Posted on: March 15, 2008 4:02 am
It was almost great, the Spurs dropped another game after losing to the Pistons and the Rockets beat the Bobcats to make the 3:30est sunday contest just that much better against the Lakers. The only thing wrong is the Lakers still had to play basketball, and about three minutes in to the Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul MVP race game our puzzle piece was unglued with a sprained ankle.. We went on to lose the game and we have lost Pau Gasol for the trip and probably up to two weeks. It just shows you can't count anything out in this game. Kobe gets his pinky messed up and plays through it and then Pau goes down. Im tired of watching our bench have to carry out our stars. If we lose three games without the Suns losing we fall behind them in the division. Am I worried about it? ya im not going to lie to you and say it's not causing concern, but if the guy we say is the best in the league and argue for daily on these boards is really the best or at least on of then why couldn't we pull off at least 2 out of the next three? or 3 in a row? All I know is my humble pie was sitting on the counter befor Pau went down.. it was made after the loss to the Kings. and I am about to take a huge bite before sundays game. Tracy McGrady and friends lost their all star Yao Ming for the season, but have continued to win.. so why the hell should we bee different. Time to go to work L.A., time to see if the boys are ready to become men and see if this team is made of champions or just contenders. Lets go Lakers! Avitar remains to change for the opponents... untill I lose a bet!
Posted on: March 4, 2008 2:42 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2008 3:35 pm
These are some of my favotrite Lakers plays of all time...
5.) The series we let slip away. youtube.com/watch
6.) Mr. 81 youtube.com/watch
8.) Chick Hearns tribute.. there you go Lakers fans
9.) Kobes clutch against Phoenix ... should of finished them youtube.com/watch
Posted on: March 3, 2008 3:14 pm
Thanks to the Lakersnation for the article...
When Kobe Bryant went to Las Vegas over the summer to compete in the qualifying tournament of the Americas for the USA Olympic team, he looked like he was in great shape and declared he was going to focus on his defense with this team. Unlike with the Lakers, Kobe would not have to put all of his energy into the offensive side of the ball, since he had the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and etc. to help out with the scoring. So Kobe took it upon himself to ask the coaching staff if he could guard the opposing team’s best player every single game.
Kobe’s defense had fallen off over the past few years as was seen last season when other team’s stars would put up big point totals on him (look at Michael Redd’s 45 points or Gilbert Arenas’ 60 points last season at home). This caused Kobe to rededicate himself to get his defense back to NBA All-Defensive team style. Even though Kobe had been put on these teams in years past, it was more out of respect then for his actual play.
Kobe lost almost twenty pounds over the summer and had some good practice in the Olympic qualifier to work on his defense. He looked extremely good on the defensive side of the ball while helping Team USA win the qualifying tournament, by scoring, passing, rebounding, and shutting down the opponent’s best player.
At the beginning of the Laker’s training camp, the question arose about Kobe’s defense and if the quality he showed over the summer could translate into the NBA season. At the start of the season, Kobe was not sure how much effort he would have for defense because no one knew that he would have more help on the offensive side of the ball than in seasons past. (Prior to the season, I told some of my friends that I would be more impressed with Kobe if he won the Defensive Player of the Year instead of MVP).
Once Kobe was able to get some help on the offensive side of the ball thanks to Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, etc., and now Pau Gasol, the defense that was shown at the Olympics in August was on display during the regular season. This defensive attitude has been contagious and others on the Lakers have stepped their defense. We all know that “defense wins championships”. Some of the problems of the Lakers in years past have been their ability to play team defense and shut down other teams and their playmakers. Kobe Bryant has had some memorable blocks this year on Tim Duncan and Yao Ming.
Kobe is also in the Top 10 in the league for steals per game. In a game in December in Denver, Allen Iverson was torching us, so Phil Jackson put Kobe and Trevor Ariza on him in the 4th quarter and they held A.I. to 2 points in that quarter, which also lead to a Laker victory. With the acquisition of Pau Gasol and the return of Andrew Bynum coming soon, this team has the offensive ability to make it out of the Western Conference. The thing that will decide how far this Laker season will go depends on how their defense comes together during playoff time.
Can Kobe Bryant keep up the intensity on both sides of the ball and make his teammates want to play good defense? I believe that Kobe will be able to motivate his teammates and keep up the defensive level that will see Kobe earn his way onto the NBA All-Defensive first team.Could not have said it better myself... Kobe Bryant has reinvented himself to the all around player he was now that he has help offense is the least of the worries.
Posted on: February 28, 2008 12:32 pm
You know my fellow Lakers fans we hear alot of crap when our team starts winning and we here even more when we are the best. We here all kinds of b.s. when LeBron James and Shaquille O'neal say our sg Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game. All people do is hate on the Lakers, but I've said it before (this one is for Norie) If they hate them let em' hate and watch the money pile up. Money = wins(metaphor). It is so much easier when you hate the Lakers to put fog in your eyes and let the wax build in your brain then to realize and admit. Its easier to criticize then to compliment. So unlike the others, when they come over with their non sense and no informed stats, let us bring our history, information and the truth to them. Oh by the way Go Lakers!