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Give Ron Artest a call!

Via Janis Carr at the OC Register:

Ron Artest has posted his phone number on Twitter, encouraging fans to call and text. Not sure if he's changed it yet- Artest may be colorful, but he's not that kind of crazy- but in the meantime, you can give Ron-Ron a call and hear him promote his new artist with a personal touch. 

I realize on the surface this is pretty goofy, but from a marketing standpoint it's actually pretty brilliant. And you can see, once again, why we (meaning bloggers) are so excited to have him in town. Watch Ron work the phones by clicking here.

BK

 
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This is going to be a fun season.

I think many Laker fans have dismissed Trevor Ariza as a role player. The fact is that he was an important pierce in the mix especially during the playoffs. Without his two last second steals who knows who would be hosting the champion trophy.

Laker fan from the Ozarks

Tom Daniels,

Actually, it is sort of a slow day here in Boston {Title-Town}.

Just counting the days until the Celts go to training camp.....when KG, PERK, SHEED, and company will start those grueling, violent, intense, elbow-flying, body-slamming, profanity-filled two-a-day scrimmages!!!

{Good thing Grant Hill decided to stay in Phoenix. He never would`ve survived it.}

Otis...I`m sorry, man, if I offended again. I`ll try harder to follow your sound advice in the future. Bro, I swear your name stands for :

O.T.I.S.---Only The Intelligent Succeed

"I think many Laker fans have dismissed Trevor Ariza as a role player. The fact is that he was an important pierce in the mix especially during the playoffs. Without his two last second steals who knows who would be hosting the champion trophy.

Laker fan from the Ozarks"

Ariza was an integral part of the championship series but don't get ahead of yourself. Trying to elevate him above to the level of even a Pau Gasol type contributor is absurd. What about LO without him guarding the inbound pass would it have been possible for Ariza to even get those steals? Does that mean LO should be elevated? Not necessarily.

Also don't forget about how Melo and Turkoglu had their way against him besides the steals. Ariza was a great player but he ain't no young franchise player. He's going to find out life it is without Kobe/Pau and harder it is to be better on offense without those two commanding double teams.

Red - you've got me wrapped around your paw. Can't wait for the Boston L.A. games. It's amazing that through the decades, these two teams have maintained the same general visage - strength vs. grace.

Blitz, another spot-on post. Trevor was a really nice young player, and filled his role very well last year. That said, the cherry-picking fans who only remember his two steals against Denver would do well to recall how thoroughly Carmelo destroyed TA, forcing Kobe to nearly kill himself "wrestling with the bear" for much of that series.

Those two steals should not have been (and next year will not be) necessary to secure wins against Denver. I think Ron is going to open a lot of eyes (and minds) next year.

Pics of Ron Ron and Sasha in China.

Go to this link and scroll down to see...

http://tinyurl.com/nlx2eh

Artest is fun to have in LA. He has imagination and is not afraid to be himself. I think we will find that he is smart and motivated to play real hard and do what it takes to win rings.

BK - I actually think he is EXACTLY that kind of crazy. Pure looney tune fruit cake if you ask me. Still - it's going to be a very interesting season. Can't wait for October!

I know Coop's name has been tossed out there for our next great coach (along with the resulting "why he can't do it" posts), but has anyone given thought to Big Game James? Curious to see the thoughts out there....

Stanley

I liked Trever and those steals were crucial to the march to the ring. I am just hoping that RonRon doesn't have us scraping out victories and needing to steal the ball to thwart last minute heroics but other teams. Nothing wrong with a blowout or five in the playoffs this year.

We can turn the page on Trever and wish him well.

People I'll trade Bynum for just to stop the beating of the dead horse:

1. Devlin Harris and Brook Lopez
2. Derrick Rose and Joachim Noah
3. Brandon Roy and Joel Pryzbilla
4. Dwight Howard for AB and the guy with the big ears.

Blitz,

>>> Drew has a career shooting percentage of 57%, which even exceeds Pau’s
>>> career shooting percentage of 52%. Drew also has great low post moves and
>>> footwork and knows how to finish at the rim and intimidate defenders with
>>> hard moves and backboard shaking dunks. – LakerTom.

>>> Any rational analysis would NEVER conclude that Drew is a better or
>>> more dependable, more capable offensive option. – KB Blitz.

We are both Lakers fans, Blitz, so let’s both try to be more respectful of what we each say. Whether I believe it or not, nowhere in my post did I say or “conclude that Drew is a better or more dependable, more capable offensive option.” You once again are putting words in my mouth in your attempts to discredit me and my opinions. That is not fair.

This is why I am always so angry with you. You take what I say, change it however you like, and then half the blog jumps all over me for what they think I said because of your posts. Can we please have a return to civility and stop this silly feud you keep pushing? If anything, my comment was a complement to Pau as I was comparing Drew to the other player I know shoots a very high percentage and should get more touches.

Tom

Laker Tom,

That was not me who said that. That was T_Sensei. Please try to look first about what I said. I only agreed with these points with him:

Please take into account:

1) number of years played
2) number of touches
3) number of shots taken
4) spots on the court those shots are taken
5) other options on the court
6) role of the particular player (i.e. Pau vs Drew) as option # in the offense
7) types of shots in their personal repertoires

That's why I agreed with t_sensei because it points out why I choose Gasol to be better option than Bynum in the post.

Though I will say LT that you have posted this:

"Drew has a career shooting percentage of 57%, which even exceeds Pau’s career shooting percentage of 52%"

Which you said in an earlier post. Again that is why t_sensei posted all those things and why I agreed with him. Does the fact that playing with Kobe also factor into why it is 57%? Also factor in how many shots he took. If he took only 4 shots and made 3 it would mean his career average is 75% heck even better than Wilt! Wilt never got his 71% FG% until he took the lowest shot attempt in his entire career. If Bynum took more shots I predict his FG% would be lower than 57% ESPECIALLY if he didn't have Kobe/Pau/Jackson/Odom/Artest.

Consider those things first before using FG% to justify an argument.

Try to also be like Andrew Bernard because while I do disagree with him over Bynum, he's very much civil in his responses.

dave,

I thought phred’s double posting was hilarious, not original since other people have taken handles as Butler’s mother/brother/doctor/priest with the same intent, but well executed as always. That’s phred. Whether he says a lot in a few words or little in paragraphs, he is always funny and in persona.

I do understand Edwin’s position because there is a point as aztronut reminded us where multiple blog names can get out of control, undermine the integrity of the blog, and force AK and BK to clamp down. I don’t see bloggers creating a host of phony pseudonyms to applaud and support their position as a big problem – although that might explain some of the illogical positions that have garnered surprising support as well as the rash of 1-sentence posts by trolls and Fakerholics.

Overall, that is hard to do in this blog because of the continuity of posters and bloggers within the blog. Most of the regulars have been here long enough that you know what you are getting is a genuine Lakers fan, whether you agree with them or not. That’s why I don’t see this blog as being susceptible to that kind of user generated virus.

People posting as celebrities or anti-other posters, however, could be a problem. An –anti-ouchhhhhhhhh for every ouchhhhhhhhh, an anti-Blitz for every Blitz…wait, we’ve got that. It’s me! LOL. JK, Blitz. We already have Bill Russell dropping comments. Jeanie Buss has posted. Will AK and BK allow me to post as Barack Obama in the future? What about OK for Other Kamenetzky? Or Phil Jackson? Chick Hearn?

Anyway, I’m not worried. For every reader who scrolls by LakerTom’s posts, I’ll just create another five to comment and support me. LOL. Just kidding, seriously…

Tom

justalakerfan,

agree on all accounts, we MUST UNLEASH THE BEAST!

bynum is not just a role player and never will be!! for someone with that much talent its simply unfair to ask to just fit a specific role as defender and rebounder. hes got way too many tools especially offensively and last thing we wanna do is stun his growth by limiting his touches...

we all know what pao can do on offense. i'm sure hes smart enough to miss six months and step right back in the flow of the triangle. bynum on the other hand needs lots of minutes to develop so even if that learning curve is still steep there is so much upside to his unrealized potential it would be a big mistake... granted lakers are still championship caliber with a hobbled bynum but with bynum as a beast it would take them to a whole new level especially defensively.

one way or another lakers are gonna have to find a way to incorporate him in the offense and who better for the job than phil... i'm sure they'll have their battles (like kobe in his younger days with phil) but thats part of his growing process. bynums gonna have to learn the intricacies of the offense and with more playing time i'm sure his judgment of when to shoot or pass will improve...

phils definitley got his work cut out for him... its gonna be quite a challenge integrating ron ron/bynum into the mix and still finding enough shots for established guys like odom and pao.. and then find enough minutes for sasha, farmar and shannon..

if one thing is for sure next year LUKE better not average more than 1FG a game. THATS IT! i dont care if hes wide open for a layup he better kick out to bynum... 1 FG PER GAME is the max and anything more and its going down.

so lets do this mamba...

MAX 1FG PER GAME FOR LUKE BANDWAGON.
(1)yellofever- creator founder owner

Laker Tom,

I for one happen to agree with you when it comes to Andrew Bynum. I truly believe that Drew will be the cornerstone for the Laker franchise for years to come and has just had the misfortune of being derailed by injuries(not making excuses for him, but it's a legitimate excuse if ever there was one). Anyone on here that takes having major injuries to both knees lightly or not being that big of a deal have no inkling of what they're talking about. Sure, I wasn't always happy and pleased with Drew's effort or his perceived pouting at times of wanting more minutes, but to return possibly sooner than he should've to try to help our team win is commendable. Some people tend to forget or simply don't know how tough it it mentally and physically it is to come back from a serious knee injury. I was once one of the quickest PGs in Washington State when I played in high school before tearing my knee up playing football. Although I was able to bounce back and play at a high level, it was still very difficult and took some time to get it back.

My point is, we will see what AB can really do when he's fully healthy and continues to mature in his game. We have already seen glimpses of what he can do when he's right. Regardless of what anyone says on here, AB is the ONLY Lakers player other than Kobe to score 40 pts since Shaq left!!! No doubt some on here will say big deal, it was against the Clippers!!! It doesn't matter, because these are still professional teams and players and that night AB showed off an arsenal of moves and displayed what he can do when he's right. I won't say that he's better than Pau, but that Drew has the potential and ability to be more dominant. The fact that Drew scored 40 isn't a fluke because only Kobe has done it(many times and his 81 pt game came against the powerhouse Toronto Raptors, haha). Neither LO or Pau have yet to score 40 in a Lakers uniform and LO hasn't done it in his entire career so far, but both Pau and LO are ahead of Drew in maturation and all around game, but again let's wait and see what happens when Drew is right. I believe barring any further injury that Drew will turn out to be our next franchise player and superstar. Go Lakers!!!

blitz,

>>> I think many Laker fans have dismissed Trevor Ariza as a role player.
>>> The fact is that he was an important pierce in the mix especially during
>>> the playoffs. Without his two last second steals who knows who would
>>> be hosting the champion trophy. – Laker fan from the Ozarks

>>> Ariza was an integral part of the championship series but don't get ahead
>>> of yourself. Trying to elevate him above to the level of even a Pau Gasol
>>> type contributor is absurd. – KB Blitz.

So tell us, Blitz. Will you please in front of everybody read again what Laker fan from the Ozarks wrote and tell us where he “trying to elevate” Ariza “above the level of even a Pau Gasol type contributor?“ Come one, Blitz. Man up. You own Laker fan from the Ozarks an apology. He didn’t say anything that you and I every fan on this blog don’t all agree with. And he surely did not deserve to get “blitzed.”

Tom

Blitz,

OK. My bad. I just did what I accused you of doing. I apologize. Let’s go back to being friends respectful of each other. The smack back and forth was fun for a while but I think we are both tired of it and I know we both just want to have fun. Fair enough. Thanks.

Tom

I love it!

I love Artest. This team and City needed a crazy personality on the Lakers and now we have it. This is fun. We can only have so many tight-lipped, closed mouthed guys like Kobe. This is taking all the pressure off the others and I think it's going to do wonders for team spirit. As long as the team is winning, Ron Ron's antics will taste more like sugar and less like baking soda.

Wes

On a serious note, Ron Artest might be one of the smartest players in the NBA. Finally, someone gets it. Someone understands. Someone is finally making proper use of the LA market after signing for less to come to LA.

His nickname from now on should be "The Blueprint" because he's showing everyone how to make up for a few lost dollars on their LA contract.

You use your brain and make millions. Millions of new friends means millions of new twitters which means millions of new fans which means millions of new dollars. On and on and on.

This is what it means to be in LA.

Wes

Nemaia,

Thanks for your comments. I am sorry to say but it’s likely that some of the anti-Bynum sentiments being posted may be the result of my constant proselytizing on behalf of Drew. Sometimes I even get tired of myself. LOL. What can I say? I am trying to become better but it IS hard to teach an old new tricks and I’ve spent a lifetime pretty much speaking my mind without hesitation or fear at times to my own detriment.

Anyway, I’m trying to tone down some of my natural love for hyperbole and extrapolation because it’s probably no longer needed. In the days of Smush and Kwame, there were few voices of reason and optimism on the blog and many posters like ex were GHE to the hilt. So my self-chosen role on the blog was the Chief Optimist whose job was to remind everybody that we were the Los Angeles Lakers and we would be on top again. Who better to sell that message that a zealot who knew it was true because he had seen it all before in 9 NBA championships? Does that mean no more Bynum posts? LMAO.

Point guards do it better. They’re like quarterbacks. They make great coaches.

:)

Tom

LakerTom and the debate team.,

If you were to create an all HOF (or future HOF) choke team to play against an all non-HOF Clutch team for just the last 1 minute of the of a foul ridden (lots of foul shots!) 7th game of the Finals, who would they be? Who would win?

at PF -Horry (non HOF) vs Karl Malone (HOF)

- fill it up.

yellofever and justalakerfan,

Great posts. You made some excellent points about needing to develop Drew. Your reference back to Kobe’s battles is really prescient. One of the things I sensed was the potential for a very special bond between Kobe and Drew, one which will make it much easier for the Lakers offense at some point to smoothly transition from Kobe to Drew. You saw it in the comments he made about Drew making the Lakers a championship caliber team and again when he looked to feed Drew the ball when he scored 40 points. And who can forget the anguish in Kobe’s eyes when he accidentally injured Drew.

I truly hope that nobody takes my comments as any type of insult to Pau Gasol and his relationship to Kobe. Kobe loves Pau and knows how valuable he is to the Lakers. But Kobe and Pau do not share the same burning work ethic and alpha dog ego that Kobe and Drew share. To say the least, it will be a fascinating season just watching the way the pieces on the Lakers roster come together. How will an entire season impact the way that Drew and Pau play together? How will Artest fit it as Ariza’s replacement.

If Drew becomes as dominant as he was before the injury, how will the touches be distributed? Feed the best matchup is obviously the solution to all of the touches problems. I mean how in the world are other teams going to double Kobe Bryant when he has Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, and Derek Fisher to pass to? Fish may end up having the greatest 3-point shooting season in his entire career what with the open looks he is going to get considering the Lakers inside game.

Tom

This would explain why Ron Ron requested to be my friend on My Space.

He's reaching out to all the fans.

LakerTom,
"there were few voices of reason and optimism on the blog and many posters like ex were GHE to the hilt."

LOL! If you go back and look at the posts, you would see that "GHE" WAS the voice of reason, by virtue of being correct.

If this crap keeps up, Thriller will be my favorite Laker soon.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I just called him and talked to him. he's glad to be a laker.

LAKERS!

justalakerfan,

agree on all accounts, we MUST UNLEASH THE BEAST!

bynum is not just a role player and never will be!! for someone with that much talent its simply unfair to ask to just fit a specific role as defender and rebounder. hes got way too many tools especially offensively and last thing we wanna do is stun his growth by limiting his touches...

we all know what pao can do on offense. i'm sure hes smart enough to miss six months and step right back in the flow of the triangle. bynum on the other hand needs lots of minutes to develop so even if that learning curve is still steep there is so much upside to his unrealized potential it would be a big mistake... granted lakers are still championship caliber with a hobbled bynum but with bynum as a beast it would take them to a whole new level especially defensively.

one way or another lakers are gonna have to find a way to incorporate him in the offense and who better for the job than phil... i'm sure they'll have their battles (like kobe in his younger days with phil) but thats part of his growing process. bynums gonna have to learn the intricacies of the offense and with more playing time i'm sure his judgment of when to shoot or pass will improve...

phils definitley got his work cut out for him... its gonna be quite a challenge integrating ron ron/bynum into the mix and still finding enough shots for established guys like odom and pao.. and then find enough minutes for sasha, farmar and shannon..

if one thing is for sure next year LUKE better not average more than 1FG a game. THATS IT! i dont care if hes wide open for a layup he better kick out to bynum... 1 FG PER GAME is the max and anything more and its going down.

so lets do this mamba...

MAX 1FG PER GAME FOR LUKE BANDWAGON.
(1)yellofever- creator founder owner

Posted by: yellofever | August 06, 2009 at 06:13 PM

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yellofever and justalakerfan,

Great posts. You made some excellent points about needing to develop Drew. Your reference back to Kobe’s battles is really prescient. One of the things I sensed was the potential for a very special bond between Kobe and Drew, one which will make it much easier for the Lakers offense at some point to smoothly transition from Kobe to Drew. You saw it in the comments he made about Drew making the Lakers a championship caliber team and again when he looked to feed Drew the ball when he scored 40 points. And who can forget the anguish in Kobe’s eyes when he accidentally injured Drew.

I truly hope that nobody takes my comments as any type of insult to Pau Gasol and his relationship to Kobe. Kobe loves Pau and knows how valuable he is to the Lakers. But Kobe and Pau do not share the same burning work ethic and alpha dog ego that Kobe and Drew share. To say the least, it will be a fascinating season just watching the way the pieces on the Lakers roster come together. How will an entire season impact the way that Drew and Pau play together? How will Artest fit it as Ariza’s replacement.

If Drew becomes as dominant as he was before the injury, how will the touches be distributed? Feed the best matchup is obviously the solution to all of the touches problems. I mean how in the world are other teams going to double Kobe Bryant when he has Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, and Derek Fisher to pass to? Fish may end up having the greatest 3-point shooting season in his entire career what with the open looks he is going to get considering the Lakers inside game.

Tom


Posted by: LakerTom | August 06, 2009 at 07:13 PM

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yellofever/Laker Tom

Thanks for the kind words. Yes we need to unleash the beast but it is PJ who has to give him the minutes and confidence boost letting him play without fear of being yanked. That was and is PJ's MO. But I am willing to see he he can adjust this year and I will give him his proper due if he does. You are right about Pau and others as I don't think anyone should think that they are being insulted or demeaned. I think as you probably do that it will only make it easier for rest of team like pick your poison.

And yes moving the ball is the best way as even if Drew gets the touch and is doubled he needs to kick it to the open man. Well stated Laker Tom and Yello. Get the high percentage shot.

On a serious note, Ron Artest might be one of the smartest players in the NBA. Finally, someone gets it. Someone understands. Someone is finally making proper use of the LA market after signing for less to come to LA.

His nickname from now on should be "The Blueprint" because he's showing everyone how to make up for a few lost dollars on their LA contract.

You use your brain and make millions. Millions of new friends means millions of new twitters which means millions of new fans which means millions of new dollars. On and on and on.

This is what it means to be in LA.

Wes


Posted by: wesjoenixon | August 06, 2009 at 06:50 PM

=======================
Wes,
Excellant point. Too bad TA did not get it. You stated the argument to be a Laker in great constucted logic. Thank you Mr. Spock on excellant logic. :-))


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