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Kobe's media day Q&A

Here's some copy from the media session with Kobe.  There was also a radio interview with 570-AM KLAC's Matt "Money" Smith.  As BK and I predicted, Kobe reported to media day (and, subsequently, camp), as expected.  As BK and I predicted, he didn't look all that amped to be there.  Did he look ready, focused, determined?   Yes, on all counts, without a doubt.  But he definitely didn't strike me as truly thrilled about the team as a whole.  I also thought his comments reflected more acceptance than true confidence when it comes to the majority of his teammates.  Is this a problem?  Will it even matter?  Ask me after 20 games.  But at any rate, with Kobe officially in a Laker uni, I think it's safe to say that any drama surrounding him will instantaneously cease to exist. 

Along those lines, I also have a bridge in Brooklyn that any reader who believes the above statement might be interested in purchasing.

-- AK

Q: Is there any sense of frustration because there weren't any huge moves made in the off-season?

Kobe Bryant:  No.  I just leave that up to management.  Right now, my focus and my mind has to be on this team, what we have here and getting us to another level.  It's going to require everybody doing what they're doing, going the extra mile a little bit.  We're gonna be asked to make some sacrifices, in terms of getting into the gym early, staying, working hard and doing the extra things to be a true competitor in this league, particularly in the Western Conference.  We have an uphill battle, but the only thing you can do is walk that hill.

Q: Did you have a change of heart or are you just accepting the situation for what it is?

KB: I'm going to do what I need to do to help us win, you know what I mean?  When the season starts, it's not my place here to say we need to do this and we need to do this.  It's not my job.  My job is to come out here on the floor and help us win ballgames.  Help Kwame Brown be better.  Help Lamar (Odom) be better.  Help Luke (Walton) be better.  That's my place.

Q: Do you regret any of the things you said in the off-season?

KB: You know what?  The way that it all came out, how everything, absolutely.  I think if there was a way to do it differently, I think we all would have done it.  That being said, the way I think they've been handling the last month and a half or so, it's been great for us.  It probably hasn't been so great for (the media), but there was never a doubt that I was coming to camp.  They knew that.  I knew that.  We all knew that for a long time, but sometimes when things get out there it tends to escalate, and that's something we don't want.  We don't want it to be a distraction.  There's a lot of media people here.  Hopefully, a lot of you guys will go home after today.  (Laughs)

Q: Everyone saw how you played this summer with Team USA, and your game can be a lot different if you have more help in different ways on the floor.  Is that kind of what you were addressing with the comments?

KB:  Well, it just makes your life easier.  Playing on a team like that, I was really excited because I could really focus on one side of the floor. I love playing defense.  I don't have to worry about scoring.  LeBron, Melo, they were going to do all that.  My assignment was to shut the other guy down, so I could focus all my energy on that, and then getting into the paint and creating opportunities for other people.  Kind of being more of a penetrate and pitch guy.

Q: But now you're back and more than likely having to do everything on both sides of the floor again.  That's got to be frustrating. 

KB: I'm gonna require some of the guys to carry that load with me.  Four years now we've been together.  It has to be a heightened sense of responsibility for them to produce.  Also, for me to demand more out of them and try to elevate them on a daily basis.  We're gonna have to rely on each other here from the beginning if we're gonna do something this season. 

Q: Are you confident they can do that?

KB: I am.  I think they want to do that.  I think that's the first step.  Then after that, it's all about execution.  The NBA is such a long season.  A lot of things factor into that.  But as long as we're committed to being together and sacrificing individual accolades for the benefit of the team, we'll be fine.

Q: Did you seek any input from Coach K or any of your Team USA teammates in terms of what you were going through?

KB: You know what, man?   We just had a blast.  We just had a good time.  With the experience for me in the past sometimes, when you get a team like that, you have certain cliques.  Two or three guys hang out.  That team, everybody, we all hung out together.  So we just had a good time.  It's carried for me for the rest of the summer, because I've been having a blast ever since.

Q: You said before that you talked to Mitch Kupchak about the things you said before and even used the word "apologized."  You also said things about Andrew Bynum and Jerry Buss.  Did you feel the need to talk individually with them, too?

KB: Andrew and I didn't talk, but we texted each other.  He's 17 years old.  I don't think he knows how to answer the phone.  He texts.  I was in Rome, texted him, he hollered back and I just let him know, "Sorry how that stuff came out."  He said he understood kind of where I was coming from and the frustration that I feel, because I want to win right now.  And that was that.

Q: And Jerry Buss?

KB: Well, from what I understand about Jerry from the stuff that people have been telling me, he's been kind of out of the loop the last two years.  Just to see how the organization would run, or what have you.  But now, my understanding is that he's kinda of going to be back in the mix now.

Q: Can this team compete in the West as it is?

KB: We'll see.  We'll see.  All we can do is put one foot in front of the other.  We're gonna go out there, work hard every day and bring it.  We'll see what happens.  One game at a time.  We'll see what happens.

Q: What would it take for you to be satisfied, not look to opt out in the next two years and finish your career as a Laker?

KB: I think the important thing for everyone to understand is that I want to bring a title back to L.A.  That's priority No. 1 for me, to bring a title back here.  I obviously have to trust that we're all on the same page in terms of getting that done.    

AK: At this point, are you buying in to what's happening right now?  Are you buying into the direction of the organization?

KB: I'm a soldier, man.  It's not a soldier's job to question whether or not you should fight the war.  You gotta win that fight.   You know what I'm saying?   It's not my place.  It's not Derek's (Fisher) place or Lamar's (Odom) place.  We gotta go out there and play?

AK: Are you concerned at all that if there's a perception that you're not buying in, it could be harder to lead guys?

KB: No.  We're ready to go.  I've spoken with Luke, Lamar.  They know what's up.  They know this time of year.  Practice starts tomorrow.  We're going to be ready.  I'm gonna be ready.  It's gonna be the same old, same old.  I'm gonna demand a lot from them and demand a lot from myself.  We're gonna roll with it.  They're gonna be ready. 

Q: Was it frustrating for you at all to see some of the moves other teams made in the off-season?  It seems like they made the trades you were hoping the Lakers would make.

KB: Well, (the Celtics) just made the big piece.  They made the checkmate piece.  There were a lot of teams that made some moves here and there and made some small moves.  They were able to pull off the coup de grace.  We'll see how it works out for them.

Q: It seems like you put a lot of the off-season animosity behind you.  Is that fair to say?

KB: Man, I was frustrated.  I was frustrated, so I blew up.  You know what I mean?  I was frustrated.  Now it's about taking this team that we have to greater heights and doing what we can.  Like I said, priority No. 1 for me is to bring a title back here to Los Angeles.  Hopefully, we're all on the same page to get that done.

Q: Were you disappointed that the Celtics were able to pull off that trade for Kevin Garnett and your management couldn't?

KB: I know they tried.  It wasn't for a lack of effort.  You see what I'm saying?  That, to me, says a lot, because they actually tried.  They really pushed to get it done.  It just didn't happen.  I can live with that. 

 
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Taoshum,

On a different thread you wrote:

"3. Kareem was lost in the teaching of Bynum this summer. Knowing how Jim Buss is fast enough to blame others for Bynum failures and shortcomings, don't discount that he is already tuning out Kareem in the tutelage of his Great pupil."


My response.

1. Thanks for responding.

2. I listened to the interview on klac. Thanks for the link.

3. From an earlier article posted by somone, I thought Bynum was
in Atlanta working with a personal trainer and a former NBA player,
whose name I forget. *IF* that is so, how was he working with
Kareem? Also, why didn't he say he was working with Kareem?

Just asking questions. Not taking sides. Have a good day.

I'll look upon this coming season as everyone is healthy. The bench improved with Chris and Radma back. I expect a lot of alley-hoop for Kobe now that D-fish is back. Center spot is up for grab... efficiency wise Chris is best among the 3 before he got injured, except for early foul trouble.

I'm grateful that Lamar is still a Lakers, there's no one can match him on his position when he's healthy. I expect an All-Star performance from him this season.

I hope all players will be inspired by Kobe's hunger and work ethics. He deserved to expect more from them.

Keep the faith my fellow Laker fans! Lakers for life!

AK,

Were you asking these questions or was it a pool of reporters firing off? I ask because I like the cut to the chase approach.. no nonsense, stuff we really wanna know type questions.. We know you and B have the stones to ask.. I was curious if it was just you going with the non fluff stuff?

Alot of this could have been cleared up months ago ! However I'm happy it's all behind us (Ya I know KL's thinking just wait!, lol). Annnnnnd finally some new LA TIMES Laker articles !!!!! I've asked all summer how Odom and especially Kwame where healing and I finally got the true answer today ! Lakers 56-26, 3rd seed Western Conference 2007-08 season !! Positive thinking !! Lets Hoop !

Good attitude, Kobe. After you said what has to be said, we just have to face our responsibilities as professional. Move on.

Having said that, it does not exonerate the management for not making the team competitive by continuing to recruit NBDL type of players. There are a lot of NBA players who could help the Lakers, stars, superstars and good ones but continued to be ignored. The eye for the talent does not end during draft or free agent time, it should be everyday of the year.

I'm happy about the attitude of the players but unhappy about the attitude of the management of being a happy go lucky in recruiting players. Mr. Buss you need to spend the extra amount of increment that the fans are paying for the Lakers. Getting talents is an expensive endeavor and doing nothing could also be more expensive on your part in the future.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the injuries were too much for the Lakers to overcome.

When asked if the current roster had what it takes to compete for a championship, Jackson replied: "I don't know. We'll have to be awfully good in the middle. We've got two guys [Brown and Mihm] who were injured and one guy [Bynum] who was a novice."

Can Bynum take a step further from that "novice" status?

We will see.

I hope Taoshum advice him to be a good player not only for 3 months.
I hope he can listen Kareem, and Phil.
I hope he can imitate the discipline and dedication of Kobe.
I hope he can grow up from the teen malady habits...LESS MY SPACE, LESS NINTENDO, LESS GIRLS WANNA HAVE FUN - to a professional and savvy basketball player.
I hope he doesn't auto destruct himself .
I hope he can separate himself from the insane glorification of Jim Buss.

Kobe talked about Jerry Buss coming to reinsert himself in the control of the franchise....


---Maybe that's why Kobe was muted this past 2 months.
--The Jim Buss omniscient aqpproach had being stopped and there is a more clearly goal for those principal figures involved in Lakers machinery.

Did you see where Rick Fox got busted betting on illegal street fights???
Check it out!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD-zao7K_K4

I read the articles on latimes.com first and my initial reaction was what a lame duck. Like woah you make all that noise and then you show up to camp and try and pretend like it's all good? Dude what about us your die hard fans that said you got principles, that you were doing this to make the lakers better, and that you'd sit it out until that happened. What about his paycheck the critics asked and we said oh please my man is interested in championships. He ain't gonna fake it for $20 mil? But alas that's what it seems to be doing, coming to get a d*mn paycheck.

Reading through the Q&A though where he kinda says he do it all different, where he kinda says the past month and a half he's been making amends and he and the lakers just decided to keep it inhouse to avoid another media circus, where he kinda says he just blew his top, kinda makes me a die hard fan of his wanna give him a benefit of the doubt. Maybe he didn't stick to his principles becasause it kinda wasn't about that in the first place, maybe he's just a 29yr old kid that blew his top ( I'm 28 and a lot of times I wonder if I've really got a clue how life works, and umm y do I feel like I've opened the door to a witty jab from some kobe hater by revealing my age ).

Hearing Phil continue to criticize this roster ala the chicago tribune article kinda helps and kinda doesn't. On the one hand the kobe apologist in me wants to go for cool he's supporting kobe and on the other hand I'm like ain't he making the same mistake kobe kinda admitted to making, i.e. acting without class.

Sigh it doesn't matter if they're both right and it doesn't matter if both want to win. It doesn't matter whether they even end up winning another championship. The reality is winning at any cost is not a moral/behaviour/attitude we should all look up to, in the end I think we should cheer for a team that goes down blazing together rather than one that wins hating each others guts. Sure we all loved the 3 peat shaq/kobe lakers but somehow didn't it all leave a bitter taste in our mouth the way it all ended? Don't you watch Horry and long to see him in a laker jersey hitting a shot one more time, and shouldn't this be the team that'd have had to deal with shaq's fat butt one more time, like green bay waiting for old bret to retire? What would we have paid to hear Kobe be the guy to say 'yeah yeah we all know shaq shows up a bit outta shape, and yeah y'all know he's gonna be mad at me for calling him chubby, but when all is said and done, y'all know the road to the finals comes through me and my boy shaq, we play for june y'all" and to hear horry go "yup like the man said we play for june, in the meantime imma be resting my knees and watch kobe try and break wilts 100pt record yet again durin january, why he wastes so much energy i don't know, like we all tell him ain't nothing he gonna do gonna be more impressive than fishers 0.2 second shot that won us our 5th ship"

There's more to life than winning, and there I say there's more to basketball than winning. A lot of us here will love kobe even if he never wins another championship. Should it not be enough that he has this kinda love from people that he doesn't even know? Should it not be enough that he's earning 20 mil doing what he loves to do? And should it not be enough that the team that wasn't good enough for him is willing to let this past summer slide? They seem to be trying to say they've got love for him, perharps it's about time mamba put away the fangs, and learn to love the team he has. Cuz ultimately there are much worse things in life than being the best player in the best basketball league.

Mamba24, was feeling the ballad up until you said Kobe retires after 3 rings. Dude men didn't you get the script? The deal is he wins 5 more rings, that way he can go back to the #8 jersey for his 8th and Final ring. 2 more than jordan had cuz he really can be 2ce the player Jordan was. He just needs to relax a lil :)

Hobbit, well... I don't think anybody else really cares at this point... LOL! so we can cut this off here... but I didn't write that, Jorema did and that was what I was responding to. There was a picture of Kareem today at media day and Phil mentioned he is still tutoring Bynum so Kareem is definitely still around and that's the point I was trying to make in the first place anyway so...

Kwame quote:

(Q: How do you guys improve defensively this year?)
We added Derek Fisher, and his on-ball defense is, I think, a lot better than Smush. He sets feisty picks. And that's not a shot at Smush. It's just that some players are better than others at different stuff. He's definitely a good on-ball defender and he's going to fight. We're going to go to the drawing board and hopefully work hard so we can bond and gel well together.

Odom:

(Q: You scored a lot in the playoffs and in the exit interviews there was talk of you doing more of that. Is there going to be an emphasis on that?)
I mean, people have been teling me, `Shoot it, shoot it, shoot it' since I was like 10 years old, 11 years old. But I can't help but to give maximum effort in defending and rebounding the ball and bringing my teammates along with me. I kind of understood that at an early age, that if I could get five or six guys to play with me, and not shoot all the time, that it's easier. But Kobe has told me that and PJ has told me that, that they want me to be a little bit selfish with the basketball and score it a little bit more. I will try to focus on that.

Those who say The lakers brass isn't account for this "so so" caliber team...

Remember when they passed a lot of good players because they didn't want to give them a contract for more than 2 years?

Wasn't that a insane approach or not?

Lakers got bad rep and lost leverage with free agents representatives.
Now obnoxious mitch/jim apologists want to put at Kobe the burden of not free agents coming to LA.

Jim Buss is a "excuse-himself at all cost and blame others- machine."

---Phil Jackson is the reason our prospects aren't growing.
---Kobe ran Shaq out of LA.
---If Bynum doesn't develop as everybody had learned from him to expect, he already have a backing excuse: Kareem isn't up to the task.
---This team failures were the injuries.
---We don't play entirely to win now, because we need to think in the future.

Dr. Buss after 2 years will take a more active part? Hallelluah. Guess the old man finally admitted that the son can't hack it.

Seems Mihm already won back his starting job with all the injuries to Kwame and Bynum.

Rick Fox BUSTED in street fighting betting!! Not trying to spam you guys but this is breaking news!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mL715qlvWQ

OK...WTH....Kwame Brown was arrested somewhere in nowhere America this weekend

http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=7152878

DAY 1:

From all of the things I read about today's media circus, nothing really surprised me. The one thing that I do thing could turn out to be a very big (and very positive thing) was when Kobe was asked

"But now you're back and more than likely having to do everything on both sides of the floor again. That's got to be frustrating."

His answer was

"I'm gonna require some of the guys to carry that load with me. Four years now we've been together. It has to be a heightened sense of responsibility for them to produce. Also, for me to demand more out of them and try to elevate them on a daily basis. We're gonna have to rely on each other here from the beginning if we're gonna do something this season."

For all Kobe has done for this team, I think he may finally be on to the right approach. The fact of the matter is, not even Kobe, the best player in the world, can win it all alone. Everybody has to chip in and do there share of the lifting. THIS is the way to go. you either sink or swim, but EVERYBODY is going to share the responsibilty for the results.

I would like to see, at some point in the season, Kobe pass the ball to the corner and let Luke take the last shot, make or miss. I would like to see the ball in LO's hands when the other team is making a run, let him succeed or fail. When the other team is taking over, drop it in the post and let Bynum set the pace for a game.

Doing this, eveybosy shares in the successes and failures. Believe it or not, even losing a tough game as TEAM can be better for a team than winning one solely on Kobe's shoulders.

CALI KING

Complex Brotha,

The ones I asked Kobe were noted with an "AK," and BK tends to do the same. Any other question came from various reporters and was noted with a "Q."

AK

so now what?

kobe looks like he is dialed in.

while the front office remains lost in the shuffle.

all summer, people have been questioning kobe's committment and loyalty.

what about jim buss and kupchak?

Damn AK that's some good questions. He didn't really answer it but you made him think!!! woot woot....kwame needs to stay out of trouble man.

Jorema,

CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE YOUR NEGATIVE $@*#! off this blog. Dude, why do you hate Bynum? He's 19. Dont blame Bynum blame the system that allowed NBA GMs to draft people who werent mature enough to play. You seriously need to get an attitude readjustment.

And all the things from Kobe sounded decent today (althought its like he was reading a written statement from a lawyer) except for him not calling Bynum...but then from what Bynum has said..that kid doesnt give an F about Kobe's attitude problems either. He seems like just a cool mellow kid. Kind of like an innocent way. But that just means he needs to learn to grow up a bit a learn the ways of being a professional.

I mean you people who hate Bynum must now recognize that Bynum needs an education on being a professional...the same way that all you bloggers who have nice mid-level jobs had an internship to teach you those skills. I mean would you think that you were prepared to be a top-level professional at the age of 19?

I mean even Kobe isnt fully there yet either. He didnt handle the summer situation the best he could. He's only 28 years old too. Dont underestimate the value of age. And Im a young guy saying this...not just some old guy like Edwin (haha) preaching to everybody. You guys should really give Bynum a break. The best Laker fans and Kobe and Phil can do is just to support the kid.

Anyways, I personally felt a little better after hearing and reading about today. I really think that the other Laker players outside Kobe will have a chip on their shoulder.

I think the two guys who really benefit will be Luke (who signed a contract and will probably grow confidence from it) and Bynum. Luke is about 26 years old and is ready to be a team leader. Bynum will be ready to become an NBA player finally.

The one question mark will be Lamar. I hope he doesnt stress out so much. Last year he kind of came out of nowhere, but I just hope he doesnt start forcing it out there..especially if he's not 100% healthy. I think Kobe wants Lamar to be that guy to help carry the load..and if that doesnt happen intially..then I could see Lamar getting down on himself.

Personally, that is the reason I would actually rather have Marion than Lamar. Odom really fits the Suns' system and Marion would be okay being the man (because he wants to be the man in PHO). But that trade probably wont happen now that Amare is injured.

But I will be very excited for the season to start.

but Jorema. Please take your lack of faith in the Lakers other than Kobe off this blog.

This is our year folks. I really have high hopes for us this season. At least, 50 wins for us... given that we don't have any injuries.

Starting Five:
Fisher
Bryant
Odom
Mihm
Bynum

We're going to do great. We really well. If Odom plays like he did in the last game against the Suns, we'll definitely be fine. Bynum will play better than he did at the beginning of last season. Bryant is quicker than before (he dropped 19 pounds) and is going to do what he can to get people involved. Fisher is a decent defender (compared to Smush, he's a great defender) and he can knock down the three. Mihm has his little outside jumper and baby hook... plus, he can bang.

Our bench looks good too. Walton keeps getting better each year. Radman can only get better. Turiaf is going to play with more energy than before. Brown knows it's his contract year, so he's going to step it up. Evans will go back to being a defensive presence. Farmar and Crittendon will rise to the occasion... especially Crittendon. Cook and Sasha will probably be the same, just slightly better.

Yes! We will do well... or at least, better than expected. :)

Anyone think that the Suns might now bite on Kwame/Rad/Cook for the Matrix now that Amare is getting cut on?

I sincerely hope that this is Kwames last year with the lakers and Mitch doesnt do one of his stupied resigns because if Kwame didnt get arrested in the postseason 2 years ago when the Lakers had command of the series agaisnt phoenix then they would have won the series. Kwame was having a great series up to that point and he killed the flow and cost the lakers the series

Taliq,

Kobe just wants to do a professional job and move on. There was a time of whinning but if you extend to a sit down protest, make it or break it, it's not also a good move for a professional. When you are under contract, you have to perform what the contract says, that's the mark of the professional.

However, as I said in my post, the new attitude of Kobe as well as the other players in accepting the responsibilities does not exonerate the job of the management to make the team better in the eyes of the fans. This cannot be cured by appeasement or prolonged status quo, the complications are all there in hibernation, it's a dicey situation when strings of losses occur, the blame is reopened. For the meantime, let us all be professionals as fans, as to the players and go with the motion of preparing for the season.

Fish Guy,
"Anyone think that the Suns might now bite on Kwame/Rad/Cook for the Matrix now that Amare is getting cut on?"


AMARE IS ONLY OUT 2-3 WEEKS SO, THE SUNS ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT SENDING MARION ANYWHERE. MARION SOON TO BE TO KOBE "F-U" IS NOW A DEFINITE "F-U"

there might be a typo there guys

"it WASN'T for a lack of effort"

thanks for the great work though

prince

T.J. SIMERS SUMMED UP THE LAKERS SEASON ON THE LA TIMES HOMEPAGE IN 2 MINUTES.

KOBIATCH SURRENDER.
THE TEAM WILL FIGHT FOR THE 8TH SPOT IN THE WEST.
THE TEAM WILL LOSE IN THE FIRST ROUND AGAIN.
PHIL AND KOBE WILL BOTH BE GONE AFTER THIS SEASON
BALL HOG LOYALISTS WILL LEAVE AFTER THIS SEASON.
THE REBUILDING PHASE WILL CONTINUE.

I'M GLAD THERE'S OTHERS WHO SEE EXACTLY WHERE THIS IS HEADING.

KOBE LEAVES, KWAME LEAVES, THAT'S CLOSE TO $30 MILLION IN CAP SPACE COMING TO LA NEXT YEAR THEN WE WILL PICK UP SOME LEGIT FREE AGENTS AND TEAM PLAYERS. PUT ME ON THE REBUILDING LAKERS BANDWAGON IN 2009!

Since you scored this interview, are you still in the square of indifference? haha.

Well it's first day of camp...let the optimism reign. But some I'm sure (of which I'm one of them) will hold steadfast to a desire for improvement, for development and for heart.

Go Lakers!

Aloha Lake Show

Jorema has become the female version of KL. Except while KL ignores all of the facts and hates on Kobe, at least he is objective about the other players. Jorema ignores the facts and hates EVERYONE ELSE except Kobe. How can you be a fan of a team and hate everyone? I dont get it.

Here is a FACT JOREMA. It has been well documented that Andrew worked extremely hard this summer, included interviews with his personal trainer. He cut over 2 minutes off his mile run and went from squating 265 ponds to over 400 plus in work outs. I am quite sure you do not know much about athletics but it takes a lot of WORK to make those kind of strides in such a short period of time. You cant do it playing video games or on myspace like you suggest. And one more thing have you ever tried playing basketball with a ripped shoulder or a badly sprained ankle? I doubt it because you seem to think that should not matter either.

Sorry Lake Show, she got to me to.

MH

strs r aligned: those alleged allegations were found to be false. it wasn't kwame's fault that some woman decided to try to cash in on a bballer.

bobie: that's BS man. that cop was prolly scared out his mind when he saw a 7 foot brother looking like hercules come out of the car. i mean, shoot, we're all witnesses, kwame can't interfere with nothing. i'm telling you, kwame's a victim of his SIZE. that cop was prolly pissin in his/her pants.

Prince,

Thanks for the pick up. You're right. It was a typo, and one that certainly changes the context quite a bit. haha

AK

AK,

With regards to your statement that Brooklyn bridge being purchased, that may be close to reality since the value of dollar has gone done to abyss. I never believe that the City of Havasu in Arizona bought London bridge block by block until I saw it, it was L.B. built in Havasu. I know whether this really came from London.England or New London, CT or constructed by Mexican labor I don't know. Now what is the connection of this post to the Lakers, I don't know, I'm just commenting on Brooklyn bridge on the thread.

Perhaps, that' s how hazy and dicey the Lakers situation is, the answer is I don't know let us wait for the first 20 games. lol!

Yeah thats true but his name is around negativity at key times, his fault or not it still has its effects. The mug shot has him with his rolls did he cut his hair so he could claim it was a look alike and not him, j/k. But hopefully he can have a good year and be a presence at the 4 and off the bench as a 5.

The Lake Show:

Hey, watch it with the “old guy” jokes. jk. How many Lakers’ championships have you “experienced?” With age comes wisdom…also impatience, cynicism, impotence, and crankiness. And remember where we are is where you’re soon going to be.

Anyway, I agree with you on Kobe. He basically realized that he didn’t help his image any with his summer outbursts and therefore decided upon the high road. He is too much a competitor to tank it. I like what I heard. It was the best possible result for the Lakers considering all that has gone down. Now we can concentrate on basketball.

I think this entire situation may give the Lakers the motivation to bond together against the world and prove they can compete with the elite teams. For sure, this season is serious career-defining critical to everybody on this team, from Kobe to Kwame. A strong jump in performance by Bynum, Fisher’s improved defense and decision making at the point, Lamar’s determination to become an All-Star, Mihm’s chance to become a starter again, maybe at the 4, Kwame’s contract year, No Smush, No Smush, No Smush is worth repeating. The Lakers could gell.

These guys have been ridiculed as the bunch that was not good enough. I suspect that they might have a huge collective chip on their shoulder. No matter what you say, we have all seen this team beat the best solidly. Injuries and a tougher schedule brought us back down to reality but this team has latent ability to play at an elite level, especially when KB24 is playing his best. Circumstances may have now given us the situation that could pull these guys together in a supreme effort to redeem the team, save Kobe, and give Phil his 10th ring as a pre-retirement gift.

Pure, unadulterated Hollywood!

Tom

Lake Show and Michael H.

Have peace on Jorema, she's explaining her viewpoints which is contrary to your views. As we post here, sometimes we hit it but sometimes we also hit on other people's dislikes.

It's preseason time, time to forgive and move on.

Now, Michael H., the Lakers are going to your territory, we would be reading your posts to ur actual personal observation of the Lakers. Give them hell through your Aloha welcome. lol!

Faith.

"a desire for improvement, for development and for heart."

I know what that desires are: Defense, Defense & lastly, Defense.

Why do we love Fish so much?

"go out play free and play with a passion, play as though we love to play this game. I think that’s what the fans want to see from us and I feel like we owe it to ourselves to go out and lay it all on the line."

http://cbs2.com/video/?cid=71

Hell yeah.

Gunner 24,

I think you're T. J. Simers. haha! just kidding OK.

My momma taught me never to call anyone an idiot so I'm looking for an appropriate word to describe Simers - how about moron?

As far as Bynum is concerned, I agree people should have a little patience with him. I do expect that he'll show a lot of improvement this year though.

What I don't understand about Andrew is how its possible it took him over 8 minutes to run a mile last year. That's like molasses running uphill.

LakerTom,

"With age comes wisdom…also impatience, cynicism, impotence, and crankiness. And remember where we are is where you’re soon going to be."

On the opening day of HOOPLA 101, that's the best line I love from Mr. Optimist. haha!

Kids enjoy the opening day of schools while the retirees are taking it easy as they sip slowly their Seniors' hot coffee at McDonald, more concern on how they slept soundly last night than the arrival of Kobe. lol!

T.J. Simers is a boob.

I wish he would go write in Boston, or Portland, or Phoenix. Because he sure doesn't give a damn about LA. Man I hate this tabloid crap that tries to tear the Lakers apart. What a miserable schmuck.

Simers has no life. Good riddance that his radio show is canceled. Now it's the time for latimes to can him.

Michael H,
"Jorema ignores the facts and hates EVERYONE ELSE except Kobe. How can you be a fan of a team and hate everyone? I dont get it."

I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL, "A KOBE APOLOGISTS"

EDWIN,
"I think you're T. J. Simers. haha! just kidding OK."

EDWIN, I DON'T THINK I HATE AS MUCH HE DO. LOL!!!

"Jorema has become the female version of KL. " Micvhael
H

You want me to be in your "feeling really good about this team " bandwagon.

I'm not joining that.

You want me to give a free pass to Bynum...who Phil Jackson called a complacent dude and not working hard enough in the middle of the season.

I'm not declaring him the 8th wonder on till he can prove it.
,
You want me to say that the possibilities of the team are strong enough to compete with the best teams in the west, even when most analysts and basket pundits say the Lakerst team maybe is a playoff 8th seed and would be out at first round.

I'm not fool enough to be in denial just to make things happy in this blog.

You want me to have faith in kwame, in sasha, vla, evans, cook, lamar, luke...dudes with big limitations to play the game., that they will be big pieces to a championship caliber team.

I'm not blind. i can believe in the effort of Kobe, but most of the guys in this team left a lot to be desired.

I declare my posture you declare yours.
I hope all your good positivism make it to th end, It is your perrrogative.

This team is limited in talents.
Can they surprise me ? Maybe.

I have to see it to believe it.

I think too that GUNNER is T.J. Simmers...

They sound and smells like it.

"But if Socks is visibly better...I'll happily join KL's and Sonny's camp".

TSphere,

Should I be sending you a King's cap about now?

Sonnybelfast

"...everybody shares in the successes and failures...even losing a tough game as TEAM can be better for a team than winning one solely on Kobe's shoulders"

Listen. It is the deafening silence of CALIKING'S thoughtful remarks landing on deaf ears.

Sonnybelfast

This is the best news I've heard in a while..

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so excited for this season -- I see a quick start coming for the Lakers -- we are pumped and ready--

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lakerfan-

"You know why there are groupies?" (Refers to over-the-top Kobe lovers; you know who you are)
"It's because of people like him..." (Refers to me and a few others)

Yes. There are those who feel that Kobe is rather unhelpful, and there are those (sometimes unwittingly) who worship at his feet.

"...of course, it could be a chicken-egg issue..." (As in, who came first?)
Exactly. It is a chicken-egg issue. You are a chicken-egg with too many wing nut pals and no pecker. Get to the bottom of this and we may be able to bring peace to Palestine.

Sonnybelfast

"It was the best possible result for the Lakers considering all that has gone down. Now we can concentrate on basketball"

All into account Laker Tom, I agree with that statement. The beginning of the season is -come together- time and everyone is a cheerleader. I thought Kobe's remarks were appropriate and marketable. It's also about the survival of the NBA. Every team and fan base needs a measure of hope and optimism this time of the year.

You are well aware of my sentiments. I'm watching a storied franchise -almost deliberately it seems- sink deeper and deeper, and it's not for lack of raw talent on the team. Laker fans have allowed one person to totally dominate their team and can only hope that things don't begin to seriously unravel after 25 or so games into the season. If this happens, there will be more fingers pointing than there are noses in the exit line at Dhahran Airport the day before Ramadan.

We've got to do something about that O line.

Sonnybelfast

TALIQ I revised this just for you
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BALLAD OF THE LAKERS
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The doubters sat waiting for them to fail
Training camp came and they began to jell
L.O. looked like an allstar to be
Kobe appeared to be the new MVP
Bynum came out like the second coming of Shaq
Can I believe my eyes Sahsa is on the attack
The Lakers appeared strong and stood tall
And Kwame, yes Kwame caught every damn ball
Dfish kept all of the crew in line
Not one Laker was heard to whine.
The triangle my friend was a thjing of beauty
Even Scootie and Michael had to come to see
The season started and wouldnt you know
In November The Lakers beat every damn foe.
December and January went the same way
The Lakers became the Team, teams were afraid to play
They held to under ninety the high flying Suns
That was the same game Kobe scored 101
The regular season ended and they were so great
They broke the Bulls record they were 74 and 8
Then came the Playoffs and Im sure that you know
They ended up winning 16 in a row.
9Rings became 10 which made Phil the Best
For three years in a row The Lakers ruled the West
For each of those years Kobe won the MVP
Then Kobe retired and handed Bynum the Keys
But Bynum said NO! Kobe we both can drive
So when Kobe retired instead of 3 they won 5.

This is my second and final revision for you
Taliq now leave my masterpiece alone. LOL!
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BALLAD OF THE LAKERS
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The doubters sat waiting for them to fail
Training camp came and they began to jell
L.O. looked like an allstar to be
Kobe appeared to be the new MVP
Bynum came out like the second coming of Shaq
Can I believe my eyes Sahsa is on the attack
The Lakers appeared strong and stood tall
And Kwame, yes Kwame caught every damn ball
Dfish kept all of the crew in line
Not one Laker was heard to whine.
The triangle my friend was a thjing of beauty
Even Scootie and Michael had to come to see
The season started and wouldn’t you know
In November The Lakers beat every damn foe.
December and January went the same way
The Lakers became the Team, teams were afraid to play
They held to under seventy the high flying Suns
That was the same game Kobe scored 101
The regular season ended and they were so great
They broke the Bulls record they were 74 and 8
Then came the Playoffs and I’m sure that you know
They ended up winning 16 in a row.
9Rings became 10 which made Phil the Best
For three years in a row The Lakers ruled the West
For each of those years Kobe won the MVP
Then Kobe retired and handed Bynum the Keys
But Bynum said NO! Kobe we both can drive
So when Kobe retired instead of 3 they won 5.
Which gave Kobe 8 NBA Titles and 5 MVPs
And Kobe not MJ became the greatest in NBA history

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TODAY: (TUESDAY OCTOBER 2 2007) is dedicated to: THE ENTIRE LAKER TEAM
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PAST HONOREES: MIKE TENIENTE, EDWIN GUECO, KLBEAST, GENERIC_ONE, A.K. J.J.,
LAKER TOM, SONNY BELFAST, JOREMA, TALIQ, DAVID WHANG, THA SHOW, FAITH, BOB
RICK FRIEDMAN, HOBBITMAGE, FATTY, KOBE APOLOGIST, ANGRY LAKER, ANDREW Z,
EXHELODRVR, TWOODY, WESJOENIXON, KWAME BROWN, WEST SIDE JESSIE,
LONG TIME LAKER FAN, DICE8UP, FEARLESS WHACKJOB, TAOSHUM, LAKERGURL,
CHARLES, SHAWN MARION, MITCH KUPCHAK
NEXT HONOREE ( )
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BALLAD OF THE LAKERS
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The doubters sat waiting for them to fail
Training camp came and they began to jell
L.O. looked like an allstar to be
Kobe appeared to be the new MVP
Bynum came out like the second coming of Shaq
Can I believe my eyes Sahsa is on the attack
The Lakers appeared strong and stood tall
And Kwame, yes Kwame caught every damn ball
Dfish kept all of the crew in line
Not one Laker was heard to whine.
The triangle my friend was a thjing of beauty
Even Scootie and Michael had to come to see
The season started and wouldn’t you know
In November The Lakers beat every damn foe.
December and January went the same way
The Lakers became the Team, teams were afraid to play
They held to under seventy the high flying Suns
That was the same game Kobe scored 101
The regular season ended and they were so great
They broke the Bulls record they were 74 and 8
Then came the Playoffs and I’m sure that you know
They ended up winning 16 in a row.
9Rings became 10 which made Phil the Best
For three years in a row The Lakers ruled the West
For each of those years Kobe won the MVP
Then Kobe retired and handed Bynum the Keys
But Bynum said NO! Kobe we both can drive
So when Kobe retired instead of 3 they won 5.
Which gave Kobe 8 NBA Titles and 5 MVPs
And Kobe not MJ became the greatest in NBA history
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KOBE-MATRIX-THE-MOVIE – Coming in OCTOBER
copyright@ LAKERBAKE
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COMING NBA EVENT
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Oct. 1 NBA Europe Live training camps begin
Oct. 2 Remaining NBA training camps open
Oct. 6-11 NBA Europe Live tournament
Oct. 6 Start of NBA preseason schedule
Oct. 26 NBA preseason ends
Oct. 29 NBA rosters set for opening night, 6 p.m. EDT
Oct 30 Start of NBA regular season Houston at The Freakin Lakers
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THE JACKSON JOURNAL PRESEASON EDITION IS NOW OUT
CONTACT MIKE T. FOR INFO

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ABSOLUTELY NO FAITH IN MANAGEMENT BANDWAGON
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(1) Complex Brotha
(2) Mambs24
(3) XODUS
(4) RICK FRIEDMAN
(5) MJCMAN32
(6) MJCMAN33
(7) XODUS
(8) EXHELODRVR
(9) utzworrld THE BANNER HOLDER
(10) EDWIN GUECO
(11) LakerBake
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"We Are Out in the First Round Again if Kupcake Doesn't
Get off His Ass and Do Something" Bandwagon.
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(1) JAY JAY
(2) EXHELODRVR
(3) ANDREW Z
(4) COMPLEX BROTHA
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SELL THE LAKERS BANDWAGON
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(1) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER
(2) MAMBA24
(3) RICK FRIEDMAN
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* SHAWN MARION TO LAKERS BANDWAGON.*
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(1) Shawn Marion
(2) AK
(3) FearlessWhackJob
(4 Rick Freidman
(5) Mamba24
(6) Jeff Pinoy
(7) AB
(8) #4
(9) Caesar
(10) Justin
(11) LALakerLover
(12) TaosHum
(13) McGARNAGLE
(14) Andrew Z
(15) Brandon
(16) Danny
(17) Xtro
(18) Gino
(19) LakerBake
(20) Zajkee
(21) Kiwi
(22) Paulie
(23) MJCMAN32
(24) TSPHERE
(25) Exhelodrvr
(26) Zakee\
(27) Xodus
(28) ChiTownLaker
(29) Q WUOR
(30) B4hoops
(31) Linda Pineda
(32) Laker Tom
(33) Complex Brotha
(34) Andy B
(35) Steve From New Jersey
(36) Long Time Laker Fan
(37) Hugo Boss
(38) KLBeast
(39) WesJoeNixon
(40) TajLuck
(41) Dice8Up
(42) Edwin Gueco
(43) GOV
(44) HAL9000
(45) JOREMA
(46) THE LAKE SHOW
(47) CUT & DRY
(48) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER
(49) Benjamin
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55 WIN BANDWAGON MEMBERS:
(1) Laker Tom (2) Marty (3) HUBBIT (4) Fearless Whack Job (5) Mamba24
(6) David Whang (7) BD (8) Dan Dan the Laker Fan (9) Long Time Laker Fan
(10) Roky (11) JoninJapan(In Canada) 12) JUNO (13) KEIFO,
(14) Alexinho17 (15) TALIQ (16) GENERIC_ONE (17) VIOLATER
(18) Twoody (19) SLO Gal (20) HobbitIMage (21) dice8up (22) KIWI
(23) DEREK (24) NIK KANNAN
Members at heart
(25) Bob (26) Faith (27) LakerLover
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ROLL THE DICE ON JO BANDWAGON
(1).Tha Show (2) Andrew Z (3).Xodus (4).Mamba24 (5)Edwin Gueco
(6). Exhelodrvr (7). Long Time Laker Fan (8) Me (9)Fearless whackjob
10). LakerBake (11) Lincoln Laker (12) Benjamin
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MAKE A DEAL BEFORE TRAINING CAMP BANDWAGON
(1) Laker Bake (2) Gino (3) Trip Game (4) Jay Jay (5) Cbuck (6) Benjamin
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SIGN SUN YUE BANDWAGON
(1).FearlessWhackJob
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SACRAMENTO KINGS 50 WIN BANDWAGON
1. Sonnybelfast 2. Ron Artest
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BYNUM BREAKOUT BANDWAGON
(1) LakerFaze (2) Mamba24 (3) DEREK
(4) RDLEE (5) LAKER TOM (6) BENNY BLANCA
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BALLAD OF THE MATRIX
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They call him the Matrix this I will tell
Because he can play all 5 positions so well
He glides down the floor and his foes he does mock
Just waiting for Nash to feed him the rock.
He jams with authority and knocks down the J
And before you know it he’s headed the other way
His D is terrific he’ll take you to school
If you blink for a minute you’ll look like a fool
One day the mighty Matrix looked at the sky
And from his mouth came this plaintive cry
Nash is a great one Oh Lord this I see
But he never wins titles just phony MVP’s
Before I die and am laid down to rest
Dear Lord let me play with Kobe he’s the Best
And the Lord said young Shawn I will grant your Prayer
And in a twinkling of an eye a Sun was a Laker
Mitch cried for joy and Jim gave up the crack
Jerry retook his Office the Lakers were Back
They won 3 more titles and Kobe won 3 MVP’s
Then Kobe retired and handed Bynum the Keys

AND NOW ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL:
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KIWI, WOW, PEACE, J_COOL, DAVID WHANG, ADAM KILEY, LAKERSRYDEORDIE, CLEON
FISH_GUY,TIM-4-SHOW, THA_ SHOW, WESJOENIXON, BAYWOO, THE_D, SBPIMP,
CHARLES, Precious, NEVER, CALI KING, RICK FRIEDMAN,THIRTY2, EXHELODRVR,
GENERIC_ONE, TWOODY, JJ, AJAX, MITCHELL., LAKERTOM, LAKERFAN, CHARLES,
KHANG VMAN, KOREY, XTRO, MCGARNAGLE, GUGY, GDChild,Laker4Life, Laker Seth
KL BEAST, Jorema, FearlessWhackJob, MARTY, JANDRO, LAKERFAZE, PhxLkrFAN,
TexasLaker, BOB, TreacherousBalloons, EagleBoy, JR., EASTCOASTJESSIE, Zakee,
Tully Moxness, KobeRocks, David Peterson, centralk, 244Life, SamII, vi lakerfan,CDUB0512
Swettual, Utzworld, Andrew Z, LAL Fan, BRANDON C., Kinglakernidas, BlackMamba24,
FKILLAH, CYRUS(VENTRILIQUIST), RespectMyAuthorith, Waterboy, Hariyahu, HUBBIT
ZEN, SARCOCOP,Staples24, Bobby, COMPTONS FINEST, MIGUELINHO, Greek Dude,
SOCALIFE, HAL9000, Greekdude, Michael J, Michael H, Michael A., Rick Friedman,
Gunner24, GINO, FATTY, CBUCK,LAKERGURL, CRITICAL BEATDOWN, PFUNK36,
PAUL LEE, Jay EL, SocalSpider , WEAVE MAN, JON KAVULIC, Tajluck, Alexinho17
BERKLEYLAKER, Dice8Up DION, KARL, CRAIG, MITCHELL, Lakers4Life, Ryan,GiantSquid
JR, Dascilla, tellitlikeitisNik Kannan, GABE, SEAN P., HanSoulFood, HollywoodJack,
Jay Jay, TaosHum, HOBBITIMAGE, Caeser, Obel, CHITOWNLAKER, ANGRYLAKER
wiZo, MagicShaq, HugoBoss, OSCAR, RDLEE, RealityBites, LakerLarry, Bucky, LEELO,
Juno, LakerLifer, C.S. JOVA, BLAZE1BX, Tripgame3, TSPHERE, SIXONEZERO, MJCMAN32
Mfeige, Reggie, Hollywood Jack, Reality Check Time, Jack In Hollywood, SLO Gal, Thi
JONINJAPAN(INCANADA), VIOLATER, LT Laker Fan, , KATE, TROY, Mainor, Caesar
JEFF, ANDY B., SWANWORLD, PUPLE&GOLD_4EVA, BENNY BLANCA,CS in Virg
EMMA, TIM IN SYDNEY RISING STAR, LakerBake, JuanMan888,Blkthght06, Man
Any_One_mouse, 10milliondollarZen, Shiva, Laker_Hopeful, LakerDawg, East Nyboer
,Ghost of Spiderman, Steve in Denver Guy Owanlele, Lincoln Laker, Houston Laker
MITCH KUPCHAK, JERRY BUSS, PHIL JACKSON, KOBE BRYANT, CLEON, B4hoops
Marc Gasol, Sun Yue, Shamond, Williams, Ronny Turiaf, V. Radmanovic, Jennifer
Maurice Evans, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton, Brian Cook, KOBE FROM MANILAS
Kwame Brown, Andrew Bynum, Coby Karl, Chris Mihm, Sasha Vujacic
Jordan Farmar, Jarvis Critterton, JERMAINE ONEAL???, Larry Fulcher

ALL TOGETHER NOW:
WE ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS THE WINNERS OF 14 NBA TITLES
THE HOME OF WILT, KAREEM, GEORGE MIKAN, SHAQ, MAGIC, KOBE,
ELGIN BAYLOR, JERRY WEST, PAT RILEY, JAMES WORTHY, SILK
COACHED BY THE 9 TIME TITLE WINNER PHIL (9RINGS) JACKSON AND
NO ONE AND NOTHING WILL EVER DIVIDE OR CONQUER
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER


Lake-Show,

You wrote this to jorema: Please take your lack of faith in the Lakers other than Kobe off this blog.

Will you also direct KL, Gunner & Taoshum to take their lack of faith in Kobe
off of the blog too?

Taoshum,

Thaks for the response.

A Smooth-Running Art History is a Relaxing Experience.

The question of which Laker will be injured first sure got answered quick--
Lamar, Kwam and Bynum.

That would make up about 100% of our tradable assets.

Kool...

Wes

KL and Gunner... i wonder what your take is on Varajeo and Pavlovic not wanting to play with Lebron any more...MUST IT BE THE INFAMOUS "F U" TREATMENT..THE SAME ONE THAT FISHER, FOX, KG, BRANDON RUSH, KAREEM RUSH, MO WILLIAMS, PENNY HARDAWAY, STEVE FRANCIS MALONE ETC ETC ALL (ACCORDING TO YOU) TOLD KOBE...IS THAT THE SAME THING HERE...
http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/119131472028890.xml&coll=2

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Great interview guys. I'm overwhelmed by all the NBA news this morning. I'm so damn happy it's not even funny.

I guess it's fair to say we're off to a good start (except for Kwame, of course). Everyone seems to have a positive attitude (except for jorema...and KL). Other then some minor injuries, we should be looking at a healthy team. If we can manage to stay healthy, 50+ wins is not unreasonable.

I thought this was the most telling comment:

" from what I understand about Jerry from the stuff that people have been telling me, he's been kind of out of the loop the last two years."

Taliq,
"( I'm 28 and a lot of times I wonder if I've really got a clue
how life works, and umm y do I feel like I've opened the
door to a witty jab from some kobe hater by revealing my age )."

YOU YOUNG WHIPPER SNAPPER MIND YOUR ELDERS
AND STOP ALL THIS FOOLISHNESS! LOL! Just messing
with you man. LOL!

The Lake Show,
"Jorema, CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE YOUR NEGATIVE $@*#! off this
blog. Dude, why do you hate Bynum? He's 19. Dont blame Bynum blame
the system that allowed NBA GMs to draft people"

Hey Lake Show first off Jorema is not a dude, she's a Lady.
Second if anybody needs to take their negative @&&^% off the Blog it's you.
You know I've looked and looked but I can't find a sign saying
The Lake Show Blog anywhere. So since it's evident that you can't
respect yourself at least respect the Lady. Or then again maybe
you could pick on another man, say me for example.

The negativety energy on this blog is unbelievable. MOFOS just hating for the sake of jealousy, envy and above all, latent racism, that's what it boils down to bottom line when a person can display such hatred for an individual (KOBE) and not know that individual personally. It's truly amazing how these angry, sad and pathetic individuals exert all this time into nonstop rants and raves over this amazing basketball player. All of you need prayer...You've taken away from the blog to such a degree not only me, but many other true basketball lovers don't even want to as much log on to this site anymore. You've made it plainly obvious that your purpose in life is to spit hatred of KOBE over and over and over and over that its beyond monotonous! You all need to get a life and find something constructive to do in your lives..Like volunteerism or making a donation to a charity...hell, anything but blogging! Damn, do US that favor, would you please?

The Lake Show,
"I mean you people who hate Bynum must now recognize that Bynum needs an education
on being a professional...the same way that all you bloggers who have nice mid-level jobs
had an internship to teach you those skills. I mean would you think that you were prepared
to be a top-level professional at the age of 19?"

Yeah I do LakeShow. On my first job I happened to have
a boss kind of Like Phil jackson, that let you go as far as
your skill set wouldl allow. Consequently at nineteen I was
designing Systems and creating whole data bases on my own.
The type of work that someone who had been in IT
10 to 15 years might be doing. I'm quite sure from the talent
exhibited on this blog that most everyone else from Exhelodrve to
Generic_one to the real show - THA_SHOW, experienced much the
same in their chosen careers. Perhaps thats why - Like Kobe - and
unlike you - we are not willing to settle for mediocre B.S.

How can Marion say "FU" to Kobe when he has little control over being traded to La ? Marion reported to camp yesterday and quickily made it clear his position hadn't changed ! As for STAT being back in 2 to 3. Remember last time before the micro fracture the same 2 to 3 weeks was pronosticated.

Gunner,
"T.J. SIMERS SUMMED UP THE LAKERS SEASON ON THE LA TIMES HOMEPAGE IN 2 MINUTES. "

And if anybody ought to know it's you. Right T.J. Oops I mean Gunner

Gunner = TJ = Douche bag.

Can anyone be more of a douche bag than Gunner? I think he is the premier douche bag. He should wear a fez and call himself the grand pooba douche bag, the douche bag that makes all other douche bags look better.

All other douche bags to grand pooba douche bag Gunner F-U

Go Faith!

T-Woody

Michael H you say I'm the female KL...

Yes? Unbelievable.

Season tickets holders claimed for change in the team.
Are they KL wannabes.?

90 % of the bloggers here believe Lakers need to make changes in personal to turn competitive the team.
Are they KLs.?

That Andrew Bynum still a novice or not...were Phil Jackson words.

That Andrew Bynum lacked discipline and dedication and became suddenly somehow lazy the past season, were Phil Jackson words no mine.

That this Lakers team needed a 2 genuine scorer and a defensive specilaist in the guard position were Phil words, no mine.

That Lakers aren't considered a elite team are the words of basket pundits and commentators around the country...Are they telekinetic brainwash zombies influenced by KL?

I wish they do well. Do I expect it? ....
No really.

Do you want them to do well ?
Judging for your words is a yes.
Are you expecting that with conviction.
If you expect that way your optimism is just a utopia, a dream of little dream of you that is far from reality.

I'm not living in a bubble, because I face reality.
Lakers need a miracle to achieve greatness.

I like what Kobe had to say. It was good to hear the right things come out of his mouth. I even think, to a point, that he believes what he said. I also like how the front office clamped down on any and all news the rest of the summer. It was hard on the media and even harder on us blog fans.

I think it was a bit of a test from Kobe to see if we can stop these leaks around here. I think they did a good job, anything that was released was done in a legitimate fashion. No more sources close to the situation.

Lets get the camp started, over and done so we can play some ball here. I'm ready to go.

Here are some prayers for Lamar, Kwame and Andrew to get well soon. We need you.

T-Woody

"... as long as we're committed to being together and sacrificing individual accolades for the benefit of the team, we'll be fine." - Kobe Bryant.

mamba,
"Exhelodrve"

You spelled my name wrong.

So, with Bynum and Brown hurt, Mihm is the starting center?

Gunner,

>>KOBE LEAVES, KWAME LEAVES, THAT'S CLOSE TO $30 MILLION IN CAP SPACE COMING TO
>>LA NEXT YEAR THEN WE WILL PICK UP SOME LEGIT FREE AGENTS AND TEAM PLAYERS. PUT
>>ME ON THE REBUILDING LAKERS BANDWAGON IN 2009!

Somehow I don't think they'll trade Kobe for a trade exception. If they keep Evans and let Kwame
and Sasha go, then that puts them right about at the salary cap. So the only cap space they will
get is the difference between Kobe's salary and the salaries of the players they trade for.

If they really want all of Kobe's salary as cap space, then they should keep him BOTH of the next
two years and then let him opt out and walk away.

If they really want to rebuild, then they should trade Kobe away NOW and start the process
sooner.

Your logic doesn't make sense, Gunner. If you really want the big rebuild, then why wait a year
or two years? Why not trade Kobe now and move on?

TJ Simers still looking for whatever minutia he can use to paint Kobe as a troublemaker, lier and the reason of all bad that LA confront in a daily basis.

I thing he should clean his glasses more frequently to see things with a better perspective and with more objectivity.

His comments in sports are just based in personality. not analysis of the game.

Which make conclude with this: He isn't a knowledgeable sports reporter, so he needs talk in a chauvinistic way: this guy is good, this guy is bad.

OCTOBER 2, 2007 - A new Day!

And the so-called front office of the Lakers, in an attempt to restore our once proud franchise to its former glory, does.....

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Does anybody know about Kwame's health status? I read on the riverside press that Mihm is ready to go, and Lamar said that he will not play unless his left shoulder feels like his right. A la Dwayne Wade.

Thanks,

Charles

i posted this yesterday and no one really paid any attention to it. Does anybody know anything about this Andre Patterson?


Lakers Sign Free Agent Andre Patterson
(AP) LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Andre Patterson.

Terms of the agreement were not released.

Patterson played for the University of California, Los Angeles, before transferring to Tennessee.

He played last season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

Patterson also played for the Lakers 2007 Summer-Pro League team, averaging 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in four games.

exhelodrvr,

I didn't know Bynum was hurt. When did he hurt himself and how?

Charles

Seriously - I appreciate all the optimism about Bynum and Mihm and D-Fish and OF COURSE in my heart I'm rooting for it to happen....

But the SAD TRUTH is that we have become what the Timberwolves were - a team with a bona fide superstar and little support for him that will flounder and flounder til it winds up trading him away and starting from scratch again.

WE CAN STOP THAT NOW if Mitch or Buss Boy or whoever is in charge makes the trades for JO and/or The Matrix happen. Otherwise we're the LA Timberwolves.

Charles,
wesjoe made a reference to it in his post above; I saw this on another blog:

"Andrew Bynum has a strained muscle in the back of his knee and will be out of practice for the next couple days. "

Feeling optimists about this season?

Lamar is recovering from injury.
Kwame is recovering from injury.
Mihn is recovering from injury.
Bynum is hurt.
Vla is returning from injury.
No word in Evans injured status. (He finished the season hurt)
No word in Luke injured status. (He finished the season hurt)

Yes I feel the optimism in the air blossoming with joy and great expectations.
We are 100 % ready to go.

Viva this Jim Buss team.!

Ex,

I completely agree with Kobe's comments about Dr. Buss. I also thought his comments about everyone working just a bit harder, showing up early, staying late, basically mirroring his work ethic was a great comment.

To be honest, I think Kobe did a fabulous job answering those questions. He was honest, up front, and didn't retract his initial feelings but presented them in a better manner. I even thought it was cool that he gave Mitch props for trying to make something happen, even if it didn't.

I think with Fish and Kobe both saying that this season will require dedication and passion if any kind of success is going to happen is a big step in the right direction.

Exhelodrvr,

Thanks!!!

Charles

Vman,

"Did either of you get the feeling that between the lines of the "good soldier" and "make these guys better" comments, that the "truce" came with a reaffirmation from the FO to conitnue to improve the roster NOW? ie mid season moves? "

I took those particular comments as an extension of how I described Kobe's mood in the intro to this interview. He struck me as focused and determined to succeed this season, but not terribly thrilled to be a part of this.

AK

Jorema,

Viva this Jim Buss team.!

That is what we are saying, HAHA

T-Woody

If the season start today...projected starters:

Mihn
Turiaf
Luke
Kobe
Derek

This resemble more a Milwaukee Bucks team than a powerful ensemble from the superWest.

Viva this Jim Buss team.!

"Here is a FACT JOREMA. It has been well documented that Andrew worked extremely hard this summer, included interviews with his personal trainer. He cut over 2 minutes off his mile run and went from squating 265 ponds to over 400 plus in work outs." Michael H.

Aleluya!
Bynum achievements will be duplicated this season as easy as is the mention of the word ABRACADABRA!

Well, I hope so,Michael H. I hope he can produce 20 and 10. I hope we became happy for not making those infinite trade scenarios involving him...
I hope that Jim could say later: I was right.
I'm a truly Lakers fans, for God sake.

Can you predict 100 % that Bynum will be that guy?
Can he keep his good conditioning without reverting to old habits?
Can he sustain a quality of play for the entire season?
Can he separate himself from the "a foul waiting to happen" defender label?

Is a perfect rationale to wait and see if he will deliver in the court?

Yes, indeed.
Still, common sense is a good thing, even for fanatics.


giantsquid ,

8 minute mile? That's actually not bad. Especially for a 7'1 290 pound man.

Exhelodrvr,
"mamba, "Exhelodrve" You spelled my name wrong."

Ex. chalk it off to early signs of senility on my part.
Sorry :-) Hey Look I made a smiley face. LOL!

Sonny,

"Should I be sending you a King's cap about now?"

How about a fool's cap with bells on it... to entertain the king(s)? In any case, pleaseI I don't think I could ever wear a Kings cap. I loved watching the Kings when they had Williams, Vlad, Webber, Tariq, but after trying to steal a series by poisoning Kobe (and then getting poisoned back by the refs), I gave up on them.

LONG TIME,
"Your logic doesn't make sense, Gunner. If you really want the big rebuild, then why wait a year or two years? Why not trade Kobe now and move on?"

IT'S ALL ABOUT TICKET SALES. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. REBUILD WHILE STILL STAYING PROFITABLE.

Hate2Blog
"You've taken away from the blog to such a degree not only me, but many other true "KOBIATCH" lovers don't even want to as much log on to this site anymore"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD REPHRASE YOUR COMMENTS AND SPEAK THE TRUTH. NOW BUGGER OFF!!


BRANDON C
"He should wear a fez and call himself the grand pooba douche bag, the douche bag that makes all other douche bags look better."

I LIKE THAT. YOU'RE RHYMING. BTW, DO YOU HAVE SOME SORT OF FETUS WITH DOUCHES THAT WE OUGHT TO KNOW?

Actually, there are several people here who's act s wearing pretty thin, Jorema among them...thanks for the update K Brothers. Now that everybody's here, I guess we just have to see how everything hangs together this year if things don't go well. Your guess, who blows up first?

Hmm...Socks in on the rocks for the next couple of practices? Looks like everyone on the Lakers not named Kobe is either injured, or coming off an injury, or we don't know his injury status.

Yeah, confidence. I got plenty of that stuff!!!

IS SHAUN MARION A LAKER, YET?!

-FealessWhackJob

One that I do know about this "new/old" Lakers line-up is that the whole back court is now filled with workaholics. I mean, Fish practiced while injured that one year he came back from injury and shot the Lakers to a championship almost by himself ('02 I think).

The only other person I know who practices while recovering is Kobe. If that work ethic doesn't rub off on these kids, then maybe we got the wrong kids.

--FearlessWhackJob

BrandonC

"Can anyone be more of a douche bag than Gunner? I think he is the premier douche bag. He should wear a fez and call himself the grand pooba douche bag, the douche bag that makes all other douche bags look better."

Takes one to know one eh?

BTW, you made a reference of kissing your "white ass". I say you can kiss my fury ass.

Oh to answer your question of "can anyone be more of a douche bag than Gunner?". i say "yes". YOU, MR. BRANDON C-YA WOULDN'T WANT TO BE-YA!

Why is it the Kobe Loyalist sees fit to bash on Bloggers who have dissenting opinions? You Kobe Lovers run around making outrageous statements and make others accept your POV, but when Bloggers are critical of kobe, you make personal attacks?

Feeling insecure about your guy? Must be.


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