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Teammates befuddled by Kobe Bryant's wardrobe in L.A. Times Magazine's photo shoot

It was only moments after the Lakers' 104-99 Game 1 victory Sunday over the Utah Jazz that teammates caught wind of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant posing in, let's just say, interesting wardrobe for a profile story featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

So even if Lakers guard Derek Fisher says he hadn't seen the photos until a reporter showed him after Monday's practice, he was certainly aware of the commotion.

"There were some other guys that have already addressed him about that particular situation," Fisher said after the practice session in El Segundo.

Teammates were left with befuddled reactions, and fans and writers alike mostly had the same confused sentiment.

Bryant suggested the photos were "a little doctored up. The photo-shoot stylist, James Valeri, told me Monday morning that the concept was all part of an effort "to do something modern."

But even if Bryant suggested the photos weren't exactly authentic, he acknowledged he "had a good time" during the shoot. And for the fans who aren't exactly enthralled with Bryant's new look?

"I don't give a ....," he said. As you can tell in the video below, many of Bryant's teammates initially appeared at a loss of words. They also hesitated to convey what their initial reactions suggested.

So in the spirit of having a fun time, below the jump is a portion of what I would be thinking if I were one of Bryant's teammates.

What Ron Artest said: "He's a star. He's Kobe Bryant. He can do what he wants."

What I would be thinking if I were Artest: "Man, why couldn't this have come out last season when I was in Houston? I would've made fun of him all series and held him scoreless. But I probably would've gotten ejected every game."

What Lamar Odom said: "It's a different look. All it is is a white shirt, a hat and a bow tie. It's different. It's hot. I like it."

What I would be thinking if I were Odom: "Kobe, I'm the nicest, most sincere, down-to-earth athlete you'll ever meet, so I'm not going to say anything. And I married Khloe Kardhasian only a month after meeting her, so I don't have much room to talk. But seriously, what are you doing?"

What Pau Gasol said: "This is a different photo shoot. If he decided to do it, he probably thinks it's good for him and it's a good look. I'm not going to say a whole lot about it."

What I would be thinking if I were Gasol: "Who am I to talk? I took part in a photo spread in which the Spanish national team mocked the Chinese during the Beijing Olympics. Besides, if I say something, I know people will just say I'm criticizing the photo shoot because I think Kobe isn't giving me enough touches."

What Fisher said: "There were some other guys that have already addressed him about that particular situation. I guess things must be a lot better in L.A. now that we're in the second round and we won our first game and you guys are asking me questions about all kinds of stuff, other than how poorly we've been playing."

What I would be thinking if I were Fisher: "I respect the jobs you guys have to do, but seriously, let's just talk about the game. And fortunately, with my shooting numbers improving, my hope to steer the conversation to the game itself won't just lead to questions about my own performance."

So put yourself in the shoes of Bryant's teammates. Imagine you were Artest, Odom, Gasol or Fisher. Knowing their personalities and relationships with Bryant, what would you have said if you were one of them? The best comment will be featured in Tuesday's morning links post.

-- Mark Medina

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Faux Pas: I don't even comb my hair. Style? What do I know about style?

Boooohoooohoooohooooo.
My elbow hurts.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh.
I'm supposed to be the MVP.
Booooohoooohoooohooooo.

Glen Perkins is Big Baby.
Lebron is Cry Baby.

Boooooohooooohoooohooooo.

How about, just "Booooooooooooooooooo!"

Ammo: R we in Kansas yet?

This is what I would say; Kobe is our White Knight. Sure he's also our Black Mamba, but like the Wizard of Oz has two witches we got two Kobe's - the killer and the savior. It's all how you look at it.

This is what I would think: Whaaaaat? That dude is lucky he is married. And there is nothing to be gained by saying he looked real pretty and should give up B-ball for modeling. But maaaaan when I get home tonight I am going to have me one big laugh.

What happened to Ginobli? Did the rip his nose completely off that they had to tape it down like that?..LMAO

2010 Playoffs : Superstars who have/will fall victim to "Gang Green"

Dwayne Wade
Lebron James
Dwight Howard
Kobe Bryant

IF SA and Cleveland were to lose tonight, my life would be too too good.

it's totally unthinkable that we would slip up and let one get away tomorrow night... totally unthinkable after the Crabs went down in a blaze of mediocrtiy.

Don't have anything especially clever, just want to say that Kobe is never going to live down that scarf, oh Lord. Not that there's anything wrong with that, we should all be so lucky to have some goofy moment that makes everybody chuckle, keeps us grounded. Especially Kobe, the world is on a silver platter for him, not handed to him he worked hard for it, so might as well have some fun, be adventurous, stay humble, but I find it hard to believe he let the scarf shot go public, the others are either cool, weird in a modern way, or just non-remarkable.

2010 Playoffs : Superstars (has been) who will just fall and not get-up:

Kevin (Bony Elbow) Garnett

Ray (Ailing) Allen

Paula Pierce

i love Fish's first comment upon seeing the "White" photos: "Are these real photos?"

Farmar: "Style? 15 min. Of Fame? The closest I got to that was a 5 min. interview with Mark Medina."

Mark Medina,

I don't think you've mentioned that Derek Fisher has made more playoff three-pointers than Michael Jordan yet, have you?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

By the way, Marky Mark, loved the thread.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

This kind of stuff is really disturbing.

How is it okay for Darth Stern to say this kind of stuff? Isn't he by the very nature of his position supposed to be neutral?

Can't someone just throw holy water on this creep and make him go away?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-stern-freeagency

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hey where are you Let's go C's!, RED'S LOVE CHILD, and 131-92??

Didn't I say to worry about Cleveland and talk trash to them more on the forums rather than us who at the very least got the 1st seed in the West? Now you boys are paying the price muhahahaha!

As much as I want the Celtics to win so we can kick your butts in the finals can't resist giving jabs to your old men save for Rondo. Paula Stabbed Pierce isn't going to get out of this way with no Posey and Jesus Shuttleworth well he got blame instead of game. KAAYY GGGEEE is beginning to be a grumpy old man. And wasn't SHEEEED supposed to help out in the playoffs but now Doc Rivers is thinking of benching him for Shelden Walliams. ROFL!

Even our Ron Ron is helping us a ton with locking down Durant whom Garnett was crying about him being treated like Michael bleeping Jordan. LOL!

Enjoy your AARP's you three and remember: RASHEED MUST BLEED. Any more jabs? :)

Posted by: KB Blitz | May 03, 2010 at 04:30 PM

KB-

Im right here ... where are you!

Remember that its better to be thought of as a fool then to open your mouth and be KNOWN as a fool!

Like Ive told you many times ... stick to your day job!

Maybe LTLF can lend his new set of steak knives so you can eat some of that crow we depostited in your #$#%^$!

I respect the Spurs.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

It's a photo shoot in LA...get real. Doesn't reflect on his basketball skills nor his choice of clothing. Anybody ever see him dressed in all white? Who cares as long as he's in purple and gold (and the Sunday whites) when we want to watch him?

GO, LAKERS!!! GET THE 'W' TOMORROW!!!

I respect the Spurs.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 03, 2010 at 10:11 PM

I respect EVERY opponent, but thats just me.

131-92,

"eat some of that crow we depostited in your #$#%^$"

Where did you deposit that crow?

I'm trying to translate "#$#%^$" without success.

Am I confused or did you guys not make it the Eastern Conference Finals last year?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Magia32,

"I respect EVERY opponent, but thats just me."

You are a better man than I. I envy you in that regard.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K.,

Tonights a good night

Not because the celts won, but because lebron lost. Tonight, sleep with your window open. It'll prolly be real quit around your neck of the woods.

Faux Pas: I don't even comb my hair. Style? What do I know about style?
Posted by: Ouchhhhhhhhhh | May 03, 2010 at 08:16 PM

LOLOLOL... i think pau is part of the early spanish grunge movement.

"Imagine you were either Artest, Odom, Gasol or Fisher. Knowing their personality and relationship with Bryant, what would you have said if you were either one of them?"

[These are my manipulative responses as resident Bio-Chrono expert}

"This is just another example of proof that Kobe doesn't really want to win."

"He's only wearing white because he's ready to throw up the white flag against the Jazz. He's done."

"It seems he cares more about modeling that actually playing winning basketball."

"Well, it looks like he's found a better profession. We never really considered him a teammate anyways."

"Kobe who? Oh, I thought that was Naomi Campbell."

"Oh, Kobe's only doing that because he's tired of Luke getting all the attention."

"Did I mention that Kobe is color-blind? That's why he can't mix and match colors."

"I think he was drunk... on cough syrup... lots and lots of coffee syrup."

"Where's the photo of him blowing a huge bubble gum bubble while walking a group of Pommeranians by a fountain?"

"No eating a chocolate-covered banana seductively? What a wimp!"

"He lost a bet. A huge bet. I don't want to discuss it further."

"Well, he clearly made a wise choice in stylists and photographers. I'm sure after looking through dozens of qualified stylists and photographers, he sat down and said, "THESE are the people I want to work with! I know personnel!" {Bynum walks gingerly away from microphone.}

"Are they making a sequel to "Bruno?"

"It's all a ruse to confuse the Jazz. Really. It is. REALLY. Is it. Really. I mean it. Aren't you confused? I am. Imagine how confused the Jazz are!"

"{Long stoic silence} Did you know that chimpanzees will pay zoo keepers banannas to see photos of female chimpanzees buttocks? It's true! Really. Next question."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Like I said 131-92 I want you guys to be here so we can whoop your butts.

Nice game finally doing something right instead of CHOKING away the lead like in Game 1. You boys better do the same thing and not have a repeat of what the Pistons did in your little title in winning Game 2 but choking away home court advantage.

So good win boy now don't duck us again like you did LAST YEAR.

So, watching TNT right now doing a synopsis of the Cavs/Celtics game... they almost exclusively showed Cavs highlights. Odd.

The Cavs aren't making it out of this series. They're not

There will be no joy in Mudville as a result.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Joke-

I'm trying to translate "#$#%^$" without success.

Stick your head between your legs and you find it!

Boooohoooohoooohooooo.
My elbow hurts.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh.
I'm supposed to be the MVP.
Booooohoooohoooohooooo.
Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 03, 2010 at 08:18

HAHAHAHA..

STERN: my poor little lebaby.. do you have a widdle owie in your widdle elbow?
LECRAB: yes mama its a big boo boo
STERN: awwwwwww awwwwwww.. thats terrible. come here mommy blow on it for you.
LECRAB: thank you mama.. you always take care of me
STERN: of course ur my favorite widdle waby in the whole wide world.. now go beddy nigh nigh and dont forget your widdle blankie...
LECRAB: but mama i dont think i can beat boston..
STERN: dont wowy son.. mommy gave you mvp.. mommy give you ring too.


131-92,

What KB Blitz said.

I want to see you guys stumble into the playoffs (despite myself) so we can kick the living crap out of you without conscience.

If somehow you guys can lose every series and then play us in the Finals and then lose disgracefully, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!!

MAKE IT SO!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Like I said 131-92 I want you guys to be here so we can whoop your butts.

Nice game finally doing something right instead of CHOKING away the lead like in Game 1. You boys better do the same thing and not have a repeat of what the Pistons did in your little title in winning Game 2 but choking away home court advantage.

So good win boy now don't duck us again like you did LAST YEAR.

Posted by: KB Blitz | May 03, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Did you say choke?

Well I looked it up in the dictionary and here is what it said ... Gm. 4: BOS 97, LAL 91

131-92,

We don't forget.

We don't.

We... don't.

Not at all.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Damn Kobe. That's some fresh style.

They let you keep the clothes?

Kobe's Baaack! Uh oh NBA, and especially princess jimmy, he's coming for you!
Our swagger lies solely with Kobe, and it's obvious that HIS swagger is back.
Please add me to the Swagger wagon.

Fisher is the heart and soul of what it means to put on a Lakers uniform! Seriously, he is one of the few players I've seen that always hustles, works, plays with urgency, etc. The rest of our players need to follow his example.
Also, please add me to the Fisher bandwagon.

TJ Simmers is the worst writer I have ever seen! Really, how can a journalist be so hated by the fans of the city in which he writes and still have a job? I just don't understand it.
Also add me to the Simmers hate bandwagon.

Honestly, if Kobe is really back to being the Kobe we know and love, this thing is over in 4 games.

There is a look on Kobe's face that say's "I'm NOT losing this game" and when he gets that look, I have no more worries about that game/series. I saw that in the last three games. It's a determination that suffocates everything in its wake. Its what causes games like "81". Or games like "13", as in "I'm gonna completely dominate you but only score 13 points". Kobe is in a zone right now and the rest of the league is gonna suffer his wrath! "What's that you say, I'm not the best anymore, not even second best? I'm no longer a transcendent superstar? Well, I'll show you!"

It is hard to cheer for leprechauns when u have been a Laker fan for years. One W in the 2nd round, they are jumping up and down as if they're already in the Finals. These are what you call neophyte leprechauns in the playoffs, the old ones are more matured and stable in their fandome. Series are not over till they are over. Anyway, I cheered for the leprechauns for tonight tho' it breaks our hearts to remember the past Lakers tormentors from Don Nelson, Dennis Johnson, Bill Russell and the puffing Red A. may his soul rest in peace.

Speaking of the series, fellow Laker fans Utah Jazz will not take this series lying down. We have high respect with Coach Sloan. He is a fighter up to the last drop although he knows that he lacked the necessary pieces to overcome Lakers advantage but he has those little men who can duplicate what the Thunder did to the Lakers. Beware of Sloan's adjutments, he has been a veteran of numerous NBA playoffs before some of you here were born. As I said last night, aim for the kill of the Salt Lake rattler from the get go. No pity because it can bite you back. That's no Chicken Little forecast but just a voice of experience.

Well I looked it up in the dictionary and here is what it said ... Gm. 4: BOS 97, LAL 91

Posted by: 131-92 | May 03, 2010 at 11:02 PM


Lemme put 2 more:

2009 Eastern Semi-Finals Orlando Wins Series after Celtics led series 3-2 and losing in a Game 7 (where teams win 84% of the time) in an embarrassing 101-82 :)

Maybe another one

Game 1 2010 Eastern Semi-Finals: Game 1 Cavs 101 Celtics 93 after Celtics had a 14 point lead.

My suggestion: Protect your home court. Remember the other choke job earlier in the season in Boston and nearly again blowing it in 4th game of the regular season with the Cavs.

Again: DON"T DUCK US AGAIN LIKE YOU DID LAST YEAR!

Kobe seems to like modeling. He did two nice spreads in GQ magazine in the recent past. One thing about modeling, though, is that they often give you some STRANGE clothes to wear!

is it gametime yet?

What i would be thinking if i where Gasol: Por mi como si quiere disfrazarse de lagarterana.

KObe wearing a Ibiza look. Nice.

Karmaniac eres un auténtico crack. Sigo siempre tus comentarios con los que suelo estar de acuerdo, but Pau is a good guy. I think he alongside Kobe with all that he make. Kobe and Pau been not the best friends but good friends for sure.

on box score perusing after the game versus watching the flow of the game:

yes, the bench lost the lead. we could see that.
but the lakers also were 2 for 2 shooting three pointers in the first half and 0 for 10 in the second half (and all 10 were not shot by the bench )

mean anything?

Jon K,
I wouldn't be 2 quick to bury Lebron. Game recognizes game and as a mamba faithful I gotta respect puppet kobe's roommate.

Still I'm all for Lebron leaving Cleveland for NYC. I think it'd be grate for basketball and I think him not winning a championship denies the cavs the guilty trip leverage of "we did all we could to help you win and this is how you repay us". And what more to cement the mamba's legacy than for him to win his 4th ring over a squad featuring say lebron and dwade under the bright lights of madison square garden. Like what more could a fan dream of.

Also let's be honest, we're playing hurt and when we do make it to the finals (by the grace of God ... atheist, don't start popping off, 2 each his own) I'd rather face the experienced celtics than the young cavs or magic. Plus we all know even if we're on our last breath, we've got enough hate for the celtics to give them the payback they failed to show up for last year.

Haters, please don't take above as evidence the sheriff is scared of d-howard or lebron ... we'll play anybody no matter the odds, that's d kind of confidence mamba pride instills ... and it's y y'all love 2 hate us ... bum knees, broken fingers, etc etc etc ... nobody wants d champs but we aint going no where

Game 1 wasn't aired over here .... I'm looking forward 2 watching game 2 ... I like deron's game and boozers toughness ... but we own 'em ...

Lastly ... eMnieM ... regarding the all white shoot ... I'm thinking artest is glad he didn't get 2 close during his famed shower meet with kobe ... like really? wtf is kobe's pr agent ... I was partly amused/disgusted when the photographer described the bowtie/hat shoot as a mixture of hip-hop meets the gentleman ... like umm if you're looking for that mix, checkout jay-z in a suit ... jeez

But hey it's all about what happens on the court ... here's 2 another win tonight

24 + 16 + [3|1|7] = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

THE CHAMP IS HERE .... du du du du du du ... THE CHAMP IS HERE

Correction ... 24 + 16 + [3|1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Can't tell what'll tick off the karma gods ...

Lemme put 2 more:

2009 Eastern Semi-Finals Orlando Wins Series after Celtics led series 3-2 and losing in a Game 7 (where teams win 84% of the time) in an embarrassing 101-82 :)

Maybe another one

Game 1 2010 Eastern Semi-Finals: Game 1 Cavs 101 Celtics 93 after Celtics had a 14 point lead.

My suggestion: Protect your home court. Remember the other choke job earlier in the season in Boston and nearly again blowing it in 4th game of the regular season with the Cavs.

Again: DON"T DUCK US AGAIN LIKE YOU DID LAST YEAR!

Posted by: KB Blitz | May 04, 2010 at 12:08 AM

LOL ... OK lets compare "nearly" again blowing it in 4th game of the "regualar" season with the Cavs to the ultimate choke job in NBA Finals history!!! LMAO ... If that makes you feel better than go ahead. Im sure about another 50 years of therapy and you will be over that game 4 CHOKE!!!

Brilliant KB ... any other regular season games that the Celtics "almost" lost that you wanna compare to that game 4 choke job? But remember before you do ... Its better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and be KNOWN as a fool. You should say that to yourself everytime before you hit that post button!

It is hard to cheer for leprechauns when u have been a Laker fan for years. One W in the 2nd round, they are jumping up and down as if they're already in the Finals. These are what you call neophyte leprechauns in the playoffs, the old ones are more matured and stable in their fandome. Series are not over till they are over. Anyway, I cheered for the leprechauns for tonight tho' it breaks our hearts to remember the past Lakers tormentors from Don Nelson, Dennis Johnson, Bill Russell and the puffing Red A. may his soul rest in peace.Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 03, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Eddie-

Couple of things ...

1. If you find it hard to root for the "leprechauns" ... than DONT ... we dont give a rats behind! The only reason you are rooting for us is cuz you are SCARED of the Cavs.

2. Nobody thinks the series is over! I guess you dont feel we should be happy with a road PLAYOFF win vs the team with the best record in the league.

BTW you too should also take the advice I gave the brilliant KB in my prior post.


Good Morning Laker Nation, Laker Blog & 'Crue...
GAME DAY BABYYYYYYY!!! Eleven to go for the Lake Show!


@Segeboy/TheSheriff/The Champ is here, so I take it you didn't like Kobe'sd second career choice? LOl! How goes the Entrepreneur sir?

Good Morning 131-92. Huge win by your team last night, I must say I'm impressed. The young guy Rondo I have to givehim credit I never thought he would become a star but he is. So tell me, You think your team can take the Cavs? I know you can take the Magic, so if you get past the Cavs. you're virtually in the Finals.
Mamba24

Mamba-

Good Morning. Yes I do think we can beat the Cavs but we still need 3 more. Like I said last week, winning one on the road doesnt mean a thing if we dont win at home.

I know there is an unoffical cease fire cuz some Laker fans are "rooting" for the Celtics but I had respond to a few myopic Laker fans. Especially the brilliant KB who wants to compare almost losing regualar season games to blowing 24 pt leads in the Finals. Maybe all that crow we shoved down his throat is affecting his mind.

KB Blitz,

Nobody "ducked you" last year...KG`s knee blew out, and needed major surgery.

So, try being humble, and just enjoy your extremely "tainted" title.

Just like the one`s from :

1988--Isiah`s twisted ankle
1987--McHale`s broken foot
1985--Maxwell`s knee operation
1982--Archibald`s dislocated shoulder

Suddenly thinking it's a good thing Cavs loose, but endure this idiot 131-92 here probably a bad tradeoff.

On the subject of Kobe photo shoot – maybe he is trying for remake “Lawrence of Arabia”, but what do I know

I can't believe none of y'all actually came up with this:

"A dream to some. A nightmare to others"

To 131-92,

Congrats on last night. I wish you the best in beating the Cavs. You won't
beat the Magic. I wanted your scalp last year, but you didn't make it to the
party.

As the story goes, "Ancient my enemy .... "

Maybe all that crow we shoved down his throat is affecting his mind.Posted by: 131-92 | May 04, 2010 at 06:36 AM
Now, now, now. We can get our point across and still be civil. But I think it's destined that the Lakers & Celtics will meet. I don't care if the Cavs win game 2 or not it's over. I say Celtics in 6. Also Celtics in 6 vs. Magic. Good to see Rasheed hitting those 3's. Everybody on the Celtics seem fit and healthy so I don't want any excuses in the Finals, such as The Giant Green Balh Headed lunatic was overemotional. Lol!
Mamba24

Suddenly thinking it's a good thing Cavs loose, but endure this idiot 131-92 here probably a bad tradeoff.

On the subject of Kobe photo shoot – maybe he is trying for remake “Lawrence of Arabia”, but what do I know


Posted by: LAL_Fan | May 04, 2010 at 06:45 AM

Hey LAL-

Ive got an idea ... instead of enduring this idiot, why dont you go learn how to spell "loose"? Hows that for a tradeoff? IDIOT!

Ive got an idea ... instead of enduring this idiot, why dont you go learn how to spell "loose"? Hows that for a tradeoff? IDIOT! Posted by: 131-92 | May 04, 2010 at 06:53 AM
LMAO!!

Hey, 131-92, welcome to the home of the WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS. We missed you last year about this time. Apparently, you spent the free time you had during our playoff run gathering old clippings from the past. Good thing you did...in another week you'll have lots of time to rummage through those clippings again...or watch us win another one.

PS. That's really Kobe's twin sister, Naomi Bryant, messin' with your head.

131-92,

Hey, other than that quirk in the space-time continuum in 2008 which altered life as we know it for 1 week in June, where have your guys been for the last 20+ years?

GAME DAY!
WAKE UP! D UP! MAN UP!

They're gonna come out bangin' bones, gonna have to take a couple punches, but a 20 point W will suck the life outa 'em.

Go Loud, Go Lakers!

That's twice that Septics have had the game in hand IN CLEVELAND.

At this point, I'm willing to say Cleveland appears to be a bust against the '08 Kobe rules. Cleveland also has no answer for KG, Allen, or Rondo.

Paula? Well, one great series does not a career make.

Orlando vs Boston should be a good series. Which team seems to come out on top of that one? Who won it last year, I can't remember.

So bynum will be delaying surgery.

Congrats to him on toughening up.

Game Day!

Maybe all that crow we shoved down his throat is affecting his mind.Posted by: 131-92 | May 04, 2010 at 06:36 AM
Now, now, now. We can get our point across and still be civil. But I think it's destined that the Lakers & Celtics will meet. I don't care if the Cavs win game 2 or not it's over. I say Celtics in 6. Also Celtics in 6 vs. Magic. Good to see Rasheed hitting those 3's. Everybody on the Celtics seem fit and healthy so I don't want any excuses in the Finals, such as The Giant Green Balh Headed lunatic was overemotional. Lol!
Mamba24

Posted by: Mamba24 | May 04, 2010 at 06:53 AM

Mamba-

Sorry! You are 110% correct. I was out of line with that crow comment.

Why are Bostonians so low on IQ not to realize that if our dominant performance last year requires a "tainted" or "asterisk", then why not a less dominant performance the year prior when our center's knee went out and our biggest free agent was off half the year and could barely play????

Wait a minute, look me straight in the face and tell me that a healthy Bynum and healthy Trevor Ariza would make absolutely no difference.

I double dog dare you.

Do it, and you remove the asterisk or taint from our title. Injuries make no difference or they make one. Make up your mind.

bronxlakerfan,
Kobe seems to like modeling. He did two nice spreads in GQ magazine in the recent past. One thing about modeling, though, is that they often give you some STRANGE clothes to wear!

DAMM'IT DON'T WHERE THEM.... You're the BLACK MAMBA or WHITE MAMBA... I'm just confused.

Five down 11 T0 go, The real Freakin Lakers are suddenly starting to show
A wise man said, Lakers stay in the mood, Put them away, don’t play with your food
Faith is back and she’s still preaching “D”, Make them Obey, Show no Mercy
And guess what Mike T is back as well, He’s Mike T, you can go to Hell
Thrillah is mad, he was disrespected, Hope he maintains control, don’t get ejected
Mamba is feeling better everyday, The Jazz show respect and have nice things to say
Bynum is proving he’s a warrior too, Got a torn miniscus but he’s playing through
Fisher is showing he’s a money player, How you like that you player Haters
Once LO get’s it in gear, No team in the Playoffs will be able to touch us you hear
God how I wish Tex was well, With his input we’d surely give them hell
Watch out tonight Jerry Sloan will have his team, coming out snorting steam
I think Dwill is primed for a career game, Fine, It’s the rest of Jazz we have to tame
Boozer doesn’t know where the hell he’s at, then again he’s always been about stats
So this game will be a nail biter till the end, Just don’t panic, you know we will win
I like the new chat, yes I do, After the game wish we could chat a lil longer too
So Game day baby, didn’t take off today, Got to save some for the victory parade

Further - why all the living in the past??

The Septics time came and went. They lucked into an injured Lakers and won the trophy. Good for them. Immediately you could see the new money go to everyone's head and now that money is spent.

Meanwhile, we've racked up one ourselves - but I digress, the past matters not.

What matters is that in the end, the parade will be in the same city it was last year.

Have some respect for the 2010 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Respect them now, or respect them in 6 weeks. The choice is yours, but if you lack the respect now, I highly doubt we'll see you around for another two decades... at least save some face here. It's all you're going to have left.

Good morning Lakernation,

How is everybody on this beautiful Tuesday morning? GAME DAY BABY!!! Are you ready???

BTW, anybody buying this crap that the princess is tanking games as an excuse to leave Cleveland? I don't, who would pass on an opportunity to possibly become champion.

I'm with Mamba here - Mike T, can we please get a "Make them Obey" tonight?

You know, for old time's sake

Wait a minute - people are actually saying that princess jimmy is tanking games so that he can leave???

Put it to you this way, if that were true, they need to strip him of the two MVPs and ban him from the NBA.

It's not true. These are the type of lies that people told about Kobe once upon a time (purposely throwing a game in Sacramento, purposely throwing a game in Phoenix) - difference is that it was MAIN STREAM MEDIA making the accusations!!!

Mamba24,
I'm feeling the need of a roll call soon, theses photo's have us all over the place, needing a little positive vibration around here.

DAMM'IT DON'T WHERE THEM.... You're the BLACK MAMBA or WHITE MAMBA... I'm just confused. Posted by: 2PHATT | May 04, 2010 at 07:15 AM
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I think he's still in mourning for Michael Jackson. Lol!

Mamba24,I'm feeling the need of a roll call soon, theses photo's have us all over the place, needing a little positive vibration around here. Posted by: 2PHATT | May 04, 2010 at 07:31 AM
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Sure thing 2Phatt & I'll include a special link to a Photo of Mamba24 wearing his Purple & Gold Thong. LOL!
Mamba24

It's not true. These are the type of lies that people told about Kobe once upon a time (purposely throwing a game in Sacramento, purposely throwing a game in Phoenix) - difference is that it was MAIN STREAM MEDIA making the accusations!!! Posted by: Tim-4-Show | May 04, 2010 at 07:28 AM
* KUDO'S TIM-4-SHOW, A lie is a lie even if it's about Princess Jimmy.
Mamba24

It looks like the C's get to expose the weaknesses of the Cavs before the Magic or us got the chance. Man, the chowderheads come out in mass this time of year! I guess they have to talk about the C's since the Red Sox are garbage this year.
I'd love to get the chance to sweep the C's on their home court this year, but I think Stern will make sure the Cav's get every break possible to showcase their boy LeBron in the finals.
No matter what happens in the East, it doesn't matter. A healthy Kobe means we're on our way to banner #16!!!

@Tim-4-Show, at the rate you're going lately, I will not suprised if you will win back to back to back "reader comment of the day"....3-peat, YES!!!....

Just checked a link on BSPN where it says Stern has told "Hope Lebron stays in Cleveland".....

How the hell can he say something like that?? I thought sport administrators cannot make such comments, no???

Now that Stern has "hoped", I am sure Queen James will oblige to his "hope" and stay with Crabs!!

2008 NBA Champions*

Mamba24, Pleaseeee it can't be as bad as those photos, where's the love man...

Ruud,

Excellent point. If PJ can't say something to the effect that he "likes that Bosh guy and wish we had him" - then why is Stern, the head of the NBA allowed to say he hopes LBJ stays in Cleveland.

Total double standard.

The proper answer for Stern would be something like, "this is what free agency is all about. I hope LeBron makes the best decision possible, whatever that might be"

131-92,

Dude, look at the comments of the people and post replies... Don't nitpick and do spell checks, and call them as your "replies"

He threw a comment at you, and you could not find an apt retort, and all you could find as a reply was doing a spell check..

Language is only a medium for communication, right? You, he and everyone else here knew what he meant when he wrote "it's a good thing Cavs loose"... Given that, what are you trying to tell there?? He does not know English??

May be we are not the Harvard-educted nut heads in Boston, but we can understand what the other person means without having to do a spell-check!!

Less likely than anyone here being from Haaavaad is that we're too enthusiastic to double check our typos before posting.

I forgot a question mark in my last post. Does this mean I don't grasp punctuation?

TIM-4-SHOW, BACK TO BACK, READER COMMENT OF THE DAY THATS' A FACT
HE DESERVES IT YOU KNOW HE DO, SO THERE'S ONLY 1 THING TO DO
A BANDWAGON WE MUST START, KEEP IT GOING TILL HE WINS THE PART
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TIM-4-SHOW BACK TO BACK COMMENT OF DAY AWARDS - BANDWAGON
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(01) JEANETTE - OWNER - Tim-4-Show, at the rate you're going lately, I will not suprised if you will win back to back to back "reader comment of the day"....3-peat, YES!!!....
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - I say 4 peat for Tim-4-show, he's the guy we must vote for.
(03)

131-92

Last time I'm responding to you, because, first of all, I don't have time to talk with IDIOTS like you, who lurking here knowing, basically every Lakers fan hate you guts and hate your team anyway. What is it? Simple curiosity, Masochism or something more serious, the diagnosis which required constant treatment and medical attention? I can bet all my money you would have a very tough time to find any Lakers fan visiting on your blog, we usually have a better things to do, besides, what is the point to visit geriatrics ward anyway? Get some medical help, sooner, the better, RED’S BASTARD CHILD. And from now - STARVE THE TROL

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THE LAKERS SWAGGER - BANDWAGON
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(01) VMAN - OWNER - Start SWAGGerin' wagon! It's the natural next step, it even rhymes.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes! I got a lil glide in my stride
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN –RIDING SHOT GUN -
(04) #4 – SECURITY - Laker Swagger is BACK!

I forgot a question mark in my last post. Does this mean I don't grasp punctuation? Posted by: Tim-4-Show | May 04, 2010 at 07:52 AM
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WTF? HELL NAW, Not Tim-4-Show! Forget a question mark? B.S.
No way, no how, unh, unh. I refusssssse to believe it.

You all see now, 131-92 is now going to "reply" to me by saying, "Ruud, why don't you learn how to spell 'educated'. idiot"..... LOL

Larry, why I am not in the Lakers Swagger Bandwagon??? Even us Lakerholics have swagger.

GO LAKERS!!! WE ARE NOT AFRAID!!!

Larry, why I am not in the Lakers Swagger Bandwagon??? Even us Lakerholics have swagger.Posted by: Jeanette | May 04, 2010 at 07:58 AM

Sure you right mam! My apologies, i shall rectify that oversight right now!
Mamba24

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THE LAKERS SWAGGER - BANDWAGON
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(01) VMAN - OWNER - Start SWAGGerin' wagon! It's the natural next step, it even rhymes.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes! I got a lil glide in my stride
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN –RIDING SHOT GUN -
(04) #4 – SECURITY - Laker Swagger is BACK!
(05) JEANETTE - SWAGGER DIRECTOR - Why am I not in the Lakers Swagger Bandwagon??? Even us Lakerholics have swagger.


Mamba24,

"Learn to spell "refuse"...." hehehehe

Mamba24,

No matter you wish it or not, C's not coming out from the East, too old and cannot play more than 2 or in best case scenario 3 qts. This team old, as old saying - One and done. Rebuilding on the horizon and another 20+ years of mediocrity

PREACH TIM-4-SHOW, PREACH!

Mamba24, "Learn to spell "refuse"...." hehehehe Posted by: Ruud van Nistelrooy | May 04, 2010 at 08:01 AM
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Absolutely! Many thanks sir!
Mamba24

Mamba24,

Please put me on the THE LAKERS SWAGGER - BANDWAGON

No matter you wish it or not, C's not coming out from the East, too old and cannot play more than 2 or in best case scenario 3 qts. This team old, as old saying - One and done. Rebuilding on the horizon and another 20+ years of mediocrity Posted by: LAL_Fan | May 04, 2010 at 08:02 AM
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Sorry LAL_FAN but they must. It is their destiny. Our ascension to NBA supremecy will not be complete until we vanquish the Celtics. Ergo, We will meet, We will conquer and We will rule!

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THE LAKERS SWAGGER - BANDWAGON
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(01) VMAN - OWNER - Start SWAGGerin' wagon! It's the natural next step, it even rhymes.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes! I got a lil glide in my stride
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN –RIDING SHOT GUN -
(04) #4 – SECURITY - Laker Swagger is BACK!
(05) JEANETTE - SWAGGER DIRECTOR - Why am I not in the Lakers Swagger Bandwagon??? Even us Lakerholics have swagger.
(06) LAL_FAN - Director Finals Win 3 - put me on the THE LAKERS SWAGGER - BANDWAGON


Playing catchup...

Thanks to the blogger in previous threads who reminded us that Fish has just about been the only Laker not injured this year. The oldest and yet the most durable. A great credit to all the work he must put in to keep himself in condition.

I've been watching Fish since he was a rookie. He has never been the quickest PG even in his best younger days. He can never give the type of entry passes that Magic or even Luke can deliver because he's just 6'1".
But he has always been strong and used his head. Sure he does make mistakes but perhaps it's amplified because he does not make that many.

Fish is not the type of individual player that any of the Big 5 of the Lakers is in terms of talent and ability, but when the whole team plays good team defense and team offense, Fish holds up his end of the court. He's the kind of player that is not going to turn a team around but if the team is playing well, he's still good enough. I haven't really seen that many games that the Lakers have lost because of Fish. When he's performed badly it's when he has not gotten the team play that he needs to succeed. A Kobe Bryant can turn a whole team's fortunes by himself, Fish is not like that but neither are 10 of every 12 players in the NBA.

Posted by: LakerinBC | May 03, 2010 at 06:18 PM

LakerinBC, one thing that you've forgotten to say about Fish is that he can dominate a game, if that domination involes just one or two plays. Like a steal/charge and a three for instance. He's money in those situations, just like Horry used to be.

Remember how we used to just assume that if Horry took the last shot it was going in? As far as I can remember, he only missed one the whole time he was with us, and it was the last one that knocked us out that year.

Fish gives me the same feeling.

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Chick would call a game and put it in the fridge.

How do the Septics call it? Put it in the toilet?..

Posted by: ChicNstu | May 03, 2010 at 07:47 PM

LOL! Chic, you are in rare form tonight! SERIOUSLY funny, and apropos!

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Guys - I need some help.

Which do you like better?

Princess?

or

LeChoke?

Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 03, 2010 at 07:45 PM

Oh, JAMF, the anointed one. The only phrase that should pass through your particular lips in reference to LeBronze is "Princess." There can be no other for you. Being called a sissy by a girl is the depth of disrespect, which is exactly what LeBronze deserves.

LeBronze should be ashamed of himself. He shouldn't even want the help of the NBA establishment. His own team mate understands this. Remember there was a playoff game between LA (during the Shaq/Kobe regime) where the Lakers went into Portland and seriously laid the wood to them? Rasheed was injured, and didn't play. After the game, Shaq was interviewed and the writers were talking all about the Lakers finally being able to win in Portland. You know what Shaq said? "Doesn't count. 'Sheed didn't play."

Actually, sorry I brought that up. We STILL can't win in Portland... I'm so glad they are out this year.

What does Kobe say after games for which he doesn't get foul calls? He says he LIKES to play that way. He likes it physical. He calls it Old School ball.

At least the two of them act like warriors who accept no handouts. Princess Jimmy obviously welcomes the help.

You are tougher than he is.

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Justa, the most obvious travelling by the princess was not seen by any if the refs.

It's so obvious that even my young son asked if you are allowed to do that in basketball.

No MVP chants for the princess. Jon K, no free burgers from the princess? *LOL

Posted by: Jeanette | May 03, 2010 at 08:20 PM

Jeanette, did you tell him that it's only allowed if you are a man/boy being propped up by an ego-maniac before you've accomplished anything?

--FEARless

HEY LAKERS BLOG: I AM GOING TO TONIGHT'S GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!! SECTION 105 ROW 11 SEATS 3-5!!! I CAN'T WAIT. DO YOU GUYS AND GALS HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHAT KIND OF SIGN I SHOULD PUT FOR THE TNT HATERS? I CAN'T THINK BECAUSE I AM TOO ECSTATIC. LOL! IT WOULD HAVE TO HAVE TNT IN ORDER TO GET THE ATTENTION, BUT I ALSO WANT TO REPRESENT THE LAKERS L.A. TIMES BLOG. I WILL BE LOOKING AT THE REPLYS. PLEASE HELP!!!

Jeanette, did you tell him that it's only allowed if you are a man/boy being propped up by an ego-maniac before you've accomplished anything? Posted by: FEARless | May 04, 2010 at 08:08 AM
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ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!

Tonight is another chance to see what our team is made of. Utah has had more than half a day to rest and prepare, and the Lakers have the threat of the classic take 'em for granted let down looming. Let's see if the Lakers have kept their killer instinct from the first round.

Good Morning All!

Mamba please add me to Swagga Wagon.

Kobe's pictorial is pretty unusual for athletes of his caliber. Most athletes would choose to take the safe and acceptable route. But knowing Kobe, he'll dare to be the different one, the one who doesnt give an eff about what other people say. So I respect that. Fashion is art. And not everyone will see the beauty in it. With much thought, the pics are somewhat sending a message to our society as a whole. Homosexuality is in the rise, and we all have to respect that. Kobe was bold enough to appear "feminine" as many of us noted. Because he saw this photo shoot as an opportunity to show us that our world has changed. And that its okay to be different, to be that person the society love to throw controversies at. And you know what in a way that is Kobe, he's as macho as Rambo, manly enough to dare everyone to be true to themselves. He'll always be the most polarizing athlete everyone loves to throw controversies at. And these photos are the proof, because EVERYONE is talking about it. He's one smart dude that Kobe Bryant.

@ Justa and J24, I agree with your takes on Kobe's photo shoot.

 
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