Editorial response: The Long and Winding Road

Editorial response: The Long and Winding Road

Postby clublakers on Fri Apr 11, 2003 7:14 am

Call it from Heaven Chick.

Image
User avatar
clublakers
Site Admin
 
Posts: 3931
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2003 6:16 pm
Location: So Cal

Postby Lakers4Ever on Fri Apr 11, 2003 10:24 am

You must be kidding me....

:man2: :man2: :man2: :man2: :man2: :man2:
User avatar
Lakers4Ever

 
Posts: 1944
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2003 11:49 am
Location: Tustin, CA

Postby Reddy on Fri Apr 11, 2003 1:20 pm

WHY SAY THAT?
INNOCENT

BE IN THE DREAM TEAM KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Image

STATUS RETIRED
User avatar
Reddy

 
Posts: 2620
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2003 12:10 pm
Location: HOME OF THE RINGS, CITY, LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA!

Think about it...

Postby Snakell Beast on Sat Apr 12, 2003 10:59 am

Can you really tell me you know what lies ahead? We got swept by the Spurs, Shaq or Kobe could get injured, we could fall back into indecision. Devean and the reserves could play a few bad games and lose their confidence again. Anything can happen because the whole crux of the article rests upon the idea that as a resut of the circumstances of the first half of the season, the minds of the players on our team are now much more embattled and in a constant state of unrest. Look at how many times, after losing a game against an obviously inferior opponent, we did something that we have never done before...questioned the team and it's players.
User avatar
Snakell Beast

 
Posts: 2060
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2003 8:54 pm
Location: Ithaca, NY

Postby Snakell Beast on Sat Apr 12, 2003 10:59 am

Last year we went through some tough times after that 16-1 start and the players themselves never lost heart and got into despair about our playoff chances. We haven't worried about making the playoffs, even when Shaq and Kobe were new to the team we were an obvious playoff team and considered a sleeper championship contender. This season, everyone believes that the Mavs/Kings/Spurs are better and that we will not win the championship. EVERY OTHER YEAR we have been the favorite in the eyes of the fans, even last year. We struggled more, as a cohesive team, when Shaq was back than we did when he was out. These things ALWAYS give cause to wonder and that means that we no longer have as much of a mental edge as we did these last three years. Just look at the way teams played us this year, like they wanted to jump in with all the other teams and pick on the dying giant. Teams have more confidence against us. Even if we play strong defense where it would have been enough in past seasons to squelch an opponent and usually brought about a double digit win, we still lose or struggle because the other team shot/shoots better in the face of harder defense. Higher shooting happens when a team feels confident. Shooting percentages go UP, even against much stronger defense. We have no idea how well teams may shoot against us in he playoffs, even if we play our best defense, and that is where most of the despair, questioning and mental unrest is based. We aren't used to being considered a non-threat. I happen to think we will finish the season @ 51-31 and face Portland in the first round. We will sweep the Blazers, and the Mavs/Kings/Spurs in the second and beat (by a slim margin) the Mavs/Kings/Spurs in the WCF. We will beat the East opponent 4-1. I think we have the four-peat pretty well locked up, but can't you see where the team has less confidence and feels more vulnerable than they did last year, regardless of how that is manifested (possibly as an emotional advantage, who knows...) on the court?
User avatar
Snakell Beast

 
Posts: 2060
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2003 8:54 pm
Location: Ithaca, NY


Return to Lakers Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot] and 13 guests

cron
Advertise Here | Privacy Policy | ©2008 Sculu Sports. Come Strong.