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Albert Pujols still values his March visit with Kobe Bryant

The congratulatory text messages poured into Kobe Bryant's cellphone as soon as the Lakers clinched the 2010 championship. Too bad he didn't read them.

He spent the entire postseason shutting himself off from the world. So by the time Bryant turned on his cellphone on after clinching his fifth title, the 500 unread messages became too overwhelming. "I irresponsibly deleted all of them," Bryant said, laughing during his exit interview.

Two of those messages came from St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols, who has yet to get a response from the Black Mamba. But even if Bryant hasn't called Pujols since winning the title, he remains confident he will stay in touch with Bryant. But Pujols remained unsure whether the two would reconnect while he's in town for his ninth MLB All-Star game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Angel Stadium.

"We're staying in touch," Pujols said of Bryant, who struck up a friendship with the one of Major League Baseball's most esteemed hitters in March before the Lakers' 114-111 overtime loss to the Miami Heat. Pujols, who prides himself on intense preparation, marveled at Bryant arriving at American Airlines Arena three hours before tipoff to work on his shooting, a routine Bryant found necessary because his fractured right index finger had worsened his shooting stroke.

"That tells you why he's the best," Pujols said of Bryant. "Everything is about preparation. if you want to have success in baseball, basketball or golf or whatever it is, you have to spend time and work hard at it."

Pujols could relate. Just as Bryant valiantly fought through injuries this season through intense treatment and a refusal to quit, Pujols has spent plenty of the 2010 season around the batting cages in hopes that he'll improve his .308 batting average, a respectable clip that actually marks a career-low in his 10th year in the league. Bryant and Pujols shared preparation tips and their routines, but the conversation served more as validation for each other's hard work than either seeking advice. Case in point, Pujols said he hadn't changed his routine one bit since talking to Bryant.

Still, Pujols found the meeting valuable for reasons beyond the two exchanging cellphone numbers. Pujols took a picture of his son A.J. with Bryant and Miami guard Dwyane Wade. The photo, stored in Pujol's cellphone, and A.J.'s autographed shoes serve as a visual reminder of the trip, something Pujols wished he could've experienced as a kid with Michael Jordan. Said Pujols: "You always want something like that for your kids."

--Mark Medina

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THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!

Crossing over the LA love...

@FATTY... “Dr. Buss in between poker hands, "I'm not sure. I'll let you know in about ten minutes whether we can afford Raja or we have to settle for J Critt." LMAO. Man, it is so good to have you back, Fatty. You win the blog comedy award hands down as far as I am concerned. Keep up the good work and funny thoughts.
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@DJ... Flags at half mast for any Yankees or baseball fans. God bless the Boss. Losing George is a harsh reminder that every good thing must end sometime. Enjoy the fact that we have the greatest owner in the NBA and appreciate every remaining year that Jerry sacrifices and finds a way for the Lakers to be champions for it too will soon come to an end. May Jerry’s kids do as good a job keeping the franchise on top as George’s.
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@KOBE... Great to hear you are meeting with Raja. Let’s hope that he will listen. He would be the perfect addition to the Lakers backcourt at this time – defense, smarts, heart, and outside shooting. Wear all five of your rings to remind him why he wants to play in LA and not Miami. Go out a Laker and you go as a champ!
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@PLG... “Coke is a girl's drink too. But I like mine with a lime/lemon.” I take back my shot at Pepsi being a girl’s drink. Real Women drink Coke! I won’t even go to restaurants that only serve Pepsi. Coke Rules!
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TOM


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Another Beautiful Day Begins for the 2010, 16 Time NBA Champions LA Lakers & Lakers Nation!
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Good Morning: Lakers Nation & Lakers Blog THE GREATEST TEAM & BLOG IN CREATION!
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Good Morning: DFISH – LAKER FOR LIFE!!!!
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Good Morning & KUDOS to Dr. Jerry Buss & Mitch Kupchak, Thank's for getting that Contract done!
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Good Morning Andrew Bynum, Get that Operation on your leg done, we got a War to fight
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Good Morning Kobe Bryant, Basketball God Supreme. Please Get that hand operated on Black Mamba!
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Good Morning: Steve Blake you looking good so far brother!
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Good Morning: Miami SuperTeam, At The End of Your Rainbow awaits your biggest NIGHTMARE... The 16 Time NBA Champion Freakin LA Lakers! BRING IT ON cause WE GOT THIS!!!
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Good Morning: Mari. G. The most Beautiful Being in all of Creation, whose Beauty is only exceeded by her , Wisdom, Patience & Understanding. You take my Breath away! You’ve already taken my Heart!!
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MY NAME IS MAMBA24 AND … YES! I AM A LAKERHOLIC.
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THE LAKERS RELOADED!
Fish is back, Laker Purple he Bleeds., He knows all our weapons this season we need!
“I have decided to continue with Kobe”, Preach Dfish & then let’s go get Ring # 3.
If Kobe’s Happy, I’m Happy too, Well Laker Nation, how about you?
No Fish is not a Superstar, Just the Glue that helps make The Lakers who they are
Who is that, you may well say, Just the Baddest Freakin Team in the NBA
Champions we are, and Champions we’ll be, No Ring once again, for you Princess Jimmy
Fools Gold, that’s what the Super Freaks are, Only the Lakers have the Real Superstars
SuperFools, SuperFreaks names be damm, I am confident in my Lakers, Yes I Am!
The SuperFools may Prance & Preen, At seasons end the Lakers again will hold the RING
This time please enjoy the Trip, I got a Feeling this season Phils gonna let it all Rip
This Trip is really gonna be wild, As the Freakin LA Lakers help PJ go out in style

GOOD MORNING SIR CHARLES!!! Sing it Bro! Lol!
MambA24/larrY

Kobe meeting with Raja Bell.
http://tinyurl.com/32bdvzk

@Tim-4-show on TMac
http://www.attackathletics.com/

Mamba24

Hi Mamba24 - I'm good - real good! Thanks for being so sweet.


Just fyi - the haiku is 5-7-5 (number of syllables per line). Like this:


Mamba twenty-four
Thong wearing Lakerholic
Cover your eyes

LOL - just playing with you!!!! I thought you may need a good ROTFLMAO in the morning!!!


HAVE A GREAT DAY LARRY!!!!

THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!!!

@ Mamba24. Yes sir good morning it is!

Well - yeah - the last line is only 4 syllables...

CORRECTED:

Mamba twenty-four
Thong wearing Lakerholic
PLeASE cover your eyes


LMAO!!!

RIP George.

Mamba24,
Officially on the Tmac BW.

And Fatty, seeing as Cuban is sweating, he probably doesn't have more than a pair, so add 3 kings, 3 queens, and possibly 3 jacks to the out list (that's like half the deck)

Unlike most everyone here, I think we've so far gone backwards this off season: slower, older, & less upside at PG. So far less depth at that spot also. Powell & Mbenga were servicable and so far we lost depth there also. Draft choices seem great so a plus there... still, can barely give Mitch credit (D)... more work needs to be done

Until we get the entire Band Back Together I cannot and will not sleep my brother! Lol! Just playing with You. Naw I'm the type of guy that can only sleep maybe 2 or 3 hours a night, the rest of the time I rely on lil cat naps. Now go out their and Represent for the Lakers Gilbert!
Mamba24/larrY

Posted by: mamba24 | July 13, 2010 at 06:37 AM

Wow Larry, it seems that you are half Machine and half Laker Fan!!

Is MT posting under a diff hadle?? Kwame will win a title for the heat?

As for Lakers and backup C... Mbenga is my favorite choice: plays D, can shoot if needed, and comes cheap. Shaq is a distant second... can still score here or there and has experience in the tri. Prob is he's slow and lazy and worst of all a detriment in the locker room. Kwame is my least favorite option - total liability on offense, over rated on D, lazy & will hinder championship culture.

Any updates on Kobe's injuries? Is he getting surgery on the finger? What's going on with his knee?

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/fisher-257434-bryant-lakers.html


GREAT article by the Dinger!!!!


Excerpt: Fisher has now won more playoff series (33) than all other active NBA players, ahead of both O'Neal and Bryant. Like Phil Jackson, Fisher never loses in the first round (12-0 in his career).

But Fisher didn't have to stay. Tatum, who just turned 4, only needs periodic checkups at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles for her eye these days. Fisher said he had more lucrative offers this offseason from other teams.

And Bryant could've lost both his trusted coach and co-captain. Instead, like Jackson, Fisher was having too much fun on this run with Bryant.

"Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made," Fisher said in his statement. "He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and (he) has been loyal to me even when others had doubts. We have won five championships together. ... Let the hunt for six begin."

So the show must go on, the supporting role mastered by the guy who possesses both Bryant's drive and Jackson's touch ... and still never minds being No. 2.

Fisher is as comfortable in his own shirt and skin as anyone.

Those are the kinds of friends you can really trust.

I LOVE KEVIN DING - he should write for the Times. Get rid of some of the idiots on payroll here - MM OF COURSE excluded from that statement!!!

THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!


POST KOBE ERA LAKERS DYNASTY.......

John Wall will come to the Lakers to team up with the beast Bynum in future

you can take this to the bank.......

Wow Larry, it seems that you are half Machine and half Laker Fan!! Posted by: MrNano | July 13, 2010 at 09:09 AM
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Just trying to keep up with you Mr. Nano my brother. Lol!
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@Tim-4-Show, I thought that article might bring your around.
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@JustAnotherMambaFan, You are a terrible person! Now that's terrible in a good way okay? LMAO! No lines crossed this time OK?
Mamba24/larrY

CORRECTED:
Mamba twenty-four
Thong wearing Lakerholic
Please cover your eyes

Larry - you KNOW I'm just messing wit ya!!Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 13, 2010 at 09:00 AM

JustAnotherMambafan, you can mess with me anytime you damn well feel like it. LOl!
Mamba24/larrY

Good Morning All...

MM - Great when you write about my 2 heroes...Kobe and Pujols...Both have done great things for their sport...both are class acts...

justa - here is my daily haiku:

The Purple and Gold...
The colors of tradition...
Now witness greatness...

@JUSTA... Thanks for the link to Ding’s latest work. He is by far my favorite writer on the Lakers beat. Always original. Never copy cat. A fresh perspective. The anti-ESPN factor. The Dude definitely drinks Coke.
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TOM

What is the logic with paying Blake more than DFish?

Laker Tom -

Nothing more refreshing than Coke with crushed ice in a nice tall glass...

Except maybe a shot of Jack with Coke back...

And Coke in glass bottles way better than in plastic or tap...

When I was in the Philippines on vacation, my aunt had some Coca Cola that was the original with the coca in it...after drinking, I was a mad man with the shopping running around...lol

justa -

Always loved Kevin Ding...not just saying that because he Asian...lol

He has a nice style of writing, and his outlook really reflects a die hard Laker fan...

@D(EREK) J(ETER), Sorry to hear about the passing of George Steinbrenner. Like Dr. Buss he was a man who did what ever took to win titles. RIP GEORGE STEINBRENNER.

LakerTom - now you just HAD to go & give me the back-handed compliment didn't you?? I'm quite sure he's a Pepsi guy.

LOL!!!

:)


lewstrs - agreed on the Dinger. He's DEFINITELY a Laker fan. MM could take a lesson.... :)

Love him or hate him, he gets credit for what he has done with the Yankees organization...

George Steinbrener and Jerry Buss are one of a kind owners in their sports...Both LOVED winning and did whatever was needed to keep their franchises always successful...and both teams, winning the championship is the only success accepted...

Laker and Yankees fans are always spoiled, and the envy and resentment of the other fans in the league...

My condolences to the Steinbrener family, and D(erek) J(eter)...

ANDREW BYNUM IS THE CENTER OF TRUTH IN MIAMI HEAT'S TITLE MYTH
By Hadarii Jones for bleacher report
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/419563-andrew-bynum-is-the-center-of-truth-in-miami-heats-title-myth\
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Excellent article. Here is excerpt:
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“The old adage says rebounding wins championships, and this is a dilemma for Miami's super team because although Miami's trio possesses many talents, none of them (other than Bosh) will have much of an impact against the Lakers' trees.
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This is something Las Vegas and many of the observers who have pegged Miami as next season's favorites have strangely failed to take into account, considering how important it was to the Lakers' past two championships.
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Miami will undoubtedly round out the rest of their roster with decent players, but will any of them present the same challenges in the post to the Lakers that the Celtics did in the Finals?
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It's highly unlikely, and should the Heat prevail over the Celtics or the Orlando Magic (both much stronger in the paint), they will find the NBA's top frontline waiting for them.
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It's nice to dream about the potential of a team featuring James, Wade, and Bosh, but until they find an answer for the Lakers' Bynum, those dreams will likely turn to nightmares if the two teams meet in the 2011 NBA Finals.
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TOM

Bulls and Wizards are interested in signing Adam Morrison.

Kobe reportedly to meet with Raja Bell this week to try and recruit him.

WOW...

Steinbrener bought the Yankess for 8.5 million...now it's worth 1.5 billion...

That ain't no pyramid scheme...

Steinbrener bought the Yankess for 8.5 million...now it's worth 1.5 billion...That ain't no pyramid scheme...Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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You got that right! Lol!
mamba24/larrY

I wish AMMO the best and hope another team gives him a shot...

Shannon Brown is not high on my wish list, but if he ends up back with the Lakers, at least we know what kind of player we got...

Shannon had all kinds of upside, but since his weird and disappointing performance in the Slam Dunk Contest, he has not been the same since...

I guess I could give him one more year to prove he belongs...

I wonder if I'm related to Steinbrenner......

@LEWSTRS,

The Purple and Gold...
The colors of tradition...
Now witness greatness...
Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 13, 2010 at 09:27 AM

AWESOME!

Nuff said.

Lass

@ justa - LOL

If you are, don't forget your peeps in here...

I wonder if I'm related to Steinbrenner......Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 13, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS, ROFLMFAO!!!!...uh, uh, Justa you think maybe you could be...
Mamba24/larrY

Good Morning LakerLass, How are you on this fine morning?
mamba24

LOL.

The NBA.com rookie ladder moved Caracter up to #1 in their ranking, for his third straight double-double (and his third straight near-triple-double)

Ebanks, after a bad shooting night, slipped to #3 behind John Wall.

It would be really awesome if these guys actually turned out to be quality players. We always hear about San Antonio getting studs near the bottom of the draft. It would be nice if the Lakers picked up a good 1-2 punch of role players from the 2nd half of the 2nd round.

Mornin' Mamba,

Just popped in for a quick read before I get burried in paperwork.

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Gotta say, when I read that quote from Fish about in the end not being able to walk away from Kobe, I actaully get a little choked up. Guess I'm just a big softy when comes down to the Laker love.

Lass

Yes, just saw about GS, what a shock. I knew he wasn't in the best of health, but wow! Best owner in Baseball, just like our JB in Basketball. I became a Yankee fan around 10 when I played on the New York Yankees Little League team, way back in the day. Became a Los Angeles Laker fan about the same time when my parents took me to see Jerry and Elg in St. Louis (remember the St. Louis Hawks). I was, you know, VERY young, ha, ha!

Gotta say, when I read that quote from Fish about in the end not being able to walk away from Kobe, I actaully get a little choked up. Guess I'm just a big softy when comes down to the Laker love. Lass Posted by: LakerLass | July 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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Aw Lass that's touching! You just keep being a romantic Lass it's a wonderful quality to have. But then again you are a wonderful person.
Mamba24/larrY

All I gotta say is that if I am indeed related to Steinbrenner, we are ALL going to the ASG in LA with MM!!! AND season seats are coming up as well!!


Say it with me: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!!!

THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!

Jerry and Elg in St. Louis (remember the St. Louis Hawks). I was, you know, VERY young, ha, ha!Posted by: D(erek)J(eter| July 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM
Lol! The funny thing is I do remember them. haha! I guess I also was very young.!
mamba24

wow - you guys are OLD

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Say it with me: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!!!
THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!
Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!!!
THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!
I'll say it as many times as you want if you get us those season seats! Lol!

Tim-4-Show

Its almost uncanny how Dr. Buss takes chances and they work out so well most of the time. But someone like Cuban, takes chances, blows lots of money, but never ends up on top of the NBA.

With Cuban, I think his emotions rules his decisions. But Dr. Buss gets all his facts straight, then makes the best possible decision, confidently knowing it will work out well.

Dr. Buss is one cool cucumber...

wow - you guys are OLD Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Viciousness, thy name is JustAnotherMambaFan! Lol! Naw I was just a babe in swaddling clothes in my Dads arm when he use to read the sports pages to me. LOL!

Mamba24/larry

I confess...I lived in St. Louis when the Hawks were still there...

I also watched Roger Maris, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Lou Brock, and Orlando Cepeda play in Busch Stadium...

And I witnessed Joe Torre's MVP season as a catcher for the Cards...

Anyone got a Coke for an old man...lol

BLöG CЯüE
Currently sipping on a refreshing Cöca Cöla with McDönalds crüshed ice and listening to some Mötley CЯüE. We are Champiöns.

Cölöradö löves öür Wörld Champiön Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laker Tom,

Bleacher Report=Fans opinions.

Even if they were positive things I would avoid it there.

Fish re-signed - today's a good day.

Now how about Shannon? Or Bell? Or surgery reports?

KEEP IT COMING MM!!!

THREE-PEAT BEATS THE HEAT!!!


I also watched Roger Maris, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Lou Brock, and Orlando Cepeda play in Bush Stadium...And I witnessed Joe Torre's MVP season as a catcher for the Cards...Anyone got a Coke for an old man...lol Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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DAMNNN Lewstrs! I thought you were a Freakin Kid. Cmon Lewstrs tell the truth now...You're pulling our leg right? If you did see all that, Mannnn, I envy you!!
Mamba24

LakerTom:

Bynum will be key next year. We need him healthy and in all star form to go along with well rested Pau and Kobe.

Albert pujols can blow me.. Aint no way that dominican brotha aint juiced up.. Guilty till proven innocent!

helllllooooo.... ive been talking about Tmac this whole off season. i really hope we can sign him. thx to mamba24 for the link on the ATTACk althetics for Tmac...

we need him as a backup PF or SF to come off bench and dominate the court as a laker. he is talented, can creat his own shots, a good passer and he wont have to play a leader role since he dosnt have too. so it means less injuries. plust RON is gonna have a friend in there.

stop saying RAJA BELL PEOPLE!!! he centerlined KOBE. his a player hater lol forget him. lets sign Tmac for the rest of MID level and lets get the ring.

LTLF - yes buddy our draft picks havnt been bad, in fact they have been really good and will make a great addition to our laker organization. so far in the summer league so good.....

Lakertom,

"It's highly unlikely, and should the Heat prevail over the Celtics or the Orlando Magic (both much stronger in the paint), they will find the NBA's top frontline waiting for them.
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It's nice to dream about the potential of a team featuring James, Wade, and Bosh, but until they find an answer for the Lakers' Bynum, those dreams will likely turn to nightmares if the two teams meet in the 2011 NBA Finals."


They already have the answer, DEXTER PITTMAN! Watch the HEAT summer league! This guy is huge, 6'11 308 lbs toughness like Perkins, heavy like Shaq, and shoot free throws like Bynum..


PITTMAN can play Perkins, Howard, Shaq, Bynum one-on-one, no need for double team. This guy is bigger than Kwame Brown.

LTLF

Goin back to ur post yesterday u bring up an interesting point..

2013 is the magic year...or to be exact actually summer of 2014.. kobe pau artest blake come off the books and year prior bynum and odom expire too if I'm to mistaken... That will mark the end of the kobe era but here's the kicker..

Lebron has player option to opt out in 3 years!! Coincidence? Don't think so... I'm sure there's a reason why he wanted that clause in his contract..

Hmmm...


Albert pujols can blow me.. Aint no way that dominican brotha aint juiced up.. Guilty till proven innocent! Posted by: yellofever | July 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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He may well indeed be, but I will always respect him for sticking up for Barry Bonds when all the other lil Biatches who were doing the same thing were running for cover or denouncing Bonds. For that one act alone I wouldn't give a Frak what he did or did not do, he is a standup Brother.

Mamba24/larrY

DJ... I remember watching Bob Pettit play for the Hawks on TV. I became a Yankee fan listening to Mickey Mantle in his rookie year in the 1951 World Series against Willy Mays and the Giants on my transistor radio in southern Wisconsin. I was obviously just a kid but an avid baseball player and bubble gum card collector.
RIP George. Yankee fans all will remember you as the greatest owner in the history of baseball.
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TOM

@LAL818, I take it then that we can safely put you in the say yes to TMac, Mitch column! Lol!
Mamba24

PITTMAN can play Perkins, Howard, Shaq, Bynum one-on-one, no need for double team. This guy is bigger than Kwame Brown.


Keep dreaming.... a rookie

As much as I hate the Yankees (trust me, it's a lot) I have to tip my cap to George Steinbrenner for running a pretty classy organization. No matter how you feel about the team and it's players, it was assembled within the rules baseball currently employs.

R.I.P. George, you done good.

How does everyone 'round here feel about Raja Bell possibly joining the purple and gold? My feeling is if he and Kobe can not try to challenge each other to roof top kung fu battles, it's all cool.


Imagine a defensive line-up with Bell, Kobe and Artest on the floor at the same time(and Bell is an underrated scorer, taboot). It certainly gives us a defensive team, which is how we won it all this season.


I'm sure Sasha would feel the impact more than anyone else (in fact, if true, it shows how little confidence management has in Sasha at this time), but would also light a fire under his ass to keep improving and start to show a little consistency.

PITTMAN can play Perkins, Howard, Shaq, Bynum one-on-one, no need for double team. This guy is bigger than Kwame Brown.

Posted by: Staples 24 | July 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

The only impressive stat for him was blocks:
@NOH W 77 - 72
24minutes 3rebounds 3blocks 5points

Jamie - if Kobe wants him, I want him. Simple.

Staples24 - I'm sure Pittman COULD play these guys one-on-one. Being successful at it is a whoooole 'nother thing!

Hey guys we got a new post up

Justa - What's up with you and ASG? I expect to see you on TV tonight behind homeplate

MM

Hardy, har , har, Justa! Just had a minute to get back, wife's having me help her clean the Living Room, ugh!

MM - I WISH!! Actually, my company has tickets but unfortunately I was not one of the chosen ones... go figure. Anyhoo - the only ASG that REALLY matters is the basketball one, and we ALL know you're taking me to that so it's all good!

mamba24- you know this man... can i please have MK's number so i can personally call him and tell him to sign Tmac already... i mean commme onnnn all you guys know we need him.

so what do you guys say, either healthy Tmac or Raja Bell..

ummm plz no Bell lol

Justa - What's up with you and ASG? I expect to see you on TV tonight behind homeplate
MM

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Wow, justa, are you a catcher or an umpire?

Art - lol - I'd have to say umpire. Cuz I'm always right.


HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

BTW - GREAT POST the other day - very poetic.

so what do you guys say, either healthy Tmac or Raja Bell..
ummm plz no Bell lol Posted by: LAL818 | July 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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LAL818, If TMac is half as healthy as it would appear from that article and we got him, I think we would break every record in the book. Kobe & TMAC...Be afraid, Be very AFRAID!

LAL818,

I suppose which ever one wants to come aboard is fine, if they both do whichever one is cheaper or says yes first. Both are a risk.
I am still hoping for a big guy for the Bynum just in case scenario.

but unfortunately I was not one of the chosen ones... go figure. Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

WTF? Not one of the chosen ones? AW HELL NAW! lol! I bleed for you Justa! I guess you will have to some how get along like the rest of us common folk. Lol!
Mamba24

justa,

Thanks and yep, I would have guessed an umpire because you, umm, ok, lets go with always right.
:)

Art - should I be reading anything into that?

:)

Mamba24 - but it's so dang TIRING trying to be common...


LOL!!!!!!!

yellofever - You need to check yourself...Albert Pujols is the one saving grace of MLB...

This guy has been so consistent his whole career...no dips or peaks...even he had a slow start this year, he still will hit his numbers by the end of the season...

He has been tested since he began his career...why when someone is successful, they are automatically on the roids...

Are you saying that Lebron is on the juice too...maybe you think Kobe is too...

So accusations are easy to do, when others are jealous...

By the way, this is America, you are innocent, until proven guilty...

Mamba24 - but it's so dang TIRING trying to be common...
LOL!!!!!!!Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Dag and she's humble too! lol!

@Yellow Fever, BTW I wasn't attacking you, just the statement about Albert. If it came off as if I was attacking you brother I apologize, as many times as you have had my back!
Mamba24/larrY

Justa,

No, I was just messing around.
Suppose you could have made it behind home plate as a hot dog vendor too!

yellofever,

>>>Lebron has player option to opt out in 3 years!!

Don't think that I missed on the significance of that. And if Miami doesn't quite manage to get the job done by then, it would not shock me a bit if the Lakers made a play for LeBron James.

I doubt TMac will settle for a veteran's minimum contract.

But for the record, if he would settle for that, and if he's willing to play a backup role behind Kobe & Artest to get a ring, then I'm all for it.

Can you imagine a bench squad of Pau or Drew, Odom, TMac, Sasha, and Blake? That could be pretty darned potent.

But again, I'll reiterate. I don't think TMac will settle for 1.4 million any more than Mike Miller would.

But again, I'll reiterate. I don't think TMac will settle for 1.4 million any more than Mike Miller would. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | July 13, 2010 at 12:22 PM
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You may well be right but remember, The Mailman went from making 16 Million the year before to 1 Million with us cause he wanted a ring. Never underestimate the Power of The Ring. Lol1

What? No half hour special "Kobe meeting with Raja Bell" extravaganza???

LTLF - yes Tmac will settle for Vets minimum trust me on this... his willing to be a bench player "what dose that say about his willingness to win a championship??" even with Ron Ron

@mamba24 - sir you are my favorite, can we get a suvs of bring Tmac to LA bus lmao oh wait where Lewsters heheheh

LTLF - mamba24 just told you hehe why Tmac would sign for a vet min hehe so he will sign, he said he wants to play, he told his agent, Ron artest called him to end his career and i quote " as a champion" lol we love you ron! so there you have it. we need Tmac guys lets do this.. forget BELL i hate him lets get TMac and dominate the Offensive boards.

@ Art - dont worry about Bynum even if he gets injured Gasol will step in as center, Tmac would step in as PF and ROn as SF and Kobe as SG and fish as our PG...??? No?

because we have 2 solid (so far) picks coming off the summer league both of them good players. need i mention NBA.com put Caracter as the #1 Rookie... did anyone see that lol so we do have a set of players... dont worry about center no ones gonna be hitting us hard in the paint next season.

justanothermambafan

There is a live chat but it won't be with me for the second straight time. I'm going to be out at an event getting a story for the Lakers blog. Unfortunately, the times conflict

MM

justa may be an umpire or a catcher and we just don't know about it. justa, if you're not either one of those two, i expect you to have the seats directly behind home plate

MM


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