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Cover.HardcourtConfidential Today, Pat McEnroe, U.S. Davis Cup captain, ESPN color commentator, and author of Hardcourt Confidential (with an assist from yours truly) is going to share some of his thoughts and experiences in that Inner Sanctum, the ATP locker room. This passage is preceded by a lengthy one on Jimmy Connors (if you remember, Connors' storied run in 1991 began with a remarkable comeback win over Patrick), which is why the material below begins with him. 

-- Pete


Jimmy was adept at mind games. He was so keen to keep himself distant from the pack that he would often avoid the locker room altogether, changing and killing time conspicuously apart from his peers. Top players often have what you might call a “locker room strategy,” from aggressively dominating the inner sanctum of the athlete to avoiding it altogether. One of my brother John’s big beefs was that tennis is the only sport where you share the locker room with not just the guy you’re going to engage in intense, one- on- onecombat, but also with someone to whom you might have a deep,genuine aversion. I guess golf is the same way— but then it’s a stretch to call golf a sport.

John disliked Ivan Lendl, and you could feel the tension when they had to inhabit the same locker room. Granted, John liked to strut around, scowling, his body language demanding that you give him wide berth. That could be intimidating. But he didn’t engage guys in the same way as Lendl, who actually talked trash and needled people— sometimes mercilessly. When John Fitzgerald (who was actually a friend of Lendl’s) came into the Australian Open locker room shortly after having his first child, a daughter, Lendl said in his mechanical, clipped Eastern European accent: “Congratulations, John. Maybe next time you vill be man enough to make a son.”

In conclusive proof that there is a God, Lendl ended up having five children of his own— all lovely daughters.

I watched as Brad Gilbert and Ivan Lendl almost came to blows in the locker room in Tokyo one year. Now a lot of guys found Brad’s endless prattling (usually about sports) irritating. But even more glowered at the way Ivan Lendl was constantly razzing and putting others down.

Somehow, the two of them got started on a game of one- upmanship. Brad suggested that he would clean Ivan’s clock in a game of one-on-one basketball. Not to be outdone, Lendl said he could skate rings around Brad in a hockey rink.

“Oh, yeah,” Brad shot back, sticking out that Sgt. Rock jaw of his, “You want a piece of me in a batting cage?”

I could hardly believe my ears, these guys were taking it to another level, like a couple of kids in the schoolyard, until some other players intervened to talk both guys off the ledge before it came to fisticuffs. It was idiotic; clearly, it had nothing to do with either guys’s skill at bowling or beer pong. They just had their backs up and neither was going to back down.

102161069 Wimbledon has two locker rooms, a spacious, well- appointed one for seeded players, and a more bare bones one for everyone else.Yet, Andy Roddick, a three-time finalist at the event, insists on hanging out in the B locker room, so he can be with buddies like Sam Querrey, the Bryan Brothers, Mardy Fish, and James Blake. He just feels more comfortable in there.

Of course, you can’t have individual locker rooms for all 128 players at a major. But at those events, as well as smaller ones, the locker room during the early stages of an event is like a cross between a crowded train station at rush hour and a class reunion. The camaraderie level is high. When whoever won the last tournament walks in, almost everyone slaps him on the back or drops by in front of his locker to say “Well done.”

Friends who haven’t seen each other in weeks say hi and catch up when they meet. At the 2009 US Open, Roger Federer watched the scoreboard as Marsel Ilhan, the first Turkish player (although he’s originally from Uzbekistan) to compete at an Open-era major, won his first- round match. Later, Federer went up to Ilhan in the locker room to congratulate the young player and introduce himself. The journeyman couldn’t believe it.

Carl, the locker room attendant at the US Open, doles out the assignments at the start of the tournament. Over time, he knows which guys like to be near each other, and he generally groups them by nations. It works out well, although the tone in the temple of Ben- Gay changes dramatically later in the event. When it’s down to the finals, the atmosphere in the locker room is almost oppressive.

You’ve got one guy huddled with his team in one corner, his opponent and friends in the other. The tones are hushed. You can almost cut the tension with a knife. It wouldn’t be such a bad idea for tournaments to give the finalists different spaces on that last, critical day. Roger Federer is probably the most relaxed guy I’ve ever seen in the locker room; he’s nothing less than a prince— it’s like he owns the place, but in a good way, like the proud proprietor of a Swiss fondue restaurant.

Rafael Nadal, as nice a kid and good a sportsman as he is, gets into the mind games a bit, wittingly or not. He makes his opponents wait on him, not just between points (for which he gets criticized) but in the locker room and on the sidelines as well. When the tournament officials call Nadal’s match, he goes to take another piss, making his opponent stand there, waiting. When the umpire calls them out to the center of the court for the coin toss, Rafa will often stay in his chair, fiddling with towels or his bottles while the other guy walks right out— and has to wait.

I can understand how Toni Nadal, Rafa’s coach and uncle, tried to drill it into the young, impressionable eighteen- year old of a few years ago that it was important for him to take his time, not feel rushed or obligated to do anything until he was comfortable and well- organized. But you have to grow out of that.

Rafa’s foot- dragging was behind that bad- blood incident at Wimbledon between Rafa and the Swedish player Robin Soderling. Ticked off by the way Rafa had the habit of making an opponent wait, Soderling did some conspicuous stalling of his own, and he even mimicked Rafa’s compulsive habit of plucking at the back of his shorts. It wasn’t a smart thing for Soderling to do, and it didn’t make his life any easier— Rafa is genuinely liked and respected by everyone. Soderling ultimately was cast as a boorish gamesman, but many players felt that his was a point worth making, if not exactly in the way Robin chose.


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Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:02 PM

sf, Kobe's also taking too many tough shots. He would've been better off shooting from the perimeter, given his current %.

And yeah, KG's got 3 atm.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:03 PM

Fisher can't help himself. They weren't going to call anything, but he had to grab Pierce on the ground. :)

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:03 PM

hey everyone..

someone says that kobe's missing FT because of bandages on his finger... must have been minimal finger injury...

:(

well, go boston!!!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:03 PM

And there's a perimeter shot by Kobe. He needs to make more of that.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:04 PM

where's dunkalicious brown, btw? bring him on to spice things up. pu-lease!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:05 PM

This is total Crap Lakers!!!!!!!

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:06 PM

tell me about it, am.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:07 PM

Heh, who knew Artest would be the best player of this most crucial game tonite.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:08 PM

Make Artest shoot the ball. Stop fouling him!!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:10 PM

omg.. boston had it...

what an awful pass boston...

boston leads 40-34...

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:11 PM

Interesting half. If Boston could rebound, they'd up a ton. As soon as LA starts shooting the second half, Boston will be in trouble .

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:12 PM

OK, this is a bad joke. Kobe and Pau need to step up big time in the 2nd half.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:14 PM

np, i hope artest keeps going at it. the others will come along, i'm glad he's leading the charge. 6pt deficit at ht. hmmm... ok, but, we need a spark!

Posted by thebigapple 06/17/2010 at 10:14 PM

The game lacks the kind of performances one expects in a big game. Just flat..

Posted by CL 06/17/2010 at 10:16 PM

"Gamesmanship is in the eyes of the beholder I suppose
Regardless how boring and repettive it is."

Yes. And I would say that, by definition, gamesmanship is boring and repetitive. Very few are TRULY creative. It is all basically a tall...not really adult, just tall... version of 'can so/can not; nyah, nyah."

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:21 PM

rafa is apparently a lakers fan...

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/rafael-nadal-gasoljersey1.jpg

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:22 PM

"The game lacks the kind of performances one expects in a big game. Just flat.."

that's because the greenies want to win ugly - playing stifling defense (they'd rather foul than have you score a clean basket)!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:22 PM

NP Like the rest of the bloody team as well

This sucks

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, Don't you wish your pusher was hott like me) 06/17/2010 at 10:23 PM

TTC is showing a Wimbledon classic, 2005 Final between Lindsay and Vee. They both played so well, but the turtle was just too slow for the gazelle. Go Caro, Scandinavia's#1, World's#3, reigning USO finalist, winner of 7WTA title and the ONLY teen in the top 25. Du er den bedste!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:23 PM

Pat Pau and Rafa are freinds

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:24 PM

sf, the thing is that it's Kobe and Pau who should be leading the charge. They picked the worst possible time to come out flat. Granted the Boston defense has been excellent, but shooting just barely 23% (21% and 25% respectively) is just inexcusable, no matter what the circumstances.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:26 PM

Half the Laker points are second chance, and Magic thinks Perkins being out is a blessing for the C's. Alrighty, then. :)

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:27 PM

AM, I hear ya. Kobe needs to pick up the slack in the 2nd half. Doesn't matter if the Celtics are throwing bricks at him. If he can't carry his team tonite then he doesn't deserve to win. Simple as that.

Posted by Joe (Celtics Ring) 06/17/2010 at 10:28 PM

Sorry Lakers fans, but today Celtis are kicking Lakers ...

Posted by Samantha Elin(Caro to the haters, Don't you wish your pusher was hott like me) 06/17/2010 at 10:30 PM

If you look at most of the posts tonight, it might answer the question why tennis is struggling in the states, a tennis board with more posts on stupid basketball then the great sport of tennis. Long live tennis. Nite all.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:32 PM

Samantha, huh? :)

We're sports fans, there is no tennis going on, and it's two hours out of the day for the last NBA game of the year. Besides, Kobe is talented and beautiful. :)

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:33 PM

@AM...

heheheh... thats explains the mutual admiration AM... :)

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:34 PM

np,
you have a point. i wonder where they contracted this nervous energy disease! not like they've not been here before!

they should go to playing basic simple basketball.

let the star (kobe) attack the rim, draw the inevitable double/triple team, then pass to a waiter to shoot - dont think, just shoot! or draw a foul and soon they'll back down. dwayne wade is the best at this tactic, with his slithering dribbles! (lebron does too, but wade has the edge, methink).

all we need is a lil spark, and the crowd energy will carry us the rest of the way!

come on, lakers, let's go!

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:34 PM

Celts run a play to post up Ray? Seriously?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:34 PM

Pau stop being soo bloody tentative

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:35 PM

nice assist their boston!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:35 PM

Take Pau off the court and someone give him a New Brain

Posted by allezaravane 06/17/2010 at 10:36 PM

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5960226&id=26081741101&fbid=455014441101

Did anyone see this picture ? What the hell were Sharapova and Ivanovic thinking ? They're wearing the ugliest dresses ever.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:36 PM

Yeah Phil calls time out

I wonder why Moron.pfft.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:37 PM

Sod's friend, yeah, Kobe HAS to attack the rim. He's not hitting squat from outside.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:37 PM

@SAm...

cheer up... thinks we're doing this for the finals... its the finals alright... ehhehe...

@lakers shooting...

cant shoot decently at the start lakers... kobe trying more than impossible shoots from way out of the center.. and its not going in the basket...

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:37 PM

Come on Lakers Get In Their Faces

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:37 PM

i like this laker time-out. stop the bleeding.

Posted by CL 06/17/2010 at 10:39 PM

Sherlock - "Kobe is talented and beautiful"??????? I will give you talented. very. But we must have WAY different definitions of beautiful. s'ok. I forgive you. ;-) Maybe if Kobe wore a little Stella McCartney number, I could see it..but til then.. not so much.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:40 PM

11 point advantage now boston!!!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:41 PM

Kobe's gotta stop taking so many tough shots. Seriously.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:42 PM

Kobe those bloody shots arent working

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:44 PM

I couldn't resist using the well-used phrase, CL. :)

And Ray Allen continues to stink.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:44 PM

one thing is for sure: boston's defense today is making hard for the lakers to win points...

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:45 PM

Kobe's obviously cold tonite. He's gotta find a way to get to the line, or find a wide-open shooter while the Celts double- or triple-team him.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:45 PM

keep attacking the rim, kobe, we'll break their defense down in a lil bit.

Posted by Carol 06/17/2010 at 10:47 PM

Hi guys, I'm watching the game too. I don't care relly who is going to win but if Lakers lose I'm sorry for Rafa. First Spain lost his first match (they will win) and now maybe his friend Gasol too?

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:48 PM

re: the wta players party photo: serena and jj look super. shriekie and ana - like a statue and droopy flat, respectively.

Posted by CL 06/17/2010 at 10:49 PM

Sherlock. :-)

Yeah...Ray hasn't got anything like a shooting eye tonight. At the moment, he looks like the kid on the play ground no body wants to pass the ball to. Really lost. And not just the shooting. I suppose 'pros' should be able to put such stuff aside, but it must be tough dealing with his kid's situation.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:50 PM

down to 6pt deficit (from 12). good job kobies.

now keep the focus and let's break them down slowly.

more attacking the rim - force the issue!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:50 PM

But then the problem is that Kobe is only 50% from the line tonite. Can't believe he'd come out this flat in the most important game of the season. Forget MJ, he'd be fortunate to be in the same sentence as Magic after this stinker.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:51 PM

G-o-d, Kobe's being worthless tonite. What a moron.

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:51 PM

nice 3 points their boston!!!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:53 PM

Another dumbass play by Kobe. WTF.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:53 PM

Hell Kobe

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:53 PM

about time odom started scoring!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:54 PM

Pau Wakes Up

About bloody time too

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 10:54 PM

Gasol didn't get even CLOSE to a piece of the ball on that Garnett shot. Incredible.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 10:55 PM

Dumbass Pau keeps letting KG drive to his right. He just doesn't learn. That was a good block, yes, but he should've never let KG get to the rim in the 1st place.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 10:55 PM

dunkalicious brown, please give me a spark. please!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:55 PM

lakers now turning up the heat!!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:56 PM

Idoits Lakers!!!!

Crap!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:57 PM

Come on Lakers

Dont let them push you around

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 10:58 PM

Hee did we need that one

Lakers GO

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 10:58 PM

and now its the bostons who cant score!!!

Posted by Pat frm Philippines... 06/17/2010 at 11:00 PM

bye guys!!!

update me on the scores will you all... pls...

need to get some sleep.. bye all!!

onwards to wimbledon!!!

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 11:02 PM

CL, yeah, I hate to say it, but Ray's been nothing short of horrible since his amazing game 2. :(

What's up with his kid?

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:03 PM

This game will be decided on which team sucks more in the last Q. If Kobe keeps up his dumbass plays it'll be the Lakers.

Posted by Pspace 06/17/2010 at 11:03 PM

So, MJ will still be the GOAT by a mile after tonight. Boring game. Lakers would've got their a$$es kicked if Perkins was playing.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:04 PM

ok, here's the deal...

end 1st quarter: down 9
(diff 3)
end 2nd quarter: down 6
(diff 2)
end 3rd quarter: down 4
(diff 1)
end fourth quarter: win 1 (or lose 1)

quite a pattern, eh?

who's going to be the hero in quarter 4?

Posted by CL 06/17/2010 at 11:05 PM

Sherlock - his son has severe diabetes. He was with the kid in the hospital for most of the night before one of the games. Hard time managing the kid's blood sugar. Pretty scary stuff. (I only know this because my BFF is visiting and she remains a hard core Celtics fan. She is sitting on the couch alternately cheering and flinching. ;-)))

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:06 PM

LA's dismal FT shooting continues. What a joke.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 11:06 PM

Good luck, Boston. You won't get a call this quarter.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:10 PM

Kobe's being worse than worthless. Just get the hell off the court. What a moron.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:12 PM

lakers keep shooting themselves in the foot.

first kobe throws the ball to rondo - unrequested!

then farmar and pau can't connect and let big baby break the pass.

then, icing on the cake, ignorant referee calls a foul on kobe when it should be offensive foul!

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:15 PM

np,
don't despair. inspite of all the bad plays it's still real close.
keeping our poise could be the difference in this one.
and, btw, i like the well-timed timeouts. (boston's using theirs well, too).

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 11:17 PM

Phew Kobe that might spark something off in you

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:17 PM

keep the poise, lakers - you got this one!

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:18 PM

let's go artest! 1pt game!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 11:18 PM

Yay Ron your my hero

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:20 PM

and now, ray allen misses his 1st ft of the whole series!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:21 PM

sf, even if the Lakers win, this will feel like an empty victory. I wasn't expecting this crap nite from Kobe. He'll probably be named the MVP, but he will have gotten the award despite what happened tonite.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:22 PM

where from all this ft misses from pau and kobe? gawd. please somebody break this spell!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:23 PM

And dumbass Pau misses both FTs. What a farce.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:25 PM

all tied up! 64-64, np, keep the faith!

i know it's hard sometimes, but that's the nature of this game - a player can't be "on" all the time, y'konw?

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/17/2010 at 11:25 PM

Isn't this a red meat post? The B-ball people are completely drowning out the folks who want to talk tennis. May I suggest that those of us who want to talk tennis go back to the "On the Bounce" thread where some fun conversations were going on earlier?

As for this exerpt, I love all this stuff but Sherlock, I think you're right about the "veil of secrecy" that should be honored about the locker room. I suppose the statute of limitations has run out on those older stories from Lendl and Connor's days and maybe Pmac will only tell warm and fuzzy stories about the current players. I have the book and can't wait to read it.

I love the fact that Andy Roddick is more comfortable staying in the B locker room with his friends than going to the Elite A room. Bravo to him.

Ladyjulia: I completely agree with your view that Rafa's rituals before the match begins are a separate issue from his on-court slowness. As several people have already pointed out, he does the exact same thing before every match. It is never going to change nor should it. I am a creature of habit and can totally identify with his need to go through the same rituals before each match. What's the big deal that he takes ONE minute longer than everyone else? It would be nice if he could just speed things up a little. Don't know why the powers that be haven't spoken to him about it. His jumping up and down in front of the net and sprinting to the baseline is a unique signature for him. That's why he's a STAR and not just an ordinary player. I've heard numerous commentators, including both McEnroe brothers, say how much he brings to the game with his energy.

And to say that he's resting between points is comical. His opponents are usually happy for the respite. He's certainly not controlling the points when he's receiving which is 50% of the match. I agree he should be penalized if he goes over the 25 seconds between points when he's on serve. But remember that rule is flexible and up to the umpires discretion depending on how strenuous or crazy the previous point was.

Personally? I'm tired of the players going to the towel after every single point. It's now become a habit for numerous players.

Oh, and one last thing, I think Pmac made it pretty clear that Fed is a prince so he deserves the sportsmanship award he receives every year. But he also said that Rafa is liked by everyone too. But he's got alot of annoying habits. His running and jumping in the locker room before his matches must be really annoying! I don't care if he ever wins a sportsmanship award because he's admired by his peers regardless. And I always take one last pee before I leave my house. It's the last thing I do before I grab my keys and go out the door.

And there probably isn't one person left here who gives a flying fedal about anything I just wrote. Enjoy the basketball.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 11:26 PM

What a huge shot by Fisher. Can't believe that's the shot the Lakers wanted, but he got it.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:27 PM

sf, this game has been a bad joke. I honestly can't remember watching a worse playoff game. At the very least this will go down as one of the ugliest games in NBA Finals history.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:28 PM

annie vamos, sorry, for talking basket-ball.

tonight's a big night, and since there's no live tennis action, i'm sure the moderator would indulge us.

but big sorries to all who're offended.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:28 PM

Annie, sorry. I would've stayed on the last thread, but I saw no one there.

Posted by Sherlock 06/17/2010 at 11:29 PM

Ray wide open and......not even close.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:29 PM

hey, np, the kobe pyros about to start - can you tell?!

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:31 PM

sf, good to see Kobe finally step up when it counts most. I want him to EARN the MVP honor.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:32 PM

see how smart the celtics are stopping our mo (with a time-out) as soon as we went up 68-64?

that's what the lakers should hve done in boston in game 5 and we wouldn't be nail-biting tonight!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 11:35 PM

Phew Kobe

Come on Lakers keep going

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:35 PM

This is really an ugly game. Allen can't even finish layups.

sf, apparently not, unfortunately. Kobe needs to get to the line.

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:36 PM

np, i agree it's ugly, but tyhe celtics know stiffling defense is the only way they caould win, that's why it's looking this way.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/17/2010 at 11:37 PM

Hell 3 pt game with 3mins to play

Posted by sod'sfriend ( time for artest to get his nba ring! ) 06/17/2010 at 11:40 PM

lakers should take a timeout if boston scores on this possession.

Posted by NP 06/17/2010 at 11:40 PM

That was a major dumbass play by Pierce. But Pau misses 1 FT. Still a tight game.

And now it's Artest's turn to donate points. Pierces makes both. 74-70.

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