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New 710 ESPN Lakers PodKast!!!

 Hot off the presses and ready to enrich your lives!  This week, the discussion includes:

  • How my impending marriage this weekend made this the final podcast without a ring circling my finger.  Beyond the commitment being made in my personal life, that also means an end to the 130-214the-honeymooners-posters debauchery typically going down on my half of the studio as we record.  You folks had no idea of the Dionysian glory taking place while a married BK looked on from his side (commonly known as "Squaresville").  Oh, if these walls could talk!!!

    I also made it quite clear that if any Laker news breaks during my honeymoon and the blog's lagging, blame BK, because I ain't touching the thing while I'm gone.  I want to soak up every minute of this vakay, and more importantly, I don't want to come back to L.A. a newly divorced newlywed.
  • Upon reading an New York Times piece about NBA teams offering special packages to lure fans to games during lean economic times, BK was curious about whatever measures the Lakers are taking.  In a word, none.  The more things change, the more things stay the same.  The Lakers charge fans a lot of money after spending a lot of money on the team to entertain said fans.  And whether you like it or hate it as a purple and gold loyalist, that the franchise can still pull that off speaks volumes about their drawing power.  As BK noted, the Lakers really do "exist in an entirely different economic universe than the rest of the league." 
  • Jordan Farmar's recently expressed desire to be a starter.  Preferably for the Lakers, although that'sFarmar not mandatory.  On one level, BK and I agree it's no biggie, since all players want to start and I wouldn't want a dude indifferent about playing time.  But I did wonder if there's an undertone to Farmar noting there are "a lot of jobs out there," if that infers an opinion of being a starting caliber player in the wrong situation.  If that's the case, Farmar needs to check himself, because he hasn't come close to proving himself capable of that distinction.

    But even if Farmar does feel he's getting a raw deal with his role, in the grand scheme of things, that opinion isn't likely to make a particularly big ripple in the Lakers' metaphorical ocean.  For that matter, this could potentially be the third consecutive season low on the drama meter.
  • Ron Artest is making music magic again, this time on the karaoke mic.  Not too many NBA ballers would be comfortable with the world watching them belt out Celine Dion, which got us wondering: Could Ron Ron have run run with an even softer song?  We toss around some candidates featuring a decided lack of edge.

And finally, we bid farewell to Candi and Brandi.  Don't ever abandon the dream of getting your degree, ladies!

AK

Photo: Jordan Farmar.  Credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images
 
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huh.

well, mazol tov, AK. And no, y'all need like a K or possibly T list weirdo. But heck, the right weirdo can work wonders.

no, i just made it that far in the podcast. sorry, personal stuff. and by 'personal stuff' i mean vodka.
Here, cheese eaters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEOem7U2LPE

I put this about a 3.5 on the CRAP Q

Candi and Brandi?

ah, the honeymooners. Where spousal abuse meets a laff track.

yeah, i think the lakers power forward debate is pretty slim. james worthy, maybe kareem for a few games. Then Pau. but to be fair, can you imagine pau playing with the 03 lakers? dang.

What happened to Gasol's finger? Somebody punch him the nose??

Kobefan in Cupertino,


>>> If Pau totals three rings and establishes that "no three consec. losses" until he retires,
>>> then I am pushing him to Top-10 :)


You know, I don’t remember who my top ten Lakers were. In fact, I can’t remember if I even posted one. Lists like that are best delivered via gurgitation. Too much thinking. So anywhere, here’s my official list. Time spent as a Laker and championships won do factor in somehow. Here it is:


1-Magic, 2-Kareem, 3-Kobe, 4-West, 5-Baylor, 6-Wilt, 7-Shaq, 8-Worthy, 9-Wilkes, 10-Horry


Now if Pau wins three more rings, meaning four total and continues to play great, I could see him showing up on my list in place of Wilkes or Horry, maybe Worthy if he wins 5. His biggest worry actually is that he doesn’t play as well and has to compete for 9th or 10th because by then Drew will have moved up the list ahead of Shaq, meaning Pau still might be 11th in this mystical ridiculous and not very memorable barroom basketball list. I was going to ask if you ever traded baseball cards but realized that you probably wouldn’t know what I was talking about or get the reference. LOL. :)


Tom


Green *- you get the &*^% off my internet too. If I want commentary on that scale, I will personally feed mercury to a fetal amoeba and wait for it to talk.

sigh. sorry, i'm still a little disturbed by wes' latest contribution to the cheesy music debate, which just shattered my CRAP Q scale.

on the other hand, what the *^#&? If Pau was picking his nose, he was doing it while winning a &*(^(&*^ing championship, which is more than anybody else did last year, you )(*^*(^!

oops. I think i killed the comments section.

-SHANNON BROWN:
ShanWow is everything that Phil likes in a PG. He might not have the traditional PG skills like Farmar, but he is long, athletic, runs the break well, has a good attitude, is mentally tough, is smart, doesn't force the issue, and most importantly, plays good D. Unlike Farmar (Luke and Sasha), he has the mental fortitude to improve his game on a yearly basis. A player with almost ZERO NBA minutes CANNOT seamlessly fit into the triangle mid-season for a championship caliber team unless he is smart and mentally tough. He also has MUCH better chemistry with Kobe than Farmar. (How many times has Farmar completely ignored a WIDE OPEN KOBE who is calling for the ball?!?) Brown is currently lacking in two areas - outside shooting and experience in the triangle. We all saw what he could do with zero experience. I can't wait to see how he does with a full year under his belt. His outside shooting is the lone question mark, but I have no doubt that he has been working hard on his 3 point shooting all summer (like Ariza last summer). Like I've said before, Shannon Brown will be next year's version of Ariza.

- JORDAN FARMAR:
Farmar is everything that Phil DOES NOT WANT in a PG. He is short, makes poor decisions, continually ignores an open Kobe and Sasha (but loves passing the rock to his BFF, Luke), doesn't play good D, has never shown any potential to be a good defender, has a poor attitude, and is mentally fragile. He also almost surpassed his BFF Luke's unbreakable record of percentage of shots getting blocked last season. He is approaching his FOURTH year, and has not shown steady improvement. Even if Farmar has a (contract year) breakout season (which is likely), my guess is that he will be gone after (or during) the season, regardless. With the state of the economy, being over the luxury tax, and the next CBA approaching, management will have a more cautious approach when it comes to re-signing players for the mid-level. Kupchack was fooled already by Cook, Luke and Sasha. If it were up to management, Farmar would already be gone by now (if the team had found any takers). He is obviously not part of their long term plans. He should get plenty of playing time to start the season and will be in a catch 22 situation - the better he plays, the more likely he will be traded before the Feb. trade deadline. If he doesn't play well, than management will be happy to reduce their luxury tax.

Laker over capitilized-

“ShanWow is everything that Phil likes in a PG”

I will seldom take phil's side in a debate (which of course precludes discussions with pfunk, as how is that a debate? more like a monoliliquay or something) (guy has one opinion. Not even like the old line about elbows) but I have to at least suggest that he has better standards than to have shanwow as his ideal of a pg. Settling over ego ears, sure, but that ain't much. I know you will agree with me that we can all do better. I would really like to know what the ideal PG is in the zen masters idea of a universe, but generally, we settle, cause we all know that having at least three HOF players plus one past his prime could be HOF, at least..um, sorry, was I pontificating on all time rankings? *&T@# that.

We have a loaded team. pg, a slightly long in the tooth 0.4 or a over achieving ear jordan and a shanwow who is a footnote in laker history if he is lucky is sort of the kind of detail we can work out laker, i mean later.

well, hey, WE WON! and I will at least predict (I don't predict much, oddly enough) that the PG position will not be the x factor in our championship hopes this year. IF everybody stays healthy, and we have no officiating issues, I will take our odds.

Yeah, the whole PG discussion will probably keep occurring at least until (probably well after) our 22nd or whatever it is this year title. At least we have that, and Luke, to keep us going.

and man, wes, that was just wrong. Not enough legalized waccy tabaccy or even legalized inhaling mass quantities of carbon monoxide will stifle that &*^&*(.

Ok, let’s try this one;

http://tinyurl.com/lesygb


STILL THE LOVE

LIKE CALIFORNIA, THE LOVE CANNOT BE CHEESY

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

FIVE GREATEST LAKER PLAYERS OF ALL TIME PER POSITION
(PLUS FIVE WILD CARD PICKS AS 6TH MEN)


PG – Magic, Goodrich, Fisher, Van Exel,
SG – Kobe, West, Scott, Nixon, Cooper
SF – Worthy, Wilkes, Fox, McAdoo, McMillan
PF – Baylor, Gasol, Green, Horry, Hairston
CE – Kareem, Wilt, Shaq, Mikan, Divac (soon Bynum)


Tom

If Buss wants to go above and beyond and beyond even that in terms of spending money on the Lakers, he can tell Mitch to package Farmar with Vujacic/ Walton for Hinrich. Once Fisher retires, Hinrich can take over.

AK - Congratulations on your impending nuptials! I wish you every happiness and joy in your marriage. Enjoy every moment, and especially your honeymoon. God bless your life together.

The smoke from the LA fires appear to be playing havoc with your brains!

The Lakers were better than the Celtics in the 1970`s? Yeah, those Don Ford/Elmore Smith LA Lakers were really something, huh!

Two titles are better than one...and we won`t even talk about Boston`s 68 win season in 1973, when Havlicek`s injury in the playoffs was the only reason why NY won. The Celts would`ve swept LA in the Finals, just as they did in the regular season.

As for the 1950`s, LA didn`t even have an NBA team!

If you`re referring to Minneapolis, the Celtics swept them in the 1959 Finals. The teams of Russell, Cousy, Sharman, and Heinsohn in the late 1950`s could have picked the final score in advance against those lumbering, pre- 24 second shot clock dinosaurs {Minneapolis} of the very early 1950`s!

As for the 1990`s, the Lakers didn`t hang any new banners that decade either.

Take away Magic....and LA went from 1972-2000 without a title {28 years}!

On a pit stop, I feel bad about the ongoing firestorm in LA County, our hub in San Gabriel Valley. I pray that our fire fighters will get some needed rest for a job well done in offering their lives in trying to save homes and properties.

Ron Rotweiller is on the loose, I think he's enjoying his Laker life and the fans will turn him to a likable person again. After listening to his Celine Dion rendition, I like the way he raised his hands, other than that, thriller don't quit playing basketball. You will forfeit the MLE contract if you continue your career in singing. LOL On a serious note, let's all pray for the family of Kwame Brown who lost his dear MoM yesterday at age 61. I wonder why the KBros did not pick up this story. I also heard there were dissensions lately from Mamba24 and Aztronaut on the blog management. Before this blog, we were Laker fans first, way before the lakerholics were introduced. You can't avoid bloggers close their eyes on other news happening around them. We are a village by itself not a bunch quacking ducks uttering Lakers all the time. Even ducks enjoy some degree of freedom, they don't quack simultaneously in unison. Sometimes passionate people are moved by current events, they just wanted to unleash their emotions with fellow villagers, let it be.

Lakertruth, you got it right on Farmar. He knows his untenable position this year and made a statement in Singapore: " I want to run a team and be the lead guard," Farmar said Tuesday on the sidelines of a basketball clinic in Singapore. "Hopefully, it can be here (with the Lakers)." "There's a lot of jobs out there. I feel I have a lot to offer." ~~Wow, he thinks he's Kobe!!! Well, being a Laker we can only wish him good luck. As a betting fan, I find him very insecure with his action, with his body language at Jimmy Kimmel Show. Well, he knows this year could be his last, so his mouth does the selling rather than letting his game speaks for itself. Trading for the rights of Ricky Rubio will be a fantastic move plus cash and future draft picks. Minny could use Farmar this season or next season than waiting for a player who does not want to go to Timberwolves.

LakerTom- Baylor is a PF? well, whatever. He's a Laker, so that works.

I will accept that if you can explain what a hairston is (malik? no, he's a duck. an all time duck, what he plays for the spurs. Did he hgve ancestors? WHHAAA? ah, ^*(&%^ this i'm going to bed. AC Green? Well, ...Man, I...

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!

GO LAKERS!

Enjoy the bachelor party, er, wedding!

What do you know about halo halo? Obviously, Ron Artest knows something about this dessert.

http://tinyurl.com/lz9lwm

edwin- well, we ducks are finally getting some rain here in duck country, and we hope the same to y'all.

well, so far as hands raising, I think we will all raise our hands, and tell errbody that we have two kings in the hole as long as we have ron ron.

Edwin, I know we all want the best for farmar, and we all wish that we could afford rubio, but hey, we'll win any hoos.

holy crap, the weather in duck land is approaching himmacane faster than y'all and your Jimica or whatever. Let's all hold hands and sing kumbayah, or at least something other than pink floyd's dark side, cause dorothy just watched a couple of beach side manors float past.

Let's all let umm...well, let's hear it, folks. And we ducks are goimg to scoff until way after y'all angelenos beg for mercy from the elements

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

mmmm...I could go for some Filipino food right now...Thrilla knows how to get the good stuff, and the man is....well, i've gone there.

red's; did I mention how far you can &*^%* off? jeez. We don't care. The only reason you can keep posting here is cause the K bros need the hits. Otherwise, well, *(&^*(&^ yourself.

never- looks good to me. If thrilla lived in the greater p town area, I would invite him over for some phredinese food. y'all know that's good stuff

The thing about the Honeymooners is despite the dysfunction, everyone really loved one another. All of us are dysfunctional in some way (no one is perfect), but love somehow frees us from the abuses of our dysfunctions. It somehow finds a way.


[Sorry to get all sappy and all. I really enjoy the Honeymooners and think more relationships should be based upon love, not ego.]


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Edwin Gueco - "Trading for the rights of Ricky Rubio will be a fantastic move plus cash and future draft picks."

Edwin, I totally agree that Ricky Rubio would be a great fit for the Lakers. I'm living in Europe and have had a chance to see Ricky play first hand and I would love to see him in the purple and gold! However, Rubio's buy-out clause at Barcelona is around 8 million euros which is like $11.4 million. Considering that Farmar is worth no more than $2 million there is no way that Minnesota will accept a deal with Farmar plus cash plus draft pick! Dr Buss and Mr Mike will have to give up a lot more than that to see the young but seriously talented PG move to LA! Not to mention that Jonny Flynn will be a better PG than Farmar will ever be! This idea is becoming more and more unlikely... But we can dream!

AG

"Take away Magic....and LA went from 1972-2000 without a title {28 years}! "

If the Celtics didn't have Bill Russell, they never would have won anything in the 60s.

If they didn't have Dave Cowens, they never would have won in the 70s.

If they didn't have Larry Bird, they never would have won in the 80s.

If they didn't have Garnett, they never would have won this decade.

So the Celtics are basically a lucky team with no real championships. Ever.

See Red, I can make equally ridiculous statements.

C'mon, you're better than that, right?

AK, you ain't touching what thing? ;)
Congrats and have a great honeymoon!

Phred,


The Berlin song is cheesy bad, but the Bon Jovi hit pay dirt. The harmonies, the penultimate moment with the drums, all very good and cheesy.


This one is so cheesy, it veers into cheesy-bad territory, but I'll throw it out there anyways. Watch at your own risk.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4LUSUv8AXc


Wes

Tom

I'm with you on Heinrich he'd be the perfect player for us.


I think they want to take a look at Brown and give Farmar a bit more of a chance... if they are happy enough with Brown and Farmar doesn't make any progress then Farmar could well be gone.

The biggest issue for him is his self delusion...he said he was doing well before his injury last year but the opposite was true.I was relieved when he got hurt and the team started doing better.

I guess it is good the lakers have got some youth but at the same time now we are very likely a fully fledged contender for the remainder of the Kobe era I'd be more comfortable if they plugged their major reserve/role player minutes with guys who were at a different point in their careers or of a different mindset - the Fox's,Horry's,Fisher's,Paxson;s,Kerr's etc..these guys didnt give a crap about their career advancement as such - they just wanted to contribute.

I thought it was a problem last season and having won a chip, with less money going around etc it could be a bigger problem this season.Theres just too many young guys that want to advance their careers individually and want it now... and it makes me uncomfortable.

Maybe everyone will get it together for the playoffs but we were lucky last season that not having the best record didnt cost us.I'm still not sure we could win a series in Boston.

Congatulations AK to You and Your Bride.
May she be as wise as your Mom (Don't tell her I said that!!)
Baywood

Thank you Puddle for saving me the time to respond to that bit of jackassery spewed from the lips of The B@stard Son of The 2nd All Time Finals Winning Coach Of All Time.

Jon K said it best in the previous blog. You don't see Laker Nation wasting our time over on Ceptics Blogs taunting their fans. Yet their trolls continuously dwell here talking noise. Maybe we should go on a recon mission to see if Red & 131 talk that same smack over on the Magic Blogs. Hmmmmm...

Y'all are nothing more than a bunch of bullies throwing rocks and foaming at the mouth without the moxie to fight the others roaming around your own sandbox. Can't wait for next summer to hear the spin about how Dwight & Vince PIMP-SLAPPED y'all again. And if LeBron & The Big Lakers Sloppy Seconds do the job, you'd better go on permanent exile from Lakers Blog forever!

Good morning CRUE!!!

Where the hell is Mamba24?? This is not good...


AK - congratulations!! My better half & I have been married 17 years (together 22)and I have to say there's nothing better. I hope you and your future wife enjoy married bliss for many years to come. Just remember - you will have some problems (we all do), but keep the door to the divorce room firmly closed and always remember it's ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!!

phred - just what exactly is phredinese food? Does it have something to do with vodka? Or pie? Cuz if so, I bet it's really good, huh? Nothing like a good slice of booze pie to get the juices flowing. BTW - from the read of some of your posts sounds like you had it last night LOL!

Is it October yet? Anyone have a time machine?

utz - you are ON FIRE!! LOL!!

The "Big Lakers Sloppy Seconds" HAHAHAHA!!

I saw him on Shaq vs the other night. Pujols pimp slapped him too. He's 0-3 - the Big What the Hell is He Thinking Taking on Elite Athletes in Their Own Sport Thinking He Can Win But Just Ends Up Looking Like The Idiot He Is...

Dear Trolls,

You people (and I use that term loosely) need to get a life. You know - a LIFE - it's that thing you live when you're not here on our blog polluting the air.

You also need to get a GRIP - you know, on reality. Your team had a moment of glory a year ago, and more moments of glory 20 years ago, but THAT'S IT. It's not a current on-going state of glory. IT'S OVER NOW. The sooner you come to that realization, the sooner you can get into rehab.

Now, I'm not sure where green slime can go to get into rehab. I've never been faced with that problem. But I hear there are some creaky, old, green NBA players on your team that have the same issues. Maybe you can go on a green blog and find out what they're doing. Then all you have to do is follow along.

It's ok. Give it a try. You may find that you'll benefit from it. Say it with me - REHAB - see?? It's easy... You can do it... You'll be with your own kind so you'll have lot's to talk about. PLUS - the bonus will be that if the rehab doesn't work, you can all relive your glory days together .... and stay off of our blog you freaking trolls.

Nicely put lakertruth

I don't understand all this fuss about farmar. These jordan loyalists are seriously daydreaming if they think he'll ever be a starter for the lakers

That part about ignoring kobe is so funny and true. Seems like farmar plays with a personal vendetta when he doesn't get the ball.... How many times has he passed up an open teammate to feed luke in the post? LOL. This guy cries for minutes and how many times has he been shipped to our developmental team already? He should just accept his role and hit the gym and stop friggin pouting.

And now he open declares to the world he should be a starting the world champs insinuating that if he doesnt there's 30 other teams he can play on??? OMG IS THISGUYSERIOUS? He should be grateful he's on our bench and got a ring without contributing a lick in the playoffs and HOW BOUT EARNING UR STARTING POSITION BY OUTPLAYING DFISHG SHANNON FIRST MR FARMAR??

Bottomline is farmar 3 years in the triangle and shanWOW half a season in the triangle and shannon already thoroughly outplayed him in the playoffs

Farmar- soft, small, bad attitute, bad defense
ShanWOW- tough quick strong athletic great defender

WHY IS THIS AN ARGUMENT???

Oh and about farmars contract year even if he has a breakout year ur talkin 7 PPG and 5 APG tops. This guy will never be a double digit scorer in this league


wesjoenixon,


George Michael is remarkably cheezy and not a great songwriter, but that cat can sing.


I've long thought that Queen should reform with George Michael as their lead singer. He's one of the few people who could actually handle Freddie Mercury's vocal range.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

NBA in 2009-10 :

Get ready for the pain...as the Celtics regain their reign without strain!!

AK,


Congratulations on your impending matrimony. May you have as many happy years together as Mrs. LakerTom and I have had. Just don’t pull a “Heartbreak Kid” on your honeymoon. LOL!


- - - - -


Mamba,


We DEFINITELY need a AK Wedded Bliss Bandwagon.


Tom

Laker Truth,

"Like I've said before, Shannon Brown will be next year's version of Ariza"

The sheriff's office endorses the above statement. We'd also like to point out that a cash strapped LA team made Brown an offer whilst trying to trade Farmar. We commend management for making the right choice, we hope the coaching staff backs them by giving Brown most of the backup pg minutes, and we look forward to a midseason trade of Farmar to ensure no bad blood in the locker room. What can brown do for us? Mind blowing dunks, hitting the open 3, getting out of the way of our superstars, hustle on defense, bleeds purple n gold.

On a similar note we would like also like to place Sasha and his fans on alert that we're considering jumping unto the ammo bandwaggon despite Sasha being an unabashed mamba faithful. We'd hate to do this but dude got cut from his national team, we're running out of excuses for his poor play. For now though, we remain a fan of Sasha and hope he rediscovers the form that earned him his contract.

Our dynasty has begun. You will have to bring your A game on a consistent basis to stay on this team.

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

And let me save you the trouble by counterpointing your expected and atypical Game 6 rebuttal.

See, you Greenie Weenies can't handle adversity. Losing makes y'all manic-depressive and chaotic. Why else would y'all sign a dude who's a walking talking technical foul magnet? I love the scenario! The bullies get pimp-slapped so what do they do? Bring in another bully. Geenious!

Losing makes y'all desperate. Losing drives y'all crazy. Losing makes y'all turn on each other (why else would Danny Ainge negotiate a trade offering YOUR FRIGGIN STARTING POINT GUARD AND YOUR RESIDENT 3-POINT SPECIALIST?).

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been punched out, knocked out, stomped on, kicked on, peed on, etc. for more times than we can count.

And WE RISE. We always rise TO THE TOP WHERE WE BELONG.

Adversity makes us stronger. Adversity makes us wiser. Adversity makes us better. Just 2 years ago this Blog was in a frenzy speculating about where Kobe Bryant would be traded by the start of the 07-08 season. We fought trolls like you (heck, we fought trolls BETTER than you). We fought BSPiN reports daily. We fought each other. The whole basketball community was celebrating our demise.

And WE ROSE.

We fought. We scrapped. We battled. And we made it back to the Finals at the end of that season. Go ahead and tell us how we "bought" Pau Gasol with the alleged assistance of a former Laker. I'll see you that and raise you with your theivery of Ray Allen & KG with the confirmed assistance of a former Ceptic.

And yes, we blew double digit leads. Yes, we were intimidated and PIMP-SLAPPED much to your delight. Yes. You beat us by 39 points in Game 6 2008 NBA Finals.

But you got fat, lazy and arrogant.
In the meantime, WE ROSE!

We kept fighting. We kept warring. We kept battling. We kept blowing double digit leads and had the BSPiN analysts questioning our ability to keep it together.

But WE ROSE. We rose past our Western Conference foes and made it back to the stage. And we wanted you. It's all we talked about. It's all we dreamed about. And WE WERE READY.

But y'all weren't. The same knees with KG parlayed his egotistical lunacy failed him in the end. Them 3's from Ray Ray stopped falling. The Truth got exposed. Y'all were so busy licking your chops replaying Game 6 in your minds that you allowed Orlando to straight up gaffle, mean-mug and JACK every ounce of your swagger! And in the same house where a year earlier Gatorade covered your parquet floor, blood, sweat and tears of PAIN and REGRET now took its place!

Y'all can't handle adversity. We can. That's what makes us better. That's what makes us better. Spin it how you want. Keep replaying Game 6 for your own glory. For that's the last taste of glory you'll see.

Adversity breeds character.
Adversity breeds champions.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

Stuff that in your cigar and smoke it!

AK,


"In a word, none. The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Lakers charge fans a lot of money after spending a lot of money on the team to entertain said fans."


Man, after attending some games here in Cleveland I know EXACTLY what you mean.


People go to Lakers games to see the Lakers play and Dr. Jerry Buss knows this, and organizes his games accordingly. In smaller markets like Cleveland, people go to games to HAVE AN EXPERIENCE because there is nothing else to do (or at least this is true for a large component of the attendees). As such, the games are organized like a circus. It's awful.


I've come to realize that the "hot" marketing target out here is families. So at games there are LOTS of entertainment going on AT EVERY MOMENT OF THE GAME, none of which is particularly sophisticated, because it's geared towards branding and children.


When "entertainment" (e.g. opening ceremonies) happens at a Lakers game, it's sophisticated. Out here, it's more like a county fair, but there's just so much of it. A Brown's game or a Cav's game is practically an exploration of sensory overload. There's no empty space. Every moment in which the game is not being played is filled with advertisements, explosions, excited announcements, and acrobats (or some equivalent entertainment thereof.)


Watching a Lakers (or even Clippers) game is so relaxing (in a good way) by comparison, because it's an event for adults. It's truly about the game, not keeping little Jimmy with ADD occupied at all moments.


So Laker Nation, consider yourselves lucky. I constantly rip on the lack of energy and snobbery of the fans at Staples Center (TRUE!!!), but given the choice of sitting in the dark next two a couple of hipsters with sunglasses asking distractedly "Which one is Josh Powell?" OR being blasted with "Louie Louie" followed by bad rap music followed by scream metal while explosions go off and local high school cheerleaders perform awkward moves to introduce an advertisement about insurance, I'll take sneering in the dark at the hipsters before I begin screaming my lungs out.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

"Take away Magic....and LA went from 1972-2000 without a title {28 years}!"

Take away Larry Legend....and Boston went from 1976-2008 without a title! (32 years)

Boston=2009-2010 will be eliminated by Cleveland Cavaliers.

That's guaranSHEED!

AK,


Softer? Yeah.


http://tinyurl.com/ozrprb


I don't even think it can really be called "cheese", just honest emotional stuff much more genuine than the crap masquerading as love songs over the last 15 years.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

justanothermambafan,


Regarding "Shaq Versus", dude, I know! He's not going to win a single contest! So, what's going to happen?


His narcissism/huge ego will be bruised as he integrates into the Cavs, due to his bully-nature he'll start throwing his weight around (literally and figuratively), and chemistry issues with Queen James will emerge.


I know Shaq. You know Shaq. WE know Shaq. Do you honestly think he can handle being second fiddle in a small market?


HELL NO!!!


I can't wait to watch this unfold. Can we just start the season a bit earlier?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

"Boston=2009-2010 will be eliminated by Cleveland Cavaliers."

Uh-uh.

Boston 2009-2010 will be eliminated by Orlando Magic. Again. Young Superman in the middle, Rashard parked behind the 3 point line, a healthy Jameer Nelson and the added versatility of Vince is gonna be too much for the Geritol Squad to handle. Expect non-stop groin shots to Jameer & Vince at the hands of Perkins & Rondo, Sheed & Big Baby to prevent dribble penetration. Heh...Rondo may even try to clothesline Vince (ala McHale & Rambis) and won't even get a foul called for it.

Although with the refs allegedly walking out this season, the scab refs that Ainge will bring in from the greater Bawhstun area will put Orlando in the penalty within the first 2 1/2 minutes of each quarter thereby sealing their victory.

Well here is my entry into the cheese/crap song contest.

**************************WARNING***************************
THE CHEESE/CRAP LEVEL OF THIS VIDEO/SONG ARE WILL PUSH
THE LIMITS OF HUMAN TOLERANCE...PLEASE DO NOT LOOK
DIRECTLY AT YOUR MONITOR...
************************************************************

http://tinyurl.com/fr37u

This feels like swating flies with nukes...I apologize to everyone in advance for this.

Parddon my rudeness. I've been too busy exterminating green cockroaches that I didn't say a prayer for AK's marriage. Congratz, bro!

LET US PRAY

Dear Lord, as you lead and guide the other half of our fearless leadership AK into holy matrimony, we at Lakers Blog ask Your Hand of love, grace, mercy, blessing, and PATIENCE to rest on him and his lovely bride as they begin their new lives together. Seal their love in Your Spirit. May they enjoy their day but remember most of all that the TRUE GLORY comes from the life they will build together - not from the wedding day itself. May their union be fruitful with bundles of little AK's to fill their lives with joy. Bless their love. Bless their marriage. Bless their lives. We of Laker Nation proudly celebrate them!

We thank You for Your love and answered prayer...AMEN!

We DEFINITELY need to create an AK continual married/wedded bliss bandwagon.


AK,


Man, I wish you and your wife nothing but happiness in your marriage!


Let me give you one small piece of advice as you boldly go forth into that future of love and commitment: YOU and your wife over the decades will change. Everyone does. It's human nature. When people have trouble in relationships, it constantly comes down to "He/she isn't the person I married!" Of course he/she isn't, because people change. The beautiful spiritual challenge of marriage (and the test of true love) is continuing to love a person despite the fact that they've changed (even celebrating that change), because that is abiding in a love for the only thing that is truly real and enduring in a person: Their true nature, their eternal soul.


THAT is real love and THAT is the beautiful spiritual challenge which marriage invites you to explore and THAT endures forever.


Congratulations, brother!


Hopefully you two will create the some part of the next generation of Laker Nation soon.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

utzworld,


"Adversity breeds character.
Adversity breeds champions.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!"


Your post was straight out TRUTH, not Paula Pierce liar's truth, Capital T Capital R Capital U Capital T Capital H "THRUTH".


Let's get training camp started! LET'S GO!!!!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

The Infamous El Guapo,


Wow, dude. You really pulled out the big guns. No ramp up, just straight to the punch. That was rather bold of you.


Viva la cheese!


I think we really need to start a "Bring Back The Cheese!" movement. All this shallow, narcissistic, nihilistic, materialistic, intellectually vacant, emotionally empty music coming out right now sucks runoff from sewage plants.


I'd rather listen to David Hasselhoff anyday of the week over listening to some idiot ramble over a drum machine about how rolling down the street in his car shooting people and/or slapping women makes him cool.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

utzworld,


Amen.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K - yah this season watching "The Great Crab Implosion of 2010" is going to be fun. Bwahhhahahahahaha!

I just don't understand the whole "Shaq vs" idea. The only thing I can think of is that it's his way to stay relevant and in the public eye. What he fails to realize is that we're not watching to be entertained, or give him the glory he so deperately wants - we're watching the way people at a crime scene or a really bad accident watch - wanting to see the blood & guts... but not really wanting to see it... but wanting to see it.... It's a morbid fascination.

CONGRATULATIONS TO AK on HIS UPCOMING NUPTUALS bandwagon -

DRIVER(S) - eveyone on the LA TIMES Lakers Blog

Much love and best wishes to you both!

justanothermambafan,


"It's a morbid fascination."


For me, I'd say "befuddled amazed morbid fascination", but, yeah, I hear you.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Sheriff,

True that... Mindblowing dunks like the throwdown on the birdman that killed their spirits and sealed that series

And the man has never lifted weights in the pros yet. Very scary

Btw, where's our mayor?

Hey....
"wesjoenixon,


George Michael is remarkably cheezy and not a great songwriter, but that cat can sing.


I've long thought that Queen should reform with George Michael as their lead singer. He's one of the few people who could actually handle Freddie Mercury's vocal range.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | September 03, 2009 at 09:33 AM"

Did you hear that George Michael is opening a dry cleaning store...Overnight service for suits...you just drop your pants and jacket off.
(This was after his bathroom prowling days....I think it was at that polo park above sunset blvd near pacific palisades.....the dude is tremendously talented, and brave to come out of the closet, and I am not "for dudes", but he was always extremely attractive...I wonder how Andrew Ridgely felt when he was left as a solo act (Wham, anyone???)

I saw Phred Phretting over Hairston? Asking "Malik?" Are you very young or not being serious. Happy Hairston was not a superstar, but he was a poor man's Elgin Baylor. He did his job, with Jim McMillian who was the guy who took over Elgins's spot on that 33 win in a row team (69-13), etc etc etc....

Laker Tom....your list is tough, at first I saw Horry at 10, then was looking for Goodrich, then I saw championships factored in.....How about 11-Jack Nicholson, 12-Dyan Cannon, 13-Andy Garcia and his twin. (bad joke).

utzworld said..."We fought. We scrapped. We battled. And we made it back to the Finals at the end of that season. Go ahead and tell us how we "bought" Pau Gasol with the alleged assistance of a former Laker. I'll see you that and raise you with your theivery of Ray Allen & KG with the confirmed assistance of a former Ceptic."

I seriously believe that the penalty was minor, by doing the under the table deal he was not helping his team, he was saying "screw the rest of the league"....His team should have severed all current and future ties with him immediately. And he should have been banned from any employment involving the NBA FOR LIFE!!! David Stern just did not want a black mark on his resume, such as the Boston Baseball controversy (shoeless joe????)....
McHale should have been banned for life. Off to the CBA, or Europe.....

Why wasn't Popovich fined for his comments on the Pau trade, he was claiming collusion. Defaming the Lakers and the league system. If PJ had said it...it would have been his standard 25/25 ($25000 fine to him/$25000 fine to the Lakers).....

AC Green almost makes LakerTom's list....IMHO....

Come trade deadline....Farmar and Sasha and AMMO are gone, I don't know if there are advantages about carrying ammo all year long, I'm not a contracts lawyer.....then, they'll be looking at each other and asking "ok, who remembers the triangle now?".....shoulda kept Sun around for 2 years down the road, when the years and the mileage of the playoffs start to wear on the aging Lakers....Look at how much mileage of high pressure games Pau has on him. (International)....Maybe Lamar was the smartest of the bunch....I'd say he has a solid 5 years left in him.

Anyone know who is the gray-haired hippy looking dude who is always sitting at Jack Nicholson's right side at games?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

TEAM CHEMISTRY IN JEAPORDY

"Derek's had a great run," he said. "He's probably going to be the guy starting off. I just want to continue to push him."

Farmar said it's difficult to find opportunities to shine in the Lakers' star-studded lineup, which includes 11-time All-Star Kobe Bryant.

"It's hard. He's the best," Farmar said when asked about playing with Bryant. "He demands a lot of attention. He demands the ball a lot of the time."

Jordan Farmar has essentially thrown Derek Fisher and Kobe Byrant under the proverbial bus.

Irony is, he might have thrown himself under the 'Buss' with those comments.

More to come.

Jordan Farmar is a moron and the most undeserving Laker on the team.

If I were him, I'd practice my pants off and silently tear up training camp.

I'd encourage Derek and hope he could sustain his brilliance because I understand that deep playoff runs and Champhionships on your resume mean more than an extra 2 points and 2 assists a game.

I would also be careful during practice, team meetings, and team travel sessions. For I know that Kobe hears everything.

And the Mamba can strike at any time.

Jordan Farmar - scrub.

Andrew Bynum - about to be proven as a scrub.

LakerTom - Exposed.

Jon: That's Lou Adler, who made his mark in the music biz. I think he managed Cheech & Chong and directed their ode to canibus "Up In Smoke."

Jon,


>>> Anyone know who is the gray-haired hippy looking dude who is always sitting at
>>> Jack Nicholson's right side at games?


Lou Adler, record producer and co-founder of Dunhill Records, who was former manager of Jan and Dean and produced albums for Sam Cooke, Mammas and Pappas, Carole King, and Cheech and Chong among others. He is married to Darryl Hannah’s younger sister. He owns the Roxy Theater and is one of Jack’s best friends.


Tom

Domp Domp Domp/
Another one bites the dust-ah

Seriously, congrats to you, AK, for manning up and checking out. May your road together be one filled with happiness and shared delight. Except when it's Lakers-Spurs. Then your delight is paramount.

Good Morning Laker Fans...

AK...Good luck man...Dont trust anyone that says trust me.....Trust Me...

Once all has settled down,if you dont already have a space,create your own space.,Trust Me..

In that space that you create,find time with your mates to share that space..........
Trust Me...

Even if its a room/basement with a bar or flat screen tv .......Trust Me..

And happily ever after will follow....Trust Me...

Congratulations to the both of you and all the best for the future..

yellofever,

"Btw, where's our mayor?"

Probably @ some party ... or on a date with his secretary ...

Ron Ron will be making a lot of sweet music for the Lakers next season. Speaking of next season, what about last season? Great moments countdown to training camp:

http://bit.ly/Z3oW7

Banner Folder,

"Losing makes y'all manic-depressive and chaotic. Why else would y'all sign a dude who's a walking talking technical foul magnet? I love the scenario! The bullies get pimp-slapped so what do they do? Bring in another bully."

I think all the time youve been spending upside down digging thru trash cans near Olympic and Fig looking for Sasha's jumper has affected your brain.(or lack of)

The Celtics didnt sign Artest ... The Lakers did!

Laker Tom...

I spent yesterday writing out my list and one thing became very clear to me..

I started watching the NBA in 1980...It would be unfair for me to write the name of past greats on a list that i didnt see play..I watched Magic,Bird,DoctorJ,Barkley,Mchale,Johnson,Doc Rivers,Malone,Kareem,Worthy,Cooper,Walton...So how could i put Wilt on my list when i never saw him play?..I cant..Even Jerry West...

So here are some names of the players that i enjoyed seeing play in my earler days..Its not a Laker Happy list either..

Shawn Kemp..He freaked me out..Gary Payton...His D was fantastic..And he came to play..John Stockton..His passing and ball skills ..Pippen..I always liked Robin..Horace Grant...Team Guy...Larry Bird..Freak...Ray Allen..His shot is text book..Sam Cassell..Big mouth,good floor general..Wilkins..Freak..
Spud Webb..He made me people see that little guys can play as well...Avery Johnson..Did it the hard way.Didnt get drafted and still made it..First with the Sonics and then with Spurs..David Robinson.Tim Duncan,Karl Malone,...Jason Kidd,Penny,...

All of these players are after 1980...Sorry its random but these players made me want to watch the NBA....

utzworld,

"Heh...Rondo may even try to clothesline Vince (ala McHale & Rambis) and won't even get a foul called for it."

The worst thing the celtics can do next season is make it to the finals at full strength ... cuz after we demolish them there, the question of when to blowup their aging team will become moot, ainge will have no choice but to discard the pieces they've got and try to rebuild ... if they keep making it to the conference finals, they have a shot at becoming the next detroit pistons (i.e. win 1 and then rack up a bunch of conference finals appearances)

Get it through your skulls celtic fans ... you are not on our level and you do not have the best player in the league rocking your colors ... hate it or love it, we're the face of the league ... even when we sucked their rating experts forced the league to play us on christmas ... and now that we're rockstars, we've got the celtics as opening acts for our beatdown of the cavs

Our dynsaty is here.

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

Thirty2,


I agree with your take that you cannot include guys you didn’t see play. Makes total sense. That is why I did not include Mikan, because I did not see him play. Fortunately, I am old enough to have seen Wilt, Jerry, and Elgin play so that is where I started. Everybody’s list has to be based on what they have seen. It is also tough to factor in guys like Wilt and Kareem who did not start out with the Lakers versus West, Baylor, and Kobe who never wore anything but purple and gold. But how do you treat Horry and Fisher? I left out Malone and Payton because I never considered them Lakers – just a couple of mercenaries we added in a failed campaign. Same with lists of non-Lakers players. Anyway, bottom line, all of these lists are just an easy non-confrontational way of passing gas and time until the season finally gets going again. Lakerholics unite. Only one month to go.


Tom

"I think all the time youve been spending upside down digging thru trash cans near Olympic and Fig looking for Sasha's jumper has affected your brain.(or lack of)..."

I think all the time you've spent replaying Game 6 on your TiVO has affected your brain as well. I seriously doubt you go hard on Orlando fans as you do with us.

Silly bully. Have fun in your sandbox.

And since you want to use basketball scores to psych folks out, here's one for ya: 110-109. That's the last score I remember...and the only one that matters in current events, bully.

yellofever,

"Btw, where's our mayor?"

Probably @ some party ... or on a date with his secretary ...

Posted by: Segeboy Formerly Known As Taliq | September 03, 2009 at 12:49 PM

=================================
No not his secretary, it is with another reporter.

Segeboy,


"The worst thing the celtics can do next season is make it to the finals at full strength ..."


You know what, dude? I think you are right on target with that. If we face the Celtics at full strength and kick the crap out of them, then the team gets blown up AND the Cavs get blown up because if Queen James doesn't make it to the Finals next year, he'll probably bolt the Cavs.


So... we want to face the Celtics at full strength next year.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Message for Lou Adler :

Ginger and Maryann called.
They want that 76 year old fossil {Adler} to give Gilligan his white sailor cap back!

The same knees with KG parlayed his egotistical lunacy failed him in the end. Them 3's from Ray Ray stopped falling. The Truth got exposed. Y'all were so busy licking your chops replaying Game 6 in your minds that you allowed Orlando to straight up gaffle, mean-mug and JACK every ounce of your swagger! And in the same house where a year earlier Gatorade covered your parquet floor, blood, sweat and tears of PAIN and REGRET now took its place!

posted by utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER

Dude, that was some of the best laker poetry I've ever heard. Amen my brother, you made me put some old 50 on while reading yo' hit. The truth is Espn picked Boston (this season) to finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference with Orlando really in more of the 2.b. position than in the 3 spot. And all this hinges on an optimal health throughout the 82 game season
of traveling back and forth across the states at ages that are considered... well, an age when the knees aren't what they used to be.

It's really a sad thing if you really think consider the possibly that KG will never be what he once was. They owe KG almost $60 million dollars of guaranteed money through 2011/12. Ask Houston how their Mcgrady handicapped has worked out for them. The Celts whole season depends on how KG both starts and finishes this year. A year that features some of the biggest trades ever by elite teams made to get better, along with an All-Star Game in which Lebron is in the dunk contest in the new Dallas stadium. Last I heard the count was like 100,000 people going. Crazy year to be in the spotlight, KG. That window is going to get smaller and smaller each time KG hits the floor,Rondo makes faces at the coach, or Allen misses a wide open jump shot. And as for Pierce, I gotta say it is amazing that this guy can still score because his drives look like A. Walker moves towards the end of his career.

So where does Boston Celtics go from here?
1)Optiona A says they play well during the beginning and really first half of the season. Tying for the best record or at least being in the top 2 discussion, with a better start than Cleveland. But KG gets hurt right before the all-star game and as the Celtics start losing more games Rasheed starts yelling at the refs and Rondo continues to make faces at the coach. The Celtics lose in the Eastern conference finals to a battle tested Magic or Cavs team, falling short of even reaching the Lakers for that epic rematch of Kobe vs. "the truth is exposed".

2)Kg, Rasheed and either Pierce or Allen get hurt at some time during the season and they don't make it out of the semi-finals. With basically a repeat of this past year, the addition of Rasheed proves not to insure anything, and mgmt realizes they've got to start cuttin fat to get younger. Do you realize that as much as KG makes, it is Ray Allen that is no.8 and Paul Pierce at no.7 (just above Rashard Lewis), on the top 10 highest nba salaries list, both around $20 mil per year. Yeah, somebody is going to bail them out and trade for one of them in the future. See AI. As soon as mgmt finds a way out from these new salary cap restrictions, they breaks up the team like the fat boys. They rebuild around Rondo, which is actually what they have been saying is the plan. Problem is they wanted to trade him 3 months ago and training camp is in less than a month.

3)And this is what I hope... Boston somehow, someway, some miracle shots by Eddie House continue, that red haired guy scal-a-brainie whatever and big baby continue to get lucky and oh nellie, omg, heaven to murgatroy, the celtics and the lakers meet in the finals. A finals in which the lakers are the defending champions, Kobe has another MVP like season, being in his prime, and this time the lakers have homecourt. The series goes 6 games and the lakers win the last game by beating the Celtics by 40 points at Staples. Happy happy joy joy out...

Could happen

Justa,
Re Shaq Vs. - so true... I didn't watch it to be entertained. I watched it to see how much of a beat down the duo of Misty and Kerry will administer on him. That Shaq facial courtesy of a Kerry Walsh smash made my night! the pink Speedo was just a bonus... lol

Thanks so much to everyone for the nice words and wishes. We both really appreciate it and are looking forward to a great weekend.


And to those wondering, getting married will change nothing. I will remain a Lakers fan and she a Spurs fan. No "religious conversions" necessary. Thankfully, we both have a pretty healthy respect for the other one's franchise. In particular, unless they're playing San Antonio, the little lady actually roots for the purple and gold.
AK

Special wedding message for AK:

Woman marry men, hoping they will change, and they don't.
Men marry women, hoping they won't change, and they do.

Boy, what an awful message. It's not true. All the time. I've been married for a happy 22 years, and my wife still puts up with my fruitless attempts to become a screenwriter.

Cheers!

"the little lady"?

I hope that's literal.

Banner Folder,

"I seriously doubt you go hard on Orlando fans as you do with us."

Let me answer your question. You are right, I dont. Cuz I dont have a problem with them. They took their beating like men. They dont come in here sayn "if Nelson was healthy we would have won the series." Unlike Laker fan who kept cryn all yr that if "Bynum was healthy ..."


Bynum? Some stiff who doesnt even play in crunch time. Who sits the whole 4th quarter. Who averages more fouls then points or rebs was gonna be the difference. He may be a productive player in the future but that would not have helped make a 40pt difference in Game 6.

If Laker fan woulda said "you kicked our a$$ last year but this year we gonna kick urs" I would get it. Im fine with that but you didnt. All you did was look for excuses like Bynum was hurt, Ariza was coming off an injury, the NBA wanted you to win, Stern had it all set up. Give me an effn break. You felt like you really won the series.

And Orlando doesnt talk out of both sides of their mouth. You talk about the Celtics signing some technical getting bully? Hello! You signed Artest. At least Sheed has never gone into the stands after a fan.

Im sure at least 90% of the bloggers in here are Laker/Dodger fans. Yet these same Laker/Dodger fans talk about the Celtics not winning in 20 yrs. When was the last time the Dodgers won? The Dodgers are almost a mirror image of the Celtics.(just not as dominant)They both won titles in the 50s,60s,70s(not the Dodgers) and 80s. So all you Laker/Dodger fans who claim that the Celtics are irrelevant cuz they went 20yrs without winning ... well that means your beloved Dodgers are irrelevant as well. Sucks for you. The Dodgers had won 1 playoff game before last year. Pitched by the great Jose Lima. At least the Celtics made it to the ECF during the 20 yrs. But I bet you still keep going to Dodger Stadium rooting for them dont you? Kissing Lasordas feet. Hypocrites!

Speaking of hypocrites ... I bet you guys booed Bonds and now give Manny a standing O. You pay extra sit in Mannywood. Looks like he needs another cylcle of the clear stuff.

Banner Folder ... are you a Dodger fan?

Nice pics AK... I thought looking at that photo of JF, he looked like Fisher over there...

Can't get too excited though... Shannon Brown wouldn't like it.

AK,


>>> And to those wondering, getting married will change nothing.


LOL. I tell my young friends that very same thing. But then I will add “But wait until you have kids.” They change EVERYTHING. Aside from putting a huge dent in your social life and financial freedom, kids in the end are just fans waiting to be created. One of the coolest things in the world is making sure your kids make the right choices in life: to be responsible, work hard, care about others, and root for the Los Angeles Lakers – NOT the San Antonio Spurs. Andy, your fandom is now on the line.


Your situation is akin to a Catholic marrying a Protestant (not as bad as a Jew marrying a Muslim). What you have to do is play it like the Catholics do and demand that all children be raised as proper Lakers fans rather than Spurs fans. If you have to really wimp out, you can also cop a plea and accept that the kids will be given the right to make their own choice. That will only work if you become truly zealous, which I am afraid to say, I am not sure you can do.


So buckle up, Andy, because you have placed the fandom of your offspring at risk by marrying an alien fan. You need to make sure to appease the Gods by extracting the proper promises from the future Mrs. AK before tying the knot. There are standard forms you can download at legal.zoom. Just search for prenuptial fan agreements. Good luck.


(Andy, all in fun. May you both enjoy the next 50 years of Lakers domination. I’m sure that being the guru of the hottest sports blog on the Internet will ensure that your kids will wear purple and gold.) May the blog have a new ball boy and ball girl.


Tom

Justa- hmm. Well, I think it might actually be challenge to make vodka pie…unless, of course you just follow the simple recipe of 1)drink vodka 2) eat pie. Which, I guess, could be worse.

And so far as shaq’s show goes, I don’t have a reason for watching, cause you know, I don’t. But I am kind of curious as to what happens when he goes up against the dominant players of one sport- basketball. That I will watch.

Human- Joking, cause I looked it up, but young enough that I had to. I really have no idea how good he was, it was way before my time.

Congrats AK, is she taking your last name?

Enjoy the 'moon, it will end far too quickly and you'll be back wrangling us bloggers.

Farmar deserves a chance to prove himself and this is pretty much his last chance. If he plays well in limited minutes it could show he's ready for more, if he gets some serious PT and plays well, he'll show he's good for a big contract.

I think this will be his last season with the Lakers either way. he doesn't fit the profile for the type of PG PJ likes and he's under-sized. he is, however, very clutch.

Something to consider.

Great interview with Sal Pal about the Eagles and Mike Vick and all the things that've been going down behind the scenes to resurrect Mike Vick's life and career. And I think his is a life worth saving, so I'm on board with all the positive stuff I'm hearing.


What I'm really waiting to see is Mike Vick's relationship with the tens of thousand dog-loving Eagles fans from now forward. He has to do some kind of community service projects against dog fighting and when he does, this will be a story with a real teaching moment.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4442627


Wes

Human,


This one's for you. Yeah, it's George, but I've loved this song since I first heard it. I never knew the title, just that I made about 2,000 bagel sandwhiches to it in the early 90s at Goldstein's Bagel Bakery in Pasedena. Great times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7Iiz1g1WLk


Wes

Marriage?
What you going to do to entertain us next? You are pushing too hard, don't you think? This off season is toooo long.
I want the Lakers back now!!!

Wesjoe,

Say it ain't so Wesjoe! Careless Whisper was definitely NOT cheese. (I know you said it was good cheese) I don't throw around the c word lightly, but that was a classic. Like Jon K said George Michael can "sang".

Now that David Hasselhoff was bigtime cheesy...bad cheese.

LRob

More Hoopsworld chat chit:


Jason G in La La Land:
Hey Joel, what do you see Trevor Ariza's role being on the Rockets this year? He has no play maker cough, cough, Kobe, cough, cough to get him the ball.

Joel Brigham:
Man, he's REALLY going to have to step up his game. If Ariza was ever going to break out as a star, this would be his chance. Other than him and Shane Battier (assuming T-Mac returns to his usual, injured self), what do the Rockets really bring to the table? They've got a ton of serviceable guys, great role players and a solid bench, but there's no star power. If Trevor can't create for himself it's going to be a long year. But then again if T-Mac is healthy and inspired, he's just about as good as anyone in the league. So maybe he will have that Kobe-like playmaker after all...

Cough cough... yeah right... cough cough...


Josh in :
With everyone annointing Phil Jackson the greatest coach ever, am I the only person who remembers him getting seriously out coached by Doc Rivers two years ago???? Winning with a Lakers team simply more talented than anyone does not impress me.

Joel Brigham:
Whether or not he's actually the best coach of all time or just lucked into really, really excellent situations will always be up for discussion. But the bottom line is that he won ten rings. Ten!!! The only man alive with more is Bill Russell. If the proof is in the pudding, then the pudding tastes like Phil Jackson.

I can't decide if that sounds really gross and inappropriate or not. But you know what I'm trying to say...""


That's it. Not much Lakers stuff.

Wes


Jon K, Are those Wedding Rings that we play for? If so AK is a winner!! Congratulations AK!!!

GOOOooOOO KAMENETZKIES!!!

AK,

Count me in on the good wishes to you and your bride.

Wes

This is nice. Top 10 plays of 2009 finals.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpRmbhPg98o


Wes

One last HD look at a little thing they call game 4'09...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEQ_xYDBOg


With Artest around for the next 4-5 years, Kobe's career might be extended a bit. Because Kobe will be guarding 2 guards almost exclusively now, he won't have to bulk up, and can train more now toward endurance fitness rather than bulk fitness. Less muscle tears, less strain on the joints.


Less than a month to go.


Wes

Congratulations and good luck AK...
It's bound to affect the groupie situation somewhat but that can't be helped.

Holy @#$&, AK. Your wife is a Spurs fan?

Well, I guess she's a basketball fan and that's better than nothing. But damn. I hope you got pre-nups! (just kidding)

Congrats and enjoy your honeymoon.

sorry to be so late to the party.
congratulations, and the best of luck, AK!

Hey 131-92, how about you take your win like a man? Hypocrite...

You blame us for your insecurities about that championship, that's not our fault!

And if KG were around this year? Inconsequential. He, Ray, or Paul weren;t going to be around, just so happens that its the one that talks the most. We said it here, they said in other places, an injury was going to happen to those guys because they played too much. Why do you think the Spurs don't really play until midseason, why do you think the Lakers have close games against lesser teams? They rest....they know what it takes to win multiple championships.

You're so worked up because there's criticism about your team's championship 2 years ago. We've won enough championships in today's world of blogs, pundits, analysts, and everyday joes, that there's going to be criticism.

You said yourself, you can't take it that we mention Bynum, Ariza, etc. The key word there? YOU!!!

And the Dodgers? We're hopeful they win. Since we're going to bring in baseball, you certainly know what hopeful was, no? We aren't beating our chests, we aren't counting their chickens before they hatch. You? You're still holding up a game 6 from 2 years ago, which consequently, the Lakers showed up for the rematch to, and you got beat by a team that we beat. You don't show, not our problem.

Everytime you feel the need to vent here about what we say HERE in LA, remember, you care about it. Remember, when your Boston.com Celtics blog, and there's some LA fan on there, who's truly the problem: The idiot VISITING the opposing team's blog.

I am so excited about the upcoming season. This team should do some real damage...It will be interesting to see how the team gels.

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Softer song for Ron: "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John.
Maybe the softest of all time.

If you want to go in another direction, give him "My Girl Bill"

ODE TO A BLOG GOD
So let me hear it, what you say, send out a cheer for Blog God AK
He tried to hold out, as long as he could, but he’ll soon be hooked, Knock on wood
And oh yeah we’re going to have a parade, you bring the cake I got the Kool Aid
That was a real fine sermon BANNER HOLDER, Now make sure AK doesn’t get a cold shoulder
So both Blog Gods will be married men, what away for Dynasty #4 to begin
AK you done good, I wish you well, now get ready to hear those wedding Bells
BK will be best man I assume, the rest of the Blog will back up the groom
Well all I have to say is one more thing,
Do I have to say it… OUT FREAKING STANDING!!!!!!!!

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AK WEDDED BLISS BANDWAGONCONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WEDDING A.K. -- BANDWAGON
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(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – OWNER - Parddon my rudeness. I've been too busy exterminating green cockroaches that I didn't say a prayer for AK's marriage. Congratz, bro!
LET US PRAY Dear Lord, as you lead and guide the other half of our fearless leadership AK into holy matrimony, we at Lakers Blog ask Your Hand of love, grace, mercy, blessing, and PATIENCE to rest on him and his lovely bride as they begin their new lives together. Seal their love in Your Spirit. May they enjoy their day but remember most of all that the TRUE GLORY comes from the life they will build together - not from the wedding day itself. May their union be fruitful with bundles of little AK's to fill their lives with joy. Bless their love. Bless their marriage. Bless their lives. We of Laker Nation proudly celebrate them! We thank You for Your love and answered prayer...AMEN!
(01) DRIVERS - CONGRATULATIONS TO AK on HIS UPCOMING NUPTUALS bandwagon -DRIVER(S) - eveyone on the LA TIMES Lakers Blog
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER - - Congratulations on your impending matrimony. May you have as many happy years together as Mrs. LakerTom and I have had. Just don’t pull a “Heartbreak Kid” on your honeymoon. LOL!So buckle up, Andy, because you have placed the fandom of your offspring at risk by marrying an alien fan. You need to make sure to appease the Gods by extracting the proper promises from the future Mrs. AK before tying the knot. There are standard forms you can download at legal.zoom. Just search for prenuptial fan agreements. Good luck. (Andy, all in fun. May you both enjoy the next 50 years of Lakers domination. I’m sure that being the guru of the hottest sports blog on the Internet will ensure that your kids will wear purple and gold.) May the blog have a new ball boy and ball girl.
(03) JesterGuru - Seriously, congrats to you, AK, for manning up and checking out. May your road together be one filled with happiness and shared delight. Except when it's Lakers-Spurs. Then your delight is paramount.
(04) Thirty2 – AK...Good luck man...Dont trust anyone that says trust me.....Trust Me...Once all has settled down,if you dont already have a space,create your own space.,Trust Me.. In that space that you create,find time with your mates to share that space.......... Trust Me... Even if its a room/basement with a bar or flat screen tv .......Trust Me.. And happily ever after will follow....Trust Me... Congratulations to the both of you and all the best for the future..
(05) Marty - Special wedding message for AK: Woman marry men, hoping they will change, and they don't. Men marry women, hoping they won't change, and they do. Boy, what an awful message. It's not true. All the time. I've been married for a happy 22 years, and my wife still puts up with my fruitless attempts to become a screenwriter.
(06) JAMIE SWEET - Congrats AK, is she taking your last name? Enjoy the 'moon, it will end far too quickly and you'll be back wrangling us bloggers.
(07) MR NANO - Marriage? - What you going to do to entertain us next? You are pushing too hard, don't you think? This off season is toooo long. I want the Lakers back now!!!
(08) WESJOENIXON - Count me in on the good wishes to you and your bride.
(09) KIWI - Congratulations and good luck AK... It's bound to affect the groupie situation somewhat but that can't be helped
(10) PUDDLE - Holy @#$&, AK. Your wife is a Spurs fan? Well, I guess she's a basketball fan and that's better than nothing. But damn. I hope you got pre-nups! (just kidding) Congrats and enjoy your honeymoon.
(11) MUD - sorry to be so late to the party. congratulations, and the best of luck, AK!
(12) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - AK - Congratulations on your impending nuptials! I wish you every happiness and joy in your marriage. Enjoy every moment, and especially your honeymoon. God bless your life together.
(13) DON MIGUEL - Enjoy the bachelor party, er, wedding!
(14) ANTHONY G. - AK, you ain't touching what thing? ;) Congrats and have a great honeymoon!
(15) BAYWOOD - Congatulations AK to You and Your Bride. May she be as wise as your Mom (Don't tell her I said that!!)
(16) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - AK - congratulations!! My better half & I have been married 17 years (together 22)and I have to say there's nothing better. I hope you and your future wife enjoy married bliss for many years to come. Just remember - you will have some problems (we all do), but keep the door to the divorce room firmly closed and always remember it's ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!!
(17) JON K - We DEFINITELY need to create an AK continual married/wedded bliss bandwagon. AK, Man, I wish you and your wife nothing but happiness in your marriage! Let me give you one small piece of advice as you boldly go forth into that future of love and commitment: YOU and your wife over the decades will change. Everyone does. It's human nature. When people have trouble in relationships, it constantly comes down to "He/she isn't the person I married!" Of course he/she isn't, because people change. The beautiful spiritual challenge of marriage (and the test of true love) is continuing to love a person despite the fact that they've changed (even celebrating that change), because that is abiding in a love for the only thing that is truly real and enduring in a person: Their true nature, their eternal soul. THAT is real love and THAT is the beautiful spiritual challenge which marriage invites you to explore and THAT endures forever. Congratulations, brother! Hopefully you two will create the some part of the next generation of Laker Nation soon.
(18)MAMBA24 - despite our differences the best of luck man.
You treat her good now or you'll have a whole blog on your back

Good morning CRUE!!!

Another month to go....

I'm not sure if I'm going to make it....

The promise of the upcoming season is about as huge as it's ever been. Can't we just get it on already??!

Here's something to discuss:

Who is going to be the defensive coordinator this season? Last year Kurt implemented a pretty good system, do we just kep on rolling with that or do we need to add a wrinkle or two now that we have Artest?

Would you rather see more man-to-man defense or should we stick with the loaded weak side which we exhibited last season?

I think we need add a simplified zone. Put Fish (or a secondary PG) at the top of the key, have Kobe and Artest handle the wings and let Gasol and Bynum anchor the post. If Brown is playing, I say we just man up, if Farmar or Fisher is in, I say we do the weak side zone with switching.

Defense is going to be an even bigger component than last year as we have a ginormous target on our collective purple and gold back sides. This should not be under-estimated. I thought the Celtics were ROLLING HARD last season, until they got to Los Angeles and had their apple cart turned over, then they went into a nose dive they never quite seemed to recover from. KG looked worn from hyping his team, which wanted to coast because they are SOOOOO amazing, look what happened. Boston fans can hoot and holler over KG all they want, but injuries happen and they don't put asteriks by the team that won last year but suffered some injury or another that (seemingly) bumps them out of serious contention.

I really hope the staff harps on defense in pre-season because that will carry us through those tough nights when nobodies shot is falling, defense will allow us to still win. With Gasol, Bynum and Odom, we should have the rebounding, but it's cutting down on easy baskets, especially for streaky players and speedy guards, that will get us back to the Big Dance.

Thoughts?

The Celtics are on Lakerfans' minds. They are on my mind too.

I will not disrespect the Celtics. They are a veteran group who means business. A little disrespect is what a prideful team like the Celtics needs to motivate them.

I'm not going to fool myself into thinking that KG's injury last year didn't have an effect on their final result last season. KG is still a monster, and he still owns Pau Gasol until proven otherwise.

It's going to be an epic battle. The teams match up well. Keeping Lamar was key for us in being able to keep the slight edge match-up wise. But still, a frontline of Perkins, KG, Rasheed, and Big Baby will be tough to deal with. We got someone to match up with Pierce, that will be a key.

I can't wait.

Go Lakers!

Utzworld's Word Of The Day: DELUSIONAL

I present Mr. 131's retort to why he doesn't beef with Orlando fans:

"Let me answer your question. You are right, I dont. Cuz I dont have a problem with them. They took their beating like men."

THEY TOOK THEIR BEATING LIKE MEN?

Um, last time I checked it was ORLANDO who won that series. It was ORLANDO whom we played in this year's NBA Finals.

Read it again for yourself: "They took their beating like men."

DELUSIONAL.

It's official. The beef is done. The battle is over. 131-92 is permanently stuck in June 2008. The last 15 months do not exist. Forget about the Mayan calendar. His calendar and sense of time stopped at June 2008. So while we're living in the present and basking in the glory of today, he has pitched his tent in a land called Yesterday.

DELUSIONAL.

I honestly thought Farmar was going to be gone to the T-Wolves since Rambis went there and PG uncertainty there. But the Twolves just signed Sessions to an offer sheet, so that might be over.

 
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