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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.
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Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

you are the stupdiest person i have ever heard say something shut the fuck up and go home asshole



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

Bynum IS a punk!!  Checkout this link:   ...look familiar??



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:08 pm
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Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

i think the lakers are the worst losers in the history of the nba take you ass kicking and go home and make some more reality movies losers i hope they never make the playoffs again




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

I enjoyed this epic asskicking just as much as when the Pistons and Ben Wallace made Shaq and the Lakers look like lilttle sissy girls.  Not even the refs could get these punks back into the game.  Pau Gasol needs to take off somewhere else...he's the only guy on that team worth anything and the Lakers had to have stole him with under the table money.  Payback is a bitch isn't it.  I don't feels sorry for Phil or his kids up in the stands with the long faces or any of the other guys on that overrated 'team'.   They never played like a team and never really deserved any championship recently except MAYBE the one against the Magic.

As for the asskicking give monsterous credit to the Mavericks and Rick Carlisle for totally embarrassing these chumps like they deserved.  Someone had to do it and I couldn't be happier it was my Mavs.  If they play like this for the rest of the playoffs they are going to finally get a ring!  GO MAVS!




Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:03 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. It is borderline to what might say playing dirty.  But what shame must it feels to see put a lay up uncontested in front of him. As for the whole Lakers roster, they all looked flat from the beginning of the playoffs up to the end. The best thing is to resolve what ever problems i see from Pau Gasol. He really looked he really don't care and no intensity whatsoever. Mitch Kupchak is usually great on geting free agents to play for the Lakers. I think Steve Blake and Matt Barnes did not really played well in this playoff series. Upcoming free agent Tayshaun Prince is a good defender and has a lot of playoff experience hope they get him and another point guard like Kirk Hinrich next season.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:00 pm
 

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. Sorry unless he wins a few rings he's still a choker..
And Barera, got exactly what he deserved....The little sht uses his forearm to push off on every single play...Bynum was just showing him what he a real forearm is....Make no mistake about it, Barera had it coming and got off easy...

Dallas got extremely favorable officiating this series and caught a Laker team that was tired and in a funk...Dalllas is still garbage...

But please give me a break on odom's little push on the pusssy Nowitzki...He should've knocked him in his ugly face...

Peace!!!

The definition of ignorance is this post. He bad mouths those who were cheap shotted, then ends with Peace. Too funny.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

I'm Black I I thrive very well.  I know it tears you up inside every time you see an affluent Black man while you work your minimum wage janitorial job but such is life.  Racists like you are the reason this country is going down the tubes without a life jacket.  Sadly you type shows up in white society as well.

Well stated.  It's not about race, it's about determination, hard work and faith in one's self.



It is culture..black players do not care.  Sadly it shows up in black society as well.   That is why they have never been able to thrive like the Irish, Italians, Asians and Hispanics have in America.  That is why all races look down on them.  It is a very sad situation.
 It's not culture, but a sub-culture that all groups tend to have. They are a small minority which cast the majority in a bad light. To group them into the larger culture is just ignorant.

Cheap shots are not just in basketball. Hockey has similar incidents at ends of games and series. The NHL is the converse of the NBA racially. Stupidity knows no race.

At the end of the game, the players showed civility and respect(especially for Jackson), just like in hockey when they line-up to shake hands. Most understand its about the competition and will to win. The morons never get it and that's why they are who they are.


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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:54 pm
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Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Lakers' run ends in disgrace

First off the reason why the NBA is not watched by the fan base it used to be is the simple fact that these are street ball players making millions. I think part of the problem with the whole matter is simple, win like a man or take your diaper wearing backside off the court. Bynum has always been a punk and his injuries have kept what was supposed to be a great player on the sidelines, now I think his actions should also put him there again. The league will make a point that the loser cry-baby attitude should be left to the French Soccer team. Banning is extreme and I agree but punishing him is a must.


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