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Post by lakergirl24 on Wed May 05, 2010 10:07 pm

late nanaman...gustoko na putulin net namin nagtutupak nanaman...

panalo lakers sa game 2...

game 3 will be on saturday...sa utah naman...

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Post by cOOLL11 on Wed May 05, 2010 10:10 pm

yes ! hayaan mo na kahit late atleast may updates naman hehe Smile 2-0 na ang series ? hehe grats kay kobe at sa lakers kahit may injury si kobe sila pa rin nanalo grats ulit hehe ^^

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Post by lakergirl24 on Thu May 06, 2010 6:38 pm

magaling eh...hehehehe

sa sunday pala ang game 3...8am...

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Post by lakergirl24 on Sun May 09, 2010 12:13 am

Difference between Kobe and LeBron

From: si.com by Michael Rosenberg

The most fascinating theater of these NBA playoffs is a one-on-one duel between two players who haven't even shared a court. They are at opposite ends of the legend career arc: Kobe Bryant, 31 years old, still clinging to his throne; LeBron James, just 25, trying to ascend to his. They are on opposite ends of the country, both playing hurt, both shaping their legacy, one painful and extraordinary minute at a time.

Bryant is playing with a broken finger on his shooting hand, and it's like watching a concert pianist play with a broken thumb. James has a "strained and bruised" right elbow, and at times, I feel strained and bruised just watching him.

And yet ... there is a good chance that one of them will create a career-defining championship moment next month. If Bryant leads the Lakers to a title with that broken digit, he'll have five rings to go with two other Finals appearances, despite playing his entire career in the tougher conference. He will have an argument as the best player ever -- not that I buy the argument, but he'll have one.

If James leads the Cavaliers to a title, he can either a) bolt for a big-market team and probably lead another franchise to a championship or b) stay in Cleveland and create a dynasty. Either way, he will have staked a firm claim to the next decade.

In the meantime, game by game, we find out a little more about each man.

LeBron is going to win a championship. He will probably win several. He will do it if he comes back to Cleveland or goes to the Knicks or creates his own start-up franchise in Buenos Aires. Nobody with his ability has ever failed to win a title -- he is simply a better player than Dominique Wilkins or Patrick Ewing or anybody else in the "best player never to win a championship" conversation.

The question, then: Will James win one or two titles? Or is he ready to put together a dominant, once-a-generation run, winning championships despite roster upheaval, an assortment of worthy contenders and, yes, injuries?

And can Bryant finally, unequivocally, establish himself as the best player of his era? If he wins a fifth title, he will be ahead of Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan, and he has more gas in his tank than Duncan does.

Comparing the best athletes in the world is always tricky business. As you try to analyze the difference, you inevitably overstate each player's flaws. So let's keep in mind: We are talking about two players who are not just Hall of Famers, but elite Hall of Famers -- the very best of the best. These guys are so good other Hall of Famers ask them for autographs.

So, with that yes-we-know-we're-complaining-about-the-one-dead-flower-at-Versailles disclaimer out of the way ... this is what separates the two:

LeBron is a more impressive physical specimen -- bigger, stronger and more explosive, especially at this stage of their careers. He has better court vision and is instinctively unselfish. That's amazing for a guy who made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a junior in high school and has been a phenom for so long that when he was born, the hospital sent the umbilical cord to the Hall of Fame.

Kobe is smoother, a better pure shooter without any real weakness on the court.

Bryant is too willing to shoot over a triple team, but James is too willing to pass out of a single team.

But the biggest difference is in how they view themselves. Kobe, to this point, has proved to be a tougher competitor, to the point of being bullheaded. I cannot imagine Bryant shooting a late-game free throw left-handed, as James did in the first round against the Bulls, even though the game had basically been decided. And for chunks of Cleveland's series against Boston, James has looked like he is favoring his injured elbow.

It's not that James lacks toughness. I imagine he is hurting even more than he's let on, and he has still played very well. He just hasn't shown he is quite as tough as Bryant, one of the toughest guys in the whole league.

And this goes back to how they view themselves. This is best illustrated by comparing them to ... well, guess who I will compare them to:

A) George Gervin

B) Ulysses S. Grant

C) Michael Jordan

If you guessed C, congrats! You are correct.

LeBron seems to crave Jordan's approval -- he wants to prove he is the rightful Air heir. Kobe would probably never admit this publicly, but I'd be willing to bet that deep down, he thinks he could take Jordan. Deep down, he wishes he had the chance.

This says everything: When LeBron decided to change his number, he said he wanted to give up 23 in honor of Jordan. When Kobe decided to change his number, he went for 24 -- as Phil Jackson pointed out, the number just above Jordan. (I don't happen to buy LeBron's explanation, but his public deference to Jordan is telling.)

Nobody who has ever talked to LeBron would say he lacks confidence. I mean, the man has CHOSEN 1 tattooed across his back. But while Kobe famously had to rein in his selfish instincts (at least a little) to lead his team, LeBron must rein in his unselfish instincts. He still looks a little too tentative at the end of games for a player of his caliber. Not way too tentative. Just a little. But we're comparing superstars here, and the difference is noticeable.

Back in James' second season, I wrote that he looked like a freakish combination of Jordan and Magic Johnson, the two best players of my lifetime. I have not wavered from that belief. A decade from now, we might say he was the best player in history.

In the meantime, the guy in L.A. has always wanted that title. And Kobe Bryant is trying to grab it with his nine good fingers.

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Post by lakergirl24 on Mon May 10, 2010 2:30 am

lakers 3-0 na....

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Post by cOOLL11 on Mon May 10, 2010 8:19 pm

haha yes ! panalo na lakers ! wew isang game nalang Smile musta na ? haha Smile
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Post by lakergirl24 on Tue May 11, 2010 3:22 pm

lakers napanalo sa series...talo jazz kanina...

next...

lakers vs sun for the western conference title....
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Post by cOOLL11 on Tue May 11, 2010 8:26 pm

Lakers na ko wahaha Smile diba parehas sila 4-0 yung series ?
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Post by lakergirl24 on Wed May 12, 2010 2:22 am

yup...but the suns can't match up with the lakers...their too small...

and kobe has a very good memory...it was always the suns who eliminated them in the playoffs...before they got Gasol....this is a long over due revenge...hehehehe
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Post by lakergirl24 on Wed May 12, 2010 2:24 am

Past losses to Suns still fresh in Kobe’s mind

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SALT LAKE CITY – It doesn’t matter to Kobe Bryant(notes) that three years have passed and he’s won a championship since then. He has a long memory. And just the mere mention of the Phoenix Suns brings a spark to his eyes.

The Los Angeles Lakers advanced to their third straight Western Conference finals by sweeping the Utah Jazz with a 111-96 victory on Monday night. Next up are the Phoenix Suns, whom the Lakers have beaten seven times in nine games since acquiring Pau Gasol(notes). But that doesn’t matter to Bryant. When asked if he recalled that the Suns knocked the Lakers out of the postseason during their last two meetings in 2006 and ’07, Bryant’s eyes filled with disdain.

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“What do you think? You already know,” Bryant said, staring through his questioner.

The Lakers and Suns open the West finals on Monday in Los Angeles. Los Angeles won the season series 3-1 with an average margin of victory of 15 points. The Suns have won six straight games in the playoffs, including a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs, but the Lakers are considered strong favorites in the series.

The Suns, however, knocked off Bryant and the Lakers in the first round in 2006 in seven games. The next year, the Suns dismissed the Lakers in five games. Afterward, Bryant demanded the Lakers make moves to upgrade their roster.

“It is very frustrating for me. It is beyond frustrating,” Bryant said then. “We are going on three years of still being on ground zero. We just have to do something. We have to see what direction this organization wants to go.”

Bryant publicly demanded to be traded and the Lakers weren’t considering a power entering the 2007-08 season. That changed when the team acquired Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers have reached the past two NBA Finals with Gasol and won last season’s championship.

The Suns are making their first West finals appearance since 2006 and didn’t even play in the postseason last season.

Only Bryant, Lamar Odom(notes), Andrew Bynum(notes), Luke Walton(notes) and Sasha Vujacic(notes) remain from the 2006-07 Lakers. Even so, the Suns’ arrival is a reminder of a forgettable period for Los Angeles. And other than possibly beating the rival Boston Celtics in the upcoming Finals, there is no bigger ghost than the Suns that the bitter Lakers want to exorcise. When again asked about the Suns late Monday, Bryant muttered several strong expletives before walking away.

Regardless, the Suns are playing as well as anyone since the All-Star break. Since losing to the Portland Trail Blazers in their first-round opener, the Suns have won eight of nine games. Phoenix is averaging 105.8 points in the postseason, nearly 10 more points per game than what it has allowed its opponents. Suns center Robin Lopez(notes), who has yet to play in the postseason because of a back injury, also is expected to return. The Lakers and Suns haven’t met since March 12, when the champs won 102-96 in Phoenix.

“We are very familiar with them as well,” Bryant said. “The difference with how they played when we met them in the regular season and how they play now is just confidence. They believe in what they’re doing.”

Jason Richardson(notes) is leading the Suns in scoring in the postseason, averaging 21.9 points, but the team’s success starts with Steve Nash(notes) and Amar’e Stoudemire(notes).

“They have a great combo, they have that two-man combo in Nash and Amar’e and their screen-and-roll situations are phenomenal,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “We think that we have a good combination in Pau and Kobe and we’re going to try and match that.”

The Lakers have been hot themselves, winning six straight playoff games while impressively ending playoff series against Oklahoma City and Utah on the road. With Bryant and Andrew Bynum dealing with injuries, Los Angeles will get six days of rest before the start of the series. Bryant scored more than 30 points in every game of the Utah series while Gasol recorded a double-double in each contest.

“They got just about everything you want,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said of the Lakers. “They got experience. They got guys that are long and big and can play inside. Gasol can go inside and outside with his game and he’s a terrific passer. They got all the size. They got a lot of guys that can pass the ball. That’s a tremendous asset for any team, and plus those guys have been in big games. They came out [Monday] and they put it on us tough. They’re tough to deal with and they put us out of sync because their defense is so good. Every shot you get is tough. They make you earn it. That’s why they won the championship.”

With the Lakers expected to be heavy favorites, the Suns seem to have everything to gain and nothing to lose as they try to make the Finals for the first time since 1993. But don’t tell that to Bryant. Judging from the ferocity in his eyes, you’d think the Lakers were the underdog with something to prove.
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Post by lakergirl24 on Tue May 18, 2010 9:17 pm

panalo lakers ...game 1 ng west finals...128-107...
kobew 40 points...5 rebounds...5 assist...
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