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Lakers taking a mature and serious attitude regarding their four-game losing streak

The exercise seemed tedious. But that was the point.

Each time Lakers Coach Phil Jackson replayed the last six minutes of the first half of the Lakers' 109-99 loss Wednesday to the Houston Rockets during Thursday's practice, the various sequences showcased several areas the Lakers need to correct. Protecting a lead: After the reserves largely helped the Lakers build a 12-point advantage with 3:23 remaining, the Lakers' starters allowed Houston to end the first half with an 11-4 run. Shot selection: The Lakers went only two of eight from the field during the Rockets' rally, thanks to forced outside shots and poor drives to the lane. Questionable defense: The Lakers allowed the Rockets to close the gap thanks to inadequate efforts in covering the perimeter, filling the lane on help defense and rotating when Houston worked its offense.

"I held the starters' feet to the fire that we have to play better at certain times in the game." Jackson said Thursday after practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "There's some things you can learn out of this. You have to dot the i's and cross the t's."

There's a lot of things the Lakers (13-6) are re-examining beyond watching film as they enter Friday's game at Staples Center against Sacramento on the heels of their first four-game losing streak since April 2007.

Jackson is re-examining the team's lack of offensive balance, which he believes points to the team's tendency to assume Kobe Bryant should take complete responsibility. "It's pretty easy to throw the ball in Kobe sometimes," he said, "and go stand in the corner sometimes and suck our thumb."

Lakers forward Pau Gasol re-examined himself and how he's playing through a strained left hamstring, acknowledging the team-leading 39 minutes a game has taken a toll but vowing to fight through it. "We're short-handed already," he said, which includes Lakers center Andrew Bynum playing in a four-on-four halfcourt scrimmage to rehabilitate his surgically repaired right knee and Lakers backup center Theo Ratliff running on an anti-gravity treadmill to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. "I'll just to be out there as much as I can and do as much as I can."

And Lakers forward Lamar Odom re-examined the team's confident attitude and reasoned this should spark the team's effort, particularly on defense. "We're human at the end of the day," Odom said. "But it's something we can fix."

"Obviously we're upset on how things have been going," Gasol said. "We have to be concerned. We would be dumb if we werent concerned with what's going on and why we're losing."

The Lakers showed their level of concern in numerous ways. Practice lasted an extra hour longer than when the team normally opens its door to the media. Instead of providing jovial and smart aleck responses to questions, Jackson kept a serious tone and provided straight-forward, clipped answers. But even if the vibe from Thursday's practice showcased a serious demeanor, it doesn't mean they're panicking.

What's more impressive isn't necessarily the Lakers' acknowledgement of the litany of problems. It's the mature way they're handling it. Sometimes that mind-set's contributed to lackadaisical efforts in seasons past, but it's also something that's keeping the team fracturing apart.

Jackson remains frustrated the team isn't acquiring a backup center because of player salary and luxury tax concerns, but hasn't made a big fuss about it. Gasol's acknowledged his struggle with fighting through fatigue, but shared Jackson's observation that his 39 minutes a game is only a two-minute increase from last season's average. Odom admitted the challenges the Lakers face with an injury-riddled lineup, but vowed he'll accept any increased responsibility. And despite seeing a limited role because of Matt Barnes' resurgence, Lakers forward Ron Artest, according to Jackson, said he's buying into what Jackson envisioned as solely a role as a defensive stopper. "He says I don't care if I play two minutes or 42 minutes," Jackson said of Artest, "as long we win, so that's the right attitude."

The Lakers have also had the right attitude considering how easy early-season adversity can reveal further tensions and fractions within a team (see Miami Heat). Even if they're only saying the right things and doing the right things, the Lakers, for now, at least have the correct perspective on it.

"We know what we're supposed to do," Odom said. "We're a mature group of guys. We've been together for some time."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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FCM - sometimes you are obviously writing for the general public of Lakers fans and not just the hard core blog commenting crew. This time, I think you are definitely aiming for the um, contributing members of the audience. If I might break down my interpretation of this article, I would perhaps suggest that mostly says 'everybody calm down, the Lakers know what they are doing.'

Nice to know.

FCM- also I mean, good job covering and explaining what Phil Jackson and the Lakers are doing. Great work, and I'm not using the sarcasm font.

phred - thanks man. it's much appreciated. We've dissected ad nauseum what they were doing wrong and esp since everyone said cliches besides Pau providing an update on his medical condition, what really seemed more revealing was just the team's demeanor and body language. Hopefully that explained it.

If Lakers lose five in a row, I'm definitely awaiting the earthquake that is the influx of sky is falling comments

I'm noticing that when it gets late at night, the blog kind of quiets down and most of the blog's respectable citizens go to bed. Only phred and a few trolls occupy the blog for long lonely hours until dawn. That's right, the Blog is Gotham City, and I am Batman.

Also a reminder: The Times' Mike Bresnahan is having a live chat at 1 p.m. tomorrow. It will be with the Cover It Live interface. I will have the post a few minutes before one. The chat will also be featured on The Times' Reader Representative blog.

Because this chat is being moderated, the format will read more like a Q&A transcript than just our normal lounge of shooting the breeze and playing it by ear. So bring your questions, particularly because Brez has way more insight than I have.

FCM- If I might place myself in the rare position of defending cliches, I think going by your article, Phil was really giving them good, if cliche advice that the team has been sort of neglecting a bit. When stuff is going rough, do the little things. You might still lose, but at least you aren't building bad habits.

A very astute observation From Phil Jackson

^^^ "It's pretty easy to throw the ball into Kobe sometimes, and go stand in the corner sometimes and suck our thumb."^^^

The Owie List
Bynum
Gasol
Luke

The Damn the Owie List
Kobe

phred - that's a good observation. One of the biggest things Phil stressed to the team: Have a strong sense of urgency

I'll second phred's comment and say summary MM. It sounds like the team is saying all the right things and there's no finger pointing now its just a matter of putting those words into action.


Love to hear about Ron's great attitude.

Um, so the most flagrant offenders of standing around sucking the thumb when Kobe has the ball are 1)A guy who has not technically played this year, so reasonably, he should be standing around. 2)A guy who wants, no, pleads to have the ball in the post on every position and 3) a guy who a) never plays and b)when he does play, most people really would rather he pass the ball to kobe and stand on the side quietly?

@PFunk,

You called Phil's comments regarding coach Spoles standing in Miami "irresponsible and/or reckless". I disagreed with you at the time. However, after further review I'll have to say you were right and I was wrong. Phil had no business talking about another coach possibly being fired.
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What got me thinking about this again was a comment by Jim Harbaugh, Stanford's head coach. There's been a lot of speculation about Harbaugh returning to Michigan, where he once played, to coach the Wolverines. There current coach (Rich Rodriguez) is on the hot seat much like Spolestra. Anyway, here's what Harbaugh said about his future....


"The best advice I ever got was from dad — just coach the team. And that's what I do. I don't talk about anybody else's team or anybody else's job but the one I have. I've got a sign on my door that I put up there that says: 'Just coach the team.'"
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Yep, its an unwritten code in the coaching fraternity that you don't do what Phil did. I guess that why he kinda sorta apologized later. The Lakers were 12-2 at the time of Phil's comment. They beat Chicago and have lost 4 in a row since....Hmmm.

FCM- hmmm, i must have missed reading that in your article. A very out of character omission for you. Good work in refusing to use the easy cliche. You make me proud.

As for what else I think we actually do need to work on; we need another Center, We need more effort and consistency from our perimeter defenders. When Kobe is shouldering the offensive load his D suffers, Barnes has really been rebounding and scoring well but he does not seem to be shutting anybody down, Ron Artest is obviously injured, and Steven Blake is not exactly a defensive power to solve our PG weaknesses.

LRob- re Phil's comments on Spoelstra and Van Gundy- I got the impression that originally Phil was trying to defend Spoelstra and implying that Van Gundy was treated badly by Riley and the Heat. This seems to me to be very different than the hypothetical situation that did not occur in Michigan. In that case, A candidate for the position would have been criticizing the current holder of that position, and clearly tacky move. I think Phil wants Spoelstra to stay head coach in Miami, and I agree, he deserves to.

Um, so the most flagrant offenders of standing around sucking the thumb when Kobe has the ball are 1)A guy who has not technically played this year, so reasonably, he should be standing around. 2)A guy who wants, no, pleads to have the ball in the post on every position and 3) a guy who a) never plays and b)when he does play, most people really would rather he pass the ball to kobe and stand on the side quietly?


Batman is little more coherent and observant

how much have you drank tonight?
Not enough obviously


ah, an ad hominem attack in response to a question of logical consistency. Must be one of Ouchhhh's many guises, come to beard the Caped Crusader in his cave. His...Bat Cave....

So, vile cowardly skulking villain, please debate the truth of my statements, if you dare.

phred - lol you sound like my dad

FCM- your dad was a crime fighting vigilante? A heroic lineage is yours! Or perhaps you meant that you dad was a wise and insightful man? [Bows] You honor me.

63 footer- Keen detective work, boy wonder! Truly, the lyrics perfectly encapsulate the very heart of the matter; 'Batman! Batman! Batman! and finally, Batman!'

Yes, indeed, Batman.

@phred - I think Phil really was taking a jab at Miami in general not Spoles specifically. Probably more at Riles since they're not the best of buds.

Anyway speaking of the cape crusader...here's one for you cause no one can save the day like Batman:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMqiH3dZbJs

in that 3mins when dfish enter the game they lose the game bec opponent point guard kip on attacking dfish defense...time to step down as a starter...

You called Phil's comments regarding coach Spoles standing in Miami "irresponsible and/or reckless". I disagreed with you at the time. However, after further review I'll have to say you were right and I was wrong. Phil had no business talking about another coach possibly being fired.


@LRob

Good Timing............I check the blog and behold there's a comment directed at me. Thanks for posting those comments about Harbaugh because those comments are lessons for life..........stay interested in your own affairs! I would have never commented about Phil Jackson but this is a pattern with this guy...........speaking without thinking. I talked about how he commented on the Charlotte Bobcats and Bernie Bickerstaff releasing Kareem Rush, which was totally out of line because he had no way of knowing what went on in Charlotte at the time. He didn't know if his comment would have an affect on Coach Bickerstaff's standing with that team or a coaching job in the future............it was just reckless and a violation of principals and code of ethics not just with coaches but anyone who has respect for anothers position.

It is especially disturbing when it comes from Phil because he should understand that his words influence a group of people who have the power of the pen as a respected coach. There are some in the media that look up to Phil and do not possess an "intellectual digestive system" which allows them to use some of what Phil says that's useful .....................and then discard the rest of the garbage that comes from his mouth.


What do I mean? Let's take this Pau Gasol and "fatigue" story.....................in the last 4 or 5 games Pau Gasol's play has been abysmal at best..........it started in Denver with our first loss and it has continued with his worst performance against Houston the other night.

All of a sudden in the media.......ESPN, Wire services, and this very blog the buzz word has been "fatigue"..........."Gasol needs rest"..........."Will Gasol get rest".........."Gasol's excessive workload". When did all this b.s. start? Why is there never a story about Kobe's tired legs affecting his game? Where is the story about Kobe's extra burden of having to shoulder the whole offense BECAUSE OF GASOL'S FATIGUE?

Ironically these stories about fatigue began with none other than Phil Jackson...........I think after Gasol's horrendous 4th quarter in Utah Phil threw that out to the media and they ran with it hook, line and sinker. I think Phil said that, without thinking of course................to try and take some pressure off Gasol and how terrible he's been lately............and it's not physical with Gasol..........it's mental. Champions don't get tired when it's winning time!

After some research we find that Gasol is only averaging 2 more minutes this year than he did last year..............so where is the fatigue?

I guess Phil must have read the blog because in his meeting with Gasol earlier according to Gasol, Phil said........."you are averaging only 2 more minutes this year a game than you did last year, so what's the big deal"?


Uh, Hello Phil.............It was YOU Phil that made it a story in the first place! Remember I said if you listen carefully to Phil you will hear a walking and talking contradiction?.............usually in the same conversation.


This is the type of nonsense that you get from Phil and he sets the tone for mediocrity with these built in excuses for Gasol............Gasol needs to man up and take responsibilty......if you're tired so what! Play anyway until somebody brings a stretcher for you.............but you have a job to do........and if you can't find a little more to give then you are exactly who we thought you were!


Kobe has done a lot to make Gasol a better player but there is a little more work to do with this guy and I know Kobe is biting his tongue to keep from commenting about this guy's fatigue..............because I have never heard Kobe publicly chastise any of these guys...........although they deserve chastisement.

I think it shows great restraint on Kobe's part and an unbelievable patience in leadership to put up with it...............but Kobe is extremely intelligent in that department and I'm sure he will keep his and the team's eyes on the prize.

The combined opponents record in the Lakers 13 wins is 83-131 . Only the Sacramento Kings have played a weaker schedule (hard as that is to believe)

A harder part of the schedule is coming up

Fri 03 vs Sacramento........WIN
Tue 07 vs Washington......WIN
Wed 08 @ LA Clippers......LOSS
Fri 10 @ Chicago...............LOSS
Sun 12 @ New Jersey........WIN
Tue 14 @ Washington......LOSS
Wed 15 @ Indiana............LOSS
Fri 17 @ Philadelphia.......WIN
Sun 19 @ Toronto............WIN
Tue 21 vs Milwaukee........WIN
Sat 25 vs Miami................LOSS
Tue 28 @ San Antonio......LOSS
Wed 29 @ New Orleans....LOSS
Fri 31 vs Philadelphia.......WIN

RECORD JANUARY FIRST 20-13

Looking at a 53 win season at best

Looking at a 53 win season at best ... that'd put us in the lower rung in the west ... I don't see us being less than a 2 seed in the west

Yes we've lost 4 in a row ... but maybe it's a good omen ... we lost 2 in a row for first championship in our pending 3peat, we lost 3 in a row last season for our 2nd ship ... and now we've lost 4 in a row for a season destined for greatness and another 'ship

I mean come on y'all didn't really think we were in for a 65 win season did you? Pacing ourselves is what we do ... if 58 wins is what'll take to carry the west, we'll hit the mark ... if we need more wins than that, we've got the talent to chase it

Still losing 4 in a row sucks ... time to right the ship Kobe ...

Maybe in Phils film session he should replay video of game 7, 4th quarter as a reminder of what they are capable of even when the offense isn't clicking on all cylinders.

Got only half way to Pau's interview but couldn't listen to anymore of this mans drivel. He was already subtlely complaining the first 8 games about his minutes and now that has manifested in bad play and a hammy. Certainly Pau can be a gladiator but he needs support around him. He needs Bynum to do the physical work inside, Artest to provide the muscle and Kobe to be the leader. Without all of these elements he is Gasoft.

Certainly Pau can be a gladiator but he needs support around him. He needs Bynum to do the physical work inside, Artest to provide the muscle and Kobe to be the leader. Without all of these elements he is Gasoft.

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That is a valid point, but you can also rewrite that sentence for the other players:

Certainly Kobe can be a gladiator but he needs support around him. He needs Bynum to do the physical work inside, Artest to provide the muscle and Pau to provide scoring and rebounding inside. Without all of these elements he is Kobesoft,

or

Certainly Artest can be a gladiator but he needs support around him. He needs Bynum to do the physical work inside, Pau to provide scoring and rebounding inside and Kobe to be the leader. Without all of these elements he is Artestsoft,

or

Pick a player and add the rest. They all need each other to fulfill their roles, it's a team game.
You see Pau playing poorly and the Lakers losing, connect the dots.
The Lakers were not capable of winning Rings without Pau and they still aren't.


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Now is the time when I'll hand out the off season grade; before signing UPS & Theo, I had Mitch somewhere around a C or D (because his job was incomplete)

He gets a B-

Turns out a handful of us were right about Mbenga... the guy already proved valuable at a time like this. As a starter/top reserve, he led the NBA in blocks per minute and was near the top in blocks per game. He sometimes took shots too quickly and accumulated fouls too fast - both problems that tend to go down with more consistent minutes and an enhanced role.

The short of it is, there was little reason to go a different way at backup center, and yet Mitch gambled and lost. Not only did he gamble, but he certainly knew better than us about Sock's recovery time - so when he gambled, he REALLY gambled. What a mistake; Mitch just got pwned.

If he turns in his assignment after the semester is over, he can still get partial credit and boost his grade, and he's lucky it's not a C or C- right now.

If he turns in his assignment after the semester is over, he can still get partial credit and boost his grade, and he's lucky it's not a C or C- right now. Posted by: Tim-4-Show | December 03, 2010 at 06:04 AM
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Going to LA today (flying from Denver)

This is where I put my foot down. I will not allow this to continue and will show up in person to make sure this non-sense stops immediately.

This is where I put my foot down. I will not allow this to continue and will show up in person to make sure this non-sense stops immediately. Posted by: Tim-4-Show | December 03, 2010 at 06:19 AM
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AW HELL YEAH!!! IT'S ON NOW!!! PREACH TIM-4-SHOW, PREACH!!!!!!

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Since the Lakers talking about getting serious I'll take that as my musical selection to get this Friday rolling.


Stevie wrote it and Jermaine rocked it....Let's Get Serious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ZTZaEGtb8

LA LAKERS IT’S TIME TO GO TO WAR http://tinyurl.com/2wksrv7
OK this losing streak ‘s not funny anymore, Stop this ISH Lakers It’s time to go to War
You boast you’re the LA Lakers with 16 Rings, But lately U haven’t shown me a damn thing
In order to get to that 17th ring, Someone’s got to stand up and straighten out this thing
We don’t want to hear what Fish has to say, This is your Freakin Team Kobe speak up today
If you don’t more losing is what is in store, Stop this ISH Lakers , It’s time to go to War
Don’t want to hear anymore of this Practice season crap, If I hear it 1 more time I think I’ll snap
Don’t want to Hear anymore about flipping a switch, Teams lately are treating you like a lil Biatch
Am I being harsh, not nearly harsh enough, The tough get going when the going gets rough
No blaming or complaining, no excuses no more, Stop this ISH Lakers, It’s time to go to War

@Mamba - Good morning. Thanks for the roll call.


@Tim 4-show - Sounds like "the Wolf" is on it. Handle your biz.

Good morning DJ LRob! Yes a very appropriate song for the
Lakers today!! Carry on sir!!

@Mamba - oh yeah and if I do say so myself your musical set was OUTSTANDING!

@LRob, I thank you kind sir. It seems like you, me and Tim-4-Show are of like mind.

Good Morning LRob, MAMBA24 and Tim!

Since the Lakers are taking things seriously (judging from the videos), I sure hope they don't end up doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKyJaLZb3AE

Hey Mamba,

I don't have time to listen to every song link everyone posts but I do get to some of them. I appreciate that you put the artist/title in your post.

I have to admit that it's a little weird to hear some people talking about
Pau being soft, because when this was mentioned last year ....

let's just say it got ugly in here.

re: the love that Mbenga is getting. Crap! Deja vu! I swear last year I read
some posters wishing that Mbenga was getting more playing time.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mbengdj01.html

re: Batman. Phred, I do *NOT* want to see a picture of you in tights. Not EVER!

However, if you're going to bust out the graphic novel and go psychotic
vigilante ... let me go get some popcorn. "The Batman don't Shiv"

Art - FL Lakers Fan,

you wrote: Certainly Kobe can be a gladiator but he needs support around him. He needs Bynum to do the physical work inside, Artest to provide the muscle and Pau to provide scoring and rebounding inside. Without all of these elements he is Kobesoft,

my response: Kobe has NEVER and will NEVER be soft. When Kobe did
not have Pau and Bynum was still listening to Kareem, while riding pine,
Kobe was driving into the teeth of defenses, playing hurt, and shooting with
3-4 defenders draped all over him.

And now that the Lakers have had a 4 game losing streak, maybe they'll stop
with the "Basketball, it's just a game" and switch to "Fightin' A War"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peEMbontq0Q

[ what? Y'all think I don't know this dance? ]

Going forward I' d like to see a bit of savageness from our Lakers. I'd like
a bit of Tora nage. Oku no kata 18. Also known as the tiger throw.

desc: use a parry-parry to pass a left-right combo. Enter and give him an
elbow to the solar plexus. [ affects his breathing and you should always take
your $$ ] reach up over your right shoulder and grab uki by the hair, or ears
or neck. depending on what you can grab. Throw with some variation of
Ogoshi. [ hip throw ]. [ Then it gets fun. Because we ain't finished. ] Use a
palm strike/slap to turn his head, while he's on the ground. [ The threat of
a neck break ] Use one hand to grab his esophagus and the other hand to
grab the back of his head. [ Applying pressure to uki's esophagus will cause him
to become compliant. Yes, there is a threat when you have his esophagus in
a pinch grip. ] Force uki to stand up. You can give him a command like:
"levantate or ven aca chico or get up punk" then step in and throw him by
the neck. [ a variation of ogoshi. ] Repeat sequence. Then kick him in the
ribs or the spine after 3 throws.

And yes, I encourage all of my training partners to inflict the maximum
amount of pain, because *I* am taking every list nickel from you when it's
my turn.

I now return you to a more peaceable lifestyle.

namaste.

Tim,

Nice post on Mitch's grade. It seems some were early in grading him, before the 'test' was actually finished.
I suppose right now I give him an 'incomplete' until there has been more time to see the results.
I agree he blew the Mbenga/Ratliff call, though Phil may have had a hand in the Mbenga call as he would never play him.
Would have been nice to have kept Mbenga and still signed Theo.
Hey this GM stuff is easy when it's not your money!

Since the Lakers are taking things seriously (judging from the videos), I sure hope they don't end up doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKyJaLZb3AE Posted by: Caliphilosopher | December 03, 2010 at 06:53 AM
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LMAO!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!! I predict they will have a lot to say tonight Cali, all good!!
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I don't have time to listen to every song link everyone posts but I do get to some of them. I appreciate that you put the artist/title in your post. Posted by: Art - FL Lakers Fan | December 03, 2010 at 06:58 AM
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My pleasure Art! And how are you doing on this fine Lakers Game Day Morning sir?

hobbitmage,

I agree Kobesoft was not a good word to use, it was just a carryover from the previous users post I was responding to, to make a point.
The point was, Kobe needs others, like Pau, to win.
We all saw how well the Lakers did before Pau was a Laker and the difference after he joined the team.

Morning crew!

Thankfully, game day. FCM's very nice overview put me in a contemplative yet even-keeled mood. I feel a win although am tempered. Don't think it will be a blowout which of course I would love to get us back on track.

Cheers - PLG

Gooood Morning Lakerland! So here we are; A little adversity is upon us. Let's see what our boys are made of. I'm guessing they are a little tougher and better than we are feeling at the moment. HOWEVER, in honor of the "Feeling of the Moment" I offer this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9pIdHwOf2c

After all, what can the Poor Boy do? This goes out to Gasol, Lamar and Bynum.

@Cali - good selection...lol.

MAMBA24 -

Hopefully I will be home early enough to take a nap so I can watch the Lakers game with everyone on the chat.

I hope you're having a great Laker Friday!

Hobbitmage -

Remind me to NEVER make you angry in person lol

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@Caliphilosopher, Cali if you watch the whole game I promise that they will win. But Cali no dozing off now!! LOL! The day started great and I have a feeling it will continue sir.
You have a good day and a very good nap. LOL!
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@PsychedLakerGirl, Psyched just one question...ARE YOU AS PSYCHED AS I AM FOR THE GAME TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK Carry On Ma'am!

LRob -

Thanks! Although I'm still going through the previous posts with your song selection...I'm curious - how did you build your musical collection? Was it just stuff that other people passed along? Or was there a distinct methodology? I ask because I would like to continue to expand my musical selection.

@JohnnyV, Good morning sir! Yes I see that you are right there with the spirit of the Blog today sir. JohnnyV I got a very good feeling about today! Of course I had a very good feeling about the last game also. LOL! But really I think this is going to be good and then we can go on a nice little winning streak again. So sir you have a wonderful Lakers day!

After a Game 7, there is NOTHING that can light a fire under this team. I thought a few losses would, but nope. Age shouldn't be a factor, although Fish, Artest and Kobe are showing it, but we are built like the Chowds and Spurs who are older. I think one issue is Kobe's reduced minutes, which he is unaccustomed to. I think if you want Kobe to close properly, he has to get his rhythm, but if he sits for 8 minutes, he gets cold. Kobe plays his best when he plays MORE minutes and is on the floor so he can establish that rhythm. But it's a two edged sword. If that's tweaked and he goes back to his normal minutes, it will result in more regular season W's, but then there's a higher risk of injury and it could hurt him and therefore the team come playoff time. Also, it is obvious that Pau needs to sit more, but no Bynum and Ratliff makes that nearly impossible right now, although I suppose the team can survive out there with Caracter on the floor for bigger minutes.

HAVING SAID THAT, my concern level is minimal now. Yes, I'm upset with the losing streak, but if someone had asked me before the season what part of the regular season I would prefer this losing streak, of course I would have said the beginning of the season, as any of us would. The Chowds and a rubber match still seems like an inevitability to me. Stay tuned.

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OK my next selection is to… Yes, Yes, Yes, The Fabulous Justanothermambafan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuGoyx7vhMk - Trust in Me – Vickie Sue Robinson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9enLjBlYmIg – Aint Understanding Mellow – Jerry Butler
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If their guards are killing us early, put in Sasha for Fish. You don't want to break up the B's.

Lamar needs to be the man again this evening and sustain it through the whole game. He is unstoppable when he gets it going.

Ron needs to take on more responsibility besides defense - especially with Drew out and Pau hurt. . He should be giving us at least 15 every night. He was the leading scorer on other teams.

DEFENSE!!!

If we start playing defense, we will have another winning streak on our hands.

Kobe needs to get the ball to the open guy. Easy shots win games... and...

DEFENSE!!!

I am not worried actually. They got this... ;-)

I am a Lakerholic.

Weird, but I got the same feelings last night watching the heat beat up the cavs
like I got watching the Lakers lose their 4th straight.
Damn.

Mamba: I am PSYCHED that you are psyched. Feeling good that they are playing tonight and I don't have to hear anymore about stupid LBJ.

Thanks friend....

PLG

@Lakerholic, very good posts! By the way I'm a Lakerholic too! Isn't life beautiful!!

Here's all the Lakers have to worry about tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJVpMMb_rV0

Wow. Gotta feel bad for Cleveland. LeBron stuck it to them. And now Clevelanders must come to the realization that their team will suck for at least the next 10 years until they can draft and develop some new talent. All the while, Lebron will be sticking it to them the whole time, talking about how he's going to "continue his greatness".

The silver lining for Cleveland is that they at least still have a basketball team. Can't say the same about my beloved Chargers. The word out there right now is that Alex Spanos, the owner of the Chargers, has sold 35% of the team to AEG, who is working with Magic Johnson. Magic recently stated that his goal is to bring the NFL to Los Angeles. So now I feel like a Clevelander.

Magic Johnson, my childhood idol, is planning on taking my Chargers out of San Diego. I must say this sucks big time.

Go Lakers!

WHY IS EVERYONE PANICING? SOME MINOR ADJUSTMENTS COULD BE MADE AND ALL WOULD BE WELL UNTIL AB RETURNS. ITS APPARENT PAU IS NOT A CENTER-HE NEVER WANTED TO BE. HIS NATURAL POSITION IS FORWARD. SIMPLY PUT LO AT CENTER PAU AT FORWARD. BARNES SMALL FORWARD, KOBE AT POINT AND START SASHA. YES SASHA. HE IS BIGGER, STRONGER AND A BETTER PERIMETER DEFENDER THAN D FISH. THE TWO AREAS WHERE THE LAKES ARE GETTING KILLED FROM IS THE PERIMETER AND IN THE PAINT. NEED TO GIVE THE "MACHINE" SOME QUALITY MINUTES TO FIND HIS TOUCH. WITH THAT SAID NOW YOU HAVE RON-BLAKE-DFISH -LUKE COMING OFF THE BENCH. TRY IT PJ! TRY IT TONITE! AGAINST SACTO! I KNOW YOU GUYS READ THIS STUFF!

I must say not being able to watch any of the games doesn't leave me with much to comment on but I do wnt to say this: These Lakers have had worse streaks in the past, and looking at the box scores of these pst four games the Lakers have really only lost games in one quarter of each game. Now I'm only looking at the points here but it seems to be a similar problem they had in their first three-peat. In many of those games as well there were major player(s) who were dealing with injuries. Could it possibly be that they go on cruise control to allow themselves to heal in time for the playoffs? Tell me wht u guys think...

dear FL,

I am not saying that Kobe or anyone else on the Lakers don't need the other players to win. Certainly without Pau Kobe was struggling to get out of the first round. And Pau was the key element. but the killer instinct, the "i don't make excuses for anything" mentality that Kobe posess, Pau does not. At least not in these last few games. He is crying about his minutes or at least the media is and he's going along with it. No, a true warrior says " no excuses", I
m playing like crap and i need to step it up. Pau is making excuses. I'm saying stop it and just step up and be a MAN. You are a professional and you are playing a grown up game. Be a MAN. Go kick some ass and demand that basketbball. Don't say, "yeah I am fatigued" screw that. Not if you are a champion on a championship team.

just read Pfunk, yes thats what I mean.

Nothing a 7 game win streak won't fix. If not, I see some line up changes being made by PJ. I second the idea of Sasha starting by a rod...why not?

Where is Ricky now that his boyfriend Pau has turned to mush? Seems to me if you are getting paid 8-figures to play a game you could at least be in shape to do so. Porque no Ricky? Dos minutos mas? I suspect the Hammy is worse than the team is letting on and limiting his performance. He's got nada in his legs. However if he's just tired...no bueno. Show some juevos hombre.

Thanks Kobe24 - I live in VT but grew up in LA. I have nobody to talk to about the Lakers. I am surrounded by Celtic fans. You can probably imagine how awesome Game 7 was for me... ;-) Actual tears of joy! I like your handle. Kobe is the man/goat!


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