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Caught in the Web: Previewing the Lakers-Hawks game

Kobe_300 While the Lakers are rolling toward the playoffs on the strength of a seven-game winning streak since the NBA All-Star break, their opponent Tuesday night has been struggling as of late.

The Atlanta Hawks, a young and talented team that many thought would vie for a top-four playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference this season, have fallen into disarray recently, according to Coach Larry Drew. Then again, maybe the Hawks -- 4-8 since going a season-high 13 games above .500 on Feb. 5 -- need a challenge like the hottest team in the league invading their home court.

Here are some links in advance of the 4 p.m. PST contest (to be televised locally on KCAL, Channel 9).

Game previews

Land O' Lakers blogger Andy Kamenetzky gives his weekly preview, including the Hawks game.

Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Atlanta looking to regroup.

SilverScreenandRoll.com's Eric Stephen on the Lakers looking to end a three-game losing streak in Atlanta.

Columns and notebooks

The Times' Mike Bresnahan examines Derek Fisher's role as a union leader.

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on Andrew Bynum becoming the team's defensive leader.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding breaks down some specifics of the Lakers' revamped defense.

The Times' Bresnahan writes about Pau Gasol reflecting on this season's low point.

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin gives more insight into the Lakers' defense.

FoxSportsWest.com's Billy Witz on Bynum embracing his defensive role.

ForumBlueandGold's Darius Soriano revisits the Steve Blake signing.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Kobe Bryant goes for a reverse layup against Atlanta last month at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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@LRob- great points about Ron Artest, LRob, very lucid.

Have I ever seen Artest more disengaged this year than others? No. He's had worse defensive years. I understand why the process has been labored for someone of Ron's Ilk.

That being said, this week will be a totality and reasoning why the Lakers signed Ron Artest. If he doesn't make shots, he's not a good player? C'mon Laker bloggers, Artest wasn't signed for offensive skillset, it's what he does on the other end of the court that will take us to that next level.

Ron will be completely dialed in this week; Sunday Manu Ginobli, Tuesday Joe Johnson, Thursday Lebron James and Saturday Shawn Marion/Roddy Beaubois/Dirk Nowtizki (at certain points).

Ron playing well defensively will have more emphasis on a victory, than what Pau/Kobe are doing offensively, this week. Ron will be completely dialed in this week and let the chips fall where they may.

yellofever-
Oh man i couldn't stop laughing when i read your post of Luke Walton and his contract. That should be RCOTD, or however the acronym goes, lol.

Eight & O!

Let's go!

Lakeshow!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

moderation........................i'm out.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

“I told my team...............,” James told reporters in Miami.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AtYho1uLzDk1gOdYZU09bVK8vLYF?slug=aw-heatissues030611
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So, this is Lebron's team after all. DWade thought its THEIR team. Celtics will benefit from this.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

now, i'm out.

One more thing....

IT'S GAME DAY!!!!!!!!

Checking in for the Roll Call....

'zup my brother Larry, hit it!

now, i'm really out.LOL


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

So what if Kobe and Fisher were crying after the Lakers lost to the Spurs after Game 6 of the Semis in 03. I remember that every Laker fan in my neighborhood, and every Laker fan in my High-school also cried. We cried along with them; some of us cried ourselves to sleep that night.
We all knew that the Lakers missed the opportunity to make history to be the 2nd team in NBA history to win more than 4 Championships in a row since the Celtics won 8 in a row. It was a shame that only Kobe/D-fish were the only ones to shed some of those tears
Same goes for when the Lakers lost to the Celtics in 08. Who were shedding those tears?
Uh doesn't it tell everyone that they were the ones who were out there trying to win? The ones who put their heart out to win another ring?

So I don't understand why some Laker fans are saying that they don't understand why some Lakers were crying after the Spurs won, or after the Celtics won. To go with that, Kobe still congratulated some Celtics after they won the trophy in 08. I don't remember any Celtics player congratulating Kobe after they won in 2010.

~~~JUST FOR FUN~~~

LeBron James mentions WAR in the Yahoo article and I came across this video on Youtube that somewhat epitomizes James' performance so far this season in the clutch....

here's the link...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjT9nbqzcSk


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Good morning all.
IT'S GAME DAY!!!

Wanted to check in early to see if Larry is awake.

Cheers - GO LAKERS!

PLG

Thanks,Dan. What an encouraging collection of articles!

If the Lakers can maintain their defensive intensity, they should beat the Hawks going away. Guard against the backdoor lob, and take shots within the flow of the offense to prevent fastbreak points.

Happy game day, my friends.

Go Lake Show!

Good Morning PsychedLakerGirl, Guess what....GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!!

Good Morning PsychedLakerGirl, Guess what....GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!!
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@JovBatz44, Lakers All Day? Hell Yeah LAKERS ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!
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Good morning Tom Daniels sir. It's always a fine morning when I see a Post from you!!
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@JOE CORAD, What's up my Brother??? Keep them honest sir!!! It aint Game Day Baby till Joe Corad says it is
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Good Morning OUTLAW , Now Outlaw this is what I want you to tell BABY OUTLAW...GAME DAY BABY!!!! lol!!!
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All right then, PsychedLakerGirl, JovBatz44, Tom Daniels, Joe Corad, Outlaw & Baby Outlaw...LAKER AMIGOS...LET'S RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjT9nbqzcSk LAKERS ALL DAY!!!
Posted by: JovBatz44 | March 08, 2011 at 05:12 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


@SEAN, What Up my brother? I almost missed your Post. Yes I think Ron will be dialed in today!
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - OWNER - Jon K - yes!! I absolutely agree with Ron Artest on the All Defensive Team. Maybe we should start that bandwagon right now so he gets our early message!!!!
(02) JON K. - DRIVER - By the way, if Ron Artest isn't selected to the All-Defensive Team this year, there's going to be a riot in David Stern's soon-to-be-burning house.
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - NO RON ON DEFENSIVE TEAM NO PEACE!!!!!
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - put me on the Ron Artest bandwagon! DEFENSE Wins Championships BABEEE!!!!
(05) D(EREK) J(ETER) - SECURITY - Ron on the 1st team all D, well, duhhh!
(06) SEELY-IGGY - WARRIOR PRINCESS - Ron Artest is a stud on defense. It's a travesty to not have him on the ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM. The Coffee Crasher rules!!! Count me in.
(7) LAKERTOM - ENFORCER - Please add me to the Ron Artest All-NBA Defensive Team bandwagon. The best hands bar none in the entire NBA. This is an award that only the top scorers in the league should vote for – LeBron, Pierce, Durant, Manu, Kobe. Then Ron would make the team.
(8) LEWSTRS - Please include me on The Ron Ron Bandwagon...I love me some Ron Ron...
(9) 63 Footer - I'm kissin' my bicep for joy in hopin' Ron makes the team. Him AND Kobe... rather have that than All-Stars
(10) SEAN - Ron playing well defensively will have more emphasis on a victory, than what Pau/Kobe are doing offensively, this week. Ron will be completely dialed in this week and let the chips fall where they may.
(11) SOSHIBO - Kiss the Biceps Ron!!!

Now listen carefully Laker Nation. It's Game Day Baby means it's time to put your Game Faces on. It does not mean it is time to put your Crying Faces on. Carry On!!
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On a personal note...Justanothermambafan, I shall remain on this Blog until such a time that I see those 3 little words that mean the world to me..."Posted By Justanothermambafan" . That is all...Carry On ma'am! HIT IT: http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA

THE OFFICIAL TOTAL OF POSTED COMMENTS YESTERDAY = (479)
OUT FREAKIN STANDING LAKERS NATION!!!! KUDOS!!!!

This is what it's all about Lakers Nation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-F7vzP9cqE&feature=related

THE OFFICIAL TOTAL OF POSTED COMMENTS YESTERDAY = (479)
OUT FREAKIN STANDING LAKERS NATION!!!! KUDOS!!!!

Posted by: Mamba24 | March 08, 2011 at 06:33 AM
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No Mark Medina= Less threads more posts, no rcotd no inner or outer circle groups/friends.

No Mark Medina= No bans, No blog fights.

Hey mamba24 - waiting for the roll call!

I didn't start balling, but tears of joy came to my eyes at the end of Game 7 with Kobe running down the court grinning like a mad man and the Celtics standing around in shocked silence...

Atlanta is dangerous. I hope the Lakers are done celebrating crushing the Spurs and aren't looking past them to the Heat.

I want to see more Bynum - patrolling the paint like Shaq of old. Be afraid…. Be very afraid…

I hope it is another blow-out and the bench gets a chance at redemption. Come on guys! Get the rookies more playing time!

Atlanta has had a tough time lately, but they beat Chicago (who has a better record than we do) about a week ago. Joe has a nice mid range jumper - our new weakness. He is shooting a low 3-point percentage. I hope we can force him outside or into the paint towards the beast. They have also beaten Miami and Orlando (twice). Al Horford is averaging 16 and 10 and shooting close to 57%, add to this that he is an 80% free throw shooter and gets 3.6 assists per game. Josh Smith is very good as well, but coming off of an injury. Kirk Hinrich was a nice pick up for them. He shot 6 of 9 with 3 of 4 from the three point line in their loss on Sunday. I was hoping we would get him… ;-) With numbers like that, their coach may give him the green light against us.

For us, this is the game that we play between the Spurs and the Heat. For Atlanta, this is one of the biggest games all year. We beat them coming out of the break and they will be looking for revenge.

Keep the winning streak alive!

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

LRob - very good points about RonRon. Sean, good stuff too.
JoeC - you are really funny! YellowFever - hilarious.

Larry - you are right - I shouldn't have complained about the Sheat post. It was total comedy and made me really LOL. Thanks for keeping me grounded Mamba24.

Where's Justa this a.m.? Justa, Justa???

Cheers - PLG

*yawn*

i hate 4pm games =/

#bicepkiss #winning

Oh... Ron has to be on the first team defense. I was very dissapointed when he was left off last year. I guess PP didn't get a vote.

It's game day baby!!!

Keep the winning streak alive! Go Lakers! I am a Lakerholic.
Posted by: Lakerholic | March 08, 2011 at 06:48
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Yep! That's the Mantra...Keep the winning streak alive!!! And yes my brother, you are indeed a Lakerholic...and so am I!! Carry On!
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I shouldn't have complained about the Sheat post. It was total comedy and made me really LOL. Thanks for keeping me grounded Mamba24.Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | March 08, 2011 at 06:49 AM
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Naw Psyched you were right, this is a Sports Blog. But every now and then it's nice to have a thread where the Nation can just relax and relate to one another like you do at your favorite sports bar. As for your second comment"Where's Justa this a.m.? Justa, Justa???" Now see, now see Psyched... *sniff* *sniff* you gonna make mamba24 cry...LOL!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRkLp3ixrzQ&feature=related
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - OWNER - Jon K - yes!! I absolutely agree with Ron Artest on the All Defensive Team. Maybe we should start that bandwagon right now so he gets our early message!!!!
(02) JON K. - DRIVER - By the way, if Ron Artest isn't selected to the All-Defensive Team this year, there's going to be a riot in David Stern's soon-to-be-burning house.
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - NO RON ON DEFENSIVE TEAM NO PEACE!!!!!
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - put me on the Ron Artest bandwagon! DEFENSE Wins Championships BABEEE!!!!
(05) D(EREK) J(ETER) - SECURITY - Ron on the 1st team all D, well, duhhh!
(06) SEELY-IGGY - WARRIOR PRINCESS - Ron Artest is a stud on defense. It's a travesty to not have him on the ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM. The Coffee Crasher rules!!! Count me in.
(7) LAKERTOM - ENFORCER - Please add me to the Ron Artest All-NBA Defensive Team bandwagon. The best hands bar none in the entire NBA. This is an award that only the top scorers in the league should vote for – LeBron, Pierce, Durant, Manu, Kobe. Then Ron would make the team.
(8) LEWSTRS - Please include me on The Ron Ron Bandwagon...I love me some Ron Ron...
(9) 63 Footer - I'm kissin' my bicep for joy in hopin' Ron makes the team. Him AND Kobe... rather have that than All-Stars
(10) SEAN - Ron playing well defensively will have more emphasis on a victory, than what Pau/Kobe are doing offensively, this week. Ron will be completely dialed in this week and let the chips fall where they may.
(11) SOSHIBO - Kiss the Biceps Ron!!! #bicepkiss #winning
(12) LAKERHOLIC - Oh... Ron has to be on the first team defense. I was very dissapointed when he was left off last year. I guess PP didn't get a vote.

Posted by: Magia32 | March 08, 2011 at 06:48 AM
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WTH?? You mean there was no RCOTD yesterday?? OH SWEET JESUS!! No, No, Hell No!! No wonder everybody was getting a lil misty eyed. Folks live, LIVE I say for when that RCOTD is awarded. Some hone their posting skill for years to get their post just right on the chance...CHANCE I say that they will walk away with that bad boy. Would they cancel The Academy Awards?...NO!, Would they cancel The Grammy's?...No! I can't go on my eyes are getting misty Magia32!!!!

Good Morning Lakerland! Hello to you Mamba24! HILARIOUS day yesterday. I enjoyed your banter with the Ricky Diety VERY much! Haha. I love and appreciate the way you engage people and redirect the energy. But the humor... off the charts!

Concerning Ron Ron, he is a defensive juggernaut the way that PJ is a Championship coach. PJ doesn't run around directing people and exhausting himself during games. No, PJ has a vision for the season and sticks to it. Ron has a tough time making the 1st Defensive Team because he is pacing himself for the playoffs. Think about it. Ron will enter the playoffs without sore feet (last year he was bothered all year by them), he won't be burned out by overextending himself during the long season. He will be ready and will perform like the defensive monster he is.

Kobe doesn't need the regular season MVP, PJ doesn't need the Coach of the year and Ron doesn't need to prove that he is an allstar caliber defensive machine. All 3 of these guys are playoff performers. Just ask Paul Pierce and Kevin Durant.

In closing, it cracks me up when people use the regular season numbers to match up Ron with Paul Pierce, LeBron (crying game) James, and Carmello Anthony. Ron brings the storm in the playoffs.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRkLp3ixrzQ&feature=related
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - OWNER - Jon K - yes!! I absolutely agree with Ron Artest on the All Defensive Team. Maybe we should start that bandwagon right now so he gets our early message!!!!
(02) JON K. - DRIVER - By the way, if Ron Artest isn't selected to the All-Defensive Team this year, there's going to be a riot in David Stern's soon-to-be-burning house.
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(13) JOHNNYV - Concerning Ron Ron, he is a defensive juggernaut the way that PJ is a Championship coach. PJ doesn't run around directing people and exhausting himself during games. No, PJ has a vision for the season and sticks to it. Ron has a tough time making the 1st Defensive Team because he is pacing himself for the playoffs. Think about it. Ron will enter the playoffs without sore feet (last year he was bothered all year by them), he won't be burned out by overextending himself during the long season. He will be ready and will perform like the defensive monster he is.


@fever – now that was funny about Luke’s contract.

@sean – You understand Ron’s value better than most. I think he’ll make JJ’s like a little uncomfortable today.

@Joe Conrad – I don’t think crying proves one guy cares more than the next. Some just express their feelings differently.

@mamba – watching the end of last yr game 7 was sweet. I started to get that championship fever again.

Magia32's comment is the RCOTD. How about that with caveat, you will be banned when MM returns? Oh-oh.

Another morning in Spring when flowers are blooming in SoCal, another aspiration for W in Atlanta. Beware of the Ides of March, the Hawks are planning and plotting to stop the Lakers Express. To them, it'll be a payback while to the Lakers roll on all the way to the playoffs. Barometer of the game will depend on the backs of Drew, Ron-Ron, LO and Shannon, the others will get their usual scores while these four players determine the team's performance. We pray for Drew continues progress and domination of the boards; we ask Ron-Ron to put up D-fence on Joe Johnson and from Shannon against Hinrich & Marvin William. Last but not the least, LO to power the rebound and box-out of Horford and Smith. Muscle the Atlanta 6 and Lakers move on to the South Beach, home of the cry babies.

Where in the world is Art? Zaira? The Lakers are rolling again. It's time for all hands on deck!

@mamba – watching the end of last yr game 7 was sweet. I started to get that championship fever again. Posted by: LRob | March 08, 2011 at 07:42 AM
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Good Morning DJ LRob! Thank God, for a minute there, I thought you were going to say "I started to get a little misty eyed" Whew!!! Stay strong my brother! LOL!

Where in the world is Art? Zaira? The Lakers are rolling again. It's time for all hands on deck! Posted by: LRob | March 08, 2011 at 07:44 AM
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The Goddes Zaira Amaterasu has been cautioned to wait until we have the Blog completely sanitized. We cannot afford under any circumstances to have a crying Goddess!!!! As for Art....?

One more win and we will be taking our tissues to South Beach!

Good Morning Edwin Gueco! Yes Magia32 comment is RCOTD but...I fear there will - for a second day in a row- be no such award...THE HORROR!!!!!!!

Go Ron shut down Joe tonight.Go Kobe.Go mamba24 gameday roll call please to keep positive energy flowing...

One more win and we will be taking our tissues to South Beach! Posted by: Lakerholic | March 08, 2011 at 07:49 AM
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LakerHolic, South Beach don't want no part of The Freakin LA Lakers...Hell they will probably start crying as soon as they see the Lakers walk out on the court!!!
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@Adrian Palomar, How are you my brother. Good to see you Posting. How's the baby doing?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRkLp3ixrzQ&feature=related
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - OWNER - Jon K - yes!! I absolutely agree with Ron Artest on the All Defensive Team. Maybe we should start that bandwagon right now so he gets our early message!!!!
(02) JON K. - DRIVER - By the way, if Ron Artest isn't selected to the All-Defensive Team this year, there's going to be a riot in David Stern's soon-to-be-burning house.
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(13) JOHNNYV - Concerning Ron Ron, he is a defensive juggernaut the way that PJ is a Championship coach. PJ doesn't run around directing people and exhausting himself during games. No, PJ has a vision for the season and sticks to it. Ron has a tough time making the 1st Defensive Team because he is pacing himself for the playoffs. Think about it. Ron will enter the playoffs without sore feet (last year he was bothered all year by them), he won't be burned out by overextending himself during the long season. He will be ready and will perform like the defensive monster he is.
(14) ADRIAN PALOMAR - Go Ron shut down Joe tonight


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GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYY - ….LAKER AMIGOS…LET’S RIDE!!
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THIS AIN’T NO FREAKIN PRACTICE GAME!!!!!!! IT’S MAKING A STATEMENT TIME!!!!!!!
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ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!___ WE STILL GOT THIS! !! TRULY!!!
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LAKERS (45-19) vs. HAWKS(37-26)_4:00 PM_ TV = KCAL - RADIO = 710/1330 ESPN
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For those who missed Ron Ron on NBA TV last night talking about crying in bball...here you go! Check out the look on Stack's face while Ron is breaking it down:


http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2011/03/07/20110307_artest_mia_cry.nba/

Menamin's article on the Lakers defensive approach is a MUST READ!

Key excerpts...
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"But before the system could really take, two things needed to happen. First, Bynum needed to fully recover from the right knee surgery he underwent in July, his third knee surgery in three years. He is just now getting his conditioning back to be able to make the crucial "second jump" in a single defensive possession to be able to contest a shot with the first jump and then go and grab the board on the second, according to Person. And second, Bynum needed to take ownership of the role."

"You can always play defense versus offense is really the difference in the way I look at the game," Bynum said Sunday. "You can always play defense no matter what. Offensively sometimes you're not going to get the ball. It's too many variables offensively that can bother you. Defensively, it's just energy so you have to be pumped up to play it."

"There's no question he's the captain of this defense," Person said. "He likes this role ... Andrew fits the mold of a perfect guy that can anchor a defense with such talented players around him."
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@hobbit - I thought of you when Drew said defense is about energy.

@LT - I thought about you when Person said Drew is the defensive captain.

Excellent article on Dfish and his union responsibilities…

Quick excerpt
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I think D-Fish has been awesome, man," said veteran New York Knicks guard Chauncey Billups. "He stands up for everything that we talk about as a unit, as a body. I think that he carries himself in an unbelievable manner. I'm very comfortable with him."
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Another reason to be proud that DFish is a Laker.

Go Kobe and the Lakers lets go destroy the hawks tonight.Thanks for the rool call Mamba24...

Another reason to be proud that DFish is a Laker. Posted by: LRob | March 08, 2011 at 08:11 AM
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Yes the young man comports himself in a very dignified manner and truly represents The Lakers and The NBA well. Makes ya proud to be a Lakerholic!! Very good sir! Much thanks!

Man, I've been hit harder than a Tyson right uppercut to the chin with this stupid bug I just can't shake...

Jon K: Last I checked this isn't a business meeting. Sorry for my rude arrogance. Sorry, too, for not playing by Jon K blog rules of conduct, every post must be in English although Ricky sits in Barca, reads this blog and the 'post' button works for him as well as it does for anyone. Yes, everyone here speaks English or attempts to, but Ricky asked me something in Spanish and I responded to him that way.

Dude, check out dimemag.com sometime, they speak English over there but some of it is more indecipherable than Farsi.

Ironic but my best friend growing up was of Armenian descent. I used to go over to his house a lot. His dad spoke very broken English, his mother even less than that, literally 'hello!', 'you eat!' type communication. My friend would speak to not only his mother and father in Armenian, but his brothers and sisters too. All I can still remember is how frequently Armenians use the word 'eench' or 'iinch' - something like that, lol. But I NEVER sat there and thought 'how rude', that just never crossed my mind.

Dude, you have a problem with teams putting LOS this or EL that on their uni's and what you're missing is that if putting EL or LOS puts a smile on some hispanic kids face that wasn't there before, maybe gets him interested in the sport, well that's fine enough with me. It's not only English speaking Americans that watch basketball.

In the future if I ever post something in Spanish I'll also post it in English too, it's kinda like Lawler's Law I guess... Maybe I'm just too rude or arrogant to have noticed before.


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

LRob, still gonna get around to translating that page from yesterday when I get a chance.

Oh where are thou Art the Walrus that smart Laker fan from Florida? Hope you report to the blog and tell us what the people of FL thoughts on crying after losing a ball game? A well orchestrated celebration in Summer with Tres Amigos becomes Manny-Moe-Jack in Spring, it must have been the expectations of the Gods were not met. After all, they looked like jumping beans without vision.

Speaking of crying, I seldom see a Laker fan cry whenever they lose against the mighty Celtics of the past. In place of crying, a Laker fan was angry with his team, with the people around him, with the things he would touch.( I usually don't make any decisions when Lakers lose in the playoffs in the eighties, won't even watch a movie to appease the sadness.) He shuts off the TV, would not watch any sports news, would avoid reading newspapers and would gladly discuss the feelings with a fellow Laker fan as a form of outlet. That's how we reacted in the 80's while in the 60's Lakers were always the runner up. It was in 1969 when fans at fabulous Forum was about to erupt with its first Championship, the USC band were playing "Happy Days are Here Again", balloons gathered in the rafter, then suddenly another disappointment occurred with the Nellie's bouncing ball on the rim while Wilt was on the bench. Laker fans don't cry, turned angrier for days and deeply frustrated at their Superstars and the Coach.

@CyberCosmiX, Now Cyber, Cyber! You really must not upset yourself when you are ill my brother. Sounds like you have the same bug that hit the Mamba Clan! Everyone from Kobe to Justa to I had it. Boy it's a terrible thing and just when it feels like it's gone it hit's again twice as hard. So save your energy brother cause you gone need it. And yes, you are rude and arrogant but...thats call LakerHolism!!!! Just playing with you my brother. Rest up Cyber and don't sweat the small stuff sir! I have a feeling the team is going to need all our energy tonight! Take a percoset with your Vodka and relax.

I seldom see a Laker fan cry whenever they lose against the mighty Celtics of the past. In place of crying, a Laker fan was angry with his team, with the people around him, with the things he would touch.( I usually don't make any decisions when Lakers lose in the playoffs in the eighties, won't even watch a movie to appease the sadness.) Laker fans don't cry, turned angrier for days and deeply frustrated at their Superstars and the Coach.
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Give it to him!!! Give it to him right now!!! RCOTD = EDWIN GUECO = OUTFREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!! Laker Fans don't cry...THE SWAGGER, THE SWAGGER!!!

Thanks mamba, yeah this has been the worst ish since gradeschool. They say laughter is the best medicine, got to feeling better yesterday for a bit reading Ricky's posts that Pau was better than Magic and Kareem. LOL'ing now just recalling the brilliance of that!

Takes a special kinda person to recognize the wit and wisdom of those statements, I'm with you, gotta make room for the statue!

Vodka & percoset sounds great right now, extra-strength tylenol is more like an ant battling an elephant against this bug.

Wish I had 1% of Kobe's ability to battle through injury, if even 1% of it and I'd be fine...


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

Good Morning to you Mamba24!

It's GAME DAY!!! I know the Roll Call is on it's way.

Cyber, get well soon my brother!

Lakerholic

"...we'll be taking our tissues to South Beach!"

gets my nomination for line of the month.

Good Morning Fan of the Mamba!! How are you on this fine GAME DAY morning? Yes sir Roll Call coming right up on the other thread!!


The NBA would have NFL audiences if the length of the season didn't dilute the intensity of the outcomes of games. It's exhibition season till the All Star break.

Now the smoke clears.

We look like the same team but we're not. Ron's flowing with the offense, Shannon is more confident but the difference is Andrew. If he remains healthy and energized, it will only get better. And better won't be fair to the rest of the league.


reporting on a Close encounter of the Pau kind:

has to get the "NBA nice guy" award. totally accommodating and intelligent.

the man must have to take a Dr Jekyll swig just to get a rebound.

I understand now when Kobe says he hates the "soft" label. he's so smart, he'll do what he has to do to get job 1 done... and still be a class act.

Its great to see Fish getting his due recognition as union representative. I can imagine the position's been quite stressful for him. Hopefully, both sides will come to terms way before the CBA expires in June 30th so it won't be a distraction come playoff time.

+1, CyberCosmiX. I think its great that the NBA is reaching out to Hispanic fans - some of the most passionate Lakers fans I know are Hispanic. IMO, I would like to see them go a step further and have the team names is Spanish as well, like Los Lagos or Los Toros!

CyberCosmiX,

Even if it wasn't a business meeting (which it's not), it's still rude.

Just like people who have a habit of interrupting their whole lives, they do it because they don't realize that it's rude... which it is.

This is a public forum and a public discussion in an English language paper. We should all communicate in the common tongue of this blog.

By the way, I'm sorry that you're sick. Quite a few people I know have been hit by some super-bug recently.

I hope you feel better soon. (Drink water, stretch, take vitamin c and zinc.)

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!


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