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Caught in the Web: Team USA victorious over Spain

Check out highlights in the video below of Team USA's 86-85 victory Sunday over Spain.

-- TrueHoop's Kevin Arnovitz observes that the "Lakers have assumed a posture of professional incumbency."

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports that Ron Artest has switched numbers from 37 to 15.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer argues that Dwyane Wade is a better shooting guard than Kobe Bryant.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders how the Lakers would do without Kobe Bryant for the whole season.

-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan credits Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone for Team USA's win.

-- NBA.com's John Schuhmann has news and notes on USA's victory.

In the video below, Lakers forward Pau Gasol shares what his offseason has entailed.

-- Fox Sports West's Matt Smith looks at Lamar Odom's role with Team USA.

-- The New York Times' Pete Thamel looks more at Boeheim's zone.

-- But the Game Is On's Mark Travis breaks down what makes Gasol an effective passer.

-- Forum Blue & Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down Bryant's fundamentals.

Tweet of the Day: "Not much Lakers news going on these days, but here's a reminder that Monday, Aug. 23, is Kobe Bryant's 32nd birthday." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The big discussion today in the off season is whether or not Shaq's jersey should be retired by the Lakers. I believe that it will be, eventually but i say that grudgingly. From a professional point of view, actual performance on the court, Shaq's deserves to have his number retired and probably will. but from an emotional standpoint and as a die-hard Lakers fan, I have my reservations. getting your jersey retired at the Staples Center is more difficult than getting into the Hall of Fame. That is a minimum requirement. First of all, Shaq only played 7 years with the Lakers, so by the time he finishes his career, he would have played more seasons with other teams than the Lakers including 5 with Orlando alone. Also, i might be wrong, but i believe that every laker up on the rafters, retired as a Laker even if some of them started at another team. In either case, every single one of those players are totally identified as a Laker legend and many of them stayed with the laker organisation after retirement. Jerry West (long time legendary laker GM), Worthy (K-Cal 9), Magic (part owner), Kareem (coach to bynum). all of them with the exception of Wilt Chamberlain played at least a decade with the Lakers. Wilt the exception is still totally identified as a Laker player and he is responsible for the Lakers' first championship in Los Angeles. Kareem (14 seasons), Magic, West, Worthy, their whole careers. Shaq's 7 years is kind of weak in comparison. now, my emotional reasons. Shaq has disrepected the laker organization during his time here and after he left. His departure was nasty. not only his feud with kobe, but also his feud with Jerry Buss." -- crystal

-- Mark Medina

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Gail Goodrich did not retire as a Laker. He was traded to NO Jazz for draft pick that became Magic Johnson.

It was fun to watch. Hope next time don´t make so many offensive mistakes, that cost us the game in the first half.

Calderon is out for the World champ. He got a broken biceps in on his legs, no less than 4 weeks to recover. A great loss for my team. He´s gonna be replaced by Raul Lopez, thought I'm not completely sure.

Can´t wait for rematch in Turkey!

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Good morning mamba24 and blog crue.
After a weekend at legoland, I'm still recovering from all the nightmare a park can be.
I noticed that the Lakers have 7 numbers retired, while the leprechauns have 21! We should retire Fish's jersey too, why not?

MAMBA24, always a sure fire cure for the crusty-eyed, rubber-legged, neck-popping, knuckle-cracking, bad breath having, drag yo' butt to work Monday mornings.

Out-freakin-standing, sir.

DBDH!

Good article by Andy K on how the Lakers would fair without Kobe for a whole season. Assuming good health I think they could still win 50+ and have legit shot to get to WC finals. Hopefully we won't have to find out anytime soon.

Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!

Saw US vs Spain last night and it was a good game. It's nice to see that LO is playing well. Hopefully being part of the team will improve his sometimes lackadaisical attitude during the regular season. And Kevin Durant is a stud! lol.

Love the roll call Mamba24!

Much love to all my fellow lakerholics!

Hmmm...Caracter will wear #58 as motivation for dropping all the way to 58 in the draft. I like his attitude!

Crystal's RCOD (nice one by the way) reinforces my position that Shaq's contributions to basketball has undoubtedly earned him an induction into the HOF, however his contribution to the Lakers has been offset by his attitude and clownish behavior since leaving (whether it be through demanding a trade or "being kicked to the curb": whichever side you happen to be on). He does not deserve to have his jersey hung next to West, Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Chamberlin, Baylor, Goodrich, and maybe as importantly Chick.

When my kids were teenagers and I really wanted them to think about the unacceptable actions they had taken, I would ask them "what would your grandfather think about what you had done?" These days I wonder what Chick would think about Shaq.

JR

Happy Birthday Kobe!

Happy BD to Kobe......I wonder what his wife would give him, someone that pretty much has it all. Is it opening night yet????????? Thanks Mamba24 for including me in the roll call, that's an HONOR sir.

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(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – Thank you J24 no one in the Mamba Clan told me.
Happy Birthday BlackMamba Kobe Bean Bryant, The greatest basketball player
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Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!

Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!


DBDH - you really need to shower & brush your teeth. The rest is understandable if not forgivable. LOL!


I also watched the Spain game. BTW - VERY DISAPPOINTED that no live chat turned up. VERY. Anyhoo - LO played well. I'm concerned that his outside jumper still isn't falling, but his inside game - rebounding, putbacks, boxing out his man, rotations, etc - looks very good. As usual! He's getting a lot of praise from the team, coaches and even the announcers about how he's so versatile & talented - maybe some of the "trade LO" peeps will settle. Maybe. I can only hope! Durant is going to be so very, very good. (He's kinda scary even now). I'm sorry he signed his extension with OKC. I wanted him in P&G, but you never know.... The other kid I'm kind of impressed with is Rudy Gay. He's young - and plays like it sometimes - but man the kid is good.


Nice to see the roll call this morning Mamba24. But you need to take down the bandwagon you dedicated to me. All the mamba faithful are equally important!!


Have a great day Laker fam bam....


Happy Birthday Mamba (and no, I don't mean you, Larry)

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(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – Thank you J24 no one in the Mamba Clan told me.
Happy Birthday BlackMamba Kobe Bean Bryant, The greatest basketball player
To ever walk the earth BAR NONE!!!!!! G.L.O.A.T & G.O.A.T!! PERIOD!!!!!!!
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(06) LAKERADICT08-24-78 - SECURITY - Happy BD to Kobe......I wonder what his wife would give him, someone that pretty much has it all. Is it opening night yet????????? Thanks Mamba24 for including me in the roll call, that's an HONOR sir.

41 days until the start of the NBA Preseason

65 days until the start of the NBA regular season

JR - my feelings towards Shraq change all the time. I loved him - LOVED him - when he was a Laker. But now he's done the unthinkable and signed with the weiners. UGH. I love him. I hate him. I WAIVER all the freaking time. Have you watched any of his show Shaq VS? He's hilarious. And I love him again. Then I think about him wearing that god-awful green uni this season and I want to beat the crap out of him. Ugh. Shaq was a great Laker when he played for us. It was all downhill after that. He will probably end up with his jersey in the rafters, but it will make me sad to think what might have been. I think you're right - Chick would have hated to see what's become of this once-proud Laker.

Other than that bricked 3 at the end (which seemed to be a play set up for Lamar), Lamar played really well vs Spain. Solid rebounding and defense, and I think he was the second leading scorer for team USA.

Lamar isn't the flashy player like Durant or Rose, but he's quietly doing the dirty work, just like he does on the Lakers.

Twice now, I've seen Team USA players get a steal, run out on a break all alone and BRICK A DUNK ATTEMPT. Idiots. I think Igoudala or Gay did one of them and Russell Westbrook did the other. Lay the stinking ball in. This is not an All-Star game - you don't get extra applause for fancy dunks - you just lose the game if you miss too many of them.

Hey J24! How you doing thanks! Can you believe I didn't even
realize it was Kobe's Birthday till you mentioned it. Wow I am so ashamed. Lol! Thannnnnks!
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@Don't Blame Del Harris & Magic Phil, good morning to both of you esteemed LakerHolics. How are you both this wonderful Laker morning?
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@LRob always nice to see you posting my Brother, how are you?

Happy birthday Kobe - may another championship season be your bday present.

Mamba24 - hate to be picky but we need to update Dr. Jerry Buss' status in the roll call to "Sports Winningest & Best Owner and HOF'er, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss

Counting down the days.

Cheers to another day - PLG

Nice to see the roll call this morning Mamba24. But you need to take down the bandwagon you dedicated to me. All the mamba faithful are equally important!!Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 08:25 AM
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As you wish your Worshipfullness. I am at your command, you have but to ask and this lowly one will obey.

One more thing. I've been doing high-def caps of all the 2009 playoff games to clear off my PVR, which was getting pretty full.

Farmar had a few really good games, but overall didn't play as well as I remember. The Lakers may not have gotten past Houston without him, as Fisher and Brown weren't even speed bumps to Aaron Brooks. And he also played a significant role against Orlando's guards, but I think Blake may be a good replacement for him. Less ego, more made 3-pointers. Won't know until he actually plays, but I'm hopeful.

And for you Luke haters, you really need to look back at how Luke played in those 2009 playoffs. He was injured so much in this last season that I had forgotten how much he can contribute when healthy. At times when he was in, the triangle just flowed like a well oiled machine and got SOOO many easy touches for Pau or Drew or Kobe. When they'd throw a small out to defend him, Luke did some darned good posting up. And his defense on Carmelo, while nowhere near Artestic, was pretty good.

I hope Luke can resolve his back issues this season and be available to play. It'll create a bit of a logjam at the SF position, but it would really add to the flexibility of the team. Luke provides skills that Barnes doesn't (and vice versa). Having both in their arsenal would make the Lakers even more dangerous.

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Justa,

I've often likened my feelings towards Snaq to that of Danny DeVito's character on TAXI: Love to hate him, hate to love him. His mercenary attitude contradicts his "loyalty" to Los Angeles, as this hired gun now resides in Boston. I hope Kobe or Shannon get a chance to smash on his dome on a fast break. I've been waiting years to see the Mamba strike a death blow to the psyche of Snaq. Posterization = Justice.

DBDH!

(teeth brushed, pits scrubbed)

I noticed that the Lakers have 7 numbers retired, while the leprechauns have 21! We should retire Fish's jersey too, why not?
Posted by: Magic Phil | August 23, 2010 at 07:43 AM

Magic Phil - You bring up an interesting point. The Lakers have only retired jerseys of great (HOF) players, while the Celtics have also retire jersey of good role players that made substantial contributions to multiple championship teams.

Boston has retired jersey of 5 players that are not in HOF. JoJo, Satch Sanders, Nellie, Cornbread and Reggie Lewis. We know Reggie's was retired to honor him after his tragic death. JoJo was much more than role player & very well could be in the HOF some day. So in reality the C's have 3 jersey retired of non HOF players that made substantial contributions to mulitple championships. In all fairness to Cornbread he is in that gray area....not in HOF...not a great player, but much more than role player (like Fish) since he was MVP of 81 finals...and MVP of gm7 in 84.

If the Lakers choose to retire jerseys of non HOF players that made significant contributions to multiple championships then I would agree that Fish should be high on that list. It should also definitely include Byron, Coop, Silk, Horry...and possibly McAdoo.

FYI... Boston has 19 when you eliminate Red Auerbach and Walter Brown (founder) and Lakers have 12 when you include players from Minny era. If Boston eliminated those non HOF it would be 14-12.

BTW:

The Harris Family wishes the GLOAT a healthy and happy birthday.

Any takers on when Durant is a Laker? Hmmm...

DBDH!

Mamba24 - hate to be picky but we need to update Dr. Jerry Buss' status in the roll call to "Sports Winningest & Best Owner and HOF'er, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | August 23, 2010 at 08:40 AM
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Be picky, be picky, Psyched I should be horse whipped for leaving off something like that. Thank you my dear, much appreciated. Daggggg! Whoa is me, I forget Kobe's birthday and now this! Lol!

Mamba - Top of the morning to you. All good now that I saw your morning roll call. You would've been great back in day helping teachers take that morning attendance...lol.

Happy Bday Kobe. The Good Lord has blessed you with another year. And has blessed us with another year to enjoy your talents.

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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 –
(04) # 4
(05) ART-FL-LAKERS FAN - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(06) LAKERADICT08-24-78 - SECURITY - Happy BD to Kobe......I wonder what his wife would give him, someone that pretty much has it all. Is it opening night yet?????????
(07) LONGTIMELAKER FAN - Happy Birthday Mamba
(08) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Happy birthday Kobe - may another championship season be your bday present.
(09) MAMBA24 – Thank you J24 no one in the Mamba Clan told me. Happy Birthday BlackMamba Kobe Bean Bryant, The greatest basketball player To ever walk the earth BAR NONE!!!!!! G.L.O.A.T & G.O.A.T!! PERIOD!!!!!!!

Magic Phil,

Here's old article about Shaq and his desire to see his jersey in Staples rafters.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/Shaq-Wants-His-Jersey-Retired-As-a-Laker.html

LOL Mamba24 - you crack me up!

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Just wanted to come in and show some love! Happy B-Day to the Black Mamba!

Hey Pot(Justa)! I'm calling you black today, haha! You know I missed you!

LRob, Caracter will compete and play with a chip on his shoulder. Practices and garbage time should be a lot of fun this year. God forbid any injuries to our starting bigs, but I believe this Caracter kid will step in and surprise a lot of people.

Mamba24, excellent as always!

Much love to the purple and gold fanatics and maniacs up in hea!

Jolly Rancher;

Still offended about Shaq, eh? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . geez.

Without Shaq, no fun in the way back machine - not to mention three titles you can throw away.

Yeah - he does not keep in great shape.

Yeah - he's clownish.

I've heard rumors that he is a generous man to strangers.

Leaves large tips at the spur of the moment.

He led the Lakers through thin to thick - never wavered in his commitment to bring us to greatness.

He loved L.A. and Lakers nation.

He was L.A. and Lakers nation.

Goodrich is up and Shaq shouldn't be? That's a bit unreal. Chamberlain is up and Shaq shouldn't be? Completely ridiculous by any assessment. The shame would be if he doesn't go up. If so, a few must come down.

Spain is better than USA Team, position by position,

Ricky Rubio better than Billups, Rondo and Rose, all together
Navarro better than Westbrook, Durant all together
Rudy better than everybody in the USA Team
Marc Gasol better than Tyson Chandler all day
Alex Mumbru better than LO all day, too.

We loss b/c a Rudy´s mistake and pathetical 1 half. Revenge in the word cup

Oh - Happy Birthday Kobe.

If we play American football, Spain will be better than USA, too. In this current moment, Spain is the num. 1 in all sports:

soccer.- world champions
basketball.- world Champions and European Champions
ciclism.- Spaniard Tour of France Champion, Alberto Contador
Tennis.- Rafa Nadal (nº 1 ATP)

Only at irrelevant sports (baseball, hockey, american football) Spain is not the nº 1.

I have to confess...I have watched a couple of the ShaqVS shows...I have to admit I was entertained enough to watch another one...

Shaq always had a great personality...too bad he has the mouth and no judgement when he said all those things about the Lakers, Dr. Buss and Kobe...

Now with him wearing the Puke Green...I don't think I can love him like I once did...

Hey guys, is summertime, we need a good debate style "who´s better":

Who´s better, Pau Gasol vs. Shaq

Shaq: a Beast, great scorer, great rebounder, poor defender, big body, and a real clown. Poor teammate a poor work ethik.

Pau Gasol: finesse player, great scorer, great rebounder, poor defender, great personalty, good chemistry with his teammates, great work ethik.

Answer.- Pau Gasol

Pau vs. Kareem

Kareem: finesse player, great scorer all time, poor rebounder, poor defender, not easy pesonality, bad chemistry with his teammates, except with Magic, great work ethik

Pau Gasol: finesse player too, grat scorer and rebounder, poor defender, better personality with the whole team, and a true winner (3 finals and 2 rings only in 3 years with the franchise)

Answer: Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol vs. Wilt chamberlain

Wilt: A true power inside, great scorer and rebounder, great defender, great personality, mediocre actor, a losser vs. Russell and the Celtics.

Pau.- The same, but with the big diference, Pau is a winner and Wilt, no.

Answer: Pau.

Put me on the Happy B-Day Kobe Bandwagon please. He's still younger than me, ha, ha. I hope he can play to 40 at least! So much fun to watch play!

Quick note, Wilt won a Championship in Philly as well as LA.

*LOL Mamba24 - you crack me up! Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 09:06 AM
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My only wish in life is to make you smile Oh Great& Wise One.
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@NEMAIA, how you been brother? I’m wating for the next chapter in that stirring saga of yours.
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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 –


(10) OTIS - Oh - Happy Birthday Kobe.
(11) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Just wanted to come in and show some love! Happy B-Day to the Black Mamba!
(12) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Put me on the Happy B-Day Kobe Bandwagon please. He's still younger than me, ha, ha. I hope he can play to 40 at least! So much fun to watch play!

If Chick were alive today, what would he think of Shaq? Well, he would say From Godzilla during the 3-peat, he turned tnto Barney, the clowning monster and will keep on going till he reaches 3,000+ games more than Chick's record in broadcasting.

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Posted by: LEWSTRS | August 23, 2010 at 08:49 AM
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Monday Shout out:
LEWSTRS...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!

As the jolly ol Brits used to say the Sun never sets in the British Empire, well the sun is about to set in Lakerville with Kobe 32 and nearing retirement..

And the Beast Bynum as the next gen Lakers greatest of all times

- Happy Bday Kobe. The Good Lord has blessed you with another year. And has blessed us with another year to enjoy your talents.Posted by: LRob | August 23, 2010 at 08:57 AM
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GOD$#@&$#!! I wished I had said that! I'm sorry LRob but yes I must say these 4 dreaded words...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

LOL again Mamba24!

Me great? Maybe.

Wise? Not so much...:)

HAHAHAHA!!!

Hey kettle - you may be my brotha from anotha motha, but you're still black. LOL!!! Missed you too.. hope all is well.

Chick loved Shaq. Silly and wrong to hook Chick up to critiquing Shaq's post-Lakers career. What does anyone know of what Chick would think.

Gooooood Mornin' Lakers Blog Fam,

Great day to be a Lakers fan.
Why?
'cause, they're the Lakers, 'nuf said.

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41 days until the start of the NBA Preseason
65 days until the start of the NBA regular season
Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | August 23, 2010 at 08:30 AM

*****GROAN*****

The pull of destiny is so strong that I can't wait for this interminable off season to be over.

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And a hugely, wonderful Happy Birthday to Kobe!

MM - what happened to our chat (or lack thereof) yesterday?


When's the next one supposed to be?

Insta-posting back on?

I guess we're gonna live dangerously again, huh MM?!

Ricky, speaking of irrelevance I woul rather see 120 games of baseball that's the equivalent 1,080 innings than watch one bull fight. It is your cultural sport but it's now irrelevant in the 21st century. How many times do you have to prove that a matador is smarter than the bull?

LRob, thanks for the article. I still have mixed feelings about retiring Diesel's jersey, but I guess Dr Buss will do eventualy.

Ricky, you have bias coz Pau is spanish. Better than Kareen? NO WAY.
oh, and bball = USA and soccer = Brazil, don't get fooled out. Enjoy the well deserved title but that's pretty much it.

Happy BDAY, KOBE!!!!!!!!!!

@JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN, If I have but one life to live, let me live it as a LakerHolic
and in your service Your Magnificence!!!
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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 –
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(05) ART-FL-LAKERS FAN - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(06) LAKERADICT08-24-78 - SECURITY - Happy BD to Kobe......I wonder what his wife would give him, someone that pretty much has it all. Is it opening night yet?????????
(07) LONGTIMELAKER FAN - Happy Birthday Mamba
(08) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Happy birthday Kobe - may another championship season be your bday present.
(09) MAMBA24 – Thank you J24 no one in the Mamba Clan told me. Happy Birthday BlackMamba Kobe Bean Bryant, The greatest basketball player To ever walk the earth BAR NONE!!! G.L.O.A.T & G.O.A.T!! PERIOD!
(10) OTIS - Oh - Happy Birthday Kobe.
(11) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Just wanted to come in and show some love! Happy B-Day to the Black Mamba!
(12) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Put me on the Happy B-Day Kobe Bandwagon please. He's still younger than me, ha, ha. I hope he can play to 40 at least! So much fun to watch play!
(13) LEWSTRS - Good Morning Nation...Happy Birthday Kobe...
(14) DON’TBLAME DEL HARRIS - The Harris Family wishes the GLOAT a healthy and happy birthday.
(15) LAKERLASS - And a hugely, wonderful Happy Birthday to Kobe!
(16) LROB - Happy Bday Kobe. The Good Lord has blessed you with another year. And has blessed us with another

Happy Birthday, Kobe! I can't believe so many people that I know of are born in August. Can the Lakers retire Kobe's 2 numbers? 8 and 24?

Can the Lakers retire Kobe's 2 numbers? 8 and 24? Posted by: LakerPeace | August 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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Hey Laker Peace! Of course they can retire both numbers and you know why...cause They are THE FREAKIN WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS!!!!

@LakerPeace, Actually that is a doggone good question. LakersBlog...Answers please!

Edwin Gueco:

if you are going to point out a bull fight then how about Cage Fighting (UFC), dog fighting or even eating a BALUT? I think you are going down the wrong path with Ricky and lets keep the discussion in the context of BB.

Have a nice day!!

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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
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(17) MAGIC PHIL - Happy BDAY, KOBE!!!!!!!!!!
(18) LAKERPEACE - Happy Birthday, Kobe! I can't believe so many people that I know of are born in August. Can the Lakers retire Kobe's 2 numbers? 8 and 24?

Yes Justa, instant posting is back. It doesn't mean MM and the LAT staff will just let this blog run on auto pilot. Even in LA freeways, there are checks and balance with the presence of Chips and local sherriffs. The speed that thrills is also the speed that kills. I would rather have one minute pause in posting than miss my friend LakerTom and the enthusiasm of Mamba24 from the envious trolls catch and bait tricks When the summer heat is back, the ambitious ants comes back as well.

So MM & LAT staff, here is the deal, don't abandon us so that you continue to have loyal patronage.

Hey Lass,
Just noticed your post. How was your trip?
Lass...I am so confusssed!

The speed that thrills is also the speed that kills. I would rather have one minute pause in posting than miss my friend LakerTom. When the summer heat is back, the ambitious ants comes back as well. So MM & LAT staff, here is the deal, don't abandon us so that you continue to have loyal patronage. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | August 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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PREACH EDWIN, PREACH!!!! Oh yeah I have to do this while I wait for any orders from the one I worship above all others. Yes, Yes, Yes...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!


Old Hippy, this the poster who called LakerTom with porno names and now starts profiling my country of origin. FYI, I left the country for quite sometime however the stigma of being an immigrant will always be there. Profiling, prejudice, calling posters porno, what is good do we get from this poster who is also know as lakerfan, don corleone, church woman, farside, etc. Do we need this kind of virus in this blog?

Otis, Shaq didn't attend Chick's funeral. Shaq is a funny guy but not a classy guy. I have always taught it's more important to be the latter, which is why i've never really digged Shaq. I really hope Kevin Durrant will eventually replace Kobe as the next great Laker, hopefully they get to play one season together before Kobe passes the torch. The Lakers should be making plans for have room when Kevin becomes a free agent.

Durant a future laker?
He has a 5 yr deal with OKC right now, but ya' never know about the future.
To me he seems like a Tim Duncan kinda guy and if I had to bet right now I would bet he stays with OKC. He seems to be a loyal type.
But agree he would like nice in purple and gold.

Edwin Gueco:

You have gone off tangent from my post which was re: bull fight as you pointed to Ricky and my response was what does that have to do with Ricky's post on topic of BB. So you are being defensive instead of acknowledging that your response to Ricky was off base.

have a nice day!

Edwin Gueco:

And further more I do not resort to name calling nor have I ever posted a four letter word on this blog. Yes, someone used my handle last week and I have no control over it. Also, note it was hobbit who had a run in with LakerTom.

Please before you accuse others, make sure you have all the facts. Lets stick to basketball.

Rumor is J.R smith is on the trading block.
Could you ever see him in purple and gold?

Old Hippy -

Nothing wrong with eating BALUT...

Some say it's an aphrodisiac...lol

LEWSTRS:

I thought it was Rihno's horn, hahaha

I am sure Kobe prefers #24 to #8 for many reasons, but the Lakers should retire #8 next to Shaq's number, and #24 next to Gasol's...Speaking of Gasol, who do you think have a better chance of being HOF? Gasol or Nowitzki?..Gasol has a chance of winning 3 to 5 NBA Championships, Dirk won one NBA MVP. Gasol also won the multiple world championships if that could be taken into consideration..well, the 1992 Dream Team just inducted into HOF to win in the Olympic so it could help Gasol being HOF.

Ricky,
Why is Spain so good in team sports these days? They just won the World Cup soccer, and won the multiple Basketball championship? What's the deal?


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You're all adorable :) Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-. I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bloggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!”

(32) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - Loving these profiles! Nice to meet you, Zaira!
(33) JON K - Zaira, I do believe I'm in love.

Happy Birthday two-four, now go honor Magic this season as you turn "32" and give us #17.

It's somebody's birthday, It's somebody's birthday! Whose birthday? It's Kobe's! Whose Birthday? It's Kobe's! Happy Birthday Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant!

Put me on the bandwagon Mamba24!

I love Kevin Durant as much as the next guy and, believe me, if somehow the planets were to align themselves long enough to allow the Lakers to sign when he becomes a free agent to help us get past the great Kobe Bryant come 5 years from now, I'm all for it. In the meantime, I'd almost prefer to see Kupchak and the Lakers FO start doing whatever it takes to pave the way for the heisting of Ricky Rubio from the clueless David Kahn and the Timberwolves. I had no idea how good this kid was until I saw him play yesterday - it's scary how great he could be in the NBA, especially feeding the ball to his equally great countryman Pau Gasol! I love Fish and I'm happy with Steve Blake insofar as '10/'11 is concerned, but I would just go bananas if the Lakers were somehow to land this Ricky Rubio kid - who is just 19 years young.

I've watched the USA vs. SPAIN game and I'm so impressed with Ricky Rubio.I just hope that Mitch will do everything extra ordinary job in trying to convince both the Minnesota and Ricky Rubio to play for us.He will be a very good PG of the future for us considering his mentallity of passing first.I'm very sure that Kobe and the rest of the team will really like him to be in the team.Pleeeeeeeeeeease do it,Mitch.

Ricky,

>>>Ricky Rubio better than Billups, Rondo and Rose, all together

Not all together, but I'd agree that he's better than any one of those guys. Billups is kinda washed up and neither Rondo or Rose can shoot.

>>>Navarro better than Westbrook, Durant all together

NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.
Navarro's a decent scorer. Durant is a dominating player. Navarro's close to Westbrook - I'll probably catch some flack for saying it. Westbrook is a poor outside shooter, but a better passer and defender than Navarro and Westbrook has the speed to blow by defenders, unlike Navarro.

>>>Rudy better than everybody in the USA Team

Better at whining. Not at winning.
He's turning out to be just like Navarro, actually. "Oh boo hoo, I'm not the second or third best player on my team and they won't let me be a starter or play a lot of minutes. BOOOOO HOOOOO. I wanna go home to Spain. BOOOOO HOOOO. WAAAAHHHH WAAAAAAHHHH WAAAAHHHHH.

Nice how Durant blocked consecutive 3-pointers by Rubio and Fernandez to end the game.

>>>Marc Gasol better than Tyson Chandler all day

That, I will agree with. This year's team USA has a dearth of quality centers. They're all at home healing up from injuries. Just to be clear, Bynum, Lopez, Howard, and Kendrick Perkins are all better than Marc. Shaq as well, but only in short stretches.

>>>Alex Mumbru better than LO all day, too.

Once again, NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.
Mumbles is a slightly better 3-point shooter than Lamar, though neither of them should be jacking up 3's, as they both suck at it. Other than that Lamar's game is way above Mumbru. Passing, rebounding, whatever.

Keep dreaming little Ricky.


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