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Old 03-29-08, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
What are you, a Kings fan or something? What team do you support that makes you hate the Lakers so much?
To be fair you don't need to support any other team to hate the Lakers, hating the Lakers is its own reward. On the bright side for you nobody hates an irrelevant franchise.
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Old 03-29-08, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by WallyOPD
To be fair you don't need to support any other team to hate the Lakers, hating the Lakers is its own reward. On the bright side for you nobody hates an irrelevant franchise.
Heh, I just asked because his location is California and the only real reason a basketball fan in California hates the Lakers is if they're a Kings fan. The Laker love is strong here!
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Old 03-29-08, 12:22 PM
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Memphis played extremely strong, and one Kobe just wasn't enough to stop it. Kobe was amazing, but watching Vujacic (with the world's daintiest headband) throw up brick after brick must have been maddening for Lakers fans. The Grizzlies could score inside, the Lakers couldn't, that was the difference.

You know, I don't really watch a lot of Grizzlies games on FSS, but damn! they sure show a lot of BBQ commericals.

EDIT: Ooh, and casino commercials. Tunica's got that fire.

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Old 03-29-08, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Aphex Twin
I don't normally like to feed trolls, but this is just way too hilarious. Bynum and Gasol are inside players, why wouldn't the Lakers not have been better without them against Memphis? They lost because they had no inside presence without Bynum and Gasol and with Odom ill.
As what I mentioned.. keep off with the typical Gasol/Bynum Excuse..

Hey, Kwame did not play too with the Grizzlies last night... but still Lakers lost


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Shit happens. You know the Spurs have lost to the Grizzlies this year? And the Sonics? Boston has lost to Charlotte this year too? It sucks to lose to crappy teams, but honestly, it happens to all of the good teams out there.

What are you, a Kings fan or something? What team do you support that makes you hate the Lakers so much?

Im not a fan of any NBA team... Try not to dig further... OH.. Im within the Los Angeles county as well..

I just love watching NBA especially beginning this month as teams gunning in towards the Playoffs... Its just that a week back, I happen to stumble at the sports section and suprise to see a Lakers thread.

Arent we entitled to voice out our opinion?
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Old 03-29-08, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by xage
As what I mentioned.. keep off with the typical Gasol/Bynum Excuse..

Hey, Kwame did not play too with the Grizzlies last night... but still Lakers lost





Im not a fan of any NBA team... Try not to dig further... OH.. Im within the Los Angeles county as well..

I just love watching NBA especially beginning this month as teams gunning in towards the Playoffs... Its just that a week back, I happen to stumble at the sports section and suprise to see a Lakers thread.

Arent we entitled to voice out our opinion?
Why do you keep talking about Gasol/Bynum being out an excuse? It's obvious the Lakers game changed with their big men out and having to start Turiaf, and its obvious that the team is weaker without them. Should Houston fans not mention Yao being out? Give me a break. Those type of injuries are a major factor, and there's no reason why it shouldn't be mentioned down the stretch.

I don't care what your opinion is, but showing up just to talk shit is weak. At least guys like Deftones stick it out, watch games, and talk basketball. Not just chime in after a loss. If you're going to do that, like I said, go back to wasting money on Saw DVD's.
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Old 03-29-08, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by xage
As what I mentioned.. keep off with the typical Gasol/Bynum Excuse..

Hey, Kwame did not play too with the Grizzlies last night... but still Lakers lost
What do you think the reasons were that the Lakers lost the game to Memphis?
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Old 03-29-08, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
If you're going to do that, like I said, go back to wasting money on Saw DVD's.

Oh snap!
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Old 03-29-08, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by planetaire
but watching Vujacic (with the world's daintiest headband) throw up brick after brick must have been maddening for Lakers fans.
You've got that right. It always drives me crazy when Sasha throws up a shot. Its one thing when somebody drives in and kicks it out to him when he's wide open. But lately it seems he just shoots because he figures that's the only reason he's on the floor.
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Old 03-29-08, 11:34 PM
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So Fisher is going to play through a torn tendon in his foot. Are we allowed to talk about that? Or is that barred by xage because it's just an excuse too?

It's funny for all pluses this year, fate sure is trying to keep the Lakers in check with all the injuries. Two centers that shall remain nameless, who knows when Ariza will be back, Mihm came back the other night and looked pretty bad, Kobe with his fucked up finger, and now Fish. It's like David Stern said "make sure the Lakers win so I can have a Boston/LA final" and God said "fuck you" and struck everyone down
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Old 03-30-08, 12:28 AM
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Maybe we should all stop watching the Lakers and start collecting Saw DVDs.
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Old 03-30-08, 11:07 PM
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Lakers on their way to losing their 3rd straight at home, this time to Washington in OT. What a pathetic shell of a team.

I wonder what Kobe's shooting percentage is the last 5 games. 7-24 so far tonight.

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Old 03-30-08, 11:11 PM
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Well they have a one point lead with 37 seconds left. Is the traditional stupid foul or wide open three coming?

It's sad that it's come down to this. Isn't Washington a non playoff team, too? I really hope they are just playing down to these teams and will turn it up when the big teams come into town.
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Old 03-30-08, 11:14 PM
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Holy shit, Kobe misses his 2nd of two free throws, and Puke gets the rebound. I was surprised it didn't bounce off his head or he didn't kick it or something.

Anyhow, Lakers up 4 with 10 seconds left. Even they can't blow a lead like this.

Is Gasol coming back for sure on Wednesday?
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Old 03-30-08, 11:15 PM
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Heh, 4 point lead with 10 ticks left, at least they can't tie with a 3 pointer unless someone is retarded and fouls him while shooting the 3 and the 3 goes down...
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Old 03-30-08, 11:18 PM
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Puke had a good game.

Lakers win, but against a team like this, it shouldn't be so hard. It's not like Arenas was out there.

The funny thing is that even with a win, I don't feel any different then when they lost the other night.
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Old 03-30-08, 11:27 PM
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Wizards have been pretty good without Arenas all year. I don't know why they couldn't defend Nick Young tonight.
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Old 04-02-08, 12:46 PM
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http://www.latimes.com/sports/basket...149,full.story

LAKERS REPORT
Lakers expect Gasol to play tonight


Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

Pau Gasol is averaging 18.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in 19 games as a Laker.
High-scoring big man has been out of the lineup for nine games, with the team going 5-4 in his absence.

By Jonathan Abrams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 2, 2008

The Lakers received their most upbeat medical report in weeks after practice on Tuesday: Pau Gasol is expected to play tonight when the Lakers play host to the Portland Trail Blazers, after missing nine games because of a sprained left ankle.

Gasol underwent a full practice Tuesday, afterward labeling his ankle a little sore but showing progress.

His ankle is not fully healed but good enough to give it a go tonight.


"That's the main question, right?" Gasol said. "If nothing crazy happens and the ankle responds well to the work today, I think it's a pretty good guess that I'll be out there."

Gasol is averaging 18.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. He has played 19 games at center for the Lakers, filling in for injured Andrew Bynum, since being acquired in a Feb. 1 trade. The Lakers are 15-4 with Gasol in the lineup, and were 5-4 in his absence as Ronny Turiaf and DJ Mbenga played center and the team slipped a bit in a tight Western Conference race.

Kobe Bryant said of Gasol: "Can't wait to work him back in the mix and get him out on the floor."

Gasol will also help on the defensive end, Bryant said.

"It gives us more length," Bryant said. "We'd like to have longer players in there. Ronny and DJ have been doing a good job, but we'd like to have some more length in there with Pau and when Drew gets back."

It will take a bit of time, Gasol said, to regain his fluidity on the court, but "hopefully the quality of the team will overcome those little adjustments."

If Gasol returns tonight, it will be as a starter, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said, although he may be used for only one rotation if his ankle shows signs of discomfort.

"He'll probably have swelling for the next six weeks," Jackson said. "Anybody who's had a severely sprained ankle knows that it just goes on and on. Eventually it subsides, but it's still going to be an issue for a while."

That's one half of their sidelined frontcourt tandem.

The other half, Bynum, ran on the court for the first time since injuring his left knee in January, but he did not practice with the team. He is up to performing slide drills and step hooks, Jackson said

No specific return date has been made, although the team hopes to have Bynum back shortly before the playoffs.

"He did more work today than he's done up to this point," Jackson said. "We just push him to a point where he's really active and see how he reacts to it. If he reacts to it, then we back him down a step and then proceed again after a day's rest or a day's less work."

Bynum will soon resume traveling with the team -- to go over new plays, get into a basketball schedule rhythm and for other practical purposes. "So he can hang out a little bit with his teammates and remember their names," Jackson joked.

And what about working in so many players who are trying to get healthy -- Gasol and Bynum, plus Chris Mihm and Trevor Ariza -- so close to the playoffs?

"It's not easy," Jackson said. "Sometimes it can screw up a team. Sometimes teams can be rejuvenated by it."

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Three years later, the jeers turned to cheers for Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak received sincere applause at the end of a question-and-answer session with about 1,000 season-ticket holders Tuesday night at the team's annual "town-hall meeting" at Staples Center.

Some fans even gave him a standing ovation.

At the town-hall meeting in April 2005, a season-ticket holder demanded Kupchak's resignation as the Lakers were on the way to missing the playoffs for only the fifth time in franchise history.

Kupchak, credited with drafting Bynum and acquiring Gasol, said he did not feel vindicated by the Lakers' turnaround, perhaps preserving such an emotion until they show progress in the postseason.

"I have an owner who has confidence and trust in me and the people I work with," Kupchak said simply.

Questions at the event were submitted ahead of time by season-ticket holders, screened by Lakers officials and answered by Kupchak for about an hour and 10 minutes Tuesday.

Kupchak said the Lakers hoped to have Bynum back "with a game or two to go" in the regular season, and he also expressed confidence in the team even before Gasol was acquired.

"Before we got Pau, I thought we could play with anyone," he said.

Kupchak also said the team would like to re-sign restricted free agents Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf, although he hedged somewhat when asked if Lamar Odom would receive a contract extension this summer. Odom, 28, has one more season and $14.1 million left on his contract.

"We want to see how we perform in the playoffs, what the market is like this summer, and most important, how successful our team will be in the playoffs," Kupchak said.

TONIGHT vs. Portland, 7:30, FSN West

Site -- Staples Center.

Radio -- 570; 1330.

Records --Lakers 50-24; Trail Blazers 38-36.

Record vs. Trail Blazers -- 1-1.

Update --All-Star guard Brandon Roy will not play for Portland tonight because of a strained groin muscle and bruised right hip.

Times staff writer Mike Bresnahan contributed to this report.

I hope they're not rushing Gasol back too soon. I've had at least 15 serious sprains playing basketball in the last 30 years, so I know about coming back too soon.

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Gasol is playing tonight. So far he's 2-3 with 4 points, 1 board, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 1 block in 17 minutes. He did start the game.

Tied at 50 at the half.
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Old 04-03-08, 07:47 PM
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Kobe finished 10/16 too, which is pretty good compared to his last few games. Tomorrow versus Dallas should be a good test.
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Old 04-04-08, 05:34 PM
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Big game tonight
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Old 04-04-08, 10:15 PM
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The Lakers can't buy a rebound. Mavs go on a 9-0 run to go up by seven.
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Lakers defense is just awful.
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Old 04-04-08, 10:21 PM
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Mavs on a 14-0 run now. Lakers tossing up brick after brick.

16-0 run now, Phil says "Hmm, maybe I better put Kobe back in."
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Lakers have scored 4 points so far in the 2nd quarter....after six minutes.
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Dirk can't miss...13-16 with 27 points. Everytime the Lakers get within one or two, the Mavs score three or four to widen the lead.
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