The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another smackdown on Thursday night, and not just against the New York Knicks. As if a 116-107 loss at Madison Square Garden wasn't bad enough, the Twittersphere added insult after insult to the injured egosphere of the Purple and Gold.
Not that Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and company didn't deserve the slights made at their expense. They fell behind by 26 points in the first half and didn't make a game of it until Carmelo Anthony's scorching-hot hand was cooled by an ankle injury in the third quarter.
Twitter can be a cruel place for losers. But hey, at least some of the wisecracks were worth a chuckle or two.
The Kamnetzky Brothers from ESPN Los Angeles found the ads amidst the beatdown to be geared perfectly—almost too perfectly—toward the needs of the viewing audience:
Lotta Laker fans feeling the urge to drink some Crown Royal Black, but it has nothing to do with that commercial.AK— Kamenetzky Brothers (@KamBrothers) December 14, 2012
Bomani Jones, of Around The Horn fame, had an easy time tying chatroom etiquette for laughs:
the lakers are LOLicious.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) December 14, 2012
In a related story, the Big East is reforming as a basketball-only conference, which East Coast hoops maven Adam Zagoria thinks might present an easy out for LA:
Maybe the new Catholic college basketball league can find a spot for the Lakers ?— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 14, 2012
Like clockwork, ESPN sports business guru Darren Rovell weighed in with the sort of witty insight you'd expect from...well, a sports business guru:
How do NBA teams justify charging more for the Lakers game now that they’ve gone from the “gold” to the “bronze” package?— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 14, 2012
It's like there's a competition between the Lakers & Bobcats to see who has the worst D in December: twitter.com/johnschuhmann/…— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) December 14, 2012
As Lakers Nation noted, Thursday's big game was a doozy...if you enjoy hearing about what Charles Barkley has stored on his DVR:
The TNT broadcast has turned into Barkley talking about his favorite CBS shows. Solid work, Lakers.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) December 14, 2012
If the Lakers are going to find help on the free-agent market, Zach Harper of CBSSports.com thinks they should start by looking in their own backyard—Hollywood:
The only thing that can save the Lakers right now is Jason Statham on some kind of narcotic.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) December 14, 2012
Marcel Mutoni of SlamOnline.com got a "good look" inside the Lakers huddle to see what Mike D'Antoni was drawing up:
D'Antoni is diagramming his resignation letter.— Marcel Mutoni (@marcel_mutoni) December 14, 2012
At least "Bill Walton" had some encouragement to offer forlorn Lakers fans:
Lakers are on a roll, winning their 3rd moral victory in a row, this time under the Knicks, 107-116.Good job, good effort!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) December 14, 2012
And, hey, the Lakers weren't the only unwatchable team on TV on Thursday night, right "Peyton Manning"?
I want to make fun of the Eagles. But then I turned on the Lakers game .... #TNF— Faux Peyton Manning (@FauxPManning) December 14, 2012
For another quip about the Lakers' woeful defense, we return to Lakers Nation:
Carson Palmer and Phillip Rivers would throw no interceptions against the Lakers defense.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) December 14, 2012
Kobe Bryant offers his thoughts (via LMAO TWITPICS):
Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports has no need for your fancy stats:
The Lakers are now 9-14 this year in games in which Kobe Bryant plays.— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) December 14, 2012
The Lakers locker room was full of special visitors after the game. If only they had room on the roster...(via J. Doug Hatings):
They need a reverend, a PG and... sweat RT @mcten Jesse Jackson is waiting outside Lakers' lockerroom. As are Baron Davis and Patrick Ewing— J. Doug Hatings (@basquiatball) December 14, 2012
Though, Lakers blogger Andrew Ungvari thought that one visit from Reverend Jesse Jackson would be more than enough for this team:
Poor Lakers. Not even because they loss. But because they'll have to listen to Dwight do Jesse Jackson impressions for the rest of the year.— Andrew Ungvari (@DrewUnga) December 14, 2012
Some guy named Josh Martin thought the Purple and Gold could use a 12-12-12 Concert of their own:
If Twitter had this much to say about the Lakers losing to the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy can only imagine what might happen if they fall flat against the Washington Wizards on Friday:
If the Lakers lose to the Wizards tomorrow, Twitter may crash.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) December 14, 2012
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