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How the Lakers can make up for a possibly limited Kobe Bryant

60104148Whenever Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is listed as a game-time decision, most fans interpret that as believing Bryant will indeed play. They see it as code that an injury indeed is hurting Bryant but won't prevent him from stepping out on the basketball court.

With The Times' Mike Bresnahan noting that Coach Phil Jackson described Bryant's left ankle as "much better" since landing off balance late in the third quarter Saturday against Dallas, it's conceivable Bryant will play Monday against the Orlando Magic.

"He feels a lot better," Jackson said.

But don't strictly rely on Bryant's über competitiveness and ability to play through injuries as your compass. After all, Bryant entered an early February game against Portland last season as a game-time decision but then sat out the next five games,  ending his 235-consecutive-game streak because playing through a sprained left ankle would've severely affected his movement. Even if Bryant has made progress since  landing off-balance after Shawn Marion's block, it's all relative considering Bryant's admission to reporters after the Lakers' 96-91 victory Saturday over Dallas that the latest episode served as the the "scariest" sprained ankle of his career.

So whether Bryant suits up and has no effects, plays in limited fashion or sits out entirely, there are several things the Lakers can do.

1. Use the Lakers' size advantage. It's a distinguishable feature few other teams have. That's why it's not surprising that both Jackson repeatedly emphasizes to his team and that Laker Hall of Famer Magic Johnson recently tweeted, "Let’s see if the Heat learned anything from being blown out by the Spurs, & if @Lakers will go inside, use their size advantage over Orlando." The Lakers' 9-1 mark since the All-Star break have shown that the team has done that on a consistent basis, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum cracking double digits in all 10 of the games. It's been well documented that Bryant's trigger-happy tendencies helped contribute to the Lakers' 94-88 loss last week to Miami, but that game also featured Bynum only grabbing one rebound in the first half. That rare lapse can be forgiven considering Bynum has increased his production and defensive effort during the Lakers' 9-1 stretch (12.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks) and continuously showing signs of improvement during the team's four-game trip (averaging 13.8 points, 15 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.) Bynum loves matching up with Orlando center Dwight Howard because it provides him a measuring stick on where he stands among the NBA's elite. Bynum served as the lone bright spot when the Lakers lost to Orlando in mid-February, posting 17 points, nine rebounds and a block. But he and Gasol may be asked to do even more, while Bryant paces his ankle injury. 

2. The Lakers' bench needs to show more production. Jackson spent part of the preseason pointing to Bryant's five-game absence serving as a confidence boost for Brown as he took advantage of the starting role and boosting his scoring averages and minutes from 8.2 points in 20.4 minutes to 14.6 points in 37.7 minutes. If Bryant sits out against Orlando, Brown will start in his place. But ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith highlights legitimate concerns whether the Lakers' bench, let alone Brown, can consistently provide such a service. Brown's shooting mark in the last 10 games (43.8%) also represents the streaky shooting he's exhibited all season, including a scoreless effort against Miami. Steve Blake's nine points on three-of-five shooting from three-point range against Dallas marked his highest point total in 1½ months, but it continues a stretch in which he hasn't scored in double digits since the Lakers' 113-80 victory Dec. 3 against Sacramento. And Barnes returned from a 25-game absence while rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee displaying obvious signs that he's not anywhere near the efficient and aggressive player he was before experiencing a lateral meniscus tear Jan. 7 against New Orleans, averaging 3.5 points on a four-of-10 clip. The playoffs will feature Jackson using his starters more, but it's games like Monday's that will show whether the bench can offer the sort of production that will help relieve pressure from the starters. 

3. The Lakers should continue thriving defensively. This proves to be the main reason why the Lakers have been so successful since the All-Star break. In that 10-game stretch, the team has held opponents to 88.1 points (second best) and grabbed 44.3 rebounds (fifth best). This of course goes back to the defensive scheme the Lakers implemented in early January that stressed the front line staying at the basket, the backcourt manning the perimeter and the team forcing drives baseline instead of the center of the lane. Bynum, in particular, lost focus in that effort during the Lakers' three-game losing streak entering the All-Star break, but it's something Jackson stressed to him as a priority afterward. As a result, the Lakers have a more disciplined identity in which they remain engaged and communicative, rather than worrying about how they can outscore their opponents.

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant goes down with a sprained left ankle as the Mavericks' Jason Kidd dribbles away during the third quarter of Saturday night's Lakers' victory in Dallas. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press.

 
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Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

See inline below for response. Also, last time I am going to engage with you in post exchange simply because I don't have any need for reaffirmation of my views!!!


NorCal keeps harping on this:

"I like to see everybody involved in the game," Jackson said. "I've tried to preach as a basketball coach, even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe, basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."

my response: re: everybody involved in the game.

Norcal: In Phil’s context he mean if one player is dominating the ball then it is difficult for others to be involved, makes sense, no touches for others except stand and gawk at Kobe go 1 on 5? I suggest re read Phil’s message.

you mean like Bynum talking about "Kobe-dar" ?

Norcal: irrelevant in Phil’s context or defer to Lakertom, haha

you mean like Pau Gasol playing defense?

Norcal; irrelevant in Phil’s context or defer to LRob or Kobemvp888

you mean like D-Fish going 1-6?

Norcal: irrelevant in Phil’s context or defer to LRob or Kobemvp888

you mean like Artest going 2-7?

Nocal: Re read Phil's comment

So as you keep beating that Dead Horse [ Kobe is a ball hog. ] ...

Norcal: Only because it is relevant to lakers and applicable to every single game today, tomorrow and 100 years from now on, you dig? And, yes I will be happy to quote Phil every day after all it is a MANTRA!!

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Sorry, I missed the last portion of your post so my response below:


I thought I'd add a little spice to the otherwise bland dish of "Kobe is a ballhog
& I'm ignoring the 5 championships, 2 NBA finals MVP & 7 game winners
w/ a broken finger" you constantly serve.

Norcal: Indeed but only possible with team play, recall game 7 from last year? Kobe tried to win by himself and almost lost the title. So yes 5 titles BUT NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT A TEAM!! Thank you to Shaq, thank you to Pau, Thank you to DFish, Thank you to Ron Ron, Thank you to Ariza, Shannon, Farmar, Shasha and the list goes on on on..to coaches..

" I will be happy to quote Phil every day after all it is a MANTRA!!"


no, it's spam. you made your point, now find another.
none of us here have anything to do with who does or doesn't get shots, touches, rebounds or involved in any other way.

this is just my opinion on the matter, i realize that i contrtol none but myself here.


Seriously? another thread?

yep, seriously.
man bear pig is a real threat! i'm cereal!

Magia 32 - Don't worry. There won't be another thread until tipoff approaches

mud - I loved that South Park episode by the way

Posted by: mud | March 14, 2011 at 01:49 PM
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Right over my head:-/

BTW,

Kobe shooting higher % than career ave, and leads team in dishes.

And,

Kobe Bryant=Ball hog= 5 RINGS!

Pau Gasol=Soft= 2 Rings in 3 years.

I'll take em both, ha, ha!

Norcal: Indeed but only possible with team play, recall game 7 from last year? Kobe tried to win by himself and almost lost the title. So yes 5 titles BUT NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT A TEAM!! Thank you to Shaq, thank you to Pau, Thank you to DFish, Thank you to Ron Ron, Thank you to Ariza, Shannon, Farmar, Shasha and the list goes on on on..to coaches..

Well since we're talking about team play .. then Thanks to Kobe for playing
with broken fingers, damaged knees, sprained ankles ...

while we're at it:

Game 6 of Lakers vs. Boston.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300615013

Ron Artest - 0 assists - Some team player he is. BallHog!
D-Fish - 0 assists - Wow! Another BallHog!
A-Bynum - 0 assists - For cryin' outloud! BallHog!!!

LO - 1 assist - BallHog in training!

But you're favorite player only shot the ball 19 times that game.
Hold on. Only 19 times. he didn't even break 20 shots??? He
must have had an off day.

So ... What else was our BallHog [ Kobe doing during Game 6 ] ?

A double-double? Hold on. That can't be right can it? BallHog's
don't rebound. All they do is jack up shots!

Ok. Ok. here's your $$ shot.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300617013

Kobe took 24 shots. [ won a championship ]

Would you like to compare with:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199205170CHI.html

MJ took 29 shots in his game 7. BallHog! [ Who won a championship ]


Well for goodness sake! The entire winner's circle is littered with BallHog's!

I've never seen a great player and proven champion receive as much criticism as Kobe Bryant. And a good portion of this is among Laker "fans". I thought it would die down some after he led the team USA to the Gold. Nope. I thought it would subside after the first title without Shaq. Think again. Then I said for sure after the repeat. Wrong again. I don't get it.

Posted by: LRob | March 14, 2011 at 08:15 AM

Excellent comment, sir! The man has been an integral and vital component of 5 NBA championships. If that doesn't cout for something, I don't know what will.

"Just make the shot!"


That's how you play without Kobe.

DBDH!

@ hobbit,

Why, good heavens! It is indeed!

LOL. Point taken.


DBDH!

I thought I'd do a quick look at Jerry West.

http://www.wvculture.org/history/sports/westjerry01.html

snippet:
West plays for one of the nation's ranking teams. No gunner - he takes only 20 shots per game - he maintains a scoring pace of 29 points per game, but that's only incidental to his overall excellence.

hold on. 20 shots per game?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bryanko01.html

Kobe is clicking in at ~ 20 shots per game. Hmmm .....

Ok. West is much better on the assists.

Hold on. Did West ever play with Smush Parker? No.
Did West ever play with Kwame Brown? No.
Did West ever play with Chris Mihm? No.
D-Fish? No.
Ron Artest? No.
LO? No.

Here's the final word in all the crap about Kobe, the BallHog:

7 times in the NBA finals. 5 time champion. 2 time finals MVP.
Going for the +1 in all 3 categories.

And should Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant actually get the +1 in all 3 categories ...
you are officially sanctioned to call him the GREATEST BALLHOG OF ALL
TIME! aka Mr. 2-time 3-peat. aka Mr. NBA Champion, to scrubs like you.

[ note: btw, you're are quite welcome to go to the Celtics blog. They don't
have any ballhogs on that team. Shaq is almost retired and no longer
demands the ball. Oddly enough, Shaq is no longer winning championships.
Isn't it odd how those two things seem to be correlated? ]


Bring it on home Kobe! BRING IT ON HOME!

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 02:02

So you missed the real crux of discussion as stated by Phil and and off you go on tangent. As Phil stated that if and when Kobe dominates the ball then it has a domino's effect on his team mates. His ball dominance is disruptive and has nothing to do with his broken finger, sprained ankle, or Lo 1 assist or what ever distracts you from the main point, you dig!!

Kobe coming off the bench? Was this a serious post or a failed attempt at humor? Either way, Medina doesn't seem to get it.

And what's up with all the repetitive, childish and irrational Kobe hate from Laker fans these days? These people are impossible to satisfy. I've dealt with Laker fans who are Kobe haters for years and they all share similar traits. Here's a list on how to spot a Kobe-hating Laker fan:

- They fit the classic definition of a "nitpicker". They'll look at a Van Gogh and comment that the shade of blue should have been more aqua. They'll look at Scarlet Johanson, and comment that her hair doesn't look brushed. They'll look at Magic Johnson, and will ignore all of his skills and accomplishments, while solely focusing on his inability to guard quick PG's.

- They are usually weak minded and unable to think independently. They have a tendency to believe anything they read from ESPN.

- They are scared and envious of greatness, and have no clue about the dedication it takes to achieve it. As a result, they will try to marginalize the greatness in others by nit picking alleged weaknesses in his game.

- They sit on their moral high horse, and have never forgiven Kobe for cheating on his wife, although his wife has.

- They are usually desperate for attention, and in their mind, hating on Kobe is the best way to get it.

- They were often bullied and had their lunch money taken growing up, and Kobe's alpha male demeanor reminds them of their childhood abuse. As a result, these fans usually favor "nice" players like Luke Walton.

- All these above traits are "applicable to every single Kobe hating Laker fan today, tomorrow and 100 years from now on, you dig?"

hobbitt,

Don't forget a 13-time All-Star (only missed his Rook year and the year they didn't have one). Also he has been the MVP 4 times in those games as well. Ballhog away Kobe!


RECAP OF DREW VS. DWIGHT IN FEB 13 GAME IN ORLANDO
............................................................................................................
Stats wise, Dwight finished the day with 31 points on 13-16 shooting, 13 boards including 6 offensive, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 6 turnovers in 38 minutes while Drew posted 17 points on 8-15 shooting, 9 boards including 6 offensive, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot, and 0 turnovers in 39 minutes. On the surface, it appeared that Dwight really dominated Drew as the Magic won 89-75.
.....
Since my memory of the game was that Drew pretty much held his own against Dwight and that most of Dwight’s damage was done with Pau Gasol at center. To see if my recollection was right, I went back to the February 13th game in Orlando and checked the play-by-play to see how Drew actually matched up against Howard when they were playing head to head. Here are the results:
............................................................................................................
(1) Drew and Dwight were matched up for the first 10 minutes of the 1st quarter, during which both Drew and Dwight each scored 9 points and had 3 rebounds as the Magic took a 24-21 lead. Drew definitely held his own during the 1st quarter.
.....
(2) Pau came in for Drew with 2 minutes left in the first quarter until Dwight left seconds before the end of the 1st quarter. During this stint, Pau had 0 points, 0 boards, but 1 block while Dwight had just 1 rebound. Pau definitely held his own also during the 1st quarter.
.....
(3) Dwight and Drew returned to the game with 7 minutes left in the 1st half, where Drew immediately blocked a Howard jumper and grabbed the rebound. Howard left the game with 3 fouls with 2 minutes left in the half, meaning that Drew and Dwight were matchup against each other for 5 minutes. During that 5 minutes, Drew added 2 points and 1 board to his total to finish the half with 11 points, 7 boards, and 1 block while Dwight posted 9 points and 5 boards. Drew actually slightly outplayed Dwight in the first half as the Lakers trailed 45-41.
.....
(5) Drew and Dwight started the second half and played until Drew went out with 3.5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. During that 8.5 minute stretch, Drew scored 4 points and grabbed 1 board while Dwight scored 6 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. At that point, Drew and Dwight both had 15 points with Drew having 8 boards and Howard having 15 points and 7 boards. That’s a draw.
.....
(6) In the last 3 minutes of the 3rd quarter, Dwight scored 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds against Pau but also turned the ball over twice.
.....
(7) Drew and Dwight both started the 4th quarter and played head-to-head until Drew was pulled with 8 minutes left in the game. During their final 4 minutes against each other, Drew scored 2 points and grabbed and 1 board to finish with 17 and 9 while Dwight scored 4 points and grabbed 2 boards to log 23 and 11. During the remaining 8 minutes against Pau, Dwight scored 8 points and grabbed 2 boards as the Magic extended a 10 point lead when Drew went out to the 89-71 end.
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Bottom line, in their head-to-head matchup, Dwight outplayed Drew by a slight margin, outscoring him 23 to 17 and outrebounding him 11 to 9 – a far cry from dominating him. Tonight, I hope that Phil lets Drew stay in the game whenever Dwight is in much like he does with Artest on the other team’s best shooter. If he does that, I believe Drew can neutralize Dwight and the Lakers can win.
............................................................................................................
TOM

An Analysis of How We Win with Kobe Limited:

1. Man-bear-pig is a real threat. I suggest we feed the ball to him inside.

2. When not using the fearsomeness of man-bear-pig, we feed the ball inside to Bynum-Gasol, and against Orlando, that means Gasol while Bynum blocks Howard out.

3. Utilize Artest more in moving offense.

4. Ball movement and movement without the ball.

5. Greater productivity off the bench.

That's enough.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

An Analysis of How We Win with Kobe Limited:

1. Man-bear-pig is a real threat. I suggest we feed the ball to him inside.

2. When not using the fearsomeness of man-bear-pig, we feed the ball inside to Bynum-Gasol, and against Orlando, that means Gasol while Bynum blocks Howard out.

3. Utilize Artest more in moving offense.

4. Ball movement and movement without the ball.

5. Greater productivity off the bench.

That's enough.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 02:20 PM

Ok, now you are completely off track and the fact you are suggesting that I go to Celtics blog, suggests that you have no base to argue with BB's finest all time great coach and his stance on team sport.

IN THE MEANTIME BACK IN THE RANCH LAKERTOM IS COMPLETELY INDULGED AND BASKING IN GLORY OF BYNUM'S GREAT PLAY, PERHAPS THE BRIGHTEST SPOT & NEWS WORTHY IN LA LA LAND!!

NorCal,

you wrote: So you missed the real crux of discussion as stated by Phil and and off you go on tangent. As Phil stated that if and when Kobe dominates the ball then it has a domino's effect on his team mates. His ball dominance is disruptive and has nothing to do with his broken finger, sprained ankle, or Lo 1 assist or what ever distracts you from the main point, you dig!!

my response: Actually *you* missed the real crux of the discussion. Phil
has repeatedly stated that If Kobe's teammates want the ball they need to
CUT & MOVE instead of just standing around.

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/12/kobes-teammates-at-fault-for-him-over-shooting/

snippet:
Phil Jackson places the blame on the supporting cast for constantly looking his way instead of smartly feeding the post. From the OC Register: “Bryant made plenty of poor decisions Tuesday night, including not finding Gasol more often. But as Jackson tried to explain to reporters after the game, the onus is and always has been on Bryant’s teammates to do something productive to prevent him from lighting his own fire for energy to ride to victory. ‘Kobe’s going to come out there and attack if no one else is aggressive enough,’ Jackson said. ‘I always say, ‘If you feed him the ball, then you’re responsible for a lot of what’s going on.’

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/memphis-278261-struggling-tenn.html

snippet:
When Bryant was hot in the second quarter, Artest forced a post pass toward Bryant, and it was tipped out of bounds – at which point Bryant had to remind Artest verbally to run the offense, because Bryant knows it so well that he can always find a way to get what he needs from it.

snippet:
Gasol was bringing it in the fourth quarter when Matt Barnes settled for a 3-pointer instead of a simple entry pass to Gasol against overmatched Hasheem Thabeet. Had it been a hot Bryant anchored in post position, Barnes would never have done what he did – and what he did was so wrong that it left Jackson looking to the heavens for understanding and sending Shannon Brown into the game.

http://urbanmogullife.com/2010/10/20/phil-jackson-says-kobe-is-better-than-jordan-yeah-right/

snippet:
2) Jordan was a better teammate

Countless times Kobe’s been referred to as a horrible teammate. While that may be true, but if you’re comparing him and Jordan, then you’re way off base.

Kobe’s had his fair share of run-ins with his teammates and coaches, most notably Shaq and now Bynum. Most of Kobe’s altercations with his teammates have been verbal except for the one time Shaq and him got physical.

Jordan on the other hand had countless run ins with teammates. He even slapped Steve Kerr and knocked Will Perdue during practice and verbally abused Bill Cartwright during games.

As I’ve read, Cartwright was giving Jordan a pick and Michael told him to get the fuck out of his way and later told Cartwright not to get in his way unless Jordan says so. Also, him and Pippen weren’t always the greatest of friends or teammates. They both didn’t like each other that much.

Now obviously this was never blown out of proportion like it was with Shaq and Kobe and obviously Kobe took the worst of that one. It’s been said Kobe ran out Phil Jackson the first time around and while that may or may not be true (It’s said Phil Jackson wanted more money and when refused, left) but let’s not forget Jordan ran out Doug Collins.

So to say Jordan was a better teammate than Kobe is an absurd statement.

Next Hater being served .....

"How the Lakers can make up for a possibly limited Kobe Bryant"

There's nothing to make up. All they have to do is move the ball and fight the temptation to launch ill-advised long distance bombers when there's 20 seconds on the shot clock. The team held their own last year w/o Kobe - I don't recall the stretch but it was something like 6-3 or 4 - and all they really have to do is hold court for one night against what really is a 3 point shooting team.

If they play perimeter defense, they will force the ball inside to Dwight and we have a few players that we can waste some fouls on in order to take our chances at the free throw line. He's been hitting them lately but he's still hitting less than 60%.

The Magic live and die by the 3pt shot so if they're on tonight, Lakers will have to defend and if not, then the Magic will shoot themselves out of the game!

At this point of the season, they're trying to secure the 2nd seed in the West and of course, HCA for The Finals. This game - as all others - will be determined by who wants and needs it the most. Lakers win tonight with or without Kobe Bryant.


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


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!


All these above traits are "applicable to every single Kobe hating Laker fan today, tomorrow and 100 years from now on, you dig?" Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | March 14, 2011 at 02:26 PM
*
Not only do I dig but I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!
AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!!!

Next Hater being served .....Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 02:40 PM
*
They say that Hobbitmage is a Bad Mother.."Shut Your mouth" But I'm just talking about HobbitMage "Then We can dig it!!!!". The next Thread shall be entitled 'HOBBITMAGE DOING WORK" Preach Hobbit, Preach!!!

This was written:

Ok, now you are completely off track and the fact you are suggesting that I go to Celtics blog, suggests that you have no base to argue with BB's finest all time great coach and his stance on team sport.

And again I respond with what BB's finest all time great coach and his
stance on team sport actually said.

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/12/kobes-teammates-at-fault-for-him-over-shooting/

And I quote:
Phil Jackson places the blame on the supporting cast for constantly looking his way instead of smartly feeding the post. From the OC Register: “Bryant made plenty of poor decisions Tuesday night, including not finding Gasol more often. But as Jackson tried to explain to reporters after the game, the onus is and always has been on Bryant’s teammates to do something productive to prevent him from lighting his own fire for energy to ride to victory. ‘Kobe’s going to come out there and attack if no one else is aggressive enough,’ Jackson said. ‘I always say, ‘If you feed him the ball, then you’re responsible for a lot of what’s going on.’


Isn't it odd how the greatest coach, in the history of the NBA, is saying that
it's the fault of the teammates for not being productive for not being
aggressive, for not running the offense?

Down right Odd. It's like he's saying: Don't just stand there like the
pleebs who paid $$ for the game. PLAY BASKETBALL!!!

Oh, wait. He is saying that.


Next Hater being served ....

YOU ALL DO KNOW HOBBITMAGE IS MY IDOL??? Carry On!!!

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 02:40 PM

ok, done here with any debates and best of all enjoy the game!!


@NORCAL... You know as good as Andrew Bynum is playing right now, you need to respect and realize that this team will only go as far as Kobe Bryant carries it. I have at times criticized Kobe for taking over games but I also trust that he will adjust accordingly. Even super stars get out of sync once in a while like Kobe did against the Heat. But do not kid yourself into thinking that any player on this team is anywhere near as important to winning as Black Mamba. That would be shortsighted, naive, simplistic, and truly unsportsmanlike for any genuine Lakers fan. JMHO.
...................................
TOM


Kobe as the BallHog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV6wTXeCzy8

LeBron as the non-BallHog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-9PD9Y3c-8&feature=related

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM
_________________

You just can't argue with that!

Oh My Goodness First HobbitMage, Then LakerTruth, now LakerTom!!
These are some Baaaaaaad Men!!!!!!!! Preach Gentleman, Preach!!!
Oh Yeah...YOU ALL DO KNOW LAKERTOM IS ALSO MY IDOL??? OK mamba24 will be quiet for awhile. Carry On!!

No one is asking the obvious question...

What the hell is T.J. Simers doing interviewing Phil Jackson?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

NorCal - I hope you enjoy the game too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buPRU02T0fU

Just seems like there's a bunch of haters, sitting in their chairs, saying:

of all the basketball players loved by the gods, I hate Kobe the most.

*sigh*

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Hi all,

It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing.

"I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA.

Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist.

Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. "

Rest in peace my friend.

Anna

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | March 14, 2011 at 02:26 PM

Nice post, TRUTH! One other thing about those who call Kobe a ballhog is that they were probably that kid that nobody passed the ball to because they couldn't play worth a darn! LOL!

Posted by: LakerTom | March 14, 2011 at 02:51 PM

No doubts and agreed but if there is ONE thing that can derail this lakers quest for 3peast is the lack of team play or one person dominating the ball in a team sports, game 7 last year. So the debate is really team play versus one on five and has nothing to do with individual skills or character. So instead of focusing on the problem, everyone is looking it from a biased view. But don't kid yourself, if you think Kobe is going to win the title on playing 1 on 5, then truly the fans are naive and lack fundamental grasp of BB. Forget the glitz and rhetoric and focus on fundamentals of team play veruses individual play.

LRob - Sorry for the delay in posting this. I had a good day in real estate. I am going to have a good night as well - watching the Lakers put a hex on the Magic... ;-)

Here is the quote:

“My job is to dominate on both ends of the court and I like to get some blocks early just so they know they can’t come down the lane, and that sets the tone,” Howard said. “That’s how we’ve got to play, with a lot of energy and we have to keep it up the whole game.”

Here is the link:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/preview;_ylt=AvhptQKIt2oSATY.LxKWj2m8vLYF?gid=2011031413

It may be his job to dominate. That doesn't mean he will get it done - not if Drew has anything to say about it!

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

Somehow, I expect Kobe Bryant to play tonight and to play well. Because, that's what he does.

Annanotherthing,

Thanks for sharing.

I must have had my head in the sand, but I was somehow unaware of Rick's passing. Instead I've been wondering "Where's Rick?"

Yeah...

I'd like to say something poetic right now but it escapes me. I'll miss him.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MM - Welcome back! You missed an exciting week of drama. You should have seen the trolls come out to play after the loss to Miami. After we beat Dallas... Not so much... ;-)

It's possible to overanalyze anything. In the case of Kobe Bryant, nit pickers love to harp on his FG%. It's the way they seem to feel they can minimize Kobe's greatness.

I compare Kobe to a home run hitter in baseball. He may strike out a few times but he's the one I want at bat when the game is on the line. It's all about winning, and Kobe is a winner.

Anna - I also consider myself a friend to Rick. I'd sent him an email not too long ago wanting an update on how he was doing, since I know he was still going through it. I didn't hear back and was just going to send another one today.... I'm heartbroken. Rick was a sweetie and one hell of a knowledgeable Laker fan of course. I'm so very upset I never got the chance to meet him in person, although I spoke with him on the phone several times. He was always upbeat even though he had been going through a lot for awhile now. When he originally got ill, I sent him snippets every day of the "Get well Rick" bandwagon that the blog had going, and I can tell everyone that he loved it, and was always so appreciative. Anna - please let Adam know that I also will be grieving for his dad, and send my love and deepest sympathy.

Jon K - I was thinking the same thing. PJ hanging with TJ? Does not compute... He probably made the whole thing up... ;-)

Rick was cool.

I've also been wondering where he's been. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.

R.I.P. Rick Friedman...
I'm sorry if I missed the news of his passing. Annaotherthing....thanks for sharing that nice story about Mr. Friedman. My condolences to his family.


@ANNAANOTHERTHING... Thank for your sharing the news about Rick. I have to say I was worried that his health might be failing him as he rarely posted and wasn’t his usual cheery self when he did post. I will pray for him to be watching us win again from his purple and gold throne in Lakers heaven. I would like to suggest to MM that he formally now name the RCOD as the Rick Friedman award. What better way to remind us all of what a great friend and fan Rick was.
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The news probably hits the older posters on the blog harder because it speaks so strongly of the mortality that all of us have to face eventually. I wonder what happened to our good friend KobeBlitz and hope that he is doing well. At 65, I’ve outlived many friends and stopped reading the obits long ago for fear of reading bad news. If anything, this should be a stark reminder to all of us that everything must end sometime. So relish the fact that we’ve won 16 NBA championships and are poised to win our 17th and third in a row. Don’t take our good fortune and high standing for granted. Most importantly, don’t take the cherished relationships you’ve developed on this blog for granted. Many of us have gone beyond being just virtual friends to being real friends.
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Rest in peace, Rick. We loved and shared too much with you to ever forget or regret. Our most sincere condolences to Adam and the rest of Rick’s family. May God always be with you.
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TOM

I haven't been posting much because I'm dealing with some problems at the moment, but I am saddened beyond words to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. Rick was one of the first ones to greet me on to the blog and was always a good source of information with his post and blog banter. The blog has lost one of it's brightest posters and it's just not going to be the same without him. Rick you will be missed.

@Annanotherthing - PLEASE give my condolences to Rick's family...

Rick Friedman,

I'll miss you, your excellent comments, your excellence...

R.I.P. and thanks for all the good advice you throw my way!

The Friedman award will live forever.

Please get rid of the Chevy ads on the blog pages. There's something wrong with the way their coded, they cause all of my browsers to hang for almost a full minute before loading the rest of the page.

"It's possible to overanalyze anything. In the case of Kobe Bryant, nit pickers love to harp on his FG%. It's the way they seem to feel they can minimize Kobe's greatness.

I compare Kobe to a home run hitter in baseball. He may strike out a few times but he's the one I want at bat when the game is on the line. It's all about winning, and Kobe is a winner.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 14, 2011 at 03:19 PM "

It's the price you pay for being a superstar player. Every star out there has people writing bad stuff about him and focusing on their negatives.

RIP Rick.

I was asking Justanothermambafan about Rick during the last Live game chat. I was under the impression that Rick was doing better. What a shock!

One of our great bloggers will be missed dearly.

Thank you Anna. You are a great friend indeed.

re: Rick Friedman passing. I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences to
his family.

this was written:
No doubts and agreed but if there is ONE thing that can derail this lakers quest for 3peast is the lack of team play or one person dominating the ball in a team sports, game 7 last year.

my response: if there's *ONE* thing that can derail this Lakers quest
for a 3peat it's Kobe's teammates standing around watching instead of
moving without the basketball. Like their Coach has repeatedly stated.

Either play the game or donate your seat to charity! I'd like to have a
courtside seat during the playoffs!

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

@MAMBA24... Let’s put together a farewell and thank you bandwagon for Rick Friedman. I am sure Adam and his family would love to know how many friends Rick made and what they thought of the man as their friend and Lakers fan. I am sure we can get Justa or Anna to forward the list to Rick’s son. I know for one that it’s a sad day for the Lakers Blog when we lose one of our finest.
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TOM


LakerTom,

I'm consumed by a sense of emptiness right now.

Rick was one of the originals and one of the best. I feel like anything I type will sound trite right now.

Laker Nation just lost a good man.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Another one on the the pay back list to smack down Kobe or no Kobe.All Lakers need to do is simple,Just win baby just win.In fact kobe should sit this one out but we all know how he is,but we'll see.

Go Lakers!


@NORCAL... No problem. I do agree that other than injuries, the only thing that can derail this team three-peating is their not playing team basketball and taking advantage of their length inside. Bottom line, Kobe is not going to go ballistic on us. He is too smart and knows he has too much talent on the team to risk doing that. His legacy is not his place on the all-time NBA scoring list. He is after Bill Russell’s 11 rings. And with Drew emerging, he just might pull it off, especially if he becomes more of a facilitator as he gets older. This team could win 6 more rings for Kobe.
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TOM

ChicNstu - The last time I spoke with Rick, he had been doing better.... I'm also shocked and saddened. This truly is a dark day for many of us.

Laker Tom - Blitz pops by the RC once in awhile. He's doing fine. You should swing by there once in awhile. We'd all love to see you there. Truly.

RIP Rick Friedman...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rick Friedman, obviously one of the true pioneers of this amazing blog - may he rest in peace.

Please get rid of the Chevy ads on the blog pages. There's something wrong with the way their coded, they cause all of my browsers to hang for almost a full minute before loading the rest of the page.

Posted by: Mayor of Kobe Town | March 14, 2011 at 03:46 PM
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Same here...Might be the Facebook thing also...

@JonK.. I enjoyed your keys to the game breakdown

@Lakertruth... Another marvelous kobe post

Re: RickFriedman.. I am shocked and saddened. My sympathies to the Friedman family. He will truly be missed. Long live the friedman award!!

RIP Rick our deepest sympathy and condolence to your family.You will be surely missed in this blogged but in our hearts we will keep your memories forever.Farewell my dear friend...


@JUSTA... Thanks for the news about Blitz. Glad he is OK. I will try and stop by. What is the URL again? Thanks.
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@MM... Yes, get the car ads out of there. I have same problem but now it’s a BMW ad. Come on LAT IT guys.
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TOM


I for one hopes kobe stay in the lockerroom like last year. God forbid that he should actually sit on the bench and cheer his team on if he can't play. No one wants to see how tough you are kobe so don't play. If you do play just pass the ball to the beast and gasol. Don't launch those bricks you have been shooting lately. 6-20? Atrocious!!Why risk the season for a regular season game? Be smart kobe.

Rick Friedman was a class act, one that I'm proud to have been a blog vet with. We will miss him and all that he brings to the table as laker family.

Rest in peace Rick, we will always remember our times together, from the championship parades and game night live blogs.

I'm saddened to hear about Rick Friedman passing. It's amazing I've never met anyone in person from the blog, yet I feel a sense of community through our mutual love of the Lakers. Rick certainly left his mark on me as a smart and passionate fan. He will be missed. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends.

*_____________________________________________________________________*
THE LAKER NATION WEEPS ON THE PASSING OF ONE OF THE GREAT LAKERHOLICS OF ALL
TIIME - RIP RICK FRIEDMAN – LAKER NATION GRIEVES AND SALUTES YOU - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. " Rest in peace my friend.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - Anna - I also consider myself a friend to Rick. I'd sent him an email not too long ago wanting an update on how he was doing, since I know he was still going through it. I didn't hear back and was just going to send another one today.... I'm heartbroken. Rick was a sweetie and one hell of a knowledgeable Laker fan of course. I'm so very upset I never got the chance to meet him in person, although I spoke with him on the phone several times. He was always upbeat even though he had been going through a lot for awhile now. When he originally got ill, I sent him snippets every day of the "Get well Rick" bandwagon that the blog had going, and I can tell everyone that he loved it, and was always so appreciative. Anna - please let Adam know that I also will be grieving for his dad, and send my love and deepest sympathy. The last time I spoke with Rick, he had been doing better.... I'm also shocked and saddened. This truly is a dark day for many of us.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGRL – RIDING SHOTGUN1
(04) JOHN K. – RIDIING SHOTGUN2 Annanotherthing, Thanks for sharing. I must have had my head in the sand, but I was somehow unaware of Rick's passing. Instead I've been wondering "Where's Rick?" Yeah...I'd like to say something poetic right now but it escapes me. I'll miss him. I'm consumed by a sense of emptiness right now. Rick was one of the originals and one of the best. I feel like anything I type will sound trite right now. Laker Nation just lost a good man.
(05) LAKER TOM – RIDING SHOTGUN3 -ANNAANOTHERTHING... Thank for your sharing the news about Rick. I have to say I was worried that his health might be failing him as he rarely posted and wasn’t his usual cheery self when he did post. I will pray for him to be watching us win again from his purple and gold throne in Lakers heaven. I would like to suggest to MM that he formally now name the RCOD as the Rick Friedman award. What better way to remind us all of what a great friend and fan Rick was. The news probably hits the older posters on the blog harder because it speaks so strongly of the mortality that all of us have to face eventually. I wonder what happened to our good friend KobeBlitz and hope that he is doing well. At 65, I’ve outlived many friends and stopped reading the obits long ago for fear of reading bad news. If anything, this should be a stark reminder to all of us that everything must end sometime. So relish the fact that we’ve won 16 NBA championships and are poised to win our 17th and third in a row. Don’t take our good fortune and high standing for granted. Most importantly, don’t take the cherished relationships you’ve developed on this blog for granted. Many of us have gone beyond being just virtual friends to being real friends. Rest in peace, Rick. We loved and shared too much with you to ever forget or regret. Our most sincere condolences to Adam and the rest of Rick’s family. May God always be with you. Let’s put together a farewell and thank you bandwagon for Rick Friedman. I am sure Adam and his family would love to know how many friends Rick made and what they thought of the man as their friend and Lakers fan. I am sure we can get Justa or Anna to forward the list to Rick’s son. I know for one that it’s a sad day for the Lakers Blog when we lose one of our finest.
(06) LAKER LASS – RIP RICK FRIEDMAN
(07) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(08) MARK G - Rick was cool. I've also been wondering where he's been. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.
(09) BRONXLAKERFAN - R.I.P. Rick Friedman...
I'm sorry if I missed the news of his passing. Annaotherthing....thanks for sharing that nice story about Mr. Friedman. My condolences to his family.
(10) MAMBA24 – It was an honor and a privilege to know you my brother. You were one of the Great ones my friend and your passing leaves a void in the Nation that will last as long as Laker nation does and that for Eternity. May God bless your family and bless your Soul.
(11) CAPS-GOOGLES (83-79) - I haven't been posting much because I'm dealing with some problems at the moment, but I am saddened beyond words to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. Rick was one of the first ones to greet me on to the blog and was always a good source of information with his post and blog banter. The blog has lost one of it's brightest posters and it's just not going to be the same without him. Rick you will be missed.
(12) IHEARTKB24 - Annanotherthing - PLEASE give my condolences to Rick's family...
(13) MAGIC PHIL - Rick Friedman, I'll miss you, your excellent comments, your excellence... R.I.P. and thanks for all the good advice you throw my way! The Friedman award will live forever.
(14) CHINSTU - RIP Rick. I was asking Justanothermambafan about Rick during the last Live game chat. I was under the impression that Rick was doing better. What a shock! One of our great bloggers will be missed dearly. Thank you Anna. You are a great friend indeed.
(15) HOBBITMAGE - re: Rick Friedman passing. I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences to
his family.
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I seldom post here anymore, but just wanted to chime in with my heartfelt condolences to the Friedman family and to the Blog crew.

No one can dispute Kobe Bryant greatness. He is a 5 time champion and first ballot hall of famer and in my opinion is the second best individual player to play the game. Now if you ask me if he is the most selfish player? Yes especially lately. Is he a good teammate? No. Let us look at some evidence shall we. last year when he had to take some time off due to injury it became crystal clear. instead of putting on a $5,000 suit and cheer his team on he decided to stay in the lockerroom for "treatment". But the real message was that he was bigger and more important than his teammates and they meant nothing to him. Talk about a bad teammate. You would see dwade, lbj, ginoboli, shaq etc all cheer their team on when injured except kobe. Plus when kobe takes those ridiculous shots instead of making a good pass it shows even if he trust his teammates he trust himself more.

After Fish's early foul trouble against the Mav's, Steve Blake ended up playing a lot of minutes almost making his first double digit production in months. I hope Kobe rests and Blake plays big minutes...he is the only cylinder not firing correctly in our 3-peat engine(except Luke of course). If Luke could get some regular minutes he would be fine...I feel bad for him and have always his game, just not his contract. Go Laker's and stay on track...beat the Magic and add them to your recent list of victims! It's all about Mojo now as we near the second season.

I had been in touch with Rick's cousin recently and I'm saddened that he passed. I appreciate his presence and his dealings with me and made it a great joy to interact with on a daily basis. I don't want to get too specific out of respect for their privacy, but I am in discussions with his cousin on what he can do to honor what he meant to this community. I'll share more once I know from them

BTW,

Kobe shooting higher % than career ave, and leads team in dishes.

And,

Kobe Bryant=Ball hog= 5 RINGS!

Pau Gasol=Soft= 2 Rings in 3 years.

I'll take em both, ha, ha!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | March 14, 2011 at 01:59 PM
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I do too. If it weren't for his aberrant shooting decisions he wouldn't have forged his shooting FG% during clutch time either, so you take one and leave the other. Kobe's career so far is like Michael Jordan early on. Hated, mistrusted, but still has the rings to back his legacy.

@Norcal
"But don't kid yourself, if you think Kobe is going to win the title on playing 1 on 5, then truly the fans are naive and lack fundamental grasp of BB. Forget the glitz and rhetoric and focus on fundamentals of team play veruses individual play."
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Nobody said Kobe would win it by himself, but I'll vouch for hobbitmage's Phil Jackson reference about his team-mates not taking to bat for the team. Basketball and any system in this sport is predicated on 2 things: execution and activity. If a guy for whatever reason isn't into the game and is missing most of his shots while having open looks, then yeah I think Kobe's mental process goes something like this: Me best player on this team, me put team on my back, Low FG% while open, not wanting to cut, me stutter step or ballfake, go clutch go for the big-man. There are only a few things Kobe can do on any given night, but at least this way has resulted in 2 straight titles, 3 finals appearances, and say what you want about the Lakers losing to the Celtics in 08, but remember how the Jordan-led bulls kept getting swept before they "broke-through"? Kobe follows the same path learning how to lead a team to the post-season. Since the Lakers got Pau Gasol, an all-star with high ball IQ, notice how easier he made Kobe's life. Lakers Finals appearances are up even with constantly changing rosters. I rather have Kobe go Fed Reseve to bail his team than many other infamous cats who never even moved the needle in his same situations to be honest with you. I'll take an injured :30 to go closer as well.

@Rick, sorry for the loss he's in a good place right now.

Mark Medina,

Thank you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

*______________________________________________________________________*
THE LAKER NATION WEEPS ON THE PASSING OF ONE OF THE GREAT LAKERHOLICS OF ALL
TIIME - RIP RICK FRIEDMAN – LAKER NATION GRIEVES AND SALUTES YOU - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - I had been in touch with Rick's cousin recently and I'm saddened that he passed. I appreciate his presence and his dealings with me and made it a great joy to interact with on a daily basis. I don't want to get too specific out of respect for their privacy, but I am in discussions with his cousin on what he can do to honor what he meant to this community. I'll share more once I know from them
(02) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. " Rest in peace my friend.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - Anna - I also consider myself a friend to Rick. I'd sent him an email not too long ago wanting an update on how he was doing, since I know he was still going through it. I didn't hear back and was just going to send another one today.... I'm heartbroken. Rick was a sweetie and one hell of a knowledgeable Laker fan of course. I'm so very upset I never got the chance to meet him in person, although I spoke with him on the phone several times. He was always upbeat even though he had been going through a lot for awhile now. When he originally got ill, I sent him snippets every day of the "Get well Rick" bandwagon that the blog had going, and I can tell everyone that he loved it, and was always so appreciative. Anna - please let Adam know that I also will be grieving for his dad, and send my love and deepest sympathy. The last time I spoke with Rick, he had been doing better.... I'm also shocked and saddened. This truly is a dark day for many of us.
(04) FAITH – DRIVER 2 - Rick Friedman was a class act, one that I'm proud to have been a blog vet with. We will miss him and all that he brings to the table as laker family. Rest in peace Rick, we will always remember our times together, from the championship parades and game night live blogs.
(05) PSYCHEDLAKERGRL – RIDING SHOTGUN1
(06) JOHN K. – RIDIING SHOTGUN2 Annanotherthing, Thanks for sharing. I must have had my head in the sand, but I was somehow unaware of Rick's passing. Instead I've been wondering "Where's Rick?" Yeah...I'd like to say something poetic right now but it escapes me. I'll miss him. I'm consumed by a sense of emptiness right now. Rick was one of the originals and one of the best. I feel like anything I type will sound trite right now. Laker Nation just lost a good man.
(07) LAKER TOM – RIDING SHOTGUN3 -ANNAANOTHERTHING... Thank for your sharing the news about Rick. I have to say I was worried that his health might be failing him as he rarely posted and wasn’t his usual cheery self when he did post. I will pray for him to be watching us win again from his purple and gold throne in Lakers heaven. I would like to suggest to MM that he formally now name the RCOD as the Rick Friedman award. What better way to remind us all of what a great friend and fan Rick was. The news probably hits the older posters on the blog harder because it speaks so strongly of the mortality that all of us have to face eventually. I wonder what happened to our good friend KobeBlitz and hope that he is doing well. At 65, I’ve outlived many friends and stopped reading the obits long ago for fear of reading bad news. If anything, this should be a stark reminder to all of us that everything must end sometime. So relish the fact that we’ve won 16 NBA championships and are poised to win our 17th and third in a row. Don’t take our good fortune and high standing for granted. Most importantly, don’t take the cherished relationships you’ve developed on this blog for granted. Many of us have gone beyond being just virtual friends to being real friends. Rest in peace, Rick. We loved and shared too much with you to ever forget or regret. Our most sincere condolences to Adam and the rest of Rick’s family. May God always be with you. Let’s put together a farewell and thank you bandwagon for Rick Friedman. I am sure Adam and his family would love to know how many friends Rick made and what they thought of the man as their friend and Lakers fan. I am sure we can get Justa or Anna to forward the list to Rick’s son. I know for one that it’s a sad day for the Lakers Blog when we lose one of our finest.
(08) LAKER LASS – RIP RICK FRIEDMAN
(09) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(10) MARK G - Rick was cool. I've also been wondering where he's been. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.
(11) BRONXLAKERFAN - R.I.P. Rick Friedman...I'm sorry if I missed the news of his passing. Annaotherthing....thanks for sharing that nice story about Mr. Friedman. My condolences to his family.
(12) MAMBA24 – It was an honor and a privilege to know you my brother. You were one of the Great ones my friend and your passing leaves a void in the Nation that will last as long as Laker nation does and that for Eternity. May God bless your family and bless your Soul.
(13) CAPS-GOOGLES (83-79) - I haven't been posting much because I'm dealing with some problems at the moment, but I am saddened beyond words to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. Rick was one of the first ones to greet me on to the blog and was always a good source of information with his post and blog banter. The blog has lost one of it's brightest posters and it's just not going to be the same without him. Rick you will be missed.
(14) IHEARTKB24 - Annanotherthing - PLEASE give my condolences to Rick's family...
(15) MAGIC PHIL - Rick Friedman, I'll miss you, your excellent comments, your excellence... R.I.P. and thanks for all the good advice you throw my way! The Friedman award will live forever.
(16) CHINSTU - RIP Rick. I was asking Justanothermambafan about Rick during the last Live game chat. I was under the impression that Rick was doing better. What a shock! One of our great bloggers will be missed dearly. Thank you Anna. You are a great friend indeed.
(17) HOBBITMAGE - re: Rick Friedman passing. I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences to
his family.
(18) MUD - RIP Rick Friedman...
(19) JEFE101 - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rick Friedman, obviously one of the true pioneers of this amazing blog - may he rest in peace.
(20) YELLOFEVER - Re: RickFriedman.. I am shocked and saddened. My sympathies to the Friedman family. He will truly be missed. Long live the friedman award!!
(21) ADRIAN PALOMAR -RIP Rick our deepest sympathy and condolence to your family.You will be surely missed in this blogged but in our hearts we will keep your memories forever.Farewell my dear friend...
(22) LROB - I'm saddened to hear about Rick Friedman passing. It's amazing I've never met anyone in person from the blog, yet I feel a sense of community through our mutual love of the Lakers. Rick certainly left his mark on me as a smart and passionate fan. He will be missed. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends.
(23) HARIYAHU - I seldom post here anymore, but just wanted to chime in with my heartfelt condolences to the Friedman family and to the Blog crew.
(24) POINT FORWARD - @Rick, sorry for the loss he's in a good place right now.
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Posted by: LakerTom | March 14, 2011 at 04:03 PM

Bynum's star is burning the brightest in Lakerville. I have to admit that I am really thrilled with Bynum's resurgence and his acceptance as a defensive beast. If he continues to make his presence on defense then I truly believe that this lakers team is the one to beat, period! And, not to forget team play is crucial :) !!!

i welcome the absence of bryant, that way the lakers can play team ball game. go lakers!!!

I had noticed and lamented the absence of Rick Friedman on the blog, but had no idae that he had passed. I am sorry for his friends and family, for whom I sure this is a terrible loss.


I'll miss him here. One of the great posters. Smart, level headed. Hell.

WHAT IS A BALLHOG; TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

A ball hog is a derisive term in basketball for a player who tends to handle the ball so exclusively that his or her behavior is damaging to their team. For this reason, "ball-hogging" is generally considered unacceptable playing behavior at all levels of basketball competition, especially by the player's teammates and coach. However, ball-hogging is not a violation of the rules of basketball.

The main behavior associated with being a ball hog is excessive shooting, including frequent attempts at difficult shots (especially when passing to an open player would've made the chances of a successful shot to the basket much greater). Ball hogs attempt to monopolize their play of the ball, frequently dribbling excessively and infrequently passing the ball to a teammate. The ball hog does this because of any combination of poor court vision, over-confidence in his own ability relative to that of his teammates, lack of confidence in his/her teammates' abilities, or sheer selfishness. Ball hogging tends to manifest itself statistically as an abnormally high percentage of team shot attempts by the ball hog and often low percentages of shot accuracy and assists. They also tend to have a very poor assist-to-turnover ratio (used as the main statistical indicator of how well a player "shares" the ball).

"Ball-hogging" can be detrimental to a team both immediately and in the long term. For instance, a player with ball-hogging tendencies may overlook or neglect a teammate who is open for a relatively easy shot, choosing instead to take a more difficult shot himself, often at the team's expense. Additionally, repeated ball-hogging by a player can damage a team's cohesiveness and alienate him or her from his teammates, coaches, and fans. Another example of a ball-hog, is a player that tries to look good statistically. This could be done even through assists. A player that tries to be the best at everything, holds the ball, executes all the plays, from scoring to assisting, can also be known as a ball hog.

The common offensive strategy for a basketball team is to have the better offensive player(s) attempting more shots. But when a player seems to be taking this strategy to excess, that player is often said to be a "ball hog" regardless of how good a shooter he might be. Therefore the term is highly subjective, and any individual player might be considered a ball hog by some observers but not by others. As explained earlier, players with the poorest assist-to-turnover ratios (lots of turnovers and very few assists) are the most likely to be in danger of gaining a ball hog reputation. Ironically, players usually must be quite talented to be considered a ball hog, especially at collegiate and professional levels; incompetent ball hogs simply do not go far in team basketball.

Silly Wabbitts,

Kobe please ball hog your way to more Championship MVP's!!!!!!

Thank you Kobe for Sacrificing yourself
so we can continue watching the Lakers win!!!

I for one greatly appreciate you NOW and will
Exponentially when you retire!!!!!!!!


LONG Live The MAMBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was written:

I for one hopes kobe stay in the lockerroom like last year. God forbid that he should actually sit on the bench and cheer his team on if he can't play. No one wants to see how tough you are kobe so don't play. If you do play just pass the ball to the beast and gasol. Don't launch those bricks you have been shooting lately. 6-20? Atrocious!!Why risk the season for a regular season game? Be smart kobe.

my response: Well I, for one, hope that we get rid of Kobe. Heaven forbid
that we believe the man who played with broken fingers, torn cartilage in
his knee, sprained knees, elbows and ankles, just so some pooh-butt fan
can stop harping on "he did rehab in the locker room instead of sitting on
bench with his teammates".

Being new to Medina's Blog and sparingly posting comments since last summer, I've always noticed that the RCOTD awards have been affectionately referred to as "The Friedman" or "Friedman Award." It's obvious by the comments posted on the Blog that he was loved and respected. As such, I would like to second "LakerTom's" notion that the RCOTD officially be renamed: The Rick Friedman Award

R.I.P. Mr. Friedman

@MR LAKER & HOBBITMAGE...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIRS!!!!
Preach Brothers, Preach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=4898794

snippet:

Bryant stayed in the lockerroom to get treatment Monday night.

"It's frustrating. I'm not used to this. I don't know what the hell players are supposed to do back here," he said. "I don't know what's going on half the time."

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THE LAKER NATION WEEPS ON THE PASSING OF ONE OF THE GREAT LAKERHOLICS OF ALL
TIIME - RIP RICK FRIEDMAN – LAKER NATION GRIEVES AND SALUTES YOU – BANDWAGON
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDVj7qPqRE – ITS SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
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(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - I had been in touch with Rick's cousin recently and I'm saddened that he passed. I appreciate his presence and his dealings with me and made it a great joy to interact with on a daily basis. I don't want to get too specific out of respect for their privacy, but I am in discussions with his cousin on what he can do to honor what he meant to this community. I'll share more once I know from them
(02) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. " Rest in peace my friend.


(25) TOM DANIELS - I had noticed and lamented the absence of Rick Friedman on the blog, but had no idae that he had passed. I am sorry for his friends and family, for whom I sure this is a terrible loss. I'll miss him here. One of the great posters. Smart, level headed. Hell.

When kobe misses a few games the guys play with energy and have fun out there. No one dominates the ball and they make the extra pass. If only kobe can buy into the team concempt consistently the lakers would be unstoppable. if drew has the advantage you feed him until he is fat and content. These guys are professional and i am sure they get embarrassed when kobe launches low % shots instead of passing them da ball. I think i will start a No Kobe hogging the ball bandwagon.

RIP Rick.


..........btw, how do we know when one of us passes? I'm with LakerTom on the 60 age decade, but I truly have become weary of watching my youthful heros and friends and teammates pass without knowing they were in bad health or danger......... One day at a time folks.

One win at a time, also............

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Now if you ask me if he is the most selfish player? Yes especially lately. Is he a good teammate? No. Let us look at some evidence shall we.


my response:

I guess this is one of those cases where stats lie.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bryanko01.html

says he's ~ 2 less shots than last year. .2 less assists, we have one of the
best records in the NBA, Pau Gasol was an all-star again ....

And yet, Kobe is a poor teammate.

How dare he permanently cripple himself for the Lakers/his teammates.
That's just OUTRAGEOUS!!!

Only a selfish, ballhog, stat hoarding fiend would give himself arthrititis
while leading the team in assists. That's just OUTRAGEOUS!!!!

I'd rather have Smush. Now there was a real team player!

the

I love this one: You would see dwade, lbj, ginoboli, shaq etc all cheer their team on when injured except kobe.

my question: So ... when is the last time that dwade, lbj, ginobli or shaq
won a championship?


I just heard. My greatest sympathies and love to Rick Friedman’s family.

THE LOVE WILL MISS YOU RICK


@MAMBA24,

Your the Man!!


Thank you for keeping calm, cool, and collected when Posters,
I included, get crazy and out of control!!!!!!

Would the Kobe fans with pink glasses please stand up? As LBJ would say I am making mental notes, hahaha!!


Kobe as the BallHog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV6wTXeCzy8

LeBron as the non-BallHog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-9PD9Y3c-8&feature=related

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM
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You just can't argue with that!

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AWESOME DUDE!

To Mr. R. Friedman,

I am sad for your passing,
but I am sure you are cheering for Kobe and the Lakers
from the Great Beyond!!!


R.I.P.

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When kobe misses a few games the guys play with energy and have fun out there. No one dominates the ball and they make the extra pass. If only kobe can buy into the team concempt consistently the lakers would be unstoppable. if drew has the advantage you feed him until he is fat and content. These guys are professional and i am sure they get embarrassed when kobe launches low % shots instead of passing them da ball.

my response: When Kobe misses a few games the Lakers beat the diseased
& the weak of the NBA. When they play the elite they lose.

If only the team's assist leader would hand out assists? Does that make
sense to anyone?

re: Kobe & the team concept and consistently. You mean like going to the
NBA finals 3 years in a row and winning two out of 3?

re: feeding Drew and the advantage. Hmmm ... Didn't Bynum just say that
he finally gets it and he needs to focus on defense? Didn't he just talk about
being able to influence the game from the defensive end?

Hasn't Bynum been averaging a double-double since the all-star break?

This is all soooo confusing. Maybe we should just throw the 2 time NBA
finals MVP under the a bus & play w/o him. Then we could feed Bynum,
Artest & D-Fish until May. When we'd lose because we no longer had the
game's most determined player on our side. That just makes sooooo much
sense.

Well, I guess it is ultimately up to the LA Times and his family, but i don't see how we could not have it called the Rick Friendman Reader Comment of the Day.

if that's not too small a tribute.

er, Rick Friedman. Crap typo

 
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