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Lakers' 97-82 loss to San Antonio Spurs reveals systematic problems

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant arrived at At&T Center Tuesday for early shooting, hoping that would set the example for dogged preparation and trickle into the game against San Antonio. He publicly undressed his teammates after an embarrassing Christmas Day loss to Miami and reiterated his sentiments in a more subdued manner during the team's shootaround, hoping his demanding comments would light a fuse into his team. And he continued shooting throughout the contest against the Spurs, believing his scoring mentality would eventually lift the Lakers out of their current malaise.

Instead, the Lakers' 97-82 loss Tuesday to the San Antonio Spurs revealed the same problems.  The immediate worries: the Lakers (21-10) are trailing the Spurs (26-5) by six games for first place in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers suffered their third consecutive loss for the second time this season. And they have experienced these defeats by an average of 16 points, the first time since March 2007 that the Lakers have lost three consecutive games by double-digit margins.

The long-term worries: The Lakers appear nowhere near solving their current problems, though they'll have an opportunity to try Wednesday at New Orleans. Don't chalk this up to the Lakers mailing in a performance, however. The Lakers appeared very engaged, beginning with a Derek Fisher deflection and Bryant scoring eight of the team's first 10 points and ending with a 44-42 halftime lead and holding San Antonio to 40% shooting. But then the second half happened, where the Spurs outscored the Lakers by 17 points, held the Lakers to a team-high 35.4% mark from the field and featured four players in double digits, including the usual suspect in Tony Parker (23 points on 10 of 18 shooting), the continual improvement in Richard Jefferson (15 points), a season-high performance in DeJuan Blair (17 points on eight of 14 shooting and 17 rebounds) and bench support in George Hill (10 points).

The problems pointed to the top at Bryant, who with words demanded excellence but with actions displayed selfishness. His 21-point performance on eight of 27 shooting began with him positively setting the tone with a four of five mark but then negatively hurting the team with 13 consecutive misses. Through it all, Bryant refused to adjust to game scenarios, going one of of five in the third quarter, using three consecutive jumpers in the fourth quarter as false comfort he could lift the team back and even at one point waving away a screen so he could dribble and post up despite meeting double coverage.

"If I was playing, I probably wouldn't pass him the ball the next time," Jackson told reporters.

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The problems pointed in other directions. Lakers forward Pau Gasol had what Jackson described to reporters as a "bad game," finishing with nine points on three of eight shooting and displaying similar qualities that ailed him against Miami, including poor lift, hesitation, slow reaction on drives to the lane and unwillingness to find other ways to remain effective on a poor shooting night. Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who had played consistently for most of the season, scored only nine points on three of nine shooting, made lazy passes, was yanked for failing to box out Blair and appeared too passive to take over.

The Lakers appeared reluctant to accept that they've regressed in three-point shooting, going from a 41.2% clip in November to a 30.9% mark in December. Instead their eight of 23 mark provided another example why the Lakers need to work the ball inside. The only bright spot pointed to Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who had an efficient 10 points on four of four shooting in only 22 minutes, but even that presented some problems. That included his two of eight mark from the free-throw line, Steve Blake's poor entry passes to him and the team's overall unwillingness to grant him more opportunities.

All this disjointed mess points to the top where there's very little leadership and direction. Poor shot selection from Bryant and Fisher (one of four) trickled down to the backcourt reserves in Shannon Brown (one of 11) and Blake (one of six). Bryant and Fisher also displayed poor leadership. Bryant drew a technical foul for the third consecutive game, feeding into Hill's effort in baiting him. Fisher drew a technical foul after running halfcourt to Jefferson after he knocked him from behind. And Jackson's hands-off approach resulted in his players running around aimlessly.

The Lakers can solve these problems. But as they painfully found out in a critical game against a Western Conference team, that task requires a foundation and not an off/on switch.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson questions a call during the third quarter of the Lakers' 97-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press.

Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, shoots over San Antonio forward Matt Bonner during the first half of the Lakers' 97-82 loss Tuesday. Credit: Soobum Im / U.S. Presswire

 
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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 haters out there this is your time to shine so fire away we can handle it.


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.

Phil Jackson has really blown it. It's a pretty simple recipe to victory-Gasol, Kobe, maybe a power forward and 2-3 guys who can spot shoot lights out. No team can keep up with that scoring. Now we traded our best spot shooter besides Kobe-Sasha. Jordan Farmar gone too. Fisher can't carry all the weight. Jackson stresses defense over offense and now too much is left to Kobe. I never understand leaving Kobe out so long after the 4th quarter break either. For god's sake, the guy just rested at the end of the quarter! Teams catch up and pull away and we expect Kobe to be the hero every game in the last 7 minutes. I'm losing interest cause this is the beginning of the end of Lakers finals unless they get some better shooters and start actually playing them. I'm not going to watch Artest and old-man Odom throw up bricks every night and Kobe force shots in double teams! I get too pissed at Jackson.

Hey, cool, I get to show up near the beginning of a thread for once. Honestly, I'm fairly upset that I haven't been able to watch the Lakers recently. I'm almost thankful for the Lakers not giving me anything that I can say I missed watching.

I'm sorry, but I have to work tomorrow morning and i have to get to sleep so I didn't read the comments on the previous thread with much zeal. Since I haven't been able to watch the games, I don't have any rare insight or analysis why the Lakers are losing. I suspect that it has been because they haven't played as well as the other team. No offense to anybody in the Lakers news propagating business, but that's not much worse than any of the guesses expounded by any of them lately.

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.

I am worried about Kobe. He's not shooting well. I'm less worried about Pau, because if his problem is that he's playing soft or lackadaisical that means he can play better, and I'm not even sure if he has that much of a problem. He is still a very consistent player and I'm still gonna take him on any given day over just about anybody. Odom is doing great. If Blake and Barnes are struggling, well, they still have a lot to learn. If Artest is struggling, well, I know he'll keep working on it.

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.

THE LOVE KNOWS THAT pHRED WATCHED 84 LAKER GAMES LAST YEAR AND WE WON MOST OF THEM.

THE LOVE KNOWS THAT pHRED HAS WATCHED LIKE SIX OR SEVEN LAKER GAMES THIS YEAR AND WE HAVE WON MOST OF THEM.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SET IT UP SO THAT pHRED CAN WATCH MORE LAKER GAMES.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

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.

No...we do not need to trade for Carmelo Anthony.

However....

I have read that JaVale McGee is available, and anytime you can steal another big body, and provide insurance for Andrew Bynum, you may have to examine that. But do I think we can just improve with what we have? OF COURSE!

Great article and very nice read.

Good thing Mark is not trying to sugarcoat things or make friends within the Lakers, just tell like it is.

I expect some people are talking about trades, and I would think that with us playing this way Jerry might have some incentive to open the pocket book a bit and take on a bad contract if it gets us a better player, but honestly we really don't have anything to trade. Our big salary guys aren't going to get us anybody better back. Kobe and Pau aren't going anywhere. Drew basically is like a trade, since we don't know what we are going to get from him for the rest of the season.

I can't really believe I am actually inciting a trade conversation, but the way this blog has been going, it seems like it might actually be a more cheerful topic.

LRob,

Didn't scream at Kobe tonight. He tried.
I've wondered if playing through the finger, last yer,
has permanently degraded his shooting.

That Lakers 1st half was good. It's a step in the right
direction.

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.

Still hopin' the best for Bynum. Yes, I'd still trade him for Melo in a
heartbeat. Yes, I know it won't happen.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

And perhaps a tardy tip of the hat to FCM. Mark, I had thought in some of your previous articles that you were perhaps walking too close to the 'sense of urgency (I don't really know why we are losing) vibe, but with this one you gave us some real meat and potatoes. Some discussion of real problems, some glimmer of what the Lakers can do to fix them, and a fair minded state of the season address.

I agree that trades are outlandish at this point with the contracts we have. But we do have Luke's expiring contract, and a very active GM. So, in my opinion, if we continue to drop games there could be a move made. I just think that we need to stand pat and hope that we play better as a unit moving forward.

It'll be okay in Lakerland.. if this was after the all-star break then there would be need to worry..

BUT I LIKE HOW THE PHIL & PAU SAID KOBE WAS SHOOTING TOO MUCH.. ALL HIS SHOTS WERE IN THE OFFENSE AFTER THE FIRST 6 MINUTES OF THE GAME..

PAU ALWAYS SAYS GET THE BALL INSIDE MORE BUT WHEN HE HAS IT

HE WAITS.... AND WAITS.... AND WAITS.... AND WAITS


HE NEEDS TO GET AGGRESSIVE GET THE BALL AND GO MAKE A PLAY NOBODY PLAYS WITH AGGRESSIVENESS ON THIS TEAM EXCEPT KOBE...


HE BARELY SHOT THE BALL AGAINST MIAMI THEN HE GOES 8-27 HE GETS CALLED OUT BY PHIL...

Yea, LRon,
Gasol was playing a gimpy KG without Perkins in the middle. He always plays well against undersize out of position opponents. Anyone with size and bulk, he plays soft and fades.

As far as Kobie(sic), he has never had a great final game like Jordan. Someone else always saving his sorry .- Shaq, Artest, Fish etc.

The only thing I agree with you is Fisher. He is one tough resolve guy. He was the one that got the Fakers to thr finals last year. To old too slow but too smart for all these young dumb quick ones!

Well, at least they had a "feisty" practice lol. Kobe calling out his teammates probably didn't help. All this regular season games mean nothing is BS. Regular season gams is what gets you into the playoffs. At some point they have to be important, plus the Lakers need home court advantage. The Lakers did not win a ring, 2003 - 2008. Barely won last season. Why people think KObe can just will his way to a win or they can just turn it on is silly.

Kobe keep shooting....please lol

We need Daffy Duck from Space Jam so that Kobe can say "You da Duck!" and win back our players' BB Skills from the Aliens...

Well, this is one way to assure that PJ doesn't have to coach the All-Star Game. The rate these players are deteriorating, only Kobe will be playing at Staples on February 20th. Said commentary for the Defending Champs in their home town.

All-Star weekend should be restful for the Lakers this year...

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. As a Lakers fan, it is very difficult to see the Lakers lose that many games. It just like watching your own kids get beat up. I hear people talking about the Spur are getting old , but the Lakers are not that much younger. I also believe if Andrew is healthy, he can make the Lakers team that much younger. 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.

phred,

you wrote: 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.

my response: don't know if I qualify as "relentless negative" ... I guess that's
for you and others to decide for yourself.

That being said, I always want the Lakers to win and I always want our players
do to do well, despite talking about the reality of them not performing up to
expectations.

As always ....

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Wow, so the invincible Lakers get a beatdown from the Heat and the Spurs in THEIR HOUSE! My oh my how times have changed. It is clear that this Lakers team with the OLDEST backcourt is at best the 5th best team in the NBA.

From 3peat to NOpeat.

Get used to it you phony LALA types.

Oldest owner: Jerry Buss 76
Oldest coach: P Jackson 65
Oldest backcourt: Kobe and Fisher

Hows that dynasty thing working for ya?

We are now taking bets. Who says Bynum will go down:
In January?
In February?
In March?

The winner gets an all expenses paid trip to Boston where you get to see the Celtics do a beatdown on the old and fading Lakers.

Enjoy the chowder!

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. And no one should question the greatest player in the game when he asks you to show a higher level of sacrafice for your team and to take these losses personally. My money is on Kobe doesn't sleep well tonight after the loss, the question is, will his teammates?

@hobbit – your words of caution was always cool with me. I never said this would be a cakewalk and wasn’t on board with any of the lets break the Bulls 72 win mark. Of course, I didn’t expect it to be this bad. My only difference with you was I don’t see you being as critical of Kobe as you are of others.


@no mo – Lol. I’m never stumped for a musical correlation. I can pull off a selection quick as Kobe can shoot a J. Of course, the team isn’t fun to watch right now, but I’m eager to see how the fight through this challenge.

The Lakers know how to win? Haven't you been watching them the last few games against quality opponents?

Wake up and smell the coffee. This is not a good team. Their time has passed.

phred - Thanks for the love. I don't use the sense or urgency but I thought some of their other losses did point to the Lakers being bored. This one was different where they didn't execute. This reveals a bigger problem because the team's negligence has caught up to them. The Lakers painfully realized ensuring quality wins requires preparation and a solid foundation beforehand, not just more hustle and speeches. I have though decided to change the format of the game wraps. I think for the last few games the five things became a tad too formulaic, plus ESPN LA has done a 10 things segment. It was a good format to follow during the preseason and early part of the season where you could capture snapshots of ongoing developments, but now I'm going to go back to what I did last year where I focus on a specific theme that captures both the game's essence and connects it to the larger picture. That doesn't mean I'll overlook any game details or player performances but it will be all under the umbrella of what it meant to the game and what it means in the big picture.

Yes I will say it for the 9 millionth time. Derek Fisher if he did have any class would retire !!!!

hobbit- nah, I like your stuff as long as you don't get into long and interminable hair splitting arguments about Andrew Bynum. I don't agree with all that much of what you write, but I know you try to inform, entertain and stimulate discussion. Boy, do you try to stimulate discussion.

much love.

Lakers lose, Kobe does his best to put the team on his back. Then "The Kobe is selfish" tag raises its ugly head.
The Lakers are a mess because they are arrogant, lazy, unwilling to change, etc.

Oh, and when will Phil Jackson finally bench Derek Fisher? I need a break form this team, because watching their games in an exercise in frustration.

Lets be honest. The Lakers were not competitive at Staples against the Heat or the Spurs. They are not a top team this year.

The competition got MUCH better and the Lakers just got OLDER.

'no mo' ; Being aware that I write isn't being aware of what I write. Being aware of what I write isn't reading what I write. Reading what I write doesn't lead to automatically understanding what I write. But if you don't want to try any of these, at least explain why you bother to respond to what I write.

"The competition got MUCH better and the Lakers just got OLDER." WOW straight from ESPN..

Wow, with the way the Lakers have been playing their fans can now arrive late and leave early. No need to stay to see the beatdown.

Tony,

I hate it when ESPN copies my lines. I am thinking about suing the mtfkrs.

Some Ideas:

A) Derek Fisher needs to have his time cut.. he ruins the flow of the game, he is slow, becomes over aggressive when he is outplayed (which is most games).
B) Tell Pau wake up or his time will be cut. it's obvious he is not listening to phil. his soft touch is matching his soft play.

C) Put Ron on the bench. He still does not fully understand the triangle. Jeez Steve Blake took what two weeks to get this down??

D) Let Barnes and Blake play for more minutes. It's seem the bench is more active then the starters anyway.

Now that the Lakers realize they're can't blame this loss on
boredom (Milwaukee), Christmas (Miami) or lack of effort (SA)...I expect the team to get down to the biggest problem and that's lack of execution and attention to detail.


SA is playing exceptional right now. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders. Miami's playing very good defense. The Lakers have a quite a ways to go to compete at that level.

Kevin Tully,
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.

kevin,
Like minds no doubt..

So for the people who are whining that Jordan would NEVER have done this...

Right now the Lakers are 21-10 after their first 31 games.

In 1993, the third year of their first 3peat, Jordan's Bulls were 22-9 after 31. They finished the season as the two seed in the East, and beat the top seeded Knicks (without HCA) before facing the Suns (AGAIN without the HCA) to win the 3rd ring.

In 1998, the third year of their second 3peat, Jordan's Bulls were 21-10 after 31 games. They managed to close strong and finish as the top seed in the East, but Utah had home court advantage for the finals.

So Kobe's Lakers are playing the tail end of the hat trick pretty much EXACTLY like Jordan's Bulls.

Here's some trades I would love to see: Bynum for Brooke Lopez, Shannon Brown and maybe a draft pick or another player for Tyreke Evans. Hope Mitch is getting some ideas! Odom for Melo...?

Phil needs to start getting in peoples face. don't tell the press "Pau is using a soft touch", "Ron seems disconnected", etc. Tell the darn players. This laid back attitude of his is clearly not working with this team right now. Don't remember any Bulls Teams playing this awful in the regular season. it's like the team thinks they should get a "Bye" for the regular season, and go straight into the playoffs. Arrogance and Frustration is what I'm seeing with this team.

The lakers need to acqiure a decent perimeter shooting threat. Teams will continue to pack the lane on Gasol, Bynum, and Odom until they get burned consistently from the 3 point line. Despite getting off to a fast start, Brown Fisher and Blake are not getting it done. To make matters worse, they are all liabilities defensively as well. We need help or we will continue to struggle.

I could see all the media running to get a stat sheet as they have been "conditioned" by Phil Jackson to do so. They say to themselves as they scurry to the stat table............."How many shots did Kobe take"?

This has become the only barometer this media knows............as they can't disect offensive or defensive schemes................they have no clue about substitution patterns..............they have no clue about how to analyze a coach's strategy.

As this losing continues.........(and it will continue) Sooner or later Phil Jackson has to become the object of scrutiny.................How he manages to escape it speaks to the dumbed down effect of our local media.


If you have a coach that believes Luke Walton has a place on your team..............you're headed for problems.

Look for another anguished picture of Kobe to lead all local news stories particularly the L.A. Times as the blame for all Lakers ills amazingly shifts to one of the top 5 players to ever play this game. Not Derek Fisher, Not Pau Gasol, .................but Kobe Bryant.

Nevermind that not one single media personality has ever asked Phil Jackson.........."What adjustments are you going to make offensively besides.........MOVE THE BALL"?


The chorus you will hear in the morning from the less than knowledgeable basketball media is..............."Why not get the ball inside"? As though going into Gasol who can't establish position in the post or score one on one against physical play is the answer.

They'll say.........."Why not go into Bynum because he was 4-4 from the field"?

As if Bynum has led us to our last two championships with his stellar post play


NEWSFLASH IDIOTS:

IF KOBE BRYANT CAN'T CARRY THIS TEAM LIKE HE DID LAST YEAR WITH 7 GAME WINNERS AND 11 STRAIGHT 30 POINT PERFORMANCES IN THE PLAYOFFS THIS TEAM CAN'T WIN!


IF PHIL JACKSON DOESN'T CHANGE THIS LINEUP AND FOCUS ON TEACHING DEFENSIVE PRINCIPALS...............THIS TEAM CAN'T WIN!


Here is some food to chew on so you can see this years team is not that different from last years team.

Kobe Bryant hit 7 game winners last year...............If Kobe does not make those shots...........or if he missed all of them.........................THE LAKERS WOULD HAVE FALLEN FROM THE NUMBER ONE SEED...................TO TIED FOR THE 8TH SPOT AND MAYBE OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS ALL TOGETHER...........................THINK ABOUT THAT.

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!!!!

So I guess it's time for Mamba24 to stop Jinxing this team......More to come later in the morning...Carry On!!!!!!

i actually think it's funny that the lakers are on this losing streak...good for them cocky sob's. They think they are just going to cruise through and 3peat. Get your heads out of your azz!!

Also others on here who keep claiming that this is a great team and just slumping. Get a grip. This team is now going to start playing against the teams with winning records - it's going to get ugly!!!!

I really was excited for the lakers after they picked up blake and barnes but now this team is just imploding. gasol is getting to be worse than luke walton.


New year resolution is to stop wasting so much time following sports so closely. Done. Thank you Lakers for making it so easy to do. I will watch the playoffs though. So when they start up I'll be sure to check KCAL's schedule since it looks like they'll be on the road for most(the 1 or 2 rounds they last playing like this) of them.

mclyne,

reporting at midnight, I preferred to watch Kennedy Honors than make a comment about the Lakers. tonight, they tried for 2 qtrs. only and out of sync for the rest of the night. lack of energy, inspiration and may have forgotten how to play basketball but a bunch of college hoopsters running around without any mission. gasol and bynum combined in the post could not block the runaway teardrop parker. oh mercy! never seen a bunch of superstars who became suddenly inept in these last three games. i hope this is not a curse, an omen and our obituary. oh lord please wake me up from this nightmare.

after 40 years following the lakers, i'm not ready to say quits but 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."

Posted by: TNTLakerFan


No...we do not need to trade for Carmelo Anthony.

However....

I have read that JaVale McGee is available, and anytime you can steal another big body, and provide insurance for Andrew Bynum, you may have to examine that. But do I think we can just improve with what we have? OF COURSE!
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LETS SEE
CARMELLO or MCGEE, CARMELO or MCGEE

thats pretty _________ (select any adjective that is a synonym of moronic)
and by the way Luke does not have an expiring contract it is locked up thru 2012/2013

What a game. Lakers lost to San Antonio. That should be the end of it. I don't know why all these trolls start talking trash. We get it you hate the Lakers. The only thing you can take out of the Lakers losing is that they are not playing good basketball. I don't see how the Lakers lose mean that they are done and will lose in the 1st round, 2nd round or in the Finals.
So trolls do enjoy, because surely when the Lakers start winning you all disappear.

Get the trolls off the blog. And why you are doing that...is there is bigger buffoon in basketball than D Fish. He embarassed himself tonight...the Lakers
and the NBA !!!!

"It'll be okay in Lakerland.. if this was after the all-star break then there would be need to worry.. "

Posted by: Kevin Spencer | December 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM

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And that's a wrap Lakerholics!

fisher start again vs cp3 the result u know it like wat parker play..for cp double double tonite...if u start fisher the either cut the lead or lakers lose...pissing me off for not changing the starter...lakers really loyal to fisher my goshhh..now miami is hapi that didnt sign fisher..if fisher is in miami for sure fisher is bench warmer...

OK, the Lakers have been exposed.

They're not the best team in the NBA right now, by a long shot, and most likely will not be the best team in the NBA for the remainder of this season.

In fact, I will go so far as to say that the the Lakers will NOT win the NBA championship this year.

Having said that, I still say the Lakers will still make the playoffs of course, even as a number five seed. And I still say that there is still no team that wants to enter a 7-game series with the Lakers.

However, I am sensing that this is just not their year. I think we can now let go of the dream of a three-peat and just be satisfied with with the two-peat that we have already achieved.

The writing is on the wall, Laker fans. It may be hard for Lakers fans to accept the truth, but the Lakers will just not win the title this year.

My advice: Just enjoy the games, throw some Lakers parties, and support your team. We're not going all the way, but we can still enjoy the team and their journey.

"...but undersized center DeJuan Blair came up with one of his best, totaling 17 points and 15 rebounds." Mike Bresnahan

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this is not good and i suspect that trevor will have a great game against his struggling teammates. you know the lyrics: "it never rains in ca, but girl don't they warn ya: it pours, man it pours."

this team will turn it around with the players we have by the start of the 2nd half of this season. it will be "game on" or go home early. this team is fully aware of what needs to be done and get done it will.

Basketball is not a difficult game to understand. You need to take care of the ball and limit your turnovers. You need fluid ball movement, both sides of the court, with multiple touches inside/outside. You need to rebound and play solid man defense, with strong weak side help and fast rotations. You need to expose your opponents weaknesses, and you need strong leadership from your coach and star players. The Lakers have none of these attributes at this point in time. They better reverse course over the next two months or the ship will sink...

Kobe needs to hit those shots

hope they can get in another "feisty" practice before the game tomorrow! maybe they can bring that feistyness to the actual game? pathetic.

Not saying he doesn’t have phenomenal skills, of course he does.

But 27 shots, and 21 points? When does it stop?
And when are you going to stop blaming the rest of the team
for ‘lack‘ of effort,
when they were clearly outclassed by a superior Spurs team?
They played hard and were able to stay even with a great team,
briefly, until they ran out of gas. This was bound to happen,
just as I’ve been saying ad nauseam for months.

It is the rest of the team that Kobe and Laker fans
should be crediting for a great two year run,
and an opportunity for ‘The Mamba’ to almost be the ‘King’
(came up short) and peddle his pathetic ego,
much to the delight (let’s have another look at the roll call)
of, let’s just say, many of your cut.

There are dozens of players in the league with incredible skills,
who, if they were allowed to jack up as many shots over a career as the Saint,
especially in critical moments, on a ‘marquis’ team,
would likewise knock down plenty of circus shots,
game winners, and score a ton of points, just as the Saint has done.
They’d also miss a bunch too. Score: 8 hits. 27 misses. Incredible.
Nothing new here. And you love him for it.

I realize, through sheer numbers and glitz,
that being able to manipulate the media and league,
and virtually steal great players from other teams
is a badge worn with honor by many Laker fans.
But this time around, as you deconstruct your team,
maybe you’ll show a little honor.

Not.

What was I thinking. Rings are all that matter!

Mr Medina,
I do believe you may have stepped just a bit far over-the-line
this time around. The donut crew is going to cream you.
Kobe is God. Don’t you know that by now?

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball!
Go Ducks!
Go Singletary...go, go, go...far away!
Go Manny, go!
Go Hill!

Sonnybelfast

Great
You know whats going to happen now don't you

Kobe's going to stop shooting for the next few games to make a point that it's not him.

Then are you going point the finger at him for this too?

Kobe can do no right in some people's eyes

and Phil wouldn't pass it to him if he was playing?

how about if he was coaching?
perhaps the team should take matters into their own hands

these players must have the lowest IQ of any championship team ever

why you ask? because their coach relies on talent and not the fundamentals of basketball

THANKS MARK MEDINA FOR TELLING THE TRUTH!

The problems pointed to the top at Bryant, who with words demanded excellence but with actions displayed selfishness.

"If I was playing, I probably wouldn't pass him the ball the next time," Jackson told reporters.


ALL I CAN SAY IS "PRICELESS"

As a Lakers Fan this hurts but we must still support our team when it is down. We got beat these last few games but the season is not over.Go Lakers


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."

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | December 29, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Rest assurred, Edwin, from a Kings fan...

You ain't even close to the lowest ebb.

That would indeed be the true test for Laker fans...

but don't worry...

The Lakers have too much leverage with the league to stay down for long...

we all know that.

Go Kings!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

I'm sure I am not going to be missed, but imma take a vacation. I'm off to Las Vegas and Dallas for the next 2 months. I hate to say this but the new hot ticket for Staples Center is the Clipper games.
I forget, I work at Staples Center. Many bloggers don't know that.
I can guarantee that the Lakers will be 2nd in the West come All Star Break. That's when i go back to work, lol. Peace.
Mamba 24 carry on

Leverage with the league? One could only wish my brother! Lol! I won’t even ask you how are you’re doing this morning. Two “Beatdowns” in a row of the Lakers will make for a Happy New year for Sonny I guess. But that’s all right, dish it out some of us “Cheerleaders” such as Mamba24, probably deserve it. But we’re still standing and even if the Lakers don’t win another game the rest of the year I will support them. Oh well, stay safe my brother and you and yours have a Happy New Year!
Mamba24/larrY
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P.S. I'ts not nice to take "Basketball God" Kobe Bean Bryant's name in Vain sir!!! Lol!

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.

I can guarantee that the Lakers will be 2nd in the West come All Star Break. That's when i go back to work, lol. Peace.
Mamba 24 carry on Posted by: Joe_Corad | December 29, 2010 at 04:40 AM
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That's how you do it Joe!! Take a break with SWAGGER!! We'll hold down the fort till you get back but...I got a feeling you will be back before 2 months!!! LOL! Take care of yourself and enjoy yourself Joe. And bring yourself back, you are a very valuable part of Lakers Nation and Lakers Blog my brother!!!!!

Kevin McHale took the Laker defense and especially Pau Gasol to task in Pre-game analysis on NBA TV. He pointed out that the Lakers played well initially on defense but on the second offensive option they continually got burned. It's coaching folks and it's coaching and it's coaching and it's coaching. If Kevin McHale can break it down that easily any coach with half a brain can too.
Those who watch the games. can you honestly say we are well coached?
Do the Lakers as a unit look well coached?
Do the Lakers look fundamentally sound?
Do they perform with precision?
A better coached team would have beaten the Celtics in 5 games last year

Imagine a Laker team boxing out on defense
Imagine a Laker team playing to their strenghts
Imagine a Laker player(s) being bench for non-performance
Imagine a Laker team feared by the opposition every night

Opposing teams lick their chops when it's their turn to play the Lakers because they know there will be little to no resistance on defense and if Kobe is off they know they have a real chance to beat the Lakers.
The only players opponents have to fear is Kobe and Pau because everyone else rarely goes off and has a career night. So you shut those two down and your cahnce for victory is great against the Great Laker Team

You Blame the man at the top and that is Phil Jackson not Kobe Bryant

You Blame Jackson for allowing Kobe to be who he is.

You Blame Jackson for not having a better game plan to allow other players to excel at their strenghts.

You Blame Wacko Jacko for creating the monster that is Kobe and then blaming him for who he is.

You Blame Wacko Jacko for thinking the first 30 games of a season doesn't matter

You Blame Wacko Jacko because at least Kobe brings it.

You Blame Wacko Jacko because when Wacko is gone the truth will be revealed

You Blame Wacko Jacko most importantly because he was the reason Jerry West is no longer with the team.

You Blame us for buying into his BS all these years when any top level coach today could do a better job.

Del Harris please ? he was a Butch van Breda Kolff.
That's for those real Laker fans who remember what a bad coach can cost you.

Incidently those two postings last night by "mamba24" were not by me Larry/Mamba24. But I don't have much of a problem with either. Carry On!

"If I was playing, I probably wouldn't pass him the ball the next time," Jackson told reporters."
WTF????????? 11Rings have you lost your Mother Freakin mind????

PREACH TROLL MAN, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LongTimeLakerFan,

Phil's second 3peat with the Bulls is a superb analogy of this year's team - aging roster, superstar in twilight of career, coach on the way out. Bulls started out 12-8 that year before finishing 62-20. That was good enough to have home court against Reggie and the pacers in the conference finals, which surely was a deciding factor in getting to the finals. However as bad as the start was for the Bulls that year, there was no 4 game losing, or even 3 game losing streak in a league not as watered down as today where 10 teams are not even competitive.

Face it all, the talent has shifted back to the eastern conference with players like Amare, Boozer, and soon to be Melo along with coaches like Byron and Avery.


This is not bad. It's a total bummer but as Justa says, we got this.

The trolls are out in force and I won't name them, but seriously, if Sky is Falling hasn't shown up yet, these trolls are useless.

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.

Cheers - PLG

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 haters out there this is your time to shine so fire away we can handle it. 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. Posted by: LRob | December 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM
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LRob my brother, this is simply…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS !!!

'no mo' ; Being aware that I write isn't being aware of what I write. Being aware of what I write isn't reading what I write. Reading what I write doesn't lead to automatically understanding what I write. But if you don't want to try any of these, at least explain why you bother to respond to what I write.

Posted by: phred | December 28, 2010 at 11:20 PM


And to quote a wonderful California boy:

"No sense makes sense"

Sonnybelfast

PsychedLakerGirl checking in with Swagger! Yes! Preach Psyched, Preach!!!

Good morning,

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!

In 1998, the third year of their second 3peat, Jordan's Bulls were 21-10 after 31 games. They managed to close strong and finish as the top seed in the East, but Utah had home court advantage for the finals.

So Kobe's Lakers are playing the tail end of the hat trick pretty much EXACTLY like Jordan's Bulls.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | December 28, 2010 at 11:35 PM


Yea, and to paraphrase a dead politician from back when:

"Son, I knew Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was my friend.
And you my friend, are no Michael Jordan"

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
Go Manny, go!
Go Singletary, go...away!

Sonnybelfast

And to quote a wonderful California boy: "No sense makes sense" Posted by: Sonnybelfast | December 29, 2010 at 06:12 AM
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And Good Morning Sonny Belfast. I prefer another quote by a wise man...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!! Happy New Year Sonny, you and your family have a Happy and safe one.

Some of you expect the Lakers to win championships every year. That's not very realistic, and deep down, you know it.

Look, the Lakers will not get out of the west this year, let alone win it all. Like another poster said, lets just enjoy the season and be happy with our 2 peat.

After the Lakers lose in the 2nd round this season, Phil will be gone and the next coach will not tolerate the likes of one Derek Fisher being a starting PG, so he'll be gone too. I also think Artest will, at some point this season, self destruct and do something foolish, so he'll be gone as well.

Bottom line, enjoy the ride with this current squad because this is the last year you will see it as it is. In a way, I will miss Phil. I will have the memories of championships past, yes, but I will miss him.

I, for one, am concentrating my energy not on Laker victories, but on Miami losses. My goal is for the the Heat to NOT to get out of the east. We should stop concentrating on expecting our Lakers to win it all every year, and start concentrating on realizing the demise of our nemesis teams (Boston and Miami).

Thanks, Lakers, for the memories. Maybe Kobe will have a chance to win number 6 here in the next few years before he, too, retires, and the Lakers fall into oblivion for the foreseeable future.

IN TIMES OF DISTRESS OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST STAND TALL:
RICK FRIEDMAN, PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL, LROB, DICE8UP, FRMKT, EDWIN GUECO, JOE CORAD, PHRED, TNTLAKERFAN, HOBBITMAGE...KUDOS PEOPLE!!!!

Thanks, Lakers, for the memories. Maybe Kobe will have a chance to win number 6 here in the next few years before he, too, retires, and the Lakers fall into oblivion for the foreseeable future. Posted by: troy | December 29, 2010 at 06:25 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! STOP IT! STOP IT NOW!! I've read some silly ISH in my day and this is among the silliest.

'no mo' ; Being aware that I write isn't being aware of what I write. Being aware of what I write isn't reading what I write. Reading what I write doesn't lead to automatically understanding what I write. But if you don't want to try any of these, at least explain why you bother to respond to what I write. Posted by: phred | December 28, 2010 at 11:20 PM
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Get down phred with your Bad Self!!!! They say that Cat phred is a Bad Mother..SHUT YOUR MOUTH, But I'm just Talking about phred, THEN WE CAN DIG IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE ONLY THING THIS DROUGHT REVEALS IS THAT "GREAT PLAYERS CAN MAKE GOOD COACHES GREAT" AND GREAT COACHES CAN MAKE GOOD PLAYERS GREAT" WHERE DOES PJ FIT INTO THIS EQUATTION??
THERE IS SOME S--T GOING ON HERE FAR BEYOUND PICKS, DEFENSE, TRIANGLE, SWITCHES AND TRANSITION. THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES INVOLVING EGOS AND PERSONALITIES. THIS IS WHERE A GREAT COACH NEEDS TO STEP IN AND COACH THE GREATEST GAME OF ALL "L I F E " !! WHAT EVER DISTRACTIONS GOING ON OUTSIDE NEED TO BE DEALT WITH BEFORE TIP-OFF. AND FOR 48 MINUTES ITS ABOUT "US" AND "TEAM" CUZ THERE ISN'T ANY "I" IN EITHER OF THOSE WORDS!

And to quote a wonderful California boy: "No sense makes sense" Posted by: Sonnybelfast | December 29, 2010 at 06:12 AM
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And Good Morning Sonny Belfast. I prefer another quote by a wise man...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!! Happy New Year Sonny, you and your family have a Happy and safe one.

Posted by: mamba24 | December 29, 2010 at 06:17 AM


You are rare among fans, and would be a great fan for any team.
Keep up the good work brother.
They are going to need you around here more than ever.

But, you may want to consider a name change.
Blessed and Happy New Year to you too.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

But, you may want to consider a name change.Posted by: Sonnybelfast | December 29, 2010 at 06:42 AM
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Aw, all those nice sentiments and then you go and ruin it! Lol! Thanks anyway, but I kind of like the name and that's what my daughter calls me now so I don't want to confuse the poor child with a a name change...LMAO!!!! Be well my brother!!

Chatter across the board

Posted by: no mo' platitudes | December 28, 2010 at 08:05 PM
Lakers improved exponentially!
Bucks - 79 points
Heat - 80 points
Spurs - 82 points
Now that's what I'm talking about. This is the result of a "FEISTY" practice. Way to go PJ.
One more FEISTY practice before the next game and we are back in business!
What did you say? No practice? It's a Back TO Back? My BAD!


Posted by: Joe_Corad | December 29, 2010 at 04:50 AM
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.


Posted by: no mo' platitudes | December 29, 2010 at 01:06 AM
the vicious circle goes BACK again to the Memphis game last year at the end of the 7 game road trip when we had the famous outcry for Touches:
Gasol wants Touches
Fisher mo' touches
PJ approves
Guess who is the scapegoat: the One and ONLY selfish, ballhogging, never makes his teammates better and does not trust his teammates, Kobe Bryant.


Posted by: mamba24 | December 29, 2010 at 12:15 AM
So I guess it's time for Mamba24 to stop Jinxing this team......More to come later in the morning...Carry On!!!!!!


Posted by: LRob | December 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM
Now that the Lakers realize they're can't blame this loss on
boredom (Milwaukee), Christmas (Miami) or lack of effort (SA)...I expect the team to get down to the biggest problem and that's lack of execution and attention to detail.
SA is playing exceptional right now. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders. Miami's playing very good defense. The Lakers have a quite a ways to go to compete at that level.


Posted by: The Triangulator | December 28, 2010 at 10:43 PM
We need Daffy Duck from Space Jam so that Kobe can say "You da Duck!" and win back our players' BB Skills from the Aliens...
Well, this is one way to assure that PJ doesn't have to coach the All-Star Game. The rate these players are deteriorating, only Kobe will be playing at Staples on February 20th. Said commentary for the Defending Champs in their home town.
All-Star weekend should be restful for the Lakers this year...


Posted by: Bag Tie | December 28, 2010 at 11:40 PM
LOL, 11 titles out of the last 64 years is more exact. Of course, the triangle is a complete failure so far this season. If it's not capable of generating effective offenses and it's not capable of producing effective defenses, what else is a better word than "failure" to describe it???


Posted by: 210Balla | December 28, 2010 at 11:05 PMDon't be mad at the people you call trolls for telling it like it is. Be mad at the Lakers players for acting like a bunch of pre madonnas. Be mad at Mr. Kardashianr for worrying more about his TV show ratings rather than worrying about his team. Be mad at Phil Jackson for not knowing how to coach without Tex Winters there to hold his hand.


Posted by: rossdogg76 | December 28, 2010 at 09:24 PM
kobe is a laker, he has done more for that team than ANYONE HAS, he took 5 rings with two completely different teams in less than 4 yrs, that is amazing, and if you dont see and appreciate his un matched desire to win, his will to win and work ethic than you have no appreciation for the game, so stop bashing him, it makes you sound like an overweight ex-wife


Posted by: God | December 28, 2010 at 09:04 PM
I thought veteran teams, much less championship teams, were supposed to keep their cool? These guys have melted down in the 4th quarter of every big game this year. What happened to poise?
If you can't offset declining physical skills with increased poise under pressure then you are toast. It isn't too early to worry.


Posted by: dewey | December 28, 2010 at 09:02
PMI actually agree that the Lakers should really consider a trade to find another #1 player/star if they can...I think Kobe's run as "the man" on championship teams is officially over...he is now in the Shaq twilight years where he needs to play second fiddle to another star and Pau Gasol ain't that star.
Transition.


Posted by: Jolly Joe | December 28, 2010 at 09:01 PM
What part of the Triangle offense has its best feature being Ron Artest pulling up for 3 pointers, Artest taking one bounce pull up jump shots or Steve Blake taking fall away 3 pointers from the corner with a defender climbing all over him??
Phillip better get to coaching these felllas up a little bit or it will be a Cancun June


Posted by: Iceberg | December 28, 2010 at 08:59 PM
Maybe time to admit that Kobe has slipped big time? He hasn't really dominated any games this year, has he? And Paula apparently is suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He and Brown might want to give the WNBA a try. This team has no chance. They are about to implode and internal strife can only make them worse. As of this moment they are not even the best team in their home arean.


Posted by: Troll Man | December 28, 2010 at 08:18 PM
at least derek fisher had more assists than points tonight
3-2


Posted by: mcc | December 29, 2010 at 04:21 AM
hope they can get in another "feisty" practice before the game tomorrow! maybe they can bring that feistyness to the actual game? pathetic.


Posted by: Edwin Gueco | December 29, 2010 at 12:33 AM
reporting at midnight, I preferred to watch Kennedy Honors than make a comment about the Lakers. tonight, they tried for 2 qtrs. only and out of sync for the rest of the night. lack of energy, inspiration and may have forgotten how to play basketball but a bunch of college hoopsters running around without any mission. gasol and bynum combined in the post could not block the runaway teardrop parker. oh mercy! never seen a bunch of superstars who became suddenly inept in these last three games. i hope this is not a curse, an omen and our obituary. oh lord please wake me up from this nightmare.
after 40 years following the lakers, i'm not ready to say quits but 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."

@LTLF – Thanks for the reminder of the Bulls rocky road to 3peats.


@Edwin – Wise words indeed.


@Joe Conrad – Enjoy your getaway. I agree with your sentiments.


@PLG – I like it when all the haters come out. Let them have their fun. Remember most of them were the same ones that said Kobe would never sniff another ring.


@Rick – Well said.


@Mamba - Good Morning. Thanks for the kind words. I've seen way too much bball to panic. (And Phil has seen way more bball than me.) Very concerned...yes. Ready to throw in the towel...never.

How low can we go?

Good morning LRob sir! Mamba24 reporting in for duty!

Good Morning Laker Fam,


A thorough spanking by the Spurs last night. Give them credit they're playing excellent basketball....and the Lakers...ummmm are playing less than that.


I'm gonna have to reach in my country bag this morning and go with California native Gary Allan to sum up the current state of our beloved Lakers...


Life Ain't Always Beautiful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VDNMtn0t2A

Lakers are in a funk, but there's plenty of time to upright the ship again. Just like what Phil said we need to be patient with the team.


I use to bring this up every year around the trading deadline. It was more tongue-in-cheek but you never know

I had a theory that players on the Lakers like Luke and Lamar would purposely play horribly this time of year so no other team would think twice about trading for them. Why would anyone want to leave LA?
How many players are playing horribly right now?

justa theory

You never like to lose, but apparently its necessary to force the Lakers to execute and pay attention to detail. It's time to get a little grimy.


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

What I saw last night was pure COACHING BRILLIANCE by Popovich last night. While phil was again ASLEEP at the wheel waiting for a certain somebody to bail him out again Popovich just put on a COACHING CLINIC and was busy goin to work.. Popovich is a master of making adjustments (as he showed in second half) and exploiting the right matchups and last night was no difference... It was no coincidence that spurs dominated with duncan as a complete nonfactor with only 2 pts when popovich decided to lean heavily on tony parker for scoring with 18 shot attempts with no other than DFISH guarding him.. That my friends is no coincidence but all design.. I also find it amazing how spurs have only lost 4 games with the players they have now.. Really not many scoring options with duncan on his last legs but his team playing as a cohesive unit with all role players stepping up even gary neal and splitter who are rookies that popovich is NOT afraid to trust (unlike phil)

Phil really does have all this figured out.. Its always a WIN WIN situation for him... If kobes shots fall and lakers win he's a genius but if kobe shots don't fall they lose then he can always use kobe as a scapegoat... I just didn't know phil would come this far throwing kobe under the bus with comments like "wouldn't pass him the ball".. But then again not that surprised either.. GROW A FREAKIN BACKBONE PHILLIP AND HOLD URSELF ACCOUNTABLE FOR ONCE... RESPONSIBILITY STARTS AT THE TOP.

Dude...I never though I see the day when Mamba get PUNKED that's right PUNKED by a SCRUB. George Hill, who the HELL is this dude? I guess he figure if you play one, I'll treat you like one. It's one thing the Wade and the KING PUNK him, now everyone going to do it.

Man it's going to be a VERY LONG season for the Lakerholics, another GUTLESS performance, coaching staff is need to get off the @ss and make some adjustments.

It's hard watching them run around on the court CUELESS, and your FEARLESS captain shooting you out the game. Are we talking about "NUTLESS MONKEYS" here.

Good morning Manba24, In the firing line AGAIN, Dude... are you BULLET PROOF? Or to many shots to the HEAD.

@G.Money ""NUTLESS MONKEYS" keep your racist comments to yourself..

Good think Kobe is taking some on himself. He is killing them with his bricklaying and turnovers.

Good morning Manba24, In the firing line AGAIN, Dude... are you BULLET PROOF? Or to many shots to the HEAD. Posted by: G.Money | December 29, 2010 at 07:18 AM
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LOL! Good morning G.Money! You know the answer to that...UNRECOVERED LAKERHOLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phil Jackson please do your job. That does not include throwing Kobe under the bus. Stop cancelling practices, not changing lineups, etc. Get Off Your Butt and Coach!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PstrAfoMKlc Posted by: LRob | December 29, 2010 at 07:07 AM
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LRob comes out swinging!!!! Very good sir!!!! Carry On!

"Real talk we are playing like $h!t, BUT its a marathon not a sprint. You can hop off the bandwagon if u want to but ull be sorry... " - Matt Barnes via Twitter


Tony- My man that's not intend of the commemt nutless monkey, if you read past threads you would know this.

 
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