well the playoffs have begun and we did not “roll” into them the way I’m sure we all hoped. it took a lot of focus and skill to get rid of the very athletic, young, and pesky Oklahoma City Thunder in 6 games, yet we triumphed.
Being a Laker fan for over 25yrs. now I seen the ups and downs of the team, and I will say this, as long as our 3 big men (Gasol, Bynum, & Odom) play well, we will repeat as champions. As Lebron and his elbow continue to garner attention, the Lakers are quietly getting their playoff legs under them. I’m not saying the Lakers are being over-looked completely, as the analyst do check to see if they have won or loss, but they are being completely counted out as repeat champions. Heck they have all but SNATCHED the title of “the best NBA player in the world” from Kobe, and all he does is continue to put his team in position to win championships. I mean really, I know we can continue to debate this all day long…so on that point I will digress (it’s useless…Kobe is better..lol) but I’m not oblivious to how good Lebron is, or even will become further in his career. It’s just upsetting when this guy has not won when it counted, and people love to blame it on his “lack of a team”…yet in the past two seasons he has had the best record in the NBA. What they should have said is that their superstar lacks a basketball assassin mentality. That’s what separates the ELITE ones from the GREAT ones..ie..from the (Jordan’s to the Barkley’s).
Even though I know this debate will on forever, I just ask that we wait till Kobe either stops being efficient, or stops winning rings.
UH HE RETIRES IN 3-5YRS…
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A record crowd at Virginia was nothing unusual for Tennessee (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) to face, and with Angie Bjorklund getting her shooting stroke working, the Lady Vols rolled 77-63 on Sunday.
Bjorklund scored 24 points and hit the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer early in the second half to halt a rally by the 12th-ranked Cavaliers. It also quieted the crowd of 11,895 that was lured in by a promotion designed to set a new attendance mark for the women’s program, and provide a boost for the underdog Cavaliers.
Bjorklund’s shot with 18:14 left came after Virginia came close to within 42-39, and she was fouled and completed the four-point play. When Taber Spani followed with a 3-pointer, the Lady Vols’ lead was back to 10.
Tennessee (3-0) avenged a loss on its own home floor to Virginia last season, and coach Pat Summitt said early on, Bjorklund seemed to be trying to do too much. She missed the loss with back problems.
“At first she was trying to do it all in about the first four minutes,” Summitt said. “But she settled down after that. She played with a lot of confidence.”
Playing for only the second time in Charlottesville, Tennessee led 40-33 at halftime and pulled away after the Cavaliers (3-1) made their burst. Virginia got no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Bjorklund had a lot to do with it.
“She tore it up tonight. She was just so hot. It was hard to stop her,” Monica Wright said.
Shekinna Stricklen added 20 points and Glory Johnson 14 for Tennessee, now 12-2 against Virginia.
Wright, a pre-season All-American, led Virginia with 21 points, but made just 8 of 21 shots. A year ago, she scored 35 as the Cavaliers won 83-82 before 11,627 fans as Thompson-Boling Arena.
“We were making sure that never, ever, ever happened again,” Johnson said.
Chelsea Shine, coming off a 27-point effort in a victory against South Carolina Upstate, had her first shot blocked by 6-foot-6 Kelley Cain and never seemed to recover. She scored three on 1-for-6 shooting.
“I think she seemed a little bit timid and easy shots she was missing,” coach Debbie Ryan said.
Summitt said it’s nothing new to see Cain make an early impression on defense.
“I think Kelley’s presence definitely had an impact and has had an impact in every game,” she said after Cain had six points, six rebounds and six blocks. “She this year is healthy, but she’s also a lot smarter in not taking herself out of position and going for every block.”
Ariana Moorer scored 12 for the Cavaliers and Simone Egwu had 10.
The Lady Vols used an early 24-9 run to open a 26-15 lead. Stricklen had eight points in the spurt, and Cain blocked three shots and altered several others.
Tennessee built its lead as high as 13 on several ocassions, but Wright and Moorer hit 3-pointers and Whitny Edwards had a jumper in an 8-2 run for Virginia to end the half.
The game was billed as Hot Dog Day, with every fan receiving a voucher for a free hot dog and drink as part of a promotion to draw the largest crowd in program history. The previous mark of 11,174 was set Feb. 5, 1986, also a Hot Dog Day, when Virginia played North Carolina at its old arena.
Lebron admitted his favorite team to play against is the Lakers. Yea we know Lebron, because you understand that for your generation Kobe Bryant is the best in the business.
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Trevor Ariza’s short but sweet stay in Los Angeles might be coming to an end.
The 24-year-old swingman, who played a key role in the Lakers’ run to their 15th NBA championship, is on the verge of leaving the club, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
With at least five teams pursuing Ariza, the Lakers are currently unwilling to pay him more than the $5.6 million mid-level exception.
“They’re letting him go,” one of the sources said.
Cleveland is making a hard push for Ariza, and the Cavaliers’ coaching staff was speaking with him on Wednesday. While Cleveland can only offer the mid-level as well, Ariza’s disappointment with the Lakers’ stance has moved other suitors ahead of his current team.
The Rockets, Clippers, Raptors and Blazers are also showing interest in Ariza. Portland and Toronto could each offer more than the mid-level exception.
If the Lakers refuse to increase their offer, it’s a clear indication that they are choosing their other big free agent forward, Lamar Odom, over the younger Ariza.
Ariza averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in the regular season for the Lakers last season. He increased his scoring to 11.3 points and had 4.2 rebounds per game in the playoffs. He had 16 points and 15 points in the last two Lakers victories in the Finals.
Those numbers were a jump over his career averages of 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Ariza has played for three teams in his five-year career.
Chris Broussard covers the NBA for ESPN The Magazine.
First off let me TIP my hat to Lebron James for that GREAT game winning shot with 1sec left on the clock to even this series with Orlando at 1-1. MVP=what u SUPPOSE TO DO! Yet my great appreciation for the skills this man possess! Take this article the way you want, but KNOW that I respect LBJ as a player and acknowledge how great he is at the tender age of 24, he only has UP to go. So understand I am NOT bashing him personally, rather the LACK OF RESPECT for a man who has PROVEN HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN
AKA MR. BATTLETESTED!I sat and watch the Orlando Magic come into Cleveland where this team (Cavs) have only one LEGIT loss (to the man posted above) while the other was to Philly at the end of the season in a game in which LJ did not play, and beat THE KING on an amazing shot by Rashard Lewis, where Dwight Howard totally dominated the paint with a 30/13 game. They kept the camera on Lebron while he “limped” off the courtlebronwimpand kept the players from the WINNING team waiting, while they looked at Lebron’s booboo. You would have thought the man broke his leg or something. I didn’t see them keep Carmelo waiting while Kobe was visibly frustrated and “hurt” about the Lakers lost…I’m just perplexed. But the media is what really cause me to vent in this manner. Let’s start with Stephen A Smith, this guy says ” 1 more thing: Lebron was covered on that last shot, but he found a way to TAKE that last shot. Kobe should have done the same. NOT FISHER.” Then there is the TNT crew, who are the biggest LOLLIPOP lickers of all. But out of all of them Kenny “the jet” Smith takes the cake. When Kobe Bryant went on his AMAZING PERFORMANCE in game 1, he comments were more to the nature of Kobe Bryant made some gr8 plays, but it was more of the Nuggets br8ing down on defense…basically taking away THE AMAZING. I was still floating from that victory the next day when I saw those guys, & then I just wanted to go off!
Who ever made up these rules that Kobe Bryant’s legacy is tarnished if he does not win a ring without Shaq? Will the same be said about D-Wade? This is just absolutely RIDICULOUS! I never seen a player so hated on as Kobe Bryant, it’s as if he has PERSONALLY done something to each of these people. His legacy most assuredly DOES NOT hinge on winning a championship without Shaq, it’s hinges on (in my humble opinion) his ability to CONTINUE to trust his teammates with that legacy. Actually right now, I know his confidence is feeling a little shaky, but he is trying. It is an absolute necessity that Pau, Drew, Bynum, Odom, & especially Fisher must KOBE-Diem, because they have the motivation of winning their first, but the ability to help ARGUABLY THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME…solidify his greatness! To me he has already solidified his greatness just by being WILLING to sacrafice in anyway necessary to win. To us it seems like the logical thing to do, but it was huge for Kobe…so I tip my hat to him!
He even has WNBA players hating on him. Like I said before, it’s as if he PERSONALLY did something to each of them to make them hurt him. SMH! When ESPN debut “Kobe Doin’ Work” players were on twitter saying: Spike should have made Lebron doin work, cause Kobe does not do it for me”…Monique Curry, Tasha Humphrey, etc…absolutely ridiculous!
I sit in my room remembering 62pts through the 3rd qtr, outscoring an entire team, even better 81pts, & then 3 50pt games in a row, simply because HE HAD TOO! A man who’s only desire is to be the BEST IN HIS PROFESSION! He has not robbed anyone of anything, he simply strives daily to win championships, and HE IS TOTALLY DISRESPECTED BY THE MEDIA! Even Jerry West is weighing in right now…and I digress on that, I mean West is the Logo. And West is the great MOTIVATOR, SO WHEN IT’S NBA FINALS TIME…we get to see if this 1sec shot will be there for the KING or will the BLACK MAMBA strike for CHAMPIONSHIP #4!
SIDENOTE: When the Olympic Gold Medal was on the line, and Lebron twice WOULD NOT PASS THE BALL TO KOBE in the waning moments, a timeout was taken. Cannot say what was spoken in the huddle, but the next two plays Kobe took the ball and scored…USA wins the Gold Medal, on a team LAUDED with STARS, the brightest STAR shined!
I LOVE THE LAKERS