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Photo Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant chews on his jersey

59707685Rarely does a game go by that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant isn't biting his jersey.

When he's thoroughly engaged in the game, as he usually seems to be, he's chewing on the jersey. When he's frustrated with an officials' call, Bryant lets his aggravation out on the referees by picking up technical fouls -- 11 thus far this season -- and by appearing to take a bite out of his jersey. And in the case of the Lakers' eventual 108-95 victory Friday over the Clippers, Bryant clenched his teeth into his uniform as a defense mechanism for the pain he felt after hurting the funny bone of his right elbow.

"It hurt like a mother . . . " said Bryant, who also described the elbow as "very sore."

Even so, Bryant spent halftime improving his range of motion and returned in the second half to score 18 of his 24 points in the third quarter, limiting his right hand other than when he shot the ball. Otherwise, he dribbled, passed and high-fived with his left hand. Images of Bryant's determination through injury is nothing new. The entire 2010 postseason focused on Bryant's relentlessness in coping with the sprained right knee that currently has very little cartilage, despite having off-season surgery. But to have a picture of Bryant's initial reaction after his elbow locked with Clippers guard Randy Foye is priceless.

You can take the latest photo caption contest in numerous directions. Use it as a springboard for discussion on how he fights through pain, concern over his health or add a few punchlines. If you ask me, Bryant isn't so much wincing in pain as he is hungry for free tacos after seeing Jack in the Box and son on the sideline at Staples Center.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant reacts after sustaining a bruise to his right elbow while playing against the Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center. Bryant would leave the game but return for the third quarter, when he scored 18 of his 24 points in the 108-95 victory. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

 
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LakerTom - my profile (for what it's worth), went in awhile back (around the time justa's went up or before). Not my problem no mo' man! It's been outta my hands for a while.

Mamba24 - instead of renting a Pod or storage unit for them, I'll send any new Friedman Awards I win your way. Happy now?

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MM??? NO PROFILE FROM 63??? NO PEACE!!!!!!

Footica! Footica!

But jus' remember: be careful what ya wish for. It's not that great a profile.

Photo Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant chews on his jersey...

"I can taste the blood of my prey... and it is delicious!"


DBDH!

"Laker jerseys taste good but this one needs more paprika"

Kobe: "Yeah. I'll chew on this - for now. But fix my arm, or I'll chew IT off and keep playing."

[Kobe Voice]
"Ok when I come back... I gonna Kick your A** and Melt you down like a foil"

@Justa- LOL, he is the modern day X-man.

Tastes like chicken...
Celtic chicken!

Nummy, taste's like "starched chicken!"

"ah Derek... you did it AGAIN??!"

Kobe's Zach "no neck" Randolph impersonation.

Kobe: " Why does Phil have this clown Fisher still starting ? ".

I don't know what Kobe's thinking, but that's usually my expression when looking at the mugs of the Celtics' roster.


@SNAKE... Thanks for your response. I do remember the problems that Payton had with the Triangle and I think the problem was more of a bad fit with respect to Gary’s basketball personality, skills, and intelligence rather than evidence that a true point guard wouldn’t improve the Triangle.
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First, I believe the Lakers would be a much better and versatile team if they had a true point guard. While you still need a player who can play good team defense and hit a high percentage of open 3’s, the bonus a true point guard brings is someone who can get the ball into the post, which is currently why our inside-out game breaks down, and handle the ball in transition and in pick-and-rolls. Just having a point guard who could improve the team’s ability in those two areas would be huge.

Second, I believe Steve Nash would be a much better fit in the Triangle Offense than Gary Payton was because Nash is a better 3-point shooter whereas Payton was more of a dribble drive offensive player. Because Nash was more of a pass first point guard and Payton was more of shoot-first point guard, I think Steve would adjust better to the pass-oriented Triangle Offense than Gary did.

Bottom line, it’s probably still a pipe dream and how much different it would be for Nash than Payton would ultimately depend on how much Steve still had in the tank by the time he would be able to join the Lakers. But I have no doubt that the Steve Nash of today would be able to take the Lakers offense to a new level. So while I am usually against trading big for small, as a former point guard, I still have these pipe dreams about the Lakers getting a great point guard. That’s why I was tempted to trade Lamar for Darren Collison and Pau et al for Melo AND Chauncey. Imagine Magic on this team!!!
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TOM

"Dang! I can't wait to see Dwight in a Lakers uni and in the paint! Thank you Jerry for helping me finish my career with 8 rings. You're the best!"

Kobe: " Why does Phil have this clown Fisher still starting ? ".

Posted by: S Perkins | February 26, 2011 at 04:05 PM

It's probably for the same reason Phil has that 31 year old clown Walton playing ahead of the youthful Ebanks.

*NOTE................How ultra-critical Phil was of Ebanks last night saying he shot too much while Luke Walton went 1-5 last night (shooting 2 airballs) in 17 minutes................but yet Walton managed to escape Phil's scrutiny.......or the media's questions.

"Every time Blake Griffin dunks, my panties get tighter. Pau, can you reach back there and pull them out ??"

Posted by: S Perkins | February 26, 2011 at 04:05 PM

It's probably for the same reason Phil has that 31 year old clown Walton playing ahead of the youthful Ebanks.

*NOTE................How ultra-critical Phil was of Ebanks last night saying he shot too much while Luke Walton went 1-5 last night (shooting 2 airballs) in 17 minutes................but yet Walton managed to escape Phil's scrutiny.......or the media's questions.

Posted by: pfunk36


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Phil was teasing Ebanks because he's a rookie. Had nothing to do with what he did or didn't do, just because he's a rookie.

Posted by: S Perkins | February 26, 2011 at 04:05 PM

It's probably for the same reason Phil has that 31 year old clown Walton playing ahead of the youthful Ebanks.

*NOTE................How ultra-critical Phil was of Ebanks last night saying he shot too much while Luke Walton went 1-5 last night (shooting 2 airballs) in 17 minutes................but yet Walton managed to escape Phil's scrutiny.......or the media's questions.

Posted by: pfunk36


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Phil was teasing Ebanks because he's a rookie. Had nothing to do with what he did or didn't do, just because he's a rookie.

This caption comes courtesy of htj:


Kobe: "Rings taste way better."

Imagine Magic on this team!!!
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | February 26, 2011 at 04:38 PM

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I think Magic would feel miserable in the slow and methodical Triangle offense. I am having difficulty imagining Magic walking the ball SLOOOOWLY across midcourt to allow everyone in the Triangle to set.

Phil was teasing Ebanks because he's a rookie. Had nothing to do with what he did or didn't do, just because he's a rookie.

Posted by: J-Dizzle | February 26, 2011 at 05:07 PM


If that's true...........then why was he teasing Kobe? Implying that his arm wasn't hurt and that he was using the "dead arm trick"?


I've never heard him tease Walton about his game............I'm just sayin

pfunk - that's cuz PJ is Luke's daddy... just sayin....

The Snake said: "I think Magic would feel miserable in the slow and methodical Triangle offense. I am having difficulty imagining Magic walking the ball SLOOOOWLY across midcourt to allow everyone in the Triangle to set. "

So what? Different era, different personnel. Still, if you look at the Magic Johnson era you will find plenty of big games that were won by patiently working the ball inside to take advantage of Kareem's height, experience and talent.

Remember, Kobe used to have a pretty much undisguised disdain, disrespect and sometime disregard for the Triangle and the coach that employed it...until he spent a couple of seasons tasting life under a different leader with a different system. But in the second incarnation of PJ and the Triangle he's gotten along quite nicely - and PJ has learned that there are times when it's best to let KB break free from it and go Alpha-man crazy with his instincts, drive, determination and will.

I've been following the Lakers since they got here around 1960 or '61 and the one thing this long-time fan knows is that whatever they do that wins rings is a lot more satisfying to me than any 120ppg team scoring average that ends up in 1st or 2nd-round play-off exits.

Kendrick Perkins is not expected to play tomorrow for OKC or for another 2 to 3 weeks.....

http://tinyurl.com/4mbpnye

One thing I thought was outstanding about the game against the Clips was the Laker passing. To the tune of 33 assists. Each starter except for Kobe had 4 assists. Kobe had 5. I was impressed by the way Andrew passed out of double teams and at some of the interior passes he threw. Ron Artest had a sequence of 3 straight assists at a time that helped the Lakers gain traction. Sharing the ball like that with so few turnovers (6) is an outstanding sign that the Lakers have regained their focus and commitment to teamwork. Let's hope it continues.

"This bites. Because I WANT TO WIN!"

Oh, and Phil likes Luke because he's got a great basketball IQ for a system like the Triangle. But you'll notice he really doesn't play him all that much because the reality of Luke Walton's basketball game is that injury and inaction have greatly reduced Luke's ability to translate that B-Ball IQ into effective minutes on the floor. Still, for a 10th man in the rotation scheme he's not really a bad guy to have around. As an aside, though, if the rest of the team moves the ball like they did against the Clips there is a lot less reason to put Luke in. They had 33 assists on 43 baskets, and 8 guys with between 3 & 5 assists.

It would be nice, though, if LW could still make a reasonable percentage of open 3's from the corner, lay-ups or short bank-shots. I'm pretty sure his PT would increase if he started doing so. Now that the play-offs are on the horizon I see that PJ has trimmed the bench rotation time down and is no longer automatically starting the 2nd quarter with 4 or 5 2nd unit guys on the court.

"For my next trick, I will remove my jersey entirely using my teeth. Observe! Almost... there... Damn! just a... little... further..."

bronxlakerfan: "One thing I thought was outstanding about the game against the Clips was the Laker passing. To the tune of 33 assists. Each starter except for Kobe had 4 assists. Kobe had 5. I was impressed by the way Andrew passed out of double teams and at some of the interior passes he threw. Ron Artest had a sequence of 3 straight assists at a time that helped the Lakers gain traction. Sharing the ball like that with so few turnovers (6) is an outstanding sign that the Lakers have regained their focus and commitment to teamwork. Let's hope it continues."

Yeah, excellent observations. If they play like that the rest of the way they will be very tough to take down in a 7-game series. They still had too many defensive lapses in the first half, but really tightened things up in the 2nd. When the Lakers make the other team struggle for points the Lakers can open up nice leads by just running their offense and having their starters just shoot their regular FG%'s. This makes it a whole lot easier to open up and maintain double-digit leads, rest Kobe, Pau & Fish and still cruise home in the last few minutes. I hope they can stay in this sort of groove down the stretch.

OH, the photo caption - How about, "Tests have shown that '24' is 3 times more motha-f**king pain-intensifying than '8'."

"Mmm this #24 taste different than that #8..."

LEWSTRS

"Mmm this #24 taste different than that #8..."

LEWSTRS

Mamba24 - instead of renting a Pod or storage unit for them, I'll send any new Friedman Awards I win your way. Happy now? Posted by: justanothermambafan
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Justanothermambafan anytime I see a post by you I am ecstatic!!!! But I could not dare impose upon you on accepting one of your Justa/Friedmans. besides The "Real Laker Girls" would probably tear me apart if I tried. LOL! Thanks anyway, you're the best!!!!!!! Carry On!


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