Lakers Embarass Themselves, Organization In Series Finale

The Lakers didn’t just lose yesterday. They were humiliated. The Dallas Mavericks completed the sweep of the defending champions in impressive fashion, sending the 2011 Lakers into oblivion with a barrage of three pointers that set several NBA records.

After losing the first three games of the series it’s no surprise that the Lakers failed to show up for Game 4. Many teams down 0-3 mail in the last game as nothing more than a formality before slinking into the off-season embarrassed and ashamed. While the Lakers performance on the court was certainly hard to watch, it wasn’t necessarily a big surprise.

What was a surprise for the Lakers and their fans was the amount of unprofessional behavior that they exerted as time was running out. Late in the fourth quarter with the final minutes of the season counting down, Lamar Odom threw an elbow towards the chest of Dirk Nowitzki. It was clearly a frustration foul, and further replay showed it wasn’t the most malicious hit you’ll see.

However, since the game was out of hand and the referees didn’t want an agitated Lakers squad to vent their frustrations in a physical manner, they ejected Odom, promptly ending his season. In a game that may have been close or still undecided, an ejection may not have been the referee’s decision. But, in this particular situation it was the correct call by the officials.

With Odom headed to the locker room the embarrassment grew for Los Angeles. Dallas continued to build their lead thanks to a record-setting shooting performance, and ultimately the frustration boiled over for Andrew Bynum.

As Mavericks’ guard J.J. Barea charged the basket he was promptly checked by Bynum’s right elbow and forearm, sending him barreling to the ground. Bynum was immediately ejected, and after several minutes Barea was able to get up and make his free throws.

The Lakers have long been the class of the NBA. They’re a franchise that has won more games than any other, and is the most consistently dominant team in league history. The Lakers are supposed to be a shining example to the rest of the league, and instead they looked like punks who can’t lose with humility. The Mavericks outplayed and outclassed the Lakers throughout the series, and the end was a microcosm of it all.

There is no question that Andrew Bynum will be suspended for the first two games of next season, and deservedly so. When that season starts and what team Bynum will be playing for is still up in the air thanks to a potential lockout and Bynum trade rumors. But if that was his final act as a Laker, it was a deplorable one. Bynum quit on his team and his coaches, and embarrassed the entire Lakers organization. While obviously frustrated, Bynum is still a professional, and should feel ashamed for acting like an upset child.

While things unraveled quickly for the Lakers, there is no excuse for what happened at the end of Game 4. Even though Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson condemned Bynum’s actions after the game, the organization was already embarrassed. The despicable actions of Bynum and Odom slammed the door on the championship era that the team experienced under Phil Jackson. It began an era of uncertainty and confusion, and it could be a long time before the franchise reaches the top of the mountain again.

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You really need to get a grip…indicting Bynum like some mass murderer or terrorist is beyond the pale.

You are pretty young, I have been a Lakers fan for over 33 years, and 2nd generation in my family, if that was the worse foul you have ever seen I would urge you to rent a DVD or two and watch the Philly-LA or Boston-LA wars of the 80’s.

  • It’s not “beyond the pale.” First of all, to say that he “indicted Bynum like a mass murderer” is a complete exaggeration to say the least. The guy is spot on and you know it. The fact that he is able to make these comments as a Lakers fan just shows how mature he is. You on the other hand sound like a sore loser, just like your Bynum and Odom.

  • Get a grip? He is right on the money with this article. What Bynum did was classless and inexcusable. For being a so called Lakers fan for 33 years and calling him out for being young you might want to schedule a doctors appointment to have your eyes checked because nowhere in the article did he say it was the worst foul he has ever seen. You didn’t directly say this but seem to like to put words in other peoples mouth so I am going to go ahead and do that here and assume you are defending Bynums actions as nothing more then a hard foul. Bynum and Odom showed no class and embarassed the Lakers organization. Dallas beat their ass. Lose with class that shows yourself to be a true champion. Serious question though how was it to be able to see George Mikan come into the league as a rookie?

  • While I don’t condone Bynum’s foul on Barea, it by far wasn’t the worst foul ever committed nor will it ever be… I do think that he is extremely childish and needs to grow up… I don’t really understand the hype about the Odom foul though… It was a shoulder check and there was a bit of talking goin on between both players, and if Carlisle and Cuban were smart they would have pulled their stars out of the game in the 4th qtr when the game was outta reach instead of trying to rub it in their faces… When you do that bad things can happen..

  • And seriously these types of fouls used to be quite common… Only in today’s world of political correctness and not wanting competitions for children because it hurts their feelings is that a ‘hard foul’…lol Not saying I condone the foul but it wasn’t as bad as ppl are making it out to be… Did anyone get injured???

  • Bynum was the only one who showed emotion the whole series an he played everybody else was a hotttt mess……

  • wilt an all the other players in real basketball would’ve fouled twice as hard and they would’ve did it in game 1….

  • to think I thought football was soft…..rondo got hurt looks like he got pulled down by wade….he’s not crying….this is the west coast we are all sore losers…….my only complaint is kobe didn’t go down with the ship….

  • This just goes to show you how the “NEW” Rules for the next generation was affecting the growing frustration for players and “Great Centers”, what people are calling Bynum.Lay off of him already.Lakers did’nt play that well the last games of the season because maybe they got NO LOVE from the Officials the WHOLE SEASON! Down with all “Laker-Haters”.We are the ONLY team in the league that goes from city to city hearing BEAT L.A.! Two Championships in the last Five Years,We should get and be shown some more REPECT!!!! For the Two-Time Defending Champs!!!!

  • I know you guys have not forgotten what Terry did at the end of the last game between Dallas and the Lakers. That was really low down and dirty and Blake was flatten for nothing. I remember when Terry hit an other player right in the crouch out of frustration and got caught. It should have been Terry, but he was hiding somewhere. So just like Blake was injured; turn around is fair play to their little point guard he has to feel the pain every time he inhales and exhales.
    While I’m on one, I want to say that the refs have taken the life of the game away from the player so that they can go down in basketball history for too many bad call. They are not getting paid the money to play the players are, however, they are controling the out come of the games. There are only a few refs that are popular enough for us fan to remembers, it appears all of them want to be known more than the players…if so suit them up and let them play and the player continue get their big fat checks, and we still won’t remember them by name for long.

  • I know you guys have not forgotten what Terry did at the end of the last game between Dallas and the Lakers. That was really low down and dirty and Blake was flatten for nothing. I remember when Terry hit an other player right in the crouch out of frustration and got caught. It should have been Terry, but he was hiding somewhere. So just like Blake was injured; turn around is fair play to their little point guard he has to feel the pain every time he inhales and exhales.
    While I’m on one, I want to say that the refs have taken the life of the game away from the player so that they can go down in basketball history for too many bad call. They are not getting paid the money to play the players are, however, they are controling the out come of the games. There are only a few refs that are popular enough for us fan to remembers, it appears all of them want to be known more than the players…if so suit them up and let them play and the player continue get their big fat checks, and we still won’t remember them by name for long.

  • Plus how can Charles Barkley say Terry was heroic when he jammed Blake and with the same tongue and teeth say Odem and Bynum was unsportmanly conduct. How long did he praticed that word before they came on.

  • You know what I enjoyed seing Bynum do that. Did you guys see seconds before how Blake was pushed with the elbow by Barea seconds before. Just because they are winning doesn’t mean he should get away with that…

  • Especially seeing how Bynum took care of Barea seconds before he pushed with the elbow Blake…

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