NBA Playoffs 2012: A Rant About the Pride-Less LA Lakers

Hayden Kim@@HayDayKimCorrespondent IIIMay 11, 2012

DENVER, CO - MAY 10:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks off the court during halftime against the Denver Nuggets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 10, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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I've always wanted to go to Coachella, and in a way, I got my wish Thursday night...

With never-ending comparisons to the great MJ, the media could not keep themselves from making another one in the Game 6 action versus the Denver Nuggets, as Kobe fought through a stomach virus. What the focus really should have been on, is the first ever NBA playoff game played by four starting holograms, which is what the weakened Kobe had to play with.

You'd think a team would rally together to help their superstar for one lousy game, but nothing that makes sense in life was relevant in Thursday night's thing they called a game. 

In a 113-96 victory, the Nuggets tied the series at 3-3 and carry over a momentum that could give Los Angeles a serious scare. Did I mention that Pau Gasol went 1-of-10 from the field for three points and three rebound on the night? 

Game 6 was simply an utter disgrace in terms of effort and anything that revolves around the word "respectable." The Lakers didn't want to play, and it honestly might have been better if they hadn't shown up at all to the Pepsi Center floor.

There aren't many moments where this can be said, but I think we all felt bad for Kobe in some way or form, as he was virtually alone in a game that wasn't ever going to be close. With the premature comments made by Andrew Bynum in relation to close-out games being "easy," and the lackadaisical mentality of the Lakers in Game 5, it's really no surprise as to how the latest contest panned out. 

Believe it or not, the Lakers were indeed within six points in the second quarter and, foolishly, many of us smelt a Laker comeback in the making. What we didn't expect is a repeat of the Memorial Day Massacre led by none other than the almighty Corey Brewer.

With everything considered, can the Nuggets now win the series?

At this point, anything seems possible when Bynum and Gasol looked as real as Tupac performing Hail Mary at Coachella. Who knows, the Lakers could actually blow the series after building a commanding 3-1 series lead. 

With all the Twitter feeds that were going bonkers as soon as people knew the Lakers were done for, I wonder if anyone else played a game of "what if" with Chris Paul in a Lakers uniform at this moment in time. Surely he would have shown up for a game like this, wouldn't you think? 

This team might be one of the most unmotivated, gutless, nonchalant and downright immature Laker teams of all time. And yes, I will compare this team's motives to what was at this point, the untouchable Smush Parker Laker team. 

Kwame Brown for Gasol anybody? 

Before this gets anymore out of hand, it may be a good idea to slow down and pray for the next who knows how many hours for a respectable game. The Lakers are, and will still be the better team no matter what, it's just a matter of showing up. 

To end the night, just for kicks and giggles, here is Bynum's previous attempt at an intimidating quote. "Close-out games are actually kind of easy." 

You couldn't be any more right Andrew, congrats for the quote of the year.


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