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Caught in the Web: Lakers and Celtics sharpen preparation for NBA Finals

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan discusses how much Kobe Bryant's game has benefited from having his knee drained.

--The Times' Chris Erskine shares his experience riding the Goodyear blimp over Staples Center.

--The Times' Broderick Turner dissects the Ron Artest-Paul Pierce match-up.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding breaks down the Lakers-Celtics match-ups.

--Fox Sports Randy Hill looks at how Artest and Rasheed Wallace helped the Lakers and Celtics, respectively.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper recounts the Lakers' bitter memories of their 2008 Finals loss to Boston.

Magic Johnson highlights in the video below the hatred the Lakers have for the Celtics.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky believes Phil Jackson cares a great deal about his coaching legacy.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen explains why the Lakers don't care if they're considered a "soft" team.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel observes how Pau Gasol has evolved as a player since the 2008 Finals

--Pro Basketball Talk's John Krolik wonders if Andrew Bynum can make a difference this series.

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum takes a poll of people in the Lakers organization on what Jackson should do should he decide not to coach again.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that Bynum feels the same amount of pain after getting his knee drained. McMenamin also details how the Lakers plan to stop Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.

--Former NBA and college assistant basketball coach Dave Miller explains on ESPN Los Angeles how to break the Celtics' defense.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller puts together a "Hating the Celtics for Dummies" guide.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith credits Jackson's motivation tactics.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Shelley Smith reports that Jackson has offered Lakers players a financial incentive for taking charges.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears looks at how Gasol is drawing motivation from the 2008 Finals loss.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford provides a detailed rundown of Bryant's stoic demeanor with reporters leading up to the NBA Finals. Teaford also sheds light on Gasol's decision to skip the FIBA World Championships this summer.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen argues the 2008 Finals will look nothing like the upcoming series.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell analyzes each Lakers-Celtics match-up.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das also assesses the match-ups.

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby expresses amusement about Artest's indifference to the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius takes a look at the Lakers' offense.

Celtics links

--The Times' Lisa Dillman looks at how the Celtics' success has made Boston less consumed with the Red Sox.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes highlights Doc Rivers' belief that Kendrick Perkins will receive a suspension during the Finals because he's one technical foul away from the limit.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow highlights Wallace's contributions. Benbow also reports Pierce's contention that Artest will do anything to disrupt his opponent on defense, including pulling down his shorts.

--The Boston Herald's Ron Borges highlights the Celtics' indifference to the belief that they can't beat the Lakers.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley details the evolution of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett highlights the back-and-forth between Jackson and Rivers over the charge that the Celtics have a "smackdown mentality."

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg details how the Celtics benefited from the trade deadline. He also highlights Kevin McHale's belief that the Lakers-Celtics match-up will be a toss-up.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues that Rondo serves as the the Celtics' X-factor

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan argues that nothing tops the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy talks to Bob Cousy, who has nothing but good things to say about Rondo.

--NBA.com's John Schuhmann takes a look at what makes Boston's defense tick.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that Rondo won't feel 100% in Game 1 on Thursday because of muscle spasms he suffered in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Orlando. Shelburne also observes that the Celtics carry the same mindset they had entering the 2008 NBA Finals.

--Celtics Blog's Greg Payne offers his NBA Finals prediction.

Tweet of the Day: "Ron Artest was part of the #Dodgers Code of Conduct video. @lakers forward laughed "You want me to do Code of Conduct? Really" -- Duran LA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran).

Reader Comment of the Day: "I think this Finals will determine Bynum's future. I feel the two teams are evenly enough matched that the series will hinge on how effective he'll be. If he's not effective, it causes a domino effect where Perkins can guard Pau, then KG on LO, and we have 2008 all over again. Maybe not that bad with Artest, but still Perkins on Pau is a complete mismatch. If he's effective enough, he'll give Perkins enough fits that he'll wrack up that dreaded next technical, if not more. Bynum can drive Sheed crazy too, always a good thing." -- Scott

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Pau Gasol fouls Boston's Rasheed Wallace during the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 87-86 on Feb. 18. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 
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The first game is key. Who ever wins the first game, wins the series.

Here`s your "Superstar"! {after LBJ, this will be a vacation}

Kobe vs. The Big 3 {2007-present}
11 Games {includes `08 playoffs} :

FG--------------- : .398% {99 for 249}
3-Pt. shots----- : .327% {18 for 55}

Yeah, we`re really worried!!!!

Larry, they say it's a dish best served cold, I guess this will have to do. Put me on the REVENGE bandwagon. The Wheelchair is going down. BTW, you never told me, what is the best way to BBQ Leprechaun?

The first game is key. Who ever wins the first game, wins the series.

Posted by: troy | June 02, 2010 at 11:08 AM

LAKERS WIN!!!!

RED'S LOVE CHILD: "Yeah, we`re really worried!!!!"

"You will be. You will be." Yoda, Empire Strikes Back!

Or I Should Say "KOBE STRIKES BACK!"

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Wow....now that's the kind of post I like waking up to! (Ok, I've been up for 9 hours, but you get the point). I love that sea of blue-lettered links, MM. Makes one think of the renaissance masters and their love of blue:


"Ultramarine: The Most Expensive Pigment Ever
Genuine ultramarine is characteristic colour in Medieval paintings.
By Marion Boddy-Evans,


The prices of some tubes of paints may make modern-day artists gasp, but often there’s a cheaper alternative, such as a synthetic version of a pigment. Now imagine painting in an era when the most beautiful of all blues was more expensive than even gold, yet because of the symbolism associated with it you simply had to use it. To be working in a time when using expensive pigments in a painting was seen as a act of devotion to God and your painting’s value was judged by the cost of the pigments used in it. (A commission might even specify exactly how much ultramarine was to be used!)


This was the situation European artists were in during the early Renaissance (fourteenth and fifteenth centuries), when pure, intense color was regarded as a reflection of God’s glory. The three purest colors were ultramarine, gold, and vermilion. Ultramarine was described by Cennino Cennini, the 15th century Italian artist who wrote on the techniques of the great masters, as “illustrious, beautiful, and most perfect, beyond all other colors”. Artists reserved it for the most revered of subjects, such as the robes of the Madonna and Christ.


And the danger of not knowng your blue: http://www.hulu.com/watch/13046/the-devil-wears-prada-cerulean-sweater


The best Blue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YuaZcylk_o


The Blue inspired by Joni Mitchell's Blue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwSZvHqf9qM


Wes

Wow, they need this 'Big' 3 guys to stop Kobe. Looks pretty worried to me. Just staying...

...or 'just saying'...but you get it.

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PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY - LETS GO MEDIEVAL ON BOSTON – BANDWAGON
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In my mind's eye, both the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet together arrives. They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the misguided notion that they are also contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all of the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is all about Boston. It has always been about Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our respect...and our derision. @ FEARLESS
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(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA - OWNER - I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..
(02) KOBESBAD-DRIVER - I am so damned pumped. Put me on the available bandwagons
(03) HALOS-ANT – RIDING SHOTGUN - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) # 4 - I'd like to hitch a ride on all 'hate Boston/Die Boston Die' bandwagons
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Boston, did not we tell you this day would come.? Well it is here
(06) MR.NANAO – SECURITY2 - No doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6.
(07) ROCKY 0- SEARGENT-AT-ARMS - I got my game face on already. Let's do this!
(08) BYNUM DUNKNASTY - watch out KG, here comes Bynum Dunknasty! Lakers in 5
(09) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - IT"S PAYBACK TIME and you know what they say about payback.
(10) MARK G - they say it's a dish best served cold, I guess this will have to do. The Wheelchair is going down.

"Yeah, we`re really worried!!!!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 02, 2010 at 11:18 AM"

Not taken out of context. I was watching a replay of the game where, I think it was Perkins, I don't know for sure because one tubby looks like another to me, was knocked silly, you know it's really hard to pick up 300 pounds of blubber. I'm glad that there was nothing serious. However, in the long run, a guy like that will have major health issues, especially after he stops playing, If he can't control his weight as a professional NBA player, he's going to 380 lbs after he stops playing. Not exactly poster material for "Healthy lifestyle", and yes, I know some of it is due to genetics, but, you can work at it, by watching what you eat, and proper exercise.

I call Lakers in 6.....

The amount of fluid they drained from Drew was quite alot, I'm sure that he feels much better without it. 75 cc's...(Kobe's drain was 30 cc, but then again, Kobe is smaller than Drew)... I think about how when I get an injection of 3-5 cc's of the discomfort. I'm pretty sure the pain works both ways, so I'm glad he had it drained, and it seems like they are limiting his activity to one practice??? before the finals, so that he doesn't get that knee all cranked up again with fluid.

A GAME FOR AGES
For nearly a year the chanters would say, Beat Boston and Beat LA
Very soon their chance will arrive, only one teams walking out of this one alive
Two storied franchises soon will meet, One on the Downward and one on the Up Beat
Both will claw and scratch and fight, Neither will go gently into the night
One is full of Brash and flash, like the Neveau Rich with new found Cash
The other is calm and self assured, like Old Money that for centuries has endured
But their can be but one King, One ultimate champion who wins emerges from the Ring
For 3 years in a row the Lakers been here, So they come to this fight with no kind of Fear
The Celtics have been here 2 out of 3, this is their last best chance to make history
The pundits are almost evenly split, As to who will have the most determination & grit
But I know a secret and so do you, The Lakers will not slog, but Bulldoze their way thru
We know this match aint even at all, The Lakers are the Masters of Basketball
Starting with the Coach who mastered Zen, No other Coach approaches his 10 title wins
Many speak with reverence of Red, But Phil Jackson stands Tall and Red lies Dead
As Dead as the Celtcs will be, For trying to destroy The Lakers 4th Dynasty
Like a new idea that cannot be held back, No way can the Celtics stop the Lakers attack
To Brittle, To Old, To slow of Feet, To even try against The Freakin Lakers to Compete
So I hope from this that you all know, Bet all your money on The Freakin Lake Show
And then when your team does come thru, Say I’m a Rich Laker Fan who the hell

It only makes sense that the Celtics signed Rasheed Wallace.

He's a scumbag and a jerk and a perfect fit for the Celtics.

They're a bunch of bullies, pure and simple.

Stand up to bullies and they have tantrums and then the self-destruct.

We're ready because NOW we a psychologically tougher and stronger team than the Celtics.

We're ready.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Is it Thursday yet?

20FL(20FL)

MY STOMACH IS IN KNOTS AND I am not feeling well, this lakers team is scary good..

Shoot here I go again, yet another umpteenth trip to the sand box..be back


When they do the recap, the same writers picking Boston will talk about how home court advantage was the difference and that there'll be a youth movement in the off season. The "bring in the old vets that haven't won a ring" formula caught up to DAinge, as his vets just got too old all of a sudden. There will be some surprise as to how easy it was for the Lakers to win their second ring in a row and speculate how a 3 peat is on the horizon.

Mamba24,

Dude, are you as excited as I am?

Whenever I think about the game I get adrenaline shakes, I'm so excited. I can only imagine how Kobe and Thriller feels.

I hope Bynum has grown up enough to play through his pain with confidence, purpose and dedication, because a big part of his problem has been his head, not his body.

He's got to leave it all on the court this Finals. Everything.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

The Machine hates the Celtics.

The Machine refuses to wear green he hates the Celtics so.

The Machine will make his presence known this Finals.

Here comes The Machine.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Humanomaly,

That was Big Baby you saw staggering around.

Baby was battered senseless by Dwight Howard in Game 5. In Game 6, Howard was seen "grabbing" KG `s jersey. KG tried to stop Howard from doing it, and that caused Phil Jackson to be outraged by the actions of....KG!

Baby is only 24, and looks are deceiving. He`s in much better condition than what appears.

Hey Jon K! This is going to be the longest night in history waiting for this game Bro! I think Bynum plans on making these Finals his showcase. That's why he got his Knee drained.
mAMBA24
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PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY - LETS GO MEDIEVAL ON BOSTON – BANDWAGON
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*************************
In my mind's eye, both the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet together arrives. They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the misguided notion that they are also contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all of the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is all about Boston. It has always been about Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our respect...and our derision. @ FEARLESS
***************************
(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA - OWNER - I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..
(02) KOBESBAD-DRIVER - I am so damned pumped. Put me on the available bandwagons
(03) HALOS-ANT – RIDING SHOTGUN - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) # 4 - I'd like to hitch a ride on all 'hate Boston/Die Boston Die' bandwagons
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Boston, did not we tell you this day would come.? Well it is here
(06) MR.NANAO – SECURITY2 - No doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6.
(07) ROCKY 0- SEARGENT-AT-ARMS - I got my game face on already. Let's do this!
(08) BYNUM DUNKNASTY - watch out KG, here comes Bynum Dunknasty! Lakers in 5
(09) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - IT"S PAYBACK TIME and you know what they say about payback.
(10) MARK G - they say it's a dish best served cold, I guess this will have to do. The Wheelchair is going down. Luckily Peirce, Garnett, and Allen are all very used to getting knocked out of the playoffs. I doubt if losing in the Finals will be that difficult for them.
(11) EASTCOASTJESSIE
(12) JON K. - are you as excited as I am? Whenever I think about the game I get adrenaline shakes, I'm so excited. I can only imagine how Kobe and Thriller feels. I hope Bynum has grown up enough to play through his pain with Confidence, purpose and dedication, because a big part of his problem has been his head, not his body. He's got to leave it all on the court this Finals. Everything.
(13) VMAN - There will be some surprise as to how easy it was for the Lakers to win their second ring in a row and speculate how a 3 peat is on the horizon.

Jon K.,

You work in a bar, right?

Exactly how drunk was Lamar Odom to look at Khloe, and determine that she was a "10" at Two?

She`s certainly a "2" at Ten!

because it bears repeating...


yeah, KG's pretty tough, for a coward.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASClJTnJ4I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX_5o-mxH4w&feature=related

RED`S LOVE CHILD,

Though the 2008 Finals was much closer than we remember it (it was a six game series after all), it will always be remembered for Game Six, which was a debaucle.

You don't know how bad it hurt. You can't. You're a Celtics fan.

We all remember.

The Lakers remember.

It is rare in life that people are able to have a "do-over" for a moment that they remember with incredible regret, even shame.

Well, we've got that rare opportunity and this team is basically the same, except we got THE PLAYER in the NBA who is most inspired to work for personal redemption in the eyes of others: Thriller.

THE PLAYER who fatefully walked into the showers after Game Six and said, "I can help you win a Championship. I play defense."

Yeah, THAT GUY!

So, the stars are aligned, dude.

You guys are walking into a buzz saw.

We're fricken ready.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba24 - Seeing as Fatty will be away from a good internet source for the next 10 days.....

I hearby authorize you to put Fatty on any and all bandwagons that put the Lakers in a positive light.

You also have my express permission to add phrases that denigrate the Celtics and describe them in less than honorable terms.

Signed,

Fatty - soon to be 'lost' in the Caribbean, but will be enjoying every minute of the Lakers march to Championship.

RED'S LOVE CHILD,

"Exactly how drunk was Lamar Odom to look at Khloe, and determine that she was a "10" at Two?"

I, to my shame or credit, have pretty simple and shallow aesthetic tastes when it comes to appreciating the beauty of women. I like women who look like thin, fit barbies and who are petite in size.

In my myriad of conversations with men on the subject, I have determined a well-concealed secret, something many a women will not believe: A large percentage of men have entirely different aesthetic tastes than I.

Ask Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Men are not all attracted to the aesthetic ideal pressed by Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Many have VERY different tastes.

And that's okay. Different strokes for the different folks, as they say.

So, in summary, shut the hell up about Lamar's wife! She makes him happy, okay?

And a happy Lamar Odom is a Kevin Garnett-Stopping-Machine!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I remember when I used to just choke the life out of the Celtics. I actually never understood why I got so much respect for doing the Celts in, I personally always felt they were a very overrated team. Clearly the Lakers were the dominant team of the 80s.

I can see these Celts pushing the Lakers to 7, but I think that's the best they can hope for. The Lakers can single cover every starter the Celts have except for Rondo, and I'm not sure Rondo can beat the Lakers by himself just by scoring. The Celts have no one that can check Kobe, they have no one that can Check Pau (please, don't say KG unless you're trying to get me to choke on my food).

The bottom line is that these Lakers are significantly better than the 2008 Lakers. They have Artest, and they have Bynum even if he is a little gimpy. Some people are saying that Artest isn't a big improvement over Ariza, but lets face it, for all practical purposes Ariza didn't play in 2008. So yeah Artest is a huge improvement over Walton and Vlad Rad. Clearly Bynum is a lot more physical than Gasol. With Bynum playing the 5, Gasol can move down to the 4 where he feels more comfortable and where he can easily deal with KG as opposed to getting beat on by Perkins.

Celts might be better than 2008 or they might not be, but whatever the difference is, it isn't significant.

Given that the Lakers took 2 games in 2008 and they didn't have home court, I'd have say the Lakers in 6 this year.

It's hard for me to believe that Celt fans are bringing up aesthetics. I mean come on, they've fielded some of the Ugliest teams the NBA has ever seen.

Plus I've been to New England, eesh! Khloe would be Helen of Troy in Boston.

Plus I've been to New England, eesh! Khloe would be Helen of Troy in Boston. Posted by: Mark G | June 02, 2010 at 12:26 PM
You are a cold man Mark...LMAOF!!!
Mamba24

MM or anyone on the blog, do you have a tally of all the predictions? It'd be interesting to see. From what I hear, most analysts are picking the Celtics in 6 or 7.

Good evening Laker Fam!

After an epically intense eating day, which will leave me allowed to eat just yoghurt and milkshakes for two days (ehi... You have no idea what my Grandma can cook) I write here a bit before relaxing in this National Holiday Time.

Before I forget, I wanna compliment Tom Daniels for that awesome insight on Sterner trashed love life and his attempt to cancel this Final in awe of his Bronnie (LOL): awesome writing. Really amusing.

Then I have to express my disappointment for not having been included in the niche of the Kobe Believer and utmost fanatics.
Wow! I thought I had GRADUATED there... apparently not? Well, tell me where do I have to apply, what kind of tricky fraternity/sorority tests do I have to pass, and whom I have to kill with a black mamba bite for being included in that niche, cos I DO BELONG there.

;)

About being at the Parade (which will be held), I hope to make it there, but if I will, it's gonna be 7 hours in LA and 16x2 hours of flight back and forth.
Pretty intense... but for Lakers this and more ;)

I wish I could be at one of the games like last year, but no way I can get the days of holidays I'd need for that this year.
SIGH.

Now let me say that I actually enjoy to have some Celtics fans writing here. Not those abusive, those thugs who show no respect for us; I'm talking about the equally passionate enemies that can talk basketball without being out of manners; those who can see this as the battle it is; those who are like us, those who like us love great bball, and that just happen to cheer the WRONG team (tease ;)..., well for us it is... but we are sunny and you are shady...).

It's funny that I love Green every way... but I hate Green in sport.

But even when I use the word "Hate", that is the peculiar sport hate. The one that is not like the hate the world shows way too often.

Sporty rivarly and hate is a specific and beautiful thing.
It's something that defines what we love by contrast. It's teh memory of a given pain, and the hope of causing one back in reward for our souls to heal.

It's yin and yang.

It's a perfect circle that needs to be exactly as it is to feel as good as it does.

We need Green Enemies to feel like the shining Purple and Gold better than in any other case.
And the same, no matter what they say values for them.

Rivarly in sport is beautiful.

It's a chess game played over firing tanks.

It's strategy, and disguise.

Sun Tsu would love Lakers VS Celtics.

I stand convinced we will win.
I loved this season when at certain points people were crying disgraces because I NEVER doubted we would have reached this Final. Never.

I surely do feel we will take this over. Suffering a lot. But I do sense we will.

Our team has matured a lot this year: you can read it in these days interviews. Pau feels he belongs to us finally. He reckons it (see the FIBA decision).
Lamar finally has learnt through pain he has to fight the "only playful" Lamar version and add some guts and some dedication always, even through pain; Drew has learnt to commit to us better, and Ron Ron is adorable and dangerous.

They are learning from Derek and Kobe what "don't stop believe" means.

No, I won't enter the Kobe chapter.
I just say I would love for just ONE hour in my life live into his life. What has to be to feel his driving will that overcomes injuries, trash talking, wishful thinking by his haters, and a plethora of bad eveniences to stay and renew himself, again, as THE GREATEST in this game.
Must be like having fire into veins. Cold flames made of magic.

Talking about Magic, today I saw him in NBA Fastbreak, mentioning "intangibles" as the X Factor in this series.

That is true.

In fact all the talks these days are just amusing fill ups that mean nothing.
Nothing, because when two champion teams face off (and none doubt or can take away the fact these two teams ARE full of champions, the best about it is that in any given moment something special and unexpected can happen.

It's intense because it's gonna be skilled AND forced.

And teh balance is thin.

That is exciting.

You can't predict. You can WISH. You can analyze while it happens, but nothing that has happened before has assurance to happen again.

It's about the motivation, the way the mix of the two teams will mash together, and the way the will is gonna be constantly pushed FURTHER than the one of your opponent.

And that's exactly why I am confident.

Our will MUST be more than theirs.

It's empathy that gives me a boost of confidence.

Because maybe, and I say just maybe, I have already been into Kobe's life for an hour, and then I have been Pau, Derek, Lamar, Ron, Drew and everyone wearing Purple and Gold (yes, I've been Ammo too... ;)) and I have FELT that they are ready.

Ready for that trophy.
Ready for our tears and smiles and screams and ready for our love and gratitude.
Ready to be again at Coliseum.

Ready.

They are.

I am.

Are you?

Later Laker Fam ;)

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PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY - LETS GO MEDIEVAL ON BOSTON – BANDWAGON
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In my mind's eye, both the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet together arrives. They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the misguided notion that they are also contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all of the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is all about Boston. It has always been about Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our respect...and our derision. @ FEARLESS
***************************
(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA - OWNER - I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..
(02) KOBESBAD-DRIVER - I am so damned pumped. Put me on the available bandwagons
(03) HALOS-ANT – RIDING SHOTGUN - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) # 4 - I'd like to hitch a ride on all 'hate Boston/Die Boston Die' bandwagons
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Boston, did not we tell you this day would come.? Well it is here
(06) MR.NANAO – SECURITY2 - No doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6.
(07) ROCKY 0- SEARGENT-AT-ARMS - I got my game face on already. Let's do this!
(08) BYNUM DUNKNASTY - watch out KG, here comes Bynum Dunknasty! Lakers in 5
(09) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - IT"S PAYBACK TIME and you know what they say about payback.
(10) MARK G - they say it's a dish best served cold, I guess this will have to do. The Wheelchair is going down. Luckily Peirce, Garnett, and Allen are all very used to getting knocked out of the playoffs. I doubt if losing in the Finals will be that difficult for them.
(11) EASTCOASTJESSIE
(12) JON K. - are you as excited as I am? Whenever I think about the game I get adrenaline shakes, I'm so excited. I can only imagine how Kobe and Thriller feels. I hope Bynum has grown up enough to play through his pain with confidence, purpose and dedication, because a big part of his problem has been his head, not his body. He's got to leave it all on the court this Finals. Everything.
13) VMAN - There will be some surprise as to how easy it was for the Lakers to win their second ring in a row and speculate how a 3 peat is on the horizon.
(14) FATTY – CRUISE DIRECTOR - Fatty - soon to be 'lost' in the Caribbean, but will be enjoying every minute of the Lakers march to Championship.

E, I think that's been the case. The Celtics are the predicted winners.

However, that's fine considering most of those know-it-alls picked the Lakers in 08. Its like the Sports Illustrated curse.

Andrew,

I can still shut you down.

E -

Does that mean we are the 'underdog' according to ESPN?

I like the sound of that......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcjOi_3H7gw

"Sun Tsu would love Lakers VS Celtics."

Sun Tsu not love Lakers VS Celtics. Sun Tsu love Celtics. Sun Tsu not loser.

The first game is key. Who ever wins the first game, wins the series.

Posted by: troy | June 02, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I totally agree, Troy. It's totally key. I say the Lakers have all the confidence to keep home court safe. And with Phil's ridiculously successful record of winning a series when they win the first game (what is it, like 45-0?) I like our chances.

I don't underestimate Boston. They're a good team. But we're not the Lakers of 2008. It's a more experienced team, one that plays together and works hard. I know those c fans love them some green, and I get that. And I get smack talk too, believe me. But I think this year it will be different. I see their focus, determination, commitment. I see how they're talking about the series. I know we have experience against them, and success in beating them since 2008. We swept them last year, I believe. We won the championship last year as well. We are the team to beat. We are the reigning champions. It will be a tough series, but for me, everything points to the Lakers taking it all.

Just to clarify the above post.

"But I think this year it will be different. I see their focus, determination, commitment. I see how they're talking about the series." I meant the LAKERS.

"I know we have experience against them, and success in beating them since 2008. We swept them last year, I believe." I meant the CELTICS.

That was confusing.

BLAH BLAH BLAH ....

LAKERS SWEEP THE CELTICS............

Hey Mamba,

You should put all these Celtic dudes trolling around here on the Payback Bandwagon with some good quote, you're great at coming up with something.
After all, it's OUR LAKERS blog!
They are here just to be disruptive and disrespectful of OUR team.
If they don't like it, they can go back to the wiener celtics blog.
Just do it.
Lakers take the first two at home and this is over.

"E, I think that's been the case. The Celtics are the predicted winners.

However, that's fine considering most of those know-it-alls picked the Lakers in 08. Its like the Sports Illustrated curse.

Posted by: #4 | June 02, 2010 at 12:33 PM"


Yeah, you're right. At the end of the day, it's just other folks' opinions. Biased or not.


*****************
"E -

Does that mean we are the 'underdog' according to ESPN?

I like the sound of that......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcjOi_3H7gw

Posted by: Fatty | June 02, 2010 at 12:42 PM "


Hah, awesome video. Thanks for sharing.

Funny how Sun Tzu (or Sun Tze) is posting when there was no such person, but a acutally a collection of thoughts from a number of military minds.

I know....its neither here nor there.

Put me in the PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY - LETS GO MEDIEVAL ON BOSTON – BANDWAGON
LAKERS in 4!!!!!! Pau will do just fine against KG!

Here are my comments to the NBA at, http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html. I have been a fan since 1960. Please be aware that in my opinion the league is poised for a class action suit if you continue to make rules and not enforce them at all , then not enforce the equally. PLEASE , PLEASE SAVE THE LEAGUE. How can you ignore the recent official corruption record and go on with business as usual. For years the NBA has lost many fans because the officiating make the games look totally FIXED. It gets worst every year. The Officials pick the winners in every game in the first two quarters with their choice of who they decide to call fouls on, thus we are not entertained. The Celtic and Garnett thing really pisses me off. If you look at the video, he throws TWO punches right in front of the referee. And all he got was an offensive foul! When you apply the rules so haphazardly and unfairly, you diminish the entire NBA product BRAND. I think all fans agree - we just want the games to be called fairly, equally. If they're going to let them play rough, then both sides need to be allowed to elbow and hack away. Can't let one side get away with everything and call touch fouls on the other team.

Kevin Garnett is a dirty player. The video of him punching Howard in the arms, TWICE, during game 6th last week is unbelievable! How could the officials miss that call? Offensive foul, It’s a terrible call and the NBA should review the tape and take appropriate actions otherwise the NBA would be viewed as bias. He should be suspense of his action.
The league must clean up its act

Here's a song list I've compiled as a gift to Lakers and Celtics fans, with references to either of the two teams or some of their star players:
http://musiclist4you.blogspot.com/2010/06/song-lyrics-about-la-lakers-and-boston.html

Your further input is most welcome.

Hi folks,
If you like to see the Goodyear blimp over the game and want to see more on modern airships try www.airshipblimp.com or if you have had a few post game beers already, then try www.airship.me for a helium sniffing laugh.
Regards Bond, James Bond from the Skyship blimp in A View to a Kill the last Roger Moore Bond film.

"The first game is key. Who ever wins the first game, wins the series.

Posted by: troy | June 02, 2010 at 11:08 AM"

I always say the first to get 3 wins takes it, it's a lot closer to the end.....I could go digging in stats but I got stuff to do, I think the first game could be a long way from the 7th game, say 2 teams play and they each take one on each other's home court, this applies to the 2-2-1-1-1 format as well as the 2-3-2 finals format....then it becomes a 3 game series...and in a 3 game series, I'd sure hate to go down in the first game.

To RLC: who posted back about Perkins....

"Baby is only 24, and looks are deceiving. He`s in much better condition than what appears.

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 02, 2010 at 12:03 PM"

Proof positive looks can be deceiving...and I suppose the same holds true for Glen Davis as well....All I can say is I bet if the Celtics win, when they visit the White House, Obama will definitely use the outdoor court because the Celtics would definitely kill the lawn.


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