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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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Photo credits: Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images; Michael Edwards / Los Angeles Times; Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press; Matt York / Associated Press; Christian Petersen / Getty Images

 
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I was about to say something like '10 free throws to break a record? That's it?'....but then I realized how horrible the Lakers FT shooting has been. Its like its mission: impossible.

If they really wanted to break that FT record, they wouldn't have picked Lamar and Ron Ron. That's like picking Bynum and Walton to break the 100m dash.


Just ran into Ron the Art in Santa Monica. Kept it brief cause he was dining but Dude's focused, serious 'bout his diet" (a vegan restaurant) and lookin' to go all the way. Probably the standard fan rap for him but very cool all the same.

MM,

Its like watching a High School sophomore talking to the cool cheerleaders. hahaha.

p ang - ummm ouch that hurts lol

MM

MM,

We've all been there. Trade places with you anytime. Laker Girls! Dang.

p ang - well my thing is i didnt feel at least intimidated if that's what you were insinuating. they're normal people, though yeah they're laker girls.

mm

LongTimeLakersFan,

Appreciate your insightful comments.
Agree Jordan may be better suited for another offense.

Knicks would be a good home for Farmar.

Also, the Bulls may be a good fit too.
Pairing Farmar with Derrick Rose.

Even though he is a young guy who has never started, he will have played in 300+ NBA games and learned from Phil, Kobe, E. Fish and the entire Lakers organization. He will likely be given a chance to start next year by a team with cap room. Basketball people know his potential.

Glad the Lakers have him on the team this season.


Jeanette - yah - I guess I can be a chatterbox LOL! Glad I amuse someone!


Regarding the State of the Knee - specialist says I've gotta get it scoped. Apparently there's a lot of arthritic damage.... So next up is the wait for the authorization - probably going under the knife next Wed or the one after that. As long as they're done with me and I'm back home by game time, it's all good.

Thanks to all on the live chat for your well wishes... I'll keep you posted. I know you're all waiting with baited breath for me to post the minutia of my life lol!

my my MM. You are one lucky guy... ;)

Gotta say that the Laker girls are the best looking cheerleaders in the entire association!

THE FARM REPORT…
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For the most part, I think there have been some excellent posts regarding Jordan Farmar. Personally, I am really disappointed in Jordan for his recent poor play. I truly thought he had turned the corner when he improved in every aspect of his game every month over the first half of the year but his recent head-hanging half-hearted efforts have seriously undermined my confidence in him and likely ended his chances of staying with the Lakers much less taking over the point guard job from Derek Fisher.
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I thought LTLF’S assessment of Jordan’s talent and potential was probably right on. He has some excellent talent and I think would be able to play fairly well if given a chance to start in lieu of Fisher. Had he continued to play like he had been, he might have been able to solidify his future role with the Lakers. I’m not ready to give up on him completely since we have seen over and over with Phil and various players that you are never dead until traded or cut – I mean just look at Sasha Vujacic – but Jordan could not have picked a worse time to go into a confidence crushing tail spin.
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The thing about Phil is that he believes strongly that his experience has shown him he needs certain components when crafting his various lineups. Part of the reason why he continued to start Andrew –besides the simple fact that you don’t mess with players starting roles on a whim – is that he clearly values size, length, and toughness at the center position. And Drew was a player he believed would deliver that. That is why he resisted replacing Drew with Lamar, a move that is proving to be right.
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Unfortunately for Jordan, I don’t think he fits the mold Phil has for the point guard in the Triangle. Of the traits Phil values so much that he keeps a struggling Derek Fisher in the starting lineup – leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and experience – Jordan has been unable to demonstrate often or consistently enough to satisfy Phil to this point. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Phil put Jordan in mothballs for a couple of weeks and then try to resurrect him ala his current efforts with Sasha. Or maybe not. It all depends on the matchups and how the other guards are playing.
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My best guess right now is that Jordan will not be brought back. One of the things that I think has led Phil to give Jordan the chances that he has in the past is his speed. We really need speed more than anything in the starting lineup to replace what we lost when we “traded” Ariza for Artest. We already know that Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic are basically shooting guards, not point guards and we are not going to sign or trade for a journeyman like Earl Watson. What we need is a guy like Darren Collison, a point guard who plays tough defense and is fast and quick enough to stay with any player who can hit drive and dish and hit the open 3 on offense. The draft may be our best shot to get it.
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One thing I am confident is NOT going to happen is the Lakers trading any of their key four front court players – Gasol, Bynum, Artest, and Odom – for a point guard. In fact, I think there is a better chance that Derek Fisher would start again next year than the Lakers would give up what is their second biggest advantage after Kobe Bryant. Now would I trade the rest of the bench and a couple of draft picks for Darren Collison? In a heartbeat – but it ain’t gonna happen So unless Steve Nash or Jason Kidd want to sign for the vet’s minimum, we may get another year of Fish or a raw rookie.
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MM,

You should interview all the Laker girl 2 at a time. Appreciate all of them.

Whatup, party people. The jailers forgot to give me my two 20 minute breaks today, so I haven't been around, even to read. Just stopping by to say, "Go Lakers!"

Justanothamambafan, I got the same thing to do with my knee and I've just been puttin it off. God bless.

Justa, am I forgiven? I promise I will not post about princess jimmy anymore :-)......no need to talk about her. I actually said my 10 Hail Kobe and 10 Our Phils on bended knees......lol

Oh the knee, my husband had problems with the knee as well, he stopped playing basketball. He said it is really painful but he is postponing surgery.

You will be in my prayers if you don't mind.

MM,

You are doing an amazing job. It took awhile for me to backread all the posts. I have to skip some. Too much for my I-Phone to replay the game chat.
I have a question, why is it that some video link do not work on my I-Phone? Do you use different format/settings?

Greetings my fellow blogmunity members and Lakersaholics!

I've just explored a Saint Patrick's Day in Ohio and it is a bizarre venture into strangeland.

However, even a journey down the rabbit hole does invariably lead to insight (if you care about insight).

Tomorrow, after sufficient caffeine, you sworn secret agent will reveal the following things based upon the word on the street here in the wastelands of Northeast Ohio:

1. Why Kobe and LeBron can never be on the same team together

2. How the experience of a member of the Youngstown mafia reveals so much of what is wrong (and going on) in America

3. How when gambling is illegalized, it has a VERY negative impact upon sports

4. How Cleveland (and Akron) has(ve) turned Saint Patrick's Day into possibly the most dysfunctional holiday ever

5. Why the Cavs should be a source of concern... even though they might not make it to the Finals

I hope the Clippers win tonight.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Steve Blake would make a fine Laker.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Marky Mark,

Dude, I continue to be impressed by you. You produce more material than both the Kamenetzky Brothers COMBINED. It's not as funny, but it is intelligent and insightful. It is quality.

You've done a great job, brother. Kudos to you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Clippers play like a really dysfunctional version of Showtime.

I just wish they won more.

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!

justanothermambafan,

"Regarding the State of the Knee - specialist says I've gotta get it scoped. Apparently there's a lot of arthritic damage.... "

Brother, what are you taking for it? I mean, in terms of supplements and such?

I've got plenty of suggestions.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Marky Mark,

I just watched your interview with the Lakers girls.

1. Good.

2. More Lakers girls are good.

3. I literally laughed uncontrollably through the first 2 minutes and 38 seconds of the interview (except for the "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack introduction).

4. I would enthusiastically describe your game as an intense merger of dorkilicious and suave (as in the Rap classic "Rico... Sauve")

5. We really need more of this, but if you could PLEASE include a ventriloquist act (you being the ventriloquist and puppetmaster) somewhere in your flirting with various Lakers girls, it would REALLY make it right. Trust me on this one. I suggest rewatching the film "Magic" with Anthony Hopkins and everything will fall perfectly in place. It's time to take it to the next level.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I get the feeling that Donald Sterling has put money in all the ESPN announcers' pockets for this game.

I love the Clippers and they're playing a good game, but REALLY?

I HOPE the future is bright for the Clippers, but, man, all the talk is like something is being sold.

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!

Wow do these Fish haters sound like little kids throwing a tantrum. He's the starting point guard for the 15 Time World Champion Los Angeles Lakers (4 of which he made a major contribution) so get over it already, it is what it is.

Posted by: Cap's Goggles

Correction !! He was on the team...he did not make a major contibution. They would of won those championships with any other NBA starting point guard taking his place. When will you see this loser for what he is. An NBA player that can no longer play but for some insane reason he will not retire and Jackson still keeps throwing him out there. He has never been a valuable player. And has been completely overrated his entire career. Please take off your Goggles so you can see him play without the rose tint !!!! This guy is the biggest media wh___ that has ever played the game. Interviews, pictures, NBA player rep, etc. etc. etc. Of course he won't retire. Make him the Lakers Media Rep, that would be the perfect job for him !!!

We are glad that Todd and LakerTom are now agreeing that we need to look elsewhere for the PG position.

Repost from the other thread
Who among the PG ( listed on hoopshype) on last year of their contract?

Will Bynum - Pistons 10.1 ppg 4.6 apg 6'0" 27 years old
Earl Watson - Pacers 7.6 ppg 4.6 apg 6'1" 31
Carlos Arroyo - Heat 5.2 ppg 2.8 apg 6'2" 31
Luke Ridnour - Bucks 10.3 ppg 3.8 apg 6'2" 29
Eddie House - Knicks 7.2 ppg 1.3 apg 6'1" 32
Jason Williams - Magic 6.6 ppg 3.8 apg 6'1" 35
Steve Blake - Clippers 7.1 ppg 4.3 apg 6'3" 30

Farmar - Lakers 7.2 ppg 1.6 apg 6'2" 24
Fisher - Lakers 7.6 ppg 2.5 apg 6'1" 36
Brown - Lakers 7.9 ppg 1.4 apg (Player's option) 6'4" 25

Aforementioned PGs have expiring contracts. There are also free agents at large unsigned like: Speedy Claxton, Brevin Knight, Antonio Daniels, Jeff McKinnis. I would prefer a young PG from Euro League or trade with low draft picks.

Lakers have only MLE and biA available to get a new PG or a packaged trade.

As bad as Fisher is I wouldn't be flexing my muscles. I would be keeping a low profile. Just shows how little his grasp on reality is.

Laker Tom,

Can't agree your statement about Jordan's recent poor play ... because in the last 3 games Jordan has played a total of 19 minutes. That is not enough game time to characterize his play as half hearted effort, and certainly not enough to conclude he is in a slum. Against Charlotte Farmar with the only Laker above 50%. On March 2 against Indy Farmar was 8-10 from the field. How is that for efficiency? Doubtful Fisher has a 8-10 game in his whole career.

The only dropoff recently is Farmar's minutes. In 8 minutes neither 0-2 nor 2-2 is a trend. Definitely don't agree that Farmar production during this 19 minute stretch of 3 games changed his status from what it was was two weeks ago. If Phil was making decisions based on 3 game stretches E. Fish's shooting woes would have placed him squarely on the bench long ago. A reasonable conclusion is for now Phil is going in a different direction from Farmar. Not based on Farmar's play, but based on Phil playing who he thinks is right at the moment for the team.

Taking over the PG job from E. Fish hasn't been possible for Farmar, Brown or Sasha. Phil's mind is made up from camp. Fisher leaving Stephen Curry at the end of the Golden State game should end the "he makes veteran decisions" noise. That was terrible defense unbecoming of a professional player. If that is what E. Fish's veteran status is bringing to the table that is a problem.

BTW, it was Farmar who made a steal to win a game against (can't remember opponent) at crunch time. So not buying the "Farmar can't play at crunch" either.

I like Sasha too and would like him be given more minutes at Fisher's expense. Sasha does some good things.

Yes, whether Farmar, Sasha or Brown is in the game, I dread the 4th qtr 6 minute mark and the return of E. Fish ...

THE FARM REPORT…
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For the most part, I think there have been some excellent posts regarding Jordan Farmar. Personally, I am really disappointed in Jordan for his recent poor play. I truly thought he had turned the corner when he improved in every aspect of his game every month over the first half of the year but his recent head-hanging half-hearted efforts have seriously undermined my confidence in him and likely ended his chances of staying with the Lakers much less taking over the point guard job from Derek Fisher.

Edwin -

Add CJ Watson to that list. Totally underrated. The dude can flat out shoot, can actually finish at the rim and is a terror in the passing lanes. And he's 25 years old and 6'2" I believe. The perfect triangle PG.

Also there's Randy Foye, Chris Duhon, Luther Head and possibly Sergio Rodriguez.

If I were the Lakers, Watson would be my guy.

Edwin,

Why would Lakers want the old retreads PG you list?

Will Bynum - Pistons 10.1 ppg 4.6 apg 6'0" 27 years old
Earl Watson - Pacers 7.6 ppg 4.6 apg 6'1" 31
Carlos Arroyo - Heat 5.2 ppg 2.8 apg 6'2" 31
Luke Ridnour - Bucks 10.3 ppg 3.8 apg 6'2" 29
Eddie House - Knicks 7.2 ppg 1.3 apg 6'1" 32
Jason Williams - Magic 6.6 ppg 3.8 apg 6'1" 35
Steve Blake - Clippers 7.1 ppg 4.3 apg 6'3" 30

They have all peeked at journey man status.

So unless Lakers decide to pay money to resign Brown there will be a talent dropoff. Resign E. Fish at veteran minimum and play Sasha may be best option for least money. Would much prefer a young PG with talent. The problem is Phil doesn't play rookies.

I just read several of todays 'Caught in the Web' posts, I highly recommend everyone to read Mike Truddell's DJ Mbenga article, brought a smile to my face throughout the whole article.

Roland Lazenby is still looking to cause a ruckus it seems in order to sell more copies of his Jerry West book. I can't imagine he truly believes that LeBron will basically squeeze the Cavs into doing a sign-and-trade to the Lakers, his hometown team to their biggest current rival, turn his back on Cleveland and press them to go off to the fairytale Lakers, there is no way he can truly believe that. We all know that LeBron isn't taking the MLE for instance, so a sign-and-trade is the ONLY way a deal to L.A. (and not the Clipp's) could happen. I could only imagine the entire fanbase of Cleveland burning LeBron in effigy if he were to ask for a sign-and-trade to L.A.

No matter how much LeBron may fancy Phil, or L.A., or the Lakers, or Kobe, it never, never, never will happen. He probably will seriously consider the Knicks since they can give him and another free-agent like D-Wade or Chris Bosh max contracts, but more and more I'm starting to think that it won't happen. Cleveland has a nice set of players and he's not going to be in as good a situation with the Knicks, even if D-Wade were at his side.

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Jon K: You made me crack up with your "The Clippers play like a really dysfunctional version of Showtime." post. How funny, but unfortunately true.

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DFish: regarding Fisher "He was on the team...he did not make a major contibution. They would of won those championships with any other NBA starting point guard taking his place. When will you see this loser for what he is. An NBA player that can no longer play but for some insane reason he will not retire and Jackson still keeps throwing him out there. He has never been a valuable player. And has been completely overrated his entire career."

My god. A 'loser' is he? C'mon now. The Lakers WOUDN'T have won with 'any other NBA starting point guard' I don't want to even waste time answering such a hate-filled, garbage post but just point out that last time I checked Fisher was the STARTING POINT GUARD OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING TEAM - something that NO ONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE NBA CAN BOAST!

Give it a rest, Fisher is far from a 'loser' and is one of the smartest, level-headed, decent, well-mannered Lakers I remember seeing. I can live with whatever PJ does regarding the PG situation, but I know whatever choice he makes is going to be better than what you write...

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Edwin Gueco: Will Bynum is a nice choice, and I happen to think that Steve Blake got a raw deal in Portland, I love his game and thought that they might have downgraded by bringing in the uninspiring, overrated, overpaid Andre Miller who has shown not to be a great fit next to Brandon Roy. Perhaps the T'Wolves might be willing to trade the rights to Rubio, he may just jump at the possiblity of playing in L.A. and besides Pau. I think he's already announced he's not coming next year, seems like he's playing hardball so the Wolves just may look to improve next season and not go another year without him (although Flynn has been anything but proving himself lately).

J-Kidd or Steve Nash might be hungry for a ring, either one might be willing to chase down the elusive championship neither has for the vet minimum. I'm not greedy, I'd take either one...

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LakerTom: Agree with your assessment about Jordan not fitting into what Phil would like to see him do under the triangle. I also don't think he'll be back, and would LOVE to see the Lakers pursue Collison, who is basically a backup and the Hornets had been shedding salaries pre-trade deadline. However, since he is still on his rookie pay-scale contract until the end of next season I bet it would be a trade in which they packaged him alongside some of their high-priced talent if they even would consider a deal. I'd love to see it though.

BTW I just watched the KCAL Sports Central from Monday night this morning (I DVR them since they have daily Laker news), I caught that old lady again wearing the Kobe 24 jersey. Very funny stuff, gotta love her spirit!

Laker Tom,

>>> Jordan could not have picked a worse time to go into a confidence crushing tail spin.

Q. If Jordan's confidence has indeed been crushed, how did this happen?
A. Phil Jackson

In case people have forgotten, Phil can't handle young, aggressive players. Case in point: Kobe Bryant. Phil called Kobe "uncoachable," and part of the reason he was sent on sabbatical by Dr. Buss is because Phil said he refused to coach Kobe.

Another case in point (partially). Andrew Bynum. Phil has kept AB17 on a short leash, too, only recently allowing him to play in the 4th quarter. If Andrew weren't Jimmy Buss' pet project, he would have been kept on as short a leash as Jordan, stifling his growth, too.

Q. Why is our bench so weak?
A. Phil Jackson

There's a reason that at various points in the season, both Sasha and Jordan complained about lack of enough run to find their groove. And then there's poor Ammo, hardly getting any run at all. If Shannon couldn't dunk, he wouldn't be getting as much run as he gets. And regardless of run, it's clear these guys aren't getting the developmental coaching that could take them to the next level.

Q. Aside from the bench, why have the starters been so inconsistent?
A. Phil Jackson

Apart from the occasional fiery speeches from Kobe and Fish, this team has been leaderless for months. Pfunk isn't the only one who wonders if Phil is awake for all 48 minutes of a regulation game.

I can already read the posts to follow. 'Friedman, how many rings do you have?' 'Watch and see, Phil has the team perfectly programmed to succeed in the Playoffs.' Yadayadayada.

Maybe so. I want this team to succeed and the Lakers to win a succession of championships. But I do know this. There's a 50-50 chance Phil will be back next year, at best. There's also a 100% chance that if Phil comes back, Jordan will not. And he shouldn't. Jordan deserves a coach who inspires and nurtures young talent and that coach is not Phil Jackson.

Thanks Puddle, we can apply as scouts to Mitch K. haha!

Here other guards (not specified whether PG or SG) in the EuroLeague:

Dimitris Diamantidis - Greece 9.4 PPG 3.4 apg 51% 3pt 60% 2pt 74% FT
Vasilis Spanoulis - Panathiacos 10.3ppg 3.6 apg 28% 3pt 50% 2pt 85% FT
Theodoros Papaloukas - Olympiakos 6.3 ppg 6.2 apg 35% 3pt 60% 2pt 60% FT
Ricky Rubio - Regal Barcelona 5.9 ppg 4.6 apg 31% 3 pt 39 2pt 95% FT
Juan Navarro - Regal Barcelona 13.7 ppg 3.7 apg 35 3pt 58 2pt 86 FT
Trajan Langdon - CSKA Moscow 15.1 ppg 1.6 apg 51% 3pt 54% 2pt 94% FT

lakertom,

with all due respect sir but is that like an authentic farmar letter of resignation? dont tell me your finally resigning your post as one of farmars biggest believers and letting his ship sail without you? no frickin way.. i dont frickin believe it!! say it aint so maryjo??

oh well.. i guess that also means you will no longer be searching the blog archives trying to dig up any old "farmar for pg of the future" bandwagons i presume??

you've come a long way LT.. its one thing to think it but to to come out and say it.. now that took balls of steel.. thats a real man.. LOL

sorry just bustin ur balls.. ;-)

Wow rick no offense but you were an insightful blogger but then go down to the level of Pfraud36's scoop. Develop?? He developed Kobe Bryant! Before Phil Kobe was at most an All-Star who was remembered for Air-balling shots in Utah and then getting swept by San Antonio. Before Phil Michael Jordan could do nothing but stare at the Detroit Pistons and their physical play nevermind having Pippen develop into a very good second fiddle who was a great player even without Michael Jordan.

Rick do you expect Jordan Farmar to be a superstar, all star? Really all you do is blame Phil for not developing scrub players. Believe it or not there ARE scrub players in the NBA. Maybe not on Kwamay's level but there are. Why not bash Pat Riley for not developing a successor to Kareem even though Kareem was an old man? Why not add also Larry Brown to that list or even 90% of the coaches in the NBA? Which coach do you think will develop players? Bryon Scott who got fired from New Orleans and only having one good season with CP then floundered the next year and then GOLFED his way out of a job (yes I heard Hornets fans who were pissed that he went golfing in LA instead of planning of game planning for the Phoenix game).

Does Phil have his problems? Yes but don't excuse Jordan Farmar's performance because of Phil. Otherwise blame Kobe for being a ball hog, or Pau for giving touches away from Jordan or Bynum for developing faster than Jordan. And yes actually Bynum DID develop under Jackson. Bynum's best production year so far is THIS year when Kareem is away most times because of his illness.

Don't be hating on your coach. Otherwise hate Kobe for being a selfish ball hog for not developing Jordan or be quite.

PG REPORT CARD- late season edition

farmar D
shannon- D+
dfish D-

i remember there being a whole lot of buzz this offseason surrounding the then exciting prospects of who would finally be ready to step up and overtake the starting position from dfish by seasons end.. farmar or shannon??

but if one thing is abundantly clear by now is that so far both have sorely disappointed and NEITHER has earned that right...

HOWEVER in their defense one can argue neither has also not been given a reasonable oppportunity to consistently produce by repeatedly getting less playing time under dfish...

so who else is to blame for all this?? how bout shifting some attention to PHILLIP himself for always embracing his inner stubborn ego and continuosly stunning the growth of our young players... phil has shown again he will NEVER provide these young players any room for improvement or margin for error by always limiting their minutes.

as a result, either one has rarely shown any confidence out there... farmar is once again a wild and mental wreck. he has proved to be mentally weak again and clearly cannot handle any of phils mind games... shannon has also reverted by oftentimes making bad decisions.. forcing up bad shots like horrible fadeaway shots from the perimeter. in my opinion shannon would much be better utilized alongside kobe where he could concentrate on defending, finishing, hustling, and shooting open shots instead of being forced to create his own shots with the second unit.... just simple traits required from a guard playing alongside kobe that DFISH has sorely lacked which will be increasingly important come playoffs.

so to sum it all up so far this season the combined efforts of all our pg guards have been a collective FAILURE and one of our biggest achilles heel... and if anything is gonna stand in the way of our repeat it will be dfish playing 30MIN per game against the likes of parker, deron, chauncey, jameer, mo williams or rondo.. so unless shannon or farmar step up or unless phil tries to instill some confidence in them... we may be in for a very bumpy ride.

as for sasha at point... r u freakin kidding me? phil can you just stop with the silly mind games please?

sorry..excuse the rambling..


Will Bynum - Pistons 10.1 ppg 4.6 apg 6'0" 27 years old
(Won't happen, Detroit loves him. It's a strong possibility if Detroit still prefers Rodney Stuckey as a starter)

Earl Watson - Pacers 7.6 ppg 4.6 apg 6'1" 31
(Possible though doubtful)

Carlos Arroyo - Heat 5.2 ppg 2.8 apg 6'2" 31
(Doubtful)

Luke Ridnour - Bucks 10.3 ppg 3.8 apg 6'2" 29
(Is an upgrade over Jordan Farmar)

Eddie House - Knicks 7.2 ppg 1.3 apg 6'1" 32
(Possible if Boston doesn't want him back....he may bite if he can get a starting gig here and not the back up role in Boston)

Jason Williams - Magic 6.6 ppg 3.8 apg 6'1" 35
(White Chocolate is done. Even during his prime with Sacramento there was a reason why Adelman benched him in the 4th quarter)

Steve Blake - Clippers 7.1 ppg 4.3 apg 6'3" 30
(Not a bad possibility)

Posted by: Rick Friedman | March 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Another case in point (partially). Andrew Bynum. Phil has kept AB17 on a short leash, too, only recently allowing him to play in the 4th quarter. If Andrew weren't Jimmy Buss' pet project, he would have been kept on as short a leash as Jordan, stifling his growth, too.
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Absolutely. Phil had Bynum coming off the bench playing short minutes until Kwame Brown was traded! Lakers bloggers said Bynum was a bust (Some still do.)

Posted by: Rick Friedman | March 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Apart from the occasional fiery speeches from Kobe and Fish, this team has been leaderless for months.
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Fiery speeches by Kobe is the answer? LOL that media attributes recent Lakers 3 game win streak to Kobe giving his teammates a tongue lashing and telling them how to play at this "time of the season."

Really, did Kobe mention anything about him having 9 turnovers and a couple crunch time brain farts that could lose a game?

Posted by: Rick Friedman | March 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM
I can already read the posts to follow. 'Friedman, how many rings do you have?' 'Watch and see, Phil has the team perfectly programmed to succeed in the Playoffs.' Yadayadayada.

Maybe so. I want this team to succeed and the Lakers to win a succession of championships. But I do know this. There's a 50-50 chance Phil will be back next year, at best. There's also a 100% chance that if Phil comes back, Jordan will not. And he shouldn't. Jordan deserves a coach who inspires and nurtures young talent and that coach is not Phil Jackson.
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Absolutely, if Phil returns. Farmar should want to leave on the first thing smoking. If it wasn't for Jim Buss, Bynum probably wants to leave too.
Phil jerks Bynum around on playing time his career to this point and Kobe makes a bad pass then blames Bynum for not catching it. Doubtful the Bynum has ever gotten over Kobe's "ship him out" for Jason Kidd remark. Even though Kobe went straight to NBA from high school, never have heard Bynum thank Kobe for easing his transition to the NBA.

Mentioned before Lakers bloggers have no patience with young players.
Who do they complain about most? Bynum (22) and Farmar (23).

If bloggers like Blitz had their way Lakers wouldn't have a single starting player less than 30 next year. Lakers could be like the Celtics picking up Michael Finley (veteran with a ring) for the playoffs. Maybe Blitz can get Lakers to trade Andrew Bynum for Ben Wallace (veteran with a ring). Because you know Lakers need toughness (GaSoft) and Ben Wallace is grown man.

You could see PJ was jealous of Evans game by his comments.

Can you imagine the damage to other teams a player like that could do in his system?

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HELL NO TO PRINCESS JIMMY – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - can we PLEASE get the "Hell to the No to Princess Jimmy" bandwagon up and running again?????
(02) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER - I with you brother. If there's a bandwagon for no Princess Jimmy on the Lakers put me on it. For all the reasons justamambafan stated and more.
(03) ADRIAN PALOMAR – RIDING SHOTGUN - I join the no LBJ bandwagon.
(04)
(05) MAMBA – How do you spell Hell No? – L-E-B-R-O-N.
(06)

MM, You should interview all the Laker girl 2 at a time. Appreciate all of them. Posted by: JustaLakerFan | March 17, 2010 at 08:02 PM
RIGHT JUSTA! And I am sure that if he becomes fatigued, you would gladly substitute for him for a spell & let him take a time out! Lol!
Mamba24

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GOOD LUCK ON THE OPERATION JUSTAMAMBAFAN – BANDWAGON
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* - Regarding the State of the Knee - specialist says I've gotta get it scoped. Apparently
*-there's a lot of arthritic damage.... So next up is the wait for the authorization - probably *going under the knife next Wed or the one after that. As long as they're done with me *and I'm back home by game time, it's all good.
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(01) MAMBA24 – OWNER – Good Luck to the head of the Mamba Blog Family. I know you’ll come thru like a champ. The family is rooting for you.
(02) JAYDEN24 – DRIVER - Justanothamambafan, I got the same thing to do with my knee and I've just been puttin it off. God bless
(03) JEANETTE – RIDING SHOTGUN - Oh the knee, my husband had problems with the knee as well, he stopped playing basketball. He said it is really painful but he is postponing surgery. You will be in my prayers if you don't mind.
(04) # 4
(05 JON K - "Regarding the State of the Knee - specialist says I've gotta get it scoped. Apparently there's a lot of arthritic damage.... " Brother, what are you taking for it? I mean, in terms of supplements and such? I've got plenty of suggestions.
(06)

Ladies & Gentlemen, IT MIGHT BE IT COULD BE, IT IS! WE HAVE A FATTY SIGHTING EDWIN!!

Mamba24,

By all means, add me to the
(1) GOOD LUCK ON THE OPERATION JUSTAMAMBAFAN – BANDWAGON
(2) HELL NO TO PRINCESS JIMMY – BANDWAGON

KB Blitz,

>>> Don't be hating on your coach.

I'm not hating on Phil. His accomplishments are not to be dismissed. But I do think his effort this season ranks among his worst.

>>> He developed Kobe Bryant!

Can't agree on this one. Kobe Bryant developed Kobe Bryant! Kobe is a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

>>> Rick do you expect Jordan Farmar to be a superstar, all star?

I don't think we know or can know from Jordan's performance as a Laker. So far, the answer is "no" but I do believe he will be much more successful for another coach.

Farmar has had several breakout games this season, then shriveled up into a ball of confusion. Jordan's mistakes on the court are not unique to him, yet the coach holds him to a different standard. Whether the Lakers repeat or not, I think the team will see a lot of changes next season. Meanwhile, we need everyone on this edition of the Lakers to succeed down the stretch.

jayden24 - jeanette - jon k - mamba24 - rick - everyone:

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your concern and well wishes - you don't know how much I appreciate it. And my very own BANDWAGON????? wow - thank you - I'm humbled and honored to have such a great Laker family.

jon k - fire away - you KNOW I want your prescription!

FATTY?????


THAT YOU?????


WELCOME BACK!!!!!

QUIP OF THE YEAR:
The top reason Lakers may not repeat:
Hell will freeze over. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | March 17, 2010 at 03:56 AM

Now that is brief to the point and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

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GOOD LUCK ON THE OPERATION JUSTAMAMBAFAN – BANDWAGON
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* - Regarding the State of the Knee - specialist says I've gotta get it scoped. Apparently there's a lot of arthritic damage.... Next up is the wait for the authorization - probably *going under the knife next Wed or the one after that. As long as they're done with me *and I'm back home by game time, it's all good.
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(01) MAMBA24 – OWNER – Good Luck to the head of the Mamba Blog Family. I know you’ll come thru like a champ. “It’s all good “ and you are all good JUSTA! The family is rooting for you.
(02) JAYDEN24 – DRIVER - Justanothamambafan, I got the same thing to do with my knee and I've just been puttin it off. God bless
(03) JEANETTE – RIDING SHOTGUN - Oh the knee, my husband had problems with the knee as well, he stopped playing basketball. He said it is really painful but he is postponing surgery. You will be in my prayers if you don't mind.
(04) # 4
(05 JON K - "Regarding the State of the Knee - specialist says I've gotta get it scoped. Apparently there's a lot of arthritic damage.... " Brother, what are you taking for it? I mean, in terms of supplements and such? I've got plenty of suggestions.
(06) MARK G - Justa, save your liquor. You might need it if you have to rehab that knee. You will if you get my physical therapist anyways, ouch.
(07) RICK FRIEDMAN - By all means, add me.
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HELL NO TO PRINCESS JIMMY – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - can we PLEASE get the "Hell to the No to Princess Jimmy" bandwagon up and running again?????
(02) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER - I with you brother. If there's a bandwagon for no Princess Jimmy on the Lakers put me on it. For all the reasons justamambafan stated and more.
(03) ADRIAN PALOMAR – RIDING SHOTGUN - I join the no LBJ bandwagon.
(04)
(05) MAMBA – How do you spell Hell No? – L-E-B-R-O-N.
(06) JON K - Tomorrow, after sufficient caffeine, you sworn secret agent will reveal the following things based upon the word on the street here in the wastelands of Northeast Ohio 1. Why Kobe and LeBron can never be on the same team together
(07) JEANETTE - Justa, Your reasons are also my reasons for not liking LBJ but if he changes his ways & humbles himself then why not? Until that happens I can’t & will not cheer for him even if he becomes a Laker.

have a short story 4 your morning coffe

monday lakers played golden state D-leaguers. in the afternoon i had to run some errants. it was sunny and i decided to take the F train in san francisco and not to go underground.

[F] is a streetcar line that the city decided to make it like a "streetcar museum in motion". they bought or have had donated various old street cars from all around the country. some kind of cultural preservation of the history of the cars and also of the types/models that existed in various cities. there r a few international ones and yes some of my favorite ones r from Milan, Italy.

the cars r very slow and it is the perfect vehicle for the tourists to enjoy the city, take pics and most of the drivers kind of tell them what things r around.
because of the speed it is easier to walk.

i never take the dark green one from Boston. you get it. it is one of the few i recognize from outside. each car on the left side in some window have a plaque with the name of the city where r originating from. some have it on the outside too, depending how the company wanted the logo.

well, i got at the station and one car was approaching. also i've seen another one behind, like 2 blocks. both where kind of yellow with some orange parts. i got on. after a few seconds, i looked up and i read CLEVELAND. i said to myself: oh, nooooooo. not ESPN, not NBA.com. it has to be a curse. immediately i got off at the next stop knowing that in a few minutes the car i've seen behind will arrive.

SURPRISE: the car was from LOS ANGELES. the sun was shining, i got a big smile on my face after the previous devastating moment: POETIC JUSTICE.

talking about streetWAGONS.

Rick Friedman,

you wrote: Really, did Kobe mention anything about him having 9 turnovers and a couple crunch time brain farts that could lose a game?

my response: Actually, I think this was mentioned. His next game he had 2 to's.

KB Blitz,

you wrote: Develop?? He developed Kobe Bryant! Before Phil Kobe was at most an All-Star who was remembered for Air-balling shots in Utah and then getting swept by San Antonio. Before Phil Michael Jordan could do nothing but stare at the Detroit Pistons and their physical play nevermind having Pippen develop into a very good second fiddle who was a great player even without Michael Jordan.

my response: This is hyperbole and cannot be verified in any way. Jerry
West had already traded Vlade to get Kobe. I think that his "lust" over Kobe
is indicative of how good he thought Kobe was going to be and therefore
negates your statement. basketball-reference.com lists MJ as an ROY and
an all-star in his first year. Those are better accolades than 95% of all
basketball players in the history of the game. It should be clear from
watching Kwame, Bynum, Farmar etc. etc. etc. that somethings cannot be
taught. Therefore, you have no grounds to denigrate Pippen, Jordan or
Kobe to exhault Phil Jackson. I respect him and believe he is the greatest
coach in NBA history, but it in no way lessens the talent, dedication, &
play of Kobe, MJ & Pippen.

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WELCOME BACK FATTY – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - FATTY????? THAT YOU?????
WELCOME BACK!!!!!
(02) EDWIN GUECO – DRIVER –
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Ladies & gentlemen, The Red Fox, Eddie Murphy, Jon Stewart of the Lakers Blog is back. Welcome back Fatty me lad.

Fatty! You're back! I hope you're here to stay!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

justanothermambafan,

You basically want to take nutrients that reduce inflammation and rebuild joint tissue.

I suggest a combination of MSM, glucosamine, chondroitin, essential liquid sea minerals, omega-fatty acids (macadamnia nut oil), a systemic enzyme complex (to help eliminate scar tissue, etc.), a potent anti-oxidant (reservatrol is good), vitamin D, and a quality multi-vitamin, of course.

You probably should also go to a Chinese herbalist in Chinatown or Monterey Park and get some quality Dit Da Jow to put on your knee on a daily basis.

If you want to narrow your list: Glucosamine, essential liquid sea minerals, omega-fatty acids, multi-vitamin and Dit Da Jow.

I hope that helps.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

"If bloggers like Blitz had their way Lakers wouldn't have a single starting player less than 30 next year. Lakers could be like the Celtics picking up Michael Finley (veteran with a ring) for the playoffs. Maybe Blitz can get Lakers to trade Andrew Bynum for Ben Wallace (veteran with a ring). Because you know Lakers need toughness (GaSoft) and Ben Wallace is grown man."

hehe and now your little debates have turned into mud throwing toddy boy. Let's see your wild claims:

Andrew Bynum should be #1 option over Kobe Bryant (HAHA)
Lamar Odom is the Team's Most Valuable Player. (HAHA)
Jordan Farmar is the best Point Guard in the league not named Chris Paul (HAHA).
I doubt E. Fish has had a shooting night of 8-10 in his entire career.

Oh really?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=AvepLbRIWaY7Z0k8qvSOoN0JPaB4?gid=2008010829

Derek Fisher 10-11 for 26 points.

Sorry Todd you just keep getting owned by me.

Fatty is back from hibernation at Northern Arizona, it only happens during Springtime. Comedy Central will be full bloom again.

Will the prodigal blogger, Mike T. follow that lead? Let's see we need the best basketball mind here to resolve the PG problem. Knowing Mike T., he could declare that he will be our next PG. Whoaaaa!!!

Justa,

After the surgery, you need sunlight as your natural Vitamin D. Try to live chat under the sun during noon games it is good for your health. Godspeed for recovery.

Sorry Todd you just keep getting owned by me.
Posted by: KB Blitz | March 18, 2010 at 09:23 AM

You know he's right! Sorry Todd you just keep getting owned by Blitz! ROFL!! BLITZ, BLITZ, clap clap, clap clap clap!

MM,

THANKS A BUNCH. I got the tickets for the whole family, sat 1pm....ARE YOU TELLING ME I'M GONNA SEE MY IDOL KAREEN?

YEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

My kid can't stop talking about this event, he wants to get a pic w/ Shannon, his favorite.

Can't wait, really...

Magic Phil,

That sounds like so much fun. Congrats, brother! Have a great time. Your son will remember that day for the rest of his life.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Thanks Jon K,

I can't wait any longer!!!!!!!!!

KAREEN, HERE I COME!!!!!!

i went to the fan jam today march 20th worst experience of my life
i got there at 1 waited one hour to get in. got inside at 2 o clock
i directly get in line to get a autograph from a laker player, not to mention i have my mom with me and my little brother, so me thinking if i wait a while ill get in and get something signed. so i waited i didnt eat all day over this, my mother was exaughsted 30 dollars for 9 tacos that you can buy on the corner of vermont that would cost you one buck each on that corner, i said whatever and kept waiting, its 7 o clock im five people behind the zig zag line to get into the place where you get a autograph, they cut the line as soon as i get there, and they say no more autographs will be given. i spent 5 hours of my life there for nothing, my little brother crying my mother angry, and not to mention the mob of people that were complaining because they also waited just like we did. its not fair, i am not satisfied with this at least one bit. i want some sort of satisfaction over this. we spoke to some management there and they just turned there back on us. think twice about going

Its strange that FoxSportsWest, the local news, the Lakers and all media are ignoring the bad experience that is Fan Jam. Thankfully I had my camera to keep me busy because the 2 hour line to get in and the 4 hour line to meet a player was awful. The staff was rude and the line-cutting was rampant, the security was negligent and whoever the promoter is should be banned! The poor planning made it a very disappointing day for the fans. The smiles I saw were only when I asked families to let me shoot a portrait, otherwise it was dismal. Fans deserve more than to be herded into a room and trapped (no return admittance allowed) lured into thinking they would meet players (I love Marge and Jeanie and Peppie and the Laker Girls, but seriously, why were you signing autographs?) Yes, it was only $15, but these fans spend thousands of dollars on representing the Lakers, from jerseys to posters to shoes to bobbleheads, you name it, they own it. Hopefully next time they wont jam the fans. It was a failure. Report it. Come up with solutions. Respect your fans.


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