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Will the Lakers respond in appropriate fashion to Boston?

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A typical Laker practice starts off with the team reviewing both the good and the bad from the previous game, with Coach Phil Jackson finding constructive areas the team should consistently excel and poor areas the team needs to sharpen.

In the case of the Lakers' 2 1/2 hour practice on Saturday, usually an hour longer than usual, there was plenty of ground to cover. That's because the Lakers (33-14) are coming off a sub-par performance in a 100-95 loss Friday to the Sacramento Kings and enter a marquee matchup with the Boston Celtics (35-11), which boasts the Eastern Conference's best record.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the Lakers would rebound with a sharpened focus and wanting to prove they can match with the league's elite and won't tolerate embarrassing losses against sub. 500 opponents. But this is the Lakers, a team that's gone 3-3 in the past six games, have lost in effortless fashion against the likes of Milwaukee, Memphis, Indiana and Sacramento and have lacked a definitive pattern on whether they'll showcase either the enormously talent they have or reveal their boredom for the regular season.

Jackson for one didn't voice a lot of confidence for the Lakers.

"I think that our players have to be better students of the opponents that they are playing," Jackson said. "I think that [Sunday] they will have a lot of attention. Whether they play well or not is debatable, but they [the Celtics] do have the attention of the Lakers."

There's also inconsistent signs that the Lakers appropriately responded in big games, most notably when the Lakers followed up a clunker against a sub. 500 team in Milwaukee in another clunker in front of a national audience on Christmas Day against a marquee opponent in Miami. That led to this exchange from Jackson: "I think that was last year, wasn't it last year? That was last year. This is a new year." But when told it's the same season, Jackson simply said, "it is but that's a long time ago for basketball." Even if a month later has yielded a more resurgent defense thanks to a new scheme that emphasizes close outs on the perimeter, frontline players remaining at the basket and forcing drivers baseline, the Lakers have still continued that see-saw pattern.

Consider the Lakers followed a blown double-digit lead against the Clippers with a well-executed effort against Oklahoma City. Remember they opened a two-game trip with poor defense against Dallas, but excellent defense against Denver. And reflect the Lakers put together this week their most dominant performance against Utah followed by an undisciplined effort against Sacramento.

As Lakers forward Lamar Odom admitted, "We haven't played any Game 7s."

Fair enough. The Lakers prevailed in that effort by winning the 2010 NBA Championship, thanks to a miraculous finish against the Boston Celtics. But that's why Sunday's game will prove so revealing. The stakes are incredibly lower, but the Celtics anger will have something to prove, especially after a poor shooting Friday against Phoenix. Their personnel boasts the same unit with speedy guard Rajon Rondo ("He's the catalyst and makes things go on both ends of the floor," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said), sharp shooting guard Ray Allen, a talkative Paul Pierce (thought Ron Artest might put a stop to that) and a physical frontline that includes Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett ("he's a guy who's active and gets himself going in different ways," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said). Add all those combinations together and you have a team with a league-leading 49.9% mark from the field and a third-best 43.8% mark it yields to opponents from the field,

"They're going to play hard," Lakers guard Derek Fisher said. "They're going to defend. They're going to help each other and share the ball on offense. Very rarely will they beat themselves. You have to beat them in order to win."

Whether the Lakers will do that is hard to predict, even if they put in all that preparation.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers' celebration after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Finals back in June. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

 
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@HOBBITMAGE… As I said before, my friend, I’m not going to get into long debates with you over what I consider to be semantics or splitting hairs. Yes, it’s important to develop good habits and to get up for the big games during the regular season. And yes, how you “practice” often does carry over to how you play when the real games begin but to me comments like Derek Fisher’s remarks about championships being won in July is just another cliché for reporters and analysts to regurgitate. Frankly, I would have preferred Fish to stand up for his horrible defensive play against the Kings like Drew did rather than reaching into his bag of clichés for another memorable and quotable excuse.

As for Kobe’s importance as the team’s unquestioned leader and best player, I understand that you revere Kobe and rarely call him out for the way he plays but you need to understand the team dynamic and matchups against the Celtics in order see that Kobe needs to be a facilitator and not a volume scorer if we are going to beat the Celtics. We need to pound the ball inside and get and keep the bigs involved all game long. What we don’t need is Kobe to try and make up for his inefficient scoring effort in last year’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals. We need a balanced attack with players and ball moving and the Lakers dominating the paint at both ends of the court. I think that is exactly what Kobe is going to deliver today because he knows you win and lose the big games as a team.
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Finally, the two major factors in the Lakers not having a lost two games in a row since Drew went to the starting lineup are Andrew’s interior defense challenging shots and Kobe’s great efficiency as both a scorer and facilitator. You can claim all you want that we could have gotten the same results with Pau or Lamar or even Theo as center with the new system but the reality is that Andrew is the only player who can anchor our defense and if you watched the game as closely as you watch the blog you would see the easy layups and dunks that still happen every single time Drew leaves the floor.

Today’s game is going to be a test of both teams’ will and toughness. It cannot be won by playing one against two or three or four against five. The Lakers need Kobe to play like Magic – OK, that was just to pull your chain, LOL – if they are going to beat this Celtics team. What we can agree upon I am sure is that this is a game in which the Lakers need every player to man up. We can argue chicken or egg until the blog freezes over but bottom line, we need a complete team effort led by Kobe to win.
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Real Lakers fans cannot afford the games.

By the way, the Miami Hype suck. I hate the Celtics more than I hate rape... but at least they are worth hating.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K.

MM,

Why do you allow this ? You need to seriously take a look
at your standards ?

mornin' Lakerholics, trolls and rational basketball onlookers worldwide...

Slug fest 1 and hopefully Pau will wear his mouth guard.

No excuses after this one, except the usual discontent about the refs. There will be a winner and rhetoric won't matter. Both teams are focused, rested and ready.

It's as good as the NBA gets, GO Lakers!

Game Day!!! Lewstrs, Mamba24, Utz, Justa. Where are you guys? We need us some Roll Call, Bandwagon, Prayers and Wisdom!!!!!! We just can't have Shraq beat us in our house.Go Lakers, Rip the 132-120 tongue out of KG'S shoes!!He has to be the most arrogant player with ONE ring in the game! Shut his big mouth.

I'm previewing Mark Heisler's column for tomorrow right here:

If the Celtics win, he will gloat about how he's been right all year about the Lakers and he will take the opportunity to question the legitimacy of last year's championships. He will praise the Celtics to the hilt and take pot shots at Kobe's game.

When the Lakers win, he will write that it's just a regular season game that doesn't really mean anything. He will say something to the effect that if the Lakers played as hard as the Celtics each night, they'd win a lot more games. Back handed compliments will fill his column.

The LA Times needs to do itself a favor and fire this anti-Laker columnist.

LT

If he doesn't agree with you hook, line and sinker on everything you said in your brilliant post above, then PLEASE give up on him. I implore you.

Laker4Life - yeah, we're a long way from when Otis and Missy owned it, and a long time from Pulitzer Prize 1990 Bill Murray. Seems the last ten years it's been the passive/aggressive (or in Simers' case, simply aggressive) reporters who in the name of "unbiased-ness" rag on the LA teams (especially the Lakers), and claim to be "fair." Hits may be up, but readers are down because of it.

MM and Dan the Man (despite his genetic flaw of being a Blazer fan, poor soul) both measure the good with the bad, but with the understanding that the Times is and always was/will be the Los Angeles Lakers' paper. This is not a Boston paper with Boston readers, or USA Today with... whatever, this is the LOS ANGELES Times. I gave up years ago going to the sports section first thing and enjoying the articles. I can get better reporting elsewhere (though the blog I will remain a follower of).

Paging Mamba24...paging Mamba24...

We need one of your awesome Roll Calls buddy...

lakers got their butt kicked by miami, and i lay 10 to one they will get their ass kicked by boston if they play shitty basketball like against the lowly sacramento kings, jerry west just declared the lakers are too old ,too slow, no energy for defense, and they are ready to receive full memberships to AARP, KOBE IS PAST HIS PRIME, GASOL SUCKS IN THE SACRAMENTO GAME, BYNUM IS IFFY, ODOM NEED TO STEP UP TO HIS LEVEL AT THE WORLD GAMES, AND RON ARTEST NEEDS TO PLAY MORE AGGRESIVE DEFENSE ESPECIALLY AGAINST BOSTON AND STOP TRYING FOR THOSE ONE OUT OF SEVEN THREE POINT SHOTS, STEVE BLAKE SHOULD TRY TO PASS AROUND LESS AND PASS TO GUYS WHO WILL DRIVE TO THE BASKET, THE KEY IS LAKERS HAVE OLDER BUT BIGGER MAN PASS IT TO THOSE BIGGER MAN AT THE POST SO THEY DUNK OR JUST DRIVE IT IN. SO SAY THE PROPHET NOSTODAMUSPROPHET

HOBBITMAGE

inquiring minds wanna know if you are going to agree "hook, line, and sinker" on everything LakerTom said in his brilliant (according to MVP) post.
What if you agree with only with say 95% of his comments? 85%?
inquiring minds also wanna know why MVP is begging LT to give up on you if it's not 100%.

Is there a blog feud going on here? if so, could you expound on this state of affairs so I can be enlightened to its origin?

Of Course they will, we're talking about the Celtics, not some flavor of the month team.

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Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win
DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD
of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are
forged in the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented
in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers
basketball to another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
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Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!! @JON K
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WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) and counting by the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You
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LET US PRAY:
Dear Lord, You stated in Your Word several times that one of the things You hate the most is PRIDE.
Show the world how serious You were when You said that by making an example of the Boston Celtics
today on the Staples Center floor.
AMEN!
Posted by: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER | January 30, 2011 at 08:34 AM
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I hope this game is taken seriously by our Lakers today. Let's face it...the Lakers can't be 'the Lakers' unless our boys are motivated to play at that playoff level and that winning attitude they have during the playoffs...

I want to see a preview on how we will take advantage of our size...I want to see our domination over their bigs, Perkins, Shaq and KG...We know how to beat this team, it's just up to see how much our team wants this game...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming UP!!!

LARRY! Thank God you're here.

Now it feels like a real Laker-Celtic game. Fire up that BBQ, we will roasting Leprechaun today.

@MAMBA24… Welcome back, my friend, and congratulations on your three-peat. Sometimes, love does conquer all. Today, the Lakers will conquer the Celtics and all will be right in Lakers Land.
…………………………………..
TOM

YES SIR BAYBEE!!! I love the smell of Roll Call in the Morning...

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in!!!

AWESOME JOB Mamba24...Now I am fired up and ready for some Clam Chowder...

Great to see you back Mamba24...I hope you had a great honeymoon with Mrs Mamba24, congrats on your own 3Peat...So very happy for you broham...

And a big AMEN to Utz and his Game Day Prayer...

No let's GO LAKESHOW!!! As Kobe would say:

"Let's get this party started!!!"

ALSO TODAYS GAME WILL BE WON BY DEFENSE NOT OFFENSE, AND DEFENSE IS LAKERS ACHILLES HEEL, THEY SUCK PERIOD, THEY NEED TO STRIP THE BALL EVERYTIME A CELTIC SHOOTER GETS THE BALL, SCRAMBLE AND FIGHT FOR EVERY LOOSE BALL, ITS DOWN TO BASIC MANO EL MANO THE STRONGEST AND MOST DETERMINED WILL WIN TONIGHT, THE IS NO TIME FOR FINNESSE BASKETBALL, AND GASOL SHOULD RAISE HIS SPAINARD FERVOUR TO LITERALLY DO OR DIE EFFORT,AND KOBE NEEDS TO BE THE SAMURAI AND DRIVE AND CUT IN TO THE POST FOR LAYUPS OR PASS TO BYNUM OR TO THE NINJA ODOM WHO I BELIEVE WILL DELIVER TONIGHT. ALSO THEY NEED FAST AND FURIOUS GUYS LIKE FISHER OF THE OLD DAYS AND BROWN TOO.

***Thank you so much Laker nation *******

Yes 3-peats are all well and good.
But lets 1st beat Boston like you know we should
And when that victory has come to pass.
Then to my 3-peat I'll gladly lift a glass....Carry On!


but put your mind on the game

Woo hoooooo! Two hours to go! C'mon Lakers, stick it to the Relics. Old and creaky things they are. Like a dinosaur in a museum propped up by canes and string. Paul "The Truth" Pierce (who should be henceforth known as "The Turtle"), may he stay inside his shell and never come out. Ray Allen, a bad commercial for NBA League Pass since he can't guard a post and he can't make a shot unless he's five feet away from anybody. Perk, Bynum's waiting to own you. KG, you're out of luck if Pau decides not to be Gasoft today. Jermaine Oneal...who are you again? Yadda yadda yadda. Woooooo! Go Lakers!

(sugar rush)

The Mamba24 Roll Call ... checking in!!! Yeah, baybeee!

Well, well, well, the Boston Celtics. I'm sure Glenn "Big Baby" Rivers' pre-game pep talk will go something like this:

"Well, guys, I've decided to start Kendrick today [tears]. Forget about June. THIS is our Game 7. That game never happened and now you can show everyone that this starting 5 has never lost a playoff series. I went to Rodeo Drive and bought championship rings for everyone that shows that we won #18 last June. I will give them to you after we win today. So guys, when we meet again in 20 years, let's make sure our rings touch [more tears]."

Screw that whiny piece of dung! All he does is scream at the refs all game long because he can get away with it because he wears Celtics green. No, the rules don't apply to these cheaters, but we have to live with that. The truth is that their defense has been stellar all season and they lead the league in fg% on offense by a country mile. The other truth is that unlike our two time defending champs, who tend to play with the fat heads they've earned, the Chowds play hard for 48 minutes a game.

Unfortunately, this is how I feel about today's game. It's not a "statement" game at all for the Lakers because we're the champs, not them. It's still January. Statements are made in the playoffs. This is a Sunday afternoon game at Staples Center that has a lot of meaning to the fans. The Lakers typically play like crap on Sunday afternoons because their biorhythms are thrown off during the regular season. I do not place any significant importance on this game whatsoever. Yes, a poor effort will be disappointing, but I don't expect a win today. The Celtics play 48 minutes of basketball every game. Our guys simply can't get up for a regular season game the way we as fans would like them to mainly because of their fat heads. Paul Pierce is quietly having the best year of his career. Ray Allen has been phenomenal and KG is playing like he did a few years ago. Add Rondo's improvement and players like Marquis Daniels and Big Baby who are having great seasons and you have a team that is much better than the Lakers right now, with "right now" being the operative term. It might be a statement game for them because of what happened last June, but we're simply not ready for "statement" games yet. I hate to say that, but I believe it to be true.

But I hope I am wrong. So let's show them the difference in the quality of these teams today when BOTH of them play hard for 48 minutes. If the Lakers do what LakerTom described in his post at 09:06 AM, we'll come out of this with a win. I'm not holding my breath.

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

MAMBA24! Great to see you! Welcome back buddy and thanks so much for the roll call.

Let's kick some Butt today and watch your packages Lakers! LOL.

WHAT YOU GOT BOSTON
You hoped you pleaded you asked for this, Well dear Celtics you got your wish
What was that chant? We want LA, Well old men Boston, you got your way
Very soon your chance will arrive, only one teams walking out of this one alive
It’s one thing to ask, another to get, What you got for the Lakers, Aint worth Spit.
You got a star named Rondo yes he’s good, but this is the BIG TIME not the hood.
We are the Lakers you call us second best. Cause 17 Rings fly on the celtics Crest
Well Septics that is well and good, but there’s a new Sheriff in the neighborhood
16 Rings aint shabby at all, and that 17th to tie will look so pretty in Staples hall.
But to show you what gentlemen are we, We’ll let you attend the 17th Ring Cermony
You aint got no excuses when you fall, You just met your better’s in Basketball
Tell Paula aint no shame in defeat, Put away that wheelchair and get on her damn feet
Tell the Green Bald Headed Lunatic to calm down, He aint got a chance to win the crown
Tell Doc we respect his class and grace, But he aint got a chance in this Finals Race
We got the Baddest Player in history, Scored more points than the Opponents you see
In one game he scored 81, coulda scored more but winning Rings is more fun
We got the Former Defensive Player of the year, One look at him and you’ll breakout in Fear
We got the MVP of International Play, Some say he’s soft until they see him play
We got Mr 0.4, that’s right Dfish, Don’t blink for a second or the ball he’ll swish
So I think Boston you might as well quit, Cause compared to the Lakers you aint got SPIT

I do think Drew has to play big today. If he either gets into foul trouble, or he lets Shaq push him around, it will be a long day for us. I agree with LT Kobe does have to move the ball early and facilitate, if he's a volume shooter in the first quarter, even if he's making them, it won't be a good sign for the Lakers. It would be also nice to keep Rondo off the offensive glass, nothing gets them going more then when Rondo gets an offensive board, or gets steals from opposing bBgs in the back court.

YES MAMBA 24 COMES THROUGH !! ON TO VICTORY !~!! TO THE BATTLE WE GO !!! TO THE VICTORY !!!

and

GOOOooooooOOOOO LAKERS

It's great to have you back Mamba24. Awesome Bandwagon. Hope you and wifey had a great honeymoon. Now it's time to get down to business.LOL Thank-you UTZ for Game day prayer and Lewstrs, #17 coming up! Where's Justa?

Re Jon K- ok, so i won't repeat that one joke from 'blazing saddles.'

not much funny about rape, i have to say.

Hey...Larry's in the house!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcxYwwIL5zQ

It's 2:24 a.m. Monday morning here, and I'm dragging,
but may have to stay up to watch Kobe get punched in the balls.

Have a nice day, L.A..

Almost forgot.

Laker Tom...this should interest you by the way...if you haven't already seen it.

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/30/3362723/the-need-to-win-is-a-way-of-life.html

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go SF Giants!

Laker fan-

Great day for you today! If the Lakers win ... You can say you beat the Celtics again! If the Lakers lose ... You can say that its just another practice game in January!

Great to be Laker fan!

sup mamba24, feeling d role calls ...

lakers-celtics ... if u ain't pumped about this one ... then somethings wrong ...

this year this year them celtics ain't smiling ... they think we took their 'ship but if memory serves me right that was dwight n co ... we simply kept what was ours

Bring on perkins, rondo and w/e other scubs they've got riding high on doc rivers speeches ... kobe/gasol/odom and a bunch of other champions ...

Them not smiling celtics r about to have a bigger frown on their faces and we bout to remind all the nay sayers what purple and gold means ... rings baby ...

@NewMexicoLL, Thank you so much for the kind wishes ma'am. Yes it is good to be back among the family. The Bears cracked at the end but my real team is the Steelers. And yes, that is a good question...Where is Justa?
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@JohnnyP, Stop that! Stop it Right Now!!!!! LMAO!! Thank you my brother it is good to see you are in fine form for this afternoons destruction of the Celtics!!!
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@KobeMVP888, good afternoon my brother! Thanks for checking in.
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@LEWSTRS, Lew no one, NO ONE does Roll Call better than you my brother I tried to leave the Lewstrs flavor in it but it got to be so long in trying to combine the two of ours that I had to cut it short. Thanks for everything my brother, did I say you are the best? Well you are you know!!!!!!!!
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@LakerTom, A welcome back from my idol...don't get no better than that, No sir. Thank you LakerTom, now I'm just ready to sit back and watch the Lakers beat the heck out of the Celtics. And yes I'll make a prediction...Lakers by...14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@Mark G, What's up my brother? If you thought I was going to miss sharing this game with the family then that just wasn't going to happen. I got the grill firing up as I type sir! LOL!

Mamba24 - Thanks! OK, now I am ready to roll. Let's do this thing!!!

Mark - You deleted JonK's post and then repeated his comment in your post...? I am not telling you how to do your job but... ;-)

I am looking forward to Kobe dropping 20 on them in the third and the look on Paul's face... ;-)

I am looking forward to Drew dominating the puny Celtic weaklings and dunking on "The Big Old, Green and Smelly"

I am looking forward to Ron getting up in Paul's face. I hope he brought his wheel chair.

I am looking forward to Lamar getting 20 and 10 and leading the bench to greatness.

I am looking forward to Pau lighting up the score board with an amazing array of tough, talented, moves to the basket.

There are so many reasons why we won't lose today but the biggest one is, "NOT IN OUR HOUSE!!!"

I am a Lakerholic.

@Sonny Belfast, so Sonny my brother, your Kings did very well. The Lakers are not adverse to now and then bring a little sunshine to some unfortunate teams life. You know it takes so little to make some of these wannabe's happy. LOL! Just playing with you my brother. Hopefully your team can get some inspiration from that win and build on it. OK my brother you and the family be safe.

"Great day for you today! If the Lakers win ... You can say you beat the Celtics again! If the Lakers lose ... You can say that its just another practice game in January!

Great to be Laker fan!"

Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Just thought it needed repeating.
The truth will set you free.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants!
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

justa is fighting a little flu...she was not feeling the best yesterday...

But knowing sister justa...she will be watching the game today...screaming, cursing and cheering as usual...

To those attending the Council Meeting at htj...HAVE A GREAT TIME ALL...I wish I could of made it...but I will be there for the next one...

Great day for you today! If the Lakers win ... You can say you beat the Celtics again! If the Lakers lose ... You can say that its just another practice game in January! Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! By God I think he's got it!!! It's kind of cool how that works huh 131? So how have you been sir? I guess I don't have to ask if you are ready for the game? No 131, even I will admit this is not just another game. For any other team...Yes it is just a practice game, but for the Celtics, No, No, No! Too much respect to try to con you my brother. If the Lakers lose it means they got work to do. If the Lakers win, it's a little something, something to put in the back of the Celtics mind when they meet the Lakers in the Finals. So good luck to your team tonight 131...Not that they have a chance in hell of winning but, I just hope the Lunatic does not completely implode. LOL!

Opening Game Haiku Prayer:

You teach us to pray

In holy reverent words

Lord, give us this game

Pastor Frank


@LEWSTRS, WTH? The Head of the Mamba Clan was not feeling well and no one informed me? Now that's just wrong. Of course maybe it's because they know when the Head of the Mamba Clan hurts all the Mamba Clan hurts. DAMNN!!! No wonder I was feeling so bad yesterday!!! Justa my sister, get well soon!!!!!!

@Lakerholic, you say you are ready to Roll? But of course you are! Why, because you are a Lakerholic. And since I too suffer from that afffliction I completely understand my brother!!!
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*___________________THE TAO OF LAKERHOLSM_______________*
Walking around head held high, My hearts in a swoon and I fly like I can fly
That’s what being a Lakerholic does to me, I guess I’ll be addicted for Eternity
Call Me an addict, damn right it’s true, I’m addicted to the Lakers thru & thru
This affliction I didn’t know what to call it, JUSTA said 24, Man you a Lakerholic
Lakerholic, do you mean that I’m ill, Cause I feel I can fly & also bend steel
I also feel dizzy & giddy as can be, Oh lord what the hell is happening to me
I sank to my knees tears in my eyes, Was I afraid yep, I thought I was gone die
I asked how much time is left to me, JUSTA said till the end of the final Laker Dynasty
Then I broke out in a great big grin, Any fool knows Laker Dynasties will never end
Jon K hushed me before I could speak, He asked, Mamba24 are u sure this path u seek
Being a Lakerholic involves more than Bliss, You must be ready for your family to miss
The path of the Lakerholic is harder than Zen, You feel like hell when the Lakers don’t win
When a Lakers game is on you soon will see, You will neglect your job & Yes even family
The only thing that will mean anything to you, Is how did my Freakin LA Lakers do.
If they won, zoom you will feel sky high, And yes , you will even feel as if you could fly
But ah young seeker if they have lost, Do not receive the news alone ,not at any cost
At times the pain of the loss might be so strong, You’ll sit in your bed & moan, & moan
Strange words will come forth from you, Damnit to hell what’s the matter with Drue
But if your heart is pure & you seek no gain, In the morning only traces of hurt will remain
This Lakerhholics duality of highs & lows, is the path that every novice Lakerholic must go
Then one day watching a game, A burst of insight will flash as bright as a flame
It will come to you & you will understand, Kobe Bryant is far more than just a mortal man
He’s a Lakers Avatar who was sent to us, To show that “The Way Of The Lakerholic” is just
At that moment all Seeking is over & thru, as these words of illumination transform you
“Seeker your search is over & done, All Basketball Roads started from the Lakers One
Your True self is now revealed it’s TRUE, A Freakin LakerHolic that’s who the HELL R

The day of reckoning is upon thee. And what is the record to date you ask? Well the Celtics OWN the lakers with a winning record of 152-120. The rest of the league got better while the lakers and their owner got older, much older. Oldest owner, oldest coach and oldest backcourt. And teams that got much better with major additions? The Celtics, Spurs and Heat to name a few. The Celtics against the Heat this year have a record of 2-0, and what is the Lakers record against the Heat? Oh, that's right, they lost.
131-92
152-120

Never forget Laker fans, time for another spanking. There's a new sheriff in town.

Not that they have a chance in hell of winning but, I just hope the Lunatic does not completely implode. LOL!

Posted by: mamba24 | January 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM

LOL ... I hear ya! I just hope we keep it close. I think thats all I can hope for. The Lakers are much too good.

The Lunatic should be in a good mood today after Friday night.

I havent decided if its a big game yet ... Ill wait until its over to decide!

nice haiku frank...and to those wondering...

yes...srafrank is an ordained minister...

888-Mr. SPIN MASTER, You're on point with ONE thing, the Lakers will take in the REAR today.

"Great day for you today! If the Lakers win ... You can say you beat the Celtics again! If the Lakers lose ... You can say that its just another practice game in January!

Great to be Laker fan!"

Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Just thought it needed repeating.
The truth will set you free.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants!
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | January 30, 2011 at 11:42 AM

This is just a GREAT POST, it only matters when they WIN.

Hey, this just in, breaking news!!

Ron Artest is using the same therapist that Charlie Sheen uses. How's that working out for ya?

Today we will see once again that Pau Gasoft is the softest big guy in the league. He will get pushed around like a rag doll.

Mamba24 is in fine form today...the rest has done you well bro...

I have to say OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

(just think if you got a penny for every time someone uses that phrase...)

I havent decided if its a big game yet ... Ill wait until its over to decide! Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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TOUCHE!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mamba24 is in fine form today...the rest has done you well bro...Posted by: LEWSTRS | January 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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Rest?, Rest? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did someone say Pau is soft? No, No, NO! He is just being like water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO3sBulXpVw

Of course,

When the psycho tries to check the Cuz's package on Tuesday,
he'll need to see his therapiss on Wednesday.

We are waiting.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

OK LAKER NATION TIME TO START PUTTING THOSE GAME FACES ON!!!!

The refs are taking up where they left off.

Elbows Gasol but no fould called

Stay in there LA!

keep dreaming bud.. u got a good 5 years till that team comes around. at least jomer is realistic... and that thing u wanted is at http://sportscomplainer.com/nba its what Prof Mull was talkin bout when u were out. he said its some new sports drudge thing. ok ill cu tom m

Real Lakers fans cannot afford the games.

By the way, the Miami Hype suck. I hate the Celtics more than I hate rape... but at least they are worth hating.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K.

MM,

Why do you allow this ? You need to seriously take a look
at your standards ?


Posted by: J West | January 30, 2011 at 09:18 AM

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The blog is for opinions and not personal attacks. Distaste as some comments are they are not the criteria for censure.
Rape is distasteful but it was not said in a personal attack but just a lack of disgression. Learn the difference and JonK is entitled to his opinion but hopefully think out his comments for distaseful content. Peace!


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