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On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Magic Johnson rips Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson for laughing during loss to 49ers

A peek into the Lakers' locker room after a loss showcases the mood any reputable and competitive team should have after suffering defeat: They're serious. They're levelheaded. And they're upset with what just happened.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that former Laker Magic Johnson appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night voicing strong disapproval of Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson for laughing on the sideline during an eventual 27-6 loss Monday to the San Francisco 49ers.

The act sent the wrong message to the team, Johnson argued, and it's something he said would've prompted him to "beat his butt or kill him" had someone such as Anderson played on Johnson's Lakers squad, considering Anderson showed more anger in his post-game news conference than in the game itself. And Johnson wasn't laughing one bit when he said that, even if Kimmel and the studio audience expressed amusement.

"He would've been cut today," Johnson said of Anderson, something Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King reported will be Anderson's fate following the season. "I would've gone to Dr. Buss, Jerry West and Coach Riley and say, 'Get him off our team.'"

So even if the Lakers (13-5) are suffering a three-game losing streak entering Wednesday's game at Houston, fans can at least feel comforted that no one on the team is trading jokes these days.

Even though Johnson sold his 4.5% stake in the Lakers Oct. 18 to biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong, The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported that Johnson will keep his title of vice president and continue to consult with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak when needed. But that apparently didn't prevent Johnson from giving a pre-game speech to the Minnesota Timberwolves before they played the Lakers earlier this season.

"... My old teammate, Kurt Rambis, is coaching the Timberwolves. They're bad," Johnson said of Minnesota. "So I tried to help them. I knew they were not going to beat the Lakers."

Well, almost. The Lakers managed a 99-94 victory Nov. 9 over the Timberwolves, though the outcome led Derek Fisher to raise questions about the team's complacency.

Although some Lakers fans are debating whether that attitude is part of the team's latest struggles, here's some uplifting news.

"I definitely want to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles," Johnson said before announcing he's working with AEG's Tim Leiweke. "We're going to come together and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles."

You can view Johnson's entire appearance in the videos below the jump

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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Hell Magic... I've seen Kobe smiling and laughing after tough loss last season regularly. He would alway say,"It's only a lost it's not the end of the world"

I've got power...naw just lucky.

New Nicknames

Kobe "Brickhouse" Bryant
Pau "Wimpy" Gasol
Ron "0" vertical leap" Artest
Lamar "disapearing act part 11" Odum
Derek "I can't believe they gave me 3 more years" Fisher
Steve "I can't believe they gave Fisher 3 more years" Blake
Shannon "big contract next year" Brown
Luke "1 million 2 million 3 million 4 million 5 million" Walton
Sasha "Phil hate machine, machine hate Phil" Vujacic
Andrew "I can't drive 55" Bynum
Phillip "asleep at the wheel" Jackson

The dreaded repost (but I got a little justa'd):

1. Ron's having a tough season so far (after a great pre-season). It shows. In the first half when he was hitting, we ran much smoother. He's given open looks, and if he can't put them down, it hurts the offense. That'll change, I just hope sooner rather than later.

2. This is the Killer B's first real run on the road. They need to learn and adjust. It'll take time. I just hope sooner rather than later.

3. Drew coming back will throw more things out of kilter, but it'll also help in various ways from a playing time standpoint for Pau (not as worried about LO).

4. Our D's acting weird. We show bursts of what we can be, then... nuthin'. I HOPE that'll change, as I love it when we bring the D (a la last year in the post season). I think we'll be fine though.

5. The only worry I have is that for the first time, I saw PJ retiring next year. Oh, I think we'll threepeat, but when MJ came back to the Bulls for the 2nd 3peat, that team rarely lost. They could be beaten, but they didn't lose. They were focused and brought it. I felt that PJ would stay for a 4th straight (knock on wood) because we had a remade and strong bench and that we were playing D at the end of last season and would bring it. He'd have a team this year that might be beaten, but wouldn't lose. The last three games (and others before in this season), the Lakers have lost. Seriously, we didn't get beat the last three games, we did not bring focus or intensity. I think we can change this, but if it takes too much longer, I could see us winning another Ring, and PJ just not wanting to deal with this sort of thing again. This is the only time I saw a sign of this. I hope, for the sake of PJ staying another year, we get it together and start not only winning, but not losing.

hobbit - that, my friend, was an excellent post.

I was very sorry to learn, however, about your poor pup. I haven't dealt with that situation (cancer) before, but the death of my beloved pets is always cause for great sorrow. I really hope that your baby will hang in there and have some more good quality of life time left with you. My thoughts are with you on this one, hobbit.

63 - hmmmm you got "justa'd" did you? Right. You and 2Phatt better step off, or there'll be some "justa-fying" going on up in here. HAHAHAHA!!!

Last night's game? Meh. Next. Don't forget your D on the plane... or in your other shorts... or wherever it was you left it. Maybe a sub or 2, or a time-out or 2, would help. Who knows? This 'slump' is concerning, but I'm not overly freaked out. I will keep it together until we have some playing time in a game by Socks. Then I'll re-evaluate my state of mind LOL! Meanwhile - this frustration has been a pattern by our Lakers the last few years. Yet they still manage to carry that Larry O down Figueroa.... Hmmmm - sensing a pattern here....


Have a great day peeps. It's not over yet. We may have lost the battle, but the war is strictly ours to win.


GO LAKERS!!
Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish
Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
WE GO THIS - justa

I've seen Kobe smiling and laughing after tough loss last season regularly. He would alway say,"It's only a lost it's not the end of the world"
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Was that laughing on the bench during the game?

Of course that should have been "we GOT this", but I guess it's GO time so.... :)

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CONLEY LIGHTS UP DFISH FOR SEASON HIGH

some good points about our very weak defense last night... and what should especially not go unmentioned is our biggest defensive weak link DEREK FISHER giving up another season high to mike conley... heres a guy averaging 14 pts a game whos only broken the 20 pt plateau once this whole year but last night goes banana doubling his season high shooting an absurd 10-13 FG and 4-5 3PTS

yes i kept track of all his pts and all 25 out of his 28 were scored with dfish guarding him.. heres the play by play breakdown:

1ST QUARTER
8:37 Conley makes 24-foot three point jumper.. dfish is about 10 ft away standing in the key and could not rotate in time leaving him wide open
5:16 Conley makes 26-foot three point jumper.. dfish again slow with his feet cannot stay in front of him and wide open again with no resistance
4:01 Conley makes 16-foot running jumper.. blows right by dfish and is carrying the memphis offense by scoring first 10 of memphis 23 pts.
3:00 Blake enters the game for Derek Fisher
2:51 Vasquez enters the game for Mike Conley

2ND QUARTER
8:00 Conley enters the game for Greivis Vasquez
6:56 Derek Fisher enters the game for Steve Blake.. here we go again
4:46 Conley makes driving layup.. classic dfish safety cone perimeter defense... by now conley is just brimming with confidence and lakers are behind fighting uphill
1:21 Conley makes free throw 1 of 2
1:21 Conley makes free throw 2 of 2
0:28 Conley makes free throw 1 of 2
0:28 Conley misses free throw 2 of 2.. again these as result of clear path to the key... 16 FIRST HALF POINTS BY CONLEY already matching season average

3RD QUARTER
10:40 Conley makes 25-foot three point jumper.. memphis is now going straight at him trying to take advantage of this matchup
10:03 Conley makes 9-foot two point shot.. again to start 2nd half making concerted effort to attack dfish
5:15 Steve Blake enters the game for Derek Fisher
2:47 Vasquez enters the game for Mike Conley

4TH QUARTER
8:42 Conley enters the game for Greivis Vasquez
7:39 Conley makes 4-foot jumper.. his only FG in the game without dfish guarding him
6:31 Conley misses free throw 1 of 2
6:31 Conley makes free throw 2 of 2
6:15 Derek Fisher enters the game for Steve Blake.. why phil went to dfish again is mind boggling cause lakers making a run??????
6:03 Conley makes 19-foot two point shot... he immediately goes right after dfish.. starting to see a pattern here?????!!!!!!!
2:13 Conley makes 2-foot two point shot.. ANOTHER LAYUP.. (SIGH)
1:40 Conley makes 26-foot three point jumper.. why is he wide open????

GAME OVER.. thanks for listening.

Wow yello. That took a lot of work. Thanks for that info. Did you send it to PJ so he could see just exactly how he's screwing with our chance to 3-peat?

:)

Wow yello. That took a lot of work. Thanks for that info. Did you send it to PJ so he could see just exactly how he's screwing with our chance to 3-peat? Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 01, 2010 at 08:48 AM
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Fabulous, behave yourself!!

Larry - nope. Don't wanna....

justa - I'm not alarmed by this year's Quest for the Ring (coming to theaters near you), but there's something I see in Phil's manner (like calling timeouts) that makes it seem to me he could get tired of the same bs we as fans get tired of: not being focused.

Pacing for the long-haul is one thing, but playing stupid basketball, not running the system, taking pour shots that lead to bad transition D, is something else entirely. I love this year's team, but only in spurts have we seen it play an efficient game. And efficient does not mean, to me, killing yourself now to be to tired later, but just... run the frickin' offense guys! Rotate on D! Challenge the perimeter shooter! Just get a hand up!

The Ring... not worried. As long as we stay healthy (knock on wood), we are the best out there with the best coach and the best player and the best owner, GM and best son-of-a-Walton out there. It's more next year that I'm thinking of.

Wow yello. That took a lot of work. Thanks for that info. Did you send it to PJ so he could see just exactly how he's screwing with our chance to 3-peat? Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 01, 2010 at 08:48 AM
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Fabulous, behave yourself!!

Posted by: mamba24

Larry - nope. Don't wanna....Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 01, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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OK, Carry On Ma'am!!

Larry - nope. Don't wanna....Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 01, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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OK, Carry On Ma'am!!

Posted by: mamba24

Posted by: must you cut and paste everything justa | December 01, 2010 at 09:08 AM
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Yep I really must!! TRULY!!!!

lol

lol Posted by: must you cut and paste everything justa | December 01, 2010 at 09:15 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!! Now I have this incredible compulsion to cut and paste everything by "must you cut and paste everything justa". THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Grapthar's hammer, I like your nicknames for

Derek "I can't believe they gave me 3 more years" Fisher
Steve "I can't believe they gave Fisher 3 more years" Blake
and
Andrew "I can't drive 55" Bynum

@yellofever - tell us how you really feel.

@63 Footer - Phil's running the ship...so if its problems then he's part of the problem. (Would it kill him to actually give Pau a 3 minute rest in the 2nd half).I would prefer that he came back, but if doesn't have the necessary "fire" he should retire. Anyway June victories can make these loses a distant memory.

If Kobe is going to to dominate the ball this much why is DFISH even on the court.
I thought per PJ it's his calming influence on the team and making sure the triangle gets run.
Forget the triangle right now Kobe is dominating the ball to much, if Phil is ok with that than either Blake or Shannon has to be in there, not FISH!!!

What is going on with KOBE??? Everytime down he is demanding the ball, to be honest it is hard to watch this one on one every time down the court. After watching Magic all those years and all the sharing of the ball this is hard to take.

Let's go Lakers run the damn offense and Phil it is time to replace DFISH is the starting lineup. We all know we don't really need him till the critical games in the playoffs when we need the big shot.

Lakers forever!


BD

Who The Hell Are WE!! All TOGETHER

Mamba24...I'm with you 100%...keep it up

Nobody hit the panic button....we are just out of the gates with a little stumble.....

Comparing this team to teams of decades ago, doesn't float....they will never play.....the competition and rules are so different

we are at a point called weathering the storm.....the decision to pass on a temporary big, might be a slight setback now, but the minutes caracter and all got during this period will be invalualbe down the stretch....The pass on the big, is a championship decision...a good decision.....

as far as ron rons last shot not going in....i give you the 3 sw's (some will, some won't, so what!!!!) remember the rebound shot in the playoffs when it counts.

Lakers go, ....get the pace back and take off.....it will all mesh....the pieces fit..

a good day to all

Anyway June victories can make these loses a distant memory.
Posted by: LRob | December 01, 2010 at 09:22 AM
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Yes they can sir, Yes they can!!! Carry on!

Anyway June victories can make these loses a distant memory.

Posted by: LRob | December 01, 2010 at 09:22 AM

June victories?

LRob - I agree that Phil has something to do with it, but I also think he may have thought the team could be a little more focused on their own. In fact, he may have started the season with that outlook, thus leading to some of their lack of intensity. Still, you and I have seen more than enough basketball to hardly be worried, it's just a thought I had when watching how the Philster's been acting lately.

And now, a little sumthin' somthin' for the morning from a very underrated French punk/new wave band that wasn't named Plastic Bertrand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKLw_M3ixsE&feature=related

Who The Hell Are WE!! All TOGETHER Mamba24...I'm with you 100%...keep it upPosted by: I hearned that | December 01, 2010 at 09:24 AM
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WTH? AW HELL YEAH!! With I Hearned That on the team aint no stopping us now!!! So I shall boldly, very boldly predict a Lakers win by at least 16!!! TRULY!!!! GOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!!! LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER!!! YES!!!!

Last I checked 13 wins don't give any team the right to play in the finals

Last I checked 13 wins don't give any team the right to play in the finals Posted by: Magia32 | December 01, 2010 at 09:29 AM
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LMAO!!! But sir this is not just ANY team! This is the 16 time NBA back to Back Champion, 4 Dynasty Freakin LA Lakers!!

Who by the way have appeeared in half of all the NBA Finals that there have ever been. It is our RIGHT!! Our Right I say to those Finals!!!!

It's not the end of the season, but you are supposed to whip and finish your opponet when you have them hurt, Magic32, we've been down, and beat up and still in first place....give me a break!!!!

when The Laker engine starts hitting on all 8, it will separate from the pack on the autobon of "I LOVE THIS GAME"......the domination and excellence is yet to come......

I think when all is said and done, this team will be classified as a late bloomer!!

Lakers hit second gear, and dominate!!!!!

I hearned that - sorry to contradict you, but you are TOTALLY WRONG! We are a 12 cylinder team, none of that lowly 8 cylinder stuff. Of course, everything else you said is spot on. Carry on.

It's not the end of the season, but you are supposed to whip and finish your opponet when you have them hurt, Magic32, we've been down, and beat up and still in first place....give me a break!!!! when The Laker engine starts hitting on all 8, it will separate from the pack on the autobon of "I LOVE THIS GAME"......the domination and excellence is yet to come...... I think when all is said and done, this team will be classified as a late bloomer!!Lakers hit second gear, and dominate!!!!! Posted by: I hearned that | December 01, 2010 at 09:39 AM
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GOD###!@$$!! Give it to him! Give it to him right now!! RCOTD = I HEARNED THAT = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR !!!! TRULY!!

@63 FOOTER, No, no, no! We are an eight cylinder team during the practice season and a twelve cylinder team at playoff time.

mamba24 - nope, Ferrari 12 cylinder all the way. 1 through 12 are galloping horses when we're on. There is no convertible 8 to 12 cylinder car. You either have a Ferrari 12, or you don't. The Lakers are full Ferrari... and a 12 cylinder one at that. (Granted, I only owned 8 cylinder Ferrari's, but when it comes to upkeep, I never had Dr. Buss' deep pockets.)

GOD@##$$$@@!!!! We are the Freakin LA Lakers and...IT'S TIME FOR WAR: http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk

@63 FOOTER, I bow to your superior knowledge sir! Carry On!

sorry about that, 63.....i don't know what got into me

we got a turbo, on those 12 cylinders

I like where we sit.....everyone is thinking, the chemistry is so good, we needed a bit of adversity, now PHil can prune a little here, support a little there......each coach has his own garden, he has a season to harvest...he can replant, shift, etc..... Phil knows the proper prunes and cuts to make, to establish strong fruit bearing branches for the playoffs....

I hope alot of the recent fertilizer on this blog is turned into good food for our 2011 crop....

and i will layoff the fertilizer myself....thankyou

Checking in for Roll Call...

A win tonight and hopefully the flavor here gets back to normal...

I don't know if I like being cut & pasted..... sounds painful.

And - for the record - OMG - THE BUNNIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mamba24 - not superior knowledge, simply a wasted youth.

And remember: "Mamba24 bows to no man!" Granted, a few women here and there, but then again, they deserved it.

I hearned that - your garden analogy cracked me up! And yet, it's deep, too. Deep like the ocean! Deep like Kobe draining a jumper from beyond the arc!

Not the bunnies!!!

63 - agreed. PJ seems to be looking a lot more "pained" these days by what he's seeing on the court. Stupid is as stupid does, and we're all seeing some stupid basketball out there these days. How many times did we all scream "attack the basket" or "guard the 3" or "get a hand up" last night (and for the past several games)? It's getting old, and I'm not worried but I am irritated. That said - it's November... we're not healthy.... and yadda yadda yadda - we win the ring in June.

And remember: "Mamba24 bows to no man!" Granted, a few women here and there, but then again, they deserved it. Posted by: 63 Footer | December 01, 2010 at 09:52 AM
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LMAO!! Yes Sir!!!!!

I don't know if I like being cut & pasted..... sounds painful. Posted by: justanothermambafan | December 01, 2010 at 09:52 AM
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But even cut & pasted you still look...FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

JAMMIN DJ LEWSTERS IN DA HOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE!!!

lew - I got it! I got it! They're all on YouTube!

Okay... maybe I'm a little slow this morning. I still have Laker Loss Hangover.

thanks 63 Footer

maybe we need a scarcrow,

like a 7foot 265 lb. shot blocking, rebounding, intimadating.....shaq elbowing...(ain't utah center here), more than a bandaid ..... dominate, , assisting, screenrolling, picsetting, 35 minute a game...force...presence...4 more cylinder....DREW BYNUM

I hearned that - couldn't hurt.

I think we just need to all get on the same page and buckle down. Too much ref complaining, too much lollygagging back on D, too much not closing on the perimeter with a hand up. It's like everyone (except Kobe and the B's when not on the road, though Blakers always okay) had a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner and is now Tryptophan-ing, all bloated and slow. It's weird... but we'll get over it, just like we did Thanksgiving dinner (though I still have some turkey and pie in the fridge).

@63
" best son-of-a-Walton out there"
HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!ROTFL!

Also, thanks for introducing us to "Dogs." Pretty cool stuff.
Keeping the punk rollin':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSEA2L5OH2g&feature=channel

What happened to our crisp ball movement that was flowing earlier in the season?

Music CRUE - better late than never. My morning commute got my Pink Floyd groove going today with Time.

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

but we'll get over it, just like we did Thanksgiving dinner (though I still have some turkey and pie in the fridge). Posted by: 63 Footer | December 01, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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Odd...So do I!

What happened to our crisp ball movement that was flowing earlier in the season? Posted by: mclyne | December 01, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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it's in 63 Footers refrigerator with the turkey and pie.

mclyne - wow! I don't know the Living Things! What is wrong with me? Thanks - I like them; very New York Dolls (whom I always liked). So, that being the case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k2O7WVDHMA

I think this is a better representation of what our Lakers engine sounds like when under full power:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRYYe0kLCto

63 Footer...lew - I got it! I got it! They're all on YouTube!

LOL...I can't say you're wrong...but not the answer I'm looking for...

I also have Laker Loss Hangover...Hopefully tonight is Menudo...

So I ask you about this set...and YouTube is not an accepted answer this time...lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zliVilq6aYw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=douHX2gGSUs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-K8mXmAXds

This is a hard one...but your are the music historian, so it's right up your alley...

Mamaba24,

You are on a Roll my friend! Push coffee aside, on second thought, keep on drinking it, ha, ha! You are correct and no need to panic, we've seen this pattern the past 3 years, turned out pretty well!

Mamba24 and Justa,

How about cutting and pasting me a Contract, ha, ha. Send it to Hank and Hal, ha, ha!

Push coffee aside, on second thought, keep on drinking it, ha, ha! You are correct and no need to panic, we've seen this pattern the past 3 years, turned out pretty well!
Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | December 01, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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Coffee sir? Coffee? No, no, no!! This is 100% pure Dr. Fattys Lakerholic Tonic! And by the way DJ, get that contract done! Don't disappoint your fans, Yankee Universe is depending on you!!

Because having sex with multiple women and contracting HIV is so much more respectable.....right? Posted by: Scruffz | December 01, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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WTH? Who let this man in here? Security!!

mclyne - My first reaction to Living Things...

Singer looks like a white Prince...lol

@Mamba
HAHAHAHAHAH! LEFTOVERS!!!!

@63
nice- NY dolls are cool. Back at u with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF1U3R6CKU0

Singer looks like a white Prince...lol Posted by: LEWSTRS | December 01, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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Hey, Prince looks like a white Prince!!

@LTLF… “The Lakers still have the exact same problem vs. quick point guards that they've had the last two seasons. Blake replacing Farmar does nothing to shore up that issue. But you know what? They managed to win two championships despite that problem, and they'll win another one this season. And when Bynum comes back, Conley will drive to the rim, get blocked once or twice, and then he'll either alter his shot or pass off, and the layup drill will end.”

Good to have you back setting things straight. It’s refreshing to see all the talk about how we would be a better team with Pau at center all of the time versus Drew finally cease. One of my complaints about Pau is that he rarely even contests guards who penetrate into the lane. Usually, the only time he tries to block the shot is when the guard attacks him physically and he has no choice because given the choice, Pau obviously prefers NOT to pick up fouls that would force him to the bench. As to the minutes he is playing, as I posted recently, Pau is only playing 2 minutes more than last year.

Aside from the porous defense that allowed Conley to make uncontested layups and 3-pointers, I was extremely disappointed in the Lakers offense, which now seems to have settled into nothing more than post ups and clear outs for Kobe with the rest of the team just standing around. Where did all the great player and ball movement we saw the first 8 games go? I would much rather see us run plays to get Kobe open shots off screens than just clearing out a side of the court for him to go 1-on-1 with everybody else just standing around. And our poor offense just fueled our poor defense.
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TOM

MAMBA24 -

Wanted to let you know I am checking in for roll call.

Hobbitmage -

I am sorry about your pet. If there is anything that I can do, please let me know.

Scruffz -

Your use of the term "respectable" is a relational term...so your sentence is lacking. Respectable as compared to what?

You may see Kobe smiling after a loss but the Lakers are not playing like the Cardinals and in last place are they? Of course teams lose games in every sport and you don't have to take each loss that hard but when you are in last place and play football with only 16 games you should not be laughing as the QB. Most think he is the reason why they are losing so he has to take that seriously. I blame the organization for bringing him in as the starter anyway because he stunk in Cleveland so what made them think he would be good all of a sudden in AZ?

LT,

Good points.

I would like to see PJ leave players alone when they're rolling, as was the case with Kobe, until he got a breather.

@LWSTRS and mamba
LOL!!! I agree!
I think it's a prerequisite that the frontman for a punk band be as strange as possible in the appearance department.

I blame the organization for bringing him in as the starter anyway because he stunk in Cleveland so what made them think he would be good all of a sudden in AZ?

Posted by: DB | December 01, 2010 at 10:33 AM

DB -

Lol Maybe it's because he's right handed like Kurt Warner? Perhaps that's why they cut Matt Leinert (sp?)

And as for Kobe, he wants to win so badly that he sometimes can't see the forest from the trees. Anyway, been with him since he was drafted and I'm not about to change now.

@Caliphilospher, Very good sir! Carry on! Oh Cali by the way ...it's Wednesday now!

Anyway, been with him since he was drafted and I'm not about to change now. Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | December 01, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!

OK I have to say my peace...

Let's get this in perspective...I see alot of new posters with their digs and smart azz remarks...I see some valid concern with some of our regulars...I see some panic and scolding...I see some anger and frustration...

Yes we have lost 3 games in a row...

But today I have to call a client and tell them the bank will not cooperate, and they are losing their home...

"Hello Mr and Mrs Homeowner...I'm sorry the bank will not work with us and will proceed with the trustee sale." " Please make arrangements to move out, and enjoy the holidays homeless.."

Now are we still thinking:

Stupid Bynum, why did he have to go to South Africa...
Why hasn't Mitch signed another big man...
Trade Sasha's expiring contract...
Fish should be benched, he is worthless...
Why does PJ not call timeouts in the closing seconds...
Kobe is a ball hog...Gassy is soft...Ron Ron sucks
Etc...etc...etc..

SO WHAT ARE YOUR PROBLEMS AGAIN...

Lew - gah! I'm being so slow this morning. I liked the choices, but I thought about producers (nope), covers (nope), couldn't figure out the key to the three songs. I've always liked the Donnas though, Danzig not so much. Cramps, yeah baby! I am stumped.

Good dose of reality on what's important in the world, as well. There are real problems out there, and a three game slump isn't one of them.

Hey guys we should have a post up fairly soon. It's being edited right now

SO WHAT ARE YOUR PROBLEMS AGAIN...Posted by: LEWSTRS | December 01, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!! KUDOS!!!

LEWSTRS,

My friend, always puts it in it's perspective. You have a tough job, good luck.

MM - get those editing bunnies working!

OK time for our Future Is Here Now minute:
http://tinyurl.com/337n4gr - ROBOT SOLDIERS
http://www.economist.com/node/17572232 - Robot Soldiers
http://tinyurl.com/2ugdo8m - Computer brain interface

63 Footer - Well I hit 2 out of 3 of my selections, for there were 21 songs I could of chosen from...

The answer is...They are all songs from the soundtrack of the movie...Hangover...lol

Didn't any of these people see any of the "TERMINATOR" movies?

Wow. Strong comments by Magic. It must suck to be Derek Anderson right now.

"...it's something he said would've prompted him to "beat his butt or kill him"..."

I don't know if I'm seeing this in the proper context, but dang Magic? I dont know if murder would be the ideal solution. Beating his butt seems to be the more appropriate solution.

Go Lakers!

The main reason the Lakers are struggling is because Gasol is exhausted on the court, and has been for several games. There's a reason Phil has been repeatedly voicing his concerns over Gasol's minutes. The reason Phil has been lobbying for another big man, and venting about Bynum's return date, is because Phil knows that Gasol has played too many minutes and is already breaking down. The Gasol from the past week is a completely different Gasol from the first few weeks. On defense, he is too tired to rotate and challenge layups (especially late in the game), and on offense, he can't beat his man one on one. He' even struggling to shoot over people, which should be a clear sign that he is worn down. Gasol's exhaustion coincides with Kobe trying to take over games from the get go. Kobe usually tries to take over games from the opening bell when a teammate is injured, or when the team is in a hostile environment on the road. Well, Artest is currently playing hurt, and Gasol has been playing like he is injured, and as a result, we are seeing Kobe trying to compensate for his teammates. Unfortunately, Kobe currently does not have the lateral movement or the explosion YET that we are used to seeing, and he is missing shots that he normally makes. Bynum's delayed surgery has had a domino effect on this team, and I just hope that Gasol (and Odom) do not get hurt while compensating for Bynum's absence.

Lew - ah, I never would have gotten that one, but good one!

Rocky - Magic was always about intensity on the court for himself and those around him. Murder is totally appropriate in those situations. The difference between him and Kobe is Magic was always more smilin' off-court, and thus got the breaks for his focus, whereas Kobe's more scowling. Also, the internet has changed perceptions as well (we'd have heard about his more readily if this were now-a-days). When I used to see the Bench Mob blow huge leads last year, then sit on the bench laughing and joking, I came THIS CLOSE to haul out the ol' Uzi and makin' short work out of 'em. But then, that's me.

Didn't any of these people see any of the "TERMINATOR" movies? Posted by: mclyne | December 01, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!

Aside from the porous defense that allowed Conley to make uncontested layups and 3-pointers, I was extremely disappointed in the Lakers offense, which now seems to have settled into nothing more than post ups and clear outs for Kobe with the rest of the team just standing around. Where did all the great player and ball movement we saw the first 8 games go? I would much rather see us run plays to get Kobe open shots off screens than just clearing out a side of the court for him to go 1-on-1 with everybody else just standing around. And our poor offense just fueled our poor defense.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | December 01, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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LT

No, this has not been aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The fact that we miss Bynum has become painfully obvious, especially with no depth at the 4-5 behind Pau and Lamar. It is also quite clear that the Lakers' starters are bored out of their minds and that has now trickled down to the second unit. Watching these guys makes me (once again) realize that they only care about the playoffs. This is nothing new. It was the same thing last season and the same thing in 2000-01, 2001-02. It was also the same ting in 2003-04 when we fell short. Even though we finished at 65-17 in 2008-09, there were lapses in the season that resembled this. The most exciting regular season in recent history was, IMHO, the 2007-08 season for many, many different reasons. I was hoping that this season would resemble that, but after the early season blowouts and realizing that they can do whatever they want when they want to, they have now become predictably complacent. Hopefully the return of Andrew Bynum will get their collective juices flowing again so we can actually enjoy watching these early season games.

63 footer,

Heck yeah man. Magic was no joke when it came to winning. I probably took that statement way out of context. It just surprised me to see that. I actually don't have access to see the video right now. So I don't know how he said it. But yeah, laughing on the sideline when your teams' butts are being kicked is way out of line.

Go Lakers!

i think the media took the "laughing/smiling" way out of context. I m sure anderson was upset about the loss, but the smile he showed was probably something within a context of something else. maybe the player next to him said something funny to him to lighten his mood up. so what?

As usual, Magic has never met a camera or mic he doesn't like...he just can't stay out of the limelight. Sorry, but you are full of crap re your Anderson comments. You have no clue about what the other guy said to him on the bench...he was probably trying to cheer him up a bit.


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