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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 102-84 victory over New Orleans Hornets

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan believes that the Lakers' displayed postseason form in their 102-84 victory Sunday over the New Orleans Hornets.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding also thinks that the Lakers are in playoff mode.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen believes that the Lakers would have no problem matching up with New Orleans in the playoffs.

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith details how the Hornets couldn't keep up with the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford believed that there was nothing exciting in the Lakers' win over New Orleans.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan mentions that Lamar Odom is in the running for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen highlights Coach Phil Jackson's contention that the Lakers aren't worrying about catching up to San Antonio.

--The Daily News' Teaford mentions that the Lakers might be able to catch the Spurs in the standings.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Lakers' reserves overcame some of their struggles.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi reports that the Kings' possible relocation to Anaheim would hurt the Lakers' cable deal with Time Warner.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues that the Lakers' recent success involves more than just flipping the switch.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers-Hornets game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers-Hornets game.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers game in a running diary.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett believes the Lakers simply beat New Orleans on talent.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Lakers securing home-court advantage remains a pipe dream.

Tweet of the Day: "Derek Fisher's 'incident' last week with Chris Kaman was retroactively upgraded by the NBA to a Flagrant Foul, Type 2. No suspension, tho." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times' Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "In my opinion, the Lakers are slowly tuning up and rounding into playoff form. Businesslike is a very appropriate term to describe their recent play. They still have another level they can reach. That is reserved for when the playoffs actually start and every game is so meaningful and momentum changing. The Lakers are still not in "every possession matters" mode. When they ratchet their game up to that level, they will be very hard to beat indeed." -- bronxlakerfan

-- Mark Medina

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

 
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doom dooM doOM DOOM... Is that FOOTSTEPS the spurs hear?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6__o39_iGxM

Did I miss something with the RCOTD not being Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day? Anyway, I really think Kobe should get a restraining order on Henry Abbott. That guy has been acting stalkerish with all his incessant anti-Kobe publications. I don't know what's this person's problem with him. We all hear how you feel about Kobe. It's time to give it a rest.

Hello

Police here; the PSP is not sure if Lamar should be excited about winning 6th man of the year award. I mean, sure its an award and all but i feel Lamar would have been happier with an All Star berth instead.

The 6th man award always felt like a tier 3 sort of thing to me but I guess its better than pancakes!

Thanks
PSP Officer


@BRONXLAKERFAN... Congrats on the Friedman. Rick would have been proud of you. Excellent point about the Lakers not yet being in the “every play counts” mode.
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@VMAN... Excellent post about Drew facing up more. I thought the calls against Drew were really ridiculous, especially the alleged offensive charges when he attacked the basket on that drive and when he did a spin move to score against Grey. I doubt the calls were a result of the suspension. More likely just typical poor refereeing we see all the time in the NBA, like Kobe getting nailed on the side of the head as all 3 zebras swallow their whistles and demonstrate their anti-Kobe bias.
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@TROLL MAN.... No problem. I know you are not a troll. As for KobeMVP888, no disrespect to anybody but it would be good if certain posters would just stop rehashing old grudges and move on. 888 has made a genuine effort not to feed the flames of confrontation and has contributed several excellent posts since returning. It would be good to see his protagonists do likewise and bring some well-needed peace to the blog. While it takes two to fight, it only takes one to start.
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TOM

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How about them Lakers!!!

Another practice game win...I wish the playoffs started today...I will hold my breath for the remaining 9 games...and hope we come out 100% healthy...

I think MM does a fantastic job...I thought he had the perfect job getting to go to all our home games...but after seeing Mark at the Portland game...he is working constantly...even he gets 2 assistants for stats and so from the Lakers themselves, he still is constantly working, and has to be a reporter first, before being a fan...So cut the dude some slack...

888 carry on...You have had the same stance and message since I brought you here...The fact is...the concept of the "practice season" has panned out exactly how you have been explaining it since the summer...even so...people can't accept this...and not one post have I seen someone say, "OK I understand now"...but believe me...if it went the other way...there would be 20,000 posts of "I told you so"....

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!! The Friedman Season...

Outlaw,

Did you *read* the comments today?

*I* actually said something relatively nice about KobeMVP888 today.

*I* volunteered the comment today.

"He" took exception to it. i.e. Looked for something negative in it that I did
not intend.

However, let me say my positive comment in a better way.

"KobeMVP888 has been much more pleasant since his hiatus."

Are we good now? Any back-handed insults in there that I didn't intend?

Anybody else want to complain about me saying something positive about
KobeMVP888?

bronx - great job on the Friedman...

My flavor today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_IkUysQASQ

I 'believe' #17 Coming Up!!!

Practice Season Police,

Lamar deserves SOME recognition.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Surprisingly, Dallas has the NBA best 26-10 road record, the Lakers are 2nd with 25-12. Dallas will play the Clippers on Wendesday and the Lakers on Thursday as back to back road games....Go Clippers!

In the meantime, SA will play Portland as back to back games tonight and will play Boston on Thursday, both games without Duncan...

Jon K

Very true, he has played outstanding ball CONSISTENTLY this season. In the past, it was 2 steps forward 5 steps backwards with him. Do you remember the season he shaved that awful star on the back of his skull?

Let the PSP ask this, would you rather a 6th man of the year or a 1st team nba award if you had to choose one exclusively?

Thanks
PSP Intern

"KobeMVP888 has been much more pleasant since his hiatus."

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 28, 2011 at 01:03 PM
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Thank you hobbitmage, but I did not LOOK for something negative in your original "relatively nice" comment; it WAS negative. Calling someone less of a "jerk" is still calling "him" a "jerk." Yes, hobbit, I caught the quotes around "He" above. Implying that I'm not human isn't "relatively nice" either. A direct apology for your poor choice of words would have been much more appropriate than explaining yourself to a third party.

In the meantime, SA will play Portland as back to back games tonight and will play Boston on Thursday, both games without Duncan...

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 28, 2011 at 01:14 PM

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I think they lost Ginobili last night too...He will miss tonights game for sure...and is listed day to day after that...

LO=Ring # 3. He don't need no "stinking" 6th man award (although he deserves it and the AS birth)!

@ Trollman posting a past comment:
"I find it appalling that someone who just showed up for the first time is telling longtime residents, and discussion pot stirrers, to leave just because they don't consistently post "Ra Ra life is golden" comments... I've pretty well made it known that I get tired of DFish only posting to bag on Derek Fisher or JonK (though the last couple of days he has broken his string), but I'm not about to TELL them to leave."

Hey Troll Man, you can say it was me I don't mind. But I don't recall attempting to admonishing anyone on anything lately, aside from telling S.Perkins/D.Fish to find something better to do than hate on Fish. In fact, I think the original point of "nobody has the right to tell anyone else they should leave" was a bit lost at the time.

Heck, lately I even provided an additional link for people to use to fight it out uncensored outside of the blog. So, what did I do to offend you this time?

JR

888 carry on...You have had the same stance and message since I brought you here...The fact is...the concept of the "practice season" has panned out exactly how you have been explaining it since the summer...even so...people can't accept this...and not one post have I seen someone say, "OK I understand now"...but believe me...if it went the other way...there would be 20,000 posts of "I told you so"....

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!! The Friedman Season...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | March 28, 2011 at 01:01 PM

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Thank you, Lew. As long as I have known you, you have shown appreciation for every Laker player and a calm approach to the Lakers, not just for this most recent championship run, but you have expressed your appreciation for the fact that since you've been a fan, the Lakers have only missed the playoffs twice. You not only understand the Big Picture, you under the Grand Scheme. You never waver in your optimism and never let things like losing streaks or slumps during the practice season alter your perception of the Big Picture. All you want for our two time defending champs is good health over the next 9 games and the practice season will have accomplished its objectives and we'll be ready to defend the title once again. Thank you for your continued, unwavering support!!

@BronxLF - congrats on the Friedman.

@Lew - Jamming the Electronic sound...that might be the Chem Bros first appearance here...I'm a believer!


@PSP - I wouldn't consider 6th man 3rd tier...Kevin McHale was one of the winners a few seasons when it was first introduced. Of course, before that Havlicek was considered the ultimate 6th man. Also consider Bobby Jones, Coop, Kukoc, Ricky Pierce, Jason Terry, Ginobli and other very good players that excelled as the 6th man. Most always finished the game...if even they didn't start.

bronx with the Friedman!

KobeMVP888,

you wrote:

A direct apology for your poor choice of words would have been much more appropriate than explaining yourself to a third party.

my response:

At this point, given your lack of apologies to a number of posters on this blog,
I don't think you merit an apology from me for trying to stick up for you.

However, I do concede that I could have used different words & possibly
should have.

I'll be happy to apologize to you as soon as you apologize to PSP & the other
bloggers who have asked you very straight forward questions, which you
haven't answered.

No, I'm not their keeper. However, if you do apologize to them it would
reveal that you're trying to be nice. People who try to be nice aren't jerks
and therefore I would be wrong and apologize.

Please note that I am not asking you to apologize to me.

On a separate note:

I had an AWESOME weekend.

Favorite words of the weekend:

To the hot 20 something that I hit with an escrima stick:

me: "How's your jaw?"

her: "A little swollen. How's your forehead?"

me: "A little swollen. Not bleeding too much. :) "

Women w/ weapons are soooooo HOT!

Did I provoke another debate on observation of the frequency of threads under MM's administration of the blog? Comparing him to the KBros, it's night and day. Day is for MM while the KBros are more of a disciplinarian with an intern by the name of Benicio (did I get the name right?) There is one distinction with the KBros and MM, the former would not listen to long timed bloggers or to anybody, everyone will be treated equally under their strong hand. They will tolerate any recalcitrant poster like Mike T. or KL the beast provided there is stand for an issue in a civilized forum. However, debates also turn into heated and even violent where someone has to protect honor in a duel under the sun. lol! Under MM, he is a good writer and a moderator as well although I have some constructive criticisms I would like to make. Of course, it is difficult to implement because of the automatic posting. Why are there so many handles for one IP address? During the time of Kbros, we undergone to bot registration every time you post which is really inconvenient but they were able to weed out undesirable posters who are merely nuisance or can be classified as taggers in a blogosphere. Trollman may have an ax to grind on MM that there is favoritism in MM's style but we can also appreciate MM efforts of trying to create harmony by pleasing other legitimate gripes. As I pointed, how do we avoid numerous handles which are constantly changing or even go to the resort of a one shot deal post to raise an issue, an insult, chastise someone and then disappear. Is this fair to others? Trollman, one time admitted that he was carrying multiple handles, banned before but was able to post again. DFish banned before was able to curse people here. Ouchhhh banned before but was allowed to post in another handle. There are some posters who are also passionate like us, once banned them, they don't come back. We just intrinsically removed their freedom of expression that carries weight on their pride and ego like Mike T. Who are we to defy someone's first amendment rights? You can ask any longtimed posters here, no matter how we ridiculed or hated the fellow, his weird postings brought life to this blog. His Jackson Journal was a creative work in analyzing a basketball game, although we are aware of his agenda and conclusions usually blaming PJ as a bum and Kwame has a great defensive calves and strength while Mihm has weak upper extremities. We were able to laugh, think in reasoning out, despised, threatened and tolerated him over the years.

In a nutshell, MM is alone and was able to bring the blog to a fast pace through automatic posting. His life is consumed by this blog as we can see the time of quick release of every thread. Yes, LAT should have given him an intern to moderate this blog because he cannot be everywhere, however we also understand the limitation of company that is under Chapter 11 and being managed by Tribune and Zell Group of companies. When Dan Loumena takes over, the blog slows down which produces more serious, healthy conversation among bloggers, not necessarily engaging any heated debates.

With regards to heated debates, I think MVP888 made a remarkable change with his rapport to certain posters like Laker Mike or even to Hobbit. The hurricane posts considerably reduced in intensity but there's still anger out there against some posters like yelloriver, truth, bay to LA. Is it too late to patch up and move on? If we can just eliminate the name calling and personalizing the anger, then everybody gets a chance to express their views in a civil manner. I'm not suggesting for a change completely but these are could be the vitamins we need for more harmonious relationship.

Why is everyone surprised with bloggers constantly bickering, playing partisanship (herd mentality), calling each other names and in general just up in arms about anything that is a fair game?

Are we better off than the animals? For Christ sake, animals don't pick a fight for pleasure, out of arrogance or out of partisanship but here we are in 21st century and still let our primordial instincts rules us.

Luckily, this is a virtual site, can you imagine having MVP888, LakerTom, Hobbit, Lewster, mamba24, PLG and G Money in the same room?

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 28, 2011 at 01:49 PM

Try not to speak with a MOUTH FULL...

LRob

Maybe 3rd tier is a bit harsh considering that some all time greats have indeed won the award. I guess the PSP just felt like Lamar deserved so much more this season after stepping his game up. I was really disappointed he didn't get an All Star berth though to be fair, the west had a lot of guys playing well at the time.

Anyway winning a ring trumps it all so I'll be starting a 'Lamar for finals MVP' bandwagon!! :-)

Thanks
PSP Intern

Wow, Fisher's foul against Kaman has been upgraded to "flaglant2" by NBA. Very strange to say the least.....However, they say the flagrant 2 "upgrade" does not impose any fine or suspension.

Norcal - I would have everyone laughing and hugging by the time meeting is over...

People are different when hiding behind a keyboard...In person, there are no filters, and I think everyone on that list is a personable person...and unless totally provoked, i feel everyone would be civil...and our one true common denominator, loving the Lakers, will overcome all other issues...

So if it were live...I think it would go much better...just my opinion...

I'll be happy to apologize to you as soon as you apologize to PSP & the other
bloggers who have asked you very straight forward questions, which you
haven't answered.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 28, 2011 at 01:45 PM

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Now THAT had me in stitches!

"Wow, Fisher's foul against Kaman has been upgraded to "flaglant2" by NBA. Very strange to say the least.....However, they say the flagrant 2 "upgrade" does not impose any fine or suspension.

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 28, 2011 at 01:57 PM "

I had to look at it a few times to see what he did but it was similar to the trick Kobe was using a few years ago. When he swung his arms wildly to sell that Kaman was moving on his screen, he made sure to elbow Kaman in the head. When you read between the lines, he admitted it in his comments about it after the game so I'm not surprised the league upgraded it.

Seriously, we need to stop the arguing and bickering or we're going to go on moderated posts again. Everyone needs to drop their grievances.

Mark Medina

Why is it that every time there is a minor disagreement like right now, you come out and start talking about moderation. You do realize this is a blog and people WILL bicker and have different opinions right?

The PSP can understand when it's people hurling insults but moderation for the little bantering going on today? Come on man; remember when you first took over the blog? You were so much nicer back then; power corrupts, remember that son.

Thanks
PSP Intern

"Seriously, we need to stop the arguing and bickering or we're going to go on moderated posts again. Everyone needs to drop their grievances.

Posted by: Mark Medina | March 28, 2011 at 02:29 PM "

MM,

We're ready to drop whatever and whoever needs to be dropped. LOL!!!

With regards to heated debates, I think MVP888 made a remarkable change with his rapport to certain posters like Laker Mike or even to Hobbit. The hurricane posts considerably reduced in intensity but there's still anger out there against some posters like yelloriver, truth, bay to LA. Is it too late to patch up and move on? If we can just eliminate the name calling and personalizing the anger, then everybody gets a chance to express their views in a civil manner. I'm not suggesting for a change completely but these are could be the vitamins we need for more harmonious relationship.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 28, 2011 at 01:49 PM

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Edwin, I haven't made an "remarkable changes." Lew addressed this already and he is correct.

1) LakerMike has ALWAYS been one of my favorites and I have never had anything but positive, intelligent, spirited conversations with him.

2) Bay to LA and I have opposite views on the majority of Lakers related topics, but we carry out spirited debates. Yes, the debates can get heated, but there's a mutual respect there and we don't call each other names. I may say he's a "GHE," but that's like liberal vs. conservative. Just like liberals and conservatives are proud of their labels, GHEs and GHFs seem to be proud of their labels.

3) With respect to yellofever, I'm ready to move on and I offered him an olive branch recently by suggesting some books I read this summer. yello, if you read this, please let me know when you finish the Simmons book because I just got to his Kobe section and I would love to tag team with you and write him a response. You have a great flair for the dramatic and he deserves a like-kind response for the trashing he gave Kobe. I think you will agree with me that Simmons should chuck that write up and start from scratch. If I'm a "crustacean blowhole" (I laughed my ass off at that one!), I can't wait until your description for Bill Simmons after you read the Kobe section!

4) As for LAKER TRUTH, whatever. I've tried the olive branch thing with him before and he has chosen to ignore me. He'd prefer to change handles and slam me with some of his past misrepresentations of what I think.

5) As for the One and Only hobbitmage, I wish he wouldn't have chimed in with his "much less of a jerk" comment. There's no hope there, nor do I wish for any because of his arrogant, condescending, confrontational blogging style, so I would just assume we ignore each other moving forward so as to not destroy the atmosphere in here anymore. The Outlaw is a great blogger and if it pisses him off, I don't want to be a party to contributing to that. Sorry about that, Outlaw.
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Let's get back to basketball! Ginobili has been announced "out" for tonight's game against Portland:

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2011/03/28/ginobili-out-for-tonights-game-against-portland/

Give me the PLAYOFFS already!

MM,

including dropping Kaman on parking lot of Staples

On the serious subject. Lakers have one game to play against SA at home on April 12. I hardly can imagine Lakers going to lose at Staples, given present respective state of 2 teams. So, Lakers behind only by 3 games they have no way to control.

That Spurs game could become the biggest game of the season for the Lakers. Right now, Thursday's game against Dallas is the biggest game of the season.

Depending on the outcome of the Dallas/Clippers game, Dallas could jump to 2nd place with a win over the Lakers on Thursday and it would also give them the tie-breaker for the season.

I saw a little elbow in the Fish flailing...lol. That was pretty funny...F2 with no suspension probably a fair call.

"I saw a little elbow in the Fish flailing...lol. That was pretty funny...F2 with no suspension probably a fair call.

Posted by: Kobeayashimarue | March 28, 2011 at 03:10 PM "

As a little guy, you can get away with those things. Just look at Andre Miller's incident with Blake Griffin this year. It was similar to Fisher vs Scola a few years ago. When you're a little guy, you get 1 game suspensions for those blatant attempts to cause injury. If the tables were turned, the big guy probably sits out half a season.

Thanks to all for the kind words regarding the Friedman...
After reading about the man himself and all the beautiful sentiments expressed about Rick, the RCOTD takes on a different meaning to me. It serves as a reminder of a man who interacted well with others through all phases of his life. That's something we can all strive for.


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