NBA 2011 Playoffs: Admit It, Los Angeles Lakers Are in Trouble

Unless things have changed in the sports world, there should still remain the belief that clothes-lining is usually a term used widely in the sports arenas containing the premise of wrestling entertainment.

Feel free to correct any statement considered fraudulent, but referees and basketball franchises may look down upon using the forearm to knock an opponent senseless.

Jose Juan Barea was the latest victim of “When Athletes Go Mad” as Artest not only ran into his own teammate Lamar Odom, but put the icing on a loser cake by wrapping his arm around Barea’s face. Immediately afterwards, Artest attempted to keep Barea from hitting the ground.

The damage had already been done. The referees had already seen the mind-blowing foul that took place and were signaling an ejection. Artest walked off quietly and avoided questions and cameras as he left Staples Center.

The upside to everything that happened in games one and two is that Los Angeles knows what needs to be done in order to fix their on-court failures. If anyone can come back from an embarrassing start, the Lakers are entirely capable. There does stand a small problem in that course of action.

Andrew Bynum admitting to the public that trust issues sit dormant between the players that need to be addressed shows a fatal flaw in a team that was expected to sweep past the historically troubled Dallas Mavericks. Now, it seems Dirk Nowitzki and his merry men are sitting back watching the soap opera unfold.

Some advice for Bynum:

1. You had a great game. Do not spoil it with subliminal messages directed towards teammates who were looking for your help earlier in the season. They did it without you once before. Do not assume that you have achieved some sort of superstar status because you decided to show up.

2. Issues brought to the light, such as trust, would be repaired quicker behind closed doors. Do not fee...

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