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-The Times' Mike Bresnahan will be hosting a live chat today at 11 a.m. Bring your Lakers questions! Brez and I also detailed an interesting Wednesday practice, which included a visit from Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani and Archbishop Jose Gomez. Talk about divine intervention.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky talks to Lakers assistant coaches Brian Shaw and Chuck Person about playing defense without fouling.

--Charles Barkley tells The Dallas Morning News that the Mavericks are the only team with a legitimate shot to beat the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains the common thread between Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki.

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko argues Dallas can ease some doubts about beat

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford and Fox Sports' Billy Witz discuss the magnitude of the Lakers-Mavericks game.'s Mike Trudell examines the tie-breaking scenarios

--Bryant spends five minutes with PTI. He will host the Kobe Basketball Academy July 6-11th at University of Santa Barbara for boys and girls ages 8-18. Kids can participate as either day or overnight campers and can sign up on Bryant's website.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore previews the Lakers-Mavericks game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' defense.

Tweet(s) of the Day: "Huge game for both the Lakers and Dallas tomorrow fighting for the number 2 spot in the West. Lakers should use these 9 games left to get the bench playing well." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Legend Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Why can't Odom start in place of an injured starter and not be considered a sixth man? Within the context of a whole team, he may have "started" but he is still a sub." -- alberto esmeralda

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks up during the team's championship banner ceremony at the Staples Center on Oct. 26. The Lakers acknowledged the importance of their game Thursday against Dallas. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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OOOO - a Brez chat at 11!!!! Let me make a note of that....

(sarcasm font working overtime)

@alberto - congrats on the Friedman.

@Lew - thanks for sharing the stats.

@jefe - Nice change of pace move on Dionne & a blog first for Yvonne - good stuff.

@mclyne - AC/DC got me fired up. 8 in a problem!

@Justa - Drop us a lil sumthin sumthin something from your playlist!

I watched most of the Clippers-Mavs game last night and was not particularly impressed by the Mavericks. They do seem like a disciplined team that you have to actually beat to win; however, the Clippers (in typical Clippers fashion) beat themselves with a multitude of unforced turnovers.

The game was relatively close. The Mavericks simply did not look like a formidable team.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


Great Pic of kobe! Being stuck with 3 rings all that time and BAM # 6 is on the horizon.

LRob. Luther's "Never Too Much" has never failed with the ladies. ;)

Congrats Alberto on the Friedman - and truth on that. He's never been a "starter" this year, only a sub for an injured big or coming off the bench. Besides, I think he has the prerequisite minutes/games to qualify as a sixth man, doesn't he?

So. Did MJ play team ball when he shot 35 times and had 1 assist? A
simple yes or no will suffice.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM


If I may interject, I completely understand your point, but I don't think a simple "yes" or "no" can answer that question. The fact that the defense loaded up on MJ that game probably accounts for his teammates shooting 19-32 from the field (59.3%) as opposed to his 15-35 from the field (42.9%). If you remember those Bulls teams, they ran the triangle with probably better precision than any Lakers teams because they did NOT have the luxury of highly skilled big men. My GUESS is that the reason MJ wound up with 1 assist, is because the offense ran properly. Before Kurt Rambis left the Lakers, I heard an interview with him during Kobe's MVP season that for Kobe to be as efficient as possible, they wanted to see more "hockey assists" from him when defenses loaded up on him. This makes sense because if you swing the ball out of a double or triple team, invariably someone will be open for a good look. I would love to watch Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals again because i bet that Jordan had a lot of hockey assists that game. If that is the case, the game plan was executed and he played "team" basketball.

HAVING SAID THAT, the Bulls won. SCOREBOARD. Therefore, if I were forced into a "yes" or "no" response without an explanation, my answer would be an unequivocal "yes" because he did what it took for his team to win a close out game in the NBA Finals on the road.

lrob - sure thing! (and you can call me Betty....)

We aren't trying to negotiate middle east peace here at the LAT Blog. Can't we have a little truce or "just don't go there" especially on game day? What do you think Hobbit, 888 and LT? PLEASE?

Some of us come here to get away from the drama - we just want to enjoy our treasured hobby.... LAKERS!

The PTI interview was funny - I really like those two (in that setting).

Jon K. - I was trying to watch the Clips but fell asleep, thanks for the update. I think you are spot on with their discipline but Carlisle has always been that type of coach. But I think its a little stifling for the players so I am waiting for some type of craziness to happen with the Mavs. I hope its soon.

Cheers - PLG

Down to Dallas take my razor and my gun
Man, people there lookin' for trouble
Sure gonna give 'em some:


What about my response to hobbitmage was anything other than respectful and analytical? His question and my interjection was exactly the kind of banter that we should be having in here. As for the discussion between hobbit and LT, I can't speak to that. I just know that my effort was a genuine effort to answer his question in a non-confrontational manner.

Congratulations Alberto Esmeralda, new in the blog now after getting the Friedman Award, we appreciate if you will come back with more posts.

IMO, it is not good to lobby for year-end honors. It is up to the committee to decide to whom they should give the award, altho' we cannot avoid pundits like the reporters of LAT to create news, sensation where there is no other news to report. They speculate MVP, Coach of the Year, Best Defense etc. If your team does not win the Championship, it does not mean a thing. So many coaches who won the award, the year later, fired.

Vman, I echo your resounding call of Mike T famous cheer - Make Them Obey. If others who were banned were able to post again, I hope Mike T. will report back to the blog, together with all absentee bloggers starting from Mamba24, AZ, EX, Dave M, Xodus, Jorema, Pete, Tulley, T.Sensei, Aztronaut, Weathermen, Hariyahu, Kiwi, and other laker fans from all over the world. It's playoffs time, better come home if you are a true fan.


*I* took your answer as non-confrontational.

Furthermore, *I* actually & completely agree w/ your assessment.

Here's my cheesy song of the day, straight from "The Fighter," (and what a great scene it was).



what happened w/ the stalker?


*I* took your answer as non-confrontational.

Furthermore, *I* actually & completely agree w/ your assessment.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 31, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Hugs? lol!

And something else, a little different. Here's Dr Rance Allen, doing one of his more famous songs. He's visiting a local church here in Indiana this week, btw:


I'm trying hard to get excited about this game tonight. It's just not happening. I'll be watching it and rooting for the Lakers, but it's just another game. The result of this game tonight will not be the end of the world one way or another.

Hobbit, I'm looking forward to your response to LT and Kobe888. I'm also more of a *how* guy than a *what* guy. The *how* creates understanding of an issue, while the *what* is just blind knowledge of an issue. In order to understand the *what*, one must know the *how*.

Go Lakers!

Rocky, you're wrong. Every game is huge. We're tied with the East right now for home court. We need to pick up a game or Chicago gets the tie with a better divisional record.


888 - First holding hands with PSP, now hugs with hobbit...

This automatically qualifies you for a Nobel Prize...

Which brings me to the question...

Did Alfred Nobel invent Kid Bynumite...

No, wait. Chicago won last night, so they're up by a half game on us.



You don't think the Lakers can beat Chicago @ Chicago? Kobe would be frothing at the mouth to beat Chicago in the Finals on their home court, the house that MJ built. I would like our chances there.

That said, it is better to be safe than sorry and try to get HCA. But my opinion is that it is not necessary this year. Health is the main key.

Go Lakers!

hobbit - all's quiet on the stalker front.
Just the way I like it - hopefully it will stay that way permanently.
Thanks for asking!

I'm really happy there's a game tonight, but not geeked about it.
It IS Dallas after all....
Dirt No-win-ski and the Cubanites - meh.
That said - let the humilation continue.
HEY CUBAN - don't forget to bring your tissues to the 4th quarter!
And to quote another blogger - nothing like watching a cuban get smoked...


Posted by: LakerTom | March 31, 2011 at 09:32 AM

Phil with his simple statement "Who's open?" made a profound statement and how can one really refute when it relates to a TEAM sport, duh! I would rather Lakers lose a game as a TEAM then one person determining a negative outcome.

I noticed you too caught on to Hobbit's "smoke & mirrors” and his argument based on “few isolated box scores or quotes taken out of context". It is completely off base and off tangent. One thing that admire about Hobbit is his fierce loyalty to Kobe and having them ROSE COLOR GLASSES help, lol.

Congrats on The Friedman Alberto - Lamar IS the 6th Man... Jason Terry is a one dimensional player off the bench but LO can fill in for any starter at any position and still fulfill the primary role of coming off the bench. Versatility and effectiveness are key and Lamar is the epitome of both.

Every game counts - the team doesn't need HCA in The Finals but it sure will make things easier and if somehow S.A. should sputter and fall, there's nothing wrong with picking up the top seed in the Western Conference either. This last stretch of games are important and I'm sure the team would like to take back some of those losses earlier in the season against the so-called "scrubs" in the NBA.

"We're worried about our execution. That's all we did then and that's all we'll do now." #24 K. Bryant

"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande

"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss

Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

I should copyright "Who is open?" title for Phil's next book, 100 page book with blank pages except for the last summary page which will read:

"I like to see everybody involved in the game," Jackson said. "I've tried to preach as a basketball coach, even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe, basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."

i too think that lakers can win in chicago and it would great for coach see leave that way. unfortunately i see the finals between the celtic and spurs. i'm not always right but the celtic still have an experienced shaq.


I expect the craziness to be in the form of it coming out the Mark Cuban has put cameras in the Mavericks showers for his personal viewing pleasure.

The guy has creepy, beady eyes.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


"Bay to LA

I find it fascinating that you find Phil Jackson's experience in these situstions and his body of work "irrelevant" to this season. Kobe and Fish were there once before, too. As you would say: "Wow!"

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 30, 2011 at 11:08 PM "

I'm not sure what I've said to make you think I'm calling that experience irrelevant. What I call irrelevant is what the Lakers record is compared to other teams in their respective threepeat year. They're not in competition with those teams. They could be worse than all of those teams and still win or they could be better than all of those teams and still lose. That the 1993 Bulls or the 2002 Lakers pulled it off doesn't make it any more or less likely that the 2011 Lakers will. Especially since the Lakers are in the midst of their 4th title run, something none of those other threepeat teams can say.

Teams like the Lakers, Celtics, and Spurs can never be counted out because they have shown the ability to overcome regular season doldrums and remain standing at the end but they still warrant doubt when they're not playing well. The Spurs are banged up right now and are in danger of losing their #1 seed, are they officially too old or are they just the Lakers of last year, sacrificing the last part of the season to get healthy and prepare for a playoff run? It's a fair question. For the Celtics, same story. When the Lakers had Andrew Bynum playing tentatively and Ron Artest with his head in the clouds, whether they still had "it" was a fair question.

For all of these teams, they have the experience, they have the players, and they have the history, but at some point, the signs pointing to them no longer being a championship team will be because they really are no longer a championship team.

with the playoffs you ever think we could see a lineup down the stretch with kobe, pau, 'drew, L.O. and ron-ron on the court. L.O. handles the ball pretty damn well for guy 6'10"? just thought i'd throw it out there and see what your take is on it! can't wait for the game tonight. huge consequences for both teams. also, if boston wins at san antonio....L.A. would be ony down in the loss column with 8 games to alice in wonderland, curiouser and curiouser!



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