Los Angeles Lakers: "Kill Flies With...Well...Fly Swatters!"

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IMay 3, 2010

I once had the misfortune of playing in a high school football game in which my team was stomped 44-0.

During the joint team postgame meal, I had the honor of sitting next to the opposing coach.

Being an inquisitive young man, I asked the coach as to why, once his team had achieved a rather large and obviously insurmountable lead, he hadn't called off the dogs.

The coach glared at me...not unlike the way Kobe glares and scowls when he's doing his "Kobe Klutch thing."

You know...that scowl that so many Kobe-Haters hate, where his face transforms into a black version (I'm black, so save your cards and letters) of the Green Goblin from the Spiderman saga.

The coach said, "Son...I believe in killing flies with sledgehammers!"

My response was "Uhhhh ...Yes sir!" and I returned to quietly eating my cheeseburger.

Flash forward a few "millenia " to Game One of the Lakers-Jazz Western Conference semifinals.

The Lakers engaged in their all-too-familiar habit of blowing a big lead on an inferior opponent, allowing the opponents to hang around, and then found themselves in a late-game dog fight.

And before the cards and letters start rolling in from Jazz fans, allow me to clarify: The Jazz are "inferior" to the Lakers, but they certainly aren't an inferior NBA team.

Frankly, there are/were no "inferior" teams in the Western Conference playoffs.

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The Lakers just knocked off the team out West with the worst record and they, the Thunder, won 50 regular season games and took the Lakers to a fortuitous sixth game in the opening series.

"Inferior" teams can't do that, and the Jazz are a better team than the Thunder and will be even more so if or when Andrei Kirilenko returns.

Many fans and media, pro and anti-Lakers alike, continue to find the Lakers tendency to lose big leads regardless of who they're playing as surprising. Some even are awaiting the Lakers to have some "epiphany" on this subject and do something about it.

Not gonna happen.

It won't happen because it's simply not the psychological make-up of this team.

"The Black Goblin" is the only Laker who has that "assassin" mentality. And once again, he and that scowl had to pull the lolly-gagging Lakers BEE-hinds out of the proverbial fire.

LeBron James deservedly won the league MVP. Dwight Howard is deservedly the league Defensive Player of the Year. There needs, however, to be an award for the Clutch Player of the Year.

Kobe Bryant would have won that trophy "umpteen" years in a row.

In this Game One, he was needed to do it again. It was once again a case of, as Mark Jackson likes to say..."Mama, there goes that man again".

Going forward, "The Black Goblin" will surely have to do it several more times for the Lakers to repeat as champions.

For the true mentality of this talented team is..."Kill flies with...well...fly swatters!"

Well, except for the use of that fourth quarter sledgehammer named Kobe Bryant.

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