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Lakers are a bunch of lollygaggers

Mar 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

Jackson_Game.jpgYou Lakers. You lollygag the ball around the perimeter. You lollygag your way down the court. You lollygag in and out of the locker room. You know what that makes you? Kobe? Lollygaggers. Lollygaggers.

Kobe is basically thinking that. This is what he told the NBATV crew last night.

“It is my responsibility to make sure that we improve and continue to move in the right direction. The playoffs are right here so it is important that I put my foot on the gas and make sure that we have in our mind’s eye the kind of urgency that we need to play with and defend…

 “The trap that you run into is that you play with that sense of urgency when you are down 10, 12, 13 points. That is the kind of mentality that I do not want us to have going into the post season. You kind of lollygag going into a series and then you are down 3-1. You kind of fall into that false sense of security and all of a sudden it is time to go and it’s too late.”

For a couple of seasons now, the effort from these Lakers has been, what we can politely call, inconsistent. But last season, the Lakers would rise to the occasion and put in 48 good minutes in a key game. They made some statements. This season they have made statements against the best teams in the West, but by playing a good quarter or a good half.

When was the last time you remember the Lakers playing a good 48 minutes? There is a lack of urgency on this team.

And part of that falls to Phil Jackson, who is not setting that tone. Kevin Ding at the Orange Country Register broke down the Lakers practices on their current road trip.

After a win last Wednesday, the Lakers have terrible ball movement in a Thursday practice, but Jackson cuts it short anyway. Friday, the Lakers look terrible in a loss to Oklahoma City. They get a win against Houston without a practice the next night (not a pretty win, but who cares, right?). Sunday, Jackson cancels practice in New Orleans. Monday the Lakers lose to the Hornets.

Tuesday, Jackson cancels practice again, this time in Atlanta. Tonight the Lakers take on the Hawks.

It’s a hard line to walk this time of year, resting for the playoffs versus coming in cold and without energy. Jackson is leaning toward rest with his squad.

And it is showing on the court. Where they are lollygaggers.

  1. dtown - Mar 31, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Lakers shmakers. They probably won’t even see the conference finals this year.

  2. thorsif - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    dtown…please shaddup…

  3. thorsif - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    dtown..please shaddup

  4. thorsif - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    dtown…please shaddup

  5. Johnnywad - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Lakers will win in 7 against cleveland

  6. Edward, Los Angeles, CA - Mar 31, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Yes, Lakers have lollygagged their way to the #2 record in the NBA. It’s pitiful really… either of how good the Lakers are or how horrid the league is… that LOLLYGAGGERS can attain the 2nd best record in the league! They should be like the Cavs last year (and this I guess) who took their regular season so seriously. Yes, last year’s Cavs.. that’s what the Lakers should be modeled after!

  7. Sguy2130 - Mar 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I’m sick of the regular season talk about the Cavs. The cavs didn’t finish well in the playoffs because they didn’t match up well against elite competition (even in the regular season).
    This year its different, at least I hope :) .

  8. Micah's Bear - Mar 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Lakers got this! Nuthn can stand n their way no matter wht!

  9. ocgunslinger - Mar 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I am a solid Laker supporter but I have to admit they are not the same team as last year. No killer instinct other than Bryant. Do they have the potential to go all the way? Of course but unless they step it up they could take an early exit playoff. I fear the Portland Trailblazers could take them out because they are playing with the intensity a playoff team needs. Take heed Lakers.

  10. NRESQ - Mar 31, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Typical Phil Jackson Lakers team: Only rise to the occasion when required, terrible defense on good pick & roll offenses, big trouble with small, speedy guards. Also, Jackson likes to nurse his veterans through the season, this year with good reason as banged up as Kobe and Pau Gasol are. And Bynum is having his now-usual late season sideliniing injury. So the Lakers are in BIG trouble, right? Yeah, right! The rest of the West knows the Finals go through LA. Until someone takes it from them the Lakers are still the team to beat. Lookin’ forward to the playoffs!

  11. LakerFanSinceVanExel - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    NRESQ- The most important road trip of the season and the team ends up 2-3 to carry their momentum into April (playoff month.) All this talk about this team not being able to be beat in 7 games is starting to annoy me. This team doesn’t play when it matters; if that was the case they wouldn’t have a losing record on nationally televised games (one’s against good teams.)
    Kobe started this season off amazingly until he came back from injury (minus his game winner in memphis its been about par for him.) If it wasn’t for his dominant performance against bad teams, we would be in the middle of the pack in the west. This team is the best in the league at beating bad teams, especially at home. What in the world makes that a good resume` for a playoff team? If this team doesn’t pick it up in a big way I don’t see them winning a series in 7 games. Yes, even in the first round.

  12. paladin - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Nobody in the Western conference can beat them….Nuggets had a chance but they have fallen on hard times and Dallas is only a pretender but this year they are going to get beat by the Cavs. the writing is on the wall. It’s the Year of Lebron.

  13. Derek - Apr 1, 2010 at 3:26 AM

    They need to change the lineup.
    Start Mbenga at center. Gasol is a disaster at center because he plays too weak. At least with Mbenga, we have a shot-blocking presence with until Bynum gets back. Put the underachieving and overrated Odom back on the bench where he belongs. Bench Fischer and start Farmar. There really is no reason for Farmar not to start other than this attachment that Phil has with Fischer. Remember, Fischer wasn’t starting in Utah, but still made an impact on the team as a strong bench player. I would also use Josh Powell more. He is a better outside shooter than Odom and also, unlike Odom, he will shoot more high percentage shots instead of taking three’s and driving to the rim and throwing the ball up.

  14. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    Lakers “lollygag” because they can afford to do so. My concern is that I hope that they don’t get to be too complacent come playoffs.

  15. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    fag

  16. Trust no one - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    I agree with your statement. I’ve been a Lakers fan for 50 years and to watch them play with the idea that they can come back anytime they want is just insane. The teams they need to be in the west coast conference to advance are playing superior basketball for the entire game. The Lakers of late can’t even put together 2 consecutive quarters which this last road trip proved.
    To all you posing about the title/titles they won last year and previous years it is in no way a part of this season.
    It’s time for the Lakers to start playing like the Lakers are capable of playing or and I hate saying it it will be an early exit in the playoffs.

  17. Trust no one - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    I agree with your statement. I’ve been a Lakers fan for 50 years and to watch them play with the idea that they can come back anytime they want is just insane. The teams they need to be in the west coast conference to advance are playing superior basketball for the entire game. The Lakers of late can’t even put together 2 consecutive quarters which this last road trip proved.
    To all you posing about the title/titles they won last year and previous years it is in no way a part of this season.
    It’s time for the Lakers to start playing like the Lakers are capable of playing or and I hate saying it it will be an early exit in the playoffs.

  18. trust no one - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    I agree with your statement. I’ve been a Lakers fan for 50 years and to watch them play with the idea that they can come back anytime they want is just insane. The teams they need to be in the west coast conference to advance are playing superior basketball for the entire game. The Lakers can’t even put together 2 consecutive quarters.
    To all you posing about the title/titles they won last year and previous years it is in no way a part of this season. It’s time for the Lakers to start playing like the Lakers are capable of playing

  19. trust no one - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    I agree with your statement. I’ve been a Lakers fan for 50 years and to watch them play with the idea that they can come back anytime they want is just insane. The teams they need to be in the west coast conference to advance are playing superior basketball for the entire game. The Lakers can’t even put together 2 consecutive quarters.
    To all you posing about the title/titles they won last year and previous years it is in no way a part of this season. It’s time for the Lakers to start playing like the Lakers are capable of playing

  20. rh - Apr 1, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    The Lakers are the defending NBA champions….lollygaggers, inconsistent players what ever title you what to give them at this point until they are dethrone they are still the champions…let’s all take a deep breath and wait to see how far the best player on earth and the best coach ever to sit on the bench take their team in the playoff’s……7 games series that’s the advantage the Lakers have come playoff time.

  21. Anonymous - Apr 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    LET’S NOT FORGET, PEOPLE, THEY HAVE THE 2ND BEST RECORD IN THE NBA. EVERYBODY, INCLUDING YOU 50 YEAR GUYS, SHOULD CALM DOWN!!!! REMEMBER 2001? SAME DEAL LATE IN THE SEASON: KOBE COMING BACK FROM INJURY, THE FEUD WITH SHAQ BLOWING UP, AND THE TEAM PLAYING INCONSISTENTLY. ALL THE LAKERS DID THAT YEAR WAS GO 15-1 IN THE PLAYOFFS TO SET THE ALL TIME RECORD AND CAPTURE THEIR 2ND CONSECUTIVE TITLE–ON THEIR WAY TO 3! DOESN’T MEAN IT WILL HAPPEN THAT WAY THIS YEAR, BUT LET’S GET BYNUM AND WALTON BACK HEALTHY, GASOL BACK TO POWER FORWARD, AND SEE HOW IT GOES. MY MONEY IS STILL ON THE LAKERS IN THE WEST. IN THE FINALS IF LEBRON STEPS UP BIG TIME THEN IT MAY BE THE CAVS’ YEAR. BUT THAT’S A LONNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG WAY OFF.

  22. NRESQ - Apr 2, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    LET’S NOT FORGET, PEOPLE, THEY HAVE THE 2ND BEST RECORD IN THE NBA. EVERYBODY, INCLUDING YOU 50 YEAR GUYS, SHOULD CALM DOWN!!!! REMEMBER 2001? SAME DEAL LATE IN THE SEASON: KOBE COMING BACK FROM INJURY, THE FEUD WITH SHAQ BLOWING UP, AND THE TEAM PLAYING INCONSISTENTLY. ALL THE LAKERS DID THAT YEAR WAS GO 15-1 IN THE PLAYOFFS TO SET THE ALL TIME RECORD AND CAPTURE THEIR 2ND CONSECUTIVE TITLE–ON THEIR WAY TO 3! DOESN’T MEAN IT WILL HAPPEN THAT WAY THIS YEAR, BUT LET’S GET BYNUM AND WALTON BACK HEALTHY, GASOL BACK TO POWER FORWARD, AND SEE HOW IT GOES. MY MONEY IS STILL ON THE LAKERS IN THE WEST. IN THE FINALS IF LEBRON STEPS UP BIG TIME THEN IT MAY BE THE CAVS’ YEAR. BUT THAT’S A LONNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG WAY OFF.

  23. trebor sotnas - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    playoff is arriving very soon . all you doubters will get the answers your looking for. and we know who will get the last laugh
    Kobe is the NBA champ and jackson is the coach with the most championship ring let’s see how the story ends.

  24. tejano2k - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    I’d take the lollygaggers game by game, year in/year out, against anybody else in the NBA, ANYTIME. Any taker$? Didn’t think so. Cleveland’s the biggest “pretender” that’s come along lately and will be again this year. James may not ever get a title unless he heads west (L.A.)and gets a little time with the real KING.

  25. Westcoast41 - Apr 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Despite my die hard love for the Lakers. Oaklahoma has a very good chance of winning this years playoffs. They’re enthusiastic, fresh and young…with crazy defense. The Lakers seemed beat up and lethargic compared to Oaklahoma.

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