So it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Let’s just say it works cap-wise, how the heck would New Orleans and Orlando basically hand the Lakers the Championship. The Lakers starting lineup would be Chris Paul at the point, Kobe at the 2, Ron Artest at the small forward, Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Caracter at power forward? In essence, the Lakers are going all in with this move, if it happens. I do like trading away Andrew Bynum. He’s had knee problems for a while and I don’t think he likes being a 4th option. I’d love to see how he is when he’s the man. Although I’d miss Pau Gasol, getting Howard will give the Lakers a physical presence in the paint. As for L.O., consistency has always been a problem for Lamar. Double-double one game, M.I.A. the next. Getting Chris Paul will finally give the Lakers a true point guard, one they haven’t had since Magic. I can see the Dwight Howard trade happening but not Chris Paul. Paul has made it obviosu that he wants to go to NY to play with Carmelo and Amare. Paul is not an LA guy. He’s East Coast. If the Lakers made this move, it would be the sickest every. Better than the Shaq signing, better than the Pau Gasol. Anyway, Lakers better be good if they want Santa to give them title hopes for the next 5 years…
I’m not gonna sugar coat it. Gasol single handedly blew this game for the Lakers. Turnover after turnover and then fouling Dirk Nowitzki and putting them on the line about 35 feet away from the basket when you’re up by 1 point? What the F!@# is wrong with this guy? And the sad part is that after making mistake after mistake, all Gasol did was make that stupid face like “where’s the foul?” I don’t wanna blame Europeans for being soft because Nowitzki punked Gasol tonight. I have a suggestion for Phil Jackson and the Lakers… start Odom for Game 2. I know, you’re probably thinking that I’m panicking. But that’s not true. Gasol has been playing like a bitch all year. Don’t let his 15-11-7 on the night fool you. All that matters is what happens in the 4th quarter and in this case, Gasol GASUCKED!!! I do think that the refs should’ve called a foul on Jason Kidd at the end of the game. You gotta call it both ways. Don’t worry Lakers fans, they’re still gonna beat the Mavs, it’s just gonna take 1 game longer. I still have the Lakers in 6. Time to bring out the MAMBA!
#1 rule of making tough guy faces: make sure you win the game. #2 rule of making tough guy faces: make sure you are winning at the time you make it. Big Baby, who actually had a decent game, looks like a fool. Don’t talk shit when you haven’t led since the 5 minute mark in the 1st quarter. Don’t talk shit when you’re not a starter. Don’t talk shit when you haven’t accomplished anything on the court in your life. Enough of the Baby, let’s move on to the game. WHAT A GAME!!!
Derek Fisher, my new hero. There’s only 1 guy I’ve seen take over games like that, and he too is on the Lakers. Fisher, who I myself have sworn off MANY times, came through in the clutch again. He’s making a great argument for being series MVP and possibly even hanging his jersey from the rafters at Staples. D-Fish, guts.
Nice to see Lamar Odom contributing. Still worried about Ron Artest’s offense. He still needs to shoot to keep the defense honest. As for the Cs, they can blame this game on Ray Allen who put up a big donut, and Paul Pierce. Lakers back in the driver’s seat, oh what I would give for a sweep in Boston….
What a game! Kobe Bryant and his fellow Lakers did what they needed to in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: not just win, but send a message. Sure, there may have been a couple of bad calls but they went both ways. Kobe leading the way with 30 and my dog RON ARTEST bringin’ the noise. This guy brought intensity from the first minute, setting the tone physically with a double tech with Paul Pierce. Shooting 3-5 from behind the arc didn’t hurt either. Celtics looked a little discombobulated. KG played like he was 34, Ray Allen was plagued with foul trouble; Rajon Rondo looked average (even though he filled the box scores); and the old psycho Rasheed Wallace was back at his old tricks. He played a decent game on paper but mentally, this guy just took his whole team out of the game. Back to the series, Lakers MUST win game 2. Not celebrating yet, but frankly, I think the Lakers could play a lot better, which is something Boston should be very scared of. I’d like to see Pau Gasolget going a little bit more offensively early on and Lamar Odom, well, I’d like to see 19 and 19. Next game Sunday. Beat BOS-TON, beat BOS-TON, beat BOS-TON!!!
This one shouldn’t have been this close. How did I know that the Lakers were going to blow a huge lead and let this one go down to the wire. It’s gotta feel great to close out a series on the road. You silence the crowd, everyone in Phoenix going to there adobe houses sad… Kobe Bryant showing everyone why he is the best player in the league right now. That’s right, not Lebron. Did you see those shots he took at the end of the game? Unbelievable, that’s all I have to say. And not 1 shot, dagger after dagger with double teams in his face. Amare Stoudamrie decided to wake up in the second half, throwing it down on Gasol. That was nice. Too little too late though. Stupid Sasha Vujacic, almost costing the Lakers the game with his technical, giving Phoenix a 7 point trip and plenty of momentum that made this game close. They should’ve double Tech-ed Sasha and Goran for Goran’s shit talking, but of course, no one ever sees the instigator. Nice to see Ron Artest’s confidence taking off, and just in time for the Boston Series. We’re gonna need him. He was shooting and playing like the Ron of last year. A little disappointed with Pau Gasol’s play. Looked soft on offense and worse on defense. Let’s hope that it’s just a fluke. Even Super Pau needs a day off. Valiant effort by the Suns, but I don’t see Amare hangin’ around. He’s been trade bait for years and frankly, if I were him, I’d give Lebron and D-Wade a call. On to the finals, Boston vs. LA. This is gonna be tough for the Lakers. I have this sick feeling deep in my stomach, hope it’s not a Boston Championship.
Portland v. Phoenix: The Phoenix Suns have been playing like the Suns of old. Amare Stoudamire finally looks like the beast he was a few years ago. Steve Nash is still one of the top point guards in the league. They’re facing a depleted Portland team without their star Brandon Roy. Marcus Camby is one of those proven “losers” who will never be on a winning team. I like Batum, LaMarcus and A-Miller but they just don’t have enough firepower without Roy. Neither one of these teams is advancing past the second round anyway. I’ll take the Suns in 7.
Dallas v. San Antonio: Remember a couple months ago when the Mavericks were streaking, I think they won 13 in a row? Well, streaks over now. The Caron Butler hype has died down. It’s the Spurs that are playing the best basketball in the West. It’s too bad these two teams had to match up in the first round. While offensively both these teams have the ability to win the game, same ol’ story for the Mavs…no defense, no fundamentals. Enter the “Big F” himself in Tim Duncan, with the best offseason pickup of the year in Richard Jefferson, and you got a recipe for success. As long as Tony Parker can play like he used to, and Ginobli continue what he’s doing, the Spurs should take this series in 6, and the only reason it goes that far is ’cause the Mavs have home court advantage.
Utah v. Denver : This is going to be the most interesting match-up in the first round. I would love to see the Nuggets fail (man do I hate J.R. Smith) but they just have a little more swagger and tougness than the Jazz. Carmelo Anthony is a bonafide superstar that can take over any game and Mr. Big Shot Billups has been to the promised land and knows hot to get there again. I am concerned however about the depth of the Jazz. Paul Milsap has been a bust since signing that big offseason contract extension. Boozer and D-Will are solid but there’s no one else that you can rely on (maybe Okur). Jazz are hurting at shooting guard and small forward, AK-47 is injured. Kyle Korver can only shoot 3s. It’s gonna be gritty but the Nuggets should wrap this up in 5.
Oklahoma City v. Lakers: Now on paper, you would take the Lakers in 4. BUT, the Lakers have taken care of business all year. They don’t put teams away when they should. Their bench has been MIA all year. Kobe’s finger is STILL an issue. Bynum’s health is still in question. With that said, I do expect a HUGE series from Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Nobody is gonna be able to stop these guys. The Thunder, on the other hand, have nothing to lose. Kevin Durant is having an MVP type season. But that’s it. Russell Westbrook FG% and 3pt% is horrible. Sure, he can drive and dish and dunk but if he can’t stretch the defense with his outside shooting, they’re gonna have problems. Plus, with the size the Lakers have, I don’t think the Thunder is going to do much in the paint. Look for the Lakers to outshine the Thunder, LA in 4 (did I just say that?)
So the Los Angeles Lakers jsut signed Kobe Bryant to a 3- year extension for $84 million. BIG time money for a BIG time player. I don’t have a problem with the Lakers paying this much money for him but one has to wonder how many more miles are left on Kobe? He’s been in the league for 14 years. He’s been to the playoffs at least 8 times. Add in playing for the Olympics and you’ll probably get the oldest legs in the league. The good news is that the Lakers have their core tied up for the next couple of years, including Gasol, Artest, Odom and Bynum. This means one of two things for the Lakers: (1) dynasty time or (2) waste of money time. I think if the Lakers should be able to put together at least one more championship in LA in either of the next two seasons. Their toughest challenge will be this year’s Cleveland team. Who knows where Lebron will be next year? If someone can knock the King out of the playoffs this year like Orlando or maybe even Boston, then the Lakers will have a clear path to the promised land (assuming they handle the Nuggets). All I need the Lakers to do in the off-season is to fix that nasty bench of theirs’. Don’t sign Farmar to an extension, he’s garbage. Don’t resign Vujacic after next year. Extending his contract was a big mistake in the first place. Drop Adam Morrison. He’s just not NBA material. Find a serviceable point guard. Someone, anyone that is young and can run the offense. I mean look at Ty Lawson, Darren Collision. Sure they were first round picks but not lottery. Maybe pick up a free agent like Raymond Felton, Acie Law, J.J. Barea? How about Steve Blake? These guys are all gonna be single at the end of the season. While everyone is focusing on Wade, Lebron and Bosh, the Lakers might be able to swoop in and steal one of these guys. They lock up a young point guard that can play defense, hit the 3, and drive ‘n dish and we might be looking at a 3-peat. CAN YOU DIG IT!!!
Has anyone seen the Lakers’ bench? They lost again on the road tonight, this time to the Atlanta Hawks 109-92. The Hawks bench outscore the Lakers 48-22. If you take out Jordan Farmar’s 16, you got a total of 6 points by four players in 32 minutes of play… that’s just not gonna cut it. Lakers have been struggling lately and need Bynum to come back so Lamar Odom can hit move out of the starting lineup and provide a consistent spark off the bench. Luckily for the Lakers, with 7 games left in the season and a 4 game lead over the Mavericks, they have home court all but locked up in the West. Now if someone can knock out Cleveland before they reach teh finals, we’ll be looking at another Championship Banner at Staples next year.
If you told me that the Lakers, without Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, with Ron Artest only scoring 3 points, would go into Salt Lake City and HAMMER the Utah Jazz (with a full squad might I add), I would say “you gotta be kidding me.” How are the Lakers 3-0 without the Kobster? And let me tell you, they are beating some decent teams out there. My guess it that without Kobe and Bynum, two black holes that demnd the ball every time down, the Lakes can play at ease and know that if they pass the ball around it’ll probably come back to them. Bravo Lamar Odom and Paul Gasol for leading the fellas in back to back to back victories. These guys are true players, never complaining when they don’t get the ball and are able to take back seats to Kobe when he’s healthy. I just hope that the Mamba is appreciative of the teammates that he has. And by the way, is it just me or has Paul Milsap been a bust?
Opening night of the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers went right back to work, disposing of the Los Angeles Clippers 99-92. This game wasn’t as close as the score shows, as the Lakers were up double digits in the first quarter. The Clippers made a few runs througout the game, cutting the lead to even 1 point but you can tell that they were never gonna pull it out. It was nice to see everyone get their championship rings prior to the game. Hope they can get one for new Laker Ron Artest this year. As for the Clippers, sad to see Blake Griffin starting his career on the injured list, let alone as a Clipper. Hope he doesnt turn into a Danny Manning/Shaun Livingston/bust. I’m looking at this Clippers team and other than Eric Gordon (and Griffin), there’s no one on this team that plays with fire, the love. We all know the history of Baron Davis, Ricky Davis, and Marcus Camby, a collection of selfish athletes. Then again, I guess Mr. Donald Sterling doesn’t really give two shits about this team, considering they’ve had only 2 winning seasons in over 20 years. Back to the Lakers, it’s gonna be a fun year, especially when Pau Gasol returns from the sore hammy. I don’t know what sucks more, the Lakers’ bench or Baron Davis?