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Lakers forward Pau Gasol to miss FIBA World Championships this summer

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After meeting with doctors, Lakers forward Pau Gasol said on his official website Tuesday that he will not help Spain defend its title at the FIBA World Championships this summer because of injuries and fatigue.

"We concluded that after another long NBA season, coupled with my participation to the highest level in all club competitions and national team during these past years, makes it very difficult physically to face an important challenge as the World Cup of Basketball," Gasol said in a statement posted on his official website. "This year I have suffered two major muscle injuries, the first in my career, and I firmly believe it is time to rest. I think the best is to choose an appropriate time to rest first than your body decides for you at the most inopportune time."

Gasol has sustained numerous injuries, including a left index finger broken last summer during a practice with the Spanish national team. That injury required immediate surgery. He also missed the first 11 regular-season games with the Lakers because of a strained right hamstring, as well as six games midway through the season because of a strained left hamstring.

Nonetheless, Gasol on Thursday will enter the Lakers' NBA Finals matchup against the Boston Celtics averaging 20 points and 10.9 rebounds per game this postseason, trailing only Kobe Bryant's clip of 29.4 points per game. And despite his injuries, Gasol managed to average 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in the regular season, prompting Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to call him the team's MVP for the last 30 games of the season while Bryant nursed various finger, ankle and knee injuries.

Gasol essentially has played basketball nonstop for nearly three years, including three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, the Beijing Olympics and practice with the Spanish national team, which won a FIBA World Championship in 2006.

"I know that everyone knows my commitment with this team, and I regret this decision," Gasol said of his decision to sit out the FIBA World Championships in Turkey Aug. 28-Sept. 12. "But in the last four years I'm probably one of the players who have played more games in the world, having reached the finals of all the disputed contests with the Lakers and Spain. Now my body is calling for a temporary relief.

"In the future I have all the hope of being part of this team that I love, and hope to be again part of the national team, our team."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol, playing for Spain, dunks in front of China's Yao Ming during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Credit: Dusan Vranic / Associated Press

 
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Good.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

The free agent "summet" that LeBron, Wade, Stat, Joe Johnson and Bosh are going to is cracking me up. Here's the transcript of the first meeting:


Moderator: OK, who wants to play together and take the world by storm? Who wants to forge a new world NBA order, a Y210K for a new generation? Who's ready to be a champion?


Players: "Me!", "Me!", "Me!","Me!", "Me!"


Modrator: And who's gonna take a pay cut to make it happen?


Players: ....snif, snif,....sratch, burp....shuffle...wince....


Wes

I think Kobe really needs to take the summer off after he pay backs the Celtics.

Take time with the family to renew and rejuvenate.

At his age, rest may be the best medicine.

Gasol has muscles?

Good.

It's not the years, it's the mileage.

wesjoenixon

That is great idea you came up with. I wish I had thought of it. lol

Wes,

Regarding the free agent summit...

It bothers me to know end that Darth Stern has marketed the NBA as a star-based sport as opposed to a team-based sport.

Not cool.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Time to go and do my treadmill routine. These go real fast since I started to re-play game six of the Suns series.

The results are the same every time. The Lakers win and Fatty burns off 250 calories.

Yeah baby!

Fatty,


Why not the open road? Treadmills are OK, but there's not a lot of scenery. Well, game 6 is a nice view.


Wes

"Gasol essentially has played basketball nonstop for nearly three years, including three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, the Beijing Olympics and practice with the Spanish national team. "KOBE ARE YOU READING THIS!
No damn basketball this summer!!
Mamba24

WesJoe, I think it really depends on where the treadmill is situated. Sometimes, there is some nice scenery at the gym....

Pau has literally been one of the top players in the world for the past 3 years.

Its good he's going to take a break.

Excellent.

Now if we can just get Kobe to announce something similar.

Fo' Show says "Fo' Mo"

That's real good news.

I appreciate everything that Pau has done for the Lakers since he has been here. I think that he is a great ballplayer. One lesson that I think he has to learn, however, is how important off season training is to his success. I was very surprised when he stated that he only started weight training in the past two seasons. That was after the 2008 Finals. We all saw what a difference it made in 2009, when a much stronger Pau was integral to the Lakers' championship. IMO, Pau has done himself a tremendous disservice by not embracing weight training earlier in his career. I sincerely hope that he uses this offseason to rest and to get his body in its best shape ever. As good as Pau is, I think he can be even better.

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(01) TIM-4-SHOW - OWNER - Fo' Show says "Fo' Mo"
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Ya D@mn Right!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN -
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Free Agency

If you can't go deep into the luxury tax, you can't win it all. You can entertain, but 2 or 3 near max contracts and a lot of luck are required to start a parade. You can spend the money and still lose but ya gotta spend the money.

We have to take some responsibility for that. Laker fans demand a parade every year. Fortunately, we have an owner that wants it as much as we do and he sets the $ bar high for all the other owners. We're also incredibly lucky to have one of the only superstars that's worth the money.

Our team is a big barometer. Jerry spends, they all have to spend. The good news? This series is going to be a huge return on investment.

I HATE WAITING FOR NBA GAMES!!!!

This is insane!!! I'm going through some serious withdrawal here people. Thursday can't come soon enough. I can't stand the thought that after this series there will be no more b-ball for 3 months. Ugh!!!

Hey Jon K,


The one thing I'll miss about this area when I go is the deer. You can not even drive thru the Indiana / Michigan border without nearly hitting one.


Wes

Fatty, why don't you target burning 250 lbs. instead of calories. Starting today till the end of the Finals, no more soda, no more popcorn, no more ice cream, no more burgers, no more tortilla's. Fatty go with green and eat like a deer just go with green stuff. lol!

The picture above shows Gasol mojo as a dunker which I'm sure ouchhh will vehemently disagree. Well, he dunks like a butterfly with soft touch but beauty.

Gasol, Kobe, Artest and Odom are known Laker weapons in this repeat performance. It is heroic support of Sasha, Jordan, Shannon, Derek and Luke as well as Meniscus Bynum that will bring us back to the parade. It is time to whack the oldies butts in this series.

good for gasol, i think he's anticipating a grueling finals run with the Keltics with his body badly banged up that would require a summer's rest. way to go pau, play your heart out thursday and thereafter. GO LAKERS!!!

I HATE WAITING FOR NBA GAMES!!!!
This is insane!!! I'm going through some serious withdrawal here people. Thursday can't come soon enough. I can't stand the thought that after this series there will be no more b-ball for 3 months. Ugh!!!Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 01, 2010 at 08:44 AM
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LOL! Calm down Princess, by the time the gameday gets here you'll be too exhausted to watch. By the way... I HATE WAITING FOR NBA GAMES TOO!! lol!
Mamba24(larrY)

Wes,

Yeah, I find it interesting that there are a lot more deer running around the United States now than when European colonists first arrived.

I do enjoy myself some venison every now and again.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!


Wes

If you happen to see an exceptional mating pair, grab em for me.
Apparently, you know who is calling for a sequel. Something about washing the planet clean...
So I have to do this all over from scratch.
Any help would be appreciated...

Alright, guys!

I'm off to a 14 hour shift in industrial gangsterland!

Keep the trolls at bay!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

The thing about NBA players and free agency and all that is this. I think NBA players have no obligation to owners or teams. Especially, in my eyes, black NBA players. I personally can't just forget the fact that for 38% of America's existance, people of color were unable to get a fair wage, or any wage at all, for their labor. The country was founded in 1776, slavery ended in 1865, it's 2010. For 89 years, or 38% of our nation's history, people with African ancestory had zero access to the profits made by their own hands. So, I have no problem with the world's greatest and most gifted athletes getting a fair wage for their work.


Maybe it's just me.


Wes

So, I have no problem with the world's greatest and most gifted athletes getting a fair wage for their work. Maybe it's just me. Posted by: wesjoenixon | June 01, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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No it's not just you, but easy brother. You don't want to start another political firestorm.
Mamba24(larrY)

Jon K.---Glad to hear you probably don`t hate Ohio as much as I thought. It`s just that some of your posts have a homesick tone to them, and you miss California. Liked hearing about the fawn. Hey, you`ll never see that happen on the corner of Wilshire & Highland!

EastCoastJessie---Take cover, Elle Wood...your Lakers are about to do the "Bend & Snap"!

@Jon K, May the force be with you in gangsterland brother!
Mamba24

LOL! Calm down Princess, by the time the gameday gets here you'll be too exhausted to watch. By the way... I HATE WAITING FOR NBA GAMES TOO!! lol!
Mamba24(larrY)

Posted by: mamba24 | June 01, 2010 at 08:56 AM


LOL Larry, thanks. I know I'm a little intense but I am bored out of my mind. Now that I'm out of school for the summer I leave work and go straight home to watch NOTHING. Can't wait for this show to start on Thursday.

NOAH! WHAT DID I TELL YOU ABOUT REVEALING ALL THE SECRETS!

I know Larry,


Just the topic of the summet and self determination came up. I always think it's funny how fans expect athletes to take less to stay with their team...teams owned by rich white men....just like the planta...


Wes

Now that I'm out of school for the summer I leave work and go straight home to watch NOTHING. Can't wait for this show to start on Thursday. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 01, 2010 at 09:09 AM
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My goodness this is terrible! Just hold on Jessie, Thursday will be here before you know it! Love ya Princess!
Mamba24(larrY)

Just the topic of the summet and self determination came up. I always think it's funny how fans expect athletes to take less to stay with their team...teams owned by rich white men....just like the planta...posted by: wesjoenixon | June 01, 2010 at 09:10 AM
Indeed my brother, INDEED!
Mamba24(larrY)

And in memory of my long departed buddy Chris on his B-Day. Some EE Cummings. Any fans? I love this poem, and how literally, a leaf falls in lonliness:


l(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness)

By E E Cummings (1894-1962)


l(a

le
af
fa
ll

s)
one
l

iness


Wes

All
I know... tmi...

It's not like anyone's gonna believe it though...

Always a sucker for Cummings..

I like that the l in loneliness migrated to the top
and made it "oneliness"

Guys - I banned Celticsin6. Don't worry

MM

If you want to make a logical argument, then you failed.

It doesn't mean your conclusion is wrong, it just means that what happened even 2 days ago is not justification for what happens today. On top of that, what happens in one profession does not justify what should happen in another.

I can't think of the fallacy name off the top of my head... false analogy is close but doesn't quite describe the argument because you're not drawing a parallel of one conclusion to equal another... just that one injustice cancels out what might be argued an inflated wage by a totally separate group of people.

My personal opinion is that pretty much 80% of NBA players are over paid, and I could argue that the great ones such as Kobe are under paid. For the work they do, they're massively overpaid RELATIVE to the general populace, but that's a product of being an entertainer. That's just how it is.

Slavery, discrimination, or any other prior injustice to OTHERS does not factor in at all.

But whatever makes you sleep better at night is nothing off my back.

Its amazing, but the Lakers won again during my workout.....

Treadmill vs scenery? Unfortunately, I'm post surgery and with arthritic knees, I really need a very controlled environment to lose some calories and keep things limber.

Scenery is not bad though from my workout room. Have a great view of a mountain pasture with my horses and the mountains in the background.

Edwin - If I lose 250 lbs I would be in the negative. And as to me giving up those wonderful things you mentioned, I have one phrase to say, "Get thee behind me Satan!"

Fatty - Who says the Celtics will lose because they don't respect us.....

Wesjoenixon -

"teams owned by rich white men....just like the planta..."

If I had to write a paper in college, that's the one I would write. The parallels between the days of slavery and the American sports leagues are very similar.

Wes,

I'm with you. It is the one (and only) reason you have never heard me speak a word against Stern. He has been the only one of the White NBA's power elite who has demanded and also set the environment where young Black men have been able to control their own destinies and fortunes.

The fact that you have Black millionaires holding White billionaires hostage every season tickles me to no end. They have Stern to thank for that (and D Fish, as it turns out -- go figure).

To me, everything else is everything else. I could care less.

BTW, the same can be said for Buss. Don't forget he made the very fist Black NBA team (co-)owner in Magic Johnson.

Also, don't forget about the (cough, stumble, mumble) Crap...er...Cepti...er...Celtics. They made Russell the league's (and I think pro sport's) first Black General Manager and Head Coach. These two teams really deserve their status at the pinnacle of pro sports.

I've got to (begrudgingly) hand it to the Celtics. They exist in what is generally considered the most racist city in all of America. It makes me give Red just a little respect (but not that much, mind you).

Well, that's all I'm going to say on the subject. But, it is nice to know that both teams in this year's Final are and have been pioneers in giving wealth to gifted Black athletes.

--FEARless

Not all NBA teams are owned by "white men". Further, some "slaves" are making more than their owners.

There's an undercurrent here that's pretty ugly.

White privilege, minority disadvantage, and socio-economics are far too big a topic for discussion here, and I can pretty much tell just from the small discussion that your view does not encompass a broad enough perspective to be argued effectively.

I suggest you wise up, shut it, and get back to discussing basketball.

How many NBA teams are bleeding red?

And as for spending money to win, Jerry Buss can afford to do it BECAUSE 1. Fan base, 2. Largest media

Jerry can get away with more because we'll watch the games, we'll buy tickets, we'll buy jerseys and hats. If San Antonio tried to do this, they'd go broke. Some guys like Cuban could try and pull it off because they can afford to lose money... but do you really think the Milwaukee Bucks could afford to lose money? What about Charlotte? No, that's why their owner sold to MJ... and he had quite a bit more wealth than MJ.

ECJ,

>>> I'm going through some serious withdrawal here people.

Me, too. Not only is there nothing to watch on TV, but I'm too catatonic to accomplish anything. But we gotta hang in.

Noah,


Yeah. As I posted it I noticed some odd/cool things I had forgotton. The title looks like "1.a." as if lonliness is the first lesson one will be learning. And then the whole poem throws the idea of pairs right in your face, with only the solitary, erect l or i, by itself. And then the only words are "le", "one" and "i-ness" which to me reads "the one subjectivity"...


Wes

PERVERT..........

WesJoe, I think it really depends on where the treadmill is situated. Sometimes, there is some nice scenery at the gym....

Posted by: #4

Tim-4-Show,

Before you denigrate others for being loose with the facts, you must be tight with yours. LA is the second largest market in the country, not the first. New York, and the New York metropolitan area are number one. Which means that using your logic, New York should be ahead of Jerry in this conversation. They are not even close.

Jerry isn't the richest, or the one most able to take the risk and absorb the losses. He's just probably the smartest. And, he genuinely is loyal to his players, sometimes to a fault. He stands apart, which is why I brought him up.

Others in this league, whether they are CURRENTLY loosing $$ or not, do not measure up. They didn't last this long because their franchises are money pits. We are currently in a recession, that is why this season only 4 teams are profitable. That isn't normally the case, and is therefore not an argument that you should stand behind.

But, do not question my knowledge on this subject, even if you deem to question my conclusions.

--FEARless

Or maybe "i-ness" refers to objectivity and the dangers of supposing that love does have objective qualities. Hmmm.


WEs

Fatty:

Weight loss and your upcoming cruise trip, way to go!!

hahaha

Sorry guys... I didn't realize he was joking.

I thought he was serious.

Carry on.

Pau's NOT playing for Spain in the FIBA games... HAHAHAHAH poor ricky must be turning over in his GRAVE... Oh wait, he's not dead yet, right?!?

=)

And MM,

Thank You for EXPELLING Celtsin6, I see that my response post became a casualty as well... lol... I know trolls will make their way into our little haven, but as I've said before... BEWARE!.. You enter this domain of FANATICS... We're like a bunch of CRAZY North Korean Dictators with our hands on the button ready to ANNIHILATE ANY and ALL those who try TRESPASS into OUR Border.

Thanks Wes,

It always wrecks me the way an artist can make an object like this with so many layers --look simple. Like he whipped it out in a minute.
Takes unimaginable labor to get this simple.

Nothing lacking, nothing superfluous....

#4:

Pau has literally been one of the top players in the world for the past 3 years.

Its good he's going to take a break.


Response:

very astute observations!! Thanks for the insight.. although I would say past 2 years, since the first of the three was a soft one against the Celtics..

Pau's NOT playing for Spain in the FIBA games... HAHAHAHAH poor ricky must be turning over in his GRAVE... Oh wait, he's not dead yet, right?!?And MM, Thank You for EXPELLING Celtsin6, I see that my response post became a casualty as well... lol... I know trolls will make their way into our little haven, but as I've said before... BEWARE!.. You enter this domain of FANATICS... We're like a bunch of CRAZY North Korean Dictators with our hands on the button ready to ANNIHILATE ANY and ALL those who try TRESPASS into OUR Border. Posted by: HalosAnt | June 01, 2010 at 09:50 AM
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LMAO, PREACH HALOSANT, PREACH!!
MAMBA24(larrY)

LOL, relax Hall of Shamer.

Nobody here cares about what you have to say anyways!

Danger, absolutely. If the leaf is the decaying touch (incarnation),
maybe that "object" moves a Narcissistic subjectivity into the painful world of the flesh....
A ship in the harbor is safe.. but that's not what ships is for...arrg

Pau, noooooo, nooooo Pau.

The Spanish National Team is your first team. Lakers only will be one more simple team in your entire career. You will be a simply role player in the Laker history, but you can be a Legend in the Spanish basketball history. Remember, Fernando Martin, Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Sibilio, Nacho Solozabal, all them, greats legends, and now we have you. Please Pau, forget the Lakers, then have now hes own hero, Kobe, and others in the pass (Magic, Kareem, Wilt, West...) You can be a real legend here in Spain, not in USA or in the Lakers history.

No doubt Pau, in Spain you never can be "Gasolf" or "Soft" or "Softie". Here you are the best basketball player in our history. Please, forget The Lakers, your team is F.C. Barcelona and The Spanish National Team.

Is anyone else rolling their eyes?

Hall of Shamer?

Remember, Fernando Martin, Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Sibilio, Nacho Solozabal, all them, greats legends?

Posted by: Ricky | June 01, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Nope.

Remember, Fernando Martin, Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Sibilio, Nacho Solozabal, all them, greats legends? Posted by: Ricky | June 01, 2010 at 10:01 AM Nope. Posted by: Magia32 | June 01, 2010 at 10:08 AM
LMAO!!!!

Good Morning Blog Family... I come to you, a humble man this AM... I need help.... I have this overwhelming urge to Pimp Smack the snot outta any and all things Boston. Last night I dreamt I saw KG and approached and he thought I was coming for an autograph and once in striking range, like a Black Mamba.. I SOCKED the DogS#@ out of him.. then I woke up.. I felt FANTASTIC !! It was like crazy dreamy morning sex except in this case, the look of KG's eyes rolling back into his head, as I clocked him.. was pure ummm pure heaven for me.. and thats when I knew.. I needed help.. I needed to be talked down !! Justa, Mamba, Rick, LT Somebody tell me its wrong to carry this feeling.. because I dont think it is lmaoooooooooooooooooooo

Pau, you should play by your country for the glory. Lakers is only a Basketball club, but The Spanish National Team will write your history, not the Lakers. Your should choise, be a role player in L.A. or be a hero in your country.

I think you got confused there Fearless.

My criticism wasn't aimed at you or your argument. The second half of my post was.

Yes, I understand that New York is the largest media - BUT, if you combine their media with their fan base, it's not even close.

LA = largest NBA media. period.

The point is not who can afford what... Jerry can afford to spend 100 million because his team makes it back.
I doubt the Bucks could spend a hundred million if they had to make it back.

Some owners don't have to make it back: Paul Allen, Mark Cuban are two prominent ones that stand out off the top of my head.

Combine this with that fact that Jerry likes to win just as much (or perhaps more than) he likes to make money, and you've got a fantastic owner for the fans.

From this perspective, a guy like Bill Simmons just doesn't get it.

Justa, Mamba, Rick, LT Somebody tell me its wrong to carry this feeling.. because I dont think it is lmaoooooooooooooooooooo Posted by: complex brotha | June 01, 2010 at 10:14 AM
ROFLMFAO!!! Complex-brotha, to parahrase a song, If Hating the Celtics is wrong, i don't want to be right. Lol! But violence is not the way brotha, this all will be solved the old fashioned way on the sports field, but...If you have another dream like that, give KG a smack for me also. Lol
Mamba24(larrY)
P.S. just kidding Red and 131!

is it thursday yet? i wanna c us kick some celtic butt ...

and oh this is what happens when we have so much lag time in the playoffs ... we get posts about fiba ... like really? the celtics are around d corner, i wanna c posts about how paula pierce is stealing candy from kids and garnett is wanted in another country for money laundering ...

and oh speaking of ridiculous posts ... sorry fatty but da sheriff gotta cry foul ...

"If I had to write a paper in college, that's the one I would write. The parallels between the days of slavery and the American sports leagues are very similar."

I hope u're being sarcastic cuz if anyone thinks that working 4 no pay, getting whipped and getting lynched is similar to getting paid millions to entertain folks ... then u musta lost ya freaking mind ...

like seriously, i wish someone would make me their slave and pay me 20 million dollars per year complete with 3 months off every year to do as i please ... i'd b screaming yes master all d way to d effing bank ...

still if we must talk crazy due to down time ... how bout we all start fantasizing about making every celtic player and fan slaves of the laker franchise

Complex,

>>> Somebody tell me its wrong to carry this feeling..

I could tell you it is wrong to carry this feeling. I really could. But I'd be lying.

Who else on this blog is thrilled that I am packed and ready to head out of town after this series?

Thanx Larry.. in my heart.. I know its wrong and violence is NEVER the answer, but the idle mind is the playground for the devil and all this downtime has allowed me to pretty much read every article written, once i read about Boston fans throwing stuff and going gangsta on our Temas bus with them on it trying to leave.. Images of me socking Sheed, KG and Mongo ( i have a friend in kentucky and she told me his nickname down there was Mongo, short for Mongoloid, due to the striking resemblance ) and Paula.. I'll prolly go play a few pick up games to work off the aggression

Pau is just resting up so that he'll be ready to complete the three-peat next year. Good move, putting the Lakers ahead of his personal desire to serve his country's greater glory.

Just arrived from City of Berkeley, one of the most liberal cities in America, there I saw a lot of white people who are homeless too. They beg for food, sell odd stuffs in order to take care of their daily wage. Police were roaming around arresting the drug and drunk who have caused trouble along University St. and Shattuck stores and passer bys. The residents seemed not too concerned about these daily occurrences, life goes on. It is only the visitors who feared to deal with the unknown, we want answer or else whine against the unfairness of the system. As we stroll around the home of the Bears, we had a hearty meal at a Thai Basil place and I ordered a huge serving of Kai'yang chicken, a Thai bbq. I did not finish all so I took some left overs for take out in a box. As we were about to leave the restaurant my brother-in-law who just arrived from Manila, innocently inquired from the owner who is a Thai about the current political situations in Thailand today. Well she didn't understand the question well enough to respond because according to her, she has no time to keep up with the current events in her homeland. Her main interest is to buy ingredients, cook and serve it for her customers. She is just concerned what affects her everyday because according to her life is not easy nowadays, her family has to survive, her restaurant has to survive and her employees has to survive. She has no time to be concerned on the politics 10,000 miles away. lol!

On our way out of the small restaurant mall, a homeless approached me and asked for the box that I was carrying. He said: I like fried rice. Sure I said, it is not fried but steam rice with bbq chicken, do you like it? He accepted it. My brother-in-law was amazed and surprised to witness a homeless in the streets of America. Because they have a preconceived notions that we are the land of plenty and opportunity as the richest nation in the world.

So Wes, there are lots of things that are unfair in this world. Everyone has their own role. We can only alter within our grasp, other than that, it may be beyond our reach to change the spectrum that has been going on for years. There is no Utopia that we have been dreaming of since the sixties. Homelessness and opulence will be with us till the end of time. As aging baby boomers, we are the sandwich age that will bridge understanding in the two broad spectrums of society.

Back to Lakers which is more fun in bringing back sanity. Let us not dwell on what divides us but more on what unite us that is Lakers Repeat at the Celtics. How sweet?

What a disgraceful, unpatriotic snub of his homeland, shame on you Gasol.

Jordan . . . the problem is: where u gonna go? No one has any space for you to place that suitcase in anywhere else.

I hear you think you got clothes in there that would fit a starter in some other city, but once you realize that suit won't fit, I wonder if you'll simply turn around and try on those bench warm-ups one more time. They may not cost as much as the other threads, but you do wear them well. And I hear Mitch and Jerry would be willing to lend them to you for another 3 years, if you consider springing for the sale price.

lol@ Rick Ok.. you and Larry are the voice of reason normally so if the feelings are natural.. I wont freak out.. I Kid, I Kid... nobody on our blog condones violence as a way to resolve issues.. we just really dont like Boston.. seriously.. Trolls, we know you secretly come here because deep down, you know your "celtic lore" took place long before some of us were even born and your only true claim to fame came about during the Magic-Bird era.. after that.. you guys were M.I.A for a couple of decades.. so we know you guys had to sit there and watch the Shaq/Kobe 3peat era and fume.. we also know in its present state, your team is incapable of a repeat, let alone a 3peat.. in a nutshell, we know you guys are secretly jealous.. so we put up with you the way one puts up with an annoying person ahead of them in the checkout line.. but we really cant stand you or your team.. sorry.. are reason isnt jealousy.. its just we feel you guys are beneath us !!! lol

sensei, I can confirm that I am packed with the contents of a starting point guard's wardrobe. I cannot confirm that said clothes actually fit. I just know that when he was packing me I kept hearing him mutter how he's "gonna be the man" and how he'll "dominate the Lakers next year" wherever he is.

#4:
Wrote: LOL, relax Hall of Shamer. Nobody here cares about what you have to say anyways!

Response: Was not looking for acknowledgement as I was only praising your astute observations, man you are good. It is always good to know that insightful bloggers like you exist who are intelligent and know their BB.

Wow Edwin... that was quite the wake up I wasnt expecting.. very articulate and interesting read.. thanks for sharing that experience..

Edwin:

Berkley is way ahead of its time, don't forget Internet was invented here amongst many other things.

Ricky:

Noticed you have been gone or banned by MM for being mean to Mamb24. You almost had him in tears. I hope this time you will be nice to him, he is a sensitive kind of person, his feelings are easily hurt. So be nice to Mamb24.

Well Suitcase . . . there may be a guard position opening up over there in the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I hear they're in the market for a guard from the west, since they're likely to part ways with the one they got named "west".

Something about him making a mistake about taking off too many of his clothes with one of the moms of one of their better players.

Not sure if you heard about that, but since that clothes thing is in your area of expertise, if you do end up out there, that's something you'll really need to monitor for old Jordan, to help keep him on safe footing.

please Ricky do us all a favour... write your posts elsewhere

sensei, thank you for the tip. Sounds like a good fit. If you are talking about who I think you're talking about, I think my owner might be interested. I did overhear him say something about "that fine Mrs. James" or something like that. Also, it would give Lebron the opportunity to prove that he is better than at least one Jordan on a daily basis.

Hey Epi, good name. Epi was my favorite spanish player all timess. For sure you know the spanish basketball. Nice.

Ahhh,

Escribo donde me da la gana machote, si no te gusta, tienes dos trabajos colega. Ala, vete por ahí a darte un cabezazo majote.

Hall of fame.,

Mamba24 is a nice guy??? girl??? well, i like it speak with mamba24 (I think mamba24 and MM are the same persone)

hall of shamer, nah, I'm not that astute, intelligent, or whatever. Average....I'm average.

But know that we see that you're not such a good judge of character, all the more reason not to care what you say!

But go ahead, keep pounding sand! You're good at it!

Segeboy -

I knew it, I should have known better to throw that up without explanation.

It is true, these guys are richly rewarded for what they do. But what is worthy of discussion is when one company can trade one human to another and uproot their families without having any say.

This is unique to sports leagues and franchises and is one reason why they want monopoly exemptions from congress. To put it bluntly, its un-American to have this policy in a true capitalist society.

But really, why don't we save this for the off-season, when we have time to really dig into it deeper.

Now suitcase, hold up there. Don't be dissing your owner. Far as I heard your Jordan seems to feel that he's the best player by that name our great game has ever known.

Which means that that Lebron guy . . . he'll probably have to take a back seat to your boss once he brings you out to that great gray city by the Lake.

wes and Noah,

Very good interpretation of E.E. Cummings' poem.

kudos

sensei, he's my owner but he's not my boss. You are correct in your assumption of how he views himself, but I don't share that view. Really, the guy thinks he looks good with that haircut too, so how much credibility does he have? I'm just looking forward to hanging out with some of LBJ's luggage next year. I hear he's got some fine carry on's.

Edwin,

Even though I find myself rarely agreeing with anything that you say, I am convinced that you are a pretty bright fellow. Great post. Well thought out about the spectrum of situations and demographics here in America.

But, please do not forget that there are not any truly poor people in America. Homeless? Yes. But poor, not really. Not abject poverty, at least. We happen to have the world's largest population of obese homeless people of any country on Earth. That's because any shelter in any metropolitan city in America will feed the homeless at least two square meals a day, as long as you get in line in time.

Some rural cities and towns do even more.

Everyone (of sound mind) who lives an impoverished lifestyle in this country does it through some level of choice. I don't mean homeless, I mean impoverished. As in, starving, without knowledge of where that person will sleep or eat. This country actually has a minimum standard of living -- that you can either opt for, or opt out of. Your choice.

Those in third world countries have no choice. That's poverty.

But, on the otherwise, I totally "get" what you are "selling".

--FEARless

almost all of us are more of wage slaves than NBA players are.

i do support NBA players making whatever they can.

Finally a player making sense! I hope he does weights and running for strengthening his base and arms this summer. I hope all the Lakers 'rest' this summer, or at least not play for any national team.

#4:

Thank you for your prompt response. I have always read your posts and let me remind you, that I really enjoy your unique perspective. Although, I do see a hint of your mentor LakerTom in your posts. And I mean it as a compliment and you are Sir indeed are a fast learner.

Look forward to another poignant post from you.

FEARless,

I agree with your argument, still, it's the (of sound mind) clause --we should add "and body", that holds a larger number than we choose to recognize. It's just too easy to look at someone and say that he/she's there solely because of their "choices". Once someone gets locked into a life of poverty and suffering, I doubt most would "choose" to stay there.

no no no, there wasn't a hint of facetiousness or sarcasm there...

Noah,

I feel you on both points. Especially since even I forgot about those who aren't able-bodied. However, most everyone's position in this country is at least partially their own fault. So most everyone has made some type of choice on at least some level.

--FEARless

hey there! I'm from Spain and for us is really bad news to hear about Gasol not playing for our national team. However, I think it's the right decision for his career. He already won the FIBA world championship, and what will make him a legend or just a good player is the number of rings he gets. Apart from that, I don't understand why so many people criticizes him, I think nobody can deny that what have made the lakers a contender during the last 3 years is putting kobe and pau together, without gasol's trade, kobe would be playing in chicago or new york right now, so please respect the spaniard.

BOSTON SUCKS!

PS: sorry about my English.


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