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Kobe Bryant tied with Tiger Woods for top spot in popularity poll

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is tied with golfer Tiger Woods as the favorite American Sports star, according to the findings of a Harris Interactive poll released Tuesday.

The poll results reveal more about the fickle nature of sports fans than it really shows about the player himself. LeBron James dropped from third to sixth after facing nearly universal criticism by announcing his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in an hour-long special on ESPN. Woods dropped in popularity after reports surfaced about numerous affairs preceded his struggles on the course. And Bryant jumped from four to a first-place tie after winning his fifth NBA title.

It appeared Bryant wouldn't have been able to rebound after his public image took a beating for several instances. There was the Colorado incident in July 2003 in which he was charged with sexual assault, though the charges were later dropped. There was Bryant's tension with Shaquille O'Neal. There was the perception that Bryant couldn't lead a team. And then there was Bryant's radio tour in 2007 during which he seemingly changed his mind within hours at a time on whether he wanted the Lakers to trade him or not.

Since then, the Lakers have appeared in the last three NBA Finals and have won the last two. Even though there's been debate on whether Bryant's assorted injuries and age (31) have marked a decline in his game, a greater public appreciation for his dogged work ethic and fixation on titles coincided with James' struggles with carrying Cleveland in the postseason and ultimately his decision to join Miami.

As much as the poll reveals Bryant's ability to bounce back from adversity, the pendulum swing in public opinion clearly shows that winning cures all ills.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Kobe Bryant holds up an NBA Championship trophy. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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That's the LeBron-BeGone effect

From what I read elsewhere, the poll was conducted before Lebron made his "Decision" which was pretty surprising to me. I wonder where he would be ranked if they redid the poll now

in response to last couple threads:

what if magic,bird,jordan joined forces?? then the NBA wouldve sucked!

on bynum surgery.. about frackkin time! at least it aint during company time!

on odom.. nice post hobbit.. no way this man has been underappreciated.. while i agree his skillset is unique the only thing consistent about him is his inconsistency.. to no surprise no showed again for much of the last playoffs and its amazing how his game has not improved the last 3 years ala luke.. try practicing layups with the right hand this offseason not kick boxing... give me a break!

on the crab.. i told you he a freakkin farce!!a choker, natural born loser... i saw all the early signs and tried to warn to warn this blog the last 2 years while half of u were sniffin his jockstrap..(and where has LAguy mysteriously disappeared too.. hahaha)

Winning does cure all. Just ask Lebr- whooops. Nevermind.

That's the LeBron-BeGone effect

Posted by: MrNano | July 20, 2010 at 03:49 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

yellofever -

Lamar is at the Team USA Training Camp in Vegas. Actually doing something basketball related in the offseason. The footage is on NBA TV right now. He does look kinda lost out there. If PJ can't get him to show up consistently, I doubt Coach K can.

i saw all the early signs and tried to warn to warn this blog the last 2 years while half of u were sniffin his jockstrap..(and where has LAguy mysteriously disappeared too.. hahaha)

Posted by: yellofever | July 20, 2010 at 03:54 PM

Not me. Never me.

I don't care about popularity contests.

All I want to see in the headlines when I turn to the blog is "Mitch re-signs Shannon and DJ."

You are hero today but if you don't treat those mangled fingers and knees, fame could dive in six month's time. Get real and don't waste time.

Lewsters,

Floyd was willing to take the same drug test that was being offered to Manny, so there is no advantage or disadvantage for any side. I cannot imagine any boxer in the history of boxing, turning down the biggest purse in boxing history, over a simple drug test that extracts a minimal amount of blood, unless he is scared, or has something to hide. Superstition is not a valid excuse.

Lamar looking puffy out there too. Must be trying to keep up with the wife's eating. Posted by: htj | July 20, 2010 at 04:05 PM
LMAO!!!!

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OK, I watched some footage of Jeremy Lin. He got some skills (at least at the college and summer league level).

However, so did Jordan.

More importantly, from the excerpts I viewed, he appears to need the ball in his hands too much for a triangle guard.

The exception being that I saw a few deep college 3s that were jump shots off the pass--Steve Kerr/John Paxson/Craig Hodges Ish. Not sure what his shooting percentage was from downtown, but if he's consistent, he's worth signing.

On D, he seemed to be pretty solid (again for college & summer league).

I just wonder if we're in for another Jordan. All the Bashers aside, it wasn't Jordan's lack of talent or skills that was the problem. Jordan's skill set just didn't fit into the triangle. When the Bench Mob was at its peak, they were running in the open court (not the triangle) and Jordan was flourishing.

Jeremy Lin seems to also flourish in the open court. Again, if they can sign him, I'd take the risk. Who knows? The Bench Mob Run and Gun may be back this season with Blake, LO, Sasha, Ebanks and Caracter. Jeremy Lin just might get some playing time too, if he signs with the Lakers.
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

Anyone who predicted 6 years ago that life for Kobe would turn out like this is either Nostradamus or Chip Coffee, Psychic Detective (also the name of my dog). Not in my most generous of predictions would I have imagined Kobe pulling ahead of Tiger Woods in any type of athletic popularity contest.


It speaks to what winning can do to a collective psyche, like winning absolves one of mistakes as those errors were committed in the name of winning. Plus Kobe jumping over a car, the puppets, his numerous charities and the fact that he has worked really hard at repairing his image.


Congrats, Kobe, keep on proving them wrong.

Laker Truth,

Follow the story from the beginning, there is the Nevada Boxing rule testing, what Floyd wants to be implemented is the Olympic rule. It is not superstitution why Manny refuse blood testing but more on its physical effects to stamina. However, in the end he conceded to quick testing moved it near to where Floyd wants, Floyd balks and ducks. It is just like blogging to win basketball Championship. He is not a worthy Champ so Pacman is evaluating whether it's Margarito who is much taller or go another Cotto. Got to admit this is Manny's era and a loquacious fighter who does not want to fight is called Chicken.

LAKER TRUTH,


Methinks that Manny has something to hide.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Kobe is da man...

Team USA roster for the FIBA Worlds. 12 will make the final team. Robin Lopez just backed out and David Lee just broke his finger. Do we not have any other big men? We're gonna be super thin in the paint. But we do have some great rebounders on this team + great guards. It's going to be interesting to see who they decide to cut.

Brook Lopez
Robin Lopez-OUT
Tyson Chandler
Javale McGee
Jeff Green
David Lee
Kevin Love
Lamar Odom
Rudy Gay
Danny Granger
Andre Iguodala
Gerald Wallace
Kevin Durant
Chauncey Billups
Tyreke Evans
Rajon Rondo
Derrick Rose
Russell Westbrook
Stephen Curry
Eric Gordon
O.J. Mayo

I'd cut: Tyson Chandler, Javale McGee, Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon, OJ Mayo

I'd start: Billups, Durant, Granger, Lee, Lopez

Go Lakers!

In just 7 Years, Kobe has gone from Pariah to Top Dog. About Time.

I remember Nike signing Princess Jimmy to the most lucrative shoe deal in history in 2004 (straight outta high school and he hasn't done anything to justify his hype since) and finally signing Kobe for significantly less than what they had originally agreed to.

Kobe has not only resurrected his player image, but saved his family life too. It's about time he's recognized for his greatness. We are all human and make mistakes. It's how we address our mistakes and better ourselves that ultimately we will be judged. GREAT JOB KOBE!!!!!!

Now, Tiger has dropped both on and off the course (no wins in how long and a South Park episode that shows video gamers finally interested in a golf game cause Tiger and his Wife beat each other senseless).

Frankly, I'm Surprised Tiger is even tied with Kobe considering all his bad press.

Moreover, IT'S TIME FOR NIKE TO RE-WRITE KOBE'S CONTRACT. HE'S "TOP DOG", NOT PRINCESS JIMMY! KOBE SHOULD BE PAID AS SUCH...
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

Not surprising since they both have the same traits of "Natural Born Killers" and phenomenal training and health regiments...

They both got caught chasing the skirts...is also a strange coincidence...

Both are global celebrities...and both married out of their nationality...

So if I want to be Tiger or Kobe, I would need mad skills, train and be healthy 24/7, marry someone who is not Asian, and chase women till I get caught...

I got everything covered but the mad skills...lol


All I care about is how many rings Kobe and his teammates gather up.

Any other polls or rankings are meaningless.

Cheers! PLG

Edwin G,

Drug testing in boxing is a joke. Olympic drug testing has higher standards.

Floyd was not asking for anything that he was not willing to do himself.
Let me make it clear that if these two guys ever fight, I will be rooting for Manny (although I think Floyd would win), but I find it mind-blogging that Manny would refuse the biggest purse in boxing history over a simple drug test.

The Lakers should consider sitting Bynum out until 3/4 of the way into the NBA season. For the past 3 years Drew has peaked through December/January and slowed down or gotten injured the rest of the way.

Get him out there with 20-30 games remaining in the regular season, let him find his rhythm in offense while building up his conditioning, and he'll be in peak shape mid-way through our playoff run.

A healthy Bynum = No rings for Mount Doom, a.k.a. Miami

LAKER TRUTH -

How would you feel if before this year's finals, Boston said they will go to the Finals to play the Lakers, ONLY if you cannot use cortisone shots...(knowing darn well, AB will be using them or he can't play)

Just out of the blue, Boston made demands that were not the rules before...

Of course the Lakers refuse, and so now the headlines will say:

Lakers Refuse to Play Finals...or Lakers Don't Play Because They Can't Cheat...
How Can Lakers Refuse To Play and Loose Millions of Dollars...

Do you get my point...Why not ask yourself, why is the Floyd corner throwing a monkey wrench in the system...

Why is he the first fighter to demand this test before fighting...why has the other 45 fighter that fought Manny not ask for a test...

I ask this...how do you know Floyd is not juiced, since he hasn't lost a fight...

Let's say Kobe picks up rings 6 & 7. Does that make him hands down better than Jordan? Or is there still debate?

I've watched both avidly. And as much as I bleed purple and gold, it's still a tough call for me. I'd probably give Kobe a slight edge. Jordan's career highlight reel is going to be greater, along with the individual accolades, but it was a different era. Kobe has that same "something" in him. The impact he makes rivals Jordan, even if all the numbers aren't there. The 1 regular season MVP is an absolute travesty, and I'm hoping he can up that before it's all said and done. Having one more ring than Jordan would cement it for me.

@Preach PsychedLakerGirl, Preach!!!!!


@Lewstrs, LakerTruth, Edwin Gueco, mamba24, Folks we are arguing over two of the baddest men on the planet who will, yes I said WILL split the richest prize ever in boxing. So let's let them settle it in the Ring. You aint walking away from 25 - 35 Mill a peace. This is all Drama Punk, Drama Queen crap to hype the fight. Edwin & Lewstrs IF Manny wins I will & I expect Laker Truth will definitely recognize him as the best. I would assume you both would do the same WHEN Floyd wins.

but I find it mind-blogging that Manny would refuse the biggest purse in boxing history over a simple drug test.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | July 20, 2010 at 04:35 PM

Manny already agreed to the first terms of testing...Then Floyd's corner changed the terms and want the blood drawn right before the fight...

Ever had given blood or done a blood test...The last blood test I took, they took 2 vials of blood from my right arm...My arm was sore and not back to 100% till the next day later that evening...Now you expect someone to fight like that...

Manny agreed to give blood after the fight, and that was not enough for Mayweather's camp...

So the headline of Manny turning down mega payoff is false...It should be Mayweather camp wants more tests, Manny says enough is enough...

Tiger and Kobe -- two terrific role models for America's youth.

they still have boxing?

Ok, I have no idea about Manny and Floyd, but I have to nitpick, cause otherwise people will keep bringing it up, but Drew wouldn't keep taking cortisone shots over and over again for the same injury, it doesn't work like that.

justa- I just ordered my 'the angels are watching the phone box' t shirt. I think I have gone over to a real Dr. fan.


Sorry all...I know this is a Lakers blog and not a boxing forum...

It's just the Manny being juiced is very sensitive to me...

But I wouldn't mind being Kobe, Tiger or Manny...

It's not only the money, but being legends of their sport...

I will confess...if Lakers 3Peat...Kobe becomes my GLOAT...

But I will always love Magic, even if he sold his soul to ESPN...

Tiger and Kobe -- two terrific role models for America's youth.

Posted by: Dave | July 20, 2010 at 04:47 PM
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Dave-

I hope you are your kids' role model and that you teach them that professional athletes are NOT role models. I hope you teach them that people like Kobe and Tiger got where they are from a strong work ethic and a desire to be the very best they can be and that those attributes can transcend any passion in life, but that they should ignore the personal lives of professional athletes and other entertainers.

Aside from that, zzzzzz as to this topic.

Well folks I just heard the magic word. I'm Out!

Lewsters,

I see your point, but from Floyd's perspective, Manny has moved up from the flyweight class all the way up to lightweight, and still retained his speed and power. There were rumors about Manny's steroid use for the past couple years. Floyd is simply doing everything in his power to ensure that both fighters are clean for the fight. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Floyd is not breaking any rules, as your Boston analogy suggest. He simply wants to incorporate a new rule into the contract.

justa- I just ordered my 'the angels are watching the phone box' t shirt. I think I have gone over to a real Dr. fan. Posted by: phred | July 20, 2010 at 04:48 PM

Before I go phred, you can be a real Dr. Fan but...My Virtual wife aint going to be your Nurse! LMAO! PEACE

justa- I just ordered my 'the angels are watching the phone box' t shirt. I think I have gone over to a real Dr. fan. Posted by: phred | July 20, 2010 at 04:48 PM

phred, before I go let me make this perfectly clear, You can be a real Dr fan
but...My Virtual wife aint gone be your Nurse! Lol! PEACE!

Manny has moved up from the flyweight class all the way up to lightweight, and still retained his speed and power.

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And of course the only way this is possible is by PED...Hard work and constant training cannot accomplish this...

TRUTH -

Fish, rice and soy sauce is Manny's secret...not roids...lol

I apologize if I in any way suggested that Manny was guilty of PED's. That was not my intent. I was trying to make the point that Floyd seems to think so, and that's the reason he wants these tests.

Lakers Truth--Superstition is not a valid excuse. Amen my brother.

htj,


"Kobe picks up rings 6 & 7. Does that make him hands down better than Jordan? Or is there still debate?"


There will always be a debate. If Kobe wins seven rings and had made it to the Finals NINE TIMES (people underestimate what an accomplishment it is just to have made it to the Finals), it will be huge.


Personally, I think Kobe retires with eight rings; however, that eighth ring may be with Kobe playing Fisher-like minutes.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

KobeMVP888 -

Are you attending TrueFan's funeral services...

Unfortunately I have 2 signings tomorrow and can't drive down to LA to attend...

Please forward Cora and my sympathies, and Cora's parents, who met him in Chatsworth when we carpooled to the Jedi Council Meeting...

Kobe's legacy as a player depends on his health. If Kobe can stay more healthy the next few years the Lakers can grab another couple of titles and he can cement his place among the greats. If he continues to have hand and knee issues and Miami or some other Super Team goes on a run, the new guy (LeBron, whoever) will move to top of mind for most folks.

Lewstrs --So if I want to be Tiger or Kobe, I would need mad skills, train and be healthy 24/7, marry someone who is not Asian, and chase women till I get caught...

It's not cheating until you caught, and if you're not cheating you're not TRYING.

Jon K-

I'd like to see Kobe playing Fisher-like minutes this year throughout the regular season culminating in record losses for local Taco Bell franchises.

htj

what will be even greater about kobes accomplishment is the fact he is fighting against the system, the media, the league, the refs... jordan always had sterns full and unconditional support... also in this generation of twitter, facebook, blogs etc.. all of jordan's flaws wouldve been exposed today and he would've NEVER been close to what he is today.


By Keith Peters
Palo Alto Online Sports


Jeremy Lin is waiting for a phone call, but not just any phone call. This call will begin a process that could change his life and confirm pretty much what he already knows -- that he can play in the NBA.


The phone call will be from Lin's agent, Roger Montgomery, and it could come at any time. Most likely, it will be great news -- like which NBA team Lin will be signing with.


It could be the Dallas Mavericks, which signed Lin for their summer league team when no other NBA team did. Or, it could be the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, which opened contract discussions with Montgomery over the weekend. Or, it could be any number of NBA teams that have seen Lin perform this past month in Las Vegas while holding his own against some of the NBA's top young players.


Until that call comes, Lin doesn't want any part of the ongoing contract discussions.


"I just want to be told when it's final," Lin said Tuesday, after a camera crew from CBS had stopped by to film him for a second straight day. "I don't know what the contracts are. I prefer it that way. I really don't want to go through the emotional roller coaster . . . I don't want to get my hopes up."

Right now, Lin is enjoying being back home in Palo Alto with his family, including brothers Joseph and Josh, and friends, and working at a basketball camp at Palo Alto High run by his former coach Peter Diepenbrock.

"My goal right now is just to enjoy my time off, get my body rested," Lin said. "I've been on a three-month job interview. I just want to spend time with my family and friends. I'm been traveling and living out of a duffel bag."

On Tuesday, Lin spent time watching young basketball campers run through drills, play one-on-one and just have some plain old fun. It was a nice homecoming for Lin, who led Paly to the CIF Division II state championship in 2005-06. Another camp coach is Kheaton Scott, who played with Lin on the title-winning team. Other coaches include former Paly players like Brandon Williams and Dave Persyko.


"I actually asked Diepenbrock if I could work this camp," Lin said. "I've got my former Paly teammates and friends here. I'm as close to Diepenbrock as anyone. He's always supported me and came down to Las Vegas to see me. So, this isn't work for me. It just shows my relationship to him and my teammates."


It was so important for Lin to be at Diepenbrock's camp that Lin and his parents, Gie-Ming and Shirley, drove all night from Las Vegas after a game on Sunday so Lin could be at camp Monday at 8 a.m.


While in Las Vegas, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Lin turned quite a few heads while playing in the NBA summer league. He played in four games, averaging 18.5 minutes and 9.3 points. He shot .519 from the field, including .667 from three-point range. He had 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per outing.


His best outing came last Thursday against the Washington Wizards and the NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick, John Wall.


Lin scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting in just 28 minutes while Wall was 4-of-19 in 33 minutes while scoring 21 points. Many of those who filled the gym on the campus of Nevada-Las Vegas probably felt Lin outplayed the highly touted Wall. That was evident on the video that made its way to YouTube. (it can be seen it at www.pasportsonline.com)


Lin came away from the summer league with nothing but positives.


"For me, it meant I can play at this level; I can play in the NBA," Lin said. "There are a lot of critics out there, but I think I showed people what I could do. My confidence did grow but, going in, it wasn't a question that I couldn't play with these guys . . . I'm just happy the Mavs gave me the opportunity."


Lin evidently had a lot to prove after graduating from Paly in 2006, despite being named first-team All-State and the Northern California Division II Player of the Year -- finishing his senior year with impressive averages of 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals.


Lin received no scholarship offers from Division I schools and only Harvard and Brown showed any real interest. Lin chose Harvard and went on to have a sensational four-year career that saw him average 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks his senior year while being named captain and earning a unanimous spot on the All-Ivy League first team.


Lin graduated in May with a degree in economics.

Despite what he accomplished at Harvard, including being a finalist for both the John R. Wooden Award (for best Division I player in the country) as well as the Bob Cousy Award (for best D-I point guard in the nation), Lin was not selected in the recent NBA Draft, which he watched with Diepenbrock. The stigma of Lin being an Asian-American, a rarity in the NBA, and from Harvard was too much for teams to see past.


"As far as the NBA Draft goes, I thought I was pretty much borderline," Lin said.

No sooner did the draft conclude, however, Lin received a phone call from Donnie Nelson, president of basketball operations for the Mavericks. Nelson offered Lin a spot on the summer league team and Lin made the most of the opportunity with his aggressive drives, tough defense, court saavy and leadership.

"He did really well," Diepenbrock said of Lin. "He impressed a lot of people."

Lin quickly became a crowd favorite in Las Vegas and his reputation as someone who could play at the NBA level was reflected on internet sites.

One comment posted at www.jeremylin.net said:


"I really hope he comes to Dallas, but if not, he's definitely earned my respect wherever he ends up. I'm convinced this kid is going to be a star one day, and there will be a lot of humble pie to go around for everyone that has ever doubted him along the way."


"This is crazy, everything that is going on," Lin said. "I never expected this. It's been a really fun ride."

While Lin is taking it easy for awhile, the NBA ride is far from over.

"My approach to this is that I'm pretty sure I'm going to be in a training camp with some team," Lin said. "I don't think I'll have a problem getting into camp. The real goal is to get on a roster."

The first step toward that is just a phone call away for Jeremy Lin, a call that could come at any time.

Lewstrs--Why is he the first fighter to demand this test before fighting...why has the other 45 fighter that fought Manny not ask for a test...
Because they wanted to get PAID.

If you have nothing to hide, TAKE THE FREAKIN TEST.

Lakers Truth--Superstition is not a valid excuse. Amen my brother.

Posted by: 2Phatt | July 20, 2010 at 05:11 PM

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If you knew where Manny is from in the PI, then you would not say this remark...
Manny is from a region far from the modern Manila, and they are very primitive including their majority Muslim beliefs and superstitions...

I wonder what MJ would have said if he read this remark and his NC shorts he wore every game...

If you have nothing to hide, TAKE THE FREAKIN TEST.

Posted by: 2Phatt | July 20, 2010 at 05:24 PM

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Again please read the articles and get caught up in the situation...

MANNY AGREED TO THE TESTS...then Floyd's camp and changed their terms again...

You know damn well what's going to happen...

LeBron is going to read that and he's going to marry his baby-mama so that he can cheat on his wife to improve his popularity rating.

(well, someone had to say it)

Yellofever-
Good point. I've always maintained that if Kobe got the treatment from the refs in '08 they gave Wade in '06, he'd already have #6 and the Lakers would be one up on the keltics. When the whistles go his way, which isn't that often, it usually mean an easy Purple and Gold win. Maybe it's just homerism, but I've always felt Kobe doesn't get anywhere near the superstar calls that many of his peers have.

@BD -

Great read on Lin...thanks...but he can't be for real...he must be juiced...lol

BD-

Nice article on Lin, but there's a real hometown spin on it. .667 3-pt % is accurate, but it was 2 of 3 makes literally. We're not talking Craig Hodges there.

LEWSTRS, LAKER TRUTH you have been arguing about Manny and Floyd, the truth aboout Manny's power is it comes from the blood of an ant. You dont have to eat the ant because it wont work that way, you have to suck its blood. If you ask me how Manny have done it, my answer is I dont know. That is why Manny is as strong as an ant. That's the rumor here in his native land General Santos City, Philippines.

You know damn well what's going to happen...

LeBron is going to read that and he's going to marry his baby-mama so that he can cheat on his wife to improve his popularity rating.

(well, someone had to say it)

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Hahaha I was waiting for someone to say it...

Laban Lakers -

Is ant blood listed in the Illegal Substances list...lol

Lewsters,

If MJ was offered $40 million to play one game without his "good luck" NC shorts, I would bet the bank that he would do it.

Laker Truth -
Would he do it if it were game 7 of the NBA finals?

>>>I've always maintained that if Kobe got the treatment from the refs in '08
>>>they gave Wade in '06, he'd already have #6 and the Lakers would be one up
>>>on the keltics.

Not to mention that if Kobe got the Wade-treatment in 2004, Kobe would already have 7 rings, and the Lakers would be TWO up on the Celtics.

1) Manny should take the fricken test.


2) I've got a good feeling about this Lin kid. I'd be rather displeased if the Mavericks get him.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

htj,

Of course he would, because MJ had supreme confidence in his abilities. To someone like Jordan, it would be just another challenge for him to overcome. Plus, with or without the NC shorts, he's still going to get all the calls from the refs.

Laker Truth-
I'm pretty sure MJ had some nights where he didn't wear the shorts and did pretty much the same. Plus 40 million would be a hell of a consolation prize if he didn't win.

I got these parting words to say, then I'm done with the Manny PacMan issue...I'm sure everyone can tell I love the guy...

Once again, the world’s greatest boxer had to come out and set the record straight on blood testing. It’s not a matter of doing it, it’s a matter of when. Unfortunately, the non-stop criticism and false accusations from the Mayweathers and GBP have muddied the waters so much that Manny has to constantly answer questions about taking blood tests. Let’s examine Manny’s latest comments:
“I’m not against Blood testing. Just not the day of the fight. I’ve had that happen in the (first) Morales fight. I lost that fight and my body felt very weak. I don’t feel I recovered. That is why I don’t want blood testing close to the fight.” Manny Pacquiao, Fightfan.com

Jenny Bronson Sacramento, CA “Why do people assume Manny’s guilty based on what Floyd says?”
Jenny, because they are either die-hard Floyd fans, ignorant, anti-foreigners, hypocrites, or all of the above. Manny has no track record of being arrested or beating women like Floyd does. Manny doesn’t live the lifestyle of “money and fame” but one of “country and God”. It’s absurd the amount of time that Manny has to spend fighting off false accusations. This is also why he filed a defamation lawsuit.

http://www.examiner.com/x-21442-Fight-Sports-Examiner~y2010m2d16-Manny-Pacquiao-Im-not-against-Blood-testing

Although I'm not what you would call an avid boxing fan, mainly due to the horrendous amounts of corruption that has infested the sport, I will state that I am a Pac-Man fan. (Probably because I too am 1/2 Filipino)

I do find all this "pussy-footing" around between Manny & Floyd rather annoying no matter what the reasons. I just wish they could finally agree on something and let this fight finally happen.

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From all that I've read and seen of this kid Lin... Please Mitch do not let this kid slip through the cracks... we need to give him a chance and see if he can possibly flourish as a Laker with Caracter and Ebanks.

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IMO Kobe is already the GLOAT... I love Magic & Kareem as much as anybody and I wasn't around to enjoy West or Wilt , but when Kobe was drafted then traded to the Lakers and then we got to see him play, right off the bat, I knew he was gonna be special. I was the only one of my friends, who by the way were hardcore Jordan fans, who would say Kobe would end up being as good as Jordan and maybe even better. Oh and believe me when my buddies would laugh at me and say I was crazy and say that NO ONE would ever get close to being compared to MJ. But who's crazy now?

@htj...

Maybe it's just homerism, but I've always felt Kobe doesn't get anywhere near the superstar calls that many of his peers have.

Posted by: htj | July 20, 2010 at 05:32 PM

Forget about superstar calls...Kobe gets hit on his jumpshot an awful lot. That's a call the refs hate to make. Kobe takes a lot of punishment from all the so-called Kobe stoppers in the league. I've often thought that the only way to stop Kobe is to foul him.

Laker Truth,

I was not here when you said that Olympic testing is more rigid.

Unfortunately, we have rules to follow set by Nevada ruling on testing which is followed by all title contenders. Like what they say if you are in Rome, follow what the Romans do. Same here, the issue is boxing not Olympics. How come De La Hoya, Cotto, Marquez, Mosley all are following the Nevada ruling without any qualms while this spoiled brat pure talk Floyd Mayweather wouldn't budge because he is afraid to lose....c'mon excuses, excuses plus talk more talk, more conditions putting the blame on poor Manny Pacquiao. Manny just keep on giving, playing along with American media, talk show now he is being accused as not cooperating. Set your facts straight and listen to Lewstrs. Same with you Jon K. haha

LEWSTRS I'm 100% with you regarding this Drug testing BROHAHA. Floyd proclaim himself as the King just like Lebroom, and yet they cant stand on their own two feet. Floyd needs this drug testing fiasco so that he will have reason not to fight Manny, but the real reason is he is just afraid he will lose. As for Lebroom it just show you that he doesn't have a heart to carry a team to the champioship.

People have finally begun to appreciate Kobe for being the ultimate competitor and true leader that he is, unlike a certain someone who just bolted to Miami. All those anti-Kobe people are just jealous of his success--the guy has proven that he deserves every kind of accolade out there. I've enjoyed watching him grow and mature from an impetuous talented kid to the most fearsome and unrelenting warrior in the game today. It's so satisfying to see him finally escape Shaq's shadow and prove that he could lead his team to now back-to-back titles. If he wins again next year, he will have duplicated MJ. Now Kobe has a chance to leave his imprint as the game's all-time greatest player depending on how many more championships he wins. I want to see Miami and the Lakers in the finals. Nothing will be sweeter when Kobe finally beats Lebron and Wade. Then the haters and doubters will have nothing left to say.

Manny has moved up from the flyweight class all the way up to lightweight, and still retained his speed and power.
Posted by: LAKER TRUTH

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That's why HE IS CONSIDERED ONE OF A KIND.

Floyd is simply being Kentucky Floyd Chicken.

And Jon K., Manny NOW agrees to take the test. It's Kentucky Floyd Chicken who ducks again, and has not commented on the issue SO FAR, probably losing all possible excuses left.

Please read this: MANNY NOW AGREES TO TAKE THE TEST. KENTUCKY FLOYD DUCKS AGAIN, WITHOUT ANY COMMENT.(probably thinking of a good excuse like, "there never was any negotiation.." LOL!!!!

that is true .iam huge kobe fan ,he is great peson from inside and out and such inspiration for me , allah bless u kob and your beatuiful family

htj...
Jordan's career was storybook.I think it will be hard for anyone to accept Kobe as the greatest ever.His stats are better (especially shooting percentage),his awards.I think some people might place Kobe on the same level but there will always be more people in the Jordan camp.I agree that theres little difference between the players but on paper Jordan just looks better.In reality theres probably very little in it.Jordan's career just has been a bit better.Kobe will have played more seasons for those championships but the one thing that defined Jordan was his dominance in winning over an extended period.That might not be fair but those 6 titles in 8 years was phenomenal.If the lakers win the next two titles vanquishing Miami in the process then Kobe is right in the argument...no doubt.A win over miami this year for a three peat would absolutely seperate him from all current players in the same way Jordan seperated himself.I don't buy all the 'Jordan never lost in the finals' malarchy.I agree with you over awards etc etc.But the lakers have to dominate the league in the same way for Kobe to legitimately be in that argument.In my mind a second three peat doesn't quite do it.A fourth straight ring might and a fifth? then its game on.But I'm getting a little ahead of myself...

GO LAKESHOW.....KOBE you were always NUMERO UNO with me! :) 3PEAT COMN.

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