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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: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:53 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Give me a break.  Both plays were dirty, but they certainly weren't as disgraceful as implied.  Bynum's elbow was cheap and cowardice, but J.J.'s fall made it look a lot worse.
Huh?  What choice did he have but to fall when he got knocked out of the air by a guy with 100 pounds on him?  That kind of happens when someone that dirty does something that dangerous. 

The screen/check from Odom wasn't all that hard, and Dirk is at least a big guy
Agreed.  It was cheap and deserved the ejection because it had absolutely nothing to do with basketball, but at least Nowitzki wasn't airborne. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:45 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Disgruntled Lakers fan, maybe.....

The only point Dallas made was the East Wins this year
Maybe disgruntled?  Oh, come on.  OBVIOUSLY disgruntled. 

And the Mavs made a much bigger point than what you'd like to believe.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:35 am

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,
Agreed.  If Odom's act was the only cheap shot in the game, it wouldn't be as memorable.  But Bynum's will go down in the Hall of Shame.  Still, he'll get a long suspension (I'm guessing 10-15 games next year) and move on.    Bynum has to start showing he's something other than a crying punk.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:09 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

You guys who are saying Bynum needs to be banned from the league are idiots, plain and simple. Yes, it was a bush league foul, and yes Bynum should face a serious suspension for it. But banning?
Completely agree.  Any banning conversation is silly.  Richard Washington wasn't banned for breaking Rudy Tomjanovich's face (and career), and Bynum won't be banned for this.  Nor should he be.  Hopefully he'll get a 10-15 game suspension for his pu*** act.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:04 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

The definition of ignorance is this post. He bad mouths those who were cheap shotted, then ends with Peace. Too funny.
starblazer, sman is probably the biggest fool that posts on sportsline.  There are some knowledgeable, realistic Lakers fans who post, but that lunatic and ignorant fool isn't one of them.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:02 am

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

LOL at the little push Odom did on Nowinski....What a flop.....The guy is still a choker in my book. He played well this series, finally, but has been choking for a decade.
Idiots obviously abound.  If I'm right, four guys in the history of the NBA have ever averaged 25 and 10 in the playoffs over a career.  Nowitzki's one of them.  Unfortunately, morons who never played the game don't realize it takes a TEAM to win a championship.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:59 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Not to sound bias but Andrew Bynum is just playing tough, and that is how should a center plays, defend the rim
There was nothing, NOTHING, "tough" about Bynum's play.  It was a cheap coward's move on a guy 100 pounds lighter and foot and a half shorter.  Bynum admitted it had nothing to do with the game - he just got mad because he was being embarrased.

Poor wittle Bynum - got his itty bitty feelings hurt and acted out like a four year old.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:56 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

As for the asskicking give monsterous credit to the Mavericks and Rick Carlisle for totally embarrassing these chumps like they deserved.
Carlisle completely outcoached the Zen Master in this series.  Jackson never could adjust to Carlisle's offensive or defensive sets.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:54 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Mr. Yax, that's the play Kobe said he was proud of Bynum for.  No wonder he it was ok to act like a punk.  Well, I would have used a different P word for him.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:13 pm

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

shut up stupid ass yu black people always drop the race card go back to africa

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