Category — Lakers
Is that you Andrew Bynum?
The second-guessing, finger-pointing and name-calling began the moment Dwight Howard said he prefers the Houston Rockets. Probably had something to do with all the good BBQ joints in Clutch City. Twenty-six years later, we’re still looking for a great spot in L.A.
The Lakers and their fans have never been rejected like this. So it isn’t surprising how many fans are taking Howard’s goodbye kiss with some of the saltiest terms imaginable. But the ones hollering “we didn’t need that punk anyway” will get a wake-up call when the NBA season begins. Oh they needed Howard’s punk ass. What’s that? Monta Ellis is the backup plan?
And what’s with the LeBron James fantasies? Seriously, why would LeBron join the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2014?
I keep hearing Laker fans and some writers here say the Lakers will find a way back in a few years with LeBron running the show. But that ain’t happening. Besides, wouldn’t a spot in the Clippers or the Warriors lineup sound much more appealing right now than the Lakers?
Carmelo’s coming you say? Good luck with that too.
My money says the Lakers have a better shot at the lottery.
The dark period, as some like to call it, between the last Shaq-Kobe championship to the Kobe-Pau titles was only 7 years.
I got news for Laker fans. This dark period is going to last longer.
For starters, with Tommy Lasorda as my witness, Jim Buss couldn’t hit water if he sat on the toilet. Mike D’Antoni? Seriously, do you really believe Howard would return with D’Antoni as coach as opposed to Phil Jackson? We said it before the regular season ended there was no way Howard was coming back with D’Antoni as coach. Why would he? How much Kobe factored into Howard’s decision will come out later.
Little Jimmy probably regrets let his ego get the best of him when he made that call to Phil, telling him they were going in a different direction. Buss didn’t realize where. The Clippers hire Doc Rivers; the Lakers stick with D’Antoni. See how wacked this shit is?
The Lakers took a hit today. No way around it. I get that Howard isn’t always the brightest bulb in the room. Still…
Can’t wait to hear from Kobe.
July 5, 2013 No Comments
Note: After reading up on Golden State’s situation regarding Dwight Howard after writing the post below, I found out the Warriors would practically have to do a sign-and-trade with the Lakers since signing him as a free agent would put them seriously over the cap. A sign-and-trade with the Lakers would mean the Warriors would have to part with Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes, according to several media reports.
Me and the neighbors were discussing the possibility of Howard in a Warriors’ uniform. Imagine that? With Howard, the Warriors would elevate their already lofty status as a major prime-time player in the wild wild West and the NBA. They also would be pegged as 1 of the NBA’s most exciting teams along with the Thunder.
Think of the possibilities. Stephen Curry, Thompson, Barnes and a healthy David Lee in the starting 5 along with a steady dose of Jarrett Jack, Draymond Green and Bogut off the bench. Seriously, the Warriors offer Howard the best shot right now of winning an NBA title than any of the other 4 clubs he negotiating with, including the clueless Lakers.
And with Jerry West, who the Lakers decided years ago they no longer had any use for his services (that should tell you all you need to know about Jim Buss) still working as a “consultant” behind the scenes with the Warriors, the possibilities are endless.
July 2, 2013 No Comments
Jason lost all credibility when he threw Tony Soprano under the bus.
What’s the saying, opinions are like assholes? Not like we’d know.
July 2, 2013 No Comments
Maybe the Lakers will bring back Andrew Bynum after Dwight tells them he just can’t stomach Mike D’Antoni.
Is this the best the Lakers can do? I can still remember when players used to beg to come to L.A. They still do but now they want to be Clippers.
Handing the keys of a Ferrari (yep, I’m looking at you Jim Buss) to a kid who’s used to driving a Pinto is only asking for big trouble. If I were you Laker fans, I’d stock up the liquor cabinet.
June 27, 2013 No Comments
And you thought baseball was humbling? Also, anyone know what happens to those Spurs’ NBA champions hats and T-Shirts someone is holding?
This series was over after Game 6. The brain cramps (and damage) of Gregg Popovich and the Spurs’ inability to close made sure of it. Granted, youth prevailed over guile and experience, but the experience of Game 6 doomed the Spurs in Game 7.
They had their chances. But there was no way the Heat, who obviously didn’t play their best either, was going to let the Spurs walk away in South Beach with the NBA title.
Manu Ginobili pretty much said it all. After saying how he was “devastated” after Game 6 (that must have really boosted the confidence of Spurs’ fans), he admitted after Game 7 that his “head was still in Game 6.”
No shit Sherlock? If you ask us, Ginobili’s head wasn’t in Game 6 either.
But give LeBron and the Heat credit. Winning back-to-backs is quite difficult, particularly when you carry the burden of the greatest player on the planet and his sidekick Dwyane Wade. They’ve got plenty of haters out there. We’re not 1 of them.
But that doesn’t matter now. As the King said, “I got no worries.”
In other words, let’s get drunk and be somebody.
June 21, 2013 No Comments
June 17, 2013 No Comments
The Clippers and C’s are dancing in circles about a trade involving Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan and a No. 1 pick but neither club has blinked. Paul Pierce would join Rivers and Garnett in L.A. Then there’s the 1 about Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe heading to the Lakers for Dwight Howard. Supposedly, Chris Paul is pushing all of the buttons so wake us when someone actually does a deal. Until then…
June 17, 2013 No Comments
June 3, 2013 No Comments
It seems to be the only question out there when it comes to grading LeBron James now.
Is he better than Michael Jordan?
Clearly the best player in the game today, James can do a lot of things, even win a lot more rings, but it is different.
To me, he will never be Jordan for 1 main reason.
No, no longer in big games when a title is on the line. He has gotten past that now.
One ring shuts up a lot of folks.
But he flops on defense, when the smallest of players brush past. He admits to this. He calls it part of the game.
I can’t recall once Jordan flopping on the floor like a fish out of water just to get a call. Maybe James wants to be a part of the soccer revolution.
To his credit, James has never proclaimed he wanted to be like Mike, just wear his jersey number for most of his life until he took his talents to South Beach.
Who knew those talents were action skills as well.
Maybe this is a generation thing, because James is not alone in flopping. A good portion of NBA players do this and the league is even trying to make them pay with fines.
But the message is clear, players will pay to flop if it means getting the right call at the right time.
Crime might not pay but bad-act flopping sure does.
In Jordan’s NBA, flopping was looked upon as a weakness, a show you could not stand tall in the paint.
Jordan wouldn’t consider taking a step back let alone take a dive.
Nobody would. Not Magic, not Bird, not Barkley and surely none of the early Bad Boys from Detroit.
That seemed to change when the NBA went international. Maybe that was soccer’s influence.
I remember watching a young Laker center named Vlade Divac fall to the floor like he had been shot in the back because Kenny Smith ran into him. Smith was about 60 pounds lighter and 10 inches shorter, but Divac tumbled like a giant oak after being attacked by a chain saw.
His knees buckled and his body shivered as he dropped. Like a bad death scene in an old Western. Fit perfectly with the Hollywood crowd sitting courtside.
Magic Johnson looked stunned.
After getting the call, Divac jumped up and raced down court like a boy who just got away with stealing a piece of candy.
Flopping was suddenly the in thing.
Now it is James, a beast in shorts and a tank top, falling on demand.
He even complains when he is fouled hard in the playoffs going to the basket.
Has he not seen the video of the way Jordan was dismantled for years by the Detroit Pistons?
Jordan took it and then gave it out. Charles Barkley the same way.
Heck, James’ boss, Heat president Pat Riley, won with that style in New York before taking the monster to Miami. Now he says things are too rough, too.
The game has gotten softer on all levels. That is fine. But when you are playing for the highest of stakes winning is painful.
Jordan knew it, so did the rest of the guys back in the NBA’s heyday.
Now, it’s just an act they put on for us, a show that isn’t about to end.
Not when a flop can help lead you to a crown.
And another flopping crown might be fit for King James.
June 3, 2013 No Comments
If Gregg Popovich leads the Spurs to their 5th title in the past 14 seasons, he will tie Pat Riley for rings at 5. Only Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach have more as coaches. Like Auerbach, Popovich also has shown a keen eye for talent. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are the latest examples. Having had the pleasure to watch Leonard several times at San Diego State, we knew Leonard would succeed in the NBA. Like we’ve said before, dude isn’t great at anything (give him time though), but he’s so good at everything, particularly defending. And as a Laker fan, I can tell you when the Spurs traded George Hill to Indiana for him I loudly let loose the ‘F’ word because I knew ‘Pop’ had a made another tremendous move.
Anyway, our good friends at The Sports Fan Journal tell a better Popovich story that we can. They elaborate on the grumpy one’s legacy and how conquering the Heat will elevate his status even more.
The Sports Fan Journal
May 28, 2013 No Comments