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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 115-110 victory over Golden State Warriors

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits Lamar Odom's performance in the Lakers' 115-110 victory Wednesday over the Golden State Warriors.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits Kobe Bryant for the victory.

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons focuses on Monta Ellis' performance.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford chalks up the Lakers' win to a collective effort.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Ron Artest's improved offensive performances.

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Simmons looks at Andris Biedrins' lack of production.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford highlights Artest's comments that the Lakers' recent struggles were just a glitch.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Bryant's late-game heroics.

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom shares his NBA Western Conference All-Star picks.

Column

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues Bryant's performance against Golden State shows he still has it in him.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz details how Bryant made the game against the Warriors fun to watch.

--The Orange County Registers' Randy Youngman explains why Byron Scott doesn't regret taking the Cavaliers job.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

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

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argued the Warriors controlled the game for three quarters until Bryant took over.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid compared the performances put on by Bryant and Ellis to a video game.

Tweet of the Day: "Day 2.. First Day of rehab, excited to start the recovery process started but I know its gonna be tough.. Ill keep u guys posted" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Kobe came into the Lakers and had something in his mind which was to make it to the top. He had a goal in mind. He wanted to have a team. He knew he was gonna be influential enough to get things moving around the franchise and set the boat right. From the top office, Dr. Buss and Mith Kupchak did what they had to do. PJ kept the players steady. Kobe kept the rowers rowing. This line- up of power people is the reason why the Lakers is such an elite team.

They're familiar with a tradition of excellence... something which the Cavs don't know, which LBJ wanted but wasn't mature enough to understand what it took. He's a good player but he recognizes no one above him. It was a relief Dr. Buss had those championships with Fish and Kobe, he had enough ammo to hit some targets and then some." -- cp6

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates after making a three-pointer over Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis during the final minutes of a game at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / European Press Agency

 
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Photo Caption

Kobe: How ya like me now?

LOVE THIS PIC MM!!!! You did good.


I've said it before & I'll say it again. When Kobe's ON, it's just not fair.


Congrats cp6....

@JAMF - I'm glad I meet your stamp of approval. Rarely do these things happen.

MM - true enough. It takes time grasshopper.... but you may be my best student yet. We'll see. Lewstrs is pretty good too, so you've got some competition.

cp6 FTW! Nice to meet you... haven't seen you around....

To all the 'chicken littles', doubters, and the feeble...

Lakers have strung 6 in a row...Andrew is back and is quickly acclimating...Lamar has been a beast all season, and Kobe is releasing the Black Mamba more and more...

Halfway into the season at the 40 game mark, and the Lakers are starting to gel and get momentum...

We have the 4th best record in the league...and I love our situation presently...HCA, which so many gave up on, is very attainable...even if we don't need it to 3Peat...

My point: No need to jump the gun...This is our back2back reigning Champs...WE GOT THIS!!!

@JAMF - I wouldn't go so far to say I'm your student. I am the one holding the keys to the ASG after all

cp6 - great post...congrats on the RCOTD...hope to see more posts from you...

musta justa - today's entry...

The Black Mamba Scowl
Beware when it appears
Snake bites are deadly

MM - oh, man... you are in biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig trouble now:

"You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't piss off the Black Mamba
And you don't mess around with Justa"

*It's the new year and the Lakers flipped the switch for another winning streak. I hope they don't turn it off again for a while.

*Blake Griffin is turning the Clippers into winners. His presence has revitalized Baron Davis, and Eric Gordon is really good. I like this team. Vinny Del Negro is doing a very good job too.

*LeBron's tweet about the Cavs and Karma wasn't needed. So promptly, Karma bit Lebron right back real quick. Unfortunately for the Cavs hopes, it was only a one game Karmic reaction.

*Went to see the San Diego State Men's basketball team last night. These guys are good. Watch out for Kahwi Leonard, he looks like NBA lottery talent. SDSU is No. 6 in the nation, 1 of 4 undefeated teams left.

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs!

Hi all, just dropping in a minute to say how great our Laker team is, ya know!

phred/MM.... why u guys pickin on ouchhhhhhhh now?

sorry to say but this blog is quickly losing its identity and NOW REALLY starting to turn into a big HO HUM meeting place of nothing but ass-KISSING HUNKY DORY lets just SUCK UP to our players and each other while we're at it and pretend there is nothing wrong with our team.. this love fest HIPPIE MOVEMENT is spearheaded by no other than the new sheriff in town MR. BLOG HOG whos abrasive and overly confrontational and supercilious blogging style and his quick trigger of shooting down others opinions with his predictable and signature insult "YOU ARE NOT A LAKER FAN" has MMs total stamp of approval..

GIVE ME A BREAK... if i want G-rated material i'll just take my kids to disneyland... ZZZZZZ...


My kids, my nieces and nephews and even the neighborhood kids LOVE Disneyland...

Disneyworld...well that's Magic territory and is another story...

yello - sup...

I'm with you bro. This totally sucks. I hate Kobe - such a ballhog. Fish is totally washed up and should be put out to pasture. Pau is so soft I'm surprised he doesn't wear white and call himself the Marshmallow Man. Lamar is Space Cadet 2.0. PJ doesn't do jack squat except sit on that stupid highchair. This winning streak we're on right now is fool's gold. Nothing good has come out of it at all. What desire? What focus? There's none of that. What defense? None at all on display. Stupid game. Stupid season. Hate the gold trophies. Who needs any of it? Why can't we turn Staples into a parking lot for LA Live? That would make more sense than holding so-called basketball games there. What a waste of space.

And then I woke up.......

yellofever

That was cute. Is this how you feel?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTN7Mhv59KA

63 - LOL!! Tru dat. MM's really pushing my buttons on this whole ASG thing. If/when I get to a Laker game, I'm just gonna sneak up on him and....


Lew - sorry but this one gets an F - not enough syllables in the 2nd line. Back to the drawing board, my friend.

@MM
Another great interview- I loves these! Keep em coming!

Kobe is baaaack! Last night, he reminded me, and the Warriors, why he is the best player in the world. The dude has icewater in his veins. You know when the extended jaw and teeth come out, it's go time and there's no stopping him!

I really enjoyed last night's game. It was the most exciting game of the season. Both teams wanted it badly. Both teams were hustling on defense. Both teams were making big shots downd the stretch(don't forget about Ron's big three).

Let's keep it rolling!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJGoNeM3WzY

justa...

pls excuse my bluntness in the previous post.. but yes wake me up when this is over!

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

phred/MM.... why u guys pickin on ouchhhhhhhh now?

sorry to say but this blog is quickly losing its identity and NOW REALLY starting to turn into a big HO HUM meeting place of nothing but ass-KISSING HUNKY DORY lets just SUCK UP to our players and each other while we're at it and pretend there is nothing wrong with our team.. this love fest HIPPIE MOVEMENT is spearheaded by no other than the new sheriff in town MR. BLOG HOG whos abrasive and overly confrontational and supercilious blogging style and his quick trigger of shooting down others opinions with his predictable and signature insult "YOU ARE NOT A LAKER FAN" has MMs total stamp of approval..

GIVE ME A BREAK... if i want G-rated material i'll just take my kids to disneyland... ZZZZZZ...


Posted by: yellofever

Bout time one of you guys voiced this opinion !!! I totally agree !!!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM

actually no.. this is how i really feel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_zQOBl58Bc


While I totally agree that last night was a genuine team victory, with terrific contributions from Pau early on, Drew on defense in the middle, Ron-Ron on some key shots, and certainly Lamar in the second half, here's the deal...speaking just for myself...the Lakers aren't "THE LAKERS!" unless there's a real possibility that the real Black Mamba can show up and strike repeatedly at the end of a tough, tough game against a determined opponent. There's nothing prettier, more exciting to us Lakerholics, or more devastating to the psyches and the hopes of the opposition around the entire league, than the sight of the Black Mamba going off at the end and sealing or stealing a tight game.

Yeah, baby, those were "THE LAKERS!" last night. The Black Mamba still lives.

Fisher playing with my emotions mang.
How can he go 1 for 6, for a whole 2 points, when the night
Before he played like an all-star scoring 10 points?
I'm bamboozled!!!

CornerJ - Got to agree. As much as I don't like to depend on it, "There's nothing prettier, more exciting to us Lakerholics, or more devastating to the psyches and the hopes of the opposition around the entire league, than the sight of the Black Mamba going off at the end and sealing or stealing a tight game" is really something we've gotten so used to in this iteration of the Lakers, as much as a Magic led fastbreak in Showtime, or Jerry West hitting a buzzer beater in his day.

OK, now for a little subjectivity. As "fun" as that shootout between Ellis and Kobe was in the 4th it should never have happened. I don't understand the TOs and Kobe had the majority of them. If it's related to his fingers, then he sure stashed the pain in the 4th because this game was lost if those insane, “uber-determined” shots didn't fall for him and the team. I was concerned about those guards - Ellis in particular - but I didn't expect to see a 46-35 fourth quarter. Needless to say, I'm glad they pulled it out.

As for the streak, it is expected and the first road bump will be on Sunday. The media has named the Clippers the “streak wreckers” - or something to that effect - and they certainly have the players to ruin a team's night.
After Sunday, the "scrimmages" become even harder and then the team will be able to really evaluate how well they have come along leading up to the first meeting with the Celtics, which is going to be a playoff type of game and should be the best one of the season so far for the entire NBA.

Enjoy the streak because the team really needs to rack up the wins against these "beatable" teams in the schedule and frankly, there is no reason why the Lakers should not be riding a 13 game winning streak when they meet Boston. Between now and then, there are only 4 teams that concern me: Clips, Thunder, Mavs & Jazz and those are the teams that will accurately gauge the effectiveness of the Lakers in this phase of the season.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Kh20Jwi1w


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk


GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

Ahh, If only Kobe would have been traded. :)

@MM,

Chat is still on, bro.


DBDH!

justanothermambafan,

you wrote: Photo Caption

Kobe: How ya like me now?

my response:

Kobe: Are you not entertained?

yellofever

I don’t pretend there is nothing wrong with team, we seen a plenty wrongs yesterday which is bringing me back to the point, game against Cavs should not be judged as a measuring stick for Lakers success in implementing new defensive scheme. Constant forays of Monte Elis for uncontested layups, open uncontested 3s from Darrel Wright, missed defensive rotations and etc. Our offense was not clicking either and list goes as this: over dribbling often resulting in horrible possessions and hurried shots or turnovers with fast break opportunities for GS, difficulties in initiating our offense, missed perimeter shots, even uncontested ones. I believe Phil said some time ago “The beauty of victory, it hides all the problems”. Well, I hope Lakers will work because it’s not such a short list. And think for a second, Lakers were playing sub .500 exactly with zero chances make it to the playoffs.

@cp6 – congrats on RCOTD. Keep em coming.

@Justa – Is this what you meant by Kobe’s expression?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyFMzSu5Mcc

@63 Footer – I just served up the appetizer, I knew you’d come with the main course of Duane.

@Lew – What you got today?

@mclyne – Tina…looking and sounding good! Didn’t hear from you yesterday??

@Corner J – very well said. I don’t how much longer we’ll have last night’s Kobe, but I know I’m going to savor each performance.

@fever – its an open forum…feel free to present non hunky dory opinions.


"Well, I hope Lakers will work because it’s not such a short list. And think for a second, Lakers were playing sub .500 exactly with zero chances make it to the playoffs."

Posted by: LAL_Fan | January 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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Exactly. A big test for the team beginning on Sunday against the Clippers and the following night against OKC. If this recent back-back was tough, wait until Sunday. Now that's going to be a different kind of fun. As long as they execute, the winning streak should continue. Good Luck L.A. and don't forget to "FEED THE BEAST!!"

FCM- hey, i said I expected to be bored, but I wasn't. It's a good thing.

yello- It has nothing to do with ouchhh's stances on the lakers players. It has to do with ouchhh's personal attacks on people who posted comments on here, based on what we have chosen to share about our personal lives. It not only hurts the community we have on here, frankly it sort of scares me.

If you want more details, I can elaborate. To make it short and sweet, if ouchhh posted like you, there wouldn't be a problem. Sure, he'd be wrong and a bit of a hater, but not something I'm going to worry about.

Also I'm pretty sure 'S Perkins' is also a troll who has been previously banned for making personal attacks on people. But if i really had to summarize it more, anyone who posts more than 25 posts in a ten hour period probably has bigger problems than being banned.

@Rocky – Best part of that Clips/Heat game was Bledsoe block on Lebron. Sweet.

Good to see Steve Fisher still coaching and doing well. How long have you been an Aztec fan? Were you around doing the Smokey Gaines era?


@frmkt – Good point. I’m thirsty for your musical selection for today…lol.

Dorrell Wright was impressive last night. He was all over the court....hustling, rebounding, blocking shots, hitting 3's.


How good would Miami be if they would've Dorrell instead of signing Mike Miller, and then spent that mid-level money on a decent big?

justa - here are my corrections...

The Black Mamba Scowl
Repeated strikes of venom
One more bites the dust

LRob - this is what I got...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLyG_y8LbB8

Say what you feel baybee....

Photo Caption: "That's right. I'm motherfricken Kobe Bean Bryant, that's who!"

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Yes, every win is a good win but since Xmas the only challenging teams the Lakers have played are the Spurs (ugh) and the Knicks (nice).

It's good (but meaningless) they can beat up teams like the Cavs and pull out a road win on a back-to-back against a number 12 seed, but we really aren't any further along in being able to really evaluate where this team is at.

Finally, some meat is coming in the schedule starting Sunday, yep, the Clippers can beat them if they take them lightly. But really, starting Monday it gets interesting. OKC should be a challenge, Nowitzky should be back for the Mavs game, who knows what Denver will be like by then but they play the Lakers tough, the Jazz usually make it interesting. Then they get a break with the Kings, then Boston, Houston and the Spurs. Fortunately, most of those are home games so we should see a lot of W's.
Then they get a tough, challenging road trip leading up to the All Star break.

If they are still 2nd to the Spurs by then that will be a pretty significant accomplishment as they will have been pretty thoroughly tested.

Had to work last night, and then run some errands this morning. So, I didn't get to watch the game until this afternoon. Although I had followed the game last night on my phone and knew the outcome and most of the details, I still found that game highly entertaining and competitive.

The GSW played a great game. They maximized their strengths and put on a spirited display. Yet, the Lakers were able to overcome them by outrebounding the Dubs and getting to the foul line in bunches.

A lot of good performances on both sides. Great stuff. One word about Kobe's turnovers....I've noticed that most of them come when he passes the ball and not from being stripped on his handle. As great fundamentally as Kobe is, he has the bad habit of leaving his feet to pass the ball. Sometimes it bites him in the form of turnovers.

Great win!!!
Lakers are now in 2nd place in the Western Conference with a bullet!!
Thanks , Clips for waxing that Heat azz!!
Hope the Lakers thank the Clips properly with a convincing win on Sunday!!
GO LAKERS!!
17 in '11!!

The Clippers should trade Chris "The Traitor" Kaman to some other team to bolster their bench.

DeAndre Jordan is turning into a defensive monster and Gordon and Griffin are now the true leaders of the team.

It's my hope that they SOMEHOW make the playoffs by playing lights out for the rest of the season... meeting up with the Lakers in the first round... only to lose to the Lakers in four or five.

Go Clippers!

GO LAKERS!!!!

LRob

Great point about Wright instead of Miller. You'd think Pat Riley would have seen that talent in him.

Bynum was a beast last night!

Did you guys see Bynum handle his?

'Drew was all over the court!

I must now retreat to my cave of hunky dory-ness.

Peace be with you.


[dbdh]

@ Jon K.,

Yes, Gordon is becoming the leader on that squad. I love the way he plows into the lane. And Griffin, well, he has even scratched the surface. Wow.


[dbdh]


How good would Miami be if they would've Dorrell instead of signing Mike Miller, and then spent that mid-level money on a decent big?

Posted by: LRob | January 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Yeah, LRob, you make an interesting point about Wright. That being said, James Jones has the same range as Wright, and while Miller, has better range than either one of those players, Miller and Wright, essentially have the same rebounds per game, give or take %. While Wright, is the better defender than those two players, Lebron takes up most of the defensive responsibilities on the wing, along with Wade, so, realistically, Wright is the odd man out.

Dude...How many teams has a winning record during this winning streak? 2 only 2, WTH are you so EXCITED about? you're the 2x champs. And Playing SCRUMS teams, this LOVE FEST is downright DISGUSTING. All the @ss kissing and I LOVE YOU MAN is PITIFUL.

You need to at least act like you guys have been here before, three years in the finals should carry some since of DIGNITY...RIGHT. So get your hands off your crouch, and take a DEEP BREATH, wait till you play Boston, Orlando, Dallas and go into Miami and BEAT DOWN the Heat in their house...like they put BOOT in yours, before you beat your CHEST. Let's just get REAL.....just sayin.

@frmkt – Good point. I’m thirsty for your musical selection for today…lol.


Posted by: LRob | January 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

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Kobe to the league:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7miRCLeFSJo

Lakers to the league

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwHi10qX8u8

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BYNUM FAITHFULS have retreated back to their caves in search for more answers...have not read any good on Bynum today.......

Posted by: OldHippy | January 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Yep... he had an "off game." Missed quite a few easy ones (4-11)in the paint but hey, we all have our bad days now, don't we? 11pts/14rbs - not too bad for a "bad" night.

And where is MAMBA24?

Gmoney

And where is your road game win streak?

Kobe's starting to look like his old self....FINALLY, much better shooting percentage.

Kobe: Are you not entertained?

Posted by: hobbitmage
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ooooooo good one hobbit!!

LRob - yup - that's exactly what I was thinkin' there.


Jon K - LOL - another caption winner!


Lew - much, much better! You get a B+


If anybody wants me, I'll be hangin with DBDH in the Cave of Hunky Dory-ness...

Old Hippy...Andrew didn't do badly last night. Like frmkt said, his shot was a little off but he still had a nice double double with a strong 14 rebounds. He helped put the GSW bigs in foul jeopardy and had 2 blocks.

Magic32- I know .....to the CLIPS of all teams, the DREADED CLIPS. Anyone take Bosh for DREW?

I was rummaging around MM's computer and found this in the Trash Bin:

TCOTD (Troll Comment of the Day): "Last night's game is a pure example of why the Lakers should pull the trigger on a trade for Carmelo. Kobe is just a ball hog that only passes to players that won't show him up. Gassy Gasol is worthless and weak. He couldn't defend against a bronze statue in front of Staples Center. Bynum is finished. I have bunions that defend better and can score much more fluidly. And Lamar should've been traded long ago.

The Lakers are going nowhere. They were lucky to win last year and even luckier to beat the Magic 2 years ago.

Mitch has got to pull the trigger on a 12 player trade. Now!

Kobe, Pau, Drew, Artest, Fisher and Lamar for Carmelo, Nene, Birdman, Chauncy, Afflalo & JR Smith. This trade will make the Lakers a younger, faster and more dominant offensive and defensive juggernaut. While your at it Mitch, fire PJ and hire George Karl. His system is far superior to the Triangle and his defensive scheme will win us a legitimate championship!" Goldfever

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Wow! MM, sure glad you didn't post this TCOTD. It surely would've convinced LROB, Phred, JAMF, Laker Tom, Myself and the Rest of the True Lakers fans that we're doomed if Mitch doesn't pull the trigger by February 24th!

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yelo, I have just one question:

"What color is the sky in your world?"

Go Lakers!!!!!!

NBA4EVER… You’re right that this was one of the best games I’ve ever watched in person. The Warriors gave the Lakers everything they could handle. My grandson and I and my boss and his son were in section 104 in one of the triangular sections behind the Lakers bench. If you’re going to the April game, give me a shout out ahead of time and we can share a beer at halftime.

I love the energy and excitement of a live game versus watching on the tube. Granted, you don’t have luxury of your own instant replay or slow motion option, but nothing beats live action to get the senses stirring and the passion roaring through your veins. Monte Ellis was on fire but nothing can compare with Kobe doing his thing. Every time the Warriors struck in the fourth quarter, Kobe responded. I thought it was one of the best closeout games ever by Kobe.

Of course, my boss is a Warriors fan so he was dying every time I was screaming as Kobe nailed one clutch shot after another. There were 7 Kobe jerseys in our section so I was sort of leading everybody in the requisite MVP chants late in the fourth quarter. I’ve got the game on DVR and plan to watch the telecast tonight. It’s easy when you’re at the game to lose track of how each player is doing. For example, I thought this was Drew’s worst game since returning as a starter. He missed several easy shots and free throws but was pleased to see that he got 14 boards.

Lamar was the big man who really stepped up last night to help Kobe win the game in the fourth quarter. We still have until January 23 to vote for the four Lakers who have a shot of being voted or selected for the squad. I am still hopeful that Drew will continue to perform strongly so that Stern will respect that he is the fans’ preference at center after Yao Ming and select him to replace the injured Yao. After all, the game is in LA and we are the champs.

Finally, I like your player ratings, including your comments of AB, Barnes, Blake, and Brown.
………………………………
TOM

LRob,

I've been an Aztec fan forever. I'm 33 now. Smokey Gaines was before my time. I don't know much about him. I do know that Micheal Cage came from that era. He was a beast on the boards.

Yup, Steve Fisher is the man. How he turned around this SDSU basketball team is amazing. I remember days when the Aztecs would play the weakest schedule of any division 1 program, and still finish 1-27. Then Fisher came and slowly but surely he's turned this team into a powerhouse. What a great coach he is.

He might be a better recruiter too. To get a guy like Kahwi Leonard to come to SDSU; wow! He was the LA player of the year as a junior in high school. Leonard is a beast. He reminds me of Chris Webber. He has giant hands to palm the ball, he can handle the ball, shoot, pass, has good post moves, and plays with great authority. He's a man among boys at the college level as a sophmore. Last night he made a siick full court pass right on the money to a swooping teammate for a dunk. Spectacular. If he stays healthy, there's no doubt in my mind that he'll be a good, to very good, possibly great NBA player.

Sorry for the nonLaker post. But man, this team is exciting. We haven't had good basketball like this in San Diego for a long, long time.

Go Lakers!

G.money....

If you're going to talk trash, at least learn the proper usage of the terms you are using. By SCRUMS teams, did you mean Scrubs? Scrum refers to a Rugby maneuver.

It's also hard to grab a C-R-O-U-C-H. One can however grab a C-R-O-T-C-H.

And as Laker fans, we do have a S-E-N-S-E of dignity. Sense of destiny, too. Not too sure what you meant by S-I-N-C-E of dignity.

Try proofreading what you write before you hit the "Post" button. It might help.

@ Laker Tom....

Glad to hear about your experience at last night's game. I'm glad our Lakers were able to pull it out for you. You really got to see an exciting game. Must have been awesome!

G Money,

How about those Heat and that road win streak.
This is for you and your team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV0bqASKAY8

LT

That is a great place to watch a game. The crowd is enthusiastic, they have a lot of fun gimmicks to stir up the fans and, of course, there's a lot of Purple & Gold in there. The last time I went to a game there in 2009 they gave away "Beat LA" tee-shirts and when they saw my regalia, they refused to give me one. I just said, "I'm a Lakers fan, but have nothing against your team. It's cool." But the dude gave me attitude and I shrugged my shoulders and watched the Lakers come back from double digits to wallup them.

I'm glad you had a great time; it was a FUN game to go to and that's what it should be all about. That is one of the reasons I prefer live games, too. For most regular season games, the fans understand the marathon nature of the regular season so they are more concerned with enjoying themselves than getting all worked up in the minutiae that is easier to stress out about in front of your TV. So believe it or not, it's actually less stressful (at least for me) until you get to the playoffs. Then it's NERVOUS TIME, baby!

Yeah, LRob, you make an interesting point about Wright. That being said, James Jones has the same range as Wright, and while Miller, has better range than either one of those players, Miller and Wright, essentially have the same rebounds per game, give or take %. While Wright, is the better defender than those two players, Lebron takes up most of the defensive responsibilities on the wing, along with Wade, so, realistically, Wright is the odd man out.

Posted by: Sean | January 13, 2011 at 01:06 PM
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But the big point is the $ spent on Miller could've been used on a true area of need...interior players. Miller only duplicates the things they already had in Dorrell. Maybe Miller does have a little more range, but Dorrell can shoot it from deep also.

"Are you not entertained" is connected with Pau, since he is the Spaniard...and not Kobe...

For someone into statistics and research...I though you would know that....

@LakerTom
So jealous that you were at the game last night. Even watching it from home, it was the most exciting game since game seven against Boston, last year.

@LRob
Technical difficulties thwarted my music selections yesterday. I'll make up for it today by posting several.
I have a strange feeling that this is a place where LeCreep is heading straight for if he doesn't clean up his act:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQwm1v1R-qM

GROUNDHOGS DAY - Part II - The Day in the Life - Lakers Blog - Act 1 - Scene 1:

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(ACTION)

(Mark Medina starts a new thread)

Mark Medina: Here is a question for you Laker fans. There is a glass of water filled to the halfway point. Is the glass half empty or half full?

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Lewsters: That was a great thread FCM. You are so awesome! I think it's half full, what about you?

Medina: I think it's half empty, only because Kobe shoots too much.

Justa: The glass is half full.

Ouchhh: The glass is half empty.

Medina: Ouchh, you are banned for life!

LakerTom: The glass is 100% full. Trust me, there is nothing but water in the cup.

LakerTom: REPOST - The glass is 100% full. There is nothing but water in the cup.

LakerTom: REPOST - REPOST- The glass is 100% full. There is nothing but water in the cup.

KobeMVP888: That was absolutely GENIUS! How did you come up with that? You are more awesome than awesome itself!

Cyber: Oh MVP, you are pretty darn awesome yourself. I love you man!

KobeMVP888: I am so honored, but love you more!

LakerTruth: You two need to get a room already.

Cyber: Thank you SO SO MUCH MVP888. How did we become so awesome, and congrats on the prestigious RCOTD that you got 3 weeks and 2 days ago. I will never forget that joyous and historic day. You deserve it.

PFunk: The glass is half empty because Phil Jackson drank half the water when nobody was looking!

EGueco: I like water. It's delicious, especially after a workout. Very refreshing. It's also good when you're thirsty.

Hobbit: First of all, hello. You wrote: Glass is full. My response: Actually, if you analyze the contents of the glass, the glass consists of 50% H2O, which is water, and 50% air, which is nitrogen and oxygen. So in essence, it is both half full and half empty, depending on whether you are referring to the water or the air in the cup.

Kobe888: You do NOT deserve to drink water, if you can't acknowledge the greatness of water. You are NOT a fan of water, you unappreciative amateur wanna be water fan! You should die of thirst because you have no business making comments about the water that we all love to drink.

LRob: It all depends on your point of view. To some, the cup is half full, to others, it's half empty. Nobody is really wrong here.

Phred: It's not about the water or the contents, it's all about the glass.

Ok - groundhog - that was pretty funny.

@G.money

Please just come out of the closet already and admit that you are the biggest Laker fan of them all.
It's just so obvious, it's not even funny.

Or, you can just admidt that you are a skitzophrenic.

LRob

Here's Dorrell Wright spread the floor numbers. He leads the league in 3 pointers.

http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/3-points/sort/threePointFieldGoalsMade

Humor at 02:16 PM! Actually, that was hilarious and very time consuming I'm sure. What an honor! I was tied for the most lines! Thank you for grouping me in with the right people and I especially appreciate the exaggeration in the right direction.

Why'd you leave yellofever out of your script? That guy's really cool. He's like the Glenn Beck of this blog and he didn't even get one line. That was my only disappointment.

In all seriousness, great stuff!

Laker Groundhog - at the risk of being skewered next time - that was very funny.

@Laker Groundhog...

HAHAHAHA...that was pretty hilarious...thanks for the laugh!

groundhog - hilarious...and thanks for having me run point...

Groundhog,

I found your metaphorical accuracy to be accurately accurate.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

hmm. the take on Edwin must be spot on, i don't understand it.

I think I sound a little to sort of zen there.

@phred - Glad I exceeded your expectations!

Phred, water is indeed delicious at Death Valley.

Sorry for not posting, I chose to slow down in '11 to recharge batteries but turned me a little high by Laker Groundhog funny posts. I guess it quenched my thirst for those kind of posts. Wished you included again our poet laureate, Mamba24 in the second act. He too, needs a recess and re-set.

Keep it coming and warmest regards to all.

63 Footer: thanks :)

justanothermambafan: yeah, im a new reader. started reading the posts just last november. but i've been an lal and a kobe fan since the 1st 3-peat

LEWSTRS, LRob: thanks. :) i will.

Being an La fan for years,I have seen what my lakers like Magic and Kareem can do,but i have also seen they got blown out by that superior Bulls team in the Nba finals in 1991.That Bulls team coached by the Zen Master was not a one man show,it was base on a team performance and team effort,so scoring 39 points and allowing much turn overs,shouldnt be allow.Sharing the ball and defending well that is the characteristic of the Triangle offence and the Phils transistion defence.So the Lakers must take heed and listen to their coaches.Phil Jackson,Frank Hamblem,Shaw,and Jimmy Cleamons are the best at what they do.Even coach Shaw was under the mercy of a bulls team coach by PHIL.take heed lakers Phil is no flux but is the GREAT ZEN MASTER.


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