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Ron Artest to tout Mental Health in Schools Act in Washington

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Advocating for mental health has produced all kinds of trickle effects for Ron Artest.

His visit last fall to Eastmont Intermediate School to speak about mental health issues led to him being awarded the keys to the city of Las Vegas in recognition of his charitable efforts and public service announcement. His decision to raffle off his championship ring raised over $600,000 for charities. And his willingness to speak out on the issue earns him an appearance Thursday in Washington, where he will be highlighting, on behalf of Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk), the merits of the proposed Mental Health in Schools Act, which would provide $200 million in funding.

The timing of Artest's appearance isn't exactly perfect, considering the Lakers' 104-99 loss Wednesday to the league's worst team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game in which he went zero for one from the field in only 17 minutes of play. It also doesn't jibe well with the ongoing concern that Artest is stretching himself too thin and has mixed priorities, the latest being his tweet half an hour after the game to promote his new mixtape. But in fairness, the Washington appearance was set up a while ago and it falls on All-Star weekend.

I've applauded Artest's efforts on this issue, and his inconsistent performance isn't going to make me think otherwise. But he should be mindful that he built a platform to speak out on this issue because of the Lakers' championship run. So even if he has the right intentions for a worthy cause, ensuring a more consistent performances after the All-Star break will put him in the best position to continue this advocacy.

-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Ron Artest is introduced at Eastmont Intermediate School, where he spoke to students about the mental health issues he has dealt with since age 13. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

 
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IS THIS A FREAKIN JOKE?

The wheels are in motion. Things are happening.

I would suggest Ron Ron tout how he is gonna defend Paula or Princess Jimmy and leave this other ISH for the off-season!!!

FAN PROBATION

I haven’t had to put the Lakers of PROBATION in a long time. Meaning if I’m home to watch the game with absolutely nothing else to do, I’ll watch them. I’m not going to change my life around to watch the games like I consistently do. The Lakers are taking a back seat until the playoffs.

The disappointment of them losing the championship has already happened. It’s like a 75 year old relative who has had cancer for the last year and is eventually going to die vs the 55 year old that died suddenly. That’s this season in a nutshell.

If they win the championship (which I believe they still can), then great it’s a bonus.

If they don’t win the championship (which I don’t think they will), the pain and suffering through one of the most frustrating seasons ever has already prepared me for it.

Heads need to roll people! Something needs to be done before the deadline. I hate chicken littles, but I hate unrealistic optimist morons too. This isn’t Shaq in his prime and Kobe 1.0 with Horrey, Fox, and other solid vets. This is Gasol and Kobe 4.0 with a horrible point guard situation and some other inconsistent roll players people. Not to mention the quality of opponents is vastly greater.

I was COMPLETELY AGAINTS trading for Melo! Not so sure about that now, we need scoring. The D and effort will show up in the playoffs, the scoring I’m not so sure!


Opportunity to obtain an NCAA champion, a respected friend of the bean, and a talent that you could theoretically build around if needed is not something that should be overlooked lightly.

Time to at least reconsider and see what, if anything, can be done. I'm sure that I'm just repeating what has already taken place - so it's perhaps not much to do about anything.

Still... wish the Lakers took my advice last season on this PG thing at least. We wouldn't be quite so stuck right now.

Wow. That game was a laugher. And don't we just know it.

I cant lose the stuff i use
(Don't you just know it)
Baby don't believe i wear two left shoes
(Don't you just know it)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sxnXO2RjVg

the pain of letting go. this is what confronts laker nation today. no tweaking is going to change the reality. all of this is makes all of us grieve. after all who was thinking this way after we beat boston. so what's going on here. i KNOW that we don't know. it appears that the players don't know or don't want to say. i have seen kobe, sick,no energy, no hand strength as balls continue to be wrestled from him, no love from the refs.you know a good general knows when to retreat.so let me suggest another way of looking at this,in order for the lakers regenerate, they need to start ALL over again for the second half. matt will be back to help but the leaders of this team are going to have to come to terms with their situation. now we'll see if pj can earn his money

ron-ron is going to have to get an appointments secretary, throw away whatever machine he's tweeting on and get back into the gym. i agree that he of all people, is streched WAY too thin. all the players are going to have to look at themselves and come to terms with their lack of energy and drive

while I appreciate Ron's dedication to mental health. it would be nice, if he showed some dedication and a better work effort in his job. his play this season has been sub-par at best.

No question ron is basking in the glory a little too long.. I know the timing couldn't be worst but like MM said in one tiny sentence at the bottom to make it very easy to miss it was scheduled months ago... What do u want him to do cancel the dang event??!! But I'm sure heads will still roll...

Perhaps heads should also roll at the fact dfish gave up another SEASON HIGH to another opposing backup PG this time a second freakin stringer... But then again dfish is infamous for putting PG on the map and catapulting them to permanent allstar ELITE status... Just give dfish one 7game series... He did it to chauncey billups in the detroit finals and he did it to westbrook last playoffs... Now he just made ramon freakin sessions look like the second coming of isiah thomas... Now sessions will be a hot trading commodity before deadline and their phone lines must be off the hook!!

The Lakers team seems to have the same philosophy as a lot of the bloggers here have had. That is, once the playoffs start, the team will magically transform into something better. It's going to take a lot of hard work and a willingness of Phil Jackson to make adjustments.

while I appreciate Ron's dedication to mental health. it would be nice, if he showed some dedication and a better work effort in his job. his play this season has been sub-par at best.

Posted by: Tony_Brooklyn | February 17, 2011 at 08:50 AM

Whats to say Artest isn't giving 100% to the gym? Maybe what you're seeing from him is his best. Maybe he just isn't that good anymore. Same goes for Phil, Kobe, Bynum.

Still... wish the Lakers took my advice last season on this PG thing at least. We wouldn't be quite so stuck right now.

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | February 17, 2011 at 08:31 AM
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Tim - what was your advice?

Good job MM.. Devote another thread to singling out artest as the scapegoat and dfish lives another day completely unscathed...

it may very well be the case that the boy's are not as good as they used to be but i refuse to accept that pau has lost so much that he is now throwing passes to people who are not there. that play was the low point, thus far, in the lakers effort this year

These symptoms that the Lakers are experiencing are real ones that need to be looked at and not ignored. I don't care if they've had a clean bill of health for the past three years. Don't wait until it's too late.
Posted by: Laker J | February 17, 2011 at 08:31 AM
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Laker J – So what’s your prescription?



I don't question Rons desire as much as I do his ability.
This is not your father's Buick...
Posted by: Art | February 17, 2011 at 08:36 AM
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Hah…the old Deuce and a Quarter was classy.

@ChicNstu - Enjoyed the Huey "Piano" Smith...gotta love that New Orleans boogie woogie sound!

It's going to take a lot of hard work and a willingness of Phil Jackson to make adjustments. Posted by: Bay to LA | February 17, 2011 at 08:54 AM
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I bet you can't say that 5 times fast...Phil Jackson to make Adjustments, Phil Jackson to make adjustments....See, told ya! LOL!

Only thing for us to do is watch Kobe's climb to (hopefully) #6 on NBA scoring list by end of season, and also keep an eye on his climb up the all-time turnover list......... He is getting no calls from refs anymore and is forcing everything inside against double and triple teams he cannot rise over anymore. No outside shooters on this team = inside double and triple teams on bigs = entry pass turnovers = Kobe forcing inside = double and triple teams = Kobe turnovers. Nice moves Mitch with getting rid of any semblence of outside shooting off the bench or otherwise!

Can't get excited about ASG either - who really cares who the players decide will get the MVP. Probably Griffin if pattern of home city player gets the assist from his team.

Come on Laker Nation, ALL TOGETHER NOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpMk5tq2d-A

SWEET JESUS!!! HAS MAMBA24 LOST HIS FREAKIN MIND???????????
ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"..."

(still speechless)


DBDH!

it may very well be the case that the boy's are not as good as they used to be but i refuse to accept that pau has lost so much that he is now throwing passes to people who are not there. that play was the low point, thus far, in the lakers effort this year Posted by: lance from da' bronx | February 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM
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Stop this!! Stop this now!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LRob,

My advice was to start Farmar for the month of December to see what happens. If he could handle it, then his attitude will be a lot better and you know you have a viable solution to the problem. If he doesn't handle it, then you know and he knows that he had his chance and it won't work and you can let him go when his contract expires (in essence, where we are now except that we do not know if he could have handled it).

Well anyway, we are where we are, and it sucks.

"..." (still speechless) DBDH! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | February 17, 2011 at 09:08 AM
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Then run DBDH as fast as you can and find a picture of Matt Barnes shooting!! Yes, Yes, he can also heal the deaf and dumb. Now go man, go NOW!!!!

Tweet this ron: My goal this year: to increase my shooting percentage by 20%

. Nice moves Mitch with getting rid of any semblence of outside shooting off the bench or otherwise!

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | February 17, 2011 at 09:04 AM

I think a lot of that had to do with Phil Jackson as well. We had shooters and young pg who were just rotting away on the bench.
Who are the happiest people to be Lakers? Fisher, Luke.
Who are the happiest people they aren't Lakers? Sasha, Farmar.

may very well be the case that the boy's are not as good as they used to be but i refuse to accept that pau has lost so much that he is now throwing passes to people who are not there. that play was the low point, thus far, in the lakers effort this year Posted by: lance from da' bronx | February 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM
ROTFLMAO...rcod for sure....

Some guy that plays ball in boston,after winning a playoff game on the road..."we ain't coming back to la" Well the asg is coming up this weekend which is in...you guess it. There's some pretty good talent passing through,maybe just maybe after the allstar weekend,some guy will say I ain't leaving LA.....or maybe I ain't going back to denver may sound better???.........

Not resigning DJ Mbenga had a trickle effect on our bench and eventually our starters. Theo has yet to contribute, and trading our backups for yet another big was a bad move also.

Not signing Mbenga was another needless mistake.

I DO like what Mitch did in the offseason. Barnes & Blake are both excellent additions and his draft picks were awesome.

But no Mbenga was probably the biggest homer simpson type move I've seen in a long while... and Farmar was already decided by that point, so it's just unfortunate how it played out... but there's no excuse for cutting Mbenga - the guy had the highest blocks per minute in the league (and one of the highest fouls per minute, but whatever)... hey, that's a load more than anyone else could do given the salary and given his position in the rotation, available or not available - he was the best choice and Mitch flunked the no-brainer.

I think I figured out why Ratliff, Smith, Ebanks and Caracter don't play.
They must be Phils secret weapons for the playoffs, none of the other teams will be familiar with them.

Maybe Magic can suit up and give them 10 minutes a game. Could he do worse than the Fish-Blake express?

One of the biggest disappointments so far this year has to be steve blake... For whatever reason he just doesn't look like the same player from early in the year.. He looks like he's just going through the motions playing with no passion... I wonder if he's really developed a really bad case of farmaritis.. Being demoted to playing behind dfish cannot be good for anyones self esteem.. Poor guy It has to be one of the lowpoints of his young professional career.. He gave up a ton of money to come here and I'm sure this is not what he signed up for... I'm sure he came here with the intention of fully becoming the starting PG (or at least promised that) Maybe now its starting to hit really hard that playing under phillip is less about equality and more about seniority.

"With all of the talk and rhetoric about the regular season not being that important, why not use it to try out some new things and see what works?"

Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

They could have done this last season when things were bad but not THIS bad, they could be doing this season (although they need every scrap of wins to have a prayer at HCA beyond round 2)

Okay, everybody calm down.

You know I wouldn't just let this pass. Your old buddy LTLF has a trade that will fix this whole situation. Unfortunately, it does require the Lakers to give up Bynum, so I don't think Buss will want to do the trade, but at least I'm making the suggestion:

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4bzob6e

Knicks/Hawks are becoming this generations Knicks/Heat.

Blake Griffin is an absolute beast, if he doesn't win the slam-dunk crown it's going to be a bigger upset than the USA beating the Russians during the '80 Olympics.

I'm happy for Paul Silas, glad he's back in the league and succeeding. Cool he's gonna stay-on as Bobcat head coach. Great smile he's got.

Bill Russell is a great ambassador for the game - too bad Wilt's not around as his counterpoint.

Umm...

Cool L.A. is hosting the all-star game.

OK, OK, gotta stop avoiding the obvious. Those that seeming are totally unconcerned by the Laker inconsistencies really must subscribe to the 'practice season' theory a lot more than they let on (shout-out to 888!) even if they can't admit it.

Much like boxing champs that start slacking off after retaining the belt for a couple of years, this is what the Lakers are doing. Because, if you discount the regular season and always think - like the boxing champ - they will show up for the title fight, well we've seen what happens to those boxers that start slacking-off in their training. Loosen up honing their craft. Start to ease up, relax, cut corners. This my friends is what is happening to the Lakers.

They are hoping that they will still be able to summon forth 'the magic' on fight night all the while sliding through practice - that is, regular season.

Anyways, glad Mitch is around, drawing a paycheck and sitting at a desk overlooking the Lakers practice facility. Let's see, he could play solitaire, make lunch plans, hurl pens into the overhead roof panels. Because, seems like most people feel that trading any player is something unnecessary.

Personally, I don't know if this team is trying to coast in too low a gear, or if they are playing games with themselves - flexing their muscle and disposing of the C's but then skating through the rest of the trip.

I remember showtime. I remember Magic & crew. I also remember that team not taking nights off like this team has - repeatedly.

Mitch has got some tough choices to make. That is why they pay him the big bucks. The fire, the passion, the desire might all be there with this team - at least I'm certain about Kobe having it - but now the Lakers are facing playing some decent ball merely to retain a home-court advantage in the first round. They now have the 6th best record in the league, 3 more teams are within a couple games of them.

Mike Tyson was champ for a couple years when he started fooling around, not taking his practice serious. He signed up for a big-dollar fight in Japan to fight a pretty unknown guy at the time, Buster Douglas. We all know how that ended.

Right now, Lakers are doing a pretty good Mike Tyson imitation, floating through chunks of their schedule. Whatever they are doing, I really hope it doesn't end for the Lakers like it did to Tyson in Tokyo years back...


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

I said it three times already... so I'll bother you again to say it again...

if the regular season is practice, then what are they practicing... how to lose?

Yeah, that surely will get it done "when it counts"

Doesn't that phrase have a eerie resemblance to Shaq and his freethrows? Um, that excuse didn't fly then and it doesn't fly now.

@mamba
I totally agree!!!! Ron Ron needs to spend his extra energy shooting jumpers in the gym. I'm tired of all of his extra curricular mental awareness ISH!!!!!

Lakers officially hit rock bottom last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDZy6-fMCw4

LongTimeLakerFan,

Thanks man. Thanks!

I have a smile on my face for the first time today.

Thanks for the laugh.... laughter is a cure for many hard times

"One of the biggest disappointments so far this year has to be steve blake... For whatever reason he just doesn't look like the same player from early in the year.. He looks like he's just going through the motions playing with no passion... I wonder if he's really developed a really bad case of farmaritis.. Being demoted to playing behind dfish cannot be good for anyones self esteem.. Poor guy It has to be one of the lowpoints of his young professional career.. He gave up a ton of money to come here and I'm sure this is not what he signed up for... I'm sure he came here with the intention of fully becoming the starting PG (or at least promised that) Maybe now its starting to hit really hard that playing under phillip is less about equality and more about seniority.


Posted by: yellofever | February 17, 2011 at 09:45 AM "

Great points. Without at least giving him a chance to play the quality minutes, it's hard to say what he could do.

After all, look what Fisher produced the last time he played a bench role for the Lakers. 35% from the field, 29% from 3. It's a lot easier to shoot when the starters are drawing in defenses and leaving you wide open all the time.

Excellent point...

Buster Douglas moment is awaiting.

Tyson never did recover from that.

Hey Tim-4-Show,

It's too bad that Jimbo won't give up Bynum, cuz I think the other teams would definitely go for that trade.

Of course there would have to be a 1 hour espn special to announce it...

It really makes no sense. With all of the talk and rhetoric about the regular season not being that important, why not use it to try out some new things and see what works?

I'm never going to buy the "flip the switch" theory.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 17, 2011 at 09:43 AM

That's an interesting, point. I've never been a big of his. 11 titles (Chicago, Los Angeles) much respect. He's got a huge ego, that invariably, he uses as a distraction for the world, as well. The whole bike thing in Chicago, how labored was that. This being his last season, he has the opportunity to win a title and have 12.

As much as people want to call him the zen master. Stupid nickname if you ask me. You're zen or you'te not, there are no zen masters. Another hype machine the Chicago media invented, stupid. Anyway, back to adjustments, as much as he's called the zen master, Phil Jackson is human, he's 65 and some of that zen has turned into senility.

Does anyone listen regularly to coach Dave Miller? I've listened to post-game call in a couple of times. He's really smart, really in tune. Though, he says all the Lakers problems are fixable, I have to disagree coach, one of them is not solveable: Derek Fisher.

I didn't want to start this, here it is: He's slow, he's not communicating, he's letting his pride get in the way of the benefit of the team. He's slow on rotations, gets burned regularly and while he does make big shots, I'm wondering why he has to let pride get in the way of the team. Yeah he is, he's becoming a whiner himself, DFish, the guy who grew up tough, no nonsense, is now at times, acting like a powder puff.

If guards penetrate the paint, and even if Pau/Lamar/Andrew get there, Fish is way too slow reacting. Did anyone seem him dive at Anthony Parker on that three. That's not the way to place reactive dfense, that's the way to get burned.

Kobe's slow as well, because he's lazy and rotations don't matter to him, if you think you're a visionary and can see 5 plays down the road, why should you rotate right? Well, the problem lies in Eyenga getting a poster of Kobe and Pau, or three's galore from Gerald Henderson/Gerald Wallace.

This is all I'm going to say: I love Kobe and what he's done for Lakers and Basketball in general.

Magic would have never let this complacency happen, as a leader and teammate. He was so in tune with his team, he would have squashed this stuff, these bad habits, before they crept through the door.

Embarrassing....I was watching the Cavs broadcast online and their color man was like, "...these guys don't wan't to play, poor guys, whawhawha, we need to make them play..." He was comparing the Lakers to a bunch of spoiled babies. The way the Lakers approached the game last night was absolutely pitiful right from the start. They didn't even try at all. Unbelievable.

Kobe took 24 shots and only got 17 pts? WTF
Pau went 30/20 and we still lost? WTF
Bynum shot 2-12 against JJ Hickson and Antawn Jamison? WTF
Artest only 16 minutes? WTF

Our problem isn't the fact that we let Mbenga go, it's that this team doesn't play every game to win. We play around with these lesser teams trying perform miracle comebacks at the end. I can't imagine that that is the best approach to these games right now. How about blowing these teams out, then resting the starters?

GIT Lakers!
SDSU is way more exciting basketball than what you millionares are providing for your loyal fans.

think I figured out why Ratliff, Smith, Ebanks and Caracter don't play. They must be Phils secret weapons for the playoffs, none of the other teams will be familiar with them. Maybe Magic can suit up and give them 10 minutes a game. Could he do worse than the Fish-Blake express?
Posted by: Art | February 17, 2011 at 09:42 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On February 18, 1973, in Philadelphia, the 9-73 Philadelphia 76ers, the worst team in NBA history, defeated the eventual NBA champion New York Knicks (57-25 record), by the score of 114-98. This was the third game in 3 nights, 4th in 5 nights, and they had just beaten the 76ers the night before at Madison Square Garden.

Last year on Feb. 27, 2010 in Boston, the Celtics lost to the 12-70 Nets 104-96, and everyone knows that the Celtics really won the NBA championship last season because Kendrick Perkins was injured for Game 7. I'm kidding. I hate the Celtics just as much as you guys do.

Sean, very good analysis. I think they're definitely very stubborn. Too many people are counting on Derek Fisher to find the fountain of youth in the playoffs and play like a top tier PG.

There is a selective memory when it comes to role players. When someone thinks of Robert Horry, they think of him as the clutch performer that hit 3 or 4 of the biggest game winners of all time. They don't think of him as the guy that went 2-38 from 3 in a playoff run.

Derek Fisher is the same way. He's an NBA player so he can make shots when he's left open but playoffs or not, he's not an elite scorer. His game last night is what people imagine his average playoff game to be and it's not realistic. Especially since his lack of speed allowed his man to have an even bigger offensive outburst.

They're so faithful that they seem to insist on losing a championship because of Fisher before they even think of lessening his role.

Sure, history has shown that an embarrassing loss inflicts NBA champion caliber teams.

Problem is, it wasn't JUST this one game. It's been all season.

Really, the only thing for me to feel hopeful about is that we beat the Celtics in Boston earlier in the road trip. I think the other victory that gives me hope was the double up game where we doubled the opponent's score. It does take champion caliber teams to do either of these... but, the woeful record against decent teams is extremely alarming and then coupling that with having home court Disadvantage against those teams and expecting to win... not a very good place to be in as a team right now.

Ron tweeting about his mixtape shortly after losing to the Cavs is very, very disturbing.

What the heck is going on?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Some snips from Silver Screen and Roll:

"There are a lot of big words being thrown out there to describe this loss, or at least, a lot of loud words. Embarrassment; Shame; Rock Bottom; Worst loss in the history of the franchise. Allow me to throw another one on the pile ... Perversion. Over the course of this season, the Lakers have perverted the game of basketball. They have created within it a state of moral corruption. They have passed judgment on the regular season, and deemed it lacking in both meaning and substance. This team isn't "playing poorly" or "working out issues" or "struggling with complacency". What they are doing is nothing short of threatening the integrity of the game."


A lot of you might be wondering what a result like this means to the Lakers' chances in the playoffs. Many of you are afraid that this game is an indication that the Lakers just don't have it this year. Whether because they are too old, or too unmotivated or too stupid, maybe this team really doesn't have what it takes to go the distance. Some of you remain confident; this team has won two straight championships for a reason, they remain supremely talented and supremely large, and that combination will be difficult to defeat come April, May, and maybe June. Me, I'm afraid of the same thing. I'm afraid that this game, this performance, this string of performances, will have no bearing on what will happen in the postseason.

At this point, I fear that the Lakers will end up with another championship trophy at the end of the season. I fear it, because as much as I'm supposed to root for them, as much as I'm supposed to be a fan of their exploits, I worry about the repercussions of such a victory. What kind of message will be sent about basketball if the Lakers put all this nonsense behind them to make another deep postseason run? Basketball is a sport, and the essence of sport is competition. If the Lakers can treat the regular season with this much disdain and still end up the victors at the end, it will serve notice that basketball's regular season is nothing more than an 82 game extension of the pre-season. It will be a proclamation that all of these games are not competitions, that they are simply exhibitions. If the Lakers can play like this, on a semi-regular basis, and still be "the best" this league has to offer, how does that make a regular season game any different, or any more important, than a professional wrestling match? Sure, the results remain unscripted, but the results are no more important. The Lakers aren't shaving points, or throwing games, but in a way, what they are doing is no less threatening to the game.

A competition requires that both (or all) parties in the competition must compete. The Lakers are violating that most basic tenet on a fairly regular basis. And if they go on this season to remain the champions of this league, it will confirm that the regular season has little competition to it. Such a revelation would do significant damage to the game itself. You shouldn't be able to win a marathon by running the last couple miles better than everybody else because you walked the first 20. It goes against the spirit of competition, and against the purpose of professional sports.

I am a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. My desire is for them to win every game, to bring home every championship. But this season, I can't help but think the NBA as a whole might be better off if my team doesn't win in the end this time around."

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2011/2/17/1998738/the-depravity-of-the-los-angeles-lakers-knows-no-bounds#storyjump

yellofever - I'm not singling out Ron. This is a news item. But I know it would open the conversation about him being distracted. That's why I mentioned that this was scheduled a while ago. Fisher played well last night, although in the game wrap I did not some of his mistakes down the stretch

On February 18, 1973, in Philadelphia, the 9-73 Philadelphia 76ers, the worst team in NBA history, defeated the eventual NBA champion New York Knicks (57-25 record), by the score of 114-98. This was the third game in 3 nights, 4th in 5 nights, and they had just beaten the 76ers the night before at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by: 76ers fan | February 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM

@76ers fan- Thanks for stopping by, always welcome with that kind of friendly attitude.

Yeah, I'm a history buff, realized that Philly did beat them. The scenario here is a little different. It wasn't uncommon that teams played 3 straight or 4 in 5 nights. So, the fatigue factor was on both teams.

This was different, the Lakers underbelly has been exposed numerous times, repeatedly done in the same way game after game after game.

We're not just tired of their lackadasical performances. We're tired of their attitude. And their are some bloggers, who think that if they take a night off, it's some conscending way of them saying they don't care and they'll turn it on, like their a faucet, a fixture. Joke. If I showed up as a Paramedic to every other call half-assed, I'm doing a disservice to my casualty, my partner and my county. The Lakers players are overprivileged, out to lunch, prima donna's, they don't care how their effort gets interpreted. They complain, complain, complain. Kobe's the worst of them all. That's the difference.

Yawn

Its just a practice season game, we talking practice here .... practice, i mean its just practice ...

Thanks
PSP Intern

Hello
Police here;

Btw the PSP think that the 'practice season' theory is insulting to both the fans who pay to sit in the arena and watch this and those like us that paid 200 bucks SPECIFICALLY to watch the Lakers. The PSP fell asleep AGAIN before the 1st quarter was over.

We need to figure something out and do it fast because the way things are going we might end up being 1st round fodder for some team ( God forbid). Hopefully we can use this all star break to sort out whatever internal problems exist and move forward.

Btw, it needs to be said: Mr Phillip Jackson needs to wake his ass up and start doing some actual coaching, that is if he even knows how.

Thanks
PSP Solutions Architect

Magic would have never let this complacency happen, as a leader and teammate. He was so in tune with his team, he would have squashed this stuff, these bad habits, before they crept through the door.

Posted by: sean | February 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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sean - how do you explain Magic's Lakers losing 8 straight road games in the 89 season?

They're so faithful that they seem to insist on losing a championship because of Fisher before they even think of lessening his role.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM

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Bay to LA - when you say "they" are you talking about Dr. Buss, Phil and Kobe?

Ron tweeting about his mixtape shortly after losing to the Cavs is very, very disturbing. What the heck is going on? Posted by: Jon K. | February 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-5c5o85SGo - What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Since the bible is largely about life teachings, this quote applies nicely to what the Lakers are going through, if we don't nip it in the butt we will get owned in the playoffs. If it was after the all star game and Kobe wasn't mildly sick I would have said there was no way you can forgive that loss, right now I barely give them the benefit of the doubt. But if these are symptoms of real-tangible issues then Magic-Mitch-Jerry diagnosed the problems before anyone. I hope history proves them wrong, and we didn't make knee-jerk decisions based on a game, and Lakers weren't delusional and turned it on after All star weekend... heres to hoping we don't fall flat on our faces the rest of the season. (Remember the Mavs from 07 when they sat their starters the last few games and the Warriors owned them the 1st round?)

@ sean - Thanks for the friendly acknowledgment of my post. I just threw that out there for interest purposes. I do think you guys are in a world of trouble mainly because you've had 3 consecutive championship runs, some very tired legs, lack motivation and the fact that the elite teams in the NBA are playing very focused basketball and putting teams away, unlike the Lakers. I also think that Kobe Bryant is not the same player that he once was on a consistent basis and if he can get back that consistency, then you guys can possibly turn this thing around. I wouldn't be surprised if that happened. Also, it's not the playoffs and you have the best playoff coach in the history of the NBA to guide you.

another song that sums up my feelings about last night's game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYdlqjiQPAc

I'm wondering if this team just doesn't care where they stand come playoff time...

sean - how do you explain Magic's Lakers losing 8 straight road games in the 89 season?

Posted by: LRob | February 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I can't dude, he's got flaws, just like all the greats. I should have explained myself better. Every great team has up's and down's. It's no so much the records or bad losses. I think Magic had great people skills and had very good judgment about people. His interpersonal relationships, he was able to have a great grasp on.

I can't explain his leadership skills as it relates to that horrible stretch, you mentioned, nobody can. Their are no excuses from that standpoint. He wasn't the kind of leader who would let guys think it was ok to lose, ok not to give 100 percent. He wasn't blind to the fact, 99% of his teammates weren't as talented as him. It didn't matter. If you gave the best, the very best effort, you could on a back to back, 4 out 5, etc. Magic was ok with that.

This 2010-2011 squad doesn't inspire me to believe they have that attitude. I think that's a far assessment.

Like I said before, in one hand you have natural ability, in the other control. It's only when the two synergize and harmonize that the full potential is reached.

Hey, Bay, I'm glad you brought that up, being fair-minded and just is very important. And Magic has his own Bay of Pigs to himself, no doubt. A couple of those games were close, yet they were inconsistent for most of that road losing streak. To be fair, it didn't stop the voters from making him MVP.

To be absolutely blunt, Basketball twenty years to twenty five years ago was different that today. You might as well compare, Life on Mars to Life on Earth as it relates to the way Basketball was played than to now.

This current Lakers squad, is far more inconsistent than that '89 squad. These problems have just been waiting to crawl to the surface. Magic had to deal with line-up changes, Kareem's retirement, etc. I shouldn't have opened that can of worms without explaining myself, thanks for keepin' me on my toes, Bay. LOL!!!


In the future, I'll spell it out more clearer than I did.

@Art- great snippets. Although, I think my Will Durant epigraph post, explains that as well. Power dements more than it corrupts.

oh yeah, that game was just a bit of a "downer":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDUG9-3hSgY

this team's going down like an Aero Zeppelin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdWG2JfZYzE&feature=related

"Bay to LA - when you say "they" are you talking about Dr. Buss, Phil and Kobe?

Posted by: LRob | February 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM "

Everyone. Them, the fans, basically everyone that thinks that as long as they just keep doing what they're doing, eventually things will change for the better.

disclaimer: i am a pretty big laker fan myself. try to watch every game, as unbearable as its been this season.

for everyone that is dissing on ron for his efforts for mental health advocacy:
please remember that the issue of mental health is bigger than the game of basketball. he's doing great things for the greater la community, and the benefits may one day help someone you care or love for. i've had the chance to opportunity to speak personally with congresswoman napolitano, and the funding they are trying to receive will provide benefits that will last much longer than ron, kobe, pau or lamar will play basketball for.

DID ANY READ HOW MANY POINTS THE CAVS HAD IN THE PAINT LAST NIGHT?

50 FREAKIN POINTS IN THE PAINT!

SO MUCH FOR UNCLE TOM'S THEORY OF BYNUM CONTROLLING THE PAINTS. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

it may very well be the case that the boy's are not as good as they used to be but i refuse to accept that pau has lost so much that he is now throwing passes to people who are not there. that play was the low point, thus far, in the lakers effort this year Posted by: lance from da' bronx | February 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM
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Stop this!! Stop this now!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 17, 2011 at 09:10 AM

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LOL

He assumed Ron Artest was on the floor standing at his only offensive spot on the floor. PREDICTABLE!! I have to admit, that was darn funny but sad at the same time. It's a perfect example of the mental lapses members of this team tend to suffer from. At the end of the game, down by 3 Brown fouls in the back court and then Fish fouls again. Just an incredible lack of focus, which leads to this team's poor execution. Oy Vey!

Oy Vey indeed!

@got love for ron

Yes Mental Health is an important endeavor I am personally glad he is doing this work in behalf of the community. Commendable. The issue we are all rambling about is just the execution.. and as to whether the old Artest the one that wants to go aggro on opponents. Smart play by guys such as Shannon Brown in the back court after an inbound pass, we had a chance to legitimately steal a win. Some question Kobe's leadership what more do you want him to do? He began the play in the other end that led to a small-but manageable deficit provided we executed and got a defensive stop to take the lead. Kobe played sick. So the excuse is they wanted to go home to the all-star break, yet the Cavs led by I think 15 pts at some point, and we got close. A team we beat handily the month prior. Stressing to say the very least.

RA has too many distractions, extra activities from the ring auction to charities work. While he is applauded for all the goods he has been doing, however it is not appropriate to devote his time during the regular season for non-basketball activities. He was able to contribute 600K from the auction to his cause; wouldn't it be wonderful to repeat that should he win another one this June?


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