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Lakers' Jackson not thrilled about Bryant's extracurricular shooting

 

Kobe Bryant grabbed plenty of headlines not by what he did against the Miami Heat but what he did after Thursday's game.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, however, didn't like Bryant's personal overtime session.

After playing almost 40 minutes in the Lakers' 94-88 loss, Bryant came back to the court and worked up a serious sweat by shooting for about 75 minutes.

"I don’t want to think about it. I really don’t. I mean, whatever," Jackson said Friday. "He felt the time to improve his shot was right away so he went back at it."

Too much exertion for Bryant? Jackson replied, "Next," when a reporter posed the question.

Bryant did not talk to reporters.

Jackson, however, was willing to open up on a different topic.

The Lakers have been chasing the Dallas Mavericks, their opponent Saturday, for the better part of the season. They trail Dallas by 1 1/2 games in the race for second place in the Western Conference.

Jackson revealed the real reason they wanted to catch the Mavericks.

“I just wouldn’t want Mark [Cuban] to have another home-court game against us,” he said, tweaking the Mavericks owner.

It's the latest barb in a longstanding verbal joust between the two basketball bigwigs.

-- Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Dallas

 
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wow, what a perfect example of editorializing, instead of informing.

did PJ say, "i didn't like his practicing", or did he say, "that's his business and i really don't have any comment"?

when asked if Kobe was over exerting himself, did he say "oh god yes, i hate when he does this!", or did he say "nothing to talk about here, move on, i'm not going to play your game, NEXT!"?

i've notice that writers like to ask their questions in ways that encourage an answer that supports the story they'd like to tell. they rarely seem to ask a question to find out what kind of story to write. it's all editorial and no reporting. i guess people really need that authority figure to tell them what they should think....or i guess that's what those "important" "experts" who give us our "news" think, or are taught to think, anyway....

As I pointed out even before the game when everybody was running high, our bench is big concern. LO had an subpar game, but overall this season he is playing best bbal of his career. Matt still working into rotation, getting his timing back and etc. How about Blake and UPS? Sometimes looking at the Blake I'm wondering if this is a guy who rip us for 20+ points last April? Steve look like a very smart player so I don't get it why he is still seen as someone who is not very comfortable in the triangle. Does anyone here still thinking Blake should take over from Fish? I don't think so. Shannon started season shooting lights out like telling us he did not waste time last summer. So why all of this went out of the window? And he constantly gambling on steals. This is not a solid defense, just a gamble, especially when gets bitten of the dribble and someone needs to cover for him.

"Lakers' Bryant not thrilled about Jackson's extracurricular jabs at coach Spo"

a. November - Spo will be fired like Stan van Gundy

b. March - Big Boys cry in the Toilet

Karma is a …

The Fans care about Bryant, LBJ, Wade. Not about Stern, referees, Jackson, Spo, Medina, Loumena, Bresnahan, Simmers, Abbott, Hollinger …. They are just PROPS around the court and bloggosphere.

So...Phil didn't really say much about Kobe at all, did he? This is when you need video to support a contention that Phil wasn't "thrilled". If we could see his reaction to the question or hear the tone of his voice, his reaction would be easier to interpret. Very poorly concieved thread.

Ummm , Phil come again? I just don't get it, I said it was the bench, no it was Pau, wait it was Drew but no it was Lamar but shanwow was missing, wait blake is not cutting the mustard and forget about Luke he is looking pretty on the bench..but what do you mean by:

"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."

i just don't get it, here I have been busting my chops, doing heavy lifting, doing the work of 5 and i still don't get..I want to be traded!!

My heart and prayers go out to all the people impacted worldwide by the devastating earthquake in Japan and the ensuing tsunami. It will certainly affect our friends in Laker Nation in the Phillipines, Asia, Hawaii and along the West Coast. Real world events certainly put a loss in a basketball game into its proper perspective.

Perhaps Coach was hinting that he'd prefer to see Kobe practice his passing skills out of double and triple teams instead of lobbing long range bombers! Look, Kobe is great but there's always room for improvement. He has to learn to use those Bigs down the stretch and give those Bigs the confidence that they will be getting the ball in those situations so they can get after it.

He's the Leader of this team and it's obvious that he's always trying to motivate them, "coach" them on the floor while simultaneously working on his own game. If the Bigs aren't getting it done in the game, the onus is on him to make sure that they are because that's the responsibility he assigned to himself. No one asked him to be that guy; that's what he wanted so it's up to him to get those guys on HIS page and for the most part, he has.

It's a team sport. You win and lose as a team. Dallas is next and just like yesterday, we're all in for a treat. Objectively, this team has a tendency to lose their games in bunches so it should be no surprise if they drop tomorrow's game and Orlando on 14 March but it won't be a surprise WHEN they do win. They get the next two against Dallas and Orlando.

ENLIGHTENMENT, Oh Nirvana!! Oh Bodhisatava!! pearl of wisdom from Zen Master for his arrogant and stubborn disciple:

"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."

Oh Incorrigible one if only thou could understand the wisdom of Zen master:

"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."

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 11, 2011 at 02:45 PM

same!

ummmm, lets split atom, what did Phil say, do we need a rocket scientist after all we are only talking about tall kids jumping up and down, running back and forth, pushing and shoving and trying to out ball in the basket and that too from the direction of Zen master. So Phil says to Kobe:

"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."

And Kobe goes and does something completely different, did Kobe not understand Phil? Is there a communication problem? Do we need an interpreter? hmmmm, I am worried now!!

Norcal, you're right!

5 titles and 7 finals appearances indicates a player who just doesn't get it. we should all really dislike the team's best, most dedicated, most motivated player. if we all just vibe him, maybe he'll leave and we'll get some real winners in here.

i prefer to let Phil coach and say whatever he will, myself. if i get to caught up in whether a player is doing this or that, i waste energy on something that i have no control over. i might wish the other guys were equally, or at least more aggressive, and i might wish that Kobe was a little more differential, but all in all, if 14 out of 15 players had to go, i'd keep Kobe, at least for a few more years...

all i can really do as a fan is cheer. i don't play the game for them, neither do i make the decisions. i also am not foolish enough to think that i have all the answers. one thing that is abundantly clear is that RIGHT NOW, the season is going pretty darned well! as a Laker fan, i'm satisfied, SO FAR...

In the mindset of Doc Rivers...The Lakers didn't lose last night...LOS Lakers lost...


@MAGIA32... “Why is no one talking about Gasol's nonexistent D? He should be ashamed the way he manned the paint on D last night. I'm getting tired of hearing more screams than roars from this man. Gasol might be the Laker who spends the most time on the floor, and by that I mean, on the ground.”
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Excellent point that I touched on earlier, Magia. When I watched the game, there were moments when my brain was temporarily taken over by ouchhhhhhhh as I screamed insult after insult at Pau to man up. That series of four layups late in the game as Pau played his normal matador defense really killed us. When Pau came to the bench on the next timeout, you could see Phil lay into Pau obviously about being tougher on defense. Even the announcers brought up the topic that the Heat were targeting Pau on defense by attacking the rim and being physical.
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What irritates me more than anything else about Pau on defense is that he often doesn’t even try hard to block or challenge the shot because he does not want to take a chance on getting into foul trouble which would result in his minutes being reduced. How many games have we seen when you look at the personal fouls by player and find that Pau has either 0 or 1 fouls? One of the key reasons why most teams and players are intimidated by Andrew Bynum is that they know if they drive to the rim they are likely to either have their shot blocked or altered or receive a hard foul. When Pau plays center, he needs to play much more aggresively
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TOM

wonder if Dwade, LBJ, Melo, DHowrad would jump at the opportunity to be in Kobe's shoes with the best teammates, best owner, best coach(s), best GM, best consultants (Magic/Kareem) and best fans surrounding him. Could they win titles with this current lakers roster?


Posted by: mud | March 11, 2011 at 02:54 PM

Nice post! Good points.

@BronxLF - Keep things in perspective indeed.

kobe should practice passing.

Norcal, i don't know the answer to the question about those other players and whether or not they could win a championship with the Lakers in Kobe's place. maybe, maybe not.....

one thing's for sure, though, based on what actually happened. NONE of those guys could win an Onlymic Gold Medal without Kobe....

sally-

quick question-
who has lead the Lakers in assists almost every year he's played for the Lakers, among current players?

quick answer-
Kobe Bean Bryant, the guy that everyone says doesn't pass.

@LT - I'm waiting for the day you're as critical of Drew as you are of Pau.


NBA team is like an ecosystem, carefully put together by architects, with pieces hand picked and assembled to fulfill specific needs and requirements, to ultimately function as a unit that can win a title. In a ecosystem if one piece is out of kilter then it has a domino's effect and an adverse effect on the final outcome. Everybody goes into debate, off on tangent, blaming other pieces while ignoring the main culprit so Phil points the problem and also provides an ANSWER, a very simple fix called team game. So simple even I understand it, hahaha!


"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."

Posted by: LRob | March 11, 2011 at 03:32 PM

BLATANTLY, DISGUSTINGLY OBVIOUS. CAN IT BE ANYMORE OBVIOUS ? AND YOU SHOULD BY NOW LEARN TO IGNORE AS i HAVE FOR THE LAST 6 YEARS!!

Other thoughts from the Heat game....

DWade/Kobe and Pau/Bosh are basically even matchups. The Lakers real advantage vs. Heat is at center and the bench. The Heat advantage is Bron/Ron.

We know the bench failed yesterday. Ron did a decent job on Bron. Did Drew take advantage of his mismatch?

When Kobe takes most of the big shots down the stretch he's criticized....when Lebron doesn't take the big shots in the clutch he's criticized...go figure!

It's easy to assign blame when things go wrong. Kobe didn't play well down the stretch. Pau didn't have many rebounds. Drew didn't punch in until the 2 half. Lamar and the rest of the bench was sub-par. This was a TEAM loss. For whatever reason, the Lakers couldn't find a way to play well enough to win. It happens.

When Kobe takes most of the big shots down the stretch he's criticized....when Lebron doesn't take the big shots in the clutch he's criticized...go figure!

Posted by: LRob | March 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM

Especially by pundits like J.A. Adande. That guy goes goes back and forth more than a metronome!

"It's easy to assign blame when things go wrong. Kobe didn't play well down the stretch. Pau didn't have many rebounds. Drew didn't punch in until the 2 half. Lamar and the rest of the bench was sub-par. This was a TEAM loss. For whatever reason, the Lakers couldn't find a way to play well enough to win. It happens.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 11, 2011 at 03:49 PM"


this.

Sally: "kobe should practice passing."

Quick fact-
The lakers would have at least two more rings had Kobe embraced the triangle offense and passed the ball to the BIG MAN.

Screw everyone, the Black Mamba is pissed, because of this loss!

'F' any doubters,

BandWagon!!!!


The Mamba Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait till the next game!

I'll be the one screaming "I Told You So and In YO Face Fools!!!!!!!!"

Sally and Shaq are you Gf and Bf???lol

Not crying just Facting!!

Kobe was fouled by wady at the end of the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whatevet hapens our Lakers will three peat in june and all this envy haters will cry and hide to their closets...

Quick OPINION-
The lakers would have at least two more rings had Kobe embraced the triangle offense and passed the ball to the BIG MAN.

Posted by: Shaq | March 11, 2011 at 04:09 PM


there. fixed.

btw- wasn't that you getting a pass from Kobe in that game vs. Portland that they like to replay so often? weren't you the beneficiary of many of Kobe's team leading assists back in the day when you were still able to actually play ball?

LRob,

re: your comments to NorCal.

*sigh* It's uncomfortable. There's nothing you can do. He thinks that Kobe
should be more like Magic. Unless Kobe is more like Magic then continued
slander of Kobe will continue.

Allow this scenario to comfort you:

It's 2016. Kobe is no longer playing. Norcal is sitting in a bar drinking a
beer and watching a basketball game.

NorCal: Friggin' Kobe Bryant. Biggest ball hog the planet has ever seen.

Random sports fan: excuse me?

NorCal: Kobe Bryant was the biggest ball hog the NBA ever saw?

RSF: How do you get that?

NorCal: WTH? All those times he took bad shots. Played 1 on 5. Wouldn't
pass the ball to anyone. Just had to jack up shots.

RSF: I was just watching the ESPN special on "The Black Mamba" last night.
The guy averaged 5 assists for his entire career.

NorCal: Those are just stats. I'm tellin' ya. The guy's a jerk. He's a jack-*&^
That's why the Lakers couldn't get any good players to come in.

RSF: Umm ... Pau Gasol signed an extension didn't he?

NorCal: That was just about $$. He didn't want to play w/ Kobe.

RSF: So the championships didn't matter to him? He could've gone to
Boston, Chicago, NY, Nets ...

NorCal: I wasn't talking about that cream puff Pau Gasol. If Kobe had been
willing to take less shots Pau could've been a finals MVP. The Lakers coulda

RSF breaks in: won a championship? Like they did?

NorCal: Kobe only cared about Kobe. He didn't care about anyone else.

RSF: And that's why he didn't win anymore scoring titles or MVP's? Because
he only cared about his own stats?

NorCal: Even Phil Jackson constantly called Kobe out. Said he was
uncoachable.

RSF: Yeah, I read the book. Then I watched him re-sign w/ the Lakers as
head coach.

NorCal: It was just for the $$. They were paying him 10 mil a year.

RSF: And became the only NBA coach with over 10 champions as a coach.
The only coach to take 3 separate leaders/superstars to the NBA finals. &
Win.

NorCal: yeah, well the Lakers would have been much better if they'd had
LeBron or D-Wade instead of Kobe.

RSF: How so?

NorCal: Because LBJ & D-Wade were much better than Kobe. Better defenders,
higher scoring average. LBJ won back to back MVPs & a scoring title.

RSF: and Kobe won championships. so .....

NorCal: D-Wade & LBJ kicked Kobe's butt everytime they played.

RSF: & yet Kobe won the championships. How exactly does that work?

NorCal: If D-Wade & LBJ had had the same talent that Kobe had they would
have won more ...

RSF breaks in: championships? So you're saying that D-Wade & C Bosh
have less talent than Bynum & Odom?

NorCal: Look. He's a ball hog, & a jerk. Don't think I forgot about Colorado.
He payed her off.

RSF: Hey, a friend of mine just walked in. I gotta go. ....

& on the bar TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp_ZNTrtr_o


@LROB.... Well, excuse me. If Drew keeps playing as well as he has and Pau keeps playing as poorly as he did on defense last night, you may have to wait a long time. I guess you didn’t read all the positive comments I made about how Pau was playing until last night. I know your intentions are good but I have to say that I don’t appreciate your constant proselytizing and repeating of your insulting opinion that every criticism I make of Pau is motivated to make Drew look better.
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Did you like the four straight layups that Pau allowed without even committing a foul at a critical time in the fourth quarter? Were you cheering his matador defense on Chris Bosh? Or his consistent unwillingness to mix it up physically on defense or offense? At least Drew challenges every single shot that is taken on his watch at center rather than holding back to avoid getting a foul and having his PT cut. Ever wonder why Pau never has more than 1 or 2 fouls?
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You seem to think that praise and criticism should always be balanced when the truth is that it depends on how the player performed. I’ve said many times that I consider Pau to be the best power forward in the league and the Lakers second most valuable player at this point in time. If you think my criticism of his and Drew’s play is unfair, then chime in and tell everybody what you thought Drew did wrong and Pau did right. Oh, my bad, you already did chime in. LOL.
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Pau had an excellent game offensively and a horribly weak and soft game defensively. That’s what I saw. That was my call. If you thought he played good defense or better defense than Drew did, that’s your call. Frankly, I’m sick of the Ricky clones who think Pau can do no wrong. And no, I don’t consider you to be in that group but your constant monitoring of whatever I say about Pau with its veiled insinuation that my criticism of Pau is motivated only to make Drew look better is an affront and only adds to the urban legend perpetrated about my posts by the Bynum Bashers.
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My overall opinions of Drew and Pau have not really changed despite all the vitriol, hate, and ridicule thrown at me over the last six years. I clearly believe that Andrew Bynum is much more important to the Lakers in the long run than Pau Gasol. I have stood by my position that Pau Gasol is nowhere near as good a center defensively as Andrew Bynum, even when most of this blog was clamoring for Gasol to start at center and didn’t realize that Pau at center is fools’ gold that only works against certain matchups. How about just agreeing to disagree rather than your little campaign that just contributes to GHE efforts to undermine my credibility and integrity?
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TOM

@Hobbitmage,

You are the man,

Haters will Never Ever LEARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Long live the Champion Mamba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@hobbitmage...

Very creative!

"Screw everyone, the Black Mamba is pissed, because of this loss!


'F' any doubters,

BandWagon!!!!
"

Count me in!

@hobbit - that's funny. But actually I didn't make any comments to NorCal.


@LROB... “We know the bench failed yesterday. Ron did a decent job on Bron. Did Drew take advantage of his mismatch?”
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Your hanging question implies that Drew did not take advantage of his mismatch which is not true. The 13 points, 12 boards, 2 assists, and 1 block Drew had in 37 minutes is far better than 4 points, 7 boards, 1 assist, and 2 blocks Dampier, Ilgauskas, and Anthony had in their combined 43 minutes.
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TOM

@LRob...

If you are doing the League Pass tonight, looks like Philly has a good chance against C's. Boston is really pushing the envelope with trying to incorporate all these new players as they await the O'Neals and Big Gravy er, I mean Big Baby to return from injury. KG is playing some center. Very interesting.

Let us analyze this thread, I'm sure some lakers partied on south beach after the game. So why is phil upset with kobe for practicing after the game? Because kobe was practicing his shooting. And if kobe is practicing his shots then he will shoot more in the next game. And that's the last thing phil wants. If kobe was practicing passing the ball no problem. Secondly kobe doesn't practice with his team to rest. But here he is being the lone wolf and selfish practicing by himself. if you can shoot for 75 minutes why don't you run the drills with the team kobe?

Hobbit: That was a thing of beauty, man. Nicely done.

Go Lake Show!

How in the hell do you practice passing the ball when you are alone??

Wow, titles get more meaningless every day. How do you write for the LA Times?

LT,

Wow. One little line and this is the response I get. I have no campaign to undermine your credibility or integrity. Too bad you feel that way or feel that my opinion is insulting. As far as being a Ricky clone…I believe I’ve also called out Ricky for going overboard with Pau. But I hold you to a higher standard than Ricky because you’re obviously more knowledgeable of than him.

For whatever its worth. I’ve been more critical of Pau than Drew. (I listed Pau being outplayed by Bosh as one of the three biggest reasons the Lakers lost on my post at 8:04am). I’ve also praised Drew more than Pau.

Last time we had an exchange you felt I was personally attacking you and now you believe I’m leading a smear campaign against you. I believe you’re too emotional when it comes to Drew. Therefore, I’ll make an effort to not post anything to you that I feel you may perceive as a personal attack.

BronxLF,

Not yet...but I should be home shortly to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

Let's put things in perspective. In 2008-2009 season, the Lakers lost to the Magic both regular season games. Who won the championship? Lakers... Why? Because they didn't show their complete defensive game plan for Dwight Howard and the Magic's 3-point offense.

The regular season is for experimenting against teams you may face in the playoffs. But it's not about tipping your hand.

Yes. As a fan, I wanted the win. I only watched the 4th quarter, but it seemed that they were playing 5 on 8 (refs weren't calling fouls or defensive goaltending on the home team).

However, with that said, I wouldn't want them to tip their hand on how they would cutoff Wade's and Bron's drives to the hoop.

IF the Heat somehow survive the Eastern Conference, then I'd rather they have to lose sleep over a new defensive scheme in the finals than have months for the coaching staff to prepare...

@LRob....Philly up 9 early 3rd Q. DCollins deserves a lot of credit for turning Philly around. He's got their young talent playing together and with a purpose.

If a boxer loses a big fight, does he not afterward train harder than ever to avenge the loss?

When your 5 year old falls off his bike, do you not encourage them to get back on and ride again... immediately?!

Kobe was trying to wash the loss off himself, because he knows his shooting may have contributed to the 4th quarter collapse, in part. If they would've been victorious, this would be a moot point, forgotten in the winds of winning. Since the Lakers failed to close the game out, once again the shoulders of Kobe are burdened with the weight of a tough, but inconsequential loss... so to speak. Obviously, if this was in June, my tone would be quite different.

Miami was a wounded dog in a corner. Claws out. Teeth clenched. Ready to pounce.

Los Angeles was carefully approaching the wounded animal, and succumbed to it's survival instinct. 5 games down versus 8 games up? Who has more to lose? The Lakers were not poised for a spectacular win, and Miami was in full attack mode in order to try to alleviate the negative spector of "weakness" that currently haunts them.

Dallas beware...


DBDH!

LAKER NATION EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE A TIME-OUT!! ABOUT 24 HOURS WOULD BE GOOD...BECAUSE THIS ISH AINT!!! AND BY THE WAY I'M WITH PFUNK36 ON THIS ONE . IF I HAVE TO CHOOSE KOBE OR PHIL....I CHOSE KOBE!!!!!

My personal take is that Kobe was PO'd about the loss and the extra shooting was his way of venting. You've got to get rid of negative energy somehow.

THAT WAS JUST ONE GAME. ONE GAME THAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE WON.
MOVE ON PEOPLE. WE HAVE A GAME TOMORROW.

TRUST THE LAKERS, PLEASE.

@Hobbit...

Stop it,stop it now.that sir is an instant classic RCOTD for sure,you are definately of the mamba clan...lol.....

Celtics go down in Philly. Winning on the road ain't easy.

How come nobody has commented on Matt Barnes' ridiculously terrible defense against Mike Miller? He got killed on the glass, and gave up numerous open looks. I love Barnes' energy (usually) but last night he was awful.

Barnes was ACTIVE on defense last night. He just wasn't effective. Big difference.

ISANG is right. It is one game after an 8 game winning streak. Be happy!

AND I LOVE KOBE !! Say what you want about taking personal responsibility, KOBE TAKES ACTION! Where was the rest of the team? Oh yeah, they're human.

GOOOOoooOOOOO KOBE
GOOOoooOOOOOoooOOOOO LAKERS !!

Not to be like the media a repeat the same ish..While kobe shot 8/21,bron,and wade wern't much better.7/17 and 9/23 respectively,but they got the win.Superstars have so so games,and btw kobe, as is wade are sg's.Aside from blaming bynum,and gasol there's plenty to go around.I'll just fast forward to the end a bit though.Cryami's bench and role players,just outplayed la's.That's normally the diference maker in a game were the stars have a so so game,(aside from the lame calls by rhe stripes at times)lol...


@LROB… Hell, I was actually pissed at a lot of things when I wrote that and regretted clicking the button to post it. My apologies because you didn’t deserve that. You’ve always been respectful and a gentleman. Sometimes, I just get so frustrated because no matter what I post, the usual suspects will immediately attribute whatever I propose as an effort to boost Andrew Bynum, which is not true.
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I have no problem if somebody claims that I am biased in favor of Drew because I obviously am for reasons that I have explained in detail on many occasions. Nothing infuriates me more that when somebody ignores the logical progression and factual persuasion of my arguments and writes off my posts and positions as merely attempts to make Andrew Bynum look more important than he is.
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If I talk about Pau’s defense, that’s to boost Drew’s importance. If I comment on Kobe’s shooting, that’s to get Drew more touches. If I criticize Lamar’s play, that’s to get Drew more minutes. Pretty soon everybody’s looking at everything I write as part of an effort to make Drew look better. That’s how it works on these blogs, especially when there are hundreds of threads and thousands of posts.
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So criticize the logic behind my arguments, the facts and theories I use to support my arguments, or my obviously high opinion of Andrew Bynum but out of respect, please don’t assume or appear to validate the pernicious and false claim being spread by the usual suspects that I am some form of one-trick pony that’s obsessed with Andrew Bynum. Anybody who has really read my posts on this blog knows better than that. My takes on this blog have covered the full range of Laker topics.
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TOM

By the way:
JORDAN FARMAR just scored 24 points! In the meantime Steve Blake can't even make a basket. Enough Said.....

I dont understand some Laker fans who claimed to have a prominent knowledge of basketball,some of whom are fooled by the actions of individual players.Being a Laker fan and a follower of Phil Jackson and his philosophy I will not get trick believing in such hype.Phil the calm,cool and concentrated Philosopher coach will naturally see all the aspects of the game sitting on the side line,some of which we Laker fan may never see.Before the game Phil emphasize the great importance of team play as he naturally do,the passing of the ball to the open man.I remember in one of those tight games near the end of the 4 quarter Mj was tightly mark,the final inbound pass PJ knew that MJ would be tightly mark,in the hurdle Phil told MJ to find the open man and who it was the legendary John Paxson he sank a short resulting in another Chicago win.It was about MJ having confidence in his team mates,it didnt matter,it was really about making the right and wise choice.Thats why being a Laker fan i will never compare this Laker team to the band storming great Bulls team under Phil Jackson and Tex Winter.

I dont understand some Laker fans who claimed to have a prominent knowledge of basketball,some of whom are fooled by the actions of individual players.Being a Laker fan and a follower of Phil Jackson and his philosophy I will not get trick believing in such hype.Phil the calm,cool and concentrated Philosopher coach will naturally see all the aspects of the game sitting on the side line,some of which we Laker fan may never see.Before the game Phil emphasize the great importance of team play as he naturally do,the passing of the ball to the open man.I remember in one of those tight games near the end of the 4 quarter Mj was tightly mark,the final inbound pass PJ knew that MJ would be tightly mark,in the hurdle Phil told MJ to find the open man and who it was the legendary John Paxson he sank a short resulting in another Chicago win.It was about MJ having confidence in his team mates,it didnt matter,it was really about making the right and wise choice.Thats why being a Laker fan i will never compare this Laker team to the band storming great Bulls team under Phil Jackson and Tex Winter.

@Ninja- So by saying, 'I dont understand some Laker fans who claimed to have a prominent knowledge of basketball,some of whom are fooled by the actions of individual players.'

You also go on to laud the Bulls and minimize our team on a bell curve, according to to your standards of what PJ considers to be great team ball. Ninja, that's asinine to the enth degree.

If you considered yourself knowledgeable, you would have mentioned that a big difference between these repeat teams. The Bulls first three championships wouldn't be around if it wasn't for the unbelievable play of Chicago's bench. That bench helped them secure that threepeat more that MJ and Scottie's efforts. And yes, those two were more the reason for the second threepeat.

Our third threepeat team basically had no bench, and we still won the whole thing. So, perspective w/out true analysis is something called opinion not statement of fact. As someone who considers themselves knowledgeable you should know the difference.

Kobe playing "Mind Games"....look, they lost the game in Miami, but who gets all the attention....Kobe shooting in the Miami arena, not a practice court, but the main court...it's like...who gave him the keys??? If Miami personnel were smart they would have told Kobe, sorry, but we have to clean up or some other lame excuse, instead Kobe walks into THEIR house and does what HE wants....how does that make them feel???? Phil objecting, that was weak...Kobe was not running and cutting, as far as I know, it was a subtle way of Phil trying to say..."wow, I can't even control my player" ....("...so you probably can't either")....if the teams play in the Finals, Home court advantage goes to Kobe in Miami, LOL!!!!

MUD: EeeeZeee there... These comments are merley opinions, and nothing more than a form of entertainment. Nothing having to do with Kobe, Lakers or Sport matters.


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