Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The (37-11) Los Angeles Lakers are in Memphis, Tennessee for a back-to-back against the (25-21) Grizzlies.

The Lakers frontline went out and played big against the Celtics helping the team win in Boston. Lakers approached that match up as a playoff game; the Celtics wanted to play the role of the schoolyard bully and got beat. The Celtics defense is formidable, but it was the Lakers defense that was the difference in Sunday’s game holding them to 16 fourth quarter points and helping the Lakers achieve a 5-2 mark on their annual extended Grammy road trip.

The game was chippy before it started with all of the jostling going on before the opening tip, but Ron Artest set the tone in the beginning, Andrew and Pau followed through in the middle of the game, and Kobe closed the show and ended the ‘who is the better team’ debate.

As expected Phil Jackson tied Pat Riley at the top of the Lakers All-Time coaching wins list and the Purple and Gold showed that they will never backdown from that team and showed that they’re ready for whatever and that it’s personal whenever the two teams meet.

The funny thing is Rasheed Wallace, a guy who hasn’t broken out a back-to-the-basket move in years was upset that his new team was bitten by the Black Mamba and is doing a lot of talking to whickever Boston beat writer that will listen, but he isn’t saying anything of substance; he needs to answer the question ‘what did the scoreboard say?’.

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Looks like Rivers is upset about the “push-off” call against Paul at the end of the game. Says Kobe pushes off a lot, too.

ESPN: “At that point, I think it’s got to be unbelievable, but I didn’t see it so I really can’t give an opinion on it,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said of the offensive foul called on Pierce.

“You know, I do know Kobe pushes off a lot.”

Pierce didn’t agree with the call, but didn’t complain either.

“I thought I made a good move. I got to my sweet spot,” he said. “I guess the ref saw it differently and he made the call. That’s part of the game. That’s why you have referees.”

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Pop one hated the trade of Pau Gasol, but now he believes Memphis made good on the deal too.

Commercial Appeal: “They gave up a great player but it helped them extend the franchise’s success into the future,” Popovich said. “It’s shown that they’ve done a good job. Whatever they were thinking a couple of iterations ahead at the time has paid off for them.”

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Here is what Rasheed had to say…

Boston Herald: “Postseason is a whole different season,” said Rasheed Wallace. “It’s the added-on season when all the shots get bigger. That’s when you see who has the biggest machismo – I don’t want to say the other word – but that’s what it comes down to. Regular season, yeah, you get a few big games where anybody can hit shots, but when it’s for the hardware, some cats don’t want to take those shots. So I don’t think it’s a psychological advantage if you dominate or beat a team in the regular season.”

He does have a point, although, when you’re talking about guys like Kobe Bryant and D-Fish. They know how to win and hit “when all the shots get bigger.”

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Love it. This is why we got Ron!

O.C. Register: Bryant looked at Artest in the locker room and recounted the start of the game, when the Lakers and Celtics were already jostling and trash-talking in the jump circle before tipoff. Artest got the ball in the post on the first play and was fouled hard by Boston’s Paul Pierce — at which point Artest struck the sort of wide-eyed, menacing pose very few non-institutionalized people can.

He stared and seemingly braced himself to fight. Bryant told Artest he noticed the Celtics’ reaction at that precise moment: “They didn’t want any part of this crazy (expletive). I’m telling you. I saw it.”

There’s very little Bryant wants more for this Lakers team than Bynum not backing down from contact and Artest being an effectively “crazy (expletive).” Bear in mind that after the Lakers began this trip with a loss in Cleveland, Bryant questioned the toughness of his teammates and looked forward to seeing something different in Boston.

It’s expected Bryant will overcome injuries and hit winning jumpers. His will was the backbone of the Lakers’ 2008-09 NBA championship team. But when you wondered what could be better for the Lakers in 2009-10, the primary possibilities were two: Bynum’s improvement and Artest’s addition.

Continue reading ‘Kobe told Ron Celtics didn’t want anything to do with him being a “crazy MF”‘

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Kobe drains the game winner over Ray Allen and extends the Lakers win streak to four by defeating the Celtics 90-89.

The Lakers didn’t have their best game today.

They shot the ball poorly much of the second half, only 40%. They also got out rebounded and turned the ball over just about as many turnovers as assists. Something that will never win you a game.

But they made a couple big shots down the stretch and were able to get some key defensive stops, including drawing a huge offensive foul on Paul Pierce with under a minute that ultimately led to Kobe being able to get the ball back and win Lakers the game.

The aggressive play by our bigs was key for us today. They all ended in double figures. Bynum had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Pau had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Ron had 11 points and played fantastic defense.

Lamar and Shannon Brown came in off the bench and contributed nicely as well.

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We here at TheLakersNation.com would like to congratulate Phil Jackson for tying Pat Riley with 533 wins, the most in Lakers history.

Phil can break the record with a win tomorrow night at Memphis!

Congrats Phil, the greatest head coach in professional sports history.

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The (36-11) Los Angeles Lakers are in Boston to face the (29-15) Celtics.

It will be billed as a rivalry renewed. There’s no love lost in this game and make no mistake, this is a must-win game. Lakers need to approach this as a playoff game.

The Lakers are on a 3-game winning streak, 4-2 on this road trip and 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Celtics aren’t playing good basketball and are on a soon to expand two-game losing streak.

As we all know this is a marquee match-up in the NBA; it is also one of two games that the Lakers circle on the calendar every year the schedule is released.

This is the 47th game of the season and both teams have questions that need to be answered. The questions for the Lakers would be their health, bench scoring, and offensive rebounding. There’s a litany of questions for the Celtics; the main one, is this team too old to contend?

This is a game that the coaching staff won’t have to motivate the players; everyone knows what’s at stake — this game is a measuring stick for both teams. As usual Boston will attempt to be the more physical team and attempt to out-muscle Los Angeles, they must be aware that their opponent will use this tactic and need to be prepared for it.

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This Sunday’s game could get interesting.

O.C. Register: Artest is definitely a character. To make that evaluation does not require a medical degree.

He is also a player with Paul Pierce’s size, Kevin Garnett’s defense and Ray Allen’s touch.

Now if Artest is ready to unleash the extra something that makes him special – something wild – the Lakers are more than ready to watch the other team quiver upon seeing it and feeling it.

Artest can’t wait. He said, “It was boring out there” while limited in physical activity by his feet.

And for Lakers fans who haven’t seen the full bloom of this dark rose, what is it you do, exactly, Ron?

“Cause havoc with the game.”

Continue reading ‘Ron is ready to run wild in Boston’

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Got to love Iggy’s assesment on Kobe! Remember Iggy trains with Kobe in the off-season.

O.C. Register: “He’s mentally insane,” Iguodala told the Philadelphia Daily News writer Phil Jasner, who goes way back with Bryant also. “He dedicates a lot of his brain power to basketball, and he’s really focused on becoming a better player. You have to force yourself to be in that mold, (with) a killer instinct at all times. He demands a lot of himself (and his teammates).”

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Pretty interesting to see who had the best rookie season, its no surprise who it is though.

Bleacher Report: Sometimes, NBA rookies play more like seasoned veterans than inexperienced first-year guys.

When Bill Russell entered the league in 1956, he proved to be a man among boys as he grabbed 19.6 rebounds per game and led the Boston Celtics to their first ever world championship.

Throughout the history of the NBA, several rookies have put up brilliant numbers. In fact, some have even averaged over 30 points per game in their debut seasons.

Here is a list of the top 25 rookies of all time.

#10 Magic Johnson (1979-1980):

Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, Johnson quickly became one of the best point guards in the league. The former Michigan State star averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game.

Filling in for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson posted 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals as the Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for the title. Magic was named Finals MVP.

#5 Elgin Baylor (1958-1959):

After being selected by the Minneapolis Lakers with the No.1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA Draft, Baylor averaged 24.9 points and 15 rebounds per game in his debut season.

The year before Baylor had arrived, the Lakers finished in last place. However, with Baylor in the lineup, the Lakers reached the NBA Finals where they were swept by the Boston Celtics.

Continue reading ‘Top 25 Rookie Seasons of All Time’

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Interesting mini-article on Phil’s history.

L.A. Times: Jackson has 532 victories with the Lakers and needs two more to pass Pat Riley for the most in franchise history.

Jackson has spent more time coaching the Lakers (this is his 10th season) than the Chicago Bulls (nine), but is he known more as the Lakers’ coach or the Bulls’ coach?

“I’m sure there’s a whole generation of kids that see me only as a Laker coach,” he said. “They’re not familiar with the Bulls and Chicago at all.”

What if he had been forced to wear a team jacket when inducted into the Hall of Fame a few years ago?

“I’d have made the jacket with both sides — one side the Lakers, one side the Bulls,” Jackson said, smiling.

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