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Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani and Archbishop Jose Gomez visit Lakers practice

Along the sideline of the Lakers' practice court stood a vast camera crew filming the upcoming reality series about Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian.

But that's not what made Wednesday's practice unusual.

No, what made it unusual were the two men sitting in folding courtside chairs  wearing black shirts, white collars and crucifixes. Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, the archbishop of Lima, Peru, and Archbishop Jose Gomez, the new leader of the Los Angeles archdiocese, were invited by the Lakers to attend their practice Thursday where they witnessed a full-court scrimmage and had one-on-one conversations with Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Mitch Kupchak and Pau Gasol.

Yup, it's just another day in Laker land. 

"We offered them some prayers so they could finish a good tournament," said Cipriani, who was in town visiting his friend, Gomez. "They're doing really well in these last games and hopefully they'll be ready for the playoffs. Maybe they'll repeat."

Talk about divine intervention for a team that's gone 15-1 since the All-Star break and enter Thursday's matchup with the Dallas Mavericks with a one-game lead for second place in the Western Conference. The topics of conversation centered on that Lakers' recent success, but also included other areas of interest. Cipriani, who played on the Peruvian national team from 1961 to 1967, said he shared his story, expressed pleasure about the Lakers' play to Kupchak, told Bryant that his competitiveness set a good example and asked Gasol how he's adjusted to life in the United States and the possibility that he could face his brother, Marc of the Memphis Grizzlies, in the playoffs. Cipriani also left open the possibility that he'd attend the Lakers' game at Staples Center on Feb. 10 against Oklahoma City.

"That's not common at all," said Bryant, who described the visit as "pretty cool."  "We have people come in and want to watch [practice], but that was the first time in my 15 years that that's happened."

This also concluded a personal journey of some sorts for Gomez, who had previously served as the archbishop of San Antonio from 2004 to 2010. With his move also came a change of allegiances from a team that's currently on a four-game losing streak and holding only a three-game lead in the Western Conference to a team hoping to take their place, a true sign to him that divine intervention has taken place .

"A lot of people are praying and were telling me to switch from the Spurs to the Lakers," Gomez said. "Prayers work. Now I'm a Lakers fan. I'm also praying for the Spurs but a sign from God is that the Lakers are playing much better."

-- Mark Medina

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Tim

Good strategy.. Bring shaq out of the key by working the pick n roll to death n render him completely useless.. Maybe even have bynum drop a twinkie on the ground to distract shaq n keep him out of the key a bit longer.. Expose him for what he is a slow lazy immobile 300LBS LARDASS. Works everytime n precisely the reason why the shaq experiment has failed miserably last 3 years.

WHERE IS MAMBA24 Bandwagon:

Shotgun: his mentor Edwin Gueco
His confidante: Lewester
His admirer: lakerTom
Wagon Boss: yellofever
His little friend; Hobbit
Trail music DJ: LRob
Wagon historian: Jon K.

Don't think the Heat get out of the east, but I think they can be dangerous if luck falls on them.

Posted by: NBA4ever | March 30, 2011 at 03:41 PM

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"Luck"? hmmm. As David Stern might say, "The NBA, Where Ratings Matter." You wouldn't happen to mean THAT kind of "luck," would you?

Why, as a Catholic, does this feel weird to me?

The archbishop and cardinal showing up at practice?

Really?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"We offered them some prayers so they could finish a good tournament," said Cipriani, who was in town visiting his friend, Gomez. "They're doing really well in these last games and hopefully they'll be ready for the playoffs. Maybe they'll repeat."

Amen!!! God Bless Him!!!!!

OK, we know the stance of various blog residents on cats and dogs, but what about The Bunnies?

Don't really care who comes out of the East, there will be a game plan in place and it will be executed for 4 out of 7. That's it, period.

However, if we have to face SA in the WCF, and it's a SA home court, we know that the whistles will be TX oriented. That's how it always is when the Lakers play in SA. That's why we had Derek's 0.4 shot to begin with. Home court against SA becomes very important when you have to play at least 6 on 5 let alone 8 on 5. I'm just sayin'

JR

justanothermambafan,

I've heard something about "the bunnies" that reportedly only you understand.

I'd like to know more.

I, personally, think rabbits are cute... and very good in Italian cooking.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MM:

Curious here, do you sit in your cubicle and read all the posts?

Yes - God has always been a Lakers Fan

Yes - God has always been a Lakers FAN.

The RSP is dilgently studying upcoming playoff scenarios and his initial study is focused on the Eastern Conference contenders.

Suffice to say there are the Big 4 and nothing else.

(not necessarily in order of preference)
1. Boston
2. Chicago
3. Heat
4. Magic

Boston-
Was the beast of the East but with the loss of a key role player in Perkins the time needed to integrate Green and Kristic is not enough. They could still end up winning the East but are not the cinch they were considered before the Perkins trade.

Chicago-
Tom Thibodeau's defensive schemes impact is evident, the Derrick Rose led team are favored to win HCA in the East and have a legitimate shot of coming out of the East. There hasn't been in recent memory a super stud point guard win an NBA title, the game slows down and teams defend better against drives to the hoop. That being said Rose could be the exception to break the trend.

Miami-
The X factor, how do you stop two athletes that are unguardable in James and Wade? The Celtics could not stop Wade in last years playoff and they've added James and Bosh. The addition of Bibby helps stabilizes the guard position but the lack of size is problematic. Zydrunas Ilgauskas at 36 years old can be depended upon for a good game now and but that's his limit.
The real XX factor is Udonis Haslem, he brings an enforcer mentality and if 100%, the Heat become a more rounded team and scary contenders.

Magic-
Can never count out a team with a dominating center, they are flying under the radar but belong in the discussion of potential NBA finalists. The big question that will be answered this post-season...Is the loss of Marcin Gortat, Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, and Mickael Pietrus offset by the addition of Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, Gilbert Arenas, and Earl Clark? Stay tuned, one thing is for sure though, Stan Van Gundy will have some quotables that will entertain.

As much as I like it, is divine intervention kosher when it comes to the NBA? Then again, since the commissioner is the Anti-Christ...

JR

Some blessings are always good.

Anubis - Dude or Dudette not sure, Shaq may be 400-500pounds he'll still DOMINATE DREW.

KobeMVP888 - the Lake Show has benefited by Dave's LUCK, I would say.

Jon K - The whole "nooooo not the bunnieeeees" stuff started with in-game commercials on TV about that new resort in Vegas - the Cosmopolitan. Part of the commercial showed a LOT of very cute bunnies (and kittens, puppies, etc) and a scantily clad woman picked up just one bunny and put it outside. The caption was something about 'just the right amount of wrong'. Anyhoo - when it came on, we'd start in with "noooooo not the bunnieees", then we'd do it whenever someone was talking about / or missing bunny shots.... Just stupid stuff but we crack ourselves up.

I've eaten rabbit a couple of times in my life. Very tasty.

:)

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The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that -
We'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despis-ed, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped-
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore.
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand;
And its likely they'd a-killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two."

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out.

"Phin"

jon K,

If cats are in fact responsible or played a role in the "shame" and the neutering of the human spirit in our culture, perhaps the blame should go to the leaders of ancient times who domesticated the cat, and revered it. Perhaps they knew the effects these cats would have on society, and intentionally introduced this species as a way of effectively controlling and taming the masses AKA slaves. Could cats be an integral part of the ruling strategy amongst the kings and gods of ancient times? Are they part of the strategy in today's times? After all, according to the most ancient scripts, these kings and gods were responsible for inventing and introducing agriculture, government, and all the sciences to the hunter-gatherer masses, which happened to coincide with the domestication of the cat. Perhaps the leaders thought the masses would not be controllable with this sudden explosion of knowledge, and as a result, cats were used to offset, or to tame, the masses into a controllable entity. Anyways, just thinking out loud.

Go Lakers!

Doooood:
Anubis - Dude or Dudette not sure, Shaq may be 400-500pounds he'll still DOMINATE DREW.


I dont think we will find out this year, unless the meat show their true colors and blow it in the playoffs.

snaq has to get through your "team" first

justanothermambafan,

I've seen that commercial.

It seems they've clearly given up on branding Las Vegas as "family fun."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LAKER TRUTH,

"Perhaps they knew the effects these cats would have on society, and intentionally introduced this species as a way of effectively controlling and taming the masses AKA slaves."

I doubt it. It was probably all coincidental.

There's always the possibility that as humans learned how to grow grain, they needed animals they didn't have to care for much (cats) to protect their stored grain from mice and whatnot.

And what seemed like a good idea resulted in a good old fashioned case of mass infection with cat parasites... and the strange behavior that follows.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"To the extent that it prepares us for the PLAYOFFS, it matters. To the extent that it provides fans with entertainment, it matters. For BS popularity contest awards, it matters. For judging players, coaches, GMs and ownership as a PART of their overall career body of work, it matters. For seeding purposes and HCA it matters, but HCA doesn't always matter.

For this two-time defending champion, it's the practice season, and every single concept that I have explained about what exactly that means has proven to be true this season. When the "rubber met the road" before the All-Star break, did it matter? Only as a part of the process for preparation for the PLAYOFFS. Does our record against a team "matter" during the regular season? Nope. We start out 0-0 against them whether or not we won or lost the season series.

When the Lakers tip off against whomever in Round 1, it will be 0-0 for both teams. At that point, the regular season will become meaningless. All that will matter is the 16 game countdown.

Yes, the regular season matters ... to you. Phil Jackson and his players will have long forgotten about it by Round 1, Game 1 of the Real Season.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 30, 2011 at 03:13 PM "

If the rubber meeting the road didn't matter and doesn't affect how they will play from April-June, neither does this run they have been on since the all-star break. The way I see it, it all either matters or it doesn't. You say I have been misunderstanding the practice season concept but there just seems to be a lot of twosidedneess to it.

When they were not executing, their hopes seemed dim. Now that they are firing on all cylinders, it's hard to see them not winning. In the end, you don't win with potential, you win with execution.

My theory that the regular season matters is not disproven by anything that is occuring this year. The Lakers now have one of the top records in the league and are hotter than any other team headed into the playoffs. If the regular season didn't matter, I might write that off but I know that's important right now.

I agree that the team is ultimately judged by whether or not they get those sixteeen victories from April through June but there is a strong correlation between how teams matchup in the regular season compared to how they fare in the playoffs. The record does start over at 0-0, but much more often than not, it goes back to the same type of record that meaningless practice season yielded.

Does anyone else find it funny that Sasha and Jordan are still on the same team? Unless I'm mistaken, Sasha would annoy the hell out of Jordan. Miss those guys though and hope Lakers make some trades to get them back next year!

fwiw-toxoplasma gondii doesn't live long in most humans. most quickly develope antibodies...

Hey just passing this info along. Tickets for Lakers home games for the First Round of the playoffs go on-sale to the public on April 9th at 10am. You can get tickets through Ticketmaster.com.and Ticketmaster outlets, but not at the STAPLES Center Box Office. There is a limit of 4 tickets/game for the public on-sale.

Now for some classic comic relief

1. anyone see the new lebron iphone... it only vibrates because it got no rings
Posted by: ev33 | March 10, 2011 at 07:02 PM

2. As for Shaq, he just dropped 20 pounds!
Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | March 06, 2011 at 09:55 AM

What happened, Red? Did Snaq drop his breakfast tray??
Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 06, 2011 at 10:06 AM


Yellofever, 300lbs? LMFAO! Try 400lbs. Whaquille is keeping his Double-Double Streak Alive at IN-N-OUT!

This one goes out to Whaquille O'Neal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRgAgJJY2B0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON...."

If the rubber meeting the road didn't matter and doesn't affect how they will play from April-June, neither does this run they have been on since the all-star break. The way I see it, it all either matters or it doesn't. You say I have been misunderstanding the practice season concept but there just seems to be a lot of twosidedneess to it.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 30, 2011 at 04:40 PM
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I'll defer to TrueFan1947, a brilliant man and the proponent of this theory who was a die-hard Lakers fan for 50 years before he passed away last July over fans like you who constantly play the devil's advocate and see the glass half-empty all the time. The "practice season" applies to championship caliber teams like the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs, whose veterans and head coaches have been there and done that. There is no "twosidedness" to the theory at all. Once again this is your view because of your half-empty approach to everything that is the Lakers. I never wavered whether they were playing poorly or playing well or whether they were executing or not, or winning or losing. That is because the practice season is a process. It was you who wavered. In fact, you still waver.

Fans like you look at things a possession at a time, game at a time and a season at a time and don't believe in the historical relation or significance of events as they pertain to the present time. To you, this is a new season with its own set of unique circumstances and has nothing to do with the 3 seasons which led up to this moment or what the Lakers have built or what they understand based on those experiences. To you, it's one possession at a time. To others, it's the Big Picture. They are two distinct schools of thought.

I'm going to go with TrueFan1947 on this. He saw it all AND he was brilliant. I know because I met him and I was sold instantly even BEFORE I met him. And his glass was filled to the brim!

mud,

If' that's true, then why are 67% of Brazilians infected with the parasite?

http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2008/10/toxoplasma_the_brain_parasite_that_influences_human_culture.php

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

mud,

This article also disagrees:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/insidenova/2010/06/t-gondii.html

I looks like in Yugoslavia 67% of people were also infected. What happened? Everyone started killing each other.

It looks like 12% of American women are infected.

Infection also inhibits one's coordination. You are 300% more likely to get in a car accident if you're infected by the cat parasite.

Get rid of that fricken cat!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

And there's speculation that the cat parasite may be responsible for the spikes we're seeing in autism and ADHD in young children.

http://www.physicspost.com/physicsforums/topic.asp-ARCHIVE=&TOPIC_ID=7427.htm

Why?

Because pregnant women somehow think it's a good idea to keep an evil creepy little monster as a pet.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Okay.

I think I've made my point about cats.

I can get back to talking about the Lakers now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Regular Season Police,

Okay. Just once more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYEzuqkE9oA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzltqmBmX4I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96YGSaDaLg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVJHxNvgs2c&feature=related

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Message to the Lakers??

"... and that's why God really is a Lakers fan."

"I'll defer to TrueFan1947, a brilliant man and the proponent of this theory who was a die-hard Lakers fan for 50 years before he passed away last July over fans like you who constantly play the devil's advocate and see the glass half-empty all the time. The "practice season" applies to championship caliber teams like the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs, whose veterans and head coaches have been there and done that. There is no "twosidedness" to the theory at all. Once again this is your view because of your half-empty approach to everything that is the Lakers. I never wavered whether they were playing poorly or playing well or whether they were executing or not, or winning or losing. That is because the practice season is a process. It was you who wavered. In fact, you still waver.

Fans like you look at things a possession at a time, game at a time and a season at a time and don't believe in the historical relation or significance of events as they pertain to the present time. To you, this is a new season with its own set of unique circumstances and has nothing to do with the 3 seasons which led up to this moment or what the Lakers have built or what they understand based on those experiences. To you, it's one possession at a time. To others, it's the Big Picture. They are two distinct schools of thought.

I'm going to go with TrueFan1947 on this. He saw it all AND he was brilliant. I know because I met him and I was sold instantly even BEFORE I met him. And his glass was filled to the brim!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 30, 2011 at 05:01 PM "

There are many ways to look at things. I don't feel it is a glass half empty approach to see that nothing in life is guaranteed. You can certainly hope for things to be a certain way but one's optimism or lack thereof does not affect the outcome of these events.

I know change can happen, but it's not something I expect or rely on. If the Lakers are winning 9 out of 10 games all season long, I expect that to continue. If they're winning 50% of their games, I would expect the postseason to be a struggle until they snap out of it. When they were struggling in games, I never said the Lakers cannot win (something you admitted you did last year) but I merely think it clouds the chances unless things change for the better. Change has to take place, it is never a given. Whether I'm a GHE or a GHF in your eyes would really just depend on the current circumstances.

And I hate to break it to you but this IS a new season. There are new components of the team, new opponents, new obstacles, and new challenges. They cannot rest on the laurels of previous success, they have to continue to achieve it with this year's team. All threepeat teams are not created equal.

I could assume that as long as a team is championship tested, they have nothing to worry about but I probably would have lost a lot of money betting on the Yankees, Phillies, and Saints in the last few months and I probably would have lost the house on the 2004 finals.

It will be a good omen Thursday night if Steve "The Brick" Blake hits a wide open corner jump shot, for once, or actually breaks double figures with 10 points. If he does, 3-peat for sure...my bunion is telling' me!

No, No, don't go away Jon K, we have to convince you about cats are not parasites. They are beneficial to humans especially to Seniors and little kids. Cats have often problem with the middle aged group like your age because u expect too much from cat. haha! do u to act like dogs, a fierce dog, then we may be living in another planet. Well, if you want a fiercer cat, let's go with the giant species like Tiger, Cougar, Panther and a Lion. All in all, the little kitty are beneficial to human that's why they often referred a woman as a cat.

I have a little story to narrate how a cat can really torment u from submission. There was a stray white cat with a little shade of gray on the neck with blue eyes, we called him Frankie. He is really pretty but a little bit wild. We tried to domesticate him but he kept on spraying our bed and laminated wooden floors so we let him go back to the streets but continue feeding him outside the house. As soon as he got his freedom, Frankie boldly climbed a tall pine tree near our house. Upon reaching the apex, he became too afraid to come down. He created quite a commotion that attracted the passerby, the neighborhood, the environmentalist, the crows and the firemen with his desperate "Meowing". We tried different ways from food at the lower branches, garden hoses to bring him down but to no avail; this cunning cat would tease us for seven days without food and water. His cries grew louder. People across the streets who were having pre-Christmas gathering were equally curious how to solve the dilemma. It attracted a crowd of 100 people one afternoon and our local paper reported dropped by and took some pictures. We all felt helpless for almost a week, guilty and anxious to do something because it's very cold out there. On the 8th day, he methodically found his way down and received cheers from a relieved neighborhood. Four days later because of his wanton delinquency and curiosity as nature of Frankie, we saw him dead lying in the middle of the street. He survived the struggle on a 200 feet tree without food and water for 8 days but not a speeding SUV. He taught us a lesson that perseverance extended his life but carelessness cut it short. End of the story.

Jon, there's no way to tell if a living human has been infected except by checking for the antibodies. otherwise, it would take a drill and a meat slicer to section the brain and check it. if one has antibodies, it's a matter of debate whether one has an active infection or not. one can easily say that 67% have BEEN infected at one time or another, though. i'm wondering who took all those blood samples...

it'd be easy if cat hatred was the solution, though.

i'm not a cat owner.

Edwin Gueco,

"No, No, don't go away Jon K, we have to convince you about cats are not parasites."

They're not parasites.

They're evil little domineering, vain monsters incapable of love that pass on parasites to others to influence their emotions and behavior in a way that is more fitting to their needs.

If you want a companion, get a human or a dog, not something that is dreaming of eating your face shortly after you have a stroke.

Cats. Feh.

{I will attempt to not be goaded into any further discussions about how cats suck for the duration of this day. Thank you.}

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


THE ZEN MASTER STRIKES AGAIN !!!
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There is a reason why I keep harping on what an accomplishment it was for Phil Jackson to be able to convince Andrew Bynum to redirect his efforts towards defense and rebounding rather than following the traditional path to superstardom by focusing on scoring. As Kevin Ding intimated in his recent article on Drew, Phil Jackson may have done more this year than just coaching the Lakers to their 2nd 3-peat and 17th NBA championship. He may also have given the Lakers their next franchise player.

How many times have you heard a fan say he or she wished their superstar scorer would become more of a team player? Or wish that their talented big man would focus on defense and rebounding instead of scoring? It’s a hope that has probably been expressed over and over in almost every NBA blog. But how many times has that hope materialized? The truth is few superstar scorers or offensively talented big men actually change their attitude and focus once they’re in the NBA and making the big bucks?

You can attribute much of Phil Jackson’s success to the fact that he was able to get Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to buy into sharing the ball so the Bulls and Lakers would be championship teams. Rather than demanding that Michael and Kobe play the game the way it should be played, Phil used his intelligence and guile to get the two superstars to come to the conclusion on their own that sharing the ball would help them win championships. That’s the real secret to Phil’s 11-and-counting rings.

Now, in the midst of his self-proclaimed last run, Phil Jackson has truly transformed Andrew Bynum into a defensive and rebounding force that may extend Kobe Bryant’s and the Lakers’ championship windows well into the future. There is no doubt that Phil convincing Drew to change his focus from scoring to defense and rebounding is one of the major reasons why the Lakers have gone 15-1 since the all-star break and are putting together one of the greatest closing runs in the history NBA.

The only similar feat in NBA coaching history to what Phil accomplished with Drew was Alex Hannum convincing Wilt Chamberlain to do the same for the Philadelphia 76ers, who had been unable to get past the great Boston Celtics teams to make it out of the East to play in the NBA Finals. But with Wilt focused on defense and rebounding, the 76ers trounced the Celtics in the East and went on to win the 1966-67 NBA championship. Look for Drew to be the difference makers as destiny repeats itself.
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TOM

mud,

I think we can agree that the archetypal "crazy cat lady" has an ongoing infection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp0Q3UJHrkU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNvjxbssQ70&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP4npYGRCJ4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgK2U7PGJOU&feature=related

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

maybe so, Jon K...maybe so...
some may be more susceptable than others...

Boy yall are truly bless with the priest, a cardinal and an archbishop. i hope they can convince kobe to attend church though. Kobe hasn't attended church in 28 years. But the thing about priests and cardinals is that you have to talk to philistines as well.

Phillistines had priests. they worship(ed) Dagon.

Kobe "The Philistine" Bryant sounds much better and more natural than the black mamba. Philistines besides killing samson in the bible are very selfish. A Philistine would not attend his mentor's statue ceremony. He would insist of taking 60% of his team shots. A philistine would chase shaq and phil out of la. A Philistine would try to trade bynum for jason kidd. A Philistine would not sit on bench and cheer his team on when injured.

And island priest is the bishop of the Monkey Island.!!! hohhohoho hahahahahh!!!!!

I.P.,
---"A Philistine would not attend his mentor's statue ceremony"---
Check the schedule you moron, the Lakers were smack dab in the middle of a 7 game East Coast roadie when West's statue was revealed on Feb 15th!!


---" He would insist of taking 60% of his team shots."---
Who else would you prefer to take those shots??


---"A philistine would chase shaq and phil out of la."---
Now that statement is so dumb, I'm not even going to respond.

---" A Philistine would not sit on bench and cheer his team on when injured. "--
When in the Hell did Kobe do that??


BTW,
there's nothing more sacreligious than a priest with a God complex!!

dan

Hey Island Priest - I have friends in OC who have seen Kobe and his family at mass at their church in Newport Beach. They also said he goes there regularly for mass. So, I don't know where you are getting your info..........

PLG


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