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Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Posted on: May 8, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 6:54 pm
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What a disgrace. 

The career of the most decorated, accomplished coach in NBA history … the relentless pursuit of a sixth title by Kobe Bryant, the greatest champion in the sport since Michael Jordan … any shred of dignity the Lakers might’ve left Dallas with Sunday after an embarrassing sweep … all of it crumbled under the weight of a colossal humiliation and dishonor put forth by the two-time defending champions. 

Losing is one thing. Getting swept is another. Getting sent home in an utterly uncompetitive blowout is even worse. But nothing is more disgusting than champions acting like punks. Nothing is more embarrassing than a team that cannot lose with dignity. 

The revolting episode that was most likely Phil Jackson’s final game as a coach will have far-reaching implications. This 122-86 debacle, and the deplorable behavior that went along with it, is the kind of loss whose aftershocks last for months, if not years. 

We already knew this would be a very different Lakers team next season, even if they’d won a third straight title. We already knew there would be a new coach. And this is the NBA; there are usually some new players. 

But this sudden, thorough, and inexplicable descent into dysfunction and depravity will not go unpunished. 

Lamar Odom, and particularly Andrew Bynum, will never be able to repay Jackson for shaming him this way. Bynum, a positive force during much of the series, doesn’t deserve to wear a Lakers uniform again after his unconscionable cheap shot to a defenseless, airborne J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter of a 30-point humiliation. There’s no place for that regardless of the victim, but Bynum violated the No. 1 rule of the schoolyard (where he belongs) and the NBA: Pick on someone your own size. Only punks and losers take aim at those half their size. 

The fact that Bynum needed Ron Artest – involved in one of the most notorious behavioral incidents in NBA history – to escort him past the Mavericks’ bench and toward the locker room told you everything you needed to know. At least Artest’s gesture proved that that Lakers’ team bond hadn’t completely eroded. In a sick way, Artest sticking up for a teammate who’d done something so cowardly was the only evidence that there was anything at all left of these Lakers as currently constructed. 

Championship caliber teams sometimes win in the playoffs, and sometimes they lose. Sometimes they lose like the ’91 Pistons, who walked out before time expired in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bulls. Sometimes, they lose like the Spurs, who have never sacrificed an ounce of their professionalism for some twisted, macho moment that lasts but a second but stains your reputation forever. 

The Lakers, at the end for Jackson and near the end for Bryant, have managed to put themselves in the company of disgraced champions – those who don’t engender or deserve the respect of the generations. Big changes for the Lakers are now not only likely and expected, but also necessary, even mandatory. Say good-bye to Hollywood, say good-bye to the babies who couldn’t lose like champions. Shame on them, and good luck to the professionals they will leave behind to try to resurrect the Lakers’ proud history. 

Whatever uniform he is wearing in October, or whenever the NBA resumes, Bynum will be watching from his hotel room at a Four Seasons somewhere because he’ll most certainly be suspended. His actions will be suspended in time, serving as a lesson for every one of his contemporaries who play this game. 

We can only hope the Celtics and Heat were watching this. One of them will lose that series, and whoever it is will have an obligation to lift basketball out of the gutter the Lakers abandoned it in on Sunday.
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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

@ bigdaddybash

Because Garnett never did such a blatant and violent cheap shot to take out a defenseless player like Bynum did. KG's a lunatic and he does his fair share of dirt, both physically and verbally, but I can't remember seeing a flagrant like Bynum's from Garnett or anyone else in recent memory. That cheap shot was straight out of the Bill Laimbeer handbook. The writer laid it on the Lakers a bit thick but I don't see how anyone can defend Bynum here, no matter how big of a homer you are.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:55 am
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

16 titles later and a great Laker run, Seriously. If we Win the "media" chops LA, if we lose, same deal. The Lakers will be back and the "media" will be all up on the Lakers again. I love LA no matter what. GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!! good luck to the MAVS, they will need it.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:51 am
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Show me the Mav Titles? Nuff Said!!



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:16 am
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace...Really?

Odoms fouls was in no way cheap or "PUNK LIKE" it was a frustration foul. That tells me he cares! On the other hand BYNUM is a punk! but we all have made mistakes.Ecspecially in our early twenties. How come we don't hear these kind of RANTS when GARNETT goes off ?



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Since: May 4, 2011
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Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

IDIOT ... I bet you bought his jersey LOL Enjoy looking like your loser hero!



Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

I think Phil Jackson had it coming.  I am sick and tired of everyone saying how great of a coach he is.  Then his supporters skate around the fact that he has had the best talent by saying his strength is at "managing egos."  All I know is that after the number of years he has been in the league, 11 championships, all the accolades he has acquired, and he doesnt have a coaching tree with any credible names on it.  None, Zilch, Zero, Nada. Kurt Rambis? Please.  He found out its a little harder to run the triangle without a kobe or michael.  Phil has never built a team from scratch and he never will.  Pat riley has rebuilt multiple franchises, same with larry brown, lenny wilkens, hell even don nelson has done it a bunch, but phil cant.  He knows it, thats why he never even tried.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:55 am
 

Lakers' disgrace - time to move on

Hmm - If I did not know you so well I would say you were a tad bit upset with this:
Say good-bye to Hollywood, say good-bye to the babies who couldn’t lose like champions. Shame on them, and good luck to the professionals they will leave behind to try to resurrect the Lakers’ proud history.

Coach Jackson certainly handled the aftermath with class, as you knew he would. Koby as well. This was a sad night for them amidst a jubliant Mavericks crowd. But the focus on a couple of classless plays seems to be eclipsing the real story of this night. Dallas played a near-perfect playoff game to close out the defending champs. Record setting shooting was the first part of this story. Outstanding defense was the second part. Dallas maxed out both.

There will be no surprise when Lakers field another contending team next year. Its projected composition will keep blogs scrolling all summer with speculation. Especially if in a lockout. Perhaps it is entirely the young in the West now. Memphis, OKC, Portland are ready to push out the LAL, SAS and Mavs (kind of hoping they win one for J-Kidd before he retires).



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

as a steelers fan i cant believe you would stoop that low to say a typical lakers fan!show some class and call it for what it is to a man not an organazation! all people are different and as we can see by your classless comment that you are not a REAL steeler POSER WANNA BE PUNK TAKE YOUR STEELERS PICTURE DOWN YOU ARE AN EMBARRESMENT TO THE REAL STEELERS!


kingB,

As a lifelong Pittsburgh fan, I have to say that you are the embarrassment.  You can't spell.  You are a Steelers fan and a Lakers fan...can you say "bandwagon"?  We know you can't spell it.  I can see by your incoherent response that this would not even be a fair debate, so let's end it here CHUMP.  Your mom wants to use the computer anyway...



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

I wish to point out that the Lakers have crushed quite a few opponents in their championship runs of yesteryear. I don't recall one team trying to take out Kobe Bryant during this time. You find true character in an individual when he loses. This remind me of an Aerosmith song "Dream On" and the following lyrics:

yeah, I know nobody knows
where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody's sin
you got to lose to know how to win


It's about time the Lakers start to lose. Their lack of character starts from the front office down to the last man on the bench-Luke Walton. The only time he rose from the bench was when Artest got ejected from game two. He raised his fat fanny to high five Artest as he headed towards the locker room. Real Class indeed.


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