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Kobe Bryant appears on season finale of 'Modern Family'

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For someone who said he was just "winging it," Kobe Bryant's cameo in the season-finale of ABC's "Modern Family" on Wednesday night came out remarkably well. Of course, Bryant's lines weren't that complicated, and his appearance lasted so briefly that I constantly rewinded and fast-forwarded the episode on my DVR wondering when I'll see the Black Mamba.

Now wouldn't that be a travesty. Spend all this time and money filming Bryant, showcasing him on the promo and then just leaving his footage on the cutting-room floor. But that's what happened to Pau Gasol, whose acting apparently is restricted to CBS dramas.

In Bryant's brief appearance (you can view the full episode here), Phil Dunphy (actor Ty Burrell) went to a Lakers game and shouted from the stands toward Bryant at the entrance tunnel just as he was about to come out for warm-ups. When Bryant enthusiastically asked Phil, "What can I do for you?," Phil appeared at a loss of words, not exactly expecting Bryant would respond.

"Do you like (pause) being a basketball player?" Phil squeaked.

"Are you serious?" Bryant asked, perplexed.

"I choked," Phil said. "I didn't think you'd look up at me."

"A little preparation next time," Bryant advised. "It's a mental thing."

Those wondering if this served as the rare moment Bryant didn't have a stoic game face prior to the game can be relieved this segment was filmed after the Lakers' 122-99 victory March 3 over the Indiana Pacers. But it surely would've been understandable to some degree had Bryant been so laid back before the contest, considering this was during the time the Lakers just wanted the dog days of the NBA schedule to end.

-- Mark Medina

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Say, regarding the Plain Dealer discussion of the possibility of LBJ doing a sign % trade to LA, number 6 will be available next season and is not retired yet, right? I was going to add, ha, ha, ha, but never say never, huh?!

** Lakers versus Celtics - Act I **

Phil Jackson (narrates): I will tell you of Kobe Bean Bryant. Historians will call me a liar, but history is written by those who've hanged heroes.

Kobe Bryant (enters locker room): Sons of Laker Nation, I am Kobe Bryant.

Ball Boy: No you're not, the Black Mamba is 7 feet tall.

Kobe: Yes, I've heard. He kills men by the hundreds, and if he were here, he'd consume the Celtics with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse. I AM Kobe Bryant, and I see a whole army of Lakers here in defiance of illegal picks, used wheelchairs, and tyranny. You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?

Vlad Rad and Luke (in unison): Against Paula Pierce? No, We will run, and we will live.

Kobe: Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live...at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all of that from this day to that, for one chance, JUST ONE CHANCE, to come back here to The Garden and tell our green enemies that they may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freeeedoooomm!

Ron (appears out of nowhere, shirtless, with tears streaming down): YEEEAAAHHH!! I will help you Kobe Bryant!!!

Kobe: Why do you help me?

Ron: Because of the way you are looking at me right now.

Kobe: You have bled with Jermaine O'Neal, now BLEED WITH ME!!


CHHHAAAAAAAAARGE!

KILL THE CELTS!

I love Modern Family, but I'll be damned if the TV doesn't move in slow motion when Sophia Vergara shows up on screen. She's spicy!

131,

point taken about the number of fouls to go around. There no real counter point to all this other than to say, lets see how the team with the offensively focused bigs does against the defensively focused bigs. We all know it'll play out when it plays out.

I think we're just all waiting for the formality of the conference finals to be over and done....much like in the 80s.

Hey! I just realized what Steve Nash looks like with his eye all bashed up...

Gollum!

Maybe we should start calling Nash the Lord of No Rings

Say, regarding the Plain Dealer discussion of the possibility of LBJ doing a sign % trade to LA, number 6 will be available next season and is not retired yet, right? I was going to add, ha, ha, ha, but never say never, huh?!
Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | May 20, 2010 at 01:09 PM
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I am guessing the odds of LBJ as a Laker are slim to none.
What I have not seen any talk of, which surprises me a little, is LBJ trying to work a sign and trade with the Celtics.
If any team (other than the Lakers), can help him rise above his choker/failure to win a ring label I am thinking that organization is the Celtics.
If he really wants to cement himself a legacy I would think only the Lakers or Celtics can help do that for him.

Lakers - Celtics , NBA Finals 2010!!!!


Lakers Champions! Yeah!!!!


Artest vs Pierce, Kobe vs Rondo !!!


This series will be everything bruising, jawing and hard fouls!!!


This is the best feeling to win a Championship and the Celtics will give us that feeling. Yes!


>>>If he really wants to cement himself a legacy I would think only the Lakers or
>>>Celtics can help do that for him.

Kinda yes and kinda no.

If LeBron goes to a team that has already been to the finals 2 or 3 times in the last 3 seasons and has won a title or two, then the legacy would be that he rode coattails of an existing champion team. Not that he led a team to the championship.

LeBron doesn't want to be Robin to Kobe's Batman. He doesn't want to be part of the Celtics' "big five". He wants to be the man, clearly the best player on the team.

So his real best bet would be to go to one of the "almost, but not quite" teams like Orlando or Phoenix or Denver. Or to stay put with Cleveland.

On the other hand, if he wants to abandon future MVPs and dominating stats to just have good stats as part of a TEAM that wins several rings, then yes he should join Boston or the Lakers.

Repost....


I always can rely on Celtic fans to start talking about hard fouls and the number of fouls that the scrubs on their bench have to give. Basketball is a physical sport to be sure. But the essence of the game is skill, teamwork and precision. I despise the Celtics because from Danny Ainge, to Doc Rivers to Thibodeau to the last man on the bench, the mentality is not to beat a team with skill, but with thug tactics and a goon mentality. 25 years later, Kevin McHale is still cackling about the cheap clothesline shot where he almost took off Kurt Rambis' head. That's not basketball.

Unfortunately fo Celtic fans, that type of crap only works once. Just like the Lakers came back in '85 and celebrated in the Gaah-den, the 2010 Lakers will avenge the referee-fueled debacle of 2008.

C-YAH!!


Posted by: bronxlakerfan | May 20, 2010 at 01:53 PM

WILLIAM WALLACE....

That was SICKKK!!! LOL!!!

Jon K - LOL that was some funny stuff. You were just throwing the zingers left and right

MM

Hey Mamba24, LakerTom. Sir Charles, Justanother(one to anothther)LTLF, #4 Jon K, and rest of Laker Nation to numeouous to mention.

I finally got out of the hospital last week and thank you all Laker Nation for the support.

I missd the first game due to pain pills. I saw about 1/2 the second game after drugs kicked in but by kids bless them woke me up to wathch th end of game. The way we played I see only Darth Stearn standinging in the way of the championship.

In my drug induced confusion why is Bynum not resting more for next series and DJ not getting at least a little run? Use DJ-C/Pau-pf, pau-C/LO-SF, DJ-C/LO-pf and Drew a few minutes here and there to work up a game sweat.

Great to be back my other family.

LongTimeLakerFan....

I think he kind of looks like the Harvey Dent/Two Face character in "The Dark Knight."

I wouldn't be surprised IF:

-- the crab signs a short 3 year deal to resign with the lakers after kobe contract expires

-- our own earvin magic johnson is secretly rooting for the celtics to win

Bynum, hurting or not will power the inside and throw Perkins and Garnett on the ground.


Has Gasol and Odom gotten tougher? I would not expect anything but soft from this two, so I won't get disappointed.


Yet, being on Ron Artest's Company, Gasol and Odom must get the... I am right here with you feeling, don't back down, the crazy Ron Artest should show up in this series. THE ONE THAT WENT AFTER BRYANT, HE SHOULD DO THAT TO RONDO, PIERCE AND GARNETT!!!


Fisher should knock down Pierce like he did to Scola.


This will be as good as the showtime years, I swear.


VUJACIC should clothsline Allen and throw him hard to the floor. Payback time for Rambis! Sasha trown out of the ballgame!


Odom jawing with Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis, back to back!!! Yeah!


I want to see Farmar loose his cool and throw the ball at Rondo's face!!! yeah!


I wantt to see Farmar and Sasha ejected in game 3 at Boston Garden!!!


If I am a player at 9th rotation, I will make sure I give the hardest fouls in the series, one that will be remembered and be on every ESPN highlights! yeah!


On Game 1, Gasol should have a flagrant foul 1 in the first quarter! Send the message POW! This is your revenge!

I don't know if it was reported already, but from what I found on Internet, Buss family offered Phil reported salary cut of 5M. Let me putted bluntly, if this is true, this is not an offer, this is an insult, no matter how you look at it. We all, not only pfunk36 , myself including, get frustrated with Phil from time to time and etc. but we have to admit, Phil able to deliver result, and for LA Lakers it can be the only one – RINGS. It’s not even offer, I would call it polite way of showing the door. Just think for a second, they offered Phil as much money as Sasha’s salary per year and Sasha not even part of the rotation. Another food for thought, according to reports Mike D’Antoni and Don Nelson making more than 6M per year and respective teams not even playing in postseason. Opinions?

REPOST

Unfortunately fo Celtic fans, that type of crap only works once. Just like the Lakers came back in '85 and celebrated in the Gaah-den, the 2010 Lakers will avenge the referee-fueled debacle of 2008.

C-YAH!!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | May 20, 2010 at 01:53 PM

Bronx-

Wont that mean it worked twice?

Referee fueled? I thought it was because Bynum and Ariza were hurt?

Jon K:

HAHAHAHA...enjoyed the one liners on Kobe..

LTLF,

Yes, I see your points.
I figured LBJ's biggest obstacle is not physical talent, but mental, and it will take a special team/coach to show him how to be a winner. Does he want showboating status or rings. You're probably right.


Yellowfever,

Whew, not saying you're wrong, but that's hard to believe and disappointing that Magic would do that.
Suppose MJ is out there also rooting for the Celts?

The Wheelchair is not the key to the Celts, IMHO. Rondo is the key. The Laker starters can check the Celtics at every position except PG. Rondo may be the best PG in the league now, so maybe Kobe has take him. I don't see the Lakers doubling the Wheelchair, that's why they got Ron.

Drew is also key in this series. He doesn't have to play great, but he has occupy Perkins. If Drew can't play decent minutes, Perkins can just lean on Gasol all game. It seems like Drew has to play a min of 20+ mins a game. Pau can handle KG and Sheed, but Perkins can wear him down.

#4 was right to point out, the Celts can't just foul our bigs like they did Howard. Our Bigs can actually make FTs. I think 131 suggested that the Celts would be fouling Gasol a lot even when wasn't shooting. Excellent suggestion! Excellent if you want us in the penalty early. lmao

Will Wallace LMAO

My favorite quote from the half-time TNT locker room peeks:

Gentry: "We're going to go down like we always do, okay?" That was awesome. It reminded me of something the Little Lieutenant might say. Combine that with his "laying wood" comments and you've got something straight out of a prison movie. Oh, whoops. That probably cuts a little close to home for the Little Lieutenant.

Go Lake Show!

It’s not even offer, I would call it polite way of showing the door. Just think for a second, they offered Phil as much money as Sasha’s salary per year and Sasha not even part of the rotation. Another food for thought, according to reports Mike D’Antoni and Don Nelson making more than 6M per year and respective teams not even playing in postseason. Opinions?
Posted by: LAL_Fan | May 20, 2010 at 02:18 PM
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I think PJ currently makes 12 mill, so a 5 mill cut would put him at 7 mill, not to shabby.
If I were Buss and planned to do that, I would offer a 5 mill bonus if he makes it to the Finals again.
Seems fair enough.

I wouldn't be surprised IF:

-- our own earvin magic johnson is secretly rooting for the celtics to win

Posted by: yellofever | May 20, 2010 at 02:09 PM

The Lakers' Blog, Where Paranoia Happens!

Staples 24:

You wrote:
Lakers - Celtics , NBA Finals 2010!!!!
Lakers Champions! Yeah!!!!
Artest vs Pierce, Kobe vs Rondo !!!
This series will be everything bruising, jawing and hard fouls!!!
This is the best feeling to win a Championship and the Celtics will give us that feeling. Yes!
Posted by: Staples 24

RESPONSE:

Man who run in front of car get tired.
Man who run behind car get exhausted.

Stay in present and savor the moment breadth at a time. One cannot take more than one breadth in advance but only one breadth at a time. Tomorrow does not exist, for it to become real it must pass through a portal called "now". Once it exits the "now" portal it becomes yesterday, kaput!!

Hey guys, maybe we should have banners and t-shirts printed with a picture of a wheelchair, and text that reads 'Paula's Best Seat In Da House!' written on it. What you guys think?

GameFaceON,

EastCoastJessie, had an avatar the other day where this little guy is peeing on the Celtic logo, that would be a T-Shirt I'd buy in a heartbeat.

"He doesn't have to play great, but he has occupy Perkins. If Drew can't play decent minutes, Perkins can just lean on Gasol all game."


I agree completely. Drew should be able to tough it out and outplay Perkins. If that happens we'll be in good shape. Rondo will still be a force but expect Kobe to get into his head, especially in LA. The rest of the matchups are in our favor.


It's going to be nice to actually play. Boston fans will finally be able to let go of their victory over a banged up transitioning Laker team two years ago! Hopefully nothing crazy happens in the conference finals....

Art - FL Lakers Fan,

How about bonus to every player, like Sasha for shooting at least 40% from 3pt line, after all he was signed to do that.
Not a cut, the total of 5M. And at the same time Lary Brown, D'Antoni, Don Nelson will be making the same salary. Sounds fair? So we should not be supprised if Phil leaves after that.

@jonk.. LoL..That was great esp the snake one

@art-FL... Magic cheated on cookie over 10,000 times and got away with it so don't think he'll be very morally conflicted here.. LoL..

@kblitz.. good to have u back sire.

Here's the link to Calvin peeing on the Celt logo:

http://www.myniceprofile.com/sports-10590.html


MyNiceProfile.com

131...

My point is that you guys won in 1984. The year of the McHale clothesline. Then Boston tried the same crap in 1985. It didn't work a second time. Just like how the tactics that worked for you in 2008 won't fly in 2010.

I think that the talk of salary cuts is way premature. PJ won't decide if he wants to return next year until well after the playoffs wrap up. I can't believe that there will be any serious negotiations regarding salary until then.

The Truth,

"Did you tell those jokes to the blind drunk pirate you overserved before he died on his motorbike on a cold night in Ohio?"

1. I assume you're a Celtics fan. You sound like a Celtics fan.

2. No, I did not.

3. I never served the guy. I arrived for the second shift and he left 10 minutes after I walked into the building. I find it odd that you keep on trying to make me feel guilty for something I had nothing to do with.

4. How does it feel to be a bottom feeding lying piece of scum? Because that's what you are, man. And I MEAN that.

5. Did anyone mention to you that the Lakers are winning the Championship this year? Because they are.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

bronxlakersfan,

"Just like how the tactics that worked for you in 2008 won't fly in 2010."

Umm... we've got Thriller on our team now.

THIS is the whole reason why he's joined the Lakers.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

WELCOME TO TWILIGHT ZONE...You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone.

Take the case of Billy Bobs of Lakerville, Ooooooouch, Staples24, yellofever, Rick Friedman, Justa, Mamba24 and Jon K. The year was 2010. Little did these simple minded fans realize that they had fallen into the bottom dark abyss where they all thought Magic was jealous of Kobe and that he wanted Celtic’s to win. His entire playing career Magic fought fiercely against his old nemeses so that the Laker fans could hold their heads up high. He fought with all his might and left legacies that never shall be diminished in the eyes of the fans who truly understand his love for the Lakers. It defies all logic, sad but true, these simpletons of Lakerville crossed over to Twilight Zone: where logic and intelligence is not the norm; only angst, anger, ignorance and paranoia rules supreme. For these fans never knew Magic and what he means to the Lakers!!

Serling,

OK, now you're talking some sense.

LOL@Mark G., that was Calvin in 'Calvin and Hobbes'. Very nice logo!

How about bonus to every player, like Sasha for shooting at least 40% from 3pt line, after all he was signed to do that.
Not a cut, the total of 5M. And at the same time Lary Brown, D'Antoni, Don Nelson will be making the same salary. Sounds fair? So we should not be supprised if Phil leaves after that.
Posted by: LAL_Fan | May 20, 2010 at 02:42 PM
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I thought you said the others were making 6 mill, PJ would be at 7M with a 5M bonus potential, he still would make more.
That way if he makes the finals he gets his 12M, if he doesn't well, why should he get 12M if he doesn't at least make it to the Finals.

Actually, I am a big fan of a smaller salary + bonuses tied to results for all workers, including athletes. If you produce you get the $$, if you don't, then you don't, as it should be.

GameFaceON,

I can't take credit. EastCoastJessie found it and used it for her Avatar on Live Chat during . . . .the Utah series, I think.

It is pretty sweet though.

Rod Serling,

Nice!

Mark G:

Yo wrote;

Serling,

OK, now you're talking some sense.

Posted by: Mark G

RESPONSE:

HAHAHAHA... OK, now I know what I post needs to be validated by you..

RESPONSE:

HAHAHAHA... OK, now I know what I post needs to be validated by you..

Posted by: Rod Serling | May 20, 2010 at 03:22 PM

I like a lot of the people you call out in the post, but come on. You can't throw Magic Johnson under the bus like that. Magic = Lakers.

(I take back the effete comment, that was a cheap shot. If you didn't read, it please ignore this segment)

The Truth,

"You are the killer Jon, not I."

1. Say that to me in a dark alley and you might be right.

2. Dude, the club has a capacity of like over 200+ people. It was crowded. I didn't even talk to him. I just saw him in the crowd. He never came up to the bar to talk to me and I didn't see him leave. So all this sick talk of your's is borderline evil. You are simply a bad person. A sick person and, therefore, probably a Celtics fan.

3. I feel badly for my friends who did serve him and who, working the door, didn't stop him when he left. But, I keep in mind that this guy was mean, tough, a former Marine, a former bounty hunter, remarkably stubborn and simply had a deathwish. Ultimately he decided to drive when he really shouldn't have. Calling people "murderers" for that is just another example of how low-functioning a human being you are.

4. How's the weather in Edmonton, you dirt bag?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Staples,


No way. If Gasol comes across as soft for even a second of the finals I'll be really enraged. No way. Pau learned his lesson form the last time the lakers and Celtics met in the finals. He's even going so far as to blacken his own eyes to toughen his image up. No, I see a much different Laker team this time around with the Celtics and it's gonna start with the frontline of Bynum, Gasol and Artest.


And you know what St24, I don't think the Celtics have any clue what kind of freight train is coming their way. They had a skinnier Pau last time, no Bynum, no Artest. I think we're gonna land more than our share of blows the second the contest begins and I don;t see any mercy given to them rascals. No way. This is a war like no other.


Wes

That was pretty rude Mr. Truth.


Wes


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