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Five things to watch in Lakers-Mavericks series

6a00d8341c506253ef0147e3a8ecd6970b-320wi1. Be ready for the war of words: It's the calm before the storm with the Lakers enjoying a day off Friday while they travel from New Orleans back to Los Angeles. But once preparation begins Saturday for the Lakers-Mavericks Western Conference semifinals matchup, plenty of soundbites will probably be thrown each other's way. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may want to save up room in their checking account for inevitable league-imposed fines when they criticize the referees, each other and the opposing team's players.

But that's not the only subplot that highlights Dallas' contentiousness with L.A. The Lakers are almost a month removed from their 110-82 victory March 31st where Mavericks guard Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake to the ground, prompting Blake to get in his face and Lakers forward Matt Barnes to intervene.

All in all, five players were ejected in that game, Terry accused Barnes of being "as soft as Charmin toilet paper," and Barnes released two T-shirts through his clothing line including one that reads, "Matt Barnes will kill you if Ron Artest doesn't first," joking that could offset the costs for his one-game, without-pay suspension. Yep, this should be a fun series, with Barnes saying this two days after the incident:

"In Golden State, we showed how to beat Dallas," said Barnes, referring to his role in helping the Warriors beat the Mavericks as an eighth seed in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. "You go in there and take it right to their chin and they back down. I don't see anything has changed since then, so hopefully we have a chance to see them again."

2. The Lakers need to maintain their aggressiveness: The Mavericks have changed, however, since the Lakers last played them. Dallas' first-round matchup with Portland featured plenty of momentum swings, including Brandon Roy largely slashing Dallas 23-point lead in Game 4 and then surviving two close contests in Games 5 and 6. The Blazers may not have the same skill set as the Lakers, but the Mavericks overcame a huge psychological hurdle in advancing past the first round, a feat they had failed to do in three of the last four seasons entering the 2011 playoffs. The Mavericks have also improved their toughness, with the Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko observing how Dallas went on a run following Chris Johnson's hard foul on DIrk Nowitzki. So the Lakers shouldn't exactly expect the Mavericks will fall over.

But with the Lakers showing an increased toughness of their own, they shouldn't hold anything back. In a span of one week, the Lakers went from being considered a soft team to a team that led Hornets Coach Monty Williams to complain about its hard fouls, including Kobe Bryant's flagrant foul type 1 on Emeka Okafor. The Lakers are never going to be an enforcer type team, but Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol showcased more grit in their Game 5 victory against New Orleans by going on the offense than simply playing reactive basketball. In the same way opponents test the Lakers on how they will respond to physical contact, the Lakers need to test the Mavericks on how they'll respond to theirs. 

6a00d8341c506253ef0147e3a8ed97970b-320wi3. The Lakers bench has a huge responsibility against Dallas. This story line isn't intriguing just because of the aforementioned incident between Terry and Barnes/Blake. It also isn't just riveting because Lamar Odom, the NBA's sixth man of the year honoree, will lead his unit against Terry, who was also considered in the running for the award. One of the Mavericks' biggest strengths is their their bench. The reserves outscored Portland's reserves 35-14 in Game 6. The unit will be bolstered by the possibility that starting forward Caron Butler could return at some point in the series after suffering what was believed to be a season-ending knee injury in January.  And it could expose the Lakers' inconsistent bench, which has had a surprising dropoff from Lamar Odom and mixed success with Blake, Barnes and Shannon Brown. The Lakers' unit proved instrumental in their Game 2 victory and helped spark a run in their Game 5 victory, so the potential is there. But it'd be too much of a dicey proposition to hope for the best, considering Shawn Marion and Peja Stojakovic are the fourth and fifth leading scorers on Dallas. 

4. The Lakers need to attack the Mavericks' zone defense the right way. The Lakers' triangle offense looks beautiful when it's run correctly, with balanced spacing, sharp cutting and quick ball movement. It looks horrible, however, when the Lakers don't set up proper post position, the backcourt chucks up three-pointers and Bryant runs everything on his own. The Lakers fell into that trap even more last season when the Suns threw a zone defense on them, leading them to take open three-pointers, become lazy in exploiting the cracks in the zone and losing patience in finding good shots.

With how smart Bryant has played through his injured left ankle, how clutch Fisher's been with his shot and how surprisingly dependable Ron Artest has proven to be on offense, their roles all enhanced when Gasol and Bynum played more aggressive and  were given more opportunities in the post. Even though the Mavericks acquired 7-foot Brendan Haywood and 7-1 Tyson Chandler this offseason to help offset the Lakers' size advantages, Dallas still can't match the two L.A. big men in Bynum and Gasol, coupled with a 6-10 swingman in Odom. The Lakers' success always hinges on how well they use their inside game, but the importance is magnified even more because of the Mavericks' efficient zone defense.

5. The Lakers will have a different defensive test with Dallas. They can breathe a sigh of relief that they don't have to worry about Chris Paul shredding them on the pick-and-roll anymore. But L.A.'s discipline on defense will still be necessary in offsetting Dallas' strengths. There's no question Fisher will have an easier time guarding 38-year-old Jason Kidd, but his impact points more to his running the offense than actually scoring. Kidd averaged 21 points and hit nine three-pointers in the first two games against Portland, but his 14-assist effort in Game 5 epitomized  the danger he brings on offense.

The Lakers will also need to focus on stopping the Mavericks' front line from hitting too many jumpers, a strategy they executed with mixed success with New Orleans' Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry. If Gasol gives any sliver of space to Dirk Nowitzki, he will nail the jumper. He averaged 22 points on 46.3% shooting against the Lakers, a decrease from the 27.3 points he averaged this season on 51.7% shooting. So the emphasis will be not so much worrying about stopping him, but minimizing the damage he can present. 

Prediction: Lakers in six. Dallas demonstrated against Portland that it's capable of beating teams on the road and I wouldn't be surprised should the Mavericks split the first two games. But the Lakers are equally equipped at stealing road games and simply have too much size for Dallas to handle. 

-- Mark Medina

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

Top photo: Lakers guard Steve Blake, left, and Dallas guard Jason Terry confront each other during the second half of the Lakers' 110-82 victory March 31 at Staples Center. Both players were ejected following the play. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Bottom photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes, front, tries to put up a shot over Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki during the first half of the Lakers' 110-82 victory Thursday at Staples Center. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

 
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If Andrew Bynum is 3 times bigger than anyone on the Hornets (CP3's words), that means he's twice as big as Tyson Chandler, who he snapped like a twig the last 2 times they played. Just stay healthy, Andrew, please stay healthy.

Here's something that has flown under the radar so far. Our starters' minutes (including Lamar) have been managed beautifully thus far in the playoffs by none other than Phil Jackson:

Pau: 35.8
Kobe: 34.3
Fish: 33.7
Artest: 32.7
Bynum: 30.8
Odom: 28.2

Not one player is anywhere near 40 mpg. They are WELL rested for Round 2, especially considering that Fisher's mpg (28.0) and Kobe's mpg (33.9) were kept down over the 82-game mess. Surprisingly, even Pau was only at 37.0 mpg for the practice season. There's gas left in this old tank, folks!!

Lamar must be salivating over the thought of Dirk 'guarding' him....

The Mavericks are mentally weak. Always have been.

Kobe's going to enjoy twisting the knife during this series.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm looking forward to a GREAT series between these two clubs. I say Lakers in six. I'm also looking forward to some great sound bites from Jackson and Cuban. Man Cuban irritates me! Get him, Phil!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!

TOM,

I think Drew's inability to stay well is the only reason anyone talks trade.

This "soft" talk about the Lakers has worn me down more than the Lakers' bigs wear down their opponents in a 7 game series. There are 30 teams in the NBA, but only ONE team is the two time defending champion. Soft? It was less than a year ago when they defeated the Boston Thugs in 7 rockin' sock em' games.

When I look at the Lakers 9 man rotation, the ONLY two players who one might attach the "soft" label to are Pau and Lamar, who finished 6th and 16th in the NBA, respectively, in rebounding. Otherwise, NO team has tougher perimeter defenders than Kobe, Fish, Ron-Ron, Barnes, Shannon and .. yes, Steve Blake (NOT "soft" by ANY stretch! Just ask Jason Terry).

These guys are championship proven veterans who dish it out as well as any team in the NBA. Do NOT confuse finesse with "soft." Pau gives us the impression of being "soft" because he's a finesse player, but he has proven himself against KG and Dwight Howard in the past two NBA Finals. Now he has a more comfortable match up against the Mavs than that awkward, pain in his ass, Carl Landry. The Lakers are tough and just because Pau looks "soft," does not mean that they are only as strong as their "weakest" link.

Did I forget to mention anyone? Oh yeah! Andrew Bynum. Andrew "Freakin'" Bynum!

Soft?! ROFLMFAO!!!!

The Mavericks are consummate chokers. Although they're undoubtedly fired up by their victory over Portland, they will wilt under the Lakers dominance. I won't be surprised if this series is over in 6. I won't be surprised if this series is over in 5. I don't think the Lakers will be sleeping on any teams from here on out.

This will be a chippy series, no question. There will be multiple technicals, hard fouls, some ejections, and lots of trash-talking.

A couple of my favorite cousins hail from Dallas, and the trash-talking started via text message last night. Good times.

Go Lake Show!

Good breakdown MM. I think JT is key to the Mavs. He dropped 22pts/60% fg in the Mavs win over the Lakers, but just 9pts/32% fg in the two losses. Blake will be key in getting in Terry's jersey and making him uncomfortable.


Also, Rick Carlisle will join the war of words. He won't back down from Phil. He went off on Larry Brown in one of the Pacers-Pistons series.

Other side bars regarding Carlisle...

I'm sure he hates the Lakers since they sent his C's home trophy-less in 85 and 87.

He coached Ron for 3 seasons in Indiana and was a strong supporter on his after the Palace fiasco. I know Artest still feels bad for how he treated the Pacers after they supported him. It'll be interesting to their interaction. I'm hoping Ron doesn't go easy on the Carlisle because of his guilt. I know that sounds ridiculous...but how that scenario played out still bugs Ron.

Hey guys. Just wanted to pass some news along. Rick Carlisle told reporters that Caron Butler won't play in the second round against the Lakers

@ mclyne – I heard Candlebox on the radio earlier and that got me thinking of them. You know I have to throw you a change up every once in awhile. I hadn’t heard of Afghan Whigs. Sounds good. I saw on the page you posted they did a remake of a TLC’s Creep. Wow!

@ LT – Kicking the surfer vibe. I’m picturing you cruising in your little GTO…cool.

We shut down Jason Terry, we dominate the series.

It actually is that simple.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jerry West 63 foot bomb vs. NY

It happened 41 years ago tonight!

Ok my music peeps since Laker Tom posted that Little GTO…it got me thinking about car songs. And I’m throwing the gauntlet down. This is hands down the best car song EVAH….

Jackie Brenston – Rocket 88 (Ike Turner killing the keyboards)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbfnh1oVTk0

Also, Rick Carlisle will join the war of words.

Posted by: LRob | April 29, 2011 at 03:28 PM

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Never mind that. He can't win the war of smirks.

@ LT – Kicking the surfer vibe. I’m picturing you cruising in your little GTO…cool.


Posted by: LRob | April 29, 2011 at 03:34 PM

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LT has a GTO?

mclyne - Dude! :)

LRob- I like the Bluesy vibe on that track.

If Steve Nash plays for Dallas right now, they have a chance to beat Lakers. Last year Rondo carried Boston to NBA Finals, this year Bynum will do the same thing. This is the true test for Dallas, do they have mental toughness to
beat Lakers ? Do they have an answer for Bynum ? Lakers in six.

@LRob
The first time I heard of the Afghan Whigs what at that festival show and they blew me away.
What happened to 63? Did he get tired of all of the chippiness around here?

another one from that era:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAkcSd5l9Qg&feature=relmfu

I'm going with this for my "car" song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttUgUO8UZsY&feature=related

Maybe we can get a game where Kobe outscores them all by himself

Of course I'm not being serious


@LROB & SNAKE ... LOL. I bought my GTO new in 1965. My first new car and the only new car I ever owned while I was single. Man, I loved that car like no other I ever owned, including top of the line Porsches, BMWs, Lexus, and Mercedes. Pure power that rocked. Surfs always up with a GTO.
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TOM

Jerry West 63 foot bomb vs. NY

It happened 41 years ago tonight!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | April 29, 2011 at 03:39 PM

Exactly, it happened 41 years ago. Move on already, or I'll make sure Celtics don't advance in the next round.

NBA commissioner - the one who has a short man complex.

Since Phil is 55-1 when he has a lead in a series and 48-0 after winning game 1, don't you see how it's nice to have that first game at home, making it as winnable as possible?

You're selectively choosing only the statistics that help your case and dismissing those that harm it. I already discussed before that all threepeat teams are not created equal and I don't expect everything to play out identically. Also, your statistics here give the Lakers a 0% chance next year since none of Phil's teams ever fourpeated or won the year after he left. I know that my predictions won't affect the final outcomes so I'm not looking for reasons to stack the deck in my favor. I'm letting it all play out.

No matter who the coach is, no matter who is playing, no matter what is happening, HCA is better than not having HCA. Phil's record with HCA is better than his record without HCA. Phil's record in playoff home games is better than his playoff road games. He can win without HCA but if you think it's meaningless, you're not deferring to Phil.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 29, 2011 at 02:36 PM

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Of course it's nice to win the first game, but I don't believe that Phil's stats are limited to Game 1 HOME wins. I will research that. More important, to counter your sweeping generalizations and defiant refusal to defer to Phil Jackson's greatness, he is also 12-0 in winning playoff series when his team wins Game 3 after being tied 1-1. Just like this recent sparring session vs. the lowly Hornets, once you lose a game at home in the first two games (NO 2011, Boston 2010, Denver 2009, Houston 2009), guess what else you have lost? That's right, HCA. So while you repeatedly state that no two three-peat teams are alike, how about them numbers?

My gripe with you is that you look at generalities while I am focused on specifics. You honestly don't believe that Phil Jackson's experience in these situations should be factored into the equation? What have I dismissed? The global statistic that 75% of the teams who have HCA win their playoff series? Sorry, but as that applies to PJ, that's a pretty meaningless statistic. His teams have proven to win them anywhere.

As for the Lakers having a 0% chance next season, let's first see if there is a next season. I don't know if this team is capable of going into Bill Russell stratosphere or not. Without Phil, yes I think it's doubtful, but like you said, let's watch this season play itself out first.

By the way, I am not selectively choosing statistics that help my case. As it applies to Phil Jackson coached teams, fortunately those are the statistics that I'm stuck with. I don't care about other coaches' failures and the statistics associated with their teams. I'll give you a statistic that I DON'T like and that actually bothered me a wee bit. The Lakers have never won a championship when they lost the first game of the playoffs. So I hope you take that little tidbit and feed your funny half-empty feeling that you have about the Dallas Softies beating us in Round 2.

Absolutely agree with you MM, Lakers in six against Mavs. If Caron was on the line-up it could be a 7 game series.

I wonder if anyone noticed, last night was also the last telecast of Joel Myers. Next season, he is replaced by Spero D. i wonder who would replace him on radio with Mychal Thompson. I heard it's MacDonald, I'm not impressed at all of his basketball knowledge nor have the broadcasting ability to keep up with the games.

With regards to these trades of the bigs, why trade? why not collect Superstars in purple and gold? You say it is impossible, nothing is impossible for the most glamorous team in NBA. they have the money to absorb luxury taxes. There is a need for a show in the 2nd biggest market, perhaps, at this time we're now the biggest market among the remaining teams in this playoffs. In 2012, I declare get Chris Paul and Dwight Howard that's the objective of Mitch in two years time. You say Magic & NO will trade them or extend their contracts next season. OK, they get good pay but will they ever get a ring? Why will they come to Lakers? Because they want to get a ring and also know that Kobe's time is expiring? Who will replace the shoes of the master? Will it be Shannon Brown? Will it be Bynum, nope he's a Center and an injury prone? He will be the mainstay in the Lakers as a Center but it would be unwise and dangerous if there will be no back-up or an insurance for Bynum (in case he becomes another Bill Walton of the Clippers).

no GTO so i settled on a vibe, last of the pontiacs...quick n fun to drive.

@MVP - haha. I can picture Carlisle going ballistic over something Phil says. I kinda like him...wish he wasn't the coach of the Mavs. Oh well...he's going down!

@snake – See LT’s post from 2:02pm

@Red - Thanks for acknowledging the Logo. And one good turn deserves another so I'll give you this....Also the 34th anniversary of JoJo dropping 40 vs. the 76ers to tie the ECF at 3-3. (Unfortunately both of our teams lost those series.)

@mclyne – Camper rocking the Status Quo…well done! Nice violin work. I suspect you're right about 63 Footer. But I'm hoping he jumps back on board soon. It's getting down to crunchtime.

@LT – for someone who wanted to squash the Drew/Dwight talks you sure are doing a good job of keeping it alive :-)

I'd pull out Mercury Blues, but I think just used that one recently.

Here's NRBQ's Ridin' in My Car:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRK2o3EkOUw

I share with Art's skepticism for the Finals, I have faith with my Lakers but it appears that the young teams are now the showcase of this playoffs. Let us see if Old's Wisdom and Experience will beat Youth's Aggressiveness and Exuberance. I have the feeling that Chicago Bulls will represent the East and the Thunder for the West. That's a challenge to the traditional Celts vs. Lakes frequent reunions.

I share with Art's skepticism for the Finals, I have faith with my Lakers but it appears that the young teams are now the showcase of this playoffs. Let us see if Old's Wisdom and Experience will beat Youth's Aggressiveness and Exuberance. I have the feeling that Chicago Bulls will represent the East and the Thunder for the West. That's a challenge to the traditional Celts vs. Lakes frequent reunions.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 29, 2011 at 04:46 PM

If it were a 3-game series, I agree with your assessment. If it were college basketball, I agree with your assessment. If it were a non-commercialized sport, I agree with your assessment.

It's not. So, I think the teams that can best adjust, adapt, and endure a 7-game series, and bring the most revenue (to the NBA) will be in the finals. And that's Celtics against the Lakers. The team that'll prevail the finals will become the eventual NBA champions, and that's the Lakers. There's empirical data to show that this *is* the case.

In Buss, Kobe, Phil, we trust.

Triangle-Offense

@LROB & SNAKE ... LOL. I bought my GTO new in 1965. My first new car and the only new car I ever owned while I was single. Man, I loved that car like no other I ever owned, including top of the line Porsches, BMWs, Lexus, and Mercedes. Pure power that rocked. Surfs always up with a GTO.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | April 29, 2011 at 04:17 PM
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You're my hero, LT. What year and color was your goat? If it was Tri-power, I presume '65 or '66?

Cuban built this team to match up with the Lakers...now we'll see. Glad we have HC, I'm thinking 7 games for sure.
GO Celtics!!! Beat the Cheat!!! GO Grizz, Beat the Spurs!!!

It took 6 games for PJ to master the Hornet's nest method of attack. He is like the Good Lord when He created the universe in six days and on the 7th day He rested. Last night, Big Game James was describing the imaginary wall against NO penetration, it is not a triangle but a straight line wherein one Laker standing between two NO players and two twin towers getting positioned for blocking any kind NO post plays down low. Lakers were not able to execute this fully well during the first four games but at certain point, perhaps by vast experience of PJ in NBA, he found a way to defend against NO. It is all about adjustments but all adjustments are would stop at certain point, it is now taken over by natural talents and height or speed of the players. Last night, Lakers neutralized all NO attacks and adjustments. It led to turn overs and frustrations in the end.

How long will PJ master the Dallas team penetration? Well, Dallas have the height, speed and long shooting. If Dirk and Kobe are equal in offense, which team have better defense and rebound?

Therefore, on the 6th game, CP3 is already worn out, Landry and Okafor were no longer effective against the Laker bigs while Smith/ Bellinelli were fully covered. That's the ball game where all the puzzles have been finally solved. In other playoff games, it's up and go; run and shoot for threes, run again until the time expires. On Lakers, it's the defense of Artest and Bynum that appeared to be the main stumbling block of the Hornets. They could no longer penetrate the lane just line in Game 1 and 3.


@THE SNAKE ... It was a 1965 with Tri-power. Loved the sound of those carbs when you pounded the gas. My car was a metalic blue. 4 speed. Every guy has to remember their first new car.
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TOM

Will it be Bynum, nope he's a Center and an injury prone? He will be the mainstay in the Lakers as a Center but it would be unwise and dangerous if there will be no back-up or an insurance for Bynum (in case he becomes another Bill Walton of the Clippers).

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 29, 2011 at 04:30 PM

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Bill Walton sustained serious injuries when he was a 22-year old rookie (nose, foot, wrist, leg) but still managed to have a HOF career. Even in the twilight of his career, he managed to get the 6th Man of the Year award. We don't have to belittle his achievements just because his son is having a shitty career.

Triangle Offense,

Speaking of triangle offense......

I have a question for you, did the triangle offense of the Lakers won game 6 or it's the defense. Of course, Lakers should score in order to win which may be result of triangle offense. Overall, which one do you think has the indelible mark that became the distinct advantage of the Lakers?

@mclyne – another jamming selection by Foo. Some of the music critics say their new cd is their best. Since you're a Foo aficionado what do you think?

@Mark G – NRBQ is always fun. Good selection. I think you did the Lindley version of Mercury Blues IIRC…loved it too.

@Jefe – Bruce with "the Killer" on the keys…NIIICE collaboration. And of course we can never go wrong with Queen!

30 minutes to tip off of what could be officially the End of the TD era!

Snake,

I did not belittle the achievements of Bill Walton, I'm one of his avid fans when he brought Championship to the Blazers. However, when he became a Clipper, he got a severe knee injury and never helped the Clippers at all. He came back to help the Celtics win as supporting cast. Let's go back to Drew not in this playoffs but in his playing career, the point I'm trying to drive at, will u not put another insurance Center in case he becomes unhealthy like the last three seasons or the early part of the season. ("Knock on the wood", I hope we're NOT preempt another occurrence. ) In business, if you have a key man CEO or key man High Tech guy, you have to get an insurance in case he dies and leaves the company in shambles. That's how Bill Walton's name was taken into context.

Hey everyone. There should be a post up within the next half hour. I think if the Lakers win the title, there's no need to tweak the main part of the team' roster unless of course the Magic really wants to trade Dwight Howard for Luke Walton straight up

@LRob
I would have to agree that their latest is their greatest. I thought that it couldn't get any better than "In Your Honor," but I am happily wrong.
The Foos are like fine wine, they just get better and better as the years roll on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q73Jb8ChjuM

Memorable Picture of Bill Walton...

Anyone of you here remember when Bill Walton admonished his teammate for extending his hand to help a Laker who was down on the floor. I forgot the those other players but the picture of angry Bill Walton was imprinted on my memory lane of leprechaun wars. I admire Bill as a Bruin and a Blazer but lost interest when he became a Celtic and a biased broadcaster. lol!

@Edwin.

Point taken.

BTW, we do have a back-up center. His name is Pau Gasol. I heard he is quite good.

Edwin

But there's no better tweeter out there than Uncle Bill!

Snake,

Pau is our Center because of necessity like a small spare tire. How can you depend on Pau as a defensive Center in the future years. He is really a natural power forward, a tall player with longer reach and a high IQ in offense. When it comes to defense, he is a light year away from Drew or Dwight. I say Center Pau needs an insurance too if those soft touches do not work.

Memorable Picture of Bill Walton...

Anyone of you here remember when Bill Walton admonished his teammate for extending his hand to help a Laker who was down on the floor. I forgot the those other players but the picture of angry Bill Walton was imprinted on my memory lane of leprechaun wars. I admire Bill as a Bruin and a Blazer but lost interest when he became a Celtic and a biased broadcaster. lol!

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 29, 2011 at 05:51 PM

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According to reports, Bill almost became a Laker but Jerry West wanted to see the doctor's report before committing. So the Celtics grabbed him first. 20 years later, we get Luke instead... Darn

Hahaha, that's funny Snake.

I'm saying a novena that Luke will stop Shawn Marion and will be responsible in winning a game against Dallas. lol

MM wants to trade Luke, no way Mark, the Laker (wooden) bench and Luke are inseparable.

STAY FOCUSED STAY FOCUSED STAY FOCUSED. MOST PLAYERS WHEN THEY GET ANGRY LOSE FOCUS AND START MISSING SHOTS THEY NORMALLY WOULD HIT. DON'T RELY ON THE REFS, BUT RELY ON EACH OTHER AND YOUR SKILLS. WHEN YOU'LL PLAY TOGETHER AND BRING YOUR A GAME, THERE IS NOT A TEAM IN THE LEAGUE THAT CAN COME CLOSE TO DEFEATING YOU'LL. REMEMBER, I NFORMATION WITHOUT COORDINATION LEADS TO NEGATION. YOU HAVE THE BEST COACH IN THE LEAGUE THANK GOD AND WHEN YOU WANT TO BE YOU'RE THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. THANK GOD. UNITIZE BOTH OF THOSE STATEMENTS TOGETHER AND THERE SHOULD BE TOTAL DOMINATION. USE ALL OF YOUR SKILLS. REMEMBER. YOU'RE ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR WEAKEST LINK. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WIN OR LOSE YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MY TEAM. HOWEVER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN A AND A B IS TOTAL EFFORT. PS: A SUSPENED PLAYER IS ONLY GOOD FOR PIPE DREAMS. DON'T TAKE THE BAIT. PSALMS 119:98 PROVERBS 11:8

that picture is very jungle feverish... will i be fined 100 grand for expression my 2 word 2 cents of this erotic photo? ... nah, never mind.


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