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Which Laker would you want at your Fourth of July barbecue?

July 4, 2010 | 12:28 pm

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! It's a day to remember those who have made sacrifices in the name of freedom, and many of us will celebrate with barbecues, trips to the beach, bar crawls and, of course, fireworks.

That got me thinking: Which Laker would you want at your Independence Day barbecue?

Mind you, this isn't a question to assess which player is the most popular, but more about whose personality would make your fete even more enjoyable.

Kobe Bryant probably would let loose a bit since the Lakers' championship win -- just don't challenge him to beach volleyball or a sandcastle-building contest. His competitive instincts will probably take over.

Ron Artest probably would have the most fun and bring all the fireworks, but don't let him light the match.

Derek Fisher probably would make an eloquent speech about what Independence Day should mean to us.

Lamar Odom probably would help give the party a chill vibe.

What's your take? Who would you want at your barbecue and why? Here's hoping everyone has a fun -- and safe -- holiday as we celebrate our nation's birthday!

-- Mark Medina

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