WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE LAKERS, WHERE IS THE FIRE?
Steve Dilbeck, L.A. Daily News wonders...
Second-year guard Rajon Rondo, he of the 16 assists, came down the court laughing at how easy it all was. Reserve Leon Powe – Leon Powe? – dominated inside. He scored 21 points.
The Lakers sputtered and stalled. Let Boston completely determine the game’s flow. Let them impose their will.
By the middle of the fourth quarter, they were acting all giddy on the bench. Laughing it up, celebrating. I think I saw them measuring for a 17th banner.
The Lakers looked lost. In their most important game of the season, were completely out of sync.
Maybe the Lakers need to hate the Celtics to get fired up…
It was about respect and cultures and the future of mankind. The Lakers and Celtics didn’t just want to beat each other, they wanted to beat each other down. Wanted complete submission, wanted to hear a last gasp.
Now everybody is just so chummy, it’s disgusting. They all know and like each other. They’re pals off the court. They don’t just shake hands, they hug.
Kevin Garnett puts his arm around a young Kobe Bryant at his first All-Star Game and says, “Don’t worry kid, I’ll help you out.” And then lobs him a pass. Bryant and Paul Pierce play summer hoops together at UCLA. They probably share Christmas cards.
It’s way too cute for me. A true disservice to all those Lakers and Celtics who came before them and would spill blood on the floor before capitulating.
IS BOB RYAN REALLY MORE LEGIT THAN BILL SIMMONS?
Ryan went out of his way to attack ESPN’s internet star Bill Simmons last week. Ryan basically said Simmons lacked perspective in saying that the Lakers-Celtics really isn’t a great rivalry outside of their meetings in the 80s.
Beware of clever people who know what they know, but don’t know what they don’t know, which is far more important.
There is a younger writer of great renown who loves the Boston Celtics, which is fine. He commands an enormous national audience, who have come to regard him as The Authority on all things Celtic. And he has an exhaustive knowledge of the current team. No problem there.
But he has over-stepped his bounds. He is trying to sum up the whole Celtics-Lakers thing in his dot.com forum, and he starts off by saying that it wasn’t really a rivalry because the Celtics won the first eight times the two played in the Finals. He completely dismissed the six series of the 60s because the Celtics won all six, as if this somehow means by definition the two teams did not have a viable rivalry.
Now Ryan has people questioning his perspective or better yet his level of scenility with this gem from the weekend.
Here are the Two Live Stews debating Ryan’s Paul Pierce comments..
IS IT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO PLAY VOLLEYBALL WITH THOSE?
I THINK SHE WAS HOTTER BEFORE WE HEARD THE VOICE
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CHANGE OF STORY ON RED SOX DUGOUT BRAWL
Manny being Manny was not the reason, Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis went at it in the 5th of the Rays game on Thursday. Apparently Youkilis dugout behavior is what ignited the brew-ha-ha.
The Boston Globe says Manny was irked at Youk for acting like a jackass…
According to three sources, Ramírez had told Youkilis to “cut that [expletive] out.” That was what provoked Youkilis and started the problem.
Neither player was in the clubhouse after Thursday’s game.
The two hadn’t spoken as of yesterday afternoon. “We’ll talk, definitely,” Youkilis said. “We’ve got 99 games left. It’s a long season.”
While sources had indicated that part of the problem was Youkilis’s tossing of equipment in the dugout, the first baseman said, “I think it was a misunderstanding more than anything. I don’t think it was because I threw something.”
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