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What's the only thing worse than Joey Crawford reffing a game?

Crawford and Fisher A game reffed by some scab looking to make his bones as "Joey Crawford 2.0."  Apparently, such a scenario ain't entirely far fetched.

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the contract between the NBA referees and the NBA will expire on Sept. 1, and the two parties are quite some distance apart on a few matters, one such being a proposed ten percent cut on the budget allotted for officials. 

As of now, according to one of Stein's sources, the refs ready to sit out the upcoming season.  I believe that about as much as I bought the reports about Kobe's willingness to sit out the entire 2007-2008 season.  The source also added that the league could be taking a hard line stance to set a tone for the CBA talks recently underway with the Player's Union.  That I find kinda believable.  (And man, would I love to be a fly on the wall during those meetings!)

While I'm guessing cooler heads will eventually prevail, should I end up wrong, Whoa Nellie, we could be treated to some poorly governed roundball next season.  I don't care how convinced you are that every ref in the league sucks... is blind... thinks the crowd is there to see Joey Crawford... hates Kobe... hates the Lakers (except LO, of course)... craves power... Fears Uncle Dave...  isn't as funny as Denis Leary, etc., I guarantee the substitutes will be far worse.  Believe me.  You DO NOT want to go there.  As Homer Simpson would put it, Holy crap on a crud!  I'll give you just one example.  If you think LeBron or D.Wade get every call now, wait until they're playing in front of three slack-jawed yokels either completely intimidated or trying to figure out the protocol involved with asking for a post-game autograph.

Ironically, the league might actually need the services of an experienced veteran unbound by any union ties like Tim Donaghy... and he may not even be available.

AK

Photo: Joey Crawford annoys Laker guard Derek Fisher.  Credit: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images North America)
 
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phred - my power seems to know no bounds....

A previous post by me - a new thread....

You're welcome everyone!

I can referee, for the pleasure to have the best view in the building of our beloved Lakers. And i don't care a damn thing who is LeCrab, The Big Ego or Badback KG.
The best part is our team wouldn't even need my help to beat the other teams in the league.
GO LAKERS!!!

AK,

I'm game. I am old, out-of-shape and carry grudges. So I am highly qualified.
And I would even work for 20% the current contract. How do I applied?

ALF

Oops. "apply?"

I am available for referring. Just so you know.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Lakertom

U know I got nothin but love for you... But c'mon dude this dfish for coach idea must be like permanently erased and wiped out of ur frontal cortex

Screw all nba refs.. They're all sellouts and sons of the devil and antichrist david stern

I hope stern mistreats them and they turn into backstabbing rats and run to the media.

Well I guess I'm probably in the minority here but I actually think Joey Crawford's pretty entertaining... reminds me of a character from a Cohen brothers movie (in a generic sense).

I hate bogas crap calling refs who try to determine the game instead of the players on the floor

You know the ones who get named in federal investigations but are still on the court due to the fact that the Feds determined through extensive work that one ref swung games all by himself.

Lets not forget Joey C actually challenged Tim Duncan to a fight, which is why he was suspended. This old man is clearly off his rocker. Raise?I think NOT!

Edward "Ted" Kennedy passed away tonight, yet LA Times could not offer a full story. That is how pathetic this newspaper is with a low budget breaking news, everything is on auto pilot and I believe Lakers Blog is their profit center. CNN, NYT and USA Today have reported a life story of the late Ted, I hope LAT would not just quote the AP Report.

We lost a true statesman who continued lighting the torch that was passed on to him by his infamous Kennedy clan. Now he too belonged to the ages of the Kennedy brother's public service to the American people.

If I recall, the last time the NBA didn't have a season...well, a full season was in 1999. Of course, this is a total different situation, but still....You can't place three slack-jawed yokels to replace the referee's we have in the game today.

I would assume this is a money issue and........

Wait........

Something just came to mind. Now only if I were able to do the same thing at my job.........

Nevermind, not important

So moving on, seeing that this is a money issue if it is, pay these guys. Does anyone understand the difficulty it is to be an NBA referee. There isn't another job out there where your hated by people at periodic times during a two hour stretch. Then again, try working at a call center.

Ok, I need to stay on topic.

My two cents I would like to add on this subject is this.... Lets pay these guys, but at the same time, lets not get ridiculous so we all can witness another Championship banner for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009-10.

There's a four page story on Kennedy's passing on the Times front page as we speak.

AK

Hey, blog Fam.
Did anyone see Shaq Vs.? That beach volleyball game between Shaq and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalists Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Treanor was hilarious. I knew there'd be a Shaq sighting wearing his hot pink Speedos. ROFLMAO!

Bonus: Shaq facial courtesy of a Kerry Walsh smash ☺

I kept waiting for the Tim Donaghy reference and you saved it for the very end. The suspense was killing me. I bet he would be available, for the right price if you know what I mean.

from the Lakers' workouts in Thailand:
http://tinyurl.com/npr9ct

justanothermambafan,

Please see my reply to your comment to me near the end of the previous post.

Love,

sock puppet

I disagree. I think a new take by a group of officials that are starting from scratch could work better than having these arrogant jerks that do the games now. Did anyone notice how few trustworthy officials were doing the Playoffs? Could a group of replacement refs do any worse than, say, Violet Palmer? And Violet Palmer has been assigned Playoff games the last few years.

Could replacement refs be any more crooked than a Bennett Salvatore? Replacement refs have the possibility of getting better and being molded into a more consistent work force. Give it a shot.

SI.Com has the Lakers ranked #3 in the NBA behind San Antonio & Cleveland. In other words, according to SI.Com the Spurs just accounted for 13 games in the standings by getting Richard Jefferson & Antonio McDyess. All before 1 practice has taken place.

Good, give us no respect. What they won't give, the Lakers will take.

Hmm. I’m pretty sure referee strike was not one of my predicted reasons that the Lakers would not repeat. My first reaction is that with the NBA’s existing reputation for great officiating (sarcasm), they would never let a few dollars stand in the way of maintaining at least a semblance of good officiating. On the other hand, maybe this is Stern’s way of proving a point. ‘You think the refs are crooked or just bad? Get a load of these replacement bozos. You’ll be begging to get Donaghy back’ Either way, this could get a lot more interesting before it gets um, less interesting again.

Justa- remember, use the power only for good, not for evil. And their apparent quality to the contrary, these parodies don’t just write themselves, you know.

TomK- I’m not sure what the wandering Romany have to do with you or your mouth, or anything else for that matter, but I’m pretty sure you aren’t required to apologize to people who use ethnic slurs, bizarre as they may be.

“...failing that we can pool our resources and I'll get a sex change or something
Posted by: kiwi | August 25, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Huh. You know, kiwi, it might be a bit more of a sacrifice than I’d ask of you to change your gender just to … ah, I get it. No, man (or woman), I have plenty of respect for the transgendered, but you can pay for your own operations, thank you very much.

Edwin- I share your regard and sympathies for the passing of the last Kennedy. But hey, the LA Times has reality tv and celebrities to cover. They shouldn’t have to keep track of every politician who carried the message and idealism of his two fallen brothers into the new millennium and died while still working to improve his country.

Or, you know, AK could just poke our little fragile house o suppositions with the information that the Times is in fact covering Kennedy’s death. I feel like somebody let me down somewhere along the line here.

Yello- independent of whether D Fish has a realistic chance of succeeding Phil, I think that Tom has grabbed hold of an idea that does have some life to it. There is some potential in Fish that could lead him to a pretty solid career in coaching. If, of course, he doesn’t decide to run for president or something, cause frankly that guy has some serious charisma, a bit of leadership, and he can turn a phrase. Good things are in store for Fish, make no mistake.

And I gotta say, I’m a bit late in sitting down to it, and it took a bit of work, but I’ve got some dang good chili going on here. A bit of tomato, a bit of onion, a bit of garlic, some tomatillos, some serious chile spices, a bit of a whole bunch of other goodness, some ground bison, and a good solid bit of bratwurst chopped up and thrown in there, not to mention a tad bit of corn and greens. Good stuff.

Just have the "new refs" read Earl Strom's book "Calling the Shots". He was the Kobe Bryant of NBA refs.

*******
CHOOSE GREATEST LAKER PLAYER MOMENT EVER
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(01) Magic playing center for Kareem and scoring 42 points.
(02) Kobe scoring 81 points in a game
(03) Horry's shot against the Kings. I don't think I've ever been so excited by anything I ever saw in a basketball game before or since, that was truly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
(04) Derick Fishers 0.04 seconds shot
(05) Kareem passes Wilt for the NBA All-time scoring leader
(06) The Lakers first title in L.A.
(07) Fisher’s killer treys in last year’s Finals that essentially launched the start of our Fourth Dynasty.
(08) Horry's shot against the Kings. I don't think I've ever been so excited by anything I ever saw in a basketball game before or since, that was truly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
(09)Kobe to Shaq alley-oop to seal win against Portland (1999-00 WC Finals Game 7 comeback win)
(10) the fourth quarter comeback against Portland in game 7 of the 2000 conference finals.
Down by 15 and the defense just locks those mothers down. Even Scottie Pippen
Had to complement the Lakers after the game and compare them to the Bulls whicjc was a
Hell of a classy thing to do after a loss.
(11) Choose your own moment

I WANT ALL LAKER FANS TO RUSH AND ORDER THIS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!
ESPECIALLY YOU JUSTANOTHER MAMBAFAN
http://tinyurl.com/na8lsh
GOD BLESS YOU PRINCESS JIMMY!!!!! ROFLMFAO!!!!

I would love to ref just one NBA game. I would be the most despised man in the arena because I would ref it old school.

I would call travelling. (No triple hops; no crab walking; no dragging the pivot foot.)
No ticky tack fouls.
I would unilaterally bring back the 1 and 1 free throw. You make the first, you can take a second. You miss the first, tough.

My wingmen would be Mendy Rudolph and Earl Strom.

The only player not left crying and whining by the end of the night would be Kobe.

Edward "Ted" Kennedy passed away tonight, yet LA Times could not offer a full story. That is how pathetic this newspaper is with a low budget breaking news, everything is on auto pilot and I believe Lakers Blog is their profit center. CNN, NYT and USA Today have reported a life story of the late Ted, I hope LAT would not just quote the AP Report. We lost a true statesman who continued lighting the torch that was passed on to him by his infamous Kennedy clan. Now he too belonged to the ages of the Kennedy brother's public service to the American people. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | August 25, 2009 at 11:04 PM

OUT FREAKING STANDING!!! KUDOS PROFESSOR!!!!

Edwin- I share your regard and sympathies for the passing of the last Kennedy. But hey, the LA Times has reality tv and celebrities to cover. They shouldn’t have to keep track of every politician who carried the message and idealism of his two fallen brothers into the new millennium and died while still working to improve his country.Posted by: phred | August 26, 2009 at 02:20 AM

SIMPLY DEVASTATING!!!! KUDOS AGAIN!!!!!

Screw all nba refs.. They're all sellouts and sons of the devil and antichrist david stern I hope stern mistreats them and they turn into backstabbing rats and run to the media. Posted by: yellofever | August 25, 2009 at 10:10 PM

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!

Lets not forget Joey C actually challenged Tim Duncan to a fight, which is why he was suspended. This old man is clearly off his rocker. Raise?I think NOT! Posted by: RIZZO | August 25, 2009 at 10:47 PM
HAHAHHAHAHA ROFLMFAO!!!

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE. There is only one person who can be a Power forward, Small Forward, Center & Referee(HELL NO! not Magic Johnson) that person is...PRINCESS JIMMY!

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IF IT TAKES THE REST OF MY LIFE I WON'T REST UNTIL THAT YOUNG PUNK THAT
DUNKED ON PRINCESS JIMMY IS FOUND AND BROUGHT TO JUSTICE - *** BANDWAGON **
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(01) MAMAB24 - OWNER - I hereby change my name to PRINCESSJIMMY23 Until this heinous
Deed is rectified. ARE YOU WITH ME MEN!!! They may take our MVP, but THEY WILL NEVER TAKE
OUR PRINCESS JIMMYMMMMMMMY!!

Joey Crawford AKA Uncle Fester - has got to be THE SINGLE WORST referee in the game today. And why is one of the issues determining their rate of pay how the refs have a high risk of injury? Really? It must be due to the over-gesticulating of a call which causes them to fall on their asses on that mean old hardwood floor in front of everyone and embarassing them. Otherwise, I just don't see it.

Good morning Mamba24 and the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!!

Mamba24 - you're kidding right?? The only reason I'd buy that book would be to burn it on Chick Hearn Court along with the puppet of Princess Jimmy wearing her MVP t-shirt. Yeah - you heard me - the puppet would have to go. LOL!

aztronut -

Like I said before - you so crazy!

Much love,
sock puppet

BTW - the cat reference was in tribute to Jon K's full day rant awhile back about cats taking over the minds of their unsuspecting owners and making them their puppets on their quest for world domination.... or something like that...

It's all love, my brother... It's all about the love...:)

phred -

I understand. It takes awhile to get the parody right. Apparently it's a lot like making chili. At least that's the way I hear it. :)

SamLL -

Yah - saw Shaq vs Misty May & Kerry last night. He called himself the greatest athlete ever formed LOL! The Big Ego knows no bounds. He did a bit better than I thought (if you allow carrying, and landing in the net, etc) but come on *groan*. I really don't see the point.

Best part? HAS to be the facial on the spike by Kerry!!! I think it happened twice, but the first one was CLASSIC. His sunglasses hit the sand - I thought he was going to cry. That needs to be on YouTube LOL!

Edwin:
Stop with the political comments. No place for them on this blog.
BK & AK:
Why do you let the liberal political comments through on a LAKERS blog?

By the way - someone add me to the list of people who'd ref a game or 2. Anything to never see Uncle Fester again.

What's the only thing worse than Joey Crawford reffing a game?

Joey Crawford reffing two games?

Ask the Kopechnes about Teddy.

ROLL CALL: PRINCESS JIMMY, K “ The Freakin bald headed lunatic” G., PAULA “THE TRUTH” PIECE......

Well, having officiating experience, and the desire to call the game correctly (and not for certain players), I would welcome the opportunity to be an NBA referee. I've got 6+ years under my belt, and I'm athletic enough to be able to get up and down the court.

You should also believe that I won't take people yelling at me; that isht won't fly.

Where do I sign up?

I reffed a couple of games at the elementary school level, so I guess I have some experience. Time to clean up my resume.

mud,

Thank you. That link was awesome. Now that was a team nobody could call soft. Wow!

Tom

Rdlee,

Edwin's comment wasn't "political" or "liberal." He was simply paying respects to Kennedy's passing and noting that he made a life of serving the public, which is pretty hard to dispute, even if you think he did an absolutely horrible job at it. Beyond that, he was basically criticizing the Times for their lack of coverage (albeit incorrectly). If the comment had gone on to criticize the Republican party for a lack of people like Kennedy or something like that, that would be different and it wouldn't have gone through. But it isn't "political" to basically just acknowledge someone dying.

Leave the monitoring up to us.

AK

@ K Bros.

Didn't the scenario you described above already happen sometime in the mid 90's due to the NBA locking out the Ref's?.

I remember alot of green ref's. Phantom calls, no calls, you name it. About the only thing that was called that year was traveling. Go figure let it to the bush leauge ref's to acctualy call that in the NBA...

Ask the Kopechnes about Teddy. Posted by: exhelodrvr | August 26, 2009 at 08:46 AM

I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED EX.

Why do you let the liberal political comments through on a LAKERS blog? Posted by: rdlee | August 26, 2009 at 08:29 AM

RIGHT ON!!! MORE CONSERVATIVE COMMENTS!!!!

Ex/Mamba24,

Just saying it now before it gets started. If you really want to discuss/debate the Kennedy/Kopechne subject, make it an email exchange. We're not gonna get bogged down on that here.

Thanks

AK

Phred - Tomatoes in chili? Seriously? Are you sure you're not making tomato sauce?

Mamba24,
Kennedy was significant. Not outstanding.

AK: Thanks for the clarification.
Getting back to basketball...
It would be scary to have worse refs than we already have. Is it that hard to have consistently called games? Does "allowing for the human element"mean three refs can control the entire pace of a game? It sure seems to happen most of the time.
I'd certainly be more supportive of the refs in a labor dispute if they were more consistent.

Here's a really good interview with Dr Drew and some ESPN guy about cover-up stories from pro organizations and secretly addicted pro athletes. He says the NBA does the bst job. but the Beasley story is far from the true one.


http://tinyurl.com/l2qqck


Wes

Any idea if the Lakers are going to sign another player? Who's coming to training camp for a shot at the last roster spot?
Maybe we can sign Ime Udoka or Keith Bogans for cheap to sit on the bench. Is our second round pick going overseas or will we sign him?

It would be terrible to have some scab refs. Can you imagine high school refs trying to call NBA games? High school refs are the worst. College refs are terrible too. NBA refs are the best in the business. It's a very difficult job to be a referee, especially in the NBA. These guys deserve a fair deal.

Go Lakers!
Go Park View Little League!
-RIP Edward Kennedy-

Mamba 24
My favorite Lakers moment was definitely for Jerry West finally winning a title in 1972. I shed a tear which Chick announced West was coming out of the game after it was in the refrigerator.

Happy Birthday shout outs to:
Geraldine Ferraro
Macaulay Culkin
Kelvin Cato
Jamal Lewis
Morris Peterson
Branford Marsalis

Rdlee,

For an official clarification from the sender, my post on the passing of the Senator was an Obituary post, no political intentions at all. The first part was a Commentary post on LAT late reporting. If you don't like him just move on.
Fortunate enough to find a computer to log in while on road travel. Didn't expect that you got annoyed by that post.

Lakerlonestar,

Well put. If I was an nba ref order and justice would finally be restored. I would guarantee the following:

- crabbron would get at least 10 less trips to the charity stripe and average an additional 8 TO a game for his smorgasbord of violations like travelling and offensive charging. And this doesn't include at least 20 more technical for the year for all the incessant whining. And for good measure I would definitely foul him out of a game for the very FIRST TIME in his life. His scoring average would plummet by at least 12-15 pts

- dwade would average 20 less free throws and at least 10 extra offensive flops.

- kobe would average an ADDITIONAL 10 trips to the line and I would give him the benefit of another 5 FT for all the abuse he's endured for the past 10 years. He would finally rightfully average his 40pts a game and finally break wilts scoring record

- I would immediately put an end to all this ridiculous flopping with automatic ejections. Repeated offenders like nash varejao kurt thomas ginobli raja bell bowen would all be suspended additional games per additional violations

- there would be a zero tolerance whining policy ONLY against offenders in the past who have a history of whining eventhough they've been getting the benefit of the whistle like duncan/popovich, crabbron, and the whole boston squad

- and finally luke walton would be automatically ejected every time he so much looked in my direction. I would challenge him to a fight and let him punch me in the face so he would be suspended for an entire 82 game season. This for all laker fans so we can finally watch games in stressfree and in peace

1. Exheldovr, name a more significant senator over the last thirty years.


2. I would like to remind everyone that I am available for work as a scab ref.


3. Joey Crawford challenging Tim Duncan to a fight is one of the more bizarre things I could imagine. What the hell was the guy thinking? Did he actually think that Tim Duncan would fight him? I'd like to see Joey Crawford challenge Thriller to a fight. Let's see how that would go.


4. AK, in all seriousness, what do you think are the odds of the Lakers signing another player? And, if they did, who are some reasonable possibilities of who they could sign, if they would?


5. I think a season of scab refs could be fun (not only because I am absolutely willing to work as a scab ref). Really. I mean, at least the scabs would have an excuse. Anyone remember the referring in the playoffs last year? Dreadful. Awful. Hair-rippingly-out ruinous. I'm still amazed that we won the Championship DESPITE the incompetence of the refs.


6. Are the refs really asking for more money in this economy? Screw them! Time for hiring some scabs. (Did I mention that I look GREAT in black and white?)


7. I love the L.A. Times. I've read it every day since I was six years old. However, often their coverage is not balanced and they tend to focus on certain celebrity issues that makes them look less authoritative than they could.


8. Is it October 27th yet?


9. Thriller quote for the day: "Millions of dogs and cats in shelters across the country are euthanized every year because there simply aren't enough good homes for them. Spaying and neutering your [animal companion] will help control the overpopulation problem."


"Oh, and if you see a pit bull lying on the street, definitely don't throw a souvenir cup at it."


I shan't Thriller. I shan't.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Phred,

Nooooooo! I know u only mean well but pls don't add more fuel to lakertoms little fire.

Just cause dfish is a good leader or gave an inspiring little speech in the playoffs how does that give him good qualities as a coach? And assuming he's even got a lick of interest how will he ever qualified enough to succeed phil within the nxt 4-5 years if phil can even hang that long?? So unless he retired today, got promoted as laker asst and then got a headcoaching job elsewhere and won 50 games then its just pure speculation and nothing but lakertoms little pipedream.

phred,

>>> TomK- I’m not sure what the wandering Romany have to do with you or your mouth, or
>>> anything else for that matter, but I’m pretty sure you aren’t required to apologize to people
>>> who use ethnic slurs, bizarre as they may be.

I think you meant to respond to me, phred. TomK is another poster with first name Tom.
Actually, I was really just alerting AK and BK that the post had slipped by their censorship.

>>> Yello- independent of whether D Fish has a realistic chance of succeeding Phil, I think
>>> that Tom has grabbed hold of an idea that does have some life to it. There is some potential
>>> in Fish that could lead him to a pretty solid career in coaching. If, of course, he doesn’t decide
>>> to run for president or something, cause frankly that guy has some serious charisma, a bit
>>> of leadership, and he can turn a phrase. Good things are in store for Fish, make no mistake.

Thanks for the support on my Fish for Lakers Coach campaign. Who knows. Fish may be reading this right this minute. Or maybe Mitch or Jerry Buss. It’s a long shot but Fish would be perfect IMO.

I love great Chili, too. The hotter the better.

Tom

I love great Chili, too. The hotter the better. Tom
Posted by: LakerTom | August 26, 2009 at 10:21 AM


I LIKE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Thinking Dfish can be head coach in the next few years is just plain stupid. First of all he's still playing. Second of all phil might retire before he does. Also how will he ever get enough coaching experience when he's never even been a assistant coach, cause he is still playing. If brian shaw is inexperienced imagine Dfish? I still say B. Shaw should get the job in a few years.

Go Lakers

yellofever,

Loved your post about the results if we had fair refs. You are so right about Kobe getting extra trips. The refs treat him like they did Shaq in his prime, assuming he was so good that they could not call all the fouls on him or he would score 81 every game.

Tom

Laker Tom,


The hotter the chili; the better.


[Insert annoying complaint here]
I really like hot and/or spicy food. Always have. I LOVE Mexican food. So good. There is no good Mexican food in Ohio. None. The top rated Mexican restaurant in Northeast Ohio is a couple miles up the road from me. I went there and the salsa is like ketchup. Urgh. Believe it or not, even the Taco Bell is worse here because people in California (and the West in general) know what a real taco is supposed to be like, so the fast food workers kind of know how to make a burrito. Not here. Nope. You get a Taco Bell burrito and there's too much tortilla and the rice is hard and the lettuce wilted. Urgh.


You are going to love it here, Shaq! I was watching "Shaq Versus" last night with him on Hermosa Beach while listening to LeBroniacs criticize Shaq for risking injury on the show and I thought to myself, "So, Shaq is spending his months preparing for life in Cleveland by working out on Hermosa Beach. He is going to have MAJOR culture shock. Yeah, Shaq is going to be going stir-crazy when February hits. This is going to be interesting to watch."


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

If I was the Orlando Magic, I'd be annoyed too. Sure, I'd rather see "Kobe Versus Shaq VI" on Christmas Day than the Lakers versus the Magic, but, come on, they earned a spot in the Finals. David Stern should respect that.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

For all you chili lovers out there:

A young cowboy walks into 'The Oak' in San Angelo,TX. He sits at the counter and notices an old cowboy with his arms folded staring blankly at a full bowl of chili. After 15 minutes of just sitting there staring at it, the young cowboy bravely asks the old cowpoke, "If you ain't gonna eat that, mind if I do?" The older cowboy slowly turns his head toward the young wrangler and in his best cowboy manner says, "Nah, you go ahead." Eagerly, the young cowboy reaches over and slides the bowl over to his place and stars spooning it in with delight. He gets nearly down to the bottom and notices a dead mouse in the chili. The sight was shocking and he immediately barfs up the chili into the bowl. The old cowboy quietly says, "Yep, that's as far as I got, too."

Edwin:
Nothing personal. I guess for me the Lakers blog is a way to get my mind off the bitterness of partisan politics that dominates the news. The Dodgers gradually losing their lead in the NL West doesn't help the mood these days either. I will take your advice and move on.
NBA training camps can't open too soon for me.

Jon K,
Significance goes both ways.

wesjoe,
I think that just about any "system" tries to cover up for its "members" the majority of the time, whether that be families, political parties, media organizations, or sports leagues/teams. And it is often, perhaps usually, to the long term detriment of the person being covered up for. Sounds like the NBA is better at it than most.

Refs like Joey Crawford sitting out the entire season over pay? We can only pray. NBA officiating has gotten so bad, fans and players would be better off with Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles roaming up and down the court (if only they were all still alive to do so).

Another NBA budget cutting measure would be to send Stu Jackson packing. Next, cut David Stern's salary; this guy already has more expensive suits than anyone needs.

The NBA has the only league television network that isn't free. What's with that?

Spend less. Give the fans more.

Mamba,

Much too overtly political. Ain't gonna happen.

AK

Justanothermambafan,

Oh, man. I was just thinking about Chili for lunch but now I think I will pass. Thank, justa.

LMAO.

Tom

Jon K

My guess is the Lakers are likely to stand pat. In general, you're going to see more rosters not tapped out at the max 15 players than in the past. Or even fourteen. Economy, and in the case of the Lakers, they're already way deep into the luxury tax. If injuries force their hand down the road, they're probably content to deal with it when the time comes. Anybody they sign in January likely isn't much better than anybody they could realistically afford now, so why start paying immediately?

AK

justanothermambafan,


Hilarious.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Except for when he's reffing a Spurs game, Joey Crawford doesn't seem to be any better or worse than the average referee. He's just done some high profile stupid things that make people think he's worse than he is.

Of the current batch of refs, the only ones that are for sure worth keeping are Kenny Mauer, Danny Crawford, Eddie Rush, Bob Delaney and yes, Steve Javie.

However, Violet Palmer, Dick Bavetta, Bennett Salvatore, Rodney Mott, Luis Grillo, and Tommy Nunez - in that order - should not just be fired, but kept from getting a job in any sector ever again.

I dont care who's reffing the game ... I just want the season to start ...

$^%&^$#@#@$# dammit ... I'm going to buy nba live today ...

Interesting.


With the recent deaths of Michael Jackson and Ed Kennedy two MAJOR icons of the 70's and 80's will no longer be in the public eye, thus, our collective cultural connection with that era (its values and symbols) will diminish.


This brings a degree of sadness to me. Despite so much foolishness, narcissism, and decadence of those decades, there still was an innocence there. The 80's was the last decade of American innocence. The 90's and 21st Century have been culturally expressed through Grunge, scream metal, and Gangsta Rap: Emotionally unrestrained, self-absorped, shallow, intellectually discurious eras without innocence.


This song expresses my feelings on the matter: http://tinyurl.com/63fofb


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

As for the Kennedy stuff, enough already. The best way to divide this blog is to let the political stuff through (like references to Kopechne).

As for the topic of this post, maybe I am in the minority but I would LOVE to see the current crop of officials sit out the year. Officiating in the NBA is terrible, and I think we are bound for a season of whining (justifiably, I should point out) about how unfairly Ron Artest is officiated. Most folks here probably weren't sensitive to it since a lot of people called him a "thug" and disliked him before he signed with the good guys, but he has been the victim of atrocious officiating based entirely on an outdated reputation (recall the foul for which he was ejected in the playoffs, and compare that foul to the non-foul when Kobe threw an elbow at Ron).

Yes, new, inexperienced officials are likely to favor the stars, but how would that make them different from the current officials? Of the major sports, I think NBA refs are by far the worst, and only slightly better than boxing judges (not boxing refs, who are far superior to NBA refs). I don't buy the argument that it is "hard" to officiate in NBA game. No harder than an NFL game, and being hard would, if anything, be an argument against blowing the whistle, not for blowing it as frequently (though inconsistently) as they do.

Finally, Joey Crawford is a jerk, and Tim Duncan should have taken him up on his offer and pounded that little reptile into the floor.....

Thank you... thank you very much... I'm here all week.

"Refs like Joey Crawford sitting out the entire season over pay? We can only pray. NBA officiating has gotten so bad, fans and players would be better off with Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles roaming up and down the court..."-Rick Friedman

Be careful what you wish for. NBA refs may suck, but they are much, much better than the alternative. I don't know if I'd be able to take a situation where a scab ref blows a call to lose a game for the Lakers. One good thing about NBA refs is that they will, in most situations, allow the players to decide the games.

Go Lakers!
Go Park View Little League!
-RIP Ted Kennedy-

Joey crawford is the epitome of how these nba refs are ruining the nba. Refs in any sport should just ref and blend in to the action almost to the point where their identities remain anonymous. How many times has this guy stole the spotlight with his overt and aggressive whistling and his little overdone and excessive body movements. .. This guy is all flash with a huge ego who thinks he's bigger than the game. In what other sport are refs this high profile and get this much pub? He makes me wanna puke

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING LAKERBLOG BUT IT SEEMS A
POEM DEDICATED TO A PUBLIC SERVANT WHO PASSED IS
MUCH TO POLITICAL. SO IF AN HONOR TO HIM AIN'T
WELCOME NEITHER AM I.
LARRY(MAMBA24)
I guess this is much to political so you'll censor
this also kambrothers.

AK or BK, I agree that they will probably not sign on another player, unless its someone of substance, or a deal is made that makes us better.

That being said, is there anyone on our D-league team that's any good if Mitch's hand was forced?

Publish the Mamba24's comment.

He has diplomatic immunity.

Mamba24,

"Kobe scoring 81 points in a game"

As with all things Kobe, we sometimes take it for granted. That game gets my vote for greatest laker player moment simply because of how mindblowing the tally was. Pair that with him outscoring a good dallas team through 3 quaters (with 62pts) a few games earlier and you really just have to tip your hat off to the guy. In a season where we had a crappy team, our captain kept us relevant. And then the very next summer he issued an ultimatum to the franchise on behalf of the fans, we either stop losing or you lose me.

81pts gets my vote yo

SHAQ GOING BACK ON TRADING BLOCK

When the Cleveland Cavaliers brought on big man Shaquille O'Neal this off-season, most folks figured this was the key to a championship. But if it doesn't appear to be working, O'Neal will be right back on the trading block at the deadline in February, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Yahoo! Sports

mamba24,

"SO IF AN HONOR TO HIM AIN'T WELCOME NEITHER AM I.
LARRY(MAMBA24)"

Fess up mayor ... you've got another vacation lined up with some super models on some exotic island ... don't shirk your blog duties yo

Mamba24 - chill, brother. You know political sentiments don't fly on here - either pro or con for any topic. I'd like to think the K-Bros do this for our protection from excessive arguments and fracturing of the community. PLEASE - don't leave over it. You know you're loved here, and a valuable member of said community, so don't go over something like this. Do your ode to Kennedy - just tweak it a little so it will pass inspection lol!

OR - K-Bros could let it through as a memorial, 1 time only affair, and you could put a HUGE warning in front of it so those who don't want to read it won't.

Either way - you need to stick around. A community without a mayor is asking for trouble.

Sherrif in da house yo - Mamba24 get your heiny back to work.

I really think the Lakers will get Trevor Ariza back this year for Adam Morrison and a draft pick. You heard it here first!

I really think the Lakers will get Trevor Ariza back this year for Adam Morrison and a draft pick. You heard it here first!

Posted by: never | August 26, 2009 at 01:09 PM

Nope!

Nada!

Won't happen!

Mamba24,

Kobe came back and you should too. Please don't make any rash decisions in the heat of the moment. If you're really that upset about it then at least consider things for a few days, you know you're gonna get the DTs so just remember we'll keep your seat warm for you. Don't ask us how we did it and don't mind the smell or the stains, just return to your throne, you know the one in your throne room at home, and start typing again. No explanations are necessary.

While you're considering, consider this...I got a little upset around here the other day as well for the same reason. The powers that be decided not to publish a post I had written in the wee hours of the morning ripping some imaginary sock puppet a new one. When I complained they accused me of trying to tell them what to do and of lacking the proper respect for others in this blog community. I took offense to this as well and then I had a joke sock puppet grenade tossed in my lap to top it all off.

It should be obvious by now that you're a well respected as a member of this communitiy, don't just toss that aside or you'll be disrespecting all of us. After all, they haven't tried to push you off the cliff but neither will they likely ascent to your demands. It turns out that I'm actually now a grateful nondead-head, I'm grateful to AK for not posting my rant, if not so much for his subsequent comments.

I'm not usually emotional but I do have a temper and I know that I shouldn't decide on things when I'm mad, and neither should you. If you're still pissed after a couple of days distance from all this then you can still make a final decision then, but please know that we want you back and if you can see your way through to it don't waste any time at all returning to this crazy place. It wouldn't be nearly as wild and crazy without you!

The Cavs number one? What? No way. No how.


And how are the 2007-2008 Lakers not on the list? How? Grrr...


http://tinyurl.com/mn734o


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

The 2001-2002 Kings would have kicked the crap out of the 2008-2009 Cavs.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison and Yaroslav Korolev together at last!


http://tinyurl.com/mtcll2


Go Clippers!


GO LAKERS!!!!

Radizzlefoshizzle,


"I really think the Lakers will get Trevor Ariza back this year for Adam Morrison and a draft pick. You heard it here first!

Posted by: never | August 26, 2009 at 01:09 PM

Nope!

Nada!

Won't happen!"


Yeah, but wouldn't it be awesome if it did happen?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

LakerJustice,

"Publish the Mamba24's comment.

He has diplomatic immunity."


Please put me on that bandwagon.


What do we want? MAMBA24's COMMENT!

When do we want it? NOW!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

RazdizzlefoShizzle,


I looked for the article on Yahoo about Shaq. Couldn't find it. Shaq would be fricken pissed if he got traded mid-season, but I see how it could happen.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Are extremely interesting article in support of the Lakers winning 70+ wins next season, but possibly not winning the Championship.


http://tinyurl.com/lyyt6h


I don't care if we're an eight seed in the playoffs. I know what we play for.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Refs are bad in all sports.

Try the Chargers-Broncos game where Cutler fumbled the ball and the Chargers recovered yet the ball went back to Denver.

Or 2003 MLB playoffs Game 5 Marlins Cubs when Steve Bartman caught the ball yet the umpires ruled it out even though it should have been called fan interference.

Refs are not perfect. There will be blown calls and fans from both sides will complain. It's not exclusive to the Lakers.

And it's not always Wade and Lebron who gets calls. Kobe gets calls too and fans of other teams do complain about his crying that we accuse TD and others of doing. Don't believe me? 04-05/05-06/06-07 averaged at least 10 FT's per game. That's how much Wade and Lebron had in their best years of getting to the FT's on average. Kobe simply did not attack as much and used his jumper more not to mention having Bynum/Gasol to clog the lane did not help either (hence one of the reasons WHY Gasol/Odom tandem is better than Bynum/Gasol). Don't complain about the FT's, Kobe gets em too!

Mamba,

Don’t let the reactionary views of a few individuals who explode at any post they deem as supportive of liberal politics drive you away. We’re here to talk Lakers anyway. All AK and BK are doing are trying to keep the peace. We have another dynasty to celebrate. Like the Lakers, we want to bring our entire team back for next year’s championship sequel. Don’t abandon your blogmates, Larry. Stay cool!

Tom

Even if we could, do we really want Ariza back? Where would his minutes come from? After being a starter would he be willing to go back to the bench mob?
I loved Ariza while he was here (and healthy) but I've moved on. Ron Ron is the man at the 3 now. Or is it Luke :)

Jon K,

Sure it would be great! It would make our bench stronger, but Houston won't do us any favors.

 
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