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Predictions on what the Lakers eat for breakfast

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Ever since Lakers guard Derek Fisher recently shared on his website that he often enjoys a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast, it got me thinking about what other cereals get the Lakers going. Below is a rundown of what the rest of the Lakers' starting lineup likely eats to start their day.

Kobe Bryant -- Wheaties

Do you really need an explanation? Wheaties is the Breakfast of Champions.

Pau Gasol -- Cornflakes

Gasol won't amaze you with highlight reels, but like cornflakes, he's always dependable. Full disclosure. I came across this link that actually says Gasol's favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes, but I found the link after I wrote the first sentence.

Ron Artest -- Frosted Mini Wheats

I can't think of a cereal that's as equally good and bad for your health. You get your daily fix of wheat and grain, but it comes with a plentiful supply of sugar. That sums up Artest pretty well, too. He's what the Lakers need on defense, but he's disruptive on offense. In both cases, you take the good with the bad. Maybe eating Cheerios would solve his problems on offense.

Lamar Odom -- Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs

OK, OK, so L.O.'s real breakfast is probably a bag of Gummi Bears, M&Ms and Skittles. It's an approach that he credited for his resurgence during last season's Western Conference Finals. But remember, L.O. said he's been off the candy because he had gotten cavities. So if we had to choose which cereal L.O. would eat that would give him the fuel he needs without trips to the dentist's office, it would surely be this one. Nothing gets your day kick-started than by eating candy in cereal form.

Andrew Bynum -- Cap' n Crunch

Bynum is a great player and Cap'n Crunch is a great cereal, but both come along with some baggage. With Bynum struggling to abstain from injuries, he might want to stay away from Cap'n Crunch. That cereal was recalled more than a decade ago because its popper toy caused eye injuries.

-- Mark Medina

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Man, I thought for sure you were gonna say Ron Artest eats Fruit Loops for breakfast!

MM, though I agree with Wheaties, there's something about Cap'n Crunch that says Kobe.

ZAIRA… Thanks for the link. I love Karim’s drawing and have been thinking it would make a great T-shirt design. Imagine it on the front of a great white T-shirt with Lakers Blog on left instead of Kobe Bryant and 2010 on the right instead of Mamba. If you know basketball, you will immediately know who the drawing is. I think it would be a beautiful design for a Lakers Blog T-Shirt. Very artistic and classy. What do you and others think? Reminds me a little of the great Obama image.\
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Here is the link to the drawing. Take a look and let me know if anybody would be interested in this on a T-Shirt that says LAKERS BLOG and 2010, Thanks.
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TOM

ZAIRA… Thanks for the link. I love Karim’s drawing and have been thinking it would make a great T-shirt design. Imagine it on the front of a great white T-shirt with Lakers Blog on left instead of Kobe Bryant and 2010 on the right instead of Mamba. If you know basketball, you will immediately know who the drawing is. I think it would be a beautiful design for a Lakers Blog T-Shirt. Very artistic and classy. What do you and others think? Reminds me a little of the great Obama image.\
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Here is the link to the drawing: http://twitpic.com/1l03m6/full
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Take a look and let me know if anybody would be interested in this on a T-Shirt that says LAKERS BLOG and 2010. Thanks.
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Roy - That's a legit comparison too, but I thought the Frosted Mini Wheats was good to illustrate the value Ron brings to the team.

MM

Laker Tom - YES I"M INTERESTED!!!!!!

Is Charlie's cereal Count Chocula?

Edwin Gueco,

Let's take these in order...

>>>1) Diamatidis Dimitris

There were rumors two summers ago that the Lakers were negotiating with Dimitris to try to sign him, which would have been a violation of the collective bargaining agreement, so the Lakers denied it. Some say it was just hype by his agent to try to get more money from Panathinaikos. I like him. Big guard. Shoots >50% in the Euroleague, and >50% on 3-pointers, but he's really not a big scorer. Very good defender though, and a smart player. I think he'd fit well in the triangle. You do realize that he's 30, so he's no spring chicken.

I wouldn't mind him to fill in for a couple of years, but bear in mind that success in Euroleague as a PG doesn't always guarantee success in the NBA. Ask Sarunas Jasikevisius, one of the greatest Greek PGs ever.

Also, Diamantidis reportedly has no interest in playing in the NBA.

>>> 2) Spanoulis Vassilis;

Signed with Houston for a 3 year contract in 2006. He was offered more money by Panathinaikos, but wanted to try his skills in the NBA. Wasn't good enough as a rookie to get much PT - only played in 31 games. He decided he didn't want to play with the big boys any more, but Houston wouldn't buy him out. He compared their not wanting to let him out of his contract to slavery. Eventually Houston traded him to San Antonio, who let him out of his contract.

This is another guy like Juan Carlos Navarro. I can't see him being a starting quality player in the NBA, and he's going to turn into a whiny ass beyotch and want to go back home to mommy again if he doesn't get to start. He has some talent, and I think if he worked hard on it, he could make himself into a good NBA player.

But unlike guys like Marc Gasol or Tony Parker or Linas Kleiza, I don't think Vassilis has the patience and work ethic to improve himself to NBA level. If he did, he would have stuck around on his previous contract for all 3 years and worked his way into the Spurs rotation.

>>>3)Antonis Fotsis;

Okay, you've finally got one I haven't heard of or seen play.

Fotsis is a power forward. The Lakers currently have 3 big contracts for front court players for the next few years. Who's minutes are you planning on giving to Fotsis? Pau? Drew? Lamar? Whether or not he's a good player, I just don't see how he could break into the rotation, unless he's willing to play for less than a million and play very limited minutes, in which case he might be an upgrade over Josh Powell.

>>>4) Theodoros Papaloukas;

Pure point guard and in the Euroleague's 35 greatest All-Time Players list from 2008. FIBA Europe Player of the Year in 2006 playing for CSKA Moscow. 40% 3-point shooter this last season for Olympiacos. All time Euroleague leader in assists. Known as the Greek Magic Johnson. We already tried the Chinese Magic Johnson, so why not give him a try.

There are a couple of reservations I have. First of all, he's 33. Getting a bit long in the tooth. Second, how much is his buyout with Olympiacos? Third, is he even willing to come to the U.S. And last, he's one of the highest paid players in Europe. Would he be willing to play for the Lakers for MLE level money?

>>>5) Linus Kleiza;

I like Kleiza a lot, but would he be happy playing as Ron Artest's backup? That last year in the NBA with Denver, he was really shooting 3's successfully, and the Lakers could use more consistent outside shooting. But again, this is another player who played in the NBA for awhile, decided he wasn't appreciated here and went back to Europe. At least he had the dedication to play out a full 4 years, unlike Vassilis or Navarro.

If the Euro money dried up, I think he'd be willing to come back to the NBA for 3 to 4 million for a couple of years, but he can definitely make more than the MLE in Europe right now.

>>>6) Nikola Pekovic;

Minnesota owns his draft rights. He's a center. I doubt he'd leave Europe for the right to replace DJ MBenga warming the bench behind Bynum and Gasol.

>>>7) Nicholas Andrew;

I assume you mean Drew Nicholas (that two first names thing confuses some people). Wasn't good enough to get drafted by any NBA team and none of them has tried to recruit him back to the NBA. OTOH, he was the leading scorer in Euroleague back in 2006.

This is the first player you've mentioned who I'm almost sure he'd love to come back to the NBA and play for the Lakers. Problem is, I'm not sure he'd be any better than say Shannon Brown. And any money the Lakers pay to Shannon doesn't take away from their MLE money, so they could pay Shannon what they'd pay Drew Nicholas and still have the MLE to spend.

>>>8) Mike Batiste;

Another power forward. Really? Again, are you giving him Lamar's minutes or Pau's?

If the Lakers spend any money to get any free agents, I don't think it will be for power forwards or centers. They really need more help at starting PG or backup SG than the front court.

>>>9) Milos Theodosic.

6'5" Serbian PG. More of a passer than a shooter, but he did hit 43% of his 3-pointers in last season in the Euroleague. He's a little weak on defense, but he's still young. I think I like him best of any of the players you've suggested so far. He's got good basic skills and he's still young (23). If you got him into the Lakers' system and if he didn't get too homesick, he could really flourish.

>>>Include here American players who areplaying in Greece like Childress and Kalathes.

Well, Atlanta owns the rights to Josh Childress and Minnesota owns the draft rights to Nick Calathes. So you can't just hire either of those players, you'd have to trade for them.

2PHATT ,

You are 2kind. Look forward to your posts, as well.

>>>L.O.'s real breakfast is probably a bag of Gummi Bears, M&Ms and Skittles.

With maple syrup on top. Don't forget the maple syrup.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Nope. I'd go with Cocoa Puffs for Ron Artest.

He's certainly Cuckoo. :-)

This is to easy, I think you have the wrong cereal for Thriller, how about FRUIT LOOPS. And with the snub I looking for him to go gangster on the Jazz, don't give him his meds. Big time win tomorrow, take it to the BANK.

I gotta think Drew is more into Fruity Pebbles ?? I dunno ??


@ Justa,
Naw Sis, I wasnt able to post with any regularity cuz of the conditions in South America but I kept tabs on all of you guys and have been on this rollar coaster season with all the other Lakerholics ;) It brings a smile to my face seeing yourself, LakerTom, Jon K, Rick, LTLF and all the usual suspects, not to mention MM has found a way to deal with all of us and not OD yet.. however.. Mamba24 leaving during the midst of a Championship Run??? AWWW HELL NAW !!!! Not Happening !!! Larry.. by golly.. if I can endure the nuttiness of Caracas,Venezuela and find my way back HOME !!! during our title run.. I would be crushed.. absolutely CRUSHED to not see the INFAMOUS ROLL CALL prior to the WCC !!! Hmph !! ( looks at Justa ) HOLD ME BACK !!!

Kobe - Quaker Oats Cereal

Artest - Cocoa Puffs - he's coo coo for .........

Farmar - Trix - still plays like a kid.

Luke - Lucky Charms - the luckiest man to still have a job in the NBA.

Mbenga - tacos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1rZBxn3Zx8

OMG, Lebron's talking Elbows are hilarious.

I didn't realize that Lebron shoots with his right hand, but his left hand is his Bobo hand. Who knew?

Drew carries Playboy Bunnies around on his shoulders, why would he be eating Fruity Pebbles?

@ComplexBrother, Is that really you man! WOwww! Brother you have been missed! Couldn't stay away from the Dawning of Dynasty Four huh? Mannnn it's good to see you posting, it feels just like the old days. Sorry that you caught the Mamba24 in one of his hissy fits again bro! Lol! But It Was what it was. Incidently after all that drama on the stockmarket last night I officialy didn't lose or make a dang thing! Now how the H@#$@#@$ is that possible. Man the dice is loaded everywhere! Oh well like I said good to have you back on the Blog. We need more Heavyweight Talent here, so I can go sit my lightweight behind down and listen to the grownups. lol! Peace Bro!
Larry(Mamba24)

Rick F., Congrats on RCOD!

Is Vlade Divac still our European basketball scout? If so, I wonder how much input he has in personnel decisions.

OMG, Lebron's talking Elbows are hilarious. I didn't realize that Lebron shoots with his right hand, but his left hand is his Bobo hand. Who knew?
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Train your child well in the ways of Darth Stern. Body by Adonis, Mind by the Flintstones. Lebron he walks, he talks, coming soon to DisneyWorld near you.

NO WONDER THIS LAKER TEAM IS SOFT..eating cereal for breakfast?


What happened to steak n eggs and grits...grrrrrrrrrr..

Magic & Karim back in the 80ies ate Kiesh...

Good Lord..

EJK:

Funny you brought mentioned Vlade, just had dinner with him in Sacramento and he alluded to Kurt Rambis and him working on plans to bring Rick Rubio, another skinny, soft Spaniard to west coast.

Good day

Ivanovic,

I WISH the Lakers were trying to get Ricky Rubio.

But Kurt is the coach, not the GM, so he can't pull a Kevin McHale and just give assets to his former team. The Lakers would have to give up a quality player (Kobe, Pau, Bynum, Artest, or Odom) to get the rights to Rubio, and I just don't see them giving up any of those 5 for an untested (in the NBA) player, even one as good as Rubio).

@ Larry aka MAMBA24 !!! Yay@!!~!~!~!~!~!~! Now My Weekend is COMPLETE !!! :) Fist Bumps n Man Hugs!!! lol WHEW!!! I was hoping it was a "hissy fit" because I Knew DANG GONE WELL The MAMBA24 I KNOW Would NEVER depart the best damn blog covering the NBA right in the heart of our title run.. I just knew that wasnt POSSIBLE!!! Whew.. I feel so much better now.. all is right in the world!!! Now I can watch the Laker game and SNL tommorrow night with a sense of Pride!!!! Justa.. see you in Live chat Sat nite Sis!! LakerTom - we tried to tell them about Drew.. but Noooooooooooooooooooo everyone wanted to hate on our Boy!!! Playing injured?? I'd say he's turning out the way Tom and I had hoped for.. No More kiddy stuff.. Its Clobberin TIME !!!! Psssssssst Troll two words.. GO AWAY !

complex (my) brotha -

EXCELLENT! I look forward to hearing from you tomorrow night!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

OMG, Lebron's talking Elbows are hilarious. I didn't realize that Lebron shoots with his right hand, but his left hand is his Bobo hand. Who knew?

Mark G., you're kidding right?

You mean to tell me all this hoopla over Lebron's precious elbow and it's not even the arm he shoots with? You've got to be kidding. If you're not, OMG how stupid is BSPN and every fool who's following this story like it's news and it matters. From the moment I heard about it through the grapevine I said it's a bunch attention getting media manipulations to try and take the focus off of Kobe playing through all of his real injuries. What a freaking joke.

justanothermambafan:

just curious if you are done on the subject of LBJ's elbow and yes we heard you for the umpteenth time, next topic..

broken record -


Huh?? I mentioned it once. You must be thinking of someone else.

I love the thread. Disagree with every cereal, except Wheaties for Kobe.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K - Why do you disagree about Kobe eating Wheaties?

MM

@LongTimeLakerFan

"Well, Atlanta owns the rights to Josh Childress and Minnesota owns the draft rights to Nick Calathes. So you can't just hire either of those players, you'd have to trade for them. "

Josh Childress is a restricted free agent. The Hawks can match, but if Childress opts out of his contract with Olympiacos and signs with another NBA team next season (note - we don't know what the conditions are for the year after because we don't know what the collective bargaining agreement will be), the Hawks might not want to match because of the added luxury tax hit that they'd incur if they do that and re-sign Joe Johnson this offseason. That being said, the only way the Lakers could pull it off this offseason is if they do a sign and trade. They don't have the cap space to sign him as a FA - Childress is obviously not signing for the minimum and they used their mid-level exception on Artest last year. Also, if Joe Johnson decides to go elsewhere, look for the Hawks to try to get Childress to return next season; it'd be a blow if Johnson leaves but with Crawford still there they'd still be a playoff team.

Dallas, not Minnesota, owns the rights to Calathes; they traded a 2010 second round pick and cash to the Timberwolves for him. Cuban isn't going to help the Lakers out.

>>>Josh Childress is a restricted free agent. The Hawks can match, ...

But the most the Lakers could offer is MLE level money. If they did, and Childress signed, I'm POSITIVE Atlanta would match that.

But remember, there are a whole bunch of teams with TONS of cap space, and most of them aren't going to get LeBron or Bosh or any of the other Max contract guys. One of them will almost certainly offer Childress more than the MLE.

Heck, the CLIPPERS might offer him more than MLE. Small forward is their weakest position.

>>>Dallas, not Minnesota, owns the rights to Calathes; they traded a 2010
>>>second round pick and cash to the Timberwolves for him. Cuban isn't going
>>>to help the Lakers out.

Yep, you're right. Twice.

Minnesota drafted him, but as you correctly pointed out, Dallas traded for his rights. I was trying to plough through so many names, I glossed over that part.

I'll stand by my point though. The Lakers can't get either Calathes or Childress without trading for them. Yes, they could make an offer to Childress and he could sign it. But at the MLE, Atlanta would definitely match.

@LongTimeLakerFan

"But the most the Lakers could offer is MLE level money. If they did, and Childress signed, I'm POSITIVE Atlanta would match that."

Not if they re-sign Joe Johnson at the maximum. If they matched an MLE offer on Childress the Hawks would have to pay an additional 5.9 million in addition to whatever they owe in luxury tax. They might match and trade him for draft picks to a team that's under the cap and could absorb the contract without giving back salaries in return. A team like Minnesota could get Childress that way; it's doubtful that he'd sign a contract offer from them. An additional 5.9 million in luxury tax doesn't sound like much to teams like LA and NY with enormous payrolls over the cap, but to a small market team like Atlanta, it's a lot. Look at the Jazz, who traded their starting 2 guard, Ronnie Brewer, who only made 2.7 million, to avoid paying the luxury tax on his salary. Granted, he's not an all-star, but he plays great defense and was a quality role player on a playoff team.

Also, if they re-signed Joe Johnson, Childress would be a luxury to have with Johnson and Crawford on the team. Plus Maurice Evans is a perfect swingman to have behind those two.

A correction on my earlier post - I had a brain fart. I said that the Lakers didn't have the MLE available. I confused that with the bi-annual exception which teams cannot use two years in a row.


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