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Ron Artest striving to maintain balance with devotion to basketball and rap music

Each time Lakers forward Ron Artest patrolled the sideline, an anxious George Lopez awaited him.

The Lakers entered the first extra session in what became a 139-137 triple overtime victory last week against the Phoenix Suns, but Artest promised the game would end soon. He and Lopez wanted to immediately head to the Beacher's Madhouse Theater at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood where they'd film a music video to their newly released single, "Go Loco." 

But that had to wait, with each overtime fueling even more uncertainty they would pull it off. The second overtime prompted Artest to promise Lopez the game wouldn't last longer. It did. Then the third overtime didn't end until shortly after 11 p.m, meaning Artest's two- to three-hour music-video shoot lasted until 7:30 a.m. It sounds tiring enough reading about it. It prompts the question: How on Earth does Artest live it? It's a concern that was elevated when he tweeted the release of his Ball'N mixtape immediately following the Lakers' loss to Cleveland before the All-Star break, a performance that's universally deemed the team's most embarrassing effort all season.

"There's no balance," Artest said. "It's your life. The balance in your life is where's the focus. How do you focus. I do spread myself thin a lot."

"That's one reason why I stopped drinking alcohol. If I want to do all of these things, I can't do that and party not even a little bit. Every now and then I may occasionally socialize a little bit. But for the most part, I cut that out. Ever since I cut that out, I'm able to balance and focus more.

"The balance in my life is erratic. It is what it is, but I do work hard on my game. The good thing about basketball is you don't want to overtrain. There's only so much I can do working out. If you do too much, you won't be ready for the game anyway. You'll be tired and fatigued."

Incidentally, Artest's effort against Phoenix showed he's capable of doing both, although it's often come with mixed results. His 18-point performance on seven-of-14 shooting with three steals capped an effort where he's exceeded his season average since the All-Star break in points (10.35, 8.4), shooting percentage (42.5%, 40.2%) and playing time (32.43, 29) in each contest. His on-court antics -- blowing kisses to the 18,997 at Staples Center and kissing his biceps following a dunk -- explains how he's suited to his own music video. And the fact that he didn't return home until 7:30 a.m. shouldn't be worrisome, considering he slept for most of the next day on the Lakers' day off.

If this sounds familiar, that's because it is. On a much grander scale, Artest performed similar heroics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. After he recorded 20 points on seven-of-18 shooting, five steals and held Boston's Paul Pierce to 18 points on a five-of-15 clip, Artest followed with a memorable post-game press conference where was giddy over a Wheaties Box, owned up to his transgressions with the Indiana Pacers and, most memorably, thanked his psychologist for all the work she put in during the 2009-10 season.

His night was far from over, however. He had dinner with his family, attended two clubs and then ended up in Dr. Dre's studio between 5 and 6 a.m. where the legendary hip hop producer mixed his single, "Champion."

"He asked me, 'Are you sleeping?'" Artest recalled Dre saying. "I said, 'Dre I'm tired, man.' But I didn't want to tell him because I didn't know the next opportunity I would get to finish that song."

Even if future undisclosed tracks weren't completed, at least "Champion" was. The immediate reaction sounded positive. Dre's son, Curtis, as well as Master P and Romeo all said at Magic Johnson's party at Trousdale Lounge in West Hollywood a week after the single's release that they loved Artest's work, an effort Artest said the hip hop community told him was his "best song."

Artest may have placed more importance at the time in recording his album "My World" with Tru Warier Records in 2006 than his stint with the Indiana Pacers, but his approach toward his mixtape proved different. He offered no more than limited verses on his mixtape, including his single "Peanut Butta," and concentrated more on securing guests.

"Anybody could sound good on a mixed tape," Artest said. "We made George sound great. I could've put Phil Jackson on the mix tape. We would've made Phil sound great."

There's no Zen Master appearance, but the final product features a guest list that reads as both a who's-who among the rap community and upcoming artists: Nas, Gucci Mane, Ray J, Fat Joe, Bun B, Tony Yayo, Lloyd, Chamillionaire, 36 Mafia and Paul Wall, G-Unit, 
Game, 
B-Real, 
Aventura, and Taz
.

"Obviously being here and being around a lot of rappers, he has a few more connections than I have," said Lakers forward Joe Smith, who also appeared on the mixtape in "This Is What It Sounds Like" and "We Will Rock You." "He’s been helping me out with that. Ron is pretty serious in it as well."

So serious that he uses rap as an outlet for his ongoing therapy. So serious that he plans on releasing an "inspirational" song before the playoffs. So serious that he scored an appearance on the music video of Snoop Dogg's and Game's "Purp & Yellow," a video Artest said only took up a half-hour of his time. And so serious that Artest had a studio installed in his car when he played with the Houston Rockets in the 2008-09 season. 

"You remember your verse before you get in the car while you're driving," Artest said. "But sometimes if I can't get something out, I'll just pull over and finish the whole song right in the car. It's similar to a Bluetooth, you're just talking. You're not texting or not writing. You're pretty much rapping. You can press stop or press play."

A perfect metaphor for Artest's ongoing and mixed effort in balancing his two passions.

--Mark Medina

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It is good to be on top... ;-)

Wow, looking at the Dallas roster, they are pretty damn good. Dirk is awesome. Kid and Terry are excellent. Shawn Marion has always played us tough over the years. Chandler is getting better and better (shooting 64.4%) and his backup, Haywood, is 7'tall and 265 lbs. Peja is a great shooter. JJ had 22 points last night off the bench and is the kind of small, quick guard who gives us problems. I hope we come loaded for bear because this team is very good on the road and is on a roll. I think we need to start strong and build an early lead. They have a good inside and outside game which could make it a long night. At last, a worthy opponent... ;-)

Matchups:
Kobe vs Rod - Advantage Lakers
Jason vs Fish - Advantage Dallas
Chandler vs Drew - Adv. Lakers
Dirk vs Pau - Close
Marion vs Ron - Close
Bench - Adv. Dallas - very good bench
Closer - Adv Lakers
Momentum - Even
Venue - Lakers
Coach - Lakers
Owner - Lakers
Roll Call - ?

Close game, but Lakers get the W. It may all comes down to the roll call... ;-)

We have a had a nice stretch of fairly easy games and time off. In the next two weeks we have Dallas, Denver, Portland in Portland, SA in SA, and OKC. Not to mention Sacramento, Utah twice, and GS. That is 9 games in 14 days. I hope Kobe got some rest this week.

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

Gotta keep the streak going.....LAKESHOW!!!!

Mamba24 Roll Call (c/o of the thoughtful and tireless Diandra)... checking in!!!

Dirk & the Mavs. Second seed in the West for the Lakers potentially at stake depending on how the balance of the practice season plays out. A win goes a long way toward securing that. A loss? That's the interesting part. We would have as many losses as them and if we wind up with the same record, we STILL get the second seed because we'll be a division winner and they likely won't be. So winning the season series gives Mark Cuban bragging rights and that's all it would give him under that scenario. The kicker? If the Lakers win, it put the Mavs 1 game closer in the loss column to OKC and if the Mavs end the season tied with the Thunder, then OKC gets HCA over the Mavs and the #3 seed because they're a division winner. So tonight is potentially a win-win situation for the Lakers depending on who they would rather see in Round 2. I hope that made sense.

As for me, I'm on Frank's YAWN cat, so I'm going to meander over to Staples Center and have some fun representing tonight. I need something to do to kill time until the playoffs. I could care less what top 4 seeding we get and who we wind up playing. As long as we have good HEALTH, we can beat 'em all in their gym or ours.

Give me the PLAYOFFS already!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Bay to LA

This one is for you. From TrueFan1947 a year ago today:

TrueFan1947 (3/31/2010 at 3:31 PM)

The horse races are indicative: a stakes winner finishing 2nd is a far better bet than a horse that just won his 3rd straight claiming race, GENERALLY speaking. In horse racing you have to consider class. Same is true in basketball...you have to consider the quality of competition against which every team compiles its record. To extend the analogy, you must THEN look at all the past performance records of the contestants. That's what Vegas does. I LIKE the Lakers for the Title! #16 coming up STRONG!

Good for Ron. Do your thing and take advantage of the opportunities at hand...of course, make sure you bring home #18

Ron - tired...smired. You think we don't get tired handling our biz and blogging....lol.

@Diandra – thanks again for posting Mamba’s roll call…until he comes back…which better be soon.

@Lakerholic – I’m with you looking forward to a good game tonight. I felt Dallas would give the Lakers the best challenge in the playoffs since they added Chandler (that was before the Perkins trade). Even though Drew outplays him, Tyson’s help defense makes them much better. However, they still have the same problem as SA and OKC…no low post offense.

@MVP – That made perfectly good sense. If the Lakers prefer Dallas in the 2nd round then lose to them tonight to help the Mavs chances. Of course, we know that not the back2back champs mentality. Enjoy the game and bring back a W.

Bay to LA

And this.

TrueFan1947 (3/31/2010 at 3:02)

"We have play that gets us through the (regular) season, and we have play that we want to work on in the playoffs," said Jackson, appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" instead of actually working on the regular season. "When you can hone in on an opponent in seven games, that's where execution and discipline takes place."

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I could SWEAR that I have said the exact same thing about PJ and the Lakers many, many times in this forum! LOL!!

(This was TrueFan's quote below the break, not mine)

Game day baby! Finally....whew.....it was gettin scary up in here.... :)

Stupid Clippers - they couldn't do us a solid last night?

God, Mo Williams stinks....

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!!! I LOVE THE SMELL OF ROLL CALL IN THE MORNING!!!

LEWSTRS present and accounted for, checking in for Morning Roll Call...

Thanks Diandra...I have a long day today ...Roll Call and my coffee got me in the right attitude...The sooner I get finished the sooner I can get ready for...

GAME DAY BAYBEE!!!

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!! The Friedman Season...

Everyone get pysched!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ham6vFy8v2I

*I must admit, I was impressed by "Champion". The timing was perfect too, right after the championship.

*I think Jon K is on to something regarding cats. That show Animal Hoarders shows people who have a grip of cats, those people are usually nutjobs. Is it a personal issue for the individual? Or are the cats putting a psychological spell on these people?

*Yup, I'm feeling very confident about our chances to 3peat at this point. It kind of feels like 2001-02, where there's nobody out there who really can compete when it comes down to it. It's been said many times already, but the key is going to be health.

*I still can't believe the Celtics traded away Perkins. It's like they just gave up. That's pretty embarrassing for Celtic fans. I saw an interview with Doc Rivers during the McDonalds HS All American game last night. Doc seems like he hates coaching, it's like a burden for him. There's no way he's gonna be back next year. Trading Perkins was the beginning of the end for the Celtics. That's got to be a tough pill to swallow for Celtic fans. This Celtic team is the greatest team to win only 1 championship. How's that for a dynasty. Now, Celtic fans, get ready for another era of mediocrity from your great franchise while the Lakers win #17 right in your faces. Being a Lakerfan my whole life, it is so sweet that we have gotten to this point.

Go Lakers!


RIIIiiiSE and shine, Lakerholics,

Game day! Enough said

In the immortal words of Mike T... yeah Mike wrote a couple printable things...
Make 'em obey!

Tonight's the beginning of the Maverick's end. Doesn't matter what they're roster looks like, who's on their bench. They're cursed. They don't believe.
We believe. For 16 good reasons.

Go Lakers

PRESENT and ready for GAME DAY!

Lakerholic - nice post to kick things off. Lew and KobeMVP888 excellent additions. MVP - hopefully a great game to see tonight.

I just hope all this hype doesn't turn the game into a dud. I just want a good, slightly dirty, big old W for the Lake show!!

MM - artest interview was hilarious. Ron is very funny. How much time did he give you? Looks like a hotel meeting spot - was that your request or his? We need some more of the background scoop. What did you like about him? But most importantly, does he know about the blog and will he be a guest for one of our live chats??? Come on FCM, make that happen.


Cheers all - PLG

The Lakers have been playing very good basketball. The major issue is Phil Jackson reluctance to play his bench players when Bynum and Ratliff were injuried. The acquisition of Joe Smith and the rookie Caracter should have help a depleted center position.Ten games during this peroid the Lakers should have won or 65-70% of these should have been victorious. Phil should provide a more balanced approach to playing his bench more. His reliance on the starters have shown to much dependence. The Lakers have to bring more strength to the playoffs and balance if this team wants to win a third championship.

DICTATING ON DEFENSE

BFE - Beyond Fifteen, Every Time...

Location, Location, Location

Have you ever left a stadium with intentions of driving home, but the traffic cops forced you into a gridlock? You just wanted to make one right turn, but instead you were waved through and ended up in pure misery. Well, the defending champs are playing traffic cops on the hardwood since the All-Star break. The Lakers are routing frustrated opponents from high percentage shooting areas, and forcing them to jack up shots from BFE (beyond fifteen, every time).

A must read...http://www.forumblueandgold.com/

[sneak peek]

At the Rim

According to Hoop Data, 63.8% of shots in Zone 1 are successful, on average for all teams. Through fifty seven games, 28.24% of shots against the Lakers were attempted in this area. In the last sixteen games, Laker opponents are afforded 1.31% fewer shots per game at this distance. This may not look like a key transformation, but any reduction in the highest percentage shots is significant if the goal is to score points. Nearly a third of the Lakers last sixteen contests have been close (five points or less). In games decided by a bucket or two, it’s critical to get to the rack.

Opponents cannot be thrilled with a reduction in attempts, and compounding this problem is their shooting percentage near the cylinder. Before Staples Center hosted the All-Star Game, teams were making about 62% of their shots in Zone 1. Since February 22nd, the Lakers imposing front line has forced opponents to shoot a little worse within two feet of the rim. The Lakers field goal percentage allowed in Zone 1 since the break (60.9%) would be the best in the West if they played this way throughout the season.

Unfortunately for the rest of the NBA, shots at the rim are a highlight. Before the break, teams were making an above average percentage (39.3%) of shots in Zone 2 versus the Lakers. Phil Jackson and his staff must have placed an emphasis on defending this space during the stretch. Opponents’ shooting percentage has plummeted nearly 22% in Zone 2, falling to below 31%.

Laker opponents are actually making three point shots at higher rate than shots in Zone 2 since the All-Star break. This year, the Bulls defensive field goal percentage of 33.2% in Zone 2 is the best in the NBA, and it’s not even close. It is extremely impressive the Lakers have blown that mark out of the water since the middle of February. Los Angeles may not maintain this absurd rate through the playoffs, but the defensive commitment along their front line suggests they could keep it dang low.

Great piece on Ron Artest (aka Thriller) MM - the guy is practically a national treasure at this point - and has certainly earned is stripes as a Lakers all-time great.
This is for you Thriller - Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oREmbGD84Kw
Game Day finally! Four days is a long time to wait in between games. I hope the layoff will proved to have been a good thing for our Lakers. Normally I don't like to put a whole lot of stock into regular season games...but this is a big one. My only worry is that this is one of those dreaded home/away B2Bs.
No matter - "I gotta a feelin' inside...it's a certain kind..,"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0M6p7OSLLI

@Lew - Yes, the Boys are Back...I never get tired of hearing that. And of course, I never get too much of the Lake Show. Let's do this!

Luther - Never Too Much
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEGNjrE4S-E



@KOBEMVP888... Thanks for your comments. I definitely agree with your points comparing Phil and Red, the two most successful coaches in NBA history but with dramatically different coaching styles and philosophies. You have to give Red a lot of credit for the great Celtic dynasty he built but I think his career pales in comparison to Phil, who basically built two dynasties.
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It’s funny but I don’t sense that Lakers fans yet realize just how much they are going to miss Phil Jackson after this year. He truly is one of a kind, a philosopher, teacher, artist, and motivator of men that we may never see again in our lifetime. No matter who succeeds him, I think Lakers fans are going to be in for a rude awakening once they realize that Phil is gone and is not coming back.
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We always hear so much about how Phil hates rookies and never develops them and prefers teams stacked with trustworthy savvy veteran players. But look at the job that Phil has done the last six years transforming Andrew Bynum from a raw high school kid who had not really played much basketball into what is one of the top two centers in the NBA and perhaps our next great center.
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@HOBBITMAGE... LOL. I guess what they say about teaching hobbits new tricks still holds true. You may be able to blind and bewilder simple minded trolls like Island Priest with your smoke and mirrors but you’ll have to do much better than a few isolated box scores or quotes taken out of context that you laughingly consider to be your “proof” if you really want to convince me that Phil Jackson did not turn Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant into championship winning team players.
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What I do find humorous is your cement boots position that Kobe Bryant never takes too many shots or plays selfishly. Behind the facade you present as your blog persona, I think you realize the hyperbole and ridiculousness of your position and are grinning like the Cheshire cat as you try to lure unsuspecting bloggers into your weird web of never ending misdirection and manipulation.
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@KOBEFAN... I see you really liked the story about Phil Jackson asking MJ who was open. I can’t think of a better example to demonstrate why Phil Jackson is such a genius at managing the egos of superstar players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. A simple question designed to make MJ acknowledge to the team and himself what was needed to raise the team to a championship level.
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When you see a young player like Jon Wall get ejected from the game for punching another player and then high fiving fans as he left the arena, you start to understand the immature egos and complex personalities with which NBA coaches have to deal. Phil has now pulled three personnel miracles out of his coaching hat – getting Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to be team players and Andrew Bynum to focus on defense and rebounding in lieu of scoring. That is proof of his genius.
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@DIANDRA... Thanks for posting Game Day Roll Call. I don’t know what is going on with Mamba24 but Larry needs to get his butt in gear and get back here for the stretch run. In the meantime, it’s great to see the next generation of Lakers fans is primed and ready to rock.
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We are 15-1 since the all-star break. We need to win out the last 9 games of the season to head into the playoffs with a 24-1 post all-star break record and a 16-game winning streak. That may be the greatest regular season close in the history of the NBA. Now if we win 16 straight in the playoffs...
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@LEWSTERS... Thanks for the great Forum Blue and Gold article. The defensive transformation that Phil has orchestrated with the Lakers since the all-star break and the team’s stellar record should win him Coach of the Year honors. If the Lakers do win out the regular season and finish 24-1 since the all-star break with a 16-game winning streak, I think Phil may finally get his due.
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TOM

I know Ron Ron is very into his rap career and all of his other extra curricular activities, but I would prefer him to have 100% of his focus going towards this final run through the regular season, and even more importantly, the total domination of any playoff opponent that gets thrown his way.

Just think what this squad could do if every player could grasp one ounce of Kobe's intense focus...

@LEW

Way to get the needle on the record so early on this most excellent day. Here's to ur guys striking some fear into their opponents tonight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f1cwycSWq0&feature=related

IP sez:Kobe hasn't attended church in 28 years.

So youre a liar too?

heres a link to Kobe attending a church in SA before a spurs game.

IP sez:You see Anubis comments attacking the priest medina? He is implying that I don't speak english. That is an insult against the priest. You aint warning him. I feel insulted and hurt. So in response I will say that Anus i think you are the guy who comes and spits on the glass of my lexus saying that you are cleaning it.

I said it appears that English is not your native language. I think I am correct in that assumption. I didnt say you dont speak English, obviously you do. I think you have a comprehension problem, which you are proving to me.

Anyways, I thought this was your schtick? The "Im the brains and soul of this blog and everyone comes to read my insight" troll garbage. If id known you were serious, Id felt really bad for you..... LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Lakers have been playing very good basketball. The major issue is Phil Jackson reluctance to play his bench players when Bynum and Ratliff were injuried. The acquisition of Joe Smith and the rookie Caracter should have help a depleted center position.Ten games during this peroid the Lakers should have won or 65-70% of these should have been victorious. Phil should provide a more balanced approach to playing his bench more. His reliance on the starters have shown to much dependence. The Lakers have to bring more strength to the playoffs and balance if this team wants to win a third championship.

Posted by: Robert E. Houston | March 31, 2011 at 08:42 AM

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I respectfully disagree with pretty much everything after: "The Lakers have been playing very good basketball."

Reluctance to play his bench players (aka "scrubs") is a non-issue. First of all, questioning the substitution patterns of a head coach who has won 11 championships is puzzling. Second, in all of his years of coaching, Phil has been more consistent with his substitution patterns this season than in any previous season that I can remember. Playing with the same players on the floor breeds familiarity and familiarity breeds chemistry which forms good habits. Also, as unbelievable as this might sound, all of the Lakers' rotation players are well rested. Here are the average mpg of each of them this season:

Pau: 37.4
Kobe: 33.9
LO: 32.2
Artest: 29.1
Fisher: 27.6
Bynum: 27.1
Blake: 20.2
Barnes: 19.7
Brown: 19.3

Since when has the minutes of scrubs become a "major" issue? The deeper we get into the playoffs, the B's minutes will decrease anyway. If there's an injury to one of our bigs, Phil has dealt with this nicely this season and we're ready for it. The Lakers are two time defending champions and they will be bringing "more strength" to the playoffs than any other team, especially with their 48 mpg 4-5 player of Pau-Bynum-LO. All of these guys require big minuted to be effective and Phil has handled his rotations masterfully this practice season as he always has.

Ooops, forgot the link.

IP sez:Kobe hasn't attended church in 28 years.

So youre a liar too?

heres a link to Kobe attending a church in SA before a spurs game.

http://tejanobeat.com/2008/05/25/kobe-bryant-a-catholic/

IP sez:You see Anubis comments attacking the priest medina? He is implying that I don't speak english. That is an insult against the priest. You aint warning him. I feel insulted and hurt. So in response I will say that Anus i think you are the guy who comes and spits on the glass of my lexus saying that you are cleaning it.

I said it appears that English is not your native language. I think I am correct in that assumption. I didnt say you dont speak English, obviously you do. I think you have a comprehension problem, which you are proving to me.

Anyways, I thought this was your schtick? The "Im the brains and soul of this blog and everyone comes to read my insight" troll garbage. If id known you were serious, Id felt really bad for you..... LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, yea! Good morning Laker Nation, it's game day baby. Now, it's time to get back to work. Lets' keep the winning streak going and lets chalk up another win Champs. It should be another good battle; but, the fact is that the Mavs played last night and the Lakers are well rested, that should spell bad news for the Mavs who has the best road record in the Nba. But, that's not happening in our house tonight!!!!! This is like a playoff game and the Staples Center should be rocking tonight. Can't wait!!!

Go Lakers!

LakerTom - "It’s funny but I don’t sense that Lakers fans yet realize just how much they are going to miss Phil Jackson after this year. He truly is one of a kind, a philosopher, teacher, artist, and motivator of men that we may never see again in our lifetime."

Yeah, I've been thinking that for a while. Everyone seems to believe he's just "another coach" who happens to win (which is why they comment on things like time-outs and substitutions... which are all they see as being relevant). I've felt he's the most iconoclastic coach ever to run the game (in all sports perhaps). His methods for dealing with superstars is so different and so successful, that no one else even "gets" it. Pops does it in a different manner that works, but no one does it like Phil. We won't see another one like him.

LakerTom,

you wrote: @HOBBITMAGE... LOL. I guess what they say about teaching hobbits new tricks still holds true. You may be able to blind and bewilder simple minded trolls like Island Priest with your smoke and mirrors but you’ll have to do much better than a few isolated box scores or quotes taken out of context that you laughingly consider to be your “proof” if you really want to convince me that Phil Jackson did not turn Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant into championship winning team players.
...
What I do find humorous is your cement boots position that Kobe Bryant never takes too many shots or plays selfishly. Behind the facade you present as your blog persona, I think you realize the hyperbole and ridiculousness of your position and are grinning like the Cheshire cat as you try to lure unsuspecting bloggers into your weird web of never ending misdirection and manipulation.

my response:

So, I'm going to be polite.

W/ respect you've mistaken my position. Does that sentence make sense to
you?

My position is this: Kobe & MJ were first & foremost scorers. That is the
way they played the game. That is what the evidence actually shows
regardless of your mythology.

Have I *EVER* said, "Kobe never takes too many shots" ? No.

Why? Because it's a non-issue. Do you know what "non-issue" actually
means? It means it's not important.

*YOU* seem to be of the opinion that *HOW* matters more than what. I
get that based upon your continuous harping on *HOW*.

ex. inside-outside basketball.
ex. shooting too much.

*I* am of the opinion that *WHAT* matters more than *HOW*.

ex. who won.
ex. what did he do.

If MJ shoots the ball 35 times and has 1 assist, w/ teammates like
Steve Kerr, Ron Harper & Scottie Pippen, then I fail to understand
how he's playing *TEAM* ball.

However, maybe I don't understand what you mean by *TEAM* ball.

From your examples, you seem to indicate that *TEAM* ball means
getting everyone involved and they get to shoot some undefined
amount of time.

Based upon this belief, I ask you how 1 assist, in a championship game,
is an example of *TEAM* ball. To which you don't respond and continue
with unquantifiable hyperbole. Which means that you continue to sell
crap to the general public. If we are like minded souls than I'll agree with
you because I drink the same kool-aid. If I don't understand what you
mean, then I am a philistine.

Do you have a college education? I ask, because that's not what education
is actually about. That's not what communication is about.

So. Did MJ play team ball when he shot 35 times and had 1 assist? A
simple yes or no will suffice.

Rap Music = Annoying talking over a drum machine about retarded thing.

Blech.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

ANUBIS I DONT KNOW OF YOU ATTENDED UNIVERSITY BUT IF YOU HAD TO WRITE A RESEARCH PAPER YOU WOULD KNOW THAT YOU NEED CREDIBLE SOURCES. nOT SOME AMBIGUOUS WEB SITE. If you did put that web link in your paper you would get a big fat zero. I don't want to say kobe is a heathen but kobe is a heathen.

PsychedLakerGirl - I arranged the one on one interview with Ron and his publicist. He's always been pretty receptive and I've had a good working relationship with him so it wasn't that hard to arrange. I hope to do more of these moving forward

IP:

Shouting doesnt make it true.
I did attend a university, but this is not school.
Well, maybe when hobbit or I school you on the facts.
So I should believe you, an internet troll who spouts nonsense, or a random web site?

I will pick the random web site.

You just rant about whatever without any facts..... have you had your meds today?

Here is a place to start:

http://rhlschool.com/reading.htm

@Laker Tom...You don't miss the water 'til the well runs dry. PJ will be sorely missed. The next Laker coach has an almost impossible task, and whoevever it may be, he will always be compared to Phil. Phil's shadow will be large indeed.

I'd like to think Ron can balance things. As long as basketball is his # 1 focus, he'll be alright.


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