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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 106-98 victory over Minnesota Timberwolves


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan argues the Lakers showed their toughness in their 106-98 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes how the Lakers had to scramble to secure the victory.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details how the Lakers overcame a poor start.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers for figuring out how to win with a limited Kobe Bryant.

--The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda reports Michael Beasley injured his hip.


--The Times' Broderick Turner details the level of pain Kobe Bryant is experiencing.

The Star Tribune's Zgoda features Kurt Rambis' contention that he needs more time to make Minnesota a good team. 


--The Times' Bresnahan details how Rambis is maintaining a positive outlook coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen notes Phil Jackson's contention that Minnesota's front office has done a poor job of acquiring talent.

--The Daily News' Teaford believes Rambis faces a no-win situation.


--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains why Minnesota takes pride in moral victories.


--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Minnesota.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details some of the chippy play in the Lakers-Timberwolves game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wasn't impressed one bit with the Lakers' victory over Minnesota.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Timberwolves played with better execution, but lacked the talent.'s Mike Trudell details the game with a running diary.

Tweet of the Day:"Looking at Kobe during interview, he's in a different kind of pain right now. Would of understood if he skipped us" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"I think Kobe should sit a few games. We can win a few without him. We need a healthy Kobe in the playoffs. PJ, it is up to you. He won’t sit himself. I think we should focus on long-term gain over short-term glory. We can take Portland at home. The other guys will step up. I loved and hated Bynum’s foul. I hated that it was brutal and someone could have been hurt. I hated the fact that he could be suspended. I loved the fact that it was very old school. They were talking trash. If someone wants to talk trash, hang on the rim and kick people in the face, and come crashing into Bynum land, they could get hurt. Every player in the league will have to think twice before attempting something like that. Players talk a lot of crap – saying we are soft… They will have to change their tune. Drew, Matt, Ron, Lamar, Fish and Kobe are as tough as they come.

The other team, after the game, didn’t say it was dirty. They said it was a hard “playoff type” foul. My favorite moment was Kobe on the floor. The Lakers are all watching their leader on the ground. They get pissed. He gets up. He gets pissed - game freakin’ over!!! Earlier in the season, this is a game we would have lost. We are playing with fire now. You can’t stop us. Even on a bad night, we get the win. I enjoyed every second of it because… I am a Lakerholic." -- Lakerholic

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant puts up a shot while be guarded by Minnesota guard Martell Webster, left, and center Darko Milicic during the second half of the Lakers' 106-98 victory Friday at Staples Center. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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Very well said my friend! I've never been to a Heat, Celtic, Magic, Bulls, or San An Blog. Not sure why I would waste my time there, no offense intended, but the Laker Blog is my choice of loyalty. That being said, I would expect any Laker fan to have some difference of opinions on various topics, without the hate. I like Derek Fisher as a person, but would like to have Deron Williams or CP3 instead. But reality is we have what we have and ride with it. Someone might have to remind me who is the back-to-back NBA Champions from time to time, ha, ha!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | March 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

@Lakerholic - congrats on the Friedman RCOTD. I also enjoyed your commentary on trolls.

MM, Rick's name is misspelled on the comment of the day.

Any word on Drew?


Watching Kobe last night had me shaking my head, just like last year. While I admire his warrior mentality, this was a game he should have sat out. Now he has a stiff neck to add to his other injuries. When you play hurt, you open the door for further injury. Our margin for error is smaller then in the past and we need him as healthy as possible for the playoffs. We will not win if he shoots like he has been shooting. Ankle sprains can linger if not rested. I think we should rest him until at least the Hornets game and maybe until Dallas. Were at home, the bench is stepping up and we are pretty good even without Kobe.

As far as Andrew and his hard foul. I believe it was a frustration foul. He had been hammered all night without any calls. So when Beasley, a player disliked around the league for his trash talking flew into the lane, he let all of the pent up emotion out on him. Drew will have to learn what Wilt knew and Shaq and Dwight knows, no one likes goliath. He will just have to learn how to get his licks in in less obvious ways. If he had his arms up when he body slammed him, nothing more then a normal foul would have been called and the same message would have been sent.


Dude...RCOTD!!!! you beat Timberwolves.

I share the mixed feelings about Drew’s hard foul on Beasley. You never want your players to play dirty or for anybody to get injured but at the same time, you want to deter teams from attacking the rim and hard fouls are a part of that intimidation. Drew was obviously frustrated by not getting the calls when pounded by the Wolves and was a little overzealous when he retaliated. Nothing more.
One of the intangibles that Andrew Bynum adds to this Lakers team is his toughness. Like Ron and Kobe, Drew has a little mean streak in him and will not hesitate to get physical when challenged. We saw that in his rookie year when Shaq flattened him with a vicious over-the-back rebound dunk. And we saw it last night when the Timberwolves started to get chippy and physical with him. Frankly, I don’t think you can be the intimidator in the middle that Drew is unless you have that kind of edge.
It was good to see Pau Gasol finishing with slam dunks instead of weenie shots. It also looks like the approach of the playoffs has rejuvenated Derek Fisher. Clutch game by Lamar and good contribution by the Killer B’s off the bench. I probably agree with those who would like to see Kobe take a week off to get healthy for the playoffs. Home court advantage cannot compensate for a hobbled and limited Kobe Bryant. As good as our front court is, Kobe is still the engine that makes this team go.
Driving home from work last night, the skies were alive with rainbow weather as the Toys’ Smoke Two Joints lit up the stereo in my car and the clash of clouds and sun made the world fresher and sharper. In moments like this, everything seems so simple and clear. Life is wonderful if you are a Lakers fan. I couldn’t help thinking of Rick and realizing how precious life itself is and how we need to cherish every minute because sooner than we know our time will also come. So why not smile and enjoy it.
The Mt. Carmel Lakers play in the Marin County CYO Basketball 5th Grade Final Four today, looking for payback for their only loss this year, a 1-point double overtime upset to today’s playoff opponent. If we win today, then we will face the team that has won the championship for our age group the last two years tomorrow. Like the real Lakers, time to show our true colors and championship mettle.


Good job with the Friedman....well spoken!!

Boy some serious stuff going on in the world right now. The tragedy in japan is heart breaking. Plus Khadafi attacking his own citizens is also a tragedy. But what is interesting is that in helping the libyans obama may be assisting al quaeda. But yall are fortunate to have the priest to entertain yall. Now whats on tv, I think i will watch hgtv tomorrow. Ok they are having a brick laying show starring kobe bryant how about that?

Just got back from Living Spaces in Irvine and Ron was a no show. I guess he cancelled around noon. The employee with whom I spoke said that Ron is gpoing to try and make it next Saturday. He also said that there were fans camped out early this morning.

Did anyone else make it?

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