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ESPY interviews: Tim Tebow, Evan Lysacek and Ephraim Salaam on the Lakers and Heat

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow

Former Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek

Houston Texans offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam

--Mark Medina

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Let me preface what I have to say with this: I do not hate the Miami Heat.

Not now. Not sure if I ever will.

Even after James pulled his "The Decision" fiasco and castrated Cavaliers' Nation in front of millions on live TV. Even after that ridiculous "Miami Thrice" circus where the "3 ME-Egos" were introduced to a hyperventilating Miami horde.

Not unless the Heat suddenly morph into a latter day Russell-led Celtics kind of juggernaut that mows down the Lakers year after year (and such a losing streak ain't gonna happen under Dr. Buss's watch) would I even begin to hate THAT team.

Why? Because of THOSE guys.

By those guys, I am referring specifically to former Lakers, Pat Riley and Bob McAdoo. Patrick James Riley was 'my' coach, leading 'my' team, to four championships during the 1980's. Bob McAdoo was a vital member of two of those title winning teams.

The Showtime Lakers' crowning glory, with Riley at the helm, occured in 1985 when the Lakers became the first and (to date) only team to claim an NBA championship over the Celtics on the Boston Garden floor. Words cannot adequately express the magnitude of that victory. Just ask West and Baylor about the tears they shed when Los Angeles bounced back from the infamous "Memorial Day Massacre" to emerge victorious over the Celtics in six games. That great team won it all -- first for themselves, and then for all the Lakers who came before them, who could never get it done.

Just as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will always be "The Captain" to Lakers nation, Pat Riley will always be "The Coach" of that 1985 championship team. What he , Bob McAdoo, and the rest of the Showtime teams of that era accomplished, will live on forever in the annals of Lakers lore. Purple & Gold Nation will never forget them: Once a Laker, always a Laker.

To take it a step further, which team do you think Riley and McAdoo were rooting for in the 2008 and 2010 Finals? The team that was from the same EC as their team, the Heat? Or, the Lakers from the WC?

Exactly.

Chick Hearn had a great love and respect for Pat Riley...and that's good enough for me. In their heart of hearts, I'm sure that both Riles and McAdoo will always cherish being a Laker, and wish for nothing but the best for the L.A. Lakers organization.

Of course IF the Heat are lucky enough to survive the EC gauntlet, and emerge to meet the Lakers next June, my support 100% will be with the Lakers.

For reasons too lengthy to list here, I firmly believe the Purple & Gold will be sending Coach Jackson into retirement with PJ's 4th "Three-Peat." That will simultaneously earn KB and DFish their 6th rings, and bring a record-tying 17th NBA World Championship to the proud Lakers franchise. In the words of Kobe Bryant after Game 7 this June, "...you can take that to the bank!"


P & G R


Purple & Gold Reign:

Aahh the days of show time lakers, yes fond memories still..

I've seen all the vids posted on the ESPY interviews, but my god, I'm sorry, the interviewer in these videos asks the most atrocious questions. (if MM is the interviewer, you do write well but interview not so much...)

steve c - damn man what's up with that? i'm the interviewee. honestly, i don't know what issues you had with the questions. they were all pretty open ended and topical and they all gave good responses. i'd love to hear your take

MM

Ephraim Salaam was pretty cool.

Have I mentioned that ESPN is the Devil?


I bet late at night ESPN secretly listens to rap music while wringing its hands obsessively and chuckling maniacally.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

>>>>Bosh to Karl Malone,

Bosh isn't as good a defender as Malone was, but it's a more realistic comparison than KG

>>>Lebron James to Magic Johnson

Okay here's the thing. Everyone rants about how great LeBron is at making all his teammates better and all that. And how unselfish a player he is.

Magic never led the league in scoring. Not once. Highest he ever came was 9th. LeBron is practically leading the league in scoring every year.

Magic was either 1st or 2nd in assists per game EVERY SEASON HE PLAYED except for his rookie season. LeBron has never led the league in assists per game. The best he has done was 6th.

Magic averaged 11.2 assists per game for his career. Lebron only averages 7 assists per game.

So while people like to hype that LeBron is some unselfish giving player who's only concerned with making his teammates better, Magic really was that. If LeBron wants to be like Magic, he needs to reduce his shots and pass a lot more.

Magic was a career 85% free throw shooter. LeBron is 74%.

Magic averaged 1.9 steals for his career. LeBron gets 1.7

Magic shot 53% for his career. LeBron has shot 48%.

Almost any measurable stat, Magic dominates LeBron. The only thing where LeBron leads magic is in points per game (27 vs 20), and that is because Magic really DID emphasize making his teammates better, while LeBron only pays lip service to that ideal.

LeBron is no Magic. When LeBron averages >10 assists per game for several seasons and gets 5 rings, then you can start comparing LeBron to Magic. Until that happens, LeBron is just LeBron - an extremely talented player, but not even in the top 20 all time (yet). Magic is top 5.

Carmelo to LA?


"NBA Trade Rumors: Could Carmelo Anthony To the LA Lakers Happen?
By Hadarii Jones


Before LeBron James signed his name on the dotted line and cemented a concentration of stars in Miami, few observers felt the odds of it transpiring was real. But in the wake of that historic move, thoughts shift to other potential superstar pairings.


Much of the talk recently has centered around Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and the various teams who could be in the running for each of the superstar's abilities.


The New York Knicks have dominated the conversation in regards to where Anthony may wind up, but if the Los Angeles Lakers are smart, they will recognize the opportunity that may have presented itself.


Anthony will be an unrestricted free agent next season, and if his championship ambitions are the same as James', he should give the Lakers a long, hard look before thinking about the big apple.


Most observers feel the Heat will eventually be the center of the basketball universe, and since it's unlikely Anthony can join that trio, he should consider the only team that stands between Miami and complete league domination, the Lakers.


If Anthony decided to join the Knicks, he would run the risk of being a perennial doormat to Miami. However, if he chose to take his talents to Los Angeles, he could be a part of something which would be every bit as special as the Heat's trio.


Of course this is only speculation and many may consider the idea of Anthony joining the Lakers implausible, but the history of the franchise and their current situation does leave a small window of possibility.


Los Angeles has long been a premier destination for the NBA's superstars, and a good bit of the Lakers' championship legacy has been formed by players who chose to ditch their teams in favor of the purple and gold.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and Pau Gasol are three players who established themselves as stars of other teams, but found their legacies defined once they joined the Lakers.


Anthony could add his name to this list of superstar defectors, and like Gasol before him, he would likely see the immediate benefits of a decision to join Los Angeles.


Gasol never managed to push the Memphis Grizzlies past the first round of the playoffs, but since he was traded to Los Angeles in 2007, the Lakers have made the NBA Finals each season, and won the last two championships.


Anthony would be entering an even better situation than Gasol, and although the Lakers would have to do some very creative tinkering with their roster, it's not that far out of the realm of possibility.


It's doubtful the Lakers could make a deal for Anthony this season, but if the chance presents itself, are Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, Josh Powell, and D.J. Mbenga expendable?


Maybe the Lakers could subtract Odom from the equation and add Ron Artest, and the two recent Lakers' draft picks to make the deal even more attractive to Denver, who would be entering rebuilding mode if Anthony departed.


The Nuggets have to be contemplating a sign-and-trade deal for Anthony, because if he refuses to re-sign, Denver could possibly lose the cornerstone of their franchise with no compensation at all.


What team in the NBA could afford to offer the same quality of players previously mentioned, in exchange for Anthony without ruining the composition of their team?


Certainly not the Knicks, and all of the other players who are the same caliber of talent as Anthony have already been locked up in this year's tumultuous free agency period.


A Lakers' line-up featuring Kobe Bryant, Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Anthony would arguably consist of the top two or three players at their respective positions, and would send shivers of fear throughout the rest of the league.


Not even South Beach's super team could stand tall in the face of this roster, and ironically, it was Miami who made it possible to even consider this scenario at all.


Before James and Chris Bosh joined Wade in Miami, many felt that all of the league's younger superstars would shape their own destinies separate from each other; but the course of the NBA has changed.


If Anthony's goal is to win championships, then his options are limited unless he goes to a team who is ready to compete for championships right now, a team like the Los Angeles Lakers."


Wes

MM:

You have to understand that Steve C. is not having a good day and so he is taking it out on you. You do great work and conduct excellent interviews.

@ Wes -

I approve of this article if only for the fact that I have always coveted the idea of having a legitimate Lakers Jersey emblazoned with the name ANTHONY on it seeing as how my name is Anthony. Plus the number 15 is also the day of birth of my son Lil' Anthony so that would be a bonus as well.

But to actually have Carmelo Anthony in a Lakers uniform would be sweet all by itself... or Kevin Durant in the future.

Bosh doesn't compare with Karl Malone at all in my opinion. Malone was a physical specimen with a feathery touch and killer elbows to boot. Compared to Malone, Bosh is a stickman figure with respectable game, but nowhere near the caliber of the Jazz Hall Of Famer. There may be some similarities in their ability to hit jump shots or manuever in the paint, but Malone is considered by most in the top 3 Power Fowards of all-time. Only Tim Duncan may be ahead of him because of his rings, but even that is debatable. Just take a look at the first 7 years of both Malone and Bosh in the league and then look at how Malone was consistently great for 19 years(injury derailed his year with the Lakers)and you'll see that the comparisons aren't really that close.

Oh yeah Anthony to LA is plausible especially with Dr. Buss as the owner..

INSIDE LOOK AT LEBRON’S FREE-AGENT COUP
By Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-heatfreeagency071610
~
The best recap I have read about what really happened that led LeBron
to join Wade and Bosh to create the Miami Fantasy team, including some
great inside stuff on the negotiations and the problems dealing with the
ego of the King with No Rings and how nobody wanted him to be on last
year’s Olympic team because of his selfish and inconsiderate behavior.
The more you learn about LeBron, the more you understand why he is
not and may never be a winner. I fully expect him to become more and
more disenchanted as his role develops to be Robin to Wade’s Batman.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

MM those interviews sounded fine to me. I enjoyed the last one quite a bit. You sound like a guy honing his craft and you did just fine. Just my two cents.

Jon K- I bet late at night ESPN secretly listens to rap music while wringing its hands obsessively and chuckling maniacally.

Bro, what's wrong with THAT? lol

Re: Melo to the Lakers

I think this scenario would more likely happen if the Lakers were to somehow lose to Miami in the Finals next season. It helps that Kobe developed a close relationship with Melo ever since the Olympics. That would be one scary team - a team that would surely destroy Miami for years to come.

In all likelihood, we would probably have to send Drew in order to get Melo. I don't see Denver settling for LO and scraps.

Laker Tom,


LeBron does not have the heart of a Champion.


Three years of secret agent reports proved correct. Once again, the L.A. Times Lakers blog got the scoop first.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

2Phatt,


Rap is the Devil.


In convinces psychologically vulnerable populations in our society that being a shallow, narcissistic, materialistic, mysogynistic thug is cool when, in fact, it is the complete opposite of being cool.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Pretty soon the NBA will be half of the Redeem Team on the Lakers, and the other half the Heat...

Lakers -
Kobe
Pau
DWill
Carmelo
PauBynum

Heat -
Wade
James
Bosh
CP3
Kidd

This will ruin the league...Thanks to the 3 Mojitos for the arms race...or was the Lakers responsible...lol

If we are not going to sign DJ Mbenga, you want a 13th player, try this 6'11" 10 ppg, Gaels player of St. Mary's College in Moraga. Here's his stats at the Summer League:

http://www.nba.com/summerleague2010/players/sl_omar_samhan/index.html

He's slow at this time but a good shooter and a higher IQ than Luke. By the time Luke contract expires, he could be a poor Mehmet Okur.

LEWSTRS,


We can blame the Heat.


Methinks this Heat experiment is going to go very, very wrong. Sooner or later LeBron is going to go all Michael Jackson on us and become completely detached from reality.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

"If LeBron wants to be like Magic, he needs to reduce his shots and pass a lot more."


LTLF,


Withe teammates like Wade, Bosh and Miller automatically the shots will reduced, the assits will sky rocket. i thought yuo would have analyzed this can't happen In Cleveland, they needed him to score.


Magic had Kareem, Worthy and Scott all are scorers and Magic just loved to pass. Easy to get assits especially on a system like fastbreal Lakers.


MM -

I think your interviews were fine...

Ephraim Salaam had the best responses, don't know who he was, but I do now, and I like the guy...

I think what steve c meant was you could have included these questions...

1. Are you going to watch Lamar and Chloe's reality show?
2. Since no team wants Shaq, should he try out for a NFL team as a center or mascot?
3. And finally, who do you think is hotter, Jeanie Bush or Sarah Palin?

Wes,

With due respect, Odom's contract will not end till 2013. The only expiring contract next year is Sasha. We're over the luxury threshold. (hoopshype/salaries) Will Melo go for MLE? Nope. Will Nuggets trade Melo with the players u mentioned? Nope unless Melo became lame. lol! Will DWill be acquired with MLE or BiA? Nope. The only time Lakers will have a breathing room will be in post Kobe i.e 30M in 2014, however we will re-sign Luke for another MLE, so we'll be above salary cap. LMAO!

@ wes - LOVE THE IDEA BUT WE DONT HAVE ANY MONEY TO GIVE HIM! :(

Garrett Kall,


Dude, what are you doing here?


Isn't there a swamp you can swim with alligators in or something like that?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Laker Tom....

Thanks very much for the link to the article by Yahoo's Adrian W. That was a real eye opener!

I don't know Mark, I think your questions were okay, but that girl from ESPN had you beat.

I don't remember anything she asked, but she looked very nice in that gown.

M.M.: You are the interviewer, not the interviewee.

Wes: Melo is not what the Lakers need; not if you're giving up Artest or Odom. In spite of his oft-mentioned inconsistency, Lamar's size is integral to their success. Artest's defense is indispensable at this point. Not to mention the fact that Anthony wouldn't necessarily be the thing for this offense.

Garrett: Shouldn't comments that long be reserved for your own blog?

Jon K: I write rap songs. Does that make me the devil, too?


LakerMike will provide the answer to my question in 5...4...3...2...

@Edwin

" however we will re-sign Luke for another MLE, so we'll be above salary cap."

PLEASE, don't even make jokes about re-signing luke.

LTLF, Fatty, or any CBA expert:

If the team just buys Luke out, does his salary still count towards the cap and luxury tax? I thought there was something in the CBA that states only players on the Roster at the end of the season are counted toward the luxury tax. Would that mean Ammo's salary didn't count toward Lux tax?

I'm still hoping Luke finally does the right thing and retires.

Garrett Kall -

Senor...you have been saying the same thing in different ways since yesterday...

GK:
Go to your room...
Get to bed now...
Enter your bedroom immediately...
Hit the sack, jack...
Get your ass to bed...

LATBlog:
No you are wrong...
Don't think so...
In your dreams dude...
Noway Jose'...

See what I mean...it get's old...

I think you should:
give up...
quit already...
surrender...
cut your losses...
say uncle...
send up the white flag...
make like a banana and split...

Someone tell the Miami troll being so long winded is a sure fire recipe for getting your post ignored and that his team should win a few games before crowning them in July.

utzworld,


"Does that make me the devil, too?"


Not necessarily. There is also good rap out there, but overwhelmingly rap presses a spiritual aesthetic that is objectively destructive to the health and positive progressive evolution of our society.


You can't repeatedly preach stupid, soulless, violent, mysogynistic materialism to vulnerable individuals without proper family guidance and not expect it to leave a destructive mark.


Because it does.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

utzworld,


What I'm saying is that Rap is beyond reform. There's just too much negative association with its values. You can't turn it into something cool and positive, even if your lyrics are cool, intelligent and positive, because of its overwhelming negativity as a cultural vehicle.


I would suggest utilizing another less toxic vehicle for you to creatively get your message across.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

"I fully expect him to become more and
more disenchanted as his role develops to be Robin to Wade’s Batman."


Lakertom,


If that ever develops, it could really be scary. Lebron playing Robin, Like Magic to Kareem and Pippen to MJ. Sometimes, you get what you wish for Tom!


With Clevelnad Lebron average 28 pts, 7 assts, 7 rebs.


If he plays ROBIN, feeding WADE, BOSH and MILLER, not Delonte and Varegao and Boobie Gibson, oooooHHHH! LEBRON could easy do 20 pts, 10 rebs, 10 assists... is that Magic Johnson enough for you LTLF?


Stop thinking of them as enemies of the Lakers and start thinking their possibilities. It is the best way to prepare for them, if we meet them in the Finals. Phil and Kobe has probably already thought all the possibilities, so they can prepare and counter them this early, including free agency.


If you still thiking they can't even pass Boston, think again. Boston has lost their head asst coach TOM T, the architect of Boston's defense. Paul, Allen and KG are all another year older, against in their prime Lebron,Wade,Bosh. Perkins is injured.


LAKERS vs MIAMI HEAT...


Lakers wins in the Finals because they think far ahead, they THINK ABOUT JUNE.


How will Lakerfans react if Miami puts Lebron at PG, Wade as SG, MILLER as SF, Haslem at PF and Bosh at C, and they start running like showtime LAKERS in the 80's with Pat RILEY THE ARCHITECT OF SHOWTIME in the sidelnies...


HIGHLY POSSIBLE right, what if Riley sold this to the trio!!!


Bynum and Gasol will be ineffective with the running game. Fisher will be almost obsolete with LBJ at point.


How can Artests catch up with LBJ when he is at full steam like MAGIC JOHNSON?


Bosh showed how great he is playing CENTER for a running team in the US TEAM, beats Howard in playing time.


Crazy, Crazy, Crazy! Showtime Miami Heat!!! That hurts!


So, do not "NOT" think outside of the box.

Some things to get off my chest..

I HATE THE HEAT.. Really hate them

I HATE LEBRON.. Natural born choker.. Took 8 years to expose the truth but now the world knows.. Suck on this stern!

I HATE DWADE.. I repeat he did not deserve that ring

I HATE BOSH.. hate him for showin his face around staples during playoffs. And for what? just teased us like that for nothin.. What a punkass dramaqueen tryin to create publicity for himself.. Haha..

Lakers in 5

Wow Jon K, they said the same thing about Joyce's Ulysses, not to mention works by Klee, Baumeister, and Chagall. And rock 'n' roll was the devil's music, which it got from the blues, the original devil's music. Cool! Now if we can just get rap/blues fusion, we'd totally be going to heck in a handbasket.

Garrett Gall, I'm with htj, your posts are too long and full of BS TROLL crap to even read, so give up and see ya in the finals.. LAKERS SWEEP for their 17th championship. You don't have any bragging rights yet. New Mexico loves the Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

htj,

Assuming Luke agrees to go to F/O because of his recurring injury, his 6.3M salary taken out has no effects on luxury @ 83M so we are confined only 1.3M remaining MLE and/or trade. Another way of getting something from him if an NBA team like T'wolves would absorb him for future 1st round draft pick consideration of our choice. Maybe, they could give up Rubio's rights for next year which is another dream, if Luke will remain miff and smiley and would prefer to sit on the bench for the next three years, Lakers has to swallow his contract and say a novena on a weekly basis that he becomes "Larry Bird" when he gets healed.

>>>Withe teammates like Wade, Bosh and Miller automatically the shots will
>>>reduced, the assits will sky rocket.

Shaq had a 57% field goal %
Hickson was at 55%
Jamison at 49%
Boobie Gibson at 47%
Jamario Moon at 46%

Mo Williams was only 44%, but that's partly because most of his shots were 3's, on which he shot 43%.

Basically, LeBron had reliable shooters ALL AROUND HIM. If he'd have passed the ball more and taken less shots himself, he could EASILY have gotten double digit assists.

But I guess unlike Magic, LeBron couldn't stand not being the leading scorer on his team. Magic made Kareem a leading scorer. He made Worthy a leading scorer. One season, he made Byron Scott a leading scorer.

That's because Magic was willing to sacrifice his own scoring to get more points for his teammates.

LeBron isn't.

Prove me wrong, Bronnie. Be the third highest scorer on the Heat. Magic won titles in 1980, 1982, and 1988 as the third highest scorer on his team. Can LeBron sublimate his ego and be the third highest scorer on his team?

Let me add a bit more fuel to the "LeBron ain't even close to Magic" fire.

Magic shot a higher career percentage than LeBron. But Magic only took 13.2 shots per game. LeBron averages 20.8 shots per game.

LeBron is more interested in padding his own scoring stats than making his teammates better.

Magic was a truly unselfish player.

LeBron is only a wannabe unselfish player.

Good point. I meant to say I was the interviewer. LEWSTRS - Good suggestions on questions. I may have to start asking those. Also, I'm interviewing some of the Laker girls tomorrow. Feel free to pass any suggestions to questions for that.

MM

MM,

Hope you have photos and video of the Laker Girls interviews!!
Be sure and ask them lots of questions, where were you born, what do you eat for breakfast, what kind of shoes are those, umm, where were you born...

One big question mark for lakers next year is the play of SASHA.. what kind of sasha should we expect? Will he return to old form?

As far as I know he's still gone completely hollywood on us so I will start the season with NO expectations but its nice to know its an expiring year.. Funny things happen to players in their expiring year of their contract

MM.. Any news on sashas wherebouts this summer?

63 Footer,


I spent two years working in the hood on the front lines in Akron, Ohio. I have seen far too much to be convinced otherwise.


Dude, you'd come to the exact same conclusion if you had seen what I have seen.


It's sad.


By the way, comparing James Joyce to Rap music is a desperately ridiculous argument. Come on now.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

>>>If the team just buys Luke out, does his salary still count towards the cap and
>>>luxury tax?

Yep. Every dollar of it.

If they negotiate a buyout at less than the full amount, then the amount of cap space each year is pro-rated in the same ratio as the original contract.

But it's ridiculous to even consider that Luke would give up 15 million just to be a nice guy. Unlike you, he considers himself a valuable contributor to the team.


htj, i overstated the salary only 5.2M i've to make corrections before his crusaders takes a rebuttal.

Garrett Kall,

So you are backtracking a bit on the 5 consecutive Heat championships and admitting it depends on other factors which cannot be known at this time.
Maybe you aren't a total idiot after all. Maybe.

That being said, your last post really isn't much more than a combination of everything else you have said the last 24+ hours.
In other words, just repetition.

Hows about give us a break from the same ole, same ole until you actually have something new to add to your act. We've seen this one too many times, from others and now from you.

>>>What I'm saying is that Rap is beyond reform. There's just too much negative
>>>association with its values. You can't turn it into something cool and positive,
>>>even if your lyrics are cool, intelligent and positive, because of its
>>>overwhelming negativity as a cultural vehicle.

Cut and paste the word "Punk" for "Rap" and state it in the 80's.

Cut and paste the word "Folk" for "Rap" and state it in the 60's.

There will always be some neophilic people who reject whatever is new.

What's wrong about the "folk" songs in the 60's? Did the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Doors advocate murder in their songs? Did the protest songs of Dylan raised a civil war against the government? LTLF, I don't know if you were alive during the 60's, our motto then was "Make love not war".

MM,

Questions for the Laker Girls, seriously.

Ask them if they would prefer that the Lakers continue to play the PJ Triangle system or if they would prefer the Lakers to go back to a Showtime style of the 80's.
And why?

Who is their favorite Laker, and why?

Does Mrs Kobe get along with Mrs Lamar?

Are they willing to work for minimum wage so the Lakers can afford to spend more on players?

If you can create some controversy and still not get fired then we can call you Geraldo Medina!

Staples 24,

>>>If he plays ROBIN, feeding WADE, BOSH and MILLER, not Delonte and
>>>Varegao and Boobie Gibson,

Let's just point out the hypocracy of your argument. First of all, you compare two backup players on Cleveland to the three best teammates that LeBron has on Miami. Let's do some more realistic comparisons.

Mo Williams true shooting % (which accounts for the fact that you score more points for hitting 3-pointers) last season was .580

Dwyane Wade's TS% last season was .562.

So Mo Williams scored more points per shot he took than Dwyane Wade last season. Basically, you can read it that if you passed to Mo Williams 100 times last season, he would have scored 58 points, and if you passed to Dwyane Wade 100 times last season, he would have scored 56 points.

Next...

Bosh had a true shooting percentage of .571. Shaq had a true shooting % of .585.

So if you passed to those two guys 100 times, Bosh would have scored 57 points, and Shaq would have scored 58 points.

Mike Miller had a true shooting percentage of .577. Anthony Parker (about as close to the Mike Miller role as you can come on last year's Cavs) had a true shooting percentage of .576. So if you passed to either of those guys 100 times, either one of them would score 57 points.

Since you mentioned Boobie Gibson, his TS% was 61%. Best on the team. Better than LeBron. If LeBron and Boobie each took 100 shots last year, Boobie would have outscored LeBron by 1 point.

But Boobie didn't get a lot of shots to show that awesome scoring power because LeBron chose to take most of the shots himself, rather than passing to his teammates.

There were just as many good shooters around LeBron in Cleveland as there will be in Miami. Just because LeBron chose not to pass to them, doesn't make them worse shooters.

Perhaps because LeBron respects Wade and Bosh more, he will pass to them a bit more than he passed to the players he didn't respect in Cleveland. But if he would have passed more to his Cleveland teammates, they would have come through for him.

MM

For the lakergirl interviews tomorrow maybe u can hire the girls gone wild camera crew to help?

LongTimeLakerFan,


In this case historical arguments don't hold water. Yes, its true that society inherently resists reform and challenges to the status quo (as folk, rock and punk did). Those things will be viewed as threatening.


Rap is not calling for reform. It's embracing decay AND it has become the dominant music aesthetic for our society.


Rap is a threat because it is no longer viewed as a threat and therefore infuses our society with a cultural aesthetic that degrades humanity.


You can't have 10,000 songs that repeatedly call women female dogs permeate every aspect of our society and it be "okay" or compare that to more nobler historical challenges to the status quo.


It's not okay.


I find it to be disturbing that otherwise intelligent people shrug off these things instead of being filled with outrage. I have personally seen people who might have come out okay throw their lives away because they've embraced thug life because they wanted to be "hip" within the Rap aesthetic.


It's awful.


It's all good and fine to talk about it with a detached intellectual aloofness. It's an entirely different thing to to be close to people who are just throwing their lives away because they've embraced a stupid life of thuggish materialism.


I'm outraged because I actually care.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Hey utz - check out Jon K's ridiculous response to me, and tell me there is no hate.

long time - many people don't profess to be Christian, use it whenever they feel like it, then use the word "hate" like it's going out of style. It's called hypocrisy. Yes, many people use the word "hate" too much. But they don't say "I hate.... but I'm a big time Christian." See, even looks bad when I write it,

Jon K - if Jesus were alive, IF he played sports, he'd be an amateur. HE would never take a dime. HE would be too busy trying to get ALL of us with no life to feed the poor, give up our TV sets and our season tix.

And for all of you - YOU CAN'T CHOKE IF YOU'RE THE UNDERDOG!!!!!

Since everyone picked the lakers to win anyway, it should come as no surprise that you did. An UPSET would be 2008, when the lakers were heavy favorites, and got their behinds whooped!!

Staples 24,

One thing I do agree with you on... if LeBron wants to make the team as good as they can be, he has to agree to be the second best player on the team. He has to cut his shots to the 12 to 15 a game range. He has to pass pass pass. Not just to Wade and Bosh, but to all his teammates. Find the hot hand and work it.

If LeBron insists on taking 20 shots a game and wants to be the leading scorer on the team and the hero, it will hurt Miami's chances. Because Wade and Bosh don't have his passing skills.

LTLF -

I think Luke would be a valuable contributor if he retired. It'd be the first time he brought any real value to the franchise since the first 30 or so games of his contract year.

Hey guys, we got a new post up

MM

>>>LEBRON could easy do 20 pts, 10 rebs, 10 assists... is that Magic Johnson
>>>enough for you LTLF?

Yep. And I'll believe it when I actually see it.

It will take a big reduction of ego by LeBron and I'm not sure he's capable of that.

Big Greenie,

>>>long time - many people don't profess to be Christian, use it whenever they
>>>feel like it, then use the word "hate" like it's going out of style. It's called
>>>hypocrisy. Yes, many people use the word "hate" too much. But they don't
>>>say "I hate.... but I'm a big time Christian." See, even looks bad when I write it,

I hate Christians who hate...

and the Celtics

Green Bald Headed Lunatic,


"if Jesus were alive, IF he played sports, he'd be an amateur. HE would never take a dime. HE would be too busy trying to get ALL of us with no life to feed the poor, give up our TV sets and our season tix."


No, Jesus would be an awesome linebacker. I imagine that if he played basketball, he'd play point guard.


Anyhow, we should probably get off this subject, but I feel there is no inherent spiritual fault in competition. It's more about HOW one competes. If one competes for ego and false pride, it's not so awesome. If it's out of actual love, then it's all good in my humble opinion.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

What a punkass dramaqueen tryin to create publicity for himself.. Haha..

Posted by: yellofever


hahahaha i have heard this term used on this blog, i suppose there must be two of them...

Jesus is alive .....but if he was a baller....kobe/LBJ/wADE/ Gasol/Dwight could be the starting lineup and still wouldn't score....LOL!!

Garrett Kall

You are hopelessly brainwashed and bought into the media and Vegas hype. Wade, Bosh and James are each incapable of leading a team of their own to NBA glory. Psychologically, each is afraid to take responsibility and bear the weight for failing to produce a championship. They need each other. When they lose the eastern conference this coming season, to either Boston or Orlando, the Miami fans would be so confused, they won't know which of these "superstars" they should point the finger at. That's why James is there, why Bosh is there and why Wade lured them there, in a manner that recalls the spider and the fly.

The THREE BIG EGOs are guaranteed to disappoint Miami for years to come. They would prove that the whole can strangely be less than the sum of the parts.

>>>>What's wrong about the "folk" songs in the 60's

Nothing. My point is that the conservative afraid of anything new crowd in the 60's were talking about "them filthy hippies and their free love and their folk music". In the 70's "rock and roll was the devil's music". In the 80's it was punk, etc, etc, etc.

There will always be some new form of expression, which often opposes whatever is established and old, and it will always be reviled by people who don't want change.

"Times they are a changin"

"We won't get fooled again"

"Anarchy in the U.K."

"F*** the Police"

The lyrics change, and some are more crude than others, but basically the song remains the same.


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