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Kitten!

Adorable. 

Adorable Kitten 

Puts a smile on your face, no?  Everyone loves a cute, fuzzy kitten.  Which should leave you in a good frame of mind to read a few more notes on my weekend in Vegas (for Summer League, it should be noted) concerning Lamar Odom and more. 

  • Nobody I spoke with, from coaches to agents to other members of the media, expects Odom to leave the Lakers, though one Western Conference GM said with a laugh that a lot of his brethren wish he would.  (If LO is getting unsolicited mail on the virtues of life in south Florida, those guys are a likely source.)  All part of the (not terribly surprising) consensus that losing Odom would have a major impact on LA's ability to repeat.  Clearly Odom isn't LA's best player, but almost to a man he was described as a key component to what makes the Lakers such a unique challenge for the opposition on both ends of the floor. It's a skill set the Lakers can't replace.  
  • Even while wondering if Odom's agent Jeff Schwartz has perhaps overplayed his hand over the course of negotiations, one agent I spoke with understood why Camp Odom would be looking for security in a longer deal, even if it comes with a smaller yearly rate.  It is a dangerous thing to assume future earnings, he told me, especially for a player entering his 30s.  Economics and injury are fickle and unpredictable.  I'm sure there are other agents who would take the opposing view, but it was an interesting conversation. 
  • I still expect a pleasing conclusion to the L.O.C.O.  Odom doesn't have a substantially better offer to which he can turn, and while Dr. Buss is a tough, shrewd businessman, he's also reasonable enough to see that refusing to re-open negotiations on similar terms amounts to cutting off his nose to spite his face.  Yeah, he proves a point, but it costs the team dearly. 
  • If the NBA is evolving into a point guard's league, Summer League is a Shangri-la for floor generals.  Under normal circumstances, it's tough to keep guys out of the lane.  In SL, where there's a large range of on-floor talent and for all practical purposes guys introduce themselves to each other then take the floor, it's nearly impossible. I haven't seen so many young people playing in paint since I stopped teaching Kindergarten. 
  • Blake Griffin is a sick, sick athlete, and one of the rare dudes so big and squared off around the shoulders he actually looks shorter than he is. 
  • SL is a strange combination of compelling matchups for the hoops junkie, human drama (there are dudes out there working to find even the smallest bit of a home in the NBA), and totally unwatchable basketball. 

BK

 
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Dogs over cats. no question.

I really am enjoying todays blog. It's alot more light hearted here. Even people that have been fueding are moving on from the beefs they have.

The kitten, JonK's Dog and LT's cats are creating a MUCH needed distraction for me. I am noticing how much less attention it requires reading todays posts. I for one, needed the day off from beefs.

Taliq, with the struggles you have had today,
I am reminded of the Movie "Kung Pow". There's this character that keeps coming at him and challenges him against all better judgement. The guy gets his @ss Kicked a number of times and then (with the squeeky shoes) declares himself the winner! LOL.

There is also this chick in the movie with a HILARIOULY high pitched voice. LOL, it's a must see for someone in need of a laugh.

GAWD, I love that flick.

Lakalova,
I don't know about you, but I became a Laker fan because of Magic Johnson, and have been a Laker fan ever since. I imagine many people my age became Laker fans for the same reason.
If Magic hypothetically had been traded to the Nuggets in 1990, than I would have instantly become a Nuggets fan as well. You can criticize that mentality all you want (since you are so wise when it comes to the definition of being a fan), but after more than a decade of watching Magic lead my team to 5 rings and provide endless hours of entertainment, excitement, joy, disappointment and redemption, I became a Magic homer. And trust me, I am not in the minority.
For the very same reasons, I have become a Kobe homer, and am proud of it. The man's been a Laker for thirteen years. Superstar players and GMs have come and gone, but Kobe (and Jerry Buss) have been the only constants during that span.
Like it of not, stars make this league. They are the ones that fans pay to see. I can't imagine Cavs, Boston or Chicago fans ridiculing their fellow fans for being a Lebron, Bird or Jordan homer. That would be almost as silly as a Laker fan bashing a fellow fan for being a Kobe homer.

Sincerely,
Unabashed Kobe Homer
Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | July 21, 2009 at 04:06 PM

Laker Truth,
Well, I became a Laker Fan because I was born in Los Angeles and the Lakers were winning championships. I know! Weird!

I’m sorry, I don’t salivate over the jocks of one particular player when it comes to basketball…..a TEAM sport.

I don’t argue that the NBA is a players’ league and that the inmates don’t run the asylum. But, do I think it’s right? No. Is there anything I can do about, but argue with fellow bloggers over it? Unfortunately, no.

I’m not ridiculing someone for liking a particular player (or being a homer for that matter), but once it appears to me that said player has become more important than the team, I like to opine since I find that sentiment inherently wrong….Especially when it pits favorite player to a teammate.

Go Lakers!!

puddle,

To quote Laker Tom:

" I was originally a dog person growing up but married a cat lover. For our 16th wedding anniversary, I gave her a Burmese kitten and promised to be a cat lover for the rest of my life. Since then, we have had many wonderful cats who have enriched our lives greatly."

See?

He was originally a dog person and then he married a parasite infected individual and bought a cat for her which, of course, used its alien biological weaponry upon him and NOW CATS ARE THE GREATEST THING EVER! HOW HE SO ENJOYS SERVING THEM! IT SO ENRICHES HIS LIFE!!!

It's not the X-Files. It's real life. And we are on the front lines.

Dog lovers of the world unite! We are the only ones who can stop the alien invasion! The infected are all around us! Stop the cats or lose your freewill! The time for call to action is now!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lamar, sign the contract already.

Those of us who are uninfected in Laker Nation are still starting to lose our minds.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Careful Jon. This talk of tyrannical, alien invader kitties might just vault you into the #1 spot as the craziest whack job on this blog... and that's saying something! :)

"...good writing is what communicates ideas the most effectively regardless of fidelity to established language"

phred, good post.

lakalova,

How can you criticize Taliq's writing style when your name is lakalova? That sounds like something Heavy D would make up.

Go Lakers!
Sign Lamar!

LakerTom,

"Would you really switch and become a Bulls fan if Kobe was traded to the Bulls? What happens when Kobe retires? Will you still remain a Lakers fan? Thanks."

i was never this crazy about the bulls ... i think a big part of the kobe addiction comes from having to defend him when LA wasn't winning ... it's almost like an investment of some sort ... so my answer is if Kobe retires a laker then I'd stay with the lakers 4 life ... if he got traded to another team though then all bets are off ... but we all know #24 is retiring a laker so yeah imma bleed purple n gold d rest of d way

Dogs/Cats?

I like both the same. I have a dog right now, had cats before. They both are cool.

All I can say is Jon K. must own a cat, because that dude is one crazy parasitic mofo...HAHA

And Laker Tom,

I think it is quite obvious that Alfonso is very much indeed Michael C. Teniente. His posts have MikeT all over them. Yeah, I am definitely sure he likes Kwame's calves and has been exposed.

Jon K,
I can understand why a Clippers fan would be paranoid about parasites.

Wes - loved the leper post, great story.

How can you criticize Taliq's writing style when your name is lakalova? That sounds like something Heavy D would make up.

Go Lakers!
Sign Lamar!

Posted by: Rocky | July 21, 2009 at 05:19 PM


Touche, Rocky

Your comment lacks merit when broken down, but pithy nonetheless. I salute you!

Go Lakers!!!

puddle,

"This talk of tyrannical, alien invader kitties might just vault you into the #1 spot as the craziest whack job on this blog..."

It's only crazy because it's true... maybe.

Of course, we have no idea how accurate your discernment is because of your cat parasite-riddled brain.

The cats have a vested interest in keeping their plot for world domination under wraps. You may be just one more cog in their great propaganda machine to silence the truth!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lakalova,

Just curious. Do you own a Lakers jersey? and if so, which jersey is it?

exheldovr,

"I can understand why a Clippers fan would be paranoid about parasites."

Right. So you know where I'm coming from then.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

lakalova;

You've got nerve putting down hip-speak with a nom de plume such as yours.

"I have come here to chew gum and to kick ass and I'm all out of gum."

That's what it feels like in here.

John K,

-I love dogs more than cats.
-I respect cats more than dogs.

-Cats were worshiped as Gods by the ancient Egyptians, as well as many parts of Asia. (parasite alert).
-The only dogs that have ever been worshiped are Lassie, Benji and Old Yeller.

-Cats were thought to have satanic powers during Medieval times (parasite alert).
-Dogs have the power to fetch sticks.

-Cats provide music to the world (bows for string instruments are made of cat guts) and are the protagonists of the biggest musical of all time. (it's no coincidence that cats have 10 times as many vocal chords as dogs).
-Dogs howl at a police sirens.

-Cats are descendants of the great saber toothed tiger.
-Dog are descendants of the Dingo.

-Cats almost never meow at other cats. The meow is primarily meant for humans (parasite alert).
-Dogs bark at their own tails.

-Cats lick and groom their entire bodies.
-Dogs only groom their privates.

puddle,

Just know that when you sleep tonight, your "cute adorable kitten" will be calling up to the mother ship with the message, "He knows too much."

Sleep well.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

lakalova,

Come on, man. Lay off Taliq. Let's end this conflict. It's going nowhere.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

JohnnyV,

"Taliq, with the struggles you have had today" ...

lol never that ... i jus dnt respect the dude hence the reason i took a bow

Jon,

>>> It's not the X-Files. It's real life. And we are on the front lines.

ROFLMAO! That was great, Jon. And I knew where you were going the instant I saw my quote. Who knows? Stranger things have happened. I even heard that Smush Parker was once the starting point guard for the LA Lakers. Can you believe that?

Ah, man, what a pleasant relief from all the tension. That was pure genius by BK. I mean babies, kittens, and puppies. There must have been some study proving that we are all born to recognize cuteness. Thinking about how it might have happened almost makes me doubt the theories of evolution. Maybe phred has the answer. Alien cats?

Keep it coming, man. Cleveland is going to miss you.

Tom

LAKER TRUTH,

Dogs were the sacred animals of Zoroastrianism, the religion of the Middle East before Islam came through. Under Persian law the killing of a dog was considered an equal offense to killing of a human being.

Dogs were considered sacred animals because they expressed the best characterists of humanity, but not its worst.

In addition, dogs are not descended from dingos, dingos are descended from dogs. Dogs are descended from wolves.

And though you may not respect dogs, they will sacrifice their life to save someone whom they love. A sign of tremendous loyalty, courage and nobility and something rarely expressed in humans and not expressed at all in cats.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

In Zoroastrianism, dogs were also considered to be natural exorcists and it was believed that a demon could not come within 80 paces of a dog's stare.

lakalova,

nothing self deprecating about my last post to u ... dobby the house elf was a slave in d harry porter books ... add it all up and u get that i was simply agreeing with the dude i quoted

but u rite tho ... i keep sayin i'm done n yet i keep falling 4 your barbs

Jon,

You have to stop this. I am laughing so loudly that I can’t finish my dinner. So here’s a couple of question:

1. Does anybody know if Lamar or any of the Lakers players have cats?
2. If the cats are really aliens, then isn’t it also likely that the dogs are aliens, too.

The zombies were a pretty funny run but I think the alien cats are definitely going directly to the LA Times Lakers Blog HOF. You’re one brilliantly funny guy, Jon.

Tom

Jon K,

LOL, I stand corrected.

ChicNStu & Otis,

Nice moves, guys. The power and intelligence of subtlety can never be underestimated. One could learn a lot hanging around here. And not just about basketball.

Tom

Jon K,
I wonder if Lamar has a cat? Maybe that's the problem. LO wants to stay in LA, but the cat prefers Florida. Hummmm. You could be on to something big here!

Here's a picture of people affected by cats brain parasites:
http://tinyurl.com/5d46jv
Beware!!

Maybe Lamar is infected also... maybe Jerry Buss is a dog lover... THE CAT CONSPIRACY IS ON THE SPORTS!!
BEWARE!!

Yes, Kobe is in Manila. My friend saw him in person. It is Kobe's third visit in Manila, the first time I saw him in person. He was still with Adidas at that time, a visit that endeared Kobe to the Filipinos. He was very nice at that time maybe because he was not a big star as now.

I hope to watch the Lakers when they go to Toronto. I have every reason to see them play. Got me a jersey, a cap and a shirt.

This was caused by the parasites!!
http://tinyurl.com/m75599
Now i understand the lapsus in Lamar's game
Beware!!

"Cat Protection Society of New South Wales spokesperson Kristina Vest said the findings were not surprising.

"After all they say dogs have masters and cats have servants," Ms Vest said.

"A check with members found lots of ways to get attention and most are pretty straight forward.

"They knock things off the dressing table or bang door handles or simply use their body weight and jump on their people.

"Others use 'the stare'. This is where you wake up to find your cat sitting somewhere on or near you, just staring at your face, willing you to wake up."

Horatio and Boris are fans of the pillow-side purr and scratching the bedside wardrobe to get attention, owner Rebecca East, from Marrickville, said yesterday.

"They know how to push our buttons," she said."

BEWARE!!

"...Ah, man, what a pleasant relief from all the tension. That was pure genius by BK. I mean babies, kittens, and puppies. There must have been some study proving that we are all born to recognize cuteness. Thinking about how it might have happened almost makes me doubt the theories of evolution. Maybe phred has the answer. Alien cats?
Keep it coming, man. Cleveland is going to miss you.
Tom
Posted by: LakerTom | July 21, 2009 at 05:58 PM

Why me? How should I know? Well, nothing in what I know about evolutionary biology says that a trait “cuteness” couldn’t have been selected for. Can god make a cat so cute that Jon K. would accept it into his breast and swear his undying love for it forever and ever, that’s the question.

Hey, I have an apartment and I don’t have a yard. So no dogs, even though I love many of them. Not the little inbred cottonballs with teeth that yap a yap and will run into a screen door to try to get at your ankles, but real dogs. Labs, beagles, those Laplandish something heunds, spaniels, Scotties, and best of all, mutts. Some friends of mine had a giant dog named Chevy. He could like my face without raising his from legs off the ground. Huge. And these friends lived in a ridiculously tiny house. I offered to take him off their hands, but I was rebuffed strongly. That wasn’t going to happen.


So, LakerTom, what kind of terms are we talking? We’d better hurry, cause I think this is gonna settle itself out pretty fast.

ABOVE PRRRITTEN ISSSS PRRRRONG
I LOVE CATSSSSSS
CATSSSS PRRRRRRULE!!
DEATH TO DOGZZZZZZZ!

Long Live Chick,

>>> And Laker Tom,

>>> I think it is quite obvious that Alfonso is very much indeed Michael C. Teniente.
>>> His posts have MikeT all over them. Yeah, I am definitely sure he likes Kwame's
>>> calves and has been exposed.

You might be right, Chick. I do remember that Mike would have a rejoinder to every post I made within minutes of it appearing on the blog. However, as crazy and incoherent as his arguments were at times, Mike was a pretty good writer in his own way, far better in my opinion than what I have seen so far from Alfonso. I also never saw Mike as a guy to use a nom de plume.

Of course, if Alfonso sticks around, he will become a better writer and basketball fan. That’s what happens when you join the posters and stick your neck out. You learn how to present your ideas better, how to defend them, and sometimes why they are wrong. Anyway, I have no grudge or hard feelings against Alfonso. He was upset that I felt we could do without Lamar and just chose an uncool way to present his ideas. As a result, all anybody got from his post was his tone and not what he was trying to say.

Listening, Alfonso? I hope so. Can’t blame anybody for loving Lamar because I do. But we are both Lakers fans who want to share the joy of rooting and talking about our team. So just treat everyone with the same respect you want to be treated. Sometime, nobody listens when all you do is shout. Believe me, as much as anyone around, I learned that.

Tom

Speaking of family pets, has anyone seen this new creature, found in dome sewer somewhere? There are two theories on what it is; either an unemployed special effects worker set up these things as a prank, or maybe it's a worm colony of some kind, thus the constriction when exposed to light.

Enjoy. Muahahahahaa.

Wes

Link to sewer monster:

http://tinyurl.com/lucnss

Wes

Lakalova,

Just curious. Do you own a Lakers jersey? and if so, which jersey is it?

Posted by: ChicNstu | July 21, 2009 at 05:46 PM

I do, in fact. It was a gift with my actual last name printed on the back.

Jon K

Because I respect you so much as a blogger (and because it's really just not that important) I will lay off.

Taliq,

My apologies. We are all Laker fans regardless of how we got there. I'm done. Peace!

Go Lakers!!!

Lakalova,

The English language is not some beautiful soft skinned virgin that can be "raped." It is a moving growing and ever evolving mutually agreed upon system of symbols used for communication. If ideas are communicated, no matter the symbols, that language is being practically effective.

In short--holier than thou doesn't serve as a back up for unsubstantiated arguments. Keep it to the point and no need to attack Taliq.

Jon K.

Unfortunately, why we teach spelling and grammar in elementary school has far less to do with effective communication, and far more to do with societal power, fancy manners, and mimicry of who's in power at certain points in history.
Interesting reads you may appreciate as a scholar: see michel foucoult's discussions of disciplanary power. also see David Hogan's work. Very interesting.

Taliq

keep it up bro.
If people can pick up what you put down, it don't matter what small minded people think.
Language is not a God, It is a tool for communication. Your voice is excellent. Don't quit.

Jandro

Dogs may be more trainable, but that doesn't make them more intelligent.

Additionally, cats have a number of more recently evolved features that make them more similar to us than pond scum. Cats have far more sophisticated coordination, including the ability to manipulate their forelimbs and front paws in far more sophisticated ways than dogs. Cats also have very sophisticated visual systems, close enough to humans that they are frequently used to study the human visual system.

Dogs respond in a more social way so people like them more. They are social creatures like we are.

Head to head, pound for pound, cats are more formidable.

If I had to bet on the smarter animal, I'd probably have to go with a cat. They control us more than dogs do. Sounds smarter to me.

To all you animal lovers in Lakerland :

Here`s hoping my KARma does not run over your DOGma!

wes - what the hell WAS that thing????

Jon K and Laker Tom -

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comedy break today!

Seriously - I'm busting a gut over here....!

lakalova -

Glad to hear you're giving it a break. "Dogging" on the sherrif is never good for your future prospects. Are you sure you're not a cat person and this malicious assault on taliq was a result of parasites in your brain trying to get you to get rid of all authority figures and police so that the alien cat fleet of motherships can safely land and continue in their quest for world domination without law enforcement getting in the way?

Just a question...

Tom - I tend to agree (my earlier joke notwithstanding) that Alfonso is probably not Mike T. I'm pretty sure that he is a regular blogger using a nom de plume however. So who? Hmmmm. Also, I second you on Jon's HOF nomination, he is channeling mad genius today.

Justa,

I don't know. Some new species, I guess. But, it's living off our...feces!

Yuck!

Wes

1. Does anybody know if Lamar or any of the Lakers players have cats?
2. If the cats are really aliens, then isn’t it also likely that the dogs are aliens, too

I think Lamar does not have any cats b/c he is fond of negotiating. Cats don't negotiate, they just spray your bed or furniture if you don't cover them. Kobe has some cats but another type of cats. (I wonder if Vanessa is supervising his presence in the Philippines, it's a R & R for Kobe w/o any danger or lawsuits.)

Are cats aliens? NO, there are no Costco in other planets selling cat food. They also need scratching poles, litter box and the right temperature for their hair, Mercury is too hot and Jupiter is too cold. However, I know a lot of cats here who are illegal aliens working as masseurs in Hollywood or at the Oriental Spa in San Gabriel Valley.

btw, I maintain a pet cemetery in my backyard. They provide organic food to my fruit trees.

during kobe's visit here in manila, there is this presscon. i asked a sportscaster to asked kobe if LO is going to sign with the Lakers, and Kobe replied - Of Course He Will...
with that, ill take Kobe's words..
LO will be a Laker again next season.

maeve08 wrote: "i asked a sportscaster to asked kobe if LO is going to sign with the Lakers, and Kobe replied - Of Course He Will... "

When you take what Kobe said and couple it with Luke's confidence from Saturday, the only way this makes sense is if Lamar has basically thrown himself on the mercy of Jerbus and told him he's signing with L.A. and to give him the best deal he can get.

I need this to be over soon so I can stop wasting time refreshing my screen.

Edwin - you are warped my friend! Re: cat spray, true, true. Why just yesterday I went to hang some clothes in my closet and was rewared by the smell of pee from my daughter's cat. Such joy. Cats, love 'em and hate 'em.

Man im getting really sick of seeing that cat everyday. We need a new thread, hopefully with some new news.

I know I keep refreshing my page as well. It's getting outta control.

The keyword of the day is Miacid. look it up. be enlightened

Dave M.,

I wondered how is this possible but when I was a young lad, my mother has a poem in our dialect and talked to a new cat or kitten 12 times repeated everyday for about a week before accepted in the house. It is interpreted in this manner: "You are a member of the family, you will only pee or pooh here, you will not create noise when you are sexually aroused within this house, you will not scratch our furniture and we will treat you as our loving pet." The ritual is shorter than that and it rhymes as she talks to the cat, she lifts her butt up in the air 12 x and touches it on places where he should pe or po. You know what? Lo and behold, Cats can be hypnotized and they would follow orders do the letter. I can't explain the rationale of how or why but it is effective. Households in Asia also could not afford cat litter or cat food, they are fed with leftovers. they clean and wash the box every day. well, the ritual was handed down from one generation to another.

Curious what Bynum's #1 fan LakerTom has to say about this from Bill Plaschke:

"Bring back Odom not only because of his playoff success, but also because of Bynum's playoff failures, important insurance against the distinct possibility that the kid just can't bring it for eight months."

hahaha

Dave, I have tragic experiences with Cats

We had a cat who has an orange mustache, if I can only send pictures, I would have attached it as he sits in a window and watches cars passes by. He loves to sneak outside every time he hears the sound of our garage opener. Ironically, I was so cheap and would not even put a sensor on the automatic garage which we installed. Well, one day my daughter found her squeezed to death from the garage door. That has been a traumatic experience for the whole family on the day we lost Mango.

2nd experience, it is a story of a stray blue eyed cat, we call Frankie. My neighbor gave it to us b/c he's kinda wild. We could not discipline this stray cat so he was in and out of the house, not really treated as our pet. One day, Frankie boldly climbed a tall pine tree near our house. Upon reaching the apex, he became too afraid to come down. He created quite a commotion that attracted the passerby, the neighborhood, the environmentalist, the crows and the firemen with his desperate "meowing". We tried different ways to bring him down but to no avail; this cunning cat would tease us for seven days during Christmas time without food and water. His cries grew louder. People felt helpless, guilty and anxious to do something because it was very cold out there. On the eight day, he methodically found his way down and received cheers from a relieved neighborhood. The firemen arrived and brought their long ladders and glad the crisis was over. Weeks later, because of his wanton delinquency and curiosity; he was run over by a road monster, SUV.
Moral of the story: Perseverance extended his life but carelessness cut it short.

Sorry for posting my own cat experiences not related to the Lakers.

where's mamba24's cowardly self to defend me hunh hunhh, u blessed me with this badge dawg ... is a mayor supposed 2 take a vacation? someone should strip dat kat of his title too ...
Posted by: Taliq | July 21, 2009 at 09:32 AM

LOL.. good point. in that case i cant blame you for resigning. kinda hard to enforce the law when the man who appointed you leaves you high and dry... but how bout you step up to the streets and become the new mayor in town. maybe you could appoint lakalova as your sheriff.. in memory of former mayor mamba24 heres to starting a new bandwagon:

TALIQ FOR MAYOR BANDWAGON
(1) yellofever

just kidding doh

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yellofever- yup, those crazy hordes of Luke lovers. Like, you know, me. .... Try not to turn into a carcicature like pfunk, ok?
Posted by: phred | July 21, 2009 at 02:25 PM

why you dissin on pfunk?? i happen to enjoy his posts.. unadulterated unplugged and to the point esp when hes rambling about luke... but lets get one thing clear: like it or not i am a lukehater and i will be one till the day i die... i aint running for cover and that is one battle i'll fight till the last gasp.. if hating luke is wrong than i dont ever wanna be right.
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For the very same reasons, I have become a Kobe homer, and am proud of it.
Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | July 21, 2009 at 04:06 PM

thank you truth! mad props.. now u really living up to your name.. i too am a kobe homer and its about time i said it.. "my name is yellofever and i am an alcoholic woops i mean kobe homer.. i started being a kobehomer since his rookie year in 1996 and havent been sober since... i still vividly remember his rookie year when he shot an airbal against utah in a playoff game but unfazed undeterred and unrattled he came back the next possession and kept shooting the ball light out... that is when i knew i spotted a shining star.. possessing a killer instinct and eye of the tiger like no other".. but seriously if kobe was ever traded i would still be a diehard lakerfan... there is no I in team folks.. always should be team first player second.

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How can you criticize Taliq's writing style when your name is lakalova? That sounds like something Heavy D would make up.
Posted by: Rocky | July 21, 2009 at 05:19 PM

LOL.. i just spit food outt my nose!! far and away best line of the day! damn this blog is entertaining.. cant post in the day cause the site gets blocked out by my work somtimes but this blog is definitely becoming a very refreshing escape from reality. its becoming addictive like crack cocaine and think i'm gettin addicteve like crack cocaine.

that all for today folks. good night!

btw, i really hate cats especially the domesticated house cat... this world would be a lot better place without them dirty little felines. any animals that attack innocent babies is damn evil and should be exterminated and wiped off the face of this planet.

jandro,

"Unfortunately, why we teach spelling and grammar in elementary school has far less to do with effective communication, and far more to do with societal power, fancy manners, and mimicry of who's in power at certain points in history."

That's simply not true.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!

Benjamin,

"If I had to bet on the smarter animal, I'd probably have to go with a cat. They control us more than dogs do. Sounds smarter to me."

Yeah, and they have a biological weapon known as brain parasites that allows them to control their masters. That's pretty cool too, if you love evil.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I suspect that Jerry Schwartz has recently given Lamar Odom several cats.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I see some other bloggers aren't really digging the cat thread (or should I say threat?), but I found it to be one of the more entertaining dialogues we've had on this space.

Well, I'm off to sleep peacefully as my kitten pretends to play with a paper ball. I say "pretends" because I now know she's actually signaling Morse code to the spacecraft hovering above Los Angeles while planting neurosis-developing bugs in my medial prefrontal cortex. Wily devil.

Edwin Guerco,

"1. Does anybody know if Lamar or any of the Lakers players have cats?
2. If the cats are really aliens, then isn’t it also likely that the dogs are aliens, too"

1. I suspect Lamar Odom, Adam Morrison, Sun Yue, and Sasha Vujacic own cats.

2. a) Cats ARE REALLY ALIENS. They helped the Egyptians build the pyramids, thus explaining why the Egyptians worshipped them as gods.

b) No, dogs are a species that has co-evolved with mankind over hundreds of thousands of years. They are our companion species and the reason that dogs hate cats so much is because they instinctually recognize cats' evil plot to enslave humanity and steal from us dominion over God's green Earth.

There. I said it.

Now deal with the truth.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Number16,

"Man im getting really sick of seeing that cat everyday."

Obviously you are uninfected.

You need to buy the cat, clean up poo several days in a row, breathe in its parasites' microscopic eggs hidden in the dust from the feces and then SUDDENLY EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE!

You'll LOVE the cat and want to do its bidding.

It's a good thing. It's a real good thing you done that, isn't it, Jake?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!! (And a parasite free environment that does not support world domination by an alien species masquerading as house cats.)

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

No really, cats do have a common goal!!! to overtake us humans for supremacy in the world! they are training their young ones for that...

http://tinyurl.com/kitten-training

Edwin Guerco,

"Dave, I have tragic experiences with Cats"

God is protecting you. Stay strong.

Buy a dog. Everything will be okay.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

You know what is bull? Watching my spelling because there are proofreaders lurking. What is bull, is that Miami papers are saying that the Miami offer to Odom is for about the same as the Lakers offer...it is, if you consider the Miami offer is for 5 years and the Lakers offer is for 3 years and the 3 million buyout if that were to happen. The Lakers should come in around 9 million for 4 years...and stress that he should be able to still get a mid year after 4 years if not better. Mitch and Lamar, get up and switch seats for a moment and reflect....you are both intelligent men...just be reasonable with each other.

Matt Barnes got picked up by Orlando...we could have used a versatile player like that. (not over Odom, but in addition to what we have)....I'm sure that we could not have afforded him, but if we could have, we should have.

Pussy pic still up, Does M'Benga have a future in LA....not in OC, that would be the clippers.....I wish....

One more salvo into the cat dog fray.

When I was a kid I can't remember a time that we didn't have both dogs and cats. Never more than one of each, but always one of each.

And they served different purposes; they had different territories. The dog was for out door fun, mostly, and the cat was indoor fun.

The boundaries would overlap sometimes, and then the hijinks would really begin. My dog Sam loved nothing more than trying to get involved in our cats’ catfights, trying fruitlessly to get a bite in without getting our own cat.

Those were the good ole days. The cats were always there to sit on your homework or attack your sister or what not.

I remember one of the best nights of my life, my little sister (grown woman now) was circling our cat over and over on the living room rug. I was watching television and my sister just kept walking in a little circle around and around the cat with the kitty's little head looking like and an avocado in a blender on slow--going around and around and around and around.

Finally, the cat had had enough and jumped right up on Jamie’s face and attacked it. I mean, claws to both eyes. My sister went screaming in one room, the cat in the other.

Priceless.

You have to have both, I say. It's like ice cream and cereal. Why choose one or the other?

Wes

This is off the subject of LOCO, but can somebody tell me where I can buy certain Lakers games (in their entirety)this season (e.g. Celtics, Cavs, finals with Thuggets and Magic) that I can then download to my IPOD? I am having major surgery next week and would like to watch the Lakers games while in the hospital and at home recovering. Thanks all.

I have come around a little to being ok with Lamar being offered a contract because he does bring a lot of unique and effective skills (when playing well) that compliment other Lakers.

However in the real world California has double digit unemployment, a massive budget cut, and all kinds of suffering. While I can see Lamar trying to get all the money he could I have zero tolerance for him trying one iota to go beyond the Laker original offers. I, as owner, would not put them back on, but if Buss does, it shows how much he wants to win.

In any case it was a very disturbing and really unflattering side of Lamar that I have seen, this is to me at least. Unless he is in a sugar coma 24 hours a day he has to read or at least hear news about the economy and the lower cap. I will welcome him back as a Laker but I will never embrace him again. Too much very uncool stuff went down this summer from 'team Lamar'.

my favorite cats r the one in the jazz clubs or similar improvisational venues.

cool cats

BK

we know that ur an "Alarm" homer, but obviously you know info that is not posted on this blog but is referenced by others. :)

http://tinyurl.com/lq484q

Kobe "optimistic" Lakers will sign Lamar. He spoke at a press conference in Singapore. Also says Odom "makes us stronger."

http://tinyurl.com/lhj5yq

Does he know something we don't? Is he sending a message to Lamar? Is he sending a message to Dr. Buss?
Whatever it is, Kobe speaking out is a positive sign. Now, let's retire the kitten.

Look.

Before I scale back my assault on those advocating that Lamar Odom leave, I'll respond to some noteworthy responses I recieved.

1. ChicNstu

"As a vtereran of the U.S. Military, I must ask you to stop referring to the NBA players as WOUNDED SOLDIERS."

Chic, if I was LakerTom or Jon K., I'd attack you on your grammar and ask you to spell check your next few posts. Then I'd make a seemingly neutral statement which would make me seem like the bigger man, and not even respond to your grievance directly.

However, I shall.

O.K. Because you're a gentleman and have asked me to do so with such bravery, I will further refrain from the "wounded soldier" references. Salut, respectively, good sir.


2. LakerTom

"Oh, no! I think I will dub Alfonso with the blog handle of STALKER. Maybe I can even ask AK and BK for a virtual restraining order. Either that or bring along my cat’s big brothers as virtual chaperones."

AndrewTom, you fail to mention that for ever post I directed toward you, you responded indirectly to it for a running average of 3.4 to 1. So, carry on with the she show if you like but (ironically, citing the topic for this post) the cat, or "kitten", is out of the bag.

You're being paid by Team Bynum to make your silly posts asking for Lamar to be shipped in the name of "honor" and "Laker loyalty". Everyone on this blog but Jon K. knows that you're affection for Andrew goes far beyond fanboyism and right into the heart of everything that's wrong with sports.

Bynum got paid for doing nothing. He scored 30 points in a couple of games and then sat on managements head via his agent for a contract extension, which you at the time, were advocating and lobbying for judiciously.

If we would have waited the end of season, there is no way the prospect would have commanded that much money. We could have signed him at fair value, retained Odom much more easily, and had cap room going forward to sign a up and coming point guard of the future.

You'll argue that Andrew got paid peanuts this year and played to his worth. Do you really think that's an argument that has four legs? Andrew played like trash, plain and simple. His partying while the team was on it's most crucial road trip of the season was bad enough, until pictures of people being hoisted on his "injured knees" emerged. Getting touch fouls during the playoffs and being outquicked and outpowered and outhustled by everyone from Paul Millsap to Ming to Scola to Martin to even lowly Birdman Anderson was even worse, but then he called out the best coach in all of sports.

Through the media.

And you stood by him, every step of the way, promoting his every move and celebrating even his missteps, citing the "you learn from your mistakes" adage.

I'm sorry, Tom. I respect your writing skills on this blog and your consistency in doing so, but you're a tool in the literal sense.

You're a tool that Team Bynum uses to promote the prospects agenda. And that is the most heinous crime you can committ against us true Laker fans. Being one of "us", but not really.

You know what I mean.

As for the rest of it. You attacking my grammar but never my content, you suggesting I get... ahhhh just forget it, Tom.

I'm not spell checking this one either.

The gig is up.

You've cost us big time leverage with your idolization of this false prophet.

And we want our money back.


On behalf of True Laker Fans Everywhere (TLFE),

Alfonso
The Honor and Integrity Index


*AK/BK this post was formed in it's mildest to avoid being cencored. Please let it fly. TY

Jon K,

Cats and dogs can stay in one place and lived together in harmony. In fact, for several years, we slept with our 17 year old cat with a russian breed together with our chihuahua-pomeranian at the foot of the bed. Two years ago, our old cat died and you can see our dogs (the other one is a Labrador-Chow) have been looking for their friend by sniffing at the litter box and water dispenser stored outside the house. I don't believe cats are aliens, they acted as buffers during my stress therapy in the periods of '06 and '07 watching Smush, Kwame and Luke. Because of cat presence on my lap, it prevented me from hitting the TV screen every time I watched Kwame messed up with the ball or Smush giving a free pass. No matter how mad you are, a cat will just cuddle and try to cool down your nerves with his fuzzy hair and cat naps. LOL! Also, Jon K., you are a martial arts expert, maybe familiar with the cat stand. In fact, that should be taught to Drew how to imitate a cat stand and how he maintains his balance when landing on the ground. Secondly, I think Ron Artest is more of a cat breed. Cats are fiercer than dogs when challenged, dogs are bullies with their barks but when a cat is cornered they show their fangs, used their claws and sharp nails to wield attackers in a cat stand position. But because of size, they choose enemies prefer mice than dogs.

Secondly, I don't believe in "Aliens per se" but I guessed it was the illegal aliens who built the pyramids. At that time, the Pharaohs and their descendants were the only legitimate Egyptians with papers and the rest of the population were all illegal aliens. As a result, the got the brunt of labor, insults and sacrifices without any credit.In the end, it was the families of the Pharaohs who were buried there, thus inherited the fruits of their labor.

Lamar needs to sign a contract already and start focusing on NEXT SEASON!
So many players do not realize how hard it is to repeat.
But thats another story.

The Lakers are offering Lamar more money...

a better chance to win...

and a chance to play with another childhood friend....if they really are friends.

I don't really think Lamar an Ron are as good of friends as they are portrayed. This should have been a no brainer for Odom.

That's why I'm almost hoping that Lamar does sign elsewhere because it just goes to show me that even after all we have been through with Lamar, we still don't know what he's thinking.

We'll end up paying Odom a fat contract and not know what the heck we are getting.

How hungry will he be for a 2nd? 3rd?

I just don't know. His antics of late seem kinda redflaggish to me.

TMZ has the video of the dunk on Lebron.

http://tinyurl.com/n5t9ov

Can't wait to see it.

Odom is going to Miami. What the hell is Buss's problem? He payed 65 million for the team back in the day and now they're worth close to a billion and he won't pay him an extra 4 million. He should stick to poker which he likes more anyway and let his daughter run the team.

Kam Bros.,

A pic of Kwame Brown?

We're trying to forget him.

shout out to all that offered support at the sheriff's funeral ... much appreciated but the sheriff skit was getting old anyway so best to put it to bed ... also we're the champs now, we don't need to defend ourselves against the haters, i think they're the one's that need the law on their side when the lakers come knocking on their doors

yellofeva,
"TALIQ FOR MAYOR BANDWAGON"
umm absolutely not ... i think that title requires you do the whole mamba24 roll colls and bandwaggons ... 2 much administrative crap

And oh looks like the equation is alive and kicking ... espn is reporting that kobe thinks mar mar is coming back 4 sure ... maybe justanothermambafan finaly tracked down lamar

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Besides espn/kobe thingy ... Fish also commented on LA times that he's hoping we get odom back

"And what he went through this past year, going to the bench -- and I mean he's an all-star caliber player -- and in a contract year to come off the bench and he'd never done it before in his career, he did it as well as anybody could ever do it and his team won a championship at the same time."

Secondly, I don't believe in "Aliens per se" but I guessed it was the illegal aliens who built the pyramids. At that time, the Pharaohs and their descendants were the only legitimate Egyptians with papers and the rest of the population were all illegal aliens. As a result, the got the brunt of labor, insults and sacrifices without any credit.In the end, it was the families of the Pharaohs who were buried there, thus inherited the fruits of their labor.


Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 22, 2009 at 06:59 AM

Lol. That is funny. I love how they found those clay tablets on which the pyrmid builders wrote personal notes, love letters, poetry, death threats, IOU's and other stuff. They were really, really just like us, more concerned with who had beer than who they loved than anything else.

Funny stuff.

Wes

...and who they loved...

Wes

Edwin

last night i was reading the blog while playing in a different window the Bruce Lee channel on justin.tv. around 8PM

it was bruce lee in Rome at the Coliseum fighting Chuck the Norris. while looking for Chuck to fight him, Bruce got scared by a CAT, running down on one of the steps of the stadium. (the cat was as scared as bruce)

at the beginning Chuck totally dominated Bruce. cut. plan on the cat playing with her paws with a rock. Bruce starts to concentrate and hits Chuck a few times. Cut back to the cat that watches them like some viewer watching a tennis game. close up on the cat, on Bruce's eyes, on the Cat's eyes and Bruce demolishes Chuck.

Cat claw?!!!!!! ask bruce. will always work. referring to dogs, the only Martial art move is: wigging the tail. and that usually happens after one is the winner. so there is no real move in the repertoire.

More from Fisher ... I think this is a really good summary of what many of the Odom advocates on this blog have been trying to convey ... i.e. don't get mad @ Odom cuz the nba is also a business, let's just hope the numbers eventually addup to him being back in purple n gold

[I don't think anybody on our team, or any of our coaches or even management has any desire to see Lamar not back as a Laker next year," Fisher said, "but the NBA is a business and contract negotiations are a huge part of it. Sometimes they take longer than others but you have to accept it for what it is.

"I'm hopeful that fans understand that from Lamar and his agent's perspective in terms of whatever they're going through.

"But I think it will be done sooner rather than later, hopefully. I've very rarely seen a free agent of Lamar's caliber slide into August without having a contract done, so hopefully it will be done soon."]

you haven't proposed terms yet, LakerTom..you started to see some of that ol writing on the wall, starting to stretch our your shoulders for all that shrugging? Better use of time than proofreading semi literates with delusions of grandeur.

Taliq,

Don't abandon your Sheriff of the blog and don't worry about language. We have no proof readers, editors here b/c time is of the essence. What is important is the content, it should be understood by any Laker fan.

Someone said, "How many languages are there in the world? How about 5 billion! Each of us talks, listens, and thinks in his/her own special language that has been shaped by our culture, experiences, profession, personality, mores and attitudes. The chances of us meeting someone else who talks the exact same language is pretty remote." Anonymous

Speaking of Kobe ... am I the only that thinks he's still stressing himself too much with this whole Asian tour ... Nike let this man rest please ...

taliq - yes I did.

He was curled up in a closet, drooling and talking about cats and world domination. He had a crazed look in his eyes, but after a couple of Snickers and a bucket of M&M's he seemed to calm down.

He said he always wanted to be a Laker, but after he got his new kitten things just seemed to change. He just wasn't seeing things clearly and for some reason started feeling like Miami was the place to be. Something about landing sites and motherships - sounded all crazy to me, but all's well that ends well.

He'll be siging with the Lakers shortly. Meanwhile, the kitten was picked up by some guys in hazmat suits, and will be studied in Area 51. I hear they're going to try and get it to inform on all strategic attack plans by the cats in charge. I hope they get what they're after - I was seriously scared after that little sucker got carted off. You could just tell it was up to no good.

LakerTom,

Did someone say politics? ;)


Is anyone really surprised that Clipper Jon hates kittens?

Bill Simmons is also retiring.

talking about pets- an homage for Laker tom from the ESPN site

------

Next season, I think Andrew Bynum will win the MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year & Coach of the Year.

_______

He will also win Penthouse Pet of 2010.

Is anyone really surprised that Clipper Jon hates kittens?

Posted by: Eric M. | July 22, 2009 at 08:59 AM

is anyone really surprised that Clipper Jon JUST hates?!

"In Bynum's knees we trust - Laker's nation national anthem "

justanothermambafan,
"He said he always wanted to be a Laker, but after he got his new kitten things just seemed to change. He just wasn't seeing things clearly and for some reason started feeling like Miami was the place to be."

Never been fond of pets. And being the bandit I am now, I'll go ahead and ruffle some feathers. What happened to Michael Vick was a travesty. I just don't get how you incacerate someone for treating animals unfairly, think a tonne of hours doing community service at a dog shelter should have sufficed. I mean the same people screaming oh how could you treat a dog like that are ordering fish fillets, burgers, roasted duck and w/e else arouses their taste buds.

Like really if I were an animal and was told choose which home you want to end up in, you can go to the critic's house where you'll be dinner tonight or you can go to Vicks house where you'll have to fight for your life in a duel to the death, I'd umm choose the latter. That's not to say what Vick did was right, I'm just saying the punishment was not only excessive but also hypocritical. We eat animals every day, and please don't say it's for survival purposes, if so there'd be some law against tossing big macs in the trash can.

Now who wants to go with me deer hunting ... and oh bring your wallet too cuz u no it ain't no fun if we can't gamble ... 1000 bucks to get in the game, dude that collects the most heads wins it all ... and oh it's all perfectly legal ... yeeehaaaa

My take on cats and dogs....

#3. Weiner dogs...ever heard of a Weiner Cat??

#2.A Cat never saved Little Timmy after he fell in a well.

#1. Police Dogs...when was the last time a cat took a bullet for anyone.

Dogs 3 Cats 0...

 
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