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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

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

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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Hobbit because gasol and ron ron saved kobe in game 7 and he won a chip that absolve him of being a selfish ball hog. Remember he almost loss the game for la before the zen master yanked him out the game. What was he 5 for 24? I am sure if you were to meet dwade, shaq or lbj they would treat a lot better than the enigma known as kobe. You wonder why he only has 1 regular season mvp? Because he is not a people's person and no one likes him that much. Phil doesn't, neither do gasoft, odom or bynum.

RIP Rick.

He was one of the original bloggers I met when I got here.

If we can request MM to post Rick Friedman's comments as a tribute to him that would be very nice for our Laker Fam blog.

May mamba can do that request.

I'm passing this note from Rick's family....

As my father wanted...we are holding a very casual memorial celebration at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd. in W. Hollywood this Thursday 3/17 (also St. Patty's Day for those who wish to really party) from 6 pm to 9 pm in the upstairs room. It will be a cash bar, but we will provide light appetizers so I would appreciate it you would RSVP at adam@advancedathletics.com so that I could get a head count. All are invited to share with the group who Rick was to them in their lives beginning at 7 pm. Thank you very much!

So sad to hear of Rick Friedman's passing.....

I will pray for the repose of his soul. I wondered why he was no longer posting? I asked Justa several times about Rick, I thought she was just ignoring my posts. It was Anna who delivered the sad news. Please extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Friedman family for having Rick here in this blog. As Faith said, he is a class act and a very independent poster except for his favorite, Jordan Farmar. Nonetheless, when Lakers did not sign JF, Rick was calm and embraced the new the replacements. I missed the opportunity of meeting him in the last two parades, didn't expect that was my last chance.

In his memory, I hope MM could compose a summary of Rick's posts. He is the first active blogger whom we know, died in the blog, I'm sure there were others nobody just informed us. Thanks again Annaotherthing.

NO one is questioning Kobe's desire, character or the skills, indeed the best player today. But It's been well documented that Bryant's trigger-happy tendencies helped contribute to the Lakers' 94-88 loss last week to Miami.
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So big deal, it was not game 7 and only a regular game and less important than Dallas game. So inlets hope that the "ballhog" stays dormant during the playoffs.

Island Priest,

you wrote: because gasol and ron ron saved kobe in game 7 and he won a chip that absolve him of being a selfish ball hog. Remember he almost loss the game for la before the zen master yanked him out the game. What was he 5 for 24? I am sure if you were to meet dwade, shaq or lbj they would treat a lot better than the enigma known as kobe. You wonder why he only has 1 regular season mvp? Because he is not a people's person and no one likes him that much. Phil doesn't, neither do gasoft, odom or bynum.

my response: Stop smoking crack!

http://www.nba.com/games/20100603/BOSLAL/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1#nbaGIboxscore

30 pts. 6 assists. 10-22

http://www.nba.com/games/20100608/LALBOS/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1#nbaGIboxscore

29 pts. 4 assits. 8-8 free throws.

http://www.nba.com/games/20100615/BOSLAL/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1#nbaGIboxscore

26 pts. 3 assists. 11 rebounds.

W/o Kobe, there wouldn't have been a game 7. W/o his rebounding in
game 7 there would be no championship. W/o his free-throw shooting in
game 7 there would be no championship.

I'm going to try to go to his memorial, and if I can I'll print out all your comments and give them to his family. I don't know how much comfort it will be but I know they'll appreciate that we remembered and cared about Rick.

Island Priest wrote: You wonder why he only has 1 regular season mvp? Because he is not a people's person and no one likes him that much. Phil doesn't, neither do gasoft, odom or

my response: So ... Because he's not a people person Pau Gasol chose to
re-sign with him?

Because he's not a people person D-Fish chose to forgo signing w/ the
Heat to stay with Kobe?

Because he's not a people person everyone on Team USA raved about him?

Because he's not a people person Melo talked about how Kobe texted him
during the "trade saga"?

Because he's not a people person Josh Powell, Caron Butler, Sasha Vasujic
& Trever Ariza all credit Kobe's help in becoming better players?

PUT THE FRIGGIN' CRACK PIPE DOWN AND RUN TO THE NEAREST
HOSPITAL!!!

Ask for a white jacket with extra-long sleeves.

No one can dispute Kobe Bryant greatness.

Posted by: island priest | March 14, 2011 at 04:34 PM

That's funny. You do it all the time.

I'll be going to the memorial.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Because he's not a people person Melo talked about how Kobe texted him
during the "trade saga"?

Because he's not a people person Josh Powell, Caron Butler, Sasha Vasujic
& Trever Ariza all credit Kobe's help in becoming better players?

PUT THE FRIGGIN' CRACK PIPE DOWN AND RUN TO THE NEAREST
HOSPITAL!!!

Ask for a white jacket with extra-long sleeves.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 05:36 PM

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This one made me laugh real hard it's hurting my tummy already... enough, enough!!!

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/05/kobe-fisher-is-a-friend-whos-more-like-a-brother/

snippet:

seldom has there been a pro basketball partnership like Bryant and Fisher’s — the highly credentialed and often contentious superstar and his special vocational friend, the man Bryant affectionately calls Fish. In their 11th season together, a run that was interrupted for three years when Fisher left Los Angeles, Fisher has become a Lakers authority in his own right, the one teammate of Bryant’s who has his ear along with the uncontested right to raise a voice. ‘We’ve gone through different facets of life together,’ Bryant said. ‘He’s always been a standup guy, a friend who is more like a brother.’

my response: Well there you go! Proof that Fisher hates Kobe. Jeez!

How sad to hear that Rick Friedman passed away. In my book there are few 'must-read' posters, he was one of them. If the blog retired names, his banner would be up there with the all-timers.

R.I.P. Rick Friedman, I'm sure you're enjoying your birds-eye view, be sure to say hey to Chick for us...


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

Sorry Island Priest it seems you got nothing going here...

Go lakers!!! Go Kobe!!!

Hobbit no one is disputing the importance of kobe. But he doesn't play smart team ball sometimes and phil himself said it. Kobe didn't showed up to the enshrinement of the man who made him a star that's jerry west. Shaq was there, pat riley, gasol, bill russell etc. Not kobe because kobe doesn't value relationships because he is an enigma. Remember how he said carmello was his best friend a few years back? Did kobe attend his wedding? no. you remember the story and kobe and vanessa treated his former maid? Why don't you go work for kobe hobbit. Then if you come out singing kobe praises i would not criticise him everv again.

how about we get rid of Kobe and become a team of sharing, caring helpers out there. let's become a team that Los Angeles can look up to and respect and bring their children to see like the Clippers!

or not...i'd rather have the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers WITH one of the greatest players of all time, who it's been my pleasure to watch, Kobe Bryant. those other guys want the ball? tell them to hustle, make their cuts and hit their open shots. tell them to get good position with a proper seal in the post. tell them to not just throw the ball around the perimeter and then dump it off to Kobe with 5 seconds on the shot clock hoping for a bail-out.

actually, don't tell anybody anything. just stop idiots from trolling the internet. just because some frustrated ex player or sportswriter is trying to stir up trouble isn't an excuse to repeat idiocy. Kobe has LEAD HIS TEAM IN ASSISTS his ENTIRE career. he must pass sometimes!

let's see, greatest assists in recent Laker history, who assisted to D Fish, Shaq, and many others? oh yeah, the guy who won't pass....

I just popped on here at the library at LSE, and I am highly saddened to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. I would have loved to attend the memorial, but am unable to since I am so far away right now.

Rick was one of the first people to welcome me to the blog (especially since I was unsure at the time how the whole blogging etiquette was supposed to run). I don't know if there is much that I can do to help, or that would be of comfort to the family, but if there is, please do not hesitate to let me know.

I'm truly saddened about this.

R.I.P. Rick

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."

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 05:00 PM

hobbitmage...

There's no talking to that person. Apparently, Kobe should sit on the sidelines instead of getting the treatment that will enable him from returning from injury that much sooner. I don't think Kobe's teammates have a problem with him, just some of his "fans".

Here's some more people who hate Kobe Bryant:

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/columns/story?id=5121114

And he needs to hug a guy.

The guy is Josh Powell.

When the two meet up before Bryant takes the court, the Lakers reserve forward doesn't just embrace Bryant, he gets in his ear, imparting a final thought for Bryant to consider before tip-off, as if Powell was basketball's Dr. Phil.

"I tell him," Powell explained, "I say, 'We're going to go out to eat at McDonald's after the game and he's like, 'Yeah!' He gets fired up."

http://kb24.com/2010/01/29/team-kb24-presents-josh-powell/

snippet:
What is the one thing that surprised you about Kobe after you met him?

How personable he is. He reached out to me and kind of took me under his wing, and I have appreciated learning from him and being able to work side by side with him everyday. He supports us all as a team so much.

http://sportstwo.com/threads/126916-Behind-the-Scenes-Kobe-Sasha


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=NuggetsLakers-090521

"He almost didn't have a choice but to be cool and outgoing with us, the caliber of players we had on this team," Anthony said. "Off the court, we're all outgoing people, we all like to have fun. He came and fit right in.

"I think it changed everybody's perception. I think it changed his perception of us, too. We became closer."

Of all the bonds formed, Kobe and Carmelo's might be the tightest.

"He's like a brother to me," Kobe said. "I love him. We spend a lot of time together. He was the one I'm closest with on the team."

Kobe is definitely the big brother. He has set a higher standard. Although this has been a breakthrough playoffs for Carmelo, Kobe has a slightly higher scoring average (28.4), even though it feels as if he isn't having his best postseason.

We'll see whether the friendship can survive the intensity of the playoffs. Coming in, Anthony had to joke, "That's my man, but I don't know him this week."

this Kobe stuff reminds me of that horrible old film with James Caan, Rolerball. it seems there was this player who was just too good, too unstoppable and the multinational corporations that run stuff wanted to use the game to preach "teamwork", but James Caan could practically win the game by himself. what did the powers that be decide to do? first it was slander and smear campaigns, but when people still loved the guy for his skill, they stopped calling fouls when he got smashed unfairly. when that wouldn't work, they literally tried to kill him on the playing field, just to show that no man is bigger than the game or the corporation that runs the game. thankfully, James Caan tells them all to stuff it and wins the championship bloodied and bent, but never broken.

go Kobe! go Lakers! we fans know you're a team and we know what Kobe does FOR that team.

kobe also has deviant sexual preferences. Refer to the eagle colorado case. Gasol love playing in la man for the lakers. Powell said kobe made him a better person? Wasn't powell recently arrested for failing to yield to an ambulance in atlanta. That sounds like something kobe would do. Kobe has vocal cords so he can say anything but the man has no soul and he is as phony as the black mamba nickname.

bronx,

You didn't miss it. He was still with us on Saturday so he just (mercifully) passed. Rick is my cousin and it's really a further testament to what a hell of a guy he is that he endeared himself so much to the people of this blog just like to the people in his life.

I notiched a Rick Friedman appear here a few years ago when I stopped posting as obsessively and after a bit shot an e-mail to him because I thought it was him. It was kind of fun to get a little closer to him via cyberspace and mutual Lakers fandom.

I'll have more to say later, but it really is a loss for everyone. He was a neat guy with a lot of positive energy to share.

Benjamin

Kobe Doing Work (Lil Wayne)

[Kobe talking]
I want to be the best
I want to be the best, simple and plain
That's why I play the game
And to be the best you have to win
And that's what drives me

[NBA analyst talking]
He's the best player in the game
It's just that simple
There's nothing that Kobe Bryant can't do
He will defend your best player
He will shoot from the perimeter
He will get all in yo mug
He will do whatever it takes
He is the most complete basketball player
In the game today - bar none
He has an assassin's mentality
I said this week, I said it when the trades went down
And I will repeat it again
Who's starving for more NBA World Championships
More than Kobe Bryant? There is no one
This guy is highly motivated

What separates Kobe from the pack?
More than Kobe Bryant, there is no one

[Lil' Wayne]
OK
Kobe doin' work
Two-four on my shirt
He the greatest on the court
And I'm the greatest on the verse
Going for the 5th ring like it was his first
Gotta get the bling
Do it for Kareem!
Two-four so nice, my flow so mean
Catch me at the game sitting next to Goldestein
Kobe Bryant Nikes, purple gold strings,
Kobe in the game dunking on your team
Black Mamba, attack conquer
Basketball beast, rap monster
Crossover good, a turnaround jumper
Or just drive the lane and dunk on dunkers
You know where it's going, it's going down yo
This is the Lakeshow, but don't drown though
I call him King Bryant, now let the crown show

[Talking]
I'm definitely, I'm just lost for words
I mean, he's amazing

[Lil' Wayne]
Pass me the damn ball
I don't need a pick at all
And don't worry 'bout my shot
'Cause I'ma get that off
Yea, I drops 40 on your double team
Then I drop 81 on another team
Yeah, you better guard me with caution
And watch I work 'em like a auction
No such thing as exhaustion
No time for resting
'Cause I don't take breaks
I just break records
And I prefer the ball with 3 seconds
And I bet we gon' win it all in 3 seconds
Ya dig? That is a guarantee
Apparently
And please tell your defense
Don't ever man to man with me
Double team, triple team
Your defenders sick of me
But, I never let 'em get to me
Literally
Step back and give 'em a three
Ain't no defending me

[Reporter talking]
One guy certainly envious of the way Bryant's playing lately
LeBron James

[LeBron James talking]
I've been recorded saying that
He's definitely the best player in our league

Um, to me, in my eyes
The best scorer in our league
And there's not another guy in our league
That can accomplish some of the things
That he's doing

[Lil' Wayne]
Never take a day off
Catch you at the top of the key
And get a J off
Baseline facetime
Tongue out like two-three
Even two-three gotta love how I do me
Practice while you sleep
Practice in my sleep
Straight outta high school
Tha brackets ain't for me
I will be jumping over you
Like I got a mattress at my feet
And all the Phil Jackson teams
Better be passing it to me
I put the master in the beast
Attack you like a beast
I am starving for victory
And that means I'ma eat
And when they ask you who's the best
Then the answer should be me

[Elie Seckbach talking with Mikael Pietrus]
Reporter: Who's the best player in the NBA?
Mikael: Um, I'll say Kobe Bryant.
Reporter: Really? Why?
Mikael: Because you never know what you're gonna get

[Lil' Wayne]
Call me Mr. Clutch or Mr. Automatic
I can post 'em up, or Lamar go get the alley
I'm going for the ring
I'm going for the ring
I went to Beijing
And came back with the bling
Who they want? They want Kobe
And what he want? He want the trophy
The victory
And the glory
No Shaq
No Robert Horry
Now break 'em off, Kobe break 'em off
You better be where that Laker don't
Yea, just give him the ball and he take it off
Or he properly dishing it to Andrew
Or give it to Gasol on the wing, yeah
Or just let lil' Fish do his thing, yeah
'Cause I'm great, and so is my team, yeah

[I thought you want to be the greatest]

Do it for Magic
It's your time baby
I see nothing wrong with doing it five times baby
I'm the best yes
And he the best yeah
Don't worry LeBron - get 'em next year,
Maybe not
Now what's defense,
To an assassin?
Killer instinct
Murder the basket
Then steal the ball back
Hold it for ransom
It's more than a game
This is a passion
Been a all-star, been a champion
Free throw line, you hear 'em chanting
MVP, MVP
Kobe Bryant aka Envy Me
In knee deep, smash any D
Whoever he is he can't guard me
He can't guard me

Whose the best?????????

So, there you have it. The overwhelming answer was - Kobe Bryant

To all Laker players Kobe, Pau, Socks, Derek, Lamar, Steve, Matt, Shannon, Luke and others as well as to the Coaches & F/O:

I don't know whether you guys are keeping up with this blog, we just lost a dear blogger by the name of Rick F. I hope you will play tonight with great resolve and high energy to win this game in honor of our fellow blogger. It may be a childish wish from a senior fan to request a personal favor. I don't mind at all. Our endearing passion knows no boundaries express your success 24/7 in this blog till death do us part like Rick Friedman and Chickie-baby. I hope you'd grant a simple request.

FCM- Do you think maybe it is possible to get up a Rick Friedman memorial thread of some kind to make it easy to get up a collection of comments from bloggers that his family and friends can see? I see that Jon K and Faith at least are going to try to go to his memorial, it would be great if we could have a huge laker blog bandwagon of love with hundreds of comments that they could take with them.

You know, a list of comments that wasn't about the personality traits and cult of Kobe Bryant.

@Benjamin....

Pleas accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your cousin. It's so painful to lose a loved one. My prayers will be with you and your family.

Can't believe I was about to ask why R. Friedman hadn't won a Friedman in a while.

This community has truly grown into something lasting and rare. I'm always impressed how friendship and the glass half full always wins out around here.

The kind of insightful and intelligent writing that Rick cranked out on a regular basis, will be remembered.

We were all lucky to have known him.

Friedman Award it is!

what team do ya'll cheer for i mean if ya'll are really lakers fan go lakers do what you do.hope kobe play but if he don't that mean he has a whole week off before next game.after beating dallas in dallas and the spurs in there home lakers look confident.so whoever phil put on the court i feel the lakers is going to win ( TRUE LAKERS FAN ) the lakers have won game when kobe take 12 shots or score 12 points. I mean by him being on the floor teams have to play him less double teams. start looking at the game and stop looking at (espn & sport center)

"kobe also has deviant sexual preferences. Refer to the eagle colorado case. Gasol love playing in la man for the lakers. Powell said kobe made him a better person? Wasn't powell recently arrested for failing to yield to an ambulance in atlanta. That sounds like something kobe would do. Kobe has vocal cords so he can say anything but the man has no soul and he is as phony as the black mamba nickname.

Posted by: island priest | March 14, 2011 at 05:55 PM"

there's the truth finally out. this man(?) doesn't care about basketball or the Lakers. he's here strictly to troll because of his own personal issues.

hey, we don't care about Colorado. there was no conviction because there was never enough evidence(the prosecutor would've continued if he had a case whether the woman cooperated or not). all we care about here is Lakers Basketball. anyone who is into Lakers Basketball LOVES Kobe as a player on the team. period.

Island Priest,

you wrote: Hobbit no one is disputing the importance of kobe. But he doesn't play smart team ball sometimes and phil himself said it.

my response: No where, in any of my postings, have you ever seen that I've
said that Kobe always plays smart team bball. He doesn't and that's never
been the issue. The issue *IS* that the purpose of basketball is to win. PERIOD.
It's a competitive game. It's not a church picnic.

Phil Jackson has *explicitly* stated that many of Kobe's teammates stand
around and watch him instead of playing team basketball. Why don't you
put a "beat down" on the rest of the Lakers for standing around like mannequins when Kobe is trying to win the game?

Why don't you ask why Kobe has more assists than the PG?

Why don't you question why *NONE* of his teammates are all NBA defense?

People, on this blog, have made every excuse possible for the play of all
Lakers not named Kobe. Yet, Kobe is the one with the most accolades.

You whine about him not sitting on the bench because he's getting treatement,
so the Lakers can win.

You whine about his assists and he's the leader in assists on the team.

You whine about him playing hurt, when others go to Italy or the world cup
and miss the start of the season.

Did you whine when he held up the Bill Russell trophy?

STOP WHINNING!

He's not perfect. Never said he was. By God, that's the hardest workin' man
in basketball, he's the leader of the Lakers and he's doing everything in his
power to instill his work ethic in his teammates w/o throwing them under
a buss for the chumps that they act like.

In case you hadn't noticed it, we're trying to win a championship here. Stop
your whining and be grateful that you don't live in Ohio & have LeBronze
as the sorry home town chump that you diefied and who left you at the altar
to go hang out with his friends in Florida.

Grab a Vodka and percoset, watch the games & BE GRATEFUL!!! We have
one of the best to ever play the game trying to bring home another championship!

BE GRATEFUL!

The kind of insightful and intelligent writing that Rick cranked out on a regular basis, will be remembered.

We were all lucky to have known him.

Friedman Award it is!

Posted by: VMan | March 14, 2011 at 06:06 PM

@VMan...so true.

It is bloggers like Rick Friedman that made this site what it is. Rick and others set a tone of intelligent, articulate commenting that seperates this site from the vulgar, petty, childish tripe so prevalent on Yahoo and ESPN blogs. He'll truly be missed.

Good bye Rick. May you be in heaven 3 days before the Devil hears of your passing.

JR

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.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 14, 2011 at 05:19 PM
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Kobe buys into the team concept that he's the best closer in the team hence, he closes the games that are "too close to call" thereby helping his team. He does make plays for others but just because cats don't often set picks for him in the halfcourt doesn't mean he's just trying to be selfish by taking on 3 guys. So Kobe needs to close the games by drawing up two defenders, e.g. versus the elite teams, that have great defensive matchups, your Thunder, your Magic, that's where Kobe comes in. He's the best closer in the game for a reason. Closing. WINNING!

Nets just got the Celtics in NJ. That's a good thing. 88-79. Our ex-Lakers didn't do so well....Sasha had 3 pts. in 14 mins. in a start at small forward. Jordan didn't score in 20 mins. but had 3 rebs. and 3 assists.

Perkins returned from injury and made his OKC debut. He went for 6 points and 9 boards in a little less than 20 mins. as the Thunder destroyed the Wizards.

"I'd always want him to play if he can," Jackson said.

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6216748

Kobe is disrespected on this blog. OK, sometimes he shoots too much and sometimes not enough… But let’s get real! He is one of the greatest to play the game. The other players like him. Did you watch Kobe at the all star game? Most of the other players in the league want to be like Kobe and hang with Kobe in the hopes that some of his greatness will rub off (it works that way). All of the other players respect him. They play the same game. They know what it takes to score 30 points in a game and most of them have never done it. Even fewer have done it consistently. Fewer still have won rings. There are four players in the history of the league to have won at least five championships and 2 Finals MVPs - Michael Jordon, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Kobe Bryant. There are only three players that were selected to the ALL-NBA and All-Defensive teams at least 10 times each – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, and Kobe Bryant. Different guys… Except one... I feel very lucky to have witnessed his heroics over the years. His work ethic is unequaled. Do you ever ask yourself, “What would Kobe do?” The answer is clear - get up earlier, work harder, play all out all the time, don’t give up, will yourself to victory... I know the disrespect will continue. I try to skim past it. Anyway, I am sure he doesn’t read it… ;-)

hobbitmage - "PUT THE FRIGGIN' CRACK PIPE DOWN AND RUN TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL!!!"

Too funny!!!

Go Lakers!

I'm watching the Spurs vs. Miami and I can honestly say the Spurs lack of size is going to bite them big time come playoff time.

Is Kobe human? The dude is flat amazing, his ankle sprain was one of the worst looking I have seen in many many years - and here he is probable to play just 48 hours later. Un-freakin-believable.

It appears that Kobe's mantra that winning is everything is a concept some can't wrap their minds around.

For Kobe, the win is everything, the means to getting it doesn't matter. If he's hot, he'll milk his own shot, but he has no problem feeding his guys too. It doesn't matter to him, and he doesn't look at anything but W's. He's not playing to be liked, to market himself, he's playing to win. Championships. Period.

That is why he is the most respected and feared competitor in the game amongst his peers, bar-none and not even close. He is as ruthless and coldblooded as they come.

This whole concept though is alien to some people, perhaps those that are style over substance, are all about looking good while playing and not playing to win.

MJ played the media and they ate it up, lapping at his feet like dogs. Kobe dismisses the media because he walks the walk and *truly* winning is everything to him, dealing with the media is merely a mandated necessary component to playing the game.

There is one thing I'm sure of: Kobe cares less what people think of how he goes about things because he knows one thing, that at the end of the day there is only one thing that measures a champion - how many times they have climbed to the top of the mountain and looked down.

It is that absolute clarity of purpose makes Kobe the perfect assassin, the perfect warrior - and the most misunderstood and under-appreciated athlete in this generation.


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

MM,

I agree with Laker Tom that it would be a wonderful way to honor Rick Friedman by formally naming the RCOTD after him. Phred also had a good suggestion of a separate thread for comments that could be passed on to his family.

@hobbitmage
Did you whine when he held up the Bill Russell trophy?
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@island priest

"kobe also has deviant sexual preferences. Refer to the eagle colorado case. Gasol love playing in la man for the lakers. Powell said kobe made him a better person? Wasn't powell recently arrested for failing to yield to an ambulance in atlanta. That sounds like something kobe would do. Kobe has vocal cords so he can say anything but the man has no soul and he is as phony as the black mamba nickname.

Posted by: island priest | March 14, 2011 at 05:55 PM"

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Then if you come out singing kobe praises i would not criticise him everv again.

Posted by: island priest | March 14, 2011 at 05:46 PM
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Response: We sing his praises when deserved, that's his due. We don't go on every-day anti-Kobe rants because it makes us feel better.

@hobbitmage In case you hadn't noticed it, we're trying to win a championship here. Stop
your whining and be grateful that you don't live in Ohio & have LeBronze
as the sorry home town chump that you diefied and who left you at the altar
to go hang out with his friends in Florida.
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HAHAHA this one made me laugh man. Excellent points~

@island priest

kobe also has deviant sexual preferences. Refer to the eagle colorado case. Gasol love playing in la man for the lakers.
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The trump card... to end all Kobe arguments: Eagle-Colorado. What Lawrence Taylor wasn't good enough? Next Kobe while he cheated on his wife, was never actually charged for anything I bet you the girl wanted it as much as Kobe did. So they had consentual sex what the heck is wrong with that and what does that have to do with Josh Powell's moral highground, who cares, it has little to do with anything.
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So big deal, it was not game 7 and only a regular game and less important than Dallas game. So inlets hope that the "ballhog" stays dormant during the playoffs.

Posted by: Norcal | March 14, 2011 at 05:31 PM
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Call K whatever you want but don't expect for reasonable Lakers fans to take your opinions at face value when you resort to ad hominem personal attacks at every turn that reek of "Kobe-hater". What did you also forget to call him a "rapist"? Did you forget to call him winner? Heathen? Hack? What a way to show your vocabulary, eh? I declare you two the Trolls of the Week.

I choose to ignore Kobe reverting to old-Kobe because guess what? In the big-picture it was just a loss. The fact that you spent Thursday-Monday talking about it shows you how much you know about ball. Because in a blog we can all go on tirades but not when we start to act like we belong in a padded cell. And guess what man? Kobe is still playing great ball and in the big-picture none of that stuff even matters.. Eventhough the Lakers went on a tear for a while, and only lost to the Heat because we couldn't stop their 3 as a unit, you continue to use Kobe as your proverbial Whipping Boy. Nobody. Cares, bro.. We just beat the Mavericks and Kobe went back in the 4th Q eventhough he sprained his ankle. So with you Kobe-haters all bets are off, as the old song goes: Bring in the clowns, and yes I did.

Yours truly,
PF

kobe dont pay any attention to the haters just keep doing
what you do best.keep talking to pau,and push bynum to become
the monster that he can be,have him concentrate on rebounding
and blocking shots and his point will come natural.go lakers

 
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