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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 97-82 loss to San Antonio Spurs

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at the Lakers' unraveling in their 97-82 loss Tuesday to the San Antonio Spurs.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details the Lakers' frustration level.

--The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald argues the Spurs won a statement game.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers' frustrations.

--Notebooks

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Pau Gasol's frustration the team is getting the ball inside more.

--The Times' Bresnahan credits Andrew Bynum's contributions.

--The San Antonio Express-News' Mike Monroe credits the Spurs' defense.

--NBA.com's Tim Price breaks down a few nuggets from the Lakers-Spurs game.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford looks at the team's lack of energy.

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers takes Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to task for playing angry.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger argues the Spurs made their case as the West's best team.

--The Orange County Register's Ding notices Gasol refusing to point the finger at Bryant.

--The San Antonio Express-News' Buck Harvey focuses on DeJuan Blair's progression.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden argues Bryant needs to be a better teammate.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers need to communicate more.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz credits Bryant for owning up to the loss.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss.

--True Hoop's Ethan Sherwood Strauss argues Bryant isn't clutch.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game through a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues tongue-in-cheek that the Lakers should trade everyone on their roster.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders if the Lakers have hit rock bottom.

--Lakers Nation's Michael Goldsholl provides a quarter-by-quarter rundown of the Lakers' loss.

--48 Minutes of Hell believes the Spurs made a statement.

Tweet of the Day: "Real talk we are playing like..., BUT its a marathon not a sprint. You can hop off the bandwagon if u want to but ull be sorry..." -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Wow this is what its like in here when adversity hits. Yes, the Lakers were terrible AGAIN. Yes, if the playoffs started today they’d probably be looking at a first round exit. But there’s plenty of time to get back on track so excuse me if I don't abandon ship." -- LRob

--Mark Medina

Photo: San Antonio guard Tony Parker, center, chases after a loose ball in front of Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, and guard Steve Blake during the Lakers' 97-82 loss Tuesday. Credit: Joe Mitchell / Reuters

 
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if everything,good or bad is an opportunity,i think that as lakerlovers, we need to act in good faith and give the boys the support and not abandon ship.this is not a matter of one or two players not doing what they have to, this is systemic.bad timing plays a role in this,but as i suggested yesterday, the team is at the bottom of the mountain like every other team

Pau Gasol claims the Lakers are "not being smart". Well, good morning Pau. I've claimed this for quite a while now. This last game we saw even more displays of utter confusion. If we employ the moronic strategy of constantly leaving shooters open on the perimeter (you know, crappy players like, say LeBron), how come we can't clog the lane and box out for rebounds? Now we're getting the "best" of both worlds: Open shooters and opponents claiming the rebounds. Nice going!

Btw, today I almost read an article by T.J. Simers by mistake. *cringing*

I love my team and I always will.

I think they'll turn it around. I hope they will.

I'm bleeding that purple and gold.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT COUNT
ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
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http://tinyurl.com/262gvke - Kobe Bryant - The Worlds Greatest
http://tinyurl.com/ybowh6l _ Kobe Bryant - Greatness Personified
http://tinyurl.com/2dh8ekd__ Kobe Bryant - SIMPLY THE BEST
http://tinyurl.com/24gl97s _ Kobe Bryant - HATE ME!!!!
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friend.
(02) JOE CORAD – CO/OWNER - To all the Lakers fans and the Laker haters. until they lose 4 games in the playoffs in any series; The Lakers are the team to beat despite their record. Every other team just wants to catch up. So trolls do enjoy, because surely when the Lakers start winning you all disappear.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DRIVER - This is not bad. It's a total bummer but as Justa says, we got this.Age is not playing into these defeats. Individuals make up a team but it's the team that falters together. Another month and things will be just fine. SAS has their big rodeo trip and things will change - in the NBA, they always do. Lakers are coming back with the New Year. Go away trolls, we are still integrating new players and one big guy.
(04) RICK FRIEDMAN – DIRECTOR - I'm betting that Phil has chosen to let his team fail enough times, so that they'll actually pay attention when he starts coaching. All these players who think they know it all because they have one or two rings, may finally be waking up this morning ready to listen. Good idea. As for the Kobe bashers, why wouldn't he think a game is on his shoulders when he looks at his team mates on the floor and sees a FAIL sign? No "players only" meeting is needed. No "by-the-book" inspirational speeches by Fish are welcome. Let's get to work, Lakers. If this edition of the team has Championship DNA, let's show it. The ASG will be here in a heartbeat. Which reminds me, a little "heart" would go a long way. Go Lakers!
(05) DICE8UP – CO/DRIVER - Why is fear all of a sudden becomes this blog? It is still December, and this things happens to a team.. especially a back to back champion team...Chillax people.. Go Lakers!!!!
(06) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX – CO/OWNER - if everything,good or bad is an opportunity,i think that as lakerlovers, we need to act in good faith and give the boys the support and not abandon ship.this is not a matter of one or two players not doing what they have to, this is systemic.bad timing plays a role in this,but as i suggested yesterday, the team is at the bottom of the mountain like every other team
(07) LROB- RIDING SHOTGUN - Wow this is what its like in here when adversity hits. Yes, the Lakers were terrible AGAIN. Yes, if the playoffs started today they’d probably be looking at a first round exit. But there’s plenty of time to get back on track so excuse me if I don't abandon ship. All the Lakers fans that are throwing all the players and coach under the bus, I have a few questions...If you screaming at Kobe today, where you screaming last year when he hit all those game winners? or in the playoffs when he iced Phoenix in gm 6? Or when he scored his other 25,000+ points? If you’ve been dogging Pau lately, where were you when he outplayed KG in the finals last year? Or when he shot 61% and avg 3 blks in the Utah series? If you’ve been ripping on Ron, where were you when he played like a superstar in gm 7 last year? Or when he held Durant to sub 35% shooting. If you’ve been salty on Fish, where were you when he gave Orlando the knockout blow in 09 or owned the 4th quarter in gm3 vs. the C's last year. If you want Phil out, what about the 5 titles he brought? Yes, the team is floundering, but after 3 straight final appearances and back to back championships I would think the Lakers have earned enough goodwill for us to stick with them doing this rough patch.
(08) EDWIN GUECO RIDING SHOTGUN2 - after 40 years following the lakers, i'm not ready to say quits bu6 just hope that talent will come tomorrow or the next game. no need to say any further criticisms because the game speaks for itself. it is not worth to say anything when u witness that all chips are down. just watch and pray that the jinx will be soon be broken. that's my position myclyne as a grieving fan. i just believe what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: "The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."
(09) HOBBIYMAGE – SECURITY - Maybe now, my words of caution make a bit more sense to you & others.
Maybe not. In any case, I'm still rollin' with the Lakers.
(10) PHRED – LOVE DISPENSER - A couple of things to cling to for anybody looking for a silver lining; This is good for us as a blog, I think. Like (not nearly as bad) the bad old days of 96 and 97, it separates the wheat from the chaff on the blog and we know who is really going to go to the wall in support of the team. Doesn't mean either glass half full, glass half empty, or glass totally empty and broken on the floor, just people who want the Lakers to win. I do know there are some very solid bloggers who have been part of the soul of this blog who aren't posting here much anymore, and some of them have been driven off by some of the relentless negative posting by some people that verges on the troll like. I do know that these people will not completely abandon the blog in its hour of need. The other good thing to remember is that I am convinced that we aren't really this bad. It's just not possible for the team that won the Finals two years in a row to be bad enough to lose like this. This means to me that we are better than our record lately, and I think based on my experience watching this team that we are a lot better than how we have been playing lately. And even if we completely lose it and go off the edge and never even make it near the finals this year, there will still be one consolation; people will hopefully stop complaining when we only win by less than ten points. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
(11) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN
(12) LAKERLASS
(13) MAMBA24
(14) TNTLAKERFAN – ARMORY SGT - There are problems, yes, but they are correctable. I would like to see us playing inside-out rather than outside-in. This could free up shooters, and increase the percentages from outside. As far as defensively, we really aren't that bad. It's our offense that needs improvement. I don't know what we are running, but it is not the triangle. do I think we can just improve with what we have? OF COURSE!
(15) JAY W. - I am confident that the Lakers can get back to the final despite all those lost. But only concern is that if the Lakers does not finish the season at the top three best record . It's going to be very tough for the Lakers to Win it all. Home course advantage make a huge different in the post season, and plus the Lakers is consider a veteran team which mean they are getting older everyday. For those of you Lakers hater , you can laugh all you want now, but the Lakers still make it to the final. Hahaha...Let's Go Lakers.
(16) DEAN GOLDY - The important thing to remeber with this slump is that the Lakers know how to win and once they get back in the groove that will begin to happen again, every night.
(17) Mitch – Trolls - I sympathize with you. It must be very difficult for you to go through life being not only
(18) PURPLE HEART - This adversity is only going to make the Lakers stronger. No worries, Lakes WILL turn this around and I guarantee by mid April they will be hitting Championship stride.
(19) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I love my team and I always will. I think they'll turn it around. I hope they will. I'm bleeding that purple and gold.

@131-92, Very Classy sir, much respect to you and your Team!

*** MITCH my apologies for leaving most of your comment off of the Bandwagon above. Correction Folows
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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT COUNT
ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
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http://tinyurl.com/262gvke - Kobe Bryant - The Worlds Greatest
http://tinyurl.com/ybowh6l _ Kobe Bryant - Greatness Personified
http://tinyurl.com/2dh8ekd__ Kobe Bryant - SIMPLY THE BEST
http://tinyurl.com/24gl97s _ Kobe Bryant - HATE ME!!!!
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friend.


(17) Mitch – Trolls - I sympathize with you. It must be very difficult for you to go through life being not only ignorant, but obnoxious as well. Take solace in the fact that there are many therapies out there that you might benefit from including lobotomy. ( My guess is that lobotomy is probably your best chance for success ) Do everyone a favor, put down the crack pipe and seek help. Now would be a good time.
(18) PURPLE HEART - This adversity is only going to make the Lakers stronger. No worries, Lakes WILL turn this around and I guarantee by mid April they will be hitting Championship stride.
(19) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I love my team and I always will. I think they'll turn it around. I hope they will. I'm bleeding that purple and gold.

WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) and counting by the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You

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http://tinyurl.com/26p8aet LET'S GET DIRTY!!!
http://tinyurl.com/2wksrv7 - IT’S TIME FOR WAR!
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I hate losing. Hate it. That said, this team is a proven championship team and they WILL turn it around. And yes - before it's too late. It's only December for pete's sake. They have too much talent and pride in themselves to be satisfied with the way things are going and not do something about it.


So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.

justanothermambafan,

you sound a bit peeved.

I'm waiting. The explosion is coming.

Kobe is mad. At himself. He's going got fix his shooting problem.

then the fire will start.

MM, when it comes I expect to see a hobbit with the rcotd.

Kobe en fuego!

Preach Fabulous Prach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hobbit - peeved? Yes. At you? No way.
(Still virtually holding your hand...)

@LROB... As usual, your post was spot on. All the calls from the once in a blue moon fair weather fans who would fire Phil, curse Kobe, trade Ron, cut Fish, and bench Pau need to chill and stand up and support their team rather than jumping off the bus like rats abandoning ship.
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The most laughable fans are those misguided souls who somehow think that resigning Mbenga or not resigning Farmar or trading Sasha are part of the reason the Lakers are in this tailspin. Stated simply, the Lakers are still struggling with injuries and the competition has improved.
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The silver lining to last night’s loss in my opinion was the continually improving play of Drew, although I do admit to screaming at him after he missed those four free-throws. You could see an immediate improvement in our interior defense and post offense with Drew in the game.
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You also have to give credit to the Spurs defense on Kobe. I have never seen him stripped of the ball so many times and there were several times when he drove and was pushed out of bounds without any call from the zebras, who seem to be responding very negatively to Kobe’s rage.
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On the other hand, I hate it when Kobe refuses to take an easy open shot and instead prefers to dribble and back his defender down only to take a highly contested low percentage fade-away shot. Kobe needs to stay within the triangle and work without the ball to get open rather than just calling for the ball over and over in heavy traffic. We need to get back to efficiently running the Triangle Offense rather than playing isolation ball. And Kobe needs to rein in his rage.
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As you aptly pointed out, there is still a lot of time for the Lakers to right the ship. The season is a marathon and not a sprint. Drew’s continued progress and increased time on the court will enable us to return to playing Lakers high percentage inside-out basketball on offense and to sealing off the paint and putting an end to the easy layups and dunks that have been killing us.
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TOM

How about a 50 win bandwagon, something a little more realistic. And It would be an honor for me to be the Driver.

We're like Clint Eastwood's movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!" This team has all the components! We're good in the beginning, bad a few weeks after 8-0 run and it's now reach the "Ugly" stage. We will be good again, I hope! Just like in the movie where the good guys ended up with the bags of gold! With some changes in pesonel, we will turn it around before the playoff. I love DFish, but he's more of the liability nowadays on both ends. Hey, I'd rather had this bad run now than in the playoff!!! This team need a big jolt to get out of their doldrums!!! It's the worst I've seen before Gasol's trade.

I don't buy Pau's argument that we need to throw the ball more inside (To him or Andrew). Pau is playing weak himself in the last few games. He's playing very little defense and wasted good passes Kobe fed him in the middle. I think Kobe is mad at Pau for not being a man in the middle and not defending the paint like he should. Too many uncontested layups yesterday. Bynum gave us more effort last night offensively and defensively!!! Kobe did his best but his shots were not falling yesterday and the refs were hard on him all night last night.

In Kobe, I Trust!

Never gone on an opposing team's site and vented years of fan frustration and I'm assuming anyone that would needs to take a much needed break on a shrink's couch to suss out the sad life that brings him to such a ledge.

Juvenile derision aside, yes, these Lakers will be competitive when it counts. Getting out of the West will be the hardest task yet on the road to 3 championships in a row. Good for the game, good for the fans.

I'm certain of one thing, none of the opposing players or coaches are counting them out.

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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT COUNT
ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friend.

(11) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I hate losing. Hate it. That said, this team is a proven championship team and they WILL turn it around. And yes - before it's too late. It's only December for pete's sake. They have too much talent and pride in themselves to be satisfied with the way things are going and not do something about it. So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.

(20) LAKERTOM - All the calls from the once in a blue moon fair weather fans who would fire Phil, curse Kobe, trade Ron, cut Fish, and bench Pau need to chill and stand up and support their team rather than jumping off the bus like rats abandoning ship. Stated simply, the Lakers are still struggling with injuries and the competition has improved. The silver lining to last night’s loss in my opinion was the continually improving play of Drew, although I do admit to screaming at him after he missed those four free-throws. You could see an immediate improvement in our interior defense and post offense with Drew in the game. ...You also have to give credit to the Spurs defense on Kobe. I have never seen him stripped of the ball so many times and there were several times when he drove and was pushed out of bounds without any call from the zebras, who seem to be responding very negatively to Kobe’s rage. On the other hand, I hate it when Kobe refuses to take an easy open shot and instead prefers to dribble and back his defender down only to take a highly contested low percentage fade-away shot. Kobe needs to stay within the triangle and work without the ball to get open rather than just calling for the ball over and over in heavy traffic. We need to get back to efficiently running the Triangle Offense rather than playing isolation ball. And Kobe needs to rein in his rage. As you aptly pointed out, there is still a lot of time for the Lakers to right the ship. The season is a marathon and not a sprint. Drew’s continued progress and increased time on the court will enable us to return to playing Lakers high percentage inside-out basketball on offense and to sealing off the paint and putting an end to the easy layups and dunks that have been killing us.
(21) WALLACE - We're like Clint Eastwood's movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!" This team has all the components! We're good in the beginning, bad a few weeks after 8-0 run and it's now reach the "Ugly" stage. We will be good again, I hope! Just like in the movie where the good guys ended up with the bags of gold! With some changes in pesonel, we will turn it around before the playoff. I love DFish, but he's more of the liability nowadays on both ends. Hey, I'd rather had this bad run now than in the playoff!!! This team need a big jolt to get out of their doldrums!!! It's the worst I've seen before Gasol's trade. I don't buy Pau's argument that we need to throw the ball more inside (To him or Andrew). Pau is playing weak himself in the last few games. He's playing very little defense and wasted good passes Kobe fed him in the middle. I think Kobe is mad at Pau for not being a man in the middle and not defending the paint like he should. Too many uncontested layups yesterday. Bynum gave us more effort last night offensively and defensively!!! Kobe did his best but his shots were not falling yesterday and the refs were hard on him all night last night. In Kobe, I Trust!
(22) VMAN - Never gone on an opposing team's site and vented years of fan frustration and I'm assuming anyone that would needs to take a much needed break on a shrink's couch to suss out the sad life that brings him to such a ledge.Juvenile derision aside, yes, these Lakers will be competitive when it counts. Getting out of the West will be the hardest task yet on the road to 3 championships in a row. Good for the game, good for the fans. I'm certain of one thing, none of the opposing players or coaches are counting them out

So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 29, 2010 at 09:35 AM

OH YES!!!!

So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.
Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 29, 2010 at 09:35 AM
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OH YES!!!! Posted by: longtimelakerlover | December 29, 2010 at 09:59 AM
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Isn't she wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Lakers could stop the bleeding tonight, let's see.

If not I recommend to JB/Mitch to make some course of action like sending a message but just a mild one that would not affect the composition of the team but a real shock to the coach and players. Fire all assistant coaches and replace them with new group who will bring new ideas and new energy as a support group to PJ. This is know as sacrificing one rook in chess to gain positional advantage, that will be the first salvo. In a way, what can those 4 really contribute at this time.

mclyne - just so you know, most of the peeps you asked about have been over at the renegade chat where we can discuss and/or vent a bit without all the extreme negativity and idiocy that has characterized this place as of late. You're welcome anytime, my friend.

Nothing like hearing from TJ Simers when we lose. Where are you when we win? Mamba24... I guess the wrong purple jerseys showed up last nite. LOL!!! The Vikes win will help the Bears out. Really think we have to move the ball around more!! Too much dribbling around. Tonite we will get back on track, keep the faith!!!

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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT COUNT
ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friend.


(23) DKWSFO - This is a mental thing and a strategy thing, not a talent thing.

Ball-hogged Kobe continues to shoot 27+ times a game won't get the job done , the less he shoots, the bigger chance the team win ,you are not the saviour ,share the ball, move the ball ,good things happen, it's that simple. people say no panic button yet,I don't think so,after 30+ games, I can tell the team won't get better, and will exit after the 1st round , they haven't beat a good team yet, they might beat some good teams in the future , but they won't 3-peat ,that for sure.

Edwin Gueco,

New assistant coaches aren't gonna make Artest and Fisher shoot better.
new assistant coaches aren't gonna move gasols hair from his neck to his minerals.
A new starting line up, I think is a better start.

lakers new CATCH22... do they increase bynums workload significantly and further risk another injury or do they continue to play gasol aka TINMAN heavy minutes and further risk damaging his fragile ego?? one way or another we're about to find out.

and last night.. when dfish hit the ground hard and charged jefferson i really thought he was gonna lay the wood on him like he did on scola... too bad he didnt.. maybe an ejection or a one game suspension couldve fired up this team and started a winning streak? those are the dfish INTANGIBLES this team really needs... but after some deliberation maybe he thought the contact may have been a bit inadvertent (which appeared that way) and perhaps he may have exaggerated his fall by overflopping? oh well.. nevertheless not a good time for that.. led to an easy layup and a T and another spurs run and that was the ballgame!

ok i think i'm done venting for today... believe it or not i still they eventually get it together.. I STILL BELIEVE!?!?

Who is the real fair weather fan?

"The season is a marathon and not a sprint."

Is this not a fair weather statement? When it rains, you have to acknowledge that it is raining. Why deny it?

I think you are better of by focusing on players not on grieving fans. Optimism is great but it has to be reasonable and fair. When it is stubborn to refuse what is real, then it can be surreal and borderline insanity.

but they won't 3-peat ,that for sure.

Posted by: shum | December 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM

And if you know this already, why do you care if Kobe shoots 27 times a game?
Run along sista and take your crystal ball with you.


@NewMexicoLL, Good Morning Ma’am. Thank you and your Vikes for assuring the Bears of the #2 Seed in the NFC. Yep I knew you were keeping the faith for The Lakers. Never had a seconds doubt!! Carry On!

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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT COUNT
ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friend.

(24) NEWMEXICOLL - Really think we have to move the ball around more!! Too much dribbling around. Tonite we will get back on track, keep the faith!!!
(25) YELLOWFEVER – OK I i think i'm done venting for today... believe it or not i still they eventually get it together.. I STILL BELIEVE!?!?

Magia32,

Well, it can either wake them up and turn the situation to desperate. There has to be a message coming from the owner who is spending a fortune for these players and coaches. It is what we refer as righting the ship, firing PJ is too abrupt although he is partly responsible for the slowdown of Laker express. Trading players in midstream is just an escape but these sets of players just gave us two championship, so we only need tweaking the team. I just thought of the assistant coaches as sacrificial lambs in imbibing new direction for the team.

It's cold and rainy outside here in L.A. The storm would pass and the sun will shine again! Like the famous quote in the "Terminator" movie, "This Team Will Be Back!"

Let's focus on the positive notes from last night instead of spitting venom all over yourselves and raise your blood pressure for one regular season loss!!!! Bynum played his best game last night and gave us everything we expected including tough presence in the paint, Barnes & Artest gave us 110% effort! And we contained Duncan to 2 points and four rebounds!!!

justanothermambafan,

I didn't think you were peeved at me.

Here's something to give you a warm glow: Kobe is going to give us his best. He's trying to find a way through the wall.

Will Pau remember how to play like a man? unknown.

Will Bynum fully recover? unknown.

Will the bench start making shots again? yes.

Will LO remain consistent? maybe/yes. [ yes, it's odd writing that. :) ]

All of that said, Kobe is trying to find a way through the wall.


snippet of the playoffs 2011:

--something shuffles .
Out of sight ...
.. something sucks the stale air
and HISSES.

Gliding with ancient grace ...
unwilling to retreat as
his predsecessor did before

eyes gleaming, untouched by love,
or joy or sorrow.

Breath hot with the taste of fallen foes
the stench of dead things, damned things ...

surely the fiercest survivor,
the purest warrior

glaring, hating ....


To be continued ...

I GIVE CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE AND RIGHT NOW ALL I CAN SAY IS THE SPURS ARE AWESOME!!!!! I HOPE THE LAKER FEEL THE WAY THEY ARE PLAYING- LIKE CRAP!

CORRECTION *LAKERS

I GIVE CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE AND RIGHT NOW ALL I CAN SAY IS THE SPURS ARE AWESOME!!!!! I HOPE THE LAKER FEEL THE WAY THEY ARE PLAYING- LIKE CRAP! Posted by: CHRISTINA MARIE | December 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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Christina Marie you wouldn't happen to be related to...BABYGIRL would you? LMAO!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT, STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!

The silver lining to last night’s loss in my opinion was the continually improving play of Drew, although I do admit to screaming at him after he missed those four free-throws. You could see an immediate improvement in our interior defense and post offense with Drew in the game.

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TOM


Posted by: LakerTom | December 29, 2010 at 09:46 AM

LOL ... Improved post offense? You mean those moves where he traveled and the refs didnt call it?

Gliding with ancient grace ...
unwilling to retreat as
his predsecessor did before
eyes gleaming, untouched by love,
or joy or sorrow.
Breath hot with the taste of fallen foes
the stench of dead things, damned things ...
surely the fiercest survivor,
the purest warrior
glaring, hating ....
To be continued ...Posted by: hobbitmage | December 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDpJoykyfOE


I may believe that aliens have stolen our BB skills, but I do know it'll all be back before the playoffs. How many wins did the Lakers have on their road to the three-peat in 2002? It's not about the regular season and home court advantage, while nice, isn't a necessity. A healthy team is a necessity.

With that said, I would shakeup the lineup a few games to spice things up. At the worst, it would make a few more losses bearable. At its best, it could energize the team.

Trolls, we banish thee back under the 3rd Street Bridge whence yee came from!!!

Bynum was great in the first half but could not do anything in the second half. He could not even make a free throw. That is the easiest part in basketball because you are on your own. If you were not playing for two months, doing nothing and receiving 1.25M a month, will you not use that idle time to perfect some aspects of your game like free throws?Well, in addressing the team the game is 48 minutes not just 24. Nobody in the Lakers line up were great last night. Our Centers could not stop Blair nor this Neal because they were no-name players. It is similar to Heat game where Chalmers, Jones and Ilgaukas did all the damages.

Here is the reality in life, there are always cycle either going up or going down. In economics, they are: boom, recession, depression, recovery and back to boom times as a continuous cycle. What is unknown is the length of time for each stages. Good organization prepare for these down ticks and make some remedial actions. At this time we cannot say we are on a down slope because the test is too short only three games, it has to be three months of a losing to declare it as a trend.

I dont support the Lakers after Shaq left the team....Gasol looks like an ostrech that fell out of a nest and Lakers could of won more Championships if Kobe did not act like a girl with PMS cause he wanted the attention. I will watch Laker games on TV but not in the stadium or buy products of Laker brands. I will not give money to Laker's owners and the players so they can live a better life. But STUPID people will support this pathetic team that are inconsistent and sometimes play like amatuers. Kobe will never be Jordan since Kobe is a girl and can be inconsistent.

@EDWIN... “Who is the real fair weather fan?” What is your motivation for always criticizing me for being optimistic, Edwin? To me, the real fair weather fan is someone like you who wants Phil to fire all of the assistant coaches. If you want to see the glass as half empty, fine with me but get off your holier than thou ass and stop criticizing me just because you cannot see through the disappointment and discouragement of a few losses early in the season and realize that we still have a long way to go and all the Lakers have to do is play to their potential to three-peat. If you prefer to slap your friends in the face and espouse the negativity and chicken little stances of the trolls, haters, doubters, and the rest of the fair weather fans, then so be it. It’s your loss.
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TOM


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I’M ON BOARD UNTIL THE TRAIN COMES OFF THE TRACKS…AND THE ONLY TRACKS THAT COUNT
ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS – BANDWAGON
*________________________________________________________________________*
(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friend.

(26) THE TRIANGULATOR - I may believe that aliens have stolen our BB skills, but I do know it'll all be back before the playoffs. How many wins did the Lakers have on their road to the three-peat in 2002? It's not about the regular season and home court advantage, while nice, isn't a necessity. A healthy team is a necessity. With that said, I would shakeup the lineup a few games to spice things up. At the worst, it would make a few more losses bearable. At its best, it could energize the team. Trolls, we banish thee back under the 3rd Street Bridge whence yee came from!!!

The Laker's problem are the coach: the coach has no offense and defense strategy adaptable to the ongoing changes of the games. Phil Jackson has nothing to offer when Triangle doesn't generate enough offense and stop penetration and pick-and-roll. He's incapable of developing new talent and new energy, draft picks all felt like being in a jail and all eager to get out. Utah's Jeff Sloan is so admirable that a few of his past and current star players are from second round pick and nondrafted and Phil sent his pick into D-league and keep 37yo Theo and 34yo Fish.

LakerTom, whatever happens to the Lakers you are still my friend. I just criticize you when you go name calling because it creates uproar on the other side and will do the same. My friend, it is not healthy to categorize others as fair weather, half empty, holier than thou, chicken little. Who is holier-than-thou in those statements? Think it over again whether ur position is right. I'm actually protecting your weakness by pointing it where the fallacies are.

Anyone else notice that ever since Shannon demanded a new nickname, he really hasn't done much?

Edwin and Laker Tom:

I respect both of you very much and do enjoy all your posts. But again, be kind to one other. We're all Lakers fans and care about our team.

Peace & Love!

Trade for Melo (not going to happen, but I think Lakers should consider trading Bynum. Melo can be our next superstar after Bryant retires)...
Bench Fish and start Blake.... There's a reason why PG's always have all star nights against us. Fish sucks!!!!

@justa
Thanks for your response- how do I get over to this "renegade chat" after the next loss?

A good news is Bynum is starting to catch up. Once he becomes the starter and Gasol playing at PF, and Odom coming out of the bench gelling with the Killer B's, the Lakers will be just fine.

"Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do."
-Napoleon Hill-

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http://tinyurl.com/262gvke - Kobe Bryant - The Worlds Greatest
http://tinyurl.com/ybowh6l _ Kobe Bryant - Greatness Personified
http://tinyurl.com/2dh8ekd_ Kobe Bryant - SIMPLY THE BEST
http://tinyurl.com/24gl97s _ Kobe Bryant - HATE ME!!!!
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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friends.
(02) JOE CORAD – CO/OWNER - To all the Lakers fans and the Laker haters. until they lose 4 games in the playoffs in any series; The Lakers are the team to beat despite their record. Every other team just wants to catch up. So trolls do enjoy, because surely when the Lakers start winning you all disappear.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DRIVER - This is not bad. It's a total bummer but as Justa says, we got this.Age is not playing into these defeats. Individuals make up a team but it's the team that falters together. Another month and things will be just fine. SAS has their big rodeo trip and things will change - in the NBA, they always do. Lakers are coming back with the New Year. Go away trolls, we are still integrating new players and one big guy.
(04) RICK FRIEDMAN – DIRECTOR - I'm betting that Phil has chosen to let his team fail enough times, so that they'll actually pay attention when he starts coaching. All these players who think they know it all because they have one or two rings, may finally be waking up this morning ready to listen. Good idea. As for the Kobe bashers, why wouldn't he think a game is on his shoulders when he looks at his team mates on the floor and sees a FAIL sign? No "players only" meeting is needed. No "by-the-book" inspirational speeches by Fish are welcome. Let's get to work, Lakers. If this edition of the team has Championship DNA, let's show it. The ASG will be here in a heartbeat. Which reminds me, a little "heart" would go a long way. Go Lakers!
(05) DICE8UP – CO/DRIVER - Why is fear all of a sudden becomes this blog? It is still December, and this things happens to a team.. especially a back to back champion team...Chillax people.. Go Lakers!!!!
(06) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX – CO/OWNER - if everything,good or bad is an opportunity,i think that as lakerlovers, we need to act in good faith and give the boys the support and not abandon ship.this is not a matter of one or two players not doing what they have to, this is systemic.bad timing plays a role in this,but as i suggested yesterday, the team is at the bottom of the mountain like every other team
(07) LROB- RIDING SHOTGUN - Wow this is what its like in here when adversity hits. Yes, the Lakers were terrible AGAIN. Yes, if the playoffs started today they’d probably be looking at a first round exit. But there’s plenty of time to get back on track so excuse me if I don't abandon ship. All the Lakers fans that are throwing all the players and coach under the bus, I have a few questions...If you screaming at Kobe today, where you screaming last year when he hit all those game winners? or in the playoffs when he iced Phoenix in gm 6? Or when he scored his other 25,000+ points? If you’ve been dogging Pau lately, where were you when he outplayed KG in the finals last year? Or when he shot 61% and avg 3 blks in the Utah series? If you’ve been ripping on Ron, where were you when he played like a superstar in gm 7 last year? Or when he held Durant to sub 35% shooting. If you’ve been salty on Fish, where were you when he gave Orlando the knockout blow in 09 or owned the 4th quarter in gm3 vs. the C's last year. If you want Phil out, what about the 5 titles he brought? Yes, the team is floundering, but after 3 straight final appearances and back to back championships I would think the Lakers have earned enough goodwill for us to stick with them doing this rough patch.
(08) EDWIN GUECO RIDING SHOTGUN2 - after 40 years following the lakers, i'm not ready to say quits bu6 just hope that talent will come tomorrow or the next game. no need to say any further criticisms because the game speaks for itself. it is not worth to say anything when u witness that all chips are down. just watch and pray that the jinx will be soon be broken. that's my position myclyne as a grieving fan. i just believe what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: "The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."
(09) HOBBIYMAGE – SECURITY - Maybe now, my words of caution make a bit more sense to you &
others. Maybe not. In any case, I'm still rollin' with the Lakers.
(10) PHRED – LOVE DISPENSER - A couple of things to cling to for anybody looking for a silver lining; This is good for us as a blog, I think. Like (not nearly as bad) the bad old days of 96 and 97, it separates the wheat from the chaff on the blog and we know who is really going to go to the wall in support of the team. Doesn't mean either glass half full, glass half empty, or glass totally empty and broken on the floor, just people who want the Lakers to win. I do know there are some very solid bloggers who have been part of the soul of this blog who aren't posting here much anymore, and some of them have been driven off by some of the relentless negative posting by some people that verges on the troll like. I do know that these people will not completely abandon the blog in its hour of need. The other good thing to remember is that I am convinced that we aren't really this bad. It's just not possible for the team that won the Finals two years in a row to be bad enough to lose like this. This means to me that we are better than our record lately, and I think based on my experience watching this team that we are a lot better than how we have been playing lately. And even if we completely lose it and go off the edge and never even make it near the finals this year, there will still be one consolation; people will hopefully stop complaining when we only win by less than ten points. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
(11) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I hate losing. Hate it. That said, this team is a proven championship team and they WILL turn it around. And yes - before it's too late. It's only December for pete's sake. They have too much talent and pride in themselves to be satisfied with the way things are going and not do something about it. So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.
(12) LAKERLASS
(13) MAMBA24
(14) TNTLAKERFAN – ARMORY SGT - There are problems, yes, but they are correctable. I would like to see us playing inside-out rather than outside-in. This could free up shooters, and increase the percentages from outside. As far as defensively, we really aren't that bad. It's our offense that needs improvement. I don't know what we are running, but it is not the triangle. do I think we can just improve with what we have? OF COURSE!
(15) JAY W. - I am confident that the Lakers can get back to the final despite all those lost. But only concern is that if the Lakers does not finish the season at the top three best record . It's going to be very tough for the Lakers to Win it all. Home course advantage make a huge different in the post season, and plus the Lakers is consider a veteran team which mean they are getting older everyday. For those of you Lakers hater , you can laugh all you want now, but the Lakers still make it to the final. Hahaha...Let's Go Lakers.
(16) DEAN GOLDY - The important thing to remeber with this slump is that the Lakers know how to win and once they get back in the groove that will begin to happen again, every night.
(17) Mitch – Trolls - I sympathize with you. It must be very difficult for you to go through life being not only ignorant, but obnoxious as well. Take solace in the fact that there are many therapies out there that you might benefit from including lobotomy. ( My guess is that lobotomy is probably your best chance for success ) Do everyone a favor, put down the crack pipe and seek help. Now would be a good time.
(18) PURPLE HEART - This adversity is only going to make the Lakers stronger. No worries, Lakes WILL turn this around and I guarantee by mid April they will be hitting Championship stride.
(19) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I love my team and I always will. I think they'll turn it around. I hope they will. I'm bleeding that purple and gold.
(20) LAKERTOM - All the calls from the once in a blue moon fair weather fans who would fire Phil, curse Kobe, trade Ron, cut Fish, and bench Pau need to chill and stand up and support their team rather than jumping off the bus like rats abandoning ship. Stated simply, the Lakers are still struggling with injuries and the competition has improved. The silver lining to last night’s loss in my opinion was the continually improving play of Drew, although I do admit to screaming at him after he missed those four free-throws. You could see an immediate improvement in our interior defense and post offense with Drew in the game. ...You also have to give credit to the Spurs defense on Kobe. I have never seen him stripped of the ball so many times and there were several times when he drove and was pushed out of bounds without any call from the zebras, who seem to be responding very negatively to Kobe’s rage. On the other hand, I hate it when Kobe refuses to take an easy open shot and instead prefers to dribble and back his defender down only to take a highly contested low percentage fade-away shot. Kobe needs to stay within the triangle and work without the ball to get open rather than just calling for the ball over and over in heavy traffic. We need to get back to efficiently running the Triangle Offense rather than playing isolation ball. And Kobe needs to rein in his rage. As you aptly pointed out, there is still a lot of time for the Lakers to right the ship. The season is a marathon and not a sprint. Drew’s continued progress and increased time on the court will enable us to return to playing Lakers high percentage inside-out basketball on offense and to sealing off the paint and putting an end to the easy layups and dunks that have been killing us.
(21) WALLACE - We're like Clint Eastwood's movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!" This team has all the components! We're good in the beginning, bad a few weeks after 8-0 run and it's now reach the "Ugly" stage. We will be good again, I hope! Just like in the movie where the good guys ended up with the bags of gold! With some changes in pesonel, we will turn it around before the playoff. I love DFish, but he's more of the liability nowadays on both ends. Hey, I'd rather had this bad run now than in the playoff!!! This team need a big jolt to get out of their doldrums!!! It's the worst I've seen before Gasol's trade. I don't buy Pau's argument that we need to throw the ball more inside (To him or Andrew). Pau is playing weak himself in the last few games. He's playing very little defense and wasted good passes Kobe fed him in the middle. I think Kobe is mad at Pau for not being a man in the middle and not defending the paint like he should. Too many uncontested layups yesterday. Bynum gave us more effort last night offensively and defensively!!! Kobe did his best but his shots were not falling yesterday and the refs were hard on him all night last night. In Kobe, I Trust!
(22) VMAN - Never gone on an opposing team's site and vented years of fan frustration and I'm assuming anyone that would needs to take a much needed break on a shrink's couch to suss out the sad life that brings him to such a ledge.Juvenile derision aside, yes, these Lakers will be competitive when it counts. Getting out of the West will be the hardest task yet on the road to 3 championships in a row. Good for the game, good for the fans. I'm certain of one thing, none of the opposing players or coaches are counting them out
(23) DKWSFO - This is a mental thing and a strategy thing, not a talent thing.
(24) NEWMEXICOLL - Really think we have to move the ball around more!! Too much dribbling around. Tonite we will get back on track, keep the faith!!!
(25) YELLOWFEVER – OK I i think i'm done venting for today... believe it or not i still think they eventually get it together.. I STILL BELIEVE!?!?
(26) THE TRIANGULATOR - I may believe that aliens have stolen our BB skills, but I do know it'll all be back before the playoffs. How many wins did the Lakers have on their road to the three-peat in 2002? It's not about the regular season and home court advantage, while nice, isn't a necessity. A healthy team is a necessity. With that said, I would shakeup the lineup a few games to spice things up. At the worst, it would make a few more losses bearable. At its best, it could energize the team. Trolls, we banish thee back under the 3rd Street Bridge whence yee came from!!!
(27) CARTER - Sean Elliot and all the NBA are getting their licks in after 3 years of dominance by the Lakers, But that's OK, that's their right, they better get them in now, because if they get this ship together, my lakers ain't gonna have no mercy on any of them.
(28) ZEN(THE ORIGINAL) - The Lakers always play bad this time of year..Im not worried...yet
(29) LAKERJ - I know the Lakers have received their wake up call. There is no way they are taking these losses in stride. Champions respond to adversity and show resiliency when it's needed most. Here come the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Watch out!
(30) BRONXLAKERFAN - I've heard some great rebuttal from Justa, Corner J and others. Many thanx to Mamba24 and others, who, while expressing their displeasure about the team's recent play, never lose sight of the big picture. I side with those folks. I'm a diehard Laker fan and I will be for the duration.
(31) CYBERCOSMIX - We have to keep in mind that it is the holidays, a time when the Lakers traditionally have taken off (well, they show up to games, playing well is another matter...). This is a team that has worked it out in the past. There is a precedence of them pulling themselves out of their tailspins, no matter that us Laker fans see three-game losing streaks as the end of the world. Well said on Kobe though, I know I can definitely take a few 'off' games to his usual brilliance he plays with on most nights...AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!
(32) ZACH FROM SAN DIEGO - first of all, GO LAKERS... ..but really is this not just a dramatic twist to spice up the season for Phil Jackson's last year. It would be boring if we won 65 games and cruised to another title, am I right or am I right? Or am i wrong? Hell this season started like a gem and progressively has made me lose more and more hair the past month. This isn't the end of the world no, but there are a lot of issues to be addressed. I don't know I just can't wait to after the All Star break. Something tells me things will FINALLY start to "matter" to this team come February-March. It's sad to say, but it's hard to be mentally prepared and in-gear for these games. Title defense motivation comes during the playoffs. The other contenders are showing us they are ready to take our crown. Bottom line it all comes down to April/May/June baby. GO LAKERS!!! HATERS ARE GONNA HATE
(33) I BLEED PURPLE AND GOLD - Really excited about the return of Bynum!! but really upset about the lost last night. Shannon Brown (mr. most improve player of the year) started off hot out the gates and now he cant find the bottom of the net. And Matt Barnes (mr. perfect game) cant find his shot either. Blake has been struggeling all year with his shot, despite a few games. It seems like the killer bees have lost their sting!!! Hopefoly we can borrow the Hornets sting tonight!!!

Food for thought.......Jackson's first threepeat in Chicago, the Bulls were 21-9. The next threepeat in Chicago the Bulls were????? Yep, you guessed it.....21-10. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. It's always tougher to threepeat. Keep the faith, and get away from the ledge. They will right the ship. Trust me.

LAKERS ARE THE THING, BUT THE PLAY OF THESE GUY'S MUST BE QUESTION. FIRST GASOL PLAY IS FLAWED HE SHOT'S TO MANY SOFT BABY HOOKS. THE MAN MUST BEGAN TO USE ALL THE SKILLS THEY SAY HE HAS, THE GUY IS TWO FEET FROM THE BASKET AND HE MISS HIS SHARE OF SHOTS. MAYBE THEY ALL ARE TRIED FROM THE FOUR SEASON OF PLAY. AND WITH THAT THEY ARE DISJOINTED AND NOT ORGANZIE. THAT OFFENSE LOOKS BAD TO CLOSE TOGATHER. NO ROOM FOR MOVEMENT, AND ARTEST STILL LOST IN WHAT SHAPE THERE IS. MAY BE THEY WILL GET IT TOGATHER IN THE COMING MONTHS. THIS TEAM MAY WIN 55 GAMES AND NO MORE THEY HAVE THE BIG HEAD THINK MORE OF THEMSELVES THAN NECCESSARY. NOT A HUMBLE GROUP, TO MANY ME ME ME AND NOT ENOUGH US WE ARE TOGATHER IN THIS.

Lakers are getting tool old! According to one sports article they are now older than both the Spurs and the Celtics, this is bad news.

The Lake Show is over. Time to move out of the way for the Mighty Spurs. (just like they did all night)


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