Thursday, December 18, 2014
Blog Page 191

11

Confidence in the team… or more mind games?

USA Today: “We’re going to try and establish the fact that we’re going back to L.A. with a 3-2 lead,” Jackson said Friday. “We believe we can do it. We felt we let one get away last night.”

5

This is amazing! Other than Kobe, I haven’t seen anyone else do this!

OC Register: “It’s a little bit frustrating, but I’m going to play on Sunday, play hard on Sunday,” Bynum said after he played just 1:50 of the second half in the Lakers’ Game 4 loss to Boston.

0

The Los Angeles Lakers could have stuck the dagger in the hearts of the Boston Celtics; no team has ever came back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. However, due to two guys named Baby and Nate, this series is tied 2-2, with a big Game 5 upcoming on Sunday.

Voice of the Nation went LIVE and took callers from the Lakers Nation after Game 4

Jackie Miller from ThatSportsBabe.com joined the program, along with John Karalis from the arch rival site RedsArmy.com.

Chris Manning and Jason Riley from TheLakersNation.com also chimed in with their opinion, and their predictions for the rest of the series.

Audio Courtesy of ABC Sports & NBA TV.

Follow G-Small & D-Bricks on Twitter!

Subscribe: RSS | iTunes

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #96

17

His status is pivotal, we need him more than ever.

ESPN: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who played only 12 minutes in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday because of his injured knee, underwent an MRI and had fluid drained on Friday.

Before the procedures, Bynum said he would be “be ready to go” when the Lakers play the Celtics in Game 5 on Sunday.

“I got two days, I’ll get some treatment, pump a little bit of the swelling out and try to attack on Sunday,” Bynum said after finishing with only two points and three rebounds, and playing only two minutes in the second half.

The MRI revealed no new damage to his right knee, and the Lakers said that he had fluid drained just as he did before the Finals began.

The question now becomes whether Bynum will be able to be effective in what has become a best-of-three series to determine the championship.

After Game 3, Bynum said he was “questionable” after twice tweaking his torn right meniscus. In Game 4, Bynum did not start the second half, remaining in the locker room to do quad-activation exercises with the Lakers’ training staff. He came in for Lamar Odom with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter but exited for good with 2:13 left in the quarter, barely able to make it up and down the floor.

“It bothered us in the second half not having Andrew be able to come out and play the start of the second half,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “He tried a couple minutes, but it just wasn’t there for him. We’re glad we have a couple days off and we can kind of get him back hopefully in position where he can help us out again.”

Continue reading ‘Bynum gets MRI; fluid drained again’

9

At this point, it should be one of the Lakers worst kept secretes. Since taking a seat next to Phil five years ago, Brain Shaw’s been groomed as a possible heir apparent. With Phil Jackson’s career coming to a possible end (whether it be this season, or two seasons from now), we’re all wondering if Shaw is ready.

New York Times: In a pivotal moment of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009 title run, Brian Shaw drew a blank, literally and deliberately, with a hint of creative mischief.

The Lakers had a 3-1 lead in the N.B.A. finals and gathered for one last meeting before Game 5 in Orlando. Shaw, the Lakers’ youngest assistant coach, was the designated strategist for the series, charged with diagramming plays and underlining directives on a dry-erase board. Except on this night, when Shaw flipped the board around, it was shiny and blank.

Players stared. Coach Phil Jackson was puzzled.

“You don’t have anything on the board?” Jackson asked.

No, Shaw did not. The time for X’s and O’s and meticulously drawn halfcourt sets, he believed, had passed. Instead, Shaw talked about Pau Gasol’s passion, Kobe Bryant’s dynamism and Lamar Odom’s versatility, until he had gone through the lineup and roused every ounce of belief in the room.

Then the Lakers went out and crushed the Magic and claimed the championship.

Continue reading ‘Brian Shaw Patiently Waiting His Turn’

0

Congrats to Joseph, Adam and Sheldon – who were the first three to correctly predict 18 total Lakers’ bench points – for winning the Game 3 T-Shirt giveaway from our friends at Our 6th Man! Thanks to everyone that participated! Be sure to get your official 6th Man T-Shirt and cash in on the FREE shipping before the conclusion of the NBA Finals!

We will be back with another giveaway contest for Game 5! In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Twitter and join our fan page on Facebook!

Keep the faith, L.A.

10

On the days following a major Playoff loss, the mood tends to be negative. But it might be a good idea to take a step back for a second and look at sports from a different perspective. The 4-year-old Ezra Frech was born with a birth defect which now makes it necessary to use a prosthetic leg. If you think that you don’t have anything in common with him, you’re probably wrong — Ezra is an avid Lakers fan. Here’s his story…

And thought to yourself that this 4 year-old with a prosthetic leg can beat you in a game of one-on-one, you’re not alone. Kid’s good!

72

Lose to a team that is far superior than you. Lose on a last second shot. Lose with your pride on your sleeve and determination on your face. Don’t lose like this; not when the opposing team is shooting 35%. Not when the opponent’s best players are sitting on the bench. Not when you’ve got a chance to put a stranglehold on a difficult series. But the Lakers did just that and now the series sits even at two games apiece.

The first quarter was indicative of how most of this game would look — sloppy, choppy and just downright ugly basketball. The Celtics were missing layups and the Lakers couldn’t take advantage on their end. The Lakers shot 35% and the Celtics were no better shooting 36%. The score at the end of 12 min? 16-19.

The second period fared better for the Lakers. Reserves Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown came in and contributed eight points, while Lamar Odom appeared (emphasis on appeared) aggressive on the boards and drove to the basket to score.

2

The Voice of the Nation is broadcasting LIVE after Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Giving you full post-game coverage, and taking your calls to discuss your thoughts on the game!

Talk LIVE with David Brickley and Gregory Small, via TalkShoe.com.

Powered by TalkShoe

0

2 down and 2 to go, as Derek “Grey Mamba” Fisher led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.

Voice of the Nation once again goes LIVE and took callers from the Lakers Nation.

Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld.com joined the program, along with John Karalis from the arch rival site RedsArmy.com.

Chris Manning and Jason Riley from TheLakersNation.com also chimed in with their opinion on the Lakers being 2 wins away from another title.

Audio Courtesy of ABC Sports & NBA TV.

Follow G-Small & D-Bricks on Twitter!

Subscribe: RSS | iTunes

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #95

3

We need 20 minutes from him tonight.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson expressed uncertainty about Andrew Bynum’s availability for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, a day after the center declared his injured right knee ready to go.

“He had a little bit of a struggle this morning,” Jackson said during shootaround. “He couldn’t do anything on the court.”

Bynum, who has a torn meniscus in the knee, was scheduled to undergo therapy during the afternoon. Jackson said Bynum would attempt to play.

“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “He’s gonna try it. I think he’ll be game to try it out, but we’ll see how it goes.”

Bynum has averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and nearly three blocks in the Finals, providing a physical presence absent for the Lakers in 2008 when they lost to Boston.

Continue reading ‘Bynum struggles in practice; might play’

Social

Latest

5
With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.