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Pau Gasol has plenty of motivation in off-season

With a hushed tone and slumped shoulders, Pau Gasol entered his exit interview with obvious signs the Lakers' early playoff exit still wore on him.

"He was noticeably down and hurt," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said.

But just when it seemed the discussion would lead into another meandering commentary on his need to be more aggressive, frustration over strongly denied reports suggesting he had relationship problems with his girlfriend, Kobe Bryant and Bryant's wife, Vanessa, and his desire to make it all go away, Gasol latched onto the criticism and relished it.

"The point of emphasis [in the exit interview] was to try to understand and embrace the moment," said Gasol, whose 13.1 points on 42.9% shooting and tepid play were a big reason for the Lakers' early elimination. "Through the rough times, you appreciate more the good times you might’ve had and how hard it is to get there. I'll start off next season clean cut and just full of hunger again."

The force that will drive that resurgence are the same images that defined Gasol's poor postseason. Coach Phil Jackson thumped his chest during a timeout in Game 3, providing the rightful image for the team's frustration with the star's poor play and Gasol's inability to stop it. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki nailed jumper after jumper over Gasol, providing the rightful image for his  defensive inconsistency and unreliability. And Lakers Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Magic Johnson cited Gasol as a possible trade option for the Lakers to acquire Magic center Dwight Howard, providing the rightful image to an overreactive public that somehow forgot that Gasol's arrival from Memphis spawned three NBA Finals appearances and two NBA championships. 

Gasol won't like replaying any of those images of the 2011 NBA playoffs in what will become a long offseason. But that's exactly the point. 

"The thing that makes me the angriest is me not playing at my best and me not being able to help the team accomplish its goals," Gasol said. "That’s what makes me the angriest. The rest of the stuff, you can brush it off. It’s not that big of a deal. Obviously it’s not pleasant. Obviously you don’t appreciate it. But I feel like I have to embrace it too. It’s going to make me ready."

There's of course tangible ways he's looking to rebound from a tough season that featured Gasol struggling with playing heavy minutes in place of the rehabbing Andrew Bynum for the first 24 games, providing varying spurts of aggressiveness and periodically showing up late to Staples Center for unknown reasons. Gasol is strongly considering playing for the Spanish national team this summer. He's starting to ignore the false reports saying he had broken up with his girlfriend Silvia Lopez Castro. And he's accepting the criticism of his play as valid.

Surely, Gasol could've made these adjustments during the playoffs, and Derek Fisher believes he could've helped more. He argued he would have spoken up with more support had he known about the false reports about Gasol's relationship and the heavy focus on Gasol's play as a commentary as to the reason why the Lakers lost in the playoffs.

"I wish we could have done something to make it better, not because we thought he was struggling and he was causing us problems," Fisher said, "but so we could've done something so that all that would've just shut up. If we had kept winning, there wouldn't be much for people to say."

Fair enough, but as Bryant said pretty accurately after Gasol's struggles in a Game 1 first-round loss to New Orleans, "He's our guy. He's the next in line. Responsibility and the pressure comes along with that." Surely, Bryant could've been healthier and had more endurance to close out games, Fisher could've hit more clutch shots, Lamar Odom could've duplicated his regular-season consistency into the playoffs, Ron Artest could've been more reliable and the bench could've stopped playing so poorly. But fans at Staples Center booed Gasol in the final moments of the Game 2 loss because his talent level gave him a better position to turn around the Lakers' struggles.

An off-season filled with frustration will prove beneficial for Gasol for the same reason he thrived overcoming the "soft" label after the Lakers' 2008 NBA FInals loss to Boston with two consecutive NBA titles, increased aggressiveness and improvement in refusing to back down from physical play. 

"I just kept that feeling of frustration and certain anger and I kept it inside of me pretty much all next season long," Gasol said. "It helped me just push through things and get myself working even harder and being 100% devoted tuned in to what I need to do to help this team win a championship and prove myself and be the player that I want to be."

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki works along the baseline against Lakers power forward Pau Gasol in the first half of Game 4 on Sunday afternoon in Dallas. Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images / May 8, 2011

 
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Sad thing is, coming into this season, I swore to everyone on this blog that motivation would be the last of the Lakers worries.

I mean, with all the new blood and the Miami teams loading up (not to mention the Dallas team that loaded up)... you knew we were underdogs to Miami in the very least heading into the season. I thought for sure, our guys will be motivated!

Maybe they were motivated.

If so, I'd hate to see what happens when they aren't motivated.

Sure, Gasol has all the reasons to be motivated.

But will it translate into production?

If this season taught me anything, it's the answer is: not necessarily.

So there hasn't been a separate blog about the Celtics losing.

After all this bad-mouthing the Lakers and cursing and talking about how bad Kobe or Lamar or Drew or Pau are, your team lasted exactly one game longer.

Congratulations on lasting ONE MORE GAME in the playoffs than the Lakers, Celtic trolls.

And wasn't it classy of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to leave the court and refuse to shake hands with the Heat after they got beat.

Claaaassssssyyyyyyy

speakin of Lebronze

how about him crouching and fake crying after last nights game

please Chicago beat them to a pulp

Posted by: Troll Man | May 12, 2011 at 03:58 PM

Dude, QUIT dreaming. The King will Ring Supreme.

at least the celtics didnt try to beat up their opponents

So there hasn't been a separate blog about the Celtics losing.

After all this bad-mouthing the Lakers and cursing and talking about how bad Kobe or Lamar or Drew or Pau are, your team lasted exactly one game longer.

Congratulations on lasting ONE MORE GAME in the playoffs than the Lakers, Celtic trolls.

And wasn't it classy of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to leave the court and refuse to shake hands with the Heat after they got beat.

Claaaassssssyyyyyyy

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 12, 2011 at 05:34 PM
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LTLF: there was a boston.com article from may 9th, called "Hacks" some celtic d-bag basically going on Bynum about his health issues and how the Lakers were veeeeeeery classy in defeat, google it, it made me laugh, since when do Boston writers have an open forum to criticize the Lakers about being "classy".. For all these hours of calling for Bynum to be suspended for 5-10-15-50 games and egregious fines and sending JJ Barea boxed chocolates and face-to-face heartfelt apologies.. as I made the analogy earlier, if it had been the Celtics nobody would have harangued Bynum as much as they did.. where was the freaking outcry for the Celtics not congratulating the Heat?

....Exhibit #356 of the four-letter, the writers, and gullible people, media in general of their bias and perpetual double-standard toward the Lakers and L.A.

come on did we forget the lakers won two championships in a row and played in the last 3 finals shouldn't we just back off and wait for the team to get back togethere and let mitch tune up the team for next season stop acting like it's the end of the world

Justa

Which of the PSP's post were you replying to? With the current handle jacker dude/dudette on the prowl, it may or may not have come from Castle PSP.

Island Priestess

You feel better yet? After getting straight mollywhopped by hobbit, the PSP felt you had learned your lesson. Be careful; he may not take it easy on you next time.

If the Heat win this thing, is it going to be a depressing summer or what. The thought of the princess's mug being on anything and everything is just vomit inducing. Oy Vey!

Thanks
PSP Officer

This was written:

I'm an intelligent man so I can't relate to paranoia, delusion and other mental illnesses. Hobbit takes stats out of context but ignores the biggest statistic and that is the lakers getting swept in the 2nd round and getting the second worst beating in nba history with kobe the ball hog as the leader. The worse one was the 2008 game 6 beat down.

Posted by: Island Priest | May 12, 2011 at 03:57 PM

*sigh*

As of right now, you have displayed no intelligence whatsoever. I'm still
hopeful.

Let's take this in reverse order:

The fact that you're talking about the loss, in 2008, when the Lakers just
lost in 2011 actually shows that your *NOT* a Lakers fan. Seriously.
What do you find useful about talking about the 2008 loss, when they
won the championship the next two years in a row?

There is *NOTHING* supportive of the Lakers organization in that
argument. NOTHING! So ... Are you actually a Celtics fan, but too much
of a coward to say it? Are you a LBJ fan, and you came here to get payback for
all that Kobe has prevented LBJ from accomplishing?

Did your church/congregation of cockroaches kick you out of the service
because you couldn't put an intelligent message together? And, no I'm not
calling any group of people cockroaches. [ although lbj fans come close. ]
I'm assuming that the only thing capable of listening to your drivel would be
a bucket of cockroaches, and only because you'd hold them against their will.

You're understanding of the biggest statistic is flawed. Truth be told this was
not unexpected. Allow me to educate you:

The biggest statistic is championships. The Lakers are currently tied with
the Boston Celtics for most in NBA history. The Lakers organization is
grateful to Kobe for the 3 won with Shaq, the two won with Pau & the two
losses w/ Shaq & Pau. Hopefully, before your leave this life, you'll come to
understand that Kobe is not competing against MJ. He's competing against
Bill Russell. Losing, but gunning for him nevertheless. To say it in less
cryptic terms, Kobe is trying to amass as many championships as possible.
Last year's championship is part of history. As is the one before that. As is
the loss before that.

If you are *REALLY* a Lakers fan, then you should be wanting every Laker
to perform at his best. Given the comments of various media personnel
including Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol & Kobe Bryant ... You should be *estatic*
that Pau is shouldering the full responsibility of poor play and will use it for
motivation for the coming year. Why? Because instead of playing victim,
he is now engaged to try harder and *THAT* has got to be a good thing
for the Lakers organization!

re: Kobe BallHog as leader.

You seem unclear on the concept, Let me help you. LBJ, the non-ballhog
that you worship, is 0-1. D-Wade, the protege is 1-1. Kobe is 2-1.
Nobody, besides Duncan has a better record. Kobe has a better record than
HOFer Jerry West.

For anybody *remotely* objective, Kobe's record is pretty good. As a
matter of fact, IT'S AWESOME!

Why don't you root for the Lakers? It's good for your soul.

island priestess has officially hit rock-bottom... going from island priest, to Island Priest (suggestion from his/her publicist being image conscious), to adopting the moniker "island priestess".. but thanks to a few who have slapped down the loins of ineptitude, he is now island dressing.

Pat Riley won the "Co-Executive of the Year" award. Did you hear about this??

That just go's to show you how enormous those moves were. I had no idea the award even existed in the first place, and it will probably be another generation before another "Co-Executive" earns headline notability the way Pat has this year. Jerry West pulled plenty of rabbits, but even his Magic/Kareem & Shaq/Kobe tandems never played together in their primes.

The Lakers (end every other team in the NBA) need to step up before Miami ruins professional basketball for everybody else other than HEAT fans!!

dan

Why blame him, Magic? The real problem for the Lakers was the slow as turtle pointguards. Fisher, Blake? o come on. The Lakers can't even guard the slowest PG's like Jarret Jack or JTerry. The Lakers need to address this problem before thinking of trading the bigs. Mitch Cupcake made a blunder when he traded Sasha Vujacic for older Joe Smith. He could have been traded for a PG.

Let's see...

Celtics: threw games in 2007 to purposely try and get a better lottery pick. Luck boxed into Clay Bennett giving away the store for free and worked out a deal to obtain Ray Allen, which then allowed them to leverage their relationship with McHale into obtaining Garnett (who previously refused to go to the Celtics.

End result? 2 visits to the Finals in the last 4 years. 1 title.

Lakers: stupidly traded away Butler for Kwame; had the league's top team (Suns) in desperation up 3-1; followed up in '07 with disappointment, but tried hard every year (Kobe putting up 62 & 81 to make the playoffs). Sadly, suffered a heart breaking loss when Bynum went down due to Kobe crashing into him in 2008.
Luck boxed into a desperate team up for sale looking to shed salary and obtain youth. Traded Marc Gasol, expiring contract Kwame, picks & Critter for Pau Gasol.

End result? 3 finals appearances in the last 4 years. 2 titles

Hmmm.

And yet the Ceptics fans come here and troll?

If Pau's pathetic play in the postseason was partially a result of fatigue from long playoff runs in the past three years and filling in for Bynumm the first 20 games of this year, then why is he considering playing for the Spanish national team this summer??? He'll come back a worn out, doughy Big Bird next to crybaby Snufalufagus Bynum. I'd have no problem shipping both of these guys out for Howard. I'm a lifelong Laker fan and I don't want an injury prone, orverrated punk like Bynum, or a classy yet washed-up, emotionally fragile Gasol. Kobe, Howard, and Odom would make a damn good core.

@yellofever, thanks. My heart hear's that little boy confronting Shoeless Joe Jackson. "Say it isn't so Pau! Say it isn't so!" However, logic tells me that no matter what he claims, if it went down the way we're being led to believe, sporting a new uniform may be in the best interest for everyone. It'll be very difficult for him to forget about it every time he suits up. He needs a tabula rasa, a blank slate. I hope I'm wrong.

@LRob, thanks. Unfortunately AWB's "Pick Up The Pieces" is now the unofficial theme for next season's Lakeshow.

[INSERT EMPTY VOID HERE]

The Lakers (end every other team in the NBA) need to step up before Miami ruins professional basketball for everybody else other than HEAT fans!!
Posted by: dan the man | May 12, 2011 at 06:53 PM

Dude..Dan the man, how in the hell do you put the GENIE back into the BOTTLE? It's not gonna HAPPEN, I expect the Heat to Ring Supreme for many years over the Association. DEAL WITH IT,HATERS

Some "Laker" fans here act like Gasol is version 2.0 of Kwame Brown, and not even thank him for bringing 2 titles to LA; 2 titles that seemed impossible before he came. And now most of you including Magic Johnson suggest this team be blown up? Are you kidding me?! They just lost once and its not like they've been losing for 2 or 3 years in a row. We are lucky this team was reborn, with Kwame and Smush Parker in the lineup and a frustrated Kobe scoring 30-40 a game coz of no help i thought we had to wait for another 20 years like the Celtics to win a championship.

What we need right now is a young and quick point guard who can defend and shoot 3s. Blake was supposed to be the answer last year, I don't know what happened him because he was so good in Portland. Trade Artest, give Barnes more mintues and give Ebanks and Caracter more minutes. Give Gasol 1 more year, and if he still sucks and there's a problem.

The Lakers finally played an elite team in the second round and were exposed as the classless posers they are.

Mediocre Utah (2008 and 2010) and injured Houston (2009) are second round match ups the Lakers can handle, put them on the court with a top tier team and they get destroyed, physically and mentally.


Wow,I hadn't posted on the blog since the debacle in Dallas. I almost thought I was on the wrong blog with all the new posters(LOL). At any rate, I have to agree with Magic that the team needs to be blown up, but, I don't think they should trade LO. I would trade Drew and Pau, and the Ls FO needs to get at least 2 knockdown shooters who can consistently hit from beyond the arc,and it wouldn't hurt if they can close out on 3pt. shooters,as well. They also should get a slasher type of player who can get in the paint and create their own shot or create shots for their teammates, especially the bigs.

I know some will disagree with me about trading the above named players but, if the Ls have a shot at acquiring DHoward, then I think those players I named would be the players to give up.

I also think they should 'try' to get rid of Ron Ron, and DFish should definitely be relegated to the bench...no way he should EVER start again.

Now that I've gotten that outta my system, y'all can have at me. (LOL)

~

@LRob and Amit: I haven't had a chance to post here for the past few days, so I'm behind on my musical contributions.

For today's entry, Imma go with a jazz music icon that, unfortunately, I rarely here on the airwaves these days...such a pity. At any rate...enjoy!


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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOm17yw__6U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApaPbP0CT5M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-rjvoZOaos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqn3PF_DcSg

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Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

Where are all the mj and kobe comparisons now? Crickets....All the earlier talk about kobe is just as good as jordan is now gone forever. Where is the 3 peat bus by the way? I'm a true blue laker fan but I'm not delusional. All of the Priest predictions were 100% accurate thus far. Calling the Priest priestess is hobbit and trolley man shtick and is funny but juvenile. Let me laugh. hahahahaha. Hobbit based on your writing style you can be no more than 12 years old and should not be having conversations with adults. Go to bed! Trolley Man does your moniker refer to your occupation of collecting cans and bottles? But obviously you are suffering from dissociative disorder and should seek professional help immediately. Let me correct myself. Trolley man, psp, rsp, point forward should all go and seek psychiatric help at the local clinic.

I love Pau, I really do... and I certainly do not want him traded,


*BUT**


For the love of sonny Jesus, why doesn't someone tell the guy to hit the FREAKING GYM!!! I love you, Pau, you're such a caring and gentlemanly sort, really, you're a mench. I think your parents are tremendously proud! Hell, who wouldn't be proud of such a son?!


**BUT**


For crying out a shiite load of tears, why don't you hit the FREAKING GYM and bulk up a little so the mofos of the world stop calling you "soft."


Kareem always says that leg strength is huge for a center, so why don't you hit the FREAKING GYM, huh? I know Pau doesn't waste his time reading this rag, but I wish someone close to the dapper don Juan would tell this guy to hit the FREAKING GYM and bulk up a little.


No need to become the next Mr. Olympian, but where's your PRIDE, bro? You got that ugly bastard Perkins calling you a "softie" and others in the league say the same all the time, doesn't this stuff bother you?


REALLY, DOESN'T THIS MOCKING CHATTER BOTHER YOU????

@ LongTimeLakerFan
I am not a Celtic fan by any means, but I hate #6 on the Heat even more. If you remember last year when #6.. #23 last year got kicked out of the playoff, he acted like a little three year old and stormed off the court, and didnt do an after game press interview. Now he is so humbled, and talking to the other team just because he won. Im thinking thats why Garnet and Pierce did that. Just sayin. You have to remember who they are dealing with.

Im sorry.. That was the year before. I was out of the country last year. Regardless when it happened.. It happened. Everyone on the planet knows ( excluding miami, and they are just in denial ) #6 is a joke, and will never be in the same class as kobe. Ask Ohio how good he is, and how many rings he brought them.. He keeps saying that he couldn't do it him self, yet he also says how much he loves his ex teammates.. Yeah thats showing love and respect. Pretty much saying they are garbage. Classy dude.

The 131-92 beat down was the largest margin in finals history. It is a very dubious honor for Kobe. Explain that stat hobbit? Or explain the 36 point beat down by the soft dallas mavericks? Or why the fantastic mr. bryant couldn't get by the 38 year old jason kidd? Or why lbj routinely embarrasses kobe in christmas day games? The more kobe plays the more mediocre he gets. But as long as he gets to eat first and prove his critics wrong then he is happy.

@ jolly joe
The celtics are mediocre?
The magic is mediocre?
@HMC
Couldn't agree with you more other than barnes. He is garbage. He couldn't stop me. im a 5'9" white dude with no game and he is supposed to be a defensive player. Artes is still one of the league leaders in steals, and getting under peoples skin. He started to come around post all-star break. I say keep him. I think all we need is a speedy point guard, and three point shooter to spread the floor. We dont need to "BLOW up the team". We just need a few more pieces. Gasol is human. He is still an ass-star. He helped bring the trophy to L.A. two years in a row.. I was in favor of moving Shaq because he was getting old for a big ( huge ) man. But not this. Gasol, Bynum, Artest, and LO all need to come back.

Lakers Starters Next Season:

Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Kevin Love
Center: Yao Ming
Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
Point Guard: Chris Paul

Bench: Odom, Artest, Blake Griffin, Brown, Steve Nash, Barnes, Fish (needs to retire already)

Lakers should try to get Kevin Durant next 3 years!!!

Lakers Starters Next Season:

Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Kevin Love

Center: Yao Ming or Manny Pacquiao (the first Filipino NBA player)

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
Point Guard: Chris Paul

Bench: Odom, Artest, Blake Griffin, Brown, Steve Nash, Barnes, Fish (needs to retire already and show some dignity!!!)

Lakers should try to get Kevin Durant next 3 years!!!

well its going to be a long offseason one way or another. the lakers will have more time than ever to think about their failure and to retool and come back while whoever wins will have extra time to celebrate and let it soak in. i hope its not miami. sadly i am looking at an 06 rematch with miami coming out winners again.

After three straight NBA Finals appearances this year early exit from NBA Playoff is a way basketball gods tell the Lakers to take a rest.

I don't care what he says, he let us know he can't be depended upon. Another grown man hits you in the chest in front of the world, and you don't respond. Laker front office please trade Pau Gasol right now, first chance. This, "I'll be ready next year crap", don't listen please. If at all possible trade him. There is a reason he was traded from Memphis, NO HEART. They made sure he didn't let them down anymore. They made the playoffs with him as the # 1 man, what was the result, SOFT, they didn't advance. I think he's worn out his welcome in L.A. also.


wussup lakers fans no need 2 worry. i have the perfect scenerio. hire rick adelman, trade gasol artest and either fisher or blake for chris paul trevor ariza and emeka okafor. I need you guys to pass it along lets get mitch kupchak's attention and make this thing happen. with this trade we get youth, athleticism, and great 3 point shooting; all of the things the team was missing this year. And with okafor we will continue the length and great interior defense that we enjoyed the last couple of years.



wussup lakers fans no need 2 worry. i have the perfect scenerio. hire rick adelman, trade gasol artest and either fisher or blake for chris paul trevor ariza and emeka okafor. I need you guys to pass it along lets get mitch kupchak's attention and make this thing happen. with this trade we get youth, athleticism, and great 3 point shooting; all of the things the team was missing this year. And with okafor we will continue the length and great interior defense that we enjoyed the last couple of years.


Again, stop living in a dream world. Gasol gave us two championships and without him, Kobe wouldn't even be a Laker now. The Lakers are not going to trade Gasol or Bynum or LO. Orlando is not going to trade Howard this year. If we want Howard, he will come in a sign and trade the following year. All the Lakers need to do is get a shooter and a point guard who can stay with the other guards in the league. I say Ray Felton would be good. He got a nice shot as well. Also, Jamaal Crawford will be available from the Hawks. He can really shoot the rock.

And the lockout may force the Lakers and a lot of other teams to stick with their current personnel. If the lockout happens and it is for an extended period of time, there can be no player movement.

I agree Pau should know by now how to adjust his intensity (man up!) and not allow himself to be dominated by lesser apponents...it's called PRIDE. I also think Theo (longshot), Character, Barnes, and Blake (need more time in the system) hurt the bench production. Fisher works well only if the PG coming off the bench provides offense and defense. Too many games they were packing the middle, knowing there was no outside threat. Farmar, Ariza, and sometimes Sasha were outside threats, and demanded attention. Lamar, Ron, Fish, and Gasol....nobody could hit an outside shot. As far as I saw it, Kobe and Bynum did pretty well in the playoffs.

>>>at least the celtics didnt try to beat up their opponents

Not in this series - actually, it was D Wade who did that in this series - his takedown of Rondo dislocated Rondo's elbow. Kobe should have been classy like DWade and taken down Jason Terry and dislocated his elbow. Then maybe the Lakers would have moved on like the Meat.

>>>he traded Sasha Vujacic for older Joe Smith. He could have been traded for a PG.

Yeah, because everybody knows that New Orleans would have given up Chris Paul for Sasha. He could have had Joe Smith and instead he picked Joe Smith. DAMN YOU KUPCHAK!!!!

Lucky Laker Fan,

>>>I am not a Celtic fan by any means, but I hate #6 on the Heat even more. If
>>>you remember last year when #6.. #23 last year got kicked out of the
>>>playoff, he acted like a little three year old and stormed off the court, and
>>>didnt do an after game press interview. Now he is so humbled, and talking to
>>>the other team just because he won. Im thinking thats why Garnet and Pierce
>>>did that

Yep, I agree with you. In fact I think Pierce and Garnett KNEW they were going to lose and planned on not shaking LeBronze's hand. Way to lower yourself to the level of the spoiled brat.

Much as some hate Kobe, at least he's a good enough sport to congratulate his opponents when he's defeated - even the Celtics in the 2008 finals and the Mavs this year. If you watch the post game, he was going around to a bunch of different Mavs and congratulating them.

As for Odom, it was just a hard foul on Dirk - no worse than what Jason Terry threw on Blake in the regular season. And Bynum's got the same problem Shaq sometimes had - a slight tap from someone that big is going to fall like a ton of bricks on a little guy. If Blake tries to foul Barea hard, Barea probably doesn't even fall down. Bynum does it and it looks like assault (if it was outside the context of a sporting event).

Hopefully the lost $700,000 will inspire Bynum not to try any other hard fouls.

Island Priest,

>>>The 131-92 beat down was the largest margin in finals history. It is a very
>>>dubious honor for Kobe. Explain that stat hobbit?

Magic lost finals game by 34 points.

Jordan lost a finals game by 19 points.

Basketball is a team sport. No matter how good they are, a single player can't carry a team (or not for long). If the team falls flat against a good team, then a single star can't singlehandedly win games for them.

Oh, and by the way, the more times you MAKE the finals, the more finals games you play, and thus the more chances you have of having a game where your team falls flat around you.

Jordan only ever made it to 6 finals.

Magic made it to 8 finals, so he managed to sqeak out one worse stinker of a game than Jordan.

Kobe has made it to the finals 7 times so far. He's 5-for 7, with only one huge loss. Game 5 of the 2010 finals might have turned into a huge loss if Kobe hadn't shot the lights out to keep the Lakers close.

So far LeBronze has only ever made the finals once, so he's only lost by small margins (and hasn't won a finals game yet). If he makes it to 7 or 8 finals in his career, I'm sure you'll see LeBronze with a 25+ point loss in the finals.

>>>There is a reason he was traded from Memphis, NO HEART.

So you're saying Pau is the tin-man.

I guess Kobe has to be Dorothy. He's the one trying to lead them all to Oz.

Who's the cowardly lion?

Who's the scarecrow?

And who's Toto?

If I'm not mistaken, according to the current CBA you can straight up trade Bynum for Howard (Salaries match) and Pau for Chris Pau (Salaries match). Just have to figure out how to convince Orlando and the League.

Nice starting lineup

Paul
Kobe
Barnes
Odom
Howard

Here we go again. As soon as a player have a few bad games, they're a trade target. Pau has been playing well, but we all know that it takes a TEAM to win a championship. If they trade Gasol and or Bynum, they will not make it again in MY opinion. Also, when LeBron left Cleveland everyone was saying he was wrong for making that decision. People were saying that Miami was DWade's team and that LeBron destroyed his legacy. If thats the case, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Ray Allen, Gary Payton and now possibly DHoward is in jeopardy of doing the same thing. The fact is, it's all about a championship, regardless of who's a franchise player or who goes where, if you don't achieve the ultimate goal (hand jewelry) it will always be considered as "making a bad decision"...Pau makes people around him better and Howard doesn't..Either way, the Lakers Dynasty is over (yeah it was quick to me to) and so is the Celtics...Whoever comes out of the East in the next 3 years will win the NBA Championship....Oh yeah...Go Bulls, we have D Rose that grew from concrete...lbvvs

To all Lakers haters,
Lakers are great win or lose, cheap shots or no, first or last. They have always been my team and they will always be my team. Thanks to the Lakers for the 35+ years I have been watching of great basketball. Looking forward to another 35+ years more.

You Lakers fans are so pathetic. Yeah, Gasol disappeared entirely in the playoffs; he played like arse. He also brought your team 2 championships, and there's no way you can deny that with a straight face.

The man has too much talent, pride & determination not to rebound from this. However, if your fairweather fans are naive enough to think this postseason is who he is from now on, by all means trade him to us. You won't win again next year anyway.


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