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Caught in the Web: Reactions to the Lakers' 88-84 loss to the Bulls

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The Times' Mike Bresnahan on the Lakers' loss in Chicago to start six games away from Staples Center.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding on how the Lakers faded without Andrew Bynum and Theo Ratliff playing in Chicago.

The Associated Press story on ESPNLos Angeles.com describes how the Chicago fans were shouting "MVP!" for Derrick Rose.

Notebooks

The Times' Mike Bresnahan on how Coach Phil Jackson kept his cool while likely coaching for the last time in Chicago.

The Register's Kevin Ding on rookie forward-center Derrick Caracter attempting to play.

Columns

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin on how the Lakers are looking like anything but defending champions.

FoxSportsWest.com's Billy Witz on how Phil Jackson's final game in Chicago will not be one to remember.

ESPNChicago.com's Jon Greenberg on how Derrick Rose has become a superstar.

Blogs

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Brian Kamenetzky dissects the Lakers' road woes in his At the Buzzer post.

Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore discusses the Lakers' recent failures to follow up strong starts with a consistent performance.

Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano on how lack of depth and sloppy play leaves the Lakers with no margin for error.

Laker Nation's Anna Gonda talks about another seemingly senseless loss.

--Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant draws a foul from Chicago guard Ronnie Brewer on a driving layup in the second half Friday night. Dennis Wierzbicki / US Presswire
 
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Good morning,

Pretty gloomy headlines to wake up to after a disappointing game. This, while the Heat, the Celtics, The Knicks, and the Mavericks are heating up the early winter play.

I love all the GHF posts on the previous thread, but I'm having a hard time buying. Andrew's return alone will not cure all the things that currently ail the Lakers. I'm feeling a Christmas Day Massacre coming on, with the Lakers on the wrong side of history.

I don't share this sentiment lightly. But it's been building for days. It's not a knee-jerk reaction to the Lakers loss to the Bulls. Please, somebody: convince me I'm wrong.

Dan, the man...Thanks for keeping the blog up.


Lakers didn't hit their shots, and the only way to fix it, is on the court, with a ball and the hoop.

The Lakers played pretty good D last night overall.


Earlier in the season, Fish was shooting over his head, the bench was deadly. and Ron was scoring a few points every night. Lately all they can count on is Kobe, Pau and Lamar. And Pau and Lamar have no bigs on the bench behind them.

Time for other guys to step up.

Caliphilosopher

while u r commenting on the trolls and haters, u r the most condescending and partronizing a$$ on this blog. get a life, write your essays and go to class. and yes continue your pleasantries.

how is the weather in london? at 4pm you r on the Lakers blog????????????

how pathetic

and if you really need some examples, i can re-play some things you said over the years. not even higfh school level

did u ever checked the logic or the blunders "the POSITIVE" or the RWEAL FANS are posting???????????

sghould i start by an example by Zaira, the Godess? or you won't touch her because u suck up to her??????????????????

get a life reallty

u r sleeping and not watching most of the games, come here to tell us about your SUPERIOR daily endeavours and never comment about BB except presenting stats from sites.

THIS IS NOT YOUR CLASS PAL

u r still a "wannabe" teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a scrub

Rick,

Don't give up hope just yet. I've been saying all along that this will be the most challenging season in the quest to three-peat. I suspect that the Lakers will struggle for most of the regular season, finally hitting their stride after the All-Star break.

What I saw last night has been typical for the last ten games or so: The Lakers come out with excellent defensive energy, sharp ball movement, and lots of communication. They build a nice cushion, and then... the ball movement stops, the player movement stops, they run a lot of isolation plays, and everything that built that cushion fades away.

Not to worry, though. This Lakers team WILL get their act together when it counts, and we'll be celebrating another championship come June.

Believe it.

Go Lake Show!

Rick Friedman | December 11, 2010 at 07:46 AM

i do not have anything LOGICAL, but i will speculate about the Christmas game

2007 lost to celtics - the "shorts issue"

2008 beat - Cavs?? don't remember

2009 - creamed by Cavs

2010 - (L, W, L) - so we r IN for a WINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

@Lakerholic – I like your positivity, but I think you’re overrating the Lakers in a lot of areas. I wouldn’t say Pau is the best big man, Kobe is the best ever, Sasha is a great defender, Luke make the team look good when he’s on the court or the Bulls are a great young team. I will say that maybe yesterday was a good game to give Sasha minutes since no one else could make shots.


@FEARless – I agree that the defensive was much better yesterday and the Lakers just didn’t make shots. They gave up a few uncontested 3’s to Rose, but you have to give up something against a talent like that.


@Tom Daniels – Good observation that earlier in the season Fish and the Killer B’s were shooting well above their normal percentages. Those things have a way of evening out.


@Rick Friedman – No doubt the Spurs, Dallas, Boston and even Miami are playing with a greater sense of urgency than the Lakers. But it’s a long season. Yesterday was the first time I was encouraged by the Lakers defense in a while.

Despite of the Lakers lackluster play recently I'm still not ready to panic. So my song for today is...


Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry Bout A Thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ZSIeSsmwI

Tom Daniels

do u remember the last defensive play in the INDIANA game

the famous one that is PRESENTED on NBA playbook with Fish and Gassy left as a highway cone and pole on the 3 point line on P&R, while Hibbert was alone for the lay up???????

same MISTAKE was done with the Lakers down 4 (on the comeback) - same players, same result. and it happened many times even during the game

what did Barnes and Brown do defending Deng, Korver????????????????????

they learned from Fish how to not defendend and run after your man and just looking busy doubleteaming some "scrub" post player!!!!!!!!!!!!

except the first half, when also Chicago did not score, why was the defense great? when????????????

@Lakerholic - yesterday, Devin harris had a shoulder injury.

so Farmy will play starter, not against Killer B's. i never been one of his fans, but i will enjoy how he will burn Fisher!!!!!!!!!!

by the way, how come no one of you comments, that last night, PJ took Fisher OUT on the LAST defensive posession!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

took him 20 games to do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maybe our record will be totally different!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick,

I feel similar and no one knows if you are wrong, time will tell.

==========

Those 3's Korver knocked down early in the game, no one guarding him (hint, hint, Kobe).

Actually, I'm not positive that was Kobe's guy, I think it was. Regardless, I really, really wish Kobe would play D on his man the whole game. Giving up two or three 3's to a guy who is so wide open most of us could have made those shots is the difference in the game right there.

I know Kobe's playing help D, but still, I would like to see the results if he just played his guy tighter 'before' the guy starts getting hot.

Yes, I know the loss isn't Kobe's fault, it's a team game. And there are multiple issues they need to correct.

Also wish Blake would shoot more, especially when he is wide open.

Actually, I don't mind some losses, I know they won't win them all.

I doubt anyone remembers but during the playoffs last year after losses to OKC, the Suns and the Celts and the complainers were going full speed ahead, I kept repeating over and over, don't worry, no one will beat the Lakers in 7 because they have HCA, but I really think this year, without the HCA, they are going to be in trouble.

And that's why some of these losses are so troubling.

I just don't think the Lakers are on cruise control or pacing themselves, they are just getting beat.

Right now my "what, me worry" scale is at about 5 (1-10). It doesn't get above 5 until we get into January.

Hopefully by then it will be back down.

Oh, and credit to Rose, he came through in the end with some tough shots. Reminds of a Laker that used to do that to win games.

(hint, hint, Kobe).

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | December 11, 2010 at 08:26 AM

hint, hint

Kobe was guarding Bogans, Brewer or what ever their name is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how many calls Kobe got or and 1?????????????

he did the same thing last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and Rose can be special when he runs between Gassy and Fishy and LO watches him while making awkward layups. NOT ONE HARD FOUL ON HIM. is that THEIR HOUSE.

yes, it's GASSY's HOUSE - marshmallow

hint, hint

Rick,

I wouldn't jump until we see how much Drew's return helps. Right now Pau just looks spent. 45 Minutes is way too many. Even when Drew doesn't have a good stat game, just his presence alone helps Pau out. He's a big body that can you have to pay attention too on both ends, Pau can play the 4 more, Pau gets more rest, blah, blah . . . This ripples down through the team and you end up with more team energy, IMO.

Also last night they had some costly turn overs in 2nd half. The Lakes stole the ball and they gave it right back without scoring. Last night's loss blew, but they actually played better than I expected.


ouch-"Kobe was guarding Bogans, Brewer or what ever their name is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


Ok, well, whomever was supposed to guard Korver in the 1st/2nd quarter, let him get wide open 3's.

I don't really see how you can deny Rose's talent. Would anyone object to Rose being a Laker?

LRob, good choice. Todo está bien chévere.

I'll add the Clash's I'm Not Down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyUsJWO-7jM

Bynum returns on Tuesday. The first trimester of the practice season is almost over, so let's say it ends with a a 19-8 record. For this team, that's a "C" because it computes to the same record of 2 of the 3 previous seasons (57-25). Remember, Gasol is playing too many minutes and Kobe is playing 5 fewer mpg. While one can say "no excuses," there aren't any to make because this isn't the playoffs. The truth is that some good, reassuring things came from the past three games. 1) We showed we can still fend teams off when they come back on us. 2) We can close teams out in the final seconds of games. 3) We can play rock 'em sock 'em, East Coast style, MMA cage match defense.

The regular season and the playoffs are two completely different seasons and what held true for the past two seasons holds true again. Regardless of the quality of the opponent, the Lakers are always the team to beat. If Gasol, Bynum and Odom are healthy (or are at least out there sharing minutes), no team can beat us in a 7 game series. Only the Lakers can beat the Lakers.

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

Ok, well, whomever was supposed to guard Korver in the 1st/2nd quarter, let him get wide open 3's.
Art - FL Laker Fan | December 11, 2010 at 08:44 AM


Barnes and Brown the so called Improved player of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS NOT YOUR CLASS PAL

u r still a "wannabe" teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | December 11, 2010 at 08:04 AM

Well, you do take the Class Clown award. :-)

Wow...this blog family is going HELTER SkELTER on each other AGAIN. Phred is the evil one, Manson himself. It's not about the love, you FRAUD.

This team will be alright, grow up people. Put down the meat CLEVERS. As bad as it is they will at some point right the SHIP. It was not by chance they won 2 championships.

All HATER get off now....Oh that's me. But seriously this team has Championship DNA, a couple of adjustments and they'll be ALRIGHT.

And just for note the handle JUSTA HATER is dead and gone.

And just for note the handle JUSTA HATER is dead and gone.

Posted by: Justa Hater | December 11, 2010 at 09:08 AM

Should We Care?

Go Heat, Christmas Day. KY jelly center court, it's going to be UGLY.

Mark G -

Care about what again?

@ Cali,

Dam, I can't remember.

@ Cali,

BTW, nice self-control today. I don't know why, but blogs too often devolve into a food fight over, basically, who gets to control the narrative. I'm always kind of amazed that this happens, it seems like blogs could be a lot more, but you see it all the time. I understand why it occurs on political blogs, but on a BB blog? Why?

Mark G -

Thanks for the kudos - it's something that I really appreciate. I don't really understand the attempt to make this a virtual cafeteria (to continue with your metaphor). I really like to interact with other members here, and enjoy it greatly when people lay out a coherent case for their concerns (A la Lakerholic). Nothing wrong with being concerned or worried. Nothing wrong with thinking the glass is more than half full either. It irritates me when threads turn into "X player stinks/sux/is awful and we should trade them for the other team's best player".

I honestly don't get why it occurs here. It's almost like an ideological purification attempt of some sort - namely, if one doesn't bash/trash/demand that Mitch trade the worst for the best then one isn't a "true" Laker fan.

Here's some conjecturing for you: perhaps it is because there are a lot of people who are nervous about the season, and the only way that they know how to deal with that nervousness in a cathartic fashion is to "slash and burn". You can tell by what transpires after a win and a loss on the blog.

That's my best guess for the moment, so I don't know what else to say. Next game is against the Nets tonight? I hope they get a couple of things ironed out on offense (hopefully they hit a few more shots) and that they keep that stingy D that they showed in Chicago.

Mark G -

Thanks for the kudos - it's something that I really appreciate. I don't really understand the attempt to make this a virtual cafeteria (to continue with your metaphor). I really like to interact with other members here, and enjoy it greatly when people lay out a coherent case for their concerns (A la Lakerholic). Nothing wrong with being concerned or worried. Nothing wrong with thinking the glass is more than half full either. It irritates me when threads turn into "X player stinks/sux/is awful and we should trade them for the other team's best player".

I honestly don't get why it occurs here. It's almost like an ideological purification attempt of some sort - namely, if one doesn't bash/trash/demand that Mitch trade the worst for the best then one isn't a "true" Laker fan.

Here's some conjecturing for you: perhaps it is because there are a lot of people who are nervous about the season, and the only way that they know how to deal with that nervousness in a cathartic fashion is to "slash and burn". You can tell by what transpires after a win and a loss on the blog.

That's my best guess for the moment, so I don't know what else to say. Next game is against the Nets tonight? I hope they get a couple of things ironed out on offense (hopefully they hit a few more shots) and that they keep that stingy D that they showed in Chicago.

Hey Magic Phil, you're most welcome.

Good morning (for me) to all.

I see we have our usual, ah, lively banter going today. I think I've had my say. With a lack of frontcourt depth and the Lakers' inability to get much scoring punch out of its backcourt -- let's face it, Kobe's 9-of-23 shooting won't get it done a lot of nights -- and reserves, they'd struggle whether at home or on the road.

It'll be very interesting to see what happens tomorrow morning in New Jersey.

Uh oh. Yet another loss.
Poor Kobe, and Poor Paula with those
"I can't believe you let him do that to me looks on their faces".

"What? You're going to make us play by the rules???
Hey...we're the L.A. Lakers...we win rings!
Who the heck are you?"

But, the games just keep getting tougher and tougher, don't they?

Like Jon Barry said about the Lakers, as they were being handled by Chicago,

"This is the first game of a 6-game trip". Uh Huh.

I mean, everyone knew technically, that it was the second game of a road trip, and that the Lakers (God love em' because they are so special)
actually play four of their 'road' games at home each and every season.
Yea, that's fair.

"Fair schmare! It's all those little advantages which add up to help keep a team contending, year after year, and we don't mind a bit.
It's all about the rings".

Whatever it takes to win rings! We gotta get those rings!
Who are we without rings???

Hey, are you aware that the Heat have won 7 in a row, and by no less than 10 points each game? With that kind of talent on a single team, I knew that it was only a matter of time before they would start gelling. The only surprise is that is took them almost twenty games to start feeling each other, and they still aren't anything close to the team they are going to be by season's end.

There are some real good teams in the league this year, especially San Antonio, but that Heat team is a scary bunch. Anyone want to wager that the Lakers won't be the dogs against the Heat on their own court?

As the downward spiral begins to accelerate (and I know you can feel it),
your only hope may be that the league will intervene for you
(not without multiple precedents),
but even YOU will have to make it to the playoffs for that to happen.

And from my vantage point, not even that's a lock, much less win home court advantage, or even the Pacific Division.

I don't know about you, but I'm rooting for the Sacramento Kings of Basketball in a few hours.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Hopefully next season there will be a lockout...
...and I won't be consuming this drug called Lakers.

It's like a vice, and I can't let it go even though they are playing like small kids.


People critcized Wilt Chamberlain because he won just 2 championships. And this Lakers team with the talent, coach, conditions, fans they have and are making fun of us all.

Some say it's because our frontcourt has to play 40+ minutes a game.

I answer with: Wilt Chamberlain in one seson AVERAGED 48.5 minutes a game!!!!!!!
In game 5 1972 finals Wilt played with both hands injured without painkillers, finished the game with 24 points 29 rebounds 8 assists 7 blocks. And he never complained.

I prefer a losing team with great atitude than the team we saw last night, not because of the lose but because of the atitutde.

BLOG CRUE
Considering I spent the last 5 days with the stomach flu, today is a great day. I feel better and am drinking orange pedialite. I lost all of my energy to watch the late games except last night.

Considering how I felt in the last few, a loss is just a loss. Now I see the big picture.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Time to trade this loser for any reliable big man. What a waste of flesh.

Posted by: Ron Artest is Living off his name | December 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM


Thanks for your insightful comments!

eh! can't win them all.

Hey Sonnyblogfart...your a queen with a cowbell.
Nothing wrong with the Lakers that the return of AB & Theo won't fix...

Just heard that the Lakers cancelled practice for today. Not sure why practice was cancelled.

Mike Bresnahan and Brad Turner just arrived in New York. One of them will have some updates this afternoon once they touch base with the team.

Until then, debate, castigate and infuriate. Wait, you're way ahead of me on those counts.

Is it so difficult to understand that the only enemy this team has is themselves?!

Other teams fans come here taunt us, implying this team is old, playing bad, and that heat, spurs, celtic are better. It's simply ridiculus. I agree that the way they are playing is bad! But if they play the way they played in some burst (like 1st quarter yesterday) it's IMPOSSIBLE to beat this team.

I only watch the NBA since 1999 and it is not hard to figure out which teams will contend for the championship and if last year with Bynum with one leg and kobe with 3 fingers in right hand we won.

Unless someone gets hurt or some kind of conspiracy like that story of "WikiLeaks" happens, there's no way this team won't win the ring!


hey Sonny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the sweet Queen Target.

there r only 2, like in TWO road games to play the Clippers, not 4.

the Lakers facility is much farther from Staples than The Queens trip down the High-way to Oakland. so stop complaining.

and remember, the LA Traffic. did you know that Kobe lives so far that he need a helicopter? not like the Queens on the BUS.

before you enjoy the beating for their 8 games in a row, Reke, the Junior LBJ being schooled by his UNCLE, don't forget to walk the dog. it's a long season.

you need your dog in best shape to go fishin'. but you should know that by now.

also don't forget to prepare. soon you and the Queends will celebrate One Decade of Irrelevance.

what a Drag show.

Ay its all getting closer. so we will c what happens in the end. i think johner will take it but we will c. also look at this new place i came across the other day. http://sportscomplainer.com its like the drudges place but for sports. tty after the end..

Dan Loumena -

LOL apparently we're so far ahead on those things that you can't even see us...

Hey kids,
No one's perfect. Not even Kobe.
Of course, Kobe, Pau, Lamar, Ron Ron, Fish are all stellar players,
but let's face it,
they are past their due dates.

And too many of you are smoking that crappy L.A. weed if you think Bynum,
and old man river are going to come along and save your day.

In the first place, as he has acknowledged publically, Andrew is 'injury prone'; his very words. If he comes back at all, it won't be for long. And Theo...OK, plug the hole if you must.

Granted, you are the champs, the L.A. Lakers, so the league gave you a cushy schedule to start the season, and there will be other advantages as you go along...and too, you've managed a decent record thus far.

Actually though, maybe you should just call it a season before it gets ugly.

When the Kings crush the Heat later today, maybe your boys can pick up some tips on how to beat them.

I hate to see you so sad.

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
Go Niners!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

good defense??????

Gassy finished with 1 foul

LO finished with 2

and Rose was waltzing in the lane with up and unders! INTANGIBLES.

saving the fouls for retirement?! or the Play-OFFs.

or just FINESSE.

Oh Oweeee,

You are correct. The Los Angeles Lakers play two, not four, but two of their away 'road' games at home, in their own Arena, at their own lockers.

Just like the rest of the league. Not.

I stand corrected little guy.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

"They got physical with him and Pau got disconcerted," Jackson said. "He started worrying about whether he was getting fouled or not. It changed how he played."
Posted by: Tom | December 10, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Pau got disconcerted," Jackson said

Pau got disconcerted," Jackson said

Pau got disconcerted," Jackson said

did he mean SCARED or SOFT??????????

SCARED

SOFT

SCARED

SOFT

both, SCARED and SOFT.

Did i mentioned that PJ said that Pau got disconcerted???????????????

looks like the notion of Home Court Advantage is obsolete.

our own Sonny "the Queen" Belfast introduces the new visionary approach:

Locker Advantage.

looks like in Cow Town they don't have lockers. now that explains why the Queens are losing.

what a drag. no lockers for the Queens. not surpised they have so many bad hair days.

Hey Caliphilosopher,

I see the collective you and I feel your pain.

Looks like ouchhhhhhh and sonnybelfast are in fine 'dance on the grave' form today. Just imagine if the Lakers fell to the depths of mediocrity that the Kings aspire to reach.

All I have to say is another nice win for the Blazers last night, on the road in Phoenix after beating the Magic the night before in P-town.

I WOULD ASK IF PJ AND STAFF EVER WATCH PREVIOUS GAME VIDEO TO AT LEAST TAKE SOMETHING AWAY FROM LOSSES? IT IS CLEAR AFTER WATCHING HOURS AND HOURS OF VIDEO SPECIFICALLY THE LAKERS ON DEFENSE. THE LAKERS HAVE GIVEN UP TONS AND TONS OF POINTS WHEN THE DEFENSE BREAKS DOWN. THIS OCCURRS WHEN MAINLY PAU GETS SUCKED OUT OF THE PLAY BY TRYING TO BECOME A HIGH POST OR PERIMETER DEFENDER. USUALLY THE OPPOSITION WINDS UP WITH TWO SOMETIMES THREE LANES TO A WIDE OPEN BASKET FOR EITHER AN UNCONTESTED LAY-UP OR DUNK. IN THESE SITUATIONS, IT'S NOT JUST THE 8-14 POINTS PER GAME THEY GIVE UP BUT THOSE TYPES OF BASKESTS DE-MORALIZE A TEAM! PJ AND STAFF WAKE UP AND LOOK AT YOUR PREVIOUS LOSES. IT'S AMAZING!!!S

Oweee,

Gosh, first and foremost, on this Laker board, I write comments about the Lakers. Ever noticed that?

I mean, I like dogs as much as Ron Ron does, but I’ve noticed that you frequently incorporate dogs and dog walking into your narratives.
Why is that Oweee?
You're not sniffing poles and biting again, are you?

Better go get Testes and see his doctor.
This canine fetish of yours must be a beach.

Better still, talk less about dogs, and more about your has-been team.

I do.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Dan Loumena -

I think it's a good sign for the Blazers that they are winning away games, especially with B-Roy limited and a roster that has its share of really unfortunate injuries.

BTW - Is Nate still upset with Batum? Last time I checked, he yanked him from a game for being passive. I gotta think that Batum needs his time to grow into his expectations, as he is barely able to purchase alcohol, correct?

"Just imagine if the Lakers fell to the depths of mediocrity that the Kings aspire to reach."

You are well on your way, and just won't admit it yet.

Let the season continue.

This is getting fun.

How many of you are rooting for the Kings later today?

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Hey Cali,

Batum turns 21 next week. He is kind of passive, but a perfect compliment to Roy, Miller and Mathews, who are really good off the dribble. The Blazers let Webster and Bayless go in order to keep Batum, Patty Mills and Armon Johnson; all young guys with big upsides.

Hey Sonny, was just tweaking your nose a bit.

FYI: New post is up from Brad Turner in New York.

I'm signing off and getting ready to commute downtown. I'll check you guys later.

greetings Lakers bretheren, didn't get a chance to see the game last night, BUT after the results, i'm glad i didn't see it. reading your insightful comments and seeing the game stats, yeah, L.A. didn't play a great game, but the Lakers inability to defend "the three", cost the them the game! i'm not so concerned about the opponents "speedy guards".....didn't we face them in the playoffs last year?????didn't L.A. win the NBA title last year? YES WE DID! the problem so far this season is closing out victories on the road, maintaining leads with second unit, getting gasol enough rest. yeah, L.A. shot poorly last night, byt not as bad as chicago. let's face it, the bulls are a good team and L.A. didn't rise to the occasion. there's plenty of blame to go around for last nights loss! although bynum will be a great addition to the Lakers lineup, they still have to work the triangle offense if they want be successful as a team. to quote my man, alfred e. neuman, "what me worry"? no need to panic, we're the defending back-to-back NBA CHAMPS, THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS! so, you new trolls to the site, take that, you bunch of wannabe nba titlelists!

I try not to interfere, but I had to chime in on this one...

ouchhhh - you insult and ridicule Caliphilosopher, for his fanhood and for wanting to be a teacher...

What kind of jerk are you...apparently you had a poor education, for you don't know how to be a fan...

A Laker fan is one who would support his team, not one who continually comes and insults it's players, coaching staff, and front office...I have never seen you once post anything remotely positive about this team...you are nothing but a ball of criticism and negativety on the blog and chats...So please be honest...you are not a Laker fan, but a Laker hater who thinks he is clever in his posts of toxic remarks...Hey you're not funny...The only thing funny about you is, how in your mind, you think you are a Laker fan...

As far as teachers...figures that is your mentality...Teachers are one of the most underpaid and least appreciated members of our society...But they are the most important people in our society, for they are teaching and molding our next generation, our children, that will be running our society and future...For you to make fun of Cali for this, show's and proves your ignorance...

At least you are consistent...you don't know how to be a fan, and you don't what is important in life...But your handle fits...like a festering wound, the only result would be infection and blood poisoning....

Hey Lakerholics, a new post is up.

I was wanting to weigh in myself on the Bynum-returning, team-in-a-funk sitations, but forces have aligned against me today and kept me busy with work.

So, I posted Mike Bresnahan's report on the blog to give you guys something fresh to view, comment on or just start a new thread.

I'm definitely planning on running a live chat tomorrow starting around 9:45 a.m. If I don't get a post up later tonight (which is unlikely), I'll definitely take a nap and join you guys for what should be an interesting game.

Take care.

get rid of fish and the team will play better.keep luke
on the bench let artese come off the bench instead of starting matt barnes is a better player maybe he understand
the triangle better.since the coach is to stubbon to bench
fish.maybe mitch can convince the coach to look at the films
and he can see how bad fish is playing cant shoot cand defend
any other guard in the league.

good news is that pj want come back next season,hopefully
fish will come to his sense and realize he dont have it any
more.sure he get lucky every once an a while.

>>>2008 beat - Cavs?? don't remember

Actually, they beat the Celtics on Christmas pretty handily, 92-83.

Both teams were at full strength, so no Doc Rivers BS excuses.

Luke started the game at SF and played well for 27 minutes (shocking as that sounds now).

Sasha played 19 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points and harassed on defense.

They overcame a 2 for 10 shooting night by Fish (so what else is new).

But the thing I personally remember best about the game was that Luke blocked a shot by Kendrick Perkins so hard, he injured Perkins shoulder. Perkins missed a few games Boston lost 5 of their next 6 with him either playing injured or out of the lineup. That was the turning point that put the Lakers in the drivers seat for home court advantage.


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