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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 113-96 victory over New York Knicks


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits the Lakers for picking up the pace in their 113-96 victory Friday over the New York Knicks.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck focuses on Kobe Bryant's dominance over New York.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding praises the Lakers' focus against the Knicks.

--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola argues the Knicks didn't have any defensive answer for Bryant and the Lakers.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford also highlights Bryant's performance against New York.

--The Orange County Register's Ding mentions that Jackson talked to Andrew Bynum about the trade speculation involving him and Denver forward Carmelo Anthony.

--The Daily News' Teaford features Phil Jackson's reflections on playing for New York.


--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Bryant's consideration that he would play in Europe should there be an NBA lockout.

--The New York Times' Beck sits down with Jackson over lunch and talks about his days with the Knicks.

--The New York Post's Marc Berman highlights Bryant's beliefs the Knicks would be better off getting Anthony. Berman also talks to Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, who wouldn't be surprised if Jackson coached the Knicks after leaving the Lakers.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details Shannon Brown's contributions against New York.

--I detail Jerry West's clarification on his comments about the Lakers' aging roster and why he believes the team doesn't always run its offense correctly.

--The New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel talks to Ron Artest, who says he wants Carmelo Anthony to join the Knicks. Samuel also highlights Raymond Felton's contention that the Anthony-trade reports are distracting the team.


--The Orange County Register's Ding credits Jackson for knowing how to keep Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum motivated.

--ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo details Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent documentary on the Harlem Rens.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains how the Garden brings the best out of Bryant.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ian O'Connor faults Mike D'Antoni's coaching.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices Jackson wasn't really waxing nostalgia about his possible last trip to Madison Square Garden.

--ESPN New York's Chris Sheridan argues the Knicks need to make a trade.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues Laker fans need to be more patient with the defending champions.


--ESPN New York's Ian Begley dissects the Knicks loss to the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over the Knicks.'s Mike Trudell provides a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark remains impressed with the Lakers' trip.

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe played sensational and the @Lakers are starting to look like the back to back champions that they are!" -- Magic Johnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Great back to back by the Lakers. When I looked at the schedule for the roadie, I thought this would be a stern test. Well, the team passed with flying colors!" -- bronxlakerfan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Knicks point guard Raymond Felton fouls Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on a driving layup in the second half Friday night. Credit: Christopher Pasatieri / McClatchy-Tribune

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Gotta do this, DJ LRob style:

This song is dedicated to my Lakers Family...



Is this an indication of a problem or is it pretty routine?

Posted by: Art


God I hope it's routine.


Phred, thanks for the Cohen, perfect for a cloudy Sunday morning in Vermont. This is a little late but I have been busy since the Boston game. Sitting under the Lakers second half basket I was finally able to see what it would be like to be Kobe, or worse, try to guard him as Ray Ray, Wafer, and Big(and he is fat)Baby unsuccessfully tried to do. The man knew what to do and was able to do it, just exceeding that smallest amount necessary to overcome the defender. I was left in awe, just friggin awe. The other remarkable points are 1. how impressive Lamar can be when he is fired up as he was in the second half, and 2. how quick Rondo is relative to everyone else. Sorry to talk basketball here but...
It is about the game. Right?

Checking in for game day! Let Go Lakers make it 5 in a row!

@Art - I sure hope that's not a problem. Drew still looked good on Friday night.

@Vt - Glad you witnessed such a complete game by the Lakers upclose. Kobe is truly special.

@JovBatz44 - excellent selection! Gotta love the kids. We can always learn a lot from them.

Off to I'll leave you with this. Enjoy the game!
Sam Cooke - This Little Light of Mine

I will never understand why it is okay to bash Phil Jackson, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol and EVEN Luke Walton, when all these guys have done for us as fans is win championships the past two seasons, yet somehow it is against the rules to challenge the "Lakers fans" who choose to insult the very people who have provided us with all this joy. Their insulting, demeaning comments about Fish, Bynum, PJ, Pau, Luke, etc, absolutely should be fair game! After all, free speech is free speech, isn't it?

And that's the way it is. Febrary 12, 2011. This is KobeMVP888, LA Times Lakers Blog. Good night!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | February 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM
It goes both ways Mr.888 and I will defend this team that has brought us suspense,drama,and victory. This current roster has the potential of doing a 3 peat and in my humble opinion , when we bash this team we do not Honor The Boss named: Buss.
Buss I thank you for all you do through thick and (thin skin trader talkers). You have been consistent in trying to bring your expertise (Chemistry) knowledge to Los Angeles. We stand with you (Thick skin loyalist) and believe your best interest is the FAN AND THE APPRECIATION YOU BRING TO THE GAME. YOUR PHD SKILLS ARE AN HONOR AND YOUR HALL OF FAME DAY IS COMING. KEEP BLESSING US WITH YOUR PASSION FOR THE GAME.
TO BE CONTINUED.............


People like sean, mcclyne,cybercosmix and just today ChicNStu (even though he later apologized) have called me names and been demeaning even though none of my posts were originally directed towards them.

Posted by: Practice Season Police | February 12, 2011 at 06:21 PM

@PSP-Alright, I didn't want to do this. When have I called YOU names?, demean what you've said?

I haven't, that's a direct bold face lie. I haven't insulted you one bit, and you call me out. I guess the PSP doesn't have a working sarcasm detector. I've been sarcastic to you maybe once, I don't really pay that much attention the PSP, you give me too much credit for being a delinquent, which is a misnomer.

I just happen to agree with Cyber that you're a little on the annoying side. I can see my feelings are justified when you try to throw me under the bus like that. Don't appreciate that PSP, I'll let it go, but I'm watching you.

I know who you are and you definitely need to cut down on the Ad Hominem. That's against etiquette, if you really were an actual PSP, you would know this.

So .... KobeMVP888 wrote:

So I think I'll leave it to you, LakerTom, PLG, 63 Footer, CornerJ, Jon K, Diandra, Seely-Iggy, justanothermambafan, sean, dkwsfo, Johnny V, LakerMike, LRob, Art, LEWSTRS and the other Glass-Full/Big Picture thinkers (aka the "27") to keep this forum educated in the positive spirit in which it should be treated.

my response: ummm ... Does that mean that one of the primary instigators
in a multitude of fights, who refuses to answer direct questions by the
person he attacked is on hiatus?


Yes, that one time qualifies you as being among those that were demeaning to me, thank you very much. The PSP thought we were trying to bury all this, but if anyone brings it up im happy to bring my guns to the gunfight.

This has to be about two or so weeks ago but you dont remember +1'ing yourself to those who thought this psp clown isnt as funny, witty, ..... and whatever else was said? Or maybe you didnt completely read what the original poster said and just decided you wanted to be a part of it? The PSP is watching you too son! Lol

Who exactly am I? The PSP would really love to know since some people seem to have a theory going on this.

PSP Intern

Morning Fam, big game in North Florida, I'll post a link to a great article analyzing the Magic slide. They're 19-11, since the trade, save their 8 game winning streak, they are playing .500 ball.

1) Orlando has little to no perimeter D- Since they got rid of Courtney Lee, Pietrus, (even Rafer Alston), Matt Barnes, they've suffered from not having a solid, accountable perimeter Defender.

J.J. Redick is a solid player, he's usually in the right position Defensively, he just lacks the know how and athleticism to raise his D intensity.

Hedo Turkoglu- guy's an 'okay' (use the term loosely) on the ball Defender, off the ball and he gets lost.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Lakers use some of those backdoor cuts and slides around the rim, given how Orlando's perimeter guys look like chicken's with their heads cut off, when things are going badly.

2) Their perimeter offense is really hesitant to give the ball to their best Offensive player (Howard) for fear of low percentage free throws made. Kind of fractured thinking.

I think we can live with them taking 30-35 threes, if they're so concerned about Hack-a-Howard, than let them be paranoid. Makes playing D against much more simple.

@PSP- I just said I was letting it go. I didn't insult you and by the way, son, can be considered a form of Ad Hominem. Which you have been guilty of several times in posting with fellow bloggers.

I didn't speak with you directly. My only comments towards your schtick was 'ditto', that's the only thing I've ever gone on record as saying.

Get over youself, you and your inflated Superego.

As with KobeMVP888- You can skip past my posts, I tried to let it slide, trying to make me out to be a bad guy.

Look my Father passed away, I'm not in a place where I am looking to start trouble or get into a stupid nothing fight with you. I'm talking about Basketball. Basketball. Basketball.

Please skip past my posts, I no longer wish to know you, that was incendiary on your part to write that stuff about me. I'm very emotional given the circumstances. You can Dry up and Bust. I'm done with you!

I came accross this post and it had me in stiches! LOL. It describes (IMO) how some people are feeling about the up and down nature of the team this year.

4-0 road trip so far with a win against depleted Boston...not bad. Thanks for dangling a bone in you're fans faces, Laker's. Now don't go pulling it away with a loss to Orlando. In fact I really would like the whole bone right about now, so I could go off to a corner and chew and growl. So do us a favor and finish this thing up at 7-0. We, you're loyal fans, could really use a bone right about now Laker's!

Posted by: Kobeayashimarue | February 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

@PSP...The Intern....Is there a reason you write in the third person? Just curious! Have to cheer on the Celtic's today...that would tie them with the Heat for losses, and we just beat them, so that makes the Laker's LOOK good! Goooooooooooooooo Laker's!

sean - my only worry is it's a Sunday early game (even if it's not THAT early over on the East Coast. Will the Lakers wake up in time (all alarm clocks ringing), will they be able to rub the sleep from their eyes? And having done that, will they run the O?

Other than that, if they bring it like they have lately, it's going to be a repeat of a beat-down Finals I remember a couple years ago.

By the way, for the record, I am NOT one of the 27 (at most I'm 28th of 27), and I am neither a glass-half-full nor a glass-half-empty kind of person, but a glass-is-full-of-vodka-then-it's-empty-of-vodka kind of person.

And for the musical choice:

@63- You kill me 63. This early in the morning? Ah well, hair of the dog! LOL.

That early start is a tricky scenarion, yep. Even if Kobe had 3 hours of sleep, I think he'll breakdown the Magic's perimeter D. They have no one that can even contain the Mamba.

Sean/Practice Season Police,
With all due respect to your convo.
I would like to say I hope you can put the Integrity back where it belongs.
I appreciate both of you for displaying in open forum a Palm Leave to one another. A house divided will not stand. We all have a love for a team,but its team chemistry that takes us to the top. I believe both of you are at the top of whatever you do in life. May your relationships be at the top of your list as well.
My symphony to you Sean. Anyone who loses a family member or a friend leaves a void. I pray that we can Avoid that in here between the both of you.
Enjoy this forum, As you enjoy being at the top.
Blessings to you both.

sean - who said it's early in the morning? Could just be a late night!

Yeah, Mamba will be fine, I worry about everyone else waking up. They've been wide-awake the last couple games and really sharing the ball, working the O, getting back on D. I just want THAT to keep up, then I'm good.

@srafrank- Appreciate it, srafrank, let's get a W today and head to Carolina.

Game Day Haiku Prayer:

Let The Passion Rise

Purple And Gold On The Road

Its Harvest Time Fans


@srafrank- Very witty, keep 'em coming. People who use Haiku's in daily life, are a dying, yet clever breed.

It’s time for Lakers fans to be feeling pretty damn good about their team. We’re off to a 4-0 start to this road trip, including an impressive come from behind stomping of the hated Celtics in the Garden, and our Big Four of Kobe, Pau, Drew, and Lamar are playing and defending well. It’s time for Lakers fans to unite under the banner of our common cause – to win our third NBA championship in a row. It’s time to put down the petty grievances and will our team to another win. It’s Game Day Baby!

Just like Kobe’s Black Mamba, the passion that makes this blog such a great place sometimes leads to confrontations between bloggers and groups of bloggers. I should know because I definitely have been there and done that. But when you get past all the anger and rhetoric and realize that we are fighting with our brothers and sisters of such minutiae as how important are the regular season or home court advantage or who said this or meant that, you can see how the passion has gotten out of control.

I would like to see everybody, starting with KobeMVP888 and PSP, just let this current dispute go. Let’s all instead focus on the upcoming game. That doesn’t mean get in your last word or punch and then move on; it means let’s all move on right now. No winners or losers. No crying or blame. Let’s act like the adults we are and treat our fellow bloggers like the family they are. If someone wants or needs to take a vacation, no problem. What I don’t want to see is any blogger banned or driven out.

KobeMVP888, you know how much I respect you and appreciate your contributions to the blog. If you act like a child and take your talents somewhere else, I am really going to be pissed. I didn’t have your back and get into this fracas to have you quit on me. So you know what I, CCX, Lewsters and all your supporters and loyal virtual friends expect. Don’t let us down. Take a break to cool off but you better be here for the stretch run to this season for the ages. Time to show your true colors, Kenny.

Hey, I just got back from the Garden!

It was a great game and thank God the Lakers won!!!

Jon Barry basically just said the Lakers can turn it on in the playoffs and didn't need to worry about the reg season.

As for the ethical dilemma of who to root for in the first game, I think I'll pull for the Meat as I think it's more important for us to gain ground on the Geriatrics.

@ Sean - Saying you're letting it go BUT you will be watching me is NOT a very nice way of saying you are letting it go.
The people involved should not assume what the PSP mean't when he used the word 'son'; if they weren't sure they could have asked, rather than assume it to be in it's worst form. That can't be on me.
Do you know what ditto means? It means you are agreeing with what the original poster said about me. Now go read what he/they said about me and tell me there was nothing demeaning.
You cannot tell the PSP which posts to skip or not skip past, you do realize this is a free,open blog right?
Sorry to hear about a passing in your family. Deeply regret hearing that; you will be in my prayers.

The PSP is not entirely sure why. Might be a part of my brain is missing or something, hmm.

PSP Intern

Thought I's reached Egypt with all this haggling. And earlier Shannon malcontent....divide his minutes into his scoring average, is he #1 or 2?

89.8% from the line. 2nd.

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