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Video Caption Contest: Kevin Garnett nearly collides with Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson's been to his fair share of Lakers games, so it should come as no surprise that he responded with a calm demeanor after Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett nearly ran into him during the second quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which the Lakers won 83-79.

The incident became a mere afterthought, what with the Lakers winning the championship, Ron Artest holding the best news conference known to man, and people debating about Kobe Bryant's legacy.

But kudos to Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby for finding this gem. The best caption to this video will be featured in Monday's links post.

-- Mark Medina

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Congratulations. I know you are happy. Milton eff, you need to get back at your routine and on your meds, O.K.? You should consider a good rest for the summer.

Thought you might be interested in seeing some over-seas reporting of the championship.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/299qqft

Sonnybelfast

Sonnybelfast

You can't handle "The Ticket!"

Wish we were in Cali. so we could CHEER for OUR BELOVED Lakers tomorrow. Hope everyone cheers loud and shows our team how much we LOVE them. Let us know how it went!!! BACK to BACK to BACK in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last year fans booed Sasha at the rally.

This year he'll hear more cheers.

He is deserving of a rotational spot once more.

'forget it, KG, this is titletown!'

Sacha will have a very different treatment this year, mostly because he did a very good job on D. Jordan is great, but I was surprised that his D never improves. Sacha did great on D, great...a keeper.
Cheers.

BLITZ… Alexey Shved does sound promising. You would hope that the Lakers would have been scouting all of the international point guard prospects heavily over the last couple of years since it was becoming obvious that Fish’s run was approaching its end. So hopefully, they might know more than other teams about certain prospects. NBADraft.Net obviously matched him to our team needs. If he turned out to be anything near as good as Dragic has, he could be a godsend to the Lakers.
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From the reports I posted, it sounds as if Alexey is more of a true point guard as opposed to a pure shooter like Sasha. I saw a video of him bricking several 3-pointers in a row but he has a nice looking stroke with a quick release. I actually think Sasha is going to have the typical great contract year, maybe even shooting mid-40’s in 3’s and playing his normal pesky and too often dumb defense and leaving the Lakers actually considering re-signing him again. The guy can definitely shoot the rock.
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You love his height and length, big hands and great ball handling ability, and defensive smarts but he will have to show he can take the rough play and physical intimidation that often affects international players. Sun Yue was a perfect example of a guy who has the physical tools but just didn’t have the mental toughness in his game to play in the NBA. Of course, as a rookie from Russia, we’re talking at best about a project to harvest a two or three years down the road. What about next year?
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Most likely, Fish will once again start but probably give up a lot of minutes to whomever we end up signing as his backup. Forgive me, but I just don’t see Steve Blake, Earl Watson, Raymond Felton, or Luke Ridnour starting for the Los Angeles Lakers. To me, I would prefer re-signing Jordan Farmar, but it appears from the news reports that that is not going to happen. I also don’t have a problem with starting Fish other than I am eager to see him hang up his sneakers are start being a Lakers coach.
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I’ve been prowling Hoopshype lately trying to figure out how the Lakers can work a trade for Darren Collison or Ricky Rubio without giving up any of our Core Big 5 - Kobe, Drew, Pau, Ron, or Lamar. As much as I love Lamar, I’ve even played out a couple of scenarios involving trading him, although it would be foolish to do that without receiving another big man in return, like Lamar Odom for Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, and Ryan Hollins. That would be the kind of deal it would take to trade Lamar.
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As for Darren Collison, I think you and I both agree he is a much strong point guard prospect than Jordan Farmar. We both remember Collison coming off the bench for Farmar for defensive purposes. I love Collison’s speed and might also be tempted by an Odom for Collison and Posey trade, even though it would diminish our front court and insurance in case Bynum falls again to injury. But I do think that Darren Collison is the perfect overall fit as the Lakers point guard of the future.
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Why would the Timberwolves or Hornets want to trade with the Lakers? For the same reason that the Lakers would be hesitant to trade Lamar Odom – because he is a unique player who would start on any other team and is a matchup nightmare that every other team has to deal with. Anyway, just thought I would throw those ideas out there to see what you and others think about them. We may not agree with everything, Blitz, but I do appreciate and respect that you are here to talk Lakers.
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TOM

So, can we please sign Steve Blake and/or Shaun Livingston in the offseason?


Please?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

So, can we please sign Steve Blake and/or Shaun Livingston in the offseason?


Please?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Hey Tom - I look forward to seeing some games together here in the North Bay next year. But I don't see the Lakers needing a pure point guard - assuming Phil comes back. What we need most at the 1 in the triangle, besides decent defense, is a pure shooter who can hit 3's or long 2's when Kobe is doubled. Kind of like Paxson was for MJ in Chicago. Farmar was at his best when he did that successfully but he was erratic and its not his strong suit.

Oh and the caption....

"You want the ball Kevin? You can't handle the ball."

Jon K,

First, welcome back to LA.

Second, why would you want to sign Shaun Livingston?

LROB… Thanks for the reminder about the 1984 Game 7 and how the tables have turned. That Celtics front court was one of the best in history – Bird, McHale, and Parrish. It’s interesting that the Lakers have basically stolen the ’84 Celtics winning formula with a dominating front court of Bynum, Gasol, and Artest with Odom off the bench. What this series showed is that there is no team in the NBA that can handle the Lakers length and strength in paint, especially with Kobe Bryant as the orchestrator.
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LEWSTERS… An impressive statistical demonstration. Think how much more impressive it’s going to be after he wins his 4th three-peat, 2 with MJ and 2 with Kobe. The only sad thing is that I don’t see how you don’t retire then, unless you want to accomplish something you haven’t done, like maybe winning more than three in a row. LOL. You better get to work designing a bullet passenger plane because I think ticket sales are going to skyrocket through the roof over the next couple of years.
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JON K… Welcome to Cali. For those of us lucky to spend Father’s day in the best part of the best country in the world, nothing could be sweeter. We’ll be expecting updates on the strip club during the dull days of summer once Phil has re-signed and the draft and free agency have been put to rest. The only thing is we just realized it was not the bar stool that was lucky, it was you crossing country. We may have to put you back on the road to Cleveland in order for the Lakers to three-peat. LOL!
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JAY JAY… Good to hear from you. I’d love to get together for some games next year, maybe even the Warriors games up here. I don’t disagree with you about needing a true point guard. Ideally, though you do need a guy who can take over the ball handling duties when there is heavy defensive pressure. That’s where Sasha, Jordan, and Shannon all came up short in my opinion. The other thing is the ability to feed the post, to get the ball to Drew and Pau in the right spots at the right times. Imagine what kind of points in the paint we would get with Magic or CP3 at point guard.
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So, yeah, first of all the guy has got to shoot the 3 well. That is a must with the inside game we have. Second, he has to play solid team defense against both big, tough guards as well as small quick ones. Third, he has to be able to run the offense in transition and in pick and rolls and be the general on the floor to make sure the team plays the right way. Basically, a young Derek Fisher would be great. I really would love to see us get Darren Collison some way but that is not likely to happen.
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TOM

Aloha laker Tom,

Was reading your post about getting Collison I have read that the Hornets are looking for cap relief and the guy they would like to move is Okafor and they would give up Collison to do it. The only way it would work out is to find a third party.

So.... the Bucks are an up and coming team but they totally lack a quality Power Forward. But what they do have is 2 expiring contracts in 2011, Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric. We could send Lamar to the Bucks and receive a future number #1 draft pick or at the very least their 2 second round picks. Package picks, Bell and Gadzuric and send them to the Hornets for Collison and Okafor. Okafor is not as versatile as Lamar but he would be a quality big off the bench and we would have our point guard of the future. Add a shooter with the MLE, (I still like Mike Miller) and we are talking perhaps a 5 peat. What do you think?

MH

Aloha laker Tom,

Was reading your post about getting Collison I have read that the Hornets are looking for cap relief and the guy they would like to move is Okafor and they would give up Collison to do it. The only way it would work out is to find a third party.

So.... the Bucks are an up and coming team but they totally lack a quality Power Forward. But what they do have is 2 expiring contracts in 2011, Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric. We could send Lamar to the Bucks and receive a future number #1 draft pick or at the very least their 2 second round picks. Package picks, Bell and Gadzuric and send them to the Hornets for Collison and Okafor. Okafor is not as versatile as Lamar but he would be a quality big off the bench and we would have our point guard of the future. Add a shooter with the MLE, (I still like Mike Miller) and we are talking perhaps a 5 peat. What do you think?

MH

Here's some possible Laker draft picks this coming week. All second rounders.


#43 LA Lakers Willie Warren 6-3 208 PG/SG So. Oklahoma 10-22-1989 http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-basketball/Willie-Warren-has-game-29423


58 LA Lakers Da'Sean Butler 6-7 205 SF Sr. West Virginia 1-25-1988 (he had a serious knee injury, so he might fall)


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43*
Brian Zoubek
Ht/Wt: 7-1 / 260 lbs
Position: C
Team: Duke
Class: Senior
The country’s most dominant offensive rebounder on a per-minute basis, Zoubek played as important a role as any player in Duke’s journey to a national championship.


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43 *LA Lakers Greivis Vasquez 6-6 211 PG/SG Maryland Sr.
Greivis Vasquez could either be way out of the Mavs’ draft range (Draft Express’ most recent mock draft has him going in the late first round) or right up their alley (he’s not far removed from being slated as the 50th pick in a previous DE mock), but either way Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban should do their homework. Vasquez looks like a legit NBA prospect, even if he doesn’t have the makings of a star.


58 LA Lakers Alexey Shved 6-6 178 PG/SG Russia Intl.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkAo1WFHnpA


43. L.A. Lakers (from MEM)- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Sr.
The Lakers could use some depth up-front especially since Andrew Bynum always seems to be injured.
Strengths: Was one of the most effective centers in the nation as a senior averaging 15 and 9 with over 2 blocks per game ... Has an ideal NBA center frame with tremendous dimensions including a huge (7-foot-6) wingspan on a 7-plus foot frame ... Players his size don't often have his agility. Solid in the open floor and has some leaping ability ... Shows nice touch for a bigman. Has an excellent shooting form on mid-range jumpers and free throws with efficiency (68% as a senior but should be able to shoot better) ... Appears comfortable stepping out to 12-15 feet and knocking down jump shots with good form ...


58. L.A. Lakers- Jon Scheyer, G, Duke, 6-5, Sr.
A three-point threat who could be a potential replacement for aging free agent Derek Fisher.http://www.thesportsbank.net/college-bball/duke-goes-as-kyle-singler-and-jon-scheyer-go/


Wes

For the contest!!
If Jack were impersonating Mamba24:
"Get outa my seat you bald freaking lunatic!!!"

I can't think of anything clever, so I'll go with what Jack likely did say to KG, in a calm and matter-of-fact voice:

"You're going to lose this game."

Jack's not one of those courtside celebrities. Jack is the Lakers' MASCOT, and WAY BETTER than the mascot of any other team.

Laker Hopeful- Nice, got to have one.

MICHAEL… Aloha. Sounds great to me. I think Collison is exactly what the Lakers need at the point. He is cat quick, has long arms and reach, is a 90% free throw shooter (which is the true test of a great shooter in my mind), and can cover fast point guards 1-on-1 like a defensive corner. The only problem of course is Okafor’s huge contract but since we’re fantasizing how about Kyle Korver for our MLE? Now that would be a nice start to a bench with Okafor, Sasha, Korver, and Walton.
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TOM

Wow, trading season is open!
Look, what you guys are missing is the 3-peat factor.
We want to 3-peat. PJ will mostly stay because of that.
And Buss and Mitch will work towards the championship.
1 more...
Don't be surprised in a guy like Marcus Camby lands in LA for a 1-year contract.

From: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

"McMurphy: Get out of my way son, you're usin' my oxygen."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073486/quotes?qt0272190

GO LAKERS!

Caption should be, "Hey don't take it out on me because my Lakers are kicking your AZZ".

You can't handle the truth!

Jack...

"I'm glad the skinny one tried to save that ball instead of Drool Baby!"

By the way, KG broke a chair on that sideline...one of the arena personnel had to bring a new one.

Hi, KG!!!!

You look no further. At Staples Center will not find more gasolft

Shaun Livingston??

Why on earth would we want him?? He is NO better than Farmar.

He's one of the biggest busts in the 2004 draft (He was picked ahead of Devin Harris and Andre Iguadola).... He was waived off by the OKC Thunder!!

If he is "good enough" to be waived off, then you can know the player's value..

Steve Blake might be somewhat ok. Anyone else in the market is not as good as even Farmar.


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