On The Importance Of Understanding One’s Role

The Dallas Mavericks are headed back home with a surprising 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. Though the Lakers looked like the better team in game one only to collapse in the third quarter Dallas looked far superior to the Lakers in game two and at this point you can find just [...]

Kobe, Lakers Pick Apart The Celtics

The Los Angeles Lakers, at some point, needed to take one of these games – those against the league’s other elite teams – to make a statement to the rest of the league. They needed to take a stand, if only for a night, just they could stop hearing about their supposed demise. The same rumblings were around last season and when the Lakers had had enough of it, they went out and sent a message. In a similar situation tonight, the Lakers went out and convincingly handled the Celtics for a half en route to a 92-86 victory over their most bitter rivals.

The Celtics started off the game with the momentum, with their fans jacked up about the possibility of Ray Allen breaking the NBA record for three-pointers made. Allen’s first three attempt was errant, but the fans were still up, going crazy in anticipation. Allen ended up tying and breaking the record in the first quarter, which may have been the worst thing for the Celtics. They had a 15-point lead in the first half, but because Allen had already broken the record – and because Allen had to sit out a good chunk of the game because of foul trouble – the Garden crowd never got into in the second half.

Allen hit a few mid-range jumpers in the first half as well, as Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and even Von Wafer helped to grow the Celtics lead. But once the second half begin, the Lakers took control of the ball game. Entering the third period down five thanks to a spurt at the end of the first half, the Lakers scored the first 10 points of the quarter thanks a three from Derek Fisher, a pair of nice finishes from Kobe Bryant and a Pau Gasol mid-range two. The Celtics would cut the lead to four to start the fourth period but the Laker reserves would keep them at bay – a Lamar Odom three, a Shannon Brown tip-in and a few nice plays from Steve Blake on both ends would help the Lakers maintain their cushion.

Phil Jackson may have went with his reserve unit a bit too long in the fourth, as Kobe and Pau sat until the five minute mark in the period. By then, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce had already returned, with Allen hitting a triple and Pierce getting to the bucket to cut the lead to three. But when Kobe checked in, the game was all but over. Bryant channeled Mamba mode for the first time all season and flat out dominated Boston down the stretch.

He started things off with a 19-foot turnaround over Ray Allen, then he swished a 20-footer coming off a curl, then he took the ball to the basket for an easy deuce, then he drove baseline, drew the double team and gave Pau Gasol a beautiful pass for an easy two, and he finished things off with an isolation destruction of Ray Allen, taking him the half-court line to the free throw stripe, with Allen guessing every which way before Kobe pulled up and knocked down the jumper to seal the deal.

More on the game after the break…

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The Lakers Signing of LO Keeps the Drive for Five Alive

Lamar Odom has ended the biggest media circus of the NBA Off-Season by agreeing to a 4-year, $33 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, with the fourth year being a team option and $27 million being guaranteed. Odom was being pursued by the Miami Heat for a good time but when the Portland [...]

David Lee is Flustered By the Knicks’ Handling of Him

If you were asked who lead the NBA in double-doubles last season, you’d probably say that Superman Dwight Howard was the guy. It’s a logical guess, as he averaged 20.6 points per game along with a league leading 13.8 rebounds per game. But if you did make that guess, you would be wrong.

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Report: Lamar Odom is a Laker for 4 Years, $40 Million

Black Sports Online is reporting that a source close to Lamar Odom told them the Lakers and Odom have agreed to a four-year deal worth $40 million. BSO cites Lamar’s meeting with Dr. Buss as the turning point in the negotiations.

Feel free to place your bets on the Lakers for the title next [...]

Odom Calls Lakers’ Owner Dr. Buss to Burn Old Bridges

Jim Hill of CBS2 in Los Angeles is reporting that Lamar Odom called Lakers owner Jerry Buss to apologize for the actions of his agent.

I have learned that Lamar Odom had a phone conversation with Lakers owner Jerry Buss on Thursday. I am told the purpose of the call was to rebuild any bridges [...]

Lakers Resign Back-Up Point Guard Shannon Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed another piece of their championship team from last season. This time, the Lakers have agreed to terms with back-up point guard Shannon Brown. Brown will make $4.2 million over two seasons, but the second year is his option.

This contract tells us two things about the Lakers: a) [...]

Ron Artest Will Sign With the Los Angeles Lakers

Former Houston Rockets forward Ron Artest will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on Julu 8th when free agent acquisitons become legal, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

“I’m definitely going to L.A. — to sign, yeah,” Artest said in a phone interview. “Lakers, Lakers, Lakers. I’m in L.A. right now.”

Bringing Artest [...]

Will Ron Artest Replace Trevor Ariza in LA?

Trevor Ariza is not happy with what the Los Angeles Lakers are offering him, and some say that his short stay in LA is about to come to an end.

Some are even reporting that Ariza might take the MLE (mid-level exception, $5.6 million) from another team – say, Cleveland – just because he [...]

NBA Free Agency Starts Soon: Who is Available?

NBA free agency kicks off at midnight eastern time tonight and it is time to look at who will be available on the market when the clock hits 12.

We will start out on a somber note. The most talked about would-be free agent over the past few weeks has been Carlos Boozer, [...]