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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:45 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Well for all of those out there, calling D Wade dirty, etc please look no further than Bynum for DIRTY... A 7 foot man throwing a forearm into the chest of Barrera is just pitiful... It shows what a PUNK Bynum truly is.  He could have serious injured Barrera... Notice he didn't try that on someone his own... Bynum chose the shortest man on the court... That is the definition of a PUNK... 

Odom's seemed to me like a dumb frustration foul...  Still stupid but no where near the level of Bynum's foul.  I think Bynum needs an easy 10 game suspension to start next season off...

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:43 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Laker haters unite. If your team was getting hammered by thirty and your opponent was still playing starters and jacking threes you wouldn't be too happy either! Thugs? What a joke. Find somewhere else to label spread your illegitimate BS.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:09 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

You have to be kidding.... This was the worst display of stupidity next to Albert Haynesworth cleeting Andre Gurode in the head, DEFENSELESS!  Bynum had my respect as a sports fan until he decided to look like an idiot and elbow a guy half his size and forget he was a paid professional.  Just another example of why the NBA shouldn't allow high school kids into a LEAGUE OF MEN!  Send this KID packing for good and anyone that can't see the monsterous flaw in his decision isn't a true sportsman or man himself.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:07 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Bynum should be suspended for double digits whenever the next season begins and fined in addition to lost salary in the six digit range.  He is a repeat offender and isn't man enough to do it to another big man but weak enough to always do it to guards.  He's pathetic.  I'll admit that I don't like the Lakers, but what happened yesterday wasn't the Lakers. It was 2 selfish acts that doesn't reflect the actual organization.  I hate the Lakers for the same reason I hate the Yankee, they win and they win alot.  Stern needs to send a huge message to Bynum that, that kind of bush league play will never be tolerated, ever.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:04 pm

More SAD then DISGRACE...

A very big disgrace on the part of the Lakers for a coach that deserves more.... It's been a joy watching Phil over the years destroy the competition year after year.  Too remarkable of a career for a PUNK like Bynum to have the honor of playing for such a coach.  Of course the Lakers are taking a lot of flack for being swept and the lack of sportsmanship by Odom and Bynum but they still are a great organization.  Kobe showed the kind of class that Jordan did when expectations fall short which is what makes him one of the greats. I can only hope that they're ownership puts Bynum in his place when they get back to LA much like the Pacers did with Artest after the Detroit fiasco.  I was very suprised to see Artest being the cool head in the Laker meltdown Sunday which goes to show that guys can learn from they're past mistakes, just as he did.  That being said the best thing LA can do is trade Bynum if he isn't kicked out of the league, which is what he really deserves, for disgracing his team, the league, and the greatest coach of all time. Go Mavs!

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:02 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

You would.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:02 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

What else would you expect from a DISGRACEFUL ORGANIZATION.  Way to bring embarresmant and shame to all your ex players that played for the Lackers.  How you handle a loss says alot about character.  From Artest to Odom to Bynum to even Phil whining about lack of calls going agaisnt dallas.   So from the coach to the players just a CLASSLESS ORGANIZATION the LAKERS are.  Your move Jerry

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:01 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Big Red: Really? You think the Laker organization walks around like someone oweing them something?

Perhaps the reason you and other fans feel this way is due to the ongoing success the Lakers organization has been able to establish since the inception of the NBA. I know doubt beleive you and others will deny it but that is common for fans of other teams to do. As Laker Fans we accept your narrow mindlessnes as a commodity of human nature. Of course we enjoy our team's many success' as illustrated by the many championship banners hanging in our rafters. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:53 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Easy there Berger. Me thinks you over-react
No actually, I'd say Berger pretty much nailed it.   

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:49 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

No ,but I would say three ejections in a four game seris does prove it.  These werent hard fouls.  These were some of the cheapest fouls the game has seen in 20 plus yrs  Were the he11 was Phil, not saying one thing to his players to settle them down.  I do think the Lakers ORGANIZATION is the dirtiest in the league.  They walk around like someone owes them something, you have a Ron a Lamar and a Bynum and a coach that hits his own players on the sideline during a t.o of a game, that does make you the dirtiest ORGANIZATION in the league at the momenent bar none.  Great Article and way to tell it how it is

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