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Lamar Odom makes Team USA' s roster

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Lakers forward Lamar Odom was among 15 finalists who made Team USA's roster, the team announced Wednesday.

They will reassemble Aug. 9 in New York City and train there the following week before exhibition games against France (Aug. 15), Lithuania (Aug. 21), Spain (Aug. 22) and Greece (Aug. 25). The FIBA World Championship then begins Aug. 28 in Turkey, a tournament Team USA hasn't won since 1994.

"We have an unconventional team that we’re forming, but it’s still one that is built with great spirit, athleticism and a little bit more guard-oriented than most U.S. teams have been,” Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “I like their attitude. They all want to be on the USA team. They want to learn, and they’re willing to sacrifice for what’s best for the whole."

Krzyzewski's comments point up the fact that not one member of the 2008 Olympic team is participating in this year's tournament, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant among them, for various reasons including injury and fatigue. For Odom, making a roster spot further enhances his chances to play for the 2012 team in London and rectify his bronze finish in the 2004 Athens Olympics. It also allows him to continue getting back into shape, something Odom really feels he needs after taking time off following the Lakers' title run to rest his injured left shoulder and recuperate from fatigue.

Although Kevin Durant is assumed to be the leader of the team during the FIBA tournament, Odom's veteran presence and versatility bodes well for a team that's lacking its Beijing counterparts. Although it’s believed Odom has been asked to play some at center, he’ll also get to play at small forward, an adjustment he said he hoped to make next season with the Lakers because of the depth of their frontline.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom made the Team USA 15-man roster. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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@ puddle | July 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

EXCELLENT HAIKUS BRO!!!

I have a couple for the players...

Kobe Bean Bryant
What's a venemous serpent
It's The Black Mamba

Pau Saez Gasol...
The Spaniard will entertain...
Our Laker Big Man...

Mr.Derek Fisher...
True professional always...
The heart of a team...

He's Kid Bynumite...
With fresh legs the beast will come...
All hail 3 dead kings...

Youth infusion comes...
Here's Caracter and Ebanks
Raw talent abound...

Free agents don't sign...
No harm no foul, no panic...
Keep on, keeping on...

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY...Have a GREAT and SAFE birthday celebration...

I have been a fan of Sasha since he started with the team...

I hope he gets more PT, get's his confidence back...and finds THE MACHINE...

If he has the year I'm hoping he has...all that talk of finding our sharp shooter in the perimeter, was a waste of typing....

@ raiderlaker1980 -

Got you IN the bus broham...Plenty of room, no need to ride the hubcaps...lol

Congrats to LO!

lol thanks, I'm just sayin, if it's not enough room, I'll throw on all gold, and by the time the ride is over, with my purple bruises, I'll be great two tone rims/streamer!

Great LO! Now you can fail to live up to expectations on the global stage too!

Well, at least you won't come into training camp too out of shape this year which is a nice change of pace.

Let's see...Kobe's work ethic and skills rubbed off on some of the members of the USA Olympic team.

Maybe, LO's inconsistency can rub off on some of the members of Team USA?

I just hope that LO doesnt injure himself and give away the tricks of the trade to our competitors.

LEWSTRS -

Who knew haikus could get one pumped up for the season? I do love haikus. Thanks for adding!

LakerMike -

Thanks for the props man, but uh... I'm a dude. LOL. Maybe my defense of the girls a few days ago confused you? Anyway, happy bday to your wife, a fellow Leo!

I for one like the idea of team USA having LO play some center, sometimes he's too marshmellow in the post, that should help him into next season.. and was there any doubt he'd make the team? Besides KD, what other 6'11 player in the league can handle the ball with ease, rebound, pass and finish?

Yellofever,

I'm not saying that Sasha will make 40% of his 3's, but there is a chance. He's done it before in his contract year, and he seems to be back on track heading into another contract year.

When Bynum got hurt several years ago, Kwame's expiring contract landed us Gasol. If another significant injury occurs this year (or if Sasha under-performs again), the team might be able to make a significant upgrade at the trade deadline with Sasha's expiring contract. His expiring contact is too valuable to trade away for peanuts. Trading Sasha now would strictly be a cost cutting move, which is not wise when a threepeat is at stake. We need ALL our guns if we are to face Miami.

I guess khloe got her wish

On a bright note, maybe LO can get his lackadaisical attitude to wear off on Kevin Durant. I'd much rather face an OKC team where Durant only shows up 20% of the time.

I wouldn't consider Sasha a gun, more of a flare gun, (doesn't last very long and wants attention when fired). Sasha has been rather terrible for two seasons. (save those two free throws)

"Besides KD, what other 6'11 player in the league can handle the ball with ease, rebound, pass and finish?"

LO can finish? Since when?

Just kidding Lamar. Kind of. (Work on your right hand dammit!)

Lakertruth, imo, whoever comes out of the east, and I list them in expected order Boston, Orlando or Miami will need all of their guns for us, we've got a 6'6 24 special caliber, a 7 foot m16, a 7 foot 17' assult rifle, if it turns to midevil times, theirs a little rock we can throw at em, 37 reasons to make them crazy, and we have Al Capones finest bench mob this season, let's not, in the words of Denny Green "crown their asses" too soon, other teams are threats, but the Lakers are who we though they were.. champs.. ok I'm done, carry on lol

LMAO puddle, I was going to suggest working on his right hand in my last sentance, but see, something told me you wanted to finish that one off LOL

RIP Lorenzen Wright. So sad

http://tinyurl.com/26wvyrf

wes -

I'll take 6 sesame, 2 onion, 2 garlic, 2 blueberry...

1 tub of plain cream cheese, and 1 tub of salmon cream cheese...

1/2 pound of lox, sliced red onion, tomatoes, and capers...

I lived in a big Jewish community, surrounded by 3 synagogues...

I know my bagels...lol...best one I ever had was in NYC...

Best in LA...Western Bagel Co.

LO made Team USA - duh - of course he was going to make the team! I love that he'll be in bball shape to start the hunt for 6. I only hear good things out there regarding his leadership of the team too. Another plus for when our season starts.


wes - please tell me you'll ship your creations to your blog friends?? Please??!!!

Hey Charles,

How come ESPN or Yahoo have not reported on Lorenzen Wright's death? was he still active?

LEWSTRS:

is it s poem? rap? not sure what yo were trying to write, I suggest leave the poems or rap songs for Mamba24, he is the best...

Charles,

Thanks for the link. A sad story indeed. RIP Lorenzen Wright. My prayers go to his family, especially his 6 kids.

LEWSTRS:

is it s poem? rap? not sure what yo were trying to write, I suggest leave the poems or rap songs for Mamba24, he is the best...

Posted by: FARSIDE | July 28, 2010 at 03:02 PM

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What you talkin bout Willis???

justa - haha i was just trying to feel you guys in just so you knew when it was official

MM

FARSIDE -

If you are talking about my post at the top of the thread...

Those are haikus...if you don't know what they are, ask justa or puddle...

And yes...Mamba24 is a great poet, but I don't think I have seen any of his rap material...

LEWSTRS:is it s poem? rap? not sure what yo were trying to write, I suggest leave the poems or rap songs for Mamba24, he is the best...Posted by: FARSIDE | July 28, 2010 at 03:02 PMWhat you talkin bout Willis??? Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 28, 2010 at 03:10 PM
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AW HELL NAW!!! Don't even start. After I gave LEWSTRS an OUT FREAKIN STANDING. Lewstrs is the best there aint even no competition. I'm not even in LEWSTRS league. NOW STOP THIS ISH! STOP IT NOW!LEWSTRS, you go on with your bad self you know you good Brother!

@WES... As a lifetime entrepreneur and son of a lifetime entrepreneur, I wish you the very best in your new venture. There is nothing as exciting and rewarding as being your own boss – provided you can earn enough to pay the bills, of course. The photo of the bagels looked delicious. Concentrate on making the best possible product as that comes before everything else, including the marketing and distribution. Keep us posted.
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TOM

Raiderfan,

You are right. The rest of the league will need all their guns against us, but that's assuming the Lakers stay healthy. I would like to see how Sasha does this year, and if he can't produce, or if there are significant injuries to the roster, Sasha's expiring contract can be an invaluable asset at the trade deadline. Why give Sasha away for peanuts, when the team can get something valuable in return?

Good for Lamar....

I hope he makes friends with Kevin Durant so he can encourage KD to come to LA some day.

justa - haha i was just trying to feel you guys in just so you knew when it was official MM Posted by: Mark Medina | July 28, 2010 at 03:11 PM

GOD@#%$^&&* If there is going to be anybody feeling on Justa is going to be Mr. justAnotherMambafan!! roflmao!!!

Anyone else ever post something and it simply disappears...LOL

It's happened a few times for me...I know I posted some remarks about LO...but it must of went to the Bermuda Triangle...for it's no where to be found...

Anyways...Lamar don't get hurt this summer...and do not give away any Laker team secrets...

@Puddle, I don't know exactly how to ask this but you remind me of someone that sent me an Email once upon a time. Might you be that person. If I'm wrong forgive me. If I'm right don't worry I won't blow your cover.

GOD@#%$^&&* If there is going to be anybody feeling on Justa is going to be Mr. justAnotherMambafan!! roflmao!!!
Posted by: MAMBA24 | July 28, 2010 at 03:24 PM

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M-24 with all your great posts today....

THIS ONE COMES IN FIRST PLACE...

Excellent my brother...laughed so hard, I spit on my monitor...LOL

Anyone else ever post something and it simply disappears...LOL
It's happened a few times for me...I know I posted some remarks about LO...but it must of went to the Bermuda Triangle...for it's no where to be found...Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 28, 2010 at 03:25 PM

Don't sweat it LEWSTRS, it happens to me all the time. Most of the time I'm happy it did disappear because it be some real whacked out stuff let me tell you. I think the system is alive and protects us from ourselves. Lol! Actually I'm not joking!
Mamba24

Excellent my brother...laughed so hard, I spit on my monitor...LOL Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 28, 2010 at 03:29 PM

Lewstrs let me tell you something. Yes I'm your assistant. Yes I'm always glad to help out. But there is no Freakin way in hell that I'm going to clean the spit off your monitor. NO, No, HELL NO! Lol! Just playing with you brother. But...see I know I'm going to get in trouble for saying this but it is just begging to be said. While I won't clean the spit off your Monitor, I will gladly help MM ...FEEL JUSTA!!!! Oh SWEET JESUS WHAT DID I SAY! ROFLMAO!!!!!

Mamba24
Speaking of blown covers, I know you were jesting in my behalf when you got in that little bit if hot water a while back.. so anyway, I appreciated the gesture, and glad everything's back on track.

ok mamba LMAOOOOO you're on a roll stop it now, there is now even more spit to clean

Hey Blog Fam,

How's everyone this fine day?

@LEWSTRS, it kinda looks like the bus (last thread) may be missing a front tire. Wouldn't want anything to happen to our Welcome Wagon. We have to make sure it's a well oiled machine - just like the Lakers. (And thanks for making sure I had a seat.)

@Mamba24, big hug and a kiss for you.

Lass

Here is another link about the ESPN retracted article on James partying in Vegas...

http://outofbounds.nbcsports.com/2010/07/-espn-mysteriously-pulls.html.php

Oh, and the bandwagons...Happy Birthday to Mrs. LakerMike and to Puddle (don't know why, but I think that handle is adorable).

Now the Sasha bandwagon, hmmm, lemme see...yes, I'll take a seat. Let's keep him for now and see if the Machine rises.

Lass

MM - LOL!! I think it's hilarious that you thought my comment was directed at you!! It was more or less a "Duh - I knew that would happen"!! LMAO!!!

Speaking of blown covers, I know you were jesting in my behalf when you got in that little bit if hot water a while back.. so anyway, I appreciated the gesture, and glad everything's back on track. posted by: Noah | July 28, 2010 at 03:39 PM

Noah, you my boy and all that but...I swear don't know what the hell you refering to. The Hot Water I did that ISH all on my Lunatic own. I'm noble but naw man, at the time, my daughter was losing her Freakin mind and I was losing mine right along with her. (It's all right Chrissie you can lose your Freakin mind helping Daddy. Your Mother did, that's why she left me! Lol)Now back to business. Noah, really I'm not trying to be funny but I don't know what you are talking about unless...AW HELL NAW! NO, NO, HELL NO!I'm sorry I have to leave I think this is going to be another Drama Punk moment. Where the hell did I put that Vodka! Dammnit I never should have went to see that Freakin movie Inception. By the way since you think I was being noble or some ISH would you do me a favor. Would you ask Justa did she have an Inception performed on me? Seriously! Ah there's the Vodka, God&&%%*(( No percosets left. How the Frak can a civilized man drink his Vodka without his percoset? Noah I really think Justa has been Frakin with my mind.

Apparently I have that effect on a lot of people.

Mamba24 -

Hmmm. I don't think I'm the person you were looking for. To the best of my knowledge, I've never sent any blogger here an email directly (except maybe someone who was in phred's fantasy league this last year).

I also inferred from your post that you were wondering if I used to blog here under a different handle. That's definitely not the case. I've always been puddle :)

I hope this doesn't disappoint you!

Mamba24

No.. I meant the little thing about "ticking off" a couple days ago. I didn't mean to hash up all that stuff that's WAY in the past..
Don't even go there.. You're fine

Now the Sasha bandwagon, hmmm, lemme see...yes, I'll take a seat. Let's keep him for now and see if the Machine rises. Posted by: LakerLass | July 28, 2010 at 03:48 PM
Lass, is it really you? Did you get my Email? Hey LakerLass...THANK YOU!
mamba24

Damn, RIP Lorenzen Wright. That's so messed up and sad. I remember him being a Udonis Haslem type player, and always wanted the Lakers to pick him up during the J.R. Reid years (blechhhh!).

I hope his family gets closure and finds how and why this happened. Just tragic.

Wes

Justa had a good idea.. (and 63 footer) I think Lakerbagels might go good here..

Also, I just got your link to “Into My Arms”... (been having computer problems) and it pretty much finished me off..
Those anguished b&w faces.. a fair measurement of the distance between people..

Anyway, thanks.. it reminded me a little of this Stephen Dunn poem:


The Waiting 


I waited for you calmly, with infinite patience.

I waited for you hungrily, just short of desperate.

When you came I knew that desperate was unattractive.

I was calm, no one wants the kind of calm I was.

It tried your patience, it made you hungry for a man

who was hungry. I am that man, I said,

but I said it calmly. My body was an ache, a silence.

It could not affirm how long it had waited for you.

It could not claw or insist or extend its hands.

It was just a stupid body, closed up and voracious.

Whoever made LO keep himself in BBall shape this summer by playing for the RW&B, a thousand thank yous.

We are going to need the candy muncher to start this season off with a bang. Not that I don't think Drew will be ready, but it may not be a bad thing for him to take it easy to start. We need the Boy to kick it into high gear come Feb and March and not worry about his All Star status so much.

I have to agree with alot of thoughts from the previous thread. Lets at least keep the Machine until the trade deadline. He can help give KB24 some time to relax in the 4th Q's.
Plus the more competition we have amongst guys on the defensive end the better off everyone will be down the stretch. He and Tattoo Barnes would drive other 2nd units out of their mind.

Lass, is it really you? Did you get my Email? Hey LakerLass...THANK YOU!
mamba24

Posted by: MAMBA24 | July 28, 2010 at 03:58 PM

Oui, c'est moi. I did get your e-mail. Thank you too (and you're welcome my friend).

I was noticing this morning how we kind of freak out when our names go missing on the Roll Call. In my case I noticed my name in the Good Morning section and I thought, "omg, omg, omg, Mamba gave me a special spot. I'm so psyched!"

Ah Mamba, see the power your Roll Calls have over us?

Lass

It could not claw or insist or extend its hands.

It was just a stupid body, closed up and voracious.
Posted by: Noah | July 28, 2010 at 04:01 PM
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AWWWWWW SHOOT! NOAH!!! Get down with your bad self!
I'm going to steal that bad boy. Damn we really are a talented cultured and
refined bunch here on LakersBlog & Laker Nation. Don't laugh Noah I'm
not including myself. Lol!

Good, Lamar gets to work on his game this summer for a change. Obviously, his boxing lessons and marrying a Karashian didn't do a whole helluva lot to improve it last season, but maybe playing basketball will. Who knows, maybe Coach K will teach him how to go to his right and use his right hand.

Good luck, LO!

Ah Mamba, see the power your Roll Calls have over us? Lass Posted by: LakerLass | July 28, 2010 at 04:04 PM
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Daggg! If I had known that was all it took I would have tried it with you a long time ago Lass! Lol! Just playing with you My Laker Lass. Now I want you to stop working so dogone hard and come by and join your Laker Blog family more often. We...I miss you Lass. Take care my First Virtual Love & Best Virtual Friend. Oh and Lass, one more time...Thanks for saving my life!
Mamba24

No.. I meant the little thing about "ticking off" a couple days ago. I didn't mean to hash up all that stuff that's WAY in the past..Don't even go there.. You're fine. Posted by: Noah | July 28, 2010 at 03:55 PM
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Bless you kind sir! Now I recall, Naw I did that all on my freakin own.
But thanks for trying to help a brother lift a load off his mind. But when I Frak up, I always own up & Fess up. Thanks my brother.
Mamba24

Mamba24
You're not including yourself?
You are the freaking Minister of Culture.

By the way, someone (sorry, I don't remember who it was) made a comment yesterday that LeBron had to join friends to try to win a championship, but Kobe's enemies join him to win championships.

That was such an awesome comment. Tip 'o the hat on that one.

Lass

ok mamba LMAOOOOO you're on a roll stop it now, there is now even more spit to clean Posted by: raiderlaker1980 | July 28, 2010 at 03:39 PM

OH SWEET JESUS, You too RaiderLaker1980, ROFLMAO!!! STOP IT NOW I SAY! hahaha!

Has anyteam shown interested in signing DJ or Adam Morrison? They are still Laker family and two-time NBA Champions. I hope they play somewhere in the NBA next season.

Mamba24
You're not including yourself?
You are the freaking Minister of Culture. Posted by: Noah | July 28, 2010 at 04:15 PM
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Awwwww, thats nice. Noah, I predict you will go far in this world! Thank you sir!

"Happy Birthday to Mrs. LakerMike and to Puddle (don't know why, but I think that handle is adorable)."

LOL LakerLass, thanks for the b-day wishes and I'm glad you like my handle :) Maybe you think it's adorable because it sounds like a mix of poodle and cuddle? That's kind of adorable.

Alas, I chose it for very different reasons, but I'll refrain from explaining for fear of taking the mystique out of my name. Haha

For those interested, here's a link to an article in the Washington Post on Jeremy Lin.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072705802_pf.html


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

BTW, condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Lorenzen Wright. May he R.I.P.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

"By the way, someone (sorry, I don't remember who it was) made a comment yesterday that LeBron had to join friends to try to win a championship, but Kobe's enemies join him to win championships.

That was such an awesome comment. Tip 'o the hat on that one."

Heh heh, that was me. :) *blushes*

You like my handle AND my comments? I think I've found my Lakerblog soul mate in LakerLass! LOL

I'm happy for LO because he missed a chance at gold last time due to his son's tragic death. Maybe this will help in the healing process. Good job, LO.

DBDH!

Yesterday I read the article about the Raptor's GM saying he thought Bosh basically gave up on the team and checked out early.

And I'm thinking - LeBron gave up on his team in the playoffs and Bosh gave up on his team before the playoffs...

And these are two of the three guys who are supposed to bring Miami 7 championships in 6 years?!?!

Lass

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. LAKER MIKE – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKER MIKE – OWNER - It would mean something special to wifey if I could include B-day greetings from you to her! She knows about you three due to my frequent comments to her about you. I have collected kind words from JUSTA, LEWSTRS and EDWIN, deciding to print them and include them in her card. So, PLEASE? (Thanks!)
(02) LEWSTRS – DRIVER - Happy Birthday to Mrs. Laker Mike...Hope you both share a wonderful and special day...
(03) EDWIN GUECO – RIDING SHOTGUN - Be a good boy today Laker Mike, it is not your day but it's Mrs. Wash the dishes, do the laundry, clean the house, prepare all hot meals and avoid spending too much time blogging. Attention should revolve only to the Lady celebrating her natal day.
(04) # 4
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – Happy Birthday Mrs. LakerMike anything to make another Real Laker Girl feel welcome! Hope you guys have a great day!
(06) MAMBA24 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. LAKER Mike & may more happy returns.
(07) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - Oh, and happy birthday Mrs. Laker Mike!
(08) NEMAIA FALETOGO - I don't know if you're a spiritual man or not, but thank God for blessing her with another year of life and I wish her many, many more to come. Keep your woman happy by making everday seem like her birthday!!! Happy B-Day Mrs. LakerMike!!!
(09) LAKERTOM - Please add me to Mrs. LakerMike’s Birthday Bandwagon. Every great Lakers fan needs a the support of a great woman to become the better person and blogger that they are. Happy Birthday, Mrs. LakerMike for Mr. and Mrs. LakerTom. And may all your birthday wishes come true. I know Mike has had his eye on some very expensive birthday gifts but I don’t want to spoil the surprise coming tonight.
(10) JON K - Mrs. LakerMike, You've married a good man who I hope loves you as much as he loves the Los Angeles Lakers. Considering that LakerMike has proven that he has the good sense to love the best team in sports, I'm assuming that he also has equally good taste in women. Birthdays are those special days when we celebrate the joy and bounty of life itself. I am assuming that you are AWESOME and thus have a lot to celebrate. So, Happy Birthday! I hope you are experiencing all the wonder that life provides you and that you deserve to celebrate.
(11) MAGIC PHIL - Happy Birth Day MRS. LAKER MIKE!!
(12) 63 FOOTER – Add me to the Bandwagons
(13) D(EREK) J(ETER)
(14) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Please put me on the Happy Birthday Mrs. Laker Mike Bandwagon
(15) RICK FRIEDMAN – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. LAKERMIKE
(16) LAKER LASS – Yes, Happy Birthday Mrs. Laker Mike

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PRAY FOR BYNUM TO GET WELL - BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTOM - OWNER
(02) RDLEE - DRIVER Praying for Bynum and the surgeons!
(03) NEMAIA FALETOGO - RIDING SHOTGUN - With you on that partner
(04) #4
(05) MR & MRS. LAKERMIKE - SPIRITUAL HEALERS - GOOD VIBRATIONS . . . Today is Bynum's knee surgery AND my WIFE'S birthday. She is a great, GREAT woman and has agreed to share some of her festive and life-giving energy from this special day to Andrew's body. Trust me ~ nothing but good coming from this surgery! (Special thanks to JUSTA for making wifey feel a part of the family here, and thus wooing such a gift from her!)
(06) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - SPECIAL HEALING ASSISTANT
(07) MAMBA24 - Get well soon Andrew we need you & THE BEAST!
(08) LOBGTIMELAKERLOVER - Drew's gonna be just fine. It was a few foreign bodies, nothing huge. If he was able to play through the finals and be effective, then it's not a huge stretch to believe he'll heal up great. Also, if this was a big operation, then I have to believe the organization would push for a more expedient date, vs this late date.
09) RAIDERSLAKER1980 - Since I'm at work, I'll take a shot of water and yell cheers to a healthy AB17, would love to see his career take off as a realible, healthy anchoring center..so down goes my shot of water CHEERS .
(10) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS - Maybe AB could get Elden Campbell's cadaver parts for his knee surgery. After all, Big E was such a stiff! I remember we used to say "Dead Man Walking" whenever the Lake Show ran the break.
(11) LEWSTRS - I've always been in AB's corner, and I hope his surgery goes well today...Small minuscus tears are usually just a basic procedure these days...AB please heal fast, and let's show all your doubters what you can do in a full healthy season...
(12) MAGIC PHIL - Put me in the PRAY FOR BYNUM TO GET WELL – BANDWAGON
(13) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Even the Bynum bashers and those who wanted to trade him likely wish him a speedy recovery as they too are Laker fans first. After all, he's worth more in a trade if he's healthy.
(14) 63- FOOTER – ADD ME TO THE BANDWAGONS
(15) SAMLL - I wish Bynum all the best in his surgery and get well soon, big guy!
(16) EDWIN GUECO - will not only wish Bynum to get well but to be the best as he can be. On his 5th year, he should be the beast that LakerTom has alluded too. Where is the beast on just being "well"? Being well is just continuation of being a mediocre Center who gets injured year in and year out while we, the fans keep on wishing him Get Well every season. At age 23 this should be a banner year Drew as the best among the beasts. Anything short of being the best, Kareem failed as an astute teacher.
(17) D(EREK) J(ETER)
(18) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Please put me on The Andrew Bynum get well bandwagon
(19) JUSTALAKERFAN - I too say a prayer for Andrew's knee surgery and may God guide the hands of his surgeon.
(20) RICK FRIEDMAN –
(21) LAKERLASS – Get well soon Bynum

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KEEP SASHA - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - Someone add me to the Keep Sasha bandwagon or caravan or whatever's rolling out there these days. I think just for sinking those 2 critical FT's in Game 7 he deserves a shot to contribute to the 3-peat. Just for that. They were huge, pressure-filled FT's and the boy had nothing but ice water running through his veins. Cold. Calculating. Swish. Swish. Nothing but net. He's come a long way - he still has a frenetic dribbling style, but he seems to be much more in control on offense. With Blake - as opposed to Farmar - my guess is he'll be more confident as well. His defense has always been pesky and he's usually good for frustrating the opponents he ends up guarding. Really, who doesn't want to join his fan club? AND he provides eyebrow-taming moments. What's not to love?
(02) FAITH - DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - If only for the 2 Freethrows Keep them
(04) #4
(05) SAMLL - Trade Sasha just to re-sign Brown? Ridiculous! As Tim-4-Show said, we're not the Clippers. We're the 16x champs Lakers! I'm expecting Mitch to keep both.
(06) NOAH - HELL YEAH KEEP SASHA 2 words: SPLASH SPLASH!!!!!
(07) LAKERTOM - Please add me to the Keep Sasha Bandwagon. Thanks.
(08) LAKERLASS – - Now the Sasha bandwagon, hmmm, lemme see...yes, I'll take a seat. Let's keep him for now and see if the Machine rises.
(09) LAKERTRUTH - I think it would be a mistake to trade Sasha, who has a chance of being the team's best 3 point shooter next season. He was returning to form last season before he got injured.
(10) RAIDERLAKER1980 - I think it would be a mistake to trade Sasha, who has a chance of being the team's best 3 point shooter next season. He was returning to form last season before he got injured.
(11) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - As difficult as the decision is, I am going for keeping Sasha, mostly because of his most recent post. I mean, we never hear from Brown, so Sasha wins!
(12) RICK FRIEDMAN - Since Mamba24 is ignoring me today, I hereby declare my participation in the following bandwagons: Keep Sasha
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUDDLE - BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTOM - OWNER - Happy Birthday! Wish I were only 28 with another lifetime of Lakers championships to enjoy.
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUDDLE. May you ive two see a 6 Time Laker 3-peat.! Enjoy your day!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - Happy birthday Puddle. You don't post nearly enough.
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(05) LAKERMIKE - Happy B-Day Puddles! You help make up the brightest shining collection of blog contributors who just so happen to be girls! (And yes, JUSTA, you are funny!).
(06) NOAH - and happy birthday to puddle
(07) RICK FRIEDMAN – HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUDDLE

You like my handle AND my comments? I think I've found my Lakerblog soul mate in LakerLass! LOL
Posted by: puddle | July 28, 2010 at 04:28 PM

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Puddle, I remember when I first lurked on this blog a year ago your posts stood out. Then it seems like I didn't see you much. Anyway, I'm glad you're back.

Lass

Puddle - ALL the Real Laker Girls love you!

mamba24, you forgot 1 name in the KEEP SACHA BANDWAGON.
MAGIC PHIL!!!

From Twitter:

The Cavaliers are heavily pursuing Shannon Brown, according to multiple sources. @BQRMagic first reported Cleveland's interest in Brown.

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Good. They need someone to dunk there anyway now that No Rings has left. They still hold his draft rights, don't they? :)

Yesterday I read the article about the Raptor's GM saying he thought Bosh basically gave up on the team and checked out early. And I'm thinking - LeBron gave up on his team in the playoffs and Bosh gave up on his team before the playoffs... And these are two of the three guys who are supposed to bring Miami 7 championships in 6 years?!?!
Posted by: LakerLass | July 28, 2010 at 04:35 PM

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Lass I'm really sorry but I just have to say this...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!

I'm happy for LO because he missed a chance at gold last time due to his son's tragic death. Maybe this will help in the healing process. Good job, LO. DBDH! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | July 28, 2010 at 04:29 PM
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And Good job DBDH, Kudos for looking out for LO like that! I never even thought about that!
Mamba24

Repost:

Here is another link about the ESPN retracted article on James partying in Vegas...

http://outofbounds.nbcsports.com/2010/07/-espn-mysteriously-pulls.html.php

Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 28, 2010 at 03:45 PM


LEWTRS:

James is trying to replace Tiger Woods as the best party organizer in Vegas. If I were LeCrab, I would not want to go home right now after the story of his Vegas's party broke out! I hate to see him taking a long hiatus like Tiger (Formerly Known As - Mr. Invincible).

And to the Lakers family, I'm under office-arrest until the end of September that's why I didn't post much since the Finals. Mamba24, please forgive me. I will try to sneak in a few comments here and there during my 5 minutes morning break!!

Justa, I'm thinking about changing my alcohol from Grey Goose to something else since it's the same Alcohol LeCrab drank at his Vegas Party!!!

Happy BD, Lakers Mike and Puddle. Love live the machine. And speedy recovery for the Sock! Oh! Oh! The guard has blown the whistle, time to get back to my cell..

Congratulations to LO...Go Son and make us proud.

Go Lakers!

My sincerely condolences to the Wright Family.

Wallace -

I'm sure Lebron chases the skirts worse than Tiger...This is a speculation from me, but let me explain how I came to this deduction...

1. I know Lebron has at least 2 children...and he has never married the mother of those kids...Conclusion - He doesn't like making a woman honest, but likes making babies...
2. They both are mega stars, so I'm sure they are chased by all sorts of women, gold diggers, fame chasers, and I'm sure lot's of groupies and sluts...Throw in the alcohol...and bad decisions are inevitable...
3. They both have big egos...women become challenges, the old 'notches on the bed post syndrome...
4. James surrounds himself with a posse of young, hip, playas...With the mentality that they own the world...Combine that with settings in Vegas, NYC and South Beach...and it's party with us, but don't be surprise if you wake up strung out and pregnant...
5. Tiger, I'm sure has nailed tons of trim too...but he is discrete about it...and if Elin never took that percocet and vodka, she would have not found Tiger's phone and busted him, he still would be doing the same now...

Now I predict that LBJ will land into some off court trouble in South Beach...He will get into a situation with a woman, who he won't be able to buy out, or be intimidated by his thug posse...

I'm not condoning either athlete's behavior...Cheating is cheating...and I hope our Laker Girls don't throw me in the penalty box for this post...

Mamba,

Please throw me on the bandwagons. I was, to be honest, a little iffy on the Sasha one. He hasn't been the machine for awhile. But, ya know, people grow on you. Even his nearly losing us the championship with that obvious flagrant against his ole Slovenian brother was another example of familiarity. But, I wouldn't cry if he left like Fish.

All n all, please put me on all of the band wagons.

Go LO go !! I don't think shape will be the boon from this. It will be playing with a new system and weaker opponents. This will make him remember the fun and the run in Lamar Odom.

I always love it when players play for less (thank you Mr. Barnes) and to represent the USA. GO L O !!

GOOOOooooOOOOOO LAKERS !!

Hey Mamba -

Of course put me on the Bynum get well Bandwagon. He's our great hope this year - if he's healthy LeBronze and his co-conspirators don't stand a chance!

I'm not happy with the keep Sasha Bandwagon though. If you're of a mind to I'd love you to start a Dump Sasha/Sign Shannon Bandwagon - be interesting to see how many sign on.

Of course its your choice since you're the UBG (ultimate bandwagon God).
Rock on man -

JJ

LEWSTRS:

Well said. And I do enjoy reading all your posts & comments and wanted you to find a permanent seat on your suburban.

Nite!!!

puddle,


It's your birthday? Awesome. Happy Birthday!


Your presence makes the blog a much better place.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Adam Morrison will find a team. He was the #3 pick overall, even if he has no talent, some GMs will give him a chance just to see why he was drafted #3 overall in the first place.
DJ Mbenga? Not so much. He lacks NBA talent. Since the NBA's minimum salary increases progressively as your service in the league, I believe DJ Mbenga's minimum salary is now over $1 million. For the same roster filler, teams would rather go for a rookie, whose minimum salary is lower than 7-year veteran Mbenga's.


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