Brand New Drama In Tinseltown

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Phil Jackson‘s blaming Kobe Bryant (check the 2:30 mark of the video above).

Like the actor in that old Sprite commercial, Kobe is wondering what his motivation is and in doing so is hoping to enlist the services of a few good men and women (the media) to make sure and remind his teammates to follow suit.

2011 is barely 48 hours old and we’re already neck-deep in some brand new Tinseltown drama, courtesy of the two-time defending NBA champions, who got hammered by the Hang Time Grizzlies 104-85 Sunday at Staples Center.

It’s a good thing we crumpled up that list of resolutions that included No. 4, “Leave the Lakers alone until the playoffs.” Because the Lakers didn’t even wait until All-Star Weekend to start taking pot shots at each other.

Pau Gasol is still laboring up and down the floor, Lamar Odom‘s been moved back to a bench role for Andrew Bynum, who is back but nowhere near close to playing at his very best. Ron Artest is missing in action these days, as is the Lakers’ upgraded bench crew, and then there is this Phil-Kobe drama — complete with Phil calling Kobe out after the game last night and then Kobe calling out the rest of the Lakers.

It’s a bit sad to see a team of this caliber drowning in its own drama with so much of the season yet to play out. But maybe that’s what keeps this crew going, the extra drama?

It’s great theater for those of us that Kobe is hoping will carry his message of inspiration, guys like Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times:

“I think the big issue is individually, finding things that motivate you,” Bryant said.

“I’m pretty self-motivated but I think for the guys, from talking to them, it’s important to find little challenges so they can get up every single night, whether it’s reading one of your . . . stories or whatever it is, you’ve got to find something that gets you going a little bit. . . .

“That’s the role that you guys [the press] play in this thing. You guys write doom-and-gloom stories. I think that actually builds up a lot of tension.

“Most of the guys don’t read them, but you can feel the energy from the crowd when you go out there, how concerned everybody is, so that does put a lot of pressure on us.”

The pressure is on all right.

It’s coming from Texas, where the Spurs and even the Dallas Mavericks, who are dealing with some serious injury issues of their own with both Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler (who would be out for the rest of the season with that knee injury suffered over the weekend).

The Lakers start 2011 behind the Spurs, Mavericks and Jazz in the Western Conference standings. So the sooner they can sort out their internal drama, the sooner they can get back to chasing that third straight title some of us (yes, we picked the Lakers to make it again) predicted they would fight for in June.

322 Comments

  1. Lux195 says:

    It is so obvious blame the triangle offense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s the only root problem since the Lakers lost to the pistons in 2004. Karl malone is the 2nd all time scorer but struggled because he is used to having a point guard assisting him. Gary payton struggled because the triangle limits his point guard skills. Triangle offense is the lakers only difference from the other teams. Thats why they are the most frustrating team. Triangle is a passing game. it is a boring system because of less feet movement and rhythm of offense creates rhythm for defense. They got Lazy when in defense because they don’t move much in offense or atleast if they have a real point guard, the point guard dictates the tempo & rhythm. We all know that the lakers are playing great basketball when kobe is passing the ball, Then it just means the lakers are denying that having a point guard elevates there game more… The whole team gets bored when most of the time they are on there own to make a play. It’s really true that the game is easier if there’s a point guard assisting them, the team mates will be energized if theres a guy who’s running and making dribble penetrations, unlike now, fisher, the guy who is supposed to be the fastest guy in the starter is just always standing & old slow.

    That should be the root problem. Imagine the lakers not using the triangle offense in the 2004 finals, 2008 finals, The lakers will win games that they should win. The problem with triangle offense that is proven already is there are not much dribble penetration to shake a quick tough good defense. If only payton/fish in 2004 are making dribble penetrations against the pistons and zones, kobe ,malone, shaq will be free up more from double teams if there’s a point guard that runs to take away all the attention of the opponents. The same thing in 2008 finals. I don’t blame gasol for being soft that time because i am sure his game will be easier if he’s being assisted by a real point guard. The same thing in the 2009 & 2010finals against magic and celtics. They both barely won against them. In 2009 the lakers are much better even w/o a point guard, with the help of ariza slashing & athletism in offense/defense. And in 2010 I believe the lakers lost if only perkins is not injured. Artest cannot get a rebound and drive shot is only perkins is around. Artest is slow.

    & They said that triangle is only effective if there’s a player like Jordan and Kobe. Kobe is slowing down with age and injuries, he can’t slash and get fouled like he used to anymore. A big team like a healthy portland, milwaukee, boston, and tough quick team of Lebron and wade in miami can easily defend the lakers in triangle.

    The only salvation of the Lakers is screwing the triangle when they are against a big & quick tough team and get a point guard to assist & help generate rhythm and energy for there slow and aging starters. Fisher is slow, artest is slow, bynum is slow, gasol is mid slow, kobe is slowing. Gasol is not Kareem and shaq who can consistently make consecutive shots. specially against tall opponents. They are in trouble if Kobe gets doubled, Fisher is consistently and doing consecutive missed shots. They really need a point guard or atleast a quick slasher like ariza again….

    Damn it! It’s the only possible explanation why the Lakers are struggling and frustrating there fans… I Imagine they they could have made the playoffs when they got Odom, butler and Kobe if theres only a point guard that runs them. Just like nash as an engine for the phoenix line up of Bell, quentin richardson, marion, Joe johnson, amare, house etc…

  2. JazzFan says:

    Phil Jackson needs to get off that elevated chair and come down to earth and actually coach instead of telling his players to give the ball to Kobe-me all the time! LA-LA land has hyped the Flakers up and now they’re falling flat on their faces! it’s about time! They are not a cohesive team – too many egos and too many hot dogs. When Bynum joined – the hype was about how great a player he is .. well where’s that player??

    Gasol needs a haircut and some sprucing up and Mr. Kardashian … enough said!

    I’d sooner see the end of the FLakers and Phil Jackson! Jackson has gotten where he is by smoozing the owner’s daughter – if he didn’t have Jordan, he’d be coaching the D-leagues!

  3. Duncan Decade Fan says:

    Tim Duncan Rocks! Go Spurs Go!!

  4. paulpierce says:

    Kobe sucks. Boston #18. Trade kobe to scalabrine and the lakers won this year’s championship.

  5. Jan says:

    so many haters are loving this right now hahahaha…. all your combined wishful thinking that the Lakers will somehow self destruct is short-lived… come play-offs the Lakers will be crowned as champions again… sorry fans for the rest of the leagues teams…

    • Fact Not Fiction says:

      Lakers as the 6th or 7th team overall winning the championship…now that’s wishful thinking.

  6. Sean says:

    “TrurFan” You make good points. Good job making those statements. Might I add that the Lakers with the leadreship of Kobe and Phil has proven to be great. Sometimes we face adversity which enables us to experience what is at hand and hopefully get stronger and learn from it. Patience and wisdom is key. And that’s something that the Lakers organization have. They don’t have 16 rings just by chance. Watch how the Lakers will regain their strengths and take care of business and themselves. Kobe and the rest of the players will continue to get treatment for what ever their body may be experiencing. Kobe will be fine despite how many minutes he’s played in his career. He’s in great shape and takes very good care of himself. On another note, do not be surprised if we see any changes in the roster. Trust me. I’ve been watching the body language of some players on the Lakers and the energy is very low. A person can have the best abilities in the world, but if they don’t apply themselves and use it wisely then that ability becomes obsolete. In other words, it won’t matter how gifted are great you are as a team or a player if you don’t utilize your skills to the best of your abilities and be wise with it failure will be a factor. But I believe that the Lakers will come together and make it happen again. Trust that. There may be a slight change though. Stay tuned.

    • TrueFan says:

      Thanks and I completely agree with you about the possibility of changes in the lineup. People like Fisher and Artest, 2 starters, are not contributing at all on most nights. The attitude of this team is just off right now. Too many players hanging their heads and not making the effort and it’s killing them.

  7. no mammes says:

    I’m frustrated about how the Lakers are playing as of late. I’ll give the Spurs, Heat, and Mavs their props for their impressive start.They are playing a whole lot better then the Lakers. That being said it is still early in the season and teams hit ruff patches through the long NBA season, It’s a not a race it is a marathon, so anything is possible. Case in point last season the Celtics were in a funk mid season and everyone was writing them off as too old and that their run was over, I relished in their struggles. This is the same argument being said about the Lakers currently, yet that Celtic team pretty much steam rolled through the playoffs and were basically one quarter away from winning the title. At this point last year the Cavs had the best record in the league and were already coronated as the NBA champs after analiating the Lakers on Christmas Day. The point is that regular season basketball is played at a different pace then playoff basketball which is played at a slower pace predominately in the half court. Where the Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics are all great at and they have great defenses that makes them great playoff teams. I’m not predicting that the Lakers will win the title this year and threepeat but I wouldn’t count them out just yet as an example of recent history.

  8. Ryan says:

    do any of you on here even watch the games? please stop talking based solely on hatred or espn highlights, the lakers are fine, they have gone through these struggles before, they will get it together and win over 50 games this season, dont forget their winning % is still almost 700. and kobe is a ballhog? whoever says that is an idiot or a lebron james stan. kobe averages the most assists on the team, the lakers need to play an inside out game and stick to the offense and they will win almost every night. but hey cant win them all. but seriously ive seen so many dumb comments on here some of you need to punch yourself in the face and actually watch basketball before you speak

    • Fact Not Fiction says:

      Have you watched these games? The Lakers are not fine and you have to be really delusional to make such a crazy statement. No one is saying the Lakers won’t get to the playoffs. The big concern is with the way they are playing how are they going to go in come post season: 5th seed, 6th seed? If that becomes the case do you realize that they will most likely have to go through both the top two teams for the west title? Do your realize that they have never gone to the finals when they were lower than the number 3 team? Do you also realize that they won’t get home court advantage this year? All these problems and your telling me that the Lakers are fine?

  9. Spliftout says:

    Old Spurs will run out of gas before the playoffs. As soon as the Lakers make AB their focus on offense and KB goes to more of a facilitator role they can be unbeatable question is will that happen?

  10. sandiego Laker says:

    Kobe is still the man but not the man he was. Perhaps we should be looking at adding Carmelo. We need young legs.

  11. TrueFan says:

    Also judging Kobe on shooting percentage this season and most of last season is a little misleading. His shot isn’t off because of age, you shoot with the injuries that Kobe has to his shooting hand and tell me how hard it is to shoot jumpers. Granted if his shots going to be off he should distribute the ball more but it would help if Fisher wasn’t shooting like 29% lately and Artest couldn’t make a shot if his life depended on it. The shooting inconsistencies from them and the benches sporadic play combined with Gasol being out worked just about every night now is not helping Kobe burden this load. Yeah their team is pretty deep but any team can go through streaks like this if the supporting cast and it’s main players are inconsistent. Give them time, they’ll regain composure like all great teams do and we’ll see them come playoffs.

    • LBJ Forever says:

      Comeon man, his finger? His FINGER??? Please come up with a better excuse than that. Its always been perfectly FINE when his shot is ON though for the last 2 seasons right? When he hits 50% then his finger is FINE. Well? It has to be considering when you say hes NOT shooting good then its his finger. Please. You can’t have it both ways. He has had time to get surgery and just has not. Theres absolutely NO reason he should not have had it or COULD not have had it THIS past summer IF it was really that bad. The fact of the matter is, its NOT. It is DEFINITELY due to aging, tired legs. If you play ball you would know when you dont have your legs your shot is going to be short more times than not, and I see alot of short ones bein put up by Kobe. Finger excuse = FAIL

      • TrueFan says:

        First of all if you actually followed Kobe’s career you would know that his shot has consistently been flat and short. That isn’t because of his “old legs”, it’s just the way he shoots and often times it’s a line drive type of shot that comes up shorts as apposed to a high arching rainbow. Secondly, I’m not one of those people who only uses the injury as an excuse when his shot is off. I give him credit for having those good shooting nights even with the bad hand but I know more often than not his shot is going to be off because of the hand. I agree, he should’ve had the surgery but that doesn’t really change the fact that he sprained another finger early on this season. Lastly, yes he’s played a lot of games for his age but people forget that he is one of if not the best conditioned player in the league and is in better shape than most of the young players. His off the court work has allowed him to stay healthy for the most part and his lift and quickness looks fine right now given he’s not going to be dunking as consistently as he did in his younger days but he can still get up, ask Nocioni.

  12. okidokey says:

    Whatever man, the Lakers are playing bad basketball. Kobe is playing bad basketball. Everybody just keeps on saying that they still have a chance at winning the title because they’re LAST SEASON’S champions, c’mon everybody, haven’t you seen the NBA commercial “LAST SEASON WAS LAST SEASON”. And besides, around this time last year, Kobe was hittin’ game winners, now he’s just throwin’ up bricks.

  13. TrueFan says:

    If any of you actually watched the game, instead of just jumping to the 2:30 mark of what Phil says, you would know that he was not blaming Kobe for the loss. He was saying that in the 3rd quarter Kobe took it upon himself to “screw up the offense”, meaning to stop running the triangle, in order to get them back into the game. If you watched the game you would know that if it weren’t for Kobe they would’ve never even made it close midway through the third because if he didn’t go off for like 17 in the start of the quarter they would’ve never closed the gap at all. As far as his shot attempts in that game go you would also know that the majority of them came in the third when he was going on the run and then in the 4th when the game was already out of hand. Gasol got his early 6 points and then him and the rest of the team didn’t do anything after that. Where they lost the game was the lack of energy especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Grizzlies out hustled them for everything as you can tell on the fast break points, 2nd chance points, rebounds (offensive most of all) and turn overs. The Lakers came out lazy and careless and it cost them just like it has been recently.

  14. dong1 says:

    wow this is getting like a Hollywood drama all over again. just play ball and we don’t care what your motivations are. Lakers are just faking it, making issues about all these stuff “we’re down” but are just expecting the ‘rise-from-the-dead” style. just play ball!

  15. Brit Brat says:

    KOBE CHOSE #24 COZ HE WANTS TO BE ONE STEP BETTER THAN MJ (#23)
    LeBRON CHOSE #23 COZ HE THINKS HE IS EQUAL TO MJ, CALLING HIMSELF “THE KING” — HOW CAN YOU BE A KING WITHOUT A SCEPTER (THE RING) AND HOW CAN ONE BE CALLED A KING IF HE HASN’T GOT A KINGDOM TO RULE?
    BOTH OVERRATEDMIAMI-KING (HAHAH) AND HOE-BE BRYANT GOT ISSUES THAT THEY NEE TO SETTLE LOL AT THEIR STUPIDITY — CELTICS ATE THEM HEAT TWICE AND HOE-BE KEEP BITCHIN WHEN THEIR RES DID ALL THEY COULD TO LET THEM “LACKERS” WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR!
    AND TO QUOTE MJ HERE,
    “TALENT WINS GAMES, BUT TEAMWORK WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS”.

    NUFF SAID >>> BOSTON CELTICS 2011 NBA CHAMPIONS!!!

  16. LBJ Forever says:

    You know what I find the most funny about all of this with Laker fans? Is this. When Miami started off the season on a bad note while they were still getting it together, most all of these same Laker fans would say “oh they suck” or “they will NEVER be any good” or “their done before they even could get started”, blah blah on and on. Just hatin. Ok. Tell me exactly what you are doin? I’ll tell you. You are using the REGULAR SEASON for a barometer for Miami, just like everyone does, professional analysts and amateur fans alike. THIS is the here and now and is what we have to go on.

    So then Laker fans, tell me WHY is it OK for you to use the regular season for every other team to say something about them, most of the time that they suck, but yet when it comes to YOUR Lakers, its ALWAYS “wait until the playoffs THEN we’ll get it together this regular season dont mean NUTTIN”. OOOOOHHH ok, right. So it means NOTHING when we talk about the Lakers, but means EVERYTHING when we talk about the Heat or any other team for that matter. You dissect each and every game, overanalyze it. But again when it comes to the Lakers its OK to just say the regular season means nothing and the playoffs are where its at LOL.

    Shows how much most of you are a bunch of hyprocrits and haters with your double standards. And NO don’t say well the Lakers have won 2 chips in a row. Ok yes thats a fact, we all know that. But two things though. One, this is STILL a different season and they are all now 2 years older than when they started their title runs. Two, if we as fans are really gonna say “well wait until the playoffs”, then the only two title contending teams it should apply to are the HEAT and the MAGIC. HELLO, the Heat AS CONSTRUCTED have played exactly how many playoff games together? Oh thats right, ZERO. Sure go ahead and say all you want well Bron did this or Wade did that, or Bosh blah blah. But just like you have your facts, Miami does also. They haven’t played ONE playoff game together yet, so guess what? Y’all just have to WAIT and see how they do. The Magic also since they were reconstructed overnight.

    Just tired of all the immature haters out there who can’t just for ONE SECOND even fathom that there could be any kind of disarray in Hollywood. Thats laughable. There is, obviously. Whether they pull out of it remains to be seen, but stop tryin to use the regular season as a barometer for every OTHER team but YOURS. Thats just LAME.

  17. Witness Kobes Decline says:

    The fact of the matter is Father Time tugs a little harder everyday on Kobe’s shoestrings, and I believe this is without a doubt the SOLE reason that Kobe Bryant is LASHING out at both referees, opposing players, and now recently his OWN TEAMMATES. We are witnessing Kobe’s decline as we all speak about what exactly LA’s problems are. I am NOT saying that Kobe is 100% of the reason for the Lakers decline, because he is not. He is however, by far, a MAJORITY of it.

    To further defend myself against unwanted attacks, in NO way am I saying that Kobe is washed up, because that is indeed far from the truth, but Kobe can NO LONGER on a REGULAR basis carry a team. Alot of people will tell you one of the very first things to go after a quick first step is CONSISTENCY, especially with All-Stars/Superstars, where its even more noticeable. He’s not gonna be able to perform at that All-Star level on a CONSISTENT basis, game in and game out. They will still be at a decently regular rate for the remainder of the season, and possibly the Lakers may still win the title, who knows, only time will tell. But next season we will begin hearing the announcers talk about Kobe like they are now with other players PAST their prime and in decline. “Kobe turnin back the clock” and “Vintage Kobe” will be two of the most frequently used.

    Lets take a quick look at the facts about a few numbers. This year ALL of Kobes statistics are down from career averages, EXCEPT for his scoring average which is only .1 higher than his career. This due to the absolute enormous VOLUME of shots that Kobe shoots, even if he is hitting them or not, and whether it is to the detriment of the team or not. FG% 3PT% FT% Reb Ass. Steals Blocks are all DOWN, while hes ALSO committing MORE turnovers this year than his career average.

    The last one that noone is realizing yet it seems is that Kobe may be 32 in birthday years, but his body and more specifically his LEGS are ALOT older than that. Kobe has now played after the Memphis game 38,504 minutes. This places him 30th overall in NBA HISTORY. However surprising that may be to some of you, lets look at it from another perspective also. Michael Jordan recorded 41,010 regular season minutes. If Kobe continues at his current 32.9 MPG average, which after his first 2 years is the lowest of his career, he only needs 76 more games to amass as many minutes as MJ. REGULAR SEASON minutes. We then look at his PLAYOFF minutes, and Kobe is *5th* in NBA HISTORY currently. He will pass Karl Malone after 97 more minutes in the first round of this years playoffs for fourth place behind only Kareem, Scottie Pippen, and Shaq. Playoff minutes are brutal minutes. So putting that in persepective, 3, just *3* ?! other players in HISTORY have played more minutes in the playoffs than Kobe. When I calculated further with his current career average playoff MPG of 39.4 he needs only approximately 27 more playoff games to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #1 mark. That could happen even this year if the Lakers went 7 games for all four series, but much more likely to be next season’s playoffs. This is all a big WOW!

    So to now finally get to my absolute point of what that all means is that he will need only approximately 1/3 of next season to have played as many career minutes as MJ. He will be 33 then. MJ was 40 when he retired for the last time. Yes, MJ took a rounded off 2 years away from the game, so even if you subtract that and get 38, I gave him a couple years for good measure and say that Kobe Bryant has the equivalent of 36-37 year old legs. For every season that goes by this will be magnified. Also do not forget the Olympic summers that he has played also, as they take a HUGE toll on your body because it allows it VERY little time to recuperate and rest.

    This was mainly for all of the young people who do not realize that you simply cannot look at a players age and deduce that “welllll he’s 32 and juuuuuust now on the downside of his prime” because prime is defined by most experts in sports as between 27 and 32. You have to go behind the number of birthdays a player has had, and examine their minutes and other variables to be able to get their TRUE physical age. Again, Kobe is NOT washed up, and will still have OCCASIONAL spectacular/great/good performances over the next 2 or 3 years. But he is indeed, whether avid Kobe fans want to admit it or not, in DECLINE.

    • Fact Not Fiction says:

      Great summary and It’s good to read something on here other than the plain”(Player Name) Sucks!”. Also I think what your saying is true about Kobe’s age and the wear and tear on his body. Another point to add is Kobe came into the league at 17 (I believe) so factor that in and he’s really been working his body for alot more years than people think. Still in his defense I don’t like to hear Kobe sucks or he’s done because he doesn’t and is not. I really just don’t like these young fans that don’t know much about ball and prasie him above what he’s actually done.

  18. bigboy11 says:

    kobe is not happy all the cameras and sports reporters are at south beach

  19. Sean says:

    I think that you’re getting confidence and Faith mixed up. You’ll be a witness “CP3″. AND THERE IS A LOT OF RESPECT DUE TO THE LAKERS

  20. cesar says:

    Boston Celtics 2010 – 2011 18TH NBA Championship!

  21. Bird33 says:

    I hope the Lakers get it together. I want to see the best of three between the Celtics and the Lakers. One more championship for Paul, Shaq, and all the guys as they ride toward the sunset. C U N October….for the raising of 18. Its all about 18.

  22. SEAN says:

    3PEAT FOR THE LAKERS. TRUST AND BELIEVE THAT!! “IT IS THE MAN OR WOMAN THAT GETS UP AND FIGHTS AGAIN THAT IS THE TRUE WARRIOR. BUT WHAT’S REQUIRED OF THAT IS DOGGED ENDURANCE; KEEPING AT THE TASK OF OBEDIENCE THROUGH THE EBBS AND FLOWS; UPS AND DOWNS; VICTORIES AND LOSSES IN LIFE. IT’S TRYING AND TRYING AGAIN, KNOWING THAT GOD IS FULFILLING HIS PURPOSES IN YOUR LIFE. NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER EVER GIVE UP!” PERSEVERANCE TIPS THE SCALES FROM FAILURE TO SUCCES. BELIEVE THAT. KOBE #1. LAKERS #1.

  23. SEAN says:

    LOS ANGELES LAKERS!! WORLD NBA CHAPIONS 2010-2011 SEASON. RESPECT IS DUE!!!!

  24. LB6 says:

    I dont like the lakers and i especially dont like kobe. But Lakers will be in the playoffs. But with all honesty they are not anymore the top dog in the west. The Western Conference is an even playing field with the MAVS, SPURS, JAZZ, HORNETS when chris paul is playing top notch basketball, THUNDER when they are playing good defensive basketball. if Kobe is playing ballhog even in the playoffs. Lakers wont even comeout the first round and if they fail to even reach the semis, I think the Lakers will be torn into bits and trading this and that next season. Hey Kobe swings big and misses big like babe ruth according to him. well if he is missing big time this time with all his ballhogging antics. For all the Lakers fan that are saying that this is the same as like two seasons ago, Hey this is a different season that they are playing, Teams have improved, other teams have deeper benches and players from last season have matured. Lakers roster is getting old. If Dfish cant defend quicker guards like before how can he defend them now, now that he is older. If Bynum is injured now and is playing. what can he do more in the playoffs which the game is much physical. Lakers dont suck. only their so called “Leader” is

  25. Pau Gasol says:

    Come playoff time the dynamic duo here in LA will be ready!!!! Bring it on baby!!!!

  26. Lickety Split says:

    Dudes chill!!!!! Kobe Bryant is the best in the NBA. Hands down. Just admit to it and quit the hating!!! Can’t we all just get along????

    • CP3 says:

      Umm no its very arguable hes not its also arguable he is its really matter of opinion

    • Fact Not Fiction says:

      Your argument for that being what the championships only? That’s about all I can think of that Kobe has over any other great player in the NBA.

  27. CP3 says:

    Funny how kobe blames the rest of the team
    “I think the big issue is individually, finding things that motivate you,” Bryant said.

    “ ‘I’m pretty self-motivated but I think for the guys, from talking to them, it’s important to find little challenges so they can get up every single night, whether it’s reading one of your . . . stories or whatever it is, you’ve got to find something that gets you going a little bit. . . .’ ”
    how can he say its the other guys that need motivation maybe hes not looking at his own shooting % im not trying to be a hater or anything but instead of saying other guys arent motivated he should work on his shooting % and making his teamates better instead of taking 30 shots and making 8 or so and about the spurs topic spurs fans shouldnt say anything bad about the lakers because ok cool your team is doing great thats awsome but will they preform like this in the playoffs we will have to wait and see and lastley to the one person that said the spurs are guard oriantated have you heard of Tim Duncan he might be old but he is still a great player well anyways we will have to wait and see for the outcome befor talking crap

  28. Fred says:

    I know the Lakers will win back to back to back championships!

  29. lakersaregoingnowhere says:

    Let’s face it; Lebron James is a much better player than Mr. selfish (Kobe Bryant). Kobe is a crying baby who has never put team first. He is a whiner. The Lakers CANNOT beat the Spurs. End of story. Period. There is another game coming at Staples Center and the Spurs are going to show the Lakers (again) who the real winners are. Kobe was even fustrated because Hill stopped him the whole game. Kobe is a nobody. Lakers are going nowhere. Poor Lakers fan. Poor crying babies.

  30. KingCobra25 says:

    The laker fans don’t need to worry now because they will kill in the playoffs and make the finals. They need to worry when they face us heat because you heat haters are going to be crying when the heat crush you guys in the playoffs. King James didn’t have any help in clevalnd. What a loser team clevaland is. The Heat have three big stars. They crushed the bobcats. The kobe butt kissers are nothing just like the pathetic coach in phil jackson. The guy has 11 titles and his team is losing to teams like grizzles,bucks, pacers (How Patheic) See you butt kissers in June.

  31. JTV says:

    No question about the lakers talent and coaching..what i can see, lakers does not have the same passion and heart on each game compare the last 3 seasons..which other team has..every team are all talented,,just the heart and will on the game is the difference,, i am hoping lakers will wake up and make it to the play off..then everybody will see..what champions are made..

  32. TK Jackson says:

    For the last time, Lakers are a playoff team. They know when to show up. This is just one of the many bump in the roads the Lakers are having/will have. Kobe and Phil will resolve things out and once again, Los Angeles will be your defending champs. The Texas teams are nothing to be worried about. Lakers will step it up while the Spurs step it down when they hit their bump. See You At The Finish Line in June People! btw Heat not a factor either

  33. panzer says:

    I think Phil Jackson is getting too old and too lazy for the game. The triangle is getting worn out. I always hate it when the lakars would build up a lead and then when the opponent starts to catch up Phil never calls time out and more often than not they would lose the game. It is also the responsibility of a coach to support its players, but I guess Phil has its own way of supporting them by humiliating them through the media and rarely stands up and complains about bad calls during the game. One more thing that I hate is when a player starts to heat up he has to screw it up and substitute the same players because he has exceeded his minutes, comon ride it while its hot Phil. When the team is winning he gets kudos but when the team is losing he blames his players. I think he should totally retire, the Lakers are too good to be struggling maybe a fresh coaching approach is what is needed.

    • CP3 says:

      dont you mean when the team is winning kobe is the one that gets all the credit but when they are losing people blame other people that obviously have no reason in the team losing phil jackson has been coaching like this for who knows how long and he has like 11 rings 5 with the lakers 6 with the bulls i think (correct me if im wrong) so why blame phil when it goes wrong if you give kobe the credit when it goes right and who is the one blamming other people? oh yeah kobe well maybe kobe should pick up his play and shoot over 5% (obviously exadurating)

  34. Karan says:

    Umm excuse me but when is this so called “drama” actually taken as a joke by the media, I’ll answer that, never. Phil Jackson is the greatest basketball coach of all time so I’m sure he knows how to rally his troops in motivational ways. As for Kobe, no one should dare question is motivation. He knows what he wants year in and out and he’ll get it no matter what struggles “seem” to be facing the Lakers. Kobe is not taking shots or calling out at his teammates, he is simply frustrated by their lack of motivation. True, they may never have the same competitive fire as Kobe but when the time is right, they play so well together that it seems like they do. Mr. Smith, before you go out saying that the Lakers enjoy drama or are digging themselves a hole because of it, I sincerely ask you to get your facts straight. Yes, Pau Gasol is not playing up to his caliber nor his Ron, but no one expected Artest to score or do anything differently than last year. I heavily disagree on your comment about Andrew Bynum not playing well. He has been a defensive nightmare in the minutes he has gotten. 15 rebounds in Philly and 10 rebounds with 5 blocks against the Grizzlies in their next proves that Bynum is back and ready to roll. Maybe you should reconsider your comments about “playing at his best”. Regarding Phil’s comments, he doesn’t blame Kobe for anything, so it is incorrect to say that he did. Kobe did score 16 in the third quarter and narrowed the lead down, so it definitely helped him picking up the slack. For the bench, your facts seem to be wrong as well. Shannon Brown is having the best season of his career and Lamar Odom is showing he is a worthy all star once again. Matt Barnes was brought in for defense and Steve Blake was brought in the run an offense, they are doing their jobs. To pick to a player would be to pick at Pau Gasol, Ron Artest or both of them. Mr. Smith the Lakers are not the best team in the league at this point in the season, but that’s what was said last season as well. When the need to turn it on, they will…the Lakers know how to win a championship.

    • Fact Not Fiction says:

      your right, they Lakers have been playing pretty good and almost the same as last year. The thing is however that the league has really changed this year and the rookies are bringing it for their teams. There are alot of young teams and I think it’s something the Lakers aren’t ready (right now) to compete with. The Lakers this year came out fresh and fast. Their hustle combined with talent had them on a great start. Then it just seem to disappear.

  35. Jimbo says:

    There is still over 50 games to go, we can’t be jumping into conclusions. The Lakers record last season was 57-25 and they won the NBA Title, Twice an a row. I know there’s a lot of good teams in both the conferences but you can’t never count out the Lakers. I hate to see them like this but isn’t that what every team goes through? The lakers should expect every team is gunning for them knowing they’re the back 2 back champions. Right now they are lacking motivation and drive from everyone and they need to fix that before it gets any worse which I know they will. The Lakers have a good line up on and off the bench, they just need to trust each other. They can and they will win at least 50 games during the season. I have a feeling that the Western Conference finals 2011 is going to be between the Lakers and the Spurs. LETS SEE WHO WANTS IT MORE!!!!!! GO LAKERS!!!! 3PEAT!!!!

  36. Gianpangets says:

    I thinks kobe’s done

  37. Gerry says:

    I think that Phil Jackson must go back to his original starting five. Getting Bynum back as starter disrupts the rythm of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

  38. SHUTUPHATERS says:

    GETLOST, all haters there. wait till its playoff time.
    that’s when true basketball begins. its about matchups and matchups.
    LA is just up to somethin’. . .
    SPURS? let them have the regular season.
    MAVS? another fluke, another joke season.
    HEAT? get past CELTICS and MAGIC first.
    MAGIC? get past CELTICS
    CELTICS? rematch! lol

    • CP3 says:

      you are the one hating and not only on 1 team i do agree no1 should hate but if your hating back it just encourages more hate and i do agree with your playoff comment and i also think the lakers will do well in the playoffs and probably the end of the reg season but without a good seed it will be hard to win eeverything (in my opinion)

  39. lakersfanphilippines says:

    again,, disappointing performance by the lakers. now, we just cant blame kobe for taking lot of shots, noboody in that team wanted to take it.. c’mon lakers,wake up~

  40. 3peat says:

    this make things interesting… this will be fixed soon.. see u in june

  41. paul says:

    The guys were really motivated at the start of the season. The lakers moved the ball well at the start of the season, goving Pau and Lamar the ball and blake, shanon, barnes still be productive of the bench. I think what loses there motivation is seeing one person doing anything he wants with the ball even though his percentage is really low. Pau was MVP material and they were winning. Now that kobe wants to take over, they’re losing.

  42. michael domingo says:

    lakers was in bad luck due to accident happened at the staples center wherein a boy died, need to have spiritual blessings to regain the winningest team in the nba…

  43. the future teller says:

    kobe is just a ball hog. selfish, and mean.he farts too much because of the beans. pau is just too good. but lebron is the best. lebron killed the lakers because of his skiell. admit it kobe only gets 1 assist per game bro.

  44. JCAGUIOA says:

    This is not just about winning streak, this is about winning again another Championship. This might be just a strategy to motivate them more and accomplish it.

  45. You can't blame Kobe for this entirely says:

    For the lakers who are bleeding for point production you can’t blame kobe for trying to make something happen unfortunately he’s also suffering from that slump. When they took Ariza and Vujacic out and replaced them with some guy they lost the energy these guys usually infuse when things get stale. Kobe had to step up but unfortunately didn’t deliver.
    This is why kobe shouldn’t be compared to Jordan as the better player because Jordan had a better team that had a better point production and solid defense. Jordan never had a bad scoring percentage on consecutive games.

  46. Spurs 2011 NBA Champs says:

    The lakers being an 8th seed and winning the western conference and the finals?
    That’s just a dumb thought.

    The spurs have the best record and there is a reson for that.
    The Spurs are the best team in the NBA, and they embarrased the thunder on Saturday
    and the Lakers vs Spurs game wasn’t even close. The Spurs were in complete
    control the whole game.
    Before the season nobody, except spurs fans, even considered the spurs being
    good.
    Spurs are going to the Finals. I don’t know who they are going to face, but the spurs
    will get their trophy.

  47. Shaq Lover says:

    I consider Lakers as Fakers after Shaq left LA. The team does not have a heart, and with Kobe’s ego, they are nothing. Fakers popularity has droped a lot. Kobe after 2004 incident is not himself anymore.

    And one more thing please do not ever compare this Loser with MJ. MJ was the best player ever played the game, and most probably it is gonna take a very long time that we get another player like him.

    Kobe is a very good player, and that is just it. A great player is someone that not only plays great but also have a great heart and passion which Kobe has none!!!

  48. Taylor Walters says:

    The Spurs are having their best year ever so far! Kobe is a great player and adjusted well without Shaquille O’Neal! Just Like Tim Duncan quickly adjusted without David Robinson so you’ve got to give both of them credit. I’m a huge Spurs fan and am not so much of a Lakers fan but I’m the kind of guy who will respect a player whether or not I like the team.

  49. Riley Freeman says:

    Bro Jackson isnt even blaming KB though, cuz hes just saying that its never good when its just kobe. Like in the 3rd wen the whole lakers team is just chillin and kobe has to do all the work. But the media is once again over doing it haha. Things will be fine, as long as theyr healthy physically the mental part will come in through effort game after game. Another ring will be in LA at the end of the season. GO LA!

  50. Lewis says:

    Lakers need a better record for the playoffs position they would be in good position if they finish in 1st or 2nd seed. like 08,09.10

  51. chrisman says:

    My take on it is this; Boston took LA on a seven game run in the finals which the Lakers won very unconvincingly (to me at least). I honestly thought Boston gave the better performance and deserved the win but hey…. anyone who watches ball would’ve seen the NBA advert “last season was last season,” and rightly so, this is gonna be a season unlike any other and the Lakers can’t expect to waltz their way to another title with the likes of Dallas,San Antonio,Boston and Miami on the dance floor moving as smoothly as they are. I also think that LA is placing too much false hope on Bynum, I say bite the bullet, trade him and look for another young big, someone who can mix it up when Pau’s on the bench.

    • Gary says:

      LA does need to trade and Bynum might be the problem(right now). I think getting Melow or Camby would be what they need but still I don’t see a 3peat in store.

  52. lbjfan says:

    everybody calling lebron weak and all that just stop. anyone can hate on different players for different reasons and alot of the reasons are stupid ones. i have a list of 2 players that i actually HATE. you can say all you want about kobe,lebron,dwade, and anybody else but none of it really matters. its just your opinion. yes OPINION. not fact. if it was a fact nobody would even bother telling stupid people about it. the point i am trying to make (not very well i know) is that why cant we all agree that the hate comments about players sucking when they play bad for a few games is getting old very quickly. so save the talk for the playoffs. the regular season is just practice for the big time.

  53. Jordan says:

    Lakers may not win the finals this year if they don’t improve.

  54. Happy says:

    I just have a feeling that the Lakers would end the regular season on the 8th seed and meet the Spurs early in the play-offs and KICK THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF EVERYONE IN THE PLAY-OFFS AND WIN THEIR 3RD CONSECUTIVE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP. I just feel that it is the Zen Master’s idea, it is his last season anyway so why won’t he make history again. Being the first 8th seed team to win an NBA Championship, now that is HISTORY.

    • Gary says:

      Haha that is ridiculous thinking! Fall to the 8th seed in hopes of making history in the finals. Are you serious or just a young fan?

  55. The Spurs and Celtics in the finals will be fun to watch. Heat who??? Oh no, James considers the playoffs to be too long for his tastes. That is when his personal summer break begins. The only way Miami could make it to the finals is if Wade carried the team on his back. And we saw him try that last year, in round one, against the “aging Celtics” Though, it would be entertaining to watch Orlando, Chicago, or even NY vs Miami in a second round series.

  56. calebp says:

    kobe and the lakers are in a slump right now. but look at how they have pulled out of messes before and come out on top.they can make a huge comeback if they want to and are not pressured by everyone and especially the media. LAKERS ARE #1

  57. cemozhan says:

    ı thınk phil is unfair.kobe is most valuable player in turkey.this year kobe want to champions.and than lakers is the best team in NBA.hi my americian friends.take care of yourself

  58. Celtics18 says:

    nah…Boston will get their 18th banner this year.

  59. Larian says:

    For some reason the topic was changed to Lakers vs Spurs. I am a Lakers fan forever, and the battle between Lakers and Spurs in the last decade was just too excited to watch. As a team, they win some and they loose some, and this year from what I see. It will most likely be Lakers vs Spurs in the western conference final. I do not know who will win since Spurs did improve a lot from last year, and Lakers although with lack of energy right now, but they haven’t completely lost its track yet. However for this year, I am unable to tell who will win it all because on east coast there are Boston and Miami, or maybe even Orlando who have the abilities to do it.

  60. LP says:

    And…can Kobe consider sizing down his XL, baggy jersey?

  61. keymoni says:

    kobe just had an off game like he cant be treated the way the did patrick ewing on the knicks to make him lead them to victories all the time he should be able to do his buisness and he wants too go for a3 peat like MJ

  62. LP says:

    Trade Pau Gasol to Denver for Carmelo Anthony. Bada-bing, bada-BOOM!

  63. Heskey says:

    All i have to say is Wait untill palyoffs and we’ll all see what the lakers can do. Spurs is one of my team i the west but always fail in playoffs.I nver watch regualr season so i dont really know how the LAkers normally perform in it,But i know for sure No team is gonna walk all over them in the playoffs.I really agree withe kobe the guys are not playing with any motivation at all and they need to pick it up.This is the second time they lost to Memphis at the staples centre and thats really bad for a team like this.It think it was the bad luck of the Clippers that lost to the Hawks earlier that day..Lol..For me it’s LAkers all the way till thy Kingdom Come……..Win or loose…..Kobe is the best thing since Jordan and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is gonna be the best thing after Kobe..H’e 22 and he’s already showing what he’s made up off.No one would be surprised to see another big star comes out if Chi-Town

  64. Mistake says:

    Fans of any contending team, may it be the Lakers, Spurs, Celtics, Mavs, and the team that plays somewhere near the Atlantic Ocean is WRONG to count any other team out. I’m a Spurs fan, and I have seen the Silver and Black play other contenders with respect and without laxing off. So, everyone, don’t count anyone out. And go Spurs go.

  65. kobeisthebest says:

    @ Bigguns81 You saying Celtics have more run and energy than the Lakers? Yo as far as I am concerned The Celtics are the oldest team in the NBA history and your just mad the Lakers beat the team that you cheer for for 2 years in a rw

  66. kingkarli says:

    Dont make kobe angry, Dont make kobe angry! just sayin lol

  67. kobeisthebest says:

    LOl I like how the Spurs bandwagon jumpers act like it’s over for the lakers. There are 82 games in the leauge and yea the spurs might have the best record but none of that matters in the playoffs just look at the CAVS they had the best record for 2 seasons in a row what happened they choked in the playoffs. Spurs bandwagon jumpers ya’ll bash the Lakers like its over for us were the back to back champs for a reason. We will be ready for you guys the Lakers are just doing this so people can bash them but come playoff time Spurs bandwagon jumpers we will see you in the Western Conference finals if you even make it that far. LOL looks like we will be getting our 17th banner in the rafters and Lakers 2008-2009 NBA champs 2009-2010 NBA champs and in June Lakers will be 2010-2011 NBA champs just got to move on and accept reality Spurs “fans” ya’ll ain’t winning nothing. The only time you all be the champs again is if ya’ll draft me in the NBA draft 1st round 1st pick. Lakers are struggling but I have no doubt that come playoff time the Lakers will sweep the Spurs and silence the bashers especially the Spurs bandwagon jumpers

  68. Shaq says:

    Trade Kobe, he is ruining the team. He fought with me while I was a lakers. Now he started fighting Phil. LOL. It is time for me to sit and laugh. Lakers started the downward road. Kobe don’t you know that potential decreases as you age? Give the ball to the big guys. It is over to dribble the ball on the floor while the big guys are starved to get the ball.

    • brent says:

      Trade Kobe??? That is too funy!!! Kobe turned the most overated player in the league into an all-star… Lamar is done, and until everyone realizes that retooling around Kobe is the only option, Laker fans will have to wait until someone else holds the league hostage so they can play in LA!!!

  69. WG says:

    So Kobe’s calling out his teammates?
    It really should be the other way around. Does Kobe still think putting up 25-30 shots is efficient basketball with the talent the Lakers have?
    Kobe and Only Kobe is to blame here. Mr.Overrated is a ballhog and thats all there is to it.
    Lakers won 3 because of O’neal dominantly and won the previous 2 largely because they got the ball in the post..

    I know by posting this im goin to be labelled a Kobe Hater, by that doesnt bother me because its coming from Kobe Homos.
    I’d rather be a Kobe Hater than a Kobe Homo. Im just calling Kobe as it is. Hate all you want.

  70. brent says:

    Lakers, Lakers, Lakers….. zzzzzzzzzzz!!! Give me a break! With one of the softest early schedules EVER, and an even softer Lamar (just like his Clipper days), it is nice to see people finally coming around to the fact that the Lakers have no shot at a three-peat!!! The Zen master is out of tricks and Odom and Artest are merely the 2nd coming of Rodman and his wife… Phil keept the pieces of crazy together in Chicago for about the same number of years, and despite what the experts think, it is time for Laker fans to move on… On the other side of things, it is time to stick a fork in Kobe because his title runs in LA are DONE!!! Dont worry Laker fans, Chicago is just as overated!!! Boozer is a bad team mate and will undoubtedly disaper in the playoffs… The magic act of Mr. Invisible in the playoffs will enable the opposing team that eliminates Chicago in the first round to focus defensively on D-Rose, and neutralizing his scoring abilities, and because he is a shoot first PG, D-Rose will end the season like D-will (playing along side Boozer), with 2 sources of frustration; 1) Looking forward to 5 more years of 1st round playoff exits!!! 2) hoping he is still in his prime when Boozers contract is up so he can have a real chance at a title, or maybe getting traded to a real contender!!!

    • What Tricks says:

      Phil Jackson doesn’t have any tricks. He’s had superstars slash hall of famers, that’s what he has had in his coaching career.

      Give him a roster without any stellar name, such as the ’04 Pistons and, well, the Spurs, and he won’t have the same success like Larry Brown and Pop had.

      • brent says:

        Maybe not tricks, but he is the master manipulator… He has manipulated players, other coaches, owners, referees, and even David Stern. And, what about the coaches he replaced who had the same players and tallent, but could’nt get their teams over the hump?

        Phil has a unique set of skills, but they only work for sooo long, and I think he and Kobe are done!!!

        Dont even get me talking about the Spurs!!! 2nd only to the 1983 Rockets who tanked the whole season to get Hakeem!!! They did the same thing when they got David Robinson and Tim Duncan, both!!! They played CBA players and scrubs that shouldnt have even been in the league so they could get better draft standing… The Spurs are the real deal and deserve to be discussed in the same circles as other dyndstys, but they stunk it up on purpose to get the players who have carried them for the last decade!!! Love Duncan, Parker, and Manu, but hate the Spurs!!!

      • Fact Not Fiction says:

        I’m with you. There’s no secret to Phil’s success other than building the right team.

  71. tmac-zach says:

    Go rockets lol

  72. bigguns81 says:

    lakers fan, you r right to stand by your team thats what makes the nba worth watching but u lakers fans need to c the big picture like i said earlier the lakers n kobe have had a good run but u cant win every year, the lakers bench is not good at all, their the problem , u cant really expect kobe or the rest of the starters to play for 48 mins most of the elite teams have a good enough bench to keep the lead or even stay in the game, thats y kobe trys to take over cuz he has not trust in his teamates if he did he would pass and not go 6-22 fgs. im a spurs fan and the past 3 years have been bad for the spurs but i did cry about it if they lost they lost . you lakers fans need to face the truth , i know you guys r going to say .”well the lakers did it last year, or “or their just in a slump , but the lakers r healthy n they still r losing, i know its just been 30 something games but i dont c teams like the spurs ,mavs , heat , and celtics having big slumps to let the lakers even catch them . remember the other teams have many role players ,and the lakers only have kobe ,but lakers will only make it to the second round , sorry lakers fans

  73. bigboy11 says:

    right now fisher and artest can not pull defeners offf kobe cp3 would

    • Yeah says:

      Good point. They should get rid of Fisher, BLAKE, Artest, and/or Bynum to get some youth and energy.

      Oh, and I emphasized on BLAKE because he doesn’t know what defense is.

  74. Idol Phil says:

    Come on guys, why is that always Lakers on the scene? Let’s give this team a little break, our comment will not help if we keep on debating on who will get the championship. Now each team has its own issues. Can someone tell me here that there is a team in the NBA that doesn’t have any issues? this is NBA guys anything can happen. Lets just give respect for whatever hindrance each team has and needs to be overcome, let’s just watch. as a Lakers fan, I say they may not be as of now having the right shape but believe in my team they will.

    • Good Point says:

      You know why? ’cause they’re in freaking Hollywood! They have a storied franchise, hence, making them overexposed throughout the country and the whole world.

      Here’s an idea: move the Lakers to Seattle, get rid of Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers will not be “on the scene.”

  75. bigboy11 says:

    lol all u Lakers fans hoping they can turn it on no good championship team likes to be em-brassed eg, boston playing without rondo and Garnett and they still play hard . i think they can play harder BUT they cannot roll over teams that they used to beat up on people u got to understand that some of these teams made trades just to compete with these top teams,the Lakers got size up front but most teams are beating them with speed, these speedy fowards are blowing by gasol and bynum,..see what Stan van did he knew he could not compete with the heat and boston with the players he had to ditch 5 of them and get new players, before he got the new players the team was just like the lakers getting beat by soft teams. 1 player who i think the lakers need is a chris paul he could be like a rondo for them giving the shooters the ball at their sweet spots kobe would not have to be working so much

  76. d123 says:

    Danny shut up. lets see you play a game of ball then have a decent conversation

  77. lafan12 says:

    @#1spursfanndallas see u in the playoffs

  78. SpursALLday says:

    SPURS ALL DAY PERIOD.

  79. 41cyril says:

    go mavs!!!! beat them all..::))

  80. KB24 is better than LB6 says:

    I just read every comment on this blog and the grammar is truly awful. Anyway, Kobe is not 17 anymore, he is not a selfish player anymore either, unless the team reaches dire straits and he’s the last resort. The Lakers will eventually team up and play decent basketball. Make no mistake, the Spurs is their biggest rival in the West, but they’ll find a way to beat them and face the Celtics, again. Yes, Lebron is incredible, these days maybe playing more efficient than Kobe, but even with DWade and Bosh (who’s ridiculously overrated) can’t beat Boston.

    • KingCobra25 says:

      You are such a BS because even a brainless man would realize the heat have a chance to beat boston. The heat that faced heat earlier in the season was a team who didn’t know what to do and didn’t have an identity. The heat are good and they can kill the lakers and they can destroy the old aged celtics. How did they lose to new orleans when they had ray allen and pierce on the floor. You people don’t know anything heat haters. GO HEAT GO HEAT

    • LBJ Forever says:

      Funny how Bosh who you say is ridiculously overrated OWNED the Laker frontline on Christmas Day. LMAO

  81. new drama….they got a new strategy again…that what phil did to the media voice out on the finals over the attitude of garnett so that the media focus on fakers…buuuuwwwaaaahhhh.

  82. B says:

    Phil definitely did not blame Kobe for anything. He said Kobe needed to try to score to take over the game and energize the team to bring them back. He did that out of necessity. Phil did not say that it was a bad thing or that he did not like what Kobe did. All he said was that he wasn’t happy about the team’s performance and as a result of their performance Kobe HAD to take over in order to give them a chance to win. THERE WAS NO BLAME ANYWHERE IN THE INTERVIEW. They lost as a team and not because of ONE PERSON. NO BLAME AT ALL.

  83. edhmartins says:

    the benefits and detriments of playing in a big market is that everything is magnified. Add the expectations that are automatically placed on 2-time defending champions, and of course, the sheer desire of media heads to sell sell sell,
    and you get several out of proportion articles. I’ll say this: things aren’t perfect in La la land right now, but when are they ever? (July maybe) January does count for something but it’s still early in the season… you can bet your bottom dollar the zen master will have things in order by the time playoffs start. GO LAKERS

  84. sebastian pedone says:

    Is Justin in the picture ? ♪parapapa im lovin it♪

    pd:I hate The Lakers

  85. Whoo-Hoo~ says:

    Lakers Stink.
    Spurs Aree Awesome!

    And THATS A Fact,!

  86. Manufan says:

    Kobe is very underated and honestly he suks. The lakers are getting killed every game and there is not a chance that thos flakers will 3 peat.. on the other hand MANU GINOBILI and the spurs are rocking and will win 70 + games and will win yet another nba championship. Manu is the best SG in the league.

    GO SPURS GO

  87. KobeFan says:

    In fact they are getting old but thats not the main problem, there are small mistakes like turnovers …etc.
    They were out of luck today … and well maybe I do like Kobe but Phil told the truth its not just about Kobe being the one taking the game on his shoulders… they need to play more as a team when they are loosing and just not feeling it right.
    The Spurs are atm great ,they do great work and the WEST is in their hands … but only God, knows what will the Finals bring… its kinda difficult to talk about the finals at this time.. anything can change ,injuries, bad luck, some trades maybe ^^
    I still wish the Lakers all the best and they have to kick some butts
    Go Lakers Go …

  88. Lakers implode LOL says:

    You laker fans were enjoying and celebrating when you thought the Heat were losing and imploding. Now it’s the other way around. How do you like it now that it’s actually happening to your team and for REAL? Kiss your 3 peat goodbye when Dallas or San Antonio kicks your sorry ass sense of entitlement out of the playoffs (if you qualify btw)
    Lakers big mistake was trading Trevor Ariza and Sasha Vujacic.

    • kaka says:

      yea man i dont know whats phill is think he trade most good player and the laker should;nt keep Luke Walton he sucks

  89. KeCe says:

    The lakers just got outhustled big en run a very forced inside game. Teams can clog up the Paint becuz for Fisher and Artest their is really no convidence in making those jumpers. So they forced it, and got burned. Pau’s gotta have more touches for sure. but you need playmaking to get there. I`m losing my trust in Fisher as a pointguard these days

  90. Omarisgay says:

    I think what’s hurting the Lakers is that Ron Artest isn’t much a player anymore, and Pau Gasol used too much energy earlier in the season, is probably feeling some fatigue. Kobe’s skills depreciating also plays a role, but Lakers need some help. I like what the celtics did, they got Delonte West for minimum + shaq + jermaine (for cheap) + resigned Nate (for cheap); so their core is in tact, and they have good young players who can also play.

    Lakers got Blake + Barnes, but I don’t think niether of those guys are making much of a difference.. Trade artest get somebody more productive (maybe Iggy if you add a 1st rounder + character)

  91. Lakers42011 says:

    Kobe Bryants a great player, but he has these intense self destructive mood swings at times. Remember the 2004 finals? The present laker team definitely has what it takes to be champs, a fine balance of youth and experience. One of the reasons (or maybe my own convincing) for their poor games was their integration with new players. But thats all behind us. They need to get their act together and fast. Their 3 point shooting is virtually non-existant at a time when their opponents esp SAS and Dallas have marksmen in abundance. I can only hope for the best. Lets be a true fan and cheer our team through thick and thin..!!

  92. kbronx says:

    1st time comment here. I believe its too early in the season to hit panic button since they always manage to step up down the line. Still, what i said above is no excuse to lay back and wait for the ring to magically appear in their fingers. If anything, their recent game has shown a lack of…. i dunno something, but I guess everyones true character shines when the chips are down. On a side note, Ive notice a lot people commenting here that are mainly team fanboys. To each his own right, but be a fan of the sport 1st before posting NONSENSE. If you are one of those: “KB >> LBJ” fine, but dont use the ring/future hall of famer argument, many great players had no rings and still made it to the hall of fame. (Stockton, Ewing, Malone etc) Failure to acknowledge KB or LBJ greatness = failure at life. And on that same note, how did LBJs name always manage to find its way in these threads even though he is no the topic. (im responding to people here so mine dont count) Enjoy the rest of the season!

  93. dyranmyjen says:

    Too many excuses…Of course this is a new season, teams now were all upgraded their line up of rosters, there are weak teams before are now going strong, and one of that is Grizzlies thats why they beat your Lakers in their own ground and spank them in a blow out, how much more if they face a healthy Celtics of today..celebration days are over, its crying time again….your 3peat is only a dream..todays NBA 2011 season championship ring are drawn around by teams like Celtics, Spurs, Magic and Heat…

  94. Sutton says:

    First off the lakers should not of given Bynum the lead spot right away. . . Lamar was doing great and I am not even a laker fan saying this I am a Boston fan. . .they upset the system by moving Lamar who was on fire from this summer. Buynum is not playing all that well. . .Lamar is. Kobe cant do it by his self so the Lakers will need to wake up, I said it first. . LA will do a trade of some sort by the trade deadline if things dont pick up. . . I have NBA League pass so I watched the game last night and the bench did a better job then the starters. . . not sure if they will pull it off but they did last season.

  95. biznas33 says:

    Terry McEwen. Im with you all the way bro.. with a passion too… Dont worry there’s tons of us out there!!!

  96. Jay - Down Under says:

    I actually think Mr Jackson needs to take a different approach with this team. More traditional time outs would help them focus
    during crucial points in the game. Letting them “play through it” isn’t working this year. Against Memphis, Kobe single handedly got them back into the game to within 1 point. (Like only kobe can) A time out at that point to refocus the team and get them back to going inside would have really helped. Instead an unfocused, un-engaged Lakers team just kept repeating the mistakes that got them in a 13 point hole, Kobe missed some shots….and it was all over. These guys need a calm leader right now, and it needs to come from the coach because there is too much mental clutter on the floor. Use your time outs to focus the team.
    Lakers will get it together and become Western Conference Champs. No one can beat them over Seven Games. i’m not so confident about the finals.

  97. szkud says:

    As Rudy said “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion!” Lakers might be just going through a tough period, which could last until end of April.

    Don’t forget rockets record of 47-35 in 1994/95, 5-7 was their W-L record in April, few weeks later they swept orlando in the finals!

    take a look at the rockets 1995 there are some similarities with lakers
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/HOU/1995_games.html

  98. joe says:

    playoffs are only in US i guess .no other country has a playoffs and i think it is not good idea .Championship has to be given to the team who has more winning during regular season .During playoffs any player can get injured or can catch cold and his team is doomed . What if Kobe had a flu in 7-th game against Celtics ? Celtic would be champions without a doubt .
    As a fan , i want enjoy , get excited during season long not just wait for June when somebody will play better or worse .
    players , coaches can say – let’s wait until June .But fans need , wants good games all year long .I don’t understand Lakers fans who is suggesting us wait for playoffs. So far this year , Lakers is a one of the most boring teams . I live in LA and it is much more enjoyable to see Griffins game rathar than Lakers

    • Kobe124 says:

      Players do get injured in the Playoffs thats part of the game but how the hell can you determine a champion from the regular season? A few years ago you could win 50 games in the west and not even make the playoffs. You make absolutely no sense at all. As for the flu? MJ played and won a championship with it. Isaiah Thomas played with a broken leg for goodness sake… Heres something for ya “TPW” – TOUGH PLAYERS WIN

    • Kobe124 says:

      Also Kobe was like 4-21 in game 7!!! He proly coulda done better with the Flu

  99. vinnyo213 says:

    the lakers are struggling bekuz of there defense laker haters can hate especially on kobe but he hogs the ball when his teammates arent scoring also kuz he doesnt trust them and he wants to win eventho they mite have a bad record when phil jackson was with the bulls his three peat wasnt goin well had a record kinda like wat the lakers have and his other three peat with the lakers they bad a bad record too but last year they wherent doin so well till playoffs came and then thats when they switched into gears and lebron aint better than kobe he has no rings yea he shares the ball but did he carry his team like kobe did in tough situations like kobe did against the suns i think not all i knw they mite be a different team after all star break or during playoffs

  100. kobeisthebest says:

    Lakers fans let’s not worry about this mid season struggles in 1993 the bulls were on a mid season struglle they did not have the best record but still won the NBA finals last season the lakers had a mid season struggle but they still won. As back to back champions you are the biggest target in the leauge so it won’t be easy. As for the media they should keep up with their new year’s resolution with not bothering the L.A. Lakers until the playoffs and as for the bandwagon jumpers ( Heat fans) (Spurs fans). SEE YOU IN JUNE. One more thing Lakers fans we shouldn’t worry about these struggles its only natural when your are the biggest target in the leauge, the Lakers are back to back champions for a reason! Plus all the Lakers need is a big win for the ball to start rollin’. PEACE

  101. Fastbreak says:

    Kobe is doing what he has to do? Shooting too much at too low of a percent, not passing, and get out worked on both ends by supposedly worse players. I mean lets forget Lebron and Manu who worked Kobe like a tool. But rookie George Hill was even schooling him 1v1.

    If they keep playing like this they will be lucky to get 8th seed. Just looks like a more version of their northern neighbors who rely on shots going down to win.

    Oh and Laker fans, don’t even compare Kobe to MJ. You can cup his junk till the day your knees give out, but it won’t make it true, or even close for that matter. Kobe is a top 10 NBA player, As in 10th or so. Not anywhere near first tho. And even that spot will depend a lot on how he ends his career.

  102. Jonathan says:

    To me its funny and really inspiring at the same time to see that when someone writes a column/article/blog about LAKERS how many replies it gets. If you really think Lakers are not worth it or washed out then why do they get the attention they get no matter where they go or who they play or how many points they win/lose by? By now all the NBA fans should know that when it really boils down, seeding dont really mean much. As long as you get on stride at the right moment you should be just fine come playoff time. O yea, one more thing, I dont think any of the teams LAKERS actually lost to can beat them in a 7 game series under any condition (home court or not) and yes that does include the HEAT as well. We all been there at some point or the other with the LAKERS ups and downs, if they do really s*ck, then why have they been in NBA finals for the past 3 years in a row and won 2?

  103. jer says:

    @ Alex: I Agree

  104. bigguns81 says:

    kobe is a good player but its always a love hate relationship with him . I on the other hand think kobr is a good player but hate him cuz iam a spurs fan .iam tired of everyone making excuses for kobe n the lakers , you cant expect them to win every single year, the west for the past 10 plus years has always been either the lakers or spurs going the finals n winning. Kobe having 5 rings n tim with 4 n maybe 5 , lakers fan give it up lakers n kobe r at the end of there road .with in the next 3 – 5 years the time off the lakers ,spurs coming out of th west is over, im a die hard spurs fan but i didnt cry n rant about the past 3 years it is what it is , ppl still think the lakers r bullet proof but i know better , the lakers got alittle more fire power but other teams got a lot more , like the spurs n mavs , celtics and of course the heat, but trust me the lakers r not going to the finals this year its the spurs time again

  105. alex says:

    Kobe is doing what he has to do i dont blame him in anything, even the losses this past 2 weeks, we goin to the finals for sure and we taking the title for the 3rd consecutive time..

  106. wambo says:

    GO SPURS GO!

  107. CelticFan says:

    Danny, whart are you talking about? Look, find me a championship team that has won with only one person that averaged over 15 points. There are none! You can’t win a championship without support! Gasol was Kobe’s support. When the Lakers won in the Shaq years, Kobe was Shaq’s support! If the Heat win the championship, there will be a lot of people who will say, “Yeah, only reason LeBron got a ring was because of Bosh and Wade!” Haven’t you guys learned? The reason Bron didn’t get a ring in Cleveland was because he had NOBODY! The Heat are major contenders because their star player (Wade or Bron, your pick) has two other star players to back him up. Jordon’s Bulls, Magic’s Lakers, Bird’s Celtics, all those guys had help. A good player is someone who lowers his role and gets other good players to join their team for the sake of a championship, because they know they can’t do it themselves. Kobe has sacrificed some glamor and stats in the past two years in order to get a ring. As much as I hate Kobe and think he is a ball-hog, I have to acknowledge that fact.

    • Kobe124 says:

      The 2004 Pistons were close to having only one player average over 15 ppg…. Billups saved em with his 15.5
      BTW the 2007 Cavs had 4 players average over 10 points compared to 3 by the Spurs… Lebron did have help but guess what HE ISNT A LEADER and he didnt believe in Defense then

    • vinnyo213 says:

      you hate kobe bekuz he beated ur team in the finals

    • Melgmag says:

      I just don’t understand when people say that LeBron had NOBODY in Cleveland..!! So who was it that helped him to top the league in the Eastern Conference.. ?? Did Cleveland win 60+ regular games for TWO years with just LeBron playing on his own..?? Is it not the same teams that they play in the regular season that they play again in the Playoffs…?? Albeit, games are played over seven games but back in the day, everyone knows that frrst round Playoff games were the best of five. So, if Cleveland could sweep teams in the regular season, how comes they couldn’t do it in the Playooffs…?? I don’t get this.

      Another thing, isn’t the standard marker of the NBA how many rings are won?? Isn’t that what everyone plays for?? So, how come it doesn’t matter if Kobe has FIVE rings and LeBron has NONE…. HELLO… would we be having this blog if the tables were turned.?? And, if MJ didn’t have any rings to his name, would he still be considered the greatest of all time?? I don’t think so…

      So please give credit where it’s due….KOBE is the BEST PLAYER of the last DECADE… as we all know he was voted thus by fans and media alike…. he did NOT give himself that title…

      PLEASE… LET’S MOVE ON – BRING ON THE PLAYOFFS and let’s see exactly who ends up with another ring….

      Peace

  108. joe says:

    This is stupid argument bringing fact that somebody has a ring , somebody does not . Basketball is a team game .If Derek Fisher got a 4 ring it does not mean he is better than Wade , Nash , Paul …
    Kobe is a great player and it is arguable who is the best – LeBron , Kobe , Wade … But Kobe is not the “best , just because he got a 5 rings” . Kobe was a lucky guy to have good teammates .But frankly , i don’t think he could do things if he were in Cleveland what LeBron did over there .Kobe is too much about himself and he would yell , fight with all teammates if they are not enough good players .

    • vinnyo213 says:

      kobe fights with his players to motivate them if kobe was jus sittin down all calm like phil jackson does they wouldnt have any rings!!

  109. Mr Sensible aka the new zzanzabar says:

    This might sound foolish, but I think by next year, ANDREW BYNUM should be the Lakers number 1 or 2 option. People need to realise he is nowhere near 100percent out there, but the last few games, he has been a giant out there. Although 2points is 2points, I believe that teams feed more off of dunks, and power moves than a finese play. Pau Gasol as skilled as he is, Bynum I think is equally as skilled (other than passing and dribbling) around the basket. Bynum can finish, and I think with a larger role, he can easily play up to a 23 and 10 Center….Pau is a 23 and 10 player, however Bynum throwing it down on opponents and laughing about it the way he usually does is what the Lakers need. Bynum loves physical contact, and truthfully, I dont think he is injury prone at all. If you look at the injuries he had to both knees, how he got them was not because of him having weak knees.. Kobe fell into his knee one time (which anybody would have been out for the season on that play), and another one he had a Blake Griffin/Kevin Garnett type of play, where he came down awkwardly. Andrew is young, and do you see how high Blake jumps despite that injury?? Andrew is long and can jump higher than Pau, and is more physical…He has to be promoted..So while Lakers are in this slump (and yes, a slump is all it is) they should defer to Andrew a little more, because I assure you this…teams will rather deal with Gasol jumpshots allnight than Andrew Bynum deep in the post allnight. This is a FACT!!

  110. mattyB says:

    who actually watched this game? a bunch of idiots talking. the lakers were down by almost 20 points and kobe scored 17 ppints in a quarter and got them back within 5 points. then they took him out and they game got completely out of hand. not Kobe’s fault at all, people need to step up

  111. Queen Let BlowJob says:

    It simply the Lakers underdog at this time. I doubt Lakers can survive against Spurs, Mavs, Celtics and Miami. How the hell they can win the championship when they can’t even beat the lowly teams like Memphis and Milwaukee?!

    Kobe is getting old, slower, very sensitive in minor injuries and can’t beat Queen Let Blow Job aka Queen LBJ
    Gasol is tall and thin and can’t compete other big muscle centers
    Bynum need more speed and the rest of Lackers (Lakers) crew is lack of team work.

  112. 24 !! says:

    celtics losing KG losing two straight matches and about that heat well try and reach the NBA FINALS then vll talk about queen james and LAKERS ummm yea same as winter 09 but everyone expects more than just winning from this team now and they are not even winning properly well leave them alone till playoff time will win 50 + for sure but that was not expected from them

  113. jay says:

    All the Kobe going 6-24 in game 7 and LA still winning, Ron Artest hitting that miraculous putback after Kobe’s airball in (i think) game 6, Perkins injury & Artest admirably/”self-centeredly” donating his championship ring because he’ll “keep the next one” is catching up to them. To win a championship it takes skill, focus and a little luck and LA got all of that and more last season. If Miami, Boston, Orlando or San Antonio won the championship no one would be surprised. I dont think we could’ve said that about that many teams last year. If i’ve learned anything about basketball the past 20 years and the Piston/LA finals is nothing is guaranteed except Jordan’s greatness and even that was an exception in the 94-95 season (when he lost to Orlando). Forget San Antonio if LA is losing by 19 to the Grizzles they may not even get past Utah or OKC.

  114. kobefanatic says:

    heat will pass against celtics or magic first before they will face lakers in nba finals… or maybe if they face bulls on the playoff they will suck & lost to bulls…LOL….

  115. David says:

    Its funny to see other fans cherish the Lakers struggles as of late. Please, continue to enjoy it, because come playoff time, when it really matters, the Lakers will stomp on everyone else like they did the past three years.

  116. jblakers42 says:

    okay…THIS IS THE PROBLEM w/the LAKERS….

    yes, the team has played in 3 straight finals..yes, they may be complacent after winning 2 straight championships…but those factors are inconsequential.

    the problem, and I love KOBE BRYANT, he’s been my boy since he’s been in the league, as individual accomplishments go, he has nothing to prove, he’s been ballin at the highest level since his rookie season, based on coaches around the league and what his peers have said for the past 8 years, he’s been the best individual talent in the league for the past 8 season (a player D-WADE, LEBRON, and CP3 learned how to play w/more defensinve intensity than they were used to playing with)….

    the problem is that KOBE has to let the team evolve, meaning, he has to allow the BYNUMS and the GASOL’s to develop confidence in being go to players, being the focal point of the offense consistently game in and game out, so they can deliver in the pressure situations during close games…..

    KOBE doesn’t trust them in these situations, that’s what led to the 6-24 performance during game 7 last year, not shooting for the sake of it, but not trusting his teammates….

    he clearly led the LAKERS to the 2009 championship, led them back to the finals during last year’s playoff run….but this year, he needs to allow the offense to run thru BYNUM/GASOL, even if we struggle briefly….KOBE has to come to terms with that…that’s the proverbial wall….this will get ARTEST out of his funk too.

  117. John says:

    I believe the Lakers are no longer a team. When they played as such this season they made the best basketball this year: Gasol exploited his potential in a few games, until he couldn’t rest for a few weeks. So did Brown and the new arrivals; Kobe was a fantastic team player; but seems he was recovering and/or warming up. Now Kobe is back he wants his throne back: he shots everything, the other team knows what’s coming and their defense looks better than it should be.

  118. Wordlife says:

    one more thing….someone wrote “put Dwade or LBJ” on the lakers and they would win” and that LBJ “didn’t have a good team in Cleveland”. But I recall that Cleveland had the best record in the NBA for the last two seasons? So if having the best record for two years in a row means you suck as a team, I guess the clippers or SAC are the best teams in the NBA? WTF!!! REALLY???? Listen, LBJ is amazing, a very complete basketball player. He is still developing so I imagine he will be more consistent in the areas he needs improving on very soon. Especially playing with 2 other first team allstars. He can now focus on all areas of his game and not worry so much about scoring because he has dwade on his side to carry the load depending on the match up situation. Lakers on a whole have not been a great team since Shaq left, but they are a very big team,which has proven to make the difference when it comes down to the slower pace of a playoff series. In the 64 years of the NBA Boston and LA have 33 championships between them. These two franchises know all about winning. Since MJ left the game, San Antonia 4 rings, Lakers 5 rings, Detroit, Miami, and Boston 1 each. And two of those finals the Lakers were in there. So in the last 12 years Kobe has been in the NBA finals 7 times. That isnt because of luck. And it sure isnt because he sucks. I hope for the sake of all you LBJ and Dwade fans that they are fortunate to have amazing careers like this starting now. Best of LUCK to them. Kobe has already made his mark and there is nothing that can be done to erase that. At the end of this season he will be 6th on the all time scoring list behind only Kareem, Karl, MJ, Wilt, Shaq. These are facts. I hope LBJ, dwade and KD have long injury free careers. HATING IS A DISEASE, but KNOWLEDGE IS THE CURE.

  119. Spurs#1 Fan says:

    Im NO LAKER FAN, but the season is too long to say that they are finished!!! What is it, 30+ games……are you serious, its about 50 games left….good teams peak at the right season. The Spurs are playing Great ball without Tim leading us in scoring…we haven’t peaked yet, but it’s going to come around playoff time. Phil is too good of a coach and Kobe is still the greatest player in the game today!!!

  120. Terry McEwen says:

    i hate the lakers.if you agree post i hate lakers there has to be more of us out there

  121. jer says:

    Trade Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol + Luke Walton for carmelo Anthony..

  122. EmJay says:

    Well, It’s been bad times in LA the last weeks. I don’t know, I think the roster, from last year’s, has improved with Blake and Barnes, and Shasha was so bad. But maybe it’s time for some more rebuild, I think Artest has got what he wanted to, Bynum is made of glass and Fisher, well, I think Fisher is in a team that deserves a better PG. He doesn’t fit. Kobe is not playing very well too. Taking 30 shots and sometimes making less than 10, with new mates, and Gasol, and Blake, And Brown, and Barnes, maybe the train could go back to the trails.

    I don’t see the Lakers getting to the West Finals right now, but we have more than half a season to come.

  123. BlackMamba says:

    yo who do u think u are phil jackson? my boy kobe can shoot the ball all he wants. he better shoot 30 shots per game cause the lakers arent anything without kobe’s fadeaway jumper

  124. dman2505 says:

    wow talk about over reacting ahah when phil said kobe messed up he meant that he was forced to try and bring the lakers back, and hell he got them back to a point where they were down by two but by that point the hole team was out of rythym, can hardly blame kobe for that, look lakers are struggling but there arent many teams that dont struggle during a 82 game season, the spurs time will come when they will start losing game but hey i rather lakers struggle now than in june WHEN IT COUNTS!!!!!!!

  125. fool says:

    @all bout them HEAT

    if you say so :-D

  126. NothingButActors says:

    LA is getting old. They look like the Spurs did last year. Can’t run to get easy points and can’t defend in transition. The Lakers made a big mistake when they did not try hard to keep Ariza. Their bench is weak- not even in the top 5 in the West.
    DFish and Artest should be on the bench, the just aren’t contributing. But then, who replaces them??
    Kobe needs to be patient and let the inside game come back to life. He needs to lead like TDuncan and DWade are on their teams.

    Laker fans need to realize that while the Lakers always have drama and slow starts, they have NEVER been blown out so badly by such low ranked teams and they have endured more consecutive losses this season than in any of their championship years.
    The moves the Laker organization made during the offseason did not match the moves made by Dallas, Boston, Miami, and San Antonio to get better. Hell, the Heat and Spurs will only get better as they work more of their bench players in: Splitter and Anderson for the Spurs; Mike Miller for the Heat. Celtics are playing better with injuries than the Lakers are healthy!!
    The Magic pulled the trigger and got better as well; so the Lakers need to make a couple of deals ASAP or they are DONE.

  127. kdub says:

    they’re definitely not playing caliber basketball.. almost reminiscent to the 06-07 years where they didnt play as welll..
    im sure they’lll reconfigure themselves to playing championship like basketball soon..

  128. Wordlife says:

    WOW this is incredible. I can’t believe most of the comments I read here. NBA.com needs to start screening people. For any one to say that “KOBE” sucks just shows ignorance and lack of perspective. For any one to say that he is a “hog” is equally foolish. When MJ put up over 30 points a season for basically his entire career “was he a hog, greedy, selfish, not a team player?” NOPE. He was MJ. When he verbally bashed his teammates, and beat them up in practice was this exhibiting LEADERSHIP? NOPE. But everyone praises him as the greatest of all time because he was an animal on the ball court, and his accomplishments spoke for themselves. Now KOBE is carving out his legacy and ppl hate on him for doing the exact same thing MJ did and that was dominate for as long as possible. Kobe is getting old and is a couple steps slower than Dwade, LBJ, KD and some of the new stars. However, even MJ lost his step. I remember Allen Iverson embarrassing him, and Penny Hardaway dropping 55 on him and Pipen. So just sit back and enjoy the game. Most ppl here never played on any real level but have the most outlandish remarks. The truth is, this is the NBA and these are arguably the best players in the world, so on any given night any team should be able to win. Whether the Lakers win this year or not, they have been in the finals for the last 3 seasons, the franchise is the 2nd most winningest franchise in the league. There is nothing else to prove. If they lose so be it, a better team wins. Stop with all the hating for ignorant reasons. If your going to make comments at least supply some real facts to support it. Kobe, LBJ, Dwad, KD, Melo are the most dominate players in the league right now. Much success to all of them. These dudes get paid to play basketball, and ppl on this forum dont get paid to “talk trash”. Stop with the nonesense and just BE A FAN like you are.

    • Jay says:

      Wordlife, please post a video of MJ bashing his teamates… I will be waiting for it.. MJ put up his shots because he didnt have 2 allstar 7 footers that had a constant mismatch every nite, MJ didnt have a power forward, that has the skills of a point guard, he didnt have guys on his bench that could start for 50% of the leagues other team, Kobe does, quit making excuses for the dude, he aint Jordan, never will be, if he win another ring along with finals mvp, he will have six rings just like mj. But MJ has 6 rings along with 6 finals mvps, There da real facts for ya… For all u that keep making the excuse this happens every year, go kick rocks barefooted, this a new year people, Spurs are no longer old, and Miami has King James, Wade and Bosh on the same team!!! Do u really want to go against those three in a seven game series… I am calling for the Lakers head!!! and i smell blood!!!

    • landon says:

      boit time someone with sense speaks thank u for speaking like an educated person!! go lakers gt ur act together tho

  129. fırat says:

    all of you is thinking wrong about kobe his problem is not age his problem is being not consistent from the three point arc he was 1-7 at memphis loss ı thik if kobe starts to score 40-50 gasol adds 25-30 and the rest of team each score 10-15 lakers win without doubt.You know in 2007 kobe end 7 game losing streak with 65 points than score back to back 50 point games.and the lakers won all of them why are you blaming kobe for being selfish .if kobe not a little selfis not taking responsibilty lakers never win if gasol and bynum each score 40 points if kobe is off ıt means lakers off.neither gasol or bynum can play in the paint without kobe lakers needts to kobe to revert his 40 or 50 points performances

  130. Jay says:

    When is Kobe going to start taking the blame? He shoots the ball at a ridicilous rate, giving his teamates no chance to get in a rhythm, yet he blames them for his ballhogging… he shoots 6-16 for 16 pts in the blowout to the spurs but yet he says “his teammates are not motivated” So Shannon Brown makes a bad pass, and Kobe stands there with his head down instead of getting back on defense to get a stop.. but he blames the team…pathetic

  131. Okyeah says:

    How many of you actually watched that game?

    Dont bring your personal feelings into this. Phil was talking about this specific game, and I watched it and yes, Kobe was trying to take over and he usually does, and it usually ends well, but this time it didnt.

    Kobe is a an NBA great and one of the last few superstars that played in the what I believe is was the “prime” of the NBA.

    (Don’t bring Lebron into this. He is RIGHT NOW the best player in the NBA. and for all of you who says he had to team up with his super friends…Thats like throwing acid at Paul Gasol, Shaq, Horry. Even worse thats like spitting on all of Jordans teammates…especially Pippen…they were today what you would consider the D-Wades and Lebrons, and Boshes)

    But this isnt about Lebron…this is about Kobe and the Lakers…..THE LAKERS WILL BE ALRIGHT! THIS HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE YEAR!!!

  132. Bobby says:

    Someone also mentioned this in an earlier post but the Lakers go through this slump every year, It starts right around Christmas time with Christmas day game being the not so shinning example of the annual Laker slump (Lakers get blown out by the team that everyone thinks is going to make a big splash in the NBA playoffs) But at the end of the season, well the last three, Lakers have prevailed and Kobe raises the trophy in the arms of his teammates who appreciate his ever-prevailing game face and his ability to challenge his teammates.

    So, back to this season and today, Bynum is getting back in form and synchronized with the triangle offense and Lamar is just going to have to get back familiarized with his bench player status. Odom is a veteran, he’s always played well for any team when asked to start for an injured player but the reality is that Andrew Bynum is LA’s big man and they have invested their asses into him so they will play him and allow him to come into his role. The bench is nice having Odom and guys like Barnes who can play with the NBA elite. Let’s hope Odom is smart enough to rise above the media hype and continue to play like an allstar and that Pau Gasol can stop watching Kobe play long enough to establish himself as a regular seson Lakers asset.

    Call them the number one seed at the end of the year, call them the number 5 seed (unlikely worst case scenario based on the parody of the west) but you still have to beat the defending three time NBA champs to win in 2011.

  133. Lakers ALL DAY says:

    Lakers will be in there in the end, nothing else to it. They are having some mental issues right now, but nothing that cannot get solved. After the All-Star break, they will kick it in gear and will make a push for the 1 or 2 seed in the west. In the mean time, all of these journalists will keep trying to make something out of nothing! Case-in-point — this article! The “drama” that is supposedly taking place in LA is being embellished SIGNIFICANTLY. You all need something to write about, so what better topic other than the Lakers?? Listen, these Lakers had some serious issues last season as well during the regular-season, but look what happened in the end! My ONLY concern at this point is losing home-court advantage, but as the Celtics demonstrated last season, that doesn’t mean too much to elite teams! These Lakers have proven they can win on the road, so no big deal there. Home-court would be ideal for them and even preferred, but not NECESSARY. Their schedule gets very tough in February and March, so look for them to get it together during that period. I guarantee it will be enough to get their competitive juices flowing — their lack of this element is the current issue — and will propel them into the playoffs. HOWEVER, with all this being said, the play of Dallas and San Antonio has me worried about the west more than ever, and it is very possible that the Lakers could not make it to the Finals again. But again, I will reserve these predictions for later in the season when everything is more solidified.

  134. Roots says:

    Each side of the “argument” or “drama” connect. Kobe talking about the motivation and all is one key factor, as well as Kobe playing too much “hero” basketball. Starting with motivation, I know they say they’re motivated, but they sure aren’t playing like they are. I do notice the lack of energy during games, and of course, the inconsistency of the Lakers. They should be playing their game, inside-outside. Both Gasol and Bynum were at or a bit above .500 and the ball should of kept coming in, so they can put in work. They need to take advantage of their size. We constantly talk about their size, but what’s the point, when you’re not using them to their fullest capabilities? Kobe will usually find his stroke, but he needs to get everyone in-sync and rolling. A leader should always make sure his men are accounted for. Getting everyone involved is crucial. As someone else as mentioned, take a look at Tim Duncan. He gets his team moving and involved. Most importantly, they’re playing the system. Add all these factors together and their starvation for another title and you’ll see why they’re sitting on top of the throne. As I stated with the Spurs playing their system, that’s exactly what the Lakers need to do – play their system.

    Also, these guys are playing like they have all the rings in the world. It looks like they’re playing too comfortable because most of them have rings. It’s a new season and a new year, so they need to seal the little whole on the ship because if they don’t, it’ll eventually grow bigger and bigger.

  135. danito says:

    no worries lakers for 3peat , everyone of u guys know its gona happen. middle of season drama always happen. but the ending scenario is . ORLANDO SHOOT TOO MANY THREES. LEBRON QUIT IN PLAYOFF, BOSTON INJURED , SPURS OLD, MAVRICKS LOSE THE FIRST ROUND. AND THE SAME OLD STORY, LAKERS WIL WIN IT . LOL

    • kobefanatic says:

      you are right danito… lakers will win it all…LOL…. go lakers!!!

    • SpursOld? says:

      Dude, are you high? The Spurs aren’t old anymore; they are the youngest among the contenders, dammit.

      Perhaps the roster in your knowledge is that of the 2007-08 season.

  136. Brian says:

    The way I see it, LAL is not just in a mere “slump”, nor are they in a “crisis”. LAL is missing that motivation and passion that drove them to the finals for the past 3 years. They’ve already won 2 titles, and that 3rd one just doesn’t seem as appealing to them as the first two did. Also, LAL is focusing too much on the competition, rather than themselves. They’re caught up on the fact that there are other teams right now playing at a better level than them. I can bet that kobe is looking over at the standings every single day, seeing who is up in the East, how far back they’re from SAS and DAL, etc. This is making LAL think that the sole problem is that there are better teams this year, and that it doesn’t have to do with their level of play. LAL better figure this out fast, or else they’re in for a huge reality check after the all-star break, when competition starts to heat up.

  137. stevO3 says:

    I think everyone needs to stop blaming on each other, instead they need to focus and do individual things. I can see that Lakers are lack of energy. They need to upgrade the team. I think they need couple of quick and energetic players to boost the team when it is needed. Right now when Kobe got the ball everyone is expecting kobe to make every baskets and forgot about their roles such as rebounding, boxing out, or whatever. Without energy there is no way to win a game like Basketball. 2 times NBA a champion lost a mediocre teams like Memphis, Bucks and Miami by blow out.. That’s totally unacceptable. Boston beat Miami twice already. Yeah, Miami is getting better, but a team like Lakers should not have lost by blow out at their own ground. I don’t currently like the way they are playing. There is no communication, energy, quick decision, sloppy passes without commitment. They can get back to top of the Conference only by working as a team, attack as a team and defense as a team; otherwise, there is no chance for lakers to win three peat..

  138. matheous says:

    you guys brought up a Kobe – Jordan thing (as you always do) and I’d like to say a few words concerning this matter.
    Recently I’ve noticed that Kobe is unable to join individual great games (especially high scoring) with great teamwork and final success.
    Older Kobe (he’s 32 but what he gonna say at the age of 35?) is not cappable of carrying his team on his own which is something that Jordan was doing all the time as a 35 years old guy and as a 40 years old from time to time.
    Jordan could score 40 or 50 on amazing % and lead his team to crushing victory.

    well, I didnt want to start over Jordan-Kobe comparison, its just my recent thoughts

  139. nick says:

    I think it is Kobe messing up at times he needs to share the ball in the first half and act like kobnash again.Then the second half fine his shots but don’t force bad ones and then don’t cover your man by complaining to the ref. Also the pace we are going we need a better wing man like Steven Jackson lol who can drive the lanes and knock down shots that Ron can’t make.Overall the lakers need to get it together quick for they find them selves fighting for the eight seed.There’s no excuse this is a team game but it starts with the head that’s Phil and Kobe they are the champions what more motivation do you need to be the best of the best making history once again.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      U WERE KINDA RIGHT YALL DO NEED SOME BETTER SMALLS PPL SAY YALL R SO GOOD BECAUSE OF YOUR BIGS BUT BIGS R GOOD FOR THE MOST PART WHEN A SMALLER PLAYER MAKE THEM BETTER THEY DONT REALLY CREATE FOR THEM SELVES AND THE LAKERS ARE VERY WEAK AT THE 1,2,3 SPOTS EXCLUDING KOBE HE HAS TO TRY TO DO MUCH MORE THAN HE WANTS CAUSE HE REALIZES WHAT THE REST OF THE LAKER FANS DONT YALL HAVE NO PLAYERS THAT CAN CREATE A SHOT FOR THEMSELVES OR TEAMATES ITS NICE TO HAVE GOOD BIGS BUT BIGS NEED HELP TO B GOOD AND THATS YALL PROBLEM

  140. biznas33 says:

    difference between lebron and kobe is that lebron came into a franchise and put it on the map whereas kobe came into a franchise that was contending for the title the same year. just take a look at last season, the cavs were at the top. take away lebron from the picture the cavs are the worst team in the nba.
    now do the same with the lakers… take away kobe from the lakers they’ll still make the playoffs.

    • Kobe124 says:

      How was Kobe contending for a title his first year??? He didnt even start his first 2 which is why hes so good today. Kobe has worked incredibly hard to get where hes at today. In case y’all didnt know theres a lot of 6’6 guards around Kobes weight but no one compares to Brons 6’8 265 frame… I wonder why its so easy to drive the lane and slam every single time. Kobe did that with 2 less inches and only at 215! 50 less pounds. Bron will get old and all the Bron fans will be disappointed when he isnt driving the lane instead hes bricking shots from 30 feet. Also lets not forget Kobe almost did LEAVE his team numerous times but they got him help. Cavs got Bron nothing but they also started from Scratch when they got him, Kobe came up with Shaq. Not Kobes fault

      • Smooth says:

        Hahahaha what’s your argument????

      • Hey says:

        Hey Spurs fans, listen up. I am a Silver and Black guy too, first of all. Second, like Pop says, ignore the other guys! Third, why the heck are the Miami Hype in this discussion? Have y’all checked the quality (or the lack thereof) of the opponents that the guys from South Beach have beaten? Way to celebrate those, eh?

        And Sekou is right. Leave the Lakers alone until the Playoffs. They might want to trade some pieces for younger and higher energy guys. So let’s mind our own beeswax for now. Especially for fellow fans of that team that plays near the Alamo.

        We’d be waaaaaaaaaay wrong to count the Lakers out. Then again, GO SPURS GO!

      • CP3 says:

        name some guards please and for the lebron thing Paull Pierce Carmelo Anthony and many others and since kobe had shaq and lebron had nothing isnt the odds favoring kobe to win therfor lebron has to work harder so overall he is a better player because (not tryen to hate but) kobe can not carry a team like the cavs nets clippers and some of the other lower seed teams like lebron could kobe has always had a great team when he won he always had a great team shaq his first 3peat and many other players and his back to back he had gasol bynum odom fisher (for the second year artest) and to the peopl that say they dont do anything remember kobes 2 game winning misses who cleaned them up gasol and artest

  141. theyre still the lakers says:

    Everybody has to calm downa. Yes, the lakers are playing really, really bad level right now, but they’re still the lakers. They’re experienced and good enough to come out of it when it really matters (June). They’re the LA lakers you can’t expect this to go on the entire season.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      WHAT DOES THEIR STILL THE LAKERS GOT TO DO WITH ANYTHING WHEN WILL ALL OF THE LAKER FANS JUST REALIZE THEY ARE NO LONGER THE BEST TEAM IN THE WEST THEY R STILL GOOD BUT UR NOT BE HONEST WITH YOUR SELF

  142. Old School says:

    Um…….Did anyone here watch the game? The lakers didn’t have anyone on the team that had more than “2″ Assists!!!
    Phil was right to chew out Kobe. It wasn’t like Pau(who was 5-9 in fg%) or Bynum(4-8 in fg%) were having bad nights. the Lakers were actually a better team when Pau Gasol was leading the team in scoring at the beginning of the year. The offense should start with the bigs first. I doubt that KB24 will ever figure it out as his whole career he’s been clueless but here’s a hint:PASS THE BALL AND GET SOME BALL MOVEMENT OUT OF YOUR TEAM AND YOU MIGHT BE SUCCESSFUL.

  143. spurs 101 says:

    Well, I’m a spurs fan and to be honest, I think phil is wrong to blame just kobe. Last time i checked they were called the lakers not the kobes!! The whole team is struggling right now just give them time. As for Miami, I don’t think any team that lebron plays on will ever win a ring. He’s to inmature and he will never be a hall of famer like kobe and duncan!! Those guys know what it’s like to scarifice for their team and to be honest, i can’t stand kobe, not because he’s not good enough, because he is, but soley because he’s the spurs rival. Give the lakers a break, they will be fine, just give them time. Many teams go through their rough times and then come back and take the ring from the likes of lebron and dwade. So just chill laker fans. we’ll all see them come june. but phil, you were wrong..

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      HELLO FELLOW SPUR FAN BUT I DISAGREE LEBRON WILL B A HALL OF FAMER OF COURSE I HOPE HE NEVER WIN A RING CAUSE I WANT THE SPURS TO ALWAYS WIN BUT I DO THINK HE IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAUGE AND TO BE HONEST I WOULD TRADE ANY SPUR FOR LEBRON EXCEPT TIM AND THATS ONLY CAUSE WE WOULDNT HAVE A BIG NO DISRESPECT TO MANU I LOVE HIM TO DEPTH

  144. come on guys says:

    anybody who has watched basketball since 1985 can tell you that it is typical to see everyone hitting the panic button so early. this game was nothing more than a wake up call. ive read they should fire Phil, kobe is a ball hog/sucks, and the lakers are old and washed up. every team except for the exception of the bulls 72-10 season, go through up’s and downs. they will be ready.

  145. rob1234 says:

    O THIS IS FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID WADE WAS THE BEST. KOBE IS THE BEST, BRON IS NEXT THEN KD, MELO OR WADE. BRON IS JUST STRONG, FAST, AND BIG NOBODY NEVER HAD THAT COMBO IN THE NBA AND HE’S DUMB ATHLETIC HE DOESN’T HAVE THE SKILL LEVEL OF THE OTHER GUYS I NAMED HE’S JUST BUILT CRAZY W SOME SKILL IF THE OTHER GUYS WERE HIS SIZE WITH THEIR SKILL THEY ALL WOULD B 10 TIMES BETTER. WADE JUST NEEDS A MORE CONSISTENT JUMPER OTHER THAN THAT HE IS A BEAST

  146. Time out shorter says:

    NBA history is plenty of great players that never got a ring. So? Is Horry greatest than Kobe or LeBron? That is not the kind of focus for setting the ranks about who is better than the other. Great players there are a lot,, Stars just a few. How can we define a Star? Superb contribuitors for the team (eg Ginobili, Nash) or outstanding individual performers (Bryant, Wade, James, Nowitzky, etc) Individual stars win games, Teamplayers Stars win titles.
    Lakers looks lide a fat man after a suculent dinner. They don’t look sharp or eager fotr beating the opponent. Is like they feel undefeatenable eventhough at the end of the 48 minutes they lose. They don’t register what other teams are doing, they persist on the same track, no adjustments, no corrections and when the last 2′ comes, please Kobe do your job. This year is not enough, Jackson and the players should notice that and show that they desire the title.

  147. BasketBall Mind says:

    I think Kobe is wrong for poiting fingers, if they win as a team they should also lose as a team.
    This is like when he got caught cheating and started saying “I am not the only one that cheats on my wife most NBA players cheat on their wives they just pay them off so the women keep quiet” naming names and stuff that is WRONG

    There is no use questioning his teammates motivation without looking at the fact that he has games that he goes 6-27 or 10-38 or as last night 1-7 from the 3 point line. why not pass the ball to someone that is struggling with their shot and get the bucket. TIM DUNCAN KNOWS is absolutely right, Kobe should learn from good ol Timmy and pass the ball to Gasol who is CLEARLY playing better and let him do his work. Scoring isnt the only way to great.

    And he will NEVER be like MIKE, Jordans has 5 MVP of the season, 10 scoring tittles and 6 finals MVPs. a deffensive player of the year, 3 of Kobe championship rings have SHAQs name ingraved on them.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      CAN EVERYONE STOP WITH THE KOBE-JORDAN STUFF TWO DIFFERANT ERAS JORDAN PLAYED WHEN MOST OF THE OTHER GOOD PLAYERS WERE CENTERS SO HE HAD TO DO MORE CAUSE BULLS NEVER HAD A BIG MAN IN KOBE ERA ITS THE OPPOSITE REALLY NO BIG MEN ITS MORE GAURD ORIENTED SO KOBE HAS MORE COMP AT HIS SPOT THAN JORDAN DID SO I REALLY FEEL THAT KOBE IS A LOT CLOSER TO JORDAN THAN U GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR SO TO CALL KOBE PIPPEN IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO KOBE

      • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

        i totally agree with you on this comment

        and too the guy above me, mr.basketball mind …you talking some Shaq name is engraved all over the first three rings of kobe, but what about ur boy Lebron James????? Any ring or rings he gets with Wade and Bosh will have their names all over it just the same…..so dont play that card….

  148. wilabaliw says:

    the bottom line line who will win the ring this season. its either 3peat or the spurs will take home the crown. MIAMi just a contender for the nba finals.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      WELL SAID BUT I THINK THE MAVS R BETTER THAN THE LAKERS AND MIAMI R FOR REAL AND BOSTON IS REAL GOOD TOO

  149. Zahir Ahmed says:

    It is funny how people compare Kobe to LeBron or to Jordan. Both ridiculous comparisons. Kobe should more appropriately be compared with folks like Fisher or Horry or Pippen. He was never the major reason for winning the Championship. If it was not for Gasol, they would have lost the last final and ofcourse, Shaq was the reason they won the first three. Jordan was the MVP for every one of his championship and it was not even close!

    Comparing Lebron with Kobe is also a joke. Every time they played each other, LeBron had a better game (wins, scoring average, assist average, rebound average etc.).. Something nobody could say about Jordan.

    Kobe is the champion if it comes to selfishness, by far.

  150. Ken Kent says:

    Isn’t it about time the Lakers traded Ron Artest and delegated Fish to the bench?

    • Wait a minute says:

      I wouldn’t trade ANY player(s) that have proven themself/themselves time and time again.

  151. rob1234 says:

    Trade RON ARTEST, HE CAN’T PASS,STEAL,SHOOT,DRIBBLE, OR REBOUND. HOW IS HE IN THE LEAGUE???/ PAU IS LOST AND PLAYING SOFT AGAIN, THE KILLER B’S ARE OFF AND ON BUT THEY WILL BE OK. KOBE SHOULD BE TAKING THOSE SHOTS, THAZ WHAT U WANT FROM YOUR GO TO GUY. I DON’T THINK HE SHOULD JUST FIRE UP SHOTS BUT WHEN THE OFFENSE IS STRUGGLING OF COURSE. I THINK THE OFFENSE SHOULD RUN THROUGH GASOL FIRST. 9 SHOTS FOR HIM IS RIDICULOUS- HE SHOULD AVG 20 SHOTS A NIGHT. BYNUM WILL B BACK AND THINGS WILL GET BETTER. L-O HAS BEEN PLAYING THE BEST OF ALL LAKERS BETTER THAN EVEN KOBE. PHIL PLEASE CALL TIME OUTS, THEY’RE NOT FIGURING IT OUT AS THEY DID LAST YEAR ON THEIR OWN. START L-O. TRADE ARTEST OR PUT BARNES BEFORE HIM, HE TAKES FADEAWAY SHOTS LIKE HE’S KOBE AND HE CAN’T MAKE A WIDE OPEN SHOT, HE GOES ON ONE MAN FASTBREAKS JUST TRADE HIM. FISHER- WHERE DO I START? JUST SHOOT THE BALL, I’M TIRED OF SEEING KOBE GET YOU WIDE OPEN SHOTS AND U PASS THEM UP AND DRIVE TO THE BASKET(THATZ NOT YOUR STREGNTH). U ARE CLUTCH BUT YOU NEED TO GET YOUR SHOT BACK . THINK ABOUT THIS STARTING LINEUP BYNUM, GASOL, L-O, KOBE, AND BLAKE. BRING SHANNON OF THE BENCH UNTIL FISHER GETS THE POINT. SHANNON HAS BEEN PLAYING WELL. TOP 3 LAKERS AS OF NOW 1.L-O 15 POINTS 10 BOARDS, AND A NICE AMOUNT OF ASSIST HERE AND THERE. 2. SHANNON 50 PERCENT FROM 3 AND HE PLAYS WITHIN THE GAME, HE KNOWS HIS ROLE. 3. STEVE BLAKE SAME THING AS SHANNON. 4. KOBE HE HASN’T BEEN SO GREAT BUT HE’S BEEN GOOD ENOUGH AND WHEN HE GETS BACK TO THE NORM HE WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THIS LIST. 5 GASOL HE’S BEEN LOST,SOFT AND LOLLY GAGING, BUT IF THE TEAM FEED HIM MORE AND HE TAKES 20 SHOTS A GME HE WILL AVG 23-25 POINTS AND 11-12 BOARDS, AND HE CAN PICK UP THE DEFENSIVE INTENSITY ADD THAT WITH A HEALTHY BYNUM, KOBE BEING KOBE AND YOU GET THE FINALS. THEY JUST NEED TO FOLLOW THOSE STEPS AND SUCCESS IS INEVITABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT BOSTON IS STILL THERE, ONE LAST THING- PLEASE JUST TRADE RON ARTEST

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      YEAH U RIGHT ABOUT RONRON BUT FISHER JUST NEEDS TO RETIRE HE IS TOO OLD AND THE WEST HAVE TOO MANY PG AND HE CAN GAURD NONE OF THEM AND HE IS SO EASY TO GAURD CAUSE HE DONT DO NOTHING BUT SHOOT 3S

      • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

        ive been tryna to tell ppl ron artest was not as good as u think….ppl keep tryna call him an allstar. He gives good defence, but his brings no offense to the table its a curse in a sense.

        They shoulda kept Vuajic (or however u spell it)….he was a good shooter, idk why phil jackson took him out of the rotation before trading him

  152. all bout them HEAT says:

    dwade is the best…NUFF SAID

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      WADE IS NOT BETTER THAN LEBRON SORRY DUDE BUT CAN U HONESTLY SAY THAT IF U WERE STARTING A TEAM U TAKE WADE OVER LBJ?

  153. Mr L says:

    why yall blaming on kobe? yall sure are haters!

    okay ill give you an example,
    yall know celtics and their plays right?

    you know theyre an unselfish team right?
    last season, they were 4th in the league and stil made it to nba finals.

    balance attack, all can shoot, agressive, great pg,
    but still fell down to 4th spot but made to nba finals.

    nawm tryin say?

    lakers sure they sucks rigth now cause theyre 4th somethin,
    been losing by double digits blah blah whatever.
    and suddenly blaming kobe bout all those stuffs…
    kobe’s been doin his same stuffs since their championship run started.
    and they ended up back to back. nawmsayin?

    his team mates got to step up!
    not waiting for his plays or somethin, theyve got to motivate their selves to play
    as hard as kobe do! kobe is a willing passer if he finds an open man, just like passing to gasol or bynum
    or gasol inside the lane when he sees them open.
    they just gotta find ways to contribute, be aggresive, dont worry bout stats and touches, ( ego)
    and put on the swagger! nawmsayin? i hope the lakers can get this done soon….
    tho im not worried cause playoff is all that matters, just like celtics last season..
    but still, get things done..

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      U CANT REALLY COPARE THE LAKERS TO THAT CELTICS TEAM THAT TEAM WAS LOADED AND VERY DEEP THESE LAKERS ARE NOT DEEP AT ALL KOBE IS STILL GREAT IM NOT BUYING THAT HE IS OLD OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT ITS JUST THAT THE REST OF THE GUYS R NOT AS GOOD AS YOU WANT TO THINK THEY R IM NOT HATING BUT I WATCH A LOT OF NBA AND THATS WHAT I SEE FROM THEM NO DEPTH AT ALL

  154. rob1234 says:

    lakers will be fine

  155. DANTE says:

    I ALSO BELIEVE THAT LEBRON IS NOT GOING TO SUCK AS HE GETS OLDER. LOOK AT KOBE AND LEBRON PHYSICALLY. IF KOBE CAN STILL DRIVE THE LANE AT 32 YEARS OLD AND FINISH HOW WOULD LEBRON NOT BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME WHEN HE’S THAT AGE. HIS BODY IS BIGGER THAN KOBE’S AND HE’S FASTER. I AM A VERY BIG KOBE FAN NO DOUBT, BUT LOOKING AT THE STATISTICS AND REALITY HE WON’T SUCK WHEN HE IS OLDER I THINK HE WILL BE MORE BETTER AS A PLAYER BECAUSE OF EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE IS WHAT MADE KOBE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT. T- MAC WAS CONSIDERED BETTER THAN KOBE AT A CERTAIN POINT BUT PEOPLE WOULDN’T SAY THAT NOW, BUT IT HAS BEEN SAID IN THE PAST. SO GIVE LEBRON MORE EXPERIENCE HE WILL BE A BETTER PLAYER THAN HE IS NOW. HOWEVER, HE CAN ALSO SHOOT THE BALL WAY BETTER THAN BEFORE, IF YOU LOOK AT HIS SHOOTING THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST YEAR HE HAS BECOME A WAY BETTER SHOOTER DUE TO HIS SHOT SELECTION AS WELL. WHEN HE PLAYED AGAINST THE LAKERS I WAS SO UPSET BECAUSE HE WAS 5-6 FROM THE 3-POINT LINE…AND HE HAS BEEN KNOCKING DOWN OPEN 3′S IN THE SEASON SO PEOPLE CANNOT SAY HE’S GOING TO SUCK WHEN HE’S OLDER. I BELIEVE THAT HE WILL BE A BETTER PLAYER.

  156. kojin says:

    Honestly this same thing happened to Miami this year. they were not playing up to the level people expected. But look at the attitude taken by them. the heat stayed teh course, stayed focued, and over time, they fixed themsleves up. the lakers should take the same approach. It feels very negative over there, and they were not begin scrutinized half as much as Miami. The lakers need time to incorperate thier key players again, and those players need to regain focus. I’m sure they will do it at some point, its the Lakers for crying out loud.

    • kojin says:

      the season is still very young. were not even at all star break yet. some of you guys have the right attitude so i applaud you. the only thing id be worried about is if they make a trade over this. dont overreact LA. if 5 championships can’t keep you guys confident then nothing will.

  157. yang8 says:

    Win or Loss Lakers all the way! I’m a LOYAL FAN! unlike LEBRON “The Queen” JAMES teaming up with his super friends!hahaha Boo! Laker fans doesn’t need to panic at all! they just give their FANS a THRILL! LOL

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      REP YOUR TEAM THATS GOOD BUT ENOUGH WITH THE LEBRON CRAP HE MADE THE BEST CHOICE DONT HATE WERE U HATING WHEN MEMPHIS GAVE YALL GASOL THAT WAS THE MOST CROOKED TRADE IVE SEEN IN ALL MY YEARS OF WATCHING NBA BALL I ALMOST THINK IT WAS BORDERLINE CHEATING LAKER GREAT I MEAN MEMPHIS GM JERRY WEST GIFT WRAPPED HIM TO YALL

  158. duuma says:

    It’s kinda lame that they think the recent laker performance was due to the lakers focus. I doubt that the loss to miami and the spurs is due to lack of focus. I’m pretty sure they were “up” for those games, and still they lost. And after losing to those guys, they would get even more focused on the weaker teams since they know they aren’t playing very well as of late. You have to understand that the reason the lakers had a good record early in the season was due to the easy schedule. And also, you have to understand that Kobe is older, and clearly not better (or even not as good) as he was last season. Age is catching up to kobe and he can no longer do what he was able to do. This season, the only way kobe has been able to have good games was when he was making his jumpshots. At his current age, he is not as quick and athletic as he used to be, which is why he is not able to drive to the basket and/or finish like he used to. Derrik Fischer is also older, and though he may still make the occasional clutch shots, he has become more and more a liability when it comes to defending the quicker point guards. Pau gasol has proven that he is only an all-star (and not a franchise player) as he is susceptible to having streaks of bad games. As for bynum, he appears to become one of those injury proned players (ie. grant hill, tracy mcgrady, etc).

  159. Dante says:

    THE LAKERS ALWAYS HAVE A DOWNFALL IN ALMOST EVERY SEASON. THIS DOWNFALL IS JUST ANOTHER ONE, BUT MIGHT BE TAKING THEM LONGER TO GET OUT OF. HOWEVER, WHEN PLAYOFFS HIT I BELIEVE THAT THE LAKERS WILL TURN INTO A WAY BETTER TEAM LIKE THEY DID LAST YEAR DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE COST OF LOSING IN THE PLAYOFFS IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THIS TEAM.

  160. R Freeman says:

    Why is jackson hating on KB? He was the one bringing em back in the game. Its not so much as the play its the mentality, KB is right these fools need to get their head straight and focus on the big picture not all this media stuff. The lakers always do this (cuz they feel “Hollywood”) every1′s ego jumps and the game starts slippin. KB keep doin work, the rest will follow.

  161. Jaye says:

    The Lakers have not been the same every since Pau reached #1 in the MVP rankings. He has not seen the ball since… Go back and look at his numbers after he reached the top spot.

  162. Mak says:

    Man F that. Im tired of yall being on L.A sack. Its time for someone else to start winning

    Everybody gets a chance to shine. Im not even a Thunder fan but I admire and respect what they’re doing and we play in the same division

  163. LM MORTEL says:

    GUYS…
    WHO AMONGST Y’ALL PLAY COMPETITIVE BASKETBALL…?
    REALLY…?
    WHO AMONGST Y’ALL HAVE FOLLOWED THE NBA…?
    REALLY…?
    IF Y’ALL ANSWERED YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS:
    WHO AMONGST Y’ALL HAVE HAD TEAMMATE/S LIKE KOBE…?
    REALLY…?
    BOTTOM LINE IS THE SEASON’S FIST QUARTER JUST PASSED BY AND IT’ STILL YOUNG. I’D LIKE TO QUOTE “roberto91″ THAT IT’S EASY TO DISS KOBE WHEN LAL IS LOSING..BUT HE’S AN IMMORTAL AND “JORDANESQUE” WHEN HE’S AVERAGING 30 PPG IN A PLAYOFF SERIES.
    AND ENOUGH WITH THE LBJ REMARKS..IF YOU WERE IN HE’S SHOES THEN “WHAT WILL YOU DO?”
    FOR ALL WE KNOW THE LAL FRANCHISE MIGHT HAVE PLANNED THIS ALL ALONG..WHAT BETTER WAY TO CAP THE 3-PEAT CAMPAIGN BY ADDING SOME FLAVA & DRAMA & ALL THAT JAZZ RIGHT?
    REALLY…?
    Y’ALL TALK LIKE YOU GUYS DID WIN A PLAYOFF GAME OR WON THE FINALS & HAVE HAD A RING OR TWO ALREADY…
    REALLY…?

    • Jake says:

      Hmmm lets see… Dejuan Blair is in his second year in the league, George Hill is in his second (or maybe third) Gary Neal is in his first, Splitter is in his first. Tony makes Derek Fisher look like he’s in a wheelchair, Manu is finally healthy and rested, RJ is in his prime, and Duncan is working about half as hard as Gasol, and he’s still getting similar results over that past couple weeks. Plus, there is Anderson who’s a rookie too. Yeah I think they’re younger in basketball age.

  164. toe man says:

    i want to ass puch kobe !!!

  165. nbafan says:

    When is the reality show going to hit the airwaves. Do these guys keep anything in their house private. If drama motivates your team that is a recipe that could backfire big time. To Kobe’s credit, he is doing what he is suppose to do ON THE FLOOR (most of the time) that is playing with intesity and purpose, but a team leader , he is not.

    Phil is being exposed as more like a Hen Master. The real zen master is Gregg Popovich, he leads by example, kicks ass in practice not in the press and makes no excuses or puts down other teams like you know who has in the past. Kobe and Phil need to take notes from Tim and Pop.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      THE BEST AND MOST HONEST COMMENT ON HERE AND NOT JUST BECAUSE UR GIVING THE SPURS CREDIT IVE SAID FOR YEARS THAT POP IS A BETTER COACH THAN PHILL HE DOESNT COACH HE IS A GREAT WHISTLER THOUGH AND I HOPE THAT I DONT GET THE HE HAS 11 RINGS ARGUMENT PHILL MIGHT BE THE BEST BABYSITTER OF ALL TIME BUT POP COACHES CIRCLES AROUND PHILL WITH LESS TALENT EXCEPT FOR THIS YEAR WE ARE DEEP AND GOOD DEEP

  166. bigE23 says:

    hmmmm interesting kobe complaining and ball hogging again,, in the past that got him no where so i would be scared if i where a laker fan…im not.. but a kobe fan yes

  167. edib says:

    the whole laker team needs to step up as a team and put the b.s aside the are the best team in the nba and not olny because of kobe, and if they step up they will again win the title no matter how good the spurs may be. (right now)

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      THE LAKERS BEST TEAM OK YEAH WHATEVER U SAY THE SPURS R THE BEST UNLESS U HAVE BEEN IN A CAVE THIS SEASON

  168. Wait a minute says:

    I think Sekou’s comment about not talking about the Lakers until the playoffs, deserves a thumbs up. I swear if it’s not one thing it’s another with this team. Yeah they are having a bad stretch of basketball, but i’m STILL not changing my prediction over a regular season drag. Just like the Celtics had a bad regular season last year, they lost to VERY beatable teams in the reg. season, then ended up in a game 7 of the finals. So what i’m saying is, CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDING TEAMS UNDERSTAND WINNING TIME. I DON’T CARE IF THE LAKERS GET BLOWN OUT IN EVERY LOSS, I STILL THINK THEY’RE TAKING THE WEST. I need a team to go 4-3,2,1, in a playoff series for me, and any other sports media group to say otherwise.

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      yes, the celtics were just 4th in east last season, and went all the way……LA can pull it off i think

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      the lakers r not taking the west they r not as good as u think any more they r old no bench and artest and fisher all i can say is that im glad they play for the lakers and not the spurs

      • Wait a minute says:

        Dude, we get it, you’re excited about the Spurs, we know that. I’m excited to see the Spurs as well, seeing how they bounce back after getting swept last year, this is a great squad no ones doubting that. It’s just a little hard picturing the Lakers losing to a Spurs team that they beat in 5 in 08 without a Bynum or an Ariza.

    • yusuf says:

      Yes i agree with you Wait a minute but here is one reason sekou might want to reconsider that thought.
      Everybody has seen the lakers always go on these kind of droughts… but this early in the season? the lakers look like they are a step or two behind. they normally do this like around April. The two years (2009 2010) the lakers won the title were very impressive no doubt about that but the thing is, they had homecourt throught the western conference playoffs and finals for both years. What happens if they dont win the number 1 seed in the west? This is in my opinion the key reason why the lakers were so sucessful in the playoffs. the homecourt advantage. I believe the one team that can go toe-to-toe with the lakers is the spurs. The lakers are starting to fall back to a halfcourt offense. while the spurs have changed to uptempo style of play. having the number one offense in the league, the spurs defense according to gregg poppvich is “needs improvement”, we all remember the spurs for having a great defense it seems like they traded defense for offense. the spurs will step up on the D come playoff time thats how they got their 4 rings, So last thing to point out, if the lakers keep up the trend of losing they will have a problem if they meet the spurs; also for kobe though i feel sorry for him because the only reason he is taking so many shots is because his teammates either wont come through or they rely on him to produce every night. But we all know its the second option…

  169. lbjsuxxxx says:

    hey how old is kobe??? hes 32 right?? anyways wat do you think lebrick’s gonna be like at 32 he’s not gonna be dunking anymore hes gonna have to start shooting more and when that happens he will begin to suck and dwade isnt even a great shooter now so lebrick and dwade ( i dont have anything against dwade but i hate lebrick) anyways so lebrick and dwade when they get old and cant drive to the basket anymore there gonna begin to suck because they dont have a jumper like kobe. kobe is much more skilled then lebrick and dwade if kobe’s skills were in lebrons body they would be the best player ever, but if lebron’s skills were in kobe’s body he would suck horribly same with dwade. and kobe is pretty damn equal to MJ theres nothing MJ could do that kobe couldnt if anything there are some stuff kobe did (81 points!!) that MJ couldnt. I am an MJ fan and i know he is the greatest of all time but to me kobe is definitely the second greatest player of all time if not right next to MJ at that number 1 spot go on youtube and look at the amazing things he has done if you still hate you are clearly a lebron fan. I used to like lebron he used to be like my second favorite player but now i know he’s a little bitch who runs to dwade’s rescue hoping he can get him a championship ring with bosh. do you guys remember when the lakers were horrible a few years ago kobe stuck to his team he would have never left LAL and went to some superteam like lebrick/lechoke/lebitch/the queen. I think i’ve made my point. This comment has nothing against the heat or dwade or bosh’s alien lookin ass. this is just about lebron and kobe. KOBE #2 GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!!!! LEBRICK NOT GONNA BE IN TOP 20!!!!!!

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      I agree with you that people keep comparing Kobe and Lebron needs to stop….like honestly i have to say “the best player in the game” title has to go to lebron james. And im ok with that, because Kobe held that title for almost a decade. Every player gets older and starts to deminish, but Kobe is still like top 3 or 5 in the league still at age of 32.

      Lebron is 26 now people. In his prime years of youth. When Kobe was 26, he was a monster..driving the lane and dunking on people. And still had that killer jumpshot, at 26 Kobe was untouchable as far as individual accolades go and was far better than Lebron at the age.

      And u are right, Lebron jumpshot has gotten better, but most of his 50 fg % for his career comes mostly from DUNKS and LAYUPS. When he gets about Kobe’s age, i hope he includes a POST GAME into his game because at that age he wont be able to do all this dunking, and steamrolling to the basket….and that is truth, not hate!

      • #1spurfanndallas says:

        what decade r u referring to that kobe was best of decade have u forgotten about shaq and tim duncan kobe is good but lets be real

      • chris says:

        yeah sure he stuck to the lakers but thats cause they couldnt trade him. h wanted to leave and kobe will never be better than MJ or Bron or Dwade. Lebron has won 2 MVP’s and almost averaged 9 assist a game with the worst suppoting cast in the leage. Dwade won a cahmpionship when his team was down 2 games in the fineals.

      • d00mpatr0l13 says:

        Let’s see… 6 years ago when Kobe was 26, a virtually superstar-less Detroit team back then, kicked the butts of Kobe and the rest of the souped-up Lakers (with Malone and Payton). Or was Kobe 26 years old already when the Lakers did not even make the playoffs in 2005?

        The Lakers missed the playoffs only 5 times during their celebrated franchise history. And in 2005, with Shaq and most of the 2002 Championship Team gone, the Lakers’ main feature was, and up until now, is MR. INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES himself, Kobeeeeeeeee Bryaaaaaant!

        I’m sorry but I don’t know (AND DON’T CARE) Kobe’s actual date of birth. But yes, Kobe was untouchable at about that age. Or at least no one wanted to be associated with him until the rape case was sorted out.

        On LeBron, his jumpshot may not be half as good as Kobe’s, but he is definitely more fun to watch! And now with DWade and Bosh SHARING (emphasis on SHARING) the load for their team, LeBron will still be awesome when he turns 32.

      • jacko171524 says:

        1spurfanndallas kobe did dominate most the decade over tim duncan and shaq beside the facts that most professionals and fans voted kobe as the best of the decade he also won 5 out of 10 championships and made it in another 2 so he clearly dominated the decade. Chris i think something is wrong with u kobe didnt want to leave and of course he wont be better then Michael jordan but he sure as hell is better then wade and lebron in their primes

      • LBJ Forever says:

        1. Held the title of best player for a decade? I think not. At the most 4 or 5 MOSTLY undisputed years.

        2. Far better than Lebron at 26? I think not. Kobe individual accolades? He didnt even have an MVP at 26 LOL

        3. Dunks and layups? I think not. But you don’t watch him enough not being a fan. You see highlights because they are so spectacular they are played alot. The fact is he’s already STARTING to incorporate some post moves into his game. In 6 years he will DEFINITELY have post moves. Lastly, he will last to a longer age than KB because hes got 2 inches and 50 to 60 pounds more muscle on him. He will STILL be steamrolling to the basket at age 32 LOL

        4. He is shooting a career high 3PT% this year, BETTER than KB is.

        5. You can wish all you want that Lebron is older, but hes NOT, and KB IS.

    • Ruben says:

      totally agree with you man!

      kobe knows he’s getting older, and what’s he’s doing??? improving his foot work with Hakeem The Dream, that’s smart.
      Pick your poison..

      i wonder what will Lequeen do when his body tear down, when he can’t jump anymore and run like he does today.
      he will be like another T-Mac or Vinsanity, he doesn’t have a consistent jump shot, or post game.

    • luis says:

      its funny how young kids like you that dont know nothinh about the game comes here a put kobe 2nd alltime like they know it all…son…go learn and get some knowledge of the history of the nba…your knowledge is garbage….putting kobe 2nd makes you look so damn stupid and obvious you are a nba newbie….go learn son….dont come here and talk with the old guns and run your mouth like you know something…..kobe 2nd? lmao thanks son i needed that laugh….

    • DeBrosh says:

      o my goodness! get a grip will ya?

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      dude u know not what ur talking about lebron suck u must b smoking he is by far the best all around player in the leauge and this coming from a die hard spurs fan im just tired of of reading some of these ignorant comments u can be a fan of ur team and still think clearly or i guess only spur fans have this quality….well most some of them are idiots as well i just hate when ppl are not bb smart and say things that they know r not true

    • Smooth says:

      Kobe wanted to get traded away dumb@$$… You must not watch basketball… You shouldn’t speak on topics you know nothing about… It makes you look stupid and ignorant…

  170. Chase says:

    They go through this every year. and people say the same things. They will get it back. :)

    -not concerned

    • luis says:

      when fans they things like that shows the lack of basketball knowledge….son..its 2011…its not the 08 or 09 lakers anymore because their older….and teams like dallas and spurs are much better now…..and the lakers have exploited their weakness already…they cant defende pick n rolls with the young guns and cant keep up with the quick teams….why you think the heat whoop that ass?….kobe and the lakers suck

      • la says:

        you are so rude to the fans thinking that you are more knowledgeable than the others here luis. I think you are just another biased person complaining all times in your life. When lakers are going to win the championship this year, just remember how wrong you were and never ever be so rude to anyone.

      • ONE OF THE MANY LAKER SUPPORTERS says:

        Luis you must buy haterade by the tons cause you are nothing but a hater who are the champions???? enough said so when your done riding loser nuts comeback to the city that has banners and plenty of them and maybe when the season is over comeback and post some more hate because we are going to 3peat no matter how much haterade you drink all year

      • MESSY44 says:

        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

      • micah says:

        actually when fans say things like that it shows there bball knowledge… because that is exactly what happened… son! how is the heats speed gonna stop the lakers in the finals when they are playing the celtics?

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      they meanig lakers didnt go thru this last year they rolled just admit they r getting old very fast and thier bench SUCKS big time hate lakers but Kobe is second best non big man of all time…..by the way GO SPURS GO drive for five

      • MESSY44 says:

        ditto

      • Wait a minute says:

        What are you talking about they went through this at the very last 2 months before playoff time. The Spurs went through it the ENTIRE SEASON and got swept. I see a hungrier Spurs team this year.

    • yusuf says:

      will you be concered if they dont get the #1 seed in the west?
      i would if i were a laker fan. just pointing out. when they won the last two titles they had the number 1 seed lets see if they can really win without getting homecourt throught the west and finals.
      I honestly think the Spurs are the only team in the west that can go toe to toe with the lakers, quite possibly beat them in a 7 game season, but lets wait for playoffs

  171. brybry says:

    does this mean another trade? :D

    • chris says:

      you should trade kobe to a tem ike the nets and get draft picks and D-Harris. Atlest they’l be a whole lot youngr and better.

  172. Max says:

    i think its funny how everyone is bashing la while their down, wait until june when their the only team left, oh by the way i cant stand kobe!

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BEAT THE SPURS THEY R JUST TOO DEEP FOR THE LAKERS SORRY WELL NOT REALLY HAHA

  173. bigboy11 says:

    the Lakers wont win the west this season ,teams have been figuring how to beat them even when they play a good first half they look tired in the second half and these young teams are blowing by them,seems like kobe dont have the energy to withstand 4 quarters of hard defense on him,,people talking crap bout they are bored and can turn it on when they want i dont they are getting beat down a lot now their pride should have kicked in after the second beat down.last game they played they got beat by speed,think is time to rebuild,fisher cant out play these guards ,guess he’s just waiting on big shots

  174. Fact Not Fiction says:

    Even with the problems LA is having I still see them as a very dangerous team come playoff time. Everyone wants a championship out the west but for them the 3peat is an even bigger goal. As for the east you can see who really wants that championship this year.

  175. YAYA says:

    Is Kobe going to ruin another championship team lol. Kobe is motivated into thinking he is actually equal to MJ. He could have 10 rings and still not be anything like MJ. This is Phils’ last stand and I think he’s over acting like he and Kobe get along. Both of their legacies are in each others hand, Phil get the short end of that stick. Kobe asking the media to write gloom stories is a joke. I bet they do but don’t criticize Kobe because it was his idea.

    That MJ commercial someone put out with Lebrons , should have been directed at Kobe. HEY KOBE, WHEN THE BALL IS STOLEN FROM YOU, STANDING LIKE YOU’RE IN QUICK SAND IS NOT MOTIVATIONAL LOL.

  176. LB6 says:

    enough of the excuses. they are declining. they are not getting any better. cant improve when their “LEADER” is ball hogging jacking shots. As Phil Jackson said. Kobe is screwing up. whew. i though Phil is smart… He just realized that now??? Kobe is screws up most of the time. His team mates just makes up for what kobe screws. once again Lakers lost to a non playoff team. Lost very badly. hey if you put dwade, or lebron on the lakers, lakers surely will win this season easily. Dwade and Lbron are the type of players who are team oriented. Kobe is a one man screw up. well maybe if kobe starts sharing the ball the lakers can win. But kobe is not that type. He wants it on his own. kobe sucks not the lakers.

    • Connor says:

      ok and how many rings does lequeen have? dont talk unless you’ve won a ring let alone a finals game

      • Danny says:

        Kobe has rings because he HAPPENED TO BE ON TEAMS WITH PEOPLE THAT GOT HIM RINGS!!! 3 are from SHAQ. 1 is from Pau Gasol, and 1 is from Ron Artest. Kobe isa great player, burt a selfish one. He is not the type to share. He, against his better judgement, STARTED sharing three years ago and the Lakers ended up with rings the past two years. But NOW, old Kobe is back… The one who thinks he can win everything by himself. Problem is, the more he shoots, the worse his FG% gets…. but not only that… He makes his teammates hate him for shutting everyonje else out. That is sort of his M.O.

        bhe is a selfish, ballhogging anus 90% of the time.

        Phil should bench him for a couple of games, next time he pulls that cowboy crap and takes 30+ shots in a game without being ON FIRE.

        The Lakers may lose those games, but MAYBE Kobe will leanr to share again….

      • Dan says:

        god danny and kobe haters are MORONS I HATE PPL WHO SAY KOBE CNT WIN A RING WITHOUT A FUTURE HALL OF FAMER WHO THE HECK HAS?????? duncan+robinson jordan+pippen wade+shaq half of every celtic team that ever won magic+abduljabar pierce+garnett+allen+(possibly rondo) and guess what??? gasol never even won A PLAYOFF GAME BEFORE COMING TO KOBES TEAM. artest never went to the finals without kobeshaw would have NEVER won a ring in la without playing along side kobe u forget kobe was exploding for just as many points as shaq back then. o and for u morons saying once kobe started sharing they starrted winning ur wrong. when kobe did ball hog smush parker(cnt even make an nba roster anymore) and kwame brown(biggest bust in nba history) were starting along with odom and radmonovich. let me tell u this WHO THE HELL WAS HE SUPPOSED TO PASS IT 2!!!!! I MEAN U GOT ODOM BUT NEXT TO THAT U DNT HAVE MUCH kobe started sharing the moment he got even a spec of talent back (fisher bynum finally came through and gasol) u really think la would take the number 1 seeded suns to a game 7 let alone make the playoffs eithout kobe going for 50 every night back then? i didnt think so either.

      • JohnnySpursFan says:

        Dan, Duncan only has one ring with Robinson, the other 3 were with Manu and Tony and they were both new to the NBA when they started winning rings. Check your facts dude. Spurs win championships because of humble talent, great teamwork and fantastic coaching.

      • fedex says:

        this is the exact attitude that the Lakers players have thats translated into their struggles early on….u cannot play like u have already won something…

      • jimmy jones says:

        your just angry the king went into your house and destroyed you on christmas day.

      • jacko171524 says:

        danny kobe had shaq for three of them but shaq would not have won them without kobe either and pau had never played a playoff match before and the lakers were first the season they got gasol before he came and johnny spurs fan manu and parker were considered allstar players and that was true they were allstar players

    • roberto91 says:

      its easy to talk trash about kobe now,when lakers dont play well,but where were your comments when he scored over 30 every playoff game(remember series with suns) and carries lakers to championship..hes a legend and i see dat you are lb6 fan but you cant talk like that about kobe if youre a true bball fan..theres to much jealousy between you guys..have respect for the game..peace

      • francisco says:

        overrated

      • luis says:

        lebron has no ring cause he never had a team that kobe has…if lebron had such a great team why are the cavs 3rd worst team in the nba?…in the other hand the lakers without kobe is still a playoff team…..kobe cant win without a 7 foot allstar/future hall of fame monster…..kobe sucks

      • VKK says:

        Roberto, it is not how many points a player scores rather how many shot he takes..Kobe takes 100 shots and gets 30 points..i can do that too…that is the problem…and i blame the rest of the players who keep feeding him the ball..the pussies..

    • Lakerfan says:

      Lilbron and the heat got blew out by the pacers,their not a playoffs team.The grizzlies won against the heat as well………Is the reason why Kobe has 5rings because he suck???

      • luis says:

        pacers and grizzlies? lol its funny that your bringing up november games when everyone knows the heat were still finding themselves…or maybe you didnt know that cause you dont watch enough nba….dont come here if you dont know nuthing about the game son…your making yourself look stupid

      • micah says:

        i guy who can’t spell “nothing” properly looks stupid no matter how much nba he watches.

      • jimmy jones says:

        didn’t the lakers get blown out by the pacers too? And the also got destroyed by the bucks, and grizzlies twice. hahaha i love seeing the lakers struggle it’s so nice

      • Kaye says:

        hahaha!!you really are lakerfan not NBAfan…maybe you’re cable operator are just playing reruns…whatever..you should better watch cartoons instead…

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      LB6 you need to shut up, you keep saying it all Kobes fault. Kobe starts going one on one, because nobody else is making shots, and he feels as the leader of the team he must act on it. Only thing is he is now older so he cant score in bunches quite like he used too….

      Maybe you should listen to what Phil said, before clicking the 2:30 minute mark. He said Pau scored first 6 points in first quarter, then didnt score again till the second half….

      then we got bynum still hobbling back from injury….artest is so overrated like ive been telling people….and now odom who has been most consistent this year is on the bench again.

      So dont try blaming this all on Kobe….please dont…

      • Danny says:

        Yes, Phil did say that Pau only scored 6 points in the first half. But if you READF BETWEEN THE LINES, it means HE DIDN’T GET ENOUGH TOUCHES… Guess WHY he probably didn’t get enough touches?? Kobe had 22 shot attempts. Pau had 9. No other Laker attempted 10 shots.. Pau was closest. Now, if you look at the total number of possessions the Lakers had, it was pretty low. (71 shot attempts, to Memphis’ 90). If the Lakers had 90 shot attempts, Kobe would have had at least 30 of them.

        Seems a bit over the top to me.

        Kobe, once again, is a great player. But this is not one-on-one and he is not 19 years old anymore.

        He needs to be a responsible grown-up and try to be less of a control freak.

        When he gets obssessive like he is lately, the Lakers have been losing. Look at the stats. The Lakers are like 15-2 when Kobe shoots less than 20 shots per game.

        Can Kobe make a bunch of sick shots over top tier defenders?? Sure… No one is arguing that he can’t.

        it’s really just that the NBA is not a bunch of weak teams anymore. There are forces at work that will take a dump on Kobe’s chest, if he tries to go it alone. Miami showed you that. Hell, the Bucks and the Grizz and the Spurs showed you that too, just in the span of the last week or so.

        So come off your “Kobe is God” kick, cuz it’s just straight up inaccurate.

      • SeanA23 says:

        It’s kobes fault, too many shots, too few free throw attempts, he’s stupid for not attacking the basket. That’s the thing lebrick does when his stupid shots don’t fall. Pao gasol didn’t get the ball after scoring the first 6 points. Kobe should tape a f ofer the L on his lakers jersey, it would make more sense.

      • chris says:

        to roberto91, kobe may have scored alot against the suns, but h was the one who airballed the game winnr which was saved. If that shot wasnt saved the lakers wouldnt have made it to th finals

    • kb24 says:

      LB6 STFU!!!!! DO U HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU JUST SAID YOU IDIOT .DWADE OR LEBRON ON THE TEAM THEY WOULD HAVE WON THE LAKERS OK MORON DONT COMPARE KOBE TO THOSE 2 MORONS, DONT FORGET KOBE IS 32 AND HES TOP 5 IN THE LEAGUE IN POINTS. DUDE BEIN RUNNING THE SHOW SINCE HE WAS 19. KOBE IS THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE NBA SINCE MICHAEL JORDAN AND YOUR COMAPARING AN TRACY MCGRADY TYPE OF PLAYER THAT IS LEBRON TO KOBE CMON DUDE GO HIT THE BOOKS AND THEN COME ON THE COMMENT PAGE WITH ATLEAST A COMMENT THAT MAKES SENSE YOU IDIOT. I LOVE THESE KOBE HATERS EVERYWHERE BUT THE TRUTH REALLY HURTS THAT KOBE IS THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER SINCE HES BEEN IN THE NBA. THIS IS ONE THIRD OF THE SEASON WAIT AND SEE IN THE PLAYOFFS AND THEN YOULL BE CHOKING ON YOUR OWN COMMENT . 2011 WORLD CHAMPS LA LAKERS!!!!

      • LB6 says:

        Haha! I love how this Kobe Fans react when their god “Mr. Bryant” is criticized. kb24? stop comparing jordan from kobe coz kobe doesnt come close. and bryant is in the same league with mcgrady, i even think mcgrady is better than kobe before the injuries. now if you really wana compare jordan to kobe. jordan keeps his team mates happy by passing the ball when he is doubled. if its kobe he will take that long range three pointer and doesnt care if it will be airballed or not hey remember what kobe said in his interview that he is the type of player like babe ruth? “swing big misses big, same goes with me” haha LMAO. Hey like i said if you are a true Lakers fan. You would blame kobe for being a ball hog coz Lakers is a strong team. its just that they are not a team ryt now with kobe ruining the “TEAM”

    • jacko171524 says:

      ur an idiot kobe has five rings he cant be a screwup with five rings ur an idiot for the first three rings him and shaq had an equal role in winning them and in the next two kobe was the main reason

    • Melgmag says:

      I just don’t understand when people say that LeBron had NOBODY in Cleveland..!! So who was it that helped him to top the league in the Eastern Conference.. ?? Did Cleveland win 60+ regular games for TWO years with just LeBron playing on his own..?? Is it not the same teams that they play in the regular season that they play again in the Playoffs…?? Albeit, games are played over seven games but back in the day, everyone knows that frrst round Playoff games were the best of five. So, if Cleveland could sweep teams in the regular season, how comes they couldn’t do it in the Playoffs…?? I don’t get this.

      Another thing, isn’t the standard marker of the NBA how many rings are won?? Isn’t that what everyone plays for?? So, how come it doesn’t matter if Kobe has FIVE rings and LeBron has NONE…. HELLO… would we be having this blog if the tables were turned.?? And, if MJ didn’t have any rings to his name, would he still be considered the greatest of all time?? I don’t think so…

      So please give credit where it’s due….KOBE is the BEST PLAYER of the last DECADE… as we all know he was voted thus by fans and media alike…. he did NOT give himself that title…

      PLEASE… LET’S MOVE ON – BRING ON THE PLAYOFFS and let’s see exactly who ends up with another ring….

      Peace

  177. alfredk5 says:

    LAL sure appears 2 be on a downward path to a headlong collision with hard-rock-solid reality… the honeymoon is long over and reality’s slowly catching up with them that another championship isn’t gonna be an easy giveaway but something that they’d have to earn by slugging it thru with the rest of the competition… I initially trusted the sagacity and judgment of Phil, the so-called zen master, but now I’m beginning to doubt… Maybe, he doesn’t need another championship since he has a ring in each of his 10 fingers and an extra 1 on his toe… Does he really need another ring since he’s already surpassed Red by 2, or is he trying rack up rings as a collector? I don’t think but u go figure…It’s about time the truth must be told: PHIL MUST TAKE THE LION’S SHARE OF THE BLAME. HE NEEDS TO GET HIS ACTS TOGETHER, OR GETS RELIEVED OF HIS DUTY, SO THAT LAL CAN MOVE ON (LAL is damned 2 good a team 4 them to be in this shape)… Otherwise, they’re in for a rude awakening, and it will be just 2 late.

    • haha says:

      lol u honestly think they will relieve phil of head coach? ur out ur damn mind, lol he’s brought them how many championships?

    • QuestionMark says:

      Its not Jackson’s fault, its the whole teams fault, they are not playing well, they are not communicating, they are not passing, even if Kobe scores like 35 a game, they aren’t gonna win much if the team isn’t cooperating

  178. Tim Duncan Knows says:

    Kobe should watch and learn from his fellow hall-of-famer and rival Tim Duncan. Tim can still put up huge numbers, but he doesn’t need to because the Spurs rely on such a balanced effort from everyone. Some people look at Duncan and say “wow, that really hurts his stats and his spot in the history of NBA greatness.” But I think the opposite. Sacrificing for the good of the team is admirable, and corroborates Duncan’s spot as one of the all-time greats. Kobe should take note.

    • joe; says:

      very well put my man, i think timmy has nothing to worry about, some of the greats never even go a ring, barkly, malone,,,,, so keep doing what ur doing timmy,,, VIVA TEXAS & GO SPURS GO

  179. Jake says:

    This isn’t 2009 anymore. Kobe’s older, Pau’s older, Bynum’s injured, and the Fake Show is six games behind the Spurs for first, and they got spanked by them last week.

    • Ti Brown says:

      And the Spurs are somehow younger this year?

      • Zak says:

        They’re certainly younger than the Spurs. And their more important role players are ripe with youthful energy off of their bench. The Spurs know who they are and who they can be to win. An identity the Lakers need to forge for themselves. You can’t call them champions if they play like this at all, and quite frankly, the Spurs look like they can give them a king-kong sized whooping whenever they feel.

        SA is on pace to cruise to the Finals. Now the East, that’s a WHOLE other story.

      • nbafan says:

        uh, yeah. Blair, Hill, Neal, Tony Parker all young fellows and all kickin butt. Remember Tim and Manu only scored 11 pts against Lakers and Lakers still got spanked!!

      • JohnnySpursFan says:

        If you don’t know the Spurs are younger this year you probably don’t own a TV, Radio or have access to the internet. Stop calling your crazy uncle and asking him to make these posts for you. The oldest guy on the team is Timmy. Manu is only 33 years old behind him everyone else is MUCH younger. Have you even seen George Hill play? You should have noticed him giving Kobe a stroke during the game. How about DuJuan Blaire or 26 year old Gary Neal? Splitter hasn’t found his game yet and Anderson isn’t even playing yet. One more “old” guy on our team, Richard Jefferson…and he’s on FIRE. Our Spurs get stronger by the game while the Fakers implode. GREATEST SEASON EVER!

      • QuestionMark says:

        Their actually older. They just play out of experience. and also they are winning because for one Jefferson is playing like 10 times better than he did last year and pretty much the whole team is in rythym, they are on their way to the Finals and most likely getting 65 wins or so, unless we see a few surprises from OKC, Utah and Dallas.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      thats right GO SPURS GO

    • Kobe's the chosen ONE says:

      Hey Jake, give credit to the Laker team for what they have accomplished. They cant win it all…..

  180. Unknown says:

    It’s said to see the Lakers play in such a way… nobody was expecting to see such an image of the Lakers this season..
    I think Vujacic shouldn’t have left the team, he was some kinda backup for Fisher..
    It’s not just about Gasol not playin well or Fisher not playin or whoever not playin, no. It’s about the whole team.. they’re all out of focus, and when no one makes shots, when no one plays well, Kobe will have to step up and take some shots.. but a team cannot depend on the efforts of only one player, even if this one player was Kobe.
    I feel bad for ‘em. hope this comes to an end…. SOON.

    • LakersWillWin says:

      Every team goes out and plays their best basketball against the Lakers. If everyone thinks they suck than maybe that’s what the Lakers want you to think, because people will let their guard down and be shut down.
      If they really do suck, than whatever the Lakers had an amazing run which no one seems to give their props to. If they win a 3peat, do the Lakers finally get their respect, even from the haters?
      Doubtful. But look for me courtside at tomorrow nights game because that’s where I’ll be.

      • Boobie says:

        The lakers have a great shot at a three-peat, but don’t be saying things like that’s what the lakers want you to think. “Brand New Drama”, it’s not made up.

      • thelegendcontinues says:

        Most, “I said most” spurs fans are true fans of the game, and we allways give credit where credit is due. Now though our spurs are off to their best start ever we still know that the lakers are going to start winning games and are going to make the playoffs ofcourse. You just have to admit what everyone is saying right now, Lakers are not winning right now due to what ever reason(s) and the spurs are… At lleast we can agree on one thing. We will see you come playoff time…

  181. Ti Brown says:

    LAK is having a bad streak (a very bad streak), the pointing fingers begins, and Kobe reverts to Superman-ish efforts. Sounds like winter ’09. Deja vu all over again. See you in June. All over again.

    • #1spurfanndallas says:

      this is nothing like last year they (lakers) had a great record last year they r just not the same the lakers will not b in the finals sorry bro SPURS ALL THE WAY

      • FIl says:

        :) sorry Bro, Spurs are Good, mature, and ben there, but you know what, they dont have nr. 24, and thats the difference…c u n june :)

      • thelegendcontinues says:

        Im going to have to bust your kobe bubble…Kobe cant do it alone. You say he’s hungry, what about the rest of the team? How bad do they want to three-peat? I’m sorry man but the spurs went out and got young talent and are more balanced. “SHARING” the ball and winning. We dont lean on one player, but your right we will see you in the playoffs…

      • NBA FAN says:

        ITS JUST FUNNY HOW SOME SPURS FANS TALK A LOT OF MESS AFTER MISSING FOR LIKE 4 YEARS AND GET A REG. SEASON RUN, THEN DON’T EVEN RESPECT HOW THE LAKERS WON THE WEST 3 TIMES (2008 AGAINST THE SPURS IN 5 GAMES WITHOUT BYNUM OR ARIZA.) NOW THEY SEE SPURS WINNING IT ALL. HOW NAIVE.

      • Gary says:

        Laker fans think no one is going to say anything because they are two time champs? Sorry but it’s a new year and banking on last year’s win doesn’t guarantee a championship this year for you guys.

    • Taylor says:

      umm the spurs arent balanced bud. theyre completely guard-oriented and if there is one thing LA needs to do it’s either trade ron artest or start matt barnes. I’d rather see artest go. P.S. San Antonio really isn’t different at all… They have new bench guards with no experience. So when they get annihilated in the 2nd round like last year I’ll laugh as Kobe drops 30 pts game after game and makes a dramatic finals that is worth watching. As for Mavs friends Dirk is a monster, but if they don’t have him and Butler, J-Kidd and J-Terry are gonna shoot combined garbage as they have been lately. An on that note I bet OKC will put up quite a fight to any team as in a couple years they will be dominant. They’re a good shooting guard (James Harden with experience) or a strong big center from being a powerful force nobody will overlook. They also should trade Jeff Green because him and the durantula are the same type of player, but Durant is obviously better. They should also start Serge Ibaka at the 4 as he is a good free throw shooter for a big guy and is a good defensive presence. No offense to Denver, but if you guys get knocked out of the 1st round ths year Melo will join the Knicks and the knicks will have quite a line-up if they can get another good low-post player. Speaking of Melos… I’m from Syracuse and Fab Melo is a complete embarrassment. Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson, and Scoop Jardine are amazing though the my orangemen will continue to dominate. P.S. (again) Cuse haters we didn’t win the NCAA tourny because Georgetown broke Arinze Onuaku. Also Jackson has a shot at most improved player of the year for college. March Madness is getting closer<333333 Pce out….

      • yusuf says:

        Okay first off i think you really should think about what you wrote because this whole post is a flaw.
        Spurs not Balanced? Tim duncan statistcally is having one the worst seasons ever. its so funny because he is so unselfish and doesnt mind these career lows. you cant say the spurs are guard oriented just cause duncan isnt putting up the numbers on a nighty basis. they have quite possibly the best backcourts today in manu ginobili and tony parker. Richard jefferson is shooting a career high from the three point line like around the low to mid 40′s, George hill has been in the league for three years if im not mistaken. they have gotten younger in aquirng people like gary neal james anderson and tiago spiltter. so your basically saying having rookies on a team sucks. you must not know the nba considering the Spurs have veterans like duncan ginobili and parker that guide these rookies, they also have a masterful coach in greg poppvich. oh and i promise you the spurs are a way more different team from last year. they have the number 1 offense in the league and they now play an uptempo style of basketball. they are the number team and at this rate are on pace for 70 wins which i doubt will happen. I sound biased but this because i want to prove a point that what youre saying about the spurs sounds like a rookie in these blogs or whatever it is. oh and i doubt kobe will be droping 30 unless he takes the majority of the shots which he tried to do against the spurs on december 28 2010. but the spurs dominated them by 15 with kobe scoring only 21 but shooting a poor 8-27 from the field. ONE MORE THING tim duncan only scored 2 points and manu ginobili scored 9; so u can obviously tell that the spurs are team that dont rely on one person to do all the scoring but playing as a team and have other players step up every game.
        Peace and hit the books.

    • QuestionMark says:

      Yep, truthfully I don’t see the Lakers making the Finals this year… especially with all the drama, even if the Lakers get a huge boost in the Playoffs, so will the other teams like the Spurs, Magic and Heat.

    • NBA FAN says:

      HEY CELTIC FANS. WHO DO YOU THINK WILL COME OUT OF THE WEST?