Sugarcoat it or tell it like it is? That is the “Hamlet” question for Lakers fans Nationwide.
If you saw Kobe Bryant’s face pregame on national television on Tuesday, you saw him sitting on the bench during warm-ups; rolling his eyes away from the camera. He is a man who wants to tell it like it is.
Our Lakers are in trouble. Gasol has admitted himself, that he is having a Freddy Krueger type of series. Meanwhile, Odom has to keep reinventing a new way to phrase “more aggressive” everytime he gets interviewed and Fisher is as quite as his game and demeanor. These three are our best players right after Kobe, and they do not have their work uniforms on. Let’s not even mention the likes of Vlad and Walton who are playing like their not even employed.
Does anyone remember James Worthy’s skin peeling dive on the sideline for a loose ball? That is what it takes to win a Championship. You strap on your tools, you grease your palms, and it doesn’t matter if it’s one thousand degrees, you are going to come up out of the mine with a handful of gold. Kobe’s got his picket, and Sasha’s got the bucket, but the rest of them are clocking in sporadically, and some have called in sick.
Some of you are going to say “What are you talking about? We won game three, we have a series.”
Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce possibly had their worst games of the entire season, combined, and their Celtics had the lead with a mere seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter!
Here you might say, “Well, that’s okay. Gasol and Odom had bad games too, so that evens out.”
Pau and Lamar’s piss-poor outings started in Game One, continued in Game Two, and now Game Three while, Garnett and Pierce’s was probably a one game fluke.
Then, there’s the bench.
All year, the Lakers bench has been praised and applauded for their success, but now they are getting out-worked, out-played, and out-hustled by the likes of P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, and Leon Powe. If the lackadaisical play continues, our beloved Lakers will be outed.
We need to something Lakers Nation! This has to be a call out to all Lakers players, coaches, front office members, and all the fans!
Get motivated, get geared up, and let’s get going! Game four is the real pivotal game. If the Lakers win, it’s a best out of three series in five days. At that point, the age of the Celtics has to play a part if the Lakers extend the series because the Lakers have fresher and younger legs. So…
WAKE UP! THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS THERE FOR WHOEVER DIGS THE DEEPEST… GO AND GET IT!
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