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Pau Gasol says he's healthy, ready to play against Hornets

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right reaches for a rebound along with New Orleans Hornets center Aaron Gray, left, during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / AP
After conducting several interviews before the Lakers' shootaround Friday at New Orleans Arena, Pau Gasol was seen coughing several times.

Gasol hasn't played very well in the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Hornets, so he was asked about his health.

"I'm fine," Gasol said, smiling. "I'm all right. Just ready to play."

Gasol and the Lakers will get a chance to show how ready they are for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series that's tied at 1-1 later Friday night.

He is four-for-19 from the field in the first two games.

"As long as the team wins, no matter if a guy is one-for-12 or 0-for-10, the team wins, the team wins," Gasol said.

In Game 2, Kobe Bryant decided on his own to defend Chris Paul.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was opposed to the idea, and he's not sure how much he wants Bryant on Paul in Game 3 tonight.

"That was not my game plan," Jackson said. "That's not what I wanted to do. It's what Kobe wanted to do and I allowed him to do that because of his desire. But that was not my intention to have him go guard Chris Paul. I thought it was too energy draining, too chasing around, too many screens and picks that he would be involved in."

Jackson said he's "not planning on starting" Bryant on Paul in Game 3, but that could change.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from New Orleans

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, reaches for a rebound along with New Orleans Hornets center Aaron Gray, left, during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / AP

 
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DR:

JUSTA!

For all those who like to drink now and then (it is Friday after all) Los Lobos & Albert Collins:

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

&

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no, I ain't drunk . . .yet

Talkin the talk......now try doing this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y1r1fKjhYI

@PJ - "That was not my game plan," Jackson said. "That's not what I wanted to do. It's what Kobe wanted to do and I allowed him to do that because of his desire..."
LOL! Don't be too hard on yourself Phil - it's probably not such a bad thing that you defer to the Mamba from time to time in the postseason!

Lakers are going to put up more points that MM puts up posts

Yeah!

Nothing like alleviating my own frustrations by watching the Lakers play hard and come out victorious.

Go Lakers!

gasol needs to be the go to guy from the opening possession, they need to set the tone by going inside often. pau needs his confidence back, and kobe knows the lakers can't win without solid contributions from # 16

Kobe Bryant Under the Scope,

you wrote: What we need is for Kobe to be:

1. really focused on D on Paul and not take a lot of dumb risks going for steals and blocks on D, esp. on strong side D.

2. facilitate and make the pass before the assist and get everyone involved early so they don't sulk (I'm looking at you, Pau, Drew and LO).

my response:

1. you'll never hear me argue against beter defense.

2. regarding facilitate and make passes. So ... as soon as I know that Kobe's
not shooting, I'm playing lock down defense on everyone.

Pau is playing like a chump. I can take him out of the game w/ a feather.

Bynum is doing better, but he's still easy to get into foul trouble.

Do I *REALLY* care about Artest & D-Fish shooting? No. Let them fire
away.

And what are you going to do if none of our team is making their shots? Be
patient and let the lead swell to 20? 30? And anybody who has watched
the Lakers *KNOW* this has happened.

I want to be clear about this. I don't care about how many shots Kobe
takes. I don't care about how many points Kobe scores. I'm indifferent as
to who thinks that MJ or LeBron or their dead grandmother is better than
Kobe. What I care about is the Lakers winning. What I observe about the
teammates of Kobe Bryant is that sometimes they show up and other times
they don't. What has proven successful for the last 3 years is keeping Kobe
as a scoring threat and then watching him facilitate after the defense keys
on him.

BT - Its nice of you to take time off from your busy schedule of visiting NO great restaurants to send us a post.

What a difference of choices you have in food since OKC or SLC of last year. Not to mention the night spots.

Last year, Salt Lake City. "Let's see...I know, after the game we can go down to Temple Square and then get an ice cream cone!"

Any re-commen-da-tions since I will be visiting NO at the end of the month?

"Etoufee! Etoufee! Etoufee!"

Gasol Game 1: 2 - 9 and punked

Gasol interview after Game 1:

"I know when I have to be more aggressive and I know when I just have to be more productive out there. I wasn't able to do that in Game 1," Gasol said. "It's more my fault than their credit. I just have to do a better job on being more assertive out there, establishing myself, getting good position [and] making myself available for my teammates to deliver the ball. That's about it."

"I expect myself to perform, it's not what anybody else thinks or believes," Gasol said. "I know when I play well and when I play bad and my first game was bad. I need to play better. So, I don't need to focus on the obvious or comments that are not positive. It is what it is. It's part of the deal."

Gasol Game 2: 2-10 and punked some more.

Gasol before Game 3:

"As long as the team wins, no matter if a guy is one-for-12 or 0-for-10, the team wins, the team wins,"

Gasol already making excuses. When will the Second Option, a.k.a. #2 will be responsible for his Failures?

Will Gasol go 2-11 in Game 3 or 1-10. Carl Landry is waiting for him with the Southern Hospitality. Southern Comfort? Not exactly!

Gasol just needs a little vacation, and then he'll be back with a vengeance.

There you have it... just win the next three games so that we can get back to what we do best: WINNING


" I want to be clear about this. I don't care about how many shots Kobe
takes. I don't care about how many points Kobe scores. I'm indifferent as
to who thinks that MJ or LeBron or their dead grandmother is better than
Kobe. What I care about is the Lakers winning"

...........fantastic stuff hobbitmage , it can't be said better.

hobbitmage ftw.

"I want to be clear about this. I don't care about how many shots Kobe
takes. I don't care about how many points Kobe scores. I'm indifferent as
to who thinks that MJ or LeBron or their dead grandmother is better than
Kobe. What I care about is the Lakers winning. What I observe about the
teammates of Kobe Bryant is that sometimes they show up and other times
they don't. What has proven successful for the last 3 years is keeping Kobe
as a scoring threat and then watching him facilitate after the defense keys
on him.

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 22, 2011 at 02:26 PM
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I say HELL YES!!

This one is dedicated to Hobbitmage...From TrueFan1947 who passed away last year...I'm sure 888 has metioned him before...

TrueFan1947 (4/22/2010 at 9:29 AM)

cofm, frank, flop, kb, lew

Good Morning! The Lakers are in a good position to do some damage tonight. I'd love a sweep. I cannot imagine trying to shoot the basketball with that huge bandage on my index finger of my shooting hand! Kobe is amazing in his determination and his ability to continue under these types of conditions. We have to applaud his grit, his warrior-like spirit, his steel-tough character. . .but besides that, it boggles my mind that the man can shoot the ball with ANY degree of accuracy at all. He serves as the team's lighthouse, as their beacon, as their example of determination. I read an article not too long ago in which Lamar was interviewed and asked about what it's like being Kobe's teammate. Lamar addressed the subject of injuries when he was asked by the interviewer: "Kobe doesn't like to be asked how he's feeling when he's injured. We've learned not to ask him, because he gets mad at the mention of it." He went on to say that Kobe will NEVER use an injury as an excuse for a poor performance. Extrapolating that attitude out to involve the entire team, it makes for a very strong unity of purpose and a great point of focus for everybody to try their best no matter what. This is a team of which we Los Angeles fans should be extremely proud! We fans are spoiled. Go Lakers! #16 coming UP!

Island Priest - please read my post on 2:55 PM

from ESPN insider: something like NBA and trash - talking

"“Show me a trash-talker, and I’ll show you a winner,” says Player X. “Unless his initials are KG.”

"THERE ISN’T ENOUGH trash-talking in this league, and we’re the worse for it. Players are just too buddy-buddy; a lot of us grew up together in AAU ball and have remained friends. Because of that, the NBA basically looks like the cool-kid clique in high school.

I miss the loud old days. A few decades ago, in the heyday of trash, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and the Knicks couldn’t shut up. Those guys all played with emotion, and that fuels the best trash-talk. It’s no coincidence that some of the best ball ever seen was played during the top trash-talking era.

When players hold their tongues, the league is boring. And we’ve been quiet too long. I blame all the foreign guys. They don’t like confrontation. I don’t know many who can talk trash, or even try. The refs are at fault too. A lot of the T’s you see called are preemptive; refs hear some noise and blow the whistle before it escalates. If you ask me, they’re trying to take the “black” out of the game. Besides Bird, all the great trash-talkers have been black. We were born talking trash. They want to silence us, but that’s like telling a bunny to stop jumping. The bunny can’t help it."

"Trash-talk can go too far fast, though, so there is a code. Off-limit topics: moms, wives, girlfriends, kids. And health. Honestly, I never thought anyone would cross the line to crack on an opponent about a medical condition. But according to Charlie Villanueva, that’s what Kevin Garnett supposedly did earlier this season when he called the Pistons forward a “cancer patient.” Garnett later claimed otherwise, saying he had called Villanueva — who’s hairless because of a skin condition — a “cancerous” player.

I don’t know who’s telling the truth, but I don’t care. Garnett is a punk and a coward. I know, I know. Easy for me to say behind this column. Don’t worry, I’ll tell him to his face, too. And I’m not the only one who thinks that: If you’re not on his team, chances are you hate the guy. You can learn a lot about him by watching his eyes. If he’s talking to you — and he’s always talking — he avoids eye contact. My advice to other guys in the league: Stare him down, and he’ll retreat. From what I’ve seen, he’ll never mix it up with a player who’s bigger than he is. Personally, I think he’s scared to fight — like a playground bully who barks but doesn’t bite.

But I have to admit, the Celtics are the most talkative guys in the league. And that makes sense, because it’s the mark of a championship team. Mouths help you win big games. Ray Allen got mean in Boston, and Paul Pierce will look at you, say, “Stop this,” then drop a J on your head.

The Lakers aren’t as good at it, but the defending champs have an edge over most other teams because Kobe can talk with the best of them while he lights you up and Ron Artest is just weird. One reason he’s a great defender is he’ll get way too close and whisper in your ear.

The things that make all of these guys good talkers — passion, a mean streak — are what also make them great basketball players. Not surprisingly, some of the quietest guys happen to be ringless. Chris Bosh, for one, never says a word. LeBron? Even when he does talk, he’s terrible at it.

Want to get to “The King” and some other prime-time players? Here’s one man’s go-to material: Drop a “you’re riding coattails” on LeBron or remind him he bailed on the Cavs to buy a ring. Mention Dwight Howard’s J — or lack of one; it never fails to piss him off. Call Kobe a fake Jordan. (Just beware you may get posterized for the rest of the game.) Don’t bother with Tim Duncan; dude can’t hear a thing and never gets rattled. But feel free to remind Tony Parker that “Eva is fine”; wives are over the line, but not exes. Tell Pierce his one ring was all luck. Then have one of your bigger guys step to KG. "

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I hope now, the Kobe bashers/haters will have one more reason so dump on him: he is a Champ and also a "trash-talking Champ". but he will kill you slowly with his shot while whispering "sweet nectar" in your ears!

Why not have artest guard cp3

...and Ron Artest is just weird. One reason he’s a great defender is he’ll get way too close and whisper in your ear.

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Ron Ron Ron Ron .........

Thanks
PSP Intern

Great re-post from TrueFan1947, LEWSTRS. You're the man.

And Hobbit: You're absolutely right. Winning is the bottom line. It's the ONLY line. If Kobe scores 40, so be it. If he scores 8, so be it. I want the Lakers to utilize ALL of the weapons they have, because any of these guys can be a game-changer on any given night. Artest = Game 6 vs. Suns. Fisher = Game 3 vs. Celtics. Anyone. Any night.

Go Lake Show!

OK...I hope Pau knows that as a professional basketball player, he is not only supposed to be ready to play, he has to be ready TO WIN!!!

@snake.. Thanks.. Very bad news for a very Good Friday!

Pau's ready....cool.
PJ deferring to Kobe and now being elusive...cool.

@hobbit - well said!

@Lew - good stuff.


@LT – Sounds like Drew is amped for this one.

@Nuggets – No worries like Stevie said.

@Jefe – That Feat was funky indeed.

@MVP – referees…smeferees…I’m with you the Lakers will handle their biz and Pau will bounce back.

@Justa – nice…check out guitar George, he knows all the chords…lol.

@Magia – Pau as the Hero…definitely works for me. C-Walk…ha!

@Mark G – Nice jams…you sure you haven’t started yet?

gastrong and bynum will dominate tonight if kobe gets them the ball. The Priest is second to none in trash talking. Lew you made some good points about Kobe. He is a very determined guy. A 5 time decorated champion and future hall of famer. What? Yall think I hade kobe? Hobbit did you read my earlier post I am fedexing some lolipops for you, sean and eddie as way of an apology. The Priest loves to lay the smack down but not against kids man. Bad Priest bad. Here it is Sean is studying for 8 hours a day after spending 8 hours in high school and the priest gave him a vicious beat down a couple weeks ago. before I get into any debate with anyone on this blog please confirm that you are at least 30.

Snake - Its like the Lakers got the 'UnHoly Trinity' of NBA refs tonight. Salvatorre? You got to be kidding me?

This is how the NBA can possibly control the outcome of the game and then cite "we are not fixing things".

Just send in some refs who hold grudges like Salvatorre does and then watch what happens. Its still no guarantee of the outcome, but it could effect the point spread or make for a closer game than it should be.

I know the Lakers are aware of this and will adjust to Jakes' tendencies accordingly.

Years ago, the story was told that the Lakers were having a bad ref in a key game. Shaq, Kobe were upset so much, they wondered how they could win. Phil adjusted for it and they won the game anyway, inspite of a predjudicial ref. (Think it was a Kings game. Don't ask for my source. I'm too busy to look it up right now)

The Priest is chilling drinking some Baileys on the rocks. I'm getting ready to watch the Knicks and Celtics game. Then I will watch the Lakers game. Can't get better than this. What I am looking for tonight is whether it will be a team game or kobe the ball hog game. Remember la is 9-9 when kobe takes 25+ shots and 15-0 when he takes less that 15. Someone please tell barnes to shave that stupid looking haircut. Cut his hair like Kobe. Jerry Buss doesn't like hair cuts like that.

A few days ago LTLF reminded US that NO is owned by the NBA and is craving for some money.

In that case the series will go at least to 6 games so there are 3 games in NO (considering that LA or NO will win 4-2).

At the same time, let's remember that J Buss is one of the owners that did help to bail out the Hornets. So it can be a 7 games series, so Buss can recuperate some of his money with a 4th game in LA.

What will happen if there is a potential LA/Dallas series? Cuban and Buss were some of the very few who had/(the club) enough money to bail out the Hornets.

If both series go to 7, the Lakers never thought about this outcome and chose the wrong path to the WC Finals. (does not look like Mmphis, OKC, SA and Denver have too much EXTRA income)

Island Priest

You are drinking Baileys?? bwahahaha .... that will be all.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Is it possible to swap Pau for his brother Marc just for this series against the Hornets?

"After the loss, Anthony said Game 2 “was fun,” and he didn’t back off that yesterday even when told Kobe Bryant might not have used those words."

“I’m not Kobe, though,” he said. “I still have fun in those games. We’re on the road, nobody would ever say the Knicks would have a chance to win both games in Boston. I’ll take that. We could have won both of those games. We could have been up 2-0 right now and you probably wouldn’t be asking me that question.”

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Just a difference between Kobe who has fun while killing YOu and LeBron, Howard, Melo who are like "Girls just want to have FUN". (No Pun)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A

Seagrams VO here.

Time for Laker's #2 win of this series and after game '14' on the board in the Lakers locker room!

I'm wearing my purple 2008 MVP shirt tonight!

Fatty- great stuff, still think the Lakers are going to win tonight?

Patron over here my brother NuggetsCountry...

Stored in the freezer...

Shots are smoother than a baby's behind...

I'm wearing my Kobe 24 Road Purple jersey...with a Laker 2000-2002 Champion t-shirt underneath...

Looks like we are both lock and loaded...(well very loaded soon)...lmao

rafanico - You mean like how the Canseco brothers switch for boxing appearances? That idea is just crazy enough to work...

Phoenix - Wild, wild horses and three lousy refs couldn't drag the Lakers away from a victory tonight......

Lewsters, NC - Fatty ain't taken no chances. I'm pulling out my Kobe in the desert AllStar Jersey tonight.

And Laker Tom, be patient, Fatty is going to get your money back from the Lakers lousy game one. Be sure and send me your bank account # so I know where to deposit the money.

I'm with you, Fatty. I don't give a you-know-what about the refs. If the refs change the game, it means the Lakers aren't winning definitively. And I want a definitive win tonight.

Go Lake Show!

The Bulimic 1/2 Empty Glass - You have to admire a killer like Kobe or Hanibal Lecter, who really enjoys his work. Not all of us can follow our passion...

Here are the stats of two brothers:

Pau 18.8 ppg 10.2 rpg 3.0 asst 1 -1 in playoffs '11 2 rings

Marc 11.7 ppg 7.0 rpg 2.5 asst 1-1 in playoff '11 0 rings

Younger Gasol maybe taller by one inch yet without Pau in the recent concluded FIBA tournament, no gold medal for Team Spain. Pau is still the best player.

Hornets have been putting Pau on straight jacket with their hard fouls and further maltreatment. As they moved to Pau, it releases the pressure on the other towers which would be Drew or LO, as such Pau became a sacrificial lamb while the other two are the goats in this series. Before this series ends or in any playoff rounds that Lakers will play, Pau has to be dominant in every game or else it will be a hard fought game all the way.

Some bloggers here may be right on what they perceived on Kobe since they are not really Laker fans but to the die hards - Kobe as a scorer, Kobe as a defender, Kobe is everything ever since he joined this team in 1995. It is a rare opportunity to have a player like Kobe. What I said about Pau Gasol is that Lakers will have a hard time in winning games if Pau is not the dominant player. a Laker team without Kobe would mean a Laker team w/o 5 rings and high winning percentage during the season or a high standing in the playoff seed. He is still the great difference why the Lakers are winners since 2000.

Here's my two cents on Phil's objections to Kobe guarding Paul. 1. Phil wants to show some support for Fish and vote of confidence. 2. Phil has legitimate concerns about Kobe's energy. It was good that the Lakers had a strong supporting cast in Bynum, Odom and the bench to replace Pau not playing well. But Kobe is obviously their top scorer and can't think the stars will align just like that. 3. He wants to show Kobe respect by showing that he deferred to him.

MM, It is hard to believe or take the words of PJ seriously during playoffs or any Finals. Sometimes, he is sending messages to deflect his tactical coaching, no good coach will listen to the words of the Zen Coach. I will bet u, Kobe will guard Chris Paul before the end of the game. What PJ is really saying, he wants to preserve Kobe from getting early fouls and wanted to let Paul keep on guessing what is stored for him throughout the game.

Have no doubts GOOD FRIDAY will be a good Friday in Lakeshowland!!


Let's go get it, Lakers!!

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