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Kobe Bryant's dominating performance in 113-96 victory over New York shows how it can lift team's collective effort

Lakers8_510 With the clock ticking down, the Lakers spread the floor in isolation and moved out of the way.

Since it came down to Kobe Bryant showing eagerness to go one-on-one to close out the first quarter, it's usually best to give him as much open space as possible. New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton appeared aware of Bryant's attempt to throw him off balance as the All-Star guard worked the dribble. Felton maintained his discipline, not to be thrown off by Bryant's crafty and shifty footwork and ballhandling ability. It still didn't matter. Bryant drove toward the lane, established his pivot foot, spun around and sank a 19-foot jumper as time expired.

We've seen this script before, the latest being in the Lakers' 113-96 victory Friday over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. His 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting marked the third time in six games he's dropped at least 30. His outburst against New York is far from new, considering he entered the last four contests against the Knicks averaging 42 points, including a Madison Square Garden record 61-point effort two years ago. And Friday night's effort followed the Lakers' six-point victory against Boston on Thursday night when he scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half.

It's not important that Bryant continuously scored at will, although it was entertaining to see Bryant follow up on his missed layup after Pau Gasol set him up on a backdoor cut with a rainbow shot. It's important how the Lakers responded to Bryant's scoring streak, an approach that will ensure continuous development as the Lakers (38-16) improved to 4-0 on their current seven-game trip, marked their fifth win out of the last six games and reduced the gap for first place in the Westen Conference to 6 1/2 games behind San Antonio (44-9).

What do I mean by how they responded? Well, first consider the players' movement when Bryant continued riding his hot hand. When Bryant closed out the first quarter, everyone stood in different parts of the court in isolation, but Bryant's teammates looked surely engaged. Before he closed out his 19-point first-quarter effort, Steve Blake and Shannon Brown remained in triple-threat position on both sides of the perimeter in case Bryant needed an outlet. As Bryant pulled up for his fadeaway, Gasol rushed to the glass in case he could close out with a put-back. Earlier, a pull-up three-pointer sent Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest to the boards, as did a pull-up jumper on the far side. When Bryant attempted his high-arching follow shot, there Lamar Odom was at the glass to pick up the rebound if needed.

Even if Bryant's two assists and the combined one-of-nine clip from Gasol and Artest suggested otherwise, Bryant's early-game aggressiveness helped set the tone for what amounted to a collectively focused effort. Had the Lakers not been engaged during Bryant's first-quarter shooting spree, it's likely they wouldn't have properly carried the baton when Bryant rested for the first 6:12 of the second quarter. But the Lakers maintained a 48-37 lead, with Gasol (20 points on nine-of-16 shooting), Odom (14 points on five-of-10 shooting) and Brown (12 points on six-of-10 shooting) sparking the necessary energy for a 13-4 run, most notably with Brown dunking a one-handed slam in transition and an alley-oop lob from Blake.

Sure, there were a few lapses. Odom and Gasol didn't prevent a tip-in before the Lakers ended halftime with a 62-48 lead. Gasol appeared to settle for mid-range jumpers despite going up against a defensesless Amare Stoudemire. Though Bynum continued to remind the Lakers of his worth with a 12-point, nine-rebound effort on five-of-eight shooting, he demonstrated his lift still remains a work in progress. And the Lakers' double-digit lead dwindled to 71-62 with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter. But no matter. Bryant's turnaround shot, three-pointer and running hook in the next 4 1/2 minutes helped put the game away, enabling him to sit out the entire fourth quarter.

If anything, the Lakers' effort against New York continued a pattern on this latest trip where a balanced offense proves the necessary ingredient to ensure success. But that doesn't always show up in the statistics, such as field-goal attempts, number of assists or touches. It points to the moments when Bryant's teammates appear just as engaged offensively during his scoring spree as they would if he facilitated. It points to the moments when the Lakers continued to secure the lead when Bryant sat out through quick ball movement, timely cutting and sharp passing. And it points to Lakers' ability to adapt to both scenarios interchangeably.

The formula has proven effective so far on this trip. There's no reason why it can't stay that way.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls up for a jumper over Knicks guard Danilo Gallinari in the second half Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press

 
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I AM GOING TO MY FIRST LAKERS GAME ON THE 23RD IN PORTLAND WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Anyway! Great game tonight, I loved it. I was really upset with espn though, do you want to know why? I really would have loved to see the ending of the game and instead I get the cavs and clips something i didn't care about. Would have been nice to see joe smith get some time.. instead as soon as he arrived on the court he was cut off due to a stupid cavs game!

4-0 on the road now? lets make it 5-0 on sunday!!

New nickname for Shannon Brown: DLP (Defies the Laws of Physics). Jeez, what a dunk.

The picture above was a thing of beauty...pump faked Galo and BOOM!!!! 3 point basket! The Black Mamba never ceases to amaze me.

On to Orlando for FIVE & O!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@Diandra - enjoy the game and bring back a W


@JOvBatz44 - agreed. Simply beautiful


@Allnet - Back to back strong games by Shannon! Back to Back electrifying dunks.

PracticeSeason888

1, Son, The PSP was NOT addressing you so you WILL stand down son!

2, Huh?? What the hell was all that stuff you wrote about? Did you even read what the PSP wrote to LEWSTRS before you responded?

LEWSTRS

Do you really condone the behavior of the guy who's cause you are championing?

Hobbit,
The PSP would like to hire you on a contract basis for "stat supporting evidence" purposes? What say you? $38/hr?

Thanks
PSP VP

Jerry Sloan was a great coach, but one who deserves to be on the same perch as Nellie, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Fitch, Chuck Daly, Larry Brown - no higher. Personally though, I always loved his fiery approach to playing D, his commitment that his team give tough defensive efforts, night in and night out. The league will be worse-off without him in it, definitely the Jazz.

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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Cyber,

Lenny, Fitch, Daddy Rich and LB all made it to the top of the mountain. How do you justify putting Sloan with them? And Nellie don't get me started on him...he made a mockery of the game at the end so he's not in Jerry's class.

Nothing but negative Gasol comments from all LAT writers. The guy gets 20 points and 6 rebounds in a win, yet the writer choses to note a poor shooting stretch and a failed tip-in block out.

@LRob- I know you wrote that you were reserving judgment about the Sloan Resignation.

You could read the whole article (ESPN), here are a couple of quotes of note:

"You're a professional," said Malone, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and one of greatest power forwards in league history. "You don't need for me to break a film down for you. If you want to stop the guy you're playing, they pay you millions of dollars. You get you a TV and break the player down yourself."

"Maybe arguing was the last straw, so there I am, guilty of that," Williams said of a halftime clash with Sloan during Wednesday's loss. "But I think anybody who believes I could force coach Sloan to resign is crazy. He's stronger than that and personally if I said that to him, he'd probably go tell me to go do something."

Asked if he thinks the 68-year-old Sloan was forced out rather than voluntarily resigned because he had run out of energy, Malone reiterated his statement. "I said what I said earlier. The guy I know and love, he don't quit or nothing," Malone said.


Make of it, what you will.

If not for JIM BUSS Andrew Bynum would have been long gone, playing with lesser teams Bynum would probably already a two time ALL-star. Bynum would have progressed much much better without the injuries created by Kobe and Odom. Bynum would be the best Center in the NBA right now.


Dwight Howard has been in the NBA 8 years and never been injured which means his development has been continous for years, yet his offense still can not catch up with Bynum's.

In JIM BUSS the Lakers are safe for the next 40 years!

Sure, there were a few lapses. Odom and Gasol didn't prevent a tip-in before the Lakers ended halftime with a 62-48 lead.
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MM - that was strictly Pau's fault. He had inside position and box out responsibility on Fields, who was in the second slot. But for some reason Pau was looking into the crowd when that free throw was shot and allowed Fields to get the tip in uncontested. The look Kobe gave him was priceless...and of course he also gave him some choice words.

diandra - How exciting...have a great time and have fun representing...

LRob - Did you see that Magic special, Coming Home...you gotta catch it if you can...his homecoming back at Mich St.

Shannon had 2 spectacular dunks...and he played smarter tonight...

The 7-0 Road Trip Bandwagon is still ROLLING...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYnFIRc0k6E

sean,

I did a good read through in the Salt Lake Tribune and a few other sources today. I still stand by my statement. They're both very stubborn. I don't blame DWill. I know many here immediatedly criticized Deron. Sorry but I'm not joining that group.


I'm not sure what you were saying in your post. Could you spell it out for me a little clearer?

REPOST!! (Ignore if you are not PracticeSeason888 or LEWSTRS; and are not interested in our current 'discussion')

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LEWSTRS

Ok no problem, never said PracticeSeason888 composed it though. The PSP does not mind having discussions especially when the tone is like that of your last post. That is what we are here for; you have your opinions, the PSP has it's own and we are here to discuss and exchange.

The PSP is not sure if you read the drivel 888 posted earlier but you should read it and tell me if what the PSP posted earlier warranted such an idiotic reply. The PSP is not even entirely sure 888 read my post before replying to it.

KobeMVP888 you said:
"He chooses to simplify matters and make assumptions he can't prove that we would have lost without HCA last season and can't win without it this season. He lacks confidence, knowledge and basic Lakers fan common sense."
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The practice season police is now publicly calling you out to show where the PSP EVER made such a statement/assumption. The PSP patiently waits, its like you didn't learn a lesson about 'spin zones' after LAKER TRUTH destroyed you sometime last month. Well, the police is here to make sure that lesson is taught again.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Posted by: Practice Season Police | February 11, 2011 at 11:09 PM

I'm of a similar mind, it's ridiculous to blame DWill for anything. Players and Coaches fight all the time. I just think if Deron's play calling was better or more in the flow of the game, than Sloan would defer, I just don't think he though DWill could handle all the responsibilites of that task, right now. And that altercation was the 'straw that broke the Camel's back', so to speak. Brain goes into overdrive. Fight or Flight. He was done.

Lew,

I did catch the special. It was excellent. Filmed in old Jenison Field House so it brought back a lot of memories. It was good to see all Magic former teammates former high school, MSU and the Lakers there, plus his family, teachers, etc. It was a nice emotional show.

Shannon is so explosive he just doesn't have a great "feel" for the game and I only think so much of that can be learned. He playing with a lot of confidence (sometimes too much...lol) and has worked very hard to improve his shooting. I know he's capable of playing better defense. He just needs to put as much effort on that end of the floor as he does on offense.

Yes, the Lakers are "finally" showing signs of going on a roll like Limp Bizkit said. Great minds think alike because ms. posted the same song earlier. Although I'm glad you gave us the edited version....haha!

PS....don't let the negativity get you down. Otherwise the negative posters win.

sean,

Thanks for the clarity. I don't know what Karl is talking about. I don't see how a player asking the coach to have the team watch more film could be viewed as negative. I think its DWill's responsibility as the leader to give the coach suggestions. It doesn't sound like coach was too receptive which probably frustrated him. Either way they both wanted to win...they just had disagreements. That happens. For what I understand Karl Malone had more disagreements with Sloan than anyone so I don't know what he's talking about.

Huge game from Fisher !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok so the Lakers win again tonight 113-96 over the knicks.What is that 4 in a row?So this sudden burst of energy is quieting rumors of a Carmello Anthony trade.As a Laker fan Im pumped we are coming together and playing good basketball.However, Im still entertaining the thoughts of mello in purple & gold.I mean, cum on man!Bynums always hurt and Artest doesnt want to be a Laker anymore anyway.Carmello is only 23 years old,Kobe could hand him the Laker torch!Laker fans -for more on this topic visit my website- I have a page dedicated to the Lakers with videos,a live sports feed and a blog. http://www.wadehutch.webs.com/ #Lakers 4 life

LRob - yes it was an excellent piece with Magic...I learned more about his high school and college years...I do have one thing I didn't like, nit piking, but I didn't care for Magic's statement when asked what his next endeavor would be...he said, "what's best for my brand"...huh...sounded like LeBron...

I don't care about the negativity...alot of our play deserves some negative criticism...but it's the vicious, vile, hateful, malicious, and disrespectful comments deep down in the gutter that I've read. They might have had a bad game, bad span, bad month, bad luck...but it doesn't warrant those kind of remarks and posts...notfor the same group that has given us 3 straight finals and consecutive championships...Remarks like those and attacks on character are unwarranted...and I take offense.

I come in here to celebrate my team not to sit and watched them get insulted and degraded...and that's how I roll...

What a beautiful, spirited effort tonight - tail end of a tough back-to-back, after disposing the greenies no less.

GREAT EFFORT!

This was simply another magnificent game by one Kobe Bean Bryant aka The Black Mamba aka The GOAT-to-be! When he plays like he's been, is there anything better? His game has been so efficient, so effective - he carves up opponents like they were slabs of roast beef. Our inside game hits opponents in the gut and knocks the wind out of them, then Kobe comes in and hammers them with a succession of jab-jab-uppercuts. Then we get a couple of right crosses to the chin by Shannon & the bench. It's just a complete and utter annihilation when we play like that.

Just an all around SATISFYINGLY GREAT GAME!


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

Shout out to Jon K! Making a trip to Ohio in order to make it onto the Lucky Barstool and ensuring our victory over the C's? All Laker fans are indebted to you and to the Lucky Barstool! So fitting the 100th victory is over the C's!

BTW, would the bar owner sell you the Lucky Barstool to bring back with you to Cali? We could all take up a collection and get that thing over here! I imagine though it would need to remain where it is at, removing it might also remove its special abilities...

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sean: Congrats!

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Diandra: First Laker game? Let's hope they make it a WIN just for you! First time watching the mamba in person, it is going to strike you just how incredible a player he is (as Magic was so far above his peers during the showtime days). He's amazing to watch on TV, but in real life - it's truly awe inspiring.

HAVE FUN and of course don't forget the lozenges in case you lose your voice supporting the Lakeshow!

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LRob: about Sloan and his position on the 'coaching greats hierarchy' - what I'm saying is I wouldn't place him above those other coaches. Tough deal in that his Jazz teams overlapped the MJ Bulls, but he extracted the absolute most he could have from his teams (much like the vastly-underrated Rick Adelman does now). He didn't overcoach them, he stuck to the proven formula. I'm sure you remember how he pick-and-rolled the Lakers for years, absolutely killing them with that one, stupid play they just couldn't stop. Well - it does help when the two players running it happen to be Karl Malone and John Stockton - but still...

Anyways, he deserve props for what he did. I agree, Nellie was a joke, I'd hate to have been a Warriors fan for the last couple of years, his players didn't have any semblance of normalcy in rotations or whatnot. Sloan though, he got to a couple of Finals and gave some of the stiffest tests in the Finals the Bulls faced. It's too bad for him though that those Bulls teams were so stacked they just couldn't get by them. In the end, he is no better than those others, but rightly deserves to be slotted alongside them.

Quickly since I'm falling to sleep, lol, but there is:

Phil Jackson
then
Red Auerbach
then
Riley/Popovich
then
a group of about 10-12 coaches - Sloan deserves his spot in this group, he's earned it.

As to how much blame D-Will should shoulder, we just don't know what really happened - but is it much unlike what Magic did in '81 to Westhead? I saw the NBA TV interview with Karl Malone, the dude is defending 'his guy' - while seemingly missing that he's causing some trouble for 'his team' in insinuating that D-Will was the cause for Sloan bolting.

Westhead was trying to implement a stagnant offense and Magic spoke up. D-Will didn't even go that far, at least not to management.

I'm just hoping that down the road this causes him to leave and don the purple and gold muahhaaaa.......

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hobbit: "He's an illiterate misguided attorney. Ok. One of those 3 things is probably not true. You can choose."

oh boy, here it goes again...


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

Off to bed but ran across this, thought it was interesting:

"Los Angeles Lakers' games on FS West command the NBA's biggest local audiences, with an average of 278,000 homes tuning in for each game. The Lakers are followed by the Bulls, Boston and New York."

So, just WHERE is 'hoop mecca' again? Uh, yeah, it's in L.A., where the World Champion Lakers play...


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

who's to say bynum is not already the best center in the league right now. this road trip has clearly been the breaking point in the lakeshow's play. they are sharp, woke up if you will. and Lrob , a little clearer is not proper english, it would be a little more clearly, if you are going to correct one's writing you should at least make sense.

Bynum is easily one of the best centers in the league, despite all of his injuries. Give him another season or two and he will be a HUGE dominating big man.

The PSP is not sure if you read the drivel 888 posted earlier but you should read it and tell me if what the PSP posted earlier warranted such an idiotic reply. The PSP is not even entirely sure 888 read my post before replying to it.

Posted by: Practice Season Police | February 11, 2011 at 11:11 P

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It was so poorly composed that honestly I couldn't get through it. Until you lose this handle which sole purpose is aimed at trashing me and turning the entire forum against me, I will expose you for the naysayer that you are. Complaining Lakers fans like you disgust me and embarrass the rest of the real Lakers fans.

The fact that you would want to recruit the hobbitmonster with his inferior statistical research skills and utterly absurd comparisons which have no basis in any reason whatsoever to challenge me is evidence of your low level of understanding of this Lakers team or NBA basketball and NBA history in general. The elementary statistics that he relies on to prove his points, like scoring, rebounding and assist averages (zzzzzz) are laughable at best. In fact, this other member of your team, LAKER TRUTH, does have some valid points from time to time, but he's also right there to jump on your Naysayer Bandwagon. I recall the post where he took a few comments I made about Luke Walton and Matt Barnes out of context and tried to rip me a new one. Somehow he even got the level headed LRob to go along with him because he spun my comments out of context so well, but the fact that he was so obsessed with me (as you are, unless of course you ARE him) is conclusive evidence that my posts fascinate him (and you). Seriously, who wastes their time combing the archives in an effort to rip someone apart? The mental stability of such stalkers must be put into question.

Get rid of the handle. The very fact that you use it at all is conclusive evidence that you have nothing more than a rudimentary understanding of the very team you allegedly root for, not to mention that it's proof of your failure and refusal, and continued failure and refusal, to have even accept the "practice season" at its very basic meaning. You further demonstrated this when my simple use of the term "meaningless" so perplexed you, that it actually somehow offended you.

Every aspect of the practice season is unfolding before your very eyes, including all the quotes from the players, coaching staff, and NBA analysts in the media who echo this concept, yet not only do you refuse to grasp it, you're missing out on the very enjoyment of it. Or maybe not. Perhaps it is I who am missing out on something here? If so, I am all ears. But until you convince me otherwise, the real season can't come soon enough and that doesn't happen until mid-April. Can you grasp that?

I'm definitely hoping & praying that Andrew stays healthy the rest of the season.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Laker Fam,

As stated by LakerTom, let there be an agreement that you disagree. We all have different personalities, different beliefs, different race/ roots/ culture, we were all raised differently, different experiences in life which shaped us on how we see things, bottom line is, we all love/ cheer the same WORLD CHAMPION LAKERS TEAM. Please agree to disagree. Let peace reign among us!

Lakers win, We win.

Let's enjoy this 2010-11 ride!!! It'll be fun!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Larry,

You don't need to report today brother. It's your rest day today! Hope you're well now. Rest up brother. We have a game on Sunday(Monday- in my country), and we will be needing you!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

PracticeSeason888

How can you write an honest, unbiased reply to me then, if you do not read through my entire post TO SOMEONE ELSE? Beats me, but the PSP hope that everyone is slowly but surely seeing you for what you are.

Anyway, the PSP called you out earlier and like the snake you are you completely 'slimed' your way around it. You are being called out again now and I will keep calling you out till you answer the simple question. The PSP is using your exact words so you will not say anyone took your quote out of context this time.

KobeMVP888 you said:
"He chooses to simplify matters and make assumptions he can't prove that we would have lost without HCA last season and can't win without it this season. He lacks confidence, knowledge and basic Lakers fan common sense."
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The practice season police is now publicly calling you out to show where the PSP EVER made such a statement/assumption. The PSP patiently waits, its like you didn't learn a lesson about 'spin zones' after LAKER TRUTH destroyed you sometime last month. Well, the police is here to make sure that lesson is taught again.

Thanks
PSP Intern

JovBatz44

The PSP is joining you in that prayer. Remember, when two or more are gathered ... You are up nice and early as always. A healthy Andrew puts us in a different class from the rest of the league.

Thanks
PSP Intern [Naniiiiiiiiiiiiiii goooooooooool]

I think some people are underestimating the importance of Bynum. He is really THE KEY to the success of this season and the coming ones.

Until you lose this handle which sole purpose is aimed at trashing me and turning the entire forum against me...
Posted by: KobeMVP888
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Surely you jest.

Do you truly believe that the PSP handle has any affect on what others think of your posts and that his handle turns others against you?

If you think that's how everyone forms opinions and that a persons handle could turn anyone against you, you should rethink that opinion because it's an insult to the decision making and evaluation skills of everyone else who reads the blog.

Perhaps it's the content of your posts and the opinions that you espouse that has a bigger influence on what others may think of you, not another bloggers handle.

A healthy Andrew puts us in a different class from the rest of the league.

Posted by: Practice Season Police
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Amen to that. Not even close with any team in the 'L'. Not even the Celtics. Not even the Celtics & Heat, COMBINED....hmmmm, ok maybe if we add MJ to the Lakers! LOL!

BTW, how do you think the Jazz will fare without Sloan for the rest of the season? I personally think they will be more of a CAVS v2.0, or I may be wrong.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

PSP Sir,

I SAID:
"Not even the Celtics & Heat, COMBINED....hmmmm, ok maybe if we add MJ to the Lakers!"

Because I brought that up, what do you think of this match-up in a seven game series? or perhaps one exhibition game?

Perkins vs Bynum
KG vs Gasol
Lebron vs Odom
Wade vs 32 year old Michael Jordan
Rondo vs Kobe


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Rooney ... Gaadaaamn!!!

JovBatz44

Lol, the PSP will take MJ on his team all day. Hate him or love him, the man was/is a basketball god.

Re:
Perkins vs Bynum
KG vs Gasol
Lebron vs Odom
Wade vs 32 year old Michael Jordan
Rondo vs Kobe

Our Lakers with MJ would eat that team alive in a 7 game series no contest!!! Anything can happen in a one game exhibition though, especially with bonafide superstars and game changers on both teams.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Finally an enjoyable game!

I love to see my Lakers bury a team.
I love to see Shannon making crazy dunks.
I love to see Pau showing some aggression.
I love to see Kobe dancing.
I love to watch Kobe playing in the Garden.
I love effin garbage time!!!

Also, wrt the Jazz, the PSP don't think they will be anywhere as bad as the Jazz. If anything, they have much better players than the Cavs. D Will alone can carry that team to a few wins; and Millsap, Jefferson and Miles aren't slouches by any stretch. We shall see as the season progresses though.

Thanks Again
PSP Intern

Cyberscosmix,

re: hobbit: "He's an illiterate misguided attorney. Ok. One of those 3 things is probably not true. You can choose."

oh boy, here it goes again...

my response: sorry if the humor was too dry and you missed it. We know
that he is an attorney from his profile. We doubt that he's illiterate because
he can write. That would leave ... misguided wouldn't it?

So, am I a bad hobbit for saying that he's misguided? Really?

Art,

you wrote:
Do you truly believe that the PSP handle has any affect on what others think of your posts and that his handle turns others against you?

If you think that's how everyone forms opinions and that a persons handle could turn anyone against you, you should rethink that opinion because it's an insult to the decision making and evaluation skills of everyone else who reads the blog.

Perhaps it's the content of your posts and the opinions that you espouse that has a bigger influence on what others may think of you, not another bloggers handle.

my response: That's so ... rational. :)

Our Lakers with MJ would eat that team alive in a 7 game series no contest!!! Anything can happen in a one game exhibition though, especially with bonafide superstars and game changers on both teams.

Posted by: Practice Season Police
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Right, on 7 game series, I was thinking of the same thing. I never thought about 'anything can happen' on a one game only though, I was thinking we'll still crush them. LOL! Thanks for your response.

You watching soccer now? Soccer is not big from where I'm from, although Basketball is a religion here. LOL!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

WOW! Interesting stuff in the blog the last 24 hours. We are now (apparantly) past the trade scenarios and we return to our regularly scheduled programs.

Quick point to the Bynum faction; I don't think anyone has questioned that our team is really good with Bynum contributing and healthy. I DO THINK that people are fatigued by his history of injuries and not even being able to gauge who he is (as he is always injured). Is he a character guy? Does he have the will of a champion? Will he show up and play big when he is needed? Is he doing the little things to continuously grow as a player and teamate?

While most of us agree that Bynum is a great asset and that our team is better when he is healthy, we (as fans) are worn out by him. An Older Man taught me that "Wisdom is being able to stand the tension of two things being true simultaneously." The two truths here in question (for me) are:

1) Andrew Bynum is incredibly talented and with him, we likely win another Championship.

2) With Andrew Bynum injured so much, it is impossible to determine his character/potential/value to this team because with every question it begs the question "Can you really expect him to excel when he is coming back from injury? Doesn't he need more time? Shouldn't he be careful during the season so that he can be there in the finals?

It's not fair to judge Bynum like we do the rest of the high caliber players in the league BECAUSE he is injured so much. At the same time, it tests our patience as fans to continuously support him with so many unknowns and unpredictability surrounding him.

Bynum represents the impossibly perfect dilemma of greatness and unpredictability. In that lies the difficulty. IN closing, Bynum has been playing HUGE the last few games. To project what he is doing now into the future seems reasonable. With THIS Bynum, we will win the championship. But we have been here many times fellow Laker Fans. And so we continue the Perfect dilemma of "Will this guy be there tomorrow and can we trust that this will last?".

I for one am hoping so. But we are one injury from devastation and dashed dreams. That makes it hard for me to be sold on him by my fellow fans EVERY ..... SINGLE..... DAY.

JohnnyV,

you wrote: I for one am hoping so. But we are one injury from devastation and dashed dreams. That makes it hard for me to be sold on him by my fellow fans EVERY ..... SINGLE..... DAY.

my response: You forgot "frickin'".

The sentence should read:

"That makes it hard for me to be sold on him by my fellow fans
EVERY .... SINGLE .... FRICKIN'...... DAY.

I chose not to deal with punctuation, because it's a Saturday. In a mildly
heated state * a worked up hobbit* might write:

"That makes it hard for me to be sold on him, by my fellow fans,
EVERY .... SINGLE .... FRICKIN'...... DAY!

[ you could toss in more profanity to truly catch the emotional content, but
I think you catch my drift. :) ]

As always:

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Here's what Kobe had to say on the DWill/Sloan situation. Not surprising that he would stick up for another players....


http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/27483936

MELO WHO?

Ok, last nights win proves that fans need to chill out and quit worrying about the Lakers. Just let them do what they do keep them healthy. Health is the real key to the 3-peat!! These Lakers can win anywhere.

Put me on the "Rest The Lakers Until April, Embrace The 8th Seed And Take Care Of The Spurs Early" bandwagon.

I know the '99 Knicks made it to the Finals, but when was the last time an 8th seed went all the way? We could actually do it.

dan


Kobe's shootin' better than last year.

On schedule for April.

GO Lakers

i hope the utah fans run d-will out of town. run him straight to the lakers!!!

Nice balanced win for our LA Lakers. Kobe managed the game flawlessly and put it out of reach by the third quarter. The bench was able to sustain and emulate the quality of basketball that the starters displayed.
Eventhough NY is not in the same tier as the Lakers, this is the type of game that the Lakers could have lost a few weeks back. The team is progressing and beginning to develop the "defending champion" mindset that many of us were expecting.
As for Carmelo, if he watched this game he must be wondering what team he really wants to play for. I believe he and the Lakers stay put until the summer. He can declare for free agency and then the Nuggets can do a sign and trade with the Lakers. He will certainly be an assest on the team and will posture the Lakers to keep winning chips in the future. As for who I would trade him for, well I still say Bynum over Gasol. At that point the Lakers would only need a defensive/rebounder type center a la Ben Wallace when Detroit was able to win a championship with him. Have a great weekend everyone. Magic are next!

CyberCosmiX,

"would the bar owner sell you the Lucky Barstool to bring back with you to Cali?"

The Lucky Barstool is actually a section of the wooden bar etched with a pocket knife (I am not saying who or how this special section was etched with a pocket knife. It's barely identifiable. No gross vandalism was committed.)

So... the entire bar would have to be purchased.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Well for being a puppy in the NBA, Andrew Bynum is a man in NBA years, this is why you see people criticizing him all the time already expecting the best out of him, including yours truly. Here is why we have a problem with him, his lack of intensity and disdain for life around the post -- although by no fault of his own really it's injuries hampering that. But, Dwight Howard has been in the league around the same time as Andrew Bynum yet, he's more physically fit so he can exploit that and be way more explosive, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Kaman for instance are better at trading shots. AB has a problem now with the bounce pass because he can't lift at-will as he used to do. With Andrew Bynum we get a guy that's a legit C-body but players don't fear him most of the time because he doesn't put the fear of God into them, which is why Kobe and Odom have little to do with his injuries, he doesn't center his body set himself in position to create offense for himself and he doesn't 'put his foot down', he is loosey-goosey around the post. His presence alone is his worth. That's what he believes.. because that's all he's been told. That's not what he should aim for. Conclusion: Slow and steady wins the race. And with Andrew Bynum what you see is what you get (aka another ring etc.)

..But I want the Lakers bouncer Matt Barnes to get back to form, lessen potential for the common eyesore that is Ron-ron's abysmal sub-par pedestrian shooting.

Wins lower my blood pressure now. Fudging yea... feeling better.

I wonder why the coward who was heckling James refused to give his name to ESPN.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/news/story?id=6114546

Despite, rancour or jealousy, no one deserves to have their children within earshot of disrespectful cowards. Would that guy show up to the Heat Locker Room and say something to the man. No, he's a rotting coward.

If anyone was doing that stuff with my kids around, I would have reacted the same way. He handled himself very well, given the circumstance.

@Cyber – Thanks for your ranking on coaches. I just can’t put Sloan up there with some of the other championship coaches. Your list made me wonder why HOFer KC Jones is rarely mentioned with other great coaches….hmmm. Also, good info on the Lakers strong TV ratings. Like Stern said the perfect championship would be the Lakers vs. Lakers.

@Art - well said at 5:52am

@Johnny V - Oh the dilemma

@MVP – You’ve mentioned “several” times that Laker Truth somehow pulled the wool over my eyes in the whole conversation you and he had on Luke Walton. That’s simply not true. When the DWill/Sloan incident came up a few days ago you said and I paraphrase, “It was just like me not to offer an opinion without knowing more about the situation”. Don’t you think I would use that same reasoning in before commenting on your discussion with Truth? The bottom line is you felt Walton if healthy would get more playing time than Barnes. LakerTruth (and myself) felt Barnes would get more run. He was right. You were wrong. That’s pretty cut and dry to me. If I was wrong or fooled….I would have no problem admitting it as I’ve done on other occasions here.

As far as the archives go....I don’t use them to rip people, I use them for documentation on who said what. Otherwise people could just say anything without being held accountable.

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!

Some thoughts on recent developments.....

Glad to see the Cavs get off the schneid...So much has been made of how LeBrawn's departure has led to their downfall. And to a large extent that's true. But it's also true that Shaq and Big Z left, and Varejao and Mo Williams and Gibson have been injured for large stretches. One never hears that side of the story from the ESPN LeBrawn hype machine.

Hate to see Coach Sloan go. I just think that he was burned out and that any disagreements that he may have had with Deron Williams were secondary to that fact in his decision to resign. The red flag, however, is how his long time assistant, Phil Johnson also resigned. It may well be that Johnson chose that action as a show of support of his friend and colleague, and as a sign of his displeasure with Jazz management and their handling of the situation. At any rate, I wish Jerry Sloan well.

That Kobe fella loves Madison Square Garden, doesn't he?

Shannon Brown has regained his mojo. I've always thought that he suffers from a lack of confidence in himself. I honestly don't think that Shannon truly believes how much talent he has and how good he can be. Playing amateur shrink, I've thought that after his fast start this year, his fear of not being able to sustain that start has played a role in his inconsistency since then. Playing well against the Celtics seemed to have given his ego a much needed boost. His three point shot and three free throws early in the Celtic game were HUGE!! Helped the Lakers maintain touch with the Green Slime. Keep it up, Shannon!!

Amare gets away with a lot of offensive fouls. His move in traffic is one where he always leads with his forearm into his opponent's chest. A blatant offensive foul, all the time.

Lakers have got to get Ron Artest untracked. He makes great steals on the perimeter but invariably coughs the ball up trying to convert the steal into a layup. All the main rotation guys played well last night, with the exception of RonRon. The team needs him to play better.

Finally, it's strange how good victories are the strongest form of troll repellent. The Sonny fastballs of the world are suddenly too busy to check in on the blog. Funny how that works!!

GO LAKERS!!!

LRob

Why bother? We all know practiceseason888 is a bust and a fraud. The PSP was accused by him just yesterday and now the PSP have challenged him to show where or when the PSP said the things he is accusing the PSP of. He is yet to reply to that, instead he goes off on another name calling rant. oy vey :-(

Thanks
PSP Intern

Despite my dislike for LeBrawn James, I can only express total disdain for the heckler that would talk about the man's mother in such a disrespectful and loud, obnoxious way. Leave family out of it. If this clown were alone in a room with LBJ, he'd never have the nerve to repeat his comments. He'd probably ask for an autograph.

Despite my dislike for LeBrawn James, I can only express total disdain for the heckler that would talk about the man's mother in such a disrespectful and loud, obnoxious way. Leave family out of it. If this clown were alone in a room with LBJ, he'd never have the nerve to repeat his comments. He'd probably ask for an autograph.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 12, 2011 at 09:17 AM

The worst part is that his kids were in earshot of that crap. Who knows if they asked their Dad what that guy was talking about. I hope he didn't need to have that conversation. Kids and family are off limits.


If that guy said what he said to anyone of us about our Mother or Kids, he better have an army to back him up, cuz I'd be his huckleberry. He wouldn't like that. I don't think he wanted Lebron to go there either. 6'8, 260 fronting, what are you possibly going to do?

Johnny V -- superb post. I've said it for a long time, and consistently since last summer. No one -- no one -- can beat LA four out of seven if Bynum is playing well. We all saw it in the 1st quarter of last night's game. He and LA could do that every night, but far too often we underestimate how difficult it is for a team to play well with a target on its back every night since Gasol came on board 3 years ago. As well as how hard it is for a 23 year-old center who leapt from HS to the pros to mature and flourish with significant leg injuries that few great centers (as I can recall) suffered so early in their careers.

All that being said, and as much as I believe in Bynum, if an Anthony trade is a possibility, it's awfully hard to say no. Because the risk is losing Bynum to injury for good with nothing to show for your investment.

LA with a healthy and productive Bynum is an absolute joy to watch. But how long and how often will it happen? And will it happen come May and June, when it *needs* to, not only this year but in the years to come?

Interesting takes on the Celtics game by the folks who thought the Laker victory was somehow tainted by the Celtic rash of injuries. I thought that game served as a great learning experience for Blake and Brown. These 2 guys are in a situation of having to produce on a regular basis for a championship level squad for the first time in their careers. Brown has been part of the mix before, but was always on a short leash because of Sasha and Farmar. Now he is being depended upon as never before. And Blake is still getting acclimated to the high stakes environment surrounding the Lakers.

Most of the Celtics who were unavailable will not be part of the rotation for the Green Slime in the playoffs. And as far as Paula Pierces's bout with the flu...meh! Who can ever tell when he's faking or not. If you're on the court, it's all good, PP!

Any Laker victory is Foston is a GREAT victory! Period!!

As always Bronxlakerfan, you always put up a well organized thoughts that everybody can agree on. You never fade all these years in the blog.

Lakers are doing great in this trip with up-tempo basketball, either there was change in course or got the message from fans. As usual, it would be "I told you so" deja vu all over again in trying to seize the series of victories as a booster to one's opinion, as if it really matters. Everyone who comes in this blog wants the Lakers to win in any fashion. What others want to point out (who are labeled as GHE's) the team don't take advantage of their superiority and they often show lackadaisical attitudes and distracted games. Who amongst us does not want #17 and three-peat? So there's should be no quarrel on who is right or wrong, we are all aiming at the same objective with different strategies in mind. Every strategy should be aired and respected because these are ideas that help coaches, players and management. This is the internet age where blogs, emails, facebook, twitters can be disseminated to everyone at a very fast pace. We develop a lot of Einsteins' among the populace. Everybody wanted to join the betterment of their group or government by sharing ideas. It becomes harmful when you arbitrarily block these ideas because of self-centered reasoning or arrogance of power.

Therefore, here is my *minute* idea. The trading deadline is coming fast and we want to take a second look on the team's needs and the talent being offered there. The Knicks could not offer anything that Nuggets want for the Melo trade. Nuggets wanted Bynum but as we have seen our tall, young player can really help this team if he's healthy so we want to continue the experiment furthermore. We saw improvement in Artest, Walton and Fisher. Of course, we all know that in a trade you have to offer something attractive to get something in return. How about offering any combination of the three plus cash and newbies or draft picks for Melo? It is a take it or leave it deal and let Nuggets think on their fading option on their superstar. If they don't take it, at least we tried and we still have the three. Supposing they took the offer, do you think Melo in the line up will help in guaranteeing the three-peat compared to the aforementioned three?

Typo...
On my last comment, s/b "Any Laker victory *IN* Foston is a GREAT victory! Period!

Erratum: instead of *minute*, it should be minutiae.

@sean...

people like that heckler have real issues.
Congrats on taking the latest step towards your goal. Keep on keeping on!

bronxlakerfan: "Shannon Brown has regained his mojo. I've always thought that he suffers from a lack of confidence in himself. I honestly don't think that Shannon truly believes how much talent he has and how good he can be. Playing amateur shrink, I've thought that after his fast start this year, his fear of not being able to sustain that start has played a role in his inconsistency since then. Playing well against the Celtics seemed to have given his ego a much needed boost. His three point shot and three free throws early in the Celtic game were HUGE!! Helped the Lakers maintain touch with the Green Slime. Keep it up, Shannon!!"
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Right on, I totally agree. I think he's one of the most athletically-gifted players in the league today. He always seems so humble, so grateful to get minutes - but he's gone through stretches in which he seemingly can't throw a pea in the ocean.

Last year, he went through that period late in the year where he was hesitating on almost every shot he would take, he would freeze for a second when he got a pass thrown his way.

Good observation. Hopefully his confidence will grow along with his good play. If he could regain some of the shooting touch he displayed in the first month of the season, along with the rest of his skills - the sky is the limit for Sham-WOW!

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LRob: KC Jones, yeah, he does get overlooked a lot. So does the coach of the Minneapolis Lakers, John Kundla. Unfortunately, he never gets mentioned but 5 titles in 6 years was a great accomplishment.

But, if Kundla gets diminished, it is only fair that Red get the same treatment. Chowd fans like to point out that their black-and-white-TV era wins are every bit as significant as titles won today are, but it was Kundla that established the first NBA dynasty. Frankly, the Laker franchise has been more significant for longer than they have. Oh my, spun way off track there, lol...

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PSP: The attempts of humor get lost in the poor writing. Most of your posts require some kind of deciphering to figure out, something I'm unwilling to give time to do. But from the small sections of your drivel that are somewhat legible, one thing is clear: slants and biases that are the main objective of your posts, humor is just the vehicle you use to convey those messages in a more palatable way. You're playing a clown that sells cigarettes to kids.

Give it a rest, your poor attempts at humor have gotten very old, very quickly.


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

sean,

It's not like the heckler said anything that wasn't true.

I'm sure LeBron's sons have witnessed plenty of bad behavior first hand.

What do we play for? RINGS!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Edwin Gueco...

Thanks for the kind words!

I really don't think that the Lakers can offer a package attractive enough to pry Carmelo away from Denver without including Pau or Andrew. That's what makes the proposed swap so difficult. Melo is a stud, no doubt. But Pau and Andrew represent a different type of value that has resulted in championships.

@bronx- Thanks bronx, appreciate it.

CyberCosmiX

The PSP is glad that you picked up a new word from my posts. Kudos. Now, the PSP would like you to present ONE example of a post I put up where being biased was my main objective (your buddy is yet to present evidence on his own accusations on me; the PSP waits). It's amazing how some people still can't understand that there are two sides to a book; that one does not agree with a certain theory of your's does not make the person biased or a naysayer, or whatever else name I've been called. The PSP even tried to be understanding with you on the last thread but I guess you have to play bodyguard for your lil buddy.

Funny enough, the PSP remember you when you first joined the blog as a much more agreeable poster. Don't know what happened to you.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Edwin: "The Knicks could not offer anything that Nuggets want for the Melo trade. Nuggets wanted Bynum but as we have seen our tall, young player can really help this team if he's healthy so we want to continue the experiment furthermore. We saw improvement in Artest, Walton and Fisher. Of course, we all know that in a trade you have to offer something attractive to get something in return. How about offering any combination of the three plus cash and newbies or draft picks for Melo? It is a take it or leave it deal and let Nuggets think on their fading option on their superstar. If they don't take it, at least we tried and we still have the three. Supposing they took the offer, do you think Melo in the line up will help in guaranteeing the three-peat compared to the aforementioned three? "
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I think you're right, if the Knicks had anything at all of interest to the Nuggets, that trade would be done. Supposedly, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh wants to hold not go beyond one first-round draft picks, and hasn't allowed the Nuggets to choose who they'd want outside of Amar'e.

It is a shame the Lakers didn't keep Sasha around, the value of his expiring contract would have made a trade that didn't include one of the Lakers core-group more likely. We still have that trade-exception to offer, but that is relatively small and I believe we have up to a year to use it.

The Lakers have expiring contracts in Joe Smith/Theo Ratliff, but they only come up to a couple of million. Unless they get a third-party involved, one who might like a Ron Ron or Luke, it is going to be a tough deal for the Nuggets to accept.

Maybe, Mitch will bowl them over with 3 first-rd picks or something like that. If he is able to land 'Melo without breaking up our core pieces, he deserves to have a bronze statue outside of Staples, immediately! lol...


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

sean,

It's not like the heckler said anything that wasn't true.

I'm sure LeBron's sons have witnessed plenty of bad behavior first hand

Posted by: Jon K. | February 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Jon, how can you say that. The kids are innocent. Do you have kids? If you made mistakes or your grandmother, whatever!! The kids didn't do anything.

Are you seriously questioning Lebron as a parent? Where is your evidence. Don't drag the kids into it. You're somebody's son too right?

I don't you would like it if you have kids, if they were exposed to a disrespectful, disgusting act of heckling. Say what you're going to say to James, just leave his family out of it.

@CyberCosmiX....

Agree about Shannon's talent level. That ally-oop from Blake? Are you kidding me??!! Man catches the ball above the box with his right hand and quickly gathers it for the powerful slam!! That was the real deal!!!

Here's another look...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7SkEONI7QQ

@Jon K...

C'mon man...Whether what the heckler said is true or not isn't the issue. The tastelessness of such a low, verbal attack in a public setting is.

PSP, if you remember me, then you must go back to the early '00's, right? Pre- K-Bros? I was posting as LakerMike at the time BTW. I took an extended Smothers -errr- K-Bros-fueled sabbatical though, and when MM came on I was back onboard.

You could go all the way back to the mid-90s though, usually on Lakersground.net and several other locale's in-between. So, unless you go back about 15 years then you really don't remember when I started posting.

Hell no, I'm not going to waste my time and search your drivel. Hopefully, the 'PSP' could self-police and clean up your own act. It would be a shame if MM pulled the plug on your little act.

BTW, are we supposed to be laughing at the incoherence of your posts, is that part of the whole comedy routine? The ineptitude by which you try to taint 888 and others is rather sad and lame instead of funny.

You failed humor does remind me of this thread I ran across and bookmarked. Difference is, that one was actually funny.

http://forums.relicnews.com/showthread.php?49946-Is-20-pound-for-the-weight-like-30-pounds-if-a-guy-lifts


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

CyberCosmix,

Like your friend 888, if you cannot backup your statements we will just assume that you are talking out of your ass. You cannot come on here and make accusations that you cannot/ will not backup. Actually I guess you can and we'll just assume you are talking out of your ass like your friend 888.

How is the club recruiting going btw?

Thanks
PSP Intern

BronxLF and Cyber,

I think Shannon Brown is one player who can be a great talent as a Point Guard instead of SG. However, he needs a lot of one-on-one coaching perhaps from great Laker PGs from Magic or Norm Nixon. He's athletic, gifted with his leaps as Air Shannon or bounds on the floor. However, some of his decision making as PG are flawed so that disqualifies him of being a facilitator. Can you just imagine if Shannon Brown can distribute the ball like Rondo it becomes another weapon of PJ. He can attract double teaming like Kobe then distribute the ball to Pau or Drew for easy dunk. At present, we are only using Brown shooting assets not his court generalship in heralding speed and fire power in the post with his presence as a PG.

@Edwin G...

I'm not too sure about Shannon as a pure point guard. His ball handling is not that great. Maybe, as you suggested, some tutelage from former point guards would lead to an improvement in handling the point guard duties. I certainly think that he can, and should, use his athletic gifts to make plays for himself and others.

@Edwin
Great post yet again!

@Cyber and KobeMVP
Thanks for putting "the PSP" in his/her place. If you want to get involved in reading the most worthless posts here, take a look at any of the PSP's lame diatribes.

@bronx
I thought the exact same thing during and after the Boston game. All of their major contibutors played big minutes and they will still make up excuses for not having Daniels(who has been producing very little for them), West(same as Daniels), and Snaq(who pretty much is in there for fouling the opponents big men).

@Diandra
Make sure you get there early enough to take some pics next to Chick's statue and in front of Magic's.


Finally this team has gotten back on track! The Melo trade probably had a less than a 5% chance of going down before it became a public affair. Now, I give it a zero.

If it were me, and the Nuggets would accept Drew and Luke or Drew and Arfest, then I would do it in a heartbeat.

I'm so happy to see the bench come alive again on this trip. Without them, we would nodt have won these toughly faught games.

As for the Sloan situation, do you guys think he's done for good, or is he just done with the Jazz? How sweet would it be if the Lakers hired him this summer?

It's no coincidence that the desire to win on this road trip has occurred after negative comments by past Laker greats and the FO publicly stating that they are open to evaluating any viable trade options. This team is performing and making their case to the FO that they need and want to remain together in order to win another championship for the franchise.

I opined earlier that the second of the back-back games are very important for the team to win in order to confirm their resiliency, strength and stamina to be effective after playing a top contender the night before. The first set was against Boston and tomorrow it will be Orlando followed by Charlotte which they must win. As far as Cleveland is concerned, it's best for the team to win that one too.

This team - whether the regular season is "practice" or not - merely has to match the desire and will to win that Kobe brings every night. They're not expected to have the same skill set, stamina or strength because each player has their own uniqueness - if you will - that they bring to the team. They all have to possess that "by any means necessary" mentality that Kobe eats, breathes, sleeps and wakes with everyday.

As far as Bynum is concerned, it's no secret that without him, a championship becomes 10X harder to achieve which is why most fans of the team were disappointed with HIS decision to delay the surgery. HIS decision wreaked a little havoc earlier in the season and obviously, Pau was affected the most which cost us some games earlier this season. I think the youngster has a different perspective about his career and realizes how quickly the “dream” can end. Like everyone else, it’s all about his body’s ability to avoid injuries and events that cause those injuries. That’s the one constant “nail biter” on this team: will Andrew make it for another game, but that’s the gamble and as we all know, gambling makes the heart beat faster.

If this team finishes the road trip 7-0 (which I suspect they will) and continues to get healthier (Kobe, Drew, Ratliff and Barnes), they will have no excuse for reverting back to their lackluster play that took place earlier in the season. They have demonstrated they have the tools to win and coupled with the genuine desire to do so, they are an intimidating group and that's just what this team needs to put the rest of the league on notice.

This is happening at just the right time because as many us have written, we're expecting their level and quality of play to increase beginning in the second half of the season. Guess what? It's almost here folks.
Are there still “things” that need to be fixed? You bet, like mental lapses that are sprinkled in a game that cost them points and those dreaded TOs, shot selection and host of other mistakes that can all be corrected. Again, as we have all acknowledged, the regular season is a process that leads the team to the playoffs, into the Finals and then winning the championship. I really like our chances!


"Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!


sean/bronxlakersfan,

You guys have your points and you may very well be right and I may be wrong. I will agree with you that there is a line and I'm at least dancing around the edge of it.

Here are my points based upon information I know from my sources in Akron. These are not first hand accounts, these are second hand accounts from people whom have been highly sympathetic to LeBron James and I find no reason why they would distort their accounts, though I accept that they may be potentially distorted:

1. LeBron James has a de facto wife that he keeps around but refuses to marry so that he can have someone take care of his kids while he goes out and parties and has de facto extramarital affairs. She accepts this because she's from the hood and he's well... LeBron James.

2. LeBron James' mother constantly engages in acts of public bad behavior due to enduring personal problems she has.

3. The kids have been subject to all of this since birth and are aware of it. These patterns of bad parenting and bad modelling occur because they can... because they are covered up by the media.

So, this heckler (though I am unsure of the details of his heckling) may be communicating things that these kids experience on a daily basis... and will continue to occur on a daily basis... unless LeBron does something about it... which he won't unless he has outside pressure to reform because he is a selfish, self-absorbed narcissist.

However, I could be wrong.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

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!


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