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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Minnesota

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--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how the Lakers have allowed fewer points in the last four games because they've run their offense at a more deliberate pace.

--The Times' T.J. Simers pokes fun at Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland for not completely following through on his promise to walk from Cleveland to L.A. if the Lakers lost to the Cavaliers.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights Eric Gordon's contention that he wouldn't mind if the Clippers played in another city because they're always overshadowed by the Lakers. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at the Lakers' biggest threats.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer presents a funny video in which referee Eli Roe tells Kobe Bryant he needs to make a shot. 

--ESPN.com's Patrick Hruby tells the tale of how Gary Mays once shut down Elgin Baylor.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers' upcoming week.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi provides a medical update on Lakers forward Matt Barnes.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford adds that the Lakers may pick up their pace whenever Barnes returns to the lineup.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an interesting Q&A with Sid Hartman, who owned the Lakers in Minneapolis. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights the Lakers' belief that they've turned a corner after the All-Star break.

--The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood explains what Minnesota guard Wes Johnson has learned from Bryant. 

Tweet(s) of the Day: "My offense has gotten better with more comfortability n the system. Coach said it takes two years to learn the offense. We almost there.!! ... To play D and offense is hard. Imagine if some of your high scoring players locked down like I do. I think their numbers would dip offensively. But the right way to play is lock up and have big close out game shots. Now that I'm back comfortable it gives lakers more options!!!! Remember just two years ago we went to portland on the road in playoffs ..Now that I'm back comfortable it gives lakers more options!!!! Remember just two years ago we went to portland on the road in playoffs ..It's still there I just had to fit it in with my new team and not take away. That's why last year I picked and chose spots to score....Such as game six in Phoenix , game three in Utah, two big shots in gane six to close out okc and game 6 n 7 in LA!!" -- ronartestcom (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Great lineup of games next week. The upcoming stretch will be a measuring stick for their ability to play at a high level on a consistent basis." -- boynamedsue

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks downcourt in transition against the Thunder during the first half Sunday. Credit: Mark D. Smith / US Presswire

 
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Congrats boynamedsue!

Sup mamba.. Now check out the heat schedule next 2 weeks. Its gonna be a bloodbath!

Sup edwin.. Come playoffs dfish better come up big I mean HUGE.. Us fans have been putting up with his subpar performances for 82 games a year... If lakers lose and he misses that clutch shit than he will be done and lakers probably buy out rest of his remaining contract.. Remember when big shot bob missed that clutch 3pointer (in and out heartbreak) and we lost to spurs.. Lakers let him go like a piece of meat... I heard horry interview not too long ago and he is still a bitter man at how he was let go and he remains convinced if that shot went in he wouldve retired a laker.

Now check out the heat schedule next 2 weeks. Its gonna be a bloodbath!Posted by: yellofever | March 01, 2011 at 08:50 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS THIS REALLY IS THE HORROR!!!!
Orlando, San Antonio, Chicago, Portland, LA Lakers, Memphis, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Atlanta
Princess Jimmy must have made Darth Stern mad. Bad Princess!! Bad!! Let's see what you're Freakin Talents can do Princess Jimmy!!!!!!

OK Folks, Mamba24 is really not suppose to be on here today as his grace period has expired. But Mamba24 says the Hell with it because it’s…GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BANDWAGON PLAYERS !!!
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While I was thrilled when Mitch Kupchak signed Karl Malone and Gary Payton, I also remember sheepishly feeling like we were cheating by renting over-the-hill superstars to win a championship. As often happens in real life, karma in the form of injuries came back to haunt us in the playoffs.
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The aftermath of the wave of deals made before the trade deadline this year is the rush of teams buying out traded veteran players to get their finances in order before the current CBA expires. And like Malone and Payton, these veteran players are looking to jump aboard the Miami Heat bandwagon in hopes of winning the championship ring that they could not win on their own.
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Frankly, I don’t think Mike Bibby or Troy Murphy possess any championship DNA or character and I find the chasing of rings by such bandwagon players to be demeaning and belittling to both the players and the team renting them. In a way, it’s free agency’s ultimate slap in the face and an alarming and hapless trend that we are likely to see happening more and more in the future.
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I’m actually glad to see the Lakers refraining from participating in this fraud and standing firm with their existing team. I also strongly believe what goes around comes around and that karma is going to spank the Miami Heat and derail their championship hopes in true devastating fashion. This is the NBA and championship teamwork, chemistry, and synergy can’t be bought or stolen.
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TOM

If I'm not mistaken, Boymedsu is one of our midnight bloggers so he must be blogging from the Philippines with JovBatz. If true, congratulation while you're dreaming in your sleep, you were just chosen as the RCOTD of the day.

Yellofever, don't worry about DFish as long as his body can handle it, he will give it all. Those other bloggers who kept on blaming him, I think it's also unfair because it is not the fault of Dfish if his NBA abilities has aged like a fine wine. There are still some moments when he can yield exquisite type of performance but like a fine wine most of the time he's confined in the cellar for more cooling time. Don't u think this is the choice of the coach? I asked S. Perkins why always blame Fish, shift it to PJ who chose Fish as the starter? Everybody gets matured and past due, we just have to live with it and make the most out of it.

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I love cheating, so yes to Murphy!!

Perkins or Chandler? come on, Perkins was the immovable object that was the conerstone of a great defense that resulted in an NBA title. Now with OKC, the Thunder have all the necessary pieces of a potential championship team.
Never Ever heard one so called expert try to put Chandler into any conversation of being a force. Retarded stats trying to support this opinion. The guys been on 4 different teams, usually your not trading a 7 foot defensive force.


LMAO rating- 9

131,

Troy looks like a leprechaun and therefore will go down with the Celtics, too.

I think Danny A. is antsy and frantic in trying to get something from scrappy players. He's a good shooter, can he still run and/or jump like Kendrick Perkins. Was there a remorse in the Leprechaun world after trading KP?

BANDWAGON PLAYERS !!!
I’m actually glad to see the Lakers refraining from participating in this fraud and standing firm with their existing team. I also strongly believe what goes around comes around and that karma is going to spank the Miami Heat and derail their championship hopes in true devastating fashion. This is the NBA and championship teamwork, chemistry, and synergy can’t be bought or stolen.
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AW HELL YEAH!!!!! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!
PREACH LAKER TOM, PREACH!!!! THE SWAGGER!!! THE SWAGGER!!!

boynamedsue - congrats on the RCOTD. I'm looking forward to the road trip also. Let's measure up!

My selection for today is a little blues rock meet Hip Hop…cause it “Ain’t Nothing Like the Lakers”

Black Keys featuring Mos Def & Jim Jones – Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vtWNDI_EOI

Eddie-

I hated seeing Perk go but you have to give up something to get something. We needed a backup 3/4 that can defend Lebron and/or Melo, so I get it. Besides, it didnt seem like we were gonna pay him what he wanted. He just signed for 34.5 mil after turning down our offer of 22 mil. Obviously we were far apart.

While we gave up something on interior defense, we picked up something on offense. If we add Murphy, it helps our rebounding and he can streatch the floor.

All this love Laker fan is showing for Perk. Didnt know you had it in you!

Good Morning Mamba 24 and Lakers Blog Fam,

Just checking in for roll call!

GAME DAY INDEED! We're kicking butt and taking names. Let's muzzle ourselves some wolves tonight!

4 in a row and counting!

Mike Bibby, who forfeited his entire 2011-12 salary of $6.2 million to convince the Washington Wizards to let him go so he could join a contender for the rest of the season.

LMAO rating - 10

Frankly, I don’t think Mike Bibby or Troy Murphy possess any championship DNA or character and I find the chasing of rings by such bandwagon players to be demeaning and belittling to both the players and the team renting them. In a way, it’s free agency’s ultimate slap in the face and an alarming and hapless trend that we are likely to see happening more and more in the future.
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I’m actually glad to see the Lakers refraining from participating in this fraud and standing firm with their existing team. I also strongly believe what goes around comes around and that karma is going to spank the Miami Heat and derail their championship hopes in true devastating fashion. This is the NBA and championship teamwork, chemistry, and synergy can’t be bought or stolen.

Posted by: LakerTom | March 01, 2011 at 09:08 AM
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LT,

Good stuff. I prefer doing it this way as well especially since I can't see Murphy or Bibby being that much of a difference maker...lol. I'm just curious as to why NJ would ship Murphy out if he's capable of playing at a high level, especially since they traded Favors also.

Hey You can't be serious.. I was thinkin the same thing.. Chandler at 7'1 and only about 230 lbs... some kind of force that is.
.. Never been great straight up defender. His specialty is weakside help.. Weakside not strongside!

OK LRob, my selection is dedicated to The Lakers cause “No One in The World” will stop them from 3-Peating but, it’a also dedicated to…Yes, Yes, Yes, The Fabulous Justanothermambafan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jZCWHOMkUM _ no one in world – Anita Baker

LOL ... PompousTom doesnt like signing free agents? Lmao ... a Yankee fan that doesnt like signing free agents!!

Just checking in for roll call! GAME DAY INDEED! We're kicking butt and taking names. Let's muzzle ourselves some wolves tonight! 4 in a row and counting! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | March 01, 2011 at 09:35 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!! THE SWAGGER this morning is overwhelming!! The House of Mamba is Representing itself well today. Thank you Fan Of the Mamba for checking in. I shouldn't say this about family but, you and Justanothermambafan are my favorite family members!! Lol! Carry On!!

Trading Perkins was a money issue period.

but justifying the move reasoning the Celtics needed a backup defender to guard Lebron is downright a ROTFLMAO my stomach hurts comment.

Hello Boston, the Fake King was afraid to drive to the basket with Perk in there unless it was a clear path.

LMAO rating - 12 (on a scale of 1-10)

Well,

like someone said a couple of days ago..... Jerry Buss doesn't like spending money on FA that will never play for PJ, so why bother is what MK is thinking, unless some impact player is available - of which there are none that would be in slots 1-8 for the Lake Show.

LOL, I read the comments before Mark's post, and was confused why folks were congratulating me. Thanks Mark! Making Mamba24's famous roll call made my day. Looong time follower of this blog, but started posting recently - it feels nice to take part in the Lakers fandom!

Hello Boston, the Fake King was afraid to drive to the basket with Perk in there unless it was a clear path.

LMAO rating - 12 (on a scale of 1-10)

Posted by: You can't be serious | March 01, 2011 at 09:47 AM

I was serious. You dont have to agree with me. Lebron isnt "afraid" to drive with Perk in the game. That is LMAO rating - 13 (on a scale of 1-10)

With Daniels going down, we had 0 backup 3's. Thats a fact. You can correct me if you'd like. Im not saying Green is gonna stop Lebron but at least he can help Pierce guard him.

Please tell me who our back up 3 would have been???

And yes, I am serious!!

it feels nice to take part in the Lakers fandom! Posted by: boynamedsue | March 01, 2011 at 09:51 AM
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Great to have you here my brother!! Welcome to Lakers Nation and Thanks for the kind words. Carry On!

The only thing Boston should be serious about is how they could let Perkins go over the issue of money. No Perkins no honey

LMAO rating - 14

131,


Losing Tony Allen was a big deal for the C's. What was the deal behind him deciding to leave? He went to Memphis to play essentially the same role so I didn't think it was PT.

Good to hear that Barnes is on his way back. He's gonna play a key role for us during the stretch run. Having a versatile backup SF who can defend and hit 3's is such a luxury. Just look at Boston. I think they could use a guy like James Posey right about now.

@LRob
Very nice way to get things rollin today- I will continue with that musical quality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnR3I9xXd1U&feature=related

I expect a big game out of Socks tonight. Minny doesn't have anyone that comes close to his length and size.

Losing Tony Allen was a big deal for the C's. What was the deal behind him deciding to leave? He went to Memphis to play essentially the same role so I didn't think it was PT.

Posted by: LRob | March 01, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I just dont think he was wanted. I for one, was glad to see him go. Cant shoot and was a turnover waiting to happen. I know he played Kobe and some of the other guys tough but I was tired of him. It was hard to watch him, Rondo and Perk on the floor at the same time. In fact, impossible to watch.

I trust Ainge. He was criticized when he let Posey go but looking back it was the right decision. Posey hasnt done anything after leaving Boston.

You cant be serious-

You should change your name to "I cant be serious"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jZCWHOMkUM _ no one in world – Anita Baker

Posted by: MAMAB24 | March 01, 2011 at 09:41 AM
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AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!

Boston wouldn't pay Perkins 9 million which is a little more than 2 times what he was currently being underpaid for.
And damn right Laker fans respect Kendrick, Andrew Bynum is one of the a few centers in this league who can offset the "Perkins Factor"

LMAO rating- 16

AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!AWESOME!!!!
Posted by: Magic Phil | March 01, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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Magic Phil, Stop that ISH, Stop that ISH Now!! One AWESOME!! is quite good enough sir!! LOL!! Carry On!!

@LROB... “Its the hype like “budding superstar” after two strong performances that I don’t get. Very premature imho.” No problem, LRob. Different strokes for different folks. I don’t mind wearing my purple and gold passion on my sleeve. Nor do I think I’m the only one who thinks that Drew is a “budding superstar.” In fact, that’s what I believe the Lakers front office has thought of Drew for a lot longer than just the last two games. Kareem even said Drew had HOF potential.
...
Also glad to see you chime in on the Bandwagon players issue. I sometimes wish there was no such thing as free agency or trades and players had to play for only one team. I always appreciated the guys who wore the same uniform for their entire career like Jerry West or Kobe Bryant. Of course, then I remember we wouldn’t have gotten Wilt, Kareem, or Shaq. Just give me back the territorial pick so that we get all the players from UCLA and USC. That would be a fair resolution. LOL.
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@MICHAELH... Aloha. Good to hear from you and excellent point about the perimeter shooting being a key to opening up our inside game. We probably have too many weapons on offense for Drew to get enough touches to average 20 points per game but I do think as the playoffs approach that we will see Drew become a bigger part of the Lakers offensive game plan. The key is for him to continue to be as active on the offensive end getting position and rebounding as he has been on the defensive end. If he does that, I believe his teammates will respond and get him the damn ball.
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@TAX ANALYST... LOL. The handle may be boring and unimaginative but your posts have been well reasoned and articulated. It’s good to have another great poster who knows the game and how it should be played. Looking forward to enjoying the rest of this season for the ages with you.
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@BOYNAMEDSUE... Congrats on the Friedman and welcome to the “real” Lakers Blog. Always good to see longtime followers join in the dialog. Once you start, it’s like a drug that you need to have every day. And yes, sweeping the upcoming 4-game roadie will put the league on notice that the road to the NBA championship still runs through the LA Lakers.
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TOM


Here's a peek into the minds of Celtics fans regarding Perkins signing a 4 year 34 million dollar extension...by the way, Boston oonly offered him 4 years, 22 million)

Give Danny some credit....Perk will not end up on the Heat. by David Henderson

Excellent point. by no kidding on Mar 1, 2011 11:10 AM EST upreply
.+1"The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot."
- Bill Russell

by Marjun Raposon
.Credit for getting rid of Perkinsbecause he didn’t go to the Heat? That’s stretching it. Let’s commend DA for freeing up room for DH when he becomes a FA.

Most of the peple who post should have hoped he went to Miami because he just plain sucked – right?
by eastie Rich on Mar 1, 2011 11:48 AM EST upreply

.You believe most of the people here think Perkins sucked? And it's a stretch to be pleased that at least Perkins won't be going to the Heat?Have you been visiting this site long?
by no kidding on Mar 1, 2011 12:37 PM EST upreply

.Good for him.Wish you well, Perk. wondering if he signed for the cheap-o offer we had extended to him…
by KevinGamble on Mar 1, 2011 10:23 AM EST reply

.Wow. That is a shocker.I didn’t expect him back in Boston, but I thought for sure he was still gonna test the free agent market.What could the Thunder have offered that was so much better than the Celtics?
by KY Celts fan on Mar 1, 2011 10:24 AM EST reply

.did Perk just take what he recently turned down in Boston?
- JoeB

.See belowSince OKC had cap room this year, they could offer more.
All the negativity in this town sucks. It sucks, and it stinks, and it sucks. - Rick Pitino
by Roy_Hobbs on Mar 1, 2011 10:29 AM EST upreply
.
They could give that amount to Perk this year, bringing his base salary this year to $6,696,720. He would be eligible for annual raises of $703,155.60.
So, total contract value could look like this:
Year 0: $2,056,512 raise
Year 1: $7,399,875.60
Year 2: $8,103,031.20
Year 3: $8,806,186.80
Year 4: $9,509,342.40
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Total: $33,818,436 + $2,056,512 raise = $35,874,948
So, the extension should be a max of 4 years, $35.87 million
All the negativity in this town sucks. It sucks, and it stinks, and it sucks. - Rick Pitino
by Roy_Hobbs on Mar 1, 2011 10:29 AM EST reply 1 recs

.smart move on his part (and OKC)with a lockout looming it’s best he gets under contract before salary rules change. and best that OKC lock him up.
- JoeB

.wow! this is a great breakdown mr. hobbs!thanks! and if the total amount is more or less around that amount, then the $22million for 4 yrs we offered him was…well…
by japsuki on Mar 1, 2011 10:31 AM EST upreply

.besides the money...i’m guessing it’s the fact that they have a young core group that can be contenders for more years…
by japsuki on Mar 1, 2011 10:29 AM EST reply

.Good for Perk butthat’s a lot of dough for damaged goods.
by Surferdad on Mar 1, 2011 10:31 AM EST reply
.not an ideal situation for the thundersThey sign him to an extension while he’s injured and they haven’t even seen him play on their team. I still think it’s a good idea for them, but they must be feeling a little uncomfortable.
by garz on Mar 1, 2011 10:42 AM EST upreply

.scratch thatI just remembered all the ridiculous contracts out there.
by garz on Mar 1, 2011 10:44 AM EST upreply

.Yep, they could have faced paying 40% more--AND more years--had he gone to FA. by clover on Mar 1, 2011 10:50 AM EST upreply

I loved perk’s D but the rest of his game is nonexistant.
OKC traded alot of offense in kristic and green for an oft injured player who will be on his own for the first time in a non-defense first situation.
by Phil125 on Mar 1, 2011 10:51 AM EST reply

.We have yet to see Perk without KG at his sideI love Perk.
I love Perk’s work ethic.
Perk played great for us no question.
But Perk’s effectiveness was not all Perk. The Celtic system had a lot to do with it. KG on the other side had a lot to do with it. Playing with the big 4 had a ton to do with it. Perk also made things harder on KG. At the end of games teams would double KG off of Perk and sag off of Rondo. Therefore, we couldn’t even play Perk at crunch time.How good is Perk without the Celtic system, KG, and the Big 4?
by David Henderson on Mar 1, 2011 10:51 AM EST reply

.Congrats Perk!He deserves it, after all his hard work in the League. If he’s at 35 mil, he’s still vastly underpaid. Haywood got 52 million & Noah got 60 this offseason. I agree that Perk’s effectiveness had a lot to do with the system, but he has value just as a guy to grab boards. set screens and play D. A lot of guys in the League won’t do that consistantly. Perk will and that’s needed on a jumpshooting team.
by LuckyNumber07 on Mar 1, 2011 11:03 AM EST reply

.Cmon nowWas his rebounding even that good….i say no.
by Kgwillkillyou on Mar 1, 2011 11:22 AM EST via mobile upreply

.his stats say differentPerkins is generally one of the better rebounders in the league, typically posting a mid-20s DRB%. When combined WITH KG, the two of them could be counted on to grab pretty much half of all the opponent’s missed shots.
He’s not Kevin Love or Dwight Howard, but Perk is a very good defensive rebounder.

.Good for PerkI loved the guy. Wish we never had to trade him, but it was best for the club.
by totheights on Mar 1, 2011 11:27 AM EST reply

.Overpaid!I still wish he was on teh team this year but there is no way he is worth that kind of money, rondo is getting 12 mill a year i think and perk is getting 9? Add him to the list of overpaid bigmen, couldn’t be happier for him but i dont think a guy with no offensive game is worth tha much.
by Dr.Greenthumb on Mar 1, 2011 11:27 AM EST reply
I honestly think he could have done better testing the waters with free agency. Not to mention that it’s a pretty emotional time for him to be making such a huge decision. He’s been there 5 days and hasn’t played a minute with them. Not ideal circumstances to sign a long-term deal, IMO.

I don’t understand this move, but this whole trade in general seems to be full of head-scratching moments.
by bboisvert on Mar 1, 2011 11:39 AM EST reply
If he had gone to FA, he probably might have gotten a 5 yr at 8M. This is the package equivalent of getting a 4 yr for almost 9M per. AND he gets paid more right away.
He’ll also probably be still young enough at the end of 4 to maybe sign one more multi-year contract for decent money.
So not that bad a deal for Perk.
.Love Perkbut I doubt he plays four years.
by thereallargejames on Mar 1, 2011 11:41 AM EST reply
.I am sure we could have offered the very same contract..but we don’t, so I am happy for Perk but we a bitter taste in my mouth…
by NicaraguanFan on Mar 1, 2011 11:43 AM EST reply


Wes

And exactly how many titles have the Celtics won since Posey and Allen left?

In Ainge we Trust

LMAO rating - 10

I just dont think he was wanted. I for one, was glad to see him go. Cant shoot and was a turnover waiting to happen. I know he played Kobe and some of the other guys tough but I was tired of him. It was hard to watch him, Rondo and Perk on the floor at the same time. In fact, impossible to watch. I trust Ainge. He was criticized when he let Posey go but looking back it was the right decision. Posey hasnt done anything after leaving Boston. You cant be serious- You should change your name to "I cant be serious" Posted by: 131-92 | March 01, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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LOL!! And 131 comes back firing from both barrels!!! Get down with your bad self 131!! The SWAGGER, The SWAGGER!!

Good article on how Kobe helped the T-Wolves rook Wes Johnson....here's a quick excerpt...


"It's a great blessing," Johnson said. "I can't put into words what it says about him, just looking out for me, giving me words of advice, his opinion on things I need to work on. I appreciate it."

The Future

It's 3 years from now without a title and Boston fan is overheard saying

It was the right move to trade Kendrick Perkins back in 2011, he was a liability on offense and look, just because the Thunder have made it to the Western Conference Finals 3 years in a row they still can't beat the Lakers.

I trust Danny Ainge and even though most of our players are close to 40 years old we still have Jeff Green who does a pretty good job defensively against Lebron James. The Heat were just lucky to beat us in the playoffs these past 3 years.

LMAO rating - 11

I just dont think he was wanted. I for one, was glad to see him go. Cant shoot and was a turnover waiting to happen. I know he played Kobe and some of the other guys tough but I was tired of him. It was hard to watch him, Rondo and Perk on the floor at the same time. In fact, impossible to watch.

Posted by: 131-92 | March 01, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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131 - Interesting. Yep he's definitely offensively challenged. I'm glad to see him go :-)

And exactly how many titles have the Celtics won since Posey and Allen left?

In Ainge we Trust

LMAO rating - 10

Posted by: You can't be serious | March 01, 2011 at 10:27 AM

As many as Posey and Allen have won since leaving. The Celtics came a lot closer than Posey or Allen!! BTW nobody has won a Title since Allen left.

What are the chances Posey or Allen win one this year? LMAO rating - 15

Still waiting for you to tell me who the Celtics backup 3 wouldve been!

@ LT - you know I gotta poke at you every once in awhile with Drew. I'm hoping he becomes the Budding Superstar/Beast also.


@Mamba - Anita...the songtress...sweet. I had to pinch myself and make sure it wasn't all a fairytale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i984JkXmlY&feature=related

LOL!! And 131 comes back firing from both barrels!!! Get down with your bad self 131!! The SWAGGER, The SWAGGER!!

Posted by: Mamba24 | March 01, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Just cant believe how great Perk got after leaving the Celtics!!

LRob,

I don't know, I wish Kobe would be less generous with advice for players on other teams!

I don't know, I wish Kobe would be less generous with advice for players on other teams!

Posted by: EJK | March 01, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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EJK,

It's part of giving back to the game. Now at didn't like him going to the Olympics and showing his primary competitors Lebron/DWade etc how hard he works, but I don't mind helping the real young players. Remember how GP went out of his way to help Kobe when he was just a pup.

EJK - The thing about Kobe is he a real student of the game. He's even called himself a basketball nerd. His willingness to give advice is his genuine love for the game and want to share what he knows. It also shows he has the self confidence that his work ethic and talent will still exceed those of others.

Brad Turner just filed a post from morning shootaround. It should be up shortly

Coach K on Jim Rome...

"Wade and James need a supporting casts...they can't do it by themselves...at end of games, one of them has to have the ball to create or score..."

LMAO...They better give it to Wade then...because James can't create...and you've seen the last 3 times he had the ball at the end...he will either pass the ball (scared) or take the shot and like the last 2 times...CLANK...brick...

No you are not Kobe, the Black Mamba...not even close to the best closer in history...

131 - Interesting. Yep he's definitely offensively challenged. I'm glad to see him go :-)

Posted by: LRob | March 01, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Cant keep everybody. Allen played Kobe well but I dont think Kobe had bad shooting nites just because of Allen. If Kobe or Lebron or Dwade are on, they will score on anybody. You just need someone to make them take low percentage shots.

At the end of the day, I rather have Krstic, Green and Murphy than Perk and Nate.

@Mamba - Anita...the songtress...sweet. I had to pinch myself and make sure it wasn't all a fairytale.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i984JkXmlY&feature=related
Posted by: LRob | March 01, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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LOL! Very good sir, One good Anita deserves another and of course it’s also dedicated to Justanothermambafan even though she won’t Talk To Me : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m763TuCiwNU&feature=related Talk to me _ Anita baker

>>>>
83-79 says:
I just dont think he was wanted. I for one, was glad to see him go. Cant shoot and was a turnover waiting to happen. I know he played Kobe and some of the other guys tough but I was tired of him. It was hard to watch him, Rondo and Perk on the floor at the same time. In fact, impossible to watch.
>>>>

Yet so many C's fans blame his injury for losing the Finals.


LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

Just cant believe how great Perk got after leaving the Celtics!! Posted by: 131-92 | March 01, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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Are you kidding me. The man is Kareem and Wilt rolled into one. The records that man will set will live in history, HISTORY I say!!!!!! As I said 131 If you’e good with the Trade then so am I. I just ddon’t want anything screwing up that June engagement The Celtics have with a certain team. LOL!

Yet so many C's fans blame his injury for losing the Finals.
LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions
Posted by: HBMatt | March 01, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Try to follow along, I was talking about Tony Allen. I know its difficult for you to read and think at the same time.

I KNOW I KNOW!! IT WAS SO NICE YOU HAD TO SAY IT TWICE!!

What are the chances Posey or Allen win one this year?

Ah, avoiding the real question, the topic is these guys leaving the Celtics team and with them no more Celtic titles.

As far as your question re: backup 3... Is that's the key to your title hopes????

Doesn't matter if you had Ron Artest, not many can guard LBJ one-on-one. Your earnest request for an answer to this question really isn't a worthy comeback (sorry Mamba24), cuz u can't win without a championship without Perkins and that is the Bottom line.

LMAO rating- 18

Are you kidding me. The man is Kareem and Wilt rolled into one. The records that man will set will live in history, HISTORY I say!!!!!! As I said 131 If you’e good with the Trade then so am I. I just ddon’t want anything screwing up that June engagement The Celtics have with a certain team. LOL!
Posted by: Mamba24 | March 01, 2011 at 10:58 AM

You forgot Russell and Hakeem!! I dont want it to seem like I wanted to get rid of Perk. I love Perk but you have to do what you think is best for the team. Just like the Lakers signed Artest instead of Ariza after having won the Title.

Dont worry ... We shall be there. Book your flights and rooms!!

HBMatt

I soon as I read your post I knew you were going to get posterized,

but I agree on the about-face attitude on Perkins. Yes, one day he the difference on winning a championship and the next day you're nothing special.

LMAO rating - 10

As far as your question re: backup 3... Is that's the key to your title hopes????

Doesn't matter if you had Ron Artest, not many can guard LBJ one-on-one. Your earnest request for an answer to this question really isn't a worthy comeback (sorry Mamba24), cuz u can't win without a championship without Perkins and that is the Bottom line.

LMAO rating- 18


Posted by: You can't be serious | March 01, 2011 at 11:00 AM

It may be the key to getting out of the East. Pierce cant play Lebron 48 minutes each game and expect him to carry the scoring load. What happens if he gets into foul trouble. Who's gonna cover Lebron? Luke Harangody?

Again, I rather have Krstic, Green and Murphy than Perk and Nate! Thats the bottom line!!

OK 131

If the Lakers traded Bynum, Laker fans would be saying the same thing.

You took the ribbing well,
lmao
Peace Out

but I agree on the about-face attitude on Perkins. Yes, one day he the difference on winning a championship and the next day you're nothing special.

LMAO rating - 10

Posted by: You can't be serious | March 01, 2011 at 11:12 AM

There no "about-face" on my part. We got killed on the boards in Game 7 and a healthy Perk would have helped. Had the Lakers beaten us by hitting 3 pointers by the score of 131-92 then the fact that Perk was out would not have mattered. But the Lakers beat us in the 1 department that Perk could have made a difference.

83-79,

Sorry, I took your quote out of context.

But to trade one of the 5 key pieces of your " never defeated in a playoff series" for Green, when someone like Corey Brewer is available, as a free agent, as a 3 you say the Septics so desperately need? I know Ainge is smart enough to know who was going to do a buy-out to go to a contender.

Green and Murphy are 4's.

Dumping T Allen was tough, he did a great job on Kobe.

Plus, with all the crying the Septics did after the trade, maybe they are just a little depressed.

I wonder if Chicago might blow by the Meat and Septics for the top spot in the East.


LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions.

RIP Charlie Sheen -While he's still with us, he's really not with us.

Back to basketball, hopefully with almost 2 days in 'Sota, we can convince the Wolves to get us Ricky Rubio.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

If the Lakers traded Bynum, Laker fans would be saying the same thing.

You took the ribbing well,
lmao
Peace Out

Posted by: You can't be serious | March 01, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I know! And if we kept Perk, Laker fan would be saying that he's a thug with limited offense. I get it!

Peace!!

Green and Murphy are 4's.
Dumping T Allen was tough, he did a great job on Kobe.
Plus, with all the crying the Septics did after the trade, maybe they are just a little depressed.
I wonder if Chicago might blow by the Meat and Septics for the top spot in the East.
LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions.
Posted by: HBMatt | March 01, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Green is a 3 that was forced to play the 4 with Oklahoma. Plus dont forget we pick up Krstic who is a decent Center. Its not like we only got Green.

I hope we pick up Brewer as well but Green is much better than Brewer.

Dont waste too much time wondering if Chicago is gonna beat us!! They are good but I dont think they are good enough!!


Dont waste too much time wondering if Chicago is gonna beat us!! They are good but I dont think they are good enough!!
Posted by: 131-92 | March 01, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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THE SWAGGER, THE SWAGGER!!! Maybe not this year 131, but they are on your heels sir!! Be Afraid, be very Afraid!!!!

these lmao ratings are epic.

any news on kapono getting waived so he can make a homecoming back to so cal, or am i just that much out of the loop?

THE SWAGGER, THE SWAGGER!!! Maybe not this year 131, but they are on your heels sir!! Be Afraid, be very Afraid!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 01, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Im only worried about "yet" ... Ill worry about next year, next year!!

83-79,

>>>Please tell me who our back up 3 would have been???

How bout Corey Brewer who just got bought out by the Knicks? Excellent defender. Two time champion with Florida.

Too late.

Your team panicked.

Hope KG et al enjoy watching the finals on their big screens, cuz they ain't gonna be sitting courtside.

Hope KG et al enjoy watching the finals on their big screens, cuz they ain't gonna be sitting courtside.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | March 01, 2011 at 12:23 PM

How could Ainge have forgotten about Brewer? LOL ... first of all, there was/is no guarnatee Brewer was gonna sign with us. Second, even if he does sign with us, you expect me to believe that Brewer is gonna be the difference maker?

LMAO rating - Off the charts!!

2 time Champion at Florida? This isnt Florida ... or Kansas for that matter. How many titles has that group from Florida won in the NBA??? I think as many as I have!!

LMAO rating - Even farther off the charts!!

All this coming from Mr. The Celtics wont beat the Cavs!! No wait ... Mr. The Celtics wont beat Orlando!! I told you last year, save your predictions for someone who cares!! Youve been wrong toooo many times.


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