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Andrew Bynum's meditation proves instrumental in overcoming knee injury

Catch Lakers center Andrew Bynum throughout most of the day leading up to tip-off and you'll see him sitting on a chair meditating. He'll surely engage in these sessions with the team, as the practice extends from Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, whose famed "Zen master" persona partly comes from his belief in meditation. But Bynum's pre-game meditation also happens on his own time, with a session after his pre-game lunch and shortly before the opening tip so he can visualize what's in store for later that night.

Bynum's maintains that he follows this practice on his own terms, though he's quick to acknowledge that Jackson's influence helped spur his enthusiasm to meditate. This isn't just a case study on how Jackson's teachings reach even the youngest of players, including the 22-year-old Bynum. It's not just a case study on Bynum's growth maturity, which as recently as this year seemed mostly focused on how much bottom-line production he could get. It's also a case study on how Bynum has approached his injuries, his latest being the torn cartilage in his right knee that he hurt just before the Lakers' West semifinals match-up with Utah.

"It's all about how you look at it and how you think," Bynum said regarding the key to coping with his latest injury. And with meditation, Bynum has plenty of time to think. With the Lakers leading 2-1 against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, Bynum has averaged a postseason best of 13.3 points on a 52% clip, a stat line that appears modest in nature but remains critical for the Lakers' success. That's because he entered the Finals as the team's biggest question mark, with Jackson openly admitting uncertainty on how many minutes Bynum could play against Boston and how effectively he could match up against the Celtics' front line, including Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace.

Bynum has assuaged those fears, averaging 32 minutes a game thus far, a large increase from the average of 18 minutes per contest to which Jackson limited him in the West finals against Phoenix. Though Bynum's knee locked up after he landed from a blocking a shot by Perkins in the third quarter of the Lakers' 91-84 Game 3 victory Tuesday, he returned in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. after not participating in Wednesday's practice, Bynum said that his knee felt swollen after Game 3 but that he felt it would improve. Despite being listed as questionable, Bynum insists he will play Thursday in Game 4 and described his knee as "good."

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

Before this postseason began, there were many concerns about whether Bynum could overcome his left Achilles' tendon, which sidelined him for the final 13 games of the regular season. His injury history, including a swollen left kneecap in the 2007-08 season and a right knee injury last season, only fueled a perception that Bynum lacked the toughness, work ethic and proper attitude to meet the expectations of a promising young center.

He's disproved that notion, especially during this postseason, during which he's taken pride in sharpening on defensive rotations and grabbing for rebounds, knowing his knee might unpredictably swell up. Every three hours, he undergoes treatment for an hour and 30 minutes, procedures that include icing, wearing a compression boot that extends from his ankle to knee and undergoing interferential therapy. And he, of course, meditates, an overall approach that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant argues has helped Bynum gain more respect in the locker room.

"No question about it," Bryant said. "It's a tough injury to play through."

Bynum may not be in complete form yet. After all, it's unheard of for Bryant to spend 10 minutes, let alone a few moments, discussing his injury in detail, including his progress and setbacks, his procedure and his detailed history. When Bynum was asked what it's like for reporters and fans to pepper him with questions about his knee, he smiled and said, "I'm used to it now. I've been this way for about three years."

But Bynum's blunt honesty and Bryant's obsessive secrecy have much more to do with their personalities than whether one's approach is superior to the other's. The bottom line is this: The Lakers are pleasantly pleased with Bynum's ability to deal with his injured right knee, which will require surgery this offseason. And someone such as Pau Gasol, who's averaged 20.3 points in the Finals and disproved the unfair perception that he's still soft, feels grateful he has a teammate who can make his job easier, regardless of health. Bynum partly has his meditation routine to thank. 

"I know this is the last hurrah and last mountain to climb," Bynum said. "I'm going real hard."

-- Mark Medina in Boston

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Not sure how long Socks has been doing this, BUT I'll just say my career as an athlete took giant leaps when I began meditation/visualization prior to competition. The next step is to visualize your workouts/scrimmages - so that your practice prep is damn close to your game prep. I did the first in my early teens, but didn't do the second until my mid 20s (hey, slow learner I suppose)

Guaranteed Kobe does this, or DID this on the way to the top.

Future looking bright fellas, and I'm not even talking about what's happening today (ie, winning another ring... that's already done)

I'd like to know (obviously not the time for a journalist to ask him this) what are the chances that Kobe opts out of team USA to recover, and spends some time working out with team mates over the summer (ala Caron Butler)???

i'm really proud of our players. Playing trough injury, almost no playing -Luke, Sasha-, fighting every day -all-, i have no more words about it.
Dear players:
YOU RULE!!!!!!!!!

Uh? my post dissapeared!

Well, making it short:
Dear players:
I'M PROUD OF YOU ALL!!

SORRY!
múltiple post!

It's great that Andrew is doing meditation.

Meditation is a fantastic thing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Celtics have no answer for Gasol and Bynum.

Lakers need to pound the inside in game 4 ...

Celtics have no answer for Gasol and Bynum.

Lakers need to pound the inside in game 4 ...

Tim 4 Show,

Once he gets into surgery on his broken fingers, it is understood he's out of the team. The problem with Kobe, he always want to win and he cannot say NO to a commitment he made to Mr. Colangelo. I'm sure there is higher commitment he just signed with the Lakers and he has to care of his body to honor that four years contract. Essentially, it is four because the 3 year contract will start after next season.

It's great that Andrew is doing meditation.

Meditation is a fantastic thing.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | June 09, 2010 at 05:43 PM

So is medication. You should try it sometime.

Todd,

I agree with you they have no answer so Game 4 will be a desperation game. Lakers should be prepared in going for the kill. It is not an easy task for the lightning to hit twice consecutively in their own home court. Here is the statement of KG taken from their blog:

"If you look at our series, I don't think there's been a point where all three of us have had huge games. If not one of us, something is going on. There's always a dilemma with one of us. There's never been a situation where it's been multiple. But from a sense of frustration, yeah, it is. We've just got to continue to grind and continue to do things and continue it work hard."

Artest should explode offensively and use his strength in getting the Celtics into foul trouble. The two Lakers PG subs Shannon and Farmar should have more contributions, more stability when they are playing. Sasha has to play and be ready to sub for Fisher because they will shadow him in the next game.

MM or LAT,

How do we solve this double postings?

Artest should explode offensively and use his strength in getting the Celtics into foul trouble. The two Lakers PG subs Shannon and Farmar should have more contributions, more stability when they are playing. Sasha has to play and be ready to sub for Fisher because they will shadow him in the next game.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | June 09, 2010 at 06:04 PM

This can only happen on our Island.

I think Bynum's presence has been a huge factor in this series. He has sacked up and played. This will be huge for him in the future. Andrew has learned to focus and compete on the highest level. And, the big fella has just a bit of a mean streak as well, which I love. He hasn't forgotten the bad feeling from 2008. Man's ready for some payback!

Mike Tyson, Tatto and Mr Roarke,
Show your real self chameleon troll

I have to admit, for a little while I thought Drew was a bit complacent. As much as I loved the flashes of great play he displayed at times, part of me wondered if he would be content with the big contract and the NBA lifestyle. But when I see the way he has competed at far less than 100%, and the way he is fully engaged even when on the bench, I realize I was wrong. Drew wants to WIN! He's growing the heart of a champion.

Rule of Thumb (why the rich get richer, in life and in the NBA)

Championship Pedigree breeds Champions.

Kobe is championship pedigree.

Phil is championship pedigree.

Derek is even championship pedigree.

Plus going through 3 straight title runs (the first we went bust) is like germination.

Now, once this season is over (and definitely after next season):

Andrew Bynum will BE championship pedigree. A little desire + being around the right people + talent = massive success.

Andrew didn't (really) credit Phil, but he also didn't mention Kareem. Isn't Kareem heavy into meditation? And, don't you think that, given the 3 years that they worked together, some of Kareem's life philosophy rubbed off on Andrew?

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In the big game, great players will show up, Kobe, Fisher, Gasol, Bynum. Fisher is 6-1 point guard but he plays like a 6-10 power forward . You can talk about his age, but you can't question his mental toughness. That's the different between Fisher and Odom.

I liked Bynum when i first saw him in Lakers uniform, without Bynum, no way Lakers can win in Boston, Gasol and Odom are too weak to defend the baskett. With 5min left in the 4th quarter, Bynum went out and Odom came in , i said oh no, the trouble will begin again. Gasol and Kobe looked tired, but Fisher saved Lakers at the end. I hope that Lakers will hang his jersey up in Staples center in the future.

Phil once said that Artest is big and strong, he can guard power forward, i want too see if Artest can guard big baby Davis, because Odom can't. What about DJ Menga ?, let's play him a few minutes in the game 4, let's him try to defend big guys of the Celtics. Right now, if Bynum can't play on the floor, the Celtics will attack the baskett and score easily.

Some Lakers fan want Bosh, they should ask themselves this question, next several years Lakers may play against Boston or other teams with big guys in the NBA Finals, do you think Bosh can defend agaisnt the big guys ? Is Bosh a tough guy or a guy will dissapear in the big game ?

I'm hoping Drew can remain effective despite the knee...he's been a key factor in the Ls success so far.

Sooo... weren't Kendrick Perkins' calves supposed to win this thing for the Celtics? Poor Mike T, he'll be facing another lonely year in the abyss of 'I was wrong'. Forever tilting at windmills.

bluesky, i was thinking the same thing about mbenga while watching the game yesterday.
I don't know what is Phil thinking, because he can pound everybody, and resist whatever boston throws at him. A big body in the middle, not necesary to score...
Seems perfect to me, but Phil...

Mr Nano, yes, DJ Menga is not offensive player but with him we can buy times while other players take a rest. We only need a big guy to hold the ground , force the Celtics big guys to take a tough shots, that's all we need.

I have a feeling that DFish guy has disappeared forever, never to return again!

CHARACTER COUNTS !!!
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Let me begin by saying that I am not a fan of the win-at-all-cost mentality that rules sports today. I’ve always believed that there is a right way and a wrong way to play the game. The coaches whom I most respect are John Wooden, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Greg Popovich, and Phil Jackson, teachers who believed in and strove to teach their players how to play the game of basketball the right way.
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That’s why I hate teams like the Celtics, whose basketball philosophy from the days of Red Auerbach through the current Danny Ainge regime is predicated on bullying, cheating, and bending the rules of the game whenever possible. Tom Thibodeau’s Celtics defense is based on statistical analyses of how and where to foul without getting caught just as the offense is based on illegal screens and flopping.
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Other than being born in or raised in New England, how could any basketball fan conscientiously choose to become a Celtics fan? There is something perverse and even a little evil about willingly embracing a franchise for whom fandom requires the equivalent of an ethical lobotomy and total abandonment of the basic principles that constitute fair play, honesty, and good sportsmanship?
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A friend of mine recently told me that Celtics fans are masters of cognitive dissonance, much like parents of ugly and bad children who blindly believe that their offspring are handsome and good. How else do you explain why anybody would want to become a fan of a franchise that takes pride in winning by hook or crook and even incorporates the concept in the team logo and legacy.
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Just compare the comments of the Lakers coaches and players with those of the Celtics and you see the difference immediately. Even down 2-1, the Celtics are still the smack talkers who refuse to give the Lakers any credit for their play and ironically are now accusing the Lakers of being too physical and the refs of not calling the games fairly. Like I said after Game 1, this series is really over.
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Drew said it best when he said the Celtics stole a ring from us two years ago and were now going to pay them back. Phil Jackson and the Lakers franchise know that character counts. This Lakers team exudes character from MVP Kobe Bryant and future Lakers head coach Derek Fisher to young Jedi Warrior Andrew Bynum, fast becoming one of the most likeable and intelligent players in the NBA.
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TOM

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET FOR ANDREW BYNUM..

A key contributor so far and for sure has surprised lots of folks!!

Tatto & Mr. Roarke,

"This can only happen on our Island."

~~ What are you trying to say? It doesn't make sense. If guys are coming to the Lakers Blog for the first time, please be clear on your reasoning whether you are joking, smart alec or just making plain dumb comments. Every playoffs this event happens, a couple of newbies trying to insist on their ways or blog as tho' they are on Fox. espn or boston blog.

I have to admit that I was wrong -- twice (and that never happens).

First, it wasn't D-Fish and Kobe who made the decision by themselves on the 1-2 PnR, it was Brian Shaw. Apparently he really had to lobby Phil to get them to try it during the game . . .

Which leads to my second admission: I have been a reluctant believer that he should take over for Phil when Phil steps aside. I know that he has the player's respect and I also know that he has a very solid demeanor. But, I thought he was still too young to run the team. But if he has that sort of acumen (and in the midst of the heat of battle) to basically steal that game from the Cs, well more power to him! He gets my vote as the next Laker HC.

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!

Posted by: GameFaceON
The way I see it is Boston got a few rottweilers, an old greyhound and an annoying little chihuahua, we got a rottweiler of our own now, a magnificent crossbreed dobermamba, a pitbull, a great dane and a very skillful dammatian. We got them!!!

UncleTom,I think Kobe has great character.


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!

Posted by: GameFaceON
The way I see it is Boston got a few rottweilers, an old greyhound and an annoying little chihuahua, we got a rottweiler of our own now, a magnificent crossbreed dobermamba, a pitbull, a great dane and a very skillful dammatian. We got them!!!


Posted by: vanbinh
Oh, and the sheperd is sitting high among the coaches.

UncleTom, I think Phil has great character.

LT,

Though I agree with your views about the Cs style of play, I choose to place the blame for this more on the officiating that allows them to get away with that style of play, as much, or even more so, than I do the Cs and other teams who play or have played this style(80s Cs; 90s Pistons).

I don't believe for a second, that Dr.Naismith designed or meant for the game to be played that way. I believe he meant for players to use their SKILLS as opposed to relying on their BRAWN, otherwise why even have refs...bigger, stronger players could just push around and dominate those players of lesser physical stature. The media would have us believe that pounding and knocking your opponent around is 'tough' defense. In my mind, when one plays that way, it's because they lack the requisite SKILLS to play the game the way it was designed and meant to be played, and resort to outright thuggery to compensate for a lack of said SKILLS.

Those who prefer this style of play should just wait until Sept. when the NFL starts its season.


UncleTom, I think John Wooden had great character.

UncleTom, I think Dean Smith has great character.

GDUB… Good point about whom to blame. With Drew and Ron, the bullied have suddenly become bigger and tougher than the bully, which is why the Celtics are in full panic of being run over by a Lakers dynasty, with the inevitability of the Lakers soon overtaking the Celtics championship lead.
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TOM

t_sensei,

Your views are not far from what blog is saying about Brian S. That is a fair comment.

Here is what Doc Rivers is saying Phil Jackson:

Rivers was asked today about the perception that Jackson manipulates the system.

"I think he's as good ‑‑ I think we're all pretty good at it," said Rivers. "But listen, I hope that if Phil Jackson says something the day before and it happens, I hope that has nothing to do with the officials, and I hope if I say -- I just hope that it doesn't. And I don't think it does. But I think last night they did get -- it's funny, I thought they got away with more with all the moving screens. I didn't think it was all our fouls. I just think it was a ton of moving screens they got away with."

~~When you lose an important game, the Coach has to save face. He will not blame his players in front of press but try to psyche the other team. Doc and Phil are expert on those situations. Internally, they tear their players into pieces of what they did not do in last night's game. It is totally different style with John Wooden. He persuades, inspires and teaches his players lessons on basketball court that they can apply in their careers after playing days. In today's battle, it is a dog-eat-dog type of situation. It is a jungle out there like what KG did to Gasol at the last minute, he pushed him to the floor to gain advantage. Tony Allen fell down and was hit by Kobe's foot on his way up, Tony said that it was intentional on the part of Kobe that is kicking TA's throat as his habit in trying to get some fouls. I'm sure they're thinking of retaliation.

Fans are also driven by such fiery passion. Because the Celtics are doing it, therefore the Laker fans must retaliate as well in the same fashion.

I believe there is still room f fair play in sports like the world of John Wooden or Chick Hearn who became victorious in life and in their field of endeavor because of their mental toughness, hard working talents with ready solution on possible problems by anticipating situations - not through sheer physicality, treachery, intimidation in the most fascinating way in the imitations of how wild animals survive in a jungle.

Meditation helps and for all the big talk that he did in the Phoenix series about Boston (nearly forgetting the series in Suns) he did a great job rebounding back and actually doing well in this finals series compared to last year.

That being said Game 3 as badly as Kobe misfired 19 shots and remember Bynum was 3-9 and Gasol 5-11 shooting wise though stepped up their rebounding which was a VERY KEY element in why the Lakers lost game 2 when both bigs dropped 40+ points combined but were OUTREBOUNDED 44-39 with them being outrebounded by Rajon freakin Rondo. Yes Rondo is a very good rebounder for his size but getting outrebounded by a 6'1 guard?? Hmmm......... This time the Celtics did a very good job on Bynum and Gasol defensively hence one reason why Bynum was 33% and Gasol was 45% in Game 3 so I don't buy into the "The Celtics has no answer for Bynum and Gasol because well in Game 3 they sure had answers for them AND Kobe who scored 29 points but required 29 shot attempts.

GAME 3 WAS WON ON DEFENSE WITH PAUL PIERCE ONLY 5-12 (42%) WITH RAY RAY BEING HELD TO 0-13 (0%). WE LOST GAME 2 BECAUSE OF RAY GOING OFF FROM TRANSITION POINTS TO BLOWN COVERAGE PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF SHANNON FAILING TO CHECK WHERE RAY WAS. THAT'S WHY THE CELTICS PUT 102 POINTS. AS MUCH AS IT IS IMPORTANT FOR KOBE TO SHOOT BETTER AND GASOL/BYNUM TO EARN POINTS YOU HAVE TO PLAY DEFENSE AND WHILE THE PERIMETER PLAYERS DID VERY WELL COMPARED TO GAME 2 GARNETT WENT OFF AND GLEN DAVIS LOOKED LIKE GLEN DAVIS OF LSU (when he was good and consistent). Defense has to be strengthened even more because the Celtics are going to play defense and offense will come and go like it did in Game 3 when we held a 17 point lead that at one point was only 1!

Let me say something about PP:
This guy knows something...
First he says he ain't comin' back to LA (that might be true).
Second, he compares the Lakers to a german sheperd (way smarter)and the Cs to a rottweiler (way dumber).
He's the voice of reason...

/s


LT,

Couldn't agree more.


TAKE NO PRISONERS!!!

Let's go Lakers...all the way to a repeat!!!!

I know this seems out of place in this thread..

But there's a couple celtics that have impressed me and I find myself actually LIKING despite the fact they play for the evil green meenies..

Big Baby is suprisingly quick and agile for his size and his footwork and energy has really impressed me - I'm a fan

Rajon Rondo - hard working impressive player that seems to have his head screwed on right - I'm a fan

Rondo would never work in the laker system (point guards that cant shoot open jumpers are useless), but if Davis wants to wear purple and gold, I'd cheer for him (like I did for Rick Fox)

Mamba24 - that's one awesome Suburban. Can I have a window seat, somewhere in the back is fine. Would totally dig a cold shot of tequila and a beer chaser as well. Oh, and maybe some pretzels or something.

I just slogged through the whole days worth of articles and comments. I can't believe I read the whole thing. Some really good articles by FCM and others, some great comments, not all of which I agreed with but mostly rational, although I do admit I am getting pretty good at skimming and scrolling.

I had some thoughts and made some notes, but I have been up for what seems like a very long time today and I am somewhat tired, so i'm not sure if any of them are any good. For instance, I have been utterly convinced for the last 15 minutes or so that it would be a good suggestion to call that one Celtic troll 'Captain Off,' although I am also pretty sure it makes no sense and isn't worthy of my attention.

re fraternization, I think that my definition of 'troll' is slightly different. I feel that trolling is less a question of what you say than it is a question of whether or not you take the time to listen to other people's opinions and respect them as people, or if you just show up to cause trouble. This doesn't require you to cheer for a particular team, and no team has a monopoly on either jerks or caring considerate people.

I have noticed that many of the most inflammatory comments on this blog are from many of the people who seem to pay the most attention to what people say about them, and who seem to spend a lot of time stewing over every comment. The problem seems to be that they spend a lot less time pondering how others are going to respond to what they say, and instead focus on just getting others to respond to what they say.

I have to think that probably the most important thing I have ever learned by reading and posting here, and it was very humbling, was that many people here read my stuff and care about it, even if they never address a comment to me directly. I have tried to act on this by taking extra effort to say nice things about everybody when they write something good, or at least taking extra care and concern when I say something critical of someone who said something dumb.

I don't always live up to this, and I read many many comments from people that I think are quite good that I never seem to have time to compliment directly.

I'm not sure where i am going with this, my thoughts are sort of wandering around, as I am somewhat tired, but I guess once I got started talking I just couldn't shut up, which happens every now and then. Kudos and props to everybody who got this far.

I guess what I am really trying to say, when it comes down to it, is

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Sean,

If Big Baby wants to become a Laker, he should learn a little poise in showing off his talents. Last night, after making a good move, he made a ugly fool of himself by making faces and showed his tongue perhaps imitating MJ or Kobe. Because he is big, his posture last night looked like a baby Hippopotamus getting out of the water & showing off his pretty mouth with a growl. lol! Once you become a Laker, got to have a little touch of class while playing in front of Jack Nick who can create so many faces.

A lot of discussion about the differences in the organizations and fans and players and approaches and all that. I dunno. I'm glad for the differences. I've been in the new Garden and the old Garden and the Forum and Staples and absolutely yes - east and west are very different. But would we really want it any other way? I mean seriously, a decades-old storied rivalry with Golden State for instance... wouldn't be very epic.

Hey Sean,

I'm with you on that. Baby started the year off on the wrong foot and seemed like a prima dona, but he has been nothing but hard work and showing very little (negative) attitude in the series thus far. He's got my respect for his play in this series.

Rondo, too, has gotten over his unhealthy arrogance of the first two years. He's smarter and calmer and also more secure in himself, so there is less of the false bravado that he flashed as a "youngun".

I think that it is the players who have lost a step (KG, PP, Rasheed, in particular) who are playing with attitude that I don't respect. I understand that sports are unforgiving--there is nowhere to hide once you are on the field/court, and no one can really cover for you (without harming the team over the long haul). And these guys, who used to do things effortlessly, no longer can. So, they are frustrated (and even a little scared to be shown up).

I think we could all be sympathetic (since probably we have all felt how age takes something away from our lives, performance), but they were so arrogant early in their careers--lording their ability over everyone else--that no one can really sympathize at this point. At some level we are thinking "yeah. Turnabout's fair play."

The answer lies in people like D-Fish (and I guess Rondo). Be secure in yourself, but never lord it over your opponent. Be humble. Be true to others. Things will go better for you in the long run.

(there's my sermon)

phreddington! Wait, what was it you just wrote? Haha. Re: the three s's - skimming, scrolling and slogging. Yeah, it's crazy sometimes. I'll come on here late in the evening and think... ohhhhh man. That's a lot of cyber ink. Am I up to it? (answer, sometimes).

Well phred--

you know that you are one of a kind. You elevate the quality of this blog as you have for years.

I am a constant reader here, but tend to only comment during playoffs or else FA time, but I do take note of what you and others (like Edwin and well--no point in making a list, it'd be too long) who write from the heart, but use their heads rather than simply give knee jerk opinions or un-ratiocinated zingers.

More power to all of those who are of that ilk, and keep pouring your souls into this community of belief and shared spirit that we all are a part of.

Again, I see no viable way that the Celtics can beat the Lakers.

The Lakers have a superior front line, and their guards can offset what the Celtic guards can do. Both teams are mentally tough, but the Celtics just don't have that "trump card" they can deploy to get an absolute win.

The Lakers would have to self destruct and play poorly (like they did in game 2) for the Lakers to lose.

I called this Lakers in 5 from the very beginning. After the game 2 loss, I was thinking toss-up. But when you look at this series carefully, one can easily say that the Lakers should be up 3-0 at this time. The Lakers played poorly in 2 out of 3 games, and yet they still really should be up 3-0.

I see no reason for why the Lakers cannot win all 3 games in Boston, unless they continue to shoot horribly and no one steps up (like Fish did in game 3).

People keep referring to the 2008 Celtics. That team is dead and buried. That team had a determined Bit 3, they were younger, very hungry, and most important, they had multiple 3 point threats in Allen, House, and Posey. This Celtic team is like night and day compared to the 2008 Celtic team.

Again, the Celtics cannot affect a Laker loss unless the Lakers contribute to that loss. Assuming that Kobe and Bynum will not have another poor shooting game, I still call this series Lakers in 5.

Re the actual topic; I think Andrew Bynum is a really smart guy, and he really seems to be a decent guy as well. I think I would actually like to hang out with him, even if he never played basketball for the Lakers or anything. Glad he does, though. What is really pretty cool is that this particular Laker team probably has a higher ratio of ‘guys who I would actually like to hang out with’ than any other Laker squad I can think of. I don’t know if it’s the type of personality it takes to play with Kobe and Phil or what, but Lamar, Fish, Drew, Ron, Luke, Shannon Brown, they all seem to be stand up guys.

thanks, dave, t_sensei- it's great reading back and forth with you guys.

'troy' who are you and what have you done with the real troy?

sensei- i'm not sure about 'elevating' part, but I am definitely one of a kind. Probably a good thing, too, for the world at large.

Since you keep referring to Pierce as Paula Pierce. How bout this?

Rajon Rhonda - help me Rhonda
Betty baby Davis - thats what your girlfriend said
Ray Debbie Allen - Fame !
Kendra Perkins

http://yhoo.it/a2ye0U

about Khloe K. masks to taunt LO

I have only one comment on what Phred said in his post. He said it best of what he thought of bloggers and the post he read today.

My comment is why is he so focused on bloggers and their personalities not on the Lakers. Then, he adds it is all about love. (BTW, thank you t_sensei for ur kind comments,) I believe we are all fans here with different perceptions and point of views. We all throw in this blog what we think is best for the Lakers, or against the Celtics whom I consider all of them as public figures. Whether a fan is crazy, reprehensible or reasonable with his post, we have no control in that arena that is his sole responsibility in composing his post. However, if it was said by Bynum, or Kobe or Doc Rivers that could affect the outcome of the game, then we have to narrow the opinion on them. That's why I don't understand on posters targeting a particular blogger like Jon K. who gives his honest opinion about Fisher. If you criticize his opinion, he gets back to you not personally but about your opinion on Fisher. We are all nobodies here on this blog, the subject matter is about the Lakers, about other teams and other public figures.

No personal offense on you Phred, just my opinion about your post without mention about the Lakers.

@sean,

I agree with you on Baby Davis. I'm not a fan, but he kinda surprised me, been playing well.

I disagree on Rondo. I'm disappointed with him. Some people claim he's the best PG on NBA...Wow, the kid doesn't have a jump-shot. FT is near 50%, I think...He's good, but those 2 things are very important when it comes to bball...

Cheers.

Magic Phil - I'm a bit surprised as well with all the Rondo hype. Good player but it seems like a lot of this is finals marketing. Kid dribbles around in circles real good though, haha.

After these playoffs, there is no way in hell that Mitch and Buss will ever trade Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh. Anyone who advocates that trade is either stupid or a laker hater. Without Drew's inside presence, Lakers will get beaten by the celtics. Bosh will not be the physical presence that Drew is inside for the Lakers.

RE: 2008 celtics - that was a better and much deeper team than the one we're seeing this year. They had a deeper bench, and if I remember correctly, Sam Cassell killed Fish whenever he was posted at the elbow. He abused Fish for like 4 buckets straight in one game. Fish could not stop him once he was at his spot. It was horrible to watch, but Golem's twin brother sure can ball.

Now that the mutual appreciation love-fest is behind us . . . back on the Andrew thread.

Like others, I have always been struck by his intelligence, but thought that he lacked the "toughness" that cerebral types (Kareem, Pau, for instance) similarly often get tarred with. We forget, though, that for these exceptional athletes to make it this far -- it isn't about luck, or simply being freaks of nature. Hundreds of chemical and physical and psychological (and social, political, economic) factors have to mesh for them to "survive" and make it as a whole entity and find their way into the NBA.

So, really, none of them are too soft, or incapable of standing up to duress. Some, of course, are tougher than others. Kobe is an example. Guys who play with chips on their shoulder, like Ray Allen, for instance.

But, yeah, (and to complete this ramble), the fact that guys I'd be comfortable hanging with--Pau, Andrew, Lamar, Fish--seem to be solid people is a definite plus in terms of my supporting them. Ron . . . uh, well, I imagine that there might be awkward moments while I'm trying to untangle just what he's trying to say. But then, Phil's statements do that to me sometimes too.

I'm pretty much going to talk to who I want to talk to on the blog, and generally though I'm into the whole fun aspect hating Celtics and their fans, I wouldn't actually run over one if I saw him/her on the street. So, yeah I differentiate between someone like Red, who I don't consider a Troll, and the !@#s that were trolling around on the blog after we lost Game 2. The way I see it, if Magic can forgive Larry, who am I to say it's wrong?

phred, no BS, I hate long posts in general but yours' I'll usually take the time to read. Reading your post regarding this issue had a calming influence on me and I think helped me respond in a more constructive manner, thanks. I know your a literary guy phred, so I was wondering if you have ever read Steinbecks' "Sweet Thursday?" it's like the prequel to Cannery Row. Anyway, there's a chapter in the book that's kind of relative to the whole fraternizing issue. It's about how a town becomes divided over a team sport. If you've never read just reading that one chapter is worth it, freaking hilarious.

Laker Tom,

I just want to remind you how much I enjoy reading your posts.

I agree, character counts.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mark G,
Red is still a Troll, but a civilized one. The blog civilized him.
Any troll who stays long enough between our nobel bloggers became a better troll, and learn how to use pants, eat with the mouth shut and write with sense.

To be fair, many here -including me- became better bloggers just being around, reading the posts.

Dave M.,

I also do not see Rondo better than Deron Williams or CP3 or Kidd during his prime. He doesn't have the free throw acumen, then you fail on an important criteria of a great PG. Well RR has a good IQ in fascilitating, creating openings and dissing to the basket as well as rebounds, those are good qualities but not necessarily a great PG.

I really wish I wasn't working and could hav scoured every second of Game 3. Yes, I watched the game, but it was between having gangsters scream my name for shots of Patron.

Looking over the highlights, the Lakers have a huge psychological advantage: Statistics.

Phil Jackson's teams are 47-0 when winning the first game of a series.

(I may have this statistic distorted), but teams that are up 2-1 are 32-4 in the Finals. Something like that.

Anyhow, the Celtics know these facts, but they are not as mentally a tough team as the Lakers. They aren't.

These statistics are clawing at the back of the Septics collective subconsciousness right now. It's effecting everything they do right now. All their feelings.

They are at a true disadvantage, while the Lakers feel that they are riding the wings of destiny.

The Lakers will win Game Four.

The Celtics will (probably) win Game Five. [This is a matter of machismo, not true confidence on the Celtics' part. They'll play their hearts out for ego, not victory.]

The series ends in Los Angeles at Game Six. And it ends embarassingly for the Celtics.

That's how it goes.

Let's go.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The series ends

Mr. Nano,

"Any troll who stays long enough between our nobel bloggers became a better troll, and learn how to use pants, eat with the mouth shut and write with sense."

That is surprisingly true.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

just watched the 4th qtr again and have to admit how much i'm still in utter shock and disbelief at how dfish converted those shots...

lookin at the replays on all 5 shots dfish was either creating off the dribble or driving in for a layup.. no disrespect but those are shots he normally misses 9 out of 10 times... the kind of shots that have caused us to shriek in terror or scream at our tv sets... the kind of shots that would be horrible shots if not gone in... well dfish made not only one but FIVE of those in a row... in the fourth qtr... on the road.. in the garden.. in the nba finals.. in a must win game with the season on the line..

unbelievable..(shaking my head) ONLY DFISH.. the 0.4 was luck but this wasn't.. it was more than just clutch.. some strange paranormal stuff goin on.. LOL... this season has to be meant to be after this...

from freaked out in los angeles..

Greetings Everyone !

Mamba24/Riding/Justa/Rick_F/LakerTom/LakerMike/Phred/DameM/EdwinGueco/MarkG/GDUB/JonK/BronxLakerFan/Sensei/MrNano and rest of the blog family

Hope you all are doing good :)

I read about Doc Rivers complaining about officiating...his quote ==>
" ... you are not allowed to hold, you are not allowed to bump, and you are not allowed to impede progress." ...now which team does that remind you of the most in the last few years ?? Boston ..right ?? Dude had no problems with the refs when Kobe was facing the same problems as Paula did in Game 3....talk about a weak sauce protest :) ...

Another thing..What is with Kobe saying "the others are just a bunch of young kids"....i get that he shares a unique bond with Fish and it only helps the team a lot...but calling Pau/Ron/Lamar kids ??? They have been in the league for a while..and I am sure Kobe listens if any of them comes to him with a constructive suggestion for improvement.... :) on-court intensity sometimes belies the camaraderie they share off the court...

Amit

GLAD TO HEAR ANDREW BYNUM IS TAKING MEDICATION

HOW ABOUT RON ARTEST, HE PROBABLY NEEDS IT TO

yellofever,
I hear you, bro. Agree 100%. The guy cracks me up, he's unbelievable...
Nuff said.

I had to work last night, and fell asleep trying to watch my recording....making some dinner and watching the pregame now, maybe I can enjoy it....I don't want ot be 2 games in the hole......are you listening to me celtic blubber..... I musta missed alot, what's this about a celtic wanting to be a Laker, dude, Laker's have a reputation for going for best athlete, since back from the Logo's days....I think that's why we have so many players who can play more than one position.

Dinnertime...

can I just say how proud I am of this team? Born and raised in LA, so I'm going to be a Lakers fan till the end --- but I really really LIKE this team. They have character -- not just Fisher, who reminds me of Horatio from Hamlet. I think our team has good, quality people, that includes Kobe. Bynum has heart and is growing up. I was bursting with pride on Tuesday when he was showing how much he desired to win. Like a proud parent. Artest is misunderstood and troubled, but you can tell he is a good soldier and wants to be part of something greater than himself. The only guy who sometimes doesn't seem to fit in is Farmar who plays like he's trying to "get his."

anyways, maybe I'm delusional, but that's how I feel...

dwntwn atty: you're spot on about JF. He's really never "gotten it". I've run into guys like that on the courts, and when I coached. They just don't see the game the same way, they don't really respect that version of game that team-oriented players/coaches do. And while I don't like those kind of players, after having butted heads with them for years, I can just see that it is a perspective difference.

They don't want their freedom curtailed, they take it as an affront that you are trying to fit them into a system that has rules and procedures. And really, they want it all to reduce to the challenge of taking it to the other player, seeing who's better.

He's really just still too young. When his speed and skills drop off, then maybe he'll see it differently. But for now, he's kind of a lost cause in that regard. Sorry to say.

Shannon is a little bit like that, but with him, I think it is less a willingness to try "the system", it is just that under the pressure of the clock he loses a little composure and reverts to trying to make a play because standing still is moving backward (in his mind). I have hopes that he will become a more integral member, but I also sense he is out the door as soon as the banner is secured. The last interview that was posted by MM gave me that feeling for some reason--something in his eyes, of feeling sort of detached from the team and the game that had just been played.

Lakers are at the end of a large way and they are here now because team regularity throughout many months. Please... all Lakers players deserves recognition not only two or three.

TEAM means TEAM.

Never forget no one player won "the ring" alone and no one player can be all time full of energy... TEAM compensates individual up and downs moments.

This is one sport not a religion... be happy.

Did Bynum buy doughnuts for the whole team? Nice jesture for the team to feed the bigs for 30 shots in game 4. Hope Artest & Odom can share wisdom for good play not bone head play. All hands on deck for rebounds, take charges but don't pick up offensive charge fouls & play every possession with the intensity of Kobe & Fish. Artest, Odom, Farmar, Brown & Sasha need to keep 3 pt shots under 10 as a team & get Celtic bigs in foul trouble with intelligent aggressive drives to the basket. Ferocious from the start, go Lakers play to your strengths and Fish-hook for TKO in six!

bynum is playing like the true hero these finals

i'm from spain and i like gasol too much, but bynum is the key

GO LAKERS!!!

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WE’RE NOT GOING BACK TO LA - WE GONE WIN IN THE GAHDEN, PAULA - BANDWAGON
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(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA – OWNER -
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER
(03) ICELAKER – RIDING SHOTGUN - I loved seeing the hate and intensity in Michael Cooper's eyes when he told Boston "You wanted us, here we come!" These Lakers are angry right about now. I really fear for the celtics come thursday. I know Pierce needed a wheelchair in '08. He's gonna need a stretcher once Ron Ron is done: "If you're not strong enough, you shouldn't be fighting with me. If you can't match my strength then why would you try to pick a fight and test me?" I'm hoping for Lakers in 5. I want them to celebrate on the Gah-den's floor.
(04)
(05) LEWSTRS – SECURITY1 - Dynasty - The Next Generation
(06) MAMBA24 – I want to win in the GAHDEN!
(07) Nop BKK 10122 - Lakers in 5... 3 NBA final in 3 years with 2 championship...hey Mr.Simulation...what is the prediction of 2011 NBA Final ??? uhhh...

Lakers in 5 Suburban...

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lewstrs
MAMBA24
Nop BKK 10122

All aboard...plenty of seats available...
If you come aboard after game 4...
You don't get the complimentary cocktails and snacks...

Having my coffee and cigarette, this morning, I suddenly thought of breakfast. Wonder what my boys are having this morning of game day...

Kobe Bryant -- Wheaties
Do you really need an explanation? Wheaties is the Breakfast of Champions.

Pau Gasol -- Cornflakes
Gasol won't amaze you with highlight reels, but like cornflakes, he's always dependable. Full disclosure. I came across this link that actually says Gasol's favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes, but I found the link after I wrote the first sentence.

Ron Artest -- Frosted Mini Wheats
I can't think of a cereal that's as equally good and bad for your health. You get your daily fix of wheat and grain, but it comes with a plentiful supply of sugar. That sums up Artest pretty well, too. He's what the Lakers need on defense, but he's disruptive on offense. In both cases, you take the good with the bad. Maybe eating Cheerios would solve his problems on offense.

Lamar Odom -- Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs
OK, OK, so L.O.'s real breakfast is probably a bag of Gummi Bears, M&Ms and Skittles. It's an approach that he credited for his resurgence during last season's Western Conference Finals. But remember, L.O. said he's been off the candy because he had gotten cavities. So if we had to choose which cereal L.O. would eat that would give him the fuel he needs without trips to the dentist's office, it would surely be this one. Nothing gets your day kick-started than by eating candy in cereal form.

Andrew Bynum -- Cap' n Crunch
Bynum is a great player and Cap'n Crunch is a great cereal, but both come along with some baggage. With Bynum struggling to abstain from injuries, he might want to stay away from Cap'n Crunch. That cereal was recalled more than a decade ago because its popper toy caused eye injuries.

Paula Pierce and his mouth running loose..
"We going to take it home and finish it" and "Anyone got A BROOM" when up 2-0 in the Orlando series.
"Best player in the world" following the 2008 Finals.
"We ain't coming back to L.A.!" after winning game 2 in LA.

Right now I hate his arrogance on the back of consecutive terrible games. When your nickname is "The Truth" , it's blasphemous to speak words which are blatant lies.

t's time for Pierce to put his money where his mouth is, or shut his mouth altogether.

dave m - Can I have a window seat, somewhere in the back is fine. Would totally dig a cold shot of tequila and a beer chaser as well. Oh, and maybe some pretzels or something.

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Welcome aboard...Shot of Patron, with a Corona coming up...No pretzels, how about a side of Boston Baked Beans...

BEATDOWN IN BEANTOWN!!!

Lakers in 5 Suburban...

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dave m

All aboard...plenty of seats available...
If you come aboard after game 4...
You don't get the complimentary cocktails and snacks...

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WE’RE NOT GOING BACK TO LA - WE GONE WIN IN THE “GAHDEN PAULA” - BANDWAGON
LAKERS IN 5
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KOBE: TRUE WARRIOR, WHY DO YOU HELP ME? (Pause for uncomfortable silence, as both characters
Gaze at each other) RON: (Finally whispers) BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOU ARE LOOKING AT ME NOW!
KOBE: YOU HAVE BLED WITH TMAC AND YAO, “NOW BLEED ME!! CHAAAAAAARGE, KILL THE
CELTS!!@ LAKERTRUTH
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(00) LEWSTR – CEO - Paula Pierce & his mouth running loose.."We going to take it home and finish it" and "Anyone got A BROOM" when up 2-0 in the Orlando series. "Best player in the world" following the 2008 Finals. "We ain't coming back to L.A.!" after winning game 2 in LA. Right now I hate his arrogance on the back of consecutive terrible games. When your nickname is "The Truth" , it's blasphemous to speak words which are blatant lies. it's time for Pierce to put his money where his mouth is, or shut his mouth altogether.
(01) COMPLEX BROTHER - OWNER
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER
(03) LAKERTRUTH – DIRECTOR OF SECURITY - Kobe: True Warrior, why do you help me? (pause for uncomfortable silence, as both characters gaze at each other) Ron (finally whispers): Because of the way you are looking at me now. Kobe: You have bled with TMac and Yao, NOW BLEED WITH ME! CHAAAAARGE, KILL THE CELTS!
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(05) SEGEBOY- THE SHERIFF - Yo words can not describe how proud I am that we're returning to the finals for the 3rd year in a row. We started the 55 win bandwaggon when we were running with smush parker, we believed so hard in our team and they laughed in our faces. They gonna respect us yo cuz we ain't asking for it, we're here to work for it, to fight for it, to cement our place in history. I love this team yo. And shout out to our PGs for their play last game, y'all know we keep calling u d weakest link but nobody's happier when u prove us wrong. Fish u d man. Our time is freaking here and the next series is against our arch enemies, the green weanies from the east. In the words of 300 ... we're gonna take everything from them and give nothing back ... F the celtics and anyone who loves em.
(06) ICELAKER – RIDING SHOTGUN - I loved seeing the hate and intensity in Michael Cooper's eyes when he told Boston "You wanted us, here we come!" These Lakers are angry right about now. I really fear for the celtics come thursday. I know Pierce needed a wheelchair in '08. He's gonna need a stretcher once Ron Ron is done: "If you're not strong enough, you shouldn't be fighting with me. If you can't match my strength then why would you try to pick a fight and test me?" I'm hoping for Lakers in 5. I want them to celebrate on the Gah-den's floor.
(07) LEWSTRS – SECURITY1 - Dynasty - The Next Generation
(08) Nop BKK 10122 - Lakers in 5... 3 NBA final in 3 years with 2 championship...hey Mr.Simulation...what is the prediction of 2011 NBA Final ??? uhhh...
(09) DAVE M. That's one awesome Suburban. Can I have a window seat, somewhere in the back is fine. Would totally dig a cold shot of tequila and a beer chaser as well. Oh, and maybe some pretzels or something (10) ADRIAN PALOMAR
(11) FEARLESS-
(12) OUTLAW - SECURITY 2 - To all my fellow Lakers fans: This is what we've been waiting for. Thursday, baby. It's gonna be fun. Go Lake Show!
(13) BABY OUTLAW - SECURITY IN TRAINING – You Heard Dad!
(14) FAN OF THE MAMBA - I'm absolutely hyped about the Lakers going to the NBA Finals for three straight years. Which brings me to my soapbox. How the hell is that not one of the major stories right now. Every media outlet since we clinched our game 6 victory is talking about the Celtics. The big three, Rondo, the Celtics Defense, but there's very little being reported about our third straight trip to the finals. If it was any other team that's all we'd be hearing. Well I'm here to shout it loud and shout it proud! The Lakers are going to the Finals for the 3rd straight year. That is an awesome accomplishment for any team. Injuries haven't stopped them, officiating hasn't stop them, team chemistry issues haven't stopped them, up and down play hasn't stopped them, and the Celtics won't stop them either!
(15) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO – GRENADE TOSSER - Put me on the Armageddon Bandwagon!!! I don't need a seat I'll Be ridding on the roof Tossing Grenades, Manning the 50 Cal Machine Gun, The flame throwers and swinging El Guapo's Pair Machetes named "Death" an "Doom"!! And I'll be picking off every little green leprechaun zombie all the way to the Larry O'Brien!!!!
(16) RDLEE – MERCY DISPENSER - 14 down, 2 to go. No mercy!!
(17) FAITH
(18) LAKERGURL(THE ONE AND ONLY)
(19) PSYCHED-LAKERGIRL
(20 EASTCOASTJESSIE – TEAM LAWYER
(21) MAMBA24 – I RIDE WITH THE PRINCESS –
(22) MAGIC PHIL - Well, let's ask somebody who really understand the game: - Kobe, who do you think is gonna win the championship? - We will So, I get the word of King Mamba. LAKERS IN 3!!!! I MEAN, LAKERS IN 5!!!
(23) KEIFO –
(24) ANOTHERBLACKMAMBA - I hate PAUL PIERCE PERIOD. Celtics basically bought the championship in 2008 with 3 franchise players in one team. Pierce Celtics sucked ass before KG and Ray Allen and now all of a sudden he is freaking a showboat. KG is another showboat. You know there is no way Celtics is gonna win the finals. Just look at Suns, how steve nash and raja bell and ...were showing off in 2006/7 when Kobe was playing with bunch of trolls. I wonder how far Steve Nash would have taken a team with Kwame Brown and Smush. I wanna bitchslap Paul Pierce and KG. I just hate Paul Pierce or I should say Paula Pierce THE QUEEN of Celtics.
(25) JOE CORAD - I rather see the Lakers Hoist the Hearts of the celtic team than the trophy,Actually i take it back, i want to see the Lakers hoisting the trophy while stomping on the hearts of the Celtics.
(26) LET’S GO L’S -To wrap this 2010 FINALS in a bow, here's the deal...as long as the Lakers PLAY HARD, INSPIRED basketball for 48 minutes each game on both ends of the floor, with a heavy dose of patient INTERIOR play (making their bigs MOVE and FOUL prone) and "consistent" perimeter defense (chasing guys like Allen, Wallace, Pierce OFF the three-point area via Fisher, Artest, Odom, and Kobe), they will hang their 16th NBA Championship banner. Most of all, win it ALL with a CHIP on their shoulder, injuries, adversity and all, for the debacle in 2008. The Lakers SURELY need no MOTIVATION! Also, their demeanor after winning the WC title in Phoenix spoke many volumes... Go get em' Lakers like you did in 2009...Back to Back! Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!
( 27) LEFRAUDS ELBOW - Thursday can't come soon enough. Revenge will be sweet.
(28) LAKEERSRYDEORDIE - If we beyotch slap them on the boards -- we will bust their ass! Believe that. Lakers all the way baybee --- otherwise DIE!
(29) LEONARDBAST78 - Let's Go Lakers! Bring that Championship home! (kobe puppet to Lebron puppet,

Anyone notice how the post quality improves after wins?

Subjects covering leadership connection, meditation, character.

Always impressive that through the years, some not so great here, that the positive take reigns here. Civility wins out.

Lookin forward to more of same after tonights W.

CHARACTER COUNTS !!!
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4/15/10---Jackson fined $35,000 for criticizing refs concerning Durant
4/5/10----Jackson fined $35,000 for criticizing refs after LA-SA game
6/13/09--Jackson fined $25,000 for criticizing refs after LA-ORL game
5/26.09--Jackson fined $25,000 for criticizing refs after LA-DEN game

Wooden has lackluster coaching career at UCLA from 1948-1962.....Sam Gilbert becomes actively involved in the program in 1962, team then wins 10 titles from 1964-75.

I'm riding that suburban

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WE’RE NOT GOING BACK TO LA - WE GONE WIN IN THE “GAHDEN PAULA” - BANDWAGON
LAKERS IN 5
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KOBE: TRUE WARRIOR, WHY DO YOU HELP ME? (Pause for uncomfortable silence, as both characters
Gaze at each other) RON: (Finally whispers) BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOU ARE LOOKING AT ME NOW!
KOBE: YOU HAVE BLED WITH TMAC AND YAO, “NOW BLEED ME!! CHAAAAAAARGE, KILL THE
CELTS!!@ LAKERTRUTH
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(01) LEWSTRS – CEO - Paula Pierce & his mouth running loose.."We going to take it home & finish it" and "Anyone got A BROOM" when up 2-0 in the Orlando series. "Best player in the world" following the 2008 Finals. "We ain't coming back to L.A.!" after winning game 2 in LA. Right now I hate his arrogance on the back of consecutive terrible games. When your nickname is "The Truth" , it's blasphemous to speak words which are blatant lies. it's time for Pierce to put his money where his mouth is, or shut his mouth altogether.
(02) COMPLEX BROTHER - OWNER
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - It's a great thing to be able to share my Lakerholism with you guys - here & on the chat both. The lows never get too bad and the highs are even sweeter. So thank you Laker family. I appreciate you all. I can feel it coming in the air tonight.....Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant Oh yeah - almost forgot - WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!
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(05) LAKERTRUTH – DIRECTOR OF SECURITY - Kobe: True Warrior, why do you help me? (pause for uncomfortable silence, as both characters gaze at each other) Ron (finally whispers): Because of the way you are looking at me now. Kobe: You have bled with TMac and Yao, NOW BLEED WITH ME! CHAAAAARGE, KILL THE CELTS!



(30) ADRIAN PALOMAR
(31) TIM-4-SHOW – I'm riding that Suburban.

Well after playing 82 games during the season, 19 games in the playoffs there are only 4 games left. Lakers is leading by 2-1. Will it be 3-1 tomorrow or a 2-2?

WAKE UP LAKER FANS, WAKE UP LA, GET UP & CHEER FOR YOUR TEAM

To all members of the Lakers Blog, enough of talking about yourselves or dealing with trolls, we have more important issues to be addressed for today.

Shannon, Farmar, Sasha, Luke - PLEASE CONTRIBUTE

Lamar - TURN THE SWITCH "ON"

RonRon - THIS IS IT, THIS IS YOUR DREAM OF BEING CALLED A CHAMP

Drew - SUCK UP THE PAIN, JUST TWO MORE WINS AND IT'S OVER

Derek - WIN ONE FOR POSTERITY

Kobe - PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THE SCORE. HISTORY IS IN YOUR HANDS, LEAD THE LAKERS TO VICTORY NOT IN DEFEAT.

Since the score is 2-1, we only need two wins out of 4 games. The Celtics need three wins out of four games. Lakers seize this golden opportunity. It has been a see-saw battle, pendulum of emotions on both coast. Lakers, seize the center which is the fulcrum of this competition. A greek philosopher Archimedes said: Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth. If we take the fulcrum, then we can move this world to action.

WE NEED ONE MORE WIN IN BOSTON, it is called insurance. WE NEED ONE MORE WIN TONIGHT because the future never takes care of itself, Lakers should write their future now. Therefore, let us play for 3-1 not 2-2.

After 101 games played from November to June, we followed you from game to game, we get mad when you lose, rejoice when you win, angry when you turn irresponsible in playing with the switch, sad when you are down and injured and petrified when you get intimidated. TODAY, LAKER FANS HAVE ONLY ONE WISH, WE ASK YOU TO WIN ONE MORE TIME FOR YOUR CITY, FOR ALL LAKER FANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

We rest our case, the Good Lord said: "Unto your hands we commend you our spirit."

GO LAKERS

I forgot to mention another important peg

Pau - MAN UP, FIGHT BACK WITH 2 PLUS 1, WITH REBOUNDS, WITH UMBRELLA DEFENSE.

BEATDOWN IN BEANTOWN!!!

Lakers in 5 Suburban...

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dave m
Tim-4-Show


All aboard...plenty of seats available...
If you come aboard after game 4...
You don't get the complimentary cocktails and snacks...

Rebounds, turnovers, free throws.
I think whoever wins those takes game 4.

Have a feeling Drew may play fewer minutes, need LO to come through tonight.

Wonder which player will come through big tonight, seems to be someone different each game for both teams.
Maybe the benches will decide tonights game.

Celtics are fighting for their lives tonight, Lakers can put a real chokehold on them with a W. Both teams know it. Tempers may get shorter as the series drags on, can Perkins keep his cool?

Which Laker gets in to foul trouble tonight?

It's going to happen.

After 101 games played from November to June, we followed you from game to game, we get mad when you lose, rejoice when you win, angry when you turn irresponsible in playing with the switch, sad when you are down and injured and petrified when you get intimidated. TODAY, LAKER FANS HAVE ONLY ONE WISH, WE ASK YOU TO WIN ONE MORE TIME FOR YOUR CITY, FOR ALL LAKER FANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. Pau - MAN UP, FIGHT BACK WITH 2 PLUS 1, WITH REBOUNDS, WITH UMBRELLA DEFENSE.

We rest our case, the Good Lord said: "Unto your hands we commend you our spirit."Posted by: Edwin Gueco | June 10, 2010 at 06:37 AM
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OOOOOOH WEEEEEEE!!! I'm ready to run thru a Brick wall now !...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!
Mamba24

Something I mumbled before bed last night....;)

Now I lay me down to sleep...
I pray my Lakers the Lord to peak...
If we win a back2 back...
I pray the Haters shut their smack...

Now I pray the bling we reap...
From Boston there is not a peep...
The Crabs again fall on their face...
God please put them in their place...

Now I pray Lakers stay strong...
No injuries, good health we cruise along...
Give Kobe strength, and PJ wisdom...
God please bless the Laker Kingdom...

Amen

Big Baby??? Really??? i can't believe you guys are even discussing that idiot in the forum blue and gold.

see below for proof.

http://tinyurl.com/64l2m4

LAKER NATION ARISE!!!! GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
Tonight is not just a game. They have a saying in Boxing, "Kill the Head and the Body will die" Well laker nation if we win tonight it will be like killing the head. Game 5 will be no more than the formality of the Body falling and hitting the Canvas. We've been thru 82 games of pre-fight training. 3 Exhibition bouts with The Thunder, Utah and Phoenix. Now we are in the Heavyweight title bout.We have the contender on the ropes. A win tonight will be a kockout to the canvas. DO IT LAKESHOW!! KNOCK THESE MOTHERS OUT!!! Game 5 will be nothing more than a raising of the Hands to signal our Victory. I believe in you Lakers, LakersBlog believes in you, The Laker Nation believes in you. Now believe in your self and knock these Mothers OUTTTT!

Big Baby??? Really??? i can't believe you guys are even discussing that idiot in the forum blue and gold.
see below for proof. http://tinyurl.com/64l2m4 Posted by: chick penberthy | June 10, 2010 at 07:03 AM
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A picture is worth a thousand words!

Here are the famous words of Sir Winston Churchill in WW II (with my apologies in quoting them in June, 2010)

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in Boston, we shall fight on the blog and media, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the locker room, we shall defend our beloved City of LA, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on tweets, we shall fight on the cell, we shall fight in the blogs and in the streets of Boston, we shall fight at TD Garden; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, the 1969 meltdown or a large part of 2008 defeats were subjugated and starving, then our colors, Purple & Gold beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Zen Master and Mamba would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.

~~Lets put all old leprechauns to oblivion.

EDWIN GUECO, YOU ARE ON...FIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE!!!!!
PREACH EDWIN, PREACH!!
IT'S TIME FOR WAR:
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IT’S TIME FOR WAR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGzAlo2C2mw&feature=related
LETS GET DIRTY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqBQeRmuZQI&feature=related

Edwin Gueco - clever post...

Lakers are locked and loaded...tonight is another battle...and we will win the war......

GET UP LA. WAKE UP......

TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS IF YOU CARRY THE LAKER FLAGS

WE ARE ALL INTO THIS GAME TONIGHT

Mama Bynum, we need Socks to step up one more time, please call him

Todos paisanos of Senor Pau, please call him. Spain is also involved in this competition. We have to be united as one not divided. Habla Espanol but please speak English so we can also understand

Vanessa, we need your help of your sweetheart Kobe. Get on the phone, tell Kobe not to come home without the victory tonight.

Jeane Buss, we need your help on Phil. He should get excited, fight back at Doc Rivers. He should yell at NBA office for not fining Doc after tearing up the referees.

Kloe, feed LO with more chocolates, he is on fire lately. Tell him not to come out w/o the victory.

Mrs. Fisher, call your husband, inspire him and make him young again tonight

Mrs. Artest, does RonRon listen to you? If he does, straighten up his head stay focus, stay focus

WE ARE ALL IN THIS FIGHT. IF YOU SEE A LAKER FLAG, BLOW YOUR HORN, TURN ON THOSE HEADLIGHTS, SHOUT GO LAKERS

FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT..........to the last second.

 
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