Smack / Sep 17, 2011 / 12:00 am

Sorry Kobe: The Lakers Are Going From The Triangle To The Box

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant might be old, and getting up there in mileage, but don’t you think he’s still the best offensive option the Lakers have? Mike Brown may not agree with you. Of course, no one is going to keep the Mamba from feeding, but Brown sounds contrite when he mentions going inside to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Again. And again. And again. In Cleveland, Brown was criticized for turning the Cavs into “LeBron brings it up, LeBron holds it, LeBron calls for a screen-roll, LeBron holds it, LeBron drives to the rim, LeBron shoots or passes.” That never worked in the playoffs for obvious reasons (it’s never worked for ANYONE). So now it seems like he wants to make sure L.A. knows where their strength lies. The thing with L.A. is Kobe is their best player. Period. But their biggest strength is inside, where they have three guys capable of dominating. Put them together and that’s a bigger advantage over an opponent than Kobe bailing them out from the perimeter. But will they actually stick to the plan? … In the finals of the EuroBasket, it’ll be Spain and France. Tony Parker (22 points) pushed his country passed Russia 79-71 and into the Olympics for the first time in a dozen years. In the other semifinal, Macedonia’s Cinderella run is finally over, losing to Juan Carlos Navarro (35 points) and Spain by 12. Really it was games like these where you would hope a European team could become more isolation-happy because Bo McCalebb dropped 25 and really was the ONLY answer Macedonia had for Spain. Pau Gasol (22 points, 17 rebounds) put up big numbers, but still looks to be struggling with something … Should this guy go number one in the draft next year? … Ron Artest won’t be doing Dancing With The Stars. Major letdown right? In his place instead will be someone who looks exactly like him. His name is Metta World Peace. Finally, after much ado about virtually nothing outside of some small tickets, Artest is officially World Peace. Congrats to him, we guess. If you could choose one name, which would it be: Metta World Peace or Chad Ochocinco? … Seriously though, how amusing is it going to be to hear announcing teams refer to him in his new name? “…swings it out to World Peace…and HE HITS IT!” … In case you haven’t been following, ESPN has been counting down the 500 best NBA players this summer and an amazing thing happened yesterday. Joel Anthony and Matt Bonner were back-to-back yes, but the man directly in front of them? Tracy McGrady at #178. Five years ago, who would have ever guessed that? … Final Four time in Dime’s Ultimate Movie Baller one-on-one tournament. Who are these people who keep voting along Billy Hoyle? He’s still alive, this time taking on Butch McRae. On the other side is a monster matchup: Jesus vs. Neon. Two great names. Two great games … And the Warriors will retire No. 17 for Chris Mullin in January. We really wish they would retire all of Run-TMC together … We’re out like Steve Javie.

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  • beiber newz

    i’m liking the lakers direction. kobe will still get his cuz that’s his mentality. but he’ll do it in a smart way of course becuase he is a vet. he knows when to do what.

    bynum, time for you to shine. i’ve defended bynum countlessly here, and finally the head coach will feature him. bynum can finally call himself “seasoned”. a big bodied skilled big with gritty attitude is the center i love. pau gasol is like a point guard with power foward skills. he played pg growing up at one point. so he knows how to facilitate especially if he tries to give kobe passes to make sure kobe stays hungry.

    you guys know the kobe that surveys the game, not taking shots early on and passing to open teammates frequently? well expect that more throughout the game and not just in the 1st qtr or 1st half. kobe will still avg about 24 a night. you can book that.

    can’t wait. lakers will be the next champs of the nba. i’m all smiles..

  • K Dizzle

    @ Chicagorilla – “And if you ever….in all of everdome compare Larry Bird to Mario Chalmers, I will hunt you down and kill you myself.”

    Pasadena, California, sensitive little bitch. Come find me. Matter fact, I’ll pay your flight, internet gangsta.

    You wanna threaten physical harm based on a hoops opinion, you better be able to back it up.

    Fall back and stop lettin your digits type shit I KNOW your ass can’t back up, you soft sissy.

  • That’s What’s Up

    I thought that title was a reference to Kobe’s little Colorado escapade

  • G14CLASSIFIED

    @ K Dizzle

    You know whats worse than an internet gangsta?

    a hypocrite…

  • http://www.nbadunks.org NBA Dunks

    Worth seeing: France vs. Russia – Full Game:

    http://www.nbadunks.org/eurobasket-2011-france-vs-russia-full-game/

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

    Javie is out huh? One of the better refs in the L and will be missed. I kept refreshing the page for a minute hoping it would say Bevetta, but if the crypt keeper wants to keep at it till he breaks a hip I guess there is nothing you can do.

    Ochocinco was kinda funny, Megga world Pease is just lame. I love Ron but hope he ditches that real quick or Laker games will be hard to watch. That and whatever Mike Brown does in his attempt to destroy the offense will have me skipping more laker games than normal.

  • Big Island

    Oh man! I had to go back to yesterday’s smack to see what got everyone all riled up! The second post is about whipping someone’s ass. Normally that doesn’t happen until #18 or so.

    The Lakers should have tried to ride Bynum a little bit last season to see what he’s made of. The Lakers are all or nothing this year. Short season so Bynum and Kobe should make it through in one piece. But Bynum might not be any good as a go to guy. And Kobe can take you through a 15 game stretch by himself. Damn.

    I have to go to the gym, then pick up some crap, then go to Valencia (you are welcome to come KDizzle, I can drop you at Magic Mountain in case Chicagorilla bombs Pasadena) to pick up a BobbyBilt wagon, followed by my gf wanting to go to this fight shop store for gloves etc… Oh, and a birthday party for the wife of my gf’s kickboxing trainer, and it’s 80’s themed. Do I go Kareem? Magnum PI? So torn…

    G14 – True. You know that the internet bs is just people talking tough to dudes or ladies that they’ll never ever see in real life. But what is worse than an internet gangsta, and worse than a hypocrite, is the guy who you see personally, usually in some sort of tapout or affliction gear, who talks about how “street fights are llife or death. Kill or be killed”, and has never ever ever been in a tough fight at all. The guy who always hurts his knee in muay thai, or back in BJJ, but “woulda won” if his knee, shoulder, back, elbow didn’t act up. THAT is worse.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    We’ll see how Kobe reacts. Remember when Allen Iverson wasn’t the number one option anymore? He did ok for a season or two, behind Melo.

    We’ll see if Kobe goes gracefully like that, or skips to Pistons/Memphis level AI.

  • K Dizzle

    @ G14 – you know what’s worse than a hypocrite?
    People who decide to stick their nose in shit that doesn’t concern them. I would appreciate your opinion if you even knew what you were talkin about.
    You’re like the ref that calls the retaliation foul cuz he completely missed the first foul. Where I come from, if a dude says he’s gonna “kill me” for some stupid shit, it’s my right to invite them to find me. Thanks for the opinion tho, preacher…

    @ Big Island – thanks for the invite, but I was done with Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Ragin Waters and Universal Studios once I hit 15. Got tired real quick after multiple mandatory school trips.

  • G14CLASSIFIED

    You know what’s worst than kdizzle. my pizzle on his nizzle. Shut up man. You claim to hate internet thugs who talk hard over the cyberworld yet you do the same shit! You probably are a lonely son of a bitch looking for attention. Shut the fuck up and get some pussy. You dirty maggot. Have a slice of punnani cuz your testosterone is off the charts right now. You going in when you don’t need to. It wasn’t even called for. You wanna see some real hard shit? Suck my hard dick. Sissy boy. Holla at me. You don’t wan’t none. Stay in your lane pussyboi. Rasclot ganja dome mormon.

  • Big Island

    God dammit. I just went on a Valencia rant for KDizzle and I don’t think it posted. Now I am too lazy to retype it. In short, Valencia sucks, I stayed just long enough to go to Subway and pick my shit up.

  • http://www.wtf.com Chicagorilla

    @KDizzle you are losing it son. You not about to pull me into this dumb internet back and forth “I’ll fight you if…” shit. But you should have a new show entitled “When keeping it real….gets lame”

    So Mike Brown is going away from Kobe…lol. This is gonna be a funny season in L.A. I can’t wait to see that sh!t. Kobe is gonna shoot 25x’s a game just outta spite! The guy is going to go out the league the same way he came into the league…as a spoiled athlete.

    @DIME
    World B. Free is still the best name change of all time. With God Shamgod a close second.

  • K Dizzle

    @ Chicagorilla – already over it, son.
    You don’t like my opinions, don’t read it. I’ll compare whoever I want. You the fool comin at me with the “You must be retarded’ and the “I’ll kill you?” now you wanna play grown-up? Lol. U amuse.

  • G14CLASSIFIED

    Kdizzle. Shut up. Get some pussy. You are a child with a child’s mind. You are not successful in life. You will be on the streets in less than 2 years. I will NOT give you a dime. No pun intended. You need to chill out. You are like Brian Griffin. You are such a radical opinionated fascist. Open you mind. You douche. Move out of your mom’s basement. You turd. I don’t believe you ever passed the 2nd grade. Why not sell weed. O wait, you can’t add. That’s why you don’t understand statistics and is why you can’t tell good players from bad players. You are dumb. Get a life. Classified has son’d you. You are now my bitch. MAKE ME A SANDWICH..HOE.

  • http://www.wtf.com Chicagorilla

    I found this video of the Real KDizzle

    He is the gangsta in the white t-shirt

    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh5qOI29n09XUbs3dF

    “that’s how things get misconstrued” – KDizzle

  • beiber newz

    WOWWWWW beef shit getting heavy on here.

  • Big Island

    Beiber – I know! Maybe I should put up the video of the time we fought.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuTyB5n7838

    It’ll be obvious which one I am.

  • beiber newz

    @ big island, LOL by the way g4classified (or watever his name is) is talking, i don’t think the kids in that hockey video use that same language. kdizzle! dat g4 dude getting at your head!! lol he said some funny things i can’t lie. but i dont wanna get involved. jus making my observations. i think internet beefs are dumb. just a lot of cursing and false bravado.

  • beiber newz

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=false%20bravado

    take a look at all these definitions for you guys that want to act “hard” but wouldn’t want to live 1 week in my neighborhood.

  • beiber newz

    make sure to scroll down to INTERNET WANG. lol i’m not accusing anyone of you guys of having this ,label. but actions do speak louder than words. lt’s tone down the beef and f0cus on basketball. do yall remember when ray lewis said :

    “Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game. ”

    hmmmmmmmmm nba lockout and people are slowly going crazy. turning angry and “EVIL”.

    “remember, keeping beef alive is not as good as when the beef is dead. because then we can start to grill burgers.” – anonymous

  • Big Island

    It’s back on. We have to get everyone together in one place, and have everyone fight. Chicagorilla and KDizzle will hash it out without throwing a punch. Classified would get dragged in kicking and screaming, and KDizzle would hand him his ass. JAY would laugh. Me and Beiber would just sit in the corner in a mega battle rap.

    Where do you live Beib? I can pretty much bet anything I wouldn’t want to live there, but that’s because I like the beach, I like the sun, and fuck the rest. It’s not necessarily that I couldn’t live there, but I don’t fucking want to. No offense.

  • beiber newz

    new york city. you can make it here if you have thick skin. but i was exaggerating. i don’t know you guys and don’t know what conditions you can cope under. but usually the south bronx aint as nice as a beach. i am not wearing it as a badge of honor. heck one day when i make it to ceo i’ll live on the beach and we’ll crack a six pack and relax big island. lmao

  • beiber newz
  • G14CLASSIFIED

    Yo someone be posting under my name…

    All that hollerin wasn’t me.

    Moving along..

  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    @ Big I: “It’s back on. We have to get everyone together in one place, and have everyone fight. Chicagorilla and KDizzle will hash it out without throwing a punch. Classified would get dragged in kicking and screaming, and KDizzle would hand him his ass. JAY would laugh. Me and Beiber would just sit in the corner in a mega battle rap.”

    LMAO!!! That sounds about right, on my part. I don’t like throwing down… only do it when i have to. And the most recent time I fought, the whole time I was thinking, “fuck, this is going to hurt in the morning”.
    I’d rather debate the shit outta someone.

  • beiber newz

    “I’d rather debate the shit outta someone.”

    lmaooo JAY just birthed a classic line..

  • beiber newz

    and g4 classified, u sure that wasn’t you? you were pretty heated at kdizzle. i don’t know what to believe. i hope you are not just backing off your words by backtracking. only sissies do that.