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NBA 2K11 simulation predicts the Lakers will defeat the New Orleans Hornets in five games

Top photo: The Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24), Pau Gasol (16), Lamar Odom (7) and Shannon Brown (12) will begin defense of their NBA championship on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center against the New Orleans Hornets. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / April 12, 2011 All week long, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson weighed concerns on whether his team felt truly ready for the playoffs.

He never wavered from his belief that the Lakers have a great shot at three-peating, but Jackson had seen too many inconsistent patterns in play to form a definitive assessment. The Lakers' 17-1 mark after the All-Star break, their five-game losing streak and then two unimpressive victories against  undermanned San Antonio and woefully overmatched Sacramento gave Jackson plenty of reason to pause. Unfortunately for Jackson, what he saw in Saturday's practice didn't alleviate many of his concerns, lamenting what he called the team's "lack of focus."

An NBA 2K11 simulation revealed those fears to be unfounded, though the Lakers entered their first-round match-up with the New Orleans Hornets woefully unprepared, losing the first game of the series. The Lakers woke up from the letdown and then pulled out all the stops the remaining four games to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. So should the Lakers fall when they host the Hornets Sunday at Staples Center in real life, feel comforted that it's simply mimicking the video game simulation.

Below are the details on how each game turned out after the jump.

Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol should benefit from the Lakers' size advantage against the Hornets. Credit: Chuck Cook / Associated Press / February 5, 2011 Game 1: Laker's 109-100 loss

Lakers top performer: Kobe Bryant (42 points on 16-of-26 shooting, two assists)

Hornets top performer: Chris Paul (25 points on eight-of-20 shooting, four assists)

How the game was lost: Plenty of signs suggested this would happen. The Lakers ended the season with far from perfect basketball. The Lakers have gone 4-4 in Sunday afternoon games this season. And there were a few uncertainties regarding the team's health.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum appeared in his first game after missing the season finale after hyperextending his knee Tuesday against San Antonio. Though an MRI revealed he just had a bone bruise, Bynum appeared behind on conditioning and lacked the aggressiveness that epitomized his defensive prowess and work on the boards. The result: Bynum scored only six points on three-of-10 shooting. Lakers forward Matt Barnes struggled in similar fashion in his first game after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right knee that sidelined him for the last two games. Despite getting his knee drained Thursday, a procedure that enabled him to bend his knee completely since having surgery three months ago, Barnes still appeared tentative, finishing with only three points on one-of-two shooting and three rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

But the Lakers can't chalk up this loss to players coming off the injured list. They simply played poorly. Bryant deservedly shot a high volume of shots considering most of them had gone in, but poor ball movement prevented the Lakers from taking advantage of their inside presence. Frustrated with the team's lack of ball movement and Bynum's poor conditioning, Gasol contributed with 13 offensive rebounds and 15 points on six of eight shooting, with all of his field goal attempts coming on offensive putbacks. Meanwhile, Bynum's adjustment into the lineup featured the Lakers lacking a defensive identity. In addition to Paul's ability to drive to the lane with ease, the Hornets ran pick-and-roll on the majority of their possessions and converted on 60% of their shots, many of them coming off pull up jumpers. 

Photo: An NBA2K11 simulation predicts Bryant will have a big series against New Orleans. Credit: Misty McElroy / Reuters / February 6, 2011 Game 2: Lakers' 109-100 victory

Lakers top performer: Bryant (25 points on 10 of 18 shooting, 7 assists)

Hornets top performer: Paul (20 points on eight-of-16 shooting, seven assists)

How the game was won: Many presumed the Hornets woke up the defending champions by stealing Game 1, but the Lakers appeared just as uninterested in Game 2. At least, the Lakers tied the series up at 1-1 and solved a few of their problems, including Bynum showing more effectiveness (15 points on seven-of-10 shooting and 15 rebounds) and Gasol getting more touches from Bryant (20 points on 9 of 15 shooting). But the Lakers simply lacked the hustle to put the game away early.

It appeared they would do so after a 30-10 first-quarter lead. But the Hornets met every double digit deficit with a comeback by forcing the Lakers into committing 18 turnovers, converting on 24 points in transition and scoring at a 55% rate. Part of the reason pointed to the bench, with Steve Blake just returning after missing the past three games because of chicken pox, Brown still having knee issues and Shannon Brown shooting three-of-11 from the field. That prompted Jackson to immediately put the starters back into the game. The inconsistent proved so looming that the Lakers didn't secure the victory until going on a 10-1 run in the final two minutes, led by Bryant (six points) and Gasol (four points).

Game 3: Lakers' 109-87 victory

Lakers top performer: Bryant (24 points on 10 of 21 shooting)

Hornets top performer: Paul (24 points on eight-of-19 shooting)

How the game was won: Usually, Jackson distributes heavy minutes to starters during the playoffs, knowing that the results matter more than the development at that point. But with how well the Lakers' played in Game, he didn't need to do that. The Lakers retook their home court by storming out to a 35-15 first-quarter lead and then widened the gap to 60-33 at halftime. The strong inside presence with 44 points in the paint and 54 rebounds and defense in holding New Orleans to 39% allowed Bryant to play under 30 minutes, which actually marked a three-minute decrease from his season average.

The increased playing time for the reserves helped out Brown, who appeared in rare shooting form, scoring 20 points on seven-of-10 shooting. Credit the bench for honoring Jackson's trust. He gave the reserves time because of the large lead, but they managed to hold onto the lead by combining for 38 points. Lakers forward Lamar Odom posted a dependable 11 points and eight rebonds. Blake seemed more in rhythm and comfortable running the offense. Barnes turned up the aggressiveness, finishing with eight rebounds and four steals. And Brown took better shots within the context of the offense. 

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant passes to a teammate after drawing the Hornets defense to him in a regular season game in January. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times Game 4: Lakers' 105-78 victory

Lakers top performer: Bryant (45 points on 14 of 28 shooting)

Hornets top performer: Trevor Ariza (18 points on seven of 14 shooting)

How the game was won: Two words. Kobe Bryant. OK, so the Lakers also held the Hornets to a shooting mark at 34%. They also committed only two turnovers. But this was one of those nights where Bryant simply couldn't be stopped, scoring nearly half of the Lakers' points. This wasn't a game, however, where Bryant simply went in isolation and played one-on-five. The Lakers displayed tremendous ball movement and set up Bryant to score in both the post and off pick-and-rolls. With al the rest Bryant had in Game 3 he increased his intensity and earned 20 free throw attempts and knocked down 17 of them. This was one of those games where everyone felt fine with Bryant going on a tear because he kept making them.

Game 5: Lakers' 99-83 victory

Lakers top performers: Bryant (38 points on 16 of 27 shooting); Bynum 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting

Hornets top performer: Paul (25 points on eight-of-18 shooting)

How the game was won: The Lakers usually perform well in closeout games, but it sure didn't look lke it at first. Perhaps because the Lakers enjoyed a 3-1 advantage, they entered the game acting like they could afford to lose the game. An angry sellout crowd at Staples Center booed after the Lakers fell behind 28-13 at the end of the first quarter. It apparently woke them up. The Lakers opened the second period with a 9-2 run and outscored the Hornets 25-14 the entire quarter.

But Lakers guard Derek Fisher was far from satisfied. He gave a compelling halftime speech, explaining how they would be wasting an opportunity in closing out the series after fighting so hard to regain homecourt advantage in Game 3. He also spoke up on behalf of the fans, saying the Lakers had only saved their sharp performances on the road and that Los Angeles deserved to see in person the Lakers playing solid basketball and then resting early before the West semifinals. The Lakers responded with a 31-15 third quarter, led by none other than Fisher himself, scoring 12 of his 20 points in that time frame.

-- Mark Medina

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Top photo: The Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24), Pau Gasol (16), Lamar Odom (7) and Shannon Brown (12) will begin defense of their NBA championship on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center against the New Orleans Hornets. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / April 12, 2011

Second photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol should benefit from the Lakers' size advantage against the Hornets. Credit: Chuck Cook / Associated Press / February 5, 2011

Third photo: An NBA2K11 simulation predicts Bryant will have a big series against New Orleans. Credit: Misty McElroy / Reuters / February 6, 2011

Bottom photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant passes to a teammate after drawing the Hornets defense to him in a regular season game in January. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 
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Mark,

Once again, you are laying the groundwork for our future robot masters. Not cool. How much is Skynet actually paying you? HOW MUCH?!?!!?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Can we get a roll call?

How is it that you are even playing the Hornets in the first round?

What was Kobe even doing in the building when you barely got past the Kings?

Shouldn't he have been disqualified for that game? No?

Tell me this.
How is it, on high def national T.V., that AFTER the Saint gets a technical,
repeat, he's already been T'd up on moments earlier,
that he is able to demonstrably pout, slam his fist into a chair,
slam a towel to the floor...and if that weren't enough...
that he is able to yell disparagement across the floor to an official,
and not get T'd up again? How is that possible?

(We won't even go into what is was that the little adultering homophobe said,
on national T.V., for that matter on T.V. in Thailand and around the world...you should have seen some of the Brits scratching their heads over that one...and heck, they WERE even Kobe fans!...I had a little talk with them about the Lakers...hee hee...gonna be a run on Heat caps me thinks)

Seriously, if the player had been Lebron James in the same set of
circumstances and with the exact same reactions, would you have T'd him up?
And please...your respect and cred level is already reaching new lows...
so just for a moment, just a wee bit minute, try to be objective and honest
about this, as painful as it may be. Would you have issued a 2nd Technical
if Lebron behaved in exactly the same way?

Of course, these questions are rhetorical. There may be but a few Laker fans
with the metal to honestly respond, and if they do, they'll most certainly be
flamed by the rest.

But this is exactly what happened. Exactly what happened.
No 2nd technical for the Saint.
And you know why, even if you aren't big enough to admit it.

Just know that the rest of us know well.
Gotta give the Lakers every chance NOT to play Portland in the first round.
Do what can be done to get them into the finals against the Miami Heat.
It all started at the beginning of the season.
It's why your championships mean nothing to most of the rest of us.
Fair play and honor are out the window.

Oh yea, and for good measure...did you notice that they T'd up DMC
and got him out of the game in the fourth quarter?
Not going to take any chances.
Too much money at stake.
That's what it's all about!

What do you play for?
Such a sad joke.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Troll,

Get a life. Your heart is full of hatred. Let it go already.

Please let it go.............troll.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Sonny

The PSP is curious; does your team the Sac Kings ( RIP) have a blog?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Sonnybelslow

Police here; does this mean you believe Kobe is THAT good a bball player that he alone can swing games?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Troll,

Get a life. Your heart is full of hatred. Let it go already.

Please let it go.............troll.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Posted by: JovBatz24 | April 17, 2011 at 05:58 AM

Actually, ALL DAY, gotta lotta love in this heart.
I just don't have much time for little people such as yourself,
who vicariously prop themselves up on the backs of cheaters,
as though it's some type of commendable accomplishment.

Your team wins because they have no excuse not to.
Everyone in the league knows it, even if you don't, or fail to admit it.
It's a million little things the league and the media
do for the fakers, year in and year out.
It's money driven, and the Fakers are at the top of the food chain.
Deny it? Please do!
I'm simply beginning to take more delight in pointing these things out.
This is a Faker board, is it not?

And when I do, I'll almost always get a response such as yours,
as typical as it may be...always for the edification and entertainment
of all those who visit this board, and who cannot stand the Laker
organization, and many of their fans.

But still...would you have suspended Lebron for the same actions?

Or any other player for that matter?

Most of us out here, Laker fans and non-Laker fans alike,
already know how you will answer those questions.

Verify for us, will ya?

Sonnybelfast

Police here; does this mean you believe Kobe is THAT good a bball player that he alone can swing games?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Posted by: Practice Season Police | April 17, 2011 at 06:20 AM

Well, he certainly ain't no Lebron James, and he'll never be Michael Jordan,
but yes, he's without a doubt, one of the most skilled and clutch players on the planet. That's why he's paid the big bucks...to be the difference needed to win games.

He should have been suspended, and your Fakers should be facing Portland now, instead of the Hornets...but you already knew that.

So what's your point?

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

PSP Sir,

Do you have any clue whatsoever on why Mr. Little Pe0ple Belslow is still here, on our blog, when deep in his heart he truly, wholeheartedly despise the Lakers. If he truly hates our Lakers, why is he still here? Isn't this the Lakers blog? Do they have a blog for Sac Kings(RIP)?


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

One more thing Sonnyboy... your Kings suck!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

http://www.allkyhoops.com/2011/04/demarcus-cousins-ejected-in-final-game.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t84p7mcK2Pk

DMC gets thrown out of the game, of course.

The Saint stays in, of course.

This was a must win for the Lakers if they were to avoid Portland...
Kobe should probably be thanking "Bennie".

Just the way Laker fans like it.

Maybe a Laker fan would care to explain how that worked.

What do you play for?

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Sonny

The PSP asked you two questions; are you or are you not going to answer the other one? At least you acknowledge Kobe as being better than anything that ever wore a Kings Jersey!! :-)

JovBatz

Word up bro; the PSP asked but Mr. Belslow conveniently skipped the question.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Sonny,

Spot on, my man. Love to love 'em, love to hate 'em, a time tested biz model. Lebron will be thrilled to hear about the new Heat fans as his pre season stunt swung them solidly behind the "love to hate 'em" line.

Gotta have your protagonist and antagonist... and btw you get my vote for your roll for best antagonist on our blog.

"Word up bro"?

"Word up bro"???

My oh my!

And I had you rated a little higher than that? My bad.

I've been reading the Latimes probably longer than the two of you
have been alive, combined.

But to answer your question:

No.

Next.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

PSP & JovBatz24,

I would like to suggest that you take it easy on SonnyBelfast.

reasons why:

1. His team has sucked. continues to suck & will forever suck.
" Long live the sucktards! "

2. He feels like a jilted lover because the Maloofs are about to
leave him and his town "lying in a ditch" on the side of the rode.

3. His team has been victimized by Kobe Bryant almost since the beginning.

4. What's a team from No. Cal. supposed to say? "You've stolen our water.
Your women are hotter. Your weather is better. Your teams have more
championships." ?

Y'all should just cut him some slack and let him deal with his grief.

Sonny,

Spot on, my man. Love to love 'em, love to hate 'em, a time tested biz model. Lebron will be thrilled to hear about the new Heat fans as his pre season stunt swung them solidly behind the "love to hate 'em" line.

Gotta have your protagonist and antagonist... and btw you get my vote for your roll for best antagonist on our blog.

Posted by: VMan | April 17, 2011 at 07:37 AM

Shhhhh!

Sonnybelfast

Mr. Belslow

Ok the PSP forgive you for living on the lakers blog then; the PSP can see why, afterall when the team you support is a massive failure (RIP) then you have to seek refuge elsewhere.

And then you said: I've been reading the Latimes probably longer than the two of you have been alive, combined.

After saying something that idiotic, the PSP will have to reduce your rating too son! Tsk Tsk , you should know better than to go around making statements that you have NO WAY of backing up.

Next

Thanks
PSP Intern

Good Morning Laker Nation,

Game Day Baby...the playoffs are finally here. 16 W's before the 3peat and #17. Let's Do This!

Hobbit

Truth is the PSP really don't have much better to do this sunday morning till English Premier league starts; so decided to have a little playtime with our resident pet troll sonny belslow. Forgive the PSP.

Thanks
PSP Officer

Four home teams struggle yesterday. One of them loses. I hope the Lakers learned from that. Even the worst team in the playoffs, Indy, playing the so-called best should have taken that game.

Do the Lakers need a spanking to wake them up today? My hope is they are dishing out some discilpline and are not on the receiving end.

While I would imagine responding to the likes of Sonnybelfast will only inflame such irrational hatred, here is answer out of boredom and to show that indeed, Lakers fans do have mettle to provide a reasoned response to the never-ending conspiracy theories.

Sonny, you appear to have one giant complaint that the NBA will do whatever they can to ensure that Kobe Bryant and the Lakers into the most favorable position for the playoffs... thus, in addition to orchestrating the Refs, the league must have instructed San Antonio to play all their bench players and instructed Memphis to inexplicably tank their last 3 games when they had a reasonable shot at moving out of the 8 spot . Please. Why not bring up how Stern ordered Memphis to trade Gasol to the Lakers as well? If you think this is true, why do you even watch the NBA?

Would the NBA have suspended LBJ? Heck no. Would they have suspended any superstar for that? No. Would the ref have the audacity to give a second T to a superstar who was already on the bench? No. Remember when Tim Duncan got tossed in 2007 for laughing from the bench? Yeah, that ref got suspended and didn't get to work the playoffs. It's not just Kobe, its the way the league works to coddle the superstars.

Also, where were the refs and David Stern all those years San Antonio won the championships? According to your theory, the Lakers should be in the Finals every year, right? So when Spurs-Cavs were pulling in record low ratings, where was the conspiracy theory you speak of then?

Get over the fact that the team that you root for could never quite beat the Lakers. Stop making up excuses for Bibby years when they just didn't have enough to get over the hump. If you dislike the Lakers, fine... but look at the free throw totals from yesterday's games and tell me that the stars don't get preferential treatment.

Success always breeds contempt and while you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I believe the only numbers that matter are 16 and 0.

I don't think that Mr. Belslow is really a King's fan because I don't see any reason to be a King's fan. He either works for Mark Cuban or is one of those Celtic fans still sore about losing last year.

However, Belslow, if you are who you say you are, let me respond to what you're saying:

First of all, the profanity that Kobe spewed out after going to the bench was not yelled out as you suggest. The video clearly shows that he yelled out a name (presumably the ref), and then said the profanity in a much lower voice, so the simple answer is that he was not heard by the ref or he probably would have been ejected.

Secondly, his ejection would not have changed the result of the game, because when he returned to the game, he took some very bad shots that allowed your Queens to come back and take the lead, so no last second three pointer would have been necessary; plus the Queens suck so badly that they would have found a way to lose as they have all year long.

Thirdly, playing Portland in the first round of the playoffs would not have been the big deal that you make it out to be, because Portland would have brought their potent 81 point effort to the Staples Center, and be laughed off the court. By the way, 81 against Dallas would translate in the low 70's against the Lakers, for Dallas is not exaclty a defensive juggernaught. It does not matter which speed bump the lakers have to face in the first round of the playoffs, because the only team capable of beating the Lakers is the Lakers. If they play up to their ability, no current NBA team can beat them in a 7 game series.

Finally, Kobe gets the fewest calls of any player of his type and ability. He averages far fewer free throws per game than say a Dwane Wade. This is the reason he was mad at that ref to begin with. If there's any cheating in the NBA, it's definitely against the Lakers. For every call that you think the Lakers get away with, I can show you ten that should have been called in their favor and weren't. This was very much the case in Shaq's day as well, when he would be fouled multiple times on the same play, and even when he was already in the air to dunk the ball, the ref would call it a nonshooting foul. The refs protect the shooter? what a joke. Why don't you Maloof a Cuban and Auerbach it in your Jazz.

@SonnyFastball....

Hope you enjoyed that dagger three that the "Saint" hit the other night to tie the game the other night. He's been kind of wrecking Kings' plans for years, no? Seriously, sir, your Laker/NBA conspiracy theories and Kobe Bryant hatred have become obsessive and potentially unhealthy. Why don't you relax and watch a Kings' c'ship video? Ooops, my bad!

Glad to hear positive reports about Andrew, Matt and Ron. It's winning time and the Lakers need all hands on deck. Now is the time! A little Charlie "Bird" Parker...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fY41-lEEYs&feature=related

NOW IS THE TIME!!
GO LAKERS!!!
17 IN '11!!!

There it is NBA nation.

Ask, and you shall receive.

It reminds me of an old Steve Martin movie, "The Jerk"
where old daddy is strolling through the pig pen with his son
(Nafus, I believe was his name...you might want to consider a new moniker Hobbit).

Standing behind a fresh pile of pig poop, in one hand daddy holds up a can
of Shinola (that's shoe polish for you Hollywood patent leather types),
and with the other hand, he points directly down to the steaming pile of pig dung.

Daddy says something like, "Son, this here in my hand is Shinola,
and that, down there, well, that's..."
well, you get the picture...or some of you might anyway.

Daddy goes on to say, "Ya gotta know the difrunce"

Nafus nods, gives his famously idiotic smile, then steps smack dab in the pile.

Most Laker fans are so self absorbed that they cannot make the distinctions,
even if they wanted to. It's almost pathetic, isn't it? They're in a pile
(literally and figuratively) and don't even know it. Pig heaven!

But it's fine for now...maybe for not too much longer, but for now.

Just know that your championships are meaningless to anyone but you.

Although asking why I should even watche the NBA anymore is a good
question. If the NBA doesn't make some radical changes to even-out
the playing field, then the more relevant question might be
"Why doesn't anyone (except the dolts in Fairyland) watch the NBA anymore?
Fans from everywhere are sick of NBA shenanigans, and you aren't making it any better, especially for yourselves.

In the meantime, I'm more than pleased to make some of those distinctions
for you. After all, this is a Faker board is it not?
(Although I am rather flattered that so many of you want to talk about the Kings)

Oh yea, one more thing. I was merely guestimating the sum total age of PCP and the youngun' to be about 30-years, but that was only because I was trying
to imagine who would make such remarks. My bad.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Success always breeds contempt and while you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I believe the only numbers that matter are 16 and 0.

Posted by: Haters going to Hate | April 17, 2011 at 08:04 AM

That's right. And it doesn't matter how you arrive at those numbers, does it?

So tell me, in black and white, do you REALLY believe that Kobe should not
have been assessed a 2nd technical foul for pounding his chair, slamming a towel to the floor, and (in very vulgar terms) insulting the official, which was seen by everyone watching the game on television, really?

Tell all of us.

Listen up NBA nation...a Laker fan is about to speak!

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

dank,

Mush head. The Saint wouldn't even have been in the arena at the Kings game
had he recieved the 2nd technical at the Spurs game.

That's the whole point.

They weren't going to not have Kobe play against the Kings
(in a game, as it turned out, which you would have lost without him)
and possibly have to face Portland.

They've got to grease the way, as they've done since the beginning of the season...

The NBA and media want the Lakers vs Heat in the finals,
and will do what they can short of total revolt from fans to make
that a reality.

That's the reality.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Insert Matt Barnes into the picture above and thats a nice line-up.

Man, you got the score of Game 1 exactly right! So hopefully it stays that way.

YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT GAME ONE!!!!!!

Omg u got the score exactly right! Im hedging my bets for game 2 on lakers!

Kind of crazy how you got the exact score for game 1! Do you simulate the lotto numbers too?

As a Hornets fan, I had to come back to give you credit for getting the score exactly right! However, you've already had your one correct result. I hope! LOL. Go Hornets!

wow, this is pathetic. so now laker fans are resorting to a video game simulation to give them some confidence after watching their arrogant, lazy team give up game one to a vastly undermanned team that showed 200 percent more courage, energy, and will power? let me tell you, in case you don't know, cp3 ain't a video avatar. he's for real and no one can deny that the lakers can be beat by this team. it may go only five games, but the lakers better get off their lazy butts if they're going to get the job done. this isn't the third string of the spurs or the sacramento kings (losing in o.t.). i think it's gonna be fun watching the lakers implode.

Whenever i see this presnt Laker team I must be reminded of the Chicago Bulls team of the 90s because Phil Jackson coach them all.Also recently I was looking back at that 1993 Bulls team and what I saw was a team consisted of the 4 headed monster of the apocalypse in the likes of Michael Jordan,Scottie Pippen,Bill Cartwright and Horace Grant ready to pounce and devour all opposing teams,its a sight to behold.I would even include role players like Will Purdue,BJ Armstrong and John Paxson all of them were leaders in their own right ready to make the sacrifice and do whatever they could to help the team win games and i mean win games big.Phil Jackson I would say love that Bulls team even in his final year of his last championship in 1998,Phil loved his players if it wasnt for Jerry Krause fame seeking then Jordan and Phil would have gone for their 7th championship.On the other hand I would want to believe that Phil is was right when he said that he was losing touch with his present players,its not then first time that Phil felt this way,in 2004 he was forced out of the Laker team,its sad to say that this present crop of players though matter if they win it all or not they are just not better than PHIL'S Bulls.

Whenever i see this presnt Laker team I must be reminded of the Chicago Bulls team of the 90s because Phil Jackson coach them all.Also recently I was looking back at that 1993 Bulls team and what I saw was a team consisted of the 4 headed monster of the apocalypse in the likes of Michael Jordan,Scottie Pippen,Bill Cartwright and Horace Grant ready to pounce and devour all opposing teams,its a sight to behold.I would even include role players like Will Purdue,BJ Armstrong and John Paxson all of them were leaders in their own right ready to make the sacrifice and do whatever they could to help the team win games and i mean win games big.Phil Jackson I would say love that Bulls team even in his final year of his last championship in 1998,Phil loved his players if it wasnt for Jerry Krause fame seeking then Jordan and Phil would have gone for their 7th championship.On the other hand I would want to believe that Phil is was right when he said that he was losing touch with his present players,its not then first time that Phil felt this way,in 2004 he was forced out of the Laker team,its sad to say that this present crop of players though matter if they win it all or not they are just not better than PHIL'S Bulls.

now we miss shasa and farmar...fisher really old to guard paul...hope fisher will retire after this season win or loss...

GET THE BALL INSIDE

Sonnybelfast, get help, dude. Your obsessive taunting is a clear sign of your own feelings of inferiority and self-loathing (understandable in one who roots for the Kings). The taunting is your attempt to momentarily feel dominance over those more successful than you (the Lakers, Kobe, Lakers fans, etc.). Your feigned air of superiority is in fact pathetic.

This site attracts a lot of fans from other teams whose hopes have been crushed by the Lakers. Some of these trolls actually have a sense of humor and have become fun to to banter with (Red's Love Child, etc.). You're just obsessive, filled with real hate, and desperate to (in your own mind) exert some control over the fans here with your imagined brilliance.

I repeat...get help.

Lakers Struggle against San Antonio's 2dn squad to keep #2 Position over Dallas should tell you where the Purplets are. After loosing to Jail Blazers, Warriors and others.. Laker muster up against Spurs' 2nd Squad.. tied at 83 and 5 min to go with Matt Who?? Matt Bonner?? then u blow out Homeless Kings.. woo hooo!

okay .. i really wanna see how these Lakers blow out these Voodoo Dolls.. I can see Purplets keep pounding on the glass but anytime pace goes fast pounding will be on their legs.. Don't see CP3 not playing anything less than 40 min a game.. so i don't see turnovers.. Well Purplets rebound but give the ball right back.. Bynum does not have Shaqs hands.. Kobes hands are also smaller than Jordans like Phillup says.. Artest tends to throw balls away also.. Fisher and long 3 pt misses -> fast breaks coming right at u.. and Kobe thinks he is better Ray Allen and Regi Miller .. lifetime 33% 3 pt shooter .. please remind him that to stay in the hunt for title..

Wishful thinking.. blowouts and 5 game series.. no thats not happening. 4 str8.. right.. game 2 Purplets win.. Game 3 Purplets win.. Game 4 bad Purplets come back .. game 5 good purplets .. game 6 bad purplets.. oh no game 7 .. good bad .. wat does da shimulate say orphie? I trust my Kapuchin .. he say ooooo aaaa ooo aaa .. skeleton of da past .. phil must rely on giving CP3 a bloody noose thru Phish or Detested Artest.. i bet on dat!

LOL A kings fan.

Umm let me point out that NBA 2K11 had the correct score


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