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Kobe Bryant shows vintage dominance in West's 148-143 victory over East in 2011 NBA All-Star game

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After the tipped ball bounced into his direction, Kobe Bryant grabbed it, dribbled and then immediately scanned the floor.

He noticed the open court in front of him where he could throw down a highlight-reel dunk that'd remind the 17,163 fans at Staples Center for the 2011 NBA All-Star game that he hasn't lost a step. But then he immediately locked in on LeBron James, who remained parallel with Bryant at the timeline. He then calculated his plan of attack. Bryant wanted to avoid what he called the "LeBron chasedown," knowing his bulky 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame could entail him blocking the shot and putting him physically in danger. He eyed Kevin Durant in transition and appeared ready to facilitate to him should that become necessary. And all the while, Bryant continued dribbling downcourt still fixated on James' movement.

Then with a burst of energy, Bryant took off. He gained a step on James, leapt below the left block and powered in for a two-handed dunk, a play that will feature James in an upcoming poster as he failingly tried to swat it away. Bryant's dunk served as the symbolic image in the Western Conference's 148-143 victory Sunday over the East in the 2011 NBA All-Star game in so many ways. It added further intrigue to the Bryant-James comparisons: Bryant's 37 points on 14 of 26 shooting and 14 rebounds put him in a tie with Bob Pettit as the only player to have earned four NBA All-Star MVP awards; James' triple double of 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting, 12 rebounds and 10 assists proved largely instrumental in the East slashing a 117-110 lead to enter the fourth quarter to a 137-135 deficit with 2:34 remaining. The dunk showcased one example where Bryant felt inspired to showcase five dunks, including a baseline reverse jam, after seeing Clippers forward Blake Griffin win the Dunk Contest Saturday night by jumping over the hood of a silver 2011 Kia Optima. And Bryant's constant study on whether James appeared on track with him on the fast-break dunk provided the perfect microcosm of Bryant's awareness of the rest of the NBA's superstars trying to catch up with them, and ensuring he continues to stake his claim as the league's best player. 

"Just being around so many young players gave me so much energy to see them bouncing around and all that sort of stuff," said Bryant, who fell shy of a few All-Star records. That included finishing five points shy of surpassing Wilt Chamberlain's 42-point performance in 1962, his 14 field goals remained four field goals short of eclipsing Chamberlain (1962), Michael Jordan (1998) and Kevin Garnett (2003) made and his 26 field-goal attempts was just two attempts short of topping Rick Barry and Michael Jordan for the most shots attempted in a game. "Just reenergized me for the night."

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It reenergized him because it provided him a chance to be an elder statesmen on a team that featured only three players in Bryant (13), San Antonio's Tim Duncan (13) and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (10) that appeared in the NBA All-Star game for at least 10 years. The younger players proved more than willing to pay homage to that. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant joked with Bryant that he's an "Old Fella" before marveling at the chance of playing alongside him. Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who shared the spotlight with Bryant from the Staples Center crowd, approached him beforehand: "I'm going to let him do your thing." When Bryant walked onto center court after player introductions, he talked extensively with Denver forward Carmelo Anthony, who's credited help with keeping his spirits up amidst ongoing uncertainty regarding his playing future. And Bryant confirmed Magic center Dwight Howard revelation that he asked him for suggestions on realtors to visit in L.A., a nugget Laker fans will surely feast over considering Howard's reported interest with the Lakers after his contract expires in 2012. But with all the surrounding talent around him, Bryant also made sure to feast on dominating the game. Whether it's Durant's scoring touch, Griffin's dunk, Russell Westbrook's speed, or James' playmaking ability, Bryant continued showing his skillset remains more securely cemented than the hand and foot prints he temporarily planted this weekend at Gauman's Chinese Theater.

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Don't consider Bryant's pursuit of Chamberlain's record to be unhealthy considering he went one of four in the fourth quarter and Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire made the observation regarding Bryant's three assists:  "He wasn't going to pass the ball at all." Don't consider Bryant's enthusiasm playing with young and athletic players as his suggestion the Lakers need to acquire such talent, with Bryant appropriately remarking that conclusion was a "bikram yoga stretch." And don't consider Bryant's following claim to be contradictory. "It's important for me to step aside. I've had that. It's about me coming out and performing and staying healthy and doing the right things after 15 years, but it's about them at this point."

That's because Bryant's fourth All-Star MVP performance provides full circle to his storied 13-year All-Star career. In just his second year in the NBA, Bryant became the youngest player, at 19, to be voted in as a starter for the NBA All-Star game. Though he didn't even start for his own team, Bryant proved he was worthy of the honor. He led the West with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals despite missing the entire fourth quarter. But Michael Jordan's third All-Star MVP brought quick reminders that he still served as the present force in the league, while Bryant simply provided a buzz on a promising future. Even after compiling three consecutive NBA titles, Bryant felt conflicted in the 2003 ALl-Star game over the driving force that spurs his excellence: winning. Bryant, who wore retro Air Jordans in tribute to Jordan's last All-Star game, later told reporters he was torn when his two free throws forced overtime because he believed Jordan should end his All-Star legacy with a victory.

Eight years later, Bryant acknowledged this game added extra importance for various reasons. He missed the 2010 All-Star game because of a left ankle sprain. It'd be his second All-Star game at Staples Center after his 2004 appearance featured plenty of highlights (20 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals) and plenty of drama (reports emerged detailing problems with Bryant and Jackson, Bryant and the Lakers and Bryant and Shaq. Then, Bryant arrived 30 minutes late to Staples Center and missed the team picture, apparently because of L.A. traffic.). And acknowledging he's on the tail end of his career, the game provided a platform to for him to exert his influence.

Just consider his halftime exchange with Griffin and Minnesota forward Kevin Love after they jokingly chastised him for grabbing six rebounds in the first half. "I'm the double double king," Bryant recalled saying, a direct reference to Griffin and Love leading the league through 56 games in double doubles with 51 and 46 respectively. He then jokingly pointed at them anytime he grabbed a rebound in the second half. Griffin then joked in turn that he wasn't pleased that Bryant essentially made their job easier. 

"If I get 14 rebounds," Bryant said, "that's just luck."

Very little of Bryant's game mirrors actual luck, however, and the effort resembled similar performances to his 31-point MVP efforts in 2002 and 2007 as well as his 27-point effort that earned him the co-MVP with Shaq in 2009. It featured his vintage baseline jumpers, including several against Boston guard Ray Allen. It featured aggressive drives to the basket, such as when Miami Dwyane Wade yelled, "Where you at Kobe?" before he drove right past him. And it featured him showcasing the athleticism he usually wore wearing No. 8.

"He's one hell of a player," West Coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's Kobe. He does things like that. We shouldn't be surprised."

It shouldn't. It becomes harder and harder, however, because of the wear and tear on his body and the accumulated basketball mileage, a point he conceded when he went one of four in the fourth quarter and committed three turnovers. The fourth quarter, man," Bryant said in exhaustion. "I had nothing left. I exceeded my dunk quota for the game." But by the time Bryant exited the game with 5 seconds remaining, the Staples Center crowd and everyone surrounding him knew who should be the All-Star MVP. "He deserved it," James said for reasons NBA Commissioner David Stern outlined eloquently immediately after the game. "We saw some outstanding basketball," he said. "But there can only be one MVP and he's standing to my left."

And that man was Bryant, who readily concedes his time is ticking away once his contract with the Lakers ends after the 2013-2014 season. 

"I'm on my way out so it's important for them to carry the league," Bryant said. But for now, he'll gladly continuing to assume that responsibility. 

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant of the West protects the ball as Heat forward LeBron James of the East looks for a steal but picks up a foul during the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 20, 2011

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates a play with West teammate Blake Griffin of the Clippers during the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on Sunday. Bryant won his fourth All-Star MVP award after finishing with a game-high 37 points and 14 rebounds. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Photo: West All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Lakers is fouled by East center Dwight Howard of the Magic while pulling down one of his game-high 14 rebounds on Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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"And Bryant revealed Magic center Dwight Howard asked him for suggestions on realtors to visit in L.A., a nugget Laker fans will surely feast over considering Howard's reported interest with the Lakers after his contract expires in 2012."

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Oooh, I'm feasting on that and it tastes good!

Well...I’m on the run for a few more days,
so have only been able to take a quick peek.

but...I did manage to catch part of Laker Tom’s response
to Larry’s and Corner’s little gag.
My, oh my! I must say...

I do believe he’s nailed it!
Definitely has my vote for RCOTD.

And I’m glad to know that you know where I stand, Tomboy.

Yes indeedy...having been born, raised,
and schooled in Compton and Paramount,
I despise almost everything about what the entire region,
and my former 2nd-favorite team has become.
(The Bruins were number-one, of course)

In fact, the whole ‘Socal’ mentality is the epitome
of so much of what’s wrong with my country.
Agreed, it’s not only La La Land,
but since the Hollyweirdos clamor for and demand
the most attention and credit,
then the Lion’s share of it you deserve and shall have.
Pardon me if I comment on it.
Actually, No...don’t pardon me...
I mean (almost) every word.

Go Kings!!!

Briefly though,
I will take exception to Tom’s characterization of expats living in Thailand,
(I think he placed the words ‘expat’ in ‘Thailand’ somewhere between
‘spiteful’ and ‘homophobic’).
Maybe his experience as an expat is limited,
or something he’d rather forget,
so I’m all for giving him the benefit of the doubt.

And for anyone who may be wondering...
yes...I am an American expat, in Thailand.
But, I’m not in Asia to plunder the women
(as 'may have' once been inferred by you know who),
or line my pockets buying and selling cheap garments and other goods
on the backs of a marginalized and often times indentured work force.
I’m actually trying to do something good over here,
albeit at an excruciatingly slow pace, and on small scale.
It’s a great project.
(If anyone is interested in knowing more about it...just holler...
I’ll be happy to fill you in...[email protected])

But none of the above is why I am posting now.

Please go to this link. Read the short article, and some comments.

http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2011/2/20/2003994/kings-relocation-anaheim-clippers-feb-28


I honestly don’t think most NBA fans
(outside of a few neo-cons in OC),
including Laker fans,
want to see another Sonic-gate anywhere,
even in Cowbell Kingdom...

Attend the game.
(Root for the Clippers if you must, but)
Attend the game,
or purchase a ticket for someone else to attend.

I’m purple and black no matter where they play
(even though I’ll have to pin my nose if they move to Disneyland),
but, there are some great fans in Sacramento.
This sort of crap should not be happening to them,
or any good fan base. This group sold out almost 400 games in row,
the best in the league for several years.
Stern should be bent over just for good measure.

It may already be too late for Sacramento,
but maybe not.

Attend the game.

Oh yes, A’ll be bock.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Congrats to Kobe on his 4th All-Star MVP.

Smash Mouth - All Star
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_jWHffIx5E

Art, I look forward the day when Dwight comes to LA to be joined by CP3 to give Kobe his last boost. By the time, they become Lakers , if it will be Kobe's last year, I love Durant to be in Laker uniform. That's another dynasty in the making.


Mark, terrific writing!

m.

- "Kobe would have beaten Wilt's record for most points in an all-star game, but the East decided to double team Kobe down the stretch, leaving Durant of all people, wide open on numerous occasions."
LAKER TRUTH


You beat me to the punch but I don't mind being beaten by someone with such a keen sense of awareness which seems lost among most of these sportswriter/Kobe-haters. I will however reiterate for effect what you've already stated.

KOBE BRYANT WAS DOUBLE TEAMED....................IN THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!

Think about it.............Has that ever happened before? Kobe being the gracious, humble guy that he is just played along and said he tired down the stretch............and silly "stat" people ran to the stat sheet and reported that Kobe was 1-4 in the fourth...........Kobe going 1-4 is the "what"...............The "why" is.................KOBE WAS DOUBLED.......IN THE ALL-STAR GAME................LEAVING OTHER ALL-STARS SUCH AS KEVIN DURANT WIDE OPEN. The first 3 Durant hit was an assist from Kobe as the whole team seemingly shifted to Kobe...............not one mention of that by any media.......

The fact that Kobe was doubled down the stretch should be a story within itself!


Is it me?



The fact that Kobe was doubled down the stretch should be a story within itself! Is it me? Posted by: pfunk36 | February 21, 2011 at 09:13 AM
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Naw, it's me too Pfunk36! And your post...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!KUDOS!!! And Kudos to Laker Truth for getting the Ball Rolling!!!
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We saw some outstanding basketball," he said. "But there can only be one MVP and he's standing to my left." DAVID STERN
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WTH? SWEET JESUS!!! All right who has been slipping Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic into Darth Sterns coffee? LOL!
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Good morning DJ. LRob interesting to say the least, selection. LOL!

. It was in LA, the Gospel Choir was ready, the car (paid for by KIA's advertising rights) was in place, and to quote the movie Braveheart, "we didn't get dressed up for nothin". Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | February 21, 2011 at 09:27 AM
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LMAO!!!! Preach Laker Truth, Preach!!!!!

KOBE BRYANT WAS DOUBLE TEAMED....................IN THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!

Think about it.............Has that ever happened before?

Posted by: pfunk36 | February 21, 2011 at 09:13 AM
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pfunk,

Kobe always get the "special treatment". I think Kobe was also doubled down the stretch in the ROOKIE ALL STAR GAME. I remember a "miked" AI saying don't let Kobe get nothing.


Also how bout the infamous "put Shaq in his place game"? The west was determined not to let him get any dunks. He was doubled often and even Hack-A-Shaq a few times. I think that was his second All-Star game.


@MAMBA24… We’re fine, Larry. No apology necessary. And as I said regarding a bandwagon for Sonny, just don’t put me on it. I actually like Sonny coming around although he has a nasty habit of promising not to repeat certain offensive comments only to turn around and do exactly that. Anyway, I was really joking when I made my post and I thought comparing Sonny to the family dog was really a compliment. It’s more than any Lakers fan could expect on a Kings blog for sure. My thanks to the many bloggers who saw where I was coming at and understood what I was saying.
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@CCX… You raised a very valid point about KobeMVP888, whom I hope is just following my advice and is just taking a brief vacation before the “practice” season part 2 gets underway on Tuesday. Put me on the Please Come Back KobeMVP888 bandwagon. I share his distaste at Lakers fans dumping on their own players. Criticism comes with the job but when the slander and vitriol reach a certain point, I was always proud and happy to see the counselor go after the offending blogger with gusto. And to point, I agree with those bloggers who pointed out there are fans who are worse than SB.
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@SONNY BELFAST… It’s always refreshing to know that you’re in Thailand doing good things rather than plundering the women. It always amazes me how much crap some people will eat when dished out with a little humor and disguised with clever innuendos. And while I do enjoy your little treats, I find your attacks on Kobe and your prior homophobic comments about LA to be revealing as to your true character. As the Boss asked so eloquently, “Is that you or a brilliant disguise.” Go, Niners.
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TOM


Laker Truth--give Pops credit. If Pops had "rested" Kobe like Doc Rivers did his starters, he wouldn't have gotten MVP. And maybe LeBron would have won it instead if the East won the game in the 4th with Kobe off the court.

Kobe sensed getting the MVP and moving up the ASG all-time scoring list. Give Pops credit for keeping him in the game to make that happen. As you said, it was only because Doc decided to double him in the fourth that he remained stuck on 37 points.

Isn't offering someone like Sonny a chance to be a Lakerholic the same as offering to baptize a Vampire?

Just askin'

JR

@Laker Tom, Thank you my friend...Carry On!

California knows how to party!

Must say this was a great All Star Game. I had no clue about the musical performers so I was pleasantly surprised to see Lenny Kravitz take the stage and then the sizzling hot Rihanna. The game itself was really exciting with a Basketball Jesus in top form. I was sickened though, to see Princess James trying to steal Kobe's thunder. The 4th qt collapse also reminded me too much of my beloved Lakers. Furthermore this was the second time this weekend those Boston bastards were trying desperately to take a dump on the Staples Center floor. First we had their TEAM in the 3-point shootout and now Rivers decided to DOUBLE TEAM Kobe in an effort to steal the game and ruin his MVP chances. Well, eff you Doc.

And why doesn't Amare Stonermind play with the Celtics? He sure as hell seems to hate the Lakers with a passion. Last season insulting Lamar and now taking a jab at Kobe for being selfish in an all star game. Punk!

@Scott, good points sir!!

Furthermore this was the second time this weekend those Boston bastards were trying desperately to take a dump on the Staples Center floor. First we had their TEAM in the 3-point shootout and now Rivers decided to DOUBLE TEAM Kobe in an effort to steal the game and ruin his MVP chances. Well, eff you Doc. And why doesn't Amare Stonermind play with the Celtics? He sure as hell seems to hate the Lakers with a passion. Last season insulting Lamar and now taking a jab at Kobe for being selfish in an all star game. Punk! Posted by: Andy L | February 21, 2011 at 09:45 AM
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Yes, Yes, Yes!!! Preach Andy L, preach!!! LMAO!!!! Well Done!!

Now I'm reading about the Anaheim Kings?? What the?

Why not move at least to San Diego? Maybe SD exchanges the Chargers for the Kings? (Is swapping Philip Rivers' mouth for DeMarcus Cousins' attitude a plus or minus for SD?)

Can't really say the Kings have a history in Sacramento since they've been a nomadic team, but the North vs South Cal rivalry was great when they were a contender. It's not the fans fault that they've been horrible the past couple of years and unfortunate that they may move just when the team's finally on the upswing. Plus having 1 team up north and 3 teams down south feels unbalanced.

If any team needs to move, they need to move to Seattle. Not having the Sonics makes the NBA feel incomplete.

WOW! Blog Sync!!!!!

Almost all of the other dunks, though great, took the dudes about 10 tries before they got it. Like some gym rats perfecting a HORSE shot. Sorry, tries don't cut it.

Blake's the real deal. He deserved the win.

Posted by: CornerJ | February 21, 2011 at 08:47 AM

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Corner J,

I agree with Laker Truth that Blake didn't deserve to win the dunk contest. I actually had him in last on my scorecard. Everyone is talking about McGee and Ibaka (rightfully so), but what about DeRozan. His "Showstopper" reverse windmill off the bounce pass to himself was incredible. And he got it on the first try. I don't blame DeRozan for saying he won't participate again unless the game is in Toronto.


You said you didn't like some of the others because it took them multiple tries...but Blake had some many tries on a basic windmill he almost ran out of time. And the judges gave him a 46 for that. No doubt Blake is the real deal, and his dunks were impressive...but the rest of the field was off the charts.


@JOVBATZ44… Just wanted to say thanks for your correct interpretation of my comments towards Sonny Belfast. I also agree 100% with your comments regarding bandwagons. You always seem to understand how to read between the lines and put together intelligent thoughtful responses. Bravo.
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@CORNERJ… I didn’t watch all the game but thought your comments were right on. It’s not just the
Triangle Offense that makes the Lakers look slow compared to the wide open game of the All-Stars. It’s really the difference between a team that plays half court to take advantage of their size and length and to compensate for their slowness afoot and a team that wants to take advantage of their speed and quickness to compensate for their lack of size and length. When run at its best, there is no offense in the basketball world that is more beautiful to watch or difficult to defend. At its best, the Triangle is really like full-court wide-open basketball played on a half court. I see Brian Shaw taking over and keeping the Triangle as our basic offense next year. And I see the Lakers in position to four-peat.
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TOM


If Dwight Howard does join the Lakers, it's just more proof that the Orlando Magic is a farm team for the Lakers. Hey, they even named their franchise after one of our stars...

LAKER TRUTH,

Actually, if you watch closely, you'll see that Kobe had triple coverage.

The first player kept swiping his balls before screening him off,
while the other two players pump-faked from behind
before committing hard fouls,
with one driving hard to the basket.

But, you're right.
Everyone found it amusing, except God.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

If Dwight Howard does join the Lakers, it's just more proof that the Orlando Magic is a farm team for the Lakers. Hey, they even named their franchise after one of our stars...

Posted by: Scott | February 21, 2011 at 09:55 AM

RCOTD!!!

Edwin,

Yes, it would be a lotta fun to watch Kobe with teammates like Durant and CP3, but not likely to happen.
While they could move Bynum for Howard, there's no money left for any other big names until after Kobe retires.

Furthermore this was the second time this weekend those Boston bastards were trying desperately to take a dump on the Staples Center floor. First we had their TEAM in the 3-point shootout and now Rivers decided to DOUBLE TEAM Kobe in an effort to steal the game and ruin his MVP chances. Well, eff you Doc. And why doesn't Amare Stonermind play with the Celtics? He sure as hell seems to hate the Lakers with a passion. Last season insulting Lamar and now taking a jab at Kobe for being selfish in an all star game. Punk!
Posted by: Andy L | February 21, 2011 at 09:45 AM

I never thought about Doc trying to deny Kobe the MVP but now you mention it, I totally believe it.

Also, maybe the reason Doc Rivers didn't play his players so much was less he was trying to rest them and more because they BLEW CHUNKS every time they were on the floor. We all hate LeBron but I have to admit that if it were the Cs on the floor in the 4th instead of LeBron and Bosh, the West would have won by 20 points!

I bet Doc is rationalizing this loss by saying "They never beat my starting 5 in the ASG!"

LakerTom, ever the optimist. I love it! But, I'll settle for a threepeat first before thinking about a fourpeat. If Shaw does become the lakers coach, I'm sure he will continue to implement the triangle O. But, if the lakers are to continue winning championships the team has to be infused with young talent to balance the veteran presence of our players. If we happen to get Dwight, because he doesn't re-sign with Orlando, I really like our chances moving forward.
BTW, are you still going to organize some Nor-Cal events? Can you post those dates. I will ask MM for your e-mail, if that's ok with you.

I can't believe Ibaka only got a 45 for the first *REAL* freethrow dunk ever done.
Doctor J, haterade anyone?

Arm in the rim, been there. Jumping over the hood of a car, seen that. HOOD OF A CAR!!!
Jump over the hood of a SUV, then I'm impressed.
I seem to remember someone jumping over Dwight Howard in a contest before.

@Andy – I like Amare since he’s no threat to the Lakers, but I agree that comment about Kobe was uncalled for…especially since he wasn’t exactly playing like JKidd himself. Oh yeah, and when Rihanna switched into that little sexy outfit…now that was hot!


@Scott – you’re right, when the Boston 4 stars played together they were bad…really bad.

Art, looking for money get it from Odom, Artest, Bynum and Gasol. If you have Dwight, Durant and CP3 why do you need our high priced players. We want them all but Lakers have to go with the best and consistent shooters. As we have seen in the All Stars, Gasol will never be a good defensive player. However, he has some finesse moves that the Americans do not possess.

Another idea, is to surround Kobe-Gasol with the spanish team and put them in Laker uniform like: Rudy Fernandez, Calderon, Marc Gasol and Navarro plus that young PG. Hey, they are soft but blend perfectly with Gasol. Lakers will run faster, deadly 3 pointers and I think they will understand Kobe.

"Why not move at least to San Diego? Maybe SD exchanges the Chargers for the Kings? (Is swapping Philip Rivers' mouth for DeMarcus Cousins' attitude a plus or minus for SD?)"-Scott

I'll take Philip Rivers over DeMarcus Cousins any day, a definite minus. But It would be nice if someone from San Diego at least showed a little bit of interest in bringing an NBA franchise to this city. San Diego has failed with 2 teams already though, no business man who wants to make money will bring the NBA to San Diego. This city won't even come together to build the Chargers a new stadium, let alone a new NBA arena. I would love to see the San Diego Kings though.

It was an above average All Star weekend. The entertainment was top notch compared to previous years. LA just knows how to do these events right.

Go Lakers!
Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!


@LAKERJ… That’s quite a juicy tidbit that MM dropped in his article about Dwight asking Kobe for realtor references. A forced sign-and-trade to the Lakers by Dwight Howard might be the only way the Lakers agree to trade Andrew Bynum. Of course, the other way the Lakers can elevate their game to the next level would be for Drew to become the beast he could be. I watched the Making of a Beast again yesterday and it’s obvious to see that Drew is still a long way from getting his quickness and hops back. I suspect we won’t see him 100% until next year. That will be fine if he can stay healthy.
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@SEAN… I meant to comment a few days ago regarding your post about Pau Gasol. I thought your take on Pau was right on. Like you, I think the guy is a great player and perfect fit for this team and the Triangle Offense. Having said that, I have the same reservations as you do about whether or not Pau will come through in the clutch. To me, Pau’s confidence is very fragile, especially when he has a matchup where the other player is physical, which is a big reason why Andrew Bynum is so very important to this team. Drew’s presence allows Pau to usually have a favorable match up, one where he feels confident he can dominate. When Pau faces a tougher or more physical player, he is prone to become passive and allow himself to be taken out of the game. That’s the flip side to Pau’s greatness.
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TOM

Chinese, Irish, English, Indians, Native Americans, African Americans,
Thais, Filipinos, Mexicans, Germans, Africans, French, definitely the Polish, Arabs, Persians, Japanese, Singaporeans, Aussies...
Men, women, children...old, young...gay, straight, somewhere in between...
and you, and me; virtually everyone and everything can be a source of humor...laughed at sometimes, and more preferably,
laughed with most of the time...and should be.
Very few things are sacred...
and even those things aren't cast in stone for eternity.

Before you brand someone a racist, anti semite, bigot, homophobe,
or whatever the flavor of the day is...
('Progressives' have a million terms they like to redefine and use)...

Ask yourself: Has Tom ever laughed when he heard a comedian say something
that was off color?

If the answer is yes...and it is yes...then what does that say about your
'true character',
and alas...what it says is...is not a damn thing,
except that you have a sense of humor.

Maybe...just maybe, you take yourself too seriously my friend.

I suggest soap suds, with a narrower tube than usual.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants! (Yankess suck the big apple)
Go Niners! (I am reluctantly with you on Alex)

Sonnybelfast


Chinese, Irish, English, Indians, Native Americans, African Americans,
Thais, Filipinos, Mexicans, Germans, Africans, French, definitely the Polish, Arabs, Persians, Japanese, Singaporeans, Aussies...
Men, women, children...old, young...gay, straight, somewhere in between...
and you, and me; virtually everyone and everything can be a source of humor...laughed at sometimes, and more preferably,
laughed with most of the time...and should be.
Very few things are sacred...
and even those things aren't cast in stone for eternity.

Before you brand someone a racist, anti semite, bigot, homophobe,
or whatever the flavor of the day is...
('Progressives' have a million terms they like to redefine and use)...

Ask yourself: Has Tom ever laughed when he heard a comedian say something
that was off color?

If the answer is yes...and it is yes...then what does that say about your
'true character',
and alas...what it says is...is not a damn thing,
except that you have a sense of humor.

Maybe...just maybe, you take yourself too seriously my friend.

I suggest soap suds, with a narrower tube than usual.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants! (Yankess suck the big apple)
Go Niners! (I am reluctantly with you on Alex)

Sonnybelfast


Jolly Rancher,

Sonnybelfast, while a troll, has at least oftenly intelligently presented his position.

Sonnybelfast,

Your attack on Southern Californian thinking is a broad generalization. I've found that the people who best embody the ickiness of the worst Southern California stereotypes are not actually from Southern California. They're transplants from the Midwest, East Coast and abroad who moved to Los Angeles because that icky stereotype appealed to them... and thus they became and perpetuate the stereotype.

I've found that most native Californians are nice people.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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"Why not move at least to San Diego? Maybe SD exchanges the Chargers for the Kings? (Is swapping Philip Rivers' mouth for DeMarcus Cousins' attitude a plus or minus for SD?)
Posted by: Scott | February 21, 2011 at 09:49 AM
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Scott: RE: Rivers: to quote Yogi or somebeody "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Rivers has an ego based on his fire and accomplishments. sorta like our beloved.................wait for it.......................

.............. Kobe

JonK - I never questioned Sonny's intellectual level. But the Sac fan that he is, he wouldn't become a Lakerholic willingly and would possibly burst into flames if he did. I'm just sayin'

JR

Popovich wasn't trying to wear Kobe out. I think he was trying to give Kobe a chance to break the record, which he obviously was pursuing. Doc on the other hand clearly showed partisanship with playing Allen, Garnett and Pierce under 20 minutes

Sorry for posting late,anyway i think that Sonny Belfast is an interesting character and a good guy to be on the Lakers blog because he speaks his mind and he do support a team from LA region the Kings,he speaks his mind but he just not a fan of the Lakers.Well there are people like that,even me was once never a fan of Phil Jackson,MJ and the Bulls because of the media hype about Phil being a type of Zen Master and some kind of basketball God.Back then i didnt understand and i didnt have any knowledge on the triangle offence.All i was interested in was,'when will Lakers have another Show Time era.But the joyous news i got in late 1998 was that Phil Jackson was going to coach my beloved La Lakers.What a joy,what a joyous moment,the man whom i once hate with so much passion(the Lord of the Rings) was going coach my Lakers,the man who took MJ to 6 Nba championship was now in La.Wow i knew back then that we will see the emergence of Lakers dominance for a long time.Phil dont leave the Lakers organisation stay on.Thank you PJ,Cleamons,Hamblem and Tex,the Triangle lives on.


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