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Caught in the Web: Details emerge regarding the Lakers' schedule

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--The Times' Broderick Turner reports the Lakers will host Boston on Jan. 30 and then visit the Celtics on Feb. 10. Turner also talks to Magic Johnson about playing a pick-up basketball game with President Obama.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports the Lakers will play the Miami Heat on March 10.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins gives the Lakers an "A" for their work this off-season, though he remains concerned about Andrew Bynum's knee.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky answers a few readers' questions.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus ranks the Lakers as the top team in the Pacific Division.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Steve Blake's 2003 pre-draft workout.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett breaks down how Kobe Bryant matches up against various defensive schemes.

Tweet of the Day: "I have been catching up with z's Rest is important too" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "On the one hand it's nice to have Shannon back. On the other, I wish we would have upgraded that position. The positives to Shannon's return is his experience with the Lakers' triangle offense. His athleticism and spectacular dunks. He has a motor that is always revving. Can play the one if necessary. As for the negatives: He is not a great shooter that can spread the court. Not a great ball handler or passer. The Lakers tend to lose too much offense, and teams make a run while he is on the floor. Not a player that will be a Laker for years to come. Best case scenario would have been to trade Sasha and not sign Brown, and obtain a player that is Sasha and Shannon in one." -- Laker J

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant holds the championship trophy during the Lakers' parade through downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

 
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MM,

Congrats on receiving the RCOTD.
You must know someone.

No matter your political views, here's a pretty cool pictorial slideshow of Obama's involvement with basketball.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/08/09/GA2010080904331.html?hpid=topnews

Someone,


"Best case scenario would have been to trade Sasha and not sign Brown, and obtain a player that is Sasha and Shannon in one."


And, ummm... who would that player be who was actually available and who we could afford? Are you suggesting that Mitch should have gone into his laboratory and created a new Mecha-UPS utilizing nanotechnology and gene splicing? While that idea sounds interesting, I'm not sure that has that level of advanced training, but it's worth a try, I guess.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

MM,Congrats on receiving the RCOTD. You must know someone.
Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | August 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!! Stop that Art!!

But mamba, did you see who won it?

Shannon is a known commodity to the coaching staff and other players. He's a great addition for the price and gives the Lakers the flexibility to trade Sasha later in the year for cap relief or for a player to plug a hole the team discovers as the season goes on.

But mamba, did you see who won it? Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | August 10, 2010 at 10:12 AM
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GOD#&*%$##@!!! Art I'm warning you, you re messin g with the Primal Forces of Nature. No one owns the RCOTD. It goes where it goes and if MM feels the need to stuff the ballot so to speak and award it to himself then so be it.
Even MM as great a man and Blog God as he is even he, Yes he,
needs a Hug now and then! You listening Justa Honey! ROFLMAO!! See Art, see what you made me do!! OH THE HUMANITY. Well The Hell with this ISH, if he can award himself the RCOTD then I shall have a roll call and every name it shall be mine Now, now, now!!!!
ROLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLL: MAMBA24, MAMBA24, MAMBA24, MAMBA24
MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24,MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMBA24, MAMAB24, MAMAB24,
WHO ARE WE? rotflmao!!!!!!!!

Art -

I saw that too, and your comment is HILARIOUS!

Guys haha my fault. Forgot to give credit to Laker J for the RCOTD

MM

Mamba,

Nice roll call for yourself.
You're messed up.
But don't change.

Nice roll call for yourself.You're messed up. But don't change. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | August 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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ONE WORD...JEALOUSY, ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!

Wes,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your BF. May God comfort and give you strength during this time loss. God bless.

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CONGRATS MM ON THE RCOTD - BANDWAGON
Reader Comment of the Day: "On the one hand it's nice to have Shannon back. On the other, I wish we would have upgraded that position. The positives to Shannon's return is his experience with the Lakers' triangle offense. His athleticism and spectacular dunks. He has a motor that is always revving. Can play the one if necessary. As for the negatives: He is not a great shooter that can spread the court. Not a great ball handler or passer. The Lakers tend to lose too much offense, and teams make a run while he is on the floor. Not a player that will be a Laker for years to come. Best case scenario would have been to trade Sasha and not sign Brown, and obtain a player that is Sasha and Shannon in one." --Mark Medina
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(01) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - OWNER - MM,Congrats on receiving the RCOTD. You must know someone.
(02) CALIPHILOSOPHER - DRIVER - Art - I saw that too, and your comment is HILARIOUS!
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - No one owns the RCOTD. It goes where it goes and if MM feels the need to stuff the ballot so to speak and award it to himself then so be it. Even MM as great a man and Blog God as he is even he, Yes he, needs a Hug now and then! You listening Justa Honey!

MM,

I know I brought this up yesterday, regarding Caracter and Ebanks, but I was under the impression after reading several sources, that Mitch Kupchak was in negotiations with the two rookie's agents. But you mentioned yesterday that the Lakers were going to wait until after training camp to make a decision. Which is it and why? I mean we're reading about other teams, including the Celtics today announcing the signing of their rookies, but the Lakers have yet to commit? I mean, Caracter and Ebanks have played just as well, if not better than Harangody(although he played well)of the Celtics and Lawai(SP)of Phoenix who have both been signed. Thanks for any further information on this.

Nemaia - Mitch said at the last press conference that was the plan to bring them in for training camp and then take it from there.

MM

Good Morning Blog!

I have a suggestion MM: Can we have a thread up to see how many comments we can have regarding how dumb JVG is? Im pretty sure it would beat our previous record!

MM - I'll give you as many hugs as you want if it will get me into the ASG in LA with you.

This is way too funny. http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/10/lebron-james-orthodox-jew-rabbi-pinto-new-york-business-guidance-spiritual-advisor-kaballah/ Posted by: Mark Medina | August 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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MM, I got to give it to you. That is some funny ISH!! LMAO!!

OMG MM - that is beyond funny!


WTH is the princess doing???


She done gone off her rocker....


MM - I'll give you as many hugs as you want if it will get me into the ASG in LA with you. Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 10, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Take me home Jesus!!!!!!!!!!

Well, that's at least more Kosher than Lebron's guy offering Vodka in some Voo Doo-like ceremony in Las Vegas.....

Mark Medina,


WHAT?!?!?!?!?


LeBron James paid six figures to have a 37 YEAR OLD RABBI WHO DOESN'T SPEAK ENGLISH to sit in on a business meeting on a yacht?


WHY?!?!?!?


I mean, this guy doesn't tip and walks into convenience stores in Ohio and takes food without paying leaving with "The King doesn't pay," but he pays 37 YEAR OLD RABBI (not a wise 65 year old rabbi, no, a 37 YEAR OLD RABBI) six figures (meaning between $100,000 and $999,999) to sit in on a meeting on a yacht?


Has he lost his mind?


He is TOTALLY going Howard Hughes.


By the way, what is a rabbi doing taking six figures to sit in on a business meeting? How is that holy?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

@ Jon K.,

...Howard Hughes?

BRUTAL. True.

DBDH!

Are you suggesting that Mitch should have gone into his laboratory and created a new Mecha-UPS utilizing nanotechnology and gene splicing? While that idea sounds interesting, I'm not sure that has that level of advanced training, but it's worth a try, I guess.

Posted by: Jon K. | August 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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Pssshh...of course not... HA!! Why would you use that...everyone knows nano technology is no where near being stable enough to use for something like that...

**Note to self...check basement lab for possible Jon K bugs and phone taps...

Jon K - I understand your sense of outrage. However, it won't change anything. Divine intervention is the only remedy. But that's a topic for another blog.


Meanwhile - do you people realize we have another month and a half to go before we get to watch the Lakers (live) again???? Another month and a half!!! This is ridiculous. ARRGGHHHH. I love me some TiVo... Still - it's just barely taking the edge off.

Of course, they must have been discussing how to conduct his business in an ethical manner.

As Rabbi Pinto doesn't speak English, that's why he and Labron were holding hands, so Labron could better interpret his instructions telepathically.

While in Las Vegas Labron also met with Criss Angel and this season will be displaying some fabulous feats. Reportedly one he has recently perfected is where he will be dribbling down the court and he will stop and put the ball behind his back and instantly the ball will go through the net without him even shooting it.

Interesting to read about Steve Blake's 2003 tryout stats. Does he have some of the same stuff for 2010-2011? I am really hoping the Derek and Steve together can strengthen the PG position for the season.

Anyone know what is going on with Luke Walton?

Well from now on I guess we'll be referring to Shraq as Tanya. I'm thinking she'll be BFF's with Paula, and get matching wheelchairs.

justanothermambafan,


"do you people realize we have another month and a half to go before we get to watch the Lakers (live) again????"


Even talking about it makes me twitch.


Onwards to the fake news cycle!!!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Maybe Snaq can get a custom-made SUPERMAN logo for the brand new 2011 Everest & Jennings XL2000 wheelchair along with some green spinning Sprewells. He's got to out-do PP somehow.

DBDH!

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WESJOENIXON - SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR BEST FRIEND OF 25 YEARS – BANDWAGON
To: CHUCK HEART, RIP BROTHER. (I don't know what this video is about, but the song is great): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhmQTROY59M
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(01) LROB - Sorry to hear about your loss. Sympathy and prayers to and the family of your friend.
(02) MAMBA24 - Wes my brother, my prayers are with you and the Family of your Best Friend.
Stay strong my Brother & may God be with all of you .
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - Wes - so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.
(04) #4 -
(05) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER -
(06) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - So sorry for your loss, Wes. I haven't lost a best friend, but I've lost a parent. When you lose someone so close to you it's a deep, heart wrenching loss. May you be filled with peace as you remember all the good times you had together. Missing them is part of the package and grief wells up at the weirdest times, but you will get through it. God bless you and I pray He binds up your heart and holds it close.
(07) EDWIN GUECO – Will say a prayer for your friend's soul Le WES.
(08) LAKERTOM – Condolences. One of life’s downsides is losing friends as you get older.
(09) HALOSANT – In most cases a best friend is considered closer than even a sibling, because you tend to be more open with them, sharing moments, secrets, desires & certain experiences that you hardly ever share with your own family members. So to lose one can be especially devestating. I can only imagine the feelings that you must be going through, and can only offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your friend's family. You definitely have been blessed to have someone that you considered a "best" friend for such a long time and remembering all the shared moments and whatever bond you held should help you get though this. Be Strong and know that here you will always have friends.
(10) POINT FORWARD – Sorry to hear of your loss Wes.
(11) LEWSTRS - Wes - my condolences for your loss...his memory will live on...
(12) JOHNNYV - @Wes, Sorry about the loss of your friend. I lost a close friend 3 years ago and it floored me. He was like a big brother/mentor, best friend all rolled up in one.
At his funeral, I found out that there were a number of people that felt that same way about him. You could literally feel the "Gaze of the King" when speaking to him. I miss him terribly.
I feel for you Wes, glad to hear you had a treasured friend. As much as it hurts to lose them, it is what we must endure when we love.
(13) NOAH - Wes.. so sorry man. When my bf Dave Halley died, we played this a lot...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyEvsH4_ySU
(14) DON’T BLAME DELL HARRIS - Wes - Carry on, bro. 25 years is a long time. Some of us don't even get 25 years of our own life, let alone a true friendship like the one you guys shared. Much respect...
(15) RICK FRIEDMAN - Good morning Wes, Sorry for the loss of your friend Chuck. Stay strong.
(16) MAGIC PHIL - I'm sorry to hear that wes lost his friend. Condolences, bro.
(17) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Wes, My sincerest condolences on the passing of your BF. May God comfort and give you strength during this time loss. God bless.
(18)LAKER LASS -
(19) JON K - I'm sorry about your friend. This must be a difficult time for you. It sucks that you have to go through this.
(20) L.M. - My condolences to Wes. sorry to hear such bad news.
(21) FATTY -
(22) utzworld THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER 0-
(23) ART-FL LAKERS FAN -
(24) EASTCOASTJESSIE -

Maybe Snaq can get a custom-made SUPERMAN logo for the brand new 2011 Everest & Jennings XL2000 wheelchair along with some green spinning Sprewells. He's got to out-do PP somehow. DBDH! Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | August 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!! STOP THIS ISH!! STOP IT I SAY!!

This is way too funny. http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/10/lebron-james-orthodox-jew-rabbi-pinto-new-york-business-guidance-spiritual-advisor-kaballah/

Posted by: Mark Medina | August 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!
I'M IN SHOCK!!
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I feel bad for him, he's totally out of this dimension...

This is way too funny. http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/10/lebron-james-orthodox-jew-rabbi-pinto-new-york-business-guidance-spiritual-advisor-kaballah/ Posted by: Mark Medina | August 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I'M IN SHOCK!! I feel bad for him, he's totally out of this dimension...Posted by: Magic Phil | August 10, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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I guess we can forget about that 73 win and 33 in a row season for Miami huh?

Magic Phil,


"I feel bad for him, he's totally out of this dimension..."


Don't feel bad for him... yet. The freefall has just begun. First the Las Vegas party...


Now the reliance on strange spiritual advisors...


Seriously, from Madonna to Liz Taylor to Michael Jackson to Howard Hughes... when they break out the strange spiritual advisor it's always a tell-tale sign that a celebrity has losts his/her bearings and is about to engage in downward spiral freefall.


Here it comes, baby.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Nemaia -

We will for sure sign Caracter - unless a great and supercheap big becomes available. Ebanks will probably depend on Luke's condition. If it looks like he'll need to take most of the year off, Ebanks will definitely be signed as well. There's no rush in signing either as we have their exclusive rights.

@HUMANOMALY, ON THE SEINFELD + 1000 POST

(1) LROB = 77
(2) HUMANOMALY = 68
Of course there is a rumour that there is a guy who has more than both of you combined by a wide margin but I won't embarass the chap.

Hey guys we got a new post up highlighting the Lakers' schedule

MM

{Begin Jon K.'s Wacky Observations About Things Which Will Generally Be Met With Incredulous Until You Actually Think About It And Discover That It Makes Good Sense}


The Big Hat Rule


You know a religious tradition has lost its way (to some degree) when they start breaking out the big, wacky hats for the clergy.


Why?


Vanity.


When the clergy (be it Catholicism, Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, whatever) start wearing these big, weird, non-practical hats as a part of their self-endornment/uniform, then you know that the religous organization has become self-aware of their importance and has begun developed a vain notion of self-importance and begun to present themself in a way that attracts attention to the clergy instead of the object of veneration that the faith is dedicated into the first place. It is a this time that the church becomes a distraction instead of a pure tool to bring the believer closer to their source of veneration.

[The funky ostentacious hat rule also holds true for outrageous costumes worn by televangelists, etc.]


Another rule is the Weird Spiritual Advisor Rule:


This means that the celebrity/person of pronounced wealth has become so isolated in their own little false reality that they feel a sense of being "lost" (which they are); however, since they can no longer relate to people who are centered, they gravitate towards eccentric/weird spiritual advisors (because they connect with their non-centeredness) who they believe have access to "secret" knowledge (because they're weird).


Unfortunately, this is a complete opportunity for charlatans to take advantage of their lack of centeredness--which they always invariably do, in part because they advice of "you need to get centered" will not be accepted by the narcissistic egos of these delusional celebrities. The only advice they will accept is "embrace your delusion" because that advice makes them feel safe... temporarily. But then they begin to feel the pull of their lack of centeredness, the drive for them to go to their guru to tell them everything is okay becomes even stronger... thus the opening for being manipulated by charlatans.


It was true for Rasputin and the Romanovs and its true today.


Reality is perception... until replaced by reality. LeBron's going to find that out.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

As of Now I will no longer refer to LeBron James as Princess Jimmy. Carry On!

Mamba24 -

Just for curiosity, how many posts did I have on the 1000 Post Marathon..

Yeah mamba, how about me, my finger tips were bruised.
Go ahead, make a list of the most frequent posts, check it twice, find out who was naughty or nice.

Jon K.,


Cloning has evolved beyond our understanding. It is possible to take two individual beings and create one. The results however, can be unpredictable.


Example: Michael Jordan + Terrel Owens = LeBron James


Similarly, I was hoping for the Lakers to create a Shannon Sasha type player.


More realistically here are some players that fit that category and are affordable. All of them are back up 2 guards, some can play SF. None of them are free agents so a trade would have been necessary:


Rudy Fernandez $1.25 Mil 8.1 ppg 36.8% 3 pt. Portland
Wayne Ellington $1.08 Mil 6.6 ppg 39.5% 3 pt. Minn.
Nick Young $2.63 Mil. 8.6 ppg 40.6% 3 pt. Washington
Kelenna Azubuike $3.37 Mil 13.9 ppg 37% 3 pt. Knicks
Mickael Pietrus $5.3 Mil 8.7 ppg 37.9% 3 pt. Orlando


Sasha V. $5.47 Mil 2.8 ppg 30.9% 3 pt.
Shannon B. $2.4 Mil 8.1 ppg 32.8% 3 pt.


Sasha and SB salaries comnined = $7.67 Mil.


Just a thought.



Mamba24 -Just for curiosity, how many posts did I have on the 1000 Post Marathon..Posted by: LEWSTRS | August 10, 2010 at 01:14 PM

Yeah mamba, how about me, my finger tips were bruised.
Go ahead, make a list of the most frequent posts, check it twice, find out who was naughty or nice. Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | August 10, 2010 at 01:43 PM
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Oh we have some real Funny guys here! I'll do it though. Get back to me tomorrow!

i hope we can get Fernandez from the BLAZERS....lets trade sasha for fernandez.....GO LAKERS

LakerJ,


I was kind of hoping we'd get Kelenna Azubuike, but I guess that didn't work out.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Kelenna will be a free agent next year...let's wait and see;)


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