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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
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.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:23 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Bynum might as well retire or hope someone can manufacture kevlor knee pads next year. Good luck making it through next season with targets on both knee caps.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:13 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

I get Lamars hit on Dirk.  i really do.  He got ejected and rightfully so.  The hit Bynum did on JJ has got to be the cheapest shot I have ever seen.  They need to ban him from the NBA for that one.  There was absolutely no reason for it.  Too late to send a message and the guy could fit in his front pocket.  I dont blame this on the Lakers.  That was Bynum and Bynum alone.  I was just telling my wife the other day that his demeanor reminded me of Ron Artests when he was playing for the Pacers.  The guy has an anger management issue.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:10 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

As a Laker fan, I don't codone the actions of Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum, it was classless and punkish.  But lets not tar and feather and burn players at the stake.  Both players will get fines and suspensions and things will move on.  To call the Lakers organization the most classless team in history is proposperus, this team has never had a history of dirty players or cheap shot artists.  And why does Phil Jackson get the blame for this?, yeah maybe he should pulled these guys in a blowout, I'll agree with that, but these are adult men who made their own adult decisions to be punks, not Jackson.  I never ever heard anyone of his players or any media say he told a player to take someone out, so just drop that crap.  As for Heat fans trying to defend Wade, c'mon guys, really? atleast be man enough to admit that was unneccessary action, he was frustrated at Rondo's defense and got physical with him, Wade is not no saint, he has been called for many techs, I don't think ill of Wade either but not everything bad is just LA.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:00 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Awesome post, total NBA BS and I don't think your that far off. ie: Kevin Garnett and Paul Gasol both being traded for crap to the Gm's former team 

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:54 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

there is no shame for getting swept in a series.....there is no shame on losing by 40 points (or something like that)....all the shame resides in Bynum´s punk like actions, hitting the smallest guy on the me, he should be suspended for an entire season and maybe for ever......

Bynum, if you ever read this (i wish), you are a dumb ass and you should look for someone your own size, bitch.....

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:54 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

No it's not a good time to be an LA sports team fan.  But, you seem to spend a lot of time commenting on LA teams sports.  Why don't you get a life and instead of blogging negatively about another cities teams, how about possibly rooting or making positive comments about the teams in your city or the ones you root for. 

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:49 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

As a longtime Laker fan I am appalled at the actions by Lamar, Ron and Bynum during this series.  It was uncalled for and not appreciated in this organization.  You win with class and lose with class.  Unfortunately, due to the actions of three players the Lakers will of put a sour taste in the mouths of many fans.  As a true Laker fan I wish that Mitch gives these three players their walking papers soon.  They don't deserve to wear the uniform of a proud and classy organization.  I'm sure the many players before them are as appalled as I am.  By releasing these players hopefully, their actions in this series won't define the team for many years.  Lakers need to do the right thing and give these guys the boot.  We don't need them! 

Kudos to the Dallas Mavericks!  They truly deserve the win.  They outhustled and outplayed the Lakers.  The Mavericks had the eye of the tiger while the Lakers played without HEART and any sense of teamwork.  Credit should be given to the Mavericks for forcing the Lakers into the game they (Dallas) wanted to play.     Let's keep the Championship in the West. 

Go Lakers!  

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:48 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

This just in.

The NBA has just contracted the Hornets and awarded the first pick in the dispersal draft to the Lakers.

Also, Otis Smith (Magic GM) has been reported to be kidnapped. The NBA has instituted Jerry West as interim GM and he has traded Dwight Howard to the Lakers for Steve Blake and a 2037 2nd round pick.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:48 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

What a shameful day for an otherwise pretty classy franchise.

That being said, this game makes the Celtics look like choir boys.  People will give Odom - and esp. Bynum - hell for years to come.  And rightfully so.  Act like a punk, lose like a punk, get treated like a punk.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:44 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Mavs Whoop dat Trick called the Lakers. Losers blame it on the refs.

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