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Caught in the Web: Having visited White House, Lakers now meet Wizards

Plenty of stories -- funny and emotional -- from the Lakers' visit to the White House Monday in honor of the 2009 NBA championship will surely remain fresh in the team's mind for a lifetime.

There was President Barack Obama teasing former Lakers great and minority owner Magic Johnson for losing to his esteemed Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals. There was Obama carefully shaking Kobe Bryant's hand out of concern the simple handshake could harm his injured right index finger. And there were several other members of the Lakers family Obama singled out. 

He called Lakers Coach Phil Jackson by his nickname, the "Zen Master," thanked Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol and Jordan Farmar for their help with Haiti relief efforts, wished Shannon Brown luck in the NBA dunk contest and quoted Lamar Odom ("We kind of always saw that light"). Let's also not forget the personal face time Obama gave Khloe Kardashian.

While ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin vividly outlines how something like basketball can unite Obama and the Lakers, that enthusiasm also has the same affect on the children who attended a  Lakers  clinic in the D.C. area. With Obama expressing admiration for the Lakers championship run last season, the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding said that message "should encourage the Lakers to make him proud again." That can start today with the Lakers' game against the Wizards.

More Lakers links (after the jump)

--Lakers forward Ron Artest will play tonight against Washington, after missing Monday's White House ceremonies because of flu-like symptoms.

--The Lakers are trying to rectify a rough trip so far that's yielded two losses in the past three games. That's why Silver Screen and Roll thinks the Lakers' upcoming opponents - the Wizards and Pacers -- come at the right time. With Washington's 14-29 record and Indiana's 16-29 mark, the story rightly observes that the Lakers could be "dining on empty calories."

--The Wizards have had plenty of drama to deal with this season, first with Gilbert Arenas and now the news that backup guard Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge stemming from his locker room confrontation with Arenas at Verizon Center last month.

--Washington is currently in its fifth three-game losing streak of the season. But the Washington Post's Michael Lee points out the Wizards should at least be able to put up a fight tonight, simply because three of the Wizards' eight home wins came against Cleveland, Portland and Orlando.

--New rankings are out, something Lakers fans probably aren't as eager to look at this week. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix has L.A. at No. 3. Fox Sports' John Galinsky has the Lakers at No. 2, a position he says will drop if the Lakers don't improve their road record.

--Despite Pau Gasol's 17-game absence and poor performance against Cleveland, HoopsHype's Roland Lazenby reports that coaches and league personnel see Gasol as an All-Star candidate because of his overall consistency since joining the Lakers nearly two years ago. This should provide some comfort for Lakers fans since coaches vote the all-star reserves (to be announced Thursday) and not Clippers center Chris Kaman.

--Forum Blue and Gold ponders whether the Lakers should make a trade before the Feb. 18 deadline. Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus suggests the Lakers should be in the mix for Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls (Pincus' suggestion is in the comments section).

--Hardwood Paroxysm has a very detailed take on analyzing player efficiency ratings. A must read.

Tweet of the Day: "When do I get to go to the white house? Lol" -- TA_Iam1 (Former Lakers forward Trevor Ariza, who signed with the Houston Rockets this off-season.)

-- Mark Medina

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Two names I never expected to see together in the same sentence, Pres. Obama and Khloe Kardashian.

I loved the video and the quick notes.

Thank you MM, that was very enjoyable.

Trevor... dear, I'm sorry but losing Laker-ness costed you way MORE than just missing President Obama's handshake.
(I will always heart you though: at any given time sweetie, throw a kick in the lower parts at your... erm.. - *trying hectically to find a bad word, not sounding like too much of a bad word... ... ... FAILS*-, "manager" (?!???) and download the pain of having been sold for a dream of more money. Money will never match legend status only Lakers give you...)

I just wanna remind the whole world the obvious fact that Kaman is apoor frustrated loser who doesn't get A THING about basketball.
I'd like to throw in again a bad mouthed word, but I'll stay classy and I won't end to.

Catch you all later in chat for the game ;)

@ MM, Just a heads up, your Eric Pinkus link goes to a Devin Harris story, not K. Hinrich trade story.

@ Hobbit Image

I used to teach Thai Boxing at the Muay Thai Academy in North Hollywood circa 93-94 with 6-0 Smoker Fights. I trained in JKD in the inosanto academy from age 14-17. I got my purple belt with Jean-jacques Machado in 1998 (which today's puprple belts are way advance, even bulkier blue belts of today are tough to roll with) and trained in Lameco Eskrima. If you are in the LA area, let's train sometime. If you are interested.

@ Mark G and ZairaAmaterasu

Deservingly you guys should get some props.

Mark G - Thanks for the heads up. It's the right article, but I should've noted that Pincus makes that suggestion in the comments section of the story. I just updated the post to clarify that.

MM

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Crit my brother put away your guns The Lakers are coming to have some fun
If we knew this would happen when we let you go, never woulda happened No, No, No
So you copped a plea like you should, tonight go out and show the world you still good.
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Adam Morrison is cracking me up in this video. He looks like he's about to spray Obama with a can of bug spray. Is this really the guy who cried on court, because he's about as stoic and unemotional as they come.


And Dweeb Wade. My god man. You gave that game to LeBron last night.


Wes

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Brother I still have good feelings for you, Mamba24 been in trouble a time or 2
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Sir Charles DAMMMMMNN! You trained with one of Bruce Lee's students Danny Inosanto! GO SIR CHARLES, GO SIR CHARLES!!!
mAMBA24

It brightens my day seeing the ROLL CALL.

Outstanding!

Mamba!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, man!!!!
Missed you lots.

So happy to' see you here again. :)

@ Mamba24

The rumble of the mamba roll call.

@ Hobbit

I'm a blackbelt too but I stopped training when I was 12. Does that still count? Lemme know if u need a sparring partner.

Mamba!!!!!!!!!!!!Oh, man!!!!Missed you lots.
So happy to' see you here again. :) Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | January 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Awwwwwww. I bet you say that to all the Mamba's. Lol!
How you been Zaira?

Charles,

If memory serves, I last saw him ~ 6 years ago at an awards ceremony not to
long after prof. kufferath passed.

I also trained with someone in his lineage in Las Vegas 2 years ago at a
chinese arts academy.

The instructor in las vegas smiled when he saw my sticks. .5" ratan with
duct tape. I have some 1" coming.

Do you still use ratan or have you moved to wax wood or a plastic substitute?

I am in the Inay's lineage.

Mamba24 - a heartfelt thank you. You've been sorely missed around here. Hope all is well.

AND NOW LET'S GO OUT AND KICK SOME WIZARD HINEY TONIGHT!!!!!


RRRROOOOOLLLLLL CCCCAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL IS ON OUR SIDE!!!!


And - it must be said - gotta love Pres. Obama for not only having the basketball knowledge, but using it in the Trash Talking Competition at the White House LOL! I'd give him a 7... He would have gotten a 10 if he would have told Sasha he'd give him citizenship only if he became The Machine again for the rest of the season...

Charles,

ps. I'll let you know the next time I come down to visit my Pop. I'd love to
work out a bit. Never enough time to play ...

AND NOW LET'S GO OUT AND KICK SOME WIZARD HINEY TONIGHT!!!!!
I couldn't have said it any better myself JustAnotherMambaFan. You know I'd never desert the Blog. Just had some unpleasent family duties to attend to.
Mamba24


Mamba, you've been dearly missed all around :)

and you Are the only one I call "mamba"... Cos justanothermambafan is "justa" for me ;)

it feels just right to' see you back.

And I am fine, thank you. Just enjoyed an awesome weekend in Florence, which was great enough to' make me forgive a global awful sporty Sunday ;)

hugs dear.

Need some sleep before I wake up at 1 am ;)

I never knew how much I missed the roll call, thank god you came back Mamba24.

@MM nice link to Hardwood Paroxyism, I learned me some stuff. I finally know what "pace" is, I had never even heard of "usage." I'll also be bookmarking http://www.basketball-reference.com/ . Stats aren't everything but they definitely offer some insight.

Morrison looks like he needs to use the restroom. I'm getting Forrest Gump meeting JFK flashbacks.

I've also gotta say that unless Jordy keeps on improving, I'd trade him for Obama.

I'm sure a LOT of players would play matador defense on him AND they'd probably let him get to the rack pretty easily - what with him being the president and all....

Yellofever,

if you're in northern ca, it's always good to have someone to play with.

Mamba - What kind of contract would Obama want though? Or would taxpayers wind up fitting the bill so the Lakers don't go over the luxury tax threshold?
MM

Damn, Mamba24! Welcome back, my friend. Sorry to hear that you were tending to some unpleasant issues, but I'm incredibly glad to have you back. You are a gentleman and a scholar, the keeper of the Roll Call, and the heart and soul of this blog. Welcome home.

@LakerTom: Thanks for the note the other day. Little Baby Outlaw continues to grow. He just turned one a few weeks ago, and he's off the percentile chart for his height. His uncle is 6'9", his grandfather is 6'6", and I'm about 6'2". Hey... a man can dream, can't he?

Game day. Always makes me smile.

Go Lake Show!


Hey! It looks like Charles and Hobbitmage can provide a good show if they meet up in a ring. I think Jon K had also some experience with Martial Arts.
So let's start the first Laker blog Martial Arts tournament!


Zaira, sorry about last weekend loss. I love Milan since the 80's and Ronaldinho is the best football player I've ever seen. I hope he recovers Barça's level. He is definitely trying!
By the way, I know you hate them but Materazzi was kind of funny though...


To those of you who criticize Gasol calling him weak and soft. Would you consider Wade a soft and weak player? because he missed two free throws in the last seconds last night...what about Dwight Howard, is he weak? because he missed two key free throws in last year finals...the list is long and everybody makes mistakes and have awful games but the impact is made in the long run and is hopefully translated in rings!


I like quater back Kobe, right now, and I haven't been able to shake the feeling that had Kobe gotten his tri-dub, we'd a won.


It's vastly unfair to put so much of the team's wiining or losing on his shoulder and I get why people are sensitive to the criticism coming his way right now. But him shooting over 20 shots with that splint just seems silly to me.


You have an Olympian, an All-Star, the Ultimate Glue Man, the Beast and a burdgeoning Shannon Brown (his pull-up game ain't bad, y'all). Your HOF coach implores you to play a more team-orientated style of round ball and yet the shot attempts still balloon (one game does not a trend make, if he plays like he did in Toronto for the month of Feb, than I'll gladly take that last one back). Guys get into great position and he shoots a 20 foot fade away. it just doesn't exemplify a winning mentality or a desire for excellence...for the team. I will never, ever, never question Kobe's personal desire to be excellent. He has shown that to be of the highest calibre. But he needs to not let the team fade from his view.


Kobe's capable of getting 10 APG, without forcing the action, just by passing to Luke Walton (KIDDING!). If he does that, watch the wins pile up. But as long as he tries to stay in the Scoring Title race with that hand, it'll be so-so play for the team.

Hey guys, a new post is coming up soon.
MM

I never knew how much I missed the roll call, thank god you came back Mamba24. Posted by: Mark G | January 26, 2010 at 01:00 PM
Stop that Mark, Stop that right now! Lol! Thanks the feeeling is mutual.
Damn, Mamba24! Welcome back, my friend. Sorry to hear that you were tending to some unpleasant issues, but I'm incredibly glad to have you back. Posted by: The Outlaw | January 26, 2010 at 01:31 PM
Thanks Outlaw! How's Baby OutLaw? I know tyou are not teaching him any bad Habits like boooing Princess Jimmy and hating everything Green. This Sunday is it Big Brother. We play Boston, so you know I had to come back to get this Blog into a frenzy!!


Mamba24


Outlaw,
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1-year old. Man, it was like he was just born yesterday. LOL. Here's hoping he is 6-9 with moves like Magic. I am 5-9 and my son is 5-9 but my daughter-in-law's father was 6-3 and brother 6-7. Unfortunately, my grandson looks like another 5-9 point guard, like his dad and grandad.
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Tom

MARK MEDINA YOU TRULY ARE A BLOG GOD! In catching up on the threads, the never been better! KUDO'S TO YOU BLOG GOD!
MAMBA24
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THE FIRST LAKERS BLOG MARTIAL ARTS tournament- BANDWAGON
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(01) GANAPIA - OWNER - Hey! It looks like Charles and Hobbitmage can provide a good show if they meet up in a ring. I think Jon K had also some experience with Martial Arts.Yellofever, if you're in northern ca, it's always good to have someone to play with.
(02) HOBBITMAGE - DRIVER - used to teach Thai Boxing at the Muay Thai Academy in North Hollywood circa 93-94 with 6-0 Smoker Fights. I trained in JKD in the inosanto academy from age 14-17. I got my purple belt with Jean-jacques Machado in 1998 (which today's puprple belts are way advance, even bulkier blue belts of today are tough to roll with) and trained in Lameco Eskrima. If you are in the LA area, let's train sometime. If you are interested
(03) SIR CHARLES - SENSAI -
(04)
(05) YELLOW FEVER - DRAGON - I'm a blackbelt too but I stopped training when I was 12. Does that still count? Lemme know if u need a sparring partner.
(06)MAMBA24 - WATERBOY!

@ Ganapia

Unfortunately; I have 3 herniated disks in my neck, both hip labrums torn, and two shoulder surgeries from impingement and torn rotator cuff's.
At this point I would be a referee.

@ hobbitmage

5" rattan? Wow that pretty heavy. For drill/tire work it is still rattan. If you want to buy sticks go to www dot bloodsport dot com My boy Nick is the officiall provider for Dog brothers dot com where I last fought in 2001?

Regards,

So if the Lakers are making a trade for a Point Guard, who will be their first option Kirk Heinrich or Devin Harris?

Heinrich is more like PJ's pointguard.

from wikipedia.....

"The president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.[16][17] The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001."....so Kobe makes almost double in one game than our 'Prez' makes in one year....

Why does bottled drinking water costs more than gasoline? Why does an avocado cost more than a basic calculator?.....no need to answer, these are just examples of this bizarre world.....

I think that the 400K plus the 400K penalty tax would be offset by the sale of Jerseys (made in America, please), attendance (only a slight improvement could be made, aren't all Laker home games sellouts???), all kinds of memorabilia....I say we should go for it. Carry the extra player.....something tells me Obama's game would resemble that of Kareem Rush....if he has a killer crossover dribble, we could call him "Dancing Barry"!!!!! What ever became of that guy?

6 feet 7", 6 feet 8" - Athletic Wing player


Sasha Vujacic, Adam Morrison, Luke Walton - Not!


Point Guard or Small Forward?


I miss Trevor Ariza...

I Miss Ariza too. Maybe now after he is benched at Houston and replaced in the starting lineup we can work something out to get him back.


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