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Breaking down the Lakers' summer-league roster

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No. 4 Derrick Caracter, forward/center, 6-9, 275 pounds, Texas El Paso, rookie

Outlook: Caracter, whom the Lakers selected with their 58th pick, said he dropped from 305 pounds to 277 after his career with the Miners because of more sleep and selective eating habits. He plans to decrease to 270 to show his conditioning isn't an issue, an area Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he thought could improve. And Caracter hopes he can prove he's mature by listening to his teammates and staying out of trouble, a process that happened once he transferred from Louisville to UTEP.

No. 3 Devin Ebanks, forward, 6-9, 210, West Virginia, rookie

Outlook: Ebanks, whom the Lakers selected with their 43rd pick, appears to be the favorite to crack a roster spot. He helped the Mountaineers to their first Final Four since 1959 and the most wins in school history because of his lock-down defense and rebounding (a team-leading 8.1 per game). Kupchak also said he selected Ebanks in case Luke Walton's back doesn't fully heal next season.

No. 8 Gerald Green, forward, 6-8, 200, Gulf Shores Academy (Texas), sixth season

Outlook: He entered the 2005 NBA draft considered to be the next Tracy McGrady. But four years later, the 18th pick of the NBA draft has proved that winning the NBA Dunk Contest in 2007 does lead to job security. In his five-year career, Green has bounced from Boston (2005-2007), Minnesota (2007-2008), Houston (2008), Dallas (2008) and Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia (2009).

No. 31 Rob Kurz, forward, 6-9, 230, Notre Dame, third season

Outlook: Kurz showed promise, averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game last season with the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants, but he has little to show for his NBA experience. Kurz played 40 games in the 2008-2009 season for Golden State, but shot only 38.9% overall. He agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland prior to the 2009-10 season, but the Cavaliers dumped him after the preseason. He signed with the Bulls in early April but never played a game before being waived June 30.

No. 7 Ibrahim Jaaber, guard, 6-2, 170, Pennsylvania, rookie

Outlook: The former Ivy League player of the year in 2007 and 2008 set the league's career record for steals (303) and finished third and second nationally during his junior and senior years, respectively. Yet, he went undrafted in 2007 and played for Detroit's summer league team before jumping to professional gigs in Greece, Italy and Belgium. Since then, NBA Draft Express believes that Jaabar has improved his perimeter shooting "enough to at least make him an option for NBA teams looking for an athletic defensive- minded backup." The Lakers could surely use one of those.

No. 34 Ben McCauley, forward, 6-9, 237, North Carolina State, rookie

Outlook: This is the second consecutive season McCauley has played on the Lakers' summer league team, averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last year in five games. His game isn't solely defined by his presence. McCauley shot 47% from three-point range last season with Strasbourg IG in the French Pro A League, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ray Fittipaldo reports that NBA scouts told McCauley he needs to improve on his defense.

No. 36 Drew Naymick, center, 6-11, 235, Michigan State, third season

Outlook: He finished his college career in 2008 as Michigan State's career leader in blocked shots (134), received little attention from NBA scouts and then played in Europe in the Spanish and Polish leagues. At least landing on the Lakers' summer league roster serves as a small victory for Naymick, considering he couldn't crack Indiana's squad last year. He'd be competing with Ebanks, Caracter and McCauley, three players that are already facing long odds in cracking a spot on a team with a full front line.

No. 32 Frank Robinson, guard, 6-4, 193, Cal State Fullerton, second season

Outlook: The former Cal State Fullerton standout may benefit from playing on the D-Fenders, the Lakers' minor league affiliate, this past season. NBA Draft Express credits Robinson's length, stretch and lateral quickness as qualities that make him a good defensive player. However, he's shown inconsistency with his perimeter shooting. Nonetheless, the D-Fenders coaching staff told the Daily Titan that Robinson emerged as a complete combo guard, defending the team's top player and becoming a reliable scoring option.

No. 15 Tyler Sanborn, center, 6-10, 270, Guilford College (N.C.), rookie

Outlook: Sanborn was named the 2010 NCAA Division III player of the year after racking up 30 double-doubles and averaging 19.8 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Even though it remains unclear how that can translate into the NBA, he had at least scored pre-draft workouts with the Lakers, Memphis and Charlotte. What's perhaps most impressive is the journey Sanborn took to get to this point. The Charlotte Sports Examiner's Greg Jones notes that Sanborn entered his freshman year overweight and out of shape, improved his conditioning his sophomore year and then became Division III's best player his senior season.

No. 44 Courtney Sims, center, 6-11, 245, Michigan, fourth season

Outlook: Sims has had brief stints with Phoenix, Indiana and New York while bouncing around the D-League, something he's acknowledged has taken a mental toll. According to NBA Draft Express, he can create his own shot but struggles in staying disciplined on defensive rotations.

No. 2 D.J. Strawberry, guard, 6-5, 199, Maryland, fourth season

Outlook: When I interned at the Washington Times in 2007, Strawberry acknowledged to me he may have to take a circuitous route to the NBA because he was deemed to be only a defensive specialist at Maryland. Yet he entered that year's draft hoping NBA teams would want such a player, considering the way San Antonio's Bruce Bowen defended Cleveland's LeBron James in the 2007 NBA Finals, a feat the Mater Dei standout accomplished against James in high school. "A lot of teams are going to need a defensive player like me," Strawberry told me at the time. 

It turns out Strawberry was right with his initial prediction. After the Suns selected him with the 57th pick -- and soon signing a two-year contract -- he was assigned to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, beginning a pattern of quick turnover with various teams, including the Houston Rockets (2008), Fortitudo Bologna of Italy (2008-2010), the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns (2010) and now the Lakers' summer league roster. Strawberry lacks consistency in his offensive game, but he could provide some defensive energy to the Lakers' backcourt.

-- Mark Medina
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Photo: West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks tries to split the defense of Kentucky's Patrick Patterson (54) and DeMarcus Cousins during the Mountaineers' 73-66 victory over the Wildcats in the NCAA tournament's East Regional final. Credit: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

 
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hi blogfam!

I've been on vacay mode since we were crowned as Champions! But I still read the blog and everyone's comments. So I found this article and I thought ya'll can appreciate it: http://deadspin.com/5581889/lebron-james-is-a-cocksucker

I hope everyone's having a grand summer, enjoy it while it lasts. It has been 100 degrees since Monday in NY lol. Im lovin' it! toodaloos, check back later.

By the way thanks to you & JAMF for having my back yesterday.
Mamba24/Larry

Next time you see an ill-advised post trashing Dr. Buss for being cheap, consider this:

"11 teams officially were notified of their luxury-tax obligations for the 2009-10 season, with the two-time champion Los Angeles Lakers easily topping the list of taxpayers.

The Lakers are required to cut a tax check of $21.4 million to the league office by July 23, based on figures teams received in conjunction with the NBA's announcement regarding next season's cap."

http://es.pn/cqUUeg

We Lakers fans have it really, really good here.

Oops - meant to add that it was no problem Larry. We all have your back!

@J24, ROFLMAO OH SWEET JESUSSSSSS! LADYJEM24 I'M SHOCKED "It doesn't matter where he opts to go. If he goes to Chicago, he's a cocksucker. If he goes to Miami, he's a cocksucker. Even if he goes back to Cleveland, he's a goddamn cocksucker. He's a self-aggrandizing sack of shit, and ESPN is a bunch of pussy-whipped enablers for giving him a free hour of airtime tomorrow night and inevitably using 55 minutes of it to let Stu Scott give him a rimjob.

Look at what Kevin Durant did today. He signed an extension well before he could have filed for free agency, announced the signing, and then went back about his business. He didn't need all this dog-and-pony show bullshit. James does, and that means he's a dipshit. People have been kissing this man's ass SINCE FUCKING MIDDLE SCHOOL, and he still needs this hourlong AFI tribute special? Bullshit. BULLSHIT."
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH! PLEASE, PLEASSSE, PLEASSSSSSSSSE!!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHHAAHAHHAA!

Kobe-Wade, advantage Kobe.
Pau-Bosh, advantage Pau
LeBron-Artest, advantage LeBron
Bynum-? advantage Bynum
Fisher/Blake-? advantage FB
Bench-? advantage Lakers, wow!

I'll will take OUR chances!

Oops - meant to add that it was no problem Larry. We all have your back! Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 08, 2010 at 08:31 AM
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Stop it! Stop it right now! you're just saying that cause you want one of those free DVD's of Princess Jimmy on Broadway Performs the RiverDance. Well I thank you but you get no Princess Jimmy DVD because of the mean things you said about him! No, Uh Uh, None for you!! Seriously Thanks!
Mamba24/Larry

Kobe-Wade, advantage Kobe.
Pau-Bosh, advantage Pau
LeBron-Artest, advantage LeBron
Bynum-? advantage Bynum
Fisher/Blake-? advantage FB
Bench-? advantage Lakers, wow!
I'll will take OUR chances! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | July 08, 2010 at 08:40 AM
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DJ, I'll take that hand any day!
Larry/M24

Repost:

Here's another thought folks. If LeBron shuns the Bulls as Wade and Bosh did, could it mean that only Kobe Bryant really wants to challenge the legacy of Michael Jordan? Think about it. When Kobe wanted to be traded, he wanted to be traded to the Bulls, willing to chase Jordan in his own kingdom. Wade is from Chicago, but still spurned the Bulls for south beach. LeBron also doesn't seem to have the Bulls as a destination despite the label of "team most ready to contend" status.

We've all seen, heard and read why Wade, Bosh and possibly James have turned their collective backs on Chicago, but it still baffles me. This is why I appreciate Kobe so much, because he's just a different animal altogether and hasn't backed away from going after Shaq, Magic and Michael. It shows Kobe's competitive drive and his insane desire to win and be the best. I thank God that the Lakers didn't trade him and surrounded him with players who want to win. I hope that we all can truly appreciate what Kobe has meant to the Lakers, the NBA and the game of basketball because when he leaves this stage, the game will truly miss one of the fiercest warriors and competitors in any sport. Truly a once in a generation talent and player. Kobe Bean Bryant.

Posted by: Nemaia Faletogo | July 08, 2010 at 08:29 AM

Justa,

What happened to your back?

Wow! If the "King of No Rings" goes to Miami, he's admitting that he can't lead a team to a title. Wow! If that doesn't say ALOT about him! Granted, when Kobe won his first 3 he was the second, but he has lead his team to the last 2 championships!

I really liked the end of the LJ posts, "You ain't seen nothing yet." You are correct, "we ain't seen nothing yet, ha, ha!" Nor will we, ha, ha!

Justa, What happened to your back? Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 08, 2010 at 08:47 AM
LMAO!!!
mAMBA24/LARRy

Think Shaq goes to Miami as well? How sad?

Amen Nemaia Amen, love your post about Kobe. He truly is a different breed of a basketball player.

Mamba, what an article right, it was on point and it is the truth! lol. lbj is in it for the show and glamor, he has no respect for the game whatsoever. i dislike a person like that. i love kevin durant, a classy player, he deserves to be Kobe's successor one day.

let's enjoy our Championship :)

Edwin - I hurt it bending over backwards trying to be nice to Mamba24 so he won't pull a drama punk on us all...

LMAO!!! JUST KIDDING LARRY!!!!! I'M TOTALLY YANKING YOUR CHAIN!!!! (Come to think of it, maybe THAT's how I hurt it...)!!! ROTFLMAO!!!


Looking forward to the summer-league games. Obviously Ebanks and Caracter will get the most attention, but I'm watching others as well. Gerald Green, DJ Strawberry and Ibrahim Jabbar are interesting guards and Tyler Sanborn for another big. I like Green's athleticism, but I wonder about his mental approach to the game. I like reading about Strawberry and Jabbar being defensive minded guards and could possibly add much needed quickness at the position. Sanborn being player of the year in division 3 is still quite an accomplishment and put up nice double-doubles.

While it's win now for us, we can still prepare for the future by adding a couple of young guys to the roster. Go Lakers!!!

Mamba, what an article right, it was on point and it is the truth! lol. lbj is in it for the show and glamor, he has no respect for the game whatsoever. i dislike a person like that. i love kevin durant, a classy player, he deserves to be Kobe's successor one day. let's enjoy our Championship :)
Posted by: J24 | July 08, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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I couldn't agree more LadyJem24! As for our Championship, I haven't stopped enjoying it yet!
Mamba24


LMAO!!! JUST KIDDING LARRY!!!!! I'M TOTALLY YANKING YOUR CHAIN!!!! (Come to think of it, maybe THAT's how I hurt it...)!!! ROTFLMAO!!!Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 08, 2010 at 08:55 AM
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That's all right pick on me! All I know is you are still not getting that PRINCESS JIMMY DOES THE RIVERDANCE ON BROADWAY DVD. No, No, No! Lol!
Wait a minute, didd you really hurt your back? I thought Edwin was just joking about my saying you had my back.

It would be a fruitful hour if Lebron can sing and do river dance at the same time, at least we have something to watch. Well, the hooplah for months now has reached the revelation day and he will announce his choice in the first 10 minutes, what are the viewers going to watch in the next 50 minutes, aha analysis-paralysis on ways to beat the lakers. Well, they should all beat each others first in the East before facing the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Lakers are savoring their title with R & R, Fisher in Shanghai, Kobe & Drew in Johannesburg cheering for Pau's country and Artest busy tweeting (wish we hear from him as a blogger), Blake will be signed any moment now and Shannon will also sign cuz' only the Lakers would give him a bright future. Will Raja Bell agree for $ 1.77M to be a Laker, latest report he is looking for more mullah from other teams.

MM --

Could you please investigate the reports that the Lakers are interested in trading for Hedo Turkoglu?

P & G R

I really liked the end of the LJ posts, "You ain't seen nothing yet." You are correct, "we ain't seen nothing yet, ha, ha!" Nor will we, ha, ha! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | July 08, 2010 at 08:49 AM
ROFLMAO!! DJ leave the poor man alone! hahaha!
Mamba24/Larry

No I didn't hurt it - I think Edwin's either confused or trying to be funny... LOL!

It's 9:00. Only 9 hours until...

RIVERDANCE!!!!!!!

Raja Bell.

That is all.

DBDH!

So what happens if Mitch makes a surprise appearance at the announcement and LBJ pulls on a Lakers jersey? :)

I don't know about you guys, but I don't want to see LBJ join Miami. Their three stars would put Boston's Big Three to shame. They would be a shoo-in to win the East and give us fits in the Finals.

I'd rather see LBJ go to NY to balance out the powers in the East.

Mamba24,

Thanks for the compliment on my post!

No I didn't hurt it - I think Edwin's either confused or trying to be funny... LOL! Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 08, 2010 at 09:05 AM
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Oh thank God! For a moment I began to panic & I could feel the Drama Punk beginning to emerge. I was even about to go so far as to relent and let you have the DVD so you could watch it while you got well(And no cracks about you would have to be sick to watch such crap. lol.) But now that I realize you are not hurt...no matter what you say I will never, NEVER I say, give you one of my Princess Jimmy DVD's. So take that!!!! Just playing with you sister.
Mamba24(larrY H.)

Mamba, you're baaad that's a tender back of Lady Justa, needs a little caress and TLC. lol!

I can see the people of NY rejoicing at the end of today while Chicagoans including Pres. and the mobs, the poor people of Ohio and the Clippers are rejoicing too because Donald will not pay big bucks. One of the conditions imposed by the Clippers if Le Crab will join them is to appear on weekly Ads of the Sterling Real Estate promoting condos and rentals and during off days do the plumbing work too. Well, Vinny Del Negro got hooked into it. Clippers are really a good organization with good players except for a lousy cheapskate owner who kept on putting down his team.

It's 9:00. Only 9 hours until...RIVERDANCE!!!!!!!Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | July 08, 2010 at 09:08 AM
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OOOHHHH WEEEEE! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! I'm almost as excited as for game 7 of The Finals LongTime!
LMAO!!
mAMBA24

Mamba24, Thanks for the compliment on my post!Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | July 08, 2010 at 09:12 AM
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My pleasure DJ!
Mamba24

Mamba, you're baaad that's a tender back of Lady Justa, needs a little caress and TLC. lol!

I can see the people of NY rejoicing at the end of today while Chicagoans including Pres. and the mobs, the poor people of Ohio and the Clippers are rejoicing too because Donald will not pay big bucks. One of the conditions imposed by the Clippers if Le Crab will join them is to appear on weekly Ads of the Sterling Real Estate promoting condos and rentals and during off days do the plumbing work too. Well, Vinny Del Negro got hooked into it. Clippers are really a good organization with good players except for a lousy cheapskate owner who kept on putting down his team.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 08, 2010 at 09:15 AM
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WAIT A MINUTE! Edwin would never say such a thing! Identify yourself charlattan!
Mamba24

Nemaia, A timely and insightful post.

Hey Edwin, what's the name of that restaurant in San Pedro you were talking about yesterday? Do they have a website?

Rick Friedman,

you wrote: "11 teams officially were notified of their luxury-tax obligations for the 2009-10 season, with the two-time champion Los Angeles Lakers easily topping the list of taxpayers.

The Lakers are required to cut a tax check of $21.4 million to the league office by July 23, based on figures teams received in conjunction with the NBA's announcement regarding next season's cap."

http://es.pn/cqUUeg

my response: it was exactly for this reason that I had my discussion with
Art -FL Lakers fan. Writing out a check for 21.4 million dollars is no joke!

LBJ Twitter Watch:

ILTWkinon: I thought "The Decision" was just Lebron's "Jersey Shore" nickname.

jimrome: If this is Lebron's act BEFORE he wins a ring, think how insufferable he'll be after he gets 1. He'll need 10 to justify this.

mashable: LeBron James to Answer Questions from Twitter During ESPN Special - http://ow.ly/28GyN

Sharing these because... Well, I don't know.

That's not a whole lot of guards on the roster. Also, doesn't look like they have too many small forwards.

HEAR YE HEAR YE LAKER NATION..........WE ARE ALL ABOUT TO BE WITNESSES[SIC]to the greatest event known since THE THRILLA IN MANILLA, THE WALK ON THE MOON, MICHAEL JORDAN PLAYING PRO BASEBALL, MICHAEL JACKSON'S DEATH and I could go on and on. Heard he was going to Miami!!! I guess they need the three top players from three teams to give us a challange. I say.... Bring it on---------. What happens when these PRIMA DONAS fail? Who do they blame then?Oh I can hardly wait for the TRAIN WRECK to begin. Mamba24.. PLEASE reserve a copy of Jimmy's RAINDANCE OOPS RIVERDANCE

CURIOUS HERE, DOES VIRTUAL WIFE AND SISTER SOUNDS INCESTOUS:

Just playing with you sister.
Mamba24(larrY H.)

Posted by: Mamba24

Utz,

It is known as the Ports O'Call row of restaurants. It is at the foot of Vincent Thomas bridge or the docking area of Caravan cruise. I don't remember specifically the name of the restaurant because there are benches there along the harbor. You buy fresh fish and have it cooked too. You can buy other viands in another store other than fish. It's a little bit pricey but it's worth it. Here is another idea, try to go 22nd St landing before 6:30 AM and bring a huge pale, buy fresh catches of the day at a very minimum cost from crabs, lobster, shimps, catfish, cod, tilapia, squid etc. Good luck, fish is good for our health as long as you clean and cook it well to avoid mercury. While you are in San Pedro, take a fresh air at the Korean Bell and stroll around the Cabrillo beach. Those are the nice things living in LA with little money in the pocket.

Supposing Lebron joins Wade and Bosh in Miami but still they lacked chemistry and could not beat the Celtics, what a travesty for the multi million dollar investments.

Can y'all help me? - this may be the wrong place to ask, as it's sort of a technical question, but I was trying to set my DVR to record my favorite reality show: The Biggest Loser. And it kept setting it for ESPN tonight. Did "The Biggest Loser" switch networks? I'm so confused.

PLEASE reserve a copy of Jimmy's RAINDANCE OOPS RIVERDANCE
Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | July 08, 2010 at 09:37 AM
ROFLMAO! You NewMexicoLakerFan are a person of Good Taste.
I will reserve you a copy of PRINCESS JIMMY DOES THE RIVERDANCE ON BROADWAY. But you must, I say YOU MUST promise not to make any bootleg copies for your friends. I know the temptaion will be great. Bids on Ebay for copies have been astronomical. But as Kobe plays for Rings, I live only for Princess Jimmmy DVD's. ROFLMAO! He coulda been a contender NewMexicoLaker. Lol! You know The Princess does have a rather high opinion of herself. I'm hoping, I'm praying on the show tonight halfway thru he realizes he has nothing to say and just freezes up and...They have to bring on his Puppet to finish the show. Lol! Of course I've been told by knowledgeable sources that The Puppet is much smarter than Lebron! ROFLMAO!!!

@Edwin

I LOVE seafood. My absolute favorite thing to eat in life! Next time you head over there, let me know!

kissing this man's ass SINCE FUCKING MIDDLE SCHOOL, and he still needs this hourlong AFI tribute special? Bullshit. BULLSHIT."
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH! PLEASE, PLEASSSE, PLEASSSSSSSSSE!!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHHAAHAHHAA!


Posted by: Mamba24 | July 08, 2010 at 08:37 AM
HAHAHAHA...I HAD THE SAME REACTION.....LMAO HAHAHAHA....STOP IT, PLEASE...HAHAHAH....MY CO-WORKERS THINK I'M HAVING A SPASM..HAHAHAHAHA...

Can y'all help me? - this may be the wrong place to ask, as it's sort of a technical question, but I was trying to set my DVR to record my favorite reality show: The Biggest Loser. And it kept setting it for ESPN tonight. Did "The Biggest Loser" switch networks? I'm so confused. Posted by: 63 Footer | July 08, 2010 at 09:43 AM
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LMAO!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!
mamba24

The word now on Hoopsworld and espn is that Lebron is leaning towards playing for the Heat.

Kobe v. Wade
Artest v. Lebron
Gasol v. Bosh

I still like our chances. But I do remember in the regular season when Lebron was absolutely destroying Artest, making it look like he was was taking candy from a baby. I also remember DWade taking it to Kobe as well, forcing Kobe to make a miraculous falling to the side bank shot 3 to win the game. I'm not so concerned with Bosh v. Gasol, I think Gasol will have a clear advantage there. And the Lakers will have the better supporting cast.

So while we will still win, Lebron and Wade will create huge matchup problems for anyone.

Also, I have no doubt that both Lebron and Wade will get their numbers. They are going to be a 2 man wrecking crew just destroying anyone in their paths. They'll both get their 27-30 pts and they'll most likely be more efficient as well. The true test will come when they play a good team defense like the Celtics and then the Lakers.

It'll be fun to watch.

Go Lakers!

Thanks Mamba24... I take that as a compliment coming from the KING of THE BANDWAGON!!

@Edwin

I LOVE seafood. My absolute favorite thing to eat in life! Next time you head over there, let me know!

Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | July 08, 2010 at 09:47 AM

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If you love seafood, nothing better than Crabcakes from Cleveland...But I think the Crabcake special is moving to New York or Miami...

Look for the address on ESPN...They give Crabcake free advertising...

Purple & Gold Reign - There's nothing that's been reported that suggests that, but I'll let you know if anything transpires.

MM


CURIOUS HERE, DOES VIRTUAL WIFE AND SISTER SOUNDS INCESTOUS:
Just playing with you sister. Mamba24(larrY H.)
Posted by: Mamba24 Posted by: CURIOUS GEORGE | July 08, 2010 at 09:42 AM
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I don't know Curious one tell me? Let's see HomoPhobe now Incest too. Gee you are a very sexually mixed up lil guy aren't you? But just to clarify Curious one. Brother & sister also happen to be terms of greeting in certain communities. I'm just curious that you wouldn't know this. Of course with one who's curiosity tends only to perverted things it's very understandable. Ask me anything George I'll always be here to steer you away from those deviate curious thoughts. Also just curious why you always ask me this ISH & not Justa. Could it be because you don't know how to talk to girls? just curious. Or could it be you secretly like Justa & don't know how to express yourself? Naw I'm giving you too much credit. You are just a straight up pervert. So keep revealing your little fetishes to the world lil fella. I'm curious, is the whole family like you?

Mamba24/Larry

Also, you have to figure that Udonis Haslem will rejoin the Heat. So there's another good player for them. And Jason Williams is interested in joining the Heat as well. Their roster will fill out pretty nicely witht he main pieces in place.

Go Lakers!

Thanks Mamba24... I take that as a compliment coming from the KING of THE BANDWAGON!!Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | July 08, 2010 at 09:53 AM
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NMLaker & thank you also. But don't think that's going to get you any extra copies. One DVD per Blog Member! Lol!
Just playing with you, seriously Thanks right back to ya!
Mamba24

First, he goes on Larry King during the NBA Finals, trying to draw attention to himself. No respect for his fellow professionals who worked hard to get to the Finals.

Then, he conducts his interviews with the contending teams, right under the noses of his adoring fans in Cleveland. There is no doubt that the Bulls, Knicks, Heat, Nets and Clippers would have gladly put on him on a private jet to visit them.

And now, this one-hour reality show on BSPN so he could tear the hearts out of his Cleveland fans on national TV.

He is, indeed, the classless Queen of Media Whores!

Mamba24, just playing with you and Justa today while avoiding the crowning glory of the Loser. It is a media hype created by Nike and Stearn and I think they are winning against the World Cup. Europeans, South Americans and including those who are there in Johannesburg are wondering what happened to the sports priorities of Americans. Making a big deal of Le Crab's signing without any sports event attached to it, no history of Championship but pure perception of a winning combination. The last time Lebron got a ring was in high school, not winning the Championship because no school can afford to give away rings, trophies would suffice for the award. It was Lebron himself who bought a high school ring and proud to have graduated in high school. Instead of making all this hooplah, if Lebron just simply announce where he was going and then tell the world too that he will take some college units during summer perhaps he would earn more the respect of basketball enthusiasts throughout the world. He is a role model to many poor kids out there in grade school, however not everyone could become a tall hoopster when they finish high school. What is being exhibited here is pure greed for money from NBA, the teams trying to woo him and the sponsors riding with the hooplah and ratings.

Mamba24 - you KNOW the little fella can't keep up with me - in ANY arena. I was gonna make a comment along the lines of prepubescent, drooling, high school boys with hairy palms and a premature wad blowing problem, but then I remembered it's a better policy to starve the trolls. I think that's 'nuf said for now, don't you? LOL!

Put me on the "I Couldn't Care Less" bandwagon.

The Lakers will be decimating whatever team is unfortunate enough to come out of the East.

This is destiny, folks. Count it.

Go Lake Show!

Let's get to something that is REALLY important. Any news with Fish. Lewstrs, We need a GET FISH, NEED FISH and LOVE FISH caravan going.Geez we need the guy. He's been here for EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!! Him and Kobe are SOUL BROS.Who would take over the RAH! RAH! SPEECHES?

Mamba24,


You are awesome.


I'm thinking we need The Princess to go to Miami. We need a threat to beatdown on our way to Greatness.


BRING IT ON!!!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

The definitive report on LeBron's destination comes not from ESPN, not from Hoopsworld, but from US Weekly:

http://bit.ly/chuDkk

Guess he's not content with his own ESPN special. Now he wants to hone in on "Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami."

Hey we got a new post up

MM

My in laws in Cleveland told me during the wedding of my daughter that they would feel bad if Lebron leaves Cleveland. He seems to be their remaining hope to improve the unemployment problem in the area. Many companies left Ohio due to globalization, the executives remained with all all their fat salaries but the Ohioans were all jobless. They look at Lebron as their outlet for all the frustrations of a bad economy. They also looked for redemption from their other teams the Browns in NFL, the Indians MBL, nothing out there...nobody could bring the bacon except for their college team, Ohio State Buckeyes. Even our blogger, Jon K is disgusted of Cleveland.

If Lebron does not choose the Cav's, they should build a team from down up just like the OK Thunder. Winning Championships is a long road to be traveled, every little things should be in right place before acquiring it. Lakers had a long wait year after year of frustrations until finally they won it in 1972 excluding the Minneapolis Lakers era. The molding of the champion starts with the players, coaching philosophy and the front office activities from scouting to proper balancing of budgets and talents. Eventually, persistence will pave way.

Unbelievable...

I actually can stomach Skip Baylick today...all the hate he is giving LeBron...

LMAO


I think that's 'nuf said for now, don't you? LOL!Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 08, 2010 at 10:12 AM
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Yeah you right. Sorrrry! And because of my being sorry for that and only for that, I shall relent just this once and give you a copy of PRINCESS JIMMY DOES THE RIVERDANCE ON BROADWAY. No need to thank me I know how much you'll treasure it. LOL!
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Mamba24, just playing with you and Justa today while avoiding the crowning glory of the Loser. It is a media hype created by Nike and Stearn and I think they are winning against the World Cup. Europeans, South Americans and including those who are there in Johannesburg are wondering what happened to the sports priorities of Americans. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 08, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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Hey Edwin, i was kinda of wondering if that was you joking or not. We both got that tye of humour. As for the rest of your Post sir you are right on point, all joking about Princess Jimmy aside. It really is ridiculous. Oh and one more thing about your Post...OUT FREAKING STANDING SIR!
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@JON K., you're just saying that so Princes Jimmy could leave Cleveland. Wait a minute...You left Cleveland too! Lol! Yeah we need a threat but it aint gone be MIAMI all 3 Bosh DWade and Lebron are prima donnas they'll never Jell. Either Boston or Orlando is comming out of the East. If Boston stays healthy nobody will stop them. You think they want us to tie their title records. Those old geezers will be drinking Geritol by the cup during the season so they can play The Lakers in the Finals. And quiet as it's kept I'd like the Lakers to have one more go around with them. But this time we will sweep their @zz mark my words.

Legler jumping on the opportunity and jumping on the Miami bandwagon...

"Lakers are in trouble"

Yeah right buddy...you said that last season...

Legler - a great example of ESPN being up so far LeBron's arse....

Unbelievable...I actually can stomach Skip Baylick Today...all the hate he is giving LeBron... LMAO Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 08, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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Lewstrs maybe Lebron will finally appreciate all the ISH Kobe had to go through in his career.
Mamba24

Mamba24,


Blog-sync-think is happening.


We all know it's downhill for Princess Jimmy. This whole one hour nonsense is just plain too much. Let the schadenfreuden commence!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Cleveland sucks.


I know.


Anyhow, it's really a football town. This whole LeBronimania thing is so forced.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

My relatives told me today that the word on the street in Northeast Ohio is that LeBron is choosing Miami.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

This off season is turning out to be awesome. I never EVER take a Lakers championship run for granted. We are so incredibly lucky to be Lakers fans. I went to my first Lakers game when I was 6 which turned out to be their championship team with West and all.

And I have the privlege of seeing the best players in the NBA since then with the best announcer ever for most of time. So freaking lucky to be a baskteball fan and from LA.

Blake was a great sign. And we had as good a draft as we could have. Kobe is really coming into his own as a totally complete player both on and off the court. The Lakers really seem to enjoy each other. Phil wants to make it a grand stand. I really hope Bron-Bron goes to Miami so the next season can be an EPIC take down of the Darth Stern team (love that BTW, great job Mamba).

Whatever happens it is such a treat to have a Kobe lead team where you know the Lakers are going to give their all which is all we can ask for. Hope Fish is back, hope we end up with a good back-up for Bynum, and perhaps that Ivy league player is just what we need to come in from time to time to contain the 'speedy guards' out there.

Looking good, next year is also looking fun.

Hey Guys check out King Capper at Bettorbelieveit.com. He is on fire going 7-1 in last two days and 20-6 this past week. He gives me more insight than any other capper I have ever used. You will not be disappointed!!! Check him out!!!!

We all know it's downhill for Princess Jimmy. This whole one hour nonsense is just plain too much. Let the schadenfreuden commence! Posted by: Jon K. | July 08, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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Yeah Jon K I hear you. But the funny thing is I really am beginning to feel sorry for the poor idiot. I think LeBron's got a lot of bad advice along the way and this final TV extravaganza was just the final straw. Wait...WTF? Did I just say I feel sorry for Princess Jimmy? OH SWEET JESUS!

Mamba24,

SUPER TEAM.. Bring it on! Grand one! Last stand! Mamba's six... Sasha on Wade, Luke on Lebron, Odom on Bosh! Bring it on!!!

I agree this Lebronze thing sucks..He is a ___________(insert adjective here)....

On another notewhat I want from the Lakers next year is for a know thy enemy/respect thy enemy mentality. I remember in the finals Kobe stating how good the septics were. They on the other hand were not so gracious.Pierce "we ain't coming back to la"..rivers it's the refs etc..and not recognizing phil as a coaching great..

Anyhow we know the finals matters mostbut you still have to get there. Hopefully there won't be a breakdown like the ending of last season and guys will contribute more. Aside from fisher not resigned as yet and getting blake,the bench still hasn't really improved. this was our achilles heal all season,when kobe went out the lead went down. Aside from that 5(I think)game win streak when kb was injured, guys really wern't playing great.fish played like crap,artest was bricking but he was new,etc.the next thing (someone mentioned on another thread)was the fish and pau rants,none of that stuff please.Teams are retooling and for the most part we're the same. We can only assume that KB will be fully or mostly healed next season,and Bynum also.The question is what about the rest of the mostly retirning squad?? Will Pau,Odom,Luke and Sasha's head's and hearts be in the right place??We need these guys to get mentallty tuffer and work on their games(save Pau).Play up to your potential every game,not just every 5 or six games. a leader often leads by example and if Kobe can fight through all those injuries in a season(6 game winning shots and all),then we need the same guys that management is chose to ride or die with to deliver. Stuff like home court is real important and I almost wanna say we were lucky we ended up with it throughout especially how we played at the end of the regular season. so here's hoping that some guys other than kobe or pau or the opposing teams no name players put up some career numbers..

P.S. Hope Kobe and the team picks up some espy's this year. I mentioned kobe first cause he should definately get best male athlete.a lot of team/and league record breakers, 6 game winners,with almost 6 injuries and played mostly all season(and the champ)..While everyone all put wrote him off.Even bloggers came on here saying he should be traded or not extended(especially after that lil win streak without him)..Kobe answered all though... he may have been thinking.....Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated........

Legler's a Boston area guy. I like listening to him when he's NOT talking about the lakers.

Jon Barry was on the radio this morning saying that DwaBrosh (my own mash up, hate writing their entire names) AREN'T enough to beat the Lakers. I agree.

Forgive the simplistic analysis, but we go 2 elite basketball players deep. yes, Kobe and Pau are 2 of the worlds best at their position. So will the Heat....Wade and Lebron are uniquely gifted.

However, when you move on from there, while Bosh is a very very good player, the heat have no money to pay anyone after that. They won't get a james posey, PJ Brown, or Eddie House. The heat have no such players, nor are any on the open market. Fisher, maybe, but why the heck would he pick up and move again?

The Lakers OTOH, uniquely talented or physically differentiated players that fall in line with the system. Teams around the league would kill for a line up of Ron, Lamar, and Bynum as their 3 next best players.

And watching the actions of DwaBrosh they still look VERY immature. I don't respect them they way I can respect but hate the Celtics Big 3. too much going on beside basketball for them. Sure, LA's not exactly the place for anyone to just focus on basketball, but the lakers have been remarkably focused since 2007. I don't see the same happening for the heat.

Tyler Sanborn sounds intriguing. He kicked ass in div III. Wonder how that will translate when he's playing with and against stronger faster players.

I love this!! The lakers are the defending champs, that is true. But what makes you think it will be a "cakewalk" in the East? You are forgetting, and dis-respecting US. The Celtics have re-signed Pierce and Allen, and today signed Jermaine O'Neal to a 2 year deal. He will fill in until Perkins gets back, then be a great 6th man. Miami hasn't won anything yet, and before they get to you guys - yes, the current Champs and best team in the league, they have to get by US...............and I don't think they can!

>>>So what happens if Mitch makes a surprise appearance at the announcement
>>>and LBJ pulls on a Lakers jersey?

Now that would truly be a surprise.

All residents of New York, New Jersey, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, and Boston would simultaneously poop their pants.

I love this!! The lakers are the defending champs, that is true. But what makes you think it will be a "cakewalk" in the East? You are forgetting, and dis-respecting US. The Celtics have re-signed Pierce and Allen, and today signed Jermaine O'Neal to a 2 year deal. He will fill in until Perkins gets back, then be a great 6th man. Miami hasn't won anything yet, and before they get to you guys - yes, the current Champs and best team in the league, they have to get by US...............and I don't think they can! Posted by: Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic | July 08, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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He's Bacccck! How you doing Giant? I beg to disagree sir. If you go back on any of todays or yesterdays threads I said the celtics would destroy the so-called Super Team if the Celtics stayed healthy and they or Orlando were comming out the East. Of course I also said The Lakers would sweep the Celtics, but you can't have it all Giant. Have a good day sir.
Mamab24

Hey Giant Green bald headed lunatic
I agree with you, the ego driven fools in Miami wont get past the Celtics. I hate the Celtics with a passion but I will not deny they are a TEAM and they go after it like they should. You can beat them in Eastern conference playoffs and we'll beat you again in the finals or we'll beat Miami if they manage to get past you. Either way it's all good.

Jermaine is a great pickup by the Celtics. He still defends the rim well and gives them more offensively inside than Perkins ever could.

LeBron won't make the Finals next year but Wade might.
Come on back, Fish.

LeBron won't make the Finals next year but Wade might.
Come on back, Fish.


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