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Caught in the web: Reactions to the Lakers' victory over the Spurs

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News, notes and anecdotes following the Lakers' 99-83 dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs, who still have the NBA's best record but plenty of questions surrounding their effort Sunday.

Game stories

Mike Bresnahan of The Times on how the Lakers stood up and knocked down the Spurs.

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on the Lakers making a statement with center Andrew Bynum

Kevin Ding of the OC Register reminds everyone who the cleanup hitter still is in the NBA.

Jan Hubbard of CBSSports.com on the Lakers regaining their championship form.

Brian Kamenetzky of ESPNLosAngeles.com's Land O' Lakers blog with his game breakdown.

Columns and sidebars

The Times' T.J. Simers (I know what you're thinking, but give it a try) on Andrew Bynum's impact in the middle.

The Times' Bresnahan on Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes shaking off injuries to play against the Spurs.

The Daily News' Teaford on Matt Barnes' happy return to the lineup.

Fox Sports' Billy Witz on how the Lakers showed little respect for San Antonio during their blowout win.

Mike Monroe of Spurs Nation explains how a familiar face helped shut down the Spurs.

Also from Monroe, on why Phil Jackson played his starters with the game decided.

Buck Henry of the San Antonio News-Express reviews the trade that never happened: Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony.

--Dan Loumena

Photo: Nothing came easy for Manu Ginobili and the Spurs on Sunday, when the Lakers' defense held them to 36% shooting. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA

 
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its just one game.nothing surprised me.lakers will still lose to spurs on wcf because of homecourt advantage.

There's no way I'm reading the T.J. Simers article.

Been there. Done that.

No thank you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@JonK, you might be surprised by this TJ column.

When I was young, my dad told me this: "There are lots of brilliant things to read in this world; don't waste your time on the bad stuff." Simers isn't part of the former. Thus, I won't do the latter.

Go Lake Show!

Should be an interesting game against the mavs if chuck pearson knows how they will coach their D...

Buck Harvey is an idiot. The Lakers never even considered trading Drew for Melo. (And more proof Bill Plashke is an even bigger idiot.) Mitch was making vague threats because, like all of us, he was disgusted by the Lakers play. 

Pops, as always, knows exactly what's going on. He knew when the Lakers got Pau, it would be trouble for everyone else, and he knows that Kobe plus the "Big 3" are almost unbeatable when they are fully healthy and fully engaged. That's been anything but consistent, which is why we've rarely seen the Lakers live up to their potential like today. 

And when I say "Big 3", I mean Big in actual size, not "Big Tears."

Billy Witz' article is pure comedy gold! The Lakers needed to show more respect to the Spurs tonight??? Give me a break, Billy. They took this game, and rode it into the sunset.

Don't be upset that you were looking the other way at the moon.

Just say "nyet" to Simers. Once bitten, twice shy. MIT's going to have to scientifically prove he's been possessed by the spirit Jim Murray before I'll venture into that trap.

@Dan – Thanks for getting the articles out expeditiously. I see you like Dirk as your MVP. Good choice. My top three are Rose, Howard and Dirk.

@Bronx – I think Kobe got one or two rescinded. Anyway I doubt if he hits 16. Kobe will chill once he hits 15. I think he pushed it all the way to the limit one season and then flipped the “switch” for the last 6-7 games.

@Lew – Excellent post. Yes, you were a voice of reason when others were losing their wit. I like the list of things you’ll be watching for. I’ll add watching Matt Barnes become reacclimated to his duties. Yes, you were also correct in giving Laker Tom props for fighting the good fight for Drew, but on the flipside he did venture to the darkside and trumpeting trading Pau for Melo.

Drew's quotes from the TJ Simmers article....we're watching him mature before our eyes and its a beautiful thing!
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"There is no swelling, so that's a good thing," said Bynum, who blocked six shots Friday in the win over Charlotte. "I realize where I can be a huge help to the team, so I'm just putting all my energy into the defensive side of things. I'm trying to get every rebound and block every shot."

"Teammates are probably mad at me because I'm not posting up as aggressively as I probably could be. But I think we're a much better offensive team moving the ball like we are."

Finally I figure out what T.J stands for? (T)rash (J)ob!!!

Jeru,

I agree with you that Billy Witz article was off base, especially when he said "the Lakers played like champs, but often carried themselves like chumps". Yes, Artest flexing was a little over the top, but that was the only thing I could point to.


Here's the one comment I wish Drew hadn't made when asked about SA quitting. So while he's maturing he still has some learning to do!

"I haven't seen that yet from San Antonio this year," Bynum said. "But their starters definitely quit."

Beggining of the 3rd quarter, and my 5 yo. son was like "Game over, daddy". And he was right, but I told him that even 30 points is not a big lead when you're playing a team like the Spurs. The guys are the #1 team in the NBA. Respect your opponent and play hard all the time.

If this is not respect, I don't know what it is. We played like we were playing against the best team in the NBA. Take it. 30 points? Yes, yes, yes...hehe. Surprised? Maybe, but never disrespectful.

The Lakers gave a jaw-breaker today. Me and my son were like "WOW...can't believe"...and when Gasol hit that 3-pointer...jaw to the ground.


What a great game...

Cheers.

@LRob, it should be an interesting MVP vote.

@63 Footer, that noise you heard was Jim Murray. . . .

@Lakerholics . . . Dan scratches bald dome, mutters under his breath, 'note to self, never mention you-know-who in this space again.'

Yea, Pau should develop his 20-footer and beyond to the three point shot, he's got a consistent flat footed shot. Can't remember, but I think he shot the three im Cooperesque style.

Bynum has completely shown that Carmelo hand no business here. The 75% that voted against him are eating crow now. But in their defense, he has played his best games since th all star break.

all i have to say is WOW! i truly missed a "texas-sized" beatdown of the spurs! can't wait to watch the replay when i get home from beijing, prc. so jealous of my fellow Laker maniacs who got to witness this MAULING. i've noticed a few spur trolls downplaying this loss. since it's very doubtful L.A. will overtake S.A. for the #1 seed, today laker's win will play in the back of spurs mind, should they meet in the western conference playoffs! on to atlanta to take down the hawks!!!!

Dan Loumena,

I read the tagline.

The problem is the source is invalid.

Too many sportswriters make bold, controversal statements just to get attention and when they're proven wrong, they ignore the fact that they ever made those bold statements. They just say something along the lines of "The Lakers are going to win it all!"

Where were these guys when we lost to Cleveland?

Didn't Plaschke say that "THIS TEAM IS DONE!"? (It may have been someone else. I forget the specific journalist.)

I say bold things all the time. I argue with people and am passionate about it.

And when I'm wrong I admit it. And when necessary, I apologize.

None of these hacks do that. (Breshnanan, Medina and Turner excluded.)

They're not journalists.

They're muck rakers.

At least Bill Simmons is honest about his biases. These guys (Simers, Heisler, Plaschke) they just make noise. They're not "experts." So far I haven't seen a single prediction any of them have made long-term that is either honest or meaningful... and they are almost always wrong.

I'd rather read Laker Tom (who actually believes what he writes) than any of these blowhards any day of the week.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

They're muck rakers who

Dan Loumena,

I can't believe you reviled the name of Jim Murray like that.

He was the L.A. Times Chick Hearn. A truly extraordinary talent. A poet.

Nowadays too many journalists forget that sports isn't all about attention, power and money. For many of us, there's still a romance, a grandeur to competition.

It matters.

So it should be discussed like it matters.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

At least Bill Simmons is honest about his biases. These guys (Simers, Heisler, Plaschke) they just make noise. They're not "experts." So far I haven't seen a single prediction any of them have made long-term that is either honest or meaningful... and they are almost always wrong.

I'd rather read Laker Tom (who actually believes what he writes) than any of these blowhards any day of the week.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

They're muck rakers who


Posted by: Jon K. | March 06, 2011 at 11:04 PM
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HAHAHAHA....PERFECT, Jon K.!!!!

Only 20 comments here? Where is the Laker Nation at?

It was a Sunday, so I understand.

Man, that Laker win was a thing of beauty. If they could bottle that up, I know it would smell better than Lamar's perfume!

I think the Lakers have a good chance to win all of the 4 road games this week. That Miami game will be the bomb. The Heat are reeling right now and the Lakers just might be the team to give them a knock-out punch.

ESPN2 is replaying the game in a few minutes. Gotta love it.

There's still a lot of basketball to play yet this season, but as Shaq used to say - "I like our chances."


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1. I so hope Laker Tom is right.

2. I hope we have a shortened season next year... but not too shortened.

3. What the frick is going on with Steve Blake? He's better than this. I need to do a Bio-Chrono reading pronto. I promise to do one tomorrow. Promise.

4. The Lakers are going to win the Championship this year.

5. I used to think that Al Pacino's performance in "Scarface" was unnecessarily hammy, but I think now it is more about the way the film was shot. Upon greater attention, his performance is extraordinary.

6. I firmly believe this team can do a five-peat... but it is all about Andrew Bynum. Kareem "The Captain" says he has the capability to be a Hall of Fame player. Kareem is an intelligent man. If Andrew becomes who Kareem says he can be... then we will have a five-peat.

7. The Heat crying after a regular season loss? Who does that? Seriously. Who does that? WHO DOES THAT? Middle School kids don't do that. They are done. This generation needs a lesson in failure as much as it needs a lesson in success.

8. I am apauled (sp?) that people were happy that Derek was hurt. It makes me angry and deeply sad that people would actually be like that. Are people that screwed up? It's fricken awful. [I will now abstain from further statements of rage.]

9. I'm not sure people recognize how important the Lakers are. They are the singularity that ties Los Angeles (one of the most important cities on the planet) together. The Lakers really matter.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I have a good name for the New Celtics: Boston Mercenaries. Sheet, when will they stop cobbling together hired "help" for the playoffs?

Very nice WIN, Lakeshow!

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@JonK, as I said, duly noted on your preferences.

And I hold Jim Murray in the highest regard. It was 63 Footer who said, 'MIT's going to have to scientifically prove [Simers has] been possessed by the spirit Jim Murray before I'll venture into that trap.' My response was 'that noise you heard was Jim Murray. . . .' As in Jim Murray rolling over in his grave at the thought to be reincarnate with TJ. If you or anyone else was offended by that attempt at humor, my sincerest apologies.

@Rob in L.A., there's 80-some-odd comments on the Live Chat thread with reaction from today's game as well.

Back to work I go.

Dan Loumena,

It's cool, dude.

PLEASE don't EVER worry about offending me.

If I'm offended, thats's on me. It's not on you.

Sure, I'm offended. So fricken what? It's my responsibility to deal with it. Not yours.

Please don't apologize, nor explain. At best, defend your position. That's all I request.

Jim Murray was a great man.

T.J. Simers is not.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

the L.A. Lakers, most road wins in the nba.....23! woohoo

Dan,

Don't apologize too much.

Apologize when you are wrong.

DO NOT apologize when someone is hurt by your honesty.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Lakers Trivia/Question
Does Anyone know???
HOW MANY GAMES HAS STEVE BLAKE PLAYED OVER 20 MINUTES AND SCORED 0 POINTS(AND FEW REBOUNDS/ASSISTS)????
I am curious. Seems like I see this in the box score a couple times a week. WTF, why is this guy playing????!!!!

Lakers haven't won in Atlanta since Andrew Bynum attempted a 3 pointer in the corner. More tough tests ahead.

I Always thought all that mentoring Bynum had from Jabbar, was going to payoff some day...Pau was fantastic! Ron Ron amazing defensive skills adds touches of humor with his nice guy/badboy like behavior on the court; Fisher is the left side of the brain Kobe the right. Shannon is pure potential, and Odom, is the super hero with his cape and mask, coming to the rescue whenever he is needed the most. These are The Los Angeles Lakers People; These are the true NBA Champions! Miami you are next!!!

Once that said, I think we found a common ground here. Bynum is not a scorer. His game tonight was AWESOME, and he didn't score that much. 4 points in the entire game does not impress anybody, but 17 boards and 3 blocks helped us a lot. He's a giant, and that's what he suppose to do. He actually contribute to this win a lot. That's how we should look to Bynum, not criticizing him when he miss a shot 1 feet from the basket. That's how he should play. On D. Blocks and rebounds. That should do it.

And please, let Gasol be what he is. Soft? Maybe. Who cares...Did you see that 3-pointer?

I DID!!!

What a great PF we have.

Cheers.

Posted by: Magic Phil | March 06, 2011 at 09:51 PM

Hello all! Motherhood and career made me a very busy Laker fan! Even though i don't post much, i still read the blog every day when i get the chance! Right on Magic Phil! I completely agree with you. I always feel like Bynum should play more defense and rebounding for the team because he is so big and tall. Scoring will come around. I am happy that he is playing great D! It makes our Lakers s o potent and almost unbeatable! Regarding LakerTom, he's been in the blog since the beginning and i respect his opinion but i get turned off by his comments sometimes because it seem he always degrade Pau when he talks about Bynum. Let me tell you i was beyond belief when he suggested to trade Pau for Carmelo! What a joke that is! Pau and Bynum together is off the charts! I just hope Bynum remains healthy and keeps playing the way he's playing lately. I always gave the kid his props when he plays hard. But some fans tend to forget when we got Pau, he helped us greatly going to the finals three straight years! Oh well my baby is sleeping and i just want to express my delight for today's win over the Spurs. My best friend lives in San Antonio but she is a die hard Laker fan but she has friends who give her crap about the Lakers...who has the last laugh now! What a beatdown! ahahahha! I just want to say hello to you my fellow Laker fans especially to Mamba24, Justa, Faith, Hobbit, Kobeblitz, Edwin, JonK and many more..oh what ever happened to Zaira A. from Italy? Obviously i miss something on the blog, i don't see her post much often now. Well good night folks! Go Lakers!

Thanks for the links but you couldn't pay me to click on a Simers link.

That Witz-less article has little merit. Agreed that Ron's gesture was too much, but it is Ron and it was the only incident. Bynum did call the Spurs quitters but said the starters quit. Granted he shouldn't say that, but he's not that far off. It was the Spurs second unit that tried to fight back. The starters stopped attacking.

I mean, next to the Heat, the Lakers are hated by everyone in the planet...except for Laker fans. There's a lot of those though, by judging from all the gold shirts in San Antonio's arena.

Witz makes himself look like a fan making an off handed comment in defense of his team instead of a sports writer. He's the chump.

Son of a Gun!

Did the idiot light just go on for Bynum? [ Yes, I have an idiot light too. ]

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bynum-290981-jackson-lakers.html

snippet:
Ground-bound much of the season after missing the first 24 games after his delayed knee surgery, Bynum is now demonstrating why I pegged the Lakers to win 68 regular-season games if he was healthy this season.

He initially embraced the opportunity to be the gatekeeper for Lakers' new defense that funnels opponents for him to change or block their shots, but then he let down. He got back on point at the All-Star break and realizes the satisfaction he can get out of piling up rebounds that Gasol doesn't much want anyway.

"We talked to Andrew at the break about defense and what impact he can have on the game," Jackson said. "He showed it today."

snippet:
There's no doubt that having Bynum as what he describes as a "rover" in the paint helps the Lakers run out and rotate aggressively on the perimeter, which happened consistently against San Antonio.

"I realized where I could be a huge help, and that's on the defensive end of the basketball," Bynum said. "Try and get every rebound. Try and block every shot."

Meanwhile, Bynum's always analytical mind has shifted his body away from expending energy posting up hard on offense. That's because his notion now is that isolation post-ups tend to bog down the triangle offense's ball movement. The better shots the ball movement produces then, in turn, help maintain floor balance for the Lakers' vulnerable transition defense.

snippet:
Even though everyone – Bynum included – realized Bynum's greatest contributions to the recent titles has been in offering defensive size, no one – Bynum included – expected him simply to cast aside that long-held lust for scoring to do the dirty work.

"This team is going to win regardless if I get 15 points or if I get four points; that's the kind of team we have," Bynum said. "This team won't win if we don't have defensive toughness on the inside."

This last snippet is good. It sorta defines the microcosm of the blog re:
Bynum.

snippet:
It's no magic act. It took years of push and pull – Bynum thinking he was underutilized on offense, Jackson knowing he was out of shape, mentally and defensively soft and undeserving of those crunchtime minutes over Odom and Gasol that Bynum openly sniped about missing.


For those who haven't had enough coffee: Bynum & LakerTom have been in
blog sync think over him being underutilized on offense. Jackson & Hobbitmage
& others have been in blog sync think over Bynum being out of shape,
mentally & defensively soft and undeserving of those crunchtime minutes.

"There's no way I'm reading the T.J. Simers article.

Been there. Done that.

No thank you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!"

Posted by: Jon K. | March 06, 2011 at 09:50 PM

Ha ha, I almost made the mistake of reading the article when I at the last second caught the name of the author and quickly moved on.

Wow! This effort was even better than what I expect from the boys. Nice work! Sure, Spurs sucked and quit but we stayed aggressive and I liked the point PJ was making by inserting the starters again. Finally a stand against the sleepwalking.

The psyche of the Heat's reaction to losing streak is a stark contrast to the Lakers'. Like Phil, there is a stoicism and (sometimes over-) confidence among Lakers players when times are tough. One of my favorite lines from Odom a few years back when asked about a losing streak was something like, "were aware of the problem, but not worried." I think Phil's philosophy of "rolling with the punches" has really built up their mental fortitude even though it appears at times that he is uninvolved - there is a method to the madness! This is one area where the Heat have a long way to go to reach the Lakers.

PEOPLE HOW DAMN HAPPY ARE YA !???? WHOOPIE !!!

WHO ARE WE ?? WE ARE THE MIGHTY LAKERS !!!

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A WHOLE MAMBA 24 ROLL CALL INSIDE OF ME !!

GOOOoooOOOOOoooOOOooOOOOooOOOOoOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS !

@ Jon K, the reverse of Colin Cowherd's line comes to mind, "thats a ME problem, not a YOU problem!" =P

Very happy. Double whoppie! haha.

As a proponent of the Bynum for Carmelo trade, I am gladly eating a little crow right now. But this is not enough. I am very hungry, I want to get fat off some crow. I need to eat a lot of crow. C'mon Bynum, feed me some more crow!

Go Lakers!

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A WHOLE MAMBA 24 ROLL CALL INSIDE OF ME !!
GOOOoooOOOOOoooOOOooOOOOooOOOOoOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS !
Posted by: JohnnyP | March 07, 2011 at 05:05 AM
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JohnnyV Let that Roll Call OUT!!! LET IT OUT NOW!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Preach On My Brother, Preach ON!!!!!!
Hit it: http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA
http://tinyurl.com/236p6ce - Kobe Bryant - Lil Wayne

Sorry that's JohnnyP It's still early folks and mamba24 has not been to sleep.

Jim Murray was great wirter, and he wanted to make you laugh and enjoy sports more.


TJ is a scribbler, and he wants to piss you off and make you hate the local team (beacuse they are athletes who a bundle of money and he is ... TJ Simers).


When Jim Murray hit a target it was all in fun. With TJ it is mean spiritied and spiteful.


No thanks, TJ.

THE CRYING GAME….HEAT STYLE
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Princess Jimmy said Baby please don’t go, Dwade slap the Biatch and walked out the door.
Chris Bosh began having a crying fit, Man this Miami Heat team looks like Spit.
Princess Jimmy told Dwade he had a PreNup, Dwade told the Princess shut the Frak UP.
Little baby Bosh began crying some more. Dwade told Princess take care the Baby you whore
Then even the Princess began to sob, and said I can’t do my and that fool Boshs Job.
Meanwhile the Coach was taking notes, He spilled the beans to the Press & Rocked the Boat
From the front office cam e a Hell of a roar. The Miami coach came flying thru the door
Pat Riley followed the coach his head full of goo, He told the coach Fool I ought to kill you
This was my best chance to catch Coach 11Rings, But you fools have screwed up everything
I hope I can go back and be a Laker for Life, Cause I can’t deal with this stress & strife
Then Bosh, Princess and Dwade all began to cry and Like Nancy Kerigan asked Why Why, Why?
So what happened to this so called Super Team, That now has pat Riley wanting to scream
For one thing the Princess Talents only go so far, They don’t extend to the 4th quarter
They use to say of Dwade you can’t touch this, Now he’s number one on everyone’s hit list
And Bosh oh Bosh there is nothing I could say, To express how pitiful this guy plays
So the morale of this story is true, If you Heat your Meat it will shrink on you

One more win in a row. That is how the Lakers need to take them. One at a time, then they won't get in that season-long trap game mentality. I am hopeful they keep up the intensity against a Hawks team that should be no problem unless taken for granted.

Here's an early morning tribute to the Heat:

The Meters-Cissy Strut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-6_0YqgeI

There's no crying in the Regular Season.

I didnt read T.J.Simmers article, but i did read Billy Witz' jealous rant.

It's funny how so called experts trash the Lakers and certain players when they don't put out 48 minutes of effort, then turn around and trash them if they play a hard 48 minutes to build momentum and chemistry.

PJ is not as dumb as some may think. Nothing would have been worse to allow the Spurs to come from behind and make it a close game in the final minutes (ala Magic's 24 point come from behind victory over Miami). Which in turn was the recipe for the Heat's collapse vs the Spurs.

Attitude= Too positive to be doubtful. Too optimistic to be fearful. Too determined to be defeated!

Good morning BLOG CRUE/Mamba24
I watched the highlights from yesterday's games and loved Pau's 3 point shot but really loved seeing all of the Lakers CRUE in the stands.

We should now focus on Tuesday and not Thursday because my calendar says Tuesday comes before Thursday. Does yours?

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

*********************THE BYNUM BLOTTER*******************


^His performance was pretty much Russellesque.

^This team is going to win regardless of if I get 15 points or if I get four points. That's the kind of team we are," he said. "But this team won't win if we don't have defensive toughness on the inside. I just think that's the biggest thing I can bring.

^ Drew playing like this truly makes the Lakers unbeatable.

^The Beast has awoken, and the rest of the NBA had better take notice.

^the man took just two shots and yet he dominated the game

^What we are seeing at last is a fully healthy and mature Andrew Bynum totally committed to doing whatever the team needs from him in order to win and willing to sacrifice his personal statistics and aspirations for the better of the team. This the other shoe the rest off the NBA has long feared.

^"There is no swelling, so that's a good thing," said Bynum

^"Teammates are probably mad at me because I'm not posting up as aggressively as I probably could be. But I think we're a much better offensive team moving the ball like we are."

^"I haven't seen that yet from San Antonio this year," Bynum said. "But their starters definitely quit."

^Drew is looking like a BIGGER, BADDED, BETTER BEAST!

Heres a good song for your morning coffee.

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

Haven't read a Simers article in years.

Don't plan on doing it now.

I was this close to telling him how I felt, when I was sitting in front of press row during the playoffs and brought a sign that had Go Lakers! on the front, and TJ Simers: You're Fired! on the back.... they confiscated the sign when I walked in. I guess it was "mean spirited"

Next day, TJ wrote another inflaming article and took more cheap shots. It turned out, I couldn't tell him how I felt, but he can tell everyone else how he feels. Screw that.

Good morning blog family!

Still so PSYCHED about the game yesterday. Don't have much to say.

Perhaps everyone read their books as assigned by PJ over the AS break instead of the long, miserable roadie? Something happened to this crew over AS weekend - because this is a lovely thing to watch.........

Cheers - PLG

Dedicated to the Heat

NO More Tears Ozzy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdAXPWvy4E8

Regular Season Police,

I'm wondering if you can issue a citation to the Cheat... I mean, there's no crying in basketball... at least, regular season basketball where you have jurisdiction

The Meters-Cissy Strut http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-6_0YqgeI There's no crying in the Regular Season. Posted by: Mark G (I voted to keep him) | March 07, 2011 at 06:48 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!! Cissy Strut? CISSY STRUT?? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!


Hello to you too Hyacinth Rosales,

We appreciate your visit despite the fact you're now a busy mother. Indeed, it is the Lakers feeling that brought us back together in one bunch. Yesterday's game was the reminiscent of the Lakers past, we're no longer at the edge of our seat trying to figure out where did the talents go. Spurs is a very familiar team to the Lakers being in the West, they're decent, clean and a good team to beat. Lakers especially Fisher has good memories of the Spurs with his famous 0.4 of second. We are too familiar with lefty Ginobli or the Duncan pivots and backboard shots. Those shots prevented the Lakers from moving forward during nineties with Divac and Campbell. Therefore, the 30 pt spread at one quarter was indeed a celebration in dealing with the ghosts of our past. When we win, it's endless celebration like in their first trip with a 4th win in Boston, however the succeeding games starting from Orlando was a meltdown. Skepticism and doubt comes back from avid Laker watcher. As I often said, Los Angelinos or majority of Laker fans are not MidWesterners who would cheer a loser. We don't have the patience here to bear watching the snow to fall down, it is always fun time in LA. Yes, we are spoiled well we earned it and paid the tickets, not of course the hard working fans but more of our representative in the Hollywood celebrities. Therefore, whoever will play for the Lakers in the future or manage the FO, got to have the feel of being in LA. You have to perform, show your best act as an entertainer, rarely you a no 2nd chance in the auditioning for purple and gold nor its fans allow ineptness from managers and coaches. Therefore, I would tell the lakerholics that you are not the only ones wishing good for the Lakers, there are a millions more behind you who could not withstand defeats. Please do not trash them by calling them names as "fairweathers" nor misconstrue their negativity in trashing their desperate posts. A Laker defeat is like a death of a dear friend in searching for a solution while at the same time missing the incentive moments that brought happiness to everyone.

Ok, I admit it. If it was up to me, I would have pulled the trigger and we would have Melo and maybe Chauncey and/or Nene on the team and Drew would be in Denver.

In my defense, up until the all star break, Drew was playing very namby-pamby. Also, Drew has been hurt a lot. I hope with all of my being that I am not proved right at some other point in the season.

Also in my defense, I have begged implored and pleaded with Drew on this blog (pretending he reads it… ;-) to step up and be the most dominant player in the NBA. Shaq was that for many years, I thought it was Drew’s turn.

The trade would have been about the long term - not just the Lakers now, but the Lakers in three years. If Drew can stay healthy and keep up this kind of play, the long-term future of the Lakers is looking very good.

What a great role model he will become. The best player in the league doesn’t even score much – he does what the team needs him to do so they will win.

It is like Rondo. Rondo is a young guy surrounded by grizzled veterans. He doesn’t worry about scoring. He does what he has to do so they will win. The Celtics have become Rondo's team.

If Drew keeps playing the way he played yesterday, the Lakers will be his team, Los Angeles will be his town, and the NBA will be his league…

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

As usual, the most thoughtful and interesting articles on this Lakers game were not in the LA Times. They were in a Spurs blog and in the Express. The piece on Chuck Person and his Popovich-influenced defense was especially a good article.


Basketball coverage, not hopping on/off the bandwagon.

Sorry Folks, I dislike TJ Simers as much as any of you but, I took a chance and read the crap…Crap? No, No, No! It was a very good piece. I have to give the guy his due. That is all

Lakers need to stay focus from this point on, first not understimating the Hawks, then destroying Maimi on their own court. I think the fans will hopefully see another Lakers-Celtics Classic Match up. Lakers proved that they can beat the Spurs and The Celtics will finish off the three stooges of the East down the road. I wouldn't mind if Miami takes out Boston. That way We could bring the Heat to Miami and return the favor again, again and again.

In fairness to T. J. Simers, he also published a praise worthy article last Sunday about the son of Mychal Thompson, Klay of Washington State. The talented college hoopster was caught with Marijuana and his famous Dad went berserk for more than 4 hours on radio last Friday. I think T.J.'s article was apt and timely reminder for everyone. In the sixties, Maryjane was a common staple prevalent during concerts and parties. Well, its temporary delight and intoxication brought miseries to many now who are in their sixties, perhaps that is how Mychal felt about it. He put the blame on himself for his son's mistakes and experiments Well, T.J. published this in his column, it has nothing to do with today's Lakers, he shared how an ex laker player felt about the sins of the past.

@Hyacinth Rosales, Hey Hyacinth!! Sorry I didn't see your post till Edwin responded to it. Good to see you haven't forgotten your LakerBlog family while attending to your real family. Yes a lot of the regulars have gone missing and some eventually return. Just know that your Laker Blog family is always here and always glad to receive a post from you. And Hyacinth...You and that beautiful baby take care!!!Carry on my sister!!!
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@ Hugo Boss, What's up my brother!!! Yes I think Tuesday does come before Thursday so...I shall adjust my priorities accordingly. LOL! Have a great day my brother and remember...Laker Nation loves Colorado!!!

I said my piece on Simers, Dan came back with a funny (which I got, though I always heard it in the form of: "You hear that whirring sound? That's Jim Murray spinning in his grave at 7500RPMs).

What's more important is will we slack off next game, or keep the focus?

What the heck's wrong with Blaker? I still like the guy's game, but he's gotta hit the open shots. Seriously, the guy could be putting up 9-10 pts a night if he does.

UPS has to use his body more, his hands less, and don't always go for the suicide steal on D.

Also, Drew's knee gave a twing when it got hit during the game? Is that a post-surgery related twing (like it's still sensitive to trauma), or is it just a I-got-slammed-in-the-knee-and-it-hurts-like-a-mutha kinda twing?

But the beat-down did make for a nice Sunday yesterday....

Switch Flipped

Message Sent

Kraken Released

Now if we can only get out of that Christmas Day game . . .

A broken clock is right twice a day.

So what.

I think that guy should have been fired a very long time ago, and I will not click links to boost his numbers

I woke up, checked the Blog, and had to do a double take to make sure I was at the right site...

Am I reading all these PRO Bynum posts? It's a Bynum love fest in here...lol

Great to see the youngster turn a lot of his doubters and critiques in here...

Yes these next four games will tell us a lot, but if I just want our team to keep gelling and to peak at the right time, for the beginning of the Playoffs...

Now let's all pray we escape the X Factor...the injury bug...

Meanwhile, if our unit keeps rolling, getting more chemistry, and playing our championship ball...I think we steam roll all the way to the Finals...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

My flavor today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOgv-UuTgac

Hahaha...of course I can't pass up a chance to chuckle at the Miami Cheats...

Anyone feel sorry for them...LOL...didn't think so...

>>>>the L.A. Lakers, most road wins in the nba.....23! woohoo

And that's EXTREMELY significant, as they're probably going to have to play at least one series on the road during the playoffs, and maybe as many as 3.

Regarding the San Antonio Spurs.

So what have they got? What makes them the team with the best record in the league right now?

1. They have 2 effective post scorers: Duncan and Blair.

2. They have 2 effective playmakers who can score or dish: Ginobili and Parker

3. They have several effective 3-point shooters: Ginobili, Bonner, Jefferson, Novak, Neal, Hill.

So why are the Lakers effective against them? What do the Lakers have?

1. They have 3 effective post defenders: Bynum, Gasol, and Odom. MUCH better at stopping Duncan and Blair than most teams.

2. They have 2 effective wing defenders, Kobe and Artest, to slow down Ginobili and Parker

3. Because they don't have to double-team the post players, they can defend the 3 point line much more effectively than most teams. Did you see how many times Bonner tried to drive the lane because somebody was there to defend the 3? Compare that to the Miami game where he spent the whole game wide open.

The Lakers are almost uniquely set up to defend San Antonio's potent offense. Some teams can handle the post players but have no answer for Ginobili & Parker. Some teams can slow down the slashers but can't stop the post players. Some teams pack the lane to stop all of that and leave their 3-point shooters wide open. The Lakers are one of the very few teams in the league that can simultaneously defend all 3 of San Antonio's big advantages.

LMAO at ghakjgahgkj, who said: its just one game.nothing surprised me.lakers will still lose to spurs on wcf because of homecourt advantage.

Sure fool, keep telling yourself that, you actually think the lakers can't win on the road in the playoffs? LMAO at you! Spurs probably won't evenmake the WCF's.

3 peat haters...DEAL WITH THAT!

>>>Am I reading all these PRO Bynum posts? It's a Bynum love fest in here...lol

Hey, if Bynum played like that every game, the Lakers would be scratching for a 73 win season right now.

I'm praying he can stay this healthy and this aggressive for the playoffs. When he plays beastly like that, he makes the team SO much better.

People still doubting Drew? WHY? go ahead while the lakers take it all again, you clowns can cry later :)

San Antonio won't even make the WCF's, they're the new Suns

Zen Master -

Any 'message' you send to the second unit about continuing to play hard in a blowout will be irrelevant if Pau Gasol (and Kobe for that matter) flames out in the playoffs due to excess minutes this season.

Really stupid move yeaterday....

"Jeru,

I agree with you that Billy Witz article was off base, especially when he said "the Lakers played like champs, but often carried themselves like chumps". Yes, Artest flexing was a little over the top, but that was the only thing I could point to.

Posted by: LRob | March 06, 2011 at 10:31 PM "

Same thoughts here, and even that would have been fine if Ron had consistently been playing well all year, but he still has a lot of catching up to do.

All I can really say is they can't let themselves get overconfident about this game. One thing I've noticed is that San Antonio has been able to get open looks from the perimeter regularly in all 3 games against the Lakers and have struggled with those shots in all 3 games. The series is still 1-2 in favor of the Spurs so it's way too early to ease off. If the Lakers relax and don't treat the next meeting like a must win, they could get blown out.

All these posts and no mention of Shannon. Again most points per minutes played, plus steals and blocks. Improves each game.

I am so glad that Laker fans have finally showed up...i`m just saying since there were so many laker fans around the first 2 lost games to SA and where was everyone @ when L.A. lost to the Cavs? I`m just saying...everyone has a winning streak at one point or another, dont get too excited over 1 win in SA. Remember series is still 2-1, SA beat LA by 15 as well.

Simers has an enviable position. He gets to spout negative, uninformed nonsense about LA sports teams and their athletes 95% of the time. The stuff more resembles a mental fart or the blatherings of an angry drunk than a genuine sports article.

For the other 5%, he adopts a slightly less abrasive tone, writes in a manner that at least begins to approach newspaper quality standards and writes with a positive piece on the teams/players he usually bashes.

Then the athlete and, by extension Simers, gets extra positive press for one of these articles because other bloggers/journalists start saying "Even SIMERS thinks that X." Then to maintain the cycle, Simers has to retreat quickly to his MO.

Pretty enviable little scheme he's worked out for himself.

"Zen Master -

Any 'message' you send to the second unit about continuing to play hard in a blowout will be irrelevant if Pau Gasol (and Kobe for that matter) flames out in the playoffs due to excess minutes this season.

Really stupid move yeaterday....

Posted by: dave reynolds | March 07, 2011 at 08:46 AM "

That was a VERY strange move. I don't even know how Phil would be able to talk his way out of it if one of the starters got injured in those meaningless 4th quarter minutes.

Popovich's starters are the one that got a rest yesterday, go figure.

DwnTwnAtty,

You are correct, sir!

A thing that drives me nuts about the Three Stooges (Simers, Plaschke, and Heisler) is that when their predictions prove wrong (which they normally do) they just jump on the bandwagon of what is happening now instead of admitting that they were wrong... AND TRYING TO EXPLAIN IT!

These guys who have claimed for YEARS that the Lakers are done seem like they just enjoy poking Laker Nation with a stick to bring out the collective neuroticism of our lakeraholicism. I imagine that Simers and Plaschke chuckle when they turn in their articles with the thought, "This is really going to piss people off!"

It's a troll mentality. A troll with a journalism degree.

Jim Murray made me feel good about caring about sports.

Howard Cosell made me feel like I was watching history when I was watching sports as a child.

Chick Hearn made the game fun and exciting and personal.

The Three Stooges are smug. They communicate like they are better than the games they cover.

They are a part of a larger societal disease that I want no part of.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Lakers are almost uniquely set up to defend San Antonio's potent offense. Some teams can handle the post players but have no answer for Ginobili & Parker. Some teams can slow down the slashers but can't stop the post players. Some teams pack the lane to stop all of that and leave their 3-point shooters wide open. The Lakers are one of the very few teams in the league that can simultaneously defend all 3 of San Antonio's big advantages.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | March 07, 2011 at 08:35 AM

LTLF....Excellent analysis!

What a game,good win for La,beginning to play like champions,Kobe at the helm dishing out assist,Gasol,Fish,Ron and Andrew Bynum terrorising opponents on defence.Matt Barnes,Odom and the rest of the team playing with tremendous confidence.Thats what we from our Lakers,playing together and playing for each other,with Kobe the provider and playing like a leader.Thats what Laker basketball is all about.Thats what coach Phill Philosophy is base on,total team effort.As DMX will say,'here we go again.'Another win in the bag.But the ninja will continue to observe,lets see.

During the World Cup(English football) the great Spanish side which consisted of Xavi,Iniesta,Villa,Basquet,Sergio Ramos,Pedro(8 Players from Barcelona except Ramos and Inker Casillas) passed teams into submission.There were times that the other team couldnt get a hold of the ball.They played the passing game exquisitly with beauty.Thats what Lakers did to San Antonio spurs on Sunday.What a sound beaten.Lakers basketball.

It was a miracle someone on the bench woke up. He still isn't coaching, he just went back with the starters. I thought for sure he would let the Lakertrotters go behind by 6 points before he made an adjustment. How can you let a team blow a gigantic lead and still not coach? They DO NOT Play out of it.

I was so happy to see the Lakers shove it in SA's faces yesterday...they so deserved it!!! Don't you guys and gals remember Sean Elliot and his complete lack of respect for the Lakers last couple of games SA won...calling LO Lamar Kardashian and such. Good job Lakers...nice quality win againt a quality team on the road. That's more like it!

>>>Ever wonder about all the free stuff

HEY SPAMHEAD!!!

GET THE HELL OFF OF MY BLOG!!!!

>>>Bynum, feed me some more crow!

Yeah, yeah!! Bynum, serve up Rocky a mega-helping of crow.

Crow steaks. Crow soup. Crow fricassee. Crowcakes. Crow chowder. Crow-on-the-cob. Crow pie. And a big glass of crow juice to wash it down. :-)


Answer: Blasphemy, Horror and Outrage.
Question: What I felt reading Jim Murray's name in a post about TJ Simers.

Am I the only one who thinks Steve Blake has been a bust. What a downgrade for the Lakers at backup guard. I miss Jordan's ability to hit the 3 and his speed and quickness. Blake's shooting has been lousy so far...I hope he can get it together. I thought he was supposed to be a good 3 point shooter...could have fooled me!

If Pau starts shooting 3 pointers as he used to do in Spain it would be a really goood news for lakers

the spurs had a really bad game, so what? not to make any excuses, but did people forget the spurs put a number on the lakers earlier this season?..and by the way, i thought the loss the spurs suffered was a home game, was i wrong. For some reason or another, the spurs can never really pull wins against the lakers on sunday afternoons' as their history has proven; i guess those sunday games really draw those queer laker fans to the stands. At any rate, since the Lakers are a big market team, no matter how they play, good or bad the Larry O'Brien trophy will take permanent residence in L.A for years to come. But whatever, Lakers fans and their team can suck it because their all a bunch of douche bags riding the bandwagon.Peace bitches ; )

Hey, Laker hater. Say whatever nonsense you like; the fact of the Matter is that the reason of your resentment is probably because LA has more Championship rings than your team or Maybe because Phil Jackson's legendary legacy is right on your face or perhaps because we are the Defending Champions? So deal with it!!! San Antonio will get crushed at the conference finals... I will sent you a box of kleenex so you can wipe your tears when that happens.


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