Sunday, February 28, 2010

Podcast: Voice of the Nation – Episode #71

As we slog through the dog days of the NBA, Voice of the Nation returns to bring you mid-season form Lakers talk!
G-Small and D-Bricks analyze how a veteran Lakers team is starting to feel the effects of a third straight title run, why the point guard play may become a real source of worry.
J.R. Smith popping off at the mouth, teams making shady personnel deals, and G-Small and D-Bricks getting their Kobe and Shaq on?
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Lady Vols defeat Ole Miss 75-63 to End Regular Season

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt could tell a difference in her team in its first game since clinching the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.
She was hardly happy about it.
Shekinna Stricklen scored 23 points to help the No. 4 Lady Volunteers fight off a second-half rally from Mississippi for a 75-63 victory Sunday night, but Summitt was in no mood to celebrate Tennessee's 11th consecutive win to close out the regular season.
"Do I look like I'm happy? Do I sound like I'm happy?" Summitt said. "I'm disappointed in our team not bringing it all the time. If you are a team on a mission, you can see it. You can feel it, you know, and it's just obvious. But no, in this game, we decided to pick and choose, and we had two players step up and play great."
Alicia Manning recorded her first double-double with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Vols (27-2, 15-1 SEC), and Stricklen also had 10 rebounds.
"We won, and I know it's not one of our best games," Stricklen said. "But right now, we just have to let it go and just get ready for tournament time, and just go hard in every one of the games we play."
The Rebels (16-13, 6-8) got 34 points from Bianca Thomas and erased a double-digit deficit in the second half only to lose for the eighth time in 10 games and the second time this season against Tennessee.
Elizabeth Robertson's putback with 12:37 remaining completed Mississippi's comeback to tie the score at 50, but Tennessee put away the game by scoring 17 of the next 21 points.
Thomas, the SEC's leading scorer, hit 11 of 27 field goals and four of her 10 3-point attempts to post the second-highest point total of her senior season.
"I think she proved to everyone again tonight that she is one of the top players in the conference," Rebels coach Renee Ladner said. "She's still the leading scorer in the conference. I've said it all year. I think she's been a little disrespected, and she continues to prove people wrong. She was just outstanding for our team."
This one lacked some of the late drama of the last two meetings between the teams, both of which were won on last-second shots by Lady Vols guard Angie Bjorklund.
"It's happened two years straight," Thomas said. "Angie got a shot at the end in Oxford. It was very heartbreaking, not only to me but to the whole team."
The two teams could meet again in just a few days. The loss dropped Mississippi to the No. 9 seed for this week's SEC tournament in Duluth, Ga., where the Rebels will open Thursday against eighth-seeded South Carolina.
The winner will advance to play Tennessee for the third time this season on Friday.
"If we have to play Ole Miss again, that's a big challenge," Summitt said. "South Carolina is playing well."
The Lady Vols scored the game's first eight points in less than two minutes -- including two 3s by Stricklen -- and took a 40-32 advantage into halftime.
Stricklen finished with double-digit scoring for the sixth consecutive game for Tennessee, which shot 42.6 percent and scored 34 points in the paint.
"I think she's been in the gym and getting up just shot after shot after shot," Summitt said of Stricklen. "She's just committed to being a player that's going to have repetition offensively, and not just occasionally but often."

Wow who would have ever thought that ALICIA MANNING was going to become the X-factor on this LadyVols team? I must admit, I didn't at the beginning of the season, but every since she was inserted into the starting lineup, Alicia Manning has been playing like a woman possessed. Eating up rebounds on the offensive end, and laying the ball back up. Now if she get's more confident to take the WIDE-OPEN jump shots, the opponents are done for. I am so happy to see her get an opportunity, but glad she doesn't have to be the point guard, just able to be like a roamer on defense, and she takes it personally, and I love that. She get's in there and mix it up with the best of them, and her toughness can not be denied. Alicia Manning I tip my hat to you, the Ladyvols are undefeated with you in the starting line-up, and now it's tournament time.
THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION CONTINUES.

Lebron Want's to Be A Laker???

LeBron wants to be a Laker? Lazenby reports…
HoopsHype: The greatest NBA free agent of all time, LeBron James, is quietly making overtures to the Los Angeles Lakers.
He wants to play for them. And James is not all that concerned whether Kobe Bryant is part of the equation. Bryant, of course, has yet to sign a contract extension with L.A. and could wind up a free-agent himself, albeit one with high mileage.
But the overtures have been made. LeBron wants to wear the purple and gold. Mainly, he wants to wear a championship ring, which means he wants to play for Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
“LeBron wants to win. He’s a smart guy,” explainsone of my best inside sources, a close Jackson associate. “And Phil loves LeBron, absolutely LOVES him.”
There are many, many complicating factors to such a scenario, not the least of which is the fact that it’s way far from certain that Jackson will even be the coach of the Lakers next year.
“The Lakers have not made Phil an offer,” the Jackson source points out. However, rest assured of this, Jackson’s close associate maintained. “Phil will coach somewhere next year.”
Jackson wouldn’t dare take off next year if he’s not coaching the Lakers because he believes the following year will bring a lock-out, the source says. Jackson craves the chance to win another title before the NBA owners lock out the players in 2011-2012 to force a new contract.
“The whole league is under review,” the source points out. “Franchise values are falling, so the owners feel they must force a new labor agreement.”
Continue reading ‘Report: LeBron wants to be a Laker’

This is not as "far-fetched" as it seems. If anyone can remember, Lebron said numerous times that he wanted to be the first NBA player to become a billionaire. And even with all his endorsement deals, and the like, playing in Cleveland, the market just isn't big enough for him to do that. Playing in New York, LA, or even Chicago, that can happen rather quickly with the opportunities that will come his way, from movies, television, & the like. If Lebron does not win the NBA title this year (and he won't), I do believe that he is going to make headlines by leaving Cleveland (his home) and going somewhere else to play. Another thing is, even though we have the BEST NBA PLAYER IN THE GAME, MAYBE EVER, in Kobe Bryant, it won't be long before he will be ready to hang them up, and the Lakers will have to have a player that is able to fill the seats, night in and night out. Remember Kobe being on our team was able to do that even in our worst of seasons. Honestly, I would hope that Dwayne Wade would become Kobe Bryant's teammate before it's all said and done, but hey who knows.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

LadyVols Defeat Alabama 74-67 (Pat Summitt Not Happy)

At least it wasn’t a lost night.
The Lady Vols erased any lingering possibility of the unthinkable against the SEC’s last-place team with a scoring spurt inside the final 10 minutes. It provided sufficient breathing room for a 74-67 women’s basketball victory before a Pink Zone crowd of 3,900 at Coleman Coliseum.
The outcome didn’t provide much in the way of solace, however.
“It’s an opportunity for our basketball team to take a look at who we are,’’ UT coach Pat Summitt said. “… We disrespected the game of basketball tonight.”
Alyssia Brewer, who started in place of Kelley Cain, scored a team-high 20 points for No. 5 Tennessee (24-2, 12-1 SEC). She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Angie Bjorklund had 13
Freshman guard Celiscia Farmer made her first career start and scored a career-high 21 for Alabama (10-16, 2-11).
The Crimson Tide committed 24 turnovers, which resulted in a corresponding 27-14 Tennessee advantage in points off turnovers. That helped cover for the Lady Vols being outrebounded 45-33 and shooting 11 for 24 from the free throw line.
The Crimson Tide became just the second team to outrebound Tennessee this season (the other was No. 2 Stanford) and shot 45.9 percent from the floor, a season best by a UT opponent.
“We had a chance, if we had made some shots, to pull off something big,’’ Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said.
Tennessee came to Tuscaloosa without Cain, who stayed in Knoxville to attend classes. Alabama, on the other hand, began without its usual starting five, sending reserves Alyson Butler, Carmen McCoy, Katie Hancock, Tamara Williams and Farmer out for the opening tip.
“We were going to play who will play hard,’’ Hudson said. “That’s the group that was playing hardest in practice.”
Alabama’s new lineup played UT to standstill until the usual starters checked in with 14:14 left in the first half, establishing the rebounding dominance and shooting accuracy.
Tennessee, meanwhile, wasn’t establishing much of anything.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

GREGORY SMALL INTERVIEW KOBE AT ALL-STAR GAME (DWIGHT HOWARD?)

 In this interview...you see Kobe ask a young man if he met "Superman" Dwight Howard, then begins to say something to Dwight...like "remember what I told you" and then says: I'll talk to you. Now this is PROBABLY NOTHING AT ALL..but hey I'm Lakers fan...so I like to say "what if" ...lol. What if Dwight does a "full" Shaq? They can't win the title, he comes to LA? My oh my! Hey it's fun to dream, right?
Kobe could have just been giving the youngster some advice about Shaquille, and his whole acting "childish" about the Superman moniker. If we want to get technical it belongs to actor "Christopher Reeves" who played the original Superman, way back when.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lakers vs Warriors Highlights Brown Career High 27 Points

Lakers vs Warriors Highlights Brown Career High 27 Points

PAT SUMMITT BOOTS KAMIKO WILLIAMS FROM PRACTICE

Pat Summitt hadn't tossed a Tennessee women's basketball player from practice in nearly three years.
That changed Monday.
The Lady Vols coach sent freshman Kamiko Williams to the locker room after she exhibited low energy during a workout at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"Hopefully, she'll learn,'' Summitt said. "Again, she's the most athletic guard on our team."
The last Lady Vol to be banished was Dominique Redding, who was tossed from a practice leading up to the Women's Final Four in 2007. Earlier that season, Summitt sent the entire team packing.
After scoring 17 points off the bench in a 60-55 comeback victory at South Carolina on Jan. 31., Williams was promoted to starting point guard. She struggled in her new role against Arkansas on Feb. 4 and versus Vanderbilt on Feb. 8. She went back to a reserve role but wasn't appreciably better at Ole Miss last Thursday or against Florida on Sunday, where she had two points and two rebounds while playing 11 minutes.
Summitt said she wasn't sure whether starting Williams was too much too soon for her.
"I don't know how she thinks,'' Summitt said. "If somebody told me 'Hey, you can be my starting point guard' I'd be studying my notes, I'd be looking at all our sets."
Summitt said Williams had watched tape of her recent play with acting assistant Stephanie Glance and acknowledged she wasn't playing hard enough. Williams also did extra shooting before Monday's practice.
"Then she comes out and there's no change,'' Summitt said. "Today might have been the lowest energy of all through the whole year. And so I kicked her out."
Williams, who was visibly upset when leaving the court, was composed when she returned afterward to run at Pratt Pavilion.
"She's just casual and we can't be,'' Summitt said. "Because, I mean, that's why I went off at halftime (Sunday). I am committed to holding this team to the highest standard in every practice and everything we do."
The team is off today. Summitt said Williams' playing status for Thursday's game at Alabama will hinge on her effort in Wednesday's practice.
"Right now I'm just going to wait and see what she does when she gets on the practice floor,'' Summitt said.

Kelly Cain Will Not Make The Trip To Alabama

Tennessee center Kelley Cain will not be making the trip for Thursday's game at Alabama in order to attend classes on campus.

UT coach Pat Summitt said during her teleconference today that she offered to allow the 6-foot-6 center to stay in Knoxville and Cain's response was "Coach that would be awesome."

Cain, who is an honor-roll student majoring in marketing, has a heavy class load on Thursday and the Lady Vols have been on the road for three of the last four Thursday games, which has limited her attendance. Alyssia Brewer will start in Cain's absence.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lakers guard Derek Fisher on Kobe Bryant's shooting and lack of inside game against Memphis

Lakers' Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol & Derek Fisher on Kobe Bryant Scoring

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Lakers' Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher debate Kobe Bryant's scoring mentality, team's lack of inside game against Memphis

February 2, 2010 |  8:13 pm
51982406Well, that nostalgic feeling regarding Kobe Bryant surpassing Jerry West as the Lakers' all-time leading scorer certainly didn't last long. Most of the questions surrounding Tuesday's practice focused on Bryant's high percentage of shots versus the lacking inside game the Lakers presented in a 95-93 loss Monday to the Memphis Grizzlies. The issue first reared its ugly head when Lakers forward Pau Gasol lamented to several reporters immediately after the game about he and Andrew Bynum combining for only 15 points on five of 10 shots.
"Obviously, we were not making a conscious effort to pound the ball inside," Gasol told the Daily News' Elliott Teaford. "So, we settled a little bit too much. It's not like they were double-teaming us a lot. It happens."
"I’m proud of him; I congratulate him," Gasol told the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding about Bryant becoming the franchise's all-time scoring leader. "Now we can focus on winning games again."
Given Gasol's nature, this isn't going to turn into Kobe-Shaq. But it at least got the conversation out in the open, something the media was only happy to facilitate, but with Bryant, who wasn't present during post-practice interviews.
Of course, Bryant's high volume of shots is nothing new. Heck, I've only been here for four weeks and I devoted at least five different posts here, here, here here and here on topics involving Bryant's shot selection. It's become a never-ending point of conversation as Bryant has shot below .500 in 10 of the 14 games since Jan. 5 when he aggravated his right-index finger.
A firmer splint has appeared to correct the issue involving his finger, and Bryant's 44 points on 57.1% shooting (16 of 28) against Memphis is something most teams would take any day. But as Bryant closed out with the team's final 13 points in the second quarter, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson could tell he was seeking to surpass West's record that night, and nothing would get in his way.
Said Jackson: "At halftime, we said, 'Get Kobe the ball quickly so we can get over that record and we can move ahead.' "
Bryant broke the record in the third quarter, but the Lakers didn't move ahead. The Lakers didn't have anyone else posting double-digit shots, and they were outscored inside, 42-26. That's why Jackson said Gasol's complaint was warranted.
 
Some interesting stuff there.
In some instances Jackson highlights Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals where he told Michael Jordan to allow John Paxson some scoring opportunities, the result being Paxson scoring 10 points in the final half of the fourth quarter. Jordan may have preferred leading the comeback charge, but the end result was still there: a 1991 title. Jackson recounts team meetings he's had with the Lakers discussing Bryant's shooting tendencies. Jackson also predicts that'll remain an issue whenever he decides to step down from coaching the team.
Yet, when asked if Bryant has shown that "fine line" Jackson describes between scorers being aggressive and selfish, Jackson says of Bryant, "He certainly has."
Though he agreed with Gasol's assertion that the bigs weren't getting looks inside, Jackson placed the blame on both post players and guards for not working together. Jackson didn't specify to what degree each party was at fault, but Gasol accepted some responsibility for the nonexistent inside game against Memphis.

Even through Bryant's poor shooting performances, the Lakers have shown an effective inside game that can heal most wounds.

Though Bryant certainly shouldn't be immune from criticism for his 31 points on 12 of 31 shooting in last week's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he rightfully lit into his teammates for their lack of toughness (mainly Gasol and Bynum) for allowing the Cavs' front line of Shaquille O'Neal, Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson to muscle them inside.
The next day, against New York, Bryant and Gasol led a fourth-quarter charge, scoring 23 of the team's 31 fourth-quarter points. Bryant's 27 points on eight of 24 shooting showed he still took some unnecessary shots, but his six assists were instrumental in sparking Gasol's 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. That was also the case in other road games against Washington and Indiana where Bryant, Gasol and Bynum each posted double figures.
Though the inside game is an area that can be most corrected, as evidenced by the Memphis loss, it doesn't immediately lead to success. Case in point, Bryant recorded a near triple-double with a team-leading 27 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and nine assists last week against Toronto. He was also instrumental in the Lakers posting 56 points in the paint. Bryant continued to push for more aggressive play from Gasol, who finished with 22 points. Bryant had an uncanny feel for setting up Bynum inside with well-timed passes, resulting in 21 points.Yet, the Lakers still lost to Toronto, 106-105, with the Lakers showing an inability to protect seven- and eight-point leads throughout the game.
Lakers guard Derek Fisher made two things pretty clear. On one hand he said, "we all respect who he is, what he does for us and the fact we wouldn't be successful as we've been without his presence for us." On the other hand, Fisher added Bryant shouldn't be taking 28 of 73 shots in a game, like he did against Memphis. And though Fisher cited other areas that contributed to last night's loss (such as the lacking inside game), he also argued Bryant's shooting tendencies hindered team chemistry and balance. That's something that would've come in handy on the final play where a double-teamed Bryant found Ron Artest, who missed a corner three-pointer as time expired. Nonetheless, Fisher said the team needs to work better with Bryant.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ticha Penicheiro is A LA Spark



What's up LOS ANGELES SPARKS FANS...we officially have a new point guard on the team, her name is Ticha Penicheiro .Former Sacramento Monarchs point guard, has just signed with the Sparks. Here is her tweet:

TichaPenicheiro:Ok, enough...I have tortured you guys enough!! I'll be a SPARK!! Hopefully, literally!! ;) I'm excited!! Thank you for your support!!
I personally asked Ticha about two weeks ago where she thought she might go, and if LA was an option, and she responded by saying: "Wow 2 be on a team w/ gr8 players like TT,CP3, DMJ, &BL would be a point guard dream!"

So people holla at me and tell me what you think about this move by our beloved Sparks. Instead of her, creating havoc against us, she is now on our team. I personally think it's a great look.

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KAMIKO WILLIAMS WILL START FOR UT LADYVOLS VS ARKANSAS



Tennessee's Kamiko Williams  (4) drives for the basket as South Carolina's Samone Kennedy (4) and Ashley Bruner (21) look on during the first half of the game in Columbia, S.C.
Photo by Mary Ann Chastain

BEFORE YOU READ THIS, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON!! OPPONENTS IT JUST GOT REAL!

Tennessee's Kamiko Williams (4) drives for the basket as South Carolina's Samone Kennedy (4) and Ashley Bruner (21) look on during the first half of the game in Columbia, S.C.
After Kamiko Williams’ strong supporting performance, the Tennessee freshman will be playing the lead role at point guard.
UT coach Pat Summitt said Monday that Williams will start Thursday when the Lady Vols face Arkansas in an SEC women’s basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Sophomore Shekinna Stricklen, who had been the starting point guard, will line up for the opening tip against the Razorbacks at a wing position while continuing to help at the point.
“I think she truly wants to help our team and she knows she can,’’ Summitt said of Williams. “I think she’s more serious now than at any point in time. Off the bounce, she’s the best we’ve got.”
Williams relieved Stricklen at South Carolina and responded with a season-high 17 points and a team-high four assists in a 60-55 comeback victory. Even after Stricklen returned in the second half, the 5-foot-11 Williams manned the point for some key possessions down the stretch.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley described Williams as “a luxury” as a reserve and said that her size created a matchup problem for South Carolina’s players.
“We’ve always told her she has such potential,’’ UT teammate Angie Bjorklund said after Sunday’s game. “She just has to play with confidence.”
Williams’ role was upgraded after Stricklen suffered through a three-game stretch in January in which she committed 19 turnovers. Summitt and associate head coach Holly Warlick compiled a DVD of five set plays for Williams to study and she did her best to get a better handle on UT’s offense.
Williams, who played point and shooting guard at Northeast High in Clarksville, Tenn., ran the point while Stricklen was at the wing during portions of last Thursday’s 85-56 victory over Auburn.
Summitt thinks the lineup change ought to be a relief to Stricklen.
“I think her not feeling the burden of playing that position all the time will be good,’’ Summitt said. “I think she’ll be more comfortable when she knows she has help. I think she saw (Sunday) that she has some help.”
Stricklen scored all nine of her points against South Carolina in the second half.
The role of backup point guard Briana Bass, on the other hand, remains in flux. She played one minute Sunday. Summitt said the decision was based on UT going to its zone defense and utilizing the Lady Vols’ height.
“I think it all depends on situations in the game,’’ Summitt said.
In starting Williams, Summitt is mindful of filling a key role with a player who she has criticized this season for suspect work habits and a casual demeanor.
“It all depends on her,’’ Summitt said. “I can’t tell you she’s going to be doing this all the time. She’s young. We’ll take this one game at a time.”

Monday, February 1, 2010

Kobe Bryant Passes Jerry West as All Time Scoring Leader of Lakers



Kobe Bryant passes Jerry West as the all time scoring leader of the Los Angeles Lakers!