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.”

Really?

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.”

Again… really?

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!

Special thanks to MPLaker for submitting this take to the Lakers Nation and giving us the rights to post it on the blog. Once again, if you have your own take and want to see it on TLN, feel free to e-mail it to us at Articles@theLakersNation.com.

  • Matt OD

    Couldnt put it into better wording. Tomorrow is judgment day….

  • http://myspace.com/g10van1 gio

    WWOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!

    LAKERS ALL DA WAY BABY!

    AND 1ST COMMENT! =)

  • Brett

    Kill the celtics in grotesque ways. . . i guarantee that you’ll feel the holy spirit.

  • Lakeshow31

    Laker fans, get to the game early and stay loud. I was at the game an hour early and at gametime the seats were still half empty. Lets win this tomorrow, instill some doubt in the celtics and roll!!

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY

    COME ON GUYS…WHERES THE WARRIOR IN YOU????????WE KNOW ITS THERE!!!!!!ALL OF US FANS ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO GET IT DONE!!! LETS DO THIS………..ONLY 3 MORE WINS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU GONNA HAVE TO TAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP,YOU CANT BE SOFT ABOUT IT EITHER!!!!
    LETS KICK THOSE GUYS IN GREEN ASSES!!!!!!!! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vida8

    They seriously need to wake up ..
    but i am so glad they won game three …..

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    they need to wake up
    but we as fans also need to
    lets do it
    tomorrow we should wake them up
    LETS GO LAKERS!!!

  • http://THELAKERNATI.COM THE WISE KOBE

    gasol must step up or we’re f$#@ked

  • iLakers

    game 4 needs to be a statement game.

  • Lakers 24 7

    [Comment ID #39349 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Indeed, we need to BLOW OUT the Celtics, give them their worst loss (worst loss this season for the Celtics was by 18 points at home to the Jazz) We need to have our “Big 3″ with near triple-doubles and our bench with 35+ scoring. We need to give ESPN and other sports news something else to talk about besides the Celtics, like “THE LAKERS F*CKED UP THE CELTICS, BACK TO YOU AT THE STUDIOS BOB”

  • Karl

    I’ve been wanting to know this for years, but does anyone know who that man with the rolled up magazine is? I see him at every single home game at that seat ever since Staples opened.

  • lakersftw

    who is the guy in the picture? he’s always at every home game with the white rolled up paper or whatever it is. i want to know his name!

  • yellowpurplefever

    YES, THE LAKERS NEED TO PLAY WITH AN URGENCY! THIS IS THE FREAKING FINAL! PLAY IT LIKE THE LAST GAME IN THE SERIES. BLOW BOSTON OUT LIKE WE DID IN UTAH AND S.A. WE TOOK CARE OF DUNCAN, PARKER, MANU, WILLIAMS, BOOZER, AI , AND MELO DIDN’T WE. THESE GUYS ARE NO DIFF. PLAY LIKE KOBE AND SASH, LETS KICK SOME OVER THE HILL WANNA BE CELTIC PRIDE A$$(brownose and E.T cassellout)

  • oclakerfan

    we can do this! let’s go lakers!

  • LAKER

    well said good sir well said

  • LETSGOLAKERSLETSGO!

    Is it me or do Lakers fans seem weaker than Boston fans? I remember watching the first two games on a fixed volume (level 12) and it was hella loud. You couldn’t even hear the whistle at times. For Game 3, I used the same level but didnt really feel like Staples is loud enough. Plus, when are the Lakers gona give out free yellow t-shirts out to the fans so that it feels more intimidating here?!?

    L.A. have too many passive/rich (especially the “movie stars”) who just sit back and relax. Lakers need a more energetic and vocal crowd to pump them up each game!

    SIMMONS ALSO MENTIONS THIS IN THIS ARTICLE ON ESPN:

    Q: How do you tell the difference between a Grizzlies-Lakers game in January and a Celtics-Lakers game in June at the Staples Center?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/080611

  • Lakersfan9

    Dude’s name is Norm Pattis…president (or founder?) of Westwood One Radio.

    You will be hard pressed to find many actual Laker “fans” at these Finals games. Real fans have been priced out. Are you kidding me? Tickets in the lower bowls start at like 1 or 2 grand. Many of these seats are owned by talent agencies, and most of the celebrities you see (not named Jack, Dyann Cannon, Andy Garcia, etc) are there because their agents want them to be seen. They probably have something out to promote. Hartman said on AM 570 today that Hilary Duff left right after they showed her on the big screen thingy. Kind of a shame, but if that’s what it’ll take for Buss to pay to keep the team together…

  • chet

    bill simmons did question the lakers fans. I’m saying f#$#$ bill simmons, after yesterday’s article that he wrote..i’m pissed. i mean i am pissed. i don’t care if gasol goes 2-20 but he needs to be aggressive. i mean show some passion. goddamit! and for odom, that man needs a priest to perform a certain ritual.

  • http://www.deluxpro.com BuyLakersTickets

    WE HAVE TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH TODAY!!!

  • FILOSOFREAK

    We will get it done!

  • mplakers

    wow.. i just became a victim of my own pet peeve. i can’t believe i wrote “their” instead of “they’re”. in the words of barkley “terrible”.

    then again i did write this the last 10 minutes of class, while my students were finishing up finals.

  • e-bucher

    this is a purly ritten arhtitkle

  • Keep Odom

    Great Article! Finally someone said what a lot of us who are die hards truthfully feel. Do you guys realize that if Odom atleast hit his average we would be up 3-0! I swear I keep yelling at the TV and specifically at Odom to show some more heart and passion. At this point I am seriously reconsidering changing my TLN screen to “Trade Odom”!

  • e-bucher

    wow what a die hard fan you are…after one series you want to trade odom???…without him we wouldn’t of gone this far…you forget kg is guarding him and boston is meeting him at the free throw line and making him a jump shooter (not his specialty)…we have to many fair weather fans in here…if you want to trade any of our players after all they’ve done…then to me you’re a fair weather fan…or flat out blind…

  • Short Diezel

    WHY ARE THE LAKER FANS AT STAPLES SO QUIET? THIS IS DIRECTED MOSTLY TOWARDS THE LOWER LEVEL SEATS..

    I WATCH IT AT FOX SPORTS GRILL AND IT LOUDER.. I ALSO WATCHED IT AT STAPLES THE 1ST 2 GAMES AND IT WAS INSANE.. IT FELT LIKE A HOME GAME..

    BUT I WATCH GAME 3.. AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A NORMAL GAME..

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND.. WE ARE IN THE FINALS.. IN THE FINALS!!! THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAVE YEARNED FOR THIS MOMENT AGAIN AND WE ARE NOW HERE..

    STAPLES IS OUR HOUSE.. OUR BELOVED LAKERS NEED TO FEEL YOUR PASSION AND SUPPORT..

    FILL THE ARENA EARLY!!

    DO NOT SIT DOWN!!!

    DO NOT STOP YELLING!!

    IF THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU IS SITTING DOWN OR ON THE CELL PHONE.. SLAP HIM ACROSS THE FACE AND REMIND HIM WE ARE IN THE FINALS!!

  • lakerman1

    Dose’nt matter what we want other lakers besides Kobe have to have the desire as well. This passive play is not getting it done. Cmon Gasol/Odom/Walton/Fisher/et al wake and show the same fire as Kobe, Boston is not that good, you are making them look that way so what else can the analyst say. These same guys had the Lakers as the favorites before the Finals began. Nuff Said.

  • kobebumbaye
  • True Lakers Fan

    we need to PUMP UP THE MOTHER FUCCCCKIN VOLUME PPL

  • Sarah

    I do agree the Lakers are not showing up for this series. They are being forced to play east coast style half-court; they have got to force the tempo to a west coast style (Farmar and Vujacic did that for them in game 3).

    On the other hand I don’t agree with your comments on Gasol. I don’t know what you saw in game 2, but Gasol played really well and in Game 3 (I was there by the grace of god) he didn’t play his best, but Garnett and Perkins were right on top of him every time he went into the paint — Pau couldn’t move. He got rebounds and he defended well so let’s not put him in the same category as Lamar, Vlad Rad, and Walton. In fact, the Lakers played amazing defense on Tuesday. Their offense was just not there because of the tempo.

    I don’t know if they will win the series, but I am not going to count this underdog out until they finish the home games. Go Lakers!

  • DCLAKER

    All the Lakers have to do is RUN,ATTACK AND REBOUND AND THIS SERIES IS OVER!Think game 2 4th quarter.SMELL-TICS won’t stand a chance tryin’ to chase KB/SASHA/DF/FARMAR around,I GUARANTEE IT!!!

    4-2.com,I SAID IT,AND WHAT ?!?

  • long legga lai

    trade odom for artest!

    pg: fisher
    sg: kobe
    sf: artest
    pf: gasol
    c: bynum

    we will show celtics (and the world) what defense is all about with this squad.

  • long legga lai

    p.s. sbz (lakers) > 2hot (celtics)

  • pancho

    I posted a comment the other day about four of our starters in game three,after I posted it I felt like a fair weather fan (I’m not critical of others that do)I just think that good defense and foul trouble plus a sack of questionable screens. Well I’ll just sit back a root for the lakers and hope they play with the heart and passion of the laker nation….yeah we deserve a team that comes to battle and take the damn title.