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#1 allornothing

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 01:36 PM

Over the past week, we have been somewhat dominating. It's been mentioned by sportswriter and Greg Anthony that we are mentally soft and the only player that do not resemble this is Kobe.

However, it has been mentioned we need some kind of enforcer who actually plays to put up some hard fouls. Past championship teams had that hard nosed player like Rick Fox, Posey, Bowen, or the entire Pistons team. Who is our enforcer on this team? or who will step up?

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 02:01 PM

In my eyes both Powell and Ariza are tougher players than most. Ariza is not afraid to get scrappy, and Bynum's shown that he doesn't put up with any garbage. I want to see Bynum get into it with Kendrick Perkins, and once that happens I'll be more convinced that he won't let himself get pushed around.

I've always wished that Kobe's mentality of killer instinct would become the motto of the team consistently.
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Posted November 03, 2008 - 02:14 PM

No with Bynum back Ariza back both in full strength and with Powell we got tougher
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Posted November 03, 2008 - 02:45 PM

I don't think we're as soft anymore. Putting some of that defensive mentality on the team has helped improved them and increase their toughness. I have to see some more games before I can really determine the outcome of this new enforced defensive system that has been installed for this season.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 03:28 PM

I don't think we're as soft anymore. Putting some of that defensive mentality on the team has helped improved them and increase their toughness. I have to see some more games before I can really determine the outcome of this new enforced defensive system that has been installed for this season.


I would like a sneaky player who can hold and grab without getting the attention of the officials. Rick Fox does this nicely with Peja. Bowen and Posey does the same thing .

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 03:34 PM

Yeh I know what you mean but unfortunately we won't always be able to have the luxury since we already have the best player in the league along with two starting 7-footers with Pau and Bynum and a starter coming off the bench as a sixth man. I feel like if someone on our team developed that skillset to be able to do it, it would take a while and the referees will see and call it.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 03:44 PM

Defense playing soft? It's too early in the season to judge this team defense. Have patience Lake Nation.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 04:44 PM

Mbenga! He can probably get some flagrant fouls lol. I also think farmar could be a one of the tougher players.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 05:32 PM

these are are tough players(or at least not soft)
Pau-but he is very skinny and physically not nearly as strong as most BLACK players in the league
LO-never ever seen Lamar back down, but he isnt very Strong, but far from SOFT
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Farmar-tough kid
Sasha-""
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vlad rad- never backs down

I dont think powell is soft either
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Posted November 03, 2008 - 07:43 PM

Thats the reason for the open spots on the roster. The Laker higher-ups know they need a solid defender. They already have all the offense they need plus some.

I bet by the trade deadline you will see a strong aggressive player come in.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 07:56 PM

Thats the reason for the open spots on the roster. The Laker higher-ups know they need a solid defender. They already have all the offense they need plus some.

I bet by the trade deadline you will see a strong aggressive player come in.


It might be a little too late by then. Usually by midseason, these guys will not play a minute. We picked up Ira Newble for what reason again? I thought he was a good physical defender but for some odd reason he never played because he doesn't know the triangle.

What we have now is what we are going to see in the playoffs. I am just worry about Paul Pierce and Lebron if we do see them in the finals. There is nobody on this team that can guard these two. Even Kobe I think is too small these days to effective try to slow them down.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 08:46 PM

I do not want our defense to cheat. No holding jerseys, etc. PLAY HARD!

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 09:09 PM

first off we were never a soft team mentally we were only soft inside the paint

bynum solves that
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Posted November 03, 2008 - 10:50 PM

Main reason we lost to the Celtics was rebounds and shot blocking. You add a healthy Bynum in the middle and just by his presence with Gasol, they're altering shots left and right. Too many lay-ups were allowed during that Celtics series.

Bynum's been struggling to find his game recently. I hope he starts to fall into that groove he had last season once again.
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Posted November 04, 2008 - 02:41 AM

We just got that very important playoff experience. There is no way we are soft anymore.

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Posted November 04, 2008 - 04:54 AM

Cmon Sasha is our player you just described. Not scared of taking [expletive], willing to talk [expletive] and stick up for our Lakers and start fights and commit hard fouls. He's more experienced now and hopefully can keep up his shot.

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Posted November 04, 2008 - 06:48 AM

Our remaining soft element in our team is called Vladimir Radmanovic.

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Posted November 04, 2008 - 10:06 AM

Our remaining soft element in our team is called Vladimir Radmanovic.



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Posted November 04, 2008 - 11:37 AM

Truth be told we were never really "soft", as much as the Celtics were just much tougher.

Look back at it:

The Lakers swept a team who had Kenyon Martin & Marcus Camby. Kenyon tried to start to get chippy with Kobe in games 3 & 4 and it didn't work. SWEEP.

Utah is an extremely tough deep team. D-Williams was banging with Fisher and tried to intimidate Farmar.
Matt Harpring and even Klye Korver were banging with Luke Walton! Not to mention the load that Carlos Boozer is.



All the talk of them being soft is a little overstated. These aren't Dirk and the Mavs.

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Posted November 04, 2008 - 11:58 AM

Celtics cheated man.....hand checking. no calls. a bunch of illegal screens....bunch of fouls ....no calls..
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