Author archive for Jonathan Cha

  • Lakers Still #FourGamesOut

    By Jonathan Cha on January 31, 2013
    So many missed opportunities. A 13-point lead in the 4th with exactly 10 minutes to go and the Lakers seemed poised to begin their 7-game roadie on a positive note. Finally, they would snap their 7-game road losing streak. Finally, they would gain a game on the 8th seed in the West since the Rockets lost in Denver. Finally, the […]
  • Lakers outlast Hornets for 3rd straight

    By Jonathan Cha on January 30, 2013
    Kobe chased and almost recorded a triple-double again. Dwight found his paint presence and played excellent perimeter D. Nash missed a free throw and hit another big three down the stretch. Pau both verbally and physically accepted his role as 2nd unit guru. Earl Clark helped Steve Kerr, yet again, say “I told you.” These are the days of our […]
  • Kobe serves Lakers and Thunder

    By Jonathan Cha on January 29, 2013
    The number 14 has a varied significance. There are 14 lines in a sonnet, a poetic staple of any aspiring writer. Both Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson, two of the NBA’s most prolific passers, wore the number 14 when they played for the Celtics and the Cincinnati Royals, respectively. Laker legend and passing archetype Magic Johnson was born on August […]
  • Kobe drops dimes on Jazz

    By Jonathan Cha on January 27, 2013
    Utah, sitting atop LA as the 7th seed in the West, is a quality win. Their play is kryptonite for the Lakers. They are young, hungry, and active on the boards, everything the Lakers aren’t in their losses. They own the Lakers, beating them twice this season versus moderate resistance, and aimed for the series sweep. The Jazz first bested […]
  • #FourGamesOut

    By Jonathan Cha on January 23, 2013
    What else can go wrong? When Kirk Hinrich stamps a season-high 22 points against your squad on 9-11 shooting, crossing over fools and dropping in jumper after jumper like a summer league game or a Sunday at the Rucker, times are rough. When the Mamba, aka Mr. 81, aka KB, aka Mr. Dependable for at least 20 a night suddenly […]
  • Lakers sleepwalk in Toronto, lose 5th straight roadie

    By Jonathan Cha on January 21, 2013
    LA travelled to Toronto to face a team with a record worse than theirs and it didn’t matter. Everyone, including yours truly, felt the lethargy of the 10am West Coast start to the Sunday contest. It was 3:30am in Seoul, but besting the snooze button in a game of 1-on-1 felt easier than the Lakers unnecessarily Herculean task of taking […]
  • Gasol-ina off Lakers’ bench

    By Jonathan Cha on January 19, 2013
    The 6th man represented something substantially different in the 80s, the hay day of a single, game changing, X-factor off of the bench. Granted, the player still focused on providing a scoring punch for the 2nd unit, completely altering the current face of the game, or shifting the pace of the contest to their favor. Yet, there seemed to be […]
  • Lakers close, but not enough to beat Heat

    By Jonathan Cha on January 18, 2013
    Too many TOs early. A flurry of LeBron late. The Lakers are left to weigh the value of another moral victory, losing a winnable game against the Heat 99-90 at Staples. The half court defense was great. It kept them close, within striking distance. The Lakers found Miami’s shooters on the perimeter for much of the game. They couldn’t however, […]
  • Lakers find Dwight early and often, beat Bucks 104-88

    By Jonathan Cha on January 17, 2013
    Consistency. Cohesion. How can you develop the intuitive sense of timing and teammate tendencies necessary to achieve success on the basketball court without spending a substantial amount of time working together? Yes, we are talking about practice, the quality time a team spends getting to know where to put the pass on anything from a fast break, jumper, or a […]
  • Lakers play above the competition, best Cavs 113-93

    By Jonathan Cha on January 14, 2013
    Finally. The Lakers celebrate 2013 with a W. Magic and Big Game can now sigh, take a deep breath, and reee-laaax until the next L. 13 days and 6-straight losses into the new year and the Lakers endured a bevy of criticism, including rants from their HOFs weighing in on everything from absent effort to lacking leadership. Even the arrival […]