Who Let The Dogs Out ………. ?

Who Let The Dogs Out ?

Well now that the fallout in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers’ abrupt demise within the NBA Playoffs it appears that the repercussions and ramifications could be long lasting . We know that the team’s coach Phil Jackson will be stepping down and it’s presumed that a decision will be made by GM Mitch Kupchak in conjunction with the team’s principal owner Dr Jerry Buss as to who Jackson’s successor might be. Who could’ve foreseen the Lakers being swept in four rather lopsided games by the Dallas Mavericks in the conference semi finals of the playoffs ? The Mavericks now await the winners of the series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals .

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In light of what we’re now hearing it could well be that the remnants of this team will be torn asunder and be completely revamped . This much we do know, the only piece liable to remain untouched could well be Kobe Bryant . But inasmuch as that is a certainty I do believe that Bryant , himself , will go a long way having his own input as to the personnel decisions that will most definitely have to be made. A successor to Phil Jackson will probably come from amongst the ranks of the assistants on this coaching staff of which the leading candidates appear to Brian Shaw and Jim Cleamons . It remains highly improbable that the hierarchy would go outside their stable of assistants to hire a coach unless it’s a high profiled experienced coach amongst the professional ranks . I certainly don’t believe that they’re liable to look amongst the collegiate ranks for a successor to Jackson !

It became pretty much clear that during this series the Lakers were mentally and physically outmatched and from a defensive standpoint this team was simply not there as a willing participant or competitor . The Lakers bench was never present and rarely did we see the best from Lamar Odom , Ron Artest , Matt Barnes and sparingly did we actually get a glimpse as to the consistency of either Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol . The one consistent factor throughout the series for the Lakers was in fact the player of Kobe Bryant who was the leading scorer on the team throughout the conference semi finals .

I do believe that if anything the Lakers’ players came in with the mindset that as the two time defending champions all they had to do was to literally turn up and that the Dallas Mavericks would quiver in their wake. Complacency and naivete had set in and if anything Phil Jackson was simply out-coached by his opposing number Rick Carlisle . But consistently throughout the series the Lakers simply didn’t have an answer for Dirk Nowitzki , the very astute and intelligent play of Jason Terry , Tyson Chandler , J J. Barea and the unselfishness of wily veteran point guard Jason Kidd . These aren’t your Mavericks of old as they’ve become resolute and very much more defensively oriented with the combined play of Chandler and utility player Shawn Marion as they’ve provided the team with that much needed one ….. two punch from a defensive standpoint.

Now any thoughts that NBA Commissioner David Stern might have had for a proposed Finals’ matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the presumed favorites to make it out of the Eastern Conference the Miami Heat , will now have to be placed on the back burner. The Heat are now looking to fully vindicate themselves by closing out their series against their heated conference rivals the Boston Celtics . Now 3-1 up in that series and with the Celtics ailing on a number of fronts it’s hard to see how Doc Rivers’ team will be able erase this deficit and actually come back and win this series outright. An aging roster of stars now seems to have met its Waterloo and this will most certainly have to be the last charge for Kevin Garnett , Ray Allen , Paul Pierce and Shaquille O’Neal .

As to the direction that may well be taken by the Lakers’ hierarchy as they look to rebuild I for one can’t really see them delving once again into the free agent market with the impending free agents that will come to the market . Granted , there may well be one or two desirable free agents but nowhere near the number that came to the market this past season . Mitch Kupchak will look to see where the deficiencies are on the roster and make the necessary moves to bolster a team that underachieved and that had performed well below the hierarchy’s as well as their fans’ expectations . This much we do know the this Lakers’ team of the 2010-11 season won’t in many respects resemble the one we’re liable to see for the 2011-12 season.

Game four of what’s now turning out to be an intriguing and suspenseful series brought a cumulative points total not often seen in an NBA playoff game . If I said you that the game between went into triple overtime and there’d be 256 points scored you would’ve probably thought that I was insane . But that’s what transpired on Monday night at the Fedex Forum in Memphis , Tennessee, as the Oklahoma City Thunder would defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 133-123 in a thrilling and exhilarating game . Russell Westbbrook and Kevin Durant would account for more than half of the Thunder’s output with the duo scoring a combined 75 points on their way to the team’s impressive win . Not to be outdone in all of this were Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol who each chipped in with 60 points between them for the Grizzlies.

Tonight’s game resumes the series in Oklahoma City in a pivotal game five where the victor take’s the reins and more likely than not will the upper hand in this series . To my mind for both coaches Scott Brooks and Lionel Hollins after this explosive and unbelievable offensive output where defense was simply left at the door I seriously doubt that the two teams will be able to reproduce another epic of this magnitude ! If anything tonight’s game should be somewhat less stressful for the discerning NBA tv viewer in terms of the suspense we could expect. Thrills and spills asides this series has indeed taken on a life of its own wherein the two teams seem to be evenly matched . Albeit that as the number eight seed in the Western Conference , few might have expected the Grizzlies to have made it this far in the playoffs . Should Randolph and his teammates prevail against the Thunder , then a much anticipated conference final’s match-up against the Dallas Mavericks awaits them.

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As the postseason unfolds were you at all surprised by the Los Angeles Lakers’ exit from the NBA Playoffs ? And which series to your mind of those played so far has been the most exciting to watch in your opinion ? Simply offer a comment as to your thoughts on the topics raised within this piece and anything else you feel to be pertinent with regard to the NBA postseason .

Alan aka tophatal ………………..

http://tophatal.wordpress.com

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(1) EL SEGUNDO, CA – MAY 11: Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks during his last official Lakers news conference at the team’s training facility on May 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers were swept out of their best of seven series with the Dallas Mavericks four games to none. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images …..

(2) Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, hugs a Kevin Ding reporter for the Orange County Register as he leaves his last official Lakers news conference at the team’s training facility on May 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers were swept out of their best of seven series with the Dallas Mavericks four games to none. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images ……

(3) Lamar Odom (7) of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks during a news conference at the Lakers training facility on May 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers were swept out of their best of seven series with the Dallas Mavericks four games to none. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images ……..

(4) Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with members of the convened press at the team’s facility at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, California. Getty Images / Kevirk Djansezian ……

(5) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, reacts to a dunk by teammate James Harden, left, in the second quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City, Wednessday, May 11, 2011. AP Photo/Alonzo Adams …..

(6) Oklahoma City Thunder guard Daequan Cook, left, shoots in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, right, and forward Zach Randolph, center, in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Oklahoma City won 99-72 . AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki …….

(7) Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins shoots as Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen watches in the second quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki ………

(8) Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, left, shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka in the first quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki ……

(9) Oklahoma City Thunder forwards Kevin Durant, front, and Serge Ibaka, right, cheer in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Oklahoma City won 99-72. AP Photo/Alonzo Adams ……..

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16 thoughts on “Who Let The Dogs Out ………. ?

  1. Chris Humpherys

    I’m not counting out the Thunder as of yet ’til that final nail has been placed in their coffin . They’ve been my dark horse to make it to this year’s NBA Finals !

    And if Sofia Vergar ever decides to move to the state of Washington I can assure you I won’t be far behind !

    I think that if the Mavericks make it to the NBA Finals I think that the Heat will still be too much for them ! And that’s especially if James and Wade are firing on all cylinders . They made that Celtics’ team seem really old and showing their age .

    tophatal ……………

  2. I think the theme for the Lakers these days is “questions”. There are tons of them surrounding this team. It’s going to be an interesting transition into their next era no matter what happens with them. I’m not sold the Mavs are going to be in the Finals over OKC/Memphis, but that is going to be a great series!

    1. chappy

      Simply put there are more questions than answers concerning this Lakers’ team . sportschump is under the impression that Phil will return . But I don’t buy it any longer because this team has simply regressed too far for him to return and then put up with the crap and no doubt then have to deal with his own stress .

      I think that the Mavericks have a good shot at making the Finals if their opponent is the Grizzlies but if it’s the Thunder , I think that Durant and his teammates will run them off the court !

      tophatal ………….

      1. Hahaha, Phil is NOT coming back anytime soon. Bill Simmons wrote a good article today on how bad Phil’s health is, and how he might want to relax and maybe write a book or something instead of manning the sidelines. I wouldn’t say he’s never going to coach again, but don’t see him coming back to LA anytime soon…

        Totally agree with you on the Mavs. They seem to match up a little better with a team like Memphis than OKC.

      1. Sounds like Adelman is the answer to that question so far. I was hoping the Warriors might get him, but why would he coach them when he could coach the Lakers…

    1. smurfed

      Adelman is not the guy you want coaching the Lakers at this stage . You either go for a high profile coach with experience or as you say look to the likes of Shaw . Too many damn retreads simply isn’t good for the game or specifically for the Lakers .

      tophatal …………….

  3. I’m still not sold on Dallas either. This team is vulernable just as much as the other teams are. I witnessed them blow an 18 pt lead over Portland then nearly a 20 point lead. They too are a jumpshooting team and their luck is going to run out eventually.

    1. jgome

      What’s impressed me this time around concerning the Mavs is that their bench has stepped up to the plate and the play of Chandler on both ends of the floor has been impressive .

      If they get past either the Grizzlies or Thunder in the conference finals then they could very well make a believer out of me finally . And that to my mind would be impressive !

      Almost as impressive as this !

      tophatal …………..

  4. Yes, Tophatal. I agree. Blake is f’n garbage for the Lakers. I think I saw about 5 airballs from 3 from the dude. Can’t be doing that.

    1. jgome

      If Steve Blake had 1/10 of one 1% of the talent of John Stockton he still wouldn’t be anywhere near an average player .

      Watch this Lamar I’m gonna pass to you and then you pass back OK ? Man I’m gonna be better than Stockton when he played the point .

      ‘Nut huggers’ as worn by Stockton and made a must have fashion accessory within the NBA .

      tophatal …………..

  5. chappy

    Phil’s got two bad hips , rheumatism in both knees and cardiac arrhythmia . Why the fu_k would he now want to return to that hell-hole after they just got their asses hoisted up on a silver platter ?

    Even if Buss offered him $15 mil a year he ain’t returnin’ now . And besides I’m sure even with Jeanie Buss offering up the poonani that still wouldn’t persuade him to change his mind .

    Phil gets to play with these each night when goes home and why not ? Jeanie bounces a ball far better than Steve Blake don’t you think ?

    So Phil what’ll it take for you to come back next season ? Jeanie I’ve told you once before me having sex with you and best friend is simply out of the question if she’s not gonna suck d_ck !

    tophatal …………….

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