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Steve Blake: 'I’m extremely excited to be coming here to the Lakers.'

The Lakers' newest acquisition, guard Steve Blake, spoke as if he had joined the two-time defending champions, which, in fact, he officially did.

Blake was effusive in his praise for the Lakers while he met with reporters Wednesday.

"I’m extremely excited to be coming here to the Lakers," he said. "As a player who wants to win and has won championships at every level except the NBA, I think this is the best place to be."

Blake, who signed a four-year, $16-million contract with the Lakers earlier this month, won a national championship at the University of Maryland in 2002. The 30-year-old said he was ready to play for the Lakers regardless of time or situation.

"I look forward to coming in here, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, and being productive," he said.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Blake would probably be a reserve, though it would be up to Coach Phil Jackson.

"We expect Derek [Fisher] in all likelihood to start and play big minutes, but Derek is soon to be 36, so we know we need a player in the backcourt to spell Derek in relief and also going forward," he said.

Blake has averaged 7.5 points and 4.3 assists a game while shooting 39.3% from three-point range in a seven-year career with Washington, Portland, Denver, Milwaukee and the Clippers.

Blake will wear jersey No. 5 with the Lakers; and he also won a USA Today national high-school championship while playing for Oak Hill (Va.) Academy in 1999.

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
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yay see this guys ready to play!!

good job MITCH and welcome HOME BLAKE!!! looking forward to our 3-peat baby... see he even mentioned he dosnt mind coming off the bench just as long as he plays for LAL wow speaks a lot to his character lol

GO LAKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

NOW SIGN TMAC MITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so blake shoots 39.3% from 3 point range and RAJA BELL SHOT 41.1%? and KOBE wants RAJA BELL so he can shoot 3's and defend??? i dont think so... let the defending to RON RON and EBANKSS and the scoring to KOBE AND BLAKE N FISH!!

I really like this pick up. He killed us from the 3 pt line whenever we played them. Welcome Steve Blake!!!

GO LAKERS!!!

Blake is a much better fit than Farmar for the triangle - and a better defender and 3 point shooter to boot. Now it seems like his personality will blend better with the rest of our team as well.

Oh and LA818 - for a newbie you have occasionally some decent ideas but you need to learn some respect for 7 year vet bloggers. You called out my grammar yesterday which is a joke because I actually wrote a book that's a best seller in my field and you had 3 grammatical mistakes in your own post (only 2 in your post today). So either don't get personal in areas you know nothing about or just STFU rookie.

Besides your idea of TMac as a Laker is absurd. Fortunately neither Mitch nor Kobe is dumb enough to have even considered it.

Longtime,

I posted this earlier.

Many so called 3 point shooters have gone cold or lost their ability to hit from the outside when they've put that Lakers jersey on.

Fisher, Sasha, space cadet, Ron, Farmar, could Bell be the next.

Posted by: Magia32 | July 14, 2010 at 09:05 AM

Guess I should add Blake's name after Bells as well.

Mitch Kupchak's Rise To Fame:

1. Pau Gasol - The deal that tilted the league...It has produced 3 straight Finals appearances...2 Rings...and sent the league into a race to match up with the Purple Reign...The Princess bolts to Miami...The FA Sweeps...and there is more to come...
2. Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown - Getting rid of Vlad and his contract was the reason for this...AMMO even though he didn't suit up for the finals, and was the butt of Jimmy Kimmel's joke, he was a great team mate, and I'm sure contributed in practice, and he got 2 rings out of it, his expiring contract was huge this summer...Shannon was a bonus surprise...Gave the fans some great highlight moments, we will see if he is resigned...
3. Ron Artest - The signing sent Laker Nation into confused emotions...Mitch looks like he had a crystal ball, for the Artest moved proved critical in the playoffs, especially game 7 of the Finals...
4. Lamar Odom - He resigned Lamar as insurance for Bynum and his history of injuries...Lamar is part of this core unit...Mitch saw it as a necessity...
5. Kobe Bryant - He resigned for 3 more years...He now has his core unit of Bryant, Artest, Bynum, Pau, and LO...Kobe will now retire a Laker...
6. Phil Jackson - The Zen Master will be back for 1 more year...Cmon everyone...there was no way we could defend our championship without PJ...Scott, Shaw, JVG...be serious...
7. Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter - It is getting more evident every day of the Summer League, that Mitch found 2 steals in the draft...What a great luxury of having talent like this to help his strapped budget in trying to fill a roster this year...
8. Steve Blake - I have a good feeling about this...everything about this move looks great...
9. Derek Fisher - Kobe needs his seafood...and Mitch delivers...no need to discuss The Bulldog's worth...Fish is now locked in with the core unit...

Still some work to do Mitch...But great job so far this summer...A couple more moves and our roster will be set...You have made the Lakers the team to beat...Let's give PJ a nice going away present with one of the best Lakers seasons in history...

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LAL818,
I dig your enthusiasm, but chill out on the insults when people disagree with you. Based on your interaction with fellow Laker fans, I'm guessing you are no more than 13 years old.

@ Jay Jay - apperantly you cant read and comprehand... i didnt call out your grammer and yes i do make a lot of grammer mistakes because im working at my job and im commenting on this blog really fast, so last post i think i mentioned that you should stop being an English major, when i said that i was talking about how you took a jab at me but did it in an indirect way... (if you wroet a best seller LMAOOO then you should be good at comprehanding) you might be a VET to this BLOG but apperantly your Basketball IQ is 0. i might be new to this blog but im sure i got more BBALL IQ than you will probably ever have... and i love how your getting butt hurt and all personal, it makes me feel good that im doing my job right... only women would get offended about something like this... and im glad your doing your job by checking my grammer, really appreciate that, what grade did i get???

yeah i know nothing about BBALl lmao ahaha your funny man who do you think you are?? Jerry Buss?? lmao

i dont think KOBE owns the TEAM and as far as mitch you can read the Bleacherreport on Mitch saying that he will sign TMAC him if he dosnt go to new york.. so STFU VET... cuz appreantly you dont know whay your talking about!!!

Magia - I guess we won't know until he plays, huh?

Longtime,

For sure (or FO SHO, like the kids say it these days).
I just hope that pattern breaks with Blake.

SURE WE CAN ALWAYS FIND FAULT.... if its not the right foot then oh must be the left foot...so one time we did not have Blake and everyone wanted him, now we have him so we get on the preachers podium and find faults...

it is a crazy world...

Longtime,

I posted this earlier.

Many so called 3 point shooters have gone cold or lost their ability to hit from the outside when they've put that Lakers jersey on.

Fisher, Sasha, space cadet, Ron, Farmar, could Bell be the next.

Posted by: Magia32 | July 14, 2010 at 09:05 AM

Guess I should add Blake's name after Bells as well.

Posted by: Magia32 | July 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Laker Priorities:

1. - Sign Raja.
2. - Sign a veteran big man.
3. - If, and only if, the first two priorities are met, than I would advocate taking a gamble on TMac. In the past 4 years, TMac has barely averaged 20 games a year. REPEAT - 20 games a year. Even the miraculous healing powers of Tim Grover could not help TMac. Kobe is getting older, and he will need a bench player to give him some rest. Raja can do that. TMac is too injury prone to be relied upon to give Kobe that much needed rest. If the Lakers signed the injury prone TMac instead of Raja, Kobe will be averaging 40 minutes a game. With Raja, Phil will have the luxury of limiting Kobe's minutes to 35 minutes a game.

I mean lets be serious here. Blaker, LO, and TMac. Now how the heck is the Heat bench gona stop dat! That is an A$$ whooping there! TMac can single handedly destroy the Heats bench! If our starters and the Heat starters cancel each other out, our bench would give us the Win. But for that we need TMac! He is the X-factor because like I said NO ONE! NO ONE! in the Heats bench can stop Tmac.

Put Sasha on the Tmac bus.

That is his best shot at getting minutes next season as tMaC will be in rehab more often than not.

LAL818,
I take back what I said about your age. Based on your immature, mean-spirited, and incomprehensible response to JJ, I'm guessing you are no more than 8 years old.

@LAKER TRUTH - all i said was that he took a jab at me in a inderect way thinking that his cool and i called him on it.. not a big deal, i dont get mad at people for disagreeing with, ill give my argument why i think that you might be wrong but thats all it is, a simple argument, cant a man be entitled to his opinion??? if you dont like signing TMAC thats fine im just talking about my own opinion and others who feel the same as me... such as mamba24, justa, i bleed p n g, so on... so were just have a discssion... not a big deal people lay off the doooby...

justa is femal guyssss, and she can take a joke, or even an argument how come all you are bashing on me now... have i seriously upset people that much??? i mean im sorry, i didnt know this blog was full of cry babies lmao seriously waht a trip this is... you got jay jay crying about how his better at blogging and knows more about baball then me and now its laker truth saying im insulting others??? come again?? well the last one i insulted jay jay cuz he did it to me first!! so im not gonna back down but so far i think ive been a good blogger!

Hey Guys !!!

Hope everyone is doing good - I have a question...and (this is for Kobe fanatics..the good ones and the not-so-good ones alike ) I would like to say in advance that I am not judging Kobe or saying what he should do....I love the guy too....just asking a question...

Kobe is making a good amount of money ..to say the least...and he sure deserves every bit of it....he has proven time and again that the Kobe-Lebron debate , aside of a difference in physical/athletic ability, rather pointless...There are a lot of things Lebron did in the weeks leading up to the "Decision" that can be deemed as being rather distasteful and displaying hubris..and rightly so...even though he made a decision that was his to make and can't be blamed for it...the way he carried it out certainly can't be justified if he wants to be considered a sportsman with integrity and not just someone who dreams of being a " billionare athlete".....

The three guys in Miami ,as I understand, left some money on the table...(although my understanding is amateurish at best and I could be missing a lot there is to see here.. the deals could be back-loaded..they could have gained leverage to make more money in lieu of the money they gave up.. they might have numerous ways figured out to compensate for it....etc)...

The Lakers have some money problems of their own....so...although it it not fair to expect athletes to accept less than what they can get....( more so because they often get screwed by lady luck with careers shortened due to injuries etc ) ...given the financial situation with the team...would it not make some sense for some of the players making the highest amount of money to give up a small part of their compensation so that the team can acquire a better player or two and bolster their ability to compete... ? I know LA is still the best team but it is not wise to underestimate legitimate threats and if there is something that can be done to improve our chances...it probably should be done....I just think that the negotiations would be a lot easier if a million here of there would be given up by players like Kobe/Pau..they can easily make up for it elsewhere.....Kobe ,in particular, has a drive to win that can't not be questioned by and could consider something like that....it could be more effective than things like Kobe just "meeting up with Raja Bell" apparently to convince him to join LA and accepting ~1.8 mill a year..or thereabouts...Bell would likely get a lot more in the open market...if Kobe and others don't want to settle for less....why should he ?? ( Not saying that we need or should get Bell..just giving an instance )

The flip side of this is that..when it comes to money...all bets are off...it is a judgment call...and people can't be expected to make any such kind of compromises...the players can say - "it is a damn business....and money is what everyone is mainly in it for.......it is the front-office's job to shell out what is necessary for a great team..."..they'd probably be right...

So..what does everyone think ???


Sorry about the long post for a simple question.. :)

Amit

One could also say..if the Laker's owners don't want to give up money..why should Kobe ??...So I am not blaming anyone.....just thinking...

Amit

If Bell joins Blake and Lakers it's a great upgrade. Who will the final Big be?. Kobe loves Josh, but a player with more C size would be ideal.

LAL818
Dude, really?

yeah im actually 6 years old lol but ive been a laker fan for 25 years! do the math... my mommy lets me comment on these blogs because she says its full of cry babies lmao


cmon guys stop it alrady i ROFLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!
my stomach is gonna explode!!!!!!!!!!

Blake spells relief! Great signing, look forward to an upgrade with the ability to comprehend the gameplan instead of seeking to showcase what he can do if given the starting gig type pg coming off the bench. Now.. reel in Raja, please sign Tmac for the minimum..and Kurt Thomas sounds like a great idea, not only as a heady vet, but a mentor for the equally undersized but hopefully gritty and heady character. If not Kurt, I suppose Brad Miller, although a defensive liability would be a good fit with his mid range jumper, and ability to make passes from the high post.

Guys,

I posted the audio interview in its entirety. Unless some news breaks from Mike Bresnahan's or Brad Turner's end, this post will be up for a good bit. I'm heading over to the ESPY's fairly soon to do some red carpet interviews hopefully with plenty of Laker players and will have that up later. I'll also have video of Blake's presser along with some analysis at some point tomorrow.

MM

@ billy in slo - what do you mean? i dont get it?


Mitch Sign T-Mac Suburban

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enjoy the game
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htj
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Don't Blame Del Harris!
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Magic Phil
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Mitch Sign Raja Bell Suburban

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Kobe Bryant
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LAKER TRUTH
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Here you go Nation...
Board a Suburban...and make your choice...
Just cut and paste and include your name...
I can wait to see how it all pans out, and what Mitch decides to do...

NO MATTER WHAT...LAKESHOW IS THE TEAM TO BEAT...#17 COMING UP!!!

Throw Farmar and Morrison under a bus, aside of Kwame, Morrison is the biggest bust of recent drafts. He would stink in a summer league even coming off the bench. By the way, what Kupchak is thinking? He's trying to rely on Ebanks who can't handle the ball, pass or shoot. Or Caracter who might beat NBA record for most fouls in 1 minute of play. I'd take Juwan Howard or Shaq any day over those two. Ebanks might need 2-3 years and then he might be as good as Trevor A. But, damn we need someone to rebound and block shots or Lakers gonna have the worst bench in the league.

Have fun MM!

Considering we traded Farmar for Blake - I expect a lot from him.

I know, I know... 80% of you are LOL at that one. Laugh it up. Seriously though, Farmar was solid with lots of upside. I need to see that this trade was worth it.

Lewstrs sneaking off the 'TMac Bus' and boards 'The No to TMac Bus 'with justa...sorry...lol

Posted by: LEWSTRS


LEWSTRS!!!! MY MAN!!!! Welcome aboard!!! WHO'S NEXT???!!!!


I have to add that even though I'm on the SAY NO TO TMAC bandwagon, I would gladly jump ship to the LET HIM TRY OUT, AND SEE WHAT COACH & KOBE THINK, AND THEN SIGN HIM IF THEY LIKE HIM BANDWAGON. Just so you know....

LAL - you're in trouble young man. Now go sit in your corner and don't come back until you think about what you've done and are ready to play nice.

LMAO!!!!


Tim-4...I'm not going to laugh at it, but I will say, your eyes will be open and pleasantly surprised quickly. He's tough, gritty, smart, and will not be out there with his own agenda(i.e. ignoring pau in the post to show he can dribble and pull up, or jacking up a 3 because his man just scored on him)

LOL - the newbie moron criticized my "grammer. " kid - u dont spel so gud

Listen pal - if you want to be accepted on this blog state your basketball opinions and keep your personal criticism of others to yourself. We have thrown better boys than you off this blog for personal mouthing off. BE WARNED.

PS - thanks Laker Truth - I may not always agree with all your takes on the Lakers, but I have always respected you. Something this punk kid needs to learn.

@ justa - yes ma'am :( (walking to the corner of the room) ... but serious can you belive what JAy Jay wrote...
can you read that and tell me its not funny lmao

@ AMIT...

1. NBA Collective Bargaining agreement FORBIDS players from "giving back" salary as you suggest. It is illegal... against the rules... big time No-No.

2. EVEN IF Kobe did such a thing, the Lakers would still be over the salary cap (even if Kobe gave back every penny of his $24 million!), thus it would not provide a penny more available to others.

@LAL818...

I have enjoyed your interactions during live chats. You seem to have a good B-Ball mind and passion for the Lakers, two traits we all love around here! I think we look forward to you being even MORE smart and passionate, while at the same time showing MORE respect to others. I know you can do it... I have felt your genuineness in the live chats.

Mike

LAL - I think your new handle may have people confused as to your identity.


OR you should post with your sarcasm font on.


Either way...!

Bring Back Shannon Suburban

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Purple & Gold Reign
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Double B
Magic Phil

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@JUSTA ...

No chat today... but wifey and I saying "Hi" to you here! lol

Mike

lewstrs - just fyi - I am PRO signing Bell because Kobe wants him. I am also PRO signing Shannon, but it's more of an emotional attachment to the kid rather than his mad skilz.

Holla LakerMike!!!

Holla Mrs. LakerMike!!!

What's the haps???!!!

LakerMike -

Thanks man. I didn't know about the second point you mentioned.Btw, I didn't mean that he should give back money now.It of course had to have happened before he signed the extension.

Amit

blake and the 2 draft picks are going to produce. bynum will go down with his usual midseason "glass knees" injury and lo will continue to be a "sugar candy crash" so those two draft picks are vital. blake will come off the bench but he will log more minutes than fish. we'll see how the "old man's" body will react with less playing time. be realistic: we got lucky this past championship in the sense we got boston - which i was hoping to get because they were the most "beatable." Orlando or Cleveland had the potential to kill us. That's reality and furthermore, Perkins doesn't go down, chances are we lose that game 7. The confernece is a little easier for the team but the playoffs will be tough and if we get out - and i think we will - we'll have our hands full again. For me, the real X-factor is Bynum. If he can remain healthy and continue to improve, then the team is unbeatable. LO wouldn't even matter anymore. THE X-FACTOR IS BYNUM... keep your "knees" crossed that he can hang out for an entire season at full strength. I'm dying to see this guy play a whole season firing on all cylinders. Kobe: GET IT INTO THE POST. YOU HAVE 2 HIGHLY CAPABLE 7 footers with mega high shooting percentages. Don't do like you did with Shaq... Throw it inside and make your job easier so you can last longer and have strength to do the spectacular when it's really needed. Your legacy is in place - now play some real team ball, it's fantastic!

LAL818

You do sound childish.

I have NEVER commented on someone's grammer in the 2 years I've been on here, but WOW you have horrible grammer.

Why anyone would want to read something that makes no sense and is well "unreadable"?

LAL818 -

I too enjoy your comments and the enthusiasm you bring to the blog. But on occasion you throw insults around to easily, seeming to belittling others opinions.

I think you mean it in fun, but sometimes it comes across as mean spirited. Just FYI

I'm really trying not to preach, because I've been guilty of the same thing in the past and have tried to change. Hey, none of us here walk on water except LTLF. (jk)

Looking forward to your comments in the future, you truly are an asset to this blog. IMO

I am PRO signing Bell because Kobe wants him. I am also PRO signing Shannon, but it's more of an emotional attachment to the kid rather than his mad skilz.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 14, 2010 at 01:34 PM

Same here...

I think this upsurge in TMacism is actually TMac himself trying to drum up a deal from the Lakers. Not only can he score 13 points in 35 seconds, he can post 13 comments in 35 seconds. Me, I don't care - I've been liking the FO moves lately, so whatever happens I'll be good.

I'm not really a GM, I just play one on television (oh, and I used to play poker with Jim Buss... so that's gotta count for something, huh?).

I am on the get Raja and get Tmac uconn denalis! they compliment each other, Raja for the remainder of the MLE, Tmac and a vet c both for the vet minimum is a quality 13 to roll with. I like SB's high flying, but bell would be the defender and shooter he isn't, while Tmac would be the versatile scorer he isn't.. so add me to the Bell suv and the Mac truck

Just want to remind everyone to vote for their ESPYs...

It is on tonight and I want the Lakers getting the best team award...

Remember Fish was there last a couple of years when Ray Allen said his dig "Looks like we win in LA again" and Fish was very upset and showed it...

Now hopefully, Fish is up on the stage this year, when the Lakers get the award...

When........and or is kobe going to have finger surgery. He surely isn't going to play with fancy duct tape on his finger again. Is he?

Jay Jay:

yeah, LAL818 regarding your very poor English, you are sending a wrong message to kids who read this blog suggesting that one does not have to go school because people like you can still post on this blog until good LAL8181 called you out. You should have gone to school... hahahahahah..

LOL - the newbie moron criticized my "grammer. " kid - u dont spel so gud

Listen pal - if you want to be accepted on this blog state your basketball opinions and keep your personal criticism of others to yourself. We have thrown better boys than you off this blog for personal mouthing off. BE WARNED.

PS - thanks Laker Truth - I may not always agree with all your takes on the Lakers, but I have always respected you. Something this punk kid needs to learn.

Posted by: Jay Jay

yenlard -

Kobe's finger is damaged permantely...It is arthritic, with major scar tissue on the knuckle...He will be consulting specialists to see if surgery will help, but the first diagnosis is that it will be something he just will have to deal with...

LAL818, I probably should stay out of it, I have 5 kids from 14 to 32 and I love technology, and I even abbreviate and use acronyms on occasion but I think we all make assumptions right or wrong based on style and grammar and it appears you are one of those immature, disrespectful punk kids who do not show your elders proper respect. So my "Dude, really" was alluding to the perception that you can't be taken seriously even if your argument is compelling due to the aforementioned grammar etc.
But hey, I enjoy your opinion and comments soooo....never mind.

Hey Terrel Owens still has no team...Should we do a sign TO bandwagon...

LMAO

Jay Jay:

Next time you write proper queens english, understood, not understanding and writing bad engliss is not good fodder for mind but for blog cow LAL818, my english perfect not all time but same time as yesterday bygone era..when i write pure i do great. got it..now go learn english grass hopper

BLöG CЯüE
I'll be in Papa, Hungary from late August to early October working/hanging/converting them to Lakers fans.

Tim-4-Show- I'll be in Denver for 5 days in Nov- watch a game?

Cölöradö löves öür Wörld Champiön Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

more thoughts or so...

as far as McGrady goes, okay, maybe the chemistry would not be an issue, and maybe even a positive one---and okay, curses and the loser label can always be reversed...

but the injury prone history thing is real and indesputable---and while yes, he could be miraculously healed and actually play more than a quater of the season---I highly doubt it---

but if he were indeed signed to the Lakers I would be rooting hard for him to be effective and to be a great signing...and maybe we get extrememly lucky...

it just seems a lot of pro McGrady bandwagoners are thinking of the old McGrady etc.

but my gut still says to stay on the NO bandwagon...

if the Lakers don't land Bell (and yea I have never been able to stand him either, but do think he would be great for the Lakers, as hard as it will be to accept him wearing the purple and gold etc., if Kobe wants him, that's speaks volumes I think) then I would like them to go after another Kobe nemisis in Matt Barnes...

As far as Blake---he was the available point guard I definitly wanted the most and think he will be the perfect guy for us this year and beyond---great signing, and again Kobe approved...

anyway, this next week is going to be nothing short of interesting---build it Mitch and we will come (as ever)...

GO LAKERS !!!

@ LakerMike - thank you sir for being on my side on this one, i think you probably are the VET of this blog seeing how you can recognize talent when you see it lol... i do have respect for everyone here... i mean can someone please tell me who got insulted by me so far on any comment i made?? besides Jay Jay since he thinks he got hurt by me lol

Mike i actually used to be on here reading all your posts but couldnt comment since my work comp was blocking sites to yahoo mail and gmail so i wouldnt log in... but now they turned that off and im on here commenting... so i actually have been reading this blog ever since last years championship but never commented cuz i couldnt at work..


@justa - handle? as in they way i handle the situation?

respect for 7 year vet bloggers.


NOW what does 7 years have to do with poor written english skills? hahahaha

Get LAL818 out of here 1985 Geo Metro convertible:

(I can't make that cool little vehicle thingy)

1. DBDH!

With all the medical advances available today there must be something that can be done with his finger. I mean people are getting face transplants.

Hugo... let's do it. Let me know the dates so that I don't schedule any out of town stuff

Floyd, great points on the Tmac injury history. The vet minimum reduces the risk IMO, so it is why I say it would be a wise gamble. The old Tmac is a thing of the past, I understand that, but his value as a creator who doesn't need someone else to get him a shot can't be understated when talking of resting Kobe. I like Barnes also, but him and Bell are an either/or to me, as both can't create for themselves. We need a perimeter guy who can get his own shots when Kobe is out of the game so that it won't be so easy to collapse the paint and bog the offense down. Tmac isn't the only solution, just seems to be the cheapest, and the guy is willing to accept that role.

Hugo Boss, man of international intrigue, off to save the world again.

Do you work for the CIA or some secret agency? Its okay, you can tell us. Your secret is safe with us.

I know you don't drink much beer, but when you do, is it Dos Equis?

Fatty - Who is sooo jealous of Hugo's Lakers jersey collection. The whole family has several, including the dogs....

I think that the Lakers will still need a big to fill out their roster. Rasho Nesterovic works for me if he can be had cheap. Rasho is still 7'0" and 255 lbs. He has always been a low maintenance type of system player. He has great experience with the Spurs. He's a good one on one defender. He's good insurance against injury at the 4 or 5 position. He has a nice midrange jumper. He's very sound fundamentally and rebounds well. Don't know what his price range is, but he would be a nice fit on this squad, IMO, if the price is right.

Hey Lewstrs ..........Thanks for putting me on the SIGN Raja Bell CARAVAN. I really think he's a BAD AZZ that can help us!! Hope Kobe can get him to sign with us,to be honest, I wish we could get TMac too. Cmon Buss we need them both!

@63 FOOTER… “I used to play poker with Jim Buss... so that's gotta count for something, huh?)”
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Are you serious? Any insights from someone who actually knows or knew Jim Buss would be great insider info for us bloggers. I find Jim to be a fascinating subject who apparently was the main supporter of both drafting Andrew Bynum and “trading” for Ron Artest. Please inform and educate us with your insider experiences.
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TOM

LEWSTRS- Bro hold up, you can't be that weak in the knee's man, Swayed by Justa's Smile and BIG HIPS. SADDD MANNN.

Grammar can be fixed. Stupidity can't.

Mitch Sign T-Mac Suburban

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L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) # 4
(05) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(06) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(07) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(08) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(09) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(10) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(11) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(12) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(13) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(14) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(15) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(16) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(17) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(18) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(19) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(20) TOBY
(21) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS
(22) RUI GUERRA
(23) KEIFO
(24) WESJOENIXON
(25) BRONXLAKERFAN – BRONX DIV.
(26) SANTA ROSA LAKER
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
(28) DANO
(29 ) ALFREEZY24(SHERIFF WOODY)
(30) SEGEBOY - THE SHERIFF

LT - back in high school (where Kiki Vandeweghe was a year ahead and I had to guard him in pickup games, and Jerry West's oldest was a year behind - I guess that dates me), so I'm not sure how current my insights would be. Jim was a real nice guy, so-so poker player who could hold his own, but mostly was there to "hang." If I had been smart,I probably shoulda bet him a percentage of his Lakers' holdings....

LAL818
Mamba24
enjoy the game
D(erek)J(eter)
Tim-4-Show
Bharath Venkat
htj
"I Bleed Purple and Gold"
Nemaia Faletogo

This Crue has a VERY HIGH BasketBall IQ, T-MAC is a NO BRAINER, wake up PEOPLE.

It's one of those toxic blog days today, eh? One would think the excitement of Blake's press conference would have brought us together, but instead T-Mac (and bad grammar?) tore us apart. Quel dommage!

I'm a noob on this blog and have been reading it for awhile, but only occasionally post. I like this blog because it's one of the few that don't have slurs and hatred thrown at other bloggers. It's also not immature like many other blogs, and bloggers seem educated and very harmonious. It sucks, then, to see people descend to the level of youtube comments, etc. Keep it clean lol.

63 footer -

I thoroughly enjoy when you post and think you should do so more often!

Puddle - nice of you to say, but I'm just so busy most of the time - but I always try to keep up on my reading, as y'all are major fun, AND good Laker fans. Quel fromage...

Raja Bell - absolutely. Lakers are going to need to throw waves of defenders at Lebron "wasn't up to the challenge and took the easy way out" James.

T-Mac - didn't here about that one. Anything is possible though, just remember the Bill Walton miracle year of health in 1986. Of course things went back to normal after that but one healthy season out of T-Mac might seal a 3-peat.

Raja Bell - absolutely. Lakers are going to need to throw waves of defenders at Lebron "wasn't up to the challenge and took the easy way out" James.

T-Mac - didn't here about that one. Anything is possible though, just remember the Bill Walton miracle year of health in 1986. Of course things went back to normal after that but one healthy season out of T-Mac might seal a 3-peat.

This is from the CBA explaining how a team is reimbursed and saves on lux penalty tax, when a player is signed to the Vet. Min.
(So signing a vet like T Mac to the Vet Min. will not cost a team the entire amount.)

"When a player has been in the NBA for three or more seasons, and is playing under a one-year, ten-day or rest-of-season contract, the league actually reimburses the team for part of his salary - any amount above the minimum salary level for a two-year veteran. For example, in 2005-06 the minimum salary for a two-year veteran is $719,373, so for a ten-year veteran, with a minimum salary of $1,138,500, the league would reimburse the team $419,127. Only the two-year minimum salary is included in the team salary, not the player's full salary. They do this so teams won't shy away from signing older veterans simply because they are more expensive when filling out their last few roster spots. "

Fatty- Air Force my friend. Wait till I post a youtube video on all of my Lakers jerseys. Coming soon to a youtube box near you. I'll keep you posted.

Tim-4-Show- 14-18 Nov. Do you like how I invited myself again?

Cölöradö löves öür Wörld Champiön Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A fly in the ointment of the Raja Bell pursuit may be San Antonio's involvement. If the Spurs are interested in Bell, they may have the inside track. Tim Duncan and Raja are both from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. I know, because I was born there too. I've met them both down there. That connection may be enough to sway Raja's thinking.

Blaker....I love it.... now it is time to get.... Raja/TMAC/ Kurt Thomas/and nobody in the league will be able to withstand the Laker depth and experience.....Lets go out and steal Tmac away from Miami....he knows this is where he wants to be (as per his twitter)....and this is where he should be to win his first championship.

Looks like Mamba24 is in playoff mode...

The whole clan is lobbying for T-Mac...lol

If Kobe is in Vegas to talk to Bell, that means he won't be in the ESPYs tonight...

I'm sure he will win Most Clutch Player...and probably more...

What if he shows up and Bell is with him...

SEGEBOY- Keep it going, my main man slipped out the back door, for a pretty Smile and wide HIPS.

Christina - check out # 6.

raiderlaker1980,

Yes I appreciate your points as well, and i agree to some extent, it is indeed a low risk to possible high reward, and that's what makes the signing look good...

but my gut (and my gut has been wrong before, for sure) just tells me that we would end up with him in a suit at the end of the bench... purely based on history

and like I said, if we did sign him, I sure would be pulling for him to be that killer piece, which is highly possible...history doesn't always repeate itself...

and yes Barnes or Bell, about the same either or...

maybe another question we should be voting on is Shannon Brown or McGrady if we have a choice (and this being after we sign either Bell or Barnes or whoever)and the money thing is workable...

GO LAKERS !!!

2Phatt - you'd better ixnay on the wide ipsnay. The sherrif (segeboy) is a personal friend of mine. :)

Fatty,

So you're telling me TMac is on sale and comes with a rebate?

Even if this toy breaks mid season, what have you truly lost?

@63 FOOTER… Thanks for your reply. Sounds like an interesting high school experience. Glad you survived. Too bad you didn’t go “all in” against Jim and hold some markers worth at least a season ticket or two. Anyway, glad to have another die-hard Lakers fan posting on this blog. Looking forward to your posts.
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TOM

LAKERS ROTATION IS SET….
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All the posts about whom to add as our 9th thru 13th players really are like moot court since our basic 8-man rotation is already set. Kobe, Fish, Drew, Pau, and Ron start. Lamar, Steve, and Sasha come in for Fish, Ron, and either Pau or Drew, with Kobe moving to the 3. Since Drew, Pau, and Lamar cover all the minutes at the 4 and 5, the only remaining few minutes are at the 3 backing up Ron, which either Luke or Ebanks will likely get. That means that the 9th thru 13th players will play about as much as Sasha, Mbenga, Powell, and Morrison got last year, which is basically just garbage time, although this year there may be more of that for them to share.
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TOM

Justa, In my mind I picture you like Hally and vanessa William to the 10th power. Beauitful smile and WIDE HIPS, VERY HIGH BB knowledge( this i know is true) can I DREAM?

Must be a slow news day - people are arguing about spelling & grammar? LOL!


So - how about this Steve Blake guy?


2Phatt - well aside from the fact that I'm white and don't have wide hips, the rest is pretty much spot on! So - what the heck - dream on my friend!

Ooooh the comments are flyin' today!


Lots of back and forth on T-Mac, less so on Raja. Kobe reaches out to Raja and the Blog is still obssessed with T-Mac. Or LAL818, depending on who you read.


@LAL818


Since you seem to be one of the bigger proponents of acquiring T-Mac, what makes you think he'd be a better fit over Bell? Like hobbitmage I'ma bit ambivalent to which we sign (if we actually get either one) and am more interested by the what factors into our collevtive decision making process on this one.


I'm thinking whichever one we get won't be playing much more than 15-20 minutes/game (unless Phil cuts WAY back on Kobe's minutes), so he won't be much of an impact player. Blake will get Farmar's (and a bit more of Fish's minutes in the regular season) and Sasha can be either a 3rd PG or a 3rd SG off the bench. If Walton is hurt or ineffective, do you trust an older, less explosive Mc Grady to guard the PP, LBJ, or Captain Jack's of the NBA and take some time at the three?


Likewise, if Ron struggles in the offense again, Sasha stays streaky and we don't get as much production out of Blake with his limited minutes, who do we turn to when Kobe and Gasol are on the bench? Blake and Fish don't make very good plays around the rim, traditionally. With Farmar and Brown gone, who provides creativity off the dribble, especially for the bench? Lamar can, but also might just hang around the 3 point line for a few possessions.


I just think it's an interesting question. It would be less so if both players were similar (Raja Bell and Tony Allen, for instance), but since both address serious bench needs in different ways, it's been fun mulling it over.

Fatty, So is it possible to sign both Bell and Tmac and a vet Big even with Luke and Sashas contract????

Just saw Shaun Livingston signed a two year deal with the Charlotte Bobcats for $7 million.

Sorry Jon K.......

thanks for everyone else thats on my side...

Just in - Kobe wins the ESPY for Best NBA Player...and no, he will not be attendance, but in Vegas with Raja...at the Bellagio, someone posted earlier...

Cristina - it's ok. Your dad is one of my favorite bloggers and best blog buds. All is well.

lewstrs - as long as the marinara still isn't flying...

Mitch Sign T-Mac Suburban

====------ === ------===
/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll- - -SIGN Tracy McGrady ------]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) # 4
(05) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(06) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(07) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(08) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(09) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(10) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(11) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(12) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(13) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(14) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(15) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(16) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(17) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(18) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(19) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(20) TOBY
(21) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS
(22) RUI GUERRA
(23) KEIFO
(24) WESJOENIXON
(25) BRONXLAKERFAN – BRONX DIV.
(26) SANTA ROSA LAKER
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
(28) DANO
(29 ) ALFREEZY24(SHERIFF WOODY)
(30) SEGEBOY - THE SHERIFF

DMAN RRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

to all the poeple i respect which is everyone on here except JAY JAY and Billy smthing...

sorry for the bad language, im a nice person its just what those 2 had said really got on my last nerve, since im the one saying in a nice way and laughing about it and these guys just continue to talk trash to me... so i had to defend myself but once again pardon the language, i never said such a thing on here before but will try not to do it again.

LAL818,

>>> so far i think ive been a good bloggerd

Really? Hahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahaaha ROFLMAO

NOT!

 
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