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Kobe Bryant to appear on ABC's 'Modern Family'

The Kiss Cam happened fairly early in the Lakers' 122-99 victory Tuesday over the Indiana Pacers, but it was largely welcomed, particularly with how uninspiring the game started out.

The segment eventually locked in on Sophia Vergara and Ty Burrell, who were filming an episode of ABC's "Modern Family." The awkwardness between Burrell and Vergara wasn't the case of the Kiss Cam locking in on either two people who don't know each other or who don't like each other. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will also be part of the episode, as the crew filmed his cameo appearance after the game. And according to Bryant, let's just say he's not obsessing over his lines like he does over his game.

Of course, Bryant is no stranger to television. He's appeared in shows such as "Sesame Street," "Moesha," "In the House" and "Sister, Sister." So part of his wanting to wing it also may mean he already knows the drill.

--Mark Medina

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Lakers Q & A:

-How can the team avoid the habit of getting off to slow starts? - START LAMAR
-How can the team improve their offense by creating better spacing in the post? - START LAMAR
-How can the team improve their offense by making Pau the primary option in the post? - START LAMAR
-How can the team fully maximize Pau's full arsenal of skills? - START LAMAR
-How can the team fully maximize Bynum's offensive skills in the post? - START LAMAR
-How can the team maximize Kobe's improved post game? - START LAMAR
-How can the team become better at defensive rotations? - START LAMAR
-How can the team improve their lack of team speed? - START LAMAR
-How can the team get easier transition buckets? - START LAMAR
-How can the team get better offensive flow and rhythm? - START LAMAR
-How can the team create better chemistry on the court - START LAMAR
-How will the team create match up problems against the Cavs big men? - START LAMAR
-How can the team give itself the best chance at a repeat? - START LAMAR
- How can Phil ignore his assistant coaches when they are begging him to start Lamar? - I have no idea

aztronut, Can I get in on the win streak guessing game?
I'm thinking they go until San Antonio, which is like 13. I just think they're going to drop 1 against SA, Hou, or OKC that week. So I'll guess 13 on the win streak, and I think they go 18-3 from here on out.

I didn't realize Sophia Vergara was on Modern Family. The things you learn on this blog.

MM - you've got the Sesame Street link - where are the other ones to his appearances on those other shows you mentioned?? Come on man - don't start slacking now.... !

LAKER TRUTH,

Unfortunately, Lamar used to be in the starting lineup and people used to complain about how slow he used to start games.

The Lakers problems are not actually problems, I just think they are board.

- Hector

LAKER TRUTH,

I have to disagree with that. Yes Lamar is MUCH better suited for Pau and Kobe but that would mean Bynum would be sitting the pine and since he won't receive as much touches (trust me he won't if LO isn't compared to a starter Bynum won't either) his focus will go down and he'll be more of an expensive $12 million back up. Starting wise helps his mentality and he does produce albiet not as consistently on both ends of the floor. If he gets off while the offense isn't 100% producing as it should at least he contributes.

Really it's the minutes that matter rather than who starts and who doesn't when it comes to Bynum/Gasol/Odom. Gasol-Odom is by far the best combination but having Odom coming off the bench and receiving more minutes especially in crunch time helps a ton especially the bench and having Bynum will be having less touches and/or focus if he had to be the bench dude.

Yes I've been very critical of Bynum a lot. I'd rather have a 15pgg Big Mouth than a 7ppg Big Mouth though. Though I'm more of a supporter of Odom getting much more minutes of Bynum. Remember with a Big Mouth Foul Dummy starter we won the title especially with Odom's energy off the bench. So why try to fix what ain't broken even though it's a dude who plays more offense than defense.

Mark G,

I love Sophia.. she's great!

Here is a clip for you to enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgeiIG7P0-c


The only regret Gasol has had on both nights he has tied his point total to charitable contributions is he hasn't been able to score more.

"I think about it and I wish I was more of a scorer," Gasol said. "You try to do well and try and score points for the cause you're trying to support. I'm glad the Lakers hopped in and wanted to support me and this initiative. I'm sorry I couldn't score more because I would have loved to score 40 or more points."


Really Pau? Why don't you use your rebounding stats as well? Then it would have been 30 for $9000

I know this is for a good cause, but it seems to me he could add his rebounding totals to it to make it bigger but instead he uses an excuse "I wish I could score 40"..

Oh well.

Mark G,

“Can I get in on the win streak guessing game?“

Of course you can my man, fire away... just as long as you’re not expecting any consolation prizes or a home edition board game of the show...

“I'm thinking they go until San Antonio, which is like 13. I just think they're going to drop 1 against SA, Hou, or OKC that week. So I'll guess 13 on the win streak, and I think they go 18-3 from here on out.”

13, I like it...one of my favorite numbers and it’s a prime too!

I was less than half serious when I suggested last week that they might well close out the regular season with a 24 game winning streak, sardonic is the appropriate word I believe, but I know it can happen because I’ve seen it before. I remember the Lakers 33 game winning streak in 1972 like it was yesterday and I think that I even cried when it ended at the hands of Kareem, Big O and the Bucks. Of course, I was like 11 at the time so I figure that’s a good enough excuse, but I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do the next time they lose now. Maybe I’ll just have another midlife crisis...I’m sure I’ll be picked on unmercifully around here for this heretical expression of optimism but like I keep saying, no guts no glory!

Fish still stinks. 3 of 8 and still missing wide open looks. Replace him with the beer vendor.

Posted by: DumpFish


MM can you send this to the Stubborn Master.

aztro,
My "agenda" is to see the Lakers repeat.

blitz,
Byum in the second unit might actually lead to more touches and more shots, as he would ideally be the focal point of the offense. Everyone wins - the team maximizes Pau and Lamar's skills, as well as Bynum's.

justa - im slacking. all this praise has gotten to my head. lol. actually, i tried youtubing the other shows and nothing popped up.

MM

Last night I posted on the 12:38am blog entry something that I don't want to re-write so if it's alright with MM I'd like to copy here again. It's quite a task trying to keep up with all the blog reading nowadays LOL, last nights blog is now the 5th most recent entry in only half a day. Wow, MM is setting some very high standards here - GREAT WORK MARK, LOVE IT!

I thought that Roland Lazenby insisting in his blog that LeBron made some sort of contact with someone on the Lakers staff about wanting to play for them would make more of a commotion. Is it about LeBron coming to L.A. - or could it be more as a lure to try to get PJ - who's contract runs out at the end of the year - to possibly join him? If anything, it merits a hmm...

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I'd like to go into Roland Lazenby's new blog entry on his Laker Noise blog site. I just don't think that someone with the writing credentials and credibility of Lazenby, the author of quite a few NBA books - many of which pivot around Phil Jackson in one way or another - would restate that LeBron made "overtures" to the Lakers. Specifically mentioning "LeBron’s quiet approach to the Lakers’ facilitators." This implies that Lazenby has information that LeBron has approached the Lakers.

If it is true that LeBron has contacted the Lakers, even in a 'quiet' manner, this would be pretty big news.

I remember a couple years ago when Kobe was going to explore his free-agency, during a road game in Miami Mychael Thompson, formerly of the Loose Cannons, the old KLAC sports radio show, was interviewing his old coach Pat Riley. Kobe happened to pass by during the interview and mentioned to Pat that it would be nice to play for him sometime. It kind of flew under the radar, not even Steve Hartman made a big deal over it, but I thought it was almost like sending out a feeler to draw interest in free agency.

Could LeBron simply have said something along those lines to Phil Jackson or perhaps another member of the Lakers heirarchy? Maybe just sending out a feeler, just to stir a bit more interest in him.

The Lakers are what, $30-million over the current cap, which will almost assuredly be reduced, so if one looks at the odds of this happening at next-to-none. I would think that the only way the Lakers could make such a move happen is through a sign-and-trade, but why would the Cav's do that? He is a hometown hero, even IF (yes, pure fantasy speculation) the Lakers would include Kobe and say Bynum in such a move, why would the Cav's send the face of their franchise, the face of their city off to glamour city L.A. and give the Lakers the biggest player in the NBA outside of Kobe?

So, assuming the Cav's wouldn't do a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, I just don't see how the Lakers could clear up enough cap space with all the contracts they have on the books to get even near the salary cap, let alone far enough below it to come even remotely close to a max-deal that LeBron will be seeking. LeBron may want to come to L.A., but not at the expense of leaving $100-million or more on the table simply to take a small mid-level or so deal from the Lakers.

What that means is that perhaps LeBron is making overtures for Phil Jackson to JOIN him in another city, like New York. Now THIS I can see, Phil has Knickerbocker roots, he considered going there before returning to the Lakers and this would be a challenge that he could really relish and would absolutely cement his legacy as greatest NBA coach if he were to take over a floundering franchise and turn them into a champion. In fact, it would put him nearer the John Wooden realm of all-time best coach in all sports if he were to lead 3 different franchise to NBA titles, and that would provide for some inspiration and motivation for possibly attempting it if anything.

Can anyone else envision this happening? If anything this provides Phil Jackson the best of bargaining chips, 'tupping the owners daughter' aside. The Lakers would then probably be looking to raise the ante just to keep him here, because a Phil Jackson-led Knicks team with LeBron and possibly Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh would be a scary proposition and would probably be the Lakers biggest obstacle to this budding dynasty they're currently riding.

Phil though is the master of mind games, Lazenby has served as his unofficial mouthpiece on other occasions. Perhaps it's Phil that is passing on this tidbit of information regarding LeBron because he wants to put his own name in the news. If anything, it is very curious timing, coming on the heels of Lazenby's Jerry West book release.

Well, if anything this whole LeBron to the Lakers topic will provide for a lot of interesting rumination from now until the day LeBron finally does make a decision this upcoming summer. Pretty fascinating stuff if you ask me...

Lakers Q & A:
-How can the team avoid the habit of getting off to slow starts? - START LAMAR
>1)No start JF or Shannon @ pg

-How can the team improve their offense by creating better spacing in the post? –START LAMAR
>2)No play the triangle and move instead of Kobe watch

-How can the team improve their offense by making Pau the primary option in the post? - START LAMAR
>3) No stay with the triangle and change up primary in post whether it be Pau, AB, Kobe or Drew depending on match ups.

-How can the team fully maximize Pau's full arsenal of skills? - START LAMAR
>4) See 2 and 3

-How can the team fully maximize Bynum's offensive skills in the post? - START LAMAR
>5) Pass the ball inside instead of taking so many perimeter shoots, attack the rim no matter what big(s) is/are in the post.

-How can the team maximize Kobe's improved post game? - START LAMAR
>6 See 3

-How can the team become better at defensive rotations? - START LAMAR
> 7) every one man up on perimeter and don’t rely on bigs to bail them out.

-How can the team improve their lack of team speed? - START LAMAR
>8) See 1

-How can the team get easier transition buckets? - START LAMAR
>9) See 1 again


-How can the team get better offensive flow and rhythm? - START LAMAR
>10) See 2 and 3

-How can the team create better chemistry on the court - START LAMAR
>11) play the triangle. The only chemistry situation was JF and Sasha but that is no big deal.

-How will the team create match up problems against the Cavs big men? - START LAMAR
>12) See 2, 3 and 5

-How can the team give itself the best chance at a repeat? - START LAMAR
>13) Play the “D” they have been playing especially the way RA has all game

-How can Phil ignore his assistant coaches when they are begging him to start Lamar? - I have no idea
>14) How you have such privy to the assistant coaches wishes and that they are begging PJ to start LO? I have no idea.
> numbered replies come from your friendly spider… oops I mean JustaLakerFan

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | March 03, 2010 at 12:45 PM


Posted by: JustaLakerFan | March 03, 2010 at 02:36 PM

LACK OF EFFORT:
Many posters here complain about the team's lack of effort. I don't think the team lacks effort, but rather lacks team speed. The lack of team speed gives the appearance that the team lacks effort. When opposing bigs run circles around Pau and Bynum to get offensive boards or when they are just standing there watching guys like Lou Williams drive at them and shoot an uncontested layups, it's not from lack of effort, but simply from slow reaction time. With Fish, Pau and Bynum on the court together, the team is too slow at their respective positions. BUT, if Lamar is inserted into the starting lineup to replace Bynum, the team gains speed at TWO positions (PF & C). That's 40% if the lineup. I'm getting a bit frustrated at watching the team continually get off to slow starts. I hope Phil listens to his assistant coaches and gives Lamar the starting nod to address the starting unit's biggest weakness (aside from DFish), which is lack of team speed.

MM,

If you could please remove the duplicate of my previous post I'd appreciate it...I blame your SAs for making this into such a cumbersome structure for the commentariat. It really is begging to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch...

Maybe when you get that intern to screen the posts and bring you coffee and stuff you can find one that knows something about building blog websites, it's not like it's rocket science after all...

aztronut - hey i removed the duplicate post. thanks for the heads up

MM

MM,

No, thank you! I don't want people to think I stutter, or constantly repeat myself, or something...

aztronut - no, I wasn't implying that the Lakers go 3-0 on this trip & then drop 1 to the Raptors. I was just talking about the trip by itself...

BUT - since we're talking win-streak game here, I'll say that there is a SERIOUS possibility we win out. The only game I'm really not sure about is the one up in Denver. Other than that, I'm quite sure they can do it. That said (and coming back to reality lol) I think we can go at least the next 10 in a row or so....


My name is justanothermambafan and I'm a Lakerholic.

MM - NO EXCUSES!!! You're the blog god here!! You're obviously not working hard enough.... OR - too many threads have you running around like a chicken with your head cut off.

Jury's still out.... :)

lakertruth,

I too am impressed with lamars recent play but hes just not built to be a starter for an entire season.. He might be better suited as a temporary "fill in" starter role from time to time... But as we all learned the last 4 years about him, with more minutes comes more disappearing acts and more frequent bouts of total loss of focus and energy level... especially during the course of an entire 82 game season.

I don't think bynum has exactly earned that right to start so wouldn't mind that move at least for short term.. As for our slow starts put it squarely on dfish.. Yes one man can singlehandedly slow the entire offense down... Call it the luke effect.

Next year, with DFish slower and older, Kobe's going to do a Jerry West and move to the PG position. He'll have his lowest ppg and highest apg to go with the 33 game win and 6th championship.

Mitch just has to find the new Gail Goodrich.

justa - ouch. that stings harder than your rejected invitation to the ASG

MM

aztronut, OK, now you're freaking me out. I also remember that game v. Bucks. I think a guy named John Block had a huge game for Mil. I believe he was some journeyman role player that had been a star at USC. I can't remember if I cried, I do remember I thought the world had ended. It was either a Saturday or Sunday day game.
I don't know if you noted it, but one of the pictures that MM put up on the Lazenby/West-biography post, was probably from that game. It was the Big O checking West. It was from January of 72 with Jerry in his road uniform. It almost has to be from that game. The Bucks were in the West at that time, but I doubt the Lakers played them two times in Milwaukee in January. Though the Bucks broke the streak, they were also like #11 on the victim list.

MM - LOL!! I'm going to ignore and otherwise reject that comment. You KNOW you want to take me. You KNOW you're going to take me. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!!!!

VoteForJusta.com

justa - keep the comments rolling and you'll see what happens :)

MM

Guys - A new post is up

MM

justanothermambafan,

"I'll say that there is a SERIOUS possibility we win out."

That's the spirit! I knew if anyone would be with me on this one it would be you. Thanks for not letting me down...we can crash and burn together or we can make Laker blog history! Oh wait...

"The only game I'm really not sure about is the one up in Denver. Other than that, I'm quite sure they can do it. That said (and coming back to reality lol) I think we can go at least the next 10 in a row or so...."

Okay, never mind...I'll put you down for ten straight then. Just remember, reality bites!

Mark G,

“OK, now you're freaking me out.”

I don’t know if you’ve figured it out yet, but that’s my prime directive! I only hope that my supervisors back on Remulak take note of this...

"I also remember that game v. Bucks. I think a guy named John Block had a huge game for Mil. I believe he was some journeyman role player that had been a star at USC.”

I bet you didn’t know that Block was a Laker before he ever made a buck...er, I mean made it as a Buck, ‘cause I didn’t either until I looked him up...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Block_%28basketball%29

My memory’s never as good as my memories!

“I can't remember if I cried, I do remember I thought the world had ended. It was either a Saturday or Sunday day game.”

I do remember it being a day game, and I think it was on Sunday so that probably means it was on Saturday...you can look this one up if you want, I’m gettin’ lazy...

“I don't know if you noted it, but one of the pictures that MM put up on the Lazenby/West-biography post, was probably from that game. It was the Big O checking West. It was from January of 72 with Jerry in his road uniform. It almost has to be from that game. The Bucks were in the West at that time, but I doubt the Lakers played them two times in Milwaukee in January. Though the Bucks broke the streak, they were also like #11 on the victim list.”

I did notice that and I also noticed that someone pointed it out in a comment, was that you? Because there’s nothing more difficult on the whole of the internets than trying to find anything you may be looking for in the archived comments of the Lakers blog, and like I said, I’m feelin’ kinda lazy right now...maybe I’ll look for it after dinner, or you could just tell me...please...

astronut, Yeah that was def me, so don't bother looking. Sorry if you get this too late, I was out. I didn't know that Block had played for the Lakers, I just remember him being the villain on that particular day. I didn't look him up, I just remember the pain and his name being associated with it.

Larry Mantle, a local NPR host, had Roland Lazenby on his show today talking bout the West bio. Mantle talked about how Jerry had been his boyhood idol. It's amazing how many people just idolized West.

Now that I reflect on how much I looked up to West I have more empathy for the hardcore Kobe fans. The pedestal they put Kobe on probably isn't any higher than the one I put West on. In the end though I still feel about West the way that you do. I just can't be convinced that he isn't the greatest Laker of all time.

Mark G,

"Yeah that was def me, so don't bother looking..."

Don't worry, I didn't. Have you ever tried to look back in this blog for an old comment? WAFN, it's about as much fun as a root canal!

"It's amazing how many people just idolized West."

And it's amazing to me that we seem to be the only ones around here still transfixed by the experience.

"Now that I reflect on how much I looked up to West I have more empathy for the hardcore Kobe fans."

After some reflection...I agree, up to a point. I never felt it necessary to denigrate other players in order to build up Mr. Clutch. His play always spoke for itself and if I ever saw him miss a last second shot I must have purged it from my memory banks, 'cause he was money like no one else before or since.

"I still feel about West the way that you do. I just can't be convinced that he isn't the greatest Laker of all time."

It's comforting to know that we have each other as kindred spirits on this point. Just goes to show that some sports memories really do last a lifetime.

Honestly, starting LO or Banum doesn't matter. Sure it may seem important, but the one thats on the court when the game is on the line (LO) truly matters.


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