Friday, May 30, 2008

Lakers Fairy Tale Season...how will it end?

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-plaschke30-2008may30,0,7178069.column

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Parker and Leslie miss dunk attempts...but I love the attempts

Fever beat Parker, Sparks in 2OT
By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer
Article Launched: 05/29/2008 07:14:26 PM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS—Tan White scored 11 of her 20 points in the second overtime, and the Indiana Fever held off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-78 on Thursday night to give Candace Parker her first professional loss.

Parker had 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and five steals. The rookie from Tennessee scored six points in the final minute of the second overtime to keep the Sparks in the game.

It was a wild game that featured failed dunk attempts by both Parker and Lisa Leslie. Leslie, the only WNBA player to dunk in a regular-season game, finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

The teams also combined for a league-record 27 blocked shots.

Katie Douglas led the Fever with 25 points and tied a team record with her fourth-straight 20-point game. Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Bernadette Ngoyisa added 14 points and nine rebounds for Indiana (3-1).

The second overtime belonged to White. She scored the Fever's first basket of the period, then scored again on a baseline leaner that gave Indiana a 74-69 lead with 2:13 to play.

A midrange jumper by White made it 78-74 with 39 seconds left, but Parker scored 7 seconds later to make it 78-76.

White scored on driving layup over Leslie with 10 seconds left to make it 80-76, Indiana. Parker scored again with 6 seconds left, but White made two free throws to finish the game. White also had 10 rebounds and five assists.

In the first overtime, Shannon
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Bobbitt's mid-range jumper put the Sparks (2-1) up 69-67 with 16 seconds left, but Hoffman's putback on the other end forced a second overtime.

The Fever led 37-22 at halftime, but the Sparks cut their deficit to 48-44 late in the quarter. The Fever rallied to lead 53-46 at the end of the period.

A baseline jumper by Parker with 3:08 to play gave the Sparks a 61-59 lead, their first advantage since the game's opening minutes. The teams were tied at 65 in the final minute when Leslie missed and Douglas rebounded with 27 seconds to play. Douglas missed a circus shot that could have tied the game with 5 seconds left, and the game went into overtime.

The Fever led throughout the first quarter, but Parker provided the most spectacular moment. She blocked a shot, leading to a fast break. She got into the open court and appeared to be going up for a dunk when she lost control of the ball and the crowd moaned a collective "ohhhh."

The Fever led 25-13 at the end of the first quarter, and Parker went scoreless with three turnovers.

Parker continued to struggle in the second quarter, and the Fever led 37-22 at halftime. Parker went scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting, while Douglas had 14 points at the break.

Leslie missed a dunk attempt with 8:43 left in the third quarter, then Parker finally scor

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dr. Julia Hare tells it how it is...

Now that is the what I'm talking about!!!

Usher Raymond

Usher replaces R. Kelly as king of R&B
DeRogatis reviews Usher's latest, 'Here I Stand'

May 27, 2008
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BY JIM DeROGATIS Pop Music Critic/jimdero@jimdero.com

Whatever the outcome of his trial on charges of making child pornography, R. Kelly is overdue to relinquish the crown that he's worn as the king of R&B since the mid-'90s.

Kelly's supple voice and unique ear for melody have lost little of their power. But his sexually obsessed lyrics had become ludicrous long before the midget got "Trapped in the Closet," while his current single "Hair Braider" is simply inane. ("Hairbraider huh, I'm doin' my hairbraider / And she do my hair so good that I'm gonna tip her.")
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A stint on Broadway, marriage and fatherhood all contributed to the maturity on Usher's "Here I Stand."
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His particular proclivities aside, it's increasingly difficult to accept the self-proclaimed "Pied Piper" as an irresistible heartthrob, if for no other reason than the fact that he's now 41. Hence the obvious question: Who will become the new godfather of R&B?

Not yet 20, Chris Brown has matured a lot since he first appeared on the scene at age 13. But he still has only two albums to his credit, and he's yet to show the range or depth necessary to match Kelly's accomplishments.

Ne-Yo has his champions -- including, unintentionally, Kelly himself. (Ne-Yo has claimed that Kelly dropped him from the Double Up Tour because the older artist was threatened by the young performer's appeal.) But his voice isn't even as strong as Brown's.

On the strength of the numbers, Usher is the only serious contender. His last album "Confessions" (2004) sold more than 9.5 million copies in the United States; in comparison, Kelly's bestselling disc sold 8 million in 1998, before digital downloading was even a consideration. But for all of the talk of "Confessions" charting the split between the Atlanta singer and Rozonda "Chili" Thomas of TLC, Usher never really bared his soul or told us much about the human condition on that disc; it was more lunchroom gossip than serious self-examination. He needed to grow up.

During the long wait for his new music, the artist starred on Broadway in the hit musical "Chicago," fired his mother, replaced her as manager with veteran Benny Medina (Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez) and married his former stylist, Tameka Foster, eight years his senior and already the mother of three before she gave birth to their son, Usher Raymond V. Now 29, the boy has become a man, and that's the theme of his fifth album, "Here I Stand," which arrives in stores today.

"The manhood is symbolic of a type of independence, as well as a desire to communicate with his fans on a different emotional level," Medina told the trade magazine Billboard. "This isn't just a record for him. This is a component and an extension of a personal journey."

To that end, Usher explores a much wider range of emotions and topics than he has on previous discs, or than Kelly has at any point in his career.

Yes, there are the party jams -- chief among them the synth-driven No. 1 hit single produced by Polow Da Don, "Love in This Club" -- and sure, there are the requisite hot 'n' horny bedroom grooves, which veer between absurd claims for carnal spirituality and Kelly-like crassness. "We're not having sex, we're making moments that will outlast the world," Usher croons in "This Ain't Sex," while "Trading Places" devolves from a debate over who claims what position to innuendo-laden culinary silliness reminiscent of Kelly's "Sex in the Kitchen" ("Pancakes and eggs, I owe ya breakfast in bed, oh baby / And your orange juice sitting on the coaster," Usher sings. "Skip dinner and we gonna rent a movie / You order Chinese food right before you do me / You comin' on strong baby, let me wash me hands.").

"Sex sells. I understand it; I'm a product of it. But at the same time there has to be something else, something that balances the scale out, something of substance," Usher told an Australian newspaper, and far more nourishing are songs such as "Prayer for You (Interlude)," which finds him singing to his young son; the Jermaine Dupri-produced "Something Special," a gleefully optimistic piece of Wonder-style pop; the slyly experimental, electro-tinged ballads "Moving Mountains" and "Lifetime" and the old-school slow jam "Love You Gently," which finds Usher invoking the giants of the genre -- "I've got that Sade, Al Green and Marvin Gaye, too / To love you gently" -- and actually holding his own in comparison.

Through it all runs a voice that has become more self-assured and adventurous, paired with a charismatic sex appeal all the more potent for its new subtlety. ("This album doesn't call for me to have my shirt off," Usher has said, but that doesn't mean he no longer has killer abs.)

"Here I Stand" isn't a home run; no album with lyrics like those on "Trading Places" or a gratuitous cameo by will.i.am (on "What's My Name?") could be.

But it certainly adds to the argument that "Same Girl," the 2007 Kelly/Usher collaboration, was in fact a passing of the torch.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kobe's Killer Instinct!!!

Kobe's well-honed killer instinct

Story Highlights

* Nobody needs to win as much as Kobe Bryant does
* Kobe has been obsessed with dominating since childhood
* A predraft workout in 1996 sold the Lakers on acquiring Bryant

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The combative Kobe Bryant says of the chance to go against an elite defender such as Bruce Bowen,
The combative Kobe Bryant says of the chance to go against an elite defender such as Bruce Bowen, "It'll be fun."
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A great moment in humility it was not.

After scoring 25 of his 27 points in the second half of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals last week against the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant said of his strong finishing kick, "I can get off" -- that is, score at will -- "at any time. In the second half I did that."

Granted, Bryant was just being honest, but tact would dictate that he let others say such things about him. As you may have noticed, though, Bryant isn't big on tact. Time and again over the last decade he has announced the particulars of his awesomeness. As teammate Luke Walton dryly puts it, "Kobe does not lack for confidence."

Just as Bryant's bravado irks some -- O.K., many -- it also makes him riveting to watch when he does get off: Like the man himself, the manner in which he bears down is never subtle. Spurs forward Bruce Bowen, Bryant's foil these many years, says there's no indicator of an impending scoring binge, joking that you can't tell "by the way he chews his gum or something." But that's not true at all. Rather, his eruptions are almost comically predictable. Former teammate Devean George, now with the Dallas Mavericks, speaks of "that Kobe face where he starts looking around all pissed off." His coach at Lower Merion High in Ardmore, Pa., Gregg Downer, says he can recognize this expression even on TV. In these moments Bryant's youthful impudence, which flummoxed Del Harris when he was L.A.'s coach during Bryant's first two years in the league, resurfaces. "Kobe would put it on the floor and start going between his legs, back and forth, back and forth," says Harris, "and only then would he decide what to do."

So there was Kobe on May 21, with the Lakers down 20 in the third quarter and the L.A. crowd starting to boo, whipping the ball between his legs and shaking his noggin at Bowen like some enormous, ticked-off bobblehead. What followed seemed, in retrospect, inevitable: the deep jumpers, the twisting drives, the scowls and, finally, a cold-blooded Bryant pull-up in the lane with 23.9 seconds left to cap the 89-85 comeback win. Watching him manhandle the game, you could feel the series tilting westward, and indeed the Lakers were up two games to one after a 101-71 blowout last Friday and a 103-84 loss in Game 3 on Sunday.

Call it what you will: killer instinct, competitive fire, hatred of losing or, as Boston Celtics reserve guard Sam Cassell once said, "that Jordan thing." It's what has spurred Bryant all these years, what the Lakers will rely on if they are to win their first post-Shaq championship, what separates Kobe from the rest of the NBA. In 2002 Bryant said, "There's only two real killers in this league," meaning himself and Michael Jordan. Well, now there is only one. And it ain't Fabricio Oberto.

Because Kobe is Kobe, however, he cannot (or will not) soften his edge, the way Jordan did with his buddy-buddy NBA friendships, his who-would-have-thunk smirk or his endorsa-riffic smile. With Bryant, it manifests itself during practice, during games, during summer workouts, during conversation. Even in his dreams he is probably swatting a Connie Hawkins finger roll into the third row. "He can't turn it off, even if he tried," says George, one of a handful of NBA players relatively close to Bryant. And for that Kobe has often been pilloried. But is this really fair? "Kobe wants it so badly that he rubs an awful lot of people the wrong way," says Lakers consultant Tex Winter, the guru of the triangle offense, who has known Bryant since 1999. "But they're not willing to understand what's inside the guy."

O.K., then, let's try to understand. Starting at the beginning, moment by basketball moment.

It's 1989, and Bryant is 11 years old and living in Italy, where his father, Joe, is playing professional basketball. One day Kobe bugs Brian Shaw, a Boston Celtics first-round pick playing in Rome because of a contract dispute, to go one-on-one. Eventually Shaw agrees to a game of H-O-R-S-E. "To this day Kobe claims he beat me," says Shaw, now a Lakers assistant. "I'm like, Right, [I'm really trying to beat] an 11-year-old kid. But he's serious." Even back then Shaw noticed something different. "His dad was a good player, but he was the opposite of Kobe, real laid-back," says Shaw. "Kobe was out there challenging grown men to play one-on-one, and he really thought he could win."

It's early 1992, and Bryant is an eighth-grader in the suburbs of Philadelphia, skinny as an unfurled paper clip. He is playing against the Lower Merion varsity in an informal scrimmage. The older teens are taken aback. "Here's this kid, and he has no fear of us at all," says Doug Young, then a sophomore. "He's throwing elbows, setting hard screens." Bryant was not the best player on the floor that day -- not yet -- but he was close.

It's 1995, and Bryant is the senior leader of the Lower Merion team, obsessed with winning a state championship. He comes to the gym at 5 a.m. to work out before school, stays until 7 p.m. afterward. It's all part of the plan. When the Aces lost in the playoffs the previous spring, Bryant stood in the locker room, interrupting the seniors as they hugged each other, and all but guaranteed a title, adding, "The work starts now." (Bryant remains so amped about his alma mater that when he taped a video message for the team a few years ago, it contained few of the usual platitudes and instead had Bryant reeling off a bunch of expletives and exhorting the boys to "take care of f------ business!")

During the Kobe era at Lower Merion no moment was inconsequential, no drill unworthy of ultimate concentration. In one practice during his senior year, "just a random Tuesday," as coach Downer recalls, Bryant was engaged in a three-on-three drill in a game to 10. One of his teammates was Rob Schwartz, a 5' 7" junior benchwarmer. With the game tied at nine, Schwartz had an opening, drove to the basket and missed, allowing the other side to score and win. "Now, most kids go to the water fountain and move on," says Downer. Not Bryant. He chased Schwartz into the hallway and berated him. It didn't stop there, either. "Ever get the feeling someone is staring at you -- you don't have to look at them, but you know it?" says Schwartz. "I felt his eyes on me for the next 20 minutes. It was like, by losing that drill, I'd lost us the state championship."

Bryant had already begun to coax teammates into staying late or coming in at odd hours so he could hone his skills. "We'd play games of one-on-one to 100," says Schwartz. "Sometimes he'd score 80 points before I got one basket. I think the best I ever did was to lose 100-12." Imagine the focus required to score 80 freakin' baskets before your opponent scores one. And Bryant's probably still pissed that Schwartz broke double digits.

It's 1996, and the Lakers call in Bryant, fresh off his senior prom -- he took pop singer Brandy, you might recall -- for a predraft workout at the Inglewood High gym. In attendance are G.M. Jerry West and two members of L.A.'s media relations staff, John Black and Raymond Ridder. Bryant is to play one-on-one against Michael Cooper, the former Lakers guard and one of the premier defenders in NBA history. Cooper is 40 years old but still in great shape, wiry and long and stronger than the teenaged Bryant. The game is not even close. "It was like Cooper was mesmerized by him," says Ridder, now the Golden State Warriors' executive director of media relations. After 10 minutes West stands up. "That's it, I've seen enough," Ridder remembers West saying. "He's better than anyone we've got on the team right now. Let's go."

It would be a pattern: Bryant bearing down on players he once idolized. At Magic Johnson's summer charity game in 1998 he went after Orlando Magic star Penny Hardaway so hard -- in a charity game -- that Hardaway spent the fall telling people he couldn't wait to play the Lakers so he could go back at Bryant. And, more famously, Kobe attempted to go one-on-one against Jordan in the '98 All-Star Game, waving off a screen from Karl Malone. Take your pick-and-rolling butt out of here; I've got Jordan iso'd! That one didn't go over so well with the Mailman. "When young guys tell me to get out of the way," Malone said at the time, "that's a game I don't need to be in."

Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bynum has surgery!

Bynum undergoes arthroscopic surgery on left knee

Associated Press

Updated: May 21, 2008, 6:19 PM ET

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LOS ANGELES -- Center Andrew Bynum underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday in New York, and the Los Angeles Lakers said they expect him to make a full recovery by the start of training camp next fall.

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The 30-minute procedure, performed by Dr. David Altchek, consisted of removing some cartilage debris and smoothing some rough spots on the underside of Bynum's left kneecap, the team said.

Bynum had the operation on the same day the Lakers opened the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center.

Bynum hasn't played since suffering a bone bruise in his knee and a subluxation of the kneecap -- a brief dislocation that popped back into place -- in the third quarter of a 100-99 victory over Memphis on Jan. 13. He was having a breakout season, averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots in 35 games.

The Lakers estimated a day after the 20-year-old center was injured that he'd be sidelined eight to 12 weeks. But coach Phil Jackson said April 21 that a return this season was remote, and Bynum said much the same thing shortly thereafter.

Dr. Altchek examined Bynum in New York on April 10 and declined to clear him for practice. The 7-footer was examined again May 7 in Princeton, N.J., by Dr. Steven Gecha, who said there had been some improvement in the knee but recommended exploratory surgery if there wasn't more in the ensuing three to four weeks. The surgery was performed two weeks later.

Despite Bynum's absence, the Lakers went 57-25 to earn the top seed in the West and 8-2 to eliminate Denver and Utah from the playoffs to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004.

Bynum, the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 46 games as a rookie and 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.56 blocked shots in 82 games in his second season.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Janet announces tour starting in september

What Can CP work on?

I know that players continually look for ways to continue to improve their game, so KNOW that this is not a KNOCK on my girl CP3, but I am hoping she will get this free-throw shooting down. It may be the shoulder, being that I seen her grabbing at her right shoulder, but I want her to shoot at least 75% at the line for this season. She shot somewhere around 70% in college. She went like 7-14, so she would have had like 41pts...as if 34 wasn't good...lol. Like I said just want her to continue to improve on every level, I know she can do it...she hit the 2 3's like she has been doing that her whole career. Can't wait til they play the DREAM.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

kobe bryant 34pts vs jazz game 6 lakers advance to WC finals

Western Conference Finals BABY!!!!!!!!

Candace Parker's WNBA debut (5.17.08)

There really are NO words to describe the debut of Candace Parker. The woman was incredible. Now I have watched her whole entire career at UT, and had not seen her jumper THAT fluid. The 3 was like "silk", and the passes were Magic Johnson esque, it must just be and LA thing...lol. On the real though, I have never seen a more impressive debut in the history of the WNBA, and I have been watching since the inaugural season. I have been a Sparks fan now for 12yrs, and they haven't looked "this" good since '01-'02. LA is being painted orange, and it looks so good. The only thing I want her to work on is those free-throws, the girl could have finished with 41pts. I know that may sound petty, but it's the only "flaw" I could find for today's game...so she can continue to have something to work on.

Shannon Bobbitt's debut was not as "spectacular" as Candace's, but she played very solid off the bench. She ran the offense very well for the Sparks, just like she did at UT, and she hit a 3. What I really like is her high basketball IQ! It cannot be easy to go into different situations (UT/Sparks) and pick up the offense that quickly and run it. If TJ doesn't watch it, she will be coming off of the bench, please believe it.

Candace has a TARGET on her back

WNBA

WELCOME RAGGIN'
Those who know tell the WNBA's newest star what's in store.

By Laura Lane

She hasn't even played her first game yet, but Sparks rookie Candace Parker is already being hyped as the face of the WNBA. While most vets are taking a wait-and-see approach to the new girl, we asked five future opponents to size up the other CP3—and the challenges that lurk ahead.

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KARA LAWSON, Monarchs
"You can't have off games in this league, and mentally that's tough. You're playing back-to-back, you're traveling, you're criss-crossing the country. And especially for her, coming off that long college season, that's a big adjustment—not only for her body but for her mind, too."

NOELLE QUINN, Lynx
"Forget about off-the-court initiations. On the court, she'll have to look out for herself. Veterans will threaten her and do all of the little things you don't see on your TV screen. Candace has to be ready, because everyone is going to go all out against her."

TICHA PENICHEIRO, Monarchs
"Playing at Tennessee prepared her so well for the league. But right now, she might be more prepared mentally than physically. Who knows what to expect from her bum shoulder?"

SHERYL SWOOPES, Storm
"There was so much hype when Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Seimone Augustus turned pro. And now it's Candace. I think a lot of players take her coming in as a personal challenge. Everybody's talking about the endorsements she has or will get, so they will be gunning for her. She's got a target on her back."

IVORY LATTA, Dream
"People are going to say whatever they want. If she's got the hops to dunk, then why not dunk? They might complain she dribbles too much or whatever, but she's got to do her thing. If she can dunk, then she should throw it down."

The Lakers Are Back In A familiar Place!!!!

Last night the LA Lakers propelled themselves back to the WCF. A place they had not visited since 2003-2004 season, where they ended up in the finals and were beat by Detroit. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher can smell it. Bryant and the rest of the Laker starters were all in double figures and playing at a high proficiency rate. The team just wouldn't be denied! Now its time to rest up and get ready for the winner of Spurs/Hornets matchup! Either way we are going to the ship.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Dynamic Duo

I just can't wait til tomorrow.

Sylvia Fowles Dunking in TV Shoot

Big Syl throwing it down and clowning with Armintie Price.

Other Lakers Step Up

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-plaschke15-2008may15,0,1275234.column?track=rss

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Fantasia Barrino - I Believe

Go...sing that!

Endow Me...Live From Charlotte

Just great inspirational music!

Shanna Zolman-Crossley out with ACL injury!

May 14, 2008
Silver Stars Guard Crossley Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio guard Shanna Crossley tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in her left knee during Monday night’s preseason contest with Detroit, announced head coach and general manager Dan Hughes.

Crossley injured her knee during San Antonio’s second offensive possession of the game. She will have surgery to repair the torn ligament on Thursday, May 22.

“Shanna has been an important part of our franchise during the past two seasons,” said Hughes. “We will certainly miss her this season, but she will be here rehabbing and we look forward to having her back on the court in 2009.”

Drafted by the Silver Stars in the second round of the 2006 WNBA draft, Crossley is the only Silver Star to have appeared in every game for the past two seasons. In those two seasons, Crossley has made 122 3-point field goals, second best in franchise history. In 2007, she averaged 9.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
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Expect Great: Tamika Catchings

UT Alumni

Expect Great: Candace Parker

EXPECT GREAT

kobe bryant 26pts 7asts vs jazz game 5 playoffs lakers win !

It's now time to END this series. Look out Salt Lake City...Kobe is BACKKK!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lakers/Celtics We gonna see it!

The NBA Finals collision that corner-office TV execs have dreamed of since Larry Bird and Magic Johnson stopped waging battle so many Junes ago – the Boston Celtics versus the L.A. Lakers -- has hit somewhat of a snag.

Unquestionably, there are chinks in the armor of both the revamped Celtics and the Lakers. And because of those blemishes, the NBA just might not get the L.A.-Boston showdown that it craves for so many reasons.

A veteran Celtics team that steam-rolled through the regular season can't go on the road and win in Atlanta or Cleveland? A Lakers team that has looked unbeatable before the starlets and stars in Hollywood turns to mush in front of those vitriolic fans in Utah?

What gives here?

Of course, both Boston and L.A. could possibly hide their road woes with homecourt advantages they secured during spectacular regular seasons. And in no sport does the homecourt matter more than in the NBA where the home teams won 17 of the first 18 games of the conference semifinals.

But you see these road hiccups from Boston and Los Angeles and there seems to be no way possible either could topple playoff-hardened Detroit or San Antonio in the conference finals. Even those playoff neophytes, the New Orleans Hornets, could give the Lakers tremendous fits what with the energy they play with at home. And all of this is moot, of course, if the Celtics can't get past LeBron and Cleveland in the semifinals.

Still, a Boston-Los Angeles matchup is the favored choice of so many fans who don't have ties to the Spurs, Jazz, Pistons, Cavaliers and Hornets. Maybe it's because they want to see indefatigable Kevin Garnett finally get a chance at a championship. Maybe it's because fans want to see Kobe Bryant chase the championship that would define the second half of his career and finally allow him to escape Shaquille O'Neal's enormous shadow.

But the primary reason that Joe Sixpack is rooting for another Celtics-Lakers rematch is because of the incredible memories such a showdown would spark.

To the 30-something-year-old fans like myself, Celtics-Lakers is where our passion for basketball first started. Watching Bird rain in jumpers and Magic run that ``Showtime'' fastbreak was basketball at its finest. Celtics-Lakers gave us Kareem Abdul-Jabbar versus Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale against James Worthy. Those weren't just matchups; they were epic battles with haymakers coming from both sides.

Those Celtics-Lakers gave us the Memorial Day Massacre, Magic's Baby Hook, Kurt Rambis getting taken down with a clothesline tackle and the Coop-A-Loop dunk from Michael Cooper.

Now, fast forward two decades and think of the endless possibilities another Celtics-Lakers Finals would present.

Kobe would be going against hated rival Ray Allen. Garnett would match his all-around skills against those of Pau Gasol, who fell into a perfect situation in Phil Jackson's triangle offense. And Paul Pierce would return to his Los Angeles home to try and take down the very franchise that he grew up rooting for.

Will it happen? Not if the Pistons, Spurs, Horne

Monday, May 12, 2008

Showtime Sparks!!!

http://www.in-forum.com/Sports/articles/200974

preseason thriller: Sparks vs Lynx

If we as women basketball fans could only tell our story about the love of the game. Last night, the LA Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx went at, and the results were a double overtime victory for the Sparks (106-105)! A game in which no one saw, nor one that had a boxscore for the majority of the night. But LOYAL fans of the game, frantically typed up the action as it was happening. You had alot of players trying to convince coaches they deserved a roster spot last night, and Shannon aka lil bit made a case for herself last night, going 4-5, for 11pts. Zoll was 1-3, scoring 3pts. LA has some MAJOR decisions to make. Cooper keep it orange in LA!

Lakers lose another close one!

Another hard-fought loss to the jazz. Man this one was very disappointing because even though we should have lost by double digits we took the game into overtime and ended up losing at the line. As a lakers fan, I will not use excuses, yet to see the obvious pain Kobe was in, only made me want to see Phil take him out. Now with the series tied, the lakers will return home to defend their home court, and I believe it will be a doozy! Kobe will be fine, and continue to watch Lamar do his thing. PAU must get his head in the game! I really hope Turiaf is not suspended by the league, because it should not have been called a flagrant 2! Nevertheless, we let 2 slip away, but it won't happen again! Get ready Laker fans its going to be a great game, for us anyway...LOL!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Parker to Shoulder the WNBA Load?!

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0253388420080509

After reading this article, I know we really have to make sure that we(the fans) must also hold Candace down, because the pressure could be great...but I have a "sneaky suspicion" she will be just fine.

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Now these were some great ADS!

WNBA: She wouldn't say that, would you?

I am SO ready for this season to start. The WNBA finally has a crop of players coming in that will actually make the NEXT push for longevity for the league. Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, and many others, were the stars that help to keep the league afloat as far as "star" power, but being that they are aging, and moving in the next step of their lives...motherhood and retirement, the 2008 class must come in with an understanding that they must be ready to step in and fulfill roles for their perspective teams that will continue to propel this league to the next level. Players such as Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles, and Candice Wiggins are considered "STAR QUALITY", and they MUST produce. The next 3yrs. will tell it all. These 3 players cannot play intimidated, scared, or nervous...they can be humble, but must be ready to take last second shots, get the biggest rebounds of the game, block a last second shot, and MAKE CRUCIAL last second decisions. The game is still fun, but now you are getting paid for it, and if they ever get a chance to make even HALF of what the men make, then they better bring the college fans into the league with them, as well as the casual male fan. It probably wouldn't hurt to bring Pat Summitt in to help "grow" the game, being that she did such a great job in the college ranks. If she ever left UT to go to the WNBA that may help as well, so the next time I had a vacancy I would pay her a great amount to come pro. Hey... it couldn't hurt.
But let me be the first to say...I would really hate to see Pat leave UT, for ANY reason.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lakers vs Jazz Game 4

What can I say about game 4, except I watch the Lakers continually turn the ball over, and most of the time without any pressure. The jazz really turned up the heat on defense, and that CROWD IS REALLY LOUD, sitting right on top of the court like that. Yet when it was all said and done, we witnessed Kobe Bryant come alive and "almost" single-handedly bring the Lakers to a win, yet fell short. Luke Walton looked like a "rookie" in the closing minutes, not being able to score, and turning the ball over at a pivotal moment. And was I the only one that noticed, that Kobe was screaming the same thing at him, he was screaming when the Lakers played...awww shoot...it is escaping me...lol, but look was taking the ball out, and forced the ball in, and ended up turning it over, and Kobe was telling him to take the timeout, and the Lakers lost, it was the same thing. He was trying to get the ball into Fisher when he caught the tap from Gasol, and ended up turning the ball over. Poor Luke, he had it going during the Denver series, and now he seems to be struggling again. The Lakers really need some good news from Trevor Ariza, so that we can get some DE-Fence in the game, and a high-flyer.
All in all though, I still fill good about the series, because as poor as the Lakers played, they still had a chance to win the game, so the jazz fans better enjoy this one, because I'm sure the Lakers will be FOCUSED tomorrow.