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Talking NBA playoffs with Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan

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Photo: Kobe Bryant drives to the basket against the Timberwolves in the first quarter at Staples Center Dec. 11, 2009. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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Now I need valium just to log on to this Laker political oriented blog!

Finally - a purehoops post.........well, so far anyway!

Wow, MM are we going to have a thread per hour on a non-game day. That's just a stretch for your bloggers, you might as well compose thread and blog at the same time. I'm done.


@LAKERMIKE ... LOL. Just pulling on your chain. And I do remember that game. Need we say old school? Like the Spurs tanking an entire season to get Tim Duncan. AB – Finals Co-MVP with KB. Personally, I’ll agree with Mitch’s take that if Drew plays like this and stays healthy, the Lakers would not trade him for “anybody.” And I do believe that “anybody” includes Dwight Howard.
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@LEWSTERS ... What a prodigy. Reminds me of a young Jonny Lang, white suburban kid who plays and sings the blues like a crusty old soul man. You could say the Blues are moving uptown. What are you and Cora planning to do when you’re in NorCal? When is your daughter’s graduation?
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@EDWIN ... Have to disagree with you about Drew being motivated due to the Melo rumors. Per Phil, it was the motivational talk given to the Lakers by George Mumford when the Lakers were in Boston that inspired Drew’s sudden focus on rebounding and defense. It had nothing to do with the rumors.
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@CHICNSTU ... I’m going to the game with Rose (iheartbk24) who had the connection to get us the tickets at face value. I may try and do a Lakers Blog sign to identify us. Going to meet with other Lakers bloggers after game at Barney's Beanery afterwards for anybody interested in joining us. And word is that Drew IS going to play on Sunday as well as Matt Barnes.
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TOM

Laker Tom -

We are all very excited about my daughter graduating Law School. I will be arriving on May 12th. We will hang out in Sac Town on the 13th, and graduation ceremonies are on the 14th, and then SF for the whole day on the 15th, and I will be leaving on the 16th...

You will have a KILLER time at that game...those are PHENOMENAL seats...Same seats that iheart and I had for the Portland Game...

If you bring a sign, make sure it's on something you can fold and carry in your pocket...They will not let you bring in the sign if its cardboard. Also make sure the sign is not to big...If it is to big, and it hinders the view from the fans behind you, they will not let you waive it around...I wouldn't make one more than 3' wide...

How about "Nor Cal in the House" or "Bynumite is a BEAST!!!"...

Since the Portland game was not on national TV, the camera angle didn't support those seats...But if it's national TV, the camera angle will be behind the player shooting free throws, instead of the side angle, when we attended...

It is during this time, that you will have the best chance of getting a shot of you and your sign on TV...from our view, you and iheart will on the left side...

I will be looking out for you!!! Way to represent!!! You guys have fun and be safe...


@LEWSTERS ... You should be proud of your daughter. Nice to now have a family attorney to turn to whenever you need legal advice or help. Looking forward to watching a game and having dinner with you and Cora. Thanks for the advice on the seats. I’m really excited. It will be my first game at Staples since all my games when I lived in LA were at the Forum. And my first playoff game ever.
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My post from the Live Chat with Mike Bresnahan: “The Dwight Howard pimps need to take a reality break. The Lakers are not going to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard because Drew is younger, less expensive, and a perfect fit chemistry wise for the Lakers. Like Mitch said, why would you want to mess that up. If Drew stays healthy and plays like he has been since the all-star break, he will be a Laker for life like Magic and Kobe.” What issue has more lives than dead cat?
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TOM

How can the Hornets beat the Lakers? This guy has a plan. what do you think?

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20110415/OPINION01/110419661?p=1&tc=pg

ABOUT HEAD COACHES !!!
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If you grit your teeth as a Lakers fan when coach Phil Jackson sends Luke Walton into the game, then imagine how most 49ers fans are going to feel when Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers re-sign Alex Smith to a 1-year contract they have waiting for him once the current CBA dispute is over.
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Having suffered 6 frustrating years of disappointment after picking Alex as the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft, Niners fans had thought that they were finally done with Alex, whom they considered to be their albatross at quarterback and whom they heartily booed in last season’s last home game.
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You have to hand it to Jim Harbaugh. The guy is fearless when it comes to expressing his opinion and he has been praising Alex Smith from the first day he met him. Now it appears that he is dead serious about bringing back Alex Smith despite the fans. Here are some of his comments:
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“Jim Harbaugh's continued praise of quarterback Alex Smith goes beyond lip service, according to a report this week. The Sacramento Bee, citing multiple unnamed sources, reported that the 49ers have a one-year offer on the table for Smith whenever the NFL's labor dispute is resolved.
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Harbaugh has said repeatedly he is open to bringing the unrestricted free agent back for a seventh season. The new coach declined to discuss the reported contract offer, citing the NFL labor situation, but Harbaugh reiterated that he believes Smith's best days are ahead of him.
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"He's a tough son of a gun," Harbaugh told the Bee. "I watched four really solid years of every snap the guy took -- getting hit in the pocket, picking himself back up, playing under adversity, fierce competitor. I don't think (booing) will affect the guy."
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Smith has 51 touchdown passes and 53 interceptions since being selected with the No. 1 pick in 2005. A day after the season, he said he was eager to explore the free-agent market.
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Harbaugh dismissed the suggestion that Smith needs a change of scenery after years of mounting criticism.
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Harbaugh told the Bee: "Well, the question is, 'Do you have baby deer skin or skin like an armadillo? That's where the rubber meets the road there.
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"If someone doesn't like me or doesn't cheer loud for me -- is he going to be deep and emotionally scarred by that? I mean, most true competitors, most men like that would take offense to somebody implying that about him.”
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TOM

LakerTom, ask yourself will they admit that the surge was caused bythe rumor. Will Phil say it nor Drew admit it? Think again. However, deep inside there is an effect, similar to Artest improvement in the 2nd half and to any human being who is subject to criticism. What is the motivation of LO being superactive in the last few games? Is it not the 6th man award? Because of ego, nobody will admit it but the conscience at the back of one's head murmurs to the person to do something better as a sense of pride to protect that ego.


JUST LIKE KAREEM, BYNUM KEY TO LAKERS
By Mark Kriegal for Fox Sports
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar-molding-Andrew-Bynum-into-true-big-man-041511
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Excellent article with some great quote about Drew from Kareem. Here is excerpt:
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It’s worth noting that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s most recent project – “On the Shoulders of Giants,” a documentary of the Harlem Renaissance – is about legacy, as his own is woefully ignored.
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This is the year of the little man, or so you’ve been told on the eve of the NBA playoffs. Just about every playoff team - with the exception of the Lakers it seems - has a great-to-very good young point guard: Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Darren Collison, Mike Conley, Jrue Holiday. Next season, add the names Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker.
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But the dearth of big men – by which I mean true centers – is a perennial condition in the NBA. Real centers, classically trained, have long been the league’s most rare and desired commodity. And you wonder: Are they not being born, or are they not being trained? Why, for example, has no one been able to replicate the most efficient shot (shot, not dunk) in the game, Abdul-Jabbar’s signature skyhook?
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Part of it is the singular talent of its inventor, who began working on the move as a fifth-grader at St. Jude’s in New York. But there’s also been a failure to educate. “I don’t think anybody’s tried to teach it,” Abdul-Jabbar says. “Big-man skills are not really being taught to young players across the generations. They learn guard skills: dribbling, facing the basket. The emphasis is on the jump shot. The 3-pointer is very seductive.”
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So are sweeping generalizations like those recently uttered by Shaquille O’Neal, who declared in Sports Illustrated: “The big man has gone. There will be no one ever in the history of the game to do what me and Tim Duncan did.”
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Excuse me. What Shaq and Duncan did? Now he’s piggybacking on Duncan?
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O’Neal was easily the most talented center to come along since Abdul-Jabbar. In fact, as mere physical gifts are concerned, he was probably more talented. But I read stuff like this and I think the all-time NBA leader in points and minutes (and right up there in games played, defensive rebounds and blocked shots too) should sit him down and have a little talk.
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Shaq ,who is 39, has averaged 45 games a season over the past five years. This season, for the Celtics, he played in 37, averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 boards. At the time of Abdul-Jabbar’s 39th birthday, he had just concluded a regular season that saw him average 23.4 points over 79 regular season games. He still had two more championships in him, the fifth and sixth of his career.
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East-West swing
One man has shifted the balance of power in the NBA, Mark Kriegel
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As much as Pat Riley loved and depended on Magic Johnson, I’ll never forget him telling me, “It’s the big man. You need the big man.” In other words, the Lakers dynasty of the ’80s doesn’t happen without Abdul-Jabbar. Their rivals, the Celtics, don’t win without Robert Parrish. Big men, true centers. It’s why Oklahoma City is a better team than Boston since trading for Kendrick Perkins. And it’s why the current Lakers team should win its third consecutive championship as long as Andrew Bynum stays healthy. ...
“When he’s playing well, he’s blocking shots, changing shots, and forcing the other team to rely on perimeter shooting,” says Abdul-Jabbar, who has spent parts of the past six seasons tutoring Bynum. “If you can force a team to rely on perimeter shooting, you have a great chance.”
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In a league now dominated by a new breed of star point guards, the Lakers somehow manage to get by with Derek Fisher, in his 15th season. Sure, on offense, Fisher’s job is simplified by the fact that the ball belongs to Kobe Bryant. But on defense – his real liability against quicker, younger players – Fisher knows there’s a 7-foot, 285-pound answer awaiting his mistakes. It’s not just Fisher, either. It’s Bryant and Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol.
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“Everybody who gets beat, Andrew makes their lives easier,” Abdul-Jabbar says. “He has that ability to cut off the layup and force another pass. … That’s the thing that’s made Andrew become a more effective player – recognizing what needs to be done on defense.”
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At 23, Bynum is already in his sixth season in the NBA. But he was drafted after only two incomplete seasons of high school ball. “It’s pretty amazing, really,” Abdul-Jabbar says. “He had to learn everything, the entire pro game at both ends of the court. A lot of young guys get drafted and figure: ‘I made it. I don’t have to do anything.’ Andrew realized he had things to learn, and that I could help him.”
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You pretty much know what you’re going to get out of Bryant, Gasol and Odom over the course of the playoffs. So Los Angeles goes as Bynum goes. He spent the first part of the season recovering from knee surgery (what else is new?), but as he asserted himself the Lakers again became the best team in the league. They went on a 17-1 tear after the All-Star break, at which time Bynum was averaging 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. According to STATS LLC, those 18 games saw him average 2.5 blocks, 12 rebounds and 12 points while shooting 63 percent from the field.
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Those are the kind of numbers upon which legacies are built.
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Bynum could end up with more rings than Shaquille. If only Kareem could mentor his knees
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TOM


@EDWIN ... I understand what you are saying but you need to go back and read what Phil said, which is that he talked to Drew about the rumors and told him not to worry. He as well as Drew have both specifically referred to George Mumford’s speech in Boston as the turning point when it all came together in Drew’s mind and he started his campaign to dominate on defense and the boards. Any chance you will be able to make it near Staples after the game Sunday. Love to finally meet in person.
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TOM

@Art – nice predictions.

@ChicNStu – Congrats on the Friedman.

@Fatty – funny stuff you posted on how NO can beat the Lakers. I hope the Hornets coaching staff are reading (not the article, but your recommendations)

Lew,
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you today. It’s been kind of hectic, but I’m having a great day also.

I was definite feeling your first set. Petty’s “You Don’t Know” is a great cruising record…One Headlight is rocks and the Wilbury’s speak for themselves!

I also loved reading about the guitar prodigy. God has truly blessed young Tallan with some incredible skills. I’ll be looking out for him. Thanks for posting it.

Since you, Jefe & mclyne are rolling with “Guitar Heroes”, I’ll check in with another that was a child prodigy who was touring with the Allman Brothers when he was 12. Of course, he comes from some great genes…his uncle is Butch Trucks.

Derek Trucks - Rockin Horse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FlOJXL4j6k&feature=related


@jefe – loved the Stevie
@mclyne – Jack & Dan…yes sir!

LakerTom

Let's see if that's possible, I have been bugging my son to get me tickets for the first game and he seems to be not interested with NO. If we are not going to the games then they will come by to visit us watch the game at our place while we also do some Sunday grannies hide and seek.

I know LT on what you're saying too based on evidence on what PJ said about Mumford, you read a lot of articles, read PJ's book, read Tex Winter on what he said on the past Bulls game and believe on BSPN & so forth. By this time, you know how to read PJ at the middle of his spectacle. Do you really believe every word that comes out from PJ's mouth? This guy is a baby boomer like us and he faced these young eager beaver reporters who are hungry for news, do you really get an honest answer from this Zen Coach? Not even a confession to priest nor a lie detector test could make PJ hint his true feelings on the situation. Will he say, "Drew was motivated by the trade rumors, I kept on reminding him his importance of being a Laker" ? C'mon, LT shed that sheep's clothing with the brand of Bynum once in a while. Analyze the situation like a free thinking boomer-retiree not with a tunnel vision of an employee loyal to the employer. haha! Anyhow, enjoy the ball game and don't get into trouble in the parking lot by wearin' a Yankee hat. lol again!


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