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Lakers downplay Andrew Bynum's 'trust issue,' maintain upbeat attitude

Bearing smiles on their faces Thursday, Lakers center Andrew Bynum and forward Pau Gasol conversed with each other, worked on post-up drills with assistant coach Chuck Person and appeared incredibly at ease.

Bearing smiles on their faces, guards Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown cracked jokes and shot free throws together, with Bryant even rebounding some of Fisher's shots.

And bearing a smile on his face, Coach Phil Jackson appeared far from concerned about the Lakers' 2-0 deficit in their Western Conference semifinal series with the Dallas Mavericks, offered a few jokes and downplayed any of the issues surrounding the defending champions.

Consider his response to Bynum's suggestion following the Lakers' 93-81 Game 2 loss Wednesday that the team has "trust issues": “I thought he was speaking about trusses, and my dad wore a truss. I thought that’s what he was speaking about. I don’t know the trust issue.”

And here he is playing coy with reporters wondering who would fill Ron Artest's spot in Game 3 Friday after drawing a one-game suspension for his clothesline on Dallas guard Jose Barea: "You'll know that [Friday]." And listen to what the main message he emphasized during Thursday's practice: "I thought the flogging message was really important last night. I didn't flog them physically but I did a little mental flogging today."

In turn, Bryant exuded the same playful sarcasm by dutifully noting, "We'll consider ourselves flogged," and by arguing that the Lakers' struggles are "unfixable."

There were surely visible signs surrounding the practice court, where the team exuded calmness about their current struggles. The team briefly addressed Bynum's gripe about the team having "trust issues," with Lamar Odom preparing for a possibility that he'll start at small forward in place of Artest and Jackson talked at length about the team's defensive lapses.

But the Lakers are trying to do so in a way that won't make the magnitude overwhelming, considering that only three NBA teams have ever won a seven-game series after losing their first two homes games.

"I’d like to cry but I can’t right now," Jackson said with a smile. "It’s a game and we know it’s a game and we play it and we play it hard and we anticipate winning in Dallas."

There's plenty of areas the Lakers must fix in order for that to happen, making it uncertain whether they can pull off that task against a Mavericks team presumably with a heightened home crowd, the size and physical play to match the Lakers and the pick-and-roll sequences that have thrown the Lakers' off track. But rather than Bryant getting consumed with whether Bynum's private grievances to the media awoke the team or whether Magic Johnson's criticism via Twitter that Bynum should've addressed the team internally, the Lakers instead worried about dissecting the team's poor communication, rotations on screen-and-roll and hoped to provide a better understanding on their defensive assignments.

"It's being delivered and I think there's some matter of confusion out there and we're trying to straighten that out in the last two days," Jackson said regarding the team's defense, which has allowed Dallas to shoot 45.6% from the field and 37.8% from three-point range. "I think there's spaces on the floor that are confusing to our players. There's various spots on the floor where we change our rotations and I think it's confused the players. We had to get that straightened again with where that has to be."

Jackson conceded uncertainty on whether Gasol lacks confidence considering his 14 points on 45.5% shooting against Dallas marks a huge drop-off from his regular-season average of 18.8 points on 52.9% shooting. But instead of criticizing Gasol, Jackson recalled telling him that he appreciated his first-half intensity.

Bryant acknowledged the heavy task in overcoming a 2-0 deficit but invoked the Lakers' 2004 semifinals series against San Antonio in which they won in six games after dropping the first two contests. And both Bryant and Jackson maintained their lighthearted manner through all the adversity, an attitude Bryant said Jackson hasn't wavered from since the team's last three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

"It's not that big of a deal to win two games in a row," Bryant said. "Stop acting like you've never won two games in a row."

Whether that happens remains to be seen simply because the Lakers have shown very few signs of actually changing. But they haven't done enough damage to change their public persona. The Lakers have at least two games to play, and should Jackson's prediction ring true, the team's Game 2 loss didn't mark the last time it'd play at Staples Center this season.

Said Jackson: "We'll be back Tuesday."

-- Mark Medina

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@Nuggets – Happy BDay (early). I understand your position and certainly respect it. As great as Kobe is…he’s also had games where he didn’t give full effort (mainly on the defense). This is a team game and no one gets a pass. Not even one of the greatest to ever lace em up. I can’t fault the effort of any of the players in this series…it’s their effectiveness that been disappointing. The odds of the Lakers coming back in this series are certainly improbable, but like you said we’ve seen Kobe accomplish the unthinkable before.

@LT – excellent post. Yes, there are many that still believe.

@Black Mamba California Finest – Holla!

Fans with P&G color glasses - Kudos for not throwing in the towel. Who would’ve though the Red Sox could come back from 3-0 when they were dead in the water? (sorry Yankee fans).

“Objective” fans - I understand your viewpoint and can’t argue with your logic. It doesn’t make you less of a fan, just one with a different perspective. Carry on!

“Haters” – Enjoy your day in the sun…because if history has taught us anything it’s that Laker fans usually get the last laugh.

Best bet is to keep Shaw, IMO. If they totally shift gears now, it will bring up a new host of problems to resolve



problems like learning the fundamentals of basketball

"...with Lamar Odom preparing for a possibility that he'll start at small forward in place of Artest..."

Wait, MM, you need to develop this point a lot more. Many of us have speculated on the possibility of the Lakers going with a big lineup for a long time, and we've never really been treated to it. Is there really a decent chance that tomorrow night's starting front court is going to be Bynum, Gasol & Odom?

That would be news....

Lakers …
Yes Lakers fans you pay premium prices for a “CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM”.
Yes we make monuments out of our SPORT STARS.
It is still just a MANBOY GAME.
Using one person as a scapegoat is OUTFKINRAGEOUS.

andrew bynum should not be talking about trust, or any other "issue". the only issue i have, is the fact that bynum took his sweet time to have surgery done, which i believe really threw off the chemistry of this team, and put a lot of wear and tear on gasol.

I think the lakers are happy and smiling because this is where this team has wanted to be all season long. Heck Pau even talked about it last week, they play their best when their backs are against the wall.

So if a 2% chance to win a series going down 0-2 while going on the road isn't backs against the wall type of stuff, then I don't know what is

God - Phil wouldn't tip his hand either way. But I was actually going to devote my next post to that very subject


good point

I am fully anticipating an L.A. comeback! One more chapter of clutch for Kobe and co.! Pau mi hermano: yo sigo confiando en ti!!!

We will be fine from now on...Go Lakers!!!

The only apology he should make should be for not doing it earlier in the game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


Posted by: Jon K.

Argh...Argh...Argh...Argh. Jonny Boy K you have serious anger issues.

thank you, trollman

Nice to see the Lakers players themselves are still calm and collective. Unlike most of these chicken little posters disguised as Lakers fans.

Many of us still believe in you guys. Let's win game 3!


I want all of y'all to tell the truth.

You're excited about tomorrow.
You're flat out ancy, anxious & filled with curiosity.

This is a worthy challenge and I *REALLY* want to
know if the Lakers are *THIS* good or is it all just
cow excrement.

Kobe has nothing to prove to me. This was *NEVER* about finding the
next MJ and always about how great will this scrawny kid from PA become?
He wasn't drafted to be MJ2. He was drafted on the hope/belief that he
would become great and lift the Lakers organization w/ that evolution.

Tomorrow is Bynum's moment, Lamar's moment, Brown's moment, Blake's
moment & most importantly Pau & Phil's moment.

We all know the story for each individual listed. Tomorrow, we find out
if the stories were based upon truth/reality or if it's all just cow

Must win. On their court. Not at full strength. & the enemy is expecting it.


Lakers victory & Thor on the same day.

Hot Dawg!!!


"If you want to make history, you have to do historic things"

Lakers will win this series

Been on the Laker train since Jerry and Elgin and ain't debarking now! Come on Lakers!

You have to love the confidence of the Lakers as well as that of the hardy and faithful Lakers bloggers. Like Kobe said, it’s not like we haven’t won 2 games in a row before. If you step back a ways, you might enjoy the same epiphany that is flowing through my temporarily enhanced brain right now. This is all just part of the script for this to be the season of the ages. Down 2-0 and heading to Dallas is just the latest challenge that will enable the Lakers to elevate Phil’s last stand to greatness.

The brutal truth that Dallas fans don’t realize right now is the Lakers have the Mavs right where they want them. This weekend will start with the Lakers blowing Game 3 wide open in the 1st quarter and end with the Mavs trying to pick themselves up off the floor after 2 humiliated thrashings at home and suddenly realizing they not only lost back home court advantage but probably the series as well. With Dallas’ confidence reeling, the Lakers pound out 2 more dominating wins to close out the semis 4-2.

So get your act together Lakers fans and show up for your team whether in person, on TV, or on DVR. Will your team to triumph. Let the collective karma flow and inspire the greatness that we know this team has to emerge at last. From now on, our motto needs to be just win out. Every game. Metal to the pedal for full48 minutes. Don’t let up. Don’t slow down. Don’t look back. Just win out!

@hobbit - you got me psyched...well said!

@Mark G - good Ceelo selection! Forget the Mavs...the Lakers got this!

@GDUB - enjoyed the Bobby Watson. Nice. The one labeled "Horizon" sounded like Chic Corea's "Spain"....did I hear that correctly?

Here are the candidates and my thoughts about each:
(1) LAMAR ODOM – Phil finally plays the Big Three together but who comes off the bench. This is actually the perfect time to do this. Just run the offense to perfection and dominate inside.
(2) MATT BARNES – Could be the best option and a guy who plays most like Ron. This is probably what Phil is going to do since it leaves Odom on the bench and actually speeds the team up.
(3) LUKE WALTON – I wouldn’t be surprised and it just might be what we need to play team ball. It would also send a definite message to the team about getting the ball inside to Drew.
(4 KOBE BRYANT- which would mean going small but maybe Phil blinks and tries to matchup but then which bench guard gets the start – Brown and Blake. Phil might give Blake a chance.
What’s your take on who replaces Ron?

I don't think Luke is even healthy enough to play, so I don't pick him.

Give me either:


Of the two, I'd probably opt for the first due to rotational issues; but since it's been said either LO or MB, then my choice probably doesn't even work

I just had a bad feeling and didn't even bother watching last night. I'll watch tomorrow night. No predictions, no expectations. I'll watch outta respect for Kobe and PJ with the belief that, if anyone can figure this out, they can. But I'd give Matt the start over LO.

This goes out to the Lakers fans and Trolls that overuse the word "Dude". For me there is only one Dude and that's Quincy Jones:

And with Mother's Day coming up, I can't help but think of my father who passed away unexpectedly almost 8 years ago. He always made sure that everyday was Mother's Day for my Mom and the grandmothers. Always on our minds and in our hearts.

Wonder if Steeley Dan believes they came up with the Rikki Don't Lose That Number Vamp? Ask Horace who thought of it first.


The brutal truth that Dallas fans don’t realize right now is the Lakers have the Mavs right where they want them. This weekend will start with the Lakers blowing Game 3 wide open in the 1st quarter and end with the Mavs trying to pick themselves up off the floor after 2 humiliated thrashings at home and suddenly realizing they not only lost back home court advantage but probably the series as well. With Dallas’ confidence reeling, the Lakers pound out 2 more dominating wins to close out the semis 4-2.


Posted by: LakerTom | May 05, 2011 at 06:44 PM




I think the fans who booed Pau don,t know what he does or who he is.
again I blame PJ and I hope the Lakers right themselves in spite of him.
His philosophy of not playing rookies has blown in his face as the bench is falling apart and no one prepared to participate. PG has no production so why not play Trey? Phil dislikes rookies because he thinks they make too many mistakes. Well I say look at all the mistakes this veteran team is making. Back to Pau, I think PJ thinks by overworking him he builds endurance as some players say they get stonger as they play longer. But that is a one size fits all approach. All players are not alike and over working Pau made him weak. PJ should have used Caracter to spell Pau more during reg season and saved Pau for the playoffs. Maybe DC could have earned enough time to help now on Dirk to body him up. DE could have come in with speed and defense to spell Ron or Matt. All so much more for a deeper bench.
well PJ if you lose yet another Ship cuz of your lousey coaching good riddance. Hope Brian Shaw you do a better job at mixing vets with younger players.




*LAKERS IN 4* : [Crashed, 2 flats and out of commission]

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L___(X)l______l__ ____l(X) {

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...
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...
Xeoh - Lakers in 4!
The Snake - I will ride the trend and say that we sweep 4-0 in the second round, just as it happened last year.


*LAKERS IN 5* :[T-Boned, 2 flats and out of commission]

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ll l ------- Lakers 4 - Mavs 1 ------##
L___(X)l______l__ ____l(X) {

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
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
yellowfever - Lakers in 5! Or 6 if the refs screw us on the road!
LALakerz213 - Lakers in 5! count em...
Troll Man - Lakers in 5 unless they lose another game



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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.
ChicNstu - Lakers in 6. We have the better 6th man but they have a deeper bench.
NBA4ever - put me down for Lakers in 6.
jordan - My guess of the outcome of the series is L.A in 6 games.
Hugo Boss - Lakers in Sixx...
desertlaker - I need a ride on the "Lakers in 6" bus! Lakers should have learned from the first round and come out fighting from the start of this series
Justa (formerly justalakerfan) - Lakers in 6
Troll Man - Lakers in 6 unless they lose another game



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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 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.
Bay to LA - I would really be shocked if this wasn't at least 6 games and I still see it going 7.
Lakers in 5 unless they lose another game
Troll Man - Lakers in 7




I never once take for granted how fortunate I was to grow up in Los Angeles and enjoy being a Laker fan for the last 40 years.

As great and magical as the Lakers have been, I never take their success for granted. And all I ask any year is that the players play hard. Then let the chips fall where they may.

We have been 'blessed' and I am not a religious guy at all with the great talent and amazing moments we get to enjoy almost every year. Am I writing the Lakers off this year? Not at all. What I am saying is that win or lose any given year, nothing can take away from growing up in L.A. a laker fan. Chick was even like a favorite uncle. I use to get into the forum early because any ticket would let you in the forum club entrance 30 minutes to an hour before the main entrances opened. Magic's magical rookie first game of his career and the game 6 in Philly that year. Shaw's 3 at the end of the 3rd quarter to win a game 7 against Portland they should have lost and on and on and on.

Play hard and lose to Dallas or the next round or the finals and I can be happy. Win and it is just another icing on the cake for being a Laker fan. We have been so spoiled with success and the most phenomonal players of their generations to be Lakers. I never forget that. Thank you Dr. Buss, thanks to Kobe, Dfish, and all the rest. Now get it done in Dallas.

and when Bynum said there's trust issues in the locker room, guess who he was talking about? K--e B-y--t

Those who criticise Bynum for speaking up should thank him not berate him. He is speaking the truth and as he matures he is taking a stronger leadership role and should be applauded for that. Where would this team be without him? Give up the hate and appreciate.


Well, I guess now we'll see what this team is REALLY made of, but, I ain't in panic mode...AT ALL. If any team can come back from such a deficit, it's this one. It's like Mamba said 'we just gotta win 2 in a row', gotta luv that kinda attitude, just hope the rest of the team shares it.


@LRob: Yessirrrrr! You're correct, that was Chick's 'Spain' that Bobby played. I've always been a fan of Bobby's since the first time I heard him...that cat can really blow. :-)


For today's musical contribution, Imma go with a few tunes from one of my all-time favorite trumpeters...enjoy!


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

"This series is not over until Fatty says its over!"

The winner of game three will win this Enchilada and I trust the Lakers to do so.

Fatty has spoken. "So it shall be written and so it shall be done"

@Lew - Thanks for keeping the buses humming!

@Justa (formerly JLF) - Good to see your post. I do miss your musical selections you used to drop every once in awhile.

@LT – That’s a tough call, but I’m going to go unconventional and suggest Shannon. He’s the best option to provide some sorely needed outside shooting. I can picture him draining some of those wide open 3’s that Ron missed last game. And playing with the starting unit will force him to play with more structure.

This also keeps LO coming off the bench to spell both Pau and Drew. It also allows Phil to slide Trey into Shannon’s spot off the bench.

The one thing PJ must do is put Blake on a very short leash. If he looks shaky in his first 2-3 minutes then pull him for the rest of the game. He was totally unnerved last game. Similar to how DStevenson was for the Mavs at the start of the 2nd half in game 1. Hopefully Blake will bounce back and hit three 3's like Stevenson did. I'll even take a "mistake" banker.

I agree with Drew.

The Lakers DO have trust issues.

As in, for one, Phil trusting Drew TOO much.

As in Drew averaging 6 minutes MORE per game THIS postseason while Pau AND Ron-Ron average 5 minutes LESS.

As in Drew maintaining his career postseason assist rate of 4% so far vs. Pau's 15% -- a FOURFOLD subtraction in assist-potential for every minute Drew plays while Pau sits.

As in Drew's 4% assist-rate AND 6+ more minutes per game weighed with Luke's 20% assist-rate absence, Jordan's 16% assist-rate absence, Sasha's 10% assist-rate AND Kobe's assist-rate decline from 26% (2010) to 19% (2011).

As in Drew's touch rate jumping from 16% to 21% from last year's playoffs in the absence of Walton, Farmar Vujacic AND their supposedly upgrade replacements (Barnes, Blake)

As in Blake's welcomed assist-rate of 22% compensating for Walton, Farmar + Vujacic ...

As in Blake's TS%/eFG% of 37%/37% NOT compensating for Farmar (52%/51%) OR Vujacic (61%/56%).

As in Barnes' non-playmaking assist-rate of 6% compounding Drew's non-playmaking assist-rate of 4%, Shannon' 7% plus Ron-Ron's 9-11% = a Laker rotation where almost HALF of the first-9 are either inadequate or unwilling passers who depend on others to get THEM the ball but cannot reliably feed OPEN teammates.

Trust issues?

Yeah. I'd say so.

Part of being a Lakerholic is getting upset when we lose. I have been through it all - the ups and downs of many seasons. I am grateful for the ride. If it ends here in the second round against Dallas, then so be it. I will be proud of our team if they leave it all on the floor. We will chalk it up to a bad experiment bringing in old guys and move on. Remember the mailman and the glove? That seemed like a good idea at the time as well.

If we lose, I know that it will be a tumultuous offseason. Jerry doesn't pay the bill he pays to lose. If we get to keep Kobe, Lamar and Drew and rebuild around them, then I expect we will be OK. I have to say that Ron seems to have lost it. Fish is too old. Pau needs to go see Ron’s guy. The B’s are a bust… I hope they hire Sloan. Kobe respects him. There are only a handful of coaches that he would respect. I am not sure Shaw is in that handful. Kobe has made many comments over the years about the toughness of Sloan’s teams. He is a great coach who never got to win a championship.

I keep saying “Play Trey” and I am only half joking. He shoots a high percentage. He is young with a lot of energy. He is living a dream. He got a job playing for the Lakers. Give him a shot. He was the second highest scorer in the D league. Whatever he does, it will be better than what Blake is giving us. He is not afraid to shoot. PLAY TREY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I pray that there is a switch and it gets flipped. We are better than Dallas. We just aren't playing better. That could change. I will keep the faith because...

I am a Lakerholic.

"As in Blake's welcomed assist-rate of 22% [somewhat] compensating for the absences of Walton [20%], Farmar [16%] + Vujacic [10%] ..."

Phil said what Drew was talking about regarding lack of trust was the fact that his man got 5 dunks when he helped out so by the sixth time he didn’t help. That’s an indictment of the Lakers forwards, whose job it is to rotate when Drew has to help out on penetration. But I have a hunch Drew is going to get more touches this game than Games 1 and 2. He and Kobe are going to have to be the offense.

Since Triangulator dropped that Quincy composition I’ll roll with another Quincy production. It’s time for each Laker to look in the mirror AND make that change…

The Original MJ (who work ethic inspired Kobe)– Man in the Mirror.

@Tri – nice selection with Jarreau and Horace Silver. Fagen and Becker are both big jazz fans so I’m sure they gave Horace his props when they sampled him.

Nice tribute to your Dad.

Of course Gunner shows up when the Lakers are against the ropes. He'll disappear (like usual) when the Lakers win out this series, and hopefully he'll take his all-caps and gross misspellings (it's "reel," smarty) with him.

I believe. And I always will.

Go Lake Show!

Being a Lakers fan I am tired of the "Lakers are bored" & "that they need a challenge." Any true fan of basket ball could tell that this team was lacking in athleticism in a big way. The whole reason OKC gave them such trouble last yr was because of that.
To me the Lakers look worn out I am going to look it up but who's the last team to play in 4 straight Finals. Dereck Fisher should not be starting at this point in his career and Gasol has been a bumb in these playoffs. The only man that brings it game in and game out is Kobe.Steve Blake has been a bust and so has Barnes. The only high flying athlete is brown and he's way inconsistent.
I for one though is proud these cats have won 2 ships since Shaq left.
When they get bounced this yr they'll get extra rest Kobe can get his fingers fixed add some young high flyers and start next yr

Asked if that was the last time he coached the Lakers at Staples Center.

"We'll be back Tuesday," Jackson said. (Game 5 is on Tuesday)

That's all I needed to hear.


Hey guys. Was out for a bit for Cinco de Mayo. I'll put together a post soon on options to replace Ron. Phil didn't disclose it so I'll kick around a few ideas of my own


Drew is having a career postseason in PER + WS/48.

But so did Deke (Mutombo) and, more recently STAT (Amare Stoudemire) in their primes.

At 24 min. per playoff game last season, Drew was "not* a featured player (starter or not).

This year, he is.

Unfortunately -- esp. for the Lakers -- Drew's postseason career is MUCH closer to Deke, STAT, Raef LaFrentz, Kevin Willlis & Mike Gminski than "true" proven NBA greats like Shaq, Kareem, Hakeem, Wilt, Duncan, Robinson et. al. [ ]


PASS it on.

Can WE please play Utah or Houston in the second round instead of having to play an elite team for the first time ever in the second round....We are a lot better when we play a weak team instead of one that actually matches up to us and has better players than ours.

Can't we play Phoenix again???? Please!!!!!!!!!

Maybe a team with three injured starters like Houston had in 2009 or Boston with KG on one leg and Perkins out would be a better match up for us instead of Dallas that has only one injured starter.

Maybe that would allow us to advance to play Phoenix in the WC finals again; now that was a tough match up.

Medina is going to put some Tequlia induced suggestion on RonRon..........this ought to be good!

@GDUB – Enjoyed your set from the great Clifford Brown. This ones for you…

Maybe a team with three injured starters like Houston had in 2009 or Boston with KG on one leg and Perkins out would be a better match up for us instead of Dallas that has only one injured starter.

Maybe that would allow us to advance to play Phoenix in the WC finals again; now that was a tough match up.

Posted by: Jolly Joe | May 05, 2011 at 09:20 PM
1973, 1977, 1983, 1989, 2004, 2008

Well, I agree with Barkley, the Lakers are Done.

But man, I still have to watch this series out. I just have to. That's what real fans do - they continue to watch and support the team even if it's very painful to do so.

My wife asked me years ago: "Why are you still watching the Lakers if they're losing?"

The only thing I could come up with was, "Because I'm a fan, and that's what fans do."

I'll be watching Friday and Sunday, enjoying the Mom's day weekend, celebrating with families and friends, partying, and and win or lose, I'm still watching my team to the (bitter?) end.


@latopia, your posts are gibberish.


It's going to be epic. As a fan all you can do is hope for the best and believe in the team we have. I think that not only will Bynum have a big game but so will Gasol. I want to say LO at the 3, but it will be Barnes. I would rather see Luke even before I see Brown.


You like Brown don't you? Why? I ask because I respect your opinion and insight. I think he offers nothing offensively like Blake, except Blake plays better D and isn't a negative like Brown is offensively. I know he can hit a shot now and then but it is negated by him making dumb plays and being clueless most of the time.

My pick for the remainder of this series.
Guitar Gangsters


There are posters here who think:

A) The problem is Kupchak because there hasn't been a pure shooter since Glen Rice (how many titles ago) and

b) The problem is Phil Jackson, who came how many titles ago, after winning 6 in Chicago?

Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. Kupchak and Phil have been among the reason the Lakers have won 5 titles. As a Laker fan, kiss the ground they walk on. Your team, which you do nothing for, won't win every game or every title. Grow up and stop insulting the men who brought this town so much success. You just show your own.... well,.....

Nice post on 5:12pm LRob. I guess I am on the middle who have not stop believing.

BTW, here are my contributions for GO Lakers maestro, first one is the original Don't Stop Believing live in Japan

and the second one as true die hard Faithfully sung by my compatriot


Police here; a quick hypothetical question ( yea yeah I know). There have been opinions the past few days about Philip Jackson, some good and some bad.

Here is the premise: During the 96/97 and 97/98 season, the 2 teams in the NBA finals were the Chicago Bulls ( coached by Philip) and the Utah Jazz (coached by Jerry). Chicago won both series thus cementing their 2nd 3-peat in 8 years or so.

Now what the PSP want to ask is this: If the teams had switched coaches that season, do you think the Bulls would have still beat the Jazz? To take it further, do you think both teams would have still made the finals?

PSP Intern

So why is it that Boston/Miami played the day before us then get 3 days off and plays the day after the Laker game tomorrow?

We could have used an extra day.

Dirk sure seems to be in tip-top shape doesn't he? Kidd too. Not bad for a couple of old guys.

Great, now we got insta-posting?

I fully expect moderation during peak hours tomorrow.

as i have stated the last 3 months, fans need to ask themselves are you a kobe fan or a laker fan. huge difference. if you are a true laker fan then you will know it is time for a farewell, for the better. and kobe is the golden ticket for dhoward. its been unforgettable but its time to let go. we can get a small country for kobe right now. he and bynum have to go. we rebuild with odom, artest, possibly gasol, and dhoward and hopefully cp3. there is life after kobe. i remeber how hard it was when magic left, and he left in a days notice, hell there was a game that night. i was devastated. but we made it, as we will again.but until then keep the faith fans, rest assure we WILL NOT GO OUT LIKE THIS and if we do exit this round we are the team that matters...forever .. LAKESHOW BABY! ALL UP IN YOU!

rossdoggiedog-Dude....go back to sleep.

rossdogg: as a Laker fan, not a Kobe fan (a fact well documented), why give up your franchise player when you can get ORL's franchise player for less? ORL needs something in return, but LA has the leverage because the Magic can't afford (from a basketball standpoint) to lose W-12 for nothing.

Assuming socks is correct that LA doesn't trust him, it is perfectly natural to not trust Bynum given his injury-prone nature. But it may not be right to distrust him given that he was very productive in Game 2 on the offensive end and has had a handful of decent-to-good games in the playoffs.

I don't know about you folks, but I've got kind of a serene feeling. LA is at the end of a great run or the beginning of an historic comeback. Come what may the rest of this season, they can continue to make noise and contend beyond this season with the right personnel moves. I'm past predicting this series but I do have faith LA can come back, even if they split the games in DAL.

Go Lakers.

I don't think that what Bynum said was a shock or should've been a shock because if you watched the demeaner of the Lakers on the court the basic fan could tell that there were problems. Everyone feels that Kobe as Shaq before him is untouchable well he needs to understand that it starts and ends with him, Kobe's lack of defense over the course of the season has been non existent and his team play only applies when he wants to participate. As they said with teams coaches such as Chicago and a few other coaches he needs to be held accountable and Phil as good as a coach that he is just lets Kobe do his thing and if you had that leverage then it would make the average player a star and a star a great player. But KOBE needs to wake up and lead the team in all around play not just be a distributor at one point then a gunner at another he needs to dictate the tempo and allow his team mates as Bynum stated be trusted to excel and Jackson needs to remove Brown when he goes into his globe trotter routine and go back to being the oustanding 3 pt spot up shooter that he is or just go home and wait till next year.

The beauty of this can not even be imagined for someone who has hated the Lakers for so long. I hate them because the got rid of Norm Nixon for Majic Johnson, sending him to the Clippers. They never should have done that! Now, they are getting what they deserve. I sure am glad that they are getting shown up My friend has had his chest stucck out for the last two years. Now, the pussy won't even call me to acknowledge he's getting hisw butt cut. That's how bush-leage Laker fans are. Look at Lamar throwing a bone into the rib cage of Dirk. The threw the chump out. Lakers have no class at all. They never have had any. Boy, this is a day of rejocing for a lot of people Screw the Lakers (Fakers), Dr. Buss, Phil Jackson and his daughter too! Screw you too if you are a Laker (Faker) fan! Add Bynum to that! Down goes the Lakers, Down goes the Lakers, Down goes the Lakers!

Who in the world would ever have thought that Mark Cuban would behave so admirably? I guess he has paid enough fines to teach him how to act. It is often said that a renegade either conforms or gets run out of town. Welcome to the league Mr. Mark Cuban, you have earned the right to be among us! Congratulations!

My other comment was not not allowed. All you know is I called the Lakers just what they are, Nothing! And, what a wonderful way for Phil Pompus Jackson to end his career. I am sure that he didn't think it would end this way. This is what happens when you stay around too long! A sad ending, a very sad ending!



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