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On Ron Artest, Daniel Plainview, and the consumption of milkshakes

Sunday afternoon, Ron Artest became the latest celeb to get himself a creation at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood. "It's blueberry, peach, pineapple, and protein. Soy milk, with a non-dairy ice cream. It's pretty healthy, and if somebody wants to drink it, it should be pretty light on the stomach and give you some energy," he said Monday at practice. "I wanted to get something that kind of symbolizes what I'm about. How I like to work out, and something a little more on the healthier side."

Technically, it's more a smoothie than milkshake, but still it sounds delicious. I mention this first because now when I go taste the Artest shake I can quite legitimately call it a business expense, and also because it allows me to embed the following in a way that while a little self-indulgent (sue me) is also reasonably appropriate:

This morning, I posted comments from Lakers assistant Brian Shaw about how, like a great defensive back in football can cut off half the field, the presence of individual defenders on the basketball court can discourage opponents from running certain sets or swinging the ball in a particular direction. Artest says he's familiar with this sort of thing, having for a long time made lockdown, game plan-altering defense his proverbial milkshake. "I was probably one of the best defenders probably for the last decade or so," he said, "I definitely have to be one of those types. (I experienced that) almost every night. Almost every night I played, with coaches and players. Sometimes players won't even pass guys the ball." 

He is aware, though, that some wonder if the opposition will now be able to take a drink. "I guess everybody's trying to see if I'm wearing down and getting slower, so they'll test me out and we'll see what outcome happens. I look forward to it every night. Every night I look forward to playing against the best player and giving guys a chance not to help so much. I can stay on my man, and you don't have to help as much when I'm being iso-ed."

I don't think we'll have a real feel for how much Artest can impact LA's defense on a night in, night out basis for at least a month or two. It can take that long for a team to coalesce anyway, and swapping Artest for Trevor Ariza changes the rhythm with which the Lakers will play defense even if the system is the same. It takes time for everyone to learn who needs help in what spot, where, against what sort of offensive player, and so on, and recalibrate from last season.

By playoff time, the goal is to make LA's collective milkshake entirely straw proof.

Lactose free news from El Segundo to follow below shortly...

*UPDATE* And here it is... complete with moving pictures!

    -With Tuesday's season opener/ring ceremony less than 24 hours away, it was neither surprising nor inappropriate for Phil Jackson to issue a warning to his players, reminding them that while the jewelry is cool (and from what I heard, substantial), it's not the primary goal of the evening. "It's very difficult to win on a ring night. the distractions are great, and people are living in the past and on their laurels of the past. You're only a success in the moment you complete a successful act. That's one of the things we tell these players. Last year's success, that was over in June. We're almost in November now, and it's game time, so we have to remember that."

For Lamar Odom, it's an opportunity to celebrate with the fans. "We won in Orlando, so to be able to relive that moment in front of our home crowd is special," he said. "This is for the fans. It's not about actually having the ring. It's something I'll probably give to my son. He's looking forward to seeing it a little bit more than me. This is for the fans."

Not that he's indifferent. "Everyone loves jewelry," he smiled. But, as he's said since the start of camp, the reason to win a title is to go win another. "That's what it's all about."

    - The Lakers have decorated the previously plain walls of the practice facility with championship banners and retired jerseys. It's a welcome change for Derek Fisher, even if only on an HGTV level. "It's probably more so about decoration than motivation, but it's about time we got something on these walls. There were days where coming in here and just seeing these white walls was not that easy to do. But we feel very fortunate to be in a position where we have an organization and are part of an organization that has championship banners to put up, and some of these individual jerseys that you see of Magic and James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, those types of names and some of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, I think that as a player it can be individually motivating. That you're a part of greatness and the history of greatness."

More on motivation, from Kobe Bryant:

    -Finally, the highlight of the day for the organization was very likely a visit from Tex Winter. He was at the facility, and seemed in very good spirits, talking with players, coaches, and certain media members as he continues to recover from an April stroke. When Kobe came out from the locker room to do his time with us, he stopped to give Tex a squeeze. It wasn't a time to grill him on his health (mercifully, the media still has some sense of decorum) but just to see him around and communicating made for a great afternoon.

BK

 
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The Mamba Shake and now the Ron Shake...


THE MASTER YODA…


That’s what Kobe called Tex Winter as he hugged him today during the Lakers practice. What great news it is to see Tex here for the Ring Ceremony. You know, all our little bandwagons are a lot of fun but the one bandwagon that we really ought to use the power of the Blog to get rolling would be a Tex Winter Hall of Fame Bandwagon. We could even get Lakers and other NBA players to sign as well as every Lakers fan who reads or posts on the blog. Tex deserves to get in while he is still around.


What do you say?


Tom


Kobe wants to beat the 72-10 record

I agree with Tom. Tex Winter deserves every detail of that Hall of Fame trophy.
I hope there's gonna be a 'Thank you Tex' banner hanging at Staples on opening night.

Sign me up for the Tex Winter bandwagon.

Laker Tom - I agree that Tex Winter should be in the HOF. Have you been? I have been many times, even since the renovation. It is awesome!! I also feel Bill Fitch should be in...............but then again, I feel Pete Rose should be in,too.
Good Luck tomorrow night, and enjoy your ring ceremony!

1. I would be on the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. I'm happy that he's well enough to be there tomorrow night.

2. Less than 24 hours!

3. I hope they take the stuff Phil said very seriously; it was be highly embarrassing to lose to the Clips on ring night (although admittedly I think it's unfair of the league to make the Clippers be the team this all happens again).

4. I can't believe some idiot thought it would be a great idea to schedule the 'This Is It' premiere at LA Live AND the grand opening of the theaters there on the same night as the Lakers season opener. I'm sure on paper it looked like a great way to really push this whole LA Live thing, but even 2 seconds in someone's actually brain they should have scratched this plan. Yay for leaving extra, extra, extra early to get to Staples tomorrow.


The Hall is diminished by not having Tex.

Hopefully, this is the year.

WOW - the season is starting !!!! Can't wait!!

Heard that bad luck of the Clippers? Griffin has a broken knee cap or something like that - he looked like a beast in pre-season - only the curse of the Clippers.

Must suck to get traded to /drafted by that team!!!

Go Lakers!!!!!

For the "bandwagon" fans,
To clarify. We're not asking Mamba 24 to pick just one bandwagon category per day. We're just asking him to list that particular bandwagon only once per day, as opposed to reposting them every time there's a new member added. It's meant to cut down on repetition. But he can post an updated version of all of them once each day.
Posted by: Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky | October 26, 2009 at 01:56 PM

BOOOOO BOOOOOOOOO!!! BOOOOO BOOOOOOO!!
can you be a bigger party pooper?? laker nation is just completely AMPED UP about to start one of the greatest seasons of all time and one day before our ring ceremony your gonna take away and cut down our bandwagons?? K bros have you any mercy on our souls???

and thank you jonk and justanothermamba among many others for your very wise words about these pathetic trolls. They have spread like a deadly plague infiltrating the very deep core of our blog. THEY MUST BE QUARANTINED AND DESTROYED IMMEDIATELY.

what kind of sick celtic fans enjoy blogging with laker fans in a laker blog?? that is just sick and demented. sick spineless creatures with nothing better with their time.. they are the lowest form of life in the cyberspace. JUST THE SCUM OF THE EARTH

Is the Clippers' curse still continuing...??

BSPN reports Griffin injured his knee-cap and is going to be out of action for around 6 weeks :-(

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4597949

poor kid, I hope he gets well soon!!

Excellent article by Adande today at ESPN on Magic and Isiah Thomas...its pretty funny how he says that Shaq wasn't selected as the college player on the dream team because Christian Laettner had attended more USA basketball events.Honestly how funny is that? it sums up a certain aspect of Shaq's career somehow.But actually its kind of a shame it wasn't Shaq on that team becasue in hindsight now it would have really added even more of an invincible feel to that team.

five fantasy teams, laid low by one kneecap. I think i'm going to bug my family medical surgeon (my brother) for his professional opinion before I drop griffin, but dang, he's been healthy his whole life, he had a great preseason, he's got all kinds of potential, and pow. No knee. At least Odom wasn't anywhere nearby.

NBA4- I agree with most of what was said between you and lakertom, and if it's none of my business disregard the rest of this paragraph. Where LakerTom has a well earned high opinion of his own basketball knowledge and a thick skin to make him arrogant and condescending, Well, hey. phred has utter and reckless supreme self confidance bordering on delusional and doesn't care what people think at all, (ha!) as well as knowing a little bit about basketball and a lot about using humor to cut LakerTom down to size; like now, when I remind him that he predicted very early on in the Lamar Odom contract discussions that Odom would not be resigned, so as to provide more minutes for Bynum. And he continued o insist that this would be the case right up to the day LO signed his contract.

Huh! Huh! How do you like them apples, LakerTom!\
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Nah, i kid, i kid. And he will come back with a very good analysis of how the lakers can use both Bynum and Odom to the teams best advantage, and I will agree that I also would like the team to do that very thing. So my mockery is short and weak, way to weak for a man of delusional confidence like myself. I think for a break I'm going to go and talk to those swimsuit models over there by the pool of my luxury hotel, at least until the commissioner has to shine the phred signal to attract my attention.

Of course, i'm also been packing/cleaning and moving/ all day, so I might be making no sense whatsoever. If this is the case, I will repair from the field of discourse, satisfied at least that I am still making more sense than pfunk.
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Also- I forgot what the saying is. As yes, eviscerate the troll, hang the trolls guts from the ceiling of staples, starve the troll and serve the troll at one of the fine fine restaurants that fill the Staples Center

THE LOVE IS A NON PHYSICAL METAPHORICAL REPRESENTATION OF AN EMOTION AND IS THEREFORE UTTERLY USELESS WHEN ONE IS TRYING TO LOAD ALL OF ONES POSSESSIONS INTO VEHICLES WHICH ARE MUCH SMALLER THAT WHAT SEEMS TO BE REQUIRED

SO, TONIGHT (OR THIS MORNING, WHICHEVER) IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE LOVE. MARK THIS IN YOUR HISTORICAL RECORDS AND THE ANNALS OF LAKER BLOG GREATNESS

GO LAKERS!

*** IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE *****
TEX BABY THIS RING IS FOR YOU

WATCH A ZEN MASTER BECOME A 10 MASTER
THE NBA WHERE 10RINGS HAPPENS

WATCH A TEX WINTER BECOME A TEX WINNER
THE NBA WHERE TEX WINTER ALSO HAS 10RINGS

WATCH A MAMBA DO THE SAMBA
THE NBA WHERE THE KOBE SHAKE IS NOW!!!

OOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
I LOVE THIS GAME & I LOVE THE LAKERS!!

DAGGGGGGGGGGGGGHG!!!
JON K I'M SORRY, BLAKE GRIFFIN
OUT 6 TO 8 WEEKS!!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


BK,

Just a question (and not basketball related, sorry Laker faithful), why did you opt for that "milkshake" scene instead of the Pulp Fiction" five dollar milkshake scene? Just curious. It's not a critique, merely a question. Love the blog, love the Lakers.

Oh, and bad news for the Clips again, Griffin out six weeks. That sucks, hope he gets well soon. The only reason I was looking forward to our matchup with the Clippers in game one of the season was to see him play.


**** LAKER NATION GET YOUR BANDWAGON BIDS IN NOW THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE UPDATE
*** THANK YOU BLOG GODS YOU ARE INDEED MERCIFUL TO YOUR FAITHFUL BLOGGERS

*
PUT TEX WINTER IN HALL OF FAME NOW – BANDWAGON
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(00) KOBE BYANT - When Kobe came out from the locker room to do his time with us, he stopped to give Tex a squeeze.
(01) LAKERTOM – OWNER - You know, all our little bandwagons are a lot of fun but the one bandwagon that we really ought to use the power of the Blog to get rolling would be a Tex Winter Hall of Fame Bandwagon. We could even get Lakers and other NBA players to sign as well as every Lakers fan who reads or posts on the blog. Tex deserves to get in while he is still around
(02) E – DRIVER - I agree with Tom. Tex Winter deserves every detail of that Hall of Fame trophy.
I hope there's gonna be a 'Thank you Tex' banner hanging at Staples on opening night.
(03) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Sign me up for the Tex Winter bandwagon.
(04) KT - I would be on the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. I'm happy that he's well enough to be there tomorrow night.
(05) VMAN - The Hall is diminished by not having Tex. Hopefully, this is the year.
(06) MAMBA24 – How in the %$#@% can you have a HOF without the Triangle innovator 10Ring motivator
Tex.
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – HE WAS ROBBED
(07) KOBEBLITZ - Tex Winters has been one of the most brilliant basketball minds. It is his offense that made Michael Jordan from a isolation plays shot jacker to a team player that became one of the greatest of all time. His emphasis on team play gave the Bulls the team of the decade. TEAM play was his model. Not the isolation, less fundamental, more jacking up shots, highlight reel plays of today. It helped make Michael what he is today and help made Shaq help being the most dominant center of his time. Kobe I'm hoping stays more in the offense and score more efficiently. Get well Tex. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tex and his family.
(08) LAKER FAN 24 – Get well soon Tex
(09) VMAN - My prayers and my money are on him to pull through this and be
on the podium this June on Figueroa
(10) BOZZ - Get well soon Tex, we'll win this one for y ou.
(12) IN THE ZEN MNASTER WE TRUST - Best wishes to Tex for a speedy and full recovery.
(13) EDWIN GUECO - Get Well Soon, our prayers from the Lakers Blog family
(14) BAYWOOD - Outspoken and Dedicated. He's put his full mark on the team we love.
Good Luck to Tex and his Family
(15) BENJAMIN - Tex, get well soon and thanks for the offense!
(16) LAKER TOM - Sad News about Tex. Get well soon and recover fully, Tex. We love you
and you’ll be in our prayers. We win tonight for you.
(17) OMEGA - best wishes to Tex and his family
(18) EJK - Best wishes to Tex. I'm guessing he pulls through this and is able to celebrate with us in June. It would be a shame if the Lakers don't come out tonight and get a win for Tex..
(19) BUTLER - The fans of the PHX SUNS wish the best to Tex Winter in his recovery
(20) JON K - May God bless you, Tex. You're in all of Laker Nation's thoughts.
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever. GO LAKERS!
(21) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Get well soon Tex, our prayers go out to you and your family.
(22) RETURN OF THE PURPLE AND GOLD ASSASIN - Basketball is this man's life. He has contributed immeasurably with knowledge and passion to the best game on Earth. Now Let's go get a win for Tex!
(23) TOM DANIELS - Best wishes for Tex. I have long admired his lifelong push for baketball to be played the right way, to, as he puts it, please the basketball gods. A great mind and a feisty coach not at all intimidated by big salaries and big egos. All the best for a full and speedy recovery, I hope he is up and watching his Lakers again soon.
(24) JOHN IN HOUSTON - We're Pulling for you in Houston Tex Thanks for all the hard work and all the memories Tex. We are praying for your health and for your family.
(25) LAKERMAN420 - This toke is for Tex and his family and the extended Laker family. WE ARE ALL PULLING FOR YOU TEX!
(26) BRONXLAKERFAN May God help Mr. Winters and his family through this most difficult time. Mr. Winters has lived a long and distinguished life. I hope he recovers.
(21) SEGEBOY/TALIQ/SHERIFF – NO TEX WINTER IN HOF NO PEACE!!!

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* TOMORROW WE GET OUR RINGS & BEGIN THE QUEST FOR MORE - BANDWAGON*
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(01) SEGEBOY - OWNER/SHERIFF
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN – NOTHING BUT ANOTHER Title will suffice!! Time to get our ring - and then start doing our thing!
(04) #4 - KEEPER OF DYNASTY 4 TRADITION
(05) JON K - CHIEF BLOG UNDERCOVER AGENT
(06) EDWIN GUECO - BLOG COUNSELER
(07) LAKERTOM - Lakers Minus 1 day. Be ready to witness greatness. Give us our Ring & due, we’re the Champion LA Lakers who the hell are you
(08) LAKERNORTH - Please add me to the QUEST
(09) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - Let The Pursuit of the 16th Banner Begin!
(10) JOHNNY P
(11) HARIYAHU – Cheers to all for a new season
(12) JAMIE SWEET – SQUIRE TO SIR LAMAR - I'll hop on that bad boy, I hope TNT televises the ring ceremonoy. Prob'ly not.
(13) HOUSTON LAKER - I'm late, but better late than never....Add me to the Quest Let the games begin!!!
(14) HBMATT - LA Lakers 2009 NBA Champions
(15) The Infamous El Guapo - IT'S HERE THE 2009-2010 SEASON AND SO IS THE ONE, THE ONLY NOT JUST FAMOUS BUT INFAMOUS EL GUAPO!!!!!!
(16) GENERAL HOOPER - Stay healthy boys, and here's to a 70+ win season!
(17) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - Let The Pursuit of the 16th Banner Begin!
(18) CHICnSTU - Will you join us for the RING ceremony?
(19)


Mamba24 Please sign me up for the Tex Winter in the Hall of Fame Bandwagon.

Thanks
Jack

Q : Is Kobe a better player than Paul Pierce?

A : Yes, but the gap between the two is far from enormous.

PPG---------------Kobe 25.1 vs. 22.9

Boards------------PP 6.3 vs. 5.3

Assists-------------Kobe 4.6 vs. 3.9

Minutes-----------PP 37.5 vs. 36.4

FG %---------------Kobe .455 vs. .443

FT %----------------Kobe .840 vs. .798

3`s %---------------PP .366 vs. .341

*It's ring night. This will be a special one. I remember watching the Celtics get their rings last year, it sucked. So it will be very nice to see the ring ceremony done the right way, in Staples Center.

*Ron Artest will probably have a wierd feeling seeing all his teammates get rings. Hopefully, it makes him even hungrier.

*I just heard Blake Griffin broke his kneecap and he's out at least 6 weeks. Gosh, that sucks for the Clippers.

*Looks like Gasol is going to take it easy to start the season. I think that's a good idea. Gasol has been playing a lot of basketball. This also gives Bynum an opportunity to make another splash.

*Everything is set up for a season for the ages. I'll be happy with anything that ends up in a championship for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Go Lakers!

GAME DAY

Every fan in the association wants what we have.

Tonight is the start of their end.

Put on the ring but make room for another.

It is inevitable.


** WHAT YOU GOT NBA ***
That’s right we’re back like we said we would, A 4 or 5 peat is looking pretty good
Can’t find the doubters nowhere around, Watch them cry when our Rings are bought down
So come on NBA give us your best, Bet you thought that Princess Jimmy would give us a Test
Princess Jimmy who wanted to be The King, But it’s Kobe Bryant who’s getting the royal ring
David Stern you Biased fool, Picking Princess Jimmy against Kobe, shows you are just a Tool
“I’m the Best” Paul Pierce declared, Now he’s out begging for money in a fake WheelChair
NBA come on give us your best shot, What’s wrong afraid we’ll find out that it’s not a lot.
I know tonight that what you got is a Ring, For Laker players fingers, wow that must Sting.
Give us our Ring, It’s ours we won, and unlike the Boston Septics we won’t be one & done
Chaplain utworld in your prayer today, Please ask God to bless us & the NBA
People say that God does not pick sides, that all depends on what Logic is applied
Aren’t The Streets Of Heaven paved in Gold, the Angels Robes are Purple also I’m Told.
While God indeed does not pick sides, he gives free will to Heaven to show their Laker Pride
You sounding mighty cocky some might say, Winning 15 titles kind of makes you that way
Having 10 of the 50 greatest to play for you, Would darn sure make you cocky too.
Having a man who scored 81 and left the game early once he knew the Lakers had won
Things like that make us this way, we are cocky as hell and can back up what we say
We have a coach who took a Smush and a Kwame Brown & still durn near won a NBA crown
What other coach could do that NBA? “Red” tried but couldn’t do it and passed away.
Tex Winter this ceremony is dedicated to you, God will see that like Red you get your due
You know more about the game of Basketball, than half of the so-called coaches in the Hall
Am I depressing or frightening you NBA, with the things about the Lakers that I have to say
Well I’m sorry but get used to it, because we’re the Freakin Lakers and we don’t quit
Unlike The Septics who were one and done, The Lakers will be here for an extended run
Ask Laker Tom if you doubt me, he’s promised this season The Beast will be set Free!
Ask Shaq the man with no class, He tried Beast’s patience & Socks Dunked on his azz.
Sheriff Segeboy says you’d be a fool to test, The skills of our enforcer Mr. Ron Artest
What you got NBA, that’s right Nothing, so shut up, sit back & watch us get our Ring
JAMambaFan said We got this & the next one 2, We’re the Champion LA Lakers who the Frak are you
*
Every fan in the association wants what we have, tonight is the start of their end.
Put on the ring but make room for another, It is inevitable Dynasty 4 now begins. @VMan
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**** ATENTION LAKER NATION ROLL CALL IN 15 MINUTES FALL IN ****


GAME DAY WISHES…


After a long and arduous summer, Game Day is finally here. Lakers fans from all over the planet will be standing and screaming as their purple and gold heroes take to the hardwood once again. The Drive for Five for Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Chip XI for Phil Jackson and Tex Winter. Title #2 for Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, the Bench Mob, and the LA Times Lakers Blog. So here are my wishes for a great opening day for the Lakers 2009-2010 season:
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KOBE BRYANT – May you have the greatest season yet in the career of the best player on the planet.
ANDREW BYNUM – May the Beast start and finish every regular season and playoff game this year.
PAU GASOL – May you finally be recognized as the premiere power forward in the entire NBA.
RON ARTEST – May you finally be accepted as a championship caliber player and teammate.
DEREK FISHER – May you earn a 2-year extension and announce your desire to coach the Lakers.
LAMAR ODOM – May your marriage and newfound maturity lead to a 6th Man of the Year award.
JORDAN FARMAR – May you finally show what a true point guard can do for the Lakers offense.
SHANNON BROWN – May you s
SASHA VUJACIC – May you enjoy those brownies Faith baked for you and shoot like a machine.
LUKE WALTON – May you show that high BB IQ and Hall of Fame genes rooting from the bench.
ADAM MORRISON – May you regain the confidence and shooting touch that made you a #1 pick.
JOSH POWELL – May you earn valuable minutes with your hustle and great midrange shot.
D.J. MBENGA – May you earn valuable minutes in the rotation with your great shot blocking.
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Lakers start the season with a big win on Ring Night. We play 27 games before the Christmas Day game against LeBron and the Cavs, 18 of which are home games. May we be 28-0 after Christmas.


Tom


YESSSSS....the fun begins folks. So glad to see the bandwagons back in full effect and I expect a nice Roll Call soon too. Nice seeing the regulars back. (Hi Mamba24) :-)

Can't wait to see tonight's ceremony...I might just cry. Will there be a live blog AK/BK?

KOBE BRYANT – May you have the greatest season yet in the career of the best player on the planet.
ANDREW BYNUM – May the Beast start and finish every regular season and playoff game this year.
PAU GASOL – May you finally be recognized as the premiere power forward in the entire NBA.
RON ARTEST – May you finally be accepted as a championship caliber player and teammate.
DEREK FISHER – May you earn a 2-year extension and announce your desire to coach the Lakers.
LAMAR ODOM – May your marriage and newfound maturity lead to a 6th Man of the Year award.
JORDAN FARMAR – May you finally show what a true point guard can do for the Lakers offense.
SHANNON BROWN – May you s
SASHA VUJACIC – May you enjoy those brownies Faith baked for you and shoot like a machine.
LUKE WALTON – May you show that high BB IQ and Hall of Fame genes rooting from the bench.
ADAM MORRISON – May you regain the confidence and shooting touch that made you a #1 pick.
JOSH POWELL – May you earn valuable minutes with your hustle and great midrange shot.
D.J. MBENGA – May you earn valuable minutes in the rotation with your great shot blocking. Posted by: LakerTom | October 27, 2009 at 08:53 AM

Laker Tom you are a great Laker Fan,a Loyal Lakers Blogger and an....
OUT FREAKIN STANDING poster. IT'S RING TIME!!! IT'S TIME TO SHINE!!

thedropper-

Didn't really think of the Pulp Fiction scene, but the one from There Will Be Blood made for a natural metaphor of sorts. The whole drinking of milkshakes thing, and people testing Artest defensively. These are the artistic choices with which I must wrestle on a day in, day out basis.

It's very stressful. :)

BK

*** Correction ****
Roll call will be delayed till hopefully the next thread.
AT EASE...Sorrrrry!

Mamba,

Sign me up on the Tex Winter Hall of Fame bandwagon.


MAMBA,


Just a heartfelt thank-you for all of the work doing the bandwagons. You are truly appreciated as one of the heart pulses that make this blog great, Larry. Thank you.


Tom


LakerTom,

"SHANNON BROWN – May you s" - Your prayer/wish for Shannon leaves a lot for the imagination :-)

"ADAM MORRISON – May you regain the confidence and shooting touch that made you a #1 pick."

- Please be noted that Adam was NOT a #1 pick, he was #3 of the 2006 Draft, selected behind Andrea Bargnani and Lamarcus Aldridge.

Mamba24,
Sign that winter bandwaggon as "10 rings and counting, you shame yourselves by refusing to acknowledge that the triangle offense and its architect has been an integral part of all those championships. Do the right thing people, acknowledge what is already in the history books instead of trying to explain it away"

It's all good though ... we'll just add this unto the list of things our dynasty will eventually accomplish ... also on the list: annhilation of the celtics, the dethronement of king james, happily never after in disney world, frustrating duncan into retirement etc etc etc


Kobefan in Cupertino,


Thanks for the correction. I must have been thinking of Kwame. LOL. Of course, I just posted a correct with Shannon included before I saw your post. Looks like we will all have to get together for a NorCal Lakers game later in the season. Hoist one for me tonight.


Tom


BK,
DOn't you mean "artestic" choices?

Red's Love Child,

So, your view that 25.1 PPG and 22.9 PPG is not enormous?? That may not be enormous when you consider for 10 or 25 games, but when you count for 82 games over 10+ seasons, then a difference of 2+ PPG, it becomes HUGE!! (close to 2,000 points)

The only two areas where PP has a edge over Kobe is in Rebounding and 3PT% as per your numbers. Rebounding and Assists, they stand even (APG Kobe is up by 1, RPG Paula is up by 1)

Kobe's 3PT% is low because he has usually draped by defenders. However, his overall FG% is higher because Kobe plays post-up quite a lot more than Paula, and when you post-up you have a higher FG%, than Paula who is more of a jump shooter.

So, stop giving numbers like Hollinger, and dont say they're even just because 22.9 and 25.1 look a lot closer.....

BK


"mercifully, the media still has some sense of decorum"


Amen to that. It would've been no surprise at all if he had been mobbed, but it's nice to see him get his space and allow him to be included at a level comfortable to him. It's great he'll be there tonight and I'm sure he'll get a ring, if he even wants one. Can't imagine Tex does anything with his old Championship rings except for maybe put 'em on the mantle.


I loved "There Will Be Blood", too and have always thought Daniel Day Lewis was one of the premier actors of our time. "In the Name of the Father" is one of the best movies ever and who doesn't love the sweeping, "Last of the Mohicans"?

Thriller to Paula Pierce "I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!!!"

I believe we have a season-long theme.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mamba24,

Please sign me up for the Tex Winters bandwagon. It makes absolutely no sense that Tex isn't in the Hall of Fame. It's a insult to basketball.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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GO LAKERS!!!


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