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Caught in the Web: Lakers stand pat at the trade deadline

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak about why he decided not to make a trade.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury argues that the Thunder acquiring Kendrick Perkins alters the landscape in the West.

--Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at how Kobe Bryant continues to push Pau Gasol.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg details the emotional reaction from the Celtics over trading Perkins.

Lakers forward Ron Artest appeared recently on MSNBC with Rep. Grace Napolitano to discuss mental health issues.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down how the trade deadline affected the Lakers.

--NBA.com's Shaun Powell believes the Celtics made a tremendous risk dealing Perkins.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan credits the Celtics' moves.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears argues the Thunder will be a stronger threat to the Lakers with the trades they made.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford reports Portland Coach Nate McMillan might be an option to replace Lakers Coach Phil Jackson next season.

--ESPN.com's Bill Simmons remains conflicted about Boston trading Perkins.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen wonders if the Celtics will struggle more without Perkins.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Thursday's practice.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker wonders if Bryant's game has dropped off.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound looks at the Lakers' defensive inconsistencies.

Tweet of the Day: "is the trade deadline over?? crazy moves.. Im still here" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day:" I'm not all that interested in how the trades around the league will all shake out. All I care about is that WE are healthy and peaking at the right time. This is all about the Lakers, and how we take care of our own business." -- justanothermambafan

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers players (from left to right) Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum share a laugh during the Lakers' 120-91 victory over Utah on Jan. 25. The Lakers did not make any trade deadline deals on Thursday. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire

 
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REPOST.. dang MM slow down. TGIF bro!

@sean.. i think i'm gonna enjoy every minute of this fiasco.. i think we may have another boston tea party by the time all this unfolds!

@mclyne.. let the good times roll baby! LOL

@truth.. sorry but i think this is one time you couldnt be further from the truth... IMO you are severely overestimating shaq worth just like you did when shaq was the starting center for the cavs.. and we all know how that went... and do you really think its a good idea for boston to try to RUN and RUN against the cavs or any other team for that matter with their current personnel of kg pierce allen and shaq in the middle??!! and jeff green?? maybe if you're a fan of fantasy bball.

Posted by: yellofever | February 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM

@justa
Congrats on the Friedman- I agree 100%!!!!!

this goes out to the Celtic fans and their imminent demise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h2q3OKjRu0&feature=related

justa with the WIN!!!

I WON?????

*sniff sniff*

They like me! They really like me!

LOL!!!!

Well - I firmly believe it's true. How this all shakes out in June depends solely on what our guys do to take their future into their own hands. Barring injury, WE are still the team to beat.

GO LAKERS!!

# 17 is on the horizen and we're closing in fast.

@justa- well said. Sums up how I feel. Steady as she goes, we're fine. Congrats on the Friedman.

mclyne - and anyone else who's in the area - some of us SoCal folks are trying to meet up to watch the game together on 3/20. You around? Catch up with us on the RC...

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mclyne - and anyone else who's in the area - some of us SoCal folks are trying to meet up to watch the game together on 3/20. You around? Catch up with us on the RC...

Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM

what area of so cal?

They like me! They really like me!Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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Well you're not a Mari G. or anything but...Ya alright!!! LMAO!!!!! Carry on Ma'am!!

YAY!!! Justa WON the Justa Award...Congrats GF!!!

see ya'll later on the RC...it's GAME DAY BAYBEE!!!

Hey Dan Louema - where you at??

Your boys lost to the Show and you don't come on here and take it like a man??

LOL!!!!

You KNOW you'd have been on here by now if the sneaker was on the other foot.... just sayin.....

:)

@justa
sweet- I will be around and that sounds like fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZprL_ZKxI&feature=related

yellofever,

Last season, the Cavs acquired Shaq to face Dwight Howard and get them over the hump against Orlando. Unfortunately for them, Boston came out of nowhere and took the Cavs out. Are you suggesting that the Cavs lost to Boston because of Shaq? Whether they had Shaq or kept Ben Wallace, they would have lost to Boston either way. Let's not forget that Shaq was an all-star only two years ago, and even if he has slowed down, he still has a big body to clog the paint and put a body on Bynum and Pau. This season, Boston got Shaq to match up with Dwight, Bynum and Gasol. In the past three years, a healthy Shaq has been very effective in slowing these guys down.

At the very least, Jeff Green will spell minutes for BOTH Garnett and Pierce, keeping these old guys fresh. A lineup of Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Green, and KG would be a very good run and gun team. Not to suggest that they should go that route on a consistent basis, but they are now a more versatile team, that can play any style.

Again, Bynum has a tougher time scoring on Shaq than he does against Perkins. Just last season, Shaq man handled young Drew. If the Lakers face Boston, I would be more concerned about a healthy Shaq than Perkins. Even at his age, Shaq is still a better offensive player than Perkins..... and although Perkins the better defensive center, Shaq is more effective defensively against Bynum.

Coooooooooooooooppppp!!!!!!..............

Busy day ahead, just stoppin' in to check in for roll call and say...


WHAT THE HECK WHERE THE SEPTICS THINKING?????

Getting a backup 3/4 that will play limited minutes behind Pierce/KG who doesn't play a lick of D, can't rebound if his life depended on it and would rather shoot 3's than post up, this is 'upgrading' over a tough, no-nonsense, defensive big - especially since the 'O'knee-ail' bro's are both down?

Maybe I'm naive, but no, lol, I don't think this is the C's plan to force L.A.'s hand to take Bynum off the floor in a Finals rematch.

This was Ainge blinking. This was Ainge with an itchy, shaky trigger finger and this was Ainge not only slamming the C's window shut but hammering it down with a sledgehammer! Are you kidding me? Green is a better scorer, but Perkins was the bigger component, playoff-tested & hardened, and a starter no-less on a team that has battled injuries to their bigs this season.

C's are now relying on a 38-yr old that had a beauty of a zero-pt game his last time vs the lakeshow. That and hopefully they can 'pounce' (Ainge's actual words) on a couple of these castoff buyout guys. Seriously? They are hoping some guys get bought-out to bolster their lineup? This for a championship-level team?

The REAL reason they did what they did was the ego-maniacal Ainge wanting to get some of the props given to Kevin O'Connors in Utah by being pro-active in trading D-Will thrown his way. He figured they'd be praising him just the same. I seriously believe that.

But he badly bungled the trade, not getting nearly enough for Perkins and the situations were vastly different. Green has been an underachiever, Perkins was an important component on a championship-level team.

Does ANYONE now think the Lakers have a worse chance vs the C's? I'm positive that everyone save the most diehard greenie-fan would say the septics have weakened their team and title chances.

I now think the team that is MOST worried is the Spurs. OKC is really feisty when they play, now they have a nice enforcer in Perkins paired up with a feisty, gritty rebounder in Mohammed.

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justa: ANOTHER justa-award? My goodness, you're gonna have to get one a storage facility the size of the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark to keep them all! Very well stated BTW! Always putting things in proper perspective, that's what you do justa!

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sean/LRob: Gotta throw Bowen's name into the mix. No less than mamba said he was the finest defender he's faced. Coop was hands-down the best I can remember ever watching play (goin' back to the 'early '80's).

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Ron Ron's play has been STELLAR his last two games! I've been a critic of his offensive game for a while now, but the way he's getting more involved on offense, not just standing out there on the perimeter has been outstanding.

KEEP UP THE GREAT PLAY RON RON!!!!!


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

As 888 would say... MO WILLIAMS STINKS!!!!!

Mamba24,

Thanks for the much needed pep-talk.

So, in the words of Mamba....I shall "Carry On"!

mamba24: sniff, sniff: still no NuggetsCountry on your roll call.........? hhhhmmmmmmmmm

@Cyber- as much as I detest Bowen, he was gritty, bad man fo sho.

So, in the words of Mamba....I shall "Carry On"! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | February 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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Keep on doing what you doing Red, you're good people...even if you are a Celtics fan! LOL!

soshibo / mclyne / anyone....

We're planning on meeting up at Lucky Strikes next to Staples.
Some of us have tix, and others are either trying to get them or will just watch there and we'll all hook up before & after.

We're trying to coordinate driving up together from OC - road trip/convoy style LOL!

Catch us on the RC for details. http://felipereis.com/lakerholic/

mamba24: sniff, sniff: still no NuggetsCountry on your roll call.........? hhhhmmmmmmmmm Posted by: NuggetsCountry | February 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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WTH? MAMBA24, you are slippin and you are slippin Badly! Apologize to Nuggets Country immediately!! I'm sorry my brother I have no explanation, we will do a special Roll Call just before Game Time and you will be on it!!! Again my apologies sir!

We're trying to coordinate driving up together from OC - road trip/convoy style LOL! Catch us on the RC for details. http://felipereis.com/lakerholic/
Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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If you promise you'll really be there then...I'm comming too!!! Truly!!!!!!!


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TOM

Cyber,

Agreed about Jeff Green, but let's not forget he is athletic and long. If Thibideau's defensive system can turn Pierce, Ray Allen, and Carlos Boozer into solid defensive players, it's not far fetched to suggest that Green could also become a solid defensive player in that system, especially playing alongside KG. Perkins also has serious knee issues, and if Shaq is healthy come playoff time, he simply matches up better against Bynum than Perkins. If the Celts manage to sign Troy Murphy, than they basically went from Perkins to Shaq, Murphy, and Green, which seems like an upgrade to me, especially if matched up up against the Lakers.

@LakerTom, and good morning to you today my Idol. How are the 3 generations of the Laker Tom Clan this wonderful Lakers Game Day morning sir?

@Justa – congrats on your RCOTD. It’s all about the Lake Show!


@Sean – good point on Memphis wings now (Allen & Battier). Mayo is the wildcard. If he balls like he’s capable then Memphis will be tough.


@63 Footer – all very valid points. I actually thought about all the guys you mentioned. I totally missed Russ…since I didn’t start watching until that following season. Therefore, I also missed Jerry at his best defensively. (I thought Frazier and Havlicek were probably the best two perimeter defenders in early 70’s.) Wilt was definitely still a terror or defense when I started watching so I should’ve listed him. Kareem’s was so great offensively that he’s often overlooked defensively. Stockton was very good also. Clyde over Payton…no beef here. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone rip as many players one on one as Clyde. Lindsay Hunter was also very good at that with his freakish long arms. And I intentionally omitted Bowen just because…lol.

But you helped prove my overall. There have been so many quality defenders that it’s hard to list Coop #3 as much as I love him.

@mamba24 - Justa will be there...IF NOT, I'll give her tix to srafrank...hahaha...JUST KIDDING Justa...

@LakerTom - Lew & Family will be here 2nd week of MAY...We're still meeting at Jillians, right???

@LEW/888 - hope you guys are having a great time in Vegas...will see you loonies soonnnn....

Good Morning DJ LRob! What ya got for us?

@mamba24 - Justa will be there...Posted by: iheartkb24 | February 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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WOW! IHeartKB24 you have made my weekend!!! Thank you ma'am!!!!!!

Lakertruth

Noted. Thanks for clarifying but yes I still think you are giving shaq way too much credit.. At this point in his career shaq is not much more than damaged goods.. A big body yes but a liability on both ends of the floor. If boston is gonna rely on him as a key piece in the middle with significant minutes then they just screwed themselves in a big way.. The more minutes shaq play the more diminishing returns.. Now the're left without a dependable big man in the middle for the playoffs when the game slows down and it becomes about the halfcourt

And jeff green.. How do you even fit him seamlessly in that offense when he plays same position as allen and pierce.. Unless ur suggesting trading a quality starter for a reserve is a good idea... But my biggest reason for opposing this trade is why would the celts try to run against a team like the heat? Who are they kidding? Why try to beat them at their own game and just weaken yourself at your own strength which is halfcourt.

As for ur last argument shaq better defender against bynum than perk... You might have an argument considering perk may not be 100% this year but I still don't buy that... But then again that is just a moot point cause in my opinion chances are stacked even higher that they don't make it out of the east... with shaq and o'neal always OUT they need much heavier minutes from KG now to back up BIG BABY!!!

Just a sidenote, for anybody who reads SLAM Magazine, the recent #500 Greatest Players of All-Time will be a great disappointment.

Among the most egregious entries:

Wilt Chamberlain #2 (should be #1)
Shaq #4 (too high)
Magic #6 (too low; usually the 2 greatest guard on any other list)
Kareem #7
Big Game James Worthy #58 (Steve Nash was #50, I know he's great. Does he really belong to be ahead of Worthy, rather dubious)

Who are they kidding? Why try to beat them at their own game and just weaken yourself at your own strength which is halfcourt.Posted by: yellofever | February 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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The only thing I can see is that the Celtics are not too sure of their own strength or their own game!! DAMN!! Did that Game 7 defeat traumatize them that much?????

Good job Mitch for not pushing the panic button like the Celtics did and trade a key guy on their team. Chemistry now will be key for them to get out of the East. For us, let's give our current unit a chance at a title defense. I think we will be fine. We just need to stay focus and stay hungry on these remaining games... tweaking and refining what we want to do in preparation for the playoffs. And if we can pick up another good player via the waiver wire, that would be great. We have room for 1.

Only one minor comments I would make to improve the team as we prepare for the playoffs is, if Coach can run some plays for Artest. We need him, as the Portland game showed. He can't be an uninterested bystander in the game, with no offense. He needs to be more involved and if we can run some plays for him to make this happen, this would be good for the team.

Good job Mitch for not pushing the panic button like the Celtics did and trade a key guy on their team. Chemistry now will be key for them to get out of the East. For us, let's give our current unit a chance at a title defense. I think we will be fine. We just need to stay focus and stay hungry on these remaining games... tweaking and refining what we want to do in preparation for the playoffs. And if we can pick up another good player via the waiver wire, that would be great. We have room for 1.

Only one minor comments I would make to improve the team as we prepare for the playoffs is, if Coach can run some plays for Artest. We need him, as the Portland game showed. He can't be an uninterested bystander in the game, with no offense. He needs to be more involved and if we can run some plays for him to make this happen, this would be good for the team.

Shaq #4 , Magic #6, Kareem #7 Posted by: sean | February 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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AW HELL NAW!!! This is some crzy ISH!!!!! Thanks Sean, I would have missed it!

Congratulations Ms. Justa rightfully deserved the Friedman Award. Btw, any news of Rick Friedman have not heard from him lately?

I hope the other Mr. Justa (JLF) is also doing well.

Nobody is talking the upside changes of the Nuggets, Gallinari, Felton, Chandler & Mosgov just improved the running game and defense of the Nuggets. With a good Coach like Karl, they could create noise in the post season. It is a matter of creating the right mixture or chemistry at the Mile High court. Nene and KMart have to show their best if they wish to re-sign with good contracts whether with Nuggets or other team. Affalo and Chandler could also be their lastyear depending on the qualifying offer from the Nuggets.

Magic # 1 or # 2, Kareem #4 or # 5, Shaq # 10 maybe.

@mamba24- I'm with ya, Shaq at best, maybe....cracks the top 10.

Jerry West didn't crack the top 10, #11 major disrespect. I'm usually satisfied with their articles, most of the time. I can't understand this list.

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...

CHECKING IN for ROLL CALL...Excellent as always Mamba24...Thank you...

@justa - Congratulations on the RCOTD...

@LRob - Here is my flavor today...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-CAfJqI2QY

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

PERKINS DID NOT WANT TO SIGN A 22 million contract extension and will be afree agnet this summer, Danny Ainge saw what was coming and turned it into gold (or should I say Green).


Celtics has starters and closers in SHAQ-KG-PIERCE-ALLEN-RONDO. What Danny Ainge saw was a WEAK BENCH in the playoffs, not anymore. KRISTIC-BIG BABY-JEFF GREEN-DELONTE WEST-ALLEN/RONDO!!!


They desperately needed a solid of the bench reliever for KG-PIERCE-ALLEN, Jeff Green can play all three positions.

LAKER TRUTH: Last time I checked Thibideau was coaching Rose in Chi-town... lol. Yeah, Green is athletic, younger and a better scorer despite his insistence on shooting J's. He's also a former Ainge pick and it looks like Dan wanted to bring his guy back, still had him on the brain.

The Celtic defensive system though is to man-up, taking their cue from KG's death-stares. Perkins was truly the heart of their defense. As much as KG is the kid who throws rocks then hides his hand, Perk was their enforcer and was the one guy who controlled the paint for them.

Playoffs as we all know slow down, become defensive half-court games. Green might be fine for regular season, and for down the line in a couple years, but Perk was a proven playoff performer (now, say that 5 times fast! lol...)

Shaq is on the decline, he can't give them more than 15-20 quality minutes or so - and that's when he's healthy. Bynum vs Shaq? My goodness, I wouldn't only empty my pockets and bet it all on Drew - I'd bet the house on it too! A motivated Shaq, returning to L.A. in a greenie uni, and he could muster a fine game of zero points? Defensively he still does enough, but losing Perk the C's are definitely a lot more vulnerable than they would have been.

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mamba24: "The only thing I can see is that the Celtics are not too sure of their own strength or their own game!! DAMN!! Did that Game 7 defeat traumatize them that much?????"
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Apparently it did... LOL!


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Wilt Chamberlain #2 (should be #1)
Shaq #4 (too high)
Magic #6 (too low; usually the 2 greatest guard on any other list)
Kareem #7
Big Game James Worthy #58 (Steve Nash was #50, I know he's great. Does he really belong to be ahead of Worthy, rather dubious)

Posted by: sean | February 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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Thanks sean, I'm not buying such publication!!!!!!!!!! Nash ahead or Worthy? Shaq ahead of Cap? Are you sure you're not reading upside down?

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...

CHECKING IN for ROLL CALL...Excellent as always Mamba24...Thank you...

@justa - Congratulations on the RCOTD...

@LRob - Here is my flavor today...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-CAfJqI2QY

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Hey all - I am on to my game day checking in/present and READY TO ROLL THESE LAME CLIPPERS!!!!

Congrats Justa with the RCOTD! Way to go.


**REPOST** from other thread:

Thanks LakerTom and Larry!!!

LT - Perk definitely added toughness from the standpoint of rebounds, big body in the post, ability to alter or scare if you will, etc. So we agree. Bottom line, I am unimpressed with him and his abilities given 7ppg, 8rpg stats. I'd say that's average and they found a willing buyer to pay for something higher than average. Buy low, sell high - Greenies got that trade done.

PLG

@Lewstrs, Thank you my brother and thank you for checking in!!! Carry On sir!!

@MagicPhil- Wish it was the bizarro version. SLAM is now on my 'pay no mind list' unfortunately. Major disrespect to Legends, Lakers and the game in general.

Nate McMillan wouldn't be a bad option as the next coach. He seems to be the kind of tough-nosed, defensive minded coach that we would need to move forward and transition into the future. If we keep our assistants, we can keep the triangle as well.

I also wonder if Buss is gonna take another shot at Coach K. He's accomplished everything you can accomplish at the college level, and the Lakers are in much better shape than they were in 2004 when they first pursued him. Could be worth another try.


@NorCal Lakers Bloggers
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(01) LakerTom
(02) iheartkb24
(03) Jay Jay
(04) DKWSFO
(05) Lakerfan in Cupertino
(06) LakerFaninCowTown
(07) AndTheJellosJigglin
(08) OUTLAW
(09) NBA4ever
(10) Hobbitmage
(11) Psyched Laker Girl
(12) LakerJ

(1) We were planning on getting together to watch the Lakers vs. Spurs at a sports bar on March 6 but I will not be able to attend as I have my grandson’s basketball team practice to get ready for the playoffs. If you are still interested, I think iheartkb24 is still looking to get together a group to watch the game.

(2) We were also interested in meeting to attend the Warriors vs. Lakers on April 6 at Oracle Arena. If you are interested in joining us, let me know.

(3) Finally, Lewsters will be in the Bay area the second week of May so we want to get together to watch a Lakers playoff game in the City. Once we get a playoff schedule, I will forward suggested time and place.

MM, please give my email address to any of the above who request it. Thanks.
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TOM

LRob - duh... I forgot Havlicek. And Nate Thurmond. He was sensational as well. Lists like this have no order to me, though Russell could very well be the greatest defensive player hands down. All that intensity of Coop, MJ, etc., but bigger. And with that extra sense of defensive court awareness.

Clyde was one of the great one-on-one D'ers ever. That's why him and West going at it was always such a joy. Lindsay Hunter good.

Bowen? We don't need no stinki' Bowen!

I dedicate this next song to the Lakers FO, who kept the team as-is, as opposed to violently shaking things up (talkin' to you Celtics!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjUmd3C7ULU&feature=watch_response

@PsychedLakerGirl, You're welcome ma'am and thanks for checking in!!

THUNDER and LAKERS : WINNERS IN THE TRADE DEADLINE!


AS defensively tougher Thunder has become with Perkins and Ibaka, what is equally problematic for the Lakers is WESTBROOK AND NATE ROBINSON (SPEED), something the LAKERS are always in a disadvantage and more so nowadays, that Artest, Kobe and Fisher have lost their steps a long time ago.


Thunder is now as complete as the Lakers with SIZE, REBOUNDING, SCORING! Plus they have something the Lakers do not have SPEED and ATHLETICISM.


Celtics on the other hand has a need for a tweener with talent and they got that in Jeff Green and a solid back up Center in Kristic. Celtics bench now has a frontline of Kristic-Big Baby-Jeff Green. While Shaq-KG-Pierce rest. Not bad at all.


It was good trade for both Thunder and Celtics.


But Lakers is the actual winner of the trade. Because by not trading Bynum for Melo, Lakers has a bigger plan WIN A THREE PEAT THIS YEAR, then next DWIGHT HOWARD WANTS TO BE A LAKER, Magic's best option is to get Andrew Bynum in return. A WIN-WIN FOR THE LAKERS!

I could not help but to wildly laugh aloud like a deranged lunatic as I read about Bill Simmons' suffering during the 2010 Finals.

Ask Jerry West about suffering.

You guys don't know the first thing about suffering... but you will.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Red Love,

What's going on with your GM Ainge, skittish, impatient and always changing the line-up from draft pick Jeff Green to moving RA last summer to Starbury to Robinson, now back to Green, is he interested of Chris Mihm? just asking, he's also 7-footer. Our teams have opposite philosophies, lephrechauns are fickle while Lakers are playful with social media. Last night's loss would also show why you should not have traded KP, he's the Green Monster that takes care of birdman and thw Brazilian. Will u win the East? It depends on the O'Neils', if their inborn ailments will ever disappear. lol!

I could not help but to wildly laugh aloud like a deranged lunatic as I read about Bill Simmons' suffering during the 2010 Finals.Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.Posted by: Jon K. | February 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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STOP THAT!!! STOP THAT IMMEDIATELY JON K.!!!You are a member of Lakers Nation the finest Nation on earth. You must learn to have compassion for LUNATICS!!!

@mclyne – nice Sublime vibe this morning. I’ll rep the LBC with you…

Sublime - Santeria (The one Bruno Mars sampled in Billionaire)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEYN5w4T_aM

Denver Nuggets not to shabby! George Karl likes this team better. He sadi they are more of a complete team now defensively and has all the right tools offensively in pusing the ball and scoring at a fast, fast pace.


Nene/Mozgov
Martin/Nene
Gallinari/Chandler
Affalo/Smith
Lawson/Felton


The trio of MJ, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman was the greatest defensive force ever known to basketball bar none!! What say you????????????
Posted by: mamba24 | February 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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Agreed…and you add Ron Harper to the mix and that team could flat out turn your water off.

Everyone all in love with D. Howard. Bynum is more skilled offensively and maybe just maybe under a different coach next season, Bynum will flourish on D too.
Remember people, Lakers next coach WILL NOT have Fisher on the court, letting the bigs cover for him on every-single-play.

Or maybe I just plain and simply just don't like Howard

Please, oh, please, my dear Lakers: Give me a rousing win tonight. You don't want an angry Outlaw sitting court side.

I'll be in a gold T-shirt with Kobe's face on it (memorabilia from the 81-point game). I've got a beard, and I'll be holding a large beer, screaming and hooting.

Go Lake Show!

Agreed…and you add Ron Harper to the mix and that team could flat out turn your water off. Posted by: LRob | February 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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Now how in the heck could I forget about Ron Harper? You're slippin Mamba24! Thanks DJ LRob!!

MELO is going to be a bigger Superstar in New York come playoff time, MELO is a scoring machine and clutch.


Amare/Melo/Fields/Billlups is just as good as any foursome in the Eastern Conference. They get Pryzbilla or Dalembert, now they are in the elite team. Tony Douglas, the Lakers pick is quickly gaining grounds in Mike D'Antoni's system both offensively and defensively.


Tony Douglas a PG is shaping up to be better than Farmar,Sasha,Brown and Blake.


@The Outlaw- I'm growing a beard too, rally around the squad for a winning streak. Decided to change things up, small world.

I'll be in a gold T-shirt with Kobe's face on it (memorabilia from the 81-point game). I've got a beard, and I'll be holding a large beer, screaming and hooting.Posted by: The Outlaw | February 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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WTH? SCREAMING & HOOTING?? OUTLAW you sir will conduct yourself in a dignified manner befitting someone who is a represenative of Lakers Nation!! Lol!! Enjoy yourself my brother!! And...Let out a couple of hoots for me too!!! LOL!!

Good Morning DJ LRob! What ya got for us?
Posted by: mamba24 | February 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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Mamba,

Thanks for the roll call. I was feeling a little Biggie today. Who can resist a rags to riches classic like Juicy.

Notorious B.I.G – Juicy (shout out to Mtume)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpLvOvfx6lE&feature=related

We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us
No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us
Birthdays was the worst days
Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay

Outlaw - bring home a win for us! Love the changing it up thing too - go crazy!

FCM - as part of the NorCal blog group - would you send me LT's email? Thanks so much.

Cheers - PLG

Congrats Justa! You are the epitome of a die-hard Lakers Fan- even when they lose, they win!

We can all thank Carmelo for forcing teams to trade their assets if they aren't 100% sure their talent will sign extensions. We saw it with Boozer, Bosh and James. Carmelo was the last straw - I for one was behind him. He gave proper notice and it was up to the team to do what was best for them and quite frankly, they did pretty darn well.

Now we see teams being more proactive: D Williams to Jersey and Perkins to OKC. Their respective teams weren't convinced that they would extend their contracts so they were traded away. I'm sure with D Will and Perks, it was a bit more than that but the fact is, the teams didn't delay.

Therefore, I feel pretty confident that we will see D Howard in a Lakers uniform. His desire to be a commercial star with lots of relevant T.V. time is right here in L.A. and let's face it: He is the best Center in the league right now and that's part of Lakers history - The Big Men!

Tonight will be a competitive game. Let’s hope the Lakers aren’t thinking of taking the Clippers lightly because this team is in dire need of a winning streak right through 14 March! Minimum turnovers, a transition game, better shot selection and consistent play from Ron Artest will catapult the Lakers to the 2nd best team in the league behind San Antonio just before the playoffs begin.
Come on Pau! Motivate yourself. Kobe has a lot more to do than having the additional responsibility to make you play to your full capabilities. You’re getting paid mega millions per season. Isn’t that enough to kick start your motor? And what about the possibility of winning your 3rd consecutive championship on your 4th try, something the team hasn’t accomplished since your arrival? And if that isn’t enough, how about being a big part of history and sending Phil to pasture with his 4th 3-peat?? Just run it out Pau. Believe it or not, this team needs every player to step up their game and having Kobe to expend much needed energy to “motivate” you is simply “uncivilized!!!!”

I’ll never forget a clip of a practice session where Phil was giving Pau instructions on what to do on a particular play and Pau commented that “it was hard.” Phil had an incredulous look on his face and told him that’s why you get paid as a professional! Then as recently as Pau’s All Star selection when Phil commented that he isn’t worried about Pau because he won’t play hard anyway! Motivate yourself “Spaniard” and help Kobe bring in #17!! This isn’t Memphis… This is the Los Angeles Lakers!

Cyber / Yellow,

Shaq was not healthy against the Lakers this season, and he got into foul trouble early. Last season, he bullied and man-handled Bynum when thy were both on the floor, and although Perkins is the better defensive center, a healthy Bynum has proven that he can dominate Perkins. Bynum has yet to prove that he can have his way with Shaq. He hasn't done it a single time in his entire career. What makes you think he can do it now? Even if Shaq has slowed down, he is still an immovable object in the post, and has always given Bynum problems.

And I have to disagree with you that Perkins is the heart and soul of that defense. The leader, the heart of that defense is KG, and it's not even close. Without KG, their defense becomes average. Without Perkins, the Celtics still have an elite defense. Without Perkins, they have a better record and have beaten all the top teams. Sure, Shaq has some injury concerns, but no more than Perkins, who's coming off a serious knee surgery, and is also sitting out games dealing with pain in his other knee.

Shaq has been resting all season, and he will be fresh come playoff time. Add in Jermaine Oneal, Troy Murphy and Jeff Green to the mix, and the Celtics match up better with the Lakers than last season.

2DJ LRob, NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! I guess I better pull out the Tupac card and I dedicate it to...Yes, Yes, Yes The Fabulous Justanothermambafan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yre5nBXAxyk&feature=related Tupac _ Do for Love

OUTLAW!!!!

Have a great time tonight!!

I'll look for you LOL!!

Go all Jay-Z and trip a referee if they start acting up!!

This isn’t Memphis… This is the Los Angeles Lakers! Posted by: frmkt | February 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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SWEET JESUS!!! PREACH FRMKT, PREACH MY BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go all Jay-Z and trip a referee if they start acting up!! Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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I'M SHOCKED!!! POSITIVELY SHOCKED I SAY!!!!!!!

(1) We were planning on getting together to watch the Lakers vs. Spurs at a sports bar on March 6 but I will not be able to attend as I have my grandson’s basketball team practice to get ready for the playoffs. If you are still interested, I think iheartkb24 is still looking to get together a group to watch the game.

(2) We were also interested in meeting to attend the Warriors vs. Lakers on April 6 at Oracle Arena. If you are interested in joining us, let me know.

(3) Finally, Lewsters will be in the Bay area the second week of May so we want to get together to watch a Lakers playoff game in the City. Once we get a playoff schedule, I will forward suggested time and place.

MM, please give my email address to any of the above who request it. Thanks.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | February 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Count me in to meet at the Laker - Warrior game April 6th.

Can't make March 6th as I am moving to Santa Cruz in our new home.

2nd week of May I can make it. That Laker bar I was talking about is in Russian Hill. I'll get the info later and post it. It would be awesome to all meet at that bar for a playoff game so count me in forsure.

NorCal home of the Lakers!!!!!!!!!
We love our Bay Area Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!

OK MY Next cut is to The Lakers cause...They gone Boogie Oogie, oogie till they just can't boogie no more!!!! WE GOT THIS !!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9Wi2wfAiFw
OUTLAW, REPRESENT TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude...What's up with the FAT CHIC?

Shaq has been resting all season, and he will be fresh come playoff time. Add in Jermaine Oneal, Troy Murphy and Jeff Green to the mix, and the Celtics match up better with the Lakers than last season.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | February 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Not only are you LAKER TRUTH but you speak the TRUTH! (Id call you "The Truth" but thats already taken!)

24hrs ago Perk was a thug with no offense ... now he is a combination of Russell/Wilt!

I just dont know how the Lakers are gonna get by Oklahoma with Russell/Wilt at Center for them!

24hrs ago Perk was a thug with no offense ... now he is a combination of Russell/Wilt! I just dont know how the Lakers are gonna get by Oklahoma with Russell/Wilt at Center for them! Posted by: 131-92 | February 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laker fan-

All year you have been trying to convince Celtic Nation that the fact that Perk missed Game 7 didnt matter. That the Celtics would not have won even if Perk played.

Now that Perk is gone, you are telling me that we cant win without him? So, since I believe everything Laker fan says, logic tells me that we cant win without him and he missed Game 7 ... The reason you won Game 7 was because Perk didnt play!!

Congrats Laker fan! Seems youve come full circle!!

Now that Perk is gone, you are telling me that we cant win without him? So, since I believe everything Laker fan says, logic tells me that we cant win without him and he missed Game 7 ... The reason you won Game 7 was because Perk didnt play!! Congrats Laker fan! Seems youve come full circle!!
Posted by: 131-92 | February 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM
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By God, such elogant, beautiful logic 131!! Yes that is Chapter 2.5, right next to the definition of the "Practice Game" You've studied well 131 Kudos!!! LOL!

Lakertruth,

I'm gonna have to nitpick one thing u said... U just said shaq has been resting all season and will be fresh come playoff time. Fresh shaq? Really? Is there such a thing anymore? I don't think shaq rests his body for the playoffs anymore.. I think he rehabilitates his body maybe cuts down on the burger count and prays he's just anywhere near playing shape...and I don't think he's makin an effort to get in shape anymore... If he couldn't do it for 20MIL a year don't think he will for 1MIL a year.... Maybe in the year 2000 but not 2011 when he's goin on 38 overweight n xtremely out of shape.. Just look at his last 3 playoffs and last 3 years when teams have used him as their starting center for playoffs.. Its not like he was able to physically take his lardass body to a new level and his stats certainly don't prove it... I think the shaq ship has sailed and sunk.. Its long gone buried deep in the abyss.. Now the murphy pickup is interesting but just media hype at this point.. GS said they'll buy him out but who knows where he wants to go? And jermaine o'neal? Oh god.. They better have the red cross standing by.


Cyber,

Ur right about Jeff green not being battle tested like big perk... Maybe ainge wanted green more for defensive reasons.. Another long defender on kobe but he's never come close to shutting kobe down in the past... He's also inconsistent enough in regular season and I wouldn't exactly count on him come playoffs.. But he's never been close to being a defensive stopper n never will be.. Just doesn't have that mentality of a battier or raja bell but would prefer to just fade in the background and not be noticed!

The reason you won Game 7 was because Perk didnt play!!

Posted by: 131-92 | February 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM

@131-92

The reason we won Game 7 was because of Ron Artest!!!

The reason we won Game 7 was because of Ron Artest!!! Posted by: sean | February 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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MAKE IT PLAIN SEAN, MAKE IT PLAIN!!!!!

The reason we won Game 7 was because of Ron Artest!!!

Posted by: sean | February 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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The reason we won game 7 was because of Sasha :)

The reason we won game 7 was because of Sasha :) Posted by: Magia32 | February 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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MAKE IT EVEN PLAINER MAGIA32!!!! LOL!!!

@Truth – Another thing the C’s will miss from Perk is those monster screens (albeit illegal).

@outlaw – enjoy the game.

@Lew – It must be Friday if you’re pumping Just Got paid…haha!

@63 Footer – You know I thought about Nate also…but I figured I better cut off the list at some point.

By God, such elogant, beautiful logic 131!! Yes that is Chapter 2.5, right next to the definition of the "Practice Game" You've studied well 131 Kudos!!! LOL!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM

LOL ... Thanks!! Its hasnt been easy!!

Hey MJ, you've traded Tyson Chandler and Gerald Wallace in the past 6 months, what makes you think your money is better than anyone else in the NBA. Charlotte is not on a superstar's radar, sorry Mike.

@Staples – you forgot one thing the Lakers got that the Thunder don’t have….low post scoring.

@Mamba – Taste of Honey 1978 – Oh yeah rocked to Sistahs doing their thing senior year of HS.

@frmkt – excellent post. Although I think tonight will be a blowout!

Thanks!! Its hasnt been easy!! Posted by: 131-92 | February 25, 2011 at 01:09 PM
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Damn I just can't wait till June!!! Swagger on sir, SWAGGER ON!!!

G Money - Please explain your fat chick comment .It seems like a personal attack toward someone, but I'm sure who. Either way, I don't think it's good to make comments like that

@LEW and everyone else: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FflxnqzxDnw&feature=related Posted by: mclyne | February 25, 2011 at 01:35 PM
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YES FOLKS, THE PARTY IS STILL ROLLING!!! Get down Mclyne!!!!

Damn I just can't wait till June!!! Swagger on sir, SWAGGER ON!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 25, 2011 at 01:31 PM

Ill be taking my swagger talents to Staples tomorrow nite!

Ill be taking my swagger talents to Staples tomorrow nite! Posted by: 131-92 | February 25, 2011 at 01:51 PM
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Please, Please 131 I beg of you, be gentle with our younger brothers cause if you hurt them too bad...The Lakers will get you in JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a good time my brother!

Mamba 24

Police here; you are on fire this beautiful friday afternoon mon ami! Police thinks that whatever it is you are having, the PSP would like a double!

Most Car Salesmen are slimy ... how you gonna send me an OTD quote price then I get to your shop and you tack on 2 grand in add-ons? They lucky the PSP know Jesus now ...

Thanks
PSP Officer

WTF my name not on the list and all the disrespect from you fellow bloggers giving my name to another rip off metiche.
I really have little respect for you internal trolls and maybe I'll use your names too and see how loud you complain. What goes around comes around.

"...he's the L.A. Times Lakers Blogger." Go get em' FCM!! Getting credit for quoting "11 Rings!" Obviously, they're reading your Blog :-)


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