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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.
Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

The Mavs thoroughly kicked their arses all around the court in every way and the Lakers had absolutely no idea what to do.  Bynum needs a heavy fine and a suspension that runs into next year, ten games minimum.  There are ways to foul hard without intent to injure and there was not a single ounce of a basketball play in that foul...he was just acting like the ignorant petulant child that he has always been.  

The Odom hit didn't seem all that bad, maybe just because it was on a bigger guy, but the Bynum hit was even below bush league.  So now on top of being a bust and a bad teammate, he also is a classless player as well.

 





Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Barrea's not a starter.  So how would you run out the clock?  Throw it out of bounds at the end of the shot clock everytime? Yep thats not showing up the other team.  Half court hook shots?  When it comes down to it, the NBA with its 24 second clock makes it impossible to run out the clock without someone getting pissed.  The problem here is that Odom was mad at Dirk for swatting his practice shot, but Bynum was just a coward.  You can't defend that at all.  And if you think its justified, you become one of the Laker fans that most opposing teams hate.  The kind that thinks their team can do no wrong.  Take off the purple and gold shades and say, if Chandler would have done that to Blake, you would have wanted him to be punished.  End of story!



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

to jjtulijj...  Well said!  There are a lot of Laker haters due to the success of the organization. These haters will try and define the Lakers for what happened yesterday.   I think Bynum, Artest and Odom need to be traded.  They embarrassed an awesome organization.  They don't deserve to play for this team. 

Dallas deserves alot of recognition for sweeping the Lakers.  They outmanned, outplayed and outhustled the defending champs.  I also thought it was unsportsmanlike to keep shooting threes when you're up by thirty points.  Again, not to take away from the Mavericks.  They played awesome.  If we can all remember the last time the Lakers were blown out of the playoffs by that many points.  Who knows, history might just repeat itself. 



Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

BYNUM ARTEST FISHER GASOL AND KOBE  WOW I SEE I PERSON COMING BACK NEXT YEAR .AND IT WILL TAKE 5 TO 7 YEARS TO GET LAKERS BACK TO TITLE CONTENTION  . BY THAT TIME KOBE WILL BE OLD AND USED UP SO SAY GOODBYE TO THE LAKERS SEE YOU IN  THE PLAYOFFS 2025 



Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

all mavs  .give credit wherecredit is due .everyone blames la for lost but mavericks had to convert and convert thy did .bynum needs his head check and to say that that wasnt a hard foul is bs. u push a 5/10 point guard while in the air  unprotected and u say that barera flopped . get out of town .bynum is out carrer over .u bet u see bynum in a wizards jersey next year  .



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Suspend Bynum for 1 year and Odom (he is a jerk too) for at least 1 game. Can only say I am glad the lakers lost and got swept. I am sick of their fans and their team of washed up dirtbags. The Mavs showed real class and restraint by remaining restrained when that **** Bynum walked by their bench!



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

btw...the NBA will go on just fine with the Lakers gone fishing!!!



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

montsho11, I agree with all 3 of your reasons but I don't think Bynum should be ban for a year. We've seen some harder and stupid fouls much much worst than the one Bynum did to Barea. I would say a 10 - 15 games suspention maybe?

Why only 10-15?  He misses that many games due to injury every year.  A message should be sent on this one.  Artest got much worse in Indiana and what Bynum did could have easily turned into the same kind of fiasco.  Believe me when I say that if he had done this to Chandler then it would not have looked so bad and 10-15 would be plenty enough.  I cant get over how vicious it was against someone that much smaller than him.  Almost reminds me of child abuse.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

The lakers back in real Showtime was with Magic/Worthy/Jabbar/Walton/Scott and many others. Even Shaq and Kobe was enjoyable...but the day Kobe ran Shaq out of town and then ratted him out when he got caught with that woman not his wife...was the day I knew Kobe wasn't a real man...just a punks who can play basketball quote well...not ateam player unless it was to his advantage and finally he got what he deserved on national TV...embarrassment...Bynum/Odom just could not take the embarrassment and reverted back to being big kids...yes, they will get fined and suspended next year big time...now Kobe and his merrymen can all go fishing!!!!



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

I didn't know JJ Barea was a starter...just face it Laker fans...your team got embarrassed on national TV on a Sunday when everyone was watching...


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