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Lakers' Phil Jackson wants Tex Winter in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Throughout his tenure with the Chicago Bulls, Phil Jackson had long advocated for Tex Winter to get a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Jackson even went to the extent in engaging in a letter-writing campaign so that the current architect could get his due.

But to this day, Winter is still waiting to join the club. Shortly after Jackson praised Lakers owner Jerry Buss for his recent induction, the Zen master remained skeptical if Winter will ever be in the Hall of Fame beyond his "contributor" tag.

"It's like Tex says, he's outlived all his contemporaries," Jackson said of Winter, who had been an active consultant with the Lakers until suffering a stroke last April. "It's a hard shot for him to get in."

This conversation seems to pop up every year, and Fox Sports' Charley Rosen presented a strong argument for The Sporting News in 2003 on why Winter should be inducted:

Winter's honesty, modesty and innovative genius are unquestioned. He's the man who invented the triangle offense, on which nine NBA titles have been forged. But let's look at his record: He was a head coach at Marquette, Kansas State, Washington, Northwestern and Long Beach State. Winter was named UPI Coach of the Year in 1959 at KSU and served for many years as chairman of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Winter also made his mark in the NBA decades ago. After coaching the Houston Rockets and running afoul of Elvin Hayes' stubbornness and disinclination to learn basketball fundamentals, Winter eventually landed in Chicago as an assistant coach. He was underutilized by Doug Collins (who scoffed at the triangle), but when Phil Jackson took over in 1989, Winter found his rightful function: as mentor to a bright student. Jackson totally believed in, mastered and helped refine the triangle, an inclusive philosophy that creates a structure for every correct instinct and movement from baseline to baseline and from tip to buzzer. Under Winter's tutelage, Jackson won six championships in Chicago and three more in Los Angeles. At age 81, Winter remains the most venerable of the NBA's assistant coaches. His vitality, acuity and integrity remain intact.

Why, then, is he still on the outside looking in? Because he never curried favor with the Eastern Mafia. Because everybody who appreciated his successes as a college coach are either retired or expired. And because the Lords of Springfield believe that assistant coaches are insignificant underlings. Not only does Tex Winter deserve the honor, but his election to the Hall of Fame would go a long way toward alleviating the stench in Springfield.

--Mark Medina

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M2,

I love Tex as much as the next guy, and agree he belongs in the HOF.

That said, this is an absolutely gratuitous post. When most of your column inches are devoted to what Charley Rosen wrote in 2003, it's a dead giveaway.

In recent weeks, the quality of comments on this blog has totally gone to hell, and I think you finally need to admit, part of it is that there are too many threads. They are too long before the jump. They are long on facts, but long for more attitude. A blog is not a not a write-thru.

Most of the veterans have completely disappeared. Ex, although I rarely agree with him, was one of our best. He, Charles, Dave M, and others now post most often on the ESPN site. The number of comments there are sparse, but they are usually informed. Faith and Anna barely chime in. Psyched Laker Girl has evaporated. Even Laker Tom has had little to say.

The other day we heard from Jay Jay. He, too, has gone mostly missing, and he commented on the changes here. Edwin has implored you numerous times to re-think the posting strategy. This is usually the time of year, the swallows return to the Capistrano that is this blog. Fatty, G1 and others who usually grace us with their presence at playoff time have yet to be heard from.

It seems we are mostly left with the likes of DFish and Eric Wright.

Andy and Brian got it right, as much as many here loved to hate them. You are smart, dedicated, and sincere. We know you want to do the right thing. It's time for a mid-course correction. JMHO.

Phil absolutely right, Tex should be a HallOfFamer long time ago. This is shame. Triangle when it's ran right way it's a thing of beauty to watch.

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PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON
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(01) PHIL JACKSON - OWNER
(02) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – DARTH STERN this is you r final warning put him in now!
(03) LAKERTOM – DRIVER
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – SECURITY
(05) #4 - REFEREE
(06) JON K. – UNDERCOVER AGENT
(07) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE
(08) SEGEBOY – SHERIFF
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So, why isn't Tex Winters in the Hall of Fame, again?

Seriously. Is is because he's not been a head coach? I really don't get it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Good morning CRUE!

Mamba24 - I say you please start a "GET TEX IN THE HOF OR DIE TRYING" bandwagon PRONTO! This man has deserved this honor for years. WTH Springfield??? GET IT DONE. He's a living legend. It's only right.


Jeanette - thanks for the shout out! I'm doing better every day....


Perhaps the LA Times could offer an idiot font as well as the much needed sarcasm font to help readers sort through the blog.

Posted by: Rick Friedman


Rick - OMG. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!! Seriously. MM - can you make it so????? The level of lunacy on here is going to put me off my pudding....


Jon K & Cali - SNAP. Keep them stupid trolls in their place. Scourge away. Bunch of idiot lunatics....

Have a great day Lakerholics!! Is it game day yet???

Excellent article MM. A true legend of the game. No doubt he should be a Hall of Famer. A class act also.

Rick - Thanks for your feedback. I don't understand what you mean as a dead giveaway. There are many bloggers who excerpt an article from time to time. I'll admit I always want to improve the blog as well as my style and writing. I've often tried to come up with different pieces such as looking ahead to the Lakers' first-round opponent, looking at game film to add a different level of insight. It just sounds like I'm boring you and I don't want to do that.

As far as the posts go, I'm definitely tinkering with the strategy, but looking at each day's contents worth of posts, it averages around 4 on non-game days and maybe 6 for a game day. How is that too many? I don't mean to get defensive. I just want to understand

MM

Yo mamba24, put me on PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON, please. That man should've been in there long ago.

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PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON
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Winter's honesty, modesty & innovative genius are unquestioned. He's the man who invented the triangle offense, on which nine NBA titles have been forged. He was a head coach at Marquette, Kansas State, Washington, Northwestern & Long Beach State. Winter was named UPI Coach of the Year in 1959 at KSU & served for many years as chairman of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. After coaching the Houston Rockets & running afoul of Elvin Hayes' stubbornness & disinclination to learn basketball fundamentals, Winter eventually landed in Chicago as an assistant coach. He was underutilized by Doug Collins (who scoffed at the triangle), but when Phil Jackson took over in 1989, Winter found his rightful function: as mentor to a bright student. Jackson totally believed in, mastered & helped refine the triangle, an inclusive philosophy that creates a structure for every correct instinct & movement from baseline to baseline & from tip to buzzer. Under Winter's tutelage, Jackson won six championships in Chicago & three more in Los Angeles. At age 81, Winter remains the most venerable of the NBA's assistant coaches. His vitality, acuity & integrity remain intact. Why, then, is he still on the outside looking in? Because he never curried favor with the Eastern Mafia. Because everybody who appreciated his successes as a college coach are either retired or expired. And because the Lords of Springfield believe that assistant coaches are insignificant underlings. Not only does Tex Winter deserve the honor, but his election to the Hall of Fame would go a long way toward alleviating the stench in Springfield. --Mark Medina
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(01) PHIL JACKSON – OWNER - It's like Tex says, he's outlived all his contemporaries," "It's a hard shot for him to get in.
(02)TIM-4-SHOW - DRIVER - met Tex Winter a few playoffs ago here in Denver. The guy is a class act and not only does he deserve to be in the hall of fame for his coaching resume, but his achievements over his lifetime of basketball are far superior of Naismith himself - you could argue that the hall of fame should rename itself after Tex.
(03) LAKERTOM – RIDING SHOTGUN - Please add me to the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. About time that the basketball world honored Tex for all of his accomplishments.
(04) #4 – REFEREE
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – SECURITY – say you please start a "GET TEX IN THE HOF OR DIE TRYING" bandwagon PRONTO! This man has deserved this honor for years. WTH Springfield??? GET IT DONE. He's a living legend. It's only right.
(06) JON K. – UNDERCOVER AGENT - So, why isn't Tex Winters in the Hall of Fame, again? Seriously. Is is because he's not been a head coach? I really don't get it
(07) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE
(08) SEGEBOY – SHERIFF
(09) MAMBA24 – DARTH STERN this is you r final warning put him in now!
(10) RICK FRIEDMAN – BAILIFF - I love Tex as much as the next guy, and agree he belongs in the HOF.
(11) DFISH - A true legend of the game. No doubt he should be a Hall of Famer. A class act also.
(12) LAL_FAN - Phil absolutely right, Tex should be a HallOfFamer long time ago. This is shame. Triangle when it's ran right way it's a thing of beauty to watch.
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Hello Rick F.

Thanks for the props, sometimes I'm also negative depending on my period. haha! Dave M, EX and Charles on BSPN, I suspect they're getting a payola (j/k only to attract your response) or perhaps, they disdain getting on unlimited conversation here from the Hobbit's responses. (another j/k before I get a dosage my response:)

Poor MM, getting mixed reviews again, we just gave a window dressing yesterday but no doubt about it, he is a special person and a blogger too. He does not have the temper of the Kbros who get into emotional tit-4-a-tat with posters. Well, our post is short lived, for sure at mid day it will be buried by succeeding news thread of 4 to 5. Who in the right mind would read five threads back? Well, LAT has his own set policies with posters, threads and the like. It is still the best place to shed our wings. Normally, the swallows come back to Capistrano on March 19th. In this day and age, the birds are confused. They could no longer find the Mission, it has been covered by taller buildings along PCH. One time we were there on exact date and waiting for the 100,000 birds, what we saw were doves, there were more people than the birds. I think that is the reason why Fatty, G1, Weave_man, Lakersth, hariyahu, tulley are no longer blogging. They are lost by the maze of so many threads for so little time.

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SAY A PRAYER FOR JEANETTES AUNT AS SHE BATTLES ILLNESS -BANDWAGON
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I may not be here for a while. My aunt who is dearest to me is not doing very well fighting the big C. GO LAKERS! I need another bright sunshiny day!
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Our love & Prayers are with you & your Family Jeanette. Take time for them & don't worry about the Blog. We'll hold down the fort till your return. And if you ever need us we'll always be here. God be with you. Love Ya Sister!

@MM, BLOG GOD, You are doing OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!! These are the dog days of the regular season. Waiting for it to end, everyone get's a lil prickly, don't sweat it. Believe me when I say it and I'll say it again, you are doing...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
Mamba24(Larry)

Edwin - Hah the mixed messages. I'm just trying to be open to all ideas so don't worry about that. I just got defensive the other day because I don't know what you mean by that I just rehash new threads. Each thread has its own angle. How is that rehashing?

MM

On topic -- unfortunately, I would be surprised if Mr. Winter ever made it into the HoF. I just don't see how that happens given current biases.

Off topic -- I wanted to comment on the Bynum posts from yesterday (things move fast around here). I think it is important to remember that a healthy Bynum, along with Artest, were essentially the full extent of the Lakers' offseason moves. In my mind, a full year of Bynum, integrated with Gasol in the starting lineup, was one of the two or three big keys to a repeat. I personally think Bynum is more important this year than last; that's why this injury really worries me. The Lakers need a fully functional, fully integrated Bynum to repeat, at least that's my opinion. I don't think last year's experience can be repeated, particularly given the problems with the bench. We need Bynum back and ready to roll.

Big game tonite against the denver.. Well big in the sense we need to regain some morale and momentum heading into the playoffs.. These games are almost meaningless but losing 3 of last 4 or 4 of 6 could start to become a problem if they don't snap this skid

I put the onus on phil to figure this thing out... Maybe its about time phil could start earnin his paycheck.

Some suggestions for the zen master:

-- LIMIT STARTERS MINUTES.. The thing that gets me most about losing lately is kobe and gasol are averaging well over 40 min a game.. I know hindsight is 20/20 but if we're gonna lose why don't u just give the bench key minutes like farmar mbenga or even to the slovenian garbage to try to build up their confidence

-- TRY DIFFERENT LINEUPS.. If u know our bench is struggling with lamar off the bench why don't u try to tinker?? I don't know what just try *SOMETHING* for christs sake!! Try keepin lamar in the bench and start powell or even start shannon at point.. Something anything please! That's the thing about phil win or lose the man is simply uncapable of making adjustments

-- GET MORE FINES.. About time phil took one for the team.. Maybe he should try this a bit more often.. .

-- TRY A ZONE??!! Okay maybe I'm kidding but why not... No ones puttin forward any effort on the defensive side anyways esp man to man

And lastly boy do I look forward to denver.. Lookin forward to see how our spaniard will react... or if denver will be up by 15 or 20 in first quarter since dfish will hit just 1 of his first 10 shots again.. Or if melo will break out for a career high since luke is back. Stay tuned cause its about to get real ugly tonite!!

this is my firs post ever and all i want to say is happy birthday to
Zaira Amaterasu.
love you inteligents and brilliant posts.

AN ODE TO TEX
There are plenty of things that are really lame, Lamest of all is Tex Winter not in the Hall of Fame
The Knowledge in this man is hard to beat, He was partially responsible for 3, three peats.
This is a feat that has never been done, The genius of this man is enough to stun
MJ was great but did not ever win a Ring, Along came Tex and said Mike the Triangles the thing.
Then just like that MJ was in the Mix when he ended his career his number of Rings numbered 6
Phil had no rings, just another asst who had to wait, now look at him he’s 10 Rings & he’s great.
With all of this greatness please understand, Tex is a humble and very modest man
He would never ever toot his own horn, But he knows more than all the coaches ever born
Ask MJ, ask Scottie, ask Kobe & Shaq, They’ll tell you Tex is the greatest & that is a fact.
When the Greats say you’re great what can you say, Except put Tex in the Halll right away
He’s done it, He’s earned it, you know damn well, If Tex is not inducted Darth Stern rot in Hell

yellofever - hey just FYI. The Lakers play Denver on Thursday, not tonight.

MM

@YELLOW FEVER, Brother I may not always agree with you, but I love your passion for the game. Stay on the case, keep keeping on! And oh yeah...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
mamba24(larry)

hey guys we have a new post up

@MARK MEDINA,Thanks for the new thread Blog God. Thou are truly great.

@LAKERNATION...COME ON AND GET ON THIS TEX WINTER BANDWAGON. 19 HALL OF FAMERS SAY HE DESERVES TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME HOW ABOUT YOU!

Thanks for the love Mamba24. I truly appreciate it

MM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZAIRA AMATERASU - BANDWAGON
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(01)KURILAKER - OWNER - This is my first post ever and all I want to say is happy birthday to Zaira Amaterasu. I love your inteligent and brilliant posts.
(02)MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Happy Birthday Blog Goddess Zaira. May the Lakers bring a championship to you this year

@MM, It's only the Truth Blog God. And if anybody deserves their props. it's you!
Mamba24(Larry)

Haha, M/M what I meant by the recycled threads are stories of the game itself either in detail, summarized or repeated in several threads with the picture of Kobe or interview with Fish, Gasol, Odom but in every game win or loss they're practically saying the same thing. What is really news if Fisher and Gasol admit to their fans: "It was my own fault why we lost this game." It is always someone's fault. What would be a nice thread was the story on JB with Johnny Grant and Paris Hilton something different or perhaps Tex Winter's biography, Laker scouts limited only to three or four threads in a single day.

We were used to a Lakers Blog where we meet in corner donut store, having a coffee as we tackle the news of the day about the Lakers. Before, there used to be one voice i.e. Mike T as the basketball mind who always the center of attraction or distraction. lol!

As a moderator, you try to pitch in and introduce another news that will break heated conversation. On the other picture, I understand also that you are under time pressure and there are productions to be met set by Mr. Mike James. Essentially, this is not a free blog paid by the public but by advertisers. Perhaps, my donut conversation analogy may not be relevant.

With the fast pace of repeated news like CNN, it is also difficult for us to compose our thoughts, share our passion because I (me alone & IMO) just feel like a sheep who is part of a bunch in every thread herded by a shepherd dog waiting for our haircut.

Edwin - Fair enough. Regarding players, that's athletes for you. In most cases, the media doesn't leave a stone unturned as far as questions go, but even if the players seem to say the same thing, I figured you guys would still be interested in what they have to say. I don't want to treat you like sheep and the pressure or whatnot from management is really open ended. They just want the blog self sustaining and want to keep the community active, so as far as stories and all that, the buck stops with me.

MM

@EDWIN GUECO, Have I told you lately sir, that you are...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!
mamba24(larry)

They just want the blog self sustaining and want to keep the community active, so as far as stories and all that, the buck stops with me. Posted by: Mark Medina | April 07, 2010 at 10:17 AM

OOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING BLOG GOD!!
MAMBA24(LARRy)

To mamba24:
"You have been here before sir. A Laker team with a record of 56 -26 stumbled into the playoffs on a losing note for their last several games in 2001. Every one said they would be 4 and out instead what happened? As Moses Malone said to Dr. J, they went fo, fo, fo and then screwed up and went 5 and won the title. Their performance was one of the most dominant ever seen in any playoff run. "

Just a reminder, please do not forget at that time we had the most dominant player ever played the game (Shaq). And now with current .................... is it possible? I hope!

Yo mamba24, put me on PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON, please.

Nuff Said

PREACH TOM TOM PREACH! RIGHT ON BROTHER!!

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DARTH STERN, PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON
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AN ODE TO TEX
There are plenty of things that are really lame, Lamest of all is Tex Winter not in the Hall of Fame
The Knowledge in this man is hard to beat, He was partially responsible for 3, three peats.
This is a feat that has never been done, The genius of this man is enough to stun
MJ was great but did not ever win a Ring, Along came Tex and said Mike the Triangles the thing.
Then just like that MJ was in the Mix when he ended his career his number of Rings numbered 6
Phil had no rings, just another asst who had to wait, now look at him he’s 10 Rings & he’s great.
With all of this greatness please understand, Tex is a humble and very modest man
He would never ever toot his own horn, But he knows more than all the coaches ever born
Ask MJ, ask Scottie, ask Kobe & Shaq, They’ll tell you Tex is the greatest & that is a fact.
When the Greats say you’re great what can you say, Except put Tex in the Halll right away
He’s done it, He’s earned it, you know damn well, If Tex is not inducted Darth Stern rot in Hell
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Tex Winter's honesty, modesty & innovative genius are unquestioned. He's the man who invented the triangle offense, on which 9 NBA titles have been forged. A Head coach at Marquette, Kansas State, Washington, Northwestern & Long Beach State. Nmed UPI Coach of the Year in 1959 at KSU & served for many years as chairman of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. After coaching the Houston Rockets & running afoul of Elvin Hayes' stubbornness & disinclination to learn basketball fundamentals, Winter eventually landed in Chicago as an assistant coach. He was underutilized by Doug Collins (who scoffed at the triangle), but when Phil Jackson took over in 1989, Winter found his rightful function: as mentor to a bright student. Jackson totally believed in, mastered & helped refine the triangle, an inclusive philosophy that creates a structure for every correct instinct & movement from baseline to baseline & from tip to buzzer. Under Winter's tutelage, Jackson won six championships in Chicago & three more in Los Angeles. At age 81, Winter remains the most venerable of the NBA's assistant coaches. His vitality, acuity & integrity remain intact. Why, then, is he still on the outside looking in? Because he never curried favor with the Eastern Mafia. Because everybody who appreciated his successes as a college coach are either retired or expired. And because the Lords of Springfield believe that assistant coaches are insignificant underlings. Not only does Tex Winter deserve the honor, but his election to the Hall of Fame would go a long way toward alleviating the stench in Springfield. --Mark Medina
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(01) PHIL JACKSON – OWNER - It's like Tex says, he's outlived all his contemporaries," "It's a hard shot for him to get in.
(02)TIM-4-SHOW - DRIVER - met Tex Winter a few playoffs ago here in Denver. The guy is a class act and not only does he deserve to be in the hall of fame for his coaching resume, but his achievements over his lifetime of basketball are far superior of Naismith himself - you could argue that the hall of fame should rename itself after Tex.
(03) LAKERTOM – RIDING SHOTGUN - Please add me to the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. About time that the basketball world honored Tex for all of his accomplishments.
(04) #4 – REFEREE
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – SECURITY – say you please start a "GET TEX IN THE HOF OR DIE TRYING" bandwagon PRONTO! This man has deserved this honor for years. WTH Springfield??? GET IT DONE. He's a living legend. It's only right.
(06) JON K. – UNDERCOVER AGENT - So, why isn't Tex Winters in the Hall of Fame, again? Seriously. Is is because he's not been a head coach? I really don't get it
(07) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE
(08) SEGEBOY – SHERIFF
(09) MAMBA24 – DARTH STERN this is you r final warning put him in now!
(10) RICK FRIEDMAN – BAILIFF - I love Tex as much as the next guy, & agree he belongs in the HOF.
(11) DFISH - A true legend of the game. No doubt he should be a Hall of Famer. A class act also.
(12) LAL_FAN - Phil absolutely right, Tex should be a HallOfFamer long time ago. This is shame. Triangle when it's ran right way it's a thing of beauty to watch.
(13) JAMIE SWEET - put me on PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON, please. That man should've been in there long ago.
(14) TEAMN - On topic -- unfortunately, I would be surprised if Mr. Winter ever made it into the HoF. I just don't see how that happens given current biases.
(15) MAGIC PHIL - put me on PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! – BANDWAGON, please.
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JEANETTE… First of all, thanks for the good wishes for Mrs. LakerTom. We both appreciate the love from everybody on the blog. This is truly a special home for Lakers fans. Second, our prayers go out to you and your aunt. The Big C is truly a scary experience. Third, glad to hear you are putting that scroll wheel to good use. There are a lot of one-and-done posters who we will never see back again, especially after we win it all again.
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MAMBA… What can I say about what a great friend and asset you are to all of us Lakerholics. Your thoughtful watching over us is one of the key components that have made this blog such a wonderful place to convene. Thanks for putting together the bandwagon for Mrs. LakerTom. It actually brought a huge smile to her face, which she definitely needed after getting the news about her MRI.
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As for Tex Winter, thanks for putting me right up near the top of this bandwagon. I happen to be one of the proud owners of Tex’s excellent book on running the Triple Post or Triangle Offense. The guy is a basketball genius. Charley Rosen had it right that the younger generation has never appreciated what a great coach and innovator Tex was. Hopefully, campaigns like Phil and the blog are doing will right this unfair wrong.
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EL GUAPO… I wanted to thank you for setting the record straight about Andrew Bynum and for taking the incoming that usually lands at my feet. While I have been extremely busy and haven’t had as much time as usual to post, I wanted to make sure you knew I had your back. It’s a pleasure to know that there are always die-hard bloggers who are willing to put their opinions on the line to fight against the overreactions and negativity that so many doubters, haters, and non-believers think is the way to root for their team.
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TOM

@LAKERTOM, I'll say it again you are a blessed man LakerTom. Three generations of LakerFans and a good woman too! Man you should thank God every night! Lol! All the Best to Mrs. Laker Tom and God be with you both!
Mamba24(LarrY)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZAIRA AMATERASU - BANDWAGON
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(01)MARK MEDINA - BLOG GOD - Zaira - I didn't realize that it was your birthday. I want to wish you a happy birthday and extend my thanks and gratitude for all that you provide to the blog.
(02)KURILAKER - OWNER - This is my first post ever and all I want to say is happy birthday to Zaira Amaterasu. I love your intelligent and brilliant posts.
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Happy Birthday, Blog Goddess Zaira. May the Lakers bring a championship to you this year.
(04) JEANETTE - Happy Birthday Zaira, you are Arian like me. Mine will be next week. My b-day wish for you is the same as one of my b-day wishes, a championship ring for our beloved Lakers. All the best to you dear. I may be down today but I am not out. Thanks for the love Larry, I really appreciate it. That's all for now, I will be back hopefully before the PO starts.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - Please add me to the Happy Birthday Zaira Band Wagon. Zaira, A big, bright, happy birthday!
(06) THE OUTLAW - Zaira, the Divine Voice of the Blog, To you, I wish the most incredible day of all days. May your birthday keep you smiling long after the sun has set upon it. The world, and certainly the blog, is a better place for having you in it. Happy birthday!
(07) JOLLY RANCHER - For Zaira (and those old enough to remember Sheriff John) - Put another candle on the birthday cake We're gonna bake A birthday cake Put another candle on the birthday cake You're another year old todayyyyy. Happy Birthday Zaira.
(08)

Zaira!

Happy Birthday! I hope your's is wonderful!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


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