Another loss for the Lakers, but they’ve played hard the past few nights without Jordan Hill, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. Still, it was frustrating to see them with a chance to win in San Antonio; only to have a series of bad possessions at the end of the game….
First, with a chance to cut the lead to one, Ron Artest had the ball on a four-on-one fast break and selfishly kept the ball and tried to score against a defender waiting for him at the basket. Had he simply passed the ball, it’s an easy dunk or lay-up and maybe the Lakers win….
Then, as usual, Kobe Bryant tried to win the game by himself and forced one bad shot after another. And the final possession was the worst of the night….
With the Lakers down by three and 10 seconds left, they inbounded to Steve Nash and I was hopeful for a high screen-and-roll. Nash is one of the great creators of all time and he’s arguably the best shooter in NBA history; so it’s usually a win-win when he has the ball….
If the defense goes under the screen, he knocks down a three-point shot; if they chase, he turns the corner and sets up a high percentage shot for one of his teammates….
Instead, though, Nash immediately passed the ball to Kobe and cleared out; which was the worst scenario possible….
As four teammates stood and watched, Bean went into his one-on-one act and forced up a 25′ jumper with a defender in his face….
Of course he missed, time ran out and the Lakers lost again….
I’m a big Mike D’Antoni fan, but at some point he needs to make a stand and demand Kobe give up the ball. Nash is a magician, unselfish and a great shooter, so he needs the ball in every last second situation….
I’m all for Kobe getting his shots, but only within the offense and after a Nash Pick-and-roll….
Have you noticed every time Kobe starts going one-on-one his teammates stand around and the opposition goes on a run?….
A bright spot, however, was the play of Earl Clark; who had 22 points and 13 rebounds in only 28 minutes….
Not only did he hustle, defend and play hard; Clark also showed a nice shooting touch and even knocked down a three-pointer…
Where the hell has this guy been all season?….
I know it’s only one game and Clark has hardly distinguished himself during his three-year NBA career, but the guy does have skills….
A 6’10″ guy who can run, jump, shoot and defend is rare, so who knows?….
Maybe he just hasn’t had an opportunity to show what he can do…
If that’s the case, maybe the Howard, Gasol and Hill injuries were a blessing in disguise….
Happy for Seattle if they get a new NBA franchise, after that weasel Howard Schultz stabbed them in the back by selling to a rich guy from Oklahoma City….
Seattle is a good NBA city, has great fans and supported the Sonics with a passion….
But if the Maloofs do sell and the Kings move, you have to feel bad for Sacramento. They have some of the best fans in the NBA and deserve better….
I remember going to a playoff game against the Lakers at ARCO Arena in the Shaq/Kobe/Webber era and to this day I don’t think my hearing has recovered….
Those fans were awesome and I couldn’t hear the person next to me if they screamed at the top of their lungs….
Even though the Maloof brothers are billionaires, they held Sacramento hostage by demanding taxpayer support for a new arena; which in these tough economic times was not going to happen….
So congratulations to Seattle for getting a new team and here’s to hoping Sacramento gets another franchise….
By the way, the first thing the new owner of the Sonics should do is ban Howard Schultz for life….
How ridiculous is it that ESPN issued an apology for Brent Musberger when all he did was call Alabama beauty queen Katherine Webb beautiful?….
For God’s sake, he didn’t point out a body part or say he wanted to do her; all he said was she’s beautiful and boyfriend AJ McCarron was a lucky man….
But politically correct ESPN thought it necessary to issue a public apology because a man complimented a woman on her beauty….
Webb is the current Miss Alabama and spends a lot of time onstage in a bikini; so I’m sure she was devastated and hurt a man thought she was gorgeous….
To her credit, Webb showed a lot of class this morning on national television by saying Musberger had nothing to apologize for….
“He didn’t say we were hot and sexy,” said Webb. “He said we were beautiful. What woman wouldn’t be complimented by that?”….
Then she said that not only should Brent not apologize, ESPN should apologize for the apology….
This girl is classy, smart and beautiful; McCarron is a lucky man….