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Lakers bench has a critical role in semifinals series against Dallas

61094395On more than one occasion, Lakers forward Matt Barnes bit his tongue.

He bit it when reporters revisited Barnes' episode with Mavericks guard Jason Terry, whose push on Lakers guard Steve Blake on March 31 sparked Barnes to push him back, earn an ejection and ultimately a one-game suspension. He bit it when reflecting on his time with Golden State in 2007 when the Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in the first round as an eighth-seeded team. And he bit it when suggested he personally deliver one of his company T-shirts that reads "Matt Barnes Will Kill You ... If Ron Artest Doesn't First" to Terry himself.

"You guys are trying to get me started," Barnes said with a smile. "I can't do that yet."

Save that for on the court when the Lakers play Game 1 on Monday in their Western Conference semifinal series against Dallas. Save it for the stands at Staples Center where Barnes hopes plenty of Lakers fans wear his T-Shirts sold by Elusion Clothing. And save that perhaps when the Lakers hope they secure a third consecutive NBA championship. But for now, all the intrigue surrounding Barnes and Terry will have to rest with the media, or at least until competition sparks the two to further the animosity even more.

There's plenty more reasons, however, why there's attention surrounding Barnes and Terry. The play of each reserve unit will prove to be a significant factor in the playoff series.

"Their bench is No. 1 in scoring in the league," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said of Dallas' reserve unit. "I don't know if that means they're deeper, but they have a lot of depth on that team."

60085560-1The Mavericks' depth covers plenty of ground. Terry, who finished a distant second behind Lakers forward Lamar Odom for sixth man of the year, enjoys more dependable options than Odom has. Terry's 15.8 points and 4.1 assists per game in the regular season ballooned to a 17.3 points per game clip in the Mavericks' first-round series against Portland, including a 21-points-per-game average in the last four contests. Dallas forward Peja Stojakovic (9.5 points per game), who ranks fourth on the NBA's all-time three-point list, went through a streaky eight-of-21 clip through five games against Portland, but his 21-point effort and career playoff-tying-high five three-pointers in Game 2 proved largely instrumental in Dallas' victory. Point guard J.J. Barea (5.2 ppg, 2.5 apg) and 7-foot center Brendan Haywood (2.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg) round out a solid unit that easily outscored Portland's reserves, 207-125.

The Lakers offered plenty of ways for how to stop that threat, making it sound like a laundry list of basketball fundamentals.

Kobe Bryant: "Just for them to play well and stay within our offense and create some turnovers and get out in transition. Those are things they're really good at."

Jackson: "They're going to have to play defense. Their activity in their defense has been good in this series after the first game or two."

Odom: "Our mind-set doesn't change; share the basketball, play hard, play defense, execute, try to lock down and get as much production from everyone that we can possibly get."

That sounds simple enough, but it remains uncertain whether the Lakers' bench is capable of filling that job description. Odom won his sixth man of the year award by playing at a consistent rate in the regular season, but that didn't translate to the playoffs in their first-round series against New Orleans where he grabbed one rebound in Game 1, went one-of-seven in Game 4 and four-of-12 in Game 5. Barnes hasn't appeared as consistently aggressive as he once was since suffering a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in early January. Blake, who missed Game 1 because of the chicken pox, has been uneven in his streaky shooting and strong ability to run the offense. And Lakers guard Shannon Brown hasn't had a consistent outside shot since a sizzling first month of the season where his 48% mark nowhere near reflects his season-wide average of 39.4% shooting.

That doesn't mean the Lakers' reserves haven't made noise. They outscored and outrebounded the Hornets' bench in every game the Lakers won. Their runs in Game 2 and Game 5 proved significant in setting the tone. And Odom can consistently fit in any role. Jackson revealed his lack of trust in the reserves, however, by having his starters play in the final minutes of Game 6 despite the team nursing a double-digit lead.

"Shannon and I talked about that," Barnes said. "We thought we had it handled. We thought we had the rest of the game."

But they didn't. Given the depth and danger the Mavericks bench presents, it's even less likely Jackson will afford the Lakers' reserves more trust. With plenty at stake, such as on-court trash talk, T-shirt sales and game results, they will soon find out whether they're capable of managing the large responsibility.

--Mark Medina

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Top photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes blocks a shot by New Orleans power forward Carl Landry, though a blocking foul was called on Lakers forward Lamar Odom, during Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 22, 2011

Bottom photo: Lakers guard Steve Blake looks to cut off a drive by Mavericks guard Jason Terry in the first half of a regular season game on March 12, 2011. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire / March 12, 2011

 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM!!!

Be happy, be merry and drink as much as you can today =)

Time for LO and the killer B's to take their game up a notch.

@MM - can you ask Ron about his thoughts on coach Carlisle and his relationship with him?

@jordan – congrats on the Friedman. I was with you on just about everything except D. Stevenson being a shooter :-)

@art – Thanks for the predictions. We have the same picks from here on out except I picked Miami instead of Chicago. I hope you’re because I want Miami to go down asap.

@MVP – I enjoy your posts on NBA historical trends and trends involving Phil. The back and forth between you and Bay to LA was a good read and today’s dialogue with hobbit has also been very good. I didn’t chime in because I thought each one of you did a very good job of presenting and supporting your views. Good stuff. Keep it coming.


@hobbit - what are your predictions for the rest of the playoffs? Inquiring minds want to know.

@PSP - Hello
Police here, and a happy sunday to you too.
What if Rudy Gay was healthy? Do you think Memphis would be better or worse? Hard to say especially since they are playing really well right now.
Posted by: Practice Season Police | May 01, 2011 at 01:12 PM
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PSP,

Good question. Obvious losing a talent like Rudy is a tough blow. But his absence forces the Grizz to make Z-Bo option 1 and 1a, which is a good thing. It also opened up more scoring opportunities for Sam Young and he’s taken advantage. Lastly, Memphis wouldn’t have acquired Battier if Rudy was healthy. Memphis is playing excellent ball right now, but I still think they would be even more dangerous with Gay.

And congrats to Zach Randolph as well - long maligned, he's showing that he can be the go to guy for a team. Back before the Pau trade, when the Lakers were fishing for one more good player, and when Portland was trying to dump off any players that had a "bad attitude rep", I had suggested trading for Z-bo. Might not have been quite as good as Pau has been for the team, but heck, they might have pulled off a couple of rings with Zach instead of Pau (and ironically, they might still have Marc Gasol on the roster as well - front line of Bynum + Randolph + Odom + Marc Gasol = wow!)

Posted by: Long Time Laker Fan | May 01, 2011 at 01:53 PM
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LTLF,

That would be a very formidable front line, but if that was the case Buss probably wouldn’t re-upped with LO. And if they would’ve re-signed Lamar, then either Zac or Marc probably wouldn’t get extended. But that is certainly something to think about!

@iheartkb24 - Thanks a lot for your nice words!
@LRob - I didn't speak with Ron but I will make sure to do an item on that for Game 2

Happy Birthday Mark! Have a good one and feel free to ignore us for a bit. No game today anyway...

I hope everybody keep reminding the Laker bench players how strong the Mavericks bench are. Odom and Killer B's will rise for the occasion. I can just sense that Barnes and Blake will have a big breakout series.

Bin Laden has been snuffed out like the worthless pile of crap he is! Now can we infuse some of the war budget into OUR COUNTRY??

Thanks
PSP Officer

Osama bin Laden is dead!

My gosh. Bin Laden killed by US Special Forces. They have the body.

Wow. Finally.

What a gift for MM!

This is huge news not only for America, but really for global security.

Let the peace bells toll!

Wes

Great, can we get our civil rights back now?

Well all I can say is that I'm glad I'm driving to Nor Cal, instead of flying, which was the original plan...

I'm sure Homeland Security will be on top alert...but you know Al Qaeda will be planning retributions...

How do you fight someone whose religion says killing Americans is good, and a way to get to heaven...

I was in the Air Force (non-combat role) for 4 years so I'd like to salute all the service men and women who toiled towards this for 10 years...

Another terrorist bites the dust!

Yep. A small team of US Special forces--on Obama's instruction--went in and got Bin Laden. What a great day. There are stories of groups of firemen and singing in the NY.

Wes

Wade's block thru screen play on Pierce was similar to what Jermaine Oneal did to Lebron in regular season. Only this time no flagrant for Wade unlike Jermaine.
Pierce was understandably pissed off and the refs totally ignored that flagrant act. Wade literally jumped in the air at full speed barrelling into Paul Pierce.
Sometimes I just hate what goes on in a game, but the Celtics started the dirty play many years ago. Some times you reap what you sow.
Anyone who doesn't think that the NBA refs don't influence the outcome of games are naive.

DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD...THE WICKED WITH IS DEAD...

Great post Troll Man...

MM - Happy Birthday
Lew - Lakers in 5

When will the "Obama Got Osama" t-shirts be coming out?

Civil rights and putting money into our own country?

I'm seriously IMPRESSED by savvy comments by fellow Laker fans. While it certainly feels good (as in "finally!") a little perspective sure is nice.

Anyhow, time to vanquish enemies... Mavs, Grizz (or OKC) and the the Cheat (or Bulls) - then I'll truly be happy

Go get 'em guys!

You have to wonder if Zaza Pachulia played hide and seek, if it would take 10 years to find him.

Way to go Prez Obama. The world is a bit safer with the execution of bin laden. Obama promised to hunt down this murderer whereever he was and it was not rhetoric.

MM - Happy Birthday my man ! I hope you have a great time.Let this day be a sign of wonderful things to come ....including everything you have ever dreamed of and more.Have fun

Osama Bin Laden's elusiveness immediately reminded me of a skit from Monty Python's Flying Circus which I saw more than 25 years ago. You will love this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycb9_Y_gJ-g

Celts looked slow and the Cheat didnt look all that great. I bet Celts win next one.
Happy Birthday MM, nice gift! bin Laden on a cold slab!
God bless America, chalk up one for the good guys.

I was thinking about basketball and about the upstart Grizzlies in particular when the news came on about Bin Laden, and like so many others, became glued to the screen... just tranfixed by the reports and footage of growing crowds. It becomes one of those big news moments that feels both immediate and of memory.

God Bless America!!!!

I'm so glad this is over.

A new era begins.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"""God Bless America!!!!
I'm so glad this is over.
A new era begins.
What do we play for? RINGS!!!!
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
GO LAKERS!!!
Posted by: Jon K. | May 01, 2011 at 11:25"""

Unless you speaking change of
American only basketball champion, it is best not get too much excited.
As well, my family glad to Usama is now to fishes in the sea, dead man now.
Usama bring to much disgrace to loving people of the Kingdom,
but don’t be silly and not smart fool. Usama is symbol only. Maybe you drinking too much american whiskey.

"""Well all I can say is that I'm glad I'm driving to Nor Cal, instead of flying, which was the original plan...
I'm sure Homeland Security will be on top alert...but you know Al Qaeda will be planning retributions...
How do you fight someone whose religion says killing Americans is good, and a way to get to heaven...
Posted by: LEWSTRS | May 01, 2011 at 08:26 PM"""

I like American basketballs and American Laker team in Los Angeles.
They are good team who win many champions.
I like Laker blog read only, never write to here but I think now good time because Times favor Christian against Islam.
Medinas say he goes Easter church and Belfast make joke about Kobe walk with Jesus and then removed from blog????? Where is comment? Funny one to some Christians to I thank! I read to much and he say and others say not too bad like people say to Belfast. Why others allowed Belfast and others no like Lakers gone? Not same as american thanking.

Sorry about English is not to good. 4 language. Please answer question.Go Paul!

Dr. Mohammed bin Mohammed

"""How do you fight someone whose religion says killing Americans is good, and a way to get to heaven...
Posted by: LEWSTRS | May 01, 2011 at 08:26 PM"""

I’m thanking my comment is not clearly enough.
I DO NOT want Lewster comment deleted same you did Belfast.
He likes Laker team is so good.
Lewestr words are perfect, example why problem everywhere.
Americans very smart but not to smart sometime when
open mouth not education about religion also why Medinas angy.
God bless america please hoping get smarter.
I have no more to say thankyou and loving american basketball playoff.

Dr. Mohammed bin Mohammed

Go Paul!

Dr. Mohammed bin Mohammed

Posted by: Dr Mohammed bin Mohammed | May 02, 2011 at 03:11 AM
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Wow! I do admire the Lakers so much.

They have fans scattered in Afghanistan too! Now that's global. Just joking.

Sonnybelfast, is it you!!! "Go Paul!"?? More like "Go Kings!"... Even the signature(writing name after every comment) is so Sonnybreakfast, i mean belslow, i mean belfats. So, how's the banishment? By the way, the blog has never been happier/ more peaceful since you were extinguished! Hope you'll go away after this.

Go Sacramento Kings of volleyball!

Slick

"Got Osama?" shirts should sell like hotcakes... I'd like to get one!

So was it Charlie Sheen and his SEALS team that did the 'Osama Mission'...

Is Dr. Mohammed bin Mohammed saying that Al Qaeda are Laker Fans...

Go Charlie
Go USA
Go Lakers

The Lakers' bench has a vital role to play.Previously, I have made numerous comments about this problem and the management has promoted the bench's role during the summer when the addition of Blake,Barnes and Ratliff were signed . The acquisition of Joe Smith and the rookies Ebanks and Caracter should provide the help needed to give the starters relief. Can the Lakers' bench step up and give the boost the team needs. This team has much to prove and demonstrate that this team is a champion. Memphis,Miami, Boston or Dallas could be in the championship circle of events. Lakers show us all that this team is the real champion. Let's play ball the way I know this team can.

"""How do you fight someone whose religion says killing Americans is good, and a way to get to heaven...
Posted by: LEWSTRS | May 01, 2011 at 08:26 PM"""

Which religion says killing americans good thing?

Do you speak of Islam?I don't think L.A. Times Laker Blog Medinas agree with you. Maybe. Could be sad. Do you speak of Islam? Please answer.

Dr. Mohammed bin Mohammed


What Marc Gasol did to Kendrick Perkins is what we'll all do if someone bullies our brother.

Perkins got served. So, STFU turtlehead!

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

YES!!!!!!!!

LAKERS GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Game 1 prediction:

LAKERS WIN BY 10 or MORE. It will be a rout!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Haven't posted for a long time. Hope my man Kiwi is still around. Getting sick of all these articles on la times site praising Bynum and trying to kick down Shaq a peg. Why don't you leave an old man alone. He brought lakers 3 championships and was bitter of being shipped out as an old horse against a young horse Bryant, even though he was the one who carried the franchise, despite all the revisionist history. Anybody would be bitter in such a situation. From basketball point of view, Bynum will never even be in the same conversation like guys such as Shaq, Olajuwon, Russel, Chamberlain. Even if he remains healthy throughout his career, he will have hard time achieving David Robinson' peak production years (PER more than 30 compared to Bynum's 20-21). So it's a mirage and a Hollywood hype as much as this version of the lakers being an all time great team. It is the best team money can buy, but that's it.

I used to be a Laker fan, but not any more. The three-peat of 2000's was great because you never new if the Lakers would win it because besides Shaq and Kobe they were often in disadvantage in other positions. Nor was their payroll the highest. And they didn't come off as arrogant and smug from the owner down to coach and players as today. Therefore, heroic performances were required to bring the lakers back from doom (vs Portland and Sacrmento) Today, other than point guard position, all other aspects are in laker favor (best and highest paid players, best coach, highest payroll, fewest fouls called against them etc.) It's always news if the lakers don't win, because they should with all their talent level, arrogance and payroll. That's why after having watched the first game between miami and boston, I'm glad that there is one team in miami heat who will bring this frontrunner team down to earth. You have to beat fire with fire. If no injuries happen between now and then, I do not see lakers beating miami with home court advantage and the star calls not going their way this time around. It could only happen, if Kobe completely changed his game around and became a facilitator and a footnote in the series to feed gasol, bynum and odom. But you know as well as I do that this will never happen. Not on the biggest of stages. Not against James and Wade. Not when his legacy is at stake in his own mind, even though, some 10 years from now, people will wonder how could a guard who never reached peak efficiencies of Jordan, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Chris Paul and even Tracy McGrady be considered as an all time great. A guard who, for all his accomplishments, is also known as the guy who single handedly shot down Lakers’ championships hopes in Pistons series by refusing to pass the ball to Shaq who had an all time great series. A guard who made a point to his own team by not shooting in the second half of the closeout playoff game. A guard who goes after his teammates after a loss despite his own pitiful performances (For all his shortcomings, Shaq always accepted that respectability relied on his shoulders as a leader of the team) A guard who in any other team would have never had such a free pass to shoot no matter what's the result (If you think for a second that if Jordan, James, Wade or any other great perimeter player in the history of the game just chucked away like Kobe did, they would not get 81 points with less shots, more rebounds and assists, then you don't really know basketball)

It's a perfect storm for Kobe that he could force himself to be traded to Lakers by refusing to play for the Hornets (and now James is vilified for changing teams in completely legitimate way), that Buss fell love with him despite his flaws to an extent to ship out the player who was responsible of turning the Lakers around (Kobe being a sideshow at that point) Only in Hollywood. That's why Jordan would only rate Kobe as top 10 guard and not a top 10 player. Before you raucously disagree, ask yourself this. If Kobe was in any other team that had to start to rebuild from 0 and couldn't buy up talent as Lakers have in Jackson, Odom, Gasol, Artest etc., could Kobe even reach the finals like Shaq, Lebron, Dwight or many others did with vastly less talent and inexperienced/worse coaches. I honestly don't think so.

That is why, even though I don't like Heat and prefer a team ball, I would be happy when this Laker version will be taken down in the finals and the myth will be busted. Save for injuries, new CBA will guarantee that no more can money and arrogance buy championships like the Lakers have in recent years. I used to like Phil Jackson and admire the fearlessness of Kobe Bryant (especially in the San Antonio series back in 2001) but not any more. These two could not retire soon enough for me. The NBA will have a breath of fresh air. I would rather see James who had to go through crappy teams in Cleveland and who has the share first attitude to bask in glory than any more to be added to the fatally flawed altar that is the one laid in front of Kobe Bryant by media. That is all. I hope my message gets posted because I post only once every couple of years or so and I'm not doing it to agitate anybody. It is just my honest opinion and we have a freedom of speech after all.
Best,
Vaasa

Good morning Lakers fam!

Great day for the USA and our military supporting our FREEDOMS.

Playoff game day and PLG is ready for the Mavs!
I am expecting a great series as it seems like the positional match-ups are pretty close except for our charm - KOBE!

GO LAKERS - round 2!

Cheers all - PLG

Wow another Kobe haters on the house.Listen clowns your heat won't win a thing as long as Lakers are all healthy so stop the hate and just enjoy watching the greatest show on earth and soon to be the greatest player of all time...

Posted by: Vaasa | May 02, 2011 at 07:03 AM


Hey Lebron! No practice today, huh?

Loser.

Breaking news, Obama just announced Osama Bin Laden is dead.
In related news, Chuck Norris just returned from a vacation to Pakistan.

they say cause of death was a bullet to osama's left eye. my bet is a roundhouse kick in between the eyes that ultimately killed osama BEEN laden.

checking in for eventual role call. lakers in 5.

Which religion says killing americans good thing?

Posted by: Dr Mohammed bin Mohammed | May 02, 2011 at 06:28 AM
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You want an answer Dr Mohammed- belfast?

***FACT***

The following statement from Usama(or Osama) bin Laden and his associates purports to be a religious ruling (fatwa) requiring the killing of Americans, both civilian and military.

"On that basis, and in compliance with Allah's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims:

............The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah......."

Full script here: http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/980223-fatwa.htm

PS: Not only they rule to kill Americans but also to kill all their allies.

And Kobe's injury drama was really disgusting. How could a man who could not walk without a walking boot dunk like he did. As a tennis player, I've had much less severe injuries not requiring a walking boot, but could not even think of returning to the court, modern medicine or not. Paul Pierce is ridiculed on this site for being carried away in a wheelchair. What should we call Kobe now. Immortal Kobe, Invincible Kobe, Miracle Kobe, or Drama Queen Kobe, The Walking Boot Kobe, The Fake Artist Kobe, The King of Deception, The Master of Public Image, Mr Incredible "kick him down 10 times but still coming back at you" one and only, your Kobe Bryant... Only in Hollywood...

Having said that, GO Lakers!

Posted by: Vaasa | May 02, 2011 at 07:50 AM


Troll,

You guys show your true color very very soon. lol!

It's a great day for America. USA! USA! USA!

Go Lakers!
Go President Obama!

Troll,

You guys show your true color very very soon. lol!

Posted by: Slick | May 02, 2011 at 08:01 AM

You can call me whatever you want, I just don't like this Laker team and the aura around it. What can I do, anyway you cut it, most of the aspects of this team rubs me the wrong way. Sure, they are a great team, and Kobe is a great player, but there are all these other things, some of which I wrote about in my post, that will never get me around to like edition of Lakers. Even Rome was taken down one day. So this Laker team will be no more one day and will be replaced with a more likable one. Or maybe not... Maybe all the champions have to be arrogant, smug, and despite of their glory, beat down the other guys (like Kobe did to Shaq last year, or refusing to recognize the greatness of Lebron, Wade etc.) All time greats like Roger Federer, Tim Duncan, David Robinson etc. are pleasant exceptions to the rule lol!

Pau Gasol is also a pleasant exception to the rule and one of the only likable guys on the team. lol!

"""You want an answer Dr Mohammed- belfast?

***FACT***

The following statement from Usama(or Osama) bin Laden and his associates purports to be a religious ruling (fatwa) requiring the killing of Americans, both civilian and military.

"On that basis, and in compliance with Allah's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims:

............The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah......."

Full script here: http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/980223-fatwa.htm

PS: Not only they rule to kill Americans but also to kill all their allies.

Posted by: Slick | May 02, 2011 at 07:49 AM"""

Mr. Slick,

If you wish to place with Mr. Belfast, I consider it honor.
Before, I only ready about Kobe Bryant and Paul.
I now see problem with small minds here.

My family read these statement in you rlink.

I think you agree with Lewster? Yes?

"""How do you fight someone whose religion says killing Americans is good, and a way to get to heaven...
Posted by: LEWSTRS | May 01, 2011 at 08:26 PM"""

Yes? You agree same Lewster Muslims religion says kill Americans?? what leswter say? You agree?

I'm now hate you basketball.

As Belfast say, "GO DIRT' from Texis team!

Dr. Mohammed bin Mohammed

interesting times we live in the the level of panic among kobe haters is such that kobe is is accused of creating drama about his ankle, even when he himself is dismissive of it and doesn't want to talk about it

interesting times we live in the the level of panic among kobe haters is such that kobe is is accused of creating drama about his ankle, even when he himself is dismissive of it and doesn't want to talk about it

Posted by: lance from da' bronx | May 02, 2011 at 08:18 AM
In the grand scheme of things, all this stuff is trivial, compared with the death of Bin Laden, the state of economy etc. lol

It's very weird, if you do not like somebody's manners and play on the court (because I don't no Kobe off the court), you are called a hater. If you cannot criticize somebody, without being called a hater. So most of you are Lebron, Wade, Pierce, KG, Rondo, Shaq, Celtics Heat haters by this definition because, for sure, you do not like them.

I'm not here to tease you. I think it is the best basketball blog that there is and I used to be Lakers' fan. I like a team basketball and for me, the Lakers just are not it. Too much other stuff going on. I would like the NBA to return to the old glory days of Magic and Bird, where team mattered. Before Jordan and Kobe (and, to an extent, Wade and Lebron and even Durant) hijacked the NBA to their personal glory. This is not their fault. It is just the kind of rules and hero ball that fills the seats and brings in the money these days. That's why there are the rule changes (no hand-check etc.) facilitating the one man shows of perimeter players. To be honest, I like the team first attitude of the Celtics, even though the antics of KG, Rondo and Pierce does not appeal to me. But they are too old to make any noise this year. So hopefully the Heat will take down the Lakers, i.e. one star (calls and subsequent TV ratings) driven team taking down another one. lol!

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2Phatt – Let the party begin, "and so it is"- "UN-LEASE THE KRAKEN"
WesJoeNixcon – Shaolin Monk – Trainer of IP Man
lance from da' bronx - so please remember what we got here and to supportive of our sisters and brothers in this our nation.
MS – The Tune Master
Zach - From San Diego Chapter
Jefe101 – 17th Parade Director
Staples24 – Director of Trades
Nemaia Faletogo - Tropical Zen Master
LAKER TRUTH - Abe in Purple and Gold
Humanomaly - Trekkie and proud of it
htj - Former Ciscos hired gun...
puddle - 550 Celtics dollars richer
hobbitmage - my response: Lakers Rule
yellowfever - symptoms-turning purple and gold
mclyne - bus roof surfer(you know, like in the movie "Teen Wolf")
Long Time Laker Fan - Luke...I am your Father...
iheartkb24 - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart
Edwin Gueco - We don't need to pour more points but just enough for victory, reserve that energy in the playoffs" --
Hugo Boss - Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!
VMan - 'V' for Victory!
frmkt - GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
G in DC(aka GDUB) - Let's go Ls...all the way to 3-peat!!!!!
JohnnyV - justa smooch winner
Otis- Drunk and in jail...
Tom Daniels - Wise Man = Laker Wisdom
longtimelakerlover - Laker Girl for life
brian - Ebanks will be an All Star
Art - FL Lakers Fan - Florida Chapter
Rocky - San Diego Chapter
KB Blitz - Walking Encylopedia
bronxlakerfan - Purple and Gold with Pinstripes...
ChicNstu - Blue Plate Special
LakerFanInCowTown - Behind enemy lines...
The Triangulator - "Other Teams may River Dance, the Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm."
mud - Analysis Technician
CornerJ - From the corner...automatic...
Fatty - THE DEFENSE BEGIN, ANOTHER TITLE TO WIN
LakerMike - Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty..
pfunk36 - Just get Kobe the ball!!!
dave m - 'm' stands for MONEY...Lakers 3Peat
London Laker - my girlfriend and I just watched our first Laker game...she hates paul peirce now :p, she doesnt know who he is but she hates him
VirginiaLakerFan - Go Lakers--all the way to 17 & a 3-Peat.
Lakers Por Vida - Livin' La Vida Loca
Jolly Rancher - Lamar's favorite baybee...
AndTheJellosJigglin - Chick's legacy lives on!
Laker J - LET THE (NEXT) JOURNEY BEGIN!
Don't Blame Del Harris! - I haven't been this excited for a new season since the summer of '96! Woot-woot!
Allnet - Like in "swish"...
The Outlaw - Wanted Dead or Alive
htj - "I'll take our best two vs.their best two, any day and twice on Sunday."
Kobe81pts - "absolutely don't ever want LBJ, the big spoiled brat to play for the Lakers....NEVER!!!!"
LakersWorld - Global Warming
Let's Go L's! - Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! Peace.
JustASouthCalFan - Laker fan for 28 years...
TNTLakerFan - It's time to proceed on the quest for the 3peat!
longtimelakerlover - GO LAKERS!!!!!!!KILL HOUSTON!!!!
wildone - This could be the greatest Laker season ever...
Larry of LA - Really psyched about the season...
WintonDupree - Let's get this Three-peat 2.0 party started!!!!
Kobefan in Cupertino - Oh yeah baby...... we're BAAAACCKKKKKKK
Jeanette - "I love Ron so MUCH..."
OCisMambaCounty - 1, 2, 3, RING!!!
Purple & Gold Reign - Thy Kingdom Come...We get another One!
OneLakerNation - Is there any other?
Jackie Robinson - G-d bless the Lakers!
srafrank - The most interesting man...
Lakerman420 - "I need to post"
D(erek)J(eter) - Lakers will hold up my Yankees...
Art - FL Laker Fan - Covert opps deep behind enemy lines...
DC Mamba - Can't wait for the Ring Ceremony!
traveling laker - All roads lead to Staples...
qs - i think it's just right that i start the season right...let me in that bus. =)
LakerSunshine - ShineS as bright as Laker Bling...
Magia32 - Glad we didn't go for Bosh
Laker Kev - serving up baguettes and eclairs on the glorious Laker bus
Kobeayashimarue - Oh, by the way, is it to late to jump onto the buss...LOL?
alberto esmeralda - No. 1 in the regular season is overrated.
Angelica - Kobe is the greatest LAKER and one he will be the greatest of all time. Nobody can touch Kobe.
alekesam - And LO better get sixth man this year.
YRM - NBA effectively set up what happened with Kobe tonight in Utah...now that everyone knows it's open season on L.A.
soshibo - Tex Winter in the HOF...about time!
Annanotherthing - can't we all just show a little more love?
Lakerholic - Go Killer B's...Go Lakers...I am a Lakerholic...
JovBATZ24 - LAKERS ALL DAY!!!
E! - At least Kobe is the MVP financially! And Phil as MVCoach financially.
Laker Fan in Seattle - As long as Bynum is healthy and Lamar is putting up 15 points a game, 3 peat sounds ensuring.
rossdogg76 - LAKESHOW BABY! ALL UP IN YOU!
Doug from ME - The Lakers are the freakin' Borg! Resistance is futile!
Oregon Wade - Ah yes. Life is good...
NuggetsCountry - Kobe's 81 brought tears to my eyes to watch it live.
Stockton Showtime - We're only gonna be in Texas for two games, just long enough to install some steer horns on the hood. I'm on the bus with a broom.
Jack Bauer - Kobe and co. will be OK. Go Lakers!
DOC4DaLakeShow - Lets count your nugget titles...done...go away
desertlaker - 2nd seed in the west is a good draw. Go Lakers
dan the man - The fact that Kobe isn't the runaway favorite for M.V.P. is a disgrace to basketball.
Lakersfan91 - LETS GOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
96ws6lsx - I don't understand why people call lebron James a king... Kings have rings.
NBA4ever - We already have seen we can win with a limited Bynum, but we can’t without Gasol.
Dave Weinstein - Come on Lakers - it's the homestretch - now go kick ass!!!!!
Lakeshowinphx - memo to L.O., stop hurting your teammates and block out when the game is on the LINE!
billy in slo - Like Kobe said, we are right where we want to be.
OCLEZY - I can exhale now wooo;sigh of relieve. The boys are alright now. Go Lakers!
Bako Laker Fan - I hope to see this blog in postseason form soon so I can get my needed Lakers fix while toiling away at work.
Steve - We play for rings not regular season rewards... the MVP award is a joke and a curse.
Ganapia - Like a friend says, I don’t know where is the limit but I know where is not!! GO LAKERS!!!!
Lake Show - The check is in the mail...
Jordan - LAKERS WILL BE READY COME PLAYOFF TIME.
michael H - Pau and Drew are usually more involved in the offense. We have to get back to that.
Joe_Corad - If you don't like Kobe, just come out and say it without mentioning Jordan.
Ludgwig - this is America after all, not Lybia --
willie charger - I hope Trey makes it in the NBA.
rickbrad - Simple. FEED THE BEAST the beast has risen LONG LIVE THE BEAST
Shivalingam Ramanatham - basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."
Lakerlady - Let's go get it, Lakers!!
millie - Good win tonight!!! You can't spell LouisianA wthout an LA..!!!!!!!!!
PNoy News - shaq will shut his mouth after kobe surpass him on scoring list.
Lonestar - Lakers look like the team to beat this post season.
lakers_coop - I would love to meet the Boston one last time in the finals and beat them for # 17.
Ruud van Nistelrooy - He must be one of the most pathetic souls on the planet - calling out the team's/league's best player who has delivered us to the promised land time and time again.
Benjamin - And SA, wow, major oops. Ginobli couldn't flop his way out of that one.
Mikey - The trick is to pickup one or two potential franchise players at the start of their careers rather than to try to buy a championship right out of the box, like say this years Knicks or Heat.
Cornell - Kobe is a warrior. He knows if he can play or not.
teamn - I always expect the best from the Lakers, so here's to the threepeat!
Diandra - Derek Fisher was playing like he was 30, Kobe like he was 25 and Pau Gasol was playing like it was last season. Has the "switch" finally been switched?
Jesterguru - Closeouts are our specialty. Eat it, Nawlins! #17, here we come.
InDaFridge - Now, go out there and WIN GAME ONE. And have fun while watchin' Mark Cuban COME UNDONE!
Lakergurl - This has to shut up all those Derek Fisher bashers. Straight from CP3 himself; one of the elite if not the best point guard now. Yeah Fish!!!
sbfern - Regular season games dont mean anything. That being said Lakers 3 pete!!!
VtLaker - Hooter Girls...yeah yeah okay I'm on board
HBMatt - LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions
blusky - Do they have an answer for Bynum ? Lakers in six.
Triangle-Offense - In Buss, Kobe, Phil, we trust.
Long Live Chick - Hey Pop, You still think that Pau Gasol trade was that one-sided???
VI Lakerfan - Now 2 outta three texas teams have flamed out in the 1st round against 8th seeds.Will the rockets 1 day keep the streak alive???
Nocal in S Valley - What a shame, season is not even over and the ingrates are ready to put coach Phil out to pasture.
Mark G - there will always be enough people that hold the college game in high regard that successful college coaches will also be held in high esteem.
The Snake - PJ's defensive philosophy is to give up the lower percentage 3 rather than the drive to the basket.
Laker Girl Brittney - Pau Gasol. His size and presence both dominate the court. Yet, he is able to move with so much agility and speed for a “big man.” He’s a great asset to the Lakers.
Bay to LA - HCA gives you a head start in every series and that momentum is huge.
Thirty2 - By By Spurs....The best record means didly squat
PNoy News - man, the team will suffer if kobe refuses to admit his real health condition.
slimtata - Phil heads into the sunset having blown everyone's mind one last time.
Triangle-Offense - In Buss, Kobe, Phil, we trust.
Robert E. Houston - Lakers show us all that this team is the real champion. Let's play ball the way I know this team can.


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THE LAKER NATION WILL PREVAIL!!!
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All together now...May we stay focused and have the inner strength to reach our goal of ultimate victory. Keep us free from injuries and injustice.
Keep us strong, determined and give us the will and stamina to overwhelm any and all obstacles.
We are the Los Angeles Lakers, and we spread the FEAR.
No one can beat us but ourselves, and we say to all, bring it on!

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2009-2010 NBA CHAMPIONS!

LAKERS DYNASTY - THE NEXT GENERATION!

#17 COMING UP!!!

2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

SECOND ROUND BLOG MEMBERS PREDICTIONS

LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs DALLAS MAVERICKS

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*LAKERS IN 4*

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/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll l ----- Lakers 4 - Mavs 0 --------]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

JovBatz24 - In my opinion, THE LAKERS WILL SWEEP THE MAVS.
Caliphilosopher - Lake Show in 2 - they beat Dallas so badly that anything and everything "Californian" or "West-Coast" gets banned from the state of Texas for 3 months.
segeboy - see our bigs drawing the attention and Kobe burning them in the first two games ...I'm calling a sweep...
Troll Man - LAKERS SWEEP
LakerTom - Game 7 would be played on the 15th. That would be a great game for us to watch when you come north. But… sorry, Lew. Lakers in 4...

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*LAKERS IN 5*

===------ === ------====
/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll l ----- Lakers 4 - Mavs 1 --------]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

LEWSTRS - Lakers in 5...we close this at home...
cofm99 - Add me to the 5 bus...
Lakemelody - I say Lakers 4-1.
KobeMVP888: Lakers in 5.
VtLaker - Hooter Girls...yeah yeah okay I'm on board
John - LAKERS IN 5. WRITE IT DOWN, TAKE A PICTURE, I DON'T GIVE A $#&*@.
mclyne - LAKERS IN 5! We have officially gained our swagger back and will dominate the soft Mavs for four out of the five it will take.
Wallace - Just got my bus pass. I'm on board. It will be another week before I return home from Thailand
Fatty - Who predicts the Lakers in 5 LEWSTERS.
Maxximo - For the last time...Lakers 4 vs Dallas 1
Purple & Gold Reign - My newly cleaned and polished-up Crystal Ball tells me the Los Angeles Lakers will crush the Dallas Mavericks in 5 thrilling, hard-fought games.
LakerSean - Been away for a while, it's good to be back with the Laker Mafia. we're a family, once you're in, you never leave. Lakers in 5.
NewMexicoLL - Put me on the Lakers in 5 Bandwagon...Think they learned a lesson with the Hornets! I Love Our Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!
Tim-4-Show - In the end, we're far superior inside, and they really don't have much of an answer for Kobe.
The Outlaw - 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.
Diandra - Lew- Lakers in 5

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*LAKERS IN 6*

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/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll l ----- Lakers 4 - Mavs 2 --------]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

LRob - Sorry Cubes, your Mavs are on the tracks and the Laker Express is smoking thru.
OCLEZY - But the Lakers are the more physical team with Bynum up front,and Artest, i'll take Lakers in 6.
Edwin Gueco - Lew, I treat Dallas with respect than NO, so I pick Lakers in 6, I believe in destiny and I also believe in big business. lol
truongcali - Lakers in 6 baby !!!
Art - Once again, the Lakers finish it off in 6.
D(erek)J(eter) - These are still our goofy Lakers, Lakers in 6.
hobbitmage - Lewsters Lakers in 6.
Desi - Lakers over Mavs in 6 (due to lack of motivation; they own Dallas)
longtimelakerlover - I'm looking forward to a GREAT series between these two clubs. I say Lakers in six
Lakeshowinphx - Marion he's an "energy guy" and scares me more than dirk and jason terry. Lakers in 6!
Magic Phil - Put me in the Lakers in 6 bandwagon. Gracias.
jefe101 - Lakers in 6 - while allowing their opponent the customary split at Staples in either Game 1 or 2.


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*LAKERS IN 7*

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/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll l ----- Lakers 4 - Mavs 3 --------]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

LakersRule(Amit) - I think Dallas matches up well with LA..and they have certain definite advantages over us...Lakers in 7.
Kobeayashimarue - 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.
Long Time Laker Fan - I have a feeling this is going to be a tough series for the Lakers. I think it'll take them 6 or 7 to get past the Mavericks.


Thank you Lewsters, for the awesome game day roll call and prayer!
The conference semi-finals are here and it's time for the Lakers to start exerting some real dominance over their opponents.
My original pick was Lakers in 6, but if PJ can get this team to establish themselves early in Game 1 and coast to 10-15 point win, I think the Lakers could win it in 5.
Meanwhile, how great is that other semi-final in MEM/OKC???


@LEWSTERS ... Hey, I love the fleet of Lakers 3-Peat Buses. I wanted to create a visual picture version of Phil’s wins to go like you did the buses but gave up. 12 is the magic number of wins.
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TOM

First of all, let me get this out of my system:
USA! USA! USA! USA!

LEWSTERS: Wow! Domo arigatou for the shout out. First time EVER!

Also, I heard that the SacKings are staying in Sacramento for at least another season. Sorry to all my homies in The Orange C. Comments?

Oh, and btw, since here in Tokyo it's already 1am on the day AFTER Game 1, I can tell you on good authority that the Lakers TAKE GAME 1 OVER DALLAS! :) Woooo-hooooo!

Boston sucks! Go Lakers!

Lakers in 6. We have the better 6th man but they have a deeper bench.

Lewstrs got the Busses gassed up and ready to roll!! 12 more wins and "We are the Champion's my Friends"!!!!!!!! In the words of Mamba24, "OUTFREAKIN STANDING, LEWSTRS!!!

Thanks for all the nice birthday wishes. It really means a lot

Happy Birthday MM!
May many more happier ones come every year each better than the last.

More BS on Bin Ladin. Read the facts 9/11 was an inside job. Read Debunking 9/11 Debunking.
See the reports of US Generals, over 10,00 scientists 56 or more being science laurets and if I remember correctly 7 nobel prize winners.
Read before you lose all your civil rights. But hey that is just my suggestion, live and accept your life the way you want it or them to run it. Your choice.


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