Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lakers win another championship and fans get unruly right away

Picture courtesy of the Examiner

Lakers coach Phil Jackson won his tenth championship tonight as the Lakers won their 15th championship, against the outmatched Orlando Magic. This game was a foregone conclusion. The Magic players had already given up before it even started.

I was upset to see Lakers fans going wild at the Staples Center - some of them even set a fire and according to a T.V. news report a woman took off her shirt. Talk about no class.

Why do some fans think it is cool to act like complete asses when their team wins? It is disgusting. I don’t know why the cops don’t just arrest the lot of them. It really takes away from the accomplishment of the team.

I am a lifelong Lakers fan. I am so proud of the team. They really came together this year. They deserved to win.

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Lakers vs Magic - 2009 NBA Finals

2009 NBA Finals
Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic

Congrats to both the Western & Eastern Conference Champions! The moment has arrived!!! WHAT A YEAR! The excitement is running through my body and the Lakers are salivating for victory champagne. I want this series to be over faster than LeBron leaving Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Energy drinks commercializing last years MVP vs this years MVP & Muppets hyping the rivalry between the two was not only wrong but just a slap in the face of the Orlando Magic organization. The media had already counted the Lakers and Cavs in for the Finals before they were even wearing their respected white billed Conference Champs caps. I really think this added more fuel for Coach Van Gundy and his team. I even fell guilty of this possibility, actually a bit hopeful to be honest. The thought of Kobe vs LeBron would've proven and answered the all too familiar question, "Who is better, Kobe or LeBron". Now, Dwight Howard and his flying elbows has burst this fantasy bubble. I really dislike his dirty approach to the rim, lowering his shoulder and elevating with a flury of elbows.

Not quite as exciting but heck, the Lakers are in the 2009 NBA Finals and that much closer for yet another championship banner season! This year WE will be screaming, "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!" or maybe something less scripted. I've already packed my Laker Parade gear! Yes, it's clear I am a bit over zealous because this years matchup leaves me quite confident! I just don't see Magic winning over Magic's Lakers! Let me tell you why.

Orlando Magic's only fighting chance will be behind the perimeter. If they can take advantage of our weak defense around the arc and make the 3 ball then maybe, just maybe they have a chance to take it the full 7 games. D. Howard can't do it alone and the Lakers bench is way too deep for Orlando. Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu have already proven that they can kill an opponent with their range and the Lakers BETTER play SUPERB defense against these two. Leaving them slightly open will turn the series around. We just can't afford to double team the wrong players and/or switch slowly, leaving Magic's shooters open just enough to look at the basket with no hand in their face.

Rafer Alston & Michael Pietrus can very easily be the surprising X factors and need not to be taken lightly. A MUST for the Lakers will be for Lamar Odom and his sweet tooth to play great consistent ball! He needs to keep playing well and not leave the heavy offensive load for the team captain.

There's buzz around the media with Jameer Nelson's return to play in the Finals. ESPN reported that Jameer says he feels 50/50 about his timely return just in time for the Finals, If this happens, I think this will definitely favor the Lakers. Jameer will be rusty and will need several games to get back on track and by then it will be too late. There is no way Jameer will come in hot after being out since February. No way.

2009 Lakers Finals Schedule:
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Let's go Lakers and let's win another championship for Chicky Baby!

Kobe & Melo - Not So Mellow

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets
Round 3 - Western Conference Finals

I typically dislike Sunday's but after watching the Lakers advance to the Western Conference Championship in Game 7 and then treated with watching the Celtics advance to early preseason scrimaging is making me shout TGIS!

With the Lakers "Bipolar" series against Houston, the Denver Nuggets will be the perfect remedy for the disorderly conduct led by Ron Artest and the Rockets. I'm still dizzy! I'm just happy I won't see Artest steal anymore money from this fluctuating economy by suiting up again! This man acted his way through technicals and threw the ball away more times than a third base coach collecting foul balls for the crowd. Artest's looney antics even had SAG consider his performance! This series will be much closer and more evenly played. Fans will not be left knowing who the victor will be entering the 4th quarter, that's a fact.

Here's the breakdown by positions. (Playoffs stats)

At the PG position:
D. Fish will have his hands full defending Chauncey Three-ups. Chauncey more than doubles Fisher's PPG, having 221 points against Derek's 79. Yes Chauncey averages more playing time, but the Lakers bench should PICK UP THEIR GAME and show the world why they are the deepest bench out there! Lakers simply can't afford to have Three-ups light it up like he did in Game 1 versus the Hornets, making 8 FRIGGIN' 3 pointers! Ouch! DEFEND the perimeter...DEFEND the perimeter! I don't want to shout at the TV everytime I see defensive gaps start to form around the outside perimeter. This drives me insane.

At the SG position:
Kobe is averaging 27 PPG versus J.R, Smith's mere 16. This is where Kobe should ABSOLUTELY conquer! Smith can not guard Kobe and this match-up will determine several Lakers victories. Kobe will just plain out collect pink slips with any player desperately thrown his way. Enough said.

At the SF position:
Carmelo is unstoppable and is on a personal mission to not only prove to himself but prove to the league that he can lead his team to the NBA Finals. He will kick, scratch, punch (while running away) and do whatever it takes to stay alive in the playoffs. He is averaging 27 PPG. Odom and Ariza will have to play well against Melo by blocking the inside path and defend the perimeter. Ariza's great defense and Odoms penetration to the lane using his lengthy left arm will be key.

At the PF position:
Gasol is averaging 18 PPG w/ 11 boards versus K Marts 10 PPG & 5 boards. Gasol needs to chew Kenyon up and spit him out, maybe leaving another bite mark on his neck in the process. Kenyon's only strength is picking up the garbage. He will get his O Rebs and finish strong against Gasol. K Marts mouth is bigger than his balling ability and he will show his frustration by playing dirty and mouthing at the L.A. crowd like he did in Dallas.

At the Center position:
Bynum, O Bynum where art thou?! Bynum needs to step it up like he did the last 3 games. Nene is playing well averaging 7 boards per game and can be a major surprise if not guarded well. I personally think the Bird Man Chris Anderson is a bit over-rated but this man can definitely fly and make a block with his hustle play. I've seen him make a play at one end of the court and then run back to finish an alley oop dunk at the other end. The Lakers whine way too much after a play and I can easily see Anderson fly over the pool of Laker tears to score at the other end. STOP WHINING and just play ball! Come on Lakers, as a fan it's mentally collapsing to see the ego's come out when calls don't come our way. It's OKAY! The refs can't make every call! Move on and play some well needed defense.

Shannon Brown has an opportunity to shine. If Brown plays well and shows poise under pressure like he does then he can be the surprising factor! He has the ability to make the right plays and make the high percentage shots, hopefully he will showcase his talents when given the minutes.

Get ready to buckle up and hold on tight. Hide the nail-clippers as you wont need them and prepare yourself for quite a show. Denver is strong, very strong and underestimating them will be a BIG mistake.

Let's make this a 5 game series! Let's go LAKERS!

Lakers Parade - 6/17/2009

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Norman & Eric - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Ben & Gino - Lakers Parade Route

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