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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 98-91 victory over Chicago Bulls

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits the Lakers' depth for their 98-91 victory Tuesday over the Chicago Bulls.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details Kobe Bryant's presence in the Lakers' victory.

--The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson has an interesting nugget in which Shannon Brown claims not to remember whether the Bulls showed any interest in him this off-season.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen credits the efforts of the Lakers' bench.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers survived Derrick Rose's impressive play.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan and Broderick Turner highlights Phil Jackson's belief that Miami will fire Coach Erik Spoelstra if the Heat doesn't turn things around.

--The Chicago Tribune's Johnson reflects on Jackson's first championship with the Bulls.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen also focuses on the Heat's struggles.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus breaks down the Lakers' victory.

The Daily Breeze's Teaford looks at the pressure Miami is facing.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on Steve Blake's fourth-quarter heroics.

--ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz reports that Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy has taken offense to Jackson's comments about Miami.

--ESPN.com's Maurice Brooks lists Bryant as the leader on the latest league MVP tracker.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe wonders whether Brown will be tempted to opt out of his contract after this season considering how well he's been playing.

--AOL Fanhouse's Brett Pollakoff lists the Lakers at the top of his power rankings.

Columns

---The Times' Mark Heisler looks at how the death of a 2-year-old boy at Sunday's Lakers game puts things into perspective.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick details a touching story on former Laker Trevor Ariza on why the recent tragedy at Staples Center hits close to home.

--The Orange County Register's Ding explains how Bryant's leadership has elevated the rest of the team.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz looks at how the Lakers have avoided the kind of drama Miami is facing.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer looks at how close Chicago came to beating the Lakers.

--ESPN.com's Nick Friedell examines how Brown's performance undercut the Bulls' effort.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin cites 10 things from the Lakers-Bulls game.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights the key parts of the Lakers' win in a running diary.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid credits the Killer B's.

Tweet of the Day: "The Nickname Winner is..@chris_Loves_LA with The "Rim Reaper" & he will join me on Dec.5 @ Westfield Mall-M.O.M at 3pm. Come by Meet & greet" -- ShannonBrown (Lakers guard Shannon Brown)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Enjoyed the win. Not worried about Gasol's 'bad' game at all. Chicago did a good job defensively on him. With Bynum in the lineup, there is no way they are that succesful. Gasol did appear a bit tired, maybe the long minutes are catching up to him" -- Laker J

-- Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Kobe Bryant takes on the defense of Chicago's Luol Deng and Joakim Noah during Tuesday night's Lakers victory. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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YES!!! I STILL HAVE THE POWER!!!

RCOTD = LAKERJ = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!! KUDOS!!!

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bryant-277484-brown-jackson.html

outstanding article and also details why the Lakers are still Kobe's team.

Sorry Ricky. lol

Why with 63Footer entertaining his actress friend from Paris, and some of the better bloggers taking the morning off, this just fell on my lap. But thank you anyway, and thanks to MM for recognizing talented writing when he sees it. I can relate to the Killer B's, it's fun coming off the bench and contribute when given the opportunity. LOL!

Derek Fisher is shooting 54.8% from downtown; his 8.3 ppg is up from last year. He's averaging more assists and is shooting 88.5% from the free throw line this season. Last night, he did have his first poor offensive performance in awhile, but that was only because his shot was off. He did other very smart things on the floor.

2) His defense has been stellar. He was assigned to the 6'8" Luol Deng for the most part last night, not Derrick Rose, who is burning the rest of the NBA for 25 ppg. Deng had a quiet 13 point night on 5-13 shooting. Fish was very physical with him and frustrated him. Remember, in the NBA it is TEAM defense that wins games and Derek Fisher knows where to be, how to communicate and how to lead on defense. It's a definite factor in the Lakers' success.

3) Why would anyone want to alter the chemistry of Company B? Blake, Barnes and Brown are developing a chemistry that has this bench on pace to be one of the greatest in NBA history.

4) Kobefan in Cupertino - there are Lakers fans in mass numbers who feel the way you do about Derek Fisher. Out of curiosity how many years have you been saying the same things about him? How did you feel when he came back to the Lakers in 2007?


Posted by: KobeMVP888

Quit reciting stats !! Watch the game !! He could barely get his shot off last night and was blocked 3 times in the game. He was guarding Rose if you call it that more than Deng in the game but didn't have a prayer of staying with him.
If you think you are some huge basketball expert please run a Tivo and watch the game !!!!

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bryant-277484-brown-jackson.html outstanding article and also details why the Lakers are still Kobe's team. Sorry Ricky. lol Posted by: hobbitmage | November 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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Good article HobbitMage Thanks!

mamba24,

Please find me a seat on the Bandwagons, thanks! An unhealthy Laker fan is not good. J, you are in our prayers, just get well soon!

There's one reason for Miami's struggles and one reason alone: Voodoo Curse.
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http://cincinnati.com/blogs/noreally/2010/10/26/mess-with-cleveland-lebron-get-a-voodoo-curse-on-your-head/
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And everyone knows that voodoo curses work best near swampland.
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It's just the way it is.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!!

mamaba24,

You are the one, but keep in mind, in my world it's Red Sox Nation, but it's Yankee Universe! Nation seems to have a limit, whereas Universe goes on and on and....

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GET WELL SOON JUSTALAKERFAN – BANDWAGON
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Thank you for the kind words. I'm better but not out of the woods. I am leveling off but I know
I will get worse before I get better. I don't want to put my business out here but I am waiting for
transplant. I had recently had a PlereX catherter (sp?) put in my chest to drain fluids from my
lungs as I was literally drowning in my own blood. The stress of my health was getting unbearable
for Mrs Justa taking on so much more for the family. My improvement has helped that situation
down. I have been reading the blog but have not input as I needed to focus on health and family.
I will stop by periodically to throw my 2 cents worth of opinions and will remain part timer for a
while longer. Again thanks for the kind thoughts and is much appreciated. Posted by:
JustaLakerFan | November 23, 2010 at 04:02 PM
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To all Laker fam, Again thank you for your kind words and thoughts,and prayers. My heart is filled
and touched. I am a fighter and will not languish but fight on. My thoughts are with you all as well
and I will stop by now and then but I will read to keep up to date. God Bless you all as I can have
no better 2nd family. Posted by: JustaLakerFan | November 23, 2010 at 04:50 PM
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - justa... from 1 to another.... OMG - I had no idea you
were in such bad shape. I sincerely hope that everything goes well - and quickly. I hate the thought of
you languishing while waiting for a transplant. That can't be easy for any of you. Best wishes, thoughts
& prayers to you & yours, my friend. Take care of yourself & your loved ones. We'll hold down the fort
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER - Take care of yourself my brother, The Blog needs you. My prayers for
you and your family.
(03) ZAIRA AMATERASU – GODDESS - I wanna send my sympathy and full support to
JustaLakerFan We share your task of heaviness. With love and genuine care.
(04) CYBERCOSMIX - JustaLakerFan: Health issues are bad enough, but combined with family crisis
that is a tough thing. Hang in there bro!!!
(05) LROB - JustaLakerFan - - I will certainly say a prayer for year. May God strengthen you doing
these difficult times. I had no idea, but did miss your presence cause of your evening jam sessions.
(06) CALIPHILOSOPHER - JustaLakerFan - I didn't know you weren't feeling well. I hope things get
much better for you real soon.
(07) LEWSTERS - JustaLakerFan - Stay strong bro...keep the faith...I hope things turn around for you...
(08) 63 FOOTER - JustaLakerFan - best thoughts and good wishes to you. And, of course, Lakers
winning is never bad to take your mind off things. Feel better.
(09) LAKERTOM - JUSTALAKERAN… Man, sorry to hear about your health issues. We’ll definitely
keep you in our prayers. Got to be tough waiting for a transplant. Keep your spirits up. Glad your family and Mrs. Justa are there for you. These are the times when love of friends and family are most important. Get well.
(10) MUD - JustaLakerFan-i'm really sorry to hear about your health! all the best wishes from me...
(11) 2PHATT - JustaLakerFan, my prayers are for you to have a quick recovery.
(12) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Please find me a seat on the Bandwagons, thanks! An unhealthy Laker fan is not good. J, you are in our prayers, just get well soon!

MM,

You do a super job with all you do, really appreciate your work, thanks!

There's one reason for Miami's struggles and one reason alone: Voodoo Curse. http://cincinnati.com/blogs/noreally/2010/10/26/mess-with-cleveland-lebron-get-a-voodoo-curse-on-your-head/
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And everyone knows that voodoo curses work best near swampland. It's just the way it is.
Posted by: Jon K. | November 24, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!! Way to go Jon K.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MM, You do a super job with all you do, really appreciate your work, thanks! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | November 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM
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No doubt about it! I second that comment!!!

BENCH BETTER THA STARTERS, sometimes like last night.


If Bynum comes back and does not start the bench could be as good as the starting five.


THE STARTERS Gasol/Odom/Artest/Bryant/Fisher.


Actually only two starters finsih the game last night and it was Blake,Brown, and Barnes came up big in the 4th quarter to win the game.


THE BENCH Bynum/Caracter/Barnes/Brown/Blake


It also seems the BENCH has a frontline of Bynum/Caracter/Barnes that could be much TOUGHER defending the rim than the starting frontline.


When you combine the starters and the bench, it really is a ONE HELL OF A TEAM, LAKERS are going to be VERY DOMINANT this season.


The more BYNUM/CARACTER and Ebanks get better, the LAKERS ARE JUST GOING TO BE TOUGHER. Pau Gasol, last night reminded me of the 2008 Finals and that was just Joakim Noah, just playing legit defense and hazzle, not being tough, dirty or bullying like Perkins/KG and now Shaq...


Caracter is a STRONG GUY in the paint, he pushes big guys all the time for rebounds and he does it naturally and does even get any calls. It is like everything I ever wanted KWAME BROWN to be, including strong hands and soft finish.





@Laker J - congrats on your RCOTD. Well deserved.

But if they hold a Chat and there's no Justanothermambafan there did the Chat really happen? Hmmm!
Posted by: mamba24 | November 24, 2010 at 11:38 AM

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Absolutely NOT!

The savy veterans..


Gasol/Odom/Artest/Barnes/Kobe/Blake/Fisher


The talented youth...


Bynum/Caracter/Ebanks/Brown


11 DEEEEEEEEEP!

It's amazing to think that this team has improved in almost EVERY position:

- Luke / Barnes - from a slow, mentally and physically fragile defensive liability who is too scared to shoot wide open jumpers, to a borderline starter who does everything Luke cannot do - spread the floor, play defense, grab offensive boards, run the fast break, provide energy and toughness. Oh, and Barnes is a pretty darn good passer with a high basketball IQ to boot.

- Farmar / Blake - from a mentally fragile ballhog with a low basketball IQ to an intelligent true PG who organizes the offense, makes the right decisions, and is already developing a clutch reputation in the early going.

- Lamar / Lamar - from a guy who is rarely in shape to start the season to a player who is already in midseason form.

- Shannon / Shannon - from a guy who overdribbled and made poor decisions to a clutch outside shooting threat that Kobe (and the coaching staff) trusts in crunchtime.

- Fish / Fish - from a player who could not hit an open jumper or an open layup (in the reg season) to a player shooting over 50% from behind the arc.

- Pau has also improved. Kobe will be better this year without the knee isssues (knock on wood), and Artest will be more comfortable in the offense once he gets healthy. The only area this team has NOT improved is the backup center position, which should be addressed in the next few days. It's remarkable that the BENCH players on this team are better than the starters from the Smush/Kwame/Luke/Cook era. This team has come a long way.

But if they hold a Chat and there's no Justanothermambafan there did the Chat really happen? Hmmm! Posted by: mamba24 | November 24, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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Absolutely NOT! Posted by: LRob | November 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM
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LOL, Stop that the woman is powerful enough already!! No one, not even a Fabulous Justanothermambafan should have that much power!!

Hey guys I'm actually going to have a chat up at 1 because I need to head out by 1:45 for an assignment. See you then

Have a good Holiday MM! Thanks for everything!!!!!!!!

Quit reciting stats !! Watch the game !! He could barely get his shot off last night and was blocked 3 times in the game. He was guarding Rose if you call it that more than Deng in the game but didn't have a prayer of staying with him.
If you think you are some huge basketball expert please run a Tivo and watch the game !!!!

Posted by: S Perkins | November 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM


Here's someone with (as far as I can tell) either:

A) A 3-year-old's/drunk/high account of perception - if I do not see it, then it must not exist; or

B) A poor understanding of the term "Season Statistics", where Derek Fisher is one of the league leaders in 3-PT FG %; or

C) Must not have understood that D-Rose pretty much torches everyone; or

D) Forgot that this is one game of 82, and that players have off nights, and that we are in an excellent position to content for home-court advantage, and that our team is in a good spot right now; or

E) All of the above.

E) All of the above.

Laker Truth for RCOTD (as if my vote really counts for anything lol)

@STAPLES24, Great Posts sir!!!!!!!!!

Just in case it was confusing:

Laker Truth for tomorrow's RCOTD.

As such, Congrats Laker J for *today's* RCOTD!

Hobbit,

Great article. A must read. Kobe is basically the offensive and defensive coordinator for this team. He is the closer and an assistant coach. When Kobe played with Smush and co., the media would blame him for not making his teammate better, which couldn't be further from the truth. Now that everyone around him seems to become better basketball players, the media focuses on how good his teammates are, rather than giving any credit to Kobe for making his teammates better. This article is an exception to the media's attempts at marginalizing Kobe's game.

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bryant-277484-brown-jackson.html

LT,

Good thoughts! And Kobe's credit is 5 Rings and counting, ha, ha!

JustaLakerFan
I hope you feel better, get rest and enjoy your day.

BLOG CRUE (all of you brothers and sisters)--
Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm sure if Shannon opts out, he'll have MORE interest. I hope we can keep him for a longer time.

Gym time- my ipod will be rocking out to Avenged Sevenfold.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Cali,
Thanks, how are things in London? Do you still take multiple choice tests? Well, you do a great job of putting one together. My answer is E), I hope I pass. Have a great Thanksgiving, I assume it will be in England. Hope you get a chance to celebrate American style.


@LRob- Thank you

@Hobbit - I concur on Ding's article.

@Staples24 - Good take.

@Truth - Amazing improvement indeed.

HOTTEST TEAM IN THE NBA...


The OLD NEW SPURS ARE BACK!


Parker and George Hill, best PG tag team in the NBA.


Manu Ginobili, most dynamic and best closer in the game not named Kobe.


Richard Jefferson, former all-star is back in the highlights.


Dejuan Blair, Matt Bonner, Antonio Mcdyess PF deluxe and loaded.


Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, the old and the young, rim protectors.


Gerg Popovich, best Coach not named 11 rings.


Lakers, Spurs WEST NBA FINALS RIVALRY is back.


Lakers CHAMPIONS 2011!

Hi all. Great game against a very good defense. It surprises me how much overreaction there is on this blog sometimes. Fish has a bad game and it negates all he's done in his career and even how he's played so far this year? Pau has a bad game and he's back to being soft? C'mon guys, it was one game in a long season.

That being said, Artest sucks. Let's trade him! jk. But seriously, what is going with him. MM, injury report? Is it his back?

Someone said on the radio that Blake is statistically the best catch and shoot 3 pt shooter in the league. Does anyone know if that's true? It sure seems like it so far.

If you look at Lamar and Shan-WOW's body language this year, it's totally different. They just exude confidence when they are on the court. At one point, it was the Killer B's with Pau (I know he had a bad game) and Lamar and I thought, holy s$!t, this is our second unit when Drew gets healthy!

This season is going to be epic!

MM also linked a good article on Shannon from the Chicago Trib....

"Shannon Brown has really elevated his game," Noah said. "He's playing at a really high level for them. You have to give credit."

Asked if the Bulls had contact with him during free agency, Brown smiled. "I don't remember," he said.


Asked if he would've considered the Bulls had they pursued him, Brown grew reflective.


"I don't know," he said. "I'm a Laker right now and trying to win that third championship. That's really what's on my mind and trying to get better every day."

In the offseason, when Sannon Brown is thinking about going to a lesser team and starting or staying in LA and winning, should talk to Coop about being a key player on a great LA team and teh benfits it brings.

Laker J -

Things are going well - I can't believe I'm almost a third of the way done(!) with the program. Fortunately, I haven't had to take a multiple choice test since the last time I took the GRE. That will change soon, as I will have to take it again next fall (and potentially some other entrance examinations). You most definitely pass, and with flying colors nonetheless.

I hope you have a great thanksgiving too! There really isn't too much fanfare for thanksgiving out here in the UK, but I'll try to have some sort of bird+cranberry+other goodness tomorrow. If not, it'll be another bowl of soup (so much so that I think my name is slowly metamorphosing into "Oliver"). The really good news about tomorrow is that my mom is taking her laptop to my grandmother's house so that I can "be" at dinner and eat with them via Skype.

I really do hope you have a great day tomorrow with your family and loved ones. :-)

LAKERS-CELTICS match up!


Bynum- Shaq/Perkins (lakers)
Gasol- KG (tie)
Odom-Oneal (lakers)
Caracter-Davis (tie)


Artest/Barnes- Pierce (lakers)
Bryant-Allen (lakers)
Fisher-Rondo (celtics)


Blake-West (lakers)
Brown-Robinson (lakers)


LAKERS NBA FINALS CHAMPIONS!!!

This is my message to our new Laker Team...

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

Everyone in the Association...take note...

This is not your Daddy's Lakers...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!!

Cali,
Do your best to find some poultry and cranberry sauce, as soup just won't do it. One third of the way there, it will be over before you know it. Skype today, in person soon.
Thanks for the good wishes, unfortunately duty calls and I'll be at work all day. But my family is just a couple of miles away and we'll get together for some leftovers the day after. Take care.

Caliphilosopher, did you see what KobeMVP said though? He said Derek Fisher played STELLAR defense yesterday. He was matched up against a bigger man in the 1st (Deng) and that was when Deng did almost all of his damage. The rest of the game he was usually on Rose and did nothing to slow him down.

Fisher had a bad game on both sides of the floor. It happens. No reason for him to lie about it.

Quit reciting stats !! Watch the game !! He could barely get his shot off last night and was blocked 3 times in the game. He was guarding Rose if you call it that more than Deng in the game but didn't have a prayer of staying with him.
If you think you are some huge basketball expert please run a Tivo and watch the game !!!!

Posted by: S Perkins | November 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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LOL! Are you some huge basketball expert? ROFLMAO!

Quit reciting stats !! Watch the game !! He could barely get his shot off last night and was blocked 3 times in the game. He was guarding Rose if you call it that more than Deng in the game but didn't have a prayer of staying with him.
If you think you are some huge basketball expert please run a Tivo and watch the game !!!!

Posted by: S Perkins | November 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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LOL! Are you some huge basketball expert? ROFLMAO!

Caliphilosopher, did you see what KobeMVP said though? He said Derek Fisher played STELLAR defense yesterday. He was matched up against a bigger man in the 1st (Deng) and that was when Deng did almost all of his damage. The rest of the game he was usually on Rose and did nothing to slow him down.

Fisher had a bad game on both sides of the floor. It happens. No reason for him to lie about it.

Congrats Laker J!!!

Picked my son up at the airport and we're finishing up the batch of homemade honey-vanilla ice cream to go with the pecan pies (of varying sorts). We are ready for Turkey Day tomorrow... so not much from me the next few days, but HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL, and to all ANOTHER RING!

Once again, Brown and Odom show how valuable they are for the team

Once again, Brown and Odom show how valuable they are for the team

You know, watching this bench develop, I can't help but think about the 1989 Pistons; they had a bench that was akin to replacing their starters with additional starters: Vinnie Johnson, Dennis Rodman, James Edwards & John Salley.
True, they were known for their defense, but as we all know today, yesterday & well into the future, defense wins championships but you can't say you never cringed whenever "The Microwave" came off the bench; you still need points and he sure delivered.
Last night was a good game for the team and although we - well me - will get on Pau, truth is that he's playing out of position. The team has been very fortunate with this schedule so it will be interesting to see what happens in Utah.
I still think the team needs to get a "5" to start - we really don't need that much from him - so that Pau can go back to the "4." I think he will play with a renewed energy simply due to the comfort level & effectiveness that he has at that position. Then, we get LO back on the bench and Caracter would be the weak spot coming off the bench at the "5."
Sure, he's no giant - size - but he's a big body and can help out in the middle while LO will only anchor the bench that much more. I mean, you'd have Barnes, Brown, Blake, LO & Caracter. I think that would work until & if Bynum ever returns.
This is all necessary because it's obvious that Pau is tired and he's been asked to do a lot at that position. He's game, but I think he'll go down with an injury and then we'll be up that proverbial "creek." Lets face it: Pau "ain't" no Kobe and that's just the way it is.
Other than that, I'm really "digging" this team and I'm not being biased when I say they are going to the finals. At this juncture, the only obstacle for them in our conference are the mature, unselfish, intelligent, disciplined and well coached - Pop is an Animal - Spurs.
That's all for now - I think. I just got involved with this blog over the summer because like most of you, I couldn't get enough after the repeat. I enjoy reading these posts and it's so comforting to know that I'm not the only Lakers, Basketball fanatic! All of you are nothing more than "ENABLERS" and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Caliphilosopher, did you see what KobeMVP said though? He said Derek Fisher played STELLAR defense yesterday. He was matched up against a bigger man in the 1st (Deng) and that was when Deng did almost all of his damage. The rest of the game he was usually on Rose and did nothing to slow him down.

Fisher had a bad game on both sides of the floor. It happens. No reason for him to lie about it.

Posted by: Bay to LA | November 24, 2010 at 02:38 PM
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Deng did do his "damage" early, but I had my eyes on that match up because it is obviously a concern when you have someone 6' 1" guarding a talented 6' 8" player. However, there were possessions where Fish denied him the ball and stripped him or forced him into awkward spots on the floor. He was on Rose for probably 5 possessions at the most, but that was simply because he had to pick him up in transition. Blake, Brown and mostly Barnes were on Rose in the second half; Artest was his main defender in the first half. There is nobody in the NBA who can guard this kid. The important thing is that the Lakers won the game. Derek Fisher has 5 rings and the same people who bash him now have been bashing him since he returned to the Lakers in 2007. Starting Blake and benching Fish would alter the chemistry of our starting 5 and our bench. I'm sure that you guys probably think that it would result in an undefeated season of blowouts, but that's your opinion which you are entitled to. I can certainly live with mine.

Wow! These NBA head coaches have a real bug up their behinds about Phil Jackson. He makes a harmless observation about the Heat on some sports talk radio show in Miami and all hell breaks loose! SVG calls him ignorant. Miami has the equivalent of another hurricane. Unbelievable. Every time Coach Eleven Rings opens his mouth, the words that come out of it are put under a microscope and dissected. Yeah, he might have violated some "code" among coaches, but the reality is that because Phil hordes all the rings, it's just another example of jealousy rearing its ugly head again.

1-2-3 RINGS! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Fisher had a bad game on both sides of the floor. It happens. No reason for him to lie about it.

Posted by: Bay to LA | November 24, 2010 at 02:38 PM
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Yes, Derek had an off night and I alluded to that. He was given the defensive assignment of guarding a talented 6' 8" small forward and did an admirable job against him under the circumstances and absolutely played some solid team defense. Yes, he can't keep up with Derek Rose, but no one can, but that was not his assignment last night. By the way, the Lakers won.

Also, there's no reason for you to chime in with the other toxic bloggers and call me a liar. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

"Yes, Derek had an off night and I alluded to that. He was given the defensive assignment of guarding a talented 6' 8" small forward and did an admirable job against him under the circumstances and absolutely played some solid team defense. Yes, he can't keep up with Derek Rose, but no one can, but that was not his assignment last night. By the way, the Lakers won.

Also, there's no reason for you to chime in with the other toxic bloggers and call me a liar. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 24, 2010 at 02:59 PM

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I'm not name calling but you were overselling Fisher's defense last night. He got a very tough matchup with Deng and I remember him overplaying him and forcing him into a bad shot on one possession but other than that, Deng was scoring at will with Fisher on him. The night became quiet when he had to go up against Barnes, Odom, etc.

I think what the "toxic posters" are getting at is that we have been seeing Steve Blake do the things that some people seem to think only Derek Fisher can do. When was the last time we saw Steve Blake miss a clutch 3?

"Wow! These NBA head coaches have a real bug up their behinds about Phil Jackson. He makes a harmless observation about the Heat on some sports talk radio show in Miami and all hell breaks loose! SVG calls him ignorant. Miami has the equivalent of another hurricane. Unbelievable. Every time Coach Eleven Rings opens his mouth, the words that come out of it are put under a microscope and dissected. Yeah, he might have violated some "code" among coaches, but the reality is that because Phil hordes all the rings, it's just another example of jealousy rearing its ugly head again.

1-2-3 RINGS! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 24, 2010 at 02:54 PM "

To be fair, Phil threw the first punch on this one. If a coach made a sideways comment about Phil, I expect he would respond to it just the same.

Phils Miami comments, much ado about nothing. SVG-whatever.
Wade said: "But I guess coach Jackson has earned the right to say what he wants, and he continues to exercise that right.”

Yup, that's right Dwayne.

I read earlier this year when the big 3 to Miami went down that James insisted that for him to sign with Miami, Riley had to agree not to take over as head coach.
Story was that James wanted nothing to do with Riles tough practices.

Of course who knows what's true and what isn't. I have mixed feelings, I would like to see Riley come back and bust James butt and make him work like a dog in practice, but then, I don't want the Heat to do well so maybe Riles should just leave things alone.

If the Heat do have a dud of a year no doubt there will be a new coach next year whether it be Riles or someone else.

The Van Gundy sisters are only good for one thing: being the butt end of funny jokes!

I just love the fact that SVG can't wear his lame mock turtle neck outfits anymore. Stern hated them so much that he outlawed them!

I'm sure going to miss Phil's mind games that get everyone all worked up. Hopefully, we will have such a dominant run to the ring that he'll have no choice but to come back for a Four-Peat!

Lamar better make the All Star team this year. If the fans don't vote for him, the coaches better do the right thing and give him a nod.

UPS had another great game! He was dominating in the first half and then Phil waited all the way until the end of the 3rd to put him back in.

Blake was clutch as well! Gotta love those two threes he hit. Barnes was great too. Killer Bees brought it!

As for the Bulls, Rose was great but shoves off a lot when he takes it to the rack. Noah is a BEAST. Bynum needs to take some notes on how much Joakim hustles, on every single play. Talk about having a nose for the ball. He reminds me of a truly old school 90s baller. I would love that guy on my team. They will be very good once Boozer gets back.

Next up, the Jazz. I forsee us at 14-2 by Saturday.

A lot of discussion here about Kobe's age and diminishing game...

Actually, the definition fits DWade more in my opinion...

Has DWade peaked already in his career...hmmm

Bay to LA -

I was just trying to satirize the hyperbole that has permeated the blog of late. I don't sweat it if D-Fish has a bad game; I'm focused on how the team is doing, if people on the team are playing well with each other, etc.

I just wish the "Trade player X because he's a bum/awful/etc." would go away for a very long time.

To be fair, Phil threw the first punch on this one. If a coach made a sideways comment about Phil, I expect he would respond to it just the same.

Posted by: Bay to LA | November 24, 2010 at 03:15 PM
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PJ was asked about the Miami situation and made a casual observation and gave an opinion. This was on a sports talk radio show in Chicago. I wouldn't call it a "first punch" but if it had the effect of causing controversy in Miami, it certainly doesn't bother me. Poor SVG, who called Phil the "undeniable" best head coach in history, got hit with a little shrapnel. Actually, I can live with that collateral damage. Like I said, maybe he broke code, but this thing was blown up way out of proportion just because he came from Phil Jackson.

If someone made a similar comment about PJ, I can assure you that he would not respond in an emotional, direct manner like SVG. I actually love SVG's bluntness, but Phil's snideness is equally as amusing. In terms of Phil Jackson's response to SVG's comment calling him ignorant, I look forward to his little grin and the sarcastic comeback. Everyone knows he doesn't have to say a damn thing. His jewelry speaks for itself and every head coach is jealous/envious of him.

OMG, Justa JLF, I'm sad to read and imagine what you are undergoing now. You said before that you have health issues but didn't expect it's life threatening. How we wish to offer our good health to you through prayers and hopefully you will find a match on that lung transplant which is a novel surgery. As you said I was one of the first blogger to welcome to the blog and I will not be the last one to say goodbye because I know you can overcome this ailment, just hang on and have faith. You needs lots of Irish luck and prayers from all of us. Keep it up Justa.

Man, Noah is a beast. If Bynum returns and then gets hurt again he needs to be traded. Whether it is freak accidents or if he is just injury prone - he needs to be healthy enough to play.

Noah doesn't get hurt all the time and hustles like no other. Noah for Bynum and this team will have the pieces for a dynasty. then get rid of Sasah and Walton.

"...then get rid of Sasah [sic] and Walton."

Why wait? :-)

Gasol will have a few bad games , as any player in the world, the important thing is winning, no matter who is the star. Gasol has been best laker so far, kobe probably will be the best laker in the season. But is not very intelligent criticize gasol saying that old staff toughness and etc...He plays in that way, an has been the best big man around the last couple of years, could he play more agressive? of course. Could he finish stronger? Yes...but with his way has been a mpv in a fiba world cup, have been an all-star, has lead a poor team to playoff ( falling in first round of course like kobe against the suns) We have to support every single player, gasol understand that kobe is the heart of this team, kobe is a different kind of leader and a master of basketball, but this one -two punch is the best in nba, is not a matter who is the best leader or who is the star, the thing is TEAM, WIN, RINGS...


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