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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. 


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Edwin Guerco,

A couple of quick retorts...

"I don't believe cats are aliens"

Of course you don't. You've had cats for years and are thus infected with the mind controlling parasite. Someone's got to tell you the hard truth, brother.

"I think Ron Artest is more of a cat breed. Cats are fiercer than dogs when challenged"

First of all, Artest is a dog owner.

Second of all, after watching my Akita bite a cat in half with one bite, my money's on the dog. Cats aren't fiercer hunters, they're crueler hunters. I've watched cats hunt mice before. They play with their prey. They torture them to death. Dogs are just brutal. They get in there and tear their prey apart. In addition, dogs hunt intelligently in packs while cats are solo, stalkers.

As I don't particularly find torturing your prey to death to be endearing, I like the way dogs hunt much better.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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


I wouldn't consider Weiner Dogs a good thing.

Ever heard of the Darwin Awards? They should have left Timmy in the well.

When was the last time a cat dragged a baby from a crib?

dave m/oucccchhhh,

It sounds like you two are infected.

Notice how the cat parasite makes a person more sensitive to guilt and, thus, more often utilize guilt in their daily social strategies? Well, it may well be that your shaming me is the direct result of a cat infection. I don't blame you. I blame the cats that are controlling your minds.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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


My Chinese astrological animal?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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




What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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


Dave M,

My apologies. I meant "Eric M." in addressing my last post on their thread.

I meant no insult.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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



"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."

As someone who has studied kung-fu (and Five Animal Form) for 20+ years, I must that the cat based styles (tiger, leapoard) are fun styles and the lightness of the styles are cool, however; they'll get you killed fighting on the street. They work on film. On the street they get you killed.

You want to win a fight? Study a practical art like Hagganah (Israeli commando style). Fights just like a dog. Straightforward. Get in close. Go for the throat.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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



Animal cruelty is animal cruelty. I eat meat. I enjoy meat, but I am against TORTURING animals for any reason, and that includes cats, which I don't like. People who torture animals for their amusement display characteristics that are congruent with serial killers, as animal torture is a common psychological behavior shared by most serial killers.

I think Michael Vick got off easy. If I was the judge I would have thrown the book at him. He's a scumbag.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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


"In Big Ben's case, there is no criminal trial and no criminal charges. That means the authorities don't think there's enough evidence to convict him. This is a civil suit only."

According to the experts I've read that followed Kobe's trial, there wasn't enough evidence to convict him either and they couldn't understand what the DA was thinking. Kobe's second mistake was not insisting on a lawyer immediately.


The accuser (or a witness, if there was one) has to initiate the criminal charges. In this case, the accuser did not do that. In Kobe's case, she did.

How fitting that on the same day an entry on "kittens" pops up is the same day I got a kitten myself! Then I finally found a store that sells the Wheaties boxes with the champ Lakers on the box the next day (it's kind of hard to find them in the Bay Area, where I reside). Then I got my NBA Laker caricature champ t-shirt in the mail the day after!

Yep, kittens and Lakers...go together like, uh...hell if I know.

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