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Lakers Q&A: Ron Artest on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Malice at the Palace [Video]

Hanging out by his locker, Lakers forward Ron Artest relaxed in his chair and made small talk with a few reporters sitting nearby.

Conversation quickly shifted to his recent on-court energy. He blew kisses to the Staples Center crowd and kissed his biceps during the Lakers' 139-137 triple-overtime victory last week over Phoenix. He followed that up with a mix of successful and failed dunks in the Lakers' 112-104 victory Friday over the Clippers. And prior to the Lakers' 102-84 victory Sunday over New Orleans, he promised an undisclosed on-court celebration.

That moment never came.

Artest posted a solid 11 points on four-of-six shooting and didn't make any boneheaded decisions. But he didn't make any memorable ones, either. So it looks like that moment will have to wait. Even if Artest is keeping his future antics a secret, it's safe to rule out at least one: He probably won't be performing any interesting on-court dances. After all, in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, he passionately stated why he'd be reluctant to appear on "Dancing With the Stars."

"I'd want to go," Artest said, "but I'd want to lose in the first round."

I asked him why he'd want to lose.

"I don't want to put my hips in a situation where I'm looking like Rick Fox," Artest said with a smile. "Rick Fox is a great dancer, but I don't want to put my hips in a situation where people are questioning whether I'm a rapper or a singer."

Check out Part 2 of Artest answering fan questions in the video below.

--Mark Medina

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NorCal,

re: Luckily, this is a virtual site, can you imagine having MVP888, LakerTom, Hobbit, Lewster, mamba24, PLG and G Money in the same room?

my response: hmmm .... There's a lawyer in the room. He might be a
strong candidate for the win.

What sort of odds are you giving?

Mark Medina

Why is it that every time there is a minor disagreement like right now, you come out and start talking about moderation. You do realize this is a blog and people WILL bicker and have different opinions right?

The PSP can understand when it's people hurling insults but moderation for the little bantering going on today? Come on man; remember when you first took over the blog? You were so much nicer back then; power corrupts, remember that son.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Well I think come Friday we should only be 2 games behind the spurs with one game to actually play them. The reality is, we can actually overcome them with Duncan and Ginobli gone.

Injuries suck, but we had them for the first half of the season so there ya go.
Can someone find a video of Fishers foul? Why was it a flagrant 2?

Bulls play the 76ers tonight, I can see them losing that. The 76ers are playing great.. considering they had like no wins last season the fans must be in heaven.

Also will have to watch this later, can't wait.Thanks so much for doing this interview MM, I hope you can do a few more. I also hope you can find a sidekick! Maybe ask ron artest to do one LOL

PSP - I wouldn't call that bantering at all. The voice is very contentious and toxic

Mark Medina,

It's only toxic when the dialog includes a forceful combination of foul language, threats of physical abuse, discussions of bloggers' mothers, Derek Fisher, and sodomy.

I don't think we're there yet.

I'd characterize it as "generally annoying bickering due to the anxious malaise of Lakeraholics waiting for the playoffs to start."

You would think we'd act like adults here, but we can't. We really can't.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Great video of Ron. I love his honesty and his personality...funny guy, far from perfect, but seems to have a good heart and the strength to back it up.

Things I learned from this game:

1) Kobe is rounding into playoff form. He looks sharp and healthy. The Lakers will need that to go all the way this year.

2) Artest is playing defense at such a high level. It's like you can just take his man out of the equation.

3) The Lakers' bench finally put the ball into the post in Q4, with spectacular results. The three B's are almost almost always in the game with LO and Pau or Drew. There is no question where their offense should come from (hint: it is not Shannon dribbling a lot and shooting with hand in his face). All three Bs are good spot up shooters. Get it to the post, or to Lamar for a drive. The smalls will get plenty of shots when those guys draw the defense in and kick it out.

4) If CP3 had lit up Fish we would have heard all about it here. Paul had a pretty quiet night. Where are all the posts saying what a great job Derek did?

5) The Hornets cannot match up with the Lakers.

"4) If CP3 had lit up Fish we would have heard all about it here. Paul had a pretty quiet night. Where are all the posts saying what a great job Derek did?

Posted by: Tom Daniels | March 28, 2011 at 02:55 PM "

I think they were trying to let Fisher fly under the radar so S Perkins wouldn't point out Fisher's shooting line last night.

Tom Daniels,

Agree with you regarding our bench, still point of concern, jump shooting. Even left open neither can make a shot now, what happened to confidence which was on display at the beginning of this season? Shannon can make jump shot, he use to shoot lights out. Matt looks like still recovering and Blake shooting less than 40%.

Bottom line, we're here because of the Lakers. Lakers are winning so what is it to complain, to air grievance, to quarrel of difference of opinions. To me what is important are the games on hand and in the future, the rest is history. If we agree or disagree of minutiae, it won't affect the Lakers as a whole. Let's move on.

For Norcal, you said I'm mouthful, well I try to compensate for the less posts I make nowadays. You don't like the thoughts, the grammatical errors and so forth, all you have to do is scroll and move on.

Tom Daniels,

Agree with you regarding our bench, still point of concern, jump shooting. Even left open neither can make a shot now, what happened to confidence which was on display at the beginning of this season? Shannon can make jump shot, he use to shoot lights out. Matt looks like still recovering and Blake shooting less than 40%.

Posted by: LAL_Fan | March 28, 2011 at 03:08 PM
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As Jeff Van Gundy said in the 2009 NBA Finals, "Lamar Odom IS the Lakers' bench!"

The reality is that the concerns about the Lakers' bench are no different this season than the previous two seasons, except that we have veterans who are better equipped to handle the playoff pressure (although thank God for Sasha in Game 7, right?) and a young back up shooting guard named Shannon Brown who is clearly improved over last season and now has a ton of playoff experience himself. And if the B's tank? Then we can win with Lamar Odom being the Lakers bench once more!

There’s a good slate of games tonight…

Orlando vs. NY – Melo says it’s a must win. Last week Dwight had 33pts/11reb/3blk and held Amare to 13pts and 6-20 fg

Portland vs. SA – SA will want payback from Portland snatching the game from them Friday, but it’ll be tough without Duncan and Ginobli. Portland leads the season series 2-1. It wouldn’t be Portland if they didn’t have injury issues also. BRoy back stiffened up on him forcing him to sit the 4th quarter last night.

Philly @ Chicago – season series tied at 1-1. Bulls look to close in on SA for the best record and Philly trying to rebound from yesterday’s disappointing home lost to the Kings. (FYI Sac won 4 of 5 on their east coast road trip…where you at Sonny B.)

Boston @ Indy – 4 of last 5 Celtics game has come down to the last possession. I don’t expect tonight to be any different.


@HOBBITMAGE... In answer to your questions, the Lakers fans would gang together and rip the Heat fan until he gave up and left. LOL. Then, we would all raise a glass in honor of Rick.
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TOM

You were so much nicer back then; power corrupts, remember that son.
Posted by: Practice Season Police

I think PSP got you got good there MM.. Haha. I think that was more lighthearted fun from PSP trying to relieve some tension so please don't go issuing any warnings just yet! And if its any consolation, you're still a nice guy but maybe now have a little bit of a mean streak.. But I don't blame you.. trying to moderate this blog can do this to you..

But nowdays I can almost picture you working with a chip on your shoulder with like one hand over the emergency "MODERATE COMMENTS" BUTTON just waiting and saying to yourself.. "Give me a reason! Just give me one damn good reason!!" LoL

Jon K,

re: acting like adults. Generally, I find adults act kind of stodgy.

One of my goals is to maintain the ability to sleep like a baby, until after
they put me in the ground.

Lewsters,

are group hugs anything like rugby scrums?

Edwin,

you wrote: I think MVP888 made a remarkable change with his rapport to certain posters like Laker Mike or even to Hobbit.

my response: I thought I acknowledged that this morning. Unfortunately,
it wasn't received that way. I tried.

Anyhow:

How about Bynum continuing to concentrate on Defense?

this was written: As for the One and Only hobbitmage,


my response: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you

PsychedLakerGirl

Agree on portland.. Aldridge is having a breakout year but roy was the only alpha male on that roster and he's done (at least this year). You can have plenty of regular season success but you just can't win in the playoffs without a true alpha male. Aint happenin (See dallas and atlanta)

Phil Jackson was asked if, when playing a Hornets team they may play in the first round, he holds some things back:

"All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs."


An example of the wisdom of Phil. Come playoff time, the Lakers will roll out things that opponents who have been scouting them haven't seen. Better to sacrifice a regular season game or 2 and have that advantage in the playoffs.


I don't think the Lakers do a whole lot of things that are opponent-specific during the regular season. They work on playing their game their way and building good habits. Then in the playoffs they do more to stop specific players or exploit matchups.

Edwin Gueco,

"Lakers are winning so what is it to complain, to air grievance, to quarrel of difference of opinions."

Because in sensitive human populations infected with cat parasites Lakeraholicism leads to madness.

http://www.livescience.com/7253-bizarre-human-brain-parasite-precisely-alters-fear.html

It would be funny if it weren't true.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"Phil Jackson was asked if, when playing a Hornets team they may play in the first round, he holds some things back:

"All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs."

Posted by: Tom Daniels | March 28, 2011 at 03:36 PM

Did he offer any examples of this? I don't ever feel like I'm seeing a much different team in the playoffs.

this was written: As for the One and Only hobbitmage,

my response: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 28, 2011 at 03:26 PM

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Like Magic Johnson, when they made you, hobbitmage, they broke the mold. There has never been a blogger I have read who was anything like you before I started reading you and there will never be another one quite like you again!

I suppose you can take that like Mo Williams' [Stinks] tweet about Derek Fisher:

"If yall didn't know, D Fish is the Hines Ward of the NBA," wrote Williams. "I don't know if that's a compliment or not. But don't let that nice guy fool u."

:)

Phil Jackson was asked if, when playing a Hornets team they may play in the first round, he holds some things back:

"All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs."

Posted by: Tom Daniels | March 28, 2011 at 03:36 PM
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PSP, your thoughts.

Jon K.,
just when the blog waters calmed down, you bring on the cats?
They're evil, and their parasites too!!
Dogs rule!

888,

Needless to say olive branch was accepted.. With apologies to virginia slims "you've come a long baby!" And give me about 2 more years and I might finish the simmons 700 pg book.. But here's to sincerely hoping u'll make amends with the rest of the guys on ur list. And maybe we can get a hollywood ending come june.. Lakers 3peat and you and PSP can ride off into the sunset together.. (J/k that was totally a joke)

KobeMVP888,

you wrote: Like Magic Johnson, when they made you, hobbitmage, they broke the mold. There has never been a blogger I have read who was anything like you before I started reading you and there will never be another one quite like you again!

my response: grin.

You should be scared. Literally shaking in your sweet italian loafers.
There's a daughter and I'm going to teach her *EVERYTHING* !

MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Another reason to hate the Bobcats:

http://www.futurepundit.com/archives/001675.html

http://www.damninteresting.com/parasites-on-the-brain

Want to know why the world's gone crazy? Look no further than that little monster at your feet whining for cat food.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mr. Nano,

Cats are insidiously diabolical enemies of mankind who in their adorable kitten stage seduce young women into giving them a home and then parasitically infect them with Borderline Personality Disorder.

There's a reason they used to be thrown into fires in the Middle Ages.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Bynum is the key to the lakers 3peating. Like I said before, Fisher is the leader of the team because kobe is not a good leader. Kobe is playing pretty well even though he is shooting a bit too much. Ron Ron is getting about 3 steals a game recently.

In the standing, Lakers are now ahead of the Celtics, Magic and Heat but lagging one in the loss column against the Bulls. We maintain 2nd here in the West against SA, I think that will be the result in the next 10 games. The 7th and 8th in the West will be a close fight among four teams in the next 10 games.

I wish Phil will now play the bench if Lakers have double digit lead. Joe, Theo, Caracter and Ebanks should play in some games even for 3minutes only. We'll never know if they will play during the playoffs.

Hobbit, you posted a lot of comments after praising MVP888 so what good things you said were buried by the succeeding posts huh!

Mr. Nano, cats are lovable when you frequently give them a gentle touch and caress. They turned vengeful and wet on your bed, furniture when u annoy them.

"Can someone find a video of Fishers foul? Why was it a flagrant 2?

Posted by: Diandra | March 28, 2011 at 02:36 PM

Type in "Derek Fisher Chris Kaman" into youtube. There are several videos showing it. When he meets the screen, watch what he does with his left arm.

Review the tapes all you want...it was a dirty elbow thrown by Fisher.
And that is why it is a flagrant 2. Some how you Fisher lover miss half the things this guy does or doesn't do during the game. Please take off your rose colored Laker glasses !! Fish a smoking 1 for 8 last night. At least the guy is consistent.

Review the tapes all you want...it was a dirty elbow thrown by Fisher.

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 04:12 PM
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And a review of the tape also shows a blatant, hard illegal moving screen that the refs ignored. Kaman deserved the elbow and more.

Edwin Gueco,

Dogs represent the higher angels of the human spirit: Loyalty, love, and courage.

Cats with their reptilian eyes represent our fallen selves: Selfish, flighty, haughty, vain, demanding conduits for mind-altering parasite who will eat your face when you have a stroke.

Man no mistake! That cat who you've grown to love since the parasites burrowed deep into your central nervous system DOES NOT LOVE YOU!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Fisher is a natural leader and will make a good coach or general manager when he retires. Kobe will disappear from the nba scene. With no leadership skills he can't coach or be a gm. Also he is not rich like jordan so can't buy a team. I guess buss will let him purchase 5% of the lakers.

Review the tapes all you want...it was a dirty elbow thrown by Fisher.

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 04:12 PM
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And a review of the tape also shows a blatant, hard illegal moving screen that the refs ignored. Kaman deserved the elbow and more.

Posted by: KobeMVP888

Whether it was a moving screen or not...did Fisher throw an elbow ?

"There's a reason they used to be thrown into fires in the Middle Ages."
Posted by: Jon K. | March 28, 2011 at 04:01 PM

For doing that, you can now end up in jail. That's the power they have now in our society.


"Mr. Nano, cats are lovable when you frequently give them a gentle touch and caress. They turned vengeful and wet on your bed, furniture when u annoy them".
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 28, 2011 at 04:06 PM

Sorry to know we lost you to THEM, Edwin. We will fight for you my friend!! LOL

S. Perkins - you're becoming white noise

JR

I think it is hopeless to change opinions of Kobe and Fisher coming from Island Priest and S. Perkins. No need to argue further if they are adamant with that position. Their opinions won't affect the games. I remember the recent past when we were micromanaging the activities of my son when he was staying in a dorm in College, he said: "why do you want me to change my schedule, my ways now that I'm an adult, don't you think you should be the one to change ur perception on your son? Just let go."

Lakers 3peat and you and PSP can ride off into the sunset together.. (J/k that was totally a joke)

Posted by: yellofever | March 28, 2011 at 03:53 PM
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And a very funny one at that!

"Phil Jackson was asked if, when playing a Hornets team they may play in the first round, he holds some things back:

"All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs."

Posted by: Tom Daniels | March 28, 2011 at 03:36 PM

Did he offer any examples of this? I don't ever feel like I'm seeing a much different team in the playoffs.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 28, 2011 at 03:42 PM
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Bay to LA

If PJ were to offer examples of that, wouldn't that be like a General tipping off war strategy to the enemy?

The first and best example I can cite is Game 1, Round 1 of the 2010 playoffs, when we came out in the first quarter against OKC 27-13 and held on for an 87-79 victory. How did we finish the season? 4-7. Can I point out specifically what looked different about the Lakers other than the fact that their defense looked exponentially better in that game than it did all season? Of course not. As fans, we are clueless about what PJ is doing with his team at practice on a daily basis to prepare them for the playoffs. Did that incredible man-to-man switching, swarming defense that we witnessed in the 4th quarter of Game 7 rear its pretty head during the regular season? I don't quite remember seeing anything quite like that.

We are talking about Coach Eleven Rings. While you might be in the "so what, he's had great players" camp, it is my firm opinion that there are no words to describe his brilliance as a head coach. And while I don;t know exactly what it is, I feel like I am seeing a much different team in the playoffs and it's always been that way when his teams are healthy.

I GUARANTEE YOU every single troll who has invaded this blog over it's tumultuous life was infected with cat parasites. Every one.

Read the article.

50% OF HUMANS ARE INFECTED WITH THE PARASITE! 50%!

America has been lucky because relative to the rest of the world we've had a relatively low infected population; however, with the popularization of cats over the last several decades the percentage of infected in our population continues to grow.

Thus leading to strange, irrational cultural changes based upon reactions to shame (e.g. political correctness).

Fricken cats.

We should just let coyotes take care of them, creepy little skulking monsters.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Th team that is the greatest challenge to the lakers 3peating as champs is not the celtics but the heat in the east. Huh? Follow the priest extraordinary logic. Kobe will be giddy at the chance to show the world that he is better than both lebron and dwade. Big mistake cause at this stage both players are way better. Ron ron can guard anybody except lebron. If la pound the ball inside to gasol and the beast then la would crush the heat. But who amognst us believe kobe will give gasol 22 shots for him to win the mvp over kobe? It ain't going to happen as long as kobe is in the lineup. Kobe will go in a duel with wade and lbj and lose the war. Lebron will be 13 for 17, wade 14 for 22 and kobe 10 for 25. LA will falter like the titanic. phil will have to save la from kobe.

@LRob...

Rondo is back for the Celtics tonight. There is some speculation in Green-land that he is still unhappy about the Perkins trade and is reacting petulantly about it. Doc's recent tirade about the Celtics being selfish and not playing for each other was supposedly directed at Rondo. Nothing like a little dissension in Beantown.

Lakers 3peat and you and PSP can ride off into the sunset together.. (J/k that was totally a joke)

Posted by: yellofever | March 28, 2011 at 03:53 PM
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As long as he agrees to hold hands.

Jolly Rancher,

S. Perkins has been infected with cat parasites. There's no reasoning with him. He belongs to them now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

JonK - you're beginning to sound about cats the way Justanothermambafan does about "the bunnies". Not that it's a bad thing as both are basically evil.

JR

Jolly Rancher,

Please enlighten me as to justanothermambafan's take on "the bunnies." I am uneducated.

By the way, not only are cats an existential threat to all that is good in humanity, the fact that people teach other people that cats are "okay" creates an opening poor emotional modeling.

Cats are simply incapable of "love". They are capable of affection, not love. That people are told "Oh, my cat loves me!" teaches others to misidentify what is truly loving behavior.

Cat affection is not loving-kindness. It is interactive manipulative attention-seeking. Period.

Fricken cats.

The difference between this guy and a cat? He's got make-up on.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/clown-accused-of-kidnapping-molesting-girl-faces-more-charges-1.html

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Whether it was a moving screen or not...did Fisher throw an elbow ?

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 04:18 PM

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Absolutely! Name me one other player at his position as tough as Derek Fisher. You can't. Was it dirty? Of course. Was he telling Chris Kaman that he was fed up with his cheating, dirty, illegal screens. You better believe it!

The Lakers play a clean brand of basketball that doesn't rely on multiple moving screens to spring their players free. Other teams believe that the way to beat the Lakers is to rough them up. Just ask Luis Scola and the Houston Rockets from 2009. We happen to have a leader whose tolerance level is just so much before he's going to put a stop to this Mixed Martial Arts form of basketball against the Lakers, and he's such a great leader that he's the President of the National Basketball Players Association. His name is Derek Fisher and I am thrilled he's on the team that I root for.

I still have two dogs and former had two cats, the cats died due to old age. luv them all and filled the void of an empty nest at home. Cats are just animals but they acted like humans too with anger, love, thirst, hunger and the other natural urges. With it, we have to sacrifice scratches on fine furniture, lots of hairs on clothing and vents. I guess the love and loyalty superseded other inconveniences we practically lived with them for 15-17 years. The last 10 years replicated the joys of acting as our children.

This is the beauty of this blog, the topic is no longer the Lakers but more on how fans exchange rapport with life and reality. Let us preserve that blog family togetherness in the coming playoffs. After all, we are here to express our passion and entertainment.

great hit on Kaman by Fisher!
Kaman tried to slam Fish and Fish returned the favor. Kaman didn't like his own medicine and had a fit. i liked it. one thing that's great about Derek is if you try to abuse him, it usually hurts you.

who cares if Kobe becomes a coach or team owner? what's with the incredibly stupid blather about how much money he has?

there are some incredibly bad trolls on this site these days. whatever. it's not quite as lame as posters who think that their little anonymous pride is more important than the team that this blog follows...

as to cat brain parasites, you'd best believe that if such a thing exists, the new, improved, bio-engineered version is the one to fear.

Whether it was a moving screen or not...did Fisher throw an elbow ?

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 04:18 PM

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Absolutely! Name me one other player at his position as tough as Derek Fisher. You can't. Was it dirty? Of course. Was he telling Chris Kaman that he was fed up with his cheating, dirty, illegal screens. You better believe it!

The Lakers play a clean brand of basketball that doesn't rely on multiple moving screens to spring their players free. Other teams believe that the way to beat the Lakers is to rough them up. Just ask Luis Scola and the Houston Rockets from 2009. We happen to have a leader whose tolerance level is just so much before he's going to put a stop to this Mixed Martial Arts form of basketball against the Lakers, and he's such a great leader that he's the President of the National Basketball Players Association. His name is Derek Fisher and I am thrilled he's on the team that I root for.

Posted by: KobeMVP888


You are scary dude !!! He is a clown !!! Who has to be dirty as he has zero ...count them zero basketball skills !!! Retire and coach. He can't play so coach a team or negotiate for the players.

He might be tough...but any clown can be dirty !!!!

Edwin Gueco,

Those cats did not love you.

Growth comes with acceptance.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Why do you call yourself mud, Mud? Or is that material your hut is made out of? Be that as it may, all I am saying Kobe is an egnigma and will disappear after his career is over in 3 years like bernard king. None of the networks will hire him or if they do they will quickly fire him cause he has no sense of humour. For all the bridges he has burnt kobe will be an after thought.

You are scary dude !!! He is a clown !!! Who has to be dirty as he has zero ...count them zero basketball skills !!! Retire and coach. He can't play so coach a team or negotiate for the players.

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 04:41 PM
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I am so glad that Fish signed a THREE YEAR CONTRACT last summer if for no other reason than to torture people like you. I hope he starts at the lead guard position for the Lakers until he's 50.

"I don't think the Lakers do a whole lot of things that are opponent-specific during the regular season. They work on playing their game their way and building good habits. Then in the playoffs they do more to stop specific players or exploit matchups."

Posted by: Tom Daniels | March 28, 2011 at 03:36 PM

VERY good point, Tom. There's a reason PJ has won it all 11 times as a head coach. And...he plants seeds for possible opponents to worry about. They'll all be concerned about possible postseason Lakers' adjustments.

Think because you are Laker fans you automatically know more than the trolls.

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM
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No, because like Derek Fisher, we know CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Troll Man Posted -

This is an archived post from aztronut who is admonishing a new poster. I am reposting it because the poster (whose name is deleted) recently posted doing the same the same thing one year later. This Post could also apply to many here.

XXXXXX
"I find it appalling that someone who just showed up for the first time is telling longtime residents, and discussion pot stirrers, to leave just because they don't consistently post "Ra Ra life is golden" comments... I've pretty well made it known that I get tired of DFish only posting to bag on Derek Fisher or JonK (though the last couple of days he has broken his string), but I'm not about to TELL them to leave."

Ya know, I know that this is only a blog and it's pretty stupid to get let something here get under my skin, but the above post really does. Troll Man only posted part of the conversation between Aztronut and myself so the context is pretty F'd up. but since I'm commenting on this again I guess I'll take it a bit further. I'm wasn't the one that suggested anybody leave the blog nor was I telling anyone what THEY should do. So what's Troll Man's problem with me saying that I wouldn't tell anyone to leave? Has anyone here read anything from me that suggests that somebody can't state their opinion? I may comment on what I think of an opinion: big deal, so does half of the posters here.

So, Troll Man, give us the recent post that made you go back into the archive and pull up the beginning of a discussion that came to a friendly conclusion one or two threads later.

JR

"Bay to LA

If PJ were to offer examples of that, wouldn't that be like a General tipping off war strategy to the enemy?

The first and best example I can cite is Game 1, Round 1 of the 2010 playoffs, when we came out in the first quarter against OKC 27-13 and held on for an 87-79 victory. How did we finish the season? 4-7. Can I point out specifically what looked different about the Lakers other than the fact that their defense looked exponentially better in that game than it did all season? Of course not. As fans, we are clueless about what PJ is doing with his team at practice on a daily basis to prepare them for the playoffs. Did that incredible man-to-man switching, swarming defense that we witnessed in the 4th quarter of Game 7 rear its pretty head during the regular season? I don't quite remember seeing anything quite like that.

We are talking about Coach Eleven Rings. While you might be in the "so what, he's had great players" camp, it is my firm opinion that there are no words to describe his brilliance as a head coach. And while I don;t know exactly what it is, I feel like I am seeing a much different team in the playoffs and it's always been that way when his teams are healthy.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 28, 2011 at 04:27 PM "

Obviously he shouldn't divulge any secrets about what he is going to do this year, but what has he done differently in the past? If he has much more extensive things they do in the playoffs, it seems like we should be able to put a finger on exactly what it was.

The 27-13 1st quarter was a nice start for their playoff run but I also remember the Lakers outscoring the Thunder 35-16 in the 1st quarter of a practice season game last year. I also remember the Lakers not having that same defensive identity in the other 3 quarters of that game or in most of the other games of the series. If that was a consistent defense played throughout the series, I'd give it to you but it wasn't the case.

I'm not saying anything similar to "so what, he had great players". I'm saying the Lakers were the better team and that never changed. Beating OKC wasn't an upset for the Lakers in my opinion.

Edwin,

Sorry I've been posting so much. :(

Island Priest,

this is for you:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/645477-kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-their-top-15-current-myths?utm_source=newsletter

please pay special attention to pages: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14 - 16.

The LakersBlog where education is free.

ahh there we go, the annual "you don't know anything about basketball" post.

JR

Jon K, the cats reciprocated the treatment rendered to them, it you feed them and clean their surroundings and habitat. When Lakers were losing, the lovable cats don't really care, they just continue massaging your feet with his body. Supposing I expressed anger when the ball was intercepted on an inbound play by Worthy that catapulted the Celtics winning the game ultimately the Championship, I kicked the cat who was trying to be nice, what do you think would be the subsequent reaction? You get a claw, a scratch and a defeated team. Therefore, the sweet massage compensated the loss, at least I didn't lose everything, my cats were still there tho' the Lakers didn't give me the enjoyment that I expected. lol!

VERY good point, Tom. There's a reason PJ has won it all 11 times as a head coach. And...he plants seeds for possible opponents to worry about. They'll all be concerned about possible postseason Lakers' adjustments.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM
====

PJ does a lot of experimenting during the long 82. He scraps the things that don't work, holds back and re-implements the things that do work and makes adjustments that he has observed all season to things that worked and didn't work. If the Heat reach the Finals, which I believe still could happen, expect to see Bynum on Bosh .. which we did NOT see in their recent match up. Phil has not verbalized this, but I bet he's expecting to see the Heat in the Finals. I shouldn't get ahead of myself, but I'm looking forward to the chess matches.

S Perkins,

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are huge proponents of Derek Fisher.

Are you saying that you know more than Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson because, if so, it's just your parasite-addled nervous trying to steer others off the cliff.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

i am mud. i am mud made so i am also dum backwards. do you know how dum you are?

i'm glad the "enigma" Kobe Bryant has been a Laker. he's given me plenty of basketball happiness over the years. as far as i can tell, he's one of the highest paid athletes in the game today, so i'm sure he'll be ok once his career is finished sense of humor or no. i'm sure that he won't have to troll the Lakers Blog for jollies at that time. as bad of a leader as he is, i'll bet he can find better things to do with his time, than look like an idiot trying to upset people he doesn't even know.

i love having the buffoon Derek Fisher on the Lakers as well. you know why? because i'm a dum fan of the team, and i get to watch them win whenever Derek is on the team. the only time that the Lakers haven't been winners since D Fish came into the league was when D Fish wasn't on the Lakers, so for a dummy like myself, i want Derek on the team.

yep, fans know little to nothing, but luckily, there's a front office, coaching staff and players who know more than little to something about winning, so as a fan, i can feel good about the team regardless of what happens.

"I am so glad that Fish signed a THREE YEAR CONTRACT last summer if for no other reason than to torture people like you. I hope he starts at the lead guard position for the Lakers until he's 50.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM "

Wow.........

Edwin Gueco,

Those cats did not love you.

They reciprocated affection to alleviate boredom and the manipulate you to continue to be a consistent and reliable food source.

It goes no deeper than that.

With extraordinarily rare exception, cats will not sacrifice for their owners, while dogs will lay down their lives in defense of their owners.

This is a clear cut case of a choice between good and evil. Let's not muck up the discussion.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

S. Perkins - You're right, I don't know anything about basketball, D. Fish sucks at all things, and the Lakers are probably one of the worst organizations in basketball today. I guess I'll just have to sit in my own living room (as opposed to a relative's basement) living with this self-realization while watching the current WORLD CHAMPIONS win their third in a row with a second...or maybe even third rate lead guard that currently has 5 rings of his own. Tell ya what, I'll even sob once or twice (don't worry Jon, I'll wait until there isn't anyone around) tonight. There, do ya feel better about yourself now?

JR

It is not hard to know more than kobe because he only has a high school education. Hobbit you are depending on the bleacher report to support your argument? In game 7 against the Cs pau had 17 rebounds and every rebound was from the brick kobe shot. Pau was the true mvp and it was stolen by kb24. He is doing to pau what shaq did to him. It is wrong and if he tries it again pau will let him sink. Plus Phil did win because he got to coach mj the greatest ever and that lexus imitation kobe.

S. Perkins,

So that's why Jackson and Kobe petitioned Mitch to extend Derek's contract? Because he sucks?

Do you actually think that an obsessive-hyper-competitive nutjob like Kobe would actually support ANYTHING that he thought would be contrary to his team winning?

Dude, the cat parasites are talking, but they're not making sense.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Obviously he shouldn't divulge any secrets about what he is going to do this year, but what has he done differently in the past? If he has much more extensive things they do in the playoffs, it seems like we should be able to put a finger on exactly what it was.

The 27-13 1st quarter was a nice start for their playoff run but I also remember the Lakers outscoring the Thunder 35-16 in the 1st quarter of a practice season game last year. I also remember the Lakers not having that same defensive identity in the other 3 quarters of that game or in most of the other games of the series. If that was a consistent defense played throughout the series, I'd give it to you but it wasn't the case.

I'm not saying anything similar to "so what, he had great players". I'm saying the Lakers were the better team and that never changed. Beating OKC wasn't an upset for the Lakers in my opinion.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
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This year's Lakers team looks MUCH better than we did last season down the stretch. It isn't even close. When you say, "it seems like we should be able to put a finger on exactly what it was," aren't you simply acknowledging PJ's brilliance. If he's telling you that he doesn't show all his cards, don't you believe that?

Yes, beating OKC was something we should have done, but we looked very shaky entering the playoffs and the reaction of fans and the media after the series was tied 2-2 was further evidence of how shaky things felt. But then came that Game 5 masterpiece and the Pau tip in Game 6 and then a relaxing 4 game series against Utah. Ah, the Lakes.

One major area of disagreement that you and I have is the importance of how we play against a team during the regular season. I believe it has very little significance except with certain match-ups and you feel that it's the rule, not the exception. If that rule held true all the time, we would have lost to the Magic in 2009.

Diandra - Thanks for the compliments. I'm definitely going to try to see if we can do this with other players. I will let you know.

I disagree with Jon K on his views about my cats.

If I continue disagreeing without end and keep on debating our opposing views, eventually our friendship will be ruined because of one thing, our disagreement on cats.

I think this is parallel to the issues and debates in the blog. We cannot continue on imposing our views to others. the best thing is express them, learn to give and take and then move on to another subject.

@Jon K, PSP, yellofever -- Haha you guys are funny. Just trying to make sure I can do anything to prevent the inevitable 10-car pileup that could happen if bickering gets higher and higher. But for now, carry on...

"I am so glad that Fish signed a THREE YEAR CONTRACT last summer if for no other reason than to torture people like you. I hope he starts at the lead guard position for the Lakers until he's 50.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM "

Wow.........

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 28, 2011 at 05:05 PM
====


And you. :)

heavy trolling now-we should be at the banning point soon.

island "priest" you're so right! Kobe only has a high school edumacation. what a dum pronouncement! it's not even relevant to the game.

i dub thee, irrelevant.

A couple of Sundays ago, Andrew Bynum played a great game in San Antonio. He did it without much scoring, using his defensive presence and rebounding to influence the outcome.

Derek Fisher hit just one shot last night. Yet, his defense on Chris Paul was exemplary. He held the starting point guard in this year's ASG to 10 points on a night where Paul's scoring was needed to offset the lost of David West.

There is more to basketball than scoring. If S Perkins watched last night's game, he would have seen how Fish's strength made Paul's night miserable. But he was probably too busy thinking up ways to bash Derek to actually watch the game.

as i said, Jon(and you know that i've supported you on the Jao), the brain parasites to worry about are the one's that have been engineered. the regular cat parasites seem to just make people like the smell of cat pee. it's nice for the cats, i guess, but it's not as dangerous as parasites that make people love the phone company...

Wow, no Tony Parker and no Antonio McDyess for the Spurs tonight - they're dropping like flies in San Antonio!
The D.Fish hate coming from S. Perkins has degraded into sheer hilarity at this point - it's so stunningly sad that marginalizing Derek Fisher's accomplishments and ongoing championship legacy is this guy's only platform. Amazing,

Then, be surprised Troll!! I'm telling you, Fish played a strong defensive game and gave Paul fits all night. The fact that you admit you haven't even watched the game and yet have such a negative opinion proves my point. I won't be interacting with you anymore, S Perkins...my life is too short.

Off days folks - it is time to root for whomever is playing the Bulls, Celtics, Mavs, Heat, and Spurs!

"This year's Lakers team looks MUCH better than we did last season down the stretch. It isn't even close. When you say, "it seems like we should be able to put a finger on exactly what it was," aren't you simply acknowledging PJ's brilliance. If he's telling you that he doesn't show all his cards, don't you believe that?

Yes, beating OKC was something we should have done, but we looked very shaky entering the playoffs and the reaction of fans and the media after the series was tied 2-2 was further evidence of how shaky things felt. But then came that Game 5 masterpiece and the Pau tip in Game 6 and then a relaxing 4 game series against Utah. Ah, the Lakes.

One major area of disagreement that you and I have is the importance of how we play against a team during the regular season. I believe it has very little significance except with certain match-ups and you feel that it's the rule, not the exception. If that rule held true all the time, we would have lost to the Magic in 2009.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 28, 2011 at 05:12 PM "

Do you think the Lakers have looked better down the stretch this year because Phil coached better this year than last year?? I think it's that the Lakers had 1st place locked up, they had injuries, and they didn't need those games in the same way they need them this year. The only drawback of losing those games was losing HCA to Orlando, a team they had beat in 5 games the previous year and weren't overly concerned with.

Things did look shaky throughout the OKC series. Further evidence in my mind that there was no switch flipped before or during game 1 of the playoffs.

My thoughts about Orlando have not changed. If Jameer Nelson is injured and relegated to backup status in the regular season, I think the Lakers sweep the season series against the Magic. It took great games from him to get the two wins against the Lakers and I don't think they win either game without that.

I don't think it is a rule that regular season matchups against a team dictate playoff outcomes. I think it does indicate the competition level between the two teams. Both of the Orlando games were highly competitive and could have gone either way.

Where I disagree is when the Lakers beat a team in the playoffs and that is used as evidence that a switch was flipped even though the Lakers had their way with that team all year. It just doesn't add up. If the Lakers have a winning record against an opponent and a better overall record, they don't have to flip a switch to continue to beat them.

JonK - As to Justa and "the bunnies", you have to experience it from HERSELF when she reestablishes contact. I cannot do bunnyphobia justice with my words.

JR

Edwin Gueco,

"We cannot continue on imposing our views to others. the best thing is express them, learn to give and take and then move on to another subject."

Once again, that's the parasites talking.

When the cat parasites win, we ALL lose.

The last thing that cats want is a discussion of "Hold on. Why do we worship these selfish little vindictive monsters again?"

Edwin! I have faith in you! You can beat the parasites!!!!

Those cats did not love you! It's a good thing they died before you did, because they were just waiting to eat your face the moment you dropped dead.

That is seriously the ONLY thing they think about.

The Final Insult: Eating their "owner's" face after interning them to a lifetime of servitude. There is no higher calling among cats.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Philly is cracking Chicago early...27-13 after the first. Hope they can keep it up. Go Philly!

mud,

Read the articles. Seriously, read the articles.

The cat parasites:

1. Can trigger schitzophrenia in vulnerable populations (this is why you want to keep cats away from babies.)

2. Can lead to emotional dysregulation and a diminished sense of self-worth, especially in women. (Borderline Personality Disorder, anyone?)

3. Make people additionally reactive to fear and shame. (HAS ANYONE PAID ATTENTION TO THE TONE OF OUR POLITICS AND NEWS RECENTLY?!?!)

No good can come of it.

Evil has an insidious avatar... and it is cats.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

""I am so glad that Fish signed a THREE YEAR CONTRACT last summer if for no other reason than to torture people like you. I hope he starts at the lead guard position for the Lakers until he's 50.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM "

Wow.........

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 28, 2011 at 05:05 PM
====


And you. :)

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | March 28, 2011 at 05:14 PM "

I said wow because although I think (hope?!?) you were being sarcastic, I can't imagine making front office moves just to anger anonymous naysayers.

I also think (hope) you're not serious about wanting Fisher starting when he's 50.

Oh, no!
Edwin Gueco - Jon K., another friendship ruined by the evil cats!
Where are we going to end?

Mr Nano!

I'm not giving up hope on Edwin Gueco!

He's infected, yes, but he's obviously been strong enough to fight off any devolution into a troll-like state of being.

Come on, Edwin! We can get through this!!!

THOSE CATS DID NOT LOVE YOU!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

KobeMVP888

Are you a beautiful, young, woman? If so, you can hold ANY part of the PSP you feel like.

What is this about cats and dogs? Aren't both species evil and manipulative? :-)

Thanks
PSP Intern

Practice Season Police,

Does an evil and manipulative creature do this?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1216698/Dogs-save-life-man-slipped-broke-neck-walking-them.html

NO!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


@HUMANOMALY… Congrats on the Friedman, Howard. Excellent observations on how running the Triangle Offense correctly almost makes decisions for ball handlers as cutters naturally come open. The problem with Brown in my opinion is a lack of vision. He just doesn’t see how the play is coming together, where things will be one or two or three heartbeats later. With Blake, I just think it’s a case of not yet having enough experience in the Triangle to see the flow of play and where it’s going.
……………………………………………………………….
@BAY TO LA… “All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs." –Phil Jackson. I’m never quite sure what your angle is. Are you saying that Phil is not telling the truth because you don’t see any difference between how we play in the playoffs versus the regular season? I’m trying to understand why you have a problem with that statement because to me it’s verity is pretty obvious and it would never come to mind to doubt it.
….
During the regular season, the Lakers basically make little adjustments for whom they’re playing because in most cases, they usually don’t have the time to practice special plays between games. The playoffs are an entirely different animal in that you play the same team as many as 7 times, so not only do you game plan in detail specifically for that opponent but you also adjust that game plan after each game, exploiting opponents’ weakness and fortifying your own. That’s when coaching counts.
….
I think the biggest statistic you are going to find to show that Phil obviously makes great adjustments in the playoffs is how he does when the real games begin, how is his playoffs coaching record. 11 rings and counting is impressive enough but how about going for a possible fourth three-peat? Everybody acknowledges how difficult it is to re-peat, not even to mention three-peating. Yet, Phil is in position to have accomplished that incredible feat four times. How about the stat that he is 48-0 when his team wins the first two games of a series? He is the coaching Kobe Bryant when it comes to closing.
………………………………………………………………
TOM

S.Perkins - if we don't know squat about basketball...why hang out in OUR blog...As far as rooting for the Lakers...better than your bandwagon fanhood of the Cheats...No matter what you post, you will not change our feelings and attitude for the class act Derek Fisher...you might have better luck trying to convince us to like Mr King LeBrick...and that is going to be a cold day in hell...

yellowfever and 888 - you guys had me rolling and chocking I was laughing so hard...The walking in the sunset with PSP, and the holding hands was hilarious...a classic that will go down into the archives...

Jon K - I beg to differ but I have 3 cats...They give me nothing but love and affection and my wife and I consider them our kids, since the real ones are away from home and in school...They have never given me parasites, fleas, ticks, or any voodo spells...lol...Don't get me wrong, I love dogs too, but my cats are more independent, and with my busy schedule, it works our great...Anyone with any pets and don't spend time with them should have no business owning any animals...

As far as PJ holding back some cards to not tip his hand during the playoffs...He does it all the time, and since he has been the coach of the Lakers...I think alot of times he doesn't call timeouts or make adjustments during the regular season is purely, because of this...Why show your schemes or strategy, only to have that team have time to watch film and make a counter scheme...A prime example of this was the Miami game...We all said and asked, "why doesn't PJ put AB on Bosh..." I think it's because he didn't want to tip that one adjustment till the playoffs, if we were to meet the Cheats again...Just my theory, but not far fetched...

Well the Blazers let the SA game slip away...Same thing with the Thunder game yesterday...Now if you can't close games...you will be useless in the Playoffs...And I don't think Nate McMillan is holding back any moves so not to tip off his hand...lol

So here we come to the REAL season...this is why we do this all year...Let's put aside all petty issues...really come together and back our boys...Let's send them all the positive cosmic energy we can muster...like a senior member here says..."It's all about the LOVE"...which I would like to add:

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up Baybee!!! The Friedman Season

"Off days folks - it is time to root for whomever is playing the Bulls, Celtics, Mavs, Heat, and Spurs!

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | March 28, 2011 at 05:32 PM

"

Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Great night for standings bumps.

To the Fisher's bashers; you would have to be blind, deaf and dumb to boost to bash Derek Fisher. Frankly, do you for one sec, think Kuchak did not know what he was doing when he signed Fisher to a 3-year contract? Sure, Fish, at times, during the regular season, plays lousy however he shows up for the real seson comes April. As far as the Kaman incident, often the player who retaliated got penalized. One has to watch the whole game, not just a play or two, before calling Fisher a dirty player. As far as I am concerned there are only dirty haters who used any lame excuses to bash Fisher.


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