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Phil Jackson lists home court advantage as biggest priority during the regular season

Deep into the dog days of the 2009-2010 NBA season, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson sensed the team's sluggishness and challenged his team to end the regular season with 60 wins. The strategy didn't work, and neither did his efforts to inspire the Lakers to end with the league's best record so they could have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Lakers finished with a 57-25 regular-season record and Jackson didn't mince words afterward about his frustration.

"We're disappointed in our team's effort at the end of the season," Jackson said at the time. "Sixty games was a minimum I thought for this team to win, and we didn't match it."

Everything turned out all right, however, as the Lakers won a second consecutive championship. Jackson backtracked a tad after Thursday's practice when he cited last season's injuries as the reason they fell short. While his motivational tactic spoke to his want for his team to put itself in the best position to succeed in the postseason, the unpredictable events surrounding the playoffs show that the proper preparation doesn't always result in the wanted outcome. Cleveland, after all, compiled the league's best record for the past two seasons, and both times the Cavaliers imploded in the postseason.

With the Lakers (5-0) facing the Toronto Raptors (1-3) Friday night at Staples Center, Jackson dangled another carrot about the Lakers needing home-court advantage for the 2011 postseason.

"What's important," Jackson said, "is getting out ahead of the rest of the pack and somehow or other putting them in the back so that you have that home court advantage that looms important at certain times in the playoffs."

Though Jackson said "numbers aren't important," such as his constant downplaying of any of his Lakers teams trying to break the 72-win mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls he coached, he's thrown out numbers from time to time. He challenged the Lakers at one point last season to go undefeated on a trip. He set 60 wins as the standard. And, of course, he wrote on the marker board in the locker room after each playoff victory the number of wins the Lakers were away from the title.

Jackson's motivations aside, the Lakers should view home-court advantage as the ultimate goal and remember how much it helped them during the past two playoff runs. I never thought the Lakers were realistically in jeopardy during their seven-game semifinals series against Houston, but a short postseason surely could've happened had Game 7 taken place in Houston. I never thought Orlando had a shot against the Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals, but opening the series in L.A. quickly soured the Magic's confidence. I never thought the top-seeded and experienced Lakers would cede an upset to the eighth-seeded and inexperienced Thunder, but overcoming Ford Center's electric atmosphere would've proved more daunting in a Game 6 than in a Game 7. One thing, however, I didn't know about was the 2010 NBA Finals, where the Lakers and Celtics fought valiantly and reminded everyone why this historic rivalry remains so great. I doubt the Lakers could've overcome a 13-point deficit in a Game 7 in Boston.

Five games into this season, the Lakers appear on the right track and are among three teams still undefeated (Atlanta, 5-0, and New Orleans, 4-0, are the others).  The Lakers have generated a league-leading 113.8 points per game. The Lakers bench has meshed so well that Jackson has already compared them to the 1999-2000 reserves that featured Rick Fox, Brian Shaw, Robert Horry and current starting point guard Derek Fisher. Bryant expedited his rehab process. Pau Gasol earned Western Conference player of the week honors. Lamar Odom has been consistent in every single game. And Derek Fisher put together a fourth-quarter performance against Sacramento that resembled his vintage playoff moments.

"There's a workmanlike, take-care-of-business attitude that's developing," Fisher said. "I like our approach. We're not really messing around a lot. We're not taking anything for granted. We're really trying to do the right things, but there's a ways to go."

Still, the Lakers' quick start shouldn't be at all surprising. The 2009-10 season started with an 8-1 mark, the 2008-09 squad went 7-0 and the 2001-2002 team went 16-1. Four of the Lakers' five opponents so far didn't make the playoffs last season, and the Suns look much different than the Amare Stoudemire-led squad the Lakers met in the 2010 West Finals. And only six of the 13 remaining games in November feature 2010 playoff teams.

Bigger challenges will surely await on Christmas Day against Miami, in January against Oklahoma City and Boston and in the Lakers' seven-game road trip in February. For now, however, worries about the upcoming challenges can be put on hold. Winning games now will put the Lakers in the lead for home-court advantage.

"The thing for us always early in the season is to take advantage of the home schedule," Fisher said. "We know when the big stars in L.A. come during award season, we have to get out. They just kick us out and bring in the real celebrities. We have to win home games early because we don't have as many in the second part of the season. That's something we really need to focus on."

-- Mark Medina

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When you consider that home court advantage could be the difference between getting a ring and going home defeated, I'd have to agree with PJ.

GAME DAY!!!!!


@Matt Barnes - We cool, not too sure who you're talking about as it seemed like most people here on the ole Blog were stoked to see you sign up for the purple and gold.

Biggest question for tonights game? Will Kobe go for 82?

The best record is always a subset of the ultimate goal of winning the ship. With the improved bench the Lakers should be able to secure HC without over extending the starters.

I waiting for the first extended road trip east. That's when great teams make their early statement.

Barring injuries, I think this team can seriously contend for breaking the Bulls 72-10 mark - they are that good/that deep.

I'm a bit surprised that Phil is vocalizing his desire for the Lakers to secure home-court advantage - especially given how it doesn't necessarily match Phil's coaching style, which is the team to build up during the regular season and be in peak form come playoffs. He also will leave in certain teams on the floor to dig themselves out of holes, and doesn't necessarily bring in starters when a lead is getting cut into late in close games.

I'm happy though. This team is too good not to have a goal for the regular season. I think this will keep them motivated and focused throughout the season. Not that this team lacks focus or drive, it's just that three-straight trips to the Finals could breed a bit of complacency even in the best of teams (see: '86 Lakers)...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LRob - The Time never had the widest-range of songwriting (unlike their bud Prince), but boy were they great live - funny as heck and really tight (like all the Minny groups of the time). They totally thought they were the best, and it showed. Man, you never sat down during one of their shows.

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 05, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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I agree about the Time’s concert performances. They were known for stealing the show from Prince when opening for him.

The interesting thing about the songwriting is Prince aka "Jamie Starr" wrote all of Time songs and I believe he played all the instruments in studio as well – on three of their four albums (the only three that really mattered…lol). You’re right, Prince used a wide range from R&B/Pop to Rock on his own albums; while relegating the Time to primarily R&B/Funk.

Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Jesse Johnson…all wanted some input on the writing/production but Prince vetoed it. Of course, after Prince kicked Terry and Jimmy out the band, they went on to blow up writing/producing for Janet, Mariah, Human League, Herb Alpert, Alexander O’Neal, New Edition…etc.

LRob - The Time & Prince - it was like the Beatles givin' their "C" songs to everyone else and savin' their best for themselves. And then when The Time tried to write their own... that was that.

@LEW.... Man, I almost missed the RCOD for my birthday brother. Just checked the calendar and saw that we got a home game against the Wizards for our birthday. That’s as sure a winner as a Lewsters post.
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Matt Barnes - we're all good. My concern was never the on court productivity...but just the extra-curricular activity that could turn the zebras against the Lakers. So far so good!

@mclyne - next up is your quiz on all things Planet of the Apes from Cornelius to Ceasar.

@63 Footer - Magic's eyes...lol.

Jon K: This one's for you bro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvgD9HNTMkM

QUITNESS


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I know I'm going to get a response for this but looks like PJ does not support a "practice season". He's going to win game because he knows the importance of Home Court and stated as the biggest priority.

Jon K: This one's for you bro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvgD9HNTMkM QUITNESS Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 05, 2010 at 04:10 PM
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WHAT SHOULD I DO CYBER?...ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

WOW - crazy day at work. Then again, crazy day on the blog too... Nutless monkeys?? LOL!!!!


RICK - my BFF - welcome home brother. You were missed a whole great big fat bunch.


Justa.. from 1 to another .... hope your day is going well.


LEW - congrats on the Friedman Award!


63 - I know I'm cool. You don't need to remind me LOL!


Mamba24 - sup McFly - hope your day was a good one. Stop by the live chat once in awhile - cameo!


MM - the vid was working fine by the time I got back on here, so all's well. Thanks!


Alright - can someone please explain why I'm not the owner, driver and manager of the Lamar for ASG and 6th Man of the Year bandwagons?? What's a girl gotta do to get a post about LO read around here? I've been on that bandwagon since he BECAME a Laker. Geez... (But thanks for sticking me on it Larry).


And speaking of bandwagons, the 82-0 is still riding along smoooooooth as silk. Still some seats available, but we're running low on vodka so BYOB.


GO LAKERS!!
Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish
Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
WE GOT THIS - justa

The reason why home court is so important is the flying and the time change. Sure having your fans cheering helps but it's the travel that is the killer.

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WELCOME BACK RICK FRIEDMAN – BANDWAGON
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Dear friends, There are no words adequate enough to express my appreciation for your support and well wishes these past few weeks. I've been on a whirlwind impossible to explain or understand. But your encouragement, friendship, whatever one might call it, has been so very inspiring. I'm now home with Mission #1 to restore my health. Thank you Laker Nation, for everything. More soon.
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - RICK - my BFF - welcome home brother. You were missed a whole great big fat bunch.
(02) PSYCHEDLAKER GIRL – DRIVER
(03) ZAIRA - GODDESS
(04) 63 FOOTER – RIDING SHOTGUN - Rick!!! Good to have you back! Take care and get strong.
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home, brother!
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(07) MAMBA24 – Welcome back Rick
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(09) FAN OF THE MAMBA
(10) CYBERCOSMIX - Rick: It's great that you are back home and doing better! There is no better place to recover from than at home. Take care of yourself and hope you have a smooth, steady, continued recovery!
(11) LAKERTOM - RICK... I still remember all the support I got from you during my early battles on the blog. Thrilled to see you are getting better and are back home again. Enjoying this three-peat in a season for the ages would not have been the same without you there providing your usual intelligent and insightful commentary and support. Looking forward to a great season with you smiling in perfect health again.
(12) LEWSTRS
(13) JEFE101 - Great to hear from Rick, what a relief!
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(15) LROB - Rick Friedman - All the best to you on your recovery.
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - Excuse me, but my 82-0 bandwagon still
has all it's wheels on and still has plenty of seats. Not to mention plenty of vodka....
(02) RICK FRIEDMAN - CO-OWNER
(03) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER1 –
(04) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN – DRIVER2 - By the way, I agree with someone's previous
statement (sorry can't remember who) that this is going to be an epic season. Not only is it
going to be Banner #17, and a record 4th three-peat for Jackson, but I think Phil's gonna
want more. Breaking the 72 win record, breaking the 33 game streak record, perhaps even
16-0 in the playoffs. I've been on the 82-0 bandwagon since day 1!
(05) HTJ - RIDING SHOTGUN - 82-0 Bandwagon still in effect. Just 77 more. We got this!
(06) MAMBA24 – I just follow where the Head of my Family leads folks
(07) MAMBA24BG- I just follow my Dad.
(08) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – SHERIFF
(09) KB2FOE - need a lift, folks. How about that 82-0 bandwagon?
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I'm a bit surprised that Phil is vocalizing his desire for the Lakers to secure home-court advantage - especially given how it doesn't necessarily match Phil's coaching style, which is the team to build up during the regular season and be in peak form come playoffs. He also will leave in certain teams on the floor to dig themselves out of holes, and doesn't necessarily bring in starters when a lead is getting cut into late in close games.
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No Phil has ALWAYS emphasized Home Court Advantage from when he came to Chicago to when he first came to Los Angeles. 72-10, 69-13, 67-15 in both Chicago and Los Angeles, 65 wins.........yea as if he uses the regular season like you said he does.

I'm surprised that *you* say that when you have seen LTLF's many complaints that Phil always subbed in Derek Fisher when Jordan Farmar threw a turnover. Or when bloggers complain about giving Pau too much time instead of letting Mbenga/Josh Powell have more burn as the back up center.

Heck I'm surprised that many people in your camp hasn't complained that Phil hasn't let Theo Ratliff get consistent minutes as back up big despite Bynum's presence and let Phil play Pau Gasol 37+ minutes even though there has been quite a few blow out wins.

Guess that the Zen Master is proving some "assumptions" here wrong.

CyberCosmiX,
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This hits the nail on the head and well-captures the "No BS" spirit of Clevelanders. This kind of corporate rebranding will never work for Clevelanders. It just pisses them off more.
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I can hardly wait for LeCreep's homecoming to Cleveland. Ohhh... that's going to be delcious.
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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!!!

@Justanothermambafan, you are currently the owner of 4 different bandwagons ma'am! Now you have to allow us little people to have something ! LOL! My Day, oh wow simply wonderful! One of the most Density filled days of my life. Truly!!!!!

"What's important," Jackson said, "is getting out ahead of the rest of the pack and somehow or other putting them in the back so that you have that home court advantage that looms important at certain times in the playoffs."

~~He didn't mention here what to do with Drew or LO in three weeks time. Will u get ahead of the pack if you discover later on that Drew is not ready to be starter at this time? Or will u get ahead of the pack with LO who is winning us games in rebounds, points and assists?

After leading 5-0, why are we so concerned on who should start if Drew becomes ready. Is he an "Oscar awardee that we should roll the red carpet" or just another Laker player to go with the system, keep pace and prove your worth whether in the 2nd unit or 1st unit?

Based on LO's development, Drew is currently in the #4 option or even #6 if he's in the 2nd unit. Therefore, is Drew

a) An All Star - too late to consider that, so far Lakers might complete already three names Kobe, Pau and LO

b) A Beast in the Post - Maybe. He has to prove by playing one complete season without any injury and be an MVP in the Finals.

c) Franchise Player as heir of Kobe - maybe. go back to a & b first before thinking of c.

Do we need to trade Bynum? No, because of his height. He has shown the potentials but not fully proven. With Bynum, LO and Pau we have three towers in the making, however to this those towers are still under construction. Don't paint a rosy picture when it is not existing.

This is just my take, so go back what you like to believe.....

mamba: I think princess jimmy really picked the wrong city to screw over... LOL

Lakers 82-0 bandwagon: 82-0? I'm in! But why 82-0? How about 98-0! That'll be just about right! =)

L.O. all-star bandwagon: Absolutely L.O. should/will be an all-star! The Lakers should match the 4 all-star count of the '98 team (Shaq/Eddie/Nick/Kobe). How about Kobe/Pau/Drew/L.O. in 2011! Not only will L.O be an all-star, but 6th Man of the Year!!!!!

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justa: Out of vodka, but have some Crown Royal I can bring on the bus!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Rick Friedman-
glad you're home, i pray the worst is behind you.

Jon K: I have a feeling that Cleveland will never forget getting shafted - nor should they. It's clear princess jimmy really messed with the wrong city and wrong folks!

I'm lovin' it!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

HCA sure couldn't hurt. Phil is going all in this year, just like every year. The man is looking for every possible advantage. That's why he gets the BIG bucks.

Loved seeing his video...

http://tinyurl.com/237bs8q

Every time that stupid Lebron ad comes on, I say a prayer of thanks for the inventor of the mute button!

Bynum's most like not going to be an All-Star this year. He probably won't be hitting his stride around until January-February. But I could give a crap about all that as long as he's playing like an All-Star come playoff time.

LO though, All-Star bandwagon in full effect.

Oops...one of my previous posts should read...This video, not HIS video.

Bynum's most like not going to be an All-Star this year. He probably won't be hitting his stride around until January-February. But I could give a crap about all that as long as he's playing like an All-Star come playoff time.

LO though, All-Star bandwagon in full effect.

Posted by: htj | November 05, 2010 at 04:54 PM
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+1 Though it will be a reach for LO to be an All-Star.

If he does I would be very happy for him but I wouldn't be my money on it........yet.

KB Blitz: You aren't going to drag me into another debate. mmmm mmmm, sorry, not goin there...

Pau has not proven to be injury prone, so why cut his minutes down - especially to give Ratliff and his 37-yr old knees more PT? I was surprised that Phil got Pau off the bench a game or two ago with about 3 minutes left and a pretty sizeable lead, since it was obvious he was stiff. Other than that no complaints.

I know you love to single me out, but having you taken enough beatings to not come back crawling for more? JK! We can still kid around, can't we KB? That isn't out of bounds with the 'selective morality' police, right???

I gotta add, those in 'my camp' feel good when the Lakers win, are able to celebrate the victories, and don't feel the need to bash on the injured/low-minute players. Those in 'my camp' also like to keep it real, and look at the glass as being half-full when possible...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Posting from the office now...

First thanks for all the kind words and congratulations from everyone...

@Rick - GREAT to see you, even just for a brief post...We all have our personal battles, be it health, finances, romance...etc...But as long as you have 'faith'...you will persevere...

@LRob - are you a closet REALTOR...lol...ABC Always BE Closing is the first motto I learned in the business...My personal motto is.."I'll Find A Way To Make It Work!!!

I end with this:

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster that the fastest lion or it will be killed and eaten...
Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death..

Moral of the story:

It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle...
When the sun comes up...you had better be RUNNING...

WORD to The Association...When you play the Lakers...you better be RUNNING...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73sKNUa4M-E

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

My opinion has been that if LO keeps it up, nothing will keep off the all-star team... and I do not want to jinx it - the year he shaved the star on his head he wasn't even close. LO thought having the dream was enough... playing over the summer in a highly competitive environment was enough to keep LO playing at his peak and hit the ground running.

Like we all said LO, it takes work + talent to be an all-star not just talent.

Similar thing happening with the wins... every year we have bandwagons for number of wins except this year, and by miracle, this is the year the Lakers actually have somewhat of a chance to maybe hit a significant milestone. So again, I don't want to really talk about it or go on any bandwagons to jinx it.

I'm going to take a lesson from the Phillies... when the guy(s) out there are crushing it, shut up about it and let him focus. Celebrate when it's finished.

But hey, like what I'm seeing.... aside from the defense (which WILL improve)

Tim-4-show,

"I'm going to take a lesson from the Phillies... when the guy(s) out there are crushing it, shut up about it and let him focus. Celebrate when it's finished."

I 2nd the motion, make me a driver to what u just have said.

KB Blitz: You aren't going to drag me into another debate. mmmm mmmm, sorry, not goin there...

Pau has not proven to be injury prone, so why cut his minutes down - especially to give Ratliff and his 37-yr old knees more PT? I was surprised that Phil got Pau off the bench a game or two ago with about 3 minutes left and a pretty sizeable lead, since it was obvious he was stiff.
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Nope just stating how right I was about the importance of the home court while you were believing in the "practice season" garbage.

And you know not every win Phil enjoys......try that one Clipper game that he stormed out of the Media room even though LO was "It's all Hollywood gotta give some drama to the fans".

That's how to understand the Zen Master.

Andrew has too much injury problems and to get him back in December will definitely help Gasol's minutes but then the team would have to adjust to that. I think they need to trade Andrew next season what do you guys think?

And Cyber I'll post in Bleacher Report though that place is nothing but full of opinions to state the fact about how defense today's game is watered down just like the NFL's defense.

CyberCosmiX,
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" I have a feeling that Cleveland will never forget getting shafted - nor should they."
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Clevelanders are slow to trust, but loyal.
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And they are much, much, much slower to forgive.
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I know this sounds odd, but the fact that they gave this guy their heart and he betrayed them... and is now partying in South Beach while they have to survive together through another 5 1/2 month sunless gray winter has to produce a bitterness Californians cannot even contemplate.
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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!!!

Rick, its real good to hear you're better!

I am wondering when was the last playoff series that the Lakers won without the home court advantage. I believe it was the 2001 Western Conference Final against the King (the Lakers won in 7 at Sacramento.) Since then the Lakers have not won the series without home court avantage (although there were not many home court DISadvantages since then.) So I can understand PJ's goal for the Lakers to have the best record to win it all. And with thier deep bench, they should be able to achieve that without wear and tear on core players. It will be very interesting race between the Lakers and the Heat, and I don't see any other teams to challege them.

I know I'm going to get a response for this but looks like PJ does not support a "practice season". He's going to win game because he knows the importance of Home Court and stated as the biggest priority.

Posted by: KB Blitz | November 05, 2010 at 04:11 PM
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Here's the response. You don't grasp the concept.

Here's the response. You don't grasp the concept.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 05, 2010 at 05:50 PM
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"What's important," Jackson said, "is getting out ahead of the rest of the pack and somehow or other putting them in the back so that you have that home court advantage that looms important at certain times in the playoffs."

Where does PJ say "Home Court advantage is important but what's more important is trying to get our rotation and establish chemistry"?

He always fights for Home Court. This Laker team even when Bynum was out had 3 YEARS of chemistry even with the addition of Barnes and Blake. There is nothing to work on chemistry wise yet you promote the "Practice Season and Phil is like that".

Don't be hating me hate Phil for not agreeing with the concept of a practice season.

Jon K: I know that princess jimmy has done one thing I thought he'd never do, get me to root for the Cav's. Man, won't it be nice to see Cleveland beat Miami when he comes to town? Now THAT will be a can't miss game!

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KB Blitz: Glad you can fill me in on how to properly understand Phil. Also, happy that you straightened me out in "how right [you were] about the importance of the home court while you were believing in the "practice season" garbage." - even though I have never uttered those words. Thanks though.

If you care to peruse Bleacher Report, I can guide you to a page you might enjoy, in which we have thoroughly debated Ethan S. blasphemous article suggesting that Kobe (hold your breath here, KB) might actually be better than Michael.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/497093-is-kobe-bryant-actually-better-than-michael-jordan
If you even look closely, you'll find that my comment is the most well-liked out of 567 comments - by two-fold the next nearest one.

So, because it seems like you are itching for a fight tonight, you may want to head over there. You can continue debating your 'Michael was much greater than Kobe, he could never catch him' argument from a month ago.

Glad on the education you're providing me though. Lets see now, about this time your next post back will be something to the extent of saying "Don't get so emotional over this!" - ain't that right???

If you're looking to start trouble here, sorry to disappoint you because I'm not going to entertain you tonight...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

KB Blitz

I can read. There was no reason to repeat his words. Phil Jackson hates losing, but that is precisely why I say that you don't grasp the concept. It took a fan much wiser than me to get people in a different forum to understand this concept. He was a die hard Lakers fan from the day they moved to Los Angeles and had forgotten more basketball than you or I know by the time of his death. Phil Jackson says a lot of things, but if you read between these very simplistic words, he's telling you that all that matters is winning a championship. So as between TrueFan1947, who was every bit as Zen-like as Phil Jackson, and you, who is much closer to John Hollinger in your thinking, I'll defer to TrueFan.

And for the record, TrueFan was harder on Bynum than you are. So whether you give a crap about the theories he postulated or not (and I know you could care less about anyone's opinion but your own by the way you post), I can assure you he was a God among us Lakers fans.

Enjoy tonight's scrimmage.

CyberCoSmiX,

I'll post two hehe. Though the response you got on your first post was VERY similar to what my kid did in Facebook after the Lakers won Game 7 with posting basically "Kobe>MJ" to his cousin who lives in Chi-Town then one of his friends went all out on him with a huge argument that I had to stop both that friend and my kid to prevent drama on facebook though the evidence that his cousin's friend smoked him.

Of course my kid as kidding he simply does that to tease my cousin.

That being said yea that post that followed you first was very similar to what my kid got on facebook....LOL.

MVP888 is such a good debater he almost makes me forget how bad Luke sucks.

" Phil Jackson says a lot of things, but if you read between these very simplistic words, he's telling you that all that matters is winning a championship."
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He's saying it's important for the Home Court to make things EASIER for the journey.

Anybody would tell you that they would rather enter the playoffs as a 1st seed than an 8th seed. Why? So they get easier teams (based on the record) and they start in their home court.

Example: 2002-2003 season. Shaq and his "I got hurt on company time" quote makes Jackson FURIOUS and cites that as a big reason for the failure to 4-peat. He demands Shaq to come in training camp in shape to get the best record possible to have every round start in Los Angeles so the Lakers have the comforts of home to be around and send the opponent down 0-2 and create doubt EVEN though Shaq in the 2003 playoffs turned his game on and destroyed Minnesota and was bullying around Robinson and Duncan.

I don't know how much of Phil that blogger knew but I knew Phil quite well and he was very disappointed in the regular season ended the way it did. He had to take comfort that 1) The Lakers won Home Court in the regular season and 2) Boston took down Cleveland and Orlando.

Of course winning covers a multitude of sins but he knows that Home Court is MORE important to winning a title than establishing chemistry on a team that has played more than 3-4 years together.

Establishing Chemistry happened to the Lakers in 05-06. Now it's all about staying at elite level as long as possible.

KB Blitz: "That being said yea that post that followed you first was very similar to what my kid got on facebook....LOL."

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You must have a very smart kid then! =)
(I would be a smart-a$$ and say he musta got his smarts from his mom - but no, for the sake of civility, won't go there! lol...)

I just want to add that Phil had a chance to play his starters a lot more down the stretch last season, and he resisted doing so. The Lakers lost 4-5 games late down the stretch. I think it was obvious, even though it might have cost them in a Magic/Cav's matchup, that Phil was getting the team ready for the playoffs vs overexerting the team simply to win games.

So, home court might be more important than establishing chemistry on a team that the core has played together for so many years, it is obviously not more important than getting starters rest in preparation for the playoffs and having the team rested and peaking...

I also fail to think that Phil is playing for regular season dominance. He has always had a much bigger picture in mind than that.


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

The Lake show are going to very disappointed this year when they choke on the big one, maybe their own. LMAO

You must have a very smart kid then! =)


No Cyber he was joking. He knows his NBA history though not as much as me. Of course winning that title I took it up against my family in Chi-town.

"I just want to add that Phil had a chance to play his starters a lot more down the stretch last season, and he resisted doing so. The Lakers lost 4-5 games late down the stretch. I think it was obvious, even though it might have cost them in a Magic/Cav's matchup, that Phil was getting the team ready for the playoffs vs overexerting the team simply to win games."

Lamar Odom averaged 34 minutes in April
Pau Gasol averaged 37 minutes in April
Kobe Bryant when he played through his ankle pain averaged 39 minutes.
Derek Fisher averaged 27 minutes (his regular season average)

So no that revision of history does not work.

"So, home court might be more important than establishing chemistry on a team that the core has played together for so many years, it is obviously not more important than getting starters rest in preparation for the playoffs and having the team rested and peaking..."

Production does not lie.....memory can.

"I also fail to think that Phil is playing for regular season dominance. He has always had a much bigger picture in mind than that."

72-10 (95-96 Bulls)
69-13 (96-97 Bulls)
67-15 (91-92 Bulls, 99-00 Lakers)
65-17 (08-09 Lakers)

All those teams won championships. He recognizes the need of Home Court more than you would know....

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Dangling carrots? The only thing this guy {Phil Jackson} is doing is enjoying Ms. Buss' flavor while he sits back and watches Do me Bryant slouch off Gasol! LOL

MM - where's our five things to watch?

Question of the night

Has a Phil Jackson team ever had best record and not won a ring? Not better record, best record.

Yawn-76
Lakers by 15pts.


Points Per Game 111.
A glimpse of things to come.
I like the flow of the team.
This team is going to have an Identity soon.
I think a name like: PurplePainTime will fit.
We don't have to worry about the long practice season with the way PJ has changed his tactics early.He has a confidence with the bench that I have not seen in years. The fact the the bench players are playing extended minutes is refreshing.To know that you can teach and trust at the same time when it comes to the bench will keep the starters close to 30-35 minutes.
Wow to think Kobe only needs 3 quarters then rest is a Health Thing.
Right now we have Pau and Lamar in a rebound tear.
Bynum will get his 10 rebounds a game soon. Imagine 3 players on the same team averaging 10 plus rebounds. Yea the more I think of it the more the name fits.
PurplePainTime. I feel no pain for the opponents,
only love for the purple and gold.
Next!!!!!!!!

CyberCosmix & KB Bliz,

y'all are talking about the same thing. at least in my interpretation. Maybe
I'm wrong. Let's find out:

I think all parties would agree that Phil's ultimate & most over-arching
goal is to win a championship, right?

We can all agree that having home field advantage is a great plus and so
is having your team playing well when the playoffs start, right?

Y'all seem to be arguing over which takes precedent. I submit to you that it's
neither & both. You can find documentation from Phil which will support
both arguments. You can't find documentation from Phil which says that
either is unimportant.

Sound good?

CyberCosmix,

you wrote: I just want to add that Phil had a chance to play his starters a lot more down the stretch last season, and he resisted doing so. The Lakers lost 4-5 games late down the stretch. I think it was obvious, even though it might have cost them in a Magic/Cav's matchup, that Phil was getting the team ready for the playoffs vs overexerting the team simply to win games.

So, home court might be more important than establishing chemistry on a team that the core has played together for so many years, it is obviously not more important than getting starters rest in preparation for the playoffs and having the team rested and peaking...

I also fail to think that Phil is playing for regular season dominance. He has always had a much bigger picture in mind than that.


my response:

This in particular is wrong:
So, home court might be more important than establishing chemistry on a team that the core has played together for so many years, it is obviously not more important than getting starters rest in preparation for the playoffs and having the team rested and peaking...

http://content.usatoday.com/sportsdata/basketball/nba/game/TrailBlazers_Lakers/2010/04/11

Lamar, Pau & Kobe played ~ 40 mins.

The Lakers were *NOT* peaking.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63F09G20100416

snippet:
In more ways than one, NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers have limped into the playoffs with a worrying loss of momentum and question marks hanging over the fitness of several key players.


To be clear: Phil's over-arching desire is to win the championship.
Everything else is just a step along the way.

Yes home safe and sound...locked and loaded for the game...

I FINALLY found a song that is pegs LeBrick...

"What should I Do?"

Listen to this song...baybee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8kuG09mE7o

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

@mclyne - I had totally forgot about that classic line!

@Lew - We used to have that African proverb posted in our office. You know sales is sales....whether real estate or advertising. Me likes your current motto. And like you said it's all about hitting the ground running:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbI0cMyyw_M

*sigh*

I hate to be dragged into debates I don't want to partake in. Wasn't gonna do this and am not going to keep this up - not with the game minutes away...

The Lakers lost 4 games between April 4th and April 14 last year.

Kobe got a couple of DNP's that I see - so KB Blitz numbers aren't correct because they don't average in the DNP's.

Luke Walton, Sasha got starts amongst others.

I am sure that if Phil was playing for a regular-season championship banner, he'd have played Kobe, no? Ron Ron, L.O., Pau played their usual heavy minutes, but clearly this is a coach that has bigger ambitions than securing home court vs resting starters.

I agree with your sentiment hobbitmage that Phil is after championships, that is his bottom line. I remember the Lakers passing up the Hornets on the last day of the season a couple years ago. I also remember a young Kobe hitting a couple of three-pointers to beat the Blazers on the final game of the season, which secured a Western Conference title.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Here's the interesting Lakers win-loss records during their recent chamionship years:

Lakers had the best records both years:
99-00: 67-15
08-09: 65-17

SA and Cleveland had the best record:
00-01: 56-26
09-00: 57-25

SA had the best and LA was the 3rd best in 01-02:
01-02: 58-24
10-11: ????

Without home court beating either Heat or Celtics will be a monumental task in the Championship series. Pacing the team only means limiting their minutes, not their defensive intensity every quarter of every game. Playing like the Celtics do every game is what keeps their defense the best and mentally tough come play-off time. If PJ can limit the starters to ~36 minutes avg. and demand defensive intensity every quarter of every game, the Lakers can win over 65 games and home court throughout the play-offs.


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