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Heat is making all nice just before game with Lakers

It's amazing what a night to reflect and relax can accomplish. It appears all is right with the Heat again. Yes, they all love each other, just in time for Thursday's matchup with the Lakers. At least, that is what Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra would have you believe.

“Today, it wasn’t about talk,” Spoelstra said after practice on Wednesday. “It was about working and practicing.”

Fabforum All this comes on the heels of Tuesday's loss to Portland, with Chris Bosh whining, I mean, complaining about his undefined role on the team.

“Chris can always voice his opinion,” LeBron James said. “If Chris wants the ball then he can ask for it and he can get it. If Chris wants the ball and wants to be more aggressive and wants to be more inserted into the offense, all he has to do is ask for it. When’s he’s productive, we’re a better team.”

We shall see. Because the Lakers are playing as well as they have all season. And Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and the rest of the Lakers certainly seem ready for the hype that will accompany their second and final regular-season matchup against the Heat.

 This is quickly turning into a trap game for the Lakers. If they win, then it will be dismissed as defeating a Heat team that is in turmoil. If they win, all they did was defeat a team that is in the midst of some severe personality problems. That shouldn't matter to the Lakers however, but don't be surprised when the Lakers haters and LeBron faithful trot out that line of thinking depending on what happens Thursday.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: It looks like Chris Bosh could use a security blanket. Credit: Associated Press.

 

 
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In closing, (and I won't go back an cut and paste to back up my statement, that's your thing) but you did post just not too long ago..."Andrew Bynum can't rebound..."

my response: Actually, I'm reasonably sure I said "he doesn't rebound".
I believe I also said that it's a matter of effort.
I believe I also said that's it's strange given that he's the largest man on the
court.

There was this long sordid conversation with LakerTom & the departed
KB Blitz. LakerTom's thing was if he's not getting his offensive touches than
of course he won't play defense because offense is linked to defense. I
responded with "rubbish". It's always possible to play defense.

Oddly enough Bynum just echoed my words a few days ago.

However, I understand why you wouldn't want to give me my props.
Unlike me giving props to LakerTom.

[ biceps kiss ]

Phil softened his stance on the Heat after his comment yesterday about "not crying". This is classic Phil...


"It took them four years to win a championship with that team," Jackson said, reminding reporters that Lakers team didn't break through and win a title until 1972 against Jackson's New York Knicks. "I don't expect this Miami team will take that long."


http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6199291

It's simple: the Lakers are playing for HCA in The Finals. They have to have the best record against their ECC opponents. Miami is 43-21, Chicago is 44-18 and Boston is 46-15 and hopefully will lose to the Clippers tonight. Lakers are 46-19.

Forget about "trap games" and "off games." These are "must win" games if the Lakers expect to have HCA in The Finals. Miami can ruin it for us tomorrow if The Lakers do not continue with their improved game. Lets face it: PJ added fuel to their fire! Now the Lakers know they have no choice but to "bring it."

If the team can sweep the remaining schedule including the home game against the Magic, the rest of the schedule is "soft" because it will be against weaker teams that could and should be beat. Let’s go L.A.! This isn't about winning streaks and statements anymore. This is about the coveted HCA in The Finals!

"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." A Bynum - 3/4/11


"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


"This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed," Jackson said. "Big boys don't cry. But, if you're going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one can see."


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

@LRob

No one in their right mind expects that "this Miami team will take that long." They're flammable and explosive. Let’s just hope they don't go off tomorrow night and if they do, let’s hope that the Lakers can be a “Haz Mat Team" and neutralize them by the end of the 4th for another much needed win.

Yep, next 3 games are going to be playoff intensive. I Love It! I know Pau said it's not important for them to be clicking on all cylinders at this stage of the season but it is imperative that they win the next 3 games so they can enjoy the "softer" schedule that lies ahead.

The Lakers took the first half of the season off imo. They didn't play aggressively, then didn't fight for the win, they didn't do anything really. Now after the All star break they are coming back owning people in BLOW out games. Why? In my opinion, it's because they aren't as tired as everyone else, both mentally and physically. The Lakers knew that they had to prepare for the long haul if they wanted to threepeat this year, and I think that by not trying for half the games this season they succeeded. (this is just my opinion)

The Heat are exhausted mentally which is what the Lakers will strive on, especially Artest. I expect him to make some cry baby comments to Lebron tomorrow which will either be good, or really bad.

I finish class at 4:30pm tomorrow so won't have time to go home to watch the game, thus will be streaming from the library. I can't wait to own them back.

I mean seriously we played like what 50% if that of our capability on christmas, if the Heat think that beating us will be that easy again they have another thing coming.


Through 65 games: la lakers record 2009-2010 season compare to this year.

2009-2010 = 47-18
2010-2011 = 46-19

Pretty identical, huh... I thought it was way too different..

Go Lakers!!! Go Kobe!!!

Younger brother CLips is giving it to the Celtics at Boston. 2 minutes remaining with a 9 point lead. Let's see how the celtics responds.


WHAT COULD IT MEAN ???
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I’ve long expressed the sincere belief that Andrew Bynum is far more important to the future of the Lakers franchise than just winning a single championship, that he will be the Lakers next great center and franchise player, that he’ll be the key to extending the Lakers dynasty and dominance past Kobe.
…..
Drew’s spectacular play since the All-Star break has most Lakers fans giddy with a level of joy usually reserved for celebrating championships. We’ve seen stretches of great offensive play and occasional glimpses of great defensive potential but nothing like the game dominating and intimidating defense Drew has unleashed over the last eight games. It’s no exaggeration to say he is playing like a DPOY.
…..
While Drew still needs to prove that he can stay healthy and play like this all the time, I thought it might be fun to think what impact the emergence of Drew the Beast could mean to the status quo:
………………………………………
(1) The unbelievable regular season record by the San Antonio Spurs has suddenly been exposed as fools’ gold as a proud franchise realizes that having the best regular season record doesn’t mean jack because there is no way that they can beat the Lakers in a 7-game series or take the West from them.
…..
(2) Home Court Advantage suddenly seems to be a lot less important for the Lakers and a lot more important for the rest of the playoff teams as we head into the home stretch with the Lakers looking more and more like they are even a better team than their previous two championship teams.
…..
(3) The front court weak Miami Heat may have just seen their imaginary championship window slammed shut in their face as they realize that their plan and dreams of winning multiple rings once the current Lakers team and Kobe fade into history have suddenly crashed if Drew plays like this.
…..
(4) The potential NBA Finals matchup with the Celtics is in for a sudden plot change because Andrew Bynum the Beast is going to dominate and embarrass an over-the-hill Shaq and expose the move by Danny Ainge to trade away center Kendrick Perkins as the gigantic gamble and mistake that it was.
…..
(5) Jim Buss will finally be vindicated for selecting Drew in the draft when everybody else in the front office wanted to get immediate help for the team and for standing steadfast in a hurricane of calls by the media and fans to trade him for Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, or the latest player du jour.
…..
(6) All the rumors of the Lakers being willing to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard if he demands a sign-and-trade from Orlando will suddenly go silent as Lakers fans realize that Drew could actually become a much better player than Dwight and definitely for less money and luxury taxes.
…..
(7) The PSP will announce that there is no longer any such thing as a Bynum Basher because everybody suddenly has remembered how they always supported Drew and knew he had what it would take to become great and that their only concern was his potential for getting injured. LOL.
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TOM

lakerTom... stay with it...

Celts is pushing hard... now down only down 3 after a 3 pointer by Allen with 10 sec to go.

Red's Love Child wrote:

>>>--Celtics #1 record in the EC, with easy schedule the rest of the way

Yeah. Because the C's would never lose to a lowly team like the Clippers...

Hold it. Cancel that.

The Celtics couldn't handle the Clippers mighty center combo of Jordan and Kaman. Still glad you traded off Perk? The Clippers shot 52% for the game. Nice defense.

>>>--Celts have 4 game lead over LA in the loss column

Make that a 3 game lead. So much for the easy schedule.

Red's Love Child wrote:

>>>--Celtics #1 record in the EC, with easy schedule the rest of the way

Yeah. Because the C's would never lose to a lowly team like the Clippers...

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The Celts couldn't handle the Clips... sorry Red.. you were wrong again!

"I expect him to make some cry baby comments to Lebron tomorrow..." Posted by: Diandra | March 09, 2011 at 06:40 PM

LOL!!

(6) All the rumors of the Lakers being willing to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard if he demands a sign-and-trade from Orlando will suddenly go silent as Lakers fans realize that Drew could actually become a much better player than Dwight and definitely for less money and luxury taxes.
Posted by: LakerTom | March 09, 2011 at 06:53 PM

"...trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard if he demands a sign-and-trade from Orlando..."

That's the key "LT." If he demands a trade and wishes to come to L.A., it's a trade I make. Accident prone or injury prone, it doesn't matter. Dwight is a better Center and with the right tutelage – think Kareem - all the rough edges will get polished and he will be another one of the Lakers' greats. He really is that good and he's HEALTHY! He's one of the few players that just loves the gym. With the right work ethic, he can become a 7 foot Kobe Bryant! One thing for sure: He’s hungry for a ring and it all starts with the hunger.

All right! Clippers doing their part for L.A. by knocking off the Celtics. It's all about HCA in The Finals from here on out.


JALEN ROSE RIPS LUKE WALTON A NEW ONE

Jalen Rose appeared on Bill Simmons B.S. Report this afternoon to speak about "The Fab Five" years and the upcoming ESPN documentary this sunday.

When Jalen was grilled by Simmons for "allowing" Kobe to get 81 points against him..............Jalen rationalized it this way

"It's not like LUKE WALTON had 35 (points)..........I mean Kobe Bryant had 81 he had just scored 65 (actually 62) against Dallas in 3 quarters"


Almost forgot

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/player?rd=1#/podcenter/?callsign=KSPNAM&autoplay=1&id=6198290

Go to the 48:50 mark of the interview and listen to Jalen lay into Luke

And Kwame Brown continues his Reign of Error in the NBA...

Somebody please ship this guy off to the Chinese League before he hurts anyone else!

Woah! NO beat the Mavs by 1 on free throws by Jack...

Dallas just lost to NO tonight and they will play NY tomorrow. The Lakers are only 1/2 game behind Dallas now. Saturday against Dallas will be one of the most exciting games this season.

Props to Kevin Love for his milestone. I feel bad for him though because his production, as great as it has been this year, hasn't made his team any better.

Right now, the T-Wolves are the only team in the entire NBA who is already mathematically eliminated from Payoff contention. And that includes the Cleveland Cavaliers!!

Woah! NO beat the Mavs by 1 on free throws by Jack...

Posted by: dice8up | March 09, 2011 at 07:44 PM
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dice8up,

I was watching that and Dallas definitely made some bonehead plays. Up by 7 with 1 min to go and the following happened

Offensive reb by NO and 3pt by Belinelli to cut it to 4pt lead
Turnover by Dirk
Offensive reb and tip in by Okafor, fouled by Dirk but missed ft - lead cut to 2
Chandler missed 2 fts
Kidd had his hand in cookie and he fouled Jack on a swing thru move from 3pt
Jack made 3 fts to put NO up 1pt
Dirk missed fadeaway 20ft (excellent D by DWest) - game over.

I believe the announcer said Dallas has lost 11 in a row in NO including the playoffs in 2009. Wow!

LROb... i didn't watch the game.. thanks for the heads up.. but the things you mentioned is just total collapse both defensively and offensively for Dallas. I of course give props to NO playing great without Paul. That's saying something about them. But Dallas? Man, I was hoping to hear better things with the personnel they have.

JALEN ROSE RIPS LUKE WALTON A NEW ONE

Jalen Rose appeared on Bill Simmons B.S. Report this afternoon to speak about "The Fab Five" years and the upcoming ESPN documentary this sunday.

When Jalen was grilled by Simmons for "allowing" Kobe to get 81 points against him..............Jalen rationalized it this way

"It's not like LUKE WALTON had 35 (points)..........I mean Kobe Bryant had 81 he had just scored 65 (actually 62) against Dallas in 3 quarters"


Posted by: pfunk36 | March 09, 2011 at 07:14 PM

laker nation being proudly represented by one of its stellar fans

@LRob

No one in their right mind expects that "this Miami team will take that long." They're flammable and explosive. Let’s just hope they don't go off tomorrow night and if they do, let’s hope that the Lakers can be a “Haz Mat Team" and neutralize them by the end of the 4th for another much needed win.

Yep, next 3 games are going to be playoff intensive. I Love It! I know Pau said it's not important for them to be clicking on all cylinders at this stage of the season but it is imperative that they win the next 3 games so they can enjoy the "softer" schedule that lies ahead.

Posted by: frmkt | March 09, 2011 at 06:30 PM
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I agree that no one expects it to take Miami that long. They'll be able to add another piece or two next year (MLE) and again in 2012 if the CBA doesn't change that rule. I find it hard to believe that (barring injury) the Heat don't eventually win a couple of titles with Bron, DWade & Bosh. Of course, I hope it doesn't happen,but ...

Yep next 3 games are going to be intense. I can't wait. I still maintain that Dallas represents the bigger challenge, because of their size, than the Spurs. So I'm really interested in Saturday's game.

Night Laker Fam...got to be ready for tomorrow... Miami is it...?

Speaking of blowing big leads late in the 4th....the Knicks blew a 10pt lead with 3 min to go in Memphis, but Melo saved them with a game winner in Tony Allen's grill with a 1/2 second to go.

To quote that Sacramento announcer (Grant Napier?)....if you don't like that then you don't like NBA basketball

outside observer from chi-town,

What's the word on Booz? I see that he left the game in the 3rd when Kwame committed a flagrant on him.

For Dallas, the Saturday game against the Lakers will be perhaps the most important regular season game in their franchise history, and they will play like it. And as for Miami, they will play to win at any cost to stop the blood. Therefore, the Lakers will face very challenging 2 games as far as their opponents' motivations are concerned. Can't wait to see how the Lakers will hanlde their next two games.

@LakerTom: "I’ve long expressed the sincere belief that Andrew Bynum is far more important to the future of the Lakers franchise than just winning a single championship, that he will be the Lakers next great center and franchise player, that he’ll be the key to extending the Lakers dynasty and dominance past Kobe.
…..
Drew’s spectacular play since the All-Star break has most Lakers fans giddy with a level of joy usually reserved for celebrating championships. We’ve seen stretches of great offensive play and occasional glimpses of great defensive potential but nothing like the game dominating and intimidating defense Drew has unleashed over the last eight games. It’s no exaggeration to say he is playing like a DPOY.
…..
While Drew still needs to prove that he can stay healthy and play like this all the time, I thought it might be fun to think what impact the emergence of Drew the Beast could mean to the status quo:
………………………………………
(1) The unbelievable regular season record by the San Antonio Spurs has suddenly been exposed as fools’ gold as a proud franchise realizes that having the best regular season record doesn’t mean jack because there is no way that they can beat the Lakers in a 7-game series or take the West from them.
…..
(2) Home Court Advantage suddenly seems to be a lot less important for the Lakers and a lot more important for the rest of the playoff teams as we head into the home stretch with the Lakers looking more and more like they are even a better team than their previous two championship teams.
…..
(3) The front court weak Miami Heat may have just seen their imaginary championship window slammed shut in their face as they realize that their plan and dreams of winning multiple rings once the current Lakers team and Kobe fade into history have suddenly crashed if Drew plays like this.
…..
(4) The potential NBA Finals matchup with the Celtics is in for a sudden plot change because Andrew Bynum the Beast is going to dominate and embarrass an over-the-hill Shaq and expose the move by Danny Ainge to trade away center Kendrick Perkins as the gigantic gamble and mistake that it was.
…..
(5) Jim Buss will finally be vindicated for selecting Drew in the draft when everybody else in the front office wanted to get immediate help for the team and for standing steadfast in a hurricane of calls by the media and fans to trade him for Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, or the latest player du jour.
…..
(6) All the rumors of the Lakers being willing to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard if he demands a sign-and-trade from Orlando will suddenly go silent as Lakers fans realize that Drew could actually become a much better player than Dwight and definitely for less money and luxury taxes.
…..
(7) The PSP will announce that there is no longer any such thing as a Bynum Basher because everybody suddenly has remembered how they always supported Drew and knew he had what it would take to become great and that their only concern was his potential for getting injured. LOL."

Good post, Tom. Yes, 'Drew could be the key to many, many more title banners hanging up on the walls of the Staples Center.

Point about the Spurs(and others) - they NEEDED to show early on they could contend, as do most NBA teams each season. The Lakers are different because they've been there 3 straight seasons with basically the same cast of players and coaching staff. The Lakers are doing what they need to do...get into prime gear in good health so that they are close to peaking as the play-offs approach. It would be real nice for them to not look so gawd-awful crappy for 2 1/2 months of the season, but they seem to have successfully moved past those frustrating and annoying points by now.

HCA is ALWAYS important, but a bit less so if your team has shown it can roll into ANY lion's den and win a big game. Score another for PJ and company from the recent wins tough wins in OKC and Boston, and run-away victories over the Hawks and Spurs. A good part of this is PJ's generally cool demeanor. I know a lot of fans really, really want to have their coach run around like his hair was on fire every time the team gets down by 8 or 10 points or makes a few bad plays, or, God forbid, loses a few games, but is that really how you get your team ready for post-season crucible? Do you really want 5 guys looking over for "Papa" every time they are face-to-face with a "Do-or-Die" moment in a big game? I prefer the intense, steely calm of Kobe Bryant, steady, focused, positive demeanor of Derek Fisher, one-track shut-down stare of Ron Artest, the motivated and invigorated play-off Pau Gasol and the ever-improved, more confident defensive anchor that Andrew Bynum has gradually become.

The Heat MIGHT be able to take the Lakers down on any particular night. Could they win a Best-of-7 Series from them? I can't imagine it, unless the Lakers suffered some sort of catastrophic loss of a key player or several heavy-minute starters. The Heat are not my major concern at this point. The Bulls actually scare me more than anyone in the East right now, and I must admit I am very surprised to be saying that.

Nothing else to add to your Lakers-Celtics Finals synopsis. I saw a little of the Clippers beating the Celts tonight and if you just count up how many times DeAndre Jordan scored underneath it gives you a small sample of how much the Green Boys will be missing Kendrick Perkins should they make the finals.

Yes, Jimmy Buss (who I also had some serious early doubts about) called it right with Bynum, so he must have learned something along the way. Watching the Laker defense now is just a marvel. I caught a few minutes last night and there was a late game sequence where all five players were moving in concert to handle their switch and close-out responsibilities. The Hawks had to settle for a clock-beating 3 from the corner. It missed, but even with a make it was exceptional defensive work. It all works because they kknow the inside is covered and they all know (at least the starting 5) what they need to do to protect the team coverage.

Anyway, that's enough from me for now.

OH...wait...did anyone else see that free throw Kobe missed in the 4th quarter? He misses pretty long and it bounced all the way back to him at the free throw line...and instead of catching or punching it he did a soccer "header" to direct the ball back over to the ref to handle before his 2nd attempt. KB was really ticked at himself, but I thought that was just incredibly cool. It really ought to be somewhere on YouTube.


EDit - Kobe's 4th quarter FT miss/header was from the Atlanta game Tuesday night.

8 in a row and counting, let's keep it rolling fellas.

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In anticipation of tomorrow night's victory for the Ls, I thought I'd post this song by a legendary music icon, as a follow up to the 'crying' thread. Enjoy!:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0ULkUzRCSs

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@LRob:Glad you liked Aloe, he's a really talented young brotha from whom I expect great things in the future for sure.

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For today's musical contribution, I'm gonna go with a beautiful and talented young sistah from Brazil...enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnOy2898rR0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk_DTZqW3pc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MiS8w5esPw

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Catch y'all tomorrow at game time!

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

outside observer from chi-town,

What's the word on Booz? I see that he left the game in the 3rd when Kwame committed a flagrant on him.

Posted by: LRob | March 09, 2011 at 08:14 PM

you have just as much info as me. very little. but you know boozer. he's a bulldog like derek fisher and fights through injuries. lol


@NBA4EVER… I actually think there were more of us Bynum Boosters than Bashers. When people ask me why I am so high on Drew, I tell them it’s his heart, talent, intelligence, and character. The heart we all saw when Shaq rode his back and dunked on the rookie and he went right back at him. The talent was the great hops, athleticism, and footwork that he displayed when not injured. The intelligence was what led Kareem to proclaim he had HOF potential and explain how Drew suddenly fully understood about taking the right angle to block a shot. Without any college, Drew is smarter than most NBA college graduates. He and Pau probably have the two highest IQ’s in the NBA.
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Finally, character is what led Drew sacrifice his offensive game in order to focus on defense because that is what his team needs. What other talented young offensive player in this league would make the sacrifice Drew is making? We are talking about a very efficient and polished offensive player who would likely average 20 points per game if he were on most other NBA teams. This is not Noah or Perkins or some stiff. This is a player who is as good on offense as he is on defense. It’s easy for the Bynum bashers to claim they’re right because they wanted him to focus on defense but do they realize just how unique and rare it is to find a young 23 millionaire who would actually make such a change? They should be praising Drew for what he has done rather than trying to claim they supported him.
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TOM

Tax Analyst,

Are you going to post more often, dude?

Because that would be good.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


@TAX ANALYST… Thanks for your response. Your point about Phil being so cool on the bench really made me stop for a moment and think about my demeanor on the sidelines for my grandson’s 5th grade CYO basketball team. As everyone might guess, I’m roaming up and down the sidelines and talking to my kids the entire game no matter how close. In my case, I don’t see it as frenzied as it mostly is about reinforcing every positive move by a kid and occasionally reminding them of how to play the game right or do the right thing. Other than that, I really give the kids a lot of freedom on the court much like Phil. In some ways, 10 year old boys are very much like NBA pros in that they all have their own agendas and just want to have fun. So I make it fun and let them know that I see the little things they do to help us win. Playoffs start Saturday and we’re gunning to win the championship.
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TOM

Clippers beat the Celtics on their home court! WITHOUT Eric Gordon!!!!!

WOOOHOOOOO!!!!

Mavericks lost!!!!

Andrew Bynum transforming into The Beast!!!!

The stars are aligning!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Scott,

"And Kwame Brown continues his Reign of Error in the NBA..."

I wish he was continuing his Reign of TERROR for us. He's be a bigger help than Ratliff.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Just to get everyone else here riled up! Funny how they continue to forget some of what MJ did or did not do back in the day - all of which I watched or know about & so do you. Revisionist history by these morons. Idiots and anti-Kobeites in this clip:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6197531

Fire 'em up for tomorrow folks!

@Jon K:I gotta agree with your last comment.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

LT,

Very good post at 6:53pm. I've disagreed with some of your comments in the past about Drew that I felt were hyperbole, but you're right his play of late has been worthy of DPOY consideration. I would still give DHoward the edge because he doesn't have a Ron, another big man or even a DFish to take a charge on his team.

You have certainly been steadfast in looking to the future beyond Kobe years, and Drew's importance in those years, more than most people here. I know I've only focused on the this current championship window. So kudos to you if Drew does indeed turn out to be that next great Laker center in the tradition of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem and Shaq.


As far as the Spurs and Miami go...I was never concerned about them, (when the Lakers were struggling or now) due to their lack of size. Boston however was a legit threat until they traded Perk. I think Danny was trying to extend the C's window...instead of keeping his eyes on the prize for this year. Bad move.

Also, Jim Buss, the FO and coaching staff deserve credit for how their commitment to Drew from Day 1.

Good point also about Drew sacrificing his offensive game for the betterment of the team. I saw him pass up 2-3 or offensive opportunities on Sunday...that really showed his priorities and maturity. I don't think any of us envisioned him making that type of sacrifice.

As far as Drew's character goes I was sold when he played in the playoffs last year on one leg. Remember, he was just 22 at the time and could've easily choose not to play (and jeopardize his career), That's why I never wavered in saying he deserved his vaca in Africa...and a smart organization (like the Lakers) understands how to reward their employees.

As far as his heart goes...many point to that Christmas day game vs. Shaq...and rightfully so, but I remember (we discussed it over the summer) a game before that in SA where he tried to dunk on Tim Duncan but missed. To me that showed his heart because he had already said TD was his idol.


@Jon K. "Tax Analyst,

Are you going to post more often, dude?

Because that would be good."

Well, Jon, I'd really like to. Right now I'm knee-deep in my job much of the time. The company I work for licenses Income Tax Software to Tax Preparers and my job involves answering tax questions and helping them get their info into the software correctly. I have, well, let's say "InterNet-connect issues" at home and so I've decided to save my anger for things I have more control over and just let that go for a while, so I'm posting during breaks or after closing right now.

So for right now my postings will continue to be intermittent. As you probably noticed, my posts often tend to be rather lengthy and go into great detail - oftentimes when I really don't intend to. As you may have surmised I have been a Laker fan since they got here and I'm not changing my allegiances any time soon. I'm really thrilled that they have evolved into a consistent, year-in-year-out title contender - so much so that the word "dynasty" occasionally darts in and out of my old head. I know that is dangerous thinking in today's NBA, but back-to-backs and three-peats are very enjoyable and exciting to witness.

Thanks for your encouragement. I intend to continue reading when I can and posting when I have a bit of time and something I consider relevant to say or comment on.

Sasha and Jordon both started in a win tonight. Sasha played small forward. Sasha had 16 points and Jordon had 9 assists.

Ok, I’m still awake.

Jesterguru? Jesterguru! Where have you been?

You know, I think LTLF has had some free time.

You know what I think about Luke? I think some people hate Luke. I don’t expect them to discuss it rationally. To be fair, I don’t think LTLF posting like infinity posts because three people complained about Luke is exactly rational either. But hey, I guess it kills time.

You know what bugs me? When people confuse ‘compare’ with ‘compare positively.’ Compare means looking at two things. Just a pet peeve of mine I guess.

I’m still glad Drew took time off before his surgery and took his sweet time coming back. A healthy Drew in the playoffs is worth more than HCA. Just my opinion.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Watching this Miami Heat team reminds me of pick-up basketball with a group of your friends. You have two guys that are always captains because they are the best, then one day they decide to play together and "dominate". What usually happens more times than not in that scenario is that they are not as good as they thought they were gonna be, and even if they win, they don't "dominate" like they thought they could. There just aren't enough shots to go around, and that can lead to bickering.

But from an anyalitical prespective, the Heat run no plays, and have no low-post presence. The Lakers are playing inside-out, and Andrew Bynum looks like the new franchise player to build around (shout-out to LakerTom). I predict that the Lakers win going away and Miami continues to slide.

Out of selfishness... we shouldn't have traded Sasha this year.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LakerTom,

Okay I've referenced Drew's first encounter with Tim Duncan a few times...so I had to look it up to make sure it wasn't a figment of my imagination. I did hear Rod Sterling in the background during my search...the next stop...the Blog zone!

I found out the game was on Nov. 29, 2005. Nearly a full month before the infamous Christmas day game vs. Shaq. Here's an excerpt from the LA Times Blog from that game courtesy of AK (yep Lew...I told you the archives are your friend...lol)
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"Andrew Bynum came in during the second and really did a great job. He got 3 quick boards, and tossed a quick bounce pass to a cutting Smush for a reverse layup. He also snatched a board from Tim Duncan. He followed the theft with a missed dunk, but his debut mano y' mano with the 2-time MVP basically was a draw, which ain't bad for an 18-year old. "
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Here's how I remember it. Drew took one hard dribble, bumped Duncan off balance and tried to flush it on him with both hands. TD fouled him on the wrist causing Drew to miss, but of course, the rook wasn't getting that call on the Big Fundamental.
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Anyway here's a link to that days Blog complete with comments....I recognized one current poster...shout out to Jon K...holding it down with lots of Laker love in 2005. Jon K defended all things Lakers...good stuff. Edwin - what happened to you?

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2005/11/san_antonio_not.html
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TD - I was supposed to be working out right now instead of looking for this article, but it was worth the journey. How you appreciate it. Now I'm off to my workout!

@LakerTom - "TAX ANALYST… Thanks for your response. Your point about Phil being so cool on the bench really made me stop for a moment and think about my demeanor on the sidelines for my grandson’s 5th grade CYO basketball team. As everyone might guess, I’m roaming up and down the sidelines and talking to my kids the entire game no matter how close. In my case, I don’t see it as frenzied as it mostly is about reinforcing every positive move by a kid and occasionally reminding them of how to play the game right or do the right thing. Other than that, I really give the kids a lot of freedom on the court much like Phil. In some ways, 10 year old boys are very much like NBA pros in that they all have their own agendas and just want to have fun. So I make it fun and let them know that I see the little things they do to help us win. Playoffs start Saturday and we’re gunning to win the championship."

Tom - I had a really, really lllloooonnnggg post written that the site just about gagged on and finally spit back out at me.

Anyway, you're quite and very welcome. Anything I can do to help someone reshape their perspective in a way they find more useful and brain-friendly is a pleasure to do.

I'll try to be brief, while noting that this will be my THIRD effort at it in my attempt to put together a reply.

From what you noted you seem to have a good handle on how to work with kids. It's not that easy on the sidelines...you are "in the moment" almost as much as they are...in fact, perhaps more, because they are mostly just "playing" at that age rather than "reading" the flow and how the other players move within it. At 10 they mostly move is jerks and spasms as far as "flow" and that's not to criticize or make fun of them. I know that's how I played. I was in an after-school league in the 6th grade as was the hot-shot 2nd leading score in the league...my average was a grandiose 9.9ppg, a "close" 2nd to a young shooting wiz named Ray Girard, whose average was slightly above mine...I think it was about 27.5...lol...

But as I kept watching how the "big kids", the pros...namely, the Lakers, and listened to Chick Hearn talk about the game I started to get a few clues about how to play as part of a team and how that would help you win. Maybe even more than the Lakers or Chick was watching the hated Celtics annually dismantled the Lakers in the NBA Finals. It was easy to see that in a long series Defense and a Balanced Offense would always trump a team that depended on one or two superstars. In high school it was hard to get other kids to play a "team" game, but a friend worked as an after-school "coach" at a elementary school and I would drop by sometimes. We'd choose up sides...they would be some jr. high kids and maybe a 9th or 10th grader or two. My friend and I would choose teams. He was bigger than I by quite a bit, but in basketball my teams won because I got my kids more involved in the game. I let them know that if they got to the spots I thought they could shoot well from that they would get the ball...and that I wanted them to take those shots. I passed up a lot of 15 ft jumpers for that, but I found it kept ME much fresher and it if was close coming down to the end I had a lot left in the tank and could close out the game most of the time. So it's not about "who has the best chance to make this shot", but about making all your guys capable of contributing with whatever talents they might have, cultivating THOSE talents/abilities and then trying to gradually expand on what they do well. The kid that can hit pretty well from 10 feet on the baseline can probably hit from 12 feet, and then 14 ft after a while, and so on.

OK, it's probably too long again.

I'll see if it floats or flies back at me now.

later.

@LakerTom - "Playoffs start Saturday and we’re gunning to win the championship."

I almost walked right past that last line! Good luck in those play-offs! Hope your kids bring home that banner, but if they don't be sure to remind them that there WILL be other opportunities, find some positives to emphasize. Hopefully they will have comported themselves with Good Sportsmanship. Be sure to praise that if that is the case...if not, perhaps some up-beat reminder about being proud of their effort and what they DID accomplish. If your guys do happen to fall short and lose you might bring up what the OTHER team might have done right or well that allowed them to win. You don't have to knock your kids to do that, just point out where the other team had it a bit more together and make that a team goal (if you are going to mostly have the same team again) for the next time around.

If the kids had fun, learned something, and improved then the season has to be viewed as a success. Maybe not 100% success, but how much of "real life" is going to be 100% successfull? As long as you are moving forward and making progress the time and effort has been well spent. Guess that goes for adult's, too...and I probably ought to talk to myself about that a bit more now and then...lol...it couldn't hurt.

Well, I gotta get outta here...I work the "late shift" this time of year, but when I stay past midnight the bosses start to wonder WTF I am doing and if it might somehow be harmful to them...lol...

later.

Dallas lost to NO. We're just half-a-game behind for 2nd place in the WC. ;)

GO LAKERS!

LRob,

Thank you.

I may be the only blogger who has been here continuously since the first week of the blog, but I'm not sure about that. There are a lot of long-term bloggers here.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LRob,

I have abstained from posting tonight in honor of Ash Wednesday but since u mentioned my name in your post and it's already late in the evening perhaps I can make some personal contributions about the past.

After your post, was that your commercial? All these posters tried to penetrate the blog with all kinds of peddling, I've never seen anyone got lucky to be patronized by Laker fans except the author, Roland Lazenby and also Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld. Did you read their posts?

You were asking why I was not posting in Nov. '05. I was shy and I don't know what a blog is? I'm a low tech Senior. Therefore, I was just observing and reading and tried to figure out what this new craze going on with LA Times however, I enjoyed a lot reading about the Lakers. I used to walk half a mile just to buy the Times, read the sports page about the Lakers and feel comforted especially if they won the game. So that's how I get addicted to the blog. After a while, we joked the KBros of putting some cracks in the threads spreads addiction. haha! I started somewhere in preseason '05 commenting about the attire. As you mentioned Nov. '05 I'm sure you read some names who are still around, yet they are just low profile like Vman, Rocky, Dave M, James Katt, Cbuck. Of course, Jon K is with us dropped surname and only K is remaining. The blog really took off during when Mike T. joined in February, 2006 somewhere there. Debates, fights including duel were common on a daily basis, to the point we set a record of 1,000+ posts in one day. It was not planned nor rehearsed it just happened. I would say 30% of the posts were Mike T's who is everybody's enemy. AK/BK never banned him, the merry-go-round continued just for the fun of it because we had a blog jester. He called himself the best basketball mind ever. (he was quoting from that dual personality genius who won an Oscar, sorry forgot the title of the movie.)

Being a Laker fan, it goes with all the way from the Philippines when I was in my teens, I got tired of hearing Celtics Bill Russell, dribbler Bob Cousy and the smoking cocky Red Auerbach. so I cheered the underdog on my first telecast shown at the military base in Clark Field in Pampanga province it was the Championship of 1969. After the game, it was pure frustration tho most of the air force staff there were cheering for the Lakers, everyone was confident of Championship on the bag because the game was at the Forum. It turned out the opposite. Other than that, I relied on small column news from the back pages of sports page or magazines about NBA players given to me by servicemen at Clark. Playoff games are shown on TV three weeks delayed. It was just a review for us but we enjoyed watching Frazier, Earl, the Pearl and Pete Maravich. Basketball is our No. 1 sports in the Philippines. That's how I followed the Lakers and NBA. I also said in previous post, we don't cry if Lakers lose but just angry (that's in the 80's)!

Today, when I read some posts calling some fans as haters, fair weather just because we did not agree with their opinions or bandwagon I just cringed. I often said these in the blog - I don't know how can we ever hate a person that we don't know whether he is a player or a blogger. To me, love and hate are deep emotional feelings that should be reserved only for our close-knit family, outside of that sphere it's all acquaintances and friends at large. Friends that u like to hang around with, while avoid others that u don't prefer yet maintain cool relationship. C'est la vie.

i guess lebron will have a big game vs lakers, 3ple double at that and kobe will probably shoot 9 for 33.heat by 7...

Edwin- I always, always, always enjoy reading your posts.

Big game tonight - it's going to be a knock down drag out battle but I see the Lakers prevailing.

On a tangent, there's a lot of hoopla about the Chicago Bulls right now. It would be a great storyline for the Lakers to face the Bulls in the finals, and have Phil go out beating his old team.

Consistent with his Taoist orientation, Phil beating the Bulls in the finals would have him end where he started; thus, completing the Yin/Yang circle and creating a symmetry of six championships with both teams!

Poor officiating.......

Take a look at St. John's VS Rutgers game, here's the link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZEbe3Q2ps


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

"i guess lebron will have a big game vs lakers, 3ple double at that and kobe will probably shoot 9 for 33.heat by 7...Posted by: rjoinesra"
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And Kobe will cry???huhuhuhu....

As they say, pls. put down that Kool Aid.

CRYBABIES! No Boys Allowed.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Today, when I read some posts calling some fans as haters, fair weather just because we did not agree with their opinions or bandwagon I just cringed. I often said these in the blog - I don't know how can we ever hate a person that we don't know whether he is a player or a blogger. To me, love and hate are deep emotional feelings that should be reserved only for our close-knit family, outside of that sphere it's all acquaintances and friends at large. Friends that u like to hang around with, while avoid others that u don't prefer yet maintain cool relationship. C'est la vie.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco
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Edwin Gueco,


God bless you Sir Edwin Gueco!

It's so nice, I had to post it twice!

I agree with you Sir, 100%. Just because some Lakers fan doesn't agree with our opinions DOESN'T make them LESS OF A FAN. We are here because we are all Lakers Fans. Some of us can never agree on a specific point/ opinion but it doesn't mean that we are less of a fan than the others. We are all unique in a some kind of way, that is why we are called Individuals. Our common denominator here is being a LAKERS FAN. Some of us may like Kobe or not, may like Pau or not, may like Phil or not, may like Drew or not, may like the Triangle offense or not, may like our new defensive scheme or not, BUT at the end of the day, WE ARE LAKERS FANS. It's just that, there are things that we see differently. We all CELEBRATE together when OUR Lakers win the Championship at the end of the season.

As LakerTom states, we should agree to disagree.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

These aren't directed towards the Heat.

But they are crying songs..LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDODb8rt9CQ Journey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0BP1dYVjEg Tim McGraw

We all CELEBRATE together when OUR Lakers win the Championship at the end of the season. As LakerTom states, we should agree to disagree. LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBatz44 | March 10, 2011 at 05:25 AM
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Good Morning Jovbatz44, What a way to start a Game Day Morning,!!! Yes sir I have to say it…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR !!! Carry On
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These aren't directed towards the Heat. But they are crying songs..LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDODb8rt9CQ Journey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0BP1dYVjEg Tim McGraw Posted by: ChicNstu | March 10, 2011 at 05:39 AM
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LOL! Good Morning ChicNStu This IS dedicated to Princess Jimmy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMYZBVbifh8 – Walk Like A Man – 4 Seasons

Consistent with his Taoist orientation, Phil beating the Bulls in the finals would have him end where he started; thus, completing the Yin/Yang circle and creating a symmetry of six championships with both teams! Posted by: boynamedsue | March 10, 2011 at 04:47 AM
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GOD@@#!!!!!!! That is absolutely beautiful my brother!!!

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>++ GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYY__CHRISTMAS PAYBACK !!! REVENGE !!!! I’M MAD!!!!!
http://tinyurl.com/54r2fy - Big PayBack - James Brown – LAKERS AMIGOS LET’S RIDE!!
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THIS AIN’T NO FREAKIN PRACTICE GAME!!!!!!! IT’S MAKING A STATEMENT TIME!!!!!!!
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ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!___ WE STILL GOT THIS! !! TRULY!!!
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LAKERS (46-19) vs. HEAT(43-21)_5:00 PM_ TV = KCAL - RADIO = 710/1330 ESPN
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Good morning Larry!

Walk like a man..lol

How bout this Gem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVXmMMSo47s

Good Morning Larry!

Hope you're doing fine, brother.

I'm so pumped for today's game!!! I have work during game time vs HEAT but I have access to Lakersblog in my office, other sites are banned by our IT people, but not Latimes.com.....I bet our IT men are Lakers Fans!!!LOL!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

I'm so pumped for today's game!!! I have work during game time vs HEAT but I have access to Lakersblog in my office, other sites are banned by our IT people, but not Latimes.com.....I bet our IT men are Lakers Fans!!!LOL! Posted by: JovBatz44 | March 10, 2011 at 06:20 AM
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Good Game Day Morning JovBatz44! All other sites but The LakersBlog site SHOULD be banned!!! LOL! Yes my brother sounds like you got some LakerHolic IT folks at your job. But as they say Lakers Nation is everywhere! But what is this you have to work during game time? Don’t they know a Lakers vs. Heat game is on??? Humph!!! The nerve of some folks making one work during a Lakers Heat game!! The very idea!!!

How bout this Gem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVXmMMSo47s
Posted by: ChicNstu | March 10, 2011 at 06:12 AM
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Yep that will do it sir!! Jam on DJ Chic!!!!

Phil also won his fist title against the Lakers... so winning his last with the Lakers against the Bulls really would be like completing a circle

Phil also won his fist title against the Lakers... so winning his last with the Lakers against the Bulls really would be like completing a circle Posted by: Tim-4-Show | March 10, 2011 at 06:30 AM
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All these symetries are just so beautiful. He beats the team that beat the team he is now leading.

I wonder who will give Bosh his touches down low.lol

I wonder who will give Bosh his touches down low.lol Posted by: ChicNstu | March 10, 2011 at 06:39 AM
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LOL, I’ll give Bosh his freakin touches: Hit it Hammer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo – Can’t touch this - MC Hammer

The nerve of some folks making one work during a Lakers Heat game!! The very idea!!!
Posted by: mamba24 | March 10, 2011 at 06:28 AM
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Guess that makes them Celtics fans....LOL!

It'll be alright...I'll just have to catch the replay. Besides, I have real time updates on Lakersblog! =)


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Can anyone let me know where I can watch Lakers/miami heat game free, cos Im on the road trucking. Thanks.
Lakers for life

I wonder who will give Bosh his touches down low.lol Posted by: ChicNstu | March 10, 2011 at 06:39 AM
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LOL, I’ll give Bosh his freakin touches: Hit it Hammer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo – Can’t touch this - MC Hammer

Posted by: mamba24 | March 10, 2011 at 06:47 AM
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Thank you ChicNstu & Larry!! that was hilarious!!!!LOL!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Looking back on the season, I wish the Lakers would have won the games they SHOULD have won. If they had beat Clippers, Kings, Cavs, Grizzlies (2), Pacers, Bucks, and the Suns (when they shot all those 3s) they would only have 8 losses. If they had only beat those teams, they would have the best record in the league right now.

Thank you ChicNstu & Larry!! that was hilarious!!!!LOL! LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBatz44 | March 10, 2011 at 06:57 AM
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It’s the least we could do after you being subjected to the inhuman fate of missing a Laker Game, especially a Lakers Heat Game!! How Long Lord? How Long??? LOL! Hang in there my brother!!!

Looking back on the season, I wish the Lakers would have won the games they SHOULD have won. If they had beat Clippers, Kings, Cavs, Grizzlies (2), Pacers, Bucks, and the Suns (when they shot all those 3s) they would only have 8 losses. If they had only beat those teams, they would have the best record in the league right now. Posted by: Bummi | March 10, 2011 at 07:03 AM
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Naw, I like just where they’re at. If they had won those games then we would not have had the tension coming out of the ASG, wondering what the future held. Then being on this adrenalin fueled ride as we watch the Lake Show win game after game like a Juggernaught. Each win increaing the Lakerholic pride in Laker Nation and seeing The Swagger busting out all over the place. Naw…I like it just as it is.

Laker Tom-" I actually think there were more of us Bynum Boosters than Bashers. When people ask me why I am so high on Drew, I tell them it’s his heart, talent, intelligence, and character. The heart we all saw when Shaq rode his back and dunked on the rookie and he went right back at him."

I agree that there are more boosters than bashers. I can safely say that I was the first to vote NO on MM's Bynum for Mello poll. But, I would be lying if I said Mello's offensive game wasn't appealing.

I'm just glad they didn't trade Drew. In his last 3 games Drew has recorded 50 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. How BIG is that?

Release the Kraken!!

@ChicNStu, You mean this… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzx7-PjwEo - Bynum Dunks on ShaQ

Yes Mamba24. That was EPIC!! No fear Baby!

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BYNUM THE DEFENSIVE STOPPER – PROPS FROM LAKER NATION - BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKER TOM – OWNER
(02) THE TRIANGULATOR CO/OWNER1 - As for Drew, ANDREW BYNUM IS FANTASTIC!!! And I can honestly say I have supported Drew and NEVER called for him being traded. Search the archives if you doubt me...
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – CO/OWNER2
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA – SECURITY - Put me on that DREW bandwagon, the man has found his niche! Rebounds and Defense! WOOHOOO!!!!
(05) TOM DANIELS – DRIVER - ) Andrew Bynum getting physically and mentally strong again and emerging as a defensive and rebounding force. Right now, it looks like the 2-time champs have added Bill F-ing Russell the way Drew is defending and cleaning up the boards.
(06) JOVBATZ44 – CO/DRIVER - Let's pray that Andrew will stay healthy all throughout. He is playing amazing! KUDOS TO DREW!
(07) LEWSTRS – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - Andrew Bynumite Baybee!!!
(08) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN2- If Andrew can make it all the way through the season and playoffs at full strength, he will not only be the anchor of the Lakers much improved defense, but he could show that the injuries are "just bad luck" as many claim, and not that he's injury prone. I'm pulling for Bynum.
(09) ROCKY - As a proponent of the Bynum for Carmelo trade, I must say I'm very happy that the trade talk has lit a fire under Andrew Bynum, forcing the Beast to come out. It is Bynum's play that is the catalyst for this little winning streak. There is no doubt about it. Right now, trading Andrew for anyone would seem outrageous. Andrew needs to keep it that way. Man, I hope he stays healthy
(10) YELLO FEVER - Andrew bynum I salute you! Seeing andrew bynum finally get it and accept his role as a defensive minded rebounding center is a sight to behold.. But not let's get carried away we still have one whole month of regular season basketball so let's save the salutes n champagne once andrew can show us he can do this CONSISTENTLY for another month.. but please everyone don't hide ur emotions just let it out cry if you have to cause I know this is an exciting time to be a lakerfan
(11) VMAN - Great to see Drew playing this well. Great to see him healthy. Now's the time to hi8five LT and the AB support crew for incredible dedication to Drew. Go Lakers!
(12) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS - Andrew Bynum, I salute you!
(13) LAKERHOLIC - I have often wondered if that potential would ever be reached. Never more so than this season when he played with such a lack of energy and caring if we won or lost. Many of my posts were explaining to him (as if he reads this stuff ;-) how he is the biggest guy in the NBA and should play like it. I hope that is behind us now and he is ready to step into his role as the most dominant player in the league. Shaq was the most dominant player. It is Drew's turn. The way it is set up, the official changing of the guard could happen in the finals.
(14) TIDAL WAVE - Great game by Bynum again, domination on defense. He is reaching is peak form, I hope he stays healthy and continues focused on his role. In every rebound battle it seems Andrew wants the rebound (just like old Uncle Wiltie! and not like lazy Shaq).
(15) BRONXLAKERFAN - Andrew Bynum took away any inside game from Al Horford. Forced Al to take mainly long jumpers and Drew blocked two of those! When your center can control the middle and take away the paint from the opposing center...AND...chase that center all the way out to the three point line, then you have got a primo defensive center!
(16) LROB - The enthusiasm Drew showed on that play was inspiring. His continued excellent play has given Phil more options on how to close games.
(17) CYBERCOSMIX - Mikan - Wilt - Kareem - Shaq. Drew still has a lot of work to get to the level each of them got to, but even the most skeptical Laker fans have to see that the next Great One is amongst us, and he's only 23. Yes, the Beast has been unleashed! NO STOPPING THE TRAIN NOW!!!
(18) LAKER PEACE – How about Andrew Bynum for NBA ALL DEFENSIVE 2ND TEAM??? DHaward maybe on the 1st team this season. Andrew Bynum is finally getting it. Just stay healthy, Andrew!
(19) CHICNSTU - I actually think there were more of us Bynum Boosters than Bashers. When people ask me why I am so high on Drew, I tell them it’s his heart, talent, intelligence, and character. The heart we all saw when Shaq rode his back and dunked on the rookie and he went right back at him." I agree that there are more boosters than bashers. I can safely say that I was the first to vote NO on MM's Bynum for Mello poll. But, I would be lying if I said Mello's offensive game wasn't appealing. I'm just glad they didn't trade Drew. In his last 3 games Drew has recorded 50 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. How BIG is that? Release the Kraken!!
(20) MAMAB24 – Yes mamba24 has always been a Beast supporter!!

>>>JALEN ROSE RIPS LUKE WALTON A NEW ONE

If I was Luke, my comeback to that would be,

Yep, you're right Jalen. I've never scored 35 points... but at least I've never been enough of a chump to let somebody score 81 on me.

>>>You know, I think LTLF has had some free time.

:-)

>>>You know what I think about Luke? I think some people hate Luke. I don’t
>>> expect them to discuss it rationally. To be fair, I don’t think LTLF posting
>>> like infinity posts because three people complained about Luke is exactly
>>> rational either. But hey, I guess it kills time.

It's a broken thing with my mind.

If people keep presenting (usually, but not always) flawed arguments against me, then I feel compelled to respond.

I agree with you that there are some Luke haters who will never admit that he ever contributed anything positive to the Lakers in his life and never will. And no matter what I post, they're not going to change their mind.

But when I compare Luke to Grant Hill as two players who got big contracts and then were injured for most of the contracts and never earned them, then one of the Luke haters has to jump in and assume that I'm comparing "the body of Grant Hill's career of work" to "the body of Luke Walton's career of work", which is not at all what I said.

And it gets into an endless loop. One of them will say NO OTHER TEAM WOULD HAVE OFFERED LUKE A CONTRACT, and I point out a dozen examples of teams offering bigger contracts than Luke got to players who did less. And then they argue - Oh but just because those other teams made bad deals doesn't make Luke's deal good. Obviously, they missed my point: TEAMS OFFER PLAYERS WHO PERFORM WELL FOR SOME SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BIG CONTRACTS. Which was a direct contradiction of the "NO OTHER TEAM WOULD OFFER LUKE A BIG CONTRACT".

So that's how I end up posting a million posts. Someone makes a claim that's unsubstantiated and probably wrong. I post a counter-claim and support it with examples from the real NBA. Someone else looks at those examples and doesn't read the original thing I'm arguing against and thinks I'm saying something that I'm not. And it goes on and on

And then someone calls me irrational for continuing to post, and I post again. See. It's a sickness.

If I fail to respond, it's like I'm conceding to the poster who misinterpreted my post that I was making the argument that I didn't make (but they thought I was making) and that I was wrong. If I'm wrong, I'll say "I'm wrong". And I'm wrong frequently enough.

Phred,

Let me ask you this...

If you're having a discussion with someone and you say something and they respond and their response indicates that they totally misread what you said, do you just stop talking?

Let's say it goes like this:

Phred: Paul Pierce played really well last night.

131: YEAH! You're right, he'll definitely win the MVP.


Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place

We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you

Buddy you’re a young man hard man
Shoutin’ in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Wavin’ your banner all over the place

We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you

Buddy you’re an old man poor man
Pleadin’ with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day

You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Somebody better put you back in your place

We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you

"The Lakers took the first half of the season off imo. They didn't play aggressively, then didn't fight for the win, they didn't do anything really. Now after the All star break they are coming back owning people in BLOW out games. Why? In my opinion, it's because they aren't as tired as everyone else, both mentally and physically. The Lakers knew that they had to prepare for the long haul if they wanted to threepeat this year, and I think that by not trying for half the games this season they succeeded. (this is just my opinion)

The Heat are exhausted mentally which is what the Lakers will strive on, especially Artest. I expect him to make some cry baby comments to Lebron tomorrow which will either be good, or really bad.

I finish class at 4:30pm tomorrow so won't have time to go home to watch the game, thus will be streaming from the library. I can't wait to own them back.

I mean seriously we played like what 50% if that of our capability on christmas, if the Heat think that beating us will be that easy again they have another thing coming.

Posted by: Diandra | March 09, 2011 at 06:40 PM "

I think they are just now doing what was expected of them all along. I don't think that first half got them rested. Gasol was playing a ridiculous amount of minutes despite not feeling 100% and the Lakers were playing the full 48 minutes in games they should have been taking the 4th quarter off in. They were actually working harder than they needed to.

I will always maintain that putting a team away in 3 quarters is easier on a team than playing a close game for 48 minutes.

LongTimeLakerFan, maybe not many people agree but I think you're on point with everything you're saying about the Luke Walton situation. He's not earning his $6 mil/year right now and no one denies that but when he was signed to the deal, he was a productive player and it was much better than a lot of the deals being signed at the time.

It's easy to look back and imagine that Luke Walton's injuries, acquiring Pau Gasol, Odom's improvement, etc were all foreseeable, but that wasn't the case. The Lakers looked like they probably had a long rebuilding process ahead of them and at that time, Luke was a key ingredients in making them a DECENT team.

I'm not so sure why people are worried about Luke's contract anyway. The Lakers are far over the cap with or without him. They wouldn't be able to sign free agents even if he retired and forfeited his money. It hurts Buss' pockets but he has shown that he is willing to take the hit on that one and spend above and beyond that.

Ninja preparing for the approaching storm,its comming,its gonna be chaotic on the floor,a haste of activities,2 teams trying to outwit and outscore the other,a game of minds,a game of individual outwitting the other.The Ninja of old were always prepared for the unexpected,and so too must this Laker team.They must be prepared to face everything that the heat will throw at them tonight.Let the heat continue to cry.The Ninja is gone to prepare and make adjustment for the approaching storm.It must be a Laker blow out.


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