The classless Lakers
Posted by keithosaunders on May 10, 2011
What can you say about the cheap shots delivered by Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum during the fourth quarter of last night’s Lakers/Mavericks game? They were both inexcusable, but Bynum’s was particularly vicious; he clotheslined Mav’s guard, JJ Barea, as he was driving towards the hoop. Bynum easily could have put Barea in the hospital. This was followed by an instant ejection, at which point Bynum took off his shirt, as if to underscore his toughness and defiance.
The Lakers were swept by the Mavericks, the first sweep in coach Phil Jackson’s illustrious career. In losing the way they did, the Lakers’ reputation is tarnished. Theyhave long been thought of as a proud organization with a winning tradition, but for the foreseeable future, they will be considered a bully team.
They are a team of thugs. Even Kobe Bryant, great as he is, is a punk. It is no secret that he could not get along with Shaq — there was too much ego for one court. Those close to the team, however, believe that the problem stemmed from Kobe wanting more touches. It’s a credit to Jackson that he was able to convince Kobe to play within a system. How much of that was Jackson’s genius, or Kobe simply having thrived on being in the spotlight after Shaq’s departure to Miami?
It speaks volumes about this team when Ron Artest — no stranger to thuggery — was the one to escort Bynum off the court. You know your career is hitting the skids when Artest has to be the one to calm you down.