. We have a core of Kobe, Pau, AB, Artest, and LO for the next 2 years solid. Negatory on trading AB for Bosh or anyone else. Dynasty - The Next Generation
(29) QUAZIEST - Let's give a lot of credit to our big guys, they have been playing great for us, Andrew and Pau has given Celtics big guys hell inside the paint on offense and defence ... If we keep this up on our upcomming games ... then we'll get our 2 wins in Boston for sweet revenge!!! Kobe - Attack mode please


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SOCKS THE NEW WILLIS REED - ANDREW WE'RE PROUD OF YOU - BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTOM - CEO - NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION !!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It’s one thing for opposing teams and their fans to fail to appreciate or respect the Lakers as defending champs but it has been very frustrating and exasperating to the purple and gold’s true believers to hear the rude catcalls and insults from Lakers fans aimed at Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, and Derek Fisher. This team has proven over and over the last two years that they are more than just Kobe and a bunch of scrubs. You would hope that next year these same Lakers fans would treat this team and their players as champions. Watching this series develop, which Lakers players would you be willing to trade for their Celtics counterparts? Would you trade burgeoning oft-injured beast Andrew Bynum for stalwart defensive center Kendrick Perkins? Would you trade the best power forward in the league in Pau Gasol for bald-headed has-been Kevin Garnett? How about former DPOY Ron Artest for an aging overrated Paul Pierce? Or how about Swiss Army knife 6th man elite Lamar Odom for an over-the-hill misfit of a player like Rasheed Wallace? Or would you trade Derek Fisher, the clutch hero of the last two NBA Finals, for a young Rajon Rondo who can’t even shoot free throws?Personally, I would not trade any of the top 6 players on the Lakers for their Celtics counterpart, including the hugely overrated Rajon Rondo. Derek Fisher is in a class by himself as a point guard. Like Kobe so aptly put it, Derek is truly the heart and soul of this Lakers team. His impact transcends the box score. He does the small things and dirty work that usually go unnoticed or unappreciated – fighting through a screen, taking a charge, forcing a turnover, and making clutch shots. His ability to focus and perform in the clutch is second only to Kobe himself. And his inspiring leadership gives the Lakers team a future NBA head coach on the floor. Almost as annoying as Lakers fans disrespecting their own players are the undeserved praise and respect that many Lakers fans are heaping on this version of the Boston Celtics. Frankly, this Celtics team is a weak shadow of the great Celtics teams of the Russel and Bird eras. The only thing this team has in common is the constant cheating and thuggery and espousal of cheap shots , bent rules, and other forms of dishonesty and trickery. That their fans are also the most clueless and classless fans in the NBA is to be expected. What other franchise would find pleasure in having their fans insult Lamar Odom by targeting his wife with “ugly sister” chants? So stop all the lovey-dovey fraternization and feigned fan commiseration. Neither the Celtics nor their rude and crude fans deserve anything but our disdain and disgust. Instead, try embracing the greatness of this Lakers team and our roster of great players. Try appreciating the inspiring effort by an injured Andrew Bynum, the consistent play of Pau Gasol in dominating KG, the shut-down defense Ron Artest dropped on Paul Pierce, the superb bounce-back game from Lamar Odom, the great clutch shooting of Derek Fisher, or the NBA Finals MVP performances of the incomparable Kobe Bryant. Because that’s what this team and players deserve.
(02) JIM BUSS OWNER/DRIVER
(03) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER - Yes Socks, there are few days left to withstand this suffering but a lifetime to celebrate the moment. Lakers need your presence in the paint at all times. You are becoming the new Willis Reed, we are proud of you.
(04) #4 - Socks, the New Willis Reed! I like, I like!

"
"
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE - Drew is showin' us "madd heart"..Good game Lamar, stay focused and keep attacking! Ron needs to settle down...Pressure is only pressure when you make it pressure. Otherwise, it's cake. Get 'er done Lakers. Yall stressin me out. I want us to win the title in Beantown for the Bean and the crew!
(28) LEWSTRS - Lakers made a choice and banked on AB for the future of this team. Big Men like Andrew are hard to find. I hope he can stay injury free next season, and define his future with this Dynasty. We have a core of Kobe, Pau, AB, Artest, and LO for the next 2 years solid. Negatory on trading AB for Bosh or anyone else. Dynasty - The Next Generation
(29) QUAZIEST - Let's give a lot of credit to our big guys, they have been playing great for us, Andrew and Pau has given Celtics big guys hell inside the paint on offense and defence ... If we keep this up on our upcomming games ... then we'll get our 2 wins in Boston for sweet revenge!!! Kobe - Attack mode please

My opinion of our point guard situation has totally changed this post-season.
I think we MUST re-sign Fisher. I would love to have Farmar back but I doubt we can afford him. I am least impressed with Brown but think we may be able to re-sign him. I don't really think Farmar will be in demand as a starter? Who's he going to start for?

Edwin Gueco,

Nope. I'm not buyin.

However, I will say this:

I appreciate what Bynum is doing. I appreciate that he's playing through pain.
9 pts & 10 rebounds does not seem beast like to me. It does seem like a good
C though. When he averages 15 & 10 for a playoff series we can talk.

[ note: If I caved in, I would be weak & wishy washy. That's not me. ]

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Edwin Gueco,

Nope. I'm not buyin.

However, I will say this:

I appreciate what Bynum is doing. I appreciate that he's playing through pain.
9 pts & 10 rebounds does not seem beast like to me. It does seem like a good
C though. When he averages 15 & 10 for a playoff series we can talk.

[ note: If I caved in, I would be weak & wishy washy. That's not me. ]

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Kudos to Mitch on the Artest signing...He was acquired for the playoffs, and now it is paying dividens...He was needed for his defense...anything on offense is an added bonus...

DFish, what can you say...All the doubters calling for his benching or trade, during the regular season...Fish and the Nation are waiting for an apology...

LO finally showed up last night...Not spectacular numbers, but gritty defense, timely crucial baskets, great intensity...and he set the tone for the Bench Mob...

Simply put...This is not 2008...We are the better team, we are taller, we are more talented, we are tougher, we have more weapons, we are suppose to win...

My Lakers in 5 is still ALIVE...

#16 Coming UP..

I meant to post this earlier, but forgot. And this is the perfect thread for it anyway.

We can now officially add an asterisk to the Celtics' 2008 title.

If Bynum had been healthy, it would have been a very different story. And it's not a story of one players, but a story of FOUR players.

In 2008, big muscular Kendrick Perkins turned it into a wrestling match against Pau Gasol, tiring out the thinner Pau and negating his height advantage. In 2010, Perkins is matched up with Bynum, who not only has a height advantage on him, but is also bigger and stronger than Pau, so he's WINNING the wrestling match with the scowling Perkins.

In 2008, Garnett pretty much owned Lamar Odom. Garnett is a much superior player to Odom, so that was no surprize. In 2010, Pau vs Garnett is a much closer matchup. KG isn't as strong as Perkins, and Pau isn't as easy to defend as Odom. So the Bynum switch would effectively improve Pau's game and reduce KG's game.

In 2008, Lamar had to start and play head to head vs Kevin Garnett. He was way over his head. In 2010, Lamar is coming off the bench, so he's not facing a future hall of famer. Lamar's game comes and goes anyway, but vs KG he was starting from a big disadvantage. This year, not so much.

And lastly, there was Ronny Turiaf. In 2008, he was the primary backup in the front court, and he played appallingly badly. Leon Powe and PJ Brown and even Big Baby Davis outplayed him. This year's rotation mostly features Bynum-Pau-Odom, so the Lakers dont' have to resort to a less-skilled player, or at least not for long stretches.

Some Celtics fans like to thing their team dominated the 2008 series, and a lot of that comes from the final game, which they obviously did dominate. But this was no sweep. Not only did the Lakers win two games, but the other three losses were close enough that a slightly better 4th quarter push could have won any of them.

So now you Celtic fans can thank Andrew Bynum. Thank him for being slow to heal and missing the 2008 playoffs. If he had played, your precious Big 3 would still be desperately trying to get their first championship.

@Tim-4-Show, my thoughts exactly.

For the past few weeks, I keep hearing front-running media proclaiming Rondo as the best PG. Colin Cowherd even called him top 3 player in the league after game 2!
I never believed the hype. Yes, Rondo has developed into a good player, but he's still no where near the PG's the Lakers just went through.

A PG's role is to run the offense, even if it means shooting the ball.

BUTLER,
How come you're still here in this Blog? You should been on vacation long time ago with your favorite team Phoenix Suns.

Re: Should a non-HOF get his number retired with the Lakers?
If anyone should it should be Fisher. Look what he's done for this franchise.

Um...Mes thinks DFisher will go to the HOF. Just my HO.

Dean Treat

Re: Should a non-HOF get his number retired with the Lakers?
If anyone should it should be Fisher. Look what he's done for this franchise.

Um...Mes thinks DFisher will go to the HOF. Just my HO.

Dean Treat


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