Sunday, May 31, 2009

How The West Was Won

2009 NBA Finals: Kobe Bryant vs Dwight Howard Preview [Terminator Salvation]

Sunday, May 24, 2009

lakers vs nuggets game 3 2009 playoffs... kobe bryant 41 points.. clutch 3 pointer .. lakers win !!

YOU HEAR THAT LAKERNATION....SILENCE!!!!!!



YOU HEAR THAT LAKERNATION…SILENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It was the shot heard around the world-my call: 1sec left on the clock, Hedo on Lebron, Lebron gets away catches the pass: IT’S GOOD, IT’S GOOD! LEBRON JAMES JUST HIT THE GAME WINNING SHOT TO TIE THE BEST OF 7 SERIES VS ORLANDO AT 1-1. End scene! But NO, there was play by play talk, a break down of the play frame by frame with the TNT crew! It was no wonder Lebron could hardly walk after the first game, he has so MANY PEOPLE hanging on his NU–! Even with Charles Barkley “attempting” to be FOR the Magic, he was hanging on too. I wonder do they think Lebron will give them some type of renewed life for the game? SMH

Tonight Kobe Bryant walked into the Pepsi Center, undoubtedly with only ONE thing on his mind, win game 3! He could hear the GREAT DEBATE going on, KOBE or LEBRON, the words of his MENTOR (THE LOGO) violently thundering in his ear, & yet on the outside he remains CALM, but his MENTALITY ROSE ANOTHER LEVEL! People will NEVER understand the CLOSER MENTALITY a person needs to become LEGENDARY IN THIS GAME! I had a person say to me today: “the reason people show Kobe no love is because he declared himself great!” I’m sorry people, I never heard Kobe “declare” himself anything except being the BLACK MAMBA! We all know if this man played basketball in any other city, he would be RESPECTED BY ALL! I “hated” Michael Jordan, even moreso after what he did to us in 91, but only as a PLAYER (no rephrase) only as a GREAT PLAYER, understanding he had the ability to close MY team out of a win!LOL Yet media analysts have written off the Lakers as a TEAM and Kobe Bryant as THE GREATEST PLAYER in the league! How can I say that you ask? Because on this 23rd day of May, 2009 Kobe Bean Bryant hit a 3ptr with 1:10 left in the 4th quarter that put the Lakers up for good, and there was no shall I say HOOPLA, KOBE BRYANT NUT HANGERS (& why not), maybe it’s because for 12/13yrs HE HAS BEEN DOING THIS!!!! Have the media become so bored with the heroics of Bryant that they no longer even consider them CLOSER MOMENTS anymore? Absolutely Crazy! Then in the middle of the LAKERS battle royal with the Nuggets, they INTERVIEW LEBRON on his game winning shot…sounds like what happens to people who’s not use to doing BIG things when they COUNT?! I’M JUST SAYING…LOL. And people this is NOT in anyway a BASH Lebron James post, I’ve said it before, but if the media do not want to acknowledge #24, even when the BIGGEST COUNTRY (people wise) says he is, ok I’m baffled! I can understand the youngsters gravitating towards Lebron right now, but most of the media that’s around now, knows in their basketball HEARTS who is the best player in the game-KOBE BEAN BRYANT! Update: Stephen A Smith says Kobe hit 15 of 17 FT’s. Big three as the game waned. That’s what makes choosing b/t him and LeBron so hard. Kobe’s still the ultimate closer…so that’s the first nu– hugger, though he barely hanging on, w/ ability to fall off at anytime.lol

SO LAKERNATION it’s up to us to REMIND THE WORLD, that we are not going to chop Kobe’s accomplishments, skills, and passion into parts-saying he is the best closer, but would rather have Lebron as a teammate…smh, isn’t that crazy? Why have a great “TEAMMATE” who YOU WOULD NOT CHOOSE AS A CLOSER? Im just asking.Oh & Kobe is definitely a good teammate! 4get b4, the GREAT DEBATE is going on NOW!

SIDENOTE: You want to know why the Lakers will win this series

because this man WILL NOT QUIT! HE WILL NOT ALLOW HIS LAKERS TO QUIT and that’s advantage Lakers! He would not allow the Nuggets to take true control to a point where the Lakers had no chance in this game.He did no let the refs, the fans, or even his younger teammates (Jordan Farmar receiving a tech) to mute his GREATNESS. Lead never ballooned past 8pts, and Kobe Bryant continued to be spectacular! Here’s the call: Kobe Bryant comes down 1dribble, 2dribble pull up (SILENCE)HITS THE 3! KOBE BRYANT JUST HIT A BIG 3! HE PUTS THE LAKERS UP BY ONE! 2008-09 NBA CHAMPIONS THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS! LAKER WORLD ORDER STAND UP! LET’S GO GET IT!

Michael Cooper Keeping Sparks Roster Options Open


Michael Cooper keeping Sparks' roster options open
6:57 PM, May 22, 2009

Lisa Leslie and her 22-month-old daughter, Lauren Lockwood, pose during a photo session on the Los Angeles Sparks' basketball media day in Hawthorne, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Leslie wants to go out with a bang in the WNBA. The soon-to-be retired All-Star wants a championship and she's hoping to have teammate Candace Parker back by late June to help her make it happen. After the Sparks' first week of training camp, Sparks Coach Michael Cooper says "you're starting to see the clarity in the water a little bit more as far as the type of people we need for our ballclub this year.

"I'm changing lineups obviously to give everybody their best opportunity to show what they can do," Cooper said. "Just giving everybody their fair chance to assess that properly."

Cooper maintained he didn't have a set starting lineup, though he acknowledged the combination of Noelle Quinn, Betty Lennox, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie "is a very good lineup for us." That unit often played together in Friday's practice, but players at Wednesday's media day said Cooper has fielded between five and seven different combinations.

"Obviously with Noelle at the 1 brings us that big 1 that we used to have with Nikki [Teasley] in the years we had our championship," Cooper said. "Betty is that awesome 2 guard you want to get points in transition as well as out of your set. Both of them can spread the defense. Both are good three-point shooters."

"D-Nasty (Milton-Jones), you know what she brings at the 3. Tina, we’re seeing more and more of her real value not only to the Houston Comets but to this league with being able to stretch the defense to the NBA [three-point line]. Her tenacity of getting in there and knowing how to win. Smooth [Lisa Leslie] is Smooth. It’s a unique situation to have, but again they say sometimes talent doesn’t win. It has to be brought together right. That’s the coaching’s job. That’s what we’re doing."

Forward Candace Parker, last season's most valuable player, gave birth on May 13 to a girl and will miss an undetermined part of the season. Despite the absence, the Sparks are still considered among the preseason favorites to win the WNBA championship this year, a season after falling to the San Antonio Silver Stars last year in the Western Conference finals.

Cooper's practices mostly entail drills in the morning and scrimmaging in the evening. Because of the WNBA's rule to cut roster sizes from 13 to 11, Cooper says he's waiting until June 5 before he'll decide his complete roster. Silver medalist guard Kristi Harrower hasn't been at training camp yet, as the Australian native is trying to iron out paperwork upon arrival. Sparks General Manager Penny Toler said through a spokesperson that Harrower is expected to arrive on May 28 or May 29, giving Cooper more reason to keep his options open. The regular season opens June 6 against the Detroit Shock, last year's WNBA champion.

"In making our team with the 10th or 11th person, they’re not going to impress me a lot by shooting the ball," said Cooper, who added he plans to rotate nine players each game. "We got people who can shoot the ball. We need people that can get them the basketball and then play defense. Those two attributes will help me a lot as far as determining who’s going to be that 10th or 11th pick."

Among the players competing for a backcourt position include guard Shannon Bobbitt, guard Marie Ferdinand-Harris and guard Marta Fernandez.

"I think the year overseas definitely helped Bobbitt," Cooper said. "I think sometimes you just need to play in this league. As a rookie coming out of college, you don’t understand the real significance of being a pro unless you’re playing other pros. It doesn’t help you to play sporadically here or there. So the years she spent in Turkey, it helped her. You can see the maturity that she has.

"Obviously Marie, the year she had last year, was one she would like to have back. I think the fact that shes’s in a right frame of mind. She is looking for that starting spot. So don’t be surprised to see her in the starting position."

Even though the Sparks have a very loaded frontcourt with four Olympians (including Parker when she returns), Cooper says he's been impressed with forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Ashley Paris. The Sparks selected Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue) in this year's WNBA draft with its 13th overall pick, while Paris (Oklahoma) was drafted 35th overall in the second round.

Cooper on Wisdom-Hylton: "Active rebounder, real good passer for a big, has that diversity that we like in our bigs in being able to play multiple positions. She showed she can move around to the 3. Five might be out of her realm, but against certain teams she may be able to play the 5 spot."

Cooper on Paris: "Ashley is a better ball handler than expected. She’s another one that can move out and play multiple positions. I know in college she was mainly just a 4 most of the time. But here she’s probably going to have to put in a little work at the 3. So that’s always a good thing because again the more positions you can play, the more minutes you can spend out on the court."

Stay tuned for more Sparks coverage.

--Mark Medina

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Amar'e Stoudemire my swagger is at an all time high

Media Licking Lebron Like A Lollipop

MEDIA LICKING LEBRON LIKE A LOLLIPOP

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First off let me TIP my hat to Lebron James for that GREAT game winning shot with 1sec left on the clock to even this series with Orlando at 1-1. MVP=what u SUPPOSE TO DO! Yet my great appreciation for the skills this man possess! Take this article the way you want, but KNOW that I respect LBJ as a player and acknowledge how great he is at the tender age of 24, he only has UP to go. So understand I am NOT bashing him personally, rather the LACK OF RESPECT for a man who has PROVEN HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN
AKA MR. BATTLETESTED!I sat and watch the Orlando Magic come into Cleveland where this team (Cavs) have only one LEGIT loss (to the man posted above) while the other was to Philly at the end of the season in a game in which LJ did not play, and beat THE KING on an amazing shot by Rashard Lewis, where Dwight Howard totally dominated the paint with a 30/13 game. They kept the camera on Lebron while he “limped” off the courtlebronwimpand kept the players from the WINNING team waiting, while they looked at Lebron’s booboo. You would have thought the man broke his leg or something. I didn’t see them keep Carmelo waiting while Kobe was visibly frustrated and “hurt” about the Lakers lost…I’m just perplexed. But the media is what really cause me to vent in this manner. Let’s start with Stephen A Smith, this guy says ” 1 more thing: Lebron was covered on that last shot, but he found a way to TAKE that last shot. Kobe should have done the same. NOT FISHER.” Then there is the TNT crew, who are the biggest LOLLIPOP lickers of all. But out of all of them Kenny “the jet” Smith takes the cake. When Kobe Bryant went on his AMAZING PERFORMANCE in game 1, he comments were more to the nature of Kobe Bryant made some gr8 plays, but it was more of the Nuggets br8ing down on defense…basically taking away THE AMAZING. I was still floating from that victory the next day when I saw those guys, & then I just wanted to go off!

Who ever made up these rules that Kobe Bryant’s legacy is tarnished if he does not win a ring without Shaq? Will the same be said about D-Wade? This is just absolutely RIDICULOUS! I never seen a player so hated on as Kobe Bryant, it’s as if he has PERSONALLY done something to each of these people. His legacy most assuredly DOES NOT hinge on winning a championship without Shaq, it’s hinges on (in my humble opinion) his ability to CONTINUE to trust his teammates with that legacy. Actually right now, I know his confidence is feeling a little shaky, but he is trying. It is an absolute necessity that Pau, Drew, Bynum, Odom, & especially Fisher must KOBE-Diem, because they have the motivation of winning their first, but the ability to help ARGUABLY THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME…solidify his greatness! To me he has already solidified his greatness just by being WILLING to sacrafice in anyway necessary to win. To us it seems like the logical thing to do, but it was huge for Kobe…so I tip my hat to him!

He even has WNBA players hating on him. Like I said before, it’s as if he PERSONALLY did something to each of them to make them hurt him. SMH! When ESPN debut “Kobe Doin’ Work” players were on twitter saying: Spike should have made Lebron doin work, cause Kobe does not do it for me”…Monique Curry, Tasha Humphrey, etc…absolutely ridiculous!

I sit in my room remembering 62pts through the 3rd qtr, outscoring an entire team, even better 81pts, & then 3 50pt games in a row, simply because HE HAD TOO! A man who’s only desire is to be the BEST IN HIS PROFESSION! He has not robbed anyone of anything, he simply strives daily to win championships, and HE IS TOTALLY DISRESPECTED BY THE MEDIA! Even Jerry West is weighing in right now…and I digress on that, I mean West is the Logo. And West is the great MOTIVATOR, SO WHEN IT’S NBA FINALS TIME…we get to see if this 1sec shot will be there for the KING or will the BLACK MAMBA strike for CHAMPIONSHIP #4!

SIDENOTE: When the Olympic Gold Medal was on the line, and Lebron twice WOULD NOT PASS THE BALL TO KOBE in the waning moments, a timeout was taken. Cannot say what was spoken in the huddle, but the next two plays Kobe took the ball and scored…USA wins the Gold Medal, on a team LAUDED with STARS, the brightest STAR shined!

I LOVE THE LAKERS

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

FISHING FOR VUJACIC

Hello Lakernation. Wow Game 7 with the Rockets, and now a nail-biter with the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, which had me wiping my brow after the victory. Today I want to just express a few thoughts about a couple of things. First I will explore how the Rocket series really helped us to win a game like last night, and then talk about why we ALL should be happy we have Derek Fisher on this team, and why it may be time to let Sasha go!

I would never want to admit that I WANTED the Lakers to go to seven games with the Rockets, but nonetheless having to fight our own "demons" in this battle is truly part of why we were able to win last night. After all the defensive lapses we had during that 7game series, made us understand that against this Denver Nugget team, we would never get away with it. In the first quarter when we were down by 8, then by 13 i seen a different Laker team. I noticed that Phil called a timeout before it got out of hand, and that the guys would make a basket when it was needed most. 2 games ago, that lead would have ended up being 20 before the end of the first half, but though we were severely outplayed offensively, we never lost our hunger to take the lead! Which gets me to my next point:

Derek Fisher, wow he just continues to hit those TIMELY shots for the LAKERS. This man is having the worst offensive output he has had in the playoffs in years, but when we needed him the most, he came through, not once, but twice. The 3pointers he hit were at crucial parts of the game. His defense was not spectacular, but he did not get beat like he stole something either. But we can never understand the LEADERSHIP that Derek brings to this team, and that is priceless. We must understand that he is getting older, so their will be some deficiencies in athleticism, but skill only gets better. He also took a charge, to stop a run that Denver was on, so I do value having him on this team. We must remember that it's all about matchups, and even Jordan had some difficulty stopping Brooks one on one. But against Billups we need Derek's big body to bang against Chauncey. So it should be a better outting for him.

Now Sasha Vujacic...shaking my head! I have been waiting on him to come out of this "slump" since he started the season. We all know he was hurt at the beginning of the season, but we are now 7gms away from a championship & that shot is still not falling. Sasha was hired for one reason, to hit 3's, so how valuable is he, when not hitting them? I must admit I love how fiesty he is on defense at times, but I am just as upset with some of the uncalled for fouls, because of how EMOTIONAL he can be on the court. Yet, he was hired for ONE main component of his game, and since that has been missing for an ENTIRE season is it time to package him up, & make a trade? Does he have any trade value? Well one thing is for sure, at anytime during these playoffs he could go off, and we will have to wait and see. But right now he gets my "smush parker" award. Hope he comes and plays the way I know he is capable of. So right now we are simply FISHING FOR VUJACIC! ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD BAIT?

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lakers Rockets Game 7 - Winner Takes ALL

Finally at Peace, Holdsclaw Returns To The WNBA

ATLANTA (AP) - Chamique Holdsclaw has polished off the crab cakes and onion rings at Ted Turner's downtown restaurant when a fellow diner notices a tattoo on the inside of her wrist.

"Freedom,'' she says, holding up her arm proudly.

She got the tattoo shortly after "retiring'' from the WNBA, a tumultuous time in her life when she was called everything from star to selfish to head case.

"It's like my own personal freedom,'' Holdsclaw explained. "I'm going to do what I want to do, and I'm going to feel good about it. It's very personal to me.''

These days, she can't stop smiling. Like a beaming bride about to walk down the aisle, Holdsclaw is filled with a sort of bubbling-over joy that hasn't always come so easily to someone who grew up in the projects of New York City, watched her mother nearly kill herself with the bottle, battled depression after the death of the beloved grandmother who raised her, and never quite felt comfortable being the face of women's basketball.

"I'm really,'' Holdsclaw said, pausing as though she couldn't believe what was about to roll off her tongue, "excited. I don't think I've ever said that before.''

After suddenly retiring from the WNBA two years ago, a move she shockingly announced just a few weeks into the season but without much of an explanation, Holdsclaw is ready for a comeback. Her body feels good. Her mind is even better. At 31, she wants to play this game on her terms.

"This is like a new beginning for me,'' said Holdsclaw, who signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Dream. "I'm just going to go out there and have some fun. I really mean that.''

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For those who may have forgotten, Holdsclaw was the 1990s version of Candace Parker, an enormously gifted player who was supposed to have the sort of crossover appeal the women's game so badly needed in those early days of the WNBA.

A four-time All-American at Tennessee, Holdsclaw led the Lady Vols to three straight national championships and an astonishing 134-17 record. She was the leading scorer and rebounder in Southeastern Conference history, collected the Sullivan Award as America's top amateur athlete, and was hailed by many as the greatest women's player ever - before she had even collected a paycheck.

In 1999, Holdsclaw was selected first overall in the WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics, a struggling team in desperate need of some star power. The hype-o-meter went off the charts when she became the first female to appear on the cover of SLAM magazine, posing in a New York Knicks jersey and leading to an inevitable question: Was she actually good enough to play in the NBA?

In retrospect, Holdsclaw could have done without all the hoopla.

"Some people looked at it as me being stuck up. I wasn't,'' she said during an hourlong interview with The Associated Press. "I just wanted to chill. I'm sorry, but this is the way I am. Since I was a young kid, I've been this way. I never wanted to be the center of attention. That's just the way it is.''

Holdsclaw was forced to put up a wall during her formative years growing up in the Astoria section of Queens. Her father had mental health problems. Her mother was an alcoholic.

"I was so embarrassed,'' she said. "The kids would make fun of me. They would make fun of my mom. They would be saying, 'Why is your mom like that?' It made me almost like an introvert. I was always fun to be around, but a part of me kind of went into my little box.''

Still, to those on the outside, Holdsclaw appeared to be leading a charmed life. She was named rookie of the year. She started in the very first WNBA All-Star Game. She played on the U.S. team that won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

But trouble was brewing. The Mystics changed coaches constantly and never had much success, other than a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2002. The following year, even as Holdsclaw was averaging 20.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, Washington slumped to last in the East with a 9-25 record.

Then, her grandmother died suddenly from a heart attack. She was only 63.

Holdsclaw was devastated.

"I think it would have been different if I was kind of prepared for it,'' she said.

In July 2004, Holdsclaw failed to show up for the Mystics' game against Charlotte. She came back for one game, then sat out the rest of the season - including the playoffs. Everyone was baffled. Holdsclaw would only rule out the most obvious possibilities: pregnancy, addiction, illness.

After the season, Holdsclaw finally revealed she was clinically depressed. Until then, she had been too ashamed to discuss her problems publicly, but felt a need to defend herself when she heard what others were speculating.

"That (stuff) was kind of insulting,'' Holdsclaw said. "I'm supposed to be this enigma, this head case. But people don't know me. I know that everything I do, there's a reason behind it. The thing that was bad, the hardest part, was the whole D.C. thing. That's where people were able to point a finger at me. I was kind of embarrassed about the whole situation.''

Dr. Don Malone of the Cleveland Clinic has studied depression and other health-related issues in sports. He said high-level athletes can be especially vulnerable to mental illness.

"Athletes are used to working through things,'' Malone said. "If you have an injury, you rehab it and get over it. When you have a problem, you're expected to just buck up and get through it. Typically, coaches, media and other people are not the most understanding people in the world. They'll say to an athlete, 'You've got everything. What do you have to be depressed about?' But depression is an illness. It's not only for people without money. It happens to everybody, in any circumstances. It needs to be treated the same way in an athlete as any individual.''

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Holdsclaw sought treatment for her depression and got her life back in order. But the story doesn't end there.

After being traded by the Mystics, Holdsclaw had two fulfilling seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks. Then her knees began hurting. None of the doctors could find a problem, which led to whispers that she was merely faking the whole thing because she didn't want to play point guard.

Suddenly, Holdsclaw walked again.

"What I got from people who were close to the whole thing was, I was being a punk, I was being soft,'' she said. "But I felt in that situation, I walked away with my head held high. I felt like I communicated.''

It was hard to find anyone else taking Holdsclaw's side. She came across as a selfish, pampered athlete who would abandon her teammates at the drop of a hat when things didn't go her way.

Holdsclaw will admit that she was looking out for herself in Los Angeles, but only because she felt no one else was. Unlike their NBA counterparts, the top women's players often make the bulk of their money overseas. She was worried about losing a much more lucrative European contract if she played on bum knees.

After leaving the Sparks, Holdsclaw said she was finally diagnosed with chronic tendinitis. She underwent a new procedure known as "platelet-rich plasma,'' in which a person's own blood is used to treat the injury.

"It was painful as hell,'' she said. "Oh my God. They're basically pumping the tendon with blood. The pressure! Oh my God. I almost collapsed there one time.''

Once Holdsclaw fully recovered from the treatment, though, she felt like a new player. She carried on her career in Poland, her retirement only applicable to this side of the Atlantic.

"I had to get used to it - the language, the culture. There's a lot of differences,'' Holdsclaw said. "But once I got into the swing of things, it was great. It was peaceful. You don't understand the language, so you don't understand any criticism. You're just going out there and playing. And they're loving you because you're an American.''

Three years ago, she moved to Atlanta. Last summer, the city landed a WNBA franchise. When Holdsclaw began showing up at Philips Arena to watch the expansion Dream, it was only natural that coach Marynell Meadors put 2 and 2 together.

"Everyone knows Chamique,'' Meadors said. "I would go up and talk to her, welcome her to the games, and she would say, 'You need some finishers. I'm a finisher.' So I told her, 'Let me know when you're ready to put on an Atlanta Dream uniform.'''

Holdsclaw wasn't quite ready to return, but the Dream began making plans in case she changed her mind. Meadors, also the team's general manager, worked out a deal with the Sparks to acquire Holdsclaw's rights.

"She's one of the greatest players ever,'' Meadors said. "She needs to be in our league, whether it's on our floor or someone else's floor.''

After another season in Poland, Holdsclaw decided it was time to come out of retirement in America.

"I talked to her from time to time and she texted me frequently,'' said Pat Summitt, Holdsclaw's coach at Tennessee. "I think that she missed the game. I think she's excited.''

Holdsclaw said she would not have returned with any team but Atlanta, where she'll be surrounded by an extensive support group. She's got her friends. She's got family in Alabama. Summitt is right up the road in Knoxville.

Though no one will ever replace her grandmother, Holdsclaw's mother has reclaimed a prominent place in her life. They're more like sisters than parent and child.

"My sophomore year of college, my grandmother told me, 'I'm not always going to be there,''' Holdsclaw remembered. "I had gone three or four years without ever telling my mother I loved her. I was so upset by what she put us through. But when my grandmother told me that, I finally talked to my mother. I told her, 'I love you.' I still remember it. We were on the phone. My voice cracked. From that day forth, I accepted her back into my life.''

The Dream can't wait to accept Holdsclaw, even though she is coming off arthroscopic surgery after injuring her right knee in Poland. The team started its first season with 17 straight losses and finished 4-30. Meadors gutted the roster and brought in newcomers such as Sancho Lyttle, Nikki Teasley, Michelle Snow and No. 1 overall draft pick Angel McCoughtry.

But Holdsclaw figures to be the center of attention. Meadors isn't worried about her walking out again.

"She has grown tremendously,'' the coach said. "I know she's dealt with all the issues she had. She talked to me about every one of them. She matured, she handled them and she moved on. Now, she's in a better state of mind.

"I think this is the first time in her life,'' Meadors added, "that she's really, really, really been happy.''


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Friday, May 15, 2009

Allyson Felix Jen Stuczynski - LA's fastest 5 year Old

Another Great WNBA Season Starts June 6th! Spot #2

I'm Speaking Lakernese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m speaking LAKERNESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could begin this FIRE TIRADE with all type of things that went wrong in this game and taking accountability for my teams’ inability to buy a basket in the first quarter, but for once I am going to just fly off the handle about some of the things the players on the floor COULD NOT CONTROL: THE REFS, PHILS SUBSTITUTIONS, & PAU GASOL SIMPLY RUNNING OUT OF GAS!

Let’s get the thing about the refs out of the way first, when the Lakers started this game, it was bad from the tip when Drew miss timed his jump. Scola was playing outside of himself, and yet this game did not have the same DRUBBING feeling of game 4. But after the first half Chuck Hayes had 3 fouls, and lakers had 12! All I ever ask from refs is to stay consistent in a game, if it’s over the back on one end it’s the same on the other. I watched Gasol get a rebound and Landry come over the top and mug him. Now Pau should have kept the ball, but it’s still over the back. Lamar Odom go up for a rebound get pushed in the back No Call, come down on next play and Bynum get’s called for a push off, it’s just painful when it’s playoff games! People are really mistaken if they truly believe that adjusting to the way the refs call the games does not affect or should not affect if a player is aggressive or not! If Kobe continues to go to the hole, and get NO calls, he adjusts that part of his game, which could be costly. Yet I hear analyst scream out Kobe is not aggressive enough, or the big men are passive, but anything aggressive generally ends with cheap foul calls. Have the refs bought into the analyst crap that the ROCKETS DO NOT FOUL when people come into the lane? selah

Now Phil Jackson’s substitutions are becoming suspect to me. We already know the greatness that is Phil Jackson, but playing Fisher so long in the first quarter IN THIS SERIES, is not the answer. Just like Farmar played sparingly during the Utah series, Fisher should be doing the same in this series. Yet when Jordan does come in, hit a 3, plays descent D on Brooks, he takes him out and put in Vujacic (who can’t buy a bucket)! I just don’t understand! It’s the pg play that TRULY hurts our team, so why not stop it from the beginning?

Pau Gasol, WOW! Not here to talk bad about Pau Gasol, because he has truly been the one CONSISTENT proponent on our team, and with that said, I think he is running out of GAS! It’s times when he seem to be able to turn it on for like 5 minute stretches and then next game he is laboring up and down the floor. Tonight was a great example. Scola was letting him have it specifically, and he could do nothing! He didn’t have those blocks like game 5, but when he did assert himself, nothing but field goals. If Kobe Bryant has to hit u upside the head, in a timeout, things are not looking good!

In conclusion, the analyst have ALL decided they will NOT pick the LAKERS anymore past this series! From Mark Jackson to Stephen A Smith, who also added through twitter that Kobe Bryant HAS ABSOLUTELY NO HELP! From Gasol to Odom, no one is stepping up to help him put this team away! How do the analyst go from LeBron is MVP because he has less to work with, to Kobe team is too young, and though talented just has NO HEART, to the Lakers will not go back to the Finals? The Celtics have been fighting for their lives in the playoffs, back last season and this season, and they are NoT getting the slack we are getting. When we lost Bynum for a minute, their was no COMPASSION for us, kg is out, and the Celtics are the veterans that find a way to win, albeit in Game 7’s? You know what I guess the best way to look at this is when Kobe Bryant is hugging that trophy in June, with tears streaming down his face, I don’t want to hear a word from these same analysts! It’s a spirited game, and I can understand that, but the Lakers are not the first to team to go to a game 7 in these playoffs, so get off of our backs, all that matters in the end is that we win that game, and keep it moving. And don’t be so quick to jump on the Nuggets bandwagon because they have not played any team up to par with them yet, so I look forward to a great WCF’s!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

LA TImes -- Bash Jordan Farmar Day

Congratulation to Candace Parker and Sheldon Williams

Candace Parker Welcomes Baby Girl
Posted May 13 2009 4:21PM

(May 13, 2009) – Candace Parker gave birth to a baby girl today at 11:29 a.m. It is the first child for the WNBA MVP / Rookie of the Year and husband Shelden Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The baby girl weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches in length.

“Shelden and I are thrilled,” said Parker. “This is such a life changing moment for us, we feel blessed to have a healthy and beautiful baby girl.”

Parker plans to rejoin the Los Angeles Sparks once she has received clearance from her physician.

lakers vs rockets game 5 2009 nba playoffs. tons of highlights.. 40 point blowout !!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009