Lakers Fan Jam to include Laker Girls, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The perks include court-side seats for Lakers games -- something that's usually reserved just for the likes of Jack Nicholson -- and everyday interactions with the team. But Jensen says that a highlight of being a Laker Girl includes interacting with fans at community events.
That means she's looking forward to this weekend. The Laker Girls are just one feature of the team's first ever Fan Jam, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) The second day leads up to the Lakers' 6:30 p.m. game with Washington at Staples Center.
Among the highlights? Lakers forwards Lamar Odom and Ron Artest will try to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark of 10 made free throws by a pair in a minute’s time Saturday at 6:30 p.m.. The record is held by Dennis Cheng and Simone Benn of Britain, set on Feb. 13. All players from the team will be there to sign autographs. Fans can take pictures with the 2009 championship trophy. Notable members of the Lakers organization will also be there, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, A.C. Green, Norm Nixon, Marge Hearn and Jeanie Buss, said the team's director of game operations and entertainment, Lisa Estrada.
From a pure basketball standpoint, it's sort of a head-scratcher that Artest and Odom would be the chosen to shoot free throws, considering that they shoot around 69%. It's more puzzling when you consider that Sasha Vujacic (90.5%) and Derek Fisher (85.3%) are available. Hey, at least the percentage for Artest and Odom is higher than the Lakers shot as a team in their win Tuesday against Sacramento. They shot 64.3%, including an eight-of-14 clip from guard Kobe Bryant. But from a pure entertainment standpoint, the selection is a slam dunk. Odom and Artest are, without a doubt, the most charismatic personalities on the team. And it certainly should present some good theatrics.
As you can tell from the video below, Odom isn't taking the contest, slated to begin Saturday at 6 p.m., too seriously, but he does admit there's something rather enticing about getting your name in the Guinness Book of World Records. Speaking of records, the Guinness World Records website features a record for most basketballs spun simultaneously. How anyone can spin 28 is beyond me.
Estrada also provided more details on what's in store for the event this weekend. Tickets can be purchased through the Staples Center box office and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.
-- Mark Medina
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