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Ron Artest's mixtape doesn't feature much Artest

Even if you think Ron Artest's tweet about his new mixtape is poor timing after the Lakers' 104-99 loss Wednesday to Cleveland, it's a must listen (note that it has the type of language encountered in most rap songs).

But this has very little to do with Artest and more to do with the fact that Nas still remains a legit artist. In fact, Artest only is heard in the introduction of "Who Are You," where he says, "Whatup, Nas? It's your boy Artest. This is one track I won't rap on." Nas and Shin Shin then take it from there. His other single, "Peanut Butta" features Ray J, Y.G and Lil' B and this verse from Artest: "Peanut Butta is so cool, the money is so thick. I ain't the one to brag, but damn I'm so rich." 

No doubt the production sounds great and it's supposed to feature a wide range of guests, including Gucci ManeBirdman and George Lopez. Here's hoping, however, that the rest of Artest's Ball'n mixtape features more of him. Otherwise, he'd be in a sophomore slump after his single, "Champion," was released after the Lakers' 2010 title. 

--Mark Medina

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WORLD" CHAMP BEATEN BY THE "WORST" TEAM. How low will the Lakers need to go for Mitch & Company to realize that these bunch of players are not the CHAMP that we used to know but the CHUMP that even the worst team looks like elite when playing against them. They should change their uniforms to FAKERS instead of our beloved name LAKERS.

I did not watch the game last night and yet I'm so furious just reading the newspaper today. I got a mild stroke two years ago so I change the way I watch the Lakers games now. I will just watch the first quarter and I will know already whether they will play or not. If they are leading there's a good chance they will win the game. You can tell the way they're playing after the tip-off whether they want to win the game or not. Except for the Boston game wherein Celtics was leading by 15 pts. in the second quarter and Lakers came back and won that game. All the games that the Lakers were trailing in the first quarter 90% of the time they lost those games. Why? because these bunch of players don't have the drive and passion to come back. Unlike the times of Magic, Kareem, James and co. theres always hope that they will come back. With this team all you have to do is watch the score at the bottom of ESPN or FOX SPORTS channel, if the Lakers is trailing by a double digit in the third quarter forget it, they will never come back except for a game or two. This present line-up is just a SHAME to be called the Lakers. They got no PRIDE at all, not even a drop of it. How can you lose to the worst team in the league? It's just DISGUSTING watching this team of 2010-2011!!

I don't know WTH is going on, but for some reason I can't remember anything that happened from around 4:30 to 7:30 pm yesterday. It's strange, it's as if those 3 hours never happened.

Incidentally or not, I've also noticed a lot of angst on the board today. Weird.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8Y0lcxfklw

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Medina,


This team is led by Phil Jackson...............right? How can you talk about changes but NEVER mention strategy or concepts or plans which emanate from Phil Jackson and or the coaching staff?

That would be Tantamount to the media assessing a nation's war status by going directly to the soldiers...........................but never questioning the President and his Joint Chiefs of Staff!! They are the ones that advise and SET POLICY.............How could an intelligent media completely ignore the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their performance and expect to find a solution to any problem concerning the war??

Does that make any sense?? That would be the tail wagging the dog or in other words................insanity!

Let's tackle some of the Laker's issues shall we..............and let's start at the top since the media just simply point to Kobe's shot attempts..............and of course headline their column with another anguished picture of Kobe..............


OFFENSIVELY:


What you consistantly hear about these Lakers on offense is words like "Frustration"............."we got away from ball movement"..................."we didn't get the ball in to our bigs enough"........................."there is too much one on one play"..................When the facts are reviewed about the Lakers coming into this season the consensus among the media was...........this is a very talented group..............agreed? If that is true...............why is this group underperforming? That question should at least be examined especially when you can directly chase San Antonio's spurt this season to coach Popovich and his ability to change, adapt and innovate his offensive Philosophy from last year's group that painfully "underachieved"..............is that right?

1) One of the things I always urge those of whom I work with is not so much "what" is occurring..................but "why" is it occurring...............Stats give you the "what"....................but problem solvers examine the "why"

If I can understand the "why"..............I can better assess the "what" and be in a better position to moniter it's change...........or predict the future if the "why" is never addressed

Last night Kobe took 24 shots and made 8 of them............that's the "what"...........but the real question should be.................Why are all of Kobe's shots contested? It seem like the only time Kobe has any space to take a shot is when he creates it on his own..................the offense is not producing shots or creating space for anyone to consistanly get clean looks................WHY IS THAT? Especially down the stretch............when the Lakers have been historically bailed out by Kobe going one on one to close games.


Last year Popovich did an assessment of his philosopy...........AND ADJUSTED IT TO FIT HIS PERSONEL AND TALENT...............So far the Spurs have benefitted.

Is it time for Phil Jackson to reassess his philosophy? Is that a legitimate question that should be asked of him? If so..............why haven't you heard ANYBODY...............question Phil's offensive gameplan?


Jerry West was once quoted as saying..........."The Lakers don't really run an offense..............they just throw the ball to Kobe.............and sometimes they do it a little too much"

I for one would love to see a lot more double down screens for Kobe to read and free himself for shots or more importantly for ball movement...............OFF THE BALL.

Jeff Van Gundy was quoted during the Christmas day game that "if the Lakers would run more pick n roll with Kobe............the Lakers could get a good shot for someone...........every trip" Is Van Gundy correct?

Mark Jackson said.........."If I'm the opposing coach I want Kobe to try and get others involved..........because I can deal with them............but there is no answer for Bryant's talent"

I agree with both these coaches...........because once the offense purpose becomes trying to create space for Kobe...........it would open up everything for everyone else..................Basketball 101 says.........if you want to get open.............go set a pick for somebody. This puts pressure on the defense and forces them to make a decision............something the current "triangle" doesn't do.


DEFENSIVELY:


What is the Laker's defensive philosophy? Are they channeling opponents to the middle for the shot blockers? Are they jumping the pick n roll and forcing the other team to move the ball and then depend on their rotations..............what are they doing?

Last night a player for Cleveland went by the baseline on Kobe and dunked right over the late rotating Gasol..........in the media you heard a lot of ..........."the guy blew by Kobe"................but what Phil's defensive philosophy on a play like that? You would have to know that to even assess the play properly. I saw Kobe run the guy off the 3 pt line and shade him toward the baseline for help.............if that's the defensive philosophy then all the blame should go toward Gasol who didn't rotate...................Are the Laker's practicing playing that guy straight up and forcing him to the middle...............then it's Kobe's fault...............but without knowledge of what the Lakers are trying to do you are left to blame based on emotion.............and not facts.

And when Phil isn't challenged or even questioned on what and more importantly "why" we're left with the above President and Joint Chiefs of Staff analogy......................Pure insanity


Wake up media..............do your job


@rafanico,

I will never make a joke regarding me having a heart attack or stroke during a Lakers game ever again.

YOU are a super fan, indeed!

Good luck, and better health to you.

I salute you!

DBDH!

Ron Artest's mixtape doesn't feature much Artest

posted by: MM

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The Lakers' offense doesn't feature much Artest, either. LOL

posted by: DBDH!

"Mark Jackson said.........."If I'm the opposing coach I want Kobe to try and get others involved..........because I can deal with them............but there is no answer for Bryant's talent"

This is why Mark Jackson is not employed as an NBA coach. Every real coach knows the best method is to do the exact opposite.

Man get rid of Artest, he gave us the one good year; got the championship, which is more than most people thought he would.

He is like T.O or Randy Moss, they give you that first good year, then they are a poison or non-existent on the court.

How the heck are we going to trade Ron Artest? Who would want him unless you package him with someone like Odom or Gasol?

Would Mitch dare to fire PJ in the middle of the season? Kinda like how MJ fired Larry Brown? I whole team tune him out.

Would Mitch dare to fire PJ in the middle of the season? Kinda like how MJ fired Larry Brown? I whole team tune him out.

Artest is wearing my patience

Is it time to become a "nattering naybob of negativity" ?

Just askin'

Don't get much better than Nas...but Ron should also reach back deep to his Queensbridge roots and grab some of Marley Marl Juice Crew.

Rap music sucks.

Who wants to listen to disconnected rhymes vaguely weaving themes of self-absorption and narcissism?

100 million people with bad taste.

Sorry, but stripped down beats and people boasting about how rich and tough they are ain't music.

I wish that OLD gnarled, rabid dog would just go off to some corner and die and let Electronica take over.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba,

Trust is definitely still there with Kobe.

Pearl Jam – State of Love & Trust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmKpUrKQkiM

anyone interested Drew's on 710 right now.

[From Brad Turner's article]

""It's definitely not rock-bottom for us," Bynum said.

SOCKS!!! IT BETTER BE FRICKEN ROCK BOTTOM, DUDE!!!

Are you saying we can go lower?

Give me a break.

Urgh.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@hobbit - Hmmm....Lakergate!

K. Garnet said Artest is Cancer, or like Cancer, or sort of Cancerous!

Good call Sean

I'm listening to Andrew Bynum on 710 right now.

I'm not feeling super-confident.

Lamar with his unisex cologne.

Artest with his mixtape.

Bynum with his celebrity workout DVD.

I thought these guys were basketball players.

Urgh.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!! (NOT UNISEX COLOGNES, MIXTAPES OR CELEBRITY WORKOUT DVDS!!!)

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

GO LAKERS!!!

My fellow lakerfans,

I am not a nattering naybob of negativity.

So, it sounds like Drew is making the radio in order to promote his workout video? These guys are becoming worse than politicians! It's like professional basketball is just a means to an end. Videos, Commercials, T.V. shows, Fragrances, endless rap music...doctors, musicians, celebrities... YIKES!! PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL and put these silly projects off to the side for now. It's not like you NEED THE MONEY!

could I get a GHFer to tell me why Bynum had a bad shooting night?

I thought that bad shooting nights were for jump shooters, not people
who dunk the ball on a nightly basis. Did I miss something ?

Andrew! If you want to be an exercise guru, go hang out with Richard Simmons!!!

Dang it!

Dude, focus on basketball!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

could I get a GHFer to tell me why Bynum had a bad shooting night?

I thought that bad shooting nights were for jump shooters, not people
who dunk the ball on a nightly basis. Did I miss something ?

Posted by: hobbitmage | February 17, 2011 at 04:07 PM
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In the words of Bobby Brown or Elvis if you want to go way back..."Don't Be Cruel"

frmkt,

EXACTLY!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Lakers hit the All-Star break Broken!

Looking nothing like two-time defending NBA champions, they dropped their third straight game, a stunning 104-99 loss Wednesday night to the Cavs - the league's worst team, which avenged a 55-point embarrassment against Los Angeles last month. After the final horn, the Lakers walked slowly toward their locker room and a trip home not knowing what might happen next. With the trading deadline just a week away, the rumors involving Denver star Carmelo Anthony will heat up.

This much is clear: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needs to do something to awaken his team.

The Cavs, on the other hand, reached the season's unofficial midpoint on a high.

The Lakers were out of sync, and their sloppy play was perhaps best shown during a second-quarter possession when Gasol turned and fired a pass to where he expected a teammate to be. No one was there and the ball skipped into the feet of Los Angeles' coaches. Jackson appears to have lost patience with his star-studded team, which seemed road-weary and disinterested.

"It's back to the drawing board," said Lamar Odom, who was asked what's at the top of the team's to-do list. "Defense. Offense. Cohesiveness. Our chemistry on offense. Our Cohesiveness on defense."

After his club's worst loss this season, coach Phil Jackson didn't tell his players anything other than what time they're due to report for practice Monday. After losing to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, nothing needed to be said.

We lost to the worst, so does that make us the worse than the worst!?

If the Lakers all come out to the floor and play their usual number of minutes but can't generate the energy and focus to compete with seemingly inferior teams, it's time to stop crediting Phil Jackson's coaching, Derek Fisher's leadership, and Kobe Bryant's competitiveness so much. Those factors obviously aren't getting it done.

It's a long season so if they need to pace themselves and take games off, that's fine. Kobe sitting out a game here and there, Bynum resting his knees, etc isn't a big deal. But if they're all in there playing, no excuses. If they don't announce before hand that they aren't taking a game seriously, there's no reason to ad lib for them. It means they got beat, plain and simple.

DBDH,
Thanks for your kind words....

hobbitmage,

I guess if I get on Andrew Bynum's celebrity workout program then I can get owned by the Cleveland Cavs.

Big motivation.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I want to be as strong and healthy as Drew Bumyn!!!!!!


NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Defense requires effort and tenacity.

The Eye of the Tiger.

Where is it?

Upset.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba,

Trust is definitely still there with Kobe.

Pearl Jam – State of Love & Trust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmKpUrKQkiM


Posted by: LRob

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Brother, it's about time you unleashed the Seattle sound (Grunge is such a misnomer). PJ was instrumental in helping me make it through high school and other such forms of teen angst! Saw these dudes in '93 in Indio, and again in '06 at the Forum! RAWR!

Citizen Dick forever!

DBDH!

Jon K,

Are you still here, I have a unrelated question? PLMK, thanks DJ

@LRob
Excellent PJ selection! Bringin' me back to high school.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wCH8phMTOE&feature=related

and since you mentioned it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd7dCbEfTs4

Reminder of the end of last season:

Lakers 34-21 in their last 53 games.

Celtics 27-27 in their last 54 games

Nothing real special about those records. Say, who did play in last season's Finals anyway?

D(erek)J(eter),

What's up, brother?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"Andrew! If you want to be an exercise guru, go hang out with Richard Simmons!!!"

Posted by: Jon K. | February 17, 2011 at 04:12 PM

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LOL!

I'm still trying to figure out why so many people refer to Madison Square Garden as the "basketball mecca."


Basketball started in Massachusetts, they're fanatical about it in Indiana, and the greatest teams in the history of the game are the Lakers and the Bruins.

Typical New York City hubris.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K,

Weird question coming from me, ha, ha, but do you know where the Yankees stay when they are in Cleveland for a series? Thanks!

I played my little brother in basketball the other day (he's only 8). The rim is about 5 feet off the ground, which gives me that Yao Ming feeling. I let him get 9 points (up to 10) before I finally started racking up my points.

Lo and behold I'm working on my 7th point, and he gets a lucky rebound and drops it in.

I could've played hard all game, and went 10 and 0 if I wanted to. But then he wouldn't feel like playing against me ever again.

He'll always remember this day, but I'll remember it as the day I DIDN'T posterize the little boy.

Do we need to beat the cavs by 55? No, not this time. Did we ever really need to beat them at all? No. But will us fans keep watching, you better believe it.

Jerry Buss knows how to keep those eyeballs glued to the tube, and keep those advertising dollars rolling.

It's official-- the whole championship Laker squad has went HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!

Fisher - Mineral Drink Powder thingy
Kobe- A Black Mamba Movie
Artest- Everything
Gasol- CSI/TV apperances
Bynum- Work Out Videos
Odom- EVERYTHING
Brown- Married to an R&B Singer

"Reminder of the end of last season:

Lakers 34-21 in their last 53 games.

Celtics 27-27 in their last 54 games

Nothing real special about those records. Say, who did play in last season's Finals anyway?

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | February 17, 2011 at 04:35 PM "

This proves the Lakers haven't been eliminated from the playoffs yet, but no one is saying they have been. But really, we're talking about the exceptions, not the norm.

Using hindsight, the Lakers and Celtics late season play was explainable. They had already showed what they could do when healthy, but both teams health faltered in the second half and they were focused on getting healthy for the playoffs. Still, it is rare for a team to progress with that gameplan.

This year's Lakers team hasn't really shown great play with any kind of consistency, even when healthy. They have provided no extended glimpses that show what this team will do when it reaches the playoffs. The hopes of the Lakers rely on the idea that there is another team inside that shell that will emerge when needed and absolutely no sooner.

Historical reminders are useful to provide some optimism but they do not establish promises for the future. Throughout history, a large majority of the teams that did not play like champions throughout the year failed to become champions at the end of it.

Five teams, 3 in the East and 2 in the west have better records than Lakers. Not saying I real happy with the teams play right now and would entertain some trade talk, but I am not following the rats scurrying overboard, ha, ha.

The 1960 World Series saw the Pirates win by scoring 27 total runs vs the Yankees 65? In sports, anything can happen?

D(erek)J(eter),

Unfortunately I do not.

Cleveland has a very small downtown area and two small streets/strips (one block each) where there is anything to do.

Those strips tend to move every few years as they get invaded by thugs who get high off smoking cigarettes dipped in formaldehyde (a PCP-like high so I'm told), violence breaks out, and all the people who actually buy drinks stop showing up to the clubs.

So, yeah, that's Cleveland nightlife.

There are less than a handful of nice hotels downtown, all of which are practically within walking distance of Progressive Field. I'm sure it's one of those four hotels in historic buildings. Which one? I don't know.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Thanks JK.

Well, if ever a team needed a break, it's this one. Hopefully, they'll come out of the break re-energized, refocused, and revitalized, and run off a 7 game(or more) win streak. Probably just wishful thinking on my part,tho'.(LOL)

~

@LRob:Glad you liked Joy Jones, I think she's a great talent, who I expect great things from in the future.

~


For today's musical contribution, I'm gonna go with a couple of tunes from another female artist that I'm quite fond of. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJQK0llEq_Q

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

~



Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

D(erek)J(eter),

Remember: Cleveland is for lovers.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hey Mark,

I do believe the thread count on this board is high enough
to make Martha a happy woman.

I do like to respond to folks who think they have something
important to say to me...but given time constraints, it's more
than a little bit difficult trying to peruse the multitude of threads.

Consolidation might work.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

It's official-- the whole championship Laker squad has went HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!

Fisher - Mineral Drink Powder thingy
Kobe- A Black Mamba Movie
Artest- Everything
Gasol- CSI/TV apperances
Bynum- Work Out Videos
Odom- EVERYTHING
Brown- Married to an R&B Singer

Posted by: hiphopcop | February 17, 2011 at 04:50 PM
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Don't forget Matt Barnes - Basketball Wives

Jon K,

I thought that was Virginia, ha, ha.

Wrong. Yes, Wrong. I wish I’ve been wrong all these months. Wrong about what? DNA. Championship DNA. These Lakers, as constituted don’t have it. How do I know? Coach.
Coach Jackson’s only official word going forward in the Lakers locker room is the report time on Monday. Change is in the air.
Forget mix tapes. Forget clogne.
Team after team, night after night for the final three games of the road trip, results at best unacceptable. Yes, unacceptable. Why? I wish I knew.

Why am I being so harsh? Expectations are high when you’re a Los Angeles Laker. That’s not a secret. Kobe knows that. Pau knows that. Andrew knows that. Excuses matter not, only results.

This board has been polluted with excuses and allowances. None of them have been answers.

The Lakers Championship DNA will be found elsewhere.

Dude...This is to easy for me to PILE on and DOG the Lake Show and the Lakerholics. The number one thing is ACCEPTANCE, understanding that these are NOT the same PLAYERS mentally that won the CHAMPIONSHIP.

It's HARD when you're on TOP, everybody shooting at you. But when you start to lose that grip, and slowly start to slide down off the MOUNTAIN. REALITY slaps you in the FACE, almost like getting BITTEN by a TOOTHLESS dog in the @SS....you think, I know this isn't happening.

Dude....it's call ACCEPTANCE, the Lakers missed out on their 3-peat with the loss in 08. Just enjoy the JOURNEY, and play GM in the off season.

There's room on the HEAT BANDWAGON, it's not too late to get with a WINNER, because at this moment... the Lake Show looks like a CHICKEN dinner.

@DBDH – Every once in a while I can pull a lil something something from up my sleeve and show Seattle some love. Mookie Blaylock in da house.

@mclyne - excellent PJ also.

I think there are some real chemistry issues with this team. I don't see any sign of it being a group of 12 guys really locked in and focused on a common goal. I know these guys get paid millions of dollars and are expected to look past these things but they're human. When you're in a workplace and accountability isn't spread around evenly, it causes morale to drop and it causes people to disengage from the plan.


Looking at a team like the Spurs, they have a rotation of 10-11 guys they use every game and there are no outward signs of players being frustrated by minutes, lack of shots, etc. Players all accept their roles. They don't have one player getting an uneven amount of the praise and they don't have any players that have to serve as punching bags. They appear to think and act like one cohesive unit and I think that is a big reason why they are winning such a high percentage of their games. Whether they can maintain that for the playoffs remains to be seen but it is definitely a strong foundation to build from.

I can't see the Lakers going very far without willingness to change and adapt.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 17, 2011 at 01:13 PM
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Bay to LA,

The whole chemistry issue is interesting. But there's been too many teams that didn’t have the best camraderie yet they won the title for that to be much of a factor. I remember a Bill Simmons article last year when he argued that chemistry matters. That was one of the reasons he picked Cleveland to win the championship. He listed several teams that had great chemistry (Cleveland, SA, Dallas, OKC, Atlanta, Phoenix, etc.) Then he listed the two teams with the worst chemistry…LA and Boston. I’m just saying….

This just in from Chirs "Bull-shard," BSPN

Mimai head coach Eric Spoelstra takes some shots at the Los Angeles Lakers and the future of coach Phil Jackson.

BSPN transcribes some of Eric's comments. First, he opines on Lakers' just completed 4-3 road trip. Far short of expectations, is the result of the team "coming together with some real talented guys, and not having a base. Jackosn's team is distracted, unfocused and apparently undisciplined. I see Jerry Sloan in their immediate future!"

@LRob-if you could find that article, I'd appreciate it. Wouldn't mind reading what he had to say.

I personally, just a gut feeling, think it's the chemistry as well. Although, I can't add more than that right now. It's a blanket statement, I realize. These problems are beyond complacency and inconsistency at this point.

This season reminds me of Rocky 3. Like Rocky after his two title fights, there has been too much fanfare for the Lakers - Artest's ring auction and mixtape, Kobe's gym naming and Hollywood enshrinement, Odom's reality show, etc... Hopefully, they won't need Micky kicking the bucket (i.e., Phil retiring) to get their act together.

I just returned from the unveiling of Jerry West's statue.

Some observations...

1. An extremely nice event and it was awesome to see so many of the core members of the Lakers family including Bill Sharman and Elgin Baylor there. Hearing all the stories and the lists of players and personalities recognized over the years, it reminds one how truly special the Lakers are in professional athletics.

2. Kobe Bryant was conspicuously not there. SHAQ WAS THERE!!! Everyone else was there. But Kobe Bryant wasn't. It was beyond odd. Something is up.

3. The sound system sucked and it was very difficult to hear the speeches without straining to do so.

4. They're building something for L.A. Live and the hammering and hum of the generators was competing with the insufficient sound system. You'd think that when one of the Greatest players, GMs and Lakers of ALL-TIME was having his statue-revealing ceremony that maybe they could take a fricken break for an hour. Jerry Buss should make a call into AEG. Urgh.

5. I wonder when Donald Sterling is going to have his statue at Staples? (I kid... I kid...)

6. I think Jerry West's statue looks the best of all the statues at Staples.

7. There are a lot of other players that might eventually need to have statues built for them. Where's the room?

8. E.W. stands for "Eric Wright" and the boy has no friends... and he knows this. Just thought I'd remind you, Eric.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Yawn

The PSP can see the sky is still falling over here. The PSP still believes in our beloved Lake Show but things gotta change fast!

Btw, the 'practice season' bandwagon is nowhere to be found I see. Hmm, as for the Drew/Melo thing you have to think about Bowie/Jordan and Oden/Durant. Point being you dont ALWAYS go big over small especially when the small is a bonafide superstar.

Practice, we talking practice here ... I mean its practice, just practice, come on now its practice ...

Thanks
PSP Intern

sean,

I think something is up with Artest as well.

Remember how he thanked his "psychiatrist" not his "psychologist?"

Psychologists generally talk things out.

Psychiatrists generally hand out pills.

Maybe Thriller's prescription is off.

I fear the team is doing a bit of a Rocky Balboa in Rocky III before he found Clubber Lang the first time. Too distracted by Hollywood and being the biggest celebrities in a city of celebrities to have the Eye of the Tiger.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

boynamedsue,

We had near-simultaneous observations regarding the "Rocky III" connection.

Does this mean that Phil Jackson has a heart attack in the playoffs?

I think Phil needs to play on a loop the first Rocky/Clubber Lang fight on a big screen in the locker room.

"See! This is what happens when you start marketing a unisex cologne during the regular season!!!!"

The team should give each player a $500 fine for each tweet they put out during the regular season and $2000 fine for each tweet they put out in the playoffs.

Give it a rest.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Three seasons in NBA Finals, they played great last week. We play great in June as well. No worries. Lakers forever!

@Jon K- Well, you know, I don't like to single guys if it's not necessary, yeah, you saw through that. I think it goes even beyond Ron, Jon, I think there's a lot going on that hasn't surfaced yet. It will play itself out.

@Jon K...lol, I think your "eye of tiger" post above cued me to the Rocky 3 reference.

It looks like a completely different Artest this year. Hard to imagine how a player changes drastically from one season to another? Frankly, all the Lakers now need is a miracle.

The Lakers definitely need to install a new policy. Absolutely NO activities other than basketball during basketball season. No smelly perfume ad, nor ring's auction or music of any sort. The players are paid handsomely to play basketball and their common goal ought to be winning the championship, period.


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