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Kobe Bryant finds a 'Little Mamba' at his basketball camp

The campers gathered around Kobe Bryant, hoping to get a high-five or hear words of encouragement for a job well done. Bryant, running the Kobe Basketball Academy this in July at UC Santa Barbara, did all that, but there was one camper he singled out.

"Little man," Bryant said to one camper after shaking his hand and rubbing his head. "Little Mamba." The excited camper then went to the videographer to share the news: "Kobe called me Little Mamba!" That video is below.

It turns out the praise is for good reason. The kid can ball, as indicated in another video (soundtrack contains a lyric that's not family-friendly),  which has been making the rounds in various Laker forums (I credit business reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles for the assist in finding this). "Little Mamba," or "Maseo," as he's called in the video, shows an uncanny ability to beat his man off the dribble with a quick crossover and efficient footwork. If the dude is really 8 years old like the video indicates, I'd say he's got a bright future ahead.

--Mark Medina

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I"m going to go on a little Edwinesque like here.

It's great that the 8 year old dude met Kobe and shows some early skill. If that takes him to a very nice year in the NBA that is good for him and his family. The thing though as much as it would be almost everyone's dream to meet Bryant should we have things for like "kid looks up to Bryant as little Mamba"? Now we can say that other professions like Doctors/Lawyers/Journalists hehe are just as hard and you have to have the talent to become legendary levels but as much as I love Kobe entertaining me and everyone else here should we encourage our kids to become like them? If the have the talent sure and if it gets them to have a successful life all power to them. I guess like Edwin I'm saying that we would rather have our kids to have jobs which benefit our society more than just entertainment. Help lower the taxes, help the state's economy recover from the recession, help make social security go on longer those things. As much as the Lakers are a big part of our lives, we would also like to make our lives easier than watching Kobe go off for 70 points.

Again not dismissing this kid's talents. If he really becomes great then by all means become the next #24. It's just it would have benefited our society if the next generation can become better at improving our lives instead of just making our lives as Laker fans more entertaining.

Holy crap. I can't even do those moves in my dreams.

Dr. Buss is such a great guy....oops, old thread...
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Kobe's speech should say: "Thx to Magic Phil for having my back, etc....".Oops, old thread...
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(gotta be quick) So there's a little black mamba?
I was wondering how much some parents push their kids to play bball as a way to get into college. My kid plays in a little "league"; most of the kids are normal, but I see some parents just taking that to a whole new level when it comes to cheering for their kids...
Let kids be kids. Give them love. Everything else is secondary.

that kids got game,hope he grow more taller...

Funny that you mentioned Edwinesque, i don't know what you meant whether it is sarcasm or props. Anyway....

Supposing I will evaluate Kobe from the education point of view, as a Basketball teacher - A. As a college student - Incomplete. In my book, whether you are a multi-millionaire superstar or a jobless individual, there is no substitute for having no College education. If a grade school student ask Kobe today: Should I omit College and just concentrate on my basketball prowess to imitate you, Kobe my hero? What would he say?

CONTINUED THOUGHTS FROM A PREVIOUS THREAD STARTING WITH KB BLITZ's BASHING OF YOU-KNOW-WHO:

I'd take Bryant/Gasol/Artest more in importance than Bynum's in 2010 or even take Ariza in 2009. You don't have to like it I'm not forcing you to. Until you give me more clear than "Doc Rivers said this" or "Stu Lantz"...FACT is that when compared to Bryant/Gasol Bynum has been more of a role player than a franchise player.

re: George Karl 2009 "I think they are better without Bynum than with". Of course anyone including myself disagrees 100% on that idiotic comment but goes to show that the tandem of Gasol-Odom when healthy is more of a lethal combination than Bynum-Gasol since 1) The Lakers won in Boston without Bynum and that was against a healthier KG and 2) Handed the Cavs their only legit home loss in the regular season.

re: Zen Like. Since when did bloggers have to think like Phil? Besides as great as Phil is he did get mentored by Tex who is way more of a nitpicky analysis than Phil ever was (besides I have read of all Phil's books....he is very picky himself). Tex was not afraid to tell Phil "Oh Larry Brown is outcoaching you" or to call Shaq overrated in 2004. Same here about Bynum.

You don't have to like my position on Bynum and you can throw a fit every criticism I have of Bynum. Fact is until he does win any vote of MVP or Finals MVP votes Bynum is at most a second fiddle and fact he rode Bryant's/Gasol's/Phil's back even though yes he was injured.

Posted by: KB Blitz | August 18, 2010 at 01:06 PM
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Paragraph 1: Once again, you are dissecting the team instead of understanding the concept of team. Andrew Bynum is a very important part of the team. I have ALWAYS said that Bynum is a role player on THIS team and that he has BY FAR the most difficult role on the court because he must SACRIFICE his game for the betterment of the team.

Paragraph 2: Once again, you ignore the concept of team and pit certain combinations of players against Bynum and whomever. The fact is that when Lamar comes into the game, the Lakers are a completely different team which causes match up problems because of where he plays on the floor and his speed and versatility. Instead of acknowledging that it is "different," you focus on which is "better." This change up that the Lakers throw at teams is so difficult to adjust to that it has resulted in back-to-back championships.

Paragraph 3: These Lakers are an extension of Phil Jackson's coaching philosophies. KB, you can credit whoever you like and be one of those narcissistic fans who loves to trash Phil Jackson and think he knows more than the greatest head coach in the history of the NBA. I choose to defer to him. Pardon me.

Paragraph 4: The fact that Andrew has played "second fiddle" on back-to-back championship teams is good enough for me! He will be 23 on October 27th. I am confident that in due time he will be a perennial all-star but for now, he patiently accepts the role that is necessary for this Lakers team to be successful. It's a shame that you don't share his patience.

Edwin it was props to you hehe

I think that among 3 best centers in the West, Andrew Bynum, Yao Ming, and Greg Oden, Bynum is the LEAST injury-prone player.

That statement by LeBron that the Cavs owner never really cared about him is very telling. LeBron really sees himself as superhuman, as someone we should all should fall on our knees and grovel for.

So what exactly constitutes never really caring for LeBron? Turning against him when he proves himself a total jerk, or is it somthing else? I think it's as simple as if you've said somethiing bad about LeBron since his "decision," then you've never cared.

Ok. Whatever. Poor LeBron doesn't get it.

Wes

That kid can ball, he could be the next Jeremy Lin, they are both point guards.


I think that among 3 best centers in the West, Andrew Bynum, Yao Ming, and Greg Oden, Bynum is the LEAST injury-prone player.

Posted by: LakerPeace | August 18, 2010 at 02:04 PM
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Ya think? You can add Chris Kaman and Nene to that list, too. Even Al Jefferson had a more serious knee injury than Bynum's subluxation of the left knee and his right knee MCL, his right knee torn cartilage, right foot Achilles strain or right hip injury (the last 3 which I am convinced were over compensation for his right knee healing). I truly believe that Bynum is still growing into his body and once he's a man and no longer a boy, his body will support itself much better.

As for Dwight Howard's amazing durability, just wait until the NBA starts testing for steroids and he has to quit taking his Human Growth Hormones. :)

Wes,


"That statement by LeBron that the Cavs owner never really cared about him is very telling."


Dude, Gilbert built a fricken new practice facility closer to LeBron's house so he wouldn't have to drive as far to workout. Yeah. It cost the Cavs MILLIONS.


"Never cared about LeBron?" What a joke! The guy is plain crazy.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

I have ALWAYS said that Bynum is a role player on THIS team and that he has BY FAR the most difficult role on the court because he must SACRIFICE his game for the betterment of the team.

re: everytime I say that you get mad at me when I don't say he's a franchise player. Again let me say it again: If he was a great franchise player for the future he would have already thrown Gasol into the curb and almost every main stream analyst would credit Bryant/Bynum instead of Bryant/Gasol. It doesn't matter if he fit into the role he is given...if he is talented as you say he was I wouldn't argue with you he is great...because until he really shows what you say he is....nothing of this is more than "speculation" just as much as mine in.

re: Sure it is different but then why does Phil always put Gasol-LO most times at crunch situations? Because LO does the ball handling that allows Kobe to play a scoring role instead of trying to run the offense as well. Odom also gives more spacing since he is a better shooter than either Gasol or Bynum. That's why the Lakers offense in 07-08 and 08-09 and the 09 playoffs were so potent. Gasol in the post and Odom going for dives? Those two had instant chemistry as much as Bryant and Gasol did. Does Bynum give a different look? Yes. I never said that he didn't. To this offense where the perimeter player is the focal point? That's why Phil has always went with Odom and the reason why he was so insistent on Buss on retaining Odom instead of letting Odom walk (which Laker Tom wanted) in 09 and replace him with a possible younger PF.

re: So you are trashing Tex Winters by that definition. I almost never question Phil (did question 2004 Finals and he admitted he was wrong about Chauncey). You can keep on assuming I trash Phil (I'm one of his biggest defenders) but can you not trash him when he does something you don't agree with?

re: Bynum on this team is a 3rd/4th option. It's not that I share the patient it's what I seen from him on the court. I don't go believing BS that "When healthy he is the best center in the NBA". It's not about patience it's about what you DO on the court. That's why Odom was never the 2nd option even though fans were saying just give Kobe and Odom time. That's why LBJ has so far not won any titles (that could change even though both of us don't like that idea). Once he shows it on the court then he'll change my mind. Until then I don't go overrating players because of a good year or two. People were slamming me on Ariza then look what happened in Houston.

Again: Who were the top 3 Lakers who impacted the 2009 finals? the 2010 finals? You should know the answer yet go crying on me about how I don't give Bynum props. Do you say that Ariza had a lesser impact than Bynum had in 2009? Do you say Bynum has a greater effect in slowing Paul Pierce than Artest did? You go and say "Team Concept" yet I say "Team Defense" while you go and keep giving me "Positions 4-5". Please be consistent rather than flip flopping!

I like Bynum I do. I don't like when he is overrated just as much as Ariza was and Farmar was supposedly good enough to start over Fisher.

Until Bynum LEADS his team my position on him will not change just as much as yours won't. No amount of crying/whining/arguing from either of us will change and for our sakes we should leave it as that.

Ariza proved me partly wrong but then proved me right as he is no franchise player. Bynum has still plenty of time to prove me wrong. I suggest that you have patience of me instead of what you just wrote in your last paragraph.

By the way, for anyone who enjoys NBA history, I am reading the best NBA book I have ever read. It's called "The Breaks of the Game" by David Halberstam and it was written in 1981 and it chronicles the 1979-80 Portland Trail Blazers beginning with their 1976-77 championship team, the youngest championship team in NBA history. There is so much great stuff in this book that I don't even know where to start. What is truly hilarious is that he refers to Jerry Buss as the "Lakers new owner" and the players used to call Jack Nicholson "Cuckoo." You will love the evolution of the financial structure in the NBA and, remember, this pre-dates what Magic and Bird did for the league, but it gives you a glimpse of it during their rookie season. I can't put it down!

Times should create a kobeblog.latimes.com or mambablog.latimes.com cause it looks like the team is only Kobe, Kobe and Kobe.

I like this guy, but he could not win a single ring without a sidekick... my 10 cents...

Go Dereck, Artest, Pau and Bynum! and the whole bench too!

That kid can ball, he could be the next Jeremy Lin, they are both point guards.
Posted by: Laker J | August 18, 2010 at 02:12 PM
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Oh no. Another PG with skills and a looser mentality?

From RealGM.com:

Bosh Insists He Didn't Quit On Raptors

Aug 18, 2010 5:06 PM EST

Chris Bosh has again insisted that he never quit on the Raptors during his time in Toronto.

"Nobody wanted to make the playoffs more than me," Bosh told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

"Nobody else wanted to make it more than me, trust me. I put in the work to be successful. I had a turned ankle and I had a broken nose that I had to stay in the hospital for, and I played through it. I know what I put into that organization and what I put into it was everything I had every night."

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo suggested last month that Bosh mailed it in towards the end of his final season with the team.

"Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn't quite into it down the stretch, he wasn't the same guy," Colangelo said.

The new Heat star rejected the suggestion.

"I've never quit at anything," Bosh said. "Comments like that, they don't bother me as a player. Professionally, I'm disappointed. [Colangelo and I] went through a lot together. He was the GM and we both tried our best to make that team better while I was there. We had many conversations, we went back and forth on e-mails, so just to hear that, it's disappointing. But at the end of the day, there's no reason to be upset. I know that I would have done anything to win."

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Then maybe he's just a loser. Stay tuned.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBUunI_jTP0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Here's a video showing love teaching the kid post moves. He actually duplicates Kobe's instructions.

I like Bynum I do. I don't like when he is overrated just as much as Ariza was and Farmar was supposedly good enough to start over Fisher.

Until Bynum LEADS his team my position on him will not change just as much as yours won't. No amount of crying/whining/arguing from either of us will change and for our sakes we should leave it as that.

Ariza proved me partly wrong but then proved me right as he is no franchise player. Bynum has still plenty of time to prove me wrong. I suggest that you have patience of me instead of what you just wrote in your last paragraph.

Posted by: KB Blitz | August 18, 2010 at 02:19 PM
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1) No, you don't "like Bynum." If you did, you'd accept the process of his development and appreciate the sacrifices required of him to make this team work. Rewind the clock to the beginning of 2007-08 before his left knee injury. THAT player still exists, except that since the acquisition of Pau Gasol, he must SACRIFICE for the success of the team. When he's ready, he will become a dominant center in this league.

2) It would be foolhardy for Bynum to LEAD a team that has a veteran core starting with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. I have absolutely no idea what you meant by this.

3) What does Ariza have to do with this? You DO lack patience with Bynum, you just won't admit it. You seem to have some sort of insight into his psyche and you seem to get fooled by his casual demeanor. He's actually a hard worker, a quick learner and even his salary is commensurate with other bigs in the NBA and what he gives the Lakers. He has already proved you wrong, but you just can't seem to see the forest through the trees.

KobeMVP888, I'm with KB Blitz...I like Bynum but.....Dude, we need at least 1 regular season to proper express our feelings...Did you ever heard of Ralph Samson? I just hope this is not the case.

Little Mamba can ball...... Mitch, keep an eye on that little guy!!!! 2020 future Laker.

that was fun to watch. too bad he's only going to grow to be about 5'8"

Jon K. Agree with you about LaBron......Now he's saying even his own family is amazed by his talents. Hate to think when DWade gets all the glory. He's gonna wished he stay in hated Cleveland!

KobeMVP888, I'm with you on that.
Bosh is simply telling us a lie.
All 3-stooges knew what they were going to do prior to the playoffs, very clear.
Just a lie.

NewMexicoLakerLifer, I think the quote you are referring to is, "But I mean, even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court."

Can you believe this guy? I agree with what Wes was saying the other day - I've never been much of a Lebron fan or hater but after the Orlando series 2 years ago, the not allowing people to see him dunked on, mysterious elbow injury this year, "The Decision (to stick a knife in all Clevelanders)", etc. Everytime he opens his mouth, you can see what an ugly person he really is. Doesn't matter how talented he is.

I think being an egomaniac is a sad sign of very deep-seated insecurity. Inside, I don't think Lebron thinks he's worth very much and he makes up for it with layers of sycophants to prop his ego up. Poor guy.


Hey everyone - just back from a 10 day vacation!

Only to turn to yahoo sports to find so-called "expert" Kelly Dwyer has ranked the top 30 point guards in the league and didn't include D-Fish at all. Not even at number 30. Seriously. I mean Jarrett Jack and the backup PG for the Cavs made the list.

Dude hates the Lakers and takes swipes at Kobe whenever possible. Tens of thousands read his columns too. So I thought I'd include what I posted there in response. Anyone who wants to go over and give him some sh-t is welcome.

Oh and glad you're back too MM. .. I actually missed you :-)

------------------My yahoo post---------------

What a pathetic excuse for a sportswriter you are Kelli girl Dwyer. Actually I take it back. Your name shouldn't even be in the same sentence as the word "sportswriter."

Your anti-Laker bias is so extreme as to destroy any shred of credibility you might ever have. Derek Fisher not even in the top 30? Behind Jarret Jack and whoever Cleveland's backup is? The dude has 5 freakin rings including one from LAST YEAR where he sunk the tying 3 pointer in the Finals game 7 comeback. Kobe says he's essential to their threepeat run but you have him under the top 30 in the league?

Oh wait I forgot - you don't think Kobe is worth anything either. I can't wait to see your top 30 shooting guards where you will undoubtedly have the uncontested BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME behind Dwyane Wade and maybe even someone else.

But I guess I'll never find out because I'm not gonna ever read another damn word you write - you pathetic excuse for an "impartial" expert. My only joy is that the LAKERS and Kobe and D-Fish keep winning and proving you wrong.

Argue with that, idiot.

Here is Lil Mamba's highlights video from Kobe's Camp this summer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k78VEv1p4U

My random thoughts of the day... 3 things in the sports world I wish would go away.... the Lecision, any news involving Favre that didn't happen on a Sunday during the season, and all ESPN content, sorry for the outburst, just needed to get that out... as you were

LakerFanInCowtown... You're right, my bad, I knew it was something like that, I shouldn't be quoting if it's wrong, but that just made me throw up in my mouth a little bit!! I really hope he gets humbled this year!

LakerFanInCowTown,


"I think being an egomaniac is a sad sign of very deep-seated insecurity"


Absolutely.


I do have compassion for the fact that he grew up in the slums of Akron with no Dad, uncles who were criminals and crack addict mother. He could have come out worse, but still, he's no role model.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Question for those who are not yet sold on Andrew Bynum: if GM's had the ability to go back and redraft the class of 2005, do you think Drew would go higher or lower than 10th?

Notwithstanding all the talk about Andrew's injury history, my guess is that Andrew would go FAR higher than what he did. Among the names that went before Andrew are the likes of Ike Diogu, Channing Frye, Charlie Villanueva, Martell Webster, Raymond Felton, and Marvin Williams. The top pick in 2005 was Andrew Bogut. The two best players from that draft were Deron Williams & Chris Paul.

In other words, Andrew Bynum is in all likelihood the third best player from the class of 2005, and by far the youngest of the top 3. And that is with the bad luck he's had on the injury front. Give him a year or two without any injuries and he may well be considered the best player of that draft.

@KOBEMVP… Thanks for the link and quote. I missed that comment by Kobe. I tend to think he was talking about both the trade as well as Drew sulking about the rumors. After all, it was Kobe who first said that the Lakers were a championship caliber team BEFORE the Pau Gasol trade. Thanks again for the Drew support.
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@LAKERJ… “That kid can ball, he could be the next Jeremy Lin, they are both point guards.” Can you imagine trying to guard that kid as low to the ground as he is. He could probably drive right between your legs to make a layup. Talk about quick. And speaking of Jeremy Lin, there was a great set of interviews of the Warriors new owner Joe Lacob, who lives near Palo Alto and whose son was a major competitor of Lin when he played at Palo Alto High. To the regret of Lakers fans, it was Labob who made the last minute move to “steal” Jeremy from the Lakers. He said the reason he made the move had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Jeremy was Chinese and the Bay area has a huge Chinese population. He said that kid has NBA level skills, athleticism, and was one of the smartest ball players he has ever seen play. Too bad Ellison did not win the bid to buy the Warriors. If he had, Jeremy Lin would now be a Laker.
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@LAKERPEACE… “I think that among 3 best centers in the West, Andrew Bynum, Yao Ming, and Greg Oden, Bynum is the LEAST injury-prone player.” LOL. Interesting stat as well as the additions that KobeMVP made to your list. What it really says is that bigger players are far more prone to injuries than smaller players.
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TOM

"KobeMVP888, I'm with KB Blitz...I like Bynum but.....Dude, we need at least 1 regular season to proper express our feelings...Did you ever heard of Ralph Samson? I just hope this is not the case."

Posted by: Magic Phil | August 18, 2010 at 02:43 PM
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I'm with Laker Tom.

The fact that you focused on the "regular season" in your comment (aka the "practice season") tells me enough right there. If you said we need at least one "playoffs," then I can live with that. As far as I am concerned, Andrew Bynum proved to be a dedicated warrior by getting through the playoffs this year with a knee that would have sidelined most any other player.

Ralph Sampson? How can you compare a player who everyone thought would be the next coming of Kareem Abdul Jabbar to a project who has proven the Lakers organization to be brilliant? Ralph Sampson ranks up there as one of the biggest disappointments in NBA history given all the hoopla that surrounded this 7'4" phenom. It ranked up there with Kareem and LeBron when they entered the league. Andrew Bynum was an under-the-radar risky lottery pick. The scouting report said his upside was Brendan Haywood. If you had said Sam Bowie, LaRue Martin or Michal Olawakandi, I could live with that, but even those guys came into the league with MUCH higher expectations than Andrew Bynum. Hell, even Benoit Benjamin was projected to be a more dominant player.

I am shocked that given the fact that we have won 2 championships with Bynum as our starting center that any Lakers fan would have trepidations about his future. When people say he was a non-factor or that we won despite Bynum (mainly spoiled Lakers fans and Haters), it's a load of crap. Just ask objective, non-hating fans from other teams what they think about that. In fact, just ask Jeff Van Gundy. He thinks Bynum is great and would be a 20-10 player on almost any other team. What is it that YOU don't understand about his upside? Oh, his injuries. zzzzzzzzz

Oh, by the way, my brother who is 49 years old and has seen a lot of NBA basketball since his childhood, thinks that Bynum makes a HUGE difference and that it is VERY obvious to him. He lives in Wyoming, is not a Lakers fan, but has an objective eye. Maybe being Lakerholics, we can be a little bit too harsh (and spoiled) about our players. Just a thought.

You can pick the wrong horse (KB Blitz) if you want. I'm with Laker Tom and the Los Angeles Lakers management on this one. Facts are facts. 2 for 2 and counting, baby!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!


NewMexicoLakerLifer - I think you paraphrased it fine, I just thought the quote itself was interesting.

I find all this Bynum talk pretty fascinating, because in a few years, all the speculation will become reality and you guys can look back to these days and say what points were right and wrong. I'm sure both sides will have valid points that prove to be true.

I like Bynum - when he's healthy, he really can be a beast. But, to me, he has to prove that he can be healthy first (not a given), AND, that when healthy, he can be a defensive presence that can stay on the floor and help us WITHOUT getting in foul trouble.

KobeMVP888, my bad...When I say "regular season" means 1 normal season...
Apologies...

KobeMVP888, btw Bynum made a huge difference, I agree...And there's more: He's one of a few big guys out there, so loving or hating him makes no difference. There's no other big guy around, so I'm happy w/ him but.....The guy needs to show up at least 1 NORMAL season.

Cheers

E Gueco - good to see you are still hanging in there! It has been nice to gloat these past two seasons and carry the Champs name again. Lakers fans are always pretty cool to check out and I come and go to read the posts. I pick and choose now and I have my own pointed opinions too but overall the content has changed and I got too busy to give the blog scene any real heart and soul stuff. I read and all the superstars get my attention (lakertom, you, jon k, mamba so on and etc...after that I just check for Mike T sightings and maybe Faith but I think a lot of handles may have changed)
The Lakers were lucky to get a few good moments out of Bynum, but he might be a great piece of trade bait if he can't have a full season of health. He is already a huge doubt in my mind. Lamar is so on and off it’s almost too much to watch, kind of like Artest. RonRon came through and just about could have been series MVP...so he was worth it.
Pau is still somehow improving and not so tender after listening to Kobe's jawing in his ear so we will be in the run again for 3 peat but after this year I am starting to think we got to get a few players coming in more magic for the next decade! The additions this summer were very good and although Tom surely wanted to see Farmar get it going Blake has out performed Fisher and Farmar a few too many times not to have the Lakers attention. Theo- whatever should have spent that chump change on Shaq for a Last Season Tour! Shaq loves a party, and Dr. Buss was pretty kind in his analogy of him. Kupchak did well overall but Mr. Barnes now he's true grit and he makes the trio in Miami defendable. Great move.
I went to Europe and had a blast this summer, no Gasol T-Shirts in Spain isn't that something! Soccer everywhere! Anyway, keep the good stuff coming I am still a fan of the old timers and the Lakers forever. Take care Blog world!


KobeMVP888, btw Bynum made a huge difference, I agree...And there's more: He's one of a few big guys out there, so loving or hating him makes no difference. There's no other big guy around, so I'm happy w/ him but.....The guy needs to show up at least 1 NORMAL season.

Cheers

Posted by: Magic Phil | August 18, 2010 at 04:01 PM
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lol! Nice. So you want 70-80 practice games plus an injury free REAL season out of him, right? Fair enough.

LOL!

What's with the seriousness? This was supposed to be fun...lol...

Let's just admire the kid for his talent. He has some mad skills at 8 years old!!!

Little Mamba he is!!!

Pete,

Good to see your name in this thread. While you were active during the dark years of the Lakers, let's get back those insightful posts from Pete Maguire's spin. As I said generally, we have nice posters in this blog both old and new, once in a while there are blog fights (in the dark because they hide in several handles). Comparatively, we have a better bench this year and great improvement when you were a frequent poster. Do you remember then Shammond Williams and Mckie subbed Smush and Cook, didn't know which one is more reliable? At the end of day, we have to listen to Zakee and Dan Smushcalade and try to digest the different fonts post of RayRay. Bad team but happy blogging at the end of the day. Today, we try to put up a good post, then hit by crossfire as though we're Laker players, I don't mind if I earn the salary of Luke, i would absorb all the blows and insults, no we don't even get free donuts and coffee during the Championship parade. (BTW, during the parade I was so excited to meet Rick F., Cbuck and Faith at our designated place @ Starbucks in 7th St and Flower. I joined my son the night before and we checked-in at a motel near Felix the Cat car dealer. On the parade day woke early to chase buses on side streets to meet them at our rendezvous as arranged by Faith, waited there for 3 hours no sign of Faith nor Rick F. and I was the stupid guy greeting every fan I meet wearin' Laker tshirt as " Rick or a Filipino girl as Faith", nope, nada and another false alarm. Faith told me later on an email, they proceeded to Pico Metro station instead of stopping by at Flower station. That was my closest contact in meeting a fellow blogger. Two consecutive championship, LAT blog management should have sponsored an open house for bloggers at their office here in downtown for soda or coffee...none, nada and nevah..... At least with LakerTom we chat on emails while in traveling in NorCal, called me on my cell while crossing Richmond bridge but could not talk much because I was driving. That was my closest encounter in meeting fellow bloggers after chatting with them over the years.)

That little dude can play but if he doesn't grow to be at least 6'0 it will be nearly impossible to keep going beyond high school.

You have to be kidding me? Someone on this post said, LO is a better shooter than Gasol. Obviously this person watches the games with a football helmet on. IN the all mighty words of McEnroe, “You can’t be serious?” LO is at best the 4th best player on the team. PJ leaves him out there on the floor to help space the triangle. If you have paid any attention to the Lakers, when Bynum gets the ball it rarely comes back out, so at times that throws the system off, much like when Shaq played, but at least Shaq had the skills to get away with it. O’Dumb is a versatile player that drifts in and out of consciousness . Throughout the year fans spend to much time talking about “if he plays”, if he does this,” He plays like invisible at times, too often making silly plays and at 6’10 the closer he gets to the rim, he actually shrinks, performing routine layups below the rim, instead of inserting himself above it. He has size which helps the Lakers, but his game has not changed or gotten any better. O’Dumb value has been demonstrated each year when the Lakers try to get rid of him via trade, no one really wants to give up anything to get him. Bynum has some value in the low post and he plays tall, but he’s no superstar in the making. After 4 years in the NBA he still has a lot to improve upon to be considered elite. Gasol is elite. His game has flourished because of Kobe being on the perimeter. Yes he was good before he came to LA, but he never live up to the hype, even on his own team, which actually featured some talent, but it took coming to LA to help him be a champion. It always takes several elite players to win a championship, so there’ s no discredit to him at all. He is clearly the second best player on this team, not O’Dumb or Bynum.

Yo Mitch! Trade DFish for Maseo... LOL He's better than Rubio... Good luck Maseo. Agents have already tracked you down.

"LO is at best the 4th best player on the team."

He and Sasha are gonna make a great package for trading by the deadline next year. I can hardly wait. Mitch has really cleaned house. I'm diggin' our new squad and can't wait to see the product on the court. GO MITCH!!

hey buddy , looking for u, came across this thing that u were looking for. http://sportscomplainer.com ..its like that drudgereport thing u like but sports. i found it yesterday and i know youve been looking for something like that so ur welcome and u owe me a favor dude

lol to the first commenter, These NBA players get piad ot play basketball thats it. They don;t get paid to raise your kids. They don't ask for your kids to look up to them, your kids look up to them because in all acutality they don;tlook p to you. If the kid wasnt s to be like Kobe theres is nothing wrong with that, aslong as he has parants to steer him and let him know that if he doesn;t make it to the NBA there is still life behind that. But Kobe us us as NBA fans nothing but to play the game , we should give him credit for starting a basketball campm, for being a man and keepin his marriage together something JOrdan couldnt even do. and speakin of JOrdan whenhe had the I want to be like MIke commericals no one said a thing now that Kobe is the best player ever its a problem.. please grow up.

Really like your blog content the way you put up the things…I’ve read the topic with great interest and definitely will stick your blog routinely for other great posts.

. But Kobe us us as NBA fans nothing but to play the game , we should give him credit for starting a basketball campm, for being a man and keepin his marriage together something JOrdan couldnt even do. and speakin of JOrdan whenhe had the I want to be like MIke commericals no one said a thing now that Kobe is the best player ever its a problem.. please grow up.


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