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Caught in the Web: Lakers take some time off

Ron
---The Times' Mike Bresnahan assesses the Lakers' hunger level.

--The Times' Chris Erskine profiles Lawrence Tanter.

--The Orange County Register's Lori Basheda profiles what might've been the oldest Laker fan.

--ESPN Los ANgeles' Andy Kamenetzky focuses on Lamar Odom's self-accountability.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi highlights Mike Krzyzewski's comments that he wouldn't be interested in being the next Lakers Coach.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 1.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the work the Lakers put in securing a win Tuesday over Phoenix.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders what it'd be like if the Lakers and Suns matched up in the playoffs.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Andrew Bynum's proved his value even during his two-game suspension.

--Vote for the Laker Girls in the NBA.com Dance playoffs.

--Lakers forward Ron Artest performs his new single, "Go Loco" on Wednesday night on the Lopez Show.

Tweet of the Day:"Just finished working out with @JustinLaboy my knee is starting to feel much better. Playoffs is almost here!!! #3peat" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"All I know is this: the team is ahead of Dallas, Orlando, Miami and Boston. Right now, Chicago is holding the 2nd best record which is holding us back from HCA in The Finals. The next few weeks of the regular season are going to be fantastic. All of these games will count and then it's on to the playoffs!" -- frmkt

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers Ron Artest drives to the basket for a slam dunk past Phoenix Suns Marcin Gortat and Channing Frye in Los Angeles. The Lakers beat the Suns 139-137 in triple overtime. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA

 
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Is "self-accountability" an actual term?

Shouldn't it be "personal accountability?"

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


@FRMKT... Congrats on the Friedman. Excellent post. This team has a shot to actually win out the season and head into the playoffs with a 24-1 post all-star game record and a 16-game winning streak. With Drew focusing on defense and rebounding, Ron getting his groove back , and Matt once again showing why he is so valuable, this team is peaking at just the right time.
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As for Fish vs. Blake, thanks for your response. We’re fine. The team is coming together and so is the blog. Hopefully, we can put our differences of degree aside and root for every player on the team to do his part to make this season of the ages one we’ll never forget because of its greatness.
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@KOBEMVP888... “OK, LT and CCX, I'm done with him and the others. This is the last time I will lower myself to their level. Please accept my apologies.
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No apologies required, Kenny. Just keep giving us those upbeat insightful and intelligent posts. After a while, all the naysayers and trolls and haters will just fade into white noise that nobody pays attention to or notices. It’s not walking away from a fight. It’s just realizing that punching out a drunk who cannot really defend himself is not what an intelligent person does. With the power of words and reason at your disposal also comes the responsibility to use the power wisely.
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TOM

Jon K

The PSP would like to ask you a quick favor; this doesn't require you taking sides. Merely this: Do you remember the PSP stating that the PSP does not post under multiple handles a while back?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Thank you for "The Friedman" MM. Since we're all assuming that The Lakers will be in The Finals - and rightfully so - I think HCA for the contest is all we should be "talking" about. There will be nothing boring about the last few weeks of the "practice season."


"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 feel FULL…"

Thank you LakerTom... The team is definitely on a roll and they seem determined to win the remainder of their games "by any means necessary" and yes, I believe the rest of the NBA is fully aware of what lies ahead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk

LakerTom,

The early returns on the Perkins trade are discouraging.

The deal strips them of their "identity" of being a tough, big, bruising team that you do not want to enter the paint to bang with. Krstic is a soft, 3rd string center at best. He`s been inviting penetration! Take away Baby, and the Celtics are now a "finesse" team.

In fairness, Ainge knew he would lose Perk after the season, and feared Miami would sign him. He also couldn`t trust Perk`s health issues. So, it made sense to ship him out west, especially for a talented player like Green.

As for this year, it all comes down to the O`Neals. Period. Both must come back healthy, and be able to contribute a combined 30-35 good {not necessarily great} minutes.

The chemistry has been hugely disrupted by the trade, and Doc needs to better integrate Green and Murphy into the 2nd unit.


@BAY TO LA... You make a very good point about the front court improvement fueling the Lakers post all-star game performance. Drew’s dominance has been accompanied by Lamar’s continued superb play and Ron’s revitalized offense and defense. Now if Pau can fight through the physical play to post better shooting percentages, the Lakers will be in great shape going into the playoffs. And Phil has already said that he sees a bigger role for Steve going forward. Blog-sync-think.
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TOM

Practice Season Police,

Yes. I do.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

It’s just realizing that punching out a drunk who cannot really defend himself is not what an intelligent person does.

Posted by: LakerTom | March 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Trowing around "intelligent" (in vain) on this blog is as rebarbative as bringing up Luke Walton's Basketball IQ.

"I fell FULL"

frmkt - congrats on the Friedman. I feel the same way: barring injury (knock wood!), this is going to be fun.

Red - Hondo was a truly great player on both ends of the court, with a phenomenal court awareness (defensively even more than offensively). One of those guys who NEVER gave up. A class act, too. If only he hadn't been a Celtic....

RED`S LOVE CHILD,

I didn't get the trade, either.

You guys may have lost Perkins next year, but now you have certainly lost him this year as well.

The trade makes little sense to me.

I thought you guys wanted to get beat again by us in the Finals. Now we're going to have to play Chicago.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

frmkt: Congrats on the Friedman. Well stated!

and for those of you like me who were unaware of Rick's passing, here is a bit more info I finally found:

"Finally, I’m sorry to report the death of longtime broadcaster RICK FRIEDMAN, who died last week at the age of 64 from lung cancer. He was the original producer of Action News at WFIL-TV (now WPVI-TV) in Philadelphia, and eventually worked at three Philly stations. He later worked at stations in Los Angeles and Chicago, but spent much of his career in program development. You might enjoy this tribute to Rick, who was passionate about the Los Angeles Lakers. Be sure to read the comments following his posts."

Here is the link to it: http://www.rickgevers.com/news-director-updates/


ANDREW BYNUM SHOWS VALUE EVEN WHEN HE DOESN’T PLAY
By Darius Soriano for Forum Blue & Gold
http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2011/03/23/andrew-bynum-shows-value-even-when-he-doesnt-play/
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Excellent article focusing on why Drew was missed so much. Here is excerpt, with which I agree:
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“At this point, I’m just happy that Bynum is coming back on Friday. Without him, the Lakers are an excellent team that has just as good a shot to win the title as the Bulls, Spurs, and Celtics. With him playing – especially at the level he was playing at before his suspension – I think the Lakers are the favorites. So while I’m happy for the wins that the Lakers got while Bynum sat out, I’m more excited about the wins they hope to get when he’s back in the fold. And based off some of the little things I saw with him out, his value may mean plenty of them.”
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TOM

That trade isn't a complete failure yet but if the O'Neals, primarily Shaq, aren't healthy for the playoffs, then it will be. If they're both healthy, the addition of Jeff Green might make it a success.

It's just puzzling to me that they're letting all of these games slip away late in the season. They proved they could win a few series without HCA last year but I'm sure they wished they had that game 7 in Boston.

KobeMVP888,

I want to clarify some things, as I am one of your most loyal lapdogs, next to Cyber and Lewsters. You ran like a coward crying "Mercy, woe is me, these bloggers hurt my feelings, waaaaaaa!" and now you are back, so I want to make sure I follow your "rules" on blogging.

MVP Rules and Regulations:

1. - Anyone who criticizes Fish, Bynum or Luke is a short sighted, ungrateful, ignorant, wanna-be Laker fan, who has no right to post here and should be extinguished like a bug. Does that sound right?
2. - But it's okay to criticize Artest, Kobe, Barnes and Sasha, as you have done NUMERIOUS times. As long as we don't criticize YOUR favorite players, we'll avoid your wrath. OK I get it now.
3. - Luke is better than Matt Barnes, and anyone who thinks otherwise does not know basketball. As you like to remind us, only a season ticket holder could be so wise.
4. - Anyone who wants to trade Bynum is an impatient loser of a fan who can't see the big picture, yet you wanted to trade Ron Artest for JJ Reddick? Ron Artest?? The MVP of game 7 against Boston? Our defensive stopper??...for JJ frickin Reddick? LOLOL. I really wish I had the ability to see the big picture like you, oh wise one. Imagine our team with Reddick guarding Durant and Lebron! Awesome MVP, you are a wise GM for sure.
5. - And lastly, anyone who makes any sort of criticism towards certain Lakers should be grouped together in one group. That way, it's easier to accuse these people of saying things they never said. That would surely make my flawed arguments seem stronger. OK I get it now. I will abide by your rules from here on out.

This was written:

Now on topic of Kobe and why I harp on his affinity towards "dominating the ball": as noted by his coach Phil Jackson, I too as an spectator find it counter productive in the context of a team game and see how fast it disrupts the flow of the game. So what do Kobe blowhards do, they call his team mates useless by standers when in fact Kobe as a zealot leader is to be blamed. I have never denied Kobe's great skills, his grit, his character, his dedication and in fact have enjoyed watching him (when not a ballhog) but he is not without a chink in his armor. So when his coach suggests his penchant for ball domination, once again Kobe blowhards come out of wood work wielding Kobe Bible and go off on personal assaults.

Posted by: downNout in BH | March 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM

So ... Since you brought in PJ. Have you considered that you're
mis-understanding him?

Let's go farther down this path ...

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5985885
snippet:
"We get behind early on in the third quarter on some stupid plays -- poor passing, poor transition defense -- and then Kobe has to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one and that takes the rest of the guys out as a consequence," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said after the game.

Jackson clarified what he meant when he said "screw up the game" after practice, taking some of the bite out of the sound bite.

"When a game starts getting out of hand -- and rightly so -- Kobe will crank it up, not screw it up," Jackson said. "I used that term 'screw it up' but not in terms of it being an error or a mistake, but 'crank it up.' He'll go to another notch to try to get us back in the ballgame. That's something we do in the fourth quarter, that's our fourth quarter action, that's how we win ballgames. To have to crank it up and do that in the third quarter, we didn't have much left in the gas tank after that."

Bryant admitted Jackson's assessment was not off base, but said it is his role on the team to bear the brunt of the scoring load from time to time.

"[Jackson] was right, I totally broke the offense, but I did it intentionally because I felt like we needed to get something started because what we were doing just wasn't working," Bryant said. "So, I tried to kick start it and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't but that's my responsibility. When it works out? Great. When it doesn't? I'll take the criticism for it, but I have thick enough skin to be able to do that. ... You just have to take the good with the bad. That's part of my job in the seat that I sit.

"I was trying to win the damn game. We were playing like [expletive], we all were, so I was just trying to get something going, trying to pump a little energy to us and it just didn't work out. But Phil doesn't really care how many shots I take, he just wants me to take them inside of the offense. [Sunday] was one of those days where I was like, '[Expletive] the triangle, I need to get myself going and try to save this damn game,' and it just didn't work out."


Here is an interesting observation about the triangle offense. I don't say if
it's right or wrong, but it's certainly something to look at and think about.

http://www.operationsports.com/forums/pro-basketball/451940-mj-kobe-bryant-id-say-hes-top-10-guard-14.html

snippet:
No-one in the triangle offense has ever averaged really high assist numbers. My point isn't in defense of anyone. When someone in the triangle offense one day averages 8-9 assists a game, then my theory is shot. Until then, historical precedence has been set that the triangle offense doesn't allow for any one player to be ball-dominant enough to amass high assist numbers. Note that Jordan was averaging more assists per game when he had total carte blanche in the late 80's, than when the triangle was used once Phil Jackson took over. To my memory, the only player who has broken like even 7 assists a game in the triangle was Pippen. But you're not likely to see any one player be among the league leaders in assists playing in the triangle. That's whether they happen to be a dominant scorer like a Jordan or Kobe, or more of a pass-first player. It's just 'not' that kind of offense. Only when you have a prolific point guard in the triangle like a Chris Paul, or a Deron Williams or a Steve Nash, who are your 10-11 assist guys, can you truly determine whether the triangle allows one to get those kinds of assist numbers.

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Once the triangle was run on the 90's Bulls, Jordan was in an offense that didn't place him as the primary ball-dominant playmaker, but instead placed him in various positions on the floor where he could be most effective offensively. In other words, he was placed in positions to utilize his abililties as a scorer, not a passer. And after a few seasons, Pippen established himself as a player which also ate into Jordan's assists totals. But you will note that Jordan averaged 8.0 assists the season before the triangle was instituted, in 1988-89, in which he was being used at point guard. The following season, his assist numbers dropped to 6.3, and then 5.5 the season after that. One reason why? The triangle had been fully instituted by that point. That Jordan's assists numbers dropped at that point is not, in my humble opinion, a coincidence.

So ... we were talking about Kobe's teammates and the useless bystander
defense.

to address this:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/22083-la-lakers-utah-jazz-game-three-preview

snippet:
The Lakers are following the script laid out by Phil Jackson and the coaching staff which clearly states player movement and ball movement within the triangle offense will cause trouble for any defense

[ note: did you notice that phrase called player movement? ]

Bynum's honesty scared the living crap out of me: "I was just passive."

Andrew, thanks for being honest, thanks for taking responsibility for your poor play... BUT! Dude, it's the fricken playoffs! There is a zero tolerance rule for passivity! Come on, man!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 09, 2010 at 08:55 AM

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/03/sports/la-sp-lakers-20110104

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Not everybody pointed toward Bryant. In fact, Bynum blamed "Kobe-dar," his radar-derived term for when the Lakers focus too much on feeding Bryant the ball and then stand around and watch him.

So ... What are your thoughts on Bynum talking about being passive?

JON K,

Perkins signing with Miami this summer would have been crushing!

That was the worst-case scenario Ainge was determined NOT to see happen. Instead, he shipped Perk out west, and got Jeff Green in the process. Perkins made it clear he wanted to explore the FA market, and Boston was not going to enter a bidding war for him due to his health issues and offensive limitations.

The feeling was that Krstic, Troy Murphy, Big Baby, and a healthy Shaq and Jermaine would be sufficient in the paint.

Right now, the jury is still out.


@RLC... Thanks for the honest answer. Frankly, it will be a shame if the Celtics do not make it to the Finals. I for one will be rooting for you to make it. Chicago is a year away and the Magic just don’t have a “team” at this point in time. Good luck down the stretch. Drew is waiting for Shaq.
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@NUGGETS COUNTRY... Thanks for the link to the news about Rick. Great to learn more about a guy who was a great blog friend for many years. There never was any doubt in my mind that the man had a successful and rewarding life and family. You could see that from the way he posted.
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@LAKERS HYPOCRITE... I would like to respond on behalf of 888. First, it’s fine to criticize ANY player on the Lakers squad provided you do so accurately and fairly. All of the players are human and have their faults. When the criticism ignores the very real contributions that the player has and will make to this team and starts to border on obsessive or unfair hatred, then it is out of line.
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As for trade proposals, same thing applies. If you have valid reasons for the trade, that is not being disloyal or a bad fan. That is just expressing your opinion and is fine. And no, Luke is not better than Matt Barnes but he is also not worthless. His coach and teammates appreciate his presence on the team and he is one of the glue players that helps keep the team chemistry humming.
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TOM

Was there rumors that Perkins was willing to sign in Miami? Since he's young and already has a ring, I didn't think he'd be one that would be willing to sign for less money. I think they're in a position over the next few years that they're going to have to rely on older centers that are willing to sign a minimum deal to win a ring. Guys like Shaq, Ilgauskas, etc.

And even though I count myself in the 'wait-and-see-if-Bynum-can-be-producive-without-injuries' crowd, here is a good article posted today about him:

http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/03/24/andrew-bynum-lakers-impact/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1


I think Bynum's new post ASG attitude is what most of us were hoping he would adopt! Rebounding and defense!


and........follow the link in my Rick Freidman entry to read much more about Rick in an embedded link inside that story.

Laker Tom,

Thanks for the rational and thoughtful response. Unfortunately, MVP888 does not think like you do.

Whether you're right or wrong, you have always been consistent in your support for Bynum. MVP888, on the other hand, waivers back and forth like my puppy's wagging tail. One day, he's attacking bloggers for criticizing Luke, the next day, he starts criticizing Kobe, of all people! One day, he attacks bloggers for suggesting a Bynum trade, the next day, he suggests an Artest trade for JJ Reddick! LOLOL. The hypocrisy in this man is unbearable, and I believe he is nothing but a troll who loves to cause division and hatred amongst fellow Laker fans. He has some serious issues that he needs to deal with before conversing in a public forum. The first step might be Anger Management courses. The next step would be to get treatment for his huge Napoleon Complex that he clearly suffers from.

GO LAKERS!

Maybe the Perkins trade wasn't so bad afterall seeing the logic behind it.

But, the one assumption? The assumption is that the Celtics window was larger than it really is... they were mostly done in 08, and came very close to pulling off an upset last year. Will they continue to be in a position to dodge bullets and have chances at winning titles? I doubt it, but they have more resolve than I ever gave them credit for.

Lakertom,

I see you're not holding back this morning and I admire you taking a strong stance for 888.. I can also detect your subtle tones of subliminal messages urging him to stay under the fray.. I know you know where he is already heading and you knows its not a good place.. I've already asked him politely to not attack other bloggers and respond to posts not even directed at him but I guess we know WE CAN NEVER TEACH AN OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS... He also keeps baiting me numerous times referencing "I would get pleasure in seeing dfish arms ripped out of his socket" as if deliberately trying to get under my skin.

Now I will continue to respect ur views but if ur gonna side with this crustacean blowhole by openly calling his attackers trolls and haters so be it.. just know that may be heading up a slippery slope full of paradox misery and despair and I wouldn't want you to be a target of unfair reprisal and criticism

Regardless, what I am seeing as an amateur observer …

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Is that "self-accountability" or "personal accountability"?

Haha, now this is what I'm talking about. A feisty blog.

Welcome back KobeMVP.

The Bulls have had great talent for years the difference is Tom Thibodeau. They won't make it to the finals because the Celtics big three are just to tough to not get to the finals. If they somehow got there however, they are way too small to match up with us, so I welcome them in the finals.

JonK - No fair kicking when they're feeling down!

JR

I dont care care about the he said she said high school BS going on for the past couple of weeks on the Blog. If a poster makes a post that has nothing to do with the lakers in terms of whats going on right now, warn them then ban them. i love this blog too much to see what i believe to be the same poster under different handles posting attacks at other bloggers. if it was up to me, youd be gone, whether you are a die hard or a troll. stop the personal attacks and get on board or GTFO. THIS IS RIDICULOUS...

I wouldn't worry about the Celtics. Last year everybody was going crazy about the Lakers "slide" after the break. Hollinger had the Celtics and Lakers at single digit, percentage wise, of winning the title. Championship teams know what to do and how to do it when it counts. I think all these stats should include a column for "Championship Heart/Mind" or something. There is a reason why there have been so few NBA championship teams, not all teams/organizations/owners/players/etc have the mindset to win a championship. That's why people talk about playoff experience, or championship experience.

SORRY FOR THE LONG POST!

LakerTom you said:

@REGULAR SEASON POLICE ... Who are you? Are you the same poster as the Practice Season Police, who claims that he has never posted under another handle? That’s a pretty long list of things that you claim are blog commandments. Do you plan on issuing tickets for any violations? How many other handles have you posted under. Frankly, I don’t think we need the PSP or RSP.

@PSP... Just checking to make sure that you were not the same poster as the RSP. If you check the archives, I asked you this question directly several times but you must have missed it because you never answered. I assume you are saying you are NOT the RSP. Is that right? That’s all I wanted to know. I was not calling you out so no need to challenge me to “come and get some son.” And I am much older than you so the correct terminology should be “sir” rather than “son.” As I have asked 888 to keep the subject to basketball and avoid personality attacks, I ask the same of you.
Posted by: LakerTom | March 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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Well, here are some posts between you and I from some threads ago that led to the response you received from me earlier.

The PSP will be waiting for your apology when you are done reading :-) ... Here we go:

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@PSP... Practice Season Police, Regular Season Police, Practice Season Intern, Practice Season Architect, Practice Season President... Lots of different handles and names for somebody who claims that they have never posted under any handle but Practice Season Police. Guess it’s time to write yourself a ticket. Only question is what name to use for the ticket writer and the recipient.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 10, 2011 at 01:21 PM
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BynumTom

The PSP can see you are still taking cheap shots at the PSP. The PSP has always posted as Practice Season Police but with a different signature depending on which personality is posting.

Anyway the PSP is starting to sound like a broken record saying that I DO NOT POST UNDER MULTIPLE HANDLES! Oy Vey! How hard is that to understand??? BynumTom can you hear me?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Posted by: Practice Season Police | March 10, 2011 at 01:44 PM
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@PSP... The name is LakerTom, not BynumTom. I address you by your chosen name and have come to accept you as a fellow blogger and not a troll. Please give me the same respect. I am not taking cheap shots at you but the multiple personality issue still bothers me. Please confirm that you never posted as the Regular Season Police. If not, then I will accept that you have only posted as PSP. That is unless I have to ask Intern, President, and Architect individually to get a straight answer. Thanks.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 10, 2011 at 01:49 PM
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Byn ...LakerTom

First of all, the PSP has stated this a millions times already and like the PSP said its starting to sound like a broken record. Yes you address me by my chosen name BUT you also accuse me of posting under different names. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks eh?

There are things about certain bloggers here that the PSP do not agree with but we all have to live with that; afterall this blog is nobody's private residence.

Btw this is the Intern; only the big boys and the worthy get a post from the VP himself.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Posted by: Practice Season Police | March 10, 2011 at 02:00 PM

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Ps: If we would all use the archives to backup our points when needed, most of our discussions would not escalate into full blown arguments.

Thanks
PSP Solutions Architect


@BAY TO LA... Good thoughts about Perkins signing with Miami. I also wondered how Miami would have been able to free up enough cap space to do this. If anything, the new CBA is probably going to toughen up things financially rather than loosening them up. My take is that maybe Danny got a little too big of a head as a general manager and carried his fantasy basketball GM approach a little too far this time as the team chemistry seems to have taken a huge hit.
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@YELLOWFEVER... All of us have our boiling points and bad days. I remember having a terrible day at work a while back and skewering LRob for a harmless comment. None of us, including 888, want to see the blog disintegrate into mean and senseless infighting. So yes, I’m encouraging Kenny and PSP and all of the blog to just let old grudges die and not to indulge in taunting and baiting of others. As we all know, I’ve been there and done that and now trying to pass it on. Let’s all just focus on the great finish in which we are in the midst and the pending three-peat. OK?
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@NUGGETSCOUNTRY... Thanks for the great article. Don’t know how I missed that since I monitor AB news like PSP does 888 posts. (JK, PSP, no offense, please) Here are the quotes that I loved from the article:
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“Bynum has provided a new level of defensive presence, and his old one -- when he was healthy -- was impressive enough. If Bynum is going to play like this, L.A. springs from wobbling along at midseason to suddenly looking more formidable than at any time during the previous two title runs. “
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“Bynum's play justifies everything for L.A. -- spending the No. 10 pick in the 2005 Draft on a New Jersey high school kid who would become the youngest player in league history, sticking with Bynum as Bryant screamed for a shakeup to help the team, investing in a four-year, $57.4-million extension in 2008 and sticking with Bynum as his injuries stacked up. He has become the difference-maker the Lakers projected and wanted.”
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TOM

NuggetsCountry.

Thank you for the Links you provided. One of the links directed me to Ricks highlight thread and i scrolled down to read the last post from his daughter Allison. I shall repost here for everyone to read.
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Hi Lakers family,

My name is Allison, and I am Rick's daughter. My cousin Ben printed my brother and I a copy of this post with everyone's comments. Wow! I am speechless and so touched. I cried reading everyone's outpouring of love for my Dad. I know he is smiling and just in aw right now as I was from reading everyone's comments. You all got to know my Dad intimately through one of his passions, which was a great experience for you and him. He spoke of all of you and the blog often and with great admiration. He shared stories of meeting a few of you at the parade.

On behalf of my brother and I, we are honored to know how much he touched all of you, and cannot express enough how thankful we are for this Lakers family and your thoughts and support.

With many thanks,
Allison

Posted by: Allison | March 24, 2011 at 04:21 AM

Hey guys we really need to lower the volume here. I don't like the tenor with how other bloggers are speaking with other bloggers. It reads way too contentious and it's turning some off as well. Let's bring the discourse back to civility

RED`S LOVE CHILD,

How could Miami afford him?

Why would he go to Miami when he was reportedly so tight with his Celtics crew? I mean, the guy cried for half a day when he was traded. Why is there reason so assume he was chomping at the bit to leave and head for Miami?

Anyhow, the Heat suck and I hope you embarass them in the playoffs. At least you guys have history.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

HOLY COW slapped me with the Kobe Bible again, haha!! I have to give you credit for all the research but it holds no merit to what Phil stated. Kobe is fortunate to have a fan like you. I am picturing you as a Dilbert with a pocket a protector.

Please tell me what don't you understand in Phil's comment below and this is in reference to a TEAM GAME, Kobe just happens to be part of this TEAM and has shown such tendencies through out his career, no secret, agree?

"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."

The only reason I see why you go through such lengths to prove your point is because you are Kobe's #1 fan. This hold true for Bynum's #1 fan you know who, Dfish's #1 fan and you know who..needless to say as long as you have the ROSE COLOR GLASSES on then we are at an impasse.

Please don't take my post paragraph by paragraph and try to dissect and respond to it. Just remember the THEME is TEAM GAME and how "ball domination" by one player effects the flow of the game.


Oh wow. I didn't realize that Rick Friedman had passed. That sucks big time. He was a good poster. My condolences go out to his family.

@PSP... Geez, sorry I don’t count enough for the VP himself to respond. Thanks for the insult. And I did not “accuse” you of posting under multiple names. I simple asked specifically if you were the RSP and you always just replied that you never posted under other names but avoided directly answering my question. No problem, I know it’s hard handling so many divergent personalities. Maybe the VP posted at RSP but forgot to tell the rest of the personalities in your mind. LOL.
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TOM

Lakertom

Fair enough but pls keep that little lapdog on a leash. He's getting out of control. Like a freakin chihuahua all bark no bite. :-)


LOL @ all the bickering. Where's Mike T when you need him?

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs! Beat UCONN!

LakerTom

I guess old age defies you the ability to use simple logic. Wait no, you are not the only old person in this world so maybe we shouldn't blame it on old age.

If i say I have not posted under ANY OTHER HANDLE, that is a direct implication that PSP is the only handle I post under; Btw the PSP can dig deeper into the archives if you want, to bring up some instances where I specifically said that I AM NOT RSP!!! All the postings from the PSP come from Practice Season Police.

Anyway, instead of you to admit you were wrong you go into taunt mode eh? Like I said the PSP dont mind BUT if you play you gotta be ready to get played too BynumTom!!

The PSP know how they say that as people get older they get more childish and silly so I forgive you BynumTommy!

Thanks
PSP Intern

Rocky

The PSP also wish Mike T was still blogging. Dont know the circumstances behind his banning BUT he did bring a different perspective to the blog that was always ... interesting.

Thanks
PSP Vice President

PSP.. Can u imagine this blog with mike t & 888 at the same time? Or how bout ouchhhhhh? Now that I might pay to see! Haha


BYNUM FANS and their leader:


I am picturing LakerTom sitting in a lotus position: perched high on an alter with big bushy white eyebrows; long white beard, bald head with a long white hair in a pony tail; with his laptop and lapdogs sitting around a bon fire; and his disciples CCX (serving tea to his teach), MPV888 (with hands folded and eyes closed), Lewester (looking at his teach in adoration), mamba24(fanning his teacher for comfort) gathered around him and just waiting with much abated breadth to hear words of wisdom on Bynum.


does the PSP have any openings? and what happens when the practice season ends?

ChicNStu - thanks for that - I did the same thing.

Thanks MM for the request to tone down. Seriously, some people get really rude and annoying. I am used to scrolling through now and would suggest others do the same.

I am glad to see Kobe888 back in the loop and others as well so let's try to keep their insight, opinions coming back. If you don't like them - scroll through, it's not that hard.

Cheers all - PLG

"Hey guys we really need to lower the volume here. I don't like the tenor with how other bloggers are speaking with other bloggers. It reads way too contentious and it's turning some off as well. Let's bring the discourse back to civility

Posted by: Mark Medina | March 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM
"

I count myslef as one who used to read all the postings. Now, becasue of all the vile personal attack garbage, I read those I have known to have some decent perspective and possibly some actual working knowledge of the game. It becomes even harder to see where those folks are in the maze of attacks and rants, page after page. I am nothing if not persistent, but realize most are not as inclined, due to work and family time pulling harder upon them than to waste time reading attack blog garbage.

I ditto the sentiment to keep our opinions (some even based on facts and experience) to Lakers issues. Yes, some cannot see past Kobe's quest for greatness (team and personal) as anything more than him ballhogging, or some such as I just admiring his tenacity to achieve despite the failings of mere mortal talents he works with. (LOL - just testing you attackers.)

I ditto MM and other's sentiments to be civil and quit the incessant back and forth (pissing contests). Like I suggested a month or two ago, take that stuff to Venice Beach and do a quick pickup game with a few beverages afterwards to boast about our past greatness and 'fish stories'. I would have to put down my walker to show you youngsters a trick or two how it was done back-in-the-day, (a couple of which I have posted recently), but all in good fun, and nothing personal.

Afterall, most of us (except a few Big Green rooters - and can you really blame them - they have a great franchise to be proud of, despite our Laker hate (read: rivalry) for it) are Laker fan(atic)s, that have passion enough and time enough (I am long retired, what's your excuse. lol) to spend here wishing and hoping for the next game day and roll call!

Peace, and shirts and skins @ Venice Beach soon!

yellow, please stop instigating.

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | March 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Thank you Mr. Goody two shoes !! Thanks for making a mole out of a hill and putting yourself in good light LOL..taking advantage of the situation aye!!

On a serious note I do not see the need for Mark Medina to intervene, all is harmless, people are just letting off some steam..

OOPS should have read making a mountain out of a molehill

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | March 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Thank you Mr. Goody two shoes !! Thanks for making a mole out of a hill and putting yourself in good light LOL..taking advantage of the situation aye!!

On a serious note I do not see the need for Mark Medina to intervene, all is harmless, people are just letting off some steam..

Posted by: downNout in BH | March 24, 2011 at 01:05 PM

First of all, cool that Israel tipped us all off a few days ago to that incredible Euro league ending and that even more incredible call. It's been all over BSPN, he gave us the scoop.

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NuggetsCountry: Thanks for posting the links about Rick Friedman.

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RED'S LOVE CHILD: I find it big of you to admit that the Perk trade isn't working out. Since then I've visited a couple other forums chock-full of Chowds praising the trade. At least you can call it for what it is.

BTW, if we go to the Finals we gotta play someone, that's why I root for the greenies to get out of the east. Laker championships are sweet, those won over the C's are all that much sweeter. It's shaping up like '87 all over again...

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PSP/RSP: I'm going to respect MM's call to us and don't want to bring this blog down.

But have I missed something or have you ever attempted to talk Lakers?

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downNout in BH: Thanks man, it would be my honor to hang out with those guys. Tea anyone?


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

"Thank you Mr. Goody two shoes !!
Posted by: downNout in BH | March 24, 2011 at 01:05 PM

"

ROFLMAO! My friends would get a kick out of this. I have never been accused of that before! LOLOLOL

It sure is easy to attack without consequences in this virtual world, eh.........?

My point being, there are many of us who tire of trying to weed through the personal attack garbage to see if there are any new perspectives those of us with actual big time experience have not thought about!

One more drop and I overflow!

"I feel FULL"

At least that's why I'm here.

If I want to spend less time weeding through the attack stuff, I go to OC Register to read JDizzle and read myself in a mirror many times, although he has always been way more supportive of Bynum than I am, but that's because after 8 knee surgeries I know of what Bynum has to overcome and keep my perspective. As a former big I always respect the Bynums, Howards, and Shaqs of this NBA world and their extra (non-call) load they have to endure.

No apologies required, Kenny. Just keep giving us those upbeat insightful and intelligent posts. After a while, all the naysayers and trolls and haters will just fade into white noise that nobody pays attention to or notices. It’s not walking away from a fight. It’s just realizing that punching out a drunk who cannot really defend himself is not what an intelligent person does. With the power of words and reason at your disposal also comes the responsibility to use the power wisely.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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I had to apologize, Tom. Look at the sewage that my questionable conduct has caused on this page alone. It even caused one of our most (self-proclaimed) "level headed" bloggers to call me "crustacean blowhole. " This is the same level headed blogger who cheers when one of our own players gets injured. I guess we all set different standards for ourselves.

As for the Bynum article, it's nothing that any of us shouldn't know by now. A healthy Lakers team with Bynum anchoring the middle should be a heavy favorite to three-peat, with or without HCA. Just go back to last Monday night and recall the impact he had against the best center in the NBA. With our championship tested, championship seasoned team guided by the greatest NBA head coach in history and a player who ranks among the game's all-time elite, and a front line with the length and ability second to none in the NBA, we have already won back-to-back championships with Bynum at about 50-60% max the past two seasons. At 80-90%, which is what I hope to see this season, good luck everyone else!

28" vertical + 8 knee surgeries = 2" max vertical now. Me and Bill Walton. LOL

as if...............

@MM – Nice groove to Ron’s “Loco” song. Thanks for posting the performance. I wish someone would’ve told Ron to rap louder…I could barely hear him.

@LT – Thank you.

@63 Footer – Yep, Hondo and Mr. Clutch…still two of the greatest players and stand up guys after all these years. FYI…Doing some type of Logo research (similar to the Kareem-Wilt) is on my to-do list for the summer.

@Red’s Love Child – Can only call em like I see em. I’m glad I had the pleasure of catching some of Hondo’s prime.

@frmkt – congrats on the Friedman

@Nuggets – Thanks for posting the link about Rick Friedman.

Practice Season Police,

The upside of Michael Teniente: Intelligence.

The downside of Michael Teniente: Crazy, prideful, stubborn with a distorted perspective on reality shaped by spending too much time in prison.

However, I must say that his obsession with Kwame Brown was one of the great historical arcs of this blog.

Michael T. was wrong (powerfully wrong!) 90% of the time, but when he was right it was often in a very interesting way.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

JON K,

OKC just signed Perkins at $9M per year...double the amount Boston offered him in Jan.

Rondo has played awful since Perkins left! He`s been in a bad funk. KG to a lesser extent.

Ainge rolled the dice......he`ll either be loved or hated here based on what happens over the next few months.

Yello

Mike T and 888 would be great, thats for damn skippy!

CyberCosmix

Fair enough; and yes the PSP has both here and on the live blog. Again this can be easily confirmed by the archives that 'some people' fear so much.

Btw you just called me PSP/RSP which again implies that im posting under multiple handles, but the PSP will act like you were really addressing two different entities. Can we start a "Unban Mike T" bandwagon? :-)

Thanks
PSP Intern

KobeMVP888,

If you have strong beliefs, you will be attacked, so there's no reason for a person of strength to be offended when the inevitable happens.

Just recognize that none of us are right all the time and learn to recognize when criticism is valid and when it is just the hateful vitriol of idiotic trolls who aren't worth wiping your shoes on.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K

Mike T was definitely something; remember when you two were gonna actually physically meet somewhere and duke it out! I believe in your famous dark alley Lol.

The PSP still has fond memories of the 'golden calves' era and how Mr Teniente stormed off the blog after we traded Kwaminus.

RLC

Doubt if Perk would have taken MLE from Miama, that is assuming that would still exist after a new CBA is signed.

Thanks
PSP Intern

@Jonk.. Well said sir..You are really starting to grow on me last few weeks!

@ChicNstu.. Done!

@Lakertom.. Sorry allow me to reiterate... U are absolutely right! Let's concentrate on the 3peat!
let bygones be bygones!

@Art.. Nice to have u back.. JIT or just in time for blog drama sync!

@PSP.. If we're gonna start a mike t bandwagon its only fitting we start an ouchhhhh bandwagon too!? Common MM what do u say?? it might double blog business... Let's all let bygones be bygones? And where kblitz? Really miss that guy! :-(

Check out this article today by Bill Ingram from Hoopsworld about Kobe Bryant:

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=19225

I agree with 90% of what he says, except that he left out that Kobe has been First Team All-Defensive Team 8 times and I disagree that he should not be put on Michael Jordan's level. Ingram agrees that Kobe's the best player in the game today, but not on Jordan's level. I think that for all intents and purposes they are the same player and that Kobe's already as great as Jordan was, but that is an old worn out discussion that should be shelved until it actually becomes relevant.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 24, 2011 at 01:48 PM

Good post & I agree with all you said. Kobe is why I watch the Lakers religiously. Period.

Mark Cuban is salivating at the possibility of being the team that ends Phil's career....


http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-love-to-end-phil-jacksons-career-2011-3

OK, I'm going to build bridges here.

PSP: Ainge blew it a number of ways. Green might be the best athlete/player of the bunch but not only did he give a playoff proven entity, but a big - something they sorely need with the blunder-twins out. He was the spine to KG's stares, but unlike KG, Perk's death stare really had substance to it. KG is more of the Bosh mold, talk tough, play dirty but settle for 20-footers with even the merest amount of resistance.

Like RED said, Krstic is a fine backup. Green? He's a backup. He's also a role player like he's been ever since he came into the league alongside KD for the Sonics. So they traded their tough starting center, someone whom they like to say they'd have won the title last year with, for a couple backups - one of which is pressed into service as starter due to the hole trading Perk leaves behind.

Furthermore, the C's window is shutting faster than a guillotine, Doc is probably leaving to watch his kid in college at the end of the year to boot. They need to win now. He trades his starter - at a position they are weak/injured at - so close to playoffs? Couldn't Ainge have waited til the offseason, as you point out we don't even know what will happen with a lockout looming. Perk seems like the type that might have re-signed to stick around.

Ainge is also an egotist to the core, he saw the praise heaped on Nuggs organization for their handling of 'Melo, he saw that and wanted similar props thrown his way. He figured he'd be proactive like they were and trade their free-agent-to-be and the goodwill would rain down on his head. But, the Nuggs weren't headed to the Finals, got more bang for their buck and Perk was no superstar like 'Melo was.

Not to mention the 'throw-in' Nate was their backup PG and a sparkplug in his own right. Look at Rondo since then. Ainge is probably dreading the day he made that trade.

Yeah, who knows what would have happened with Perk at the end of the year, I guess it doesn't matter now because it seems like Ainge managed to slam shut their window without giving their 'undefeated starting 5' a chance for a title...


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

Hahahaha Mark Cuban is really making this personal. That would be a crazy series if it happens.

downNoutinBH,

re: slapping. No I haven't slapped you yet. When you wake up and you
don't know why the room is white or what day it is or who those people
in pajamas are ... then you'll know that I've slapped you.

re: Phil Jackson's words. You're dodging. Stand still. Allow me to clarify.

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Coach-Phil-Jackson-And-Michael-Jordan-Used-Motivation-And-Self-Development-To-Be-Their-Best&id=5701339

snippet:
Player, Michael Jordan was motivated to be the best NBA player of his time, and win NBA championships. He outperformed most of his peers game-in and game-out for the seven years of his NBA career before he won his first championship with Coach Jackson. There is no question that Coach Jackson's cultivating influences helped Michael achieve the success he chased for so many years.

Michael Jordan had to grow and development to become a member of a functioning organizational unit before he won his first championship. Before he won his first championship to his credit he approached Coach Jackson and told him that he could be a star performer every game, but that was not producing championships. When he performed his "magic" the other players on the team would stand around and watch which hurt the team's overall productivity.

Together Coach Jackson and Michael Jordan set out on a developmental course to change the culture of individualism that saturated the Chicago Bulls team, and replace it with a culture of team unity and cooperation among its members to maximize the team's full potential. In that new culture every member of the team, including Michael Jordan, would be responsible and accountable for performing their respective assignments and roles. No longer would individual statistics be the measuring stick by which each player's performance was judged.

Michael Jordan, as well as the other players on the Bulls team, had to learn new ways of thinking and behaving. That took development and growing. It wasn't easy. It was hard work, but it paid off in the results that Coach Jackson, Michael, and the rest of the team wanted.

end snippet.

Now let's get down to brass tacks.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dominate

1. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power: Successful leaders dominate events rather than react to them.
2. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over: Ambition dominated their lives.
3. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in: a drug company that dominates the tranquilizer market.

Ok. On to Phil's words ... Phil said:

"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."

Ok. When I took those stupid tests in I did *really* well in reading
comprehension. How's yours? I ask that because you seem to be having
some problems w/ comprehension.

You *seem* to be making the argument that Kobe should shoot the ball less
and pass the ball more.

For the record, please state if you would like to see Kobe pass the ball more
or see Kobe shoot the ball more or if you refuse to clarify your stance and
instead will rely upon cliches that you don't understand.

I have given you two references to a particular situation. The situation being
what happens when you have one of the best players in the NBA on your
team. I have given you specific references that show that the best players
teammates have a tendency to stand around and watch instead of actively
participating/"running the offense".

Where in Phil Jackson's words to you read: "I'd like to see Derek Fisher
shoot the ball more." ?

Where in Phil Jackson's words to you read: "I'd like to see Ron Artest
shoot the ball more." ?

Ok. Here's another question for you:

When Bynum is standing around watching Kobe, per Bynum's own words,
is Bynum participating in the offense?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/gasolpa01.html

When Pau Gasol was the center for the Grizzlies he averaged 13.5 shots per
game. Since he wasn't playing with Kobe, otherwise known as a guy who
dominates the ball, we can assume that there was a fair amount of ball
sharing going on.

Oddly enough, his numbers haven't changed substantially with the Lakers.
Which means that he's averaging the same number of shots. Which means
that Kobe's ball dominating ways aren't actually stopping Gasol from taking
the shots that he would normally take if he wasn't playing w/ someone who
dominates the ball. So .... exactly how is Kobe's ball domination hindering
Gasol? Exactly how is Gasol not involved in the "TEAM" game?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bynuman01.html

3 outta of the last 4 years Andrew Bynum's scoring has actually increased
year over year. How exactly is Kobe's ball domination hindering Bynum?
[ FYI, Bynum is blow 8 shots per game for the first time since 2006-2007.
Oddly enough, he's been playing like crap until after the all-star break which
actually matches with him recovering from a knee surgery. ]

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/odomla01.html

Ah. Odom's shots are down. Oddly enough, his decreased shots seem to
coincide with directly with the arrival of Gasol.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/fishede01.html

Fish's shots are down. Oddly enough so is his shooting %.

Do you really want Kobe to pass the ball more to a person who's shooting %
is lower? Is that behavior in keeping with the over-arching mandate to win
games by accumulating more points than the opposing team?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/westje01.html

Did you know that Jerry West averaged ~21 shots per game b/n 1961-1971?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bryanko01.html

Huh. Kobe seems to be shooting slightly less than Jerry West did. Feel free
to check my math. I've got a cold and didn't really crunch it.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jordami01.html

Huh. Kobe seems to be shooting less and MJ did. He also seems to have 1
less assist per game than MJ did.


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Beating will continue until the morale improves. Lakertom is now a born again blogger as there was a time he used be quick draw Mcgraw at calling names and after a short visit to Singapore he now has become a model blogger. However, he is still under probation.

ROFLMAO! My friends would get a kick out of this. I have never been accused of that before! LOLOLOL

It sure is easy to attack without consequences in this virtual world, eh.........?

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | March 24, 2011 at 01:09 PM

In reality, for every action taken there is a consequence no ifs ands and butts!!

The top 3 things I enjoyed in last night games....(since we're slow on Laker news)....


3. Dwight Howard dominating the Knicks to the tune of 33pts/11reb/3blks at MSG.

2. Battle of the rooks...exciting double OT game between Blake and JWall. Plenty of highlights from both guys, but the hesistation move that Wall did on Blake causing him to fall was amazing.

1. Tony Allen screaming in PP face after Pierce missed the 3pt that could've sent the game in OT. That was pure pleasure watching Tony Allen celebrate a Memphis win IN BOSTON. Superb defense by Battier on the play.

"1. Tony Allen screaming in PP face after Pierce missed the 3pt that could've sent the game in OT. That was pure pleasure watching Tony Allen celebrate a Memphis win IN BOSTON. Superb defense by Battier on the play.

Posted by: LRob | March 24, 2011 at 02:07 PM "

That was an amazing game. It got me to thinking about what Memphis could have been to the Lakers before the Gay injury. M Gasol and Randolph in the middle, Conley at the point, Gay as the scorer, Mayo the 6th man, and a combination of Tony Allen/Shane Battier to send at Kobe all game long. That could have been a tough series.

yellofever,

Thanks. Blog drama sync indeed, good one.
I still am in shock at 13-1 since the break.
Gotta beware those dastardly Clippers.

Cyber

Lets hope our bridge stays intact!! :-)

The PSP is in agreement; they probably regret making that trade but we can't tell 100% till the season is over. On the radio this morning they were saying that Boston was basically hoping the Lakers would be taken out by OKC, that way they wouldnt have to worry about them.

Personally, the PSP is more worried about the Blazers than OKC.

Thanks
PSP Intern

As long as Dirk Nowitzki is the Mavs' centerpiece, they are doomed in a seven game series against us. Six games max.

I'm in the middle of Bill Simmons'* "Book of Basketball" in his Hall of Fame section and I just read about Elvin Hayes, whose game was eerily similar to Nowitzki's. Why did The Big E's teams fail? He was a power forward scorer like Nowitzki who relied on a fade away jump shot, like Nowitzki, which took him a way from the basket for a rebound, like Nowitzki. Add in the fact that Nowitzki is a soft defender, and the Mavs' best player creates automatic deficits at both ends of the floor in a 7 game series, as has been proven time and time again. Also consider that Andrew Bynum made mince meat out of Tyson Chandler in their recent head to head match up and that Kobe is usually guarding Jason Kidd and making his life miserable. OK, Jason Terry goes off on us no matter whose guarding him, but so what. That's not going to be enough for them.

* OK, I deserve to be bashed for reading Bill Simmons' book, but the guy has me in stitches and if you take away his Celtics bias (which he owns in a VERY funny way) and his Lakers hatred, I must admit that I find myself agreeing with him about 75-80% of the time on everything else. The biggest crack up was his extensive write up on Bill Laimbeer and how he hates everything about him and what an a-hole he is, but after this long drawn out write up about Laimbeer, Simmons inserts one of his famous footnotes at the end and it said something like : "But if he was on the Celtics I would have loved him." I LMAO'd!

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 24, 2011 at 02:00 PM

Cha- ching! Love it!

RED,

Thanks for an intelligent unbiased view of the Perkins trade. Shows what great basketball fans the Celtics have. I find the same intelligence in the Boston Globe writers. During the last Finals that was by far the best coverage I read.


TD

RED`S LOVE CHILD,

How much do you think Miami would have offered him?

Yeah, what's up with Rondo?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Reading these posts is like watching my Mom and Dad scream at each other when I was a kid: sad & boring.

I'm going outside to ride my bike.


DBDH :(

On the radio this morning they were saying that Boston was basically hoping the Lakers would be taken out by OKC, that way they wouldnt have to worry about them.

Posted by: Practice Season Police | March 24, 2011 at 02:19 PM

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OK, here's my olive branch.

That's interesting considering that on the date the trade was made, the Spurs were 47-10, the Mavs were 41-16, the Lakers were 40-19 and the Thunder were 36-20 and in position to face the Spurs in Round 2. Were the Celtics gambling that with the addition of injured Perkins, the Thunder would improve to a #2 or #3 seed and play the Lakers in the second round? Maybe after seeing the Lakers difficult schedule, that was their thinking. Surprise, surprise!

Or were they thinking that with Perkins, they can beat the Spurs in Round 2 and then defeat the Lakers in the WCF? All I'm saying is that the chances of the Lakers playing the Thunder in Round 2 or the WCF was less likely at the time the trade was made than the Lakers meeting the Thunder at all in the playoffs, or so it seemed to me.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bynum dwarfs Kendrick Perkins anyway, Mr. Lifetime 7 and 7 doesn't concern me at all. Short of acquiring Dwight Howard, the Thunder could have made any trade they wanted for a big man and they would face the same problem as they did before the deal and that every NBA team has against us. No team can match the length, skill and energy that we bring at the 4-5 positions for 48 minutes a game in a 7 game series. Period.

"He was a power forward scorer like Nowitzki who relied on a fade away jump shot, like Nowitzki, which took him a way from the basket for a rebound, like Nowitzki. Add in the fact that Nowitzki is a soft defender, and the Mavs' best player creates automatic deficits at both ends of the floor in a 7 game series, as has been proven time and time again.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 24, 2011 at 02:21 PM "

A 7 footer with that kind of range also draws one of the Lakers bigs away from the basket and out of rebounding position, which could be a good thing. We'll see how it plays out. It's interesting that after all of these years of playing on playoff teams in the WC, Dirk and Kobe still haven't faced each other in the playoffs.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 24, 2011 at 02:00 PM

1. I am not the coach and what Kobe should do is Phil's job and which he clearly stated below:

"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."


2. Am I having problem with comprehending Phil’s statement or is it you? You are the one who is painstaking doing all the research to prove Phil wrong by defending Kobe. I understand Phil loud and clear, no ball hogging, aye! aye !!

3. I am not the coach and why would I suggest that Kobe to pass or shoot, BUT, I agree with Phil because based on his statement and what I see during the game are in congruence. Read in between the lines :)

4. How difficult is it to understand what Phil said? After all he is ZEN and at times for mere mortal can be puzzling take the case of Kobe.

5. Did Phil mention MJ, DFish or anyone else in the statement?

6. Do you get side tracked easily? Stay with the course young man!!

COME AND TRY US AT RENEGADE blog. Trust me you will not be disappointed, you will be guaranteed 100 satisfaction or your money back. Now that I have your interest peaked, you might ask what is in it for me? Please allow me to highlight some of our strong points:

1. Every one shares the same thoughts.
2. Everyone agrees with each other
3. Everyone is each others lapdog
4. We pride in ourselves in wearing same clothes.
5. We exchange and love to exchange personal love songs with each other. It is so cutesy putesy!
6. Think of us as your extended family, you will receive the love and warmth to your hearts content.
7. We are a family

Posted by: downNout in BH | March 24, 2011 at 03:28 PM

Sounds like heaven compared to being stuck on this blog with you.

In response to your post: Posted by: hobbitmage | March 24, 2011 at 02:00 PM

1. I am not the coach and what Kobe should do is Phil's job and to which he clearly stated below:

"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."


2. Am I having problem comprehending Phil’s statement or is it you? You are the one who is painstakingly doing all the research to prove Phil wrong by defending Kobe. I understand Phil loud and clear, but the person who really needs to understand the ZEN master is apparently unable to compute, sigh!!

3. Why would I suggest that Kobe to pass or shoot, BUT, I agree with Phil because based on his statement and what I see during the game are in congruence. Read in between the lines :)

4. Did Phil mention MJ, DFish or anyone else in his statement? His message is direct to your hero!!

5. How come you steer away from the main course, please stay on course young man!!

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"All I know is this: the team is ahead of Dallas, Orlando, Miami and Boston. Right now, Chicago is holding the 2nd best record which is holding us back from HCA in The Finals. The next few weeks of the regular season are going to be fantastic. All of these games will count and then it's on to the playoffs!" -- frmkt

Spot on...somebody that gets it!

Some of you people need to step out of the sand box for a time out...lol Carry on kiddies

Go Lakers
First of all, Fridays game is gona be great considering we are playing the clippers but the match up against fish and blake is gona be grea. Im very happy the way we are finnishing the season getting great momentum toward the playoffs.


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