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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 4 of Lakers-Celtics series

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers benefited from defense and the playing by guard Derek Fisher in the Lakers' Game 3 NBA Finals victory over the Boston Celtics.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Fisher's close relationship with Kobe Bryant benefits the team.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick focuses on the hoopla over officiating.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore pleads for Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to resign Fisher this offseason.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins highlights the relationship between Bryant and Fisher.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Lakers forwards Lamar Odom and Ron Artest must have huge nights in Game 4.

--Former Laker Rick Fox argues that people shouldn't be surprised with Fisher's heroics. He's done it time and time again throughout his career.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky has a detailed practice report.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Rob Mahoney wonders if the Lakers will play 1-2 pick-and-roll again.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues Ron Artest doesn't get enough credit for the job he's done on Paul Pierce.

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum shares memorable Lakers-Celtics tales.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Doc River's charge that Fisher is a flopper.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen notices a few trends in the first three games of the Finals.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton proposes that players call their own fouls.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller notices Lakers center Andrew Bynum loves Dunkin Donuts. Miller also tells the Lakers and Celtics to stop complaining about the officiating.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports rapper Beanie Sigel is a huge fan of Odom.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes the progress Bynum has made with his right knee injury .

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das wonders who will get in foul trouble in Game 4.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski credits Fisher's intangibles.

Celtics links

--The Times' Mark Heisler doesn't like how Boston's Big Three are playing.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes reports that the officiating has upset Boston's mayor.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow highlights the various viewpoints on instant replay. Benbow also mentions that Pierce won't give Artest credit for his poor shooting numbers.

--The Boston Herald's Ron Borges wants more from Pierce.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg explains why Pierce isn't concerned about his poor shooting numbers.

--The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper blames Lakers Coach Phil Jackson for increasing the attention and pressure on the officiating.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin wonders if Boston can still limit Bryant.

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence thinks the Celtics are delusional in not acknowledging Artest's defensive presence .

--ESPN Boston's Peter May believes Kendrick Perkins has gotten lost in the shuffle.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports Ray Allen has gotten more sleep, so he feels more rested for Game 4.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan believes Allen will work to correct his poor Game 3 performance.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen predicts that improved performances from Allen and Pierce won't be enough for the Celtics.

--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta could receive a fine from NBA after having a verbal confrontation with league commissioner David Stern.

Tweet of the Day: "Quote of the day from Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, verbally beating up Fisher: "Besides flopping, he doesn't do a lot extra." Ouch." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Fish's layup will be remembered as the turning point in the series. It began with on the sideline when he reminded everyone, "if I told you we'd be up at this point in the 4th quarter at the beginning of the game, how would you feel?" Also the moment another future head coach stepped into prime time." -- VMan

-- Mark Medina, in Boston

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, bottom, goes in for a dunk after getting past Boston's Kevin Garnett, left, Ray Allen, top right, and Paul Pierce during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on June 6, 2010. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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131 - it's me. For realzz. BUT I gotta say that when I was talking about "stupid trolls" I wasn't really including you, but hey - if you're feeling left out.... :)

hobbit - my dear, dear (BAD) hobbit.... Make sure you make a cameo on the chat tonight, ok?

Mark Geezy - just exactly how many groupy trolls of your own do you have??? LOL!


I had one... now I don't... I'm the one feeling left out :(

Doc Rivers giving bulletin-board material about Fish?

I guess he never learned his lesson about playing with fire...

REPOST (since I can't keep up with MM!)
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UTZWORLD'S WORD OF THE DAY: LOSS
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It is said that there are 5 stages of loss. Shock. Denial. Anger. Grief. Acceptance.
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Looking at this series, Boston is knee deep (no pun intended) in this cycle. Game 1 was Shock. Game 2 was Denial - the source of Paula Ironside's "We Ain't Comin Back To LA" comment. Game 3 was Denial transitioning into Anger - the source of Doc Rivers sending video of moving screens to the league, Ironside's diss of Ron Ron's D & Doc accusing D Fish of flopping.
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Tonight: EXPECT ANGER IN IT'S FULL FORCE. The forearm shivers to the back will be more forceful. The off the ball elbows to the ribs will be unleashed. Sheed will manifest himself as the psychotic, out of control animal we've always known him to be. Perkins will get that last Tech outta the way. Boston will be exposed for who they really are. Darn the lovey-dovey talk. We will (re)discover tonight that they are exactly who we thought they were!
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And we will prevail...transitioning the city of Boston into the next stage of Loss: GRIEF. The cascading shadow of sadness will blanket old Beantown like thermal underwear on a below zero day. Sheed may throw a towel at Tony Allen's face. Doc, Rondo & Ironside will sit in their postgame presss conferences bewildered and dumbfounded and wonder...WHY?
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They will take that sadness and deliver one last great game in Boston in Game 5 - a strength gathering gesture to be sure. They'll squeeze out an emotional victory and the trolls will be back beckoning us to REMEMBER THE RED SOX vs. YANKEES.
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And then we'll be back home. To bring the noise. To reign in a sea of Purple Thunder & Golden Lightning. We will play so skilled that the Bostonians will finally reach that final stage of Loss: ACCEPTANCE.
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They'll have the courage to own up to what everyone in the sports world already knows. We're better. We're stronger. We're the best!
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You see, that fateful summer of 2008 caused us to go through these stages of Loss ourselves. Defeat reveals character. Adversity breeds strength. In our darkest defeat in 2008, we emerged stronger in 2009. Now, in 2010, the last Troll will be extinguished. The naysayers will be silenced. We will remain on the mountaintop as champions. And Ironside, Rondo, Doc & the whole Greenie Weenie squad will have to accept that truth.
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LOSS. We manned up and accepted it. Boston hasn't. Probably never will. That's why we're the best!
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Game Day Prayer in 30 minutes...gotta focus on my day job for a bit!

What exactly is the phenomenon that causes a new thread to go up as soon as one posts something.. Is that your fault, Justa?

I'd like to think the Lakers are taking the Celtics for a little ride.. to a place
where the Celtics will get a glimpse of the disease in their character...
and just drive away and leave them there..

Lost a lot of respect for Doc Rivers. I didn't expect him to be so disrespectful of the Lakers and to become such a whiner. One definitely does not get the idea that the Celtics attribute their losses in this series to the Lakers, and hopefully that will serve as motivation for certain players who seem to need it (e.g., Lamar Odom).

Scary news about Bynum, though. Game 4 is probably not going to be called as tightly as the others (thanks to Rivers' whining) which would make it a more physical game. We'll need Drew if the game gets more physical, that's for sure. Moreover, Pau really needs to man up in game 4. We got away with a pretty weak performance from him in game 3.

lakeshow gonna whip dat a$$ and kobe will be crowned champion once again

JUSTA- You caught that huh?

Geez, even my hi tech security measures couldn't stop these !@#$s.

Yeah the comment at: "Posted by: Mark G ( I Feel Left Out) | June 10, 2010 at 10:15 AM"

WASN'T ME!

ALERT *** ALERT *** ALERT ***

[From Mike_Bresnahan via Twitter:]

Winds of change this morning regarding Andrew Bynum, whose knee is hurting. Will he play tonight? "I'm not positive about that," Phil J said .

[Posted: 10:25 a.m. PST]

Noah - yeah. It's either me or phred. BUT - we use our powers for good and it's ALWAYS ABOUT THE LOVE.


Dear God,

how about smiting some of these imposters?

*** ALERT *** ALERT *** ALERT ***

[From DuranLA via Twitter:]

Phil Jax "Bynum lil struggle this AM,didn't do anything on court, working therapy pretty mad house, he'll be game to try it out"

[Tweeted appx 10:30 a.m.]

MarkG, I'm on it. Commence smiting.

ok as long as it's about the love...

G So then you DON'T feel left out? I'm getting confused..
..and which enemy were you accused of hugging, or wasn't that you that was accused?

..and what's up GOD, you seem to be talking alot of X's and O's lately.
Like a mortal... or an IMPOSTER!

Wow, Drew really is going to do a Willis Reed.

Should we ask to borrow the magic Wheelchair?

Noah,

I do believe I stand accused of Troll Hugging, but no, I don't feel left out or jealous. The last time I was imposterized, he reposted a genuine post of mine but added a couple of lines. Clever bastard.

Please don't let God be an imposter, that could raise some serious philosophical questions, not for me obviously, but for a lot of people.

God,

I agree with you as to Rivers. It's unlike him to complain about the Refs, I too have lost a little respect for him. Where PJ is known for antics like this, from Doc it comes off as a little hypocritical.

I wonder if for the first time, the Celts are starting to believe that the Lakers are the better team and they're a little desperate. Or maybe they don't believe that the Lakers are better, and Doc is rationalizing by blaming the refs.

I was wondering, since you're omniscient, is it redundant to respond to your posts?

ooooooooooooooh I AM FEEEEEEEEEEEEEELING LOVEY-DOVEY

There really isn't much left for me to say. You guys are all saying most everything I'm thinking.

I'm hoping we win on their court and they leave not shaking our hands.

Thanks for clearing that up, if that was you clearing it up...

Question for the long middle of an enormous game day:

If Drew's knee could talk (like LeBron's talking elbow) what would it say?

lovey-dovey you sound just like your mama after she finished with my pole. Like mama like lovey-dovey. heh, heh, heh.

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laker fans...this is your enemy...destroy, destroy, destroy.

http://tinyurl.com/28vxbyf

LOVE IS ALIVE AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE..LOVE IS ALIVE AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE

MarkG, it isn't redundant at all. I'm everywhere, but that spreads me kinda thin so it is nice to have a place to come to focus on my first passion, the Lakers.

I think you are spot on about the root cause of Doc's crying. I think that it is starting to become evident that when the Lakers play smart (and hard) the Celtics simply cannot compete. They have no match for Bynum and Gasol, and our seven footers are dominating the middle in a way that no other Celtic opponent did or could. When you add in the best player in the game (sorry, Bron...) and a savvy veteran PG who doesn't shy away from big shots, I think the C's can see the writing on the wall.

In the end, it takes a confident man to stand up and credit his opponent. That's why Fish can be so complimentary of Ray Allen. The Celtics, by crying about officiating and attributing none of their failures to their opponent, are showing that they do not have the confidence to tip their cap to the Lakers. That lack of confidence is the surest sign that they will fold under pressure if the Lakers can again withstand the inevitable early game rush.

"131 and RLC were probably newbie Celtic fans who bought their first green jersey when Ainge signed the Big 3."---LakerTom

GrandpaTom...before undergoing your next hip replacement surgery, how about sharing with us a few more personal memories of Naisnith`s "peach basket days", or when you taped Wooden`s ankles during his big season at Purdue in `32?

If Drew's knee could talk (like LeBron's talking elbow) what would it say?

Posted by: Noah (as far as you know) | June 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM

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(With apologies to Rocky IV)
Drew's Knee: "Take it straight to him and be a rock infront of him, you understand? Be a rock infront of him, be strong alright, and take it to him! No pain."
Drew: "No pain."
Drew's Knee: "No pain."
Drew: "No pain."
Drew's Knee: No pain, alright let's do it!"

"GrandpaTom...before undergoing your next hip replacement surgery, how about sharing with us a few more personal memories of Naisnith`s "peach basket days", or when you taped Wooden`s ankles during his big season at Purdue in `32?

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD"

What's this? A Celtic fan trying to ridicule a long time Laker fan? Dude, take away ancient history and what do you have if you are a Celtic fan? Since 1970, your team is basically the equivalent of San Antonio Spurs.

Without Bynum! Perkins and KG will have a field day inside.


Paul, Allen and Rondo will attack the basket and open up their shooters.


Without Bynum Laker are in trouble.

no rebounds.....no ring....simple and plain.....control the boards = control the game....

Give Khloe Kardashian credit.

She set out to marry the richest/dumbest man she could find...and she succeeded!

Is that all you got left, Red? Bitter and looking to land a low blow already?
At least wait until you're eliminated...

The Celtics are an exceptional team. Don't count them out yet. In the series before this one, Cleveland was up 2-1. Now Labron is at home watching the finals on TV.

The Lakers will win, but not if they get cocky and over-confident. Look for Boston's A game tonight.

Good evening from rainy-hot-humid Milan, fellow Laker familiars :)

It took me almost one hour and half to read all that I had to and now I can more rationally (not really) speak bout the incoming Battle4.

It looks bad if we either miss Drew (who's been an untameable factor against Celtics so far) or have him not really there due to the injury. For how much it's gonna be bad for us, I say give him rest, and let's work with Lamar for tonight.

Lamar has yet to fully impact in this series, but on Game3 he gave us sign of a better committal attitude so we have to play the bold card there, let Drew rest and save him for Game5.

Look, I'm not playing down this game.

Contrariwise; this game is a huge risk for us: everything calls in for fierceness from the Green Enemies (btw... why the hewl trolls keep frolicking over here? Now we have trolls that even imitates the Celtics fans who have always held it classly over here even though they're our mortal enemies? *smh*...).

I don't see Allen being again a non factor (or a minus factor); I don't see KG disappearing back after one really good and liberating performance for him last game; I don't see Pierce give up... and I most definitely can already see Rondo flipping all over place with all he's got to take us: and guy has talent. And HUUUUUUGE hands and HUUUUGE arms.

Today we have a really big issue to work over.

Also because refs will be sectioned and put even more under pressure after they discomforted us in Game 2 and them in Game 3. (weather that is true or not).

Then there is the T Factor. Which is not the TD Banknorth crowd (yawwwwwn... really? That is supposed to be best loudly crowd? At least in LA I have courtside watch... For a football lover - soccer is not a word I'm gonna use from now on, sorry ;))- that is not really noise. That is medium backyard nuisance), it's the TIREDNESS factor.

Season has been long, and our team has never really got way to rest.

What happened in game 3 was also a clarity issue that was moving from essentially a lack of energies left.

Boston is a strong team and to keep it tamed we need always a great D (that is fundamental); but when we have great D we fatally miss some in O, as for composure, fast transitions, and rebounds (not to mention precision in shooting).

This will most likely repeat today.

It's not that Celtics are not affected by the same thing; but they have a bench that can make room for them so far better than our bench has for us.

I hope it's time to reverse also this faulty "tradition" just like we broke into Game3 one belonging to the homecourt advantaged.

What Game 3 has left in us is hopefully an even greater bonding as a team of amazing athlets who feels like a unit for real at the maximum stage.

I will wait for bigger days to detail what Derek reminded me of in sport legacy.
This guy made me CRY for his incredible heart and his marvelous attitude towards sport, life, mankind.

Sport teaches us that a perfectible version of ourselves is what we have always to look out for.

Derek reminded us all so well, and his teammates too.

Time to show again we learnt the lesson well and made it an inside push.

It's not gonna be easy.

I still see us in 6, not in 5, so at some point I wouldn't be shocked, nor let down by one more loss.

But of course, if here on that specific point, Lakers wanna prove me wrong... ehi! I'm all for it ;)

Catch you later in chat Laker Fam.

LLL.

Lotta (Laker) Love. ;)

God,

Take away "ancient history"...and the LA Lakers would not be able to claim Minneapolis` five championships, won during the prehistoric/pre-24 second clock era, as their own!

Doc needs to STFU!

He is trying to reduce the amount of fouls called because he knows his team is not as good as the lakers and they cannot win on skill alone. A good ploy that he learned from 10x champ PJ. If you rewatch Fisher's five majestic pick and roll drives, he was fouled on four of those plays. They only called one, which could have been a flagrant if you watch it objectively. Pierce flops, rondo flops, and red flops in his shallow grave.

Oh by the way, 92-131 and red loves child are TROLLS!

Our blog elders need to wake up and cast them from our good graces.

May the best team win.

What's this? A Celtic fan trying to ridicule a long time Laker fan? Dude, take away ancient history and what do you have if you are a Celtic fan? Since 1970, your team is basically the equivalent of San Antonio Spurs.

Posted by: God | June 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Spurs have a way better track record than the ceptics in recent memory.


Give Khloe Kardashian credit.

She set out to marry the richest/dumbest man she could find...and she succeeded!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Be nice to Seabiscuit. She's the polar opposite of Lamar - her output has by far exceeded her talent.

Drew aggravated his knee kicking Celtic booty.

For the Lakers to close this, Farmar & LO have to step up. 

Phil has been relying heavily on Kobe, Pau, and Drew, for good reason. But they're getting gassed and gimpy Drew has been playing way beyond expectations, something we can't depend on. The Cs starters are also logging heavy minutes. 

So the next game may come down to  a battle of the benches. This is where Farmar comes in. Unlike Brown, he has the skill. But in Game 3, we saw the worst of him: one-on-one overdribbling that resulted in a turnover or a bad, contested shot. 

Farmar needs to play WITHIN THE OFFENSE where his speed to the hoop and fresh legs can really make a difference. And it would be nice if LO could have at least ONE dominant game in this series, that we know he can have. Luke wasn't bad at all, and the offense seems to flow a lot better with him instead of Artest right now. I also think that Sasha may work in limited amounts. 

The point is, this is the Finals and everyone needs to step up. It can't be the starters carrying the whole game every time because they are playing a tough Celtics team that will wear them down.    

Red, the Minneapolis titles are about as relevant as the Celtic titles from an era when only 8 teams made the playoffs. In the modern age, like the last quarter century, no team has as many championships as the Lakers, and FIVE teams have more titles than the Celtics. It is no wonder you guys live in the past.

***repost from earlier thread***

Doc's still complaining about the refs/calls?

Doc and the Celtics are like an elementary school bully...they're all big and bad until somebody pushes back or pops them in the mouth, then they go runnin' like little b*tches to try and tell on someone. Sit down and shut up, Glenn.

Hey Snaquille, the Minn/LA Lakers would be down 2-1 or 3-0 if it weren't for preferential treatment from the refs. I reviewed the 1st quarter of game 3 where there were enough bad calls to swing that whole game. That's OK though it happened tu the Celtics versus Orlando, the Cav's and in 2008, the Lakers. The Celtics can work through this.

Forget the refs. It's up to the Lakers to keep this game out of the hands of the referees.

Forget the crowd. It's up to the Lakers to silence them early and often, to nullify every home team run.

Forget the series advantage. It doesn't matter that it's 2-1. This is the only game that counts. If you don't have to go back to LA, all the better.

Remember to fight over every screen, unless it's Rondo.

Remember to contest every jump shot, period.

Remember to make sharp cuts, move the ball quickly, and focus on the weak side.

Remember to post up early and often.

Remember what it felt like to lose on that ugly parquet court two years ago, and don't let it happen tonight.

Remember that the Lakers are the reigning champions.

Go Lake Show!

Celtics Ken, if you aren't living in the past, you are complaining about one-sided officiating. That's just laughable. The number of blown calls (or non-calls) in this series is incredible, but to think that it is one-sided is beyond absurd.

Whether it is Rondo fouling Odom on a play that results in ball out of bounds for Boston, or KG OBVIOUSLY knocking it out of bounds in game 2 (with under 2 minutes in a 3 point game...) that is reviewed and still given to the C's, or Kobe's 5 fouls in game 2, or LO's foul trouble in 3 straight games, or Artest picking up 2 quick fouls in game 3, or any number of illegal Boston screens (I know, you guys call that "defense") that aren't called, the story is the same. The officiating sucks, and it sucks both ways.

Perhaps instead of crying about it, your guys should sack up and take lessons from Derek Fisher. You might remember him as the single best player on the floor in the fourth quarter of the last game. A quarter he played while being saddled with 5 fouls....

Losers always blame the refs, it's their battle cry: "The Refs did it." Gimme a break Celtic homers, you're team just ain't good enough.

Don't worry, I heard Stern will let you keep the Trophy from 2008.*

Wow, lots happening on the blog front today. Nothing insightful from me today, just a couple thoughts and a little love to spread.

Derek Fisher is among a long list of truly great Laker role players. With all of the greats we have had there is just no room to retire all their jerseys. If anyone deserves it though it's Fish. I really hope the Lakers break the trend and retire his jersey.

What's with all the people lately coming at mamba24? What are doing looking for the nicest guy and assuming he's also weak? Man get that crap outta here, even if mamba wouldn't defend himself we all would have his back!

I gotta say this is the absolute best place to come for laker news. Not only do I get updated on what's going on, but I also get lessons on bball from some of the smartest people I've met. Even if I don't always agree with everyone you guys know your stuff. I absolutely love reading what you guys have to say and learning something at the same time.

Mark G, your parenthesis had me cracking up today! Funny stuff, too bad it's the result of people coming on here and trying to cause discord.

LAKERS ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!
2010 NBA CHAMPS!!!!

Troy B.

Rule#7

TY, bro, sometimes humor is all I have to offer.

I'm here till Tuesday, try the veal.

For all those dumb Celtic trolls read and learn


Take any typical basketball team, for example LA LAKERS

LA is the prefix. The prefix tells which city the team is based. The suffix ,'LAKERS' tell you the name of the actual team. So when an owner buys a team, they are buying the rights to the name of the team and buying the actual city!!!!

Hence when Minneapolis LAKERS moved to LA the became the LA LAKERS. Buss bought rights to the LAKER team franchise.

I hope this English lesson has helped you dumb Celtic trolls to understand how a team move form on city to another and still maintain its history.


Aaaaarrrrhhh!!!


Angry_Laker

For all those dumb Celtic trolls read and learn


Take any typical basketball team, eg LA LAKERS

LA is the prefix. The prefix tells which city the team is based. The suffix ,'LAKERS' tell you the name of the actual team. So when an owner buys a team, they are buying the rights to the name of the team and not buying the actual city!!!!

Hence when Minneapolis LAKERS moved to LA the became the LA LAKERS. Buss bought rights to the LAKER team franchise.

I hope this English lesson has helped you dumb Celtic trolls to understand how a team move form on city to another and still maintain its history.


Aaaaarrrrhhh!!!


Angry_Laker

Everyone needs to check out this photo-article from Jeff Miller that is linked up top "-The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller notices Lakers center Andrew Bynum loves Dunkin Donuts", if you havent done so already.
http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bynum-252682-doughnuts-nba.html
Freakin classic: "This statue honors Paul Pierce. It's a man looking toward the heavens...for a foul call."
BTW did you all know that if we ignore the trolls they will go away?

The photo above rocks! keep it up LA Times...

what is your idea of FUN? check it, real Fun starts at School
http://euts.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/fun-starts-at-school-my-idea-of-fun/

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LAKERS vs. CELTICS - THE FINAL PAYBACK, ARMAGEDON HAS ARRIVED - BANDWAGON
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(00) JON K. - OWNER – Mike T will you apologize when the Lakers destroy the Celtics? Bring on the Celtics!
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(02) FATTY - RIDING SHOTGUN - Roses are Red Violets are Blue Lakers to the Celtics
(03) ZairaAmaterasu - ENFORCER/BLOG GODDESS - To have BSPN keeping playing Lakers out is just a point in favour AND a point of honour. Those are the same fools predicting Crabs unbeatable and the glory of the Biggest Loser of all time. They simply are delusional and so out, out, OUT of reality ;) Just saying. 2010 it's revenge year. Such a sweet, tasty, awesome year for us ;) I can feel it, coming in the air of night... ;) It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further. Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work. But it's not miracle. As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways. That trials create the best bet possible after. Fatty - Let the war begin. First on the blogs, then on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmS_IGw_s4&feature=related
(04) #4 – CARETAKER OF DYNASTY 4 -Nice of the Celtics to show up. Shortened the interval down from 22 years this time, eh? Nothing's bitter when you're the reigning champs. Welcome challengers, lol.
(05) MR.NANO – PATH FINDER - Only a few thoughts: 1- I've said it: Lakers in 6. Sorry stevie, i've told you.2- We haven't won anything -real- yet. 3- Slovenian players are anoying even between them.
4- Lakers v/s C's, Lakers in 6 (although, they can win in 5). Now: THE PAYBACKI hope our players came to the blog to sneak a peek. I hope our players have the 131-92 video in all their electronic devices, just to remember. I hope our players change their ringtones to "Beat LA!"
I hope our players changing room papered with that 2008 finals (like Farmar did with Morrison, but with real effects). I hope that a green 2008 champions watch our team practices from now on.
I hope they remember, because we remember. Now only the glory is enough!! We will prevail!!
For the championship: GO LAKERS!!!!!!
(06) ADRIAN PALOMAR - RIDING SHOTGUN2
(07) XYZ – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I watched the trophy presentation and the team looks like it's very focused and ready to go against the celts.......Phil said that they are looking forward to this series with great intensity........what a great line.......coop even chimed in, saying "Boston, u wanted us.....we're coming for u".......and if u saw magic's commentary on espn, u can see that the old competitive juice started flowing within him........as a die hard laker fan, I'm all lathered up and ready for this classic finals matchup......
(08) FEARLESS - SECURITY -
(09) 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!
(10) BABY OUTLAW - SECURITY IN TRAINING – You Heard Dad!
(11) WES JOE NIXON - MORALE OFFICER - Someone must have given this speech last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYzt1ao81jU
(12) 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!
(13) JOHNNYP – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 1 OF FINALS - WE AARE GOIN' TO THE FINALS!!! OUR DYNASTY IS CEMENTED. 3 out of 4 years !! HOW GOOD IS THAT??? WHOOOOPIE !!!
(14) VMAN – THE TERMINATOR - THe coming war is the reason Ron Artest is a Laker. His basketball career was aimed at this purpose. Pierce is about to visit Ron's park, where it's hard to breath and legs are heavy. Just 4 mo' blog bros.
(15) BRONXLAKERFAN – REFEREE - Art-FL Lakers Fan....Kudos, my friend. That adaptation of "Casey at the Bat" was clever and extremely well done. I'm printing it to save as a memento of the Laker's 2010 playoff run which will hopefully end with the C'ship. Thanks!
(16) Nemaia Faletogo - LAKERS IN 6
(17) LAKERFANIN OKC - DIRECTOR OF WIN #2 FINALS -
(18) RICK FRIEDMAN - Michael Jordan was the NBA's White Knight, whose glorious journey put the sport on the map. Kobe Bryant is its Dark Knight, who takes wonderment to its most breathtaking and leaves us gasping while moaning for more. Kobe Bryant. Laker. Greatest of All Time. Ever!
(19) YELLOW FEVER - COACH -
(20) Ruud van Nistelrooy - STATISTICIAN –
(21) Nemaia Faletogo – Lakers in 6 Nuff Said!
(22) CARLOS DEEP – Make room for me. I BELIEVE THEY WILL DESTROY THE CELTICS AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAVES FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES – BANDWAGON The Celtics may be good but LAKERS are the defending Champions and are ready to defend home court and their rightful place as reigning Champions. Bring it on! LAKERS in 6
(23) HUGO BOSS - We'll, we made it to the Finals and that's great. Time to celebrate with a bar-be-que in the summer day and a few bevarages of my choice.
(24) WALLACE - You know that I'm good for Jon K's bandwagon!!! It's payback time! I agree with Red that "enuf said" on the topics and let's focus on the game itself instead of spitting poison at one another. It's the NBA Finals in heaven. Good against Evil! Two best NBA franchises are at in the Finals once again. But this time, we will WIN!!! It won't be easy. The Celtics has a good coach in Doc Rivers & a great defensive guru in Thibodeau. We have the Zen Master & the best player in the NBA period, Kobe - The Black Mamba! It's a NBA version of "Clash of the Titians!" Lakers in 7!!! It will be a classic!!
(25) EJK - While sweeping Boston would be nice, I kinda want the Lakers to celebrate winning the championship at Staples. First, Boston fans take after KG, so they're generally a low-class, vile bunch whose capable of despicable things. Second, it's been 10 long years since we've won the championship at home...there's something special about winning it in front of your home crowd.
(26) ART-FL LAKER FAN - BLOG POET LAURETE
(27) SHE-KOBE - HELLO GUYS, REVENGE, REVENGE=LAKERS IN 6, Don't worry, our team will be CHAMPION this year period. Kobe knows best and he will motivate the rest of the team to keep their focus for that challenge against the Celtics.2010 is our destiny & nothing & nobody can take it from us.
(28) D(EREK) J(ETER) - If I am not too late for the Laker Bandwagon, put me on board! do think it's funny about all this sweep talk on either side. I think it will be 6 or 7. Of course I am with the Lakers. I thought Suns would lose to us in 7, but 6 was much nicer!
(29) 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!!!!
(30) TIM-4-SHOW - No Mercy. Back2Back Payback! YEAH!! A few weeks ago I pondered if we would see more of the former Kobe or more of the struggling Kobe. Three weeks later and Kobe has most definitely answered it. Not only is he himself again, but he's currently putting together one of the most impressive playoff runs in the history of basketball. Should he pull this off in the next round, what you have just witnessed has been nothing short of spectacular. Mbenga on Perkins would be AWESOME If they want to get rough, put in the black belt that defied death. LOLOLOLOLThis is going to be epic great. I truly believe you're witnessing the crowning achievement of Kobe and the Lakers.
(31) RDLEE – MERCY DISPENSER - 12 down, 4 to go. No mercy!
(32) DWNTWN ATTY - As we all know, the real question is whether the Celtics' defense will be stiff enough to hold us back. I'm think it won't be, but our bigs will need to come out angry and determined -- our shooters hitting shots. and Kobe -- well we know Kobe is going to show up! that was a kobe performance for the vault. Close out game, closeout shots. No chance was Kobe going to lose this game.
(33) New Mexico Laker lifer - Lighten up and enjoy the JOURNEY. Lakers in 6
(34) RON – I still remember clearly the pain and anguish of the 39 pt drubbing like yesterday and have always dreamed of the day when we would face Boston again. "If only" we had homecourt two years ago I was thinking...well we have it now....and now it's nervous time. The key is to contain Rondo and Pierce. For all those people who criticized getting Artest over Ariza, this is why we made the move! Pierce was able to dominate Orlando because no one could guard him--he won't have that luxury this time around. But the biggest key will be if Pau and Lamar show up big in this series. Bynum is the big question mark but his presence alone in the middle already helps the Lakers out tremendously. Kobe will have a much more difficult time against the Celtics' defense, but he will be clutch when it matters, you can bet on that. It is time to exorcise those demons once and for all and to rid ourselves of this lingering ghost once and for all. If the Lakers are to win back-to-back titles, who better to defeat than the Boston Celtics? We hate the Celtics with a passion and winning it all against Boston will be the sweetest thing since '85. 'Nuff said.
(35) ALLNET - Remember when, after the game 6 loss to the Celtics in the ’08 Finals, Artest got into the Lakers’ locker room and made his way over to the showering Kobe? Recall what Artest reportedly said? “I want to come help you. If I can, I’m gonna find a way to come to L.A. and help you win the title.” Well, Ron-Ron, your big chance is about to arrive. And against that same evil nemesis, the Celts. May your words – and the defense to back them – prove ever true!
(36) LAKERTOM - Once again, my prediction is the Lakers to win in 6 games, taking the first 2 at home, 1 of 3 in Boston, and then closing out the Celtics in Game 6 in LA. That’ll set the stage to win our 17th title in 2011.
(37) LAKERMIKE - This single point of maturity is in my opinion a VERY significant element in The Finals. It would seem to be a low-risk prediction to say that at least once a big lead will be lost in the end, with either Celtics or Lakers grabbing a great come-from-behind victory. I like what I have seen. I am anxious for that series-determining comeback game to unfold!
(38) TOM DANIELS
(39) FAITH
(40) LAKERGURL(THE ONE AND ONLY)
(41) PSYCHED-LAKERGIRL
(42) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE/JUROR/EXECUTIONER - If you want to be identified with the winner, come to the Los Angeles Lakers, home of the brave and beautiful people. We don't need to yell "beat Celtics" or "beat Boston", your team looks like a beaten Goliath as Big Baby stumbles and dazed in the extended games of the season.
(43) EASTCOASTJESSIE – TEAM LAWYER
(44) MAMBA24 – I RIDE WITH THE PRINCESS
(45) ICELAKER - 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.
(46) 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.
(47) 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 4!!!
(48) LAKERS RULE(AMIT)
(49) PHRED
(50) JAC - The most arrogant, narcissistic franchise ever. They refuse to give ANYONE credit but themselves. Even when they lose, they act like they won. I don't understand how anyone can liek their franchise. All I want to do is own them and celebrate in front of them ON their home floor ( or ours). I'm disgusted by them. I don't understand how the media can go from saying they will be eliminated, to crowning them the champs. Lets face it, they are a bunch of babies whose prime is over. They will not be the 10 champs, and I hope they never get close to a championship again!
(51) KEIFO –
(52) 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.
(53) WINTON DUPREE - What's better than the NBA2K10 championship? The real NBA 2010 championship, and not only will we get this one, we will pass the next one as well. We are living in great times Laker fans. Enjoy!
(54) JOE CORAD - I rather see the Lakers Hoist the Hearts of the celtic team than the trophy, lol. Actually i take it back, i want to see the Lakers hoisting the trophy while stomping on the hearts of the Celtics.
(55) 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!
(56) Nop BKK 10122 - Dumb simulation...you will find out later...Lakers in 5... 3 NBA final in 3 years with 2 championship...hey Mr.Simulation...what is the prediction of 2011 NBA Final ??? uhhh...
(57) LEFRAUDS ELBOW - Thursday can't come soon enough. Revenge will be sweet.
(58) WILLIAM WALLACE - NBA 2K9 Simulation predicted that the Magic would win last year in 5 games so the fact that they predict the Celtics this year is probably a good thing for Laker fans.
(59) STEFAN MARTIN –
(60) BAJO - A couple of thoughts regarding mental toughness between the last series and this one: Celtics do not have Posey and House, who were really tough off the bench in that series, which is a loss. Lakers have Artest as starter in place of Radmanovic, which is an uptick. Lakers have home court advantage. So I am thinking that if mental toughness was an advantage for Boston last time, it is not so this time
(61) 2PHATT - This series will not be a cakewalk, all hands on deck CANDY MAN, THRILLER and the BEAST BYNUM (no more excuses). All I want to see is @zz and elbows, FOCUS, DEFENSE and more DEFENSE, the evil one's will try to intimidate and PUNK us with their physical play. Repeat after me" WE WILL NOT BE MOVED, FORCE WITH FORCE". The X FACTORS, the bench needs to bring it every game on the defensive side with some timely offense. PREDICTION- LAKERS IN 7 (P.S. I hope the parade routs the same, I had great seats.) Gooooo LAKERS
(62) LAKEERSRYDEORDIE - If we beyotch slap them on the boards -- we will bust their ass! Believe that. Lakers all the way baybee --- otherwise DIE!
(63) LEONARDBAST78 - Let's Go Lakers! Bring that Championship home! (kobe puppet to Lebron puppet, "Hey Lebron, have you seen my 5 championship rings?")
(64) LAKERTRUHT - 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!
(65) Rule #7 (The Weapon) - Yo, can I get a ride on that payback bandwagon? Revenge sure is sweet ain't it.

Mamba: If ANYONE needs to be on the Big Payback Bandwagon, it's me. I believe I was the one who first called this series ARMAGEDDON 12.0.

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LAKERS vs. CELTICS - THE FINAL PAYBACK, ARMAGEDON HAS ARRIVED - BANDWAGON
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(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CO/OWNER - You see, that fateful summer of 2008 caused us to go through these stages of Loss ourselves. Defeat reveals character. Adversity breeds strength. In our darkest defeat in 2008, we emerged stronger in 2009. Now, in 2010, the last Troll will be extinguished. The naysayers will be silenced. We will remain on the mountaintop as champions. And Ironside, Rondo, Doc & the whole Greenie Weenie squad will have to accept that truth. LOSS. We manned up and accepted it. Boston hasn't. Probably never will. That's why we're the best!
(00) JON K. - OWNER – Mike T will you apologize when the Lakers destroy the Celtics? Bring on the Celtics!
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(02) FATTY - RIDING SHOTGUN - Roses are Red Violets are Blue Lakers to the Celtics
(03) ZairaAmaterasu - ENFORCER/BLOG GODDESS - To have BSPN keeping playing Lakers out is just a point in favour AND a point of honour. Those are the same fools predicting Crabs unbeatable and the glory of the Biggest Loser of all time. They simply are delusional and so out, out, OUT of reality ;) Just saying. 2010 it's revenge year. Such a sweet, tasty, awesome year for us ;) I can feel it, coming in the air of night... ;) It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further. Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work. But it's not miracle. As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways. That trials create the best bet possible after. Fatty - Let the war begin. First on the blogs, then on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmS_IGw_s4&feature=related




(65) KOBESBAD - put me on the DFish forever Bandy...every person who ever said anything bad about him needs to apologize NOW! what a great playoff run and way to win a game by yourself D
(66) LAKERSRYDEORDIE - Kobe is MVP -- Fish doesn't get those looks if Boston is not so hell-bent on jocking Kobe's strap all game. You can talk about percentages but the manner in which Kobe scores is amazing in itself, the timing of the baskets, I can go on but I digress. Kobe is MVP but the team is Co-MVP...Hopefully we can win out and celebrate on their court, that would be LOVE!
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