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Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy

NOTE: Click below for the postgame comments from the podium for Kobe Bryant.

Of all the comments Kobe Bryant made before the media after the Lakers became NBA champions for 2009, from his praise of Phil Jackson and his teammates to his plans for the summer, the ones most likely to get the greatest play Monday morning in the media refer to the removal Shaquille O'Neal's 325 (give or... give) pounds from his back.  As of 4:46 am on the east coast, I've already seen them looped at least five or six times. This is how we roll. After all, Kobe's been carrying around the "can't win without Shaq" tag since the duo broke up. 

No more.  It's an end to what Kobe referred to as "Chinese water torture," and none too soon. 


This is one area in which I think Kobe has always been spot on.  He couldn't have won without Shaq, Shaq couldn't have won without him, and neither were winning without the other dudes who filled in the roster.  Yes, Shaq snagged another Larry O without Kobe... but he also had that D-Wade fella running with him.  I'm pretty sure that guy pitched in.  This year, Kobe didn't win alone, but with a very solid supporting cast full of guys who stepped up big in the playoffs.  Why?  Because no superstar wins by himself.  Ever.

Just like coaches who win titles do so with great players.  There's no other way to get it done.

There's meaning to Kobe finally getting a Shaq-free title, but it has nothing to do with any dependence 24 had on him.  Instead, it's clear both Bryant's personality and game allow for him to produce and succeed on both an individual level and within the context of the group (as it's been for a few seasons for those paying attention).  It adds depth to his career, and bumps him that much higher on the scale towards the M.J. gold standard.  The scowls may cut into his likeability factor (at least among media), but clearly don't constitute an obstacle to the NBA's big prize.  It doesn't matter if I, or anyone else, wants to give him a hug or road trip with him to Big Sur.

Bottom line, nobody can argue that a Kobe Bryant-led team can't get a ring.  I don't blame him for being pleased to have settled the question.

On to the transcript.

BK

KOBE BRYANT

Q. As you well know, Phil Jackson now, 10 championships, most in history.  What is it that makes him such a great coach in your opinion?

    KOBE BRYANT:  I think it's his ability to bring people together.  That's the biggest thing that he does so well is he continues to coach the group, continues to coach unity and chemistry and togetherness, and that's the biggest thing, because when you're together, you can with stand adversity.  If you're not, you can easily break apart and become a team of individuals.  That's his biggest characteristic of what he does well.

    Q.  Can you talk about the impact that Pau has had on this team in the 17 months he's been with you guys?
    KOBE BRYANT:  Pau is    I think the thing that helped us get to this level was the improvements that he made defensively.  He did a terrific job defensively for us all year, and particularly in this series.  Offensively his capabilities are limitless.  He's a dominant post up player, extremely versatile, makes great decisions, and obviously when we got him last year, that really took us to that next step.

    Q.  How is this different from your previous three rings?

    KOBE BRYANT:  Well, I just don't have to hear that criticism, that idiotic criticism anymore.  That's the biggest thing.  I don't have to hear that stuff anymore.  For us with the collection of guys that are so young and having gone through what we went through last year and having the goal in mind of trying to get back to this point, and to have the attitude of we're going to become a better defensive team, better rebounding team, and then to actually do it and to see it all happen, it feels like I'm dreaming right now.  I can't believe this moment is here.

    Q.  You hit that three, put you up 83 67, they called time out, you went to the bench and paused.  Was that the moment it hit you it was within your grasp?
    KOBE BRYANT:  Yeah, that was the shot that I was measuring the whole time.  I knew I had to knock it down because they were starting to surge.  I could feel it.  It was a 13 point game and I could feel a surge coming.  That shot, I knew if I was able to knock it down it would deflate them a little bit and buy us another minute, and that's why I did that.

    Q.  What did it feel like when you finally realized the moment was at hand?

    KOBE BRYANT:  It felt like a big old monkey was off my back.  It felt so good to be able to have this moment.  We tried not to envision it too much, you know what I mean, because you just get too excited.  You try not to think about it, just think about playing the game, and for this moment to be here and to reflect back on the season and everything that you've been through, it's top of the list, man.

    Q.  Dwight is back there pretty disappointed.  What do you think are his chances of getting back here and winning it?  And also, what do you know about how hard that's going to be?
    KOBE BRYANT:  It's tough to get back.  They're going to have a bull's eye on their back, obviously.  This is a good experience for them.  They have a very tough team, extremely well coached, and I have no doubt they'll be contending again.

    Q.  And Dwight specifically, what did you think of how he played?
    KOBE BRYANT:  What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?  Those are just ridiculous numbers.
    He's just a phenomenal player.

    Q.  One of the things that got said after Shaquille left was that you guys left championships on the table, and I think both of you said that you had regrets about it.  What do you see ahead for this team?
    KOBE BRYANT:  Just vacation (smiling).  Cabo.  Yeah, stuff like that.  When next season comes around, we'll go from there.  We'll be ready to work again, that's for sure.

    Q.  When Phil was in, he said when he came back, he wasn't anticipating winning a championship.  Did he ever say that to you?

    KOBE BRYANT:  No (laughing).  What are you, crazy?
    Phil, he always stays in the moment, so the fact that he does that doesn't surprise me because he only coaches the moment.  Whatever comes out of that comes out of that, but he continued to push us, continued to challenge us, and here we are.

    Q.  The criticism about you having not won a championship without Shaq, did you ever look at it like Magic and Worthy in the '80s, that nobody ever helped those guys, that they played with great talent?  Was that kind of a source of frustration for you?
    KOBE BRYANT:  Yeah, it was just silly.  Every team has a dynamic duo.  I think it's a shame.  But it is what it is.  I wasn't going to try to argue about it.  I mean, that does nothing.  So you just accept the challenge and try to prove them wrong.

    Q.  In the second quarter last year in Boston where no one gets anything going, tonight in the second quarter everyone has it going.  What does it feel like for you out there and you saw that Trevor was hitting his shot tonight and Lamar was getting to the basket?

    KOBE BRYANT:  Actually I've become more aware, conscious of what we're doing defensively at that point, because once we get everything going offensively, you can easily start thinking you can score anytime you want to.  That's something I kept harping on through that stretch is to stay in tune with their runners, stay in tune with their shooters, with their scorers, get back on defense and keep pressuring them defensively.  You start scoring, you think you can score and score and score and score and your defense slips, and this team, they'll bust you if you do that.  I just tried to stay the course with the guys.

    Q.  A couple years ago you weren't satisfied with your help at all.  When did you become convinced that this was a team you could win with?

    KOBE BRYANT:  Got a new point guard, got a new wing, got a Spaniard, and then it was all good.  It was all good.  I had a bunch of Christmas presents that came early.

    Q.  This probably is an unfair question because you're in the moment, because do you think that you're going to walk out of this room or next week or the week after that and see yourself any different, or people see you different?

    KOBE BRYANT:  Well, they won't see us as losers.  LA is brutal, man.  Now when I go to Disney World and Disneyland, I can enjoy the moment.  I don't have to answer questions about what the hell happened to you guys?  You know what I mean?  From that standpoint, the summer is much more enjoyable.

    Q.  Can I ask you for your perspective on Phil?  His first title came against the Lakers 4 1.  His 10th came as part of the Lakers 4 1.  Did you put some dimensional aspects into what this accomplishment means, not only for the team and the organization, but how Phil might be actually thinking?  We were talking about him earlier.  Of course he's not that open with his feelings  

    KOBE BRYANT:  He's very excited about it, absolutely.  Extremely excited about it.  You can tell.  You can see it in his eyes how ecstatic he is.
    It's been a long time since he had a champagne bath, and I knew that, so I made sure he became part of our circle and we got him pretty good.  He took his glasses off, threw his head back and soaked it all in because this is a special time, and for us to be the team that got him that historic 10th championship is special for us.

    Q.  Focus was a word he used to describe you often in these playoffs.  Was there a difference between your focus this year and last year?  And if so, why the difference?

    KOBE BRYANT:  Well, I was just locked in, just completely locked in.  I think it's a matter of understanding the moment.  It's also understanding your team and the lead that they have to follow.  That's what I tried to do.  I was grumpy for a while, and now I'm just ecstatic, like a kid in a candy store.

    Q.  I know you danced around the Shaq question.  There have been teams in history that break up, Martin and Lewis broke up.  They wondered could each of them succeed on their own, and they did.  Could you focus on the fact that this was a great duo, it did break up, now you've succeeded on your own.  Not to knock Shaquille, but what does it mean to do it without him and do it on your own with your teammates?
    KOBE BRYANT:  From the standpoint of responding to the challenge, from people saying I couldn't do it without him, that feels good, because you prove people wrong.  So from that standpoint it feels extremely good to do that.
    On another note, I think people can look at the special teams that we had together.  We're great as individuals, but then you look at these two teams    it's probably the first dynamic duo that had two alpha males on one team.  We managed to make it work for three championships.  For me it's about the years that we had but also enjoying the ones to come.

    Q.  Did it bother you year after year, the cliché, can he win it without Shaquille?
    KOBE BRYANT:  It was annoying.  It was like Chinese water torture, just keep dropping a drop of water on your temple.  It was just annoying.  I would cringe every time.  I was just like, it's a challenge I'm just going to have to accept because there's no way I'm going to argue it.  You can say it until you're blue in the face and rationalize it until you're blue in the face, but it's not going anywhere until you do something about it.  I think we as a team answered the call because they understood the challenge that I had, and we all embraced it.

 
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CONGRATS LAKERS! CONGRATS KOBE! CONGRATS PHIL!

Good morning,

Finally. All the questions answered. About what this team is made of. About Kobe. About Pau. About Lamar. Is it even possible to be happier than I am for these worthy warriors?

Finally. All the proof that could ever be needed that the haters should shut up. (Not that they will. They're stupid.)

Finally. Phil Jackson's elusive 10th ring is no longer elusive.

I'm happy, too, for D-Fish. I'm among those who worried that his best days were behind him. The five games of this series were his best days ever. He's got more to come. The guy is class. The guy is a leader. The guy is a rock. D-Fish deserves a place in the Lakers organization for the rest of his life.

We also saw something else in these NBA Finals. The emergence of a star of tomorrow. Yes, I'm talking about Trevor Ariza. Mitch and Phil spotted him first. We saw the glimmer of what's to come all season long. But what a game changer this young man has become.

Kobe let it all hang out after the game, and he was entitled to. The pain and suffering he endured from those who questioned his greatness, his ability to take a team to the promised land without Shaq, the barbs of failing to take the prize last year in Boston clearly caused him no end of anguish. Finally, Redemption.

And kudos all around to this amazing blog family, starting with the K family. The love expressed so well by Phred and others in previous posts is shared here. Though I know you only by your blog handles, you have become family with me. We've been through this and previous seasons together through thick and thin. After all the ups and downs, we celebrate together as true Laker fans.

This blog has also become a game changer for sports journalism. Not just because it's interactive, although that's a huge part of it. There's been more knowledge, insight, and wisdom posted here throughout the season and post-season than in all the columns written by Heisler, Plaschke, Simers, Wilbon, Adande, Simmons and the rest of their ilk combined.

Let me not ignore the Buss family. 15 championships for a single franchise, a single ownership family is an amazing achievement. Were it not for Dr. Buss' willingness to pay the luxury tax, season after season, the Lakers would just be another franchise among many. The Buss family has given all of LA something to be proud of, a team for all of us to rally around. Simply put, it's special.

On Sunday, I proudly wore my #24 everywhere I went. I broke out into a smile every time a car passed me sporting a Lakers flag from the window. I kicked everybody out of the house so I could fully concentrate on the game (and post-game). I popped the cork on champagne. I woke up early this morning in a drug-like ecstasy. As adverse as I am to crowds, I'm committed to the pilgrimage to Figueroa on Wednesday. Being a Lakers fan is the greatest thing in the world.

A happy post nascent championship Kobe seems like a great guy to be around. Such a trippy change.

I think we're going to see a lot more smiles for the rest of his career. And it's going to improve his play.

I really think the best is yet to come.

Dear Kobe,

You are right. Actions speak louder than words. Those who doubted you could win without Shaq are officially silenced. Glad the monkey is off your back.

Enjoy Disneyland,

Lakers Fans

Amusing Tweet found on Twitter: djej1 Sun Yue has more championship rings than Yao Ming. #nba #lakers #rockets

TO THEIR JOURNEY

We all know their personal stories.
May this championship bring comfort and joy.

Thank you for letting us be a part of it.


You Ever Notice

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

Mission Accomplished: 2008-2009 NBA Champions!

Congratulations to Finals MVP KB24, Phil Jackson, and the rest of the Lakers players and staff. This includes the front office braintrust and personnel behind the scenes.

It was one heck of a ride all season long in the face of last year's disappointment vs the Celtics. How sweet it is a year later. Sweet indeed!

Looking forward to doing it again next season (Hint! Lakers, resign both Ariza and Odom no matter what).

It's been a pleasure being a part of the Lakers blog with you for the last couple of years through thick and thin. October can't arrive soon enough.

Long live the Lakers fan "roll call!"

I'm proud to say that I've always been a loyal fan of the one and only "Los Angeles Lakers."

Until next time, god bless all of you and have a nice summer.

Peace out!

**** THE NEW LAKER ANTHEM ***
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ALL TOGETHER NOW
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We’re the Freaking LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 4 Laker Dynasties, but who’s keeping score
That’s 3 better than any team has ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, yeah that’s true
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve got two.
We got the current and Finals MVP in Kobe Bryant
The list of Laker greats starts with the great George Mikan
We Claim Shaq, Magic, Wilt, Elgin & Kareem
Worthty, Goodrich & Big shot Horry, we take only the cream
We Claim a Glove, A Mailman, A Logo, and a Beast
We’re coached by a 10 time Title Winner who learned Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest and Best Owner in Dr. Jerry Buss
And The only one that can beat the Freakin La Lakers is us
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
WE’RE THE FREAKING WORLD CHAMPION LAKERS WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!!
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LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER

** THE FINAL SEASON ROLL CALL IN 3 HOURS **
*** BE THERE IT'S GONNA BE A BURNER!!!!!!!

The best part: next season, during introductions, when the public address announcer calls out "your world champion Los Angeles Lakers..."

OH LORD!!!! I'M SO HAPPY,

Congratulations Laker 09 Champs... Kobe I remember you saying Back to Back to Back..7 yrs ago...Please make that possible...

Congratulations to all of Lakerdom!

Kobe, Pau, Trevor, Derek, Drew, Lamar, Jordan, Shannon, Luke, et al...Way to get it done and enter into Laker immortality!

Phil, Brian, Kurt, Frank, Jim, and Tex...Way to motiviate and guide these young guys to the top!

Mitch and the Buss family...Waytostay the course and make the hard, but right, decisions!

Orlando Magic...Way to trade us Trevor Ariza! We know that deep down you're all really Laker fans.

Fellow bloggers...Way to vent, hear others vent, and stick together to the glorious end!

AK, BK...Way to run the best blog in sports! You guys are the Kobe Bryants of blog hosts...you consistently go above and beyond and we tend to take you for granted. You're the best!

I can't blog anymore today but I wanted to put in my 2 cents and celebrate with you guys! Amazing really did happen!

I'm not saying that Lebron isn't any good, but how many championships does he have again? Why all the hype when the best player in the league is still in his prime with the best team and franchise? Just curious...

So how long before we here the Jason Kidd for the minimum to the Lakers...I think its already started...Heisler just wrote about it....Give me a break,its been a long season....I need to enjoy this before thinking about players without a ring wanting to jump on the bandwagon....

I expect Morrison to out play Sasha through camp...Sasha deadline fodder?.

I live in Ohio now. I have been here since 92. I have always been a die hard Laker fan. Since the days of Magic and the Captain "Kareem". I'm also a die hard Kobe fan. I love what he represents. I have made many terrible mistakes in my life. Just as the ones he has. And for his family to stick together through all the scrutiny says a lot about a true family. In it til the end! And for him to be able to bounce back & continue to pursue his goals, motivates me. Kobe is a huge self-motivator.

Kobe represents for me what I stand for. "You can hate me. But you're going to hate me because I'm great!"

I seriously doubt that Kobe will read this. But if he does, Kode there are few that will have your back, but those few you cherish. You did it bro. God Bless...

Thank you for inspiring me.

TH

GOD I hate kobe....

Hope Garnett comes back next season healthier and stronger.....

have your last laughs Laker fans....

peace Im out ....till next playoff season

We opened the decade with a championship and we are closing it with one. Let's open the next decade with another.

Go Lakers!

Thank You Lakers for an unbelievable CHAMPIONSHIP season!

Looking forward to 09/10 season.

Notice how Kobe's interview, both here and with Inside the NBA, that he kept talking about the TEAM winning this.

Will the haters listen, or will they continue being blind & deaf on the matter?

Okay enough with the Kobe & Shaq questions, media guys! Kobe won without Shaq, the issue is OVER.

How about "Can Kobe win it without Rick Adelman?" So far, even when they make the Finals, no defeating Adelman, no Ring. He's like Kobe's lucky charm!

HEY MOMATOBBIE BEN PORSHA BUDDY I KNEW THE LAKERS WERE COMING HOME WITH THE GOLD,SO YA'LL TAKE MOMA OUT TO PARTY SHE IS ONLY 82 AND SHE STILL PARTYS AND STILL HAS A PEP IN ALL HER STEPS

From AK on the previous thread:
"In the meantime, the Lakers were an athletic metronome. Steady. Never too high. Never too low. Never too desperate to "make something happen." Just working a plan."

That calmness comes from Jackson.

This is something reporters created to manufacture a stigma for Kobe. No one ever demanded that Bird needed to win one without McHale, or Magic without Worthy, or Jordan without Pippin. It was never a measure of a great player that he had to be stripped of his key teammates and then win another championship. Kobe is right that this huge question was always idiotic, silly and irrelevant.

This is the first championship Kobe has earned thanks to the untiring effort of a boatload of people: his teammates, Gary Vitti, the Laker staff and... the blog. He (and we) did it without Shaq. But without the blog could they have done it? I sincerely think the blog contributed in subtle but very concrete ways to the sense of urgency that made it possible, among other things, for Mitch to get Pau last year. And the blog consistently helped clarify issues that were swirling around and ultimately found their resolution in the teamwork that brought us this championship.

I think it's appropriate to thank everyone who's been involved since the beginning of the blog - the lean years- for the today's result. Just consult Mamba's roll call. And going back into the more somber past that includes Steven, KL, Gunner, Butler etc. whose nonsense pushed the majority to maintain their faith, to read the future correctly, to understand that it was our, Phil's, Mitch's, Lamar's and Kobe's destiny to patiently build the whole thing up again after the hopelessness of 2005, even if each one of them - not forgetting Dr Buss - lent himself to sometimes bitter and always at least partially justified criticism from many of us.

The only person in the background I wouldn't let of the hook is TJ Simers, whose provocation and sardonic but misplaced sense of superiority has no place on the same pages as the blog. The guy is downright ridiculous in ways that even KL coundn't achieve. This quote in today's article is particular pernicious:

"But winning it all makes them no more appealing, Kobe still over the top absurd in his mood swings, Pau still carrying on like someone swiped his rattle, Phil so above it all it's surprising he doesn't demand to be carried off the court like Cleopatra."

Judging public performers on their (mis)perceived emotions and moods to determine if they are "appealing" is the most outrageously hubristic behavior I've ever seen in a journalist. Just how "appealing" is TJ Simers? He congratulates himself on his stale grocery-bagger riff and diminishes the monumental achievements of the athletes he's supposed to be writing about. Pathetic!

HATE?

Mike T. doesn't like PHil and Kobe all of a sudden?
Exile does funny things to you.

TJ ISmers

Insults people for a paycheck and expects warmth and civility in return. He doesn't understand pop culture idolatry? So why work on it's front lines?

oh man oh man i was about to cry when i saw kobe jumping up and down like a kid this sums it all up guys..

never had the time to post again but i think this one's worth it

now its celebration time guys this makes it sweeter than the 3peat because this time we had our fair share of disappointments and criticisms now its time for all lakers fans to stand up tall with their chin up and say "we have the best team in the NBA"

another sweet rollcall by mamba

for the last time this season...

GO LAKERS!!!!

GO FINALS MVP MAMBA!!!

Congrats to the Lakers, the city, and all the fans on a well-deserved and long-awaited championship. Thinking ahead to next year, here's why we'll be even better:

1) We now know what it takes to win.
2) Bynum will have a summer to heal.
3) Re-signing Odom and Ariza will solidify their place on the team.
4) Brown and Morrison will have a full summer to learn the offense
5) Hopefully Fisher will let Farmar start for the good of the team.
6) Another full year with the triangle will allow new wrinkles to be developed.

Great job K-bros!! Here's to another 3-peat!

Scott

As a fan from Cincinnati, and a fan since 1984, I followed this franchise with interest and passion. We do not have pro b-ball in Cincinnati but I can tell you there is a Laker fan base here. Seeing those purple uniforms (the best in the league) celebrating on the opponent's court is a beatiful thing to see. All is right in the world when the Lakers are on top and hopefully will be on top for a little while at least. I look forward to visiting Indiana to see the new champions play there against the Pacers next season. I love LA. We love it!

TJ Simers is a big jerkface.

AK/BK,

Next time you see him in the hall at the Times offices, do all of us Lakers fans a favor and punch him in the face.

Please?

Hey Mamba24...you wouldn't believe how happy I am. Bummed that we're done for a few months but psyched that we ended it the right way. Wooohoooo!!!!

REPEAT...REPEAT...REPEAT...REPEAT :-)

Haha! Mike T, you stubborn idiot. Let your inner Lakerfan out and enjoy this! Pau Gasol worked on his strength and hasn't maxed out yet. Gasol will be strong like Kwame, just not as sexy.

LA Lakers---2009 NBA Champions

leonardbast,

>>> KB Blitz is right. Gasol did out play Bynum. for the present.
>>> but i'm willing to bet money (and so do the Busses) that one day
>>> Bynum will be the MAN. one day (in the next 2 or 3 years) Bynum
>>> will become the 1st or 2nd option. he will become a combination
>>> Shaq/Kareem, mastering the power game, with shooting and
>>> low-post skills, shoot at least 50%, score at least 25 ppg, grab
>>> at least 10 rpg, and get at least 2 bpg.

>>> i'm not saying this will happen, for a fact. but this is what i,
>>> LakerTom, all the Bynum supporters, and Lakers owners/management
>>> are hoping for. i do not foresee Gasol getting any better than he is now.
>>> he's in his prime. Andrew Bynum is about 3-5 years from entering
>>> his prime. he will (hopefully) improve drastically. and by the time
>>> AB enters his prime, Kobe and Gasol's prime would have ended.

Excellent post. I especially like the Shaq/Kareem reference because that IS exactly what I foresee for Drew. And you are dead right that that is what the Lakers front office, coaches, and players all expect from Drew. My only question regarding your post is that I think we will see a period of two or three years with a dominant Drew along side a Kobe and Pau still in their prime. Kobe is only 31 and Pau 27 so they both have many more years to play. I have to admit it is pretty sweet to be NBA champions today AND the future favorite.

And blitz needs to stop dumping on Drew and wait until after next year to assess whether or not he is worth the $14M the Lakers will be paying. My bet is he will be a bargain when he is the team’s #2 scorer and top rebounder in 2010 and we win our second title in a row. Why would any Laker fan would dump on any player on the day we win a championship?

Tom

The last team standing?

2008-2009 Los Angeles Lakers, baby!

What a great game. They dominated this game, never letting it get out of their sites. They played together so well, and it was SO obvious who the better team was.

I'm so happy for Kobe. He's gone through so much crap. Yes, some of it was because of bad choices he made personally, but I was so happy to see him with his wife and kids. He's a happy man because of them. It's made him a better man to have gone through such adversity and prevailed, personally and professionally.

Of course, none of the on court stuff is possible without Pau, LO, Trevor and Fish. Those five are the heart and soul of the team right now. I think Buss will do whatever it takes to keep all of them. LO already said he will take less money to stay in LA. He's a smart guy, that LO. Not letting money take precedence in his life.

I was also tickled pink for Brown and AMMO. I mean, you get traded to the Lakers and GET A RING? Holy criminy. That's just too amazing.

Thanks to all you bloggers out there who made this blog so fun to be on. I enjoyed interacting with all of you. And thanks to the KBros too, for doing a great job. Benicio, you too.

Already looking forward to next year.....


GO LAKERS!!
I LOVE LA!!!!!!!!!!

say what you will, kobe has always been the master of the post (and occasionally pre) game interview. always classy, never a missed beat.

Phil so above it all it's surprising he doesn't demand to be carried off the court like Cleopatra."Posted by: tsphere | June 15, 2009 at 08:10 AM
ROFLMAO! Stop it Tsphere! Stop it now!
I'm going to say it...OUT FREAKING STANDING!!

HellRaiser(Certified MambaFan) Good to hear from you bro. We did it!!!!!!

Next time you see him in the hall at the Times offices, do all of us Lakers fans a favor and punch him in the face.
Please? Posted by: Pig | June 15, 2009 at 08:37 AM

Well sinnce you asked so politely, why not. Lol!

Until next time, god bless all of you and have a nice summer. Peace out! Posted by: Let's Go L's! | June 15, 2009 at 05:12 AM

God Bless you as well. And...OUT FREAKING STANDING

I did a post full of "Tell Me How My _SS Tastes" messages to all the haters while riding home on the Metro from Staples (LONG BEFORE THE MORONS STARTED SETTING TREES ON FIRE!) but the K-Bros banned it. Oh well. Some of them were really funny.

Anyhoo...

BUTLER: YOU ARE NOW ON THE CLOCK!

Will you man up and fulfill your obligaton to Laker Nation? Or will you chicken out and tell Laker Nation how THE FIFTEENTH BANNER is nothing more than a glorified Suns victory?

IT'S ON YOU, BUTLER. SO WHATCHA GONNA DO!

Tully,

What a great heartfelt post! As another die-hard Lakers fan since 1970, I could tell you exactly where I was for every great Lakers moment you described. I wrote a post yesterday about how much richer and enjoyable the blog has made being a Lakers fan. This group of Lakers players and all my great friends and family on the blog are what this one special.

Reality is that I look forward to reading the great comments and insights from AK and BK and the bloggers in the blog rather than wading through the plethora of shallow copycat articles from the ESPN dominated national sports media. The links always come last.

The first Lakers championship since Chick passed away. The first ring for the Lakers Blog.

Thanks again, Tully, and everybody for your great posts. No work today in Lakersville.

Tom

I have no problem when people are critical of Kobe, having said that, the whole Shaq thing is a farce. I never saw Kobe as Shaq's sidekick, it was much more like an equal partnership. In fact, between the 2, Kobe was the money player, not Shaq. I remember games, esp in the first championship postseason, in Portland, where Shaq had the total "deer in the headlights" look. So the whole idea that Kobe had to win without Shaq was silly.

Gleaming and Beaming at work. Blog sync think. I guess we have to change 9 rings to Master of the Universe. Redo the Puppet Commercials to "Le Bron, Have you seen my FOUR Championship Rings?"

This will hopefully lure in some Vets who want to get their Bling and be a part of the most relevant Basketball Team.

Now THAT is how we do it.

I'm short for words, but I must say, it has been a fun and unique journey being part of this blog, and believing in this franchise despite trading the "most dominant ever", having Kwame Brown and Smush Parker, and having the best player in the NBA want off the team.

I love the Lakers, and thankfully, the Lakers are the most rewarding team to root for in all of sports. Others may hate us, not respect the accomplishments, nor believe that this franchise will forever rise to the top, but that's for them to think that. We have to keep believing that this organization will answer the call.

2009 WORLD CHAMPS

Kobe isn't the only one who hated the "can't win without Shaq" nonsense.

It's a new day.

Butler.... we're waiting.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

What is up with T.J Slimers? I think he hate's everything about the Lakers. It's always negative with him even if the Lakers win the World Championships he has to write something negative about them.

Pig,

I'm with you on that.

Actually I'd hope we can start a "Fire T.J. Simers" Bandwagon and that AK & BK can personally deliver it to the L.A. TImes management.

T.J. Simers is not a true journalist. He's a narcissistic troll.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

AK & BK,

I'd love to see a slew of videos from the players last night.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hey Mamba24...you wouldn't believe how happy I am. Bummed that we're done for a few months but psyched that we ended it the right way. Wooohoooo!!!! REPEAT...REPEAT...REPEAT...REPEAT :-) Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 15, 2009 at 08:42 AM

Oh I believe it, all I have to do is look in the mirror & see the big smile on my face and know
it's reflected all over Laker nation. Oh yeah Repeat! Have a great summer
EastCoast I Love you!
Larry(Mamba24)

Pig,

>>> TJ Simers is a big jerkface.

I understand your instinct to want to punch him in the face. But I know TJ. Your comment is exactly what he thrives on. Today's rant by TJ was an extraordinarily misguided and inappropriate attempt to express his contrarianism.

TJ is actually an engaging, knowledgeable, and likable guy. But somehow the sports editor at the LA Times doesn't understand that the only people who read the paper's sports section are fans like us. Move TJ to the op-ed section. But none of the Times' so-called sports columnists have anything insightful to say to us. Sam Zell's money (actually his creditors') would be better spent adding more coverage of Iran or City Hall.

KBblitz,

Did you enjoy your meal of crow & champagne?

Sasha let me down on shooting. *sigh* Eating crow on
that one.

Ariza didn't meet the stats for shooting, but he was great
in the playoffs & his defense was a HUGE plus for us.
Calling this one over-cooked chicken with a spicy mole
sauce.

My comments on the play of Odom, Gasol, Bynum
determining our championship seems to be spot on.
You can make the argument that Fisher's 3's did it, but
without the play of Gasol & Odom & Bynum we don't
win.

My comments on winning despite the erratic shooting
of Fisher, Sasha et al was spot on as well.

Feeling like the end of Ocean's 11. So satisfying ...

Expecting the Lakers to re-sign:

Odom, Ariza, & Shannon Brown.

They're coming ....

Denver, Portland, Boston, Cleveland, & Orlando.

Bynum, Farmar, & Sasha need to work out like fiends
this summer.

hasta luego!

Stanley,

T.J. Simers is mentally ill, but he is a highly functioning mentally ill patient.

The problem is that the L.A. Times has given a mentally ill person a bullhorn to try to convince the world that it is actually mentally sick, not T. J. Simers.

Thus, the L.A. Times loses further credibility.

As a former journalist, I feel I can say with moral confidence that if the L.A. Times fails, they have no one to blame but themselves. They do a lot of things that simply do not make sense journalistically, ethically, and strategically.

In addition, far too much of their materials are slanted either negatively, positively, liberally, or towards putting undo attention on the writer, not the subject matter. It's just bad journalism.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER will be posting a series of EULOGIES dedicated to the various trolls who have taunted and teased Lakers Blog over the past few years, only to die a painful death at 7:32 PM last night at the close of the NBA Finals. So if there's a troll, naysayer, Kobe-hater who you deem worthy of being EULOGIZED by the Chaplain, please post.

Just so we're clear, Butler, Mike T., KL, Red's Love Child and 1(AND DONE!)31-92 are already on the list. Sermons have already been prepared for these poor souls. Pray for mercy, y'all.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant for the Finals MVP. Haters won't stop, ESPN running survey and one of the questions is "Can Kobe win without Fisher? and got the most votes. They can hate all they want as long as we have the championship. Feel sorry for Barkley, he always contradict himself. Before the game, he said that Kobe need to win a ring as a leader, meaning the previous 3 are all because of Shaq. He even said that he took the responsibility of not winning championship. Then, when Kobe finally win one, he still refuses to give Kobe the credit, he got good team mates around him and he said that LBJ is the greatest player on the planet. Haters are losers, they cannot accept that other people can be successful on things that they have failed to accomplish. They cannot stop the Lakers.

I noticed too that Kobe did not shake the hand of Bill Russell. Why? Anybody knows?

Hello To the Best of the best of Fans
To all the old time blogger I salute you and want to congratulate you on a long awaited Championship, we have been ridiculed by some on this particular blog for years, but now I'll just kindly ask those haters to go away or admit our greatness. The Mamba 24, Laker Tom, and all the other blogger that's been around for at least the past 3 seasons. Again I salute you and have great respect for your knowledge and patience during those hard time. To the K Brothers thank you and Congrats also, not to forget mother Kamenetzky. And to the sort of KL, Steven and the other trolls: BE GONE!!!

Lakers for ever!
Mamba fan for life!

Spanky Jones,

If you think Boston will just come back and take the championship, you're pretty stupid. No guarantee that KG can come back from that bad of an injury, plus he's not a spring chicken.

Don't think it will be so easy.

OT -

High Cheese - what happened with your pup?


Jerry Buss

Isn't gettin' a lot of ink right now, so I thought I'd sling some his way. He's obviously the straw that stirs the drink.

You don't to have run a company to appreciate the organization he's built and the choices he's made. It's not easy bettin' millions on an asset that can sprain a knee and bring no return on investment. It's not easy puttin' on a show that entertains this city year after year.
This is the toughest audience there is.

The buck starts and ends with JB. We tend to focus on the people he's put in place, but at one time or another, there were decisions, approved by him that made all this happen.

No JB, no rings, no parades.
He's made his money, we've had our fun.
Thanks, JB. It's a beautiful relationship.

Vman,

It was my fault, I summoned him in one of my posts last night addressed to Mike T. for good times sake of those "make them obey" years. Well, the basketball mind is not well yet, the fault lines have shifted to Kobe, I suspect it was because of that summer rant which culminated to shipping out of Kwame and entraqnce of Gasol. The theory that Gasol whose upper extremities are not suitable for D in the post (his theory) would never win any Championship. That theory was proven wrong last night. On PJ , well it still the continuation of the defunct J. Journal. I guess we tried to invite him to the party and he turned it down. Let us leave it from there. The prodigal blogger remains about the same.

The LAT sportswriter, T. J. Simers is now using the hate mails as an asset to his article. It is becoming part of his identity in capitalizing negativity as an attraction to his column the "Darth Vader Syndrome." Perhaps, the editor thinks there is a market for such negativity in print media. Then, applying the algebraic equation negative added to negative turns into positive. That's how we get into complexities of a mad, mad world.

Whatever, Lakers are the 2009 Champions, let's join the parade on Wednesday.

I love this team. I'm so proud of all the boys. What a beautiful day.

Enjoy that endless smile, Blog Family.

Go Lake Show!

Repost (Can't seem to get this on the most current thread, want to make sure the Blog Crew Champions get this):

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!! LA LAKERS, from the lows of last year to the INCREDIBLE HIGH OF D. FISH DOUBLE DAGGER THREE POINTER, to a continuous drone of KOBE BRYANT GREATNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. THANK YOU TRUE BLOG CREW FOR PROVIDING OUR MUTUAL SUPPORT FOR THE RIDE. It was a rough ride, BUT ITS ALL SMOOTH SAILN' from here.

SHOUT OUT TO MAMBA, THE LAKERS WOULD HAVE NEVER DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. Kobe may have, Pau, Odum, Bynum, Ariza, Fish and crew, but we have the MAMBA to get us through to victory. From Lucky Barstools to ROLLCALLS, to Perfect understanding that the LAKERS CAN HEAR YOU IF YOU YELL LOUD ENOUGH AT THE TV, A CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LAKER BLOG CREW, WE GOT THIS DONE. And to the haters, you are worthless, but just for fun, MAMBA, I'm looking for the Troll Roll call in the next few days. BECAUSE WE JUST EARNED OURSELVES A WHOLE NEW LOAD OF TROLLS!

AND TO THE LA LAKERS, what can we say? OUR MEN GOT THE JOB DONE.

HOW MUCH HEART DO YOU HAVE NOW????????????
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. SO MUCH HEART YOU Can't even BEGIN TO BELIEVE THIS. WE ARE CHAMPIONS. WE GOT THIS DONE! LA ENJOY.

AK,

I disagree with you to a point, I kind of find it endearing when our poor folks get so excited and start burning things down to the ground in "celebration".

Besides, I LOVE THE SMELL of smoldering cars in the morning, it smells like . . . VICTORY!!

Take it from me, this DYNASTY isn't going to last for ever!

Charles Barkley's article was just plain weird. He just says things. He makes statements and then makes no effort to support and/or explain them.

Is that journalism? The L.A. Times is becoming less journalistic that the high school newspaper I edited. Why not let Britney Spears write a sports article while we're at it.

Annoying.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Good Morning Charles ....Good Morning Everyone.....

hey I think there was a game last night, maybe it can be the focus of some blogging today, it seems a few people think last night's game had some significance in their lives or so.... (that's heavy sarcasm boy)...

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE FRICKIN' HAAAAAAAAAW !!!

WHAT A SEASON !!!

the natural order of the universe has indeed been restored...things just feel so right this morning....

as others have done, I want to thank my fellow bloggers, this is quite a community which I am proud to be a member of....this blog makes being a Laker fan that much better indeed...

call me a cornballer but I really feel that the positive thoughts and energy from this blog definitly contributed to the last several years of building towards this moment, and also the Championship itself

besides of course AK and BK there are a lot of you whom I would especially like to thank, but I really don't want to leave anyone out and my brain this morning is a little discombobulated....hopefully you know who you are...the Laker faithfull, the positive, knowledgable basketball pundents that make this blog so frickin' cool---

thanks to everyone who mentioned me in their posts, I really appreciate being mentioned with my fellow bloggers whom I also hold in high esteem...

as for the Championship itself, this couldn't be any sweeter...as others have said, all the crap we have endured, the trolls (kiss my purple and gold ass please), the hard rebuilding years (still fun), last season's great ride capped with a loss to the frickin' Celtics, and this season's incredible journey that ended perectly...

I do think of the 10 last titles, this one does seem to be the best....of course that "72 title was so overdue that feeling was hard to beat, same with winning the one in frickin' beantown and the long awaited first title with Kobe and Shaq....

but this one feels extremely special, maybe in part due to this blog.....I AM JUST SO PROUD OF THIS TEAM !!!

is there a medical proceedure to wipe this smile off my face, cuz that's what it's gonna take, seemingly, as it were...

but now we have some work to do---time to keep this building Dynasty going...we can celebrate for a while, but focus and hard work is needed to bring home the next five or so trophies---I can see us winning 5 of the next ten (barring major injuries of course,,,knock on some serious wood) with 3 of the next 5 seeming very attainable...

also now we get to have the fun of the summer, and the discussions of trades, free agency, and season review with looking forward etc.

"All you need is love " (and Lakers)

"they mean to eat the blancmanage"

I know all of you can join me in this one (just as you have all season, but now even more, as it were):

wait for it........steady.....okay scream it:

AS ALWAYS, AS EVER, YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY (AND CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON) TO B E A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

This is my song
and no one can take it away
It's been so long, but now you're here,
here to stay
And I wonder if you know what it means
to find your dreams come true

This is my song
and no one can make it a lie
It's been so long since someone
could make me cry
And I wonder if you know what it means
to laugh as tears go by

I may not always sing in tune
and sometimes you don't hear me
but you don't have to be near me
to know that I'm singing

This is my song
and nothing can make it die
It's been so long and it's stronger
I know why
And I wonder if you really, really know
That as long as I live I will sing my song for you

http://tinyurl.com/afkfxm
Labi Siffre

And then Kanye West Flips it...

Find your dreams come true
And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means to find your dreams

I've been waiting on this my whole life
These dreams be waking me up at night
You say I think I'm never wrong
You know what, maybe you're right, aight

And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means to find your dreams

You say he get on your fucking nerves
You hope that he get what he deserves, word
Do you even remember what the issue is
You just trying to find where the tissue is
You can still be who you wish you is
It ain't happen yet
And that's what the intuition is
When you hop back in the car
Drive back to the crib
Run back to their arms
The smokescreens
The chokes and the screams
You ever wonder what it all really mean

And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means to find your dreams

And I'm back on my grind
A psychic read my lifeline
Told me in my lifetime
My name would help light up the Chicago skyline
And that's what I'm
Seven o'clock, that's primetime
Heaven'll watch, God calling from the hot lines
Why he keep giving me hot lines
I'm a star, how could I not shine
How many ladies in the house
How many ladies in the house without a spouse
Something in your blouse got me feeling so aroused
What you about
On that independent shit
Trade it all for a husband and some kids
You ever wonder what it all really mean
You ever wonder if you'll find your dreams

http://tinyurl.com/mczwux
Kanye to the...

Congrats Lakers. You've got the best team in the NBA.

Now how about your City? For all the trash talking about how culturally superior LA is compared to Orlando, thanks for showing us how a real City riots. You guys know how to have really good time.

Good job lakers fans. You win and attempt to burn your city down. That makes no sense at all.
Some take celebration a little too far.

Kobe - congratulations on your performance. It is truly amazing that an athlete can get a second, third, and fourth wind. Bet your glad I hooked you up with my "linseed oil."

P. S. What is your hat size now?

the championship is a pretty nice thing!

congratulations to the Lakers, Kobe, and all the fans!

we was due, but now all i can think of is doing it again....

BK,

Tell me the truth, Brian. How can you not have become a die-hard Lakers fan after following these guys as they grew into champions? Time to confess that you are now a fan or that you have no heart. Andy, beat some sense into your brother. We saved you a seat.

My personal thanks again to you and Andy for the fabulous job you have done in creating this wonderful virtual gathering place and community. And I thought your comments about Kobe getting the Shaq monkey off his back were right on. Why read Simers or his ilk when we have you and AK and all of the LA Times Lakers bloggers to say it better with insights that the ESPN-owned sound-bite headline-driven copycat national sports reporters and journalists (yourselves excepted) would never have come up with.

And these interviews! Wow! I don’t know who is putting these questions together but they were great. I loved Kobe’s response to the first one about what made Phil special. That was as good a one paragraph summation of why Phil is the greatest coach in NBA history as I have ever read. Not bad for a shooting guard who never went to college.

>>>
Q. As you well know, Phil Jackson now, 10 championships, most in history. What is it that makes him such a great coach in your opinion?
KOBE BRYANT: I think it's his ability to bring people together. That's the biggest thing that he does so well is he continues to coach the group, continues to coach unity and chemistry and togetherness, and that's the biggest thing, because when you're together, you can with stand adversity. If you're not, you can easily break apart and become a team of individuals. That's his biggest characteristic of what he does well.

>>>

Tom

HEY LAKER FANS!!
I could hardly contain myself yesterday toward the end of the 4th!!! Wish I could be there on Wednesday!!
Great year Lakers!! Much love and thanks!!

OH, and I'll jump on that "Fire TJ" bandwagon. Man, that guy is bitter!!

OUR WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!!!!!!!
"O)

utzworld,

I cannot wait for the eulogies.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

LakerTom,

I find it particularly haterific that NO ONE seems to be willing to openly state that Phil Jackson is the Greatest coach of all time. They dance around the issue. They obliquely compliment his record, but don't compliment him as a coach.

It's just stupid.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba24:

WE WANT ROLL CALL! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
WE WANT ROLL CALL! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
WE WANT ROLL CALL! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
WE WANT ROLL CALL! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
WE WANT ROLL CALL! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
WE WANT ROLL CALL! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

Yeah, TJ has no respect for himself, which is why he feels ok about writing like he does. He's a sad, pathetic, bitter writer.

I wouldn't mind being on that Fire TJ wagon myself.

Mamba,

Loved the new anthem. And loved seeing your ass still posting even though we won. No rest for the lucky. Thanks again for every minute you contributed to the blog, Larry. It was worth every word.

Tom

haha

"kobe can't win without shaq"

wait...

kobe DID win without shaq.

Congrats to Kobe and the Lakers for a well deserved win.

I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong and Kobe has proven all of the haters (myself included) wrong.

Congrats! It's been a fun ride.

Redemption. A simple word that says it all. This has been an unbelievable season!

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FIRE TJ SIMERS – BANDWAGON
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(01) RICK FRIEDMAN – OWNER –
(02) TSPHERE – DRIVER - The only person in the background I wouldn't let of the hook is TJ Simers, whose provocation and sardonic but misplaced sense of superiority has no place on the same pages as the blog. The guy is downright ridiculous in ways that even KL coundn't achieve. This quote in today's article is particular pernicious:
(03) PIG – RIDING SHOTGUN - Next time you see him in the hall at the Times offices, do all of us Lakers fans a favor and punch him in the face. Please.
(04) JON K – RABBLE ROUSER - Actually I'd hope we can start a "Fire T.J. Simers" Bandwagon and that AK & BK can personally deliver it to the L.A. TImes management.. T.J. Simers is not a true journalist. He's a narcissistic troll. .J. Simers is mentally ill, but he is a highly functioning mentally ill patient
(05) EDWIN GUECO – COUNSELOR - The LAT sportswriter, T. J. Simers is now using the hate mails as an asset to his article. It is becoming part of his identity in capitalizing negativity as an attraction to his column the "Darth Vader Syndrome."
(06) LAKER TOM – CONCILIATOR - Why read Simers or his ilk when we have you and AK and all of the LA Times Lakers bloggers to say it better with insights that the ESPN-owned sound-bite headline-driven copycat national sports reporters and journalists (yourselves excepted) would never have come up with.
(07) MAMBA24 – COPY BOY – TJ Simmers is a fool, buffoon and a disgrace to the writing profession.

*** WARNINNG AN EXTREMELY LONG SEASON ENDING ROLL CALL FOLLOWS *
Moni.. June 15, 2009...The Force is in Balance & Laker Nation is Champions of World
Good Morning: Sir Charles(The Soul of Laker Nation)
Good Morning: Mom Kamenetzky(Blog Mom)
Good Morning: Morning Crew( The Heart & Soul of Laker Nation)
Good Morning SBPimp & the SBPimp Twins.,The Outlaw & Baby Outlaw,
Good Morning: utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER, Mini Banner Holder & Holderette
Good Morning: Laker Nation (Rulers of the NBA! The 4th Dynasty has Started!!!!!)
WELCOME TO: Chris Thompson, Brian Smith Danny, Prashant, Walter Lawrenence
Pitilingus, DaTruthSetsUsFree, Hayden Kho, Roosevelt in NYC, Ian Fountains,
Steve in Denver, I_Heart_LA, CheapAssGamer, Joey Number, Laker Man 1 ,
Ben Goldberg, SoCalGal, LakersFaithful72, Paul Sabuce, Double Haul,
Rojaro, Laker Claddie
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KUDOS TO :The Double Trophy Award Winning KamBrothers(Blog gods)
*
THE 4TH DYNASTY BEGINS NOW!!! @ THE FORCE
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IIN G.O.B. WE TRUST (Gasol - Odom - Bryant ) @ ChrisMihmFan
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WE GOT THIS!!! ! @ JustAnotherMambaFan
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WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR, RINGS!!! @ Jon K.*
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WE RISE!!! @ utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER
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We Rise and now it’s time that we, took our rightful place in Laker history
The Mamba 4th Dynasty now begins, Never again doubt the heart of a champion,
If a team has Mamba & 10 Rings too, Nothings impossible for them to do.
They played for one & only one thing, Jon K we played for & got our Ring
WE’RE KING OF THE WORLD so I’m told, All praises to the Lakers Purple&Gold
This is just the beginning don’t you know, Now it begins, welcome DYNASTY “Fo”
If we had won against the Celtics last year, we would now be tied for titles you hear
But the tie with phil & Red now falls, That’s right Phil is now the greatest of all
And now another amazing thing, For every finger Phil now sports a Ring
1 year ago things didn’t look so bright , Some of the faithful even hid from sight
But now they’ve all come home again, Everybodys a fan after a Title Win
But that’s fine cause we’re all family, Let all of us celebrate the Victory
Mike T. your place is waiting for you, No apologies Bro. let’s start anew
Yes Kobe can win without Shaq, the Finals MVP backs up that fact
Ok Shaq no time to waste, Time to tell Kobe, How does his Azz Taste
Mean Vindictive un huh that’s true, but Shaq you had it coming to you
Now you trying to weasel your way back , But now you’re just a tired old hack
Haters & Doubters & lil Trolls, Time to get on your tricycles, Time to roll
That’s right get the Frak out of here, Go join Paula in her lil Wheelchair
Lebronz your MVP’s not so hot, as the Finals MVP that Kobe’s got
That’s enough venom to spew, Time to send out a few Thank you’s
To the Blog God’s Brian & Andrew, A grateful Laker Blog thanks you
For all you do & all you’ve done, You’ve made this Season a lot of fun
Laker Blog here is a shout out to you, We’re the best blog by far, yes it’s true
Why do all the trolls come here, Because next to class they want to be near
Near to the Laker tradition and Laker fame, The Laker titles & the Laker Name
And a big shout out from all of us, To greatest owner of all time Dr. JERRY BUSS
Also Mitch Kupchak you got it done, Without you we would have never won.
Big ups to Kurt Rambis who designed the D, who gave us a Finals Victory
Laker assistant coaches we thank you, for the thankless job that you all do
Kurt Rambis, Brian Shaw & Frank Hamblen, Kudos to you once again
Craig Hodges, Jim Cleamons & Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Thanks for getting us this far
We all know if you wer’nt here, we would not have won the title this year
Kudos to Jon K who kept our eyes on 1 thing, the thing we play for. THE RING
JAMambafan Knew we couldn’t miss, and now , yes now WE GOT THIS
Utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER & our daily prayer, Helped us to get there
To Faith who said D was what we need, If you have D & Faith you’ll succeed
Faith in the beginning Faith in the end, Thank you Faith for being a friend
# 4 The mystical one all things equaled 4 when the title we won
EastCoastJessie Laker fan supreme, also the Latina Princess of my dreams
Laker Tom what can I say, may well be the best Blog writer we have today
Fatty the greatest comic on earth, his wit eased the tension & replaced it with mirth
Edwin Gueco, heres to you, while talking Sports he taught History too!
Sir Charles The Heart & Soul up in here, Thanks for bringing the Blog such cheer.
JJ’s come back & Wizzo too, Stargazin, LoLO we’re waiting for you.
Otis you done it what can I say, You now are my favorite blogger today.
Outlaw who watched the games with his son, Baby Outlaw will see a Dynasty begun
PYSCHED LAKER GIRL for you & your DAD, We won the Title I hope he is glad.
It’s to many names to continue this way so I have just a few final things to say
Through the good & bad times it’s plain to see, We are one hell of a FAMILY
Sometimes we argue, sometimes we fight, But always in the end we are tight
The season is over we won the ring, Some will now leave to do other things
But check back in now & then, It’s always good to have you put your 2cents in
So that’s it for now, this Roll Call is thru, To all the Laker Nation My love goes with you
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NOW SALUTE YOUR WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS
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At Forward, Number (3) – TREVOR (The Cobra) ARRIZA
At Forward Number (7) LAMAR (Sweet Tooth) ODOM
At Guard Number (2) – DEREK(3 Point) FISHER
At Forward Number (16) – PAUL(The Warrior) GASOL
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ALL TOGETHER NOW
We’re the Freaking LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
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And The only one that can beat the Freakin La Lakers is us
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
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I LOVE YOU LAKER BLOG, ENJOY YOUR SUMMER CHAMPIONS!!!

what a season and series

I cried watching the Lakers win, and Kobe jumping up and down.

Loved the hugs to fisher!!

All i've been doing this morning is watching ESPN.

Now I'm going to go to the store today, buy my box of Wheaties... "BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS"... and place it on my fridge to look at until next year!!!

Thanks to everyone for a great year.

Love this blog!!!

Now... can't wait for the DVD about the winning season!

GO LAKE SHOW!!!

LIGHTS OUT!!!!!

Jeanette,

Thanks for the props in one of your posts in the past threads. We are a close knit family here in this blog that came a long way from all the ups and downs of the yesteryears, today, we are on Cloud 9.

With regards to your observation on why Kobe did not shake the hand of the leprechaun legend,well it was more of ommision of the moment w/o any malice intention into it. Bill Russell turned out to be one of the ambassadors of basketball throughout the world that spanned across to many generations. He is really the professional Celtic. However, the problem there is being a Celtic, it's hard to mix oil and water, we can be diplomatic with the legend but we keep an of him being a product of leprechauns. Example, in one the ABC coverage of the concluded Finals, he was featured in advising Dwight who is not a Celtic, yet Bill never reached out to our Centers, Gasol or Bynum. That's how leprechauns work in a clandestine way, they'd do anything to prevent Lakers from moving forward.

These are definitely fun times.

Even KL Beast is admitting the error of his ways!

On ESPN they're talking about Shaq being traded to Cleveland...

OH GOD, I HOPE SO!!!

Let me count the reasons:

1. Shaq WILL HATE IT HERE! I mean, I get seasonal affective disorder out here and I love the snow and the cold. I know Shaq's Bio-Chrono reading and I can see the Big Baby just freaking out in February after not seeing the sun for three months. I know the Big Baby. He will just start to destroy team chemistry around that time.

2. The food here is AWFUL and so bad for you. There's a reason why the Cleveland Clinic is one of the best heart centers in the world. It's because everyone is getting heart disease out here because the food is so unhealthy. Not only unhealthy, unflavorful! Unsatisfying! The fricken place is filled with Italians and you can't find a decent pizza anywhere! So, if Shaq becomes a Cav, he'll balloon up like nobody's business! A fat, grumpy Shaq stuck in the cold.

3. This city isn't big enough for Shaq. There's not enough to do. Between the bad food, lousy weather, and lack of fun things to do, Shaq will just start to lose his mind.

4. Despite all this, there aren't enough Eastern Conference centers to compete with Shaq. The Cavs will probably rumble into the Finals amidst bad chemistry.

5. This is a David Stern dream come true. Not only do you get the Kobe Versus LeBron II aspect of things, like a Japanese monster movie you get to bring in another giant monster to add complexity to the script. It's not just a story of who's better Kobe or LeBron, but who will retire with more rings, Kobe or Shaq? Imagine the drama.

6. We'd get to watch Andrew Bynum outplay Shaq in the Finals and a new Lakers Great Center is born.

7. With the Lakers beating the Cavs amidst Great Lakers team chemistry, Kobe will finally be looked upon as not the problem during the Threepeat Dynasty. Instead that responsibility will fall upon Shaq's giant shoulders.

Maker that trade!

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Shout all to all the mamba fans yo ... no one wanted this more than us ... y'all feel my joy ... shout out to laker fan's too yo ... we one and the same ... this is our championship ...

Great year to do it yo ... mamba24, jon k, xodus, exheldevr, faith, justanothermambafan, lakertom, kbblitz, ak, bk, pfunk36, and i'm forgetting so many names now .... must be all the 420 i been lighting up to celebrate ... but i love y'all yo

Lastly ... I LOVE THIS TEAM ... Please bring em all back, we still owe the celtics a massive beatdown ... and it ain't even cuz we want vengance, yeah that's big but it'd be yet another statement to the haters ... they loved them, they grudginly respect us ... our dynasty has begun ... loving it

SO HAPPY ... SO SO SO HAPPY

KL,

Thanks for the apology.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!


Rick Friedman,

You're right about TJ. When he shouts fire in the theatre he gets a reaction he undoubtedly wouldn't on an op ed page. Gotta be attractive to the TImes, stuck trying to manage a dying business model.

As I said, if you hate pop culture idolatry, it must be tough to battle on the front lines. Typical of TJ, he probably doesn't care one way or the other, he just wants the mention... and the check. Most creative thing you can do these days, devise a way to get paid.

FIRE!

I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong and Kobe has proven all of the haters (myself included) wrong.
Congrats! It's been a fun ride. Posted by: KL (fka KL_Beast) | June 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM

KL_BEAST It took a man to own up to that and so I salute you. Take care my brother.
Larry(Mamba24)

Congratulations to the 15 times World Champion Lakers!!!!!

ex-laker blogger
Roger B

Loved the new anthem. And loved seeing your ass still posting even though we won. No rest for the lucky. Thanks again for every minute you contributed to the blog, Larry. It was worth every word.Posted by: LakerTom | June 15, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Thanks LakerTom, right back at you. Enjoyed reading all
your posts and I learned something from each one Take care and have a good summmer although I know you'll still be posting
Larry(Mamba24)

Get down Sir Charles, Get down!!!!!!

KL MANS UP! WOO-HOO! I truly do appreciate your display of class.

You, my brother, are officially off the Eulogy list! IBut please allow me to render you the condensed version of what I was gonna say...

Sometimes, you gotta let it go. Shaq made it back to the mountaintop 2 years after the trade. It took Kobe 7. But, realistically, DID YOU REALLY WANNA SEE SHAQ carrying the mantle of the Purple & Gold? In THIS FORM? Bloated, asinine, a shell of himself, a disgrace to his legacy?

Jerry Buss made the right choice. Call him a ballhog. Call him selfish and arrogant. Call him whatever you want. But Jerry Buss bet the whole Laker house on Kobe. And he delivered...LONG BEFORE THIS! The 81 point game. The MVP. The leadership. The passion. The determination. Ignoring surgery on his fingers to keep fighting and keep pushing.

We, the faithful of Lakers Blog believed. You chose to stay bitter. While Shaq is off whoring himself to the highest bidder...again, Kobe will be mounting up the seeds of yet another dynasty.

WILL YOU STILL BE BITTER.

Let it go, Brother KL. To err (2004) is human. To forgive (2009) is DIVINE. He's got the title. He is the Finals MVP. Let it go, bro.

congrats on a great season!....we just gettin' started!...what a great season of blogging too!...see\read you all at training camp!

actually, we'll see you at the parade!

KL, now that you have been proven wrong, are you now a believer or still a doubter.

For God's sake, why did we ride to this media hooplah of Kobe-Shaq or Kobe-Lebron or Battle of two Disneys etc? They are all sub titles to sell a story paterned after Hollywood of dramatization of events to create an identity and loyalty until we get to the next sequel. For all intense and purposes, NBA is competition among basketball teams. However, it is boring if there are no intriques, puzzles and personal drama into it. They have to find a melodramatic background like a tragedy, achievment or anything that will add flavor to their stories. It is us who become gullible, once we take those sub titles as realities and participate in the drama. Be it as it may, you may be correct on your assessments on Kobe's excess shooting standards. Without his aggressiveness, Lakers have no chance of winning it all.

more thoughts, seemingly,

some great posts on these CHAMPIONSHIP threads...

especially dug Tully's and of course LakerTom's and mamaba24's fianl season roll call..

but LongTimeLakerFan your counterpoints always hit the mark...you took the words right out of my mouth with your post to Mike T. and the MJ thing was truely sublime

also here's some stuff from that Kobe guy I particularly found satisfying:

"So you just accept the challenge and try to prove them wrong"

I vote for keeping the proof perpetuating....

I can't say it enough or so:

AS ALWAYS, AS EVER, YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY (AND CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON) TO BE A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

Every time Phil got a Championship he got two more in a row! So tell me guys what do you think!? Should we wait for the next two in a row!!

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FIRE TJ SIMERS – BANDWAGON
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(01) RICK FRIEDMAN – OWNER –
(02) TSPHERE – DRIVER - The only person in the background I wouldn't let of the hook is TJ Simers, whose provocation and sardonic but misplaced sense of superiority has no place on the same pages as the blog. The guy is downright ridiculous in ways that even KL coundn't achieve. This quote in today's article is particular pernicious:
(03) PIG – RIDING SHOTGUN - Next time you see him in the hall at the Times offices, do all of us Lakers fans a favor and punch him in the face. Please.
(04) JON K – RABBLE ROUSER - Actually I'd hope we can start a "Fire T.J. Simers" Bandwagon and that AK & BK can personally deliver it to the L.A. TImes management.. T.J. Simers is not a true journalist. He's a narcissistic troll. .J. Simers is mentally ill, but he is a highly functioning mentally ill patient
(05) EDWIN GUECO – COUNSELOR - The LAT sportswriter, T. J. Simers is now using the hate mails as an asset to his article. It is becoming part of his identity in capitalizing negativity as an attraction to his column the "Darth Vader Syndrome."
(06) LAKER TOM – CONCILIATOR - Why read Simers or his ilk when we have you and AK and all of the LA Times Lakers bloggers to say it better with insights that the ESPN-owned sound-bite headline-driven copycat national sports reporters and journalists (yourselves excepted) would never have come up with.
(07) MAMBA24 – COPY BOY – TJ Simmers is a fool, buffoon and a disgrace to the writing profession.
(08) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - Yeah, TJ has no respect for himself, which is why he feels ok about writing like he does. He's a sad, pathetic, bitter writer.
(09) USAPA - just read TJ Simer's "IIdolatry of Lakers is ludicrous" and as if it wasn't obvious before, it is very obvious now. TJ Simers isn't about reporting sports. TJ Simers is about TJ Simers.
(10) TULLY MOXNESS - Well, so much for my Lakers buzz...TJ Simers puts it all into perspective for me
(11) VINCE MEGHROUNI - Anybody read Simers' article? Is that guy a self-important phony blowhard, or what?
(12) JMAN449 - Maybe Simers has made a very important statement regarding the culture of celebrity and the American "Win at all costs" ethic. Then again, maybe he is just a pompous, self-absorbed jackass like 99% of the Times readers have thought for years. Yeah, probably that. Choke on it Simers!
(13) MASE - He has a schtick (sp?) and as long as he gets people to read his stuff, he'll be kept on. But if he is truly ignored, that's the only way to get him off the radar and move far far away.
(14) VMAN - You're right about TJ. When he shouts fire in the theatre he gets a reaction he undoubtedly wouldn't on an op ed page. Gotta be attractive to the TImes, stuck trying to manage a dying business model.
(15)

Random Thoughts on the Day After:

1. Killer Instinct: As a sometime critic of this team's effort and killer instinct, let me give major props to the Lakers for doing what even last year's Celtics did not do: go up 3-1 and then close out on the road. Awesome.

2. 2009/2010 Prospects: If the Lakers bring everyone back, then we are in a similar situation to last year at this time (except for being champs, of course) in that we can look forward to the prospect of an even more dominant team if we can stay healthy and see the re-emergence of Andrew and Sasha, two guys who underperformed in these playoffs. I credit Drew's work ethic in the finals, but overall he was clearly limited physically and we should expect more from him next year. Sasha literally played worse than I would have played, so no doubt he can be better. Scary prospect for the league...

3. Re-signing Lamar: Again, as a sometime critic of Lamar's inconsistency, he is clearly the best 6th man in the league, and if we can retain him (Ariza still must be the priority, as a starter and as a younger guy) we should. My beef with Lamar has always been that his production did not live up to his contract. Well, it did in the finals and if he is true to his word and takes less money to stay, that's perfectly fine by me.

4. Lamar part 2: The prospect of Shaq going to Cleveland barely registers to me at this point. Old guy, huge contract, boring city, requires a half court game, etc. These are not the things that would seem to put Cleveland over the top. Here's what would: use the savings from Sczerbiak's now expired contract to sign Lamar. It is Cleveland, true, but he would have the opportunity to make more money, start, and play alongside Shaq, Lebron and Mo Williams. As a Laker fan, THAT would keep me up at night....

After such a spirited roll call, time to follow up as always...

CHAMPIONSHIP ON!

LET US PRAY:

Dear Lord, we ain't got enough words to display our JOY, JUBILATION, PRAISE, THANKGIVING AND BLESSINGS to You for delivering to Laker Nation THE FIFTEENTH BANNER! We cannot thank You enough! We cannot praise You enough! We are ECSTATIC! We are EUPHORIC! We stand in awe of Your awesome wonder! You led and guided us back to the mountaintop. And WE PROUDLY PRAISE YOU FOR IT!

HALLELUJAH!!!!

We thank You for Phil Jackson. We thank You for Dr. Jerry Buss. We thank You for the coaching staff. We thank You for Kobe Bryant - Finals MVP! We thank You for sending us Pau Gasol. We thank You for Lamar Odom. We thank You for Andrew Bynum - and continue to pray for 100% complete and total healing in his knees. We thank You for Trevor Ariza - open the floodgates of Dr. Buss' pocketbook and do whatever it takes to keep Trevor here. We thank You for D Fish - the mighty man of faith and timely 3 point shots who joins along with me and Laker Nation in praising YOU for ordering his steps. We thank You for Josh Powell. We thank You for Sasha Vuajcic. We thank You for DJ Mbenga. We thank You for Luke Walton. We thank You for Adam Morrison & Shannon Brown - and we thank the Charlotte Bobcats for ignoring UPS, the diamond in the rough - didn't ya know that DIAMONDS are made to SHINE?! We thank You for Sun Yue.

We thank You for the naysayers, playa-haters, Kobe-haters, doubters, analysts, reporters, ESPN analysts, columnists and trolls across the world who preyed for this moment not to come. We thank You for the Boston Celtics who ushered us into the agony of defeat. Without you, THE THRILL OF VICTORY wouldn't taste so sweet. HEAL THEM. HEAL KG'S KNEE and restore them so we can SETTLE THIS IN 2010 - ONCE AND FOR ALL!

We thank You for the K Bros and LA Times Lakers Blog. We are a family because of You. You challenged me to pray with and for this Blog over a year and a half ago. I was scared because You and Christianity as a whole have gotten a bad rap because of a few bad apples in the bunch. But You encouraged me to press through and show me that the prayers were NOT ABOUT ME. And today, I see the fruit of Your Words. We stand on the mountaintop because You gave me the courage to step out on faith, to brush off the haters, and to let Your light shine through me. I love You. You are awesome.

And You have given me an Awesome Family in this Blog! There are too many of us to name, but I gotta shout out the Blog Family who have impacted me the most: Mamba24, Laker Tom, Edwin Gueco. Mike T. (I TOLD YOU I AIN'T SCARED OF YOU, BRO!), KL, LTLF, Faith, East Coast Jessie, Psyched Laker Girl (still praying for your Dad...and still waiting for my PHOTOS!), Charles, Justanothermambafan, Rick Friedman, Faith, Generic_One (ZOMBIE HUNTER EXTRAORDINAIRE!), Fatty and on and on and on. If I forgot a name, Lord, charge it to my head and not to my heart.

And to my hometown peeps, BK & AK. STL 4 Life! Thank You for allowing me to be used by God to help encourage our Lakers.

THANK YOU LORD. YOU HAVE PROVEN ONCE AND FOR ALL:

OUR TIME!
OUR MOMENT!
OUR TEAM!
OUR DESTINY!

THE FIFTEENTH BANNER IS HERE!

We thank You for answered prayer...AMEN!

Every time Phil got a Championship he got two more in a row! So tell me guys what do you think!? Should we wait for the next two in a row!! Posted by: MauricioA | June 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Actually 3 or 4 more in a row is more like it.

Larry(Mamba24)

Excellent roll call as always Mamba24. I'm going to miss you all summer.

If anyone gets information on a live feed on the Lakers arrival in L.A. as well as the parade, please share it on here. Those of us who'd love to just charge a few airline tickets and a hotel room will have to just hold back this time and watch it on TV because spending about $2k for 2 days in L.A. is just not gonna happen for a gal paying her way through law school.

I hope I can get out there next season and watch a game with you all at Staples.

Thank you all for a great season and hope we'll all be back in October...or whenever there is any meaningful NBA news.

ECJ

Who's going to the Parade? Besides me?

Good Championship Morning, Laker Nation!!

Today, there is a warm golden glow permeating from all who love the purple and gold. While watching the victory last night, my mind drifted to the worldwide lakers fans....no doubt celebrating all over the planet. Such a warm and loving fraternity of souls to be aligned with, and the blog is what holds it all together.

Congratulations Lakers team, coaching staff, and loyal fans everywhere. That being said, "IS IT NOVEMBER YET??? This will be a long, long off season.

 
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