Postgame Report – Round 2, Game 4: Lakers @ Mavs: A Long Good-bye (86-122, Loss)

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We waited…and waited…and waited some more, but the miracles never came.

We truly believed that Kobe Bryant’s hot start could shoulder this heavy burden, but inside we all knew that those back to back championships weren’t one-man shows.

We had faith that despite his struggles in these playoffs, and whatever was going on inside of him, that Pau Gasol would somehow, some way, find it in himself to unleash a little fury, but there he was, apathetic as ever – neither scoring, nor rebounding, nor trying very hard to do much of anything.

We figured that if there were anyone else other than Andrew Bynum who could help get this win, Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom probably could. Yet there he went, getting ejected in the fourth quarter for a hard foul on Dirk Nowitzki, and then followed soon after by Bynum who needlessly elbowed an airborne J.J. Barea.

And now here we are, left with a longer summer ahead than we’ve had in four seasons, having flashbacks of a night in Boston that we thought we’d already left behind. The shock will remain for awhile. The hope will recover surely but slowly. The disappointment and sting of getting swept in the second round in the year we could have attained a threepeat, however – that will linger for years, at least until another championship can cloud our memories.

“It was a challenge bigger than we could meet this year,” Phil Jackson said about the Lakers quest for a fourth finals appearance in a row and then winning a third title in a row.

And they were challenged this season, undoubtedly, with teams around the league stacking up to compete with their size, their talent and their drive. Add to that an ultimately veteran squad that had to nurse a slew of injuries (and the chicken pox of all things), and the mountain became increasingly more difficult to climb.

Getting swept was an embarrassing and disappointing way to end a season, especially when, as defenders of a championship, the Lakers were given every benefit of the doubt to come through when it counted. Today, however, they looked like a shell of their former, title-bearing selves.

Kobe Bryant looked like he would score 60 points after he went off for 13 of the Lakers’ 23 first quarter points, but all execution fell out the window when the second quarter began. That, Phil Jackson said, is when the roof seemed to collapse on the team. Bryant finished the game with 17 points on 7-18, but the next closest scorer after him on the team was Shannon Brown, who put in 15 points of his own.

The supposed advantages in the form of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom – disadvantages in this game. With the greatest opportunity to play big, the Lakers’ Big Three came up very small, chipping in just 26 points on 10-22 and grabbing just 16 rebounds combined. Gasol had already been such a question mark since this Dallas series started, but we expected Bynum and Odom to exercise so much more of their skills and exert their wills than they displayed today.

Ball movement – absent. The Dallas Mavericks assisted on 32 of their 44 made field goals. The Lakers handed out half as many. That they shot just 38% from the field is proof of how essential ball movement is to the success of the Laker offense. Actually, it’s not only essential, it’s absolutely critical, but credit the Dallas defense for closing all the passing lanes and collapsing the interior when the Lakers had opportunities so close to the basket. Sadly, even when the Lakers got close to the rim for what appeared to be a sure two-points, they missed layups, finger rolls, and darn near any other shot they could muster from the paint.

The Laker defense – scattered. Never, since 2008, have the Lakers looked so unsure of their defense. One of the best defenders of the three in the last few seasons, they allowed Dallas to shoot 20-32 from behind the arc. That three point shot and the Lakers’ inability to close-in on it, is what inevitably cost the defending champions this series.

“They played better than us,” Bryant said of the Mavericks.” We made too many mistakes defensively and they didn’t miss any of it.”

The Dallas Reserves – amazing. Dirk Nowtizki, who’s been the star in this series, had a pedestrian 17 points on 7-11 from the field because that is all he needed to do today. It was the Mavericks’ bench that blew this game out of reach for the Lakers. The Mavs reserves scored 86 points, the same number scored by the entire Lakers team. Jason Terry led the team with his 32 points on 11-14 (9-10 from 3PT), a possible nudge to Sixth Man of the Year Award, Lamar Odom, that he was the one who truly deserved that honor.

A 36-point loss in the final game of a sweep seems just as bad as a 39-point loss in Game 6 in 2008, but to Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant, it’s all the same.

“The score is immaterial,” Jackson said.

“Losing is losing,” Bryant seconded. “It doesn’t matter the magnitude.”

The magnitude of this game, however, was a heavy one for a coach like Phil Jackson who pegged this season as his last.

“All my hopes and aspirations are that this is my final game,” he said.

And what a sad way to send off a coach who Kobe Bryant said he grew up under; a coach who he credits for how he has learned to think. Phil Jackson brought more to this Lakers organization than five championship banners. He brought with him a philosophy of living in the moment, and what countless moments he’s provided for us all, even keeping the media laughing in what could be his last playoff post-game presser. It was a disappointing way to bid farewell to one of the greatest coaches of all time, but we hope his words and lessons are not lost in the uncertainty of the following seasons in Lakerland.

It was a long season, filled with so many aspirations and all levels of excitement that ebbed and flowed just as often as the team did. It’s true, we can’t win them all, but it doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking to say that when you don’t.

Box Score
Pre-game Thoughts: After 91 games played, the only thoughts Laker fans have today are those that could provide any sort of hope.
Half-time Thoughts: 39-63 – Kobe Bryant went to work early, scoring 13 of the Lakers’ 23 first quarter points. He scored only two more points in the second quarter, maybe hoping that his teammates would help out, but the closest is Andrew Bynum with six points on 2-6 from the field. The Dallas Mavericks are absolutely killing the Lakers with not only their three-point shooting (11-15), not only with their bench scoring (DAL reserves = 40, LAL = 39), but with a collective will that these defending champions just don’t have anything to counter with. Other than Bryant, no one else on this Lakers team appears to care that their season could end today. And the other glaring stat – 20-5 assists. Dallas has assisted on 20 of its 25 made field goals. That ball movement and their inside game is at the core of this Lakers team, it’s no wonder they’re down 24 points.
Most Thoughtless Play(s)/Player(s) of the Game: Defending Champs for looking as defenseless as we’ve ever seen them. And moreso Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum for committing senseless hard fouls on Dirk Nowtizki and J.J. Barea.
Most Thought-filled Play(s)/Player(s) of the Game: Dallas Mavericks, for closing on the first try and giving this Lakers team a lot to think about.

Anna Gonda has been the post-game editor for LakerNation.com since the 2009-2010 season. Between post-game reports, she's a full-time advertising coordinator for an academic publisher and a part-time photographer. Favorite Lakers: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Favorite Laker Moment: Game 7, 2010 Finals against the Boston Celtics.
  • Hallwalter1234

    Damn,Damn,Damn

  • Mr Laker19

    The Kobe, Phil, Pau Era is officially over. Whats next? Kobe, Shaw, Howard Era?? Maybe. But whatever it is we have alot of changes that need to be made. A good PG is needed. I think Artest, Barnes, and others need to be let go. And a new hungry superstar to go along with Kobe. Really, at this point everybody on the roster is up for trade bait other than Kobe.

    • ilikebasketball

      Odom? Bynum?

  • Hohaha

    I am no longer a Laker fan, everything is overpriced and they are just a bunch of rich bastards ripping people off by using the name. I have been a Laker fan all my life but they have truly disappointed me. Lakers need to get CP3 and WH!

    • Hohaha

      DH

    • ilikebasketball

      FAIRWEATHER FAN. BANDWAGON FAN. PICK YOUR TITLE, WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

    • Isan2817

      u fake piece of crap… im happy that we won b2b championships it would have been nice to win a third straight but we will be back better than ever. i too am disappointed but im a laker fan through thick and thin

  • Anonymous

    I personally would have rather watched the 04-05 season again at least I knew the Lakers weren’t going anywhere that season this season was just pathetic to say the least especially this postseason. Hopefully some changes are in the future like maybe a brand new bench and a new younger pg. Don’t get me wrong I want to keep fish but only if he becomes a bench player his best years are behind him as a player but we need his leadership. Wonder who the new coach will be?

  • biggestlakerfanever24

    I want to thank this laker team for what they have given me this season. In perhaps what could be the last moments of this current Laker Dynasty, I want to thank the team for the memories of the past 4 seasons, the countless “wtf is this team doing” and the “omg kobe you are amazing”. Though this year was marred with disappointments, especially this postseason run, we should not forget what this team had brought to us the past few years, and the success it has had is almost unprecedented in recent history.

    However, I know many of us laker fans will be taking some heat from our fellow haters; how we are such a trashy team, a cocky team, a team that thinks they can just turn on the switch anytime they want and then dominate the league. To those people? Its their time now, they’ve finally got a chance to insult the former champs. They’ll shut up soon. Just tell them they should be graceful they got this opportunity.

    For we know that this is no end to the lakers franchise. Hell, we all know that this squad at full strength and mentality could get to the finals and possibly win. But, as the logo of this site says, In Buss We Trust. He will do something, as he always has. And its not like we are in a desperate situation like in 2007.

    As laker fans who are naturally spoiled, success speaks only in championships, not division titles, win streaks, or points on the power rankings. I assure you, Laker Nation, that this team shall be back next year, and unlike this season, shall be ready to fight and bring back to LA what it rightfully deserves.

    • biggestlakerfanever24

      Also, I would like to thank all of the staff and contributors here to this website, for giving us up to date information about the team we love. As a fan who lives in the DC Area, I have never ever gone to a Lakers Game (well i went to one around 6 years ago when LA sucked vs the Wizards here in DC) and have therefore not been with a true Laker Nation. It is my dream to go to a lakers game, in the Staples Center, before Kobe Bryant retires. But there is only so much a teenage boy can do.

      But with you guys able to maintain this site very efficiently for me and the rest of our fanbase, it is truly an honor and a privilege to be among this bunch of people. Hopefully, someday, my dream of going to a staples center lakers game will come true.

      Thank you guys, and I’ll see you all in this (hopefully) busy Laker offseason!

      I bleed purple and gold for life.

      “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”
      -The Lakers Nation

      • http://twitter.com/noykarlpogi18 Karl Calaguas

        Nice post! I agree this team should not be in desperation mode because the talent it is just the matter of finding that hunger again.

    • ilikebasketball

      Ahem. well said!

    • LakerMarc

      HOW SENTIMENTAL

    • biggestlakerfanever24

      to all the posts below me

      thanks guys! I’d really love to get a chance to write a few articles for the site, but I’m not even 18 yet! It was really in the moment and I’m sure i speak for lots of the fans here.

      Let’s unite Laker Nation, we will do it next year!

  • kanon_

    Gasol+Luke+couple small contracts for CP3?

    • ilikebasketball

      and then a trade with artest and Blake for a defensive minded back up pg? and we’d be set.

  • http://twitter.com/noykarlpogi18 Karl Calaguas

    Even though I am disappointed and shock on how the Lakers lost this series, I am still a Lakers fan now and forever. As much I hate to say it, but, this lost is what the Lakers need. The back to back championships created complacency, arrogance and entitlement. Now, they got embarrassed by the Mavericks, they can go back to the drawing board and refocus just like how Lakers refocus after losing the Celtics in 08. As for the roster, Brown is the only guy that can opt out so there is really nothing we can do. Mitch just need to carefully look at the draft and see who can fit to the Lakers. BTW, Nice Work Anna! I know it was tough season for us but cheer up because we will come back and we might have a new superstar coming to town hint hint.

    • LakerMarc

      thanx karl…you make all the sense in the world, dude!!

  • Anonymous

    Trade Gasol and Byrum to get Howard and CP3.

    • ilikebasketball

      fuck howard. I like Bynum!

      • Anonymous

        Howard > Bynum.

        And the gap only widens when you count in all these injuries he will suffer over the next few years.

        I like Bynum too, but at some point you have to face the truth.

    • ilikebasketball

      First prioirity is getting a decent bench again.

      no matter how much shit was thrown on Farmar and Vujacic, they really helped us. more farmar than vujacic last year. And the Ariza trade may well have sown the seeds of this defeat, even though it lead to last years win. Artest was young, defensive minded and had a really good 3 pt shot.

  • Majameson2

    Thank you Anna for your incredible articles. This is the first time Ive actually commented on any of them, and to be honest its quite ironic that I felt the urge to do so in such circumstances. Ive always looked forward to reading your articles, even to the point of checking LAKERSNATION every few hours to see if you article has came out or not. Anyways, there isnt much to say about the game in itself, because we all know what happened and i know we all feel the same way, but i just want you to know how much I appreciate your commitment to the Nation and look forward to reading your articles about the ass whoppings we are gonna be handing out next year! UNTIL NEXT SEASON..

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, love you Anna! Keep it up :)

  • Odom the player

    Well lets see, a couple of people and I who know basketball said this would happen, but we were call Laker haters. The truth is we are laker fans, but could see reality. The only good thing after this embarrassing loss is that hopefully there will be major changes to this team. First of all Fisher HAS to go. He is totally out of gas, not just physically, but mentally too. This guys logic is gone, he keep trying to do things that’s not his game like driving to the basket, which he has never been able to do.
    Next Odom and Gasol must also go. It’s obvious now Gasol really is soft and Odom has returned to Odumb. Both of this guys disappeared when we needed them the most, but if everyone would think Odumb always does this every year. I’m so sick of this from Odumb, he disappear in the big games. Gasol has earned the soft label. He spends more time on his ass than his feet. These 2 most go far away.
    Blake??????????????????????????????????? enough said, other than to say one other person on this site said it best.( Smush Parker was better)
    The game. I just hope next year we have smart people on this team instead of complete morons who doesn’t know any better than to KEEP, KEEP, KEEP time 20 leaving people open for wide open 3 point shots. Dallas isn’t a good team, it’s just that the Lakers aren’t a smart team, that’s what decided the series. See everybody next year.

    • Nate Mcmillian

      Wow Odom the player you summed things up quite nicely where are all those idiots that claimed this team would take home the trophy at now? Where to begin lets see how about how the Mavericks shot over 60% from the 3point line why in the hell do Lakers not guard threes? Pau pussy Gasoft needs to get the hell off the team, Lamar Odumb the supposed sixth man of the year was a no show. Kobe Bryant does not deserve all the hate he is getting from you blind morons who can’t tell your ass from the hole in the ground. Kobe did what he could do it was the other sorry excuse for players that did not even show up. The two time defending champions get swept out of the playoffs wow what a way to defend your title there Lakers. With Jackson hitting the beaches in California as he retires what will become of this team now? Will Mitch Kupchak grow some balls and get rid of people who are over the hill such as Dick Fisher, Ron Adobe Artest, Steve Flake, Lamar Odumb Pau Pussy Gasoft? All these choke artists have long contracts with the lakers. The clock is ticking for Bryant so whatever needs to happen must happen quick because Bryant is not getting any younger. All you dumb ass idiots who were claiming me to be a Laker hater and that we were for certain going to win the championship what do you have to say now? I could tell the way the Lakers performed early in the season that we were in trouble and well surprise surprise I know what I am talking about its the rest of you who don’t know basketball. I simply call it the way I witness it with my own eyes and what I saw tonight was an utter disgrace of a squad that might as well have not even come out on the court. I as a Laker fan must say that I am utterly disgusted good to know my league pass went to good use.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UUB3RDMO3B5TJSHHEVVFJ32AM Cecil

        Dude if you can prognosticate as well as you claim you should be rich instead of coming here ranting. People like you make me laugh. Fact is you and no else can predict the future because if you culd you would be sitting on the same brach as phil and in the lap of luxury.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UUB3RDMO3B5TJSHHEVVFJ32AM Cecil

          yeah i know i mispelled some words but you get my meaning.

          • Odom the player

            Laugh all you want no brains, if you know basketball which you don’t, you could see it from some of the sorry players we have moron.

      • Odom the player

        Nate I agree my friend it’s amazing some of these idiots on this site try to blame Kobe for everything. These morons just don’t know what they’re talking about. My friend you call it early on, you could see we just didn’t have the players to make another title run, when some of these other morons no matter how bad the Lakers played thought we were going to win. Thanks for calling out players who needed to be called out, and accessing the game correctly. I just hope somehow we can let all of these choke artist go. If Mitch and the buss family somehow bring in some good players, this team with Kobe can win a couple more titles.

    • Anonymous

      Good summing up man. Blake was an utter disappointment all season, I think his only only good move all year, was to not back off when Terry shoved him in the regular season! Other than that he was just not there. I had high hopes when we got him. But then the season started, and he did not…

      I dont agree with Odom though. He is usually a product of the guys around him. When they perform like a unit, he thrives, but when there is trouble among them, he isnt comfortable either. It is a two sided thing and tough to balance.

      Gasol is one of the guys I just dont understand. He is a proven champion, has worked to get away from the soft image over the years, and when you thought he finally was over it. He crashes and burns like fireworks on new years eve. Since the start of the playoffs he simply disappeared and played like a little girl, making stupid mistakes all over and shying away from boxing out or stepping into ppls faces.

      A few trades are imminent. Either Gasol or Bynum I guess, then Blake and Shannon Brown… oh dont get me started on Shannon. I must give it to him though, he was NOT the worst player in purple and gold in this series, but he is just not a smart player and usually makes things more difficult for the guys around him, when he only drives himself into one way alleys with the ball.

      Will be an interesting time inbetween seasons this time around I bet :)

  • Ndale

    Better update your banner for your website Losers! Lamar Scrotum and Ron Artesticle showed their true worth today! Later Whistling Phil, take your lifeguard chair with you. Douchebags!!

    • biggestlakerfanever24

      what did i say about the laker haters? these people tend to be a very stupid bunch of people. let them have their time now.

      • Ndale

        Wrong biggestlakerfannever24, YOU clowns are the dumbest people!! Wait…shhhh, can you hear that? All the Flaker trolls jumping off the bandwagon!

        • ilikebasketball

          the last two years musta been hard for you.

          • Ndale

            Not as hard as this year for you! Celtics 17- Flakers 16, only number that counts!!

          • ilikebasketball

            subtract the titles before the aba and nba became one. whats the count then? or…how about just in the last 30 years? whats that number?

          • Isan2817

            celtics won a championship in 08 and had not won anything for 20 plus years and these lil pussys want to talk

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UUB3RDMO3B5TJSHHEVVFJ32AM Cecil

          Good maybe you will jump off with them.

        • biggestlakerfanever24

          I’m very happy for you. Congrats for getting the opportunity to finally let out your frustration. It must have been a long time coming. I’m pretty sure the loss still hurts.

          Kiss my @ss, b!tch.

    • Isan2817

      i got to experience 5 championships in my lifetime… i can bet u havent witnessed one u fukin hater… all u haters were born to love the smell of shit so im not surprised

  • http://profiles.google.com/pikachu.realm11 Sean Kim

    What a loser….Bynum!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBSP2NHQGTSVYUHYANRNCEYDUM 123KID

    The upside to the Lakers is that we have an owner that is always thinking about winning. There are a lot of great coaches that I think would be great for the Lakers, but its all about renewing other pieces together. I wouldnt mind Shaw as our coach, because he knows the team, and I am sure Phil has given him enough knowledge to be a great coach. But most importantly, I think everyone nailed it on that we really need a younger-quicker PG. And no offense to Fish, but I think its time for him to step aside and start becoming more of a Coach/Player off the bench kind of guard. I think with Kobe always having to pick up his defensive slack, it just puts a whole lot of wear and tear on his body. As for everyone else besides Kobe and maybe Bynum, I wouldnt be surprised if any of the rest of the guys get traded. I think it just comes with being a Laker that if you do not perform and you do not help lead to a championship, then considered to be on the chopping block. But hopefully, we can get some youthful core of guys (real legit pg, some shooters, and young defensive back up centers).

    In a dream world, I would love to get like a CP3 or D-Wills or Howard, but I wont get my hopes up too high.

    AND PLEASE LAKERNATION CAN WE PLEASE GET SOME PLAYOFF VIDEOS LIKE THE PAST COUPLE OF SEASONS.

    • ilikebasketball

      Kobe, Bynum and Odom i think we shouldn’t involved in trades. they are still worth so much.

      And if fisher stays, I still think our first MUST is to get a backup pg that can play D and hit a three consistently.

    • ilikebasketball

      Kobe, Bynum and Odom i think we shouldn’t involved in trades. they are still worth so much.

      And if fisher stays, I still think our first MUST is to get a backup pg that can play D and hit a three consistently.

    • ilikebasketball

      Kobe, Bynum and Odom i think we shouldn’t involved in trades. they are still worth so much.

      And if fisher stays, I still think our first MUST is to get a backup pg that can play D and hit a three consistently.

    • ilikebasketball

      Kobe, Bynum and Odom i think we shouldn’t involved in trades. they are still worth so much.

      And if fisher stays, I still think our first MUST is to get a backup pg that can play D and hit a three consistently.

    • ilikebasketball

      Kobe, Bynum and Odom i think we shouldn’t involved in trades. they are still worth so much.

      And if fisher stays, I still think our first MUST is to get a backup pg that can play D and hit a three consistently.

    • ilikebasketball

      Kobe, Bynum and Odom i think we shouldn’t involved in trades. they are still worth so much.

      And if fisher stays, I still think our first MUST is to get a backup pg that can play D and hit a three consistently.

  • Pio2u2

    Lakers forever! We gotta make some dynamic trades asap!

  • LakerMarc

    all this talk about Dwight……what if that doesn’t happen…do we really want to be further embarrassed and humiliated the way Bron and Melo did to some of the other cities/teams…..I’m not seting myself up

  • Lakerland Nostradamus

    Congrats Touch Me!

    • Touch Me

      sometimes you just know when the lakers will win it all. You and your crystal ball were wrong. Theres nothing wrong with that. I hope its not an end of an era.

  • laffsatu

    THE KOBE WON`T PASS THE BALL…DOESN`T MATTER,LAKERS COULD BRING IN DIRK, DERRICK ROSE, LEBRON AND WADE…THEY`LL NEVER SEE THE BALL.BYNUM COULD BE A FORCE, UNCOACHABLE BRYANT WON`T PASS HIM THE BALL.

    • Ronin99

      You’re so STUPID, its funny….and PATHETIC. Hahaha…thanks for the comic relief assclown. LAFF CLOWN…LAFF…

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      The reason why Kobe doesn’t pass the ball is because this team relies on him for scoring support. None of them want to assert themselves and demand the ball. I’m sure if someone demanded the ball Kobe would pass it. Now, if we have d-howard and he demands the ball he will get it.

    • Kb

      Got to be kidding me! Kobe didn’t even shoot more than 20 shots! How is he a ballhog? Funny, how when Lakers lose you blame Kobe for everything. His teammates sucked ass and now Kobe gets the blame? I hate it when fans are so blind with hate for one guy.

    • Isan2817

      its obvious u dont know whats going on in a basketball game cuz kobe had no help so dont bitch when u dont know whats going on.. nobody showed up to play and its kobes fault go hide under a rock..

  • Guest

    unbelievably classless play by the lakers towards the end. i am embarassed for them.

    • ilikebasketball

      it was a bad foul by Bynum. But things like that happened ever playoffs in the 80s. The Pistons won back to back titles with it. So don’t cry for Barrea. He was just shocked, he got up in perfect shape right after Bynum was thrown out.

      YOu know what is bushleague? Jacking up threes and driving to the basket full force when you are up 30 with 4 minutes left.

      There’s a lame way to lose and there’s a lame way to win. It goes both ways.

      Bynum and Odom were classless….but so was dallas. They forgot so easily the embarrassment they suffered with Mia.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UUB3RDMO3B5TJSHHEVVFJ32AM Cecil

      You are embarrassed for millionares. Those people do not have the concerns as the regular working class people. Be embarrassed for yourself they could care less about you.

  • Ronin99

    What a disappointment and an embarrassment the way it ended this year!!! But, I got to applaud the Lakers anyways. 3 Finals appearances in the last 4 years, 2 rings in that run. 5 championships in the last decade and I am sure there will be more soon. Remember guys…16 total championships (so far)!!! Not many sports
    organizations can ever, or will ever be that successful. What can I say…many of us
    Lakers fans and band-wagoners and even the haters do get spoiled with all the winning.

    If this is truly it…thank you Phil Jackson for having continued to bring that winning tradition to the Lakers. Thank you Zen Master! But, I know the Lakers will be back. I can hardly wait next year!!!

    Thank you Lakernation and thank you Anna for the brilliant articles you wrote this season. I look forward to more…
    stay positive!!!

  • Los Lakers

    I’m proud to be a Lakers fan, there isn’t another team in the NBA i rather root for then this team, yes they lost this series badly but if somebody told me that if I had to give up a sweep this year in the second round in exchange for a game 7 win against the celtics last year i take that anytime…

    the lakers will be back, this team was clearly depleted oh well that’s in the past lets look at the future… D12 and CP3 will both if not one of em come to the lakers nation… the future looks bright the west is still up for grabs, but the addition of those two players or one makes this team scary good…

  • Lakerfan First

    Wow Lakers, I didn’t think they would go out like that. But they lose to the Cel-dicks in game 6 badly. Gasoft was disappointing. Fisher got older on the floor. Kobe didn’t trust his teammates once again. Odumb disappeared. The Killer Bees got swatted. Blake was a fake. This all was a formula of disaster. Hopefully, they get younger next year and more athletic. But Dr. Buss and Mitch has their work cut out for them. They are stuck with a few contracts

    • Kb

      How did Kobe not trust his teammates? You just mentioned what the other teammates did, or DIDNT do, so how can he be blamed for not trusting them? LoL

    • LakerMarc

      LIMRICKS

  • ilikebasketball

    the real world doesn’t have fairy tale endings.

    Kareem ended his career with the lakers with a losing sweep, as well.

    • ZK

      Yes, but Kareem did not have the services of Magic Johnson and Byron Scott.

      It was a disappointing way to end the season, but what great joy it was these players brought to us the last two years. Yes, Gasol did not play well and neither did Lamar, but we cannot blame the endng on just them. And, without those two, we would not have won it all the last two years.

      • ilikebasketball

        i’m just saying.

        things happen like this.

        so we gotta be happy for the last two years, and that we were able to get phil two more rings.

  • Anna

    It was a terrible way to end the season and to bid farewell to Phil Jackson, but we can’t discount what this team has done for us these past few seasons. All the haters will surely add the embarrassment of this game to their growing list of insults, and all the bandwagon fans probably jumped off when the Lakers lost Game 1 in the first round to New Orleans. But I know, and all of us here at LakerNation know that those of us who are loyal will be there still when the new season begins, ready to support our team no matter what happened or what could happen. I’m so proud to be part of this LakerNation community, sharing the joys as well as the annoyances with you all, and especially arguing with haters who are always looking for amunition. Thanks for making LN your stop for Laker News, and thanks for all the post-game comments. Writing them has been the highlight of each week because I got to celebrate and commiserate with all of you.

    On to next season, LN!!!

    • Riley

      Damn Anna You Bad as hell…I think I have a crush on you now

    • http://profiles.google.com/blu3m3ani3 BLUE MEANIE LOLOL

      @5d0f8ff9d644f05d98c21f2bbba02f87:disqus Thanks for all your post game articles- Cant wait for next year- GOOOO LAKERS!!!!!

  • sam30

    Very disappointing end to a season that was as infuriating and intriguing as any I remember. As much as I HATE to admit it, the team took to this campaign without much heart, and were beaten by a more hungry team.

    To make matters worse, I now have to wear a Celtics jersey the next time my band plays…
    Losing bets sucks BIG time…

  • DirtyHurtz

    Well
    thats the thing about having an awesome team for so long … eventually
    you gotta watch’em loose… but hey at least they gettin outta the way
    early and by the time June gets here we’ve forgotten the whole thing
    and we’ll be enjoying our awesome weather while the finals take place in
    some dark,cold climate and the NBA searches for ratings

  • ZK

    Thank you Phil.
    It was a great run. You and your teams brought great joy to us Laker fans.
    I am sure Dr. Buss will fix the current situation, although he has several bad contracts in his hands.
    Looking forward to the next year

    • LakerMarc

      DITTO THANKS PHIL….THANK YOU TO THE ‘ZEN MASTER’…..TIME TO READ AND BE REFLECTIVE.

  • DirtyHurtz

    OH YEAH GO LAKERS ….. WE’LL BE BACK … WE’VE BEN KICKED OUTTA BETTER HOMES THAN DALLAS LOL

    • LakerMarc

      NO SHIT DIRTY HURTZ, HUH? LOL

  • vanessa”Queen Bitch”Bryant

    Sorry Guys!!!!!!!!!! It’s My fault

    • LakerMarc

      UR AN IDIOT

  • ZK

    Drew played great for most of the playoffs.
    I am one of his most loyal fans, but dude has to have more class than elbowing opposing players, no matter how pissed of he might be.
    Hope he comes back and gives us a great year in 11/12

  • Kevin

    THANK YOU LAKERS IT WAS A GREAT RUN BACK2BACK SHIPS

    WE’LL BE BACK WITH NEW BLOOD ON SHAW AND A NEW SUPERSTAR GASOL MORE FOCUSED AND A SMARTER KOBE.

    THANK YOU LAKERS REAL FANS APPRECIATE THE EFFORT OF WINNING TWO RINGS

    SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

  • http://twitter.com/KingKongManu Manu Schreibmüller

    i just want to quote kobe back in 06 i think it was!

    “do something and do it now!”

    “this is way beyond frustration!”

  • Kobe Blo-Jobe

    What class! Sportsman of the Year awards for all Lakers players especially Odum anf Bynum!

  • http://twitter.com/jackyangDOTinfo Jack Yang

    Suffice to say we can’t win everything. I’m sure management will do its best to try to put together a team that gel better for next season. It’s evident that this team has lost its drive and cohesiveness despite being so talented. Regardless, I look forward for next season!

  • Brownhater

    Hey it was a nice run just wish it ended a little better, Now we sit and wait to see what magic Mitch can pull out of his hat. Fisher need to be replaced (not off the team he is what he is a backup point guard) & we need a new bench because the killer B’s & Walton are a joke the problem is how do we up grade the Lakers are capped out and with no mid-level exception next year they are in huge trouble it may be a year or 2 of 2nd rd knockout before things get better. But like I said at the beginning it was a nice run Back to Back champions 16 overall Laker fans have nothing to be embrassed about.

  • Anonymous

    I guess this is the time for healing.. Kobe needs rest badly.. he needs to heal himself and be free from all of the injuries.. As you can see with this series he barely drove to the basket and be on the FT line, but it is what it is.. Next season he’ll be healthy and be ready to take another run for championships.. I love to see the lakers to win a championship without Phil just to prove to anyone that they can do it.. No matter what the haterz says, 5 championships for Kobe, 11 for Phil, those accomplishment can’t be tainted with anything.. Now the playoffs is starting to get bored!

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Since it ended, I’m kind of glad it ended in this fashion. Think about it, if we would of lost in the finals then management would of said “everything is fine we just need a couple of players off the bench.” But because we got humiliated and swept in every aspect of the game, hopefully management is now saying “We need a faster point guard and really need to address the bench”. Blow up the team…NO. Move fisher to the bench, get a quicker guard, package a couple of guys from the bench with maybe a starter…why not. Oh and one more thing…..figure out how to defend a simple pick and roll.

    • LakerMarc

      EXACTLY…MITCH WILL BE FORCED TO BE MORE RESOURCEFUL AND BE BRILLIANT AGAIN!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well I am embarrassed. It seems that this recent version of the Lakers lack a certain amount of pride and dignity. The 1989 season ended with a poor performance (Pau-like disappearance) from James Worthy and an early exit. But that team never resorted to the selfish, thug-like behaviour displayed by Andrew Bynum. I was ready to use him as the silver lining to this dark cloud, but then he had to tarnish it himself at the end. Odom I’m not so mad at. Everyone seems to be using the word “classless”, but nobody seems to be applying that to the classless move from Dirk, swatting that extra shot away. Seien Sie nicht solch ein Weibchen, Dirk! You’re kicking ass, you have to rub it in like that? Who do you think you are, KG? Real classy.

    Where is the pride though? Pride enough not to go out like a bunch of whipped dogs, heads down and whimpering. Pride enough not to send Phil out without fighting to cement his name in history. It’ll be years before people will let this fade into memory. Pride enough to avoid the reputation you’ve now earned as piss-poor losers who love riding high, but can’t lose like men, with pride. ’99, ’04, ’06 ’08, ’11. This team goes down in flames; flames and thick, oily, black smoke that leaves its fanbase with watery eyes, a foul smell and a shitty taste in our mouths.

    I could take losing. We don’t win every year. I could even take being swept. This wasn’t be the first time. But this was something else. The way we went down is like taking that cut across my chest, pulling it open and pouring in about a pound of salt.

    I will bounce back. I always have. I’m not a bandwagon fan (though it feels like the bandwagon just ran over me) so I’m staying right here with my Lakers 4Life tattoo (the one in my avatar) and 31 years of supporting my Lakers heart and soul. But this one really burns my ass!

    @5d0f8ff9d644f05d98c21f2bbba02f87:disqus
    , you’ve done stellar work on your updates. Really enjoy your observations. Keep it up. NWA.

    Now, I’m going to soak my head in some Haterade, which will be flowing freely for the next several months, speaking of classless morons.

    See you guys next year.

    • http://profiles.google.com/blu3m3ani3 BLUE MEANIE LOLOL

      @242LakerFan:disqus I couldnt of said it better

      • LakerMarc

        I CAN….FUCK OFF DIRK! UR SHIT TEAM WAS GIVEN A FREEBIE BY MY TEAM BUT THE OTHER TEAMS AHEAD WON’T BE SO GENEROUS!!!!

    • Anybody but the Heat!

      @242LakerFan I could not have said it better myself. Oddly though, it is easier to live and work not having to worry about the team. Until draft, trade time farewell friends. @ the haters, BITE ME BITCHES. We’ll be back next year with a f*cking vengeance! Peace.

  • xtro

    moving on. welcome to Los Angeles Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. Jamal Crawford?

    • LakerMarc

      OK ARE THESE TRUE POSSIBILITIES XTRO OR ARE YOU JUST WISHING? SERIOUSLY DON’T KNOW….WELL I DO KNOW ABOUT DWIGHT

  • Anonymous

    Moron like bynum should know that is not the way to show your toughness…pathetic!!!

  • Anonymous

    How would that be possible? Just wondering….

  • Anonymous

    Ana…I have read your story up there….not so impressive. Blah, blah, blah…. You should focus more and criticize how disgraceful this game was for fakers and other fans. Not talking about such things like chicken pox and etc.

    • Anonymous

      Why should she do that? That’s why we keep people like you, Nick the Master Baiter and laffsatu around; to remind us that as lousy as we feel right now, there are people out there way more pathetically stupid than we are, wallowing in hate and self loathing.

      So thank you FAKERS_4EVER. Because of you, I can feel good about myself. “And etc.” I mean, come on, who says “and etc.”?

      • LakerMarc

        IDIOTS LIKE
        FAKERS_4EVER….WAH WAH WAH WAAAAHHH

    • Anna

      I mentioned chicken pox once, but I’m not surprised that’s all you zoned in on. The other concepts too complex for you? Haters are, by and large, not that smart so i understand. Hope I can make things simplre for you next season. And it’s a postgame report after the last game of the season. I wrote for Laker fans, not senseless haters like you.

      • Hallwalter1234

        Anna I Like You fuc da Haters

    • Hcmetz

      Agree

  • Kobe-wan kenobi

    we sucked, and we played with no heart like in 2008
    totally deserved this one
    (stop talking shit about Dirk, and how classless he was, i dont give a fuck, he played the game, when you are in the court, you play hard and try to score and avoid your opponents not to score
    he did what he had to, he rightfully swatted that )i fucking hate when team stop playing not to humiliate the other team
    fuck that
    if the other team quits and sucks, is what they deserve, being humiliated
    You are paid to play and to put up a show for the people watching
    Dirk and the mavs did what they had to, we embarrassed ourselves

    I am going against all of you
    The main reason why we lost is KOBE
    I am not blaming him at all, cause he fought and tried till the end despite having teammates that already quit (gasoft, bynum, odom)
    Yes if gasol was not pathetic we would have won few games, probably, but he is not the real problem.
    I am just saying that the real kobe, the kobe we have known until last year, is gone
    The kobe that could have taken over a game at any time, and when i say a game, i dont mean the whole game, but even just a quarter (the 4th quarter)
    That kobe this year disappeared
    This year has been painful to watch (at least for me)
    Lakers have played wout heart and kobe has shown clearly signs of age
    HE IS NO MORE THE DOMINANT PLAYER WE KNOW. and this really hurt so fucking much for a huge kobe fan like me

    If we just had the worst kobe we knew before this year (the kobe of last year for example which was by far the worst year of his career, now topped by far by this year…and you see the trend right? next year will be even worst…)
    we would have won game 1 and 3, no doubts, he would have taken over those games in the 4th and we would have been at least 2-2 but probably 3-1
    But you guys must stop putting your head up your ass
    you are in denial if you think kobe can still dominate
    During this whole season he looked the shell of the dominant player we all love (except the haters of course)
    HE NEVER GAVE THE IMPRESSION to be able to take over a game consistently
    and most important of all, he played WORST in the 4th quarter than in the other quarters
    who is a lakers fan, knows that kobe was exactly the opposite
    In 4th quarters and clutch situations this year he turned the ball over so many times is not even funny and he missed many shots and had bad decisions
    this is not the KOBE we all know, the kobe that won 5 rings dominating in the 4th quarter (when a certain shaq i cant make a fucking free throw was disappearing and was the greatest liability in the history of the game)

    this simply means, kobe does not have it anymore
    he cant be the superstar of a winning team, he cant be THE man to build around your championship hopes
    if lakers wants to win again they need a superstar and Kobe to become the sidekick
    The only way i see this team winning again is if Mitch can make a miracle and get Dwight
    Anything else i dont see being good enough to replace what we lost with KOBE not being kobe anymore

    There is a reason why only MJ and Kobe are the only players in history that have won so much being the man as a shooting guard
    no other shooting guard has really a lot dominating like them

    the reason is simple… Shooting guards are difficult players
    they hog the ball, they shoot a lot, and have to keep shooting also when they are off
    this is what they are, this is why they are the players that can win any games and in clutch situation they are not afraid to take the last shot.
    when kobe and MJ were dominant, their will could have won any game

    As soon as they stop being dominant (like kobe this year) they bring more negatives than positives
    they still shoot a lot with bad percentages, ice team mates, etc etc

    I ve been reading about you guys wanting Iguodala or other players… lol
    yeah they are good players, they wont make this team winning again
    we need a real superstar, like dwight.
    i dont see any other player being able to be THE man in this team and have kobe as sidekick
    no one else

    Yes i m very pissed at gasoft, he has been soft and bitchy the whole season, i would trade him in a heartbeat if i could
    I also dont believe at all, that Bynum can be a superstar
    he is very good player, that will always be inconsistent and injury prone, if possible i would trade him this season before he gonna fuck up another season with another season ending injury (he almost had it this year )
    he has great value now, we can get a lot out of him
    And no i dont wanna hear the size advantage
    where is it?
    where the fuck was this fucking size advantage with 2 7 footers and LO?
    you have size advantage only when you show it
    they got punked by DALLAS, i mean a soft ass team… always been the soft joke of the league…
    lol

    time to change
    sad sad times for lakers

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      wow. get rid of kobe?….good thing mitch gets paid the big bucks to make the decisions and you only watch on tv.

      • LakerMarc

        RIGHT?

    • LakerMarc

      jesus christ!!!
      Kobe-wan kenobi…WERE YOU BORED? LOL… NO FRIENDS? GET IT OUT MAN, GET IT OUT!!!! LMFAO

      • Modfather

        someone wants to write a logical assessment and reality check… and you say he has nothing else to do with his time and to give him shit for using his mind…saying he has no friends?… what are you 5 ?…
        god forbid he go against the cattle that is Laker fandom… typical CA… i have never been to a town that overall knows less about sports in a major market….
        laker marc and hallwater…what are you even doing here dipshits?
        no you don’t need to get rid of kobe immed. but for real, take your head out of your ass. i still think he is giving too much credit to kobe but whatever… He WILL BE AND YOU WATCH…it is a fast, cry-babying downward slope plagued with non-existent injuries combined with media masturbation stories about whether he will play tomorrow… get a fucking life LA…
        His narcissism (and personally i think Derek Fisher too) are poison for a team.
        REALITY SIDENOTE:
        this is not Celtics thing- it is a REALITY thing – as I am a wizards fan (kid you not!)
        2008- Celtics DESTROYED the Lakers (weak western conference- Lakers NEVER should have been there beat San Antonio- weak)
        2009- Hurt Kevin Garnet in his prime… Celtics were the best team… ABSOLUTELY BETTER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE…was a lock
        REMINDER: Game 6 of 2002 …..
        Kobe and Phil should only have 3 rings at most spread out
        Let this marinate in your head…
        Celtics – 21 appearances 17 wins = 80.95%
        Lakers – 31 appearances 16 wins = 51.61%
        The Western Division has been a joke for the most part of history and the Lakers, according to the numbers, have benefitted greatly.
        Now the West is catching up and the Lakers will be getting kicked to the curb faster and faster.
        hopefully Bye Bye for a long while

    • Hallwalter1234

      Get a life Dude

  • Donaldliebherr

    Obviously, the Lakers need to make some trades. How about Pau for David West and Trevor Ariza.

    • LakerMarc

      HELL YEAH GET TREVOR BACK !!!!!

  • T411Lakers

    Well, The game three loss is where I posted my feelings about the Lakers. They were awful, and there is not much more to say. I am VERY disappointed in both the effort. Even if the Lakers were Guarding the perimeter all game and still lost, I would not care. They did not even try. And Bynum….what a dirty move and I hope the league suspends him to start the year. Overall there isn’t much more to be said. They lost, I am disheveled and upset, but we move on, get Dwight or Paul and make a new dynasty. Long live the Lakers, cause out of these ashes will rise a new team.

    • LakerMarc

      T411 OUT OF THESE ASHES RISES A NEW PHOENIX..DUH?

    • Modfather

      I hope they stay crap like the over-hyped douchebags like they and there fans are for a long time. I am so done with this team and the whining on EVERY foul called by an official …. Phil encourages this and I, for one, am happy to see him go. I used to like him as the man but over time LA has sunk it’s claws way too deep. He has gone to the dark side. The flopping and the complaining is a disgrace and degrades the game. Children are watching and learning how to win and lose like a champions. Even on Christmas day this year! The Lakers have never shown an ounce of class in winning or losing. And its fans burning the surrounding neighborhoods… what the hell is your problem??!!! what do you tell the youth?? Really, have some speck of social grace and responsibility. I have tried to be a Laker fan twice now but the culture of this franchise and it’s fans are just awful, shallow and outright classless and cheap. You are the Raiders of basketball. Raiders=CA, Lakers=CA, and don’t forget the shitshow that is the Dodgers or should I say The Doyers….. whatever CA. so disappointed. Hope the Lakers stay losers and out of the public eye for awhile they deserve it. It will be for the good of the country as a whole.

  • C-Los

    jamaal crwaford will be a great addition off the bench or starting come on lake nation jamaal crawford!!!!

  • letsgola

    the lakers dont need to blow up this team… fisher can no longer be the starting pg.. get an upgrade… the lakers could have won this series if they just let dirk get his and stay on the shooters the lakers didnt care they didnt make adjustments there fault

  • NoDefense

    Lakers are burned out………Anna thanks for all the articles,,,,,,,,,lakers forever

  • Hcmetz

    Im not a Laker fan but I’ve been a huge Phil Jackson fan. All i can say is that you Laker fans better brace for some bleak times in this next decade. Without Phil Jackson say goodbye to those three peats. Even if you guys retool and get a fresh new coach or veteran coach you all will never experience the three peats ever again. Even Pat Riley couldn’t do it, Jordan couldn’t do it and Kobe couldn’t do it without PJ. 2011 to 2020 will not be like this previous decade

  • Hcmetz

    So be grateful that you guys got back to back and quit busting on Pau Gasol

  • Robyezzi

    I knew when i watched the Mavs sign Peja and brewer in middle of season it was goin to come back and haunt us and that we should have made sure they didnt get them

  • Modfather

    I hope they stay crap like the over-hyped douchebags like they and there fans are for a long time. I am so done with this team and the whining on EVERY foul called by an official …. Phil encourages this and I, for one, am happy to see him go. I used to like him as the man but over time LA has sunk it’s claws way too deep. He has gone to the dark side. The flopping and the complaining is a disgrace and degrades the game. Children are watching and learning how to win and lose like a champions. Even on Christmas day this year! The Lakers have never shown an ounce of class in winning or losing. And its fans burning the surrounding neighborhoods… what the hell is your problem??!!! what do you tell the youth?? Really, have some speck of social grace and responsibility. I have tried to be a Laker fan twice now but the culture of this franchise and it’s fans are just awful, shallow and outright classless and cheap. You are the Raiders of basketball. Raiders=CA, Lakers=CA, and don’t forget the shitshow that is the Dodgers or should I say The Doyers….. whatever CA. so disappointed. Hope the Lakers stay losers and out of the public eye for awhile they deserve it. It will be for the good of the country as a whole.

    • Moviefan3

      I don’t believe what it is to be a fan of anything! You can’t “try to be a Lakers fan” or try to be anyone’s fan…that is a ridiculous statement. Every team has it’s time of whininess, people just like to point that about the Lakers because the have been the Champs for the past 2 years. They are not poor losers, I find them very cordial. So keep your crap to yourself and find a team worth you fandom, like maybe the LA Clippers or the Washigton Wizards.

      • Modfather

        as a matter of fact, i am a washington wizard (in reality) a baltimore/washington bullet fan…if you were reading any further down to any of the other posts, you would have seen that… “I don’t believe what it is to be a fan of anything!” first question…are you retarded or just do not have a grasp of the english language yet?

        I have read this plenty of times and it still makes no sense…unless you are trying to be vague and metaphysical with the appearance of deep thought…which usually ca people do to cover up for there lack of education and proper breeding…Anyway back to your “response”…why is it that ca people seem to think everyone is jealous of them when in reality across this country and around the world it and it’s people are a laughing stock whether it be their fashion sense, interpersonal communication skills, fat people and the inability to make consistently even decent movies when that is their claim to fame and when, in fact, the town of LA itself, is a shithole filled with the most inherently scared, moronic malcontents this side or any side of the planet? (exageration i know middle east) … why… why…why…i really would like to know…why or better yet who gave you this notion that everyone is jealous??? if you have ever stepped out of ca past vegas, lake hav az, or santa barb everyone is ….ugh…doneOH yeah, so you find them cordial huh…wow , i don’t know how to start with that – do you know them? highly doubt it….but again, little one, THIS IS ABOUT PLAYING WITH CLASS WINNING AND LOSING ON A WORLDWIDE STAGE…it is obvious you don’t get it… that’s why most of the rest of the sports simply endures your hollow chest beating and your childish foot stomping…you are a bore at the end of the day… and that is fine…we get it so as no ones career gets put into danger like the other night and the other night and so on…And as far as “fandom” goes i have tried to “root” for the lakers in order to have a side to cheer for on certain occasions as I do WATCH more than just one team, I enjoy sports…. oh right, you ca people only watch sports FOR one team and that’s it. now I get it. (sarcastic) but this is very true. I root for good sporting matches with hardcore non-shifting, never-changing life long singular franchise favorites for each sport…I have a top five or three teams and bottom five or three for every sport that do revolve that have to do with players, politics, style of play that makes me want to root for them…example: a young start-up like OKC, NO (chris paul) and memphis are fun to track (even rose CHI) and I may “root” and be a “fan” in certain situations….Let there be no mistake, I have childhood favorites (football, baseball, hockey, soccer) that do not change ever….I have tried twice to include the Lakers in my top five to root “be a fan” for them if they were playing say orlando, houston or lebron james’s team etc….to no avail…their fans and their antics have turned me off to them…
        and before you go off down the douchey, highschool route of defense… yes, i have a life. yes i have a very good job (it is awesome- it would fuck your mind if i told you), yes, i have women. yes, i have been ALL over this country and many others around the world, i DO know what i am talking about… the reason this was written was for you or anyone else who read this was maybe a reality check that will help inspire now and the generations to come do better. reach and embrace strength and humility. this is sports. it should bring out the best, not the worst. the last couple of years watching the Lakers and just these finals prompted finally to write something… i hope they do better and clean up their act it will help the community that supports it. they and it need it. all the best. thanks for caring enough to read all of this. word.