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Relive Kobe Bryant's off-the-backboard shot against Phoenix

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There are plenty of things irking Laker fans right now, such as the team's back-to-back losses, its porous perimeter defense against Phoenix and of course the fact the Lakers (8-2) have to win out if they want to win 80 games.

Don't expect any coddling from Kobe Bryant. When he was asked after the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday to Phoenix what he would say to fans upset over the Lakers' recent struggles, Bryant glared and said, "I won't tell them anything. They'll get over it."

Oh yeah? Try telling that to the fan in the photo above.

Here's something that might work though: a little Kobe entertainment that features him throwing a pass off the backbaord to himself for a putback.

As entertaining as that play was, ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin dutifully noted the Black Mamba had done this plenty of times already, including the 2003-04 season against Memphis, the 2008 playoffs against Utah, in the 2008-09 season against Indiana, the 2009 playoffs against Houston and the 2009-2010 season against Charlotte.

Hopefully this will keep your mind off things, aside from gloating over Miami's recent struggles. But if the Lakers lose Tuesday at Milwaukee? Well, considering the Lakers have suffered only one three-game losing streak since Pau Gasol joined the team in Feb. 2008, I'm fully prepared for the Earthquake of comment threads. Bryant does have a point though. Just as it was knee jerk for fans to envision the Lakers shattering the Bulls' 72-win mark after a 7-0 start, it's just as knee jerk to worry about an 8-2 record.

-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Fans cheer after Kobe Bryant scores during the second quarter of the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 
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You are on about Butler owing you an apology...that seems to be what is important, and yet, without going into it because we all saw what we saw, and heard what we heard, I'm disappointed (though not entirely surprised) that Laker fans choose to ignore being told to Phuhck Off by their Saint.

Spare me the context, explanation, etc. All of us already know it. I guess he is entitled to say what he wishes, and you are enititled to pretend it didn't happen.

But in my opinion, it is he who owes you, and all NBA fans an apology.

What a punk.

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonny Belfast | November 15, 2010 at 12:26 PM

The original master of that backboard play was Elgin Baylor. Whenever he couldn't get a good angle on a shot, he'd send it against the backboard, grab the rebound and shot at the better angle. Old school.

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You are on about Butler owing you an apology...that seems to be what is important, and yet, without going into it because we all saw what we saw, and heard what we heard, I'm disappointed (though not entirely surprised) that Laker fans choose to ignore being told to Phuhck Off by their Saint.

Spare me your imagined context, explanation, etc. All of us already know it.
I guess he is entitled to say what he wishes, and you are enititled to pretend it didn't happen.


But in my opinion, it is he who owes you, and all NBA fans an apology.

What a punk.

Sonnybelfast

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You are on about Butler owing you an apology...that seems to be what is important, and yet, without going into it because we all saw what we saw, and heard what we heard, I'm disappointed (though not entirely surprised) that Laker fans choose to ignore being told to Phuhck Off by their Saint.

Spare me your imagined context, explanation, etc. All of us already know it.
I guess he is entitled to say what he wishes, and you are enititled to pretend it didn't happen.


But in my opinion, it is he who owes you, and all NBA fans an apology.

What a punk.

Sonnybelfast

Sonny,

If you're so intent upon Kobe owing us fans an apology, I assume that your team spends nearly every post-game night offering you an apology. Right? I mean, your apology quotient has got to be damn near overflowing, considering the apology-worthy performances your team has given you the past decade.

Ah, Mr. Belfast... You're still on my "Funniest Troll" list... but not because you're funny. I think you catch my drift. Enjoy Sac-town. It's lovely there in the... um... oh, never mind.

Go Lake Show!

Like I said...

You are entitled to pretend it didn't happen.

Sonnybelfast

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Laker D is the only reason they lost. We shot a shade under 50%, that wins 95% of the games we'll play this year. Our interior D was alright, but our defenisve rebounding was poor. Josh Childress is a good fit for that team and he was matched up against our bench (he was a starter in the NBA and was always known for his hustle and athleticism) all game long. Bad adjustment by Peej.


I'm over this loss, we're going to lose quite a few games this year, we might not have the best record in the west, but we'll have the best team (and hopefully the healthiest) come playoff time.


My persoanl biggest gripe was the consistency of the officials. re-watching the game just now: 1st quarter, Lamar gets a little bump by Hedo T for the hoop and one. 4th quarter, Lamar gets whacked across both arms and bumped with the body for the hoop and one technical foul for Lamar. A more egregious play in the 4th, yet no whistle. If the league is going to continue to allow the refs to call an NBA game with little to no consistency from the 1st quarter to the 4th, to take away the players abiltiy to interact and gain clarity as to why the game is now being called differently is un-fair. It devalues the NBA product and actually has made the games less interesting to watch.


I like end-zone celebrations, I like zany antics, and I like my favorite NBA team to be passionate, emotional and involved. Humanity is theatrical and sport is a reflection of that humanity. If I wanted to watch cookie cutter TV where everything is safe and sterile I'd watch the Hallmark channel. Passion's not hurting the game, David Stern, this rule is and so are you. No fan cares what a pasty white dude with a perpetually silly grin thinks about the emotional state of the NBA. If they do, they're not real fans and they'll find something else to complain about like those silly dunks, why can't they just shoot pretty jumpers?


Taking the heart out of the NBA will take green out of your collective NBA market, I'll bet you a dollar, Mr. Stern (it's all I got).

@Sonny Belfast - I think Kobe said we'll get over it (which we ought to), has not been canonized by the Catholic church (although he has toured the Vatican as we all should at some point) and doesn't spell things the way this band does
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUE1WeS03MQ


But if you want to be all pissy and offended, by all means do. It's a free country.

Lakers lost.. Nothing to relive here.

Hey Jamie, Outlaw, and others who are not offended by Kobes comments.

Just view the video now (post Suns games comments) and tell the rest of us that you are not put off by his demeanor and condescension...directed at YOU.

That will explain a lot.

Oh, and I would never expect an apology from the Saint...Not in a thousand years. Would you?

Go Kings!
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

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Justa: Wasted energy my sister. Argue with a fool, get a fool's response. Putting the Funs out of the Playoffs en route to our vengeance against Boston is more valuable than any half-baked apology Butler can give.


Sonny: Along the same lines, back to back rings combined with back to back NBA Finals MVP's is all the apology I need.


Since you wanna go there...don't Chris Weber, Doug Christie, Vlade & Mike Bibby owe you an apology for not getting your @$$ over the hump when y'all had the opportunity to do so?

So pfunk has been callin out MM and he is just gonna lie down and take it.. again... Not exactly the kind of attitude I expected from our blog god... Maybe he should just stick to his 5 thing to take away specialty

Jamie Sweet - that was an outstanding post. I nominate that for RCOTD!


Darth Stern is pure evil and must be stopped before this game is reduced to something less exciting than watching those floor sweeping robots. They're emotionless too, but it doesn't mean I want to spend a few hours of my time watching them.

I must have missed something here, but anyway, I love all of you. Thank you to those who said I did not warrant a reprimand for my feisty comments regarding the game last night.

I have to ask - is it the championship, or the league's concern for a good LA start to the season that begat such an easy early schedule? All these home games and then when a little road trip finally arrives, the level of competition is laughable.

The SUNS on the other hand play LA twice, MIA, ORL, ATL, BOS, SA, HOU, POR, DEN, etc etc in their first 17 games. After last night's win, I'm feeling a lot better about things, but this is ridiculous.

Probably one of the sickest moves done by Kobe. I was about 8 rows from the floor and was lucky enough to capture this moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3S417mG0y0

@Sonny - Nothing is offensive.
The question: "Hey Kobe, what are you going to tell Laker fans that are saying 'Wow, 8 and 0 start and now 8 and 2?"
The answer (Strange look on Kobe's face appears as ludicrous question is asked) "Nothing, I'm not going to tell them anything. They'll get over it."


Yup, watched it three times just to make sure I got all that offensive stuff you were alluding to. Strangely, I'm still not offended. I even put on my sensitive pants. Nope.


I'm real curious as to what you were so offended by? The fact that a star player doesn't feel the need to cow to stupid questions? What should Kobe tell us that will reduce the panickers from panicking? We'll get 'em next time? Ah shucks? What should he say? As long as were modifying what people should say, I'd like to modify a few things that David Stern, Rush Limbaugh and T-Payne say in their respective formats.


Sorry, SB, but this attempt at Blog chaos stirring is one of the weakest yet.

I have to say, that Coby shot by Grant Hill was really sick.

But I would bet some here would trade a highlight reel play for some improved shot efficiency or less turnovers from the guy who yells at his coach during timeouts.

@justanothermambafan - Thanks, lady, Lamar's reaction versus Jush Childress' reaction is a ridiculous lack of consistency (both in the 4th), Lamar's and one in the first vs the non call in the 4th was ludicrous, too.


I'm not one to blame officials, but now they can really effect the outcome of a game if they feel like it. With no clear channel for player/ref interactions I'll bet we get quite a few of these games this year. The rule is badly written and can be made better quickly, if the league was interested in coming up with a good rule. Hopefully the outcry becomes something of a tempest and the rule is done away with altogether if they don't want to revisit it.


I'll bet Kobe gets a fine. Ah, blind justice.

@jamf - Also...I like to watch floor sweeping robots. Robots are cool. ;-)

@BUTLER - I bet you'd trade every comment you've ever posted here for a banner. I'll keep the Kobe we got, thanks. You keep Jason Richardson.

Hey Utz...

If you're OK with your hero talking about you like that, I got it.
All of us get it. He could probably say just about anything and you'd be O.K. with it. Right? All that matters are rings, right? Just admit it. You'll probably feel better if you do.

I'll be gone a few more days...even if the Lakers keep losing...so have at it after this post.

But I am honestly surprised, if not disappointed, that any fans (even low-life fans) let any athlete off the hook after such remarks.

Watch the video. Watch the video.

And before you go into your narrative, feel your visceral response, your intitial honest response.

As for me, he can kiss my ass. I will never pay to watch him again.
That's how I'm getting over it.

Go Boise State!
Go Niners!
And always, go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Thank you to those who said I did not warrant a reprimand for my feisty comments regarding the game last night..
Posted by: BUTLER

Don't worry troll no ones defending you.. Like jonk said just be a man for once and come through with that promised apology to the blog.. Or else just crawl back in ur dinglehole and not show your face again

When he was asked after the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday to Phoenix what he would say to fans upset over the Lakers' recent struggles, Bryant glared and said, "I won't tell them anything. They'll get over it."
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That's exactly what he should have said. This is an 82 game marathon and the Lakers have won 80% of their games. The fans that Kobe is speaking to are the sophisticated fans who understand that last night was a fluke, who understand the big picture and who don't throw tantrums every time the Lakers lose a meaningless practice season game.

Guess what Mamba, this fan was "over it" before he left Staples Center. I was pissed at your lack of effort at the defensive end last night as well as your 8 turnovers. I thought you were the third best shooting guard on the floor for one game, behind J-Rich AND Shannon Brown, despite your near triple double. Yes, I'm over one of your un-Kobe-like performances and I'm over the loss just like I got over the 126-113 loss to denver last season when Chauncey Billups dropped 9 threes on you guys.

So if Kobe hurt anyone's feelings, perhaps those people should give a little thought to what he meant. He was talking "big picture," folks. It's that simple.

By the way, Kobe, thanks for that entertaining play in the video posted above. It was fun!

@Jamie Sweet
LOL!!!!!!
I am just sitting back with my popcorn and enjoying every minute of this!

I wish we could get one troll from every team in the league here for some more blithering drivel to laugh at.

Jamie Sweet - JRich has been a man this season. He is in his prime and has improved since becoming a SUN...I actually used to really hate him, but now he seems to have matured and is honing his game. He laid a sweet spin move on Coby last night that had Coby in awe!

yellofever - what apology are you talking about? I'm sorry that I didn't call you out last night during the 3-point barrage?

"Hey Utz...


If you're OK with your hero talking about you like that, I got it."


Hey Sonny...


If you're OK with rooting for a team who will never...ever...win an NBA championship, I got it. I don't understand it...but I get it. Losers are guttons for self punishment.


Oh, by the way, how did it feel to hear your Queens fans screaming MVP when Kobe was taking free throws in your arena? Tee-hee-hee.

\o/ @ Jamie Sweet. GO HARD!

Jamie Sweet: T"hanks, lady, Lamar's reaction versus Josh Childress' reaction is a ridiculous lack of consistency (both in the 4th), Lamar's and one in the first vs the non call in the 4th was ludicrous, too."

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I really hope that Mitch has sent a DVD to league offices with vidoe of those two reactions. L.O.'s protest was a hair more demonstrative, but he didn't put his hands up in the air like Childress did.

I agree, that rule is about "respect for the game" is fine in theory - but nonsense in reality. Stu so brilliantly says, the players aren't robots and the NBA is trying to take the emotion out of the game. I always think back to when Joey Crawford tossed Timmy out of a game a few years back because he was laughing on the bench.

They are making the refs interpret if a player is angry at themselves or at the ref for making a call. There have been a couple of times so far that it seems like a player was angry at themselves and whistled for a T. Mostly though, the refs have had a hair-trigger reaction at any sort of display of emotion, if this rule had been enacted during the '80s there would be 2 or 3 guys left to play at the end of games...

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hobbitmage: Your "I heart Bynum" t-shirt is in the mail...

Honestly though, what's goin on with you? Don't you have better use of your time than trying to bash people/players and trying to bait others to debate you? It brings the whole blog spirit down...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Had they not had a career night from 3, there would be no trolls here today.

Basketball gods are really cruel.

Trolls.

I'm out 'til housekeeping finishes 'em off. Peace!


[dbdh]

utz: "If you're OK with rooting for a team who will never...ever...win an NBA championship, I got it. I don't understand it...but I get it. Losers are guttons for self punishment."
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Poor trolls. They come here asking to be slapped down, and a pounding is what they get. You're right utz, they are gluttons for punishment.

I just wonder when these Western Conference teams will start hanging up 2nd place banners realizing that is all they'll ever get...

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htJ "Had they not had a career night from 3, there would be no trolls here today. Basketball gods are really cruel."
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Live by the three, die by it. These teams have found fools gold, and if they're banking on 22 three's a game then this will be a looooong season for the Dones.

I just wonder if they've gotten the tire treadmarks removed their backsides yet from the Lakers rolling over them like a speedbump on their way to the title. If not they could always call D-Will in Utah to find out how his treadmarks were removed...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Sonny,

Kobe KNOWS that Laker fans don't expect the Lakers to go 82-0. While Laker fans do expect them to win games, we're all smart enough and intelligent enough to know that what really matters is the hardware at the end of the season. So will we get over it? Yes. Kobe knows it, that's why he said it. We know it, maybe you should know it. So let me tell you something, get over it.

ROFTLMAO @ CyberCosmiX! 2nd place banners! PRICELESS!

How could I miss this...


Playing us IS the closest thing these scrubs will get to playing for the NBA Championship. Maybe their cities should throw a parade everytime they beat us. Heh...I can see Butler - the PACIFIC DIVISION CHAMPION BANNER HOLDER setting a few cars on fire in downtown Phoenix. LOL!

CCX - You just don't get it! We've been exposed! If teams set records for 3 pointers made against us with making 55% of them, there's a good chance they'll win.

BTW Justa - Prepare to lose it: http://yhoo.it/dy6Wzt I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

KobeMVP888,

Let me get this straight. According to KobeMVP888's official blog rules and guidelines, anybody who criticizes a Laker player after winning the championship is an "unappreciative spoiled fan", especially if that criticism is directed at Bynum or Luke, yet you have no problem criticizing the man most responsible for the past two championships (Kobe)? What's the official term for hypocrite in legalese?

Well it seems Sonny can't handle the truth. Kobe isn't my God and I love a truth teller. He wasn't being rude and he wasn't talking to Sonny so why's Sonny so offended? Well for those of us who were around from 2004-2008, we all know that Sonny has never had any love or respect for Kobe anyway so his outrage is just par for the course. Laker fans aren't offended Sonny because Kobe is right, we will get over the lost. The question remains why are you so offended, moreover is what he said the truth?


Next time Sonny pays to see Kobe play will be the first time.

Lots of fans show a lot of dislike for David Stern and I agree that some of the rules, like the technical foul rule this year, are horrible in the way they can be manipulated to change the outcome of a game.
But I am wondering, isn't there an NBA rules committee?
If so, who is on it?
Can Stern make any rule or does it need to be approved by a rules committee?

I tried googling for the info but can't find the answers.
Just looking for some clarity so if anyone knows, please share.

I am aware the owners elect the commissioner so I suppose if they were sick of him they could boot him out.

You tell em UTZ...I'd pay to see that parade!!
Mamba24...Oh this kills me, but congrats on Da Bears win, at least you're not a Fricken Packer!LOL LRob, we need to get rid of Chillie, but probably won't be this year. I wish we could get Dungy. About the Laker's, a little humble pie never hurt anyone, only makes you BETTER:)

NewMexicoLL,

Get off them fricken Packers LOL. They're my home team!
Last few games have been defensive gems for the Pack.
Go Pack Go!

Hate those cheese head thingys though!

Fan of the Mamba.........Well, I have to admit the Packers are on a role...Geez..I almost choked on saying that but it's the truth. They probably will win the division. You guys have to feel a little sorry for us getting to the superbowl 4 times and not winning one. I just hope were not in a BEAT down with the pack on Sun.

Kobe is sick...what else is there to say?

Is there any chance that there is enough bronze in the world to immortalize Kobe Bryant's sac?

http://hoopstopia.com/?p=247

I didn't really care for it, it looked WEAK.

NewMexicoLL, you're a Vikings fan?

Even though they are in our division I loved the Vikings until Brett Favre got there. He's a crap starter, a male diva and I just plain don't like him. He's an all time great though!

Many of the Packers still love Favre meaning they don't really play as hard against him, so you guys just might beat us. I give props were props are due, you guys are a great team, just going through a little drama right now. Once Brett really retires things will be alright.

The thing is... who cares if they loose? i mean, lakers know they are the best, and just care about playoffs, if they are clever, their target will not be to win every match, they need to make it to playoffs with the less efford possible thats it.

big fan of lakers, especially K.Bryant.

Big Lakers fan, Especially of K. Bryant

Big Lakers fan, Especially of K. Bryant


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