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Kobe Bryant honored with NBA All-Defensive team selection, but Lakers argue Ron Artest should be on the list

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For a player who maintains taking more pride in defense than making clutch shots, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant no doubt expressed gratitude for recently appearing on the NBA's All-Defensive team, being selected for the 10th time in his 14-year career. But there was a reason he remained salty after Wednesday's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo, and it went beyond his usual stoic nature.

That's because Lakers forward Ron Artest, whom the organization acquired this off-season in hopes he'd bring defensive toughness, was nowhere to be found on the list. Joining Bryant on the first team were Orlando center Dwight Howard, Cleveland forward LeBron James, Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace and Boston guard Rajon Rondo. In fact, Artest received only three first-team votes from coaches and didn't even make the second team, which consisted of San Antonio center-forward Tim Duncan, Atlanta forward Josh Smith, Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao, Miami guard Dwyane Wade and Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha.

Although Artest has said all season he remains more consumed with locking down scorers than fretting about his poor shooting numbers, he acted unaware of the snub and expressed indifference when I told him about it.

"People give out awards," Artest said. "Some people deserve them. Whoever got them deserve it."

The Lakers unanimously pinned Artest as one of those people, with Bryant in stature and in words leading the charge by calling the exclusion "total bull ... plain and simple."

Lakers forward Lamar Odom argued that Artest "should be put on it every year," with Artest appearing twice on the first-team all defensive team and once on the second team in his 11-year career. It was a snub that annoyed Odom so much that he argued players should vote instead of the coaches.

And as for Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, he didn't express as much criticism of the coaches, but thought Artest "should've been mentioned."

Of course, if that had happened, that would've knocked somebody off the list. Should Artest's inclusion come at the expense of someone else? To be honest, I don't know, nor do I think it's fair for me to judge because I haven't seen them play as much as Artest.

But no one can deny the influence Artest has provided defensively for the Lakers, and that alone should be enough to earn first-team honors. He held plenty of top scorers, such as Pacers forward Danny Granger, Denver's Carmelo Anthony, Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, Dallas' Shawn Marion, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Boston's Paul Pierce and Golden State's Corey Maggette below their season scoring average.

Though Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant still had an effective series in the first round of the playoffs, Artest made him less of a scoring threat by limiting him to 25 points per game on 35% shooting, which marked significantly lower than his league-leading 30.1 points per game regular-season scoring average on a 47.6% clip.

And though he hasn't had a specific player to guard in the Utah series, Artest still carried the same effectiveness with denying entry passes and averaging 1.5 steals in the first two games. Add all those elements together, and Bryant sums up an improved defensive team, which allows a ninth-ranked 96.97 points per game this season after allowing 99.3 points per game in the 2008-09 campaign.

"We had always been a good defensive team last year," Bryant said. "But his presence has brought more of a physical nature to it and we're more of a solid defensive team. Last year, we were more into getting in the passing lanes, stealing the ball and things like that. But he'll just lock in on his guy and the guy literally can't move."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest grabs a loose ball from Utah forward Carlos Boozer during the first half in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.

 
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THE MAKING OF A BEAST
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More important than the respect Drew is getting on the blog is the respect he is getting from opposing offensive players, who’ve become increasingly hesitant to attack the paint whenever he is in the game. In the Lakers defensive scheme, Drew’s ability to intimidate and force the other team to adjust their offense is just as important as his blocked and altered shots. It is how Drew anchors the defense.
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This is what Phil Jackson is talking about when he says the Lakers are a different team when Drew is on the court. You can easily see the difference Drew makes by just watching what happens whenever Pau replaces him at center as opposing teams immediately attack the rim for easy layups and dunks. They know their best opportunity to penetrate and pick up points in the paint is when Drew is out.
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That teams attack the rim when Pau plays is more out of respect for Drew than any disrespect for Pau. In fact, most of the blocks that Pau and Lamar get when they’re in the game together come because the other team is constantly attacking the paint. What’s missing is the intimidation factor that Drew provides, which sometimes results in too many easy points in the paint when he is not in the game.
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I have to give Phil Jackson high praise for the job he has done developing Drew, especially mentally. I’ve always been impressed with Drew’s intelligence, character, and dedication. You don’t come out of high school with little experience and fight back after 3 major injuries to become a premier player on the premier team in the NBA without having a lot of heart, desire, and perseverance. What Phil has brought out of Drew as we started these playoffs, however, is a newfound focus and maturity.
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As for Drew being injury prone, the jury is still out. But while Drew has suffered major injuries in each of the last three seasons, it should also be pointed out that in each succeeding year, Drew has been able to recover more quickly, play more games, and make a bigger contribution in the playoffs. As a matter of fact, this year he actually played in the same number of games – 65 - as Pau Gasol.
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It’s ironic that there are still Lakers fans who want to trade Drew for Bosh or a top flight point guard. I’ve even heard some fans muse about possibly trading Pau instead, which I think is just as stupid as thinking of trading Drew. Same with Lamar as far as I am concerned. This trio of big men who can each average a double-double is exactly the mix of power and finesse we need to complement Kobe. The encouraging news is that all three of our bigs are finally starting to play great at the same time,
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Drew is slowly blossoming into the player that most of us have hoped he would become, a potentially dominating force at both ends of the court. It’s hard to remember that he is still only 22 years old and very inexperienced as far as number of games played, having only a year and a half of experience in high school before being drafted by the Lakers. I have little doubt, health allowing, that Drew will become the Next Great Lakers Center and successor to Kobe Bryant as the Lakers franchise player.
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TOM

MM, How the hell are you? Long time no see bro!

Now that the blog is being piloted by Otto, I have this picture of you hanging out somewhere getting toasted with the Laker Girls.

Ron Artest should be first team; Kobe should be second team.

The only awards that matter in the NBA are the following:

Championship.

Finals MVP.

That's IT.

Period.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

This is a cool thread. I agree, especially after the Thunder series. That showed what Ron has left in the tank.


Wes

Mark G - Haha I'm sad to disappoint you, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Instead I spent my entire afternoon waiting at Lakers practice for players and Phil to trickle out after a long practice. Then I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon on the 405.

MM

MM, brother you are making it hard for me live vicariously through you.

Well, I wouldn't want to have Ron check me the next couple of games.

Thoughts after watching the video where players (and Phil) discuss Ron Artest's snub from not being named on the All-Defensive team:

1. Ron's teammates are pissed. That's great. We're going to shut down the Jazz when we play them.

2. Ron's teammates really like him. They're defensive of him. That's nice to see. Chemistry really matters.

3. Marky Mark, I've been watching your videos of Kobe and the way he looks at you when you ask him questions. He's slowly gaining respect for you, but not sure that he trusts you yet. Kobe gives neither away easily, but his response has softened over the year towards you.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

MM… Excellent take on Ron Artest not making the NBA’s All-Defense Team. You know while Ron is not going to comment on it, he is going to be out to prove his critics dead wrong. I have said since training camp that a healthy Drew and the Ron Artest “trade” would transform the Lakers into a much tougher and better defensive team. Before these playoffs are over, Ron is going to start hitting his shots. Drew, Pau, and Lamar are now all starting to play well at the same time. I think we are going to really start putting some dominating games together, starting Saturday. I’m thinking sweep.
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TOM

Thoughts After Watching Thriller's Video:

1. He's disappointed.

2. Otherwise, he's being honest.

I love it when we play with a chip on our shoulders. We dominate.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I hope they're all pissed enough to really change their energy level and approach to game 3 of this series. If they do, it could end up being a sweep. If not, they could come home 2-2, fighting for their play-off lives.

Well guys, what do you expect? First, Kobe finished third on the ballot for the MVP, PJ didn't even get one vote as the coach of the year and finally, Artest was not even mentioned in the all defense teams. All we have to do, as a team, is win the dang Championship and silent all the critics and naysayers! Valejao and Josh Smith over Artest? Give us a break! Let's the country be the judge after we won the dang O"Brien Trophy!

Go Lakers!

Artest didn't even make the second team? WTF!!!

Next they're going to say that Tim Tebow has the number 1 selling jersey in the NFL.

Hobbitmage,

Allow me to respond to your VERY helpful summarization:

1) Political discussion? Well, I suppose, considering what P-Jax had said. Still, I thought that we'd be more concerned with how the Suns are apparently playing defense w/o Robin Lopez.

2) Pau the leader of the Lake Show? Coming from someone who lives in Spain, that sounds plausible...although you and I both know that's NOT the case.

3) Lakers scared of LBJ? I would think not. Us fans worried about calls being inconsistent in a series with the Cavs? From the looks of things, that seems to be the bigger worry.

4) Well, I never knew that Justa - in reality - was a girl; I guess it didn't matter to me (or, to be honest, it never crossed my mind). I'm sure that doesn't get me out of that Hanger One that I promised - not that I mind, mind you.

5) The Final was for my History of Economic Thought class - Lots of Mill, Bentham, Aristotle, Thomas Mun, Petty, Richard Cantillon, David Ricardo, Say, Locke, Aquinas, Hume, Sir Dudley North, Antonio Serra...

It went pretty well. My knowledge of Mill, Bentham, Aquinas, Locke, Hume and Aristotle (before taking the class) helped out, and I found the readings to be informative. It's solidified my interest in making Philosophy of Economics either (A) an Area of Specialization, or (B) an Area of Competence for my CV.

6) I heard briefly that the dip in the market may have been due to a computer glitch. Is that possible? If so, who writes the programs for the NYSE/NASDAQ/Etc.?

7) Hope the Judge/Bank/Wildly-or-Mildly-Successful thing worked out for you. Not sure what that's supposed to mean, but just as long as things worked out for you, I'm ok with being in the dark about it. :-)

8) I'd prefer the lakers to play some team that had a grueling game 7 with a bunch of OT periods so that they come out flat in Game 1 (and we win). Then, I'd like the Lake Show to smash them for game 2 so that we could win in 5 games. I'm pretty indifferent as to who we play; it should be a battle. I just don't think that ATL will make it to the finals though.

I hope your evening is going well! Thanks for keeping me up with what happened since the last game.

Wallace,

"All we have to do, as a team, is win the dang Championship and silent all the critics and naysayers! Valejao and Josh Smith over Artest? Give us a break! Let's the country be the judge after we won the dang O"Brien Trophy!"

It could not be more perfectly said.

IT'S US AGAINST THE WORLD! IT'S US AGAINST THE WORLD!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOXpKUu6pUg

It's official.

Thriller has become The Hulk.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mark G -

Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Question (possibly rhetorical): If people want to make political comments with the force of those on HuffPo (I've never visited, so I'm not too sure what to expect. I was thinking political comments with lots of vitriol and bile.), then why don't they just do that over there?

Oh well. At least game day is on Saturday. Hopefully Sasha won't get to play in this series (due to us sweeping Utah); we'll need him and his pesky defense for later (although I don't want to put the cart before the horse; I sure hope we win on Saturday).

Hope you're having a good evening so far!

I've got a good feeling in my gut this year about our Lakers.

Let's appreciate them.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K:

I do believe that our team is now more focus than ever. They feel the hate coming!! They realize now that most sport journalists and coaches (Who voted for the all NBA defensive teams) jealous of the success our team has in this decade.

As Mamba24 said who are we? and your uplifting mantra, "What do we play for?" We can win the whole darn thing AGAIN albeit all the nagging injuries we have this year...

LeCrab can have his MVP Trophy!
Scott Brooks can have his "Coach of the Year!"
Al Hartford can have his "6th Men Award!" and finally,
Dwight Howard can have his "Best Defensive Player Award!"

I'm sure that our team will feel much better if we got the
"RING!" and "Larry O'Brien Award" to show for at the end of June.

What do we play for AGAIN? Say it, Jon K, say it out loud!!! AGAIN and AGAIN!!!

Wallace,

We play for rings. We play for rings. That's what we play for.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K - Haha interesting take on Kobe. I'm not entirely sure to tell you the truth. How do you think he's slowly gaining respect for me?

MM

Caliphilosopher,

"Pau the leader of the Lake Show? Coming from someone who lives in Spain, that sounds plausible...although you and I both know that's NOT the case. "

To be honest with you, brother, I hope this team embraces a traditional anarchist philosophy: No ONE leads; all lead.

We have so much talent, such strong personalities. We just really, really need to want to win as a team. If so, we are unbeatable.

I believe that will happen.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

hiltontown,

you wrote: But Gasol was not in physical condition, when they played against Cleveland-
I'm just comparing pau with other players in your position.
Bynum is the best center on this team.
Pau is versatile can play two positions but that's an advantage for many games for the lakers.
Gasol we compare it with Garnet, Duncan, Boozer or Stoudamare
Pau is taller than the rest pf it is ok.
why should not compare it with other teams centers
he is pf
Today the best pf in the league for many reasons, not just statistics
he is not a franchise player but in his position no one better to play with any star.

In this forum there are people who criticize
Gasol is sooooo soft.

PAU IS NOT SOFT. And if Pau is soft, the other players in his position
are real girls.

my response:

How quickly we forget!

Let's try this again.

Towards the end of season, Phil Jackson introduced Pau Gasol to Charles
Oakley. Why?

Phil Jackson, speaking to the media, called Pau Gasol soft. Why?

After throwing Kobe under the bus, Kobe passed him the ball continuously
and he choked. Why?

The answer to *ALL* of those question is: Pau Gasol was *PLAYING* soft!

Oddly enough, against Boston 2 years ago ... Pau Gasol played SOFT!!!

MUST Pau Gasol play soft? NO!!! That is why I complained about it. Have
you heard me talk about trading Pau? NO!

Now, when will we know that Gasol is not *PLAYING* soft? When he holds
his own against physical centers like Dwight Howard & Shaq. Until then,
can we just ask him to play hard?

We compare Pau to other Centers, because he actually plays Center. Yes,
it is a blessing for him to play two positions. I never said it wasn't. That
does not excuse him for playing like a wet piece of bread!

No. Bynum is not the best C on the team. That would be Pau. I've said it
before and I'll say it again. Pau is a *GREAT* PF. He's a good C. It takes
strength to play C and he's a little thin for the position. It's also a more
physical position and that's not his strong suite.

Before LakerTom jumps on me, Bynum is a good C when he plays hard. He
*might* become a great C. It takes effort and focus on the right thing. I
hope he does.

Do you equate *soft* with *unskilled*? I don't. I equate *soft* with not
doing well with physical contact. Pau had a real problem when people were
physically bumping him. They knocked him off of his favorite spots.
etc. etc. etc.

Now. Do you understand what people mean when they say he played soft?
Are we on the same page regarding Pau being a great/skilled PF? Do we
agree that statistics do not tell the whole story?

anybody else rooting for the celtics to come out of the east so we can see Artest make Paul Pierce whine like a 3 year old that lost their dolly?

Just what Artest needed, more 'tackling fuel' (from the Waterboy)

I'm disappointed for Ron, but otherwise I don't care. If it were up to Darth Stern, Lebron would win MVP, DPOY, 6th Man of the Year, and Rookie of the Year. None of this means crap. Neither does any of the first team, 2nd team, 3rd team crap. They're all consolation prizes. You want to win prizes like this? Go play Little League where every player gets a prize.

There's only one thing that matters in the NBA. Jon K's mantra says it all. What do we play for? Rings!

So let's drop all this sissy stuff. It's playoff time. Artest came here for a ring, not some crappy consolation prize. There's a mission at hand. Let's get to it. Go Thriller! Go Lakers!

Someone should ask Durant if Artest belongs on the ALL-NBA Defensive Team

Caliphilosopher,

you wrote: 4) Well, I never knew that Justa - in reality - was a girl; I guess it didn't matter to me (or, to be honest, it never crossed my mind). I'm sure that doesn't get me out of that Hanger One that I promised - not that I mind, mind you

my response: I believe she had a picture on the live chat. Whether she did or
not, she said she's *HOT*. You gotta love a hot woman who loves basketball!
It's not that it's a deal breaker. It's BONUS TIME!!!

you wrote: 5) The Final was for my History of Economic Thought class - Lots of Mill, Bentham, Aristotle, Thomas Mun, Petty, Richard Cantillon, David Ricardo, Say, Locke, Aquinas, Hume, Sir Dudley North, Antonio Serra...

It went pretty well. My knowledge of Mill, Bentham, Aquinas, Locke, Hume and Aristotle (before taking the class) helped out, and I found the readings to be informative. It's solidified my interest in making Philosophy of Economics either (A) an Area of Specialization, or (B) an Area of Competence for my CV.

my response: CV? That's european or east coast. On the west coast, we tend
to say resume. In either case, it's been a while since I read Locke, Aquinas,
Hume etc. Are you planning on teaching, after school? I'm glad it went well.

you wrote: 6) I heard briefly that the dip in the market may have been due to a computer glitch. Is that possible? If so, who writes the programs for the NYSE/NASDAQ/Etc.?

my response: Yes, it's possible. It's all code. Freaky mathematicians are
the devil's concubines. :) However, your statement is simplistic. [ non-
insult]

The dip was/is based upon bad $$ management practices in foreign countries
and the globalization of securities combined with instant access to
information. To phrase this in a slightly different way:

If Greece defaults, what happens to the rest of the EU? [ who lent $$ to
whom and will they get it back if Greece defaults? ]

If you recently bought AAPL and you set a stop limit, then you could set
off a downward run on AAPL. i.e. a stop limit means sell at say ... 245.
245 goes to 244 and another stop limit gets triggered. Because it's all code,
it fires off without people actually pulling the trigger. voila. Of far more
interest, from a math/psychotic standpoint was Accenture going from 41.00
to .01 back to 36.00. THAT is a math error in someone's code. I wish I
could have bought at $1.00. [grin]

re: Bank/Judge. I sued for violation of the Fair Credit Billing Act. The
bank was "jacking" me for work done on my car which was not up to snuff.
Small claims court is not conducive to getting paid large. The judge threw
a hissy fit without reading the documentation. I got some coin vs. getting
PAID. *&^%!!! It's unfortunate. My "pup" of 13 years has cancer.
*&^%$! I was hoping to get the tumor removed. Didn't get enough from
the court case.

Life is hard.
Gotta keep steppin'

re: who the Lakers play. I like your thoughts on this. The ring is the thing.
I do like having Shaq & LBJ as stepping stones to the next championship
though. ATL isn't going to the show. I'm expecting Magic vs. Lakers
round two.

Be Well

Did Mamba24 leave somebody roll call duties until he returns from his vacation? If not then he's got to get his @zz back, ASAP.

LakerTom, I agree Bynum is really growing in poplarity as a beast. He can handle easily Boozer and Fesengco. In the 1st round, he towered on Krystic and Collison. Lakers get a good value for a trade piece in July based on Lakers needs. Drew has a perrenial meniscus problem, achilles problem therefore get a fair exchange before he gets a permanent leg injury. lol!

2phatt, Mamba24 will be back. He needs a little respite at the nearest lake. We need Mamba24, and don't really care about his critics who call themselves hillbilly, marcB and achtung.

Edwin Gueco,

That's cold! *chuckle*

hobbit, just a j/k to my good friend, LT who is deadly serious in his post. I was about to raise my two hands and take a low bow to the new Laker Avatar (I mean the beast). The legends like Wilt, Kareem and in the future Shaq were never referred as beasts. They are only called by their first names.

"No. Bynum is not the best C on the team. That would be Pau."

Posted by: Hobbitmage

*Clap* *Clap* *Clap*

Hobbitmage:

"Phil Jackson, speaking to the media, Called Pau Gasol soft. Why?"
It's about how to motivate

"After throwing Kobe under the bus ...."
I guess it must be for you to understand any comments on kobe is not a compliment
Gasol does not ask for more touches to make more shots
Coincidentally Fisher and Phil Jackson spoke in the same direction
It is important to you, this time, the opinion of Phil?
The lakers play better when all players have touches
of course more shots to kobe but in this team, ball inside outside is best to win.
This is my opinion.

Oddly enough, Against Boston two years ago ... Pau Gasol Played SOFT!
Against Boston two years ago, Pau Gasol Played Soft, It is ok.
Against Boston two years ago, the whole team played like garbage
2 years ago, Gasol's physical training was not ready to play as many games.

That is why I Complain about it. Have
Heard you talk about me trading Pau? NO!
This shows that you are a smart guy

Now. Do you understand what people mean when they say he played soft?
Are we on the same page regarding Pau being a great/skilled PF? Do we
agree that statistics do not tell the whole story?

we agree I appreciate your explanation really appreciate.
but understand you when some fans talk about another soft European player
is quite stupid.
Is very difficult to play hard all year, none or very few players do.
Play offs it's time to play hardball.
You can be sure Pau play that hard all his body will allow
anyone having doubts about it.

P.D. Each game I'm more happy with Bynum's work on the floor
for me this team is better with Bynum there.
So I think the center is Andrew.

WTH????

I'm gone for a couple days and suddenly Mamba24 bans himself??

What's going on here? Has Hell finally frozen over? Okay, so I haven't read through all of the posts yet and maybe this is all already resolved. But I don't have time to read all the comments tonight so in case it's not:

LARRY - PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will say this just once - YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE US! Yes, a newbie is telling you what you can and can't do! The thing is we need you bro. This blog is just not the same without you. Who's gonna carry on with the Roll Calls? Who's gonna brighten all our day's and make us smile (well, aside from Justa apparently). Who's gonna make this feel like more than just a place where Laker fans can come together, but a real family? Please oh please come back to us! What makes you think you are not wanted here? Hell the other day there was a bandwagon dedicated to you! (One that I am still pissed that I missed BTW).

You can take a break if that's what you need. I'm not sure what's going on in your personal life right now, but I will be praying for you! Just say that you come back to us when you can! If you don't I will be forced to try to take your place and not only humiliate myself with my inadequacy to do your job properly, but also make everyone on here scream for your return if only to shut me the hell up. Is that what you want? I'll do it dammit, I swear I will! I will sacrifice myself to get you back here if that's what it takes!

OK, enough rambling, I'm going to bed now! Larry, you better come back, that's all I'm gonna say.

THE NBA CARES…FOR PRINCESS JIMMY
Time is moving as slow as Molasses, No Dunks, No Blocks, No Fancy Passes
No NBA Cares on the TV Screen, By the way, what the hell does NBA Cares Mean?
They Care That Lebron remains the Chosen One, Even though his season is just about done
No matter how Satans spawn Darth Stern tries, Kobe deserving just 1 MVP is a God%% lie
Princess Jimmy has 2 and so does Nash, How much does buying a MVP cost in cash
What ever the cost Stern will pay, Damn the hurt it does to the image of the NBA
Even the blindest of men can see, That Darth Stern, may in hell he burn – dislikes Kobe
He wants a Puppet, he can control not a thinking man, see Mamba don’t fit in Sterns plan
He goes gets a kid, just out of high school, that way he can mold him, to be a Darth Stern tool
Jump Lebron, Dunk Lebron, Tap dance to, Now grin just the way that I taught you
That’s it Lebron, you are doing fine, Say only what I tell you, cause your Soul is mine
The season will be over, A free Agent you’ll be, But not so fast, cause your soul belongs to me
I’ll pick the city, that your @zz will play, Don’t say a Freakin word, just Shuffle & play
Then when you are old & can’t play anymore, I’ll kick your grinning @zz off the NBA floor
That Lebron, is what’s in store for you, If the bidding of Darth stern you continue to do
There’s still time Princess Jimmy, to take the Skirt off, And give Daviid Sterns, @zz a toss

Posted by: MAMBA24 | May 06, 2010 at 07:19 AM

An Ode to Mamba-Two-Four

For the old-time bloggers and the not-so-old
There's a great big lore that needs to be told
About a man whose repute cannot be sold
For he carries with him the Purple and Gold

From dawn until dusk he shouts and declares
An unending stream of cheers, praises, and prayers
To lift up our hearts and cast aside cares
And cause us to stand firm amidst trials and dares

He is our bard, our poet laureate
A man to whom both poor and rich can relate
For he utters aloud what our tongues can't create
So our minds from great fears to emancipate

To vict'ry he leads with words that inspire
And heals bitter wounds in losses that transpire
So thus it's been said that each day would require
The caress of his words like the soothing of a lyre

But newcomers come, and newcomers go
Some bring with them garbage that's lower than low
They infect and infest, their poison they blow
And so our hero has no choice but to go

With the loss of the bard, the blog's shaken a bit
But thankfully so, our Elders' saw to it
That we maintain calm and retain our wit
Now we can strike back -- get the fire-arrows lit!

So to those who cannot appreciate his work
They all are but nothing, just some mindless dork
Their foul breaths and bile and their asinine smirk
Has caused the blog's anger to explode and uncork

Begone! We tell thee, be a nuisance no more
Flee from our fury go to where you were before
We will smash thy thick skulls and even the score
For what you have done to our Mamba-two-four

So now we beseech the bard who's been gone
You'll always have us, you won't be alone
We have got your back be it dusk or the dawn
For we'll always be thankful for what you have done

MM

politics has no place in this blog.. it will do nothing but divide us, create dissension, and even give other lurking parasites more reason to troll.. if i want to read about politics there are hundreds of other places i visit... every blogger here comes from a different place different backgroudn.. we got bloggers here from all walks of life.. naturally everyones views on politics will differ accordingly so no need to draw a line of demarcation here which has nothing to do with basketball..

personally i think you let this whole thing get a little out of control..esp immigration which can be a personal and sensitive topic to discuss.. i come here to hear to what laker fans have to say about the lakers.. thats about all im interested in

this is a lakers blog.. lets try and keep it that way please. :)

btw.. is our mamba back yet? (crossing my fingers). and. i am holding MM personally accountable for this if he dont come back!

to Hobbitmage,

Pau Gasol soft???? man, this player can guard and stop Howard, Duncan, Garnett, Nowitzky and everybody. A player that is world champion and MVP, European Champion and MVP, silver medal at olimpics, NBA Champion, King Cup Champion in ACB - Spain- ACB champion with F.C. Barcelona (a team much more great and important than The Lakers - 100.000 every game every week), dear Hobbitmage, Pau Gasol is everythink, but soft...... i think the entire Lakers Team is more soft than Gasol when was 10 years old.

Actually, Lakers is THE GASOL´S TEAM, right now is the GASOL -ERA (2 NBA FINALS AND 1 RING). First, the Shaq dinasty, right now, the Pau Dinasty with Kobe Bryant as co-star in both. That is the reality, that is the real world.

Congratulations from Barcelona,

Hey Edwin! I wasn't trying to get mamba24 to exile himself. Personally, I've always respected his posts. My point was that we were getting so caught up with political lines that we were starting to alienate each other from what really counts: The Lakers!!! PJ's concern was just that; He didn't want the fan base alienated.

So Now I'm a Troll? Whatever!

Lines are being divided where there never should have been any created in this venue.

Check my posts and you'll find that I'm NOT a hater nor have I provided anything but positive input, analysis and, at times, interjected some humor. But because I pointed out that this topic didn't actually start with the trolls (it was actually over 50% of MM's blog topic), I'm now complicit in mamba24's self-imposed exile.

I didn't realize that pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes was taboo.

IF THAT'S YOUR DEFINITION OF "TROLL", THEN I'LL WEAR IT AS A BADGE OF HONOR!

HERE'S MY NEW DEFINITION:

T -- Take-No-Prisoners
R -- Righteous
O -- Outspoken
L -- Laker
L -- Lover

I guess this blog is nothing more than an extension of the politically correct age.

BTW -- I actually thought Larry Mamba24 was kidding when he said he was self-imposing himself to exile. My response was to quote Larry the Cable Guy "Now that's Funny! I don't care who you are, that's funny..." I didn't realize he was that thin skinned.

I guess that's why they say there are two things you should avoid discussing: Politics and Religion. When's that other shoe going to drop?

Best regards,

Your

T -- Take-No-Prisoners
R -- Righteous
O -- Outspoken
L -- Laker
L -- Lover

Wow.

Wait... wait, hold on a minute.

I come here in a finally sunny Milan shaded mood and what I get on?

Larry out from here?????

This could totally ruin my Happy Friday and I am not takin any of it.

I bypassed all the political posts yesterday (I don't really like to get into it... I'm enough ashamed of my Country Politics to stand more negativity abroad, really...) but whatever that lead into... Larry is a cutie pie!!!!

He's the beating heart of this blog and whatever drove him out for a while, all I know is that it CAN'T LAST.

We're lost without you dear.

Don't let trolls misguide you please.

I also have been quieted a bit during regular season cos I was getting sick of trolls and Kobe bashers but dear... it's PLAYOFFS now and we NEED YOU!!!!

Look?
Trolls around are in cos they are getting frustrated and want Laker Fam to derail.

But we won't.

We're just above that kind of low-cut moves aren't we?

You can't take vacationing from the blog NOW Larry... I get on my knees Like Lancelot in front of Arthur (better Parsifal maybe... Lancelot is kind unreliable ;)) and I pledge you to COME BACK!!!

Straight!!!!

Okay.

Pheew.

Had to chest that out.

Ehi!

We need Larry, end of story.

^^^^^^^^ Come Back Larry!!!!^^^^^^^^^^

Now let me have a lil Friday Saying about the Celts VS Crabs debate.

I want the Celts because:

1) THAT we have with them is the noblest rivarly in sports. Who are Crabs again? Exactly. NOBODY.

2) Celtics are a playoff team. They are more dangerous for us, because they are more talented and experienced than the hyped Crabs. But I prefer to beat the cream than the whipped cream...

3) The only "fear" that I'd have in facing Crabs and LeBronze is NOT directed to the team (we own them skill wise, and these playoffs are once more showing how inflated they are), but it involves only (and that I admit would be a HUGE fear) Darth STERNer and Fellow Emissaries of the Evil (the Shady referees)'s "game plan". Face it, they are doing EVERYTHING to move CRabs ahead. The refering in Game 1 and 2 of the Celts Crabs series is APPALLING. And I expect even more "magic tricks" in the rest of the series (beware Green Enemies.. they will try to fool you.. and FOUL you too). Lakers never get fair refering this year, but if we'd face Crabs in the Finals, boy... I am SURE we would get robbed constantly in a way that would need a total new definition for "Robbery". And that SURE, it would worry me. Only that though. There's NOTHING about Crabs that impresses me beyond their hype and "graciously given" gifts.

4) Celts all the way for the Home Court Advantage. That matters a lot in a Final, of course.

5) clets, finally, because WE GOTTA WASH AWAY THE 2008 SHAME. It's meant to. We all want it. We long for it. And that would be anyway a major spectacle of real bball. Because I hate the Green Enemies, but I have to admit they know how to play ball when it's time to. And they play Ball... not "Referee Gifts" type of Ball.

Right.

I'll end with my appreciation for Kobe's achievement on the Defensive team and the First NBA All star team inclusion (look... he's fot 119 first vote after LeBronze and Howard 122, in a season when he played ALL THROUGHOUT impressively deficiting injuries. This values more than anything else. He's THE GOD).

I concur with him about the nonsense surrounding Ron Ron missing in the defensive team honouring. WTH???? Lakers never get a fair judgement. It's ridicolous.

But it makes our victories even more sweet, because either you're one of the Family, or you are a poor clueless frustrated hater of us, and steal you your HatingCandies become our inmost, adored pleasure, time after time, year after year, ring after ring.

See you later everyone (and Larry.. COME BACK NOW!!!!!!! *luv*)

Hiltontown,

To my Question:"Phil Jackson, speaking to the media, Called Pau Gasol soft. Why?"

You wrote: It's about how to motivate

my response: WHICH MAKES MY POINT!

Does Phil call Kobe soft? No. Did Phil call D-Fish soft? No. Did Phil call
Artest soft? No. Did Phil call MJ soft? No. I can fill up a page with great
NBA players that their coach did not refer to as soft. That's because they
did not display any characteristics that could be referred to as soft. The
bottom line is this: If I have to call you soft in public, in order to MOTIVATE
you ... YOU ARE SOFT!

you also wrote: Against Boston two years ago, the whole team played like garbage
2 years ago, Gasol's physical training was not ready to play as many games.

my response: two years ago, Kobe won the MVP. If that is your definition
of playing like garbage, I'LL TAKE IT EVERY TIME! Two years ago,
the Celtics played 5 guys against Kobe. It is crystal clear. They created
a 5 person wall to stop him from getting to the basket. The defensive scheme
by their defensive coach was masterful! For that reason, the next year
Kurt Rambis took on the defensive coaching for the Lakers during their
title run. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

re: Gasol's physical training. You are making excuses. Stop. Gasol was
a veteran of 6 years and played 1 more regular season game than he played
THIS year. He had already won in Europe. If you're telling me that a
european champion, nba & playoff veteran didn't know how to get in shape ...
than he's absolutely worthless. I don't think he's worthless. I think you're
making excuses so you can keep some glorified image of him. Stop it! Give
him credit when he plays good and admit his faults when he plays poorly.

you also wrote: understand you when some fans talk about another soft European player is quite stupid.

my response: with respect, it's obvious that English is not your first
language. Might I suggest that you get a dictionary. You are confusing
the adverb/adjective soft with the adjective/adverb poor(ly). To be
more clear, you are confusing the outcome of the play with the method
used to get to the outcome. Does that make sense?

Example: Bynum collects 15 rebounds over a 6'6" center who is afraid of
physical contact because Bynum out weighs him by 30 lbs. Those are EASY
rebounds.

Bynum collects 15 rebounds against Shaq who is the same height and out
weighs Bynum by 40 lbs & who loves physical contact because he's the
strongest player in the NBA. Those are HARD rebounds.

The 1st example is nothing to talk about. It is expected. The 2nd example
is impressive. It is not expected and therefore it is noteworthy.

It has been understood for YEARS that European players play the game
differently than American players. They don't believe that "hard" physical
contact is part of the game. I believe this was CLEARLY emphasized back
in the Dream Team Olympics when Barkley gave a shoulder & decked a
european player. KB Blitz can give you specifics. Where I grew up we had
a saying: No blood, no foul.

The meaning: If you're not bleeding from the impact, then it wasn't a foul.
Shut your whinny mouth & keep playing.

you also wrote this: Each game I'm more happy with Bynum's work on the floor
for me this team is better with Bynum there.

my response: Bynum has had some good games. I'm glad he's playing hurt.
He's moving in the right direction. However, he has not had a playoff game
against a big physical center. That will be the true test.

It's not quite game day, but almost. And the evidence is finally in, and it's big news. They've cracked 60% of the neanderthal genome, and sure enough, they've found that humans and Neanderthals interbred. The crazy thing is, they only found DNA in one direction--Neanderthal to/in human--which is a frightening thought. So this means, maybe, in my warped mind, that even as our combined male fighting intelligence was wiping out neanderthal populations, our women were being sporadically sexually assaulted by the much stronger Neanderthal men. One one one, humans were probably no match for these guys, but in groups, using strategy, they were outmatched.


Either that or they were dating. And hey, what woman doesn't like a 5 foot tall, 300 puond man with a huge nose?


This is my interpretation of this data, obviously. The names have been changed to protect those who have Neanderthal DNA in them, which, BTW, includes Europeans, Asians, but not some Africans.


http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1987568,00.html?hpt=C2


Can we have a game, please?


Wes

Ricky,

you wrote: Pau Gasol soft???? man, this player can guard and stop Howard, Duncan, Garnett, Nowitzky and everybody. A player that is world champion and MVP, European Champion and MVP, silver medal at olimpics, NBA Champion, King Cup Champion in ACB - Spain- ACB champion with F.C. Barcelona (a team much more great and important than The Lakers - 100.000 every game every week), dear Hobbitmage, Pau Gasol is everythink, but soft...... i think the entire Lakers Team is more soft than Gasol when was 10 years old.

Actually, Lakers is THE GASOL´S TEAM, right now is the GASOL -ERA (2 NBA FINALS AND 1 RING). First, the Shaq dinasty, right now, the Pau Dinasty with Kobe Bryant as co-star in both. That is the reality, that is the real world.

my response:

Listen tapas boy. If you've got a think for big guys be they tall skinny white
buys or big beefy black guys ... that's your personal business. Enjoy.

re: the accolades of Pau Gasol. Actually, you're confused. I understand.
English isn't your first language. Let me clarify this for you.

1. Europe is the kiddie league. The NBA is the grown up league.
Why? We're bigger, stronger, faster, more athletic & we pay
more $$. How does this translate, in terms of players?

Has Europe produced someone of the caliber of Wilt Chamberlain? No.
Has Europe produced someone of the caliber of Magic Johnson? No.
Has Europe produced someone of the caliber of Larry Bird? No.
Has Europe produced someone of the caliber of Dr. J? No.
Has Europe produced someone of the caliber of MJ? No.
Has Europe produced someone of the caliber of Kobe Bryant? No.

2. Where do basketball players *DREAM* of playing? The NBA.
Where do basketball players play, when they're not good enough to
play in the NBA? Europe.

3. If by world champion you mean NBA champion, then yes. Pau is a world
champion. If by world champion you mean he beat the world. No. He's
the 1st loser. The WORLD champion would be the winner of the Olympics
since that is the only venue which supports teams from every venue in the
world. The WORLD champion would be Kobe Bryant. I see that you
remember the spanking we gave you, since you mentioned that Pau has a
SILVER Olympic medal while Kobe has a GOLD medal. Kobe has not lost
ONE, uno a ti, international game. Pau can't say that. Why? Because Kobe
beat him!

you also wrote this: dear Hobbitmage, Pau Gasol is everythink, but soft...... i think the entire Lakers Team is more soft than Gasol when was 10 years old.

my response: This year, Pau played 65 regular games because of hamstring
issues. This year, Ron Artest played 77 games despite injuries. Kobe played
in 73 games, despite a sprained ankle, hyper extended knee, broken finger
on his shooting hand. [ the second time for him ] Last year, Sasha played with
a sprained ankle. Why? He said, "My captain plays hurt, so I play hurt." His
captain was Kobe Bryant.

Finally, you said this: Actually, Lakers is THE GASOL´S TEAM, right now is the GASOL -ERA (2 NBA FINALS AND 1 RING). First, the Shaq dinasty, right now, the Pau Dinasty with Kobe Bryant as co-star in both. That is the reality, that is the real world.

THIS IS MY RESPONSE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s9QFm51Lu4

Wesjoenixon,

I saw that article.

What does it mean to be human? From a dna perspective. The
interbreeding of species is *supposed* to produce a neuter hybrid.

Mule - a hybrid of a donkey & a horse. usually sterile.

so ... if Neanderthals were not our species, then the offspring would
be sterile and if they're finding the DNA then obviously they weren't
sterile.

LakerTom,
Ha ha ... can't help but admire your love for drew ... I agree with everything you said except I don't see drew as irreplaceable ... I think a drew for bosh trade is akin to the ariza for artest trade ... you lose some qualities and you gain some ... now if you want to talk irreplaceable beasts, look up dwight howard ... again though, i'm content with drew staying a laker ... but u give me bosh and a good pg for him ... I'm running to the market with my dough

Now allow me to clear my throat regarding our 1 true irreplaceable player ...

Jon K.,
"Ron Artest should be first team; Kobe should be second team."

I guess the coaches are just crazy for consistently putting Kobe on the first team. I get why haters as well as Laker fans sometimes questions Kobe's place on the first team. He gambles a lot the argue, 2 many times we've seen an open corey brewer or rajon rondo etc etc when Kobe should have been on them.

The point y'all miss is that he does that to cover for other teammates and nobody's tracking stats of when his gambles payoff ala he plays good d on somebody elses man ... that sometimes he does this to conserve energy for the offensive end and again nobody is tracking this payoff ... but most importantly when you must get a stop, when a particular player is wreaking havoc against our defense (ala westrbrook), when it's crunch time on the defensive end #24's number gets called and if it doesn't he asks for it ... y'all remember when melo was torching ariza? who stepped up and banged with Melo

My man ... na scratch that ... our man more than deserves his spot on the all nba 1st defensive team ...

Caliphilosopher/hobbitmage

"Well, I never knew that Justa - in reality - was a girl;"

what what ... justa as in justanothermambafan is a girl?? ... really?? ... coulda sworn justa's the type to down a couple of rounds of beer, let out belch and a fart and ask for another round ...

MM,

If you want to get a thread going that will get a few hundred comments from the blog, the next time you see PJ ask him what he thinks about health care in the US.
:)

Waiting for Game 3 seems like a year... until then, take care guys!!!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Mark B,

Dude, did someone single you out on the Mamba thing? I thought they were referring to that JoeS guy (who is probably a Suns fan) that only came here to talk politics and managed to spin up Mamba24.

Yeah, that topic did cause some evil to be spewed and took away some of our better judgment, which was rightly pointed out in your post, but don't you think banning (self-imposed or by the PTB) is a bit extreme because of a bad topic on a sports fan blog?

Please, remove that TROLL tag and get back to "serious" business.

JR

ART-FL,

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

JR

to hobbitmage,

Well said bro.

BB is not the most important sport in Europe (soccer and Rugby in somes countries) but, remember,

1.- Drazen Petrovic = magic (for me, better Petrovic)
2.- Arvidas Sabonis = Wilt or Russell, for me, better Chamberlain
3.- Dejan Bodiroga = Bird, I don´t Know who is better
4.- Kobe, MJ and Dr. J (the same typus of player- slashers and scorers) =
Drazen Petrovic too or Sharunas Marciulenis, and now, Juan Carlos Navarro.

I think you don´t Know well European BB but we have very good players (Nowitzky, Galinari, Tony Parker, Tony Kukoc, and of course, our Pau Gasol and others) and in the future, Ricky Rubio (a real superstar, for me, better than CP3 o D-Will) and obviously much more better than D-Fish.

In Europe, BB is do or die, in NBA, you can loss every week and finally get and reward (best draft pick). You think really the NBA is superior level to FIBA BB??????????

Spain: Population = 43 Million
USA: Population = 300 Million

Spain loss the final at olimpics because the referees (travelins after travelins of Bryant, Wade and Co.). In this game, Gasol owned Howard, Bosh and the rest of the TEAM USA. Rudy Fernandez owned Bryant, Wade and Horward with a superb dunk, Ricky Rubio absolubly owned CP3...... You can accept USA won this game b/c the referees.

Alright boys and girls! Enuf said politics and cost us nothing but grief and misunderstanding. MM, you started it..lol! I blame it on NBA and David Stern who gave us way too many days of break before the next game. To all my Lakers brothers and sisters, all together now. Who are we? We're a freaking Los Angeles Lakers! The owner of 15 NBA championships. We have Jerry West (NBA Logo), Big Fella Kareem, Big Game James Worthy and of course the Black Mamba!!! We're the defending world champion and currently 2-0 in our match. Wake up guys. This is the unofficial roll-call to get our blog-master, Mamba24 (LarrY) back. Yon aren't going any where,Mamba24. We know you too well. Let it bygone be bygone and stick it to the matter we most care! What is it? Jon K said it best. What do we play for? Ring!!

Wallace.

**** THE THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, MAMBA24, BANDWAGON****
(AKA THE GET YOU BUTT BACK ON THE BLOG, LARRY, BANDWAGON)


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(001A) OWNER. MarkG. Un-ban thyself!


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(001B) LAKERTOM – CO-OWNER – Let’s show Larry how much we appreciate everything he does to get us jacked up for our beloved Lakers. He is the heart and soul of the LA Times Lakers Blog and deserves the love and respect of every blogger who has made this their virtual home away from home.
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(002) JEANETTE - SHOTGUN - FINALLY!!!!....BANDWAGON FOR LARRY (MAMBA24).....Do we still to say we need to get a seat on them?.....It's a scramble now!!!
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(003) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – WINGMAN ELITE- WHAT THE HELL MAMBA24? GET YOUR HINEY BACK ON HERE!!!
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(004) #4 – THE ENFORCER - LakerTom, please put me on that Bandwagon for Larry. The guy is the heart and soul of this blog.
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(005) ZAIRA - OUR ITALIAN PRINCESS. I also have been quieted a bit during regular season cos I was getting sick of trolls and Kobe bashers but dear... it's PLAYOFFS now and we NEED YOU!!!!
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(006) EASTCOASTJESSIE – OUR LATINA PRINCESS - I'm definitely on the Mamba bandwagon. Larry has been the glue that holds this blog together. During the miserable years of Smush and Kwame, Mamba single-handedly helped us keep our sanity. He has rallied us all when all we wanted to do was trade everybody not named Kobe.
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(007) ART – FL LAKERS FAN - Put everyone that's on the Roll Call on the Mamba bandwagon!!!
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(008) J24 – LONGTIME BLOG PRINCESS – THE LADIES LOVE MAMBA24 - Please put me on Mamba24 bandwagon. THANK YOU for all that you do for this blog. You truly are one of the gems of this blog fam.
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(009) RICK FRIEDMAN – CONDUCTOR - Mamba24(Larry C.) can't be allowed to disappear. Call out the FBI and the Secret Service. Roll out all necessary band wagons; make sure to punch my ticket, even if there aren't any seats left; I'll stand, if necessary.
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(010) CHIKNSTU – STYLIST - For Larry's Wagon: We want another photo shoot with Mamba24 in his purple and gold thong!!
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(011) MR NANO – QUAKE SURVIVOR - Sorry Larry, you can't stop the unstoppable. We love you!
Tom, put me on the mamba bandwagon.
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(012) BRONXLAKERFAN - Needless to say, I want in on the "Thank You Mamba 24" bandwagon. The man is such a positive force....he always brings a smile to my face! This site wouldn't be what it is if not for that gentleman!
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(013) D(erek)J(eter) - Add me as well to the MAMBA24 Bandwagon! Whether the ride is smooth or bumpy, MAMBA24 always gets you there safe and sound.
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(014) HOBBITMAGE - Why do you even wait to put me on the thanks Mamba24 bandwagon?
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(015) JOLLY RANCHER - Larry, Larry, Larry, Larry!!
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(016) BD – BYNUM SUPPORTER - Please add me to the Bandwagon. Larry is the GodFather of the blog.
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(017) FEARLESS – A LAKERS WHACK JOB - BTW, why am I not on the Mamba24 bandwagon. How have I managed to let it pass me by? I need to board, post haste!
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(018) THE OUTLAW (& BABY OUTLAW) RIDING TANDEM - Um... yeah, LakerTom. You better put me on THAT bandwagon. I loves me some Mamba24. So does Baby Outlaw. We'll both take a seat.
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(019) EJK - Put me on the Mamba24 bandwagon. He's a legend here. He'd be even greater if he started an LBJ to LA Bandwagon...
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(020) LAKERMIKE - Put me on the Mamba Bandwagon! Our own Laker's chicken soup for the soul!\
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(021) LAKERINBC - Please put me on the Mamba24 bandwagon as well, and I ain't jumping off even if we all go over the cliff together.
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(022) LAKERLASS - I must have a seat. I've long since professed my love for Mamba24, but let it not be forgotten. Mamba24: you really are the heart, soul and glue of this quirky family. You make me smile.
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(023) YELLOFEVER - Damn Larry U gettin all the girls! LARRY! LARRY! LARRY! LARRY!
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(024) MARK G - I hardly ever yell: THANK YOU LARRY!
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(025) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Please put me on the "Thank You Larry" bandwagon. Perhaps we can buy him a beer at a bar while watching the Lakers Game? I'll personally pony up for one when I move back to Cali in a few weeks.
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(026) LAL_FAN - Please put me on this BANDWAGON - Larry can not thank you enough for keeping our spirits high no matter what...
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(027) JOHNNYV - Sorry for my late note here. Laker Tom, PLEASE put me on the Mamba24 Bandwagon. That man is the heart and soul of the blog. And Thank you Laker Tom for taking the time to do it, for speaking up and for noticing.
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(028) DC MAMBA - I would be remiss not to join my very first bandwagon... THANK YOU - MAMBA 24... You bring daily joy to Lakerland and that is exactly what we need as we battle for another Ring... I vote MAMBA24 as "Sixth Man of The Year!"
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(029) EDWIN GUECO - I was out the whole morning and afternoon, I would like to be in tail end on Thank You Larry Mamba24 Bandwagon. God of Bandwagon. ( just promoted from soul to God. Justa is the goddess of all drivers. lol!)
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(030) BENJAMIN - Larry, Your freaky fandom makes this blog much better! Here's hoping you never leave. Thanks for all the positivity to keep the rest of us in line.
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(031) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Put on the Mamba24 bandwagon and put me on now! Larry, You are indeed the soul of the Mamba clany.
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(032) JOVBATZ44 - FIRST OF ALL, I may be very very late and the Thanks Larry aka Mamba24 Bandwagon might have already went. But I'm finding myself a cab to catch up with the Thanks Mamba24 Bandwagon!!!! Please wait for me!!!!! *LARRY* ALL DAY!!!
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(033) RED’S LOVE CHILD - Even though he can`t stand me...I love Mamba24`s daily upbeat positivity! This is clearly a guy who loves life, and lives it intensely. Besides, now knowing that his first name is "Larry" {Bird}...that`s reason enough to love him!
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(034) TEAMN… MAMBA24 -- thanks for all you do on this blog, makes it a must read everyday!
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(035) G IN DC… Btw, LT if it's not too late, and there's still room, please add me to the 'We Appreciate Mamba24 Bandwagon'. As a 'newbie', it wasn't until Larry added me to the ROLL CALL (without me even having requested it), that I felt like part of the blog family. Thanks Mamba24 for all the bandwagons, 'corny poems'(LOL), and of course, the infamous ROLL CALL...it's much apprecited bro...keep up the good work. You are indeed the lifeblood of this blog.
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(036) TROY B… Wow, I've been working so much lately that I haven't had time to come on here much and I miss a Bandwagon dedicated to Mamba24(Larry)? How can this be? The one ride I absolutely can't miss and I somehow miss it! Now I'm sitting here all alone while the rest of you are off riding the Mamba train.


(037) Edwin Gueco. Larry, get back to your position, you need to stop D'Williams huh. "Absence sharpens love and presence strengthens it. You have to be here up to the end of the playoffs.

(038) MarcB. Mamba24, If you really are going to change your moniker, how about "The Troll Stomper"?

(038). JON K. Mamba's newfound brother. Skin colors don't matter. The only colors that matter are purple and gold.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

(039) THE OUTLAW. You, my friend, better be kidding. Look, this Thursday is my Friday, and I don't want the celebration spoiled by that kind of talk.

You are officially unbanished FOREVER, without the option of future banishment. In fact, you have a no-banishment clause in your blog contract. So there.

(040) COMPLEX BROTHA. Huh?? Mamba 24 going somewhere?? I THINK NOT !!!! Ummm Larry... I dont know whats going on or what has happened but I do KNOW THIS... THIS IS YOUR HOME!!!

(041) Caliphilosopher. WTF is going on here?

(042) BILLY IN SLO - Along for the ride (unless Larry does not return; then I'm outa' here!

(043) WESJOENIXON. Look over there Larry. (Wes points to couch/beer/TV set and strange green thing with water in it). Take a seat, relax, and turn on the game. You're home Larry, and you'll be staying put.

(044) YELLOFEVER. Common larry we're in the middle of a championship run. Come back to us. I thought we had each others backs. We need u now more than ever.

(045) LAKERSHOWINPHX. "Mamba24 is one cool dude who bleeds purple and gold"! amen! he's the glue that hold this blog together! that's the fact, JACK!


(046). 2PHATT. Larry (Mamba24) made me feel welcome on my first post, showed me big time love. Maybe someone can school me on the What’s UP on my favorite blog Brother.

(048) JOLLY RANCHER. If you feel the need, say a couple of Mia Culpas and go back to leading by your excellent example. Or, in the words of my Protastant friend: "Drink 3 Bloody Marys and you'll feel bad enough".

(049) PHRED. man, i think this blog might be in trouble when Mamba quit again and even i don't feel like trying.

(050) TROYB. LARRY - PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will say this just once - YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE US!

(051) LAKERFAITHFUL72. For the old-time bloggers and the not-so-old There's a great big lore that needs to be told About a man whose repute cannot be sold For he carries with him the Purple and Gold.


**** MAMBA24 THE DRAMA-PUNK APOLOGIZES AND GIVES AN EXPLANATION ******
But first listen to all three tunes below and maybe you’ll get the idea before you read my explanation
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Y7GMPJO64
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7EpfYvAFw0
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9K4BKkLaCI
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Okay now to the explanation
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WHY DID MAMBA24 SELF BAN HIMSELF
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First is there really such a word as Self Ban. Well I never claimed to be a grammar champ or spelling bee winner, most people type a post and are so anxious to get it off, they rarely check for grammar or spelling so I’m guilty.
Next. Is Mamba 24 a Drama Punk? No I’m not a Drama-Punk, Pseudo-Drama-Punk maybe. Yes it’s true every now and then I have been known to pitch a hissy fit & say I’m taking my baseball and going home. I wasn’t even thinking about the effect my post would have on anyone. A lot of the things - listed below - had reached a boiling point and I just had to get a little air and as usually is the case with Pseudo-Drama-Punks, wrote a check my mouth couldn’t cash.
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Next. The political talk was getting a little heavy and no matter how guys tried to change the subject it just kept getting redirected back to politics. Both sides had good points and both sides fervently believed in their points. As a wise man said no side was going to change the others side, so the argument might have went on forever, even after switching Threads the argument continued, so it seemed that something dramatic was needed to break this crazy-chain….Enter Mamba24 the Pseudo-Drama-Punk.
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Next. Someone suggested that I, LakerTom, Edwin and others should make some kind of dramatic protest such as leaving the blog in order to get the Blog Gods attention… Enter Mamba24 the Pseudo-Drama-Punk
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Next. The attacks on Sister Jeanette were getting a little bit ridiculous & several people were getting fed up with them so again to get the focus off Jeanette & on something else a dramatic statement had to be made…
Enter Mamba24 the Pseudo- Drama-Punks
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Next. I find my BVF -Best Virtual Friend- A person I loved & repected like a brother is really a woman. So I rearranged my reality and accepted the fact and changed my brothers love & respect for his brothers to a brother’s love and respect for his sister. At least I thought I had accepted it, but then half of that love & respeect for his sister equation got kind of twisted and WoW! It began changing to a Mans love for a Woman and that we could not have so the only recourse to end this God Awful state was… Enter the Pseudo-Drama-Punk. ..DAMN! This sounds like a very bad Soap Opera.
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Finally. Someone purposely made a bogus trade on the NY Stock Exchange that they knew would trigger automated trading programs to sell. The programs kicked in the market zoomed downward & just as someone made Billions off the 911 scam – Please no controversy over whether it was a scam or not, It is what it is - Someone made Billions off the 999 Point drop on the Market . As I dabble in the Market a little, with ill gotten gains from the Dot Com Bubble Scam, I saw my life for the second time in 2 years - the first was the Real Estate Bubble Scam – flash before my eyes and began hyperventilating as us Pseudo-Drama-Punks tend to do and… the Crazed Pseudo-Drama-Punk began Posting.
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So that’s it, I deeply apologize for being a Pseudo-Drama-Punk and the unnecessary worry it put my Laker Blog family thru. I would promise that it will never happen a gain but…You know us Pseudo-Drama-Punks, writing checks they can’t cash. But the next time I feel the Punk coming out, I will immediately pull up on the Screen a picture Of The Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic K.G. and if that does not snap me back to reality nothing will. I have so many people that I have to Apoligize and say I’m sorry and to thank for not one but 2 bandwagons- WOW- that the only way I can do it is by saying:
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APOLOGY CALLLLLLLLLLLL!!! :
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Faith, LakerTom, #4, Keifo, Charles, EdwinGueco, Fatty, Jon-K, SegeBoy, ThaShow, TP
WesJoeNixon, SBPimp&Twins, ECoastJessie Dice8Up, VMan, Rocky, Phred, DJ, LakerLass
JayJay, utzworld-TheBannerHOLDER, KB-BLitz, SixOneZero, The-D. FEARLess, RDLee
OutLaw, BabyOutLaw, Exhelodrvr, Otis, Floyd, 2Phatt, BD, Issang, JustAnotherMambaFan
LoLo, StarGazin, MIKE T, Bob, BronxLakerFan, YellowFever, Generic-1, J24(LadyJem24)
RickFriedMan, Never,Troy, Bozz, TSPhere, Thirty2, OUCHH, Korey, ZairaAmaterasu,Pang
TIM-4Show, TheLakeShow, LakerBandit, AZTroNut, PFunK36, Michael H. JEANette, EJK
DavidWhang, Jolly-Rancher, PsyCorp, MAGIC-Phil, LongTimeLakerFan, HOOPS FREAK
JesterGuru LakerMan420, PsychedLakerGirl, LakerGurl, Chic-N-Stu, MODERATor,TroyB
CornerJ, LakerSth, PSLakerFan, Dave M, JustALakerFan, Mark G. CapsGoogles, CBuck
DwnTwnAtty, DCMamba, GInDC, CYBerCosmiX, Nemaia Faletogo, InfamousEl-Guapo
HumanAnomaly WALLace, LakerHolic, HobbitMage, Snake, TeeJ, BRYlle, JOVBATZ44
JamieSweet JohnnyP, JohnnyV, Mr.Nano, Benjamin, TomDaniels, LakerMike, LAILI K.
ComptonsFinest, CALIPhilosopher, WeaveMan, HugoBoss, KobefanInCupertino, Mud
AngryLaker, LakerJustice, LakerTruth, LakersRydeOrDie, Art-FL-LakerFan, KobesBad
SFLakerGirl, BocaLakerGirl, SimiLakerGirl, LakerGirl1980, HoustonLakerGirl,, POO
SamLL, RockinDA300Section, Anna-in-Bondi, WALLace, HARIYahu, LAKERLADY
FREDDYP, Houston-Laker, EagleBoy, Laker-Kev, Puddle, DOC4Da-Lake-Show, Jac
BayWood, CompLex-Brotha, T-SENSei, PassionateLakerFan, LakerBake, ,RIZZO
LiTotes, LakeShowInPhx, LosAngeles-Kobes, ToMK, PurpleHeart, Adrian Palomar
SunnyValeLakers, D(erek) J(eter), LAKERS-RULE(AMIT), LURKER, VI LakerFAN,
DJ = D(erek) J(eter), RL, HENDrix, Dan-The-Man, LAL_ FAN, NBA4-Ever, JEFE101
APPollo C. Vermont, DallasRainesHair , TCB24/7, TMElt, Ganapia, DMC, OMEGA
HellRaiser(certifiedmambafan), Grail, DyManDave, RidingPine, JamesKatt, Justin
LakerGuru-FromIndia, FKIllah, Hector-ArtM. STefan Martin, JAYana, JacQueline
MayorOfKobeTown, LeonardBast78, LoneStar-LakerFan, Eric M.Taino, JAYDen24
Jandro, JCooL, HugoInSpain, Axl-Rose, Ninoy, MTI312, Gino, MCLyne, APUJAC
WhiteMamba24, BlackMamba24, FanOfMamba, Mamba24Fan4Life, LakersWorld,
ChristopherBlake, Purple&GoldRein, Purple&GoldForever, VILakerFan, LakerInBC,
GHLaker, HBMatt, LakerNorth, Marty, TeamN, ZachFrom-SanDiego, ICE, Roger-B
NAJAaka-Bonus, Jonin-INJapan, TomTom, Davein-HillsBorough, TMART, ANdy L.
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Rhon Salmon, TruLakerFan, VIOLater, B4Hoops, HeWhoHoops, TRollMan, Ctran,
DanTheMan, BLAZE1Bx, BZar, Chris-H, AndrewBernard, CHema, BlueSky, SloGal,
S_Tan, MichiganLaker, GDChild, Billy-in-Slo,NOP-BKK101, AmazingHappens
OutSider-Gua, RAFANICO, Will-in-Seattle, ALEXHIN017, OhioVIC, NEWSC2,
LakaLover, AfroJoe, Cali-King, Karynanar, Mitchell, LakerBullDog, TiniDor$
70’s-LakerFan, Linda Pineda, DrewPauKobe, RussStyles, TIFFany, LOTeq, BEDO
Laker4LIFE, Marky-The-Arky, LakerFan-In-Canada, Wilson, Lake-Show008
Russ Poole, Smooth–D, MCGarnagle, LakerHopeFul, BerkleyLaker, CarlosDeep
LakerFan-InOregon, EastBay-BullDog, StocktonShowTime, IceLaker,DKWSFO
(You-Ever-NOTICE…> Holding The Line Against CHAOS)
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I APOLOGIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZE!!!!!
NOW
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THE LAKERS PLEDGE, WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You


Hobbitmage,

I'm glad you know about finance/investing, because I would have just taken the "worries about Greece + computer error" explanation on its face. It's quite interesting what you can learn from people here (especially what I've learned from you).

I am planning to teach; ideally, once I get done with this marathon called "obtaining a PhD in Philosophy", I plan on being a professor. Stuff that I'm interested in teaching (once I get there):

Phil. Science, Phil. Bio, Symbolic Logic, Phil. Language, Phil. Social Science and Phil. Economics.

I don't know too much about Econ (my 2nd grad final is on Monday - Micro-Econ), but what I do know I find interesting.

I'm itching for this game to get going. Games usually bring out the best in the blog.

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Segeboy -

Apparently so. Although, I wouldn't state that the property of being a girl and doing those things you mentioned are mutually exclusive.

:-)

MM, I agree with a few of the bloggers that religious and politics have no place on the blog. It's creating division and hurtful feeling among some of the better posters, we may need a moratorium. I believe that we come together with a common bond, which is discuss our teams journey, plan our seating at the parade rout and kick @zz and take numbers to all the HATERS.
P.S. Larry we need ROLL CALL tomorrow, DON'T MAKE ME DO IT.

Mamba24:

That what I'm talking about. Get your moniker back, my brother!

Outstanding...

That what I'm talking about. Get your moniker back, my brother! Outstanding... Posted by: Wallace | May 07, 2010 at 07:32 AM
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Sorry about that bro. Thanks! Now I'll let the Pseudo-Drama-Punk in me come out and cry on my keyboard. Lol! Sorry again and thanks again!
Mamba24

MAMBA!!! You're Back!!!

OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

WELCOME BACK MY BROTHER.

Wow, Larry Mamba 24,

sounds a lot like the day I had.

But that was then and today's GAME Day!

GOOO Lakers!

@VMAN, 2PHATT, FAN OF THE MAMBA, THANKS BROS. Wait a minute,
all i can say is OH OH OH, OH OH OH, OH OH OH...sorry, it's that damn Pseudo-Drama-Punk, luckily I had a picture of the Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic on the Dartboard. I quickly took a peek - to much of a look and it's like if you look at Medusa and turn to Stone, if you look at KG to long you'll turn to oozing Green slime - and now i'm back to normal. Lol. Once again Thanks for the BandWagons, Sorry for the Drama.
Mamba24

By the way VMan tomorrows Game day. Lol!
mamba24

PLEASE SOMEONE I NEED AN ANSWER
Why does the Suns vs. the Spurs and Cavs. vs. Celts come on at the same time tonight? Darth Stern Damn you!!! Lol!
Mamba24

OOPS, sorry Wallace I did not mean to omit you. Sorry Brother & thanks!
Mamab24

Mamba24
It's all good. The roll call is back, we're all on the same page. Thanks, bro.
Now let's win 10 more!!

Ricky,

you wrote: 1.- Drazen Petrovic = magic (for me, better Petrovic)
2.- Arvidas Sabonis = Wilt or Russell, for me, better Chamberlain
3.- Dejan Bodiroga = Bird, I don´t Know who is better
4.- Kobe, MJ and Dr. J (the same typus of player- slashers and scorers) =
Drazen Petrovic too or Sharunas Marciulenis, and now, Juan Carlos Navarro.

my response:

1st. Hola. Como esta?

2nd. You're allowed to have your opinion, just like I'm allowed to have mine.
Professional basketball players don't disagree with what I'm saying. Coaches
have agreed with what I'm saying. I repeat, you are allowed to have your
opinion. Professional athletes don't agree with you.

you also wrote this: I think you don´t Know well European BB but we have very good players (Nowitzky, Galinari, Tony Parker, Tony Kukoc, and of course, our Pau Gasol and others) and in the future, Ricky Rubio (a real superstar, for me, better than CP3 o D-Will) and obviously much more better than D-Fish.

my response: You should educate yourself. You would be incorrect about
me not knowing anything about European BB players. Especially since most
of the ones you've mentioned are playing in the NBA as opposed to European
league. The reasons for that are:

1. Money
2. Higher level of competition.

Oddly enough, I've already said these things.

I believe I suggested to hiltontown the use of a dictionary. I suggest the same
thing to you. Here's why:

1. Have I ever said that there aren't good basketball players of European
birth? No.

2. Have I ever said that Europeans can't play basketball? No.

3. Have I said that the European league doesn't play the game the same way
as the NBA? Yes.

4. Have I said that the NBA has better athletes? Yes.

To my knowledge, one European basketball player as won the MVP in the
NBA. That would be Dirk. Sweet. When Dirk talked about the Olympics,
what did he say? "Team USA is the team to beat. Kobe is coming. "

Who was that guy who outscored the Mavericks over 3 quarters? Kobe.
They had Novitsky when that happened. Oh, by the way. When Novitsky
made it to the NBA finals, did he win? No. Who did? D-Wade & Shaq.
Were the Mavs up by 2 games and supposed to win? Yes. Did they? No.

you wrote this: In Europe, BB is do or die, in NBA, you can loss every week and finally get and reward (best draft pick). You think really the NBA is superior level to FIBA BB??????????

my response: Since I've been to France & Spain, I will tell you that I did not
see the attitude you're talking about.

re: the NBA being superior to FIBA. Yes. YES! HELL YES!!!

Here are two reasons why:

1. Because when American NBA players play against FIBA teams/players we
win.

2. Because 2nd tier NBA talent plays in Europe, but 1st tier European talent
plays in the NBA.

You seem to be unclear on something. Let me educate you.

The highest percentage shot is the dunk. The next highest percentage shot
is the layup. The further out from the basket you move the worse the
percentage of made shots. Therefore, having tall, skinny white guys [ whom
you think are hot ] shooting outside jump shots will fail over the long term
vs. having muscular, any colored men, dunking or making layups. It's
called math/physics.

you also wrote: Spain loss the final at olimpics because the referees (travelins after travelins of Bryant, Wade and Co.). In this game, Gasol owned Howard, Bosh and the rest of the TEAM USA. Rudy Fernandez owned Bryant, Wade and Horward with a superb dunk, Ricky Rubio absolubly owned CP3...... You can accept USA won this game b/c the referees.

my response: It is my recollection that team USA beat Spain twice. The
first time we beat you by ~ 20 pts. It is my recollection, I could be wrong,
that the refs were FIBA refs not NBA refs. So ... If your FIBA refs wanted
team USA to win and didn't make the calls you should take it up on a
Spanish team blog with FIBA rules vs. an NBA team blog where we play like
men not sissy boys. You might also figure out why we beat you twice. If
it was because of travelling, you might ask why your FIBA coach didn't go to
the FIBA refs and complain about the traveling. In other words, stop
whining.

I can accept that team USA won the game, because Kobe Bean Bryant is the
best basketball player in the world. He has great physical attributes, a keen
basketball mind, an incredible work ethic and an indomitable will to win.
That's why he had 3 championships in 4 tries without a European player as a
side kick. That's why we were winning before Bynum got hurt and we picked
up Pau. That's why he has won 2 scoring titles and 1 MVP and Pau hasn't won
anything w/o Kobe. That's why Pau considered it a blessing to come to the
Lakers.

Escucha. Stop whining. Drink the Gasol kool-aid if you want. The rest of the
world knows who Kobe is and what Kobe does. Perhaps you should hang
out on a Barcelona basketball blog so you can lament that Gasol should be
playing in Spain as opposed to competing for an NBA championship. Maybe
you should go to the Memphis Grizzlies blog where you can cheer for Marc
Gasol.

This is Black Mamba territory and Kobe's trying to win a championship.
Divisive European basketball drivel is neither wanted nor warranted.

Mamba,

The games don't come on at the same time
Cavs-Celts at 7, Spurs-Suns 9:30

Guys, a new thread should be up in about 10 minutes.

I apologize for what you say creating division. I wasn't blind to the fact that maybe it would spark discussion, but I simply highlighted Jackson's stance because it was a newsworthy item and it had some context. The Suns were wearing those jerseys. It wasn't like we had just decided to ask Jackson out of the blue his stance on immigration, but because that issue got on the forefront with the Suns. It was more to highlight his stance on the Suns involvement than his stance on immigration, if that makes sense.

MM

Mark Medina,

"How do you think he's slowly gaining respect for me?"

If you read Paul Ekhart's "Telling Lies" he goes into detail about "microexpressions." Essentially, according to Ekhart, cross-culturally when a human responds to a situation their facial muscles instinctually and compulsively express their true emotional condition in a twitch, a "microexpression."

We quickly learn to control these microexpressions to better "hide our cards" when dealing with people. Most of us become so facile at doing so that the microexpression doesn't even last long enough for the normal human eye to register them to the brain.

Looking at Kobe's microexpressions when you speak, when you first address him, he twitches with a degree of resentment and distrust that, to me, says, "Who the hell are you?"

But then as you give him space to consider the question and answer it, his eyes soften and he becomes more thoughtful, almost appreciative, that you gave him a forum to express himself in a way that he wants to express himself.

When you first started asking questions for the blog, I noticed that his eyes didn't soften much while answering questions, thus implying a greater degree of distrust and separation. It seems like he's learning to relax a bit more around you, but still keeps you at some degree of distance.

That relaxation he is exploring must come from him feeling that he can respect you on some level.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mamba24,

Good to have you back.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

what what ... justa as in justanothermambafan is a girl?? ... really?? ... coulda sworn justa's the type to down a couple of rounds of beer, let out belch and a fart and ask for another round ...

Posted by: segeboy


Howdy Sherrif!! LMAO!!! Why would you think I wasn't? LOL! (Actually - I'm not a big beer fan, only belch when no one's listening, and girl's don't fart - we fluff. Ok, when someone's listening....) LOL!!

MAMABA24!!!!!!!

YOU'RE BACK!!!!!!!!!

(Shhhhh - we'll talk about love later, ok?)

@ART-FL LAKERS FAN, Thanks bro about the Game info & the Bandwagons & sorry bout the drama.
Mamba24
@RDlee, 10 more, will do
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X, X, X, X, X, X, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HIT IT LAKER TOM! PARADE TIME!!!

This long break is driving me nuts.

I hope everyone heals up magically during the time off.

Is Sasha ready yet?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Welcome back, Larry. No apologies necessary. We’re just glad you’re OK and back home, where your heart is. First thing I checked before even leaving the house was looking for a post from you. I was smiling all the way to work. Time for the Lakers to start dominating. 6 down – just 10 to go. :-)))))
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TOM

@JustanotherMamba24Fan...I'm so ashamed! Sorry! Thanks for the Bandwagon and let's forget I ever wrote the rest of the explanation. Pleassssssssse? :-)
Mamba24(Larr)

MM - someone (sorry forgot who) asked if we could have a live chat tonight during the Crab/Septic game..


Can we do that???

Puh-leeeeeze???

@LAKERTOM & JON K. Thanks to both of you brothers for everything. For keeping the mob with Pitchforks and tar & feathers off my back, for the Bandwagon & for being the standup brothers you are. I owe you both a lot. Thanks!
Mamba24(Larry C.)

Mamba24 - brother - STOP IT!!


STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!!


We're all so happy to have you back - no worries mate. Just keep that picture of the bald headed lunatic close to your chest, ok?!!

Caliphilosopher,

you wrote: I'm glad you know about finance/investing, because I would have just taken the "worries about Greece + computer error" explanation on its face. It's quite interesting what you can learn from people here (especially what I've learned from you).

my response:

1. I received an Econ degree before I got into IT.
2. I watch a lot of bloomberg TV.

Three things to remember as you go forward on the journey in life.

1. spend less than you make.
2. Credit is of the devil. :)
3. 254,000 returning 12 % interest compounded annually becomes
1 million in 12 years. Technically, this is incorrect. It's 254676 and the
total is: 992211.58

Does this inspire you to save/invest?


http://www.csgnetwork.com/compoundsavingsintcalc.html

We're all so happy to have you back - no worries mate. Just keep that picture of the bald headed lunatic close to your chest, ok?!! Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 07, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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WAAAAAAAAAA! You want me to turn into Green Slime! WAAAAAAAAA! Lol!

Good Morning BlogFam,

Good to have you back on board Larry, Mamba24.

LOL @ Justa - "girl's don't fart - we fluff." You're one of a kind Justa, I respect and admire your stance especially when everyone seemed to wonder about your female beauties, lol.

A day away from game day, it felt like a year! Good to read everyone's comments, made my Friday morning better than Thursday :)

Hello J24 aka LadyJem24. Do I have to say it...Sorrrrrrrry.
Thanks for everything J24!
Mamba24(larry)

SEGEBOY… “Ha ha ... can't help but admire your love for drew ... I agree with everything you said except I don't see drew as irreplaceable ... I think a drew for bosh trade is akin to the ariza for artest trade ... you lose some qualities and you gain some ... now if you want to talk irreplaceable beasts, look up dwight howard ... again though, i'm content with drew staying a laker ... but u give me bosh and a good pg for him ... I'm running to the market with my dough.”
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LOL. Good to hear from you, segeboy. We’ll obviously have to agree to disagree on this one but don’t hold your breath waiting for Mitch Kupchak to trade Andrew Bynum. Next to Kobe, he is the next most irreplaceable player on the Lakers. Not that they would ever do it but were push come to shove I believe the Lakers would even trade Pau Gasol before Andrew Bynum. True centers that can anchor your defense, deter other teams from attacking the paint, and protect the rim are the rarest of commodities in today’s big man-depleted NBA. And if you think, like some, that today’s NBA is a guard and perimeter player’s game, check back after this Lakers team racks up the championship.
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TOM

Mamba24 - NEVER!!! You could never be green slime!! You just don't have that quality in you.

Seriously - I'm very happy you're back. You're the main reason I switched from lurker to poster. You are instrumental in bringing this blog out of the realm of "just posters" to family. Thanks for all you do. I for one (and I'm sure many others) do not take all you do for granted.


Trolls may come, and trolls may go, but Mamba24 stand forever!

No need for apology Mamba! I get all Pseudo-Drama-B#t#h, more often than you do probably, so I understand!

Jon K, I agree about your assessment on Lakers' reactions about Ron not being part of the all defensive team. Camaraderie and respect for each other are recipe of a Champion.

justa - i would but tip is at 4 p.m. and i'm not sure what the lakers practice situation will be. it's often unpredictable so i don't want to promise something i might not be able to keep.

MM

I apologize for what you say creating division. I wasn't blind to the fact that maybe it would spark discussion, but I simply highlighted Jackson's stance because it was a newsworthy item and it had some context. Posted by: Mark Medina | May 07, 2010 at 08:20 AM
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@MM, Blog God don't you know that being a Blog God - unlike Pseudo-Drama-Punks like me - means never having to say you're sorry. And yes your explanation made perfect sense - As it would have to because once again being a Blog God means everything you do is perfect ;-). Sorry for the drama Mark!
Mamba24(Larry)

Mamba24

how can u act like Pau Gasol?

Dang it Larry!!!! Just as I was finishing my rally the blog post ala King Leonidis from 300.... Welcome back brother!!!

Activate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kobe all D? What a joke. He plays D when he decides not doing so could embarass him against top-notch players and/or national TV is on. Otherwise he coasts against weaker players, and sometimes gets WORKED.

Artest? Whatever. They're both thugs. Kobe in a hotel and Ronnie on the court.

Sherrif - I gotta agree with Laker Tom on this one - you can't teach length. Drew has the makings of a great NBA center, and you can't put a price on him changing shots and swatting attempted layups and laying someone out on the hardwood, making them think twice before sashaying into the paint again.

Every team is worried about our length. It's the biggest asset we have next to the Mamba. Why would we trade that for a quick guard? Other teams have a quick guard and they are currently fishing. WE on the other hand are favored to win.

Of course, the argument is not as simple as that. But I wouldn't trade Socks for Bosh & a PG. I really don't think the Lakers FO would either.

MM - how about for the 2nd half? That's when it will probably get real interesting anyways?

Trolls may come, and trolls may go, but Mamba24 stand forever!Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 07, 2010 at 08:43 AM
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WAAAAAAAAA! WAAAAAAAA! Now I'm crying on my keyboard. Justa you are a very nice being. You would think someone such as myself who claims to be a seeker of enlightment wouldn't be such a dumb @.. Thanks Sis! Wait...Oh no here comes the Pseudo-Drama-Punk...[You know as a seeker of enlightment we are trained not to look at the outer reflection of a person, but the inner. Well Juta inside & out I can tell you are a beautiful soul, which is why I instantly connected with you.]
OK, OK...Thank God I still have that pic of KG. Lol. Ok that's the end of this no biggie, no more mention. Sorry for any embarassment I may have caused you.
Mamba24(Larry)


JUSTA… Wow. Not only is she smart, beautiful, articulate, funny, and a Lakerholic who loves cats, but she also is a Bynum Bootlicker (Thanks, Hobbit…LOL). Now that is what I define as precious.
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TOM

Mamba24 how can u act like Pau Gasol? Posted by: Ouchhhhhhhhhh | May 07, 2010 at 08:46 AM
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Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!!! Lol! Hey none of that Gasoft stuff.
Pau's a superstar, it's not his fault he's not Kobe Bean Bryant! Lol! Sorry bro, and thanks for everything
Mamba24(larry)

Ricky,

>>>Actually, Lakers is THE GASOL´S TEAM,

Look, we get it. If you were Belgian, you'd be saying this was MBenga's team. If you were Slovenian, you'd be saying this was Vujacic's team.

You're a homer, so you deny reality and give the majority of credit to the player from your country.

You're livin' la vida loca, but enjoy yourself.

hobbitmage

Querido compañero, for sure, i have 250 dictionaries. You Know, english is not me first language. Writing english with you and the rest of bloggers is beautiful. This blog is for me a really "Training Camp" In Barcelona we speak two languages (spanish -español- and catalanish - catalán) but english obviously, not. The spaniards been a disaster speaking/writing foreign languages and myself, too, as you can see. Also i can check with yours blocks than you know a little bit the spanish. L.A. is a beautifull city and i think Los Angelenos could speak spanish (latin people of course)

Well, you have a good idea with the Memphis suggestion. Marc Gasol is also a good player. He will be the new Center of Spanish National Team.

That idea "That is the black mamba territory" i think is totally wrong. L.A. Times is a Freedom territory, and many people like me think thal Pau Gasol is the real MVP in this current Laker team. Pau Gasol is not a winner without Kobe, the same we can said of Kobe (without a real Leader - Shaq and now Pau - 0 rings, 00 rings)

Kobe is better player than Pau Gasol. No
Pau Gasol is better teammate of Kobe. Yes
The Team prefer Pau instead Kobe as Leader: Yes
Phil prefer Pau instead Kobe as Leader: yes
D-Fish choise Pau instead Kobe as new leader: yes (you can see his new beard like a symbol, a silence message)
Is Pau Gasol the franchise´ near future: Yes, Bynum is so young yet.
That is the new Dinasty: Yes
We have the Gasol Dinasty: Yes
Where is the Kobe Dinasty: Is the End, my friend, the enddd

Saludos desde Barcelona, ciudad condal. Quizá podríamos escribir algún post en español, así yo tendría ventaja.

 
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