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A win so easy, it wasn't even worth Kobe's time

Pau_gasol_passes_over_his_shoulder_ Which could explain his urge to take off early.   Maybe catch the tail end of the Oscars, see how his pool picks were holding up (word is he picked upset Best Actress Marion Cottilard, which provides one's ballot a major boost), dish via text with friends over the fashion do's and don't's and who looked good while pregnant. 

Or he was just pissed about the over the back's going unwhistled and figured, "My team's gonna smoke these chumps as it is, so this would be the perfect game to inform an officiating crew what a lousy job they're doing."

Probably one or the other.

In any event, this 111-91 win over the Sonics featured a quick Laker lead that was never relinquished or in jeopardy, with and without Bryant on the court.  And frankly, Kobe didn't need a ton of time on the hardwood to put together a pretty good stat line (21/4/10, 8-13 shooting), work that help create the foundation for a cruise control victory in his absence.  Plus, his teammates weren't exactly slouches with their two cents.  Yet another double-double from Lamar Odom, 22 from Pau Gasol, and a baker's dozen off the bench from Sasha "I'm a Machine at any time of day" Vujacic were just the highlights of a roster greasing a box score from top to bottom.  That action illustrates why your Los Angeles Lakers have leapfrogged past the recently embarassed Suns and currently sit atop the entire Western Conference  (which ain't the only poll they're topping, FYI).  When oats are being felt in such fashion, a team can even overcome refereeing botches that fester at a hereditary level.

Is it premature to start thinking about "34?"         

The Lakers are a cohesive unit with everyone on the same page and enjoying each other's company.  Which pretty much makes the Knicks the "Bizarro-Lakers."

Despite the positive impact of Cleveland's newest Cavs, if Danny Ferry is really serious about keeping LeBron James, it might be worth his time to spread a rumor about The King and Beyonce.

Ex Clipper Wang Zhi-Zhi may have been soft on the court, but he'll clock dudes on the street like nobody's business.

 
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Good Morning Laker Fans!

Great win. If you think you feel good now, hopefully the team will perform even better and make us go insane. Happy Monday fam!!!

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Monday February 25 2008
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The Force is in balance and………WE’RE NUMBER 1, WE’RE NUMBER1
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GOOD MORNING CHARLES PEACE !
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How you like me now, What you say my son
I say d@mn Mitch, you got it done
Got to give you Props and My Apologies too
You stuck by your plan and saw it through
You landed a Fish who was like a shark in the sea
Then made us the favorite by getting Paulie G.
The Lakers problems you saw and quickly solved
By filling the Lakers tank with high octane Gasol.
Now Look at us that’s right, yeah we’re Number 1
ALL HAIL TO MITCH, HE GOT IT DONE
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THE LAKER CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON
* ALL ABOARD! *
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01 RICK FRIEDMAN – Owner and Driver
02 MIKE T. Riding Shotgun
03 MAMBA24 – Basking in the glow
04 KEIFO – Never had a doubt
05 JEFF – Security Chief
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NO MVP NO PEACE! @JEFF
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AND NOW YOUR STARTING LINEUP FOR THE 14 TIME WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS:

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At center number 17 Andrew Bynummmmmmmm
At forward number 16 PAU GASOLLLLLLLLL
At forward number 7 LAMAR ODOM
At guard number 2 DEREK FISHER
At guard number 24 KOOOBEEEEE BRYYYANTTTTTT

LAKERS OF THE WORLD BOTH FAR AND NEAR RESPOND TO YOUR NAME
ROLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLLLLLL IS HERE :

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AND NO ONE WILL EVER DIVIDE OR CONQUER US

LakerTom,

I've always said that you and I think alike. There were times, especially last year, where one probably couldn't tell the difference between a LakerTom post and a Tim-4-Show post other than the name at the end.

It's not just you, I noticed the same "anomaly" regarding field goal percentage of our bigs. 90% of this blog community has known all along that Kobe makes his teammates better, but we have definitive proof now. It's a good thing Kobe is fighting through his ripped ligament and torn off bone, otherwise we'd be heading for the lotto!

LakerTom, please see my post from Friday afternoon:
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Isn't it interesting how a guy like Bynum was leading the league in FG% and Pau's percentage is through the roof since joining the Lakers?

Hmmm.

I guess these guys are victims of the "gunner" Ko-me Bryant. Maybe if Kobe (me me me) Bryant would actually make the players around him better, these guys like Pau and Bynum wouldn't shoot such a lousy percentage from the field.

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | February 22, 2008 at 04:43 PM

sashhaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!

my boy is owning right now...

drew come back, and the lakers are the big favorites to come out of the west.

Well, the reason why Wang Zhi-Zhi is a badass on the streets of Beijing is because the guy he clocked was 5' 2".

GO LAKERS!

Nike's Errand Boy (aka Pretender to the Throne) will be leaving the Cavs for New York. Everyone knows it. Why?

The jerk stated in Sport Illustrated that he'd leave the Caviallars "only if it kept him from being the first sports billionaire."

What a loser. He'll get more money for endorsements in New York. And I guarantee you that his game will also suffer.

GO LAKERS!

Ahhh I miss that roll call! Props to the Mamba 24!

SHAQ:

*vs. lakers
""I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys," O'Neal said. "But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it."

after 4 days...

*vs. pistons
"I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys," O'Neal said. "But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it."

FGM-A: 3-8
FTM-A: 1-8

>>> oh yeah! he said 4-5 days? he's tuned in, alright. haha!

TIM-4-SHOW,
"Isn't it interesting how a guy like Bynum was leading the league in FG% and Pau's percentage is through the roof since joining the Lakers?"

I bow low to a master! You hit it out of the park brother!

SHAQ:

*vs. lakers
""I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys," O'Neal said. "But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it."

after 4 days...

*vs. pistons
"We still have to be realistic about things," he said. "I've only been here about eight days. This is only my third game with the guys, so we still have a lot of figuring out to do. If everyone just sticks with their role, we should be fine."

FGM-A: 3-8
FTM-A: 1-8

>>> oh yeah! he said 4-5 days? he's tuned in, alright. haha!

Charles,
"Ahhh I miss that roll call! Props to the Mamba 24!"

GOOD MORNING CHARLES! Thank you sir and props to you and this energized Freakin La Lakers Blog.

SHAQ:

*vs. lakers
""I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys," O'Neal said. "But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it."

after 4 days...

*vs. pistons
"We still have to be realistic about things," he said. "I've only been here about eight days. This is only my third game with the guys, so we still have a lot of figuring out to do. If everyone just sticks with their role, we should be fine."

FGM-A: 3-8
FTM-A: 1-8

>>> oh yeah! he said 4-5 days? he's tuned in, alright. haha!

Come on folks ease up on the Shaq! The feud is in the past. Until we meet in the playoffs I'll be cheering for the
big Aristotle. It ain't easy being a legend on the decline.
In fact I say we dedicate a Shaq day on the Blog.
What say you?

Jon K,

Maybe 4'11"

shaq day? i bet he hates the lakers... do you remember when he was traded to the heat?

it should be a kobe day!!! yeah! for being passionate about the game and being in the gym honing his skills every summer... unlike you know who. =)

I'm gonna have to pass on that one, Mamba24. lol

We'll have a Shaq Day when the Lakers raise the #34 into the farters.

Mamba24,

Agreed regarding Shaq. People... we ought to be HAPPY! It's not everyday that we have a franchise guy playing for the "enemy"...

Like I say, "double" agent 2257.

Mamba, thanks for the props. The truth is staring everyone in the face, myself & LakerTom were just pointing out the obvious.

Well looks like Kobaby is back to his old tricks. Getting kicked out of a game against the hapless Sonics that the Lakers were dominating.

Thats some kind of leadership.

Mamba24,

Please remove Mike T from the roll call and any bandwagons as he is no longer with us. It is disrespectful to the blog to have scum like Mike T (a man that wished injury on our players to serve his agenda) on the Championship Bandwagon.

Mike T sold out the day he wished injury on Bynum and solidified his sell out status the day we traded Kwame Brown by officially leaving the blog. He doesn't deserve the honor of being a Lakers fan.

My guess is he is still crunching numbers to find a way to explain why this was a bad trade for L.A. He is going to be crunching numbers for a long long time........

DOOO BEEE DOOO BEEE DOOOO

good morning lakers!

I hate being one of those "I told you so" types - not!!! The trade that many bloggers were in love with - Bynum and Odom for Jermaine O'Neal. Here is the latest - predicted - status of JO.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080225/SPORTS04/802250362/1088/SPORTS04

How many would make that trade today?

Roger

Jon K,

LeBron is a GREAT and unbelievable talent.

The question is, how long will his brightness last?

We can say probably the next 10+ years, but sincerely we have no way of knowing that... there have been other "greats" that have faded early.

Vince?

T-Mac?

Wade?

Longevity is a key to basketball greatness & LeBron is a great. Let's see how long he sustains it. Everyone says he'll "overtake" Kobe at some point, but Kobe has a conceivable 7 years! (including this current season) Put it this way, MJ won an MVP & championship when he was like 35 years old!

Hey Laker(Shaq)Lover... give it up!

Hey Laker(Shaq)Lover... give it up!

Good morning guys! our Lakers are on a roll :)

I knew Laker Lover or Gunner (are they the same person? Who knows.) would be here sooner or later blasting Kobe for getting ejected.

Was that very smart of Kobe? No, but if Kobe getting ejected against a scrub team while we're pounding them to the tune of a 30 point lead, I'd say we're in good shape.

Charles,

Thanks for the welcome and GOOD MORNING!


Tim -4-Show,

I also have to say that I am almost always in agreement with LakerTom (and you, as well as some of the other insightful true Laker fans) and this was actually the reason I didn't post for all these years of just being a reader etc.

K-Bros,

Any inside info if Mbenga and or Pau are working with Kareem? Any inside thoughts on if who the Lakers might add to the roster or if indeed they even will?
Thanks for this blog by the way.

Everyone,

There has been a lot of great Laker squads that I have had the pleasure of watching since 1966, I think this current team rates right up there with any of them....this is a great time for Laker fans (even though even in the "lean" times it's still cool to be a Laker fan )....

I think this has been a thread before sort of but I would like to know everybody's all time favorite Laker---and I don't mean who we all think is the best--I would rather know who is/was your favorite player to watch and why...

As I said before James Worthy is mine: besides being one of the greatest floor runners and finishers (that flying through the air with his arm extended straight up from about the free throw line for the monster dunk was always exillerating) but he had THE best first step in history, either facing the basket or with his back towards it--he also developed quite a good mid range jumper just to make in virtually impossible to defend him---and no one's nick name was ever more deserved....Big Game James....

My next favorite players (in no particular order because I find it hard to put them in order) Jerry West, Magic, Kobe, Kareem, Wilt, Goodrich (coolest hair in the NBA and the perfect compliment for West in the backcourt), Elgin, Shaq, Jamall (should I keep going????)--come to think of it this list could become quite lengthy---that's because there is only one NBA team and there always will be

Also can we put together a list of all the TRUE Lakers--that would include of course players that played their entire career with the Lakers and also some who became real and true Lakers through their play and contribution. (by the by---the reason the Mallone /Payton/Rodamn things didn't work is because they were not Lakers and could never be)

I do beleive that Pau will be added to the list of true Lakers and probably sooner than later.

GO LAKERS!

I agree. Ease up on Shaq. Unless we're playing him.

He wasn't the reason the Suns got blown out yesterday.

He's softened his stance a little, knowing the writing's all over the walls from Orlando to LA to Miami to Phoenix.

I wonder if he would've come back to the Lakers if he had a chance.

(not saying that would've been a good thing or sane decision).

Who loses first? Houston (12 game streak) or Lakers (8 game streak)?

Stranger in the Night,
"Please remove Mike T from the roll call and any bandwagons as he is no longer with us.
It is disrespectful to the blog to have scum like Mike T (a man that wished injury on our players to serve his agenda)
on the Championship Bandwagon."

I can understand your feelings Stranger, but Mike T is one
of the blogs Elders and I would not presume to take such
a step. Who knows he may come back and redeem himself. Never say Never.

XODUS,
" I'm gonna have to pass on that one, Mamba24. lol
We'll have a Shaq Day when the Lakers raise the #34 into the farters."

I Hear and understand you X. Just thought I'd throw
it out there>

FK.24 "shaq day? i bet he hates the lakers... do you remember when he was traded to the heat?
"it should be a kobe day!!! yeah! for being passionate about the game and being in the gym honing his
skills every summer... unlike you know who. =)"

Nah, from what I heard when the Lakers played the
Suns, Kobe and Shaq had a nice long conversation
before and after the game. The Feud is Dead
As far as I'm concerned everyday is Kobe day even when he get's kicked out the game. But I hear you.

Put me on the Championship Bandwagon & see you in June, Mamba. Time to dust those flags off and start hanging them off our windows again (when it stops raining!).

Seriously...we've gotta set up a Lakers Blog Game Watching Party ASAP! I can truly say that come playoff time, I'd rather watch the games with my Laker Blog family than at a bar full of no-names.

LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Charles,
"Maybe 4'11""

Yeah, but the guy has an 82" vertical leap.

exhelodrvr,

LMAO. Chuckle of the day.....

Mamba... you da man!!!

Love the morning roll call!!

Speaking of "rolling"... Lakers on a big roll right now!!

GO LAKE SHOW!!!

LIGHTS OUT!!!

Floyd,

Double your welcome!

Respectfully,

Mamba24,

I'm glad you're back. My thoughts go out to you and your family. I'm semi-new to this Lakers blog... I've been reading for a long, long time. But I've just started posting. I would be honored to join your esteemed bandwagon.

Long live the Lakers!

I meant "raise the #34 to the rafters" certainly not the farters. LOL

Watching Lebron and Big Ben play together is quite confusing, you can't tell which one is which, both wearing white headbands, same size body, and they move and walk pretty close. It's like watching Kobe and Laron Profit together.

DaxxMD,
"Hey Laker(Shaq)Lover... give it up"

Daxx where you been? We missed you. As for Shaq,
Come on now Daxx in a few years when the Lakers
put his number in the rafters you will be right there with
me bawling about how much we always loved the Big Lug. LOL!

Mel,
"Who loses first? Houston (12 game streak) or Lakers (8 game streak)?"

Come on Mel do I have to say it? Not the Freakin LA Lakers
baby. Houston will not get out of the 1st round.

FLOYD,
"I do beleive that Pau will be added to the list of true Lakers and probably sooner than later."

I agree Floyd. As to my favorite Laker after Kobe it would have to
be COOP. The man could play some shut down D>

ELLE,
"Good morning guys! our Lakers are on a roll :) "

Good Morning ELLE. Yes they are who would of thunk it
6 months ago.

Tim-4-Show,
"Longevity is a key to basketball greatness & LeBron is a great. Let's see how long he sustains it.
Everyone says he'll "overtake" Kobe at some point, but Kobe has a conceivable 7 years!
(including this current season) Put it this way, MJ won an MVP & championship when he was like 35 years old!"

You're on a roll Brother, I think I'll just sit back and inhale the knowledge.

HE$% NO Mamba, uck shaqfu, he burned his bridge here. Just like he is burning it in Mia. He went to phx to jump on the so call bandwagon to thier title. It aint happening. I will never root for him or the suns, even though I was starting to feel sorry for him in Mia, that is how bad he looked.

Good morning, all! Good morning, Charles.

Larry, thanks for getting me aboard....

Another beautiful day to be a Lakers fan.

New catch phrase:

Los Angeles Lakers: Where Amazing $#!& Happens!

Good morning Charles and the rest of the Laker family!
Good win last night even with Kobe getting ejected.

Mamba24, glad to see the roll call back, as for Shaq day, I will have to respectfully decline until a later date. But I do agree the feud is over.

Roger B., it has been said before, some of Mitch's greatest moves were the ones he DIDN'T make. Glad the JO trade never went through.

loved this quote from Phil
" Jackson also added about Brian Forte, who gave Seattle guard Earl Watson a technical in the first quarter: "He's got a little bit of a red-ass." Forte is in his first full NBA season. "

The NBA- Where "Pinkie? I don't need no STINKING pinkie!" happens

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THE LAKER CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON
* ALL ABOARD! *
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01 RICK FRIEDMAN – Owner and Driver
02 MAMBA24 – Basking in the glow
03 KEIFO – Never had a doubt
04 JEFF – Security Chief
05 XODUS - Head Reporter and part time enforcer
06 utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - Bearer of the Laker Flag and tradition
07 MIKE T. Still a Laker fan

The NBA:

Where "34 Lakers Wins in a Row" Happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesterguru,

Thank you sir....

Hey was Mike T really Kwame's agent or something. Ever since the trade I haven't heard of his grandious ideas. Did he possible choose a new career? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yioJQFrqMXM

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We're at week 6 of Drew's rehabilitation timetable. Let's hope he's able to come back in 2-3 weeks. We're going to need him when we run through a gauntlet in mid-March. We play New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Utah starting March 14 I believe.

An article on the trades that took place this year, in reflection of past trades.

http://tinyurl.com/2pgbc5

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=7585

Good morning Mamba24 - glad you're back in tune with the force - hope all is well - with a request to join the esteemed roll-call! (Long-time reader, short-time blogger here).

Even so - no disrespect - but I got to agree on having Shaq-day when he's retired & his jersey is in the rafters. No fair giving him props while he's playing for the Funs! (Unless of course he's secretly working away at hamstringing their game from the inside - LOL!)

Xodus,

You're spot on. The thing is, the haters said that Kobe was selfish for not getting surgery, when actually surgery=lottery. Then, if he scores a lot, he's ballhogging, but when the defense has to respect his shot and he passes and gets easy looks for others, he's "riding their coat tails". If he has team mates who can catch a ball and make an open shot, his team is "loaded" but if he has Smush, Kwame, Cook, and Luke starting along side him, he's such a horrible player that he cannot lead that team to an NBA final.

Basically they have an excuse for everything.

I just ate some lunch and watched the 3rd Qtr of last night's game once again.

Brian Forte's call of "palming" was horrendous. He didn't even have an angle to make the call, and the ball actually bounced off of Kobe's shin and Kobe recovered. At NO TIME during the sequence did Kobe's hand go under the ball or even to its side, and there was no palming.

Kobe let him have it for that one, even looked at him during the following possession.

Then, Kobe let it go and began to go on a mission offensively like he usually does when he takes his frustrations out on the opponent. Moved the lead from 23 to 31, and then "Jelly" grabbed Kobe's left arm and held him while someone else stripped the rebound. Brian Forte was STANDING RIGHT THERE but did nothing. Kobe did one of his patented arm swings where he swings his arm in frustration.

The next sequence you cannot see (and I did not get the HD broadcast), Kobe was out of the screen but IN THE MIDDLE OF COURT coming downcourt. Brian Forte was right at the scorer's table.

It appears Kobe was looking straight ahead to find and guard his defensive assignment.

The whistle blew for the first technical.

Then Kobe turned his head and was upset and went over to him... said some words, Forte told him to calm down, Fisher pulled him away.

Everything was fine except Kobe, at the free throw line and Forte at mid court, Kobe turned around and looked at him and signaled over his right shoulder (maybe jesterinng towards "Jelly" to say there should have been a called foul)... without Kobe even finishing what he was saying, the second technical was called.

Obviously this was more than when Crawford ejected Duncan... but it's not much better.

I'd like to see a REFEREE suspension of this Forte. Not because I think he handled the technicals poorly, I think Kobe should have gotten one... but because he's a lousy ref and Kobe was just informing him of his poor judgement.

This Brian Forte makes Violet Palmer look like the greatest official we ever saw!

Hey Mamba24, we missed you! I'm on the CHAMPIONSHIP and KOBE MVP bandwagons man. Thanks! Have a good day.

XODUS,
"I meant "raise the #34 to the rafters" certainly not the farters. LOL"

I know Xodus and I apologize, but it was just to good to let pass. LOL!

JesterGuru,
"Larry, thanks for getting me aboard...."

My pleasure, I should have had you on board a long time ago
my apologies.

LakerGirl1980,
"HE$% NO Mamba, uck shaqfu, he burned his bridge here. Just like he is burning it in Mia.
He went to phx to jump on the so call bandwagon to thier title. It aint happening. I will never
root for him or the suns, even though I was starting to feel sorry for him in Mia, that is how bad he looked."
Just tell us how you really feel LakerGirl1980. LOL!

The Outlaw,

" Mamba24, I'm glad you're back. My thoughts go out to you and your family. I'm semi-new to
this Lakers blog... I've been reading for a long, long time. But I've just started posting. I would be honored
to join your esteemed bandwagon."

Thank you Outlaw. As I always say you can't have a good Bandwagon without an Outlaw Welcome Aboard.

KEIFO,
"Speaking of "rolling"... Lakers on a big roll right now!!'

KEIFOOOOO! Now the day is complete. You aint seen nothing
yet! I predict 5,4 ,4 4 For the Playoffs. When even your harshest
critics start singing your praises you have arrived buddy.

NO MVP NO PEACE!

Just a few things Jon K, you cheer for the Clippers (booooooooooooooo)?

LakerKen, I think the Laker girls are much better than the Clipper cheerleaders and here's why, on Saturday night they danced to "Girlfriend" and they cheer for the Clippers which clearly means that they have no self respect. At the end of the day Laker girls are better looking too, well maybe not the chick with the really big blond hair, I've named her "Scary" because her hair scares me.

You also know you've got a bad game going when Coby Karl comes in and the crowd gets up and begins to cheer his name. I really could not figure out what was going on and it took me a few seconds to realize that Karl was in and that the fans were chanting "Coby" not Kobe, it was fantastic!

Mamba24,

First, NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK! We NEED your roll call and all of this success is no fun without some of the original bloggers around.

But the Shaq thing is going great! Agent Shaq has made contact with the enemy and has taken out one of their henchmen. It looks like he planted a GPS device under his scalp. NICE WORK SHAQ! Also, it looks like he is working on bringing the "HEAT to PHEONIX"!

He will have them in rebuilding in NO TIME!!

GOOD JOB AGENT SHAQ.
THE LAKERS BLOG WILL SEND IN THE NEXT ORDERS SHORTLY. UNTIL THEN, SURVEY AND CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT CHEMISTRY THERE. IT SHOULD BE "YOUR TEAM" IN NO TIME. ALSO, DEMAND THAT BALL OFTEN AND LET THEM KNOW WHEN YOU DON'T GET IT.

I EXPECT YOU TO BE CALLING OUT YOUR TEAMMATES POOR EFFORTS BY WEEKS END.

Agent: JANAYA

MAMBA!!!! ALL TOGETHER!!!!

WE ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS THE WINNERS OF 14 NBA TITLES
THE TEAM WITH THE BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE IN NBA HISTORY
THE HOME OF WILT, KAREEM, GEORGE MIKAN, SHAQ, MAGIC, KOBE,
ELGIN BAYLOR, THE LOGO(JERRY WEST), PAT RILEY, JAMES WORTHY,
COACHED BY THE 9 TIME TITLE WINNER PHIL (9RINGS) JACKSON
AND NO ONE WILL EVER DIVIDE OR CONQUER US

01 RICK FRIEDMAN – Owner and Driver
02 MAMBA24 – Basking in the glow
03 KEIFO – Never had a doubt
04 JEFF – Security Chief
05 XODUS - Head Reporter and part time enforcer
06 utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - Bearer of the Laker Flag
07 THE OUTLAW - He's reformed
08 MIKE T. Riding Shotgun

Wattup Lakers Legacy!!!! Don't forget to hit the cat with the tickets for the next game bro....

Have a good one man.

I should ask do we know when playoff tickets go on sale? And where can I buy a Sasha jersey? I can't seem to find one online?

Floyd,

My favorite Laker of all-time is definitely Magic Johnson. If I could post a picture of my room when I was a kid, you'd see posters EVERY where. I literally covered every square inch of my room with posters. Half of them (which was a lot) were Lakers posters... loads of Magic ones, a Cooper one, two James Worthy ones (were actually my fav posters because I won them on a bet during the back-to-back year)... the only other guy that had almost as many posters on my wall of fame was MJ. 2 full walls + half the ceiling was comprised of Lakers posters, most all of them of Magic. I have saved most of those posters and if my wife lets me, I will soon hang them up in our garage (but she's already told me no... I'm just holding out hope).

Having answered Magic Johnson... I must confess that since the very first time I watched Kobe play in a live game (1996, his first game at the Portland Rose Garden), he has been my favorite Laker. I watched him during the shoot around and "saw" that killer instinct. Some things you can see in a person when they're just being themself and they don't know anyone is really looking. The guy wasn't even getting PT, he was like Critter sitting on the bench. I've been cheering for him the most of any Laker ever since that night.

He's not perfect, but when it's over, it's conceivable that I will change my mind from Magic to Kobe.... but we'll see.

Best Laker to watch: Magic
Favorite Laker to emulate (back in HS when I could really play): Byron Scott draining threes (with apologies to #4, I wore it too....)

I, for one, am totally on for Shaq Day. Especially since he's single-handadly killing the team that I have grown to hate more than any other but the Spurs. Oh wonderous implosion of the Suns!

Charles: I should thank you for gettying things started in a positive fashion every day. I can't honestly believe there are still trolls and haters on this board right now. Here's to those who counteract them with Brick-like Laker Love!

(Up in Portland, I must rely on this board for my Laker Love fix. Can't wait to go see the team on Friday. I'll be holding down the fort for the blog in the Rose Garden.)

Checking on LO's shooting in the Gasol era, he's at 63%... and so is Gasol. Of course, Bynum was leading the league at 62% when he went out. So we seem to have the makings of an entire front line shooting over 60%. Talk about a nightmare for opponents!

40yearfan

JUSTANOTHER MAMBAFAN I had intended to put you in the Roll Call
this morning but it slipped my mind. My Bad. I apologize sir you will
be there tomorrow.

Yeah sure as Bugs Bunny would say mamba shamba...Shaq Wack ...hehehehe..
Go Lakers!

Tim,

Is Violet so bad? I always thought she was halfway decent. Now, Steve Javie on the other hand....

LAKERS LEGACY,
"as for Shaq day, I will have to respectfully decline until a later date. But I do agree the feud is over"

I can understand your feelings and fully respect them.
Also thanks for the kind words.

Xodus & AK,

Im almost convinced trading for Shaq was a bad idea..We all knew it was a gamble and their window is small.

I won't be totally convinced until the playoffs are over. History is not on the Suns side. I think it takes more than a couple months to get used to Shaq on your team which I think will be their downfall this year. Next year will be their last chance..

I am very suprised that Phoenix is 5-5 in their last 10 games..They haven't done that in a long time.

The question is, is it Shaq's play? Or the fact Phoenix is not used to playing with Shaq?


When we go for nine, how do we match up? I know our record is overall better than Portland's, but how is the season series? Do they present any special dangers, opportunities, or challenges? I'm especially curious what you all think because we're playing them twice in such a short time.


Mamba and the rest of Laker Nation...

How is everyoe doing???

How about them Lakers huh???

i live in Vegas and was so irritated last night... FSNNW was working all day... Then when the game came on it freakin went out til the game was over n came back on??

Well anyways... Jus wanted to share my pain...

LoL...

*------------------------------------------------------------------*
THE LAKER CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON
* ALL ABOARD! *
*------------------------------------------------------------------*
01 RICK FRIEDMAN – Owner and Driver
02 MAMBA24 – Basking in the glow
03 KEIFO – Never had a doubt
04 JEFF – Security Chief
05 XODUS - Head Reporter and part time enforcer
06 utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - Bearer of the Laker Flag
07 THE OUTLAW - He's reformed
08 KOBESBAD – And that’s good.
09 MIKE T.

Floyd - Favorite Lakers of all time? Seeing as I'm only 23, I don't have much memory to go off of here. I remember Magic way back when I was 6 or 7 but never felt attached because I was too young. I loved Eddie Jones and wish he could have been a Laker for life. But I loved the mainstays from the 3Peat team... Fox, Horry, Shaw, Fish, Kobe, Shaq. Those were my guys. I loved watching Fox torture Stojokovic. ShawShaq Redemption was classic and Shaw always hit huge shots for us. Big Shot Rob. Mr .4 who shot 75% on 3s against the Spurs in the 2001 Playoffs - now the veteran leader on an up-and-coming club. And of course, Kobe and Shaq. Guys like Glen Rice, Horace Grant, Malone, Payton - their one or two years of service don't make them Lakers.

We should have a list of guys who were Lakers but should be blackballed from all Laker lists. I'll start with Cedric Ceballos, Kwame Brown, Elden Campbell and Smush Parker.

Put me on the championship bandwagon.

Welcome back Mamba,

The Lakers have 8 more statement games this season (in CAPS)

Figure going 5-3 in these games plus 2 other losses

MY PREDICTION......... LAKERS WIN 60 GAMES

Tue, Feb 26 Portland
Thu, Feb 28 Miami
Fri, Feb 29 @ Portland
Sun, Mar 02 DALLAS
Tue, Mar 04 @ Sacramento
Fri, Mar 07 L.A. Clippers
Sun, Mar 09 Sacramento
Tue, Mar 11 Toronto
Fri, Mar 14 @ NEW ORLEANS
Sun, Mar 16 @ HOUSTON
Tue, Mar 18 @ DALLAS
Thu, Mar 20 @ UTAH
Fri, Mar 21 Seattle
Sun, Mar 23 Golden State
Mon, Mar 24 @ Golden State
Wed, Mar 26 Charlotte
Fri, Mar 28 Memphis
Sun, Mar 30 Washington
Wed, Apr 02 Portland
Fri, Apr 04 DALLAS
Sun, Apr 06 @ Sacramento
Tue, Apr 08 @ Portland
Thu, Apr 10 @ L.A. Clippers
Fri, Apr 11 NEW ORLEANS
Sun, Apr 13 SAN ANTONIO
Tue, Apr 15 Sacramento L.A. Lakers

I hear snakes on the blog – welcome back Mamba, may your mom be watching over you always.

Of concern to me is the SA Spurs – no one is talking about them – which is the way they like it. Under the radar and under appreciated, gives them motivation. Look at their record the last 10. Anything stand out? Yeah they have the same 9-1 record as us. To be the champ you have to knock out the champ. The Suns, Mavs, Rockets etc are secondary in my mind.

34 wins in a row? I’ll believe it when we get to 33.

Johnny P:

Don't worry about the Blazers. Been following them all year, being in PDX. Without Roy they have a less than zero shot of beating this Lakers team. I'd bet the house.

If Roy is back by Friday it could be competitive but it's not looking like that'll happen.

When I first saw Kobe get ejected, I thought maybe he was overreacting, but watching the game on Tivo, I revised my thinking. With hurt ribs to add to his hurt finger, Kobe probably was not in the mood for him and his teammates being on the receiving end of continued beating under the boards. He may have just been reacting to frustration felt by upper echelon teams when an obviously inferior opponent endangers their title chances by playing in ways that can hurt key players. Or I could be wrong.

Floyd,

My favorite Laker will always and forever be Magic... he was the first player I ever paid attention too. Worthy was definitely a running mate for the ages, though.

mamba24,

Welcome back to you and your roll call.

Tim-4-Show and Xodus,

Kobe's going to get his MVP this year. I didn't think it was possible, but the excuse barrel may finally be empty.

1st place in the stacked Western Conference. Great day to be a Laker fan.

Have a good one. Go Lakers!

Happydaze

Jesterguru,

I personally don't think she's that bad, but A LOT of people think she's horrible. I've seen her miss blantant calls right in front of her the way Forte did last night, but other than that, never really notice much of her.

That's a good thing. The minute you know who's refereeing a game and wondering what that person's name is, there's probably something wrong.

Obviously, Dick Bavetta would be the exception... he's a class act and most everyone recognizes him when he's out there.

I used to despise Ronnie Garrison, but he's improved a lot since his earlier years. I'm hoping this Brian Forte guy improves too.

While I share in the euphoria permeating this blog, I fear that the Lakers are not quite there yet. Don't jump on my case till you read what my concerns are. They are two:

1) The Laker defense still shows vulnerability. Other teams still get too many of their own rebounds. Easy second chance points for the opponent can spell doom on a night the Laker offense is sputtering. A defensive minded team like Detroit can still be a challenge.

2) With VladRad (possibly 2 weeks), Bynum, Ariaza, and Mihm all sidelined, it could get ugly if anyone else goes down. The Lakers still have a 15th roster slot open, I believe. A playoff experienced insurance player is worth the small investment.

I'm always of the belief one should never rest on their laurels until their are laurels to rest on. I'd rather be optimistic than pessimistic any day, but it's never to soon to make sure all the loose ends are wrapped up in a bow. I'm chomping at the bit for a Championship parade. The players, coaches, and front office still have some work to do. GO LAKERS!

Kobeapologists- Lasts nights ejection showed once again that Kobe acts immature when things dont go his way and is not a great leader. Great leaders are great in good times and bad especially bad times. Maybe it was a bad call but the game was not close and it wasnt even a playoff game.

During one of the Heat broadcasts, Hubie Brown pointed out that Wade and Marion were out at half time encouarging their teammaters. When the team is so crappy it would be easy to give up but that showed alot of leadership.

Wait until things get really tough in the playoffs.

Mamba24,

Welcome back man. Please put me on the championship bandwagon. And after we win it all this year, please put me on the list every year for the next five years. Thanks.

JohnnyP,

Without Brandon Roy, they don't stand a chance (not unless we beat ourselves).

He hurt himself yesterday during the game, they were beating the Celts and then lost due to Roy's absence.

We should be able to take care of both games... but they are athletic and dangerous.

TSIRY Any day hearing from you is a good day Thanks.

Agent: JANAYA LOL keep it comming my friend

40Year Fan
"I, for one, am totally on for Shaq Day. Especially since he's single-handadly killing the team that
I have grown to hate more than any other but the Spurs. "

You said it all. 40yearfan

CDUB0512,
"Mamba and the rest of Laker Nation...How is everyoNe doing??? "
Hey Cdub good to see your post again. We're on a roll now and
need all bloggers on board.

It's always nice to see Mamba24 with the roll call.

Now if we can only get Gen_O back to tell us if indeed Kidd has turned zombie. Was it Kidd, or Shaq we were asking before.

As for the game. This one I'm going to have to agree with the Ks was easy lol. Easy win, just the way we like it. Now I understand that we kind of lost our way when Kobe was ejected, but still the game was nowhere near in reach, so why put back Pau? Well PJ knows what he's doing, so I bow to him.

Meanwhile, our defense is slowly but steadily improving. A different game with Wilcox of course because he's a pretty good shot blocker, and paint rebounder (I think we won the game), and offensive dunker. But most of the shots they shot were challenged, and in some instances I actually saw rotation on a team defense (way to go Sasha lol). We held KD as low as you can, considering he's got free reign to shoot. Incidentally the minute Kobe got off the floor, he got hot. So we have to learn to keep players down even without Kobe, or for that matter Trevor. Still valiant effort on the defensive end; held another opponent under 100. Always good in my book.

Go Lakers!

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THE LAKER CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON
* ALL ABOARD! *
*------------------------------------------------------------------*
01 RICK FRIEDMAN – Owner and Driver
02 MAMBA24 – Basking in the glow
03 KEIFO – Never had a doubt
04 JEFF – Security Chief
05 XODUS - Head Reporter and part time enforcer
06 utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - Bearer of the Laker Flag
07 THE OUTLAW - He's reformed
08 KOBESBAD – And that’s good.
09 WHITEMAMBA24 - Route Director
10 TSIRY – Passing out the championship hats

Thanks, Mamba24! Now if I could just get on the "Kobe for MVP" and "Lakers Championship" bandwagons, my life would be complete - LOL!

Jesterguru - I'm with you on Javie - every time I see that dude I think to myself "Great - how's he going to make this game all about him??!!" Although I do think he's not as bad as he was - maybe he's growing a conscience or maybe just an appreciation for the greatness that is Kobe. Also agree on Violet - she's good - hangs tuff with the big boys.

Rick Friedman,

I don't think you're out of line. Having Vlad out really bites, mostly because we're beginning to run thin.

The defense should improve over the next two months. I think PJ knows this and is in the players' ear.

"Luke Walton took his (Vlads) place in the starting lineup and had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Seattle."

I have to say, I wasn't expecting that kind of game from Luke. Nice to see him throw one of his patented well-rounded games out there.

The Captain gave the Lakers Blog a big shout out over on his blog! Kareem is a true Laker!

Thanks Tim-4-show. I'm the tepid sort that looks game to game, rather than championship to championship.

That said, what do you make of HMrHed's worry about the Spurs. We beat them when Duncan was out, right? I guess all is speculation. Personally, I think and hope we will overwhelm when Bynum comes back.

Rick Friedman, won't Ariza help our defense? How have we done earlier in the season against Detroit? It is worrying that they beat the Suns by so much more than we did. But it is nice to argue via "who beat the Suns up more."

Wherever Lebron James chooses to play big city or not, he will have to go thru BYNUM, GASOL and KOBE! In five years time, BYNUM 25, Gasol 31, Kobe 34. It is safe to say Lebron won't win a NBA Championship for the next five years. Big man dominates this game! Lakers got two and a kobe..

YOUEVERNOTICE, :” Welcome back Mamba, The Lakers have 8 more statement games this season
Figure going 5-3 in these games plus 2 other losses “

Thanks, You know I Noticed that you are hardly ever wrong so I think I’ll agree with you. LOL!

HmrHed: “I hear snakes on the blog – welcome back Mamba, may your mom be watching over you
always. 34 wins in a row? I’ll believe it when we get to 33.”

Thank you HmrHed, as for 34 wins. If anybody can do it it’s 9Rings and Kobe and I would predict
If the Lakers…. Excuse me, when trhe Lakers when the Title this year they will be shooting for
Either 34 wins in a row or 73 wins next year

HappyDaze: “mamba24, Welcome back to you and your roll call”

Thank you and these days surely do take after your name.

RICK FRIEDMAN: “While I share in the euphoria permeating this blog, I fear that the Lakers
are not quite there yet. I'd rather be optimistic than pessimistic any day, but it's never to soon
to make sure all the loose ends are wrapped up in a bow. I'm chomping at the bit for a Championship parade. T
he players, coaches, and front office still have some work to do. GO LAKERS! “

Rick I think your sober observations are right on time sir. But excuse us if we enjoy
This for a little bit then as you say back to work.

LAKERTRUTH: “Please put me on the championship bandwagon. And after we
win it all this year, please put me on the list every year for the next five years. Thanks.”

NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Right on LakerTruth and Thanks for the kind words.

*------------------------------------------------------------------*
THE LAKER CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON
* ALL ABOARD! *
*------------------------------------------------------------------*
01 RICK FRIEDMAN – Owner and Driver
02 MAMBA24 – Basking in the glow
03 KEIFO – Never had a doubt
04 JEFF – Security Chief
05 XODUS - Head Reporter and part time enforcer
06 utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - Bearer of the Laker Flag
07 THE OUTLAW - He's reformed
08 KOBESBAD – And that’s good.
09 WHITEMAMBA24 - Route Director
10 TSIRY – Passing out the championship hats
11 AB – Crowd control director
12 LAKERTRUTH - Judge, Jury and Executioner
13 HAPPYDAZE - Director of Morale

Xodus<

"We'll have a Shaq Day when the Lakers raise the #34 into the farters"

The "farters" is that you way of saying sahq is playing like sh!t right now.....lol

I know you meant rafters but I coudn't resist that one

Please don't put me on the championship bandwagon.

Because I'm already on the BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK LAKERS CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON!!!!!

I think there are currently two other member heres, but they look like freaking lunatics to me.

Nameless Blogger,

"Lasts nights ejection showed once again that Kobe acts immature when things dont go his way and is not a great leader."

How is that? Kobe was getting fouled and he wasn't getting the calls. If you were watching the game, #24 was being intense and ensuring there wasn't a lull with the intensity of his team.

Kobe also called out that Jr. referee when he called Kobe for a foul which the ref clearly didn't have the view. He was asking the ref "where did you see me hit him?" The ref replied "at the arms!" And Kobe replied "No, I got him at the stomach and the ribs ." Kobe's point was how can you make a call with an obstructed view?

"Great leaders are great in good times and bad especially bad times."

Which is contradictory to this statement. "Wade and Marion were out at half time encouarging their teammaters. When the team is so crappy it would be easy to give up but that showed alot of leadership."

I hope you realize and re-read "Great leaders are great in good times and bad especially bad times." Unless that is a typo. But from what you typed, you are insinuating that Great Leaders are bad, especially during bad times?

I believe YOU should wait until things get really tough in the playoffs. Considering you don't have a team affiliation on this blog, it would be wise to show up your point with a blog name and team that you root for.

MAMBA24-

Thanks for your amazing enthusiasm! Please add me to the CHAMPIONSHIP BANDWAGON!!!

And if you are starting a "KOBE FOR MVP BANDWAGON," I'd love to be on that one too!

Mamba24, I would like a seat on the bandwagon as well!!

Charles, will do man, hopefully it will be against a good team.

Johnny P, I agree with Jester & Tim-4-show about Roy and the Blazers. He's definitely their leader and prob the most mature of the young guys they have over there.

60 wins for the 60th anniversary!!!

Mamba24,

You should rename the Lakers Championship Bandwagon to the Lakers 2008 Championship Bandwagon. Got to differentiate #15 from the other 14 titles.

Also, you should put perennial GHE star Andrew Z at the top of the list since he was the first to say if we beat the Suns we will win the championship this year.

I also suggested earlier that when you create the bandwagon, you should just put all of the Laker fans in the roll call in it to start. Let the few naysayers ask to be removed. Otherwise, you will spend all of your time adding people. LOL.

Tom

JohnnyP,

I think the Spurs pose a legitimate threat. BG (Before Gasol) I thought we had about a 30 to 40% chance of beating them in a 7 game series. AG, we probably shifted that up to about an 80% chance. But now that they've traded for Kurt Thomas and will likely become hypocrites by signing Barry, I think our percentage drops.

I can't say how far our odds drop because I don't know how strong Bynum will be when he comes back. If he comes back at FULL strength, I think maybe we're 75% favorites, but if he's around eighty percent back (more likely) then we're probably around 55-60% favorites. In other words, very close to 50-50.

I don't know what to make of Houston or Utah though. Both of them are dangerous threats. I think realistically, we have 3 strong threats to us making the finals. Depending on how it all shakes out, it's possible we may have to face all 3 of them in the playoffs before seeing the Celts or Pistons.

There will always be haters...

"Kobe is selfish!" "Luke can't play!" "Trade Lamar!"

...and they always go away when you keep your head up, your concentration strong and lift your performance to championship level!!

GO LAKERS!!!
KOBE FOR MVP!!!

Mamba

Yeah... i don't have too much time to post.. But I read every post when I get a chance...

Glad to have u back BTW... Hope everything is well... I too lost my Grandfather the day after Christmas... But stay strong... N we're all here for ya... N the whole Laker Nation's got everyone's back on this blog...

It's nice to see how everything is now wothout all the negativity from people like KL, Gunner, Taos is still around but oh well... We got love for u as well...

BTW... It was pretty manly of Mike to admit he was impressed by Kobe after the PHX game... Nice...

 
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