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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 100-95 loss to Sacramento Kings


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers were outplayed in their 100-95 loss Friday to the Sacramento Kings.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr faults the Lakers for looking ahead to Boston.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones argues the Kings' focus on building frontcourt depth paid off in their victory over the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notes Kobe Bryant's milestone in eclipsing Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list followed by the Lakers' poor performance.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford wonders if the Lakers were looking ahead to Boston.


--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Phil Jackson's contention that it's too busy to think about home-court advantage.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers contention that they weren't looking ahead to Boston.

--The Orange County Register's Carr notices how happy the Kings were in the locker room following their upset over the Lakers.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jones notes the Kings are gaining traction on the road.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen notes Jackson's anecdote that he's receiving a ton of gifts from opposing teams to vote their players as All-Star reserves.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford looks at how the Lakers fare in the Western Conference standings.


--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg relives Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe and Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer both agree with True Hoop's Henry Abbott's contention that Bryant's clutchness isn't as good as it seems.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill looks at how Shaq's arrival with Boston adds further intrigue to the rivalry. 

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen focuses on the Lakers-Celtics matchup and talks to one scout who believes Phil Jackson likes the Lakers are struggling because it builds adversity they have to overcome.

--The Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin acknowledges unintentionally misquoting Carl Landry in a recent column.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz also believes the Lakers were consumed with the Boston game. 


--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to the Kings.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers' loss to Sacramento.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Lakers had the ingredients on how not to win a game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Kings were simply the better team.

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe's doing a jaw jut in the 1st Q against the Kings? My man, you gotta pace yourself!" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers never intended to play this game with any BB passion. Lets get this straight , The Lakers make up their mind as a team wether they want this game or not before they even get on the floor. That is why I have a lack of interest of watching the whole game. They put on a spurt like a candy bar and everything is so sweet then they say wait let me refrigerate the rest of this and keep it on ice. We'll get back to this later down the road. Up to this point I have given The Lakers a grade of C+ they do not care about the paying customer , they will only focus down the stretch run. " -- srafrank

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant gets fouled by the Kings' Omni Casspi on a layup in the final minutes of the game Friday night. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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srafrank - I'm with ya on the RF.

I realize they probably don't want to mess with team chemistry(?), but Melo and Chauncey are just waiting to be had.

I take the family to Staples once a year to watch the Lakers.

But this year, I'm not sure...Should I spend $240 to watch the players playing like they don't care who wins or loose?

@srafrank – Congrats on RCOTD. You’re right…no passion yesterday.

@Triangular – Back to tape delay for you Sunday….j/k.

@MagicPhil - That's a tough call, but I say still take them to the game. Shannon will throw one down for Lil MagicPhil.

Hey MM !
The link you posted to an article on SS&R seems to bear an inaccurate caption. Here is an excerpt from it -

"The popularly plotted course requires that I come before you and moan about the Lakers' lack of effort. After all, the Lakers are infallible and any loss they happen to pick up is automatically a result of their lack of effort. Well guess what, I'm not buying it tonight. Call it a fluke, call it the miracle on Figueroa Street, but I think the Kings were simply the better team, for one night only. "

I don't think the author was suggesting LA's "indifference to trying" as the reason for the loss.

Please keep articles like the Chuck Person interview and your revealing breakdowns coming.Hope you are having a good weekend.Thanks


frank - way to go bud...congrats on the RCOTD...

Kobe said the only ladder he’s interested in climbing is Bill Russell’s championship ladder, nevertheless he continues to climb the scoring ladder. Now up to 10th place. This ones for Kobe.

Prince - Ladder

FYI...If the ABA was good enough for the NBA to accept some of their teams then they should at least acknowledge their stats. Personally I refuse to disrespect Dr. J, Rick Barry, Ice Man, David Thompson, Bobby Jones, Rick Barry, The Hawk, Dan Issel, A-Train, Spencer Haywood, Mel Daniels, Louie Dampier, Billy C, Charlie Scott, Ron Boone, George McGinnis and all the others.

I cannot believe a coach has not dragged him into the weight room to show him what those heavy things are for in that room!

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | January 29, 2011 at 08:03 AM
Now that was a funny comment about

I hate Trap games, thankfully I missed last nights. Have Mercy!

Talk about your typical trap game:

Yet another game with Kobe being the only player looking like he wants to win. Oh well, such is the Lakers again this season. Tomorrow's game should be exciting. I expect our front line all to have good games since not a one of them showed up last night.

@Magic Phil
I wouldn't gamble my hard earned $240 on that one. Allthough I did get lucky with my venture to Staples with my fam this year. We did only spend 100$ for five since we did the group discount seats through one of my friends who is a season ticket holder.

Pau Gasol 4 for 11, 4 turnovers, and no defense
Andrew Bynum no defense at all on Demarcus Cousins
Lamar Odom 0 for 7, very little defense
That's a recipe for a loss, even to a crappy team.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | January 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM

LTLF – Add Kobe to that list of poor defense last night. 38 points great, but subpar defense on Casspi including allowing that tip in with a little over a minute left to seal the deal.

normally there would be a hundreds of posts on this blog talking about

1. Bynum being totally outplayed by the rookie, and his all-star worthiness

2. Gasol just mailing it in, and his all-star worthiness

3. Artest with 0 rebounds

4. Fisher with a -16

5. Kobe taking too many shots again

but what you see is what you get, this is what I call cutting off your nose to spite your face. Being punished like a 5 year old. At least in prior years when the blog was moderated the posts were posted in a timely fashion and you could carry on a conversation. Or is no one posting now? Perhaps a complete boycott of this blog will get the message across. MM you need come to your senses; you are ruining this blog, or is that your plan? Sabotage?

Congrats Srfranks. Well they wanted the candy so much but got no appetite for it compared to the one on Sunday. Afraid of ants if they leave it outside so they put it in Ref prematurely w/o the help of the Golden Voice. As usual that carefree attitude sprouted again that they didn't need much this candy for Friday but care more for that candy on Sunday.

Better consult Forrest Gump on this one too because he once said: "Life Is like a Box of Chocolates... You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!"

We need sasha back he spreads the floor maybe we can think about getting carmelo or even tyshawn prince from the piston we need some serious help or lakers in trouble....

Mark G – love that Little Milton.

Mclyne – Caught in a trap…good one…Elvis last #1 song.

Speaking of traps....


Agree with you on the ABA stats and all!

Trade Artest and Lamar for Carmello

or straight up Gasol for Carmello and let Odom start at Power Forward

I'm really getting sick of Pau Gasol

I'm thinking the same, perhaps include Chauncy for Blake, keep LO, if Laker brass thinks so highly of Drew, keep him and move Pau or Artest. Just a thought.

We need sasha back he spreads the floor maybe we can think about getting carmelo or even tyshawn prince from the piston we need some serious help or lakers in trouble....

Posted by: Lakers4v4er | January 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Sasha never helped spread the floor, he wasn't even on the floor enough, to be as effective as you incorrectly suggest, to spread the floor.

As far as being in trouble, I hardly think, Sacramento is a yardstick, win or lose as to the Lakers problems.

The sky isn't falling, thanks to the effort in the 4th quarter. I wasn't as mad about the effort, when they decided to show up with 10 minutes late. This is not the Bulls or MJ. When they decided to turn it on, it was over and done with. The Lakers on the other hand, decide to turn it on, ultimately, a futile attempt on most nights when they fall behind, too little, too late. Saw the same thing last year.

Now, if the Lakers let Rondo penetrate like Evans, and if Bynum doesn't get a hand in somebody's face, then we can talk about a lot of problems. 33-14 is a pretty decent record, I'm not one to pout or pull out my hair for a regular season loss, I've watched to many sporting events to know, nothing matters until it's time for the nitty gritty.

Psyched Laker Girl, I know you disagreed with me about Bynum being as effective as Howard. Now, I'm not going to disregard what you said, you made valid points for Drew, and on most nights he delivers defensively. Last night, was an exception, however, it's not like Drew played hard, focused and Cousins had to work. It was easy pickins for Demarcus, those 18-20 footers he can hit in his sleep, Drew was right, he disrespected his opponent, which in the Art of War, is a death sentence, Sun Tzu's wisdom shows itself again. That's the difference between Howard and Drew, Howard might feel he can/should/is disrespecting his opponent, though he never makes it known on the court, he can disguise his feelings. Drew should know by now, don't poke the bear. Lesson learned. Move on.

1st paragraph correction: 10 minutes left

2nd paragraph correction: I've watched too many sporting events.

In the 1st quarter Kobe dominated. But where was the defense, the hussle?

But something like self-awareness made me sense in the beginning of the 2nd quarter that the game would be another Loss.

And believe me, during this season there are a lot of games that I felted the same.

After the 1st quarter of games I think we can sense if this team will play the game or just give up. Maybe this is a good thing, because this way we can save time and after the 1st quarter we can skip the other 3 quarters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just hope that this pattern only occurs during the regular season.

All those re-posts, my bad, wasn't trying to be a pest!!!

Trade Artest and Lamar for Carmello

or straight up Gasol for Carmello and let Odom start at Power Forward

I'm really getting sick of Pau Gasol

Posted by: trade them or bench them | January 29, 2011 at 11:59 AM

If you traded Artest and Lamar for Melo, you'd be a casualty on the defensive end. Now, instead of One player who can't play D consistently or keep his man in front of him (Fish), you'd have two, Melo doesn't play much D. So, you're slippage on the defensive end is absolute. Then offensively, while, you probably outscore your opponent, you'd have too many chiefs (Bryant, Melo, Gasol) than indians, bad idea in the game of Basketball.

Another thing, if you traded Gasol, Bynum and/or Odom, you'd lose the advantage you have on 30 other NBA teams: Length. The Lakers Defense is the playoffs, due to their length, will cause teams to have to funnel to the Rim to make shots, harder that task is with 3 lengthy 7 footers. Take even one of those guys away, particularly Lamar, and Boston would eat the Lakers alive in the Finals, even Orlando, with Howard/Bass/Anderson would be a tough task if one of the 7 footers were gone.


Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest, and Pau Gasol


Carmelo and Billups

works in the trade machine and Denver just might like this

LRob, nice Rockabilly there, and I agree on McIyne's choice of Elvis, very appropriate

Since the usual post-loss worry has crept into the Blog, I thought this might be a good spot for some Mose A.

Random thoughts on a few other games I peaked at last night....

Miami stole one...James Jones definitely fouled Daye on that last play of the game. And its not like it was a jump was a dunk attempt.

KG was up to his old antics last night punching Frye in the groin. Plus he reach in Bruce Bowen dirty bag of tricks and put his foot under Frye while he was in the air. Garnett would probably get a one game suspension if the C's weren't playing the Lakers next. But now the league will give him a pass.

It's a thing of beauty to watch Durant catch fire like he did last night in the 4th and OT. It made me appreciate Ron's defense on KD even more.

How does Brooke Lopez score 28pts in 29 minutes but only grab one...that's

Thibs have got the Bulls playing excellent defense. They'll be a tough out in the playoffs.

i have seen Melo play great defense at times, similar to what Kobe does at times.
It's about Pau and his attitude. He's becoming a bad apple. Ship his arse out and see how well he does. He should get down on his knees every day for the oppurtunity to play with Kobe

I'll take my chances with a healthy Bynum and lamar at the Power forward instead of
a 50% bynum of the last 2 years in the playoffs

Sean - no comparison between Drew and Dwight.

Mark G - you pulled out Mose...nice. I agree no worries, but we must admit the Lakers do have a habit of losing to bad teams this year. I'll let Franks explain..

i have seen Melo play great defense at times, similar to what Kobe does at times.
It's about Pau and his attitude. He's becoming a bad apple. Ship his arse out and see how well he does. He should get down on his knees every day for the oppurtunity to play with Kobe

Posted by: trade them or bench them | January 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM

What's up, TTOBT, much respect to your opinion, maybe a 32 year old Kobe, who's D isn't what it used to be, although pretty damn good, is equivalent to a Melo game where he gets 4 steals, could be perceived as similar, I'd have to disagree. AI had a lot of steals, that didn't make him a great or even good Defender, so, Melo gets 4 or 5 steals, his D is suspect, given he spends a lot of his energy on the Offensive end, he's a decent help defender.

To your point though, if the Lakers traded Artest, Kobe would have to exhaust himself on both ends again, he's no 22, he's 32, and that's why the Lakers got Artest. Ron had a subpar game, don't hold that against him, he was playing stellar D the last 10 games or so, I digress. Essentially, trading Artest, this early in his contract, would defeat the original purpose of signing him.

Trade them or bench them,

I agree with you about Pau's attitude lately, it's not good. Whatever's going on with him I hope he gets it together soon. We need him to be at best.

I meant we need him to be at his best.

@LRob- They're not even close. Some fans are just homers for homers sake.
I call it the way I see it. Howard's on another planet defensively.

Hi everybody... was hoping you guys could help me spread the word. I wanna see Fisher in the Skills Challenge. Please like this Facebook page and share the link with your friends.

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Like Fisher has any skills.
Gasol is a wuss and has been playing like he is betting against the Lakers lately.
No trade needed, the Lakers just missed a lot of important shots, Gasol can't make two free throws in a row, got stripped by Tyreke Evans, and then Shannon went for a three instead of driving to the rim. Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes it doesn't. I lost sleep last night though.
If I worked like that, I would be out of a job-pronto.
I hate the Celtics, Heat, and respect the Spurs.
I really hope to be in a good mood tomorrow about 3.15.

Hi, Mark:

Great blog, most of the time (except for the trolls). I have a couple of specific issues with your presentations. Consider this constructive criticism.

1) When you do your post-game video, you swallow your name and it sounds like you're embarrassed to say who you are. Also, you would be well advised to slow it down just a tad because you really have a tendency to run your words together. Crisp enunciation makes it much more enjoyable to listen to people and makes it sound like you know what you're talking about.

2) You constantly misuse "hone," as in "hone in" on something or other. The correct word is "home," as in to come home, to return to or be highly focused on something. Think of a homing pigeon or a homing missile. To "hone" means to sharpen, especially a knife or a sword, with a whetstone.

I don't mean to be picky, but since your profession is journalism and words are your tools, you should select (and pronounce) your words with great care. Believe it or not, some of us hard-core Lakers fans have standards and we expect our journalists to meet or beat them.

Last I checked, Bynum isn't the all-star, Bynum isn't the highest paid player in the Lakers front-court, Bynum has never been labled the most skilled post player in the NBA, nor has Bynum been called the second best player on a Championship team, nor has he ever been an all-star. Pau Gasol is in fact all of those things which Bynum is not. Pau has refused to take a leadership role on this team and in turn has refused to shoulder any responsibility for the teams troubles (which I think he is). Pau Gasol is a prideless, gutless player who lacks heart and doesn't deserve to be mentioned with the past greats as a Laker Center (he's definately no POWER-forward). We have no chance to win another Championship with this Soft-served ice cream cone.

Pau Ga-softy and Artest for:

Loul Deng and Joakim Noah
David West and Ariza
Carmello and Nene

I agree Pau has been moping around, no intention on playing defense, no intention on being aggressive on offense, just lulling around - like he doesn't want to be there. Then if Phil calls him out on his schit, he's pouting and being all sensitive where you cannot say schit to him!

He's beyond gotten on my nerves. For all the length he has, he's been an effn liability more than anything else...............

I am with Frank and others on this MAULING by the Kings. I expect the Lakers to lose from time to time, but THE WAY they lost to an average team is self explanatory. The Lakers should own the 2nd half, they left whatver game they had in the locker room and figured could win with one hand tied behind their back. This arrogance and self proclaimed Western Conference Champions and Finals representative is an absolute sham. Show us some passion and pride in the Laker uniform. The fans deserve at least that much respect.

Check out my video response to the lakers sucking tonight! GO BOSTON!
Its a song called Lakers Suck!

I wish I played for the Lakers. Then I could stand there and admire Kobe's talent up close like the rest of the team.



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