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Ron Artest has mastered the art of interviewing

Beyond the pendulum swing of his cocky and humble answers, his openness and defensiveness, his realism and delusion, the thing I most enjoyed about Ron Artest interviewing himself in ESPN the Magazine entailed how much of a hard-hitting reporter he showed he could be.

He should certainly keep his day job with the Lakers, given the differences in pay. But I couldn't help but marvel at how well the interview had gone. Artest may chalk it up to good preparation, but that probably wasn't required because he knows himself fairly well. Or at least I think.

Nonetheless, working with ESPN's Sam Alipour, Artest presented all the good elements an interview should have: open-ended questions, follow-ups, tough questions, softball questions, timely topics -- and he hit on various subjects.

Obviously, he has come a long way since his interview with Kobe Bryant two years ago, which consisted of fawning praise mixed in with some interesting questions, including asking Bryant to acknowledge his biggest weakness.

Besides Artest, who else would you like to see interview themselves? And what would the questions and answers entail? We'll feature the best comments in a later post.

-- Mark Medina

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Isn't it obvious? The Machine. If he is half as funny as Sasha V. the Blogger that will be one classic interview. But Ron Ron's interview is the all-time all-time interview. They will be discussing that interview in Sports Forums and even Journalism schools for years to come. When Ron ends his career as a Laker I venture to say - although I know I will get attacked for saying this -
That Thriller will be the most beloved Laker of All time, yes even supplanting Magic!...IMHO!

"Besides Artest, who else would you like to see interview themselves?"


For some reason I'd like to see Sasha and Andrew interview themselves. Sasha, because that's a lot of accent; Andrew, because it would just be so bumbling and awkward it would become fascinating.


If Kobe interviewed himself it would be the most terse interview in the history of interests.


KB1: Do you?


KB2: Yes.


KB1: I thought so.


KB2: Right.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Interviewing, Artest in better than Magic. He can also have his own talk show. All he have to do is sit there and talk to himself.

Besides Artest? Must be a Queens thing, but I'd say Odom, would be interesting to see if he could finish a thought from either side without stumbling over his words, 15 "ums" or a snicker break.

Hahaha Jon K. Funny stuff about Kobe.

Has anyone else noticed Kobe uses the word "extremely" very frequently in interviews? "We played extremely well." "They are extremely well coached." Etcetera. It's to the point I feel I need to make a drinking game out of it.

I want to make sure all you Laker fans enjoy this one. http://msn.foxsports.com/video/NBA?vid=a62630af-7064-46f8-be41-af4f3d27912f&from=foxsports/nba/stories
P)osted by: puddle | July 30, 2010 at 03:43 PM
WAHAHHAAHA OH SWEET JESUS! I didn't get any sound but even with out sound that has got to be one of the funniest pieces I have seen. SWEET JESUS!! Now Puddle between you & Mr. Nano and the Woman who is sometimes Funny Dammnit, I can't take to many more of these belly laugh.
So, Please, please, Please. When you post this stuff please give the proper warning that the material may produce Gut Busting Belly Laughs. WAHAHHHAHAA!

I'm extremely interested in seeing who you guys think would be an extremely good interviewer/interviewee. It's extremely entertaining to be part of such an extremely diverse blog. It's extremely fantastic to be part of such an extremely Laker-centric family. I thank you all from the bottom of my extremely grateful heart.

puddle - better get a whole case. I bottle won't do it!

I thank you all from the bottom of my extremely grateful heart. Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 30, 2010 at 03:55 PM
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Easy there Justa! I know you have powers and all but...It's not safe to mock the BASKETBALL GOD!!!!! Now Justa I'm begging you repent sister, repent now or your immortal Basketball Soul may be in Jeopardy. LMAO. Actually it was kind, I say KIND of funny Damnit!! Lol!

Hahaha, glad you enjoyed it Mamba!

justa just got me drunk at work. Thanks a lot! LOL

Not mocking the sentiment, Mamba24 - just the use of the word "extremely".
:)

JAMF,


You are awesome.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Can we please start the Thriller reality television show already?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

PART 1 OF 4


Fellow Laker fans... Please tell me what you think?
Please be kind....of course itsa brain storm...
...or course i dont know ever cap rule!!


Id love to hear you ideas and comments....
I think Mitch has a few more big moves in him this summer (I hope) ...:)

Remember...The miami gang will only hang together if they win either ONE of the

next two. Otherwise Riley is gonna start loosen 'top' players who came lookin

for a ring. So we should go all out in these next 2 years to build a MONSTAR!! Go

Lakers!!


In my mind the biggest impact player player we could get would be
Mark Gasol.... (or any strong back up Center) . I think we should be willing to
give up several draft picks for Gasol (1st and second rounders). Its his last

year with his Memphis contract. And couple players and a couple picks. might pry

him loose..? If not we end up with a lesser 3rd string Center and some trade able

parts for mid season.

In my mind the end result of a series of trades should net us
another back up center (Mark Gasol!?) and ..if lucky...2 shooting guards (one

second string defensive/veteran (NBA), and one third string offensive/youth

(Europe?) ).

My reasoning is thus..... The more minute away from Bynum to give him a full

healthy season; the better. This 3rds string Center, in my opinion, does the most

good of any single move.
That 'Big Man" advantage is where we will win.

The other two SG guards acquired in many ways.


PART 2 OF 4


Variables to consider befroe the trading begins....

A.....To Consider: ...If Luke Walton can be considered ineligible for the season,

we
get 2/3rds of his salary back to replace him, and he is not counted against our
roster. This gives us about 3.7 million. This would help if possible.

B....To consider: Pick up Shannon as a PG to provide leadership to the 3rd string.

Tempo change, taco time, young guns...

C....Do we pick up the rookies? I hope we will take them both.

D....How many players to carry this year...I am in favor of carry 15 (and Luke on

IR). Gives us trading options, youth, and 3 complete strings. 1st string

(offense/experience), 2nd string (defensive veterans), and third string (young

guns). Gives us many looks, many options.

PART 3 OF 4

Trading begins...!!

1st Move...Make sure we don't lose Shannon.. (wait if possible, but move)

2nd move ..Trade Sasha to Timberwolves (with a pick?). For A Guard (Dante west?)

and/or a Center (2nd String). Or any other player that Memphis would want. At

this point, even if we dont get Mark, we are still better off with any good 2nd

string center than with Sasha.

This is especially true if we can pick up a shooting Guard in Europe with the

'Luke exemption'.

3rd move.. Players from Timber wolves to Memphis (with 2011 1st round and 2012

second round picks?! ) for Mark Gasol.


4th Move [One or more of the following till 2 need guards aquired.

..... Pick/player to Portland for Rudy...or...
....... Euro League Guard with exception from Luke...or...
....... Rookie with promise (extra rookies to training camp)
........ Mid season trade (hold extra 'trade able' players

5th Move ......Hold 15 on roster this season (13 plus the rookies).
......More options mid season when the mid season trade run
for play offs begins.

PART 4 OF 4

My own Comments about strategy...

1. I know Theo is now our current 2nd string....and he is great(keeper). But

another center and will suck up 18 minutes a game ...and Bynum is that much fresher

for the play offs. Plus BYNUMS value to the team, confidence, trade value, and 3

peat, all hinge on him being healthy (otherwise cant even trade him) . We need 3

Centers this season. We have our defensive/veteran, lets go and get some young legs

to suck up minutes.

Of course we want him to resign for us. If Mark Gasol resigns for a few
years..after this next year. That will be huge. If we cant get him this year we

should be patient and get him next year when his contract is over...

2. If this move only got us Mark it was worth it. These picks, next years

actually, are useless for the Lakers. A team forging a 3 year championship run,

that already has 2 rookies(if they sign) can not place more rookies on the team.

At least till these two pan out, or are traded.

At the risk of being redundant.... :)

The miami gang will only hang together if they win either ONE of the next two.
Otherwise Riley is gonna start loosen 'top' players who came lookin for a ring. So

we should go all out in these next 2 years to build a MONSTER!!

Go Lakers!!

Not mocking the sentiment, Mamba24 - just the use of the word "extremely".
:) Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 30, 2010 at 04:05 PM
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I know. I know! I was just playing with you. Lol! Well this has really been nice, chatting with you all. Puddle & Mr. Nano were in extremely fine comedic form and even you, yes you Justa was funny Damnit. Now I must take my leave and go look at my Bootleg copy of Inception and try to figure this ISH out I have 2 basic theories I want to check out. LAKER NATION ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND. WHO ARE WE?
ALL TOGETHER NOW!!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) is well on it’s way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had (Four)
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, you know that’s Kobe Bryant
Who scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored much more
But Rings not number of points is what Black Mamba plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A (11) time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You

Mamba24,


"Thriller will be the most beloved Laker of All time, yes even supplanting Magic!"


It COULD happen. I almost sprayed out my drink in shock when Magic--the commentator--picked the Celtics to win. And now he's saying the Meat will have their day?


HELL TO THE NO!!! Have you lost your ever-loving mind, Magic? HELL NO!!!


Would Larry Bird have said something like that especially considering if he had his fricken statue outside Boston Gardens?


HELL NO!!!


If I, personally, have to put on a Lakers jersey and tackle LeCreep as the tries to move towards the basket, I don't care! The Meat will not have their day!


Every time Magic speaks on TNT I fricken cringe now. What happened?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

WHAT'S IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
Terminator, Rise of Machine......and any movie starring international superstar, Fabio. Machine like style of Fabio very much, but Fabio need headband to achieve maximum sexiness.

WHERE ARE YOU MOST AT PEACE?
Machine most at peace when hugging best friend Kobe. After game 7, Machine hug Kobe for 2 minutes and 24 seconds straight. Best friend Kobe try to let go, but Machine hold on for dear life.

WHAT ABOUT PHIL JACKSON? DIDN'T HE GET UNDER YOUR SKIN?
Impossible to get under skin of Machine. Machine have exoskeleton.

BUT DIDN'T DRAGIC GET UNDER YOUR SKIN?
Machine do not understand silly question. Next question!!

BUT YOU DO LOVE THE SPOTLIGHT, RIGHT?
Machine hate spotlight, but spotlight follow Machine everywhere Machine go. Spotlight is both blessing and curse for Machine. Spotlight attract sexy lady fans of Machine, but also make people jealous of sexiness of Machine.

DO YOU STILL WANT TO PLAY FOR TEAM SLOVENIA?
Only if Team Slovenia change name to Team Machine.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KOBE?
Best friend Kobe yell at Machine every day, but Machine don't mind. When best friend Kobe say to Machine "you are an extremely annoying pest", Kobe really saying "I love Machine".

WHO DO YOU WISH YOU COULD'VE PLAYED AGAINST IN HIS PRIME?
Danny Ainge. Ainge game most similar to Machine, but Machine beat Ainge at his own game.

HELL TO THE NO!!! Have you lost your ever-loving mind, Magic? HELL NO!!! Would Larry Bird have said something like that especially considering if he had his fricken statue outside Boston Gardens? HELL NO!!! If I, personally, have to put on a Lakers jersey and tackle LeCreep as the tries to move towards the basket, I don't care! The Meat will not have their day!
Every time Magic speaks on TNT I fricken cringe now. What happened?
Posted by: Jon K. | July 30, 2010 at 04:25 PM

ROTFLMAO!!! GOD$$#@#&* JON K. How dare you disrupt my dramatic exit with this funny ISH!!! Damn everybody is on fire and on point tonight. Jon K. I'll tell you, it's a beautiful thing! As for Magic I think he's getting nervous now that Kobe has matched his Ring total & is about to surpass it. That will mean both Kareem & Kobe will have more Rings than him. But he'll come around and be the old Magic again eventually. It's not so much that I'm dissing Magic, I'm just giving props to Ron Ron. If he can convert me and I was one of the ones who vehemently protested his coming here, then I think he has a real shot at becoming this funny beloved Icon depending on if he stays here or not.

Jon K -

I think secretly Magic was picking the Celtics as a reverse jinx. I honestly think nobody loves the Lakers more.

At least that's what I like to think.

Carmelo Anthony for L.A. Lakers for next year....

Sasha, Luke, Brown are all expendable!!!

I just got this report from a co worker, I scanned through the last couple of threads and it doesnt look like it was mentioned but here it is.
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Read ESPN's Spiked Story About LeBron

By Tommy Craggs, Jul 28, 2010 01:49 PM

ESPN's Arash Markazi managed to attach himself to LeBron James and his crew for a night in Las Vegas and wrote of a 25-year-old living life like some sort of Caligula of the Cuyahoga. Then the story disappeared. A screenshot is below.

Why the story vanished, we don't yet know — we're awaiting comment from ESPN. Meantime, here it is (or read it in Google Docs, if you prefer):

via CelticsBlog

LeBron James leans against a waist-high stone wall with a 16-foot-tall Buddha hovering over him.
He’s at Tao, a bustling restaurant and nightclub inside the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, and his arms are crossed as he listens to Lynn Meritt, senior director of Nike Basketball, and Charles Denson, president of Nike Brand.James is quiet, occasionally applying Chap Stick on his lips and nodding when he hears something he likes.

Five security guards are stationed around him, one at each corner of the table he’s about to sit at and another roving around with him, watching his every move. Anyone who takes two steps toward James is stopped and must have James’ approval to come closer.

The waiter bringing him his cup of green tea with a spoonful of honey and a dash of lemon juice makes the cut, as does the scantily clad brunette with a tattoo of a heart on her right shoulder.

She wants to take a picture with him. “I can’t right now,” says James. “Maybe later, upstairs, I’ll remember you’re the one with the tattoo.”

James will host a party later in the upstairs nightclub at Tao, but he is currently hosting a dinner for his friends and family in the downstairs restaurant. Wearing a gray striped shirt and gold crucifix around his neck, he bobs his head to music played by an amped-up saxophonist who weaves his way around the table like a one-man mariachi band.

I have somehow found myself at this exclusive table, seated beside Eddie Jackson, who is introduced to me as James’ father (though he actually began dating James’ mother, Gloria, after LeBron was born and the two are no longer together). Jackson, wearing a muscle shirt accentuating his large biceps, looks like a member of James’ four-man entourage, like one of his childhood friends.

James’ circle includes Randy Mims, seated to his right at the center of the table, Maverick Carter, seated at the head of the table, and Richard Paul, seated in front of James. The quartet makes up the initials behind LRMR Marketing, the management firm James founded almost four years ago with his buddies. Their offices in downtown Cleveland gained notoriety this month as the location teams flocked to for their meetings with James.

LeBron James partied at Tao last weekend, complete with a kings’ cake and an entourage to make heads of state jealous.

Seated to the right of James is Chris Paul, whose brother, C.J., is seated across from him. The New Orleans Hornets point guard has seen how James has positioned himself to win a championship by signing with the Miami Heat and joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and has reportedly considered a similar move himself.

The truth is, in James’ dream world, the duo he would love to play with for the next decade would be Wade and Paul, his two closest friends in the NBA. Paul has been like a brother to James since the two were in Las Vegas four years ago for USA Basketball training camp, when as a rookie he carried James’ and Wade’s bags to and from the team bus.

James and Paul are fairly quiet at the center of the table as they take in the scene around them. As family style plates of miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and crispy lobster and shrimp dumplings are brought to the table, James effortlessly picks up the food with his chopsticks and occasionally raises his cup of green tea to passersby as they raise their martinis and mojitos in his direction before being helped along by security guards.

When trays of dessert plates are brought over, James gets up, preferring to start his party upstairs instead of indulging in the giant fortune cookies and chocolate cake. A security guard comes over and puts plastic wristbands on our wrists and escorts us through the back of the restaurant, up a flight of stairs in the bowels of the hotel and through a back entrance into the club. About a dozen security guards, moving their flash lights, direct us to a roped off section on the dance floor of Tao next to a couple of apparently nude women in a bathtub full of water and rose petals.

James, now wearing sunglasses in the dark club, immediately stands up on the couch and folds his arms high on his chest and nods his head. He smiles as he looks at the dozens of people crowded on the dance floor. Noticing him, they stop dancing and snap pictures as the DJ screams out, “LeBron James in the building!” and plays ****’s “I’m in Miami.”

Carter, LeBron’s childhood friend and manager, begins dancing around James like Puff Daddy in a Notorious B.I.G video. A giant red crown-shaped cake is brought over to James while go-go dancers dressed in skimpy red and black outfits raise four lettered placards that spell out, “KING.” Carter grabs a bottle of Grey Goose and pours a quarter of it on the floor and raises it up before passing it off.

James’ infamous one-hour special, “The Decision,” was reportedly the brainchild of Carter, a 28-year-old who has never managed anyone outside of his friend James. This three-day party marathon in Vegas (which James is being paid six figures to host) is also Carter’s idea.

Bottle after bottle of “Ace of Spades” champagne is delivered to the table by a waiter flying down from above the dance floor like some overgrown Peter Pan on a wire. One time he’s dressed like a King, another time as Indiana Jones and another in a replica of James’ No. 6 Miami Heat jersey.

James, who can hardly see the flying figure through his tinted glasses, almost gets kicked in the head on the waiter’s last trip down. He looks at the girls around him and says, “I wish they’d have one of these girls with no panties do that instead of the guy.”

Toward the end of the night, Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis walks past James’ party and looks at the scene up and down several times like a painting in a museum, soaking in the images of the go-go dancers, the “King” sign and the costumed man delivering bottles of champagne.

Davis shakes his head and walks on.

James dances on the couch and sings along with the music blaring from speakers all around him.

The more you hang around James, the more you realize he’s still a child wrapped in a 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame. The night after the party at Tao, he and his crew walk through the casino at the Wynn and Encore and he pretends to dribble a basketball as he walks past ringing slot machines and tourists who do double-takes. In a Nike T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, James’ pantomime seems unconscious. He stops every few feet to shoot a jump shot, his right hand extended above his head on the follow through. He weaves through a pack of a dozen friends and pretends to connect on a layup as he walks past a gift shop. He passes overhead casino signs and jumps up and slaps them, pretending to dunk. Columns covered with advertisements for lounge acts become stationary defenders, chumps to fake out before connecting on imaginary mid-range jump shots.

James probably goes through a practice’s worth of shots as we walk from the XS nightclub at Encore (James left his poolside table when he saw the club was practically empty), through Wynn and over the bridge to the Palazzo.

Soon after arriving at Lavo, a restaurant and nightclub at the Palazzo, a scene straight out of “West Side Story” breaks out when James and Lamar Odom, seated at a nearby table, engage in an impromptu dance-off to California Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie.”

Odom, smoking a cigar, can’t quite keep up. James celebrates by crossing himself and taking a shot of Patron. Moments later, a handful of girls dressed as cheerleaders walk toward his table with someone dressed in James’ Heat uniform. Someone throws talcum powder in the air as James does before every game, while his new unofficial song, “I’m in Miami,” plays.

Odom casts a glance James’ way before looking in the opposite direction and raising his glass at a couple on the dance floor who point to their ring fingers and smile.

Back at his table, James and his crew sing every word to Rick Ross’ “Free Mason.” LeBron raps every line to former teammate Damon Jones (who played with him in Cleveland). Jones, puffing on a cigar, nods.

James rips out the lines:

“If I ever die, never let it be said I didn’t win/
Never, never say/
Never say legend didn’t go in/
I just wanna die on top of the world.”

While he looks at club-goers flashing the LA and Westside signs at him, James smiles and points to Jackson’s T-shirt, which reads, “Another Enemy,” and raises his glass of champagne.

Finally, Carter tells James it’s time to leave the club and they do, LeBron pretending to cross-over tables and shoot over slot machines all the way back to his room.

Go LAKERS!!!!!
We want another ring!!!

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KOBE?
Best friend Kobe yell at Machine every day, but Machine don't mind. When best friend Kobe say to Machine "you are an extremely annoying pest", Kobe really saying "I love Machine".

WHO DO YOU WISH YOU COULD'VE PLAYED AGAINST IN HIS PRIME?
Danny Ainge. Ainge game most similar to Machine, but Machine beat Ainge at his own game. Posted by: SASHA V. | July 30, 2010 at 04:35 PM

Sasha V, Machine, whatever, you are one extremely funny and talented dude!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!
MAMBA24

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DAMN!! Now my dramatic exit is completely ruined! So I'll just say Goodnight all have a Good Week End. Justa, remember, use those Powers only for Good. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility! NIGHT LAKER NATION!

The old Artest-Kobe interview is AWESOME!

Jon K - wow!! Thanks - much appreciated!!

*tear*

*sniff sniff*

While he looks at club-goers flashing the LA and Westside signs at him, James smiles and points to Jackson’s T-shirt, which reads, “Another Enemy,” and raises his glass of champagne. Finally, Carter tells James it’s time to leave the club and they do, LeBron pretending to cross-over tables and shoot over slot machines all the way back to his room.
Posted by: mti312 | July 30, 2010 at 04:38 PM
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This is the silliest, funniest, stupiest ISH I have ever read. And people say Mamba24 why you Hate on the King! This boy has a very ugly Soul and now that he has been unleashed all that repressed Evil ISH that he had inside is just billowing out. Damn this is a sight to see. It is almost tragic in it's own way. Once again I'm almost feeling sorry for Princess Jimmy...My daughter just slapped me so I'm OK now and back to my senses. LOL! OK I mean it this time. GOOD NIGHT LAKER NATION. Justa don't forget...Powers, Responsibity. And thats a Wrap!

Good Afternoon Laker Fam!!!! Shift change, so I can no longer post in the morning, and by the time I get around to reading the NUMEROUS posts, half my day is gone already.. LOL!

Anyway a couple of things:

*I see we have some "visitors" who apparently don't know what they're getting themselve into here... oh well too bad for them.

** By the way, were there any fans of the Heat before Wade???

*I posted sometime last week that Shaq deserved to have his jersey put up into the rafters citing his time with us in the first 3-Peat run, BUT now I am definitely retracting that statement especially since he's trying to join the MOST HATED OF ALL (Sorry Miami not looking at you this time.) Just the fact that he's groveling for them to pick him up is enough for me to change my tune... DOOM ON YOU QUACK!!!

*What irritates me about Sasha is when you would hear from teammates and coaches stating he's so "lights out" in practice... Great but why can't you be "lights out" during the game??? And why do certain players feel the need to ONLY try harder during contract years? Does this mean every year is a contract year for Kobe? I didn't think so...

*I'd rather have UPS, like one of the earlier bloggers stated he has shown that he is more a team player and keeps his ears open and his mouth shut and at least tries to make himself BETTER! Gimme that any day of the week and twice on Sundays!

*And despite how some of the Blog Fam here like to quabble with each other at times, I STILL LOVE YOU GUYS!! It's been said before and I'm gonna say it again... this is the BEST BLOG FOR THE BEST TEAM ON THE NET... YOU GET IT ALL HERE, intelligence, passion, humor, everything you can think of.

BOSTON SUCKS! THE HEAT SUCK!(they have King BJ , the "L" is silent people) SPURS SUCK! PHOENIX SUCK! Hell if the team doesn't say LAKERS then THEY SUCK TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU CANNOT DEFEAT OUR STOMP TO A 3-PEAT!!!

LAKERS BABY!!!

@ Mary B. the 13 year old Phenom

I guess Melo would look good in Yellow... LOL!

And despite how some of the Blog Fam here like to quabble with each other at times, I STILL LOVE YOU GUYS!! It's been said before and I'm gonna say it again... this is the BEST BLOG FOR THE BEST TEAM ON THE NET... YOU GET IT ALL HERE, intelligence, passion, humor, everything you can think of.

BOSTON SUCKS! THE HEAT SUCK!(they have King BJ , the "L" is silent people) SPURS SUCK! PHOENIX SUCK! Hell if the team doesn't say LAKERS then THEY SUCK TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CANNOT DEFEAT OUR STOMP TO A 3-PEAT!!! LAKERS BABY!!! Posted by: HalosAnt | July 30, 2010 at 04:53 PM
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Everybody else has been on Fire today so why the hell not HALOSANT ALSO!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!! Keep it coming. I'm punching out on the clock now. BYE YALL...

Fake to the face
Number 9 in Gold
Never flinched

Silence for the Champion
7th Game redemption
Thriller embraced

Keep your enemies closer
display oppressive defense
"Well, if ya can't beat 'em..."

Something to view
My humble haiku (bless you!)
Thanks

Posted by: HalosAnt | July 29, 2010 at 04:39 PM

PART 1 OF 4


Fellow Laker fans... Please tell me what you think?
Please be kind....of course itsa brain storm...
...or course i dont know ever cap rule!!


Id love to hear you ideas and comments....
I think Mitch has a few more big moves in him this summer (I hope) ...:)

Remember...The miami gang will only hang together if they win either ONE of the

next two. Otherwise Riley is gonna start loosen 'top' players who came lookin

for a ring. So we should go all out in these next 2 years to build a MONSTAR!! Go

Lakers!!


In my mind the biggest impact player player we could get would be
Mark Gasol.... (or any strong back up Center) . I think we should be willing to
give up several draft picks for Gasol (1st and second rounders). Its his last

year with his Memphis contract. And couple players and a couple picks. might pry

him loose..? If not we end up with a lesser 3rd string Center and some trade able

parts for mid season.

In my mind the end result of a series of trades should net us
another back up center (Mark Gasol!?) and ..if lucky...2 shooting guards (one

second string defensive/veteran (NBA), and one third string offensive/youth

(Europe?) ).

My reasoning is thus..... The more minute away from Bynum to give him a full

healthy season; the better. This 3rds string Center, in my opinion, does the most

good of any single move.
That 'Big Man" advantage is where we will win.

The other two SG guards acquired in many ways.

PART 2 OF 4


Variables to consider befroe the trading begins....

A.....To Consider: ...If Luke Walton can be considered ineligible for the season,

we
get 2/3rds of his salary back to replace him, and he is not counted against our
roster. This gives us about 3.7 million. This would help if possible.

B....To consider: Pick up Shannon as a PG to provide leadership to the 3rd string.

Tempo change, taco time, young guns...

C....Do we pick up the rookies? I hope we will take them both.

D....How many players to carry this year...I am in favor of carry 15 (and Luke on

IR). Gives us trading options, youth, and 3 complete strings. 1st string

(offense/experience), 2nd string (defensive veterans), and third string (young

guns). Gives us many looks, many options.

PART 3 OF 4

Trading begins...!!

1st Move...Make sure we don't lose Shannon.. (wait if possible, but move)

2nd move ..Trade Sasha to Timberwolves (with a pick?). For A Guard (Dante west?)

and/or a Center (2nd String). Or any other player that Memphis would want. At

this point, even if we dont get Mark, we are still better off with any good 2nd

string center than with Sasha.

This is especially true if we can pick up a shooting Guard in Europe with the

'Luke exemption'.

3rd move.. Players from Timber wolves to Memphis (with 2011 1st round and 2012

second round picks?! ) for Mark Gasol.


4th Move [One or more of the following till 2 need guards aquired.

..... Pick/player to Portland for Rudy...or...
....... Euro League Guard with exception from Luke...or...
....... Rookie with promise (extra rookies to training camp)
........ Mid season trade (hold extra 'trade able' players

5th Move ......Hold 15 on roster this season (13 plus the rookies).
......More options mid season when the mid season trade run
for play offs begins.

PART 4 OF 4

My own Comments about strategy...

1. I know Theo is now our current 2nd string....and he is great(keeper). But

another center and will suck up 18 minutes a game ...and Bynum is that much fresher

for the play offs. Plus BYNUMS value to the team, confidence, trade value, and 3

peat, all hinge on him being healthy (otherwise cant even trade him) . We need 3

Centers this season. We have our defensive/veteran, lets go and get some young legs

to suck up minutes.

Of course we want him to resign for us. If Mark Gasol resigns for a few
years..after this next year. That will be huge. If we cant get him this year we

should be patient and get him next year when his contract is over...

2. If this move only got us Mark it was worth it. These picks, next years

actually, are useless for the Lakers. A team forging a 3 year championship run,

that already has 2 rookies(if they sign) can not place more rookies on the team.

At least till these two pan out, or are traded.

At the risk of being redundant.... :)

The miami gang will only hang together if they win either ONE of the next two.
Otherwise Riley is gonna start loosen 'top' players who came lookin for a ring. So

we should go all out in these next 2 years to build a MONSTER!!

Joel Lawrence,


I'd love to see Marc Gasol in Purple and Gold, but I don't see that happening nor should it really be a priority.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Puddle..........That video was too funny!!I especially liked the Laker Fans at the end!!

HalosAnt,

In all honesty, Carmelo Anthony doesn't look good in Yellow (he would look like a Lakers Mascot out of place..lol) but his talent and skills is VERY good enough. Plus, Marc Gasol would be great to get him back as well.

While he looks at club-goers flashing the LA and Westside signs at him, James smiles and points to Jackson’s T-shirt, which reads, “Another Enemy,” and raises his glass of champagne.
=============================================

I'm glad LA fans in Vegas are not giving him love.

Every time Magic speaks on TNT I fricken cringe now. What happened?
Posted by: Jon K. | July 30, 2010 at 04:25 PM

So you're saying Magic is venturing to the Louis character in Jackie Brown territory? "What happened to you man? You used to be beautiful"

I think Magic is just pumping up the opposition so people won't call him a homer.

I think the lure, to Mark Gasol, to win a championship with his brother will be great. He is young enough that he can come here for a year or three..and still start elsewhere. He is a starter everywhere else...so i realize that might be what he wants. But he can get the rings first, and money second. How much would he pay for the memories of winning championships with his Pau? A lot im gonna guess...esp since he is young and can get the money later in his career.

However, i will accept any young Center (3rd string) for a one year contract to suck up minutes from Drew and Theo. Saving them for the playoffs.

My bigger question is...Everyone thinks we need a guard for perimeter shooting. That's good for us....but it will not make or break us. If Bynum goes down we are SO SCREWED. So the next move is a young gun 2nd string center to suck up minutes. Its worth both 2011 draft picks (esp if we keep both rookies).

Again...if we get a 'Luke IR exemption for this year we can find a great SG in Europe without loosing draft picks.

LRob,


"I think Magic is just pumping up the opposition so people won't call him a homer."


THAT's the problem.


The only people he should care about is Laker Nation. He's the face of the franchise AND he's co-owner! He should be a homer! He'd be a fool not to be.


He should care a lot more what Mamba24 thinks of him than Charles Barkley.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

So you're saying Magic is venturing to the Louis character in Jackie Brown territory? "What happened to you man? You used to be beautiful"

I think Magic is just pumping up the opposition so people won't call him a homer.

Posted by: LRob | July 30, 2010 at 05:17 PM
-----------------

Magic Johnson wasn't meant to go up there and speak all good nothing bad about the Lakers. He went there as an analyst and as much as he loves LA and the Lakers he has a job to do. Yes there were times he was wrong (like Lebron about being the best last year and picking the Cavaliers to win it all) but just on a pure analysis who could blame him? The Lakers in April were treading water, Kobe's knee was acting on him, some thought about how Bynum would perform in the playoffs, and that the Lakers got the Thunder who had blown the Lakers out earlier. He did an analysis and at the time it seemed that Cleveland would win it.

Of course things came out different with Lebron quitting on Cleveland and Kobe showing us why he is great when his knee was drained. Magic had to apologize to Kobe about best player in the league and the Lakers won their 16th title.

In any case as much as Magic can be irritating to hear on the air (he can be right but it's still irritating) his job is to analyze the game not call it the way we want him to.

Besides I would take him to call those important games over Mark Jackson/Jeff Van Gundy and ESPECIALLY Tom Heinsohn during the 1980's.

If BYNUM does go down this coming year (God forbid), if we secured Mark Gasol this year we can give him the starting job next year. Or platoon it like wewill this year with PG and Steve Blake and Fish.

I think 3 peat swings on BYNUM's health.

Next piece... young 3rd string Center from Timberwolves for Sasha and a pick. If we can trade up for a better Center after that (Gasol?) ...great...if not... a back up shooting guard (sasha or otherwise) will not deny us a 3 peat. BYNUM goes down with out a 3rd string...we will not 3 peat...and Bynum has little trade value next year. Miami will be off an rolling if they win first year.

We can get another Center with trade with Sasha (if possible)....Or...
With the IR excemption from Luke not being able to play in 2011...

3rd string Center is the next piece!!!

"The only people he should care about is Laker Nation. He's the face of the franchise AND he's co-owner! He should be a homer! He'd be a fool not to be."

Jon K.

Hearing Tom Heinsohn do CBS announcing with Dick Stockton just makes me glad that our Magic Johnson isn't being an idiotic homer whether he is on TNT or currently ESPN. Many Lakers' fan derided CBS for letting a damn Celtic homer ruin CBS broadcast for the 80's Finals. "Oh that's just a hard foul" when Rambis got clotheslined by McHale.....Heisonhn's blood pressure would be off the charts if it was McHale being clotheslined.

Thank goodness we had Chick Hearn who was very unbiased (Stu is the closest out of all the "team" announcers not to be biased while Joel Myers is an idiotic homer). I mean you have heard FSN Ohio's Sports announcers Jon K. when they did Cavaliers home games. Would you have liked Fred Mcleod, Dionne Miller, or Jeff Phelps doing national broadcasting? I highly doubt you would Jon K.

Magic is doing a good thing by calling it is how it is not embarrassing the Lakers franchise by being an idiotic homer on national tv that Tom Heinsohn was. It's bad enough we have Mark Jackson being a Kobe homer and Mike Tirico being a Lebron homer. It's better that non homer dudes be the ones who call it out how it is like Hubie Brown and Marv Albert (if we couldn't choose Lakers' announcers).

Right on, Blitz.

Magic could turn into a Jeff Van Dumdy or Jon (get the ball stolen or miss the layup) Barry and spew out narrow-minded parochial bull . . . Magic knows to be well-rounded and unbiased in his commentary. You dudes thinking that Magic says blundersome things on the air are looking through Laker-colored glasses.

P.S. Jon Barry gets my vote as worst NBA'er of all time.

Jon K another thing:

Magic Johnson owns like what 5% of the team? That doesn't make him a co-owner just a part owner at MOST.

@ KB Blitz,

Actually the term "co-owner" still applies. Even if he had only 1% he is still considered an owner.

Now if you want to get technical we can label him a "minority owner" (or "miniscule owner" LOL). Whichever sounds best to you...

You dudes thinking that Magic says blundersome things on the air are looking through Laker-colored glasses.

P.S. Jon Barry gets my vote as worst NBA'er of all time.

Posted by: Otis | July 30, 2010 at 05:43 PM
********************************************

Otis, I take offense with what you said...

I DON'T WEAR GLASSES!

I have Laker-colored contact lenses...

Regarding Mr. Showtime, my stance is this: I know he has a job to do BUT as a Laker Fan, hearing him talk up other teams and players not in a purple & gold uniform is like watching your wife on TV saying "Yeah, I love my husband but these other guys are so much Hotter and probably 'Do It' better than he can." So basically I'd rather Magic be considered a homer than an @$$ kissing traitor!

IMO

HalosAnt;

Good one. You got it - NP.

Bob Seeger>DFish

Jon K>Bob Seeger

Thank goodness we had Chick Hearn who was very unbiased (Stu is the closest out of all the "team" announcers not to be biased while Joel Myers is an idiotic homer). I mean you have heard FSN Ohio's Sports announcers Jon K. when they did Cavaliers home games. Would you have liked Fred Mcleod, Dionne Miller, or Jeff Phelps doing national broadcasting? I highly doubt you would Jon K.
Posted by: KB Blitz | July 30, 2010 at 05:39 PM

It's tough to watch & listen to those homer announcers. Of course, Heinsohn is still the worst. Fred McLeod and Austin Carr are just as bad in Cleveland, Scott Hasting in Denver and those guys in Portland are big time homers as well. Even though all of them are broadcasting primarily to their fan base it's still annoying. One of my favorites is Kevin Calabro. He used to Seattle's play by play and was doing a few ESPN games last year.

I've crossed paths with Magic a number of times, and the one thing he doesn't do well is "disingenuous." When he's talking about something he likes, he's fully engaged. When I see him being an analyst, it always seems to me that he's trying very hard to "read the script" - saying things that he doesn't really believe 100%. He's trying hard to come across well, but from the times I've spoken with him, actually talking about something he cares about... that ain't it.

My favorite quotes from Ron Ron's interview...

"I shut down Kevin Durant, the NBA's scoring leader. I shut down whoever I shut down in Utah; they didn't have any stars at the 3. I shut down Jason Richardson. Shut down Paul Pierce. Three years straight, Paul Pierce is shooting 40.8% against Ron Artest."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KOBE?
I thought you'd never ask. We'll be on the plane, playing cards. Kobe will walk up, stop the game and say, "Ron, come to the back of the plane." Then, he'll show me some tape and say, "Look at this. Here's what you need to do." I'll go back to my seat, and then he'll walk up to Shannon Brown, stop the card game and do the same thing. And it doesn't matter if you're sleeping. He'll wake you up and show you things you've never thought about. He puts so much time and passion into the game. I have no problem following somebody who's worth being followed, who works as hard as me. I will follow Kobe anywhere.

DO YOU STILL WANT TO PLAY FOR TEAM USA?
I want a gold medal so bad, I'd be the water boy. But they won't even let me try out! I've been trying to get on that team forever. Three years ago, I called Jerry Colangelo. He answered the phone. I said, "Hi, this is Ron Artest," and the dude hung up! At least let me try out. Give me a chance to represent the ghettos of America. Come on, Team USA! I don't have much time left.

You gotta love Ron Ron. He's going to give it to you straight.


The "Freedom" horn is about to blast, so I all the laker Fam and "others" fare-thee-well. Gonna have a busy weekend so i probably won't be checking back in 'til Mon... I respectfully ask all of you to keep these threads to UNDER 100 posts. (Do you know how long it takes to catch up especially over a missed weekend?!? LMAO!!!)

GOOD NIGHT AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

LAKERS BABY!!!!

Why are the grizzlies going to trade gasol to us? Doesn't make any sense. Lakers don't need anyone else. If bynum's healthy we're fine

Heinsohn - yeah, a big-time homer. How about Johnny Most? The all-time king homer.

Right, Lenyard. So - when are we getting Gasol from the Grizzlies?

Who says Bynum is better than Mark Gasol? Silly question? Maybe a toss-up at least, maybe more . . .

PART 1 of 2


I think the lure, to Mark Gasol, to win a championship with his brother will be

great. He is young enough that he can come here for a year or three..and still

start elsewhere. He is a starter everywhere else...so i realize that might be

what he wants. But he can get the rings first, and money second. How much would he

pay for the memories of winning championships with his Pau? A lot im gonna

guess...esp since he is young and can get the money later in his career.

However, i will accept any young Center (3rd string) for a one year contract to

suck up minutes from Drew and Theo. Saving them for the playoffs.

My bigger question is...Everyone thinks we need a guard for perimeter shooting.

That's good for us....but it will not make or break us. If Bynum goes down we are

SO SCREWED. So the next move is a young gun 2nd string center to suck up minutes.

Its worth both 2011 draft picks (esp if we keep both rookies).

Again...if we get a 'Luke IR exemption for this year we can find a great SG in

Europe without loosing draft picks.

PART 2 0F 2


If BYNUM does go down this coming year (God forbid), if we secured Mark Gasol this

year we can give him the starting job next year. Or platoon it like wewill this

year with PG and Steve Blake and Fish.

I think 3 peat swings on BYNUM's health.

Next piece... young 3rd string Center from Timberwolves for Sasha and a pick. If we

can trade up for a better Center after that (Gasol?) ...great...if not... a back up

shooting guard (sasha or otherwise) will not deny us a 3 peat. BYNUM goes down with

out a 3rd string...we will not 3 peat...and Bynum has little trade value next year.

Miami will be off an rolling if they win first year.

We can get another Center with trade with Sasha (if possible)....Or...
With the IR excemption from Luke not being able to play in 2011...

3rd string Center is the next piece!!!

PART 1 OF 4


Fellow Laker fans... Please tell me what you think?
Please be kind....of course itsa brain storm...
...or course i dont know ever cap rule!!


Id love to hear you ideas and comments....
I think Mitch has a few more big moves in him this summer (I hope) ...:)

Remember...The miami gang will only hang together if they win either ONE of the

next two. Otherwise Riley is gonna start loosen 'top' players who came lookin

for a ring. So we should go all out in these next 2 years to build a MONSTAR!! Go

Lakers!!


In my mind the biggest impact player player we could get would be
Mark Gasol.... (or any strong back up Center) . I think we should be willing to
give up several draft picks for Gasol (1st and second rounders). Its his last

year with his Memphis contract. And couple players and a couple picks. might pry

him loose..? If not we end up with a lesser 3rd string Center and some trade able

parts for mid season.

In my mind the end result of a series of trades should net us
another back up center (Mark Gasol!?) and ..if lucky...2 shooting guards (one

second string defensive/veteran (NBA), and one third string offensive/youth

(Europe?) ).

My reasoning is thus..... The more minute away from Bynum to give him a full

healthy season; the better. This 3rds string Center, in my opinion, does the most

good of any single move.
That 'Big Man" advantage is where we will win.

The other two SG guards acquired in many ways.

PART 2 OF 4


Variables to consider befroe the trading begins....

A.....To Consider: ...If Luke Walton can be considered ineligible for the season,

we
get 2/3rds of his salary back to replace him, and he is not counted against our
roster. This gives us about 3.7 million. This would help if possible.

B....To consider: Pick up Shannon as a PG to provide leadership to the 3rd string.

Tempo change, taco time, young guns...

C....Do we pick up the rookies? I hope we will take them both.

D....How many players to carry this year...I am in favor of carry 15 (and Luke on

IR). Gives us trading options, youth, and 3 complete strings. 1st string

(offense/experience), 2nd string (defensive veterans), and third string (young

guns). Gives us many looks, many options.

PART 3 OF 4

Trading begins...!!

1st Move...Make sure we don't lose Shannon.. (wait if possible, but move)

2nd move ..Trade Sasha to Timberwolves (with a pick?). For A Guard (Dante west?)

and/or a Center (2nd String). Or any other player that Memphis would want. At

this point, even if we dont get Mark, we are still better off with any good 2nd

string center than with Sasha.

This is especially true if we can pick up a shooting Guard in Europe with the

'Luke exemption'.

3rd move.. Players from Timber wolves to Memphis (with 2011 1st round and 2012

second round picks?! ) for Mark Gasol.


4th Move [One or more of the following till 2 need guards aquired.

..... Pick/player to Portland for Rudy...or...
....... Euro League Guard with exception from Luke...or...
....... Rookie with promise (extra rookies to training camp)
........ Mid season trade (hold extra 'trade able' players

5th Move ......Hold 15 on roster this season (13 plus the rookies).
......More options mid season when the mid season trade run
for play offs begins.

PART 4 OF 4

My own Comments about strategy...

1. I know Theo is now our current 2nd string....and he is great(keeper). But

another center and will suck up 18 minutes a game ...and Bynum is that much fresher

for the play offs. Plus BYNUMS value to the team, confidence, trade value, and 3

peat, all hinge on him being healthy (otherwise cant even trade him) . We need 3

Centers this season. We have our defensive/veteran, lets go and get some young legs

to suck up minutes.

Of course we want him to resign for us. If Mark Gasol resigns for a few
years..after this next year. That will be huge. If we cant get him this year we

should be patient and get him next year when his contract is over...

2. If this move only got us Mark it was worth it. These picks, next years

actually, are useless for the Lakers. A team forging a 3 year championship run,

that already has 2 rookies(if they sign) can not place more rookies on the team.

At least till these two pan out, or are traded.

At the risk of being redundant.... :)

The miami gang will only hang together if they win either ONE of the next two.
Otherwise Riley is gonna start loosen 'top' players who came lookin for a ring. So

we should go all out in these next 2 years to build a MONSTER!!

Go Lakers!!

KB Blitz,


Dude, sometimes you are annoyingly contrarian and you just argue for the sake of arguing.


Okay, your argument is TECHNICALLY correct; however, any fricken Lakeraholic worth his spit is going to be bothered by MAGIC FRICKEN JOHNSON talking up the Celtics and the Meat, OKAY?


Jeez.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Whats going on with you Laker Nation. I've been reading this blog for the longest time and i finaly decided to join. This my intro and im ready to roll. Glad to meet you all.

Now down to business:

Sasha/Shannon-it's a wash, both players have there strength"s and weaknesses but most of all they want to be Lakers. Either or it's a push.

We only can play 5 plkayers at a time:

Kobe
D-Fish
Ron-Ron
Pau
Drew

Sasha/Shannon
Steve Blake
Matt Barnes
Lamar
Ratliff

Not to mention the tall athletic Ariza look-a-like, Ebanks. Then we have the ultra-talented Big Man from UTEP, Caracter who might turn out to be one of the steals from the draft. I like his patience under pressure on the block, he has a litney of low post moves and a decent mid-range game. Luke is on the mend or whatever, I like him and his game so i wont trash him.

That would make 14 players on the roster depending on what we do about the Sasha/Shannon situation.

That's enough no more. These players have chemistry, Matt and Steve are the newbies to the rotation but I expect they'll fit in right away, there smart plkayer's. As we sprinkle in the rook's there's no room for trades or tinkering.

This roster is deep, smart, gritty, and tenascious and the cynergy between teamatesis where vit needs to be, great. Not to mention that we're the Champs!

All we need now is for our vet's to get there rest, our newbies to learn the offense, our rookies working hard getting ready for training camp, and us fans will be ready to shower our team with support.

This team is ready to go, and we as fans are ready to go.

Lakers then.........Lakers now...........Lakers for life...........

My introduction is now complete, I look forward to the LakerBlog back-and-forth banter...

I'm a "fricken Lakeraholic worth his spit" and I don't mind Magic talking up ANYBODY. Let me invoke the name of Chick Hearn when I speak of calling a bad play a bad play or a good one a good one - no matter who the team. Remember? Yes, you do. Who's the greatest? Chick, that's who. Why? See above.

@Jon K.:

KB1: Do you?


KB2: Yes.


KB1: I thought so.


KB2: Right.

------------------------

Funny. As. Hell!

--FEARless

@puddle:

That LBJ jersey video must be the most politically incorrect thing I've ever seen!

PERFECT!!!!

--FEARless

we are all machine !

Tone,

Welcome aboard. Your analysis are on point. You'll enjoy the board.

I'm a "fricken Lakeraholic worth his spit" and I don't mind Magic talking up ANYBODY. Let me invoke the name of Chick Hearn when I speak of calling a bad play a bad play or a good one a good one - no matter who the team. Remember? Yes, you do. Who's the greatest? Chick, that's who. Why? See above.
Posted by: Otis | July 30, 2010 at 08:29 PM

I agree Otis. I want any announcer to give it to me straight. If Kobe's shooting too much call him out. If Drew's or Lamar is not hustling let it be known. If Pau isn't playing physical enough speak the truth. I love the Lakers as much as anybody. On the spur of the moment I flew out to LA from Detroit in 2000 to go the Championship parade. But I also appreciate the talent of other players and recognize that the Lakers don't always have the best team or shouldn't be favored.

Right on, LRob!

Jon K>DFish

Jon K, you're a legend.

Artest, a Laker.

At least we should keep Sasha until Feb trade deadline. If he plays well backing up Kobe we keep him, but if not we could trade him for James Posey (packaging him with either Ebanks or Caracter.) Now, in case we lose Shannon Brown we could sign 3rd string quick PG, like Earl Boykins or Crittenton.

ToneBone24,

Welcome aboard!

Andrew Bynum would be an interesting self-interview. He seems to be the most overlooked starter on the team. Really though, he is rather fascinating. He was the youngest player to play in an NBA game, he stood up to Shaq at a very young age, and survived Kobe's wrath during the pre-Gasol era. He also was a student of the legendary Mr. Jabbar for a couple of years. I would also like to hear about how he has dealt with all the injuries through the years, as well as his adolscent days in New Jersey.

PART 1 of 2


I think the lure, to Mark Gasol, to win a championship with his brother will be

great. He is young enough that he can come here for a year or three..and still

start elsewhere. He is a starter everywhere else...so i realize that might be

what he wants. But he can get the rings first, and money second. How much would he

pay for the memories of winning championships with his Pau? A lot im gonna

guess...esp since he is young and can get the money later in his career.

However, i will accept any young Center (3rd string) for a one year contract to

suck up minutes from Drew and Theo. Saving them for the playoffs.

My bigger question is...Everyone thinks we need a guard for perimeter shooting.

That's good for us....but it will not make or break us. If Bynum goes down we are

SO SCREWED. So the next move is a young gun 2nd string center to suck up minutes.

Its worth both 2011 draft picks (esp if we keep both rookies).

Again...if we get a 'Luke IR exemption for this year we can find a great SG in

Europe without loosing draft picks.

PART 2 0F 2


If BYNUM does go down this coming year (God forbid), if we secured Mark Gasol this

year we can give him the starting job next year. Or platoon it like wewill this

year with PG and Steve Blake and Fish.

I think 3 peat swings on BYNUM's health.

Next piece... young 3rd string Center from Timberwolves for Sasha and a pick. If we

can trade up for a better Center after that (Gasol?) ...great...if not... a back up

shooting guard (sasha or otherwise) will not deny us a 3 peat. BYNUM goes down with

out a 3rd string...we will not 3 peat...and Bynum has little trade value next year.

Miami will be off an rolling if they win first year.

We can get another Center with trade with Sasha (if possible)....Or...
With the IR excemption from Luke not being able to play in 2011...

3rd string Center is the next piece!!!

Hey Joel L:

Once was enough, twice was redundant, three times was annoying and beyond that you are off the charts. What's up? Feel like no one can hear you? This is worse THAN WRITING IN ALL CAPS!!!!!!

We heard you, already. And, as many have pointed out on this blog over the last 5 years: trades are not made to only benefit one team. It takes 2 sides who have to perceive benefit. I would recommend you look at your trade scenarios from the perspective of the Griz, the Wolves, and whoever else you've got participating in your fantasy scenarios. Then you would see that NONE of those trades will be happening any time soon.

Let's be realistic here. The fact is that Ratliff was picked up as the "insurance" if Andrew can't go. As long as Caracter is picked up, there is no need for another 4 or 5. The need is still for an athletic shooter, above all else. Either Shannon or UPS or someone like a Rudy F (which, as desirable as he is, won't be happening).

Anyway, I do hope this is the last time we have to scroll through your 4 of 4 cut and paste jobs. It's really grating.

Correction: Sasha or UPS

At least we should keep Sasha until Feb trade deadline. If he plays well backing up Kobe we keep him, but if not we could trade him for James Posey (packaging him with either Ebanks or Caracter.) Now, in case we lose Shannon Brown we could sign 3rd string quick PG, like Earl Boykins or Crittenton.

Posted by: LakerPeace | July 30, 2010 at 09:29 PM
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Sort of with you on this, LakerPeace, but t some point in your reasoning I diverge. The front office has mortgaged the future for now enough already, I feel. While I am on the 4-or-5-Peat Wagon, at some point this marvelous run is going to end and we have to plan the next dynasty. Pau and Kobe and Lamar and Thriller will all be too old (not to mention D-Fish retiring to the bench as B-Shaw's assistant). At that point, what will be left? Barnes, Blake (and now Posey?) will all be too old, as well.

My point is that we have to begin filling in the next generation to follow. And that is where Ebanks and Caracter come in. They really have to be retained for the short term at least. Recall, Farmar was part of our "youth", along with Crittenton (who's gone) and Bynum. A year ago we gave Toney Douglas to the Knicks and he turned out to be quite ok. The second round pick was shipped overseas and (as is the case with most late 2nd-rounders), I doubt we will ever ask him back.

So, as much as we are looking to shore up the shooting this year, we can't keep giving away our top young guys. It's a difficult balancing act, I know, but teams cannot be completely built through trades and free agency, IMO.

ToneBone24 - Hey thanks for commenting and welcome aboard. Very good first post. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say. Welcome again.

MM

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KB Blitz, Jon K.: I can't resist piling on the biggest homer in the sports world Tom Heinsohn hehe...

I love when NBA TV Game Time cut to Celtic home games, televised by Comcast. Heinsohn is the color commentator on those games.

I remember a game around February of this year when the Celtics were playing. Game Time went to a live look sometime in the 2nd quarter. After a non-call of a timid foul on Ray Allen, Tom Heinsohn got steamed, claiming that the refs were ruining the game, that there is no way they could be NBA referee's, on and on he went until they cut to a commercial and back to the NBA Game Time studios. Studio host Rick Kamla was busting on him with Steve Smith in studio, they were laughing out loud.

Later on, they went back to the game in the second half, Rick Kamla gave a disclaimer about Heinsohn being a homer as they were going to the game. Well, right on cue, about 30 seconds into the live look, Pierce blocks a shot, and comes down on the opponents arm so a foul is called. Heinsohn again goes ballistic, even the Celtic play-by-play guy says it looks like the right call. Well, about a minute later Pierce is called for another foul and Heinsohn again goes off, continuing his rant about that game being ruined by the poor refereeing. He continues this for about a minute or two, just ranting and raving about the ref's and their poor calls. It was vintage Tommy.

By the time they get back to the NBA Studios, all that Rick Kamla can do is apologize to the viewers about Heinsohn, saying he gets very caught up in games and he loves his Celtics.

The Lakers haven't had much luck with network announcers, even Billy Cunningham, who replaced Heinsohn at Dick Stockton's side, had his history going against the Lakers as the Sixers coach. Nowadays, we've got the Mike Breen/Mark Jackson/Jeff Van Gundy crew working Finals games, and we all saw Van Gundy's bias in last years Finals.

Frankly, my favorite network announcer is Marv Albert, too bad Doug Collins is leaving for Philly. Oh well, hopefully they'll bring back the Albert/Fratello/Kerr crew, they were pretty funny.

Otis,


"Jon K, you're a legend"


I am not! I'm just a Lakeraholic!


Anyhow, man, nice to see you.


Bob Seagar sucks!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

CyberCosmiX,


I get yours and KB Blitz's point about the contrast between someone who actually awesome (like Chick Hearn) and a slack-jawed homer of the LeBroniac ilk. I get it, okay?


HOWEVER, Magic Fricken Johnson shouldn't be picking the Celtics to win. EVER! If that's how he honestly feels (and I don't know how that is possible), he should just be silent or say something political like, "Well, we've got two good teams here and we'll see how it turns out." SOMETHING like that.


I mean, what the hell? Really Magic? Really? I don't even own 5% of the Lakers and I'M fricken PASSIONATELY dedicated to the notion that the Lakers were going to win the Finals. Seriously, Magic, is being a talking head on ESPN THAT great a job? Aren't you better than that?


Guess what? Larry Bird is better than that. I said it. I said it. Okay. I said it. He wouldn't do that crap.


{Breathe, Jon. Breathe.}


Anyhow, in the world of competition, some things matter. Loyalty matters. Team matters. You just don't talk down your team because you care what people who really don't care about you think about you.


Urgh.


Magic Johnson MAY have been the Greatest player to have ever played the game, but James Worthy is a MUCH better commentator. He gets it.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

I would love to see Matt Barnes interviewing Lamar Odom (wearing Ron Ron's parade hat with the pink feather). Before the interview begins, Odom and Barnes awkwardly fist bump and then Lamar nonchalantly gives Barnes a shopping list of all the candy that Lamar wants to eat for the week . Barnes sneers. Interview over.

How about we trade AMMO for Marc Gasol and two of their draft picks? (Oh yeah, they have to take Luke too for good measure).

GOOOoooooOOOOO LAKERS !!!

t_sensei- thank you.

jon k- I agree, but I had one thought- Magic might have been trying to motivate the current Lakers. He has very high standards, and he might just have been trying to get their attention 'hey, some Lakers fans might get upset, but that's what I can do to contribute.'

or maybe the guys at ESPN slipped him a roofie. Who knows. He's not a great analyst anyway, but he is Magic Johnson. If he wants to drive my car through the front door of my house, drink all my beer, and give me a noogie, I would be honored, so I'm never going to reproach him.

IT IS STILL ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

LRon, Rick, and Mark,

Thanks for the salutations.


Lakers back when.........Lakers Now.........Lakers forever.......

Lakers should have a plan to get Carmelo Anthony for next year...... lure him in without sacrificing Bynum, Odom, or Artest.

But Sasha will do (lol... overpaid / high school baller), Luke will do (got lucky / way overpaid), brown (great attitude but expendable) ---- all 3 R expendable!!!

Joel Lawrence-

Ok I see your point but my friend u are posting too much about the same. If no one is responding to your post is because they don't agree or they don't like it. Leave it at that. If you want to be recognized on this blog you need to agree and go along, or come up w/ some crazy insult to the Lakers.

Other than that, stop continually posting your 4 part suggestions on every discussion forum.

I agree with most blog Gods on here; Magic should be pro Lakers since he likes to ride high on the Lakers Parade. But the time that he did choose the Lakers to win was in the 2008 Finals.

Hate to bring it up, but the Lakers lost to the Celtics. Like a fellow Blog member stated; maybe Magic gives the reverse jinx.

Still Laker fans should be happy that we are looked as the underdogs. That way we could rub every Laker hater and every doubter that we are champions. Specially to ESPN.

I wonder How much ESPN has lost when rooting againts the Lakers?

From all the 80's Laker players turned TV analyst; Michael Cooper is the one who screams and bleeds PURPLE AND GOLD.

I don't know why his jersey is not retired by now. That and why he is not in the hall of fame. He did the dirty work for Magic.

I don't see the Miami Heat making next years Finals. Everyone said that when Shaq was traded to the Heat in 04, that they were the favorites. The result was the Heat Losing to the Pistons. That season was 2005.

Yeah Miami did go on and win in 2006 againts the Mavericks. Like I once said; if a tree in the woods falls, does it make a sound?

Miami winning the title means nothing, since they went on to be swept by Chicago the next season. Common, the Mavs representing the West is a joke.
For the past decade it's been Lakers or Spurs. The title always goes through them.

If not the Lakers or the Spurs; the title goes though STERN.

 
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