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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for New Orleans Hornets

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--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Andrew Bynum feels healthy enough to play Sunday in Game 1 of the Lakers-Hornets series.

--The Times' Mark Heisler still believes the Lakers are favored to win the NBA championship.

--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier details the responsibility Chris Paul has in carrying the Hornets against the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the sacrifices in minutes and individual production Kobe Bryant made so he's sharp for the playoffs.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the Lakers-Hornets series in their latest podcast with Hornets247.com's Michael McNamara.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin doesn't find the Lakers-Hornets series that intriguing.

--The Times' Picayune's John Reid looks at the tough assignment Trevor Ariza has in guarding Bryant.

--ESPN.com's Rick Reilly shares his playoff picks.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also details Bynum's readiness for Game 1.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell fills you in on everything you need to know about the Hornets.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains why the Lakers like the spaced out schedule.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' offense. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das provides a position-by-position breakdown with the Lakers-Hornets series.

Tweet of the Day: "Now I have even MORE time to annoy Steve with: Drink more water! Take your meds! Take ur vitamins! Don't scratch! Get in the oatmeal bath!" -- KristenBlake2 (Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake, who currently has chicken pox)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I hope that when Jackson does retire he goes all out and says as many bad things as he wants about the NBA. Do interview after interview telling what he thinks and feels and really lets loose. Then The NBA cant fine him...unlesss....Jjackson still wants to be apart of the league then maybe he shoudlnt do that then...but then...if he is going to retire and is not going to work with the NBA, then go all out...let loose.....after he retires say all the things he wants to say....tell all the things he wants to tell....." -- DJ Bobby

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, left, calls for a team trainer as he is helped off the court by teammate Pau Gasol during the Lakers' victory over San Antonio on Tuesday. Bynum will play Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against New Orleans. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / April 12, 2011

 
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@LROB … Nice job on predictions. In the West, we parted ways on Spurs and Thunder. I still think the Spurs experience and big stars will prevail. In the east, we parted on Miami and Boston as I had the chowds all the way. Both our predictions foretell a boring first round and the Lakers all the way. And while I think beating the Celtics would be the best way to end this season, whomping Miami and LeBron, Wade, and ESPN in 6 would be a lot of fun too. LOL.
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@MM ,,, Excellent response to Edwin. A dozen posts a day does take the wind out of our sails but we do understand that we are just part of the larger landscape that is the blog. You’re doing a great job and I liked how you shot back a couple of nice equations to pfunk. If you hadn’t already realized it, it also would be an effective way for you to focus the blog comments back to the subject or issue of the thread. Bottom line, most of us are pretty persistent about making sure what we wrote gets read or at least scrolled by and I would bet most of us keep windows open for all the active threads.

One recommendation that I think would really help would be to automatically have any links to other stories or posts or threads open in a new window. That would make it easier to navigate where you wanted to go without leaving whatever thread. I know you can right mouse click in Windows and have the link open in a new thread but that means you have to click again to return where you were, which is a pain if you don’t have a T-1 or very fast web connection. Most people discover there is a new thread when they post on an old thread. You might also give them an option when they click post to post it on the current thread or new thread. Anyways, your doing the best you can with it.
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TOM

Darren Collison is more than holding his own against D-Rose. Pretty impressive. Wish we could've snagged him earlier this season.

@LROB … Nice job on predictions. In the West, we parted ways on Spurs and Thunder. I still think the Spurs experience and big stars will prevail. In the east, we parted on Miami and Boston as I had the chowds all the way. Both our predictions foretell a boring first round and the Lakers all the way. And while I think beating the Celtics would be the best way to end this season, whomping Miami and LeBron, Wade, and ESPN in 6 would be a lot of fun too. LOL.
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@MM ,,, Excellent response to Edwin. A dozen posts a day does take the wind out of our sails but we do understand that we are just part of the larger landscape that is the blog. You’re doing a great job and I liked how you shot back a couple of nice equations to pfunk. If you hadn’t already realized it, it also would be an effective way for you to focus the blog comments back to the subject or issue of the thread. Bottom line, most of us are pretty persistent about making sure what we wrote gets read or at least scrolled by and I would bet most of us keep windows open for all the active threads.

One recommendation that I think would really help would be to automatically have any links to other stories or posts or threads open in a new window. That would make it easier to navigate where you wanted to go without leaving whatever thread. I know you can right mouse click in Windows and have the link open in a new thread but that means you have to click again to return where you were, which is a pain if you don’t have a T-1 or very fast web connection. Most people discover there is a new thread when they post on an old thread. You might also give them an option when they click post to post it on the current thread or new thread. Anyways, your doing the best you can with it.
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TOM


@TOM DANIELS … Superb post. You have a great knack for delivering simple intelligent answers to complex and involved issues or questions. When Tom D. speaks, we listen and learn. Thank you
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@JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN … Thank you for reminding us that it is the Rick Friedman Season. There is no doubt that the greatest reality show in the world is the LA Lakers and this is going to be their greatest season. The Lakers are destined to win their 17th NBA championship. Destined!!!
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TOM

LMAO The Big Geriatric is out for Game 1, failing a running test...

Chowds looking for Shaq to be their savior...But still healing on company time...might miss the whole first round...

Great Job Danny!!!

@DJ Bobby – congrats on the Friedman!


@LT- I wanted to pick some type of upset in the 1st rd…maybe Portland over Dallas…or Memphis over the Spurs, but it would’ve been strictly for shock value. Looking at how the Bulls are struggling in gm1 maybe I should’ve picked the Pacers….lol.


@Tri – I’ll take Herbie for $200 thank you. The Lakers are getting ready for the playoff “change”.

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

Alright!

I've got my UCLA Bruins shirt on.

I've got my bear mace! I'm off staking bears, yo!

If some reason I don't talk with you guys again, remember...

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

LAKERS should take note...Do not take anyone lightly in these playoffs...

Bulls I think took the Pacers for granted, and are in big jeopardy of losing Game 1 and HCA...

Lakers should go for the head shot, and sweep the Hornets, and never give them any feeling that they can win against our team...

Let's hope our boys have the "switch" on the 'ON' position tomorrow...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Jon K - it's been GREAT knowing you....

Rose 0-9 on tree point attempts...

There you go everyone...This is your MVP for the year...

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wow, Derek Rose is the real ball hog. he's dribbling and shooting his team out of it....

i'll bet no one is trolling his fans, though. ah, the price of success...

Tyler Hansborough reminds me of Mark Madsen...but with skills.

lew - I do believe you're right about Indy. They took it to the Baby Bulls and it looks like they are gonna grab HCA. Valuable lesson there - don't take your opponent for granted. EVER.

EJK - yah... but can he dance?

D. Rose making it happen now, though.

now Granger shooting Indiana out of the game.

Well..... the Bulls hung in there and escaped with the W. I guess it may turn out to be a pretty good series after all. I'd love to see ALL the series in the East go to 7 games - let 'em beat up on each other for as long as possible LOL!

Jon K - it's been GREAT knowing you....

Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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lol

In the 4th game of the 2008 Finals, Phillis Jackson, sitting on his high chair, watched his team giving away a 20 points advantage for the biggest comeback in Finals history.

For 5 games he did not make ANY adjustments to make Gasol play as a center and Thibodeau had 5 players on Kobe. Finals over. Should I mention that Game 6 was a catastrophe?

And after losing the Finals, he decided that the TEAM was not "READY" to win the Championship.

Who was responsible for the READINESS of the TEAM?
Maybe the Zen Import did not arrive in time from Japan.

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What did Phillis Jackson accomplished between 2005/07?

Or we just prefer to remember the good moments. No Zen with the scrubs?

Kobe had to drag a whole team and the coaching staff. And Phil could not prepare them to get ONE rebound.

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Why Riley, Magic and Co. did not 3-Peat? Kobe was still in high school. Showtime was fun but not EFFICIENT. They did not have an assassin.

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So what's the "equation" Phillis vs. Talent? Or more exactly Mega-Stars like Jordan and Kobe? Gone Fishin'.

There you go everyone...This is your MVP for the year...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM
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Lew - don't doubt da Rose!

Rose 19-21 FT
Pacers 11-17 FT

Did I miss something?

kobe v ariza round one! should be fun to watch kobegames.blogspot.com/

MM,

Regarding the threads, 2 thoughts.

1) I most look forward to your "caught in the web" post to look for articles of interest. Other than that I am mostly just interested in info or stories that are unique, not those threads that have general info that is already all over the web.

In addition to your caught in the web article, what if you had a MM thread where all your new articles are posted in the format of your caught in the web posts.

You could do a short couple of sentences highlighting what your article is about
then have a link to click to read the rest of it, but all the posts for that day would stay under that thread.
You could add new articles/links to it throughout the day with the time of day you posted it. People could click on the articles of interest to them or skip the one's they weren't interested in but still remain in the thread that has the blog posts.

That would keep all the blog comments in one place for the day. So for those people who really aren't that interested in the blog commentary they could still keep up with your articles and for those who like to read or post on the blog all the comments would be in one place.

2) A different option might be to just have the blog be its own world. Just have a Lakers Blog link to click on to get to it and in that location will be all the comments from readers.

At the end of all your articles you can still have the Post a Comment option, but have those comments all go to the blog instead of them being attached to a specific article.

You could start a new blog each day or even just let it run. Another aspect of just letting it run would be that it would be very easy to search the blog for comments from a particular poster or subject matter because all the comments would be in one place.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Art - Good ideas.

I agree 100% with Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day.

Can only cross my fingers and hope and pray that it happens. Yes, Phil Jackson NEEDS to burn whatever bridge there may possibly be left behind once he retires.

Retire for good Phil. You have done enough and there is nothing else to prove whether you win this year or not.

The Lakers can REALLY, REALLY use a fresh face and new blood in their coaching staff.

Hey Drew! Time to Check Any Inhibitions After that Nasty Tweak at the Door:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEYOqf6iQeU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Phil really does have to be given credit for what he accomplished. Yes, he has had the good fortune of coaching some of the greatest players, but MJ and Kobe never won a ring until PJ got involved.

I agree that MJ and Kobe may have won rings with a different coach/organization, just as Shaq was able to win with Miami.

But it's more than just the players and PJ's system. The teams front office also plays a role. The Bulls and Lakers were both astute at getting players to compliment their stars. The Lakers in particular opened their wallets and spent what it takes, making life a little easier for PJ.

Had PJ coached the Wolves this year, they may have been a marginally better team, but they wouldn't be a contender.

And if Rambus coached the Lakers this year, well, no way to know what might have happened, but if the Wolves fire him as rumored we may find out next year.

It really takes a combination of things to be right to win.
An owner that is willing to spend money, a knack or skill for getting the right players, not having key players suffer injuries like the '91 and '04 Lakers, as well as excellent coaching, scouting, game plans and in-game adjustments.
And then, just plain luck sometimes plays a role, like a loose ball rolling out to a Rob Horry as the clock is running out or like a .004 shot.

But PJ must get credit for all the rings as well as being in the right place at the right time and making the most of the opportunity.
Some other coaches may very well have won if they coached the same teams PJ did, but that doesn't detract from PJ winning.

JAMF,

ca va?

Bonjour, hobbit.... Ca va bien, merci. Et tu?

CHERISH THE MOMENT !!!
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Tomorrow I will be enjoying my first Lakers game at Staples and my first ever live NBA playoff game. Ironically, it’ll also be the first – and likely the last – time I see a Phil Jackson coached team in person. With a mere 16 wins left in this remarkable season and the sad probability of a lock out to start next season, the Lakers and their rabid fans need to follow Phil’s sage advice and cherish the moment. That’s what this team and this blog needs to do. Forget about yesterday or tomorrow. Live for this moment. Focus on the greatness that finally is before us and ours to reach out and grab.

I truly believe that this is a season of destiny for the Lakers franchise and players. For Jerry Buss, it is the pleasure of finally catching the Boston Celtics with a 17th NBA championship. For Phil Jackson, it is wining an impossibly improbably fourth three-peat. For Kobe Bryant, it is matching MJ with his 6th ring and second three-peat. For Andrew Bynum it is finally getting the chance to show what he can do when focused and healthy in the playoffs. For Lamar Odom it is finally playing to his potential. For every Lakers player and fan, these playoffs will crown what will be a season for the ages.

Winning a third championship in a row is an incredible accomplishment in this age of free agency, expansion, and extended schedules. Who knows what will happen with the CBA and when the next season will actually begin. Right now, all that matters is that number that Phil always chalks on the blackboard (or is it whiteboard) in the Lakers locker room: 16. Sixteen more wins to reach the top. Sixteen more rings to put an exclamation point on the great career of Phil Jackson, a true Zen master.
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TOM

Remember last year the Lakers were supposed to be "lucky" to meet OKC in the 1st round? Just saying..... Just ONE series at a time. FOCUS! That's all the Lakers need, and then everything will be all right.

As for DJ's RCOTD, just wait for Phils book!


BRAVO, KOBE !!!
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I’m proud of how Kobe has responded proactively to make up for his anti-gay slur. Unlike many in this blog, he has no intention of shrugging off his mistake and moving on. Instead he has made a commitment to overturn his negative comments with positive action. For anyone who thinks this is not an important issue, hear what former NBA player John Amaechi has to say about the situation:

JOHN AMECHI, A GAY FORMER NBA PLAYER RESPONDS TO KOBE BRYANT…
http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/a-gay-former-player-responds-to-kobe-bryant/?partner=rss&emc=rss
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TOM


Right now, all that matters is that number that Phil always chalks on the blackboard (or is it whiteboard) in the Lakers locker room: 16. Sixteen more wins to reach the top. Sixteen more rings to put an exclamation point on the great career of Phil Jackson, a true Zen master.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | April 16, 2011 at 02:27 PM


Great post LT!!! It's all about enjoying this amazing team while we can.


And after watching the Chicago Bulls today, all I can say is that only the Lakers can beat the Lakers i.e. with a healthy team there are no excuses for not winning the ring! But let's take 1 game at a time and respect the other teams by playing our best!

GO LAKERS!!!

To be honest, I will be rooting for the Celtics coming out of the East Conference mainly because the Lakers would have HCA in the Finals.

@EDWIN … I sent an email to your hotmail address but no response. Yes, let’s get together for breakfast tomorrow. If you no longer have my email, ask MM for it. Or if you do, email your cell and we will coordinate. Thanks
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TOM

This one goes out to "Iggy the Iguana" Igoudala:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgBDX7tr1rA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Beat the Meatless!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

L.T.- Dude very nice post, on John Amechi article. I have to take it back, I guess your not CREEPY.

LakerPeace - Dude, sorry Your just have to deal with the Heat.

Matt Barnes had his knee drained and is listed as "questionable," but Barnes said he felt good and want to play tomorrow. Bynum had no complication during today's practice and will play.

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6370317

For all the accomplishments of this present successful Laker team i would give 70 % on Phil Jackson he is just a phenomenom and a true Zen master.Without him i dont know when the Lakers would have reach these finals and win.During the 90s i had lost any hope for my beloved Laker team show time was over and we needed a new start but there was no hope.But in early 1999 when i first got the news that Phil Jackson was going to be the new coach of the Lakers i was very much happy,i got the goose bumps and then i realised that would start a new chapter in the Lakers winning mentally,the coach(PJ) whom i once hated is the coach i would fall in love with,being the Lakers new coach i knew then that was the best move that the Laker organisation made.With his first coaching stint with the Laker he had to change their mentally he had to bring in his own philosophy which he used with great effectiveness with Michael Jordan and his Bulls team which were of great success in the 90s.And with his philosophy he had led this present Laker team to much success even today as we enter into the playoff.He is the true zen master and i will hate it for Phil Jackson to leave the Nba,he has brought a new philosophy into the game and within the Laker organisation and with this philosophy it should be kept within the Laker organisation for years to come and this is the triangular offence and the stringent defence,there should be no replacement.So if phil leave he should still have some input in the team and with one of his assistant as the new Laker coach-Brian shaw he should keep the core coaching staff,Cleamons,Frank Hamblen,Vitti and others.Its good to be a Laker fan.

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