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Poll Question: Should Kobe Bryant rest or play through his sprained left ankle?

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It won't be long before everyone knows whether Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will suit up Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves while nursing a sprained left ankle.

It's debatable whether that issue is even an uncertainty considering Bryant's tendency to play through injuries and the Lakers' three-day lapse since their 97-84 victory Monday over the Orlando Magic gave him more time than usual to get the necessary medical treatment. Still, it's an issue that will likely extend beyond the Lakers' game against Minnesota with only 14 regular season games remaining. So when you vote in the latest poll, it's necessary to consider a few factors.

Should Bryant rest in games because health for this team remains the No. 1 priority? Should he rest against teams considered highly mediocre opponents? Or would it be bad to risk anything since the Lakers are competing with the Mavericks for second place in the Western Conference?

Addressing each scenario brings a few complications.

Should Bryant sit out until fully healed, the Lakers would need to have a definitive backup for Lakers guard Shannon Brown. That option remains limited since the Lakers don't really have another 2-guard and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson feels Matt Barnes isn't fully ready in learning the guard position in the triangle offense. With Jackson's hope also to lower Derek Fisher's minutes in the next 14 games, allowing Bryant to sit for an extended number of games would put further strain on everyone else. As the Lakers saw in their 4-1 mark last season during Bryant's five-game absence because of a sprained left ankle, everyone else filled a void and assumed more responsibility within the offense. Having the Lakers feel like they have more ownership of the team could do wonders for the postseason, except there's only one problem. The Lakers' success largely hinges on Bryant's performance so sitting out a prolonged period of time could for chemistry purposes disrupt the Lakers' sharpness.

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Last season, Bryant sat out in four of the last five games to rest assorted finger, knee, ankle and back injuries because the Lakers had already secured a definitive No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. This season, the Lakers (48-20) are currently tied with the Mavericks (48-20) for second place in the Western Conference and sit 6 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs (54-13) for the top spot. Three of the next six games feature sub. 500 opponents, including Friday's game against Minnesota, making it tempting that the Lakers could count those as automatic victories and feel more comfortable resting Bryant for those contests.

Even if the Lakers are 10-1 since the All-Star break, however, it'd be presumptuous to put it past the team to have a letdown considering they've shown a strong track record of doing that. Still, Bryant sitting out against Minnesota would essentially give Bryant five days of rest before Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers (39-29), who could meet the Lakers in the first round. Should Bryant sit out against the Phoenix Suns (33-33) next Tuesday and the Clippers (26-43) Friday, he would have six full days of rest before playing March 27 against New Orleans (40-30), another possible first round opponent. Then Bryant would have three full days before the Lakers meet on March 31st against Dallas, a matchup that surely would prove instrumental on which team secures home-court advantage over the other. In April, Bryant won't have the same luxury in spending so many days in between games with plenty of rest. The Lakers have eight regular season games in April, including two sets of back-to-backs. Of course, should there be a clearer picture on where the Lakers stand in the West, Bryant might be more inclined to sit out those games as the team gears up more and more for the postseason.

Of course, laying out the entire road map of scenarios is presumptuous considering Bryant will likely treat his playing status as game-time decisions so he can expend the maximum amount of time during practices and off day to improve his health. But from a fan perspective, it provides a much clearer idea on where they stand on this health issue. All Laker fans want the end result in a third consecutive championship. But there are plenty paths to get to that one point, with one major factor being how Bryant manages his injuries. That's why it shouldn't be surprising if there's a litany of ideas on what the next course should entail.

--Mark Medina

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

Read more about Kobe Bryant in The Times' Lakers database: All Things Lakers 

Top photo: Kobe Bryant goes down with a sprained ankle as the Mavericks' Jason Kidd dribbles away during the third quarter of Saturday night's Lakers victory in Dallas. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press / March 12, 2011

Bottom photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grabs his foot after spraining his ankle in the third quarter against Dallas on Saturday night. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images / March 12, 2011

 
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come out and play kobe... practice some passing; it'll be fun!

naa keep kobe out!! soo he can rest his ankle and not play in the next 3 games!!

I defer to Kobe.

What's up Wiz? How is your boy Mac Miller flowing these days?

He could use 3 more days of rest if he sat out the meaningless game tomorrow against the T'Wolves.

In Kobe, I Trust!!!

Bull about the article on Lakers fans being the worst fans. Anywhere you go, you will hear fans chanting "mvp" for Kobe. I was in Portland and half my section were Lakers fans. Today my prof asked why no one was wearing green in one of my crim classes and a small foregin exchange student stood up and said "because I am a Lakers fan." I had never spoken to this person before, nor do I know his name. However, I can't wait to become friends with him and talk game. I was so impressed by his courage and his ability to bleed the purple and gold even in a room full of students who most likely don't even know who the Lakers are.

The Lakers organization brings people together, it brings fans together from all over the world.

Name one other team in the NBA where you would have a blog full of people posting from the Philipenes, Canada, USA, England, Honduras, etc. (sorry if I missed countries!)

I can't think of any.

I am proud to be a Lakers fan and yes, the Lakers have a bunch of bandwagon fans but that doesn't mean that 90% of us are.


As far as the Greast player of all time. I think people often think of MJ or Kobe because they are recent. Sorry, but I would give the best player of all time to Bill Russell or Wilt. Bill coached and played on a team, he broke down huge racism barriers, first black coach, etcetc. Not to mention he introduced defence to the league in a way that had never been seen. He has eleven rings, ELEVEN. That's nuts.

Wilt dominated on defence and offence and owns most of the records in the NBA. I've never seen a game in which either Bill or Wilt has played as I was born in 1989 and I've never seen them replayed on TV. However I can say that by reading bios, stats, etc that they are much better players than given credit for.

Diandra - good story about the Laker fan in your Crim class. Now go give him a high five after the next class...lol.

@VMan

I once sat next to Diane Cannon after a Laker game at the Cheesecake Factory in Brentwood. You're right! She is ferocious! She devoured her whole meal at 11:30PM while not missing a beat disrespecting the help. Never cared for her after that...

I also sat 5 rows in front of Iron Mike Tyson at the 1991 Western Conference Finals against Portland. I had better seats than Tyson before his fall from glory. Wow!

I had just returned from 10 months living in Lake Oswego, OR, listening to Portland fans telling me how the Blazers were going to demolish the Lakers. Everyday it was "The Lakers are done! We've got the better record" and so on and so on. It got downright nasty on their part. That and getting flipped off by drivers on the road for the shear reason that my car had Cal plates, made me look to transfer back to LA (and missing the sunshine).

My response to the Blazer fans was always calm and cool. Reminding them that it's a long season and that the playoffs were a different animal. And, of course they were as the Lakers triumphed only to fall to the Bulls.

But the win over the Blazers made even losing in the Finals to the Bulls palatable since I knew those Blazer fans were stewing all summer.

I must say that the players on the Blazers were a class act back then. I used to routinely eat at TGIFriday's in Beaverton. Jerome Kersey, Cliff Robinson, Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter ate their fairly often.

One night an elderly woman slipped on the stairs behind the bar area. Before she could get up, Kersey and Drexler jumped to her aid. She said she was alright, but they insisted on walking her to her table.

Another night, Terry Porter and his wife were seated right across from me. Everyone else was bothering him for autographs and talking about the games, but I just went about working on an assignment I needed to get done that night.

Well, I spilled my coffee all over my work while reaching for an eraser. I was scrambling to save it and I didn't have a napkin on the table. And I was cursing myself for having been so clumsy.

Without laughing, Terry Porter got up and grabbed some napkins from the busing station. He tapped me on the shoulder and said "here you go". I thanked him.

At the end of his meal, he came back over and wished me a good night. Class act.

Just another reason to hate Phoenix as they didn't give Terry Porter a chance to succeed as a head coach.

To me, the worst fans in the league are in Portland and Utah (for the way they treated Derek Fisher).

I say sit kobe and sign a reserve guard to a 10 day contract to back up Shannon. Ups has earned the right to some extended minutes and it may help build up his confidence going into the playoffs. I vote signing Kalenna Azubukie, Morris peterson, or Michel Finley. Azubukie because of his future potential with the mindset of trying him out and using him in practice, maybe resigning him in the off-season. Finley for his 3pt shooting off the bench.

Diandra - Haha love the story. I can only imagine how dramatic that must've been seeing him stand up like that and declare his fanhood for the Lakers. Very cool stuff

Triangular,

Portland definitely has crazed fans. There's something about being the only game in town. I really liked those early 90's Blazer teams, except for when they played the Lakers. I can acknowledge now that there's no way the Lakers should've beat them in 91 (experience). I also thought they were a more talented team than the Bulls in 92 (but too much MJ). The Blazers losing that game 6 at home after having a double digit lead in the 4th deprived us of a great game 7. Those Blazers 90-92 were exciting, but not the smartest on the court. R.I.P - Big Duck.

I went to Rick Friedman's wake tonight at the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

A beautiful experience.

Hopefully, I'll have time to convey it all tomorrow, but Rick was a special man and a model Lakeraholic.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

By the way... I met an old school poster from the blog at the wake posting under a masculine name and she was fricken HOT!!!

Guys! A lot of those posters here are actually girls and some of them are HOT!

I can only imagine coming home to my wife and her looking at me excitedly and saying, "Baby! The game's about to start!!!!"

Be still my beating heart.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Diandra - Haha love the story. I can only imagine how dramatic that must've been seeing him stand up like that and declare his fanhood for the Lakers. Very cool stuff


To be honest there is like 30 of us in the class so it wasnt like a huge lecture hall. and everyone knows I am a crazed Lakers fan so it was kind of funny ahaha. It was a prett dramatic thing though I loved it. I think a lot of the class was laughing

Mark Medina,

Dude, you are the best.

Still, man, do you really think under any realistic potentiality that Kobe Bryant may choose to "sit out"?

Yeah. Sure. That's going to happen. Yeah. Okay. Uh huh.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LOL JON!!!!!!

I am glad it was a beautiful service.

Should be up to (trainer) Gary Vitti and (coach)Phil Jackson on weather Kobe should sit or play!

No one would be asking this question if you were happy with Kobe's play. This is really not about resting Kobe. This is Laker fans who want to see how the team can play without him. It's the ones with their noses in the air happy with their new found toy (Bynum) that are crying rest Kobe. Don't you think the people that have already bought those tickets to those games want to see #24 in action? Kobe has been loyal to this organization in spite of some riffs and he takes pride in showing up to work everyday. How can we in these days fault him for that? We don't want him to hurt the team if he is not able to play. But can we show some appreciation for a NBA superstar wanting to show up to work everyday. Cynics say this is about not trusting his teammates, but those of us that have watched Kobe over several years believe this is just what he loves to do.

Jon K - from somber to excited. You da man!

On a serious note. It was nice of you to pay your respects.

kbsince 99 - good post!

Got to agree with the passion of Diandra....go Diandra go! Lucky night for me to meet Jon K at Rainbow Bar and Grill but unlucky too, to get a parking ticket for exceeding only 5 minutes. Well, I need to help the West Hollywood economy in some ways.

Lakers fans what's new? You say they are fair weathers, nope they are perfectionists and wanted their team always to be on the top. I said over and over again, Los Angelenos are not Midwesterners where there is only one show in town. There are so many things to do in SoCal from its mountains and beaches; movies and music; theme parks and museums plus the shows of all kinds from Burbank to Santa Monica to Orange County. Therefore, if you don't show up like Luke or anyone even if you're a superstar be ready to face the jury. (I remember one event in the past when my son was in drama class in HS, he performed one night of a soliloquy of a Shakespearean everybody applauded in the audience and he was a star among his classmates. The next day, he was auditioning at the Theater class at UCLA, performed the same soliloquy to a panel who are judging the the composition of the incoming students. After his performance, nobody batted an eyelash, just a polite smile without a word of praise; nobody even shook his hand they just said Thank You and next... ) That's Hollywood, what is best to you is not within the standard of good to the sophisticated fans. It is a convergence of ideas that come from cultural divergence, therefore Drew has to put up that rebounding energy every night plus a HEALTHY knee. The latter is not within his control, yet he is being judged on that category based on his history of injuries. Shannon is a high flying act but... at times he's not a smart player. That's the advantage of Fisher who is fast fading in the scene, but he's still the smart veteran who knows how to screw a Center through sheer grit. LA fans will always give you the best cheer for a good performance but that could disappear in the next game if you don't show up. Will u ever see that fan in other cities? NO way they can't put down their team because that is the biggest show in town. In other places, they have to choose: to shovel a snow on the driveway or to watch the T'wolves play. lol! oh-oh I'd just motivated them to show up tomorrow.

Thanks LRob

All this resting Kobe talk like we've won something already or don't need him burns me up. It sounds more like SOME Laker faithful trying to push him out the door? Really? Even if they can win some games without him, the Laker players and fans don't need to get it twisted. We need Kobe Bean Bryant to win a championship. Don't caught in the media hype. Resting Kobe would only make the other players more frustrated when he returns doing what Kobe does. It makes no sense to get used to playing without him at this point in the season. They need to continue to play together and win. We're only 11 games away from the blowout in Cleveland. This team has not yet arrived. There is a lot of basketball to be played. Kobe needs to play smart, but they pay him 20 million dollars a year to show up to work and get the job done.

Good Chris Bosh interview on a few subjects including Kobe shooting after the game in Miami...


“I have no problem with guys wanting to get better, but if you think that any of us were going to be able to shoot on the Staples Center court for 90 minutes, you would be totally mistaken. I don’t think they should have allowed him to do that. … We should’ve shut the lights off.”


http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2011/03/17/nba-miami-heat-chris-bosh-crying/


"kbsince 99 - good post!"

Posted by: LRob | March 18, 2011 at 12:23 AM

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I Agree!

re: Mitch's comments on not trading anyone.

SWEET!

In addition to not trading Bynum, we can also stop the posts on not
trading Luke or D-Fish or Artest or LO.

AWESOME!

>>>He could use 3 more days of rest if he sat out the meaningless game
>>> tomorrow against the T'Wolves.

Unfortunately, there are no more "meaningless games".

Right now the Lakers are a 2 seed with 2 potential teams they could easily pass to improve their overall seeding (though not give them top seeding in the west). There are also teams nipping at their heels (Dallas) and two games behind (Miami).

Any game the Lakers lose is bad at this point.

If they win ALL of the Minnesota games and Clipper games and such, AND they win most of the games against good teams as well, then the Lakers could be the 2 seed in the West and potentially have home court advantage in the finals if they get there.

But extra losses to losing teams merely gives them less of a chance of catching Boston and Chicago, and MORE of a chance of slipping behind Dallas and potentially Miami and the Thunder.

The best is probably to let Kobe use his discretion, but if he's any less than 100%, I'd at least suit him up and give him the option to come in and play if the team falls behind, or something like that. If they handle Minnesota (as they should, even without Kobe), then the Mamba watches a game in uniform. If they need him, he's there and ready to go. If the team could manage to win a few of the "easy" games like this without Kobe, it would improve the odds that the ankle would be 100% for the playoffs.

if he can have a shooting drill after the loss in miami, i think he must play even in limited minutes. those winnable games can be considered as scrimmage come playoff time. these games can be used for new set of plays and situational plays involving KOBE.
it is also unfair for paying fans. play at least 20 minutes, and then rest

with the importance of winning games to have the 2nd seed in all NBA, better start KOBE and cover the opponents right from the opening tip, have a big advantage immediately and then rest KOBE.

regarding the BOSH's comments:

KOBE >>>>>>>>>> BOSH.

kobe can open any arena he wants to have a shooting drill.
bosh, he is not considered a superstar. he is just a role player.

I think Sasha Vujacic is missed now. does anyone agree ?

also joe smith and theo ratliff, what a joke have these guys gone to florida to retire or what. Does anyone thihnk they will get minutes in the playoffs or are they only there in case of injury

Notice how i used capital letters for Sashas name but not for the other two

@Diandra...

I'm a lot older than you are and I have seen Wilt and Bill Russell battle on TV on many an occasion. The Sunday game of the Week used to come on channel 7 (WABC-TV) for most of the 1960's. It was the NBA's only national broadcast during the regular season. There was no League Pass in those covered wagon days. LOL! Even though I was very young at the time, and didn't understand the nuances of the game, I appreciated the talents displayed by the players.

It was during those years that I fell in love with the game of Laker HOF'er Elgin Baylor and became a Laker fan. I must not have much imagination because I've never rooted for another NBA team since. I often wish that NBA-TV or ESPN Classic would unearth some of those archival broadcasts and re-air them so that younger fans such as yourself could see them and gain a greater sense of the history of the league. And, I'd love to see some of those old games myself.

@Diandra....

One other thing...You are entirely correct when you herald Bill Russell's advocacy of civil rights. He lived it on and off the court. I don't know for certain, but I'm pretty sure that the Celtics were the first team to start 5 African-Americans. Celtic coach Red Auerbach played the men that he thought gave him the best chance to win regardless of unspoken quotas of the era. For that reason alone, I have always respected the Celtics. But I never could stand them...they always beat my Lakers. LOL!

with kobe sidelined by injuries last year, LAL still found a way to win against Portland on the latter's homecourt. back then they were led by other dependables, pau and shannon brown.

i think without kobe in the line- up against minnesota it could be 1. an opportunity for other lakers to play and show their worth and 2. an opportunity for mamba to rest his ankle.

younger and quicker teams are surging up the rankings and LAL's gonna need to be in the best health they could be coming into the playoffs. of course we can't ever discount experience, but to able to use experience one must be on the court, not on the stands or the sidelines.

LAL's been together long enough to know that kobe's gonna be there when they need him. and last june's game 5 against boston should be a reminder that kobe won't be able to do it on his own. they still have to carry the load with him.

Speaking of soft

we have quite a few "soft" bloggers here. LOL

@kbsince99 & Longtime great posts/points..

i know a lot of fans remeber last year,when the team won a few without Kobe.Heck I even remember fans thinking the team could actually win it all without Kobe(lol).so far this year it's hard to tell,since the team has really put up some stinkers this season,right up to the allstar break(cleveland). No game from here on out are meaningless,WITH THE TEAM LOSING SO MANY SO CALLED MEANINGLESS GAMES ALREADY...I would love em to win out every last one to the playoffs,probable,but not likely??At the end of the day Kobe knows Kobe and what's at stake,and a lot of guys need to learn that true love for the game and giving the fans what they pay for,instead of sitting all the time for a few owies...

BTW... In regards to the Bosh comments..

From summer last year up to this point,everything that came out of the mouths of the 3 egos of cryami is the same thing that comes out there arses..... These 3 are more and more becoming an utter discrace to the league,if I was a miami fan i would be totally ashamed, STFU already...............

Dang Bronx.. You seem a damn lot older than me too..Never seen wilt or any of those guys play.May have seen a clip or 2 but the color and the pum pum shorts were bad for my eyes..lol...lol

Whatever Kobe decides is fine. He knows better.

As LTLF stated, no more meaningless games from here on out.

IMO, At the end of the season we need to rank higher than the East Teams. HCA is definitely a BIG help especially against those Reconfigured Teams out East.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

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@islandpriest- you keep beating this deadhorse like there's no tomorrow. People have different opinions. Why is it so important that you keep beating this subject into the ground?

How old are you exactly? 95%, that's not an obvious polling number, so you pulled it out of your butt. Were you alive to see Wilt Chamberlain play? Or Bill Russell? or Oscar Robertson or Jerry West or Elgin Baylor?

The fact you keep arguing about MJ and Kobe suggests a narrow POV of the 'greatest player debate' on your part. The point of such debates is to get sophisticated, lively broad stretching players, criterion and so on. It's clear you're over protective of Michael Jordan and his image and you try to save some face by saying Kobe is one of the greatest, just not as great as MJ.

While it's clear you have a high opinion of your views, and will not be moved by anything 'Pro Kobe' or 'Pro Wilt' or 'Pro Elgin'. The points of these things is people who've watched greats in other/all eras and can participate in a conversation w/out taking sides or acknowledging that people can have their own opinion.

FYI: If you want to debate, know the difference between fact vs. opinion, someone will call you on it every single time.

Posted by: Sean | March 18, 2011 at 05:53 AM

Good morning crue!

It's game day! Finally.

Jon K. and Edwin and the mystery addition to the blog laker girl's group - how great of you to go to Rick F's celebration! I look forward to some tidbits. But I have to laugh at the irony of having the event on St. Patrick's day when Rick was diehard purple and gold. It seems like that is exactly how Rick would have wanted it. His Laker passion being shared on a day of green. This Irish girl LOVES that.

As for Kobe, I am a little conflicted about this. Given Kevin Love, I think Kobe should sit to force an inside game with our bigs. I think it would be a good thing for Kobe to see from the bench. I also think it would be a good night to see who rises to be the guy.

On the other hand, we are fighting for #2 with Mav's. So, if the team can build a lead and make this a game where the starters can rest the 4th, then I'd be happy too.

On a foot, who's to say someone on the Wolves doesn't accidently trip Kobe and well you know where I am going. I won't say it.

Go Lakers!

Cheers to you Rick F. - PLG

Listen Sean this is my opinion and why do you mud hobbit get upset over my opinions. It shows a lack of tolerance and more important intelligence. Anybody who went to university had to defend a position and debate somebody's counter argument. This is an opinion blog and people should give their opinions. The Priest will not conform to a position no matter how popular it is unless i support it. For I am the Priest Sean and I am 40 years old. Wilt was just dominate because he played 2 feet from the rim and the league wasn't racially balanced so he played against relatively short men. Russell is great but he didn't make a mark in any offensive categories. But he did have 11 rings. Mj is best and phil said so.

@island priest- Dude, did I use expressive tone, or exclamation points or capital lettering, no, didn't use it.I'm not upset, I don't even care what your opinion is really. I even said opinions are like noses, everyone's got one. It's normal for you to be defensive in the face of your opinion. Though, LRob, pointed out, you do mistake fact for opinion and got caught. Geez, if this is how you handle conflict resolution. Take a downer, you keep beating this deadhorse into the ground. If you feel so strongly about MJ and feel you need to post 20 different opinions about how great he is, fine, go to the Chicago-Tribune website and sing his praises or write an essay.

You say I 'lack tolerance and intelligence' that's a bold statement and it's outright erroneous. That makes no sense, and if you think I lack intelligence, why are you even responding to me?

Aren't you showing a lack of tolerance by just being defensive to my opinion. Isn't that a lack of regard on your part? Or maybe no one can argue with the priest because the priest is always right. Geez, referring to yourself in the third person shows a lack of tolerance and condescension on your part not, the lack of tolerance and intelligence here is a reflection on you not me.

Must not feed the trolls. TROLL PATROL!

PSP, where art thou? I need to issue some tickets...LOL!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

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The Priest will not conform to a position no matter how popular it is unless i support it. For I am the Priest Sean and I am 40 years old. Posted by: island priest24 | March 18, 2011 at 06:47 AM
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SWEET JESUS!!! The Swagger, The Swagger!!! Preach Priest, Preach!!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoMmbUmKN0E
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@Sean, Good Game Day morning sir!!! Please I beg of you sir, For the Love of God….respect that the Priest is THE PRIEST and he is 40 years old.
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@KBSINCE99, Welcome to LakersBlog and Lakers Nation!
@Diandra & BronxLakerfan, Great posts on Bill Russel. Kudos to you both!
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Good Morning PsychedLakerGirl! How are you this Game Day Morning.? Psyched I hope! Lol!
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BTW... In regards to the Bosh comments.. From summer last year up to this point, everything that came out of the mouths of the 3 egos of cryami is the same thing that comes out there arses..... These 3 are more and more becoming an utter discrace to the league, if I was a miami fan i would be totally ashamed, STFU already...............Posted by: VI Lakerfan | March 18, 2011 at 05:15 AM
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SWEET LORD!!! Preach VI Lakerfan, Preach ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Good morning, JOVBATZ24, Lakers All Day? Hell Yeah, LAKERS ALL DAY!!!!!!!!
WHY….IT’S GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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Good morning Sean, Yes the MJ is the greatest thing is getting a little tired, especially for me since Chicago is my hometown and I lived thru all the MJ hysteria as a LakerFan. I still say Magic is the greatest but that’s just me. But any man who could play all 5 positions, a guard who could score 40 as a center and win a championship in his rookie season while subbing for one of the greatest players of all time Kareem is not to shabby. But if Priest wants MJ to be the greatest for him… that’s cool. You’ll never get 100% agreement on anything and sometimes I think priest says some things just to be a Devils advocate. After all it would be a dull Blog if we all agreed on everything! Believe it or not even…Lakerholics agree on everything! LOL! Carry on sir!
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DJ LRob…Come on Down!!! Wow How about Michigan State!!! I was praying for you LRob but that just missed it….DANG!!!!!!!!! But Good Lakers Game Day morning to you wherever you are! Laker nation is eagerly waiting to see what you got for us to get this Game Day party started.
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@Justanothermambafan, The 3 words I know you love to hear…GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYY! LOL!!!!
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@LakerLass, Anytime I hear from Lass, any darkness is immediately vanquished and all is good and grand. Thank you Lass! I like you, I really like you. LOL!
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Diandra, yup, u missed some countries. You've got laker fans in Nigeria too. Though umm I gotta confess, 1ce the kobster retires, I'm going back 2 my roots ... chitown and drose ... unless of course we meet the bulls in the finals and we don't sweep them ... then I'd hate drose 4 the rest of his playing career

As 4 resting Kobe ... espn only shows some random nba matchup weds/fridays out hurr so I say sit him out ... if i still had access to league pass though ... i'd want him playing ... that dude is must see tv 24/7

Must not feed the trolls. TROLL PATROL! PSP, where art thou? I need to issue some tickets...LOL!
LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 06:59 AM
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Good morning JovBatz24!! That's no Troll sir! Thats Island Priest24 aNd....He's the Priest and he is 40 years old sir...LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Funny how people would love to trash Kobe, call him a ballhog, calls him out endlessly on those bad shooting nights, never forgets his mistakes, yet, they enjoy the Championships brought about primarily by the 2time Finals MVP.

They also love Lebron James sooooooo much.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

I am a Laker fan and not just a Kobe fan and I have been a fan since 1982. So why should I go to the Chicago Tribune web site? Can I please continue to express my opinion on this blog Sean sir? Pretty please? If you acquiesce to my request I promise to always sing kobe praise and proclaim him the GOAT. I will do such a good job that mamba24 will let me ride shotgun on the kobe bandwagon. But I think not. You guys are so defensive when it come to Kobe it is unbelievable. Good grief!!

Though umm I gotta confess, 1ce the kobster retires, I'm going back 2 my roots ... chitown and drose ... unless of course we meet the bulls in the finals and we don't sweep them ... then I'd hate drose 4 the rest of his playing careerPosted by: segeboy | March 18, 2011 at 07:03 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! Come on back Sheriff we got rid of Daley and got a new mayor in town now. I think you need to come back and instruct him in how the game is played.. LOL! You can't hate DRose Sheriff! Chicago born and bred. Humble as can be and a true superstar. Now stop that blasphemy!!! That's your Homey for God's sake!! LOL!!

Oh the horror!
I've just saw the nba.com page and at first sight i thought they were talking about the ceptics... but wait! they were showing the bulls and the knicks in green uniform!
Whats wrong with them?
I hate green.

Oh, and Kobe need to play limited minutes the rest of the regular season.

GO LAKERS!!!

GOOD MORNING LARRY!!! GAME DAY INDEED!!!!

Good to see you brother! Hope you are well. I'm good, bit stressed from work but nothing I can't handle for I bleed Purple & Gold!

I'm ready for this Wolves. They might be SICKLY wolves but I'm not taking them for granted... LOL! Must win till seasons end.


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If you acquiesce to my request I promise to always sing kobe praise and proclaim him the GOAT. I will do such a good job that mamba24 will let me ride shotgun on the kobe bandwagon. But I think not. You guys are so defensive when it come to Kobe it is unbelievable. Good grief!! Posted by: island priest24 | March 18, 2011 at 07:10 AM
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GOD#@@!!!! Stop that ISH!! Stop that ISH NOW!! You are Island Priest and you are a Priest and 40!! Stand your ground sir and You can ride shotgun on any Bandwagon that mamba24 guy posts!!! Now I say again for all Laker Nation to hear. Island Priest is not just an OK guy but...HE'S A PRIEST AND HE'S 40!!!!!! Now Carry On!!!!!

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>++ GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYY________ LAKERS AMIGOS LET’S RIDE!!!!!!!
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ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!___ WE STILL GOT THIS! !! TRULY!!!
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LAKERS (48-20) vs. TWOLVES(17-52)_7:30 PM_ TV=NBATV/FSWEST RADIO = 710/1330 ESPN
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http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA http://tinyurl.com/2c9afer - Here comes Lakers
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Good Morning Justanothermambafan(Head of Mamba Clan) & Fabulous Morning Crue!!! JovBatz24
DJ LROB, LakerLASS, LEWSTRS, NewMexicoLL, Fan Of The Mamba, PsychedLakerGirl,Jon K
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inquiring minds wanna know, NuggetsCountry, LakerTruth, LakerHolic, IHeartKB24, BoyNamedSue, PurpleNGoldInVegas, Steve G. CrzyFan, IceBerg, Alter-ID, Native Angeleno, frank1rizzo, JustaLakerFan, KBSince99,
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http://tinyurl.com/2dh8ekd -Kobe Bryant - Simply The Best
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I'm ready for this Wolves. They might be SICKLY wolves but I'm not taking them for granted... LOL! Must win till seasons end. Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 07:14 AM
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Thats the Spirit JovBatz24!! A wounded animal is a dangerous especially when coached by a disciple of 11Rings. Yes Mamba24 is very well sir thank you, thanks to a wonderful talking to by the Lovely Laker Lass!! Carry on sir!!

Looking forward to seeing Andrew battle the boards against Love.


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Oh the horror! I've just saw the nba.com page and at first sight i thought they were talking about the ceptics... but wait! they were showing the bulls and the knicks in green uniform! Whats wrong with them? I hate green.Posted by: MrNano | March 18, 2011 at 07:13 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, Yes, Yes any day that there is a post by Mr.Nano is a wonderful day indeed. I see nothing but good fortune for the Laker Nation today!!! Thank you Mr. Nano!!!

Gotta do this DJ LRob style........

I'M SO PUMPED FOR THE 2011 PLAYOFFS!!!!!!! CAN WE START IT NOW???

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alSY62eKPCo&feature=related


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OH SWEET JESUS, what is wrong with Mamba24? Good Morning Mrs. Mamba24, with your lovely, blushing, 3-peating self. I Acknowledge you this morning and every morning Honey!!

Thank you mamba24, but you're wrong in one thing. The reason why the days are wonderful in this blog is because of you my friend!!

OH SWEET JESUS, what is wrong with Mamba24? Good Morning Mrs. Mamba24, with your lovely, blushing, 3-peating self. I Acknowledge you this morning and every morning Honey!! Posted by: mamba24
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Good Morning Mrs. Mamba24!


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Gotta do this DJ LRob style........I'M SO PUMPED FOR THE 2011 PLAYOFFS!!!!!!! CAN WE START IT NOW??? RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alSY62eKPCo&feature=related
LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 07:28 AM
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DAMN!! If I didn’t know better I would swear that LRob was …RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!! LOL!
Jam on JovBatz24, Jam on my brother!!!!!!!

Glad you liked my selection Mamba24! Prepping myself for the playoffs.. would love to hear that sound while we DESTROY teams on our way to number 17!!!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@bronxLF – excellent points about Bill Russell.

@Troll Man – soft bloggers comments…lol

@JovBatz - Right Here, Right Now...I'm fired up let's go!

@Mamba - Game day baby! Selection on the way. (Down year for MSU...but after back2back finals 4 I can't complain).

@Mr. Nano - Good Morning sir!

Good Morning Mrs. Mamba24! LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 07:34 AM
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Ah that’s very sweet Jovbatz24 thanks!!
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Thank you mamba24, but you're wrong in one thing. The reason why the days are wonderful in this blog is because of you my friend!! Posted by: MrNano | March 18, 2011 at 07:31 AM
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Now see there! *sniff* *sniff*, See there, you then gone and made Mamba24 get misty eyed just like that Riverdancing Fool Princess Jimmy!! Thank you Mr. Nano!! You sir are a Class Act…Carry On!!! WTH?? I suddenly feel a strange need to Riverdance!!!! LOL!

@Mamba - Game day baby! Selection on the way. (Down year for MSU...but after back2back finals 4 I can't complain). Posted by: LRob | March 18, 2011 at 07:39 AM
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The Swagger, The Swagger!!! Nothing can hold DJ LRob down because he is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjtOzLfebgY _ Outstanding - The Gap Band

Prepping myself for the playoffs.. would love to hear that sound while we DESTROY teams on our way to number 17!!! LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 07:38 AM
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MY GOODNESSSSSSSSS!!! THE SWAGGER!!! THE SWAGGER!!!!

Since our Lakers are the World Famous Team....my selection today is from the other World Famous Team...lol.

World Famous Supreme Team - Hey DJ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHMVkqCKknc


"We like to dedicate this record to all the DJ's in the entire world...and all the ladies sing along"

@LRob Good morning!! And where are my manners? Good morning to all of you Lakers fans!

@mamba24, LOL.

Now, i'm going to pack. Tomorrow i'll be in a new house. Everyone in invited to help me carrying stuff. Trolls included.

@LRob, Yes! Let's do this!!!!! Oppsss... we still have a full month to go! Oh well...let's just wait. LOL!

@Mamba24, Mrs. 3peat will be fittingly gifted an NBA Championship 3peat in June! :)


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Now, i'm going to pack. Tomorrow i'll be in a new house. Everyone in invited to help me carrying stuff. Trolls included. Posted by: MrNano | March 18, 2011 at 07:54 AM
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New House? Go ahead on Mr. Nano with your Bad Self…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!
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Mrs. 3peat will be fittingly gifted an NBA Championship 3peat in June! :) Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 08:02 AM
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I sincerley hope so or mamba24 will have hell to pay from that woman!!! LOL!! Just kidding!!

Good Morning MrNano!


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Trolls included. Posted by: MrNano
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Bet you won't be needing our help anymore... LOL!


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The fact that Kobe's FG % is down to .404 in March suggests that his legs are not getting enough lift (i.e. his legs are tired.) I absolutely want him to rest a few games (including tonight's game) before the playoff starts. I also want to see Fisher and Blake on the floor together at times with Blake playing as SG (i.e. forget about pass- first mentality) to sharpen his shooting touch.

I don't have tickets to the game, so he will play.

Every game I have bought tickets to see him play for the past 6 years, he has had a last minute no-show! No matter if SoCal or Denver or San Diego!

I sincerley hope so or mamba24 will have hell to pay from that woman!!! LOL!! Just kidding!!Posted by: MAMBA24
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LOL! You wouldn't have to pay her... we are in it to win it!!!!


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I don't have tickets to the game, so he will play. Every game I have bought tickets to see him play for the past 6 years, he has had a last minute no-show! No matter if SoCal or Denver or San Diego! Posted by: NuggetsCountry | March 18, 2011 at 08:14 AM
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WTH??? THE HORROR....LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next time Nuggets you have somebody buy those tickets for you and then it will all be good!! We can't have NuggetsCountry missing a chance to see what I am sure island Priest would agree is the GOAT!! LOL! Besides you might end up like Justanothermambafan and miss an 81 point game. LOL! Justa playing folks! It's all good! Now go out there and represent. Why? because it's...GAME DAY BABY!!!!!

@Mamba - Thank you sir. But you are the one truly Outstanding. One good Gap deserves another. Time for the Lakers to go to work & start "Humpin"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Cv1kg99DY

Ditto the above opinions on KB playing to win out. Ditto the opinions why he should not. Conflicted - YES. But bottom line is what kbsince99 said, which is ticket holders bought these tickets to see KB and NOT the Timberwolves, so I hope he makes a showing just for those folks, if only for minimal minutes <30.

and............a Game Day 'Good Morning Mamba24' back at ya!

As tempting as it is, Stern would never allow Kobe to sit out against all the scrubs and only play the contenders for the rest of the season. Trust me on this one.

--FEARless

Posted by: MAMBA24 | March 18, 2011 at 08:26 AM
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'GOAT'...LOL!!!!!


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LOL! You wouldn't have to pay her... we are in it to win it!!!! Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 18, 2011 at 08:14 AM
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Oh I know that, because...We Are; The 4 Dynasty, 16 time back-to-back NBA champion Freakin LA Lakers and the only team that can beat us is us. Which is why we are Number one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMWrgQadr2k _ Number One _ Chris Brown.
And Yes, yes, yes, this is dedicated to the lovely, blushing 3-peating Mrs. mamba24!!!!!!!

One thing that GQ ignored about "Laker fans" was the fact "Laker fans" are not limited to the Staples Center crowds. Obviously, GQ has a shallow knowledge about "Laker fans." Lakers fans exist world wide. Also, there are always die hard Laker fans rooting for "their team"(Lakers) in every arenas. Indeed, the Laker fans are the most passionate fans in the "world." And we know it, not GQ.

Do not forget the fact that Kobe is "actually" injured! For some other NBA players, it may well take a few weeks to recover this kind of injury.

One thing that GQ ignored about "Laker fans" was the fact "Laker fans" are not limited to the Staples Center crowds. Obviously, GQ has a shallow knowledge about "Laker fans." Lakers fans exist world wide. Also, there are always die hard Laker fans rooting for "their team"(Lakers) in every arenas. Indeed, the Laker fans are the most passionate fans in the "world." And we know it, not GQ. Posted by: LakerPeace | March 18, 2011 at 08:44 AM
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Absolutely!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! GQ better recognize that We Lakerfans ARE The World...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy1gp3F5NhY - We Are The World

historically, with kobe missing some games (for whatever reason), and watching, has helped team chemistry. i recommend he sits for the benefit of further healing his ankle and for the team's sake. Getting other starters and bench players some real-game experience (and handling certain situations without kobe) gives them more confidence, and allows kobe to learn more about "comfort zones" of other players, who can make meaningful contributions down the stretch and during the playoffs.

"Ditto the above opinions on KB playing to win out. Ditto the opinions why he should not. Conflicted - YES. But bottom line is what kbsince99 said, which is ticket holders bought these tickets to see KB and NOT the Timberwolves, so I hope he makes a showing just for those folks, if only for minimal minutes <30.

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | March 18, 2011 at 08:30 AM "

Personally, I have never cared who is in the lineup as long as my team wins.

After all these years if there's one thing I'm reasonably sure of, it's that Kobe knows his body--and its capabilities--better than anyone else possibly can. If Kobe thinks his ankle should be rested, who the hell am *I* to say otherwise? I want a HEALTHY Kobe Bryant in the playoffs, even if that means getting there with a less stellar regular season record. Let's leave it up to the guy whose business it is to know his body...Kobe.

Personally, I'd like to see Kobe take a night off. Attack with our front court where we have a big advantage and give the 3 B's more playing time. This is a must win game as it relates to our ability to move up in the overall standings. We should be able to win this game without Kobe, better to rest that ankle.

it would be great for kobe to rest on tonight game,however i feel kobe will play because those two guys that play for the (nets) know. Even (d.j.) got mins. theo,and joe should have retired and the laker tryed to resigned them.I trying to answer ever one blogs.Back to kobe with the mav.and spur playing tonight this will be a win,win for the lakers hopfully the lakers come out with the intent to get a lead and rest the starters.Know is time to see what the BENCH has to offer.

that should read the lakers should have tryed to resighed them not joe and theo


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