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Game Recap: Lakers Battle On Christmas, But Lose Late To Heat

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With two blowout losses on the road, the Los Angeles Lakers returned home against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. While they have struggled without a true playmaker, Jordan Farmar made his return to the court after dealing with a left hamstring tear since the beginning of the month. During his absence, Los Angeles went 4-6 and hope his return will put everyone back to their natural positions.

First Quarter

The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a strong start as they converted on five of their six attempts to give themselves an early 12-7 lead. With the Heat running out on missed shots, the Lakers weren’t able to cut down on their fastbreak opportunities and found themselves only up by three midway through the quarter. While the Lakers were down by one on an impressive dunk by LeBron James, Ryan Kelly’s three helped ignite a 11-0 run as the Lakers had a 10 point lead. Unfortunately, the Lakers couldn’t close the quarter as James’ buzzer beater cut the Lakers’ lead down to six, 27-21.

Second Quarter

Nick Young came out extremely aggressive in the quarter, but only converted on one shot. However, the Lakers’ bench outhustled the Heat as they were able to get numerous second chance opportunities and sustained a seven point lead. After an early timeout by Miami, Ray Allen’s three tied the game at 34 and Chris Bosh scored 10 straight points in the paint to give them a 46-39 lead. While the Lakers were down by nine points, they finished the half strong and trailed 51-46. Jodie Meeks led the Lakers with 10 points while Gasol had 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Third Quarter

The Lakers got off to another strong start and two straight three-pointers by Meeks gave them a 57-55 lead. However, the Heat quickly regained the lead at 64-57 with a 9-0 run. After a timeout by head coach Mike D’Antoni, Nick Young scored nine straight points on LeBron James to keep the Lakers within striking distance. While both teams struggled, Rashard Lewis’ three pushed the Heat’s lead back to nine late in the third. However, the Lakers kept fighting and found themselves only down by three, 76-73. Young had 11 of his 14 points in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Xavier Henry made three straight baskets to give the Lakers an 81-79 lead. While both teams struggled shooting, Norris Cole made a big three with the shot clock winding down to give the Heat a 88-83 lead midway through the fourth. While the Lakers continued to fight, Miami was able to establish a nine point lead late in the game. The Lakers would cut it to four within the final minute of the game, but ultimately fell to the Heat 101-95.

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  • e3bonz

    Hard fought game, not a lazy Laker in the bunch.

  • Lakers Fan

    Effort is all I could ask for and this team gave just that. I am proud of the way this team played today because nobody gave us a chance. I will take this lost because we just played against a better team. Outside of the atrocious defense from Pau, the turnovers, the missed free throws, and the missed wide open three pointers, we were still in the game. That goes to effort, and this team played with a lot of it tonight. Regardless of the loss, great game Lakers.

  • joe23

    Gasol is so frustrating, esp. with his defense inside he dont even challenge a shot or put his body in to a person who is driving to the basket… we cant win a game with his defense like that, allowing opponent to just drive to the rim.
    He really need to go or trade him asap…

    • Daryl Peek

      I hate to say it but we do need better rim protection and Pau is lacking big time in that area

      • e3bonz

        I haven’t seen rim protection since the days of Rodman and Lambeer..

    • e3bonz

      You’ll get a foul called on you for breathing hard on someone these days.

    • JohnC

      This is just crazy. Tired of hearing Pau is a bad defender. He’s obviously not the most athletic guy, but he is always in the right place. You cannot control the forward who penetrated ’cause the defender is concentrated in this crazy fast-break -> run -> dunk that only D’Antoni´s and high-schools play along.

      You cannot expect a 7-footer to be aggressive in both ends if you have to return to the other when you have barely reached one side of the court.

      IT IS NOT Pau (arguably the best center in the offensive end), as last year IT WAS NOT Howard (arguably the best center in the defensive end).

      Are Hill (an All-Star for D’Antoni) or Kaman shinning???? Or is it this run-run-sprint-run system which LACKS SOMETHING essential????

      To put it simple: it is a system which is not planned for centers, which does not include a center in its principles…BUT IS BEING PLAYED WITH CENTERS !!!!

      The best solution: bring a PF such as Aldrige or Griffin (and let him practice with Carl Lewis for 3 months; not Love = too slow for D’Anotni’s requirements).

  • Nick

    D’antoni needs to go .

    • Zimmeredge

      no way d’antoni has to stay nobody will make this team play better than that.

    • Daryl Peek

      Real talk, what coach is gonna come in and have the team playing better at this point? Give you reasons why

      • Nick

        History proves my point !
        He can run the ball he can’t win a championships !
        Kobe can’t be coached by d’antoni. Why isn’t jordan hill getting more play time.

        • e3bonz

          Jordan Hill played 24 minutes today. He gets tired quickly because of the energy he expends.

          • Daryl Peek

            Preach as you teach

          • e3bonz

            Sorry Daryl I had typed out a long winded post, but lost it with a wrong mouse click.

          • e3bonz

            The Laker big men get a lot of grief in this forum, and at times they deserve it, but many comments here go over the top, although I understand the frustration. Pau is not a rim protector, he never was and never will be. He’s an offensive minded player that is good for 10-20 points per game and 10-15 rebounds. Kaman is good for about half that, but doesn’t play defense very well either. He wants to play with Pau to get great passes to the basket. We saw that style of play early in the season and with DH last year.However, that’s not in the Lakers game plan. Hill has great effort, but needs to learn how to pace himself. His shots late in the game were off, and that was fatigue. Hill has surprised us this year with a couple of great games, but is not consistent. Sacre show energy and desire, but the numbers are not there.

        • Daryl Peek

          Nothing you said proved anything. And you failed to name who would be better. Recycled blanket statements is all I see

    • 3339

      agreed. I really don’t think dantoni can coach Kobe. I don’t want to see the Lakers waste Kobe’s final years while dantoni tries to figure things out.

      • Apex

        Im a huge MAMBA fan, but lets be honest, know one is gonna coach Kobe but Kobe. IMO Kobe would be way better off buying into D’antoni’s system then trying to out ball everyone on the floor. Especially now with his body prone to injury, D’antoni’s system would be easier on his body, all he gotta do hit 3′s and post up every now and he’ll still pop 20+ points a game

        • Daryl Peek

          Agreed, and he would get his easier as the PG’s would do most of the heavy lifting for him. Kobe will always have his Mamba moments, we need that but we don’t need it all the time. This is something Phil tried to impress on Kobe also.

          • Apex

            For sure Kobe needs to chill and for the first time in his career lay back and let the game come to him. That’s what Phil was adamant about the difference between Kobe and Jordan was.

        • Darwin

          Agreed. Problem is Kobe (and many fans) is too pigheaded to realize that and they still think like he’s still the 2006-2010 version if himself.

        • 3339

          Kobe’s not going to do that

  • Zimmeredge

    at one point we have to realise that even if Pau is playing an above average game on offense. Defensively… it’s like we play 4 against 5. Come on. I haven’t seen a player that lazy on D. no help defense, no defensive rotation, no good inside d. Except Ray Allen 3′s, they got all their points into the painted area. Our outside defense was pretty good and most of the time they choose to drive to the basket and they were right because they knew that Pau is just a pawn… Everybody knows that. Everybody that if you wanna win a game, get easy buckets… go inside. Even Kelly played better inside D because he was willing to take a charge.
    it’s affecting our global effort because our players know that if even they put up great offensive performance with all five guys. On defense, there will always be a liability. you cannot afford an inside liability. Your center cannot be THE biggest liability. Because, small ball or not, your team, your game, your style depends on your center.
    I’m proud to be a Laker tonight. That was a great game.

    • Lakers Fan

      I said before the game started that the Heat would smell blood with Gasol guarding the rim. We were eaten alive tonight in the paint. Gasol irks my nerves to the core. He just stands there like a fucking statue. I wish we would have played Sacre. He would have AT LEAST tried to contest a damn shot. This shit with Gasol is getting so damn old man.

      • Zimmeredge

        they gonna drop pau gasol between now and feb… or they will sign n trade him after the draft.
        i cannot believe that year after year we still talking about “pau gasol”. it’s non stop. good, bad, good, good, bad, bad, bad, mediocre. it’s hard to believe. move forward asap fo please

        • Lakers Fan

          They have to do something with Gasol, and I mean NOW. We won’t be winning a lot of games with the type of rim protection we have. It’s maddening. When you have a bench player being the leading scorer for your team, something is wrong. Pau Gasol has got to go. I wish the FO would realize that. Pau is done.

          • kobe24

            The thing is Pau was never good at Defense …the only reason people didn’t notice that was because how great the Lakers were during 2009~2011 or so and we were winning games so people didn’t really get mad at Gasol alot.

            I’m sure his defense efficiency decreased by 10~20% or so but lets be real even when he was in his all star form he wasn’t the best defender

            Also, who do we trade? There are no good rim protectors that can produce like Pau (offensively)

          • e3bonz

            Tis true….

          • Lakers Fan

            The Pau during our championship run was aggressive and showed effort. The Pau we see now does neither. Yea he has gotten old, but that’s no excuse not to show any effort. That’s my main issue with Pau. I know Pau isn’t a rim protector, my main problem with Pau comes from his lack off effort. I would rather him contest a shot rather than look at a player get the rim at all. It’s inexcusable.

            What exactly is Pau doing offensively? He is highly inconsistent, and is not even our leading scorer on the team. Nick Young is, and he is a bench player.

          • e3bonz

            I don’t think there’s team in the league who’s high scorer is their center.

          • Lakers Fan

            It’s not about him being our center, it’s about him having the paint to himself(which he wanted) and being the only star player on our team not injured. Nick Young is averaging 15ppg and leading our team in scoring. He also comes off the bench. That’s inexcusable on Pau’s behalf.

          • e3bonz

            Well, he is the center and no center in the league is that teams high scorer. Kobe would be our high point man if he was playing. So complaining about Pau not being the team points leader to me, makes no sense. The SG or PF usually has those numbers. Nick Young is playing heavy minutes coming off the bench, 31 in the Miami game, and is doing just fine.

          • Zimmeredge

            Ever heard of Al Horford, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Griffin, Cousins or Lamarcus Aldridge.
            it’s possible to play with a big in d’antoni’s system plus have your focal point on offense being the high scorer.

          • GM Jack

            Odom and Ron Artest and Bynum were playing defense. So, to have one guy floating around, it was apparent.

      • Jack

        Completely agree. It’s ridiculous nobody says anything to him or gets on him about it. This team would be so much better with a defensive rim protector that would give them consistent stops to really create separation in games because of how explosive the team can be offensively

    • Apex

      It’s a bit of a heart breaker thinking about Gasol leaving this team. But emotions aside he is more of a liability then an asset, and thats that. Our painted area has been the laughing stock of the nba this year!!

  • e3bonz

    I was surprised to see that Kaman and Sacre didn’t play tonight. MDA ran with the small ball.

    • Lakers Fan

      That’s why I stated before the game that Sacre should get a lot of minutes for defensive purposes. He might not be a great defender, but he is average and blocks/contests shots. Kaman could have done a better job defensively than Gasol.

      • e3bonz

        In the game style that the Lakers run, defense takes a back seat. The idea is to out run and out score over the other team (as we all know). Kaman often finds himself lost on the play. I would of liked to have seen Sac used just to bang people in the paint.

        • Daryl Peek

          Sacre would have got abused by Bosch. Pau actually played good D on Bosch in the first half. X and Henry were deer in headlights against LeBron. You could see the fear in their eyes every time he stepped on the court. Wade and Bron drove to the basket at will. It is frustrating watching Pau watch players go to the rim though. He rarely jumps to contend a shot. If he can’t block it flat footed it’s ole…

          • e3bonz

            Pau did play good on Bosh in the first half, but got caught with poor rotation on the several plays. No one can guard Lebron, and yeah Sac would gotten creamed. My point is you stop driving to the paint at the guard position. Any kind of defense at the rim will cause a foul. You can’t touch a player these days.

          • Lakers Fan

            It’s more about effort, and Pau stopped giving it in the second half. He only scored 4 points in the second half, so he contributed nothing during that half at all. Sacre’s game is based on energy and that would have helped tremendously, especially on the defensive end. He might not have stopped Bosh, but he would have given effort which is what we needed, especially around the rim.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on the effort and hustle but it would have been at the sacrifice of what little offensive flow we had. Pau only played 28 minutes. He sat much of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th. His minutes are being monitored by MDA more than most realize.

            MDA seems to go with a preconceived hot hand from game to game. I still can’t put my finger on the rhyme or reason? Not that i’m complaining. We really miss Blake more than most realize. Blake was the leader of this team. Pau is more vocal but is just not that guy to make things happen when truly needed on a consistent.

            Farmar is gonna need time to get back into a rhythm.

          • Paytc

            Daryl,
            I think similar to Phil Jackson MDA has a game plan going into every game and there is no give or flexibility in it. They tend to stick with their preconceived
            game plans regardless to how the game is being played.

            I know a few CYO girls basketball coaches who are the same way. They will pre-script on a clipboard the entire games rotation for each quarter and stick with the rotation as planned regardless to the circumstances. That is a bit frustrating to watch at times. But that is the style some coaches use. If you have great players it usually doesn’t matter because they find a way to win regardless. But if your players are young or inexperienced it becomes difficult at best.

          • Lakers Fan

            Since the offense was basically coming from Nick and Xavier, I think he would have gotten a couple of minutes in. I don’t know about anybody else, but I liked Ryan in this game. I honestly think we could have something in him if we give him more minutes, maybe Shawn Williams’ minutes.

            If we had Blake, I think we would have won tonight. We were one of the best teams in the league at protecting the ball when Blake was playing, so I definitely agree that Blake is terribly missed. He also can knock down big shots and make plays happen when they need to be made. That is why D’Antoni loves him.

          • Daryl Peek

            PNR. that’s what we have lost since all the injuries, and I hate to say it… Kobe’s return. Kobe went away from the PNR when he tried to get Pau going in the two man game. It wouldn’t have been a problem if he weren’t so out of balance with getting Pau going.

            Now we see too much ISO offense. MDA allows for some ISO but the system needs to be balanced in it. Most of Young’s point’s are now on ISO.

          • Lakers Fan

            That’s one of the main issues I have with D’Antoni’s system. It’s so reliant on PNR that when it’s not operating well, the offense becomes complicated. That also goes for three point shooting. Now that the PNR is not working, Kobe is back, and we aren’t shooting the three like we were earlier in the season, we have began playing ISO ball. And we all know the team is not built for ISO ball, outside of Kobe, Nick, and Pau on occasion. This will make the offense stall, but this is the consequence of being in a system heavily reliant on point guards. Our roster is not meant for ISO ball. It’s meant for run and gun. But when Farmar gets back on the groove of things and Blake get healthy, this should all be fixed.

      • Paytc

        That is true !

        • Paytc

          Kaman should have played IMO .

      • Paytc

        If there is a weakness in Miami it is that they are suspect inside.
        Gasol is not gonna play physical or battle inside, that is not his game. Kaman,Hill,and Sacre would have deterred the Heat from going inside so freely IMO.They also could have attacked the rim to get Bosh in foul trouble.

        Gasol probably should have got a few more offensive touches in the 3rd and 4 th periods. Swaggy P did all he could to keep us in it.

        They made it respectable.

        Go Lakers !

        • e3bonz

          I noticed they stopped going inside, even tho MDA said they need to.

          • Daryl Peek

            MDA has changed his ways quite a bit, He’s encouraging Pau to get post touches but Pau is not taking them? This is a huge frustration for me when I watch him play!

          • e3bonz

            Pau needs to get going early at the start of the game, usually to the tune of 6-10 points which is exactly what has happened in the last few games. They got away from him late today, because three ball and Nick got hot. He knew it and that’s why he passed out of the paint. I still think the cold is affecting is play and minutes. He normally is more aggressive in the late third and fourth.

          • e3bonz

            I still would of like to see Sacre in with Pau.

          • Paytc

            I agree but….That might have been about the time Swaggy P heated up?

            I hope they take away a lot of positives from the game and work to improve on the team weaknesses.

          • Paytc

            Yeah they may have been in need of a time out to maintain the correct focus? But it was a good game all things considered. Pau needed to have a monster game for the Lakers to win. Or some amazing coaching strategies and adjustments along with great execution by the players.

            We are still in it to win it. Help will be returning and/or a move or two.

            Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            That was a mistake. We needed Gasol to have a big game scoring IMO.

        • Daryl Peek

          Indy couldn’t do it with Hibbert, West and Scola, and they have much better wing defender than we do. Just saying

          • Paytc

            Indy wrote the book on doing it. They didn’t finish the job in the last game but they have in previous games. I also think they will exploit that area successfully at home against Miami in the Eastern Conference finals.

            I said if Miami had a weakness that would be the area to attack. You sure don’t want to attack the back to back defending champs at their strongest points.

            You gotta keep banging and getting physical with your bigs.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed in theory but we have yet to see it done in a seven game series.

          • Paytc

            Stay tuned if it will be done that will be the most likely way,

        • Lakers Fan

          That’s the only way to beat the Heat. You have to beat them in the paint, and that’s what we didn’t do. All of our bigs, except Gasol, knows how to roll to the basket. Gasol would rather shoot instead of roll. You have a better chance of getting fouled if you drive to the basket, and that’s what they lakers should have done tonight.

          Even if Gasol would have gotten his touches, he wouldn’t have been aggressive trying to score. He would have turned it over, passed, or shot the ball. Swaggy did what he could, but he couldn’t do it alone. He needed help, particularly from Pau.

          • e3bonz

            Not in the game I saw, Pau rolled and was open on several plays, but didn’t get the pass.

          • e3bonz

            That’s what happens when Blake or Nash are out.

          • Paytc

            I can agree with that ! We will take away a lot of positives from the game IMO.

            Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            So true !

        • GM Jack

          They tried going in to Gasol early. LB and Bosh were too quick for Gasol. Turnovers!!!!

          • Paytc

            I believe you must beat good teams by using your best players. That is usually the highest % route. The Heats best players are what they used to win the game.

            Even if the Lakers would have not been able to get Gasol the ball (which obviously they could) Gasol has to find a way to have a monsterous game regardless.

            You will most likely not beat the Heat very often without having a plan of attack. That plan must be geared around using your superstar(s) to match or offset theirs.

            Swaggy P needed Gasol’s help scoring, but I think he got more help from Xavier Henry. Xavier Henry is not quite ready to go toe to toe with Lebron and D.Wade, but I think Gasol is, and Swaggy P showed he was too.

            We have to remember Swaggy P didn’t have Kobe for scoring support so Gasol is the next best option IMO.

            But I do take my hat off to Henry and Swaggy P for doing their best. If Farmar would have not been just returning from injury he would have been sharper. They may have made a huge difference?

          • Paytc

            Correction…. “That” may have made a huge difference?
            A sharper and healthier Farmar that is. Not a Farmar just coming back from being out having to test his hamstring against the back to back champs on a nationally televise Christmas day game. I thought Farmar and the rest still gave a good effort.

          • GM Jack

            Gasol is ready to go toe to toe with LBJ. That is why Lakers have Gasol and Miamit have LBJ. .

            Pat Riley knows more.

            LBJ is undisputedly the best player in the World today. MVP, Finals, Regular Season, All Star, AP player of the year (only two players have been honored with that award from NBA, Bird and Jordan). NBA Champ back to back.

            Is Gasol able to go toe to toe with LBJ? For Real!

            Even Gasol Knows better.

            Gasol could have piked and roll and crashed to the boards. But, as D Antoni said, he likes to do pikc and paup!

          • Paytc

            No Gasol may not even be able to go toe to toe with players with less talent than Lebron James. But my point is Gasol is the only superstar championship experienced player the Lakers had available. You roll with skill,experience,and high % ,not with luck.

            Gasol was the Lakers greatest hope. I would be willing to bet Gasol was capable of knocking down a few shots late in the game to help the Lakers stay in it and possibly even pulled off the unlikely upset.

            In my opinion going into the game I said Gasol needed to have a monsterous game if the Lakers were to pull the upset. You play the game to win. Not, not to lose.

            Gasol,Nick Young ,Meeks,and Henry could have matched
            Lebron,Wade,Allen,and Bosh. They almost did.

            Every one but Gasol exceeded my expectations. That is my point. Matching up with what your up against. Not backing down to it. The young Lakers exceeded my expectations.

            Cheers to them !

            Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            GM Jack,

            I definitely agree with you that Pat Riley knows more.
            The Lakers miss both Pat Riley and Jerry West, that is a given.

          • Paytc

            Gasol is a very gifted 7 foot offensive skilled player. I dont think the Heat has anyone who could contain Gasol if Gasol made up his mind to bring it.

            That was why Kobe was trying to jump-start and encourage Gasol to get geared up and ready to bring it. I am sure Kobe will again go right back to encouraging Gasol to bring it upon his return? Unless Gasol gets traded or picks up an injury.

    • Paytc

      I agree !

  • 3339

    In 2010 after we lost to bostom w/o Kobe a reporter asked Lamar if it was cool to at least play hard against a healthy team without Kobe and he said “No moral victories”
    Enough of this “oh we played miami really hard” stop it, we should be playing hard every damn game, enough of this moral victory crap. moral victories do nothing.

    • Zimmeredge

      with a healthy Blake and a in game pace Farmar… plus a little bit of presence around the rim… that’s a team win tonight.
      it’s gonna be moral victory all year long so you better prepared to suffer.

      • 3339

        suffer is 2 strong a word man.

    • Paytc

      I can sort of agree with that ,but it beats getting blown out by 40 points.
      This is not a fully loaded championship team. We have 4 new starters on the floor from last season and Pau Gasol is not necessarily having a career year. There are a lot of inexperienced players many of which have had to play out of position because of injuries. They are under dogs fighting against veteran teams many times on the road and that is not easy for teams who have played together for a long time.

      We have to be reasonable. Farmar still needs a few games to get back into sink and the return of others will help too.

      Go Lakers !

  • Jim213

    Aside of hustling, a bad shooting night and lack of an inside game are some of the reasons they came up short today. But at least they showed up to play which out of the 3 games played today this was the most competitive (thankful). Farmar struggled but it was expect given this is his first game back. IMO, if the Lakers would’ve committed 10 or less TO’s they would’ve won the game.

    • Paytc

      Young teams tend to play a little better at home. And this team has been without a PG since Kobe returned on his first game(Blake played injured unknowingly in that one).

      I am the most optimistic person in the world. But even I did not expect this Lakers team to win even one of the last 3 games under our health circumstances. I say play to win and try to every time, But…. All 3 teams are playoff bound with two playing at home and the other is the back to back NBA champs.

      Just how good do people really expect this short-handed Laker team to play? This is not AAU basketball. You can not just show up wearing the 16 time NBA champs jersey and intimidate these professional ball players.

      You need the right guys healthy and playing in their right positions.

      Good job tonight guy !

      Now let’s win the next 4 or 5 ( easier games) or more and roll on from there.

      Go Lakers !

      • Paytc

        Correction….. Good job tonight team !

    • e3bonz

      Agreed, 51% to 41% was the difference between a win and a loss.

  • Apex

    I thought we was gonna get smoked, wasn’t sure if I wanted to even watch the game today being Christmas and all. Happy I did, even though we lost the boys played damn well, Swaggy P’s 3rd quarter was great to watch!!

  • Douglas Carlson

    Yes the Lakers played hard today. Moral victories don’t get you to the playoffs. Let’s face it D’antoni’s system is not going to win a title. Sure everyone is playing hard. Do you think that they will be back next year? Nick Young will command more money as will the others that are on 1 year deals that have put up good numbers. The Lakers don’t want to lose the cap space so next year you are going to see new players on the team. 2014 will be the same. Lebron is going nowhere. Carmelo won’t give us a championship. Go to a good all around coach and wait til 2015 when more free agents are available.

    • GM Jack

      34 M is invested in Nash and Kobe. Half of the CAP is invested here in these two players for Next year. It’s nice to be fans but be realistic as well. Just enjoy the show and hope the Lakers does not offer another loyalty bonus. But if the Lakers want to pay the salary tax then that is fine to make the fans happy. This business is all about making the fans happy.

  • GM Jack

    “Associated Press’ 2013 Male Athlete of the Year.

    According to the AP’s Tim Reynolds, James is the third NBA player—after Larry Bird and Michael Jordan—to earn this distinction.”

    The other player that should have been on the List was Magic. If Bird with 5 finals three 3 rings is on the list. Magic had 9 finals 5 rings, including 3 to 1 edge on Bird, by beating him 2 times in the NBA and once in NCAA finals.

    But, these are Votes and purely subjective and not based on any skills test.

    At any rate, LBJ if finally getting his dues.

  • GM Jack

    We are the Lakers. We are only used to playing .750 or better and legitimately have a shot of winning every game.

    Lakers fans must never be happy to be play the role of the Clippers of the past for years on and on.

    Playing hard is fine. Being competitive is good. But, not for Lakers. We win. That is all we know how.

  • #1 L.A. Fan

    Considering that Miami Heat is last years Champ I am very proud of the Lakers and I am proud of being a since day 1! For the final score to be 101-95 and for us to have a lead throught the game and no Kobe that is all I could ask for from this team

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