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Eternal Frustration

I am a huge Lakers fan, always has been and always will be.  Today it got a little too much for me (and I’m sure I can speak for the millions of Lakers fans out there).  For those of you who missed out on the “fun” here’s what I’m talking about.

Seriously, that’s the effort we got tonight?!  Excuse me while I learn to tie a noose with one hand.  48 POINTS!!! ARE YOU KIDDING?!  I know the Clippers have a stacked roster, even with Jamal Crawford and JJ Reddick injured they still managed to put together a bench that consisted of Glen Davis, Danny Granger, Matt Barnes, Hedo Turkoglu.  I know that the Lakers have been through injuries that teams don’t deal with in the span of 5 years .. Nash, Kobe, Nick Young to name a few.

And yes I know this is a lost season for the Lakers anyway, with Kobe not likely to come back from his kneww injury, Nash hobbling like Oscar Pistorius without his prosthetics one day and being superman the next.  On top of that we have a starting 5 and rotation consisting of guys like Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry, Kendall Marshall, Kent Bazemore, Marshon Brooks (are you laughing yet?), and Robert Sacre (now you’re definitely laughing).

There’s all this talk about the Lakers tanking and getting a lottery pick, maybe landing Wiggins, Exum, Parker, Embiid etc and that’s all well and good but knowing the Laker’s luck we’ll have the 10th pick and miss them all.

Finally I’m going to address the hope of landing a superstar in free agency either this offseason or next.  Melo, Lebron, Love … looking at this Lakers roster, does anyone actually believe that anybody other than Lebron or Durant can resurrect this franchise?  Be real now, Carmelo fanboys don’t start talking, he’s proven himself to be a great scorer and nothing else.

I should make it clear that I am OK with losing.  I don’t mind watching the Lakers lose if they compete for 48 minutes and rally back from a large deficit like the recent loss vs Pelicans.  This Lakers v Clippers game pisses me off. WHERE IS THE PRIDE GUYS?! Pau needs to man up and put Blake Griffin on his ass!  If that ranga wants to throw cute lob passes to DeAndre Jordan, stick an elbow in his damn face!  And what the hell is up with Marshon Brooks and Kendall Marshall traveling? What kind of professional basketball player makes fundamental mistakes that even 15 year olds don’t do?  There was no pride, no togetherness, no team effort.  I’m surprised the Laker fans at Staples Center didn’t boo them off the court tonight.  The game got so bad that TWC resorted to showing Mitch Kupchak’s defeated face multiple times to take our minds off the living hell that was this game.

Rant over.  Go Lakers.

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Reincarcation of Ron Artest

Ron Artest Post Game Press Conference

We know he’s a good player, we know what he’s capable of doing on the court.  It was his ability to stir trouble off the court that had Lakers fans worried when his signing was announced at the beginning of 2009/2010 season.  After all it was Trevor Ariza who left the team to sign with the Rockets, he was a big part of the Lakers second unit in the championship run the previous season.

We loved Trevor Ariza, he was athletic, explosive, exciting, and he always kept a cool head.  He’s that quiet kid from LA who was just happy to be a part of it and did what ever the team asked of him.  From shutting down the best player in opposing teams to making big shots in the NBA playoffs, he did it all, in a non-egotistical way … that’s hard to find in LA, especially in the Lakers.

Needless to say, when it was announced that Trevor would sign with the Rockets, and Artest would sign with the Lakers.  Ron Artest had big shoes to fill, strange thing to say with the type of credentials that Ron Artest has.

– 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
– All-Defensive First Team Selection (2003-04, 2005-06)
– All Defensive Second Team Selection (2002-03)
– All NBA Third Team Selection (2003-04
– All Star Selection (2004)

For many seasons during that period, Ron Artest was considered the top perimeter defender in the league along with players like Kobe Bryant and Andrei Kirilenko.  It wasn’t his ability that we were worried about, it was his attitude, his ego.  The last thing we needed was for a player as unstable as Ron Artest to disrupt the delicate chemistry that the Kobe and Phil Jackson have worked so hard to restore at Staples Center.
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