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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 116-108 overtime victory over Sacramento Kings

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--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' relieved feeling after a 116-108 overtime victory Wednesday over the Sacramento Kings.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers had difficulty beating Sacramento.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones credits Kobe Bryant's late game heroics in the Lakers' win over the Kings.

--The headline in the Daily News' Elliott Teaford calls the Lakers "bipolar."

Sidebars

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Kobe Bryant's $100,000 fine by the NBA for uttering an anti-gay slur.

--The Times' Lance Pugmire highlights the Kings' last game at Arco Arena.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins previews the Lakers-Hornets series.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin previews the Lakers-Hornets series.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears details the atmosphere at Arco Arena.

--The Daily News' Teaford also highlights Bryant's fine.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Bryant needs to do more to make amends for his anti-gay slur.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick highlights the Lakers' concern about Andrew Bynum. Amick also mentions how some in Sacramento still have hope the team won't relocate.

--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier credits the Hornets for staying resilient through numerous adversities. 

--The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht credits the Kings for giving a good effort in seemingly their last game in Sacramento.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter wonders if Bryant's apology was sincere.

--The Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin shares her sentiments about the Kings.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights the Lakers' eventful end to a regular season.

--ESPN's Kevin Connors and Tim Legler analyze the Lakers in the video below

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer criticizes Bryant's gay slur and says it's inexcusable.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe wonders if the Lakers can flip the switch.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes the Lakers will beat the Hornets in five games. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Sacramento.

--Pro Basketball Talk's John Krolik writes a pretty well-reasoned take on Bryant's slur. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore and C.A. Clark express tough love for Bryant.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes the Lakers' win over Sacramento epitomized the team's season-wide inconsistency.

Podcast: I hit on a number of Lakers-related topics with The Lakers Nation's David Brickley.

Tweet of the Day: "Sun-Wed start to Lakers-Hornets increases chance Bynum will sit G1. Phil Jackson said he might do it if Drew could get big rest. Now he can." -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm so glad this tortuous regular season is over - these last two weeks have been brutal. I don't think I could've taken one more practice season game. Bring on the playoffs! I really like the way things set themselves up for the Lakers - that upper bracket that the top seeded Spurs drew is a NIGHTMARE!" --- jefe101

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has the ball stripped by a Kings player as he's driving down the lane against center Samuel Dalembert in the second half Wednesday night in Sacramento. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press / April 14, 2011

 
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I am so glad the Lakers starts their 1st game on Sunday, not Saturday, with 3 days rest. They need it.

Intriguing 1st round match ups:
OKC and Denver: expecting to go 7 games.
Portland and Dallas: flip the coin.
Boston and NY: NY may surprise every body...Not!
Memphis and SA: Young vs Old...not an easy match up as you might think.
Chicago and Indiana: Just want to see how Chicag plays in the playoffs.

Very interesting (unknown) how East Big 3's (Chicago, Boston, Miami) will play in PLAYOFFS.


PREDIC TIONS FOR NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1
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WESTERN CONFERENCE:
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#1 Spurs over #8 Grizzlies 4-2
#2 Lakers over #7 Hornets 4-0
#3 Mavs over #6 Blazers 4-3
#4 Thunder over #5 Nuggets 4-2
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#1 Spurs over Thunder 4-2
#2 Lakers over #3 Mavs 4-1
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#2 Lakers over #1 Spurs 4-2
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EASTERN CONFERENCE:
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#1 Bulls over #8 Pacers 4-1
#2 Heat over #7 76ers 4-1
#3 Celtics over #6 Knicks 4-1
#4 Magic over #5Hawks 4-2
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#1 Bulls over #4 Magic 4-3
#3 Boston over #2 Miami 4-3
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#3 Boston over #1 Chicago 4-2
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Lakers over Boston 4-1
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TOM

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/050505&num=0


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Editor's note: This column was originally published on May 5, 2005.

"Flaming ... " That was the first word. One of life's other "f" words followed. It came in succession. It came from Michael Jordan's mouth. The words never reached Kwame Brown's ears, they went straight to his heart".

"See, there's a difference in being called a "flaming faggot" by Jordan as the Washington Post's Michael Leahy has reported and just being labeled a punk. Kwame wasn't about to be perceived as both."

----------------------

wondering where was David Stern and HRC?

I see one potential upset in the 1st round: Dallas Vs Portland. My heart wants Dallas to be one and done but my practical side wants LA to match up with Dallas simply based on how poorly the Lakers finished the season. I think they'll have an easier time with Dallas. Now that opinion might change once we see how well they do in their series VS NO.

http://youtu.be/4NwP3wes4M8

@Jefe – congrats on the Friedman RCOTD. Bring on the playoffs!

@billy in slo – I had forgot about that Fox/Christie dust up! Classic.

@Lakeshowinphx – Kobe comment to Perkins was hilarious. Like enjoy this win cause don't even think about it in the playoffs.

I watched the Kings postgame show last night and it couldn’t help but feel for the Sacramento community. The fans stuck around after the game and Sac players came out and shook hands and hung out with them. Then Paul Westphal choked up during his postgame presser and both Kings announcers shed a few tears when signing off.

I’m dropping a little reggae vibe today for the Sactown fans.

Gyptian – I Feel Your Pain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD6ZRwyw8Bo

Lakers had difficulty on containing good shooters in the perimeter when thorton, evans and thompson were connecting shots. Lakers had difficulty on fast pg's and sg's dissing in the post. The long hands of Gasol and LO are tentatively late in stopping layups. We always need Bynum to stop those shots. Can Gasol learn something from Bynum in defense and vice versa, Bynum learn something from Gasol those hook shots and pivot moves in the post? What a wonderful world would it be if LO learn all the best of Bynum and Gasol both in offense and defense. Hey, I said Joe Smith was a garbage but if given a chance, he's a good defender. Now I think the garbage here is PJ for not playing or relying on Joe Smith. Another player we need to shine is Derrick Caracter, he needs a little control on being a marauding rhino. What he needs a little timing, get a dancer at Dancing with the Star so he could learn how to balance his weight when going for a lay ups. If this player improves, watch out we'll go all the way to the East. Finally, Shannon Brown too much dribble and jacking up shots in the perimeter. Last night, his shots were going in, supposing on nights when they're bricking.....then go for a shorter route by executing mid jump shots. Lastly, I want to be a bad fan for the good of the team, please don't play Luke if there are still other players available in the bench, lol!

@JonK
“Like I said, I've heard this word used by gay acquaintances and friends used approximately 300 times in my presence.”
This coming from the same guy that has had not 2 or 3 women proposes to you but 40 to 50?

“These words have ZERO inherent power”
This from the guy that thinks Los Lakers is the downfall of the fabric of our society.

“for continuing to propagate a system (political correctness) that divides society, inhibits healthy dialog, and diminishes the value of personal responsibility”
This from the guy that constantly puts rap music down as the division and fall of our society. Are lyrics not just words? They don’t really mean anything it is just entertainment right?

All of this from a guy that has the most ridiculous stories like the one behind your screen name? Typical neo-con dogmatic hypocrite. I don’t have the time or energy to go further, but trust me I’ll rip you to shreds with all the stupidity you have given us over the years that prove you are nothing more than an insecure story telling wanna be intellectual that proves to be just an ignorant loss soul angry at the world because you are not half the man you thought you would be or portray yourself to be. Don’t bother responding because I don’t care. STFU already you ignorant hypocrite.

@jefe101 - congrats on the "Friedman." No doubt that SA will have their hands full. Lets hope each of their series goes 7 games so by the time the Lakers get to them, they can deliver the knock out blow and slip into the Finals!

Laker Tom,

Andrew Bynum's play is crucial to this Championship.

HE is the key piece this year.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Laker Tom
I would have to completely agree with your predictions, except for one small change.

I hate to say it, but I think Boston will take us to 6 games instead of 5.

My last post is reserve for Jefe Congratulations for Friedman award. I hope next time MM will also give u a coupon for pizza for being alive after never ending struggle in keeping with this Lakers. How do u explain the train of victories and a sudden epidemic of losses? How do u explain a dominating team for three quarters and then a sudden meltdown of the so called Laker-warming, melting gradually right before our eyes? They all looked helpless as though they were all down by chicken pox. Good day Jefe101. (what does 101 stands for?)


@JEFE101... Congrats on the Friedman, Greg. Now that all the dust has settled, I think the Lakers will be so happy that the regular season is over that they will be super motivated to romp through the playoffs to win this season of the ages. The REAL season begins. Kobe & Drew – Finals co-MVPs.
...............................................................................
TOM

jefe101

Congrats on the Friedman! Very well said!!

One more last comment, NBA4ever said: "Don’t bother responding because I don’t care. STFU already you ignorant hypocrite."

Peace brother, we need to orient you more on the world of Jon K. Believe me, if you meet him in person, you will like to do more extensive conversations. Careful with your angry thoughts, it just a game and nothing personal with fellow Laker fans.

Laker Tom, regarding your predictions, I see some major upsets this year in Round 1 for the West and in Round 2 for the East.. Both conferences are much tighter in quality than ever before. And in the Finals, I see the Lakers against the Bulls, a fitting close out for the career of the greatest pro basketball coach ever.

I was impressed with Trey Johnson's aggressive shooting performances last night. He did not seem to be afraid of shooting at all. It could be either that he didn't have a choice but to impress PJ to make to the playoff roster or he just likes to score. If neither Blake nor Shannon can provide the much needed bench scores, he could be a good addition in playoffs. Curious to see if Trey Johnson will be in or out? Will Blake be ready for Sunday's game?

Posted by: NBA4ever | April 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Tell him how you really feel, I agree with you a 1000%. Reading Jonny boy for a number of years, a true clown and hypocrite.

Wow - the playoffs are shaping up pretty well. We get New Orleans in the first round and probably Dallas in the second round. We match up well with both of them. If San Antonio makes it through against Memphis and then beats OKC, we match up real well with them as well. If OKC makes it to the conference finals, then I will start to worry... ;-)

As far as the finals go, who knows? There are a lot of strong teams in the east. I hope they beat the hell out of each other and we cruise in... ;-) As it stands, we would have home court advantage against Boston, so I will be rooting for them. If it is Chicago or Miami, we will need to win one on their court. What am I saying? I hope Melo and Big Shot kick their whiny green asses!!!

I LIKE TREY! You know, in a fan kind of a way… You know what I mean… ;-) He has got game. He hustles. I was really glad PJ played him and he did well for himself – a lot better than some of our other guards have been doing lately. Can you imagine being him? Getting the call a few days before the playoffs? You are a Laker!!! Put him on the playoff roster. We need him. We should have never traded Sasha. At least now, we have another guard. He may just end up surprising everybody. I read that he was the second leading scorer in the D league with 25 points per game. Bring it!!!

That was quite the game last night. Just in case anyone is wondering who it the most clutch closer in the NBA… Of course, he missed 5 shots in a row to set up the drama… ;-) I liked Fish and Ron stepping up in overtime. Lamar was awesome. He looked around, saw we were a little short-handed, and stepped up with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and a team high 7 assists. It was a fitting way to end a long and storied rivalry. They may have not have eliminated us in the playoffs, but they sure gave us a run for our money. Those were some of the toughest, hard fought games I have ever seen. I think a rivalry is when you don’t like each other very much. It definitely counts in that regard. Remember the game where everyone got sick after eating at the hotel the night before? So many great games... I remember one where Shaq fouled out and Kobe gave him a wink as if to say, “No worries, I got this.” Then, he went all Black Mamba on their ass. They love their basketball in Sacramento. I felt bad for the fans. Not too bad because…


I am a Lakerholic.

I thought TJ did well on the court last night. Especially with him as PG (more so than Blake), and Brown as SG. Both are athletic and young. Moreover, He was aggressive and not afraid to shoot, which I think in turn made Shannon play smarter and not take a lot of unnecessary shots/over dribble. It will be interesting to see how the minutes are split between Blake and Johnson come play off time...I think he presented what people thought they were going to see from Blake this season.

Time for the playoffs!

With that win, the Lakers went from having the hardest road to the finals in years to perhaps the easiest they have seen.

Reposted from other thread:

Sonny...any pain or angst you feel about the impending move is well deserved. You continue to "troll" around here with your conspiracy theories and negativity... just go away..follow your team to the OC..just get out of here

From another one of your idiotic posts above:

Last year, it was ROY Reke. (the guy who carries the ball everytime he touches it? If they had called him for a couple of T's you would have whine that you lost becasue his 6 for 22 shooting wasn't available)
This year, it was the Cuz. (what a scumbag..Elden Campbell motivation)
Same ol, same ol'
Not even surprised by it. (not surprised by your incessant whining either - Gasol our only big man was the only player in foul trouble throughout-should I cry too?)

Cuz, the rook, who is more than a match for either Gasol,
or Andrew, gets ejected. (more than a match? A 43% shooter with a PER well below the league average? Cmon!)

The day before, the pointy headed adultering, cheap shotting,
homophobic Los Angeles God, stays in the game. (you just insulted a billion Christians and members of other faiths by referring to any mortal as a god-alot worse than anything Kobe said you Hypocrite)
(It was necessary...gotta beat the Kings...can't have the Fakers
getting eliminated in the first round by Portland).

Same old story.

People don't hate you because they ain't you. (they hate you because they're losers?)
They hate you because you are you. (they're just haters?)
People don't like cheaters. (Can you say conspiracy theory?)
Laker fans are proud of their cheating accomplishments. (see above)
Do the math. (16 championships + 0 for the kings equals alot of domination-that math?)

Go Kings! (Go to Orange County - hahahaha)

Sonnybelfast

@ MM – appreciate the Friedman, thank you for that (very unexpected) and today’s links!
@ LRob – sticking with your reggae vibe…”I think I can make it now, the pain is gone – all of the bad feelings have disappeared – here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGV9Bl6CGg
@ frmkst – it’ll be interesting to see who survives the upper bracket!
@ Edwin – I explain it with a general malaise commonly associated with a team whose unique identity is inextricably linked towards ultimately and magnificently performing during the postseason, in spite of a relentless attack from other NBA wannabes during the practice season. And, “101” means, for starters…
@lakertom – let the “romp” begin!
@ kobeMVP888 – thank you sir!
@ lakerpeace – I too wonder if Trey Johnson will make the roster – I liked what I saw…and the business of Steve Blake and the chicken pox is freaking me out a little, to be perfectly honest.

NBA4Ever is a hater and a weak-willed wimp.

Whatever, dude.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Muy excellente jefe...on the Friedman...

is it me, or did any one else notice how potent we looked with an aggressive, scoring point guard?!!! that little stretch with shannon, lamar, luke, artest, and johnson in the second quarter had me salivating. can anyone else imagine (like me) how so DAMN good we would be with an aggressive, quick, scoring point guard?!!! maaaan, that would take so much pressure off the offense.


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