Lakers share their reactions via Twitter on Packers' Super Bowl XLV victory
The Lakers ended practice Sunday at Memphis with things on their mind other than avenging the two regular-season losses the defending champions have suffered to the Grizzlies.
After the workout, the focus immediately shifted to Super Bowl XLV. Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reported that team members offered various predictions, with Coach Phil Jackson believing the Green Bay Packers would take the contest while several others, including Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Steve Blake and Joe Smith, had the Pittsburgh Steelers winning their second Super Bowl in three seasons.
"They've been there before," Odom said last week.
The Packers' 31-25 Super Bowl victory Sunday over the Steelers provided further proof to the Lakers that securing a championship goes beyond experience, though both the Lakers and Packers share a common bond in that the two championship teams had to overcome injuries all season before grinding out a win. For the Lakers, Super Bowl XLV could serve as yet another teachable moment for a concept they're quite familiar with in securing a title, but it also provided a nice way for the team to relax the same way most Americans did on Sunday. And the players' Twitter accounts show that the Lakers enjoyed Super Bowl XLV in various ways.
Both Laker.com's Trudell and the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reported that the Lakers secured a banquet room at their Memphis hotel, though Ding tweeted that "in previous years many players haven't joined."
It appears that was at least partly the case again this season, most notably with forward Ron Artest apparently going to Dallas and taking this picture. "Gotta hop on jet back to Memphis," Artest tweeted. "The game was crazy!!!!!" Knowing Artest, he could've just been joking.
It also involved forward Matt Barnes staying in L.A. where he continued to rehab his surgically repaired right knee in the hopes he can practice after NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 18 - 20. At home, Barnes' twin sons, Isaiah Michael and Carter Kelly, took their fanhood as Packer fans very seriously. "The Boys r working security for our Super Bowl party. If u aint rooting for the Packers u gotta answer 2 them," Barnes tweeted. "I was going for the steelers till they attacked me w/there wiffleball bats."
It involved plenty of Lakers engaging in trash talk.
I'm still mad about the jets losing," Lakers forward Devin Ebanks tweeted, "but i feel a lil better that the steelers lost"
"I love female green bay packer fans because I love female cheeseheads," Artest tweeted. "If I get with a female packer fan Do I get free Swiss cheese for life?"
And it involved the Lakers offering up some compliments to Green Bay.
"cant win them all," backup center Derrick Caracter tweeted. "congrats n hats off to greenbay"
"Very happy 4 Arron Rodgers," Barnes tweeted. "[H]e's been through a lot since he's been n the league, & he's always handled himself well.. Congrats"
Photo: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of Super Bowl XLV, and linebacker Clay Matthews celebrate during the postgame awards ceremony at Cowboys Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire