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Ron Artest still soaking in the championship excitement

There's not a day that's gone by since Game 7 that Ron Artest hasn't soaked in winning the 2010 championship. The immediate aftermath entailed an emotional, random and wildly entertaining interview with reporters in the locker room as teammates poured beer on him and he drank champagne. It continued into the media room with one of the most memorable postgame news conferences in Finals history. The Lakers forward expressed giddiness over a Wheaties championship cereal box, asked reporters to "acknowledge me" and recounted in elation Kobe Bryant's willingness to pass the ball in what proved to a critical shot in the Lakers' clinching victory.

As soon as the Lakers officially clinched their second consecutive title, forward Lamar Odom says he was "most happy for him" because it helped him further rewrite the notoriety he received during the infamous Brawl at the Palace in 2004, validated the Lakers' off-season acquisition and gave Artest his first ring in his 11-year career. General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Kobe Bryant were among the many people who watched Artest's postgame theatrics and concluded it just represented what he brought to the team.

"He was delightfully different," Kupchak said, "in so many ways."

"That's Ron," Bryant said. "He's a sweetheart, man. He just has such innocence about him and just having such a great time, that's the Ron that we know."

Plenty have gotten to know him more since the title, as Artest released a rap single titled "Champion" and has appeared in numerous television shows and nightclubs to promote it. He's been receiving little to no sleep lately as he's trying to soak in the entire experience. When I asked him if he's considered taking any energy drinks to keep him afloat, Artest said, "I don't like that. I'm afraid my heart might just go fast and then just stop."

Clearly, Artest doesn't want the elation to stop, though he knows the celebration will die down once he returns from a two-week vacation. At that point he'll be back to work preparing for the 2010-2011 season, when he predicts his confidence is "going to be out of the roof," because he contends he finally fully understood the triangle offense in the final week of the NBA playoffs.

"I was waiting to enjoy it because I was telling you I wasn't enjoying the playoffs," Artest said. "I just did not enjoy the ride when I was in it. When I was on the ride, I didn't enjoy it because I was so much focused on the ride itself. Finally I got a chance. When I had that chance, I took advantage of the chance and enjoyed it."

Lately, Artest has appeared in a similar mood as he did when he first signed with the Lakers for a five-year deal worth $33 million. He showed up to his introductory news conference ready to talk all things, including the Lakers, Michael Jackson, TMZ and the infamous Brawl at the Palace. He gave out his private cellphone number during his tour in China and spoke directly to fans. And he arrived in San Diego unaware the city had a baseball team.

Each appearance certainly sparked reactions. If nothing else, it showed he had moved beyond the toxic persona he once projected. Yet, intentional or not, it was during his appearance in San Diego that he provided the framework on how fans should view him in the upcoming season. With the Lakers coming off an NBA championship, Artest told the public to square the blame solely on him if the Lakers didn't repeat in 2010.

"They should. That's exactly what should happen if we don't repeat," he said at the time. "They won last year, and I'm the new addition. The fans expect to repeat. Everybody in L.A. expects a second ring. And if we don't then yeah, they should point it right at me, throwing tomatoes and everything."

Kupchak found the comments unnecessary.

"He put a lot of pressure on himself ... ," Kupchak said. "That part worked out, but that might make it easier next year."

Artest agreed with Kupchak's assessment.

"That was one of the dumbest things I ever did," Artest said. "I was playing with that pressure the whole year. It was cool. I wasn't afraid of it. I wasn't afraid to attack it. I wasn't afraid to fail if I did because I'd go back in the gym and it'd give me a reason to get better."

Yet, he was used to that pressure, such as when he decided to play for St. John's after growing up in Queensbridge, N.Y. He also credited a psychologist for helping him remain calm during Game 7. And Odom, who also grew up in Queensbridge, helped counsel Artest.

"Ron beats to a different drum," Odom said. "So what we all do."

Surely, Artest displayed some of those moments.

There were also head-scratching episodes such as his Christmas night concussion, admission to the Sporting News that he drank Hennessy during games when he played in Chicago (1999-2002) and vented via Twitter about Phil Jackson's public criticism regarding his shot selection.

Still, Kupchak dutifully noted "there were no problems that I'm aware of on the court or off the court."

Instead, Artest's struggles were strictly confined to adjusting to a new team.  He brought the defensive intensity the team expected from him as soon as his plantar fasciitis improved in February. But he remained lost on offense, unsure of how to operate in the triangle and unsure of his role within the team. Each good and bad performance inevitably created a new talking point over whether the Lakers benefited from Artest's arrival or should have found a way to keep Trevor Ariza.

Once the season ended, Artest acknowledged all the struggles in what he termed "playing the right way."

"Sometimes when I would get tired, I would settle," Artest said. "This time in the playoffs when I was tired, I attacked. That's what Coach wanted me to do. He wanted me to attack instead of just settling for jumpers. And he was right."

But that won't be the lasting image regarding Artest's first season with the Lakers. For the general public, it'll entail his elated reaction toward winning a championship. For Bryant, it entails seeing him constantly late at night in the weight room during team trips. And for Kupchak and Odom, it entails the fact that Artest will likely only get better next season.

It's still a few weeks, however, before Artest will think about it. For now, he's still celebrating.

"I'm going to be worn out," Artest said. "I'll see what happens.".

--Mark Medina

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Ya know Ron is going to be even better next year. Championship confidence makes shots go in. He won't have to wait another full season to get a pass from #24. And next year, he'll know what to do with the pass.

Can't wait.

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I've been enjoying some time off basketball since our championship over basston. Can you imagine the feeling of losing it all by only FOUR points? Wow.
I still read the blog and look forward to the craziness that will happen later this week with free agency.

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It's nice to be able to sit back and watch all the other teams scramble, wish and fantasize about getting this free agent or that to keep up with ...us. A few tweaks here and there and a three-peat is ours! If we could keep Kobe, Bynum, Pau, RonRon, Derek and Lamar healthy, that is the key. Steve Blake or Kyle Korver would help. We don't need the unrealistic (CP3, LeBron, Bosh) or the over-the-hill (Shaq, Kidd, Jermaine O'Neal). I'll take Raja Bell, Steve Blake and a Kwame Brown/Tony Battie type.

My only advise to Thriller is to continue taking you're meds, we can't have a melt down while partying all summer.

Yeah, Ron is a great addition!!

Glad Ron Ron has been able to put the whole Malice at the Palace behind him. Look forward to him throwing up crazy threes next season. Go Lakers.

The best way to describe Ron is that he's an ordinary fan -just like one of us - who happens to be blessed with the ability to play professional basketball. This guy's passion, work ethic, kindheartedness, and sincerity make him the basketball star that us average folks can easily root for and support.

Ron will have his confidence back next season. Just Relax and enjoy the ride.

Just to point out:

- there are 29 NBA GMs and coaches who are wrong every year. Only the team that won did it right. Go Mitch!

- a huge majority votes not for a player but against Kobe every year for MVP. They're wrong everytime.

- knowledgeable former pro (and coach) like DCollins spread falsehoods (the Machine). TMZ verifies their stories better.

- very few great pros know their stuff, most don't know jack e.g. MJ, Isaiah, Mchale, etc. Even Jim Buss drafts better than MJ (Kwame v. Bynum)

- sportswriters though syndicated are people too e.g. KBros, Bill Simmons. They guess and hope they're right just like us justa-butt- watchers.

My point?

Some people insist on belittling blog opinion. That it isn't up to par with "knowledgeable" people. Think about this next time- everyone here predicted the Lakers would win this year. That makes us smarter than Chuck Barkley, a top 50 alltime and HOFer.

I think I missed out on the Justa Butt thing, anybody nice enough to fill me in?

It wouldn't matter if all the Superstar Free Agents signed w/ one team, that won't be enough to dethrone the Lakers as NBA Champs.

Can anyone predict another team to be the favorites for the title next season; besides the Lakers? I can maybe say its the Orlando Magic, other than that what team in the East is capable of contending w/ a back to back championship team? None

Attention, attention: a Sun Yee sighting: http://tinyurl.com/2aaj6uv

On the Washington Wiz's Summer League entry.

Tough road back, but good luck to the ex-Laker.

I note that the The Wizards also picked up John Scheyer (which some might have seen as a poor man's J.J. Reddick). To me that is neither here nor there, since LA is looking at guys like Bell, Blake or Korver. But, if Scheyer then why not Zoubek?

I'm rather surprised that no one has yet picked him up for a look-see. I understand that he has limited offense, but if LA is only looking for a wide body who will bang and claw in practice then why not him? Personally, I liked DJ (because he actually had some offensive skill) but I understand that he was a defensive disaster and also that his salary is/would be twice what a rookie would command. So, again, why not a guy like Zoubek?

Also, as the Lakers only have 5 on their summer roster, who are they going to fill out their line-up with?

Yeah, the Superband concept of NBA Teams has a spotty record of success. Wilt, Jerry and Elgin won once. And The Laker's Big 4 experiment faded with Malone's knee. Boston's Big 3 got one title and came close this year, but it proves that there are no guarantees. Only one ball to go around, and a long season in which egos still have to get soothed and managed.

LeBron and D-Wade are not like Kobe-Pau in terms of how their positioning on the court fits with basketball theory. Kobe and Pau is a better dynamic in terms of court spacing and roles to be played.

Whatever Miami puts together, I still have strong doubts that it will beat the team LA has even without adding the necessary bench parts (which Mitch and Co. will effectively do).

There is no way that LBJ wants to be second to anyone, specially to Wade. Same goes to him going to Chicago. All he cares about is being a billionaire, and the only way he can come close to doing that is in New York and maybe LA.

It's a given. If he goes to NY he is going to be loved by everyone for 3 years. Then its on to question how commited he is to winning.

If he chooses to try the Clippers ( which is gonna be bought by a rich guy who likes to spend and win) he is going to be loved immediately by every Laker/Kobe hater, which is a whole lot of people.

Also the word is, as far as i know that the Staples Center is going to go some expensive reconstruction and expansion.

Why must I wake up and read all these crazy comments? Joe Conrad, my man, you are insane if you think someone like LeBron only cares about money. Have you seen his face after playoff losses? That is not the face of a guy who only wants to cash a big check. See Cedric Ceballos leaving the team mid-season for a trip to lake Mead if you want to see someone who puts money or other stuff before winning. LeBron has WAY too much on the line to only care about money. If he never wins a ring he'll go down as the biggest loser of all time, and I doubt the stink of that title can be washed away by the sweet sprinkle of a few extra million dollars.


So...is it gameday yet?


I got my jersey, mamma!


Wes

Sounds like Wes Joe is a LBJ fan. I'm sorry, i'll address to u Wes Joe.

If LBJ really cares about winning a ring he will sign w/ chicago or Miami. If he signs w/ Chicago he will never be bigger than MJ. If he signs w/ Miami he will never be bigger than Wade. Lets not forget if anyone ever pays attention to the Heat home games. They never fill the arena, even when LBJ comes around. The only time that the bowl is full or close to being full, is when them hated Lakers come.

And only because it becomes Wade VS Kobe.

Lebronze face after games, i have seen them, and i have seen them before games. Always celebrating something. Making some sort of spectable of himself. What i mean is LBJ trying to entertain an audience. Thats his calling; an entertainer.

LBJ is the KING, i ask King of what?

Who has the #1 Jersey for the past two years?

I'm not a LBJ fan Joe. But, just be real.


Wes

Travelin' Wilbury's!!!

nice

So, B Scott wants the Cavs job with or without LBJ.

If no PJ, B Shaw wins by default.

I don't know how i am not being real? I thought readers of this blog could log on and comment and express their opinions even if they were some crazy radical ideas.

Maybe cause i said that Staples Center is going to expand and be bigger. How unrealistic is that? 3 YEARS back there was nothing but a parking lot. Come 2011 Staples Center is going to host the NBA ALL- STAR GAME. Why is that? OH because they built this expensive towering hotel in the middle of that parking lot. Also, they decided to build these restaurants that only exist in Beverly Hills, near this hotel. Its all about money. ESPN has that nice little studio just above STaples Center. Who owns ESPN?


It's a magical world after all.

Its all about PJ......& Lebron

If I understand this right, Shaw and By Scott are interested in Cleveland's coaching job, but are waiting to see if Jackson retires, because they both want the possible vacant Lakers job first.

I think Cleveland prefers Shaw because Lebron likes the triangle offense over Scott's version of Showtime.

So, it all might hinge on Jackson to start the Lebron free agent domino effect. Once Jackson makes up his mind, then Cleveland will make their decision for coach. Then everyone will wait for James to make up his mind where he wants to play. Once that happens, a real scramble will take place, while teams rush to get the free agents they want after James.

Uhm......

Unless I felt strongly that a team had a chance to get James, I would ignore him and go for the agents available and avoid the rush.

As the wise old proverb says, "The early bird gets the free agent worm"

Fatty - Who still thinks no matter how good a team looks on paper, our Lakers scissors will cut them up in the Finals.

Kobe's finger is *NOT* good.

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/finger-255473-bryant-never.html

snippet:

He might never play again without wearing support for his damaged right index finger.

The middle knuckle on that critical finger on Bryant’s shooting hand is so debilitated by arthritis after the past season of misuse and overuse that there may be no real way to fix it. Bryant will consult with specialists in July to figure out his options, but arthritis is not a problem that can just be cleaned up with arthroscopic surgery or wished away with a little rest.


snippet:
And now that Bryant played out the season with the splint and heavy tape job compensating for the lack of strength in the finger, perhaps he can never live without it.

Cartilage damage in a finger joint simply isn’t easily fixed because there is so little cartilage with which to work. For Bryant’s purposes of shooting and handling a basketball, fusing the joint is hardly a viable option.

Bryant has always been open to cutting-edge technology and treatment – whether medically with physical therapist Judy Seto or training-wise with Tim Grover or strategically with personal advance scout Mike Procopio – and will again be in this case.

Not good news about Kobe's finger. But he is a warrior and hopefully he is smart enough to not kill himself during the regular season.

Not good news about Kobe's finger. But he is a warrior and hopefully he is smart enough to not kill himself during the regular season.

It sounds like Randy Foye is available. Is he a good fit for our team? Is he out of our price range?

http://www.nba.com/2010/news/06/28/bosh.raptors.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2

snippet: Colangelo tells radio station Fan590 in Toronto that the Raptors still hope to keep Bosh, but "it's becoming more and more clear that that's not going to happen." Colangelo says if Bosh does want to leave, he will try to work a sign-and-trade arrangement that could help both sides.

Colangelo confirmed that Bosh did not exercise his option for next season, making him a free agent.

my response: I wonder if he's regretting not doing the trade back b4 feb....

Joe,


Not trying to be rude to you, I just can't do to LeBron what so many people did to Kobe all these years. The Kobe hate has been as deep as salt water and I think Laker fans are better than the fools who did all that stuff.


That's it.


Wes

And I hope the rumors of the Lakers offering Odom and Bynum for Bosh and Jarret Jack are not true. That would be bad...


Wes

LBJ is the KING, i ask King of what?

Posted by: Joe_Corad


ACCORDING TO THE MEDIA AND NBA PLAYERS

LATEST NEWS HAS:

LBJ, BOSH joining forces with DWADE... this concerns me

Kobe's finger is *NOT* good.


MAYBE NOW IT WILL FORCE HIM TO DRIBBLE LESS AND PASS MORE

WEIGHING IN ON KOBE HATERS . . .

I am not a Kobe hater. As a loyal LAKER LOVER, anyone wearing that LA uniform gets my love... PERIOD. So admittedly I am NOT objective. I do have a blind eye. I choose to overlook indiscretions. Now with those disclaimers freely admitted...

--I hate it when KG does that scowling, "I-am-vicious" face in contempt of all others. I suppose Kobe haters say the same thing about Kobe.

--Reuben Patterson rapes babysitter... Deshawn Stevenson rapes a girl... etc., etc... The rap sheet is very long on sex crimes in the NBA. I hate those crimes. I suppose Kobe haters lump Kobe in with that crowd.

--Shaq dunks in preseason game and screams AT his boss, "PAY ME!!!" and my stomach feels queezy. I suppose Kobe haters can point to his rant against Kupchak and Buss in '07.

--Pippen refuses coach's order to re-enter playoff game... Horry flips towel in coach's face... Sprewell chokes coach at practice. Yuck. I suppose Kobe haters view Kobe's insolence in the same way.

Popularity is an illusive quality. All of us old enough to have experienced both the years in High School AND the class reunions know how popularity is NOT a true indicator of success or greatness.

The only voices worthy of listening to when offering judgments on Kobe, are those voices who don't care about popularity.

Funny thing about Michael Jordan. The indisputable and ironic fact is that a key component of his greatness was his . . . POPULARITY.

Mike

Attention, attention: a Sun Yee sighting: http://tinyurl.com/2aaj6uv


YAY! Thanks for the link.

And it's Sun Yue.

What are Washington going to do with Arenas, Hinrich, Wall, and Chinese Magic Johnson? I can't imagine he'll make the roster.

Not much to the LA Summer League team so far.

Caracter & Ebanks of course.

Crittenton. Wouldn't surprise me a bit to see him make the team. If you think about it, he's a bit like Shannon Brown. The first 3 teams he was with barely used Shannon. And when the Lakers actually gave him a chance, he made the most of it. Critter is also very athletic. I could see him making the team and the rotation.

Frank Robinson? DJ Strawberry? Not likely.

Wes Joe,

I disagree. But in my opinion, THEY ALL care more about money than winning. DEFINITELY LeBron. But also Kobe.

If LeBron wants to win championships, All he has to do is have his agent call one of 2 teams - the Lakers or Orlando. He could sign with either team for a MLE and that team would IMMEDIATELY become favorite to win a championship.

Or, if you want to avoid the bandwagon joining, he could agree to sign with the Knicks for a full MLE so that they could sign Bosh, Joe Johnson, and a third (non-max) free agent (let's say Steve Blake) as well. Then they'd have a core of LeBron, Bosh, Joe Johnson, Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Blake, and maybe David Lee as well. That would be enough to win the East and at least challenge for a title.

By insisting on max dollars wherever he goes, LeBron reduces the odds that the team will be able to buy the other pieces to build around him to win.

Actually, same goes with Kobe. Kobe just signed a big bucks extension - 3 years at about 27 million a year. If Kobe cared more about titles than money, he could have said, I'll take 10 million a year if you'll spend the money you save on my contract to bring in other quality role players.

If he had done that, then there would be no talk now of possibly dumping Lamar's salary or letting Shannon walk. Instead, the Lakers would re-sign Shannon for a multi-year deal starting at 3 or 3.5 million, they'd definitely be keeping Lamar, and they'd be looking to offer a couple of years of full MLE money to get the best point guard they can get.

Don't get me wrong. Kobe and LeBron deserve every penny they get. THEY are the reason the NBA is successful, not owners or managers or whatever. But if they truly placed championships above money, they'd take less money when they sign so that the team around them could be as strong as possible.

Guten Morgen...

..gracias for the Wilburys, Wes. Because I'm already sick of trade rumors, I like today's thread within a thread: Superbands.

..even w/o Jerry..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCpCmt0OXNc

..Mullets?..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRcVo93boSQ

Joe Conrad,

>>>If he signs w/ Miami he will never be bigger than Wade.

I disagree. It would take a lot to be considered better than Michael (ask Kobe). But Wade's only ever won one ring.

If LeBron came in and they won 3 or 4 rings together, then Many people would say that it was LeBron who got them the rings. (much as there are many who give Shaq all of the credit for the Lakers 3peat).

The more I hear Ron talk, the more I love him and the happier I am that he became a Laker.

Voting results to date for BUTT WATCH 2010:


phred - 2
justa - 1

COME ON PEOPLE! GET OUT & VOTE!! LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!!


Don't let me lose to phred - of all people.... :(

justa, you have my vote.

and phred, you have mine too.

p ang - WISHY WASHY. You MUST decide.

LongTimeLakerFan,

you wrote: Actually, same goes with Kobe. Kobe just signed a big bucks extension - 3 years at about 27 million a year. If Kobe cared more about titles than money, he could have said, I'll take 10 million a year if you'll spend the money you save on my contract to bring in other quality role players.

my response: With respect, I disagree. Kobe *waited* until after Dr. Buss
signed the other players before he signed his contract. This is *NOT*
opinion. This *IS* historical *FACT*. Do you consider Artest, D-Fish,
LO & Bynum to be quality role players?

Yes, there is a historical record of Magic taking less $ to win a championship.
There is also a historical record of MJ making 30 mil per year and winning
multiple championships. The question then becomes .... Of the *FORTY*
million in profits that the Lakers garnered from the season ... How much of
that could/should Kobe get?

Noah,


That was my 5th favorite Wilbury's song, but the others weren't on youtube. They were the best of the superbands, with Roy and his vocals leading the way. I loved that group.


This Miami thing is amazing. Never before in sports history have the top 3 feww agents chosen to ply together. This is amazing. That's like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard coming to play with Kobe...my lord.


And can I toss my favorite pop song of the 80s in the frey? This is a sleeper, but I just think it's the best light piece of pop music from that decade.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNT7uZf7lew


No? What's your choice?


Wes

Feww = free


Wes

Justa you got my vote.

>>>It sounds like Randy Foye is available. Is he a good fit for our team? Is he out
>>>of our price range?

41% shooter overall & 35% 3-point shooter. He'd be a downgrade from Farmar. Are you sure you want him?

Noah,


There's a version of "Friend of the Devil" live by Dylan, that melts my bones when I hear it. I believe he played it after Jerry died, and he slowed it down with violin...so weary and heartheavy...Not this version, slower...still...


And that Dylan/Dead show in Anahiem in like '89...worst show I ever saw...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXE2vCKHDn0


Wes

>>>And I hope the rumors of the Lakers offering Odom and Bynum for Bosh and
>>>Jarret Jack are not true. That would be bad...

What? Where are those rumors from? There may have been some wild trade idea thrown out by a blogger, but nobody would seriously trade 2 of the Lakers 3 front court players for one big and a pretty good (but not great) pg.

If you were talking Odom and Bynum for Chris Paul and Okafor, then I might buy it. It's easier to find a backup big than to find a special PG like Chris Paul.

But Jarrett Jack? No way.

>>>And I hope the rumors of the Lakers offering Odom and Bynum for Bosh and
>>>Jarret Jack are not true. That would be bad...

What? Where are those rumors from? There may have been some wild trade idea thrown out by a blogger, but nobody would seriously trade 2 of the Lakers 3 front court players for one big and a pretty good (but not great) pg.

If you were talking Odom and Bynum for Chris Paul and Okafor, then I might buy it. It's easier to find a backup big than to find a special PG like Chris Paul.

But Jarrett Jack? No way.

Speaking of butts. When I was little kid, we had these weird photographs my dad kept under his matress...well, one was a butt stuck inside a 2 car garage, and I swear I spent 2-3 years of my childhood trying to figure out how that butt got a) that big and b) stuck inside a garage. I knew not of the magic of photography...


Wes

I loved the Wilburys.. Dylan's cranky "Waiting for a New Blue Moon"...
I played em so much I remember my daughter at four running around singing "put it in a cool, dry place"...

..this isn't a band, but I like these get togethers..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD8Fv2PRRis

Even though I've never seen Justa or phred's butts, I have to assume Justa's is better.

My vote is for Justa (since I can't vote for myself)



BTW - Pau will be on Rome today

>>>LBJ, BOSH joining forces with DWADE... this concerns me

Not me. We'd have Artest to put on Bronnie, Pau to put on Bosh, and Kobe to put on Wade. And they could reverse those coverages... and if they do, who guards Bynum? Someone they sign for a league minimum contract? MBenga maybe?

And who guards Fish? Chalmers?

The only way LBJ, BOSH, WADE worries me is if they all agree to sign for 10 million dollars each so that their team can sign a couple of quality role players as well.

SCARY and POSSIBLY A NEW DYNASTY IN THE MAKING IF...

Sources close to the situation said Monday night that three of the biggest names in basketball -- Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James -- met over the weekend in Miami to seriously discuss their futures, with a focus on the increasingly plausible possibility of those three teaming up with Wade's Heat.

I think I missed out on the Justa and phred Butt thing, anybody nice enough to fill me in?

Posted by: Cap's Goggles | June 29, 2010 at 01:05 AM

justa....

If I could vote you would get mine. Butt.....my wife may not like me voting in a beauty contest and then punish me by limiting my Lakers blog time.

>>>ACCORDING TO THE MEDIA AND NBA PLAYERS

It's a mixed bag. Near the end of the regular season most of them were saying LeBron was best. But when Kobe was powering the Lakers through a championship on a wounded knee and 8 fingers, most of their allegiance changed to Kobe. In fact some of them openly criticized LeBronze for not being able to carry his team, as Kobe sometimes does.

The press are fickle.

>>>MAYBE NOW IT WILL FORCE HIM TO DRIBBLE LESS AND PASS MORE

Maybe you're thinking of Fat-Baby Davis. He was the only one I saw dribbling too much - all over his chin with Nate Robinson climbing on his back.

If this is to be a fair contest, shouldn't the two candidates post links to photos of their butts?

To get my vote, I need to SEE each butt. I refuse to "imagine" Phred's butt.

You know what's crazy Justa, I just watched the first news conference Ron had here, and I really don't like that Ron as much as I like this Ron. Not that I ever disliked him, but the stuff he went thru this year is so deeply embedded in our Laker veins, to seperate Ron from those moments was for me to take away all of the shine he had built up so suddenly.


I just got the sense that I didn't even want to hear that Ron talk. Very odd.


Wes

You have my vote pretty justa.Anyway i dont really care where KING of the jungle LBJ goes,all i care is my Lakers.KOBE the greatest player of all time.Lakers back to back NBA World Champions!!!

Long time, the article was linked to a Times writer I think. NO, BA.com:


"The Lakers also are expected to enter the picture with a bid for Bosh as it became clear in the Finals they need more scoring. And you can be sure they don’t want to see a LeBron/Bosh pairing in Chicago with Rose and Noah to go against. The Raptors would like to get something in a sign-and-trade for Bosh, but they likely won’t deal him in the East. The Lakers are expected to offer Andrew Bynum, a legitimate low post center, and Lamar Odom, and take back Jarrett Jack, whom the Raptors would like to move. NBA.com"


Wes

That article is so dumb. The Lakers did NOT need more low post scoring in the finals.


Wes

justa,

Must I? Okay then, ahhh, I think ahh, maybe you, no wait maybe phred, ahh. Dang, I'll stay with my original vote.

I was there Wes, swear it. Never got out of my seat. Took no drugs, but it resembled bad acid...

Is that live version you mentioned available?


..how about the girls..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgIWeUEDBDg

If this is to be a fair contest, shouldn't the two andidates post links to photos of their butts? To get my vote, I need to SEE each butt. I refuse to "imagine" Phred's butt.
Posted by: Noah | June 29, 2010 at 09:14 AM
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HELL YES!! Now ya talking Noah. But i don't want to imagine or see phreds butt. Now Justa's..."It was just my immagination, Running away with me" LOL! I'm just playing with Justa, don't hit me! LMAO!!!

Voting results to date for BUTT WATCH 2010:


phred - 4
justa - 2

caps goggles - I don't even remember how this started, but now I'm in it to win it!

wes joe,

could you post a link to the article?

fatty - I counted your vote towards phred. I figured your wife wouldn't have a problem with that lol!

For all interested:
VOTEFORJUSTA.COM
We have merchandise such as posters, keyholders and t-shirts with Justa's butt on them, so you can go with it anywere.
We are working on a deal with Jerry Buss to be sponsors of the Lakers for the 2010-2011 season.
"Justa's butt can always cheer you up"
Go Justa!!!
Go Lakers!!!

justa.... If I could vote you would get mine. Butt.....my wife may not like me voting in a beauty contest and then punish me by limiting my Lakers blog time. Posted by: Fatty | June 29, 2010 at 09:12 AM
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AW HELL NO! We want that vote and we want it now Fatty! LMAO!

>>> The Lakers are expected to offer Andrew Bynum, a legitimate low post
>>>center, and Lamar Odom, and take back Jarrett Jack, whom the Raptors
>>>would like to move. NBA.com

Wow Wes, I hadn't seen that. You found something on the web that I missed. We'll have to call you World Wide Wes (or www for short) :-)

Voting results to date for BUTT WATCH 2010:


phred - 4
justa - 3


This is pitiful. I thought I'd be the clear cut winner. My butt's sagging from feeling so bad....

For all interested: VOTEFORJUSTA.COM
We have merchandise such as posters, keyholders and t-shirts with Justa's butt on them, so you can go with it anywere. We are working on a deal with Jerry Buss to be sponsors of the Lakers for the 2010-2011 season. "Justa's butt can always cheer you up" Go Justa!!! Go Lakers!! Posted by: MrNano | June 29, 2010 at 09:24 AM
OH SWEET JESUS!! ROFLMAO! Mr. Nano Justa's Butt may Have my vote, but you have my vote as my favorite Blogger!! GO MR. NANO GO!! OH THE HUMANITY
p.S. got anmore of those keychains? hahahahha!

http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba-news-and-rumors/articles/103156-rumor-bosh-and-jack-to-lakers-for-bynum-and-odom

http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/smith_100628.html

snippet:
The Lakers also are expected to enter the picture with a bid for Bosh as it became clear in the Finals they need more scoring. And you can be sure they don’t want to see a LeBron/Bosh pairing in Chicago with Rose and Noah to go against. The Raptors would like to get something in a sign-and-trade for Bosh, but they likely won’t deal him in the East. The Lakers are expected to offer Andrew Bynum, a legitimate low post center, and Lamar Odom, and take back Jarrett Jack, whom the Raptors would like to move.

wes - are you sure that article didn't come from BS.com?

A whole lotta BS....

Lakers are the back-to-back champs & someone thinks they'd get rid of 2 of their 3 7-footers??? For BOSH??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!


OMG - STOP IT!!! STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!! I'm gonna die from laughing so hard!!!!


*tears streaming down my face*

Voting results to date for BUTT WATCH 2010:

phred - 4
justa - 3

This is pitiful. I thought I'd be the clear cut winner. My butt's sagging from feeling so bad....

Posted by: justanothermambafan | June 29, 2010 at 09:28 AM

I thought you were up 4-2

justanothermambafan,

re: voting for your butt vs. phred's.

I'm willing to vote for yours, but only if you me the "whale tail".

Otherwise, I'm not voting.

FYI,

Phred, if you show the "whale tail" I will *definately* not vote for yours!

MrNano - I don't know.... I'm dejected... and so is my butt....


Voting results to date for BUTT WATCH 2010:
phred - 4
justa - 3
This is pitiful. I thought I'd be the clear cut winner. My butt's sagging from feeling so bad....
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PEOPLE, PEOPLE! I'm sorry but this is totally unacceptable.
Think of it like this. If for the rest of your life you could only stare at one Butt which Butt would it be. I REST MY CASE. Now Run! RUN I SAY and cast those votes for Justa
THE BUTT YOU COULD LOOK AT FOR ETERNITY! ROFLMAO!!

And on THAT note - I'm out. Congratulations phred! You win! (Although the blog may never be the same).

Aloha,

There seems to be a lot of anxiety about where Bosh, Lebron and Wade land. Yes the Bulls have cleared enough cap space for 2 of them and the Heat could in theory sign all 3 but here is the catch. Chris Bosh has said all along that he would not leave the Raptors high and dry without a sign and trade, so they can get something back. I haven't heard Lebron say anything like that but there is another factor. Each would leave 30 mil on the table without doing a sign and trade. Miami has 3 guys including Wade under contract, who are they going to trade? Chicago has more pieces but still a sign and trade for both guys wouldn't leave them with much else. I do have a feeling that the Bulls could pull it off if one agrees to leave without a sign and trade.

For the Lakers I do not think it matters. We might have to spend a little more money to make sure we upgrade our bench but even the 3 headed monster in Miami wouldn't scare me because they wouldn't have any money left to sign many other quality players.

MH

re: the whole Bynum/odom trade to toronto.

I'm not telling you that I am cheering for this.

I *am* telling you that I find it truly funny, because I have been
*INSANELY* criticized whenever I have detailed the facts about
Bynum & Odom's performance on the court.

And you *KNOW* who I'm talking about old man.

Wow,

I just saw on Fox News the ticker along the bottom of the screen is keeping track of Butt Watch 2010!

I am holding off casting Florida's 25 votes until I am promised something in return by one of the candidates.

I think I missed out on the Justa and phred Butt thing, anybody nice enough to fill me in?

Posted by: Cap's Goggles | June 29, 2010 at 01:05 AM

Posted by: Cap's Goggles | June 29, 2010 at 09:12 AM

Cap's, this is the beginning
http://tinyurl.com/2fh9jb3

And vote for Justa's

Justanothermambafan,

I recall, from one of the live chats, that you like drifting.

Have you tried skydiving?

It is the biggest adrenaline rush I have ever experienced.

we've got a shootout b/n paraguay & japan!

hobbit - I've never actually been drifting, but I am amazed by the skill. I'd like to try it sometime for sure, but I'd prolly end up in a ditch somewhere! As for skydiving - there are several reasons why I will never EVER try it. I'm afraid of heights, but the main one is I don't believe it's appropriate to take chances with your life like that, simply for a thrill.

But that's just me - to each his own....

Sigh. June 29th.

I must remain neutral. No votes for anyone.

Butt, I was thinking. My dog Monty, is really quite good at sniffing butts, if you need a judge.

I have this vision of 'Monty' sniffing Phreds butt, then running away yelping!

"Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!"

"The Lakers are expected to offer Andrew Bynum, a legitimate low post center, and Lamar Odom, and take back Jarrett Jack, whom the Raptors would like to move. NBA.com"

Wes,

My thoughts on that (regardless of whether it's true or not) is that it's a little lopsided in favor of the Raptors. It wouldn't result in a reduction of salary for the Lakers (which they're reportedly looking for), and while Bosh-for-Bynum is almost even in value to team, Odom is more valuable than Jack. The only way I could see it work is if there was another piece or two in the trade -

For example, if Sasha and Marco Belinelli were included (salary reduction for the Lakers) or if Ed Davis (their draft pick, a 6-9 PF from North Carolina) or Solomon Alabi (7'1" center they drafted) was included.

Justa,
Yhis is not finished until is finished, REMEMBER THE STAPLES CENTER 2010!!! IN THE FOURTH, DOWN BY 14, DID THEY QUIT?
NO!!!
MAKE OUR PLAYERS PROUD!!!
NOW TAKE YOUR BUTT UP AND START WALKING PROUD!!!

Wow,

I just saw on Fox News the ticker along the bottom of the screen is keeping track of Butt Watch 2010! I am holding off casting Florida's 25 votes until I am promised something in return by one of the candidates. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | June 29, 2010 at 09:34 AM
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ROFLMAO!

Justa, Yhis is not finished until is finished, REMEMBER THE STAPLES CENTER 2010!!! IN THE FOURTH, DOWN BY 14, DID THEY QUIT?
NO!!!
MAKE OUR PLAYERS PROUD!!! NOW TAKE YOUR BUTT UP AND START WALKING PROUD!!! Posted by: MrNano | June 29, 2010 at 09:42 AM
*OH HELP ME LORD! Mr. Nano you have outdone yourself today!!
LMAO!

Art - I withdraw my nomination and humbly bow to the winner - phred. It's a scary thing, to be sure, butt it's all good in the end.


Fatty - your dog may just have to sniff something / someone else. You'll have to see how phred responds during this moment of sublime joy at being named LA Times Lakers Blog Best Butt winner.

I must remain neutral. No votes for anyone.
Butt, I was thinking. My dog Monty, is really quite good at sniffing butts, if you need a judge. I have this vision of 'Monty' sniffing Phreds butt, then running away yelping!
"Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!" Posted by: Fatty | June 29, 2010 at 09:40 AM
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THIS IS MADNESS! PEOPLE, PEOPLE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
ROFLMAO, HAHAHAHAHA!

 
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