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Three things the Lakers need to end losing streak Wednesday at New Orleans

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1. Reestablish leadership

One of the Lakers' most admirable qualities over the past two seasons is their ability to remain calm during adverse moments and to avoid most of the drama that plagues plenty of teams, including the Lakers' three-peat squads earlier this decade.

Not anymore.

The Lakers (21-10) suffered their second three-game losing streak this season and enter Wednesday night's game against New Orleans with myriad problems, and without much time to fix them. The first important area to sharpen entails the Lakers' leadership. After offering a scathingly accurate review of the team's effort in the Christmas Day loss to Miami, guard Kobe Bryant didn't exactly back up his words the right away. He brought the same intensity to open the game Tuesday against San Antonio, scoring eight of the team's first 10 points but then missing 13 consecutive shots. Bryant owned up to his shortcomings in not getting his teammates more involved, but those words also need to translate on the court. It'll foster more team chemistry, decrease teammate alienation and frankly make Bryant's job a whole lot easier.

But the leadership issues don't just fall on Bryant's lap. Both he and co-captain Derek Fisher set a poor example in drawing two technical fouls over George Hill's feistiness and Richard Jefferson's push from behind, respectively. Lakers forward Ron Artest recently remarked that their critiques of the team carry credibility because of their five championship rings, but losing poise and composure doesn't set the right tone for the rest of the team.

When the Lakers showed maturity and poise, many of them have pointed to Coach Phil Jackson for setting the right tone. Logic has it that the team's current collapse has to point right back at him too. Whether it's been Jackson's constant downplaying of the Miami game or his refusal even to read Bryant's critical analysis of the team, it doesn't appear Jackson's managed to keep everyone motivated and on the same page.

It's cliche to say the Lakers need an air-it-out meeting, but ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin presents convincing evidence that the team is communicating their grievances more to the media than to one another. Talking about their problems during practice and on the court doesn't have to be personal and contentious, but it should be constructive. That's something the team will need to do at tip-off Wednesday night, since the team didn't have a shoot-around earlier, which is typical on road back-to-backs.

2. Run an actual offense

There ares plenty of reasons why the Lakers have regressed in total offense, averaging 108.3 points per game in November to 98.4 points per game in December. You can pretty much note the regression this past month from player to player, including Pau Gasol (20.3 points on 54.1% shooting, 16.5 points on 46.9% shooting), Artest (8.6 points on 44.7% shooting, 6.2 points on 38.4% shooting), Derek Fisher (7.7 points on 41.5% shooting, 5.8 points on 33.3% shooting), Steve Blake (5.4 points on 41.7% shooting, 4.2 points on 32.2% shooting) and Shannon Brown (11.1 points on 48% shooting, 9.2 points on 40.6%). The reasons for all the statistical drop-offs, ranging from Gasol's fatigue and indecisiveness, Artest's discomfort with the triangle and his decreased role, Fisher's forced shots, Blake's passiveness and Brown's streakiness.

An easy way to improve their numbers entails going back to offensive fundamentals and ensuring constant ball movement, cutting and timely passing. The Lakers adopted that strategy at the beginning of the season but soon took shortcuts out of laziness and false comfort. With the system not working, the Lakers are still avoiding following the fundamentals out of frustration. Whether it was Bryant's forced shots (the Lakers are 16-3 when he attempts under 20 shots), the team's eight-of-23 mark from three-point range or the team's refusal to set up Andrew Bynum, who had an efficient 10 points on four of four shooting, the Lakers are all playing as individuals and trying to shoot their way out of a problem rather than running basic concepts.

3. Take pride in little things

Lakers forward Lamar Odom correctly observed following Monday's practice that the team has avoided mastering all the little things, a code word for hustle plays, offensive rebounds, diving for loose balls and taking charges. Odom has been largely consistent even through the Lakers' current struggles, but I couldn't help but notice a sense of irony when Odom was caught not boxing out Spurs forward DeJuan Blair on two consecutive possessions. Odom is not the only member of the guilty party.

The Lakers, like any NBA team, will feature players going through off nights. But the team so far has refused to make adjustments in finding other ways to play effectively. Instead of Gasol lamenting that the team needs to play smart basketball, he should pride himself on grabbing one offensive rebound. Instead of Bryant shooting his way out of his slump, he should accept his poor shooting stroke and instead find open teammates. Instead of the Lakers' bench continuing to shoot from the outside, they should sharpen up their entry passes into Bynum since the unit has only played seven games together.

These are some of the small things the Lakers can do to offset issues that are currently plaguing the team. Add them all together and it'll help alleviate those issues.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers gather on the court prior to their 97-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images.

 
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agree. agree. agree. Now if only the Lakers could heed these words...

MM: glad you mention Fish's brain-freeze of a play when that call wasn't made on the Richard Jefferson shove. Obviously, he was showing up the refs by walking the ball to mid-court, an indirect way to show they screwed up. Showed them up enough to get T'd and offensive foul called on the next play.

Wrong way to react, maybe he should have just sat there at the baseline staring them down for 4 1/2 seconds on the ensuing inbounds, they would have gotten the message...


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

btw, I can agree with MM without being labeled a brown-noser, can't I? I think MM nailed it with this post. Perfect pic, too.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I agree the Lakers need to do all three things...plus defend. And would be nice to not see them self destruct in the 4th quarter when the other team goes on a run.


A good example of them not doing the little things was when Ginobli brought the ball up court with 35 sec left in the quarter. A perfect scenario for a quick shot and 2 for 1 opportunity. Barnes and Bynum weren't prepared. Barnes gave Manu too much room and was picked by Blair while Bynum was slumped back in the lane. Manu hit a 3pt to extend a 6pt lead to 9pt.


@LROB... On another note, what are you hearing about Jim Harbaugh. Word out of San Francisco is that the Niners are going to promote Trent Baalke to general manager and that he might be a package deal with Harbaugh to take over as head coach for the Niners. Worked out pretty good for the Niners last time they signed a rookie head coach from Stanford.
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Tom - I gave a quick response earlier. But here's a little more info according to the article below. Stanford is saying they've offered Harbaugh an extension...while Harbaugh is saying he hasn't seen the offer. U-M fans want him bad. Of course, since that's MSU's rivals I want him to go to the Niners or stay with Stanford. However, I can't see him staying at Stanford. It'll either be the 49ers or U-M.

http://detroit.sbnation.com/michigan-wolverines/2010/12/29/1902304/chasing-jim-harbaugh-is-the-race-between-michigan-and-the-san

Magia32- I couldn't believe my eyes. You posted a link to a youtube video, OMG. The ol' saying is true.....if you can't beat'm join them. LOL!
Posted by: Laker J | December 29, 2010 at 02:43 PM

Haha you ain't Lyin, might as well. I think that's why thst sonny characters here all the time.

@cyber

Lol

@Justa - Erykah...nice selection. I feel ya!


@Lew - Gwen and No Doubt....yes!

@LROB... Thanks for your response. I must have missed your earlier response among the flotsam inundating the blog. I also forgot you were a Spartan and not a Wolverine. Word around here is that step 1 is to hire Trent Baalke as their general manager and Jim Harbaugh as their head coach as a package and then for Andrew Luck to pull an Ely to go to the Niners. ........................
TOM

3 things:


1) Bynum stay healthy - somehow, I feel a knee injury on the way.

2) Erik Spokstra like mentality on the sideline in Phil. You see how quickly he changes his PG if someone is not producing. Why is Derek Fisher still in the lineup?

3) "Me Kobe" back to "Team Kobe". On paper this team is better than last year team which means that "maybe just maybe" Kobe has loss a step. If that's the case, "Team Kobe" is very important. Kobe needs to understand the longer he keeps aging, he just can't come in 4th quarters and try to take over games anymore.


Just play basketball. This team is a veteran team, a team that has been to 3 Finals in the last 3 years and has won back to back championships. Their pedigree is made up of champion bloodlines. Enough over analyzing, get back what is inherently yours, championship-quality basketball. Trust each other and the winning formula. Do not let the other team dictate who you are, you keep reminding them who they are up against. Play with the heart and honor of a King that is protecting his kingdom. GO LAKERS!

Sometimes Fisher gets a little ahead of his legacy and plays outside of his skill level. I believe in his value, but he needs to reel it in and play smart. If Blake would just be more aggressive on the O and make his shots then Fisher needs to get his minutes chopped like advertised. Blake needs to improve first.

Kobe needs to lead. Simple as that. Be the leader he has been. He needs to remember last year's Game 7. Someone replay that as well as his very humble press conference.

Be patient Lakernation. It'll take time, but we'll get there.

LOL @ LakerJ quoting RonRon:

Just play basketball.

Sounds simple - hope they do it tonight!

The Lakers have shown they can beat 2nd tier teams...chicago, houston, phoenix, golden state. They have yet to prove they can beat elite teams..san antonio, miami. Yet they have not played Boston, Orlando, Dallas or even a second game against miami or san antonio. They will win tonight against NO and then get back to basketball.

Switch Kobe to the guard. When Jordan was wearing down he switch his position. Everybody know what Kobe is going to do at shooting guard. He has to bring the ball up then give it up if he is at the point guard position. Kobe, Ron, Matt, Gasol and Bynum is a better defensive team than what they have put out. Let these point guards shoot their ass off none of them will ever score 81. And none of them can beat the Lakers by themselves. Close the middle on teams and the Lakers will be fine. Let Kobe facilitate the team. Fisher, Blake and Brown can controll the small ball and sometimes don't have to play all of them, Lamar off the bench, and they need to play Joe Smith more and then they will never lose. If they find another center on the way great if they don't SO....Defense is the key this year. Locking down the middle, The Lakers are getting killed in one area is the reason they are not winning. Teams are driving to the basket nothing else. Points in the paint are killing the Lakers.

Let's see, Miami, Dallas, Spurs, Celts all have run off nice win streaks to pad their record.

All the Lakers need to do is get a hot streak going and reel off 10 in a row or go 13-2 or something like that and they will be right back in the thick of best record.
While it always seems darkest before the dawn, they certainly have the potential to pull that off.

Remember when Jordan, Pipen,Toni, Rodman, and Bill Wennington all played together. The last years of Jordan's 3 peat. Phil needs to change the line up everybody know what these line up can do. Put Kobe at point and Ron at shoot guard still is no different than Kobe and Fisher. Fisher bring up the ball....Pass to Kobe...Fisher runs to the corner to shoot a 3. Why not Kobe bring up the ball have to give it up to Ron and either set a screen or get one set, post up, and Ron will still run to the corner to shoot a 3 just like Fisher. At least with Matt starting more defense is on the court. Fisher can man the 2nd team with Blake, and Lamar, and mentor Shannon Brown so he can know when to slow down and when to speed things up. Be the next Derek Fisher....

"the Lakers are all playing as individuals and trying to shoot their way out of a problem rather than running basic concepts."
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Well said Mark!

You ask me til this day they still miss Roni Turiaf....Wish u were here Roni....Need more energy on defense. Enjoy locking down players individually and as a team. Jump and block some shots. Cheer the team on when they are away. They really miss those type of characters that helped the moral of the team. Players that don't need the ball the make a difference on the team. But that's just my opinion. They better do something tonight or it might be time to panic maybe a little. How many 20 point leads are they going to give their opponents and not get any.

The Lakers have shown they can beat 2nd tier teams...chicago, houston, phoenix, golden state. They have yet to prove they can beat elite teams..san antonio, miami. Yet they have not played Boston, Orlando, Dallas or even a second game against miami or san antonio. They will win tonight against NO and then get back to basketball.

Posted by: visalus | December 29, 2010 at 03:48 PM

Visalus- while Houston, Phoenix and Golden State are currenty 2nd tier. Do not group Chicago in with these teams. The Bulls are a shooting guard and another defensive stopper from ruining the Heat plans of annual parades.


How do you define Chicago as a 2nd tier team? They currently only behind Miami in FG% defense. Derrick Rose is now a closer, he can beat you in a myriad of ways, including his improved outside game. Carlos Boozer, compliments Noah immensely, it will be more noticeable in the playoffs. They are also top 10 in pt differential. They are a contender, by those standards.

Blog on Visalus, much respect, I just think you're dead wrong about the state of the Chicago Bulls.

-Kobe will go back to facilitating. Last night was a "warning shot."

-expect more entry passes into the post and agressive rebounding

-if team reverts to perimeter shooting early in the shot clock, i expect pj to call a time out in order to regain the team's focus and purpose.

Tonight is the best chance for the Lakers to win a game because both of these teams are struggling of late. This will be a good time for the team to address their issues and try to regain their winning ways.

MM - the last paragraph in your post sums it all up. Good Luck L.A. Your fans are behind you all the way!

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

CCX,

I also admire your tenacity in defending the Lakers despite their lackluster performance. In the course of things, you make suggestions like changes in the starting line up which is an opinion. Therefore, it is not fair to call others by names if the views are different with yours. It is a matter of discussing the good and bad points of such move than putting the messenger in bad light by lumping into groups. All these problems happen when Lakers lost because that is the time when everyone get into suggestion mode. I am not a representative of the dissenters, I'm voicing out like everybody else why our team is in the doldrums. There has to be a way to get out of it. Do you like being bullied when you were young to think only on one direction? Much more so when you are in the company of long time fans who are sharing their experiences. Patience and tolerance go both ways. My point on the prime mover issue, even before you came to the blog, this name calling thing has been in the blog. Worst when we were with Mike T or KL era because it becomes personal and vulgar. By 2010, we should act grown ups in the blog, there are no winners or losers here just take those posts with a grain of salt and move on.

Listening to both Laker stations 710 and 570, both are spitting venom against the World Champs. Even John Ireland who is one of the oldest Laker broadcaster or analyst is not sure of what is going on? Therefore, will you treat their opinions as trolls: Stu, James Worthy, Coach Miller, John Ireland, LA Times columnists. Nobody is jumping out of the ship, everyone is just voicing their concerns. If one is truly lakerholic why be bothered by those concerns?

they need to sit kobe down since he can't hit shots
and refuses to set his teammates up.

Good Article. A little early for everyone to go crazy over a few losses. Maybe the Lakers need to lose some to remember how nice it is to win. I would rather lose now than at the end of the season. Would be nice to have a 10+ game win streak going into the playoffs. Just sayin is all.

Let's see, Miami, Dallas, Spurs, Celts all have run off nice win streaks to pad their record.

All the Lakers need to do is get a hot streak going and reel off 10 in a row or go 13-2 or something like that and they will be right back in the thick of best record.
While it always seems darkest before the dawn, they certainly have the potential to pull that off.


Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | December 29, 2010 at 03:58 PM

So true Art - FL Laker Fan all they have to do is win tonight which i believe they will. And looking at the schedule they their toughes challenge will come mid jan when okc comes to town. Which if we win that can keep us going giong into a few tough games coming up with dal,Deen, and utAh. So just win baby.

Go lakers!

"Let's see, Miami, Dallas, Spurs, Celts all have run off nice win streaks to pad their record.

All the Lakers need to do is get a hot streak going and reel off 10 in a row or go 13-2 or something like that and they will be right back in the thick of best record.
While it always seems darkest before the dawn, they certainly have the potential to pull that off.


Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | December 29, 2010 at 03:58 PM "

The Lakers had some winning streaks already.

The Lakers had some winning streaks already.
Posted by: Bay to LA
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Good point Bay to LA, they had the 8-0 run to start the season.

That's exactly my point, this team has the potential to put together a 10-0 run, or something similar, like a couple of 7-0 runs with a loss or two thrown in along the way.

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(01) CORNER-J – OWNER - So here's the deal. We true Laker fans are sticking by this team and this coach...no matter what. Maybe their time is indeed over...but maybe it isn't. And you better pray that you're right. Because if our STILL WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS do get it together, there is going to be some serious payback happening...both in the playoffs, and on this blog. . I'm on board until the train comes off the tracks...and the only tracks that count are in the playoffs. Carry on, my friends.
(02) JOE CORAD – CO/OWNER - To all the Lakers fans and the Laker haters. until they lose 4 games in the playoffs in any series; The Lakers are the team to beat despite their record. Every other team just wants to catch up. So trolls do enjoy, because surely when the Lakers start winning you all disappear.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DRIVER - This is not bad. It's a total bummer but as Justa says, we got this.Age is not playing into these defeats. Individuals make up a team but it's the team that falters together. Another month and things will be just fine. SAS has their big rodeo trip and things will change - in the NBA, they always do. Lakers are coming back with the New Year. Go away trolls, we are still integrating new players and one big guy.
(04) RICK FRIEDMAN – DIRECTOR - I'm betting that Phil has chosen to let his team fail enough times, so that they'll actually pay attention when he starts coaching. All these players who think they know it all because they have one or two rings, may finally be waking up this morning ready to listen. Good idea. As for the Kobe bashers, why wouldn't he think a game is on his shoulders when he looks at his team mates on the floor and sees a FAIL sign? No "players only" meeting is needed. No "by-the-book" inspirational speeches by Fish are welcome. Let's get to work, Lakers. If this edition of the team has Championship DNA, let's show it. The ASG will be here in a heartbeat. Which reminds me, a little "heart" would go a long way. Go Lakers!
(05) DICE8UP – CO/DRIVER - Why is fear all of a sudden becomes this blog? It is still December, and this things happens to a team.. especially a back to back champion team...Chillax people.. Go Lakers!!!!
(06) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX – CO/OWNER - if everything,good or bad is an opportunity,i think that as lakerlovers, we need to act in good faith and give the boys the support and not abandon ship.this is not a matter of one or two players not doing what they have to, this is systemic.bad timing plays a role in this,but as i suggested yesterday, the team is at the bottom of the mountain like every other team
(07) LROB- RIDING SHOTGUN - Wow this is what its like in here when adversity hits. Yes, the Lakers were terrible AGAIN. Yes, if the playoffs started today they’d probably be looking at a first round exit. But there’s plenty of time to get back on track so excuse me if I don't abandon ship. All the Lakers fans that are throwing all the players and coach under the bus, I have a few questions...If you screaming at Kobe today, where you screaming last year when he hit all those game winners? or in the playoffs when he iced Phoenix in gm 6? Or when he scored his other 25,000+ points? If you’ve been dogging Pau lately, where were you when he outplayed KG in the finals last year? Or when he shot 61% and avg 3 blks in the Utah series? If you’ve been ripping on Ron, where were you when he played like a superstar in gm 7 last year? Or when he held Durant to sub 35% shooting. If you’ve been salty on Fish, where were you when he gave Orlando the knockout blow in 09 or owned the 4th quarter in gm3 vs. the C's last year. If you want Phil out, what about the 5 titles he brought? Yes, the team is floundering, but after 3 straight final appearances and back to back championships I would think the Lakers have earned enough goodwill for us to stick with them doing this rough patch.
(08) EDWIN GUECO RIDING SHOTGUN2 - after 40 years following the lakers, i'm not ready to say quits bu6 just hope that talent will come tomorrow or the next game. no need to say any further criticisms because the game speaks for itself. it is not worth to say anything when u witness that all chips are down. just watch and pray that the jinx will be soon be broken. that's my position myclyne as a grieving fan. i just believe what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: "The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."
(09) HOBBIYMAGE – SECURITY - Maybe now, my words of caution make a bit more sense to you &
others. Maybe not. In any case, I'm still rollin' with the Lakers.
(10) PHRED – LOVE DISPENSER - A couple of things to cling to for anybody looking for a silver lining; This is good for us as a blog, I think. Like (not nearly as bad) the bad old days of 96 and 97, it separates the wheat from the chaff on the blog and we know who is really going to go to the wall in support of the team. Doesn't mean either glass half full, glass half empty, or glass totally empty and broken on the floor, just people who want the Lakers to win. I do know there are some very solid bloggers who have been part of the soul of this blog who aren't posting here much anymore, and some of them have been driven off by some of the relentless negative posting by some people that verges on the troll like. I do know that these people will not completely abandon the blog in its hour of need. The other good thing to remember is that I am convinced that we aren't really this bad. It's just not possible for the team that won the Finals two years in a row to be bad enough to lose like this. This means to me that we are better than our record lately, and I think based on my experience watching this team that we are a lot better than how we have been playing lately. And even if we completely lose it and go off the edge and never even make it near the finals this year, there will still be one consolation; people will hopefully stop complaining when we only win by less than ten points. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
(11) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I hate losing. Hate it. That said, this team is a proven championship team and they WILL turn it around. And yes - before it's too late. It's only December for pete's sake. They have too much talent and pride in themselves to be satisfied with the way things are going and not do something about it. So - for all you bandwagonners and haters and trolls - enjoy your moment in the sun. Bask in it. Revel in delight at the problems MY team is currently facing. And yes - they're MY team - certainly not YOURS. Because if they were your team, you'd shut the hell up with the venom-spewing and negativity and get behind your team. But no - you choose to post drivel and call it honest criticism, or worse. Whatever. Like I said - have a good time now. Because soon enough MY team will meld, jell and otherwise come together in a steam-rolling, ass-kicking machine and prove you all the idiots WE, the true Laker fans on here, already know you to be.
(12) LAKERLASS
(13) MAMBA24
(14) TNTLAKERFAN – ARMORY SGT - There are problems, yes, but they are correctable. I would like to see us playing inside-out rather than outside-in. This could free up shooters, and increase the percentages from outside. As far as defensively, we really aren't that bad. It's our offense that needs improvement. I don't know what we are running, but it is not the triangle. do I think we can just improve with what we have? OF COURSE!
(15) JAY W. - I am confident that the Lakers can get back to the final despite all those lost. But only concern is that if the Lakers does not finish the season at the top three best record . It's going to be very tough for the Lakers to Win it all. Home course advantage make a huge different in the post season, and plus the Lakers is consider a veteran team which mean they are getting older everyday. For those of you Lakers hater , you can laugh all you want now, but the Lakers still make it to the final. Hahaha...Let's Go Lakers.
(16) DEAN GOLDY - The important thing to remeber with this slump is that the Lakers know how to win and once they get back in the groove that will begin to happen again, every night.
(17) Mitch – Trolls - I sympathize with you. It must be very difficult for you to go through life being not only ignorant, but obnoxious as well. Take solace in the fact that there are many therapies out there that you might benefit from including lobotomy. ( My guess is that lobotomy is probably your best chance for success ) Do everyone a favor, put down the crack pipe and seek help. Now would be a good time.
(18) PURPLE HEART - This adversity is only going to make the Lakers stronger. No worries, Lakes WILL turn this around and I guarantee by mid April they will be hitting Championship stride.
(19) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I love my team and I always will. I think they'll turn it around. I hope they will. I'm bleeding that purple and gold.
(20) LAKERTOM - All the calls from the once in a blue moon fair weather fans who would fire Phil, curse Kobe, trade Ron, cut Fish, and bench Pau need to chill and stand up and support their team rather than jumping off the bus like rats abandoning ship. Stated simply, the Lakers are still struggling with injuries and the competition has improved. The silver lining to last night’s loss in my opinion was the continually improving play of Drew, although I do admit to screaming at him after he missed those four free-throws. You could see an immediate improvement in our interior defense and post offense with Drew in the game. ...You also have to give credit to the Spurs defense on Kobe. I have never seen him stripped of the ball so many times and there were several times when he drove and was pushed out of bounds without any call from the zebras, who seem to be responding very negatively to Kobe’s rage. On the other hand, I hate it when Kobe refuses to take an easy open shot and instead prefers to dribble and back his defender down only to take a highly contested low percentage fade-away shot. Kobe needs to stay within the triangle and work without the ball to get open rather than just calling for the ball over and over in heavy traffic. We need to get back to efficiently running the Triangle Offense rather than playing isolation ball. And Kobe needs to rein in his rage. As you aptly pointed out, there is still a lot of time for the Lakers to right the ship. The season is a marathon and not a sprint. Drew’s continued progress and increased time on the court will enable us to return to playing Lakers high percentage inside-out basketball on offense and to sealing off the paint and putting an end to the easy layups and dunks that have been killing us.
(21) WALLACE - We're like Clint Eastwood's movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!" This team has all the components! We're good in the beginning, bad a few weeks after 8-0 run and it's now reach the "Ugly" stage. We will be good again, I hope! Just like in the movie where the good guys ended up with the bags of gold! With some changes in pesonel, we will turn it around before the playoff. I love DFish, but he's more of the liability nowadays on both ends. Hey, I'd rather had this bad run now than in the playoff!!! This team need a big jolt to get out of their doldrums!!! It's the worst I've seen before Gasol's trade. I don't buy Pau's argument that we need to throw the ball more inside (To him or Andrew). Pau is playing weak himself in the last few games. He's playing very little defense and wasted good passes Kobe fed him in the middle. I think Kobe is mad at Pau for not being a man in the middle and not defending the paint like he should. Too many uncontested layups yesterday. Bynum gave us more effort last night offensively and defensively!!! Kobe did his best but his shots were not falling yesterday and the refs were hard on him all night last night. In Kobe, I Trust!
(22) VMAN - Never gone on an opposing team's site and vented years of fan frustration and I'm assuming anyone that would needs to take a much needed break on a shrink's couch to suss out the sad life that brings him to such a ledge.Juvenile derision aside, yes, these Lakers will be competitive when it counts. Getting out of the West will be the hardest task yet on the road to 3 championships in a row. Good for the game, good for the fans. I'm certain of one thing, none of the opposing players or coaches are counting them out
(23) DKWSFO - This is a mental thing and a strategy thing, not a talent thing.
(24) NEWMEXICOLL - Really think we have to move the ball around more!! Too much dribbling around. Tonite we will get back on track, keep the faith!!!
(25) YELLOWFEVER – OK I i think i'm done venting for today... believe it or not i still think they eventually get it together.. I STILL BELIEVE!?!?
(26) THE TRIANGULATOR - I may believe that aliens have stolen our BB skills, but I do know it'll all be back before the playoffs. How many wins did the Lakers have on their road to the three-peat in 2002? It's not about the regular season and home court advantage, while nice, isn't a necessity. A healthy team is a necessity. With that said, I would shakeup the lineup a few games to spice things up. At the worst, it would make a few more losses bearable. At its best, it could energize the team. Trolls, we banish thee back under the 3rd Street Bridge whence yee came from!!!
(27) CARTER - Sean Elliot and all the NBA are getting their licks in after 3 years of dominance by the Lakers, But that's OK, that's their right, they better get them in now, because if they get this ship together, my lakers ain't gonna have no mercy on any of them.
(28) ZEN(THE ORIGINAL) - The Lakers always play bad this time of year..Im not worried...yet
(29) LAKERJ - I know the Lakers have received their wake up call. There is no way they are taking these losses in stride. Champions respond to adversity and show resiliency when it's needed most. Here come the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Watch out!
(30) BRONXLAKERFAN - I've heard some great rebuttal from Justa, Corner J and others. Many thanx to Mamba24 and others, who, while expressing their displeasure about the team's recent play, never lose sight of the big picture. I side with those folks. I'm a diehard Laker fan and I will be for the duration.
(31) CYBERCOSMIX - We have to keep in mind that it is the holidays, a time when the Lakers traditionally have taken off (well, they show up to games, playing well is another matter...). This is a team that has worked it out in the past. There is a precedence of them pulling themselves out of their tailspins, no matter that us Laker fans see three-game losing streaks as the end of the world. Well said on Kobe though, I know I can definitely take a few 'off' games to his usual brilliance he plays with on most nights...AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!
(32) ZACH FROM SAN DIEGO - first of all, GO LAKERS... ..but really is this not just a dramatic twist to spice up the season for Phil Jackson's last year. It would be boring if we won 65 games and cruised to another title, am I right or am I right? Or am i wrong? Hell this season started like a gem and progressively has made me lose more and more hair the past month. This isn't the end of the world no, but there are a lot of issues to be addressed. I don't know I just can't wait to after the All Star break. Something tells me things will FINALLY start to "matter" to this team come February-March. It's sad to say, but it's hard to be mentally prepared and in-gear for these games. Title defense motivation comes during the playoffs. The other contenders are showing us they are ready to take our crown. Bottom line it all comes down to April/May/June baby. GO LAKERS!!! HATERS ARE GONNA HATE
(33) I BLEED PURPLE AND GOLD - Really excited about the return of Bynum!! but really upset about the lost last night. Shannon Brown (mr. most improve player of the year) started off hot out the gates and now he cant find the bottom of the net. And Matt Barnes (mr. perfect game) cant find his shot either. Blake has been struggeling all year with his shot, despite a few games. It seems like the killer bees have lost their sting!!! Hopefoly we can borrow the Hornets sting tonight!!!
(34) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Let's see, Miami, Dallas, Spurs, Celts all have run off nice win streaks to pad their record. All the Lakers need to do is get a hot streak going and reel off 10 in a row or go 13-2 or something like that and they will be right back in the thick of best record. While it always seems darkest before the dawn, they certainly have the potential to pull that off.
(35) JQ - Kobe needs to lead. Simple as that. Be the leader he has been. He needs to remember last year's Game 7. Someone replay that as well as his very humble press conference. Be patient Lakernation. It'll take time, but we'll get there.
(36) LEWSTRS - Yes, I have concerns...but still have faith in my team...We have 51 games left in the season...plenty of time to get back to Lakerball... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcnqzi1a0yo
(37) D(EREK) J(ETER) - I'm not giving up though! The thing being a Laker and Yankee fan is that we expect to win it all every year. It's actually difficult to win one, let alone several. Ask Stockton, Barkley, Ewing, and Malone. I'm not giving up though!
(38) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - I'll repeat. BOTH of the Jordan led Bulls 3peat teams had similar records to what the Lakers have at this point in the season (21-10 once, 22-9 the other time). And NEITHER of those teams had HCA for the finals.
(39) FRMKT - I'll repeat. BOTH of the Jordan led Bulls 3peat teams had similar records to what the Lakers have at this point in the season (21-10 once, 22-9 the other time). And NEITHER of those teams had HCA for the finals. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | December 29, 2010 at 02:03 PM Yes and that's a wrap!
(40) MAGIC PHIL - Not saying HCA is NOT important, justa saying is NOT THAT important. If you deserve the ring, you must not rely on HCA.
(41) Kobeayashimarue - I had a feeling we would get stomped on last night...not really surpirsed as our team is just discombuberated right now. Lets see how things work out with AB & Pau in the starting lineup together & LO off the bench...we haven't seen that yet this year so I'm not panicing.........yet
(42) LAKESHOW310 - Food for thought.......Jackson's first threepeat in Chicago, the Bulls were 21-9. The next threepeat in Chicago the Bulls were????? Yep, you guessed it.....21-10. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. It's always tougher to threepeat. Keep the faith, and get away from the ledge. They will right the ship. Trust me.
(43) LAKERPEACE - A good news is Bynum is starting to catch up. Once he becomes the starter and Gasol playing at PF, and Odom coming out of the bench gelling with the Killer B's, the Lakers will be just fine. "Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do." -Napoleon Hill-
(44) OCLEZY - all they have to do is win tonight which i believe they will. And looking at the schedule they their toughes challenge will come mid jan when okc comes to town. Which if we win that can keep us going giong into a few tough games coming up with dal,Deen, and utAh. So just win baby. Go lakers!
(45) JWILLIAM - A little early for everyone to go crazy over a few losses. Maybe the Lakers need to lose some to remember how nice it is to win. I would rather lose now than at the end of the season. Would be nice to have a 10+ game win streak going into the playoffs. Just sayin is all.
(46)

Art Fl Fan,

If they pass NO, the next three games are all feasible in the W columns since they will be played at home against Sixers, Grizz and Pistons. However, if they lose again, those team will have the confidence to ram it all the way in early January. It is a "must" that Lakers start winning at this time. They still have to play Celtic 2x, NO 4x, Spurs 3x, Mavs 4x, Heat 1, Magic 2x, Suns 2x.

We all agree that Bynum is the focal point of this winning combination. What is the use of upside or improvement if the team as whole continue losing like last night? This is not just job of Kobe or Gasol but everybody playing as a team for 48 minutes. Hornets don't have any 7 footer but they a bunch of foxes on the loose. They also lost 12 out of 19 games so we're ahead by small margin. Can we not handle CP3, Okafor, Trevor, Bellinelli and West? We have seen them before.

OCLEZY,

Yep, that's right.
Once the Lakers beat one or two of the top teams I think it will give them a mental boost.

Speaking of streaks, I have a feeling the Magic may be setting up to be the next team to put together a string of wins. They are running 4-0 right now with wins over the Celts and Spurs. Nice to see another threat in the east. The Celts and Heat are going to have their work cut out for them also, not just the Lakers.

It is a "must" that Lakers start winning at this time. They still have to play Celtic 2x, NO 4x, Spurs 3x, Mavs 4x, Heat 1, Magic 2x, Suns 2x.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco |
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Hi Edwin,

You make a good point about all the tough teams the Lakers still need to play, but that's a double edged sword. They also still need to play the Lakers.

In other words, if the Lakers can get their act together and win against those teams, they will rise up in the standing as those teams take on more losses.

good evening Lakers fans-

jazzy NO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCdWvCblaW8

time to do the right thing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUv3iZ4PafM
(Ty Lue before he played)

enjoy the game peoples-

mamba24, MY MAN! Thx for adding me to the THE ONLY TRACKS THAT
COUNT ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS.


Listen, in order to win a ring, we must be at our peak IN THE BEGINNING OF ROUND 2 OF THE PLAYOFFS! Remember Boston last season? They were 4th seed in the playoffs and made it to the finals...Their timing, like our timing too, was perfect. I'm NOT worry right now.

Edwin: I agree with you, name calling is a problem on both sides. This blog never has been very good at singling people out that start crossing the line into flat-out insulting. Not a good thing when it happens, but worse for us to stand on the sidelines and point people out when it gets to that point.

LakerTom for instance, he's been singled out for the audacity he has of supporting Bynum - but he cannot be lumped in with those on the other side of the fence. It's not fair to him and he can't be mentioned in the same breath with the bullies because he merely defends his points. I've seen a number of times that he got called out here when he hadn't posted in a days, usually in some sort of taunting way. A lot of times is his name mentioned in negative fashion, so he does not need to be singled out when he comes on here and voices his opinion.

I think if someone claims that Kobe can't hold MJ's jock, well not only are they wrong but he's gonna get debated. But those that are repeatedly needling others, again, such as happens with LakerTom and Bynum - well that is the same type of bullying that you mention happening in the other direction too. Personally, I can't stand it when the same guys get repeatedly bashed by certain posters, over and over ad infinitum, and after a while I get prompted to speak up myself.

There are a number of people that do nothing but taunt/bait/troll. I don't know if they are one and the same, writing under different names, but it still happens. I have not seen that happen here since for a little while, the sniping and insults. Those people though, they don't merit getting lumped in with the people that come in with their dissenting or frustrated views. I think you might be mixing insulters and trolls with the frustrated fans - they are two different things.

I spent about 90 minutes this morning reading and copy/pasting a 'best-of' posts - many of which I didn't agree with but was curious as to what everyone felt and picked some good ideas, positive or negative, which deserved to be mentioned.

Edwin, if you feel that I ever am bullying someone - call me out. I get passionate sometimes, like to debate. If you feel I cross the line, let me know. However you should also call out those that bait and insult too. I try to do that at times, but a lot of personal insults fly under everyones radars. Unfortunately when Dan was here a lot of that went on, Dan never took a stand to put an end to it.

I don't have a problem with anyone here, I'd have a beer with EVERYONE - each and everyone. Those I've debated or praised alike. Maybe one day we'll all get together for a big blog-party (LA Times & MM: set that up!!!!!) and I'd love to meet everyone of you guys.

BTW: Don't know if you remember but I used to go by LakerMike on the blog. When the K-Bros went into their daily Smothers Brothers routines, I visited other places for my daily Lakers 'fix' (we are all Laker junkies, aren't we??? lol...), when I came back someone had taken my moniker so I started using this one. I guess I've been here longer than some but only started calling it 'home' after MM took over for the KBros. Never have done the live chats though as most happen during the game, it interferes with the zen-like state I try to maintain watching them - naahhh, seriously though can't type and watch a game at the same time plus the HDTV is the monitor I'm on right now which I switch over at game time.

Much love Edwin, much respect. You speak out for the voices on the blog that sometimes get mocked and ridiculed. In my mind everyone is welcome - as long as they don't cross the line into personal insults, or use foul language. We all have to do our share and keep this a place that is free from that stuff, dissenting opinions though are always welcome!


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I agree with Darryl. The Lakers are pretty much figured out. Understandable given that for the last three years and counting the entire league has been not only gunning for the Lakers, they're building their teams to beat them. The league isn't afraid of them anymore so they're really going to have to bring their A game now, executing and, yes, switch it up a bit. Put people in different positions to maximize their potential.

We don't even use our entire bench and we've annually sent the rooks to the D-league instead of cultivating them. We're not in a position to do that anymore, we need everyone.

And I never like to say it, let alone want to, but Phil and Fish needs to get into Kobe's head and tell him to ease off the trigger. And hopefully he won't pout and not shoot at all. He hasn't been like that in a long while so I don't fear that, but still...

ugh, sorry for the broken english in a couple places on the above post, tried to hurriedly write that as gametime approaches and have a few grammatical errors I didn't catch. Man, seems to be the thing with most things I post! Too rushed! Gotta start proofreading... lol

I have soom much fun just reading the jabs jabs and a left hook followedf by a right cross..enjoy!- The Old Hippy

~~there you go the old hippy, the cynical blogger who comes here in the blog to bait laker fans. He is from the Boston Celtics who enjoys these losses also known as Curious George, Church Woman, Laker Fan and this Old Hippy. Nothing is really original from this blogger, purely kibitzer and trouble maker like an old drunk.

LakerTom & CCX, this is the type of blogger that u should consider dangerous because he has no stand, no opinion but to destroy the Laker passion.

Art - FL Laker Fan

I love it ,because now their no longer just jump a shooting team.They have guys like richardson and, arenas who not only can shoot the 3 but also can take their man of their dribble.I see them having the fire power to hang with the heat
.My only thing is their defense, and lack of a back up big to help out Howard.But look to me so far like Howard can be the big eraser back their which makes up for their lack their off.It should be an exciting match up once they meet up with Heat.


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