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Kobe is as wily as ever, though. Love him, and always have, as the screener in pick-and-rolls.
Lakers switched too casually/willingly on D for my taste last night. Floor balance also seemed off, leading to bad trans D.
Can confirm that Rockets C Omer Asik is changing agents and going to Wasserman Media Group and Arn Tellem, from Andy Miller.
case in point. "Too much is expected from him." Whose fault is that?
It's like people treat shumpert like some sort of victim. Like "we understand Shump, we feel your pain." WHAT? He's a cause of it too...
but the fact that no one says anything negative about Shumpert makes no sense to me.
Felton has been awful. I can admit that he's really hurt them and I won't make excuses for him if he won't. Bargnani, brutal last 2 games...
Two FTA attempts PER 36 for his CAREER. That's really hard to do.
Like is it too much to ask for the guards to actually keep someone in front of them? Once? Or how about throw in some zone?
Another thing is people lighting Bargnani up. Ok cool. Bigs have to help but it would be nice if they didn't ALWAYS have to help, right?
But people are going to coddle him. Wah, Wah his knee, wah, wah he isn't used right. Get lost.
How Shumpert and JR don't average at least 9 or 10 FTAs a game speaks to their ineptitude in driving the basketball. Plain and simple.
No Bill Kennedy for Doc's return to Boston? You're slipping, Stern.
Another solution. Play more athletic with Murry and Hardaway. Young players who can attack. Unlike Smith, Felton or Shumpert.
Here's a solution. Chandler will be coming back. He SHOULD help their 1st and 3rd quarter struggles some...
I can tolerate those people less than the "told you sos"... at least their reasoning has been somewhat proven.
Hibbert vs. MIA since May: 22.4 pts, 9.8 rebs, 57 FG%, 23.8 PER | vs. everyone else? 13 pts, 9.4 rebs, 48 FG%, 18.8 PER.
This is New York fellas. People already don't feel sorry for you
Last night was BKN's best offensive game of the season (about 116 pp100p vs. what was a top-10 defense). Point guards are important.
All seriousness: Morris twins have been great. Gives Suns two guys to run offense through on their second unit.
Headed to Milwaukee to get warm.
Really sad moment: Pau Gasol getting stoned at the rim by Markieff Morris late in the fourth quarter.
"If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you." Exodus 33:13
No room, I'm hearing, for Siena PG Daniel Hackett in CSKA Moscow.
Should Rodgers play Sun against the 'Boys ... Even if he's not 100%? Chime in and call Chuck and I at 414-799-1250.
How does this strike your fancy? Lou Williams, Elton Brand and a lottery-protected first-rounder for Omer Asik and Greg Smith.
Underrated moment last night: Eddie Johnson being totally perplexed by Nick Young’s nickname.
Fascinating that Omer Asik is switching to Arn Tellem, Al Horford's agent.
Feel free to join Chuck and I on WSSP this morning. Plenty to chat about.
Mens Sana, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, CSKA, Panathinaikos, NBA…Daniel Hackett is the hottest name in Europe right now http://t.co/mwaRuM7o8Y
Just finished re-watching the gm. Still odd to see LBJ run low on fuel. PG noticed, took adv. IND’s spirits & body language much better n 2H
Southerland, who was undrafted out of Syracuse, played 3 minutes this season. With MKG out 4-6 wks, they needed experienced help at SF.
It's tough watching WWE on DVR and avoiding the website for the results from Raw.At least I can fast forward thru it.
Wheels down NYC
The Suns have surprised a lot of people this season - suprised the Phoenix staff too - they didn't expect this level of success (thus far)
If Dirk averages 19.3 ppg the rest of this yr and the next 3 seasons, he'll trail Kareem, Karl Malone, Jordan and Kobe on the all-time list.
Probably the Lakers' two worst losses of the year.
LAL get Wednesday off, then leave for a tough 4-game road trip on Thursday after practice. Games at OKC, CHA, ATL and MEM in just 5 days.
Dirk is averaging 21.1 ppg this yr. If he averages 19.9 the remaining 60 games this yr, he'll finish the season No. 10 on the all-time list.
National media members raved about the Pacers in the press room, for what it's worth. Gonna be getting more crowded in here.
Xmas is two weeks away. Who has busted out their copy of "From Brooklyn to Toronto"...?? C'mon, admit it, you've got it on repeat!
Malone didn't mean literally that he has no idea what analytics are, he's against basing a large opinion of a player on them.
Goodnight, NBA. Hello, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Kobe Bryant is the only active player ahead of Dirk on the all-time scoring list. A list which will find Dirk in the Top 10 at season's end.
Instead of asking Kobe to grade himself each game, can someone start asking him to grade each teammate?
Kobe on whether he'll play both nights in back-to-backs: "This is my job. My ass is going to show up and play"
The Achilles is fine. It's more Bryant's ankle joint. That's why he had the heat pad on during his bench stints, trying to keep it warm.
Bryant says that was a heating pad on his ankle to start the 4th, not an ice pack. Says foot tightness isn't related to the Achilles.
Bryant said his ankle still "locks up and gets tight," that the ankle joint needs to get used to lapses in games when it cools off.
Bryant says the adjustment is on everyone. Says he wants guys like X/Blake to do more playmaking, so he can operate closer to to basket.
Kobe gives himself a B. "I did a much better job tonight."
Bryant felt much better overall in Game 2, while acknowledging that there's a long way to go figuring out full integration w/t team.
Kobe, who shed 5 pounds after playing his first game, said his wife is jealous of his quick weight loss: "Vanessa f------ hates me"
Kobe said he dropped 5 pounds by the end of Lakers Raptors Sunday - that his wife f'n hates him for that - says he felt lighter tonight
Progress report: Kobe gives himself a "B." "Much better job tonight."
Kobe gave himself a "B" tonight, says he did a "much better job."
Kobe says he was 225 before first game, 220 after. "Vanessa (expletive) hates me. 'One game and you lose five pounds?!' "
Kobe lost 5 pounds after first game back, says his wife isn't happy: "Vanessa (expletive) hates me. 'One game and you lose five pounds?'
Kobe said he lost 5 pounds from 225 to 220 after the game on Sunday alone. He'd like to lose a bit more.
Kobe said he lost five pounds in Sunday's game against Raptors.
Kobe: "Vanessa (expletive) hates me. Play one game and lose five pounds."
Both MDA & Kobe both mentioned a need to be better defensively.. no surprise there, as the rotations have been slower than usual.
Kobe says he's been losing weight, feels more comfortable out there. "I felt a lot lighter."
I could really do without seeing/reading/hearing Rudy Gay's name in relation to the "analytics" monolith ever again, please and thank you.
Kobe nearly trips coming into interview room. Says "that would've been interesting."
D'Antoni wants more defensive toughness, more three-pointers and to "get the chemistry back."
Obviously the rotations are going to be out of whack adding a major piece: "We have to figure out combinations and get the chemistry back."
Mike D'Antoni thought Nick Young was "okay" in the fourth. I'd describe Young's 4th quarter a little differently.
The Lakers are 0-2 with Kobe Bryant and 10-9 without him this season.
Miami entered Tuesday game leading NBA in fg%, but shot just just 43% and scored season-low 84 points. Defense travels, but also comes home.
Sigmund D'Antoni: “I think we’re struggling with our psyche and we’re struggling with who we are.”
D'Antoni: "Points in the paint right now is killing us." Wants defense to "almost be like spitting blood out there."
LAL went from having Meeks mostly spacing at the 2, or Johnson the 3, to Bryant being more in the post/elbow. Has taken away some 3's.
I'd be curious to know what the Kings really think of Gay's track record, but Mike Malone isn't going to say it publicly.
Indiana should be playing on Christmas Day. They have a bonafide star, they're fun to watch, and they could make noise this postseason.
D'Antoni said the biggest thing killing LAL are points in the paint, which Bledsoe/Dragic created tonight. And they haven't countered w/3's.
Kobe Bryant showed encouraging signs in his second game back. Kobe had his first dunk and scored 20 points (6-11 FG, 8-8 FT) in 29 minutes.
Kobe Bryant: 20 PTS, 6/11 FGS, 29 minutes in second game back.
Hobo Ersan has definitely surpassed Emo Bogut as my all-time favorite Bucks alter-ego. http://t.co/ALtHimNk8U
Tip Off at 7:30 am
Lakers lose 114-108, despite 20 points from Kobe. Now 0-2 with Bryant.
Dirk Nowitzki has 25,516 career points and is only 98 from passing Alex English (25,613) for 13th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
As Roy Hibbert said, Indy expects to win big games. David West. That may be the biggest sign of maturation. Last season, they didn't.
Pacers players asked dozens of times if beating Miami was a statement win. They ain't going there. Indy is a very polished group.
Kobe Bryant's final line: 20 points on 6 of 11 FG's and 8 of 8 FT's, with 3 assists, 2 boards and 3 TO's in 29 minutes.
Amazing how similar Paul Millsap's # in Atlanta are to his Utah #'s. Maybe teammates and systems don't matter http://t.co/lRob8fyyo0
The NBA corrected a basket late in Saturday's game vs. Portland which was given to Monta Ellis and should have been given to Dirk Nowitzki.
Lakers lose it 114-108 to fall to 10-11. They gave up 56 points in the paint. Brutal.
Final: Suns 114, Lakers 108. Kobe finishes with 20 pts on 6-for-11 shooting, 3 assists and 3 turnovers.
Final score: Suns 114, Lakers 108. PHX shot 51.8% from the field as LAL's lack of defense was the issue. Suns also hit 19 of 21 FT's.
Lakers fall to 0-2 in Kobe's comeback. Bryant finishes with 20 points, but Suns shoot 52 pct. and get 49 from Bledsoe/Dragic backcourt.
Kobe's final line: 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting, three assists, two rebounds, three turnovers in 29 minutes.
Lakers drop to 0-2 with Kobe--and next up: four road games in five nights at Thunder, Bobcats, Hawks, Grizzlies.
Kobe's final numbers look nice: 20 points on 6/11 FG, 8/8 FT, 3 assists, 3 turnovers. But Lakers didn't defend.
Another bucket from Bryant (6 for 11, same as Gasol) got him 20 pts, but it's delayed what appears an inevitable loss. PHX up 6, 8.9 left.
Oh okay KOBE! 20 points in his 2nd game back. Looks a lot better than Sunday night. Lakers down 6 with 8.9 left.
Just filed my story after chatting with Rudy Gay today. He'll wear No. 8 for the Kings.
Pau cuts the lead to 6 with a dunk. Lakers continue to foul. 21.3 seconds left.
Kobe airballs a fadeaway corner 3. Suns back to the FT line. 33.2 seconds left.
Kobe air ball on tough spinning 3-pointer from the corner.
And the 2nd. Lakers down 7. D'Antoni 20 sec timeout. 36.8 seconds left.
Markieff makes the first.
Xavier Henry got a triple to fall with 37 seconds left; Suns got 2 makes from Markieff Morris to stay up 7 w/36.8 left.
X!! Lakers down 5 with 37 seconds. One of the Morris twins going to the line.
If you'd told me back in 1984 that in the year 2014 my future wife would google "Bernard King" I'd all be like "what the F#€¥ is 'google'?"
Suns lead 107-99 with 43.6 seconds remaining. Young fouled Dragic w/9 seconds left on the shot clock.
Kobe Bryant's favorite book? Harry Potter.
"If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook." - Drunk Mark Zuckerberg to the Morris twins. AK
3-possession game with 43 seconds left to play.
They give up an offensive rebound then Young fouls with 9 seconds left on the shot clock. That just might do it.
PJ Tucker gets his 11th rebound - game high - an offensive board that was the game-sealer
Phoenix has out-boarded LAL 42-32 tonight, and the 10th offensive board was a killer, after a stop w/1:02 left. Result: FT's moments later.
Pau hits 2 FTs. Lakers down 105-99 with 1:17 left to play.
Not sure about early chemistry between Nick Young and Kobe late in the game. Legitimate comeback opportunity and Young is forcing plays.
LAL down 105-99 after 2 more Gasol FT's get him to 17 points, but just 1:17 remain.
Lakers down 105-99 with 1:17 left - Suns ball
If the playoffs began today, two things. 1. That would be, like historically early but 2. The Celtics would open them...at Charlotte.
Not sure if that's a foul on Young there.
Knicks face real possibility of winless week. Bulls on Wed, who handle them well, and back-to-back vs Celtics and Hawks, who've routed them.
Prediction: 47 Ronin will be about 3 1/2 times as bad as 13 assassins.
Whatever is the plural for "Morris" ("Morri?"), the term is killing the Lakers tonight. AK
If Gery wants us to be outraged over Sanders punching someone on last year's team, we need a name. Some really punchable dudes on that team.
Brilliant move by Phoenix last year to reunite the Morris twins. Markieff and Marcus both having great year. Need to be together.
LAL are hanging around, down 103-97 with 2:11 to play, but haven't been able to get consistent stops w/this small line up.
103-97 with 2:11 left to play. Going to need some stops down the stretch.
Morris twins doing a ton of damage on lakers bigs
Get Pau off the floor, Mike.
Marcus Morris is having a career night like Amir Johnson did on Sunday, up to 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting, mostly on jumpers.
Pau makes 2 FTs. 4-point game.
Young's just 2 for 6 at the FT line tonight. Gasol followed by hitting 2, the team now 23 for 30 on the evening (76%). LAL within 4.
Tonight's trivia victory relied on my knowledge of the NCAA women's lacrosse landscape.
Phoenix has been bailing the Lakers out of a lot of BAD possessions tonight.
Suns up 99-93 with 3:10 left - Pau Gasol to FT line
Bryant looked a lot like Bryant on a dribble drive into the paint, bump off and fading J moments ago. He has 18 on 5 of 9 FG's, 8 of 8 FT's.
Kobe fed Young, expecting the ball to come back to him in post - but Nick just took it baseline - drew FT
LAL have gone extra small here, with Henry and Young staying in alongside Bryant and Blake … PHX leads 97-92 w/4 min. left.
Kobe leads the Lakers w 18 pts on 5-for-9 shooting. He has three turnovers, compared to eight on Sunday.
OKAY KOBE. That fadeaway was so damn pretty.
Not quite sure I understand this lineup right now.
Lakers' crunch time lineup: Kobe, Pau, Blake, Young and Henry
Lakers lineup for stretch run: X, Blake, Young, Pau. Am I forgettinng anyone?
And just like that, Bryant returns to the lineup. As does Gasol after a long layoff. Let's see how this works out.
Gerald Green, a player who's been in the NBA forever who still consistently makes me say "seriously dude?" out loud to nobody in particular
Kobe gets a nice cheer from Staples as he returns to the game w 6:10 left and the Lakers down, 90-84
Pau is coming back in with him. (Pau has 11 points, 3 rebounds in 24 minutes.)
Kobe is checking in to close out the game. Hopefully for Young.
Marcus to Markieff. Is that the first ever brother to brother alley-oop connection in NBA history?
Kobe Bryant pulls off his warmup, the crowd cheers. Into the game he goes.
Kobe is back in with 6:11 to play. PHX 90, LAL 84.
Lakers trail 90-84 with 6:11 left. Faint chants imploring D'Antoni to put Kobe back inn. Already at 23 minutes, Bryant staying loose in TO.
Bryant has the ice pack off his left ankle and is jumping up and down during the Lakers' timeout with 6:11 to go
Dragic just beat Jordan Hill in the post. Put the Suns back up 6. 6:11 left to play.
Another pretty move from Dragic got him to 21 points to lead all scorers, keeping PHX up 6 heading into a T.O. w/6:11 left.
Realizing there will be some to take that to mean I think KB should no longer close games. Save yourself the outrage, not what I'm saying.
Not a great stretch for Nick Young - 2 misssed FT - traveling call and bricked a wide open look
Looks like D'Antoni will manage to keep Bryant's minutes below 30, as he's still on the bench w/under 7 to go and 23 already played.
Kobe has the look, like he's gearing up to come back in soon. PHX 88, LAL 84 with 6:46 left.
HAHAHAHAHAHA how do you bail out a 20-foot jump shot?
Wheels down NYC!
Bryant had his lower left leg wrapped on the bench, but it's most likely a heat pack to keep it warm. It's off now.
Morris just lobbed the ball to Morris - and Morris dunked it - not sure who gets the assist