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Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and Pau Gasol discuss Lakers' 106-98 victory over Minnesota Timberwolves

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

Lakers forward Pau Gasol

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I wonder why everyone is attacking Bynum.
I know he made a ugly foul and Beasley could have got hurt really bad.

But it isn't the 1st time a player did a play like that. It was frustration because everyone was hitting him and no foul.
Every player can hit a big hard but if a big hits someone it must be an ejection!?

A lot of players played through this like Wilt, Shaq. and Bynum must learn and control his temper.

It also was a statement for the team to play harder. If he hadn't been ejected maybe today on this forum everyone would be attacking the bad performance and the 21st loss but instead everyone is attacking Bynum.

I hope Bynum learns and transforms his frustration into motivation to dominate the other teams.


Trolls - people who don't like a team and post their dislike along with all of their reasons for dislike on the team's blog.

I just don't get it. I have been blogging only a short time, but still haven't figured it out. If you are a Celtic fan, you can go to a Celtic blog and talk all of the crap about the Lakers you want to and get lots of support. Wouldn't that be better? Do these people just like to argue? Do they just walk around with hate in their heart and then want to spread this hate? It seems evil. Are they little kids that just don't know better? Are they mentally imbalanced? Either way, I guess we should have sympathy. It isn't that hard to scroll past it. I guess I wish it wasn't so, but it is. It is depressing. It is an example of the worst part of human nature and I can see why some bloggers eventually have enough and leave.
When I am annoyed by someone I end up thinking about one or all of three things:
1. That how they are is inconveniencing me in some way and I want to explain this to them - so they know.
2. That how they are is inconveniencing me in some way and I want them to change - stop being the way they are because of it.
3. That how they are is inconveniencing me in some way and I want to get away so it will stop.

#1 - Who cares what they think? Why does it matter what other people think? Why do I care if I can convince them or not?

#2 – I am not going to change anyone. People are the way they are.

#3 – This comes down to a personal choice. If i leave, it will be over. If I stay, I know that I will just have to put up with it.

This is helpful for me (not just on this blog, but in life in general). I hope that maybe it is helpful to other bloggers as well and that some of them will come back and just ignore the stupid, mentally unstable, and/or immature people who spew hate.

Aloha,

Watching Kobe last night had me shaking my head, just like last year. While I admire his warrior mentality, this was a game he should have sat out. Now he has a stiff neck to add to his other injuries. When you play hurt, you open the door for further injury. Our margin for error is smaller then in the past and we need him as healthy as possible for the playoffs. We will not win if he shoots like he has been shooting. Ankle sprains can linger if not rested. I think we should rest him until at least the Hornets game and maybe until Dallas. Were at home, the bench is stepping up and we are pretty good even without Kobe.

As far as Andrew and his hard foul. I believe it was a frustration foul. He had been hammered all night without any calls. So when Beasley, a player disliked around the league for his trash talking flew into the lane, he let all of the pent up emotion out on him. Drew will have to learn what Wilt knew and Shaq and Dwight knows, no one likes goliath. He will just have to learn how to get his licks in in less obvious ways. If he had his arms up when he body slammed him, nothing more then a normal foul would have been called and the same message would have been sent.

MH


Again,Kobe should rest his ankle not to aggravate it. The reserve players always play better at their home court, so this home stand will be a perfect time to sit a few games and let the reserves get more minutes.

It is really a good sign that Blake is playing much better as the playoffs approaches. I firmly believe that our new and hungry guys, Blake and Barnes, will play big parts in the playoffs to earn their first rings.

Go Killer B's!!

Go Lakers!


LakerPeace - I agree the B's really stepped up in this game - also, in the second half against Orlando. They are stating to see the light at the end of the tunnel and realizing that their whole careers are going to come down to how they handle themselves over the next few months. They can be champions. I hope they continue to step up to the challenge! I am not going to use the work "killer" again just yet. But, I will let you know... ;-)

Lakerholic,

Very well said my friend! I've never been to a Heat, Celtic, Magic, Bulls, or San An Blog. Not sure why I would waste my time there, no offense intended, but the Laker Blog is my choice of loyalty. That being said, I would expect any Laker fan to have some difference of opinions on various topics, without the hate. I like Derek Fisher as a person, but would like to have Deron Williams or CP3 instead. But reality is we have what we have and ride with it. Someone might have to remind me who is the back-to-back NBA Champions from time to time, ha, ha!

Thanks DJ - I enjoy friendly discourse about the various players. We all have our favs and pet peeves... ;-) I have to admit, after all of the injuries and lackadasical play, I was for the Melo trade. At the same time, I am very happy for Drew and have always hoped to see him play consistently the way he has lately. If he keeps playing the way he has, I wouldn't trade him for anyone.

I can see why some bloggers eventually have enough and leave.
Posted by: Lakerholic | March 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Dude...That's not why some bloggers leave, they leave due to the infighting within this group blog27. They're not TROLLS, they're Lakerholic with a sense of ENTITLEMENT and EGO's, THAT RUNS THIS BLOG.
CARRY ON......Just sayin


TIMBERWOLVES POST-GAME POST-MORTEM !!!
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I share the mixed feelings about Drew’s hard foul on Beasley. You never want your players to play dirty or for anybody to get injured but at the same time, you want to deter teams from attacking the rim and hard fouls are a part of that intimidation. Drew was obviously frustrated by not getting the calls when pounded by the Wolves and was a little overzealous when he retaliated. Nothing more.
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One of the intangibles that Andrew Bynum adds to this Lakers team is his toughness. Like Ron and Kobe, Drew has a little mean streak in him and will not hesitate to get physical when challenged. We saw that in his rookie year when Shaq flattened him with a vicious over-the-back rebound dunk. And we saw it last night when the Timberwolves started to get chippy and physical with him. Frankly, I don’t think you can be the intimidator in the middle that Drew is unless you have that kind of edge.
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It was good to see Pau Gasol finishing with slam dunks instead of weenie shots. It also looks like the approach of the playoffs has rejuvenated Derek Fisher. Clutch game by Lamar and good contribution by the Killer B’s off the bench. I probably agree with those who would like to see Kobe take a week off to get healthy for the playoffs. Home court advantage cannot compensate for a hobbled and limited Kobe Bryant. As good as our front court is, Kobe is still the engine that makes this team go.
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Driving home from work last night, the skies were alive with rainbow weather as the Toys’ Smoke Two Joints lit up the stereo in my car and the clash of clouds and sun made the world fresher and sharper. In moments like this, everything seems so simple and clear. Life is wonderful if you are a Lakers fan. I couldn’t help thinking of Rick and realizing how precious life itself is and how we need to cherish every minute because sooner than we know our time will also come. So why not smile and enjoy it.
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The Mt. Carmel Lakers play in the Marin County CYO Basketball 5th Grade Final Four today, looking for payback for their only loss this year, a 1-point double overtime upset to today’s playoff opponent. If we win today, then we will face the team that has won the championship for our age group the last two years tomorrow. Like the real Lakers, time to show our true colors and championship mettle.
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TOM

MM - the link to Caught in the Web is missing from the Laker home page.

Aloha,

Watching Kobe last night had me shaking my head, just like last year. While I admire his warrior mentality, this was a game he should have sat out. Now he has a stiff neck to add to his other injuries. When you play hurt, you open the door for further injury. Our margin for error is smaller then in the past and we need him as healthy as possible for the playoffs. We will not win if he shoots like he has been shooting. Ankle sprains can linger if not rested. I think we should rest him until at least the Hornets game and maybe until Dallas. Were at home, the bench is stepping up and we are pretty good even without Kobe.

MH

Posted by: michael H | March 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM


Nice post michael H, I agree with you. Wish Kobe would sit & let the rest of the team carry the load for awhile...his stubbornness is part of what makes him a cut above the rest I guess. I thought Drew's foul was because he was outa gas at that time and was slow to react, just kinda giving up on the block which made it look worse that what it was. No biggie, Beasley is a punk anyway...lol. Lake Show moving in the right direction...Portland up next. They are healthy(for them) and playing strong, will not be an easy game either. GO LAKER's I would love to see Kobe get his sixth ring!

Ron, your comments only pushes you to the trade edge for the 2011/12 season. Improve on your scoring and decrease on your yapping or you would follow Farmar and Sasha.


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