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The Lakers walked off the court in embarrassing fashion, reacting in all sorts of ways 2 1/2 weeks ago that indicated their 20-point loss to the Charlotte Bobcats hurt more than other defeats.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant avoided talking to reporters for the second consecutive game, the silence speaking louder about his disappointment than any cliche could provide. Center Andrew Bynum lamented his lack of minutes and touches, and questioned the effort of his teammates. And Coach Phil Jackson spent no more than five seconds offering a 140-character Twitter-type assessment on the team's loss.

As the Lakers finished up preparations Thursday at the team's facility in El Segundo for their rematch Friday against Charlotte, that double-digit loss still remains fresh in their minds.

"I thought our players really quit playing out there on the floor," Jackson said. "It was a game they didn't continue to compete. That bothered me."

Fortunately for the Lakers, things have changed since that 20-point loss to Charlotte, the widest margin since the Bobcats joined the NBA for the 2004-05 season. Charlotte traded Gerald Wallace to Portland for Joel Przybilla. The Bobcats lost by 40 points Wednesday against Denver. And the Lakers of course have played much better, going 5-0 since the All-Star break.

Some facts, however, remain the same. The Lakers (43-19) have lost eight of their last 10 games against Charlotte (26-34) and three of their last four against them at Staples Center. The Lakers have shown patterns of inconsistency all season, such as their 4-0 start to a seven-game trip ending with double-digit losses to Charlotte and Cleveland, which owns the league's worst record. And the defending champions remember very well the Bobcats' boisterous reaction after humiliating them.

That's why Lakers forward Matt Barnes, who probably will play Friday against Charlotte after missing 25 games following right knee surgery, values his return for other reasons.

"The way they celebrated and were talking trash the last time the team was out there, that's really been on everyone's mind," Barnes said. "They're aware of that. So it'll be a different outcome tomorrow. I guarantee."

There's plenty of reason for Barnes to feel so optimistic. While he watched the Lakers' previous game against Charlotte from his Palos Verdes residence while rehabbing, he noticed the Lakers lacking what he called "focus" and "attention to detail," two qualities he said have remained prevalent during the Lakers' 5-0 start since the All-Star break.

There are plenty of signs that suggest they're in the process of changing their habits. The Lakers have allowed only 88.4 points per game during their winning streak. They've averaged 44.2 rebounds. And Lakers forward Ron Artest has provided a definitive uptick in play, with increases from his season average to the last five games in points (8.2, 11.2), shooting percentage (40.3%, 46.7%) and three-point field goal shooting percentage (36.1%, 46.7%). Meanwhile, there has been a handful of players who have maintained their high level of play. Just consider the consistency in season averages and the last five games Bryant (25.1, 24.4) and Bynum(11.4, 11.4) have provided in points per contest. And Lakers guard Derek Fisher has argued the team hasn't had a tendency "to try to win the game in the first quarter," a mentality he argued led to the Lakers taking shortcuts and reacting in frustration when execution faltered.

That leaves the Lakers determined not to allow Charlotte to shift their course. 

"They've been successful for sure and it's something that bothers us," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said of the Bobcats. "Hopefully tomorrow, they won't be and we'll be getting our way and paying them back for the disaster game we had over there this season."

There are still plenty of concerns that ail the Lakers, however.

The Lakers had to make up a seven-point deficit in an overtime win against Portland, trailed at halftime against the depleted Clippers, nearly lost to Oklahoma City with Lamar Odom's two missed free throws and looked far from animated for the first three quarters against Minnesota. That leaves the Lakers with only one game -- a 24-point victory against Atlanta - in which they showed true dominance. So even if the Lakers seem to be on the right course, they very well remember being in a same position before only to lose in embarrassing fashion to Charlotte, a fate the Lakers seem more intent on avoiding this time around. 

"They're talented individuals and they elevate their play when they go against us," Bryant said of the Bobcats. "If they played the rest of the league the way they play against us, they'd be up there in the playoffs."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant works in the post against Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson in the first half Monday night. Credit: Sam Sharpe / US Presswire

 
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Revenge... against the Bobcats... really? The Bobcats?

When I last checked this is not Hamlet killing his uncle.

This is a pest that needs to be squashed.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

The Bobcats are not the same team without "Crash" Wallace.

@Mark G – That was a classic car tune by Lindley. I don’t know how I missed his version, but it was smoking.

@hobbit – Good post on Kobe, “the teammate”. You can throw Caron Butler in there as well. He said he learned a lot about work ethic from ballin with Kobe.

@Jon K- good post on breaking down the Lakers success. Oh yeah, breaking out the Kinks was cool too.

@GDUB – B.T. Express – Funky and smooth. Love it. I thought you were going to go for Bell & James “Livin It Up” in your reply to Bronx, but can't go wrong with the Isleys and it was worth it just seeing the ST dancers.

You know, I find it a bit interesting that the teams with championship ability look at veterans a little differently than the other teams around the league. That I see Bibby getting serious interest in Miami and Murphy about to find a new lease on his career in Boston, it seems that GM's are evaluating guys by how much they've been a thorn in the side of the Lakers in their careers.

Even the Lakers ourselves have apparently done the same by first courting Bell, then acquiring Barnes.

The moral is clear, if you want a long career, and a chance at a ring, and you don't happen to be LBJ, or 'Melo, or KG, etc., then play well against the Lakers and someone will pick you up.

Interesting...

BTW, Bibby on the Celtics would have been much more dangerous. I think he hates us just enough that it might have made things very interesting when they meet us in the finals.

--FEARless

The Lakers shouldn't be mad at Charlotte. The Bobcats did what they were supposed to do. The Lakers should be mad at themselves for not competing in the Charlotte and Cleveland games and going on their All Star break 2 games early.

"I thought our players really quit playing out there on the floor," Jackson said. "It was a game they didn't continue to compete. That bothered me."

Bothered me, too. I hope the Lakers take care of business on Friday.

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Bobcats will be next Lakers victim. No more Gerald Wallace, I think Drew and Gasol got the message in propping Kwame as franchise C the last time they met in Charlotte. No Nazr as well, lots of Prysby.....hard to spell, may I just call him Frisbee.

Jon K - I totally agree. It was sad to hear how bitter the Lakers were about this game. But if this makes them more motivated, then let them view this sub. 500 team as something bigger than they are. After all, the Lakers have shown indifference before and look where it's gotten them with this team

I'll put this in the links post tomorrow as well, but Mike Bresnahan will host a live chat at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. So be sure to bring your questions

just beat the crap out of them tomorrow night. payback is a b-otch! ha ha

Revenge... against the Bobcats... really? The Bobcats?

Posted by: Jon K. | March 03, 2011 at 09:53 PM
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I thought the same thing...WTH? Bobcats? We suppose to pursue revenge against the Miami Cheat, that beat us on xmas, not the Bobcats?

Well, another tight victory, I presume...sad

The Lakers are taking revenge over the Bobcats only because of the way they celebrated after the game.
In a way that is good for the Lakers to remember who they need to avenge past losses.
The Miami Heat were super excited after they beat the Lakers at their own home floor. When LBJ, Wade, Bosh had a dunk in the game they all made roaring faces or tried to intimidate the camera with the way that they stared at it.
The Spurs congratulated Mcdyess for tipping in the rock when they beat the Lakers @home the last time SA came through LA.
The Dallas Mavericks should be more concern, specially the Jet Terry.

JOE CORAD back from his vacation and ready for REVENGE!!!!! HELL YEAH!!!
IT’S PAYBACK TIME ALL RIGHT: REVENGE!!! I’M MADDDDDDDDDDDDD!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsOmvSlPuys _JAMES BROWN – The Big Payback
LAKERS NATION…LET’S RIDE AMIGOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL Thanks Mamba.

@JOE CORAD, Welcome back my brother!!!! Now let's have some BobCat for dinner tonight!!!!

We can't, its an endangered species. LOL

Jon K,

you wrote: Such is the relationship between Kobe and Derek. Sure, Kobe is amazing--the best--however, like the Eternal Champion he is only his best when accompanied by the Eternal Companion, Derek Fisher.

The two are a team. Be okay with that, man.

my response: Either my words aren't clear or you're not parsing them
correctly.

Let's try this again: NorCal indicated that Kobe had poor leadership
skills. His evidence to support his argument was "a towel thrown at LO".

Read those two sentences again. That is the lamest argument I have ever
seen for Kobe being a poor leader.

Your argument was tangential. You made the argument for good/bad cop
routine with Kobe and D-Fish. I say tangential because NorCal's thread was
*NOT* that the Lakers needed two leaders nor was it that they have two
different leadership styles. NorCal's argument was that Kobe is a poor
leader.

re: Elric. So ... It turns out that there are something like 6 series, by Michael,
which deal with the concept of the Eternal Champion. In the Elric series,
I believe the Eternal Companion is Radagash the Red and Elric kills him w/
Stormbringer in either the 4th or 5th book. btw, cool art work on the books
from 30 years ago.

back to basketball: The thread is not about Kobe & D-Fish needing each
other nor is it about the Lakers needing both captains. The thread is about
if Kobe actually has poor leadership skills. I argue "no". Kobe does not
have poor leadership skills. Kobe is surrounded by soft sissies & reading
such slop as NorCal was slinging obfuscates the real problem. It seems to
happen a lot. People want to blame Kobe for everything including the
invention of skunk beer and is factually incorrect as well as stupid.

Ex: Lo has been with the Lakers for ~ 6 years. On *this* blog, we have
consistently harped on LO as being inconsistent for 5 years. LO couldn't
get it done in the starting 5. He didn't pick up his game until Pau showed up
and he was in danger of losing his job. He didn't start playing consistent
basketball until he married a Kardashian, got connected to a reality TV
program, & played basketball during the summer with team USA.

The response of NorCal was not to compare the previous years of LO w/
today nor was it to honestly evaluate the scope of Kobe's work. Instead it was
to vilify the man who has *PERMANENTLY* crippled his hand in his
quest to bring multiple championships to LA.

*THAT* , my good man, is a great definition of UNGRATEFUL!

We can't, its an endangered species. LOL Posted by: Joe_Corad | March 04, 2011 at 06:13 AM
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Especially after tonight...ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Go ahead on Joe you got THE LAKER SWAGGER!!! My brother!!!

Revenge is a dish best served cold- klingon proverb

Vengeance is best served shoving down a Bobcat's esophagus. All that trash you talk gets put up to the test. Choke on our focus, you had your moment, now, it's time you understand why you should shut your mouth Charlotte.

*THAT* , my good man, is a great definition of UNGRATEFUL!
Posted by: hobbitmage | March 04, 2011 at 06:29 AM
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Yes HobbitMage, sad but true, some people are never satisfied. But back to more important things. For knowing about the Eternal Champions, you know, you just KNOW, I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!! Carry On!!

Revenge is a dish best served cold- klingon proverb
Vengeance is best served shoving down a Bobcat's esophagus. All that trash you talk gets put up to the test. Choke on our focus, you had your moment, now, it's time you understand why you should shut your mouth Charlotte. Posted by: sean | March 04, 2011 at 06:48 AM
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GOD@@#!!!!!! SWEET JESUS!!! What do we have here. All Of Laker Nation is waking up this morning with...THE SWAGGER!! And so yes, I must once again say this...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! Carry On... And don't let the game interfere with your studies!!

Revenge is payback

Vengeance is payback + humiliation.

Let's skin the Bobcats alive.

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Revenge is payback Vengeance is payback + humiliation. Let's skin the Bobcats alive. Posted by: sean | March 04, 2011 at 06:54 AM
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OH THE HUMANITY!!! HIDE THE WOMAN AND CHILDREN...HIDE THEM NOW BOBCATS!!! And then God##@@!!! RUN!! RUN for your Freakin LIVES!!!! SWEET JESUS!!! Joe Corad, Hobbitmage what have you created here???

"Thou shall rebuke all trade suggestions till a trade is actually made then embrace it"

I find this to be amusing. As time passes, you should probably post periodic one-liners instead of the whole list... they're funny.

MM,
Revenge? That's a poor choice of words unless you're talking about the Miami Cheat or Ceptics - I don't know if you chose this word or if the players did, but the focus ought to be...
On execution; on reducing the number of mistakes... something tangible.

Revenge is fine in that it can inflame and cause players to play with more adrenaline than normal... but IMPROVEMENT is what I'm looking for (and I suppose a little more effort would be an improvement, ha ha)

How am I missing from the quasi-roll-call?

@TIM-4-SHOW, I Fear Mamba24 has seen his best moments. The boy is slipping. But be assured you will be in the Real Roll Call as soon as the Thread switches...In a very nice position. Please accept this apology from that slip slidding Mamba24. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_H-LY4Jb2M - Slip Sliding away - Paul Simon

Quite honestly I can't even remember when the Lakers lost this team this season. That's how much I care or py attention to the bobcats. Also I don't understand why so many here think Wallace is such a big deal.

Revenge is fine in that it can inflame and cause players to play with more adrenaline than normal... but IMPROVEMENT is what I'm looking for (and I suppose a little more effort would be an improvement, ha ha) Posted by: Tim-4-Show | March 04, 2011 at 07:30 AM
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That is a very fine sentiment. Improvement, yes it has a very nice ring to it but i want....REVENGE!!! I'M MAD!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsOmvSlPuys _JAMES BROWN – The Big Payback LAKERS NATION…LET’S RIDE AMIGOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Good Morning Laker Nation,

What up KobeKong, Hobbit, Joe Corad and Sean. Mamba you got it rolling right with some Payback! Like JB said we’re mad. It’s always good to see the Lakers sharpen their focus even if it’s against the Bobcats.

I still tripping on the Heat blowing that 24pt lead they had in the second half last night. Great shooting by the Magic and another Miami meltdown. Although, it did look like the refs let DHoward get away with a few fouls in the 4th. My song is for the Heat fans waking up from that disaster.

Lady Day – Good Morning Heartache
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk1IKHd_0fk

Quite honestly I can't even remember when the Lakers lost this team this season. That's how much I care or py attention to the bobcats. Also I don't understand why so many here think Wallace is such a big deal. Posted by: Magia32 | March 04, 2011 at 07:41 AM
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Well sir I'll tell you, Bobcats are quite tasty and very nutritious also. As for Wallace, yes, yes you are right. What's the big deal? But when you are The Freakin 4 Dynasty, 16 time Back-to_Back NBA Champion Freakin LA Lakers it's hard, HARD I say to get up for this inferior product produced by the NBA. So...we manufacture B.S. to keep things interested. Now Magia32 please, Please, at least try to generate some enthusiasm for this game. Just think of all those unfortunate sad people in the world who are not Lakerholics and thank the stars that you are. Now get up, GET UP NOW, go to the cabinet get that bottle of Dr. Fattys Lakerholic Elixir and drink it. carry on sir.

My song is for the Heat fans waking up from that disaster.
Lady Day – Good Morning Heartache ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk1IKHd_0fk
Posted by: LRob | March 04, 2011 at 07:42 AM
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LOL!! Good Morning LRob. Yes sir you're starting off in fine form this morning. I think the League is slowly starting to figure the Heat out and it looks like no EC Finals for the Heat. THE HORROR!!!!

On a completely different note, but vaguely related to the Eternal Champion ...

Are there any Harry Dresden fans out there?

LRob, I heard that. As great as the individual stars are on the Heat, they are still young and have a lot to learn about winning at the championship level. Mike Bibby looks real small, weak, and old out there. That's a pretty bad combination.

The Lakers have revenge on their minds? It seems every season thay blow some early season matchups just to get that revenge motivational factor later in the season. Well, whatever works I guess.

Go Lakers!

Are we serving it Cold?

As much as I like bobcats in general, these Bobcats are not cool. Crush the Kitties!

On a completely different note, but vaguely related to the Eternal Champion ... Are there any Harry Dresden fans out there? Posted by: hobbitmage | March 04, 2011 at 07:58 AM
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Oh hobbitMage,you just picked that name because he’s from Chicago. Naw, I never read the series, I just did some Google research on the name when you bought it up. But I think I might like it. Thanks for the idea. Carry on!

Are we serving it Cold? As much as I like bobcats in general, these Bobcats are not cool. Crush the Kitties! Posted by: Mark G | March 04, 2011 at 08:02 AM
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OH MY GOODNESSS!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!

Mamba, good morning bro.

Hobbit, Harry Dresden, Yah! Ghost Story out already?

Watched the Heatles blow a 24 point lead last nite!! Humility check for the Heat! Princess Jimmy.....Before you proclaim your greatness in winning 7 banners...just get #1 first! On paper, you're the best, but as Phil says, you have to mesh as a TEAM. NOT!!!!!!
Game day, seems like forever since we played. Welcome back Matty Barnes...He has been chomping at the bit to get back and will give us a bunch of energy for the last few games!! Gooo Lakers!
Good Morning to you and Mrs Mamba!! Hope all is well in Chicago!!

Good Morning Mamba24,

SIR, You are OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

How's Mrs. Mamba?

Harry Dresden is da bomb! (and I don't even use the term "da bomb")
Revenge is like fried chicken: Good hot or cold!
The lakers need to have several fried chicken dishes before the end of the season just to show that they deserve to remain the world champions. Yes, that is a fairly harsh statement, but some of their play this season has been such a let down that I began to question my lakerholism and nearly turned on Gunsmoke reruns rather than watch another turnover. It didn't happen, but I'm just sayin'...

JR

MM - I tried to go back to a thread on the page about Kobe’s commercial, but can’t seem to do it? Someone was telling me how MJ wasn’t a ball hog in his early years - before he learned to trust his team mates and win six championships.

Mamba24 – Thanks for all you do. It is game day baby!

I hope we get back to blowing out lousy teams tonight. I would like to see a lot of minutes for the rookies. Without Wallace, the Hornets don't have a chance. They lost to Denver, with no Melo or Big Shot, by 40 points. Stick a fork in them. I know MJ is thinking about the long-term and rebuilding, but trading away your best player? He is cutting payroll, but it seems short sighted. He is also cutting attendance. It is hard to get home town support when you get your ass kicked every night...

All the motivation Drew needs – Kwame had 8 points and 8 rebounds against him last time. Drew had 9 and 6. Ouch… Kwame…

I am looking forward to next week. It will be good to see how we do against some of the NBA's best teams - on the road. Road games are incredibly challenging. Your home court is your friend. You know all of the subtle nuances of its being. When you are on the road, everything seems different. The crowd is booing you - laughing at your mistakes. The first thing to go is the bench. The younger, less experienced guys don't have the same spark without the home town love. It will be up to the veterans - Kobe, Pau, Lamar, Ron, Fish… They have played in all of these stadiums many times. It will mostly be up to Mamba. He will have to strike. He has ice water in his veins and he thrills in silencing a crowd. He will rip their heart out and leave it bleeding on the floor. Then, slowly, you will hear, towards the end... MVP, MVP, MVP...

I can’t wait.

Go Lakers

I am a Lakerholic.

Good Morning NewMexicoLL & Fan of The Mamba. Thank you for asking about Mrs. Mamba24 and her Sweet, Blushing, 3-Peating self. Well the sweet, wonderful, blushing, 3-Peating, darling is doing just fine...As for Mamba24...SWEET JESUS!!! AND IT COUNTS!!!! OH THANK YOU LORD!!!! I'M NOT WORTHY...Carry On!
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I am a Lakerholic. Posted by: Lakerholic | March 04, 2011 at 09:21 AM
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Yes, yes you are a LakerHolic my brother. You are also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! Carry On!

P ang, P ang!!! Is it really you? How are you? We chat so seldom now a days.
Wait a minute...We never Chat! But if we did, I bet they would be wonderful conversations. So P ang this was nice...We must chat again...Carry On!

Funny story to relate to my fellow Laker fans. I think my 12 year old son has hit on why the Lakers always lose to these clowns.

Last night, as I'm saying goodnight to him, I say, "hey, you know the Lakers have Charlotte tomorrow."
Son: "Oh well. That's a loss. 8 of the last 10..."
Me: "you never know, they've been much better recently."
Son: "no, it's the curse."
Me: "huh?"
Son: "you know, the Kobe curse."
Me: "you do realize that the Lakers stole him from what is today the New Orleans Hornets, not the Charlotte Bobcats, right?"
Son: "Really? Well, it it doesn't matter, it's still the city of Charlotte. Kobe going to the Lakers cursed them against Charlotte."
Me: "hummm. You may be onto something there, 'cause there's no other good reason behind it. I've never thought about a curse before. Good job."

Anyone have any ideas?

Hey, there is a funny video of Kobe throwing a towel into a lady's face. If you haven't seen it, check it out -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB1jNJN81zE

@Steve- Steve that's a good a reason as the others that have been passed around.

The fact is though, their are just some teams who have other teams number.

For as good as the Boston Bruins are, when they play the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs, they normally lose, especially in the 70s when it was a foregone conclusion.

The Tampa Rays seem to own the Yankees. For some strange reason, New York can't shake the Rays over the last few years.


The Buffalo Bills can't beat the Patriots, the Raiders up until this year, couldn't beat the Chargers to save their life.

The Vancouver Canucks can't beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

Your son's explanation makes just as much sense as anything else. Personally, I think it's just an anomaly, a weird outside of the box thing. No rhyme or reason to it all.

Steve,

Do you realize how monumentally difficult it is to get emotionally motivated against a team named "The Bobcats?" It's a fricken herculean feat!

It's an appropriate name for a girl's (as opposed to women's) softball team. I mean, no man on Earth hears the name "the Bobcats" an instantly get an adrenalin rush nor hears the internal voice of Tony Montanya in "Scarface" screaming "We going to WAR!!!"

The Bobcats.

I mean, come on. The name itself was designed to make teams phone it in.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"Steve,

Do you realize how monumentally difficult it is to get emotionally motivated against a team named "The Bobcats?" It's a fricken herculean feat!

It's an appropriate name for a girl's (as opposed to women's) softball team. I mean, no man on Earth hears the name "the Bobcats" an instantly get an adrenalin rush nor hears the internal voice of Tony Montanya in "Scarface" screaming "We going to WAR!!!"

The Bobcats.

I mean, come on. The name itself was designed to make teams phone it in.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | March 04, 2011 at 11:40 AM "

How many team names are really all that scary? I'm not sure if I even know what a "Laker" is. I hope they're judging the team by it's name because if so, they have lost this game already.

I meant hope they're *not* judging the team by its name.

Bay to LA,

Dude, your contrarian streak is really getting annoying.

Anyhow, have you ever nearly drowned in a lake? The experience is terrifying. Who isn't afraid of drowning? No one. The Lakers drown people. Don't you know that?

{Awaiting lame contrarian response as opposed to intelligent, insightful, creative observation.}

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

"Bay to LA,

Dude, your contrarian streak is really getting annoying.

Anyhow, have you ever nearly drowned in a lake? The experience is terrifying. Who isn't afraid of drowning? No one. The Lakers drown people. Don't you know that?

{Awaiting lame contrarian response as opposed to intelligent, insightful, creative observation.}

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

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Posted by: Jon K. | March 04, 2011 at 12:22 PM "

Don't worry, I know you're just making a joke, but the Lakers really need to start taking the Bobcats seriously. A team like Charlotte shouldn't have LA's number.

With this next string of games coming up we better win tonight! Go Laker's...it's nice to have you back Matt Barnes...lay some tatoo's on somebody tonight!


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