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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 92-84 victory over Charlotte Bobcats

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers finally overcame their struggles against the Bobcats with a 92-84 victory Friday over Charlotte.

--The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell credits the Bobcats' effort against the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr details the adverse moments the Lakers experienced against Charlotte.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen explains why the Lakers found little to like in their win against Charlotte.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes all the numerous injuries the Lakers suffered against Charlotte.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan provides a medical update on Devin Ebanks.

--The Orange County Register's Carr details Matt Barnes' injury.

--The Daily News' Teaford previews the Lakers' upcoming four-game trip.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen explains the importance of the Lakers' upcoming trip.

---The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues the Lakers are finding their groove.

Sidebars

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin previews the upcoming trip.

Columns

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues the Lakers should be worried about some of the other contending talent in the NBA.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers need to play much better on their upcoming trip.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Charlotte.

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore credits Andrew Bynum's production.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano notices the Lakers' offense has struggled for two consecutive games.

Tweet of the Day:"Came 2 office w/Phil @ 9:45 am Practice @ 11 only 1 other car here. Phil says "Kobe's here before me" & then smiles." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Tony Parker's playing? I thought he was out 2-4 weeks. Did he pull a Paul Pierce on us?" -- Scott

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VMan,

Here's the stituation with the Miami Heat...

If you live in the South Florida area and were a fan of the Miami Heat before LeBron James became a Heatian, then it's okay to be a Heat fan.

If you are have become a fan of the Miami Heat since the Alliance of Evil has formed, you're a bad person.

It's really that simple.

If you're a bandwagoneer Miami Heat fan, you're a bad person.

I will let you and other people into a little secret kept close to the chest of members of the International Secret Brotherhood of Bartenders... bartenders have a similiar experience and when they talk shop, they don't talk about making drinks. They talk about managing people, handling crowds, and reading people. When in the company of fellow members of the Secret Brotherhood of Bartenders, the members of this elite organization will without fail turn to the subject of how much people disappoint them. The truth is that the experience of dealing with people over and over and over again leads to a simple and disturbing conclusion... appearances AREN'T DECEIVING.

If it walks like a duck... quacks like a duck... it's a duck. Pure and simple.

Sure, maybe 5-10% of the time somone who walks and quacks like a duck ISN'T a duck. Sure. But working as a bartender being really busy you don't have time shift the whole way you manage people to compensate for the potenetially that someone whose appearance does not reflect their chracter... because 90-95% of the time THEIR APPEARANCE REFLECTS THEIR CHARACTER.

It's just the way it is.

As a result of this, if someone is rude to you and he/she doesn't tip, that person is a bad, selfish person and they're going to hell.

It's that simple.

Get to know a bartender, that bartender who smiles at you and asks you how your day is and honestly ask him in confidence if people who don't tip are going to hell, you know what they'll say?

"OH YEAH! Definitely."

Because people who don't tip are self-absorbed, selfish people without compassion nor generosity.

Now people will take exception to this judgement and they're right, there are exceptions... BUT 90-95% OF THE TIME THIS STATEMENT IS ACCURATE AND THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH TO ROUND UP TO MAKE A CORRECT OBJECTIVE STATEMENT.

The same thing is true for bandwagoneer Miami Heat fans.

They're bad people.

They worship narcissism, selfishness, shallow athletic ability and people who betray people who love them.

Bad people.

They're the spiritual equivalent of people who like dog fighting. Bad, discompassionate people.

'Nuff said.

So, yeah, we all should root against the Miami Heat. Doing so is the right thing to do.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

A couple of questions:

1. Am I the only one here who feels like a lazy bum whenever reading about Kobe's work ethic?
2. Is Chuck Person still serving as our shooting coach? We definitely need to use every tool in the box to improve the shooting on our team. We could also use a hired sharpshooter on this team.

The Outlaw,

I agree to disagree with you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

EJK,

"We could also use a hired sharpshooter on this team."

We did. His name was Sasha Vujacic.

We traded him in a terrible short-term trade that in no way could have benefited us this season.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Here's some numbers -

The Lakers are nearing the end of their 14-of-17-games-on-the-road stretch. They've played 13 of those games so far. That stretch ends on March 12 at Dallas.

I said at the beginning of Feb. that the Lakers would need to win 10 or 12 of those 17 games.

Well, they've already won 10 games, with 4 more to go. They have won 10 of their last 13 games. I would call that Excellent. Too bad about the Cleveland game.

They face the Spurs, Hawks, Heat and Mavs next on the road. How many of the remaining road games can the Lakers win?

These tough road games offer the opportunity to galvanize the Lakers, and I hope this squad makes the most of it. Dallas? I'm not worried about Dallas in the playoffs, because they are consummate chokers. San Antonio, though... I'm always worried about them. They are well-coached, professional, and their role players know what's expected of them.

These playoffs should be tough, which I don't mind. To be the best, you gotta beat the best. And the road to the championship still runs through L.A.

Go Lake Show!

"It's very important for us to go out here and do what we need to do on this road trip and win these games. Fortunately, there are not back-to-backs, so we have a day to prepare for each of them. So we really want to win these games, not just for the standings, but to send a message and let everybody know we're here and we're serious." Bynum

_____ I'd say Andrew definitely understands what's at stake here for this upcoming road trip and I argue thus far, this is the most important week of basketball for this team in the season. We've all commented about barometers and gauges to determine the effectiveness of this team but this is no longer December and January; this is March and these games matter. The league is watching this Lakers schedule and that's why a "message" must be sent because the league is waiting for a delivery!

My biggest concern about this team is shot selection and the early perimeter J's so early in the shot clock. It creates huge problems for this team and if they don't tighten it up beginning tomorrow, they will lose and this team tends to lose games in bunches.

Kobe was in "jack-a-rama" mode so I was very happy to see him sit out the entire 4th quarter. I hate to say this, but the ball movement is a little better when he's on the bench and if he tries to shoot himself out of a slump tomorrow afternoon, I hope Phil has the fortitude to give him a "time out."

This road trip is going to be playoff caliber. The opposition needs to prove that they can kill the reigning two-time champion's win streak and the Lakers need to prove that they cannot be beat. Opponents are attempting to get into the Lakers' heads in order to diminish their belief that they are the team to beat. Bring the 4-0 road trip back home, knock off the Magic on 14 March and then let's make our move to secure HCA in the Finals!

The team will finish no lower than the 3rd seed in the west but we must have the best record against the eastern conference champions. HCA in the Finals is "muy importante" for this team. #17 is at stake!

"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

"WHEN WILL LEBRON TAKE HIS TALENTS TO THE 4TH QUARTER?" LOSO

Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Been reading the blog but still feeling the effects of a particularly nasty headcold.

hobbit, cool that you searched the archives for that article you reprinted regarding L.O. at PG, but Tom went on to explain how L.O. needs to merely keep PG's in front of him, his length would disrupt a lot of what they do. He would be backpedaling at times, but he wouldn't be doing worse than Fish who bodies up a lot, they go around him. It's 'outside the box' thinking, probably something that Phil wouldn't partake in during his closing act, but Tom pretty much convinced me that at worst L.O. would be no worse than Fish on the defensive end, his length and ability to keep PG's in front of him would work about as well as we cover speedy PG's now.

Offensively I see no problems at all, especially under the triple-post we run.

hobbit, some more interesting reading around that time involves the meat, how the makeup of their lineup made them vulnerable to speedy PG's and dominant big-men alike. Tom and I both were stating their lineup had more holes than swiss cheese. Truly makes for better readings in the archives...

Slink off I go before my right-ear explodes on me...


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

BTW, bush-league move by Kwame last night.

LakerPeace wrote....

"For last two seasons which team had the best records during the regular season? Cleveland Cavaliers. And you know what happened to that team and who won the titles. SA and Dallas have the deep rotation and that's why they are having good regular season. But once the playoff starts, the rotation gets a little tighter. The Lakers are more built for the playoff than long haul regular season games."

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 05, 2011 at 12:25 PM

LakerPeace made an excellent point. A lot of the players doing damage for the Mavs and Spurs at present won't be getting much run during the playoffs when rotations shorten.

The Lakers have to very wary of SA's role players tomorrow. If Duncan, Manu and TP go off, so be it. But don't leave the Bonners, Neals and Hills unattended.

Kobe was in "jack-a-rama" mode so I was very happy to see him sit out the entire 4th quarter...

Posted by: frmkt | March 05, 2011 at 01:27 PM

frmkt...you got that right. I love the Bean, but he really played poorly last night. With Bynum busting his butt grabbing rebounds and blocking shots, you'd think that Kobe would try to reward him with a few looks on offense. Kobe needs to nurture Andrew at this point in the season....the Lakers are going to need the Baby Beast as they go forward.

And...what the heck was up with Kwame Brown releasing his inner Kong on DFish's arm like that??!! That was totally uncalled for! Dyan Cannon should have ran down the sideline and slapped Kwame upside his head with her pocketbook!! What an idiot!!

Congrats Scott!


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