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Five things Lakers need to end five-game losing streak against San Antonio

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The stakes are fairly obvious.

Each Lakers win or loss in the two remaining regular-season games has playoff-seeding implications, with the possibility the Lakers could secure the No. 2 seed in the West or the possibility they could drop all the way to No. 4. Likewise, the way the Lakers finish determines who they will meet in the first round, with the best draw being the New Orleans Hornets, a mixed bag being the Memphis Grizzlies or the Portland Trail Blazers and the worst-case scenario being the red-hot Denver Nuggets.

I've already broken down how these situations would unfold, so there's no need to sift through that again. The Lakers' formula for the remaining regular-season games, however, is pretty simple.

"There's nothing we can do about it except play better [on Tuesday]," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "I told these guys that we played better for 42, 44 minutes [Sunday], something like that. So, that's a good sign. We have signs that we're starting to recover. The ailing patient is starting to recover."

Below the jump are five things the Lakers need to address:

1. Limit turnovers. The Lakers thought they made improvements in this area against Oklahoma City, entering the first three quarters with only one turnover. That's a huge improvement over the 73 they compiled in the four previous games. There's only one problem: The Lakers had nine turnovers in the final quarter against the Thunder, including three by Kobe Bryant in the final three minutes. Bryant can say all he wants that Oklahoma City's defense sparked that, but it's been an ongoing problem for the Lakers during their losing streak.

2. Ensure late-game execution: It's a tad unfair to pin the Lakers' 89-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 3 on Lamar Odom's failure to box out Antonio McDyess, resulting in a game-winning putback. But those are the plays that differentiate teams in close games. During the Lakers' five-game losing streak, there have been too many of those plays. Odom also failed to box out Kenyon Martin on a putback that secured the Nuggets' win last week over the Lakers. Against Utah, Bryant had the ball in his hands on the final possession. He appeared ready to hit the game-winner, but the ball slipped out of his hands. And, as mentioned before, the Lakers committed nine turnovers in the final quarter against Oklahoma City, leading to eight OKC points and contributing to the Thunder's 17-2 run to end the game. So much for being a team that knows how to close contests.

3. Sharpen up on defense: The Lakers spent most of Monday's practice going over defensive rotations, because they allowed the Thunder to score 120 points. That's an uncharacteristic concern considering that the Lakers allow an eighth-best 95.24 points per game. But with the Spurs boasting the sixth-best offense, averaging 103.3 points per game, there's no reason to assume that this is just a blip. The Lakers surely don't see it that way, as they worked to ensure that there was no miscommunication on rotations, a flaw the Thunder players exposed easily because of their superior athleticism and quickness.

4. Take advantage of a possible Spurs letdown. Because San Antonio has locked up the No. 1 seed, it's conceivable that Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich will rest his starters for significant minutes. It's also plausible the Spurs won't have the intensity they normally would -- for reasons the Lakers are all too familiar with in pacing. That gives the Lakers an opportunity to go on the offense and catch San Antonio off guard. The Lakers clearly need this game more than the Spurs do, so they should act like it on the court. 

5. The Lakers need more consistent production. That includes Bryant's shooting percentage, Gasol's rebounding, Andrew Bynum's points and the entire bench. 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Says Kobe Bryant of the Lakers' recent woes: 'Everybody wants to put the nail in the coffin. We've all been there before.' Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times.

 
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If we are to follow the premise that the Lakers "play for Rings", that the regular season is to get tuned up for the playoffs, then so far this year the Lakers have accomplished nothing other than attaining a playoff seed.

They have no business being complacent or resting on laurels of championships past.

Perhaps Phil said it best in the post game interview after the OKC game.

His words:

"The measure of success is what you've just recently accomplished, it's not what's been accomplished in the past or what we did post all-star break."

SonnyBelfast,

I am *NOT* from Oakland. However, the city does share certain traits w/
my home town. When standing in LA, if you start going South & East
you'll be headed in the right direction.

An interesting anecdotal story, the sensei of the dojo that I referred to, was
standing at a bus stop in Oakland, when someone came up behind him and
put a knife to his throat. He quickly & gently addressed the situation thinking
that it was one of his students. It wasn't. *GRIN*

KobeMVP888,

you wrote: I STOPPED reading after this negligent statement. I am very, very, VERY far from "wealthy."

my response: excuse me? Your bio says you're a lawyer. *I* happen to have
a very good idea of what lawyers *CAN* make because a number of my
friends from a very expensive school became lawyers. While you may
not consider yourself wealthy when compared to Dr. Jerry Buss ... you're
certainly wealthy when compared to the waitress at Chili's.

To be able to afford season tickets implies a certain amount of disposable
income that others, such as the waitress at Hooters, does not have.

As I said, I wish you a pleasant day.

re:

And don't tell me that you have not flown off the handle calling names?

Posted by: Father | April 12, 2011 at 09:26 AM

my response: Well, if you were my father you would know of the evil you
prevented me from doing. Since you don't ..... :)

However, you should have noticed that I'm *trying* to be nicer. If you
haven't, please give me the area code and I'll find a "Site for Sore Eyes"
for you.

Have a nice day and an early Happy Father's day to you.

Btw, you're welcome to come to Oakland also. While I regret my earlier
mishap, with the lovely young lady, an argumentative male troll would
cause no such remorse on my part.

i.e.

Let's us put away such trifling things as words and anonymity. Come to
Oakland and let us test ourselves against each other. Rather than
misunderstand each other, let us pursue a higher consciousness through
pain. [ do a search for the Dog Brothers on you tube. ]

Come. Play the sticks with me. Step onto the mat and let us learn from one
another. :)

Everyone know's that mvp is a bootlegged attorney,if at all. Maybe working in the mail room, not much substance all hot air.


@NMLL .... Aside from Lewsters and I having to do Game Day duty, I think we’ve lacked Mamba’s rooting and cheering which is a big part of the karma of the blog. I would bet if you took a poll and separated the results by age, you would find most older Lakers fans who have been through this grinder in previous seasons will be less likely to fear the Bulls and Heat and more likely like us to fear the Celtics (LOL, not saying you’re an old timer like me, just an experienced Lakers fan). If you’ve watched enough NBA playoff basketball then you realize how different it is from the practice season. The losing streak will end tonight as the Lakers warm up for the playoffs. :-)
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TOM


@NUGGETS COUNTRY... Wow! Seven kids and no grandkids. Maybe you and one of the kids will surprise you still. We only had the one son but wished we had more, at least until we saw how much work 3 grandkids were. Forced our son and daughter-in-law to move to an SUV. Those 7 kids must have forced you to move to a bus. Can’t imagine how much work 7 kids were. No wonder you need to use the DVR strategy to keep your cool during Lakers games. Even without grandkids, 7 is a blessing.
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TOM

@LT – Thanks for the roll call. I think Pop will play all his guys, but limit their minutes. He’ll make an effort, but won’t go all out to beat the Lakers. That way if they lose he’ll be able to say he didn’t play his guys a full game.


I can’t see the Celtics coming out of the east. Losing Perkins not only hurt them on the court, but mentally also-- especially Rondo. The chances of them beating NY, Miami and Chicago in succession are slim. The only way I see them making it back to the finals is if they play Orlando in the conference finals. Boston is just not the same team since the ill-advised trade. No swagger…no cohesiveness…no intimidation…no lockdown defense.
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@MVP – yep I know how you feel…lol. I’m looking forward to the playoffs also, but I’ll also enjoy these last couple of games. It’s a good chance for the killer B’s to try to get their game back on track.
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@Edwin – Thanks for the kinds words. I don’t mind being called a Laker homer if you mean I support my team. I’m critical and will acknowledge when they play bad, but I choose to “accentuate the positive” like the song says because that fits my personality more, plus I feel this team deserves it for the joy they’ve given me over the last three years. I do think the Lakers will 3peat…however the day that I feel otherwise I’ll also say it.


Being a huge bball fan I also appreciate the talents of other players and teams and try to be “somewhat objective”. I’ve defended Lebron, DHoward, Perkins, Aldridge and other non-Lakers here. I’ve also disagreed with some that wanted DFish number retired, Gasol as an MVP candidate early in the season, Bynum in the all-star game, Kobe over MJ, etc.

FWIW....I was also critical of the Theo signing and Sasha "trade".
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@DBDH – Yep that Wafer play was comical. But what about Jason Terry last night! The Mavs were down 1pt and get fouled with 1.5 seconds left. He hit the first free throw to tie it and then missed the next free throw. He celebrated after missing the second free throw. He acted as if he thought his first free throw won the game….so maybe he didn't know the scrore...very interesting.


BTW…Congrats on your 15th anniversary.

I spent most of the first 2/3rds of the season DVR'ing games and didn't watch approximately 15 of the losses. It definitely saved my blood pressure. The real season will be different. I will still DVR, but watch live.

As for execution (now that's an oxymoron--if they don't execute, they execute themselves; if they do execute, they execute their opposition):

1. Artest has to avoid shooting rushed 3s, pass the ball and be ready for the open 3s;

2. Fisher has to stop trying to be the penetrator and when the lanes open, then drive, but allow the defense to converge on him and make the pass to the bigs (or if too difficult a pass, pass to an open perimeter shooter);

3. Pau needs to do what he does best. Establish the post and, when they converge, drop the ball off to Drew or the cutter. If they don't converge fast enough, go to his post moves. But DON'T DRIBBLE TOO MUCH! They keep bumping and poking the ball away when he dribbles too much;

4. Drew needs to continue to UNLEASH THE BEAST. REBOUND, BLOCK, REBOUND, ALTER SHOTS, REBOUND, ETC., ETC., ETC. On Offense, he needs to use that beast of a body and establish low post position. He can't settle for letting smaller centers determine his post position. If it isn't there, pass the ball out and re-establish a deeper position. If the double team converges quickly, drop it off to Pau or LO or the cutter. If the double is slow, make your post moves. Don't necessarily take the first move to shoot. Get the defenders to commit (remember it's been the secondary defender that's been blocking your shot). Since you know the secondary defender is coming, get them to commit and pass the ball;

5. Kobe needs to establish his game early, but NOT over dribble. He needs to execute within the triangle up to the last 5-7 seconds in the clock. Then it's Kobe time. Draw the double or triple team and quickly pass to the corner 3s or into the post players. If the double doesn't come quick enough, put the dagger in them.

6. LO needs to be the Sixth Man of the Year he's been. If the Lakers need a rebound, go get the rebound. If the Lakers need an assist, make the crisp pass. If they need a score, score the ball. Unlike the others, over dribbling isn't his problem. His turnovers come from offensive fouls and long passes attempting to push the pace. BE SMART! Don't over-penetrate when the paint's full of defenders and don't Hail Mary the ball;

7. The Killer Bees get in trouble with sloppy passing, especially when bringing the ball up. Press the pace when it flows, but slow it down and execute the triangle when the transition D is back. Crisp passing is a MUST! And DON'T TELEGRAPH YOUR PASSES! Finally, crisp passing on the triangle leads to open looks. DROP YOUR OPEN SHOTS!

On D, COMMUNICATE! Don't go under screens, fight over them. Be the Agressor. The Zebras Tend to Call Fouls in Favor of the Agressor.

AND MOST OF ALL, DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE WHISTLES! PLAY YOUR GAME!

TEAMS DON'T BEAT THE LAKERS, THE LAKERS BEAT THEMSELVES!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

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

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Finally, there has been a theme here. Don't Over Dribble

Bay to LA - I strongly disagree. As I stated in my post here after the Lakers' loss to Portland, the main changes points to turnovers, poor shooting marks, late-game execution and overall effort. You can't really quantify the last category but you can just see it on the court that the Lakers lacked energy against Dallas and then just didn't seem engaged at all against Utah, Golden State and Portland. OKC was a team that is going to be dangerous for the Lakers if they match up with them.

******ADDENDUM TO MY PREVIOUS POST******

Whether it be Man-to-Man or Zone, executing the Triangle will bust it. Tex Winter ran the Triangle as a college coach too. It is designed to beat the Zone with crisp passing and constant motion around the posts. Pass and Cut, Pass and Cut. It's not about passing around the perimeter. With constant motion the zone defenders have to also constantly move which causes seams in the defense to open up leading to passing lanes to the cutters.

When the opposition throws a zone at you, don't get flustered and pass around the perimeter. RUN THE TRIANGLE, EXECUTE CRISPS CUTS AND PASSES AND THE ZONE WILL BE BUSTED!

AND AGAIN, MOST OF ALL, DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE WHISTLES! PLAY YOUR GAME!

TEAMS DON'T BEAT THE LAKERS, THE LAKERS BEAT THEMSELVES!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

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

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Please take a wild guess how much my regular season tickets cost, how many games I attend and how many I have to sell to lighten my playoff expense. You will be surprised.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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It better be all 42 home games or I'm gonna start calling PoserMVP888.

Eh 41 games. My bad.

"Can’t imagine how much work 7 kids were. LakerTom"

The twin boys in the middle of it all were what almost killed me, but they are good lookin' 6'6" middle linebacker build types now. All the kids (even girls) are over 6' and healthy (unlike pops), thank goodness. Large 9 passenger vans were the standard in the 80s-90s for us. Now I have my Shelby GT500 and truck to get through the mountain snow is all I need!

Good luck on rstarting your GSW streak to 17-1 (1 is already taken care of).

It better be all 42 home games or I'm gonna start calling PoserMVP888.

Posted by: Magia32 | April 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM

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There are 42 home games?

"I spent most of the first 2/3rds of the season DVR'ing games and didn't watch approximately 15 of the losses. It definitely saved my blood pressure. The real season will be different. I will still DVR, but watch live.

Posted by: The Triangulator | April 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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I wish I had done the same! Am doing it now though.

Is 159 over 85 a good blood pressure reading 15 minutes after the recent Laker 'games' and I have been resting the whole time?

NuggetsCountry, for this season your blood pressure could be a lot worse. But I think it's time for you to start meditating ala Zen Master.

TEAMS DON'T BEAT THE LAKERS, THE LAKERS BEAT THEMSELVES!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

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

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Dear Los Angeles Lakers,

I could really use a win tonight, guys.

Please play your hearts out.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

NBA lock out?
Who knows.
But watch your pennies NBA players.

Today it's reported that locked out NFL players are seeking short term loans to help them get by, with interest rates of 18-24%.

What a sad commentary on the financial wherewithal of these guys.
All those millions they make and being out of work for a couple of months requires them to get loans to get by.

And last week I read that 60% of NBA players are in financial trouble within 5 years of leaving the league.

How incredibly wasteful and short sighted are these guys?

@LakerTom...I AM Elder Acoholic(over 60) and we do know that the Lakers's tend to let up a little before the big DANCE! They did it some with Shaq and last year they were doubting us cause of all the injuries, the year before that was we're NOT tough enough. No matter how much outside sources want us to LOSE, we show up in the playoffs, much to the chagrin of Hollinger and his stats. WE ARE LAKERHOLIC'S and now is our time to SHINE.

KobeMVP888,

since *YOU* made your profile public information ... ON THIS BLOG ...
I see nothing wrong to referring to it. If you didn't want it to be common
knowledge then shouldn't have made it common knowledge.

you also wrote: Please take a wild guess how much my regular season tickets cost, how many games I attend and how many I have to sell to lighten my playoff expense.

my response: The fact that you have the resources to do this makes my point.
The fact that you're GOING to the playoff games makes my point.

btw, sorry the recession hit you in the pocketbook. That makes you one of
~ 100 million?

With Timmy on the bench, and Manu and Tony surely to get a lot,
and I mean a lot of rest...it will be interesting to see how your old boys
will do against a young, athletic San Antonio bench.
I think that makes more of an even match up, don't you?

The game means everything to you...
(hint: listen not to yourselves, but to Phil and the players)
and it means almost nothing to the Spurs.

Pop's not worried about the Bulls making it to the finals...
he's only worried about not staying sharp,
and not losing recently regained momentum vis.a.vis
letting Tim rest that ankle...and letting their old guys
(who are still younger than your old guys)
get a much needed rest.

The Spurs always respond well with rest...Pop knows what he's doing.

Gotta hand it to the old Hollywood Troupe...
they carried the torch with gusto since the break,
but alas, put a fork it them. Win or lose tonight,
that's really all she wrote...this year. Out of gas.
Just as I predicted last summer.

If this isn't clear to you after tonight,
it will be crystal after DMC slaps Andrew around
up in Sacto, again, during the Kings/Royals last game of the season,
and perhaps your 6th to last of the year as well.

Go Kings/Royals!
Go Giants!
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

@Triangulator - Lakers will take a Q from BTO and TCB tonight!

@mclyne - Another slice of Cake is always good!


After all of the talk yesterday...I felt compelled to go with this little punkish number from Joan for my musical selection today. I thought about Nuge or Mama & Papas....but settled for this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFeCn7998Zc

"Bay to LA - I strongly disagree. As I stated in my post here after the Lakers' loss to Portland, the main changes points to turnovers, poor shooting marks, late-game execution and overall effort. You can't really quantify the last category but you can just see it on the court that the Lakers lacked energy against Dallas and then just didn't seem engaged at all against Utah, Golden State and Portland. OKC was a team that is going to be dangerous for the Lakers if they match up with them.

Posted by: Mark Medina | April 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM "

Things have been worse in the last 5 games, especially the late game closing, but the primary evidence for things changing seems to be the fact that they didn't win any of those games. A lot of the same negative factors like lack of energy, poor shooting, turnovers, etc were around when they won 17 out of 18. They just haven't had the late game heroics to bail them out of any of the last 5 games.

I actually did see them engaged against Golden State as they took a big lead to start that game. Early on in the Portland game that looked like it was going to be a battle. Denver, OKC, and a road game at Portland were going to be tough games to win regardless of what kind of streak the Lakers were on. Even during the 17-1 stretch they barely beat Portland and OKC.

I guess what I'm saying is that isolating either streak is probably unfair and unrealistic. To look at that 17-1 streak and say that the team will win whenever it puts his mind to it is just as flawed to me as saying that this 0-5 streak means they've lost it and will never win another game.

@LakerTom... I meant to put Lakerholic not alcolic.. had a brain freeze ;-)!!!!!

Open Letter to Sonny (Closeted Laker Fan) Belfast, written as a poem:

Sonny, thy wrath lie in histrionics,
Thy Kings in colonics,
And good is as good does,
Even in sonnets.

Conjunction junction, what is thy function?
When Sonny writes,
The form lacks unction.
What else can I expect
From a troll with gumption?

Your fate was cast
During seconds last
When a noble man named Horry
Stole your glory

Your hopes were dashed,
Teeth broken, cheeks gnashed.
Nothing left to do but bash
The thief of your dreams.

So troll you will, thine words to spill,
You'll choke forever on your bitter pill.
If we ever shall meet,
I'll share my swill,
For even fools have thirst to slake.

Go Lake Show!

"And last week I read that 60% of NBA players are in financial trouble within 5 years of leaving the league.

How incredibly wasteful and short sighted are these guys?

Posted by: Art | April 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM "

Part of it is people being reckless and part of it is that not all NBA careers are long and profitable. If Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks aren't picked up next year, they're not going to be able to retire off the 500k or so they've made in the league. If they bought a house or made any commitments that would require them to continue to earn an NBA salary, they could easily become part of that statistic. There are the Latrell Sprewells that blow a hundred million but a lot of the guys probably never really had a lot of money to begin with.


@NC ... LOL. Here are the recommended ranges:
...
Class Systolic Diastolic
Normal 115 mmHg or lower 75 mmHg or lower
Prehypertension 120-139 mmHg 80-89 mmHg
Stage 1 hypertension 140-159 mmHg 90-99 mmHg
Stage 2 hypertension 160 mmHg or over 100 mmHg or over
...
Maybe you shouldn’t watch any of the playoffs live. LOL.
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TOM


I can see the Lakers winning tonight. Last time Phil had a long practice and long conversation etc. with the team they came out and put the Spurs away early in the 2nd quarter; they were up by 30+ points until the inconsistent bench came in and blew the lead and LAL only won by 16. Shannon Brown really needs to step up straight up. All of these Laker fans and Laker haters are going around blamin' Kobe for the Laker struggles. Look at Kobe's stats; they're still Kobe-like stats in those 5 games except for the 2 games against Denver and Portland where he shot a bad percentage. For example for the Bulls D-Rose's teammates make him look extremely great (not taking anything from Rose, he is probably the 4th-5th best player in NBA)But unlike Artest; Luol Deng actually knocks down the wide open shots when Rose penetrates. But when Kobe penetrates lately nobody has been knocking down those wide open shots. I think Chicago and LAL are the two best teams in league and matchup great at nearly every position. But Chicago doesn't get lazy like LAL does sometimes. Blame someone on the Lakers that actually needs blame like: Lamar Odom for not boxing out Kenyon Martin and letting the Nuggets beat LAL at home, and when LO let Antonio McDyess go rite over him to tip in the ball becuz once again he did not box out, blame Ron Artest for not knocking down wide open shots and not being focused, blame Gasol for being soft and punk and only getting 4 REBOUNDS against OKC and he is seven feet tall, blame Derek Fisher for being absolutely useless (no defense, not knocking down open shots etc., blame Brown, Barnes, Blake for not being productive off the bench. This whole Laker squad needs to step it up. Blame Phil Jackson for putting Odom in during crucial times when LAL needs a rebound and Bynum is on the bench and Odom repeatidly can't get the rebound in crunch time. Kobe needs to stop laying off people he doesn't respect enough to try to guard becuz that gets on my nerves. Lakers have people like Gordon Hayward(rookie), Wesley Johnson(rookie, C.J Miles(bench player) dropping 20-30 points on 'em becuz Kobe lags off and those guys make wide open shots and they get hot and confident and they just start making shots. Kobe showed that he defends players he respects like for example Wade: when Miami faced LAL the first tim Wade only had 18 points on 6-17fg shooting, and when LAL was in Miami Wade only had 20 points. But if the Spurs limit the starters minutes tonite and Gary Neal is playing lots of minutes Kobe does NOT need to lag off on Gary Neal becuz he is a deadly 3 point shooter.

i say rest the players.. y should u worry its only regular season... 5 in a row .. 6 in a row .. what does it matter..

Kobe will turn it on in the playoffs!

Size em already will u!

Bay to LA,

The article wasn't referring to one year players like Ebanks.
It was veteran players who earned millions, like Scottie Pippen who blew through his $120 million in career earnings, and Sprewell as you mentioned, not the short- termers who never make it, there is no way that could represent 60% of NBA players.

In the NFL it's even worse, 80% are near bankruptcy within 2 years of retiring.

They are financial morons.

Man am I sick of this crap!

It is game day baby!!!

We got this!

Throw the switch!!!

The switch is DEFENSE!!!

It is winning time!!!

Win the next two, sweep New Orleans or Memphis, and then we will see where we are.

This team is built for the playoffs. Who can beat us in a seven game series? Nobody!

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

Here's a question I have -

Phil keeps saying "the Lakers don't want to play hard right now."

Well, as the coach, isn't it Phil's job to motivate them? Isn't HE the one that needs to light a fire under them to MAKE them play hard? When he says the Lakers are "skating", isn't he really criticizing HIMSELF for not making them play hard?

Unless Phil is using Jedi Mind Tricks, I just don't get it. Look at OKC - they're playing hard EVERY game. Would a coach like Jerry Sloan just settle for his team not playing hard and be okay with it?

Hmmm, maybe it IS a good time for Phil to move on. After he wins one more championship, of course.

KobeMVP888 - Your comment regarding about speculating about hobbitimage's occupation and income was inappropriate and I'm removing it. Please tone down the contentiousness.

Outlaw,

Big Shot Rob is actually one of my all-time favorite players.
Seven, count them, seven rings, and four of them came with
honest teams. Can't blame him for making a great shot.
The irony is that he came into the league as a shot blocker
and defensive specialist. Definitely found his niche with
those timely three pointers though.
It should never have even gotten to that final game,
and wouldn't have, were it not for all the stomach turning
shenanigans of the David Stern dolt squad.
Gotta get those Lakers into the finals, by hook crook, but I digress.

Don't think for a minute that I think I will penetrate
the hearts and minds of hard-core Laker fans.
Not for a minute...they've got their own demons to deal with.
Without getting into some of the more colorful characteristics
of that common thread of psycho-social deficiency which seems
to course through their veins, let me suffice to say...

Laker fans don't give a hoot about how championships are won...
it's only that they are won...not my kind of sport...
and I abruptly stopped being a Laker fan when the light came on,
and I learned the difference. Most people never do. Different strokes.

Although some do! Which means there is still hope for you!

But hey...I'm honored...you wrote me a poem.

I think DMC, who just scored 30 points,
but only 9 rebounds against Oklahoma City yesterday
is going to slap Andrew around a bit, again, don't you?

Go Kings/Royals!
Go SF Giants!
Go SF Niners!

Sonnybelfast

Art,

"How incredibly wasteful and short sighted are these guys?"

Stephen A. Smith was talking about this.

Maintaining an entourage and a pimp-daddy lifestyle celebrated in Rap music is retarded.... but that's what a lot of NBA players feel they have to do to prove their manhood.

Retarded.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Unfortunately...I won't be anywhere near a computer when the Sacramento
Kings do their smack-down on you tomorrow...

So I'll be spared the Wine of sour grapes...
but I will be back.

I just hope DMC doesn't hurt him too bad.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

"Bay to LA,

The article wasn't referring to one year players like Ebanks.
It was veteran players who earned millions, like Scottie Pippen who blew through his $120 million in career earnings, and Sprewell as you mentioned, not the short- termers who never make it, there is no way that could represent 60% of NBA players.

In the NFL it's even worse, 80% are near bankruptcy within 2 years of retiring.

They are financial morons.

Posted by: Art | April 12, 2011 at 01:26 PM "

It depends on how they're doing the math but usually everyone is included. Whether they threw away millions or never had millions they're still part of the statistic.

If they shrunk it down to only include NBA and NFL starters, the number would still be alarming but I think it would be a lot lower.

Bay,

Do the math.
80% is 8 out of every 10 players.
Surprised you are trying to minimise this.
Financially, they are mental midgets.
What Jon K said, yep.

"@NC ... LOL. Here are the recommended ranges:
...
Class Systolic Diastolic
Normal 115 mmHg or lower 75 mmHg or lower
Prehypertension 120-139 mmHg 80-89 mmHg
Stage 1 hypertension 140-159 mmHg 90-99 mmHg
Stage 2 hypertension 160 mmHg or over 100 mmHg or over
...
Maybe you shouldn’t watch any of the playoffs live. LOL.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | April 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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I am sure you're right, but at least my wife will be able to say at my funeral that 'he was doing what he loved best - basketball! Watching Lakers these days instead of playing back-in-the-60s-70s, but still basketball'.

sonny, the kings had seven games, count 'em to defeat the Lakers. to blame the refs, stern or whomever is really ridiculous! seven games definitely will tell you who is best team. unfortunately for you it wasn't the kings. the cream always rises to the top in pressure situations. L.A. rose to the occasion in game 7 against sacto, whereas, the kings just plain wilted!


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