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Caught in the Web: Reactions to the Lakers' 109-99 loss to the Houston Rockets

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Here's one sign the Lakers have an even-keel approach. Lakers forward Ron Artest prank-called a postgame Rockets radio show pretending he was Rockets forward Luis Scola.

Game stories

--The Times' Broderick Turner details that Lakers forward Pau Gasol suffered a sore left hamstring in the team's loss to Houston.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Phil Jackson's contention that it's way too early in the season to panic about a four-game losing streak.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen highlights Shane Battier going head-to-head with Kobe Bryant.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers have missed Andrew Bynum.

Notebooks

--The Times' Turner reports Bynum will participate in half-court, four-on-four scrimmaging during Thursday's practice.

--NBA.com's Mike Miller breaks down a few nuggets from the Lakers-Rockets game.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford reports Jackson had a pregame meeting with the team breaking down the current struggles, a gathering Lakers forward Lamar Odom described as "a little unusual."

Columns

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that issues for the Lakers persist, but they have enough time to correct it.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon highlights Battier's resurgence.

-- Gasol appears in an NBA promo in the video below discussing World AIDS Day 2010.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin breaks down the Lakers' loss.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell focuses on the main highlights of the game with a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore lists six factors in the Lakers-Rockets game that left him scratching his head.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Lakers shouldn't panic right now.

---Lakers Nation's Ramneet Singh details each quarter of the Lakers-Rockets game.

--The Dream Shake's Xiane believes the Rockets can duplicate their effort against the Lakers consistently throughout the season.

Tweet of the Day: "Phil Jackson said tonight was 'probably the worst game of the season' for Gasol. No argument here. Eight points on two-for-eight shooting." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "What’s ironic is that one of the main reasons why the Lakers are enduring their first 4-game losing streak since acquiring Pau Gasol has been the overall uninspired, tepid, and soft play of Pau Gasol. You almost do have to ask yourself what is wrong. Pau is actually only playing 2 minutes per game more than last year and we are only one fifth of the way into the regular season. Yet, even after taking off the summer from playing to be fresher this year, Pau looks and is playing like he’s completely beat. … That’s not to say that Pau’s poor play is the only reason we are losing. O

Obviously, the inflated shooting from beyond the arc is starting to come back to earth. But other than a couple of good stretches by the bench led by Matt Barnes, the Lakers offense once again generally stagnated into a series of isolations. And even though many of the plays tonight were for Lamar or Pau or even Ron, we ended up playing o1-on-1 with the other four guys standing around. The great ball and player movement we loved early in the season seem to have disappeared along with our winning ways." -- Laker Tom

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to draw a charge from Houston forward Shane Battier in the second half Wednesday night. Credit: Pat Sullivan / Associated Press

 
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*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship.
(03) JAMIE SWEET – DRIVER2 - I'm not freaking out, this team deserves our support
in light of it's back-to-back ways; the troubling thing is the quality of team we're losing to.
.500-ish teams should be a nuisance and we're letting them hang around and feel like they can
ball with us. It'll happen, we'll get our focus and moxie back, guys who are missing easy shots
will hit them, Kobe'll make a couple more 36 foot shots, Pau will shoot more than 8 times.
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1
(05) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 – Worried? Nope. Embarrased? Yep!!!!!!!!!
(06) FAN OF THE MAMBA – SECURITY -
(07) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERRIFF - Oh well ... better 2 lose games in November than June
Still @ this rate ... I'm gonna have 2 start paying a therapist again for my laker blues ...
(08) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN - They're still gelling as a team, same as
Miami. And by June, this Lakers squad might be firing on all cylinders. But in their current
state, the Lakers defense isn't nearly as good as last year's squad or the year before's.
(09) APPOLO C. VERMONT – SECURITY - ..Go Lakers!!!!!3 peat and beyond...
(10) HUGO BOSS - Get the losing streak over with now rather than later.
(11) CYBERCOSMIX - The Lakers gotta snap outta the funk they're in. They look a step
slow and not in sync.
(12) ISLAND PRIEST - This may be a blessing in disguise because I was wary of my fellow Laker
fans who were proclaiming an automatic 3 peat. Maybe now we can concentrate in getting
through the regular season. Phil should not make excuse for Gasol/Odom. They are getting paid
millions of dollars and when duty calls you gats to MAN the %^*( UP!! I personally work 9 hours
a day and spend couple hours in the gym 4 times a week. So playing 40 minutes a game is no big
deal. Gasoft get your ass in that game and perform man.
(13) VMAN"support your team" doesn't mean shrug off the worst losing streak since Pau landed as
a "we got this". This is frustratin' stuff and if ya can't vent here, where can ya vent? isay screeeaaaam.
Let it out or before it boils over! arrrrrrrrrrgh! Miami won, San Antonio won, Boston won, and we're
on 4 Ls and counting??????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! yEah it's early, yeah, Andrew will help, but
this sucks, period. If you're not at least bothered, check your pulse, you may be legally dead.
(14) MUD - i hated that game and the team certainly has issues right now, but i'm not ready to
give up on them yet...
(15) LROB - Okay this is the first loss that got my blood boiling a little. Pau must be hurting.
There's no way he can play that lifeless, right? Kobe and Fish fouling 3pt shooters with the game
on the line. Kobe and Fish giving away the nice double digit cushion right before halftime.
Okay I just had to vent a little. Just a hiccup in the road. Carry on!
(16) THE TRIANGULATOR - The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! Hey Chicken Littles, this is
the best thng that could happen to this team. Flat-Footed D & Stonehenge Offense, but still
winning games early in the season, leads to the complacency we're experiencing. You've heard
the football saying "On Any Given Sunday", well with the NBA it's "On Any Given Night, Any
Team Can Win in the NBA!" Now, add to that that every team from 2 to 30 wants a piece of the
NBA Back-to-Back Champs ( Not to Mention the 2nd Winningist NBA Championship Franchise
in History), and even undersized, injury depleted teams are going to bring it against the Lakers.
The media may have the Lakers flying under the radar, but all of these teams have placed a target
on the backs of the Lakers. They are salivating for the tipoff each and every time they play the
Lakers. Flat-footed D & No Continuity on Offense Gives Each of these Sub-500 Teams a Window
of Opportunity that Translates into 4 Straight Losses! Good! Embarrassment Early for this Team
will payoff dividends. Tired or Not, They are Playing Down to the Opposition. Eating A little
Humble Pie is good for the egos that believe they can turn it on and off as needed. If I Were PJ,
I Would Have "Los Losers" sweatshirts made up for the entire team and make it mandatory attire
at each practice for every losing streak of 2 or more games... Go Lakers! Right the Ship!
(17) LAKESHOWINPHX - Here come all of the trolls beating up on L.A.! ha ha you all make me laugh!
no doubt the Lakers are in a funk, but it doesn't mean they're not going ng to right the ship!
(18) LAKERS4REALZ - I love this....mainly because it is early...yes I too scream at the tv hoping that
the lakers play SOME defense. He ll...I could have probably beat them single handedly tonight.
Again, another poor game down the stretch..it frustrates me , mainly because I dont see the grit and heart....point is it is EARLY folks. Dont trade anyone, dont go crazy, it is funny if we had won these
4 games, people would be annointing us the next quadruple peat team.......Anyway, take it in stride
....AS long as we are back in business come JUNE...this will ALL be a long memory. Remember last
year how we lost about 7 out of 10 games towards the END of the season..and people were writing
us off......Yes 4 in a row to lose is bad...especially the way we lose games this year (we basically
HAND it over to the other team, dont play defense.....etc etc) however, we will be standing with
Larry Obrien in the end..mark my words. Take it easy people.
(19) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Let's hope this 4 game losing streak serves as a wake up call. Still lots
of BB to be played. Slumps happen. Plenty of time to right the ship. Soon would be a good time to
start. Is it time for a team meeting yet? With Krispee Kreme Hot N Now donuts. Mmmm, that's the ticket.
(20) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – I am NOT worried. I stand tall as a proud Laker fan.
However, I am still thinking start Luke! Give Pau some rest by having
LO move over to C during big stretches of the game. They need to split time there.
(21) RICK FRIEDMAN - Dear Lakers: Just do whatever PLG says.
(22) LAKERHOLIC - I have never seen Kobe act this way. There is no fire. He is smiling and congratulating the guys that beat him. Where is the scowl? Where is the game face? Where is the Black Mamba? The last bunch of games, when it comes down to "winning time", I haven't seen the Lakers that I am use to. I haven't seen the Kobe that I am use to. Pau is lethargic. He feels he is playing too many minutes. I don't think he liked Phil calling him out for not being aggressive enough. Since then he has lost his mojo - except for the perfect game of course. He probably wanted another big man as well. He didn't get one. He needs more sleep or vitamins or something. He had the summer off? It is early in the season... ? Drew. We need you. They held on pretty well until the Thanksgiving - when they thought you would be back. The glaring difference between the wins and losses is ball movement - guys creating easy shots for other guys. I think Kobe has to go into Magic mode. He is feeling he has to take on the scoring load with Pau playing like crap, but we always play better when he is the facilitator. Guys feel honored that he passed them the ball and they want to do well. He draws a double team, so there is always an open guy. I am a Lakorholic.
(23) TIM-4-SHOW - It's not that losing 4 in a row equates to impossible to win a title. It's only 4 games in the SECOND (MM?) month of the season and has no bearing on playoff outcomes. However, championship caliber teams just don't go on thse sorts of slides and especially don't go on them against sub .500 teams. It doesn't determine anything in of itself, but also does not bode well. Thankfully, the eastern teams do not look insurmountable and the Lakers are a different team with Bynum in the line-up.
(24) ANDY L. - After a gazillion half hearted games we'll be right there in the playoffs again tearing it up. But must it be so gawd damned hard every time??? I don't enjoy close games against crap teams. It only makes me annoyed, even if we end up winning

RCOTD = LAKERTOM = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's amazing that a Phil Jackson team has never lost 4 straight games until now. And this Laker team, on paper, might be one of his most talented teams.

I think LakerTom is right in singling out Pau Gasol's recent play as a huge issue during this streak. But the bottom line is that Pau is playing out of position. Night in and night out Pau has to go up against guys that are bigger and stronger than him. It's obviously wearing on him. Andrew Bynum's return will be a much needed relief for Pau.

I am not in the sky is falling crowd. I'm not worried at all. This Laker team is excellent at handling adversity. I expect the Lakers to come back very strong at some point. I think they just need something to motivate them. Playing these inferior teams has grown old for our Lakers. I think once we get to some statement games, like against the Spurs, Thunder, Celtics and Heat, we will see the Lakers that we are used to seeing.

Go Lakers!

As much as I hate this losing streak, but more how low-energy/inefficient we've played lately (win or lose), as a sports fan, I'm fascinated by what will happen next. Will this rouse the Lakers to strap on their armor, sharpen their swords and become the warriors we know they can be? Or will they break into little pieces forcing Kobe to go all stellar to try to bootstrap them back into greatness?

Will Phil stand up for a whole game to prove a point?
Will Dr. Buss ban Drew from all Playmates and Ferrari's, making a similar vow himself to show camaraderie?
Will Luke be seen haunting Pauley Pavilion late at night practicing his fundamentals with the ghost of Coach Wooden?
And what about the bunnies?

This is going to be a season to remember, but it will all get back to basics. Back to back championships mean nothing now; it's all about good old fashion do-your-job basketball from here on out.

In that light, I give you a man who knew the basics, and sits in this video with nothing but an out-of-tune guitar and a mic, and totally knows how to do the work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1zsRRt1FWE&feature=related

And congrats to LakerTom!


why is Pau uninspired, tepid, and soft in the 2nd month? It is like a boxer receiving body blows for the first 8 rounds, by the 9th round, the flesh weakens and the mind has no more power on the flesh. Because Pau has been playing long minutes, he's not used to that role. While we blamed Pau, we exonerates the real culprits - the injuries of bynum and ratcliff. Because of their inaction or out of commission Pau filled up the void and also the beating.

Anyway eventhough we are all labeled with names as trolls, rats and fairweathers, I still salute and congratulate the best writer in the blog, Lakertom for being chosen the RCOTD. It would be more pleasant to read the beautiful prose if it would stick with analysis and less on name calling or labeling.

TIME OUT!

Listen to this:

http://thegame.podbean.com/2010/12/02/ron-artest-calling-in-as-luis-scola/

Perspective, y'all... perspective.

DBDH!

Rocky- Keep dreaming you can spend it anyway you like. This team has more problems than motivation issuses, not just Pau but Kobe is a energy killer.

To much 1 on 1 crap, very lack on defense and DFish has no business in the game period. I'm just saying, this team can't be fix just because Drew returns, he can't play all 5 positions you think.

Let's hope next game they show a little more HEART in the closing minutes.

L.T.- Dude...nice.

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED… JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship..


(25) ROCKY - I am not in the sky is falling crowd. I'm not worried at all. This Laker team is excellent at handling adversity. I expect the Lakers to come back very strong at some point. I think they just need something to motivate them. Playing these inferior teams has grown old for our Lakers. I think once
we get to some statement games, like against the Spurs, Thunder, Celtics and Heat, we will see the
Lakers that we are used to seeing.
(26) 63 FOOTER - As much as I hate this losing streak, but more how low-energy/inefficient we've
played lately (win or lose), as a sports fan, I'm fascinated by what will happen next. Will this rouse
the Lakers to strap on their armor, sharpen their swords and become the warriors we know they can
be? Or will they break into little pieces forcing Kobe to go all stellar to try to bootstrap them back
into greatness? Will Phil stand up for a whole game to prove a point? Will Dr. Buss ban Drew
from all Playmates and Ferrari's, making a similar vow himself to show camaraderie? Will Luke
be seen haunting Pauley Pavilion late at night practicing his fundamentals with the ghost of Coach
Wooden? And what about the bunnies? This is going to be a season to remember, but it will all get
back to basics. Back to back championships mean nothing now; it's all about good old fashion
do-your-job basketball from here on out. In that light, I give you a man who knew the basics, and sits
in this video with nothing but an out-of-tune guitar and a mic, and totally knows how to do the work:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1zsRRt1FWE&feature=related

give sasha some playing time damnit!! i really wanna see him play for the lakers but if phil doesnt want to give him some opportunity, they must trade him. i would rather see him in a weak team that he can plays than being a bench in lakers. dont waste his talent though he annoys everybody. his D is good and as well as his shooting

The sky is not falling but fans are just being realistic in searching for solutions why we are losing 4 consecutively while started the season with 8 wins in a row? The problem in this blog, sometimes we don't consider the views of everyone but just stick to the stubborn lakerholic viewpoint which is sometimes self serving and purely cheer leading without any recourse akin to solutions or extend the courtesy in acknowledging other contrary views. This is like a guy from Michigan who is used to cold winter, he thinks he can handle the weather in North Pole. The sky may be falling to cockiness and braggadocios of those who are not used to losing, they are just back to earth and may listen to realism and humility.

Bottom line the game is played inside out, reason for success on perimiter early was they where playing this way. Gasol and Odom where making aggresive drives to the hole out of the post up, but now are settling for jumpers and fade aways.

Kobe is given the ball too late in the shot clock and when he posts up no one is cutting which forces him into a tough shot, cant blame him. Also, no one is defnding the rim or jumping forrebounds.

Andrew will help because as stated before Gasol can go back to PF, I dont think he is tired or worn out I think he is sick of playing C so his effort isnt the same

Its all correctable they should win next 3 but the big test will be in Chicago next Friday !

The sky is not falling but fans are just being realistic in searching for solutions Posted by: Edwin Gueco | December 02, 2010 at 08:51 AM
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KUDOS!!! And, Yes, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED… JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship..


(27) EDWIN GUECO - The sky is not falling but fans are just being realistic in searching for solutions
why we are losing 4 consecutively while started the season with 8 wins in a row? The problem in this
blog, sometimes we don't consider the views of everyone but just stick to the stubborn lakerholic
viewpoint which is sometimes self serving and purely cheer leading without any recourse akin to
solutions or extend the courtesy in acknowledging other contrary views. This is like a guy from
Michigan who is used to cold winter, he thinks he can handle the weather in North Pole. The sky
may be falling to cockiness and braggadocios of those who are not used to losing, they are just
back to earth and may listen to realism and humility.
(28) PMAC - Kobe is given the ball too late in the shot clock and when he posts up no one is cutting
which forces him into a tough shot, cant blame him. Also, no one is defnding the rim or jumping
for rebounds. Andrew will help because as stated before Gasol can go back to PF, I dont think he is
tired or worn out I think he is sick of playing C so his effort isnt the same Its all correctable they
should win next 3 but the big test will be in Chicago next Friday

Its all correctable they should win next 3 but the big test will be in Chicago next Friday Posted by: mamba24 | December 02, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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Speaking of Chicago and the Bulls...nice game last night! LOL! Orlando 108 Chicago 77! With Boozer in the lineup. Noah had no rebounds...NOAH HAD NO REBOUNDS!!! WTH?

TIME OUT! Listen to this: http://thegame.podbean.com/2010/12/02/ron-artest-calling-in-as-luis-scola/ Perspective, y'all... perspective.Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | December 02, 2010 at 08:31 AM
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LMAO!! Why Ron Ron, Why? LOL!

@Art - I enjoyed your post. Well said minus the Krispee Kreme's...lol.


@Triangular - so true...so true.


@Edwin - I'm heading to North Pole as we speak...I CAN HANDLE IT!


@Mamba - tell me about Noah's zero rebounds. I have him and Pau on my fantasy team...ouch!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ragdDUeQ3rk

The L's were doing fine with the lead halfway thru the 4th Q and then PJ takes the B's out, Kobe comes in with Fish and even though 24 made a few tough shots the team D went in the toilet. Pau looks very slow, fatigued. You could say soft but I think it is more than that. Injured possibly, he looks like he's wearing cement boots with no quick moves and no legs to rebound or defend. He missed 17 games with a hammy last year which is scary. No Bynum, no Pau, no Ratliff = no chance. The way Pau's game is deteriorating we are reaching that point. I hope I am wrong and he'll catch a second wind or we are back to the Pre Pau Lakers where everyone stands around and prays Kobe will save the day.

LakerTom

This Friedman is long overdue. You are consistently one of the most eloquent posters on here with a deep understanding of this team. Congrats!

Mamba24

What's matter? My: "This is nauseating" post on the previous thread doesn't qualify for the "not worried, just pissed off" bandwagon? :)

MAMBA24 -

Good Day to you sir! Sorry I missed the game last night, but from reading the comments from yesterday and today, I can see that a great number of Laker fans are concerned.

My take on things - I'm neither worried, but nor am I pissed off. I'm more befuddled to be honest. I just don't get it.

As far as I'm concerned, can't focus on it too much, since Friday we play Sacramento. Perhaps things will be supremely addressed over the long weekend, since our next game isn't until tuesday (I believe).

I hope everyone is having a good Thursday!

By the way - what's up with "bunnies"? Put me on the befuddled bandwagon for that as well.

What's matter? My: "This is nauseating" post on the previous thread doesn't qualify for the "not worried, just pissed off" bandwagon? :) Posted by: KobeMVP888 | December 02, 2010 at 09:18 AM
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LMAO!! Sorry sir, just early signs of senility on my part. I shall rectify that error immediatley!!!

Cali - Not the bunnies!

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED… JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship..


(29) CALIPHLOSOPHER - My take on things - I'm neither worried, but nor am
I pissed off. I'm more befuddled to be honest. I just don't get it. As far as I'm concerned, can't focus on
it too much, since Friday we play Sacramento. Perhaps things will be supremely addressed over the
long weekend, since our next game isn't until tuesday (I believe).
(30) KOBEMVP88 - This is nauseating. The Lakers are aging and it is showing. I know it's early,
but the sooner Bynum comes back, the better. We will need him healthy from the time he returns
to end this season. Fortunately, this is happening now so there's plenty of time to right the ship,
but it is concerning

@CALIPHILOSOPHER, Good morning sir. Of course we knew Cali of Philosphy and time shifting fame would not be worried. Some things are constant like the speed of light. Wait a minute they found out even that is not constant. Why that means that the only constant thing in the entire Universe one can be sure of is...Yes, Yes Caliphilosopher. THANK YOU LORD!!!! And Cali, your assignment should you decide to take it is to save THE BUNNIES!! 63 Footer and Fabulous Justanothermambafan can fill you in on the details....Carry on sir!

Maybe the Lakers need an all purpose utility man who stays focused on the job needing to be done, like this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=P9Fyey4D5hg

By the way of anyone is interested about the speed of light not being constant: http://tinyurl.com/5zscb9

I'm not worried. I'm not even pissed off anymore. As much as I hate this losing streak, I have to believe it's an anomaly. This team is just too good for this to become a season-long pattern. Let's give our guys the benefit of the doubt and believe they'll right the ship. Does anyone really believe that these guys don't want to win? That they don't want to 3-peat? That they don't know what it will take? Exactly. 'Nuf said.

Music CRUE - my morning commute has the King reminding us that it's definitely time to JAM!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAq0AsZjBkk

I know that every tries to keep an even keel and it's the "practice" season and all, but...

WHEN CAN I START TO PANIC???!?! ARGHHH!!!

I can only really watch games that are nationally televised so have not watched a game since the Utah loss. These losses feel like when a loved one has passed away and you know they are dead but it just feels like you haven't seen them in awhile. I will get to watch the game against Sac so I'm hoping to see that our Lakers have come back to life.

Art - I'm not sure whether to smile or die of cuteness. Coffee might help. Still that pup's waaaay more energetic than Pau's been lately.

mamba24 - there's a stronger (more predictive) theory that keeps light as a constant, doesn't used exotic matter, but does use a 7-dimensional super-planar with something called Inverse Gravity that works at a sub-quantum level, that's much more relevant.

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cali - there's a commercial that airs here about a new hotel/resort in Vegas. They're slogan is something like "just the right amount of bad". They go back and forth between showing people doing "bad" things, and really cute kittens & bunnies over-running the hotel. Then a woman picks up just one of the bunnies and puts it outside. It's weird but pretty funny.

Then during the gamees, the guys have been missing those little "bunnies" close to the rim.

Put the 2 together, and me & 63 started in with the "OH NOOOOOO - NOT THE BUNNIES!!!" Then Mamba24 picked it up and now it's justa our "schtick". LOL!

Man, terrible 4 game stretch. I'm beginning to think that the NBA is showing more parity among teams than ever before. A motivated weaker team can take out an unmotivated superior team on any given day/night.

As well as the Lakers opened the season, it is clear that w/out Bynum and/or additional bigs, the Lakers will suffer defensively.

Gasol/Odom as our core interior defenders will never be the consistent shot challengers that we need to prevent/alter easy points in the paint. We will continue to get burned off the dribble/pick and rolled to death. As long as there is nobody in the middle saying "oh no you don't" teams will continue to exploit this hole and accumulate easy baskets.

If that's how it is, we will increasingly rely on a juggernaut offense to score and score and cover-up our defensive flaws. It's hard to be a juggernaut every night, so we should expect that on days when our shots aren't falling, we will lose even to teams that have no business being on the floor with us.

oops - typo - "their" slogan - not "they're" slogan...

pass me another latte please.....

LakerTom FTW!!


Tom - if it wasn't for me bribing MM to get some Friedman Awards thrown my way, you'd probably win a lot more often!


You're one of the better writers on here. I've told you this before - love your posts! Keep 'em coming.


I know that every tries to keep an even keel and it's the "practice" season and all, but...WHEN CAN I START TO PANIC???!?! ARGHHH!!!Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | December 02, 2010 at 09:38 AM
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LMAO!!! Now, Now, there, settle down. I am sending out for some Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic Tonic at this very moment. Just hold on this to shall pass!!!

MM - curious question - are you going to have a chat tonight for the Big Event?

This was the poorest showing yet. The Lakers look flat and tired. And what is up with Ron and Phil? Is Ron in the doghouse? And Pau hasn't looked great, but is hardly the problem. It is that there is no one else to take the pressure off of him inside, and Kobe has also looked fairly poor the last two games as well. The whole team is out-of-sync right now....

justa - you actually started it; I am but a bandwagoneer for the bunnies. (Riding shotgun.)

And, of course, my son has two bunnies here, and they're always egging me on when that commercial comes on. They think the kittens are stupid and there should be more bunnies.

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship.
(03) JAMIE SWEET – DRIVER2 - I'm not freaking out, this team deserves our support
in light of it's back-to-back ways; the troubling thing is the quality of team we're losing to.
.500-ish teams should be a nuisance and we're letting them hang around and feel like they can
ball with us. It'll happen, we'll get our focus and moxie back, guys who are missing easy shots
will hit them, Kobe'll make a couple more 36 foot shots, Pau will shoot more than 8 times.
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - I'm not worried. I'm not even pissed off anymore. As much as I hate this losing streak, I have to believe it's an anomaly. This team is just too
good for this to become a season-long pattern. Let's give our guys the benefit of the doubt and believe
they'll right the ship. Does anyone really believe that these guys don't want to win? That they don't want to 3-peat? That they don't know what it will take? Exactly. 'Nuf said.



(29) CALIPHLOSOPHER - My take on things - I'm neither worried, but nor am
I pissed off. I'm more befuddled to be honest. I just don't get it. As far as I'm concerned, can't focus on
it too much, since Friday we play Sacramento. Perhaps things will be supremely addressed over the
long weekend, since our next game isn't until tuesday (I believe).
(30) KOBEMVP88 - This is nauseating. The Lakers are aging and it is showing. I know it's early,
but the sooner Bynum comes back, the better. We will need him healthy from the time he returns
to end this season. Fortunately, this is happening now so there's plenty of time to right the ship,
but it is concerning

CowTown - WE are Laker fans. WE don't panic. WE may suffer bumps and bruises along the road to glory, but WE never say die. WE never surrender. And WE will prevail.


Panicking is what Meat fans do. Or Clipper fans. Or fans of any other team in the league that know that their team's regular season game against the Lakers IS their Finals.


If 4 losses doesn't grind at ya, time to reapply for Lakerholic status. The higher your expectations the harder they fall.

It doesn't take much to go from champ to chump. Get a bit out of balance and this league will catch ya. We're all about June but that doesn't mean December doesn't matter.

Hate to harp on Pau, but it starts with him. He's the point of the triangle from which it flows best. Kobe's not up to superhero form this year so with the 2 time champ bullseye on our jersey, the games we're "supposed to win" aren't as easy as they've been.

Hate to put all hope on Andrew's health, but how ya feelin' big guy???

And, of course, my son has two bunnies here, and they're always egging me on when that commercial comes on. They think the kittens are stupid and there should be more bunnies. Posted by: 63 Footer | December 02, 2010 at 09:48 AM
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63 Footer...shhhhhh, Justa is Cat people! But me, Hell Yeah!!I dig Bunnies!! You have some very smart sons there sir!!!!

Panicking is what Meat fans do. Or Clipper fans. Or fans of any other team in the league that know that their team's regular season game against the Lakers IS their Finals. Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 02, 2010 at 09:49 AM
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DAMN!!! Do I have to say it?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!!!!

mamba24 - I'm all for the kittens, it's the bunnies that don't like them much. Something about "hogging the limelight."

By the way, the bunnies here are not panicking one bit about the four game slump, though the Pau fan among them wants to slap Gasol with a carrot to get him to wake up.

Obviously, this is a small part of a very long season, and you can't ignore the great start. Pau is tired but shouldn't let that get to deep in his head; gotta fight through with heart. Bigger issue is Bynum's return. Great center but fragile. Can he even last from January through the playoffs without getting hurt? His knees just may not be able to take the stress of a long NBA season (he has had problems every year). Buss and Mitch need to consider very carefully whether or not it is short or long term relief that is really needed in the center position. The fans should be ultimately much more worried about Bynum's softness than Gasol's

By the way, the bunnies here are not panicking one bit about the four game slump, though the Pau fan among them wants to slap Gasol with a carrot to get him to wake up. Posted by: 63 Footer | December 02, 2010 at 09:53 AM
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LMAO!! I should have known those Bunnies would be Cool under pressure! RIGHT ON FOR THE BUNNIES!!!! But...Bunnies, bunnies, no slapping Pau with the carrots! Nice Bunnies!

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship.


(31) DWNTWN ATTY - Man, terrible 4 game stretch. I'm beginning to think that the NBA is showing more parity among teams than ever before. A motivated weaker team can take out an unmotivated superior team on any given day/night. As well as the Lakers opened the season, it is clear that w/out Bynum and/or additional bigs, the Lakers will suffer defensively. Gasol/Odom as our core interior defenders will never be the consistent shot challengers that we need to prevent/alter easy points in the paint. We will continue to get burned off the dribble/pick and rolled to death. As long as there is nobody in the middle saying "oh no you don't" teams will continue to exploit this hole and accumulate easy baskets. If that's how it is, we will increasingly rely on a juggernaut offense to score and score and cover-up our defensive flaws. It's hard to be a juggernaut every night, so we should expect that on days when our shots aren't falling, we will lose even to teams that have no business being on the floor with us.

Pau is tired but he is also injured and that IS a problem when u have to play for almost 40 minutes every day. And everybody should remember this is ANDREW BYNUM'S FAULT because he DIDNT WANT SURGERY TO PLAY WITH US TEAM.

again, nothing to be concerned about. it's time for phil to begin playing the entire team even if it equates to additional loses becasue we're losing already at the expense of compromising the health of players. my biggest concern regarding fatigue and injuries came to fruition last night when pau was taken to the locker room for his "hammy." remember, kobe is playing on a surgically repaired knee and is already trying to compensate for the team's lack of offensive production; Lamar is coming off of the FIBAs and he was contending with fatigue along with nagging aches & pains last season. we had a good run in the beginning of the season now it's time to adjust until Andrew's return. will it cost us games? absolutely, but at this point, it's going to be more important to head into the playoffs with momentum and above all else, HEALTHY!

in my opinion, the real gamble is placing our entire season and championship hopes on AB's ability to not only get healthy but to remain that way upon his eventual return; i'm sure the FO is really evaluating this situation. if all hopes are pinned on AB and he fails to remain on the floor (especially if it's after the trade deadline) then we can all begin to legitimately panic - ok, i'll tone it down a bit and use the phrase "be concerned" - because it's obvious that the team is competitively challenged without a legit "5" on the roster.

enough games have been played this season so opposing teams have plenty of film to review and play accordingly against the champs. it just makes it that much harder for every game the lakers play because everyone is out to beat them - for obvious reasons - so any kink in our armor is completely exploited.

the 'chip is not in jeopardy, so the focus has to remain on getting into the playyoffs at the highest possible "seed" with momentum and health. pau needs to take off of friday even if it means another loss and we need to see more of luke, sasha, ebanks and caracter in order to spread the minutes around; it's still early in the season so it's a luxury that should not be wasted. i don't even care about the X-mas game anymore. to heck with statements because we're going to have much bigger fish to fry and fry they will!

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

Pau is the MVP of the team, as he goes the Lakers go.

LakerTom - Congrats on RCOTD


@LFICT - consider yourself fortunate you didn't have to watch the last few games....


@63 Footer - If the Lakers play like Rory we'll be okay...but that's a big IF.


@Justa - A nice Jam to help us get refocused!


Well its time for the Lakers to start over like Mr. Lennon suggests

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJ2AoEwDvY

OldHippy - don't tell me where to build my sandcastles. If I'm at the beach and there's a bucket handy, that's where I'm a-buildin' them.

Me and Jimi both love our castles made of sand:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZywxsJtkw3A

63 - kittens are better than bunnies every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Come on, man. Get with the program. One too many sand castles? Or carrots?

OK 63 footer right back at you!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PczW76rpTbM

JAMF and Mamba, thx for the talk down from the ledge (and I'll take that tonic, heck, even tonic water will do at this time).

76-6 here we come!

@63
well said! Wow, Rory G, rocks! Since this performance happened when I was two, I haven't heard of him before. Thanks for enlightening me. Keep em coming!

That song reminds me a bit of this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtEAp-Rybl0

As for the Lakers, the sky is not falling, but this is getting ridiculous! I don't want to hear people using Bynum's absence as a huge factor because this team has enough talent to compete with EVERY SINGLE team in the league without him. Yes, he makes a lot of things easier, especially on the defensive end, but we can and will win games without him.

63 - kittens are better than bunnies every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Come on, man. Get with the program. One too many sand castles? Or carrots? Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 02, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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Yes Bunnies are nice as are kittens, but nothing beats...NUTLESS MONKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blake Griffin is special....He straight owned the Spurs last night.

http://hoopstopia.com/youve-been-owned-blake-griffin-on-the-spurs/

This guy is dominant!

CowTown - no worries, anything for a fellow Lakerholic! You've been kind of MIA lately... hope all is well. Miss you around here.

Mamba24 - noooooooo don't start the nutless monkey conversation again! LOL - I don't think I could take it.

JAMF and Mamba, thx for the talk down from the ledge (and I'll take that tonic, heck, even tonic water will do at this time). 76-6 here we come! Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | December 02, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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Thank Goodness! Take it sir, you will feel better almost immediately!!! TRULY!!!

Time to panic.. No

Time to scream.. Yes

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

@Fabulous control yourself! Some people love their Nutless Monkeys just as much as you - Yes You - love your cats. Their is room in Lakers Nation for Bunny people, Cat people, Dog people and yes even NUTLESS MONKEY People!

Time to panic.. No Time to scream.. Yes AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Posted by: yellofever | December 02, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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ROTFLMAO!! Stop it it!!!!

The best thing about last night's 4th loss in a row: It's been largely wiped-off the national NBA radar by tonight's Heat game in Cleveland.

@mamba
they're baaaack! Oh how I missed the nutness monkeys!

On a serious note, CONGRATS LakerTom on your Friedman! Superb!

justa - I LIKE kittens. But I have unruly Lakers-luvin' bunnies here. What'm I gonna do?

mclyne - get thee to YouTube and watch as much Rory as possible (especially my personal favorite A Million Miles Away from the Irish Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxiEMpcI83E); he's a master and not as well-known as others. And with your pick (a great one), everything comes back to Robert Johnson in the end.

LRob with the Lennon. I always listen to what he says.

mamba24 - careful with those nutless monkeys, they're not good on the pick and roll.

frmkt

Excellent post. I think you are right on the money. This tells it all right here:

"We had a good run in the beginning of the season now it's time to adjust until Andrew's return. Will it cost us games? Absolutely, but at this point, it's going to be more important to head into the playoffs with momentum and above all else, HEALTHY!"
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I think the team should set a short term goal of being 21-9 or 20-10 after 30 games. In the Western Conference, 57 or 58 wins will probably be good enough for HCA, so if the Lakers are 20-10 after 30 games, they will have to go 38-14 or 37-15 the rest of the way in. With a healthy Andrew Bynum joining the team, that is certainly realistic.

The only other thing I might tweak with respect to your above statement is the part about heading into the playoffs with momentum. Last season, I was saying the exact same thing, but then we finished the regular season with a thud and still managed to capture #16. Of course, I would prefer to see momentum heading into the playoffs, however last season proved that it was not completely necessary. In fact, one of the all-time great Lakers teams, the 62-20 1987-88 championship team, was only 12-9 down the stretch, albeit they did win their last 4 games.

As in life in general, history tends to repeat itself in the NBA, so I always take the historical perspective on things. Honestly, it IS bothersome that NO Phil Jackson coached team that has lost 4 straight during the regular season has won a championship. I am hoping that this will be an aberration this season. But one thing about his championship teams is that his rotation players have been healthy enough to be on the floor all the way through the playoffs, so that is why HEALTH is the most important thing. In 2004, when we lost to the Pistons, Karl Malone was out. In 2008, it was Bynum and, to a lesser extent, Ariza. So HEALTH is what we need to hope for.

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

Not worried either.
Pissed off too.


@Andrew Bynum: Still think your World Cup vacation was worth all this?

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship.


(32) FRMKT - again, nothing to be concerned about. it's time for phil to begin playing the entire team even if it equates to additional loses becasue we're losing already at the expense of compromising the health of players. we had a good run in the beginning of the season now it's time to adjust until Andrew's return. will it cost us games? absolutely, but at this point, it's going to be more important to head into the playoffs with momentum and above all else, HEALTHY! enough games have been played this season so opposing teams have plenty of film to review and play accordingly against the champs. it just makes it that much harder for every game the lakers play because everyone is out to beat them - for obvious reasons - so any kink in our armor is completely exploited. the 'chip is not in jeopardy, so the focus has to remain on getting into the playyoffs at the highest possible "seed" with momentum and health. pau needs to take off of friday even if it means another loss and we need to see more of luke, sasha, ebanks and caracter in order to spread the minutes around; it's still early in the season so it's a luxury that should not be wasted. i don't even care about the X-mas game anymore. to heck with statements because we're going to have much bigger fish to fry and fry they will!
(33) MCLYNE - As for the Lakers, the sky is not falling, but this is getting ridiculous! I don't want to hear people using Bynum's absence as a huge factor because this team has enough talent to compete with EVERY SINGLE team in the league without him. Yes, he makes a lot of things easier, especially on the defensive end, but we can and will win games without him.

Because I've been sucked into the vortex that is grad school, I thankfully have only had the displeasure of sitting through 2 of the last 4 losses. (I missed last night's debacle and the game against Utah). So maybe it's the fact that I haven't had my soul tortured as much as many of you hearty soldiers, but I don't think this 4 game losing streak is as bad as it looks. Here's why...

1) First loss, against Utah IN Utah by 6 points is nothing to be ashamed of. That's a damn good team - better than last year's version, if I say so myself - in a damn hard arena. Of course a win would have been nice, but losing by 6 there is respectable.

2) Second loss at home against Indiana was definitely a game the Lakers should have won. The energy wasn't there, the urgency wasn't there and the Lakers sleepwalked through that game... and still only lost by 3 to a very much improved Indiana team that has beaten the Heat on the road by 16, only lost by 4 to the OKC Thunder on the road, only lost to Orlando on the road by 4, beaten the Nuggets at home by 31 and the Clippers at home by 27. This team isn't a joke.

3) Memphis was another team the Lakers should have beaten, but again, it was another loss by a tiny margin, again on the road against a Grizzlies team that had won 4 straight at home. This one was a bit more worrisome because the Grizzlies aren't exactly a powerhouse and the Lakers sleepwalked through this one too, but if you can sleepwalk through a game on the road against a possible playoff team and still have a chance to win it on the last possession, it's not the worst thing ever.

4) The only truly bad loss was the one against the Rockets. Double digit losses against losing teams suck. But it's not as bad as it looks on the surface. First, the Rockets' record is totally deceiving. Look at some of the games they played so far: @LAL, @GS, vs. Den, vs. NO, @ SA, @Ind, vs. Chi, @OKC, vs. Phx, vs. OKC, @Dal. That is not an easy schedule. Yeah, they're probably not going to make the playoffs. But they're also not going to continue their 6-12 pace either. This is a .500 club that always plays us well, especially at home.

Look, I'm not trying to say this 4 game losing streak is no big deal. These are important games that the Lakers should be winning and yet choose not to. I say "choose" because the Lakers can beat whomever they want whenever they want. They are choosing to disrespect teams by thinking they can win games by just showing up.

All that said though, the Lakers 4 losses have come by a combined 21 points. That's not good, but it's not the end of the world. Advanced analytics have shown that a team's record in close games is no more than a coin flip. These are bound to even out and go in the Lakers direction at some point.

The Lakers are too good, too deep, too experienced to not turn this thing around. I bet we forget all about this in about 2 months.

mamba24 - careful with those nutless monkeys, they're not good on the pick and roll. Posted by: 63 Footer | December 02, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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Stop that!!!! LOL!

Hobbitmage and Mr Laker has been saying all along Lekrs need to get rid of Bynum.


Now everyone is saying for the Lakers to start winning we need to get Bynum back?


I think both are incorrect.


Lakers need Bynum to win Championships against elite teams. BUT, Lakers does not need Bynum to win against Memphis, Pacers, Houston. It needs KOBE"S face to play like he is enjoying the game, he has been frowning the whole game everytime, it means he is not happy, I have not seen Gasol smiling either, no high fives betwenn the two. The LAKERS chemistry is simply off. It startrs with Gasol and Kobe, then Gasol's follower, Odom. When Kobe sits Odom is like a monster out there. When Kobe comes bcak Odom just stands around and give the bal to Kobe.

Gasol and Odom was domianting the first 8 games, Gasol was getting MVP talk, Kobe may have not like it and Kobe started shooting a lot and did not care about the game of his teammates, everything went south from there.


Lakers are not saying anything, but there is LAKERS CHEMISTRY ISSUE!


THERE IS SO MUCH TALENT in this team even without Bynum. It showed it with 8-0 start. The 0-4 is not about lack of talent and fatigue. It is lack of TEAM chemistry.


It is not a coincidence only Barnes and Blake, the newbies are playing well. Because the ir new and they don't have a side. Most of the team are on gasol's side, because the game is much easier and fun when playing like a TEAM. Nobody wants to play with Kobe forcing shots after shots, and nobody wants to say anything to Kobe either, nobody has the guts to confront Kobe not even the Coach. If they can not say it to Kobe to stop doing a one MAN SHOW, beacuse they are scared of him, they just QUIT PLAYING.


THE LAKERS DOES NOT NEED BYNUM to beat Houston, they need
Kobe to play better as a teamplayer, Kobe can't do it by himself. Kobe was trying to do everthing by himself, the Grizzlies put a rookie on him in Henry. Henry actually made some shots and defended Kobe well.


KOBE MAN, a Grizzlies rookie playing you? What's up with that?


For LAKERS to start winning, Kobe needs to start enjoying the game with his teammates. Get rid of the unhappy face, Kobe!

For LAKERS to start winning, Kobe needs to start enjoying the game with his teammates. Get rid of the unhappy face, Kobe! Posted by: Staples 24 | December 02, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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Ummm, I think that's the face he adopted last year on the way to the title and he did not smile again until they won the title. If you recall even when they won the WC title...No smile from Kobe. Smiling is highly overrated sir. It is much like throwing chalk in the air and pretending it's smoke. As for the team not liking Kobe, On the Bulls double 3-peat team the team hated MJ and loved Pippen but that did not stop them from winning. I seem to recall MJ also had that same scowl as Kobe. But interesting points you make Staples24!

"It is not a coincidence only Barnes and Blake, the newbies are playing well. Because their new and they don't have a side. Most of the team are on gasol's side, because the game is much easier and fun when playing like a TEAM. Nobody wants to play with Kobe forcing shots after shots, and nobody wants to say anything to Kobe either, nobody has the guts to confront Kobe not even the Coach. If they can not say it to Kobe to stop doing a one MAN SHOW, beacuse they are scared of him, they just QUIT PLAYING. "


Heck, even the FANS IN THIS BLOG are scared of Kobe! I don't understand why so many people are intimidated by him, I'm not. Kobe is a great and very talented player, maybe most talented ever. But, I don't mind criticizing him, because he too has faults and as a fan I wrire it as a I see it.

*___________________________________________________________________*
I’M NOT WORRIED JUST PISSED OFF – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - Not worried either. Pissed off too.
(02) JON K – OWNER - I'm not worried. Just pissed off.
(03) LAKERTOM – DRIVER1 -we all know that there is still a very long way to go and this team has
too much talent, character, and experience not to right the ship and be right there in the hunt for
their 3rd consecutive NBA championship. The 76-6 Championship Bandwagon is still rolling strong
even though the road and ride are a little bumpy and crunchy as the wheels roll over the rats,
trolls, and fairweather fans who’ve jumped ship.


(34) PUDDLE - Because I've been sucked into the vortex that is grad school, I thankfully have only had the displeasure of sitting through 2 of the last 4 losses. (I missed last night's debacle and the game against Utah). So maybe it's the fact that I haven't had my soul tortured as much as many of you hearty soldiers, but I don't think this 4 game losing streak is as bad as it looks. Look, I'm not trying to say this 4 game losing streak is no big deal. These are important games that the Lakers should be winning and yet choose not to. I say "choose" because the Lakers can beat whomever they want whenever they want. They are choosing to disrespect teams by thinking they can win games by just showing up. All that said though, the Lakers 4 losses have come by a combined 21 points. That's not good, but it's not the end of the world. Advanced analytics have shown that a team's record in close games is no more than a coin flip. These are bound to even out and go in the Lakers direction at some point. The Lakers are too good, too deep, too experienced to not turn this thing around. I bet we forget all about this in about 2 months.
(35) STAPLES24 - Now everyone is saying for the Lakers to start winning we need to get Bynum back?
I think both are incorrect. Lakers need Bynum to win Championships against elite teams. BUT, Lakers does not need Bynum to win against Memphis, Pacers, Houston. It needs KOBE"S face to play like he is enjoying the game, he has been frowning the whole game everytime, For LAKERS to start winning, Kobe needs to start enjoying the game with his teammates. Get rid of the unhappy face, Kobe!

One would think with the lakers slow n lackadaisical efforts phil would tinker with the lineup and inject some young and fresh legs... But noooo he has stuck with the same exact game plan n substitution patterns for all 4 losses..

Last night stats
dfish. 27 min 0 rbs 0 assts. 0 stls 2TO 5pts
Brown 21 min 1 rbs 4 assts 2 stls 0TO 11 pts
Blake 21 min 5 rbs 5 assts 1 stls 3TO 3 pts

So in hindsight not only another bad loss but heavy minutes for all our starters... Double whammy!!

And let's not forget dfish crucial and game clinching foul at the 3pt line on battier... His footwork is so slow he tries to compensate by using his hands again to play defense. Game set match!

GO LAKERS!

Heck, even the FANS IN THIS BLOG are scared of Kobe! I don't understand why so many people are intimidated by him, I'm not. Kobe is a great and very talented player, maybe most talented ever. But, I don't mind criticizing him, because he too has faults and as a fan I wrire it as a I see it. Posted by: Staples 24 | December 02, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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Preach Staples, Preach!! You did mean this as satire didn't you?

Mamba 24,


Unhappy face I'm poimg to shoot If you do not want help me AND serious mad face I am going to dominate and play well with my teammates ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS. WATCH KOBE"S FACE IN 4th quarter GAME 7 of last year's NBA Finals, all he was projecting was he exhausted and tired trying to play the best he can, NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME EITHER, that was the time KOBE SHOULD HAVE THE JORDAN ANGRY FACE and the JORDAN GAME, and feel nothing but WIN THE GAME BY HIMSELF.

Kittybiscuits

63 - have you ever tried rabbit? They're quite tasty...

@MM… Thanks for the Friedman. Guess I will have to work on my feminine side in order to possible also win a Justa. LOL. And thanks to Jon K, Justa, and LRob for the kind words.
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@MCLYNE… “As for the Lakers, the sky is not falling, but this is getting ridiculous! I don't want to hear people using Bynum's absence as a huge factor because this team has enough talent to compete with EVERY SINGLE team in the league without him. Yes, he makes a lot of things easier, especially on the defensive end, but we can and will win games without him.”

Well said, McLyne. Even without Drew, we should have won the last four games. Even without better defense, we should have won the last four games. It’s as if the great player and ball movement we saw earlier has suddenly been replaced by constant isolation plays with the other four players just standing around. We need to remember that one of the great benefits of running the Triangle Offense correctly is being in better position to play sound transition defense. Last night, our poor offense consistently led to the Rockets getting easy opportunities in transition.
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@STAPLES… “Lakers need Bynum to win Championships against elite teams. BUT, Lakers does not need Bynum to win against Memphis, Pacers, Houston. It needs KOBE"S face to play like he is enjoying the game, he has been frowning the whole game everytime, it means he is not happy, I have not seen Gasol smiling either, no high fives betwenn the two. The LAKERS chemistry is simply off.”

Don’t know the reason but I agree that we should be beating these teams without Drew and had we played like we did earlier in the season, we would have. Hopefully, we can straighten the ship and get everybody working on the same page. I don’t expect the interior defense to improve until Drew returns but the Triangle Offense should work even better with Pau at center than with Drew due to his greater experience and versatility. Unfortunately, Pau right now just is not playing like Pau, which is probably why Kobe is trying to up his game offensively to compensate. That’s my take.

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TOM

Unhappy face I'm poimg to shoot If you do not want help me AND serious mad face I am going to dominate and play well with my teammates ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS. WATCH KOBE"S FACE IN 4th quarter GAME 7 of last year's NBA Finals, all he was projecting was he exhausted and tired trying to play the best he can, NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME EITHER, that was the time KOBE SHOULD HAVE THE JORDAN ANGRY FACE and the JORDAN GAME, and feel nothing but WIN THE GAME BY HIMSELF.
Posted by: Staples 24 | December 02, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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OHHH I see! Ok my bad! Carry on sir!

Kittybiscuits Posted by: Mark G (Huh, what losing streak?) | December 02, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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63 - have you ever tried rabbit? They're quite tasty...
Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 02, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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LMAO!!! SWEET JESUS!!!

The fact that Pau was getting pushed off the block by a Mikki Moore wannabe last night makes me think there is something wrong with his ham string or he is fatigued.

Hey guys. We should have a post up fairly soon.

Mark G,
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Let's face it, things have been kind of astray since Theo The Mineral Man Ratliff got hurt.
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We need a spare tire backup center TWO WEEKS AGO and I'm getting pissed off that Mitch hasn't spent the money for it.
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Dr. Buss, I know it is expensive, but do you want to start wearing out your key players needed for a Championship this early in the season? Think about it!
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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!!!

Puddle,


"3) Memphis was another team the Lakers should have beaten, but again, it was another loss by a tiny margin, again on the road against a Grizzlies team that had won 4 straight at home. This one was a bit more worrisome because the Grizzlies aren't exactly a powerhouse and the Lakers sleepwalked through this one too, but if you can sleepwalk through a game on the road against a possible playoff team and still have a chance to win it on the last possession, it's not the worst thing ever."


and KOBE was match up against a ROOKIE from GRIZZLIES. Rookie!
Kobe shoudl have locked up Henry and made him make rookie mistakes, on top of that Kobe shoudl have sccored 50 ponits between a rookie and an undersized Mayo guarding him. But no, Henry, who? went off and played very well. What's up with that KOBEMAN?


LAKERS CAN WIN another 8-0 without Bynum, right KOBE? C'mon Kobe best player in the planet, best skilled big man in Gasol, most versatile player in Odom, lockdwon defender in Artest, Fish the clutch, Barnes, Blake and Brpown the killer B's!!!! C'mon Kobe 4 straight losses for the most talented team in the NBA, what's wrong? Right the ship, create the TEAM CHEMISTRY KOBEMAN!!!!


Cmon kobe!!! Make Odom an all-star!!! make Gasol an MVP!!! You know you can do it if you want these two players to be BIGGER than they are. MAKE THEM BETTER KOBE!!! Drive the ball and give it to Gasol, give Odom some space, dish it to D-fish, get Artest involve in offense. You're the MAN.


The blame here rides on many. You can't bs me about the whole Bynum surgery thing. He didn't want the surgery so he could go off to the World Cup. Plain and simple. There is NO WAY the Lakers would have wanted to delay the surgery or the doctor messed up the schedule, so the front office is to blame. Now Bynum is talking December. Subsequently Pau and Odom and others are playing to many minutes. This is bad because this is how players get injured and championships get derailed. Why Buss would gamble on the above after saying this is the best squad he can remember put together in years is strange. Buss or whomever is not willing to sign some temporary help to the tune of $250,000 to help alleviate some of the above. Why? Your over the cap already. I can think of a view players that come to mind who could help. And let's face it, Bynum may have healed and be getting in shape but he won't be in NBA game shape when he returns.
As of this post the Lakers have lost to HOU. Another bad team. No the sky isn't falling and this is only a 4 game losing streak but I am more worried about the miles on the legs more than the losses. The NBA schedule is a marathon and add in the playoffs.

Another reason why I love L.O.:
"It don't matter to me. I'm good," he said. "I could play another game right now."

The Dodgers became AWFUL after the All Star break, the Kings were superb in the beginning and became AWFUL after 15 games or so, the Clippers is always AWFUL, and now the Lakers is so AWFUL to watch that they should change their name to LAPPERS. No good reason to live in LA except the weather. UGHHH!

Sidebar:

This just in!

BLAKE GRIFFIN IS IN FULL BEAST MODE.

(My goodness!)

[dbdh]

Gasol has sore hamstring. I knew it would come sooner or later..I am not sure if he will play or not, but I hope he doesn't play. NOW, it's time to sign a big man. The Lakers don't even have a choice now....

Put Matt Barnes and Steve Blake in the starting lineup and that would solve the losing streak,Fisher and Artest are both struggling,and when Mr Kobe Bryant learns to play team ball and let the game come to him instead of forcing things this would be a much better team. Phil Jackson(stand up)the problems started after our 7 game winning streak when kobe was playing within the offense and playing off of Pau Gasol,gettin everybody else involved before he went into Kobe mode,10 for 28 and 11 for 32 shooting and a 2 game losing streak,then he backed off a few games and we were winning again,but no,back into Kobe mode again and shooting alot. It's a TEAM,would someone tell him(Phil)a team,this is not golf or bowling(it's a team)get it together LA,I know it's still early and we are without Bynum,but you can't expect him to be the savior,especially when Phil only wants him for his defense and rebounding,what a joke,this guy can be much more than that if They use him the right way,clean it up LA,3Peat 2011

Don't Blame Del Harris!,
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Blake Griffin is the real deal. Lakers need to start positioning to get him when the Clippers blow it, NOW!
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Go Clippers!
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GO LAKERS!!!!

How many people can you fit inside of a LeBron James love triangle?

http://hoopstopia.com/tampering-lebron-james/

Justa, Catwoman,

Thought you'll dig this ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3iFhLdWjqc

hopefully this is the coach last year because another coach
would not start fish.with another coach and the same players except fish you are going to see a great lakers team in the future,scrap the triangle because it not working with the
type of players that the lakers have now.

13-6 is that the start of a history making team,no i dont think so.Is that the start to give the zen master a grand sending of come june 2011?Is that statistic showing someone to be as great as the legendary Michael Jordan?Never, there will be never another great player as good as or better than MJ.

 
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