“In terms of the years and the players that were playing then, and what I’m doing now, I take a lot of pride in that. Because I’ve been able to stay at the top for a loooong, long, long time. I’ve seen the debates of Kobe-McGrady, Kobe-Iverson, you know what I mean? I’ve seen those generations come and go. And here I am now, [battling] LeBron [James], [Dwyane] Wade and people who were like, 10, when I was doing it. So I take a lot of pride in it.”—Kobe Bryant on his longevity as a basketball player
“Of course the team and being part of that great, winning situation. It was like a brotherhood with everybody. We all ate together, we had fun, we laughed, we went through hard times and just had a lot of great experiences. The feeling of being a part of the Purple and Gold was special, whether at home or on the road, feeling the love from everybody no matter where you went. I’ve had most of the greatest experiences of my life with this team, and I’m very grateful and fortunate that I was able to be a part of something as special as what we had.”—Former Lakers forward Josh Powell (who now plays for the Atlanta Hawks)
Non Laker Related News: Melo to the Knicks Deal Done
The Carmelo Anthony trade saga is finally over.
The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks tonight, a league source said. Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash. Anthony will go to New York, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph will go to Minnesota.
Anthony was not at the Nuggets’ practice as the team resumed workouts following the All-Star break.
You were not really in the limelight this weekend until tonight. Seemed like the young guys got all of the headlines. Were you aware of that? Were you thinking this was your home to show people?
They should. They should. I’ve been there, you know what I mean? I had my time. It’s not about that for me at this point in my career. I’ve been there, you know what I mean. It’s very important for the game to continue to have young stars emerge. It’s great for the league to get behind Blake and what he’s doing. You know, it’s important for me to step aside. I’ve had that, you know what I mean. It’s about me coming out and performing and staying healthy and doing the right things after 15 years, but it’s about them at this point.
"This will be my last All-Star playing in front of my home fans so it feels good.”
Kobe didn’t say it’d be his last All-Star game, just the last All-Star Game playing in front of the home fans. The next time the ASG is held in LA it could be another 6+ years. By then, Kobe will be retired and out of the league.
In the endless debate over who’s the ruler of the NBA, Kobe Bryant with his five NBA championship rings, MVP, four All-Star MVPs and established position in NBA history or LeBron James who is highly regarded as the best overall player in the NBA right now, along with two MVPs, there’s always a feeling that Bryant is just one step ahead. He’s just had the things happen for him, or made them happen for him, that LeBron has not. And on a night where LeBron dropped the second ever triple-double in an All-Star Game, Kobe still managed to one-up him, landing the MVP trophy.
There is really nothing to worry about. We're not healthy and we just look bored, waiting for the playoffs. We're struggling, but weren't the Celtics 26-26 heading into the playoffs?
We're missing important bench players in key position: Barnes in the 3 and Theo who could give Bynum/Gasol extended rest.
This is a great lesson for us since LA is a place where everything you do gets criticized. Kobe's pissed and so is everyone else. We'll be fine from here heading on out into the playoffs.
We're still the favorites. We're still the defending champions. Spurs may have the best record, but so did the Cavs in the two previous seasons. We only lost to the Spurs once in the playoffs (Malone/Payton team). I don't see us losing to them to a 6' 6" center, a future HoF in Duncan who plays great every other game and a disappointment by the name of Tiago Splitter.
i don’t worry about the lakers. i don’t worry about any of the sports teams i root for. i have too many things i need to worry about in my personal life that the lakers don’t even cut the list. don’t get me wrong i love the lakers, but i watch sports for entertainment. i run this site because i like to do it. i try never to get too high or too low about the sports teams i root for because at the end of the day there are bigger things to worry about and greater things to be pleased about. that’s not to say if you do spend the time to worry about the lakers it’s necessarily a good or bad thing. it’s just a matter of priorities as well as how broad your interests are, etc.
theo ratliff isn’t going to get much, if any, playing time behind lamar, drew, and pau. count on that. especially during the playoffs. barnes is a huge missing piece that comes of the bench, but i already mentioned that 2 posts under…
to be honest i don’t think things will just be fine because we say “things will be fine.” the lakers need to address the issues that must be addressed in order to progress and get better as a team. i don’t believe just because they’re the champs it makes it okay to lose 19 games going into the all star break and have a winning percentage of under 70%.
i also don’t believe in discrediting the spurs. the spurs might have an undersized center and an old pf (though still great) but what makes them so great is that they work as a team. they’re 46-9, 10 less losses than the lakers, and i think we as basketball fans should laud them for their achievement. it is the regular season, they are the spurs, the lakers have generally played them well in the playoffs, etc. etc. BUT give credit where credit is due. right now it’s the regular season and the spurs have had one hell of a start to the regular season.
i still think the lakers have the capabilities, the talent, and the chemistry to win the chip but there are issues that have to be addressed — mainly how the lakers execute. if these things aren’t addressed they’re not going to win the chip. i 100% believe that. things don’t just “get better” because they’re the lakers. things only get better when improvement is made through hard work, persistence, and consistency. the lakers have yet to show that they can do that this season and until they do that fans have a right to worry (or not to worry). i just don’t buy that since they’re the lakers and since they’re the defending champs things will just fall into place.
anything difficult (in this case winning the chip this season) takes time, hard work, and consistent execution and all of these things need to be applied over time, all the time. the lakers have yet to show that they can show up for the “big games” or even the “small games” and that’s why i think fans have a legitimate gripe. i’m somewhere between the fans that worry too much and the fans that are overconfident and that’s probably where i’ll be for quite some time. personally that’s the fun of it all — the ebb and flow of the season and watching how it plays out during the playoffs.
also, the lakers have absolutely no reason to lose to the cavs. it’s more about HOW they lost to the cavs then the actual loss itself. i wouldn’t mind if they lost to the cavs had they lost playing stellar defense, executing their offense, and not giving the cavs easy transition buckets in the 4th. they beat themselves this afternoon (too many turnovers and bad defense late into the game) and those kinds of things are issues that need to be addressed. they show an inability to execute (a lot of the time) when it matters, something all championship teams need to have. if these problems go unanswered that’s when the lakers will have BIG big problems. that’s why i don’t believe the lakers will just be fine because they’re the lakers. they have problems and these problems need to be fixed. i still remain hopeful that that will get done. after all kobe and phil both do a great job preparing for the playoffs and getting progressively better as the season goes on.
so here’s to the hopes that the lakers have a solid 2nd half because (imo) they need it.
**also just to note this is my opinion and (definitely) doesn’t represent every laker fan out there. when i say this i don’t speak for you or for your friends or anyone else besides me. everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is mine.
We have a very dominant line-up. We're just not as hungry. We've played at an amazing rate for 3 years, and this 4th has its great and terrible moments. Its learning from losses like these that prevent us from doing the same mistakes in the Playoffs. We're not perfect as of now, but i'm confident enough to say that we can't be beaten in 7 games.
I'm looking for a great 2nd-half of the season.
Lets Go Lakers!
difference between having a dominant line-up and being dominant (see: 2004 la team).
i’m not quite sure the lakers have been “learning” from these losses or else they’d have stopped happening by now (losing to teams they really shouldn’t lose to), but it’s been (sadly) a staple of the lakers team to play down to the level of their competition (though i’m not too sure they’ve been playing UP to their competition so that’s discomforting). they’ve have more bad moments this season than the last 2 seasons past i’d say. it’s as if the crispness and execution have been lacking through the 1st half of the season and they haven’t been able to muster that even when they’ve needed to. the lakers have usually found ways to pull it out and execute when they’ve really needed to and i feel like that hasn’t happened quite as often this season.
needless to say i think we can all agree that the lakers will need to pick it up sooner rather than later. i still think this team has what it takes to win, they’ve just got to start executing well with more consistency. we’ll see. should be fun.
Is this real life? Did the Lakers just lose AGAIN? Who the heck do they need to trade because...I'm tired of this!?! I love the Lakers, but I don't know what playoffs is going to look like for them. Is this real life? Like, I may be a little delusional right now because I don't want to believe the Lakers lost to the CAVS.
i don’t think they need to (or can) make a trade. this team as currently composed is better than the team they won a chip with last year, but there have been much fewer dominant moments for them this season. they just haven’t been great.
they need to get it together a s a p. good news is barnes should be back shortly after the all star break so that should bring some life to the bench. the all star break/the rest should do everyone some good.