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I mean, there is pathetic...and there is PATHETIC!
Team and fans alike.

I think the Lakers need real leadership from a player.

Wait...here's some now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipfzvlgMcNE&NR=1

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

I say Bynum will be out 2 weeks. Also, is there any way we can trade Luke for Trevor Ariza during the offseason?

tonight's game vs the kings becomes an almost must win, depending on the the mavs vs hornets results. a matchup against the blazers is not what the lakers want, especially if bynum won't be playing. aldridge can easily toss gasoft around, unless pau decides to turn on a personal switch and become a beast. otherwise, a matchup against the hornets would be perfect.

omg - this team is sunk!!! bynum needs to be traded for dhoward. bynum was turning into a beast but he is just not going to be able to go a season without injury. Every year people say it's a freak thing - well now it would be a freak thing for him to make it injury free. Feel bad for the guy but lakers need dhoward.

how the heck do we get rid of luke walton and shannon brown? brown has turned into garbage - he just dribbles around and chucks up horrible shots. i cringe every time he shoots. mitch better do some big trades this off season. lakers looking really really really bad. barely beating the spurs 2nd string team?! wow!!!

oh well - let's see how this plays out but i'm not too optimistic at this point. seems like the bulls are going to win it all this year...they look really great. at least the celtics won't win it either.

don't hate on me - just my opinions.

Modified Repost Compost

Leviticus 26:24-25
"Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy."

Just got back, and the first thing I see is a pic of Andrew doing one of those oh-so-familiar 'woe is me' poses on floor. Whoa! is me.

Just like the rest of the team, gotta give him credit for hanging around
as long as he has...you know...as he says himself, I'm 'injury prone'.

But, somebody stop that chopper!
Don't let it get near Orange County!
Contain the disease within L.A., where it belongs!
There's a new "Best Team in Socal" coming to Disneyland!
Do not infect them with your sickness!

Oh, by the way. Nice victory.
No Timmy, no Tony, no Manu...but nice victory.
Uh Hum...

Now, let's see how you do tomorrow against the upside,
and soon to be phenomenal back-court of the Kings.
Who's gonna tear you a new one?
Will it be Beno?
Will it be Thornton?
Will it be Reke? (With any luck, Reke won't play)

Or will it be DMC?
Or Slammin' Sammy? (Do you think you'll get even one offensive rebound?)

Probable last Kings game at Arco...
let em' ring for whom the bells toll.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants!
Go SF Forty Niners!

Sonnybelfast


Posted by: Sonnybelfast | April 12, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Let's roll, Lakers! No injury would cause us panic! We will rule as long as the Black Mamba is alive and kicking!

Hey Sonny...


...how's those division championship banners working out for ya?

sonnybelfast, first of all stop behaving like a fool and using the bible as a prophecy doom against the lakers, it is a sin to use the Word of God in vain. secondly, your precious sacramento queens are once again at the bottom of the western conference. you should be more concerned with the fact that demarcus cousins resembles a giant thug who can't keep his mouth shut as a rookie, he has ALREADY made enemies with most of the nba refs.

"sonnybelfast, first of all stop behaving like a fool and using the bible as a prophecy doom against the lakers, it is a sin to use the Word of God in vain. secondly, your precious sacramento queens are once again at the bottom of the western conference. you should be more concerned with the fact that demarcus cousins resembles a giant thug who can't keep his mouth shut as a rookie, he has ALREADY made enemies with most of the nba refs."

Posted by: jerseylakersfan | April 13, 2011 at 01:36 AM

What...did you just come from church, or something, reverand?
I keep forgetting...that when I use the 'Word of God' as you put it,
I can only do so when speaking favorably of the Fakers,
as has been evidenced on this board time and again...No?

But, no need to get your Joisy panties in a bunch just because
your team has gone to seed. Heck, Mr. Stern will fix you right up,
and you'll be back in business in no time. Just the way you like it!

Since you have felt called upon to doom me to the devil...
better ask yourself instead, "What would Jesus do?"...and then,
read up before you speak again. Some might consider L.A. the
epitome of evil...no? And aren't the Lakers a major L.A. icon?

Proverbs 19:9
"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish."

Oh, and while we're at like. Demarcus is a very likable person,
the refs are getting to know, like, and respect his phenomenal game,
and his fouls are DOWN significantly.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast


"Hey Sonny...


...how's those division championship banners working out for ya?"

Posted by: alekesam | April 13, 2011 at 01:31 AM

They're great!

They were earned honestly and with fairness.
Didn't have to cheat to get them.

Go Kings/Royals!

Sonnybelfast

"...you should be more concerned with the fact that demarcus cousins resembles a giant thug who can't keep his mouth shut as a rookie, he has ALREADY made enemies with most of the nba refs."

Posted by: jerseylakersfan | April 13, 2011 at 01:36 AM

And where have you been?

Actually, nut-breath, DMC will be one of the most dominating players
in the league within two years. Who doesn't know that?

And oh, he may be playing in the same neighborhood as your aging
Hollywood cast. You'll be hearing more about him I'm sure.

The only question remaining is:
Which team will be number one in the southland?
We already know it won't be an NFL football team.
So, will it be the Clippers, or the Royals?
A coin toss really.
Blake and Gordon are pretty good too.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Cousins a thug? Uhh don't you have a thug and a crazy one at that (artest)who tried to beat up fans, he is NOT a rookie so what is HIS excuse?

Kings will probably win tonight, they seem to have more heart and unlike the SPURS did to the Lakers, they will not let another team close down their arena before moving on to a new one.

Last night was a hollow victory, a gimme by Greg Popovich, it was embarressing and would have been even more so had they lost, they would have been ran out of town.

And the chicken littles are out in full force. Witness:

>>>omg - this team is sunk!!! bynum needs to be traded for dhoward.

You do realize how ridiculous a statement that is, right? When Bynum was looking like he'd stay healthy for a full season, then there was a thought that someone might trade Howard for Bynum. If Bynum comes back and does fine in the playoffs, then that's still possible. But if Bynum has another post-season swoon, then he has confirmed the "injury prone" label, so there's no way you'd get Howard for him.

That's exactly why some people were hyping the potential of getting Carmelo for Bynum. If Bynum does turn out to be severely injury prone (which I'm hoping he won't), then at least right now you'd have Carmelo heading into the playoffs. But I think Drew will recover and play well in the playoffs. This tweak didn't seem nearly as bad as the two previous major injuries for him.

>>>how the heck do we get rid of luke walton and shannon brown?

LOL. Why do all these shallow fans keep wanting to trade off parts of a championship caliber team. They already dumped off Sasha and Jordan (who both played pretty well this season for a very weak New Jersey team). Now they blame all the ills of the team on Luke and Shannon (I'm surprised you didn't mention Fisher as well).

Luke is just rusty. He's barely played this season, with Artest and Barnes getting all the minutes. If Barnes is out for a prolonged time, you should be happy that the Lakers HAVE another guy who knows the triangle, who's competent on defense, and who is more likely to get the ball in to Gasol or Bynum than any other Laker. If they need him in the playoffs, Luke will be ready. His defense may not be as good as Barnes, but the bench offense may actually be better with Luke on the floor than Matt.

As for Shannon, he's ALWAYS been a streaky shooter. He was streaky good in the 2009 playoffs, when the Lakers won a championship. He was streaky bad in the 2010 playoffs, when the Lakers won a championship. He was streaky good at the start of this season, then streaky bad before the all-star break, then streaky good right AFTER the all-star break, and streaky bad right now. If Shannon's going to go on a hot streak, I want it in the WCF and the Finals... NOT in games late in the season.

What bothered me about the LA-Spurs game is that for three quarters the Lakers continued the tit-for-tat scoring pattern we've seen in the previous 5 games. While they built a lead several times, they couldn't hold on to it until late in the 4Q; they kept letting the Sprus role players get back into the game. Lord only knows what would have happened had the Spurs played their Big Three. I have yet to see this Laker team have a consistent mindset of "dominate." The Lakers were hardpressed to come up over the Spurs 2nd string players. LA has yet to play hard enough and well enough in this season to dominate and demoralize their opponents. Save the one 50 point game against Cleveland, I can't say that I've seen this team exhibit a "You are NOT going to win this game; it's ours." They have had great difficulty "putting teams away," and closing out games early, How many times have the Lakers been content to leave the outcome of games hanging till the final minute instead of taking care of business at some point - any point - earlier in the game. IMHO slacking off for half the season has come at the cost of home court advantage, scrambling for the second seeding, and looking really bad, lazy, apathetic and arrogant in the process. Way to shake your opponents' confidence, guys. Only after the All Star break did the team begin to flex some muscle that would give the other teams pause and a reason to say "Damn the champs are good." And then, the team reverts to bad habits in the last six games instead of honing teamwork and consistency going into the playoffs? Yes, the Lakers won, but it wasn't pretty. The Lakers were lucky San Antonio's big three weren't playing, and the Spurs second string played hard, didn't give up, and kept up with the Lakers through most of the game before the Lakers managed to assert themselves. The Lakers will have to get it together and fast, if they hope to threepeat. Fingers crossed for tonight. I love seeing you guys play well - and it hurts when you don't.


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