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You may be right, but ISTM that this just seems different because there is one spot open and the Lakers are in a fight for it. But I am not sure about that.
One playoff bound team in their final game tanking is common and understandable. But 3 in a row with playoff implications on the line is the type of thing I would hope Stern would step in and put a stop to. You know, basketball reasons and all.
I actually wouldn't be shocked for him to come back in the playoffs; at this point, I'll be more shocked if he plays in any of the regular season games. And I wouldn't necessarily expect him to be on a minutes limit if he does.
I didn't want to drag that aspect up out of respect for the resident Lakers fans, but since RR opened the door! It did occur to me that Dwight would be upset about the Kobe show, because that seems like exactly the kind of guy that Dwight is.
Nate McMillan should be on the list, maybe not top 5, but top 503 easily.
They've had a greater variance that just about any team I can remember rooting for, even accounting for the roster differences game to game.
So I notice one thing that no one seems to be talking about w/r/t Kobe and his minutes played:
I'd be shocked to find out that he WASN'T on some kind of PED for the last year.
Even if it came out that this was true, it would be mostly shrugged off and forgotten in less than a month.
@ZachLowe_NBA: Enjoyed [Steve] Kerr's line last night about how the Lakers are more frightening as an idea than actually good as a basketball team. Spot on.
If it were Enes Kanter or Derrick favors, sure. But not if it were Kobe or James.
I'm not sure. We've seen big names in other sports linked to PED's (Ray Lewis) and no one seemed to care.
When asked why he decided to mimic the move multiple times throughout the game, Robinson confidently responded, "You've just got to let them know what's up."
robinred, past stuff aside, there's nothing about Lowe's tweet that says 'hater' to me - line works if you make it a different franchise as well
And I'd add that a lot of people, starting with Simmons, would immediately write off the Lakers' 2009 and 2010 titles.
It's Simmons though, he already grasps at any straw to do that.
Yeah, he'd list them as "footnote" seasons at the very least
Lowe's Tweet shows the downside of having another Boston guy/Hater on Grantland, although I generally like Lowe and said at the time that I thought he was a good pick for that job
I don't know why people take everything Simmons says so seriously - I think it's reasonably clear when he's got the fan hat on vs. the analyst hat. Not to say he is by any means perfect at keeping the two apart - but I don't think it's as ridiculous as it is sometimes made out to be.
I think the footnote column was clearly supposed to be him wearing the analyst hat. It wasn't even really about the Lakers and Celtics; it was an excuse for why LeBron's presumptive upcoming championship wouldn't count, since Simmons was one of the guys who thought he lacked some innate ability to be a champion.
I really don't get where you're coming from here, rr.
"Wow, they have Gasol, and Kobe, and Howard, and even though he's not healthy right now, they have Steve Nash, and gosh, that team HAS to be good with all that talent, right?"
And then you watch them play, and you'll agree with this I hope
I have never met or seen anyone as defensive or knowledgable about writers' fandoms than you. And you're a frickin Lakers fan! If you were a fan of a joke or irrelevant franchise like the Bobcats or Knicks, I'd understand the thin skin.
If you were a fan of a joke or irrelevant franchise like the Bobcats or Knicks, I'd understand the thin skin
I was mildly critical of a Tweet by Zach Lowe, whom I like, and I was mildly critical of one analytical piece he wrote, since I think both showed a bit of anti-Lakers bias, and that bothered me a little bit, solely because I am a Lakers fan.
With Lowe, though - I think you're more projecting where he's coming from.
I don't know why people take everything Simmons says so seriously - I think it's reasonably clear when he's got the fan hat on vs. the analyst hat.
Q: Do you get a boner every time you type Lebron James?
—Joseph Watley III
SG: Not every time.
SG: Not every time.
Trivia from Thursday's TBJ that blew my mind: # of teams with the best regular season record in the league to MAKE the finals over the last nine seasons: one.
RE: Lakers, I think that sentiment should hold for anyone who wanted to see the four Hall of Famers come together and play beautiful basketball
8:22pm: The Seattle investors are contemplating upping their bid by $25MM in reaction to the competition from Sacramento, tweets Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee.
8:22pm: The Seattle investors are contemplating upping their bid by $25MM in reaction to the competition from Sacramento, tweets Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee
And that foul call on Curry with 42 seconds to go on the screen was an abomination.
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