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Report: Lakers conduct players-only meeting after win

Feb 21, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

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The impact of players-only meetings are vastly overrated. Vastly.

And they are usually conducted after an ugly loss that should be the bottoming out of a streak (but rarely is, back to the vastly overrated thing).

But in what has been an unusual season for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher decided to call one after a blowout win over Portland Monday night. That according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Their message was clear: Trade rumors do not matter; your feelings about management or the coaching staff don’t matter; all that matters is that the 14 men in that locker room support and believe in one another. If they stay together and stay on the same page, they can get to where they want to go as a team.

The trade rumor thing is obviously a message to Pau Gasol, although Andrew Bynum and others that will hear there name come up in the next three weeks should take heed.

As for being disgruntled with the coach… welcome to any basketball team anywhere. Yes Mike Brown is different in style than Phil Jackson, what did you expect? Yes Mike Brown is experimenting with lineups and rotations, every coach is doing that because of the lockout and no training camps. This season is one big Petri dish for coaches.

Being disgruntled with management is a hot new trend for the Lakers, but pretty much every player in that locker room has been there before, too.

So the “it’s us against the world” message is swell. Good for them. Keep the issues in house.

Not going to mean much, really, these meetings are overrated. And it doesn’t really solve the point guard issue that is the bigger problem. But good for them.

  1. djkiddb01 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Player only meetings are highly overrated, the facts are visible in every game since last year with Phil Jackson. The Lakers are playing 3 on 5 basketball, they have no PG or SF. The only question Laker players should be asking themselves is has anyone seen Derek Fisher and Ron Artest?

    • conjecture101 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Like you would know

  2. cinnalocks - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    You are totally correct. Not one other person has stepped up regularly….so it is 3 on 5. D Fish can still be a good back up for someone for another year and retire as a Laker.

  3. bozosforall - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Lakers still WAY better than the loser Celtics.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      On all these blogs, it is always bad mouthing Boston. Always. I’m not sure I have every read a post by you that doesn’t in some way talk crap about a Boston team. At first I found it somewhat annoying but now it is highly comical.

      • bozosforall - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        The real comedy is how thin-skinned New England fans are on these blogs. It’s what has defined the nearly 100-year-old “rivalry” between the Yankees and Red Sox…a “rivalry” driven by the obsession of the Boston fans who just can’t take the fact that New York has owned them for all this time. One would think that such dominance by a rival would shut up the Boston loudmouths, but no.

  4. bbgraf08 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    bozosforall – Feb 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM
    Lakers still WAY better than the loser Celtics.

    I just spit out my coffee because of this post.

    Not because he’s wrong, but because of this individuals extremely strange obsession with hating Boston.

    • bozosforall - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      You mean like the extremely strange hate obsession of the entire New England sports fan base with a team like the Yankees? Try denying that one before you call anyone out on “obsessions”.

      • bbgraf08 - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        I’ve never seen anyone at the level you’ve reached. Every Boston related thread you are responding within minutes, with little facts, instead spewing a strange level of anger and unhappiness.

      • bozosforall - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        What crybabies you all are. Funny how when New England fans bash their rivals, it’s all good to you guys but when others do it to you, it’s a travesty. The double standard doesn’t work in the real world.

      • bbgraf08 - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        I’m not referring to any others, other than you. Don’t change the subject; that is a poor method of argument.

      • bozosforall - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Hide from the truth all you want to…makes no difference to me.

      • bbgraf08 - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        You are ignoring the fact that I am commenting on YOUR pathetic behavior, not “New England fans” as a whole or even New York fans as a whole, or any fans of any team.

        It is very funny how YOU are in every single Boston related thread. No double standard here; I am not making any commentary on how New England fans bash their rivals. Simply stating a fact: you have a funny level of hatred towards a group of teams in one area.

        You don’t seem to have the ability to grasp this concept.

      • bozosforall - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        I don’t “hate” the teams or players (absolutely no reason to “hate” them, given that I will likely never interact with them in my lifetime, unless they chose to post here or elsewhere on the Internet). I merely have zero respect for the whiny people that comprise their fan base. Obviously, you have no ability to grasp that concept, which makes you the “hater” not me.

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