Smack / Apr 14, 2011 / 2:16 am

The Lakers Go Matrix On Us; Blake Griffin Ends In Style; And Call Chicago The Best In The NBA

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Rob Hammer)

It’s a wonderful thing when there is one meaningful game that affects the playoff picture on the season’s final night. But do you know what’s better? When there are six. After a regular season that was spine-tingling like ice cream cake on your birthday, we still had five Western Conference seeds in play on the 2010-11 regular season swan song. And oh yeah, that whole potential-to-have-definite-home-court-in-the-Finals may have also been on the line. No big deal … On a night where every team in the entire league played, there was plenty of opportunity for surprise. As it turned out, everything played out exactly like most assumed it would (outside of the Spurs). Where should we start? In Dallas, the Mavs used a murderous third-quarter run, highlighted by five threes and incredible defense, to wipe out the Hornets, 121-89. It was our first taste of playoff basketball, like that appetizer special at Applebee’s. In the third quarter, Chris Paul drew a foul on Shawn Marion as the Mavs’ forward was jogging down on offense. Paul ran right into his path and fell over. So the next time Paul touched the ball, an obviously frustrated Tyson Chandler keyed in on him and decked him. It was absolutely necessary; Paul has to be one of the league’s worst floppers … Besides the physical play, there was Dirk Nowitzki (32 points), showing off the full arsenal of jukes, drives and just plain stupid fadeaways. It’s like every time he’s on national TV, he wants to remind us that he’s Dirk and he’s really good … Dallas was playing for the two seed and home court in the second round, but had to sit back and watch the Lakers dangle it all right in front of their faces, L.A. barely surviving Sacramento 116-108 in overtime in what could’ve been the Kings final game in California’s capital. How do you dodge two bullets in one day? That’s some Matrix $%^&. But L.A. definitely did, first with the good news regarding Andrew Bynum, and then in Sacramento when they blew a 22-point fourth-quarter lead. With 11 seconds left, they were staring a meeting with the hated Blazers in the face, down three after an explosion from Marcus Thornton (33 points), but Kobe Bryant (who scored 36 points after earning a $100,000 fine for a gay slur towards a ref earlier in the day) came up with the game’s biggest shot, a three, to send it to overtime. Once there, the Kings quickly unraveled and the Lakers closed them out and shut the building down … After hearing Kobe’s initial in-game rant, then seeing the NBA fine him and now after hearing Bryant’s “apology,” what’s your opinion on the whole situation?

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  • yoda

    damn, that was unnecessary drama for lakers. at least we got that second seed and bynum will be fine. now just to see will some other laker get chickenpox from steve blake

  • Jay

    Today’s Laker game was a perfect example of why Kobe is so blindingly loved by Laker fans. He shoots and misses on like 4 or 5 consecutive possessions late in the 4th, allowing the Kings to come back and take a lead, then drills an OT-forcing 3. Anybody else think the 3 wouldn’t have even been necessary had he played within the offense instead of trying to go into Kobe-circa-2005-mode?

  • http://www.forumblueandgold.com smoove chips

    Man I’m just glad we are healthy.And having people second guess us is a bonus.A cocky laker team can be a frustrating team to watch.Watch you ain’t gon hear a peep out of the kobe haters tonight after pretty much saving victory from the jaws of defeat and helping with timely assists to ice that joint.

    Blake griffin is a freakin’ beast.

    That whole western conference matchup is rife with upset potential.The east matchups might all go to six or seven but the favorites in all first rounds should win,meaning bulls,magic,miami and celtics advance.I’m seeing spurs,lakers,portland and OKC.

  • Bing

    Blake. Seriously.

    When is his Clippers contract up?

  • K Dizzle

    Is there anybody who thinks Dallas will beat Portland???

  • the cynic

    Spurs in 6, This series would be a lot better if Gay was suiting up.
    Thunder in 7
    Blazers in 7
    Lakers in 4, Somehow the lakers ended up on the easy side of the bracket

  • http://www.cracked.com/funny-353-kobe-bryant/ Atom

    Still no mention of Kobe’s extremely expensive f-bomb (the other f-bomb)? 100K seems kind of steep. Maybe he could just buy David Stern a diamond ring? Worked with his girl.

  • sh!tfaced

    kobe’s comments was about faggots, so who the damn cares…

  • Atom

    I just think it’s messed up that Kobe is getting charged what he is because he is Kobe. You think Scalabrini would get charged 100 grand if he called someone a fag? That’s most of his paycheck. Why should Kobe have to pay so much more just because he has been more succesful? he may need that money in case he wants to do any more raping.

  • QQ

    Seriously, the fucking KINGS????

    You had that game won, then you let Marcus Thornton ALMOST steal the game from you.

    Mark Jackson: ‘That’s NOT getting it done’.

    PS: STILL, aint no one gonna mess with the Lakers come playoff time. So, let’s see.

  • That’s What’s Up

    the only thing worse than lakers fans with kobe’s nutz in their mouth are lakers fans with kobe’s nutz in their mouth who think they are on the team.

    …We…..Us……etc……when did you sign that 10 day contract ?

  • JAY

    Playoff time!! Fuck yeah!

  • beiber newz

    jay u r sooooooooooo dumb. kobe was taking those shots becuz the offense was sucking.

    who should he have given the ball to?

    at that point late in the game phil jackson woulda been jus as good an option as nooooo one on LA was doing anything.

    u bum ass idiot. go eat a meat.

  • neoy

    Blazers gon destroy Mavs… NO chance

  • beiber newz

    @ k dizzle, i think dallas will win in 6

  • JDeal

    @Thats whats up….EXACTLY….LMAO….But honestly, the problem isn’t that Kobe said it, it was that he got caught saying it….Quick question: For maybe the last two seasons, the “experts” had annointed CP3&DWill the best pg’s in the League….With DRose about to get MVP, that pretty much kills that talk right?

  • beiber newz

    and he finished with 24 shots, meaning subtracting his overtime shot attempts, and minusing those 5 missed shots you’re complaining about in regulation, he wasn’t even jacking and proves he was within the offense UNTIL THERE WAS NO OFFENSE !! he needed to take those shots, and u and ur momma know if u were in that situation in something lesser like 2k where every1 else on yur team was sucking on the offensive end and u had kobe, u wuld press the shoot button with 24 evrytime !!

  • beiber newz

    @ that’s whats up,

    laker fans or fans over the world use the words, “us and we” to show their support. fans are the sixth man. there are a couple franchises that i kno off the top that have a “6th man ” banner hanging from their rafters.

    this is jus showing their ride or die side by using we and us.

    i dont typically use it, but stop being so anal.

  • fazo

    @That’s What’s Up

    Chill man, I’m pretty sure its common practice for vehement fans to refer to their home team as “we”, “us”, etc. Across all sports, across all teams, not just the lakers

  • jdizzle

    @That’s What’s Up LOL man that ”My Lakers” shit is even worse in the Chi. These fools had to go to overtime against…the Kings??? Lakers aint got shit comin in the playoffs. A one-legged Bynum + No home court advantage in the Finals(if they even make it that far) + No help from the refs thanks to Tobe= NO 3-PEAT!!!

  • JAY

    Playoffs are about coaching decisions and defence.
    The Lakers will fine. Personally, I don’t think they will win the whole thing, but they still have Phil Jackson and the crazies on that team to annoy people.

    LOL @ those of you mocking the Lakers because they went to overtime vs the Kings. That was potentially the last game in Sacramento… you think Sac didn’t come out all charged and excited to end it on a winning note? Or do you think they just showed up for the hell of it. Or maybe you think the Lakers are really shit… Reality check, teams have to beat the Lakers 4 times in a series to eliminate them. They are fine.

  • Promoman

    Chris Paul is just one of the worst floppers in the league, he’s the dirtiest fucker in the league today. He pushes off, holds, and cheap shots too.

  • That’s What’s Up

    …and dribbles over his head with no call. fuck cp3.
    I hate his little cheatin’ ass.

    I like post 23

  • beiber newz



    what if the knicks make it to the finals? dot the math, stop making dumb predictions

  • Ian

    “I’m suprised you’d get involved in such stupidity. Assuming that you watched the game, lets go over that Feb 17th game shall we”

    well excuse me damn hehehehehe
    i was talking about the +/- of the season overall not one game just something i read the other day. i really dont have an opinion on how valuable rose is or not ive only watched 2qs of bulls basketball since 98.

    btw trading noah for melo is dumb but since i dont care about the bulls im not getting into that.

  • Ian

    not really

  • Ian

    jay agree with post 3
    and better yet some fan jumps out and cries that kobe HAD to take the bad shot cuz the others didnt show up.

    dallas is beating portland.

  • yoda

    @ That’s What’s Up
    so, when you are referring to a team that you root for, you don’t say “us”, “we” and stuff like that and when you talk about opposing team, you don’t say “them”?
    well, here in europe its always “us” and “them” no matter are we talking about basketball, soccer, handball, what ever sport is. i know lakers aren’t my home team, but i’m a fan for 15 or so years, since i had a chance to watch nba. and passion that i have for lakers, i.e. staying up whole night to watch games, then going to school/work without sleep, following every piece of information about lakers, off season or during the season, screaming with joy when we are winning and being on brink of tears when we lose, i think it gives me right to say “we” when i talk about that team. thats just my opinion though

  • That’s What’s Up

    yoda – it would have been really funny if you said you’ve been a lakers fan for 900 or so years.

    May The Force Be With You

  • JAY

    Are we continuing yesterday’s discussion in here? Lol. I’m not sure it’s worth it… Captain Contrarian, aka Mr. Hipster, aka chicagorilla is just going to disagree with whatever you say anyway.

  • QQ

    I would like to join the bashing of the basketball hipster named Chicagorilla just so he would show up here and start making insults, obviously hiding the fact that he can’t spit anything relevant to the discussion.

    ‘Gay Voltron’…..


  • noname

    no matter how you look at it, 100k for what kobe did is excessive…unless the NBA scales the fines on players with their salary, which i dont think is unfair.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    Well the Kings hate us with a passion so it was pretty much exptected to be a pretty hostile atmosphere. It was nice to see Arco Arena or whatever they call it now rocking one last time. In the end we got lucky with Nola but we’ll probably see Portland anyway in the 2nd

  • Ian

    sorry jay i didnt have a chance to finish reading the other posts yesterday. im taking that post back.

  • Big Island

    The Lakers bench is what screwed up the game. Kobe was over 50% for the game so you can’t really say he was just jacking everything up. And Sacramento HATES the Lakers, like Showtime says, so you have to expect them to play hard. Sac needs to get rid of Cousins and Tyreke. Just cut ties, get some guys who can actually help a team. Cousins could be a monster, but he’s a head case. Tyreke is just awful to play with.

    I like Dallas, but they aren’t getting past Portland.

  • yoda

    @ That’s What’s Up

    nice one bro :)

  • First & Foremost

    I have no problem with Kobe’s fine because the NBA had to do it for PR reasons.

  • ThunderUP

    The Kobe vs LeBron “Who’s the better player?” argument could still be called a toss-up, but is there any doubt now that Kobe is the bigger douche?

    The referee slur — not to mention the kindergarden temper tantrum leading up to it — is just more evidence. And you know that wasn’t the first time Kobe has said something like that to a ref, it’s just the first time he got caught on national TV. But for whatever reason, Kobe is slick enough to have people thinking he’s a good guy.

  • LakeShow84

    @ Fake jay and Ian

    “He shoots and misses on like 4 or 5 consecutive possessions late in the 4th, allowing the Kings to come back and take a lead, then drills an OT-forcing 3.”

    We missed 15-17 shots AS A TEAM in the 4th quarter.. but it cracks me up because as much as people talk all that shit.. HES THE ONLY PLAYER UR WATCHING CLEARLY LMAO

    How can you hate on a the current reigning 2 time Finals MVP?? oooooo because Gasol shouldve had the last one LMAO

    U guys hate because deep down.. u know u wish u had the man on ur team.. BECAUSE????

    Then ud have a championship team :) Just saying

    Lakers ALL THE WAY.. Lets watch how many shots Kobe jacks on the CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE FLOAT lol

    WE, US TAKIN IT ALL THE WAY lol cant wait for that LA/OKC series.. if it happens.. i just know we facing NO i havent even peeped the brackets..

  • LakeShow84

    @ ThunuderUp

    Ive called refs worst and i dont even play in the L..

  • s.bucketz

    u think kobe’s still allowed to rock them gay ass white suits after this incident??

  • ThunderUP

    Oh yeah, playoff picks:

    Spurs beat Grizzlies in 4
    Thunder beat Nuggets in 5
    Mavs beat Blazers in 6
    Lakers beat Hornets in 5

    Bulls beat Pacers in 4
    Magic beat Hawks in 6
    Celtics beat Knicks in 7
    Heat beat Sixers in 4

  • JAY

    @ Lakeshow
    LMAO @ Fake jay

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Funny shit

  • LakeShow84

    @ S. Bucketz

    he probably should to get back on they good side lol

  • http://www.forumblueandgold.com smoove chips

    LMAO @ haters
    WTF LOL. Man shoots over 50%,1 rebound,4 assists away from a triple double and you still can’t find it in you to give props.BTW Gasol was 9 for 16, so the ball was going in.Fuck hating.i’m on record for calling him out when he screws up.

    And that is MY team.I’m supposed to embarrased about that.That is crazy.My lakers spank YOUR team in a series anywhere, anytime ! GTFOH !!

  • LakeShow84

    @ Yoda

    Fuck yeah you got those rights bruh.. fuck everyone else who says otherwise lol Thats Whats Up is just the cranky neighboor.. Spurs fans lol

    Ive cut my girl off and walked out the room in mid conversation when shit has happened during a game

    My personal blacktop game has been affected by particular bad lossed..

    Ive called in sick to make games..

    And i generally cant sleep that well during the Finals..

    And i cant say we??? psshhhhhhh eat a d@#k lol

  • LakeShow84

    Aint no point Smoove…

    Theyve been hating since before hating became popular choice lol

    Funniest thing is hes been shooting good again so everyone cant say shit.. all they can do is wait for a cold spell..

    “did u see at the end of the second quarter he missed like 3 in a row!!! OMG!! Lebron would NEVER!!”

    Lmao CHUMPS i say.. CHUMPS..

  • TL

    Anyone that is upset about the fag word being used in a game has never seriously played basketball or been competitive at anything. But for PR, the NBA had to do it. Damn, why are people so sensitive nowadays?

  • LakeShow84

    ^^^ i called my own father a fag when he fell on me as a kid

    He smiled at me because he knew it was in the spirit of competition.. And my pops is old school.. as soon as those words left my mouth i thought i was about to get SMACKED..

  • http://www.forumblueandgold.com smoove chips

    @ Lakeshow
    i know bruh. Last time Kobe pulled a stinker a few games ago. Me and Showtime came out and called his shooting out,and his crappy shot selection.We got love for being objective fans.fair enough.We give props on a good game and we are D$#@ riders and nut polishers ? I call bullshit.

    We give props to opponents and actually mean it.Heavy is the head that wears the crown for real !!

  • ThunderUP

    “Anyone that is upset about the fag word being used in a game has never seriously played basketball or been competitive at anything. But for PR, the NBA had to do it. Damn, why are people so sensitive nowadays?”

    Probably because Kobe is a grown man who shouldn’t resort to acting like a child with childish insults. What was he so mad about in the first place? Did that really warrant throwing things and hitting chairs? Then he’s gonna call another grown man out of his name like that? Kobe has always been a spoiled brat and nothing has changed.

    BTW, I’m pretty sure David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon never called anybody — let alone an authority figure — a fag on the court, and last I checked they were pretty successful competitive basketball players. Oh, but they’re also respectful grown men who act their age. Sorry for the mix-up.

  • JDish

    That whole drama with Kobe was the most unnecessary crap I’ve seen in a long time. Just because your Kobe Bryant doesn’t mean you can go off on the refs just because you feel like you got an unfair call, settle down KB. Kobe should just shut up, play basketball and get his team through the playoffs.
    Oh and play team basketball cause you won’t be able to pull a last-second-no-chance-fade-away-three every time your lakers are in desperation mode.

  • LakeShow84


    Well im 27 and i call people fags, chumps, beezies and bitches all day when im on the court.. most the time under my breath i aint gonna lie lol but my point is some people play angry..

    Personally i say its soft people like the 2 of u above me who take the fun out of everything..

    U dont think Cousin or KG have said worst???? TO FANS??? get the fuck off ur high horses..

    And naming fucking David Robinson and Olajuwon who are eligible for the Walter Payton award and dont even play football is ridiculous..

    I watched a Cavs series a while back where BEFORE the game even STARTED KG was looking into the crowd and called them “fuckin fa$$ots”.. NOO DID HE REALLY?! lol

    Given Kobe is still a spoiled person at heart it aint like he crossed a line.. because other players do it all day as well..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    @ smoove chips

    Haters gonna hate. Why bother? You know what they say about opinions …

    I’ve said it before. I don’t have a problem when guys hate if they are smart about it but some of you fools have no idea what you’re talking about and can’t even make arguments. Does Kobe bitch and whine WAY TOO MUCH about calls? Hell yeah, but y’all are making too big a deal about this.


    It’s a competitive game with a lot of emotions. In the heat of the moment you say some things you don’t really mean to. Hell, I’m sitting in front of my tv and I’m cursing the refs, the other team and also the Laker players out. And I’m calling them way worse

    BTW, I’m pretty sure guys like Jordan, Bird, Barkley, Miller, … add a few hundred more … called the refs worse. They were pissed and they told em they were pissed. I’d rather have a guy like Reggie Miller insult the refs, the other players and maybe also the fans than cheer for robots who don’t show their feelings or a guy like Vince Carter who just doesn’t really give a damn.

    If Ken Mauer can tell a Suns player to stop being a little bitch or whatever it was then Kobe should be allowed to call Bennie Adams a faggot. Simple as that

  • LakeShow84

    @ Smoove

    its because theres more good than bad lol and haters HATE to hear that.. foo’s nitpick WINS..

    Kobe shoots over 50% and all someone can talk about is the shots HE MISSED in a stretch the whole team was bricking..

    Chumps i say.. chumps lol

  • LakeShow84

    I could see Barkeley talking about a refs mama no problem lol

  • NYK

    kobe just got fined what i make a year. that’s just sad

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @LakeShow84 — C’mon son, you know Kobe was wrong for what he did. You don’t have to defend him at every turn. Your comment was out of control:

    “Well im 27 and i call people fags, chumps, beezies and bitches all day when im on the court.. most the time under my breath i aint gonna lie lol but my point is some people play angry.”

    Why is it impossible to play angry without calling somebody a disrespectful name? I understand self-motivation, and THINKING it is one thing, but that’s just disrespectful to say it, especially on national TV. And Kobe knows the camera is on him all the time. Like it or not, a referee is an authority figure and should get some respect. Beyond that, a referee is a human being who deserves better than that. All that over a call Kobe didn’t like?

    “Personally i say its soft people like the 2 of u above me who take the fun out of everything.”

    If you can’t have fun without disrespecting somebody, that says a lot about you. Did Kobe look like he was having fun when he went off on the ref?

    “U dont think Cousin or KG have said worst???? TO FANS??? get the fuck off ur high horses.”

    So we’re only holding Kobe up to the standards set by KG and Cousins? Because those aren’t the best role models. We can do a little better than that.

    “Given Kobe is still a spoiled person at heart it aint like he crossed a line. Because other players do it all day as well.”

    Just because the others guys do it too doesn’t make it OK. That’s how teenagers think. Believe it or not, not every player treats refs as disrespectfully as Kobe. If you thought Hakeem and Robinson were too lofty of examples, how about D-Rose, Battier, Grant Hill, Kidd, Steph Curry, Ginobili, etc.?

    True, every basketball player disagrees with the refs and might whine about a call here and there, but not everybody is calling refs faggots. Kobe was flat-out wrong, no argument about it.

  • ThunderUP

    Everybody keeps saying “I’ve called refs worse.” Please tell me some of these worse names you’ve used. What is worse than calling a grown man in a macho setting like sports a faggot?

    You ever heard of Emile Griffith? He was a boxer who literally killed an opponent in the ring because the guy called him a faggot. Where I’m from, there isn’t much worse you can call a guy.

  • JAY

    Hate on Kobe all you want… but people here are really criticizing him for saying “fuckin fagget”???

    Overly sensitive fukkers. We all know Kobe didn’t call him gay. It’s just a bad word that slipped. There was no intention to hurt the ref’s feelings whatsoever. How many times are you at a game and dude’s are yelling, “Fuck that nigga!!” or “Yeeeeah nigga!!!”. You hear it all the time, and sometimes the mics catch it and you can hear it on TV. Why doesn’t the league fine plaers for using the “N” word?? Seriously, $100,000?!? Wack. Stern is a jackass.

    I use that insult at least once a day and I think I carry myself as a professional person. Once I was in the elevator with my boss and another dude… the other dude got off on his floor, then my boss turns to me and out-of-the-blue says, ‘I hate that fagget’. then he says, “I bet didn’t expect me to use that word now, didja?” Lmao! We both laughed it off on the way back to our offices… or cubicle in my case. Lol

  • LakeShow84

    OOOOoo a avid Lebron defender callin me out for being a Kobe defender??

    THE NERVE lmao

    Well dont get me wrong i didnt say he was RIGHT for what he did.. Im just saying THE BACKLASH is ridiculous.. and IMO he didnt do it on national television.. If he did it ON THE COURT thats national TV he did it on the bench in which the camera shouldve BEEN off him..

    As someone who has watched bball games PROFESSIONALLY im sure uve seen a lot of shit uttered on the bench.. But since they aint Kobe there wasnt an issue..

    Did Kobe say it too Bennies face???? was he on the court callin him a fag??? NO he vented and a camera happened to catch.. OOOOO what a bad person!! he vented!!

    Like i said i say shit like that all the time because its the spirit of competetion.. Shit if u guys wanna whine over this then dont even THINK about what they along the trenches in football..

    It was wrong but it wasnt as big as everyone is making it out to be..

    And u named a solid 5-6 people HOWEVER i guarantee the number who have said worst DWARFS your #’s AB.. and i mean DWARFS.. so be REAL..

    And its disrespectful PERIOD.. not just because ur on national TV.. but hey thats competition dude.. and u know this so like i said to all the whiners..

    GET THE F$%K off the high horse.. its a joke.. he didnt call dude shit on the court.. he didnt approach him.. he didnt even look at him when he said it..

  • LakeShow84

    @ ThunderUP

    Theres worst bruh i aint tryna get banned from the site tho lol

  • JAY

    Just to clarify my last post… i’m not saying Kobe’s use of the word fagget is ok. It was wrong. But people are here acting like they’ve never called anyone a “fagget” before. I hear it so much that i don’t even associate the word with homosexuality anymore. It’s just a bad word.
    Same goes with the word “nigga”. It used to be a derogatory word for black people… now you can hear a black person say, “Oh, you’re lookin’ for Mike?? He’s at the mall with them chinese niggas.”

    Kobe’s choice of words was wrong, but the fine was ridiculous. It makes me think, if Kobe personally attacked him… like started saying shit like, “No wonder you marriage is in shambles, and your kids don’t talk to you. You’re an idiot.” He wouldn’t get fined, but that’s a lot worse than calling him “fagget”, IMO.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @Showtime — “I’d rather have a guy like Reggie Miller insult the refs, the other players and maybe also the fans than cheer for robots who don’t show their feelings or a guy like Vince Carter who just doesn’t really give a damn.”

    Why are the only three options (1) Insulting crybaby, (2) Robot, (3) Guy Who Doesn’t Care? There are hundreds of players who DO care about winning, who DO play hard, who DO play with emotion, but who DO NOT have to resort to calling refs out of their name and throwing bitch-fits when they don’t agree with a call.

  • LakeShow84

    Half these people talkin about how wrong he is for that have probably said worst in the past WEEK..

    Problem is everyone got an opinion..

    HYPOCRITS.. and im saying that in general not to this board..

  • LakeShow84

    “But people are here acting like they’ve never called anyone a “fagget” before. I hear it so much that i don’t even associate the word with homosexuality anymore. It’s just a bad word.”


    thats what really confuses me too.. Is Bennie really gay?? Did Kobe say “gay people are faggets!” NAH he didnt.. once again.. he was pissed and it came out.. it happens..

  • JAY

    BTW, in last years’ Finals, or maybe it was East Finals… I caught KG screaming “fagget” over the TV. You can hear it. I laughed, it was funny, and that was the end of it… but there was no fine.

  • LakeShow84

    I guess because its Kobe Bryant???

    Subconcious we gotta on everything he does and blow it out of proportion??????

    Sounds like it..

  • JAY

    I’m not a huge Kobe fan, but I have to agree with this statement. He got $100,000 because he’s Kobe Bryant.

    This isn’t the first time NBA camera crews(or mics) have caught a player saying that word. But it’s the first time Kobe has been caught.

  • JAY

    If a were Kobe.. I’d say I was calling him a bunch of sticks.

    That’s what a “fagget” is.

    Fuckin stick bunch.

  • LakeShow84

    @ AB

    One last thing because u twisted my words

    “If you can’t have fun without disrespecting somebody, that says a lot about you. Did Kobe look like he was having fun when he went off on the ref?”

    I said taking the fun out of it but i meant that in the sense of playing with no emotion.. you get mad when playing ANYTHING competetively and ur losing.. it happens..

    People expect u to be roses when shit is going bad?? GTFOH.. if im mad and i cant go home and scream im going to find a place to say something and he found a place he just had a camera on him at a bad time..

    Sports are emotional no matter what.. either ur having fun.. either ur being cocky.. either ur pissed.. either ur disappointed.. and ALL OF THOSE emotions warrant expression..

    So dont try to twist my shit again bruh..

  • LakeShow84

    I say all the people on here whining would have a fuckin stroke if they heard what they talk shit about in a football game


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    @ Austin

    You are absolutely right. There are hundreds of players who care about winning, play with emotion and maybe don’t call the refs a fagget. But at the same time there are and there have been hundreds who do and now everyone is acting like Kobe is the first to curse on a basketball court.

    Was he right? Nope. Do I hate how he bitches and whines about pretty much every call. Like I said above, hell yes. Does it get blown out of proportion? Yup

    When you’re sitting close to the court you are hearing all kinds of stuff. Nigga, son of a bitch, asshole, idiot, punk, … they are all disrespectful. Why make a difference? Because some are just bad and some are politically incorrect?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @LakeShow84 — Nah man, Kobe knows the camera is very likely going to be on him whether he’s on the court, on the bench, walking down the tunnel, getting off the bus … That’s the price of superstardom and he knows it. He knows it’s not football and his mouth isn’t obscured by a helmet. He knows that NBA broadcasts show guys on the bench, ESPECIALLY considering he was in the middle of a temper tantrum. As soon as Kobe puts on his Lakers uniform he should assume that cameras are on him every second.

    I think that a $100,000 fine is a bit excessive, but considering that Kobe is one of the highest-paid players in the League AND he’s one of the faces of the League, Stern had to send a message. Some people only know the NBA as Kobe, LeBron, Shaq and Michael Jordan, so anything they do reflects on the League as a whole.

  • JAY

    I’m hoping cameras catch some dudes clowning on the bench (maybe the big 3 in Miami) and one of them turns to the other and playfully says, “You’re a fagget… hahahaha…”, because he’s acting a fool.

    It would be interesting to see how Stern reacts. My bet is he doesn’t do a damn thing.

  • the cynic

    who cares what a sodomizing rapist says to an obvious pedophile. They are just words, sure its a lazy selfish brain dead way to express anything, but I’m more concerned about why a bunch a people give a shit what some guy they never meet said to some other dude they never meet. Did anyone even notice this until the media blew it up?

    PLEASE MORE HACK TABLOID JOURNALISM PLEASE!!! we can never have too much

  • JAY

    @ Showtime
    Nigga might be the most often used “bad” word in the NBA… Next to “fuck” of course… yet the league does NOTHING to deter the use of that word. Stars, 12th men… you hear everyone say it.
    Please AB, you seem to have a lot of reasons why the league chose to fine Kobe for the fagget word. Do you have any reason why Stern doesn’t do anything about players screaming “nigga” across the floor at eachother?

    It seems a little fishy to me. Nigga/nigger has the same negative connotation as fagget does. Both were meant to alienate a group of minorities. What’s the difference? Dare I play the race card here?

  • LakeShow84

    @ AB

    Once again im not saying it was right because it was wrong


    IT HAPPENS.. it happens professionally and it happens UNPROFESSIONALLY peeps need to get over it.. Like Showtime said everyone is acting like dude was the only one to EVER do it..

    And once again.. i mean seriously.. it wasnt even that bad lol

    COMPLETELY blown out of proportion..

    @ JAY

    ill see your doesnt do a damn thing and raise you a doesnt do a GODDAMN thing lol

    Hope i didnt offend anyone with that lol

  • Ian

    im not talking about one game damn. he does that alot doesnt give others enough touches and all of the sudden he wants them to turn it on in the 4th or hes gonna jack fuck that. you know i will always hate so why are you always surprised about my comments hehe. btw no i dont want kobe near my team but i sure want gasol to be our c odom to be our 6th man you can hold the bryant.

  • First & Foremost

    In previous years this would have been a non issue but since same-sex rights are a more pressing issue in the political arena, the NBA had to step in and do something. Had the fine been small, various activist groups would have been all over the NBA. Since players can’t be politically charged or voice their opinions on important issues, most if not all athletes have some type of censorship enforced on them.

    Kobe by default is a role model, and if he sets a tone of anti-gay behavior, then it will alienate a group of the NBA audience. Therefore the NBA has to take a stance of tolerance to all people willing to give them money, with a fake tough slap on the wrist.

  • LakeShow84

    Sucks we have to discuss this bullshit right now with the playoffs looming..

    If the media burned down as a whole i wouldnt bat an eyelash.. id miss this site and maybe deadspin lol but in the ultimate matter of everything i wouldnt give a flying f#$k..

  • LakeShow84

    @ Ian

    Ahhhhh i love u man dont ever forget that.. i speak to you because ur represent ur class of haters lol

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @JAY — That’s why I said the fine was excessive, because I think it was based on the minority group that Kobe offended. If the NAACP flexed its muscle and put a legit fright into Stern every time an NBA player got caught saying nigga, he’d be handing out $100,000 fines for that too.

    But honestly, people are used to Black men calling other Black men nigga. And if a White player called a Black player nigga, that’d be a different story. But a big, Black, aggressive, angry athlete who is known to be straight calling somebody a faggot on national TV isn’t something we’re used to.

    It’s a double standard, but that’s just how it is. Not saying Stern is right for upholding the double standard either, but nobody should have been surprised that Stern came down on Kobe hard for what he did.

  • Ian

    id take kidd the wife beater outta that list.

  • LakeShow84

    Cosign F&F

    Everyone should understand why the NBA did what it did.. u cant give a 30 million a year player a 10K fine lol

    What i dont understand is real INDIVIDUALS making retarded “Kobe should just shut his mouth and play” comments..

  • LakeShow84

    I think the fine was where it shouldve been at..

    It aint REALLY going to hurt him and it appeases all equal rights groups out there..

    Like i said a 10K-20K fine wouldve been laughed at..

  • JAY

    @Lakeshow: “ill see your doesnt do a damn thing and raise you a doesnt do a GODDAMN thing lol”

    Oh shit…. the churchies in here are going to be up in arms about that!!! You might be fined a few thousand eucharists for that crack.

  • Ian

    haha we are always good bro btw when kobe retires ima keep the hate alive with bynum.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime


    Don’t stray too far ahead. Bynum might actually retire before Kobe

  • LakeShow84

    @ JAY

    I was hoping lol just so i could call them fags immediately after they started up.. OK OK JK lol

    @ Ian

    Good deal lol i need to pick up my DeJuan Blair hate.. the kid is solid lol

    @ Showtime

    …………… i try to never think about Bynum being forced to retire early.. if that happens.. man.. ill cry.. fuck it lol

  • Ian

    race card?? so you can only call crackers faggets?? you cant use it on niggas??

  • Ian

    hahahahahahahha my bad so true can i hate on shannon brown then if that happens??

    oh btw i hope no one was offended with post 92

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    @ LakeShow

    Unfortunately dude has glass knees so there will always be that feeling when he grimaces.

    What I’m really scared is Kobe breaking down. I don’t know if he can handle his body/skills leaving him.

  • JAY

    @AB: I get your explanation. It’s bullshit, but I get it.

    Here we are today as a society, idolizing a man who is openly an avid drug user, who admittedly supplies enough drugs to people almost to the point of making them overdose, and we go to his soldout “shows” to listen to him vent about bullshit and his tiger blood, and his bi-winning… but one athlete says 2 syllables and he’s ostracized and made an example of. The same publications that will break down Kobe Bryant for saying something maybe 70-80% of men say, will promote and support Charlie Sheen. Straight BS.

  • JAY

    “race card?? so you can only call crackers faggets?? you cant use it on niggas??”

  • JBaller

    Just got back into town and the whole league is up in arms, looking forward to some post season ball and opinions. Can’t wait for Kobe-hate to end and the real season to begin.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime


    Sorry to disappoint you again but I think Shannon Brown is leaving this offseason (mo money, mo pt).

    You can still hate on Ebanks, Caracter or whoever we have left

  • LakeShow84

    @ JAY

    Thank you for post 95.. That shit is dead on real life..

    Fuckin joke..

    @ Showtime

    Tell me about both of those statements lol

  • LakeShow84

    OOOoooooo 100?????

    Its almost playoff time BABYYYYYYYYYY!!!

  • Ian

    damn man no one will be left i might even end up a fan.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime


    Great, you are welcome. Any chance you can convince Pop to come with you?

  • Ian


  • JH

    @ Jay & Yoda:

    Everyone has the “right” to call themselves whatever they want. So go on…keep referring to yourselves as part of the Laker organization. However, realize that no matter how many times or how passionate you say it…it still isn’t true. I’m certain there is a psychological term for the condition you both suffer from…but the only words that come to mind is “dumb shits”.

  • JH


    #104 was intended for Lakeshow & Yoda…not Jay.

    The sheer number of posts made by Jay today must have messed with my mind.

  • K Dizzle

    @ JH – the team you supports wants you off the bandwagon.
    I hate those fake-ass bandwagon fans. At least US Laker fans use WE win or lose.
    I see so many “fans” use WE when their team is rollin, but use the team city name when they chokin.
    I hate fakeass Laker fans too. One bad game and they be like”Trade Odom…Fish needs to retire”
    Stop hatin on stupid shit. Who cares if a dude refers to a squad as MY TEAM?

    @ Showtime – Shannon signed for 2 seasons this past summer

    @ Ian – You stressed about Ginobili yet? If that elbow serious, Memphis gonna take y’all 7…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    @ K Dizzle

    The second year is a player option so if he feels he can get mo money than 2.2 million or a bigger role he can opt out after this season.

    He hasn’t played as well as at the beginning of the season but with his improved shooting touch someone will probably throw some cash at hime

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    Going non-playoffs for a minute, I’m interested to see what Minnesota does this summer. Will they be able to bring Rubio in? Will the lockout situation further scare off Rubio’s people? Who will they get with their Top-4 draft pick? What can they do in free agency? They have a nice young core with Love, Beasley, Wes Johnson, Randolph, Darko and Webster.

  • the cynic

    ^ that’s an awful core. Is anyone in the league really clamoring for Rubio?

  • LakeShow84

    Honestly it looks like Minnesota could make some moves and, DARE I SAY IT, fight for a playoff spot next year..

    I doubt Rubio is coming tho but i will say if there was anytime to convince him it would be now..

    Sit him down and make him watch all of Love’s good games lol

    Only people i like are Love, Beasley and Johnson tho.. Maybe a lil Webster.. But 2 of those guys, Johnson and Webster are solid bench contributors..

  • LakeShow84

    @ JH

    I think itd be called DIMENTIA..

    Gotta problem with that??? Lol

  • LakeShow84

    And IMO the jury should still be out on Rubio..

    Hes a smart player and smart players can adapt EASIER than o say ur typical monster, but dumb bball IQ wise, athlete..

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @cynic — I don’t think that’s a bad core. Love, Beasley and Johnson are legit, and Webster is a good shooter and defender. Then, even if you don’t think Darko, Randolph and/or Flynn can help Minnesota, they’re all young enough and have enough potential to return something decent in a trade.

  • LakeShow84

    My bad Randolph and Webbie are solid bench players..

    But id say Randolph and Darko have worn out their trade value AB.. those are 2 of the most used up potential trade pieces the past 2-3 years..

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    Darko is still blocking shots and Randolph had that one monster game while Love was out. Throw in youth and size and (at least with Randolph) the perception that he hasn’t had a “real” chance yet to succeed and I could see them still being decent trade bait at least.

  • K Dizzle

    Wolves have 2 options. Trade the youth and picks for guys who can help you win right now…or stay the path and keep pilin up young talent since the days of Kobe, Nash, Dirk, Duncan are comin to an end and youth will begin to rule.
    Problem with the Wolves is their GM isn’t as skilled as the dudes buildin OKC, Portland, etc.
    The number of misses by the Wolves is ridiculous.
    They got lucky with Love for Mayo, but Foye for Roy was a bad miss.

  • LakeShow84

    I think Roy for Foye was McHales last hurrah lol

    Id tell them to hold on to the youth tho.. Or trade it all for a 6-7 seed team??? i guess somethings better than nothing.. But still aint too many gonna be happy ending up Minnesoter at the moment..

    @ AB

    Problem is Randolph has BEEN getting sold on that premise of not having a “chance”.. me personally i dont think he’ll ever pan out..

    Crazy talented tho.. even in GS he was talented and he was just a toothpick rookie..

  • LakeShow84

    You could say Nellie jacked him up with all his herk and jerk rotations..

    Shit he would mess with Randolphs playing time during his sophomore year and that was really one of Randolphs best years..

  • the cynic


    Their is a reason the Wolves jumped out on teams early, but got crushed in the second half. Teams didn’t take them serious, didn’t play with intensity, and spent more time thinking about dinner than the Wolves. And they still had the worse record. Love is the 3rd or 4th best player on a playoff team. Sweet. He’s Reggie Evans with a jumpshot and basketball IQ. I like Love, but im not delusional about who he is

    Randolph is the classic example of a player who ruined his career by joining the NBA at 19. This guy doesn’t have the mental toughness to learn on the job. He may develop 3/4 years from now, but it won’t be with the Wolves

    Darko is a good backup C, Webster is an ok backup wing on a good team, and Flynn…. isn’t half the player Toney Douglas is right now.

    Wes Johnson is good though, I like his game, but he is the same age as Webster and a rookie

    I don’t even want to get started on Beasley, who can become an All-Star or Charlie V. Which do you think is more likely?

  • the cynic

    obviously I’m a hater, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong

  • First & Foremost

    Hmmm, Minny COULD become something. Another one of those teams that have that Gay Voltron unity where individually they all are aight but as a group they become uber efficient –Synergy. Love really can’t guard the elite power forwards but none of them can stop him from rebounding. Beasley can’t guard 3’s or 4’s but not many can stop him with his one move. People can’t stop laughing at Darko until they see the box score and he had 6 blocks. They have a solid core but not the PG/Coach combo to make noise. Rubio might fix that but I’m not counting on it.

  • JAY

    “obviously I’m a hater, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong”

    ^ ^ This is the hater creed.
    I’m printing this on some t-shirts! Cynic, i’ll send you one for coming up with it. Don’t sue me if you start seeing this in your local shops.. Lol.

  • beiber newz

    hahaha for thr toad, apr 17, laker playoff opener, after game was over:

    someone wanted to know if the Lakers would have benefitted from better distribution of their shots – or, say, fewer from Kobe – Bryant made this point unmistakably clear:

    “If the effort isn’t there,” he said, “I’m not going to sit around and wait, especially in the playoffs.”

    hence like i was saying IF DA OFFENSE SUCKS, GIVE THE BALL TO KOBE. He doesnt just go out and say, ‘i wanna soot everything.’

    theres reasoning and tactics behind it.

    dumb squirrels

  • beiber newz

    for the road*