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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 101-95 victory over New Orleans Hornets

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Game stories

--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on Pau Gasol's increased aggressiveness.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that the Lakers played like champions against the Hornets.

--The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith notes that the Hornets had an injury-depleted lineup.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at Gasol's contributions.

Notebooks

--The Times' Turner details Andrew Bynum's struggles as he tries to get back to full strength.

--The Orange County Register's Ding credits Ron Artest with doing the little things.

--The Daily News' Teaford provides a medical update on Bynum.

--The Times-Picayune's Doug Tatum breaks down a few numbers from the Lakers-Hornets game.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler looks at the perfectionist that is Jerry West.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that it's premature to call the Lakers old.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz looks at Kobe Bryant's insistence that Gasol be more aggressive.

Sidebars

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details the logistics involving the Lakers' seven-game trip.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers-Hornets game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers' victory over New Orleans.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Hornets game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano explains why the Lakers prevailed at the end of the game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore credits Gasol's performance as the main factor leading to a Lakers victory.

Tweet of the Day: "LO's fragrance ad reminds me of the Lennon/Yoko "Woman" video set to smooth jazz. And no, that is not a compliment." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Reader Comment of the Day: "What's up guys- I'm sure a lot of you watched the local KCAL broadcast. Since I get the NBA Package, I got the Hornets broadcast. Gil McGregor had probably, the best definition of Kobe's (evolved) new rhythm within the offense. "He's a facilitator, who doesn't need help. He can find his shot, or take over a game if he feels he needs to. And, if he needs help, he has so many weapons and options, he can burn you in several ways, now, due to his offensively gifted big men. In a 7 game series, this team will wear down your will to a nub, if they want to." -- sean

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Photo: The Hornets' Marco Belinelli tries to get out of the way as Pau Gasol puts up a shot in the second half Saturday night in New Orleans. Credit: Chuck Cook / Associated Press

 
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Well said and Great Post Sean! Congrats on The Friedman!

Great to hear from you Edwin. Glad you can pop in periodically during your transition (forgot why you are in and out). Hope to see you again soon.

First of all, I am so darned pissed off at myself, been so since last night. I was playing around with my wife, telling her the Lakers were on during the Super Bowl, so we'd be definitely watching the Laker game instead of the Stupor, -err- Super Bowl. Well, I got so involved telling her that, I forgot that the Lakers were actually playing yesterday. I basically faked myself out... At around 7:40 realized it, ran to the TV just in time to see James Worthy on LTV saying how well Artest played defense tonight. Ugh...

I believe this is only the third Laker game I missed in 5 or so years...

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sean: Beautiful quotes and a very worthy justa award. It is so true about the mamba, we miss the fact that he is an excellent distributor since he is probably the most skilled player to ever play this game at creating their own shot. If he wanted to, he could probably be one of the best pure distributors. But, his mix of passing/scoring is unmatched by any.

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Edwin: Glad to see you posting again bro. You have a great way to mix in some outside the box ideas while maintaining civility.

That being said, isn't firing the assistant coaches a lot like Office Depot firing the cashiers/store clerks instead of the manager? Bottom line, the assistant coaches are an extension of the head coach, and if a change needs to be made then it should start at the top. I really hate it when sports organizations fire some assistants while keeping the head coach, they will never have true respect or confidence of the players after that happens.

Not saying that it should happen with the Lakers. 63 has put it best lately in summarizing how Phil treats everyone differently, tweaks each player in a unique way in order to maximize what he gets from them. He isn't an X's & O's coach - he's a people-manager and possibly the finest one in basketball history, at least right there with John Wooden.

Hope you stick around Edwin, the blog is a better place when you are involved!


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

btw, will post results of my informal KD vs BG poll when I get time, I think KD won btw... lol

888,

I will not argue with you vehemently with passion because I really abhor your style in labeling names on people giving opposite views contrary to yours.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | February 06, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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What on God's green earth are you talking about? "Labeling names" ?????? I re-read my post and unless you are perhaps reading it in Swahili, I have no idea what you are thinking.

I have my opinions and you have yours. If you think that somehow I am imposing them on you and others, that's your problem, brother, not mine. I can easily say that you were trying to impose your "replace the coaching staff" theory on me. I simply responded to it. I'm sorry you're so sensitive. Just like you abhor my style, I abhor nonsense.

Anyone care to comment on possible trade w/Memohis of Andrew Bynum ($13.4M, 11.3ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg & 1,1 apg) and any two of S Brown ($2.2M, 9.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 0.2bpg & 1.2apt), J Smith ($1.3M), D Ebanks ($0.47M) or D Caracter ($0.47M) for Marc Gasol ($3.5M, 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7bpg & 2.7apg), Hasheem Thabeet ($4.8M, 1.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.4bpg & 0.1apg) and either OJ Mayo ($$4.5M, 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 0.4bpg & 1.9apg) or Tony Allen ($3.0M, 6.1ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 stlpg, 1.1apg)?

Wow - win one game and people are back on the bandwagon? Really?! Pretty lame. This was not a great win - lakers should have been able to dominate this team. Hornets don't have any bruisers so softie gasol can play his game. This is not who we are going to meet in the playoffs. come playoff time it's going to be physical teams and they will knock softie gasol on his butt...and he'll start crying to the officials again.

Lakers still need a pg who can defend and either create his own shot or make assists like cp, nash, or rondo.

i fully believe the lakers will not come back 7-0 on this road trip. they prob won't even win the marquee games.

no matter how much i hate the celtics they are in the greatest position to win the ring. they are loaded and have good depth. they got bangers who know how to beat the lakers. they would easily take out the heat this year.

and everyone who says this laker team can take a 7 game series from the spurs - get serious. this team doesn't even protect home court...how they going to beat a healthy spurs team without hca? blair will out hustle both pau and drew with his determination.

love watching kobe at work but the rest of the team - meh.

888,

You again put another name - "reading in Swahili"

In the previous post, you said: "That is thinking in a vacuum with blinders on. It's the antithesis of how a Lakers fans should think.

Finally, you concluded: " I'm sorry you're so sensitive"

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If you declare that I'm sensitive, then you are insensitive with your careless phrases. Your engage in a livelihood with full of intimidation to the point that you have no clue why people in this blog abhor your posts? It is about time we have to be brutally frank with you since you only listen to yourself.

How do you want to be treated in this blog 888? Shall we ask your permission first if we have any iota of opinion about a player, about a coach and about the team? Did we say it right, Master of Intimidation? Did we guess what you are thinking? When are we supposed to shout? When are we going to jump to the bandwagon? Is this how you want to be treated with special autocratic privileges.

Why don't you start your own blog and put the legal spiel of what should be said and not said. It seems that we are all in a balancing act here just to please you.

Next time you post since you are clueless on moderation and civility, ask your wife how others would feel with your uncanny style of communication?

@LRob....you wrote

Great game by Kobe and Pau. Kobe’s shooting did fade a little down the stretch, going 2-8 in the 4th. He played 43 minutes. Hopefully Phil we cut back 5-6 of those minutes and give them to Shannon, Luke or Ebanks.

Posted by: LRob | February 05, 2011 at 11:11 PM
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I was really surprised that Kobe played that many minutes, too. Kobe started the 2nd and 4th quarters which is a departure from what has been the normal rotation for most of the season. Shannon and Blake have got to play better and fulfill their roles so that the starters aren't playing yeoman minutes.


To another of your points, I thought last night's game serves as a perfect example of what the Lakers face most nights in this historic attempt to threepeat. Even though the NOH were missing two starters in Ariza and Okafor, they fed off the energy of an all-time record crowd. Players like Andersen and Gray filled in and had big nights. Despite playing a fine offensive game and for the most part good defense, the Lakers could not shake the Hornets. I think the home crowd was a huge asset for NO last night.


One other thing I noticed was that Coach Williams of the Hornets kept David West on the bench for quite a while after he picked up his 4th foul. When NO pulled close and eventually took the lead, I would have thought that he would have re-inserted West for the crunch time push. A curious decision, considering that West was en fuego early on. Maybe Monte was trying to ride the hot hands of the players who were filling in.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 06, 2011 at 06:53 AM
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Bronx,

Yeah I think playing Kobe too many minutes will has diminishing returns in the 4th. Phil probably wanted to get the roady started with a W, therefore extending Kobe’s minutes. Hopefully it was a one game abberation and he’ll trust the bench or even Artest for a few more minutes until Barnes returns.

I agree that was a very good home court advantage for the Hornets last night. Like you said ...the Lakers face that nearly every night.

DWest picked up his 4th foul with 8 minutes to go in the 3rd and sat out til 8 minutes to go in the 4th, so I didn’t think he kept him on the bench too long. His replacement David Anderson was on fire (LO was lackadaisical in guarding him), plus the Hornets cut the lead from 9pts to 1pt with him on the bench. Thus, I thought Coach Williams played that situation perfectly.

Thanks Cyber, Johnny and DocPappy, I have been busy lately with multi-tasking with my grandchildren, work during retirement and household projects. Besides, I lost the appetite to blog if we always engage in a destructive debates, tearing one another, calling names, grouping within the Laker nation. I just over extended my postings with LRob because we had fun with our conversation with diametrical views but we try to find a common ground.

Then comes the passionate 888, I know he is Mr. Laker, deep inside he's a good fan, only that he has his autocratic style in looking down at others. If I don't answer and let him know what we feel, he will go on with it as though we live in the era of plantation owners and we are his subjects. We are all co-equal in this blog, free to say things what we want provided with accompany it with reasons. There are no right answers or wrong answers, the future actual happening will be the final arbiter. Only historians have the right to declare on who was right and who was wrong on opinions, inferences and dreamworld?

Perhaps, after this short respite, I'll go back to hibernation.

RCOTD = SEAN = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Perhaps, after this short respite, I'll go back to hibernation. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | February 06, 2011 at 01:58 PM
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My mentor go back into hibernation...HELL TO THE NAW!!!!

why in the world would we want OJ Mayo? an undersized, inconsistent SG?

If we're going to cash the Bynum chip, certainly you would have to look at Carmelo first. A Bynum, first rounder, maybe a 2nd rounder and/or Ebanks trumps what Denver is getting from NY/Minny in Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and a first round pick. It seems a virtual lock that Denver is going to lose Nene so if Carmelo gets moved, you would think... they would also have a plan to move Nene so Bynum slides right in to that C slot for them, Billups wants to stay in Denver and they've got JR Smith to build around so...

and we would have to move Artest and Walton to clear salary for Carmelo but with Kobe getting older, we would have a new core of Kobe, Carmelo, Odom and Gasol with Carmelo assuming more of the scoring load in the coming years. Plus, if Smith and Ratliff can't even give us 15 minutes/game then we'd have to pick up a serviceable Center.

It's just fun to play GM for a little bit... LOL!

MAMBA24'S SUPERBOWL PREDICTION...

STEELERS 24
PACKERS 21

Carry On Laker Nation!!!

It is about time we have to be brutally frank with you since you only listen to yourself.
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Hey how did I get thrown into this testatrices.
Until death do us part ladies.
LOL
888 are you sending people into hibernation.
Wow I'll take the 5th.
Next : Roll Call...

testatrices: A woman who has made a legally valid will before death.
Signed,
Brutal Frank :(

First of all, I am so darned pissed off at myself, been so since last night. I was playing around with my wife, telling her the Lakers were on during the Super Bowl, so we'd be definitely watching the Laker game instead of the Stupor, -err- Super Bowl. Well, I got so involved telling her that, I forgot that the Lakers were actually playing yesterday. I basically faked myself out... At around 7:40 realized it, ran to the TV just in time to see James Worthy on LTV saying how well Artest played defense tonight. Ugh...Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 06, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!


Finally...I'd rather face a day with 2 foot of snow rather than go thru a day without seeing the 3 words I Love the most.."Posted By Justanothermambafan"...Truly!!! Is that so wrong?

@sean....Great job!!

Mr Reindeer,
RE: why in the world would we want OJ Mayo? an undersized, inconsistent SG?
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As I said, OJ is part of the cost of the deal for Lakers to get the real target which is Marc Gasol. Other players have to be included to make the salaries match. Now Gasol’s and Bynum’s numbers are almost identical this year, M Gasol is 2 years younger and M Gasol’s career numbers are better than Bynum’s (Gasol is +2 in ppg, +1.2 in rpg, +1 in assists) and importantly Gasol is healthier. If OJ can’t or doesn't fit after another year, the Lakers might trade him or withdraw the qualifying offer for 1012/13 and let him go. But if given an opportunity to be a Lakers, OJ would be dumb not to try hard to make it work. The goal would be Marc Gasol.

Realistically, it doesn't look like the Lakers are going to catch San Antonio for the conference title. I would love to see them place more emphasis on improving to the 2nd best record in the league and finish with HCA over any eastern team. That way, if it comes to it, the Lakers only have to win one game in San Antonio in a seven game series to advance. I think they can do that.

Perkins rejects a 4/30 million dollar deal.

Marquis Daniels suffers a bruised spinal cord- out 1-2 months.

Look, if there's a time to get the green jerseys, it's Thursday.

They won the game, but look out of sync in big pockets.

Anyway, Orlando is a lot softer than they have been in the past. Their starting five is better than it was, the problem is, the guys they got back play terrible D and all the Defenders they have play no O.

A Frontline of Howard and Turkododo isn't that concerning. Interesting matchups indeed, but Trevor Ariza doesn't guard Hedo anymore, it's Ron time. Don't like that matchup for Hedo, even with a size advantage.

@sean....

Doesn't look like Orlando is going anywhere this year. They couldn't even get near the basket, with the exception of Dwight Howard. They are strictly a bunch of jump shooters. They need Arenas to regain his mojo but quick.

I loved what JVG said about protecting big, post players such as Howard. NBA basketball is rapidly evolving into basket-foot-ball, and IMO the game suffers for it.

Edwin

Please just skip my posts. I'll do same. Yeesh.

Bronx, I agree that the Spurs look better, have a large lead, and know how to technically beat the Lakers, but as Popovitch said, the Lakers are a better team. I think what he meant is the Lakers have a mental toughness that's superior to most teams.

It's knowing when to take a charge, for example, or a certain way of playing D that irritates Duncan or Ginobli. I'm not worried about the Spurs getting inside their heads. But a 2-3-2 against the mentally tough, hungry Celtics with HCA is another story. Just having Shaq with them is a mind-job right there.

One thing's I can predict, the Lakers are unpredictable!

@DocPappy...

I'm not buying Pop's praise of the Lakers. I think he's trying to lull The Show into a false sense of security. To paraphrase the Bard, "he comes to bury the Lakers, not to praise them."

I agree with you that the Lakers can beat the Spurs in a series, with or without HCA. Spurs have played well all year, of that there is no question. The questions surrounding that team involve their lack of size, whether or not they can maintain their good fortune and health and how key members or their rotation such as Neal and Hill and Blair will respond to the white hot atmosphere of the playoffs.

oops..

Above post should read "key members OF their rotation..."


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